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An SMU alumnus who was recently appointed head of the Texas Commission on the Arts was arrested for trespassing at SMU, after the university had warned him to stay off campus due to complaints from several students. Lee William “Bill” McNutt III was arrested on Feb. 15 and was taken to Lew Sterrett Justice Center by SMU police for violating Bill McNutt a criminal trespass warning. SMU spokesman Kent Best, released a statement from the university, which said SMU issued a warning to McNutt in November 2008 “directing him not to visit campus for any reason.” “This action was based on SMU’s receipt of multiple student complaints against Mr. McNutt alleging behavior that violates university policy, such as offering alcohol to minors,” SMU said in the statement. “SMU officials received information that Mr. McNutt had returned to campus in violation of the criminal trespass warning, and he was arrested by SMU Police.” In an e-mail, Best also said “no other information will be released.” According to SMU police department crime logs the arrest took place at 5:51 p.m. at the Paul Loyd All Sports Center. Kimberlee Leach, public information officer for the Dallas County Sheriff Department, said McNutt was booked at 7:30 p.m. and was released at 11:24 p.m. on $500 bond. In December 2009, Gov. Rick Perry named McNutt chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts. Gary Gibbs, executive director of the commission

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Correction The article titled “Questions on filing taxes answered” in the Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 edition was not written by Taylor Adams, but by Aileen Garcia. Michelle Goldstein is with the Goldstein Financial Future, not Goldstein Financial Group, LLC.


The Board of Trustees approved a new Ph.D. program in art history Friday morning, according to SMU President R. Gerald Turner. The program is slated to begin in Fall 2011, but the university is still raising funds for an endowed chair and fellowship support for the graduate students, according to Turner. “That’s been talked about [the program] for at least 10 years, maybe longer,” Turner said. “The interest in that program with all the fine arts complexes that are making up Dallas now—[we] felt that this was the right time to do it.” Turner spoke with The Daily Campus after the Board’s regular February meeting to discuss what happened. The Board of Trustees meeting is not open to the public or press.

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By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

After competing in the four-day meet in Houston, the SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both brought home their fifth consecutive Conference USA championship and 14th straight championship. This streak that dates back to when SMU was still a part of the Western Athletic Conference. The swimming and diving teams have dominated the WAC and C- USA for an impressive 14 years. The men swimmers had a close race to the end with the Mustangs (871) pulling out a victory over second place Hawaii (833) by 38 points. SMU cemented their victory with a nearly flawless performance Saturday, the last day of competition. Of the seven events that day, the Mustangs finished first in six of them. Junior Matt Culbertson won both the 1M and 3M diving competitions with apparent ease. In the 1M, he tallied 361.45 points, while his next closest competitor had 309.80.

Even more impressively, his final score in the 3M was 411.25 while second place was 335.50. Women’s swimming had an easier time, taking first by nearly 100 points. At the end of the Championships, the Mustangs had 707 points, while second place East Carolina University finished with 611 points, a whopping 96 points behind. Most impressively, both teams swept all six relay races they each participated in. The men’s best time was in the 400 freestyle relay, in which they posted an NCAA qualifying time of 2:56.72. The women’s final event was the 400 freestyle relay, in which the team posted an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 3:19.24. With the Championships under their belts, both teams will continue the season at the USA Grand Prix in Austin March 4.

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Many students are wondering what to do over the summer break. Some will relax, but others might want to pick up a few classes, go abroad, or maybe get an internship. Kathy Rowe, summer school coordinater for SMU Abroad, SMU-in-Dallas and SMU-in-Taos, is organizing a kick-off program to help students decide what they want to do. Undergraduate students who want information about summer school options can stop by the flagpole between Clements Hall and Umphrey Lee between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. “The flagpole event gets our program out into one of the main crossroads of our university campus

Top, A member of the women’s swimming team backstrokes during a competition. Right, Student athletes dive into the water during a competition. MICHAEL DANSER/The Daily Campus

Students take election seriously By AILEEN GARCIA


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Dirty details and rolling rumors have been proven to affect the opinions of SMU students as they decide the fate of upcoming political leaders. According to a campus poll taken on Feb. 24, 60 percent of students believed that negative advertisements are effective tools in elections. “If you can build up a negative view of your opponent you can get a rumor going and at least get some sort of stimulation towards a discrepancy against an opponent,” junior economics major Clayton Hanks said. Some students think these ads persuade voters because the public

With the Texas gubernatorial election around the corner, SMU students voice their opinions on the importance of voting in the primaries. The primaries choose the candidates for general election. By voting, citizens can influence the political parties choice for candidate. “For example: I am a minority. [voting] lets politicians know that minorities will vote,” junior history major Lucio Nuñez said. “A politician’s main goal is to get votes. That’s how minorities can get their attention.” The majority of SMU students

