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No. 30 women’s tennis defeats No. 23 TCU, 7-0 By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

The No. 30 SMU women’s tennis team put on their best tennis display of the young season with a 7-0 sweep of cross-town rival, No. 23 TCU, which took place on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in Fort Worth. The Mustangs started off well, winning all three doubles matches for the point and they never looked back after that, reeling off six straight victories in singles for the match. No. 3 doubles got things started,

when the duo of freshman Edyta Cieplucha and senior Pavi Francis won the first match of the event, 8-1. The No. 2 doubles team, sophomore Marta Lesniak and freshman Shahzoda Hatamova, clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 victory. The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova and freshman Katerina Vankova finished the route by winning their match, 83. “The doubles finally clicked,” said head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner in an interview with “ We put new teams together and it worked which

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Explaining health care By MEREDITH SHAMBURGER Editor in Chief

There are a lot of issues being considered in the current health care policy, according to Douglas HoltzEakin. He explained the complexities of current health care policy to a group of about 30 students in Kathleen Cooper’s Politics of Economic Policy class Feb. 18. Holtz-Eakin served as the Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from 20012002, and later as director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2003-2005 during the George W. Bush Administration. He also worked as the Director of Domestic and Economic Policy for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. In 2009, he was appointed to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The FCIC is investigating the roots of the current financial crisis that began in 2007. Holtz-Eakin broke down health care policy into four areas: issues, policy, strategy and politics. Issues, he said, were the most important to look at when analyzing policy. He separated two issues of the policy debate: practicing medicine and paying for it. Although health care spending has increased per person in the United States, Holtz-Eakin sees “some real shortcomings” in the current system. He noted that life expectancy has not risen, and that although there is “dramatically different spending” between various areas, results show the same outcomes. Holtz-Eakin described these shortcomings as “dual indictments of the current system.” “We want to have a high quality

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Looking to diversify By NICK CAINS

Contributing Writer

Many prospective students hear rumors that Southern Methodist University is not a place for minorities. Most of them never find out if the rumor is true. SMU is attempting to change this aspect of the university’s reputation with new initiatives promoting ethnic diversity on campus. Pavielle Chriss, an admissions counselor and the coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, said SMU’s struggle with low minority enrollment is not unique. “A 20 percent minority is what you will generally find on a private university’s campus,” she said. “I do not think we are facing a crisis, we just need to increase our visibility and finally dispel the rumors.” This is where the new initiatives are making progress. The Provost has monthly meetings with a committee of key decision makers on campus to discuss how to implement an increase in the quantity and quality of minority students on campus, Chriss said. The SMU Mustang Scholars program was sparked from this committee.

“This program targets first-generation and underrepresented students in the Dallas Independent School System with full financial awards, faculty mentors, and special programs emphasizing career skills and academic success,” Chriss said. The Provost’s Office also provided funds and staff members for SMU to host the first annual Hispanic Youth Symposium last June, Chriss said. This event brought approximately 200 Hispanic high school students to SMU, allowing many students their first experience on a private university’s campus. “The event was a huge success,” Chriss said, “and the Provost’s Office has already confirmed more funding for next summer.” SMU President Gerald Turner has shown a personal interest in the committee’s effort by hosting welcome reception for minority students in his home. The welcome reception allowed prospective students and their parents to speak with current students, faculty members, as well as staff from various departments around campus, according to Chriss. The students who attended are then invited to monthly follow-up luncheons and

dinners to track their experience at SMU. Chriss said that of the students that attended the reception nearly 90 percent of the students chose to attend SMU. Wendy Blackburn, a sophomore theater major, was one of the students among that 90 percent. “I spoke to the head of undergraduate admissions for a very long time,” Blackburn said. “Everyone’s hospitality made the decision for me immediately.” With an apparent move toward increasing the minority enrollment on campus, Chriss also clarifies that SMU is not lowering its standards. “We’re reaching out to high achieving minority students that are academically capable of succeeding in college,” Chriss said. “It would not be fair to accept minority students solely to increase our numbers.” With minority applications increasing by 20 percent from last year, Chriss is confident that SMU is in a good place to move away from its bad reputation. “We have tons of opportunities, programs, and initiatives set in place to change the face of SMU’s population for the better,” she said.



Hughes-Trigg market hour extension By TAYLOR REED Staff Writer

Craving something to eat late at night but have nothing to eat in your dorm? Instead of leaving campus, students now can head to The Market in Hughes-Trigg. It announced its extended operating hours Feb. 17. Students can now shop for all their chips, sandwiches, deodorant, toothbrushes and school supplies later. The newly announced hours will allow students to shop later in the day Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. and close at midnight for these days. The new extended hours help drastically SMU sophomore Kellie Spano

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system that delivers,” he said. Holt-Eakin identified another set of problems with health insurance: the number of uninsured people and, problems with non-portable insurance. When looking at health care policy, Holtz-Eakin explained that a person must diagnose the problem: “Is this a question of the way we practice medicine? Or is this the way we pay for it?” Health care policy is built around these questions, according to Holtz-Eakin. Some policies focus on reducing health care costs, while others try to reform health insurance. Current health care policy debates in Congress focus on reforming health insurance and getting everyone insured. Holtz-Eakin explained that both issues need to be resolved. Some costly medical procedures could be deemed unnecessary by cheaper, and equally effective, measures. Current health insurance is not equipped to handle chronic diseases, which make up 70 percent of costs. He argued that the insurance-first method would lower some costs, but it would also alienate doctors and hospitals, telling them that “we’re going to make you cover, take care of a lot of a lot more people, and then we’re going to tell you how to do your business.” However, he noted, the other side of the debate would point to Massachusetts, who enacted health care legislation in 2006, saying his concerns didn’t happen there. From his perspective, policy should focus first on reducing health care costs. “I am a delivery system first kind of guy,” he said. “Form the delivery system so that we deliver the same care for a lower cost or better care for the same cost—that’s all possible—take the savings that accrue and funnel them into greater insurance coverage. I favor it because it’s automatically fiscally responsible.”

