Clark Summer Research Program canceled amid COVID-19 concerns

The Clark Summer Research Program has been canceled due to COVID-19. However, students who applied this year will be able...
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Clark Summer Research Program canceled amid COVID-19 concerns

UTD moves summer classes online

The university released a statement on April 3 announcing that all summer classes will be administered online.  UTD President Richard...
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UTD moves summer classes online

Fencing club’s winning streak forced to end

Practices, national tournament canceled due to coronavirus outbreak After strong showings in regional competitions, UTD’s Fencing Club was looking forward...
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Fencing club’s winning streak forced to end

Pro-Sales Team places first at international sales competition

Players competed against 80 opponents in role-play, speed-selling events UTD’s Pro Sales Team beat out 80 other schools from around...
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Pro-Sales Team places first at international sales competition

‘League of Legends’ A team ends season with close loss against Winthrop University

Esports to cease competing for rest of semester due to COVID-19 The “League of Legends” A Team recently ended their...
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‘League of Legends’ A team ends season with close loss against Winthrop University

‘More applicants than beds to offer’

An inside look at UTD's housing Frenzied students sat ready in front of their laptops, furiously checking the time. Impatiently,...
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‘More applicants than beds to offer’

McDermott Scholars aim to change program policy, increase accessibility

Groups seeks to remove standardized testing requirement, citing barriers to access A group of students is questioning the requirements of...
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McDermott Scholars aim to change program policy, increase accessibility

Issue: 03/30/20

Graphic by Cecilia Romero Graphic by Jenna Cherrey Graphic by Elizabeth Nguyen Graphic by Quinn Sherer Graphic by Bianca Del...
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How UTD professors are adapting to online classes

With the rest of the semester’s classes being moved online, professors at UTD have had to adjust their classwork to...
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How UTD professors are adapting to online classes

Senior appointed to NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel

Members act as representatives for peers, provide feedback to schools UTD neuroscience senior and baseball infielder Isaiah Swann was selected...
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Senior appointed to NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel

UTD allows students to opt in to pass/fail grading

University provides sweeping changes to academic deadlines, policies in response to COVID-19 outbreak In light of changing circumstances due to...
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UTD allows students to opt in to pass/fail grading

UT System postpones commencement, requires students to leave residence halls

Students without alternative housing options will be accommodated on case-by-case basis Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect...
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UT System postpones commencement, requires students to leave residence halls

Chartwells management, workers see improvements after last year’s concerns

On-campus dining services, provided by Chartwells Higher Education, have made improvements since last year’s reports concerning lack of food safety...
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Help Yourself

A critique of self-help book "Skin in the Game" With great power comes great responsibility — or it should, in...
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Help Yourself

Umbrella of Resistance

How photography, illustrations can facilitate political change The smartphone has democratized digital art, rendering it simple for users to click-and-capture...
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Umbrella of  Resistance

I hate me

Why sex transitions harm gender dysphoric children “The prospect of completely changing your body, your life, your identity, is very...
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I hate me

The Price of War

Military funding should be redirected toward health, education In modern-day society, The United States of America is known for its...
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The Price of War

Unpredictive Policing

Why Dallas PD's data-driven initiative promotes racial biases Dallas police chief Renee Hall recently announced the city’s answer to New...
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Unpredictive Policing

Smash Team Competes at International Competition

UTD’s “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” team went to the 2020 Frostbite Major where they faced off against international opponents and...
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Smash Team Competes at International Competition

Why Do Students Cram?

Mercury survey reveals only two percent of students do not cram for exams Bioengineering freshman Meghna Jayavelu told herself that...
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Why Do Students Cram?

