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Mark Miller is uniquely qualified to be railroad commissioner

October 24, 2016

Like every other statewide race, the bid for the open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission will likely go to the Republican candidate. At times, this leads to a state getting what it wants in a qualified...


Hernandez’ immigration stance sets her apart for sheriff

October 24, 2016

Sally Hernandez enters the race for county sheriff with years of experience working in law enforcement, and she provides a platform fit to serve residents of Travis County. She is running as a Democrat...


We endorse Democrats in their gerrymandered Congressional races

October 24, 2016

Neither of Texas’ US Senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, are up for reelection this year. While all its congressional representatives are, only one of those races is competitive, and that race isn’t...


Horns up, horns down: Oct. 10

October 10, 2016

Horns up: ACL and The Texas State Fair With all due respect to our friends who had to drive back to Norman, this past weekend is the one that makes clear why going to UT is the indisputably right choice....


Texas commits to reminding everyone that OU still sucks

October 6, 2016

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of the University of Texas’ friendly rivalry with the University of Oklahoma, the editorial boards of The Daily Texan and The Oklahoma Daily have exchanged editorials. Read...


Texas African-American History Memorial isn’t enough to fix state’s racist history

October 5, 2016

As Texans, we are no longer shocked by the absurdity that constantly escapes from the State Capitol. Between the often pernicious bills passed in the Lege and the seemingly large population of ignorant...


Hillary Clinton earns our endorsement for President

September 30, 2016

The post-war America that today’s college students grew up learning about was one built on the successes of factory workers — hard-working Americans who bought homes and provided for their...


Horns up, horns down: Sept. 26

September 26, 2016

Horns up: Pottermore Patronus                         We had all sorts of important things to keep us busy this week. There are textbooks...


Horns up, Horns down: Sept. 12

September 12, 2016

Horns up: Game day productivity Some of us have mixed feelings about game day. We’re all about those Longhorns playing some sportsball and scoring those points, but maybe it’s not our favorite...

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Horns up, horns down: First day of class

August 24, 2016

Horns up: First day of class After three months of doing absolutely nothing, the first day of class is here to bring purpose back to our lives. No more groggily waking up at two in the afternoon, no...


Fifty Years Later: 1986 Editorial

August 1, 2016

Editor's note: Reprinted below is the original editorial from the Aug. 1, 1986 print edition of The Daily Texan. “There was something wrong about him that suggested and expressed...


Fifty Years Later: 1996 Editorial

August 1, 2016

Editor's note: Reprinted below is the original editorial from the Aug. 1, 1996 print edition of The Daily Texan. Thirty years. Somehow, the horror of Aug. 1, 1966, won’t fade....

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Fifty Years Later: 2006 Editorials

August 1, 2016

Editor's note: Reprinted below are the original editorials from the Aug. 1, 2006 print edition of The Daily Texan. They have been edited exclusively for typographical errors. Forty...


Fifty Years Later: 1966 Editorials

August 1, 2016

Editor's note: Reprinted below are the original editorials from the Aug. 5, 1966 print edition of The Daily Texan. The Tower Massacre The University witnessed an appalling tragedy Monday....


Fifty years later, new fears loom over campus

August 1, 2016

Ten years ago, when the Daily Texan Editorial Board last examined how the Tower shooting changed our campus, we had finally arrived at a point where the terror felt on Aug. 1, 1966, was too foreign for...


Safe campus carry rollout demands effort from students

August 1, 2016

Today, on the day the UT Tower clock will stop to honor the victims of Charles Whitman’s assault on the 40 Acres, Texas’ campus carry provisions created under SB 11 go into effect. Its effects...


Horns up, horns down: July 25

July 25, 2016

Horns up: Moo-ving Okay, hear us out. We know it sucks to pack everything you own up nicely only for your younger brother (or whoever you blackmailed into helping you move) or a moving guy to drop it...


Horns up, horns down: July 11

July 11, 2016

Horns Up: Fun in the sun After two days of hundred degree heat last week and several more on the horizon, true Texan Summer is finally upon us. If you’re like us, you wouldn’t know this...


Despite Fisher ruling, legislature must work to improve diversity on campus

June 27, 2016

In an unexpected move, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the University’s use of race-based affirmative action in its current admissions policy last Thursday. While this move may have been bad for...


