404 Page Not Found: University erases Ulbricht

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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From freshman to graduate: Six-year Comet offers advice to newcomers

I first stepped foot on UTD soil in 2007 as an 18-year-old kid with a slight interest in mathematics and computers. At the time, I had only spent three years in the United States and most universities appeared identical to me — giant stadiums, frantic fans, fraternities and parties —...

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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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It’s up to Americans to aid the citizens of Iran

Every day I wake up and I take a thousand things for granted. I forget that not everyone everywhere is free, like I am, to think, say, and do whatever they wish. The main purpose of this article is to enlighten those here in the U.S. about the plight of...

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Reader’s Opinion

As a rebuttal to the graphic titled “Human rights are SO two hours ago:” Changing your Facebook profile in order to raise awareness of human rights issues does just that — raise awareness of a topic that so many people are already aware of. Though I’m sure that many of...

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Oh, for Namesake!

Oh, for Namesake!

With a last name like Dang, you get to meet a lot of creative people, or at least people who like to think they’re creative. It’s amazing how many people feel the urge to flex their pun-making muscles shortly after I introduce myself.  They get so excited when they say...

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Zipcar caters to car-less students

Zipcar caters to car-less students

When it came to parking this summer, I was spoiled rotten. My “mornings” consisted of me waking at the crack of noon and arriving on campus to an open field of concrete, with nearly every spot for my choosing. Amidst a booming growth in student enrollment, I should have known...

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A few words from SG’s new leader

When someone asks me how I think these next two semesters will pan out, I immediately think of three words: exciting, busy and fast. These words could aptly describe the tone not just of how quickly and interesting I feel my last year at UTD  and with Student Government will...

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