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does not actively seek out other information about the candidates. SMU student Josh Hicks agrees, adding: “With enough repetition, it could possibly help to sway people one way or the other.” According to Public Policy Polling, Rick Perry is the front-runner in the Texas gubernatorial primaries for the Republican Party. Opponent Kay

Bailey Hutchison told the Associated Press that she believes Perry’s negative tactics have hindered her campaign. Freshman journalism major Andy Garcia disagrees. “I get really upset when I see other candidates directly attacking each other,” Garcia said. “I think it’s more



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agree with Nuñez. More than 50 percent of SMU students who took a poll on Feb. 25 agree that voting does make a difference. However, there were some students who disagreed. “It matters to a degree, because the majority always gets what it wants and the minority is not always represented,” senior Anima Nawaz said. Sophomore physics major Grant Gerdan said that the importance of voting varies from state to state. Gerdan’s friend, Matthew Kortlander, a political science major, said voting always matters because it is the American duty of every citizen. To about 13 percent of students polled the issue is moot. About 26 percent of students thought voting does not make a difference and fewer than 5 percent

were undecided. Students will show these opinions Tuesday, either by voting, or watching others go to the booths.



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Ticker Talk Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq pushed into positive territory on the heels of AIG’s $35 billion asset sale and continued merger activity in the pharmaceutical sector.


Investing 101: Penny stocks don’t equal cheap stocks By JP COLEMAN Business Editor

There are a slew of misconceptions that rookie investors have about stock picking, but the most common and most notable relate to the price of the stock. First thing: the price of the stock has no relation to the underlying value of the stock. That is not to say that any stock should be bought at any price, but an investor cannot conclude anything about the value of the stock from the price alone. The most common mistake looks something like this: Blockbuster video (BBI) is trading at around $0.30 and is a lot “cheaper” than Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) which is trading at over $60. The thought process would go like this: “I can buy way more shares for my money and it wouldn’t be hard to double it, the stock just has to get up to $0.60.” This could not be more wrong. It is true that you can get many more shares of Blockbuster than

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Johnson and Johnson, but realistically it is probably more likely JNJ will double long before BBI will. The judgment of how “cheap” or “expensive” a stock truly is, relates to the amount of earnings the company produces versus the stock price. Blockbuster is burning through cash reserves quarter after quarter and continuously turning in negative earnings, while Johnson and Johnson produces over $4 per share of real tangible earnings annually. The general rule of thumb is that stock prices drop below $5 or into

Police Reports FEBRUARY 19


3:30 p.m. Crum Basketball Center/3005 Binkley Avenue. A staff member reported theft of her Ipod. Open.

11:38 p.m. Lambda Chi Alpha/3058 Dyer Court. Two students were referred to the Student Conduct Office for underage drinking. Closed.

10:41 p.m. Owens Arts Center/6101 Bishop Blvd. A non affiliated man was issued a criminal trespass warning. Closed.


12:44 a.m. 3000 Dyer/ In Front of Pike House. A student reported theft of his SMU Football “Hawaii Bowl” book bag containing textbooks and several spiral notebooks and folders. Open.

“penny-stock” territory for good reason. This area is widely known on Wall Street as the place stocks go to die. It is where the mighty auto-giant General Motors was trading right before bankruptcy. There is a reason why many mutual fund managers are prohibited from purchasing stocks at these low price levels.

This is not to say that distressed companies that have seen their stock price plummet can never turn it around and present promising investment opportunities. It is much more likely that investing in these companies will result in more loses than gains. When investing your hard earned money, give your stock choices more thought than solely basing it on stock price. If you were buying a used car you most likely would not spend a large sum of money on the cheapest junker out there expecting a quality car that will last. When picking stocks take notice of the price but also look at the earnings. Look deeper into the company, what do they do?Do you believe in the company? Does it have room to continue to grow in its market in the future? These questions are much more important than “What is the price?”


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One more to go By DORI SHOCKLEY Staff Writer

With one game left in the regular season, the SMU women’s basketball team is on a hot streak. The Mustangs defeated both the University of Central Florida Knights on Thursday, Feb. 25 and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 27. After such a successful weekend, SMU maintained their No. 3 rank in Conference USA with nine wins and six losses. The team remains tied with the University of Houston but is ahead thanks to a better overall record. Along with a critical 69-61 victory against UCF, Mustang point guard senior Jillian Samuels had even more reason to celebrate after Thursday’s game. It was during that game that Samuels hit the biggest three-pointer of her career at SMU. She now holds the all-time 3-pointer record with a career total of 238. Head coach Rhonda Rompola dubbed this record the “big shot of the day” when speaking with smumustangs. com. The same players featured all season continued to impress. Junior Haley Day earned her second doubledouble this season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Brittany Gilliam chipped in as well, putting up 13 points for the Mustangs. Going into the locker room at halftime, SMU held an eight-point lead over the Knights. The second half was more evenly matched and the Knights managed to tie the game 35-35. Then, with 16:25 left in the second half, UCF stole the lead. It took SMU nearly 10 minutes to regain the upper hand. The Mustangs then had a quick turn around, hosting Southern Miss less than 48 hours after their previous victory. The Mustangs were able to build a much bigger lead on Saturday afternoon and finished victoriously, 8166. The same hot shots that have been putting up points all season came through again against the Golden Eagles. Gilliam had 19 points while Day lead the team with 22. Samuels added 15, while sophomore Samantha Mahnesmith had an additional 10. Heidi Brandenburg scored 11 points for the Mustangs, which is a career-high for her. Moody Coliseum will only see one more regular season match with SMU hosting Tulsa on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs will look to redeem a loss suffered earlier this season to the Golden Hurricanes. This game


