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INSIDE Winter style selections DFW’s hottest holiday events Student quits Facebook PAGE 2 PAGE 5 PAGE 6 SMU prepares for bowl game PAGE 7 WEDNESDAY Wednesday High 72, Low 45 Thursday High 82, Low 54 DECEMBER 5, 2012 VOLUME 98 ISSUE 46 FIRST COPY FREE, ADDITIONAL COPIES 50 CENTS ME ADOWS Courtesy of Photowings Kael Alford, an adjunct Meadows professor, is a photojournalist. SMU artist travels world, lands on Hilltop Courtesy of AP ZAIN HAIDAR Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Although the Meadows School of the Arts sometimes seems like a world of its own, for adjunct professor Kael Alford it’s just another pit stop on a never ending journey across the globe. Before coming to teach at SMU, Alford went from the Balkans to the Netherlands, and finally to Iraq before returning to America. Her return, however, was not a mark of slowing down. “I was kind of a restless person — always pushing the boundaries of any social situation I was in,” Alford said. This restlessness has been a defining characteristic of Alford’s career as a documentary photographer, writer and journalist. It even affected the way Alford chose her professional pathway, which didn’t necessarily begin with the idea of photojournalism. “I always imagined I would be a writer. I still think of myself as a writer,” Alford said. Alford specialized in English and anthropology at Boston University, but eventually went on to achieve her masters in journalism at the University of Missouri. It was during the latter half of her higher education that Alford grew to enjoy photojournalism. However, Alford’s choice to pursue documentary photography wasn’t a complete surprise. “When I was young, I was always exploring my neighborhoods anything in walking distance. The exploration in my childhood made me interested in photojournalism as a career.” The theme of exploration runs through the catalogue of Alford’s work: particularly her photography documenting the Iraq War and soil erosion on the Louisiana coastline. Both series attempt to uncover a side of the story that may not be accurately represented in the media. These stories, though nearly invisible to the outside world, get airplay through Alford’s lens. “I think her philosophy is that of what I consider to be the great documentarians, which is make the unseen visible through whatever it takes,” professor Michael Corris said. To get a good grasp on the unseen, Alford has employed extreme measures in the past. For her photography during the Iraq War, Alford managed to negotiate a visa at the consulate in Jordan three weeks before the invasion of Baghdad. When asked why she put herself in such danger, Alford emphasized the importance of shedding light on both sides of the issue. “There’s the story the A Navy officer salutes during the inactivation ceremony for the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise at Naval Station Norfolk Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 in Norfolk, Va. Professor, fellow call for action on fiscal cliff KATELYN GOUGH News Editor email@example.com The phrase “fiscal cliff ” has dominated much of the nation’s political news recently, and so have talks surrounding the defense budget in light of international conflict. The John Goodwin Tower Center’s National Security Conference held on campus several weeks ago, zeroed in on the close relations between the two. Professor James Hollifield said that since the conference, talk surrounding the defense budget and its dependence on the issues regarding the fiscal cliff has continued and escalated. “If we go off this so-called fiscal cliff, are there going to be deep cuts in the defense budget?” Hollifield said it’s that question that is dominating many negotiations between “the president and the Republican Party.” “The fear is that budgets are going to overwhelm stratedy,” Hollifield said. Admiral Patrick Walsh, keynote speaker at the conference and a Tower Center fellow, said that the key factors in having the defense the country needs are forces, strategy and budget. “All three have to work together,” Walsh said. According to Walsh, changes in international relations over the past few decades currently drives much of what is required of the country’s defense. With the rise of nation-states and groups like al-Qaeda, he said the U.S. must take a proactive role in preparing defense. “It is very important as we look at potential threats and risks in the future that we encapsulate the same framework,” Walsh said of keeping what works and developing new strategies for what doesn’t. He explained that international tensions created by things like “the association with radical Islam” and other terrorist groups “is a problem that continues to linger,” and it requires far more devotion and commitment than many are willing to provide. “It is not going to go away because we make changes to the budget or strategy,” he said. “It is a problem we are going to need to continue to pace ourselves for with a sustainable approach.” He emphasized “the rise of the nation state,” which Walsh said stems from “an unresolved sense of national identity, integrity, and wholeness”. Cases of civil issues internationally now come with “the rise of armies and navies” thus creating an entirely new challenge to the U.S. defense plan. “We do have to be prepared strategically for a surprise,” Walsh said. Taking a proactive role comes back to the need for a resolved, effective defense budget and strategy Hollifield said. He said solving the budget questions is something of immediate importance. Walsh asserted that “if we don’t have a plan to get across the fiscal cliff,” then the country is at risk of damaging “either the economy or the industrial base.” He said that would be nearly impossible to bounce back from. “We have to do this now,” Walsh said. “We cannot afford to allow ourselves to get to the point that you cannot recover.” ECONOMY Holidays mean big business for Park Cities CLARA LEMON Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org It is 9:30 a.m. on a chilly November day, and Bruno Macias