Fashion in social media
Religion debate heats up
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before the House Judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in May 2010.
Justice Scalia discusses legal vision JULIE FANCHER Assignments Desk Editor email@example.com Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia treated the SMU community to a guest lecture at the McFarlin Auditorium Monday night. Justice Scalia was joined by Bryan Garner, the co-author of his new book, “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.” They broke the book down, page by page, to an audience of more than 1900 people, explaining how to interpret legal text. Garner is a Distinguished Research SMU Law professor, as well as the editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, which is widely considered the most famous book in American law. This is the second book they authored together. Their first one, “Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges” was published in 2008, with the assistance of SMU law students. The audience included many local Dallas lawyers, SMU law students, professors and undergraduate students, here to witness another sitting Supreme Court justice speak at SMU. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke in 2011 and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has spoken on
campus before also. “I am very interested in politics and law and I thought this would be a good experience to see a living piece of the government,” junior economic and finance major Stephen Boyd said. The doors to McFarlin opened at 5:30 p.m. where lines had already extended most of the way down the sidewalk. Some attendees either had tickets in hand or at will-call, but others like Boyd were students hoping to get any extra tickets. Security guards were walking up and down the lines reminding guests of the rules: no bags, no cameras and no cell phones. While the guests ranged in age, each was there to be a part of this rare experience. “Any chance you have to see a sitting Supreme Court justice, you better jump at the chance,” Chad Ruback said. Ruback graduated from SMU Law School in 1997 and returns several times throughout the year to speak to students. SMU students and Dallas residents alike realized that for a reasonably-priced ticket, they would be able to behold a speech from one of the most powerful men in the United States. “If the president were at SMU and I had the chance to
go for $35 I would go, and the Supreme Court Justices are the next most important people so I wanted to come and check it out,” Bradley Monk, a 2012 from SMU Dedman Law School graduate, said. President Turner began the night by introducing the current Dean of the Dedman Law School John Attanasio, who’s position as Dean will end in May. This is the second time that Justice Scalia has spoken at SMU in the 15 years while Attanasio has been dean. Justice Scalia and Garner had spent the day attending a SMU Law school class, and they attended two more Tuesday. They began the night with a reading of the preface of their book, as they explained the opposition to textualism. Textualism is the theory or belief that the ordinary meaning of a text should help guide the way that the text is interpreted. The two played well off of each other. They spent much of the night reading to the audience, explaining how they believe legal text should be interpreted. They elicited laughter from the audience throughout the night and even poked fun at their differing political views. Despite their differing views,
they were able to drive home their point of textualism and how it is the most honest way to come to a decision. “We have worked together on 700 cases together and have yet to find one we didn’t agree on,” Garner said. In their opinions, a good judge should often come to a decision that goes against his or her personal policy. “A judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge,” Justice Scalia said as the audience began to applaud. Garner and Justice Scalia described the book as a “restatement.” It consists of black letter text, an explanation and lots of cases as examples. “Law schools teach common law which was wonderful 100, 200 years ago but there’s no common law anymore,” Justice Scalia said. “All law involves text now, which is one of the problems we hope this book alleviates.” Justice Scalia also cleared up several misconceptions about himself as a Supreme Court justice. “I am not a strict constructionist. You don’t want to be a strict constructionist. You don’t want to interpret it
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School is back in session on the Hilltop, meaning that SMU Student Senate is set to convene once again. “It was a good break. It was a long break,” Student Body Vice President Zane Cavender said. “But it’s good to be back.” On Tuesday afternoon, the Student Senate met in the Hughes-Trigg Forum for its first meeting of the spring semester. And, just as the first week of school is known for the lack of homework, the first meeting of the year was quite uneventful. Student Senate did not meet last week, which was technically the first Tuesday of the school year, because housekeeping duties needed to be performed first. “Committees need to meet before we have our first meeting,” Senate Speaker Monica Finnegan said. “So that they can draft up committee reports to present in front of the congregation.” The committee that presented the most information in Tuesday’s meeting was the Scholarship Committee. Committee Chair Shea McDonald ensured that a list of all scholarships for the Fall 2013 semester would be provided by next week. “I need the entire senate to be just as informed as our committee,” McDonald said. “After all, it’s everyone’s constituents that will be receiving these scholarships, and senators should be able to answer the questions they’re presented with.” Also on the to-do list for the meeting was the clarification of Student Senate governing documents that are contradictory or misleading. For example, senators are currently required to section off their Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. However, in another document, it states that senate meetings should be adjourned by 6 p.m. “It’s all streamlined now,
though,” Parliamentarian Travis Carlile promised. Carlile was in charge of the simplification. “It looks good, and I think we’re going to be happy with the changes.” Other issues addressed, included the proposal for a new minute-keeping strategy for the secretary, as well as a plea for help in gathering club photos for the Rotunda. Only one attendee came up to the Speaker’s Podium. Annie Winters, a representative from the James E. Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, came to promote the Caswell Undergraduate Leadership fellowship. The fellowship provides a grant for up to $5,000 for a student who designs an impactful leadership project. “The project can be educational, it can be nonprofit, it can be faith-based or crosscultural,” Winters said. Near the end of the meeting, the Executive Director of Student Senate, Jennifer Jones gave an inspirational talk to the assembly of senators. She forced the point home that the senators hold the future of SMU in their hands, and she expressed her pride in the work that the body had done so far for the school. Jones articulated that this will be the year of no excuses and told the governing student body of SMU how much potential she saw in them. She ended by letting them know that while the semester is just starting, their duties are already going to begin piling up. “It’s time to get up, game up, and get ready for this semester,” Jones said.
