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All content by Travis Knoll

Daily Texan showed no brains when it covered missing brains

Travis Knoll December 5, 2014

I find the Texan’s choice to put the story of the missing brains only in the Life & Arts section confusing. While I can see that the fairly odd story may convey a light-hearted, and merely local,...

Daily Texan must remember — and continue to strengthen — its role in campus debate

Travis Knoll May 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: A -30- column is a chance for a departing staff member to recollect about his time at The Daily Texan. I first came to The Daily Texan two years ago as a senior fresh off my exchange...

New conflict-of-interest regulations for research are burdensome, unnecessary

Travis Knoll April 10, 2014

After a slew of controversies over university research, UT has doubled down on attempting to define and control the line between where a professor’s job ends and their private activities begin. Two...


Regnerus findings of fact require clear action from University

Travis Knoll March 27, 2014

On March 21, federal judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s 2004 law banning same-sex marriage. The decision, despite pertaining to another state, still paid a great deal of attention to Texas,...

Completing research at UT? Get acquainted with the IRB, UT’s most frustrating department

Travis Knoll March 17, 2014

The Institutional Review Board may sound like a distant federal agency, but it is a part of completing research at this University, and its byzantine regulations are the stuff of legend. If you are a student...


As nation’s eyes turn to Sochi, UT should remember Regnerus

Travis Knoll February 6, 2014

The Sochi Olympics have drawn fire because of Russia’s law against “gay propaganda” and police repression of gay activists in the country. But gay activists aren’t just drawing...

Scholarship or indentured servitude?

Travis Knoll December 5, 2013

January, the month of the scholarship application deadline bonanza, is fast approaching. Fulbright applicants hear back in January on whether their applications are sent abroad. Applications for university...


Immigration reform is an issue of human rights

Travis Knoll November 25, 2013

Last week, University student group Young Conservatives of Texas proposed a controversial “immigration sting” activity, launching the Dream Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship...

The why and how of requesting records from your university

Travis Knoll November 14, 2013

How many students would like to know if UT administrators are fibbing when they cite an internal study or committee recommendation on University efficiency? How many more are curious about the internal...

Private institutes offer greater flexibility, but come with greater biases

Travis Knoll November 8, 2013

Recently, a controversial study was released which claimed that  immigrants have lower IQs and that therefore we should limit immigration. Another recently released controversial study alleged...


A historical perspective on current debates over UT’s future

Travis Knoll November 1, 2013

Last week’s high-profile hearings of Regent Wallace Hall have highlighted what some see as a vendetta against UT President William Powers Jr. It has also brought out many of the president’s...

Potter, other UT professors should peer-review abortion research before they politicize it

Travis Knoll October 25, 2013

UT sociology professor Joseph Potter was in the hot seat Monday and Tuesday, testifying to stop the controversial abortion restrictions that were passed this summer. The restrictions, some of which would...

Event shows need for greater awareness of worker’s rights at UT-Austin

Travis Knoll October 17, 2013

Last week, Solidarity Ignite, an advocacy group promoting fair working conditions in factories, hosted an event to highlight the benefits of the University Co-op’s new partnership with Alta Gracia,...

Event shows need for greater awareness of worker’s rights at UT-Austin

Travis Knoll October 17, 2013

Last week, Solidarity Ignite, an advocacy group promoting fair working conditions in factories, hosted an event to highlight the benefits of the University Co-op’s new partnership with Alta Gracia,...

Austinites should fight for efficient energy

Travis Knoll October 15, 2013

On Oct. 4, the LBJ School of Public Affairs held a symposium titled “Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies: A Capital Area Symposium,” addressing the effects of climate change, chief...


UT professor Regnerus promotes controversial gay parenting study, but only to Russia

Travis Knoll October 3, 2013

UT sociology professor Mark Regnerus, the author of a controversial gay parenting study allegedly showing that children of same-sex parents are damaged as a result, spoke this weekend on a panel put on...


Robert Jensen thinks that UT acts too much like a factory. He’s wrong.

Travis Knoll September 17, 2013

On Sept. 4, UT journalism professor Robert Jensen penned an op-ed in the Austin Post titled “With Truce at the UT Factory, Time to Face Tough Choices.” In the article, Jensen defended the University...

Why I wrote my congressman: to ask that the U.S. stay out of Syria

Travis Knoll September 12, 2013

Recently, debate has swirled around a potential strike on Syria to “punish” the regime of Bashar Al-Assad for an alleged sarin-gas attack on the Syrian rebels that killed 1,429 people. Although...

Scientists should leave the policy debates to the humanities

Travis Knoll September 4, 2013

As a freshman at UT, I attended science courses not just because it’s required, but also to gain insight into the more quantitative side of social issues and governmental policy. Many UT students...

Texas shouldn’t harm the environment to create jobs

Travis Knoll August 1, 2013

Texas and President Barack Obama are at odds again over proposed EPA regulations that would affect Texas’ coal industry. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Distrist of Columbia has just ruled that...

