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Meadows dancers perform in a number from the annual Sharp Show titled “Vignette.” The show opened with a modern piece choreographed against Vivaldi’s classical tones and progressed with student choreographed works.

Spring dance show stays ‘sharp’ NATALIE YEZBICK Contributing Writer Dancers crawled, leapt and flew through the air at “Vignette,” the 2012 Sharp Show at the Meadows School of the Arts. The annual Sharp Show features works created by seniors in SMU’s dance department. Six seniors had two months to prepare diverse choreography that ranged from modern to classical ballet to jazz. They had only one week to set the lighting and come up with costumes.

“[The seniors] all work together amazingly,” freshman Monica Hernandez said. “They split up tasks like organizing rehearsals, contacting lighting designers and crew members, and creating the programs and posters evenly among themselves so nobody had too much on their hands.” Many would see this small time frame as an obstacle, but this year’s seniors and graduating juniors rose to the challenge and put on a fabulous show. In the first piece, “L’Estro Armonico,” the audience was transported to the era of

Bournonville. The dancers flung into the future with a modern spin to Vivaldi’s music, and then jolted back into the past as the piece progressed. Not only did John Mingle choreograph the piece, but he also shined in it with his brilliant technique. His double attitude turn into a sustained arabesque was mesmerizing. The dancers’ taxed breaths were audible by the end of the piece, a sure sign that making a dance look effortless and having a dance be effortless are two very different things. Audibly adorned with fainted

“beeps” the show’s next piece. “I See You,” was much different. Albert Drake choreographed this solo for Emily Perry who was dressed in white lace that covered every part of her body, excluding her legs. The audience, first perplexed by a single dancer flitting about the stage and coming to rest in a red chair in the corner, soon realized that the pulsing lights and the simplicity of the piece made it that much more powerful. Senior Chelsea Handley said, “It was one of the more moving pieces.”


“Is That All That There Is?” by Claire Cuny began not with dance but with a short monologue by a mysterious actor in a black top hat. He added a bit of humor to an otherwise serious mood by popping onto the stage to tell the audience not to clap between the individual movements of the piece. The first movement, complete with a live performance from cellist Michael Van Der Sloot, showed a relationship between two dancers that was sensual but too sterile to be sexy. “I feel like the relationship

between the dancers and the music is intensified when the music is being created right alongside the dancers,” Hernandez said. The next piece, a sort of modern pas de deux between Ariel Monticure and Dexter Green, had moments of intense quiet and slow movement that was deeply contrasted by periods of intense chaos and fast footwork. For the third act, choreographer Cuny restaged a dance earlier seen in this fall’s Brown Bag show, “A Love for Three Oranges.” The

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Summer Dashe’s trip to Rwanda included a visit to the students’ classroom at the non-profit college they attend.

Student spends winter break in Africa TASHIKA VARMA Assignments Desk Editor While most students spend their winter break catching up on sleep, skiing and spending time with family and friends, SMU journalism major Summer Dashe decided to visit Rwanda alone. While Dashe’s parents were supportive of the trip, other family members and friends questioned her choice. “I appreciated the concern for my well-being, but this was not something I was getting talked out of nor something I didn’t take completely seriously,” Dashe said. Dashe began her journey on Jan. 2. In Africa, Dashe did not go by “Summer,” but rather “Mzungu,” a nickname given to her on her first day. It essentially

means, “white person.” Her journey’s purpose was to film for a nonprofit organization. The Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali is a nonprofit college that prepares women for careers in hospitality. Many of these students lost parents in the genocide that wiped out nearly one million people in 1994. “As I watched them interact and learn from behind the lens of my camera, I was amazed at the attitude there,” Dashe said. “These girls are my age. They have suffered such loss and come from extreme poverty. Despite all the factors against them, they were the kindest women I had ever met. They took me in and became my friends.” Dashe interviewed many girls who attended the college. Grace, a 23-year-old Akilah student, lives

with her cousin in a small home nestled between many others on a hillside. The community shared a small hole in the ground for a bathroom and running water is found at a faucet outside. “This sweet girl I had only known for two weeks expressed qualities only the very best of friends share,” Dashe said. “I promised her I would be back some day.” Dashe also met people with amazing miracle stories. Allen, a 21-year-old in her third year at Akilah, grew up with her aunt. She spent her life believing that her mother was dead, but Allen wanted the truth. She returned to Uganda to search for her mother. Using a local radio station she sent a message out asking if anyone knew her mother. The next day

they were reunited. Dashe spent the next two weeks getting to know the girls at the college and before she knew it, it was time to go home. Dashe returned to Dallas with excitement and a new perspective on life. “I had navigated a foreign country by myself and succeeded. I had met people who found happiness in so little. It was only two weeks. As cliché as it sounds those two weeks had changed my whole world.” Original accounts provided by Summer Dashe.

