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Pirates plunder Mustangs’ 10-game win streak Scott Sanford Staff Writer wsanford@smu.edu The Lady Mustangs’ historic winning-streak came to an end, losing to the East Carolina Pirates 63-47. The Mustangs saw their C-USA nine-game win streak go down in flames as they played one of their worst games of the season. Keena Mays, who had been the backbone since her return from injury, had only eight points on 3-15 shooting. Only one player, Destynee Hives-McCray scored in double-figures (17). The Pirates’ Celeste Stewart played out of this world, scoring 26 points on 11-19 shooting from the field. ECU also had two more players score in double-figures. In the first half, neither team shot the ball particularly well. SMU was 10-26 from the field (38.5 percent), while the Pirates shot only 9-29 from the field (31 percent). Both teams were also plagued by their turnovers. ECU had eight turnovers while SMU had a first-half season-high with 15 turnovers. Neither team had a player in double-figure points in the first half, although Hives-McCray led SMU with eight points in 11 minutes and Stewart led the Pirates with seven points in 15 minutes. The Mustangs’ second half wasn’t much better than the first.

SMU continued to struggle taking care of the ball and shooting, turning the ball over eight more times and only shooting 31 percent (9-29) from the field. The Lady Mustangs also gave up 26 points in the paint in the second half, which helped the Pirates shoot 53 percent in the second half. SMU hung tough, despite their poor play, for most of the second half. However, around the 11-minute mark the Pirates took control of the game, leading to their 15-4 run that sealed the deal for the mustangs first lost. The Mustangs will look to avenge their first loss in conference play when they take on Memphis Sunday. The Tigers, contrary to the Mustangs, have been an up and down team all year. Memphis had a four-game losing streak earlier this year, only to follow that up by winning the next six games. However, that win streak was halted promptly by a loss to Houston, 77-74, in their first league game of the season. The Tigers are only 4-5 in conference, just good enough for eighth place in C-USA. Although the Tigers have not had as good of luck as the Mustangs, they do have some players that can score the basketball at a high rate. At Memphis, the Mustangs will look to rebound from one

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Freshman guard Farrin Bell in the Dec. 17, 2012 victory over the University of Louisiana-Monroe. She scored nine points in the 76-56 win.

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Fraternity row faces parking limitations due to construction Natalie Yezbick Contributing Writer nyezbick@smu.edu The fraternity system at SMU has dealt with quite a few issues this year due to construction on the row, but an inconvenience once thought to be temporary is now permanent: the loss of all parking on SMU Boulevard. Before construction began, SMU Boulevard housed 55 resident permit spots on the north side in front of the fraternity houses and 42 all university parking permit spots on the south side next to the intramural fields and Moody Garage. Associate Vice President of the Office of Planning, Design and Construction Philip Jabour said the removal of the parking had been planned for quite some time as detailed in SMU’s master plan for construction.

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These parking spots in front of the Kappa Alpha Order house have been a thing of the past since fall semester.

Facility Manager for Greek Houses Doug Wills had not been told that the university was removing the spaces on SMU Boulevard.

“They let us know when they let the rest of the university know,” Wills said. Wills serves as a liaison between the Office of Resident

Life and Student Housing and house managers of the individual fraternities. Kenny Finch, house manager for the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter,

was unaware of the parking change until he was questioned for this article. “Basically, I’ve heard nothing of their plans for parking around here,” Finch said. Finch is less than pleased that he and his brothers will have to vie with others for parking next to their fraternity house, located on Dyer Court. Mark Rhodes, the director of parking and ID card services, said that he did not know how the members of the fraternity houses were to receive this information and why Wills had not be briefed on the loss of parking. He said that there had been communication between the Dean of Students and the Planning, Design and Construction Office about changes on SMU Boulevard, but that information never reached Wills, and, in turn, the fraternities. There are signs that certain

groups on campus are aware of the parking issue, however. According to Rhodes, Don Donnally, an advisor for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at SMU, contacted him with concerns about the parking. Rhodes said that he is prepared to go to each fraternity house and speak about the options for residents if need be. Rhodes asserted that fraternity members attending chapter on Monday nights would be able to park in the Lambda Chi/SAE parking lot, the spaces in the alley behind the fraternity houses, and Moody Garage, located just across the street from the chapter houses. He is aware that not everyone will take to parking in the garage. “People don’t like to park in structures,” said Rhodes. Eric Gates, a resident of the

