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Abbott’s inaugural address a frightening foretaste of things to come

January 20, 2015

Associate Editor Noah M. Horwitz put it well Tuesday in his blog post when he noted the departure of outgoing Gov. Rick Perry’s moderate conviction politics and the arrival of incoming Gov. Greg...


Higher education-related bills to watch in the 84th Legislature

January 14, 2015

The 84th Legislature of Texas convened last week and will vote on a number of education bills throughout the legislative session. The UT community is no stranger to heated dialogues regarding higher education....

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Obama’s latest proposal may be a promising step forward for higher education

January 13, 2015

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a plan, based in part on one forged by Tennessee Republicans, to cover the community college tuition of anyone who can keep up their grades and show...


University shouldn’t cut CNS summer course expansion program

December 13, 2014

Are you a CNS student looking to graduate on time? You have every reason to do so: the tuition rebate, the savings in tuition dollars, the constant encouragement from advisers and administrators, an earlier...

Rady, Strickland have chance next semester to move past drama

December 11, 2014

We started this semester with a close examination of President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland’s platform points and goals for their administration. Since their terms had begun in...

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Fine Arts dean discusses current state, future of college

December 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with the deans of the University’s 18 schools and colleges.  The Daily Texan: Could you talk about some goals you have for...


Body cameras, grand jury reform could prevent other Fergusons

December 5, 2014

It used to be that this nation would get riled up over high-profile trials. The acquittal of individuals thought to be guilty in the court of public opinion stirred strong feelings. In the United States,...

In next legislative session, lawmakers should ban corporal punishment in schools

December 2, 2014

The next session of the state Legislature will undoubtedly regurgitate many uncomfortable and divisive issues, the future of educational policy being chief among them. But for one issue under that umbrella,...


In runoff election, vote for Mike Martinez for Austin mayor

December 1, 2014

In October, this editorial board selected Sheryl Cole — a City Council member and the mayor pro tem — as our choice to be the next mayor of Austin. In doing so, we lauded her breadth of experience...


Assistant graduate studies dean talks stipends, student housing

December 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with the deans of the University’s 18 schools and colleges. John Dalton was appointed assistant dean of graduate studies in 2006....

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Texas’ upcoming execution of Scott Panetti, a schizophrenic man, is unjust

November 26, 2014

The state of Texas plans to execute a man named Scott Panetti on Dec. 3. On Tuesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected lawyers' request to delay the execution; Panetti's lawyers argue...

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Obama’s immigration action brings needed relief to millions

November 25, 2014

On Thursday night, President Barack Obama — in a much anticipated announcement — unilaterally issued an executive order that altered the immigration system in significant ways. He shielded...


College of Pharmacy dean discusses goals, collaboration between schools

November 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with the deans of the University’s 18 schools and colleges. Lynn Crismon was appointed dean of the College of Pharmacy in 2007. This...


Red McCombs should divest from immigration detention center deal

November 24, 2014

Last week, protesters gathered outside the office of Thomas Gilligan, the dean of the McCombs School of Business. The protesters were upset over the school’s namesake, Red McCombs, participating...

Following disappearance of students, US should not ignore Mexican plight

November 21, 2014

On Sept. 26, 43 students training to become teachers went missing in Guerreros, Mexico because they were doing what students do: resisting the reduced funding of their state-funded school. While stories...


Bill filed to curb regents’ firing authority must be spared Abbott’s veto pen

November 18, 2014

Last week, Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, filed a bill that would add restrictions to regents’ power. One of the bill’s most notable provisions would require members of the UT System Board of...

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Dean discusses changes in Nursing School, recruitment of male nurses

November 17, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with the deans of the University’s 18 schools and colleges. It has been condensed from its original form to fit space requirements.   The...

For commuter students, estimated cost of attendance misleads

November 13, 2014

Situated just north of the urban core in an increasingly centralized city, the UT campus boasts some of the most valuable property in Austin, and it is only increasing in worth. But with this growth comes...


Abbott has potential to reverse Perry’s educational handiwork

November 12, 2014

For the first time since Gov. Dolph Briscoe left office in 1979, come January, Texas will have a Longhorn as governor. Greg Abbott, who will take office in about two months, has mostly been cast off by...


Dean of law school discusses cost of legal education, alumni support

November 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with the deans of the University’s 18 schools and colleges. Ward Farnsworth was appointed dean of the law school in 2012.   The...


