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Lee Cullum discusses the financial crisis on Wall Street with author Michael Lewis during Tuesday evening’s Tate Lecture in McFarlin Auditorium.

Lewis talks economic greed RAHFIN FARUK News Editor Best-selling author Michael Lewis brought his wit and humor to McCord Auditorium on Tuesday as a part of the Tate Lecture series sponsored by the Omni Hotels. He explained complex economic topics like the European debt crisis and the subprime mortgage crisis in

everyday language. The New York Times once said of Michael Lewis, "He can make anything interesting." His interviewer, Lee Cullum, a senior fellow of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU, asked a series of challenging questions. The discussion started off with Lewis' first book, "Liar's Poker." The book discusses Wall Street culture in

the 1980s. "I thought it was the last time I was going to write about Wall Street. I didn't think that Wall Street could get any crazier," Lewis said. At the time, Wall Street was expanding at a rapid pace and often relying on risky deals to turn profits. "But, then it all changed. Wall Street could set all the rules for itself and yet it failed to generate money,"

Lewis said. "How can a casino cheat itself ?" After asking himself this question, Lewis decided to use an investigative strategy that he has used ever since: gather primary sources. "I started knocking on the doors of the people who had lost large amounts of money. And surprisingly, they talked to me," Lewis said.

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It’s not every day that Americans hang out with the president of the United States—but that’s all about to change. After President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, he will be “hanging out” on Google+. The president intends to answer questions about the address, which will allow him to interact with the inquisitors on a live video chat. “I’m interested to see how this works for Obama in terms of what it could mean for his campaign by increasing his presence in social media,” William Smith said. “I believe it could be pivotal for him going forward.” This will not be the first time President Obama has interacted with an audience. He has submitted responses to YouTube town halls after his last two State of the Union addresses. The decision to “hang out” is to take the social media platform a step further, allowing him to communicate more directly

with the American people. Many of the Republican candidates vying for the presidential nomination have a strong presence on the social media front. President Obama was among the first to utilize Twitter and other social media tools in order to enhance his campaign in 2008. He has continued to build his presence since then. Similarly, a past U.S. president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, also enjoyed interacting with the American people. President Roosevelt began delivering his beloved fireside chats in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression. At the time, radio was the cutting edge technology that allowed for the furthest reach of a message. He opened these chats with his signature greeting, “Good evening, friends.” President Roosevelt used this vehicle to reach the American people as the then means of social media. Interestingly, President Obama intends to answer questions for 45 minutes after his address — the same length as President Roosevelt’s fireside chats. Coincidence?



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Jennifer Lawrence and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announce the Adapted Screenplay nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Tuesday. This year’s Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles. KIM RITZENTHALER • photographer

Will Power gives advice to a group of theater students after his speech at SMU’s Greer Garson theater.

Will Power shares his story CHANDLER SCHLEGEL Contributing Writer

Will Power didn’t need an introduction Monday night in Greer Garson Theatre. Power came out rapping about his past and what inspired his work When his song came to a close, Meadows School of the Arts dean Jose Bowen sat down with the playwright and performer. Power said he became interested in performing arts while growing up. Most kids in his neighborhood breakdanced, but he found his place in hip-hop music. “I just started to rhyme. It was a natural part of hip-hop to gravitate to,” Power said. “Since then, I mixed theater and hip-hop.” His early passion for the arts led him to perform in one-man shows while traveling across the country. His success has earned him fame in the performing arts field, and this past year, he was a recipient of the

Meadows Prize arts residency. For a few weeks, he spent time with SMU theater majors and imparted the knowledge he acquired from his experiences to them. He emphasized the importance of being well versed in many fields of performing art. “I encourage people to be selfreliant and self-sufficient,” Power said. “If you can do something on your own, you can do anything.” While he is proud of his accomplishments and continues to aim high, he makes an effort to reach out to people in need. “He has this really nice balance of his work and his personal time giving back which I think is really admirable,” sophomore Kelsey Smith said. Power also said that everyone should hold respect for community artists. In his experience, some actors that are more successful scoff at community actors, which he says isn’t right.