Master’s program in sports management attracts attention HAILEY DRAY Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The billion-dollar sports industry attracts students, faculty and graduates as they gather to learn about the development of a new masters program in sport management. SMU faculty presented the new master’s degree in sport management program to more than 35 students in the Collins Center Monday night. “Our hope it to provide a program to give you the opportunity to have a competitive advantage,” Michael Lysko, Director of the Sport Management program, said. The Cox School of Business and the Simmons School of Education and Human Development collaborated this semester to provide a new master’s degree for SMU students interested in business and sports.
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Program Director Michael Lysko “The sports business is bigger than the movie and car business combined,” Lysko said. A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers predicted that global sports revenues will grow to $145.3 billion from 2010 to 2015.
According to the report, the areas of the industry that are top earners are gate revenues, sponsors, media rights and merchandising. John Roeder, the Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions at the Cox School of Business, said the program is set up with the basic core curriculum needed to go into the industry. The curriculum includes an internship and 17 sequenced courses that are taught in five eight-week modules over a 12-month period which will begin August 2013. Of these courses, eight are taught through the Cox School of Business MBA curriculum and nine at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. “It’s an aggressive pace, but it is not expected that you come in knowing these subjects, like accounting,” Roeder said. “We have a lot of students coming into our program with degrees in
liberal arts and all different types of backgrounds.” One of the many college graduates who attended the information session was Skyler Johnson of the SMU athletic department. Johnson plans to use this program as an opportunity to further his skills. “I know that to continue [to] move up in athletics, you must have some sort of sport management degree or MBA,” Johnson said. “The fact that SMU has a grad program now that is geared towards sports is important to me.” The learning approach will provide students with case studies, networking through symposiums, mentorship’s and internships with some of the most prominent sports leaders and organizations in the United States. SMU senior Zach Swanson
attended the session because he is interested in getting into the business side of sports, sponsorships and deals that are associated with sports properties. “This masters program combines the background of an MBA degree offered by Cox, which is targeted more towards what I wants to do, which is to work in sports,” Swanson said. Swanson also said he came to the meeting to gain a better appreciation for the admissions process.
Lysko said preferred applicants typically have full-time work experience, a strong undergraduate record and competitive scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test. The program will accept 25 students who will then be able to get their master’s and embark on a new internship opportunity. “I think being apart of such a program can help someone like me set myself apart from other people in my industry,” Swanson said.
CORRECTION: On page one of the Jan. 28 issue of The Daily Campus, an article titled “Trauma tower reaches new heights in South Dallas” mistakenly stated that the city of Dallas has 1.2 billion residents. Dallas’ population is roughly 1.2 million. The article has been corrected online. The Daily Campus apologizes for its error.
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Fashion industry turns to social media hillary schmidt Style Editor email@example.com Our generation, otherwise known as “Generation Y,” has come to rely heavily on social media. Fashion is constantly changing, so those involved in fashion have to keep up with what’s “hip” in order to successfully reach their audience. Blogs, Twitter and Instagram, have changed the fashion industry. Here’s a rundown of social media forums and mediums to help you keep up with what has come to create a rather “intimate” relationship between fashion and the digital realm and what you can to do stay in the game.
