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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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All content by Tarek Zaher

A tested way to find happiness

Tarek Zaher May 1, 2018

We’re all limited, in some way or another, by our biology. Try to fly without any external exosuits or vehicles. You can’t. Your biology, for better or worse, confines you to the life of the...


Thank your bus driver. It will make you happier.

Tarek Zaher April 19, 2018

If you don’t thank your bus driver already, you’re probably not convinced by the argument that they work long hours for meager wages and so thanking them is just “the right thing to do.”...


Rethinking the way we distribute Blue Books

Tarek Zaher April 12, 2018

We all know what it’s like: You walk into an exam anxiously checking your notes one last time, making sure you have a pen, and then it happens. Panic strikes your heart as you glance around the room...


Fulfill your duty as a student; tell the truth about vaccines

Tarek Zaher April 6, 2018

Since 2003, when Texas laws changed to allow parents to opt out of certain vaccines for non-medical reasons, the number of unvaccinated public-school children in Texas skyrocketed from 2,300 the first...


Counterpoint: Don’t make the mistake of mislabeling the Austin bomber as a terrorist

Tarek Zaher March 30, 2018

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding reactions to the Austin Bomber. Read this column's corresponding counterpoint here. Why has Mark Conditt, the Austin serial...


Convicted felon should be able to run for Austin City Council

Tarek Zaher March 8, 2018

Lewis Conway Jr. was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally stabbing a man after a dispute at an East Austin apartment 25 years ago, a crime for which he served eight years in prison and 12 years...


Small donations have a big effect in Texas politics

Tarek Zaher February 27, 2018

As the primaries approach, UT students are thinking more about how they can support their chosen candidates for the 2018 midterm elections. In particular, students on a budget and poorer people are discouraged...


Raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21 will save lives

Tarek Zaher February 20, 2018

By the time you get to the end of this sentence, a person will have died from something our laws could have prevented. Every six seconds, one person dies from a tobacco-related disease. It’s time...


Why you should read for pleasure

Tarek Zaher February 13, 2018

Reading for pleasure is a better predictor of a child’s future success than their parents’ financial status and education level. Despite this, fewer and fewer people are reading in general....

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Adopting dogs shouldn’t be taken lightly by college students

Tarek Zaher February 6, 2018

When hanging out with a friend or family member’s dogs or seeing cute dog videos on the internet, it’s easy to want one for ourselves. For those with the capacity to fully care for them, owning...


The Austin City Council should vote to reduce the price of parking at the new Austin Central Library

Tarek Zaher February 2, 2018

Ten weeks ago, the new Austin Central Library began charging the highest parking rates of any Texas cities’ central libraries. These parking rates are at odds with Austin Public Libraries’...


Mindfulness meditation could help UT students combat stress, improve focus and find meaning

Tarek Zaher January 30, 2018

Many college students’ lives are increasingly dominated by  cynicism about themselves, their future and the world around them. Much is said about the institutional, political and social changes...

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