Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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 Mubarrat Choudhury
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Cocks Not Glocks must generate future action

August 24, 2016

After Gov. Greg Abbott signed the campus carry bill in June and the law unsettlingly went into effect on the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower massacre, this year will be the first for many students to...

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Texas Government’s track record proves it should stay away from matters of tuition

May 4, 2016

To great surprise, the University of Texas System Board of Regents voted to increase the tuition by 3.1 percent for the 2016-2017 academic year and an additional 3 percent for 2017-2018. The increase in...

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UT needs to adopt an anti-hate crime policy immediately

April 27, 2016

Last February, junior Tucker Sauer was reported throwing glass bottles and saying “fuck you, n----” at mathematics senior Cody Young. This prompted President Gregory Fenves to address the issue...

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The $15 minimum wage is a necessity for basic survival

April 20, 2016

Editor's Note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding whether pulling music from streaming services is a beneficial practice. To find its counterpoint, click here. Thousands...

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Universities must do more to provide for minority students

April 13, 2016

With graduation just around the corner, many students at the University of Texas are excited to finally start a new chapter in their lives. And in recent years, graduation rates at UT have been increasing....

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Redistribution should combat college tuition

April 6, 2016

There’s no doubt that the cost of college has been increasing extensively in the last few decades. In the next two years, students at the University of Texas at Austin will be subject to a 6 percent...

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Israeli and Palestinian organizations need to improve their discourse

March 30, 2016

The two states of Israel and Palestine have been in conflict since 1947, with the advent of two nationalistic movements — the Arab independence movements and Zionism. Throughout the years, there...

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Voter ID laws suppress millions of votes

March 24, 2016

At SXSW last week, President Obama made critical comments on the current state of American democracy. He noted that America is the only advanced democracy that makes it harder for people to vote. In recent...

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Civil rights movements of the past should instruct Muslims

March 9, 2016

Negative rhetoric against particular minorities has been a marker for darker times in history. The rise in attacks have resulted in a dangerous environment for Muslim-Americans, driving the need for the...

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Gerrymandered congressional districts silence voters’ voices

March 2, 2016

You’re probably feeling good after voting yesterday — engaging in the political process and finally getting to support the issues and candidates that matter to you. Too bad that in the long...

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Student protests lack the ability to make change

February 24, 2016

A recent survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA found that today’s college freshman are more likely to engage in political activism than ever before. It goes without...

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Superdelegates are detrimental to true democracy

February 17, 2016

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding the effectiveness of the superdelegate system. To read its counterpoint, click here. Last week, South Carolina’s democratic...

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Hyperloop could solve Austin’s traffic problem

February 12, 2016

One thing that Austinites have gotten used to is the disaster that is Interstate 35. Across the city, traffic is no longer “rush hour,” but “rush six-hours.” Studies have validated...

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Proposed bill will increase minority access to Student Government

February 3, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ political revolution may be seeping into college politics ­— the UT-Austin Student Government introduced Assembly Bill 9 Tuesday to reduce the amount of money candidates...

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Turning the Tide initiative may even the playing field for college admissions process

January 27, 2016

Going through the college admission process may have gotten slightly less stressful for students nationwide. The Harvard Graduate School of Education, in partnership with other top tier universities, released...

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$1.4 billion Powerball leads to income inequality

January 20, 2016

After news broke of the $1.4 billion Powerball jackpot, thousands of people hoping to win shared a Facebook meme this past week claiming that by sharing the wealth of the winnings, they could easily solve...

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Pulling music from Spotify is just good business

November 30, 2015

Editor's Note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding whether pulling music from online streaming services is beneficial. To read its counterpoint, click here. Spotify users were...

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Inaccurate textbooks will hurt future UT students

November 23, 2015

Public schools across Texas adopted new social studies textbooks that feature troubling and sometimes inaccurate information within its pages. Adhering to new standards passed in 2010, over 5 million students...

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Texas attack on Planned Parenthood hurts low-income patients

November 9, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Oct. 19 that Texas will end Medicare enrollment for Planned Parenthood as a part of a recent conservative attack on women’s health. While this could be problematic for...

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State Legislature hurts campus sustainability efforts

October 26, 2015

Last week, the UT Office of Sustainability held its annual Campus Sustainability Week, which promoted and educated students about different green programs around campus. This included informational tabling...

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Campus carry paired with rising islamophobia creates dangerous environment for Muslim students

October 13, 2015

Anti-Islam rallies were held in more than 20 U.S. cities this past weekend — organized by open carry gun advocate group called the Global Rally for Humanity — in an alleged attempt to fight...

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Study drugs promote economic stratification in the classroom

October 6, 2015

Editor's note: This is one part of a point-counterpoint regarding study drugs. Read the other installment here. Researchers from the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School published a study...

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College ranks demonstrate endemic income inequality

September 28, 2015

Students should be excited about UT-Austin ranking 52nd overall and 16th among public schools in the new U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Longhorns should be proud that out of the 4,000 colleges...