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University of Maryland EntouRAAS group perform a dance routine during the Indian Students Association’s Raas Rave and Bhangra Blitz.

ISA hosts huge dance event BEN ATEKU Contributing Writer

Rainy skies did not deter an enthusiastic crowd from packing the more than 2,300seat McFarlin Auditorium for the Raas Rave and Bhangra Blitz event Saturday night. Twelve teams from universities across the U.S. competed for trophies and prize money. The University of Maryland’s EntouRAAS team won first place in the Raas category, while Michigan State University won first place in the Bhangra category. Both winners bagged $1,500 each in prize money. Texas A&M won second place in Raas, while the University of Michigan took the second spot in Bhangra. Both teams won $1,000 each. The event was hosted by SMU’s

Indian Students Association. Bhangra originates from music and song of the Indian Punjab. Raas is a traditional folk dance featuring men and women dancing in two circles with sticks in their hands. Each dancer holds two sticks, referred to as “Dandiya.” Opposite sides hit the sticks at the same time, creating a rhythmic musical sound. One circle moves clockwise and another counter-clockwise, or may form rows. Both of these energetic, fast-paced dances are associated with the time of harvest. Each team artfully integrated lights in their shows to enhance their performances. The dancers whirled and moved their feet and arms flawlessly to the tune of music. The teams wore traditional colorful costumes that

magnified their fast-paced movements. Music, lights and dances were synchronized to offer flawless presentations that received applause from the packed hall throughout the four-hour presentation. Presenters Nimesh Patel and Usama Siddique did more than just usher groups to the stage. Their comic appeal kept the crowd laughing throughout the event. The iPhone was featured prominently in most shows. “Maybe it is because of Steve Job’s death,” Indian Student Association’s Sidra Anees said after the show. “But we were constantly texting during the show to ensure everything worked efficiently.” The panel of judges was comprised of leading Asian Raas and Bhangra dance practitioners and administrators in Dallas/

Fort Worth area. Dancer Natasha Dhuldhoya from Texas A&M University was ecstatic about her team’s second place win in the Raas category. “It feels amazing to finally win a national competition, competing as a young team,” Dhuldhoya said after the event. She said the team practiced two hours daily since the school year started. “We could never have expected this outcome, but our hard work paid off,” added Sonal Patel, another dancer from Texas A&M. Amy Faltisko, third year law student at SMU, praised the performers for their creativity. “They were fantastic and disciplined, considering they are students,” Faltisko said. ISA member Anees said plans are underway to host a local talent show in March.


Vagina Monologues comes to campus COURTNEY QUINN Contributing Writer The Women’s Interest Network put on a benefit performance of “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday in the Hughes-Trigg Theater to raise awareness about “V-day.” This episodic play was written by Eve Ensler and has grown in popularity since it started. V-Day is a non-profit movement that raises money for women’s anti-violence groups around the world. “Until the Violence Stops” is the motto, and new monologues are added each year to represent a different struggle that has arisen among women around the world. In addition to ticket sales, WIN sold T-shirts, lollipops, buttons and stickers with the phrase “I Respect Vaginas” to raise money. The play started with members of WIN randomly scattered in the audience. One by one they stood up and said a collection of different slang terms for vagina. Soon all 17 women, both college age and older, were on stage and ready to speak. They all wore shades of red and black, the colors of the V-Day logo. The monologues were each introduced with a real-world crisis

or struggle experienced by many women. “My Angry Vagina” was a comedic rant about the injustices of what a vagina has to go through, such as tampons, thong underwear and OBGYN instruments. “My Vagina Was My Village” was a serious compilation of testimonies from Bosnian rape camps. “The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could” was about a woman who explains a traumatic childhood of sexual abuse and how she had a healing sexual experience with an older woman who helped her realize she is still a good person. Another monologue, “Reclaiming Cunt,” talked about how to use this particular word in a positive manner, unlike the negative connotation it normally has. “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” was a story of a tax lawyer turned sex worker and included a vocal demonstration of a triple orgasm. “Because He Likes to Look at It” was about a woman who thought her vagina was ugly and not a place of admiration until her sexual experience with a man named Bob who loved to look at it and said it was beautiful. “I Was There in the Room” was


Jessica Barner delivers a monologue entitled “My Angry Vagina” during Friday evening’s performance of “The Vagina Monologues” in Hughes-Trigg.