“We all think of community artists as someone not as good,” Power said. “Why can’t a community artist be someone who is really good?” This point hit home with Kristen Kelso, a sophomore theater major. “I thought it was really accurate what he said about looking down on community artists because that’s what I want to go into,” Kelso said. “I appreciated his humility and how he is helping others with their journey.” Leila Grothe, who organized the event, hoped that everyone walked away with something they found pertinent to their own lives. “What he was saying could apply to whatever your field is,” Grothe said. Power ended by showing off the skills he taught his SMU students by pulling them up on stage. “Having to improvise, freestyle on stage in front of an audience, for me, puts me in the moment,” Power said. “I trust the moment.”

Academy Awards announced CHASE WADE Managing Editor

“Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence beat the sunrise this morning as she announced the nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Lawrence, alongside Academy president Tom Sherak, delivered Hollywood’s most coveted nomination to the “oohs” and “ahhs” of a room full of journalists. While most nominations followed the format of earlier award shows like the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards, the Oscars had its fair share of snubs and surprises. After getting snubbed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Golden Globes, funnywoman Mellisa McCartney was the morning’s first shock as she managed to grab a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. McCartney was nominated for her role as Megan in the female forward comedy “Bridesmaids.” McCartney’s co-star Kristen Wiig

was also nominated for the film in the Original Screenplay category. 2012 will be the first year that the Academy implements its new nomination strategy that determines the number of Best Picture nominees via math formula. Instead of having a lot of ten films nominated for the night’s biggest award, this years Oscars will only have nine. Those include: “War Horse,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Decendants,” “Hugo,” “The Artist,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Moneyball,” “The Help,” and “The Tree of Life.” Even though the Academy recognized his film as a whole, Steven Spielberg was not nominated for Best Director for “War Horse.” Other notable snubs include Albert Brooks for his role in “Drive” and Elizabeth Olsen for “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Proving that funny men can be serious too, former “Superbad” standout Jonah Hill picked up a Supporting Actor nomination for his role in “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt

was also nominated for the film in the Best Actor category. George Clooney continued his award season hot streak by picking up the nomination for Best Actor for his role in “The Decendants.” Clooney recently won at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards. He will certainly be the favorite come Oscar night. Viola Davis and Meryl Streep are set to go head-to-head once again as the two leading ladies vie for the prize of Best Actress. Davis is nominated for her role in “The Help,” and Streep for her role in “The Iron Lady.” Davis took home the Critics Choice Awards while Streep won the Golden Globe. Perhaps the morning’s biggest surprise came from Martin Scorcese’s cinematic loveletter “Hugo.” The childrens movie garnered an impressive 12 nominations beating out the year’s favorite film “The Artist,” which was recognized with 11 nominations. The two films will compete for Best Picture when the Oscars air on Feb. 23 on ABC.



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Finding a workout that works for you Anne Parker Health & Fitness Editor

We have all been there. You start a new workout program. You do it for a month. You are miserable every single time. You give up. You quit. What is the point of this? Life is too short to put yourself through torture four to five days a week just to get in a workout. It’s not about taking the simple way out; but instead, finding something that works for you. The best way to get in shape and stay in shape is if you are enjoying yourself. If you find a regimen that you like, you will be more likely to stick to it and push yourself. First, start with figuring out if you like exercising alone or in a group. Neither is right nor wrong but some prefer taking classes or going on a group run while others prefer to pop in a DVD at home in the privacy of their living rooms. Try class settings and being alone to decide which you like more. You may find that you enjoy both. After you decide how you like to work out, it is time to find out what you like to do. Walking or running will never fail you. You can do them anytime, anywhere and no equipment is necessary.

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Contestant Ally Vitella from the Food Network’s “Fat Chef” dropped from a size 28 to a size 16 through intense exercise and the help of a health consultant and a personal trainer, proving that diet and exercise can go a long way.

