Mission: impossible (to help)

Mission: impossible (to help)

Short-term mission trips do more harm than good

At first glance, short-term mission trips might seem like a good way to get involved in humanitarian work, but they are actually more harmful than helpful to the communities they seek to assist. Mission trips seek to help disadvantaged communities, usually in other countries, by doing activities such as building...

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We need women in STEM

We need women in STEM

Women provide valuable insight but can’t get their foot in the door

“Too emotional for science.” Phrases like this have continuously hindered women trying to break the glass ceiling in STEM. Why are these barriers still alive and well in the new decade? There’s no denying that the number of women entering STEM has significantly increased since 1990. However, when we look...

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Cultural appropriation rising

Cultural appropriation rising

How astrological, spiritual symbols are being misused

According to Google Trends, words such as “astrology chart” and “rising sign” have peaked in early 2021, and many professional astrologers report that business has boomed in the past few months. With the current uptick in astrology and spirituality consuming social media, it is necessary to understand their cultural significance...

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Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

Why we should be thrift shopping instead of falling for “fast fashion”

While some have argued that the recent popularity of thrifting is problematic, thrifting – when done responsibly – is a more sustainable, affordable and accessible option than buying new clothes. In addition to being a great bang-for-your-buck, thrifting has helped normalize wearing secondhand clothes. This is important because buying clothes...

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Letter to the Editor: The Mercury should do better

The Mercury has begun descending into a den of right-wing misinformation. As former editors-in-chief, it is heartbreaking to watch the paper that we worked to make a legitimate outlet become weaponized in this way. Jimmy Teeling’s Feb. 1 op-ed, “Stability through civility,” is emblematic of The Mercury’s recent habit of...

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Sensitive topics need a second take

Sensitive topics need a second take

Media should portray abuse, mental illness in healthier way

Film production companies bank on compelling and entertaining storylines for high ratings that often don’t portray reality. Unfortunately, these bingeable plots are often written at the cost of romanticizing harmful issues that can negatively impact audiences and normalize unhealthy behaviors. For many of us, our first encounter with sensitive topics...

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Scrutiny of leaders is key

Scrutiny of leaders is key

Criticism of politicians integral to level-headed society

The Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot and its aftermath are a reminder that we must be critical of our political leaders – especially the ones we might favor – to avoid blind allegiance and knee-jerk reactions. Post-election and pre-Capitol riot, former president Donald Trump gave speeches on how the election...

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Editing with (more) care

Editing with (more) care

Opinion piece “Stability through civility” was poorly fact-checked, edited

Op-eds can be dicey, to say the least. Remember last summer when The New York Times published an incendiary editorial by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton advocating military intervention to curb BLM protests? The decision to print that authoritarian garbage was so ill-advised that the newspaper’s opinion editor resigned and the...

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It’s time to stop crunch time

It’s time to stop crunch time

Crunch in the video game industry is unsustainable, needs to be phased out

As students enter the game industry, it is important that they recognize their responsibility in advocating for more sustainable industry labor practices. Every year ATEC enrolls upwards of 1,800 students in its various undergraduate and post-graduate programs. In a technology hub like Dallas, it is not surprising that many ATEC...

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Possible side effects include: misinformation

Possible side effects include: misinformation

Medical advertising harms public perception about health more than it informs

“Common side effects can include dizziness, fatigue, nausea, problems with memory and even death.” Statements like this are often attached to promotional ads for medicine and drugs on television. While marketing advantages exist for pharmaceuticals, their advertisements require more regulation and transparency to really benefit the public. Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) advertising...

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