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President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address.
Obama delivers State of the Union Katelyn Gough News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org President Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night, setting the tone with a quote from John F. Kennedy’s address decades earlier: “The Constitution makes us not rivals for power, but partners for progress.” Themes of unification, compromise, and responsibility wove much of his address through the evening as Obama asserted that “America moves forward only when we do so together.” “The American people… expect us to put the nation interests before the party,” Obama said about Congress working toward compromise. “It is our unfinished task to make sure this government works on behalf of the many.” The president laid out his plan for “a rising, thriving middle class” to be rebuilt after more than a decade when “wages and incomes have barely budged.”
With the statement that both parties “must embrace the need for modest reforms,” Obama spoke to reforms on healthcare, changes in Medicare payment and bipartisan tax reforms. “Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep, but we must keep the promises we’ve already made,” Obama said. He addressed the much discussed plan to reduce the deficit, to which the president explained that reducing the deficit alone was not an economic plan. Rather, growing an economy that creates jobs “must be the North Star that guides our efforts.” In a three-part process, Obama’s goal is to bring more jobs to shore, create training and education to employ at those jobs and thus ensure Americans have access to make a “decent living.” One of the key aspects of attaining such, according to Obama, will come once the country “[invests] in the best ideas,” citing the Human Genome
Project as a prime example of the possible success. Spiraling from that into the topic of independent sustainability, President Obama called attention to recent growth and the need for a growing future in natural resources, and the need to do more to combat climate change. “We are finally poised to produce our own energy future,” Obama said. “Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years.” Among the other changes Obama called for, education reform was one of the most prominent, with a key goal being to work “with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.” “Let’s give our kids a chance,” Obama said. In light of recent discussions and reminiscent of his Inaugural Address, Obama touched on immigration reform, as well women’s right to “earn a living equal to their efforts.”
“Everybody is willing to work hard and have the chance to get ahead,” Obama said, summing up much of his discussions surrounding equal employment opportunity. Obama plans to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year, as well as raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. “Let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so it finally becomes a wage you can live on,” Obama said. Sure to include what is being said to be one of his biggest issues for his second term, President Obama shared personal stories of victims of gun control, driving home his firm call for votes to gun control. Obama bookended his address citing his dedicated determination to bring troops home this year and end the war for good. “America will achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda,” he said. “After a decade of war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.”
SMU-in-Spain explains program changes Erica Robbie Nighttime Copy Editor email@example.com “Atencion estudiantes: the deadline to apply to study in Spain for the summer or fall is March 1,” SMU-in-Madrid program director Olga Colbert, and study abroad advisors Lea Sarodjo and Cori Hill, reminded SMU students at the SMU-in-Spain information session Tuesday in the Blanton Building. Aside from promoting the program and addressing students’ concerns, one primary purpose of the meeting was to inform students of a major change in the curriculum—the option to take Spanish 1402 and 2401 while abroad. In the past, students were required to have already taken two full years of Spanish at SMU. This requirement limited the number of students eligible to apply. Now, students are able to not only take their lower level Spanish classes in Madrid, but they also receive credit for both two courses in just one semester. The curriculum is designed so that students take Spanish 1402 during the first half of the semester and 2401 at the second half, earning
eight total language credits during a single semester. In addition to Spanish, SMUin-Spain offers a variety of courses including business, marketing, art history and more. Course requirements and credits were a mutual concern for students at the meeting, so after a thorough explanation, the conversation grew livelier: what is Madrid like, where do students live and how is the food? “Madrid is a fantastic, vibrant city, with lots of life, art and culture,” Colbert said. She added that the location of the capital city is perfect because it is in the center of the peninsula. This, combined with Madrid’s “wonderful transportation,” makes it easy for visitors and locals alike to travel to other Spanish cities, which SMU students who study abroad do. Students who study in Madrid travel all over the country visiting other cities, such as Barcelona, Seville, Granada and Toledo. “Think of Madrid as a home base,” Colbert said. This is an appropriate way to think about it because SMU students live in the homes of Madrid families
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Students hear about the SMU-in-Spain program Tuesday.
during their stay. Colbert believes this living arrangement is a major benefit to American students, as it serves as a “gateway into their culture.” Another gateway into Spanish culture? Popular Spanish food, called “tapas,” which Colbert brought to the meeting to give students a literal taste of Spain. Given America’s current economic state, along with Spain’s, students’ final concern is
expectedly finances. However, Hill said that any financial aid students receive through SMU will transfer over to their tuition abroad. “Had I known that when I was in college, I would have been all over the country,” Sarodjo said. For more information, visit abroad.smu.edu, or visit the SMU study abroad office in the Blanton Building.