Horns up, horns down: June 13

June 13, 2016

Horns up: Immigrants getting the job done If we’ve learned anything in the past year while obsessively listening to the “Hamilton” soundtrack on Spotify — other than how easy...


Horns Up, Horns Down: May 6

May 6, 2016

Horns up: Summer Gainz While all of you charming kids leave town to work for free for 60 hours per week or eat your parents’ food on their couch, we’ll be here, straight flexin’, in...

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Student Government: Shape up or ship out

March 23, 2016

Since campaigning started on Feb. 17, candidates have spent thousands of dollars on their campaigns, the election supervisory board ruled on 13 different complaints and students cast over 7,000 votes for...


Editorial Board endorses University-wide representative candidates

March 1, 2016

Editor’s Note: As candidates in other races, associate editors Alexander Chase and Mary Dolan recused themselves from the editorial decisions to endorse candidates for the positions of executive...


Gina Hinojosa is best choice for House District 49 seat

March 1, 2016

Last December, longtime Democrat and Texas House representative Elliott Naishtat announced that he was retiring from his post in House District 49. Today, voters will cast their ballots to determine his...


Cast your executive alliance vote for the future and legacy you envision for SG

February 29, 2016

Editor’s Note: As candidates in other races, associate editors Alexander Chase and Mary Dolan recused themselves from the editorial decisions to endorse candidates for the positions of executive...


Horns Up, Horns Down: February 3

February 3, 2016

Horns Up: Students registering students On Feb. 1, the last day to register for the upcoming elections and primaries, while some of us were rotting our brains through television programming like “The...


Selected students should answer CLASE sexual assault survey

November 6, 2015

Yesterday, LaToya Hill, associate vice-president and Title IX coordinator, distributed the long-anticipated Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) survey. This marks the first step in the UT...


Government must strive to increase voter turnout

November 4, 2015

Yesterday’s elections in Texas featured seven proposed constitutional amendments, as well as a competitive mayoral race and a controversial ballot measure in America’s fourth-largest city,...


All students should vote in today’s local elections

November 3, 2015

With last Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate that broke CNBC’s viewership records, all eyes are on national politics. Yet, today’s elections will arguably make a greater difference...


Students should vote on seven proposed changes to the Texas Constitution

October 27, 2015

While this year’s Election Day does not involve any campaigns for prominent national or state-level offices, Texans should still pay attention to the state issues on the ballot on Nov. 3. Not all...


Lack of administrative effort reflected in low diversity rates

October 19, 2015

Consistent with University admissions over the last decade, campus diversity is at a characteristic low. While white students make up an uncontested plurality of students at 45 percent, Asian and Hispanic...


Despite 1-4 Longhorn start, Oklahoma still sucks

October 9, 2015

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of the University of Texas’ friendly rivalry with the University of Oklahoma, the editorial boards of The Daily Texan and The Oklahoma Daily have exchanged editorials....


Horns Up, Horns Down: October 7

October 8, 2015

Horns down: Charlie Strong’s season In response to the abysmal 50-7 loss against TCU, Charlie Strong told reporters he experienced his “worst day as a head coach.” The Longhorns haven’t...


Campus carry symptomatic of unbalanced relationship between UT, Legislature

October 5, 2015

Campus carry might turn out disastrously for UT. It might also turn out to be completely benign. But even if the law’s potential effects are murky, the uneven relationship between the Texas Legislature...


Horns Up, Horns Down: September 23

September 23, 2015

Horns up: Austin police enforcing “Don’t Block the Box” APD is moving their “Don’t Block the Box” campaign to busy streets near the University in an effort to decrease...


AAU survey demands greater administrative, community attention

September 22, 2015

The Association of American Universities released the results of a comprehensive study on sexual assault on 27 college campuses Monday. The study revealed that 23.1 percent of female students nationwide...


New president, new beginning

September 18, 2015

Editor’s note: Some parts of this interview were omitted for clarity and brevity. Daily Texan Editorial Board: How extensively would you be comfortable either restricting or allowing campus carry...


Horns Up, Horns Down: September 15

September 15, 2015

Horns Up: Longhorn Football (finally) wins. With a 42-28 win over Rice, UT won its first football game of the season and evened its season record. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard threw a...


Questions about hiring, background check procedures demand answers from UT administrations

September 15, 2015

On Sept. 8, the Austin American-Statesman published a story detailing the criminal record of two brothers, Glen and Darren Gay, who were convicted of assaulting a gay man in 2004, which police labeled...