Q & A: Celebrity Chef Aarti Sequeira

UTD Dining and Auxiliary Services hosted chef, television star and journalist Aarti Sequeira this month. Sequeira graduated from Northwestern University...
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Q & A: Celebrity Chef Aarti Sequeira

Ask Emily:

Mental health advice from one student to another If you and your friend both struggle with mental health issues, how...
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Ask Emily:

Game Review: ‘Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem’

Action role-playing dungeon crawler similar to ‘Diablo III’ leaves much to be desired desired “Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem” is a...
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Game Review:  ‘Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem’

Tongue in Cheek Ice Cream

If you’ve ever cruised down Arapaho Road following the bends, the brightly colored signs of shops all vying for your...
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Tongue in Cheek Ice Cream

Students Develop Patient Simulator

AI models created to help train future healthcare professionals Joel Rizzo, a student programmer in the humans and synthetics lab,...
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Students Develop Patient Simulator

New Dance Floor in SU

As the semester kicks into full swing, the Student Union is allowing Comets to kick and swing even more by...
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New Dance Floor in SU

What is Historical Studies Research Like?

Letters, diary entries and photographs provide snapshots in time of people and places, serving as important resources for historians conducting...
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What is Historical Studies Research Like?

Developing Discussions about Diversity

Ambassador program aims to create dialogue about multicultural topics A new ambassador program was created to allow students to find...
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Developing Discussions about Diversity

Poetry Slam Showcases Stories from Students

Presenters share tales of pain, healing at event “But I still can’t say goodbye,” said Ashmal Naveed, speaking her final...
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Poetry Slam Showcases Stories from Students

Senior Launches Ledger Tech Start-up

Student is second in school history to join entrepreneurial program UTD computer science senior Pablo Peillard founded a startup, Hashing...
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Senior Launches Ledger Tech Start-up

Billiards Team Joins UREC as Club Sport

After transitioning from club to UREC team, Comet Billiards took home a first-place win at a recent UT Arlington tournament....
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Billiards Team Joins UREC as Club Sport

Comet Love

Inside romantic life at UTD A  recent survey found that over 70% of UTD students want to be in relationships,...
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Comet Love

More (super)power to You

Why ‘Birds of Prey’ revolutionizes the female superhero “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” received...
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More (super)power  to You

Ready Player One

Single-player games are becoming an endangered species The last decade has arguably been marked by the explosion of online gaming...
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Ready Player One

Big Comet is Watching You

Why surveillance technology on college campuses is counterproductive Imagine if UTD administrators tracked your every move while on campus. From...
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Big Comet is Watching You

Defending Champions

Women's tennis to play against ASC East competitors Ozarks in March The UTD women’s tennis team season is only a...
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Defending Champions

Stepping Up

Softball team sets sights on championship, welcomes new players The UTD softball season is in full swing after the team’s...
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Stepping Up

Unafraid to Speak Out

International political economy senior often stands up during lecture to share opinions College lectures usually involve sitting and listening, taking...
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Unafraid to Speak Out

Game Review: ‘Legends of Runeterra’

Digital card game set in same universe as ‘League of Legends’ Riot Games is finally evolving from Riot Game and...
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Game  Review: ‘Legends of Runeterra’

From Cricket to Comet

Former player for Singapore's national cricket team continues to play leisurely at UTD Computer science freshman Karthik Mohan is just...
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From Cricket to Comet

What is Literature Research Like?

Leather-bound books and dusty archives are classic images of what research in the humanities may look like. However, what are...
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What is Literature Research Like?

Putting Pen to Paper: Note-taking Habits

Students discuss different strategies to take notes during lecture including color coding, paraphrasing There is a myriad of ways to...
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Putting Pen to Paper: Note-taking Habits

Exhibit Honors Holocaust Liberators

Ackerman Center display features accounts from Texan WWII soldiers In a hallway just outside the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies...
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Exhibit Honors Holocaust Liberators

Professor Offers Free Pantry in Office to Combat Food Insecurity

After finding out that over 40% of college students face food insecurity, one professor took matters into her own hands,...
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Professor Offers Free Pantry in Office to Combat Food Insecurity

The pregnant scholar

An inside look at parenting students Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Jacqueline Prince's title. The...
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The pregnant scholar