Recent police investigations into the Feb. 10 alleged assault at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house have uncovered several new pieces of information. SMU police expect Class A misdemeanor charges for unlawful restraint and assault to be filed against several SMU students, based on the investigation thus far, according to an email from Kent Best, Executive Director of News and Communications. A student, who is not affiliated with Sigma Phi Epsilon, reported to SMU police that he was held against his will and struck numerous times. Following the alleged assault the victim sought medical attention where he was treated and then released. Due to the continuing investigation SMU has placed Sigma Phi Epsilon on temporary deferred suspension. This prohibits the fraternity from hosting activities, among other sanctions. “SMU takes seriously any allegations of student misconduct
and also will pursue this matter through its Student Code of Conduct process,” Best said. “In addition, the national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has ordered the SMU chapter to cease all activities for an indefinite period of time.” The Daily Campus has reached out to current Sigma Phi Epsilon President Billy Hightower for comment. Hightower has not responded to the emails, but did send a prepared statement to The Dallas Morning News Tuesday morning. The statement read: “Multiple members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter at Southern Methodist have been implicated in a series of inappropriate activities that occurred on Sunday, February 10. As a chapter, we cannot support any actions that do not reflect our Fraternity’s mission of building balanced men. All members involved, including those who were bystanders to the incident, have been suspended from the chapter pending an ongoing criminal investigation. The chapter and its members will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities.” Check smudailycampus.com for updates on the investigation.
Dr. Bernard Franklin speaks in recognition of Black History Month Lucy sosa Video Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Bernard Franklin, highly regarded urban rights leader and one of Kansas City’s most influential African Americans, spoke to about 15 people in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom Tuesday about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s character and legacy. As part of a day-long lecture series honoring Black History Month, Franklin’s fascination with Dr. King’s brilliance, fearlessness and sacrifice stand out from the traditional tale of his civil rights accomplishments. “This is not just some guy we gave a holiday to,” Franklin said. “This is a man who stepped right into the midst of hell to defend a group of people who in many cases were not given equal opportunity.” Impressed by Dr. King’s demand for change as a 25-yearold African American in deeply segregated Montgomery, Ala., Franklin tried to understand how the famous civil rights leader found the nerve to confront hatred. “How could you walk into that and with such courage and such conviction, but he did, he continued to,” Franklin said, as disturbing images of executed African-American men hanging from trees projected on the screen. While Dr. King dedicated his life to rallying support and fighting for equality, Franklin believes today’s society fails to stand up against racial discrimination. Intertwining the civil right leader’s rhetoric with his own, Franklin warned about the silence
of bystanders. “We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends … your silence on my behalf is deafening,” Franklin said. He urged the crowd to stand up for him when he is not present to defend himself. Franklin attributes the silence of today’s generation to the difference of living well and dying well. In his opinion, Dr. King died well because a young man who’s from the north and risks his life to fight for racial equality is only worried about leaving behind a legacy. Today, according to Franklin, people are more concerned with living well and building bigger lifestyles than bigger legacies. As the floor opened up to questions, Ray Jordan, coordinator of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage Ray, questioned Dr. King’s admiration of good samaritans but his hesitance to be one. Franklin responded by addressing the role of charity and justice as a tool for fighting racial discrimination. Audience member Simone Daneille asked for advice on how to change people’s perceptions and notions of racial discrimination. “The men in my life have a history of what we’ve lived, so I have this passion to say I know black men are more than this. And I know there’s something I need to do,” Daneille said. Franklin encouraged Daneille to tear down the notion that “black men are broken” and explained the importance of being open to help instead of looking for it.
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3:33 a.m. Fire Alarm. 3109 Daniel Ave./Panhallenic House. The fire alarm system was activated at this location due to rain leaking into a smoke detector from a recent storm. 4:33 a.m. Criminal Mischief. Sigma Phi Epsilon. An unknown individual spray painted the front door at this location.
february 11 8:18 p.m. Aggravated Assault/ Aggravated Kidnapping/Personal Hazing Offense/Unlawful Restraint. Sigma Phi Epsilon House. A student reported he was assaulted and held against his will at this location. The case is under investigation by the SMU Police Department. NOTE: THE OFFENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS INCIDENT HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO ASSAULT/UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT. THE CASE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.
4:50 p.m. Criminal Mischief. Kappa Sigma House. Vandalism was reported at this location. 10:10 p.m. Criminal Mischief. SMU Alley. A student reported gravy was smeared on his vehicle windows.
