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UTD’s unique culture fosters personal growth

Organizations- 4 SG Prez greeting- 8 ON-CAMPUS SERVICES- 10 crime prevention- 11 DECIDING on A MAJOR-12 COOL CLASSES- 16 GETTING AROUND- 18 UTD bus route guide- 20 DART transit- 22 local restaurants- 24 dallas culture- 28 Nightlife- 29 Making money- 32 dorm tips- 34 Study spots- 35 on-campus dining- 36 sports- 38 leisure- 39


By the time you attend your first class at UTD, I’m sure you will have heard countless speeches about the university’s growth in numbers and quality since its establishment in 1969. As enrollment pushes past 20,000 this fall you might think of yourself as a faceless statistic. But I’ve learned in my time here that despite the increasing numbers, at its core, UTD remains a small school where each person is valued as an individual and can truly make a difference. Look beyond the growth of the university and focus on the growth of yourself. Each of you comes from a background where you defined yourself by what you do — as UTD students, this likely means you have also placed a strong emphasis on academics. I’m not saying that you should let go of these values, but if you simply stick to what you know and focus all of your energy on grades you won’t take from this college journey all of the unique experiences UTD has to offer. For many of you, diversity in previous years meant interacting with people of different skin colors or from different states. UTD expands the idea of diversity and provides a truly unique mosaic of cultures from around the world.

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Interacting with students from different cultures can open your mind and increase your knowledge in a profoundly personal way that a classroom lecture alone could not achieve. You might even forge some wonderful and surprising friendships if you open yourself up to this possibility. Getting to know my diverse friends at UTD and seeing how different and yet so alike we are even helped me discover a new passion and major, sociology. So if you’re living in the res halls, don’t limit yourself to acquaintances next door. Likewise, if you commute, don’t simply associate with old friends you have known since childhood. And there’s no better way to meet more people than becoming involved on campus. At UTD anyone can become a student leader through hard work and devotion, yet still have quality competition that promotes improvement within the student and the organization. So take advantage of this opportunity and try something new. If you thought you weren’t good at something, give it another chance. No one knows what your talents or weaknesses were in the past, and confidence (even if this means at first you “fake it till you make it”) can work wonders. We seldom have opportunities in our lives to remake ourselves and our surroundings, but for the next few years (whatever your time at UTD may be) you can. George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” So get out there, and reveal your future.

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Getting involved with an on-campus group is a great way to make the most of your college experience. As of spring 2013, there are 227 registered student organizations on campus. With so many options, you’ll be sure to find the right group for you. Getting involved on campus will not only help you meet people and make friends, but you will also make an impact on the university and gain real-life experience. Check out some of UTD’s student organizations below. For a complete list, visit

while providing members with opportunities for career development through networking among its members and practicing consultants and auditors. Contact Linh Mai at ltm072000@ for more details.

Archery - This group’s focus is to teach students archery. Membership in the club provides range use and equipment, but personal equipment is allowed. The club meets each Monday from 7-9 p.m. Meeting schedules in the fall will be changed or added to adjust to members’ new class schedules. To learn more, visit the group’s Facebook page at

Academic OrganizationS Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)- This national organization helps members gain knowledge on health professions. Members are also involved with health-related charities and compete in national competitions. To learn more, email Devina Jagota at

Rock Climbing - This is a co-ed group for people searching for camaraderie, new climbing partners and the occasional competition. All levels of climbers are welcome. The first practice is free and includes gear rental and a belay lesson. For more information, contact Jordan Atchinson at jxa124130@

International Political Economy Student Association (IPESA) - IPESA connects IPE students with one another to keep up with their academic, career and social goals. Students who are interested in politics, international affairs, development and travel are also invited to join this organization. For more details, check out their Facebook page at Institute for Supply Management (ISM) - ISM is the oldest supply management association as well as one of the most respected in the world. At UTD, ISM offers several opportunities for students who want a career in supply management with a mentoring program, invitations to Dallas General Professional meetings and access to guest speaker events with experts in the supply chain industry. For more details, contact Antonio Simancas at Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) - IIA aims to develop the future leaders in internal auditing, IT auditing and fraud examination

Club Sports Club Sports are recognized student organizations that promote and develop common sports or recreation related interests. Students at any skill level can join. For the complete list of club sports groups, visit and click on club sports.

Men’s and Women’s Rugby - These popular club sports are for individuals interested in playing rugby. Rugby is a mixture of football and soccer; every player on the field is allowed to tackle and score. No experience is required to join these groups. For more details, visit


Neuroscience Student Association (NSA) - This organization is devoted to the field of neuroscience and related neuroscience careers. NSA provides a variety of opportunities that will pique and broaden your interest in neuroscience. Anyone interested in the technical side of how the brain works is welcome to join. For more information, contact Erik Yarmey at

Wakeboarding - Wakeboarding is very similar to surfing except that a wakeboard is used to ride over water while a motorboat pulls the wakeboarder around. This new club sport is for anyone interested in learning how to wakeboard or wakeboarders wanting to improve their skills. Contact Bradley Stewart at to learn more. Cultural Bangladeshi Student Organization (BSO) - BSO is an organization for Bangladeshi students as well as students who are interested in learning more about Bangladeshi culture. BSO hosts Iftar events, where Muslims break

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their fast during Ramadan and Eid parties where members celebrate the end of Ramadan. BSO is also involved with the annual international talent show during International Week. For more details, email Sarkar Rahat Anwar at

fellowship, extracurricular activities and share academic advice. Some of the events JSA hosts are the Japanese Street Style Fashion Show and the Maid and Butler Café. Visit utdallas. for more information.

Black Student Alliance (BSA) - This organization is available to all students who want to experience college with an enhanced sense of unity in the black collegiate community. BSA provides career preparation and strives to members at the student and individual level. To learn more, contact Deona Thomkins at

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - LULAC is dedicated to serve the Hispanic community. At UTD, it focuses on community service and team leadership. Members strive to change the future and advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the U.S. Hispanic population. Contact Miguel Diaz at mad103020@utdallas. edu to learn more about this organization.

Chinese Student Association (CSA) - CSA supports the Chinese community and promotes Chinese culture. CSA hosts cultural events with other cultural organizations and departments, volunteers at multiple events and participates in bettering the local community. Contact Yiang Chen at for more details. Japanese Student Association (JSA) JSA aims to increase awareness of Japanese culture on campus, along with providing opportunities for Japanese students and those interested in Japanese culture to engage in

Service Alpha Phi Omega (APO) - APO is a co-ed, national service fraternity committed to helping members develop leadership skills, provide service to others and foster friendships. The UTD chapter was chartered in 1998 and continues to be active in the campus and surrounding community. Contact Kevin Nguyen at apo. for more details. Comet Cat Coalition (CCC) - CCC aims to assist Facilities Management at UTD in the

continuous process of humanely reducing and managing the feral cat population on campus through the trap, neuter, return method, caring for feeding stations and promoting responsible pet care, spay and neuter practices throughout the campus community. To learn more, email Alice develop friendship among students of all races and creeds. GSS strives to promote a lifelong commitment to service and diversity in an environment of unity and equality, while creating opportunities for growth. Although technically a sorority, men are allowed to join. Contact Zainah Asfoor at zba100020@utdallas. edu for more information. Helping Hands - This pre-health organization strives to help underprivileged children in the community and end the cycle of poverty by ensuring the children have available educational and health resources. Members volunteer and tutor children and give back to the community through programs like AdoptA-Kid. To learn more, email Palak Patel at UNICEF at UTD - Its mission statement is to educate students about what UNICEF does worldwide, to enrich the lives of others locally by volunteering and to raise money for the UNICEF U.S. Fund to help children around the world have access to education, water and other needs. Email Kusha Nezafati for more details at Special Interest Entrepreneurship Club (E Club) - The purpose of E Club is to inspire and endorse innovation and entrepreneurship at UTD via networking, workshops, a speaker series and other related events. For more information, contact Parth Narendra Acharya at parth.acharya@ Gourmet Club - This organization aims to teach students how to cook and bake on a college budget and schedule. Members host cooking events on campus and fundraise with bake sales. For more details, email Yasmin Noor at


Japanese Student Association holds an annual Japanese Street Style Fashion Show, featuring students modeling the latest unique clothing trends in Japanese culture.

