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Ethan Couch case reveals double standards of criminal justice system
April 20, 2017
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez explains the ways in which we criminalize poverty.
Expanding community colleges would make higher education more accessible
April 13, 2017
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez advocates for the expansion of community colleges.
Competitive bidding led to New Central Library debacle
April 5, 2017
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez examines how competitive bidding impeded new library project.
Trump should reconsider his decision to skip annual White House Correspondents' Dinner
March 23, 2017
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez thinks that Trump should attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Plastic surgery offers no panacea for students of color
March 9, 2017
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that plastic surgery offers false hope to women of color.
Legislators must not limit mixed-income housing
February 23, 2017
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez calls on legislators to defend mixed-income housing.
New 365's Cedar Park location fails to serve low-income residents
February 16, 2017
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that lower-income Austinites still lack access to afforable, healthy food.
Free market principles doom school choice
February 12, 2017
Senior columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that school choice vouchers harm the overall education system.
Sean Spicer values relatable imaging over facts
February 5, 2017
Senior columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that White House press secretary Sean Spicer values his relatable, working class image over telling facts.
Shift in economic focus toward manufacturing ignores key skills-based jobs
January 18, 2017
Senior columnist Alyssa Fernandez discusses how a shift in economic focus back toward manufacturing work threatens the US economy by ignoring skills-based jobs.
Political correctness debate centers around respect, not censorship
December 1, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez believes the political correctness debate boils down to a call for respect on both sides.
Industry-funded research leads to biased results
November 16, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez highlights the problem of research bias and why consumers need to be aware of it.
Patient Zero myth creates hysteria and harms victims
November 9, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez discusses how the Patient Zero myth can hurt a victim and his/her community.
Private school vouchers will hurt needy students
November 3, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that private school vouchers will hurt needy students and that education should not be operated under a free market model.
Misunderstanding of "equality" perpetuates racism
October 26, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez discusses the definition of "equality" and why its historically racist context matters.
Texas' policies disproportionately affect minority women
October 13, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez describes Gov. Greg Abbott's policies as harmful to minority women.
White nationalism has no ground in the immigration debate
October 5, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that white nationalism has no ground in the immigration debate.
How to sell out and still be unpopular: An ode to Ted Cruz
September 29, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez analyzes the Texas Senator Ted Cruz's vote for Donald Trump
Inclusive ethnic studies must be accurately taught
September 12, 2016
Senior Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues Mexican-American studies is a vital subject that must be accurately taught to students, especially in the face of the failures of the new Texas textbook.
Immigration issues alone cannot earn Hispanic votes
September 1, 2016
Senior columnist Alyssa Fernandez discusses why presidential candidates will need to discuss more than immigration to earn Hispanic votes.
Grad school entrance exams favor wealthy students
August 28, 2016
Senior columnist Alyssa Fernandez discusses how graduate school entrance exams favor wealthy students.
Sex education needs a modern update
April 29, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez suggests that inadequate sex education damages teens' ability to treat sex in a responsible or moral way.
Texas and Mexico should maintain critical trade relations
April 14, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez reiterates the importance of Texas-Mexico trade relations amid controversial political rhetoric.
Music is artificial and should stay that way
April 11, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that today's pop music should be enjoyed for its merits.
Republic of Texas shall rise once and for all
March 31, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that Texas needs to secede from the United States.
Texas should be more than cowboy culture
March 11, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez suggests that Texas culture should represent traditionally marginalized groups that have played major roles in Texas history.
Why you should swipe right on online dating
February 29, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues in favor of the concept of online dating.
Porn is the misleading stand-in for real sex education
February 26, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez uses a condom debate in the porn industry to examine the state of US sex education.
Latinos need to vote to affect real change
February 11, 2016
Columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that Latino voter engagement is contingent to solving notions of colonialism.
Latinos need to expand the border narrative
January 26, 2016
Guest columnist Alyssa Fernandez argues that the border narrative goes beyond the Rio Grande.
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