Stability through civility

Stability through civility

Who bears responsibility for riot at Capitol Hill?

The Democratic Party, not just former President Donald Trump, bears much of the responsibility for the Capitol riot. Many politicians and the mainstream media may tell you otherwise, but that is not the case. It would be foolish to walk away from one of the most impactful events in recent...

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Bug Not a Feature:  ‘Hades’ was robbed

Bug Not a Feature: ‘Hades’ was robbed

“The Last of Us Part II” does not deserve game of the year over “Hades”

“Hades” should have been 2020’s game of the year, not “The Last of Us Part II.” “Hades” is a unique take on the rogue-lite genre with a lot of heart and addicting gameplay, while “The Last of Us Part II” is yet another third-person action shooter that tries to question...

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At the speed of blight

At the speed of blight

How UTD bungled its COVID-19 response

When the pandemic first broke out, the UTD community seemed to come together to support one another during a time of crisis. However, as the outbreak progressed, students had been left to fend for themselves while begging an apathetic administration for even a hint of support. When UTD extended spring...

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CRT is critical for effective diversity training

CRT is critical for effective diversity training

Executive order limiting critical race theory education is detrimental to federal agencies

America considers itself a “melting pot”, yet minority groups continue to face systemic discrimination and prejudice. While diversity trainings can breed possible positive effects through active communication, the current administration’s restrictions upon trainings that recognize inherent bias can negatively impact this opportunity. The recent executive order on “Combating Race and...

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Custom majors for custom dreams

Custom majors for custom dreams

Customizable degree plans give students control over their academic experience

Though the current college major system at UTD provides numerous options for students, giving students the chance to design their own major and explore areas of interest would promote flexibility and alleviate pressure to fulfill a certain number of requirements. With almost 80% of college students in the United States...

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Confirm Amy Coney Barrett now

Confirm Amy Coney Barrett now

Why the current administration should appoint a new judge before election day

President Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ginsberg; the Senate should approve his nomination swiftly and before the election. Judge Amy Barrett is a catholic, conservative, female judge who has served on the Seventh Circuit Court...

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Reopening the library is long overdue

Reopening the library is long overdue

Why McDermott Library should reopen study spaces

UTD is open for business, but the continued closure of the library leaves Comets scratching their heads. Except for the Eugene McDermott Library, every building on UTD’s campus is open: Comets can study, take classes, eat and work out within the campus’ many buildings. And while the library does have...

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LGBT + mental wellness

LGBT + mental wellness

Mental healthcare for LGBT+ people should be prioritized, protected

The LGBT+ community maintains significantly higher suicide rates, especially within younger age groups. It is imperative that LGBT+ oriented healthcare be more widely available and protected. Among Americans between 10-24 years old, members of the LGBT+ community are up to three times more likely to contemplate suicide than their peers,...

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor lack of government aid

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor lack of government aid

The United States Postal Service needs funding to ensure a fair election

As election season approaches and the pandemic continues, mail-in voting is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Since cutbacks on funding for the Postal Service could greatly hinder the ability to vote by mail, it is incredibly essential for the agency to receive immediate funding. The United States Postal Service has...

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Honorlock is not the key to proctoring

Honorlock is not the key to proctoring

Honorlock's surveillance unduly burdens students' test-taking ability

As midterm season approaches, students are experiencing an Orwellian nightmare. With UTD professors having the option to use remote proctoring, several students have been forced to comply with the use of Honorlock for their exams. As classes transitioned into virtual settings, the demand for remote proctoring software like Honorlock, Proctorio...

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