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SMU endowment fund affected by economy By PRAVEEN SATHIANATHAN Managing Editor

The devastating effects of the financial markets in 2009 are apparent in college endowments, according to a recent study that shows the numbers are down across the country. Nationally, the average drop for endowments was 18.7 percent, according to the study by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund, an investment fund for educational and non-profit institutions. The study compared the change in endowment’s value at 842 public and private colleges and universities, foundations and community colleges

during the last fiscal year. The last fiscal year is from June 2008 to June 2009. At SMU the endowment’s value declined 26.3 percent, from $1.4 billion to $1 billion in the last fiscal year. SMU’s losses are not as bad as some other schools. Harvard University, which has the largest endowment of any college or university, saw its endowment decline 29.8 percent from $36.6 million to $25.7 million during the same period. Yale was second as it’s endowment dropped from $22.9 billion to $16.3 billion. In Texas other large drops came

Donations to most Texas colleges down in 2009

Institution UT-Austin Texas A & M SMU Rice Texas Tech Baylor TCU UNT UT-Dallas

2009 giving* $238 186.6 103.7 95.6 93.5 44.9 35.3 12.8 10.6

Change (16%) (10%) 37% 11% (4%) (2%) (15%) (30%) (45%)

2008 giving* $282.9 206.7 75.6 86.3 97.6 46.0 41.6 18.3 19.4

* Figures in Millions of Dollars Source: Dallas Morning News

from state school systems. The University of Texas System’s endowment, which is the fifth largest college or university system, fell from $16.2 billion in 2008 to $12.2 billion

in 2009, as was reported by the Dallas Morning News. The Texas A&M System also dropped, falling from $6.7 billion to $5.1 billion during the same period.


Although the SMU endowment is down, donations at SMU have been bucking the trend and moving upwards. According to the College of Aid for Education, donations at SMU jumped 37 percent from $75.6 million to $103.7 million in fiscal year 2009, which ended June 2009. This is the fourth largest amount raised by a Texas school or college system. The University of Texas at Austin leads the list of donations raised, with $238 million down 16 percent from $282.9 million. Followed by Texas A&M, which raised $186.6 million

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Hughes-Trigg welcomes Valentine vendors today



The Hughes-Trigg Student Center is hosting the annual Valentine’s Day Vendor Fair today from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the HughesTrigg Commons. It will feature Valentine’s gifts including jewelry, handbags, cosmetics, scrapbooking and cards made by students as well outside companies. Valentine’s Day is a longstanding tradition to acknowledge the holiday with a simple card for a significant other, friend or family member.

Professors discuss classroom manners By BRIDGET BENNETT Contributing writer

In a singsong tone, Professor Glenn Griffin addresses late arrivers to his class with his own rendition of “Punc-tuaaaalll—iityyyy” as they hurry to their seats. Griffin, creative advertising director, is one of many professors who utilize various tactics to deal with tardiness in their classes. “As much as it bugs me, I don’t have a tardiness or lateness policy just because I think that is so high school or junior high,” Griffin said. “Part of the reason I never had a policy is because I’m teaching adults who I presume can get to an appointment on time, and you know, class is an appointment.” Griffin also said he understands stuff happens: “Everybody knows you have a flat tire or somebody cuts you off in traffic or whatever.” SMU students know all too well that stuff really does happen. Junior Jana Donahoo recalls walking into one of her classes nearly 20 minutes late because she did not wake up to her alarm. Sophomore William Petefish, a commuter from McKinney, has felt the crunch of traffic and the search for parking spaces before class: “I learned very early to leave at least two hours early.” Just last semester, freshman Taylor Reed had back-to-back classes in

According to the study, it was the first time smaller school endowments outpaced larger school ones. Although over the decade larger schools performed better, as their investments are often tied to marketrelated industries. As financial markets have increased over the last six months, many endowments have begun to climb back from their lows. SMU Director of Endowment Giving Linda Preece said SMU has held steady despite the economy. “We are as well as most other schools, which are in the middle of the pack in terms of returns,” she said. “Things have been turning around and that includes our endowments.”

Ford’s Stadium and Fondren Science. “Even when I was running, I would be late,” she said. Reed said her teachers were very helpful by letting her leave a few minutes early or understanding when she arrived a few minutes late.

In the real world, if you’re late habitually, you’re not going to have a job. Glenn Griffin SMU Professor

As understandable as some late arrivals may be, Griffin says there comes a point when it starts to disrupt the class. “If it’s five people drifting in over the first 20 minutes of the class…it’s distracting to a teacher. I feel people that come in late are sort of infringing upon the experience that other

According to the Hallmark Web site, Valentine’s Day has become the second largest holiday for giving greeting cards. However, the gifts people exchange on Valentine’s Day have increasingly become more romantic or extravagant and often include jewelry and candlelit dinners. This year, SMU’s Valentine’s Day Vendor Fair will offer a variety of options, whether you want to find romantic jewelry or you only need something simple and sweet, such as flowers or a box of chocolates.