Student suicide prevention bill is a new horizon for mental health on campuses

September 2, 2015

Texas Senate Bill 1624 took effect yesterday, requiring all incoming students at Texas academic institutions to receive information regarding mental health and suicide prevention services. The passage...


Despite anticlimactic removal, statue relocation presents encouraging opportunities for future change

August 31, 2015

Decades of stifled objections and half a year of heated debate ended mundanely on a quiet Sunday morning, when a forklift carried the cellophane-wrapped Jefferson Davis statue from its central position...


Student regent expenses demonstrate role’s lack of agency

August 27, 2015

When the 79th Texas Legislature began requiring the UT System Board of Regents to appoint a student regent in 2005, the goal was to foster a stronger relationship between the board and university students....


Horns Up, Horns Down: first day of school

August 26, 2015

Horns up: The prodigal son returns... Welcome back, Blue Bell. The beloved creamery reported last week that their plants have begun test runs, and all signs point to Blue Bell returning to grocery shelves...


Davis statue’s presence at Gone to Texas reflects disappointing administrative complacency

August 26, 2015

Although President Gregory Fenves made the decision to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from its place on the Main Mall, it was still present last night for “Gone To Texas,” a University tradition...


Relocation of Jefferson Davis statue paves way for future change on the 40 Acres

August 13, 2015

After months of eager anticipation, UT President Gregory Fenves finally made a decision about the statue of Jefferson Davis on the Main Mall. The statue, depicting and honoring the only president of the...


Paxton indictment: Though the choice remains his, AG should resign

August 9, 2015

edOn August 1, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on two felony charges  — two counts of securities fraud and one count of failed registration with the state...


Horns Up, Horns Down: August 3

August 3, 2015

Horns Down: Leaving Bevo at home A new football season is always a time of great optimism, but we have a reason not to smile at the first game of the season. While the Longhorn football team is looking...


Five campus issues for students to watch this fall

August 3, 2015

This editorial has been updated to reflect further development of campus issues since its original publication. UT Student Government: This past year, the student body made the novel choice of...


Texas leaders must stop standing in the way of civil rights, progress

June 26, 2015

On Friday, exactly 12 years after bans on sodomy in 14 states, including Texas, were struck down and exactly two years after the Defense of Marriage Act was struck, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there...


No more time to wait on confederate statue decision

June 24, 2015

Early in the morning of June 23, three statues of confederate leaders at the University of Texas at Austin were vandalized with spray paint, each bearing the message “Black Lives Matter.” The...


Pending investigation into Texas Athletics an opportunity for change

June 18, 2015

On Monday, President Gregory Fenves ordered an independent review of the University’s athletics department (Texas Athletics) following allegations of academic misconduct against three former student-athletes...


Legislative wrap-up: The best and worst of the 84th Texas Legislature

June 15, 2015

Best: House Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth): Texas public health received unique attention last year with the highly publicized arrival of ebola patients in Texas amid a growing conversation about...


Abbott’s higher education goals take important first step, must be holistic going forward

June 13, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the University Research Initiative on June 4, a priority of his administration that expands public universities' access to government funds, specifically in the science,...


Fenves salary negotiations send a political, personal message amid competitive market

June 7, 2015

In the search for a new UT president, the Board of Regents offered candidates a compensation package of $1 million base pay with a potential 12 percent bonus. That offer was a substantial increase from...

Horns Up, Horns Down for May 28

May 28, 2015

Horns Up: Barbecue and Student Activities Fair on Night One of Orientation Do I hear a “heck yes” for that Texas barbecue? After a long day of meetings and advising appointments,...


Changes to orientation programming benefit students

May 28, 2015

At a university as large as the University of Texas at Austin, there are a lot of areas in need of improvement. A lot of these improvements can be made as soon as the university chooses to make them. This...


Misguided open carry, campus carry legislation demonstrates need for student voices in civic process

May 27, 2015

As the 84th Texas Legislature nears the end of its session, gun rights appear to be among the accomplishments Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will herald the next time either runs in a Republican...

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Executions, if they must continue, should be transparent in Texas

May 24, 2015

On May 15, a federal jury in Massachusetts sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- one of the bombers in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing -- to death. The federal government has only executed 3 men since Massachusetts...

Gov. Abbott’s actions on Jade Helm 15 were irresponsible

May 7, 2015

Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott shocked the civilized world by openly pandering to right-wing conspiracy theorists. In an unprecedented move, he ordered the Texas National Guard to “monitor” proceedings...


