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 Sam Thielman

Students need to change mentalities about overworking themselves

February 26, 2020

Many students strive for perfection. There is immense pressure from peers, families, and society to work as hard as you can. People romanticize sacrificing their mental and physical health for the sake...


UT needs to abandon the A- for more forgiving grades

February 18, 2020

My first winter break of college, I was home catching up with one of my best friends from high school. She’d just gotten her final grades back and was relieved that she’d barely eked out a...

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Professors need to consider a lower stakes grading system

January 31, 2020

Ah, the new semester. People aren’t stressed out of their minds yet, classes are still fresh and interesting and there’s a sense of excitement around campus.  Let’s fix that....


Use signs to inform students of native Texas flora on campus

December 5, 2019

What do Texans love more than Texas? Trick question — the answer is absolutely nothing.  To be fair, Texans have a lot to be proud of. Stars at night, wailing coyotes and prairie skies are...


Let’s put the active back in activism

November 15, 2019

No one should have to sit out a sit-in.  Protests and other methods of activism are great ways for people to come together and get involved in the political environment around them. The problem...


Improve on-campus quality of life with more tea options

November 7, 2019

As you look outside at the cold, gray day, it makes you appreciate what you have now: a nice fire, a good book and a hot cup of tea. Then you wake up and realize that it’s your life that’s...


RecSports should work on improving its use of technology

October 17, 2019

Sports clubs are great, right? You know what else would be great? If UT RecSports devoted more of its resources to improving its website. Sports clubs are a large part of campus life for many students....

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Students deserve opportunities to engage with Austin community

October 10, 2019

Roses are red, OU still sucks, I hope you like campus because it looks like you’re stuck.  Putting our rivalry with OU aside, students really do get stuck on campus. Austin is a great city...


When students have an emergency, let’s allow Longhorn EMS to help

September 26, 2019

Everyone has something that they’re implacably opposed to — President Donald Trump and progressive taxation, Bernie Sanders and student debt, the Vegas Golden Knights and beating the San Jose...


UT should create pen pal system for freshmen

September 19, 2019

My aunt likes to complain that people these days don’t write letters anymore, but the joke’s on her because there are 119 letters in just this sentence. Puns aside, my aunt isn’t wrong....


Departments need community-building courses

September 18, 2019

One of my fondest memories of freshman year was when I, alongside 20 of my history major peers, stood in a circle in Garrison Hall singing Kumbaya.  Okay, so maybe that didn’t happen. But...

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Students deserve more resources for finding off-campus housing

September 10, 2019

At the beginning of my freshman year, I dealt with all sorts of “beginning of freshman year” worries. I was nervous about classes and meeting new people. One thing I wasn’t nervous about...


Promote student organizations on UT social media accounts

September 5, 2019

One thousand and ninety four. That’s the number of student organizations currently active on campus, and each one is an individual labor of love for their members. They bring people together around...


History department needs quantitative reasoning course

August 26, 2019

History is a science in many respects. Historians form hypotheses and draw conclusions. They seek to describe and document the world around them. Perhaps the largest similarity between history and science,...


Wildflowers would beautify campus, help pollinators

August 6, 2019

The scent of bluebonnets is one of my favorites. I always loved seeing them bloom in my front yard, and the image of them along I-35 is iconic to Texas. It seems odd, then, that I see so few around...

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