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Two artists perform for Meadows’ faculty, alumni KELLY GILLILAND Contributing Writer email@example.com Matt Albert’s violin performance was so intense that strands from his bow kept breaking and flailing about his face. It wasn’t just his bow. You could see the intensity in his facial expressions from the back row. Both he and Adam Marks’ emotions seemed to mimic the mood of the music they were playing. The emotion in Marks’ eyes during every piece wasn’t at all hindered by the fact that his profile was facing the audience. When the tone became angry, the pair’s eyes showed it. So did Matt Albert’s hair. When his head moved with the violin, his bangs vigorously swept his forehead like a broom. Before the recital, Marks referred to Albert as “kind of a rock star,” because he played at the Grammy Award Show Sunday night. He flew in from Los Angeles around 8 a.m. Monday, took a nap and came to perform at SMU. More than 100 people congregated for the Meadows school’s Faculty and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series featuring Matt Albert on the violin and Adam Marks on the piano. The two men produced a nearly two hour show that, according to Marks, took a very long time to organize. They loved each end every piece in the compilation and “they seemed to all fit together perfectly,” Marks said after the show. The program consisted of some more modern pieces from 1995 and 1997 as well as a piece
of work composed by SMU student Michael van der Sloot, who was present in the audience Monday night. During the silences in between pieces, one could tell that if a single member of the audience even breathed too loudly, the ambiance would be thrown off from the entire recital. The audience anxiously awaited the artists’ next movement. “If you play an instrument, any Meadows concert will ‘wow’ you,” Phil Davis, a firstyear student at SMU, said. “[But] for the non-musical, it was way too long.” SMU freshman Madeline Ong came to the concert as a
requirement for a class called The Art of Listening. At intermission, Ong’s impression was that she “[was] not falling asleep yet, so that [was] good.” She liked that there was a good balance between the strength of the piano and violin melodies and that it strayed away from the classical feel you usually get in recitals like this one. Audience members called the show “excellent and interesting.” “That’s the great thing about Meadows,” SMU professor John Cotton said. “You get to hear things you wouldn’t get to hear otherwise.”
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Pianist Adam Marks and violinist Matt Albert performed Monday night.
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A hearse containing Chris Kyle’s casket leads a motorcade to the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
Chris Kyle remembered in Dallas Charles scott Macey meriggi Contributing Writers firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com ARLINGTON – Thousands gathered at Cowboys Stadium on Monday to mourn the death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, 38. Kyle was killed Feb. 2 after fellow veteran Eddie Ray Routh allegedly shot him and Chad Littlefield, 35, while at a shooting range in Erath County, Texas. Kyle, who gained national notoriety after writing the New York Times bestseller "American Sniper," was an accomplished military sniper and had recorded more kills than any other soldier in American military history. Iraqi insurgents dubbed him "The Devil of Ramadi" and put a high bounty on his head. Following his honorable discharge from the military in 2009, Kyle had been working with nonprofit groups to help wounded and disabled veterans. A crowd of nearly 7,000 people, most of whom were Kyle’s friends, family and colleagues painted a picture that gave Dallas the chance to see a more intimate side of the veteran. Paul Cardaropoli, a serviceman of nearly a decade who attended the memorial ceremony, was moved by
the city’s public turnout. “It meant a lot to me to see this,” Cardaropoli said. “It meant a lot to me to see the overwhelming amount of people that were here. I didn’t expect to see [so many] state police and firemen. I was really amazed.” After serving in combat from 1989 to 1997, Cardaropoli returned to the states. At that time, he said, no one had ever approached him to thank him for his service. It wasn’t until 2006 when he moved to Dallas that he saw a change. “In other places, no one shakes my hand. I had never had anyone thank me for my service until living here,” Cardaropoli said. Monday’s touching ceremony evoked a sense of pride in Cardaropoli. He said he’d never seen a memorial for a serviceman or woman of such magnitude. Relatives, childhood friends and colleagues of Kyle’s took the stage, which was adorned with flowers, wreaths and a Christian cross that was draped with Kyle’s combat gear, to pay respects. One of the speakers, who only identified himself as Kyle’s best friend since third grade, recalled Kyle’s character. “If you didn’t know Chris under his tough-guy exterior, he was a kind, caring, humble and selfless man,” he said. “At home he was no super hero, he was just dad.” Out of all the speakers, only two identified themselves, a friend
and business partner of Kyle’s, Bo French and Kyle’s wife. French said Kyle had a prankster and fun-loving side and that his “desire to help others was contagious.” After leaving the Navy in 2009 to spend more time with his family, Kyle’s work that followed exemplified just that. He founded the Dallasbased security company Craft International and was known for working with wounded veterans, particularly those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Saturday, Feb. 2 Kyle was shooting with Littlefield and Eddie Ray Routh, who authorities have said was being treated for PTSD. Although his motive is still unclear, Routh allegedly turned a gun on Kyle and Littlefield at the shooting range. Routh is said to have fled the scene in Kyle’s car, where he allegedly went to his sister’s house and confessed to the killings. He was picked up and arrested by police that same day in the suburbs of Lancaster. Littlefield’s funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Midlothian Texas, according to a New York Times report. Kyle’s body was taken to Austin Tuesday to be buried following a 200-mile procession beginning at 9 a.m.
