The bobcat’s out of the bag

The bobcat’s out of the bag

Sustainability projects, low student traffic bringbrings wildlife to campus

Two bobcats were spotted on campus in January, thought to be due in part to decreased traffic on campus and the biodiversity efforts of the Office of Sustainability. According to a photo posted on the Facilities & Economic Development website on Jan. 14, an adult bobcat and its kitten were...

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Coping with solitude

Coping with solitude

Quarantine leads individuals to return to comforting pastimes

Over the course of the past year, the majority of the population has dramatically increased leisure activities to cope with the pandemic. These trends relate to wider social issues amongst the populous and mental health problems in individuals. Google searches reveal what leisure activities have been on many people’s minds...

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Ask Sophie: how to avoid student burnout

Ask Sophie: how to avoid student burnout

Maintaining balanced schedule means checking in with yourself, moving away from competitive mindset

As college students, we are fixated on individual productivity, and we often equate our self-worth with academic success. Yet, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is pushing us to let go of our unrealistic expectations on productivity. Let’s be honest: last semester was a nightmare. The endless stream of eLearning notifications, Teams...

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Switching up degrees takes a major plan

Switching up degrees takes a major plan

Changing majors: what you need to know

With increased student interest in exploratory major advising, two people familiar with the process share their advice for students who are considering changing their major. According to fall 2020 UTD enrollment statistics, out of 3,601 freshmen, only 92 were undeclared. But data from a study published by the US Department...

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Beefing up a student business

Beefing up a student business

Student finds meaningful connection through start-up jerky business

For business administration and marketing junior Johnathon Jones, his beef jerky business –  Jerky Jones – is more than just a side gig: it’s a connection to family and his place in the military community. Jones grew up with his father in the military, which meant frequent moves and substantial...

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Minecraft, blind dates, a relationship app – oh my!

Minecraft, blind dates, a relationship app – oh my!

Students get creative by socializing online

This spring, a Minecraft server, a virtual blind date project and an app dedicated to friendship-forming are just three of the newest ways UTD students can stay connected amid the pandemic.        Campus esports and the African Student Union are implementing new, experimental virtual projects intended to boost social interactivity this...

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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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DIY pomp and circumstance

DIY pomp and circumstance

Ways to celebrate graduation creatively this semester

With December graduation ceremonies cancelled and traditional celebrations put on hold for another semester, you may be wondering how to commemorate your academic accomplishments. Here are a few safe, socially distanced ways to celebrate your hard work and remember your time at UTD. Take some photos at the Campus Mall...

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Silent performance for an empty campus

Silent performance for an empty campus

Students in Contemporary Art Practices take their performances to the Plinth

Psychology senior Eva Rahman stood silently at the Plinth with two X’s across her chest and a sign reading “Not Yours,” while biomedical engineering senior Laura Vargas Ortiz sat across the circular pool signing about her loneliness in American Sign Language. Both performances were a part of an art project...

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UTD alumnus honors Texas with “Wild West” mural

UTD alumnus honors Texas with “Wild West” mural

Located in West Dallas, Elianna Paek's art pays social justice homage

If you happen to drive through West Dallas, you may notice that the landscape is more colorful than usual thanks to the mural work of several local artists – including one UTD alumnus. Psychology alumnus Elianna Paek – @thepackpaints on Instagram – was one of 16 local artists whose mural...

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