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Don’t separate the art from the artist
May 2, 2018
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that we can't consume art while ignoring the political views of the artist.
Texas isn’t as conservative as you think
April 25, 2018
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that liberal victory in Texas isn't as unlikely as people think.
New UT study shows importance of respecting transgender identities
April 18, 2018
Senior columnist Sam Groves advocates for addressing transgender individuals by their preferred pronouns.
Sinclair poisons local news with a partisan slant
April 11, 2018
Senior columnist Sam Groves criticizes the propoganda-like content of the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Tillerson is a bad fit for UT
April 4, 2018
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that Rex Tillerson as chancellor would not align with UT's values.
Counterpoint: We shouldn’t expect “terrorism” to mean the same thing to everyone
March 29, 2018
Groves encourages the consideration of the community's needs when labeling the Austin Bomber as a terrorist.
Spotify’s efforts to combat sexism in music are a mixed bag
March 21, 2018
Columnist Sam Groves takes aim at Spotify's cynically corporate Equalizer feature.
You don’t need to be a gun expert to understand America’s gun problem
March 7, 2018
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that even those who aren't gun experts should have a seat at the table of gun debate.
Don’t waste your vote in another party’s primary
February 28, 2018
Senior Columnist Sam Groves urges voters to stay in their lane during primary elections.
Toxic masculinity and gun culture form a deadly combination
February 26, 2018
Senior Columnist Sam Groves draws a connection between toxic masculinity and violent behavior.
Baldwin and Trump reflect the worst in each other
February 14, 2018
Senior Columnist Sam Groves reveals how similar Alec Baldwin is to Trump without his SNL costume.
Congress should ensure artists compensation
February 9, 2018
Senior Columnist Sam Groves encourages lawmakers to cut musicians a break in a changing music economy.
Grammys fail to recognize women — again
January 30, 2018
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that award shows do a disservice to the musical community by neglecting to honor women.
Pop stars pivot to politics, with mixed results
January 25, 2018
Senior Columnist Sam Groves calls out pop stars on their half-hearted political statements.
Lawsuits over song similarities reveal unreasonable standard for originality in music
January 19, 2018
Columnist Same Groves argues for intent to be considered when determining if an artist has copied another.
The so-called “war on Christmas” is a divisive fantasy
December 6, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves points out the potential hazards of the 'War on Christmas' narrative.
Net neutrality should not be a partisan issue
November 29, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves points out the importance of an accessible internet.
Twitter can crack down on hate and harassment while preserving free speech
November 20, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that Twitter can do more to protect its users while still promoting free speech within its platform.
Cruz and Cornyn refuse to fully condemn Roy Moore
November 14, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves calls for more fervent condemnations of Roy Moore.
Revelations show threat of Russian meddling in Texas
November 7, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves warns Texans about the threat Russian interferences still poses in the wake of new revelations.
Hiking entry fees aren't the best way to improve national parks
October 30, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves explains why entry fees aren't the best way to improve the condition of national parks.
Bush’s role in rise of Trump should not be forgotten
October 24, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that Bush set the stage for Trump and should not be rehabilitated.
Including girls in the Boy Scouts is an empty gesture
October 17, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that the inclusion of girls in the Boy Scouts will not solve the organization's deeper-seated problems.
Banning bump stocks is a distraction from real gun reform
October 9, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that the current focus on bump stocks is not nearly enough to address gun violence.
Everyone must be wary of free-speech hysteria
October 3, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that both sides of the political spectrum should be wary of free-speech hysteria.
NASA needs better leadership
September 20, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that the new director of NASA is a misstep for the agency.
On Russia, Americans deserve accountability from Facebook
September 13, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves demands that Facebook admit their oversight in housing fake Russian accounts.
Trump's visits necessitate public response, protests
September 6, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that public protests against Trump reflect justified civil outrage.
Trump’s Interior Department isn’t doing its job
September 3, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves points out the failings of Trump's Interior Department.
In defense of big classes and lecture-based learning
August 6, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that, contrary to popular belief, small classes aren't inherent to a good learning environment.
Of U.S. states, Texas stands to suffer most from climate change
August 4, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves warns of the severity of climate change in Texas.
Bigotry, not pragmatism, lies at the root of anti-transgender policies
July 28, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that Trump's tweeted ban on transgender persons in military positions has discriminatory implications.
Any cooperation with Trump voter fraud commission supports its repugnant aims
July 14, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves urges Texas to stand firm against absurdist federal attempts to investigate voter fraud.