. “Most of the time, I will have work, then Panhellenic meetings and then mock trial. So I have little to no time to get dinner, so it is a great place to just grab something quick in between meetings. The new hours make it even easier to do that now.” Mariana K. Sullivan, marketing manager for SMU Hughes-Trigg said “the hours were extended in response to students saying they wanted evening snack options. The Department of Student Affairs, Student Development and Programs, Hughes-Trigg Student Center in partnership with Aramark came up with extending the Market hours to see if this would meet students needs.”

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Rachel’s Challenge encourages students By ROSA ESSAW Contributing Writer

On Monday night SMU students gathered in Hughes Trigg Theater to attend an event hosted by Students for a Better Society called Rachel’s Challenge. This event told the story of Rachel Scott, the first person killed at the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. Cody Hodges, a professional speaker told Rachel’s inspirational story to the gathered group: Rachel had a mission to make a difference around the world by performing

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small acts of kindness. “I am going to make an impact on the world,” Rachel once told her high school teacher. Shortly before she died, Rachel wrote six diaries dedicated to her own code of ethics, based on the theory of acknowledging the value and dignity of all people. One of her many writings states, “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.” After Rachel’s death, her father found her diaries and was inspired to start a program teaching

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Cody Hodges tells the story of Rachel Scott in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.




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• Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ticker Talk NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market paused from a four-day rally Monday and closed modestly lower after big consumer companies gave a cautious outlook for economic growth. Trading was also fragmented as investors hunted for deals following last week’s big rally. The Dow Jones industrial average posted its best weekly gain since November on strong earnings and economic reports.

Campus Events February 22-28


Women’s Symposium Volunteer Meeting

5 p.m. Hughes-Trigg. Women’s Center learn how to volunteer at the Women’s Symposium


The Truth About Relationships

7 p.m., Neuhoff Catholic Center. Search for The truth about relationships. Unpack, understand and improve your relationships.


Dedman College Ambassadors

5 p.m. Hughes-Trigg Atrium C/D. Join the DCA for food, fun and discussion about making Dedman College a better place!

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After one year of stimulus, where are all the jobs? By JOHN COLEMAN Business Editor

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill that was touted as the economy’s quick fix. But in its first year of the twoyear spending deployment, how has it fared? There is no doubt that steps needed to be taken to avert economic disaster in the economy in February 2009 following Barack Obama’s inauguration, and the White House will claim that it did exactly that. When the bill was signed into law, many critics claimed that the plan to disburse the spending over two years was too slow considering the dire straights the economy was in. One year in, a good majority of the spending has been pumped into the economy and unemployment is still sitting just under 10 percent, which translates into millions of Americans still out of work. Economists estimate that over the course of the recession 8.5 million Americans lost their jobs. The White House says that the stimulus bill has created or saved 2 million jobs in the economy thus

far. This is hard to measure because there is no way to know how many workers truly would have been laid off had it not been for the stimulus bill, but the White House estimates that 364,000 jobs in manufacturing, 262,000 jobs in construction and 63,000 “green” jobs have been created or saved by the stimulus bill. Many economists do attribute the rise from recession in the third quarter of 2009 to the immense amount of government spending.

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Both the third and fourth quarters of 2009 saw positive GDP signaling the end of the recession. Economists disagree, however, wondering if this will be sustainable after the stimulus money fades. The truth of the matter is that the stimulus package probably was responsible for the bump in GDP, pulling the nation out of recession,.

However, it was only able to cushion the fall of the economy, not really making a dent in the unemployment situation. In reality, the U.S. economy is far too large, and the problems facing it when the stimulus was passed were far too complex for a one-time spending spree to fix the economy. Obama and company have recently started somewhat of a political offense in regard to the stimulus bill, attacking its critics and trying to convince a skeptical America of the bill’s success—A recent Gallop poll showed that only six percent of Americans believed the bill had been successful in creating jobs. Obama is working to convince the public that the bill turned an assured mega-disaster into something much smaller. The bill couldn’t stop the luxury car that is the U.S. economy from wrecking, but it did serve as an airbag.


