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Jennifer M. Collins, graduate of Yale and Harvard universities and current vice provost of Wake Forest University, will join SMU this summer as the new Judge James Noel Dean of Dedman School of Law. Collins elaborated on some of her own goals and implementations she hopes to bring July 1. “Two huge goals for me are one, making sure that we’re giving our students the best education we possibly can and, two, getting them the best jobs that we possibly can,” Collins said. She said one of the key roles of a dean is to do, “a lot of outreach to potential employers and alumni who can hire our graduates.” Building that base network for the law school as a whole is one of her priorities. Skills for recent graduatess preparing to enter the workforce will likely be a key aspect of Collins’ new ideas. “Lots of folks just don’t know how to go about the job market. Networking is hard, writing an email to someone you’ve never met...is hard,” Collins said. “You’ve got to think, ‘Are we giving [students] the educational background that they need and are we giving them the tools... they need to be successful in the job market?’” University President R. Gerald Turner has spoken out on the school’s reputation for academic rigor and the legacy it has built
already, adding that the addition of Collins will only continue to build and expand upon the strong foundation already there. “Because Jennifer Collins’ career spans a lengthy tenure as a federal prosecutor as well as serving in academia, she is uniquely positioned to continue the Dedman School of Law tradition of preparing men and women to enter a competitive legal market,” Turner said in an interview with SMU News and Communications. Likewise, Collins plans to take advantage of the “fantastic building blocks in place” at Dedman Law currently, as well as the unique position Dallas the city offers law students. “[Dallas] is one of the economies in that United States that’s really thriving; it has just amazing potential career options for students,” Collins explained. “Being in a larger legal market just means you can do more for students both during and after their time at law school.” In taking from and continuing to build on her current experience as vice provost, Collins will work to further integrate the law school into the larger SMU community. She cited extensive alumni associations and mentorships between law students and lawinclined undergraduates as possibilities to implement. “There are wonderful Boulevard parties for the law school and they’re looking at doing more social events for alumni, and those kinds of things are really important because it helps build a community,” Collins
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Jennifer M. Collins will join SMU as the new dean of Dedman School of Law.
said. “Spending a lot of time listening to and engaging with alumni is another big priority.” Following a nation-wide search for the new dean, Collins was named the successor to current Dean ad interim Julie Forrester — to whom SMU Provost Paul Ludden has expressed his gratitude for her work since last June. “Professor Forrester provided a great service to Dedman Law, providing outstanding leadership
and laying the groundwork for a smooth transition,” Ludden told SMU News and Communications. Now eager to join the Dedman Law faculty, Collins said she looks forward to coming on board in the next few months. “I thinks it’s really important for a new dean to come in and listen,” Collins said of joining the existing establishment. “[Listen to] what folks want, to what folks need and to what their dreams are.”
One28 campaigns against porn Stephanie Embree Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org One28, a Christian ministry on campus, put up a large wooden sign Tuesday asking students “What do you think about Porn?” Students scrawled their answers in sharpie: “I don’t think about it, I live it.” “Destroyed my parent’s marriage.” “Only good with lots of hot guys.” “I wish I would stop watching it.” The sign was a promotion for One28’s Wednesday night service, where guest speaker Jonathan “JP” Pokluda talked about the dangers of pornography. It’s not uncommon for a Christian church or organization to take a stand against porn, but with topless women in almost every episode of “Game of Thrones” and books like “50 Shades of Grey” on the best-sellers list it’s unclear who agrees with them. “Porn is whatever Google brings up,” joked sophomore Zack Fout. As for the nudity and sexual images used in shows like “Game of Thrones,” Fout, who considers himself nonreligious, called it “a positive move to openness because it’s less suppression of free will, doing what you want.” “I don’t watch [porn] but I don’t have a problem with it,”said Katie Braden, who is nonreligious. “I don’t think anything bad can come from it.” First-year Emma Conlon thinks porn is “this bad thing that’s not really talked about.” However she doesn’t think what’s online or in the media contributes. “People can make their own choices,” she said. “They don’t
The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that. Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public. Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. In a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct. Davis’ position now aligns her with her Republican gubernatorial rival, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, marking her latest effort to eliminate it as a wedge issue in the campaign. But her party and influential Democratic colleagues, including a fellow state senator running for lieutenant governor, disagree. “There is little or no public safety justification for open carry,” said Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party. History suggests that Davis’
position is a pragmatic one. Former Gov. Ann Richards, a Democrat, vetoed a concealed handgun measure, but Republican George W. Bush made it a major campaign issue when he defeated Richards for governor in 1994. Texas passed its concealed handgun law the next year. Davis, who said she keeps a gun at her home for protection, supported legislation last year to allow college students with concealed handgun licenses to keep their weapons in their cars. She also voted for reduced training requirements to get such a license. Still, gun rights advocates were skeptical. Texas State Rifle Association spokeswoman Alice Tripp noted Davis’ previous calls for more restrictions on gun show sales and past votes against allowing concealed license holders to carry their guns in classrooms and buildings on college campuses. “Wendy Davis has a very bad record as far as gun owners go,” Tripp said, calling Davis an “opportunist.” Texas does allow open carry of long firearms, such as rifles and shotguns, with virtually no restrictions. In recent months, rifle-toting Second Amendment advocates have held public demonstrations at the Alamo in San Antonio and near the Capitol in Austin.
