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Burn off Thanksgiving calories

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‘Dallas’ star dies

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Basketball breaks winning streak

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Hyperbolizing the fiscal cliff PAGE 4

MONDAY

NOVEMBER 26, 2012 MONDAY High 73, Low 39 TUESDAY High 61, Low 39

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SHOPPING

Black Friday kicks off shopping season WILLOW BLYTHE Staff Writer wblythe@smu.edu

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SMU defensive back Chris Parks reaches out to knock a pass away from Tulsa wide receiver Keyarris Garrett during a two-point conversion attempt in the third quarter on Saturday.

Mustangs bowl bound

SMU defeats C-USA powerhouse Tulsa in thriller BILLY EMBODY Staff Writer wembody@smu.edu SMU’s bowl season hopes came down to the final play with a Hail Mary pass to the end zone from Tulsa quarterback Cody Green that was caught just short of the goal line setting off a celebration in Ford Stadium. SMU held off the last minute effort to win 35-27. “It took everybody today. We were kind of beat up and scrambling to find a way to make a first down to keep them off the field, but we found a way to win and it’s an awesome feeling,” SMU head coach June Jones said. Behind big play after big play, SMU was able to build a big lead against the C-USA West division champions on Senior Day at Ford Stadium. In the team’s last game

as members of Conference USA, the Mustangs beat a heavy favorite and became bowl eligible for the fourth straight year breaking the school record. “I think ending the streak by far was the top, but this one seals it. It puts the exclamation point on my career here,” SMU linebacker Ja’Gared Davis said. SMU continued to force turnovers at home by causing two fumbles and intercepting Tulsa quarterback Green once. Davis blocked a punt, recovered a fumble, had an interception and had three tackles for loss. SMU’s offense was able to score three touchdowns off of Davis’ forced turnovers. “He was everywhere. He did it all today,” Jones said of Davis. SMU made things happen on special teams when the Mustangs blocked a late first quarter punt by the Hurricane and Derek

Longoria recovered it on the Tulsa 3-yard line. Running back Zach Line made the first of his three touchdowns when he ran it in after the block. Line finished with 92 yards on 23 carries in his final game at Ford Stadium. Line is currently ranked second all-time at SMU in rushing yardage behind Eric Dickerson, but with a great bowl game performance, Line could pass Dickerson. The Mustangs scored first with Line’s run. Over the past two seasons, SMU is now 14-0 when scoring first and 0-13 when their opponent scores first. After the first score, SMU kept the pressure on Tulsa in the first half. Line added another touchdown run in the second quarter after a fumble recovery in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Garrett

Gilbert later found Der’rikk Thompson at the front pylon on a tremendous throw for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Tulsa was able to answer this score with one of its own to make it 21-6 after a missed extra point. Jones answered with his best call of the day: a quarterback draw by Gilbert that went 74 yards on the score to make it 28-7 at the half. “He’s been doing a good job running the ball the last four or five weeks. We guessed right so that was pretty good,” Jones said. Afterwards SMU came out and Line scored another touchdown after a seven-minute drive in the third, but Tulsa mounted a furious comeback by scoring 21 unanswered points. Green led the way by passing for 413 yards and three touchdowns with 64 attempts on the day. Tulsa scored its final touchdown

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DFW tops list of best airports to get stranded in ADRIANA OVALLE Contributing Writer aovalle@smu.edu With the start of holiday season, travelers can expect long lines and flight delays at airports. But, if travelers were to pick an airport that they wouldn’t mind spending some extra time in, it would be Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), according to a recent survey by MissTravel.com. Important factors for survey takers were cleanliness, connectivity (Wi-Fi), extra amenities, entertainment, restaurants and shopping options. The least desirable airports to be stuck in included, Dulles International, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International and John F. Kennedy International. MissTravel spokeswoman Jennifer Gwynn said the survey gave Dulles, JFK and HartfieldJackson low marks for long lines for bathrooms and poor selections for food and entertainment. The survey concluded that the best airports to be stranded in were

Maya 2012 prediction a myth, professor says TASHIKA VARMA Editor in Chief tvarma@smu.edu

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DFW is home to nationally-recognized restaurants and stores.