and his team from Park Cities Lights have barely begun to hang the Christmas lights on a large house on Armstrong Parkway. They have adorned almost every bush along the pathways surrounding the house and some of the trees in the yard. Balancing precariously on a tall ladder, a worker manages to hang another strand along the rooftop. This is the busiest time of year for companies like Park Cities Christmas Lights that decorate houses in Highland Park where residents go all out during the holiday season. This area has become famous in Dallas for the light displays put on by the residents each year, which is a tradition that has lasted for nearly 50 years. The Highland Park lights not only attract onlookers but have also created a great business opportunity for light companies and other organizations during the holidays. However, such a fantastic light show does not come with a small price tag; some houses can cost thousands to decorate with the size of most of the properties in Highland Park, this is no small feat. The trees themselves can cost as much as $30,000 to light. “You would be amazed at how much money is spent on just the lights,” Macias said. “We use thousands of lights just to cover the bushes and trees, and for these families it’s go big or go home.” The price for installing Christmas lights is determined by how many lights are used, as well as the difficulty level of the design and installation. Macias meets with the owners of each home at the start of the season to discuss the layout and design. Some customers will even coordinate their flashing lights to holiday music complete with moving reindeer and nativity scenes. The area with the biggest light displays is contained by the Dallas North Toll way to the east, Preston Road to the west, Mockingbird to the north and Armstrong Parkway to the south. “It’s exactly like in the movies,” Tony Gonzalez, a light installer, SIDNEY HOLLINGSWORTH/TheDailyCampus The Celebration of Lights at SMU uses more than 138,000 lights. said. “People don’t want to be showed up by other families on the street, so they try and out-do their neighbors.” Macias said that many of the houses are left vacant during the holidays as Highland Park families travel to vacation outside of Dallas. That still doesn’t stop them from decorating their houses, and it’s not only families that compete during the holiday season. Many of the lighting companies working to attract customers must fight for attention in this big selling neighborhood. “A lot of times, you’ll see we have sign wars,” Macias said. “People will steal signs from some companies and write over them, or slash them or put them in trees — all to get more advertising.” Another big lighting company in competition with Park Cities Lights is the Christmas Light CompanyIinc., owned by a friend of Macias, Bill Rathburn. government tells about what’s happening on the ground, and you can count on that narrative being false in some way or another,” Alford said. Although the situation in Iraq called for a distrust of the local government, Alford’s work in the Pointe-aux-Chenes and Isle de Jean Charles areas of Louisiana point to a much more personal connection. “[Her] position is one that’s politically informed, but she’s looking at the areas not getting a lot of media coverage. She’s drawn to those areas,” Corris said. The unseen element of Alford’s work in the Gulf includes the forgotten Native American and French populations that still reside on the disappearing lands. Alford can trace her heritage to these populations through her maternal grandmother’s family and her work resonates with an attachment to the fading area. “These are places literally washing out to sea. I like to imagine this is as a footnote of these communities’ history,” Alford said. While Alford’s freelance work and personal projects have taken her to a mix of countries across the world, her photography is meant to wade through the confusion of conflict and provide a glimpse into the lives of civilians on the ground. “Her ability to find the human element and spirit amongst decay, destruction or chaos is a gift,” teaching assistant William Binnie said. When it comes to the photographic process, Alford admits the limits of her journalistic training. “Journalism’s more limited because of the contract between the audience and the photographer. The audience needs to know you’re not intervening in any way,” Alford said. This shift from documentary reporting to a more personal approach comes to light between Alford’s two books Unembedded and Bottom of ‘da Boot – which focus on Iraq and Louisiana respectively. “[Alford is] not afraid to get out and go somewhere. That’s my idea of documentary photography in the context of journalism,” Corris said. Alford’s time is currently consumed by her responsibilities as an adjunct professor, her project on the Louisiana coastline and workshopping around the country. Regardless of her time commitments, however, Alford remains dedicated to exploring mysteries in the world. “Artists do what they do because they have questions they want to answer. Art gives them the space to explore those possibilities,” Alford said. 2 STYLE HILLARY SCHMIDT Style Editor email@example.com WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY n n DECEMBER JANUARY 18, 5, 2012 2012 Clothes The Daily Campus Tips on how to dress this holiday season ‘Tis the season to be festive when it comes to fashion. Now that you’ve hung the mistletoe and decked the halls, it’s time to focus on how to prevent feeling cold while keeping your style intact. One of the most important things to take care of while getting dressed this winter is obviously staying warm. Don’t let style go to the wayside when it comes to functionality. Designers always make a point to offer you plenty of options to keep from getting frostbite while looking ho-ho-hot. As the holidays approach, check out these tips so you will be ready to dress for any occasion — whether it’s a stroll through town or a night out to celebrate. they’re also very comfortable — perfect for going out to see some old friends or just lounging