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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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UT must prioritize students, not predatory professors

Zachary Price November 19, 2019

The allegations that Coleman Hutchison committed sexual misconduct against his students first surfaced publicly in October of 2017. That fall, the English department held a town hall for graduate...


Local news matters, read The Chronicle

Zachary Price December 7, 2017

When alt-weeklies — free, weekly newspapers ­— hit the scene in the 1970s, they quickly became famous for taking on issues that mainstream outlets wouldn’t: sex and drugs and rock...


West Campus could hold the key to a Democratic Congress

Zachary Price November 28, 2017

The Democratic Party hasn’t put up a serious fight in Texas elections since the early 2000s, when they lost control of the Texas House of Representatives. So I was surprised to see Texas’ 21st...


EPA leaders’ unwillingness to fix pollution is hurting kids

Zachary Price November 15, 2017

During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to dismantle “the Department of Environment Protection,” or what most of us know as the Environmental Protection Agency....


Is a Democratic wave coming in 2018?

Zachary Price November 9, 2017

When Rep. Lamar Smith announced he wouldn’t run for reelection on November 2, he became the second powerful Republican committee chair to do so in the same week. Smith, Chair of the House Science...


Straus’ departure leaves fate of bipartisanship in Texas house uncertain

Zachary Price November 1, 2017

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus’ announcement that he wasn’t running for re-election sent shockwaves through the state political sphere. Imagining a Texas Legislature without Straus,...

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Administrators’ choices trump student concerns

Zachary Price October 18, 2017

On Oct. 24, the University of North Texas will pay $100,000 for Donald Trump Jr. to give a guest lecture. A number of UNT students went off on social media in response to the announcement. The event that...


Students must remember to vote this November

Zachary Price October 11, 2017

Editor’s note: Price is vice president of TX Votes, a nonpartisan voter registration and civic engagement organization.  When asking students if they plan to vote this November, I most often...


Politicians need to leave college students alone

Zachary Price October 4, 2017

UT made national news last fall when Young Conservatives of Texas threw their now-infamous bake sale — changing the prices of baked goods depending on the color of a student’s skin —...


Inclusive bathrooms on campus must remain a priority

Zachary Price September 28, 2017

For the vast majority of UT students, finding a bathroom to use isn’t particularly stressful. But for students who don’t feel comfortable using traditional bathrooms, the experience is vastly...


STEM majors aren’t writing enough

Zachary Price September 14, 2017

Many students go through their four years at UT focused entirely on the content of their major, determined to be as prepared as possible for their career. For some students, however, this creates a blind...


Political dynasties don’t belong in our democracy

Zachary Price September 8, 2017

With the incumbent off running for Congress, the race for Texas’ District 8 state Senate seat appears that it will come down between Phillip Huffines and Angela Paxton. Both of those names should...

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The government is attempting to limit students’ chances to succeed

Zachary Price August 31, 2017

Helping poor kids go to college has always been a bipartisan initiative. Programs like Pell Grants, TEXAS grants, and Federal Work-Study have each received the support of members of both parties in Congress....


Wanted: Lawmakers with compassion

Zachary Price July 21, 2017

In the early afternoon of May 2, police said Kendrex White pulled out a Bowie-style hunting knife in front of Gregory Gym and plunged it into the back of UT freshman Harrison Brown— killing him....


It’s Time for Dawnna Dukes to Go

Zachary Price July 12, 2017

In the hustle and bustle of the Texas House of Representatives, it’s not easy for any single representative to stand out. Some manage to do it by grandstanding on every issue. Others gain fame by...


Governor Abbott’s special session agenda will fail our public schools

Zachary Price July 6, 2017

Gov. Abbott’s special session call made big news when it was released – the 20 items on the agenda dwarfs the number of topics a governor’s laid for a special session in recent memory....


Chancellor McRaven has proven an effective leader

Zachary Price June 28, 2017

UT System Chancellor William McRaven has come under fire lately for his perceived failures and mismanagement of the system administration. This comes as his contract is set to expire at the end of this...


Employers: pay us, please

Zachary Price June 21, 2017

It’s summertime in Austin, and that means that students are participating in age-old college traditions: backpacking across continents, soaking up sun on the beach, and working long hours without...


A boon to democracy in eliminating straight-ticket voting

Zachary Price June 18, 2017

In a time of historically low voter turnout and a seemingly unbreachable partisan divide, civic engagement recently got a boost from the unlikeliest of sources: the Texas Republican Party. Eliminating...


Students have more ethical options than Uber

Zachary Price June 6, 2017

On Monday, my Facebook feed was filled with UT students celebrating Uber’s return to Austin. I was disappointed to see thousands of students praise a company with an abysmal labor record that’s...

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