the finale. Eve Ensler describes the birth of her granddaughter. The stories made the audience laugh, cry and cringe. This play was not designed to make one feel comfortable. It intends to take one out of a familiar zone and make one listen and hear stories and experiences one normally tries to avoid. “This is the first time I experienced such openness about the word that society usually considers a private matter,” SMU

student Cicely Hoelscher said. The cast got into their roles and looked like they were having a great time on stage. WIN was happy to see such a great turn out and they were thankful for the money raised to support abused women everywhere. According to WIN, V-Day is an important cause to spread awareness about, and “The Vagina Monologues” is the perfect attention-grabbing outlet.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will bring the ConferenceUSA title back to Dallas after a hard fought battle in Houston this past weekend. In addition to winning the title, the women swept the medal stand in the 200-yard breaststroke. First-year Rachel Nicol qualified for the NCAA Championships coming up in March becoming the first Mustang to do so. SMU’s women’s swimming team won a total of 16 out of 22 events to claim the conference championships. SMU swimmer Therese Svendsen was named Swimmer of the Meet while SMU’s coach, Steve Collins, was named Swimming Coach of the Year. Collins won the award two

previous times. The women’s highlight of the meet was when the 400yard freestyle relay team set a meet record completing the race 3:16.19. The relay team consisted of Isabella Arcila, Genny Konicke, Therese Svendsen and Nina Rangelova. The men took over the medal stand in the 100-yard freestyle starting with Mindaugas Sadauskas winning the event. Junior David Larsson came in second-place while sophomore Ryan Koops came in third. On the diving platform, SMU continued to take the top three finishes. Freshman Devin Burnett earned his third gold of the meet and Hayden Hodges placed second. SMU sealed it with junior Richard Cornelius coming in third. The successes in the pool and on the platform were recognized by all, and the team will continue the season with a little extra hardware around their necks.


Students confused by Dedman’s construction RUTHIE BURST Contributing Writer When planning on going to the gym, expect to get an extra workout. Instead of parking in front of the gym, Dedman members have to park at a different location and walk a little bit farther. Renovations are currently taking place around SMU’s Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The parking lot located on Airline Road is no longer available. All Dedman members now have access to park in the Moody, Binkley and Meadows garages. William Ehling, the executive director of recreational sports, said the closure of the parking lot is due to exciting renovations for the construction of five new residence halls. The five residence halls are part of an ambitious plan to expand the university’s academic community. The first halls will open in two years. SMU student Lucia Carr doesn’t mind going the extra distance to get to the gym. She thinks the five new residence halls are important for SMU to have on campus. “I’m excited to see the new residence halls. It doesn’t bother me that the parking lot is closed. I used to drive, but now I run to the gym and enjoy the extra workout and extra time outside,” Carr said. However, some students have raised concerns about walking back from the gym at night. “I know it’s an oxymoron that I drive to the gym when I’m there to workout, but I feel uncomfortable walking back to my house in the dark,” SMU sophomore Jilian Rossow said. While some students question their safety walking to and from the gym at night, Ehling said that safety will remain a top concern at SMU. He suggested that students take advantage of Park ‘N Pony’s

Giddy Up service for late night rides. In situations of danger, he recommended that students call university police. Tori DeClaris, an SMU student who lives off-campus, is not happy with the closing of the parking lot. “I paid for a student parking permit for the sole purpose of being able to park at the gym without knowing that it would be closed for half the year,” DeClaris said. She believes that Park ‘N Pony should have done a better job of informing people about the renovations before construction started. The outside community that pays for a membership at Dedman is increasingly frustrated. But, there are alternatives for these members. There is a new Dedman shuttle service that is free and runs on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shuttle transports Dedman members from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to and from the Dedman Center entrance and the Lloyd All-Sports Center. The shuttle stops at each location about every eight to 10 minutes. The shuttle also picks up members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to and from the mustangs statue, the Dedman Center entrance, the Lloyd All-Sports Center, the Main Quad flagpole and the Owen Fine Arts Center. The shuttle stops at these locations about every 15 minutes. For those not used to SMU accommodations, any service is seen as a positive. “Wake Forest didn’t have these shuttle services. I think it is really nice that SMU offers them, and it’s a great way for Dedman to accommodate their members during the renovations,” Ashley Anderson, an SMU transfer student, said. While the closing of the parking lot has been problematic, Dedman and other SMU organizations have done their best to accommodate those who want to work out as long as they don’t mind a little walk.



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Mardi Gras dining in Dallas KATE PETTY Food Editor Couldn’t make it to Mardi Gras? Luckily, Dallas has it’s own slice of New Orleans right on Lower Greenville at Dodie’s Seafood Cafe. What began as a modest, familyowned restaurant has grown into a successful chain across the great Dallas area. The McGuinness family, founding owners and natives of “The Big Easy,” drew from their family recipe collection to create a menu that is delicious and authentic. In the twenty-plus years since their opening, Dodie’s Seafood Cafe has maintained their original New Orleans spirit. Their menu offers the perfect blend of Cajun and New Orleans cuisine, just like what one would find on Bourbon Street. Classic dishes include crawfish etouffee, shrimp creole, fried popcorn chicken, red beans and rice and jambalaya. Dodie’s also offers an impressive selection of New Orleans style po’boys sandwiches. Choices include shrimp, catfish, crab, oysters, roast beef and chicken. The meat is either blackened or fried, with the exception of the barbeque shrimp, and each sandwich is served with a side of spicy Cajun fries. Fans of muffulettas can opt for the “Frenchaletta.” Dodie’s version


The Common Table is located on Fairmount Street, in uptown, and is widely recognized for its brunch menu.

