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100 Letters Campaign launched for Bush family, presidential center julie fancher Assignments Desk Editor email@example.com
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is 225,000 square feet—the second largest presidential library behind Ronald Reagan’s in California.
Bush Center sets records eric sheffield Video Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The Bush Presidential Center is a 225,000 square foot building opening along SMU Boulevard April 25. This will lead to a flurry of activity on campus, which history dictates will include visits from all living presidents, the governor and other political figures. The center is fundamentally different from most other presidential libraries because it’s split into four pieces. The first 43,650 square feet is the actual Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This houses the usual characteristics at presidential libraries, including the permanent and temporary exhibition halls, the restaurant and the gift shop. The next part of the center
is the archives that are located underneath the library that contain some of the 43,000 artifacts and 70 million pages of documents that aren’t out in the exhibits. However, more than half of the square footage of the building will not be devoted to the library, museum or archives, but to other causes, thus creating a center, rather than simply a library. The third section is the infrastructure for the Bush Institute, a policy center founded by the Bushes in 2009 that has the mission of “advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and across the globe.” The institute was founded upon five key tenets of George W. Bush’s presidency: economic growth, educational reform, global health, human freedom and military service initiative. Laura Bush’s efforts as first
lady convinced George W. Bush to add women’s initiative to the engagement areas of the institute. The fourth and final part of the center is the offices of the Bush Foundation. This organization has been one of the primary fundraisers in gathering the $250 million that the center has cost to build. The Bush Presidential Center is the second largest presidential library. It stands behind Ronald Reagan’s 247,000 square foot library located in southern California. The center’s $250 million price tag makes it the most expensive presidential library built to date. Even after adjusting for inflation, President Clinton’s library, which opened in Little Rock, Ark. in 2004 as the most expensive at that time, was just under $200 million. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s library cost just $376,000 in 1940 when it
opened in Hyde Park, N.Y. In today’s dollars, that would be about $6 million, less than one-fortieth the price of the center opening at SMU. Every president since Herbert Hoover has built a library. Each of these has all of its contents managed by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Bush Presidential Center is the 13th library to date. George Washington’s, in Mount Vernon, Vir., is scheduled to be the 14th. It will be the first built and maintained without government funding. The Bush Presidential Center will be the third presidential library in Texas, alongside Lyndon Baines Johnson’s, in Austin, and George H. W. Bush’s, in College Station. This will make the Lone Star State the leader among presidential libraries. California has two, and no other state has more than one.
Dear President Bush, While you may have received thousands of letters during your two terms in office, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to send you a few more. How about 100? Student Body President Alex Mace proposed the 100 Letter Campaign during a Student Senate meeting two weeks ago to give SMU students an opportunity to personally welcome former president, Mrs. Bush and the brand new Bush Center to campus. The campaign was started by Mace and several others in the Centennial Campaign looking for a way to get students to take part in a more personal way in the Bush Center’s opening. Mace said that the idea came from a group of 100 prominent Dallasites who wrote personal letters to President Bush to persuade him to open his center on SMU’s campus. “I thought it would be a cool way to come full circle. Instead of 100 letters to get you here, this is 100 letters expressing thanks and gratitude for opening the library here,” Mace said. An email was sent to students March 1, describing the campaign and giving students information on how to submit their letters. The top 100 letters will be reviewed by a panel and then placed in a leather-bound book that will be presented to former president and Mrs. Bush at a special presentation ceremony over Founder’s Day Weekend. Despite the selectivity, Mace’s message to all students is to submit a letter. While only the top 100 letters