Onomatopoeia - This student organization’s purpose is to promote the cultural vitality of its members through improvisational stunts. Onomatopoeia has an annual “Brains for the Cure” walk on campus where members dress up as zombies while raising money for charity. To learn more about this organization, contact Pooneh Jabbarnezhad at pxj111330@utdallas.

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continued from page 5 Pride - This group serves as a safe forum at UTD to meet and share thoughts, ideas and issues about sexual orientation and gender identity. Pride aims to motivate respect for all sexual orientations and gender identities. For more details, contact Lisa Bird at Yoga and Meditation Club (Yoga Club)- Yoga Club members meet once a week to meditate and practice yoga. This club is a great way to meet others who are interested in meditation and general well-being. Contact Devan Earle at to get added to their mailing list. Student Media Student Media consists of four outlets: The Mercury, Radio UTD, A Modest Proposal and UTD TV. All Student Media outlets offer pay for contributors in leadership positions. For general information on Student Media, contact Chad Thomas at or Misty Hawley at

The Mercury - The Mercury was established in 1980 and is the award-winning student newspaper on campus. The Mercury releases new issues every other Monday throughout the school year and once a month over the summer. Contact Lauren Featherstone at for more information. Radio UTD - Since 2003, UTD’s online radio station features various styles of music, talk shows and band interviews. Radio UTD was nominated among the best internet radio stations in the U.S. by College Music Journal. For inquiries, email Radio UTD at If you are interested in applying for a DJ or writer position, click on the applicable form at

A Modest Proposal - Established in 2004, A Modest Proposal is a student publication about student life, global politics, arts, events and social commentary. A Modest Proposal publishes once a month in the fall and spring semesters. For more information, contact the editors at UTD TV - Established in 2009, UTD TV is

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the youngest student media outlet at UTD. Members broadcast news, entertainment shows and other online media created by students. To learn more about UTD TV or to get involved, visit utdtv. com Fraternity and Sorority Life UTD is home to 21 national Greek fraternities and sororities. Joining a Greek letter organization is a great way to experience the life-long fraternal ties, which include scholarships, leadership development, philanthropic events and brotherhood or sisterhood. UTD’s Greek organizaRADIO UTD/COURTESY tions are grouped into Radio UTD can often be found blasting tunes on the plinth and four councils, or governgiving away freebies, such as their signature sunglasses. ing bodies. For more information on the College Panhellenic Council or National Pan-Hel- Beta Chi Theta Fraternity (Colony), Kappa lenic Council, contact Assistant Director of Delta Chi Sorority (Colony), Sigma Sigma Greek Life Programs Julie Murphy at julie. Rho Sorority (Colony) and Sigma Lambda or at 972-883-6173. Beta Fraternity (Colony). For more details on the Interfraternity Council or United Greek Council, contact Create Your Own Student Organization Assistant Director of Greek Life If you are interested in creating an orgaCollege Panhellenic Council (CPC) nization that does not currently exist, you - Consists of three women’s organizations: can learn more about the process and reAlpha Gamma Delta, Delta Delta Delta quirements at You must fill out the new student organizaand Kappa Alpha Theta. tion application available on their website. Interfraternity Council (IFC) - Con- Assistant Director of Student Life Programs sists of six men’s fraternities: Kappa Sigma, Tineil Lewis will contact you to let you know Fiji, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Chi Phi, Pi Kappa what else to do after you submit the form. Phi and Delta Tau Delta (beginning fall For more details, contact Tineil Lewis at or at 972-883-6449. 2013). National Pan-Hellenic Council Consists of four historically African-American organizations, which are open to all members of the UTD campus: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. United Greek Council - Consists of eight culturally based organizations: Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority,

Funding For Student Organizations New official student organizations have the option to receive $100 per year from UTD. Organizations that have been around for one year or more are eligible to receive $200 per year. There is also a pool for programming funds for campus-wide events. Any petitions for money from this pool must be approved by the Student Organization Forum Advisory Board. For more information, visit and click on the Student Organization Manual. n june 2013

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student voice sG Prez to expand outreach LIZA LIBERMAN SG President

Welcome and congratulations on beginning your journey here at UT Dallas. You have chosen to attend one of the best universities in the nation, a somewhat hidden gem, “the MIT of the south,” or simply UTD. It is a place full of opportunities and adventures just waiting to be discovered. You should be very proud because UTD consists of students who are community leaders, valedictorians, athletes and everything in between. Being here in itself is a big accomplishment! You will soon discover that there are many services and organizations that exist on campus for the sole purpose to benefit students. I feel privileged to have been elected president of one of these organizations, Student Government. It is a tremendous honor to be able to create positive change on campus and to be able to be the voice of the student body. One of my main goals for the next year is to focus on the needs of the student body and to hold events on campus that would allow the senate to receive feedback from students in regard to things they feel strongly about at UTD. I also hope to increase the visibility of Student Government so that every student will personally know at least one senator and in turn will feel more comfortable sharing their ideas and views on what they would like to see at UTD. Student Government is the oldest student organization at UT Dallas: a body run by students, elected by students and representing students. The primary purpose of Student Government is to voice the opinions, ideas and thoughts of students to the administration in order to positively impact our campus. A lot of the events and projects that Student Government works on throughout the year are centered around

student outreach. Whether it is the need for more food options on campus, a convenient place to register to vote or a desire to create school tradition by hosting the homecoming tailgate, Student Government provides a venue that allows student voices to be heard. Student Government is not only a great way to get involved on campus, but also a provider of on-campus services, many of which can be found in the Student Government office in the Student Union (Suite 2.4): • Free exam Blue Books and pencils • Free attorney services International Student Airport pick-up • • Parking Ticket appeals process • Comet Discount program • Comet Cruiser services Student Government has also brought some amazing traditions to the UT Dallas campus: • Homecoming • Spirit Rocks • Alma Mater In my eyes, as I am sure in that of many others, UT Dallas is a very unique school. I think we are different not due to the lack of a football team or being a “commuter” school; I think what makes this university different is the vast variety of opportunities that it offers and what it allows the students to accomplish. Where else can a freshman work directly with a professor and be heavily involved in research? Where else can a freshman run for Student Government vice-president and win? UT Dallas may be a young university, but it offers unlimited opportunities and allows students to achieve to their highest potential. I challenge you as new Comets to go out there and go after what you want; get involved and you will discover the amazing world of UT Dallas just like I have over the last two years here. I look forward to meeting all of you during the year to come, and please feel free to contact me at 972-883-2285 if you have any questions or would just like to chat. Whoosh! n june 2013

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find what you need student services on campus SHEILA DANG

Managing Editor

UTD has many departments that can provide services or advice in a multitude of areas, whether it be finding ways to finance your education or helping you land the perfect internship. Here’s a handy guide of services that are conveniently offered on campus. Student (SSB)


commodations for disabled students. Resources, referral information and advocacy support is also available. Be sure to become well acquainted with the Career Center in 3.300; you

terview, search for internships and jobs or simply receive advice on finding the right career after graduation. International Student Services Office, or ISSO, can be found in 3.400 and can


The SSB is a one-stop-shop for many of the campus services that are available to students. Each of the four floors offers something different as well as comfortable seating if you need a place to relax in the middle of the day. First floor- The circular desk on the first floor is the hub for admission and enrollment services, financial aid office and the registrar. Consult the attendant at the desk for information about your financial aid package, academic records and other related concerns. Second floor- The bursar office can answer any questions regarding tuition payment plans, outstanding bills and payment histories. Making an appointment with the office can be conveniently done by calling 1-855883-7537, or by texting “UT Dallas” to 626-414-3210. You will be given an estimated wait time and notified when you are near the front of the line. The Multicultural Center is also housed on the second floor and provides a wide variety of cultural programs, educational resources and support services. The center also has a computer lab, study room, TV lounge and copy, printing and fax services for all students to use. Third floor- This floor houses the Office of Student AccessAbility, which provides academic and physical ac-