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students should be able to have, which is a focused professor.” Professors are not the only people disturbed by the bell busters. Computers booting up, silencing cell phones, and the removal of jackets and other outdoor clothing by late arrivers frustrates graduate student Will Edmonson. “It tends to be the same people” he said. “I’ve noticed that I think professors kind of pad the beginning of class because they’re used to that [late arrivals].” “In the classes where we weren’t doing stuff right away, I would be more likely to stroll in late,” Donahoo added. Dr. Carie La Ferle of the Termlin Advertising Institute suggested that professors set the tone for arrivals in their classes. However, when students arrive

around 15 minutes late, La Ferle will remind them of her policy by saying “something like, ‘Oh Susan, can I see you after class.’ If you let it go, then the next class, someone else might come in late and think, oh well she got away with it.” It is up to professors to set the tone early in the semester and expect students to follow suit, La Ferle suggested. Some professors utilize strict lateness policies to combat disruptive delays. Reed said she had a class in which her professor stopped taking attendance at 8:01 every class. “Everyone in the class was on time to every class,” Reed added. The issue of arriving on time goes beyond classroom policies. “In the real world, if you’re late habitually, you’re not going to have a job,” Griffin said. “It’s going to happen, I’ve been late to things [too], but the point is, don’t make it a habit so that people can’t depend on you.”


Association of Black Students hosts heritage festival By BRIANA DARENSBURG Contributing writer

“Lord, Lord, Why did You make me Black? Why did You make me someone the world wants to hold back?” When Kyndra Mack, a freshman theatre major recited these opening lines from the poem, “Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black,” by RuNett Nia Ebo, the audition room became still and three judges sat at the table in silence. Mack’s chilling performance will be one of many at the “Enlightenment of the Soul,” an African-American heritage festival on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the HughesTrigg Theatre. The Association of Black Students will host a festival to present African American literature, music and dance. Courtney Kelly, vice president

of ABS and the festival coordinator, would ideally like to have the theatre packed with SMU students from all different races. “There is a small [black] population on campus and it’s important that people understand our culture. We want to cross cultural boundaries,” Kelly said. Kelly is correct when she describes the black population at SMU as “small.” According to the SMU Web site, the total enrollment in 2007 was 10,829 students—615 of these were African-American, which is slightly under 5.7 percent. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the national average of black students per college is 13.1 percent. However, small numbers will certainly not prevent ABS from celebrating black art with the SMU

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Fundraising for Haiti

recognized, challenged by Quite an Honor: Dallas All-Star game and Super Bowl By BRITTANY LEVINE Staff Writer

There is perhaps no greater honor for any city in the United States than to host the Super Bowl. Dallas will be doing just that and more in the upcoming year, hosting both this year’s NBA All-Star game, Feb. 14, and the 2011 Super Bowl. The preparation that goes in to such large-scale events is a daunting task that questions whether or not the attention given to Dallas is worth the preparations.



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W Dallas-Victory Hotel director of welcome office, Jeff Ossenkop, said he has already seen the All-Star game bring a lot of attention to the Dallas area. One day turns into an almost weeklong celebration and one game turns into multiple events. Not only does the game itself draw fans, athletes and celebrities, but NBA related events, such as the Jordan Brand 25th Anniversary in downtown, do as well. According to the Dallas Morning News, host committee chairman Bill

Lively said revenue from the Super Bowl will bring the Dallas area hundreds of millions of dollars. The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee has raised and received several million dollars for charities involving education, homelessness, children, minorities, women and the needy, he said. “Once a Super Bowl hits your city it’s like an explosion,” Mario Patterson, general manager of Ten Sports Grill, said. “It’s nice to get such a successful week in to pick up for the season or even year.”

Both events have already given locals job opportunities, and have undoubtedly made people who have never been to the area think to themselves that maybe they to need to experience the town that the sports world thinks so highly of. Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, said in a press conference that the NBA All-Star Weekend “literally could be the largest party weekend in the history of the United States.” Sites




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The equestrian team looks to keep their winning streak

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Students stand with sports celebrities from the New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears and the Utah Jazz who visited the campus to bring awareness and support for SMU’s heart beats for Haiti campaign.



