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FEBRUARY 11, 2013 MONDAY High 73, Low 43 TUESDAY High 63, Low 37 MONDAY VOLUME 98 ISSUE 56 FIRST COPY FREE, ADDITIONAL COPIES 50 CENTS ACADEMICS May Term returns to Dallas campus KATELYN GOUGH News Editor email@example.com May Term will be returning the Dallas campus for the first time in 22 years this spring. Dr. Kathy Rowe, Director of Summer Studies for SMU, said that this new addition to the main campus offerings is ideal for students really “trying to maximize their time.” “We’re finding that because of all the things [students] are involved in, the more options we can offer, the better.” Similar to its sister program in Taos, the May Term in Dallas will allow students to take one three-hour course May 16-31. The time frame will allow students to earn additional credits without taking up their summer. For many students, this means not interfering with internships. “They don’t want to have to juggle their internship and school,” Rowe explained. Using summer internships as a jumping off point, one course Rowe and her colleagues are “hoping to start this May is a course that will help students prepare for their internship [in nonprofits].” “The idea being you would get three hours’ credit for this seminar that focuses on the history and See CLASSES page 3 CHRISTOPHER SAUL/The Daily Campus HOLIDAY The Lady Mustangs held the Lady Thundering Herd to 29 percent shooting in the first half Sunday. Women’s basketball stampede over Marshall 67-50 SCOTT SANFORD Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Sporting their pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness day at Moody Coliseum, the Lady Mustangs extended their win-streak to ten games, beating Marshall 67-50. Following a thrilling 3OTwin against UAB on Thursday, the Mustangs (18-4, 9-0 C-USA) pulled away in the second half of Sunday’s game against Marshall, helping them remain undefeated in Conference USA. Keena Mays, in front of the third-largest crowd of the season, led the way for SMU scoring 17 points while dishing out five assists and pulling down five rebounds. Akil Simpson also had another big game, recording her fifth double-double of the year, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Neither team played a stellar first 20 minutes. The Mustangs shot 39 percent from the field while Marshall shot a mere 29 percent in the first half. Mays, however, was the lone bright spot for the Mustangs, scoring 13 of her 17 points on 5-8 shooting from the field in the first half. Marshall (7-15, 1-8 C-USA) hung tough with the Mustangs for the first ten minutes of the half, mostly trading shots. After that however, the Mustangs closed out the first 20 minutes on an 18-10 run to give them an eight-point lead going into halftime. Marshall came out of the gates fast in the second half scoring eight of the first ten points to cut the Mustangs’ lead down to 33-31. The Mustangs did not quit though. SMU held the Thundering Herd to just five points over the next ten minutes to take a commanding 60-36 lead. That run also included a 13-0 streak by the Mustangs, spanning nearly four minutes. SMU finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field, including seven of 16 from 3-point range. The Mustangs had 16 assists on their 24 made shots. Marshall made just four of their 22 attempts from threepoint range and shot 29 percent from the field for the entire game. The Thundering Herd also only shot 50 percent from the free throw line. The Mustangs were able to force the Thundering Herd into 15 turnovers, which led to 18 points. Marshall also became the seventh team that SMU has held to 50 or fewer points for the season. The Mustangs will have a couple of days off before heading to East Carolina to kick off a quick two-game road trip at 6 p.m. Thursday. Tenth straight win What to do with your date? A Valentine’s Day top ten Arboretum Take a trip with your valentine to the Arboretum. Take a walk around and view the Chilluy exhibit. The arboretum features 66-acres of dispaly gardens and seasonal flowers near White Rock Lake. With weather set to be sunny and in the mid 60’s on Thursday, this will be the perfect Valentine’s day stroll. Breadwinners This SMU favorite is offering a Valentine’s Day special at all four of its locations. There is a special Valentine’s Day menu that offers grilled lamb chop with potato gratin and proscuitto wrapped asparagus or lump crab stuffed jumbo shirmp. And don’t forget dessert, a white chocolate raspberry torte. Hurry though, reservations are required. Max’s Wine Dive This new restaurant, recently featured in The Daily Campus, is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. The five course menu is $100 and reservations are required. Max’s Wine Dive is located on the corner of McKinney and Lemon in Uptown. Sprinkles For anyone with a sweet tooth Sprinkles is offering a special box of cupcakes, through Feb. 17. The XOX box of cupcakes includes classics such as chocolate and vanilla, as well as favorites such as red velvet and chocolate marshmallow. Dry Bar Want to look your best for a Valentine’s Day date, head to any Dry Bar location including one at the Shops of Highland Park, they are offering a “bouquet” of blowouts. Dallas Museum of Art The Dallas Museum of Art offers a fun, new experience to view over 24,000 pieces of art. The museum is open on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-9p.m. Chocolate Tasting Chocolate Secerets, located on Oak Lawn near EatZi’s, has a special Valentine’s Day tasting for $98 a person. Dallas Zoo The Dallas Zoo is offering a special where guests can adopt a koala for $50. With that purchase comes a small plush koala, photo, adoption certificate and two tickets to the zoo. Or for anyone wishing to just visit the zoo, tickets are $5. HOUSING New residence halls to bring new dean position JULIE FANCHER Assignments Desk Editor email@example.com The opening of the new student dorms is causing a wave of change, including the evolution of a position. Dean of Student Life Dr. Lori White announced in an email Thursday Feb. 7 that the position of Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Housing will be removed to create a new position, Dean of Residence Life and Student Housing. Dr. White said in her email, sent out to faculty and staff, that the position of dean would help the transition into the residential dorms. “Structurally, the Dean in a residential commons model is viewed as both a student affairs position and one with the credentials to interact effectively with academic affairs,” said White. The decision to change this position comes back to what the new residential commons model will represent to SMU’s campus. “The move to a residential CHRISTOPHER SAUL/The Daily Campus SMU will open its residential commons in August 2013. commons model, coupled with the new university curriculum and the Engaged Learning program, is a critical component of SMU’s strategy to become a ‘top 50’ university, and to enhance the connection between students inside and outside of the classroom,” said White. The role of dean