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Google, Twitter assist protesters in Egypt

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Speak2Tweet launches as way to bypass government lockdown

Egypt president to step down

By ASHLEY WITHERS Associate News Editor

Egyptian president Hosni Mumbarak announced Tuesday night that he will step down “in a constitutional way” in September. Protesters in Egypt are continuing to demand the president’s immediate removal and many have vowed not to move until Mumbarak steps down.

King dismisses government The people of Jordan launched their own protests Tuesday forcing the King of Jordan to dismiss his government and appoint a new prime minister. The citizens are demanding major economic and political reform throughout the country.

Yasi upgraded to Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi has upgraded to Category 5 as it heads to Queensland, Australia. It is expected to hit northeastern Queensland Wednesday evening at 183 mph, causing more flooding. Residents are being told to leave their homes and patients have been evacuated from hospitals.

Health care law moves to Senate Both Democrats and Republican Senate leaders are voting on legislation repealing President Obama’s health care law. The vote should come out Wednesday. The House has already passed a law repealing the law. However, the Senate will most likely not pass a bill in approval.

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Taxi cabs were prevented from entering the Love Field airport in Dallas by Dallas police Monday evening after taxi drivers spend the day protesting an ordinance that allegedly gives preference to taxi companies that operate natural gas vehicles.

Cab drivers protest at Love Field, causes chaos, frustration By SARAH KRAMER ASHLEY WITHERS News Team

Taxicabs blocked the drive into Dallas Love Field Airport Monday to protest a new rule that allows natural gas-powered cabs to automatically go to the front of the pick-up line. This rule is in effect for the Super Bowl, frustrating local cab companies. The Association of Taxicab Operators in Dallas began their protest around 5 p.m., parking their vehicles

in the pick-up lane at the airport. Ambassador cab driver Abdul Ahmed said, “This country is a beautiful thing—First come first serve. We don’t want to be a slave. We need our freedom. That’s why we are doing this, for a system change.” Cab drivers walked and chanted, “What we need? Justice! When we need it? Right now!” Currently, Yellow Cab is one of the only taxi services in Dallas that meets the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) requirements passed by the City Council in an effort to make Dallas

air cleaner. Rashid Mohamud, a driver with the Freedom Cab Company, said, “We can’t afford [to make the switch]. It’s $120 a day.” Travelers arriving and departing from Love Field were frustrated and confused by the chaos. Dan Shank, a resident of Florida who had flown into Dallas Monday evening, was surprised and outraged at how the situation was handled. “Cops are watching [the drivers protest]—you gotta be kidding me. Old women are being frisked, but


Homeless to go to Super Bowl

Obama pledges to increase support for military families By ASHLEY WITHERS Associate News Editor

WWI vet has 110th birthday Frank Buckles, the last WWI veteran, turned 110 on Tuesday. Buckles served in both WWI and WWII and survived three years in a Japanese POW camp. The U.S. army tweeted a Happy Birthday message to Buckles earlier Tuesday morning. JOSHUA PARR/ The Daily Campus

Snow and ice blanket the North Quad in front of Dallas Hall Tuesday Morning.

Winter storm shuts down schools, transportation By SARAH KRAMER

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Homeless couple Quida Wright and Aaron Hermes will be flown to Dallas for the Super Bowl and receive a free hotel stay. In order to win the two had to ask the contest’s “mystery man” if he had been to Dallas lately. The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored the contest held at Green Bay’s Winterfest.

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they are letting the taxis sit here,” Shank said. Taxis refused to transport people, but airport shuttles, such as Hertz, were willing to take people to their destinations. The protest started to settle down around 6 p.m. as more police arrived on the scene, blocking the entrance to the airport and arresting taxi drivers who refused to move their vehicles. “We are not greedy people. We are here to serve you,” Ambassador cab driver Michael Abraham said.

The Internet is shut down across Egypt. The Egyptian government is censoring Al Jazeera, the Middle East’s main broadcasting company, and yet all over the world, people can see a minute-by-minute update on the political action. This is the power of Twitter. Speak2Tweet launched Monday, giving the people of Egypt a way to bypass the government’s web lockdown. This special service was created by Google, Twitter and Google’s recently acquired service “SayNow” that allows people on the ground in Egypt to call one of three different international numbers and leave a voicemail message, according to The Daily Caller website. The voicemail is then published as a link to Twitter with the hashtag #Egypt. The hashtag before a word allows Twitter users to access all stories on the topic. Followers of @Speak2Tweet can then click the link to hear the original voicemail. Twitter accounts are not required to use this service or view the website. The official Google blog posted about their new technology saying, “We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time.” Major news networks have also used Twitter to update viewers on the situation in Egypt. Both CNN and The New York Times have created lists of people who are reporting directly from Egypt. The list includes both on location reporters and Egyptian citizens. Twitter users can then follow the

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Frozen rain, snow and sleet covered North Texas, closing Southern Methodist University’s main campus and Plano campus and Dallas schools Tuesday. DFW airport had shut down, canceling flights, Tuesday morning; however, they were up and running again around 8 a.m. This was the first time this airport had shut down

since 9/11. Dallas Love Field only had one open runway according to the FAA. Across the United States more than 4,000 flights were canceled. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) was also suspended until around 2:30 p.m. when three rails returned back on schedule for the rest of the day. The National Weather Service issued its first ever hard freeze warning for Dallas from 6 p.m. Tuesday until

10 a.m. Wednesday. A hard freeze warning is issued when unusually cold temperatures are expected, possibly causing exposed pipes to freeze and burst. Authorities said people should travel only if it is necessary. The National Weather Service warned, “Do not travel. Stay Inside…This is a life threatening storm.”

