Letter from the Editor

Dear incoming student, I don’t know about you, but the last several weeks have been a blur of days that...
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Letter from the Editor

Twitter-ing birds

UTD-related social media accounts to keep you in the loop Graphic by Cecilia Romero | Mercury Staff
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Twitter-ing birds

Exploring off-the-grid

Activities, locations off campus to discover UTD is a hub of activity during the week, and the surrounding Dallas metroplex...
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Exploring off-the-grid

Note-able guidelines

Six ways to adapt notetaking habits to college When you wake up, what you eat and how you study are...
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Note-able guidelines

Gone phishing

How to tell you’re reading a scam email Congratulations! You have been chosen to receive a free scholarship! Just confirm...
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Gone phishing

A Guide to Title IX

Title IX, or Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, is a civil rights law that protects people...
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A Guide to Title IX

Temoc: the mascot, the mystery, the meme

A brief history of UTD’s iciest Comet As you arrived to UTD, you may have heard of the magnificently fiery...
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Temoc: the mascot, the mystery, the meme

Letter to freshmen

Alumna Ananya Malik writes in to wish incoming freshmen well Welcome to UTD! While the beginning of your freshman year...
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Letter to freshmen

Finding direction

A compass for navigating a virtual class format, habits for success The Student Success Center has a wide set of...
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Finding direction

Off the beaten path

Hidden spots to discover around campus UTD has lots of hidden gems that don’t appear on maps. Check these spots...
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Off the beaten path

Hiker’s gear

Academic, financial resources to help you succeed The transition from high school to college can feel overwhelming, but there are...
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Hiker’s gear

Backwoods currency

Navigating Comet Cash spending locations Comet Cash — usable with a swipe of your Comet Card — is your handy-dandy...
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Backwoods currency

Keeping your wits about you

How to manage mental health on your next great adventure Ask almost any college student if they’re feeling stressed, and...
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Keeping your wits about you

Befriending fellow hikers – virtual edition

Four ways to connect online with future classmates One of the biggest transitions that is occurring globally is the switch...
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Befriending fellow hikers – virtual edition

Learning the ropes

What every freshman should do their first year Kicking off freshman year can be a major adjustment for anyone. As...
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Learning the ropes

Scavenging healthy trail food

How to maintain good nutrition in college Navigating freshman year of college can be overwhelming, with new roommates, unfamiliar buildings...
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Scavenging healthy trail food

How to Use the Sky Bridges on Campus: An Interactive Map

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Debate camp transitions online

Camp leadership navigates software to shift workshops to remote format Despite being miles apart, students discuss strategy in separate virtual...
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Debate camp transitions online

Sound on to press play

Why sound is more important than graphics to player experience What makes a video game go beyond average isn’t just...
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Sound on to press play

Changes to JSOM community service requirement

Social entrepreneurship class moves online, alternatives offered on case-by-case basis JSOM has a community service requirement that requires students to...
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Changes to JSOM community service requirement

Archer fellowship moves online

Students interning in Washington D.C. move back home, finish courses online The Archer fellowship is a program that gives UT...
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Archer fellowship moves online

Clubs adjust meetings, membership requirements to a virtual format

Student organization center helps groups transition online With the university closing for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, many...
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Clubs adjust meetings, membership requirements to a virtual format

UTD Students in National Guard deployed to combat COVID-19

Balancing school, military service during a global pandemic In response to the domestic spread of COVID-19, UTD students serving in...
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UTD Students in National Guard deployed to combat COVID-19

Social media virus

How to fight the spread of misinformation online COVID-19 can be cured by ingesting fish-tank cleaning products or flushing your...
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Social media virus

SSBU players rank in top ten

‘Super Smash Brothers Ultimate’ Comet eSport players achieve high power ranking In the first season of competitive “Super Smash Brothers...
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SSBU players rank in top ten