in a residential commons model is “viewed as both a student affairs position and one with the credentials to interact effectively with academic affairs.” Other schools that have successfully made the transition to the residential commons model are Vanderbilt, Washington University, USC and Baylor. Steven Logan, who has served as Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Housing for over five years was relieved of his position by the university sometime last week. White said, “Steve Logan has been a valuable member of the Division and has contributed much to SMU in his 5+ years as the Executive Director of Hot Air Balloon Ride For anyone who doesn’t mind spending more money, this is a new experience will be unforgettable. A hot air balloon flight over the metroplex will cost you $225. Penne Pomodoro Another SMU favorite, located in Snider Plaza and Preston plaza, Penne Pomodoro is offering a Valentine’s Day menu special. And for those wishing to extend the Valentine’s Day celebration, Penne will offer a weekend special at all locations. What movies should you watch? See Page 3. See DEAN page 3 2 HEALTH MONDAY n FEBRUARY 11, 2013 DIET The Daily Campus Chocolate’s chemistry makes it a Valentines Day “love drug” typically contains between 10 and 60 milligrams of caffeine, as compared with a five ounce cup of coffee, which can have up to 180 milligrams. Nevertheless, the caffeine found in chocolate produces a stimulant effect. Caffeine enhances alertness and decreases feelings of fatigue. Additionally, caffeine helps to improve an individual’s overall mood while enhancing both cardiovascular and respiratory functions. In addition to these neurotransmitters, chocolate contains a number of other stimulants that contribute to these feel good reactions. Anandamide’s name derives from the Sanskrit word ‘ananda,’ which suitably means bliss. This chemical is naturally produced in the brain and causes the production of dopamine, which promotes feelings of happiness, elation and produces a feeling of euphoria. Since chocolate contains only a slight amount of caffeine, it gets its caffeine-like effects from a compound called theobromine. The difference, however, is that theobromine does not have the same addictive effects on the body that caffeine does. Additionally, theobromine possesses antidepressant effects and an increased feeling of well-being. Probably the most influential love compound in chocolate is phenethylamine. Found only in small quantities, this chemical stimulates the nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins. Phenylethyamine also triggers the release of dopamine, a neurochemical directly linked with sexual arousal and pleasure. The chemical acts as an antidepressant and rises during periods of romance. The giddy, restless feelings that occur when we are in love are due to a great extent to phenylethyamine, which significantly increases in the brain during that time. Not only is chocolate known as a “love drug,” but it also has numerous effects on the brain that have proven to increase one’s health and overall well-being. This is primarily due to a key ingredient found in dark chocolate called flavanols, which boost blood flow to specific areas of the brain and help increase an individual’s performance levels and general alertness over a short period of time. Besides treating a number of cardiovascular functions such as dementia and strokes, the cocoa flavanols can also be beneficial in enhancing brain function for people fighting fatigue, sleep deprivation, as well as aging. How exactly could one ingredient have such a profound impact on the mind and body? The effect is linked to dilation of cerebral blood vessels that allow more blood, and oxygen to reach and target these important parts of the brain. Aside from chocolate, flavanols can be found in other substances that we consume on a daily basis such as red wine, green tea and blueberries. The chocolate “love drug” possesses countless qualities known to promote positive moods, decrease stress and pain, and increase general well-being. But do its drug-like affects also possess a sense of addiction to it’s users? Many people are convinced that chocolate can be addictive because of its mood-boosting properties and people’s constant cravings for the treat. However there has been much suspicion over whether chocolate, like the drugs with similar chemicals and effects, can be addictive. After much investigation, the majority of researchers have concluded that chocolate is not an addictive substance. So head to the store this Valentine’s Day without guilt and buy yourself or your loved one what is on everyone’s mind this season—a big box of chocolates. Courtesy of Fresh Healhy Cafe Ingredients and chemicals found in chocolate have proven to contain beneficial properties to the body and mind. ALEXANDRA SPITZER Health/Fitness Editor firstname.lastname@example.org As Valentine’s Day approaches, there are undoubtedly two things on every woman’s mind: love and chocolate. Chocolate is known as the woman’s go-to comfort food, helping to elevate mood and cheer her up when she’s feeling down. Believe it or not, the idea that eating chocolate can be euphoric is not a myth. Chocolate has been scientifically proven to have mood-enhancing properties credited to several drug- like chemicals that have nicknamed chocolate “the love drug.” Chocolate contains over 300 compounds that affect the brain to create many of the same sensations associated with love. These compounds stimulate the mind and promote feelings of happiness, while reducing stress and pain. Why does this sweet treat have such an immense impact on the mind and body? Chocolate triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin. While endorphins are known to lessen pain and decrease stress, serotonin serves as an anti-depressant. Serotonin is the brain’s “feel good” chemical. Known for increasing one’s sexual pleasure, serotonin also boosts an individual’s mood, emotional health and helps provide sufficient sleep and a balanced diet. Lower serotonin levels are commonly the result of depression while increased serotonin raises sexual excitement, desire and responsiveness. Chocolate also contains traces of caffeine that help promote these feelings and stimulate the mind. A 50 gram piece of dark chocolate Hilltop Happenings February 11 Ramona Logan in Umphrey Lee Center from 6-7 p.m. Police Reports february 6 february 7 1:54 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. Morrison McGinnis Hall. A student was cited, arrested and booked into the University Park Jail for underage drinking. Closed. february 8 1:05 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. Boaz Hall. Two students were referred to the Student Conduct Officer for underage drinking. Closed. 