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The new presidential initiative to support military families is officially underway. President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden introduced the “Strengthening Our Military Families: Meeting America’s Commitment” plan last week in an East Wing meeting with the press. The plan identifies four priorities: Enhancing psychological health, ensuring improved education for the children of military members, developing career opportunities for military spouses and increasing child care availability. This government initiative is much needed according to students who have served in the military or grown up on a military base. Grey Reed, a junior at Southern Methodist University, entered the Air Force in 2006. He feels that helping people in the military with their mental health and well-being should be at the top of the government’s new plan. “When people get back [from deployment] they are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and a lot of military people blow it off,” Reed said. “Most military people are hard. They see stuff and they don’t know how to process things.” Nicole Salazar, a University of Texas at Arlington student, grew up on

a military base and is glad that some of the focus will be on the children. “I think that he is right in focusing on helping the family. It can be pretty hard for some people to deal with having their mom or dad gone for long periods of time,” Salazar said. “Giving them as much help as possible should be a top priority for the military.” Higher education for those on base is one aspect SMU junior Nick Brown wishes they would focus on. Brown served in the Marine Corps from 2003-2007 and his wife, who lived on the military base, had to put her education on hold for two years. “I think a lot of people don’t realize what kind of a sacrifice military families make,” Brown said. “I hope the new programs put more of a concentration on quality education on bases instead of just online classes.” Brown also hopes that communication between families back home and their deployed family members can improve. While he was in Iraq on his second deployment he was injured and had no way to let his wife know that he was OK. SMU junior Wesley Lavender also thinks that improved communication would help families of the deployed as a whole. “The government should work to use technology, such as Skype, to connect children to their deployed parents to make it easier to deal with,”

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Health & Fitness

• Wednesday, February 2, 2011


CrossFit gains popularity, ‘popping up like Starbucks’ By KATIE TUFTS

Health & Fitness Editor

Though CrossFit gyms have been around for the past few years, a recent spike in their popularity has caused the gyms to appear across the United States, with 11 Dallas locations for students to get the ultimate workout. These 11 spots include a new location in McKinney, which opened its doors Jan. 22. “They’re popping up like Starbucks,” Chase Ingraham, CrossFit instructor and endurance coach at the Dallas Central location said. Though the Dallas Central location, just a short trip from the SMU campus, has been open since April of 2008, Ingraham has noticed a recent increase in the amount of clients who are showing up to classes. However, a CrossFit workout is not your ordinary workout class. “It’s a break from the norm. People are tired of the regular gym routines and want something to shake it up, and it works… people are getting results, which I think is adding to its popularity,” Ingraham said. According to the CrossFit website, “[It] is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.” But the CrossFit craze has spread to a wider population, as well. College students are catching on and are coming back. “It’s usually hard for me to workout

Campus Events February 2-5


Wilson Lecture Series

12 p.m. in the Hughes Trigg Ballroom Chaplain Steve Rankin lectures on “Seeking a Better Way: SMU as a Leader in Church-Affiliated Higher Education.”

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Participants in a daily Crossfit group session exercise on row machines Tuesday afternoon inside the CrossFit Dallas Central location at 5631 Dyer St. across from the SMU campus.

because I have so many other things to do and it’s hard to know what to do when I get to the gym. SMU junior Eme Torlai said “but when I tried a CrossFit workout, it was fast.


Men’s Basketball

7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum the SMU men’s basketball team takes on East Carolina.

3 Hawkins Lecture Series Scott Hawkins Lecture Series 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium Dr. Katherine Lofton speaks on “Oprah’s Diverting Conversions: The Makeover as Social Rite.”


They showed me exactly what to do, and it was an incredible workout,” SMU junior Eme Torlai said. Workouts run about 20 to 40 minutes in

Women’s Basketball

7 p.m. The SMU women’s basketball team takes on Tulane in Moody Coliseum.



8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre SMU presents “Orpheus,” an opera that will take the audience to the world of the ancient Greeks.

length and are full body workouts involving fast repetitions at several different stations. There is no resting time or breaks, which gives your body a high intensity workout in a

short amount of time. But even before students can start attending the regular CrossFit classes, they need to take the CrossFit “On-Ramp” course, which is a small group class that introduces the physical workouts and gives sit down fitness and nutrition classes. The idea is to get a great workout for any type of athlete, and Ingraham noted that CrossFit is even becoming a sport of its own, with state, national and even worldwide competitions. explains, “Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.” Though the workouts sound and look intense, CrossFit is for both men and women and caters to any kind of athlete as long as students are committed to getting in shape and will work hard to do so. CrossFit also provides trainers to help in all of the workouts and at any point along the way. CrossFit offers student pricing for unlimited monthly memberships as well as drop-in prices. The cost for one month is $150, but for students buying more than one month, the price drops significantly. Not ready to fully commit? Students can try CrossFit on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., for an introductory class, or pay $25 to drop in on one of the many classes offered throughout the day. For more information, visit

Police Reports JANUARY 30 12:17 AM. Sexual Assault: 3022 SMU Blvd. A student reported she was sexually assaulted by another student. The incident occurred on 1/29 at 1:45 AM. The case is under investigation by SMU PD. Open

4:17 AM. Fire Alarm: McGinnis Hall/6005 Ownby Drive. UPFD responded to an active fire alarm. It was determined it was caused by burnt popcorn. UPFD cleared with no further incident. Closed.

