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Bush Presidential Center presents ‘A Season of Merriment and Melody’ holiday display LILI JOHNSTON News Staff Writer Surrounded by red walls, there’s a tree that soars over 18 feet above those on the ground and mesmerizes the eye with its array of gold garland, crystal lights, and red and green ornaments. Beside it is the bedazzling sparkle of a floor-length gold-andsilver-beaded gown, the bodice tied with a robin’s egg-blue bow. Holiday music jingles and rings in the background, ending “A Season of Merriment and Melody’s” enrapture of the five senses. The exhibit turns the otherwise unseasonal cream marble of the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum into a lush holiday display. The theme “A Season of Merriment and Melody” was chosen in 2004 by then-President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush. In a tradition dating back to 1961, the Bushes chose a theme to implement “the wonder of the season with the magic of holiday songs that brighten hearts and evoke wonderful memories,” according to the face of the exhibit brochure. “Songs bring people together,” Mrs. Bush said. “Many people have memories of caroling in their neighborhoods and going door to door … that’s what people remember. They remember singing those [songs] with their family and friends and drinking eggnog and eating Christmas cookies.” In a family who, in their fourth year in the White House, and with four more to come (2004 was the same year Bush won reelection against Sen. John Kerry), emphasized the importance of families and traditions, and this theme did just that. This trope of familial tradition is what is on display at the Bush Library & Museum this year. The



“A Season of Merriment and Melody” holiday display can be seen at the George W. Bush Presidential Center until Jan. 8. The exhibit showcases Christmas at the White House in 2004.

The exhibit recreates the Bush’s 2004 Christmas.

exhibit shows a behind-the-scenes look at Christmas in the White House, from the perspective of 2004, the fourth annual year of this type of exhibit. Essential to the theme is the potpourri of small scenes, each depicting Christmas carols, chosen with nostalgic significance. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” was Mrs. Bush’s childhood favorite and is included as part of the exhibit. Mrs. Bush’s opinion may have changed to match her now more sophisticated tastes. “I love the beautiful carols, the religious carols. I think those are the ones that mean the most to me,” Mrs. Bush said. Also included is the soaring Blue Room tree. With the chandelier removed and the furniture moved out, the 18-and-half-foot tree marks the official tree of the White House. “It is this tree, above all others, that embodies the annual Christmas tree,” said one of the docents, clad in a suit to match the formal tone of the exhibit. Behind the Blue Room tree is the painting that will grace the front of the Bush family Christmas card.

also on display – gifts given to the First Family. All gifts given to the First Family during their residence, sent from the United States and beyond, are received by the White House gift office and then sent to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in D.C. NARA holds the gifts through the end of the administration, at which point they are legally transferred to the former First Family upon their official leave of office. Most of the gifts are on display in the permanent collection of the Bush Library. The more seasonal and 2004-originating objects are on display only for this exhibit. “Our all-new exhibit showers visitors with favorite holiday melodies to put them in the holiday spirit,” said Bobbi Gruner, public affairs and marketing manager of the Bush Library. Hence the ruby red walls and soaring tree. The “Seasons of Merriment and Melody” exhibit remains on display at the George W. Bush Library & Museum through Jan. 8.

In varying shades of green, Bush painted a prickly pear cactus. The painting, Untitled, was painted this year on the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas. It is the one item that wasn’t pulled from its 2004 time capsule. “[Mr. Bush] did a big series of cactus from our ranch,” Mrs. Bush said. “We picked [this one] because it was red and green … so this is sort of our Texas Christmas tree.” The Christmas card from their time in D.C. in 2004 is also on display: The White House 2004, by Cindi Holt. Holt is an artist from Fort Worth, who, even when the Bush family represented America, added a Western sparkle, true to their origins. The White House 2004 depicts the White House Red Room, which is mostly used to host small dinner parties, but also serves as a parlor and music room. The watercolor remains in the White House collection. During this year of holiday celebrations, President Bush took the opportunity and effort to encourage service and volunteerism, honoring military

members around the world. A menorah, donated by the Boca Raton Synagogue, was lit by Will Menachem, and Chaim and Miriam Felzenberg, the three oldest children of U.S. Army chaplain Samuel Felzenberg, who was on active duty in Iraq at the time. “We are honored to celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah in the White House this evening,” President Bush said on the day of the menorah lighting, Dec. 4, 2004. President Bush also issued remarks on the Kwanzaa holiday. “Kwanzaa strengthens the ties that bind communities across America and around the world,” Bush said. “And reflects the great promise and diversity of America.” The symbol of religious diversity and celebration was a recurrent theme, also unveiled in a gift to the First Family. Artist Thomas Kinkade contributed an oil painting titled “Symbols of Freedom,” the glowing light “affirming the hope that burns in every heart through out individual freedom of religion,” Kinkade said. Stockings from Hawaii, ornaments, badges and mugs are