SMU center Papa Dia, who scored a season-high 31 points during Saturday’s game, contests a rebound against Houston guard Kelvin Lewis.

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SMU forward Haley Day going for a layup in Saturday’s game against the University of Southern Miss.

will also serve as a time to honor the seniors graduating from SMU this year. The team will say goodbye to their three captains: Gilliam, Samuels and Alice Severin.


Mustangs place 8th By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

The SMU track and field team participated in the Conference USA Track and Field Indoor Championships this weekend in Houston and took eighth place with several strong performances from the Mustangs’ top athletes. Sophomore Simone Du Toit led the way for SMU, capturing first place in the shot put with an NCAA Provisional mark of 16.55m. This is an improvement from last year, when Du Toit finished second in the same event with a throw of 14.63m. Sophomore Victoria Leks, who took first in the high jump at the Iowa State Classic two weeks ago with a mark of 1.73m, came through with another strong performance. This time, her mark was 1.70m, which was good for seventh place. Junior Kristine Eikrem-Engeset, one of SMU’s top runners during fall cross-country, finished with two top10 finishes in her events, the mile run and the 3000-meter

run. In the mile, she crossed the finish line with a time of 4:54.37. She finished just four seconds behind the winner, Becky Wade from Rice University, 4:50.11. She took ninth place in the 3000 with a final time of 9:56.18. Sophomore Amber Evans was another top-10 finisher. She took ninth place in the 400-meter dash. Her final time was 57.41, which was a slight drop from her preliminary time of 56.59. She finished fourth in the prelims. The Mustangs took seventh in the 4x400 meter relay. The team, composed of junior Alexandria Smith, sophomore Alex Pegram, sophomore Amber Evans and sophomore Ebony Cuington, finished with a final time of 3:52.39. SMU did even better in the Women’s Distance Medley, taking second place after being edged out by the Tulsa squad by just .6 seconds. The team, made up of freshman Sara Sjokvist, Pegram, freshman Mary Alenbratt and Eikrem-Engeset, finished in 11:37.95. The team will take to the field again on March 6 at the Notre Dame Last Chance.


SMU improves to 12-1 on season By BRITTANY LEVINE Associate Sports Editor

It has now been eight straight wins for the SMU women’s tennis team after they beat Louisville, 5-0, on Saturday and Missouri, 4-1, over the weekend. The No. 21 Mustangs are now 121 this season after their play at the Green Tennis Center in Columbia, Mo. In the match against Louisville, SMU won all three matches to earn

the doubles point. They were also perfect in singles, winning four of six while the No. 5 and 6 positions went unfinished. SMU freshman Edyta Cieplucha had an impressive comeback in the No. 4 singles spot. After facing match point, she won 11 straight games and won the match (2-6, 7-5, 6-0). The Mustangs also earned the doubles point against Missouri on Sunday. With her win at the No. 1 singles spot, sophomore Marta Lesniak

improved her record to 11-0 in dual matches. She defeated Missouri’s Jamie Mera (6-2, 6-4) and is ranked No. 92. Aleksandra Malyarchikova also improved to 11-0 in dual meets with her No. 2 singles win over the Tigers’ Mallory Weber (6-2, 6-4). Cieplucha won again at No. 4 singles and now has a record of 8-0 for the year. The Mustangs next match is March 6 against a formidable No. 33 Texas in Austin.


Mustangs blown away by Gophers By BRITTANY LEVINE Associate Sports Editor

The SMU men’s tennis team lost to the University of Minnesota, 6-1, at the Turpin Tennis Center Sunday. Playing under windy conditions, the No. 43 Gophers managed to take five of the six singles matches. SMU’s sole victory came from senior Chris Hooshyar, who holds the No. 5 singles spot, 6-1, 6-1. Junior Artem

Baradach, playing in the No. 1 singles spot, nearly upset his opponent, No. 37 Sebastian George, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). The Gophers also took the doubles point, winning two out of three doubles matches. However, the Mustangs made sure the wins did not come easy for Minnesota. The No. 1 doubles duo, juniors Darren Walsh and Adham el-Effendi, took their opponents to a tiebreaker but could not pull out the victory, falling 9-8 (7-4).