Men’s Tennis Starts Season Anew

Team to compete in East region for first time since 2014 after UT Tyler leaves The UTD men’s tennis team...
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Men’s Tennis Starts Season Anew

For Your Ignorance Ep. 3 – 2/10/20

Catch up on impeachment, the Iowa Caucus and more with hosts Daniel Zargaran and Zack Qureshi.
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For Your Ignorance Ep. 3 – 2/10/20

Letter to the Editor: On-Campus Housing is Purpose-built

In the Jan. 27 issue of The Mercury, Ellis Blake Hidalgo wrote an article about apartment construction at Northside, the...
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Over What Weight? Debunking the Body Mass Index

“The FitnessGram pacer test is a multistage aerobic capacity test that progressively gets more difficult as it continues…”      Now considered...
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Over What Weight?  Debunking the Body Mass Index

Food for Late-night Thoughts

Campus nightlife can be improved by longer restaurant hours A couple of weeks ago, I was dropped back to my...
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Food for Late-night Thoughts

Socialism: Critiqued

Chances are you have running water, clean clothes, a phone and plans for a decent lunch. By the standards of...
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Socialism: Critiqued

UTD Takes Part in National Recycling Challenge

UTD is joining hundreds of colleges nationwide in an eco-friendly competition aimed at maximizing recycling. RecycleMania is an annual event...
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UTD Takes Part in National Recycling Challenge

Cybersecurity Masters Degree to be Offered Fall 2020

Dean of EPPS discusses rise in demand for interdisciplinary approach, policy understanding within cybersecurity job industry Starting fall 2020, UTD...
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Cybersecurity Masters Degree to be Offered Fall 2020

A Rocky Start

Comets set sights on ASC Championship tournament despite losses in first two games With the spring semester in full swing,...
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A Rocky Start

Senior Rises as New Contender in UTD’s Chicken Tender Scene

Student writes Reddit reviews for fried finger food A playful online joke between friends has now grown into a Reddit...
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Senior Rises as New Contender  in UTD’s Chicken Tender Scene

Zarafa Unfolding

Middle Eastern, South Asian artists tell their stories through art works, installations In the late 1820s, the Ottoman viceroy of...
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Zarafa Unfolding

Video Game Review: ‘GTFO’

Horror shooter game challenges players to use teamwork to win Scared of the bump in the night and of social...
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Video Game Review: ‘GTFO’

Lover of All Things UTD

Sophomore uses social media to create connections, spread school spirit He calls himself the sorcerer of school spirit, his personal...
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Lover of All Things UTD

Finding Your Voice

Deaf America's Got Talent finalist rehearses, performs with UTD choir For singer and songwriter Mandy Harvey, all her music holds...
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Finding Your Voice

Triumph and Tragedy

Former guard may never play again after collapsing on court during first game of senior year. Seven minutes into the...
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Triumph and Tragedy

Publishing Truth

Editor's Note: This article addresses previous coverage from The Mercury, available here. On Nov. 19, 2019, members of the World...
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Dance Team Earns National Recognition

A UTD Bollywood dance team won third place at their first national competition of the 2019-2020 season. UTD Laksh competed...
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Dance Team Earns National Recognition

What Do UTD Students Think about Social Life?

Social life at UTD is a varied experience, affected by student workloads and the way people socialize in the age...
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What Do UTD Students Think about Social Life?