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Local Denton man makes a larger-than-life find, SMU paleontology studies his discovery Erica Penunuri Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Dan Bridleman is no stranger to Lake Lewisville. In fact, he calls it his “home away from home.” You’ll have better luck reaching him in those waters than his cell phone because he doesn’t even own one. It was in these calm Lake Lewisville waters that the man who’s hard to get a hold of got a hold of something larger-than-life. “It was in water about this deep and it was crystal clear and I looked down and I saw that bone and I thought it was a cow leg
bone,” Bridleman said. “And I looked down and I grabbed it, picked it up and said, ‘Damn, that's heavy.'" Bridleman has been fishing for four years in Lake Lewisville. But over the past few years Dan has discovered a new haul that doesn’t include fish, but driftwood. Bridleman has been transforming floating pieces of wood into works of art for years. He has created lamps, birds and other structures from wood pieces by adding his own materials like colorful pebbles for decoration and detail. “[My wife] don’t care for it,” Bridleman said, “but she likes the money though.”
One day, his hobby paid off in a different way. It was during one of these driftwood-seeking days that Bridleman paid special attention to an object peaking out of the clear waters. He picked up the “cow bone” and realized its weight was unsually heavy. That cow leg bone was pretty dense for a cow bone because it really was a dinosaur bone. One day at Bridleman’s work a man walked in to get work done on his car. He noticed a round item on a desk. He recognized that item as a dinosaur bone. He asked Dan if he could take it back to the SMU paleontology lab for study.
The customer turned out to be Roger Farish, a member of the Dallas Paleontology Society. “Not many people have that curiosity. So we do try to reward that when someone not only wants to get to the bottom of what something is but to benefit science as well,” Farish said. The SMU research team discovered the bone belonged to a hadrosaur dinosaur, also known as a duck-billed dinosaur. They are
considered the historic equivalent of cattle. In that sense, Dan wasn’t too far off after all. The bone is approximately ninety-three million years old. SMU Director of the Suhler Museum of Paleontology Dale Winkler said this find is a very unusual one. “This represents parts of information that we didn’t have before or what the animal looked like, how it was built and what it
did in life,” Winkler said. A display of the dinosaur remains depends on how deep the museum’s pockets are. Winkler estimates it could cost millions to reconstruct a dinosaur. Although there won’t be any displays soon, Farish said you can count on Dan for more discoveries. “Dan is on fire now. He’s going out every chance he gets looking for more bones,” Farish said.
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Dan Bridleman, the discoverer of the dinosaur bone in Lake Lewisville, sets up bait on the lake.
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The 94 million year old bone discovered by Dan Bridleman at the SMU Suhler Museum of Paleontology.
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“Super Water Symphony” returns to perform in Dallas
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The band “Super Water Symphony” is playing in Dallas on Feb. 16, 2013.
Christopher Saul Photo Editor email@example.com Almost three years ago, SMU senior Charlie Scott was sitting at the bar in Poor Richards Pub drinking a beer when a band called Super Water Sympathy, opened for an SMU band called “Lil Buddha and the Packrats.” While he sat there listening to the band, Scott said to himself “This band is going to be famous one day.” Three years later, it’s looking like Scott’s words were somewhat prophetic. The last year was a whirlwind for the five band members from Shreveport, La. The group released an album
called “Vesper Belle,” performed on the Vans Warped Tour and are rumored to be returning to the tour this coming year. When asked about the rumored return to the 2013 “Warped Tour,” the group’s bassist, Billy Hargrove, replied “no comment.” The band, now a national act, is coming to Dallas on Feb. 16 to play at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, a venue for budding artists in the South. The group has played at the venue many times. As the band has grown, its distinctive sound, “Waterpop” has begun to hit the airwaves in their home state. “We’re going to do a push with the new album on April
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23. [Our] new label will do college and a satellite station push as well as on National Public Radio. That’s where we start. [Top 40 radio stations] are so hard to get on because you [have] compete with Katy Perry,” Hargrove said. The band has created their own unique sound, as well as their own genre, which they have christened “Waterpop.” According to the band members, the new genre consists of “carefully thought out orchestrated verses that set up power chorus and an interesting look and original sound.” The genre was named “Waterpop” because of the groups affinity with the properties of water. “Reincarnation water is universal. It flows, [like the band] water doesn’t step on itself [to be heard]. Everyone is equal. We are trying to keep the theme of water together, it’s great for symbolism and metaphor and everything. Water never dies, and when it does it just comes back, you can’t get rid of it,” Hargrove said. For a band on the rise, the idea of reincarnation that can’t be stopped or defeated is one that vibes well with the meteoric rise of the group from opening for a local college band to becoming a national act.
