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A television broadcast early Sunday morning claimed that Gadhafi's forces had recaptured Ras Lanouf, Benghazi and Tobruq was quickly proved false. The Libyan leader's victorious message seems to be an attempt to rally pro-Gadhafi forces as the rebels continue to make progress and the violent fighting continues. Photo courtesy of Acapulco Tourism Board

Bahrain religious tensions heighten Protesters continue to call for reform in Bahrain's ruling Sunni government, demanding the resignation of the prime minister, who has been in power for 41 years. The Shiites protesting the Sunni dominated government have been careful to avoid blatant sectarian lines, but violence broke out between the two groups on Thursday when police had to break up a fight between a Sunni and a Shiite group in the town of Hamad.

Egyptian women demand rights During the recent revolution in Egypt, 250,000 women protested alongside men, defying traditions of gender inequality. A million women’s march is planned for Tuesday, and women were spotted in Egypt’s Tahrir Square this weekend wearing unofficial police uniforms and urging men to remember the role women played in the uprising.

Students call for Sheen to speak A campaign entitled "Charlie Sheen for Commencement Speaker GWU 2012" has cropped up at George Washington University. The students are calling for the actor to send next year's graduating class into the real world with some advice on "bi-winning." Similiar campaigns have gained momentum at West Chester University and the University of Georgia.

Ke$ha gives fan a tattoo Ke$ha recently posted a video to her Facebook profile of herself giving a tattoo to a "super fan." The fan received a dollar sign tattoo on his foot backstage after her show. The singer created the tattoo with pen ink and a safety pin.

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Beachgoers enjoy their spring break vacation in Acapulco, Mexico.

Texas DPS urges students to avoid Spring Break in Mexico By STEPHANIE EMBREE Staff Writer

To kick off the countdown to Spring Break, SMU student received an e-mail from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) “discouraging” students from visiting Mexico due to continued violence and drug cartels. The DPS said that at least 65 U.S. citizens had been killed in Mexico over the past year, along with numerous kidnappings, sexual assaults and robberies. However, an article in The Dallas Morning News disputes these numbers, reporting that Mexican Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara reveals that the State Department had not updated its evaluation of the

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In a lecture sponsored by the Embrey Human Rights Department and the SMU chapter of Amnesty International, a panel of three celebrated human rights activists discussed the future of democracy and human rights in Iran. The discussion was between Ali Reza Nourizadeh, a world-renowned Iranian journalist and political commentator Ali Akbar Moussavi Khoeni, a former member of the Sixth Parliament of Iran; and Oscar Guevara Morales, creator of the revolutionary Facebook group “One Million Voices Against FARC.” The discussion was moderated by Mora Namdar, an SMU alumnus and current law student at the American University Washington College of Law.


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danger in Mexico since September. On the website, the article is paired with a slideshow that includes a picture of a trash bag full of human remains dumped in the city of Acapulco and

past spring breaker partiers. The U.S. Embassy link sent within the e-mails shows warnings dating as

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History professor speaks on affects of Nazi Propaganda

Dressed in blue jeans, a plaid button down and brown Sperry Topsiders, Jack VanGorden waited by his front door to greet his visitor. He politely put one hand forward, ready to exchange a handshake, and waited for the gesture to be returned. On first impression, Jack is just your average 13-year-old boy who loves hanging out with his friends and watching TV. However, Jack’s story is not that of your typical teenage boy. Jack was born with an amazing gift: his voice. “Ever since I was young I liked to

sing,” Jack, who is making a name for himself around Dallas, said. “I got involved in musical theater so then I started joining choirs and all kinds of stuff.” But it has not been all fun and games for Jack. When he was four years old his parents realized he stuttered. “We discovered it when he started speaking sentences,” his mother, Jill VanGorden, said. Jack still participated in regular activities like every other kid growing up, but it wasn’t always easy. Being the youngest of four children, Jack tried

