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Between a walk and a hard place | August 21, 2023

Effective after Aug. 31, green parking permit spaces in all three parking garages on campus will no longer be available to those with a green parking pass, and instead only accessible to those with a gold parking pass or higher. Starting mid-July, UTD Parking and Transportation began painting over green parking permit spaces in garages […]

Former Comet accused of attempted murder sentenced to probation | August 21, 2023

A former UTD student on trial for attempted murder and felony battery was sentenced to 36 months of probation on Aug. 2. Former business administration junior Nika Nikoubin — who now goes by Nicole Nikoubin — stood for sentencing before the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, Nevada for stabbing a man on a […]

Crow Museum of Asian Art set to open on campus one year from now | August 21, 2023

The first phase of the Athenaeum, also known as the Crow Museum of Asian Art at UTD, is currently undergoing construction and will be open to the public on Aug. 19, 2024. According to Senior Director Amy Hofland, the 68,000 square foot museum located to the south of JSOM began design and construction in 2019 […]

UTD bolsters sports identity with Division II move, $30 mil facility upgrade | August 21, 2023

UTD is set to transition to Division II sports, eyeing a July 2024 National Collegiate Athletic Association approval after a coveted invite from the Lone Star Conference. The invitation to the LSC welcomes new opportunities for increased competition and sports scholarships for student athletes – something they were not eligible for under Division III. All […]

Chess player makes history in global contest | August 21, 2023

Economics sophomore and Grandmaster Ivan Schitco qualified to play for the World FIDE Cup 2023 from July 29 to Aug. 24, and ​progressed​ until round three. Schitco was the first UTD student in history to make it this far in the FIDE World Cup. The FIDE World Cup takes place every two years and serves […]

Cheer and power dancers nab summer awards | August 21, 2023

The UTD Cheer Team and Power Dancers brought home two DIII team awards, four individual awards and paid bid invitations on July 24 after attending the National Cheer Associationand National Dance Association, or NCA/NDA, collegiate summer camp at the Southern Methodist University. The NCA/NDA collegiate summer camp took place from July 21–23, marking a time […]

UTD researchers uncover novel kidney cell renewal | August 21, 2023

UTD biomedical researchers have discovered a new way that kidney cells can self-renew, opening doors to potential early detection of kidney disease. The team — led by biochemistry professor Jie Zheng, research associate professor Mengxiao Yu and research scientist Yingyu Huang — was inspired by their colleague’s research in 2017 and began researching the relationship […]

New $120 Million UTD and UTSW Medical Facility Opens | August 21, 2023

The Texas Instruments Biomedical Engineering and Science Building constructed by UTD and UT Southwestern opened in late July, with plans to move in researchers coming this September. Coming off the heels of a $15 million donation from Texas Instruments, UTD and UT Southwestern broke ground in November 2021 with the goal to advance related biomedical […]

ITS major changes name starting Fall ’23 | August 21, 2023

Beginning Fall 2023, the Information Technology and Systems program, or ITS, will be renamed to Computer Information Systems and Technology, or CIS Tech. CIS Tech program director Timothy Stephens said that the name change process, which began in spring 2023 and has been in the works for years now, aims to reflect the degree’s intersection […]

UEMR introduces new paramedic course | August 21, 2023

The University Emergency Medical Response, or UEMR, program is launching a new Paramedic course in fall 2023, three years after the creation of the Emergency Response Team course. According to Emergency Medical Services Director Sheila Elliott, the student-run program — one of three programs in Texas and the only one in the UT system — […]

Study, Escape,Sleep, Repeat | August 21, 2023

Campus life can be busy and overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave it to experience some peace. There are many locations on campus that you can escape to for studying, relaxation or to clear your head. The gazebo next to Parking Structure 1 offers a lush green landscape that looks almost like […]

Heart-stopping modern queer love stories enter mainstream media | August 21, 2023

Heartwarming and genuinely joyful, “Heartstopper” season 2 seemingly brings the graphic novel characters straight off the page and onto the screen. Enriched with both lighthearted friendships and earnest moments that address heavier topics, the show had me grinning from ear to ear from the moment the first episode began. Adapted from Alice Oseman’s series of […]

A win for sports, is a win for UTD | August 21, 2023

Despite recent successes in academic fields, UTD faculty have expressed skepticism about our university’s burgeoning sports identity. But why see it as a binary choice? Academic excellence and a robust sports identity aren’t mutually exclusive; they complement each other. In a video from the academic senate this summer, faculty voiced concerns and doubts about the […]

SAG strikes could herald turning point for creatives and just compensation | August 21, 2023

Long gone are the days of Blockbuster and in came the era of Netflix and Hulu. As these streaming giants quickly began dominating how we consume media, questions of how employees of these entertainment projects would be compensated arose. As a result, the Screen Actors Guild’s American Federation of Television and Radio Artists division — […]

Poor parking and transportation on campus isn’t only UTD’s doing | August 21, 2023

For many students, commuting to school is a great option to save money, but in recent years, it’s often felt like the savings aren’t worth the trouble when realizing how inconvenient parking is at UTD. By now, all of us know that UTD is a commuter school. 78% of students live off campus as of […]


UTD baseball alumnus and NCAA DIII Board of Governors Representative Isaiah Swann was invited to the White House on June 12 to celebrate College Athletics Day. 52 national championship teams and many other NCAA officials made a trip to the nation’s capital for an annual tradition set in 1865 by President Andrew Jackson. For the […]

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