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Student works to bring gay fraternity to campus Julie Fancher Assignments Desk Editor firstname.lastname@example.org This time next year students can expect to see a new set of Greek letters around campus. Delta Lambda Phi is a fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, which sophomore Colton Donica and others are working to bring to SMU. “I saw there isn’t a [recruitment] week that gay students can be involved with to meet hundreds of students, and there isn’t a greek system to be formally a part of, so I figured how about we address this issue,” Donica said. If the chapter is approved, it won’t be the first time that Delta Lambda Phi has had a chapter at SMU. “Delta Lambda Phi was here in 1995, but they did not have a enough members to keep their charter,” Donica said. SMU’s Fraternity and Sorority web page still recognizes Delta Lambda Phi, but qualifies it as silent which means “it is no longer active, but is without conduct status.” Delta Lambda Phi, the fastest growing fraternity of its kind, was founded in 1986 by Vernon L. Strickland III in Washington, D.C. Since its founding, DLP has grown to have 30 chapters nationally. There is also a DLP chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. Donica said that while his first
year at SMU was great, he never felt truly at home. When friends at UT told him about Delta Lambda Phi, Colton almost transferred to UT Austin. “I always felt like an outsider,” Donica said. “I always felt like it’s a wonderful campus and students were great, but there is a vibe that it wasn’t inviting and sometimes you don’t feel like this is your home and you want to feel safe in your home.” He had his application to UT ready when he realized the campus’ potential to embrace the LGBT community. “I knew I could do so much more good here, and make more of an impact here than I could at state school where all of these organizations already are. I thought ‘don’t run from the problem, fix it’,” Donica said. Delta Lambda Phi has three main principles that guide its members. Members of DLP should be involved in dignified social and personal action, regardless of sexual orientation, leading the fight that is going on of representing the gay community and the rights and equality of all minorities and to present a strong image of who a Lambda man would be. “We like to lead by example and show that it is OK to be gay, and this is how we are and we want to show the SMU campus who we are, when they come to our events or see us on campus wearing our letters. We want them to get to
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Delta Lambda Phi’s fraternity crest. know us,” Donica said. Donica has been working throughout the fall semester to bring a Delta Lambda Phi chapter to campus. He has been talking to the Delta Lambda Phi nationals to begin the recruitment process. Delta Lambda Phi requires 10 members to be recognized as a chapter, but SMU requires that each fraternity has 12 members. Once Donica gets the required number of members, he will need funding to start the fraternity, which they hope to obtain through fundraising events. He has also been talking with the Multicultural Greek
Council, which is where DLP will be as opposed to the Interfraternity Council. He needs three of the five members of the Multicultural Greek Council to approve Delta Lambda Phi. He has also worked closely with Spectrum, another LGBT organization on campus. “I’ve been talking to those fraternity and sororities of the Multicultural Greek Council, and everyone I have talked to has been very supportive and believes I will get the votes I need,” Donica said. For Donica, the recruitment
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Artist rendering of the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower which broke ground in September 2012.
Trauma tower reaches new heights in South Dallas The Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center will bring new jobs and better health care to the people of South Dallas. Dallas has a population of about 1.2 billion people and only three level I trauma centers. This means that there is an overwhelming 400,000 people for every one level I trauma center. Of those three, none are on the south side of I-30, which is most commonly known as the dividing line between North and South Dallas. "With limited access to critical health care in southern
Dallas County and only three major adult trauma centers in Dallas, overcrowded emergency departments are delaying care," Laura Irvine, Methodist Dallas Medical Center president, said. Ground was broken on Sept. 11, 2012 on the planned six-story Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. With a completion date set in the summer of 2014, this soon-to-be 248,000 square foot trauma center will bring important medical services to South Dallas. The project is part of GrowSouth, a plan by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to rejuvenate the Dallas area south around Oak Cliff. This area is known for its gang violence and crimes. The plan, which began
February of this year, includes strengthening neighborhoods, creating a clean culture and creating creative financial and investment funds. "The Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower [brings] improved access to medical resources for residents of Oak Cliff," Shawn Williams, deputy chief of staff for Rawlings, said. Currently a level II trauma center, Methodist Dallas Medical Center's Emergency and Trauma Center sees around 1,500 trauma patients and over 60,000 emergency patients each year. This 25,000 square foot facility located on North Beckley Avenue south of I-30 was last renovated in 1999. The medical center also has multi-organ transplant services, nationally rated high-risk infant
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care and neuro-critical care. The trauma tower will expand Methodist Dallas Medical Center's emergency department tenfold — increasing from 25,000 square feet to 248,000 square feet. The tower is planned to house 58 new emergency room beds, six trauma suites, eight surgical suits and a 36-bed critical care unit. There will also be the option of expanding the tower to have 11 stories in the future. "Expanded services of the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower will help us meet critical care needs and continue Methodist's mission of providing compassionate, quality health care to those who need it most," Irvine said.
