‘Employees are struggling. Residents are struggling.’

‘Employees are struggling. Residents are struggling.’

Northside residents, employees cite issues with housing development, Northside spokesperson responds

Residents of the off-campus apartments at Northside have expressed concerns with facility maintenance, both before and after the pandemic. In a survey conducted by The Mercury, Northside residents responded with feedback they had regarding the housing facility.  “The noise levels are very high because walls are thin,” one survey respondent...

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Vending machines offer disposable face masks

Vending machines offer disposable face masks

UTD joins other universities selling PPE to students

Vending machines across UTD are now selling disposable surgical face masks to help students safely return to life on campus. As schools and businesses begin to reopen amidst mounting safety concerns, they’re implementing a variety of strategies to keep people safe. One method of increasing the accessibility of personal protective...

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Student gatherings: what’s permitted, what’s not

Student gatherings: what’s permitted, what’s not

Vice president of student affairs clarifies restrictions, exceptions

Student gatherings and club events are prohibited until further notice – with exceptions for free speech activities. Student organization officers received an email from the Student Organization Center on Aug. 18 prohibiting face-to-face or socially distanced events – indoor or outdoor – during the fall 2020 semester. Furthermore, the email...

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Think outside the (potato) bun

Think outside the (potato) bun

Taco Bell Cantina replacing IHOP on Rutford, opening Sept. 3

Edit as of 9/4/2020, 3:00pm: when contacted by The Mercury earlier today, Dining Services said that the Taco Bell Cantina was not able to open Sept. 3 as previously anticipated. Instead, they plan to open Sept. 10, and will still be available for walk-in and Starship deliveries. If you’re a...

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University closes select fall 2020 dining venues

University closes select fall 2020 dining venues

Decreased volume of student, faculty patrons led to shutdown

Comets will have fewer places to dine this semester, as about two-thirds of on-campus dining locations close until further notice. As of August 28, only six venues will remain open: Chick-fil-A, The Pub, Taco Bell Cantina, Dining Hall West, Papa John’s and The Market at DHW. At Northside, 7/11, the...

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‘We have something for everyone, so stay active’

‘We have something for everyone, so stay active’

UREC decreases gym capacity, offers virtual group fitness classes

Students can now return to recreation facilities on campus—but with a few caveats. Tricia Losavio, the director of UREC, said that the Activity Center and Rec Center West are currently open, and over 250 students have used the facilities between Aug. 10 and Aug. 20. “Students have to register for...

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SG vice president candidate disqualified from elected position

SG vice president candidate disqualified from elected position

Stephanie Royer, running on ConnectUTD ticket, will not be serving as VP

This article will be updated as more information is acquired. Last update: Aug. 30, 9:30pm The Student Government election board has voted unanimously to disqualify vice president candidate Stephanie Royer from her recently elected position as VP. The global business and biology senior was running on the ConnectUTD ticket, alongside...

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UTD Presidential Town Hall – 6.24.2020

Click here for town hall recording Note from the editor: Although the university should be providing their own recording of the town hall, we wanted to give you access to my recording in the interim. (While I tried to limit background noise as much as possible, Teams notifications, typing sounds...

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Archer fellowship moves online

Archer fellowship moves online

Students interning in Washington D.C. move back home, finish courses online The Archer fellowship is a program that gives UT System students an opportunity to spend a semester in Washington D.C. This year, due to COVID-19, the program has gone virtual for the first time. Archer Fellows intern at various...

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Clubs adjust meetings, membership requirements to a virtual format

Clubs adjust meetings, membership requirements to a virtual format

Student organization center helps groups transition online With the university closing for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, many clubs and organizations face consequences to their agendas for the latter part of the spring semester. Officers in various organizations, including Neuroscience Student Association secretary Allison Doke, have had to...

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