Embracing oddities through art

Embracing oddities through art

As part of his last art show of the semester at UTD, Master of Fine Arts candidate Clayton Harper created the piece “NextGen10” as a criticism of society’s idea of the future. His work incorporated stock videos of smiling people testing VR sets juxtaposed with images of litter in the...

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‘League’ team advances to nationals

‘League’ team advances to nationals

UTD’s “League of Legends” team — now recognized by the athletics department as a varsity sport — qualified for and competed at the annual national championships held in Los Angeles last week. “We went into the championship not expecting much,” said Karlin Oei, a finance junior who was one of...

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UTD benefactor Margaret McDermott passes away at 106

UTD benefactor Margaret McDermott passes away at 106

Editor’s Note: Updated to include statements from members of the UTD community. One of the most influential figures at UTD and in the Dallas community, Margaret McDermott passed away at the age of 106. Mary McDermott Cook, her daughter, confirmed her passing in a statement to the Dallas Morning News...

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Confucius Institute under FBI scrutiny

Confucius Institute under FBI scrutiny

After an FBI threat assessment, Texas congressmen have accused a Chinese language organization, which has a location on campus, of propaganda and stealing intellectual property. Earlier this month, congressmen Michael McCaul and Henry Cuellar issued a joint statement calling for multiple Texas universities, including UTD, to stop hosting their Confucius...

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TaRaas places in national competition

TaRaas places in national competition

Members of UTD’s Indian dance team TaRaas danced their way to second place at the Raas All-Stars National Championship on March 31. Held at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, the collegiate competition featured the top eight university teams in the nation, including UT Austin, Carnegie Mellon and Rutgers University....

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Researchers develop less expensive lithium batteries

Researchers develop less expensive lithium batteries

UTD researchers teamed up to develop a new class of battery, proven to be efficient and long-lasting. For over a year, material science and engineering professor Kyeongjae Cho, along with research associate Jeongwoon Hwang, worked on developing a method to stabilize a lithium-sulfur battery that they believe to be the...

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Mastering movement

Mastering movement

Twice a week, individuals with Parkinson’s disease are taught how to dance by a UTD professor. Professor Misty Owens spends her time outside of the classroom teaching Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She began instructing classes in 2003, and remains the only instructor in Dallas...

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UTD considers DII move

UTD considers DII move

School administrators are considering applying for an adjustment in UTD’s NCAA standing, which would move the school from Division III to Division II. The Comets joined Division III on a provisional basis in 1998, and the school was awarded full membership in the American Southwest Conference in 2002 after a...

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Nothing short of Awaazien

Nothing short of Awaazien

A UTD singing group hosted a South Asian a cappella tournament with teams from all across the United States. Dhunki a cappella held its fourth annual Awaazein on March 24, where eight South Asian a cappella teams gathered to compete for three grand prizes and a shot at the Chicago-based...

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Free speech policies under fire

Free speech policies under fire

UTD’s campus policies may be limiting free speech among students and faculty, according to a watchdog organization. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education examines free speech policies at public and private universities nationwide, then rates those policies on scale from least to most restrictive. The organization currently has policies...

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