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Obama offers up last-ditch health care effort By JOHN COLEMAN Business Editor

President Obama put forward a “last-ditch” effort to pass his health care overhaul Monday. The $1 trillion compromise over 10 years would allow the government to deny excessive insurance premium hikes. According to the White House, the plan would offer coverage to 31 million currently uninsured Americans while not adding to the federal deficit. This new plan came on the heels of the last proposal that appeared to be on the doorstep of being passed before Republican Scott Brown won the seat of the late senator Ted Kennedy. After investing so much political capital in revamping the nation’s health care system, Obama does not want to leave the table empty-handed, especially in an election year and his fresh bill offered many compromises. The most notable compromise in the plan is the exclusion of a

government insurance option, which was fiercely opposed by both conservatives and many moderates in both the House and the Senate. The new plan would enable the government to regulate the health insurance industry much like a public utility. The federal government, along with state governments, would be able to limit excessive premium hikes or demand rebates for customers. Obama, who originally left the details to be worked out by congress, has taken a stronger position and laid out the details that he wants included. One desired fix included is the barring of insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals with prior health conditions. Obama also scaled back his proposed tax on highcost insurance plans that was met with resistance from House Democrats. He wants to plug the tax revenue gaps with a Medicare pay-roll tax increase, an increase on upper-income individuals,

and Medicare taxes on investments as well as wages. Experts are still unsure whether the compromised bill will have the


Obama’s health care reform

momentum to make its way through the senate with such strong Republican opposition.

August: Congress has yet to pass any legislation regarding health care. Republicans oppose a proposed “public option.” Lawmakers conduct heated town hall meetings across the nation.


President Barack Obama speaks to members of the National Governors Association, Feb. 22., in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.

Nov. 7: The House of Representatives passes its version of the health care bill, which includes a public option, with a vote of 220 to 215. 39 Democrats vote against the bill. 1 Republican votes for it.

Jan. 19: Republican Scott Brown wins the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, which leaves Democrats without a filibuster-proof majority. Democrats abandon efforts to merge the two health care bills.

2009 JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2010 JANUARY FEBRUARY Jan. 20: President Barack Obama is sworn into office. Obama campaigned on health care reform.

March 5: Obama launches his health care reform initiative, vows to have plan by December 2009. He leaves drafting the proposal to Congress.

Sept. 9: Congressman Joe Wilson shouts “You Lie!” to Obama when he says his health care plan would not pay for illegal immigrants during an address to Congress.

Dec. 24: The Senate passes its version of the health care bill, with no public option, with a vote of 60 to 39.


Feb. 22: Obama unveils his health care proposal in an effort to save health care reform.


• Tuesday, February 23, 2010


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Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ is engrossing, thought-provoking By LAUREN SMART Chief Copy Editor

Martin Scorsese has done it again. “Shutter Island” opened this weekend, topping the box office with 40.2 million and claiming a spot in his lineup of classics. In an interview with Good Morning America, Scorsese described the film as multiple genres rolled into one movie. He said that when reading the script, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), even he was surprised by every plot twist. Leonardo DiCaprio plays U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels, who has chosen to take on the assignment of a patient’s escape from Ashecliffe, the ward on Shutter Island for the criminally insane. On the ferry to the island, he meets his partner for the assignment, Chuck Aule, played by Mark Ruffalo (Just like Heaven). On a note of interest, pay attention to how often Aule calls Daniels ‘boss.’ What begins as a crime drama shifts to a thriller when the head psychiatrists of the ward (Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow) appear to be drugging Daniels, allowing the demons in his past to drive him insane. These traumas from his past

are shown to the audience in shaky flashbacks and nightmares. Scorsese, a zealous film buff, gives very conspicuous nods to Hitchcock, allowing the angle, editing and quality of the shot itself to manipulate the audience in the way that only film can. What first may appear to be a poorly filmed scene is later realized as proof of an unreliable narrator. Or is it? “Shutter Island” does seem to struggle with the ending. About the last half-hour of its 138-minute running time, is spent explaining who actually is insane. For a movie that lures in the audience with the promise of intrigue, it seems inconsistent that so much time would be spent ‘wrapping it up.’ This may be easily overlooked for the sake of entertainment, but it seems to discount the abstract form of the movie. After masterfully inserting the audience into the head of a tortured detective, only to distort their perception over and over, Scorsese’s film firmly stands as both engrossing and thought provoking. “Shutter Island” ends with a question that is very obviously meant to summarize the movie’s intention and spark conversation: “Is it better to live as a monster or die a good man?”

Mark Ruffalo (L) and Leonardo DiCaprio (R) star in “Shutter Island.”


Ink drawings by Andolsek on exhibit at Pollock Gallery By PRAVEEN SATHIANATHAN Managing Editor

For some, the kitchen table may be nothing more than a place to eat dinner, but to artist Eugene Andolsek, it was where he created works of geometric complexity. Armed with a pen, colored inks and sometimes an eye-dropper Andolsek would draw lines and shapes, creating works of art. The Pollock Gallery on the ground

floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center is currently showcasing the amazing talent and sharp eye of Andolsek in an exhibit called “Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andolsek’s Geometric Ink Drawings.” The show, which began Feb. 1 runs until March 20. Andolsek’s career spanned 50 years, ending when his sight failed him at age 81. His body of work included thousands of pieces and has received

praise for its intricate designs. In 2006, he was one of five artists whose work was showcased in the Obsessive Drawing exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. Andolsek’s art is colorful and detail-oriented, to say the least. In the Pollock exhibition his prints feature the use of complimentary color pairings such as teal with pink, green with reds, yellow with brown and blue with yellow.