Meet Taylor Mac, the one of a kind solo performer

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Health & Fitness

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Study: Americans consume average of 22 teaspoons of sugar each day By ELYSSE CARPENTER Contributing Writer

Alex Meaker, a junior political science major, needed a pick-me-up snack after her 3:30 p.m. class in Umphrey Lee. So, she peeled back the wrapper on a Lemon Zest Luna bar and bit into 12 grams of sugar. However, Meaker was oblivious as to how many grams of sugar were in the bar. “There are probably a lot more than I think,” she said. Most Americans don’t know how many added-sugar calories they are consuming, eating and drinking the things they normally do. According to a recent study by the American Heart Association, Americans consume an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar every day, equivalent to 105 grams and 355 calories. “Sugar has no nutritional value other than to provide calories,” said Dr. Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., associate provost and professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Nutritionists and professionals recommend low doses of sugar, around 100-150 calories a day, so that blood sugar levels do not drop low enough to induce sugar cravings. Some students admit to having salt cravings instead of sugar cravings. “I’ve never been a sweets person. But, I like sugary candy over

Campus Events February 8-14

Valentine’s Day Vendor Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HughesTrigg Commons. Come for great Valentine’s gifts and prizes for you or someone special.

chocolate.” Farrah Salisbury, a sophomore business major, said. Then she took a sip of a purple Vitamin Water, containing 13 grams of sugar and high in fructose. Carolyn Angiolillo, a senior Corporate Communications and Public Affairs major, says she gets decaf tea but sometimes adds one packet of Splenda. Although Splenda is a no calorie sweetener, it is sweetened with aspartame, an artificial sweetener. She doesn’t think having a packet of Splenda is that bad for her, even though she knows that it contains chemicals. Nutritionist Shefali Ajmera MS, RD, LD of WebNutri in Dallas said Splenda and Stevia are very safe. Stevia is a plant-based sugar sweetener and it’s not artificial, which makes it better for you than artificial sweeteners. “I just like that Splenda doesn’t have any calories in it. On a bad week, I’ll have the equivalent of three cans of soda. But I don’t drink coffee,” Angiolillo said. In three cans of Coca-Cola, there are 117 grams of sugar; 39 grams in each. Compared to an eight-ounce glass of sweetened iced tea with 18 grams of sugar and 70 calories, the smart decision would be to have the iced tea. Added-sugars are sugars and syrups added to foods during processing or preparation and also sugars and

Hip Hop Dance Club

syrups added at the table, according to Some of the most common addedsugars are glucose, sucrose, corn sweetener, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maltose, malt sucrose and molasses. Manufacturers print these ingredients in the fine print in almost every sweet thing on the shelves. Here’s another kicker: this high consumption of sugar includes alcoholic beverages. Normally, people don’t pay attention to the high sugar content when they drink alcohol. Wine contains little to no sugar at all and is better for your stomach and liver than hard alcohol. But unnecessary calories and sugars can be consumed through fruit juices and soft drinks. “Soda is the number one thing people are getting their sugar from,” Ajmera said. She also said to be careful about fruit juices. One cup of Ocean Spray cranberry juice contains 32 grams of sugar and 130 calories. A 12-ounce can of CocaCola contains 39 grams of sugar and 140 calories, all from sugar. A high intake of sugar can lead to heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure, according to the recent AHA study. While these things aren’t the most pressing issues on student’s minds, what they don’t realize is that their

Salsa for Haiti

7:30 to 9 p.m. Dedman Rec. Center Studio 3. FREE weekly HHD Community Dance Class!!

7 to 10 p.m., HughesTrigg Commons. Come dance and have fun. $5.00 cover charge; all proceeds will go to SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti fund.

Amnesty International Meeting

“SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti” Fundraising Drive

6 p.m. Hughes-Trigg Portico E. Come check out Amnesty’s SMU chapter and find a way to get involved.

Donate money for the BushClinton Relief Fund to help the survivors of the recent Haiti earthquake. Ends Feb. 15.

Added sugar can be found in food and drinks.

intake of sugar affects their risk to get diseases like these. Both Salisbury and Dana Lea, an international studies sophomore, admit they don’t think about these issues on a daily basis. “I think there’s too much sugar in a lot of foods, but I don’t think about

it,” Lea said. “I mean, it’s bad for you, but I eat what I want.” The AHA recommends a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar to decrease the chances for obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. Lea also says to beware. Many

of the products people grab off the shelves are dangerously high in sugars and other additives even if they are advertised as healthy. “They say it’s like zero trans-fat and fat-free, but really it’s packed full of sugar,” she said. “That’s how they get ya.”

Police Reports FEBRUARY 5 11:04 a.m., Fondren Science Bldg./3215 Daniel Ave.: University Park Fire Department responded to an active fire alarm. A student accidently activated the pull station while she leaned against it. UPFD checked the building the pull station and fire panel were reset and UPFD cleared with no further incident. Closed.

FEBRUARY 5 11:38 p.m., Sigma Alpha Epsilon/3005 Dyer Court: A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possessing alcohol and for underage drinking. Four other students were referred for underage drinking. Closed.

FEBRUARY 6 12:02 a.m., SMU Blvd./Dublin: A non affiliated person was issued a University Park Citation for underage drinking. Closed. 3:10 a.m., Smith Hall/6020 Hillcrest Ave.: A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for underage drinking. Closed.