1:51 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. Smith Hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Officer for underage drinking. Closed. MONDAY February 12 Real Talk Conversation Around Diversity in Hughes Trigg Student Center from 12-1 p.m. TUESDAY WEDNESDAY February 13 Sendero Business Services Info Session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 6:07 a.m. Fire Drill. Gamma Phi Beta House. A fire drill was conducted at this location. Closed. Have your own events happening? Tell us at tinyurl.com/hilltophappenings The Daily Campus MONDAY n FEBRUARY 11, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 3 What’s hot to watch on Valentine’s Day CHASE WADE Staff Writer email@example.com To some, Valentine’s Day is a cinematic holiday equivalent to garbage, a pink and red display for Hollywood’s salvaged projects that tug at the heartstrings of teenage girls and hopeless romantics everywhere. For others, Valentine’s Day reminds them that love still exists and that someway, somehow, Josh Duhamel is waiting for them with bated breath and a bouquet of roses. Whether in theaters or at your home, a romantic comedy is a Valentine’s Day must even for the most hopeless of romantics. In theaters FOR THE TRADITIONALIST: “Safe Haven” Like leaves changing color and flowers blooming in the spring, Nicholas Sparks is back for his annual addition of love and lust in “Safe Haven.” Per usual, the movie is based on Spark’s own literary work and features female lead Juliane Hough and Josh Duhamel as her brooding, brunette counterpart. Hough plays Katie, a mysterious woman who appears in a North Carolian town on the run from a ruthless ex-boyfriend. In true Spark’s fashion, Josh Duhamel plays Hough’s masculine savior who protects her from her vengeful exboyfriend and falls in love in the process. The resulting story is a mish mash of one-liners against the backdrop of Christina Perri songs that only Sparks can make watchable. Is it the next “Citizen Kane?” No. Is it a rom-com and then some? Yes. FOR THE FUNNY BONE: “Identity Thief ” If anyone is arguing against Melissa McCarthy’s star power after “Identity Thief,” those murmurs should be silenced. Alongside funnyman Jason Batemen, McCarthy plays a criminally funny identity theif (hence the title) who steal’s Bateman’s indentify and lives life to the fullest as a result. When Bateman’s faux spending lands him in trouble with the law, his character must venture across country and bring his thief to justice to clear his name. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s flick with more laugh than heart, you can’t go wrong with the BatemanMcCartney comedy duo. At Home FOR OLD TIMES SAKE: “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days” Somewhere, the committee than distributes “man-points” is waited with red pens and furrowed brows to knock me down a couple of levels after I confess my admiration for the 2003 romcom featuring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. Perhaps it’s the Manhatten setting that gets me, or the genuinely funny performance from Hudson, either way, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” is a classic movie perfect for a quaint date indoors. FOR THE FOREIGN FILM LOVERS: “Amelie” A love story meets a quirky mystery in the 2001 French sensation “Amelie.” Carried by a charming performance from Audrey Tautoo (unfortunately, she didn’t cross-over as well as Marion Cottilard) in the title Courtesy of AP This undated publicity image released by Universal Pictures shows Jason Bateman, background, and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from,“Identity Thief.” role, “Amelie” follows a curious Parisian as she strolls around the City of Lights helping those in need and searching for a serendipitous boyfriend in the process. Pour some red wine, put on your hipster glasses and enjoy a night at home. For an additional list of movies to watch, read “What to watch with your Valentine” on page 5. DEAN: Staff changes on the way, Dr. Lori White says continued from page 1 Residence Life and Student Housing. I sincerely thank him for his leadership and many contributions.” When asked for comment, Logan said, “The best person to reply to your request is Dr. Lori S. White, Vice President for Student Affairs.” When asked for more information on the decision, White said, “All the important information is in the letter below sent [Thursday] to the staff in the Division of Student Affairs.” While Logan will no longer be Executive Director, he will move to a different role within the Student Affairs division beginning Feb. 19. An email was sent out to RA’s and RLSH staff explaining the position change. The email, sent by Associate Director of Residence Life and Student Housing Jennifer Post, explained the decision by White to remove the position of Executive Director to Dean. The university will begin searching for the new dean on Aug. 31. The dorms are set to open for students in the fall of 2014. Grow your own way Every career path is different. That’s why we help you design your own. We’ll provide the training, coaching and experiences that allow you to build relationships and take advantage of career opportunities. You decide what happens next—at PwC or beyond. The opportunity of a lifetime. www.pwc.com/campus CLASSES: Main campus offers summer flexibility continued from page 1 structure of nonprofits so you really understand what you’re going into.” In partnership with the Psychology Department, such a course would give SMU students a leg up in having taken a course in an important and often overlooked realm of business. Such an edge would hopefully help them stand out when applying to jobs and other internships. Beyond students looking to intern for their summer, or even not wanting to move back and forth between the end of school and the start of first summer term, the May term in Dallas will allow seniors to fulfill their last credits and graduate on time. “They could walk in May and then take that class, and not have to go home and come back,” Rowe said. The enrollment process for May Term is “going to be set up similar to J-term,” and students may sign up anytime between February 18 and May 1. It offers the opportunity to stay a step ahead for many students in many different scenarios, and Rowe believes that is what makes May Term very promising. “We think there’s a real group of students that this will make sense to.” For more information, and to enroll in classes, visit smu. edu/summer. © 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership. All rights reserved. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. 