Search committee for Powers’ replacement has difficult task

November 10, 2014

Over the summer, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa flexed his political muscle by attempting to force President William Powers Jr. to resign in time for the July Board of Regents meeting or face...

Rady, Strickland have notable accomplishments, but questionable priorities

November 5, 2014

Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland released an update Monday on their accomplishments since taking office.  The address, which is available to view on the...

Austin should tighten restrictions for convenient access to recycling

November 3, 2014

As part of Austin’s goal to reach zero waste by 2040, Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance claims that by 2017, all Austin tenants and employees will have convenient access to recycling....

UT System should divest from companies that support genocide in Sudan

October 30, 2014

Editor’s Note: Ali Breland, the author of the resolution discussed in this editorial, was an opinion columnist for The Daily Texan during the spring semester. He wrote this column supporting the...

With changes to polling locations comes greater need for early voting

October 29, 2014

Three important polling places were available to students on Election Day in 2012 that will not be available for this year’s election. On that day, a cumulative 1,890 residents voted in the student-dense...

Student Government should pass resolution against Secure Communities resolution

October 28, 2014

Correction: An earlier version of this editorial misstated the start date of enforcement of the Secure Communities Program in Travis County. It actually began in 2009.   The Orwellian-named...


Mayoral candidate Randall Stephens discusses transportation, future of Austin

October 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the November election for mayor, the Texan has been running Q-and-A’s with the candidates. This is the last in our series. Early voting began Oct. 20 and...


Pragmatism, student interest make Sheryl Cole best choice for mayor

October 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: Early voting began Monday and continues through Oct. 31. Election day is Nov. 4. After countless years with a small, commission-style city government, Austin...


Mayoral candidate Todd Phelps discusses transportation, affordability

October 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the November election for mayor, the Texan will be running Q-and-A’s with the candidates. Early voting began Oct. 20 and ends Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov....


Undergraduate Studies dean discusses importance of School

October 20, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of Q-and-A’s with the deans of the University’s 18 schools and colleges. Brent Iverson was appointed dean of Undergraduate Studies in Summer 2013.   The...


Chris Riley’s accessibility, student involvement makes him clear choice for District 9

October 20, 2014

Editor's note: Early voting for District 9, along with all the other municipal races, begins Monday. Students can vote on campus at the Flawn Academic Center. District 9, which encompasses UT’s...

Next month, vote for Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor

October 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins Oct. 20 and ends Oct. 31. The lieutenant governor of Texas has often been hailed as the most powerful official in the Texas Legislature....


This November, vote no on Proposition 1 bond package

October 13, 2014

Without a doubt, rail is a polarizing issue in Austin politics. On Tuesday, Student Government passed a resolution declaring support for Proposition 1, the Green Line urban rail and bond proposal....


Despite Longhorns’ current record, OU still sucks

October 10, 2014

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....

As a result of UT System inaction, numbers for Longhorn Fixed Tuition plan low

October 8, 2014

This semester was the first one during which the University offered students a guaranteed four-year tuition plan, and the number of people who signed up was far lower than the UT System projected. The...

Mayoral candidate Steve Adler discusses UT, urban rail

October 7, 2014

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the November election for mayor, the Texan will be running Q-and-A’s with the candidates. Voting is open only to those registered to vote in Austin and registration...


Communication dean discusses TSM, future plans for Moody

October 2, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Q-and-A’s with the deans of the University’s 18 schools and colleges. Roderick Hart has served as the dean of the College of Communication,...

Considering discount airlines, Texas high-speed rail not viable monetarily

September 30, 2014

At the Texas Tribune Festival’s high-speed rail panel, panelists discussed the possibility of bringing the title mode of transportation to Texas. While the panel had diverse representation supporting...


Mayoral candidate, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole discusses student vote, urban rail

September 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the November election for mayor, the Texan will be running Q-and-A’s with the candidates. Voting is open only to those registered to vote in Austin and registration...

‘School choice’ raises concerns over future of Texas education

September 23, 2014

At the Texas Tribune Festival this weekend, Republican politicians galore touted the merits of so-called “school choice.” Better known as vouchers, a serious campaign to allow public funds...