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Solo performer Taylor Mac is ‘charming, honest’ on stage

Wojewodski appointed chair of theatre By STEPHANIE COLLINS Contributing Writer

Taylor Mac

By LAUREN SMART Chief Copy Editor

Taylor Mac warrants no comparisons and he asks his audiences to avoid making them. A self-proclaimed “subversive jukebox musical,” he casts a spell over his audiences with politics, Mylar and an element of surprise. His current show, “The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac,” runs at the Undermain theatre in Dallas through Feb. 13, but he needs a good-sized crowd in order to perform. He is considered a solo performance artist, and he declares that each show is different and therefore the audience should never feel cheated. Each night he wears a different costume -- oh wait, each song he wears a different costume. He not only changes on stage in front of y (don’t worry, nothing scandalous), he threatens to pull any “chatty cattys” on stage and dress them up as well. He performs the show in what he calls finery and many others just call drag. But this should not keep you


away. Mac may be one of the most charming, honest performers on stage. The manner in which he addresses the audience and the subject matter that he is willing to discuss in his monologues and songs, make him simultaneously heart wrenching and irresistible (or wait, is that the glitter?). Although some of his overtly sexual subjects may cause a slight twinge of discomfort, there was not a single uneasy moment that went unjustified with the revelation that followed. In an interview with Dallas Morning News Mac said, “My intent is to remind the audience of their humanity.” In the final moment of the show, Mac breaks out of the ‘bubble’ that he has marked on the floor with tape and remained in throughout the entire 90-minute show. The entire performance is a reminder that everyone needs to break out of their bubbles and embrace the world, if only for one memorable night with a queen and a whole lot of glitter.

The Distinguished Professor of Directing in the Meadows School’s Division of Theatre, Stan Wojewodski Jr., has been appointed chair of theatre. Wojewodski is replacing Cecil O’Neal, who has served as the chair for the past four years, and will be on sabbatical in the fall 2010. Wojewodski came to SMU in 2005 as the Distinguished-Artist-inResidence in the theatre department, and was named Distinguished Professor in 2007. He has taught directing classes and directed several student productions including “Betrayed,” “Trouble in Mind,” “The Overwhelming,” “Fabulation” and “She Stoops to Conquer,” during his time at SMU. “Stan has a national reputation in both professional and academic theatre as a producer, artistic director, director and teacher,” said Jose Bowen, dean of the Meadows

Stan Wojewodski Jr. Resumé

Stan has a national reputation in both professional and academic theatre as a producer, artistic director, director and teacher.

•Distinguished Professor, SMU: 2007

José Bowen

•Artistic Director, Baltimore’s Center Stage: 1975 to 1991

Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts

School. Before being a part of the SMU community, Wojewodski was the artistic director of Yale Repertory Theatre and was dean of the Yale School of Drama from 1991 to 2002. During this time he taught playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

•Distinguished Artist-inResidence, SMU: 2005 •Artistic Director, Yale Repertory Theatre: 1991 to 2002 •Dean, Yale School of Drama: 1991 to 2002

Wojewodski’s own productions at Yale included the premiere of David Edgar’s “Pentecost,” Dawn Powell’s “Big Night” and adaptations of “Beaumarchais” by Eric Overmyer, another playwright whose career Wojewodski nourished. Prior to Yale, Wojewodski served as artistic director of Baltimore’s Center

Stage from 1975 to 1991 where he directed over 40 productions. During this time, he also produced over a dozen world premieres by established American playwrights including James Yoshimura, Grace McKeaney and Russell Davis. Throughout his career Wojewodski also staged productions at numerous venues including the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Dallas Theater Center, among others. He also developed an exhibition and reading series, “Lily’s Downfall,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Edith Wharton’s novel “The House of Mirth” for the Edith Wharton Restoration and the Museum of the City of New York. “It is wonderful to have someone of his caliber and accomplishments as our new chair,” Dean Bowen said. “Ordinarily we would conduct a national search for a new department chair, but with Stan already on board, there was no need to look further.”


For Murray’s defense team, singer’s fame may pose challenge By LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s fame could pose a challenge for Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team as his lawyers fight an involuntary manslaughter charge against the physician in the singer’s death. Citing the “popularity of Michael Jackson,” criminal defense lawyer Harland Braun, who has handled celebrity cases and defended doctors in court, said Tuesday that Murray’s defense team has a monumental job ahead. “How would (jurors) be accepted back into the community if they

acquit him?” Braun said. “It’s a tough case.” Attorney Steve Cron, who also has handled medical cases, said the attorneys are being confronted this week with a mountain of evidence amassed by the Los Angeles Police Department during their nearly eightmonth investigation. “I would safely say there are tens of thousands of pages of reports as well as CDs, videos, phone records and photographs. “They will be looking at all of Michael Jackson’s medical records, search warrant affidavits and reports on every person who was interviewed,” Cron said. Cron said Jackson’s interaction with the doctor and his alleged

demands for the drug propofol is likely to come into play. “A bad result doesn’t mean bad doctoring,” said Cron. “They will find an expert who will say he had a difficult, demanding patient who needed to sleep and he did what was reasonable.” Jackson died at the age of 50 on June 25 in his rented Bel Air mansion. Murray, a Caribbean born physician who had been hired by the superstar to look after his health during a rigorous comeback tour, told police he gave Jackson propofol and other sedatives to help him sleep. Murray’s lead counsel, Ed Chernoff, has said that nothing the doctor gave Jackson

should have killed him. A coroner’s report found that the singer died of acute propofol intoxication. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren, who charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter, will seek to prove he acted with “gross negligence” when he gave the singer propofol. The anesthetic is used in hospital situations for surgery and prosecution experts are expected to say it was reckless to use it in a private home without proper equipment. “It will probably be a battle of the experts,”said McGregor Scott, a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer who is also a former state and federal prosecutor.