Survey Explores How Students Consume News

There are many ways to engage with news, from reading physical newspapers to informal conversations with friends. A new Mercury...
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Survey Explores How Students Consume News

Title IX Law Undergoes State, Federal Changes

Potential changes are coming to Title IX enforcement, from both the federal and state levels, including new federal guidelines from...
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Title IX Law Undergoes State, Federal Changes

Freshman, Sophomore Gather Students to Communicate with Spirits

Curiosity and boredom propelled them to open a box that had not been opened in years. The box — a...
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Freshman, Sophomore Gather Students to Communicate with Spirits

UTD Lab Unveils Saliva-based THC Test

A team of UTD researchers has developed a sensor to test tetrahydrocannabinol levels in saliva. THC is the main psychoactive...
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UTD Lab Unveils Saliva-based THC Test

All in the Family

One look at Michael Farmer’s office door is all you need to discern that he is a professor in Chinese...
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All in the Family

Professor Continues Exploration of Italian Art as President of Art Society

Professor of visual and performing arts Mark Rosen was recently elected as president of the Italian Art Society.  Founded in...
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Professor Continues Exploration of Italian Art as President of Art Society

Online Student Petition for Campus Swings Receives over 600 signatures

Swings and playgrounds tend to be associated with the carefree whimsy of childhood — but could they also have a...
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Online Student Petition for Campus Swings Receives over 600 signatures

Survey Finds Mixed Opinions on SHC

Students report late fees, convenience of center The Student Health Center provides a range of medical services from blood work...
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Survey Finds Mixed Opinions on SHC

Orion Redesign Offers Better User Experience to Students, Applicants

On Oct. 28, the Office of Information Technology made sweeping changes to the Orion Student Center. The new layout is...
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Orion Redesign Offers Better User Experience to Students, Applicants

Student Union to Add New Service Bar

Project expands on previous efforts from Office of Information Technology Amidst the ping-pong tables, eateries and reclining areas in the...
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Student Union to Add New Service Bar

‘They ruined their life by doing this’

Students, ex-member talk about experiences with Elohim Bible Study Club Editor’s Note: Christy’s name has been changed to protect her...
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‘They ruined their life  by doing this’

Game Space: Troubled Beginnings

Gaming club members discuss feeling disappointed, ignored after creation of official esports department In 2012, gaming as a competitive sport...
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Game Space: Troubled Beginnings

Esports to Add ‘Rocket League’ Team to Roster

The esports department announced the addition of a "Rocket League" team to the official varsity roster, making it the fourth...
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Esports to Add ‘Rocket League’ Team to Roster

Mock Trial Takes First at Annual Tournament

A UTD mock trial team went undefeated and finished in first place with a perfect ballot at their latest tournament....
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Mock Trial Takes First at Annual Tournament

‘It Allows Us to Have Our Own Heritage, Our Own Pride’

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the number of Native American students at UTD. The Mercury regrets this error. While...
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‘It Allows Us to Have Our Own Heritage, Our Own Pride’

Absolution by Misdirection

On Oct. 2, fired police officer and convicted murderer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking...
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Absolution by Misdirection

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Never did I think I would watch Donald Trump be the warm-up act at a Texas political rally. As one...
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Two Sides of the Same Coin

Students Attend Rally for Immigrant Rights

In an effort to show support for immigrant rights and promote activism within the community, a rally was held on...
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Students Attend Rally for Immigrant Rights

‘Rocky Horror Show’ to Light Up Audiences

The UTD's theatre and dance programs launched a crowdfunding campaign allowing donors to flashmob friends in an effort to fund...
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‘Rocky Horror Show’ to Light Up Audiences

Online Therapy Offers Self-Help Solutions

Since its introduction in 2018, Therapy Assistance Online has been used by over 200 students and has provided an online...
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Online Therapy Offers Self-Help Solutions

Professor, Creator of Moon Dirt Dies at 82

Longtime UTD geoscience professor emeritus James Carter passed away in a house fire on Sept. 21, 2019. The pioneer, who...
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Professor, Creator of Moon Dirt Dies at 82

Q&A: New ECS Dean Stephanie Adams

Newly-appointed Engineering and Computer Science dean Stephanie Adams came in on Aug. 1st. She holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering...
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Q&A: New ECS Dean Stephanie Adams

Game Space: What It’s Like to Create Games at UTD

If you’ve ever seen a cool game come out of ATEC, chances are it was made in Game Lab. Game...
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Game Space: What It’s Like to Create Games at UTD