Mayoral candidate Mike Martinez talks transportation, affordability

September 22, 2014

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the November election for mayor, the Texan will be running Q-and-A’s with the candidates. Voting is open only to those registered to vote in Austin and registration...

Legalize TNCs like Lyft, Uber, but responsibly and with limits

September 17, 2014

On Tuesday, Council Member Chris Riley addressed Student Government on what he referred to as the urgent need to address the growing transportation shortage in Austin with transportation network companies,...

Adler’s plan to save homeowners money could hurt student renters

September 16, 2014

A 20 percent tax exemption for Austin homeowners initially sounds great. Austin mayoral candidate Steve Adler is proposing this homestead exemption for Austin, but because most residents aren’t homeowners,...

For night owls, hard studiers, 24-hour FAC is absolute must

September 15, 2014

Recently, Student Government, at the urging of government senior Alexander Dickey, began deliberating a proposal to make the Flawn Academic Center, currently open 18 hours a day Monday through Thursday...


New engineering dean discusses goals for Cockrell School

September 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: Sharon Wood took over as dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering on Sept. 1. Starting October 2013, she had served as interim dean after current Provost Gregory Fenves’ promotion....

Mexican American Studies department long overdue

September 10, 2014

On Tuesday, the University announced that it was creating a new Mexican American and Latina/o Studies department in addition to the existing Center for Mexican American Studies. The move, which had been...

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Abbott’s higher education plan overlooks needs of students

September 8, 2014

Last week, Attorney General Greg Abbott unveiled his higher education reform plan. Part of Abbott’s larger education plan, “Educating Texans,” the proposal calls for expanding the...

School ruling demonstrates need for serious legislative action

September 3, 2014

Travis County District Court Judge John Dietz ruled Thursday that the current Texas public school finance system is unconstitutional under the Texas Constitution, calling the state’s recapture system...


Wanted: smart, dedicated journalists to continue 114-year tradition

September 2, 2014

Editor’s Note: Tryouts for opinion and all other Daily Texan departments are currently underway and will continue until Friday, Sept. 12. Apply online at or walk...

At transportation debate, Cole offers best plan for Austin

September 2, 2014

On Wednesday, the mayoral candidates for the upcoming November election participated in a debate presented by KLRU and the Urban Land Institute. Although the discussion featured a variety of questions...


Keeping an eye on the SG president

August 19, 2014

When the student body elected Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland as president and vice president in February, transportation was a significant part of the duo's campaign. Rady and Strickland focused...


Issue to watch: municipal elections

August 4, 2014

Election years are wearing enough with the normal crowd of candidates fighting it out to win elected office. Compounding the campaign-induced exhaustion this year is the decision to move city elections...


Issue to watch: statewide elections

August 4, 2014

Students will be affected immeasurably by statewide elections this November. Claims that “this is an election like no other” begin to blend together as useless cliches after a while, but the...

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Issue to watch: Shared Services

August 4, 2014

Spend any time with your ear to the ground on campus, and you will be sure to hear some griping about Shared Services. The dispute, at its core, revolves around cost-cutting measures currently employed...


Issue to watch: search for president

August 4, 2014

The search for the next president of the University was jump-started last week as a finalist for the position of UT System chancellor was named. Assuming no truly frightful skeletons emerge from Admiral...


The chancellor who didn’t come to the regents’ dinner party

July 31, 2014

He didn't come to the dinner party. That much we knew from the documents. On Tuesday evening, the UT System Board of Regents confirmed Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations...

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Troops will not solve border crisis

July 28, 2014

Thousands of refugee children from Central America have shown up at our border. For any rational individual, the expected response would be to send the Red Cross and other humanitarian entities to provide...


Urban rail proposal is best of bad choices

July 21, 2014

Transportation: It’s an issue that invariably sets the teeth on edge in this town and one for which, until now, no serious solution has been enacted. As the roads clog up with ever-greater traffic...


In wake of Fifth Circuit decision on Fisher, much work, uncertainty remain

July 17, 2014

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that UT could continue to use its affirmative action program to promote diversity on campus. The case, Fisher v. University...


Now is the time to stand with Powers

July 9, 2014

Absolutely shameful. That is the only way to describe the recent actions of UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, who just one week ago called President William Powers Jr. into System headquarters...