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Blackboard update, app fail to satisfy student expectations Jamie Kopp Contributing Writer rjkopp@smu.edu Blackboard has become a staple in the lives of students and teachers alike. Both on the surface and underneath, Blackboard underwent quite a transformation last year. While most changes were for the better, some alienated its user base. Unlike many other class organization systems, Blackboard’s

learning curve is relatively short; most students are able to find their way about within their first few visits to the site. The student homepage remains the same. Its background can be changed if the user wants to customize the traditional landscape. With just a click of the mouse on “Personalize Page” the user already has many templates laid out before them. Removing the widgets from one’s homepage requires nothing more than a click in the upper

left hand corner of each box, reducing clutter. Most students fail to take advantage of the extra modules that can be added via a simple click to the upper left hand, selecting “Add Module.” From here students can enjoy even further customization and shortcuts such as linking to McGraw-Hill Connect. Blackboard’s redesign grants basic users an easy-to-use interface while allowing more experienced users to customize as they see fit. The “courses” module shines as

the star of the Blackboard system. Teachers allocate what items show up on the left navigation menu of their class. Blackboard’s engineers saw fit to simplify the process to avoid further confusing some of the less tech savvy teachers. Ability to access nearly every piece of class information from one’s browser gives students a leg up on class work, marrying both function and accessibility. The “My Grades” tab has proved itself to be a magnificent tool for students to keep track of

their own work as well as making the lives of teachers easier. Overall the “courses” module simplifies the lives of students and teachers alike. Simply put, this update didn’t change anything. Many problems that have hindered Blackboard from versions before Service Pack 10 have yet to be addressed. The smartphone app fares no better. While a desktop provides your Blackboard homepage with

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Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Guide No. 1 is a perfect restaurant for ] Valentine’s weekend.

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Eddie V’s on Oak Lawn offers a variety of fresh seafood and aged steaks.

TASHIKA VARMA Food Editor tvarma@smu.edu Valentine’s Day may be over, but Valentine’s weekend is just now beginning. Here are some great restaurants to dine in this weekend.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood With some of the freshest seafood in Dallas, Eddie V’s is the perfect restaurant to visit during Valentine’s weekend. Located on Oak Lawn,

Want to spend Valentine’s weekend eating great food while getting the lounge feel at the same time? DISH is the perfect place to go. Located off Cedar Springs, DISH offers modern comfort food. From a variety of flatbreads to delicious sea scallops and a variety of grilled meats, DISH has something for everybody. A live DJ spins at night and the restaurant is turned from a restaurant to a lunge. DISH also has a dog friendly patio, for those who want to share the love with their pets.

Malai Kitchen Eddie V’s only offers a selection of fish and shellfish as well as aged steaks. The V Lounge, apart of the restaurant, also offers live music. The crab cakes are a must try along with the truffle mac and cheese, a side dish that compliments almost every entree. You cannot leave the restaurant without trying their banana foster cake — its presentation is almost as good as is tastes.

Rise No. 1 A restaurant with a menu

composed of mainly souffles? Not your typical restaurant, but a perfect place to visit whether it’s with your significant other or friends. The restaurant resembles a quaint French bistro with an eclectic feel. This French restaurant offers a variety of soufflés from a smoked salmon souffle to a truffle infused mushroom souffles. Don’t forget to save room for dessert where you have a choice of a wide array of dessert souffles. The restaurant also has different daily specials that are a must try. Located off West Lovers Lane, Rise

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Located in West Village, this Thai and Vietnamese Restaurant showcases different Southeast Asian cuisines. Some dishes to try are their drunken noodles (fresh made flat noodles, spicy tenderloin, bell peppers and Thai basil), seared jumbo sea scallops (hand harvested scallops, pad Thai noodles and local tofu) and the spicy and flavorful papaya salad. With flavor you’ll dream about later, Malai Kitchen is another must try this Valentine’s weekend.

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7:10 a.m. Fire Alarm. Gerald Ford Stadium. The fire alarm was activated by a leak in a hot water pipe. UPFD and officers responded and cleared the scene. Closed. 5:05 p.m.Fraudulent Use of a Handicapped Placard. Law Parking Garage.A student was using a placard that was not assigned to her. It was confiscated and mailed back to the state. Closed.

february 13 2:29 a.m. Off Campus Criminal Incident/Possession of Marijuana. 3400 Rosedale. A student was arrested and booked into the University Park Jail by the University Park Police Department for having drugs in his possession. The student was referred to the Student Conduct Officer regarding the incident. Closed.