With changes at highest levels of UT’s administration, uncertainty remains

May 5, 2015

Last month, the University of Texas Board of Regents announced — without much fanfare — the next president of this University: Gregory Fenves, the current provost and executive vice President....


Early moves by Rotnofsky, Mandalapu don’t quite shake things up

April 30, 2015

Last month, the originally satirical Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu were swept into office as student body president and vice president, respectively. In doing so, they pledged to shake up Student...


Dell Medical School dean discusses faculty recruitment, health care access

April 23, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. Dr. Clay Johnston is dean of the Dell Medical School. He was appointed dean in January 2014. The interview has...

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College of Education dean discusses programs, future of graduates

April 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. Manuel J. Justiz is dean of the College of Education. He assumed the position in 1990. Daily Texan: Could...

SG should vote down divestment bill

April 17, 2015

Last month, this board asked Student Government to vote down a resolution that offered nothing but obsequious promotion and praise of the State of Israel. We did so not because we disagreed with the political...


Texas Student Media thankful for support from donors

April 15, 2015

In the past couple of weeks, Texas Student Media — the parent organization of the Texan and other entities — held a pledge drive to raise funds for these student publications, including not...

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College of Natural Sciences dean discusses faculty, TA positions

April 14, 2015

Editor’s Note: This interview is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with the University’s deans. Linda Hicke has been dean of the College of Natural Sciences, which has the largest enrollment...


As Google Fiber revolutionizes Internet, some are still denied the right

April 14, 2015

On Friday, the Texan noted a report published by the University and the city of Austin that examined Internet usage across demographic cleavages in Austin. Unsurprisingly, it found that Internet usage...

UTPD must improve methods of notifying student body

April 10, 2015

On Monday, Bass Concert Hall and the Texas Performing Arts Center were evacuated following a bomb threat. Fortunately, the threat was a hoax, and the evacuation measures soon ended. But, not unlike other...


Rady, Strickland leave office with successes, failures

April 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: With new Student Government President and Vice President Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu being sworn in Tuesday evening, we thought we would take one last look at the accomplishments...


Committee on Transparency should reconsider Wallace Hall impeachment

April 3, 2015

On Tuesday, after an exceedingly lengthy deliberation process, a Travis County grand jury declined to indict UT System Regent Wallace Hall, the embattled University official who has embarked on a years-long...

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Liberal Arts dean Diehl shouldn’t give Regnerus a pass

April 1, 2015

​Editor's Note: This editorial has been updated with a copy of the letter sent to Crosnoe. As another gay marriage case goes before the Supreme Court, Mark Regnerus has once again been spared...

GSA president discusses new term goals, previous accomplishments

March 30, 2015

Editor’s Note: Graduate students Brian Wilkey and Vance Roper were recently elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Graduate Student Assembly. They served together part of this...

Lake Austin bus route creates inconvenience for graduate students

March 30, 2015

Bus No. 663 — Lake Austin is the only UT shuttle loop from the Lake Austin area to campus. With three University apartments, Brackenridge, Colorado and Gateway, located on Lake Austin Boulevard,...


Dean Diehl talks College of Liberal Arts, shared services

March 26, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. Randy L. Diehl is dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He assumed the position in 2007. The Daily Texan: Can...

Rotnofsky, Mandalapu enter Student Government with big responsibility

March 24, 2015

As the school year starts to wind down, so begins the transition and adjustment period of Student Government’s new president and vice president, Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu.  Following...

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School of Information dean discusses school’s faculty, students

March 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. Andrew Dillon has served as dean of the School of Information, formerly the Graduate School of Library and Information...

Student Government should stay out of Israel debate

March 13, 2015

At some point last week, SG Representative Meredith Rotwein was rumored to be proposing a resolution promoting the relationship between the University and the State of Israel. It flew in the face of precedent...

Inappropriate campaign worker complaint should be dismissed

March 12, 2015

Looking back on our earlier assessment, we realize it might have been premature to call this election season unusually quiet. We should have known that it would go out not with a whimper, but with a bang. With...


Ambassador Robert Hutchings discusses time as LBJ School dean

March 11, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. Ambassador Robert Hutchings is dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, UT's graduate public policy...

