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Top 10 percent rule fails to increase minority enrollment

April 26, 2017

The top 10 percent law is designed to increase minority student enrollment. In reality, the top 10 percent law as it currently stands actually harms the students it is designed to help. To better serve...

Aldridge Place district damages student housing

March 29, 2017

City council has produced a tentative resolution to transform the Aldridge Place neighborhood of North Campus into a historic district. The district would span from Guadalupe Street to Speedway and from...

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Online voter registration offers benefits to students

February 22, 2017

Last November, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, filed SB 143, which would require the state to develop an online voter registration system. This bill provides a much-needed modernization to our antiquated...

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Students deserve tax exemptions from textbooks

February 14, 2017

The Texas Legislature is currently debating a bill that would remove taxes on textbooks. While businesses receive generous tax exemptions, it is still controversial for students to receive the same benefits.  State...

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Psychoanalyzing Trump risks stigmatizing mental illness

February 9, 2017

Psychologists have sloppily applied a range of mental health diagnoses to now President Donald Trump. These constant attacks on the President’s mental health, however, further stigmatize mental illness...

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Sports don’t belong on college campuses, should be privatized

November 29, 2016

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding the validity of college athletics. Read the opposing viewpoint here. Sports play a critical role in American society. That being...

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Anti-Trump graffiti does nothing for movement

November 22, 2016

In the three-block radius around the main section of the Drag on Guadalupe St., there are exactly 15 instances of “Fuck Trump” graffiti.  One of the biggest complaints against the liberal,...

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Student activism should not be quickly abandoned

November 16, 2016

In the past week, my Facebook feed has been filled with non-stop rants and events for protests throughout the Austin area: “Banish the electoral college!” “Stop racism!” “Encourage...

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UT Student Government representation proves gender equality has not yet been achieved

November 8, 2016

The current makeup of Student Government demonstrates that much progress has yet to be made for women in leadership roles, and it won’t be addressed by a female U.S. president. The last time that...

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Students must effectively deliberate political scandals before voting

November 1, 2016

Murphy’s Law runs rampant in politics and elections. As we bounce back and forth between various scandals and crises, it is all too easy to blame individuals rather than constructively examine the...

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Write-in votes prove inadequate form of protest

October 25, 2016

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding the legitimacy of write-in votes. To find its counterpoint, click here. This election cycle is far from perfect, but voting for...

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Local government elections vital in enacting tangible change

October 18, 2016

It doesn’t matter if Trump or Clinton wins. Uber will still be gone, campus carry will still be in effect, the cost of off-campus housing will continue to rise and downtown traffic will skyrocket. Because...

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UT should refrain from permanent grades for one semester

October 11, 2016

In a hypothetical introductory course on campus, two students sit in the same room. One student graduated from an elite urban private school. In her English course, consisting of only 15 students, her...

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Lack of adequate funding for CMHC harms students

September 27, 2016

Suicide currently ranks as the third-leading cause of death among traditional college students. The University and the Counseling and Mental Health Center operate projects that include Suicide Prevention...

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UT should not admit more students than they have space for in dorms

September 20, 2016

The number of incoming freshmen has jumped from 7,249 in 2013 to over 8,500 in 2016, making it the largest incoming freshman class in the history of the University. The fact of the matter is the University...