9:52 PM. Criminal Mischief. Moody Parking Garage. A gate arm was damaged at this location. Open.


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SMU faculty and family members gathered in the Texana Room of the DeGolyer library Wednesday to watch 10 students receive the Mortar Board Top 10 Sophomore Award. The award recipients were students who exemplified academic excellence, dedication to community service and exceptional leadership during their first two semesters at SMU. The Associate Director of Student Affairs and former Mortar Board advisor Arlene Manthey was the keynote speaker. Award recipients and family listened carefully as she congratulated the top 10, and encouraged them to continue to explore new opportunities. “Perhaps we have only seen the tip of the ice burg in your potential,” Manthey said. “You still have so much more to do and more to learn.” Manthey reminded the top 10 that this award was a great honor, as senior Mortar Board members were the ones who chose them. Sophomores are invited to apply based on GPA, but senior Mortar Board members pay large attention to faculty recommendations and resumes during their selection. Manthey explained that this

peer evaluation added great prestige to the award. “They know what it takes to excel as you have in your first semesters here,” Manthey said. “But today, they honor you.” The Mortar Board is a premier national honor society that has a long legacy at SMU. The national organization was founded at Cornell in 1918. At SMU, it is the oldest honor society on campus, having its origins in a small organization of four women in 1915. In 1932, the all female organization merged with the Mortar Board society to become the SMU chapter it is today. Since then, the Mortar Board has recognized students that display not only academic excellence, but dedication in fields such as service and leadership as well. By receiving this award, these ten sophomores are automatically allowed to become a Mortar Board member once they reach junior year status. This is a great advantage because being a member of the Mortar Board provides academic recognition, alumni networking and opportunities for fellowships. Traditionally, the Mortar Board recognizes seniors. However, during her time as Mortar Board advisor, Manthey

created the Top 10 Sophomore Awards to recognize future leaders who already have shown the same qualities expected in senior members. “It was a humbling experience.” Sarah Jaffar, member of the Top 10 committee, said. “These amazing sophomores, they truly are the future of SMU and society today.” Each was smiling with pride as their names were called along with a list of their credentials. Many of the top 10 are involved in campus organizations such as Mustang Heroes, Best Buddies and intramurals. The Mortar Board Top 10 Sophomore award is highly selective and represents some of the most accomplished people on SMU’s campus. “I feel so blessed to have been selected to be a Mortar Board Scholar and to have met such wonderful people,” Oliver Filutowski said. “Being mentioned along with the other sophomores was an honor I don’t know I deserved. They are of the highest caliber and will achieve excellence in anything they pursue.” These 10 individuals are given this award to recognize that during their first two semesters they have truly exemplified SMU’s mission statement and excelled in academics, service

Mortar Board’s Top 10 Sophomores Aya Mouhaffel Chint Murdock Julianne Scheidler Devin Kerns Kaylee Dusek Macartney Welborn Oliver Filutowski Taisha Husbands Williamson Slack Taylor Corrigan and leadership. As Manthey ended her speech, she reminded the Top 10 “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

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everything neatly in place, the mobile app only gives a list. Furthermore, the user is forced to toothpick their way into menu options as the selection area on the phone is about the size of a pinhead. To top this all off, the app was difficult to use before Blackboard’s big upgrade last year. Nown with seemingly no changes, Blackboard has moved the app from free to paid. For such a widespread service that managed to secure many high profile universities, Blackboard has done a poor job integrating other services into their own. They have been kind enough to provide modules for both tasks and calendar. What Blackboard seemingly fails to understand is that they are not the premier service in either of these. Undoubtedly, some users may take advantage of these options but I have yet to witness this. To truly become the best in the academic software game Blackboard must learn to integrate with existing services. Instead of teachers crafting syllabi at the beginning of the semesters that end up lost among the numerous papers in a class folder, Blackboard needs to step up to the plate and allow syllabi

to be uploaded direct to their calendar. From here, integration with the mobile app would make it far and beyond the best option in class managing software. Blackboard does its job extremely well, but it has much room for improvement. In such a niche market with so few competitors, Blackboard certainly needs not innovate a great deal to keep its place at the top; however, it certainly would be nice to see some forward progress. Integration of services will be key in future markets and hopefully Blackboard will grasp this concept soon. Imagine opening your calendar application on your phone and seeing your assignments for the next day right there. It would be fantastic if the task module matured into a great tool. Users should be able to mark assignments as completed, order them by importance, and sync them between all of their devices. Blackboard holds its place in a student’s life, not for any great features, but for lack of competition. In our world, less is more and Blackboard for all its faults has grasped this. Here’s to hoping the next iteration of software brings some much-needed innovation.