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Mustang Heroes host ‘Work in Progress: Women in Power’ to talk about gender equality CHRISTIANE KLINKER & JACOB PROTHRO Contributing Writers Mustang Heroes sparked conversation about women in power at Union Coffee on Dyer Street in Dallas on Nov. 17. The seminar, named “Work in Progress: Women in Power” was put on by Mustang Heroes in coordination with several other organizations served to teach women how to tackle stereotypes and discrimination in the workplace. It was the fourth event of Heroes Week, an annual, weeklong event that aims to raise awareness of the issues facing the Dallas area. “Our biggest focus is connecting SMU students to Dallas as a whole,” Mustang Heroes President Victoria Huber said. “How to not only be aware of the issues, but how to take charge of those issues as well.” Gender equality in the workforce was the focus for the discussion. Sami Williams and Angela Uno told stories about some of their

experiences while working in fields dominated by men. FLOW, a lecture series at Union that focuses on gender equity, and Women In Science and Engineering (WISE), both provided statistics and information on what they’re doing to close the inequity gap for women in those fields. Shreya Patel, a member of WISE,spoke on the inequity of pay for women in chemistry. “STEM is a field that is notorious for being male-dominated,” Patel said. “The average woman in chemistry makes $85,000 a year, whereas the average man makes $105,000. That’s a difference of almost 30 percent.” WISE’s goal is to inspire the next generation of women to work in STEM fields. During the event, Patel and her fellow WISE members also made nitrogen ice cream to give attendees. The treat was made by adding liquid nitrogen cream while the members stirred the freezing mixture. Another group in attendance, Ignite, has a similar goal but for women in politics. Mustang

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Mustang Heroes hosted “Work in Progress: Women in Power” on Nov. 17.

Heroes decided to pick gender equality because they hoped to bring awareness to the issue through discussion. Sami Williams, an SMU alumna talked about her experience working as an engineer. Engineering is a field that is dominated by men and Williams said she sometimes feels uncomfortable and unqualified at times. “I was definitely a very outgoing confident person while at SMU,” Williams said. “I definitely spoke my mind and was comfortable with myself.” Williams said that everything changed when she started her job at Texas Instruments. “I think I was kind of quieting myself and not being loud and speaking my mind because I wasn’t comfortable because of what people thought of me,” Williams said. Typically, women make up only about 25 percent of people employed in STEM jobs. Williams said that because of this she found herself falling into the stereotype that girls shouldn’t be in engineering. Angela Uno, a teacher and water polo referee, also has experience in an industry where women are not underrepresented. Uno said throughout her eight years of refereeing she has experienced how tough it is to be a woman in a male dominated field. This past summer Uno was asked to ref at the Junior Olympics.

When she got off the plane and met up with the other referees, she was met with a question by a male referee. “Are you excited to be refereeing in your first year?” he asked, assuming because she was a woman, she was new. Uno is in her eighth season of refereeing. Even though she has been doing this job for eight years he assumed, based on her appearance, she was new. She was watching a 16-and-under girl’s water polo game on her break. Uno commented to her partner that the game was getting a little rough to which he responded, “Oh, I bet you like it rough.” Uno called her leaders to tell them about the sexual harassment incident and was met with an unsupportive response. “They gave me the advice to dress differently when I go out on deck,” Uno said. “Don’t go out for drinks with your partners and worry about how you word your questions or talk to your partners.” Micha Johnson, an advisor for Mustang Heroes, said his biggest takeaway was understanding as a man where his privilege is and how he can be a resource for women. “You have to realize that you can do something and where that starts is the conversations you have to have,” Johnson said.

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The Strong Man female winners for the 2016 competition were Rebecca Castillo, Sydney Lavigne and Sophia Ho.