1:43 AM. Public Intoxication/Criminal Trespass Warning: Park Cities Plaza/3000 Mockingbird. A non affiliated female was issued a University Park citation, arrested and booked into University Park jail for being intoxicated in a public place. Closed.

1:36 PM. Burglary of Vehicle: Sorority Lot 2./3000 Daniel Avenue. A student reported theft of her purse, wallet and jacket from her parked vehicle. Open.


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SMU beats UNLV 4-3, loses to Arkansas 5-2 By JENNIFER BUNTZ Associate Sports Editor

The Mustangs traveled to Fayetteville this past weekend to take on the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Arkansas. They defeated UNLV 4-3 and fell to Arkansas 5-2. The match against number 67th ranked UNLV on Saturday was a close one, SMU tied the singles 3-3. Freshman Mischa Nowicki who played line five, capitalized on his opponent, 6-3, 6-1 against UNLV’s Bernard Schoeman. Number one player for the Mustangs, Artem Baradach, also ranked No. 29 in the country, won a hard fought match against Mehdi Bouras 6-4. Adham El-Effendi battled against his opponent Tamas Batyi for three sets. ElEffendi won the first 6-3, lost the second 6-7, and then pulled through to take the third 6-3. It then became up to the doubles line up for the Mustangs to take home the win. Joseph Hattrup and Toby Flood defeated Johannes Markel and Batyi 8-5. Senior

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SMU transfer guard Collin Mangrum makes a pass during play at Moody Coliseum.

Collin Mangrum: A fierce competitor By NICOLE JACOBSEN Senior Staff Writer

A fierce competitor, Collin Mangrum alternated between threepointers, field goals and free throws, never stopping to take a break before calling it quits. Hitting nothing but net with each three, Mangrum never let his confidence sway when he missed a shot, but simply moved along the court and tried again. One thing stood out though. Practice has ended nearly 30 minutes ago and all other members of the SMU men’s basketball team had already left the court and gone through the showers and departed for to class. “I’m a competitor so I love to play,” Mangrum said. “I’ve been playing since I was probably four or five. I love it. To me, there’s nothing like basketball. It’s the greatest sport. I love it.” “He beings tremendous energy to our team,” head coach Matt Doherty said. “He can drive the basketball, he’s a tremendous athlete and he has a spirit about him that’s contagious.” Mangrum, in his first season at SMU after transferring to the Hilltop after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, has become an integral part of

SMU’s basketball team. Despite getting off to a slow start and averaging under five minutes per game the first half of the season, the Howe, Texas native has become a staple in the Mustang’s starting lineup, playing at least 30 minutes in the team’s last six games. “It took me more time to get accustomed to SMU’s spread offense because it was unlike anything I’d ever done before but I’m finally comfortable with it now and it’s really working for us and hopefully it can get us to the next level,” Mangrum said. Despite a 79-70 loss to Tulane University in early January, Mangrum played his first full game as a Mustang, going for 30 minutes with five points and one steal. That game, according to Mangrum, was the turning point in his career with the Mustangs. Over time, the 6-foot-5-inch point guard has developed into a clutch field goal shooter, averaging 4.8 points per game in addition to his 13 steals and performance from behind the arc. “When he’s catching the ball and he’s open, look at our bench when he has the ball and you see our guys stand, knowing that the ball has a great chance of going in,” head coach Matt Doherty said. Growing up, Mangrum played basketball and football and ran track in

high school, before a series of injuries and surgeries sidelined him off and on for half his time at UNT. “I had two [surgeries] on my knee, one on shoulder, one on my hip and two on my nose,” Mangrum said. “In 2007 was my first surgery, it was my shoulder. I can’t remember where it was from there. It was a rough go around but I’m just happy I’m playing again.” Seven surgeries later, Mangrum, who says he has also broken his nose five or six times, relies on his faith more than anything to carry him through the tough times. When it came down to deciding where he would play college ball, Mangrum turned to his faith to help guide him to the right decision. “The reason I play is for Christ,” Mangrum said. “I understand that any gift I have is for his use. “I just try to follow His will for my life. Right now I’m supposed to play basketball and I do it in His name.” After graduating from Howe High School in 2006 as the No. 38 player in the state of Texas by TexasHoops. com, Mangrum attended UNT on a basketball scholarship, but always kept the idea of playing for SMU in the back of his mind. As part of the Mean Green, Mangrum helped lead his team to their

first-ever Sun Belt Championship as a freshman before going on to play Memphis in the NCAA Tournament. During his junior year, Mangrum became the first player in UNT history to play in multiple NCAA Tournaments after redshirting his sophomore year to recover from an off-season surgery. The only player on SMU’s roster with NCAA Tournament experience, Mangrum transferred to the Hilltop to get his Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and fulfill a lifelong dream of playing for SMU and Doherty. “I actually got to meet [Doherty] when I was in 7th or 8th grade when he was the head coach at North Carolina. North Carolina was my team back when I was younger and it’s just kind of ironic now that I’ve come full circle and I’ve gotten to play for him,” Mangrum said. Growing up just 45 minutes from the university, Mangrum always wanted to attend SMU, but another injury prevented scouts from seeing him play, and his junior year, committed to UNT.


