Letter to the Editor: Recent op-ed inconsistent with position on open discourse

I organized and supervised the Steven Crowder event on Jan. 22 and thought it went quite well. Outside of a couple of protestors, I think a lot of students would agree with me. One such protestor was Nicholas Provenghi, who wrote an op-ed in the Jan. 28 issue of The...

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My biggest regret

My biggest regret

I haven’t always made the best choices in my time here at UTD. Like most of us, if I could talk to myself when I was a freshman, there’s a lot of different pieces of advice I’d tell younger Fawaz. “Go to class, you fool. Stop eating Taco Bell so...

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To form a more perfect union

To form a more perfect union

As Americans, we often claim to love democracy while simultaneously not practicing it in one of the most important parts of our lives — our workplace. In some cases, bosses can exercise almost autocratic control over our working lives with few checks on their power. Some on-campus employees know this...

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Letter to the Editor: Previous op-ed supporting border wall misconstrues facts

In the Jan. 28 issue of The Mercury, an op-ed by Alexander Christie — entitled “Shutdown at the D.C. Corral” — asserted that the recent partial government closure was necessary to reexamine the issue of border security. This, among other parts of the article, is categorically false. If the shutdown...

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Academic scandal highlights need for improved transparency

Academic scandal highlights need for improved transparency

The recent controversy surrounding the Justice Administration and Leadership program came to light in a Feb. 3 report by The Dallas Morning News, in which transfer students in a criminology master’s program were awarded A’s for classes they did not attend. There still remain unanswered questions. However, The News took...

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Shutdown at the D.C. corral

Shutdown at the D.C. corral

During the Trump presidency, Americans have seen many records broken. We’ve broken all sorts of stock market records. No president has had more federal judicial appointments than President Trump at this point in his presidency. Now, we’ve had the longest government shutdown. However, the term “government shutdown” is a purely...

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Remix to conviction

Remix to conviction

In early January, Lifetime aired a documentary series chronicling R&B singer Robert “R.” Kelly’s history of sexual assault and pedophilia, with alleged crimes going back 30 years. In all six episodes, one point was made overwhelmingly clear: R. Kelly’s success is fueled by not only the enablers who continue to...

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Steven Crowder Harms Debate

Steven Crowder Harms Debate

Even if you’ve had the pleasure of not knowing Steven Crowder — the former actor/comedian and current conservative social media darling — you may have still heard of his video series “Change My Mind,” which regularly pulls millions of views on YouTube. On Jan. 22, Crowder brought his specific brand...

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In Your Time of Need

In Your Time of Need

Recent campus events underscore importance of knowing where to find support Recent events concerning the Jacob Anderson case and allegations of Chartwells mistreating its employees may leave some of us questioning where to turn in a crisis. For those involved, circumstances were overwhelming, even frightening. For those of us looking...

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Jacob Anderson’s been barred from UTD. That isn’t enough.

Jacob Anderson’s been barred from UTD. That isn’t enough.

Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected to mention that Anderson pleaded no contest to unlawful restraint, not rape. The Mercury regrets this error. I saw news of Jacob Walter Anderson’s alleged rape of “Donna Doe” on social media shortly after he was arrested. I felt a sinking feeling in...

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