Blogs If you want to make it in the fashion industry, it is essential to have your own blog where you can showcase your personal style and what aspect of the fashion world you’re interested in. “Electornic portfolios” are another sort of blog where you can add your resume, examples of your work and whatever else you want potential employers to see. Employers want to understand who you are, and with the help of a blog and an electronic portofolio, you can prove to them why you’re
the right person for the job. What to use: Blogspot.com is a popular site for blogs, as is wordpress. com for an electronic portfolio. A quick note on the more technical always look at the AP Stylebook to make sure you don’t make any grammar or punctuation mistakes. If your writing is not accurate, readers will not take you as seriously. Contrary to the importance of having a blog, you should always be reading blogs. Whether the blog is your friend’s, or just someone’s that you are inspired by, it’s so important that you keep up with what’s going on in the fashion industry. Some great blogs are Cupcakes and Cashmere, Man Repeller and
Who What Wear. Also keep up with sites like FDLuxe, Business of Fashion, Women’s Wear Daily and Style.com.
Twitter Many bloggers, magazines and fashion gurus have turned to Twitter as an alternate method to entertain their fans. Because “tweets” can be updated on a regular basis, Twitter creates an even more personal feel. And, thanks to the high traffic rates on Twitter, these individuals and companies are getting a lot of free publicity. So if you have a blog or are thinking of creating one, make a
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Student blogs, such as SMU junior Marin’s, showcase their personal style.
Twitter account with the same name, or a similar one so your followers can be consistently updated on what you’re up to. Some great Twitter accounts to follow are @nytimesfashion, @ wwdmarketplace and @cfda. Also, be sure to check out the “about” section of a blogger’s page. They may have a Twitter you didn’t even know about.
Instagram Instagram is definitely one of the most recent fads that has taken fashion to a whole new level. Bloggers, fashion magazines and anyone else who simply loves fashion can upload pictures of runway shows and their outfits of the day (otherwise known as #ootd). With the editing option, Instagram has created a more enjoyable experience when it comes to sharing pictures. And, like Twitter, they can use hash tags that will lead the “instagrammer” to similar pictures that have been taken by other people in the Instagram sphere. But it doesn’t end there. Instagram allows users to “add your location” so you can let your friends know where you were when the picture was taken.
Apps Then there are the applications, otherwise know as the “apps” that are made for iPhones, Androids, iPads and Tablets. As it has been said, “there’s an app for that.” This is undoubtedly true — whether it’s to deposit a check or to get some great “pick-up lines,” you can find an app to do just that. So of course there are apps for Courtesy of Vogue everything fashion-related. Magazines, like Vogue and Vogue’s app allows for easy access to ELLE, have subscription apps that their magazine. will give you access to the magazine this generation, which- let’s admit it, so you can look at it anytime and is obsessed with all things digital. anywhere without having to lug around a stack of your favorite reads. Other apps can give you quick rundowns of current trends (Vogue Stylist), make it easy to shop online (HauteLook and H&M) right on your device or give you advice on how to style an outfit (Style Book). So why have they all jumped on the social media bandwagon? Well, because social Courtesy of Instagram media is making things more easily accessible Individuals and companies post pictures of their and more appealing to “outfits of the day.”
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How to Survive the MCAT/DAT & Your Medical/Dental School Interviews in the Dedman Life Sciences building from 5-6 p.m.
THURSDAY January 31
OA S’mores Social in Mary Hay Hall from 5-9 p.m. INsights and OUTlooks in the Meadows Museum from 6-8 p.m.
February 1 Memoirs and History: The (Evolving) Story of the George W. Bush Administration from 5-7 p.m. Meadows Symphony Orchestra: Student Conductors Concert in Caruth Auditorium from 8-10 p.m.
11:15 a.m. Duty Upon Striking Fixture/Hwy. Landscaping. Story Parking Lot 2. A yellow parking ballard was damaged at this location. Open.
January 29 6:38 p.m. Theft. Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. A student reported the theft of a cell phone at this location. Open.
10:39 a.m. Theft. Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. A student reported a theft at this location. She later called and said she had recovered her wallet and nothing was missing. Closed.
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Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat Katelyn Gough News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org A former U.S. admiral and senior fellow in SMU’s Tower Center says last week’s lifting of the ban against women serving on the front lines of U.S. military now puts the focus “squarely on individual performance.” While the services, especially special operations forces, will have until January of 2016 to set claim to specific divisions that should remain closed to women, many jobs will open officially to women this year. According to Walsh, who drew attention to the facts of “women entering the service academies in 1976” and “the first group of tactical fighter pilots in 1993,” the proof to back the argument for women in combat positions has been present for decades. “Whatever concerns our society has had in the debate over granting women greater access to military occupational specialties have been largely set aside and alleviated by their consistent, demonstrated performance in combat,” Walsh explained. Many have said that women have long been kept out of official combat positions for questions of physical
application of this new ban lift is still in question, it is viewed by many as an inevitable step necessary and warranted to allow women the opportunity to advance role in correlation with their skill and merit.
