FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2013 friday High 55, Low 28 saturday High 61, Low 37 VOLUME 98 ISSUE 61 FIRST COPY FREE, ADDITIONAL COPIES 50 CENTS crime SMU police investigate possible hate crime staff reports SMU Police are investigating a possible hate crime against a student, the Dallas Morning News reported. The student, who is of Asian descent, told SMU Police that four or five men sprayed him with water guns, threw a rock at him and called him a racial slur while he was walking through an on-campus parking lot. The men, who were in a black SUV, have not yet been identified. Executive Director of News and Communications Kent Best said in a statement, “SMU Police are actively investigating and encourage anyone with information about this reported incident to notify the Police Department.” If you have any information, contact the Police Department at 214.768.3333 or you can provide information online through the Silent Witness form at smu.edu/ pd/silent_witness.asp. technology Registrar launches syllabus library Courtesy of SMU Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons donated $25 million to the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. SMU receives $25 million gift JULIE FANCHER Assignments Desk Editor firstname.lastname@example.org President R. Gerald Turner announced yesterday that SMU received a $25 million gift from Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons to expand the programs and academic positions at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. “We are truly fortunate to count the Simmons as partners in our academic mission and greatly value their leadership and generosity,” Turner said. President Turner made the announcement to a room filled with many familiar names on campus. Board of Trustee members Bobby B. Lyle, Gerald J. Ford and Robert H. Dedman were just some of the members present to honor this announcement. Former First Lady Laura Bush, another member of the Board of Trustees, was also present, as was the Simmons family. The current school of education, which opened in 2010, was funded by a $20 million endowment from the Simmons in 2007. “We are a relatively new school, so when this building wasn’t here we were spread out on campus,” new endowed academic positions. At the request of the Simmons, the new building will be named Harold Clark Simmons hall. “It’s a game changer for us. It elevates us. I thought it would be 10 years before our first building and it took us three,” Dean Chard said, ”It puts us in a different tier.” The current school has expanded rapidly over the past half-decade “Let’s ring in a new era.” — VP of Development & External Affairs Brad Cheves David Chard, Leon Simmons Dean of Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, said. Six years ago, the $20 million donation was historically large for SMU. But as of today, that’s no longer true. This gift will fund a new academic building and create three and it is now completely full. “The demand is much higher. We need additional space,” Turner said. For many, perhaps the most surprising part of this gift was the timing. “When I joined in 2007, I had no idea we would be celebrating this new gift just six years later,” The $25 million gift makes the Simmons’ combined donations a total of $45 million, putting them among the highest endowers in SMU’s history. Chard said. Harold Simmons spoke to the crowd about having his namesake become an institution of learning. “I am honored to have a building with my name on it. I feel like I am a part of the family, even though I didn’t go to school here,” said Simmons. The crowd gave Simmons a standing ovation as he thanked his friends for being there. As the 25-minute ceremony came to a close, President Turner presented two inscribed silver hand bells were to the Simmons in commemoration of this day. “With that let’s ring in a new era,” Vice President of Development and External Affairs Brad Cheves said as President Tuner, Dean Chard, Caren Prothro and the Simmons rang their bells. While the day was an enormous success, there was one minor issue. “If you’ve seen the morning papers, you know this was the worst kept secret in Dallas,” Turner said. The groundbreaking of the Harold C. Simmons building will begin sometime next year. eric sheffield Video Editor email@example.com Many students hate to hear the five words “attendance counts for your grade” on the first day of class. Others might be displeased hearing daily quizzes, required readings or no extra credit. But there’s never been any way for students to know before they get the class syllabus on the first day of class… until now. The registrar’s office has released a brand new online course Syllabus Library. By simply navigating to http:// smu.edu/syallabus and entering a valid SMU ID and password, any student can gain access to a whole wide world of syllabi from each department, instructor and course section. Due to the newness of this service, only a few hundred syllabi are found in the library. However, the registrar’s office is confident that the number will gradually increase over the next few months and be much more packed before the start of the spring semester. The Syllabus Library was created as a response to the both the Student and Faculty Senates that have been asking for such a service. The registrar’s office hopes that this new feature will be able to assist both new and old students. “We hope that the library will provide additional insight on the classes offered,” Associate University Registrar Cheryl Moore said. “This will allow students to make more informed decisions during advising and enrollment.” The registrar’s office wants to remind people who begin using the library to verify that the syllabus listed is correct for the class that they have enrolled in at the beginning of each term. Screenshot taken by Eric Sheffield A screenshot of the new online syllabus library system. government Professor comments on looming sequestration deadline, fiscal policy debates katelyn gough News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org President Obama spoke on deficit reduction Tuesday, a mere ten days before the sequestration deadline. With the nation’s budget at the forefront of many concerns, the focus is on the fact that it “seems less and less likely” that Congress and the President will reach an alternative agreement before March 1. Professor Matthew Wilson of the SMU Political Science Department called the refusal of compromise “a pretty dysfunctional situation.” However, he said that regardless, the sequestration is working the way it is supposed to. “President Obama wanted the sequestration in place to ensure Congress would have no choice but to come up with some deficit reduction package,” Wilson said. At this point in time, however, Congress “would have to kind of cobble something together pretty quickly” to stop the sequestration cuts from going into effect on the deadline, according to Wilson. When the sequestration terms were originally drafted, Wilson said both parties “agreed at the time” with the expectation that such “looming, automatic cuts [would] guarantee there [would] be deficit cuts.” Wilson said such expectations might have been wrongly preemptory. “Both sides secretly—or, not so secretly—hoped that they would achieve total victory during the 2012 elections,” Wilson said. As this was not the case, Congress and the president are now at a standstill fighting for either party’s terms. “The president has put forth some ideas, mostly in terms of tax increases,” Wilson said. “[However], he’s only always very vague about spending cuts.” Especially after Obama successfully put in place his first set of tax increases at the start of the year, the Congressional majority is fighting for its preference. “The House Republicans don’t want to entertain the idea of any tax increases of any sort; they pretty much have a cuts-only mentality,” Wilson said. “That’s not an approach President Obama wants to take.” Wilson explained that either way, there are unavoidable consequences through either solution. “Raising taxes or cutting spending will put some drag on economic growth,” Wilson said. “But if you want to do the deficit, you’ve got to do it.” Even with inevitable hits to the economy, Wilson said that a “different configuration of cuts could be less damaging” if either side were willing to compromise. “There’s an argument to be made that the sequestration cuts are more painful than they need to be,” Wilson said. One aspect in the sequestration debate is an unexpected stance around military cuts. It stems from the fact that come March 1, “a lot of the cuts fall on defense.” The Democrats—at the time of drafting the sequestration— worked on the strategy that “defense has traditionally been something Republicans really want to protect.” Such strategy, according to Wilson, may have been lost. “There’s a growing group of Republicans who think that it is so desperately essential [to significantly lower the deficit] that they are willing to even take defense cuts,” Wilson said. The growing argument to go ahead and “let the sequestration happen” in many ways stems from that. Courtesy of AP President Barack Obama speaks about the sequester Tuesday.