Issue 01 24 2022

UNIVERSITIES COMBAT OMICRON SURGE WITH DIFFERENT TACTICS | January 24, 2022

Universities across Texas responded to the omicron surge and the pandemic with varying measures. How well have they succeeded? Looking at UT, UTSA, UTA, TAMU and UNT in comparison to UTD, most Texan universities have taken similar steps to UTD in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily health checks, proactive testing...

SHC offers booster shot | January 24, 2022

The Student Health Center is now offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to eligible students. As with previous COVID-19 vaccines provided by the SHC, these boosters will be the Moderna brand. Director of Student Health Center Lea Aubrey said the state determines booster brand and quantity based on statewide vaccine availability....

Intramurals leagues remain on-track | January 24, 2022

While the omicron variant has disrupted the start of many Comets’ 2022 academic schedules, on-campus recreation offerings and intramural leagues continue with only a few minor adjustments. “The biggest adjustment we have had to make is just with student staff,” said Benjamin Piper, University Recreation’s associate director of programs. “From...

COVID surge once again disrupts UTD spring policies | January 24, 2022

UTD’s response to the omicron wave in the DFW area includes a number of policies beyond the week-long postponement of the semester and subsequent transition to online instruction through Feb. 4. Due to the high transmissibility of the omicron variant and the increased demand for testing in the North Texas...


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Eco hub starts to sprout | January 24, 2022

The Eco Hub is more than just a farm; it is a 20,000 square foot space that has encouraged innovation and education, fostered student leadership and will provide a safety net for UTD students affected by food insecurity.  The farm was established to provide fresh produce grown by student volunteers...

Res hall pipe burst causes flooding | January 24, 2022

A broken toilet caused five dorms in Residence Hall North to take a swim this past winter break – and what caused the toilet to break is still unclear. On Dec. 23, over winter break, one of the toilets on the first floor of Residence Hall North had a flush...

Motorcyclist caught in crash on Waterview and Synergy Park | January 24, 2022

A UTD graduate student got into a serious motorcycle accident near campus on Nov. 15 and is currently in recovery. Business analytics graduate Ralish Routray was on his way to UTD around 7:30 p.m. to meet with a friend. He was waiting at the traffic light between Waterview Parkway and...

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Dazzling Drag returns to UTD | January 24, 2022

Chi Alpha Iota (XAI) diaternity’s annual drag show returned this fall in a night filled with dazzling costumes, charitable donations and energizing performances. Featured performers from the gender-inclusive Greek organization spoke with The Mercury about their experience planning and putting on an in-person show in these chaotic times, as well...

I Love U A-Latte | January 24, 2022

Every time you wake up, you go through a morning- or late afternoon- routine, and for many students that includes getting a cup of tea or coffee. If you’re tired of hitting up the on-campus Starbucks every day, let me introduce you to I Love U A Latte, a new...


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