Fourth floor- The Galerstein Women’s Center in 4.300 offers the only dedicated lactation space on campus for nursing mothers, as well as a meeting and study space and a small library. You can also find information at the center about counseling services, diversity retention scholarships and internships. Three other important centers are located on the fourth floor that are aimed at improving students’ well-being: the Student Wellness Center, Student Health Center and Student Counseling Center. The Student Wellness Center can offer advice about nutrition, eating disorders, STDs, alcohol and drugs. Getting sick for the first time at college away from your parents can be difficult, but the Student Health Center offers free office visits for checkups, immunizations, treatment of chronic stabilized diseases and minor emergency care. You can also purchase health insurance through the center; visit for more information. The Student Counseling Center in 4.600 can assist you with anything related to emotional well-being. If you’re struggling with homesickness, depression, time management or other issue, you can receive up to 12 free, private and discreet counseling sessions. Library


can attend one of the many career seminars offered throughout the semester, such as interview tips, resume workshops and how to write a cover letter. You can also schedule a mock in-

answer questions about visas, financial aid, traveling in the U.S. and offer other resources to help ease the transition into a new country.

The Multimedia Center on the ground floor of the library has a wide variety of DVDs that are free for checkout to UTD students. You can borrow up to three DVDs at a time for three days, as well as check out digital cameras or calculators for a seven-day period. The library also has 10 study rooms that can be reserved up to 24 hours in advance. Each room has a whiteboard, and you’ll get dry erase markers when you pick up the room key at the circulation and reserve desk.

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Protecting your property


Although UTD is a relatively safe community, theft is the most prevalent crime reported on campus. Most thefts on campus are not forced or violent but instead are crimes of opportunity, in which victims make it easy for or present opportunities to thieves, according to UTDPD Lt. Ken MacKenzie. Students will occasionally leave belongings unattended or their apartments unlocked, making it easy for thieves to take advantage of them. Students can be proactive and secure their belongings using services readily available on campus. Both the Activity Center and the library, two hotspots of theft, have free lockers for students and staff to use. Should items be stolen, free tracking software is available for most major smartphones and the university offers LoJack tracking for laptop computers at a discounted rate through the UTD Technology store. Bicycles, one of the most stolen items on campus, can have identification etched into their frames. Free etching services are

available via UTDPD. The problem of residential theft is most prevalent among apartments or dormitories with multiple roommates. Residents will often leave their doors unlocked, thinking that either their roommate will lock the door behind them or that the apartment will not be burglarized if a roommate is home. According to police, some thieves walk door-to-door testing the locks on apartments and, if one is open, will enter to try and steal from the residence. Additional UTDPD services include emergency call stations — the prominent blue or black poles scattered throughout campus buildings and residential areas that are lit at night with a blue light. There are over 40 call stations, and they connect directly to the UTD police dispatch. UTDPD also offers free escort services any time of day or night to accompany students or staff on campus. For more information or tips on how to avoid theft, students can contact crime prevention officer David Spigelmyer via email at spig@



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what to expect FROM popular majors at UTD MIGUEL PEREZ Mercury Staff

Life as inbetweeners — i.e. that age group where bars aren’t all that fun, and you’re only really an adult on paper — is never as nicely put as it seems in media. The truth is, many people don’t have any more insight into what they “want to do when they grow up” now than they did when their nosy aunts would ask them when they were nine years old. Then there are the people that have an idea but still have major questions left unanswered about job prospects. Understanding your college’s degree programs can save you time and money. So, what can you expect from popular majors at UTD? School of Arts & Humanities: Arts and Technology (ATEC majors make up 44 percent of A&H) Graduates with a B.A. in Arts and Technology can pursue careers in sound engineering, game design, web development and education. The job outlook for multimedia artists and animators is less than ideal. Employment is expected to rise by 8 percent from 2010 to 2020. Those pursuing careers in ATEC related fields should have a high tolerance for change. This field of work is very erratic in terms of work environment, stability and pay. In 2010, 29 percent of graphic designers reported being self-employed. Expect job-hopping. ATEC majors at UTD must have the versatility to handle a variety of courses,

from literature to computer science. Current ATEC majors and students joining the ATEC family in 2013 will see the completion of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology building. The complex will house all kinds of amenities for ATEC students, including a game library and 1,500 square foot design studios. All ATEC students will encounter group projects, and it’s not uncommon for students to work with faculty members on research projects. If you’re at all considering game design, UTD is the right place. It was the only Texas school to receive an honorable mention in the Princeton Review’s Top Undergrad Schools to Study Video Game Design in 2013. School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Psychology (Psychology majors make up 27 percent of BBS) Some common careers with a B.S. in Psychology include advertising agent, career counselor and social worker. Students can pursue a teacher certification plan under UTD’s psychology program for those interested in education. The job outlook for psychology majors is agreeable. Employment of psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to BLS, Occupational Outlook Handbook. A significant portion of your time and effort will be focused on reading and writing if you major in psychology at UTD. The program calls for students to participate in faculty research studies as part of the research exposure credit requirement. UTD’s psychology program leans to-

wards a science focus because of the nature of the degree. Currently, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology is not offered. It’s pretty important to note that if you’re leaning towards a degree in psychology, you’ll have to start thinking about grad school; licensed psychologists need a graduate degree. Luckily, UTD’s fast-track program allows undergraduate students to take a maximum 12 hours that will count towards both their undergraduate and graduate degree. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science: Computer Science (CS majors make up 34 percent of ECS) Possible jobs with a B.S. in Computer Science are as ubiquitous as the computers. Some careers include network administration, software development and web design. According to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, or NACE, college graduates with a bachelor’s in computer science begin earning an average of $60,000. While not a requirement, computer science majors who have a background in trigonometry, calculus, physics and chemistry before starting the program usually find themselves better suited and less stressed. Computer science majors looking for practical experience can count on ECS. The school places about 500 students in internship positions at local companies like Texas Instruments and Raytheon every year.

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences: Criminology (Criminology majors make up about 22 percent of EPPS) Most careers for graduates with a B.A. in Criminology are largely academic in scope, meaning a significant portion of criminologists work as researchers and lecturers at academic institutions. Other possible career paths include criminal and private investigation, corrections and social work. Expect employment in the public sector. Employers include federal and state government, police services and non-profits dealing in social welfare. Only a bachelor of arts is offered for the major at UTD, meaning the only substantial math requirements are college algebra and statistics. Upon completion of all core course requirements, criminology majors participate in a research capstone project in their senior year. The criminology program at UTD is a great place to gain knowledge about academic publications. As an example, criminology professor, Dr. Alex Piquero, is co-editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Several other faculty members manage academic journals in criminology. UTD’s criminology program was ranked fifth in the world in terms of scholarly publications and their impact