4 NEWS MEGAN GROSSE Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org MONDAY n FEBRUARY 11, 2013 EVENTS The Daily Campus RE VIE W Local-conscious Peak & Elm to opens its doors Friday “It’s extremely fresh food,” Jessica Craycraft, as she finished chewing a bite of ceviche, said. “They start you off with veggies soaked in vinegar to get you ready for what’s to come.” Craycraft said she enjoyed not feeling “heavy” right off the bat, as she usually does after eating Mexican food. The handmade, healthy food is not the only interesting aspect about Peak & Elm’s cuisine. Peak & Elm will be turning to local vendors such as the Mozzarella Company, Empire Bread and Texas Honeybee for food and Times Ten Cellars for wine. With the emphasis on the local vendors also comes an emphasis on the East Dallas community. The atmosphere in the small, oneroom restaurant is nothing but welcoming, and it is clear from the pictures covering the walls that the neighborhood of East Dallas is the inspiration and focus of the Moreno family’s restaurant. “We want to create a vibrant environment, full of fun and clean food for the community,” said Moreno, as he walked toward the bar, laying his hand on one of the doorknobs dotting the side. Moreno went on to explain how the bar is made from old doors from houses of the East Dallas community. It is just another subtle display of the affection the Moreno family feels for the neighborhood from which they come. A new restaurant has come to add to the soul of Deep Ellum. Peak & Elm Cocina y Bar opened its doors Friday. The Mexican restaurant will boast a fusion of contemporary Mexican food with the authentic and traditional cuisine of its sister restaurant, La Popular Tamale House. “I’ve been in Dallas my whole life, and my family has been here for generations. Now, we want to give back to the East Dallas community,” said Jesse Moreno Jr., owner of Peak & Elm. Jesse Moreno Sr. founded La Popular Tamale House in 1984, which was recognized as one of USA Today’s Most Popular in 2012, and on Friday the Moreno family continued on in the family business with the opening of Peak & Elm. The menu boasts items from tamale pie to ceviche to tacos tapitos all with a bit of a modern flare. In addition to the more contemporary side of the food, the entire menu will consist of handmade ingredients, all lard- and gluten-free, and provide vegetarian and vegan options, announced Peak & Elm in a press release. Instead of the traditional chips and salsa, Peak & Elm takes a slightly different approach to getting their customers started. CHRISTOPHER SAUL/The Daily Campus The Black Alumni History Maker Reception celebrated past black SMU alumnus Friday night. Black Alumni celebrate scholarship, award History Maker honorees CALEB WOSSEN Contributing Writer email@example.com Attendees strolled into Palmer Place around 6 p.m. in their finest wear for the 2013 Black Alumni History Maker Reception. The reception celebrated both past alumni and the SMU Black Alumni scholarship. The SMU Black Alumni scholarship hopes to retain black students at SMU. “We had thought about a really big problem facing black students, which was really finances,” Black Alumni Board chair Lauren Driskell said. “Personally, I knew a lot of people that I started SMU with that weren’t able to continue on and graduate because of finances. We felt that this was a problem we wanted to stop.” The Black Alumni Board granted their first scholarship for $7,500 to current student Leah Johnson. The board aims to raise $10,000 or more this year to offer more benefits to eager students. Co-Community Service Chair Ashley Hamilton stresses the accomplishment of gathering alumni to support current students. “We have people who come and want to be a part of SMU,” Hamilton said. “It’s not the cheapest place to go, but there is a community here and we’re a family, we’re going to help you succeed whether we have to help you scratch your way to the top.” The reception buzzed with candor as patrons young and old poured into conversations. Hors d’ oeuvres, fine cheeses and seasoned meats were made available around pink and purple gladiolas. Patrons chatted over chilled beverages until the ceremony started at 7 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” actress and Meadows alumna Jennika Hinton passionately delivered a speech that emphasized giving back to the community. Recent Meadows graduate Dameron Growe and graduate student Kamika King were the featured performers. “Most of us, in our minds, don’t think we have enough money to come here, so any way that we can get that we don’t have to pay, and not only for us but provided by our own people — always wonderful,” Growe said. The 2013 Black Alumni History Maker honorees are Gerard Andrews (’91), Kelvin Beachum, Jr. (’11, ’12), Roni Dean Burren (‘99), David Huntley (’80), Rhonda Belt Rhea (’77), Rev. Richard Stewart (’60) and Yulise Reaves Waters (’02, ’08). BET News correspondent and Meadows alumna Melissa Knowles-Stewart hosted the event. Patrons lingered on after remarks were over, dining and sipping and chatting away. Jazz and pop standards played through speakers as the event came to a slow halt around 9:00 p.m. “The reception was amazing, Brandy Bryan-Mickens said. Bryan-Mickens serves on the the Black Alumni Board as Development Chair. “We had a great turnout. We have people who spanned several decades. We built up a lot of energy around this event, so we’ll be able to grow bigger and better than before.” Black Alumni Board chairelect Dr. Michael W. Waters expresses similar confidence and optimism. “We look to grow bigger and stronger as an organization,” Waters said. “We look to have networking opportunities for our alums. We’re looking to provide multiple scholarships. The sky is the limit.” The Daily Campus Movies MONDAY n FEBRUARY 11, 2013 HOLIDAY ARTS 3 5 DocU Weekend opens with “The Invisible War” Yusra Jabeen Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Veterans and people from the Dallas/Fort Worth area gathered to watch the documentary, “The Invisible War” at the 2nd Annual Human Rights “DocU Weekend” at the Angelika Film Center and Café on Saturday, Feb. 9. The film uncovered the silent topic of rape and sexual harassment in the United States military. A panel discussion took place after the screening of the documentary. It was moderated by Dr. Rick Halperin, Director of the Southern Methodist University Embrey Human Right s Education Program. Lisa Lachance-Skier, a veteran of the first Gulf Conflict who served the United States Air Force for more than 13 years, spoke at the panel. She was raped during the period of her service. Skier affirmed the frequency of sexual harassment cases in the military. “If you were in the military and you were a women, you probably experienced some sort of sexual trauma while you were on act of duty,” Skier said. She said that her father had forewarned her about the situation before she enlisted in 1976. He had warned her of the attitude people had toward women. “My father told me there were two kinds of women who enlisted in the air force – they were whores and gays,” Skier said. “I should have known what my father said, that things were not equal for women in military.” Shedding light on the help available for these victims, Skier said there are psychiatric services offered within the military but the victims don’t want to talk because they don’t want it to affect their career, even though the military says it will not go on their record. Commenting on the lack of justice for rape-victims in the military, Skier said that since “rapists are not on the [sex offenders’] list, they have learned how to play the system.” Suggesting the audience to raise awareness about this topic, she said that because the military hides issues like these, “the [best] way to get the word out is to tell your friends to come see such films.” She foresees that