Perkins school takes J-term trip to Israel-Palestine Jehadu Abshiro News Writer email@example.com
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One28 set up a sign on campus for students to comment on porn.
have to be influenced.” Chris Fish, a junior and member of Beta Upsilon Chi, agrees that everyone has a choice. “The reason is not that they’re ignorant college kids. It’s because they are still living under sin.” Another attendee at One28, first-year Kaci Rood, said “the Bible talks about sex as a bond between a man and a woman, but people that don’t necessarily believe that don’t see it that way, they just see it as another activity.” An activity that the event’s speaker Pokluda, believes has serious consequences. “I’ve used cocaine, ecstasy, I was an alcoholic. All those things I could leave behind but not pornography.” Pokluda, the director of young adults at Watermark church, explained that, “porn is biologically powerful.” Claiming
it is an addiction and that he has, “met men who cannot have sex with their wives without a magazine open or something on the TV.” During his message Pokluda tossed things like X-rated DVDs, pornographic magazines and a laptop computer onto a bed that was set up on the stage. “This will be in your bed that night with your wife,” he said. Near the end of the night Pokluda ripped off the comforter of the bed, throwing everything on the floor. “Jesus can make you a new person,” he said. “In running to Jesus you’re running away from porn.” Ultimately Pokluda said he thinks porn is dangerous. “This is the world your children will grow up in. This is why you have to fight this issue, because it’s rewiring America,” he said.
Israel and Palestine. Religion, conflict and peace talks come to mind when those two areas are mentioned together. It’s not where most people go to spend winter break, and it’s not where most SMU students had their J-Term. The group, lead by Director of Perkins Global Theological Education Program Robert Hunt, was participating in a Palestine-Israel immersion class from Dec. 29-Jan.13. Hunt has been taking the cross-cultural immersion trip with students from the Perkins School of Theology since 2004. “The purpose is for students to be immersed in the different cultures one finds in the Israel and Palestine territories and to get a sense of the cultural difference,” Hunt said. “So that they understand how those cultures are different from our culture and those cultures are different from each other and react to the reality they are part of.” Unlike previous years, where groups spent more time with Palestine Christians, this group spent five days in Israel and five days in Palestine. The group spent five days on the Israeli side studying contemporary Israeli culture at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a Jewish think tank. The group also visited various holy sites and locations
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Students who went on the Perkins trip visited many holy sites.
within Tel Avi, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah and the Sea of Galilee. “Jerusalem has its own flavor and is very religious. Basically you can tell anyone’s religion by just looking at them,” 25-year-old Scott Gilliland said. “There is a lot of diversity and very noticeable. It’s divided.” Where a person can go is often determined by their religious beliefs. For example, at the Temple Mount, the location of the Wailing Wall, a person enters based on their gender and religion. “You’re very conscience of who you are, where you are and which culture you are currently touring,” Gilliland said. “You don’t understand their culture fully, so you’re always aware.” Gilliland, a youth pastor, went on the trip along with his wife and fellow student Raegen Gilliland. He didn’t have a spiritual connection to the holy sites until he came to the Garden of Gethsemane. A small garden with
eight olive trees, the oldest believed to be 2,200 years old. “It was largely the one that was largely untouched,” Gilliland said. “It was one place were I felt there wasn’t a church built on top of it, and didn’t have the whole Mickey Mouse tourism marketability with it. Just being in that place and thinking Jesus was walking there, that was cool for me.” “Being an American, it’s easy to turn off because it’s a conflict that’s overwhelming because there is a lot of nuances to it,” Gilliland said. “I walked away wanting to pay attention. There was a lot of hope.” The group spent five days in Palestine at the Dar al-Kalima University and the Bethlehem International center. “It means a lot to me as a teacher to see what it does for my students,” Hunt said. “To see how it transforms them and changes them in good ways. That’s what it means to me, to see the transformation in my students.”