Many of the designs are symmetrical, which adds depth and leaves the viewer wondering how Andolsek was able to create mirroring effects in the images. His drawings structure may be symbolic of his rigid life. Andolsek worked for a railroad company and then for the state department. Later in his life his mother came and lived with him. There are a few spotlights in the

gallery, drawing attention to a few of the pieces. But for the most part the gallery is dimly-lit, setting the ideal mood to view any art form. Each wall has two to three prints on it. According to the Meadows Web site, Andolsek’s work would have remained hidden from the rest of the world if it had not been brought to the attention of Andy Warhol by one of Andolsek’s friends.

‘Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andoslek’s Geometric Ink Drawings’ Exhibit runs until March 20 Located in the Pollock Gallery (ground floor Hughes-Trigg Student Center)


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Considering law school? SMU panel tells all By MEREDITH CARLTON Contributing Writer

Millions of students attend college every year, but after four or more years, some students are interested in continuing their education, especially if they are passionate about the law. A law school degree might seem premature for some underclassmen, but on Friday, Feb. 19, SMU hosted a law panel that answered questions students had on the process and offered advice for their future. The law panel consisted of three panelists—Katherine Tullos, John Limberakis, and Megan Dredla-and was organized by the Political Science Symposium. Joseph Kobylka and Dennis Simon, are the advisors to the program, which organizes panels, similar to this one, annually. Around 35 individuals of various ages attended the panel to hear Tullos, Limberakis, and Dredla talk about their experiences in law school and to ask questions ranging from the admission process to how much of a social life they have. Tullos, SMU graduate and current student at Dedman School of Law, told the audience that “law school is very grade related” and that “it’s a full time job, plus more.” She also talked about her time at SMU as an undergraduate and joked that she majored in extracurricular activities, noting her key involvements were in student government and her sorority. Although she said she loves law school, she stated, “Law school has made me boring,” leaving her with little time for a social life. When asked about her weekend plans, Tullos said, “My weekend plans are working on my 45 pagepaper,” which came as a shock to many in the audience.Limberakis, another SMU alumni who stayed here for law school, recommended that students take as many LSAT prep courses as possible before taking the test. “You’ll see a 5-10 point jump in your score,” Limberakis said. In addition, he also stressed the importance of grades and connections when applying to

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the importance of her message. The mission of Rachel’s Challenge is to inspire hearts through the story of Rachel’s life, instruct minds through practical training exercises, and enable achievement for each and every student by setting attainable goals and creating unity. Over 13 million students have already heard Rachel’s story. In 2006 the National Education Association of New York awarded Rachel’s father and Rachel’s Challenge the “Catharine Barrett Friend of Education Award.” Rachel was also awarded the Acts of Kindness Association’s 2001 National Kindness Award for “Student of the Year.” The program encouraged students to make a difference in the lives of others. Hodges communicated five challenges to SMU students: 1) eliminate prejudice, 2) dare to dream, 3) choose your influences, 4) kind words and small acts of kindness 5) start a chain reaction. At the conclusion of the presentation, students raised their hands to publicly reveal their commitment to abide by these five challenges. They left the room encouraged by Rachel’s story and motivated by the five challenges. April Zinober, president of Students for a Better Society, felt that Rachel’s Challenge inspired those who attended the program. “Students walked away from this program inspired to become better people and to really touch the life of a person in a positive way,” Zinober said.Several other students also felt the presentation offered them a valuable lesson and left the room ready to make a change in their lives and the lives of others. “I pledge to make a difference in the lives of others by expressing kindness” sophomore Megan Acosta said.

schools. When asked about law school and debt, Limberakis quickly replied, “Go to the best school you can get into, worry about the debt later.” In regard to his social life, Limberakis shared the shocking statistic that 50 percent of students who go into law school with a significant others, are divorced by the time they’re out, which personally effects him because he has both a wife and children. However, Limberakis isn’t concerned. “We have goals,” he stated. But the immediate goal is to get him through law school. Dredla, 2002 SMU graduate, and a Washington University in St. Louis graduate in 2005 is currently an associate of Little Pedersen Fankhauser LLP. She stated that people don’t realize how much of a commitment the law process is. “Self- reliance is all you got in law school and in the profession,” Dredla said. “It really is a commitment...time… and sanity.” As a law school graduate, Dredla commented on the fact that “there is no right major for law school” and once you’re accepted, you only have “one grade for an entire semester for each one of your classes.” In essence she said, “You either make it or break it.”In one of Dredla’s last remarks, she said that, “The law is a jealous mistress,” alluding to the fact that she also has a decreased social life like Tullos and Limberakis. Among all the advice given by Tullos, Limberakis, and Dredla, Kobylka said the major aspect students took away from the panel is that “there are no shortcuts. To succeed in law school, as well as to succeed in life, you have to prepare for it, work at it, and not expect things to go your way. No one owes you anything. You have to earn it.” At the conclusion of the panel, Lauren Malone, a sophomore business major, learned that “grades take more weight than extra curricular activities” and that “getting into a top law school is important.” She understands that she has to work hard for both and that these will not be handed to her as Kobylka stated. “The shortcuts you take today may deny you access to the paths you want to travel when you ‘grow up,’” Kobylka said. “Grow up now.”

