McDermott Scholar rattled by quake

McDermott Scholar rattled by quake

Arden Wells was sitting in a teahouse in the small village of Sete, Nepal, playing cards with fellow students when the first earthquake hit on April 25. Even though she was 80 miles northeast of the earthquake’s epicenter, she could feel the tremors shake the teahouse. “What was so crazy...

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Alumna starts fashion magazine

Alumna starts fashion magazine

A recent graduate’s passion for publication and her religion has led her to start a full-fledged magazine about the lives and fashion of modern Muslim-American women. Laila Mir, who graduated in May as an EMAC and marketing major, wanted to originally film short documentaries on Muslim women with a focus...

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What it’s like to be Muslim in America

What it’s like to be Muslim in America

Nour Sharaf was on Facebook when she saw a link about the shooting in Garland. Immediately, her heart filled with dread. On May 3, two gunmen opened fire outside an art exhibit held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland that displayed cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Participants had...

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Profs discuss impact of religious freedom law

Profs discuss impact of religious freedom law

Indiana’s religious freedom law fuels talks as campaigns begin, Supreme Court inches toward ruling on same-sex marriage A month after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence passed an amendment protecting LGBTQ citizens from discrimination in the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law’s implementation could have an effect on an upcoming Supreme...

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Student government VP tackles homelessness

Student government VP tackles homelessness

Sophomore to publish book raising awareness for destitute teens Nancy Fairbank sat in a dimly lit, narrow room on a solitary couch with a homeless teenager. She was interviewing them for a school project, but this encounter inspired her to do more to raise awareness on teenage homelessness. A political...

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Family, friends gather at memorial recognizing student, staff deaths

Student government members lead ceremony, pay their respects Solemn condolences were shared among families, friends and members of the UTD community who gathered to commemorate the loss of nine students during the 2014-2015 academic year at a memorial service called “Comets Remember,” on April 2 in the Galaxy Rooms. Psychology...

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Student receives honor for police volunteer work

Student receives honor for police volunteer work

Criminology student receives Richardson Real Hero Award after amassing more than 2,200 hours with police department  A committee dedicated to celebrating unsung heroes who serve without expecting recognition named a UTD student as the Richardson Real Hero Award recipient. Psychology and criminology sophomore Joshua Gonzalez was a finalist in the...

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SG officers’ work cut out

SG officers’ work cut out

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the length of time required for a senator to serve before running for President and Vice President. The Mercury regrets this error. Connecting student leaders, alumni relations among goals for newly appointed SG president The newly elected president of Student Government, along...

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Man charged with kidnapping of alumna Christina Morris

A man was charged with the aggravated kidnapping of UTD alumna Christina Morris by a Collin County grand jury on March 10.   24-year-old Enrique Arochi was formally accused of kidnapping Morris with plans to terrorize, hurt and sexually abuse her, according to The Dallas Morning News. Morris is yet to be found....

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Professor finds passion in math tutoring

Professor finds passion in math tutoring

In 1991, Gil Sik Lee and his wife were making plans to adopt two children from low-income backgrounds in hopes of giving them a better life. An unexpected detour in Washington D.C. made him realize that education — instead of adoption — could be a way to help improve the...

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