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VOLUME 102 • ISSUE 22

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FEBRUARY 16, 2017

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Beyond the Painting A look into two Meadows Museum paintings once stolen by Nazis

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Meadows Museum confirms two Spanish paintings once stolen by Nazis ALLISON PLAKE Assignments Editor aplake@smu.edu After a lengthy investigation, the Meadows Museum has concluded that two paintings in their permanent collection were looted by the Nazis. The Meadows Museum is home to an extensive permanent collection of Spanish Art. From Goya to Picasso, the galleries are filled with master artworks that tell a story extending far beyond the confines of a canvas. Two of those pieces, each depict a venerated patron saint of Seville by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo and have been at the forefront of a recent investigation into claims that the paintings had been stolen by the Nazis from the Rothschild family, during World War II. In 2006 and 2007, Robert Edsel, director of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, was working in archives in Munich, preparing material for his first book, Rescuing da Vinci, when he came across two archival photographs that included images of these two paintings. The photograph of Saint Justa is seen in the Nazi restoration studio at Buxheim where the painting was found by Monuments Man James Rorimer, while the other of Saint Rufina was depicted in the Central Collecting Point that the Monuments Men established in Munich, following World War II. These photographs prompted Edsel to call into question the provenance of these works of art he knew to be in the Meadows Museum. There was no indication in the museum records, or at the time of purchase that there were any discrepancies. “The Murillos were clearly visible in each

respective photo,” Edsel explained in an email. “In checking the Meadows provenance on each painting, it was obvious that either their provenance was wrong as there was no mention of any Nazi past, or the two paintings in the photographs were copies.” Meadows Museum curator Nicole Atzbach came to SMU in 2010 and began researching the claims made by Edsel. “Robert Edsel found these two wartime photos of these paintings before I came here in 2008, and he wanted to know why the paintings were in Germany.” Atzbach said. The paintings, one of Saint Justa and the other of Saint Rufina, were purchased by the Meadows Foundation in 1972 at auction. At the time of purchase, SMU and Meadows Museum did not know the works had been stolen, officials said. The works are currently on tour at the Hospital de los Vernerables (Hospital of the Venerable Priest) in Seville, Spain, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Fundacion de Cultura de Sevilla (FOCUS) and the Murillo Year. The Monuments Men Foundation did research on the provenance of both paintings. The Monuments Men Foundation was founded to gather information and raise public awareness of 350 or so men and women from 13 nations, many of whom were museum directors, curators, and educators, who protected monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II, according to its website. “At the end of our effort, we constructed the correct provenance of the two paintings and proved (to our satisfaction) their Nazi past beyond any question,” wrote Edsel.

The Monuments Men Foundation was able to locate the ERR Nazi inventory cards, which confirmed that both paintings had been confiscated from the Rothschild family. The ERR number, which stands for Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, is a code used by the Nazis to catalog stolen works. The number on the backs of the pieces matched that found on the index card, confirming the works as previously stolen. “One of the paintings had a clearly legible marking, R-1171, corresponding to the Nazi inventory for works stolen from the Rothschilds; the other was more faint, but after using infrared photography we could clearly see that it showed R-1170,” Edsel wrote. According to Atzbach, at the time that claims were made, no one at the museum knew about this, nor had these pieces undergone extensive provenance work. Until recently, scholars, dealers and former curators had thought that these paintings had previously been in the Sutherland collection in London, a private collection of works owned by the Dukes of Sutherland. “Essentially what happened was that the provenance had been confused and we had our facts wrong,” Atzbach said. Atzbach took things a step further when she was able to link the works to the Rothschilds, because of the letter ‘R’ that preceded the numbers on the back. An early provenance error complicated the efforts in finding the original owner. “It is my assumption that the code on the back of each painting was ‘R’ and that stood for the Rothschild family,” Atzbach said. “So, if these paintings were stolen from the French branch of the Rothschild family, how could they have

