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Austin stands to benefit from sanctuary city status
November 30, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas explains how Austin will benefit from becoming a sanctuary city.
Students must work to prevent peer-to-peer sexism
November 16, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas urges students to strive for an end to sexism among peers.
America needs to rethink the electoral college
November 9, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas expresses how she feels about the electoral college and why it may need reform.
Our agriculture commissioner called Clinton a c*** — vote down the ballot
November 3, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas advocates for voting "down the ballot" because local elections are just as important as the presidential election.
Austin’s cycling infrastructure still needs work
October 19, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas explains how voting for Prop 1 will bring much-needed improvements to Austin's cycling infrastructure.
Austin needs 'ugly' food subscription services
October 12, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas expresses the need for "ugly" food subscription services in Austin.
Trump does not advocate for women in the workforce
October 5, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas highlights the problems with Donald Trump's views on women and why they should not vote for the Republican presidential candidate.
College Republicans should not vote blindly
September 29, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas argues that college republicans should support Trump just for party loyalty.
Texas must reduce maternal mortality rates
September 21, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas calls for Texas to reduce its shockingly high maternal mortality rates.
Students should reject fast fashion, thrift instead
September 15, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas describes the fast fashion culture as unsustainable, urging students to turn to thrift stores for clothes instead.
Anthropocene declaration warrants climate action
September 8, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas argues that the recommended declaration of the Anthropocene epoch warrants climate action, especially for Texas.
Telemedicine regulations prove unnecessary
August 31, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas discusses how telemedicine deregulation could benefit Texans.
Health outreach programs stand to benefit Austin teens
August 25, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas argues for UT students working to teach sex ed in Austin area charter schools.
Medical missions make 'do no harm' difficult
May 2, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas explains how medical mission trips can be damaging if not done properly, and offers advice for how to best serve those who need it.
Freshmen of all walks deserve expanded research options
April 25, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas calls for the expansion of the Freshman Research Initiative program beyond natural sciences.
Despite student hatred, registration really isn't that bad
April 17, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas defends UT's registration system against what she feels is ill-deserved hatred.
Texas has potential to pioneer conservative climate reform
April 10, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas calls for Texas to take further steps to invest in renewable energy to fight the dangers of anthropogenic climate change.
Texas’ use of death penalty on the mentally ill demands reform
April 3, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas explores the ways by which Texas' justice system fails the mentally ill in its execution pracitices and policies.
Foster kids can’t be ignored in fight against homelessness
March 28, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas argues that combatting youth homelessness requires fixing the problems in the foster care systtem that underpin the issue.
Political satire deserves to be taken seriously
March 20, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas makes the case for taking political satire seriously as a means of understand this election season.
UT food desert feeds unhealthy eating habits
March 7, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas argues that students deserve long-term solutions to fix their lack of healthy food options on and near campus.
Pope’s words offer next steps for Zika birth defect prevention
February 28, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas explains how the Pope's stance on Zika-related healthcare is the stepping stone for birth defect prevention.
HPV prevention requires vaccination for men and women
February 21, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas argues that both men and women should receive HPV vaccinations in order to prevent cancer.
For mosquito-borne diseases, long term pragmatism must replace temporary panic
February 15, 2016
Senior columnist Laura Hallas argues that mosquito-borne illnesses deserve research and attention long before they pose a threat to developed nations.
Rapid growth crowds out African-American Austinites
February 8, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas discusses the effects rapid economic growth have had on African-Americans in Austin and the need to protect communities.
A weak federal government is a weak choice
January 31, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas argues that Texas Governor Greg Abbott's plan to weaken to U.S. Constitution is the wrong way to address political results he disagrees with.
World's green goals need local effort
January 24, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas writes about how global environmental problems requires solutions on the local level.
From healthcare to home, child gun deaths require greater prevention efforts
January 18, 2016
Senior Columnist Laura Hallas argues that Texas needs to ensure that parents and healthcare professionals can work together to provent today's high rates of gun-related child deaths.
For campus sexual assaults, false reporting is a false measure
November 29, 2015
Columnist Laura Hallas writes that it is essential to stop citing flawed false reporting statistics and start building a justice system that men and women can both trust.
The Safe Campus Act is a step backward in stopping campus assaults
November 15, 2015
Columnist Laura Hallas critiques the Safe Campus Act's capacity to help victims of assault.
Creative graduate school funding encourages diverse, well-rounded work force
November 1, 2015
Columnist Laura Hallas highlights the many gains that come with reduced financial risk for graduate students.
Campus carry harms recruitment
October 18, 2015
Laura Hallas discusses the effect SB 11 has on University faculty recruitment.
Counterpoint: Uber has already shown it cannot be trusted
October 11, 2015
In a point-counterpoint on Uber regulations, columnist Laura Hallas writes that Austin must expand regulations to protect riders from Uber's deeply flawed system.
Optimizing students' political clout can have big impacts in state policy
October 4, 2015
Columnist Laura Hallas writes on the ways that students can influence state policies in light of the imminent implementation of campus carry.
International refugee crisis demands local attention
September 20, 2015
Columnist Laura Hallas believes that there is an opportunity to set an example of building support for refugees in the UT and Austin communities.
Sexual health education deserves a place in orientation programming
September 2, 2015
Guest columnist Laura Hallas believes the state's abstinence-only education plan requires a sexual health seminar or video to accompany other risk reduction programs during freshman orientations.
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