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Kitchen LTO opens for round two gENEVIEVE EDGELL Food Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Located in Trinity Groves, Dallas, Kitchen LTO opened its doors for the second time Wednesday. The permanent popup restaurant that reinvents itself every four months introduced Chef Eric Lee Shelton and Designer Stefania Morandi with a new menu and restaurant decor. The debut Wednesday received much attention, especially since this is only the second time Kitchen LTO has introduced a new chef and designer. With help from customers who use social media to vote on potential menus, founder Casie Caldwell and her team choose one chef and one interior designer every four months. The innovative concept allows customers to enjoy new foods and cooking styles for a limited amount of time. Caldwell creatively titled the permanent pop up concept: Kitchen LTO which stands for limited time offer. Round one debuted Chef Norman Grimm who gave customers a bright and cheerful place to enjoy French-American style cuisine. Grimm’s bright orange walls covered with giant solid colored canvases were replaced with original
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Kitchen LTO, a permanent pop-up restaurant in Trinity Groves, Dallas opened its doors for the second time Wednesday. The restaurant debuted Chef Eric Shelton and interior designer Stefania Morandi.
modern paintings over a fourday renovation period. The walls are now a dark red and acoustic versions of pop rhythmic music replace the upbeat vibes Grimm created. Thanks to winning designer Morandi, the new relaxing and romantic decor reflects a classier ambiance, just in time for Valentine’s Day. One waiter described Shelton’s menu as, “modern American technique with an Asian flair.” Recommended dishes like the butternut squash risotto and velvet hammer glazed pork belly do not disappoint. The risotto is served with a lightly breaded
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Engaged Learning: The Big Picture Open House, Clements Hall G11, 11 a.m.
SATURDAY February 8
SMU Women’s Basketball vs. Rutgers, Moody Coliseum, 2 p.m. SMU Men’s Basketball vs. Cincinnati, Moody Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.
edible flower laid on top while the pork belly is served with a breaded poached egg. The egg resembles its natural shape, but when it is delicately broken open the yolk pours over the tender pork. Shelton’s food is delicious and looks amazing. Every dish is presented as if a food stylist prepares each customer’s meal for a magazine photo shoot. One waiter explained that after the cherry tomatoes are boiled for his Salmon BLT, Chef Shelton chooses to pinch the skin off and leave it raised at the top so that each tomato looks like its sporting a punk rock hairdo. Caldwell said Shelton won
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Kitchen LTO’s round two competition because of this reputable Salmon BLT. Unlike many BLTs, this dish is not a sandwhich and instead comes served like a wreath with the greens circling the dish and the salmon laced in bacon at the top. Other mentionable dishes include the spaghetti meatball appetizer, five spice duck breast, and the mac and cheese cake that accompanies the lemon rosemary chicken entree. A fan of Kitchen LTO’s Grimm returned for Wednesday’s round two opening with only good things to say: “Delicious as always!” Of the five desserts on the menu, the s’mores flourless chocolate cake and white chocolate bread pudding were disappointments after such a luxurious meal. However, the LTOMG! Chocolate Dome was so popular during round one with Chef Grimm that the item has remained on the menu for round two and most likely will be a permanent fixture. Food Network enthusiasts will be interested to know that after Shelton secured
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Chef Eric Lee Shelton is the second chef to set up shop in Kitchen LTO after competing against two other finalists in front of a panel of nine judges. He has also won second place in Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” competition.