been in England? It didn’t really line up.” After many dead ends, Atzbach happened upon a misplaced Rothschild folder in the L’s at the Archive Center of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, which held information about a Rothschild named Antoinette Leonino. A post-it note attached to the front of the file read ‘Madame Leonino equals Rothschild.’ This lonely file was the missing piece of the puzzle that led to the investigation’s conclusion. Through her research into Leonino, Atzbach learned that she was an art collector. The paintings of Saint Justa and Saint Rufina were returned to her by the allies after the war, which she survived. Thanks to the work of Atzbach, the Museum was able to prove that the paintings had been lawfully restituted to the Rothschild family after the war and before the sale in 1972. The paintings are apart of the permenant collection in the museum. SMU Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Danielle Joyner is familiar with the art in the museum and understands the value of provenance research. “I think that it is an unfortunate fact of a lot of really fantastic works of art in museums today, but the fact that it has been discovered and that their proper provenance has been uncovered is great,” Joyner said. According to SMU Assistant Professor of Art History Stephanie LanginHooper, it is important to look at the motivations behind looting works of art, which raises concerns of ethical dilemmas through provenance research.

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Saint Justa (left) and Saint Rufina (right) Bartolome Murillo, 1665

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Saint Justa in the Nazi restoration studio at Buxheim as found by Monuments Man James J. Rorimer

provence research. Langin Hooper specializes in the history of looted ancient art and artifacts. Like Atzbach, Langin-Hooper played a role in the discovery of looted antiquities in her private research. “The motivation behind looting art is largely financial,

but can also be used to demonstrate power over another group,” LanginHooper said. Langin-Hooper said most people are very much aware that art stolen during wartime does have human rights implications.

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Student Senate passes bill to freeze organizations guilty of discrimination LILI JOHNSTON Contributing Writer ljohnston@smu.edu Student Senate unanimously voted on a bill to establish an “institutionalized ad-hoc committee on campus inclusion and to establish charter freezes” Feb. 7. Authored by Student Body President Blake Rainey, Diversity Committee Chair Cecily Cox and Organizations Committee Chair Olivia Buerkle, the bill combats discrimination at SMU, in light of controversy on campus and nationwide. The bill gives Senate the right to temporarily seize an organization’s funding for a specific period of time and the right to call a committee to respond to discrimination. However, the bill was not supported by everyone. Senator Matthew Lucci generated a poll last week: “Do you want the SMU Student Senate to establish an ad hoc committee to investigate suspected discrimination and give the Senate Organizations Committee the authority to suspend the charters and funding for organizations suspected of discrimination?” Lucci summarized the results of the poll: Of approximately 400 students who responded, 40 percent voted in favor and 57 percent voted against.The poll lists the privileges provided by a former version of the bill. “I do feel what we have now is reasonable,” Lucci said regarding the current version. President Rainey clarified, “Student Senate will not investigate whatsoever. The first initial

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Student Senate convened Feb. 7 to pass a new bill.

reactions don’t involve us… It is not our role to say what is discrimination.” Only after allegations of discrimination come to the attention of the Student Code of Conduct office, who completes an investigation and notifies the organization responsible will Senate decide whether or not to freeze the charter. “This bill gives us the freedom to respond once the question of discrimination is no longer a question,” Rainey said. Before this bill, the Senate previously had the power to revoke charters from organizations for any violation of the discrimination clause. (That power still exists. The less severe charter freezes are the novel aspect.) Rainey described the Senate’s new found control as “an attempt to close loopholes,” is what Rainey called the Senate’s new-found control over funds. “This bill will provide the toolkit and guidelines to hold SMU students accountable for discrimination,” Coauthor Cox said. Young Americans for Freedom President