Red Hot Mustangs look for fourth straight victory against East Carolina By NICOLE JACOBSEN Senior Staff Writer

Coming off their first set back-toback road wins in Conference USA play since the 2002-2003 season, the SMU men’s basketball team returns to Moody Coliseum on Wednesday in hopes of extending their win streak to four against the East Carolina Pirates (12-9, 4-3 C-USA). SMU’s current streak matches the team’s best performance since the Mustangs joined C-USA in 2005-2006. “We’ve been practicing hard and preparing for each team individually,” SMU guard Aliaksei Patsevich said. “ Our last wins gave our team a mental raise and more confidence in ourselves, our defense, our offence and in each other.” After getting off to a 1-3 start in conference play, SMU (13-8, 4-3 C-USA) has rebounded back to become the No. 5 team in the league, having not lost a game since Jan. 19. On the season, the Mustangs are 10-4 on their home court and 12-2 when shooting better than their opponent from the field. SMU continues to be led by threetime Conference USA Player of the Week, Papa Dia, with an average of

18 points per game, putting him first in C-USA in field goals and 13th in the NCAA (48.7 percent). Dia is also first in the conference and eighth in the nation in three-point percentage (40.9 percent). The Mustangs’ other clutch player, Robert Nyakundi, will also have a large presence in Wednesday’s game. With 24 steals on the season and 16.4 average point per game, Nyakudni has been the go-to shooter for SMU in the team’s last two wins. East Carolina, also riding a winning streak, has emerged victorious in two of their last three games. SMU and the Pirates are currently tied for fifth place in C-USA and remain only one game out of first place as UAB, Memphis and UTEP all stand at 5-2. Southern Miss also stands one spot ahead of the Mustangs at 5-3 in league play. Heading in the middle of conference play, SMU continues to post the best field goal percentage in the C-USA (48.7), while the Pirates have been shooting 44.7 percent from the field. SMU also has the highest three-point percentage (eight in the NCAA) and third-best rebounding defense. ECU does boast a higher scoring

average and fairs better on defense with an average of 70.5 points per game compared to 67.8 from SMU. The Pirates also have the advantage on the boards. Coming to Dallas fresh off a 7470 win over Houston, the Pirates are led by the trio of Jontae Jerrod (15.1 points per game), Darrius Morrow (12.6) and Jamar Abrams (10.5). In last year’s meeting between the Mustangs and Pirates, SMU, with the second-best scoring defense

in the league last year, clinched a 59-54 road win near the end of the season While SMU won the first three meetings between the teams dating back to the first game of the series in 1985, ECU won the next two before the Mustangs knocked off ECU last season for the first time since the 2006-0207 season. SMU holds a 4-2 advantage in the series.

David Costa and Nowicki also won their match against Rene Ruegamer and Alex Bull of UNLV 8-6. These victories gave the Mustangs the win over UNLV, putting Mustangs 2-0 for the season. This was a non- conference match and put the Mustangs at 2-0 for the season. Sunday SMU took on Arkansas, ranked 72nd in the country. The Mustangs lost 5-2, getting their two wins from their number one and number five players, Baradach and Gaston Cuadranti. Baradach defeated Chris Nott of Arkansas 6-0, 6-4, and Cuadranti won his match 6-2, 6-0. The Mustangs went into the doubles match with nothing to lose, given that Arkansas had already taken the match with their strong singles play. Line one doubles of Baradach and ElEffendi lost 8-3, Toby Flood and Hattrup lost a close match taking it to a tie break, barely losing 7-4 in the breaker. The Mustangs next match is against Lamar at home at Turpin Tennis Center.


Mustangs take down No. 33 Ohio State 4-3 By JENNIFER BUNTZ Associate Sports Editor

The lady Mustangs traveled to Knoxville Tenn. this past weekend for the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the University of Tennessee. Their first match was on Sunday against No. 17 Ole Miss. SMU won the doubles point. The pair of Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova defeated Rhode-Moe and Krisi Boxx 8-3 at line one. Line two of Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha won against their opponents of Vonnor Vogel and Gabby Ragel 8-4. Steinbauer, at number 3 singles, lost a hard fought battle to Rhode Moe, losing both sets in tiebreakers 7-6 (4), and 7-6 (4). Malyarchikova took on van Stroet of Ole Miss at number five singles clinching the win 7-5, 6-4. At line one, number two ranked Lesniak fell for her first time this spring, and her fourth all season to 21st ranked Boxx, 6-4 7-6(4). Hatamova completed a hard fought win over Guthrie at number four singles 7-5, 6-4. Cieplucha at line two was also

defeated by Connor Vogel of Ole Miss in a long three setter, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Monday, however, was an exciting day for the Mustangs as they took on No. 33 Ohio State. This four hour marathon match-up came out in SMU’s favor for an optimistic ride home. The Mustangs continued the tradition by beginning the day with doubles but lost the point to the Buckeyes. It was up to the singles to bring home the win for SMU. Aleksandra Malyarchikova dominated her opponent 6-1, 6-1 in a short time at number five singles. The Buckeyes then took the lead once more 2-1 when Turpin was defeated at line six 6-1, 6-2. Lesniak then proved her point as the number two singles player in the nation when she pulled the team to a tie after defeating her opponent 6-4, 6-2 at line one. Both Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer sealed the win for the Mustangs, both long exhausting matches, and three setters. Cieplucha won 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5 and Steinbauer fighting off her opponent 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2. The lady Mustangs next match will be Saturday February 5th when they take on Wichita State in Wichita.