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Kitchen LTO founder Casie Caldwell said Chef Eric Shelton’s Salmon BLT is the dish that won over the judges during the round two competition.
his position as Kitchen LTO’s round two chef, he won second place on the network’s show, “Cutthroat Kitchen.” As if Kitchen LTO’s concept isn’t unique enough, the restaurant also serves a hump day menu for getting over Wednesday blues. The Hump Day Pop-Up menu features a different four course dinner each week and is consistently around $50 per person. Trinity Groves is now home
to many new up-and-coming restaurants in downtown Dallas. Caldwell calls Trinity Groves, “the hot bed for creativity.” With at least three other restaurants currently under development in the area, food lovers may be flocking to Trinity Groves more often than ever before. For those who choose to be a part of the new Trinity Groves experience, Kitchen LTO is a great place to start.
FRIDAY n FEBRUARY 7, 2014 Men’s Basketball
Mustangs blow out Temple 75-52 Taking on Cincinnati a harrowing task
Billy Embody Sports Writer email@example.com SMU outrebounded and dominated Temple in an easy 75 to 52 win in Moody Coliseum Thursday night in the team’s tune up game for the Cincinnati matchup. Markus Kennedy continued his dominant play with 14 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Kennedy, Shawn Williams, Cannen Cunningham, Ben Moore and even Yanick Moreira combined to make life difficult for the Owls in the American Athletic Conference matchup. SMU had just as many offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds as Temple did. SMU held Temple to just 30 percent from the field on the night, but SMU must fix its free-throw percentage, going 8 of 14 from the line. One negative on the night, SMU’s turnovers. It has been a problem for the team, but tonight the team had 15 and with Cincinnati coming to town fresh off a victory over #22 Connecticut, the team will have to
Samuel Snow Associate Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Following the game against the Temple Owls, the SMU Mustangs will face the daunting task of clashing with the No. 7 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. The Mustangs lost to the Bearcats, 65-57, to bring in the New Year and open up the conference schedule. This is a different Mustangs team, though. As the year has advanced, SMU has started to find its rhythm. Now, the Mustangs are looking to break into the top 25, and they would likely get that with a victory against Cincinnati. The last time these two teams
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Shawn Williams puts in an easy layup against Temple Thursday at Moody Coliseum.
cut those out. Keith Frazier came alive in the game, scoring 11 points and even grabbing three rebounds. For Moore, he continued
to show just how much he has developed, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds and three blocks coming off the bench. SMU now faces Cincinnati
in Moody Coliseum Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in a pivotal matchup. The game is sold out and if SMU wins, it will be its third victory over a ranked opponent this season.
Kennedy has a big night in win over Temple Omar Majzoub Contributing Writer email@example.com Coming off his best game of the season against Memphis, SMU big man Markus Kennedy picked up where he left off versus Temple tonight. The sophomore forward finished the game with 14 points and nine rebounds on six for nine shooting against the Owls. He also added two blocks and collected three steals as he dominated both ends of the floor all game. Kennedy started off by scoring
met, Markus Kennedy was part of a mixture on offense in order to score. Now, Kennedy is the focal point of the offense. This should be a low-scoring affair, as both teams are top-20 in field-goal percentage defense. Cincinnati ranks 17th nationally in opponent’s fieldgoal percentage, however, they rank 119th in opponents threepoint percentage at 33.1 percent. So, it is crucial that the Mustangs utilize Ben Moore, Keith Frazier,and Sterling Brown to get three-pointers. After the match-up against Cincinnati, SMU travels to Rutgers for a clash at 6 p.m. Thursday.
eight points and grabbing five rebounds in the first four minutes to give SMU an early lead. He also helped hold Temple big men Anthony Lee and Devontae Watson to just 12 combined points as the Mustangs pounded the Owls in the paint all night. On offense, Kennedy showed a wide array of post moves with his back to the basket and did a great job of finishing strong around the basket. Defensively, Kennedy was very physical with the Owls and didn’t allow them any easy points. Since Yanick Moreira went
down with an injury, Kennedy has been a beast for SMU. He is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game over his last eight games and the Mustangs are 7-1 in that stretch. Head Coach Larry Brown has been telling Kennedy to stay focused on playing with great energy and getting his teammates involved more often. Brown was proud of Kennedy’s performance tonight, especially after the big man’s surprise flight home earlier in the week. “Kennedy’s been great and he had an emotional week,” Brown
said. “He’s a Philly kid and there’s a lot of pride over there. “Anyone who lives in Philly has a tremendous amount of respect for what Temple does. I’m happy we got a win.” The Mustangs 75-52 victory was their 12th straight at home this season. The team plays first-place Cincinnati Saturday at Moody Coliseum in one of the biggest games of the year. Kennedy will have another challenge against Bearcats big man Justin Jackson who is averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per game.