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The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range in September 2012.
strength and cohesion within combat units. However, as women make greater strides each year by producing strong leadership and clear capability with work in the armed forces, the necessity of official recognition and further opportunity has become clearer. Following the announcement,
the question of application and tangibility arose; Walsh said, though, that he did “not see loopholes open with this announcement.” “I see inconsistencies in policy based largely on gender, clarified,” Walsh answered. “I do not see immediate repercussions of the announcement that would impact the safety or welfare of the
armed forces.” Walsh does “expect a debate about the elite special force units,” such as Navy SEALS and the Army’s Delta Force. The Pentagon has made clear that tests of strength and ability will be “gender-neutral” and qualification standards will not be adjusted based on sex. While the expanse of the
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strictly you want to interpret it reasonably,” Justice Scalia said. The event adjourned at 9 p.m., and the guests of honor stayed after to sign copies of their books that were for sale in the lobby of the auditorium. This was the first lecture series
in McFarlin Auditorium in 2013. The Tate lecture series begins next Tuesday with Michael Beschloss and Douglas Brinkley. Beschloss is a political historian and author of nine books. Brinkley is also an author and history professor at Rice University.
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Anti-abortion activists march past the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 25.
“I would expect a selected few, women and men, to prove their individual ability in training,” Walsh said. “[And] to work as a team and carry on the proud traditions of service with honor.”
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“I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as secretary of state, and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation.” — Hillary Clinton, when asked if she plans to run for President in 2016. “In my eventual obituary, hopefully many, many years from now, it will read: ‘Breaking Bad actor explodes’ — or however it goes.” —Bryan Cranston, of AMC’s Breaking Bad. “The good news is that — for the first time in many years — Republicans and Democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together.” —President Barack Obama, on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration framework. response
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On Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court without comment turned back Chicago-area atheist Robert Sherman’s request to hear his case involving the $20,000 Illinois grant given in 2008 to repair the landmark structure.
Don’t take pride in SMU stereotypes tucker keene trevor thrall Online Editor Opinion Editor email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Unfortunately, the Elite Daily article was much more accurate than it should have been and the Editorial Board piece refuting it painted a rosier picture than is realistic. While technically only 40 percent of the university is Greek, that doesn’t include freshmen who have yet to rush, or the large portion of the university which is not in a fraternity or sorority, but which is heavily involved in the culture. I am, for the most part, not proud of the picture that Elite Daily painted of our school, but it is our job as SMU students to change the elitist and rich stereotypes of our university and show the world what SMU really is. The question remains, however, if SMU students even want to change this image. The main issue now is that too many students seem to take pride in and embrace the SMU stereotypes, too many students are proud to call themselves elitist. This isn’t a majority, but it is a vocal, visible minority. We can’t actively work to change it until we first admit that it has to be changed, and right now it doesn’t appear as though enough of the school wants to. The girl who wrote the Elite Daily article obviously is proud of our image, and based on personal experience with sizable portions of the SMU community, she isn’t alone. Perhaps cigar smoking (and embracing the stereotypes associated with that) shouldn’t be such as prevalent a part of life at SMU, perhaps we shouldn’t post on Facebook how we aspire to be the next Gordon Gekko, describe our political views as “Country Club Republican” or jokingly list “Enron Corp. Intern” on
our resume. We’re going to continue to be stereotyped as rich, privileged, out of touch, elitist snobs until we make a conscious effort to change how onlookers view the SMU community. These cigar-smoking, Gekkoaspiring, country-club-raised images are the most visible portraits of SMU. These actions just confirm the biases that the rest of society has toward SMU, and articles like the one on Elite Daily make it seem as though the entire community is proud of these stereotypes. Regardless of how much progress we make as a university toward creating a more ethically, politically, racially and economically diverse community, all that progress will go unnoticed whenever a photo of ten white frat guys smoking cigars in Brooks Brothers suits emblazoned with Romney 2012 buttons makes the rounds on Facebook. The frequency of images like these leaves only one impression: that SMU students either don’t recognize that the rest of the world rolls their eyes at those privileged, rich Southern elite, or don’t care that this is what the rest of the world sees. These stereotypes will not be easy to change, and it won’t be a quick process. But articles like the one on Elite Daily set us back. Instead of having students write articles enforcing pervasive and un-flattering stereotypes, perhaps we should write about just how inclusive, academically focused and politically and culturally diverse we really are. Let’s show the world the real SMU.
