Trey Scott

Ehssan Faraji, biomedical engineering senior, speaks to students gathered in protest of Islamophobia because of an ad that appeared in Monday’s issue of The Daily Texan on Wednesday afternoon. The protested advertisement implied that Islamic violence was resulting in deaths.

Photo Credit: Amy Zhang | Daily Texan Staff

A group of students protested outside Texas Student Media on Wednesday demanding a public apology from The Daily Texan regarding an advertisement promoting anti-Islamic sentiments that ran on Monday.

The full-page advertisement ran on the back page of The Daily Texan featuring photos of six deceased women overlaid with images of rifle crosshairs. The images included explanations about the deaths, alleging that all were a result of Islamic violence. The ad was paid for by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a national organization that directly opposes “the radical left and its Islamist allies,” according to the organization’s website.

A group of students, unaffiliated with any one collective organization, gathered at the Cronkite Plaza outside the Hearst building where Texas Student Media is housed. The group held signs and listened to student and faculty speakers expressing disgust with the advertisement, ultimately demanding a public apology on behalf of The Daily Texan’s staff.

Saif Kazim, historian for UT’s Society for Islamic Awareness, facilitated several parts of the protest and led the group in chants between speakers. 

“Today’s gathering invokes a rallying together as a collective body of concerned students to send a powerful message that such bigotry has no place on our campus, or anywhere in the world,” Kazim said. 

Biomedical engineering senior Ehssan Faraji said the turnout of approximately 100 protesters was positive on such short notice. The protest was organized Monday night through a Facebook event, Faraji said.

“We saw the ad on Monday, and we were immediately concerned and very disgusted and we decided that night, actually, to hold some sort of protest,” Faraji said. “It was just some friends that got together.”

The Daily Texan’s editor-in-chief Susannah Jacob and managing editor Trey Scott addressed the protesters together. Jacob personally apologized for the offense caused by the advertisement, but said she commended the protesters for their outspoken stance against racism and hate on UT campus. 

Jacob published an editorial in The Daily Texan on Tuesday explaining how each potentially controversial advertisement is voted on by student editors and managers with the majority ruling on whether or not to run the ad.

“I think when we talk about the future of The Daily Texan and moving forward, there is room to grow and to build a dialogue to create a student newspaper that does not only function to keep hate out, but functions to directly combat these types of arguments and these ideas,” Jacob said.

Scott, who was one of the student editors who voted to run the advertisement, said he did so because he felt his personal disgust with its content was not enough to warrant holding the ad on First Amendment grounds. Scott’s explanation was met with booing by several members of the protest.

“I think that there should be an institutionalized response against an organization [whose] sole purpose is to institutionalize hate,” Scott said. “At the next Texas Student Media Board meeting in April, I am going to propose an absolute ban on any advertising from David Horowitz and his foundation.”

Published on March 7, 2013 as "Anti-Islamic ad incites protest". 

Old Number 7

Junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert scans the field during the LonghornsÂ’ win over Rice in the season opener on Sept. 3. Gilbert is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. (Daily Texan file photo)
Junior quarterback Garrett Gilbert scans the field during the LonghornsÂ’ win over Rice in the season opener on Sept. 3. Gilbert is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. (Daily Texan file photo)

I guess the guy was right when he said, "Don't mess with Texas."

But who knew he was talking about members of the Longhorns football team?

By far the most controversial story the Texan has published so far this semester is a rather light-hearted Page One piece about No. 7 jerseys being marked down at the University Co-op after Garrett Gilbert and Nolan Brewster -- the two players to wear the number this season -- were sidelined with injuries.

The story, which was lacking a byline because of a production error, was written by Sports editor Trey Scott and simply quoted Co-op president George H. Mitchell explaining why the jerseys were being offered at 50 percent off. 

It also quoted a student who said he wouldn't buy the jersey, even with the discount. The story also notes that Gilbert has taken a fair amount of public criticism for the Horns lackluster season in 2010 and that sales of No. 7 jerseys have been down since then. No new ones were ordered this year.

That's about it, folks, but the public reaction has been quite remarkable, with at least four angry "Firing Line" letters to editor published on the Texan's Opinion page, so far. The writers are uniform in criticizing the Texan for taking cheap shots at Gilbert, an unfair scapegoat.

Here's what Scott, the Texan Sports editor has to say:

"I understand that, after all of what Garrett's been through, people are quick to attack anybody who says anything negative about him for the sake of the kid. The point of the article, however, was that the Co-op was in a spot it has never been before, that it has to mark down jerseys that it didn't even sell last year. There are 1,000 No. 7s waiting to be sold.

"The president of the Co-op was sad to have to put the jerseys on sale, because he feels like Garrett has taken almost all of the blame for last year's 5-7 season. But he had to do it [mark them down] because it's a business, just like Mack Brown and the co-offensive coordinators benched Gilbert for the sake of the team — that's business as well."

I say -- get a life, people! The Texan didn't mark down the jerseys. The Co-op and Nike, the manufacturer did. The Texan noted that this is the first time this step has been taken. That's news -- and that's what we're in the business of reporting. 

