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“Grey’s Anatomy” actress and Meadows graduate Jerrika Hinton.

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Michael Beschloss (left) and Douglas Brinkley (right) were the speakers of the first 2013 Tate lecture Tuesday night.

Beschloss, Brinkley discuss presidential legacy, leadership katelyn gough News Editor Two of the nation’s leading Presidential historians spoke about presidential legacy and leadership at the SMU Tate Lecture Series Tuesday evening. Moderated by William McKenzie, Michael Beschloss and Douglas Brinkley spent much of the hour speaking to the presidential legacy, and the necessary time needed after the end of a president’s time to accurately judge his leadership. “If we are obsessive, it’s an insider’s club of historians. I don’t think we [as a country] know enough about our presidents,” Brinkley responded to McKenzie’s question of whether we lust too much for presidential leadership. Beschloss said that in order to learn fully about the country’s leaders, we have to wait for inside sources to provide “what these people are like behind the scenes.” “Usually presidents 40 years after office look very different,” Beschloss said. Issues and “obsessions” that were escalated during the presidency often are quelled or even better understood as the country moves forward. “It’s good to wait and read

books by historians and great journalists,” Beschloss said. In terms of the president thinking about what his legacy should look like during his first term, Beschloss said, “in a selfconscious way,” he hopes such is never the case. “What the great presidents [think about is] what kinds of decisions will stand up 40 or 50 years later,” Beschloss said. Brinkley, in agreement, added that the first term of a presidency has far more immediate needs than eventual reminisce. “Their first term they have to keep this political alliance going to be re-elected,” Brinkley said. However, Beschloss was careful to caution against that same sentiment in the sense that “building to get reelected is not necessarily the best [strategy].” In regards to keeping a close eye on the polls—or, in contrast, disregarding them nearly entirely—Beschloss asserted “every president should use polls but not be governed by them.” Brinkley echoed these sentiments in his own words, saying that while presidents are not “obsessed” with polls, they do “watch [and] worry” about them. As the conversation veered further from blanket ideas and

more to specific presidencies, Abraham Lincoln was approached with specific interest and regality. “All presidents worship Abraham Lincoln because no matter how bad they have it, Lincoln had it worse,” Brinkley asserted. Referencing especially his reelection and “tough” decision not to withdraw the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln is known as one of, if not the, greatest president in America’s history. Lincoln, focused in on such difficult and controversial decisions he needed to make during his time in office. “The thing that is compelling about Lincoln is that he was not a saint,” Beschloss said. McKenzie asked both historians about Barack Obama’s legacy. “He’s a historic figure,” Brinkley said. Individually, as the first African American president, he clearly is a historical first, he said. His overall administration has also had several firsts, and Brinkley addressed the fact that he appointed the first two women to the Supreme Court, and there may very well be more female members added during his second term.

However, Beschloss spoke on a different note, marking all of the “in-progress” issues—such as the economy and foreign affairs—that are at the cusp of falling one way or another, as evidence that his legacy cannot be truly determined until their outcome is decided. “You really need to have the President, in our minds, pass into the realm of history,” Beschloss said. “40 years from now we will know and can give a definitive answer.” Moriah Momsen, a junior at the university, said that this lecture stood out in her mind because, contrary to typical moderated lectures, the two historians “pretty much agreed on everything.” “It was different. Usually at all the panels they kind of battle it out. This one was a very different tone,” Momsen said. “It brought me through our American history and my infatuation with the President.” While taking the audience through such a review of American leaders, providing stories of both presidential success and moments falling short of such, Beschloss summed up the role of the Presidential historian. “We assess who gets the credit, who gets the blame.”

Megan Grosse Contributing Writer The second annual Black Alumni of SMU scholarship reception is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m., which will honor the 2013 SMU Black Alumni History Makers and celebrate the SMU Black Alumni Scholarship. “We want to show that we are supporting the future while recognizing those who helped us get to where we are today as a black community on the SMU campus,” Ashley Hamilton, SMU graduate and co-community service chair of the Black Alumni of SMU, said. The Black Alumni of SMU created the scholarship with the hopes of retaining talented black students at SMU. “Several times students have to transfer to other schools because the financial obligation is too great,” Lauren Driskell said. Driskill is the board chair for the Black Alumni of SMU. “For those that put in the work to get into SMU, we want to make sure they are able to continue and graduate.” This year Driskell hopes the group will raise at least $10,000 in donations, giving it the ability to give scholarships to two recipients, instead of one. Last year, the Black Alumni of SMU raised about $7,500 for the 2012 scholarship, which was given to Leah Johnson, a current SMU student. “The scholarship has helped by alleviating some of the financial stress on my mother, who is the sole provider for our family,” Johnson said. “The scholarship is a nice reminder

that I am being heard because it is very competitive for the scholarships here at SMU and I felt I wasn’t getting noticed.” In addition to the scholarship reception, the Black Alumni of SMU will also be honoring history makers from SMU’s past. “For our honorees, we are honoring people that we felt made a notable impact at SMU,” Driskell said. “We hope the event will recognize these individuals and also give alumni an opportunity to network together.” The 2013 History Maker Honorees include: Gerard Andrews (‘91), Kelvin Beachum, Jr. (’11, ’12), Roni Dean Burren (‘99), David Huntley (‘80), Rhonda Belt Rhea (‘77), Rev. Richard Stewart (‘60) and Yulise Reaves Waters (’02, ‘08). For the evening, the Black Alumni of SMU is excited to have “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Jerrika Hinton, an SMU Meadows alumnae, as the featured speaker. Dameron Growe, also a Meadows graduate, and Kamica King, a current SMU master’s student, will be its featured performer. The reception and celebration will take place in the Palmer Room located in Caruth Hall. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages and complimentary valet will be provided. Hamilton hopes that through the honoring of these SMU history makers and the giving of the scholarship, SMU will continue to see a development of its black community. “We are more than just athletes; we are artists and engineers, English majors and future leaders of our community,” Hamilton said.