DFW, Pittsburgh International, Austin-Bergstrom International and General Mitchell International in Milwaukee. “If you are stuck there, there are lots of things to do,” Gwynn said. DFW has brand name shops and restaurants, free Wi-Fi courtesy of AT&T, an internal walking path for exercise, a yoga studio and Skylink, a free high-speed train that connects all five terminals. DFW has earned awards in customer service, food choices,

with 5:05 left to play in the game and SMU took the ball and kept it until the Mustangs were forced to punt with 58 seconds left. Punter Mike Loftus nailed a punt down at the Tulsa six-yard line and Tulsa was pinned without any timeouts. Tulsa did manage to hit a few pass plays and get the ball to the SMU 35-yard line. With one second left, Jordan James caught a Hail Mary on the one-yard line, but Jay Scott and Taylor Reed were there to force him back sending Ford Stadium into a frenzy. SMU will now wait to find out who it will play in the bowl season. Many are speculating that SMU will head to the Hawaii Bowl. SMU finished the regular season 6-6 and 5-3 in C-USA play. The loss was Tulsa’s first of the season in C-USA play.

and international flight options, according to dfwairport.com. “When I book a flight, I always check if I have to change planes and which airport it is,” said Mayra Houseknecht, a business traveler, said. This holiday season, if you find yourself to be one of the few unlucky people to get stuck in an airport due to delays and cancellations, do not fret — America’s Best Airport to Get Stuck In is right here in Dallas.

With December approaching, some might be wondering if there is any truth behind the Maya calendar, which said that Dec. 21, 2012 will be the end of the world. According to SMU archaeologist Brigitte Kovacevich, who is an expert on Maya culture, these reports are inaccurate. According to Kovacevich, the Maya used numerous calendars, which can be interpreted in different ways. For example, one of the Maya calendars turns over like an odometer. The last time this occurred was on Aug. 11, 3114 B.C. where the event was creation, not destruction. The Maya predict events still thousands of years in the future. They refer to

2012 as a rhetorical device, not a prediction. These predictions of the world ending in December 2012 are inaccurate and they exploit, misrepresent and romanticize the Maya culture, Kovacevich said. To learn more about the Maya culture, anyone can attend “Maya Apocalypse 2012: Fact or Fiction” on Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. “It will be interesting to see what the experts have to say about the Maya and 2012. I know as we get closer to the new year people will start going crazy about their prediction,” sophomore Mehdi Hami said. Maya archeologists Brigitte Kovacevich, assistant professor, and Michael Callaghan, visiting assistant professor, SMU Department of Anthropology will be the speakers at the free event. For more information on the event, email Pamela Hogan at phogan@smu.edu.