Keene is a junior majoring in political science, economics and public policy. Thrall is a sophomore majoring in journalism and film.
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Why I am not an Atheist michael dearman Contributing Writer email@example.com When someone asks me what I believe about God, more often than not (and you would be surprised the number of these conversations I have had) I am forced to articulate both the reason for my faith and some comprehensive understanding of reality itself. The biggest obstacles to belief in God, I think, are naturalism and materialism. These close cousins rule out any possibility of belief in something beyond reality, though even defining reality is difficult. Naturalism simply holds that all things are natural; the laws of physics, chemical and biological processes govern things in the world. Materialism asserts that all things are material, so there are no supernatural forces, nothing beyond what is physically here. Of course, there are countless brands and formulations of naturalism and materialism, but these are the most fundamental elements. Naturalism and materialism are pretty widely held worldviews, even though some people still hold on to superstitions that contradict these two views (not everyone can be perfect, right?). But these views are wholly insufficient to explain the human condition. Neuroscience is one of the hottest topics in scholarship today. Some neuroscientists believe that the entirety of consciousness can be explained in naturalistic and materialistic terms. While there are undoubtedly electro-chemical processes going on in the brain to make thought possible, reducing consciousness to these brain states seems to miss out on something important — consciousness. Our mental states (beliefs, for example) are beyond the ability of neuroscience to explain phenomenally. The relation between mental states and brain states is still hazy and probably going to remain that way since the project itself is flawed. I have probably delved into too much philosophy for such a short article and not enough into God. While science is exceedingly important, science is wholly insufficient to provide us with an understanding of human existence that satisfies the human desire for coherence, purpose, and meaning. This is where Christianity enters into the picture. The most coherent picture of the world that I have found comes from Christianity. Because the brokenness of humanity is the beginning of the Gospel, it gets off on the right foot. The finiteness of the individual seems pretty much self-evident.
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Misplaced desires, selfishness, even an inability, despite the most wellintentioned desires, to do the right thing are all fundamental to what it is to be a human being. The solution to the problem of human brokenness is not more human striving or more complex moral systems, but the realization that salvation does not come from us. Salvation was God in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. What better picture of love and selfsacrifice do we receive than Christ upon the cross dying in the name of God for you and I? If Jesus was who Jesus and his followers claimed he was, then how monumental was his death? It was of the utmost importance to humanity. Because of inherent human sinfulness, humanity’s relationship to God was broken. Yet, via the tragic sacrifice of Christ, he took on human sinfulness that we might be spared from our eventual fate such that whosoever places his or her faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will have eternal life. Some of the religious jargon may be cliché to some, and nonsense to others, so I want to explain a bit of why this is important and what some of it means. Christianity takes in the comprehensive picture of human existence. It concerns our own personal lives, our relationships, our society and our world as well as human consciousness. I was raised in the Catholic Church and before I became a Christian I identified as an agnostic. Through battles with depression and anxiety and the numerous solutions to such problems that society offers, God claimed my life as His. While the human experience is a whirlwind of tragedy and incomprehension, Christianity offers coherence and joyous peace. I believe not only because of my personal experience of the despairing alternatives to Christ, but because I recognized it as the truth. Subsequently I have seen the fruit of God in the lives of those around me. In places (literally) across the world, men, women and children have reminded me again and again that the love of God is real, perfect, and transformative. Faith in Christ is sufficient for eternal life, and that does not just mean a life after bodily death, that means abundant life here and now. I wish I could say more, and hopefully will say more in coming weeks, but the space is small and the topic monumental.
Dearman is a junior majoring in political science and philosophy.
