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The Daily Texan

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The Daily Texan

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UT’s foundations require transparency

April 30, 2013

The trailer for Homo Erectus, a 2007 movie written, directed by and starring Adam Rifkin, lasts two and a half painful minutes and features a montage of women being clubbed over the head, one naked butt...

What to Watch: April 29-May 3

April 29, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. On Monday at 12:15 in Sid Richardson Hall room 3.122, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International...

West victims deserve justice

April 29, 2013

The first lawsuits have been filed against West Fertilizer Co.’s parent company Adair Grain, Inc. following the deadly explosion on April 17. The blast killed 15 people, injured up to 200 others...

Fund water before tax breaks

April 29, 2013

On Friday, April 26, Gov. Rick Perry announced that he was willing to call a special session of the Legislature this summer to get his biggest priorities passed. Those priorities include about $3.7 billion...

We Asked: Public Money or Private?

April 26, 2013

The Question: State funding currently makes up 13 percent of the University’s operating budget. It made up 47 percent of the budget in 1984. To make up for decreasing state support, the University...

City planning needs student involvement

April 25, 2013

Going to school in the center of an exciting and growing city makes the UT experience unique among Texas’ public universities. But along with growth come growing pains — traffic, most notably...

Texas needs to know numbers

April 24, 2013

Most Texas public high school students take Algebra II when they are 16 years old. The class’ curriculum covers a wide range of topics, offering an intentionally superficial survey of complex ideas...

The $10 million registration experience

April 23, 2013

As students plan their schedules for another semester and navigate the often stressful registration process, they use the variety of course-planning tools at their disposal. They book advising appointments,...

Confederate flags don’t belong on license plates

April 22, 2013

On April 12, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin rejected the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ efforts to get the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board of directors’...

What to Watch: April 22-26

April 22, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. On Monday, April 22 at 4 p.m., students can attend a conversation with Dr. Paul Farmer of...

How we can help West, Texas

April 19, 2013

Just a handful of UT students grew up in West, but hundreds drive through the town on weekend trips home and excursions north. The tiny town clings to several miles of I-35’s eastern edge, just north...

We Asked: tragedies

April 19, 2013

The Question: Early news reports about the deadly explosions in Boston and West, Texas were characterized by misinformation. Did you follow news about the tragedies? If so, how did the dissemination ...

Rosemary Lehmberg should resign

April 17, 2013

Austin is a city that likes to drink. It’s no coincidence that the nightlife, music festivals and hot weather for which Austin is known go so well with a cold beer or mixed drink. In fact, a 2012...

Constitutional amendment for H20: Fulfills need but faces tough odds

April 16, 2013

Last Thursday, Texas Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, filed Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposal to spend $2.5 billion on water supply projects and $3.5 billion...

Tuition Revenue Bonds build a better campus

April 15, 2013

What exactly is a Tuition Revenue Bond (TRB)? The Texas Senate’s website offers a mouthful of a definition: “TRBs are bonds that have their debt serviced by the revenue of the project for which...

What to Watch: April 15 – 19

April 15, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. From 7-9 p.m. on Monday, marine toxicologist Riki Ott, who has written extensively about...

Holistic review attracts top students

April 11, 2013

On April 9, the Texas Senate passed SB 1530, a bill filed by Higher Education Committee Chairman Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo. The bill would maintain the cap on students admitted under the Top Ten Percent...

Our right to open records

April 10, 2013

James Madison, a founding father and our fourth president, once wrote, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power...

What to Watch: April 8 – 12

April 8, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. On Monday from 4-5 p.m., UC-Irvine professor Soroosh Sorooshian discusses the future likelihood...

Facing Fisher, UT needs contingency plan

April 8, 2013

On April 4, the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee voted  to send SB 1530 to the full Senate with a favorable report. The bill, written by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, the chairman of the Higher...

Fracking muddies water

April 5, 2013

Despite recent rain storms in Austin, Texas is in the throes of a long-term drought. Forecasts for the next decades warn of scarce freshwater and soaring population growth, which is not a good combination. Last...