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SARAH KRAMER Editor-in-Chief Technology companies and consumers have been lobbying against online piracy for weeks. However, it wasn’t brought to the majority of American’s attention until Wikipedia announced its 24-hour blackout on Jan. 18, just days before SOPA and PIPA were set to be debated in Senate. Thousands of websites joined Wikipedia during that 24-hour period, including Google, to protest the bill. With more than 10 million people filling out online petitions according to Fight for the Future, several members of Congress publicly withdrew their support for the bill. Because of the success of the largest online protest, lawmakers are now trying to find an alternative to stopping online piracy. Expert in intellectual property Xuan-Thao Nguyen, who is also a professor in SMU’s Dedman School of Law, believes that this is a battle

between old and new media. “At the bottom of it, it’s about libel,” Nguyen said. “You saw it before in the music industry. Now, you see it in a different kind of content such as movies and TV shows.” The solution for music was iTunes, which was purely technological according to Nguyen. The solution for movies and TV shows, however, will need to be a legal and technological combination. “Copyright on the Internet has expanded enormously,” she said. “But, digital content has no borders.” With the digital world gaining traction and more people online, depriving people access to online content is daunting. “Too many people say this [SOPA and PIPA] is a big surprise, but I think it’s merely that people are realizing that the old world and new world are so interconnected,” Nguyen said. “You can’t live a day without

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Sprinkles hosts cupcake competition MEGAN GROSSE Contributing Writer In the spirit of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Sprinkles Cupcakes hosted the first ever Big D’s “Big News” Cupcake Wars for Charity on Saturday in NorthPark Center. The contest pitted six participants from Dallas’ news organizations, each representative of a North Texas charity of choice, against one another to frost, decorate and display their cupcakes for a $5,000 prize. “I just wanted to say I’m sorry, but I’m going to squash you like a bug!” Amy Vanderoef of WFAATV said to her fellow contestants, earning several laughs in the spirit of the competition. With a countdown from the audience, the competitors set off to tackle their 100 Sprinkles’ cupcakes. A growing crowd of approximately 250 people gathered around the competitors in the mall and their displays, listening to the music, and excitedly watching the cupcakes turn into masterpieces. The Cupcake Wars had begun, but this time for charity. After a short session of Texas Trivia with the emcees Gene and Julie, co-hosts of The New 103.7 Lite FM/KVIL, the competitors


Steamed dumplings from Wai Wai Kitchen on Mockingbird Lane.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with dumplings KATE PETTY Food Editor


Celebrity blogger known for Pink Meo, Maxine Trowbridge (right) discusses edible materials used in her cupcake runway display with an audience member competing on behalf of Fashion Group International in Saturday afternoon’s Cupcake Wars charity event at the North Park Mall.

were given 30 minutes to prepare the cupcakes in the theme of their charity. This year’s charities included Hunger Busters, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Hold the Door, Make-A-Wish Foundation®, Fashion Group International, and LIVESTRONG. “Charity is a big part of Sprinkles Cupcakes,” Charles

Nelson, co-founder and co-owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes said, “We’re excited to send someone home with $5,000, but no one will leave empty handed.” Sprinkles Cupcakes gave $1,000 to the charities not selected as the winner of the competition. The judges, including Sprinkles’ own Candace Nelson, inspected the displays, ranging from a Girl Scout themed Texas State Fair to a runway

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from Fashion Group International. They selected the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas as the winner of the $5,000 donation. Media personalities participating included Roni Proter with CW33, Clarice Tinsley with KDFW-TV, Amy Vanderoef with WFAA-TV, Brittany Cobb with Daily Candy and Maxine Trowbridge founder of PinkMemo.

