Virtual introduction to campus

Virtual introduction to campus

Online orientation sessions for incoming freshman feature informational sessions, video skits

With the onset of COVID-19, the necessity to avoid large gatherings and keep safe social distancing resulted in amendments to summer 2020 incoming student orientation. For the first time, freshmen are experiencing orientation virtually, with online pre-orientation modules through eLearning and small group video chats through Microsoft Teams, rather than...

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You teach eTeach

You teach eTeach

Transition to online instruction methods leaves UTeach graduates with uncertainty

Students training to be teachers through the UTeach Dallas program face increased uncertainty in their prospective career after the pandemic hit. UTeach Dallas certifies students pursuing STEM degrees to be secondary mathematics and science teachers in Texas. Yeeun Jeon graduated in May 2020 with a major in mathematics and is...

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Ask Me Anything

Ask Me Anything

UTD student gains national attention for dedication to open discussion about racism

Following a series of viral social media posts, UTD junior Nifa Kaniga’s activism as part of the Black Lives Matter movement has gained national attention. With over 30,000 followers on his Instagram, the literature major and Dripping Springs native’s encouragement of an open dialogue about social issues is now reaching...

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Taking green from blue

Taking green from blue

What it means to defund the police

If you have so much as opened a social media app this past month, you have surely been met with Instagram stories and tweets with phrases such as “defund the police” and “police abolition”. Your gut instinct may be to ask “won’t crime rates increase?” and “how can society function...

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UTDon’t Open

UTDon’t Open

Why Texas’ COVID-19 policies prevent a safe UTD reopening

Everything is bigger in Texas: from our unbridled Texas pride and vast expanses of land to our unwavering commitment to setting record single-day highs for coronavirus cases. As public universities start to navigate plans for reopening campus to students in the fall, UTD has followed suit with many other public...

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On Police Oversight

On Police Oversight

In any true functioning democracy, community input shouldn’t be arduous. The coronavirus pandemic has been a catalyst to the evolving mediums we use to voice our concerns to our elected officials. Efforts such as petitions, retweets and calls-to-action to flood social media timelines is a step in the right direction,...

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Not biting clickbait

Not biting clickbait

Professor shares ways to fact-check, be cognizant of fake news

With more people turning to social media for news, the risk of circulating fake news increases. Fake news and altered videos can greatly misinform the public and generate negative responses to a situation that may not even exist. Janet Johnson, a UTD professor who studies social media trends and misleading...

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Your tuition, by the numbers

Your tuition, by the numbers

University says no plans for reduction in fall 2020

Tuition for summer classes has not decreased during the move to completely online classes. A petition was started in early May that called for reduced summer tuition, asserting that students will not have access to facilities like the gym, library or computer labs so they shouldn’t be paying full tuition....

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Under one roof

Under one roof

Office of Emergency Management, Office of Student Health Services creating plan for if students test positive for COVID-19

UTD is developing a plan to address future COVID-19 cases as students return to on-campus housing. On June 16, UTD confirmed that a student living in a University Village apartment contracted COVID-19. Three days later, the student’s two roommates tested positive. They all self-isolated in UV afterwards, said associate vice...

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Returning to labs

Returning to labs

VP of Research discusses measures taken before increasing research capacity

Research labs opened under limited circumstances since campus closed this spring are now steadily increasing capacity, with COVID-19 safety measures. During the April 22 presidential town hall meeting, Joe Pancrazio, vice president of research, said the Office of Research has been fully operational — albeit remotely — after campus closed...

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