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Jefferson boulevard under construction for improvements eric sheffield Video Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff hopes to preserve history and culture by becoming a “Main Street”. Pawn stores to the left. Convenience stores to the right. An old, gravel street under the wheels of cars. A rusted, green sign that’s barely legible reads, “Jefferson Boulevard, Oak Cliff ”. But beyond the thrift stores and parking meters along the boulevard, change is brewing. It can be seen in signs that read: “Under Construction.” Mayor Mike Rawlings’ GrowSouth plans calls for changes that will help transform the stretch of Jefferson Boulevard from Tyler Street to Marseilles Street into a de facto Main Street for Oak Cliff. That is to say, it aims to be a hub of shopping and dining for residents, and even attract attention away from the skyscrapers of downtown Dallas. “The plans that are being studied will change the way that the community interacts with Jefferson Boulevard,” said Shawn Williams, the Deputy Chief of Staff in the mayor’s office. “It will promote foot traffic and give people a reason to linger a little longer than if they were visiting the area today.” There is some controversy over whether the renovations along Jefferson Boulevard are focusing too deeply on the north part of Oak Cliff, while the south part is left alone. “It’s great that they want to improve this neighborhood,” said Oak Cliff resident Donna Hernandez. “But I wish they’d improve my neighborhood too. Hernandez lives on the south side of the neighborhood, close to Wright Street, which is seeing fewer improvement efforts than the parts of Oak Cliff closer to I-30 and downtown. However, Hernandez said that the improvements are still helping her because she visits Jefferson Boulevard frequently to eat and shop.
Bob Stimson, the president of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, said the street is visited by many of the Hispanic residents from the area and is already a shopping hub. “I don’t think it’s a north or south thing at all,” Stimson said. “I view it as a project for all of Oak Cliff. I think it’s incredibly cool that we’re getting things” like this. Another idea that is being thrown around Dallas City Hall is the establishment of a ‘Las Ramblas’ area around the boulevard. The term comes from a tree-lined, pedestrian strip in Barcelona that is popular with locals and tourists because of its restaurants, retailers and entertainers. Dallas City Hall’s new CityDesign Studio, headed by Brent Brown, is handling the Las Ramblas project. The theory is that the median in between the opposing lanes of traffic would be used as a stage that could host food carts, live musicians and street artists. However, to accommodate for this, it would be necessary to remove a lane of traffic in each direction. However, it is uncertain yet if this change would greatly affect commute times for residents. “It might slow down traffic in that part of town,” Stimson said. “But we’re okay with that.” Another renovation that is being considered as part of the GrowSouth plan is the construction of a streetcar that will connect the Dallas Convention Center in downtown with the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. According to city officials, the streetcar will pass directly through Jefferson Boulevard and, more importantly, it will have the ability to drop riders off at the restaurants along the street. “The streetcar will be an excellent tool for increasing the visibility and marketability of Oak Cliff, and specifically, Jefferson Boulevard” said Gary Sanchez, who works for Delia Jasso, the Dallas councilwoman
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Pure Barre classes lift, tone and burn alexandra spitzer Health/Fitness Editor email@example.com Dallas fitness fanatics and college students alike are thrilled by Pure Barre — the highly popular fitness studio located on Greenville Avenue. A combination of ballet and pilates techniques, Pure Barre incorporates moves that target every aspect of the body that guarantee to “lift your seat, tone your thighs, abs and arms and burn fat in record breaking time.” Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness
guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr in 2001 in the basement of an office building with no initial staff or clients. Since then, Dorr and her team of highly trained professionals have developed Pure Barre into a nationwide phenomenon, growing so vast that the franchise now has locations in 33 states and was just named one of the hottest workouts of 2013. Although the class doesn’t include cardio, the Pure Barre technique is intelligently crafted to ensure that clients burn more calories and can see results in just
10 classes. The concept is designed to include small isometric movements at the ballet barre while getting pumped up and encouraged by listening to motivating music. The 55-minute class begins with a warm up of a series of arm and abdominal exercises. Next, clients move to the ballet barre for thigh, seat and hip exercises. These lower body routines are commonly supplemented with a small resistance ball or band to increase the intensity of each movement, burning more fat and Courtesy of Pure Barre
Each 55-minute Pure Barre class includes a warm up followed by a series of of arm, ab, thigh and seat exercises.