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In last Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Obama referred to education as a top national priority, even going so far as Patrick Kobler to making its reformation part of our generation’s “Sputnik Moment.” Nationwide, members of last year’s graduating class recognized the necessity of educational equality and a fair chance at the American dream for every child, applying to Teach for America in record numbers – more than 46,000 applicants for 4,500 Teach For America teaching positions across the country. As an SMU alum, former Student Body President and a Teach For America corps member teaching in San Antonio, I am proud and excited that interest in Teach For America continues to grow among SMU’s class of 2011. Serving our country by serving our nation’s most high need schools and students is, after all, something that seems to be a logical next step for a Mustang; one who is of the utmost talent in leadership and intellect, yet believes in the vocation

of serving others. Teach For America’s national corps is attracting the best and brightest from public and private universities nationwide, from business majors to theater majors, from recent graduates to those looking for a career change. Though from differing backgrounds and of differing interests, those selected for Teach for America are all united in the cause to bring educational equality to our great nation. This talented, diverse crowd signs on to do something challenging and inspiring (yet another trait of a Mustang): to teach for two years—and often longer—in some of America’s highest-need classrooms and go on to be leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. I am now part of this groundswell of new educators, and I could not be more humbled. This year, 1,000 Teach For America corps members like myself are impacting more than 76,000 students in four Texas regions: Dallas, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. When applying to Teach For America, I was, admittedly, wary of the idea that I could change the life path of another. Though I love a challenge, this feat seemed daunting. I wake up everyday ready to

change the world but through this process I realized it was my job to change the world of my students. This was recently realized when a student of mine who was recruited to play football at UT brought his new coach, Mack Brown, to meet me in my classroom. Coach Brown informed me that my student wanted to introduce me to him because I was someone who positively impacted his life and encouraged his decision to go to college. The fact that I had a role in changing someone’s life, in impacting his decision to go to college and better himself; that is something that no amount of money can buy. Experiences such as the one I just described happen daily when you Teach For America, as you work for a cause greater than yourself. While Teach For America is a two-year commitment, it is an experience that will have a lasting impact. My fellow corps members and I have already become part of our schools’ communities, bringing together parents, administrators and community members in the pursuit of excellence for our students. Two-thirds of Teach For America’s alumni are still involved with education; some of this country’s biggest education innovators got their

start in Teach For America. They include the founders of successful charter school networks like IDEA Public Schools, YES Prep, and KIPP. Teach For America alumni lead 98 schools across the state, including some of our nation’s highestperforming schools in low-income communities. Others have gone onto become leaders in fields like health, law, and government. The experience has impacted and will continue to impact how I look at the world. Seniors, it is without question that you will be graduating into a world of challenge that you probably did not foresee when you arrived at SMU. But I implore you to look at challenge as opportunity, specifically, an opportunity to give back and serve. Lead our generation’s “Sputnik Moment” because that is what SMU graduates are taught to do. One simple choice in a sea of options can make a world of difference. For me, choosing to join Teach For America was the best decision I could have made. Patrick Kobler is a 2010 Teach For America corps member and the former Student Body President of SMU. For more information about Teach For America, please visit www.



