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INSIDE

Large crowd leads SMU to victory

Inspiration from the Red Carpet

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SMU shows Civil Rights film

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Leave Richard Sherman alone

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Flu season hits Dallas area Kian Hervey Contributing Writer khervey@smu.edu

The seasonal flu is back with vengeance this year. The national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared this season’s outbreak as an epidemic Friday and Texas tops the list as an at-risk region. Local health officials have already reported 50 flurelated deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations across North Texas. SMU Health officials are worried the deadly strain could come to campus. In an email distributed three times to students, faculty and staff, university officials urged community members to get vaccinated. While local hospitals and clinics are experiencing shortages of the flu shot, SMU has made the vaccination available to students, faculty and staff for free. “Because the flu can spread by contact with people who are ill, health officials recommend getting a flu shot if you have not yet done so,” SMU Health explained online. According to the CDC, the traditional flu shot protects against three flu viruses. This season’s flu shot protects against four. Although it takes the body about two weeks to develop antigens against the flu, getting the flu shot now is still a good idea. “Influenza seasons are

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Memorial Health Center is offering flu shots to students to help them defend against the latest outbreak.

unpredictable,” the CDC said online. “Substantial activity can occur as late as May.” Memorial Health Center will be distributing flu shots Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patients wanting to receive the free shot are required to present their SMU ID and complete a Flu Vaccine Form available online. A number of other precautions are also recommended to students,

faculty and staff. Washing hands with soap and water, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoiding contact with those are sick are common ways to ward off the flu. Monitoring one’s health and checking the body for flu-like symptoms is another recommended precaution. Symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, fever, body aches,

headaches, coughing or diarrehea. “Seek medical attention if experiencing acute symptoms,” SMU Health said in an email. “If symptoms get worse after three or four days, return to your healthcare provider to make sure you have not developed a secondary infection.” The CDC releases reports on flu outbreaks across the nation once a week. For more information on the flu at SMU visit smu.edu/flu.

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When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president wants to be a central theme of his second term. In the complicated relationship between the Obama administration and the Catholic Church, the White House sees the popular new pontiff and his emphasis on the plight of the poor as a form of moral validation of the president’s economic agenda. When Obama delivered a major address on the economy last month, he cited the growth of inequality across the developed world and made sure to note that “the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length.” The White House and the Vatican announced Tuesday that Obama will meet with the pope on March 27 during a four-day European trip that includes a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands and a U.S.-European Union summit in Brussels. The meeting is the first between the president and Pope Francis.

Obama had an audience with the previous pope, Benedict XVI, in July 2009. At the time, the Vatican underscored the deep disagreement between them on abortion. Benedict gave the president a copy of a Vatican document on bioethics that asserted the church’s opposition to using embryos for stem cell research, cloning and invitro fertilization. Obama supports stem cell research. Francis has made it clear that Catholic positions on homosexuality, same-sex marriage and abortion haven’t changed. “But in his view those issues which create conflict need to be deemphasized a bit,” said John C. Green, a political scientist who specializes in religion and politics at the University of Akron. The pope created a stir in November when he decried trickle-down theories that assert that economic growth can result in greater justice and inclusiveness as unproven. “The excluded are still waiting,” he wrote. Paul Begala, a former top aide to President Bill Clinton, said Obama can only benefit from Francis’ emphasis on

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Syrian students react to conflict Leah Johnson Assignments Desk Editor leahj@smu.edu Karma Orfaly used to go to Damascus, Syria every summer as a child. She used to go so often that she remembers never having celebrated a Fourth of July in America. When she was younger she never paid attention to the political scene in Syria. She was only there to relax, to eat, to sleep and to enjoy her grandparents. As she got older, however, she started to notice that things were “strange” in the Syrian government, she said. When she turned 16, the summer visits to see her grandparents ended and a Syrian revolution began. “I didn’t think Syrians would have a revolution. I didn’t know how evil the government was. They’ve always been corrupt,” Orfaly said. Now as a sophomore studying political science and human rights at SMU, Orfaly attends Syrian protests and fundraising events in the Dallas community. “I dream of a day when [Syria] is under a different regime,” she said. “People deserve to have what we have in this country.” Orfaly is among a growing chorus of students and campus organizations, including SMU Amnesty International and the Muslim Student Association, voicing their concerns and raising awareness for the Syrian conflict. There have been numerous panels, discussions and events held on the SMU campus, the most recent open panel in October was hosted by experts on the Syrian conflict. The conflict’s most recent events begin in 2000 when President Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father and assumed control of Syria. From 2002 until 2011, Syria found itself clashing with Lebanon, Turkey and the Western Hemisphere, and later making diplomatic progress with Iraq, Turkey and the European Union and then again souring those relationships in the popular uprising in 2011. The uprising was started

