The Daily Texan

All content by Samian Quazi

Rebuilding the holidays

November 30, 2011

Nearly three months after wildfires devastated Bastrop County, more than 1,000 Bastrop children could be spending this Christmas without any new toys. The Bastrop Pink Santa Toy Drive is still in desperate...

Mayor’s second term seems likely

November 23, 2011

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell launched his re-election campaign Wednesday at Becker Elementary, his childhood school in South Austin. First elected in May 2009, Leffingwell elaborated on his role as a steady...

The questionable value of arts programs

November 16, 2011

State governments nationwide have targeted arts programs for budget cuts in a cash-strapped era. As states and universities reallocate taxpayer money to core subjects such as English, math and science,...

Inflate grades in STEM programs

November 9, 2011

As our nation remains mired in a chronic shortage of qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates, the United States will inevitably fall behind rising powers such as India and...

Republicans drawing groans on student loans

November 2, 2011

At a time when nationwide, youth-led protests have focused media attention on college graduates’ mounting student loan burdens, Republican presidential candidates have begun addressing this issue....

City Council promotes vigilantism

October 26, 2011

Austin City Council granted preliminary approval Thursday to a measure targeted against disabled parking violators. The council plans to allow members of the public to photograph and report cars illegally...

Abortion sign ordinance doomed in courts

October 19, 2011

Four faith-based pregnancy centers filed a federal lawsuit against Austin on Oct. 6, charging that a city ordinance violates their free speech rights. The ordinance, passed unanimously by the City Council...

Occupy Austin trickles down to students

October 12, 2011

 More than 1,000 Austinites rallied in front of City Hall on Oct. 6 as part of the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement. Chief among these protesters’ grievances is that Wall Street and corporations...

UT student faces espionage charges

October 3, 2011

UT graduate student Omid Kokabee is scheduled to face espionage charges Tuesday in his native Iran. Kokabee, who had been studying optics as a first-year graduate student in the UT physics department,...

New ID law safeguards voting

September 28, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice asked Texas on Friday to provide more information on the state’s new voter ID law. The law, which passed in the Legislature this year and goes into effect Jan. 1, requires...

Enact paid sick leave in Austin

September 23, 2011

Seattle joined Washington D.C. and San Francisco on Sept. 12 in requiring most businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. Sick leave is a hot political issue debated nationwide, and the blockbuster...

Avoid immigration, Perry

September 21, 2011

As the Republican presidential primary campaign season begins to generate buzz in the media, immigration has been conspicuously absent from public debates. Nevertheless, candidates such as Gov. Rick Perry...

Out of the Capitol, into the fire

September 12, 2011

Last week’s fires in Bastrop and other parts of Texas rank among the most destructive in our state’s history. The conflagration also laid bare the humiliating results of the Capitol’s...

California’s doppleganger

September 2, 2011

Since the start of the Great Recession, conservative pundits in the mainstream media have compared our state’s economy favorably to California’s. Next month, a consortium of Austin tech companies...

Austin’s first medical school

August 29, 2011

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa won unanimous approval from the UT System Board of Regents on Thursday for a framework expanding higher education. One of the framework’s goals, to “advance medical...

Protecting against payday lenders

August 26, 2011

After a summer tussling over plastic bag bans and parking meter hours, the City Council seemed unwavering in its willingness to impose onerous restrictions on Austin businesses. Last week, however, the...

Perry flip-flops on social policies

August 8, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry’s all-but-declared presidential bid garnered national attention recently when he characterized abortion and gay marriage as issues best left to states. After consternation from...

A sound science curriculum

August 1, 2011

The State Board of Education unanimously voted on July 22 to approve supplemental school materials that upheld evolution in the middle school curriculum. To the dismay of creationists, the board rejected...

New parking fees threaten Austin growth

July 25, 2011

After voting in early March to impose metered parking rules after 5:30 p.m., the Austin City Council has recently decided to reconsider extending the parking hours. Deeply unpopular among Austin motorists,...

Spare Stroman for my identity

July 18, 2011

On July 20, Texas is scheduled to carry out the death penalty against Mark Stroman. One of his victims, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan, has garnered international headlines by calling for Stroman’s...

A case for Wendy Davis

July 14, 2011

Consigned to the role of loyal opposition, Texas Democrats are poised to hand another victory to Republicans in next year’s U.S. Senate election. The lackluster potential and declared Democratic...

Confederate plates: An utter disgrace

July 4, 2011

Texas motorists may soon be able to sport a license plate with a Confederate flag logo if the Department of Motor Vehicles approves it this fall. The Sons of Confederate Veterans applied for such...

An embarrassing distraction

June 27, 2011

Last week, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a bill that overrides a federal mandate phasing out incandescent lightbulbs. The legislation flies in the face of constitutional authority and judicial precedent....