Teaming up to Collaborate

Teaming up to Collaborate

Why the university should take a two-pronged approach to virtual instruction

For virtually enrolled Comets, a two-platform solution optimally balances functionality and convenience in online classes. UTD has no standardized platform for virtual classes. As a result, there are several options professors can (and do) choose from to host their lectures – from Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom to Microsoft Teams and...

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The real reason young adults don’t vote

The real reason young adults don’t vote

Lack of candidate approval, voter suppression contributing factors

Many older voters subscribe to the idea that young adults are politically uninformed or too lazy to vote. This misconception is merely an excuse for the older generation to avoid addressing problems that contribute to a low voter turnout. Having “coddled minds,” “an inability to understand the way the world...

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Logical fallacies kill reason

Logical fallacies kill reason

Why fallacies pollute political conversation, how to avoid them

If we vote for , eventually democracy will die out. This is because will lead us into an authoritarian regime and destroy our country, and everyone knows this, so we shouldn’t vote for them. Sound familiar? The statements above are seemingly valid and...

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Visas are vital

Visas are vital

Immigration is crucial to national growth, should not be cut down

As election season nears, it is crucial to understand the impact of the working visa program and how halting it will deprive the nation of a prospering culture of wealth, diversity and knowledge. The current administration has been persistent in its agenda of restricting immigration. According to the White House,...

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At the mercy of the machine

At the mercy of the machine

Hiring practices in the tech industry inherently discriminate against minorities

Hiring season is back in full swing. Candidates are polishing their interviewing skills, hoping to snag coveted positions at tech companies. Unfortunately, many minority applicants are shut out even before they can answer “tell me a little bit about yourself.” When Black Lives Matters protests erupted across the nation, major...

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College + Greek life = a new you

College + Greek life = a new you

Rather than partying all night, sororities are about taking on responsibility

The dreaded red solo cup. Every sorority girl’s worst nightmare is to be caught on camera with it. I won’t sugar coat it: your sorority or fraternity will absolutely dictate the types of posts you can make on social media at some level, at least until you’re 21. If you’re...

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Social justice For You

Social justice For You

TikTok enables users to spread awareness, research political issues

Though TikTok started off as a social media app for dancing teenagers and funny cat videos, it has recently become a favored platform for Gen-Z and millennials to facilitate social justice and address the inequity in our world today. Many activists take to TikTok because of its viral nature. Unlike...

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Arguing against the AATA

Arguing against the AATA

Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act was misprioritized

The life of an unborn person cannot reasonably supersede the rights of those carrying them. Blanket abortion restrictions like the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act fail to address the effects of such restrictions and infringe upon Texans’ rights with little evidence in reducing abortion rates. Abstractly, the legality of...

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Semitic BLM Semantics

Semitic BLM Semantics

Pro-Israel organizations’ support of BLM is hypocritical

The powerful cries of “I can’t breathe” and “Israel, we know you murder children, too” have joined hands to bring justice to those who are suffering the most. By contrast, certain pro-Israel groups have embraced the BLM movement whilst failing to acknowledge discrimination against Palestinians. Since the establishment of the...

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‘Black Swan’? More like ugly duckling

‘Black Swan’? More like ugly duckling

Just because unexpected events happen doesn’t mean we should throw prediction out the window

We cannot perfectly predict the future. Many try. Some even build their careers on risk analysis and prediction. However, on a macro scale, our models don’t always account for the improbable. Though in his study of the uncertain, “The Black Swan,” Nassim Nicholas Taleb argues that we must ignore empirical...

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