Lady Mustangs look to rebound against Rutgers Samuel Snow Associate Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The near-impossible task of defeating the University of Connecticut at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion came to a humbling end for the Lady Mustangs (14-8, 5-6). Following a 102-42 blowout Tuesday, SMU will regroup at Moody Coliseum against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (175, 8-3), a much more evenly matched opponent. Despite finishing with three players in double-digits, SMU lost in its last match-up against Rutgers, 64-54. Hopefully, this game not on the road, the Mustangs can find pull off some revenge. That was the first time these two teams met, as this rivalry is new with the American
Athletic Conference. One of the players looking to rebound is Akil Simpson. Against UConn, Simpson only made two shots of the 15 she took and grabbed six boards. She’ll be looking to return to her season averages of 13.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg. With Destynee Hives-McCray injured, the Mustangs will have to receive solid play from Simpson and Keena Mays, who scored 20 (the only player to reach doubledigits) versus UConn. Kahleah Copper, who averages 15.6 ppg, paces Rutgers on offense. She is one of three Scarlet Knights who average double-digit points, the other two being Tyler Scaife (13.4) and Betnijah Laney (12.8). Following the game against Rutgers, SMU will remain home and take on the University of Central Florida next Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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Dream big: The impact of ethical leadership
Dreaming for our kids
carolyn barta Journalism Professor email@example.com “Dream no small dreams.” That was the charge given to Dallas citizens 50 years ago by the city’s visionary mayor, J. Erik Jonsson, as he launched the inclusive program, Goals for Dallas, to map out the city’s future. What kind of city did Dallas want to be? It was only two months after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, when Dallas had become known as the “city of hate,” that Jonsson became mayor. He set about trying to bring change to a parochial, often intolerant and insular community virtually run by business interests. Twenty-six community leaders answered his call to establish the citizen-based Goals program that would cut across economic, racial and geographic lines. Then, more than 100,000 residents attended neighborhood meetings to develop dozens of goals in areas ranging from education to transportation to public safety. Some of the major accomplishments that resulted included DFW Airport, the I.M. Pei-designed City Hall, a new downtown library (named after Jonsson), air conditioned public schools, today’s University of Texas at Dallas, the beginning of the Arts District, more neighborhood parks, and eventually the creation of DART. But the results weren’t just physical. Goals for Dallas was the first major effort by local leaders to encourage a broader participation by a diverse population in the destiny of Dallas. SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility honored the legacy of Jonsson, the late co-founder, president and board chairman of Texas Instruments and far-sighted mayor, at its Ethics and Public Responsibility luncheon Thursday in Umphrey Lee. In attendance were three generations of leaders: some who were around in the Jonsson days, others who have leadership positions today, and student leaders who will pick up the mantle of public responsibility in the future. Every table included at least one student leader seated among local luminaries, ranging from Dallas School Supt. Mike Miles
to community stalwart Roger Staubach, to local leaders involved in the university. The idea was to re-create the sense of community and foster the diverse dialogue begun in Goals for Dallas. Mayor Mike Rawlings shared his own goals with those attending – fewer than those in the original Goals program but ones that could be as far-reaching. What’s on Rawlings’ bucket list of priorities? • Dallas would have a tax base in Southern Dallas greater than in Northern Dallas. Today, 50 percent of city’s land is south of the Trinity but only 15 percent of the tax base. That must change. New bridges, bike trails along the Trinity, a new golf course and a trail system in the urban forest are in the works to help stimulate growth in the southern sector. • Dallas would become the business epicenter for the western hemisphere. Today, the metroplex is the fourth largest SMSA, behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. In the last two years, 20 new international routes have been added at DFW. The number and diversity of new immigrants is remarkable. Dallas has to think international. • Dallas would be a place where great artists of the world would have to perform. The city already has a great start with the attractive venues in the Arts District, but it also still has financial challenges. • Dallas would have the best public education system of any top 10 city, beginning with prekindergarten and going through community colleges that prepare students for jobs. Today, the Dallas Independent School District, with 160,000 students, includes 90 percent on free or reduced cost lunch and produces less than 10 percent ready for college. Much needs to be done. While Dallas has its share of billionaires, 39 percent of the population are asset poor. Rawlings sees a role for churches and the faith-based community, among others. The Maguire Center sees a role for up-and-coming leaders, such as those attending and graduating from SMU. What about you? Are you going to be engaged in your community? Committed to volunteer work? To giving back? To carrying out the dreams of the present mayor? To setting new goals? Jonsson said a city is not measured by the height of its buildings or the money in its banks, but by the character and determination of its people. World changers are shaped here. Dream no small dreams. Carolyn Barta is professor of practice in the Journalism Division. She covered Mayor Jonsson and Dallas City Hall as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News.