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continued from page 12 on students in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. School of Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies (I.S. majors make up 72 percent of the school) Possible careers with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies are too varied to quantify any top career paths. With that said, I.S. sets the holistic groundwork needed for careers in management, education and business. Students pursuing interdisciplinary studies are required to choose two foundations from other schools and one concentration. Areas include business issues, environmental studies, law and public relations. Students opting for a B.S. in I.S. must take higher-level math courses like calculus, and their concentration must include both statistics and science courses. Majoring in I.S. is a good idea for people who have focused areas of interest and no degree plan that matches with that interest. You’ll work with an academic advisor to form specific foundations and concentrations to fit your career vision. Naveen Jindal School of Management: Accounting (Accounting majors make up 25 percent of JSOM) The career path with a B.S. in Accounting is pretty straightforward — nearly every type of industry requires accountants. Some titles include public, management, financial and forensic accountant. A NACE survey from 2012 found that accounting majors were most likely to get job offers out of 16 of the most common majors including business and engineering. Accounting majors have a large list of major requirements, which only leaves an allowance of six hours of free elective courses. However, course requirements are wide-ranging, and they include classes in economics, management and law. JSOM has a great scholarship program for all its students, and there’s a variety of scholarships available specifically for accounting students. Keep in mind that certification will

improve your job prospects significantly. The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam is required to become a certified public accountant. School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Biology (Biology majors make up 47 percent of NSM students) The biology major is a favorite among students on the road to medical school, but it also prepares students for careers in biotechnology, animal sciences and the pharmaceutical industry. The most common jobs for people with a B.S. in Biology include research and development lab technician, medical lab technician and secondary teacher. A Bachelor’s degree in Biology is often used as a preliminary degree to more focused fields, so most students consider some kind of post-undergraduate education. A B.S. and B.A. in Biology are virtually the same in terms of major core course requirements, but students choosing the B.A. can opt out of calculus in exchange for statistics for life sciences and applied calculus. Only students pursuing a B.A. in Biology have the option to pursue the UTeach program as part of their undergraduate degree plan, which gives them all the course work needed for certification as a secondary school teacher. If you feel that biology can complement a more significant interest, UTD offers specialized minors in biomolecular structure, microbiology, molecular and cell biology and neurobiology. Final Tips from UTD’s Career Center: 1. You’re in the right place at the right time: According to Associate Director of Career Development Mick Choate, undeclared freshmen are in a good position to explore their options. Take your core classes and get a feel for your strengths and weaknesses. Take advantage of faculty office hours to investigate job prospects and research opportunities. 2. Don’t base your decision solely on numbers: Looking at median income ranges and stats on employment prospects can really help, but don’t let them be the deciding factor. 3. Strip the negative stigma: You’re very likely to change your major in the next four years, so tell your nosy aunts to deal with it.

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japanese & monsters a few of the most interesting classes at UTD SHEILA DANG/MANAGING EDITOR

Whether or not you’ve decided on a major, college is a great time to explore different subjects and take classes from fields you hadn’t thought of. Unfortunately, UTD doesn’t offer Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions or Muggle Studies, but there are plenty of other classes that students rave about every semester. Improvisation- DRAM 2372 With Kathy Lingo Are you a fan of Whose Line is it Anyway? Do you want to break out of your shell and learn how to think quickly on your feet? Consider taking this improv class with Kathy Lingo; you’ll learn the principles of spontaneous creativity through listening and response techniques. Expect to play a lot of games to put your learning into practice. Who knows? You might become the next big comedy star. Humanities- HUMA 1301 With Peter Ingrao This core class is a requirement on every degree plan, so you will have to take it during your time at UTD. Students say that Peter Ingrao makes it worth your time by focusing on a very interesting side of humanities. Often called the “monster class,” you will examine the themes of monstrosity in folklore,

fiction, film and pop-culture. Expect to read and discuss Frankenstein and Dracula, as well as watch clips from The Walking Dead.


Beginning Japanese I- JAPN 1311 With Yuki Watanabe

Introduction to SculptureARTS 2381 With Kristen Cochran

If you’re a fan of manga, J-Pop or Japanese cinema, consider taking this introductory course in learning the Japanese language. You’ll learn the basics of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as Japanese culture and civilization. Students say that Watanabe is a passionate professor who’s funny and very interactive with the class.

Eager to work with your hands and get crafty? Get your creative juices flowing with this intro to sculpture course. You’ll work with concepts related to three-dimensional design, such as space, mass and texture, and use materials such as plaster, clay and wood. You’ll also keep a personal blog and sketchbook to document your work and ideas.

Public and Professional Speaking for Business- COMM 3301 With Elizabeth Bell No matter how outgoing or sociable you may be, it’s possible that the thought of public speaking is still as terrifying as it was in high school. Take this class to learn how to overcome and control your nerves in front of a crowd — an important skill you’ll use throughout college and long after you leave UTD. Business-related interpersonal and interviewing skills, how to conduct meetings and teamwork are just some of the topics that will be explored.

The Psychology of PrejudicePSY 4324 With Salena Brody If you aren’t afraid of exploring the heavy issues that face society, consider taking this course to learn about stereotypes and prejudice in the media, sexism, heterosexism, classism and other social issues. You’ll also take part in a semester-long “Change the World” group project where each group will try to generate real-world social good. Lectures are engaging and include personal experiences, and students say that Brody doesn’t avoid any topic while managing to keep class discussions from becoming emotionally charged. n june 2013

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No car? no worries UTD transportation takes students across campus, state SAMANTHA LIM Mercury Staff

Even without a car, there are plenty of ways to get around, both on campus and off campus. Although on-campus classes are within walking distance, some students choose to use longboards, skateboards and bikes for faster transportation. If students live on campus, bikes must be registered with University Village at the University Village Information Center or the Residence Hall Front Desk. Students are strongly encouraged to lock their bikes in order to prevent theft. There are also three Comet Cab routes to help students travel on campus: from the Residence Halls to the Activity Center, from the Waterview apartments to the Jindal School of Management, or JSOM, and from Lots A, B, C and D to JSOM and the McDermott Library. Anywhere along the three routes, a student can catch a ride from a vehicle. A sign in the window will indicate which route the Comet Cab is driving on or if the driver is off duty. To travel off campus, students can rent a Zip Car or ride the Comet Cruiser. To use the Zip Cars, a student needs to register online at utdallas. There is an application fee of $25 and an annual fee of $50. The hourly rate Monday through Thursday is $8.50 per hour and $69 for

the day. Friday through Sunday, the hourly rate is $9.50 per hour and $77 for the day. Gas, insurance and up to 180 free miles are covered with the fee. UTD’s shuttle-bus service, the Comet Cruiser, goes to Bush Turnpike Station, UTD Berkner and McCallum Boulevard every day of the week and Walmart on Sundays; the schedule can be found by searching “Comet Cruiser” on the UTD website. Various bus stop stations along Rutford Avenue will depart for those locations as scheduled online. At Bush Turnpike Station you can take the DART’s Red Line, which travels further throughout the Dallas Fort-Worth area to locations such as the American Airlines Center and the Eismann Center. UTD students can apply for a free DART pass every calendar year. Just search “DART” on the UTD website. The Texas Express, a charter bus, also makes a non-stop trip to Austin on Friday nights at 9 p.m., departing from the traffic circle on University Parkway and returning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to the same location. Tickets must be purchased by 2 p.m. on the day of departure and a valid UT system photo ID is required to board the bus. Friends and family may also ride provided at least one member in the party has a UT system photo ID. For service dates and more information, visit the university website and search “Texas Express.”


Whether you live in the residence halls or commute, Comet Cabs are nearby to help you arrive to class on time.


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off-campus hotspots dart at your service ANWESHA BHATTACHARJEE Mercury Staff

Finding your way to places off campus can be hard if you’re new to the area. Here’s a quick guide on what buses to catch and where to get off without calling the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, hotline.

Social Security Number office If you’re an international student and need a social security card, this is one destination you will need to visit at some point. Take the 883 to Bush Turnpike station and catch the DART Rail Red Line. Get off at the Walnut Hill station and exit the station.

While the 883 is a free bus service, not all hot hangouts lie on the 883 route. For free travel around Dallas, apply for a DART pass online on and remember to carry it in your wallet before you travel.

Catch the 502 to Manderville and North Central Expressway and get off at the 10,000 block stop, right in front of the Social Security Number office.

If you don’t have a DART pass, you can pay $1.75 per ride or buy a Reduced Day Pass for $2.50, which is available for students carrying their Comet Card.

On the return trip, take the bus from the same stop and get off at the Walnut Hill station. Take the Red Line to Bush Turnpike Station and the Comet Cruiser to campus.

DFW Airport

Plano Department of Public Safety

If you need to head to the DFW airport and there’s no one to drive you there, reserve the Airport Super Shuttle on for $34.

If you need to obtain or renew a Texas driver’s license and don’t own a car yet, here’s how to get to the Plano Department of Public Safety, or DPS.