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Why do we care about Iran?

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Washington freezes


ecord snowfall has set upon Washington, D.C. For much of the week, business in the nation’s capital has been severely restricted. Could there be a more fitting metaphor for the sloth that has paralyzed our government? Members of Congress, Democrat and Republican, should take a snow day or two and think about how they can get back to serving the needs of their constituents rather than jockeying for political gain. It would be a welcome change from the partisan gridlock that’s befallen us.


bought a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero last December and it’s been more trouble than it’s worth. In October, it started screeching whenever I turned it on. Because I’m lazy, I told myself that that Nathaniel French was okay; I’d take it in if the sound got worse. By Halloween, the sound got worse. Because I’m cheap, I decided I’d wait and see if it got any better. It didn’t. In November, the noise had reached a glassshattering pitch and I winced every time I started the car, accelerated, stopped, or in anyway offended the engine. My determination wavered. I finally took it in and assessed the damage. It turned out that there was a problem with the belts. I don’t know anything about cars, so I have no idea if that was a serious problem. The belts were silenced, so I didn’t ask questions. Last Tuesday, I got out of rehearsal at 11:30 p.m. It was cold. Really cold. I ran to my car, looking forward to getting home and curling in bed. I put the key in the ignition. I turned it. Nothing. I turned it again. Nothing. My battery had died. My friend Jessica, to whom I’d promised a ride to her car, told me to call Giddy-Up. It turns out that if your battery dies, they’ll come give you a jump. When it’s past your bedtime and below freezing, that’s the greatest service anyone could offer you. Jessica chose to brave the elements and walk to her car, leaving me alone with the cold. GiddyUp came really fast and hooked their cables to my battery. A siren sounded. Apparently, my car has an alarm to keep people from jumping the battery and driving off. That was news to me. Truth be told, I’d rather not have an alarm; anyone desperate enough to try to steal my piece of junk is welcome to it. But my car couldn’t be jumped because of a safety feature I neither knew I had nor wanted. The very nice Giddy-Up man asked if I had AAA. I do, so I called them. The woman I talked to asked what I needed and I told her that my car wouldn’t start and that an alarm kept going off whenever I tried to jump it. She said that she’d send someone to help if I told her where I was. I gave her the address, and she told me that she actually couldn’t send anyone because she was in Alabama, but that she’d transfer me to the Texas office. The guy at the Texas office said he could send a car. He just needed to look up my membership info. I gave him my name; he couldn’t find it. I gave him my mom’s name, since she was the chief

policyholder; he couldn’t find it. He transferred me to the Florida branch, because that’s where my home address is. I was on hold for 15 minutes. As I stamped my feet to keep warm, a very nice automated woman kept telling me how AAA could help me book a hotel if I wanted to go on vacation. Then she told me how I could place my service request online. I thought that sounded great, if only I’d had a computer on me. When I got through, they finally found my policy information, which was good. To send me help, they had to transfer me back to Texas, which was not so good. After a little more time on hold, they finally said a car was on the way. I should expect it between 12:25 and 1:25. I called my friend Emily, who lives in Peyton, so I could wait inside. She let me in, but because she had to get up in just a few hours, she left me to hang out with my other friend, Grant. Grant and I had a great time. We laughed, we cried, we went to 7-Eleven to get quarter-pound hot dogs. It was a blast. At 1:25, AAA finally came, disabled the alarm, and jumped my car. The guy said my battery was fine and there was nothing to worry about. I drove home and turned off my car. Just to make sure the AAA guy wasn’t joshing me, I tried to turn my car back on. Nothing happened. Exhausted and past the point of caring, I got out of the car and decided to deal with the problem the next day. As I climbed out of the front seat, the alarm started going off again. At 1:45 in the morning. My neighbors must love me. I called the AAA guy back and asked what I should do. He told me that there was nothing that could be done and to just let the alarm keep going until the battery died again. My neighbors must really, really love me. I had to skip my 8:00 a.m class Wednesday morning. Jessica, who happens to live in the same apartment complex as me, drove me to campus at 9:00. On just four and a half hours of sleep, I had to hop myself up on caffeine, which is not easy to do when you don’t drink coffee. The experience wasn’t a total waste. I learned a lot. I learned that I can place AAA orders online and that I hate my car. I learned that I can always count on my friends when I’m in need (thanks Jessica, Grant, and Emily). I learned that I become extremely attuned to environmental stimuli when I drink too much caffeine. Most of all though, I learned not to eat a 7Eleven hot dog past midnight. Nathaniel French is a junior theater major. He can be reached for comment at