Senate addresses campus parking, George W. Bush Library groundbreaking Maggie jones Contributing Writer Club and organization financing, religious observance and movements to improve student parking were just some of the many topics that were brought to the table at the SMU Student Senate meeting Tuesday. The meeting lasted about two hours, during which members presented their topics of concern or reformation. Members gathered in the Hughes-Trigg Forum dressed in business casual attire, prepared to tackle their agenda. After declaring a moment of silence, Student Senate introduced the Vice President of Women’s Interest Network Bekah Boyer.

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Student Body President Alex Mace speaks to the Senate Tuesday night.

WIN plans to hold a drive for “new and gently used sports bras,” Boyer said. These sports bras are intended to make women who are victims of rape slightly more comfortable, since they are required to seize their clothes

as evidence when filing a report. Boyer continued to address another WIN event, Sex in the Dark. This event will allow students to inquire about sex anonymously by simply dropping a question into a

box. “Students can submit questions anonymously and confidentiality is promised,” Boyer said. Senate members filled the room with applause, and the board swiftly proceeded down the agenda, where Zane Cavender took the podium. Cavender addressed a question that is a regular complaint on campus—student parking. He proposed his legislation to work with Park-n-Pony to free up more student parking in the North Quad of campus. Senate members hesitantly questioned Cavender’s motion. “Just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it won’t happen now,” Cavender said. With the George W. Bush Presidential Center opening to the

public May 1, all efforts are in play to execute the opening as smoothly as possible. A program that would allow 100 SMU students to produce hand-written letters for the Bush family, welcoming their library to campus, was presented by Student Body President Alex Mace at the meeting. “I’ve been talking a lot about how we can get students involved in the opening,” Mace said, “and with the 100 letters campaign, 100 student voices will basically say welcome to the Bush family.” At the end of the meeting, Ramon Trespalacios presented a legislation to implement campus-wide reflection time on Sundays. Through this, organizations will be required to hold all Sunday

meetings after 3 P.M., allowing students to participate in all religious observances. “I have overheard a lot of students complaining that meetings, such as Panhellenic, interfere with their religious observances,” Trespalacios said. The meeting covered a variety of important topics vital in bettering the SMU community.



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Junior shares her involvement with fashion hillary schmidt Style Editor Brooke Reagan, a junior from California studying journalism, fashion media and communication studies, has become increasingly involved with fashion throughout her time at SMU. She is the author of the blog Brooke du Jour. When did your interest in fashion start? I feel like as long as I can remember because I was that little girl who would go in to her mother’s closet and wear her necklaces and I would have my little feet in her big glamorous high heels. Define your personal style. I definitely have a feminine and traditional style, but with more of a modern update. I’ve never met a bow I didn’t find darling, and I guess my heart will always belong with the color pink, just a very girly, feminine style. When did you start your blog? I started Brooke du Jour in August 2012 so I am still really new and learning all about it. I’ve been stalking fashion blogs

for years and it was kind of like a leap of faith to start my own. But I’m really happy with it I’ve been having so much fun with the whole process. Why did you decide to make a blog? Originally, I was thinking it would be really smart for internships because a lot of my friends who got very envious jobs last summer used their blogs kind of as an online portfolio to showcase their design and writing skills so I was like ‘I feel like I’m behind, I need to start doing this.’ What are your goals in terms of your blog? My goal is to post three times a week, and I do outfit posts, and product collages, and now I’m going to start adding more interviews. I want to diversify the content a bit more. And as a journalism major I’m such a nerd and I love finding stories, so I want add that and be a little more interesting to readers. I’d love to add some video content down the line, which I know how to do from my basic video class but it just takes so much time.

Are there any blogs you follow ‘religiously’? Oh yeah, I have the most insane style crush on Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam. Then I really love Jacey Duprie from Damsel In Dior and then Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere, everyone loves her. Who

is your favorite designer? Can I have multiple answers? I love Tory Burch for her classic handbags and boots. I feel like if there’s one designer I constantly go to it’s definitely her. I also really love Kate Spade for her pop of color and design. And I like Milly. Recently all of her designs are so light and lovely and feminine. I have recently completely fallen in love with her. What

are your favorite brands? I feel like it kind of goes handin-hand with the designers. Basically, a huge part of my style and what I want to convey on Brooke du Jour is smart shopping for the college girl budget. Yes I have expensive taste, but obviously everything I wear is not going to be designer, so definitely shopping at Forever 21 and Gap

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for trendier pieces, and then investing in a nicer handbag that I will have until my death bed. What are a few items you cannot live without? Well I wear my Gap jeans every single day, they’re so comfortable. They’re just my straight skinnies. I curl my hair with these retro hot rollers because the irons don’t really work on my hair so I’ve been using those every weekend. What else? Chanel foundation. I’ve tried every single one in the universe and that is my favorite. I go to CVS for mascara and stuff like that because I feel like the beauty industry is a semi rip-off. What is your favorite trend right now? I am always a fan of florals for spring. Not exactly ground breaking. I love emerald, I interned for the night at Fashion’s Night Out, and they had all the emerald then and I was so excited about it. Apparently it is Pantone’s color of the year. I own a lot of the deep emerald, it’s such a pretty, rich hue. Where do you get your inspiration for your style? Definitely fashion blogs. I’m

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on those like all the time. I also have next to my bed the biggest stack of magazines you’ve ever seen. Street style too because sometimes I’ll see someone wearing something I really like and I’ll take that and put my own spin on it.