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Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, is worried about heightened tensions between fraternities as they vie for precious parking spots in the alleyway before chapter. “It’s gonna be a mad race,” Gates said. Jabour cited the new parking

garage in the Residential Commons area as a viable option for fraternity members heading to chapter meetings, but Rhodes stated that the structure only contains 800 parking spaces to accommodate the Common’s 1,200 residents and will probably not be zoned for commuter permits.

No one seems to be certain what the ideal parking setup is for fraternity members or how to best communicate with the affected residents. But there is one thing about those spots that Rhodes said he is sure of: “They’re gone and they are not coming back.”

of their worst performances of the season. Mays, who is the reigning C-USA player of the week, was only 3-15 from the field, easily her worst shooting performance of the year. SMU has had trouble scoring

and shooting efficiently in the first half the past two games, which has led to their poor offensive play. The Mustangs shot roughly 35 percent from the field last game, which is their lowest during conference play. SMU will also focus more on taking care of the ball because of

the easy points that they give up when turning the ball over. Look for the Mustangs to attack early in the paint on Sunday to help with their poor shooting of late. The Mustangs’ game against conference rival Memphis will tip-off at 2 p.m.


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Bobby and Phyllis Ray met in sixth grade and never considered divorce.

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Blushington, founded by Stephi Maron from Los Angeles, is a new make-up salon that opened in December 2012 on Oak Lawn Avenue.

New make-up salon opens on Oak Lawn brooke reagan Contributing Writer breagan@smu.edu Entertaining family in Los Angeles around the holiday season, 23-year-old Stephi Maron looked forward to getting her hair styled with her out-oftown relatives before a fabulous fete. They asked where they could get their makeup done, leaving Maron stumped. “I decided right then and there to open Blushington,” Maron said. “I didn’t want to send them to a department store, because they just push you to buy products and you aren’t getting a professional makeup application. I knew I wanted something that was quick and not super expensive. From there, I just went for it and took a chance. I really believe in the need in the market for this.” Blushington opened its doors in West Hollywood in October 2011. Customers are

treated to professional and affordable makeup applications while lounging in pink and white plush chairs and sipping complementary champagne. With a guilt-free price tag of $40, you can get anything from “Pure and Simple” to “Life of the Party” makeup. “Blushington is really about the makeup, the industry and our talent without the pressure of spending money,” Maron said. Word of Blushington quickly spread and Maron’s team starting look at expanding its business. Blushington opened its second studio on Oak Lawn Avenue in December 2012. “We decided to open in Dallas, because there was a spot available next to DryBar,” Maron said. “We also did a survey and questionnaire and a lot of women in Dallas indicated they love their makeup and hair. There are always a lot of events to go to in Dallas that women

would want to get their makeup done beforehand. We felt it was the perfect location for us to go next.” Located just minutes from SMU, college women can get their hair blown out at DryBar and conveniently finish your primping session at Blushington before their next formal or social event. “Sometimes it can be stressful to do my own makeup before an important event, especially when I want to look my best,” freshman Caroline Fletcher said. “I would definitely love to go [to Blushington] before an A Chi O formal, so I can be confident about my appearance and just focus on having fun.” Blushington also offers tutorial classes with professional makeup artists for SMU women and other beauty junkies. “What’s unique about our classes is we allow you to bring in your own makeup,” Maron said. “You don’t have to buy a whole

bunch of new products, but you can learn to use whatever you already have. Also, our experts can tell you if you’re using the right products for your skin.” The artist at Blushington, according to Moran, does one half of your face and you do the other, “so you feel confident as you leave.” Blushington has no plans to slow down anytime soon. “We run it as a small business but have bigger goals in mind and have the best practices to get to that level,” Blushington President Allison Conrad said. “We always look into new locations. We want to be next to DryBar, because there’s obviously a synergy to getting hair and makeup done in one space. New York is the natural next potential location.” Moran said her business “is revolutionizing how people approach makeup applications.” Blushington is located at 4218 Oak Lawn Avenue.

