Unpredictive Policing

Unpredictive Policing

Why Dallas PD’s data-driven initiative promotes racial biases Dallas police chief Renee Hall recently announced the city’s answer to New York’s infamous stop and frisk: a data-driven program to increase police presence in high-crime areas, allowing officers to use traffic stops as an excuse to pull over anyone they deem...

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More (super)power  to You

More (super)power to You

Why ‘Birds of Prey’ revolutionizes the female superhero “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” received an audience and critic rating of almost 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and was deemed “the funniest comic book film since the first ‘Deadpool’ from 2016” by New York Post film...

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Single-player games are becoming an endangered species The last decade has arguably been marked by the explosion of online gaming among gamers. With streaming, esports, content creation and plenty of multiplayer video games, it can seem like the single-player games of yore have fallen by the wayside despite various triple...

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Big Comet is Watching You

Big Comet is Watching You

Why surveillance technology on college campuses is counterproductive Imagine if UTD administrators tracked your every move while on campus. From collecting your location data when attending class or logging how long you are in your room, how would you feel if university officials could access this data to conduct risk...

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Exercise HIITS the Spot

Exercise HIITS the Spot

Short workouts are key to a healthy college lifestyle Between going to class, completing assignments and participating in clubs, college students have a lot on their plates. With so little time, spending hours at the gym to keep tabs on our health simply isn’t possible. But before you decide to...

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Letter to the Editor: On-Campus Housing is Purpose-built

In the Jan. 27 issue of The Mercury, Ellis Blake Hidalgo wrote an article about apartment construction at Northside, the goal of which is to provide more housing near campus. Brent Miller from real estate developer Wynne/Jackson was interviewed for the article. Miller stated that there was “no purpose-built student...

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Over What Weight?  Debunking the Body Mass Index

Over What Weight? Debunking the Body Mass Index

“The FitnessGram pacer test is a multistage aerobic capacity test that progressively gets more difficult as it continues…”      Now considered a meme, the FitnessGram was a staple of many childhoods. Despite making people laugh now, one part of the FitnessGram was far from a joking matter: being weighed in front...

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Food for Late-night Thoughts

Food for Late-night Thoughts

Campus nightlife can be improved by longer restaurant hours A couple of weeks ago, I was dropped back to my dorm a little earlier in the weekend than I usually would’ve been. In an effort to prepare myself for the week to come, I decided to take a stroll to...

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Socialism: Critiqued

Socialism: Critiqued

Chances are you have running water, clean clothes, a phone and plans for a decent lunch. By the standards of the first 95% of human history, you’re living in luxury. And it’s not just you. Everyone is becoming wealthier, especially the poor. A recent update from Our World in Data...

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Socialism: Supported

Socialism: Supported

Throughout the span of world history, we have both observed and learned from the rise and ultimate demise of global powers that once successfully ruled under their own specific forms of government. Through these times, the perspec-tive on the ideal choice of leadership has continuously changed. In modern day society,...

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