License or ID. Smith Hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by Definitely celebrities. Camilla a minor.

Belle. She always looks so pretty on the red carpet. She has never worn anything that wasn’t absolutely stunning. I love Amy Adams, she always looks so classic and proves that redheads can wear red. I could name off a thousand people right now.

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THURSDAY February 7

February 8

Room to Read: The launch of John Wood’s book tour and a lecture on Room to Read at 5 p.m. in HughesTrigg Theater.

Albert Herring: A charming comedy of manners about a sheltered boy’s sudden leap into adulthood is a perennial favorite for its witty and imaginative music and universal themes in the Meadows Open Theatre at 8 p.m.

Albert Herring: A charming comedy of manners about a sheltered boy’s sudden leap into adulthood is a perennial favorite for its witty and imaginative music and universal themes in the Meadows Open Theatre at 8 p.m.

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12:59 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Failure to Identify. Two students were referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by a minor and one of those students was also referred for Failure to Identify. Closed. 1:50 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. Cockrell-McIntosh Hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by a minor. Closed.

2:18 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. 6000 Bishop Blvd. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by a minor. Closed. 3:11 a.m. Possession of Fictitious License or ID. Smith Hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by a minor. Closed.

Texas State Hazing Law

SUBCHAPTER Z. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS § 51.936. Hazing (a) Subchapter F, Chapter 37, applies to hazing at an educational institution under this section. (b) For purposes of this section, in Subchapter F, Chapter 37, “educational institution” means an institution of higher education.

ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, by: shame, or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental (1) a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000; or health or dignity of the student or discourages the student (2) if the court finds that the offense caused personal injury, from entering or remaining registered in an educational property damage, or other loss, a fine of not less than institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a $5,000 nor more than double the amount lost or expenses student to leave the organization or the institution rather incurred because of the injury, damage, or loss. than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, SUBCHAPTER F. HAZING (E) any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student 1995. § 37.151. Definitions to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the In this subchapter: Penal Code. § 37.154. Consent Not a Defense (1) “Educational institution” includes a public or private high Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995. It is not a defense to prosecution of an offense under this subchapschool. (See § 51.936 (b) above. –ed.) ter that the person against whom the hazing was directed consented (2) “Pledge” means any person who has been accepted by, is con- § 37.152. Personal Hazing Offense to or acquiesced in the hazing activity. sidering an offer of membership from, or is in the process of (a) A person commits an offense if the person: Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995. qualifying for membership in an organization. (1) engages in hazing; (3) “Pledging” means any action or activity related to becoming a (2) solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another § 37.155. Immunity From Prosecution Available member of an organization. in engaging in hazing; In the prosecution of an offense under this subchapter, the court may grant immunity from prosecution for the offense to each (4) “Student” means any person who: (3) recklessly permits hazing to occur; or (A) is registered in or in attendance at an educational institu(4) has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing person who is subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution and who tion; incident involving a student in an educational institution, or does testify for the prosecution. Any person reporting a specific (B) has been accepted for admission at the educational instituhas firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution to tion where the hazing incident occurs; or occurred, and knowingly fails to report that knowledge in the dean of students or other appropriate official of the institution (C) intends to attend an educational institution during any of writing to the dean of students or other appropriate official is immune from civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be of the institution. incurred or imposed as a result of the report. Immunity extends to its regular sessions after a period of scheduled vacation. participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from the report. (5) “Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, association, corpo- (b) The offense of failing to report is a Class B misdemeanor. ration, order, society, corps, club, or service, social, or similar (c) Any other offense under this section that does not cause serious A person reporting in bad faith or with malice is not protected by bodily injury to another is a Class B misdemeanor. this section. group, whose members are primarily students. (6) “Hazing” means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, (d) Any other offense under this section that causes serious bodily Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995. injury to another is a Class A misdemeanor. occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a (e) Any other offense under this section that causes the death of § 37.156. Offenses in Addition to Other Penal Provisions another is a state jail felony. This subchapter does not affect or repeal any penal law of this student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, (f) Except if an offense causes the death of a student, in sentencing state. This subchapter does not limit or affect the right of an educaa person convicted of an offense under this section, the court tional institution to enforce its own penalties against hazing. affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership may require the person to perform community service, subject Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995. in an organization. The term includes: to the same conditions imposed on a person placed on com(A) any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, munity supervision under Section 11, Article 42.12, Code of § 37.157. Reporting by Medical Authorities striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmCriminal Procedure, for an appropriate period of time in lieu A doctor or other medical practitioner who treats a student who ful substance on the body, or similar activity; of confinement in county jail or in lieu of a part of the time the may have been subjected to hazing activities: (B) any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, person is sentenced to confinement in county jail. (1) may report the suspected hazing activities to police or other law exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, enforcement officials; and calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995. (2) is immune from civil or other liability that might otherwise be an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the § 37.153. Organization Hazing Offense imposed or incurred as a result of the report, unless the report is mental or physical health or safety of the student; made in bad faith or with malice. (C) any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alco- (a) An organization commits an offense if the organization conholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that subjects dones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995. the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student; assists in the commission of hazing. (D) any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with (b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable

SMU HAZING VIOLATIONS In accordance with requirements of the Texas Education Code, Section 51.936(c), the following organizations have been disciplined for hazing and/or convicted for hazing, on or off the campus of Southern Methodist University, during the preceding three years: Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and Sigma Chi Fraternity.

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WEDNESDAY n FEBRUARY 6, 2013 entertainment

Dallas Comedy House provides comedic opportunity for students Jordan Moore Contributing Writer Standing innocently but boldly on one side of Commerce Street in Deep Ellum of Dallas is a burgundy brick building. White window panes rimmed in Old-Hollywood-style vanity lights create the face of the place, shining as stars on the Saturdaynight street. Black-on-white posters fill the glass, blocking the view of the inside, but nonetheless bring the eye to focus on what might lie within. The brightly lit sign above points directly to the red door below, beckoning loudly in neon, just as audible as the loudspeaker painted on the door, to passers-by to enter. Stowed away inside the seemingly serious, flat-faced building is an atmosphere that is anything but flat. A bar buzzes with conversation over brews, and just beyond sits a room of black. Emerging from the black are bursts of laughter. The stage up front

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The Dallas Comedy House

illuminates a troupe performing between two red curtains. The Dallas Comedy House is home to both troupes and solo comedians of improv, sketch and stand up comedy. It offers courses and a training program, consisting of five levels. Amanda Austin, the owner and a performer at the Dallas Comedy House, explains the basics of what improv comedy is: “[It’s] saying ‘yes’ to what’s going on.” As Austin also notes, “It’s a sort of cross-training.” Not only in comedy, but in any field of hobby or profession, cross-training is necessary, according to Austin. Classes like those provided by the Dallas Comedy House allow for participants to learn the basics of improv comedy and build upon those skills to further their comedic experience as well as in other aspects of their life. Stage fright, fear of public speaking, or whatever it may be, is not uncommon. “A lot of it is just getting over your fear,” SMU student Pooja Alloju said. Alloju is an improv comedian at the DCH. Alloju completed all five levels of improv courses within a span of nine months, recently finishing the program this past December. She has already found success in her hobby, landing a spot in a Febreeze commercial. “Even though I don’t have an agent, I’m still getting things,” Alloju said. “[DCH] is a great place to start.” Whether working to become a fellow comedian in the collection, or simply looking for something to do on a Saturday night, Dallas Comedy House offers trial runs for newcomers. Every Wednesday night beginning at 8 p.m., all-level comedy students are free to get on stage and perform, as are audience members; it’s free time for all. Additionally, on the last

Wednesday of every month from 7:30-8:30 p.m., a free improv class is available to anyone. The doors are open, the stage is open, and as Alloju puts it, “It’s extremely accessible.” Although this past Saturday night was not one of these “Free Jam Sessions,” as the DCH refers to it, there was nonetheless audience involvement. Both comedy troupes that performed, Local Honey and Atlantic Pacific Billy, asked for a starting point to get the performance going. First, Local Honey requested a word and received “postage,” incorporating a post office into a scene. Atlantic Pacific Billy performed afterward, this time, requesting a movie title, to which they received “Dazed and Confused,” and then went on to perform their interpretation of the film. Thanks to the audience, “It’s a different show every night,” Austin said. Further, Austin said that improv also teaches the “art of listening.” Listening and interpreting, along with drawing comparisons and contrasts, are all things in which an academic university aims to teach. Audience member and SMU graduate Kevin Dawe proves just this. Dawe said he spent his weekend night “comparing New York improv comedy with Dallas improv.” A northern native, Dawe mentioned the well-known Tina Fey, a comedian who got her start at The Second City improv theatre of Chicago. Enterprises like Dallas Comedy House and others across the nation provide the possibility for people to create and grow on stage and in public, as an individual and whatever else they may hope to be in the world. All it takes is a step off the street and in the door.





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U.S. values life

India should take a hint abhijit sunil Contributing Writer What are the things that money really can buy? This question is the eternal cliche of modern society of course: can it buy happiness? Love? Care? This question repeatedly plays in my mind every time my friends back in India ask me another question: what is the real difference between life in America and India? After all, now with the whole notion of the world being flat and the information technology age, so many aspects of the Western world are as much part of any Third World country, and especially a prospering economy like India. But in the period of over one year that I have been in the U.S., one distinguishing facet of the American society repeatedly made itself clear to me. Something that recent incidences in India sadly made me realize is a trait we need to embrace back home. And that trait is the value for human life. Not just the quality of life, but the amount of importance with which each individual’s life is perceived in a society. Two weeks ago, my roommate suffered a bad muscle spasm in his lower back. Since he was unable to move at all, we had to call 911 for an ambulance to take him to a hospital. This was really the first experience of calling 911 for me and my other Indian friends who were present. And soon enough, an ambulance arrived with two paramedics, accompanied by two police cars. The police made enquiries with us, while the paramedics quickly proceeded to help my roommate. This experience left me with as much amazement as gratitude toward the emergency operations. We made one call, and on the scene within five minutes were two policemen, a state of the art ambulance and two paramedics. All for a non-serious back pain. As I was looking at the ambulance looking our apartment