Why I am not a Christian Brandon Bub Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Before I begin, I should be clear. When I say I am not a Christian, I mean not only that I do not subscribe to any of the Abrahamic religions but also that I do not affiliate myself with any spiritual group. Demographically speaking, the religiously unaffiliated are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States, but such a category includes atheists, agnostics and almost anyone who does not go to church regularly. I think specifically of the trend among young Americans today to call themselves “spiritual but not religious,” a sort of cop-out spirituality that allows people to enjoy all the warm and fuzzy feelings religion offers without any of the obligations to go alongside it. But I digress. I contend that God, in nearly any sense of that word, but for the sake of argument in this context the Christian one, probably does not exist. I qualify my contention because much like how Christians cannot unequivocally prove God’s existence I cannot absolutely deny such an existence. If God indeed exists and is outside of human understanding, then arguing about His existence is ostensibly pointless. Nevertheless, such an argument remains valuable because God has quite a few followers and more than a few people who aren’t fans. Bertrand Russell, from whom I stole the title of this essay, deconstructed some of the most common arguments for God in his day. For instance, the “FirstCause” or cosmological argument, espoused famously by Aquinas, says that something had to cause the universe to exist, and therefore God most likely exists as the first cause. Russell dismissed this logic as circular: if God is the first cause, then that begs the question, “What caused God?” However, I don’t even think Russell’s argument is strong enough here. Our understanding of quantum mechanics today has, in many ways, totally shaken our understanding of the nature of causality. An answer to the first-cause argument need not be “What
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caused God” but rather “Why did the universe need a cause in the first place?” Christians often argue that the universe is infinitely complex and that to deny God’s existence is a sin of intellectual hubris, but if the universe is as complex as we all agree it probably is, why need there be an answer so simple as God? Shouldn’t the complexity of the universe encourage us to search a bit deeper than a gut feeling that we exist at the mercy of a jealous deity? My problem with the Christian answer about God is not its complexity but its simplicity. To say that we as a species are so special and that the universe owes us a perfect explanation, I think, is even greater hubris. Plato and Aristotle proposed countless theories about how the universe functions (think, for instance, of their explanations of gravity) that we now know are both simple and spurious. Conceptions of God over the past millenia have changed radically. Christians might claim that the Bible was divinely inspired but we all know that the Bible is a series of oral traditions, secondhand accounts, and stories passed down for generations before even being recorded. It exists because man wrote it. The reason why we don’t use it to justify slavery or subjugation of women anymore is because we adapt its messages to fit our particular time and context. I think it would be silly to teach that God’s law is unchanging when we have been changing it for centuries. A Christian might argue that our radically different understanding of God today only underscores how we’ve come to know Him better. But I’m not so optimistic. Christian teaching is instrumental. It’s meant to help us understand this world a bit better. And I’m glad that it makes such a positive difference in the lives of so many of my loved ones. However, unwavering belief in Christian doctrine will always seem anathema to me; I simply see no compelling reason to see otherwise.
Bub is a junior majoring in English, political science, and history.
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WEDNESDAY n JANUARY 30, 2013 Pl ayer spotlight
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Hilltop Heroes: Keena Mays Lady Mustangs route Tulsa, face Houston Thursday Demetrio Teniente Sports Editor email@example.com
If you have been following SMU women’s basketball in any capacity this semester, you have heard the name Keena Mays. To the casual fan her emergence has been sudden and unexpected. The Lady Mustangs were 6-2 before Mays became eligible. Many who weren’t aware of how Mays came to SMU weren’t sure why she wasn’t eligible to begin with. After a little research one finds that May transferred from Kansas in the middle of her sophomore year. As a result of the transfer Mays had to sit out a year, meaning she would become eligible over winter break. “I knew that was going to be part of the process,” Mays said. “It was just a matter of becoming a better player and teammate during that time. I used it to work on my individual game.” Once she became eligible, Mays returned to the court with a vengeance. She quickly earned C-USA player of the week twice. “I was a little concerned about the game speed,” Mays said. “But I tried to keep myself in shape and I was in the gym a lot. It kind of took me a couple of games to get back into the rhythm of things but it came back.” “We knew what kind of Player she was,” Head Coach Rhonda Rompola said. “She ups the level
of everyone’s game.” At Kansas Mays made 13 starts and played in all 34 games. She averaged 7.1 points and 3.0 rebounds a game. She was second on the team with 119 assistsaveraging 3.5 per game. Mays is from Arlington and a successful high school career. Mays led Mansfield Timberview to the 4A State championship her junior and senior year and was a three-time All-State selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. What’s the best thing about Mays? “She’s not worried about Stats or honors,” Rampola said.”She is very humble, and probably the most unselfish players that you can have.” When a player has the amount of success that Mays has, they are often thrust into a leadership role. “Keena may not be the most vocal leader but she does it in her own way,” said Rampola. “Alisha [Filmore] is definitely the vocal leader,” Mays said. “Next year I’ll have to step up with her being gone. I’m learning a lot from her and hopefully I can follow in her footsteps next year.” In her 10 games this year, Mays has averaged 20.3 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. She has shot 45 percent from the field and from threepoint range. How could a step in after a year off and have such a high offensive output? It helps when you have had a basketball in your hands before you were in kindergarten.
