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UT, where do Black student demands stand now?

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan.   In the wake of summer protests against police brutality led by the Black Lives Matter movement, students...

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Creating a platform for activism

March 12, 2021

Editor’s note: Sanika Nayak is currently running unopposed to become the next Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Texan. For this column, she was asked to present her platform and vision for the Texan. My...

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To address challenges, I want to listen to you

March 1, 2021

Editor’s note: Sanika Nayak is currently running unopposed to become the next editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan. For this column, she was given the following prompt: The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally...

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Educate students on UT’s racial spaces and history

August 26, 2020

In light of the Black Lives Matter protests this summer, UT has promised to create a more diverse and welcoming campus. This promise includes the goal to “educate our community and visitors about...

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Rename T.S. Painter Hall to better commit to an inclusive campus

August 24, 2020

According to Interim President Jay Hartzell’s message about a more diverse and welcoming campus, UT is “reconsidering how to best reflect our values, both in the symbols and names on our...

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Professors need training to support students in distress

January 22, 2020

Over the last nine years, UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center has seen a 104% increase in student visits. This statistic doesn’t show the number of students who face anxiety, stress or...

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Cockrell needs female lecturers in classes, not just clubs

August 30, 2019

Only 28% of undergraduate students in the Cockrell School of Engineering are women. The narrative of women being a minority in STEM fields has persisted for years and is especially prevalent in engineering...

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School of Architecture must alleviate material costs

June 25, 2019

The average UT student pays thousands of dollars for their education. However, for students in the UT School of Architecture, whose degrees span five years, tuition bills are accompanied by additional...

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Student parents need liaisons to better access campus resources

April 26, 2019

Students often complain about not having enough time or being overwhelmed with work, but these burdens are nothing compared to those of a student who is also a parent. Student parents not only have to...

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UT needs to update its name change system to support all students at UT

April 3, 2019

We use names to present ourselves to others and associate our names with how we see ourselves.  However, sometimes our given name is not the name we associate with — this is especially true...

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STEM colleges need broad mentorship group for marginalized students

March 13, 2019

It’s no secret science, technology, engineering and math departments are predominantly male and white. Because of this, it can be difficult for women, people of color, first-generation students and...

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STEM civic engagement is crucial

March 6, 2019

Politics are hard to keep up with — news changes everyday, and in today’s political climate almost all issues are divisive. But every citizen of voting age is responsible for keeping up with...

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UTPD must learn from APD’s mistakes

February 15, 2019

Thirty out of 95. That’s how many sexual assault cases the Austin Police Department misclassified as “exceptionally cleared” which may have warranted further investigation. A case can...

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Students would benefit from women’s center at Gregory Gym

December 10, 2018

From 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., students filter in and out of Gregory Gym, tired and sweaty from their workouts. The on-campus gym is equipped with weight rooms, racquetball courts, rock climbing, basketball...

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UT’s MechE department lacks female representation

December 3, 2018

Five out of 38. That’s how many full-time female professors are currently employed by UT’s Mechanical Engineering department. As a field of STEM that already struggles to incorporate women,...

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UHS can educate parents about birth control too

November 16, 2018

Nearly 60 percent of female students at UT report using birth control pills as a method of contraception, and although birth control is often associated with preventing pregnancy, 33 percent of young women...

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UT needs to create a program to support single parents 

October 26, 2018

  Being a student is stressful. Classes, homework, tests and club involvement can overwhelm a student’s day. However, for students who are also single parents, the days are even busier due...

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UT can better honor women’s accomplishments

October 25, 2018

Of the 11 statues on the 40 acres, only one is a woman of historical importance — Barbara Jordan. Although many women have made significant contributions to UT, the University has failed to publicly...

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Students can find powerful conversations at the Blanton

October 12, 2018

A cluster of cloaked figures in white hoods huddle together in the night, the landscape of an urban city skyline behind them. They are unknown by their identity yet infamously recognizable — the...

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You don’t need a mental illness to go to the CMHC

October 8, 2018

With the fall semester in full swing, students often find their stress levels at new highs. Being away from home coupled with the pressure of a college environment can easily  escalate for many...

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Bevo’s well-being is more important than his game presence

October 3, 2018

School spirit reaches an all-time peak at each home football game. Burnt orange covers the streets and the stadium as students, parents and alumni cheer on the Longhorns. Nearly 100,000 people come to...