Silk Road trial holds ramifications for future of Internet

Whether people realize it or not, the Internet may change forever because of one court case taking place right now. Ross Ulbricht, a 2006 graduate from UTD, is currently on trial for his connection to Silk Road, an online marketplace where users could buy and sell a myriad of illegal...

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Intolerance against Islam not acceptable

Intolerance against Islam not acceptable

Picketers denigrating religious beliefs at Muslim community event in Garland shed light on larger issue of Islamophobia Protestors from across the country picketed “Stand with the Prophet Against Terror and Hate,” an event held in Garland on Jan. 17 where people denounced terrorism and hate within the Muslim community. The...

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A stance for freedom

A stance for freedom

Two faded blue jeans and four heavy paws moved quickly toward a dark-skinned couple walking back to their car—purportedly Muslims. The owner of the fast legs and a quicker mouth spewed hate as he got within 20 feet of the couple, saying that they should die and telling them not...

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Internet fame, celebrity important for culture

The prospect of making money on the Internet has been around since it first became public domain, but only in the past decade have Internet fame and Internet celebrities become common. The magical thing about the Internet is that it allows anything the ability to become popular, from fads to...

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Student apathy to blame for drab campus

Student apathy to blame for drab campus

Reading the UTD Confessions 3.0 Facebook page, many of the posts about the university are unmistakably negative. Bashing the university occurs not only on Facebook, but also in several posts on other social media platforms such as Yik Yak, describing UTD as devoid of social opportunities due to its student-proclaimed...

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A Week on DART

A Week on DART

Mercury staffer uses solely public transportation for a week, finds pleasant experiences Created in 1983, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, is Dallas’ main public transportation system. According to the DART webpage, it is estimated that close to 30 million residents have used both the DART rail and bus...

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Changes needed in the video game industry

The video game industry is losing consumer confidence, and some changes need to be made in order for video games to continue to grow as an entertainment medium. Not all gaming companies are performing poorly, but in recent years, there have been numerous mishaps as well as adoption of some...

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