Grant Wolf, prefaced the meeting with unsupportive comments on the bill. “The bill proposes to silence free speech,” Wolf said. His other reservations on the bill and proposed amendments are twofold: there is no repeal process and no Senatechartered organizations have ever been found guilty of discrimination. Both Rainey and Cox promoted the anticipatory nature of the bill. “Why should we wait until it’s too late?” Cox said. Guest speaker Darien Flowers, representing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Black Men Emerging and Association of Black Students came to voice his opinion. “This is not an attack on free speech,” Flowers said. “This legislation does no other than promote brotherhood...Coming from a marginalized group, I am looking for dignity,” he said. “We’re not trying to change the world,” Cox said. “This is not going to stop people from thinking or saying whatever they feel.” “It’s to make people feel included…for the students who are too scared to go to class,” Rainey said.

The evening began hosted HOPE Banquet for with a catered dinner nearly 20 years. and an introduction by The full list of emcees Raven Harding honorees includes: SMU’s Department and Aabid Shivji, both of of Residence Life and whom also serve SMU as Cox School of Business Student Housing (RSLH) resident assistants. • Mukunthan honored 23 SMU Acting Vice President Santhanakrishnan professors at the 2017 of Student Affairs Joanne • Liliana Honoring Our Professors Vogel delivered the Hickman-Riggs of Excellence Hope keynote address. • Jay Carson Banquet. The 2017 HOPE Vogel shared her • Tilan Tang Professor of the Year experiences with her • Sal Mistry was awarded to Mark academic advisor in • Greg Sommers Chancey, a professor in college who guided her to religious studies, who pursue her own happiness Dedman College was nominated by senior instead of merely pursuing • Serge Frolov Lucy McCollom. a triple major and • Liljana Elverskog In her nomination, overworking herself. • Greg Sommers McCollom retold stories The night ended • Alberto Pastor of trips to various worship with a raffle of literary • Elizabeth Wheaton centers, including a trip to classics, which was open • Rita Economos the Islamic Association of to all attendees. HOPE • Stephanie Amsel North Texas on the Friday Banquet “celebrate[s] • Mark Chancey following Election Day. faculty excellence and • Brian Zoltowski McCollom said the involvement in the student • Luigi Manzetti class was one of the most experience at SMU,” influential courses she has according to the award’s Lyle School of Engineering taken at SMU and called nomination form. • Rachel Goodman Chancey a “mentor” and In order to be • Joseph Camp “advisor” to his students. considered for this award, • Elena Borzova Chancey has taught at SMU resident assistants SMU since 2000. or RLSH employees Meadows School Around 100 attendees nominate faculty members of the Arts gathered to honor these to the HOPE Banquet in • Lee Gleiser professors, including early December. • Jared Schroeder resident assistants, A committee comprised • Will Power residential community of representatives from • Brandi Coleman directors, other RLSH various Commons then staff and SMU faculty selected a winner from the Dedman School of Law members. list of nominees. SMU has • Martin L. Camp

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Flooding in Armstrong Commons calls for evacuation ALLISON PLAKE Assignments Editor aplake@smu.edu A sprinkler pipe burst on the southwest side of Armstrong Commons, prompting an evacuation Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Thirty or more rooms have water damage. The 5th floor had a leak according to sophomore resident Alyssa Harrison. “Everyone had to evacuate for about an hour” Harrison said. “Those of us whose rooms were impacted were called to go inside to save any stuff.” Water damage continued to accumulate throughout the night and trip fire alarms.

According to an email update sent to residents, electricians were on site at 8 a.m. to work on the tripped circuits that set off alarms. In addition, the facilities staff is assessing damages and working on making repairs to damaged areas of the commons. “SMU Facilities and a commercial restoration company worked through the night to remove the water and are continuing to clean, dry and restore affected areas,” director of residence life Jennifer Post said in an email interview. “Once everyone was allowed back into the building the residents who weren’t affected and our

facilities staff were really great and immediately started to help clean up,” Harrison said. Residential Community Director, Lauren Anne Cove arranged for students to stay at the Magnolia Park Cities Hotel. “For those that are in rooms that are impacted, we estimate between two days to one week before your room will be repaired,” Cove wrote to students in an email. Post will keep students updated as rooms are repaired throughout the week. “We know this has been an inconvenience, and we appreciate students’ understanding,” Post said.