by protesters in Damascus and Daraa who demanded the release of political prisoners. Security forces killed many people in Daraa, triggering days of violence that spread nationwide over the following months. Tensions between Assad’s regime and opposition forces steadily grew to the proportions of suicide bombings and the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Damascus in August 2013 that killed about 300 people. United Nations weapons inspectors did not explicitly allocate responsibility for the attack. Two months later, President al-Assad allowed international inspectors to begin destroying Syria’s chemical weapons on the basis of an agreement between the United States and Russia. The conflict in Syria has reached such proportions it is comparable and surpassing the genocide of Rwanda in 1994. Professor John Vernon of the SMU law school said, “this will be something that will make Rwanda look like a party.” Orfaly said she has had family relocate to surrounding countries like Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. Professor Rick Halperin of the Embrey Human Rights Program said that out of the 1.6 million acknowledged refugees in Syria, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there is a level of protection afforded them. Clothing, food, water and basic necessities are provided for a refugee’s survival. On the other hand, for the UNHCR’s 2 million IDPs, or internally displaced peoples, there is no organization to ensure their wellbeing, he said. “If you are an IDP you remain at the mercy of wherever you are. You are on your own,” Halperin said. Mamdouh Mubarak, 26, a graduate student studying engineering management, narrowly escaped the conflict in Syria and was able to come to SMU in 2012 on a Fulbright scholarship. All that he had on his person was one handbag for a new life in America, he said. His Fulbright advisor told him

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The newly renovated Moody Coliseum opened up for the first Men’s basketball game of the year Jan. 4.

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SMU student Karma Orfaly

not to return to Syria. He almost left without saying goodbye to friends and family, but most were able to see him off. Mubarak never attended protests in Syria because he knew it would ruin his chance to study in the United States. If he protested, there was a “big chance of ending up in jail or getting shot,” he said. He said eventually he will return and help rebuild Syria when the situation betters, especially in the education field. Mubarak would like to be a part of organizations that help children in liberated areas to educational resources that they are not receiving because of the conflict. “Some Syrian children cannot read and write because they have been forced to leave school,” Mubarak said. Using Texas as a comparison, Ayman Taleb, a representative of the Syrian Relief organization called Shaam Relief, drew upon statistical figures to demonstrate the severity

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While students were away for Christmas break, the $47 million renovation of Moody Coliseum was finished and opened to the public. December graduates were able to spend their last moments as SMU students in a new and improved coliseum Jan. 4, SMU men’s and women’s basketball christened the new facility to a nationallytelevised audience. The men’s game had been sold out since Dec. 19, marking the first capacity crowd of 7,000 since Nov. 20, 2001 against Texas Tech University. “Attendance has been up around 30 percent over the first three games, as more and more people are checking out SMU Basketball. In addition, SMU has received a tremendous amount of national media coverage surrounding the program, and that benefits the entire university,” said Brad Sutton SMU’s Senior Associate A.D. for public relations and marketing. The men’s team upset the No. 17 seat University of Connecticut with a win of 74-65 and the team’s first American Athletic Conference win. The women’s team lost to University of South Florida. The revitalization of Moody Coliseum provided many new features, including a renovated main entry lobby, expanded concourses

with raised ceilings, club seats, loge boxes, private suites, group suites, new event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space. The new Hall of Fame Club or in one of the private suites overlooking the court were available for prestigious guests. Foundation Executive Director Francie Moody-Dahlberg of the Moody Foundation, who gave $20 million for the renovation, was spotted at the Connecticut game. Also present was alumnus and trustee David Miller and his wife, Carolyn, who donated the $10 million for the Miller Event Center, an addition on the north side of Moody that includes the Miller Champions Club and an entertainment area on the concourse level. “[My] favorite features have to be the alcoves throughout the building. Each of them tells a story about SMU Athletics or the history and tradition of commencement held inside Moody,” said Kurt Pottkotter, Senior Associate A.D. for Development. Other famous faces included, billionaire banker Jerry Ford, Highland Park Village owners Heather and Ray Washburne, President R. Gerald Turner and his wife, and former player for the Houston Rockets, Dikembe Mutombo, to name a few. Moody Coliseum has a celebrated history among the community. Each May and

