Holiday cheer, events shared with int’l students

Holiday cheer, events shared with int’l students

Halloween, Christmas among traditions taught to newcomers International students learned the spirit, traditions and nuances of the American holiday season during the How to Celebrate “The Holidays” workshop on Oct. 18. Jennifer Smith, program coordinator for the International Student Services Office, led a one-hour interactive presentation that detailed Halloween, Thanksgiving,...

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Feds seize Ulbricht, shut down site

Feds seize Ulbricht, shut down site

The FBI arrested a UTD alumnus on Oct. 1, allegedly the leader behind Silk Road, an underground black market website. Ross Ulbricht, a 2006 graduate, was arrested in a branch of the San Francisco Public Library and indicted on charges in money laundering, computer hacking and narcotics trafficking conspiracy. The...

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404 Page Not Found: University erases Ulbricht

404 Page Not Found: University erases Ulbricht

The University of Texas at Dallas is attempting to shove Ross Ulbricht down the memory hole. Official university pages that reference the accused alumnus have been edited to remove all mention of him, or have been deleted altogether. While we on The Mercury editorial board understand that this action is by...

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College roommate opens up about Ulbricht

The alleged drug lord the FBI arrested on Oct. 1 is a far cry from the friendly and intelligent man who attended UTD, according to a former college friend. “(Ross) was a lot of fun. Just reading the indictment about him — it was like reading about a completely different...

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Silk Road and the Deep Web

Silk Road, the online black market that generated millions of dollars in drug sale commissions, was shut down by various federal agencies on Oct. 2. Notorious for the ease at which users could buy illegal drugs, the website had been in operation since January 2011.  Silk Road was able to...

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Tennis season begins with individual tourney

The men and women’s tennis teams kicked off their season at the ASC Individual Tournament in Belton, Texas from Sept. 12-14. The tournament, which consisted of four flights, had individual players representing their universities. Senior Casey Clark of the men’s team represented the Comets in flight 1 and stormed through...

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From freshman to graduate: Six-year Comet offers advice to newcomers

I first stepped foot on UTD soil in 2007 as an 18-year-old kid with a slight interest in mathematics and computers. At the time, I had only spent three years in the United States and most universities appeared identical to me — giant stadiums, frantic fans, fraternities and parties —...

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