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Pure Barre, located on Greenville Ave., is open every day of the week for morning, afternoon and evening classes.
toning each muscle. Following these lower body exercises, each Pure Barre instructor leads the class in a series of abdominal and core workouts. Lastly, clients finish the class with stretching in order to create long, lean muscle and prevent any bulking. Pure Barre is targeted toward womens’ biggest problem areas: abs, hips, seat and arms. By combining resistance training with stretching to elongate the muscles, each move lifts, tones and incorporates all parts of the body.
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the class is fun. Pure Barre also has a series of at-home DVD collections, equipment such as a ballet barre, resistance ball and band, apparel, a skincare line and other accessories including stickie socks, headbands, water bottles and gloves that are available for purchase online or in the store. A New Client Special is offered to all new members, which includes one month of unlimited classes for $100. To view the full class schedule, sign up for classes and view prices visit purebarre.com.
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In addition to shaping the body and providing a highly effective workout, the class also parallels yoga as it requires a mental focus that allows clients to forget about their everyday life during the class period and clear their minds, solely concentrating on themselves, their bodies and their needs. I have found that the most unique aspect of the routine is that I don’t dread going to workout everyday, but rather I look forward to attending each class as the music is motivating, the moves are challenging yet rewarding, the teachers are inspiring and all in all
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L’Oreal comes to International Inland Port of Dallas Leila Mustafa Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The world’s largest cosmetics and beauty company, the L’Oreal Group, has found its way to Dallas’ southern half. The Dallas City Council on Sept. 26 approved a multimillion dollar plan to build a 513,000-square-foot L’Oreal USA distribution center in the International Inland Port of Dallas, near the intersection of Telephone Road and Dallas Avenue. The center will initially bring 75 jobs to the area, according to Hammond Perot, assistant director of economic development for the city of Dallas.
“It’s a good thing for the city and it just highlights the current and future opportunities that the Inland Port provides,” Perot said. The truck-in, truck-out distribution center is a good location in terms of logistics, according to Perot, because of the major highways nearby, Dallas’ access to national markets, and the city’s available, quality workforce. The Inland Port of Dallas is a public-private partnership with a goal to make Dallas the nation’s premier logistics and distribution center. Perot said officials hope to have the center completed by October 2013. He also said the project could end up exceeding costs of $50
million. L’Oreal did not respond to requests for comment. The area is one of the major areas of focus in Mayor Michael Rawlings’ GrowSouth plan to redevelop South Dallas’ reputation, amenities, employment opportunities and more. Rawlings saw the opportunity South Dallas had before his election in June 2011, and unveiled his plan in February 2012. “When he came into office, he formalized his vision for Southern Dallas in the Grow South plan,” said Shawn Williams, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff. The plan included a $1.8 million grant to L’Oreal, as well as an additional $2 million for
infrastructure improvements. The projected starting salary for employees is around $34,500. Even though the company is initially expected to hire around 75 workers, Perot said the job number has the potential to eventually reach more than 100. While the news is good for Dallasites seeking work, it can also be seen as beneficial for the 234,000 acre Inland Port. Allen Group, the port’s biggest investor, is currently emerging from bankruptcy. Ridge Property Trust, a private real estate investment trust that specializes in warehouse, distribution and manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Mexico, owns the property the center will be built on.
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process has gone surprisingly well, which was a concern of his and Nationals, as the chapter struggled the last time it was on campus. Of the 10 people he has approached, he said that eight of those seemed extremely interested. Some of the men who have expressed interest are straight men. “I think people know that it it’s not the 90’s, its 2013. The gay presence on SMU’s campus is increasing,” Donica said. While Donica has said he has received a lot of widespread support, he is aware of some backlash he may receive. “In an ideal situation I would love for everybody to accept us with welcoming, opening arms. But thats not always going to
be the case, there are always opposing views and opinions and I am welcoming of that,” Donica said. Donica is open to discussions of DLP’s presence on campus and hopes this will help educate students and make the campus feel safer for students who may be struggling. “We want to hear what SMU has to say and answer any questions they have about DLP or the gay community. We don’t see there being a road block or anything getting in the way of this coming on campus,” Donica said. For Donica and other students, dealing with homophobia has been something they have been dealing with for a long time. “They aren't going to say anything new that we haven’t
heard, and part of being a Lambda man is standing up for ideas. That’s the purpose of this we want to show we are here, we are on campus” said Donica. In 2008, SMU was ranked one of the top “LGBT-unfriendly” schools by the Princeton review, and was present on the list until 2012. Last year was the first year that SMU fell off that list, which brings hope to students such as Donica. “I’ve seen some homophobia while here, but times are changing and views are changing. This is a place for everybody,” Donica said. Donica hopes that Delta Lambda Phi will be ready for the Fall 2013, but says that if not in the fall, the chapter will definitely be on campus sometime next year.