Jefferson Davis statue removal legislation offers us hope for future of SG

March 9, 2015

In 2010, at the request of President William Powers Jr., the UT System Board of Regents voted to rename a residence hall honoring William Simkins. Although Simkins was a longtime...

AP score bill could be beneficial to UT students, but needs revisions

March 9, 2015

A bill is sitting in the Texas House right now that would require all state public schools to accept a minimum score of 3 on an Advanced Placement exam for college credit. Advanced...


HB 1256, SB 42 would improve student regent application process

March 4, 2015

Most individuals on campus are indubitably familiar with, for example, the SG President, Kori Rady. More astute followers will likely recognize a plethora of other names of active students on campus, which...


Vote Jones-Dargahi for Executive Alliance

March 3, 2015

Editor’s Note: The executive alliance candidates were judged based on their interviews which were conducted by the Texan Editorial Board as well as their performances at the SG Executive Alliance...

University-Wide representative endorsements

March 3, 2015

Editor’s Note: There are eight University-wide representative positions, for which 15 candidates are running. Eighty percent of University-wide representative candidates responded to the Daily Texan...

Endorsements for Co-op Board of Directors

March 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: The candidates for the Co-op Board of Directors were judged based on their responses to the Daily Texan Co-op Board Candidate Questionnaire. Only those candidates who completed the...

Endorsements for TSM Board of Operating Trustees

March 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: The candidates for the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees were judged based on their candidate columns, which ran last week. Only those candidates who submitted columns...

Endorsements for Student Government college representatives

March 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: The candidates for Student Government college representatives were judged based on their responses to the Daily Texan Student Government Candidate Questionnaire. The response rate...

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UT Geosciences dean discusses goals, opportunities

February 25, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. This interview has been edited and condensed. Sharon Mosher has been dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences since...


First gay marriage in Texas should not also be the last

February 20, 2015

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were married Thursday morning in Austin. They are the first same-sex couple to get married in the state of Texas. They were married as a result of a court order issued...


UT’s Food Lab helps spur innovation

February 19, 2015

Editor’s Note: The Daily Texan recently sat down with Robyn Metcalfe, director of The Food Lab. The Food Lab is based in the School of Human Ecology, and it provides awareness of food issues, encourages...


For disabled students, UT should have canceled classes after power outage

February 18, 2015

On Tuesday morning, shortly after the start of 8 a.m. classes, the power went down campus-wide. For many, this was a minor setback and an almost forgettable inconvenience. However, for others, the lack...

As campaigning begins, pay attention to candidates, don’t forget to vote

February 18, 2015

With the close of filing Tuesday, dozens of candidates officially declared their respective candidacies for the plethora of open offices, including Student Government and Texas Student Media positions....


TSM Board should not change editor-in-chief certification process

February 13, 2015

If history’s greatest lesson is never to make the same mistake twice, TSM Board members Heidi Toprac, Robert Quigley and Adam Alloy are its worst students.  At a meeting of the Texas Student...


Architecture Dean discusses Battle Hall renovation, The Capital Campaign

February 11, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. This interview has been condensed. The Daily Texan: You are one of the longest-serving deans on campus, having...


Fiji’s “Border Patrol” party defies University principles

February 11, 2015

As the Texan reported on Monday, the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity has gotten in hot water regarding a party it held last Saturday that included racially insensitive themes and costumes. Ostensibly,...


Parking Strategies Committee endorses necessary parking fees

February 10, 2015

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this editorial was mistakenly posted online last week. It has since been updated. Parking is a substantial source of income for the University of Texas. In...


College of Liberal Arts TA Task Force report fails to properly address stipend issues

February 4, 2015

The College of Liberal Arts’ TA Task Force released its official report last week. The document addresses issues facing teaching assistants and assistant instructors in the Graduate School including...


UT should spend AAU survey funds on its own sexual assault survey

February 3, 2015

On Monday, the Texan reported that the University will participate in a comprehensive study by the Association of American Universities (AAU) to measure the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. On principle,...


UT students can gain unique experience through study abroad programs

February 2, 2015

The University of Texas has the second highest number of students studying abroad in the country and the International Office is encouraging even more students to apply. However, the idea of studying abroad...


Proposed Governor’s University Research Initiative is evidence of Abbott’s potential

January 30, 2015

Throughout the long governorship of Rick Perry, which extended throughout the first one and a half decades of this century, a key cornerstone of economic policy was investment funds. Ostensibly, they would...

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