Bobby and Phyllis Ray have been together since sixth grade. “I met him at the door with the lunch money,” Phyllis said. “And she’s been chasing me ever since,” Bobby said. Pictures in frames of a lifetime of memories fill every shelf in their home. “Course we’re in the old generation, the old school, but there’s not anything bad about that, you know, we kind of like that, sitting and just sharing because communication is just so important,” Phyllis said. Communication is one of the biggest changes this couple has endured. “It’s totally different, totally different,” Bobby said. Relationships now are also totally different. Meet Rick Townsend and Veronica Phillips, a couple in their twenties, they’ve been together just nine months. “You said text me,” Townsend said. “Oh yeah I did, yeah, yeah that’s fine just text me,” Phillips said. “To which I said? I'm gonna call you,” Rick responded. And he did. Calling was a concept that came as a shock. “It’s sad that she thought it

was so impressive that I did call,” Townsend said. “Yeah, because that should be the norm,” Phillips said. According to the young couple, the norm is now the unconventional. “Even to get a text from a boy in this day and age is kind of a big deal, wow, he’s texting me?” Phillips said. Texting versus calling versus Facebook messaging, just how much have things changed? On Twitter. “Don’t know anything about it, I don’t know how to even do it.,” said Bobby and Phyllis. On Four square. “I think that’s a card game,” said Phyllis. On Instagram. “Is that a technical term?” Bobby asked. On Tinder. “Elvis sang ‘Love me Tender’,” Bobby said. Generations apart and a world of technology between them, the older couple has just one thing to say to the young one. “Divorce was never an option, not that we ever got to that point, but if we had an argument, which is really pretty rare, it would never have occurred to me to say well you can just leave,” Phyllis said. And a sweet Valentine is always nice too.


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Melissa McCarthy’s success earns her $30 million paycheck Chase wade Staff Writer cdwade@smu.edu

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A still from Shequeta L. Smith’s new comedic short film, “The Takeover” accessible on YouTube now.

Interracial body swap film debuts on YouTube Manning jordan Associate A&E Editor mjordan@smu.edu With the rise of webisodes, Hulu series and TV on the internet, it only makes sense that "The Takeover" short film is debuting on YouTube. The new comedy is making its Internet premiere on Valentine’s Day. "The Takeover" centers around an African American woman discussing the issues of dating as a black woman with her Caucasian, fashion designer friend. Directed by Shaqueta L. Smith and set in Los Angeles, this short leaves audiences with the video’s cliche theme of “Is the grass always greener on the other side?” Over the course of the film, the two women swap lives for a

single day. This short film premiered on Valentine's Day due to its romantic genre. It stars "Scrubs" guest star, Chrystee Pharris, Lindsey Santefort of "Castle" and Mykee Selkin of "House" and "All My Children." Selkin plays Garrett, Santefort plays Ashley and Pharris plays Tisha. Also in the cast, playing the role of Yoshi, is Ruben Vernier. This film is convenient due to its Internet release; it can be watched during a break via iPhone or laptop easily. Shaqueta has experience in screen writing as she has been apart of the writing team for “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Flavor of Love.” After working as a college representative for Def Jam/Roc-

A-Fella Records, Shequeta was able to discover her passion for writing and directing films. Presently, her company is called Rayven Choi Films where they are in the process of making their first feature film, “Rock The Mic.” Shequeta has written one other short film titled, “The J.H. Gunn Project.” Music in the film plays a role itself with tunes from Maroon 5’s PJ Morton, Mishal Moore, The Eskies and Sienna Spalding. The opening scene features interesting comic book artwork to introduce the characters due to the fact that the main character is a comic book artist. If you’re interested in getting a glimpse into the dating scene in California than this movie is a good start. For more information, visit www.thetakeoverfilm.com.

his or her own television show, especially as the female lead. Billed as a sitcom for the heavier set of America’s public, Mike & Molly is one of CBS’ more consistent performing programs and McCarthy’s is to blame. She plays Molly Flynn, a suburbanite who met her husband Mike (Billy Gardell) at an overeaters anonymous meeting. Not only did the public embrace McCarthy’s character, but the industry did as well – McCarthy won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2011. Megan — Bridesmaids (2011): McCarthy’s Megan in the hilariously raunchy, femaledriven comedy “Bridesmaids” was how the star really

was born. McCarthy’s character served as comedic relief for the film and delivered many of the film’s stingingly scripted one-liners. The comedic performance was so inspired that McCarthy picked up an Oscar nomination for the role the same year. An Oscar nom for fart jokes? That doesn’t happen everyday. Considering McCarthy’s recent success at the box office, it’s only a matter of time before we see the star’s face everywhere. With a role alongside Sandra Bullock in the upcoming film “The Heat,” McCarthy will be a media mainstay until the summer release. For now, let’s just sit back, relax and watch a career take off.