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Methodist Dallas Medical Center is the first southern Dallas county organization to make an investment of more than $100 million in recent years, with the trauma tower's estimated price tag of about $108 million. As a part of Mayor Rawlings' GrowSouth plan, the trauma tower will help "rebrand" South Dallas. "The new facilities will provide more jobs in the area, which is an important component of Mayor Rawlings' GrowSouth plan," Williams said. The medical center has an ultimate goal to raise $20 million to support the building of the trauma tower.
Kathryn Allen, vice president of development for the Methodist Health System Foundation, said that Methodist's objective is to raise a minimum of 10 percent of the building cost for the trauma tower through philanthropic gifts. It has received $1 million from the Robert S. Folsom family; Pete and Pat Schenkel gave $1 million; and more than $750,000 was given in honor of the late Norman Brinker who created restaurant concepts such as the salad bar. "In 1974, The Sammons Dallas Foundation developed a planned gift that has benefited Methodist Health System every year since that time," Allen said.
"The goal of the [$20 million] gift is that Methodist will be able to continue their mission of helping improve the quality of life and making a difference to the people of Dallas in need." The Sammons Dallas Foundation donated $5 million to the trauma center. Charles A. Sammons, a businessman in oil, cable and bottled water, was said to believe that the worth of his business is measured by its contributions to society. The Sammons Dallas Foundation was created to honor the late Charles Sammons and his commitment to improve education, support medicine and to help the community.
For Donica, it is important that all students, gay, straight or struggling with their identity, know that Delta Lambda Phi has a place for them. “Lambda men are proud of who they are and want to form genuine bonds of brotherhood with their classmates. Gay or straight, closeted or out, DLP will include male students from various backgrounds, majors, and belief systems,” Donica said. An interest meeting will be held in two weeks at the Forum in Hughes-Trigg for any potential members. “This is such a great time to be apart of this movement for gay rights, and it’s OK to be gay on SMU’s campus,” Donica said.
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in charge of District 1, which encompasses much of Oak Cliff. The creation of this streetcar will be specific to the GrowSouth program, and won’t be tied to DART in any way. “The streetcar that we’re talking about would be like if one of the McKinney trolley cars and a DART train had a kid,” Stimson said. Oak Cliff is able to get these nice things because of a $600 million bond that was approved on Nov. 6 by Dallas voters. Of this $600 million, $40 million is being allocated towards GrowSouth and other South Dallas improvements, which expand farther than just
Jefferson Boulevard. “Funds have been approved to improve Bishop Avenue from Davis to Jefferson,” Williams said.. “The Bishop improvements will be key to the future success of Jefferson.” There is no official timetable for the renovations along Jefferson Boulevard to be finished, but Mayor Rawlings is expecting a final plan to be submitted by the end of Spring 2013. “We’re not going to be able to wave a wand and have it finished,” said Paula Blackmon, Chief of Staff for the mayor’s office. “It’s going to be figuring out what the tenants want and giving it to them.”