Strong Man participants test strength in 2016 competition OLIVIA NGUYEN Editor-in-Chief In the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports gym on Nov. 17, the SMU community congregated to watch the sixth annual Strong Man Competition. This year, 10 competitors – six men and four women – tested their strength and endurance through three lifts: bench press, dead life and chin-up, to see who would earn the coveted title of this year’s Strong Man and Woman. Participants were divided into weight classes and had three attempts to execute each exercise. In order to equalize the competition, a

mathematical equation dividing the contender’s best score with their body mass was used to calculate and determine their strength ratio. The 2016 Strong Man winner Victor Beck said he thought the competition was a success and had a positive experience. “It was so fun getting to compete alongside my friends and see everyone bring the best that they had to the table,” the SMU senior said. “When it really comes down to it, competing is all about setting personal records and proving to yourself that you can do something you’ve never done before…Weightlifting is all about improving day after day and year over year and if you can do that at the competition, you’re at the top of your own personal podium.”

2016 Strong Man winners

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Women: 1. Rebecca Castillo

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2. Sydney Lavigne

-Bench press: 270 lbs -Dead lift: 485 lbs -Chin ups: 21 -Bench press: 255 lbs -Dead lift: 535 lbs -Chin ups: 10

3. Chandler Thomlinson -Bench press: 275 lbs -Dead lift: 505 lbs -Chin ups: 14

-Bench press: 130 lbs -Dead lift: 265 lbs -Chin ups: 7 -Bench press: 100 lbs -Dead lift: 170 lbs -Chin ups: 7

3. Sophia Ho

-Bench press: 80 lbs -Dead lift: 190 lbs -Chin ups: 9


SMU seniors share their thoughts on the last Boulevard for the 2016 football season.

SMU seniors experience last Boulevard before graduation COURTNEY KILBORN Contributing Writer Ask most people and they probably wouldn’t consider “Boulevarding” a word, much less a verb. But that’s exactly what SMU seniors did for the last time in their undergraduate careers before SMU’s football game against the University of South Florida on Nov. 19. Although the Mustangs were not able to pull off a win against USF, losing 27-37, that didn’t stop SMU seniors from making the best of their last game day. Since the Mustangs only had one game left against Navy the Saturday after Thanksgiving, many seniors considered the USF game their last. Boulevards are a quintessential part of

SMU student life. While it may seem like a normal tailgate to any outsider, if ask any student, the combination of the outfits, pregame meals and tents filled with singing and dancing are sure to bring a smile to his or her face. To many SMU seniors, this was a very emotional day as it marked an important “last” in their careers here. “I literally could not stop crying every time I saw another senior,” senior Gracie Singer said. “Boulevards were

my favorite part of SMU and I’m so sad they’re over.” Most seniors agreed they felt it was necessary to attend their last undergraduate game and watch their Ponies take the field one last time. “I didn’t feel nostalgic until I was walking home from the game and realized, that was it,” senior Nati Bru said. While Boulevard season is over and the countdown until next season has already commenced, seniors will definitely be mourning their last game day for a while.

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Prince Lebanese Grill: A taste of home in DFW JESSIKA ROUDE Contributing Writer At Prince Lebanese Grill, the food isn’t elegant or refined. At the “it” spots in town, chefs top their meals with gold and bartenders masquerade as scientists. But not here. Here, you sit in an old Sonic with burgundy walls and rickety metal chairs. You won’t even be able to order a test-tube drink because it’s BYOB. But you don’t come to Prince’s for the ambience. You come for the fresh food, warm service, and in my case, the sweet smell of home. I grew up in a Lebanese household eating fresh tabouli and chicken shawarma. I would make burritos with my dalmas and pita and watch my mother put the meat through the grinder to make my favorite: kibbeh nayyeh (raw beef with herbs and spices). But Lebanese food is hard to come by, especially the good food. At Prince’s, everything is fresh. The tabouli is

Food from Prince’s kitchen.

made every hour, the meat isn’t pre-cooked, and the rice and bread give you just the right amount of warmth after every bite. Francis Kobty, the owner, makes the food himself. Perhaps his food is so good because he got the recipes from his mom, who raised him the way all Lebanese mothers raise their kids: with love and the best home cooking. The chicken shwarma smells as if someone combined every known seasoning and put it on one plate. It is the kind of tender chicken you can only get if you add love to your plate. It lays on top of a mountain of white rice with a side of classic hummus. Another popular item which made it on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”