U.S. can learn from strengths, weaknesses of Latin American universities

Travis Knoll July 11, 2013

Editor's Note: This column is the first in a series on higher education abroad from UT-Austin students who are currently studying outside the U.S.  After having studied in both Argentina and...

Talk straight about abortion

Travis Knoll June 25, 2013

Editor's Note: This piece is one in a series of op-eds written by UT students that The Daily Texan will be publishing in response to the ongoing debate in the Texas Legislature over enacting stricter...

Research helps rectify human rights abuses

Travis Knoll June 10, 2013

Last spring, I interned at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, an interdisciplinary center housed at the University of Texas School of Law. Their 2013 annual conference, which I attended,...

Look twice at LBJ’s legacy

Travis Knoll April 30, 2013

Here in Austin, former President Lyndon Baines Johnson is considered a tragic figure whose many social programs (Medicare among many others) were marred by the war in Vietnam. Former President Richard...

Don’t rush to judgement

Travis Knoll April 24, 2013

Last week, the United States suffered the first successful domestic terror attack since Sept. 11, 2001. As of this writing, one suspect is dead and the second is in custody and has just recently awoken....

A new program restricted by old ideas

Travis Knoll April 18, 2013

For me, the Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas seemed like yet another certificate offered in the marketplace of academic plans, a superfluous center to compete with Plan II and the other humanities...

‘Never again’ for everyone

Travis Knoll April 10, 2013

On Monday, April 8 at the Texas Hillel Jewish community center, the Latino-Jewish Student Coalition held their second annual Latino-Jewish Seder — a Passover Seder is when Jews tell each other the...

Give dignity, not just dollars

Travis Knoll April 3, 2013

“Drag rats” and panhandlers soliciting money on Guadalupe Street are a daily sight for most UT students. As I was walking along the Drag recently, a blind man approached me and asked me for...

Disdain for the feds clouds regents’ minds

Travis Knoll March 27, 2013

Sequestration, the buzzword for the automatic federal budget cuts triggered by Congress’s failure to pass a deficit reduction deal, was signed into law March 1. The cuts will come into full effect...

Regnerus must accept responsibility

Travis Knoll March 18, 2013

A UT professor’s study questioning the academic consensus that children raised by gay parents are as healthy as those raised by straight parents has become part of the news coverage of gay rights...

Secession: impossible and undesirable

Travis Knoll March 7, 2013

Two weeks ago, a recently arrived international friend and I took a tour of the Texas Capitol. On our way to see this monument to Texas pride, we overheard two people discussing Texas’ right to secede...

The end of Austin

Travis Knoll February 12, 2013

UT’s American Studies department recently launched a new digital humanities project titled “The End of Austin,” which purports to “explore urban identity in Austin.” For the...

Partisanship is not pro-life

Travis Knoll January 29, 2013

I attended the Rally for Life at the Texas Capitol with some of my friends from the University Catholic Center this past Saturday. I went hoping that this rally’s speakers would have more nuanced...

Bring back the books

Travis Knoll January 25, 2013

Most of us, me included, have probably bought some of our books from the University Co-op during the rush of the first week of classes. Some may have even purchased UT merchandise, as I have done several...

Revisit Regnerus

Travis Knoll November 28, 2012

When I first learned about UT sociology professor Mark Regnerus’ “New Family Structure Study,” which declared that children of gay parents fare worse than those from “intact biological...

The under-told Thanksgiving story

Travis Knoll November 21, 2012

This week in elementary schools nationwide, children will hear stories about the brave Pilgrims who suffered through the long winters of the 1620s to maintain a successful British colony in Massachusetts....

Budget needs rethinking

Travis Knoll November 16, 2012

It’s an oft-heard complaint that UT-Austin, despite being a public institution, is receiving less and less state funding every day and is becoming unaffordable for the average student. State funding...

Throwing the first stone

Travis Knoll November 2, 2012

As a Catholic who believes that life begins at conception, I am opposed to abortion, and I think it should be actively discouraged and vigorously regulated. In that sense, I see the reasoning behind Richard...

Native American culture and unknowing disrespect

Travis Knoll October 23, 2012

As a self-identified Cherokee, I have understood since I was seven years old that America’s indigenous population has survived and is still here. Still, our educational system largely fails to recognize...

Take control of student loans by Travis Knoll Daily Texan columnist original rundate Oct. 1, 2012

Travis Knoll October 2, 2012

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on October 1, 2012, but it was updated to include corrections on October 2, 2012. A recent headline in May from the New York Times sums up what...

Facing consequences is a part of protesting

Travis Knoll September 24, 2012

In the past two weeks a debate has arisen about UT students’ right to free speech. On Sept. 15, 18 UT students who occupied President William Powers Jr.’s office to persuade the administration...

In defense of restraint

Travis Knoll September 21, 2012

UT’s response to the 2010 shooting in the Perry-Castañeda Library is considered a success. This perception was strengthened last week by comparisons to UT’s late and disorganized response...

My father deserves his due

Travis Knoll June 25, 2012

I was raised by a gay, single father. A recent study by UT sociology professor Mark Regnerus found that children raised by gay parents are at a disadvantage. One of the many responses to the study was...

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