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INSIDE New sports bar on Mockingbird PAGE 2 Alum writes on Death Penalty PAGE 5 Men’s basketball falls short PAGE 8 Mustangs bring home bowl win PAGE 7 FRIDAY JANUARY 18, 2013 FRIDAY High 57, Low 37 THURSDAY High 63, Low 41 VOLUME 98 ISSUE 47 FIRST COPY FREE, ADDITIONAL COPIES 50 CENTS CHRISTOPHER SAUL/The Daily Campus The 2013 Potential New Members run to their respective new houses on Thursday afternoon after receiving their official bid cards. The students spent four days visiting the eight Panhellenic houses on campus Jan. 14-17. Bid day celebrations start spring semester ERIC SHEFFIELD Staff Writer Owl balloons were flying above Chi Omega. Anchors were lodged in front of Delta Gamma. “Sweet Home Alabama” could be heard across campus from the Kappa Kappa Gamma house. “It was a tough decision, but they told us to follow our hearts,” new Delta Gamma Katherine Zopatti said. Sorority recruitment ended on Thurs., Jan. 17 with the annual Bid Day celebration, and of course, the run of the new members from the Hughes-Trigg Student Center to sorority row. “It was the best thing we’ve done in a long time,” Gamma Phi Beta junior Melissa Maguire said. “It was so much fun. I love spending time with my sisters and it will be so great meeting all the new girls.” The potential new members waited with bated breath all week to find out what sorority house they would soon become a part of. After opening the envelopes containing their bid cards, all control was lost. The doors of Hughes-Trigg burst open as hundreds of girls dashed to sorority row to celebrate with their new sisters. And the scene at sorority row was no more tame. Balloons, streamers, posters and smiling girls awaited the new members as they approached. “Today, I’m feeling amazing,” Dana Brown, a new member of Chi Omega, said. “I just knew what house was right when I went to it. Everything worked out perfectly.” The sorority members, both new and old, danced, sang and posed for photos in front of their houses along sorority row. The occasion also called for Rho Gammas and Panhellenic Executive members to re-affiliate with their sororities. These girls had to disaffiliate during the fall semester to help organize recruitment. “I’m feeling so excited. I’m exhausted,” junior Rho Gamma Briana McIntyre said. “But I’m just ready to go see my sisters.” The parties in charge of recruitment week were especially worn down because, for the second straight year, the Preference ceremonies and Bid Day celebrations were squeezed together into less than 12 hours. Preference Day, formerly Preference Night in 2011, is the formal end to recruitment where potential new members have one last chance to interact with the sororities and make a decision. “I know that having Bid Day and Pref Day the same is kind of tough,” Alpha Chi Omega House Director Martha Buckner said. “But [new members] just kind of get it all done with in one day.” While the majority of the girls ended up happy with how recruitment week played out for them, they were also pleased to see it end. “I’m so glad that it’s over,” new Delta Gamma Emily Heft said, “but by the end, it’s so DALL AS worth it.” This was due in large part to the inclement weather throughout the week. The temperature rarely rose above 40 degrees, and the layer of snow on the ground Tuesday morning didn’t help the shivering potential new members. “I haven’t seen snow since I was three,” Brown, a Miami native, said. “It was awful.” Calling the event Bid Day this year was a bit of a stretch, as the girls didn’t open their bid cards until close to 5:30 p.m. It seemed more like Bid Night. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life declined to comment on why the function was held so late. Although it is customary for members from the fraternities to wait along the new members’ path, this year each fraternity was reportedly tied up in meetings during the actual bid run of the female new members. The fraternities did not arrive at the sorority houses until shortly after 6 p.m. Their new members had also received their bids this afternoon and were keen to celebrate. “I’m pretty pumped,” first year new member of Kappa Alpha Order David Stoll said. “I was nervous all day, but once I found out where I got bids from, it was pretty awesome.” The sororities and fraternities won’t have long to celebrate as the start of classes is today. “It’s bittersweet,” said McIntyre. “But I’m ready to start the semester.” OBITUARY SMU contributes fossils to Perot Student, family Museum of Nature and Science die in plane crash CHARLIE SCOTT Staff Writer The land is arid. Its inhabitants undergo crippling heat, little rain and countless droughts. Texas suffers from a shortage of water, but that hasn’t always been the case. Visitors to the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Uptown now have an opportunity to see fossils of animals from a prehistoric time when an ancient sea covered the Big D. The fossil display, which is made possible by an ongoing collaborative effort between SMU and the Perot Museum, contain “some spectacular pieces that tell some very interesting stories,” according to Anthony Fiorillo, Curator of Earth Sciences at the Perot. Many of the fossils on display date from a geological period called the Cretaceous, which lasted from 146 million years ago to 66 million years ago. Some of these are plant fossils that were discovered at a ranch southwest of Fort Worth in Hood County. Some other fossils on loan from that period, include sea turtles and mosasaurs, which are ancient aquatic lizards that eventually evolved flippers and long bodies for life at sea. In 2006 a then 5-year-old Preston Smith was on a family outing along the North Sulpher River in Ladonia Texas when she stumbled upon what appeared to Courtesy of Perot Museum be the remnants of a turtle. But A rendering of the Perot Museum which opened Dec. 1, 2012. this was no ordinary find. When Diana Vineyard, director of administration and giant for turtles. SMU students desire to pursue research associate at SMU’s Also on loan from the Shuler a better understanding of the Institute for the Study of Earth Museum, and identified by ancient past. and Man, got her hands on the Vineyard, are fossils of 110 SMU Senior Katharina Marino, specimen as graduate student, she million year old sea turtles dating a double major in Journalism and worked to determine the creature from the early Cretaceous period Geology, is elated about the fossils had died 80 millions years ago. in Texas, which were discovered being displayed at the Perot. She also found that it wasn’t near Granbury. “SMU has made substantial only 1 turtle Smith happened Such a discovery, Vineyard contributions to the Perot said in a recent report, shows Museum,” Marino said. across. There were many, stacked initial specimens in the transition “For me personally, being a one on the other when they of turtles from land and shallow student at SMU and then having met their demise millennia ago. marine animals to fully developed an institution like the Perot Vineyard was responsible for ones. museum [to experience] has been classifying these ancient reptiles Scientific discoveries like See MUSEUM page 3 “Toxochelys”—scientific lingo Vineyard’s coincide with some JULIE FANCHER Assignments Desk Editor The SMU community is in mourning after a first-year student and her family was killed in a small plane crash just outside San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 29. Katelyn Jane Stern, also known as Katey, and her parents William Stern Jr. and Jennifer Stern were flying back to their Phoenix, Ariz. home when their plane crashed. The Stern family was well known throughout the Arizona community for their produce company, Sterns Produce. Friends of Katey told CBS 5 in Arizona that Katey was always smiling, and had dreams of being a broadcaster. She had pre-majors in both Business and Journalism. Her friend, only identified as Chloe, told CBS 5, “she was the weather girl for high school. She was the only one that was good at it.” “She just has the greatest smile and greatest laugh and it’s something that honestly none of us will ever forget and it’s surreal that Courtesy of Student Media Company Freshman Katelyn Stern it’s not coming back,” friend Jessica Michael told Arizona’s 3TV. Friends of the Stern family stopped by the Stern’s house to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial. William Stern Jr., described by friends as an avid pilot, was flying his family in a self-built plane. The single-engine plane was a four-seat Lancair IV-P, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The Lancair website posted See CRASH page 3


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