Thousands of shoppers waited anxiously Friday to take advantage of several doorbuster deals and local store bargains and sales. Black Friday officially marks the start of the holiday shopping season and has become a wellknown tradition for many American consumers. Although this famous dayafter-Thanksgiving has not been marked as an official U.S. holiday, several people still see it as a traditional one. For many of these shoppers, being able to get one-day discounted items means camping outside of a store the day before. “I waited in-line at Fry’s at around 2 p.m. after Thanksgiving lunch,” shopper Hayden Rhea said. “It’s a tradition that me and my friends do, and also because it’s full of great deals.” According to many shoppers, early preparation is the key to finding heavily discounted products. Being able to get those Black Friday deals also requires a unique deal of strategy Rhea said. “On Friday morning about 3 a.m. we planned how my friends and I would spread out in the store to cover ground and get multiples of each item,” Rhea said. With a great deal of patience and careful planning, Black Friday shoppers can typically get numerous deals on the items they want. “You just really want the things you waited in line for,” Rhea said. “I got all that I wanted.” Thanks to many shoppers all over the country like Rhea, the stock market saw a favorable increase this week from spending consumers, which is good news for the U.S. economy. Among many retailers who boosted from Black Friday shopping, Wal-Mart had the leading sales on record with a reported 22 million customers. With thousands of shoppers scurrying in to grab special marked deals, many stores decided to open their doors early to gain more sales and traffic. Kenyia Williams, an employee at Windsor in the Dallas Galleria mall, came in early to work on Black Friday. “By the end of the night I was extremely tired,” Williams said. “I’ve been working in retail for three years now, so I am used to all the chaos and tons of people.” While many deals offered by retailers are an exceptional way for shoppers to save money, the shopping frenzy has also left many like Williams with a sour taste in their mouth. “I think Black Friday is overrated,” Williams said. “I went shopping on Black Friday four years ago and I have not since.” Steering away from a day of savings has its benefits. This year, several brutal deaths and injuries were reported all over the country as thousands of shoppers stampeded into stores Friday. Of these reports, many people were trampled over as dangerous crowds pushed themselves into the doors. But, with promotional sales and cheap prices, Black Friday continues to be a time of the year worth shopping to save on some of the best electronics and gifts.

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MONDAY n NOVEMBER 26, 2012 Fitness

Holiday

Burn off Thanksgiving bloat

Gifts for the fitness guru

ANNE PARKER H&F Editor annep@smu.edu If you are still full from Thanksgiving day, these three workouts are perfect for you. Alternate these workouts and you will feel like yourself again in no time. As always, make sure you are getting enough rest and hydrating yourself. Check with your doctor to make sure these exercises are the right ones for you. Full body torcher: 1. Warm up jog or walk for five minutes 2. 15 bicep curls 3. Jog for two minutes, run for one minute and sprint for 30 seconds 4. 15 tricep dips 5. Repeat step three 6. 15 shoulder presses 7. Repeat step three 8. 15 bicycle crunches 9. Repeat steps one through eight for a total of three rounds. 10. Cool down by walking for five minutes and stretch. This will leave your muscles shaking. Do this two to three times a week. Torch your arms, legs and abs: 1. Warm up for five minutes

2. 12 alternating bicep curls* 3. 12 regular squats 4. 12 tricep kick backs 5. 12 alternating front lunges with a bicep curl* 6. 12 regular crunches 7. 12 alternating knee up with a shoulder press* 8. 12 side to side crunches 9. 12 shoulder raises 10. Repeat steps two through nine for a total of three rounds. *When doing alternating moves, remember that a total of one counts when you have done it for both the right and left sides. Cardio belly fat torcher: 1. Walk for five minutes 2. Jog for three minutes 3. Run for two minutes 4. Sprint for one minute 5. Walk for two minutes 6. Repeat steps two through five again 7. Jog for four minutes 8. Run for three minutes 9. Sprint for two minutes 10. Walk for one minute 11. Repeat steps seven through 10 12. Run for one minute 13. Sprint for 30 seconds 14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 four times. 15. Cool down for five minutes and stretch. Do this one to two times a

ANNE PARKER H&F Editor annep@smu.edu Not sure what to get your best friend or family member, who lives in the gym or at yoga studios, for Christmas? Get them something they will actually use every day. Many of the major fitness apparel companies, such as Nike, Lululemon, UnderArmour, Reebok and

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week and your metabolism will shoot up. Even though you may be feeling hungrier, if you increase your workouts this week. You should not use it as an excuse to eat whatever you want. Make sure you are fueling yourself properly and eating clean. An example of a clean eating day: Breakfast: ¼ cup of old fashioned oats, 2 tablespoons of flax seed, ½ cup of almond milk, topped with one tablespoon of almond butter, half a banana and a drizzle of honey. Midmorning snack: ½ cup

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of berries. Lunch: Turkey sandwich in a whole wheat wrap. Swap the mayo for mustard and load it up with spinach and other veggies. Have some carrots and an apple on the side. Afternoon snack: 15 almonds and low-fat string cheese. Dinner: Four ounces of protein, such as grilled chicken or fish. On the side have an unlimited amount of green vegetables. Bedtime snack: A piece of dark chocolate and a mug of decaffeinated hot green tea. Make a holiday challenge for yourself. You can do it.

