Mercury Morning News 09/08/14


Partial transcript: DJs Pablo and Sarah

Welcome to the very first edition of the Mercury Morning News hour on Radio UTD.

We’re proud to be the first comprehensive radio news show here at Radio UTD, the student-run radio station at the University of Texas at Dallas, streaming live from the student union in Richardson, Texas.

Our mission is to inform you, the listener, with timely and relevant news, features and sports stories. We’ll try our best to provide you with the stories that are important to students, faculty and staff here at our university.


We’ve got an update on the apartment robbery that occurred on campus over the summer.

As previously reported in the August 25 issue of the Mercury newspaper, a female student was robbed and restrained on campus on August 11 at 3:30 p.m.

A man dressed as a construction worker entered the student’s apartment and said he was there to make a repair.

The man then restrained the student and robbed her apartment. in one of the University Village apartments.

After the man left, the student immediately went to the police station to report the crime.

UTD Police Lieutenant Ken MacKenzie said that a suspect was found and arrested by the Duncanville Police Department on August 27.

MacKenzie said the suspect was found on a UTD PD warrant and the case is still currently under investigation.

The Mercury reported in June that 32% of the criminal activity occurring on campus involved non-affiliated people.



Speaking of the UTD Police, what does it take to become a UTD police officer?

Co-Host and Mercury writer Sarah Rachel Larson reported in the latest issue of the Mercury about the process that a police trainee has to go through to be part of the campus police force.

This summer, 43 applicants agreed to take the written test to become UTD police officers. Out of those 43, only 9 applicants ended up passing all the tests part of the rigorous training process.


The McDermott Library will be open 24 hours a day at least two days out of the week sometime in the foreseeable future.

The library conducted a poll of 415 students to get their thoughts and student government conducted its own, consisting of 20 students. The polls showed evidence of support for a 24-hour library.

Student Government President Brooke Knudston and vice president Nancy Fairbank are now pushing for the change in library hours at the request of students.

And while they’re still trying to extend the library’s hours, they’re still trying to figure out the details of hiring staff, security and when the new hours will be implemented. We’ll have more on that story as it develops.


Students seeking professional help dealing with substance abuse and recovery can find it at the new Center for Student Recovery can find it at the center.

The center is part of the UT System’s 2012 plan to establish collegiate recovery centers across the state.

It will include 12-step meetings in alcoholics anonymous, sex and love addicts anonymous and narcotics anonymous.

Additionally, the center will also offer individual sessions with licensed professionals.

The Student Counseling Center will also be providing its support.

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