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In case you haven’t heard, Longhorn basketball is rolling right now. The Horns are near the top of the rankings and are even pushing for the #1 spot. You might be wondering how tickets work for students.

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February 1, 2011 | | By Chris | 1 Comment

Time Management: The Key to College

There’s a common joke around campus that you have three options in college: do well in class, be social and involved, and sleep and that you can succeed in two of three. There is some truth behind that, but it’s not the complete picture.

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February 1, 2011 | | By Chris | Comments Off

Work: The Second Coming

Two weeks done at ExxonMobil and I feel like I’m starting to fit in here a wee bit more. People actually say hello to me by name in the hallways, and I really appreciate that minor fact of my day. Work is very casual here in the engineering side of things, probably much more so than in the corporate locations where it is necessary to dress up a little bit nicer and swear a little bit less.

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February 1, 2011 | | By Bill | Comments Off

Will the real bad guy please stand up?

In today’s Daily Texan Guest Columnist Kory Zipperer resumes the debate regarding concealed handguns on campus. Zipperer outlines all the steps involved in acquiring a Texas Concealed Handgun License in an effort to support a pro-handgun position. As Zipperer notes at the beginning of the article, this is a highly debated topic in our community, especially given the shooting this past fall. Though I feel Zipperer makes a good case, were another shooting to take place, how would the police identify the culprit?

Do they ask everyone not in uniform to present a license, or detain all gun-holders, even those who carry a concealed weapon in order to, as Zipperer puts it,”prevent law-abiding citizens from becoming victims”? Perhaps because I grew up in a community that promoted anti-gun legislation, and since I’ve actually never seen a gun in person, I don’t automatically run to the gun, so to speak, when I think about campus safety. As I noted in an earlier blog post, I’m completely at a loss to explain why Colton Tooley did what he did. Or why Jared Laughner or Seung-Hui Cho did what they did. I’m more prone to seek solutions on the side of making therapy more accessible and less stigmatized so people who really need the help get it before it’s too late.

I agree with Zipperer that there’s “no magic solution to improving campus safety.” But, as a student, I find it imperative to add my voice to the debate and ask what would happen in a worst case scenario: would we be able to pick out the actual shooter out of a swarm of people holding guns?

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February 1, 2011 | | By Doris | Comments Off

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