Today marks the beginning of the 15-day Chinese New Year. New years celebrations are always tied to a host of centuries-old traditions. Americans cling to their black-eyed peas, and the Chinese make dumplings. Fondly eaten for their symbolism of wealth, the savory, dough covered snacks are filled with a range of ingredients as diverse as the country they hail from.

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Coffee with the VP: A meeting with the SMU Vice President for Student Affairs for all students at 9 a.m. in the Hughes-Trigg M Lounge

Tate Lecture Student Forum: Awardwinning author Michael Lewis discusses his work at 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Promenades AB

Conversation with Will Power: A conversation about community engagement at 7 p.m. in the Green Garson Theatre - Owen Arts Center

Tate Lectures Series: Michael Lewis discuss the economy and other subjects he has covered as an author at 7:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium

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Most commonly, the dumplings are made with pork, but are often made with chicken, seafood, and vegetables. If you’re thinking of celebrating the Chinese New Year, it’s worth checking out Royal China. Not only does the restaurant serve a delicious variety of dumplings, but you get to see them being made front and center at their impressive dumpling bar. Royal China even offers a gluten-free option, wrapped in Napa leaf instead of the usual dough wrapper.

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WEDNESDAY January 25

Games and Business Law: Ted Price, the president of Insomniac Games, speaks at 9:30 a.m. in the Hillcrest Room of the Underwood Law Library Internship Orientation: Students will learn about the internship programs available at 2 p.m. in the Embrey Engineering Building

12:18 a.m. 6100 Airline Road: A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for underage drinking. Closed. 4:23 p.m. 3140 Dyer Street: A student reported theft of an envelope containing a card with cash. The theft occurred between Dec. 1 to Dec. 31. Closed.

january 19 2:18 p.m. Underwood Law Library/6550 Hillcrest Avenue: A student reported theft of his laptop and other electronic devices. Closed.

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online access. I don’t know how we would function without it.” Nguyen said that there needs to be balance between what old media wants and how search engines currently operate. “Old media wants intellectual property to be protected but at the same time Google, YouTube and Facebook want the public to come to their websites,” she said. “They don’t want old media to hinder them from exercising their business model.” But what many websites have failed to incorporate into their business model is the selling of advertisements. “Selling advertisements increases traffic to the site,” Nguyen said. “This is not new, many companies have figured this out.” From a legal standpoint, Nguyen questions the effectiveness of the bill because it does not provide for private cause of action. Unlike the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which allowed for the copyright holder to present the case in court, cases under SOPA only allows for the U.S. attorney general to initiate action. In section 102 of the bill (H.R.3261) it states, “Upon commencing an action under this subjection, the Attorney General shall send a notice of the alleged violation and intent to proceed under this section to the registrant of the domain name of the Internet site…to the owner or operator of the Internet site…or, in any other such form as the court may provide, including as may be required by rule 4(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” Therefore, only the attorney general can protect and prevent customers from foreign infringement. “This has to be initiated by the U.S. justice department,” Nguyen said. “In the existing law, the copyright holder themselves contacts sites such as eBay. Now, copyright holders are relying on the government — it doesn’t say that Time Warner can bring it against the court. It clearly says the attorney general.” According to Nguyen, government does not have the resources to uphold this bill. “I’m curious if they are going to have a budget to appropriate money for the attorney general office to do this,” she said. “Where will the government get the money? Where are the human resources going to come from?” As Nguyen sees it, the movie industry should take foreign infringement as an honor. “If I was in the movie industry, I’d be pretty happy that I have an audience,” she said. “I would exploit it and make money in a different way.” The solution, according to Nguyen, would incorporate technology to the company’s current business model. “You want to find a balance that encourages people to create good content that other people want to see,” she said. “But, at the same time, you want to support the industries. You don’t want a system that doesn’t have any creative content to watch.”