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“As far as I’m concerned, it is Beyoncé’s world and we are just living in it.” — Anderson Cooper “To address the most significant event of the weekend, I love her bangs.” —President Barack Obama on his wife’s new hairstyle “They can bring it on, they will be hard-pressed to make much progress with the proven success conservative policies have had in our state.” —Governor Rick Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier, on Democrats’ efforts to turn Texas into a blue state. firing line
A simple truth On January 21st, Richard Blanco recited his poem “One Today,” envisioning “a simple truth” for the country’s diverse people. His presentation received applause and a Presidential embrace. For a moment, let’s suspend political correctness. When a “Latino” man in a committed same-sex relationship is hugged by an “African-American” man, smile. When such fraternity is displayed on international television, clasp hands with nearby comrades; Huzzah! Progress! When these men are the inaugural poet and the President of the United States, do rush to discuss the emergent composition of America’s population on some super-hip interwebs forum. But do not assume, that in the U.S.A., the size of a population translates into the amount of a people’s privilege and power. For that simply isn’t true. — Zachary Haller, SMU graduate student
Painkiller distribution needs stricter regulations trevor thrall Opinion Editor email@example.com While skimming through The New York Times website, I came across a headline that, surprisingly, didn’t urge me to revolt against my government. That is an extremely rare find. Even more bizarre was the fact that it was a decision made by panelists at the Food and Drug Administration, which holds a special place in my heart right next to Kanye West. In case you didn’t get that, I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. The good news is, the FDA is looking to crack down on the distribution of hydrocodone. That means less circulation of Vicodin, the highly addictive painkiller that is causing death by the hundreds. Now, I’m no supporter of big government intervention, but there are some things that simply cannot be accepted in a functional society. Legal drug abuse is one of them. Physicians are far too liberal in prescribing these pills, and Americans are suffering for it. What’s truly sad about this epidemic is that many who are dependent on painkillers were not seeking a high when they got hooked. The stories you hear involve some type of injury or serious surgery that required short term use of Vicodin. The
patient likes the feeling, wants more, complains of pain, asks for more and is granted the wish by a medical professional. I use the term “professional” loosely. But they are doctors, right? I hate to be “that” person who tells doctors that they don’t know what they’re doing, but there is something wrong with this picture. If a patient is in enough short-term pain to need a substance as strong as Vicodin, monitoring the patient during the recovery phase should not be such a huge feat. This is not to place the blame solely on the government and medical world for the addictions of individuals. There clearly needs to be accountability on both ends. I am just particularly appalled by trusted figures enabling drug abuse. “No means no” should be the mantra of doctors everywhere. If I could recommend an important class for med school students, it would be on assertiveness. Preferably taught by Plankton, because we all know Spongebob really benefited from those lessons. The most amusing defense against tightening the reins on hydrocodone is that it will lead those who are cut off from their prescriptions to turn to heroin or meth as an alternative. A person who doesn’t even know what Vicodin is could see that
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Abuse of painkillers is a growing epidemic in the United States, with deaths quadrupling since 1999.
this argument falls apart. Placing a prescription drug in the same category with illegal narcotics is essentially furthering the point that it is just as dangerous. One does not seek cocaine after giving up soft drinks. Maybe a nice tea or coffee would do the trick. Though I am strongly in favor of taking legal measures to get this under control, I do understand that there are individuals who suffer from severe chronic pain. I may be putting too much faith in the FDA when I say this, but surely they will be able to devise a plan that does not punish those
who need painkillers for a decent quality of life. Hopefully, a system will soon be established that provides only to those who sincerely need it. The safety of the population should not continue to be jeopardized because of poor medical practices. Come on, FDA. Don’t let me down. Thrall is a sophomore majoring in journalism and film.
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Arranged marriages can still be successful abhijit sunil Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Many casual conversations with an Indian in a Western country would eventually spiral into that infamous topic of interest about the Indian society: arranged marriages. I have had the opportunity to explain and sometimes even defend it to so many people I have met in the U.S. Many would even ask me if it is indeed real, and they had all the while thought that it was a myth. Thus, here is a definitive account of what really happens. When the son or daughter of a family reaches marriageable age, which varies among communities, the parents decide that it is now time to get them “settled.” They are presented with photographs and profiles of prospective brides/ grooms. The son/daughter selects out of the options they favor, and consequently, a meeting of the families is arranged.
In most cases, the groom’s family visits the prospective bride’s home to meet the parents, who have a say in the selection process. The families exchange pleasantries cordially for a while, and presently, the prospective bride would appear with a tray of hot beverages and snacks. All eyes fall now on her, as she carefully hands out cups to each individual, including the prospective future husband, trying to be at her elegant best. The groom and his family at that moment take a good look at her, and ascertains that she is of the correct looks and proportions that they would like a daughterin-law to be. The groom is then encouraged to talk to the bride for a while and they “get to know each other.” In many instances, this would be the final call for the groom and bride to confirm the alliance or not. This sequence has many variations of course. But this is a very popular traditional template
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many families follow. It is easy to imagine that before the advent of technology, this would have been the first and sometimes the only time the prospective couple could talk to each other before they were married. Of course, with social networking and a more modern outlook, many betrothed couples meet, talk and get to know each other much better before they finally marry. Although I made it sound jocose and slightly mawkish, this isn’t necessarily so. The fact remains that the divorce rates or the happiness index in arranged marriages are not any less or more than non-arranged marriage systems of the West. This is because of two major reasons. First, arranged marriages are processed from outside-in. Meaning, that all other things around the couple in question are already put into place: families already get along well, the process makes sure that they are of an
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equivalent financial and social strata. So then, it boils down to the individuals to finally like each other or not. Second, and more importantly, people get into an arranged marriage with a mindset to adapt to the other person. They meet as perfect strangers, and most remain largely strangers even when they marry. So each individual is willing to be curious and respect the other person’s ways of life and adapt and adjust without thinking there is an option not to do so. This is crucial in any marriage, and is perfectly played in an arranged marriage. I have known too many individuals who fell madly in love with each other after their parents arranged their marriage. And although this system may not be perfect, it definitely works: It has worked for centuries in India. Sunil is a graduate student in the Lyle School of Engineering.