Continuing Onward Online

How to apply the message of ‘Onward’ when we’re all inside “Onward” was one of the films that was hit...
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Continuing Onward Online

Refunds issued for meal plan holders

UTD began issuing partial refunds on April 15 Following the cancellation of campus housing in response to COVID-19, UTD has...
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Refunds issued for meal plan holders

Privacy versus public health

The importance of navigating personal privacy during a global pandemic Around the world, countries continue to wage their battle against...
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Privacy versus public health

Finding novelty at home

20 new activities to try while social distancing Being cooped up in the same place for weeks might start to...
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Members of UTD community volunteer to produce face masks

ACME Creation Lab recruits volunteers to distribute personal protective equipment After personal protective equipment shortages were caused by the COVID-19...
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Members of UTD community volunteer to produce face masks

Anti-love or anti-repression?

A rebuttal to ‘Pro-sex/Anti-love’ Content warning: sexual assault “‘Abby’ -- we’ll call her—” This was the beginning of an all-too-familiar...
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Anti-love or anti-repression?

Lockdown cinnamon rolls

Two UTD students launch a homemade cinnamon roll business Psychology sophomore Mason Kitchens and electrical engineering junior Chase Ferrell are...
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Lockdown cinnamon rolls

Ask Sophie

Advice from one student to another Q: How can I keep a good relationship with my significant other during COVID-19?...
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Ask Sophie

UTD Presidential Town Hall

Timestamps and corresponding questions/answers 00:00 – 3:50 – Introductions, opening remarks by President Benson03:51 – 5:44 – How will credit/no...
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Issue: 4/27/20

Graphic by Bianca Del Rio | Mercury Staff Graphic by Sarah Streety | Mercury Staff Graphic by Jenna Cherrey |...
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UTD custodian nominated for national custodian award

30-year UTD employee Bron Clayton continues custodial efforts during shutdown UTD building services supervisor and member of the facilities management...
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UTD custodian nominated for national custodian award

Integral Calculus exam crashes eLearning

Students unable to complete math test due to volume of test takers, make-up exam offered Students faced an eLearning crash,...
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Integral Calculus exam crashes eLearning

So close, yet so far

How to stay connected with friends during social distancing Among the major aspects of our daily routine, social interaction has...
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So close, yet so far

Why we publish what we do

Before an opinion piece is published in our paper, a rigorous process occurs beforehand. Columnists and writers approach our team...
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An open response to ‘I Hate Me’ from Mercury staffers

On March 9, The Mercury published an article that was offensive and harmful to the Transgender community. Michael Lockwood’s “I...
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‘Feel that celebration with them even though they’re not physically present with us’

Students discuss changes to their religious celebrations as a result of quarantine Students across campus are celebrating Passover, Easter and...
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‘Feel that celebration with them even though they’re not physically present with us’

My daughter, the healthcare worker

What it’s like to live with someone on the front lines My daughter is a healthcare worker at Parkland. She...
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My daughter, the healthcare worker

COVID-19 at UTD by the Numbers

Survey conducted, student discusses her experience with coronavirus After UTD’s campus closed and students left to slow the spread of...
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COVID-19 at UTD by the Numbers

Volunteering under quarantine

OSV provides list of remote volunteer opportunities Though in-person volunteer opportunities have been dwindling with the rise of COVID-19, the...
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Volunteering under quarantine

SUAAB holds virtual events for rest of semester

Following UTD’s transition to online classes, the Student Union & Activities Advisory Board canceled all of their remaining in-person spring...
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SUAAB holds virtual events for rest of semester

Undergraduate lab courses mitigate online shift

Virtual simulations, data analysis help instructors with web-based teaching Laboratory coordinators are using various methods to transition traditionally in-person lab...
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Undergraduate lab courses mitigate online shift

Gunman dead after hijacking DART bus in Richardson, wounding three officers

At about 11 a.m. today, a gunman boarded a DART bus in Richardson, opened fire and led police on a...
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Gunman dead after hijacking DART bus in Richardson, wounding three officers

