It was Election Day in 2008 and Abigail Cortes and her mom were watching the election results. Both were upset that Cortes’ brother, Elio Zapote, had wanted to visit a friend at UTD that night instead of watching the results with them.
Sometime that Tuesday evening the phone rang, and Cortes picked up. Zapote’s friend was frantic on the other end.
“They’ve got him. They’ve got him,” the friend yelled.
What should have been a time for joy and celebration quickly turned into a race against death and missiles, when days after her sister’s wedding, a student watched firsthand Israel’s air, land and sea offensive within the Gaza Strip.
Rawan Muhanna found herself stuck in the midst of conflict, cooped up at home for fear of being hit under the open skies, living in uncertainty for two weeks until the American consulate arranged an evacuation for her family through Jordan.
Retired Air Force Col. Kim Olson will visit campus March 26 to speak about women in combat as part of a series of events celebrating Women’s History Month.
Olson, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and retired after 25 years of service in 2014, authored “Iraq and Back: Inside the War to Win the Peace.” She is also the CEO of Grace After Fire, a nonprofit that provides assistance to female veterans.
She said her talk will focus on women as warriors in all professions and about how the workforce and economy have changed.
Students interviewed for this article constitute a random cross-section of religions and is in no means complete in its coverage of all faiths. The views of sources interviewed for this article are their personal accounts and not necessarily representative of the faith in entirety.
Iqbal Gill remembers being bullied in the first grade for wearing a turban and having long hair.
He remembers coming home one day and making the painful decision to take his turban off, despite his parents asking him not to.
“I’m not going to lie; it was sad,” Gill, now a biology sophomore at UTD, said. “It was hard.”