Third Place Feature Writing : Still Dreaming

7d0a3384-1050x700It 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.

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Response to immigration reform tepid

President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform announced on Nov. 20 has received mixed reactions from members of the Hispanic community.

His reforms are not historic or very different from what many presidents of either party have passed before him, said Cristina Garcia, deputy state director for young adults for Texas’ League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC.

“I’m not extremely happy with it,” she said. “I think the President played it very safe politically, but that’s exactly what it is — politics.”

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On the Frontlines

american-flag3-1050x602Retired 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.

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Women vets struggle with system

B-52 bomber helps vets segue into school

Brooklyn native takes pride in Navy experience

Sorority support taught vet civil survival


Suspected victim shares her story

When alumnus Nicholas Rotundo’s friends heard he had been charged for cyber-stalking and intrusion, they were shocked and couldn’t believe the news.

During his time at UTD, Rotundo was involved with several student organizations, including Student Government, Mu Epsilon Kappa and the Student Union Activities Advisory Board.

His friends described him as a computer savvy, moral and an upstanding individual. He was talented enough to land a job at Google after graduating.

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img_5735-1050x700The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reviewed, starting in 2013, UTD and the Arts and Technology program after accusations were made by a student that the program was not up to academic standards.

While the ATEC program was cleared on all counts as of June 2014, the university awaits a decision on two counts of compliance.

The review was initiated after a former ATEC doctoral student, Leslie McMillin, filed a complaint in 2013 with SACS, the accrediting institution for UTD, alleging lack of discursive rigor in the ATEC Ph.D. program.

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Dallas mayoral candidate swings by campus

No Labels UTD, a nonpartisan organization on campus, invited Dallas mayoral candidate Marcos Ronquillo to speak with students May 4. Ronquillo, who is running against current mayor Mike Rawlings, spoke about his focal issues of concern — connectivity and neighborhood development. Elections are May 9.

Listen to his talk at the event here:


SG adopts LGBT/GSRM resolution

lgbtStudent Government unanimously passed a resolution opposing efforts by the Texas legislature to curb the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and gender, sexual and romantic minorities at the senate meeting April 28.

The resolution supports gay and lesbian marriages, the right of transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with and the rights of LGBT/GSRM people to access institutions, businesses and services without discrimination.

“There hasn’t been these kinds of organized movements against the bills and I think sending the voice of an entire student body to Austin is quite an achievement,” said Adam Richards, president of the Rainbow Guard.

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