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is the Prince Lebanese Special. It’ll give you a good helping of several meats, along with rice, grilled vegetables and a choice of side. The meats are grilled and perfectly seasoned, adding an extra kick to the vegetables and rice. If this plate is too heavy, try the mazza plate, which includes hummus, dalmas, babaganoush, tabouli, kalamata olives and pita. You’ll get the same bold flavors from the other dishes, just in a lighter meal. Although these dishes shine, Prince’s menu lacks some base components of Lebanese food like kibbeh, kousa mahshi, fatayer and kofta. While ultimately delicious, Prince’s fails to deliver a robust Lebanese menu. Lebanese cooking in its truest form requires a lot of extra effort and technique. It’s also rich in variety, every dish being uniquely different from the rest. My mother would spend hours grinding meat, rolling dalmas, seasoning meats and mastering the perfect stuffed cucumbers. Prince’s only includes basic dishes on their menu. Still, as every Lebanse kid will tell you, I can’t expect anyone to cook the way my mother does. Perhaps Prince Lebanese Grill is close enough.

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SMU students open poke SMU’s annual tree lighting restaurant in West Village celebrates the Christmas spirit JULIA BATLLE Contributing Writer Fresh fish flown in daily, matcha-infused bamboo rice and a full-service sake bar are just a few of the inventive options that will be available at Pok The Raw Bar, the first raw fish poke bar in Dallas created by two SMU students. Brandon Cohanim and Francois Reihani are students at the Cox School of Business and are realizing their entrepreneurial potential early on in their careers. The two Beverly Hills natives are opening a poke bar at West Village in Uptown after dreaming of this opportunity for years. “We wanted to do poke because it was just starting to blow up in Los Angeles,” Cohanim said. “There is a new place everywhere you go, so we knew we needed to act fast.” Google Trends show people searched for “poke bowl” on Google 355 percent more this summer compared to last year. So Cohanim and Reihani began working immediately. “We’re both pretty entrepreneurial,” Cohanim said. “We’ve barely worked in restaurants but we both are out-of-the-box thinkers and we catch the little things that a lot of people don’t.” This is the drive that has helped them overcome the challenges they have faced throughout the process of opening a new restaurant in a big city. Young entrepreneurs are the backbone of innovation and improvements in a city like Dallas, but the cutoff between young and too young was something

that brought Cohanim and Reihani great difficulty during the process of opening Pok. The owners of West Village were reluctant to consider their idea over those of older, more experienced entrepreneurs. Research shows companies are more likely to survive if the entrepreneur is older, according to Business Pundit, an online business advice site. Cohanim and Reihani have been working against the odds to launch their company with great success. The process began with a lot of research. “It was kind of difficult at the beginning because we’re two 20-year-old kids trying to figure out how we’re somehow going to open a restaurant,” Cohanim said. The most challenging part of their process was finding a location. “They want people who are established and have experience,” Cohanim said. “Why would they give two 20-year-old kids a prime location?” They spent the next few months trying to prove their worthiness to the owners of West Village. “We put together an 18-page business plan and got an architect to make a rendering to show what the place would look like, but the biggest seller was that we secured our Nobu chef to join our team,” Reihani said. Chef Jimmy Park’s childhood dream was to work at the world-renowned Japanese restaurant as a sushi chef, so getting him to leave Nobu and join them was no easy task. Park was not as

confident in the project from the beginning. “After meeting with him five or six times and convincing him of our restaurant’s success, despite our age, we got him on board,” Reihani said. The restaurant will feature a six-seat raw bar where Park will work. The appeal of the bar is the exclusivity of dining with a high-end sushi chef and trying unique dishes made from local ingredients. Cohanim and Reihani also want to promote change with their brand. “We came up with this phrase ‘Imagine x Inspire’ because we want people to imagine a better world and inspire change,” Cohanim said. They want to inspire others to take risks and do something different, just like the risk they took in opening a new restaurant as students. Cohanim and Reihani have been working to share the news of their restaurant and its vision. Chase Piper, a fellow SMU student and a longtime lover of poke, was overjoyed to hear about the unique cuisine. “I have always loved poke and I’m so excited about the new restaurant, especially the cool flavor combinations that Chef Jimmy has come up with,” Piper said. Piper was confident that it would not affect the young entrepreneurs. “I have honestly never seen anyone as determined to do something as Brandon and Francois are to make Pok a success,” Piper said. “I honestly think Pok is just the beginning for them.” Pok The Raw Bar is scheduled to open in January.