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MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Remember the Ladies! Discovering Women’s History all day at DeGolyer Library.

Tate Student Forum featuring Sanjay Gupta from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Forum.

IFC Formal Recruitment meeting at 6 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.

Philip Van Keuren: Printed Matter, 1991-2012 all day in Hawn Galleries.

Tate Lecture Series featuring Sanjay Gupta from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Meadows Theatre: Major Barbara from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theatre.

November 26

The North Face, have holiday gift guides with many options for you to choose from. Your fitness buddy will be very happy that you thought to get him or her a gift that means something to them. And who knows, maybe they will get you that pair of tennis shoes you have been dying for in return. Check out this holiday gift guide for ideas!

November 27

November 28

12:05 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Possession of Fictitious License or ID: 3000 SMU Blvd. Two students were referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by a minor and one student was also referred for possession of fictitious license. Closed.

November 19 8:28 a.m. Criminal Mischief: 3200 Dyer St. An officer reported the damage made to a bench. Open. 10:26 a.m. Criminal Mischief: 3041 Dyer St. A student reported that her vehicle was damaged while parked behind the house. Open.

3:24 p.m. Theft: Park Cities Plaza. A student reported the theft of their bike. Open.

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ARTS

MONDAY n NOVEMBER 26, 2012 ARTS DISTRICT

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Larry Hagman visiting the Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas.

‘Dallas’ star dies Larry Hagman

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Five of the Dallas’ major performing arts institutions have embarked on a major collaborative initiative.

Five major Dallas art entities announce collaborative efforts CHASE WADE A&E Editor cdwade@smu.edu With the opening of Klyde Warren Park, the addition of Museum Tower and the justbroken-in City Performance Hall, Dallas’ Arts District has experienced a year of growth and acquisition. In an effort to further Dallas’ arts district growth, five major names have announced a backend collaborative effort that will save the institutions both money and man power. The organizations involved are the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Theater Center. The five institutions will put forth efforts to combine back-end work streams such as ticketing and facility management. While the

venues may be working together, their spaces will remain separate both physically and artistically. “Dallas is a rising star on the national and international arts stage and we all want each other to succeed,” Blaine Nelson, chair of the board of directors for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a statement, said. “That means working smarter, adapting to change and leveraging our collective strengths. I see this as a very positive move for all of us.” Collaboration is not new to these arts institutions. Dallas Opera invited Dallas Theater Center [DTC]to collaborate on a chamber opera, The Lighthouse at the Wyly Theatre. The Dallas Symphony recently performed for the opening of Klyde Warren Park and will perform at the annual “Holiday at the Center Tree Lighting.” Last year, DTC

joined other local theater groups to produce the popular Horton Foote Festival. “This is a historic change for the Dallas performing arts community,” Roger Nanney, chair of the board of directors for the AT&T Performing Arts Center, said. “Government support is shrinking and donors are telling us we must all work together to find more efficient and sustainable business models. Working collaboratively, we can get there.” A key entity will be the City of Dallas, which owns all of the performance venues these organizations use. “As both a businessman and an arts supporter, this initiative makes all the sense in the world,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “We have some of the finest performing arts organizations in the country and we want them to focus on what they do best. And the city is ready to participate.”

- Joy Behar

September 21, 1931 --November 23, 2012

“I’m shocked. Larry Hagman was a dear man who had an incredible career. He helped me to stop smoking. He really was a very special person.”

