05 03 21 Issue

UTD research center to open in Richardson’s rebranded industrial district | May 3, 2021

UTD is collaborating with the city of Richardson to create a multi-faceted research institution inside the city’s newest development project: the Innovation District. In 2020, the city decided to brand the pre-existing Collins building as the Richardson Innovation Quarter (IQ). This area will consist of the Richardson Office of Strategic...

Esports experience can’t be defined by a single exam | May 3, 2021

The Esports Certification Institute (ECI) tried to make a $400 certification for esports, and it died within three days. While it could come back in the future, those hoping to gain entry into esports should focus their efforts on actually getting industry experience for now. The exam assembled by ECI...

UTD and UTSW partner in new research facilities | May 3, 2021

UT Southwestern Medical Center and UTD’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science have partnered together to create the Center for Imaging and Surgical Innovation (CISI) in an effort to increase the efficiency and impact of technology in clinical applications. UTD bioengineering and UTSW radiology professor Baowei Fei began...

Conservatives aren’t being canceled | May 3, 2021

With the “free speech” alternative social media app Parler returning to the App Store after being banned for involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, it’s time to revisit the idea of whether Conservatives are really being canceled as much as they claim. The Conservative political platform is by no...

New course offerings introduce Comets to religion, Korean language | May 3, 2021

The upcoming fall semester will bring with it a multitude of new classes including those in religious studies, Korean language and African and African diaspora studies. Last fall, a survey was sent to A&H students to gauge the level of interest in a religious studies minor. As a result of...

The show must go on! | May 3, 2021

UTD filmmakers were recognized for their exceptional talent in an unprecedented year by the Cosmic Film Festival. The festival is hosted by Meteor Theater, a student-run program that works to cultivate student interest and appreciation for films. While they received a total of seven submissions, two films swept all the awards....

A comma-n misunderstanding | May 3, 2021

I’d like to begin by thanking The Mercury’s most dedicated readers, Babe Ruth and President Biden. If you’re wondering why Babe Ruth and Joe Biden are such close devotees of UTD’s student newspaper, read on. Comma rules: if you’re anything like me, the pesky stipulations were the bane of every...

Boba Blockage | May 3, 2021

Shipping delays are creating a country-wide boba shortage, making it a challenge for boba tea providers in the Richardson area to supply one of the most popular drinks today. According to Fortune Business Insights, the bubble tea market was estimated to value $2.02 billion in 2019 and is projected to...