A recent article posted by Elite Daily, a publication that selfproclaims itself as the voice of Generation Y, calls SMU “the epicenter for young adult royalty.” It labels the university as an institution that thrives “on the competition that ensues over who has the wildest parties, most luxurious appearance, hottest girlfriend and highest aptitude for greatness.” Beyond its derogatory use of terms, aggrandizement of elitism and limited social view, this editorial board finds that the article is most abusive in its homogenization of SMU. SMU is a diverse school — economically, politically, socially and ethnically. In 2010, more than 77 percent of all students received some form of financial aid. The school is roughly 35 percent minority. Only about 40 percent of the student body is Greek. This board is aware of the fact that SMU must continue to improve its diversity and integration programs. But, it also aware of the fact that SMU has made strides from its pre-1960s image of social and cultural elitism. SMU, once home to a small segment of the Southern elite, is now home to alternative music composers, Communists, geothermal energy researchers and social entrepreneurs. The Elite Daily piece is a minority opinion that characterizes SMU in a light that is decades old. If this institution is to improve, academically and socially, the SMU community must continue to do what it is doing. It must use actions to reflect the diversity of the school. False perceptions and hasty generalizations are only defeated through years of dedicated action. We should continue to work towards a university that the supermajority of the student body wants — inclusive, academically oriented and politically and culturally diverse. 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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Pro Bowl lacks legitimacy The National Football League’s so-called ‘Pro-Bowl’ is one of the many things I will not watch this year and have no regrets missing, like almost every other American with an ounce of sense. The Pro Bowl is a farce in terms of football, and reminds me of flag football here at SMU: it has no real relationship to the sport that I love. Quarterbacks cannot be hit, the teams essentially change out every quarter, and the event has more pageantry than the coronation of Queen Elizabeth did in the early fifties. In short, the Pro Bowl is simply a poorly constructed vehicle to squeeze every last penny out of the average NFL fan. Perhaps, if the fans wanted to get their money’s worth, the Pro Bowl could be replaced with a consolation game between the losers of the conference championship games, or as some sports writers have suggested, there could be a so-called ‘skills competition’ between the best skill players in the league. — Christopher Saul, Photo Editor
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SMU awards 20132014 Meadows Prize Manning Jordan Associate A&E Editor email@example.com SMU Meadows School of the Arts annually chooses two recipients to be awarded the prestigious Meadows Prize. The award was first given in Oct. 2009, and two new recipients are annually chosen. According to Meadows, “recipients of the award are pioneering artists and scholars who posses an emerging international profile, are active in a discipline represented by one of the academic units within Meadows School of the Arts.” The academic units within Meadows include advertising, art, art history, arts administration, cinema-television, corporate communications, dance, journalism, music and theatre. The honor is sponsored by the Meadows School and The Meadows School Foundation, each prize winner is awarded pay for a month’s rent in Dallas and a $25,000 stipend. Additionally, the winners perform in Dallas and work with Meadows students. This year, the winners are two women, interdisciplinary artist Tania Bruguera, and musician Nadia Sirota.
Sirota has been living in New York as a violist, while balancing an Internet streaming radio show. “I work with so any different composers and bands and ensembles and groups and most of the time I am sort of identifying as one part of a whole…it’s not that often I get to kind of step back and think about how it is I have put together a career in music via all of these angles,” Sirota said. She spent six years at Julliard studying and earning a Masters degree. In addition to performing classical concert music, Sirota’s talents can be heard on recent albums by Grizzly Bear, Jónsi, The National Ratatat, and Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning album “The Suburbs.” Her goals towards her upcoming career at SMU are to teach Meadows students the elements of her educational career that she never got a chance to pick up herself. Matt Albert, the Visitingartist-on-Residence and Director of Chamber Music at Meadows explained that, “The Meadows Prize is about recognizing people kind of coming into a major career and that’s exactly where Nadia is.” Nadia is one of the founders of the American Contemporary
Music Ensemble, and released her debut album, “First”, which became New York Times 2009 record of the year. The second winner, Tania Bruguera is a performance artist who wants to influence politics through her artwork. Bruguera defines her method through the terms “arte de conducta,” meaning conduct or behavior art, and “arte útil,” which refers to useful art. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and studied at Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba. Bruguera was born in Cuba and has showcased her work worldwide. A few of the locations where she has exhibited her art include Shanghai, Venice and Sao Paolo. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at The University of Chicago in their Department of Visual Arts. Bruguera founded Arte de Conducta, which is a program at her Alma Mater in Havana. Sirota will be at SMU April 1-14, 2013 and Oct. 7-19 and Bruguera will stay April 7-20, 2013 and Sept. 22-Oct. 5.
past Meadows prize winners 2012-2013 Michael Keegan-Dolan: choreographer. Enda Walsh: playwright and screenwriter. 2011-2012 Will Power: playwright and performer. Shen Wel: choreographer.
