J-pop music strikes a chord strikes a chord with student with student pianists

J-pop music strikes a chord strikes a chord with student with student pianists

Four. Strike. Five. Strike. Three. Strike. Six. Strike. ATEC junior Caleb Wang strikes a wave of upbeat J-pop chords in the rhythm of “Fireworks” by DAOKO and Kenshi Yonezu. Chemistry freshman Nathaniel Nguyen sits next to him on the worn piano bench, rocking his head back and forth and animatedly...

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A powerful slice-of-life

Yanagihara uses beautiful prose to play with her audience’s heartstrings in the enthralling novel A Little Life

Despite being called “A Little Life,” Hanya Yanagihara’s bestselling novel brings more than just a little heartache to readers by using beautiful language to combat the emotional and physical trauma she unleashes on her characters. The novel follows the lives of four men as they navigate the joys and trials...

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SP/N Gallery honors ATEC Professor

SP/N Gallery honors ATEC Professor

Acquaintances memorialize artist who heavily impacted the DFW art scene

Richard Brettell, a prominent art historian and educator, transformed the Dallas art scene during his lifetime. His brief tenure as the director of the Dallas Museum of Art earned him the affectionate title of “Art’s Bad Boy,” and his passing in 2020 left a significant void in the local and...

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Ask Sophie: Test Anxiety

Ask Sophie: Test Anxiety

Tips for managing stress during midterm season

After a long, hard week of studying, you take a deep breath and print your name on your exam booklet, eyes skimming over the first question. But as you try to make sense of the words, your heart sinks, your stomach churns and your mind suddenly goes blank. If this experience...

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Technology support on tap

Technology support on tap

OIT gets permanent location for technology help desk in SU to assist Comets with technical needs

Are you or a loved one suffering from computer gremlins? Luckily, OIT’s newly-opened TechKnowledgy Baris conveniently located in the lower floor of the Student Union and is dedicated to showcasing new technology and helping Comets resolve any device-related headaches. Though not the first time that OIT has had a walk-up...

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Stroke rehab device speeds up motor skills recovery

Implanted electrothera-py device musters FDA approval after two years

UTD researchers received FDA approval for their stroke rehabilitation device, bringing eight years of research by over 500 students and faculty to fruition. In 2013, the UTD Texas Biomedical Device Center set out to create a device that would increase the stroke recovery rate. At the time, PhD students Ben...

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Pipe rupture leaves Comets high and dry

Pipe rupture leaves Comets high and dry

Complication with repairs leaves UV buildings 44, 45 waterless for 30 hours

A hairline fracture in a piece of PVC pipe six inches in diameter was all it took to dramatically disrupt the daily routines of many Comets living in the Phase 6 University Village apartments. There’s no certain answer to what caused the leak, which saw city water – which would...

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Bottles in DHW? H2NO

Bottles in DHW? H2NO

UTD Dining Services cracks down on personal bottle usage, asks Comets to leave flasks at the door

A recent reimplementation of the “no water bottles” policy in Dining Hall West (DHW) is intended to address the issues of cross-contamination and the use of the Dining Hall as a to-go facility. Students might bring their water bottles into DHW when getting a meal right after class, wanting to...

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UTD’s students need a (balanced) return to in-person instruction

UTD’s students need a (balanced) return to in-person instruction

Not going back to full density is ill-advised and illogical; UTD should prioritize educational outcomes while maintaining what flexibility they can grant students

Last week, there was a Change.org petition suggesting that UTD return to fully online learning for the semester. While that particular suggestion doesn’t seem to be getting serious attention, Student Government is polling students about a resolution to extend de-densification, and a vocal segment of Comets have been campaigning against...

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Performative activism distracts from real issues

Performative activism distracts from real issues

Slactivism pervades political discussion, creating outrage but hindering true change

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 2021 Met Gala dress exemplifies how individuals use performative activism to gain social capital rather than actively promote change. Performative activism typically entails fruitless and pointless actions from celebrities and influencers that take away from the voices of people with less social or political influence and overshadow their...

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