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Brown, Emelogu spark Moody Magic vs. Cincinnati REECE KELLEY GRAHAM Sports Writer rkgraham@smu.edu In a game of long scoring runs, the victory normally goes to the team with the toughness to weather the storm. At some moments in Sunday’s clash of two ranked teams, SMU seemed on the verge of breaking shortly before the half. Cincinnati’s guards were firing on all cylinders, putting on a three-point spectacle for a record-breaking Moody Coliseum crowd. Three SMU turnovers in the opening minutes allowed the Bearcats’extend their lead back to nine. Then Sterling Brown checked back into the game.

Brown, who had picked up his third foul early in the second half, subbed back in to stop the bleeding. Brown’s defense, along with Ben Emelogu’s showing in the following minutes, served as the ultimate momentum shift. Emelogu hit a three to cut the lead to six. A few steals and timely rebounds later, he hit another three to give the Mustangs a four-point lead. A dunk from Emelogu off the lob gave SMU an eightpoint lead and set the entire building ablaze. Armageddon came to Moody and Cincinnati began to wilt. A record-breaking 7,518 SMU fans in attendance also made a serious impact.

From the moment former President George W. Bush took off his jacket to reveal a “The Mob” T-shirt, the roar of the crowd never stopped. Brown recorded a doubledouble with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Emelogu contributed 11 points off the bench. Forward Semi Ojeleye led the Mustangs with 18 points in SMU’s 60-51 win over No. 11 Cincinnati. “I fed off my team and the big shots went down,” Emologu said in the postgame press conference. “We went up and we started locking in on defense. We took over the game.” SMU head coach Tim Jankovich said that his team’s defense in the second half was the best it has been all season.

“It looked like an Iron Curtain out there,” Jankovich said postgame. The Mustangs have held their last 19 opponents to 66 points or less. Cincinnati was held without a field goal in the final four minutes. “That’s something we call ‘winning time,’” Emelogu said. “We came together and said, ‘we have to get kills.’ Three stops. We got it done.” The Mustangs allowed Cincinnati to shoot 46 percent from the field in the first half but only 26 percent in the second. Meanwhile, SMU shot dramatically better after halftime, following up a 31-percent first half with a 63-percent second half. “It was a make-or-miss

game,” Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin said postgame. “We let our offensive struggles affect our defensive energy. We got flat-footed on defense in the second half. In my opinion, SMU is top 15 in the country, hands down.” “I think it shows that we’re tough,” guard Shake Milton said postgame “The thing I love about our team is that we’re so encouraging to one another. We always got each other’s backs.” Toughness is required to earn a win against Cincinnati, a team that entered the game riding a 15-game winning streak. Even so, winning streaks are not on Jankovich’s mind, as he acknowledged the rest of his team’s conference slate

poses many challenges. Jankovich hopes this win will allow people to see how far the Mustangs have come. “I want our guys to get what they deserve,” Jankovich said. “I thought they deserved to be ranked in the top 25. I love the fact that they won today because more people will be talking about them.” “More people will respect them. I think that not enough people around the country are really digging in to what they’re doing,” Jankovich said. “The reason I feel so great is I think they deserve all the great things that happen for them. That’s really fun for me.” Read more about the game at smudailycampus.com/sports.

