Program director to make degree more marketable

Program director to make degree more marketable

Andrew Busch began work at UTD as the director of American studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies on Aug. 1. The Mercury sat down with him to discuss his plans for the program and how he believes American studies classes can provide value to a student’s education. How did...

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Player settles in new role

Player settles in new role

Every time senior guard McKenzie Petty puts on a game jersey, regardless of what team she’s playing on, it usually has one meaning — game time. The UTD emblem on the front of her jersey carries the same meaning, but now from a different perspective. Petty was a three-year basketball...

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Rio games shine light on refugee crisis

Rio games shine light on refugee crisis

Despite the controversy surrounding the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics due to concerns over Zika and petty street crime, the quadrennial spectacle should be remembered as the most influential in recent history. It’s not because Usain Bolt successfully defended his 100-meter dash crown in convincing fashion or because Michael Phelps added...

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Horse Power

Horse Power

Lauren Hoover and Blackie have known each other for four years. They have trained countless hours together, competed on international stages and occasionally experienced bumps in their relationship. Blackie is Hoover’s show horse. Hoover, an accounting junior, is a competitive horseback rider. She didn’t get involved with the sport until...

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Student stars in show

Student stars in show

Even though she doesn’t show it, Arianna Reyher is going through her own personal version of hell. The 20-year-old speech and pathology junior, who is performing in Repertory Company Theatre’s production of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” nonchalantly sips on a mint tea in a crowded Starbucks as she goes...

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Alumnus unveils new art exhibition

Alumnus unveils new art exhibition

A UTD alumnus’ new art installation is now on display at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Textiles artist and master’s graduate Gabriel Dawe’s latest piece, “Plexus no. 34,” went on display earlier this month and is the latest iteration of his “Plexus” series, which is comprised of over...

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In the public eye

In the public eye

Ryan Noelle can juggle taking orders, brewing coffee and serving food with mechanical efficiency. Noelle is also an avid drummer and proficient computer programmer — something that many of the regulars at the Pub, for whom Noelle is a familiar face and consistent part of their days, may not know....

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Through the Grapevine

Through the Grapevine

Sitting on the branches of an old hackberry tree, a young couple watched the sunset. Tentatively leaning forward, UTD alumnus Chris Grider kissed his high school sweetheart, Crystal, for the first time 18 years ago. Now, only steps from the tree, the Griders opened their winery, the Kissing Tree Vineyard....

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Head Start, Late Finish: Alumnus started school at 15 years

Head Start, Late Finish: Alumnus started school at 15 years

Aaron Kotamarti, the youngest student to ever attend UTD, started college when he was just 15 years old. His mother dropped him off on campus every day, parking far enough away so no other students could see. “If I … summarized it, it would be terror at first, but then...

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