RACHEL KENNEDY Assoc. Arts & Life Editor It’s that time of year again – the temperature goes down (ever so slightly) and the lights go up on Bishop Boulevard. SMU’s annual Celebration of Lights kicked off the holiday season on Nov. 28. Christmastime favorites, including “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “All I Want For Christmas is You,” were enjoyed by the huge crowd outside Dallas Hall. Soloists, duets and campus singing groups shared their renditions of these songs as well as more timeless Christmas ballads such as “O Holy Night.” Per tradition, President R.

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Students eagerly await the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

Gerald Turner was invited to read the Christmas story from his Bible. All in all, the Celebration of Lights lived up to its tradition of launching the SMU community into the holiday season. It even seemed like

someone got too excited for the lights and hit the switch a little early into the first verse of “Silent Night.” But hey, who can blame them? It just wouldn’t feel like Christmastime without the Celebration of Lights.



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Behind the scenes: an inside look on what it takes to bring a fashion magazine to life LISA SALINAS Interactive Editor

Fashion. Culture. Style. These are subjects two new magazines are covering in town. The first is PaperCity, a fashion publication that began as a newspaper in Dallas in 1998 that has since reinvented itself as a magazine. PaperCity’s first glossy edition hit stands in the Dallas area earlier this year. Southern Methodist University introduced a fashion magazine of its own as well. SMU LOOK hit stands on Nov. 17. Both publications took a lot of time and effort to create. They share many similarities, including lots of glossy photos and a common goal: to entice readers and continue to grow. Christina Geyer,

PaperCity’s editor-in-chief, hopes for continued success in the publication’s new look. “I can only hope we continue to build on the success of the new format in both the creative and business sides of the company,” Geyer said in an email interview. SMU senior and SMU LOOK’s editor-in-chief India Pougher also anticipates the growth of the university’s very first fashion magazine. “I hope our readers are every girl on this campus,” Pougher said. “I definitely want it to continue long after I’m gone.” Here’s how the two publications are bringing their products to print.

PAPERCIT Y PaperCity’s transition from broad-sheet to perfect-

bound was in the works for a while and was something the publication had wanted for years, according to Geyer. The conversation started to get serious when she took the role as editor-in-chief this fall. “We debuted the new format with our September 2016 issue,” Geyer said. Alison Volk, president and publicist of Volk Public Relations in Dallas, is a loyal PaperCity reader. Her mother even used to send her copies of the publication when she lived in Los Angeles from 2000 to 2010. Needless to say, she was very excited about the publication’s transition. “I love it and am so happy about it,” Volk said. “I was not a fan of the previous format at all as it easily fell apart as I would read it.”


Cover of PaperCity’s first bound issue.

A lot of work went into making this transition possible. Much thought is put into the stories that are featured each month. Every issue has a focus depending on the season it is or what is relevant that month. For instance, September and March issues always feature fashion because they are the biggest months in the fashion world. “We always look at what’s current and happening in the world around us to make sure the content in each issue is relevant,” Geyer said. Geyer compares putting a magazine together to planning the perfect dinner party. “You have to make sure it’s a good mix,” Geyer said. Unlike dinner parties though, stories and covers for PaperCity are planned months in advance. Exact steps are taken to ensure that the production of the magazine goes smoothly. Research begins on the editorial side: knowing what’s going on each month. Once the content is decided, assignments are made to writers and visuals are gathered. Although there are different departments within the magazine, everyone in the office wears different hats, according to Linden Wilson, PaperCity’s assistant editor. Wilson works closely with sources and photographers to ensure that features for each issue are up to par. She says the best part of her job is getting to meet the people she writes about. “The most memorable during my time here have been Louise Eiseman, Terry Loftis, Abby Williamson, Ivanka Trump, Greg Lauren and Gwyneth Paltrow,” Wilson

SMU aluma Christina Geyer.

