Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Vik Shirvaikar

Forum editor writes first, last column

Vik Shirvaikar May 4, 2018

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...


Student voices push for change, look to the future

This semester, The Daily Texan Forum has had the privilege of pulling together a wide array of voices from the university and its surrounding community. The Daily Texan has its limitations as an organization,...


UT community needs to reckon with University’s racist past

Founded in 1883, UT came into being on the heels of the Civil War, and many of its founding members hailed from Confederate ranks. Almost 150 years later, this history remains ever-present on the 40 Acres....


Legislative leaders call for student involvement

With only about 20 percent of the student body consistently participating in campus-wide elections, legislative student organizations have a widespread perception of being unable to create useful change...

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Students protest removal of Fine Arts Library stacks

Throughout the past year, the University has relocated more than 75,000 books and physical resources from the Fine Arts Library to off-campus storage sites at the JJ Pickle Research Campus and a joint...


Students, lawmakers discuss the March for Our Lives

The recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida prompted a wave of protests advocating for school safety and stricter gun control measures. These protests, largely organized...


Professors offer observations on race and representation at UT

Representation matters, and UT’s demographic breakdown affects student reactions to university events. The last few weeks of Student Government elections are the latest example of this interaction,...


Executive Alliance candidates present platforms

Vik Shirvaikar February 26, 2018

On Wednesday and Thursday, the student body will vote to select its leaders and representatives for the next academic year. Last week, we presented editorials by the candidates for editor-in-chief of The...


Editor-in-Chief candidates offer perspectives on housing

Vik Shirvaikar February 19, 2018

With Student Government campaigns in full swing, we turn our attention to an election of our own. Janhavi Nemawarkar, Cuillin Chastain-Howley, and Liza Anderson, three of the opinion department’s...


Students, faculty advocate for more inclusive UT

Liza Anderson, Vik Shirvaikar, and Janhavi Nemawarkar February 12, 2018

While students come to UT-Austin from all over Texas, and all over the world, not all of them arrive on an equal playing field. The university can do more to alleviate the institutional barriers that bar...


Let’s bridge the gap between disciplines

Vik Shirvaikar, Janhavi Nemawarkar, and Liza Anderson February 5, 2018

Across UT-Austin, professors and thousands of students work in search of new discoveries in science while others focus on expanding our understanding of human interactions and history. Outside the university-setting,...


Me Too movement extends beyond Hollywood

Liza Anderson, Vik Shirvaikar, and Janhavi Nemawarkar January 29, 2018

As the Me Too movement progresses, it has brought conversations about sexual harassment into the mainstream. While the most publicized stories have come from Hollywood and the media, the movement has shed...


Special education caps hurt Texas students

Vik Shirvaikar, Liza Anderson, and Janhavi Nemawarkar January 22, 2018

The Daily Texan Forum page is a place for people who are not on the Texan’s staff to weigh in on the happenings of the university and the surrounding community. Every Monday of this semester, we...


Forum concludes semester with University voices

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar December 8, 2017

Ten weeks later, we have arrived at the last Forum of the semester. From politicians to student leaders, we have sought to bring diverse perspectives to the Texan beyond those of our issue staff. This...


National public health issues spark student responses

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar December 1, 2017

As the national debate on healthcare heats up (again) this week, we feature student perspectives on public health topics that have a national scope but clear local effects: access to contraceptives, the...


On voting, mental health care and students’ money

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar November 17, 2017

This week, we feature student perspectives on issues that intimately affect us: on access to mental health resources, on tuition increases and on voter engagement. Jeramy Howell, a government senior...


University grapples with history, humanitarianism

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar November 10, 2017

This week, we spotlight two continuing struggles that have made headlines recently: The ongoing devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and the ongoing racial animus right here at UT following...


Students have role to play in national, local issues

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar November 3, 2017

With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, we wanted to feature a diverse array of topics that are important to consider, but all too easy to forget, at both the national and local levels. Specifically,...


Media experts share experiences

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar October 27, 2017

Our campus regularly hosts distinguished guests and speakers, and we at the Texan are particularly drawn to anyone who understands the love and labor behind news production. So while we may have a bias...


Climate concerns inspire local action

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar October 6, 2017

Scientists agree that climate change noticeably worsened the recent surge of catastrophic hurricanes that devastated parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Climate change is no longer hypothetical, and...


Students consider Title IX, honor Harrison Brown

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar September 22, 2017

The prevalence of sexual violence is a major problem for the University. Under the Obama administration, the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter clarified guidelines for universities handling cases...


New year brings new vision from elected leaders

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar September 14, 2017

With all that has happened recently in Texas and across the nation, it can be difficult to remember that the semester began only two weeks ago. However, our elected officials, both here on campus and in...


Forum: Student perspectives on DACA, asexuality

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar September 8, 2017

For many, the Trump administration’s decision this week to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program  is just the latest iteration of the blatantly xenophobic platform the...


Forum returns, highlights statue commentary

Vik Shirvaikar and Janhavi Nemawarkar September 1, 2017

At The Daily Texan, we strive to include a broad array of voices — a mission which can and should require us to seek perspectives from beyond the basement. We’re excited to bring back our Forum...

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