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Mustangs stun No. 11 Cincinnati, 60-51

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How to celebrate Galentine’s Day day with your squad every day CAROLINE SHERIDAN avocado toast or Americano for an Italian twist on the Contributing Writer classic brunch. csheridan@smu.edu

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Valentine’s Day is a confusing holiday. But even if you don’t have that someone special to share the day with, you can gather your girl squad to celebrate “Parks and Recreation” character Leslie Knope’s favorite holiday: Galentine’s Day. This holiday can really be celebrated any day of the week. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate the day in Dallas. Eat What is a better way to celebrate the best people in your life than with breakfast food and bubbly? Brunch is the perfect way to start Galentine’s Day off right. Try Henry’s Majestic for the Sparkling Bar and

If chocolate is your treat of choice, book a Dallas by Chocolate tour. Load up one of their private buses with your friends and sample some of the best Dallas candy as the guides take you straight to the shops. Exercise After all that food, it’s time to get moving. The unseasonably warm weather in Dallas is the perfect opportunity to take a stroll on Katy Trail. Walk straight from SMU through Uptown and spend time with friends while enjoying the sunshine. Relax Galentine’s Day is all about being with your best

friends, so why not relax and spend the day doing what you all love to do? The possibilities are endless. Head to the Dallas Museum of Art for quiet time spent looking at worldrenowned art; browse Pinterest for some recipes for homemade face masks or get manicures at your favorite salon. To end the day, watch your favorite girl-power movies surrounded by the ones you love. Valentine’s Day is not just for those in relationships or a holiday that should be celebrated just one day of the year. Make it a habit to take time for yourself and friends often. However you celebrate, focus on love and the value of the friendships in your life.

It’s never too late to celebrate National Pizza Day in Dallas KELLY KOLFF Assoc. A&L Editor kkolff@smu.edu Pizza aficionados flocked to their favorite pizzeria to celebrate National Pizza Day on Feb. 9. If you missed out, don’t worry; with the right attitude, every day is pizza day. Whether you prefer your pizza piled with pepperoni or classic cheese, The Campus Weekly has you covered on the best pizzerias in the Dallas area. Cane Rosso Cane Rosso, located in the heart of Deep

Ellum, has a reputation of satisfying customers with its unique spin on pizza. The mozzarella is made daily and the pizza is cooked traditional Neapolitan style in a wood-fired oven. Serious Pizza Serious Pizza is another Deep Ellum classic know for its larger-than-life pies ranging from 18 inches to a whopping 30 inches. Stop by to get a New York slice that may need two people to carry. SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza SPIN! is right off of SMU Boulevard, so it’s the perfect place to grab a slice after class.

You can either build your own or select one of its 20 specialties. Afterward, you can try some of their creamy gelato for dessert. ZaLat Open until 4 a.m., ZaLat provides pizza to every night owl who has a hankering for adventurous pies. The small chain serves pizzas such as the “Pho Shizzle,” meant to taste like the Vietnamese dish, pho, while others include the “Reuben,” “Chicken Teriyaki” and “Loaded Notato,” which tastes like a deliciously loaded baked potato.


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Save Ferris’ Monique Powell talks overcoming the past, looking to the future RILEY COVEN Arts and Life Editor rcoven@smu.edu The band Save Ferris has released its first EP in 17 years, “Checkered Past.” The group is beginning a tour to support its new album and will be in Dallas Feb. 16. Singer Monique Powell was kind enough to take some time out and speak to The Campus Weekly about all things related to the band. Campus Weekly: The tour is starting up, is there anywhere you’re looking forward to? Monique Powell: The new Anaheim House of Blues, because I can’t wait to see what the new venue is like and also home shows are always really fun. CW: So you started out in L.A.? MP: Yeah, technically we started in Orange County, which is where I grew up. But I’m originally from Los Angeles and I’ve been living here since 1997. But my mom still lives in Orange County so I still have attachments there. CW: What I was wondering is, it’s been 17 years since the last Save Ferris album was released. What prompted you to get back in the studio? MP: In 2012 I was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disorder condition. Basically what had happened was the bones in my neck had disintegrated to the point where it was causing irreparable spinal cord damage and the consensus of the doctors that I consulted was that I needed to have a procedure done to fix my neck or I wouldn’t be walking much longer. The problem with the procedure was that they have to go through the front of the neck. Typically you go through the front of the neck because it’s a lot less risk to the spinal