around with family. They’re best in grays and dark browns and if you’re willing to spend a little more money, owning one in cashmere makes it all the more cozy and adds a little extra warmth. If you want to throw in a more festive feel, sweaters in red or green are great. Looking to get even more into the holiday spirit? Some of the most classic Christmas sweaters are printed with reindeer images. THE ACCESSORIES Hats, gloves, boots: you name it. Aside from an oversized jacket, what else will keep you warm when you have to face the cold? Hot chocolate won’t always cut it. Wool “headbands” are the new hat. While they do expose the top of your head, they keep your ears warm. Scarves come in plenty of styles to keep you and your neck happy. The infinity scarf will keep from unraveling, while the typical scarf comes in lots of lengths to compliment any ensemble. When looking for the right pair of gloves, those referred to as “pop top” are by far the best. These are finger-less gloves that have a fold-over mitten, which allows for functionality and warmth. All that’s left is to find a pair in a fun color or pattern, and you’re set to go. style and warmth. But UGG is not the only one. Designers who are known for showcasing all sorts of styles are doing the exact same thing. Whatever your price-point may be, there is something out there for you. go for the iconic red and green, silver and gold or something with sequins (a sequined dress is a perfect transition piece for New Years, and it is OK to wear it twice). ensemble with a pair of heels that have a touch of embellishment. If you’re wearing a solidcolored red or green dress, adding a slightly more embellished shoe will help dress it up. Don’t feel like these dresses can only be worn for fancy events. If you wear it with the right accessories, you can dress it down as well. So, to tone it down and stick with a more neutral, or black, shoe that has a smaller heel. A sparkly bib necklace is perfect to pair with a simple dress. If the occasion is casual, keep the jewelry simple and to a minimum. Stay warm this break, but don’t forget that you can still be your fashion-forward self even if you’re not at school. Dress down THE CLOTHES Oversized knits are an easy, yet fashionable, go-to during the cold winters. You can throw them over skinny jeans or leggings (leather leggings will add even more style to your ensemble) and pair them with boots or flats. These sweaters look cute, but Keeping your feet warm is just as important as keeping the top half of your body warm. UGG comes out with more and more winter-boot styles each year that appeal to just about anyone, but they’ve made a breakthrough into more fashion-forward styles. They’ve taken a classic leather boot and added some sheepskin for And if you already have a pair of boots you love, snag a knitted leg warmer (aka “boot topper”) that adds extra warmth to your legs while adding a pop of color that continues past the rim of the boot. Dress up THE CLOTHES Holidays are excellent for bringing family and friends together. Get-togethers and celebrations are hard to avoid, so there is no excuse to not have a holiday dress hanging around. When it comes to these occasions, THE ACCESSORIES Add some “oomph” to your Campus Events WEDNESDAY December 5 Gongora/Picasso: Graphic Poetry in the Meadows Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Police Reports december 1 THURSDAY December 6 December 7 Pizza with the Dean at the HuittZollars Pavilion from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. december 2 10:52 p.m. Arrested on Warrant/ Criminal Trespass/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: Doak Walker Plaza. A non-affiliated person was arrested for a warrant, criminal trespassing, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Closed. 2:42 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Possession of Fictitious License: Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possession of fictitious license and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Another student was referred and cited for possession of fictitious license and referred for consumption of alcohol by a minor. Seven other students were referred for consumption of alcohol by a minor. Closed. FRIDAY Velasquez and His Contemporary Painters in Seville in Smith Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meadows Chorale and Perkins Seminary Singers: A Service of Lessons and Carols in Perkins Chapel from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 8:55 p.m. Possession of Alcohol by a Minor: South Quad Lot. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possession of alcohol by a minor. Closed. 9:44 p.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Possession of Fictitious License: Commuter Lot. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by a minor and possession of fictitious license. Closed. The Daily Campus WEDNESDAY n DECEMBER 5, 2012 history NEWS 3 Historic Dallas Hall turns 100 years old BASMA RAZA Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org On Nov. 28, 2012, SMU celebrated the centennial of the laying of Dallas Hall’s cornerstone with a ceremony for the Dallas Hall Society in the Dallas Hall rotunda. The celebrations began with a 30day countdown on Homecoming weekend, where SMU staff, faculty, students and alumni all signed cards to wish Dallas Hall a happy birthday. The Dallas Hall Society extended their gratitude to those who helped the university through their contributions. Dallas Hall has been the face of SMU for nearly 100 years and was SMU’s first building. Even though the cornerstone was laid in 1912, the building was completed after three years. It was inspired by the Roman Pantheon and the library Thomas Jefferson designed for the University of Virginia. At first, Dallas Hall enclosed all of SMU: classrooms, offices, a library, a hamburger grill, science laboratories, piano practice rooms, a chapel, an attic apartment, a barber shop, a post office and a mummy. Construction for other classroom buildings did not begin until 1925. Dallas Hall has remained the home of liberal arts