until the number of female recruits is equal to the number of male recruits, this problem cannot be solved. “[The] Military is not as equal as they claim [it] to be”, said Skier. According to Skier, an equal ratio of enlistment between the two genders is required “so that women can be heard loud and clear.” “[This situation] is never going to change.” Veteran Carri Spears, who served in the military from 2001 to 2006, said. “There are too many guys. Guys are on the field [for months]. They sneak liquor in, get drunk and [rape]. That’s how it works.” Calling for action, Skier also said that a civilian type of system should be put in place for military personnel to get help from rather than reporting it to their commander. Adam Haller, a 2007 SMU Alumna, was shocked to see this happening in the U.S. military. He pointed out the “irony of service” that protects civilians’ lives, but at the same time, these are the very people committing these horrific crimes. He also suggested that the “separate legal system” for the military should be changed. A new system should be put in place that protects the military as well as preserves justice within it. Jocelyn Lancaster, a 2008 SMU alumna and World Affair Council program manager, said that the film serves as a “good education” for anyone who wants to enlist in the United States military. “It is important to learn everything about a situation before committing your life to it,” she added. Noushin Kuraishi, a senior at SMU and an international studies major, suggested that “there should definitely be a hotline within the military to help victims, one that involves getting other actors in the justice system involved (like the police).” The event was presented by the World Affairs Council, Human Rights Watch, SMU Embrey Human Rights Education Program, Dallas Film Society, Human Rights Initiative and sponsored by the lawfirm SNR Denton. Courtesy of EW.com The stars of “The Notebook” embrace in the rain. What to watch with your Valentine Courtney Spalten A&E Editor email@example.com With Valentines Day coming up this Thursday, the time has come to start thinking about date ideas. One classic date option is to see a romantic film with your significant other this Valentine’s Day. This year, there are several great options still in theaters in addition to the number of classic romantic movies to watch at home. Here is a list of the top ten Valentines movies for this year. “Beautiful Creatures”— This supernatural love story is based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film is about two star-crossed lovers, Ethan, a young man from a small Southern town, and Lena, the mysterious new girl. Together, the two characters uncover dark secrets about their families, history and town. The movie will premiere in theaters on Feb. 14. “Silver Linings Playbook”— Adapted from the novel of the same title by Matthew Quick, “Silver Linings Playbook” is a romantic comedy-drama starring Bradley Cooper as a former teacher who moves back in with his parents following a stint in a mental institution. He meets a mysterious girl with her own set of problems, played by Jennifer Lawrence. In addition to being a great option for a date, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to see the film that has garnered a great deal of Academy Award nominations before the Oscars take place on Sunday, Feb. 24. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” —This 2011 romantic comedy stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone. The film is about a middleaged husband (Carell), whose life dramatically changes when his wife (Moore) asks him for a divorce. He then rediscovers his manhood by learning how to pick up girls with the help of his new friend (Gosling). “Pride and Prejudice” —Based on the famous Jane Austen novel, this 2005 romantic drama tells the classic love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Both characters must overcome their pride and prejudice as Mr. Darcy reluctantly discovers he is falling in love with a woman below his class. “The Notebook”—Another Nicholas Sparks classic, this 2004 romantic drama is always a good choice when picking a romantic movie to watch. This film tells the love story of Noah, a poor and passionate man played by Ryan Gosling, and Allie, a wealthy young woman played by Rachel McAdams. “Love Actually”— While this film could also be considered a holiday classic, the romantic comedy doubles as a great choice for Valentine’s Day. The 2003 flick takes place during the hectic month before Christmas in London and follows 8 loosely interconnected couples as they fall in and out of love. “Casablanca” —For the couple in the mood for a classic love story, the 1942 film “Casablanca” is always a great choice. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the film takes place in unoccupied Africa during the beginning of World War II, when an American expatriate meets a former lover and experiences unforeseen complications. “Pretty Woman” —This 1990 film has been a favorite romantic comedy for years. Richard Gere star as the wealthy lawyer who travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and hires a female escort (Julia Roberts) to accompany him for the week. “Dirty Dancing” —This classic romantic film follows the story of a priviledged doctor’s daughter, played by Jennifer Grey, as she falls in love with a dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze, while vacationing with her family at the Catskills resort. Career advice? There’s an app for that. KPMG’s Branding U app is full of advice to help you brand yourself for success. Watch fresh videos, read smart articles, and get tips on polishing up your brand directly from KPMG recruiters and professionals. 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Do I have to turn in my passport?” —Kiera Knightly, on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s pregnancy “Just goes to show you — if you let the internet decide, it will always choose cats.” —Jimmy Kimmel, on Monopoly’s decision to use a cat as a game token firing line Don’t forget our roots As Congress begins to discuss immigration reform, more than ever, it is important to remember that America is a diverse nation. Too often, we homogenize who we are — an Anglo-Saxon nation built on Protestant Christian values. Last week, a list of the most common last names in the U.S. included Garcia and Rodriguez. America is a nation built on change and flexibility; this is what made it — and continues to make it — the melting pot of the world. We have never been a static nation, and policy has never been dictated by traditionalism. It is always our progressivism that has propelled us to economic and social victory. It’s time for hawks in Congress to understand this basic American fact. Courtesy of AP —Rahfin Faruk, Editor in Chief In this photo released by CBS Broadcasting, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and late night host David Letterman, right, react with laughter during the Governor’s first visit to CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 in New York. To respond