cord, but if they went through the front of my neck I would never have been able to sing again. So, I basically said, “I need to figure this out and find a doctor that’s crazy enough to go through the back of my neck, and if I have this surgery and I can walk and I can sing after I’m going to have another Save Ferris show. I’m going to bring the band back together. And so I found a crazy doctor who went through the back and when I woke up on the first night they had me stand and I couldn’t hold my head up, but I could stand and I could sing. So I was like, “We’re going to do this.” So in 2013 we played the Orange County fair show, which was awesome. It was sold out, and the responses to the shows were so great that I thought the only natural next step would be to release some music. So that’s what we’re doing. I’m just going to keep going until people don’t care about us anymore. If you’re buying tickets and CDs I’m going to keep going ‘cause that means that you’re still interested. CW: Is it difficult to get back into the creative process after such a long hiatus? MP: It was, yeah. I mean, I was just so destroyed and damaged. There was just so much painful stuff going on at the time that I just thought, “I don’t know how I’m going to reach deep down inside and find anything to write about that isn’t just like completely desperate and playing the victim and angry.” So it took me a little while to find my footing again. Cause you have to be kind of brave to be a songwriter. Even if you’re just writing about stupid stuff, you kind of have to be brave because it’s an expression

of you and you’re putting it out there into the world, and you have to be strong enough to accept what people think about it. So it took me a little while just to get ready for that. Fortunately, I was able to write a bunch of songs and of those songs I chose five that I felt were most exemplary of the different facets and personalities of who I believe Save Ferris is and was. CW: Do you have any songs that you would say are your favorites of the album? MP: Each of them has their own likability for me. They each have their own personality and their own process. “New Sound” is obviously the most polished and developed song on the EP and there’s a reason for that. It’s because I wanted to give Save Ferris fans an introduction to who Save Ferris is going to be for a little while. CW: Do you think the sound of the band has changed with this album or are you trying to get back to the same type of music you guys were doing 17 years ago? MP: The sound is definitely changing. This EP is a tribute to the past and also and invitation for the future. I wanted to come back after all of these years, I didn’t want to freak people out, like, “Is that Save Ferris?” I wanted to have some songs that were reminiscent of that first EP because that was when I loved Save Ferris the best. But I also wanted to introduce people to the future as well. CW: So why the name, “Save Ferris?” MP: We were just all huge John Hughes fans and ’80s movies fans and yeah it just was brilliant. I can’t say I came up with it. I don’t even remember who

did but I heard it and was like, “Yes, please!” CW: So were all the members of the band ready to get back for this album or was there anyone that took a little convincing? MP: Well, unfortunately, there are no ex-members in this incarnation of “Save Ferris” and it’s not ever really going to be that way. So that’s how it is right now. CW: The last question I had is one that I ask all of the musicians I talk to. If you have any tips or advice for any aspiring artists out there, who want to be a musician for a living, what would that be? MP: Get some grit. It took me a long time to find mine and I mean, if you don’t know what grit is you’re going to

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Monique Powell performing at a Save Ferris show.

have to find it and make it your best friend. Because you’re going to have to be tough and you’re going to have to not care what anybody has to say about you. All of the things that you like the least about yourself, people are going to repeat

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those to your face over and over and over again. So you better learn to like yourself, even your icky bits. You better learnt to like them. Because they’re going to be magnified and thrown back in your face as long as you’re a musician. So get some grit.