MONDAY n JANUARY 23, 2012 Academics

SMU eyes bright future RAHFIN FARUK News Editor As SMU looks forward to the next century, its administrators are working hard to raise the university’s reputation across the board. A $750 million academic strategic plan is set to enhance academic quality through endowed faculty positions and student quality through merit-based and financial aid scholarships, adding uniqueness to an already diverse campus experience. The eventual goal of the large project is to raise SMU’s academic ranking. “We want to be in the top 50 schools in the nation,” Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs, said. U.S. News and World Report, one of the most prominent college ranking organizations, currently ranks SMU as 62nd in the nation. The organization uses seven categories to rank national universities: graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, faculty resources, high school counselor academic reputation ratings and peer assessments. SMU’s highest ranking in the history of the university came in 2011 when the university was ranked 56th in the nation. “The U.S. News rankings are based on mostly objective criteria. But about 20 percent of the ranking is based on the perception of others,” Cheves said. “And that is where our comprehensive plan comes into play.” SMU’s Second Century

Campaign emphasizes a comprehensive approach to academics. It will focus on endowed faculty positions, student diversity and research on campus, among other areas. “By focusing on things like faculty retention and student scholarship, we can increase our academic quality,” Cheves said. “We are relying on general student funds and endowments but also expanding.” SMU is looking towards other avenues to raise resources for ambitious plans in the next decade. Administrators like Cheves believe in a culture of giving from alumni. SMU has set a goal that calls for 25 percent of all alumni to donate to the university every year, while at least 50 percent of alumni are encouraged to donate once in their lifetime. “Twenty-one percent of alumni already donate regularly, and 41 percent of alumni have already donated once,” Cheves said. “But it’s regular closeness to the university that’s most important.” SMU has also reached out to citizens of Dallas-Fort Worth who recognize the importance of the university to the area. “While we can raise resources, it all depends on our students, especially from a reputation standpoint,” Cheves said. Programs like the Richter Fellowship, Unbridled Learning, Big iDeas and public service internships from the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility can help students gain national recognition. “Provost Ludden works very hard at working on strong relations with other universities so our reputation can be built

up,” Cheves said. Cheves is enthusiastic about SMU’s move to the Big East because it will increase the visibility of the university. “Not only will this opportunity be great for our student athletes, but it will also be great because many of the members of the conferences are just like us,” Cheves said. “Georgetown, St. John’s, Notre Dame and Rutgers are all examples of top tier private universities.” Colleges like Butler and George Mason received increased national visibility after successful runs during March Madness­­ ­— an NCAA Division I basketball tournament that determines the national champion for any given year. “Let’s face it. For national universities, a lot of our reputation comes from sports,” Cheves said. “And especially because academics flow from East to West, this will make people pay attention.” “My friends who went to college in the North will finally know where SMU is,” first-year Mehdi Hami said. As SMU moves to the next century and enhances its academic programs, it strives to be a university that will be recognizable across the nation and provide a world-class education for all of its students. “This is the time to renew and strengthen our vital partnerships to address the region’s challenges and potential,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said in a Dallas Morning News editorial in April of last year. “By remaining true to our mission, we will ensure that SMU lives up not only to the founders’ vision, but also to the aspirations of leaders now and for the future.”



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SOPA, PIPA and the power of “Big Internet” Michael Wilburn

On Jan. 18, in response to “blackouts” of popular websites, there was an enormous outcry over legislation in the United States Congress. Surprisingly, many young people were involved. A democracy where the public analyzes ,scrutinizes and pays attention to what their representatives do is amazing. The shame is that this day is too good to be true. The outcry was against the bill H.R. 3261 known as SOPA and the bill S. 968 known as PIPA. The acronyms stand for Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act. Google had a petition against these acts, and part of it read, “Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA”. Web censorship is a bad thing, but Google is not entirely truthful. As Eva Rodriguez states on The Washington Post website, “Keep in mind, that the legislation targets foreign websites that would otherwise be out of reach of U.S. law enforcement…And in what is likely to be a less common course of action, only the Justice Department can seek a court order to have the foreign site blocked for U.S. viewers”. The censorship mentioned by Google would seem to reader of the petition would be an authoritarian imposition on business. What is actually proposed is just an effort to stop shady business. In the digital age there exists easy access to media and entertainment. Many people want free access to that media and entertainment. Those people seem to forget the reality of the matter that those things they want cost money to make. What I find most troubling in not the dissent of the bills. I think the bills need to be revised and improved, but I do not think that the bills were antagonistic toward internet freedom. This backlash against Congress was really a waste of energy. These bills really are not worthy of the large protest they received. Congress has made numerous other things that are worse than SOPA and PIPA, and the public shrugged them off. The protest against these bills could have been focused on a more important issue. The most troubling revelation of this uproar is the power of the internet to influence the public. I am going to coin this “Big Internet.” This is just as dangerous as major corporate and oil lobbies, but people do not realize it. Since people use sites like Google and Wikipedia on an almost daily basis, they seem harmless. People must believe that since these sites make their lives easier, they have their best interest at heart. The truth is that those sites are really just concerned with profit. The reason they are lobbying so strong against regulation is that it hurts their bottom line. The sites that engage in piracy are popular because people want things for free. Big Internet does not want to lose that partnership. Basically I am saying that just because a popular website endorses something, does not mean you should jump on the bandwagon. Like anything, you must look at the issue critically by examining facts, bias and underlying intentions. Michael is a freshman majoring in political science with a minor in religious studies Opinions expressed in each unsigned editorial represent a consensus decision of the editorial board. All other columns on this page reflect the views of individual authors and not necessarily those of the editorial staff.

