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Celebrating Hispanic Prosperity Through Hispanic Heritage Month | October 16, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and was established under President Ronald Reagan in 1988. As a school with a diverse population, UTD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month yearly through events that let students enjoy and learn about cultures from around the world. Sept. 15 is a ceremonial day in […]

Defective vacuum pump potential cause for NSERL evacuation | October 16, 2023

UTD’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory, or NSERL, was evacuated around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10 due to reports of a chemical spill on the building’s fourth floor. Reports of noise and a strange aroma on the fourth floor activated building alarms as well as the UTD Alert system, warning students to avoid […]

Comets react to war in Middle East, graffiti spirit rocks for Palestine, Israel | October 16, 2023

Amid upheaval in the Middle East, UTD students spray painted the Spirit Rocks at least eleven times over three days, alternating between the flags of Palestine and Israel. Between Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Oct. 13., days after Hamas launched an attack on Israel and Israel launched a counter attack on Gaza, several slogans were […]

VALORANT team comes in clutch | October 16, 2023

The UTD Esports VALORANT team placed first in the Red Bull Campus Clutch tournament qualifiers for the Red River region on Sept. 9 and 16, going on to finish third place in the next part of the tournament on Oct. 7 in San Antonio. Red Bull Campus Clutch is one of the biggest collegiate VALORANT […]

Comet Wind blows away competition | October 16, 2023

Innovative and forward-thinking, the Wind Energy Club at UTD works at the intersection of energy and sustainability to build turbines to compete on the national scale. In their first year officially competing at the Department of Energy’s May 2023 Collegiate Wind Competition, the team advanced to the final phase of the contest and placed No. […]

Computer science: worth the grind? | October 16, 2023

The tech industry has experienced rapid growth in recent years, particularly in the fields of computer science, data science and software engineering. And with all the buzz about UTD’s computer science program, The Mercury took a look at whether the job field is really as viable as students often assume it to be. According to […]

TPUSA hosts Riley Gaines, LGBTQ+ Comets celebrate Lia Thomas | October 16, 2023

Turning Point USA hosted conservative speaker Riley Gaines on the night of Thursday Oct. 12, coinciding with the Galerstein Gender Center’s event celebrating trans swimmer Lia Thomas, the swimmer who Gaines tied with, an experience that later became a focal point for Gaines’ state and national activism. Gaines, a former competitive swimmer, rose to fame […]

UTD volleyball at eight conference titles and counting | October 16, 2023

One of the strongest teams in the American Southwest Conference, the UTD volleyball team holds eight conference titles and is set for more success this year. The roster is made of 20 members, led by head coach Zach Villarreal and assistant coach Kaylie McHughs. They train diligently before the season even starts, practicing for two […]

Anirudh Varma Collective dazzles Comets with Hindustani melodies | October 16, 2023

Donning lehengas and kurtas adorned with embellishments and a variety of patterns, friends and families eagerly awaited the curtain-opening of the Anirudh Varma Collective concert on Oct. 1. The ensemble’s passionate melodies filled the hall as the singers performed freeing and soulful traditional music. At first, I was a bit apprehensive about the concert. Was […]

‘I’m a tourist.’ ‘I’m just passing through these lands.’ | October 16, 2023

Aromatic food stalls, pounding music and cheering lit up the Plinth on Thursday Oct. 12 at Students for Justice in Palestine’s annual poetry night fundraiser. More than 200 people attended at the event to unite with other students and discuss the Palestinian struggle. With recent conflict in Gaza, the Plinth steps and stage were swarming […]

Mitski brings her most mature work to the Wild West | October 16, 2023

With her heart-wrenching lyrics and mellow voice, singer-songwriter Mitski has become a household name for indie fans, bringing listeners both comfort and pain over the beauty of her relatable songs. Her most recent album, “The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We,” is Mitski’s most mature work yet, evident in its meaningful lyricism, clever themes […]

Drizzy Drake drops the ball | October 16, 2023

One of the most influential artists of the past decade, Drake, has released another full-length studio album, “For All The Dogs.” This album contains 23 songs, 10+ featured artists, but fails to create anything that even his superfans will remember. Before the album’s release, fans were promised an album that would serve as a trip […]

Matty Healy brings eccentric antics back to the 1975, wowing fans with greatest hits | October 16, 2023

Adorned with stairs, windows and vintage televisions, Dickies Arena on Oct. 9 was transformed into a homey stage as The 1975 invited fans to an intimate look at their greatest hits of the last decade. As the lights illuminated the living room stage, leather-clad fans cheered on front man Matty Healy armed with a wine […]

‘Nevertheless’ portrays refreshingly realistic modern romance | October 16, 2023

For many students, the romances of K-dramas can sometimes feel like unattainable fantasies. “Nevertheless” flips this script, offering a refreshing take on modern romance. With its compelling storyline, relatable characters and raw portrayal of contemporary relationships, it is a must-watch for K-drama enthusiasts and first-timers alike. A live adaptation of the webtoon “I Know But” […]

Flavorful Feast at State Fair | October 16, 2023

Our adventure starts off at Gulf Coast Grill, home of the Creole Etouffee Beignets. The owner, Clinton Probst, combines two classics with this savory but sweet staple of New Orleans culture. Probst said his primary inspiration for the dish is annual Louisiana trips. Customers are given two beignets stuffed with andouille sausage and Etouffee sauce […]

Comets gather for partial eclipse of the heart | October 16, 2023

• On Oct. 14, 2023, an annular eclipse was visible from Dallas, Texas, beginning at 10:25 a.m. and peaking at 11:55 a.m • At the eclipse’s peak, 80% of the Sun was covered by the Moon. • Leaves from trees on campus created a pinhole camera effect, casting small crescent shaped shadows in the pattern […]

SUAABtober brings autumnal delight with art, treats | October 16, 2023

UTD kicked off fall with the SUAABtober festival on Oct. 19, an event that allows students to partake in seasonal activities like tote bag painting, a scavenger hunt, face painting and an artist alley with a range of different mediums available to purchase. The Student Union & Activities Advisory Board, better known as SUAAB, also […]

Subreddit drama endangers students | October 16, 2023

At the end of the spring 2023 semester, UTD subreddit moderators clashed, causing the removal of one of its most helpful moderators, u/WillieCubed. With r/utdallas now unsafe to use, students should pay attention to the unresolved subreddit moderation issue. r/utdallas is the largest unofficial community for UTD, boasting over 25,000 members and being in the […]


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