CHASE WADE A&E Editor cdwade@smu.edu Larry Hagman, the actor behind one of television’s most beloved villains, Dallas’ J.R. Ewing, has died at the age of 81. Hagman died at Medical City Dallas after experiencing complications while battling cancer. The actor, originally from Weatherford, Texas, first gained national notoriety on the 1960s television series I Dream of Jeannie as astronaut Maj. Anthony Nelson. However, it was Hagman’s role as J.R. Ewing on the nightime soap opera Dallas that solidified him among television’s best actors. Hagman recently reprised his role as the scheming villain on TNT’s reboot of the classic series. Hagman is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years and two children.

“#RIP Larry Hagman - he once told me that LSD took the fear of death away & it oughta be mandatory that all politicians do it at least once.”

- Larry King

This 1967 photo shows Barbara Eden, left, and Larry Hagman in a scene from the television show I ‘Dream of Jeannie.’

“Larry Hagman not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana. I’ll miss him. “

- Barbara Eden “Very sad to hear about larry hagman. He was the best tv baddie and from people who met him all said he was a great guy. He will be missed.” Larry Hagman in character as J.R. Ewing in the television series ‘Dallas.’

- Simon Cowell

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

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U.S. classroom etiquette surprises Indian student AbHijit Sunil Contributor

It was in my third graduate-level class in the United States when I was listening to the professor intently in a generally silent classroom. About twenty minutes into the class, I noticed the girl sitting in the first row — right in front of the professor — make noises. She casually opened her bag and brought out a bag of chips. I was shocked. Then she opened it, and I panicked. She started munching on them. The crunching sound of each bite resonated inside the classroom where the only other audible voice in the room was the professor lecturing. Such a scene was unimaginable for me until then, since I came from a country like India. This would have been an act of irreverence that would warrant severe punishment from a professor back home. Since then, I had seen many such instances in my classes. I had been to several lectures where students would freely sit with their legs propped up on a chair. In one case, a student walked in with an entire Chick-fil-A meal. He ate his lunch in class, remaining attentive and asking questions, and later wrapped up the leftovers and walked out to trash them. If this episode took place right on my third day of class in place of the chips episode, I would have had a heart attack. This, in fact, is one of the starkest contrasts that I experienced between the student culture in American and the student culture in a third world country. Certain liberties and informalities in an American classroom setting would be completely unacceptable in other parts of the world. In a country like India for example, where we inherited most of our education system from the British, a classroom setting is almost always extremely formal. All my life, I have called my professors and teachers as “sir” and “madam.” Indeed, we sat very still in classrooms, almost like statues, because, for us, this was a display of respect and obedience. One of my favorite and widely respected professors in Bombay is almost notorious for not allowing students to even drink water while class was in session. I still vividly remember the stark silence that would fall through the classroom of about 120 students when our circuit analysis professor would walk in. As a former naval officer, he in fact still commanded the same respect and authority in front of his students. To think of even interrupting him in the middle of his class was a crime and a sin. Yet, he would always be respected by anyone who took his class as a very effective teacher and role model. In my view, the education system in the U.S. follows the principle of treating students as equals with the professors, thus instigating them to rise up to such a level. But this could also mean students may miss out on some important lessons in life of reverence and manners. On the other hand, more authoritarian student cultures enforce discipline and order, instilling a sense of submissiveness and fear of authority. Yes, in a classroom, the ability of the teacher to connect with students and transcribe knowledge effectively is of the utmost importance, and it transcends the need for students to adhere to any protocol. Whether the students sit ‘at alert’ or with their legs propped up, if the class itself is interesting, the buck stops there. But indeed, for international students who arrive here from across the world, such changes can be amusing and puzzling.

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President Barack Obama said the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less.