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Trey Treviño


am not a political scientist (though I did take a class on that once), a historian, or a member of any of those professions that would make me actually qualified to talk about such things, but I’ve decided, in all of my infinite wisdom, to discuss the ever-present

issue of Iran. The relevant question is: Why is Iran an issue? Well, for one thing, Iran used to be known as Persia, and that fact in itself should give you an indication of the problem. If not, remember that popular film “300” that came out a while ago? In that movie, the bad guys were from the Persian Empire, which wanted to destroy the seeds of modern civilization that the Greeks were so keen on planting. Did you know that that film was based on historical fact? So even several thousand years ago, the country that would become Iran was already interested in destroying liberty and making slaves of the world. (On a side note, if you haven’t noticed it by now, it is rather important at this point that you be able to perceive the thick globs of sarcasm dripping from my voice; otherwise you lose the point and I run the risk of getting assaulted in a dark alley one of these days.) Another problem is the name Iran, which Persia adopted in 1935. You probably didn’t know this, but the word “Iran” shares an etymological root with the word “Aryan,” which would become a rather important word just a few years later. Around that time, Adolf Hitler was using that nasty little word to justify killing (no) slaughtering (no) degrading/beating/gassing to death/burning alive (there we go!) most of the Jewish population of the Third Reich along with anyone else who didn’t fit the bill of the “pure Aryan race.” So maybe the former Persians made a bad name choice, but they didn’t change the name back afterwards, thus proving their possible Nazi agenda. But mostly the problem with Iran is that in 1979, militant Islamic extremists deposed the king, who was known as the Shah, and set up a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy. You see, in the late 1920s, the Shah’s father overthrew the previous dynasty and became Shah himself. Iran was in a bad way at the time, and the new Shah figured the best way to fix things was to utilize the same structure that was already in place. The problem is that our overthrowing Shah had help from Britain, which guaranteed his success with the understanding that once he became king, he would let his Western ally help itself to Iran’s vast deposits of oil, which it did until the Revolution of 1979. So now you know the real problem: After the Revolution, Muslim extremists decided that the Western World had grown fat and bloated with power, decadence, and our horrible system of capitalism, and so they decided to ban our cultural influences in their country. But it really doesn’t do well to hate the US; after all, we’re the most responsible nation in the world, right? We therefore seek out injustice, in all its forms, the world over, to “correct.” It became harder to obtain our precious oil from Iran after it decided it hated us, so we had to “correct” it as well. We did this by giving money and weapons to neighboring Middle-Eastern countries and letting them fight the battle for us. Yes, we funded, trained, and effectively put into positions of power some very responsible men over the years, men like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Totally responsible. To be fair, the Iranian government did do some pretty horrible things to its people over the last 30 years. But apparently, times are changing. Reports are circulating that there are high levels of (peaceful) protest demonstrations by the disgruntled children of the previous revolution who apparently didn’t enjoy having all their rights taken from them before they even had a chance to use them. That’s all well and good, but my question is: Why should we care? Why has Iran gotten all this attention over the years? Is it because it’s a world power? No. Well then what is it that makes Iran so much more special than all those other countries going through similar situations? They have oil, duh. Trey Treviño is a sophomore CTV major. He can be reached for comment at


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community. “We want to educate them as well as entertain them,” Kelly said. Education is the main theme and inspiration for all of the black history month events that ABS will be hosting this February. Ne’Andre Broussard, president of ABS, wants to educate SMU students about the history and significance of black literature, music and dance. Broussard would not only like to have a successful turnout for the event,

but he would ultimately like to change the perception of the organization on campus. “I feel that ABS is negatively perceived on campus because students assume it is limited to black students. But it’s opened to any race that is interested in the issues of the black community,” Broussard said. The heritage festival will be a free event and seating will be on a firstcome first-serve basis. Some of the other ABS events on the line-up this month are Black

History Jeopardy, a lecture and book signing by author Darwin Payne and a free celebration dinner. For a complete list and description of the events, visit the SMU Web site. Sylvia Bearden, a senior member of ABS, said, “Out of all of the events, the heritage festival will have a large variety of performances and I think it would be the most entertaining.”