If you do not have time to do anything else or you are out of town with no access to the gym, lace up your sneakers and head outside for a quick walk or run and soak up some Vitamin D. Try doing interval workouts on the treadmill with various speeds

and inclines to get in a sweaty calorie-burning workout. If you have never run before, start out slow. There is nothing wrong with taking walking breaks. The most important thing is not to injure your self. While you may love to run but

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have bad knees, it is not worth it to risk injury. Try the elliptical. You can still do a killer cardio workout without putting added pressure on your joints. Swimming is another form of cardio that does not put strain on your body. Take a break from

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all over and helping with flexibility, posture and core strength. Dedman offers group exercise classes in yoga and there are nearby pilates studios. Last but not least, strength training is vital to add into your routine at least twice a week. You can do this through yoga, a body pump class, push ups, free weights, etc. The most important thing is that you do it. Just like with anything else, figure out what you like best and what works for your body. As you strengthen muscles, your stamina for other types of workouts will improve. Resistance training is also one of the best ways to effectively lose inches. These basic exercises are just a few of the many that are out there. Remember, if you are a newbie to exercise, you may have to try a few things out before you find what you enjoy. Do a little research for yourself. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Start out slow and work your way up. Take the focus off of losing weight. Make it fun. Make it enjoyable. Make it a lifestyle. Don’t give up. You will find something that works for you.

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running one day and hit the pool. Your joints will thank you one day. Biking is an option if you want to challenge yourself or enjoy a leisurely activity. It is a great way to be active on a beautiful Saturday afternoon while catching up with a friend. If you want to amp up your calorie burn, hop on a stationary bike or take a spin class at the gym and alter the resistance and speed. Do you like to dance and want a fun way to burn calories? Zumba may be the answer to your prayers. As a Latin-based dance exercise program, Zumba involves various choreography such as hip-hop, samba, salsa, mambo, martial arts, belly dance moves and more. Aerobic elements such as squats and lunges are also incorporated into the workout. Before you know it, your workout will be finished in no time. There are different levels of Zumba offered so be sure to start out easy and work your way up. If you are not feeling a hardcore workout or sweating like a beast is not your scene, pilates or yoga may be perfect for you. There are multiple options for access to both of these. Go to a few different classes or order a variety of DVDs. Pilates and yoga are great for toning your body

THURSDAY January 26

Join the Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom East.

Immigration Symposium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium.

Wind Energy Comes of Age from noon to 1 p.m. in the Texana Room in DeGolyer.

Open Mic Night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Student Center M Lounge.


January 27 Holocaust Remembrance from noon to 1 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Atrium AB.

9:08 a.m. Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia/Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: Binkley Parking Garage/3101 Binkley Avenue. A student was issued a University Park citation and referred to the Student Conduct Office for possessing drug paraphernalia and for underage drinking. Closed.

1:00 p.m. Fire Alarm: Umphrey Lee Center/3300 Dyer Street. UPFD responded to a full fire alarm caused by a water flow. UPFD reset the fire panel and cleared with no further incident. Closed.

January 21 11:24 a.m. Fire Alarm: Umphrey Lee Center/3300 Dyer Street. Officers responded to a fire alarm. It was determined it was caused by a water flow. UPFD were disregarded. Closed.

January 22 2:36 p.m. Theft: Morrison/McGinnis Hall/6004 Bishop Blvd. A student reported theft of her shoes. The theft occurred sometime between Jan. 16 to Jan. 21. Open. 1:49 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: 3100 Binkley Avenue. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for underage drinking. Closed.

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‘The Grey’ fights its way into theaters

Liam Neeson’s newest action film falls short in story and substanvce Katelyn Hall Associate A&E Editor

Imagine being stranded, cold and hunted by wolves. It’s a nightmare none of us would want to live out and the unsavory premise of Liam Neeson’s new survival film, “The Grey.” Unfortunately, it’s a premise that does not quite satisfy. Vague, murky and despondent, the “Grey” is less of a wilderness survival tale and more of an anticlimactic horror film. Directed by Joe Carnahan, “The Grey” follows an oil drilling crew straded in the Alaskan wilderness after surviving a tragic plane crash. Being isolated, starving and freezing is hard enough, but the crew had a bigger problem to deal with: a large pack of human-hungry wolves. Freezing temperatures and ravenous wolves make for a plotline that is as unrealistic as it is predictable. The cast that starts out at seven quickly dwindles as the wolves encroach. Neeson stars as Ottaway, who seems to share a strange connection with the wolves and acts as the group’s leader following the crash. Gruff and subdued, Neeson’s character confidently leads his crew through no man’s land only

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Neeson’s character Ottaway battles a vicious pack of wolfs after crashing in the woods in his new winter film.

to be taken off guard around every corner by giant wolves. A quiet movie with very little conversation or actual plot, “The Grey” offers just enough quality acting and gory death scenes to keep you from leaving the theater. The supporting cast, especially Frank Grillo as John Diaz and Dermot Mulroney as Talget, are convincing as rugged men striving to survive. The death scenes, while

difficult to watch, are the only reminder to the audience to stay engaged. The only other consolation prize is the beautiful Alaskan backdrop of the film presented masterfully by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanaoi. Perhaps the biggest pitfall of the film is the lack of a climatic moment. The men wander and wander through the snow but never accomplish much of anything.