said in an email interview. Geyer is responsible for each story that runs in the publication. “I edit all of the stories that run in each month before they are sent to our copy director, who edits them for style and factual accuracy,” Geyer said. Fall fashion essentials, the stunning home of Mexico’s most interesting couple and a Shake Shack feature are just a few of the types of stories that PaperCity covers. An entirely different department is dedicated to the art side of the publication, according to Geyer. The art department is responsible for creating the actual magazine pages from the copy and art. Once this is done, it goes through the “proofing process.” This process includes meticulously going through pages and making sure they are ready for print. “We print each layout and read with a red pen, spotting errors, making design tweaks and finessing each story,” Geyer said. “Once every single


page has been approved, the issue is sent to the printer.” The magazine also has to take sales into account; publications cannot run without advertisements. “Our publisher and sales team work diligently each month to make sure the issue is robust with advertisements,” Geyer said. Geyer believes PaperCity has a strong presence in the Dallas area as well as Texas. “We are the standard for luxury magazines in Texas,” Geyer said.

SMU LOOK SMU journalism professor Camille Kraeplin and the Student Media Company publishers took on the project of bringing SMU LOOK to life. Kraeplin brought fashion media experts from the Dallas area to campus last summer, including Geyer, in order to get the ball rolling. “I brought in five people who know a lot about fashion media,” Kraeplin said.

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(continued) “The Redmans – Dallasbased photographers to talk about photography; Christina Geyer – to talk about editorial; Tracy Hayes – who was the editor of the DMN fashion section, among more.” Kraeplin had full confidence that these fashion experts would pass on beneficial knowledge to the students in her fall 2016 fashion journalism class. “These people are like a brain trust for fashion media,” Kraeplin said. “The knowledge that all those guys imparted

was just phenomenal.” Following the meeting with fashion experts, Kraeplin and her students began working on the magazine to define its vision. “We needed to think about what kind of magazine we wanted to be,” Kraeplin said. “We also decided who was going to do what.” Kraeplin divided students into different groups with assigned tasks, much like Geyer has separate teams at PaperCity. Students were assigned roles in the creative, editorial and advertising

Behind the scenes of an SMU LOOK editorial shoot.


departments within the magazine. Students also wear different hats based on their department assignment. Addison Anthony, managing editor of SMU LOOK, has completed a lot of work on the creative side of the magazine even though her direct responsibilities include editing stories. “I think people would be surprised that I spend a lot of my time working with the creative team and that I have any hand at all in design decisions,” Anthony said in an email interview. A lot of planning went into the type of content that SMU LOOK was going to have. “We had a news meeting and tried to figure which stories everyone wanted to do and then assigned them based on the roles everyone was playing,” Anthony said. Featured stories in SMU LOOK will include the categories in both beauty and fashion. Aside from writing the stories, there is also the


Professor Kraeplin and the SMU LOOK team.

production side of creating the covers and photos. Those working on the creative side of the magazine were charged with this these tasks. The creative team has to go out and find a

make-up artist, photographer, venue, hairstylist and models, according to Kraeplin. “The metamorphosis of the book from an inspiration

to the real deal is the most rewarding,” Addison said. “All the blood, sweat and tears along the way has been invigorating to witness.”

Black Friday 2016 breaks multiple past holiday shopping records GABRIELLA BRADLEY Style Editor You’ve probably heard this before, but the irony in Black Friday still stands: mere hours after sitting around the table celebrating everything we are thankful for, we trample our neighbors in shopping malls to get all the things we don’t have. And the heartbeat of American consumerism continues to beat steadily on. So whether you spent your post-Thanksgiving Friday snuggled up by the fire with family or elbowing fellow shoppers out of the way at the stores, here are the numbers (or dollar amounts) that made

up this year’s Black Friday shopping frenzy: $3.34 billion: The recordbreaking amount of money spent online Black Friday, marking the first time totals have surpassed the $3 billion mark. $1.2 billion: The (also) record-breaking amount of mobile shopping revenue. This officially makes Nov. 25, 2016 the first day in retail history that mobile sales exceeded the billion-dollar mark. 25 to 34 years: The age range of the most active shoppers on Black Friday. Eight out of 10 millennials made purchases this past holiday weekend.