classes and a popular gathering place for students. After investing $1.9 million for renovation, Dallas Hall reopened its doors with major changes to classrooms. The chapel on the third floor was replaced by what’s now McCord Auditorium and the first elevator was replaced by stairways. Through the renovations, the most meaningful restoration was the changes made to the office of the first president of SMU, Robert S. Hyer. The office was restored to its original size and the oval desk which belonged to President Hyer was returned to the room. The seal was also added on the marble floor of the rotunda. Some student believe that thosese who step on the seal will not graduate. Dallas Hall is also home to one of the most important traditions at SMU: Celebration of Lights. The event kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of Dallas Hall and the surrounding trees. The Christmas tree in front of the building is also lit up and President R. Gerald Turner reads a Christmas story. Considering its significance today, the building’s past shouldn’t be forgotten. University archivist, Joan Gosnell spoke of the history saying, “The beginnings of Southern Methodist University were not smooth. The Fred A. Jones Building Company, the contractors who built Dallas Hall, went bankrupt halfway through the project. The building site was often mired in mud. Today, when we look at the building it can be easy to forget its humble roots, but Dallas Hall has become grand and stately.” Through the years, Dallas Hall remains the most prominent building on campus and is now home of Dedman College. It has become a rite of passage for those entering SMU and those who graduate. Junior Katherine Ladner was delighted to be a part of the celebration. “I am so thankful to be at a wonderful university and may the Courtesy of SMU Dallas Hall opened its doors in 1915. next 100 years be even better.,” she said. 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In conjunction with HEC Montreal and the Bocconi University Graduate School of Management, SMU has announced an international advisory committee with the two institutions to launch the 12-month program that will have its students spending one four-month session at each of the three partnering schools. The advisory committee is a who’s who among the arts world and includes names such James Abruzzo of DHR International, Maxwell L. Anderson, the director of the Dallas Museum of Art as well as many more notable advisors. “The international advisory committee members will provide input on program content and help make key strategic decisions,” Zannie Voss, chair of the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU, said. “They will also provide connections to the field for our students and serve as worldwide ambassadors for the program.” Coursework in the new program will be focused on cultural policy, international law, the arts, cultural economics, urban planning and more. The three institutions have nonprofit arts administration offerings and the new masters program will combine the standard management courses with courses addressing the challenged of leading arts organizations. Natalie Coca, a soon-to-be SMU graduate, expects the new program Courtesy of Meadows NEWS WEDNESDAY n DECEMBER 5, 2012 The Daily Campus Meadows’ new degree in arts management is a collaborative effort. to bring in world-class talent. “I think it’s a really cool option for graduate schools,” Coca said. “Like a lot of my classmates, I’m looking for options beyond just my undergraduate degree and the new program would work well with my existing Meadows degree. It’s like studying abroad and getting a master’s degree at the same time.” The new major is the second of big changes for the Meadows curriculum. In July, the school announced that alumnus James Hart, Class of 1996, would lead the school’s arts entrepreneurship minor. The program is one of only few similar programs in the nation. “The creation of this undergraduate minor is one of Meadows’ most significant curricular initiatives, giving our students the opportunity to learn how to turn their artistic dreams into sustainable business plans. Audition skills are not enough,” Meadows Dean Jose Bowen, said. “With the appointment of James Hart – an artist and educator with extensive experience in the fusion of arts and entrepreneurship education – the Meadows School is already positioned as the leader in this new and critical field.” the co ee shop you’ve been waiting for we only brew One Harvest beans that surpass the standards of Fair Trade. No push button espresso either, all of our drinks are expertly crafted by skilled baristas. outstanding co ee close to campus, open late and with 3,850 sq. ft. we’ve got lots of space to study or hang out. We’ve also got conference rooms and a replace patio! 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THE DFW’s hottest holiday happenings will be sprinkled around the arboretum which include photo opps with jolly Old St. Nick, his favorite reindeer, Rudolph, and a live reindeer and of course Frosty. Renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s glass installations can be seen throughout the gardens as one of the main attractions. Visitors can also enjoy holiday teas at the park (reservation required). The Turtle Creek Chorale: Naughty and Nice — Have you been naughty or nice this year? Let the Turtle Creek Chorale answer that question for you with its very own holiday specials. Judy Garland holiday mixes will be performed along with many others. Local director and choreographer B.J. Cleveland and Liza Minnelli will be present. Carol Channing and Charles Nelson Reilly will help celebrate the holiday. of train track across the cityscapes of Dallas, New York City, San Francisco, Albuquerque and Washington, D.C. All proceeds from the display benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. NASCAR and Indy Racing enthusiasts can travel to Texas Motor Speedway for a display of more than two million LED lights. Winterland Inc. and All Things Christmas sponsor the park event entitled the “Gift of Lights.” Gift of Lights