to any pieces on our opinion page, tweet us at @thedailycampus with the hashtag #hilltoptweets. culture Governor Christie’s weight is irrelevant in job performance trevor thrall Opinion Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has been getting a lot of flak about his weight. Critics are coming out of the woodwork to comment on the man’s size, and Gov. Christie has been a bit abrasive in his response. All this hype just leads me to one question: so what? The topic of Gov. Christie’s weight became a talking point this week after he was a guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Letterman has been known to make fat jokes about the governor, so naturally Christie joined in on the fun by pulling a donut out of his pocket when Letterman was midsentence. Later, Christie even read some of his favorite jokes that Letterman had previously made at his expense. But does Christie really think his weight is a laughing matter? Apparently not, because the next day he made sure to inform the public that he is very serious about losing weight. He briefly addressed the need for dieting on “Letterman,” but he must have felt the need to be clear to those who showed concern about his health. He still managed to keep the energy light and positive at this point, but it didn’t take us long to see his breaking point. Christie’s anger surfaced after a former White House physician made an appearance on CNN to discuss her concerns about his performance as president if he decides to run in 2016. She said the stress of the job would not compliment his health issues, and he may just die while in office. Christie’s response being, “she’s just another hack looking for her five minutes.” As silly as Christie’s angry response may seem, I can’t say that I blame him. The doctor’s statements were just a waste of television time. She gave a lot of generic statements about heart disease, diabetes, blood sugar and cholesterol. Thanks, doc. We didn’t know fat people have health issues. We’re doing a really good job of focusing on an irrelevant matter. If any votes are cast on this basis, I blame the media for honing in on it. I mean, whose idea was it to have a doctor put in her two cents? Her prediction of Christie’s premature death was the weirdest attempt at fear mongering I’ve seen in awhile. The guy hasn’t even said he’s going to run for president. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. All we’re doing to this man is tearing down his self-esteem. Of course he’s going to laugh at himself when he’s constantly the butt of the joke. If he didn’t, he’d look like a little girl. America doesn’t want a self-conscious man leading the country. But we all know he doesn’t think it’s funny. Nobody likes being bullied on physical appearance. The jokes are probably taking less of a toll than the concern. As we can see, he was not as gracious on this front. If people think they are doing him a service in expressing worry, they are mistaken. It’s emasculating. A grown man does not want to be coddled by the nation he is trying to lead. Chris Christie deserves a fair shot. Does his weight affect his job performance as governor? If not, then move on to the actual questions. Do we like his policies? Is he in touch with American citizens? Is he morally upright? Let it go, America. Ruining Christie’s leadership abilities by crushing his self-esteem will benefit no one. Let’s not forget that William Howard Taft couldn’t even fit in the bathtub. Gratitude expressed differently in India abhijit sunil Contributing Writer email@example.com As I alighted from the DART bus at SMU and thanked the driver for the ride and wished her a good day, I thought back on how many times I had wished good day to any bus driver back in India and thanked him or her for a ride. It wasn’t a shock for me to realize that I had not done that even once. And I neither was alone nor being aberrant. Like me, I am sure a vast majority of Indians would have realized this as amongst the first things they have had to adapt to on arriving in the U.S.: to be expressive about their gratitude in a direct and open way that is somehow conspicuously absent in many parts of the Indian society. Does this mean that Indians are not as polite or grateful? I definitely do not think so. Though this thought leads me to realize that every community on earth may have their own way of being polite and expressing their gratitude. In the West, of course, spelling out a “thank you” in the spur of the moment is the most polite and correct way. But in India, you would end up hurting the feelings of your loved ones or family if you thanked them in return of favors or what they do for you out of care and love. We Indians definitely do reserve and mince our thank you words quite more than what may be right. This can be partly due to our intrinsic fatalism and the quiet stoicism that characterizes Indian culture, like the way many authors such as A. L. Basham and Amartya Sen point out. But it could partly also be because of a colonial hangover that accentuated the already complex casteist hierarchies. Years of colonial rule where, at its early times, we even had exclusively European restaurants that proclaimed outside its doors “No Indians and dogs allowed” certainly did not reinforce a climate of thankfulness. Especially among the Indians and their British Masters where, somebody was “higher” or “lower” than someone else in social stature. If the indices for this hierarchy traditionally were simply casts and creeds, the colonists broke it down to economic and political levels. But, as I mentioned, this idea of spelling out thank you is simply relative, just the way manners are. After all, manners and politeness are a function of society and context. Many Indians can be notoriously stoical: but, nonetheless, honest in their feelings of gratitude or appreciation. Here is the U.S., thanking the shop clerk for handing over your receipt or the bus driver for dropping you off at your station is just natural. But in India, some of these very actions would be considered “extra polite.” But yet, I feel that sometimes, just wording out a thank you in whatever language, can just be the simplest and most efficacious way. It is direct, and instantly could make someone’s day. It is indeed the duty of the bus driver to drive you around, but it isn’t a bad idea to occasionally say he did a good job. Whenever I do that here, I stress out my thankfulness a little extra to somehow vicariously make up for the expressions I may have missed out in the past in India. I sometimes even think back on a particularly very kind bus conductor I encountered back in India once who issued me a ticket. She must have been very bold and vulnerable to be working in an environment like that. Unfortunately, I can’t remember if I had thanked her. Thrall is a sophomore majoring in journalism and film. cartoon Sunil is a graduate student in Lyle School of Engineering. 