Absolution by Misdirection

Absolution by Misdirection

On Oct. 2, fired police officer and convicted murderer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking an innocent man’s life. Following her sentencing, the media and the public ran with the story of the forgiveness she received from the victim’s family rather than focusing on how...

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Two Sides of the Same Coin

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Never did I think I would watch Donald Trump be the warm-up act at a Texas political rally. As one ethnonationalist commits human rights abuses at the American border, his South Asian counterpart places a communications blackout on a heavily militarized area of disputed territory. Trump and recently reelected Indian...

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The ‘Core’ of the Issue

The ‘Core’ of the Issue

Why Comets to the Core needs reform If you’re a freshman or junior, at the start of the semester you probably noticed an extra class listed in the menu of eLearning: UNIV 1010 or 2020, respectively. This is Comets to the Core, a project meant to assess the effectiveness of...

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DARTing toward a Solution

DARTing toward a Solution

Why public transit still needs improvement Dallas Area Rapid Transit has a tough job. It has to cater to the needs of commuters going to and from Dallas proper and the many surrounding suburbs as well as get people living in the densely populated pockets of Dallas where they need to be without using a...

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Not my Muslim

Not my Muslim

How Muslims are misrepresented in popular culture As a Muslim, I love seeing Islam being represented in TV shows and movies. I get so excited when I see a glimpse of a hijabi in a TV show or Muslim practices being mentioned such as praying or fasting. These depictions help...

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You Think You’re Funny?

You Think You’re Funny?

The benefits of politically incorrect humor There aren’t any Asian veterinarians. Why? Because they’d eat all of their patients. Maybe you laughed at that joke; maybe you cringed. But whether we like to admit it or not, all of us, at one time or another, have laughed at a punchline...

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Cray-Z for Money

Cray-Z for Money

Why we shouldn’t idolize Jay-Z or his hypocrisy Hip-hop mogul and businessman Jay-Z recently joined his musical counterpart Kanye West in throwing the black community under the bus to get ahead. After years of boycotting the NFL in defense of free agent Colin Kaepernick and getting other celebrities to join...

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How NSM Shaped UTD History

I was pleased to read the story “50 years of UTD” in the Aug. 19 edition of The Mercury.  I am proud to have been a faculty member for three-fourths of the time that UTD has existed and to have watched us grow in so many ways. Still, there are...

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Previous Op-Ed Uses Defamation to Belittle Unborn Victims of Abortion

Two weeks ago, my campus organization was publicly accused of hypocrisy, dishonesty, and borderline racism. In The Mercury’s Aug. 19 opinion piece, Ruqiya Barreh made the following argument: Although Comets for the Preborn (CftP) claims to value all human life, it has never made a public statement against the abuse...

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Burning the Straw Man

Burning the Straw Man

Rebuttal of Aug. 19 op-ed “Born Equal” In their latest issue, The Mercury published an opinion piece attacking the student organization Comets for the Pre-born for not openly protesting the ICE detention centers on the border and, therefore, supposedly acting in violation of their platform defending the sanctity of all...

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