Uncommonly good food at The Common Table SPENCER J EGGERS/The Daily Campus

Oysters from Dodie’s Seafood Cafe, located on the corner of Greenville Avenue and Goodwin Avenue, bring a little bit of New Orleans to Dallas.

of the sandwich has all the same toppings, but served on warm French bread instead of the traditional muffuletta loaf.. A must-have is the “Monster” bread pudding. Even those who aren’t normally a fan have tried and loved Dodie’s take on the dessert. Rather than a dry assembly of bread pieces, Dodie’s bread pudding has a rich, smooth consistency. Chocolate chips add another dimension, and a drizzle of their special sauce

perfectly counteracts the sweetness of the dish. At $8 a pop it may seem a little pricey, but the serving is big enough for 2-4 people to share. If you’re going to give Dodie’s a try, make sure to stick with their original location on Greenville Avenue. The general consensus is that the Greenville location is the best and, incidentally, it’s the closest to campus.

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KATE PETTY Food Editor Nestled into the corner of Fairmount Street and Cedar Springs, The Common Table offers Uptown a pleasant spin on gastro pub cuisine. Chef Mike Smith has been a part of the restaurant industry from an early age and his dishes are proof of his experience. The food at The Common Table is inspired by a variety of cuisines to keep you from getting bored. Comfort food staples are always available, but Smith makes sure to

add his own twist to each item. Smith’s chicken and dumplings features pan-fried chicken breast, jalapeno dumplings, and a creamy cilantro sauce. The grilled cheese sandwich is made with roast pork tenderloin and a blend of smoked cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Comfort food isn’t the only thing they do well here — the tuna nachos are definitely worth a try. Sesame soy ahi tuna with wasabi and pickled ginger is served on a crispy wonton chip; it’s like eating sushi with an added crunch. Other entrees include favorites like steak, ribs, pasta and salmon, of which all are priced fairly reasonably.

Their sandwiches range from $9 to $13, and the entrees are priced around $16. Their bar serves a large selection of beers, many of which receive mention on their kitchen menu as well. Each menu item accompanies a suggested beer or wine to perfectly suit the blend of flavors in your meal. The typical crowd at The Common Table is as eclectic as their menu, creating a comfortable, unpretentious atmosphere. The mood is akin to the feel of an English pub, with an added touch of sophistication, making it an excellent go-to for almost any occasion.

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February 21

Charles Dickens’ Exhibition: A collection of more than 200 Dickens’ items available from 830 a.m. to 5 p.m. until May 12 in DeGolyer Library.

Living Out: A play about the clash between two cultures in the Owen Arts Center at 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY February 22

CIA Information Session: An opportunity to learn about potential employment in Huitt-Zollars Pavilion at 5 p.m. Immigration Symposium: A panel discussion on immigration issues in McCord Auditorium at 530 p.m.

FEBRUARY 14 11:29 a.m. Lambda Chi Alpha House/3004 Dyer Court. A student reported theft of Greek letters from the front door. The theft occurred between Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. to Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Closed.

FEBRUARY 15 9:40 AM. Assault: West Quad Lot/3300 Peyton Parkway. A student was issued a Class C Assault citation and referred to the Student Conduct Office for assault. Closed. 12:23 p.m. Moody Parking Garage/3063 Blvd. A student reported her unattended vehicle was struck by an unknown person. Open.

12:24 a.m. Boaz Hall/3200 Binkley Avenue. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for underage drinking, for possessing alcohol by a minor and for possessing a fictitious License. Closed.

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SMU graduate takes on international stages



Annual 5K supports community in Bishop Arts District

Meredith Carey Contributing Writer Recent SMU graduate Jamal White is taking his dancing to the next level: a renowned international dance tour. White has joined director Rasta Thomas’ company, the Bad Boys of Dance, for their 2012 tour of “Rock the Ballet.” As one of seven dancers, White will travel to countries like India, Portugal, Russia and Japan between Feb. 25 and Aug. 1. According to Rock the Ballet’s website, the show is a “fusion of classic ballet technique blended with the excitement of musical theatre, hip hop, ballet, tap, contemporary, gymnastics and more.” For White, Rock the Ballet “is just complete fun. It’s just about being a hot boy. SMU was serious but now I get to go back to when dance was just pure joy.” Working with Director Rasta Thomas is a dream come true for White, who received a call in his sophomore year from Thomas. After watching a YouTube video of White dancing in the Brown Bag Dance Series, Thomas became interested in the young dancer. White felt he needed more time to finish his degree, but when he received another call in December inviting him to join the cast of Rock the Ballet, he knew it was the right choice. White said, “I had one week to decide whether or not to join the company. After hearing the tour locations, I said, ‘say no more.’” SMU Meadow’s Assistant Dance Professor Millicent Johnnie said, “the tour is going to give Jamal a platform to grow. We’ve given him the tools but now he can test those

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Runners congregate around the start line Saturday morning for the “Dash for the Beads” 5K marathon.