Hooshyar and Baradach, ranked No. 3 in doubles and nearly got a win, but play was stopped due to time. Their match was called with the Mustangs only a single game from victory, 7-4. The Mustangs now have a record of 6-5. This is the first loss for the team at home this semester, and it was their first loss in five matches. SMU will play against the No. 4 Texas Longhorns (11-1) in Austin March 2.

Matt Doherty came to Dallas in 2006 in hopes of turning the SMU men’s basketball team into a winning program. In four seasons Doherty has posted a 47-72 record as the team stumbled through league play and scrapped for wins outside the realm of Conference USA. Four years later, the team has turned a corner, beating the University of Houston 94-83 over the weekend in Moody Coliseum. The Mustang’s first win against Houston since joining C-USA also marks SMU’s second-highest point total in league play. Back at the .500 mark, the Mustangs (14-14,7-7) find themselves in sixth place in league play. Houston, previously tied for sixth place with SMU, slipped into seventh place at 16-12 and 6-8. “It was a huge game for us, not only beating Houston, but climbing the ladder in the standings was pretty exciting,” Doherty said. “We haven’t been in this type of position before and I think it really motivates the guys to come to practice and work hard and play hard.” It looked like the game would be an easy win for the Mustangs; Papa Dia started the game with a slam-dunk off the tip. Dia and Rodney Clinkscales posted careerhigh numbers from the field. The Cougars held on, hitting seven of their nine three-point attempts early in the first half. There was no clear leader untiljust moments before halftime.

Starting his sixth game in his first season at SMU, Clinkscales finished the night with 12 points, a personal best in league play for the Dodge City Community College transfer. Clinkscales’ effort also helped lead to the third game that SMU has had four or more players reach double figures in four games. Houston managed to pull ahead by six with 1:11 left at the end of the first half: 39-33. After losing to Houston once this season already, the Mustangs refused to go down in the second half without a fight. “We haven’t beat Houston since I’ve been here,” Dia said. “When Houston comes in, they just roll in and beat us by 20 or 25 and go home.” Dia felt that the Mustangs had a good chance of beating them this year, and said “it was exciting to beat them at home.” “I challenged [the team] a little bit to keep their chin[s] up and work hard,” Doherty said, promising that “things would turn around, and they certainly did. We did it from balanced scoring and taking care of the ball in the second half.” The Mustangs shot 68 percent from the field in the second half to help them gain the lead, one that didn’t come without a fight. A bombardment of three-pointers from Derek Williams, Robert Nyakundi and Mouhammad Faye helped the Mustangs gain a seven-point lead with 4:03 left. With just under four minutes left, Dia made up a missed rebound by responding with a block under the net to give SMU their final burst of momentum for what Doherty calls

another signature win. Feeling their performance at Houston was tentative, Doherty told the players pre-game that “they needed to be the aggressor[s]” this time. “I especially challenged [Dia] as much as anybody.” Dia, in the best game of his career, posted a career-high 31 points, the third most by any SMU player in a CUSA game. Dia’s previous record was a 23-point contribution in the team’s win over Memphis in January. The 6foot-9-inch forward from Senegal also recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 12 rebounds. Faye recorded his second doubledouble of the season with 11 points and 10 boards, marking the sixth time in the last seven games that Faye has reached double figures in scoring, and his third time this season to collect double figures in rebounds. After playing 40 minutes for the ninth time this season, Williams completed the group of players to post double digits with 18 points. He now has played over 35 minutes in 13 consecutive games, scoring 15 or more points in 17 straight games. “In the first eight to ten seconds, we were just aiming to hit a lot of shots and the ball just went in the hole for us,” Williams said. This far in the season, “we’re all familiar with how each other plays and we just go out there and have fun.” The Mustangs play in their final two games of the season next week starting with Tulsa (20-9, 9-5) on the road March 3. The Mustangs will be back in action in Moody Coliseum on March 6 to host the Marshall Herd (22-7, 10-4) at 7 p.m.



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ou see her everywhere these days—on playing cards, tea sets and in the windows of dress shops. That courteous and clumsy little girl who once fell down a rabbit hole has landed at the front of our imaginations. Rebecca Quinn Indeed, Alice is back in a big way. “Alice in Wonderland,” the animated film that captured most of our childhood hearts, is based on the 19th century book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking Glass” by British author Lewis Carroll. Although consistently loved over the past century and a half, the tale has recently experienced a surge in popularity, mostly thanks to the upcoming live action version directed by the acclaimed yet infamous Tim Burton. One must wonder, however, why this 150year-old children’s nonsense novel has become so