I would ask where the angry letters are about the Texan story detailing the lawsuit filed by a national fraternity organization against a renegade local chapter that alleged that exotic dancers were hired as part of an initiation ritual. Is that standard operating procedure around the Forty Acres? Is any kind of deviant behavior acceptable as long as -- god forbid -- it doesn't have a bit of harmless fun with the hallowed football program?

The football program that has won exactly one national championship since 1970? 

Garrett Gilbert isn't to blame for that long drought and the Texan shouldn't be blamed for simply reporting the facts.

Missed our first live football chat? Fear not, here are some highlights.

Question from Jake15: Do you think Texas will use multiple QBs against Rice?
Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar:
Great question.
Sports Editor Trey Scott: I think they have to. Not necessarily alternate them, but they need to play the backup and maybe the third-stringer in the fourth quarter.
Scott: All we saw last year of Case was a brief appearance in the Rice game ... Texas needs to know that these guys have in-game experience so that, down the road, they can turn to one of them if [Garrett Gilbert] plays like he did in 2010.
Bhuchar: They should. [Texas head coach] Mack Brown will run Gilbert through the first three quarters to give Texas its usual lead and then open the 4th up to the backup.

Question from Sara: Who will see the most reps at running back?
Fozzy Whittaker to start. Then Malcolm Brown. Cody Johnson on the goal line and D.J. Monroe in special situations.
Scott: Oh, and don’t forget about Joe Bergeron. Saw him on campus today — looks like a defensive end.
Bhuchar: Fozzy came to media days, Fozzy is a senior ... he’ll take the starting reps.

Question from Frank: What does the Christian Scott suspension (3 games) mean to the secondary?
Well, it’s better than losing him for the entire season, which looked like the case last week. I didn’t think Christian Scott would start anyways (Vaccaro is better) but it gives the Longhorns some depth and experience at safety.
Bhuchar: It will hurt, but it isn’t a big deal for those three games. I like Texas’ DBs from top to bottom.
Question from Nick: Can Quandre Diggs really be as good as the team is saying he can be?
Scott: You mean Quandre The Giant? He’s not very big, but I think he can be really good.
Bhuchar: Checkout his highlight reel ... it’s pretty impressive.

Question from Wes: Who do you think takes up the second defensive tackle spot next to Kheeston Randall?
A rotation of Calvin Howell, Ashton Dorsey, Greg Daniels and Desmond Jackson. I’m not sure one of them will separate themselves though.

Question from Ron: We always have depth, even if the guys are young, how do our reserves stack up against OU?
I really like the depth; it’s young and talented. And I think Texas has more in the cupboard than Oklahoma does.
Bhuchar: Especially by way of Texas’ better recruiting pool.
Scott: Some backups to watch: Demarco Cobbs at outside linebacker, Nolan Brewster at safety and Reggie Wilson at defensive end.

Question from Cali: Which of the new coaches do you see making the biggest difference?
[Strength and Conditioning Head Coach Bennie Wylie] has really changed the culture of the program — much tougher workouts and the players look jacked.
Bhuchar: Whether Wylie has changed the culture or not, the answer should be [co-offensive coordinators] Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite if Texas hopes to ascend back into the top 10.

Question from Dillon: Who is going to be starting in the secondary?
Kenny Vaccaro. He’s up to 220 lbs, Blake Gideon calls him “the best cover guy on the team,” and he has a penchant for delivering blows.

Bhuchar: Let’s bring something up. Should Texas A&M go to the Southeastern Conference?
Scott: They haven’t won a game against a SEC team since 1995, haven’t won a bowl since 1991, have a 10-25 record against top-25 teams since 2001.
Bhuchar: Last bowl game they won was the bowl in 2001.
Scott: I understand the promise of the SEC, but I don’t understand the Aggies suddenly thinking they’re a force to be reckoned with when they have really struggled against top teams the past 10-15 years.
Bhuchar: I see the move to the SEC as a possibility for utter failure for their program. They’d revert to Ole Miss status, only relevant every five to 10 years.
Comment from reader, Cali: You just listed off every reason why A&M is terrible, why would you want them dragging down the Big 12?
Scott: A&M is a lot better in the Big 12 than the SEC. Ags are just now getting some work done in this conference, and it sure took them a while. Not sure why they’d want to throw that away and start over in the super tough SEC.
Bhuchar: Sports mean something because of the way the fans perceive situations ... fans would be lost without Texas vs. Texas A&M game.
Comment from reader, Cali: As someone who didn’t miss a home game for 23 years and is fully aware of tradition, I’d be happy to never play A&M (and their ignorant culture) again. Now, if TX/OU is ever stopped, that hurts. Are you really picking A&M as the better rivalry?
Bhuchar: I didn’t say that.
Scott: Texas/OU is the better rivalry. But Texas-Texas A&M means more to this state — spouses against spouses, co-workers against co-workers. Winner gets to brag for
a year.
Bhuchar: This is a tradition steeped in a two-hour drive down the road where both teams’ fans hate each other. What better way to celebrate Turkey Day than pigging out and watching this grudge match?

Question from Luis: Do you guys get to go to practice?
Bhuchar: No.
Scott: Longhorn Network does. Haven’t you been watching?