Issue 4 15 2024


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Unicycle club wheels into the spotlight | April 15, 2024

Juggling life and school can be difficult for college students, but the UTD Unicycle Club members balance it all atop their single wheel. These unicyclers gather together to navigate the college experience and build a community characterized by laughter, members said.     The Unicycle Club, an official student organization at UTD, meets on Thursdays from 7 […]

Eclipse covers campus | April 15, 2024

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Comets v. Taco Bell: A case for #6 | April 15, 2024

Taco Bell’s menu is full of broken promises, and I’ve been fooled into giving it another chance time after time.  After waiting an excessive amount of time, you’ll receive your mediocre meal, take a bite, and wonder if you could’ve eaten anything else. Before attending UTD, I had stopped eating there altogether. However, thanks to […]

The TikTok ban is good, actually | April 15, 2024

The House of Representatives passed a bill on March 13 threatening to ban TikTok for cyber security breaches. Although this ban was done for security reasons, it will also help to control short form video content that has spread doom scrolling and caused attention spans to shorten. Students should advocate for local governments to regulate […]

Flooding in UV: UTD needs to do better | April 15, 2024

Any resident of UV knows that after a rainstorm, it’s best to take the long way around and avoid the sidewalks. Whenever there is even a small amount of rainfall, housing areas become impassable quagmires full of water and mud — but does it have to be that way?  University Village’s foundational issues with the […]

‘Heartstopper’ makes minorities tokens | April 15, 2024

To justify queerness to heterosexual audiences, queer media loses its nuance and limits exploration of other topics besides sexuality. This stems from new queer media treating queerness as a political concept rather than what it actually is: human expression.  On March 20, Netflix announced several new titles coming to the platform in 2024, including a […]

Entitled students: No one owes you a degree | April 15, 2024

Imagine this: you’re in a core class, past the withdrawal deadline, and suddenly a few choice classmates start to complain about the level of work required to pass. Exams are weighted too high, the projects are too long and we shouldn’t have to take this class to graduate. Entitled students: why do you feel like […]

Comets honor late coach with on-field ceremony | April 15, 2024

Although assistant softball coach Abby Sterling passed away last November, her presence is still felt across the UTD softball team, who have dedicated the season to her memory.   On April 6, the Comets hosted an on-field ceremony with Sterling’s family in attendance to commemorate the coach’s dedication to supporting students and lasting influence within the […]

Comets rebound from loss, secure conference dominance | April 15, 2024

The UTD men’s tennis team took down Ozarks 6-3 on March 29 and Howard Payne 9-0 on April 4 before falling to SMU 6-1 on April 7. This brought the Comets’ four game win streak to an end, although they still hold first place in the ASC East.   Against Ozarks, the Comets opened the day […]

Comets still first in ASC despite ending streak | April 15, 2024

The UTD women’s tennis team crushed Ozarks 9-0 on March 29 before falling to Utah Tech 6-1 on April 2. They bounced back with a dominant performance against Howard Payne on April 4, winning 9-0 and remaining in first place in the ASC East.  Against Ozarks, the Comets easily won all three doubles matches to […]

Comets finish last at President’s Cup | April 15, 2024

The UTD Chess team organized the President’s Cup on March 30 and 31 in the JSOM building through a bidding process with the US Chess Federation. However, despite the effort they put into hosting the tournament, the UTD Chess team placed last — a surprise and disappointment to the team.   Four universities participated in the […]

Battle of the bots | April 15, 2024

The UT Designspace where Comet Robotics meets looks like a scene out of Big Hero Six, with people tinkering away at robots of various shapes and sizes, allowing members to experience not just the excitement of combat but develop a deeper understanding of how robotics works.   Originally dedicated to combat robotics, the club’s reinstatement in […]

What’s all the buzz about UTD’s beehives? | April 15, 2024

Amid violet, pink and blue flowers, an apiary sits nestled in a strange place — directly next to Parking Lot A. This apiary serves as one of the havens for commercial beekeeping on campus and as an educational opportunity for students at UTD.   Scott Rippel, one of the professors for UTD’s Honey Bee Biology course, […]

