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Cap Remap is a bold step forward, but work shouldn’t stop

October 22, 2018

CapRemap is the biggest, most ambitious change to Capital Metro’s bus network, ever. It’s an event of mythic proportions that lives up to all of the transportation geek hype and then some....

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Daily Texan just a job, but one you can learn from

May 4, 2018

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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City’s blockchain pilot builds equity, not greed

April 26, 2018

Blockchain. You know it as the technology that powers Bitcoin, an internet currency that exploded in value from $1K to $13K per coin in 2017. Bitcoin and Bitcoin-like “cryptocurrencies” have...

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New transportation options debut at UT shuttles’ expense

April 17, 2018

Students living in or around campus have so many options to get to class. You can grab a B-cycle, hop on an electric scooter, or enjoy the spring weather by taking a walk. Noticeably absent from this mobility...

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Proposed Riverside makeover will harm students

April 10, 2018

Traffic on Interstate 35 permitting, the student apartments at Riverside are just a 15-minute UT shuttle ride from campus. Surrounded by aging strip malls, bisected by the quiet Country Club Creek and...

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Don’t get your hopes up for Austin public transportation

April 3, 2018

It’s here at last. Capital Metro just released a draft of its vision for the future of Austin’s public transportation. It includes high-capacity transit lines running up and down Austin’s...

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Stop getting your news from social media

March 28, 2018

Don’t believe everything you read on social media. And no, I’m not just talking about #FakeNews. Sitting in class last Tuesday, I anxiously refreshed my Twitter timeline as the bombing incidents...

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Cyclists, be safe: Take some lessons, not just a helmet

March 20, 2018

Now that B-cycle is so popular that they’re running out of bikes, it’s time to have an earnest conversation about bicycle safety. Learning to ride a bicycle effectively in traffic is crucial...

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B-Cycle too mainstream, needs to change gears

March 8, 2018

B-Cycle, Austin’s station-to-station bicycle sharing system, launched a pilot program at UT last month. Rides under 60 minutes became free for all UT students. And B-Cycle immediately became popular....

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Pickle Research Campus a potential solution for UT’s housing crisis

March 1, 2018

Housing for Longhorns is a hot topic these days. Bottom line: It sucks to be a renter, and one big reason is that the University is critically short on dorm rooms and apartments. UT is largely out of...

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Frontier Airlines kind of sucks, with one big exception

February 22, 2018

If, like me, you’re one of the 10 percent of out-of-state students at UT, you probably fly on a regular basis to go home for breaks. Even if you’re from Texas, you probably fly occasionally...

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Guadalupe wall must come down

February 15, 2018

Seven feet: narrower than some pickup trucks. That’s how wide the sidewalk is on the east side of the Drag. All for the sake of some waist-high dinky planter boxes on the western edge of campus. Anyone...

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Dockless bike share? Proceed with caution

February 6, 2018

Another year, another disruption to the way you move around Austin. This time, it’s called dockless bike share, and it goes something like this: Take B-cycle, the bike-sharing system we already know...

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Who killed the college apartment?

January 30, 2018

For Longhorns, apartment hunting just plain sucks. Nowhere is this more apparent than in West Campus, where skyrocketing rents and mismanagement of complexes have made renting an expensive and stressful...

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Austin is still a poor fit for Amazon

January 23, 2018

The finalists are in. Amazon narrowed down the location of its future second headquarters to 20 cities. To nobody’s surprise, Austin made the shortlist. But Amazon won’t pick Austin. True,...

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Millions spent on technology upgrades bring little benefit to students

January 18, 2018

UT spends hundreds of millions of dollars on new technologies, yet students continue to feel the pinch of bandwidth caps, slowed connections and network fees. It’s time to rethink our priorities. For...

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Austin’s proposal for Drag is slow step forward

December 7, 2017

Yesterday, the city of Austin released a report recommending a complete transformation of the Drag, Austin’s gridlocked central artery that thousands of Longhorns get stuck in every day. The proposal...

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Stop asking for bike lanes on Speedway

November 29, 2017

With no end in sight for the renovation of Speedway Mall, the question comes up again and again: Why couldn’t they have added bike lanes?  Cyclists and pedestrians clash regularly on Speedway,...

If you’re drinking, find alternate transportation

November 21, 2017

The Drag is a straight shot from the Triangle all the way down to 29th Street, where it makes a sharp curve to the left. But on Nov. 6, police say one UT student kept driving straight — right into...

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Students should keep activism local

November 8, 2017

My fellow columnist Elizabeth Braaten wrote several weeks ago that as college students, we’re good at making a scene about issues we care about. We’re passionate and interested in social justice,...

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Students need enhanced nighttime transportation

October 25, 2017

Brace yourselves because winter is coming. For students, that means more than shorter days — we have more midterms, more projects and more late-night study sessions. All of which highlight the need...

UT, students must join the new internet

October 11, 2017

Amazon. Google. Facebook. You can’t overstate the impact of the internet on our lives, but we take for granted that much of it is controlled by corporate giants. These Silicon Valley companies say...

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Replacement of Red River shuttle brings welcome improvement

September 27, 2017

“I’m a Daily Texan columnist doing a story on Capital Metro,” I shouted to a group of UT students waiting at a bus stop. “Next year, they want to get rid of the 653.” Everyone...