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Jeffrey Herf, a history professor from the University of Maryland, spoke on Friday about Nazi propaganda as it related to the Arabs and Muslims in the World War II era in a lecture sponsored by the Tower Center of Dallas. Herf prefaced his lecture by saying, “When you look at the text, you find that it’s much more than what everybody already knows.’” He then began his lecture by outlining the causes of World War II in regards to the Nazis, stating that the Germans very clearly outlined their plans for the mass extermination of the Jews. This plan would later come to be known as the “Final Solution,” and the details of it would be discussed between Hitler and then-leader of Palestine, Mohammad Amin alHusayni. The two leaders would eventually collaborate in their mutual effort to expel, and later eliminate, the Jews. Herf attributed a great deal of the Nazi’s anti-Semitic propaganda’s success to the radicalization and politicization of certain elements of Christianity, carefully adding that “historians take the best available evidence and make the best possible guesses and interpretations of what happened based on that evidence.” Herf also noted that the racist message of Adolf Hitler’s famed “Mein Kampf ” was not limited to the Jews, though the more raciallyinclusive aspects of the book were intentionally overlooked as the Nazis continually emphasized anti-Semitism in their messages to the Arabs. Herf ’s lecture also focused on the political and intellectual causes of the “Final Solution.” He was eager


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University of Maryland history professor, Jeffrey Herf, speaks to students and faculty about Nazi Propaganda at the Carr Collins law building on Friday.

to supplement his lecture with an analysis of the relationships between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Nazis, Americans, Arabs and various other demographic people groups. However, he did this carefully and not without warning: “When referring to specific people groups,” he said, “It is very important to avoid generalizing. Avoid calling people ‘the Muslims,’ ‘the Jews’ and ‘the Christians.’” The lecture also shed light on a lesser known form of communication between the Nazi party and the people of Palestine: radio transmissions. Radio was often utilized through the Arab world as a means to promote and encourage the mass murder of Jews. Herf ’s decision to emphasize this “obscure” method stemmed from his answer to the question: “Who thinks about Arabic radio broadcasts when they think of Nazi propaganda?” “The overwhelming response is: no

one,” Herf said. According to Herf, this ignorance is due to the fact that “most Arabic radio broadcasts were never recorded, and the ones that were ended up destroyed, lost, stolen or hidden.” The professor offered quotes from some of the surviving broadcasts to illustrate the incendiary nature of the propaganda. When asked why he thought Nazi propaganda was so effective in promoting the “Final Solution,” Herf responded, “Amnesia… people’s failure to remember the lessons of the past.” In his closing comments, Herf stated that he hopes for a younger generation that will not dismiss the past and will proactively work to become part of the future solution, rather than the problem.

Explore Dallas, visit state’s largest zoo this spring break By JESSICA MEIER Contributing Writer

Sunscreen, Mexico and drink specials are just a few of words that come to mind when college students hear the words spring break. With this week of freedom just around the corner, many students find themselves stuck in Dallas without any agenda. Although it is not a Cabo getaway, the Dallas-Fort Worth area offers unlimited opportunities to prevent students from getting restless while on break. “I plan to kick off my spring break by running in the St. Patty’s Dash Down Greenville 5K,” sophomore engineering major Kelsey McFarlin said. “My brother-in-law raved about the event and I decided I needed to check it out for myself.”

The Dash Down Greenville kicks off the beginning of Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 12. It is an opportunity to contribute to The North Texas Food Bank, as well as enjoy live music, food and a parade. Same day registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs $30. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. SMU provides students with an alternative spring break for those looking for service opportunities. Applications are still being accepted for the “Community Development in Rural America” program. Students will spend the week in a rural area working with local children and discussing concerns such as globalization and the U.S. education system. From March 14 to 18, students can

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Public broadcasting faces threat in proposed federal budget By JESSICA HUSEMAN Politics Editor

Republicans in Washington have proposed a plan to help reduce the deficit. If they get their way, the plan will eliminate all funding to public radio and television beginning in 2013. The House passed the measure on Feb. 19 on a party-line vote, and the issue has now moved onto the Senate. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., first proposed the cut in June of last year, calling it a necessary step in reducing the deficit. “Federal spending cuts need to start somewhere,” Lambourn said in a statement on his website. “CPB [Corporation for Public Broadcasting] may produce worthwhile content. That is not the issue. The issue is we cannot subsidize organizations that can stand on their own two feet in the day of trillion dollar deficits.” But Stacey Karp, communications director for the Association of Public Television, said that the cut would do little to stem the increasing public deficit. “If they were to eliminate funding, it would only reduce the budget one ten thousandth of one percent,” she said in a recent phone interview with The Daily Campus. “They could eliminate us 1000 times over and it still wouldn’t have an impact on the budget.” Lamborn said the bill would save American taxpayers something to the tune of $450 million per year; but according to Karp, that is a drop in the