Comet Gala: A night among the stars | April 15, 2024

It’s Friday, and old-timey swing music plays from the speakers as the ATC building resembles a prom night, bustling with students dressed in gowns and suits. The AIGA club hosted its third annual Comet Gala, encouraging students to dress to the nines, and Comets did not disappoint.   The Comet Gala’s theme this year was “A […]

Deep Vellum expands literary and translation options in North Texas | April 15, 2024

The smell of coffee welcomes guests into Deep Vellum, a small bookstore where a curated selection of translated books from every corner of the world fills shelves top to bottom. These translated works transport readers to all corners of the Earth — from well-known Japan to smaller countries like the island nation of São Tomé […]

‘Masters of the Air’ flies flat | April 15, 2024

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share a passion for exposing viewers to authentic and carefully crafted war stories, and both Hollywood icons came together in 2024 to produce their third World War II miniseries, “Masters of the Air.” The show had unlimited potential with a great cast and historical accuracy, but it ultimately flew too […]

Marco Frescas: the DJ king of campus | April 15, 2024

Computer science junior Marco Frescas aims to transform the social landscape of UTD through his passion for music and DJing which brings vibrant events and a focus on electronic music to the community.   From his early fascination with electronic dance music to his involvement with Radio UTD, Frescas seeks to create a space where students […]

While we watched the eclipse, they studied the sky | April 15, 2024

During the April 8 total solar eclipse, associate physics professor Fabiano Rodrigues led a team of student researchers in probing the ionosphere, collecting data on how parts of the sky change during an eclipse and affect satellite transmissions.  Rodrigues has been a long time expert in the ionosphere, the electrified upper region of the atmosphere, […]

In Memoriam: First undergraduate executive dean Regina Kyle | April 15, 2024

Regina Mary Jane Kyle, the first undergraduate executive dean and first female dean in UTD history, passed away April 2 at the age of 88 in her home in Falmouth, Massachusetts.  In 1973, Kyle became the Executive Dean for Undergraduate Studies, laying the foundation of UTD’s modern undergraduate program during her 10-year tenure. UTD was […]

Hassle of a hackathon | April 15, 2024

UTD has hosted HackUTD every year since 2015; it is the largest hackathon in the state of Texas with around 1,000 attendees in 2023 alone. Planning for this massive endeavor falls entirely on students — how do these Comets manage such a large responsibility?  HackUTD is a 24-hour event where students from all majors come […]

Empower: ticket of the hour | April 15, 2024

With the end of voting on April 5, Devin Schwartz and Debopreeta Bhattacharya were elected as Student Government president and vice president respectively.   Schwartz, a computer science and philosophy junior, and Bhattacharya, a sociology junior, ran under the Empower Ticket with a campaign focused on three core principles: advocacy, engagement and solidarity. Schwartz and Bhattacharya […]

Comets: Upcoming vote on ‘green’ service fee | April 15, 2024

All students will be able to vote on a fee referendum to support sustainable development and green projects on campus from April 24 to 26.   The referendum proposes the addition of a $5 fee during fall and spring semesters and a $2.50 fee during summer semesters, which will last a maximum of five years and […]

Comet Comments: what did you think about the eclipse? | April 15, 2024

Maybe 3 of the 4 minutes of the totality were obscured by clouds unfortunately, but it heightened the tension. Everyone lost their minds when the clouds actually moved out of the way. Josh Manigsaca, Animation and Games ATEC I was at the science building courtyard and we all laid on the grass, my friends and […]

Einstein, an eclipse and Brazil walk into a bar | April 15, 2024

At the 2024 Solar Eclipse Panel Discussion that took place April 8, Professor of Physics and Astrophysics Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki retold the story of how a total solar eclipse in Brazil changed the world and brought Albert Einstein to fame, and how UTD added to the story 100 years later.   In 1919, the world accepted Albert […]

A Comet’s map of the stars | April 15, 2024

UTD Professor of Physics and Astrophysics Mustapha Ishak-Boushaki presented the largest 3D map of the universe and his research team’s findings from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to the American Physical Society in Sacramento, California on April 4.  Located at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) is capable […]


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