09 20 2021 Issue


SG Report 09.07 | September 20, 2021

Freshman and Special Elections Results Freshman: Debopreeta Bhattacharya, sociology, freshman Zahra Ravjani, political science, freshman Mario Montero-Ruberu, business administration, freshman Isabella Spartz, finance, freshman Sofia Shaikh, healthcare management, freshman Sara Juneja, neuroscience, freshman Sophomore: Vivan Amendariz, global business, sophomore Laasya Madana, biology, sophomore Junior: Avilia Moreno, criminology, junior Evan Quennet, marketing, junior Marcella Novas, political […]

EcoHub grows student involvement in campus sustainability | September 20, 2021

The Eco Hub—a 20,000 square foot student farm that will provide produce for food-insecure communities—is intended to beautify the area around the new water tower and provide more opportunities for Comets to get involved in campus sustainability. Partially inspired by the micro farm that UT Austin operates, the Eco Hub will be a student-led gathering […]

Curious Comets: What happened to V-Bikes? | September 20, 2021

A couple of years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to walk anywhere on campus without spotting a bright yellow bike. They seemed to be everywhere – outside academic buildings, on the sidewalks by the residence halls or parked by the orange signs that instructed passersby on how to operate them. But almost as quickly as they […]

UTD welcomes first freshman class | September 20, 2021

From The Mercury Archives: Aug. 27, 1990 UTD rolled out the red carpet during orientation Friday and Saturday to welcome the school’s first ever freshman class to campus. More than 100 top-notch high school graduates – four valedictorians, four salutatorians and a National Merit Finalist among them – make up the school’s first freshman class. […]

Ex-pro coach comes to collegiate OW | September 20, 2021

From college to the Overwatch League and back again, UTD’s new head Overwatch coach has proven he can compete professionally while also furthering his education and the Overwatch team’s experience. Christopher “Bani” Benell, MBA student and new head coach of the Overwatch team, is the former Washington Justice coach and a previous Houston Outlaws support […]

Coach check-in: Danielle Kcholi | September 20, 2021

In the third Coach Check-in, I sat down with cross country coach Danielle Kcholi to talk about the Comets’ hot start to the semester, their season aspirations and the new cross country regional alignment. I peeked at the standings, but tell me a little bit about how the season is going so far? We had […]

Best of five September 20th | September 20, 2021

Today’s Best of 5 is an Overwatch-filled edition, mixed in with the return of old friends and a preview of the biggest Collegiate LAN ever. If you follow me on Twitter (@Jazzy_reporter), then you’ll know that I’ve been ready for the performance of UTD’s Overwatch team for a long time. With the addition of Bani […]

‘Malignant’ movie is a mediocre mess | September 20, 2021

While there are well-written horror movies and comical horror movies, “Malignant” was a mediocre mash of overused tropes combined with a laughable script. After being beaten by her husband, Madison Mitchell (Annabelle Wallis) struggles with visions that incapacitate her, forcing her to witness gruesome murders committed by a dark force that is aching to burst […]

$5 for 5 hours: SNKRX | September 20, 2021

In essence, video games are just moving pixels on a screen given meaning by game developers. And while SNKRX is basically just a modified Snake game, it’s one of the most entertaining collections of polygons in recent memory. There are two ways to describe SNKRX’s premise. The simple way is that you build up a […]

Music, mythology and Madonna | September 20, 2021

Touting an impressive three solo exhibitions this year alone, Dallas-based visual artist Armando Sebastian is dominating the DFW art scene. Sebastian’s work captures a dense collection of inspiration, from Mexican folk art to Madonna, in unique and engaging portraits. “Serenade,” Sebastian’s current exhibition at Cluley Projects, features the artist experimenting with the connections between music […]

Campus Org Hosts ‘Slut Walk’ | September 20, 2021

Groups of demonstrators wearing revealing clothing huddle together on-stage gripping posters that say “I’m a survivor, stop raping,” and “Boys will be boys held accountable for their actions.” After raising their posters in the air, they turn to face the crowd in front of the Plinth and chant, “Yes means yes, and no means no!” […]

Hidden Heroes Among Us | September 20, 2021

On March 30, 2020, UTD resumed classes after an extended spring break – and everything about being a college student instantly changed. From attending class to engaging with faculty and friends or even taking exams, college life was suddenly unfamiliar for both students and faculty. What students did not know, however, was that the University […]

I have a Comic 4 U! | September 20, 2021

For those who prefer something with a bit more edge than a light-hearted story when venturing into a new genre or media, a good starting comic might be Ted Naifeh’s series “Courtney Crumrin.” In short, “Courtney Crumrin” is about a child moving into a relative’s house in a new town where she lives out childhood. […]

Loot boxes should be regulated | September 20, 2021

“Pokémon is a game for adults and kids have no business playing it.” Does that statement seem bizarre to you? Not according to PEGI, the European video game rating system that will now rate all games teaching gambling as mature. But while certain children’s games like Pokémon may come with the occasional casino level and […]