Digging for dirt and nothing else

April 4, 2013

Yesterday, The Texas Tribune published a revealing story about UT System Regent Wallace Hall Jr.  These days, Hall is best known on campus and at the Capitol for his apparent mission to unseat...

Math lesson for Legislature

April 3, 2013

Here’s an arithmetic problem: While back-to-school shopping, Dave gives his son Pete $10 to buy a calculator. The next year Dave gives Pete only $5 for the same model of calculator, and Pete can’t...

Schools, not gun makers, need tax dollars

April 3, 2013

On March 27, state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, filed SB 1467, a bill formally establishing economic and tax incentives to American gun manufacturers, in an attempt to encourage them to move their...

Where are the grown ups?

April 2, 2013

What are the perimeters of the power of the UT System Board of Regents, and have the regents overstepped them? These days that question — posed amid speculation that the regents are actively attempting...

Regents, Powers & Lege repeat history when they fight

April 1, 2013

These days, some 50,000 UT students wander this campus with headphones in their ears, faces glued to their screens and often, their uncertain futures on their brains. They are largely unaware of the lightning...

What to Watch: April 1 – 5

April 1, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. On Tuesday from 12:15-1:45 p.m. in SRH 3.112, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International...

We Asked: Powers vs. Regents

March 29, 2013

The Question: What do you know about the Board of Regents’ conflict with President Powers? How do you feel about what you know? Well, I actually just got out of a little discussion with [President...

The White House measures UT

March 28, 2013

If UT students visit the White House’s College Scorecard, web page, they will find first that the average cost of attending UT as an in-state undergraduate runs about $14, 629 a year — a price...

High time that Lege tackles big issues

March 26, 2013

It may be hard to believe for some and easy for others, but after three months we’ve passed the halfway point of the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature. At this juncture, we have the opportunity...

Break or no break, fall semester needs fixing

March 25, 2013

Members of the General Faculty, which comprises most (but not all) of the professors on this campus, vote today on two proposed amendments to the University’s academic calendar. The first would institute...

What to Watch: March 25-29

March 25, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. This afternoon, the General Faculty will meet in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium to vote on...

We asked: Gender Equality?

March 22, 2013

The Question: Do you think women are equal to men on this campus? I am a feminist, so naturally I always think that women are equal. But whether or not women are treated equally and viewed as being...

We’ve had enough of Perry

March 21, 2013

Rick Perry has been governor of Texas longer than Vladimir Putin has been president of Russia. When Perry was first sworn in, most UT seniors were 10 or 11 years old. The nation had just survived Bush...

Texas’ testing fails students

March 20, 2013

On March 12 the Texas House Education Committee approved HB 5, a bill sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Aycock, R-Killeen, that would reduce the number of standardized tests Texas high school students are required...

Relationship policy needs transparency

March 19, 2013

Bev Kearney, former UT women’s track and field head coach, has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Workforce Commission discrimination charge against the University. Kearney,...

What to Watch: March 18 – 22

March 18, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. Tonight, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at the LBJ School of Public...

Good guys shooting good guys

March 18, 2013

In an hours-long session on March 14, the Texas House’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee heard arguments both for and against concealed carry on college campuses. The debate about four...

Concealed carry at the Capitol: Show up (because they don’t want you to)

March 7, 2013

Spring break is approaching. By Friday evening, the UT campus will resemble something like a West Texas ghost town as thousands of students embark on their seasonal week-long exodus. Others will stay and...

You can’t drink money

March 6, 2013

Texas lawmakers from all political parties are paying an unprecedented level of attention to Texas’ declining water resources. In addition to a host of smaller bills, both houses of the Legislature...

What to Watch: March 4-8

March 4, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. The SXSWedu Policy Forum takes place Monday and Tuesday at the Hilton Austin Downtown. Speakers...

Partnership with ACC is beneficial

March 4, 2013

A new arrangement between Austin Community College and UT-Austin will grant students meeting minimum eligibility requirements at ACC automatic admission to UT, starting fall 2013. The program, called the...