will be placed in the book, all other letters submitted will be posted online and submitted to the SMU Archives. The deadline is Friday, March 8. “We know it’s a short deadline,” Mace said, “but we’re working to get as much student involvement as we can in that time frame.” The reason for the short turn around is because Mace says it takes a while to get the book bound and ready to go. “We want to really try to make this a beautiful and long-lasting presentation,” Mace said. Meanwhile, the student body president himself is looking forward to the opening of the Bush Presidential Center. “It’s really going to put SMU on the map and I’m really excited to see the growth of the school, even more so than it has over the past few year,” Mace said. “It’s going to just explode with all the progress.” The content of the letter will determine how the final 100 letters are selected, not the person who wrote them. “Hopefully my own letter passes the screening process,” Mace said. Letters must be either handwritten or typed and must be one-sided only with a maximum size of 8 1/2” x 11”. Writers should provide both an original and a digital copy of their letter. Submissions must include the attached contact information sheet. All letters will be reviewed for content. The address to submit letters is Southern Methodist University, Attn: The Second Century Club, P.O. Box 750365, Dallas, TX 75275. All digital copies can be sent to www.smu/edu/11/letters.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center’s $250 million price tag makes it the most expensive presidential library built to date, even after adjusting for inflation. Bill Clinton’s library in Little Rock, Ark. opened in 2004 with a price under $200 million. lawsuit
Former student, resident assistant sues university julie fancher Assignments Desk Editor email@example.com A former SMU student who was expelled in 2011 as a “security concern” has sued the university in federal court for wrongful arrest among other charges. Daniel Hux, who served as a U.S. Marine, was told to leave the school in March 2011 as a junior. Hux claims in the 33-page complaint that he is suing the school because he feels that his First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated. The complaint states that he is seeking damages on the grounds that an unlawful search and seizure was committed. Hux enrolled as a student in 2010 and, shortly before his expulsion, was accused of sexually harassing a female residential community director. Hux, who was an R.A. in Hawk Hall, said in the complaint that this accused sexual harassment was nothing more than a misunderstanding.
In February 2011, he was relieved of his R.A duties after SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer told him that he violated the university code of conduct, which prohibits sexual harassment. Shortly after, Hux appealed this decision to former Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Housing Steve Logan. Hux said in his complaint, “To be able to afford to attend SMU, the Plantiff [Hux] needed a job which paid for his on campus living.” After submitting his appeal, Hux went to meet with Logan. Shafer and two other SMU Police officers were also present. At this meeting, Shafer requested Hux attend a mental health evaluation. The police chief stated that “SMU did not want another Virginia Tech.” Hux’s appeal was denied by Logan who allegedly stated “it was not apparent that you [Hux] understand the seriousness of your actions involving with both a professional staff member and a
student staff member.” One month after this incident, Hux attended a meeting for those interested in running for Student Senate. The complaint describes that on March 20, 2011 as Hux was leaving the meeting he was approached by several SMU police officers. According to the complaint, Hux was arrested after SMU Police conducted a search and found a gun in a car that was allegedly driven by a relative. On March 25, 2011 The Daily Campus reported that Shafer said Hux was not a student at the university anymore and that he violated university policy. Shortly after his expulsion, a criminal trespass warning was issued for Hux, which meant that if he returned to campus he would be arrested. Hux filed his complaint on Feb. 28 against Southern Methodist University, SMU Police Chief Richard A. Shafer, former Senior Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Housing Steve Logan and Associate Vice President
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of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Lisa Webb. “The University will defend its actions vigorously during any legal proceedings in this matter. SMU acted appropriately in the interest of personal safety of the members of our campus community. Their wellbeing is our utmost concern,” Kent Best, executive director of news and communications at SMU, said in a statement to The Daily Campus. The Daily Campus will provide updates at smudailycampus.com
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Tanning salons cause skepticism among health professionals
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Tanning salons have become increasingly popular overtime. However, results show that they have harmful affects.
