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Comets to the Core to have assignments graded | October 12, 2020

UTD’s mandatory Comets to the Core group project for freshmen and juniors is undergoing a status change: the semester-long class will now be graded. On Sept. 24, the Academic Senate authorized a permanent transition of the Comets to the Core project from Credit/No Credit grading to an A-F grade scale. These changes will take effect […]

Making eLearning black and white | October 12, 2020

Computer science students Sunny Guan and Eric Zhang created an easy-to-navigate alternative to Blackboard’s small text and design. Their project, which they say is a more user-friendly platform for students to manage their courses, is called Whiteboard as a contrast to Blackboard. Zhang said Whiteboard is especially convenient because it’s a Google Chrome Extension and […]

New leadership, new initiatives | October 12, 2020

Under a new administration, Student Government is implementing new initiatives and policies to diversify campus, rebrand themselves and adapt positively in the wake of the pandemic. Newly inducted president and finance and economics junior Sara Brennan, as well as vice president and history sophomore Rutendo Chando have spearheaded two Senate meetings so far, launching initiatives […]

SG senators vote to establish diversity, equity ad-hoc committee | October 12, 2020

Student Government senators have voted to amend Article V of the SG bylaws and establish a new ad-hoc committee focused on diversity and equity. The amendment passed by one vote. Voting took place at the Sept. 22 senate meeting, via Microsoft Teams. With this being their second virtual meeting of the academic year, the senate […]

Blossoming UTD entrepreneurs recognized for their start-ups | October 12, 2020

Ten UTD students and alumni were named to the 2020 NTX Inno 25 Under 25 List, which features young entrepreneurs who are driving innovation and making a difference in the North Texas region and beyond. NTX Inno is part of a network of similar publications that focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in metropolitan areas across […]

‘I’ve gone and there’s been well over 10 people all in this small area, and no one’s wearing a mask’ | October 12, 2020

Northside residents have reported large social gatherings and a lack of mask use in common areas, raising concerns about management’s COVID-19 safety protocol enforcement. According to information posted on Northside’s website regarding their Partner2Prevent initiative, current safety measures include touchless keys for residents, access to virtual fitness classes, attendance limits on events and the use […]

Testing Center remains closed, proctored computers available | October 12, 2020

Because the UTD Testing Center closed, a limited number of proctored computers are available for student use in Founders’ Brazos computer lab. Assistant Provost Darren Crone said that there are eight socially distanced workstations in the lab that students can use for exams. Honorlock monitors the computers at these workstations. Face masks must be kept […]

Rocketing to the top | October 12, 2020

The Comets’ “Rocket League” team just qualified for Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) play by topping the qualifying tournament. After its founding in spring 2020, UTD’s “Rocket League” team played through a qualifying tournament in a bracket against some of the best teams in the Western Conference. This includes the team at UNT, which was the […]

Top three places to study on campus! | October 12, 2020

Residence Hall study rooms: Study rooms are conveniently available on every floor of the residence halls. The comfy armchairs are a nice change from your wobbly dorm room chair and the giant whiteboards are a perfect environmentally friendly alternative to scratch paper for solving your math and chemistry problems. Need enough room for your laptop, […]

UTD chef goes astronomical with MEATeor | October 12, 2020

While making sure the UTD dining hall was running smoothly by day, chef Michael Tyler was in the kitchen working on the eighth prototype of his newly created signature sandwich by night. The “MEATeor” – coined by Tyler alongside UTD Dining staff – is an original sandwich crafted for submission to the third annual Food […]

Getting thrifty during COVID | October 12, 2020

At thrift stores, long credited with providing cheaper clothing options for consumers, business has largely remained steady during the pandemic, with the occasional stagnation. Austin Devillier, an employee at Uptown Cheapskate, said that though traffic in the store was slightly down during the beginning of the pandemic, business has picked up lately.   “A lot […]

Students impart consulting smarts | October 12, 2020

Two UTD students from one of the top consulting firms in the world want to share their secrets to success with aspiring consultants. Mechanical engineering spring 2019 alumnus Neel Reddy and computer science senior Rohit Shenoy befriended each other in 2018 after meeting through the Davidson Management Honors Program. Although neither had started college with […]

Reopening the library is long overdue | October 12, 2020

UTD is open for business, but the continued closure of the library leaves Comets scratching their heads. Except for the Eugene McDermott Library, every building on UTD’s campus is open: Comets can study, take classes, eat and work out within the campus’ many buildings. And while the library does have measures in place for contactless […]

LGBT + mental wellness | October 12, 2020

The LGBT+ community maintains significantly higher suicide rates, especially within younger age groups. It is imperative that LGBT+ oriented healthcare be more widely available and protected. Among Americans between 10-24 years old, members of the LGBT+ community are up to three times more likely to contemplate suicide than their peers, resulting in their being up […]

UTD extends spring break, moves to online classes | March 12, 2020

As a result of the spread of COVID-19, UTD has announced that classes will be canceled the week of March 23 while classes before then will continue as scheduled. Classes will resume online on March 30 and students will receive updates as to online lessons through their instructors. UTD’s COVID-19 information page has been updated […]

Changes to AES Awards Met with Unhappiness | January 12, 2020

Previous merit scholarship tiers abolished due to university growth, increasing SAT/ACT scores Despite confusion and unhappiness from prospective students following a change in Academic Excellence Scholarships, university officials maintain that UTD is committed to financial merit awards. Several prospective students posted on the UTD subreddit on mid-December as AES awards went out. Historically, the award […]


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