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Tania Bruguera was awarded the prize for her endeavors as an artist.
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A zombie, human love story heats up in Summit’s new film Warm Bodies Courtney Spalten A&E Editor email@example.com Vampire love stories can seem somewhat overdone now that the blood-sucking creatures have repeatedly been the subject of books, television shows and films over the past few years. The vampire trend seems to be slowing down. This is especially true after “The Twilight Saga” reached its end after the release of “Breaking Dawn: Part 2” last Nov. Without Bella and Edward and their vampire love story, many are left wondering: what’s next? Well, according to Summit Entertainment’s newest film, “Warm Bodies,” zombies may be the answer. The film, based upon Isaac Marion’s novel by the same title, explores a different type of supernatural romance. the zombie, human love story. The paranormal romantic comedy takes place in a post apocalyptic world, where zombies wander the streets in search of human brains. Humans have become largely outnumbered by the dead streetwalkers and they must
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brigade just happens to be Julie’s father, who is played by John Malkovich. While the “Warm Bodies” love story may not feature dueling families and vials of poison, the journey that the main characters take creates plenty of humorous conflict. Jonathan Levine, the film’s writer and director, ensures that there are enough comedic moments to balance out the dark circumstances surrounding the main characters and the society that they live in. Despite all of the factors that are working against the romance between the two main characters, their relationship sets forth a series of events that could potentially change the doomed state of the society they live in. While the overall theme is based upon a love story, the film is loaded with different aspects that appeal to a variety of audience members. With all of the humorous moments and plenty of zombies versus human fight scenes, the film is an enjoyable experience to more than just the Twilightobsessed girl. Don’t forget to check out the PG-13 film once it hits theaters nationwide on Feb. 1.
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constantly be on the defense in order to preserve their species. The film claims to be a “funny new twist on a classic love story,” and certainly offers enough funny dialogue to live up to that description. Most of the zombies have lost touch with their humanity and only possess the capacity to think about getting their next human meal. The film focuses on an unusual zombie named R, played by Nicholas Hoult, who falls in love with a human teenage girl, Julie, who is played by Teresa Palmer. Similar to Romeo and Juliet, another famous ill-fated couple, R and Julie face circumstances that set them up as star-crossed lovers. Only R and Julie face their own unique set of obstacles that threaten the unlikely couple’s budding romance. An early problem arises due to the fact that the couple meets when R kills Julie’s boyfriend. Another challenge is that R must protect Julie from his zombie peers since he is the only one of his kind who does not want to eat his love interest. Furthermore, all of the humans are out to destroy R, and the leader of the anti-zombie
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Matthew Costa Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Despite a furious rally in the second half, the SMU Mustangs (11-10, 1-5 in C-USA) could not overcome the UCF Knights (145, 4-1 in C-USA), losing 74-65 Saturday evening. Trailing 57-46 with eight minutes remaining, the dangerous backcourt of Ryan Manuel and Nick Russell began chipping away at the Knights late lead, scoring 11 of the Mustangs’ next 17 points to tie the game at 63-63. The two guards had strong individual performances in the game, accounting for 32 combined points, while Manuel added 6 rebounds to go along with Russell’s 6 assists. Even with their efforts, SMU was unable to finish the comeback as UCF finished the game on an 11-2 run and won, 74-65. The Knights were led by junior guard Isaiah Sykes’ 21 points, 11 in the second half, and 10 rebounds. Sykes accounted for five of his team’s final 11, including a quick 3-points right
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after SMU had fought back to tie the game. Despite Sykes’ game, the Mustangs were able to hold the Conference’s third best scorer and rebounder, forward Keith Clanton, to 9 points and 3 rebounds. SMU held a seven point lead early in the first half, before UCF went on a 10-0 run and never looked back, as the Knights shot better than 46 percent for the game. They also shot a better free throw percentage than the Mustangs, something few opponents of SMU can say. The Mustangs shot only 12 free throws during the game versus the 21 of UCF, who went 81 percent from the line to finish off the game. With the loss, the Mustangs fall to tenth in the conference and just one game above .500 for the first time since the first game of the season. SMU will look to recapture its early season form Wednesday night in the finale of a threegame road trip against Marshall. The Mustangs will need a win if their hopes of a late March are to come true.