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katelyn gough Editor in Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Mayor Mike Rawlings stood before a crowd of Dallas and SMU leaders, hosted by the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, Thursday to address his goals for DFW. Fifty years prior—nearly to the day—then-mayor J. Erik Jonsson presented his iconic Goals for Dallas program, conceived shortly after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in what was then called the “City of Hate.” Jonsson’s program was, by Rawlings’ evaluation, successful. Rawlings made clear that a short six years later Dallas won the All-America City award by the National Civic League. Dallas’ problems of division in 1964 may have changed, selectively, but today, in 2014, many divisions still exist, though they may manifest in different ways. Rawlings had a list of four goals, which he detailed during Thursday’s keynote address. The
their peers in other schools. This discrepancy is clearly not the fault of the student, but nor is it necessarily the fault of the teacher. In his address, Rawlings specifically cited hiring well-qualified teachers and providing incentives to attract the best administrators as the “fix” to the education system. It has been my personal finding that the problem is not always the teachers themselves. The problem is the lack of teachers and the lack of resources. Hiring more teachers would allow for smaller class sizes—one student I mentor in a South Dallas early college intervention and preparation program gave an estimate of over 35 students in a class. But this should not mitigate the work of the teachers who are in the schools now doing the best job they can. If a teacher is not qualified and not performing to expectation, then they should be released; I don’t disagree with that. But to insinuate that the problem is lack of qualified teachers, rather than the more accurate evaluation to be lack of necessary funding, diminishes the dedication the best of the DISD faculty are putting into their students’ education on a day-to-day basis. Principals and teachers need the financial opportunity to buy new computer software and textbooks, to afford SAT and
ACT workshops and tutoring, to give students of all ages access to robust, skill-building extra-curricular activities such as newspaper programs and robotics clubs. A classroom cannot flourish in line with those in cities ranked highest in public education when forced to teach with the bareminimum of resources, which are then still often outdated. Rawlings point-blank stated that the private individuals population of Dallas has more money than it knows what to do with. Education may have been the last pillar mentioned, but it should be the first acted upon. The money available needs to be parlayed into bettering the public school system, which is funded by the state but can be enriched significantly by the community through tutors, mentoring and private resource donations. The Dallas community can rally behind Rawlings’ call for elevating the public education of Dallas’ future leaders by pushing Texas legislature to pony up and provide more funds. The Mayor has given Dallas four opportunities to which to apply this financial waterfall, and without question, the priority needs to go to the children of Dallas and this city’s broken education system. Gough is a senior majoring in journalism and theatre.
