10 26 20 Issue

Confirm Amy Coney Barrett now | October 26, 2020

President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ginsberg; the Senate should approve his nomination swiftly and before the election. Judge Amy Barrett is a catholic, conservative, female judge who has served on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017, and […]

Voting on campus – COVID-19 edition | October 26, 2020

UTD will serve as a polling station for both Dallas and Collin County in the upcoming general election. In preparation, volunteer deputy registrar and political science junior Ryan Short has been delivering voter registration forms to interested students on campus. An estimated 20 to 25 forms were handed out over the past few months. This […]

‘Employees are struggling. Residents are struggling.’ | October 26, 2020

Residents of the off-campus apartments at Northside have expressed concerns with facility maintenance, both before and after the pandemic. In a survey conducted by The Mercury, Northside residents responded with feedback they had regarding the housing facility.  “The noise levels are very high because walls are thin,” one survey respondent wrote. “The trash chutes are […]

UTD student takes part in COVID-19 vaccine trial | October 26, 2020

Amidst a pressing nationwide need for a vaccine, a UTD student took it upon himself to participate in a two-year COVID-19 vaccine trial. After seeing ads for vaccine trials on social media in September, accounting senior Andres Andujar started researching pharmaceutical companies to find ones currently conducting vaccine trials. He settled on the pharmaceutical company […]

Get to know the 2020 presidential candidates | October 26, 2020

Who are the candidates and what are they known for? (Democrat) Joe Biden: Former VP under the Obama administration Served as the Senate representative of Delaware from 1973 to 2009 (Green Party) Howie Hawkins: Former truck driver for UPS in New York until 2018 retirement, involved in trade unions and workers’ rights initiatives Previously ran […]

Noble peers: colleague of UTD faculty awarded Nobel prize | October 26, 2020

Known for his contributions to theoretical physics and pure mathematics – as well as his interactions and collaborations with UTD professors – Roger Penrose was recently announced as one of this year’s Nobel prize winners. Penrose’s relationship with UTD began in the early 60s – or what astrophysics professor Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki calls the ‘general relativity […]

How does UTD’s pandemic response compare with other system schools? | October 26, 2020

Texas’ coronavirus response has evolved over the past few months on account of the rapidly changing situation, and the state’s universities have adopted different approaches to combatting the pandemic. The state has seen over 800,000 confirmed cases so far and upwards of 17,000 fatalities. In early October, Governor Greg Abbott issued new guidelines to reopen […]

Biden makes money moves in Texas | October 26, 2020

The 2020 Biden campaign is making an unprecedented move in Texas. Projected to spend over $6 million on advertising in the state, 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is spending more than any other Democratic Presidential Nominee in Texas during the last 25 years. This advertising push was accompanied by a visit to the state by […]

Students fail to follow COVID-19 protocols | October 26, 2020

UTD administration reported that groups of students on campus are failing to follow COVID-19 protocols. Responding to a somewhat routine medical call in the University Village Apartments on Oct. 3, multiple UTD campus police officers entered an apartment occupied by several unmasked individuals. It was only after they had been on the premises for a […]

CPR Classical honors Latin-American composer, faculty member | October 26, 2020

If you’ve tuned in to CPR Classical’s radio station any time this past month, you may have encountered the rhythmic melodies of Latin-American influenced compositions – some of which were created by a world-renowned composer turned UTD faculty member. With October being National Hispanic Heritage Month, CPR Classical chose to honor music professor and Endowed […]

Synergy Park North preserves historical airline archives | October 26, 2020

Braniff Airways – an American airline that operated from Dallas until its bankruptcy in 1982 – has created a $10,000 endowment for the maintenance of its historical archives, which are stored in UTD’s History of Aviation Collection. Ben Cass, president of the Braniff Airways Foundation, said that the airline played a critical role in the […]