benefits Goodwill Industries, the Tarrant Area Food Bank and local radio station KLTY’s Christmas Wish initiative. For ticket information, visit 2012. giftoflights.org. Near and far from SMU, holiday cheer is all around Dallas this December. From Christmas trees to mesmerizing trains, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. F Courtesy of the Texas Ballet Theatre THE SHOWS When it comes to area stages during the holiday season, consider them winter wonderlands. While the calendar is filled to the brim with regular staged plays (like Theatre Three’s Crazy for You) the most prevalent production is none other than The Nutcracker. What would the holiday season be without Marius Petipa’s powerful ballet set to the iconic music of Pyotrilyich Tchaikovsky’s score? DFW has more than enough Nutcracker offerings to satify the en pointe craving. Texas Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker will make two pit stops in the metroplex: one at the Winspear Opera House and the other at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall. The Winspear production runs Texas Ballet Theater’s production of ‘The Nutcracker ‘runs Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 at Winspear Opera House and Dec. 7 to Dec. 23 at Bass Hall. from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 while the Bass Hall stop runs from Dec. 7 to Dec. 23. Looking for something closer to campus? If ballet isn’t your preferred type of performance, Addison’s WaterTower Theatre is staging It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play — a rendition of Frank Capra’s famous Christmas film that is a producorial leap for the playhouse that usually hosts a Christmas-type special during the winter months. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play runs until Dec. 16. For more information visit watertowertheatre.org. On the musical side of the spectrum, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is putting on the event Christmas Celebration in the vein of It’s a Wonderful Life as well. The holiday centric performance will also feature appearances from the Christmas Celebration children’s choir and the Dallas Symphony Chorus. To score tickets to the event, which runs Dec. 14 to Dec. 23, visit www.dallassymphony.org. THE EVENTS Holiday in the Park (Six Flags Over Texas) — Christmas at the park? The park which is known for its summer attractions and thrills gets frosted over. Six Flags Over Texas transitions into its traditional winter wonderland with Holiday in the Park. Guests can enjoy a spectacular Christmas celebration that includes seasonal shows and treats of all assortments. Holiday at the Arboretum — The Dallas Arboretum is ringing in the holidays with the “Artistry of the Nativity” collection. The collection will feature hundreds of nativity scenes from around the world. Special activities THE LIGHTS SMU’s Celebration of Lights is more than the university’s way of kicking off the holiday season. Marked by the lighting of thousands of lights in the main quad, the celebration is a way for students, faculty and community members to get into the holiday spirit. Around Dallas there are a number of similar festivals that can bring you holiday cheer all month long. “The Trains at Northpark” is another local tradition that embraces the giving spirit of the holidays. Sponsored by Bank of Texas, the elaborate exhibit features toy trains whizzing by over 1,600 feet - Chase Wade, Parminder Deo & Kian Hervey 6 OPINION WEDNESDAY n DECEMBER 5, 2012 Social Media The Daily Campus Editorial Staff Editor-in-Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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Taking a break from Facebook Brandon Bub Contributor firstname.lastname@example.org Next year, I am temporarily closing down my Facebook account. Now, I know that might draw a chuckle or two from anyone who first reads it. After all, people who promise to leave Facebook are like people who promise to move to Canada when the presidential election doesn’t turn out the way they had hoped: no one ever actually does it, and if they did, they wouldn’t have any friends waiting for them. However, I have done it before. For two months in high school my account was deactivated. I enjoyed being away from it for a while, except I never told most of my friends that I was planning on deactivating it and some people assumed I was dead. It’s a New Year’s resolution of sorts. After cutting out meat for a year, I started wondering what the next unhealthiest vice in my life was that I could address. I don’t mean to imply that Facebook is a soul-sucking time-waster with no redeeming social value, but I do think that my over-reliance on it has become unhealthy. If you’re anything like me, you never sign out of your account. You have the mobile application installed on your smart phone so you can avoid talking to people directly across from you by checking your news feed. You get email or phone notifications every time someone comments on your status, posts a link on your wall or sends you a message. You measure the worth of nearly anything you post by the amount of “likes” it attracts from friends. I could go on. Facebook is more than just a convenient way to stay in touch with people. For a lot of our generation, it’s a means of constructing an identity. 