Obama leaves behind improved, changing country

As the presidential election winds down, the country is preparing for the inevitable beginning of a new administration and an uncertain future. But before judging the next potential leaders of the free world, it’s necessary to take a look at their predecessor. When citizens elected Barack Obama, a relatively young...

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Editorial Board: We endorse Hillary Clinton for presidency

Editorial Board: We endorse Hillary Clinton for presidency

Hillary Clinton is the only candidate to vote for in the 2016 presidential election. She is one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for office. In addition to having invaluable foreign policy experience, she is offering specific, feasible policy options. At The Mercury, we don’t feel it necessary...

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Politicians should be allowed to flip-flop on issues

Politicians should be allowed to flip-flop on issues

Donald Trump is a flip-flopper. Hillary Clinton, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Ronald Reagan are also all flip-floppers. Flip-flopping is a derogatory term in politics. It insinuates politicians are dishonest for changing their opinions, either before the election or after. We shouldn’t denigrate policy shifts as a whole as they...

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UTD organizations mobilize student voters for election

UTD organizations mobilize student voters for election

Correction: In a previous version of this story, Akshitha Padigela’s name was misspelled. The Mercury regrets this error. With the presidential election rapidly approaching student organizations, university faculty and staff are mobilizing as many people as they can to go vote. As a part of the effort, Residential Life held...

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Current voting system eliminates voter choice

Current voting system eliminates voter choice

If you’re reading this, then you probably won’t vote this November. According to the United States Census Bureau, only 38 percent of college age citizens voted in the 2012 election. That’s lower than any other group. George Mason University studied voter turnout in Texas and found only 49.7 percent of...

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Hillary Clinton only rational choice for Sanders’ supporters

During the 2016 democratic presidential primary, I, along with many other young people, strongly supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton. I continue to believe that he was the superior candidate in the democratic primary. Unfortunately, my candidate and the candidate of a large portion of UTD students lost the primary....

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Consider third party candidates

Consider third party candidates

The two party political system is something I just can’t seem to agree with. Whenever I tell people I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican and would rather vote third party, they tell me not to waste my vote. But being in a country founded on democracy, how is...

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Sanders voters remain faithful

Sanders voters remain faithful

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton was named the party’s presidential nominee. Some Bernie Sanders supporters, however, are not giving up the fight. As Clinton’s campaign accepts large donations from corporate sources and billionaires, Sanders supporter UTD Democratic Socialist President Nicholas St. John said he questions what interests...

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Alumna voice for Trump campaign

Alumna voice for Trump campaign

As a national spokeswoman for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, speaking on national television is just one part of alumna Katrina Pierson’s job description. After graduating from UTD in 2006 with her bachelor’s in biology and subsequently working 14 years in the healthcare industry, Pierson said she found her passion...

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