The Daily Texan

All content by Spencer Buckner

Editor-in-chief goes mask-on

May 8, 2020

I’m going to be honest, I still don’t know what I’m doing. When I joined the Texan as a columnist my first semester of freshman year, I’d stay up past midnight to see if my columns...


Amid pandemic, tenants must organize

March 31, 2020

Amid a global pandemic, no one should have to worry about having a place to live. If you are struggling or unable to pay rent on April 1, you are not alone. While making rent in Austin has never been...


You have a place in The Daily Texan’s newsroom

January 21, 2020

The Daily Texan boasts an impressive legacy. In the 119-year history of the Texan, our paper has won countless awards. We boast more Pulitzer Prize winners than any of our peers. Among our alumni are...

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Course Instructor Surveys must account for student safety

December 6, 2019

This week, all my classes set aside time for students to complete a Course Instructor Survey — a form designed to get anonymous feedback about our experiences in class.  Professors use these...


Tell us yourselves.

October 29, 2019

At last Friday’s sit-in for student safety, dozens of students protested in front of executive vice president and provost Maurie McInnis’ office demanding answers. Answers to why men who violated...


You have a place in The Daily Texan’s newsroom

August 26, 2019

The Daily Texan boasts an impressive legacy. In the 119-year history of the Texan, our paper has won countless awards. We boast more Pulitzer Prize winners than any of our peers. Among our alumni are...


I got help. You can too.

July 16, 2019

It took a decade of depression for me to seek counseling.  A decade of often feeling worthless, hopeless, lost. A decade stuck in monthslong bouts of suicidal ideation that came and went from...


You have a place on The Daily Texan’s staff

June 11, 2019

The Daily Texan boasts an impressive legacy. In the 119-year history of the Texan, our paper has won countless awards. We boast more Pulitzer Prize winners than any of our peers. Among our alumni are...


Opinion page must be platform for productive dialogue

March 5, 2019

Editor’s note: Spencer Buckner is currently running in an unopposed election to become the next editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan. For this column, he was asked to address how the newspaper should...


For students’ sake, give our lecture halls a facelift

September 11, 2018

Stepping into some of UT’s largest lecture halls can often feel like entering a time capsule — and not in a good way. It’s not uncommon to find yourself at a broken desk, or to find a...

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Leasing an apartment in West Campus? Good luck.

August 29, 2018

As my roommates and I were rushed through signing our leases and choosing our apartment at Skyloft, we took a brief look at our future floor plan. While well-meaning, our leasing adviser — another...

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UT deserves a comprehensive mental health report

June 12, 2018

Former Chancellor William McRaven unapologetically took the lead against campus sexual violence — his greatest accomplishment as chancellor. His successor must do the same for mental health. The...

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Let’s help professors help struggling students

April 18, 2018

“If you suspect this student has engaged in scholastic dishonesty, you are urged to report the matter to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.” This was the only message from the University...

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Why the EERC should be our second voting booth

April 4, 2018

Hussam Djadi was excited to vote in the 2018 primary election, the first election he was old enough to vote in. After missing the early voting period, Djadi, an electrical engineering freshman, arrived...


UT’s mental health problems deserve modern solutions

March 23, 2018

If you’re a student seeking a convenient mental health resource, the Counseling and Mental Health Center’s Thrive app is currently your best bet for online help. Thrive provides Longhorns with...

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All-night dining options aren’t as crazy as they sound

February 22, 2018

The Wendy’s on the first floor of Jester is more than just a Wendy’s: It’s a beacon of late-night regret and gut-busting four dollar meal deals. Wendy’s didn’t earn this responsibility....

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Fixing Speedway isn’t enough to improve UT’s campus

February 7, 2018

Complaining about construction on campus is a sacred Longhorn tradition. But with the infamous Speedway construction set to finally end this spring, it appears that, for once, we might not have any more...


Don’t fear UT’s auto-graduation system

January 25, 2018

When The Daily Texan talked to Dr. Cassandre Alvarado and Quynhanh Tran about the University’s new auto-graduation process two months ago, the result was an article that ultimately scared scores...


The UT System’s bid for Los Alamos is an accident waiting to happen

December 6, 2017

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a bastion of the nuclear community — instrumental in the creation of the first atomic bomb and countless innovations since. Any opportunity for UT to work with Los...


Blame tuition woes on the state, not the University

November 28, 2017

UT’s announcement of likely upcoming tuition hikes should come as a surprise to nobody. A need for more funds coupled with an unsupportive state legislature make rate increases inevitable. Regardless,...


Faith is no excuse for assault

November 15, 2017

Five women have now accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama’s Senate race, of sexual misconduct. All have described a 30-something-year-old Moore pursuing and, in some cases, assaulting...


Longhorns need fewer online learning tools, not more

November 8, 2017

The hidden costs of college are always the ones that hurt the most. As a freshman, I knew what I was getting into with tuition, housing and even textbooks, but UT’s litany of extraneous costs caught...


True rock and roll pioneers must be celebrated

November 1, 2017

When a rock ’n’ roll veteran dies, America mourns them. October was no exception. Only 22 days after the death of rock icon Tom Petty, genre pioneer and pianist Fats Domino passed away. While...

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UT must continue to improve the supplemental housing experience

October 31, 2017

When Gage Krause and Tailai Liu applied for on-campus housing their freshman year, they were both on the late end of the application timeline. Neither were shocked, then, when they received a notice that...


Students deserve to be informed when renting off campus

October 18, 2017

When I tell my non-Longhorn friends that I’ve already signed a housing lease for next year, they’re rightfully shocked. At most universities, the idea of striking a deal on off-campus property...


Texas’ drone laws compromise our whistleblowers, safety

October 11, 2017

Texas’ new drone regulation is being marketed as a necessity for safety and privacy around the state — but don’t let that fool you. The recently passed law regarding drone flight will...


First-year representative elections aren’t representative enough

October 5, 2017

Last week, freshmen on the 40 Acres cast their ballots to elect our two first-year representatives for Student Government. The winners,  Adam Bergman and Alex Street,  collectively received less...


UT’s graduation initiative deserves to be celebrated

September 28, 2017

In 2012, then-president of UT William Powers established a lofty goal: Raise the flagship campus’s four-year graduation rate to 70 percent in five years. Back then, the four-year graduation rate...


Audio manipulation threatens productive dialogue

September 20, 2017

In an age of media manipulation, the American people have been struggling to figure out what’s real. With realistic-looking photos of President Donald Trump saving cats and leading boat rescues in...


Rise of cities necessitates further civic engagement

September 13, 2017

In his roaring re-entry to the Senate after surgery in July, Sen. John McCain stated the obvious — “(congress is) getting nothing done.” With hyper-partisanship rendering federal and...