ALEXA horner Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Ever wonder what the real truth is about tanning salons? The popular trend of tanning has been in question since it first originated as research has shown that fake tanning has several severe and negative consequences. However, tanning salons have still remained a “hot” trend among
college students and young adults despite its controversy. The growing obsession has prompted doctors and health care professionals to question these potentially high-risk means to quickly and artificially become a few shades darker. Our generation has been taught that sunscreen is a must when heading outdoors; especially since skin cancer has become an
epidemic in our society. However, the move away from lying out and baking in the sun has now given rise to tanning salons. The number of tanning salons has increased immensely in the last ten years. Originally, tanning salons only housed tanning beds, but now spray tans have become an essential technique to getting the ideal sun-
kissed glow. Now, doctors and skincare professionals are skeptical that the “fake bake” alternative is actually worse than natural sun bathing. Additionally, medical experts are concerned that indoor tanning is not only physically harmful, but also mentally detrimental, causing a “tanning addiction.” What are the actual statistics regarding these opposing viewpoints? Nearly 2.3 million American teenagers visiting tanning beds every year, according to skincancer. org. Tanning beds are the most popular tanning technique. Tanning beds contain high levels of ultraviolet light to speed up the process of skin pigmentation. Normal indoor tanners start out at low levels and gradually increase the minutes each session to develop a darker shade. However, according to The Skin Care Foundation, “indoor ultra violet tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.” Moreover, tanning salons usually falsely advertise that tanning beds provide a base tan that actually prevent skin cancer when catching natural rays. In reality, the risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma is much more likely indoors
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than outdoors. On the other hand, many are deciding to skip the dangerous ultraviolet light and rather get a “spray-on” tan. The spray tan fascination began when photographed models and celebrities admitted to being airbrushed before a photo shoot. This opened up the idea for tanning salons to offer machine based spray tans. Common types are the “versa spa” and “mystic tanning,” which claim to use a solution that is actually nourishing for skin. In 2012, ABC News performed an extensive study and investigation regarding this “healthy” spray tan claim. When studied, professionals came to the conclusion that the compound spray tans use actually contains a chemical called DHA or dihydroxyacetone. Many tanning salons publicize that DHA is safe and even good to eat, according to prevention.com. This is false information because the DHA in the solution is an entirely different chemical than that in food. DHA can have harmful effects such as “genetic alterations and DNA damage.” In an ABC study, Dr. Rey Panettieri, discussed this issue. The compounds could actually promote the development of cancers or malignanciesm, he said.
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12:05 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Possession of Fictitious License or ID/ Suspected Hazing. Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A student was cited, arrested and booked into the University Park Jail for underage drinking and referred to the Student Conduct Officer for suspected hazing. Another student was referred to the Student Conduct Officer for underage drinking. Closed.
1:07 a.m. Public Intoxication. Dyer Court Lot. A non-affiliated individual as cited, arrested and booked into the University Park Jail for being drunk in a public place. Closed. 5:38 a.m. Possession of Fictitious License or ID. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Officer for having a fake ID. Closed. 3:49 p.m. Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Peyton Parkway. A non-affiliated individual reported his vehicle was stolen. Open.
The real danger can come with inhaling the product, possibly causing lung complications. Further research is still being conducted on this chemical. The main problem with tanning is the dependency associated with it. Some adolescents and teens become everyday users and Dr. June Robinson, a Chicago dermatologist, claims that many teens have begun to tan to “relieve stress and socialize.” Even extreme tanners are now being profiled in the media. Patricia Krentcil, otherwise known as the “tan mom,” has been criticized in the news for her unnatural, tanning provoked, skin color and even bringing her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning booth. The emotional addiction to tanning has even been associated with nicotine and is seen among people of all ages, causing harmful and physically destructive results. Tanning is a serious medical topic that needs to be addressed among the younger generations. The health effects can be severe and teens need to be properly educated before making the choice to head to a tanning salon. Most importantly, tanning salons need to truthfully show the tanning facts to their clients prior to purchasing a tanning method.
