Issue 1 29 2024


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Women’s, men’s basketball climb the charts in final run for ASC | January 29, 2024

The UTD women’s basketball team defeated Sul Ross State 69-55 on Jan. 18, improving their standing to 14-4, their best record through 16 games since the 2020-21 season. In contrast, the UTD men’s team lost to SRSU 66-65 in of the Comets’ closest games of the season, bringing their three-game win streak to an abrupt […]

Softball teams up for final ASC run | January 29, 2024

In their last season as a Division III program, the UTD softball team sports high expectations and a close-knit identity. While they are not the top-ranked team in the ASC, Head Coach Kelly Archer said that the Comets are still hoping to compete for the conference title as they begin to prepare for the transition […]

Comics and Activities 01-29-2024 | January 29, 2024

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New year, new classes — but don’t drop old friends | January 29, 2024

New semesters are exciting because they offer one of the most enriching experiences campus life has to offer: new social opportunities, which are important in not just your growth as a student but as a person. But while it might be a “new year, new you,” don’t forget to maintain your budding friendships from previous […]

Editorial Comic 01-29-24 | January 29, 2024

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Biased Spirit Rocks reporting misrepresents Comets | January 29, 2024

“We are winning.” “Love them both.” “No peace on stolen land.” Chances are, you remember reading those words on the Spirit Rocks last semester. But the story of UTD’s infamous “rock wars” has been twisted to suit news outlets’ personal narratives, endangering the truth and our school’s reputation. For many Comets, last fall was defined […]

01-29-24 UTD Sports Schedule | January 29, 2024

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Basketball spotlight: Alex Bowman making waves at UTD | January 29, 2024

Senior forward Alex Bowman shined with the first double-double in her career, scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds on Jan. 18 against Sul Ross State University. Since transferring to UTD, she has dominated the court and claimed Athlete of the Week recognition three times. On Nov. 13 2023, Jan. 8 2024 and Jan. 22 2024, […]

Austin Page turns a new page | January 29, 2024

After taking the fall semester off from basketball, sophomore center Austin Page leaped back onto the court swiftly bringing hot shooting and a fiery spirit. His career-high performance of 28 points on Jan. 13 marked a remarkable come-back only two weeks after his return, and ever since he’s consistently led the team in scoring. With […]

Anastasia Paramzina: a natural competitor | January 29, 2024

From an early age, economics freshman Anastasia Paramzina said chess fascinated her — and she knew she needed to win. Paramzina, now a highly competitive Woman Grandmaster (WGM), is continuing her chess career as the newest member of the UTD chess team. Paramzina is a Russian chess player with a FIDE rating of 2183 and […]

Chess team slams the Pan-Ams | January 29, 2024

The UTD chess team secured No. 2 at the 2024 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Championship and will move on to the Final Four College Chess Championship in mid-spring. In addition, the UTD chess club received No. 3 overall in the U1800 section. UTD Chess competed in the Pan-Ams from Jan. 4-7 in McAllen, Texas, sending five […]

Professor’s high school teaching license under investigation for sexual texts | January 29, 2024

The Texas Education Agency is investigating a UTD art professor’s teaching license for sending sexual texts to a high school student while teaching at Allen ISD in 2020. In December 2020, a student at Allen High School accused art teacher Jeffrey Miranda of sending her inappropriate text messages, and while he was not tried in […]

Green Day saves their fading reputation with ‘SAVIORS ’ | January 29, 2024

Although most casual listeners have only heard tracks from “American Idiot,” Green Day and their furious, political, deliciously all-American pop punk has remained a household name for fans of alternative music since the ’90s. Their 14th studio album, “SAVIORS”, meets the incredible precedent set by “American Idiot” and other indisputable classics like “Dookie” — a […]

‘Saltburn’ puts more than a sprinkle of depravity on your For You page | January 29, 2024

Grave fucking. A man eating semen out of a bath drain. These motifs for obsession and power — all jaw-droppingly unorthodox — are what drives Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn”into the center of the buzz on social media. “Saltburn”follows Oliver Quick’s (Barry Keoghan) descent into an almost primal desire for wealth and power as his unhealthy and […]

Flurries land on campus | January 29, 2024

When imagining the winter weather, thoughts of snowball fights, heavy layers of clothing and a steady flurry of snow come to mind. And while a winter storm moved into North Texas on Jan. 14, UTD didn’t quite receive a winter wonderland as snow only lightly covered some areas of campus and largely melted as the […]

‘Society of the Snow’ portrays pure realism | January 29, 2024

It’s old news that Hollywood likes to butcher true stories to make genres like true crime more marketable, substituting reality with sensationalized scenes made to garner shock over anything else. Director J.A. Bayona refuses to let the story of 45 Uruguayans get this treatment; his new film “Society of the Snow” (or “La sociedad de […]

Shinto beauty: Meet the Mingei Movement celebrating the humble | January 29, 2024

The Crow Museum of Asian Art at UTD exhibited everyday items made of from ceramics and textiles which are particularly praised by followers of Shintoism. Available until April 14, 2024, these art pieces are part of an existing exhibit — Japan, Form and Function: The Montgomery Collection — and housed in a large section called […]

Furries of UTD: just like you and me | January 29, 2024

Walking down Rutford Avenue on Halloween, you may see something unexpected: a parade of students dressed up as humanoid animals, with furry bodies and cartoonish eyes. These Comets are furries, people who dress up as anthropomorphic animals, and they say their community offers opportunities for social engagement, academic development and emotional support. The UTD furry […]

Candidates vie for House seat among calls for ceasefire | January 29, 2024

Four democratic candidates dug into policy issues at the first Texas 32 congressional debate on Jan. 18, 2024 as each vie for the seat Rep. Colin Allred will leave behind in his bid for senate. Candidates disagreed on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the recent U.S. bombing of Yemen; members of UTD’s Students for […]

What’s that construction north of the library? | January 29, 2024

As part of construction for the new Student Union, the Student Union Green, portions of the walkway adjacent to the Student Union, the Green Center and parking lot G are all closed off. Demolition of these areas will begin in February. Gene Fitch, Vice President of Student Affairs, said that the new SU and Student […]

Democratic debate planned for UTD unexpectedly moved, sparks tension | January 29, 2024

On Jan. 18, UTD Democrats planned for four congressional candidates for D-32 to debate at UTD, which is located within the district. Instead, the debate was moved off campus the day before by Richardson Area Democrats; students and local politicians are saying the move “disenfranchises” students and impedes civic outreach. Meadow Pena and Isabella Spartz, […]

A buzz for sustainability | February 26, 2024

Amid the festive atmosphere of Valentine’s Day, the Student Union Market turned into a hive of activity for the much-anticipated annual Comet Honey Sale. Student volunteers and representatives from UTD’s Bee Campus USA collaborated to present Comet honey, gathered by students’ hands for the enjoyment of their peers. This student-driven initiative is hosted by the […]


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