complex, I thought back on a high profile gang-rape case that occurred in India just three weeks before. A young woman and her male friend were brutally violated in a bus gang raped by six men, and thrown onto the roadside where they lay for over an hour until eventually passersby informed the police. The whole process of obtaining help and availing medical treatment for the couple took away precious hours which jeopardized the possibility of saving the victim’s life. Many versions of what had ensued surfaced: some claiming negligence of the police to act swiftly on being informed about the victims. Many other passersby may have noticed the victims lying on the street side, but refused to be ‘involved’, fearing that they would be forever intertwined in the legal process that would ensue, by being a witness. A sluggish police force that was careless in reacting even in an emergency, and a society that was forced to stay apathetic due to a complex and intimidating legal system: all of such issues were brought to light by this incident, and many reforms have been proposed and some are under way. So is all the care that my friend received here in the U.S. simply because this society is richer and we can afford it? Is it because the policemen earn a good enough life here so they don’t have to be corrupt? Well, I feel fundamentally there is another aspect here: the value for life. And it could definitely be a result of many factors like a developed economy, but yet, I cannot come to terms with the fact that indeed, certain things are beyond what money can buy. And a simple hand of help for a sufferer is something it definitely cannot.

Sunil is a graduate student in Lyle School of Engineering.


Need for SMU baseball christopher saul Photo Editor During my comically short tenure as the associate sports editor of The Daily Campus, I came to realize a couple of things about the many varsity sports that we have at SMU. One, they are not as poorly attended as some might think; the basketball team has especially noticed this with the advent of the Larry Brown era. Football has also noticed an uptick in attendance, as more people stumble off of the boulevard to watch the Mustangs post four winning seasons in a row. But I feel that we lack in the spring. After basketball season, what is there in terms of massdraw spectator sports? Nothing. I say it’s high time we got a baseball team. It would fill a void in the last part of the spring semester

for students to enjoy. Other schools that we compete with in the area, such as TCU, Rice, Baylor, Texas, A&M and Arkansas all have very good programs. It requires fewer scholarships than other spring sports (lacrosse for example), and we could capitalize on some of the North Texas baseball fandom that has arisen with the recent success of the Texas Rangers. To those that say that we don’t need another team on campus that will have games no one will attend, I say that you are correct. If we look back to the days of yore, when SMU football was the greatest show in town, the stadium was filled. Basically, if you build it and get an NCAA ranking, they will come.

Saul is a sophomore majoring in journalism and history.

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Brandon Bub Contributing Writer In this week’s “debate,” I found that Michael and I probably agree more than we disagree. I am aware that criticizing Richard Dawkins might not endear me so well to other members of the secular movement (with which I strongly identify). Indeed, Dawkins’ books The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion have become a sort of cause celebre among atheists and agnostics. While the scientific rigor of Dawkins’ work can hardly be questioned, his public persona has drawn particular scrutiny. Perhaps the brand with which Dawkins is most closely associated is so-called “New Atheism,” a movement promulgated by such influential figures as Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens among other authors. New Atheists believe religion is something that should not be merely tolerated, but rather criticized and exposed for its supposed bald-faced lies. The substance of these atheists’ arguments is not where I find particular fault; rather, I am more disturbed by the rhetoric and vitriol these authors use in making their points. Consider the title of Christopher Hitchens’ most famous book, “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”. Authors like Dawkins and Hitchens seem to believe that religion is poisonous propaganda, meant to indoctrinate followers from a young age into a sort of unthought that prevents them from thinking critically. Now, I certainly agree that quite a few nasty things in history can be attributed to the influence of religion. From the Crusades in the Middle Ages to the rampant sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church today, religious institutions have proven to be just as fallible as any other human-made organization. I

want to make unequivocally clear that the atrocities perpetrated throughout history in the name of any deity disgust me to no end. However, the idea that religion is nothing more than a harmful propagandizing machine is simply foolish. I was raised in the Catholic tradition. I received more than a few sacraments, I went to a religious high school and I studied quite a bit of the Bible. Even though I was not a fan of the way my high school taught history at certain points (I’m sorry Father Hough, but I don’t buy your excuses for Queen Mary), I do not think that my education harmed my ability to think critically. Moreover, my friends who do consider themselves religious are some of the most intelligent people I know. The idea that they are somehow intellectually deficient for looking at the world differently from me is hubristic. One of the challenges of working in the secular community is striking a balance between criticizing religion and offering a viable alternative. As the president of SMU’s Secular Humanists, I have labored intensely to create a safe space for nonreligious students at the school who often feel out of place in a majority Christian campus. However, I also recognize that a community has to be based on more than simply bashing everyone who disagrees with us. As Dr. Darrel Ray, a prominent atheist author and psychologist, recently told the New York Times, the secular community “can’t just be talking about cowboy individualists anymore. We have to get out of this mentality we’ve been in over the past 50 years of just saying how stupid religion is. We have to create our own infrastructure.” I could not agree more.

Bub is a junior majoring in English, political science, and history.