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Performance benefits Xalapan orphans By GLORIA SALINAS Copy Editor

The Meadows Atrium was filled with students purchasing $1 pizza slices, cupcakes and cookies while waiting for the performances on Friday that were put on for a good cause. SMU’s Talent Recruitment and Entertainment Agency Team along with the Alternative Break program presented “Dance for Xalapa” a bake sale and an installment of the Brown Bag performances, featuring the Meadows Dancers, SMU Ballroom Dance Team and the SMU Hip Hop Dance Club. SMU students held the event to raised awareness and money for orphans in Xalapa, Mexico. Proceeds from the Brown Bag

and bake sale go toward funding nine SMU students, accompanied by Associate Provost Thomas W. Tunks, to go to Xalapa over spring break and gather supplies to bring to the children of Caritas Orphanage and Hospital. SMU student Saira Husain and fellow student Jose Campos serve as the site leaders for the alternative spring break trip to Xalapa. Together the students planned the details of the trip including transportation, hotel accommodations and other travel expenses. “With this event [Dance for Xalapa] we hope to open people’s eyes to different causes and raise enough money to bring the children of Caritas books and toys, to show them that people they have never met do care about them,” Husain said. Dance for Xalapa opened with a

performance to “Down In the River to Pray” by three Meadows dancers and featured solo acts by, SMU’s baton twirler, Carly Bender and dance major Shelby Staton. SMU freshman Julie Kaye said, “I enjoyed everyone’s styles and I liked the variety of different organizations that are involved. It’s good for students to come out and support these events.” Campos is a native of Mexico and has played an integral part in the planning of the alternative spring break trip to Xalapa and more specifically to Caritas, which is Spanish for ‘little faces,’ an umbrella organization that works on behalf of lower income families, orphans and the medically ill. The nine SMU students will be sacrificing a spring break at the beach to work at the orphanage, serve food

in a cafeteria to the homeless and assist the clinic. Freshman Guitar Performance and Music Education major Katrina Lashan is among the nine SMU students venturing to Xalapa this spring break. Lashan closed out the event with the performance of a song she wrote for the children of Xalapa titled “Give a Voice.” Freshman Dance major Michelle Broaddus accompanied the singer, songwriter and guitarist in the performance with a dance piece she choreographed to the song. SMU freshman Alex Katsorblous said, “I thought it was a beautiful use of talents to help support a cause. Getting the campus involved by buying a piece of pizza to help others is very worthwhile.”


North Texas Food Bank gets help from SMU IFC By TAYLOR ADAMS News Editor

Many people see it when checking out at Albertsons or Central Market: that little sticker on the credit card machine, asking for donations to the North Texas Food Bank. On Sat., Feb. 20, over 200 members of the Interfraternity Council community on SMU campus contributed to the organization by carrying out tasks at the warehouse, according to Haynes Strader, IFC president. From 9 a.m. to noon, the young men, mostly fraternity pledges, helped in a variety of ways. Many worked in assembly lines, where they sorted meal packs in different categories. Some unpacked boxes from donors, such as CVS and WalMart, sorting out the usable from the non-usable. “I was so proud to see the men of all nine IFC chapters working together, side-by-side, to make someone’s life a little bit better,” Strader, a junior, said. After three hours of work, the young men had packaged 51,000 lbs. of food—totaling at 40,000

meals for those with hunger needs. This will go towards the Food for Kids Program, which supports nearly 9,000 children each week. While it was encouraged to pack as much as possible, the IFC men worked “diligently, while having fun,” according to Strader. The young men who came out to help gave Strader inspiration for the future. “Knowing how much every minute of our time helped put a meal on a table for a hungry family was an inspiring thought for every young man there,” he said. “It is a preview of all of the great things that SMU can expect from its new IFC members.”


IFC members help sort meals at the North Texas Food Bank.



• Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Wacky theories show poor judgment

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oday I unfortunately write to you, our reader. It is unfortunate because I must call attention and correct a story we published last week, simply titled “The story of a Dallas activist.” The story contained a number of factual errors: •The venue of the event is listed as the Texarkana Room. It should be Texana Room. •The activist is twice named as Elmore Bedford. His name is actually Louis A. Bedford. •Author Darwin Payne did not write the book in observance of Black History Month. •Louis Bedford did not attend Brooklyn College Law School. He attended Brooklyn Law School. Additionally, one sentence implies that the Dallas Bar Association was a sponsor of the lecture: “Payne… was eager to oblige the Dallas Bar Association’s request to write the book and give the lecture.” White the Dallas Bar Association did in fact commission Payne to write the book, they did not sponsor any part of the lecture. A mea culpa is in order. Journalism is supposed to be based on fact. We are supposed to check every story for factual errors such as these. This did not happen, and I would like to apologize. It is never our intention to deliberately print factual errors. The truth makes it clear that although we did not intend to print these errors, we are still at fault for not correcting them in the editing process. I won’t be making excuses and trying to place the blame on someone else. It was our fault. Our next step is to make sure that something like this does not happen again. All parties that should have been involved in the fact-checking process—editors and writer—have been spoken to and made to understand that this is not acceptable on any level. In the future we will be more diligent. Our duties and responsibilities require no less than 100 percent thoroughness. You, as a reader of our paper, also have a responsibility: to let us know when we make mistakes. Do not let errors slide. If we as a paper fail to realize we are making mistakes, how can we correct them? I do not mean to say that our readers will be the only way we will find errors. The process, as a whole, should fall to the students who put out this paper every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. In short, we messed up. But we are taking the necessary steps to better ourselves.

