Social justice For You

Social justice For You

TikTok enables users to spread awareness, research political issues

Though TikTok started off as a social media app for dancing teenagers and funny cat videos, it has recently become a favored platform for Gen-Z and millennials to facilitate social justice and address the inequity in our world today. Many activists take to TikTok because of its viral nature. Unlike...

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Arguing against the AATA

Arguing against the AATA

Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act was misprioritized

The life of an unborn person cannot reasonably supersede the rights of those carrying them. Blanket abortion restrictions like the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act fail to address the effects of such restrictions and infringe upon Texans’ rights with little evidence in reducing abortion rates. Abstractly, the legality of...

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A ‘Smash’ hit

A ‘Smash’ hit

UTD’s ‘Super Smash Bros.’ teams place first, second in competition

In a recent Smash tournament, UTD’s “Super Smash Bros.” teams beat out some of the best esports teams in Texas before competing against one another and taking home first and second place. The Rec Readiness Gaming Crew Battle, hosted by Recreation Readiness this month, was a Smash tournament that featured...

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Seasons ceasing?

Seasons ceasing?

Conference sports postponed, UTD athletics created return-to-play template

Following the ASC’s announcement to postpone fall 2020 sports to spring, UTD also announced its intent to resume sports next semester. Shortly after the ASC’s decision, on August 5 the NCAA announced that Division III fall championships were canceled. Part of this directive will allow member institutions — and sports...

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Rushing to online

Rushing to online

Fraternities, sororities move to virtual recruitment methods

A warm welcome from their sorority sisters used to feel close and personal. Now, new recruits are welcomed to the sisterhood ten feet apart from one another. Greek organizations have now had to adjust to recruiting people differently because of COVID-19. The recruitment process is not streamlined. Greek life is...

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‘An effective treatment to reduce the severity and duration of a COVID infection’

‘An effective treatment to reduce the severity and duration of a COVID infection’

UTD study identifies multi-purpose use for drug Ifenprodil

A pharmaceutical company used a research study from UTD for affirming its potential treatment for COVID-19 recovery. COVID-19 causes inflammation in the lungs. Co-author of the research study in question — BBS professor Theodore Price — said this inflammatory response is initially caused by the immune system but can later...

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Housing safety restrictions

Housing safety restrictions

What you need to know about being a good neighbor

On-campus housing for the fall semester will experience a new series of safety restrictions meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Already in effect, these restrictions began with a spaced-out series of move-in days. Compared to the prior move-in windows of three to four days, UTD has allotted 12 days...

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JSOM student petitions removal of certain online class fees

JSOM student petitions removal of certain online class fees

Dean Hasan Pirkul addresses petition, clarifies fees

A UTD student started an online petition criticizing the university for charging distance learning fees for certain courses in JSOM. Business analytics graduate student Shreyas Chaturvedi created a petition on July 22 titled, “Refund students paying an extra $960 for online classes at UTD.” As of August 14, 5,315 people...

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Pre-med, pre-law students share experience with taking gap years

Pre-med, pre-law students share experience with taking gap years

Straightening applications, personal development cited as reasons for the gap

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 59.9% of students in 2015 reported taking a gap year before starting medical school. Students opting for a gap year typically spend that time on personal development, projects or developing a more competitive application. Spring 2020 biochemistry graduate Rachel Nguyen said she...

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