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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Reflection Looking back on a semester with The Daily Campus W. Tucker keene Opinion Editor email@example.com I first got involved in The Daily Campus’ opinion page about a year ago when I was asked to provide some political insight, and as an insightful political science major, I jumped at the opportunity. The next semester I stepped up my role and started contributing to a weekly political debate. I applied for opinion editor primarily because I knew with the election coming up, I’d want to have every opportunity to be the main political voice of the paper and give my opinion as often as I knew I’d want to. For the first several weeks, I was not very involved, but I enjoyed the work I was doing. Sitting at a cubicle in front of a computer made this feel like my first real job, which was exciting. All of my previous jobs involved physical labor and I was very glad to move on from that to enter the professional world. “My first desk job!” I remember telling my parents in the first weeks after I started the job. “I have my own cubicle with my name on it and everything. I feel like such a grown up!” Enticed by this new whitecollar atmosphere, I wanted to do more here. After rearranging my schedule I was able to devote much more time to the job, and at this point I had definitely caught the bug. Between covering the presidential debates, live tweeting on election night or working with the rest of the staff on endorsements and editorial board collaboration, I was having a lot of fun. Nothing bonds a staff together like productions that go into the early hours of the night, working on writing that editorial or news brief or looking for the perfect wording. I knew pretty early on that I’d want to be just as involved in the paper next semester, so I took on more responsibility as opinion editor. Doing more gave me an excuse to stay here and be friendly with the staff longer. I encourage everyone to find a commitment like this one I’ve had, and really give it everything you’ve got. It’s a very rewarding experience in every way you could imagine. Of course, as a political junkie, nothing excited me more than covering the election. That was the main reason I applied for the job — to make sure that the paper had someone who was knowledgeable about politics controlling its opinion content during the election season. This was my bread and butter. The best part of the writing itself has been watching the reaction to my articles online. I remember getting some very odd responses to some articles, like words of encouragement on my pledge of abstinence from people I’d never met, or being called naive by some far right conspiracy theorist that was annoyed that I called them out on the silliness of the petition to secede that they had just signed. So while I’ll be moving to the online editor position for next semester, my heart will remain where it all got started: the opinion page. I’ll still be contributing to opinion on what I hope to be a regular basis, and there will be plenty of political events happening both on campus and throughout the country that I am sure I’ll want to comment on. But for now, I’m looking forward to finishing up finals and relaxing a bit as I head back home to Massachusetts for a December that will feel like December, and prepare for the next semester. Keene is a junior majoring in political science, economics and public policy. Goodbye Former News Director signs off developed in the last three and a half years. First, there is the J-School and my co-inhabitants there. I say inhabitants because we have all slept in that building too many times to count, or at least the best of us have. On any given weekday you can walk in there and be met by friendly, if not tired, faces. And thankfully all of our professors like to stay in the mix. One in particular has been and always will be my idol, mentor and close friend. The J-School has seen me at my best and worst. I have probably never cried, yelled or laughed as much as I have there. Even when I thought my life was falling apart, I found a ray of sunshine there to lift my spirits. The J-School is home. It is always hard to explain my medievalist friends. We are actually a cult that worships a pair of professors who know everything. We get frustrated with inaccurate representations of history and we think the Renaissance is lame. We traveled to central Spain, stayed in a cardinal’s palace, studied a lot of column capitals and partied on a castle’s walls. We even some boats. The medievalists are the people you want to be with when you are tired of the SMU scene and would rather stimulate your mind than destroy it. Of course, there is everyone else. The friends who do not share academic purists with me but still manage to tolerate my obsessions. Since freshman year they have understood that my schedule is irregular and that I am always running around. Everyone needs friends you can just sit with and talk about nothing, and these are mine. I need them to keep me sane and to remind me that life is good. Over the years I have not stayed close with all of them but in the end they have each helped shape me into who I am today. I could not talk about the relationships I have developed at SMU without mentioning my family. When I started college I was not a good son or brother, but I think I am better now. The most important thing I have learned at SMU is how much I love them. Dan, I hope you will enjoy the relationships you develop at SMU as much as the ones I have. Garcia is a senior majoring in journalism. Andy Garcia Former News Director firstname.lastname@example.org My time at Southern Methodist University will not be defined by centennial celebrations, by perfectly manicured lawns or the number of fountains that dot the campus. I will not think about my various roles in student media or the stories and shows I have helped produce. What will matter are all of the relationships I have Cartoon Courtesy of MCT Campus The Daily Campus football WEDNESDAY n DECEMBER 5, 2012 equestrian SPORTS 7 Mustangs end season on high note, hold No. 10 spot Courtney Madden Staff Writer email@example.com The SMU equestrian team had an outstanding 2012 season starting in January when it went from Varsity Equestrian to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) — a higher level of equestrian competition. SMU opened the spring season as No. 10 against No. 3 Texas A&M with a 6-4 victory over the Aggies. Moving up to No. 9, the Mustangs took on South Dakota State, which resulted in another 10-2 victory. Jordyn Pettersen and Greer Hindle won MVP honors for the Mustangs at that competition. The Mustangs fell to No. 1 Georgia in the next competition, but entered as the No. 5 seed in the National Championship, making the highest rank in school history. Freshman Emma Roberts was