The fight going forward

March 1, 2013

When the Texas Student Media board of trustees meets today, its members should not curtail the number of days The Daily Texan is printed, as has been proposed. The Texan may be financially fragile at present,...

We Asked: The Texan and you

March 1, 2013

The Question: What would you like to see in the daily texan? “To be perfectly honest I don’t read The Daily Texan ... Do you talk about environmental outreach programs at all? I know they...

The Daily Texan Editorial Board’s Student Government endorsements

February 26, 2013

Editor’s note: The editorial board sent questionnaires to Student Government Executive Alliance candidates and those seeking positions as University-wide representatives. Their answers were reviewed...

What to Watch: February 25 – March 1

February 25, 2013

Today at 11:30 a.m. at the UT School of Law (TNH 3.127), Ramzi Kassem will host a discussion about the place of torture in American policy and the film “Zero Dark Thirty.” Kassem is a professor...

Don’t fight Pflugerville

February 25, 2013

Pflugerville ISD became the first school district in Texas to allow employees to add a domestic partner to their health care plan in December 2012. But that victory for LGBT Texans may be short-lived,...

We Asked: power in the tower

February 22, 2013

The Question: Who should have the most power over what happens at UT-Austin — The board of regents, the legislature, or the University’s administration? Marysabel Guillen, undeclared freshman...

Checks and balances on the regents

February 21, 2013

Prominent members of the Texas Legislature filed measures this week to protect the University of Texas’ autonomy from the UT System Board of Regents. The lawmakers’ actions follow a public...

UT students will stand up for Bill Powers

February 20, 2013

If the UT System Board of Regents attempts to unseat President William Powers Jr., UT students will rattle their noisemakers and howl in objection. Powers commands wide appeal among a student population...

On the future of the Daily Texan

February 20, 2013

INBOXES BEFORE ORANGE BOXES Like many newspapers, The Daily Texan is misunderstanding the public’s switch to “digital” news. Newsprint is expensive, silicon is almost free. But...

Keep The Daily Texan daily

February 19, 2013

The Daily Texan, a 113-year-old campus institution, faces life-or-death financial troubles. The newspaper’s student staff and the Texan’s readers and supporters must step up and take the newspaper’s...

What to Watch: February 18 – 22

February 18, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. “Good Hair,” a docu-comedy featuring comedian Chris Rock that explores societal...

We Asked: online classes

February 15, 2013

The Question: do you believe online classes will replace physical classes in your lifetime? Should they? Austin Smith History senior from Houston I don’t think that they will, and I don’t...

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Q&A: Allen Bard on science, technology and Obama

February 14, 2013

Editor’s note: UT professor Allen Bard recently received a National Medal of Science. On Feb. 1 at a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama presented the award to Bard and to the 11 other recipients...

Texas, affirm same-sex couples’ right to marry

February 13, 2013

Earlier this month, state Representatives Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, and Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, introduced twin bills initiating an amendment to the Texas Constitution. If passed, the bills would reverse...

From the archives: The cast change

February 12, 2013

Editor’s note: The following editorial first ran in The Daily Texan on May 8, 1957, written by Nancy McMeans, then editor-in-chief. McMeans must have known she had a national news story on her hands...

What to Watch: February 11 – 15

February 11, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. “When I Rise” (2010) is playing at the Violet Crown Cinema downtown at 7 p.m....

Fund public schools … file fewer fed-bashing bills

February 11, 2013

UT’S STAKE IN SCHOOL FUNDING WAR On Feb. 4, John Dietz, a state district judge from Austin, ruled in favor of more than 600 Texas school districts, claiming that the state does not adequately...

We Asked: Un-gag powers?

February 8, 2013

The Question: How do you feel about the UT System Regents’ putting what the Austin American-Statesman called a “gag order” on President Powers, which prohibits him from discussing Inappropriate...

Pushing reset at the Energy Institute

February 8, 2013

On Tuesday, UT announced that Thomas Edgar, a chemical engineering professor, will be promoted to interim director of the research-scandal-plauged UT Energy Institute. We hope Edgar will bring fresh air...

