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Oscar recognitions must become more diverse

January 21, 2016

And the Oscar for the least diverse awards ceremony goes to … well, you can probably guess. After Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday, it was quickly noticed that no minorities...

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Point: Early holiday sales eventually lead to exploitation of employees

December 2, 2015

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding holiday shopping. Read this column's corresponding counterpoint here. Though Christmas falls on Dec. 25, the holiday...

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Free on-campus sexual assault exams are a vital resource for students

November 25, 2015

In spite of the Safe Campus Act currently being heard in Congress, UT has started taking steps forward to give administrative support to survivors of sexual assault. University Health Services began...

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Universities have no place silencing student journalists

November 18, 2015

“Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.” These were just a couple of the things spoken by University of Missouri professor Melissa Click on Nov....

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Women must be taken more seriously in business

November 13, 2015

Feminist Gloria Steinem says that in 2015, female ambition is still interpreted as aggression. Steinem says, “if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, you get to be a loud black woman...

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Texas high school students should learn about affirmative consent

November 4, 2015

The average age Americans lose their virginity is 17. Despite this, as of November 2013, only 13 states required high school students to take classes concerning sexual education and sexual violence and,...

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Students should have space on UT forms to write in preferred pronouns

October 28, 2015

As the LGBTQ movement has grown more visible, many universities have started discussing the topic of gender pronouns. Many people use “he” or “she,” but others, as researchers from...

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APD body cameras help protect citizens, police

October 21, 2015

Imagine that you are stopped by a police officer on an empty street. You feel intimidated — maybe because you are Black and he is white or you are a woman and he is a man. But how intimidated would...

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Ben Carson reveals arrogance through comments on Oregon shooting

October 16, 2015

In the wake of the horrific shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1, many presidential candidates have spoken sympathetically about its events and aftermath. However, more controversial...

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Students need to get involved when it matters to effect change

October 8, 2015

College is a time when many students begin to express their political beliefs, and, at a school such as UT, there are always plenty of opportunities for students to make their voices heard. Unfortunately,...

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Schools should rethink ridiculous zero tolerance policies

October 2, 2015

The reasons for a student getting suspended are usually pretty standard: cheating on a test, disrespecting a teacher or bullying a student. But what about making a clock? Ahmed Mohamed, a MacArthur...

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Obama administration evens score with College Scorecard

September 23, 2015

College students are faced with a lot of complicated questions when trying to decide on a school to attend. They need a lot of information and finding the most important facts can be difficult. Luckily,...

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Hollywood is not doing anything to promote gender equality

September 15, 2015

This past week, Oscar winners Julianne Moore and Cate Blanchett spoke out about the pervasive sexism still present in the entertainment industry. Even though more attention is being paid to unfair practices,...

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UT’s diverse strengths attract prospective applicants

September 14, 2015

UT has always strived to be a top university, and rising college students are paying attention to the school’s efforts. According to a recent survey of over 2,000 high school students by LTG Exams,...

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Wal-Mart’s gun decision reflects new realities

September 1, 2015

The gun control debate has raged for years, and it has been recently pushed further into the spotlight as both liberals and conservatives have focused on the issue. In the past few days, Google searches...

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New energy partnership proves UT leads the way in energy research

August 27, 2015

If there was any doubt that UT would continue to lead the way in high profile research projects, that doubt can now be safely put to rest. UT announced August 11 it would partner with the New Energy and...

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Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is a good choice for Jefferson Davis statue’s new location

August 20, 2015

“Davis must fall.” “Emancipate UT.” These are a couple of the statements that have appeared on UT’s statue of Jefferson Davis over three different instances of vandalism...

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UT System’s expansive sexual assault study will create a major foundation for future prevention efforts

August 11, 2015

The terrible issue of sexual assault on university campuses is a continual problem that has been especially prominent in the media, with numerous high-profile cases over the past several years. The negative...

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UT creates excellent national precedent with expanded reverse transfer program

August 5, 2015

For many students who transfer from two-year colleges, the transition to a four-year college can be stressful and daunting. The loss of invested work and money is surely among the worst part of the transfer....

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UT admissions must be fair to all, dismiss overly influential recommendations

July 28, 2015

Most future Longhorns have already received their acceptance letters from UT, but the anxieties of filling out college applications are not too far behind them. For this vast majority of students, applying...

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Mental health dialogue must continue on campus

July 21, 2015

Mental illness has been an area of focus in the media lately due to high national rates of depression, anxiety and other disorders. However, coverage of these ailments hasn’t just stopped at facts...

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Oregon college plan should set national, Texas’ standard for affordable higher education

July 16, 2015

As the school year draws closer, many current and incoming college students are starting to worry about classes, résumés and, of course, how they’re going to pay for everything. For...

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Affirmative action must stay despite challenges

July 6, 2015

One of the biggest stories that involves the University this summer has been the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will rehear Fisher v. University of Texas. This case centers on the claims...

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Junk food tax would do more harm than good

June 30, 2015

Summer is the season of parties, barbeques and overindulging on junk food. Such unhealthy habits do not end with the arrival of fall. Time reported on June 26 that only one-third of consumers consider...

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Undocumented students should be considered in tuition raises

June 24, 2015

Many recent conversations have centered around the topic of fixing rising college tuition. Unfortunately, undocumented students have largely been ignored in these debates. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg...

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Gender gap in STEM fields a product of cultural norm, may be combatted through University Research Initiative

June 17, 2015

“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry.” These...

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Transgender students should receive more support on campus

June 10, 2015

Since confirming her gender transition in an interview with Diane Sawyer on April 24, the woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner has become the most public person to undergo a gender transition. Some have...

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Campuses should adopt safe, responsible sexual assault disclosure methods

June 2, 2015

Sexual assault on college campuses has been the topic of much recent controversy and conversation. Students across the nation have voiced concerns about how their universities handle specific sexual assault...

SG resolution will pave way for campus discussion of racism, sexism

May 4, 2015

Issues such as racism and sexism have been in the spotlight in many places during the past few years, and UT is no exception. Past and present victims of racism and sexism have tried to speak up and let...

Tuition deregulation places unnecessary burden on students

April 22, 2015

As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close, many high school students around the state are already looking toward next year. The summer before one’s freshman year of college is filled with many...

We must encourage female interest in STEM fields from early age

April 14, 2015

It would be an understatement to say that the University of Texas is an enormous school. There are many different programs and majors that students can explore. Some of the most popular of these are the...

Abbott should support Texans with disabilities

March 27, 2015

This is the time of year when many high school seniors in Texas have received their college acceptance letters, and most of them are probably excited to be going off to school next fall. Many students’...

Texas truancy laws need updating

March 24, 2015

Many high school students in Texas are concerned about keeping their grades up and getting into college. They know that a low GPA or standardized test score could have a negative impact on their future....

Hazlewood Act benefits should be reserved for Texas veterans

February 13, 2015

One of the biggest issues that college students face today is the rising cost of higher education.   Paying for college can be a difficult task even for students who come from relatively comfortable...

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Austin landlords should accept Section 8 housing vouchers

February 6, 2015

Over the past couple of decades, Austin’s population has grown enormously. This has forced many city residents to engage in the ever-frustrating sport of house hunting. However, it seems that most...