Band Members Billy Hargrove —bass Clyde Hargrove —guitar Ryan Robinson — drums Jason Mills —keys Ansley Hughes —vocals
SMU launches new National Center for Arts Research courtney spalten One common sentiment among A&E Editor the panel is that data will help art email@example.com President Turner revealed on Tuesday evening that Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business are leading a collaboration with the Cultural Data Project and other partners to create the National Center for Arts Research at SMU. News of the center was announced at a panel discussion at the Nasher Sculpture Center entitled “Ending Guesswork: Using Data to Foster Thriving Arts Organizations.” Two hundred members of the Dallas art community attended the event. The unprecedented collaboration efforts of the center will help to support the health of the arts sector. The mission of the center is “to be the leading provider of evidence-based insights that enable arts and cultural leaders to overcome challenges and increase impact.” Dr. Zannie Voss, the director of the center, prompted the panel with questions submitted by audience members related to the importance of data in the arts organizations. Panelists included Rick Lester, chief executive officer of TRG Arts; Glen Howard, board chair of the Cultural Data Project and managing director, legal affairs and general counsel of the Pew Charitable Trusts, Rebecca Thomas, vice president of Nonprofit Finance Fund; Kate Levin, commissioner of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs; Anita Contini, program lead of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Kevin Moore, managing director of Theatre Communications Group.
organizations end the guesswork and enable them to become a thriving and sustainable business. The importance of research is reflected in the data driven approach of the new center. Data collected by the center will enable researchers to analyze the largest database of arts research ever assembled, investigate important issues in arts management and patronage and make its findings available to arts leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers as well as the general public. Jose Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, said, “in today’s competitive environment, arts and cultural organizations, from museums to orchestras, need to do more than create great works of art. Arts organizations must have a more research-driven understanding of their markets and industry trends in order to more deeply engage existing audiences and reach new ones.” “As an arts school and research entity, SMU’s Meadows School is uniquely positioned to not only serve as a hub for this critical data, but to apply our expertise to develop new insights that can be shared with arts organizations around the country,” Bowen said.
The center will use the Cultural Data Project data as well as data from other sources such as the Theatre Communication Group, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Census Bureau and the National Center for Charitable Statistics to create the most complete picture of the shape of the arts sector in the U.S. Collaborative efforts will draw on the academic expertise of Meadows and Cox faculty in the fields of arts management, marketing and statistics. The center’s website will feature an interactive “dashboard” to be accessible to arts organizations nationwide. It will also serve as a forum for public discussion of the best practices and solutions, an online resource library with helpful tools and templates and offer a YouTube channel for video responses. Art leaders will be able to enter information about their organizations and compare them to similar organizations in areas such as community engagement, earned and contributed revenue and balance sheet health. The first annual report will run in the fall of 2013. For more information, visit the center’s website at smu.edu/artsresearch.
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“The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region.” —President Barack Obama on North Korea conducting its third nuclear test
Time to let Romo go Living in Dallas has made me grateful for what I have. I’ve been blessed with a loving family, a great school, good friends and, yes, a really great quarterback to root for in Drew Brees. I’ve been able to see how seriously a city can suffer due to poor, or in Dallas’ case, spotty quarterback play. Tony Romo is not a horrible quarterback, that isn’t what I’m saying. All I’m saying is that he isn’t Breesus Christ. He won’t win a Super Bowl without a serious amount of offensive help, something that he can only get by taking a drastic pay cut to what he’s worth to the team. He is not, nor does it look like he’ll ever be, an elite quarterback in the National Football League. Romo is famous for coming up short in playoff scenarios and all-or-nothing contests. Last year’s loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants readily sticks out. His only playoff win was against the Philadelphia Eagles in a Wild Card playoff game in 2010. He is not worth the money that the Cowboys would have to pay to keep him. He isn’t worth the money. Let him play out his contract and then let someone else have his turn as the quarterback of America’s team.