named 2012 All-American by NCEA. "We are extremely proud of Emma [Roberts],” head coach Haley Schoolfield told SMU Athletics. "She has been a great competitor this year and is very deserving of this award. To get this recognition as a freshman speaks volumes to her hard work this season." In the NCEA Championships the Mustangs fell in a tiebreaker to Kansas State. To start the fall semester off the Mustangs came out strong in September with a 926-818 victory over Baylor. "Today was a great chance for our young team to get experience against Baylor, the defending national champion in hunter seat," Schoolfield said. In the season opener, the Mustangs defeated Delaware State in a close 785-768 fight. In October, SMU could not back its previous victory over Texas A&M as the team fell to the Aggies 9-3. An October highlight was Julianna Fischer, who won the $10,000 Fleur de Lis Jumper Derby. To start off November, the Mustangs dominated Fresno State 9-3. Freshman Schaefer Raposa and Hindle earned MVP honors for SMU. "We really came together as a team today and got the job done," Schoolfield said. "Special kudos to our flat team that knocked it out of the park with stellar rides. The two MVP awards were icing on the cake.” To close out the fall season, No. 10 SMU defeated No. 1 South Carolina 5-4. "We could not be more proud of our team today," Natalie Burton, assistant coach, said. "They set their minds on getting the win this morning, and they never let up. It feels great to end the fall season with a win over the No. 1 team in the country, but it feels even better to see the team come together, determined to win and succeed." Schoolfield recently announced the signing of National Letters of Intent by Julia Fowler, from Hartford, Conn., and Charlotte Jacobs, from East Aurora, N.Y. Fowler and Jacobs join the recruiting class along with Addie Audette, Taylor Schmidt and Sylvia de Toledo. The team’s season picks up again Feb. 8 at the WEF Invitational in Wellington, Fla. SIDNEY HOLLINGSWORTH/The Daily Campus Quarterback Garrett Gilbert carries the ball in the 34-6 victory over Southern Miss at home Nov. 10. SMU prepares for bowl game billy embody Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org After beating Tulsa in the regular season finale to become bowl eligible, SMU accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve against the Fresno State Bulldogs of the Mountain West Conference, Sheraton Hawaiii Bowl Executive Director David A. K. Matlin announced. "The SMU Mustangs finished their season strong by handing C-USA's West Division champion, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, their first conference loss," Matlin said. "Coach [June] Jones and the Mustangs represented themselves well as our 2009 C-USA representative and we are looking forward to welcoming the Mustangs and their fans back to Honolulu for the 11th annual Sheraton Hawaii Bowl." The bowl appearance will be SMU’s fourth consecutive bowl appearance, a school record, and its second trip to Hawaii in four years. Last time the Mustangs played in Hawaii, SMU built a 31-0 halftime lead en route to a 45-10 victory over Nevada. SMU won four of its last six games to become bowl eligible and beat the West Division champion, Tulsa, to get back to Hawaii. The Hawaii Bowl is extra special to the Mustangs not only because it was the site of the team’s first bowl appearance since 1984, but also because SMU head coach June Jones coached at Hawaii and built that program to where it is today. "Having been affiliated with this bowl since its inception, I know that it is one of the best bowl experiences in college football. I'm very excited for our players, staff and fans. This is a special experience," Jones said. The team will hold just over a week of practices starting Saturday in Dallas before departing on Wednesday, Dec. 19 for Hawaii. The Mustangs will enjoy time on the beach, a luau and other bowl activities while in Hawaii. "This bowl berth is a tremendous reward for our football team. We're excited about this opportunity and look forward a tremendous experience and great game in Hawaii," SMU athletic director Rick Hart said. SMU does face a tough task in Fresno State. Fresno ranks No. 12 in the country in passing yards per game (322.6) led by Derek Carr, who has thrown for over 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns on this season. The Bulldogs also have a formidable rushing attack with senior Robbie Rouse rushing for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Bulldogs average just over 40 points a game on offense, but the Mustangs have limited opponents to just 27 points per game. The Mustangs will have to put some points on the board against the Bulldogs to have a chance, but luckily the Mustangs have FirstTeam All-C-USA running back Zach Line leading the way. The Mustangs had thirteen players selected to be on the All-Conference USA teams including seniors Margus Hunt and Ja’Gared Davis who both earned First-Team nods. The Mustangs will need big games out of Hunt and Davis to get pressure on the high-flying attack that the Bulldogs will bring to Hawaii. SMU also had seniors Bryan Collins, Darius Johnson and Taylor Reed named to All-CUSA second team along with junior Kenneth Acker. Jordan Free, Jeremy Johnson, Torlan Pittman and Mike Loftus all received honorable mention. SMU had two standout freshmen in Taylor Lasecki and Shakiel Randolph, who were named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. Childcare NEED RESPONSIBLE SITTER 6 month old twin boys. One week night per week Occasional Saturday or Sunday. Lakewood area. $15.00 per hour. 251-786-0946 Need something smaller or larger? 