Fire and Adjust

Fire and Adjust

Americans must learn from senseless bloodshed of Afghan war

Our nation’s mortified exit from Afghanistan has wrenched open barely mended wounds; among its old conscripts, refugees and young veterans of war, there is a terrible feeling that our nation has done it again: sustained continued bloodshed for nothing. When Afghanistan’s regional capitols began falling to the Taliban last month,...

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I want YOU to get vaccinated!

I want YOU to get vaccinated!

Herd immunity is essential to return UTD to normalcy

As the semester kicks off to a crowded “de-densified” start, we predictably see our phones notifying us every day of a new long list of COVID-19 positive students. In order to ensure the true safety of the UTD community and surrounding areas, it’s really no question at this point: all...

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I have a comic 4 you!

I have a comic 4 you!

Lighthearted series "Amelia Rules!" is a great introduction for new comic readers

There are many misconceptions about comics, the main two being that they are only about superheroes or are just there for the Sunday funnies in newspapers. So, to divorce you from any misunderstandings that you have about the comic medium, my first recommendation and review are for a series called“Amelia...

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Athletes struggling with mental health need our support

Athletes struggling with mental health need our support

Stigma surrounding mental health discourse in athletics must be erradicated

Simone Biles’s decision to withdraw from the Olympics emblemizes the need to be more empathetic toward athletes who are focusing on their well-being and promote open discussion of mental health in sports. Simone Biles and her extraordinary achievements increasingly put her in the spotlight. The entire sports world constantly scrutinizes...

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UTD Housing? More like UTD Homeless

UTD Housing? More like UTD Homeless

Poor communication, delayed move-in date creates unnecessary housing stress for comets

UTD creates unnecessary housing dilemmas for students through inefficient communication and by determining and revealing their campus move-in dates way too late. My experience is a prime example of how these excessively delayed move-in dates can result in dire consequences, including a roller coaster of housing stress that nearly resulted...

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Band-Aid fixes won’t make game development a safe space

Band-Aid fixes won’t make game development a safe space

Activision Blizzard lawsuits illuminate long standing issues of sexual harassment in game development community

The pending lawsuits concerning Activision Blizzard illuminate longstanding issues within the game development community and remind gamers and game developers that we have to do more than just condemn the studio’s actions; we must create safer and more welcoming spaces for women developers at all levels of game development and...

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True neutral: The college civics professor

True neutral: The college civics professor

Civics professors teach students how to think, not what to think

The burden of having to give the most coherent, objective and unbiased information in the vast works of American government is put on the shoulders of today’s civics professors. Their job at the basic level is to educate, but they must also moderate discussion. In the age of trigger warnings,...

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The SCC needs to do better

The SCC needs to do better

Student Counseling Center lacks staff capacity to assist struggling students

Due to visible understaffing issues, the UTD Student Counseling Center (SCC) is unequipped to address mental health in a personalized manner that acknowledges individual identities and situations. While stress has been a prevailing problem on many college campuses for years, the pandemic has made it more important now than ever...

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Too many esports not enough vods

Too many esports not enough vods

Collegiate vods should be easily accessible to esports fans

Following collegiate esports is often much more difficult than it should be due to a lack of video footage and coinciding broadcast times with esports leagues around the world. For nearly all of UTD’s esports, from Overwatch to League of Legends, games are broadcast on a platform, sometimes on UTD...

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GOP legislative priority analysis

GOP legislative priority analysis

Session ends with wins, lost chances for the GOP

Texas GOP lawmakers passed most of the carryover priorities from the 2019 legislative session. However, it is disappointing that they could not finish passing the new priorities they set for this year and must save those leftovers for a special session. In 2020, the Republican Party of Texas passed eight...

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