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The Daily Campus is committed to serving our readers with accurate coverage and analysis. Readers are encouraged to bring errors to The Daily Campus editors’ attention by emailing Editorial Adviser Jay Miller at email@example.com. The Daily Campus MONDAY n FEBRUARY 11, 2013 Men’s basketball SPORTS Opinion 7 Support grows for the Mavericks Demetrio Teniente Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The Dallas Mavericks have unintentionally created a rallying cry for Mavs fans everywhere. Dallas is six games below five hundred (22-28) but have sworn to their fans and to each other that they will finish with a winning record. “We are losing right now, but this isn’t a losing organization,” said Mavericks forward Shawn Marion. The Mavericks have made a verbal pact not to shave until they are above .500. Since the pledge became publicly known, Dallas has defeated Portland and Golden State at home. However, their new facial hair was not the direct cause for the 105-99 win over Portland, nor was it the reason for the 116-91 rout of the Warriors. The beards represent a chance for fans and players to grow closer and connect, which is something that has been lacking since the 2011 championship run. Remember the slogan, “The time is now?” The “no shave” agreement isn’t some marketing scheme, nor was it developed by their front office. This is something developed by the players and was brought to the light by the media. It is reminiscent of the antlers or the bear claws of the Rangers in 2010. Many people that are close to the team are tossing away their razors in support, while others are a bit more reserved and wonder whether or not they would simply be participating in a gimmick. Head coach Rick Carlisle hasn’t participating yet, but he said he is open minded to the idea, if the players ask him to join. I for one am all for the beards as long as it works. It’s only weird if it doesn’t, right? In addition to the Mavericks more rugged appearance, the beards provide a way for the fans to actively participate in their journey as they fight to make the playoffs. Being a part of a team’s struggles and success is why people love sports. People love underdogs because more often than not, they picture themselves in the same boat. They draw hope from the team, rejoice in their success and shed tears in their defeat. Anything that will bolster support, inspire fans, and unite a struggling team is worth getting behind. Follow me @demo36 and let me know what you think about the Mavericks and their beards. CHRISTOPHER SAUL/ The Daily Campus Larry Brown strategizes during SMU’s blowout win versus Rice on Saturday night in Houston. SMU cooks Rice with strong defensive stand MatThew Costa Associate Sports Editor email@example.com The SMU Mustangs men’s basketball team (13-12 overall, 3-7 in Conference USA) took a step in the right direction last Saturday with a defensive drubbing of Conference and instate rival Rice (5-18 overall, 1-8 in Conference USA) by a score of 61-39. SMU was able to showcase one of its best defensive performances of the season, holding the Owls to a season-low 39 points on just 10-of-51 shots for an ice-cold 19 percent shooting mark for the entire contest. Conversely, the Mustangs scored on nearly every other possession with a shooting percentage of 49, including 6-of12 made 3-pointers. With a 26-17 lead at the halfway mark, SMU didn’t allow Rice to mount any type of pressure in the second half, growing its modest lead of nine to as much as 24 midway through the second half in route to the 22-point victory. The victory, which marks the first win in February after two losses to Houston and Memphis, brings the Mustangs one game above .500 with a humble record of 13-12 in head coach Larry Brown’s inaugural year with the Mustangs. SMU sophomore and Houston native Ryan Manuel came up big for the Mustangs, scoring on 6-of9 shooting for a total of 16 points while adding four rebounds and two assists. Rebounding was also decidedly in favor of SMU, who outrebounded Rice 40-30 with help from sophomore center Cannen Cunningham’s 13 rebounds. Cunningham was a force to be reckoned with the entire game, blocking six shots and tallying six points to round out his 37 wellplayed minutes. Along with Manuel and Cunningham were the continual scoring threats of Jalen Jones and Nick Russell, who scored 15 and 12 respectively. Jones and Russell are also the team’s scoring leaders and have emerged as serious threats to go off on any given night. Uncharacteristically, the Mustangs outscored their opponents in both the first and second halves. In recent games against similarly-skilled opponents, the Mustangs would have jumped out in front, but due to lack of depth on the bench, they fell behind in the second half. The Mustangs will wade through the debris that is post Mardi-Gras New Orleans to play Tulane on February 16. The Green Wave will be coming off a Wednesday night game, but still boast one of the better overall records in Conference USA at 168. Hopefully, SMU will be able to carry over its defensive dominance over into the Saturday night tilt. MEN’S upcoming SCHEDULE 02/16. . . . . . . . . . at Tulane 02/23. . . vs. East Carolina 02/27. . . . . . . . . . . vs. Rice 03/02. . . . . . . . . . . at UAB 03/06. . . . . . . . . . . at Tulsa 03/09. . . . . . . . . . vs UTEP C- USA Championship 03/13. . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA 03/14. . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA 03/15. . . . . . . . . . . . . TBA 03/16. . . . . . . . . . . . . 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DOWN 1 New __: India’s capital 2 Hunter constellation 3 Heads on beers 4 Hint of the future 5 “Take a shot!” 6 Informed (of) 7 Attack, as with snowballs 8 Stocking tear 9 Military practice 10 Visitor from afar 11 Treat jet lag, perhaps 12 Earthbound Aussie bird 13 Dip, as bread in gravy 21 Dad’s partner 22 “Lemme __!” 25 Vocalist Judd 26 Really strange 27 Bride’s purchase 29 Base runner’s option 30 Scat legend Fitzgerald 32 Flagship store at New York City’s Herald Square 33 Words from one with a bad hand By Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke Friday’s Puzzle Solved 2/11/13 (c)2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 34 Letter after beta 36 Long, long time 37 Parking ticket issuer 39 Resistance to disease 43 Expel 44 Like a slingshot handle 49 Christmas, e.g.: Abbr. 51 Proof of ownership 52 Simple trap 53 Far from talkative 54 Intro giver 55 Snooped (around) 57 Pulls the plug on 58 More than lifelike 59 Precious stone 60 Big name in kitchen gadgets 61 Profs’ helpers 8 SPORTS MONDAY n FEBRUARY 11, 2013 Opinion Basketball The Daily Campus Draft could save Cowboys Mathewe Costa Associate Sports Editor email@example.com The season just ended, but as we all know, there is no such thing as an offseason in the NFL, especially in Dallas. The Cowboys are stuck in the torrential cycle of mediocrity and will have just a few months to prioritize some serious contracts, sign key free agents and draft like owner and GM Jerry Jones hasn’t drafted in over a decade; well. With an 8-8 team looking towards another season for hope, it would only seem reasonable for a few players to hit the road in place of