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michael dearman Contributing Writer One of the most influential forces in the growing trend of irreligion in the United States is the group known as the New Atheists. The infamous leaders of this group are the self-proclaimed four horsemen of the demise of religion (particularly Christianity and Islam). They are Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens. The four horsemen are now three after the death of Hitchens, which may seem like a good thing for Christians, as one-fourth of the apocalyptic tandem is gone, but I actually found Hitchens to be the most entertaining out of the four. The purpose of this article is twofold. First, I want to demonstrate why Richard Dawkins, along with the other New Atheists, is terrible for the climate in which atheist/ theist dialogue can take place. Second, I want to address the ways in which we might engage one another over issues of faith without devolving into hatred. Richard Dawkins was once an evolutionary biologist, but I do not believe we can call him that any longer. Dawkins has become demagogue, trading reason for vitriol and the cooperative scientific venture for egocentricity. Despite his abrasive rhetoric (just go to YouTube and watch the spittle fly), it is his lack of interest in reason (which he claims to advocate) that is the most worrisome for dialogue. Because of his notoriety, Dawkins is the face of atheism to the public. That means people of all creeds and backgrounds will view him as the primary disseminator of arguments for atheism. However, this bodes ill for both religious and irreligious alike. If Dawkins’ name is synonymous with atheism, then what Dawkins does is irrevocably tied to public perceptions of atheism (just as fundamentalist religious figures are used to characterize the entirety of a religion). Dawkins has no interest in convincing you by traditional means. Instead, he is just going to steamroll you with hatred and rhetoric until you either crumble or jump on the bandwagon. Neither of these options is terribly productive. It does not mean that Dawkins’ position is better reasoned or even comprehensible. Instead, non-atheists assume that all atheists are firebrands on a witch-hunt. Likewise, atheists are not equipped with the ability to

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sustain debates over the merits of religion since their high priest is not giving them arguments at all. Instead, calling religion a copout without ever explaining why is the typical argument we see from Dawkins. Religion is all fairy tales and nothing more. Except this is quite a disservice to the majority of the world who actually do adhere to an organized faith tradition. Furthermore, religion is, apparently, the root of evil and war, which is not a particularly unique statement from Dawkins, but instead is an argument rehashed by all of the New Atheists. However, Dawkins fails to recognize the evils done in the name of secular states throughout the 20th century. He also fails to recognize the evils done by secular governments by coopting religion. His insistent projection of the state-church distinction upon all of history is not only anachronistic but also sloppy. The line between religion and politics is hard to find and at times one has used the other. I hope you are starting to see why this kind of rhetoric (not reason) truly does break down dialogue. Instead, we should be having conversations about the merits of religions, the terrible things done in the name of religion, and sincerely accept that while we may hate the ideas of another person, those ideas are not the person. Everyone deserves charity in these discussions, but I doubt that altruism would interest Dawkins. Reasoned arguments are the common currency of debate, and I suggest that we exercise reason to talk to one another in order to avoid hateful rhetoric parading as reason. We can start by simply asking each other what we believe and why. Probe in order to learn first and not to destroy. One must clarify the others argument, position, use of terms, etc. in order to get a firm grasp on the argument. Healthy questions, not condescending questions, are important, not only to challenge but to clarify. Whether theists or atheists have hurt you, not all of them are the same. In fact, many are quite congenial people willing to engage others on a personal level. If we get outside of our own bounds and really seek to understand, we might find that peaceful relations are possible instead of browbeating each other endlessly with no results.

Dearman is a junior majoring in political science and philosophy.

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Women’s basketball deserves better Demetrio Teniente Sports Editor What’s the hottest sports team in the metroplex at this moment? If you say anything other than SMU Women’s basketball, you are sorely mistaken. It’s not your fault if you aren’t aware of the Lady Mustangs success this season. On a national scale their record is average and they aren’t nationally ranked… yet. SMU has received votes for the Associated Press top 25 in seven straight polls. The Mustangs boast a 16-4 overall record and are second in the league in points per game (69.4). In the NCAA SMU is ninth in shooting percentage from 3-point range (37.5) and 34th in steals with 11.6 per game. What I get out of those stats is that this team creates turnovers and then shoots the lights out. No doubt the emergence of junior transfer Keena Mays has elevated the Mustangs however, 10 out of 12 players on SMU’s roster have a shooting percentage higher than 35 percent. I’m by no means down playing the importance of Mays, but it should be known that this was a good team before she became eligible. However, her presence has propelled the Mustangs to elite status, in Conference USA at least. In 12 games, Mays has racked up three C-USA Player of the Week awards. She is averaging 20.2 points per game and shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range. In order to be ranked nationally with stat leaders, a player must play in a minimum of 75 percent of games, Mays has only played in 60 percent so far. If she could be compared to other players in the country, she would rank 17th in points per game, and 10th in 3-point percentage, she is also dishing the ball out at a clip of 4.58 assists per game. The Mustangs are on a historic ride. The last time the team received AP Poll votes was back in January of 2010. The current eight game win streaks is tied for the second longest in school history. The longest win-streak was 12 and that was during the 1999-00 season. Dallas hasn’t seen a successful team completely dominate in some time. The Texas Rangers led the AL West for almost all of last season only to lose it on the