December, Moody hosts SMU Commencement and graduation ceremonies for area high school students. SMU Commencement speakers have included former first lady and SMU graduate Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, journalists Jim Lehrer and Bill Moyers, comedian Bill Cosby and Oscarwinning actress and SMU alumna Kathy Bates. Moody has also been visited in the past by four U.S. presidents, poet T.S. Eliot, and musicians like the Kingston Trio, the Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, John Denver, the Grateful Dead, Queen, U2 and Pearl Jam. Dallas’ first professional basketball team, the Chaparrals (San Antonio Spurs), played most of its home games at Moody from 1967-73. From 1971 to 1979, Moody hosted one of the biggest tennis championships of the year, the World Championship Tennis Finals along with exhibitions between stars such as Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras in the ‘90s. The Virginia Slims of Dallas Tennis Championships and the Rolex Intercollegiate Indoor Tennis Tournament also were held at Moody Coliseum. Youth sports camps, Boy Scout conferences, fundraising dance marathons and church services are among the other events held at Moody throughout the years.


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WEDNESDAY n JANUARY 22, 2014 Trends

Red carpet to reality: Recreating celebrity looks kelsey reynolds Style Editor kreynolds@smu.edu While SMU students are making their way back to campus for the start of spring semester, the stars of Hollywood are preparing for their walk down the red carpet. Awards season kicked off Jan. 12 with the 71st Golden Globes, honoring the best in both film and television. A highlight of the night was powerhouse comedic hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but even more impressionable were the fashions seen on the stars. With the evolution of style blogs, Pinterest and sites like Rent the Runway, mimicking your favorite stars look is now an easy fete. Here at The Daily Campus, we did the Internet perusing for you and analyzed the red carpet trends to help you re-create your favorite ensemble from the Globes for your next formal or black tie event.

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Amy Adams demonstrates the color blocking trend at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

Trend One: Color Blocking Color blocking is nothing new but harder to incorporate when it comes to evening wear. To ease into this trend color-block like Amy Adams at the Globes with two tones of the same color. Her Valentino gown was sleek with shades of burgundy and red. If you are more daring, take cue from Julie Bowen and Taylor Swift, both stars color blocked in mismatched shades. Bowen wore a cap sleeve Carolina Herrera gown in red and purple and Swift a strapless Caroline Herrera gown in red and black. Reality: A Line & Dot Color Block Pleated Dress in Noir and Champagne from Revolve Clothing. The black and white color combination is classic but the pleats make it an adventurous choice.

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Zooey Deschanel strikes a pose in an Oscar de la Renta gown with subtle shimmer.

Emma Watson breaks from the traditional in a Christian Dior ensemble.

Trend Two: Ladies in Red It is a well-known fact that celebrities avoid matching each other during awards season but one thing they enjoy matching is the carpet. Red was a prevalent color at the Golden Globes but celebrities kept it interesting with angular cuts and unexpected draping. Lupita Nyong’o stunned

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in a Ralph Lauren sleeveless cape gown. The gown inflicted déjà vu of the Tom Ford gown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the 2012 Oscar Awards, but was a standout with the red contrasting Nyong’o’s darker skin tone. Going against tradition, Emma Watson chose what looked like a dress from the front but was actually pants and an open top.

This unique ensemble came from Christian Dior. Another bold lady in red was Julie Delpy; she wore a Romona Keveza dress that featured an asymmetrical bodice and gold belt. Reality: A ONE by Contrarian Babs Bibb Maxi Dress from Shopbop. This silk gown is a head turner with a deep V and open back. Trend Three: Sequins Forget what you have heard, sequins are not just for theme parties and Halloween. The stars dazzled at the Globes carpet in their sequined gowns. In order to pull off this trend, opt for solid sequins. Naomi Watts adorned a champagne Tom Ford gown and a pregnant Olivia Wilde turned heads in a green Gucci gown. Another trick is to wear a dress with only sequined accents; take note of Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad and Zooey Deschanel in embellished Oscar de la Renta. Reality: Audrey Goes Out Dress by Parker from Rent the Runway. The shimmer of this pick is toned down by the shorter length and leaves the option for tights.

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Naomi Watts shines in her champagne gown next to her husband Liev Schreiber.

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Real Talk, HTSC Portico B, C & D, noon to 1 p.m.

Unity Walk, HTSC Commons, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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January 22

Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders, HTSC Ballroom East, 8-10 p.m.

SATURDAY Women’s Tennis vs. Stephen F. Austin, 2:30 p.m.

