Hidden Heroes Among Us

Many unheralded campus personnel kept UTD running during the pandemic

On March 30, 2020, UTD resumed classes after an extended spring break – and everything about being a college student instantly changed. From attending class to engaging with faculty and friends or even taking exams, college life was suddenly unfamiliar for both students and faculty. What students did not know,...

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I have a Comic 4 U!

I have a Comic 4 U!

A dark comic to explore the dark side of childhood

For those who prefer something with a bit more edge than a light-hearted story when venturing into a new genre or media, a good starting comic might be Ted Naifeh’s series “Courtney Crumrin.” In short, “Courtney Crumrin” is about a child moving into a relative’s house in a new town...

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Loot boxes should be regulated

Loot boxes should be regulated

Collegiate vods should be easily accesible to esports fans

“Pokémon is a game for adults and kids have no business playing it.” Does that statement seem bizarre to you? Not according to PEGI, the European video game rating system that will now rate all games teaching gambling as mature. But while certain children’s games like Pokémon may come with...

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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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