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very last game. Remember when the Mavericks won the NBA Championship in 2011 and then blew up the team in the offseason for pipe dreams in free agency? Of course you remember how the Dallas Cowboys fell in yet another ‘win and get in’ scenario. Troubles have even befallen SMU, head men’s basketball coach Larry Brown has had to battle a short bench all season long. The Mustangs started strong but the season is slowly tanking. Given that Brown is rebuilding the basketball program it isn’t surprising that there would be some adversity early on. Next year, when a few transfers become eligible, and if a few recruits pan out, SMU will have a complete team and a bench to go with it. With the lack of success of other Dallas teams and the obvious success of the Lady Mustangs, can someone please explain why only 713 people attend the home games? The worst part is that number is an average- an average skewed by the 802 that attended the Wichita State game. Prior to that game, the high was 502 against Montana State. Attendance may be on the rise but it isn’t enough when the men are able to attract more than 3,000 consistently, despite a 12-11 record. Just an FYI, women can play sports too, and the SMU women‘s basketball team is dominating.

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SMU’s Akil Simpson (5) driving past a ULM defender.

Mustangs look to increase streak to eight against UAB Scott SANDFORD Contributing Writer On Thursday the Mustangs will take on fellow Conference USA member UAB at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs are riding a eight game win streak into Thursday night, and look to keep their perfect record in Conference USA. During their eight game streak, the Mustangs are averaging 73 points a game, while only allowing 60 points a game, defensively. For the Mustangs, there are a couple of players that are playing their best basketball of the season during the current win streak. Coming off of her third Conference USA Player of The Week award, Keena Mays will

After a heartbreaking overtime loss to Houston on Saturday, the Mustangs are gearing up for a big C-USA matchup against Memphis, currently the top team in C-USA with a 18-3 record overall and a 7-0 record in C-USA play. The Mustangs have won two straight home games against Memphis. The Tigers are lead by Joe Jackson, who averages over 14 points per game and over four assists per game. The Tigers leading rebounder, D.J. Stephens will not be a threat to score against the Mustangs, averaging 6.7 points per game, but the Mustangs will

have to play physical to get Stephens off his game. SMU will need a big game from Cannen Cunningham down low, who was relatively quiet against Houston even with Nick Russell and Jalen Jones playing extremely well on the outside. Jones is averaging 16.9 points per game in C-USA play this season, good for second in the conference in points per game in conference play. Jones not only leads SMU in points per game, but also in rebounding, averaging eights rebounds per game. SMU faces Rice on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. on the road before getting a week off and facing Tulane in an FSN-televised matchup in New Orleans on Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

look to continue her monstrous season. Another top scorer for SMU, Alisha Filmore, who had 21 points for the Mustangs her last time out, will be a key factor in this game. With SMU’s three top scorer all averaging over 10 points a game, contributions from all of them will be necessary in order to move the streak to nine games. UAB, 13-7 (4-3), comes into Thursday’s game with a two game losing streak. Most recently, the Blazers lost to Rice, 61-53, who had been on their own five game losing streak. The Mustangs will look to revenge their loss from last year against UAB and to keep their momentum rolling in the right direction.

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“Beautiful Creatures” cast discuss new film Meredith Carey Contributing Writer It looks like 2013 will be the year of best-selling young adult fiction finding its way to the silver screen. Following in the footsteps of the “Twilight” series, upcoming films, like “Beautiful Creatures,” hope to lengthen the reign of supernatural romance flicks. “Beautiful Creatures” revolves around teenager Lena Duchannes, who catches the eye of her new classmate Ethan. Lena, however, is descended from a long line of “casters,” a fancy name for witches, and must choose whether to become a force for good or evil. For Alice Englert, who plays Lena, the magical element in the film seems more realistic in comparison to other supernatural dramas. “The magic seems to not just be there as a spectacle, but seem to be an extension of these people and their lives and who they were,” Englert said. Alden Ehrenreich, another relative newcomer in the film, plays Ethan, and agrees with Englert.

To him, the human aspect and the humor make the film’s setting and premise more believable. “You see these big films that take place in these fantastic realities and they take themselves very seriously and that’s something that I really appreciated from day one,” Ehrenreich said. The story never did. “I think that’s in the book as well, that there is lot of humor,” Ehrenreich said. While most of the leading cast is young and fairly new to bigbudget movies, the film features seasoned actors like Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons. “The older actors that we worked with were just so nurturing and open to teaching us, you know, everything that they knew and it was a great acting class just getting to watch them work,” Thomas Mann, who plays Ethan’s best friend Link, said. Rossum, of “Phantom of the Opera” and Showtime’s “Shameless,” saw the script as another opportunity to play a strong and powerful female character. She plays Ridley Duchannes in the film, Lena’s dark

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caster cousin. “I fell in love with this series [because] it was really about showing female strengths,” Rossum said. “I had a single mom and she raised me and she is a very strong women, so I think I gravitate towards that kind of character. But you know, and when I was like a teen I played all like the good girl roles, so definitely a bit of a turn for me,” Rossum said. Richard LaGravenese, who has adapted Alfonso Cuaron’s “A Little Princess” and Robert Redford’s “The Horse Whisperer” among others, directs the film. “Beautiful Creatures” is based on the first book in the Caster Chronicles, written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. “I believe it’s important to understand that the book and the movie are separate entities,” Zoey Deutch, who plays mean girl Emily Asher, said. “I think that the fans are going to be very happy because it truly stays honest to the original story and the characters,” Deutch said. Englert agrees, noting that LaGravenese worked to keep the essence of the book and its characters alive in the film. “Beautiful Creatures” is one of four books in the series. If audiences respond positively to the film, the remaining three may also be turned into films, Rossum, who was a fan of the novels before being cast in the movie said. “We are signed for sequels if people embrace the series and wanted to continue I would love to reprise the role,” Rossum said. “Beautiful Creatures” opens in theaters Feb. 14.