No easy, short answers to death penalty questions

February 8, 2013

Kimberly McCarthy, the first woman scheduled to be executed in the United States since 2010, won a reprieve when a state district court halted a lethal injection on Jan. 29, only hours before it was scheduled...

Beyond four-year grads

February 7, 2013

Yesterday, UT announced four new financial aid pilot programs, worth $5 million total, notable because the resulting handouts will be tethered to a student’s ability to graduate in four years. In...

Ungag President Powers

February 7, 2013

UT President William Powers Jr. is “under a gag order of sorts when it comes to speaking publicly about the issue of inappropriate relationships between university employees and students,”...

South Texas wins, Sen. Cruz loses

February 6, 2013

Historic moment for South Texas On Monday, Feb. 3, two bills filed in the Texas House and Senate detailed plans for the creation of a Rio Grande Valley university by joining UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan...

Let them drink Lone Star

February 5, 2013

If you plan to spend the rest of your life in Texas, plan to do it without water. Gov. Rick Perry acknowledged the need to invest in water resource management in his State of the State speech last week. But...

Student-staff romance: clearer rules needed

February 4, 2013

Recent events in the athletics department show that UT desperately needs clearer rules concerning student-staff romantic relationships. Last Friday, UT men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds, UT...

What to Watch: February 4 – 8

February 4, 2013

At the beginning of every week, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. From 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Lee Mun Wah, an acclaimed diversity trainer, will conduct a workshop...

We Asked: pathway to citizenship?

February 1, 2013

The Question: Do you support providing a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants already in this country? Alfredo Vasquez Bilingual education junior from Brownsville Yeah,...

TXT MSG 2 GUV

January 31, 2013

Stand on the Drag during rush hour traffic and watch the drivers parade before you, playing with their phones as they go by. Yesterday, over the course of 10 minutes, we counted (approximately) 14 drivers...

Cut the A.C., not affordability

January 30, 2013

At 10 a.m. yesterday morning, UT President William Powers Jr., sporting a burnt orange tie and a no-nonsense look, gave a 36-minute address about the future of the University’s finances. Powers introduced...

Perry to Lege: ‘I was wrong’

January 29, 2013

Editor’s note: This afternoon Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to give his State of the State Speech to Texas lawmakers. Rushing from the Mansion to the Dome, he might not have time this morning...

Strain the brain, not the eyes

January 29, 2013

Can you please make the crossword bigger in your newspaper? Today is Monday — the day I have the best chance of completing that rascal, and I would appreciate not needing to strain my eyes. I...

What to Watch: January 28 – February 1

January 28, 2013

From 6-7 p.m. today, several members of the state Legislature are holding a panel discussion titled “The Texas Water Crisis: Finding and Funding a Solution.” The discussion will take place...

What is the intelligent design bill protecting?

January 28, 2013

These days, political figures and organizations swarm everywhere attempting to impose their personal world view on our school curriculum. On Jan. 9, the National Association of Scholars released a report...

We Asked: Guns on campus?

January 25, 2013

A bill filed by State Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) on Jan. 17 would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry firearms on campus. We asked UT students if they would feel safer if such a bill...

Kearney gone, clarity needed

January 25, 2013

It’s no exaggeration to call Bev Kearney, former UT women’s track coach, the most winning coach in UT Athletics history. Kearney is the first African-American to serve as a head coach at UT...

Q-and-A: Dan Branch

January 24, 2013

Editor’s note: Texas State Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas) serves as chair of the House Higher Education Committee. He spoke with Daily Texan associate editor Pete Stroud about the diminished higher education...

Is that a gun in your backpack?

January 23, 2013

Yesterday, at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College in Houston, Joshua Flores stood outside a cafeteria when a group of students ran towards him, yelling, “The guy has a gun — run,...

What to Watch: January 22-26

January 22, 2013

On Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will speak at the store BookPeople about her recently published memoir, My Beloved World. Her talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are...