A note of gratitude to SMU for gift of a snow day Yesterday I awoke at 6 a.m. sharp for the first time this semester. My early rise was not in order to make that necessary trip to the gym, to finish my reading, or to make myself a balanced breakfast. Instead, I awoke with militant punctuality to do one thing – check my email. At 6:01 a.m., the email slid into my inbox leaving my groggy-eyed, sleepdrunken face with an ear-to-ear smile. The message contained no more than one simple sentence, “Due to inclement weather, the University is closed Tuesday, Feb. 1.” With no salutation, I knew not who to thank and instead settled back into my pillow comforted by the knowledge of a “snow day.” On behalf of the student body, I graciously thank the SMU administration for acknowledging the necessity of a snow day. Now, I know all of you Chicagoans, Bostonians, and New Yorkers are laughing at the idea of yesterday’s weather being “inclement” or worthy of its “snow day” designation. Indeed, the snow and ice we faced yesterday was insignificant compared with much of what the Northeast faces in a regular winter. However, Tuesday’s snow day was more than just a much-needed respite from schoolwork. The conditions of the roads alone threatened both safety and orderliness. Iced-over streets left cars stalled, wheels spinning, and pedestrians frightened. Moreover, when determining the severity of inclement weather, it’s paramount that conditions around SMU as well as the surrounding Dallas area are taken into consideration. Yesterday, commuter students and faculty from as far as Richardson and Plano could not have been expected to arrive safely to the SMU campus. All the same, pedestrian safety was significantly compromised with cars on the roads. I’m proud that our institution chose to value our safety over making sure we didn’t miss a single class. What’s more, the temperature outside got down to twelve degrees Fahrenheit, and that’s not even considering wind chill. As college students, we endure the elements for most parts of the day – walking to class, to meals, to the gym, and even to the library. So, the weather – cold, sunny, rainy, or snowy – affects our spirits and (more importantly) our health. During this flu season, being exposed to one-degree wind-chill is both undesirable and unhealthy. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, sometimes we all just need a “snow day.” We need a day when responsibility is thrown to the wind and the wintry mix puts all of life on pause. The snow day is the calendrical equivalent of the “smelling the roses.” I personally think it’s essential to maintaining any semblance of sanity or joie de vivre. Indeed, it really does mean a lot that our school recognizes the necessity of a snow day. It shows that SMU truly values our safety, health, and sanity during this winter season. In the words of one of my friend’s Facebook status, I’m glad RGT has got my back. Finally, thank you to all of the people who did brave the weather and came to work at SMU. From the person who woke up at 6 a.m. to write me that glorious email to all those who came out to work at the Dedman Center and Umphrey Lee, thank you. They didn’t get a snow day, but they made ours more enjoyable. They are the hard-working, constant laborers who make SMU a well-run, beautiful top-tier institution. They often go unrecognized, but their service and dedication are both impressive and humbling. All in all, it was a successful snow day. Whether you enjoyed it bundled up with covers over your ears and hot cocoa at your bedside or piled under a stack of books labeled “catch up”, this snow day was a muchappreciated gift. Drew Konow is a senior religious studies, foreign languages and literatures major. He can be reached for comments or questions at 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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Why don’t SMU women play rugby? Rugby is a great equalizer. It’s a sport that most people don’t discover until college or later, long past when they believe they are in their “prime athletic condition.” It welcomes men and women of any age and with every body type you can think of. Rugby is truly a sport for anyone – anyone who doesn’t mind full-body tackles with nothing but a mouth guard, that is. Around the country, rugby is gaining popularity as a club and collegiate sport, especially, perhaps surprisingly, among women. So why doesn’t SMU have a women’s rugby team? We have both an undergraduate and graduate men’s team, but no women’s team. I think this is fundamentally a problem of exposure. As children, most of us learned the basics of our nation’s most popular sports, such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. However, many Americans do not learn anything about rugby until high school (if they’re lucky), college (maybe), or at worst, during some vacation overseas where they see it as some weird form of European football. By the time we get to the age where we could actually play rugby on an organized team, it appears foreign, confusing, and dangerous. And so we don’t play. Fortunately, these barriers have not stopped many teams from forming around the country. Sadly, much like

women’s lacrosse, women’s rugby has yet to take off at SMU. I really don’t think that SMU girls are too girly or not interested in contact sports. There is simply no outlet available for them. But many other Texas schools, including UT Austin, SFA, and Texas Tech all have flourishing teams. As more teams develop, the word has spread that rugby is a pretty fun sport. A rugby game consists of two teams of 15 players facing off for 80 minutes of passing, kicking, running, and tackling. It resembles soccer in some ways, football in others, but also has many of its own unique and nuanced rules. While I lamented the fact that Americans do not learn enough about rugby as youngsters, it is also a blessing. We don’t expect you to know what you’re doing – you’ve never heard of it before, so how could you know the rules? Rugby therefore has a very special element of mentoring and camaraderie that may be lacking in more “established” sports because we must all be coaches for one another in order to learn the game. Let me expound on the element of camaraderie. I attended college in Massachusetts, where I first heard about rugby as an unassuming freshman. Rugby forced me to come out of my shell and to commingle with my classmates. During my junior year, I studied abroad in France, where I used rugby

as a way not only to exercise in a land that subsists largely on cheese and red meat, but also to make friends. While most of my American friends stayed comfortable with their English-speaking classmates, I was developing my language skills and forming lasting friendships. Whenever I return to France, I know that there is an entire rugby team to welcome me back, and that is a wonderful feeling. I moved to Dallas this year when I began law school at SMU. I didn’t know anyone in Dallas, or Texas for that matter, but I immediately joined the Dallas Diablos rugby team. Moving to Texas was a little less scary for me because I was certain that whatever team I joined would welcome me instantly and introduce me to Dallas. I have found friends and mentors through this team who will support me for years to come, both through personal friendships and through valuable professional contacts. Joining a rugby team is like gaining an instant family: once you join them, they will never let you go. Whether you have played sports all of your life or have never run a mile, you may discover that this sport will change your life as much as it has changed mine. Molly Whitman is a Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2013 at the SMU Dedman School of Law. She can be reached for comments or questions at mwhitman@



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list as a whole, consolidating their sources for the latest Egypt news. According to Marketing Gum, an online marketing blog, there are more than 105 million Twitter users worldwide and 60 percent of these are from outside of the U.S. SMU also has its fair share of Twitter fans, many of whom have been actively using the social network to follow the latest Egypt protest news. “I’m glad I have twitter to keep updated on the news especially when


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really important things are happening like right now in Egypt so when it comes up, I do have some idea of what I’m talking about,” junior Jordan Kragen said. Twitter’s availability and constant updates make the site an ideal news source for busy college students. “I like to stay informed of world news and twitter makes it easy to follow and stay updated without having to search for information online because of the constant tweets,” junior Christie Long said.



President Barack Obama speaks with Joint Chefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Jan. 24, 2011, after announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness.

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Lavender said. “Spouses need a lot of support too, so programs that bring spouses of deployed soldiers together would be greatly beneficial. These programs would naturally prevent depression and suicide among military families.”