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Photo courtesy of Jamal White

Jamal White danced in the Missouri Ballet Theatre’s 2010 “Nutcracker” production. White anticipates the launch of the “Rock the Ballet” tour.

tools on his own.” White feels that the tools that professors like Johnnie passed on have truly prepared him for this opportunity. “When it comes to rehearsal, SMU focuses on detail. One thing I learned was to hone in on my part of the work,” he said. “If everyone takes care of their own part, it all comes together perfectly.” “I had only a month to learn the entire show and have it clean,” he continued, so being able to focus on getting the complicated steps down as efficiently as possible

was a definite advantage. “I’m excited to throw myself into this new environment, but I’m still a little nervous,” White said. To this, Johnnie said, “You’ve got to get out. You’ve got to travel. You have to dance with other dancers. You have to be a good temperature taker. I think all of those things will help Jamal.” She continued, “He was very open to experiencing new material and I think that kind of openness will create avenues for him so that he can have a long, sustaining career.”

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Animals and runners alike gathered in the Bishop Arts District for the “Dash for the Beads” 5K race on Saturday. Despite the rainy mist and cold temperatures, approximately 600 runners and 60 pooches attended the event. “Runners are crazy – we’ll be out here in the rain, cold – doesn’t matter,” said Raven Patrick, who dressed as a Superwoman for the race. Participants were of all skill sets, including serious running enthusiasts like Mike Hummer, who finished the race in first place with a time of 17:17. And also beginners, like Larry Thompson and his daughter Samantha, who brought along their dog Brandee to participate in her first race. Decked out in green, purple and gold, Thompson said he and his family are going to make the event a tradition because of how it “brings the community together.”

In between the two extremes was the 80s-themed trio of Kathy Sledge, Claire Bentley and Megan Hernandez. The friends are in the midst of training together for their first marathon. “The beads got annoying but the wigs weren’t so bad,” said Hernandez, who sported a baby pink afro, neon orange Spandex and a leotard. Other participants like David Pinilla and his wife, Robin, enjoy the event because of its lightheartedness. “We love Halloween and anything costume-y! At last year’s dash, we were Willy Wonka and a naughty Oompa-Loompa,” Pinilla said. A plethora of businesses including food trucks, Pomeranian adoption agencies and a heated beer garden were all there for a good cause — the grass-roots non-profit organization FIDO Oak Cliff. “Through our community efforts, we were able to partner with ‘Dash for the Beads,’” Michael Reagan, FIDO’s founding board member, said. Partnering with them for the

event was “a windfall for a small organization like us.” Since October 2010, FIDO has been working tirelessly to build the first community dog park in Oak Cliff. A variety of small events throughout the past year, like small, ‘pop-up’ dog parks, have helped the FIDO team raise awareness about their organization and gather support for their cause. The biggest roadblock, Reagan said, is that Dallas Park and Recreation operates on a “suburban destination park model.” In other words, the city requires that city-sanctioned dog parks have five or more acres of land and hundreds of parking spots ­— parameters not feasible for a small neighborhood park. “We all like big exciting things, there’s nothing wrong with that… but sometimes neighborhoods just need some small things to make a difference,” Catherine Dodge, FIDO’s founding board member, said. FIDO plans on using the money to move forward and secure an agreement between the Oak Cliff community and the city.



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Instead of campaigning on his record as president, Barack Obama is trying to make this election about income inequality and fairness. The American system, according to the president, allows only a privileged few to succeed, and the only way to fix this is to raise taxes on the rich and increase government spending. The President’s State of the Union speech and his recently released 2013 budget have made it readily apparent that this idea is the centerpiece of his campaign. One of the main provisions of the president’s new budget is the so-called “Buffet-rule” for millionaires, making it so that high-earners always have to pay a rate of at least 30 percent on their income, even if their income comes from capital gains. Even with this new revenue, the White House projects that the deficit will still be over $500 billion in 2016, even though one of Obama’s campaign promises was to halve the deficit by the end of his first term. He has failed at that spectacularly, producing four

years of more than $1 trillion deficits. In truth, it is unlikely that the deficit in 2016 will be as low the White House projects, because in calculating tax revenues, the budget assumes a booming economy. Unfortunately, the president seems unaware that doubling the tax rate on investment income, which is what the “Buffet-rule” does, will impede capital investment and reduce economic growth, leading to lower tax revenues and thus higher deficits. He also doesn’t seem to understand that the new tax laws will adversely affect small businesses, which employ the vast majority of Americans. Small businesses and their owners file taxes as individuals, meaning that any profit is counted and taxed as their income. The president’s plan raises the income taxes of anyone making more than $250,000 a year. This category includes millions of small businesses, and coupled with the uncertainty surrounding Obamacare and other regulations, these tax increases will prevent them from hiring more workers. The president’s budget is a joke and has zero chance of being passed. It is, however, his political