In Hollywood, $30 million is a magic number that only a few of the industry’s elite can claim to have achieved for a film’s opening weekend. Stars like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie have all reached this milestone and after last weekend’s $34.6 million performance from “Indentify Thief,” Melissa McCarthy can officially call herself a superstar. It seems as if McCarthy’s rise to stardom has been quick, if not meteoric, as the heavy-set funny woman has charmed on television, film and a multiple award shows. How exactly did this headliner become such a bankable name? It’s simple, really, by being very, very funny: Here is a look at some of McCarthy’s notable roles: Sookie St. James — Gilmore Girls (2000-2007): Every character on the brilliantly penned WB (now CW) series “Gilmore Girls” was as loveable as the next, but none was near as charming, and funny, as McCarthy’s Sookie St. James. Against the quaint backdrop of Stars Hollow, St. James was introduced as a chef in Lorelai Gilmore’s (SMU’s very own Lauren Graham) inn. McCarthy’s stint on the show was memorable and McCarthy’s fan base started forming. People loved Sookie. Molly Flynn — Mike & Courtesy of AP Molly (2010-Present): It’s Melissa McCarthy is the star of the newly released film “Identity Thief.” every actor’s dream to star in


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I come to you all at another trying moment in our campus’s history. Yesterday, police reports revealed that a SMU student was assaulted by a group of SMU students in a fraternity house over the weekend. As many of you may know, despite my relative distance from the chapter in my last semester at SMU, that fraternity house was my own and the alleged assailants members of my chapter. Now I won’t speak to the act itself since I am neither Sig Ep’s spokesman nor fully comfortable with the facts myself. I will, however, speak to something that has been gnawing away at me for months on end. And that is the state of community here at Southern Methodist University. Now I’m a pretty calm guy – I don’t like to show my stresses and I generally refuse to put my burdens on others. But I’ll be honest with you, throughout this year addressing the various physical and sexual assaults, allegations of hazing and failures to respect diversity on this campus has taken a bit of a toll on my otherwise even-keeled demeanor. We’ve been told since forever that college is the best four years of our lives – live it up! Get wild, go crazy! Drinking until you puke is normal. Waking up in a stranger’s bed is cool. Coursework is a distraction. I’m having my fun, rules, lives, and futures be damned. Now I’m no saint. Never have been, never claimed to be. Furthermore, many, indeed likely the vast majority of you, would not agree with the prevailing sentiment I just outlined. But here’s the thing people – these expectations of college life exist. Their repercussions are clear. We have a student population that, from

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drinking to drug use to sexual activity, has largely removed selfrespect and personal responsibility from the actions they take towards themselves and others We can spend the rest of our lives pursuing clearer policies and best practices from an administrative level. But the faulty connotations of what a worthy and meaningful community looks like, if not combated with truth from student to student, will continue to lead to the problems that have plagued our university throughout the year. Since this is now verifiably a speech, I suppose I’ll go ahead and quote someone famous. English philosopher Edmund Burke once said that “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” As I stand here before you, one semester left in my SMU career, job search looming, future uncertain, it is easy for me to desire the world’s simplest and most dangerous of solutions – postponing an inevitable conclusion. But instead, through the fight and slog, I ask you to join with me, not to speak idly or to spin our wheels in things that ultimately do not matter, but rather ardently pursue a student community that seeks honor and responsibility rather than petty and meaningless distraction. True education is more than the net sum of all assignments completed and notes taken. It goes to the very morals and values that inform your every decision. As we look to the future, I ask that you all not only keep that thought in mind, but demand a similar commitment from every student on this campus. Thank you and, as ever, Pony Up.

