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Despite high ranking, UT computer science lacks product design focus

July 11, 2016

The beauty of software is that it allows us to make products and commercialize them rapidly. Computer science (CS), and I’ve said this a million times in my past columns, seems to be the most flourishing...

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Remove top 10 percent rule, make holistic review standard

June 25, 2016

And UT wins once again. On a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in Fisher v. The University of Texas that the University’s use of affirmative action in its admissions policy is constitutional....

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Coding offers more than buzzword hype for students

June 20, 2016

It’s no secret that computer science has become imperative in a rapidly tech-centric world. People all over the world emphasize the need to learn to code, especially starting at a young age. We see...

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RideAustin isn’t the solution, but a means to get there

June 12, 2016

We know the story. The Austin City Council wanted stricter regulation for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft forced a public vote. They then tried to seduce our vote with a multi-million dollar campaign....

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Student venture capital will advance UT into the future

January 21, 2016

After my first time watching the movie “The Social Network,” I remember one thing: I wanted to start a business. The movie depicted a young Mark Zuckerberg working out of his dorm and creating...

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Dialogue about religion is part of route to fixing religious ignorance

December 1, 2015

A few weeks ago, biology freshman Yoseph Mahmoud posted on Facebook a detailed description of how a man came up to him on Guadalupe Street, yanked his headphones out of his ear and accused him of being...

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Online prison education is the route to reducing recidivism

November 24, 2015

The U.S. is the greatest country in the world. With money growing on trees and streets paved with gold, it makes sense that the U.S. is number one. Right? Not necessarily. We’re #14 in education,...

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Social media activism proves temporary, needs further action

November 17, 2015

Tragedies are occurring. Last week we had a major mass shooting and bombings in Paris, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan and suicide bombings in both Beirut and Baghdad. To respond to such tragedies,...

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Exploring biofuel uses can help slow climate change

November 10, 2015

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding UT's research on the use of switchgrass as a biofuel. To read its counterpoint, click here. Energy usage is on the rise....

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UT directory gives unnecessary access to private information

November 3, 2015

Do you remember that time you were at that party? You were talking to a sweet girl, and the conversation was going really well. Unfortunately, the party had to come to an end, and the girl had to go home. “I...

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New bill can be solution to rising textbook prices

October 27, 2015

It’s no question that of the many problems college students have to face, affordability is one of the most daunting. Earlier this month, UT Board of Regents announced a 2 percent increase in tuition...

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Systemic media bias could destroy American politics

October 20, 2015

It’s become very obvious that the media has a dramatic effect on the outcome of politics, and specifically, the presidency. Last Wednesday, Facebook and CNN partnered together to present to America...

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High prices of firearms place more power in hands of affluent, white communities

October 13, 2015

Many argue that gun culture in America dates all the way back to the country’s colonial beginnings. After all, in the 18th century, it was the American Long Rifle that helped us fend off the British...

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Students should stand for labor rights

October 6, 2015

There are three things you should consider before putting a Wendy’s burger in your mouth. First, you’re getting roughly 830 calories from the burger alone. Second, the 50 grams of fat...

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Medical schools without borders

September 29, 2015

Health care is not just science and steady hands. Because of an archaic educational model which only focuses on scientific methodology, most medical professionals aren’t able to realize this. While...

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No need to flip-out over student-centered learning

September 22, 2015

Lecture. Notes. Cram. Exam. Students of all ages are accustomed to this construct. The process starts with students entering class with loaded pens and empty notebooks. The professor then opens a PowerPoint...