Government transparency, by request

Government transparency, by request

Sometimes, with an institution as big as a university, it can be difficult to see mistakes if you’re just another cog in the machine. After all, bureaucracies are made of humans, and humans make mistakes. I firmly believe that it’s invaluable to have someone checking your work — ultimately, it...

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Ethics needed in JSOM curriculum

Ethics needed in JSOM curriculum

It’s hard to imagine, but banking in America was once a relatively boring profession. In the wake of the Great Depression, when 9,000 banks failed, strict government regulation and a more restrained financial culture transformed finance into a sober workaday profession. Financiers made safe, moderate investments and took home good...

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Letter to the Editor: Dining Services values community voices

A series of articles has been published by The Mercury this year about the university’s food service contractor, Chartwells. We value this input, and we have consistently encouraged dialogue with students and continue to work diligently to improve the dining experience for everyone on campus. We may not always get...

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Finding middle ground

Finding middle ground

This past Friday, I read the March 11 opinion article published in The Mercury titled “Letter to the Editor: How to Help ATEC Grads Improve Job Prospects,” which proposed that ATEC students should be required to take on a STEM minor in order to increase the chance of getting a...

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The campus campaign

The campus campaign

When running any sort of campaign, be it political, charitable or even social, canvassing is the most effective way to spread your message. Broadly speaking, canvassing refers to direct outreach to potential supporters of a cause. In political campaigns, canvassing usually entails block walking — knocking on the door of...

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‘Pro-life:’ a misnomer

Ever since the most recent Comets for the Preborn demonstration this last Tuesday, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about exactly what it means to be “pro-life.” As someone who’s protested at both of CftP’s demonstrations, I’ve had the chance to hear the main concerns of those who consider themselves...

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Why we stand for the victims

Last Tuesday, Comets for the Preborn, a campus organization, displayed graphic photos of aborted preborn children outside the Student Union. Our signs bore genuine pictures — neither staged nor photoshopped — of babies aborted within the first six to 20 weeks of life. The accuracy and authenticity of each photo...

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Letter to the Editor: How to help ATEC grads improve job prospects

It’s easy to help make ATEC a better experience for its undergraduate students: Just require a minor (18 credit hours) in the STEM field of their choice. The interests and abilities that UTD ATEC students have for animating and visualizing complex STEM processes are badly needed in NS&M, ECS and...

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Voting close to home

Voting close to home

Ask anyone to name the president of the United States and you would easily get laughs at how obvious the answer is. Ask anyone to name their city councilor or school board trustee and you would probably get blank stares. Some may not even know what a city councilor is...

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The Price of Interference

The Price of Interference

Why US Intervention in Venezuelan politics promotes imperialism Juan Guaido, who did not receive a single vote in Venezuela’s elections, swore himself in as president of Venezuela on Jan. 23. Guaido’s declaration follows the controversial elections in May 2018. The elections were originally scheduled for December but were pushed up...

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