Kay Bailey Hutchison is right choice for Texas Exes

July 7, 2014

Editor’s Note: Associate Editor Noah Horwitz currently works with Jason Fuller, Hutchison's former regional director. Horwitz was not involved in any way in the planning, writing or editing of...


News of Powers ‘ultimatum’ shows disrespect to able president

July 5, 2014

In a leak seemingly timed to minimize exposure, well-placed sources revealed to various news outlets on Friday, a federal holiday, that UT President William Powers Jr. had been called into System...

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Fireworks celebration should stay in town

June 29, 2014

For many years, the Austin Symphony Orchestra has put together a splendid mixture of fireworks and music as part of its annual Independence Day celebration. For most of those years, the event was held...


County could have done more to help homeowners, renters

June 16, 2014

Texas government officials don’t always have the greatest aptitude for math. Take Comptroller Susan Combs, for instance: Before the last legislative session, she underestimated the state’s...


Don’t throw money at the border

June 16, 2014

In an effort to combat the problem of illegal immigration, Attorney General Greg Abbott has proposed a band-aid solution. On Thursday, the gubernatorial hopeful, who proudly boasts that he has sued the...


Deferred action program should be expanded

June 8, 2014

Nearly two years ago, the Obama administration announced a new program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which ordered the Department of Homeland Security to use prosecutorial discretion to...


Dan Patrick’s past mental illness is irrelevant to lieutenant governor’s race

May 21, 2014

It has been said over the course of this year’s statewide campaigns that Texas politics is a full-contact sport, one that draws blood. The recent flare-ups in the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant...


For sake of University and state, Hall should resign

May 13, 2014

On Monday, the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 to continue the investigation of embattled UT System Regent Wallace Hall. Hall, appointed by Gov. Rick...


Issues to watch: Shared Services, Coach Strong, Regent Wallace Hall

May 2, 2014

Issues to watch: Shared Services On Jan. 29 last year, UT President William Powers Jr. gave a speech called “Smarter Systems for a Greater UT” in which he introduced the UT Shared Services...


Governor undermined role of student regent

April 30, 2014

Last Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry appointed UT-Austin government junior Max Richards as the UT System’s newest student regent. Though the student member of the board of regents is not granted a vote,...


Horns Up/Horns Down for April 28: Hall investigation begins, armed protests

April 28, 2014

Horns Up: Hall investigation may spell beginning of the end According to a report by the Texas Tribune on Friday, the Travis County district attorney office’s public integrity unit will open an...

Horns Up, Horns Down for April 24

April 24, 2014

Horns Down: Perry potentially violated criminal law According to The Texas Tribune on Tuesday, emissaries of Gov. Rick Perry offered to restore funding to the office of embattled Travis County District...

UT should rethink its internship-for-credit system

April 24, 2014

Across UT, colleges have attempted to push students to acquire real-world experience in their areas of study by offering internship credit courses which allow students to receive credit toward their degrees....

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Affirmative action decision leaves unanswered questions

April 23, 2014

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court added yet another chapter to the ongoing narrative of race-based admissions processes in U.S. colleges. Announcing its decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative...


Horns Down for April 23: diversity in austin schools to decrease

April 23, 2014

Children have been shown to benefit from attending schools where the student population includes a mix of students from high- and low-income households, but recent enrollment projections have shown that...


UT administrator compensation deserves scrutiny

April 22, 2014

On Sunday, the Austin American-Statesman reported that, while UT President William Powers Jr. served as dean of the Law School, he received $325,000 under a deferred compensation agreement that was apparently...


Horns Up for April 21: Minimum Wage laws and new regulations for breweries

April 21, 2014

Horns Up: City Council Supports raising minimum wage for part-time city employees On Thursday, the Austin City Council passed a resolution supporting a minimum wage of $11 per hour for all part-time...


Horns Up: UT to house identity theft center this summer

April 18, 2014

Starting this summer, UT will house an identity theft center to provide theft protection training to students. Comptroller Susan Combs helped create the center as a way to prevent the damage caused by...


Horns Up, Horns Down for April 17

April 17, 2014

Horns Up: Texas' uninsured rate dips slightly  The percentage of uninsured adults aged 18 to 64 in Texas dropped slightly from 24.8 percent in September 2013 to 23.5 percent in March 2014,...


Horns Up, Horns Down for April 15

April 15, 2014

Horns Up: One step closer to Regent Hall's departure On Monday, The Texas Tribune reported that information uncovered as part of the investigation of the Select Committee on Transparency in State...