If you’re looking for cheaper transportation, the DART will take you there. Be sure to start at least 2-3 hours before your check-in time. Catch the Comet Cruiser to Bush Turnpike Station. Then take the DART Rail Red Line to the Union Station. At the Union Station, switch trains and take the Westbound Trinity Rail and get off at the CentrePort or DFW station. Here’s a quick note though: The Trinity Rail has different frequencies, depending on whether you’re travelling during rush hour. Make sure to look up the schedule before you plan your travel. From there catch the Remote South Bus that will drop you off at stops for connecting shuttles to Terminals A and C, Terminals B and E or Terminal D. The walking distances are minimum so carrying luggage is not a problem.

Take the 883 to Bush Turnpike station and the Red Rail to Parker Road station. Board the 452 toward Jack Hatchell Transit Center and get off at the Parker at Silverstone stop. The DPS office is within the complex right next to the stop. The wait at the DPS can be very long, so if you take the DART, prepare to spend the whole morning in line. ELIZABETH DEL ROSARIO/STAFF

Also, remember to carry your checkbook or cash, because the DPS does not accept electronic payments.

Electronics and Apparel Best Buy - Get on the Comet Cruiser to Bush Turnpike Station and take the DART Rail Red Line to Parker Road Station. Walk north on Archerwood Street toward Ozark Drive. Turn right on North Central Expressway, and Best Buy will be on the right. The walk should take about five minutes.

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Kohl’s - If you’re at Best Buy, it’s a minute’s walk to Kohl’s for discount apparel and accessory shopping. Subscribe via email to receive discounts. If you shop for more than $600 a year you can become a Most Valued Customer to receive additional discounts and offers. Collin Creek Mall - The mall is home to popular stores like Macy’s, JC Penny’s, Forever 21, Rue 21 and Claire’s. Get on the Comet Cruiser to the Bush Turnpike Station and take the DART Rail Red Line to the Downtown Plano Station. Board the 870 Flex Shuttle to Collin Creek Mall. It will drop you off at the mall entry. The Shops at Willow Bend - The 883 Comet Cruiser will drop you off at Coit at LakePark, right in front of the Bank of America. From the same stop, board the 362 towards the Addison Transit Center. At the Addison Transit Center, change buses and board the 347 to the Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. Get off at Park at Mall A and cross the road to enter The Shops at Willow Bend. Use the bus stop opposite Chase Bank while returning to board the 347 towards Addison Transit Centre. Burlington Coat Factory - To get there, you can take the 883 to Bush Turnpike station and then the Red Rail or the Orange Rail to the Parker Road Station. Catch the next 452 toward the Jack Hatchell Transit Centre, and get off at the U.S. 75 at Ruisseau stop. Walk to the Burlington Coat Factory, which will be visible from the stop. Grocery Stores

Mumtaz - If you’re looking for a taste of the spicy flavors India is famous for, Mumtaz is your go-to place. The lunch buffet, available all seven days of the week, provides a vast selection of traditional Indian delicacies and desserts. While a la carte is available at all times, Monday lunch buffets from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. are at a special discounted rate of $5.99. To get there take the 883 to Coit at Lake Park and cross the road to catch the 362 toward Arapaho Center Station. Get off at Campbell at E. Collins Blvd. and walk for three minutes towards U.S. 75 freeway. The destination will be on your left.

Which Wich - If you feel like a fancy sandwich, Which Wich is within easy access. There are 10 categories of sandwiches available, and customers can customize their own sandwiches with as many ingredients as they like for a flat rate. The sandwiches make affordable and filling meals, for less than $10. Located next to Mumtaz, Which Wich is about 15-minutes away from campus. Sweet Mix Desserts - Your sweet tooth will be satisfied after a visit to Sweet Mix. With freshly made crepes and waffles, stop here for your dessert fix. Its vibrant atmosphere makes for an interesting place to hang out. To get there take the 883 to Coit at Lake Park and cross the road to catch the 362 toward Arapaho Center Station. Get off at Alma at Collins and walk for nine minutes towards N. Collins Blvd and turn right onto Greenville Ave. Leisure Cairo hookah lounge - Voted “Best Hookah Lounge in Richardson,” Cairo is located on Campbell southeast of campus. To get there hop on the 883 shuttle to Coit at Lakepark and ride the 362 to Arapaho Center Station. Get off at Campbell at Old Campbell and walk for a minute to reach the hookah lounge.

Walmart - If you want to shop on a weekday, the 883 will drop you off at Coit at LakePark right in front of the Bank of America. Catch the 451 from the same stop, get off at Coit at Mapleshade and cross the road to get to Walmart. On your way back, get off at the stop in front of Chili’s and cross the road to catch the 883 back to campus. Central Market - Buy produce, meat, seafood and other food items from around the world at Central Market, located near Bush and Coit, right across from Walmart. Get off the 451 or 883 at Mapleshade at Coit and walk to Central Market.

Cinemark Plano movies 10 - Ride the 883 shuttle to Coit at Lake Park and switch to 451 toward Northwest Plano. Get off at Coit at American from where the theater is a one-minute walk.

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A Taste of North Dallas Staffer’s top picks for good eats JOHN THOTTUNGAL

the cheap price. Free fried chips and condiments are provided.


American 1. Spiral Diner 1101 N. Beckley Ave. Dallas, TX 75203 19.3 miles from campus. Average meal- $10 Located in Oak Cliff, this diner is a local favorite among vegetarians and vegans. The interior is decorated invitingly, with a wall dedicated to plaid-clad, mustache bearing patrons. The food is delightful, with vegan substitutes for traditional favorites — Jamaican jerked tempeh, barbecue sandwiches, pasta and burgers. Be sure to stick around for unlimited refills on coffee and some delicious tea. 2. Café Brazil 2071 N. Central Expy., Richardson, TX 75080 2.7 miles from campus. Average meal- $10 An absolute favorite for students looking for a good study environment while they munch. Café Brazil has a wide array of options, bottomless coffee and a delightful wait staff. Be sure to follow them on Facebook or Twitter, as it is not uncommon for them to host day- or week-long specials (including free meals) via their social media sites. Chinese 3. Royal Chopstix 202 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080 3.47 miles from campus. Average meal- $7 This is easily the cheapest Chinese restaurant close to UTD. Chicken fried rice with the UTD student discount will only set you back $6.32. The portions are above average and the taste is not dependent on

4. Jeng Shi 400 N. Greenville Ave. Richardson, TX 75081 4.43 miles from campus. Average meal$5 This is a delight for people wanting to try southern-style Cantonese and Schezuan Chinese food. Located in the Richardson China Town on Arapaho and Greenville, this provides a very quick, cheap way to enjoy a really good sweet and sour soup, along with other regulars. 5. Kirin Court 221 E. Polk St, Richardson, TX 75081 4.03 miles from campus. Average meal$15 To all the Dim Sum fans out there, this is where it gets real. If you like chicken feet as much as I do and want to really take a trip to China, then this is the restaurant to visit for lunch on weekends. It is located on the east side of U.S. 75 and Beltline Rd. Bamboo trays of piping hot, authentic Dim Sum items come rolling your way amidst a scenery of a Chinese garden, complete with lion statue. French 6. Lavendou 19009 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252 4.89 miles from campus. Average meal- $25 Ever seen the Pixar movie “Ratatouille?” Well this is the restaurant that will bring you back to the dish served in the movie. This restaurant is only for someone who truly appreciates French cuisine, and the restaurant’s décor will take you away to France’s beautiful villages and landscapes. The food excels in taste and is not as expensive as other


highly rated French dining in North Dallas. Indian (and Bangladeshi) 7. Chameli 201 S. Greenville Ave. Richardson, TX 75081 4.77 miles from campus. Average meal - $6 Where can you find a chicken biriyani for $3.99 and watch Bollywood movies while you savor it? Chameli, a small Bangladeshi/Bengali restaurant off Interurban and Greenville close to U.S. 75 and

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Beltline, will feed your craving for a biriyani any day of the week.

