Esports experience can’t be defined by a single exam

Esports experience can’t be defined by a single exam

Flaws in design, criticism quickly force ECI to shut down esports certification

The Esports Certification Institute (ECI) tried to make a $400 certification for esports, and it died within three days. While it could come back in the future, those hoping to gain entry into esports should focus their efforts on actually getting industry experience for now. The exam assembled by ECI...

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Conservatives aren’t being canceled

Conservatives aren’t being canceled

Conservative platforms, media remain as prominent as ever

With the “free speech” alternative social media app Parler returning to the App Store after being banned for involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, it’s time to revisit the idea of whether Conservatives are really being canceled as much as they claim. The Conservative political platform is by no...

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A comma-n misunderstanding

A comma-n misunderstanding

Comets should prefer clarity to minimalism

I’d like to begin by thanking The Mercury’s most dedicated readers, Babe Ruth and President Biden. If you’re wondering why Babe Ruth and Joe Biden are such close devotees of UTD’s student newspaper, read on. Comma rules: if you’re anything like me, the pesky stipulations were the bane of every...

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For the record: professors should record

For the record: professors should record

Making class recordings available should continue post-pandemic

While virtual classes can be exhausting or unengaging for many, class recordings allow students to re-watch lectures at their convenience rather than feel pressed to scribble down messy notes or attend office hours. Even though classes will be held mostly in-person next semester, we should still have the privilege of...

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The info-demic: stopping the spread of false information

The info-demic: stopping the spread of false information

The virus of misinformation, how to prevent it

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has proven to be a public health nightmare. But it seems that something else is quickly gaining traction alongside the virus as it continues to plague communities: misinformation. In the scientific community, COVID-19 is relatively new. Although the amount of reliable information has increased...

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Not all Christians are equal

Not all Christians are equal

Christians should love without conforming

Going down the highway, some guy driving recklessly with a Jesus fish on his car cuts me off. A group of my Christian friends invites me to play crude games like Cards Against Humanity. Churches full of Christians have shamed and forced my Christian friends to leave the church because...

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Periods need to be recognized. Period.

Periods need to be recognized. Period.

Menstrual inequity pressing issue for college students

Ten percent of individuals who menstruate in college face a tough choice: do they buy a box of pads or their next meal? Period equity involves the effort to make menstrual products accessible and advocate for reproductive health – and it needs to be more adequately addressed. The cost of...

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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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