JANUARY 14 Consumption of alcohol by a minor, Boaz Hall, conduct referral Criminal mischief, Boaz Hall, inactive Criminal mischief, South Quad Parking Lot, inactive Criminal mischief, Airline Parking Garage, inactive

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Presidential Documents, Bridwell Library, all day

JANUARY 16 Consumption of alcohol by a minor, South Quad Lot, arrest

FRIDAY January 24

Men’s Swimming vs. Texas A&M, Perkins Natatorium, 7 p.m.

MONDAY January 27

Presidential Documents, Bridwell Library, all day


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Civil rights drives film myca williamson Associate A&E Editor mwilliamson@smu.edu Five days may not seem like enough time to honor decades of unprecedented leadership, but for students and organizations honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during SMU's MLK Dream Week the time is well spent. MLK Dream Week has been a tradition at SMU since 2008. Students participate in community service and attend events to commemorate King's legacy. Wednesday, January 22, "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders,” a film that captivates the women of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, will be screened in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center at 8 p.m. In 60 minutes, the awardwinning documentary spotlights a fascinating era of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s. The film includes original interviews from political activist Fannie Lou Hamer, equal education advocate Mae Bertha Carter, civil rights

pioneer Unita Blackwell, and other revolutionary women. The film also includes historical footage depicting the struggle for African Americans in many areas including voter registration, education equality and desegregation. The piece, produced by Joan Sadoff, Robert Sadoff and Laura Lipsom, won "Best Documentary" at the PanAfrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadouga, the Humanitarian Award at the Long Island Film Expo and countless other accolades. In the past, SMU has screened other impactful films. In 2010, the film "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin" spotlighted Bayard Rustin, an often overlooked activist whom King was drawn to because of his nonviolent practices. However, his openly admitted homosexuality typically left him in the background. Check out the trailer for the film at http://www.wmm. com/advscripts/wmmvideo. aspx?pid=240

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Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Jackson Gray and Annie Devine in Washington, 1965.

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Mojo, Casanova consult books to woo Dallas’ singles scene Michelle hammond Contributing Writer mhammondtova@smu.edu Mojo was at Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub & Grill with a few friends when he decided to try out some of the methods he’d learned recently. There was a beautiful woman sitting at a table surrounded by four jocks and Mojo, a shy, average looking guy, thought “Why not?” He had picked his target. He walked over and began talking to the four guys, paying no attention to the woman. He hoped that by removing her from being the center of attention in the conversation, the woman would be intrigued. When he finished making friends with the guys he walked away and went back to the pool table where his friends were waiting for him. Moments later, the woman approached him by herself. Mojo had successfully isolated his target. They began a game of pool together and to his surprise, the beautiful woman began flirting with him. “I was so in awe that a woman as beautiful as her would be interested in me,” Mojo said. “This stuff actually works. It blows your conception of what you thought was reality.” Mojo said that thanks to “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists” written by Neil Strauss, a former writer for the magazine Rolling Stone, he successfully went from being an AFC (average frustrated chump) to a PUA (pickup artist). The book’s main characters, who use the pseudonyms Mystery and Style, are the inspiration behind his own pseudonym: Mojo. He refuses to be identified by his

real name. He believes it’s the book that started it all and the reason he became such an active member of the Dallas Pickup Artist community, which as of now has about 2,500 members who usually meet every couple of months to give each other advice and exchange their preferred methods of picking up women. “The Game” is bound in black leather and across the top of the cover there are small, gold silhouettes of women in different seductive poses ending with the silhouette of a man who seems to be standing confidently. At first glance, it certainly doesn’t look like a book someone with good intentions would read, but Mojo, along with the thousands of other members of PUA communities around the world, is convinced that is not the case. Still, there are many people who resent the PUA community for objectifying women and encouraging men to strategically get only one thing: sex. Even though the name and presentation are misleading, Mojo insists that the PUA community is much more than people think it is. “Make no mistake,” he said. “This isn’t about sleazy guys, it’s about self improvement and becoming a better person.” Mojo recently got married and although he admits he found it hard to settle down, he believes being a PUA has given him the knowledge he needs to keep things exciting in his marriage. Matthew Hoelscher is a life coach who blogs for YourTango, a website dedicated to providing expert advice on dating. He wrote an article in which he