The Hamon Arts Library at the SMU campus celebrates its 100th year of university library collections.

Hamon Arts Library receives $1 million, expands collection Courtney Spalten A&E Editor The Hamon Arts Library at SMU has recently been given two new gifts that greatly expand its housed collections. The library has attained personal materials from the estate of philanthropist and arts patron Nancy Hamon. The gift also includes $1 million to endow, preserve and exhibit the collection. Among the donated materials are photograph albums, diaries, records, memorabilia, personal correspondence with seven U.S. presidents and other prominent leaders and items related to her husband’s career in the oil business. Film historian and collector Jeff Gordon contributed to the museum through the donation of his movie archives, which are valued at $1.5 million. The newly acquired Gordon collection includes hundreds of original movie posters, over 1,000 film-related advertisements, over 15,000 35-millimeter slides of movie memorabilia, several thousand original movie photos, a 16-millimeter film collection with over 200 features, over 20 Warner Brothers cartoons, 100 television programs and a number of Elvis Presley materials.

The collection primarily features movies dating from the 1930s to the 1970s. “These two new collections will greatly enrich and broaden the holdings of the Hamon Arts Library,” Gillian M. McCombs, dean and director of SMU’s Central University Libraries said. “The Gordon gift will significantly increase our ability to support teaching and research in American film. And the Hamon Collection will draw researchers interested in Dallas history and the cultural history of the Southwest,” McCombs said. This year, SMU is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the University’s library collections, “The Year of the Library,” as part of its Second Century Celebration. Commemoration efforts involve recognition of new commitments to update and expand the campus libraries as well as the new gifts. The new Gordon and Hamon collections contribute to the Second Century Campaign goals of investments for library facilities, endowments for acquisitions and library staff positions and the expansion of special collections. Although SMU has not yet received his complete archives, Gordon is currating a new

exhibition to offer the public a sneak peak at his collection. The public has the opportunity to preview the upcoming collection through the exhibition, “Linda Darnell from Dallas to Hollywood: Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection.” Included in the Linda Darnell exhibition are posters, photographs and materials from scrapbooks of Darnell. Born in Dallas, Linda Darnell grew up in Oak Cliff and eventually became a major movie star in the 1940s. The exhibition will be open from Feb. 3 through May 17 in the Hawn Gallery of the Hamon Arts Library. On Friday, Feb. 8, the Hamon Arts Library will host a preview reception at 6 p.m. in the Hawn Gallery, followed by a lecture by Jeff Gordon at 7 p.m. in the O’Donnell Lecture Hall at the Owens Arts Center. Gordon graduated from New York University with degrees in film production and cinema studies. He is the author of “Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari” and has written for different entertainment publications. The lecture is free and open to the public. To attend, R.S.V.P. online at or call 214-768-3225.

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*CFA 3325/HIST 3379 A Cultural History of New Mexico Peter and Susan Bakewell

BA 4111/4112/4113 MKTG 5150 Cox Business Internship/Cox Marketing Internship Kincaid

*CFA 3350/ANTH 3350 Good Eats and Forbidden Flesh Smith-Morris

BIOL 1310 Aquatic Biology Phillips BIOL 3343 and BIOL 3347 Field Botany and Systematic Botany Ubelaker

CFB 3375/MNO 3375 Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Leadership Rasberry

BIOL 5358 and BIOL 5359 Ecology of Parasitism and Host-Parasite Relationships Ubelaker

EMIS 4340/CSE 4340/STAT 4340 Probability and Statistics for Engineers Harris

CFB 3309/HIST 3309 North American Environmental History Graybill

MKTG 3340 Fundamentals of Marketing Besio

*CFB 3310/ ANTH 3310 Gender and Sex Roles: A Global Perspective Santos CFB 3381/MNO 4371 Leadership and Culture Vandewalle *CFB 3382 The History, Art and Architecture of Mexico and New Mexico Peter and Susan Bakewell

PSYC 3360 Health Psychology Gunther SS 2315 and SS 2320 Engineering and Design for the Developing World and Environmental Field Methods Quicksall (July 28 – August 22) WELL II Choices II: Mountain Sports Weil PRW-2 2135 Physical Fitness: Mountain Sports Weil

ECO 3301 Price Theory (Intermediate Microeconomics) Dickson-Carr

*Course meets Human Diversity requirement

GEOL 1301 Earth Systems in Taos Tabor

SMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. 130921.213

MUTH 3217 and 3117 Song Writing and Lab Hanlon STAT 2331 Introduction to Statistical Methods Robertson


WELL I/PRW-1 Concepts of Wellness Weil WELL II Choices II: Mountain Sports Weil Students hike on a class field trip.

PRW-2 2135 Physical Fitness: Mountain Sports Weil


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The print edition of The Daily Campus for Wednesday, February 6, 2013.


The print edition of The Daily Campus for Wednesday, February 6, 2013.