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Chase wade Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org From almost every angle, “21 & Over” is a total guy’s movie. There’s booze (lots of it), babes (that too) and an innumerable amount of wild scenarios that only a trio of alcoholinduced, recently reunited high school buddies would find themselves in. However, through all the testosterone-driven storytelling, Sarah Wright finds a way to stand apart from the cast as the film’s charming female lead. Wright, who you may recognize from her role as Ashley in “The House Bunny,” plays Nicole, a sorority-girlmeets-hippie type who catches the eye of “21 & Over’s” male lead Casey, played by Skylar Astin. While filming may have felt like a “boy’s club” of sorts, Wright claims that there was a
clear advantage when it came to some of the film’s more severe scenes. “I was so happy to be left of the crazy antic they had to go through,” Wright said. “I was there for Justin’s slow-mo vomit scene and it was so gross.” The film required Sarah to step out of her comfort zone and try her hand at improv. Sarah’s husband, “CSI’s” Eric Olsen, helped her pick up the role with his own experience in comedy acting. “He [Olsen] and I always work together. He does a lot of comedy, so when I was auditioning for the movie, he helped me tape what we sent to the directors,” Wright said. “It’s so nice to have that someone there who you’re close with instead of stand-in.” Not only were Sarah’s boundaries tested when it came to improvising her lines, but the actress also took a turn stunt
driving for a particular scene in the movie. “I was a little nervous because it was the first I did anything stunt-like,” Wright said. “The crew was like ‘Could you look a little less scared?’” Ultimately, “21 & Over” served as a learning experience for Wright – from improvising to stunt driving – but the actress claims that she’ll take away something much more meaningful from the film instead. “I loved working with the boys so much. They were all so sweet to me and wanted me to be a part of everything,” Wright said. “I had such a great time hanging out with them, I kind of feel like they were my brothers.” Check out how Wright’s character keeps up with the boys by seeing the film for yourself. “21 & Over” opened in theaters nationwide on Friday.
Notorious for crazy light shows, loud music and a good time, Big Gigantic is often compared to popular electronic bands like Pretty Lights and Bassnectar. Tickets sold fast to see the band play live on Saturday, March 2 at House of Blues in Dallas. Hailing from Boulder Colorado, Dominic Lalli is the producer and sax player, while Jeremy Salken is on the drums. Jeremy Salken started playing drums when he was young and discovered that he was a natural. The band began with a computer and creating beats. Eventually they laid the sax and drums over the patterns they invented. In a recent phone conversation Salken commented on his success and musician lifestyle by saying “It’s incredible, I absolutely love it. Really just living the dream. It’s unbelievable how much fun it’s been.” Salken and Lalli run the band and they spend the
majority of their time in the studio recording. Salken said, “Playing shows and having fun on stage is definitely the best part. It’s a very rewarding feeling after putting so much time into our work and seeing the fans having a great time at the shows.”
Their 2012 album Nocturnal landed the number two spot on the charts of iTunes under the genre electronic. Big Gigantic has done the festival circuit playing at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Austin City Limits and many other festivals.
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Pair of clutch free throws lift Mustangs over Miners
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Even though SMU shot close to 58 percent and held its opponents to 43 percent from the field against the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Mustangs fell on the road 69-74. SMU drops to 14-15 on the season and a dismal 4-10 in Conference USA. The Blazers’ Rod Rucker had his 10th double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds including a crucial late game lay up. SMU’s Nick Russell made a jumper with 1:48 to go to get the Mustangs to within one point, but Rucker and Jordan Swing made four free throws at the end to put the game out of reach for SMU. Russell led the Mustangs with 14 points, four steals and five assists. SMU also had trouble getting to the free throw line, taking just nine shots while UAB attempted 28 and made 75 percent of them. SMU’s Jalen Jones fouled out of his second straight game, this time with 4:13 to go in the game. Ryan Manuel also fouled out with ten seconds left to play. Outside of the free throw discrepancy, the Mustangs held the Blazers in check for the majority
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In their last game in Moody Coliseum before the renovations, The Lady Mustangs (21-7, 12-3 C-USA) edged out the UTEP Miners (19-9, 7-8 C-USA) 73-71. With six seconds left to play in regulation, Gabrielle Wilkins stepped to the free throw line and drilled two free throws to give the Mustangs a two-point lead. On the Miners’ next possession, Kayla Thornton was given the opportunity to give SMU their third straight loss, but could not connect on
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of the game including containing UAB’s shooting to just 24-of-55 and 28 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Mustangs went to guard Brian Bernardi off the bench who added seven points and a rebound in 20 minutes. Bernardi has played double-digit minutes in his last five games. Coming out of high school, Bernardi was known as a pure shooter that could make his fair share of three-pointers, but the freshman went just 1-for4 from three-point range and 2-for-5 overall. Bernardi was not the only player that struggled, Jones fouled out, but he was also held to just eight points and two rebounds, well below his
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from the field in the first half, the Mustangs took a 41-35 lead over the Miners into the locker room. SMU outshot the Miners from the free throw line by 14, helping them build their six-point lead. Mays led SMU in the first half, with 11 points and five rebounds. With Sunday’s win, the Mustangs are one step closer to claiming the Conference USA title outright. The Mustangs will travel to Rice on Thursday to play their final regular season game before the Conference- USA tournament begins. A victory over Rice is a must if the Mustangs want to keep sole possession of the conference title.