Soccer Teams Open Season with Success

The UTD men’s and women’s soccer teams are currently leading successful seasons with overall records of 8-3-2 and 11-0-1, respectively....
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Soccer Teams Open Season with Success

Picture Perfect

On a typical weekday, psychology freshman Isa Hernandez finishes her homework at around midnight, and then uses Instagram and Twitter...
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Picture Perfect

Man vs. DART

Is it faster to run to campus or take the DART? Watch the video to find out.
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Man vs. DART

Not my Muslim

How Muslims are misrepresented in popular culture As a Muslim, I love seeing Islam being represented in TV shows and...
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Not my Muslim

Q&A: New EPPS Dean Jennifer Holmes

What did you receive your undergrad and graduate degrees in, and what made you want to study those disciplines in...
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Q&A: New EPPS Dean Jennifer Holmes

Texas Company on Track to Build Nation’s First Bullet Train

Texas Central’s petition for rule of particular applicability in process of approval by administration. Editor's note: A previous version of this article misstated the type...
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Texas Company on Track to Build Nation’s First Bullet Train

DART Breaks Ground on Silver Line

Representatives from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Richardson officials, university administration and students gathered together on Sept. 19 for the...
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Religious Group Accused of Soliciting at UV

Members of The Church of God approached student residents in apartments to discuss ‘God the Mother’  A religious organization at...
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Religious Group Accused of Soliciting at UV

Leukemia Patient Inspires UTD Team

Volleyball players honor child during fundraiser for pediatric cancer The Comets volleyball team honored nine-year old leukemia patient Kaitlyn Renee...
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Leukemia Patient Inspires UTD Team

No Shoes, No Problem

How one student has spent the past few years of her life almost completely barefoot University students have the freedom...
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No Shoes, No Problem

Students report fear, anger after false reports of active shooters at Northside

Following an incident involving what appeared to be gunmen at Northside, Richardson PD confirmed no armed individuals were found, but...
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Students report fear, anger after false reports of active shooters at Northside

Reports of gunmen at Northside complex spark concern

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as more information becomes available. A representative from the Richardson Police Department confirmed...
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Reports of gunmen at Northside complex spark concern

Students ‘Finesse’ Free Food using Community Chat

‘Finesse Nation’ group chat of nearly 3,000 members shares information about ongoing deals, giveaways on UTD campus Nearly 3,000 UTD...
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Students ‘Finesse’ Free Food using Community Chat

How Healthy is it to Eat at UTD?

In college, students may have ample food choices — multiple campus restaurants and the dining hall offer a variety of...
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How Healthy is it to Eat at UTD?

New Free Speech Law Goes into Effect in Texas

Senate Bill 18 allows outside groups to demonstrate in public campus spaces without university permission as part of effort to...
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New Free Speech Law Goes into Effect in Texas

Texas Passes Law Against Unsolicited Lewd Photos

Offense becomes misdemeanor under new law, carries up to $500 fine A Texas law was passed this month outlawing sending...
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Texas Passes Law Against Unsolicited Lewd Photos

Speaking Out on Abortion

Comets for the Preborn demonstration sparks counter-protests from pro-choice organizations A recent protest from campus organization Comets for the Preborn...
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Speaking Out on Abortion

ATEC Joins Richardson Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission

The School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communications recently collaborated with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary...
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ATEC Joins Richardson Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission

‘Waste not Want not’ at UTD Dining Services

University recognized by Association of Physical Plant Administrators with Sustainability Innovation Award for eco-friendly efforts UTD was recently honored for...
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‘Waste not Want not’ at UTD Dining Services

‘Super Smash’ team members become first to win national championship

Esports players win against UC Irvine in final round of inaugural 'Smash Ultimate' national competition UTD esports just secured their...
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‘Super Smash’  team members become first to win national championship