The new initiative drew together nearly 50 commitments by various Federal agencies to set up a unified front in supporting the United States military. Each cabinet secretary vowed to commit to these priorities, share expertise and continue to create better solutions through working

together. “You’ve been everything we could ask you to be. You have done your duty,” Obama said in his announcement. “And as a grateful nation, we must do ours. We have to make sure that America is serving you as well as you have served us.”

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity submitted profiles of historical black heroes in honor of Black History Month. Look for more profiles in The Daily Campus throughout the month of February.


Temperatures were in the 20s and falling Tuesday evening and temperatures in the teens with a wind chill in the negatives were expected at night. This winter storm swept across most of America Tuesday: More than 30 states were under the same weather warning and eight states had blizzard warnings, according to CNN. People and media traveling to Dallas for the Super Bowl were affected by these weather conditions. Tuesday was media day. However, interviews for the Super Bowl were able to take place inside the stadium, according to Forecasters predict Dallas Temperatures will rise to 60 degrees by gameday.

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SMU students have trouble walking, driving on ice covered roads on campus Tuesday morning.

For SMU students, updates will be posted on the SMU website as well as on the Twitter feed at

smu throughout the day, according to SMU’s Inclement Weather Policy.

CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak defied a quarter-million protesters demanding he step down immediately, announcing Tuesday he would serve out the last months of his term and "die on Egyptian soil." He promised not to seek re-election, but that did not calm public fury as clashes erupted between his opponents and supporters. The protesters, whose numbers multiplied more than tenfold in a single day Tuesday for their biggest rally yet, have insisted they will not end their unprecedented week-old wave of unrest until their ruler for nearly three decades goes. Mubarak's halfway concession — an end to his rule seven months down the road — threatened to inflame frustration and anger among protesters, who have been peaceful in recent days. In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, clashes erupted between several hundred protesters and government supporters soon afterward, according to footage by Al-Jazeera television. The protesters threw stones at their rivals, who wielded knives and sticks, until soldiers fired in the air and stepped in between them, said a local journalist, Hossam elWakil. The speech was immediately derided by protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Watching on a giant TV, protesters booed and waved their shoes over their heads at his image in a sign of contempt. "Go, go, go! We are not leaving until he leaves," they chanted. One man screamed, "He doesn't want to say it, he doesn't want to say it." In the 10-minute address, the 82-year-old Mubarak appeared somber but spoke firmly and without an air of defeat. He insisted that even if the protests had never happened, he would not have sought a sixth term in September. He said he would serve out the rest of his term working "to accomplish the necessary steps for the peaceful transfer of power." He said he will carry out amendments to rules on presidential elections.


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ACROSS 1 Purchases 5 One way to cope 10 Key of Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 14 Midwest native 15 Speeder’s downfall 16 Attorney general under Clinton 17 Long story 18 African title of respect 19 Earth, in Essen 20 OPIE 23 China’s Sun __sen 24 Gallery administrator’s deg. 25 Cry of success 26 “Wait, there’s more ...” 29 Ring 5-Downs 32 Last: Abbr. 34 OBIE 40 __-B: dental brand 41 Trail 42 In charge of 43 OKIE 48 Just fine, at NASA 49 Hors d’oeuvre spread 50 Fairbanks-toAnchorage dir. 51 To the rear 54 Afternoon break 56 Sportscaster Cross 58 ODIE 65 Leaf-to-branch angle 66 Threshing instrument 67 Sculptor’s material 68 Anatomical blood carrier 69 Specialty 70 Queen’s home 71 Blue-pencil 72 Shore eagles 73 River to the North Sea DOWN 1 Northwestern pear 2 Where Pioneer Day is celebrated

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3 Teammate of Mickey and Whitey 4 Simmons alternative 5 Settler? 6 Early light 7 “Bonanza” brother 8 Flier until ’91 9 Waiter’s burden 10 Thrown in 11 Like Hood’s men 12 Tennis great Agassi 13 Down under kids 21 Thrown missile 22 __ Cynwyd, Philadelphia suburb 26 Tiny particle 27 Dragster’s org. 28 Campus VIP 30 Kodak product 31 Rascal 33 “__’Clock Jump”: Harry James recording 35 A, in communications 36 Cancún quencher 37 Miles per gal., points per game, etc.

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38 Roger of “Cheers” 39 Made faces, perhaps 44 Roast, in Rouen 45 Painter of Southwestern scenes 46 Puts down 47 “The King and I” actress, 1956 51 Desert growth 52 Sent, in a way

53 Pop singer Lopez 55 “It’s __ nothing!” 57 French hot springs town 59 In need of tuning 60 Do some mending 61 Location 62 “The Whiffenpoof Song” collegians 63 Church section 64 Certain colorist

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Arts & Entertainment

• Wednesday, February 2, 2011



SAG awards set the tone for a heated Oscar race By CHASE WADE Assoc. A&E Editor


Actor Issac McGinley, from left, director John Paul Green, actors Jacob Stewart and Gus Deardoff comprise the cast of “Aliens,” playing at Margo Jones Theater this weekend at the Owens Fine Arts Center. There will be three shows this, one on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and two on Saturday at 12 and 5 p.m.

