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OPINION

The Daily Campus

FRIDAY n JANUARY 18, 2013 Quote Worthy

Tweets from the Hilltop

“If there’s even one thing that we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try.” ­— President Barack Obama, after unveiling his plan to curb gun violence

How do you feel about starting school on a Friday?

“It’s about the faith that people have put in me over the years. All of that would be erased.” — Lance Armstrong, stating that he would never dope in 2005

@thedailycampus: sucks for us because we will b up at 5am coming back from a game, go to class, then we have practice at 2:30! #studentathlete #1dayweek

akil simpson @thedailycampus: don’t have class on Fridays #1dayweek

alex saucedo

entertainment

Beware of Dance Moms trevor thrall Opinion Editor tthrall@smu.edu For the sake of my own conscience, I’m going to pretend that I was not the only SMU student who spent a little too much time watching Dance Moms over the break. I am also going to tell myself that Dance Moms is artistic enough, what with the dancing and all, to keep it out of the category of complete trash reality TV. Now that I can live with myself, let us proceed. For the select few of my readers who have not jumped on the Dance Moms bandwagon, let me give you a brief synopsis. The show follows a Pittsburgh dance company full of very young and very talented little girls. It also follows their mothers who apparently have enough time on their hands to spend every waking moment at the dance studio with their daughters. Because it wouldn’t be a proper reality show without a constant source of conflict, we have the overbearing dance teacher in the mix who frequently pushes the crazy buttons in all the mothers. For any girl who grew up participating in one of the more feminine sports, this should be a familiar scenario. Gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, ice skating or anything else that requires a skimpy rhinestone-studded outfit is bound to come with at least one psycho mother per team. We’ve all seen that mom come in with a giant gift basket full of baked goods, leading us to wonder if our coach will still be with us tomorrow after consuming poisoned muffins. As entertaining as these crazies

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may be, it is impossible to ignore the effects these mothers have on their daughters. The little girls on Dance Moms are constantly being verbally abused, compared to their teammates and shoved into the middle of adult feuds. Now, I’m no psychologist, but I’m pretty sure that is not a healthy environment for a child. After seeing it firsthand among my own friends growing up, I know that it results in low self-esteem and strained family relationships. Why am I expressing my concerns over middle-aged women living through their daughters to a body of college students? Time and time again I have listened to my friends talk about how their kids will be tall, thin and beautiful dancers, or short, blonde and tiny cheerleaders. Er…I’m sorry, did I hear you correctly? Did you just tell me that your unborn children are going to look a certain way and be phenomenally good at the same sport in which you were only mediocre? In other words, “I am going to be very dissatisfied with my child and I am going to put tremendous amounts of pressure on her so that she grows up to be just as self-loathing as I am because that is the way my mother treated me and I hate her for it.” That is the crazy I hear when teenagers begin to talk of their future children. Let us be very careful, SMU girls. We are very quick to point out the flaws found in the mothers on Dance Moms, but it sounds like many of us are on our way to similar behavior. Thrall is a sophomore majoring in journalism and film.

firing line

RINO, not so fast The term “RINO” or “Republican in Name Only” has lost all meaning and has become simply another insult thrown at people who are pragmatic or prudent conservatives. When I first learned about the term, it was used to describe someone who was only a Republican because it was politically expedient for them. Now Marco Rubio is labeled a RINO because he’s trying to make the GOP more palatable to Hispanics, and Paul Ryan because he’s measured in his political positions. Just because these people aren’t bomb throwers doesn’t make them RINO0s, and their thoughtfulness makes them more useful for long term health and strength of the GOP than the knee-jerk attitudes of Michele Bachmann or Allen West ever would. — Tucker Keene, Online Editor