Bringing Birmingham to the millennium

January 22, 2013

Editor’s note: President Barack Obama gave his second inaugural address on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He mentioned the man whom the federal holiday honors only once in his speech, referring,...

Fairness and history all a part of Longhorn identity

January 22, 2013

When I read the Daily Texan article “Ahmadi Muslim students at UT Austin organize blood drive” [published in September 2012], I was excited because more readers would be informed about the...

We Asked: biased history?

January 18, 2013

THE QUESTION:  On Jan. 10, the National Association of Scholars released a study that said history courses at UT focused on issues such as race, gender and class at the expense of other more traditional...

Reject easy ideas

January 18, 2013

A National Association of Scholars report published Jan. 9 concluded that introductory U.S. and Texas history courses at UT and A&M are overly focused on themes of race, gender and class. “I’d...

Race, class and gender, Q&A with Peter Wood

January 17, 2013

Editor’s note: Peter Wood serves as president of the National Association of Scholars, a New York-based organization. On Jan. 11, the National Association of Scholars published a report titled “Recasting...

At the Lege, higher ed and beyond

January 16, 2013

On Tuesday Jan. 8, the Texas Legislature, which meets every other year, reopened for business. Expect a contentious session, filled with triumph and frustration for onlookers on all sides. We’ll...

Look beyond Clements’ legacy

January 15, 2013

On Jan. 9, University officials announced the creation of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft. The center, named for former Texas Gov. Bill Clements, will primarily teach...

How to teach history

January 15, 2013

Editor’s note: On Jan.11, the National Association of Scholars published a report titled “Recasting History.” The 62-page report concludes that both UT and A&M’s introductory...

Want to write for the Texan?

January 15, 2013

The Daily Texan Editorial Board is currently accepting applications for columnists and cartoonists through Thursday, Jan. 31. We’re looking for talented writers and artists to provide as much diversity...

Write a firing line

January 15, 2013

The best voices, the people’s voices. That is the why of the Firing Line. The true measure of any newspaper is its critics, and we want hard-hitting ones. Nothing is taboo except falsehood and libel....

We Asked: Is your UT degree a bargain?

December 7, 2012

Editor’s note: Yesterday, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education published a report concluding that Texas’ flagship universities, The University of Texas at Austin and Texas...

Four isn’t necessarily a magic number

December 6, 2012

Fall graduation lacks the pomp and circumstance occasioned by spring commencement, but for students graduating in December, the event is no less monumental. With or without fireworks, graduates will leave...

Save our professors from MyEdu

December 5, 2012

A professor stands at the front of the lecture hall, one hand running through his thinning gray hair while the other nervously clutches a stack of burnt-orange Scantron sheets. “I’m going to...

Corporate regents court conflict

December 4, 2012

For a public official, the appearance of a conflict of interest often drains public trust as irrevocably as a verified one. Gene Powell’s undisclosed connection to Vanguard, the company the UT System...

What to Watch: December 3 – 7

December 3, 2012

Every Monday, we provide a list of opinion-worthy events to expect during the coming week. The Association for India’s Development (AID) will stage a “die-in” on Monday at 11 a.m. on...

Reading the tea leaves

December 3, 2012

In the past couple of years, Ted Cruz, a former UT law professor and U.S. Senator-elect from Texas, has catapulted himself to national prominence on a very simple premise: Find room to the right of the...

We Asked: Perry 2016?

November 30, 2012

Editor’s note: On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry told the Rio Grande Guardian that he will “make an announcement about [his] future political plans in July.” We asked UT students walking throughout...

Pristine in 2016

November 30, 2012

On Nov. 27, Gov. Rick Perry told the Rio Grande Guardian that he will “make an announcement about [his] future political plans in July,” and his “instincts are very positive towards it...

Young votes did (and will) count

November 29, 2012

The politically apathetic college student has been a stock character in political commentary for the past several election cycles. If recent trends hold true, that tired trope may no longer be an accurate...

Corruption creeps in

November 28, 2012

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on November 28, 2012, but it was updated to include corrections on November 30, 2012. On Nov. 27, Gene Powell, the chairman of the UT System Board...