There are many definitions of hazing getting thrown around this Greco-centric university. Just so everyone is clear, this is what the state of Texas defines as an act of hazing: “any intentional knowing, or reckless act... directed against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student... For the purpose of pledging... Any organization. The term includes but is not limited to ‘any type of physical brutality... Physical activity such as sleep depravation, exposure, confinement, calisthenics... Any activity involving involuntary consumption... Any activity that intimidates or threatens.” Although well intentioned, Texas penal code’s definition of hazing is overbroad to the point where it weakens any attempt to stop ‘real’ hazing by throwing the baby out with the bathwater. By calling any activity that makes someone’s life a bit more difficult hazing, we imply that an act of hazing that results in the death of a person is in essence the equal of an act that has the moral consequences of cursing in public. There are horror stories from

all around the country that tell of the dangers of hazing in our society. I Googled “fraternity hazing deaths” just to see what I could come up with, and was completely stunned by the sheer volume of information on the subject. Just this December at Northern Illinois University, a young man was killed by alcohol poisoning after he was made to consume large quantities of alcohol at a fraternity’s ritual event, according to the ABC affiliate in Chicago. These are serious incidents that our society as a whole would be foolish not to safeguard against. The events leading to alcoholrelated deaths and fraternity mandated gym hour quotas are separated by a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon. One is a dangerous and repugnant use of power, and the other is core to any fraternity’s mission to better an individual. However, due to the wording of the laws currently on the books in Texas, if taken as written, it would mean, ironically, that SMU itself is guilty of hazing our student-athletes by declaring mandatory workouts to be a part of the team. According to the law, calisthenics cannot be mandated by any university group. These poor student-athletes are being hazed while the administration

sits idly by and lets it happen. I think that the definition of hazing has become so distorted, especially by those in this school’s administration, as well as by IFC and the National Fraternities that the original term has lost its meaning. When people do not take hazing and its effects seriously, that’s when people get hurt. Hazing has some pretty negative connotations, and it should. It is a horrible thing that should be eliminated from Greek life altogether. Forcing people to break the law, consume dangerous amounts of alcohol or allow themselves to be physically harmed by active members of a chapter is inexcusable. But when people in power broaden the definition so thoroughly that it waters down the original meaning to mean virtually any activity of a fraternity chapter, the veracity of the term has lost its bite. According to SMU administration’s definition of hazing, which is essentially the same as the state of Texas’, I have been hazed by everyone from my parents to my Boy Scout leaders to my athletic coaches. According to the administration, dressing up in a coat and tie, which my high school required me to do, is “hazing.” According to SMU,

my parent’s denial of my dessert until I ate my vegetables was hazing. According to the school, every time I gave my coach lip in high school and was forced to run laps, I was hazed. For every time in my life that I wanted something and had to work for it and endure unpleasantness, I was hazed. The state, school and, for that matter, the general fraternity of which I am a member, have cheapened the meaning of hazing. When the school cracks down on “hazing” and makes a fool of everyone involved, including itself, something needs to change. It is of the utmost importance that these various groups that hold the power to regulate the fraternity and sorority systems do so with the ability to see what is dangerous, and what is fair play for a bunch of young adults. Otherwise, those in the Perkins administration building, as well as those in the state capitol in Austin will only see the problem get worse. The most simple black and white action is not always the best for the interests that these two groups claim to hold dear.

Saul is a sophomore majoring in journalism and history.

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A thanks to Senator Rubio Party politics aside, I found Sen. Rubio’s reach for a bottle of water to be a nice break from politics as usual. Most political events — presidential debates, the Inauguration and the State of the Union — are highly scripted events. Every hand gesture, every nod, every pause and every elevation in voice are all part of the act. Sen. Rubio, thank you for angering all your political consultants and appearing genuinely human. We’ve all reached for water during a presentation. The only unscripted part of the night made Sen. Rubio relatable. Courtesy of AP

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From left, Ben Wahamaki, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Wesley Schultz and Stelth Ulvang, of the musical group “The Lumineers,” arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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New talent draws attention at Grammy’s mallory ashcraft Contributing Writer mashcraft@smu.edu As someone who generally doesn’t engage in the pop music scene, I haven’t always felt very enthusiastic about the Grammy Awards. My favorite bands always seem to come up short when faced with more mainstream contenders, and most of the performances simply aren’t my cup of tea. But after watching the 2013 Grammy Awards last Sunday night, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. There was definitely a bigger presence this year from rock and alternative artists. Performances by The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and Jack White offered a refreshing contrast to the usual pop artists. But what impressed me the most about the show this year were the performances from two new up-and-coming bands, The Lumineers and the

