Issue 06 27 23

Uniting Through Mind, Spirit and Body | June 27, 2023

In a vibrant celebration of the International Day of Yoga, Hindu YUVA organized a rejuvenating and restful event at The Plinth. Uthsaha Ramesh, a UTD alumni, practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa, and 200-hour certified yoga instructor,  led a group of 30 enthusiastic participants through an immersive and transformative yoga experience. Under Uthsaha’s skillful guidance, participants delved […]

UTD commemorates black freedom through Juneteenth celebration | June 27, 2023

On June 15, several UTD organizations took part in a celebration for Juneteenth, which was made a federal holiday in 2021. Featuring food, music and dance along with volunteering and tributes, the event honored the history of black Americans. The day started off with a service project hosted by the Office of Student Volunteerism and […]

Pack it up, Paxton | June 27, 2023

Former Attorney General Ken Paxton was impeached by the Texas House as of May 27 causing a rift between lawmakers in Austin and Collin County residents that had once supported Paxton. Paxton is observed as a controversial figure for his engagements with anti-abortion law, supporting several anti-immigration bills including the “Muslim ban” anti-climate change provisions […]

Students develop AI-poweredchat bot to aid ECS students | June 27, 2023

A group of UTD students created an AI chatbot that can act as a virtual advisor, answering questions related to the School of Engineering & Computer Science. ITS junior Nehanth Narendrula, computer science sophomore Yeshas Nath and computer science junior Hamza Zulquernain created the ECS chatbot as part of their pledge project for Kappa Theta […]

AHT renamed to Bass School after $40 mil donation | June 27, 2023

In honor of a $40 million donation from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation, the School of AHT has been renamed the Harry W. Bass Jr. School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology. As part of the New Dimensions campaign, the donation will be used to expand the Bass School and construct Phase 2 of the […]

Diversity bans become reality | June 27, 2023

Governor Gregg Abbott signed Senate Bill 17 into law on June 17, which requires all diversity, equity and inclusion offices in Texas public universities to be dismantled by Jan. 1, 2024. SB 17 prohibits state-funded universities from maintaining DEI offices and programs, thus restricting how universities cultivate diversity, equitable access to education, and inclusion on […]

FROM WEBS TO WORLDS | June 27, 2023

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” delivered a visually stunning, musically intriguing film that left audiences begging for more screentime with beloved characters, both old and new. While “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” followed Miles Morales and his early journey into taking on the role of a superhero, the heavily anticipated sequel looks deeper into the personal relationships […]

‘The Little Mermaid’ swims to cinematic success | June 27, 2023

Combining beautiful cinematography, stunning singing, and a colorful cast of characters, Disney’s live action “The Little Mermaid” far exceeds expectations and will enchant even the sternest of skeptics.  The discourse surrounding the release of the “The Little Mermaid” in May 2023 took social media by storm for months prior. Some groups expressed disapproval of Ariel’s […]

UTD dominates American Southwestern Conference with five championships | June 27, 2023

UTD concluded the 2022– 23 athletic season with five American Southwestern Conference championship titles — the most won titles out of all Division III schools in the conference. The Comets saw major victories in men’s and women’s golf, volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s tennis. Seven of UTD’s sports teams attended the ASC Championship Tournaments this […]

Outdoor calisthenics court established on campus; free and first of its kind in Texas | June 27, 2023

The UTD Fitness Court Studio is the first Fitness Court Studio to arrive in Texas as a part of an initiative by the National Fitness Campaign to improve health throughout the nation. Introduced on May 4, the double-sided outdoor calisthenics gym is UREC’s newest amenity, free of charge to Comets looking for a quick body […]

From Pawns to Kings: Highlights from the Chess Season | June 27, 2023

The spring 2023 chess season came to a remarkable end with several moments of brilliance in state tournaments throughout the semester. From the beginning of the year, the UTD Chess Team participated in a series of tournaments, including the Pan-American Intercollegiate, Chess Fest 2023, Southwest Collegiate Team Championship, Texas Woman’s State Championship and the Spring […]

Enchanting Blooms | June 27, 2023

Spring brings along an assortment of flowers to Texas. UTD is blessed with a great diversity of flora — you can come across blooming plants all over campus. The most iconic campus flowers are the blossoming Magnolia trees along the pavement starting at the Student Memorial Fountain and extending all the way south to the University […]

Powerful page-turners provide perspective into Pride and POC | June 27, 2023

June marks an important month in the year as it encompasses Pride Month and Juneteenth, both important events that celebrate freedom in different forms. As you celebrate and observe, here are some book recommendations to learn more about the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community and Black Americans. The Stonewall Reader, edited by the New York […]

Legislative Season Review: What’s Coming for UTD | June 27, 2023

The Texas legislative season ended on May 29, with Governor Greg Abbott signing several higher education bills into law that could impact UTD’s future. Amongst the hundreds of bills approved this session include a ban on programs of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, tenure protection policies, UTSystem changes, bills affecting the transgender community, increased fentanyl penalties, […]

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