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Peer evaluations for group projects hold students more accountable
April 11, 2019
Columnist Ashvin Govil advocates for professors to use online feedback forms to improve the quality and fairness of group projects.
Austin should collect and publish scooter accident data
March 10, 2019
Columnist Ashvin Govil argues for more transparency with scooter companies' accident data.
UT should implement the Bicycle Advisory Council's proposal for bikers' safety
March 5, 2019
Columnist Ashvin Govil urges UT to implement the Bicycle Advisory Council's proposal to prevent more biking accidents.
Rising scooter injuries demand more safety regulations
February 18, 2019
Columnist Ashvin Govil calls upon scooter companies and the City of Austin to prioritize safety regulations on scooters.
Restrictions on Computer Science classes stunt department’s diversity goals
February 11, 2019
Columnist Ashvin Govil calls upon UT's Computer Science department to address its lack of diversity.
The rejection of Syrian refugees by state politicians is immoral
December 1, 2015
The recent terrorist attacks on Paris unleashed a tsunami of backlash that revealed Western politicians’ hair-trigger anti-Muslim sentiments. Despite the fact that all of the terrorists in the Paris attacks were European citizens, the Syrian refugees will bear the cost of the attacks.
Societal inequalities prove the necessity for affirmative action
November 17, 2015
Critics of affirmative action say the policy is a form of reverse discrimination that gives an unfair advantage to minorities since it often lowers the bar for minorities to be accepted to prestigious state and private universities. But, this is a strange argument to make considering minorities are still underrepresented in colleges despite the supposed advantage provided by affirmative action programs.
Unconstructive presidential debate process needs major overhaul
November 3, 2015
Columnist Ashvin Govil argues that the current primary debate structure prevents young viewers from tuning in.
Empathy for Bevo, not other cows proves hypocritical
October 21, 2015
But why don’t we extend the same level of empathy that we do for Bevo toward all animals or even all cows?
Rise of Bernie Sanders attributed to authenticity
October 7, 2015
Columnist Ashvin Govil attributes the rise of the Bernie Sanders campaign to its authenticity and its lack of PAC funding.
Media misrepresents college life
September 22, 2015
Columnist Ashvin Govil believes that movies, advertisements, and other forms of media pressure college students to conform.
Pirating textbooks can be ethically justified
September 20, 2015
In a point-counterpoint on the ethics of textbook piracy, Columnist Ashvin Govil argues that textbook piracy is the only avenue for students to protest publishers' price gouging while reducing their debt burden.
Empathy should not be confused with coddling
September 11, 2015
Guest Columnist Ashvin Govil believes the campaign against political correctness misguidely targets empathy and respect in discourse such as trigger warnings.