The Daily Texan

All content by Ratnika Batra

UT students should be made better aware of pros and cons of college before matriculation

August 3, 2017

College graduates earn more than high school graduates. However, this measurement alone doesn’t inform us about the struggles and stresses that college graduates face. It doesn’t consider the...


Campus squirrels better represent UT than Bevo

July 14, 2017

Imagine, a swarm of UT squirrels zooming into the stadium, to the wild applause from the Texas Longtails. Squirrels start to dance, forming pyramids while some others perform aerials across the field....


Veganism losing sight of goals, becoming an extreme religion

July 6, 2017

Ideally, veganism would only be about saving animals, but recently, it seems to be more about shaming non-vegans. Vegans used to share videos on social media showing the cruel treatment of animals before...


American elementary schools must focus on creating good citizens

June 28, 2017

Education starts at home, but due to the increasingly stressful parent life, schools need to take the responsibility to teach integrity to their students so as to lessen the burden on parents. Nowadays,...


Spanish and non-Spanish speakers should respect each other

June 21, 2017

American society is divided — there is no question about it. Racism is a driving force behind much of this division. Most people aren’t racist because they hate another race — they’re...


Teaching online work will empower students

June 15, 2017

Unfortunately, many people hate their jobs, and others work in hostile environments that they wish to retreat from. Thanks to the rise of the Internet, people can opt to work from home, either temporarily...


UT should teach how to work online

June 15, 2017

Most professional fields are moving to the internet. Soon enough universities will offer classes, in all majors, that teach students how to work remotely. At the University of Texas, there aren’t...

UT should continue to lead in environmental sustainability

June 13, 2017

No one wishes ill health on themselves, yet about 40 percent of Americans live in polluted areas where the air is unhealthy to breathe. So, our goals should be clear: We need to keep working to improve...


Geology deserves students’ attention

May 4, 2017

If you ever liked going to the museum as a kid and thought all those bones of ancient creatures and colorful rocks were only for fun, here is what you should know: those actually help save lives by predicting...


Students and non-students deserve equal pay on campus

April 20, 2017

Many students work part-time at UT dining halls. Some work to keep their loans down and some work for their monthly grocery shopping. The basic student assistant position — an attractive name for...


Internal transfer difficulty fails students

April 13, 2017

When we got accepted at UT, we celebrated this occasion with our high school friends, made our parents proud, imagined our bright future — a future of our own choice. For those of us who came in...


University should expand all-hours dining options

March 30, 2017

Every semester, around midterms and final examinations, my study group and I run down to Jester City Limits at 10:45 p.m. from the PCL before it closes down at 11 p.m. Even though we make it on time, sometimes...


Austin’s short term rental ordinance burdens residents

March 23, 2017

During SXSW, many Austinites rented out their rooms to welcome the city’s eager and excited visitors. In the last two weeks, HomeAway,a service that connects hosts with renters, were 95 percent booked...


University should add bike lanes to Speedway

March 9, 2017

By Spring 2018, UT will have a gorgeous Speedway Mall with an improved pedestrian experience and increased student activity areas. Having added more outdoor seating, trees and plants and bicycle parking,...


SB 113 ignores public to make way for Uber and Lyft

March 2, 2017

The Silicon Valley giants Uber and Lyft might be able to return to Austin having improved nothing for the security of the citizens if Senate Bill 113, authored by State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, passes....


UT must reassure its international students

February 16, 2017

President Donald Trump’s executive order attempting to ban citizens of seven majority Muslim countries affects more than just Muslims. It makes many international citizens fear they could become...


Students should learn to manage their finances

February 2, 2017

Let’s accept it: UT provides us a protective bubble. But as soon as we graduate, we are on our own. Students will have to find a job and an apartment, buy a car, pay back their loans, fill out their...


UT-Austin offers cybersecurity certificate in response to governmental need

February 3, 2016

In an age of online identity theft, surveillance camera hackers and malware, the US government needs cybersecurity professionals. UT-Austin has heard the call.  To help solve this issue, UT is...