Last Friday SMU President R. Gerald Turner spoke on 1310 AM The Ticket, about the Big East and how its deterioration will affect SMU. “We intend to stay with the big east,” Turner said. “There are nine of us- we believe we will be together through thick and thin.” The biggest concern for SMU, in Turner’s eyes, is the moves the Big Ten might make. The Big Ten is sitting at 14 schools. Turner recalls hearing someone say that 16 was the ideal number. “I think 14 are hard enough,” Turner said. “We were in the whack with 16 schools, and let me tell you, it lasted two years. There are so many problems in trying to coordinate all of the oversight of a
conference that big.” Turner hopes that the SEC and Big Ten will stop making moves and stick with where they are at. Being that SEC isn’t making too many waves, SMU’s attention turns towards the Big Ten. Should the conference look to expand even more, it could be disastrous to the Big East. Turner is not worried that the Big Ten is targeting any Big East schools, but he is worried it might target some ACC programs. “That would be a logical place for them to look”, said Turner. “[They] have told me they are happy where they are and hope to be left alone and don’t want to get more. If they were raided then they would feel like they needed to [expand].” According to Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee, the expansion of the Big Ten is “ongoing.” He also hinted at a
movement towards three or four “super conferences” made up of 16-20 teams. On Friday evening, Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 commissioner said the Big 12 is looking to align with the ACC. Such a deal would eliminate the possibility of the Big Ten raiding the Atlantic Coast and end expansion talks. Subsequently, it would provide stability to the Big East and ease the troubled minds of the many Mustang fans. “Well I think that everyone in the Mustangs family is wondering, if the Big Ten are going to make another move,” Turner said. “You can be upset with ESPN, or you can be upset with the Big Ten, but that does you no good. My sense of things has always been- what is the best way to get to the next place you want to be? And getting angry about it usually doesn’t help you. I think we are all wondering — we
are all frustrated, but we are all committed to [making sure] SMU’s athletic programs have the best opportunities that we can. That has to be our continued game plan.” Despite the possibility of the conference capsizing, Turner seems willing to sit in the east, for a while at least, regardless of what happens. “It is frustrating to know that there are some conferences that can unsettle the whole ship,” he said. “So there certainly is frustration there, but we are also doing as much as we can to make sure we are actors in it and not just reactors. Our institutional priorities are helping to drive our conclusions of which opportunities that are before us, that we would want to select. Having said all of that, I still think that being in the big east is the best place for the options that we have.”
SMU receives praise from Golfweek Andrew Hattersley Staff Writer ahattersley@smu The SMU golf program has not won a conference championship since 2006, but according to GolfWeek, SMU could be looking at having two conferences championships in the same year. Both the men and women’s golf team are projected to win C-USA according to GolfWeek. The women’s team is lead by freshman Alexandra Rossi and senior Melanie White. Rossi grabbed center stage when she took medalist honors in her first career event at the Chip-N Club title in
Lincoln, Neb., a meet the Mustangs also won by 15 shots. Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland is honored by all the preseason hype the team is receiving but still understands the task at hand for a team that has never won a C-USA title. “It’s nice to be recognized,” Sutherland said to smumustangs. com.” We’ve got a lot of work to do. There will be some good competition, but we’re going with the intention of winning the conference.” The women’s team will look to continue their steady climb up the rankings through the spring. In the fall, the Mustangs started the season outside the top 100 in the rankings
but by the end of the year they had climbed all the way up to 35. Equally hopeful is the men’s team, who hasn’t won a C-USA title since 2006, will look to head off to the Big East on a positive note. The Mustangs have received a massive boost from freshman Bryson Dechambeau. Dechambeau finished 2nd on the team in scoring average. The Mustangs will also turn to Maxime Blandin who lead the team in the fall in scoring average. Blandin also had a 63 in his first collegiate round in the fall. Despite not having any star players, Head Coach Josh Gregory feels completely comfortable with
no weak links on this team and even an extra level of depth. “In order to win a national title, you either need those one or two star players, or you need five solid players,” Gregory said to smumustangs.com,”We don’t have that one guy that really stands out right now, but there are no weak links.” Despite the lack of success in past years, there are high hopes surrounding this golf program. The hype surrounding both of these teams has not been this existent for many years. SMU women will return to action for the Puerto Rico Classic on February10 and the men February 18.