wish list and a preview to what his priorities will be in his second term. Last summer, it seemed unlikely that Obama would get a second term, however, now it appears as if his Republican opponents are doing everything in their power to ensure that he does. They are not running on their plan for America, they are running only on how bad Obama’s plans are. This is not enough. The Republicans have to have an alternative to Obama’s vision, especially because the president is likeable and able to make a compelling speech about “fairness.” The Republican candidate cannot get caught up in the fairness argument. They will lose if they do. Democrats will always be better than Republicans at giving stuff to people. Instead, the Republicans need to run a campaign on the message of growth. Tax reform, entitlement reform and the repeal of Obamacare, amongst other regulations, will unleash a tidal wave of cash that corporations have on hand, yet are currently reluctant to spend. Poll after poll has shown that small business owners are not hiring because of uncertainty regarding

taxes, regulation and health care. Removing these uncertainties will create an environment much more suitable for entrepreneurs and small-business hiring. Americans will accept fairness as the most important goal of government, if they are not offered an alternative. But, if they are given a choice between fairness and growth they will choose growth. This is because, at their core, Americans know that it is not government’s role to ensure that everyone succeeds. Europe tried, and it is now paying the price, and many European countries are now implementing conservative reforms. Making the rich less rich is not the way to help the poor. An agenda that emphasizes growth-targeted policies will make everyone better off. This is a lesson America learned in the 1980s, and if the Republican nominee can make it the main point of his campaign, he will inspire people and have a better chance of winning. Andrew is a sophomore majoring in finance, French and markets and culture.

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Stop subsidizing corn for a better future PAUL KROEGER Opinion Editor

Last summer, I studied in Germany. While there were many cultural differences, most of them were small because Germany is a western, globalized nation that is very similar to the U.S. One of the small differences I noticed, however, is that I could not find any food product with high fructose corn syrup in it. On Feb. 8, Parminder Deo wrote an article about corn syrup for The Daily Campus. He concluded that the body processes high fructose corn syrup differently than sugar, which can cause weight gain when it is consumed in excess. Corn syrup has frequently been in the news in the past year as consumers and health experts fight back against its ever increasing presence in our food. Corn has permeated the American diet. Try to avoid corn and you need to avoid food products with high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, dextrose, glucose, fructose, some monoand di-glicerides and corn sugar. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) really is in most processed products in some form. Nearly every mainstream American candy, soda and chip contains some kind of corn product. But corn, and especially HFCS, is in many products that we would not expect because they are not “sweet” products. For example, your toothpaste almost certainly has a corn product in it. Many peanut butters have HFCS, as do many store-bought breads. While you’re at it, you might as well look at your salad dressing and juice. Consider that most American livestock is fed on corn, and it’s likely in your meat as well. Although concrete evidence has not appeared to prove that a high amount of HFCS in Americans’ diets has contributed to obesity and diabetes, experts are starting to question the possibility. But corn syrup makers have been fighting back against public opinion. Several vast and wealthy companies have banded together in the Corn Refiners Association, which lobbies for the corn industry and launches public relations campaigns. The organization drew flak from experts and the public for announcing that HFCS is “natural” in a television commercial. They have since backpedaled from their original stance, and now they want to call HFCS “corn sugar.” Take a look at their charming website,, and you will find a cheery yellow and green palate with pictures of beautiful families enjoying allAmerican picnics. The website also has a “Family” section and countless ways to combat the vicious “myths” surrounding HFCS. Call me paranoid, but I don’t place much faith in giant, wealthy industrial conglomerates when it comes to ethical responsibility to the public. But how did these corn products become so entrenched in our nutrition system in the first place? Unfortunately, it has to do with the government. Not only has the U.S. government put several tariffs and regulations in place that make cane sugar significantly more expensive in the U.S. over the past 30 years, but government subsidies have also controversially over-inflated the demand for corn. Finally, a recently expired large government subsidy of cornbased ethanol fuels further inflated demand.The result is that our agriculture industry is addicted to corn and so are we. It’s time to stop subsidizing corn production and let the market determine what it needs. While corn has many uses in our food industry, maybe it is time to consider a more natural, less processed approach. Paul is the Opinion Editor. He is a junior majoring in voice performance.

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Associated Press Fort Worth Police Capt. Ken Dean at a news conference regarding the arrest of TCU students on drug charges. Four TCU football players are among those arrested.

We’re no better than they are


Since the news broke that 19 arrests were made during a drug bust at TCU, many SMU students have been eager to point out that this is yet another example of our school’s superiority. They’re wrong. We’re no better. While the trafficking operation police uncovered did involve distribution of ecstasy, narcotics and cocaine, most of the business was centered around marijuana. If you are reading this article, the odds that you have smoked marijuana are about as high as the odds that you haven’t. Studies now suggest that roughly half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have used marijuana at least once. If you’ve used before, there’s a good chance you know somebody who sells. If you haven’t, well, you probably know somebody who has, and that person probably knows

somebody who sells. The bottom line: to be a college student today is to be affected by marijuana in one way or another. I’m not saying that we’re all a bunch of potheads, but the truth is that marijuana transcends every boundary that can be drawn between the SMU and TCU campuses. As a matter of fact, if either school has had more widespread problems with illegal drug usage, it is SMU. According to The Dallas Morning News, between 2006 and 2010, SMU reported 127 drug arrests; TCU reported four. Although TCU averaged roughly 1,800 fewer students enrolled during those years, and was more likely to take disciplinary action without the aid of external law enforcement, SMU still averaged 16 pecent more drug incidents (arrests plus internal disciplines) per student per year than did TCU. Now, admittedly, there’s a significant difference between smoking or being affected by