12. Sushi Sake $15 2150 N. Collins Blvd, Richardson, TX 75080 3.40 miles from campus. Average meal- $15

Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is what comes to mind as you enter this milk and sugar laden Indian dessert restaurant. Customers with an aversion to sweets can try the vegetarian dishes like a Dosa, Idli and Thalis. Very economically priced, $5-10 will get you filled up for a sure trip to dessert heaven.

I dare anyone to show me a Japanese sushi restaurant close to UTD that can beat Sushi Sake in the freshness of its fish served in its sushi and sashimi. The traditional décor and Japanese sushi chefs will satisfy the purist who cannot handle the avant-gardé sushi fusions that inundate the local restaurant scene. A great second date place, it is recommended to call ahead or be ready to wait 30-45 minutes during peak times.

Although this restaurant is further away from the campus, it is an absolute must if you want to taste the best of South Indian, specifically Tamil, cuisine. They do a splendid job of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. An $8 non-vegetarian thali, or platter, that will wet your appetite for the cuisine, and it is strongly recommended to call in advance and book a table. Their Facebook page is well maintained as is their website, so be sure to look for deals. 10. India Palace 12817 Preston Road., Dallas, TX 75230 8.37 miles from campus. Average meal- $20 This restaurant is the place to go to impress anyone on the delicacies of Indian cuisine, be it a date, your professor or a group of friends. The restaurant matches the quality of its cuisine with a very professional staff and interesting décor. This is not the $6.99 lunch buffet type of restaurant but one that pays attention to detail, and you should expect to pay likewise. If you have a friend who has never tried Indian cuisine and would like to, this is the place to take them. They will come back with a new respect for the word “curry.” Italian


Top photo: A rice and sambar dish at Chennai Café, a highly rated South Indian restaurant in nearby Plano. Bottom photo: Green Tea and Thai ice cream at Noodle Wave, a Thai restaurant that serves food prepared according the Muslim Zabiha-Halal guidelines.


8. Royal Indian Sweets 524 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson, TX 75080 4.36 miles from campus. Average meal- $5

9. Chennai Café 5024 Tennyson Pkwy, Suite 200, Plano, TX 75024. 8.23 miles from campus. Average meal- $10


Moderately priced and with a good wine selection, this satisfies any craving for pasta or antipasto for anyone.

11. Cappucinos 1310 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080 2.24 miles from campus. Average meal- $20 Located very close to campus at Coit and Campbell, this Italian restaurant follows Italian tradition. An excellent place for a first date, their scampi and tiramisu is quite “bellisimo”.

Thai 13. Noodle Wave 1490 W. Spring Valley Road, Richardson, TX 75080 5.35 miles from campus. Average meal- $7 A Thai restaurant providing quite the flavor with an extra twist — the meat is prepared according to Muslim guidelines , or Zabiha-Halal, which makes it very unique. The lunch special for $9.99 is a very good deal. The mango ice cream ends every meal on a happy note. Located on Spring Valley and Coit, it is a quick trip to Southeast Asia. 14. Zenna 2500 N. Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074 5.54 miles from campus. Average meal-$10 UTD students will find solace in the Thais-Japanese fusion that’s open till 3 a.m. daily, and serves an economical selection of food and good sake. The closest one is on U.S. 75 and Park. Happy hour has a boot of beer (approximately 10 pints) for $9.99 and $1 sushi pieces. Great place to hang out and run into other students. 15. Bambu Thai 1930 N. Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 2.61 miles from campus. Average meal-$9 Nestled close to campus at Coit and Campbell, this family-owned restaurant provides authenticity at a good price. In the evenings, this is a cool place to introduce yourself and a date to the delicacies of the Thai cuisine. Although a little more pricey, its classy ambience is well worth it. n june 2013

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While Dallas isn’t your quintessential university town, it has its own share of fun things to offer. Here’s a list of some of the places to visit on a sunny Dallas day. Just pack your backpack and camera and head out to check off each attraction. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens- Nestled on the White Rock Lake, the arboretum and botanical gardens showcase a 66-acre collection of ornamental shrubs, seasonal flowers and seasonal exhibits. Through summer, the arboretum hosts concerts every Tuesday and Thursday, and it hosts various art and seasonal festivals all year round. Entry fee is $15 per adult. Dallas Museum of Art - This museum in the heart of Dallas’ Arts District houses

works of European and American art as well as sculpture and relics from Sub-Saharan Africa, ancient Egypt, South-East Asia, China and India. While general admission is free, special exhibits on display have a $16 entrance fee. The DMA hosts the Nasher sculpture Center, a cafeteria that serves a selection of pastas and sandwiches and a store where you could buy books on art, a guide to the museum and souvenirs. The museum is closed on Mondays. Dallas World Aquarium - A six-level aquarium that recreates natural rainforest habitats, the Dallas World Aquarium can easily take up more than four hours for a detailed exploration. Contrary to what its name suggests, the aquarium not only has underwater creatures on display but is also home to numerous arboreal species, reptiles and amphibians. The aquarium contains the eight-story Mundo Maya exhibit,

which showcases plants and animals prevalent in Mayan folklore. The museum is open daily, and tickets are $20.95 plus taxes for all adults. No student discounts are available.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science - This museum opened in Dec. 2012 and features five floors with 11 permanent exhibits containing interactive kiosks, hands-on activities and state-of-the-art video and computer animations. Be sure to stop by the plinth level to see the 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil, and then see an educational documentary in the 3D theater. The sounds that you hear in the exhibits? Those were created by UTD Arts and Technology students in a Sound Design course.



Klyde Warren Park - Built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Downtown Dallas, the Klyde Warren Park offers a plethora of activities for visitors from piano lessons to zumba and yoga. Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, the park is a good place for weary downtown explorers to rest and catch their breath while grabbing a bite from the food trucks in the park. The park is also great for pet owners with an enclosed area just for pets. There is no entry fee.

Shakespeare in the Park - Shakespeare Dallas hosts plays written by the Bard all through summer in the evenings for $10 a ticket. Enacted on a stage at the Samuel Grand Amphitheatre, attendees can enjoy the 16th century Globe Theater recreated out in the open. The plays are announced in advance, and tickets may be purchased online or at the venue.

The Dallas Museum of Art offers free general admission and is easily accessible by the Dart Light Rail. Special exhibits have a $16 admission fee. Sixth Floor Museum - The Dallas School

Visit the Sixth Floor Museum, and look out the very window from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy.

Book Depository, from where President John F. Kennedy was shot, has been converted to the Sixth Floor Museum. The sixth floor of the building, where Lee Harvey Oswald took his aim at the President, offers a historical recreation of Kennedy’s Presidential win, his Dallas visit and the fatal trip in Dealey Plaza in 1963. History lovers and conspiracy theory fans will enjoy the detailed descriptions and anecdotes of the political events that followed. UTD students can pick up discount tickets from the Comet Center in the Student Union before heading out to this museum. The museum is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Mondays, when it runs noon to 5 p.m. White Rock Lake - This 1,015-acre lake is located in the heart of Dallas, with hiking and bike trails running around its 9.3 mile perimeter. The lake is a good picnic spot, and visitors can also rent canoes to sail. Barbecue grills are stationed at different locations all along the perimeter for picnickers to use.

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...and the night NIGHTLIFE in the city SHEILA DANG

show toward the end of the night.

Arriving on campus for the first time brings a host of new experiences, and with new people, Welcome Week activities and countless student organizations vying for your attention, it can seem like an endless amount of things to do on campus. Inevitably though, boredom will seep in and you’ll be itching to get off campus. Luckily, Dallas has plenty of nightlife options available to the under-21 crowd.

Zouk 18 and up: Wednesday, Saturday (ladies only) Cover charge: $10 Zouk is a large, spacious club that won’t make you feel claustrophobic on the dance floor. Valet parking is available for $10, and there is $5 parking at a lot just a few minutes walk away. Top DJs such as Calvin Harris have been featured at Zouk, so it can be a good place to enjoy the latest music.

