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UTD student sentenced to six years in prison for animal cruelty | September 18, 2023

UTD graduate student Shubhankar Kawle was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Aug. 31 for torturing two house cats, one of whom had to be euthanized due to severe injuries; the other had a limb amputated and made a full recovery. Kawle was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, which is […]

McDermott Library ramps up security | September 18, 2023

UTD’s McDermott Library implemented a new card reading system on Aug. 28, requiring students and staff to scan their Comet Cards when entering and exiting to improve building security. At the end of spring 2023, the library required those entering to show their Comet Cards between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. In […]

Stipend for NSM teaching assistants raised to $2400 | September 18, 2023

Effective fall 2023, UTD increased TA stipends for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, or NSM, to $2400, a $400 to $600 increase from last year. The decision was made by the Provost’s Office and the Dean of NSM. Last year’s stipends ranged between $1,800 and $2,000, making the change an approximate 20% pay […]

80s Night! | September 18, 2023

Strings Attached channeled the electric spirit of the 80s at their premiere concert of the year, 80s Night! This musical era, a harmonious blend of new wave dance vibes and the timeless rhythm of the 70s, boasts iconic tracks that resonate with class and nostalgia. The setlist celebrated legendary bands and artists including Tears for […]

Why have pest sightings spiked? | September 18, 2023

With University Housing receiving 117 reports of ants in on-campus housing since the August move-in and more sightings over the summer, The Mercury took a deeper look into the possible causes behind the pest sightings. Matt Grief, associate vice president of Student Affairs, said that it is common for reports to spike in the beginning […]

Threatened suspension lifted from student | September 18, 2023

The threat of a two-year suspension toward computer science graduate Cody Hatfield was lifted by UTD on Aug. 18 after an intervention from The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression.  On April 11, Hatfield received a citation on his car charging him for parking in the incorrect spot. As he drove off campus, video evidence […]

UTD pre-law center brings on new director Heather Stovall | September 18, 2023

The UTD pre-law advising program welcomes a new director, who plans to increase externship opportunities with law firms and awareness among students about reaching out for aid with application processes and questions concerning law school. In August 2023, Heather Stovall stepped into her new role as the director of the Pre-Law Advising Center. Stovall received […]

Comics & Activities : 09/18/23 | September 18, 2023

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Exploring the architecture of the Athenaeum: UTD’s upcoming addition | September 18, 2023

Rendering of the museum near the roundabout. Courtesy of Morphosis Architects. Morphosis Architects — the firm that created the design for the Perot museum in downtown Dallas — designed the first phase of the Athenaeum, which houses part of the Crow Museum of Asian Art at UTD. The 56,407-square foot museum is currently under construction […]

Millennium Fellowship chapter opens at UTD | September 18, 2023

The Millennium Fellowship, a four-month leadership development program sponsored by The United Nations Academic Impact, accepted nine fellows from UTD, including two campus directors, electrical engineering junior Sahi Chundu and international political economy senior Margaret Belford. The Millennium Fellowship runs from August to November and is open to undergraduates worldwide. The program aims to help […]


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