‘Alt-right’ movement too ill-defined for use

‘Alt-right’ movement too ill-defined for use

The term “alt-right” came to the forefront during the 2016 election as Hillary Clinton and various media outlets connected the movement to the rise of Donald Trump. But what exactly is the “alt-right?” The phrase encompasses neo-Nazis, some users of the message board 4chan, anti-establishment conservatives and white nationalists. The...

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Students protest election results at downtown rally

Students protest election results at downtown rally

As hundreds marched through the streets of uptown and downtown Dallas on Nov. 9 protesting the election of Donald Trump, electrical engineering senior Adam Richards directed choice words at the president-elect. “I see someone who’s demonized people of color, LGBT people, immigrants, you name it,” he said. “As a Christian,...

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Students reflect on election outcome after watch party

Students reflect on election outcome after watch party

As the night wore on, the smiles faded off the faces of students viewing the election results at a watch party hosted by Student Government and SUAAB and morphed to looks of incredulity and shock. What started as a lively, almost carnival-like atmosphere in the Galaxy Rooms, which featured free...

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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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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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