makes three arguments about why this is the case. One is that pickup artists are so used to living wild and free that when they do settle down it is because they’ve really thought it through and are ready for commitment. “Contrary to popular belief, a reformed player can make an ideal husband,” Hoelscher said. Ogewu Agbese, another member of the Dallas PUA community, has also found the community helpful and inspiring. Aside from rare articles like Hoelscher’s, Agbese believes the media is largely responsible for the negative assumptions people tend to make about PUAs. “In my experience, when someone writes an article about our community, it tends to be in the tone of ‘Ladies, be on the lookout for these scammers!’” Agbese said. I was standing in line at Barnes and Noble holding what I understood to be some sort of sacred manual to the society of PUAs, hoping to get a better insight on what the community says they aim to do, when a middle-aged man standing in line behind me interrupted my conversation with the cashier. “I’m sorry, but I feel the need to warn you that what you’re buying there is garbage, complete garbage,” he said, waving his hands in the air urgently as if a bomb were about to explode. “Have you read ‘The Art of Seduction’ by Robert Greene?” Without giving any time to respond, the stranger added, “There’s a difference between taking a shot at a bar and getting a flower, you get what I’m saying? ‘The Game’ is the shot, ‘The Art of Seduction’ is the

flower,” he said. Although Greene’s book does look classier with its black and pink design with the title displayed vertically down the middle, is there a real difference? The stranger bought the book and had it wrapped for me. He introduced himself as Casanova, his own pseudonym not faring well for the argument he was making. While initially I found myself put off by his confidence, 30 minutes later I was still standing there talking to him. That’s when I thought, “Wait, is this it? Am I being picked up? Or as Casanova might prefer, seduced?” Casanova insisted that “The

Game” was for guys who are only interested in getting close to women sexually, while “The Art of Seduction” teaches you how to communicate better with people in general. “It’s about learning about different types of people, both male and female and what their needs, desires and personalities are like,” said Ingeborg RansomBecker, a student and a fan of Robert Greene’s work. “The idea is that once you know how to approach each type of person you can seduce them into anything you want… be it sexual or not.” Ransom-Becker considers

“The Art of Seduction” to be one of her favorite reads. Whether it’s Mojo or Casanova, it may be as simple as the saying “Don’t judge by a book by its cover.” The two may be more similar than they think. Christie Hartman, an author, scientist and dating expert believes the Mojos and Casanovas of the world, like any other large community, may be composed of the good guys just as much as the bad. “Unfortunately, it’s the bad ones that get all the press,” she said.

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OPINION

WEDNESDAY n JANUARY 22, 2014

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Just let this hawk squawk demetrio teniente Sports Editor dtentiete@smu.edu I can admit when I was wrong. And after Sunday’s NFC championship game I incorrectly and unfairly passed judgment on Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman. Sherman made the game -deciding play, tipping a wouldbe game-winning touchdown away from 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and into his teammate’s hands for a gameending interception. Sherman is one of the most electrifying defensive players in the game and led the NFL in interceptions this season with eight. After being involved in the biggest play of the day, of course Fox wanted him in front of a camera. What happened next has become a lightning rod for discussion over the past couple of days. Sherman has been called a thug, as well as some more obscene titles. After his cathartic interview with side line reporter Erin Andrews, my impression of Sherman was that he was a moron, not a thug. I thought he was furthering the stereotype of football players being brutes or more savage individuals. The interview resembled a professional wrestling promo that one would see on WWE or WCW. I also saw a similarity in the tone he spoke with to that of a recent Dennis Rodman press conference from North Korea. In that press conference, Rodman was very animated, yelling and waving a fat cigar around. Rodman’s speech turned into a wrestling promo when he yelled, “but guess what though?!” Sherman’s interview began to resemble a promo when he said, “Don’t you ever talk about me!” Andrews then asked Sherman, “Who was talking about you?” We then found out that the Seattle corner had exchanged words with Crabtree. Prior to the interview and at the end of the game, Sherman walked over to Crabtree and offered his hand in a sign of alleged sportsmanship, and Crabtree put his hand in Sherman’s face. The colorful interview with Sherman is a prime example