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Alabama tragedy could have been averted Law enforcement officials should have heeded warnings of Amy Bishop’s violent past and taken appropriate action


ith Spring Break just around the corner, students across the country are receiving lectures on how to travel safely. Most have probably heard talks about the dangers of overdrinking and why never to try drugs. What about the other scares of traveling to unfamiliar areas? Human trafficking is another danger of traveling to a foreign country that is not commonly mentioned. According to a 2006 study, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime identified 161 countries as affected by human trafficking. The UN also identified 137 of these countries as ‘destination countries.’ Now, think about how many students go abroad to ‘destination countries’ for their spring break… i.e. Mexico. This year, the popular go-to spot is Cabo. Other destinations include various islands in the Caribbean, beaches along the Mediterranean Sea, and…[wait for it]… the U.S., which suggests not neglecting the sunny spots our own country has to offer. In 2004, 70 percent of female victims were trafficked into the commercial sex industry, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The remaining 30 percent of female victims were put into forced labor. So, when you travel abroad, keep this in mind: If you drink too much, decide to try some drugs or make any sort of idiotic decision, you sleave yourself vulnerable. Moreover, should you be kidnapped, Liam Neeson is not your dad, and no, he will not beat to a pulp the scumbags who take you. To prevent this kind of vulnerability, it is vitally important to remember basic tips. One is to never be alone. This means stay in groups and never leaving anyone behind. Another basic tip is to take care of oneself. Students in college have entered adulthood – so they need to start acting like it. Now is the time to heed those seemingly tedious pearls of wisdom.

week indeed. So what do we do? Instead of trying to fix things—bailouts and sanctions have sadly proven to be about as effective as the size-change-inducing elixirs available to Alice (they almost seem to do the opposite of what they advertise)—we must grin and bear the madness. At this point the situation, already too far out of our control, is no longer worthy of our frustration. Instead, like Alice, we must learn to simply go along for the ride. We may be confronted with more irresponsible government spending and atrocious corporate behavior in the future, but we mustn’t turn to despair in this most nonsensical of times. Instead, we must join all of the Mad Hatters in charge for tea and laugh and hope for change.


And the Oscar goes to... A few Academy Award predictions STAFF COLUMNIST


n the decades that followed the second World War, America’s manufacturing might, from automobiles to TV sets, from appliances to steel to clothing, enabled it to achieve the world’s highest standard of living. Nathan Mitzner Nations looked to America for the products that set the benchmark for quality and prestige. Since the 1970s, when America transitioned to a more serviceoriented economy, domestically-made products have been increasingly replaced, first by Japanese, and more recently by Chinese, manufactured goods. Nevertheless, in certain fields, America’s supremacy remains unchallenged. This is most notable in popular culture, especially in motion pictures. Hollywood’s annual celebration of its majesty will occur this Sunday when the 82nd annual Academy Awards are to be presented. The following is my forecast for the six major awards.

Ben Kingsley was Gandhi. No less an authority than my South African-born mom confirms that Freeman’s flawless accent and mannerisms mimic those of the revered Mandela. However, this seems to be Bridges’s year. Expect him to take home the Oscar.

BEST PICTURE: This year, the academy doubled the number of nominated films to 10. While several are undoubtedly Oscar-worthy, especially Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy “Inglourious Basterds” and Jason Reitman’s light though timely “Up in the Air,” the contest for best picture is a horserace between two memorable films that offer a rather stark contrast: one, an ultra-realistic, gritty and haunting war film, the other a lavish 3-D fantasy featuring an alien race of blue-people. “The Hurt Locker” follows an American bomb detection squad at the height of the Iraq War. The director, Kathryn Bigelow, makes you feel as if you are right alongside a three member team of soldiers who risk their lives each day attempting to neutralize explosives planted by Iraqi insurgents while dealing with a less-than-appreciative local populace. Its rival for best picture, “Avatar,” is the all-time box office champion with domestic ticket sales in excess of $700 million (on a non-inflation adjusted basis. If ticket price inflation is factored, “Gone With the Wind” leads by a wide margin). Because the academy likes to reward big budget spectaculars, look for “Avatar” to take home the Oscar ahead of the more worthy “Hurt Locker.”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: This one is a no-brainer. Christoph Waltz, an Austrian-born actor, is mesmerizing as a Nazi officer in occupied France in “Inglourious Basterds.” His highly nuanced performance, at times cunning, others charming, but always sadistically evil, is somewhat reminiscent of the late Heath Ledger’s role last year as the Joker in “The Dark Night.” Should anyone other than Waltz win, it would be the greatest Oscar injustice since 1998, when “Shakespeare in Love” won Best Picture over “Saving Private Ryan,” perhaps the greatest war movie ever made.