marijuana and actually selling the stuff, and that’s what has us upset, right? We’re not bothered so much by the idea that college students have some recreational drug habits; it’s the knowledge that a school’s own football players, the supposed pride and joy of a Texas university, are the ones facilitating those habits. But these kids who were arrested aren’t dangerous or exceptional. Nearly all of their deals were valued at less than $600 — hardly big-time. To think that we don’t have the same sort of transactions taking place on our own campus is absurd. We do, and so does virtually every other university in the country. Maybe our football players aren’t involved — then again, maybe they are (an NCAA survey reports that 22.6 percent of student-athletes admitted to marijuana usage during 2011) — but who really cares? If it isn’t the football players, it’s the student senators, or The Union, or APO, or the faculty, or

the maintenance staff or a group of nobodies without any common affiliations — people use drugs at SMU; therefore, somebody sells drugs at SMU. It is naïve to think otherwise. Furthermore, even after the bust, somebody is still selling drugs at TCU. This is not to belittle the efforts of law enforcement. Marijuana is illegal, and my intention is not to argue that it should be otherwise. If you smoke pot, if you sell it, then you are a criminal. That’s the way it is. I would ask, though, that we be a little less quick to condemn our rivals for transgressions we undoubtedly share. We have the Iron Skillet, after all, and we’re fresh off a victory on the basketball court—if we want to brag, we have better reasons to do so. Eli is a sophomore majoring in human rights and English.

Religion more important this election MICHAEL DEARMAN With the controversial requirement for all organizations that provide health insurance to their employees to provide for birth control, family planning, etc. it is very timely for Rick Santorum to attack President Obama on religion. On Saturday, Santorum questioned President Obama’s religious views in front of conservative voters in the Midwest. He claimed that President Obama’s policies, namely the most recent ones concerning birth control, were based on a faulty theology — a secular theology — not one based on the Bible. Now it must be said that later Santorum attempted to clarify his statement, saying that he merely believed that President Obama was attempting to force his views on the church, not that Obama was simply not a Christian, but the significance of the attack hits home. The relation between church and state is forever a shifting and precarious one. Where is Jefferson’s

proclaimed “wall of separation,” and what is religious freedom? More practically, how are stances on those ideas going to impact this next presidential election? The way Santorum is talking, it seems to imply that he would promote policy that is dictated by the ideals of the Bible, which the current President is not doing. I feel it apt to mention that President Obama is a Christian, a long-time member of the United Church of Christ, and that their beliefs are significantly different from those of the Roman Catholic Church of which Santorum is a member. What some might see Santorum asserting is that the United Church of Christ is not following the ideals of the Bible. However, this sort of debate over theology goes both ways (does the Protestant Reformation ring any bells?). Furthermore, why is it that these issues of religion even bear on this most recent election? The issues at hand are not simply exclusive to religion, but are placed on the table for the whole of society to discuss.

As much as many of them may try to deny, Christians themselves are inseparable from the culture at large, thus the debate that is occurring within society is also occurring within the church as well. Christians are conflicted over how to handle issues such as abortion, gay marriage and economic policies. These issues, which are extremely contentious in all sects of Christianity, are simply playing out in the political realm. This is hardly the first time that religion has been an issue in elections. John F. Kennedy was a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and many worried that he would “follow the Pope,” making the U.S. subservient to him. After a slew of Supreme Court cases concerning prayer in schools in the 1960s and 70s, Reagan told the public that he would put prayer back in schools. If America is full of people of different religious bents, then of course religion will impact elections whether it is an explicit issue or not. In this case, religion

is certainly an explicit issue. The question that voters need to ask is how candidates’ religious beliefs inform their political views and vice versa. In Santorum, we see a man championing the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church, and you better bet that his religious beliefs would impact his presidency. The United Church of Christ endorses same-sex marriage and sex education, so it is not as if President Obama is ignoring the beliefs of his church. They just seem to be more in line with the progressive elements of American society as opposed to Catholic beliefs. As I mentioned before, religion is inseparable from the culture of which it is a part of. It is a virtual certainty that the ideas about controversies that one finds in churches will be the same ideas that are touted in the coming presidential election. Michael is a sophomore majoring in philosophy and English.

