Taking green from blue

Taking green from blue

What it means to defund the police

If you have so much as opened a social media app this past month, you have surely been met with Instagram stories and tweets with phrases such as “defund the police” and “police abolition”. Your gut instinct may be to ask “won’t crime rates increase?” and “how can society function...

Read more
UTDon’t Open

UTDon’t Open

Why Texas’ COVID-19 policies prevent a safe UTD reopening

Everything is bigger in Texas: from our unbridled Texas pride and vast expanses of land to our unwavering commitment to setting record single-day highs for coronavirus cases. As public universities start to navigate plans for reopening campus to students in the fall, UTD has followed suit with many other public...

Read more
On Police Oversight

On Police Oversight

In any true functioning democracy, community input shouldn’t be arduous. The coronavirus pandemic has been a catalyst to the evolving mediums we use to voice our concerns to our elected officials. Efforts such as petitions, retweets and calls-to-action to flood social media timelines is a step in the right direction,...

Read more
Different country, different plan

Different country, different plan

How American culture prevents us from using Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy

In light of a worldwide crisis, it seems that a non-living organism has effectively exposed the fundamental flaws in our government more than ever before. Across the Atlantic, Sweden has taken a much different initial approach to combating the virus. However, is the stratagem effective and should we adopt this...

Read more
Contrarian Creativity

Contrarian Creativity

‘Originals’ advice on how to be different is anything but original

Obstacles in life are often unexpected — especially lately. Scrambling for opportunities, something to do, many have found themselves stuck competing for an internship after summer plans were cancelled. But when you’re stuck in limbo, in the same position as everyone else, how do you stand out? In his novel...

Read more
Guarding against Vanguard

Guarding against Vanguard

Why we shouldn’t allow boot-up drivers for anti-cheats

Riot Games’ “Valorant” has been stealing the hearts of gamers on the FPS scene, with thousands of players even before its official launch. But is it stealing your personal data as well? Ultimately, it comes down to a trade-off of privacy and security, and there are better alternatives to consider....

Read more
Sound on to press play

Sound on to press play

Why sound is more important than graphics to player experience What makes a video game go beyond average isn’t just what you see: it’s what you hear as well. Good sound design augments a video game experience to a whole new level, from the sound cues to the battle music...

Read more
Social media virus

Social media virus

How to fight the spread of misinformation online COVID-19 can be cured by ingesting fish-tank cleaning products or flushing your system out with warm water and vinegar; coronavirus was also developed in Chinese labs to crash the stock market: In times of crisis, misinformation like this abounds. In fact, you...

Read more
Continuing Onward Online

Continuing Onward Online

How to apply the message of ‘Onward’ when we’re all inside “Onward” was one of the films that was hit the hardest thanks to the surge of panic created from the coronavirus outbreak. Box office revenues tanked for the first time in two decades, resulting from shelter-in-place rules and the...

Read more
Privacy versus public health

Privacy versus public health

The importance of navigating personal privacy during a global pandemic Around the world, countries continue to wage their battle against the coronavirus, leveraging a multitude of weapons to end the pandemic at any cost. Whether that weapon is the use of location tracking and contact-tracing through smartphone applications, facial recognition...

Read more