why in most cases, there is a 15 minute “cool off ” period before interviews with players take place. Especially in this big of a game that came right down to the end, emotions will be high. Immediately after the interview I already had passed judgment on Sherman, without really knowing who he was. Then he shocked me with a piece he wrote in Sport’s Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback with Peter King. In the article, Sherman explains the exchange with Crabtree and explains his actions on camera. It didn’t seem like he was defending his actions more so as he was helping us understand. What I didn’t know Sunday night, was that Sherman graduated high school with a 4.1 GPA. He then went to Stanford University where he continued to be a stud on the field and in the classroom and graduated with a degree in communications. It is apparent in reading his post that he is very educated and not the brutish “thug” social media made him out to be. In his outpouring of emotions, Sherman never looked away from the camera and he never uttered a single obscenity. He may have looked like a crazy idiot, but chances are he is smarter than most of the people calling him names. As if he needed to do more to convince me, he then appeared on ESPN First Take and did battle with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. During this interview Sherman told Bayless, “In my 24 years of life, I’m better at life than you.” How did Bayless respond? He said, “OK, that’s fair.” Sherman may be cocky, but his accomplishments permit him to believe he is the best; he talks the talk, but he also walks the walk. You can love him or hate him because of his personality, but you cannot deny that he is one of the premier defensive players in the NFL. Sherman isn’t a moron. He isn’t a thug. He isn’t a jerk, either. He is a passionate, talented and educated football player and most of us owe him an apology. Teniente is a junior majoring in journalism and English.

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TJ Smith from Los Angeles plays Wii Fit U’s “Hosedown,” one of several new activities in the game that use the Wii U GamePad controller.

Student mourns the loss Online gaming keeps of gaming with friends people connected brandon bub Contributing Writer bbub@smu.edu The first multiplayer video game I ever played was Mario Kart 64 at the age of five. Back then, if you wanted to play with friends, you needed to invest in three extra controllers, and if you were a Playstation gamer, you had to spend even more money on a multi-tap to even be able to plug in any more devices. The controller wires were short, the TV screens were tiny, and your opponents could always cheat by looking at your portion of the screen, unless you were able to finagle giant pieces of cardboard into a makeshift wall. It’s amazing how far multiplayer technology has come in a few short years. I could find 15 other people across the globe to play Halo 4 with me at a moment’s notice, and I wouldn’t even have to sacrifice any of my precious screen space to play with them. There are almost as many World of Warcraft players as there are citizens of New York City. Online gaming has gone from a niche hobby to a competitive sport with actual cash prizes. Lately, however, it seems that people like me who enjoy playing games in the same room as their friends have been getting the short end of the stick. If I wanted to play a cooperative game of Grand

Theft Auto V or Mass Effect 3 with one of my buddies, I would either have to tell him to stay at home and communicate with me over the internet, or bring his TV and Xbox over so we could both connect to the internet from my place. With those games, we can’t simply turn on the system and connect our controllers to the same system; multiplayer is only possible through the Internet. Now, that’s not to say that “couch co-op,” as it’s come to be termed, has gone totally extinct. Games like Super Smash Bros. and Halo still provide that same experience I remember from the Nintendo 64 days. But as technology advances and internet access becomes more ubiquitous, many game developers have started to see “couch co-op” as optional and not worth the extra programming time. Perhaps I’m just getting too nostalgic. But for me, the experience of pulling behind from last place on Rainbow Road and hitting the driver in 1st place with a blue shell right before taking the lead and crossing the finish was only complete when I could stick my tongue out and laugh at the crestfallen player sitting next to me. It might not be the most important feature of any video game, but that doesn’t mean it’s a feature worth sacrificing. Bub is a senior majoring in English, history and political science.

michael dearman Contributing Writer mdearman@smu.edu Online gaming has opened up so many possibilities for innovation within the video game industry that the best of the multiplayer experience is even better. While friends can still sit around in the same room plugged into (wirelessly, of course) the same game system and play the same game, I can now play a game with a friend that lives all the way in Australia. We can lament the loss of close contact between people, lost as they are now behind bits of data and a screen, but need we wax so nostalgic about gaming? Pong was only playable in an arcade filled with strangers and friends, but videogames moved into the living room, losing contact with this larger community of nerds. Online games are the next step, blending social aspects of the larger videogame community with the experience of playing a game in the comfort of your home. This winter break, I was convinced by some friends to pick up World of Warcraft. The last time I played this game was probably in 2008 or 2009, but the experience, while improved, is more or less the same. The big difference this time around, however, was that I had the opportunity to play with friends who live in different cities. The online experience, which was largely dominated by the

game’s content, also allowed me to keep in touch with friends in a unique way. What better way to talk about the annoyances of living at home for over a month than while taking out your aggression on a group of trolls? While keeping in touch with my friends via the war-torn world of Azeroth, I did come across quite a few unsavory characters in the game. With games like World of Warcraft that boast huge fan bases (in the millions), you tend to run into a diverse group of people. Think of a city of nerds, and you have a rough estimate of people – drug addicts, teenagers, middle-aged stay-athome moms, career businessmen, the obscene, the creepy, the kind, the intelligent, etc. As varied an experience as World of Warcraft can be, the crowd that plays it is even more so. It made me question – if I’m spending time blowing off steam, do I want to deal with people in a virtual world who I don’t want to deal with on a daily basis? The answer is no. Of course not. But the beauty of a game like World of Warcraft and others like it is that you can really make the experience what you want. You can be a loner or a social butterfly, a couch-quester or a skillful raider, and you don’t have to be in the physical vicinity of your friends to actually keep in touch. Dearman is a senior majoring in political science and philosophy.