Students face monetary losses after study abroad cancellations

University officials recently made the decision to suspend all international travel through the calendar year due to the coronavirus pandemic....
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Students face monetary losses after study abroad cancellations

Dead economy

How the COVID-19 response prioritizes corporations over individuals In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has seen...
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Dead economy

Hypocrisy of Democracy

How Joe Biden’s cult of personality harms women As Joe Biden’s political campaign was resurrected just over a month ago,...
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Hypocrisy of Democracy

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott aims to reopen state

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed three executive orders on April 17 in an effort to reopen the state amidst the...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott aims to reopen state

Local businesses face coronavirus pandemic head-on

How owners, managers are keeping their stores afloat With  a statewide order mandating social distancing in Texas, local businesses are...
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Local businesses face coronavirus pandemic head-on

Lights, Camera, Asian American

Why Asians in Hollywood movies need to move past token characters I’ve always wondered what it’s like to be a...
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Lights, Camera, Asian American

Financialization: A Tragedy

When profit takes precedence, students suffer Cranes, orange street signs, dirt and neon yellow jackets have all become sights UTD...
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Financialization: A Tragedy

Shelter-at-home(less)

Why supporting homeless shelters is critical during quarantine While many of us are safe within our own homes during the...
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Shelter-at-home(less)

Pro-sex, anti-love

How porn degrades women, distorts the mind “Abby” — we’ll call her — has what you might call the ideal...
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Pro-sex, anti-love

Positivi-tees

Senior creates brand of T-shirts with QR codes that prompt comforting stories, funny videos An engineering student aiming to lift...
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Positivi-tees

Comet Cupboard continues to operate despite physical location closing

Volunteers prepare boxes of food to distribute to students on first-come first-serve basis The Comet Cupboard’s campus location shut down...
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Comet Cupboard continues to operate despite physical location closing

Good Life Versus Long LIfe

'Being Mortal,’ rethinking end-of-life care Unfortunately, you’re going to die. However, through modern medicine, that can be postponed — risk...
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Good Life Versus Long LIfe

Ask Emily

Advice from one student to another The only thing on the news right now is the novel coronavirus, yet somehow...
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Ask Emily

Student counseling center continues therapy services online

Staff adjusts to online switch amidst coronavirus pandemic UTD’s Student Counseling Center has transitioned to online teletherapy in response to...
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Student counseling center continues therapy services online

Game Review: ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Popular simulation game lets players virtually socialize during stay-at-home orders Video games have a bad rap for ultra-violent gameplay filled...
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Game Review: ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Issue: 4/13/20

Graphic by Bianca Del Rio | Mercury Staff Graphic by Sarah Streety | Mercury Staff Graphic by Quinn Sherer |...
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Accessibility in online classes

How professors can accommodate disabled students amidst online shift With the switch to online learning, the Office of Student AccessAbility...
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Accessibility in online classes

Students leave on-campus housing, adjust to moving back home

How campus housing changed in wake of COVID-19 In mid-March, UTD began asking students living on campus to start the...
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Students leave on-campus housing, adjust to moving back home

International Self-Isolation

How to stay grounded in a foreign country during COVID-19 The novel coronavirus has disrupted the lives of billions and...
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International Self-Isolation

Pre-medical, pre-law advisors weigh in on credit/no credit grading

UTD recently announced that undergraduate students have the option to consider credit/no credit grading for their spring 2020 classes. Students...
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Pre-medical, pre-law advisors weigh in on credit/no credit grading

COVID-19 Timeline

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Helping Hands for Healthy Eating

Students, university step up to support community during pandemic As UTD shelters in place, students have formed a mutual aid...
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Helping Hands for Healthy Eating

How UTD professors are adapting to online classes

With the rest of the semester’s classes being moved online, professors at UTD have had to adjust their classwork to...
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How UTD professors are adapting to online classes
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