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Public television and radio get a substancial portion of their budget from taxpayer dollars. Now, Republicans in both the House and the Senate are championing a proposal to cut all federal spending going to public broadcasting.

bucket compared to other less-worthy government spending. Divided up, that’s only $1.35 per citizen. Lamborn disagrees with Karp’s logic, saying that while it may not “seem like a lot of money to some people,” it is necessary to “take the low-hanging fruit” to start saving money. He cited the original intent for the funding, saying that federal funding was originally given to guarantee telecommunications services to all Americans, but now that the vast majority of Americans have access to cable and internet, it is simply unnecessary. Karp said the argument is not that simple. She said the cut would be “particularly devastating” to rural areas, where they may not have access to the telecommunications services that Lamborn cites. She said that while the average


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public station relies on federal funding to cover 15 percent of its budget, rural stations rely on that funding to cover “anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of their total funding.” Additionally, she said that public stations are unique in their content in a way that popular cable and Internet sites can’t be. “[Public stations] are the last locally owned and operated media outlet in the country,” she said, focusing on their ability to bring “local perspective” to the news. “These stations do in-depth reporting on the issues that are facing their community,” she said. She cited the value of the debates they host for local elections and the indepth coverage they provide for local issues that affect their audience as ways they help those in their communities to be “well-informed citizens.” The vote on this issue has been split


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down party lines from the beginning – something that reiterates the belief in some that this is about partisan politics, and not about getting our financial house back in order. Republicans have long decried public radio as a source of liberal news. In 1994, then House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., made an attempt to “zero out” all funding to CPB, calling it unnecessary and accusing public broadcasting of containing left-leaning biases. Angry citizens eager to see shows like Sesame Street continue thwarted the movment with angry phonecalls, but it is back again, and is again being championed by Republicans. Karp said that she doesn’t personally see that as a reason to indicate partisan politics, citing help from “both sides of the aisle.” But these Republican supporters are few and far between. Even a

recent visit to Capitol Hill by a lifesize version of Arthur, the popular ardvaark from PBS cartoons, hasn’t seemed to impede Republican’s mission to cut CPB of its funding. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who represents SMU in the House and voted for the cut to CPB funding, released a statement regarding the funding cut to this paper. He said that, given high deficit, “it is imperative that the federal government reduce its bloated budget and put an end to out-of-control spending to get our nation’s economy back on track.” He said while he understood the “educational worth of many public broadcasting services,” he found it more important to trim the budget. “House Republicans are committed to prioritizing responsible spending cuts and empowering the free enterprise system to ensure a prosperous future for American families and businesses,” he said. But the bill is likely to flounder in the Democrat majority in the Senate. Even so, Karp said, public radio and television stations are preparing to take the proper precautions. “If there is funding that is cut, stations, both local and national, are going to have to make some serious decisions about how they spend their money,” she said. “Everything is a possibility.”

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MARCH 3 10:40 a.m. Fire Alarm: Law Parking Garage. Police Officers responded to an active fire alarm. It was determined the alarm was accidentally activated by pressure washing in the southwest stairwell. Officers cleared with no further incident. Closed.

5:12 p.m. Possession of Fictitious Licsense or ID: McElvaney hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possessing two fake IDs. Closed. 8:58 p.m. Theft: Perkins Natatorium. A staff member reported theft of a computer briefcase containing a cover for a laptop and paperwork. The theft occurred sometime between 6:30 8:58 p.m. Open.

Charlie Sheen vs. Muammar Gaddafi Are you politically inclined enough to figure out who said what?