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Extremism preferred in politics The election of Donald Trump and subsequent emboldening of the far right have been exacerbated by the elevation of political moderation, absent of context, to a general moral good.We should not be afraid to adopt an “extreme” position if this position is in favor of an open and peaceful future for all: against racism, sexism, homoand transphobia, and the abuses of neoliberal capitalism. The thrust of my critique against moderation is quite pedantic: the word and concept “moderation” don’t always mean the same thing and cannot be usefully assumed to hold the same meaning for everyone all the time. It’s fine to call for moderation if there is context provided to make sure we are all clear what “moderation” means in concrete terms. But simply calling for “moderation” is too easy, and it can be a slippery



and abstract concept. What, in fact, is a political moderate in practice? This leads to my insistence on being willing to take an “extreme” point of view. To take an “extreme perspective” means foregoing the easy assumptions that come with being a “moderate” and working toward a clear, precise and challenging political agenda. My claim that we should not be afraid to adopt an “extreme” position if this position is in favor of an open and peaceful future for all is not intended to encourage the kind of strident and superficial argumentativeness of the selfappointed and self-uncritical

arbiters of the politically correct, but rather to encourage a stepping back and rethinking of what individuals stand and fight for. This is a serious fight, and no source of information should be peremptorily discounted without interrogating how it may support one’s political position. Supporters of safe spaces, for example, should be those most concerned with the antagonistic opinions these organizations elicit in their political opponents. They should be interrogating these positions, not reflexively decrying any challenge of safe spaces as bigoted or stemming from privilege. Supporters of abortion rights, such as myself, should try to understand why those opposed to abortion take that position instead of simply writing them off as “backward.” Those who oppose gay marriage, for example, should take the time

to understand why it is so important to so many rather than decrying those in favor of gay marriage as “hedonist degenerates.” To be “extreme” in one’s views, then, is to take the onus upon oneself of understanding what one’s positions imply if taken to their end. It means to own not only the positive aspects of one’s position, but also the mistakes, missteps and warts of that position. To be “extreme” in one’s politics means to work at those politics, even and especially engaging with others who may differ in their politics, because the political project is too important to forego any potential help or understanding of the opposition. This requires leaps of faith and willingness to tolerate ambiguity. Extreme political introspection is uncomfortable, but it is too important to leave to the milquetoast moderates.

DNC needs attitude adjustment It is safe to say that the 2016 presidential election was a shock for many, both overwhelming and unexpected. Obviously, most shocking was Trump’s triumph over the odds-on favorite; however, to add insult to injury, the Republican party retained majorities in both the House and the Senate. This also guarantees at least one Supreme Court Justice nominee with the possibilities for several other positions to open during Trump’s term. For those who were predicting doomsday for the Republican party on this election, it seems as if the tables have been turned with the Democrats being nearly obliterated from power. I would not say that this is the end for the Democrats, if anything the


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popular vote total indicates that they do still have support. To me, what this election shows is that the Democrats need a significant tone, and possibly attitude, adjustment before the next election. Last February I commented that the borderline condescension of the “political correctness” and other liberal attitudes were fueling the rise of Trump. Since the election, The New York Times and other editorials have levied some similar critiques, calling out identity politics and the tendency of the new liberalism

to divide rather than unite as an ideology failing. However, much of the analysis of the election has sought to blame everything but the Democratic party itself. Even The Washington Post, supposedly one of the news sources being above propagating fake news, claimed that Russian propaganda was to blame for the election. You can blame the results on fake news, racists, the Russians or whoever you want – at some level the Democrats need to acknowledge that they blew this one big time. It will take some serious introspection on the Democratic party’s part and a definite change of tone, for it to recover the momentum that it lost coming in to this election. Speaking as a firm

Republican, the strength of the Democratic party are its abilities to unify diverse groups, claiming a moral high ground, and controlling the narrative. However, that strength did not manifest in this election. Hillary Clinton devolved into finger-pointing while being unable to unite a strong enough coalition to push her through and into the presidency. In my estimation, this failure was partially because of a lack of a unifying message and partially because of the ire she sparked from the “basket[s] of deplorable” on the other side. If the Democrats are to get power back, I would suggest dialing back the “deplorable” message while emphasizing more on the positive solutions and policies to unify people in the next election.

