Q&A: Comedians Paul Varghese & Chris Castles

Q&A: Comedians Paul Varghese & Chris Castles

On June 30, comedians Paul Varghese and Chris Castles performed in SUAAB’s Double Trouble Comedy Show. The Mercury sat down with the two to discuss their origins, influences and future plans. What prompted you to get into stand-up comedy? Varghese: I graduated college with a film degree, but then I...

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Debut novel reinvents genre

Debut novel reinvents genre

Emma Cline’s thoughtful and penetrating debut novel, The Girls, is partially inspired by the Manson family exploits of the 1960s, but the majority of Cline’s writing is built on themes that revolve around many adolescent females — judgment, acceptance and belonging.  Even though the novel is Cline’s inaugural major literary...

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Film enthralls with bizarre plot

Film enthralls with bizarre plot

“Swiss Army Man,” written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, shines shamelessly in the bizarre and awkward and delivers a truly unique take on how mankind should approach life. The film is deeply philosophical, with Daniel Radcliffe (from the “Harry Potter” film series) and Paul Dano (from “There...

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Course of Nature

Course of Nature

John Geissman awoke in his tent at 3:05 a.m. to the excited snarls of an animal near his campsite in the Beartooth Mountains. A human scream turned his blood cold. He grabbed his headlamp before exiting the tent, forcing down an instinctive fear telling him to stay silent, to stay...

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Student-run app eases job search

Student-run app eases job search

Students struggling to find summer work will now have better access to jobs and internships, thanks to a new app co-created by a UTD sophomore. Tyler Hargreaves, a computer science major, co-founded Condecca, a web and mobile platform designed to connect students to job opportunities at partnering companies. The idea...

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Neuroscience senior earns perfect score on MCAT exam

Neuroscience senior earns perfect score on MCAT exam

With the sound of his heartbeat thumping in his ears, neuroscience senior Siddhartha Srivastava sat in front of his laptop anticipating a moment that would define the next years of his life. He was checking to see how he performed on the Medical College Admission Test. What he saw left...

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Disunited

Disunited

Late last month, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum. This British exit, commonly known as “Brexit,” marks the first time any nation has left the EU since its creation in 1993. Overnight, the pound dropped 9 percent in value, the lowest it’s fallen...

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Adding art to STEM still worth prioritizing

Adding art to STEM still worth prioritizing

The STEM to STEAM movement, a push towards an integrated environment where science, technology, engineering and math are taught with the arts as a method of instilling a well-rounded education, is an educational dynamic that should be pursued more aggressively by individuals and institutions. The quality of the 21st century...

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Communities must stand in solidarity

Communities must stand in solidarity

Editor’s Note: Because the author belongs to two minority groups that have been at risk recently, the author’s name has been partially redacted for safety. Three weeks ago, the largest documented massacre of LGBT people in U.S. history occurred, revealing an ongoing conflict for those living at the intersection of multiple...

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Trees tagged to monitor health

Trees tagged to monitor health

Over the past two months, Facilities Management has worked to tag and record data for about 5,000 trees on campus in the hopes of joining a national arboreal conservation program and to simplify grounds maintenance. Using a company called Arbor Pro, Landscape Supervisor Jay Jascott hired experts to come to...

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