And the audience is not awarded with any sense of resolution at the film’s finale. In fact, the only attempt at conclusion comes for those patient enough to sit through the end credits. A little slow and tedious, “The Grey” can still be enjoyed under certain conditions. Take it for what it is: a beautifully presented unrealistic bloodbath. “The Grey” opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.


Dallas artist featured in Hawn Gallery Meredith Carey Contributing Writer Not often does a life size painting of an ancient British bell finds its way into the Hamon Arts Library. On display in the Mildred Hawn Exhibition Gallery, the acrylic painting of Great Tom of Westminster is joined by a to-scale drawing of Michelangelo’s “Moses” sculpture and other creations of Dallas-based artist Andrew Douglas Underwood. The exhibit “Archive of Shadows,” showcases Underwood’s research based art, featuring maps, photographs, excerpts and paintings based on historical events and art. “I focus on historic vignettes,” Underwood said in an interview with professor Ryder Richards from Richland College. “With the results of my digging, I create an artistic archive, or a dossier, on the subject of my inquiry,” he said. Underwood uses a variety of mediums throughout the exhibit, creating threedimensional horns to match his “Moses” graphite drawing, family trees and ink prints. His display, though, is continuous and clean for the entirety of the exhibit. “The presentation of my work borrows from museum presentation, which intrinsically says, ‘this is a valuable relic from history,’” Underwood said. The exhibit is separated into five stations, or vignettes, each with their own focus. The Earl of Essex’s affair with Queen Elizabeth Regina, the claude glass (a black mirror), and the Hawthorne family’s presence in Salem, Mass. are the features of three stations. Michelangelo’s sculpture “Moses” provides the inspiration for a fourth, which also contains excerpts and interpretations from the Old Testament. The final and most prominent vignette covers Great Tom, the bell of Westminster Palace. Though each station has

an individual focus, the entire exhibit is united by the blackand-white color scheme of every portrait, painting and photograph.

“My goal is to provide puzzle pieces that, if combined, could allow someone to imagine moving through space, time and situation,” Underwood said.

The exhibit is open until Feb. 4 during library hours and is located on the first floor.





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How’s that New Year’s resolution going? taylor kara

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Though this year’s election will be the first one for which I’ll actually be of age to vote, I still remember a lot about elections long past. I remember in 2000 when we didn’t know who actually won for over a month after Election Day. I remember in 2004 when Howard Dean sunk his campaign after overzealously shouting “Byaa!” at one of his campaign rallies (though my memory there was also aided by the Dave Chappelle sketch that followed the incident). I remember Sarah Palin telling Katie Couric in 2008 that she “could see Russia from [her] house.” However, if there’s one thing that really sticks out in my mind about these past elections, it’s that there were never nearly this many debates during primary season. Or at least it certainly didn’t feel that way. During the 2008 election season, Republicans held 21

debates between May 3, 2007 and February 2, 2008. I suppose part of the reason why the debates stopped in February was that the candidates knew by that point that none of them were going to beat John McCain and so he was left unopposed earlier on during the race (Mitt Romney only wishes something like that would happen at this point for him). This election season, Republicans have held 18 primary debates and at least five more are planned. Honestly, there have been so many televised debates at this point that I can hardly bring myself to even care what happens. In fact, I don’t even need to watch them anymore; I already know exactly what’s going to happen. Ron Paul is going to make some comment about decreasing our military presence across the country. Rick Santorum will call out Romney and Newt Gingrich for supporting versions of “Obamacare” in the past. Romney might bring up how Gingrich was forced out of the House in

