Academic senate approves credit/no credit options for fall, spring

Academic senate approves credit/no credit options for fall, spring

This post will be updated as more information is gathered The Academic Senate voted today to approve credit/no credit and pass/fail grading options for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Student Government president Sara Brennan said that the Senate approved UTD President Richard Benson’s recommendations for grading option changes, which are...

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At the speed of blight

At the speed of blight

How UTD bungled its COVID-19 response

When the pandemic first broke out, the UTD community seemed to come together to support one another during a time of crisis. However, as the outbreak progressed, students had been left to fend for themselves while begging an apathetic administration for even a hint of support. When UTD extended spring...

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Comets smash competition at NACE league

Comets smash competition at NACE league

The Temocs, Comets take second, first place in “Smash Bros” tournament

The UTD Comets “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate” team took 1st and 2nd place at the end of the NACE seasonal league in an undefeated run through playoffs. The Comets took over NACE with two rosters formed from the main team: the Temocs and the Comets. The Temocs were made up...

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Spring enrollment for in-person classes remains same as fall

Spring enrollment for in-person classes remains same as fall

Vast majority of students either didn’t have choice or opted for virtual format

123 classes at UTD were offered in-person this semester, but next semester is promising a slightly decreased availability of 114 in-person classes. According to a survey conducted by The Mercury, 10 percent of students will be attending in-person classes, while the other 90 percent either did not have the choice...

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Big Idea Competition goes virtual, Glaucomedi takes first prize

Big Idea Competition goes virtual, Glaucomedi takes first prize

Online format had different structure with pre-recorded pitches, live streamed Q&A session

Featuring a keynote speech from Mark Cuban on Nov. 19, this year’s Big Idea Competition was held virtually – with medical technology startup Glaucomedi winning first place in the student track. The Big Idea Competition is a startup pitch competition that began 14 years ago at UTD. Students, faculty or...

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Four’s a crowd: new guidelines for students attending spring 2020 sporting events

Four’s a crowd: new guidelines for students attending spring 2020 sporting events

Attendance to be capped at 25%, all fans required to pre-register

Starting in January, Comets will be able to attend UTD sporting events with distanced arrangements and reduced capacity. Alongside other university efforts to relax restrictions on in-person campus gatherings in the spring, Vice President of Student Affairs Gene Fitch said that UTD will be opening up athletic events to student...

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NCAA implements eligibility waiver for D-III athletes

NCAA implements eligibility waiver for D-III athletes

Waiver provides flexibility for planning academics alongside athletics

The NCAA recently approved a blanket waiver, temporarily modifying stringent pandemic protocols for Division-III student-athletes. Typically, every athlete has four seasons of eligibility and ten consecutive semesters to play those seasons. Associate Athletic Director Angela Marin said that this new waiver gives students more semesters of eligibility or seasons of...

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Tuning in to student artists

Tuning in to student artists

Students, alumni create music during the pandemic

After dropping his first song on Spotify in September, computer science sophomore and beatmaker Pranav Komandur – professionally known as PK All the Way – is planning on releasing more songs. The track, called ‘The New Ape,’ was released on Sept. 26 and was a collaboration with Jean Dior, a...

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