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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Larisa Manescu
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Make coding a requirement for all UT students

November 12, 2013

College students tend to define themselves by their majors, but they need to realize that what they study isn’t a binding contract spelling out what skills they can and cannot develop before graduation. For...

Could blind grading systems allow UT professors to avoid favoritism?

October 25, 2013

Establishing close professional relationships with educators can be the most beneficial part of attending a university. It is the risk of losing these opportunities that initially made me wary of blind...

The Daily Texan’s sex columns are a rare thing: useful sex education in Texas

October 3, 2013

The Daily Texan’s sex column series just turned one month old, and as expected, it’s already received some backlash. It’s a bit cheesy, and the comical, vulgar nature of the writing...

High school history classes shouldn’t gloss over unpleasant details

September 27, 2013

Why is it that the term American “exceptionalism,” or the entire topic of the eugenics movement, is brought up in college classes but given little mention in high school? Why must we wait till...

Popularity of liberal arts degrees varies internationally

July 19, 2013

Editor's Note: This column is the second in a series on higher education abroad from UT-Austin students who are currently studying or traveling outside the U.S.  Trinidad and Tobago, two small...

The Boy Scouts can do better

June 14, 2013

On its website, the Boy Scouts of America claims that it helps build the future leaders of America. If this is true, its May 23 decision to end the organization’s ban on openly gay youth may have...

To stop assault, confront it

May 2, 2013

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month is over. Within the month of April, a female American tourist in Rio de Janeiro was raped and robbed on a minibus. Two girls under the age of 10 were raped in India,...

Adapt to inaccuracy in social media

April 24, 2013

It’s a common sight at concerts nowadays: Instead of freely embracing the moment, the members of the smartphone-equipped crowd are more concerned with having their phones in the air, ready to document...

Words have power

April 11, 2013

The Associated Press banned the term “illegal immigrant” on April 2, and critics argue that it was an unnecessary, dramatic and overly sensitive copy editing edict. I, however, could not...

A problem with PreCheck at AUS

April 1, 2013

On March 19, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport became the first airport in 2013 to adopt the Transportation Safety Administration’s PreCheck program, a pre-screening program that allows certain...

Don’t misunderstand plastic bags’ impact

February 20, 2013

An Austin city ordinance that prohibits businesses from providing plastic and paper single-use shopping bags to customers goes into effect on March 1, and I’m excited for the enforcement. The regulation...

Baring it all for justice

November 16, 2012

On Oct. 24th, I accompanied my roommate to the West Mall, where we witnessed members of the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition attempting to gain signatures for a petition urging the University Co-op to...

Don’t excuse balcony behavior

October 26, 2012

Between the drunken whooping and hollering, wheels skidding and bottles smashing, West Campus sounds like a hybrid between a zoo and a crime scene on weekends and even some weekdays. Those of us who live...

YCT watch list claims bias, is biased

October 12, 2012

 It’s been five years since the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas last published a “professor watch list.” The compilation of the list, resurrected this year, claims to ...

Celebrating all beliefs on campus

April 13, 2012

March concluded with the Campus Renewal Ministries’ Resurrection (Rez) Week, during which “40 Christian organizations work together during the week, which is meant to create a dialogue about...

Finding ways to give

April 4, 2012

Last month, the Distinguished Speakers and Music and Entertainment committees brought “Arcade Fire: A Lecture on Hope, Haiti and Service” to the LBJ Auditorium. Whether students lined up in...

The complexities of sexual consent

March 9, 2012

Voices against Violence, a program of the University’s Counseling and Mental Health Center, performed a series of skits called “Get Sexy, Get Consent” on Monday to illustrate the various...

More than loving your body

March 5, 2012

In conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, University Health Services (UHS) promoted its annual “Love your body week” campaign last week. The purpose of the UHS campaign...

Expanding the dialogue on productivity

February 24, 2012

The topic of the productivity of University professors is often a contentious one in the higher education community. Recently, the UT System Board of Regents approved a proposal to tighten evaluations...

The rising influence of student activism

January 25, 2012

Last week, in response to the introduction of anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA in late October, major websites such as Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit united in an Internet blackout to voice their opposition....

A renewed call for vigilance

January 24, 2012

Both West Campus and North Campus are neighborhoods that possess a spirited and united vibe. They are home to thousands of college-aged students who feel confident enough to wander around at night in vulnerable...

Study drugs distort students’ abilities

December 5, 2011

Finals week is a period during which students are desperate to keep their bodies awake and their minds alert to be the most productive students they can be. Our university is not unique in its experience...

CapMetro’s policy a breath of fresh air

November 29, 2011

By the end of February, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority will post signs banning smoking within 15 feet of all 2,700 bus stops in Austin. However, “ban” might be too extreme of...

An A+ for effort

November 21, 2011

The Senate of College Councils held a public forum Tuesday to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the University’s existing plus/minus grading system that was implemented in 2009. Named the...

Insights into the interdisciplinary

November 14, 2011

Students entering university revel in their newfound educational independence: After completing their basic core requirements, they can study whatever interests them. However, after making the initial...

MyEdu decision process flawed

November 7, 2011

Many students, especially during the rushed chaos of registration, have familiarized themselves with the Austin-based website MyEdu.com, an online tool that offers professor reviews, schedule planners...

Plastic bags as model to forgo the bottle

November 1, 2011

An open forum held last week focused on the proposed citywide plastic bag ban, which aims to reduce the amount of waste in the environment and cut city spending on cleanup programs. Various interest groups...

Second language undervalued as professional asset

October 24, 2011

In front of an expectant audience, Mikhail Gorbachev participated in a public interview in the Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium on Tuesday with his handy, fast-paced Russian translator by his side. The presence...

The danger of stagnation

October 17, 2011

“As soon as you find a job, look for your next job.” Gail Collins, author and New York Times op-ed columnist, offered this piece of unusual advice Thursday. Although she was hosting a talk...

Consider alternatives to minimize traffic congestion

October 5, 2011

Austin is frequently dubbed the epitome of an environmentally friendly city. In fact, our city ranks 10th, the highest among the four Texas cities on Popular Science’s list of America’s 50...

In defense of University faculty

September 19, 2011

In his State of the University Address last week, President William Powers Jr. made a variety of remarks concerning how to not only preserve but also improve our position as a top public research university....