disgrace after only four years as speaker. And, inevitably, all four will play variations on the tune of “Obama is running our country into the ground.” I really have to wonder what these debates are even accomplishing anymore. All of the candidates still have the same talking points that they’ve been repeating since they announced their candidacies. They’re hardly contributing anything new to the dialogue. Sure, new controversies might come up like Romney’s tax records or Gingrich’s past marital problems, but hardly any of these have to do with actual policies (domestic, foreign, or otherwise). More importantly, when the goals of the candidates are to win votes in individual states, how is a nationally televised debate really going to help them? Santorum didn’t win Iowa because of his stellar presence in the debates. The only reason the moderators even started paying attention to him was because he won Iowa, and his success there can largely be attributed to going county to county holding town

hall rallies and asking for people’s votes. Televised debates make sense when they’re between two presidential candidates of opposing parties who are competing on a national stage. At this point in the game, the national presence really doesn’t do a lot of these Republican candidates a world of good when their goal is to win over the voters of particular states. Moreover, half the time these broadcasts can hardly be called debates; they might be better titled “Who can say the most outrageous political one-liner tonight?” These debates might create a lot of attention for the candidates, but oftentimes it’s really not the kind they need. For me, it seems much more important to have debates between Obama and whoever the GOP candidate ends up being. After all, they’ll be the ones in the national election that actually matters, right? Brandon is a sophomore majoring in English.

Now that we are 25 days into the new year and creeping up on February, it’s time to do a self-assessment on your ability to keep up your current New Year’s resolution (if you haven’t already abandoned it). Two of the most popular, yet hardest resolutions to maintain tend to go hand in hand: eating well and working out. I think both of these goals are something that everyone should strive to incorporate as a part of their lifestyle, but the way that many of us choose to do this can be a little extreme. Everyone seems to have their own take on dieting. There’s the constant calorie counters, the fat-free fanatics, the carb conscious consumer and the protein proponent. On top of that, I’ve seen some of my friends take up diets where they only eat certain foods on certain days of the week or diet all week and take a “cheat day” where they binge on all the prohibited foods that they shunned for the first six days of the week. To me, these diets seem unsustainable. As a college student, how is it possible to keep up with all the rules these diets require while still meeting your dietary needs? If you fumble one day and make poor choices, will you lose your motivation and give up on the diet completely. If you’re struggling with an extreme (or even moderate) diet as a part of your New Year’s resolution, don’t worry. There are other options. You can get back on track by setting a smaller goal for yourself, like eating vegetables at every meal or cutting out your soda habit. If you rely on a dining plan, skip the pizza line and opt for something from the Healthy on the Hilltop station. They do a good job with making healthy food pretty tasty. The most important thing is that you can make minor changes that you will be able to keep up and improve on for years instead of abandoning after a few months. But maybe your resolution was to tackle the gym instead of the kitchen. From my experience here, most students either work out or they don’t. There is no in between. I fall into the category of students that can’t even remember the last time they wore tennis shoes, much less made the hike to gym. I don’t have anything against people who make going to the gym their priority and schedule the time in their day to make it happen; in fact, I envy them for their commitment to fitness. The thing about the gym that I have a hard time understanding is gym culture. It seems like many people who frequent the gyms drop hundreds of dollars on shoes, fancy work out clothes or gym memberships as a part of their resolutions, but somehow still abandon their resolve later in the year. This mentality gives off the vibe that the only kind of legitimate exercise comes from a workout in the gym. But what about the other forms of exercise through intramural teams, sports, or just walking? These are all viable forms of exercise that may even be more appealing than the gym to some people. It doesn’t matter if your New Year’s resolution was one of these or something completely different. Now is the time to assess how feasible your goals are and make adjustments to ensure that you can accomplish them. Taylor is a freshman majoring in journalism.

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Navigating the new age of communication Paul Kroeger When I return home for breaks or even meet my mom for lunch, I am struck by the difference in perspective we each have on technology in our society. To my mom and many people in her generation, Facebook and texting have led to an intense communication that borders on unhealthy. This new ability to communicate instantly and easily at all times has sparked research, social change, privacy issues and outrage. Dr. Sherry Turkle, a prominent MIT professor who specializes in technology and society, expresses concern with how a new generation of teenagers and college students use technology to create a double life and false relationships. With Facebook, for example, Turkle postulates that people can try on different aspects of a personality in an unnatural way. Psychologists Laura Buffardi and Dr. Keith Campbell from the University of Georgia believe