BEST ACTOR: Nearly all of the pre-Oscar buzz has centered around Jeff Bridges, who shines as a has-been, alcoholic country signer in “Crazy Heart.” He gives a great performance but not an epic one, which is why my choice would be Morgan Freeman for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus.” Freeman does not merely portray Mandela, he is Mandela, much as George C. Scott was General Patton and

BEST ACTRESS: While Meryl Streep has been nominated for the seemingly gazillionth time for her portrayal of the noted chef Julia Child, the leading contenders appear to be Sandra Bullock and Gabourey Sidibe. Bullock, the number one box office star of 2009, plays a wholesome, nurturing foster mother helping to raise a troubled though promising football player in “The Blind Side.” Sidibe, in her first film role, plays the title character in “Precious.” She is terrific as an abused, illiterate teenage mother trying to raise two children in the inner city. While Sidibe’s performance may be more deserving, I don’t think the academy will give the Oscar to a first-time performer. Instead, look for Bullock to win based on her overall popularity and status as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Another easy call. Mo’Nique, a well-known comedienne and author (who celebrated full-figured women in her 2003 bestseller “Skinny Women are Evil”), is outstanding as the abusive mother in “Precious.” Her performance, in concert with Sidibe’s, is head and shoulders above the other four nominees. The Oscar should--and will--go to this multi-talented performer. BEST DIRECTOR. What makes this contest more intriguing than usual is that the two leading contenders, Bigelow and James Cameron for “Avatar,” are ex-husband and wife. Both are clearly at the top of their game. Because the Best Picture Oscar will probably go to “Avatar,” I think the academy will award Bigelow the direction prize. Bigelow and her ex will be celebrating Sunday night, more likely separately than with each other. Nathan Mitzner is a junior risk management insurance major. He can be reached for comment at


ommunity members were shocked when three University of Alabama professors were shot and killed Feb. 12, allegedly by co-worker and biology professor Amy Bishop. But when reports of Steve Thompson Bishop’s violent past surfaced over the last few weeks, shock turned to outrage. Now the nation is trying to figure out why Bishop’s behavior was never confronted. There were at least two incidents during the 44-year-old Harvard graduate’s life that law enforcement officials failed to address, choosing to simply ignore a clearly deranged individual. Of course it is easy to pass judgment on Bishop now. Three people are dead and three more are seriously injured. But this isn’t the first time Bishop killed someone. Twenty four years ago, Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother. The death was ruled an accident when Bishop’s mother said he was shot while Bishop learned to load the family shotgun. But there were other charges that could have been made against Bishop, who police found outside of a car dealership with the loaded shotgun on that fatal day in 1986. If Braintree, Mass. police had arrested her for carrying a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of ammunition, it would have shown up in a university background check, possibly saving the lives of three innocent professors. Law enforcement officers should learn from Bishop’s case that giving violent individuals a break only tells them it is acceptable to act similarly in the future. And Bishop did. In 1993, Bishop was questioned in an attempted pipe bombing against a former colleague she worked with as a Harvard professor. And in 2002, she admitted to striking another mother in an IHOP while fighting over a booster seat. After staying out of trouble for six months, assault charges were dismissed. Bishop paid no consequences for the booster seat incident. If the judge had sentenced Bishop to anger management, she could have learned how to control her violent tendencies. Some University of Alabama students did take a stand, submitting a petition against Bishop to biology department chairman Gopi K. Podila. They said Bishop taught by reading directly out of the book, never made eye contact and constantly reminded them that she went to Harvard. Students spend a lot of time listening and watching their professors each week. The voices of concerned students should have been heeded instead of ignored. Unfortunately, Podila was one of the three victims. If just one of the police officers, judges or colleagues that knew Bishop had taken the time to observe her unusual behavior and say something, three lives might have been saved. Steve Thompson is a junior journalism major. He can be reached for comment at


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ARREST: Police Dallasites try to set world record warned McNutt to By ELENA HARDING Staff Writer

Bananas will never be the same again, after people donned banana suits turning West Village into their personal grove. It all started when Bill Cochran, a Dallasite and the founder of World Banana Day, packed up his yellow fruit suit for a Halloween trip to Las Vegas. It was an easy costume choice, because it fit nicely into his suitcase. By coincidence a friend wore the same suit. The fun they had that night inspired Cochran to organize an outing in costume. His friends were enthusiastic and they decided to call it World Banana Day. The interest in World Banana Day was so strong that Cochran inquired into what the Guinness World Record was for a fruit gathering. They needed 200 people in banana suits. Last year about 55 people in banana suits participated. This year it was held Feb. 27 and Holly Calderon, a World Banana Day participant, said there were not quite enough people to qualify for the World Record. “A lot of people didn’t think it would

go as well last year,” Cochran said. “Now that there are pictures of last year, everyone sort of has the courage to show up.” Greg Gardner, a World Banana Day Organizer and alumnus of SMU, went as a banana wearing a tux to add a bit of class to the event. “It’s better then paying $1,000 for a fancy plate dinner and wearing a real tux,” Gardner said. Michael Davis, an art teacher at South Grand Prairie High School, went as a gorilla with a banana bib. He said he doesn’t drink so he dressed up in a costume that covers his face to stand out in the banana theme. He said his favorite banana costumes were Elvis Banana, Rhymin-n-Peelin’ Banana and Neon Banana, because they took the banana idea and ran with it. Rhonda Zahnen, who helped organize World Banana Day, said, “We decided at some point along the way we didn’t want to do it for doing its sake.” During the planning, Zahnen’s friend, who volunteers at the North Texas Food Bank, inspired them to raise money

