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We must start holding celebrities accountable for sexual misconduct

November 1, 2017

It’s no secret that Hollywood is having a rough year — and no, I’m not just talking about declining box office sales or its seemingly endless stream of lackluster sequels, remakes and...

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Twitter’s anti-doxxing policy is justified

October 17, 2017

Twitter is a popular medium for online activism, but the social media giant recently found itself in the crosshairs. The backlash began after “Scream” actress Rose McGowan’s account was...

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Pence’s NFL publicity exposes lack of conservative principles

October 16, 2017

By now, many of us have probably grown tired of the Trump administration’s seemingly endless feud with the NFL. Unfortunately for millions of Americans, Vice President Mike Pence is not among them.  Pence...

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Myths about suicide are incredibly harmful

September 26, 2017

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month might be ending in less than a week, but caring for those suffering from suicidal thoughts and feelings is a year-round endeavor. Over 41,000 Americans commit...

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Draconian fees on campus are counterproductive

September 11, 2017

It began normally enough. I’d just finished editing a few stories in Daily Texan basement and was walking towards my car, eager to return to my apartment. As I turned the keys and started to drive...

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UT community must come together in wake of Harvey

August 30, 2017

Over the past several days, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast. As of Tuesday, the now tropical storm has continued to pummel Houston with torrential rains and catastrophic flooding. By some estimates,...

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There is no correct way to grieve loss of Harrison Brown

June 12, 2017

In May, tragedy struck the 40 acres for the second time in less than 13 months. For reasons related to mental illness, Biology junior Kendrex White randomly stabbed four other students. Undergraduate...

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Tillerson lacks qualifications for Secretary of State

January 24, 2017

Almost one year ago and well before the 2016 election, Rex Tillerson — former ExxonMobil CEO and Donald Trump’s current pick for secretary of state — participated in a speaking event...

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Despite fears, campus remains largely safe

August 22, 2016

Almost everyone is anxious on their first day of school, let alone their first day of college. So for the freshmen who are taking their first tentative steps towards adulthood this week, I have a simple...

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Oil industry pollutes Texas politics, too

July 22, 2016

Texas has long been associated with the oil industry, and for good reason. Our relationship with “Texas Tea” has often been mutually beneficial, driving economic growth and employing millions...

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Debate on gun violence sorely lacks empathy, mutual understanding

June 22, 2016

UT students have been debating the now imminent campus carry implementation for over a year. Although the tone of the debate has occasionally been light-hearted or even silly, the public divide on the...

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Millennials are group-oriented pragmatists, not lazy freeloaders

June 9, 2016

The class of 2016 might have just finished celebrating graduation, but for many of them, a lackluster job market and an uncertain future are just around the corner. A certain degree of pessimism is appropriate...

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Cannabis industry cannot follow in Big Tobacco’s footsteps

April 18, 2016

As I’m sure most of my fellow students would be shocked to discover, this Wednesday is sort of an unofficial holiday for millions of cannabis users. And when one considers the favorable public opinion...

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Profiling Muslims makes no statistical sense

April 4, 2016

Considering the recent suicide bombings in Belgium and Pakistan, millions of Americans are understandably fearful of Islamic extremism. Unfortunately, politicians such as Ted Cruz have deployed increasingly...

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Unapologetic figures can be the super villains the nation needs

March 21, 2016

Between Robert Morrow, Martin Shkreli and Donald Trump, high profile buffoons have recently dominated much of the news cycle. Most of the coverage has been negative, and a majority of Americans...

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Clinton’s ‘invincibility’ is dangerous myth, could prove costly

February 29, 2016

With a commanding victory in South Carolina and considerable support from African-American voters, Hillary Clinton is well positioned to win both Super Tuesday and the Democratic nomination. Still, I’m...

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Debate moderators mistake neutrality for objectivity

February 15, 2016

The 2016 presidential race is one of the most dramatic in recent history. With Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death on Saturday, an already crazy race took yet another chaotic turn. Americans must...

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Political establishment underestimates appeal of extreme candidates

February 2, 2016

The 2016 presidential race was supposed to be an inevitable, dynastic dispute between the Clinton and Bush families. That’s not what’s happened. Donald Trump, a flamboyant reality TV star,...

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Primary school reform is key to protecting diversity in higher education

December 4, 2015

In less than a week, the U.S. Supreme Court will rehear the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas case. The plaintiff, Abigail Fisher, claims that as a white woman, she was denied admission to UT...

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Lawmakers should treat gun violence as public health concern

November 20, 2015

In 1965, nearly half of Americans smoked, and tobacco companies spent hundreds of millions of dollars to keep it that way. But things got better, and today, only 17.8 percent of adults are smokers and...

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Psychoactive drug research would help answer US mental health crisis

November 6, 2015

In 2015 alone, the United States has experienced 44,366 gun-related incidents, 11,175 gun deaths and 283 mass shootings. In the face of the increasingly high profile problem of gun violence, politicians...

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Scientific ignorance among lawmakers is unacceptable, bad for policy

October 23, 2015

It’s well known that lawyers are overrepresented in government, with 220 out of 535 congressmen holding law degrees in 2013. These legislators grasp that understanding the country’s legal system...

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Male voices are necessary part of campus dialogue on sexual assault

October 11, 2015

Sexual violence is a tragedy that 1 in 5 women experience in their lifetimes, often in college. A recent AAU study found 19 percent of female undergraduates at UT have reported a sexual assault. The study...

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Harnessing big data is essential for future of medicine, society

September 25, 2015

For most of us, information technology is a surprisingly mundane feature of our lives. We often take these ubiquitous technologies for granted, forgetting how revolutionary they truly are. Big data, a...

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Core curriculum, UGS enrich learning experience

September 11, 2015

The University of Texas is a diverse campus with thousands of students studying over 170 different majors spread across 13 colleges. Despite divergent interests, every UT student has one thing in common:...