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Thank you, Lady Mustangs To the SMU Women’s Basketball Team, As a member of the Mustang Band, I want to tell you ladies that we are so happy to be watching your success this year. This team is on the forefront of a campus wide shift focusing on pride in our student athletes and sports teams. Continue to work hard and make SMU proud. We will be supporting you every step of the way. —Ethan Patrick, SMU Senior
Scholarships are not shameful tokens michael graves Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Just yesterday I saw the new poster advertising the deadline for Student Senate scholarships. On the poster was a portrait of “Honey Boo-Boo,” the famous country girl from TLC who will “holler for a dollar.” Beside the poster was this infamous quote followed by a statement which expressed the monetary value of a Student Senate scholarship, implying that they will make you holler. I will admit, I first chuckled at the poster. I don’t know if it was because I couldn’t believe that Honey Boo-Boo had now made her way onto small-scale advertisements or something else. But then I began to realize that this may imply that scholarships will make us holler. And then thought to myself wait, does this mean that students on scholarship are like Honey Boo-Boo? Do they holler for a dollar? And then I remembered that I was one of those students on scholarship. I’m sure the intentions of the poster were pure, and that their creator was just trying to find a funny way to advertise Student Senate scholarships. However, I’m disappointed at the humor and what the poster connotes. Students on scholarship are not Honey Boo-Boo. Mainstream culture has labeled her as a trashy little girl who makes some laugh, and others feel deeply disturbed. We see her as classless, poor, and at the bottom of the social pyramid because she lacks education and refinement. Honey Boo-Boo may holler for a dollar, but students on scholarship, whether academic or through financial aid, do not holler for money. We work our tails off for it. In fact, about 80 percent of SMU students receive some sort of
financial aid from the university, and all of us only pay about 70 percent of the actual cost of our tuition. Therefore, everyone on this campus is, in some way, receiving aid of some sort to attend this university. And needing a little bit more should not make anyone feel ashamed. I’ll be quite honest: had I not received merit scholarships I would not be at this university. My family is in that awkward tax bracket where we cannot receive government aid, but also cannot realistically afford a tuition cost nearing the $50 thousand mark. Furthermore, my family would not have gone into debt to send me to SMU when I could have gone to LSU free of charge. I am fortunate to be here, but I worked hard to secure my place at this school. For many students, the senate scholarship could keep them at SMU. And none of them are the Honey Boo-Boos of this world. They are first generation college students who have worked their way to the top. They are students whose family business may have gone under in the last fiscal year, and their parents can no longer keep up with the rising cost of private school tuition. They are students whose parents may just want them to personally support their college experience. They are not trashy or classless or uneducated. They are some of the hardest workers at this university. So when you see the ad, laugh a little, but also realize that scholarships are not shameful tokens, but trophies of accomplishment.
Evolution is not a counter to religion Brandon Bub Contributing Writer email@example.com Personally, I do not understand why the idea of teaching evolution in a classroom remains at all contentious. A science curriculum that stresses evolution as the explanation for life on Earth is about as factually controversial as a math textbook outlining the fundamental theorem of calculus. By this point in our understanding of the world, the question is not if evolution happened, but rather how it happened. Yet somehow, whenever I see elected officials publicly making fools of themselves, it’s never because they believe that Sir Isaac Newton was the spawn of Satan. Rather, the question always comes back to good old Charles Darwin. Just last October, Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) declared at a church event in Georgia that “all that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell...to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding they need a savior.” He won reelection handily, by the way, and he’s announced his intentions to run for the Senate in 2014. However, I don’t mention Broun here to suggest that his line of thinking is mainstream. I think religious and nonreligious people alike can agree that Broun’s remarks are foolish and amount to nothing more than a shameful attempt to pander to the lunatic fringe for votes. Rather, I invoke his illinformed comments because I think that he has a point. Not a good one, mind you, but a point nonetheless. The rancor that Broun and others like him direct at proponents of evolution is the same sort that has existed ever since 1859 when On the Origin of Species was first published. After codifying his theory of evolution, Darwin remained quiet about his doubts on Christianity because he knew it wasn’t worth rocking the boat.
Darwin’s theory is one of the most important scientific discoveries in history, but the ramifications of his hypotheses were also significant in a different way. He almost singlehandedly wrought a crisis of faith across Victorian England. Before the nineteenth century (and especially before the Enlightenment), few would legitimately question the dogma surrounding the creation story in Genesis. If we could have been wrong about the age of the Earth or the origin of mankind... imagine what else we could have been wrong about. The possibility that other fundamental truths of Christianity could have been flawed was unimaginable. One hundred fifty years later, this same debate rages on, albeit a little less loudly. So I understand Broun’s disdain for science. But I also know that he is totally wrong. The leaders of nearly every world religion acknowledge that faith and science are not mutually exclusive of one another. Teaching evolution in the classroom is not going to make children morally deficient or cause them to doubt their need for a savior, and politicians who debase people’s faith in this way for the sake of winning votes do the public a huge disservice. Science in all of its forms can tell us so much about ourselves. Maybe one day we will know the brain so well that we’ll be able to predict any move a person makes before they do it. But even if we come that far, science will simply never be able to tell us what it means to be a human being. For some, faith answers that question. For people like me, secular humanism helps guide us toward an answer. But regardless of how we make sense of existence, we need not pretend that acknowledging observable science somehow precludes faith. We can’t and shouldn’t try to make a religion out of science, but we can at the very least acknowledge reality.
Bub is a junior majoring in English, political science and history.