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Hyperloop competitions should widen perspectives

September 18, 2017

On any given school year, corporate players in STEM fields host numerous competitions to excite students about engineering and the sciences. They dangle the usual goals: Build the perfect electric car....

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Beyond statues: segregation and discrimination are built in Austin’s fabric

August 28, 2017

Last Saturday, hundreds of Austinites gathered at City Hall to rally against white supremacy, and just two days later, UT removed three controversial Confederate statues from the Main Mall. But...

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MetroRapid changes put UT in the fast lane

August 7, 2017

Just in time for the fall semester, Capital Metro is making it much easier to get around Austin. Improvements to the agency’s flagship MetroRapid service are arriving Aug. 20, and UT students and...

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MoPac bike bridge stunning, but plays hard to get to

July 28, 2017

A bicycle and pedestrian bridge opened along South MoPac last month, giving cyclists and joggers a new way to cross Barton Creek. Visitors can enjoy nature, gaze at the beauty of the hill country and take...

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NASA needs more than money. It needs a vision.

July 20, 2017

Several weeks ago, I tuned into YouTube to watch a rocket launch a satellite into orbit. I notified the rest of my research cohort about the webcast, and then I messaged fellow columnist Sam Groves, who...

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Digital hygiene is for everyone

July 14, 2017

A presidential election steered by Russia, which allegedly leaked the Democratic National Committee’s private communications to damage Hillary Clinton. An ongoing epidemic of “ransomware”...

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I-35 Bus Rapid Transit proposal is flawed

July 7, 2017

The day before the end of spring break, my bus lurches through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. It’s a Sunday afternoon and I’m riding the LA Metro’s Silver Line, a Bus Rapid Transit...

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Car-free Congress Avenue would benefit Austin

June 30, 2017

Congress Avenue is usually a busy six-lane street filled with traffic, but Bike Austin hopes to change that for a day. Next year, the group wants to close two miles of Congress to hold a cycling awareness...

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High school computer science outreach sells the field short

June 22, 2017

According to a study conducted by Google and Gallup, black and Hispanic students are less likely than white students to have access to computer science classes in elementary and high school. Additionally,...

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Out-of-state enrollment benefits the entire university

June 16, 2017

Two weeks ago, Chancellor McRaven called for an increase in the number of out-of-state students attending UT Austin — they currently make up about 7 percent of the freshman class. Attracting more...

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Austin ridesharing companies did not succeed where Uber and Lyft fail

June 5, 2017

Following a yearlong absence stemming from a fight over Austin’s background check requirements for ridesharing companies, industry giants Uber and Lyft returned last week after those rules were overturned....

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Campus maps should show alternate transportation

May 4, 2017

Imagine a newly admitted student seeing UT for the first time. Imagine a guest speaker arriving on campus, preparing to give a lecture. They’re excited to arrive on our beautiful campus, and they’ve...

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Users should ditch Google Chrome

April 27, 2017

For many of us Internet-savvy students, the act of surfing the web is synonymous with Google Chrome. We value Google’s web browser for its ease of use, fast and snappy performance, and valuable features...

Project Scorpio cannot save gaming consoles

April 20, 2017

Last Friday, Microsoft confirmed that Project Scorpio, a refresh of its Xbox One gaming console, will be revealed at the E3 this June. Much like Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro that released last November,...

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Rio Grande bike lanes endanger both drivers and bikers

April 6, 2017

As I returned to my West Campus apartment at the end of spring break, I noticed something different about Rio Grande Street. The cones that divided the bicycles lanes from the traffic lane had been replaced...

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Wire One gondolas won’t resolve Austin’s transit woes

March 30, 2017

I needn’t remind you about the horrid state of Austin traffic — but are our leaders working to get our city moving again? Based on the so-called solutions they pursue, not so much. Case...

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“Be Safe” should focus more on improving campus physical environment

March 23, 2017

In 2015, UT launched the “Be Safe” campaign to encourage students to be more mindful of personal safety around campus. Be Safe ads are now plastered all over bulletin boards, classrooms and...

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Capital Metro must not abandon traditional buses

March 9, 2017

Last week, Capital Metro approved its Connections 2025 draft network plan, which will guide a reimagining of Austin’s public transit system over the next several years. For much of Austin, there’s...

Nobody wins in the Amazon Alexa fight

March 2, 2017

Last year, James Bates of Bentonville, Arkansas, was charged with the murder of Victor Collins. Recently, his story made national headlines — Bates had an Amazon Echo, a “smart speaker”...

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Computer science students benefit from interdisciplinary work

February 23, 2017

Computer science students, we’ve all been there — hunched over the keyboard in the wee hours of the morning. Shuffling between classes in the Dell building looking for study space. Juggling...

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Proposed tunnel won’t eliminate traffic woes

February 16, 2017

“Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!” cheered the citizens of Springfield in the classic “Simpsons” episode “Marge vs. the Monorail,” in which smooth-talking conman Lyle Lanley...

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CodeNEXT looks to revamp Austin development

February 6, 2017

For students, Austin housing is becoming more expensive every year. As the city grows and hundreds move here everyday, imagine the affordability crunch that UT students will face 10, 20, or even 30 years...