Election and reflection: Election

Election and reflection: Election

JW Van Der Schans and Alex Holcomb from the CometUnity ticket have been elected as next year’s Student Government president and vice president, respectively. Van Der Schans, an international political economy senior, has been a member of SG since his sophomore year and has served on the executive council as...

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Ed Board: Presidential, vice presidential candidates well-suited for uncontested positions

Ed Board: Presidential, vice presidential candidates well-suited for uncontested positions

Because this year’s Student Government presidential and vice presidential candidates are running unopposed, the Editorial Board of The Mercury has decided to publish an evaluation of the candidates in place of an endorsement. The content of the evaluation is based on an interview The Mercury conducted with the candidates. Running...

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Softball season off to solid start

Softball season off to solid start

UTD’s softball team earned their first national ranking after opening the season with the best start in program history. The NFCA/NCAA Division III rankings listed UTD softball as the 18th best team in the country on its Feb. 22 poll. The Comets started the season with a 5-0 record leading...

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DACA students fearful after recent ICE raids

DACA students fearful after recent ICE raids

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that began in early February in Dallas, as well as other major cities in Texas, have raised concern among DACA students on campus. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an immigration policy introduced during the Obama administration that gives certain undocumented immigrants, who came...

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Northside’s Phase 2 under construction

Northside’s Phase 2 under construction

UTD students can expect more housing options in 2018 as construction begins on the second phase of Northside. Northside is the luxury apartment complex located adjacent to UTD on Northside Boulevard, whose first phase was completed in fall 2016. The timeline for the second phase began in early February and...

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‘A Need for Awareness’

‘A Need for Awareness’

As her dream of becoming a Dallas Stars dancer drew closer, Hayley Briscoe found herself spending more time in a studio surrounded by mirrors. Her reflection seemed to mock her from all angles, and she eventually succumbed to the pressure. Years of battling a range of eating disorders took a...

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New political club to encourage student involvement in elections

New political club to encourage student involvement in elections

A chapter of Texas Rising, a nonpartisan group that advocates for more progressive policy and participation from college students in local elections, was established on campus this semester. Computer science junior Christian Briggs helped   the UTD chapter of Texas Rising from the parent organization Texas Freedom Network, a nonprofit...

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Marching for progress

Marching for progress

A month ago, the Women’s March on Washington amassed over one million marchers in D.C. and over five million protestors worldwide. In the event’s aftermath, feminist students and professors on campus are left figuring out how to take that energy and apply it to activism moving forward. Annelise Heinz, an...

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CentralTrak closed indefinitely

CentralTrak closed indefinitely

CentralTrak, UTD’s artist residency program, is closing after nine years of housing students and international creatives. Administrators and directors on campus are working toward establishing a similar program that will fill the void left by the closure. The program provided a living space for four artists who had the ability...

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On the spectrum

On the spectrum

Jennifer Partin was on her shift looking after children when she saw a young boy with autism grabbed and forced to make eye contact with another worker. “I wanted to say something, but I was just a lowly respite worker,” she said. “Every now and then I get pessimistic, so...

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