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MONDAY n FEBRUARY 20, 2012 basketball


Despite a powerful second half, Mustangs could not rise above Marshall AUSTIN MANIERE Staff Writer The Mustangs are usually pretty strong at home, but they haven’t been able to win at Moody in three of their last four. Saturday’s game against Marshall finished with a score of 73-68 in favor of the Thundering Herd. At the end of the first half on Saturday, the 14 total points that SMU had amounted made the game look like it might be another 28 point total for the Mustangs. Fortunately SMU was able to find their shooting again in the second half, making 18-29 fields goals and improving SMU’s overall field goal percentage to an impressive 47.1 percent. Unfortunately, though, this second half rally was not enough against Marshall’s 73, and SMU recorded another home loss. The Mustangs are now 11-16 overall. Conference play has been particularly tough for SMU this season. They have a 2-9 record against Conference USA teams. This in-conference record puts

the Mustangs in last place in C-USA standings. Saturday’s game did show that the Mustangs could turn around a sloppy performance, following a 14 point first half with a 48 point second. This offensive explosion will hopefully carry over to the next game against Tulane and give the Mustangs some much-needed momentum. After missing the UAB game with a concussion, junior guard London Giles played a great game and had an important role in SMU’s second half rally. Giles finished the game with 17 points on 6-8 shooting that included three 3-pointers. This point total was a career high for Giles in conference play, and marked the 15th time he’s scored 10 points or more in a game this season. Freshman guard Jalen Jones also had a big day, scoring 15 points on 6-8 shooting. Jones also added three rebounds and two steals. Sophomore forward Shawn Williams grabbed a career high 10 rebounds and scored two points as well. SMU’s defense contained Marshall’s top scorer DeAndre Kane


Sophomore guard Jeremiah Samarrippas carries the ball down court during Saturday afternoon’s game against Marshall in Moody Coliseum.

to 14 points on 5-14 shooting, but Marshall was able to score through other players. Damier Pitts led the Herd in scoring with 20 points, 15 of which were off of threes. Dennis Tinnon also played well for Marshall, scoring

12 points with six boards. The Mustang’s will have another chance to win at home against a 15-10 Tulane team on Wednesday. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Women’s basketball falls to Rice KELSEY CHARLES Staff Writer The women’s basketball team suffered a tough loss at home this weekend to Rice. The final score was 69-60, pushing the Mustangs to an overall record of 12-14. Akil Simpson led the team with 12 points and five rebounds, but with four fouls heading into the last few minutes, she was forced to back off her intensity and pressure on the defensive end. Sunday’s game marks Simpson’s 15th game of double digit numbers this season. Senior Christine Elliot had a tough game offensively, with five turnovers and only five points, but was able to make a difference under the basket, pulling down 10 rebounds over all. “You’ve got to minimize your mental mistakes and I thought

we had some mental mistakes that second half,” Coach Rhonda Rompola said after the game. Much to the Mustang’s dismay, Rice capitalized on these turnovers, and was able to score 15 points from their mistakes. SMU struggled with free throws, only shooting 58 percent from the line — Akil Simpson was 4-9 and Brittney Hardy went 2-4. The Owls’ sophomore forward, Jessica Kuster, was unbeatable on both ends of the court during the game, finishing up with a double-double 22 points and 12 rebounds. “What makes her so tough is that she’s a mobile post player… She can shoot over players,” Rompola said. Rice scored 24 points in the paint, many of which were Kuster’s. In the two team’s first ever meeting in 1979, which Rice won with a final score of 57-54.


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Athletes are regular people; there is nothing different about them, right? That is what we are supposed to believe at least. Athletes are just students, they are not to be treated differently. However, when news broke about the early morning TCU drug bust where 17 students were arrested on drug dealing charges, the idea that student athletes are just regular students dissipated. Why? It is simple, and here is my example. “TCU drug bust includes 4 football players.” This is the headline from the Associated Press. Instead of 17 students it clearly says four football players. It gives the juicy detail right there because it is not what one would expect. Athletes are supposed to be in a different league, they are supposed to be the role models for little boys and girls across the country that aspire to be athletes themselves one day. Yet, the largest arrests in school history includes not one, but four football players for a prestigious university. It is a terrible and sad event that brings TCU into the lime light and is causing every other school to cross

their I’s and dot their T’s. While it is being looked at as a sort of doomsday for TCU and the surrounding community, I can’t help but to notice the truth it brings out; that athletes are not invincible. Perhaps some of them are invincible on the football field, but that idea is not to be carried out into everyday life. Take for example the recent media coverage of Josh Hamilton. The Texas Rangers outfielder recently announced he had another alcohol relapse, something thousands of Americans struggle with everyday. Since he is a Dallas icon, it is looked at as different from a regular guy who struggles with alcohol. I do not say this to downgrade the problem. They are 100 percent human and life treats them the same way it treats every other non-athlete. Now, some may reject that statement saying they get benefits, their school is paid for, etc. Yes, that is very much a true rebuttal statement, yet they are also working hard to keep that scholarship and if they do not perform, well I hope they have enough years of eligibility left to transfer. I am going to go ahead and say, student athletes and athletes in general have to work a little harder in the game off the field — life.