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Alabama Shakes. I remember feeling amazed when I heard Mumford & Sons perform their song “The Cave” on last year’s Grammy Awards show, when the band was still somewhat new. Their Grammy debut was followed by explosive success, and Mumford & Sons won the Grammy for this year’s Album of the Year. Meanwhile, a band called The Lumineers hit the Grammy stage for the first time Sunday and left me wondering if they’ll follow the same path as Mumford & Sons. By now almost everyone has heard “Ho Hey,” which The Lumineers performed on the show. But while “Ho Hey” is catchy and cute, the rest of the band’s self-titled debut album is filled with stirring lyrics and engaging instrumentals. Nominated for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album, The Lumineers have a folk-like sound with a discernible element of indie rock. I only wish they would have performed what

is in my opinion their standout track “Stubborn Love.” At one point in the show, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and the Zac Brown Band took to the stage in a tribute the late Levon Helms, former drummer of The Band. Also performing alongside them, and impossible to miss was Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard. As Howard attacked the fourth verse of “The Weight,” it became apparent that her edgy, soul-infused voice was not to be ignored. The Alabama Shakes got their start as a not-so-typical high school band that hit it big in their hometown of Athens, Alabama and became virtually an overnight sensation. They released their debut album titled “Boys and Girls” last spring, and their song “Hold On” ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2012 list. The Alabama Shakes were nominated for Best New Artist,

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Best Rock Performance and Best Recording Package. In the end, Fun beat out the Alabama Shakes and The Lumineers for Best New Artist, and The Black Keys took home the Grammy for Best Rock Performance. But The Black Keys are my favorite band, so I can hardly complain. I’ve always loved their distinctive blues-rock sound, and their performance of “Lonely Boy” was definitely worthy of the Grammy title. While neither The Lumineers nor the Alabama Shakes won a Grammy this time, I think both bands have already proven themselves. Each artist is undeniably talented and dedicated to creating original music that speaks for itself. Their appearance on the Grammy Awards was just the first big step for these artists, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. Ashcraft is a junior majoring in journalism.

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Puerto Rican sun lies in wait for the Men’s golf team Andrew Hattersley Staff Writer ahattersley@smu.edu The SMU men’s golf team will begin their season Sunday in the Puerto Rico Classic in one of the toughest meets of the spring. “We’re excited to get this going and what better place to start than in Puerto Rico against one of the best fields all spring,” Head Coach Josh Gregory said. ”This will be a great test to see where we stand. We have

prepared well, so we expect to play well and get better each event. We are extremely excited to coach this young and talented group this spring.” The Mustangs open up number 16 in the rankings and projected to win C-USA for the first time since 2006. SMU needs a good performance from freshman phenom Bryson Dechambeau, who opens the year ranked no.66 in the nation individually. The men will open the tournament

as the fourth highest ranked team in the field behind Alabama, Georgia Tech and Georgia. The Crimson Tide open the year ranked 5th in the nation. SMU will look to have a good showing in this meet even if that doesn’t result in a win. With the high expectations this year however, a good showing would go a long way towards reaffirming those preseason predictions. The meet opens up Sunday afternoon at Rio Mar Country Club’s River Course.

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Women set for take off Courtney Madden Staff Writer courtneym@smu.edu SMU women’s tennis (2-3) took on Northwestern State (2-2) on Monday leaving with a 6-1 victory. In doubles, the Mustangs won all three matches to earn the first point and in singles took five of the six, winning in straight sets. “This is a solid win over a good team,” said head coach

Kati Gyulai. “Our targets were accurate in doubles when it mattered, and we were able to close out those matches to put us up 1-0. We didn’t look back and kept closing out the singles matches. We have a couple of days for practice before we host Air Force.” The Mustangs will host Air Force Feb. 16 . Air Force is coming off of a 7-0 loss to the University of Oregon taking the Flacons record to 4-2. SMU’s Edyta Cieplucha (14-

6) No. 12 ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane of Alabama, marking the highest ranked opponent Cieplucha has defeated in her career. Aleksandra Malyarchikova (11-4) recently defeated the LSU’s No. 112 Kaitlin Burns. Cieplucha and Malyarchikova represented SMU’s womens tennis in the latest ITA tennis rankings; Cieplucha No. 93 and Malyarchikova No. 118. The Mustangs will take on Air Force this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Men going for second win this season versus Tulane Billy Embody Staff Writer wembody@smu.edu After beating Rice 61-39 on the road in a bounce back win after two consecutive losses, SMU climbed to 3-7 in Conference USA play thanks to a another big performance from Ryan Manuel, who tallied 16 points and four rebounds for his fifth straight game of scoring 10 or more points. The Mustangs now turn their attention to a Fox Sports Net televised game with Tulane in New Orleans at 1:30 p.m. CT. SMU beat the Green Wave in their first matchup this season, 59-53 in Dallas and SMU will look to improve on its .500 road

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