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Mariana Sullivan, marketing manager at Hughes-Trigg, said she believed they had been sponsoring some kind of Valentine’s Day fair for the past ten years. These would range from craft fairs selling products made by students and student organizations to vendor fairs similar to this year’s, involving companies alongside student products. “Every year, we invite local vendors and SMU students and staff to come and sell their products or promote their companies during our Valentine’s Day Vendor Fair,” Sullivan said. “Some people buy for their loved ones, just

for themselves or for the office.” Sullivan is very excited about this event and hopes a large number of people will come and find their Valentine’s Day gifts at SMU. Those who attend the fair can purchase their gifts with Pony Express, cash, check or credit card. While most Valentine’s Day gifts are geared toward men buying for women, this vendor fair will provide options for girls searching for a gift for their Valentine as well. At least 11 companies are participating in the fair this year including Mary Kay Cosmetics, Creative Memories, H20 Swimwear, Ambrea Collections, Hail

Merry, Park Cities Limousine, Homemade Gourmet and Cookie Lee Jewelry. Attendees can also purchase chocolate covered strawberries from SMU’s Delta Sigma Theta, or roses from LULAC among other possible students products. The goal of the HughesTrigg Valentine’s Day fair is to encourage people to support SMU organizations. Sullivan hopes that among the brand name products and wide range of options, people will find their perfect gift this year in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.

ENDOWMENT: donations

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down 10 percent from $206.7 million, and UT Southwest Medical Center at Dallas $114.9 million, which is down 21 percent from $145.3 million, a year ago. Besides SMU, donations increased at Rice University 11 percent from 86.3 million in 2008 to 95.6 million in 2009 and the Dallas County Community College District who rose 93 percent from $1.2 million to $2.3 million. Nationally, the CAE reported

overall donations to colleges and universities declined 11.9 percent to $27.85 billion, which is the largest decline they have reported. Preece said donations are an integral part of college funding. “It’s the lifeblood of any non-profit organization,” she said. “Without that, a non-profit of any of kind including higher education is at the mercy of the economy.” Donations serve a multitude of reasons for institutions of higher learning. “The endowment touches every

corner of the university: students, faculty, buildings among other things,” she said. In the endowment report, SMU President R. Gerald Turner writes “I am deeply grateful that we kicked off the public phase of the second century campaign last year, because it gave us an offense to help the institution push through challenging times.” The Second Century Campaign is a five-year plan to raise $750 million dollars. It began in 2006.

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for national sports events are chosen years in advance so that cities can be prepared for the single biggest day in sports. Hotels in downtown Dallas, such as W Dallas-Victory Hotel, are fully booked from the Wednesday before the All-Star Game until the Monday after. Strategic planning for crowd control along with extra staffing and security, are some of the ways the hotels are preparing for the influx of people. Patterson says he has noticed the city making improvements to landscaping, street advertising and billboards. Some people who live and work downtown believe the lack of public transportation, taxis, parking and security will be issues. Some of the top players will be hosting various parties and events downtown on Friday and Saturday before the All-Star Game, Ossenkop said. He foresees a parking problem during special events such as these. Downtown Dallas residents have received e-mails advising them to update their driver’s license to their current addresses to prove that they live nearby and are not simply parking wherever they can find a spot. Downtown resident Rachel Orr said, “Parking can be a problem downtown when there is a Stars or Mavericks game. I’m a little concerned about how bad it will be during the times of the All-Star game and Super Bowl when so many people will be partying or staying in hotels down here.” Orr said that by the time she received the e-mail advising her to update her driver’s license it was already too late to replace her California driver’s license. Construction on highways near the Cowboys Stadium has been ongoing and poses a threat of extreme traffic. Patterson said one negative of hosting the two events will be that the city may overspend money on improvements and then not have sufficient funds to make any necessary renovations that may need to take place after the games

are over. Only time will tell if Dallas can handle hosting events such as the NBA All-Star game and the Super Bowl. The Dallas area is preparing in every way it knows possible for the amount of people and attention that will be brought to the cities nearby.

When the games are over and the fans have gone, it will be the residents and businesses of the Dallas area that measure the success of hosting these games. For now, all that can be done is to allow the city to prepare and bask in the attention that comes with being chosen.





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Mustangs: Upset bid denied By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

The SMU men’s basketball team’s dream of upsetting Conference USA’s top ranked team was crushed last night at Moody Coliseum, when the University of Texas at El Paso overcame a slow first half for their second win of the season over the Mustangs, 62-51. This is the second meeting this season between the two teams. The Mustangs traveled to El Paso over winter break on January 6 and fell just short in that game, 49-45. However, a recent stretch of victories boosted confidence for SMU and the team entered the game with high hopes. The first half was a slow affair, with each team testing out the other’s defense. UTEP scored first with a 3pointer by Jeremy Williams; however, SMU answered right back with a 3-pointer by sophomore Robert Nyakundi. The Miners scored again and kept the lead for most of the first half, with the Mustangs playing catch-up the whole time. However, with five

minutes remaining, SMU went on an 8-1 run to take the lead heading into the locker room, 24-22. A large part of SMU’s success in the first half was their rebounding advantage over the Miners, 20-13. The Mustangs also shot the ball better, making 38.1-percent of their shots, compared to just 29.6-percent for UTEP. But, SMU allowed the Miners to stay in the game with eight turnovers that led to nine points for the Miners. The second half was all UTEP from the start. The Miners’ Derrick Caracter was a force in the paint, totaling 12 points and five rebounds in the second half alone. While the Mustangs held the edge in rebounds in the first half, UTEP took over in the second, claiming 25 rebounds to SMU’s 10. The Mustangs attempted to get back in the game via 3-pointers, but were only able to make two out of their 10 attempts. While SMU’s shooting percentage dipped a little in the second half, from 38.1-percent to 31-percent, UTEP’s shooting percentage doubled, going from 29.6-percent to a staggering