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cox school of business

Business school looks to offer SMU’s Maguire Center summer courses for all majors helps students build

better communities

LEILA MUSTAFA Contributing Writer

SMU’s Cox School of Business is one of the top business schools in the nation, but students don’t have to be business majors to reap the benefits. The Summer Business Institute allows students and members of the Dallas community to gain a basic understanding of business from Cox professors in just one month. The program results in a certificate, and lectures are taught by the same professors who teach undergraduate and graduate courses. In a time when jobs are scarce, a certificate in business might be what non-business majors need to add a competitive edge to their résumés. Hemang Desai, the academic director of the Summer Business Institute, believes that students should major in what they are passionate about. He also feels that knowledge of business concepts will be crucial for students of all professions. “Whether it is for-profit or not-for-profit does not matter. Whether it is a corporation or your own company, at some point you will be working for a business,” Desai said. The program gives students in-depth exposure to accounting, finance, marketing and more. Yet the experience is not only about paying attention. It is about making the students more marketable. Résumé writing skills, interview practice, computer skills and the ability to present and hear feedback are some examples. SMU senior Emily Ciuba, an anthropology major, entered the program to introduce herself to business concepts that her major lacked. Many students of the Summer

YOLONDA BATTLE Contributing Writer


Cox School of Business will offer all majors business classes this summer.

Business Institute are from diverse academic backgrounds such as language, social science and engineering. Ciuba believes the completion of the program will look attractive to prospective employers. “I knew ahead of time it looked really good because it was coming from a good source,” Ciuba said. SMU students are not the only people who come to the Summer Business Institute. Some students come from different universities and different places. In fact, many students are recent college graduates or have been working for a few years. A common theme among many is entering the program before preparing for or attaining an MBA or law degree. “The benefit of business education is that you can add it at any level or any stage in your career,” Desai said. The four-week program is not easy but covers a lot of ground. Whether it is a lack of proficiency in Microsoft Excel or confusion in interpreting financial statements, the program addresses it. At the end of the month, students work in groups to make

a presentation. Professionals from the community come and offer feedback. Students go on field trips to local businesses such as The Richards Group and eat at business luncheons that allow room for networking. SMU alumna Katie Brattain completed the program in 2009. She still has emails and business cards saved from the luncheons. “There are contacts that know if I’m going into business I still feel like I have,” Brattain said. Brattain graduated from SMU in 2010. She currently works for Teach for America. Presentations are part of her everyday routine, and she found part of the program to be very beneficial. The certificate continues to be an important part of her résumé. She said the days were really engaging but doesn’t deny they were long. “You gotta have caffeine!” For students on the fence about the Summer Business Institute, it only takes four weeks. The program runs from June 4 to June 29. Students who register before March 31 get $500 off the tuition.

For most college students, deciding to volunteer and give back to the community can be overwhelming in the context of demanding student schedules. But, for many, the effort is worth the reward. “I was surprised at how I too had grown,” Kelly Vowell, a 2011 Maguire Center Intern and Meadows graduate student, said. “It gave me several opportunities to learn patience and versatility. They instilled in me a deeper sense of compassion for others.” How do students like Vowell find the time? And where do they learn where to volunteer? They visit the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. “Our hope is for students to model ethical behavior and public responsibility,” Maguire Center’s Assistant Director Candy Crespo, an SMU alumna, said. “It’s our responsibility to give back. We’re all in this together.” For nearly 16 years, the Maguire Center has lived out its mission to expose undergraduate and graduate students to organizations that will allow them to live out their ethical beliefs through public service. To further their efforts and influence students to serve communities of their choice, the center offers a paid

summer internship. “We choose to recognize students that devote themselves to public service or research in ethics,” said Crespo. “We want students to be aware of the opportunities and access we have available.” Dr. Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center, is touched by the role public service has played in her life. Kirk understands how busy students are and how difficult it is for some to look beyond college. But, for Kirk, the experience is worth it. “I’m always amazed at how you start out doing things for one reason and a different thing results,” Kirk said. “We never know how we truly impact others when we start serving, but for me the change was profound.” Vowell, a graduate student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, agrees with Kirk. She knows her experiences at the West Dallas Community School – teaching piano lessons to underprivileged students – cultivated her drive for service. “I applied for the internship because I wanted to put into practice the skills I am acquiring,” Vowell said. “Many of these students receive little to no reinforcement at home. I am determined to do my best to make sure they continue to receive lessons.” This passion and drive for ethics and public service is the message the Maguire Center is hoping to spread throughout the campus.

Since 1996, approximately 130 internships have been awarded to undergraduate and graduate students hoping to impact the lives of others. For many public service organizations, the ability to fund an internship or hire new staff is limited. The Maguire Center hopes that by offering paid summer internships students will jump at the opportunity to work for organizations that uphold their ethical standards, career objectives and provides them experience in the workforce. For 2011 Maguire Center intern Laura Oei, a graduate in counseling, the internship is a great way to put into practice the things she learns in the class. While interning for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, she was able to continue learning how to serve the population of people she plans to work with after graduation. “The internship allowed me to further my commitment to families in the area,” Oei said. The CACCC mission aligned with her beliefs, “to bring safety, healing and justice” to all families. Oei believes students should consider the internship. “It is a wonderful opportunity for students to extend their knowledge to the community in an effort to make a difference,” Oei said. During the school year, the Maguire Center hosts a number of speakers and events.


The print edition of The Daily Campus for February 20, 2012.


The print edition of The Daily Campus for February 20, 2012.