The Daily Campus endorses In the Republican race for governor: Kay Bailey Hutchison


he Republican race for governor features two public servants with long political resumes and a radical conservative activist with little political experience but strong grassroots support. Conventional wisdom long held that U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Governor Rick Perry would duel to the finish, but Debra Medina’s meteoric rise temporarily shook up the race. Medina, a rabid anti-government crusader, seemed for a time to be a serious contender, but her recent public contemplation of 9/11 conspiracy theories quickly made her candidacy a moot point. Hutchison presents a much stronger challenge to the incumbent governor. She’s won four elections to the U.S. Senate, all by a comfortable margin—she’s never garnered less than 60 percent of the vote. Prior to joining the Senate she served as a Texas legislator and state treasurer. In her long and distinguished career, Hutchison has proven herself a moderate willing to break ranks with her party. She calls herself pro-choice and believes that Roe v. Wade was the correct decision, although she supports a number of restrictions to abortion rights. During the health care debate, Hutchison opposed her party’s stall tactics. She’s also funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in appropriations to the state. Which isn’t to say Hutchison doesn’t boast conservative credentials. Most notably, she’s worked to expand gun rights, especially in the District of Columbia. A graduate of the University of Texas law school, Hutchison filed an amicus curiae in the landmark case DC v. Heller. Perry has done a fine job as Texas’s governor. His pro-business economic policies have helped Texas weather the current recession better than most states. His strong support of state sovereignty and decent gubernatorial record have led a number of people to float his name for a potential run for the presidency in 2012. While both candidates could do a fine job as governor, Hutchison’s moderation and even temperament make her better suited to run the state’s government. Her campaign has consistently looked forward to the future while Perry’s has remained mostly negative. Her statements have been far more temperate than her opponent’s—Perry once publicly flirted with the idea of secession. At a time of increasing political division, Hutchison is far more likely than Perry to bring a more cordial tone to Austin politics. In the Republican race for governor, The Daily Campus endorses Kay Bailey Hutchison.

In the Democratic race for governor: Bill White


he Democratic primary for the Texas governor’s seat will feature seven candidates on the ballot, but only two, Bill White and Farouk Shami, have sufficiently large, viable campaigns to be considered serious contenders. White is a former businessman, as well as a former U.S. deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration. White most recently served as the mayor of Houston, where he was reelected twice with margins of more than 85 percent. As mayor, White worked to reduce the dropout rate in schools, decrease toxic air pollution and increase transportation safety. He also directed Houston’s efforts to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina (and Rita and Ike), which led the John F. Kennedy Foundation to give him a Profile in Courage Award. Shami, on the other hand, came to the United States from Palestine in 1965 and eventually became a hair care magnate. His company, Farouk Systems, Inc., is responsible for many products such as BioSilk and CHI. White may not be as personable as Republican contender Rick Perry, but his serious and intelligent approach to getting things done could help him win the general election. Shami’s campaign, on the other hand, is floundering. Recent weeks have seen top campaign staffers quit, Shami saying things such as “Without Mexicans, you know, it would be like a day without sunshine in our state” and the governorhopeful responding thusly when asked whether there was a government conspiracy in the 9/11 attacks: “I’m not saying yes or no because I don’t know the truth.” Shami keeps things interesting, for sure, but in this governor’s race, any Democratic candidate would need to be a strong, serious competitor to actually make it into office. Shami’s words and actions have not shown he is up to the job. White has demonstrated otherwise. When pitted against Shami, it is clear that White is the only candidate who can face the Republican contender in the general election. His actions as mayor of Houston show that he is an able, agile leader who can govern the state of Texas with authority. The Daily Campus endorses Bill White in the Democratic primary.