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Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during the South Carolina Primary Saturday night in Columbia, S.C.

How will GOP respond to Romney loss? tucker keene

Newt Gingrich managed to use the allegations of his second wife to grandstand himself once again into frontrunner status in South Carolina on Saturday, beating the “inevitable” Mitt Romney. As recently as Wednesday, Mitt Romney was expected to run the table in the first three primary contests, having won Iowa, New Hampshire, and leading by double digits in South Carolina. Then some astounding things happened. In two consecutive debates Romney fumbled a question about releasing his tax returns, making him look like a much less disciplined and prepared candidate than he usually does. Sarah Palin gave a pseudo-endorsement to Gingrich on Tuesday, providing Gingrich with a bit of momentum. On the day of the second debate, Rick Santorum was officially declared the winner of Iowa’s caucus, and Newt Gingrich was somehow given a gift when his second ex wife and

first ex mistress ,Marianne, gave a tell-all interview with ABC. Gingrich cemented his momentum at the expense of John King in the first five minutes of the debate, using a question about his ex wife’s interview with ABC to levy a strong attack against the liberal mainstream media. Santorum followed with a strong performance and pointed, powerful, and biting criticisms of Romney and Gingrich, and most pundits agree that while Newt won the first five minutes and won all the momentum, Santorum won the debate. At times, Romney was such a stumbling nonentity that I forgot he was even present at the debate. Romney’s double digit lead over Gingrich in South Carolina disappeared overnight, culminating in a double digit loss to Gingrich, who just enjoyed his first second political “back from the dead” scenario in less than two months. In short, Romney had such a terrible week that his 20 point lead in Florida is now expected to narrow significantly, and could very well disappear entirely. If Romney does

manage to lose Florida, it seems that the rumblings from the establishment of the possibility that another candidate enters the race and forces Romney out, consolidating establishment support behind this new candidate, could come true. Jeb Bush, who has long been an establishment favorite to throw his hat into the ring, refused to endorse Romney, even as he had spoken positively of him in the past and his father George H. W. Bush endorsed Romney a few weeks ago, possibly positioning himself to enter the race himself in the event of a Romney loss in Florida. That Romney is a horrible candidate should not come as much of a surprise to the establishment, but for some reason it is. His electoral record over the last 18 years, including primary campaigns, is 14 wins and 21 losses out of 35 contests total. This includes only one general election win for Romney, an incredibly close gubernatorial race in 2002 in which Romney couldn’t even get 50 percent of the vote. If the establishment were

smart, they would put their support behind the very acceptable candidate Rick Santorum, who is quite the establishment candidate, as a former member of Senate GOP leadership, and also has a history of winning competitive races in difficult states for Republicans. Endorsing a current candidate in the race who has already won an important contest in the 2012 race is also a heck of a lot less risky than bringing a new, untested candidate into the race, and certainly less risky than supporting a narcissistic candidate who has already blown up twice in the last two months, and is entirely likely to blow up again. Rick Santorum is a safe, predictable, and comparably electable candidate in comparison to the other three remaining candidates, and an obvious choice for disaffected establishmentarians. Tucker is a sophomore majoring in political science