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and awareness for hunger relief. It is not difficult to imagine that a hoard of bananas mingling in a pub-crawl would attract a lot of attention. This is a vital tool for World Banana Day’s fundraising. They wait for people to ask them about their costumes, then they talk about it and people are given the opportunity to donate money. They also give out business cards with instructions for online donations.

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Art History Chair Janis BergmanCarton said the university had recommended a Ph.D. program for sometime, but the department had always said no. “What made us reconsider this time around is that we have a very dynamic dean at the Meadows School of the Arts—José Antonio Bowen—who, from the day he arrived, was fully supportive of this project and has, in the last three years, for example, increased the stipend for our M.A. students, which is critical to attracting the best and the brightest, and we see the results of that,” Bergman-Carton said. Bergman-Carton said the program was possible through the support of Bowen and a “very generous donor,” who gave $2 million so that the department could look for a senior

scholar. The Ph.D. program, according to Bergman-Carton, will follow a new, “very distinctive” rubric of study that differs from the traditional area studies model. Bergman-Carton said the program will have students, “really looking at the discipline in a completely different way.” The Board of Trustees also went over the financial situation of the university for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends May 31. Turner noted that the university’s endowment has recovered from the economy’s downturn. SMU’s endowment went down to $1 billion from $1.4 billion, a decline of 26.3 percent. As of the end of last year, the endowment had seen an increase of $86 million to $1.119 billion.

The Board also received an update on the Second Century fundraising campaign. The university is halfway through the campaign, which will end in 2013. Turner reported that the university has raised $416 million of the $750 million goal. “I would like to think we would be further down the line without the recession, but that [the recession] slows everything down,” he said. “We’re doing extremely well given the economic hard times we’ve had to be past the halfway in time and past halfway point in total.” The Board of Trustees will meet again on May 7. The agenda has not yet been determined, but they will approve the final university budget for the next year.

Another World Banana Day participant, David Nichols said, “It was just a great way to get people to listen to you talk about helping the food bank. Plus, it was just funny to dress as a banana and see the reaction on people’s faces.” This year five bars signed up for the pub-crawl: Lemon Bar, The Quarter, McKinney Avenue Tavern, Uptown Bar and Grill and Sambuca. Cochran called West Village the “peeling out point.”

ADS: negativity is effective


important that candidates talk about their positive points and what they are going to do when they are in office.” Sophomore Adrian Aceves says that the overuse of negative ads from both sides levels the playing field. Other students believe that the negative campaigns affect people differenty. Sophomore Chance Dyson believes negative ads work for some demographics and not others. With negative ads on the rise, voters can find information about each candidate in any election by looking at their individual Web Samantha Verrill and Bridget Bennett also contributed to this story.

told the Associated Press McNutt had resigned from his post the day before. McNutt’s biography on the Commission on the Arts Web site, which has been now been taken down, lists him as serving on the White House staff for both President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. His biography in an announcement in the Corsicana Sun Daily says McNutt attended SMU on a football scholarship. According to Mindy Rowland of SMU Alumni Giving and Relations, McNutt earned

a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SMU in 1977 and a masters in liberal arts in 1984. After graduating, she said he served as the founding president of the SMU Young Alumni Association. Besides YAA, McNutt founded International Direct Marketing Consultants Inc. and co-found Reef Equity Investments, LP, both in Dallas. He currently owns part of Transition Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Dallas. McNutt lives in University Park with his family and serves as a deacon at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

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where we talk to students, give away summer-related bling and goodies and answer questions that students might have about our unique summer programs,” said Mike Adler, SMU-in-Taos executive director. Rowe said there would be representatives from all three summer programs, give-away’s, free hot dogs and water. In anticipation of a large crowd, she has ordered 350 hot dogs. The event will be held before spring break so that students and their parents can consider the provided information during the break. Picking up the fliers and brochures will not take much time, Rowe said, as the kick-off is meant to target students as they walk between classes. If the kick-off is at an inconvenient time for you, don’t worry—mailers are also sent to parents with information about students’ summer options.

“Interested students should stop by and pick up information and applications,” said Suellen Turner, SMU-in-Taos program director. “Even students who haven’t begun to think about summer school should stop by.” Adler said he encourages all students to come by because it often takes a lot of planning to participate in any of these educational programs. One perk for students may be the price of summer school. Rowe said the cost of summer school has not risen since 2007. “Participating in educational opportunities off of the main campus is consistently described by our students as a life-changing experience,” Adler said. Enrollment for SMU summer programs starts after spring break, and the May term application for SMU-inTaos is due today. To view a complete list of programs and detailed information go to www.