Students Report Lack of AC in UV Apartments

Housing officials point to maintenance efforts in light of complaints After numerous complaints on the UTD subreddit about bugs, mold,...
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Students Report Lack of AC in UV Apartments

Faculty Tribunal Finds No Evidence of Fraud in JAL Scandal

Criminology professors move forward with lawsuit citing privacy law violations Following a two-day faculty tribunal hearing which found no evidence...
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Faculty Tribunal Finds No    Evidence of Fraud in JAL Scandal

Sleep Not Top Priority for Students: Why It Should Be

Survey results show that only one-third of respondents at UTD regularly receive recommended number of hours of sleep  Look through...
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Sleep Not Top Priority for Students: Why It Should Be

50 Years of UTD

"We are not the MIT of the plains, nor do we seek to be. We are a great university. We...
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50 Years of UTD

Turning Point Reaches Agreement on Plan B Concerns

Council members advise continued financial support for non-profit after dispute over emergency contraceptive, abortion Following concerns from Plano city council...
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Turning Point Reaches Agreement on Plan B Concerns

Sophomore Starts Grassroots Club

Incoming student promotes Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, political involvement for 2020 election through new group In the midst of a...
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Sophomore Starts Grassroots Club

Codes Not Their Own

Panel Addresses Difficulties for Black Women in STEM A weekend panel discussion held at UTD addressed the practice of “code-switching”...
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Graduate Helps Police Train with Virtual Reality

A recent graduate is changing the way police departments train officers to handle real-life situations through using virtual reality technology....
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Graduate Helps Police Train with Virtual Reality

Construction Begins on Student Union Eateries

New restaurants to open in Fall 2019 include Firehouse Subs, Halal Shack UTD will be replacing three of its dining...
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Construction Begins on Student Union Eateries

Email Scams Target Campus Community

New security measures include upgraded filtering software, incorporating two-factor authentication In the past month, multiple posts have been made by...
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Email Scams Target Campus Community

When Art, Science Collide

Comet combines art history, cognitive science through study abroad research A UTD undergraduate combined their passions for cognitive science and...
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When Art, Science Collide

University Research Team Develops Pain-free Drug Delivery System

Group produces 3D-printed microneedle patches as cheaper, more efficient alternative to traditional methods A joint research team from UTD’s Gassensmith...
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University Research Team Develops Pain-free Drug Delivery System

“Maybe those killings wouldn’t have happened.”

Former worker details history of aggression after ex-Chartwells employee charged with murder After a former Chartwells employee was charged with...
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University students, faculty gather in Dallas to celebrate PRIDE

This month, members of various LGBTQ organizations at UTD participated in the Dallas Pride parade for a third consecutive year. ...
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University  students,  faculty  gather  in  Dallas  to  celebrate PRIDE

Former Chartwells employee charged with recent murders of transgender woman, two other people

Dallas police have arrested and charged former Chartwells worker Kendrell Lavar Lyles in the deaths of three people including Muhlaysia...
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Former Chartwells employee charged with recent murders of transgender woman, two other people

Spreading Momo Magic

Four UTD alumni create pop-up shop to share love for dumplings A group of UTD alumni started their own momo...
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Spreading Momo Magic

Lookin’ good

Why graphics are crucial to video games What makes a video game good? Entertaining? Memorable? One might say “Well, duh,...
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Lookin’ good

Game Review: ‘Stoneshard’

A roguelike turn-based RPG that challenges without frustrating, immerses without  complicating Last time with “Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem,” I wasted...
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Game Review: ‘Stoneshard’

Dallas Revival: Jeng Chi

Local Chinese restaurant offers traditional dishes, dessert options UTD has seen a lot of growth over the years, so it...
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Dallas Revival: Jeng Chi

Ask Sophie

Advice from one student to another Q: How do I get better at public speaking when feeling nervous and self-conscious?...
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Ask Sophie

Hiding in plain sight

Why ‘The Invisible Man’ is the dark horse of the Dark Universe Both before and after the release of “The...
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Hiding in plain sight
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