Dance clubs

Hookah Lounges

Cowboys Red River 18 and up: Thursday and Saturday Cover charge: Free for ladies and $20 for men on Thursday. $20 for under-21 on Saturday. This country music dance hall offers dance lessons such as the two-step and line dancing several times a week; visit their website for dates and details. The house band, Runnin’ Behind, plays live music in front of a large, racetrack-shaped dance floor. There’s also a mechanical bull — what more could you ask for?

Jasmine Hookah Bar This Lebanese lounge has great food and a casual atmosphere to relax. The place is open until 3 a.m. every day and is a great place to visit if you find you and your friends are bored late at night.

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The iconic neon sign marquee at the Granada Theater has welcomed concert-goers since 1946.


A cozy atmosphere, interesting decor and popular music make The Peace Pipe a good hookah lounge to hang out with friends.

Lizard Lounge 18 and up: Thursday – Sunday Cover charge: $15-20 depending on the night and the DJ that is playing Lizard Lounge is a two-story club that specializes in electronic, neo-Gothic, industrial and similar genres of music. The crowd is usually young, with very few people over 25. Feel free to come dressed casually, or as “out-there” as you like. Plush 18 and up: Thursday, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Cover charge: $10 for ladies, $15 for men Plush features three levels of dance floors, playing Hip Hop and Top 40 music. Parking is available at nearby lots for $5, and only a short walk from the club. Plush is outfitted with high-tech lights and a great sound system. Be warned that the dance floor can get quite crowded. Station 4 (S4) 18 and up: Thursday, Friday and Sunday Cover charge: $15 S4 is a gay club, but the crowd is always an even mix of all orientations. The décor is upscale and features a spectacular lighting feature in the middle of the dance floor. Be sure to catch S4’s famous drag

The Peace Pipe Peace Pipe features comfortable booths and seating, a laid back atmosphere and great music. The décor is unpretentious and doesn’t mimic Middle Eastern culture in a cheesy way. Each flavor is $15 and specialty blends are $20. Sultan Café Mediterranean and Greek food such as baba ganoush, falafel and hummus are available to order while you enjoy a hookah. Service is usually very attentive and helpful. Music venues Granada Theater This historic theater opened in 1946 and is easily recognizable by its 40-foot neon sign marquee. Bands that have played here include The Black Angels, The Burning Hotels and Pure X. It’s also located next to the Sundown at Granada, a restaurant with options including grass-fed beef and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. House of Blues Tracy Morgan, Guns n’ Roses and Darren Criss are just a few of the acts that have performed at the House of Blues. The venue also features Open Mic Wednesdays, a free event with performances by local artists. The wide variety of acts that perform at this venue are sure to please most people’s tastes.

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making greenbacks How to not be a poor college student


Sometimes you need some quick cash. If you can’t get a job and you don’t have parents who throw money at you, you’ll need to get creative. If you only need a few bucks for pizza or something cheap, participating in a research study is not a bad idea. They usually pay within the range of $10 to $25 for participating, and the flyers are found posted in public areas, such as the corkboards in the Student Union or in the Engineering and Computer Science building. The Center and Laboratory for Behavioral Operations and Economics has a mailing list on their homepage that students can sign up for to be notified of their paid research sessions. You could also donate your bodily materials. Donating blood plasma can earn you up to $50 per donation and you can donate twice per week. Biomet USA has a center in Dallas that pays $20 for the first donation, and $30 for each subsequent donation. Women can earn thousands of dollars from becoming an egg donor, but most buyers require proof of high intellectual aptitude, such as a high SAT or ACT score. Listings for these opportunities are typically found on corkboard flyers or in the classifieds of local newspapers, but there are also fertility banks that are willing to pay for human eggs. College-aged men have it more difficult, as nearly all sperm banks require a donor to have a college CEDRIC DAVIS III/STAFF

degree and pay about as much as a blood bank would for blood plasma, so this option is open mostly to graduate students. Both sperm and egg donors can find more information at 123Donate. com, as one of the banks the website services has a Dallas location. If you need even more money, you can turn to perhaps the most lucrative option: selling. Getting rid of your old phones or electronics can make you hundreds of spare greenbacks, and anyone living on campus is in a prime situation to sell to others. Flyers of the item you’re selling can be hung up around many places on campus for free, such as the boards near the plinth and in the SU. Just make sure you include a good description of what you’re selling and give people a way to contact you. The flyers you post don’t always attract a buyer though. Your audience on campus is limited to those who actually see your ad. If you want something to sell quickly, head to eBay. You won’t make quite as much since eBay takes a small cut of your sale and you’ll likely have to pay for shipping, but it is an almost guaranteed way to make money. Shipping is easy for UTD students because the oncampus bookstore houses a FedEx shipping station. Listing your item on craigslist is just as viable an option. Craigslist is a free service and it acts just like a large-scale classified ad. There is no shipping or shipping fee since craigslist items are typically sold locally and faceto-face. n june 2013

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Enjoy Living on CAMPUS Get it right with roomMATes the first time SHEILA DANG/ Managing Editor

Whether you’re coming to UTD straight from high school or as a returning student, there’s no doubt that college is all about transitions. If you’ve decided to move into the residence halls, here are some tips to make the most of your new life on campus.

cause it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors. Your PA will also schedule a one-on-one meeting with you at the beginning of the semester in order to get to know more about you, you’re goals for the year and give you an opportunity to bring up any concerns.

The People You’ll Be Sharing a Bathroom With

He or she will also coordinate socials once a month so that everyone in the hall can get to know each other.

Unless you’re moving in with a friend from high school, chances are you’ll be moving in with two strangers.

Activities can include everything from attending an event on campus to simply enjoying a pizza together.

When you receive your roommate assignments, look them up on Facebook or shoot them an email, and try to get to know a little bit about them before move-in day.

If you feel you can’t connect with your PA or approach them about an issue, don’t hesitate to speak with another PA in the res hall.

This is also a great time to arrange who will bring what — a TV, microwave and mini-fridge are important things that will need to be worked out.

Helpful Tidbits Don’t make a habit of forgetting your Comet Card when you leave your dorm room. Every door in the res halls, save for the first floor study rooms, must be unlocked with your Comet Card.

If possible, try to arrange a meeting with your new roommates before moving in; this way you won’t be meeting for the very first time on arrival and possibly adding to an overwhelming first day in the dorms.

Keep it in your wallet; otherwise you might find yourself locked out of your room, the hall or even the building.

When your Peer Advisor, or PA, stops by to facilitate a roommate agreement, be sure to speak up about any rules that you feel would prevent arguments down the road. A few things to consider may include cleaning arrangements, having guests over and the noise level of the TV. The Leaders of the Hall Each hall in the dorms will have a PA that can help you with any issues that arise, whether it be roommate disagreements, noise issues or if you need life advice. Get to know your PA and be sure to participate in hall events be-

Take advantage of events held in the first floor classrooms, as they often have free food and good information from speakers or student organizations. It’s also a great way to get involved and meet new people. The first floor rotunda is equipped with several TVs, comfortable couches, pool, pingpong and foosball tables. Simply give your Comet Card to the desk attendant to check out the necessary equipment and gather a group of friends to play. CEDRIC DAVIS III/STAFF

A kitchenette and laundry room are also available on the first floor; there is no charge to use the laundry machines and no need to book the kitchenette for use.

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Crunch time spots around campus for every study style Need a good place to study on campus but don’t want to hole up in your room or residence hall study area? Whether you follow the crowd or try something new, UTD offers a wide variety of study areas for both the everyday scholar and the last-minute crammer. A popular choice for studying is the library; comfortable seating and peaceful environments are abundant, while the Novel Brew café in the basement caters to students’ brain-fuel needs. The lower levels have an outdoor area that, if you don’t mind the smell of cigarette smoke that often lingers, offers a calming atmosphere with just enough foliage and sky. Across the mall are the Student Union and the plinth, which also offer food and comfortable seating, though sometimes student organizations will hold events that may break your concentration. Areas like the library or the SU are often full of people, especially in places like the Comet Café.