The most I could ever ask as an editor BRANDON BUB opinion editor

It’s been about five months since I’ve been on this job. In that time I’ve written on too many topics for even me to remember. However, I do still recall the first piece I ever wrote for this publication: it was an opinion I contributed nearly a year ago called “Thoughts of a Living Atheist.” I was channeling a song by Muse for that title, but I feel like the reference was a bit too esoteric for anyone besides me to understand. In that opinion I talked about my own experience of being an open atheist on a campus whose student body I’d perceived to be mostly Christian. I consider myself a cynic generally (what kind of English major would I be otherwise?) and so naturally I expected to be inundated with e-mails and messages reminding me that

I would burn in hell for the rest of eternity and exhorting me to accept Christ into my life. Perhaps since I set my expectations so low I could only be pleasantly surprised in that circumstance. To this day that opinion generated the most feedback of any piece I’ve written, and almost all of it was from people commending me on my honesty about my faith and expressing that they too felt like there wasn’t a proper place for them here on this campus because of their lack of religious affiliation. I was humbled by that kind of response. I’d never imagined that writing about being an atheist was a brave thing to do; people like Christopher Hitchens made a living off of it, after all. However, I was glad that people responded so positively to what I had to say. Additionally, I’m proud to say that after that opinion was published a club for secular minded students was started here on this campus and continues to

thrive to this day. I’m glad to see that people who don’t consider themselves religious can find just as much of a sense of belonging here as people of any other faith at SMU. That’s not to say that my actions led to the creation of that group. They didn’t. But the piece I wrote generated a response, at least, and sometimes that’s the most you can ask for. In fact, part of the reason I originally wanted this position as editor of the column was so I might be able to write other pieces like the one I first wrote that would generate similar responses. I wanted to promote a dialogue. I wanted to get people talking. Sometimes I feel like I legitimately accomplished that goal; other times I’m sure I bored my readers silly. Editing an opinion column for a newspaper requires a lot of audacity. It takes a good amount of nerve to assume that you’re writing something that people legitimately want to read. And oftentimes it was easy to tell that

I was writing pieces that people didn’t really want to read. I’m guessing not a lot of people care about my philosophical musings on the place of college education in America. Every once in a while I’d have to write a piece on Ron Paul just to make sure people would actually respond (and they did. If there’s one thing I’ve learned while editing this column it’s that nothing gets more negative responses than presenting even the slightest of criticisms at Ron Paul). I practiced my skills as a writer. I found a lot of interesting people with voices I was able to help make heard through opinion contributions. I made sure the column always broached a diverse array of topics. I made some people agree with me and even more want to contradict me vehemently. I wrote, and people reacted. And sometimes, that’s the most you can really ask for. Brandon is a sophomore majoring in English.

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MONDAY n JANUARY 23, 2012 basketball

Men’s basketball rolled by Memphis, 63-45 Mercedes Owens Sports Editor The Mustang basketball team was unable to hold back conference opponents Memphis during Saturday afternoon’s game in Memphis, Tenn. The Tigers, 4-1 in conference play, were only up by two when the first half buzzer sounded with a score of 30-28. SMU led the first half with a field goal percentage of 42.9 and shot 100 percent from the free throw line. Despite out-shooting Memphis the entire beginning half, SMU couldn’t get past the Tiger defense. Refreshed from the halftime break, Memphis came out the locker room ready to rumble. The Tigers dominated the second half without making a single three-point basket.

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Memphis’ D.J. Stephens, center, battles SMU’s Rodney Clinkscales (0) and Leslee Smith for a loose ball during first half action in an NCAA college basketball game at the FedExForum, Saturday in Memphis.

Memphis connected shot after shot, with 20 points in the paint as

opposed to SMU’s eight points in the final half of the game.

SMU was only able to make 2 of 18 shots, enabling Memphis to

gain control of the ball game and take a double-digit lead. Will Barton and Tarik Black led Memphis during the matchup. Barton was able to connect the majority of his shots to lead the team with 24 points while Black proved to be valuable both offensively and defensively with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Mustangs Robert Nyakundi, Jalen Jones and Jeremiah Samarrippas each finished the game with 10 points for SMU. Along with his 10 points, Samarrippas had six assists and four steals. The loss is the Mustangs third in the last four games, with their only win being against the University of Houston Cougars (1-4). SMU will take on the Tulane Greenwave (1-4) when they make the trip to New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Jan.25 at 7 p.m. CT. The Mustangs will return to Moody Coliseum Jan. 28 to face the University of Tulsa at 2 p.m.