Women defeat Badgers 4-3 Matthew Costa Associate Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org After a dominant round of singles matches, the SMU Mustangs (6-4 Overall) defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday to earn a fifth victory in their last six matches played.
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the desperation three-pointer as time expired. Akil Simpson led the way for the Mustangs, shooting lights out from the field. She was 7-10 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line to give her 19 points for the game. Simpson also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. After a strong start in the first half, Keena Mays finished with just 13 points on 4-13 shooting from the field. For the Miners, Anete Steinberga scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. UTEP had three players in double figures. Despite shooting 36 percent
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“Great 4-3 win,” said Kati Gyulai, tennis head coach. “We are pleased with the outcome. Job well done.” All four of SMU’s points were earned in the singles portion of the competition. The Mustangs also claimed one 8-3 doubles victory from the highly ranked combination of Edyta Cieplucha and Yana Erkeeva.
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Wisconsin claimed the first three points of the match by winning two out of three doubles matches, setting the Mustangs up for a tremendous comeback in the singles round. SMU will hope to keep this strong play alive on March 8 as the Mustangs will host their second conference opponent of the season, Tulsa, at noon.
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Official identification is a privilege for some abhijit sunil Contributing Writer email@example.com So we all have the freedom of expression. And among other rights, we have the freedom of speech, the right to worship and of movement. But there is one entity in all this that is still somewhat a privilege. “We.” How can you prove you are indeed you? In other words, what exactly are your rights to your own identity? We could produce a host of papers, legal documents and cards right away. From our passports to licenses to birth certificates to a host of other certifications you may have with your name spelled out and a picture of you. But really, how much of us really exists outside these papers? If tomorrow all of your identification papers are burned, will you still be you? We live in a world with more mobility, information and communication — the effects of globalization — than ever before. And there is indeed one thing we take care of on a day to day basis, almost without even realizing it, and most of the time simply taking it for granted: our identity. Being an alien in a foreign country certainly breaks you out of your comfort zones. Indeed, staying in a part of the world where you physically stand out in every way thrusts you into even more unfamiliar grounds. It makes you realize how much you have to be able to demonstrate accurately that you are, indeed, you. A luxury that I might have taken for granted back home. We have systematically done this all through our lives. We meticulously build our own identity in the society and our private lives. And we take care to put it all in writing and legal documents. We’ve proven our identities in school, in college, at our jobs, at the bank and a million
more places including the local bar. I couldn’t have realized how important this might be until I was told that the format of my Indian name is simply not acceptable in the U.S. I did not carry a surname as part of my name, and this made all legal processes in the U.S. excessively difficult. In the process of getting my passport itself changed now, I had the opportunity to witness how much my own security and rights simply rely on a very delicate balance of maintaining a bunch of papers that would say my name and description just right. From my passport, to my University I-20, to the I-94 I received on arrival at the airport, to the so many other small pieces of paper that really give shape to my own identity. This is not simply a question of trust, of course. It is also convenience. At a bar, flashing a government ID to proclaim your age definitely makes more sense than any philosophy about realism. And yet, it is impossible to not note that without a “valid” identity, you are hardly you. Secondly, as I mentioned, it is a matter of security. To live inside a system, we need to have certain rules. And this not only makes us all more efficient, it helps identify the outliers in the fringes of our society. So I am certainly not repining. It’s part of our system, and our society. But I couldn’t escape the thought that in this decade and generation, if I would decide to burn all of my “identity” papers and decide to “explore myself ” much like Chris McCandless (“Into the Wild”) in Alaska, I might just get shot; if I am lucky, I might get branded as an outlaw and put to jail.