Avoiding the fiscal cliff causes more problems than it solves W. Tucker Keene Opinion Editor tkeene@smu.edu The conventional wisdom states that if we were to go over the fiscal cliff, it would cause a massive economic collapse. On the contrary, only if we go over the fiscal cliff would some of our greatest economic problems actually be solved. The fiscal cliff is the term given to the massive tax increases and spending cuts that will begin to go into effect in the beginning of next year, entirely as a result of past congressional action. The cliff would see an expiration of the Bush tax cuts, which were extended for only two years after one of our last few exercises of fiscal brinkmanship two years ago. I suspect the reason for them to be extended for only two years was because it was wrongly assumed that a different deal would be easier to create in this lame duck session than the last session. I feel confident now in predicting that the Bush tax cuts will be extended again for another few years, only to allow another “fiscal cliff ” to occur. The second major component of the fiscal cliff are the large cuts in spending to discretionary domestic and defense spending. Roughly half of these cuts were put into place as a result of the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, the legislation which dealt with the fiscal crisis caused by the debt ceiling negotiations. The other half of these cuts also resulted from the debt

ceiling negotiations, but they were never expected to go into effect. There was a bipartisan “super committee” set up by the BCA which was supposed to create a “grand bargain” to deal with debt in the long term, and if they didn’t succeed, there would be further massive cuts to defense and discretionary domestic spending. Why there was any hope at all that the super committee would actually be able to get something done is beyond me, and so when

The discretionary domestic cuts are certainly the biggest and most drastic cut, and would likely have the largest effect on the day-to-day life of the American public. Many basic government services would see large budget cuts. However, the total effect on spending and revenue that the fiscal cliff has is actually really positive for the long term economic outlook. If nothing gets done about the fiscal cliff, the deficit issue would

If Americans want balanced budgets, going over the fiscal cliff is precisely what a long term debt reduction deal would plausibly look like.

they inevitably failed to come to a deal, the second wave of massive cuts were scheduled. And so the combination of these massive tax increases and spending cuts and several smaller ones as well have been declared to be disastrous for the economy if they were to actually pass. Like much of the media’s discussion about fiscal policy, this is ridiculous. Firstly, tax cuts don’t have to be dealt with before Jan. 1. The tax increases are not all that massive, and Congress can pass retroactive tax cuts that would refund taxpayers the extra amount paid. The defense cuts are big, but they’d simply be bringing the military budget back to the size it was during the 1990s. As we’re winding down our involvement in wars in the Middle East, this isn’t much of a problem.

solve itself. The annual budget deficits would finally be at sustainable levels within 10 years if we jump off the fiscal cliff and change nothing. Now of course, something will be done about the fiscal cliff, and it will be avoided in some way or another. But if Americans want balanced budgets, polling shows they do, and if American’s don’t want massive changes to entitlement policy, polling shows they don’t, then going over the fiscal cliff is precisely what a long term debt reduction deal would plausibly look like. Instead of trying frantically to avoid it, the lawmakers who wrote it into law and voted for it should embrace it, letting taxpayers know that this is exactly the kind of debt reduction deal they’ve asked for. We can’t have

serious fiscal reforms until the American public is very aware of the issues at hand and very aware of the kinds of changes they can expect if they really do want deficit reduction. Now I personally don’t think that this is the best kind of deficit reduction deal, because any deal should have to work with entitlement spending and modernizing the welfare state. Some level of revenue increases is inevitable and in some way or another necessary, but there is likely a better, more equitable way to go than to let the entirety of the Bush tax cuts expire. Perhaps a cap on the number of deductions would make more sense. So while this isn’t an ideal plan for long term fiscal health, it will get the job done much better than the repeated, hurried exercises of fiscal brinkmanship that have become a mainstay of the Obama era and which will surely continue if the fiscal cliff is avoided in the way it is expected to be. The uncertainty caused by those repeated scares are what cause the stock market to flail about, and they are what cause our credit rating to be downgraded. If we let the fiscal cliff go into place, this uncertainty will subside and that would be a much greater help to the long term fiscal health of our country than whatever halfbaked plan Congress manages to scrape together on a deadline. Keene is a junior majoring in political science, economics and public policy.