—Meredith Shamburger Editor in Chief

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ne week from today, Texas voters will select the Democratic and Republican party nominees for governor, concluding a seemingly endless primary campaign. The contest has been noteworthy in several Nathan Mitzner respects, especially for the bitter battle for the Republican nomination between the sitting governor, Rick Perry, and an incumbent U.S. senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison. In the last two weeks, however, it appears that Hutchison and her other opponent, Debra Medina, have either come down with a bad case of campaign fatigue or have proven themselves to be the proverbial “six fries short of a happy meal.” It began on Feb. 12 when Medina was interviewed by Glenn Beck on his radio show. By positioning herself to the right of Perry, Medina, a political unknown several months ago, had picked up significant support and was running neck-and-neck with Hutchison. Both were about 10 points behind Perry. Beck asked Medina whether she agreed with accusations that the Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Expecting her to dismiss such suggestions as the fantasy of nut-job conspiracy theorists, Beck was taken aback when Medina instead answered, “I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard. There’s some very good arguments and I think the American people have not seen all the evidence there.” After the interview, Beck told his listeners that Medina’s response should disqualify her as a credible candidate. When Glenn Beck calls you out for crackpot inclinations, you know that you have entered political wacko-land. The next day, as if to show that far-out musings should not be confined to the Republican contest, Farouk Shami, one of the two major candidates for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, pretty much echoed Medina’s views. In an interview with Dallas TV station WFAA, Shami, in response to a similar question, opined, “We still don’t know who killed John F. Kennedy, who’s behind it. Will we ever find the truth behind 9/11? It’s hard to make judgments. I’m not saying yes or no because I don’t know the truth.” In the span of 24 hours, two of the five major candidates for Texas governor had become card-carrying members of the political lunatic fringe. Ever since, their poll numbers, especially Medina’s (Shami never polled higher than 10% against the overwhelming Democratic frontrunner, former Houston Mayor Bill White), have steadily dropped, evidence that the electorate deserves more credit than it is often given. What is it about outlandish conspiracy theories that seem to attract those on either side of the political spectrum? There is not a scintilla of evidence that the 9/11 tragedy was anything other than what we know it was: a shocking surprise attack on the United States by forces loyal to Osama bin Laden. To suggest that America’s political leadership had advance knowledge of the attacks or supported or was complicit in their commission is a grotesque defamation not only of those who rallied the nation in the traumatic aftermath of 9/11 but also of the American troops now engaged overseas to ensure that such a calamity never again occurs. For many, conspiratorial suggestions are conveniently employed for a variety of reasons: explaining away implausible occurrences, questioning official viewpoints, or advancing political positions. More than 46 years following the tragedy that occurred about five miles from our campus, nearly half of all Americans still believe that John F. Kennedy was killed as a result of a conspiracy. They cannot bring themselves to believe that a lone nebbish, a losers’ loser the likes of Lee Harvey Oswald could have been responsible for extinguishing Camelot and its young, charismatic president who, together with his telegenic family, had captivated America and much of the free world. In the eyes of these conspiracy theorists, forces much greater and more sinister (e.g. the Mafia, the CIA, the FBI, Lyndon B. Johnson, the Cuban government or any combination of the above) must have been responsible for one of the most tragic episodes in our history. This in spite of the absence of any credible evidence that anyone other than Oswald was the culprit. Incredible as it may seem, there are those who maintain that the Apollo moon landings of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s were staged on a giant Hollywood-like set to give the impression that men had actually walked on the moon. Many suggesting American complicity in 9/11 would not believe George W. Bush if he claimed that the sun rose in the east and set in the west. While our constitution gives us the right to promote whatever goofy notions come to our minds, it is incumbent upon the rational electorate to reject those candidates whose judgments are as unsound as those recently on display in both gubernatorial primaries. Texas voters should do their duty next Tuesday by voting for the candidate of their choice-except for anyone named Medina or Shami. Nathan Mitzner is a junior risk management insurance major. He can be reached for comment at

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Mustangs claim third straight win SMU near flawless in victory over Cameron University

By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

The SMU men’s tennis team seems to have hit their stride with a sweep of Cameron University, 7-0, at Turpin Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 20. This is the Mustangs’ third straight victory and fifth out of their last six matches. The Mustangs’ only slip up was in doubles, when the No. 1 pair of David Costa and Tobias Flood were defeated by their opponents in a tiebreaker,

8-7 (4). However, No. 2 and No. 3 doubles were there to pick up the slack and claim the point for the Mustangs. No. 3 doubles was particularly impressive, with Artem Baradach and Chris Hooshyar completely shutting out their opponents for the win, 8-0. No. 2 doubles also claimed an easy victory, with Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi teaming up for the win, 8-2. Singles play was even more impressive than doubles, with the Mustangs winning all six matches, five of which were won in straight sets. Pablo Perez-Espanaola continued his strong play, improving his team-best singles

record to 7-1 on the year in the No. 6 slot with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. No. 1 singles Baradach also played well, defeating his opponent 6-2, 6-2. No. 4 Walsh was the only Mustang to play more than two sets in the event. Walsh lost his first set, 2-6, but won the second set, 6-2, to force a third set tiebreaker. With his match on the line, Walsh came up big, defeating his opponent, 10-3, for the win. “I thought we played very well,” said head coach Carl Neufeld in an interview with “We had great effort and energy and really kept our focus for the whole match. It was certainly exciting to see.”


Doherty rages while team loses Mustangs unable to sweep Memphis for the season

By NICOLE JACOBSEN Senior Staff Writer

Head coach Matt Doherty was more fired up than his team on Saturday, when the SMU men’s basketball team lost to the University of Memphis. The 73-63 loss keeps the Mustangs two wins away from the .500 mark with only four games left before the Conference USA tournament next month. Memphis (20-7, 10-2) started the game strong, shooting nearly 53 percent in 3-pointers to give them a 42-32 advantage at halftime. The Mustangs were unable to gain the lead at any point in the game, even though they beat the Tigers just last month in a 70-60 victory in Moody Coliseum. In the second half, the Tigers drained six more shots from the long range, which put them up by a game-high 24 points with 12:49 left. SMU (12-14, 5-7) managed to cut the lead to eight putting the score at 66-58 with just over three minutes left, but a series of successful shots from Memphis, including another 3-pointer from Roburt Sallie increased their lead to 17. “That was a big part of the game. They go 15 of 30 from the 3-point line,” Head coach Matt Doherty told the Associated Press. “I don’t think that’s going to happen every night. But our defense broke down a little bit. We didn’t get to their shooters early.” But the real action was off the court. According to The Jackson Sun, Doherty spent several minutes of the second half yelling and taunting the Memphis fans.