that the way a person uses Facebook can show narcissism (a high number of pictures, links to personal websites and a large group of Facebook friends are all warning signs). Furthermore, researchers are suggesting that the ease of impersonal communication via text messages and social media sites like Facebook has made the younger generations much less empathetic than their predecessors. In addition, recent concerns about privacy, particularly regarding Facebook, have made national headlines. While I am irritated by apologies through a text message, I also believe that our “dangerous” new technology has given my generation efficient and beneficial means of communication. In my opinion, our technology makes us more efficient in a country that becomes faster paced every day. Like everything else, now socializing can be done on the go. Social media and easy communication also played

an essential role in last year’s Jasmine Revolutions that deposed tyrants and initiated reforms. China has encountered trouble for its attempts to censor the Internet, tweets and texts. Our new forms of communication allow for an easier, if different, means of socializing as well as fomenting social change for the masses. In my experience, the biggest conflict with using technology in a social setting stems from an ambiguity about proper etiquette. There is not yet a precedent for when it is appropriate to text in an informal social setting. We know not to text in class (although many of us break that rule), but is it okay to text or use Facebook at a party? And how much of our information on Facebook and other social sites is private? When Facebook launched “Facebook Beacon,” which posted recent third party purchases on users’ walls by default, users rebelled and Facebook self-regulated by shutting down the program.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg even apologized publically. This difference of opinion on social media can be partly attributed to a generational resistance to new technology. Ease of communication is not completely good or completely bad; it just needs formal and informal regulation. This new age of communication is similar in ways to the societal change brought about by the Industrial Revolution. It brings about great progress and efficiency in some ways, but there are also dangers. Legal precedents will most likely be set by our current leaders, but today’s college students will have to decide the informal etiquette for themselves. In what circumstances and settings is it appropriate to use any of our various methods of communication? So the next time you reach for your phone, think about what your actions say, rather than your text. Paul is a junior majoring in voice performance.

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Sophomore named C-USA Player of the What a bowl season Week, Mustangs to take on UCF Thursday Brooke Williamson Sports Editor

KATY RODEN Associate Sports Editor After posting her second straight double-double against Marshall, Sophomore Akil Simpson was the first Mustang to be named Conference USA Player of the Week this season. Simpson is also the first Mustang to score back-to-back double-doubles since 2010. The forward from Duncanville, Texas had 16 points and a careerhigh 15 rebounds in SMU’s victory against Houston in Moody Coliseum, Jan. 12. She shot 50 percent from the field and 75 percent from the stripe. The following game against Marshall, the conference’s fourthbest scoring defense, Simpson added a game-high 20 points and13 rebounds to SMU’s nail-biting 5553 victory. She hit 60 percent of her shots from the field. Averaging 12.6 points per game in conference play, Simpson is one of the team’s top scorers. She also is among the rebound leaders, with 7.6 rebounds per game. Simpson hit her career-high 22 points against Fresno State this season. In the 2010 to 2011 Simpson

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Sophomore Akil Simpson was named Conference USA Player of the Week.

scored her first double-double against Houston with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She has five career double-doubles.

Simpson’s points per game average was 4.9 for her first season ­— evidence already of Simpson’s potential and improvement in her

second season. The Mustangs post a 10-8 overall and 3-2 conference record, after the key and hardearned victories against Houston and Marshall. The 76-61 win over Houston in Moody Coliseum was led by junior guard Alisha Filmore. She scored 26 points. SMU kept the lead by at least five points throughout the second half to secure the win. In the last five minutes the Mustangs outscored the Cougars 11-2. Simpson led the victory against Marshall the following game, however the game came down to seconds. Marshall missed a layup and three-point attempt in the final seconds. SMU forced a turnover and finished the game with a twopoint lead. The Mustangs accomplished their third consecutive victory after defeating East Carolina last week, 68-44. SMU currently ranks fifth in C-USA, behind undefeated UTEP, Memphis (4-1), UAB (4-2) and UCF (4-2). UCF’s scoring offense is 11th in conference, averaging 55.8 points per game. SMU averages 61.3 points per game. The Mustangs and Knights will face off Thursday in Orlando at 6 p.m.