Intelligent Design has a place in education michael dearman Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org In the 1987 case Edwards v. Aguillard, the Supreme court ruled that a Louisiana law requiring evolution be taught alongside Creationism in the classroom was a violation of the Establishment Clause (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”). This case illustrates a drawn-out and concerted effort to push religion out of public schools, which draws its motivation from the Establishment Clause. However, Intelligent Design may have a place in the classroom. I would not argue that Christian doctrine should be taught within a public school because, as the Court has said, this would be a clear violation of the Establishment Clause, thus illegal. While Creationism is characterized by a literal reading of the creation story in the book of Genesis, Intelligent Design is not Creationism. Intelligent Design does not entirely ignore the scientific evidence for evolution, for the age of the Earth or for the origins of humanity. Instead, it holds that irreducible complexity is due to guidance by an intelligent mind. The million-dollar question is whether we can call intelligent design an “establishment of religion” if it is taught within the classroom. While Creationism makes no apologies for being an overt promotion of the text of Scripture as science, Intelligent Design is a more nuanced position. In fact, Intelligent Design does not necessarily preclude evolution itself except that it would contradict the notion that evolution is “random and without purpose or guidance.” For that reason it deserves to be in the classroom. Instead of presenting science as a settled body of knowledge, why not present it as dialectic between various historic scientific positions? This brings me to my second point. It is not the content of Intelligent Design or evolution
that causes particular problems in the classroom, but the way in which science is taught. While as a student in primary and secondary school I assumed that we were learning a settled and concrete body of knowledge. Once I arrived at university, I realized that the body of knowledge is anything but settled. So instead of teaching students in the classroom as if all that is taught is infallible truth, it seems much better to teach about debates and controversies. Claiming that the theory of evolution does not preclude the existence or involvement of a divine being is a valid philosophical position. The claim has weight and many people have argued for it. It seems dishonest and unnecessarily dogmatic to say in a classroom “here is the Theory of Evolution and it doesn’t jive with your religious beliefs,” but is that what secular people hope to accomplish? When we discuss science, we need to discuss the way of doing science. It’s one thing to present positions as fact, and another thing to talk about the development of the philosophy behind science, which is arguably more important than knowing a list of facts. When we teach the scientific method, there is a place or discussing the methodology behind the scientific method. How terrible would it be to ask students to learn a little theory? Science is a history of conflict between varying positions, so to characterize science as a dogmatic, concrete, and unchanging position is a drastic mischaracterization of the field itself. For that reason alone, Intelligent Design deserves mention in the classroom, not as fact but as a scientific and philosophical position for which people argue. That does not amount to an establishment of religion to claim that there may be a God and God might have a hand in the world. That position is not doctrinaire, but an honest treatment of a scientific debate.
Dearman is a junior majoring in political science and philosophy.
Graves is a junior majoring in communication studies and religious studies.
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Women destroy Northwestern state 6-1 Monday MaTTHEW cOSTA Associate Sports Editor email@example.com
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SMU Senior golfer Felicia Espericueta takes a swing at the Puerto Rico Classic.
The ladies of SMU’s tennis squad (2-3 overall) claimed their second victory, and first since the beginning of the season versus Northwestern State (3-3 overall), 6-1. Through six singles matches, the Mustangs were able to take five to go along with their three-match sweep in the doubles matches. “This is a solid win over a good team,” said Kati Gyulai, women’s tennis head coach. “Our targets were accurate in doubles when it mattered, and we were
able to close out matches to put us up 1-0. We didn’t look back and kept closing out the singles matches.” Standouts for SMU included Edyta Cieplucha, who won both her singles match, 6-3 and 6-1, and her doubles match alongside Elena Fayner 8-3, and Vaszilisza Bulgakova, also winning in both events with a singles mark of 6-1 and 7-6 and a doubles win with Aleks Malyarchikova, 9-7. Hristina Dishkova also performed well, winning 6-0 and 6-1 in her singles match. SMU will hope to continue the run when it hosts Air Force at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Lady Mustangs fall in Puerto Rico Classic Andrew Hattersly Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The SMU women’s golf team struggled in its opening event finishing tied for ninth with a three-day total of 909 in the Lady’s Puerto Rico Classic. Despite struggling most of the way in the tournament, SMU received a nice performance from senior Felicia Espericueta as she finished 11th. Espericueta finished off the tournament with a 5-over total and 1-over par 73 on the final day. After having a very rough second, senior Melanie White rebounded nicely with a 3-over 75
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on the final day. SMU also got a strong performance from junior Maria Elena Villamil, who finished the tournament with a total of 13-over and tied for 34th place. One of the problems the Mustangs ran into was multiple players having bad performances on the same day. They could not spread the rounds out over a three-day span. SMU was bitten by multiple players being off and put into a deep hole early on. Most players for the Mustangs were hovering around the high 70s and one in the 80s. If the Mustangs hope to secure that preseason conference crown, they will need to start lowering at least a few of those scores and limit the team to one bad round a day so
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they can drop that score and not put themselves in a hole. Another problem SMU ran into was two of their big guns not bringing their A-game in Puerto Rico. Seniors Melanie White and Alexandra Rossi struggled throughout most of the tournament and could not seem to get anything going. The ladies were unable to break the 300 mark on the weekend, leaving them with a lot of work to get ready for the rest of the year. Despite struggling at times throughout the tournament, SMU also played in an extremely tough field. Nebraska was the only team in the field not to be ranked by GolfWeek’s. Despite the field, it became apparent very early on that Alabama was the class of the
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tournament. Alabama rolled over the field, winning by 13 shots over Arkansas. Alabama came into the week ranked 6th in the nation. However, the Lady Mustangs will not panic about this meet. It was the first meet of the year for them and serves as a baseline to head upwards. The team has ample time to rebound from this and will need to put this in the rearview mirror. The Lady Mustangs look to rebound when the team squares off once again against good competition in the Central District in Parish, Fla., Monday Feb. 18. That meet is only two days, but would go a long way towards putting the Lady’s Puerto Rico Classic behind the Mustangs.
