Issue 02 21 2022


UTD one step closer to banning single-use plastics | February 21, 2022

The Sustainability Committee’s Single-Use Plastic Ban Proposal passed the Academic Senate and Staff Council, making UTD one step closer to being the first Texas university to ban non-essential plastics. The proposal passed on Jan. 19 with support from the Sustainability Committee, Student Government, the Graduate Student Assembly and over 1,137 students who signed a plastic […]

UTD Rooms returns for student use | February 21, 2022

As students return to in-person classes once again, so does the UTD Rooms app. The app was developed by Mithil Viradia, who graduated from UTD in spring 2020 with a degree in computer engineering. It uses data from Coursebook to determine which rooms on campus do not have classes scheduled in them at a given […]

Men’s basketball team defends homecourt on homecoming | February 21, 2022

The Comets, fresh off a Monday win against Concordia, continued their home stand in the homecoming game on Thursday, Feb. 10, facing off against Hardin-Simmons squad. The Cowboys came into the match having won four of their last five games and averaging 83 points per game in the process. Entering the game, the Comets were […]

DART Update | February 21, 2022

After years of running the same paths, DART has redesigned its public transit offerings to improve access throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region. UTD students stand to benefit… if they can learn to use it. Jan. 24 marked the official launch of DARTzoom, a system-wide redesign to reduce travel times and increase direct access to destinations […]

University holds forum on gaming lounge | February 21, 2022

The University has announced plans to convert the Pub into an esports/gaming lounge, hosting an open forum to collect student feedback. The project remains in its infancy, but UTD has tapped SmithGroup to do a feasibility study over the next few months on the potential scope of the renovation. February’s two open forum sessions were […]

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) Review | February 21, 2022

With the roar of a chainsaw and rotting flesh dangling from the jowls of a killer, Leatherface returns with a vengeance – and newfound hatred of Gen Z. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2022) is an example of what horror movie sequels should be, with nods to the first film without relying solely on nostalgia to drive […]

Conversation with the director, cast of new ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ | February 21, 2022

Warning major spoilers ahead. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2022) follows its iconic 1974 predecessor in a blood-fueled extravaganza that will terrify (and delight) old fans and new viewers alike. Director David Blue Garcia, an Emmy award winner, first gained recognition from his debut feature film “Tejano” and was later offered the directorial position for “Massacre.” He […]

Communion Coffee | February 21, 2022

While travelling down Route 75, you might spot a sign for Communion Coffee on Exit 24. With both good food and ample working space, the diner offers more than just coffee—but how good is it for getting your fix? Walking into the store, nearly a quarter of its real estate is taken up by a […]

Spending a day in the heartbeat of UTD | February 21, 2022

As the clock struck midnight on Friday, Feb. 11, I settled on a rock by the Memorial Pond with a simple sign: “Mercury Marathon – 24 Hours on the Plinth!” And what a 24 hours it was. Let’s set some ground rules: the 24 hours last 12:00 a.m. Friday to 12:00 a.m. Saturday. They are […]

Pub gaming renovation wishlist | February 21, 2022

Since UTD has just announced plans to convert the The Pub into a gaming lounge, I’d like to give the University a wish list for the new space from someone who would’ve camped out in a gaming lounge if it had existed during my time. The future look of the Pub is still fairly ambiguous: […]

‘Sheets’ talks growing up in life and in death | February 21, 2022

With an inviting pastel color palette and soft art style, Brenna Thummler tells two intertwined coming-of-age stories that capture both middle school’s mucky feelings of awareness and the challenges of facing problems that are bigger than oneself. Our first main character, Marjorie Glatt, is a middle school student in charge of the family laundry business. […]