Matthew Costa Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The SMU Lady Mustangs (14-4 Overall, 5-0 in C-USA) took care of business against Conference USA rival Tulsa (7-12 Overall, 2-4 in C-USA), defeating the Hurricanes 7146 Sunday night to push their winning streak to six. SMU broke the game open with a 25-4 run early in the second half after leading by only eight points in the first half. The Hurricanes could not stop the bleeding and the SMU Athletic Department Mustangs scored 44 points S MU’s point guard Keena Mays (23) going for a lay up against ULM. in the last 20 minutes. SMU’s balanced defense smothered every attempt at a rally by Tulsa. Tulsa. SMU forward Akil Simpson of senior guard Porsche Landry, The Hurricanes shot a dismal controlled the glass with seven who has averaged more than 17 25 percent on all field goals for the boards and 11 points. points this season to go along with game and were unable to sink a The Lady Mustangs now four assists and four rebounds per single shot from three-point range. sit atop Conference USA with game. The Lady Mustangs, on the other the only undefeated conference The Mustang defense will hand, shot over 56 percent. record, but will have a strong test also have to face the reigning SMU’s offensive attack was led from their next opponent, the C-USA freshman of the week, by guard Keena Mays’ 12 points, Houston Cougars (9-9 Overall, 3-2 Marche’ Amersom. The forward three assists and five rebounds. in C-USA). is averaging 13 points and seven Mays has been nothing short Houston enters the game sixth rebounds over her last two games, of dominant during the Lady in the Conference, but has begun but Mays and company should Mustangs’ six-game unbeaten run, putting the pieces together for a be able to provide the perfect averaging more than 17 points per run near the end of the regular response. This key contest will take place contest, including five double-digit season. The Lady Cougars have scoring efforts. won four of their last six, but lost Thursday night in Moody Coliseum Rebounding was also a major their last game on Sunday 65-54 to at 7 p.m., where SMU will be able factor in the decided victory, as UTEP, after allowing a big second to distance themselves further the Lady Mustangs pulled down half from the Miners. from the rest of the conference as 10 more rebounds (47-37) than SMU will need to be weary the postseason approaches.
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SMU’s point guard Keena Mays (23)
“From as early as I can remember I have always had a basketball in my hand,” Mays said. “I started playing on a team since I was four. I grew up playing basketball, my mom played in college and high school. I played other sports when I was younger, and as I grew older it just became my main focus.” For Mays, basketball is life. Even when she is supposed to be resting she finds her way back into the gym. “We obviously don’t get to do a whole lot of relaxing time,” she said. “I like to come to the gym to relax- like if I’m having a bad day I’ll come up here and shoot. “ Outside of basketball, May’s passion is English. She is an English major with a minor in education. “Out of all the subjects [English] has been my favorite,” Mays said. “I have had a few really good English teachers and I guess I want to continue the legacy of good English teachers.”
Stars return to AAC after lengthy lockout
Mustangs have dropped 9 of last 12, look for remedy versus Marshall
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success, inconsistency has hurt the team in the young season. Though the Stars haven’t taken many penalties, the penalty kill and the powerplay are struggling thus far. Even more dire, the team has been outshot in almost every period this year. The Stars lead the league in shots against and are bottom five in shots for. Teams can win games without taking a lot of shots and teams can win games giving up a lot of shots, but in the NHL, it is very, very difficult to win on a regular basis when a team does both. The Stars return home Friday to faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Stars are offering special ticket prices to college students for this game, as $15 gets a ticket and a hat. For more information go to DallasStars.com/collegenight and use the promo code “gostars.”
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for the year after he underwent a shoulder surgery. Along with the problems with depth, SMU also has history working against them when the team goes to Huntington, W. Va. SMU is 0-8 all-time against Marshall. SMU and Marshall started playing in 2006 and last time the teams met, the Thundering Herd beat up the Mustangs 74-56 in the C-USA tournament in what was former Head Coach Matt Doherty’s last game as coach. For this upcoming game, SMU will need to have a big game from Nick Russell and Jalen Jones, who have scored 10 or more points in seven and six straight games, respectively. Jones has been a big
player for the Mustangs, with six double-doubles on the season. The Thundering Herd come into the game with a 9-11 record overall and a 2-3 C-USA record, but the Mustangs will have to watch for junior guard DeAndre Kane, who is averaging 15 points per game and averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. Down low for Marshall, the team has a talented freshman in Elijah Pittman, who is averaging 14.5 points per game and averaging over 50 percent from the field shooting. Marshall does have a problem turning the ball over, averaging 16.3 turnovers per game and the Mustangs will have to take
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advantage of that to get back on the right track as the team moves deeper into conference play. SMU guard Ryan Manuel, coming off a 17-point game against UCF in a loss, leads SMU in free-throw percentage, averaging just over 80 percent from the line. SMU leads C-USA in free-throw percentage so if the Mustangs can get Marshall in foul trouble, the team may be able to grab SMU’s first ever win against Marshall. After Marshall, SMU has two home games in a row with Houston on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. and Memphis on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Both games are C-USA games and for the Memphis game, SMU is calling for a white-out from the fans.