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Athletes get to the core at APPLE conference Matthew Costa Contributing Writer mcosta@smu.edu

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SMU guard NicMoore (11) had eight points, and five assists in SMU’s 70-56 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday.

In an effort to bring substance abuse to a halt across America, four SMU student-athletes and two staff members attended the 23rd annual APPLE conference in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend. The four athletes in attendance were rower Hanna Axene, volleyball player Julianne

Kennedy’s big night leads to 70-56 Over Rutgers Billy Embody Sports Staff Writer wembody@smu.edu SMU had just 15 wins a year ago, but Tuesday night the Mustangs Men’s Basketball team matched that total with a 70-56 win over Rutgers University at Moody Coliseum. Led by Markus Kennedy’s 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, SMU overcame a few minutes of poor shooting to lead almost the entire game. Kennedy has been on a tear during conference play, leading SMU in points and rebounds. “I drove Jay Wright crazy at his practices. I really liked Markus. I think Jay felt he was going to be a great player, but it just didn’t work out. When

you’re 300 pounds, it limits you,” SMU Head Coach Larry Brown said. “He’s much better physically. He got tired tonight. He had to come out a number of times, but he’s gotten better and better.” SMU struggled to really get it going offensively and in the second half was inconsistent at times, which led to nine of the team’s 14 turnovers, but it was the team’s defense that continued to be its strong point of the team. “We’ve been offensively challenged a lot this year. We have new people so it’s a work in progress,” Brown said. “The value on guarding great and playing great every night gives us a chance to win every night.” First years Ben Moore and Keith Frazier also contributed

to the win with both providing a spark off the bench. Moore finished with 12 points and five rebounds while Frazier added eight points to the delight of the announced crowd of 6,042 fans. Toward the end of the press conference, Brown did give an update on Yanick Moreira’s status, who is recovering from a torn MCL. “They said three-six weeks. As a coach, I’m hoping it’s three. We don’t really know,” Brown said. “He’s anxious to get back. He says he’s feeling good. He’s lifting weights. I think he’ll be back sooner rather than later.” The Mustangs face the University of Houston on the road Sunday at 2 p.m. CT in another AAC matchup on ESPNNews.

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Scheidler, soccer player Anthony Jeffries, and football player Cameron Smith. These four along with more than 220 attendees representing 40 schools addressed how athletic departments and athletes can have an impact on the campus’ health and well-being. “I enjoyed hearing the APPLE teams from other institutions speak about their projects and initiatives and I really enjoyed meeting student-athletes

from different institutions,” Scheidler said. APPLE uses seven “slices” in its model to speak on these issues, including departmental expectations and attitudes, education, alcohol and other drug policies, drug testing, sanctions, recruitment practices, and referral and counseling services. SMU’s athletes and staff members have elected to focus on substance abuse education using the APPLE model.

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SMU’s Keena Mays (23) had 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in SMU’s loss to No.5 Louisville

Lady Mustangs run out of steam in second half Demetrio Teniente Sports Editor dteniente@smu.edu Taking down No.5 University of Louisville was already a difficult task, but it became more difficult when SMU’s second leading scorer, Akil Simpson, got into foul trouble early in the game. Without Simpson, the Mustangs were forced to use other players for extended minutes. Simpson’s teammates answered the call in the first half, but were unable to maintain their intensity for the full 40 minutes and Louisville triumphed 81-66 at Moody Coliseum Sunday. After leading by two at halftime, Keena Mays hit the first bucket of the second half to make the score 37-33. Louisville responded by

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each category. It was also Mays’ second consecutive 20-plus game and her ninth of the season. Korina Baker was lights out from three-point range, hitting four three pointers and finishing with a season-high 14 points. Kiara Perry added 12 points to mark the fifth time she has hit double digit points this season. With Simpson getting into foul trouble early, Mallory Singleton saw extra minutes and answered with nine points and seven boards. Despite her limited playing time, Simpson managed to contribute eight points. SMU is now 11-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play. The next game for the Mustangs will be on Saturday, when SMU travels to the University of Houston for a 2 p.m. tip-off.