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“I look at what’s happening right now — I wish I were there. It kills me not to be there. Not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done.” —Mitt Romney on Obama’s second-term performance
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. has been one of the many politicians exaggerating the negative effects of the sequester.
The dangers of political hyperbole Sequester not as bad as it was made out to be w. tucker keene Online Editor firstname.lastname@example.org This past Friday, the world was supposed to end when the sequester went into effect. The cuts in the sequester were supposed to be so extreme that air travel would become unsafe as Air Traffic Control was unable to do their job. Education would take a massive hit as pre-schoolers were kicked out of Head Start. Cities would be up in flames after firefighters were laid off. Streets would be in danger as prisoners were set loose. Of course this is all exaggeration, but this is what every fiscal debate in the modern Obama era has become: demagoguery, hyperbole and hype. Let it be known that we will never see the reforms and cuts needed to promote long term
fiscal growth if every attempt at deficit reduction like the “Fiscal Cliff ” or the sequester is turned into this massive disaster that must be avoided at all costs. It has to be made known that we can live without some of this spending, and we will need to if we wish to return to responsible federal budgets in the future. These cuts, which were part of the solution to the debt ceiling debate in 2011, were supposed to be so extreme and terrible for both sides that they would compel Congress to pass a “grand bargain” that would deal with cuts and reforms in a more responsible way than the blanket cut to discretionary domestic and defense spending. Now of course this grand bargain remained out of reach for the typical reasons these things always stay out of reach: Democrats and Republicans
can’t agree on anything except that something needs to be done. Obama has been one of the most outspoken critics of the sequester, and yet it was he who originally proposed it. It passed Congress and was signed into law with substantial bipartisan support. Now Obama is doing things to make Americans scared of his sequester, and has even used the budget cuts as an excuse to make policy. He’s tackling the immigration problem by releasing waves of illegal immigrants from INS detention centers, saying that the sequester required him to do it. No, it didn’t. There were plenty of ways to meet the sequester cuts without scaring people into thinking there would be criminals running loose on
the streets. The Democrats have had a lot to gain from the sequester being the end of the world. They don’t want Americans to realize that the cuts aren’t as bad as they were made out to be, because that means they’ll be less susceptible to the demagoguery next time a deficit reduction deal gets passed. Their strategy could still work because Americans will likely forget about their experience with the sequester by the time the next budget battle begins. And then we’ll begin this same process all over again, with Democrats saying it will be the end of the world and Republicans saying it won’t be. Keene is a junior majoring in political science, economics and public policy.
A thanks to the media for extensive coverage of bizarre news I don’t know if there is a genuine lack of news or if human interest is just on the bizarre side these days, but my newsfeed has me laughing out loud. For starters, there are rampant beavers on the loose, described by a reporter as “ginormous.” I’m no expert, but I don’t think that’s proper language for a news piece. Charlie Sheen is hoping to mentor Lindsay Lohan. No elaboration needed. A polar bear got a root canal. A boy was assaulted with a Taco Bell burrito. Dennis Rodman announced his affections for Kim Jong Eun. The list goes on. So keep drinking that Kool-Aid, media, because my expectations for excitement have been exceeded this week. —Trevor Thrall, Opinion Editor
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Reem Abdelrazik Contributing Writer email@example.com The fight between paper and electronic books rages on, with the lead going to eBooks. But that isn’t stopping a small shop in the Bishops Art District from doing what machines can’t. “When I repair a book, I never know what life it changed or where it came from and where it may go,” Karen Cangemi, a restoration artist who works at The Book Doctor, said. For Cangemi, books are more than just a pastime. They’re her livelihood. She and her fellow bookbinders fill their days handling tattered books that are priceless to the people that bring them in. “Sometimes I’ll ask ‘did they get the book? Well what did they think?’ [One man] picked them up and he said he got chills” Cangemi recalled, placing her hand against
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