newer, younger and better options to show up and contend for starting time. Instead, the front office has decided to put the pressure on coaches; coaches who have had to deal with pedestrian talent for the majority of their time in Dallas. Don’t get me wrong, these coaches have been given ample opportunities to amplify their player’s abilities and put them in the position to succeed, but haven’t done so anywhere near as consistently as fans would’ve hoped. Painting the Sistine Chapel wouldn’t have been too easy had Michelangelo only been given a broken crayon and two stale sharpies. The Dallas Cowboys need a lot this offseason, and that has to be filled with talent on the field. Free agency is one way to go, with names like Jake Long, Ahmad Bradshaw and Osi Umenyiora, spending the big bucks may seem like a great way to plug holes quickly and efficiently. Cutting ties with players who are no longer producing like Doug Free, Mike Jenkins and Felix Jones could also free up some serious space to make bigger splashes. Are these the easier roads to go down though? Have great free agents always arrived in the big-D and made immediate impacts? Can a true blue fan trust the guys in Arlington to not screw this team up further? How about a simpler solution? A guaranteed plan that can only go wrong if someone blatantly falls off the wagon: Draft. The biggest holes in the Cowboys roster are on the front lines, and as luck would have it, this year’s draft is full of potential greatness and play makers along both the offensive and defensive lines. Need some names? How about the starting center and Rimington award winner for the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, Barrett Jones? Need a guy who’s made a name for himself more recently? Well, that would be BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah, who was last seen tearing through the senior bowl in Montgomery, Alabama just two weeks ago. Both of these players should be up for grabs in the middle of the first-round, but it’s not a matter of getting them, just whether or not the men in charge will be smart enough to take them. The guys who’ll be ready to hear their names called with the 18th pick will almost assuredly be named a starter at their respective spots, but drafting at a critical spot is vital now more than ever. The Cowboys are honestly not that far from getting over the slump and returning to their form of 2009 with just a few additions, but as they have for the past two and a half decades, they will rely solely on the final words of one man. Hopefully he won’t Jones it up. Mavericks hitting stride as season comes to close Demetrio Teniente Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The Mavericks are six games below five hundred, but have a two game winning streak during the start of a five game home stand. Golden State came to American Airlines to play their fourth road game in five nights, and the Mavericks never allowed them to get settled, running the Warriors out of the gym 116-91 on Saturday. The Mavericks pushed the tempo all night long and outscored the Warriors 29-8 in fast break points. Shawn Marion led the way for Dallas with a season-high 26 points and 11 boards. It was his fourth double-double in his last five games and was also his fourth twenty point game of the season. He hit 11 of his 16 shots and was 2-3 from downtown. “The Matrix” added two steals, one block and one assists to complete his night. In total, the Mavs has five players in double digits-OJ Mayo(19), Darren Collison(18), Dirk Nowitzki(15), and Elton Brand(11) joined Marion to complete the rout. The Warriors were tired and it showed. In the first half the Mavericks shot 51.2 percent from the field and hit 6 of 11 from behind the arc. They led by as many as 27 points at the half. The Mavericks jumped on Golden State early with Collison scoring 13 points in the first quarter- eight of those coming in a 14-0 run that put the Mavs in front of the Warriors for good. Golden State turned the ball over twice and missed seven consecutive shots to go scoreless for 4:29. During their current losing streak the Warriors allow an average of 33.5 points in the first quarter alone. Courtesty of bostonherald.com Maverick Shawn Marion converting a lay up against Golden State. Stars need to improve despite being in good position Kent Koons Staff Writer email@example.com Riding a three game winning streak, the Stars currently sit in eighth, sporting a 6-5-1 record and that is exactly where the Stars want to be. After the 12 games, the Stars are thrilled to find themselves in the middle of the pack. Dallas has been carried by goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Lehtonen is tied for the lead league in wins, and is also in the upper half in save percentage and goals against average. The Stars are giving up an average of 31 shots per games, fourth highest in the league. Lehtonen’s strong play is the biggest reason that the Stars have been able to be competitive in so many games this year. Offensively, Jaromir Jagr leads the team in points with eight. The 40-year-old Czech born player now has 668 goals in his career, tying him at 10th all-time. Jagr is the active points leader in the NHL and sits at eighth all-time. Loui Eriksson, Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder are all tied for the team lead in goals with four. For the Stars to be successful, they need to pick up their scoring. Dallas is 28th in goals per game and 29th in shots per game. Dallas is set to start a three game road trip across Western Canada, beginning in Edmonton on Tuesday. The Stars next home game is on Sunday, Feb. 17 against the Calgary Flames. The Mavericks will take any win they can get right now. Dallas will look to extend their winning streak when they face Atlanta on Monday. The contest will be the first time the two teams will face each other this season. It won’t be anything like playing Golden State. The Hawks are a better team and are more rested. Atlanta is third in the NBA in assists per game at 23.8 and are 20-5 when recording 24 or more assists and 7-1 with 30-plus. Atlanta records assists on 64.2% of their made baskets on the season (2nd in the NBA). The Hawks also rank fourth in the NBA in three-point-field goal percentage (.385). Seven players are making over .350 from distance – Kyle Korver (.464-first in the NBA), John Jenkins (.410), Jeff Teague (.401), DeShawn Stevenson (.385), Anthony Morrow (.378), Lou Williams (.367) and Jannergo Pargo (.350 in eight games with Atlanta). Good news for the Mavericks is that they will be coming off a day of rest. That means Nowitzki will have an extra day to recover- he averages 15.8 points per game when he has one day off and he averages 15 points in Maverick wins. Mayo averages 21.8 points per game in Maverick wins and 19 points when he has a day of rest. If Mayo gets his twenty and Dirk gets his fifteen the Mavericks should have a better chance of winning. If Marion decides to drop 20 points again, it’s probably safe to say a Mavericks’ win is fairly certain. Tuesdays game is set to tip off at 7:30 at the AAC.