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404 Page Not Found: University erases Ulbricht

The University of Texas at Dallas is attempting to shove Ross Ulbricht down the memory hole. Official university pages that reference the accused alumnus have been edited to remove all mention of him, or have been deleted altogether. While we on The Mercury editorial board understand that this action is by...

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$1,000 rebate, easy money for needy seniors

At the end of July, AffordableCollegesOnline.org published a study revealing the colleges in Texas that provide the best return on investment. UTD placed fifth out of 49 schools, behind familiar foes including our sister school in Austin and Texas A&M’s College Station campus. Finishing fifth is great, but UTD’s yearly tuition is...

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UTD must aim high, yet forge unique identity

For several years, administrators, student leaders and others have made sure that UTD’s excellence is known by dubbing it the “MIT of the South.” In fact quite a few universities have adopted this colloquialism, including the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Alabama in Huntsville — I guess...

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Students should take pride in UTD

Ask nearly any student you meet and they would happily rant endlessly about the shortcomings of the university…other than the coursing river of complaints, UTD is a pretty great place to both live and learn. It seems that the only thing more bountiful than UTD’s...

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Hits, misses as the semester begins

Campus comes back to life during the fall after a slow summer semester, and this year the sense of heightened activity is compounded by construction, renovation and change. The following is a collection of hits and misses board members have noted as UTD begins another academic year. If “whoosh” is...

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Sick reform dialogue needs healing

Sick reform dialogue needs healing

From the editor’s desk I’d watched the recent health care town hall shenanigans with little interest, annoyed with the amount of attention the media was giving it. But in fairness, it isn’t entirely the media’s fault that sane, hard-working, educated people aren’t taking control of this debate. Then Pamela Pilger...

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Students need to see syllabi sooner for purchases, planning

Few students have the luxury of considering full time enrollment with a full-time job. Most juggle work, family and study, meaning planning is a necessity. A syllabus is a crucial road map for the semester, but too many professors are leaving students in the wilderness until the day classes begin....

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