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We must start holding celebrities accountable for sexual misconduct
October 31, 2017
Senior columnist Michael Jensen argues that we should hold celebrities accountable for their actions.
Twitter’s anti-doxxing policy is justified
October 16, 2017
Senior columnist Michael Jensen explains why social media doxxing should be combatted.
Pence’s NFL publicity exposes lack of conservative principles
October 15, 2017
Senior Columnist Michael Jenson argues that we must be wary of Vice President Pence's behavior toward the NFL.
Myths about suicide are incredibly harmful
September 25, 2017
Senior coumnist Michael Jensen dispels myths about suicide and suicide prevention.
Draconian fees on campus are counterproductive
September 11, 2017
Senior columnist Micheal Jensen condemns UT's nickel and diming of its students with superfluous fees and charges.
UT community must come together in wake of Harvey
August 29, 2017
Senior Columnist Michael Jensen elucidates how students can get involved in Hurricane Harvey relief.
There is no correct way to grieve loss of Harrison Brown
June 11, 2017
Associate Editor Michael Jensen opens up about the experience of loss and the realities of grieving.
Tillerson lacks qualifications for Secretary of State
January 23, 2017
Associate editor Michael Jensen describes listening to Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson at a speaking event on campus and identifies why Tillerson would be a poor pick for the position.
Despite fears, campus remains largely safe
August 21, 2016
Associate Editor Michael Jensen urges parents and students not to overreact to news of crime or violence on and near campus.
Oil industry pollutes Texas politics, too
July 21, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen argues that the oil industry carries an outsize influence on Texas politics.
Debate on gun violence sorely lacks empathy, mutual understanding
June 22, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen urges student eager to argue about guns to educate themselves on the perspectives those they disagree with have.
Millennials are group-oriented pragmatists, not lazy freeloaders
June 9, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen argues that so-called "millenials" are resilient for opting to live with their parents as a recent study found they are doing at historic rates.
Cannabis industry cannot follow in Big Tobacco's footsteps
April 17, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen forsees a future where marijuana is legal in Texas — and calls for restrictions on the cannabis industry when it happens.
Profiling Muslims makes no statistical sense
April 3, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen outlines a statistical argument against profiling Muslims as a means to fight terrorism.
Unapologetic figures can be the super villains the nation needs
March 21, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen argues that Robert Morrow, Martin Shkreli and Donald Trump can help the nation directly face and solve the problems they represent.
Clinton's 'invincibility' is dangerous myth, could prove costly
February 28, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen dissects the flawed logic of several Democratic Hillary supporters.
Debate moderators mistake neutrality for objectivity
February 15, 2016
Columnist Michael Jensen argues that presidential debate moderators should value truth over perceived fairness when question candidates.
Political establishment underestimates appeal of extreme candidates
February 1, 2016
Guest columnist Michael Jensen explains why extreme candidates appeal to voters.
Primary school reform is key to protecting diversity in higher education
December 3, 2015
Regardless of the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision to uphold affirmative action in Grutter v. Bollinger, minorities — particularly African-Americans — are clearly underrepresented at elite universities. If race-conscious admissions policies are ruled unconstitutional, then we have an obligation to fix the failures of our primary education system, which make affirmative action necessary in the first place.
Lawmakers should treat gun violence as public health concern
November 20, 2015
Columnist Michael Jensen argues that gun violence, like tobacco, should be treated as an issue of public health.
Psychoactive drug research would help answer US mental health crisis
November 5, 2015
Regardless of the fact that other developed countries experience only slightly lower rates of mental illness yet far fewer mass shootings, these claims raise an important issue. Mental illness alone does not cause violence, but has played a role in previous mass shootings and it is an undeniably serious problem that adversely affects millions of Americans every year. However, government policies blocking psychoactive drug research demonstrate our collective failure to adequately address mental illness. Political rhetoric condemning a national “mental health crisis” rings hollow when our government has banned clinical research into these potentially life-saving drugs for over 40 years.
Scientific ignorance among lawmakers is unacceptable, bad for policy
October 22, 2015
It’s well known that lawyers are overrepresented in government, with 220 out of 535 congressmen holding law degrees in 2013. These legislators grasp that understanding the country’s legal system is a prerequisite for substantive legislation. However, there are other laws which govern our lives.
Male voices are necessary part of campus dialogue on sexual assault
October 10, 2015
Columnist Michael Jensen writes on males' roles in preventing campus sexual assaults and eliminating harmful cultures that contribute to it.
Harnessing big data is essential for future of medicine, society
September 24, 2015
Columnist Michael Jensen highlights the impact of big data on biomedical fields, such as oncology and genomics.
Core curriculum, UGS enrich learning experience
September 11, 2015
Guest columnist Michael Jensen believes the core curriculum offers opportunities to expand horizons, which students should embrace.
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