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indoor time at SMU. SMU’s track and field schedule this year is busy as usual. Following the Texas Tech Invitational, their next competition will be the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 27. Then the Mustangs will head back to Lubbock, Texas, to compete in the Red Raider Invitational on Feb. 4. Shortly after, they will head to Iowa to compete in the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 9. The Conference USA Indoor Championships will begin on Feb. 9 in Birmingham, Ala. The Mustangs finished fourth in this competition last year, which was their best result in the competition since joining Conference USA. Discus and shot put specialist Simoné Du Toit led the Mustangs in this impressive finish last year. Du Toit also finished last year’s season with a fourth place in the NCAA Track and Field discus finals,

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Bowl season has passed and there is only a short two weeks till the Superbowl. With the college bowl season concluded, there has to be some sort of curiosity as to how and why bowl games continue to grow and flourish. The Football Bowl Association oversees and often relays information they are given about certain bowl games, games including the Allstate BCS National Championship Game to the Champs Sports Bowl. Annual bowl games are much more than new t-shirts and media days. Depending on the bowl, the headlines can vary dramatically. This year when SMU traveled to Birmingham, Ala. in their third consecutive bowl game to face The University of Pittsburgh, they took part in something bigger. Though the game did not sell out, it helped add to the more than $63 million for the city of Birmingham over the last six years. The BBVA Compass Bowl, along with the other 34 bowl games help bring revenue to the cities in which they are being held. “BBVA Compass Bowl is a three and a half hour infomercial for the City of Birmingham,” said Executive Director Mark Meadows. The Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif. seemed to have much of the same reaction from its governing body. Referring to the out of town

tourism spending, the San Diego Union-Tribune had something to say themselves. “The Texas Longhorns and California Golden Bears will be the stars on the football field at the Holiday Bowl, but their out of town fans are the real heroes in the eyes of San Diego’s tourism industry.” While the games bring a muchneeded boost to economies in times of need, some of the biggest impact is through the simple, yet much appreciated, visits many teams take to local hospitals. During their stay in the Magic City, members of SMU football team took time to spend with those who would be watching the game from the local hospital. Similarly, Arkansas State players had their own experiences during their Bowl voyage. Ryan Alpin, Arkansas State quarterback, had this to say upon visiting the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital. “It was an enlightening and humbling experience…we could tell it meant so much to the kids, and seeing something just as simple as us football players walking in the door brightening their day meant even more to us than it did to them,” Alpin said. “It gives us even more motivation to go out there and win.” With trophies and championship hats being passed around at the end of a game, it is easy to overlok the other aspect of a bowl game. And with the games concluded, it is apparent these games are more than a score but can often be a helpful boost to many.

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TATE: European crisis discussed continued from page 1

For Lewis’s later books like "The Big Shot," he was able to use his reputation as an insider to tell unique stories. "Wall Street was out of control in the last decade. An art history major from Princeton found himself at one of the big firms and took home wild amounts of money," Lewis said. In recent years, Lewis has become a self-proclaimed financial disaster journalist who tours European countries struggling with large amounts of public debt. "If you were to ask me who is really in trouble, I would say it's Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain. But, everything is interconnected because of the European Union," Lewis said. The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states. The union has a standardized currency and

wealth management system. "Countries like Greece took advantage of easy credit and borrowing that Germany is having to make up for now," Lewis said. Greece skewed its economic indicators like gross domestic product and national debt per capita in order to join the European Union. In reality, the nation was running huge deficits that it could not support in the long-run. "If a company did what the Greek government did, everyone would be in jail," Lewis said. European countries ballooned to large welfare states. At one point, Lewis said, the Greek railroad cost twice as much to operate as a private railroad. Even countries outside the EU like Iceland were hit hard by risky investments and a culture of greed.

Iceland, a nation known for its fishing and geothermal energy, decided to become a heavy investor in foreign markets in the early 2000s. "You had fisherman becoming currency traders overnight," Lewis said. "They bought everything from airstrips to sports teams to media companies." A nation with little management and investing experience soon paid for its decisions as Iceland's banks defaulted on their loans in 2008. Since that time period, Iceland has slowly improved its economic status and undergone a social revolution. Formerly led by men, most of Iceland's important financial and political institutions are now led by women. Financial crisis has the potential to cause dramatic change elsewhere in Europe.