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Conspiracy theories causing harm Brandon Bub Contributing Writer bbub@smu.edu I used to find myself fascinated by government conspiracy theories not because I found the theories themselves compelling, but because I think some of their proponents often serve as case studies in cognitive dissonance. Whenever I hear people try to tell me that 9/11 was an inside job, the moon landing was faked or that the transition to DTV a couple of years ago was a veiled attempt by the government to keep tabs on us, I am always reminded of Commander Jack Ripper’s impassioned speech from Dr. Strangelove about communists being behind the idea of water fluoridation to “impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.” I really used to believe this sort of thinking was innocuous and offered rationally minded people like me a good laugh in the face of sometimes unsettling

or distressing news. But recently, my thinking has changed. In the past few days I have noticed a video being shared by friends and family members suggesting that it has “fully exposed” details about the Sandy Hook massacre last month. I don’t feel the need to go into details about the blatant lies the video espouses because Snopes. com has already done that for me. What unsettles me most about this “Newtown Truth” movement is how quickly it seems to be spreading. Victims’ parents, friends and family have repeatedly been harassed in the past few weeks, with internet trolls blasting the bereaved for apparently being paid actors in cahoots with government officials. These “truthers” (a term that could not be used less correctly) apparently believe that the Newtown tragedy was orchestrated by the Obama administration so

that our “fearless leader” could get enough public sympathy to pass comprehensive gun control legislation. From a certain perspective, I think I can understand why people might promote such ridiculous theories like this. It might help some make sense of a completely senseless situation. For most of us, the Sandy Hook murders are unfathomable. What could possibly make a human being so deranged as to want to end the lives of these innocent young children? It’s easier to think that the evil Czar Obama planned the whole tragedy to enact his radical leftist agenda than to think that a psychologically disturbed human being would murder his own mother in cold blood, steal her weapons collection and go on a rampage. It makes sense to search for answers in the midst of these atrocities. The murders at Sandy Hook rightfully ought to make us

question our place in the universe as human beings. However, I will not stand for what these conspiracy nutcases have been peddling. These victims have suffered enough and lending credence to these ridiculous theories only causes even more unnecessary grief for them. They can pretend that they’re “just asking questions” or “looking for the truth,” but the fact of the matter is that these “truthers” are causing unconscionable social harm. Moreover, if these are the people most afraid of Obama taking away their weapons, then I’m glad I can call myself a gun rights advocate as well. If these people get to arm themselves to the teeth, I damn sure want to be able to defend myself from them. Bub is a junior majoring in English, history and political science.

2013

Positivity trumps other resolutions for the New Year Mia antoinette Contributing Writer mcrowe@smu.edu A new year comes with new goals for the community, for ourselves, and for the future. The beginning of a year gives people a chance to start over and change their lives. We wipe the slate clean, dust ourselves off and dive into what we hope will be a fresh start. As I go into a new year I have goals that seem to simply seem to resurface. Year after year I find myself striving for the same things I did the year before with a few new things throw in for diversity. It’s a little discouraging to think that my goals are not being achieved. Am I in a stalemate? Am I kidding myself to think that I will ever achieve these things? Well as I move into this New Year I’ve stripped myself of all my old goals and made only one: to be positive. I spend so much time dwelling on the negative side of things and worrying about them that I let the bright side be blocked out by a heavy veil of ‘what ifs’ and ‘not enoughs.’ All that’s come from

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The ball dropped at midnight on New Year’s Eve in New York City.

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field but I am getting better, slowly but surely. Taking a look around I realize that I may not be exactly where I want to be but if I keep moving forward I will get there. This year I want to challenge you to think like me (well the New Year me) and be positive about the changes you are making in the New Year. If you find a couple months in that you have slacked in pursuing your ambitions don’t be afraid to

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start again. Everyday can be a new start and another chance to make yourself into the you that you want to be. Don’t allow yourself to be bogged down by the idea that you need a new year to reinvent yourself. All you need is the desire to change and a positive attitude. Antoinette is a junior majoring in theatre.

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The print edition of The Daily Campus for Friday, January 18, 2013.

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