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going on a 21-7 run, making the score 54-44. The first half belonged to the Mustangs as SMU shot 46.7 percent from the field and held the Cardinals to just 37.5 percent. However, it was a tale of two halves as Louisville came out in the second frame with much more intensity than SMU and dominated until the end of the game. The Cardinals had five players score in double figures and were led by Tia Gibbs, who had 20 points. Gibbs gave the Cardinals some punch off the bench, hitting four of Louisville’s 10 three-pointers. Mays got off to a hot start, scoring 14 points in the first half. She finished the contest with 20 points, six boards, five assists and four steals to lead her team in

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WEDNESDAY n JANUARY 22, 2014 Fashion

New boutique in Hughes-Trigg caters to students Meredith Carey Contributing Writer mbcarey@smu.edu Hughes Trigg Student Center has a new addition, Douleur, a clothing boutique, which opened Friday next to the Hegi Career Center. Housed in the Computer Corner’s previous location, Douleur offers students the opportunity to shop for shirts, skirts, dresses, shoes and accessories without ever having to leave campus. “The store carries the same brands as stores like [nearby] Cotton Island and Impeccable Pig, but it’s college, and so the prices are for students on a budget,” founder and owner Giselle Ruggeberg said. The clothing and accessories, which range from a tight fitting black and gold dress for a night in Uptown to a casual white dress for next year’s first Boulevard, are never more than $50, Ruggeberg said.

Stocked with only seven of each item in the store, Ruggeberg hopes to keep the clothing exclusive. “With only seven of each item, you won’t see every girl on campus in your dress. The sizes may change, two smalls, two mediums, and three larges to one small, three mediums, and three larges, but there will only ever be seven [total].” The store is also stocked with rings, earrings, bracelets and sorority paraphernalia. From National PanHellenic Council to Panhellenic Council, Douleur has accessories for nearly every Greek girl on campus. A new shipment of even more bumper stickers, mugs and other items are due to arrive in the next week. Ruggeberg hopes that after the first few months of trial in Douleur’s location, she will be able to move into the space permanently. “I have so many ideas for renovation,” she said. Still, decorated with umbrellas,

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Douleur opened up in the space formerly occupied by the Computer Corner.

burlap mannequins, and antique shutters, the space is fit for any SMU fashionista or passerby. The store, only open for a few days, does not yet have regular

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hours. Based on student need and suggestions, Ruggeberg hopes to finalize the stores permanent opening and closing times in the coming weeks.

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Sorority accessories are among the offerings of the new boutique.

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of circumstances in Syria. Taleb said that Texas has approximately the same population as the Syrian country. 7.39 million Syrians are refugees or internally displaced, roughly the equivalent of the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex being without a home. Figures show that 2.2 million refugees in just the last two years were Syrian. Of the 130,000 people killed since the conflict began, 11,000 were children. Three-quarters of the Syrian population have an immediate relative who has been killed in the conflict. 50 percent of refugees are 17 years old and younger. “It’s so bad where Syrians can’t handle this themselves,” Orfaly said. “Somebody needs to stand up.” Mubarak said he wants to see Syria as a democratic nation. “It’s hard to switch a mindset [toward] democracy,” he said.

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economic disparities. “It becomes very difficult for conservatives to attack President Obama for being divisive, when the world’s greatest figure for unity is saying pretty much the same thing,” Begala said. Still, Francis’ attention to poverty has also captured the attention of Republicans, among them Rep. Paul Ryan, a devout Catholic and Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. Other Republicans, such as Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky have also staked out prominent anti-poverty positions. The economic theme will be a centerpiece of Obama’s State of the Union address next week. But his specific policies — a higher minimum wage, universal pre-school and ending loopholes for the wealthy — face difficulty in Congress in an election year. “American Catholics as a whole don’t tend to take specific policy guidance from the pope, whether it’s Pope Benedict or Pope Francis,” Green said. “But what the pope can do is to get them thinking about particular issues and thinking about them in distinctly Catholic ways. That kind of rethinking could very well be an advantage to President Obama.” The issue of health care has highlighted other disagreements between the administration and the Catholic Church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been a high-profile critic of a provision in Obama’s health care law that requires employers to provide insurance coverage that includes birth control. Churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the control requirement, but affiliated institutions that serve the general public are not. That includes charitable organizations, universities and hospitals, and critics say that violates religious liberty. The issue is now before the Supreme Court.

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