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Make coding a requirement for all UT students
November 11, 2013
Daily Texan columnist Larisa Manescu argues for the inclusion of computer-science classes in the core curriculum.
Could blind grading systems allow UT professors to avoid favoritism?
October 24, 2013
A UT professor's study suggests that professors can show unintentional favoritism that tilts the academic playing field. Are anonymous grading strategies the solution to that problem?
The Daily Texan's sex columns are a rare thing: useful sex education in Texas
October 2, 2013
While the Texan's column series may seem vulgar, one student argues, it actually serves an important purpose for the University community.
High school history classes shouldn't gloss over unpleasant details
September 26, 2013
Students shouldn't have to wait until college to learn the truth about the past.
Popularity of liberal arts degrees varies internationally
July 19, 2013
In a special series on international higher education, Daily Texan columnist Larisa Manescu examines the unpopularity of liberal arts degrees in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Boy Scouts can do better
June 14, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on openly gay members, but UT students and former Scouts who support the decision say the organization must do more to promote the acceptance of homosexuality, both for those in the organization and those who have left it.
To stop assault, confront it
May 2, 2013
National Sexual Assault Awareness Month is over.
Adapt to inaccuracy in social media
April 24, 2013
My suggestion: Don’t hate the game, train the players.
Words have power
April 11, 2013
Labels, even those with the subtlest of undertones, shape our perceptions and can perpetuate unwanted stereotypes. When society thinks of a better word to properly describe a group of people, take the time to expand your vocabulary.
A problem with PreCheck at AUS
April 1, 2013
On March 19, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport became the first airport in 2013 to adopt the Transportation Safety Administration’s PreCheck program.
Don't misunderstand plastic bags' impact
February 19, 2013
"Instead of tagging a scarlet letter on the use of plastic bags in general, environmental activists should focus on educating the public to always store, reuse, and recycle them." A Daily Texan columnist responds to the new city ordinance regarding plastic shopping bags.
Baring it all for justice
November 15, 2012
Members of the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition wore nothing but underwear adorned with cardboard cutouts that read, “We’d rather go naked than wear sweatshop apparel.”
Don't excuse balcony behavior
October 25, 2012
Between the drunken whooping and hollering, wheels skidding and bottles smashing, West Campus sounds like a hybrid between a zoo and a crime scene on weekends and even some weekdays
YCT watch list claims bias, is biased
October 11, 2012
The YCT defines biased professors as those who do not allow views alternative to their own to be expressed in the classroom.
Celebrating all beliefs on campus
April 12, 2012
For a University that revels in its diversity, the absence of some sort of open gathering of secular students is inconsistent with expressed values of acceptance and tolerance students maintain they hold.
Finding ways to give
April 3, 2012
Goodwill is only the first ingredient in the recipe for becoming involved in a cause.
The complexities of sexual consent
March 8, 2012
The legal ordeal involved can be frustrating, disheartening and painful for victims of rape and sexual assault.
More than loving your body
March 4, 2012
"Love your body" week had good intentions; it does too little though to bring attention to important and widespread issues.
Expanding the dialogue on productivity
February 23, 2012
Further discussion between the Faculty Council and regents about tenure review is necessary before any changes are made.
The rising influence of student activism
January 24, 2012
Last week, in response to the introduction of anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA in late October, major websites such as Google, Wikipedia, and Reddit united in an Internet blackout to voice their opposition.
A renewed call for vigilance
January 23, 2012
The solution is not to live in a state of perpetual paranoia or fear of leaving one’s residence.
Study drugs distort students' abilities
December 4, 2011
If students practice better studying habits, they can unlock their natural capability to perform well.
CapMetro's policy a breath of fresh air
November 28, 2011
The bus line's new policy favors the interests of nonsmokers over those of smokers.
An A+ for effort
November 20, 2011
Regulating the University’s existing grading system will not deprive professors of their classroom authority.
Insights into the interdisciplinary
November 14, 2011
Certificate programs may prevent students limiting their professional appeal.
MyEdu decision process flawed
November 6, 2011
The $10 million investment was made without any prior consultation with UT faculty.
Plastic bags as model to forgo the bottle
October 31, 2011
If Austin can live without plastic bags, it can live without harmful plastic bottles.
Second language undervalued as professional asset
October 23, 2011
There is not an inherent weakness in UT’s foreign language programs,but it is alarming that budget cuts in the past have been focused on lowering the language requirement.
The danger of stagnation
October 16, 2011
Collins: As soon as you find a job, look for your next job.
Consider alternatives to minimize traffic congestion
October 4, 2011
A recent study suggests Austin suffers from heavy air pollution due to the third worst traffic congestion in the nation.
In defense of University faculty
September 18, 2011
We cannot expect to simultaneously reduce research budgets and retain the most educated and influential faculty.