The problems with our politics predate social media
July 6, 2017
Columnist Groves argues that the problem surrounding American politics predates social media.
Cruz opposes Senate healthcare bill for all the wrong reasons
June 30, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves finds little encouragement in Cruz's health care bill opposition.
Russia issue should matter to ordinary citizens, not just politicians
June 23, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves argues that Americans should be much more concerned with the topic of Russian interference in our politics.
New texting while driving law doesn’t do enough
June 18, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves points out that a texting ban alone is not sufficient to prevent cellphone-related accidents.
As Trump moves America backward on climate change, Texas can still move forward
June 17, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves aruges that Texas should not follow Trump in backing out of the Paris climate accord.
Coulter's right to free speech was not violated
May 4, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that Coulter was not denied her right to freedom of speech.
Science and politics cannot be separated
April 27, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that politics and science will always influence each other.
Proposed laws threaten to move Texas backward on LGBTQ equality
April 20, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves argues that proposed legislation could erode LGBTQ rights in Texas.
Trump could dismantle Obama's LGBTQ legacy
April 13, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves denounces Trump's recent actions against the LGBTQ community.
Scientists must not acquiesce to demands from Pluto Zealots
April 5, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves questions Pluto's planetary status.
Trump ejects earth sciences from NASA
March 29, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves critisizes Trump's plans for NASA.
Town hall protesters must allow discourse to occur
March 23, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves urges town hall protesters to encourage discourse.
Trump settles for conventional Republican lunacy on climate change
March 9, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves explains why Trump's dangerous climate policy mirrors conventional Republican wisdom.
On space exploration, Trump should match empty words with action
March 1, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves urges Trump to embrace space exploration.
CPAC inadvertently shows logic behind political correctness
February 23, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves discusses CPAC's political correctness.
Concern over fake news gives way to confusion
February 16, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves distinguishes between fake news from biased news — and explains why that distinction matters.
House GOP fails to make the EPA great again
February 8, 2017
Senior Columnist Sam Groves eviscerates the GOP's proposed changes to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Democrats must not adopt Tea Party tactics
February 2, 2017
Guest Columnist Sam Groves urges Democrats not to mimic the Tea Party movement.
Assume Trump's failue at your own risk
January 19, 2017
Senior columnist Sam Groves urges students not to assume Donald Trump will serve only one term as President.
Trump's rise provides answers to Fermi paradox
November 28, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues that questions surrounding the Fermi paradox have been answered by the election of Trump.
Trump’s first appointments foretell a bleak future
November 21, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves highlights the problems with Trump's potential appointees and why they are unfit to serve our country.
GOP must check Trump's power upon arrival in Oval Office
November 14, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues that, considering Democrats' subsuantial losses this election, it is up to the GOP to properly check Trump's power.
Fragmented media landscape facilitated the rise of Trump
November 7, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues Trump's popularity is largley due to outwardly partisian media outlets.
Appeal of third parties remains greatly overstated
October 31, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues third party candidates aren't as popular this election as many believe them to be.
Trump's paranoia jeopardizes democratic proccess
October 24, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues Donald Trump's claims that the election system is rigged are not only untrue, but potentially dangerous to our democratic process.
With the possibility of humans becoming interplanetary, Mars must remain unowned by corporations
October 17, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues that with the possibility that Earth will one day become nearly inhabital, it is vital Mars remains unowned.
In Sunday's debate, Trump stumbles over lowest bar
October 11, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves provides his analysis of Trump's stumble of Sunday's presidential debate.
Vice Presidential debate must be taken seriously
October 3, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues tonight's Vice Presidential debate is a must-watch event, as the position has more potential to take action these next four years than it has in the past.
Texas must adopt online voter registration
September 26, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues Texas must adopt online voter registration to ensure as many people as possible can register to vote in Texas.
Not even aliens can distract Americans from Trump
September 20, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues the American public is so focused on the ridiculousness of Trump, not even the possibility of an alien discovery will distract the public's attention.
Johnson's lack of foreign policy knowledge makes him unfit for office
September 12, 2016
Columnist Sam Groves argues presidential candidate Gary Johnson has proven himself unfit for office after his recent remarks demonstrating a lack of knowledge about foreign affairs.
Secession remains unviable for Texas
September 1, 2016
Guest columnist Sam Groves argues that secession remains an unviable option for Texas.
Prof. Weinberg's gun ban preserves free speech
February 1, 2016
Guest columnist Sam Groves explains why Professor Weinberg's gun ban is necessary.