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The eyes of Texas are upon ‘Yu’ Brooke Williamson Sports Editor This past week the Texas Rangers made a move that made them the hot topic on sports networks across the country. The Rangers signed Yu Darvish, from Japan, to a six-year, $60 million dollar contract. However, that is old news, many know of the deal and the plans to bring Darvish here to Texas but do not know what had to be done behind the scenes. On top of the six-year, sixty million dollar deal is the $51.7 million dollar “down payment” made to Darvish’s now former team The Nippon Ham Fighters. The posting system is a baseball player transfer program between Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and the Major League Baseball (MLB) here in the United States. In 1967, the Japanese Player Contract Agreement was created to regulate NPB players transferring to Major League Baseball. Despite the agreement, problems arose as some NPB teams would lose their top players to the MLB without any compensation as well as little negotiating power on the

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Enrollees start classes, begin spring practice Brooke Williamson Sports Editor The start of spring classes brought four early enrollees, Gehrig Dieter, Christian Holloway, Derek Longoria and Daniel Roundtree, to officially be a part of the football team. Both Holloway and Longoria signed with SMU in February of 2010 but injuries kept Longoria from enrolling in the fall. As a three-star and recruit, he tabbed 115 tackles with three interception returns resulting in touchdowns as a senior. Similar to Longoria, Holloway is also a three-star and Rivals recruit having 65 tackles, 13 sacks and an interception all during his senior year. He had the honor of serving as team captain, and named Del Rey League Lineman of the Year. Parade All-American receiver, Dieter, put up numbers his senior year, including the national record for receiving yards in a single game (437) as well as receiving yards per catch (26.9). Concluding the season, Dieter was named an Indiana High School Athletic Association first-team AllState selection. A 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety, Roundtree, enrolled at SMU after spending the 2011 season at Cerritos Community College where he helped guide Cerritos in the So-Cal Championship game. He tabbed 46 stops, four for a loss, and one interception. Roundtree, a three-star recruit, has two years of eligibility remaining after he redshirted in 2010 at El Camino College with an injury. National Signing day for high school athletes is annually Feb. 1 of each year. These four have graduated and enrolled early to participate in Spring Practice to be prepared for the 2012 football season.

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Visiting professor speaks on Brazilian art CASSANDRA ROBINSON A&E EDITOR CASSANDRAR@SMU.EDU On Jan. 19, visiting assistant professor Adele Nelson set an admirable bar for SMU’s first Comini Lecture of the semester. Nelson’s lecture, “Creating History: The Definition of Modernism at the Second São Paulo Bienal,” featured Brazil’s renowned exhibit, the Bienal from 1953-54, and the recognition it summoned. “[The Bienal de São Paulo was] a conduit to the international art scene,” Nelson said. “[It] gained international visibility with being the second international

exhibit in the Americas.” The Meadows School of the Arts art history department considered Nelson a fit candidate for their faculty as well as the Comini Lecture Series. “We are very lucky to have her,” said art history professor and colleague Roberto Tejada. “She brings an intense and deep knowledge of 20th-century Latin American art.” Nelson’s interesting and stimulating lecture on Thursday showcased her expertise on Brazil’s political position and how it coincided with its modern art exploration. She emphasized that Brazil found this artistic exploration because

Europe was decimated after WWII while Brazil was economically flourishing. “Brazilian artists have a different history of European modern art,” Nelson said. Distinguished endowed chair of SMU’s art history department, Roberto Tejada, agrees with Nelson’s argument. “We’re able to talk about European art but from the historical perspective of Latin America,” Tejada said. As 20th-century Latin American art being one of Tejada’s specialties, he and the department are constantly questioning the term “Latin America.”