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Play presents ‘intriguing juxtaposition’ Rebelution performs at House of Blues

By LAUREN SMART Chief Copy Editor

Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Charles Dabernow Schmendimen all walk into a bar. This may sound like the opening line of a joke, but it just so happens to be the plot of Steve Martin’s play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” Over the weekend, SMU student theatre put on a production of this hilarious play, in what is commonly referred to as “The Wet Napkin Theater,” tucked away in the basement of Meadows. The play feels like an extended “Saturday Night Live” sketch with one joke following another. In his comedic style Martin allows his characters to break the fourth wall almost immediately when Freddy, the bartender/owner of the Lapin Agile tells Einstein that he has come on to stage too early, as he points out on an audience member’s program that Einstein is listed fourth in order of appearance. The play is basically a theoretical imagining of what might have occurred had Picasso met Einstein one night at a bar. Einstein is a socially challenged scientific genius and Picasso is a charming, artistic genius. What ensues is an intriguing juxtaposition of the two characters in the form of a witty, intellectual conversation. Each character in the play is very clearly a different member of Martin’s repertoire, ranging from the affably cynical old man, Gaston, played by junior Grant Reynolds, to the ironically roué Picasso, in a delightful performance by sophomore John Paul Green. Of course Steve Martin could not write a show that didn’t have that one show-stealing character who pops in and out, stealing the loudest laughs. That character was Schmendimen. Pronounced precisely how it is spelled, Schmendimen is all grins and selfconfidence. In this role, the exuberant Donny

By BIANCA MARZULLO Contributing Writer

Rebelution started out as a local band from Santa Barbara, but they have climbed their way to the top. The group performed at the House of Blues with Zion and SOJA as their opening acts Saturday. To put it simply, the concert was amazing. The House of Blues was the best possible venue for the event. The black lights on the ceiling really set the reggae vibe, and the hardcore reggae lovers were swaying to the rhythm, allowing fans in the mosh pit to get into the music. The moment the curtains opened, the crowd went wild. The House of Blues was flooded from wall to wall with fans of all ages, ranging from high-schoolers to adults in their 30s. One of the best things about Rebelution is that you can tell how much the band members truly love their fans and the music. And the fans love Rebelution. It didn’t matter whether you went with a

large group of people or a small group of friends. Everyone in the audience blended together singing, swaying, and holding their arms up high. For the duration of the concert, all the fans became one body of people. The most magical part of the concert, however, was the finale. When Rebelution finished their final song, they walked off stage and immediately fans started chanting for an encore. What they got was more than an encore. Rebelution went back on stage and performed an acoustic version of one of their top hits, “Safe and Sound.” But that wasn’t all. Zion and SOJA surprised the audience, joining Rebelution after the song for one final ‘hoorah.’ The three groups performed one final song together, a song that was a mix of all their music. Zion performed a freestyle rap about Dallas, reggae, California and so on that mixed perfectly with SOJA’s and Rebelution’s music. The night was truly a rewarding experience, and it is clear that Rebelution will continue to dazzle their fans for years to come.


Sevy’s perfect for a date By LAURA SCHUR Contributing Writer

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John Paul Geen sweeps Mimi Davilla into a dip, while Lydia Kapp looks on.

Repsher delivered his one-liners with perfect timing that had the audience bursting with laughter. The beauty of SMU student theatre is that the shows are hand chosen by the student directors and actors and in that way the show grows close to the heart of everyone involved. The proximity between performers

and play was very clear in “Picasso,” as everyone onstage was highly involved with their characters recovering from any forgotten lines very easily. “Student projects are just a great way to be able to work and grow as an actor outside of the classroom,” Repsher said. This show, directed by junior Chris

McCreary, was riotously funny and the laughs were worth much more than the cost of admission (which happens to be free fall all SMUST productions). If you’re disappointed that you missed it, the Saturday show was cancelled and will be performed tonight in studio B450 at 10:30 p.m.

It was hidden in the corner and I accidentally drove past the restaurant twice before I saw the sign, but Sevy’s is unique in that way. Located discreetly in Preston Center, the restaurant is overshadowed by commercial chains that are far more family (and grease)friendly. Sevy’s menu is distinctive, because it presents foods from a variety of tastes, ranging anywhere from a healthy

salad to a hearty steak, all with a subtle Southwestern spice. The restaurant is more upscale at dinnertime so one should dress to impress. The service was friendly, helpful and welcoming, though the atmosphere was a bit intimidating due to the many couples on dates at surrounding tables. Overall, I would recommend this to a group of friends for a casual lunch if their parents were in town and treating, and I would recommend this to a group of dates for a formal dinner.


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