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Mustangs end 5-0 winning streak to UALR matthew costa Staff Writer mcosta@smu.edu After dispatching Malone University 81-47 Monday, and Rider University 83-70 Wednesday, the SMU men (5-1) were unable to keep their perfect season intact. The Mustangs lost to Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) 69-56 in the Hoops for Hope Classic semifinal game. Coming off its most impressive scoring performance, SMU was held below 60 points for the first time this season, despite owning a 33-32 lead after the first half of play on Saturday. Junior forward Shawn Williams, a transfer from the University of Texas, continued his fast start with 15 points and 10 rebounds while fellow junior and Kansas State transfer Nick Russell and sophomore Cannen Cunningham also scored in the double-digits with 10 and 11 points respectively. Even with four players scoring 10 points or more, the Mustangs could not stop the Trojans from doing the same. UALR used a combination of

Leroy Isler and Will Neighbour’s 30 points to move past the Mustangs on the team’s way to the finals against South Carolina. SMU started the tournament well by scoring 164 points and holding its opponents to just 117 points in the first two games at Moody Coliseum. Monday’s tournament opener against Malone proved to be SMU’s most dominant performance of the season thus far. SMU outscored the Pioneers by 31 points — shooting over 57 percent and holding Malone to a season-low of 23.2 percent. Sophomore guard Jalen Jones was the hero of the opening round. Jones scored 20 points to go along with five rebounds in helping to build a 45-27 halftime lead and eventually a decisive win. Three other players also scored in double figures and the Mustangs used the home-court advantage to out-rebound the opponent 38-34 and attempt 22 free throws to Malone’s 15. Sophomore guard Ryan Manuel led all scorers in the Mustangs’ win against Rider

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SMU Sophomore guard Jalen Jones blocks a shot in the Nov. 15 victory over TCU. Jones scored 20 points in the team’s first loss to UALR Saturday.

with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Cunningham added 20 on just 10 attempts.

The entire team finished with eight of 11 made 3-pointers for a sizzling 72.7 percent.

SMU will play its final game of the tournament Sunday night at 6 p.m. in Puerto Vallarta, looking

to take out its frustrations against Missouri State in the thirdplace match.

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Junior Maddie Lozano against ECU. She tallied seven kills against Baylor.

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Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson addresses students at Macalester College in September.

Third party candidates continue to struggle KATELYN GOUGH News Editor kgough@smu.edu The country elected incumbent candidate Barack Obama for his second presidential term earlier in November. While voters were bombarded with information on both the blue and red party campaigns in the months leading up to the election, the third-party candidates existed “under the radar” with far less exposure and recognition in the political market. When discussing third-party candidates, notably Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, professor of political science Cal Jillson said that third party candidates did less well in 2012 than in some recent elections. “[Johnson] had trouble raising money and the major parties shut him out of the debates,” Jillson said. “Such is the short life of a third-party candidate.” Jillson said that while many feel the two-party system is limiting, it “has been in place since the 1830s, so it is pretty stable.” It provides a defined advantage to its candidates by association with party principles. “[Republican and Democrat

candidates] are careful to craft electoral rules that support the two main parties and throw roadblocks in the way of third parties trying to rise,” Jillson said. The Green Party’s Ralph Nader won more than two percent of the vote in the 2000 election — which Jillson said tipped the election to Bush. Alternative candidates in the 2012 elections did not see such a victory, collectively pulling about 1.6 percent of the presidential vote, Jillson said. Third party candidates have available to them certain benefits unattainable by those candidates tied to one party’s defined set of beliefs. Politicians like Johnson and Nader are able to shape their campaigns in the way they see best fit, which often allows them to adopt policies popular amongst nominees of the two main parties who lose out during primaries. “Johnson picked up the mantle of Ron Paul when Paul lost the Republican nomination,” Jillson said. Because third-party candidates have more freedom in creating and shaping the pillars of their campaigns, many can adopt a variety of policies that appeal to