Civil rights issues need action, not just rhetoric

April 15, 2014

The Civil Rights Summit, held on the UT campus last week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1964’s Civil Rights Act, certainly made history. Three former presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton...


Horns Up for April 14: Tequila, new APD partnership, Bitcoin regulations in Texas and breweries win big

April 14, 2014

Horns Up: Texas Breweries win at World Beer Cup  On Friday, eight Texas breweries won awards at the 2014 World Beer Cup in Denver. Among the winners were Kamala Brewing, Jester King Brewery, Austin...


Holistic review admissions policy fails to address racial inequality on campus

April 10, 2014

On Wednesday, in an address given at the Civil Rights Summit, UT President William Powers Jr. spoke about the University’s great strides in advancing civil rights over its history. In the same speech,...


Horns Up, Horns Down for April 8: EEOC complaints, Wallace Hall

April 8, 2014

Horns Up: Committee says Hall may have broken the law According to a 176-page draft report obtained by the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle, UT System Regent Wallace Hall likely committed...

We asked: Are civil rights still important to talk about?

April 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: As the Civil Rights Summit gets into full swing Tuesday, we were interested in students’ thoughts on the importance of civil rights today. We hit the West Mall on Monday to find...

Quotes to Note for April 7: Ft. Hood, civil rights

April 7, 2014

“I truly hated [the way I was treated], but it wasn’t in me to give up. I stayed because we had a right to be there.” — Peggy Holland, former UT student, on her experience as...

We asked: Will you attend Civil Rights Summit?

April 4, 2014

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to next week’s Civil Rights Summit, we hit the West Mall on Thursday to ask students for their thoughts about the ticket distribution system as well as the significance...


Time to rethink role of University’s Tower

April 3, 2014

Last week, a front-page story in The Daily Texan reported that the UT Tower, the grand monument at the center of our campus, is more than half vacant. Moreover, the University plans to empty and repurpose...


Horns Down for April 3: execution drug disclosure and campaign contribution limits removed

April 3, 2014

Horns Down: Execution drug ruling overturned U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday ordering the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to disclose all information...


Horns Down for April 2

April 2, 2014

Horns Down: Texas won’t meet federal PREA standards On March 28, in a letter to federal officials, Gov. Rick Perry said that he would not certify Texas’ 297 state prisons and local jails...

UT System’s shifting deadlines limited student voices on tuition

April 2, 2014

On Friday, a committee of student leaders submitted a tuition proposal to the UT System Board of Regents, settling on a suggested 2.6 percent increase for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduates...

Quotes to Note for April 1

April 1, 2014

“Originally, what was on the table was an out-of-state increase of 3.6 percent, but we changed it to 2.6 percent because of the feedback at every forum we have that out-of-state tuition has been...

Hegar’s plan to abolish property taxes evinces ignorance, unsuitability for comptroller position

April 1, 2014

Though the upcoming statewide races for positions beyond governor may not have captured student attention, one idea by the leading candidate for state comptroller could have an effect on rent prices...


Horns Up, Horns Down for March 31: Briggo breaks down, Texans need to sign up for healthcare

March 31, 2014

Horns Down: Briggo Coffee machine down for the rest of the semester  On Sunday, students who had shared their e-mail addresses with Briggo Coffee, the startup behind the sleek automated beverage...

We asked: Do you support equal pay?

March 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: We hit the West Mall on Thursday and asked students whether they thought Texas had a problem with equal pay. Below are some of the responses, which you can also watch on video here.  Sandra...


Horns Up for March 27: Law professor granted access to border wall info

March 27, 2014

Horns Up: Federal judge clears way for release of border wall info As The Daily Texan reported Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell has granted a UT law professor access to the names and...


Horns Down for March 26: Urban Rail, juvenile courts and high priced limes

March 26, 2014

Horns Down: Urban rail plan struggles to cross river On Monday, the Austin American-Statesman reported that building a bridge or tunnel for the Urban Rail line to cross Lady Bird Lake could cost anywhere...

Texas’ cities among nation’s worst for income segregation

March 25, 2014

In recent years, the so-called “Texas Miracle” has ushered in unprecedented job and population growth in our state. But, according to a report by Richard Florida released last week by The Atlantic’s...