"This is different than subprime mortgages. These are political issues as well," Lewis said. "What happens when Germany wants to stop bailing out weaker EU states?" International markets can have a huge impact in the United States as well. "American finance culture has lost a lot of respect because of what bankers did in the the 2000s," Lewis said. "Germans to this day think that they were robbed by the Americans." Germany and the United States have historically had a stable financial relationship, extending back to the post-World War II era. For people appalled at the greed inherent in the economic climate today, Lewis had parting words. "Historical patterns repeat."


Park N’ Pony rebuts recent criticisms RAHFIN FARUK News Editor After a busy day of classes and meetings, students dread seeing a Park ‘N Pony ticket on their dashboard. Last year, SMU Park ‘N Pony issued more than 24,000 tickets to visitors and the student body. On a campus-wide scale, students often criticize Park ‘N Pony. Julie Wiksten, assistant vice president for campus services, thinks students should not be complaining. “Students forget about all the things that Park ‘N Pony does. Mustang Express, Giddy-Up, SMU Rides and a partnership with DART are all due to Park ‘N Pony,” she said.

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“This is not to mention the more than 3,200 special events that the organization overviews over the course of a year.” She also said that students need to realize that most of the tickets that are issued are avoidable. A large amount of tickets issued by Park ‘N Pony are for drivers that park in handicap and fire lane spots — illegal across the state of Texas. Thousands of visitors to SMU also increase the amount of tickets issued. “People should also take advantage of the ticket appeal process. Only about one-tenth of tickets issued are ever appealed,” Wiksten said. “There are many checks and balances.” Park ‘N Pony has grown

increasingly creative with how tickets can be paid. During the fall semester, the organization allowed for students to pay for their tickets with new toys of equal value. To those who oppose Park ‘N Pony on campus, Wiksten encourages a look at the other side of the coin. “Without Park ‘N Pony, mass chaos would ensue. Everyone would be trying to get into a limited amount of resources,” she said. “Students should be able to adapt to the rules in place.” Because SMU is a walking campus, its parking spaces are on the perimeters of campus. Students are encouraged, by design, to walk to class. “If someone has a class in Dallas Hall, they might not be

able to park right beside it,” she said. “There is a lot of available parking in the garages around campus.” She also complimented Park ‘N Pony for successfully handling new University Park ordinances that do not allow non-residents to park in city spots. This change has forced residents of other cities and some SMU students to start parking on the SMU campus. Wiksten has a final message for all those that complain about getting a ticket from Park ‘N Pony. “The organization gets a bad reputation because of tickets, but one should look at the entire portfolio before making a judgment.”


Student Senate holds first meeting of spring semester PATRICIA BOH Contributing Writer The first Student Senate meeting of the semester kicked off with the inauguration of the new Law Senator, Ryan Storey. He will replace former Law Senator Jason Sansone. The membership committee announced that the majority of senate vacancies have been filled. Only one Cox seat remains open at this time due to a lastminute resignation. Student Body President Austin Prentice will inaugurate the following new members next week: Meadows Senator Katherine Castillo, Dedman II Senator Addison Fontein, Dedman I Senators Michelle Ko and Caleb Pool, Cox Senator Vier Omar, Asian-American Chair Tomin Kozhimala, Lyle Senator Emily McIntosh and Membership Chair Anthony McAuliffe. McAuliffe served as a Dedman II Senator last semester. Prentice also announced that the senate is looking into creating a new seat to represent the graduate student population. This way, he explained, the graduate students would have a voice in the senate and a person to express concerns and complaints to. Graduate students will elect the position, tentatively called the graduate affairs officer, during the upcoming spring elections. “While any student can be in senate, in reality it has been a predominantly undergraduatefilled chamber,” he said. “The

graduate affairs officer position would be elected by grad students, and he or she would sit directly on exec committee of Student Senate.” Prentice also hopes that this will encourage greater graduate student voting turnout for other Senate positions in the upcoming elections. On another note, the scholarship committee has worked to revise its application process. Speaking for scholarship committee chair Ramon Trespalacios, First-Year Senator J.D. Mahaffey explained that applications will now be accepted electronically. Mahaffey said that one of the issues with hard-copy applications was privacy and the sheer amount of paper. Also, he explained that sometimes students would “cheat” the deadline because they could manually submit the application. “[We are focusing] on efficiency and making everything more confidential and improving the [application process],” he said. Student Senate meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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