Doherty told reporters after the game that he was “[giving] them a hard time,” in response to the comments Memphis fans were targeting at the Mustang players and bench. With four minutes left in the game and Memphis leading by nine points, Doherty, according to The Jackson Sun, made comments such as “At least my guys actually take their SATs” and “At least I went to a real college and not Memphis Tech.” “Memphis fans are really good,” Doherty told the Associated Press. “Memphis is a basketball town. It’s give and take, and they give me a hard time, so I gave them a hard time.” As the final buzzer sounded even the players got into a shouting match when Memphis’ Roburt Sallie and SMU’s Derek Williams exchanged harsh words on the hardwood before heading into the locker rooms. Williams, who was playing with a bruised right knee, an injury he suffered in the team’s last game against Tulane, was held to 11 points, his lowest total in the past three games. Mouhammad Faye led the Mustangs with 18 points. Junior Papa Dia recorded his eight double double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The teams shot competitively from the field, SMU shooting 47 percent and Memphis 48 percent. But the Tigers pulled ahead from the free throw line and long range, shooting 50 and 87 percent, respectively. SMU shot only 39 percent in 3-pointers and 58 percent from behind the line. The Mustangs head to Greenville, N.C. to take on the East Carolina Pirates (9-17, 3-9) Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

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SMU forward Justin Haynes goes for the basket against Rice Feb. 17 in Moody Coliseum.

LESNIAK: team is 10-1 so far CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

the momentum in the singles matches, gaining straight set victories from their freshmen, No. 5 Cieplucha and No. 3 Vankova, before Lesniak clinched the match at the No. 1 spot. Lesniak, ranked No. 47 in the nation, easily won her first set, 6-1, before her opponent, Nina MunchSoegaard, evened it up in the next set, 2-6. However, with her match on the line, Lesniak stepped it up and blew by her opponent for the victory and the match, “Marta’s third set was the best I have seen her play at SMU,” Longbotham Meisner said. “She knew we needed the point and responded with a very focused and powerful set.” The singles matches continued, though it was more for sportsmanship as the match had already been won by the Mustangs. No. 2 singles Malyarchikova faced a tough opponent in TCU’s No. 67 Kayla Duncan and had to play catch up after dropping the first set. Still, the sophomore fought back, tying the match in the second and winning it in the third set tiebreaker. “Sasha [Malyarchikova] is a fighter,” Longbotham Meisner said. “She never gave up even though the team already had the win. She fights for every point no matter what the score and that showed in this match.”


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• Tuesday, February 23, 2010


The Daily Campus


SMU climbs in standings despite loss on Thursday to Golden Hurricane SMU rises to No. 3 in Conference USA behind Tulane and Houston after defeating Marshall on Saturday By DORI SHOCKLEY Staff Writer

Keeping with the trend of this season, the SMU women’s basketball team split their weekend. The Mustangs took on the University of Tulsa Thursday night and despite an energetic second half, they were unable to emerge victorious, losing 57-54. The loss and quick turn around did not keep the Mustangs down however, when they traveled to Huntington, West Virginia on Sunday afternoon to hold onto a victory over Marshall University, 74-64. The match against Tulsa was a heated one and neither team was able to push past a three-point lead in the first half. The score was tied three times and there were five changes in the leading team. However, in the second half, SMU had to play the last 12 minutes without sophomore Christine Elliott

or senior Alice Severin when both players fouled out. This did allow for some added playing time for non-starters like freshman Sarah Shelton, who not only started but played 35 minutes. Junior Haley Day had 14 points,and senior Brittany Gilliam was right behind her with 13. Sophomore Samantha Mahnesmith had an additional 12 and prior to fouling out, Elliot was able to put up 10 points. SMU was able to turn the weekend around during their match against Marshall on Sunday. As head coach Rhonda Rompola anticipated, the team utilized their outside shooting talent. SMU had 12 3-point baskets, a season high. The Mustangs had a total shooting percentage of 44.4 percent, which is the second highest percentage since the team played against Arkansas in November. Senior Jillian Samuels had a very strong game, scoring 21 points, which

ties her season high thus far. The team led for most of the first half; however, they slipped nearing the end and trailed by one with 6:44 left in the half. As Rompola has been preaching all season, the team needed to “dig deep” and find a way to regain the lead. The women then scored three consecutive 3-pointers. This sent them into the locker room ahead by eight. During the remainder of the game, the Mustangs continued their success and finished 10 points ahead of Marshall. SMU is now 7-6 in Conference USA. With only three games left in the season, SMU currently sits in third place behind No. 1 Tulane and No. 2 Memphis. Though SMU’s conference record is the same as both East Carolina University and the University of Houston, the Mustangs hold the tiebreaker against both teams. But, with the race towards the finish so close, SMU cannot afford to make a single mistake.


SMU forward Haley Day at the free point line after being fouled.


Mustangs tied for seventh place at invitational in Hawaii By BRITTANY LEVINE Associate Sports Editor

SMU men’s golf finished the John Burns Intercollegiate tied for seventh place. The tournament was held at Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Hawaii this past Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The team shot a spring season best of 855 during the tournament. Senior

Ben Tewes finished in ninth place and junior Kelly Kraft finished tied for 11th place. The Mustangs finished the first day of play in the lead, tied with University of California Berkeley at 10-under-par 278. Tewes completed round one tied for second and Kraft came in fifth. Sophomore Matt Schovee came in tied for ninth place. The second round was more difficult for the team and they slipped to sixth place, shooting 292. Tewes and Kraft finished the day tied for third at 6-under

138. In the last day of play the Mustangs shot 285 and dropped to seventh place. No. 23 UNLV took home the title at 28-under 836. They beat defending champion Texas A&M in a playoff. The team will be competing next in Lafayette, La. for the Louisiana Classic on March 8th and 9th.


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