Student government eyes inclusion, transparency

Student government eyes inclusion, transparency

As the new Student Government leadership prepares to take office, the outgoing administration reflected on its ongoing efforts to improve student engagement and represent student interests in a year that saw UTD in national and local headlines in the wake of several high-profile scandals. Outgoing President Eric Chen said that...

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Unused meal exchanges find new purpose

Unused meal exchanges find new purpose

Student Government and Dining Services teamed up to create a meal swipe donation program to help combat food insecurity on campus. With close to 22 percent of college students facing very low levels of food security, according to the National Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, the initiative aims to allow...

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Comets compost to curb food waste

Comets compost to curb food waste

Students residing in on-campus apartments can now join a composting program to learn about reducing food waste. Members of the Green Initiative of Student Government partnered with several on-campus departments such as the Office of Sustainability as well as external groups to launch the Comet Composting program. The program provides...

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Who will you choose? – Your Voice

Who will you choose? – Your Voice

With a platform focused on communication and bridging the gap between students and Student Government, two candidates are running for president and vice president on the Your Voice ticket in the first contested election in two years. Both molecular biology sophomore Yilong Peng and global business junior William McKiernan, who...

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SG proposes constitution amendment to election

SG proposes constitution amendment to election

Correction: The article was updated to reflect that Vice President Alex Holcomb is not for the proposed amendment change. In a proposed amendment to the Student Government constitution, students would no longer be required to hold a position for one term in SG before running for office. On Feb. 20,...

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SG launches art initiative

SG launches art initiative

The Student Government vice president is implementing three projects around campus to increase the presence of art at UTD. Alex Holcomb, SG vice president and economics junior, said the art initiative could help students become more well-rounded from their UTD experience. “As a liberal art major, I think it’s no...

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SG Report: 10/30/17

SG Report: 10/30/17

Comet Clash Debate On Nov. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Pub, the Legislative Affairs Committee is hosting a debate over health care. The debate will be held Oxford-Style, a debate format characteristically defined by a round of questions taken from the audience. UTD students Christian Briggs and...

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Q&A: Student Government Leadership

Q&A: Student Government Leadership

Representing the student body for the 2017-2018 school year, President JW Van Der Schans and Vice President Alex Holcomb sat down to talk with The Mercury about balancing personal life with SG, the challenges they face this year and their goals going forward. Q: How do you balance personal life...

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SG updates constitution

SG updates constitution

Student Government voted on new modifications to the constitution, including changes in representation and an increased role for the judicial board. The updates will go into effect May 1, when the new SG senators and executives take office. After the changes to the constitution were made, each class — freshman,...

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A&M controversy indicative of larger issue with clickbait media

The outrage over Rick Perry’s comments about the A&M University Student Government election is indicative of the problems in the way people are consuming media. A&M’s student government race made headlines last week when current U.S. Energy Secretary Perry published an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle questioning the legitimacy of...

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