Mustangs to play in second conference match By BRITTANY LEVINE Staff Writer

SMU women’s tennis will host Tulane University and Oklahoma State at Turpin Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 14. The first match against the Green Wave will be the Mustangs’ second conference match. Tulane has yet to play a Conference USA match, but they are 2-1 overall. This match should prove a good indicator of


SMU looks to continue home winning streak By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor


SMU forward Mouhammad Faye dunks a rebound during play against UTEP Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum.

60.9-percent. The Mustangs take to the court again in Houston to challenge the University of Houston Cougars on

Saturday, Feb. 13. This will be the first game of two between the Mustangs and Cougars this season.


The SMU equestrian team is full of confidence after a strong win against the Texas A&M University Aggies. However, they will be put to the test again when they play host to No. 4 South Carolina University Gamecocks. The Mustangs were perfect against A&M in Equitation over Fences. Sophomore Emily Gardner received MVP honors for her top score of 85, which took down Texas

Team faces familiar rivals this weekend at home By DORI SHOCKLEY Associate Sports Editor

The SMU women’s basketball team has returned home, after a week of preparation. They will host Rice University at Moody Coliseum Feb. 12 at 7 pm. Following Friday’s game, the Mustangs will take on Houston for the second time this season in a televised match Feb. 14 at 7:00 pm. SMU has already seen both these teams this season when playing in Houston in late January. Although Rice beat SMU, 61-58, SMU beat Houston, 74- 67, two days later. SMU has not had a win since their game against Houston. Rice

lost at home to Houston earlier this season. Houston is currently engaged in a three-way tie for the top rank in Conference USA standings. One of their three conference losses was against the Mustangs, giving them a C-USA record of 6-3. They are tied with Tulane University and Memphis University. SMU has defeated both Memphis and Tulane once this season. SMU is also in a three-way tie, one loss behind the first place teams. Along with Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso, SMU has a record of 5-4. Overall, SMU has a record of 33-29 against the Rice Owls. In their

how SMU ranks against the rest of the conference. The Mustangs currently have an overall record of 7-1 and are perfect in conference at 1-0. The second match of the weekend will be against Oklahoma State, who is 3-1 overall. SMU sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova has been named CUSA Co-Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after winning the decisive point for the Mustangs in their match against No. 35 Tulsa last weekend.

tough loss earlier in the season, SMU was able to make a drastic comeback to cut the Owls’ lead to only three points. Mustang guard, Brittany Gilliam, scored her season high that evening with a total of 24 points. When playing the Houston Cougars, SMU jostled back and forth for the lead until the clock crept towards halftime. The Mustangs were up by only one point at half time. When the second half began, SMU was ready to seal the deal and with a little over eight minutes left, they stretched their lead to 13 points. Not only will Sunday’s game be televised on ESPN 2, the game will also double as a celebration for

SMU’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The goal of the special day is to celebrate women in athletics, as well as promote equality and healthy lifestyles. The game will also promote SMU’s effort to support the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in their campaign called “PinkZone”. The charity raises money for breast cancer awareness and research. Prior to tip off, fans will have the opportunity to pay five dollars for admittance to “Fan Fest”. Fan Fest will give those in attendance the opportunity to speak with and meet SMU student athletes from many different sports. Head coach Rhonda Rompola will host the event.

A&M’s Brooke Coleman. The Gamecocks are coming off a tough loss to No. 2 Auburn, in which they lost by a single point, 9-10. Technically, South Carolina is winless so far in the spring, having lost to Auburn, although their match against Oklahoma State was cancelled. Also in SMU’s favor is the fact that the team has not lost a home meet so far this season. Both of the Mustangs’ wins have been at home, while their sole loss was in Waco to the Baylor Bears.


SMU travels to compete in ISU Invitational By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

The SMU track and field team has had a long break to prepare for the toughest competition they will face all season at the Iowa State University Invitational this upcoming weekend. The Mustangs will be competing against such schools as No. 5 Florida, No. 15 Nebraska and No. 19 Oklahoma. SMU, who is not nationally ranked, will have their hands full with some of the top athletes in the country.

“There’s going to be a lot of talent walking around this weekend,” said Corey Ihmels, head coach of the Iowa State Hurricanes, on the school’s athletic Web site. “We will have some NCAA champions and some future Olympians at the meet.” SMU will be using the ISU Invitational as a practice run for the Conference USA championships, which take place in two weeks in Houston. Though the Mustangs are defending champions, they will face tough competition from No. 16 University of Texas at El Paso.


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