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After falling to Michigan, the Mustangs rebounded with an 85-57 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Mustangs respond to first loss with win over UCSB REECE GRAHAM Sports Staff Writer When SMU fell to Michigan in the finals of the 2K Classic on Nov. 18, head coach Tim Jankovich was not too concerned. While losing is never fun, SMU’s new head coach sees losses as learning opportunities. Then became the question: how the Mustangs would respond coming off their first double-digit loss since 2014. The Mustangs rebounded with a 84-57 win over UC Santa Barbara, a team that took SMU to overtime when it visited Moody Coliseum two seasons ago. “I’m not surprised we came out and played this way,” Jankovich said in the postgame press conference.

“I really appreciate their character, their resolve, this is pretty important to them.” SMU had difficulty scoring inside against Michigan, but outscored UCSB 36-16 in the paint while shooting 56 percent (29-52) from the field. Four of SMU’s starters scored in double digits. Forward Semi Ojeleye led the Mustangs in scoring with 22 points. Ojeleye scored from all over the floor, shooting 73 percent (8-11) from the field and 60 percent (3-5) from beyond the 3-point arc. Ojeleye rattled home his first seven shots, not missing one until late in the first half. Point guard Shake Milton finished with 12 points, the 20th double-digit scoring performance of his career. Jarrey Foster, the only Mustangs’ starter to not score

in double figures, finished with six points and a career-high seven assists. After this game, the Mustangs began a western swing and are beginning to play their first true road games of the season. SMU headed to Los Angeles on Nov. 25 for a game against the University of Southern California. After USC took the lead early on, the Mustangs battled back. Although Ben Moore led the team with 14 points, SMU lost on the road 73-78. Ojeleye added 13 points while Milton and Sterling Brown each scored 12. The Mustangs continued to travel this week, facing off against Boise State on Nov. 30.

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Football recap: What you missed over Thanksgiving KEAGAN SNIVELY Contributing Writer For many football lovers, Thanksgiving break offers more than just a food hangover. The days following Thanksgiving are notoriously known for some of the biggest football games of the season. For college football here in Texas, week 13 was a bloody battle. SMU fell to Navy on Saturday as the Mustangs sought their sixth win and bowl eligibility. The TCU Horned Frogs

pulled through a victory against Texas. Texas Tech beat Baylor 54-35, and LSU took the win against Texas A&M. Some of the most crucial college games took place outside of Texas. Perhaps the biggest game of the week was No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State who fought for a berth in the college football playoffs. While Michigan led the all-time series against Ohio State, 58-48-6, it was Ohio State that came away with a 30-27 double-overtime win. The No. 16 Auburn Tigers headed to Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 team Alabama.

Although Alabama had already punched its ticket to the SEC championship game, Auburn hoped to be the team that put a dent in its undefeated season. Alabama won against Auburn. The Palmetto Bowl was seen on ESPN as No. 4 Clemson tried to stay in the playoffs. Clemson beat South Carolina 56-7 in this year’s game and leads the all-time series against the Gamecocks, 67-42-4. If you prefer the NFL over college football, the Dallas Cowboys took the win against the Washington Redskins, keeping their 10game winning streak alive.

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The SMU women’s basketball team lost its first game of the season to TCU.

SMU women’s basketball takes first loss of the season vs. TCU PHIL MAYER Sports Staff Writer After starting the season 2-0, the SMU women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season against TCU on Nov. 20 in Fort Worth with a final score of 76-67. TCU, who was also undefeated coming into the game, got off to a hot start. The Horned Frogs scored 30 points in the first quarter, shooting a perfect 6-6 from threepoint range. TCU concluded the

first quarter with an eightpoint lead that it would not relinquish. SMU made a run later in the game, cutting the lead to one point in the third quarter, but was ultimately unable to overcome TCU’s lead. McKenzie Adams and Alicia Froling both registered season-high totals in scoring with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Froling also grabbed 12 rebounds, continuing her season-long, double-double streak. For TCU, AJ Alix scored a game-high 20 points and Jordan Moore registered a

double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. SMU went on to win its next game on Nov. 22 against Prairie View A&M at Moody Coliseum. SMU also competed in the Omni Hotel Classic in Boulder, Colo. SMU fell to the Colorado Buffaloes 67-50 in the championship game on Nov. 26. Froling was named to the Omni Hotel Classic All-Tournament team for her performances in the tournament. She averaged 17.2 points and eight rebounds per game.

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