Green talks about ‘Aliens,’ wet socks, saving the world By LAUREN SMART A&E Editor

“It’s like wet socks,” John Paul Green said, trying to describe “Aliens,” the play he is directing in the Margo Jones Theater this weekend. “You know,” he said, elaborating on his simile, “You could live your whole life with wet socks, it just wouldn’t be very comfortable.” This is a surprisingly apt description of Annie Baker’s new play about two slackers, or ‘townies’ as modern lingo designates, who hang around the backyard of a local coffeehouse playing music and eating shrooms. Green picked up this play in American Theatre Magazine while searching for a monologue. He said that the pacing of the play combined

with the exposition of characters with such perfunctory dialogue and a good amount of uncomfortable silence is what drew him to “Aliens.” “It’s the closet thing to the kind of theater I enjoy going to see,” Green said. “It’s not a happy go lucky musical, it addresses something that everybody understands.” The title of the play is the name of the band that two of the characters, KJ (Gus Deardoff) and Jasper (Jacob Stewart), are in, which seems to be the one thing that keeps them going –not that they’re actually going anywhere. Jasper spends most of the play a mixture of ambivalent and angry because he has just broken up with his girlfriend and KJ spends a great deal of the play trying to work up a sneeze. Evan (Isaac McGinley) is

a new employee at the coffee shop, who tries to shoo these idlers away, but instead finds himself adopted into the company of Jasper and KJ. “Everybody knows somebody who stayed around after high school,” Green said. “They’re the guys who talked about saving the world, but didn’t get out there and actually do anything.” No one could put Green in that category, because he’s been working hard to get this show up by Feb. 4, creating a set with all the appropriate trappings (garbage dumpster, picnic table etc), working with the fire marshall to allow the actors to smoke cigarettes and set off sparklers. With such a small cast, making sure that everything else goes smoothly has been the biggest job.

“There have been a lot of hoops to jump through and phone calls to make,” Green said. “But I have three great actors working their asses off and that has made the process so much more fulfilling.” The play is in the Margo Jones Theatre this weekend only, with shows Friday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 5 at 12 and 5 p.m. Green promises that coming to one of the shows will be worth your while. “It’s probably something that the audience won’t have seen before,” Green said. “Theater should be accessible for everyone, it doesn’t have to be stuffy. I think everyone who comes for the two hours will be surprised by how much they enjoy it.”

Seriously, can anyone stop “The King’s Speech?” At this Sunday’s Screen Actor Guild Awards, the British World War II drama was crowned the night’s biggest winner, picking up the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. With its win, “The King Speech,” inches closer to winning the Best Picture award later this month at the Oscars and finally has an advantage going into the Oscars over its award season rival, “The Social Network.” The Facebook themed flick fell further behind in the Oscar race as it came out of the SAG awards without even winning an award. Even though the movie was nominated for three of the five awards that the SAGs give film, neither the cast, Andrew Garfield, nor Jessie Eisenberg could walk away with a coveted“actor” trophy. The night included a slue of moments that are sure to be remembered. One of the Screen Actor Guild Awards’ most formidable moments came when comedy legend Betty White received the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series in the television category. White, who was just as surprised as I was in regards to her win, accepted her award with a look of absolute shock on her face. It was great to see White win a SAG award, with a portfolio of work that spans decades of time; the Hollywood hall of famer delivered one of the night’s most humble speeches. Almost slating herself as the Oscar front-runner for Best Actress, Natalie Portman finally had a chance to face her biggest competition, Annette Benning, in the same category. The two talented actresses have been splitting awards

left and right between each other and are head to head competitors for the Oscars’ biggest award for a female. Much to Benning’s dismay, Portman walked away victorious at Sunday’s award show, winning the actor trophy and leaving Benning smiling politely and clapping with class. Another actor that wrapped up their campaign for an Oscar was Collin Firth. Firth arose victorious Sunday night winning the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor. Beating heavyweights like James Franco and Jessie Eisenberg, Collin Firth’s role as the stammering King George VI proved to be preferred performance among his group of peers. Following in Firth’s and Portman’s footsteps, “The Fighter’s” Chrisitan Bale and Mellisa Leo both came closer to their Oscar awards by winning their categories as well. Both Bale and Leo are now favorites to win the supporting acting roles at the Oscars later this month. In the television categories, the Mark Whalberg produced prohibition era HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire,” won the night’s top award for a dramatic show. Steve Buscemi also picked up an acting trophy for his role in the show, adding to his Golden Globe win as well. A surprising snub came when “The Office’s” Steve Carrell, who announced he was foregoing his role on Micheal Scott , lost the Best Actor in a comedy award to network rival Alec Baldwin. The family centered comedy, “Modern Family,” won top prize for Best Television Comedy. As a whole, the Screen Actor Guild Awards basically acted the last hurdle for those looking to win an Oscar and a victory lap for the world of television. However, the night still delivered its fair share of memorable moments and played as the final flame to heat up this year’s Oscar race for Best Picture.

In other news.. “The King’s Speech’s,” director, Thomas Hooper won top prize at the Directors Guild of America breakfast this Monday. This has huge repercussions in terms of what movie will win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Hooper beat out “The Social Network’s” David Fincher, who went into the breakfast as the favorite to win. Dan Steinberg/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Director and feature film award winner Thomas Hooper poses in the press room at the 63rd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles last Saturday.

“And the Winner is...” is a column published weekly that expresses the opinion of Associate A&E Editor Chase Wade. The column runs until the end of Feburary.


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