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Texas Ranger infielder Jurickson Profar could be a major weapon for the ball club this season.
Rangers need help from Profar, young talent MaTTHEW Costa Associate Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Times sure are tough around the ballpark in Arlington lately. Outfielder Josh Hamilton is gone, no one signed up to take his place, outfielder Nelson Cruz may have juiced and Rangers manager Ron Washington seems as surly as ever when it comes to playing keep away with top prospects moving up to the big league. Rough outings look to be on the horizon for the next half year after the Rangers report to Surprise, Ariz. later this week, where there seems to be many more questions than answers for the boys of summer. Yet, there is hope to be had, albeit not the kind of help that may guarantee a playoff spot, let alone a third world series appearance in four years, but hope nonetheless. Calming influences and game changing ability still reside within the Rangers organization and so does young and explosive talent. Last season’s fade into depression and obscurity arose from an MLB-
record seven starters going through at least 145 full games, something Washington has already set into his plans going forward. In other words, this will not nearly be the case again this season simply because it can’t, and Washington knows it. Another huge help will be when the long overdue call-up of the baseball’s number one minor-league prospect, Jurickson Profar, finally gets a crack at the regular lineup. Profar will add depth to the middle infield whenever shortstop Elvis Andrus or second baseman Ian Kinsler need a rest. General manager Jon Daniels was also keen to the idea of letting Profar learn the outfielder position as well, but earlier this week, that idea was squashed by Washington who wants to make sure his budding star focuses on one position for the future. Along with minor-league outfielder Mike Olt’s rise into the bigs, depth could be less of a burden this season after making such a huge impact last year. The other key ingredient for Texas’ comeback will be the improvement
of the pitching staff from what it sunk to at the end of last season. Day-one starter Yu Darvish now has a full season to look back on and can take leaps forward. His consistency and poise will still be questions as the season begins, but it will be very hard to not see Darvish take the next step towards the role of a genuine ace this year. Going down the list of the Rangers rotation are where worries may start to creep in. Names like Holland, Perez and Ogando don’t invoke the same amount of fear they may have before. After all, the latter two are only starters due to injuries, and those players are set for return dates in the upcoming months. That may be the biggest key to the season: holding down the fort until help arrives from the likes of Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz. If the 2013 Rangers can simply hold until the middle of summer with any type of chance to win the division, times in Arlington may look a bit brighter than the dusk of this offseason. Follow me @Matt_Costalot for more Dallas sports opinions.
The Mustangs (18-4, 9-0 C-USA) will face their biggest road challenge of the season when they take on the Pirates of East Carolina (16-6, 6-3 C-USA) at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Mustangs, who have now received votes in the AP Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll two straight weeks, have started conference play with nine straight wins, their best mark in school history. SMU has a three game lead in the Conference USA standings and ranks 38th nationally in scoring offense (70.4 ppg). The Mustangs are led by Keena Mays who received her fourth
C-USA player of the week award. Mays, who is averaging over 20 points per game and shooting 43.6 percent from behind the arc, is one of three players on the team averaging at least 10 points. SMU will take on East Carolina, who is currently in second place in Conference USA. ECU, who is 4-0 in conference play at home, will look to give the Mustangs their first loss of the season in Conference USA. Before ECU’s 62-58 loss to UAB, the Pirates had won five straight games. The Pirates, similar to the Mustangs, also have three players who are averaging at least 10 points. Led By Whitny Edwards (12 points per game) and Celeste Stewert (11 points per game), the Pirates have only lost one
game at home all year. The Mustangs, who are only 4-2 on the road this season, will look to become just the second team this season to beat the Pirates on their home turf. The Mustangs and Pirates match up very well, with both teams averaging over 65 points per game and both have played well throughout league play. The Mustangs, however, give up an average of five more points than the Pirates do. Look for the Pirates to shoot and shoot often to make up for their poor field goal percentage. After Thursday’s game, the Mustangs will head to Tennessee, for the last of two back-to-back road games, to take on the Memphis Tigers at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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