‘Light Waves’ spotlights alumni, faculty work | October 26, 2020

A luminous photo of juiced lemons; a monochrome, blurred photo of a man with a dog; an installation of a glittering purple micro-chandelier. These pieces and more are now being featured in the SP/N gallery, home to yet another virtual exhibition this semester. Light Waves – A Photography and Video Based UT Dallas Alumni Exhibition […]

Ask Sophie | July 26, 2020

Take a look at the world around you. In such a chaotic and unprecedented time, who isn’t struggling to preserve their sanity? Nobody is immune to pain, and anyone and everyone —  regardless of their race, gender, sexuality or socioeconomic status — can struggle with their mental health or be diagnosed with a subsequent disorder.  […]

UTD Presidential Town Hall – 6.24.2020 | June 26, 2020

Click here for town hall recording Note from the editor: Although the university should be providing their own recording of the town hall, we wanted to give you access to my recording in the interim. (While I tried to limit background noise as much as possible, Teams notifications, typing sounds and my dog barking obnoxiously […]

UTD allows students to opt in to pass/fail grading | March 26, 2020

University provides sweeping changes to academic deadlines, policies in response to COVID-19 outbreak In light of changing circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university has extended the deadline to opt in to Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grading for spring 2020. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Inga Musselman released an email statement acknowledging […]

Chess Team Heads to President’s Cup | January 26, 2020

Players qualify for second consecutive year, reflect on importance of improving strategies before April match Fresh off their qualifying fourth-place finish at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in December, the UTD chess team is gearing up to head to the 2020 President’s Cup for the second year in a row. Held at the Marshall […]

Digitized Detective Campaign | January 26, 2020

Award-winning role-playing video game ‘Disco Elysium’ puts players’ investigative skills to test “Disco Elysium” is a top-down third-person isometric POV open world RPG that starts the player in the blackness of a void, guided by an “Ancient Reptilian Brain.” The player can choose to either begin feeling the emotions and sensations that come with being […]

Nerve Stimulation Device Aids Rehabilitation after Stroke | January 26, 2020

Therapeutic implant undergoing FDA approval process after seven years of testing Editor’s Note: Professor Hays’s name has been correctly attributed to the photo. A UTD-developed nerve stimulation device may increase the success of rehabilitation after a stroke. A five-year $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Health is covering the three years of FDA […]

Researchers Develop Eye Healing Model | January 26, 2020

UTD researchers hope to push drug research forward by developing technology that mimics the human eye, to provide some insight on how exactly the eye heals. Researchers in the department of bioengineering at UTD are working in collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center on the project. Professor of bioengineering and principal investigator David Schmidtke said […]

Out with the Old, In with the New | January 26, 2020

Upcoming phases at Northside to feature smart home capabilities, interior aesthetic changes Northside recently announced plans to open a fourth phase as construction continues on Phase Three, the complex’s first phase to offer smart home technology in the student-targeted housing project. Phase Four is scheduled to open in Fall 2021, just one year after Phase […]

Alumni Tackle Food Insecurity among Students | January 26, 2020

Thirty to 40% of food is wasted in the US, according to the USDA, but a group of UTD alumni is making efforts to reduce local food waste and help hungry students. Takesh UTD Food Supply is a volunteer organization that redistributes leftover food to international students from South Asia. They take excess food from […]

Tech Bans in Classes May Impede Learning | January 26, 2020

Majority of students surveyed use electronic devices to take notes Walk into any campus classroom and you’re bound to see seats filled with students and desks filled with laptops or tablets for note-taking. But what happens when professors ban those devices? For Ameera Fatima, a business administration sophomore, a typical day in class involves pulling […]

Heads Up High | January 26, 2020

Men’s basketball holds out hope for ASC Championship qualification after latest loss With the final blare of the buzzer going off, men’s basketball faced a tight loss to  Sul Ross.  Despite the 68-65 loss, UTD still has a chance of securing a top four spot in the American Southwest Conference. The men’s basketball team currently […]

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