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Renewable energy returns to forefront Due to increasing concern about climate change, renewable energy has grown in popularity, employment and capability to provide power to consumers. However, renewable energy continues to face critical challenges, including energy transmission, energy storage and overhaul of the current grid structure. Energy transmission is an issue for alternative energy; the places where it is convenient to produce renewable electricity are usually not heavily populated. While the desert is a great place for a solar farm, no one lives out there to consume the power. Electrical transmission

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is highly inefficient. The need for high-efficiency conducting materials to make a renewable energy grid possible is a key challenge. Additionally, storing energy is a necessity as many renewable energy sources are not necessarily always available. Wind power and solar are only available when the wind blows and the sun is out. This creates a need to store

energy for use during night or whenever there is a lack of power delivery in the grid. A solution to store sufficient amounts of electrical energy in the grid will be necessary to realize a renewable grid. Many modes in which society functions today would need to be overhauled to curb usage of fossil fuels. A primary example of this is switching cars from primarily gasoline to electric. Charging stations would need to be built at people’s work areas and along highways, and all old gas stations would need to be closed or converted. These challenges all make renewable energy a

challenge and inefficient for implementation today. However, these challenges also create possibilities for job creation and economic advancement. Research is needed on all the technical challenges, and already many construction jobs are being created to install solar panels. Even more technical jobs would be needed to convert America’s power grid. Renewable energy poses some expensive problems to overcome before it can realize its theoretical potential. The question that remains is how much our society is willing to spend on it to reduce carbon emissions.

N. Korea’s nuke testing poses challenge On Feb. 12, it was confirmed that North Korea tested a ballistic missile as part of the country’s continuing nuclear program. These tests are ultimately aimed at developing nuclear weapons capable of striking the U.S. How concerned should we be about this threat? Experts seem to agree it would be possible for North Korea to carry out such a strike but that it is unlikely at the moment. Three main courses of response are possible: negotiation, going on the offensive or strengthening

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our defense. The U.S. engaged in negotiations with North Korea in 2005 and 2008, but it is apparent that the current strategy of deterrence and negotiation is ineffective. Another response would be retaliating with force — using bombers or long-range missiles

to hit critical North Korean missile test facilities. While this strategy would be effective in removing the country’s military capabilities, it would likely start a war on the Korean peninsula and drag the U.S. into yet another armed conflict — not likely to be a popular decision. The remaining strategy is increasing America’s missile defense capabilities. Technology is already capable of such defense, most notably with America’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Israel’s “Iron Dome” to defend against missle

threats at long and short range. However, increasing America’s defense capability in this range is an expensive proposition. This involves radar tracking array installments both in South Korea (for early warning) and on the coast, as well as installation of interceptor missiles and improvements to all hardware and software. While many people are skeptical of increased defense spending, it may be prudent to invest in more missile defenses to protect against a rogue nation that is quickly becoming a relevant nuclear power


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McCartney used her runway during Paris Fashion Week to support women with her “Thanks Girls” collection.

Feminism continues to steal the show in fashion

Each season more and more designers are showing their love for women everywhere MERRIT STAHLE Contributing Writer mstahle@smu.edu

Fashion has taken a feminist angle in 2017. Never in the history of fashion have the fashionistas met the feminists so meaningfully. Gone are the days of the powerful political females belittling the insignificant work of designers and stylists. These two groups have seemingly formed an alliance that acknowledges each group’s ability to reach all women. T-shirts with political statements hit the runway in Fall 2016 when Dior’s

first female artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri sent her model down the runway in a cotton T-shirt stating “We Should All Be Feminists.” That moment was the most documented of the entire show. To reinforce the sentiment, Beyonce’s “Flawless” soundtrack played in the background. Dior’s famous T-shirt is available for about $700 or you can purchase a copy from an Etsy artist for around $15. Women everywhere should feel compelled to purchase this T-shirt – or one similar to it. It is the sentiment, not the label, that bears the

importance today. Now is the time for women to support each other. The pantsuit vs. swimsuit debate is over Intelligent, articulate women are more than capable of determining what is appropriate to wear in any given environment. Share your sentiment about feminism by pairing one of these political T-shirts with jeans, a tulle ballerina skirt or bikini bottoms. The choice is yours. May your feminism be fierce and your fashion be fearless!

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