However, the SMU faculty definitively has a growing interest in this field. Professor Nelson is starting her second semester of teaching at SMU. She has replaced art history professor Amy Buono while professor Buono is on research leave. Nelson’s specialization in Brazilian studies and Portuguese is not far off from Professor Buono’s studies in Colonial Latin America and the Portuguese Atlantic. Conversely, Nelson is a modernist and is able to offer SMU students expertise of a different time period. Interim chair and associate

professor Dr. Pamela Patton said, “She augments Dr. Buono’s regular courses.” Patton believes that Nelson’s three-year curatorial experience at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and her modernist perspective is beneficial for students. “[Nelson’s knowledge allows Buono’s] students to learn a little more about the same subject,” Patton said. Also being the subject of her dissertation, Nelson’s lecture on the Bienal de São Paulo sparked passionate interest among the art history faculty on Thursday. Nelson’s thorough analysis on the Bienal de São Paulo’s exhibition in correlation

with the architecture designed by Oscar Niemeyer, raised a number of questions from faculty and students. Professor Patton specifically noted that Nelson’s curatorial experience aids her understanding of how material and texture gave the Bienal de São Paulo’s artwork a presence in the room. Professor Randall Griffin discussed Brazils’ “utopian project with the Bienal,” adding to Nelson’s lecture. With the art history department’s newly created Ph.D program, Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture, Nelson’s historical and political resume has proved to be perfectly synced with their curriculum.

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piece’s best movement was a comedic game of hide and seek with Constance Dolph, Audrey High and Claire Cuny all fighting for possession of three plastic oranges. The following movement, “Exile,” was far more somber. Junior dancer Brianna O’Connor moved each inch of her body slowly and deliberately and may have executed the world’s slowest chaturanga, a yoga-style push up. After O’Connor’s poignant solo, the rest of the dancers came back on stage for the culmination of the piece that synthesized all of the earlier movements into one jazzy interpretation. Each of the signature moves of the earlier four movements were artfully knitted together to form a finale that gave the audience a different perspective on the previous sections in a way that freshman Taylor Logan said “combined the modern aspects with a jazzy, fun side.” The next piece entitled, “Over the Years,” choreographed by

Megan Southcott, contained many freshmen, allowing the Division of Dance to show off the abundant amount of upcoming talent. Freshman Megan Cotton’s leg was centimeters away from her face in her sautés and the dancers double piqué turns were executed flawlessly. The following piece was graduating junior Marika Wynne’s “Corpus Callosum.” “[The show] came at such a convenient time to utilize skills that I acquired over the summer as a participant in the Pilobolus Technique Intensive, a weeklong workshop held by my dream modern company,” Wynne stated. “I was able to put together a duet with my good friend Amanda Owen about my current relationship with myself as a child.” A block of dry ice backstage dusted the floor in a veil of white smoke as Wynne and Owen orbited across the stage by using each other’s bodies to propel their

movement. From holding one another’s throats to hanging by each other’s elbows, they performed some dangerous balances. The choreographer of “Essence,” Katrina Kutsch, began the piece by dancing to an arrangement of “Imagination Unrestricted by Reality,” performed live by Katrina Leshan. Each of the movements had a sort of “Alice in Wonderland” feel, as the following movement had Kutsch and freshmen Megan Cotton and Monica Hernandez frolicking in white feathers that the two underclassmen sporadically released from white boxes during the piece. The feathers were mopped up by “janitors,” performed by dancers Southcott and Lindsay Abigail Sockwell who were dressed in overalls and fake mustaches, in the next movement entitled “Nine to 5.” The finale of the piece was

playful and the dancers were completely in sync with the music. “It’s been great working with Katrina because she, like all the other choreographers, put a lot of thought into the piece,” Hernandez said. For the seniors and graduating juniors, this show was incredibly special. Not only did the seniors get to flaunt their talent at dancing and at choreographing, they also had the opportunity to see a glimpse of the future of SMU’s dance division. “It’s really awesome to see all the underclassmen participate as well, either in a dancing role or behind the scenes as a member of the crew,” Wynne said. “It gives me a peace of mind that the dance division will be left in good hands.” Freshman dancer Spencer Davis said, “I think the seniors have really set the bar for choreography. It kind of inspired me because I want our class to be like that in four years.”

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Dancers Kailey Andriot, John Mingle and Aubrey Neal perform in Sharp Show piece “L’Estro Armonico.”


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