independent voters. Despite Nader having gained much recognition for the party at the turn of the millennium, Johnson and the Libertarian Party seemed to pull ahead gaining support of independent voters. One of Johnson’s identifiers became his goal of capturing 5 percent of the vote — becoming a sort of support slogan for his “Live Free” campaign. In an article published in Time Magazine, Joel Stein highlighted Johnson’s goals of abolishing the IRS, legalizing marijuana, and allowing “the private sector to create competing currencies.” Such associations with personal independence and freedom resonated with many undecided voters that ultimately provided much of Johnson’s national support. While the election closed with Johnson receiving only one percent of the vote, the Libertarian Party still received a total of 1.1 million votes—a record in the party’s history. “I hope people begin to seriously research candidates that do not identify with either party,” junior Michael Graves said. “How crazy would it be to have an independent in office?”

Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed online sales spiked on the Monday following Thanksgiving, is the next in a series of days that stores are counting on to jumpstart the holiday shopping season. It’s estimated that this year’s Cyber Monday will be the biggest online shopping day of Courtesy of AP the year for the third year in A customer shops in Saginaw Township, Mich., on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. a row: According to research firm comScore, Americans are expected to spend $1.5 billion, up 20 percent from last year on Cyber previous years. “That helps with sales on Black Friday surpassed Monday, as retailers have ramped gifts,” he said. $1 billion. up their deals to get shoppers to How well retailers fare on For the holiday season-to-date, click on their websites. Cyber Monday will offer insight comScore found that $13.7 billion Amazon.com, which is into Americans’ evolving shopping has been spent online, marking starting its Cyber Monday deals at habits during the holiday shopping a 16 percent increase over last midnight on Monday, is offering season, a time when stores can year. The research firm predicts as much as 60 percent off a make up to 40 percent of their that online sales will surpass 10 percent of total retail spending Panasonic VIERA 55-inch TV annual revenue. With the growth in high speed that’s usually priced higher than this holiday season. The National $1,000. Sears is offering $430 off Internet access and the wide use of Retail Federation estimates that a Maytag washer and dryer, each smartphones and tablets, people overall retail sales in November on sale for $399. And Kmart is are relying less on their work and December will be up 4.1 offering 75 percent off all of its computers to shop than they did percent this year to $586.1 billion diamond earrings and $60 off a when Shop.org, the digital division But as other days become 12-in-1 multigame table on sale of trade group The National Retail popular for online shopping, for $89.99. Federation, introduced the term Cyber Monday may lose some of its cache. To be sure, Cyber Retailers are hoping the deals “Cyber Monday.” will appeal to shoppers like Matt “People years ago didn’t have Monday hasn’t always been the Sexton, 39, who for the first ... connectivity to shop online at biggest online shopping day. time plans to complete all of their homes. So when they went In fact, up until three years ago, his holiday shopping online this back to work after Thanksgiving that title was historically earned by year on his iPad tablet computer. they’d shop on the Monday after,” the last day shoppers could order Sexton, who plans to spend up said Vicki Cantrell, executive items with standard shipping rates to $4,000 this season, already director of Shop.org. “Now they and get them delivered before shopped online on the day after don’t need the work computer to Christmas. That day changes Thanksgiving known as Black be able to do that.” every year, but usually falls in late Friday and found a laptop from As a result, the period between December. Best Buy for $399, a $200 savings, Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday Even though Cyber Monday among other deals. has become busy for online is expected to be the biggest “The descriptions and reviews shopping as well. Indeed, online shopping day this year, industry are so much better online so you sales on Thanksgiving Day, watchers say it could just be a can compare and price shop traditionally not a popular day for matter of time before other days and for the most part get free online shopping, rose 32 percent take that ranking. shipping,” said Sexton, who lives over last year to $633 million, “Of all the benchmark in Queens, N.Y., and is a manager according to comScore. And spending days, Thanksgiving is at a utility company. online sales on Black Friday were growing at the fastest rate, up Sexton also said that it’s easier up 26 percent from the same day 128 percent over the last five to return an online purchase to a last year, to $1.042 billion. years,” said Andrew Lipsman, a physical store than it had been in It was the first time online spokesman with comScore.

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