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WEDNESDAY n JANUARY 30, 2013 ACTING
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Wins and losses of the 2013 SAG Awards Meadows opera manning jordan Associate A&E Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The 19th Annual Screen Actors’ Guild Awards took place this past Sunday on TBS. This particular awards show is special due to the fact that actors vote for other actors. To some degree, winning an ‘actor’ is underrated; it is not associated with the decadence or prestige of the Academy Awards, but the reality is that winning a SAG Award means that one’s peers and other talented actors have voted for the winner. Another unique aspect of this awards show is that directors, writers, producers and others are not up for awards. Additionally, the word “actress” is omitted and women too, are referred to as actors. It was no surprise that Anne Hathaway won for Best Supporting Female Actor for “Les Miserable’s” seeing as she received both the Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Award weeks earlier. Cutting her hair and live singing all in one take sure seems to deserve
an award. Best Supporting Actor went to Tommy Lee Jones, a Dallas native, for his performance in “Lincoln.” The night’s biggest steal was Best Female Actor, which went to Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook.” Jessica Chastain was the expected recipient since she won the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice Award from her role of Maya in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Naomi Watts was another nominee for Best Actress in “The Impossible” where she was pushed to her limits portraying a mother whose family was greatly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Ultimately, Lawrence received the award and surprised the viewers of the show. The other big winner of the night was Ben Affleck who had a major victory when “Argo” beat “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Lincoln”. By winning this honor at the SAG Awards, “Argo” will be a frontrunner at the Academy Awards to win Best Film. Other highlights of the show
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The actors of Modern Family won best comedy series cast.
include “30 Rock” winners Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin both winning in their respective categories, Best Actress in a Television Comedy and Best Actor in a Television Comedy. For the third consecutive year “Modern Family” won for Best Ensemble in a Television Comedy. “Downton Abbey” deserved their achievement for Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama. Dick van Dyke won the Lifetime Achievement Award and was just as lively and energetic today as he had been throughout his incredible career. Unlike other award shows that are televised, the SAG Awards are not hosted by anyone.The show opens up with a number of actors explaining why they became an actor; their speeches all end with “I am (insert name here), and I am an actor.” The biggest shocker of the night occurred when Jennifer Lawrence appeared to suffer a wardrobe malfunction while approaching the stage to accept her Best Female Actor award. Lawrence’s navy blue Christian Dior strapless gown appeared to rip and expose her legs. In reality, there was no wardrobe malfunction, but rather an issue with the layer of tulle in the dress when she lifted the bottom to walk on stage. With the exception of Lawrence’s supposed wardrobe malfunction, the 2013 SAG Awards did not hold many surprises. It did include actors drinking and eating the night away similar to the Golden Globes, but this year was relatively calm.
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Courtney spalten A&E Editor email@example.com The SMU Meadows School of the Arts will be featuring several special student performances this week. The Meadows Symphony Orchestra will be performing a “Student Conductors” concert Friday and Sunday at Caruth Auditorium in the Owens Fine Arts Center. The “Stars of Tomorrow” concert will feature the winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition. The winners are selected from a highly competitive field of Meadows’ students to perform with the orchestra. This year, the winners and featured soloists are Daniel Hawkins playing the horn, and Rebecca Roose singing soprano. The concert will be led by graduate students who are enrolled in the conducting program through Meadows School of the Arts. The featured student conductors are Parisa Zaeri, Jonathan Moore and Eldred Marshall. The concert will also feature the winners of the Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition as soloists. The music of the program will include Mozart’s “Magic Flute Overture,” Rossini’s “Una voce poco fa,” Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kijé Suite, SaintSaëns’ “Morceu do Concert,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 2.”
The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Another performance by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra taking place this week is the Meadows Opera Theatre production of “Albert Herring.” The event will take place in the Bob Hope Theatre on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m., Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. The opera, written by Benjamin Britten, is a virtuso comic masterpiece about the story of the only virgin left in a small English town who is crowned May King and later goes on to discover the world outside the sheltered life. The opera is sung in English with English super titles. “Albert Herring” is also a part of the official Britten 100 International Centenary Celebration of the composer’s birth. Tickets for both performances can be purchased online and are priced at $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students, faculty and staff.
For more information about upcoming events and ticket details, visit the Meadows School of the Arts website at www.smu.edu/ meadows or call 214768-ARTS.