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lauren aguirre Online Editor email@example.com Drinking is part of the social atmosphere at college. Alcohol is served at parties, students go out to drink or they relax at home with a couple friends and a few beers. This social environment becomes a problem when most college students are under 21. The solution isn’t to crack down on underage drinking. The legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 years. Some will say that 18 is too young of an age. 18-year-olds aren’t responsible enough and they can’t control themselves. While this may be true of some 18-year-olds (just as it’s true of some 21-year-olds), we can trust most of them to make smart decisions. Besides, look at all the other things we trust 18-year-olds to do. One, we trust them to vote. Someone who is 18 can choose the future president of the United States, but can’t have a drink. Two, we trust them to drive —they have been since they were 16. Think about this. An 18-year-old can legally control a 3,000-pound machine that can hit speeds of 90 plus miles an hour, but can’t have a drink. Three, we trust them to enlist in the military or to be drafted. An 18-year-old can be sent to
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one that should be addressed the most vigilantly was his last given goal—improving Dallas’ public education system. According to Rawlings, more than 90 percent of students in the DISD qualify for free or reduced lunch. Less than 10 percent of students are of Anglo race. The poverty rate is high, mostly concentrated in South Dallas, in the areas outside SMU’s home in Highland Park and the surrounding North Dallas region. I work weekly in a West Dallas elementary school, first creating and now directing a student newspaper of 15 fourth and fifth grade students, each of whom pitch, research and write their own news articles. I have seen first-hand the discrepancy between the education level of students there and students I have briefly worked with in schools with a greater resource base. My students are incredibly bright, driven and hard working—their first newspaper brought them the praise of not just their own school but their superintendent as well. They are fighting much harder than many 9- and 10-yearolds are (and should have to) to succeed. But students across the district are too often reading at a grade level lower than they should be, and too often their writing and computer skills are not competitive enough with
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fight for her country overseas, but can’t have a drink. Four, we trust them to manage their finances. Many students have rent to pay. Some with the help of parents but some not. Others have to work to pay tuition or they have earned their way with scholarships. An 18-yearold can be evicted from an apartment for not paying rent, but can’t have a drink. Five, we trust them to make medical decisions. An 18-yearold is completely in control of what treatments she wants to pursue. If she needs a tooth pulled, it’s her signature of consent the dentist needs. If she’s diagnosed with cancer, it’s completely her call whether she wants to do chemotherapy. An 18-year-old can consent to open heart surgery, but can’t have a drink. In addition, lowering the drinking age would take away some of the added dangers of underage drinking. Students will feel less compelled to binge drink at parties or other social occasions. Because they will be able to purchase alcohol at their convenience, there would be no need to drink it all in one sitting. Yes, there will still be people who will binge drink, but I know a few adults over 30 who still do it. It’s a personal decision. If an 18-year-old gets arrested for public intoxication under my proposed law, the law wouldn’t be at fault, she would. At 18, you are seen as an adult in every aspect of the law, except for the drinking age. Lowering the drinking age is the only logical solution. Aguirre is a sophomore majoring in journalism and political science.
w. tucker keene Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Twenty-one is a completely arbitrary age requirement for drinking alcohol, and it is routinely ignored by underage drinkers to the point where it has become a joke. But these are not serious reasons to lower the drinking age. I will concede that 21 is no more worthy an age to start being able to legally drink than 20 or 18, but to change it now would create more problems than it solves. When a government makes legal something that was previously illegal, whether this be marijuana, or just drinking beer at 19, it constitutes a strong endorsement of the behavior. Not because the government is now shouting from the rooftops that alcohol is so harmless it should replace mother’s milk, but because the very admission that the original age was arbitrary sends a powerful message. Suppose the age was lowered to 18. Sure, new voters could join the rest of us in drinking away their sorrows when their candidate loses, but imagine how 17-year-olds feel. They’re now on the cusp of being able to drink legally, and the government has basically said that the age requirement doesn’t matter. If it did, they wouldn’t have lowered it by an arbitrary three years. Seventeen-year-olds are now going to feel as though the government really doesn’t care about the age requirement, and
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will now feel justified in finding their way around the law as 19- and 20-year-olds have done for decades. Lowering the drinking age won’t stop underage drinking, it just gets teenagers started even earlier. But stopping underage drinking by legalizing it isn’t a solution anyway, the same with any other banned intoxicant. Call me an idealist, but people routinely breaking the law isn’t a reason to get rid of the law, it’s a reason to increase enforcement. Besides, in most states it isn’t illegal for minors to consume alcohol. Only in 15 states and Washington, D.C. is underage consumption banned entirely. In most states only the purchase of alcohol is illegal under the age of 21, and in private settings or with a family member of legal drinking age, consumption is perfectly legal. That law works fine as it is. It promotes moderate, controlled consumption in a safe setting so minors can get used to alcohol before being able to buy as much as they want and going crazy with it, which would be dangerous. This helps prevent people from turning 21, never having had a drink in their life, and overdoing it. That would be dangerous. Sure, the existing law is inconvenient for college students who already have enjoyed the occasional glass of wine with their parents and would like to now enjoy as much as they like while away at school. But the convenience of college students has never been the primary goal of this or any other law. The law as it exists now already promotes responsible drinking before the age of 21, it doesn’t need to be changed just so irresponsible drinking can begin a few years earlier. Keene is a senior majoring in public policy, political science and economics.
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