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Soon the list of these will grow as SMU, along with the city of Dallas and AT&T, will help in the remodeling of a 400-acre landfill just south of downtown in order to construct a new sports complex and golf course. Mayor Mike Rawlings held a press conference Friday morning along with SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Ron Spears, AT&T senior executive vice president of executive operations, to discuss the potential of the new facility, according to smumustangs.com. “[The complex] would serve as a powerful catalyst bringing economic opportunity to Southern Dallas and the Trinity project, potentially generating more than $32 million annually in economic impact," Rawlings said. Located next to the Trinity River Forest and between Loop 12 and Interstate Highway 45, land that is currently useless will hold an 18-hole championship course, a nine-hole short course, courses for youth development and practice facilities which will be used by the SMU golf teams. "Having such a facility for the SMU men's and women's golf teams to play and practice would be a great benefit to our programs. We're very proud to be a part of this proposed development and believe it bodes well for the future of southern Dallas," Turner said. "We also look forward to the day when national collegiate tournaments, such as the NCAA Championship, are played in Dallas." While the city of Dallas plans on paying a maximum of $12 million to begin the project, AT&T will add an additional $2.5 million for a hike-andbike trail and the potential of bringing Dallas the HP Byron Nelson Championship, according to WFAA. "AT&T is excited to be the sponsor of the 2015 and 2016 Byron Nelson Championship, and if all the plans we are talking about today come to fruition, we hope the tournament will be the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship for many years into the future," Spears said. The HP Byron Nelson Championship is currently under contract with the Four Seasons resort and will continue to be held in Las Colinas through 2018. Dallas-based AT&T will assume sponsorship beginning in 2015. Construction of the facility will begin in the spring of 2013 and is expected to be completed in early 2016. Cost of the facility is estimated to be between $20 and $60 million and most of the remaining funds will be raised by individuals and other Dallasbased companies, according to the Dallas Business Journal’s Candace Carlisle. "The city has known all along that we'd need to clean up this land before anyone could use it," Rawlings said. "I am thrilled that we have a proposal that would bring significant growth to our tax base in coming years." SIDNEY HOLLINGSWORTH/The Daily Campus SMU men’s basketball team plays against Utah on Nov. 29 in Moody Coliseum. SMU defeated Utah, 62-55. 8-1 SMU faces tough competition over break demetrio teniente Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Mustangs (8-1) are off to their best start since the 2006 to 2007 season at 9-1. Unfortunately fans will have to wait until Dec. 15 to see SMU on the court again, because the team is taking two weeks off for final exams. Recent Conference USA Player of the Week Jalen Jones will return with the team. Jones averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1.5 assists last week in two games. Jones posted double-doubles in both games and had a career-high 16 board in his 20-point performance in a win over Utah last Wednesday. The game made Jones the first Mustang since Papa Dia in 2011 to have more than 15 points and rebounds in a game. Jones is averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the season, and is SMU's No.2 scorer and top rebounder. The player of the week honor is the first such award of Jones’ career and the first time a Mustang has won it since Dia in 2010. However, Jones hasn’t been the only reason for the Mustangs’s success — Nick Russell has a lot to do with it as well. Averaging 15.1 points a game with four boards and 4.67 assists at the point, Russell has ran the offense effectively in coach Larry Brown’s scheme. Jones, Russell and the rest of the Mustangs will see if they can continue their winning ways on the road when the team faces unbeaten Rhode Island (6-0), a gritty Utah team (5-2), struggling Alcorn State (1-4) and conference rival Houston (5-2) over the winter break. With the exception of Alcorn State, all the road games are going to be tough. Rhode Island is led by three guards—Tahrike Carter, Nyheem Sanders and Tom DeCiantis, who are all averaging double digits in scoring and can shoot the three ball. SMU will have to have solid perimeter defense to pressure the players off their spots and force them to make tough shots. While Utah has a winning record all its games have been close with the exception of its season opener against USC, which the team won 104-47. After the blowout, all the games have been relatively close with each game being decided by an average of nine points. Utah is a tough but beatable team. SMU handed Utah one of its losses on Nov. 28 at 62-55. Houston has been an offensive force averaging 81 points a game and 42.3 rebounds a game. Despite the Cougars’ success early in the season the team has lost its last two games and will have a tough six games before facing the Mustangs. At home, SMU will face the 2-4 Wagner Seahawks, 2-5 Furman, 8-0 Wyoming, 4-3 Tulsa, 6-2 Tulane and 6-1 Southern Miss. The Mustangs will have two easy games against Wagner and Furman before facing undefeated Wyoming — a team coming off an upset win over Colorado on Dec. 1. Wyoming standout Leonard Washington leads the team with 15.1 points per game with 8.5 rebounds from the forward position. He also averages 2.5 assists a game. SMU will have to contain him if it hopes to topple this Mountain West powerhouse. SMU also cant look past Tulsa simply because the Golden Hurricane is barely above .500. Tulsa is averaging 73.1 points with 38 boards a game, ranking 89th and 90th respectively. SMU is averaging 70.2 points (No. 144 overall) and 36.1 boards (No. 146 overall). Tulane and Southern Miss have similar statistics. Both are well balanced and keep games close. SMU will have to grind it out with Tulane and try to edge out the conference rival. The combined record for SMU’s opponents over winter break is 45-21. SMU will also begin conference play on Jan. 6 in Moody Coliseum against Tulsa. The Mustangs will have to win some tough ones on the road and then take care of business at home to have a successful December and January.