Issue 3 28 2022

Ukraine-Russia conflict impacts several Comets | March 28, 2022

While Ukraine is physically distant from UTD, Russia’s continued invasion hits close to home for some Comets. Computer science sophomore Tayisiya Chernenko, who emigrated with her parents in 2007, fears for family members who have stayed in the country. “My parents, uncles and almost all of my extended family is...

Athenaeum approved | March 28, 2022

After receiving approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents, UTD is looking to move forward with construction on the Athenaeum project. Projected to be built in three phases, the Atheneum is an expansive undertaking for the predominantly STEM-focused university, which University president Richard Benson said is much-needed...

Comet Con ’22 | March 28, 2022

Comet Con just celebrated 10 years of student passion and nerd culture with one of their biggest events yet, bringing in students from all backgrounds to admire colorful art, fantastic cosplays and big guest speakers. Students were welcomed by SUAAB on March 23in a series of events throughout the convention....

Where did the statue outside the ECS complex come from? | March 28, 2022

Walking past ECS North’s courtyard, you might have noticed a new monument – one that seems to have shown up overnight. What is it and where did it come from? This new structure, introduced on Feb. 11, 2022, belongs to UTD’s recently-created chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a prestigious national...

Finding something in common to ‘taco’bout | March 28, 2022

Walking across campus a few weeks ago, you might’ve seen flyers posted here and there about the ”UTD Taco Bell Club.” This club – in the process of getting SOC approval – is no joke. UTD Taco Bell Club’s founder, marketing freshman Aidan Hawkins, said he originally made a Taco...

Warning: Scholarship Recipients may owe IRS | March 28, 2022

From The Mercury Archives: March 28, 1994 What do you mean I owe the IRS? It may be news to many on scholarship that certain scholarship benefits are viewed as taxable income. The freshmen on the UTD Academic Achievement Scholarship were mailed a statement breaking down the amount of rent,...

Overwatch team prepares for playoffs in the game’s last season | March 28, 2022

After finishing the Swiss stage of the Overwatch Collegiate Championship 7-1, the Comets have their sights set on the last “Overwatch” trophy there will ever be. The spring 2021 semester is expected to be the last semester of competitive collegiate “Overwatch” play as its sequel, “Overwatch 2,” is anticipated to...


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SOC policies hinder student organizations rather than helping | March 28, 2022

Dance club Contra Corners had followed all the rules. Forms submitted on time, a vendor account set up with the university and all costs accounted for. So why did it take the club over three months to be reimbursed over $300? The delay was due, in part, to the multi-step,...

Multi-campus survey reveals Honorlock remains unpopular | March 28, 2022

Classes at UTD have returned to their normal modalities, but some still retain a vestige of pandemic-era instruction: Honorlock. Some instructors have chosen to keep their exams virtual for scheduling flexibility or to set exam lengths that are not limited by 50- or 75-minute class periods. An online survey of...

Exploring the weird world of meme UTD Instagram accounts | March 28, 2022

@utd_dwaynation: ‘I’m always happy to answer fan questions. Feel free to disclose my name, Dwayne Johnson.’ From statues to squirrels, from parking blunders to “Bruh Moments,” Instagram is filled with UTD-specific accounts dedicated to covering various aspects of the Comet experience. Despite their differences in content, they share a sense...


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