Though sometimes quiet, just the presence of another can throw off your focus. If you’re looking for more secluded options, the Founder’s building has a comfortable study area on the first floor facing the Green Center. There is no food, save for vending machines, and power outlets are scarce, but the couches are comfortable and there is a computer lab across the hall. The atrium in Green Hall also has ample seating, plenty of vending machines, access to power outlets and is relatively quiet. If a more modern atmosphere is desired and you don’t need easy access to food, the Student Services Building is full of comfortable study areas that can face the reflection pools. If you’re trying to find somewhere quiet that still allows you to enjoy the outdoors, there is a small spot in between Green Hall and the administration building that should suit you. Benches and tables sit under a leafy canopy that is just on the edge of the CometNet wifi. Aside from the occasional person walking to and from the parking lot, this area is mostly quiet and undisturbed.

Trees provide ample shade for the often undisturbed seating area between the Administration Building and Green Hall.

The first floor of the Student Services Building is ideal for study groups, with plenty of available tables and natural light.


Photos by Connie Cheng


The comfortable couches on the first floor of Founders are good for cramming sessions in between classes.

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On-Campus Dining Finding the right place to satisfy your craving NADA ALASMI Mercury Staff

In between classes, studying in the library, meetings and other commitments, it can be difficult to find time to stop by your dorm to eat, much less go off campus for lunch. It’s during these times that you’ll want to stop by one of the dining options that are, fortunately, scattered across campus. Whether it’s a quick cup of coffee or a sit-down meal with classmates, you can find something to suit your cravings. STUDENT UNION UTD’s main dining options are located in the Student Union. The Dining Hall is UTD’s buffet-style cafeteria. The hall offers a variety of entrées, desserts and salads, and it includes vegetarian, vegan and ethnic options. The menu changes every day and is best on the days important visitors come to campus. The Comet Café is located near the Dining Hall and includes Grab ‘n’ Go Outtakes, which includes a salad bar, soup, sushi and Asian-style rice bowls. The Comet Café also features a Subway, Chickfil-a, Chef’s table and Papa John’s Pizza. While both the Dining Hall and Comet Café close after dinner, The Pub, a popular hangout location for students, sells entrées such as quesadillas and burgers, and is usually open later hours. The Pub also offers Starbucks coffees, teas and frappucinos.

COFFEE SHOPS & ICE CREAM: While the Student Union’s dining options are designed to satisfy your hunger for larger meals, UTD’s various coffee shops offer lighter snacks, coffees and teas. The Coffee Shop is located in the Visitor’s Center and is a great place to relax due to the building’s bright and modern ambiance. Like The Pub, the Coffee Shop sells Starbucks drinks. It also sells sandwiches, salads, fruit smoothies and shakes, including a pina colada shake and a protein shake. The Coffee Corner is the largest of UTD’s coffee shops and features hot dogs, Miss Vickie’s kettle cooked chips and various drinks, sandwiches and pastry items. The Coffee Corner is located on the first floor the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Novel Brew, located in the basement of the McDermott Library, sells black coffee, iced-coffee, a few teas, some sandwiches and salads. Novel Brew makes up for the limited food and drink options by featuring a Bluebell ice cream freezer that includes various pints and popsicles.

to grab health items and toiletries. FOOD TRUCK For more exotic food options, you can check out the food truck, which is located primarily in Lot K between the Student Services Building and the Activity Center. The truck sells items such as burger sliders, Asian wraps, falafels, hummus and buffalo wings. DINING DOLLARS AND MEAL PLANS

Meal Plans are primarily used for the Dining Hall. After the Dining Hall closes, students can go to The Pub and “swap a meal” from their plan with an entrée from The Pub. Meal plans include two guest passes and plans expire at the end of each school year, so make sure to use all your meals before then. Dining Dollars are stored on your Comet Card and can be used throughout campus. They offer bonus dollars upon purchase and do not expire at the end of the academic year.

UTD BOOKSTORE UTD’s bookstore features the widest variety of snacks on campus, selling items such as Slim Jim sticks, chips, miso soup, snack packs, Campbell’s soup, Honest Tea, Twizzlers, Cliff Bars and more. As UTD’s mini-convenience store, the bookstore is also a great place


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Top photo: UTD’s men’s rugby team goes against the University of Denver at the Cowboy Cup. Bottom photo: Arts & Technology students race for the finish line at the Cardboard Boat Regatta.

UTD has become known for its research and academics; however, the university also has a lot to offer in sports and recreation. This past year has been a record-breaking season for the Comets, which saw three teams win the conference championships in one year, a feat never recorded before in the history of the university. It started with the women’s basketball team winning the conference by defeating Louisiana College. This was followed by the tennis team, men’s and women’s, who swept aside nationally-ranked UT-Tyler to win the double crown. The university participates in the American Southwest Conference and NCAA Division III. While, UTD does not have football, it has other competitive sports including basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. The conference championship tournament MVP in women’s basketball was awarded to UTD’s Morgan Kilgore. Kilgore was playing her first season for the Comets, which goes to show that even a newcomer can play a critical role in the success of a team. Along with competitive sports, UTD also offers club sports, intramural sports and various activities to keep your body in check. If you are interested in playing sports but cannot compete at the athletic level, club sports is a fun way to play competitive games with other students. Some of the

club sports that UTD has to offer are rock climbing, badminton, swimming, squash, racquetball and rugby. Students can also play sports recreationally with the Intramural Sports program. You do not have to be an athlete to play Intramural Sports. Just gather a few friends, form a team and enjoy the competition. The sports line-up for Intramural includes popular games such as flag football and basketball to off-beat events like inner tube water polo and cardboard boat regatta. The fitness center, free with your Comet Card, has cardio equipment, free weights and several plate loaded machines, so you can get the workout you desire. Students can also pay for personal training at the fitness center. During a session, you will work one-on-one with a professional certified trainer with whom you can discuss your goals, obstacles and nutrition. Group X are group fitness classes that students can enroll in for $50 a semester and include spin, yoga, cardio-kickboxing and zumba. Recreational Sports offers dance lessons and workshops on scuba diving. These activities are charged. The swimming pool is accessible to all students at no charge. Recreational Sports also hosts activities such as laser battle, twisted trivia and silent disco from time to time. These events are listed on the events page at

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Time to relax JOSEPH MANCUSO Mercury Staff

Just because you don’t have a ride off campus doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time. There are plenty of on-campus activities other than billiards and table tennis for you to enjoy. The Activity Center offers an indoor swimming pool, racquet ball and basketball courts that anyone with a valid Comet Card can access free of charge. However, one of the lesser-known attractions might be the indoor climbing wall. Designed to deliver an exciting rock climbing experience, the wall covers more than 1,000 square feet and is open every weekday except Wednesday. The Student Union and Activities Advisory Board, or SUAAB, holds free events regularly. At SUAAB’s Underground Poetry Circus, typically occurring every month or so, poets go head to head and students are given the chance to sign up for a slot at the open microphone. SUAAB also holds its Spotlight music series, featuring live bands in The


There are many ways to enjoy student talent on campus, with the popular Spotlight music series as well as the Underground Poetry Circus in The Pub.

Pub. To stay in the know with SUAAB events, follow the posts on their Facebook page, search keyword SUAAB, or keep an eye out for the signs posted throughout campus. The Meteor Theater is a student-run program that shows popular movies to students during the school year. Screenings are free and the films shown are usually recent, including films such as Despicable Me, The Hobbit and Super 8. Upcoming show times are usually posted throughout campus, but more information can be found by liking and following their Facebook page, Meteor Theater at UTD. If you like to get your geek on, trading card games such as Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh are often found being played in the TV lounge in the Student Union. The Texas eSports Association at Dallas, a UTD gaming organization, plays multiplayer online games such as League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients in Founders 1.206 on Fridays starting at 5 p.m. Students can receive updates from the group via their Facebook page, TeSPA of Dallas.

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The Mercury - Orientation Edition  
The Mercury - Orientation Edition  

This is our annual orientation edition of The Mercury. Its purpose is to inform new students of what UT Dallas is like and to give them an "...