“I am like the queen of England.” a. Charlie Sheen b. Muammar Gaddafi

“I have defeated this earthworm with my words—imagine what I would have done with my firebreathing fists.” a. Charlie Sheen b. Muammar Gaddafi

“Remember these are my people...not yours...we will continue on together...” a. Charlie Sheen b. Muammar Gaddafi

“Shame on you, you gangsters. Surrender.” a. Charlie Sheen b. Muammar Gaddafi

“I fired back once and this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power.” a. Charlie Sheen b. Muammar Gaddafi Answers: 1. b 2. a 3. a 4. b. a


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the activities his siblings participated in. Sports were popular, not only between his brother and sisters but also with his friends at school. Jack tried soccer, but just didn’t have a passion for it. However, his school offered a choir class and Jack decided to stick with it. Even with his stutter, Jack found that he has a calling for singing and acting. “I’m not going to say it isn’t hard but I’m not going to let it affect stuff I want to do. I’ve just got to overcome it,” he said. Jack joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra three years ago and has been in approximately 21 performances. This past December he sang in the Christmas Celebration Concert. “Being a 13-year-old boy it takes a lot of courage for him to follow what he wants to do,” Meghan Janette, Jack’s older sister, said. “But it’s incredible, it’s even more amazing for me since I would see him on a day to

day basis and the struggle he has had to go through.” Jack and his parents live in Richardson in the Plano school district, and Jack attends the Otto Middle School. He will soon have to decide between continuing on with his education at the local Plano high school or going to Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, which is known for its studies in the visual and performing arts. “[Singing is] a way to express myself and since I’m good at it, it’s fun to do,” he said. Singing is a way to encourage children who stutter, experts say. It can help improve their self-esteem, Amy Watson, a student speech clinician at Texas Christian University, said. “When you get children to sing, using the same articulator,” which is any organ that takes part in speech or sound, it can help them find something positive out of something they originally looked down upon,

she said. “With stuttering a lot of the times it could be a nervous habit but it could also be that your brain is just thinking faster than your mouth is,” Anni Canseco, an assistant speech pathologist at Park Cities Speech, said. When you learn to sing a song you have specific places where you know to pause and take a breath. Stuttering has a lot to do with breathing and when you are singing you are able to concentrate on what you are doing and when to take a breath rather than when you are answering a question, delivering a speech or having a conversation. “Everybody stutters occasionally when they are thinking, it’s just harder for some than others,” Canseco said. Jack has taken the one part of himself he finds to be an insecurity and turned it into something he loves to use. When he sings his face lights up, and people can see how much he enjoys getting on stage to perform, his

mom said. “He performed it beautifully,” VanGorden said. Which just goes to show how much of a passion he has for singing. Jack’s love for singing is seen in his favorite TV shows, American Idol and Glee, as well as his extracurricular activities. He is currently involved in play rehearsal, taking piano lessons and is about to start guitar lessons. Jack’s next big project is going to be singing in a performance of the Russian opera, “Boris Godunov,” by Modest Mussorgsky. The show will be at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas in April. Not only will members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra be participating in the remake of this Russian opera, but also professional opera singers from Russia. As for his future: “I mean I would love to pursue singing and acting in the future,” Jack said. “But if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.”

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attend another unconventional spring break option in Austin, Texas. “The Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break” is a fourday, anti-death penalty activism to promote the education of the next generation of human rights leaders. Participants will be given the opportunity to implement a public rally at the Capitol, write press releases and lead a press conference with people formerly on death row. All events are free and open to the public. Housing is $25 for four nights. For those students who want to take the more laid back route, trips to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Zoo are always an option. The Dallas Museum of Art is currently hosting a number of

exhibits. Students can experience Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement for just $10. His exhibition includes over 100 works of furniture, lighting, textiles and design drawings. The Dallas Zoo is the largest zoological park in Texas with over 95 acres of land. A trip to the zoo is a memorable way to spend your day for only $15. Junior Christina Rancke is in Dallas this spring break, and happy about it. “With my crazy schedule and midterms, I feel like lately I have only experienced class and the library. From the zoo to shopping and museums, Dallas is an awesome city and I can’t wait to explore it this Spring Break.”

far back as last summer, displaying a trend of constant alerts to traveling Americans. While the DPS believes “Drug violence has not discriminated— innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties,” The Dallas Morning News spoke to the president of Southlake-based Dynamic Travel & Cruises who said no one has yet to call and cancel their trip. As for SMU students, many are still planning to cross the border. “I was a little scared but nothing surprising,” junior Stacey Yocum said. Yocum said that since her trip was nonrefundable and she had some guy friends joing her group,

she chose to still go. Yocum said, “If SMU really wanted to protect it’s students, they should’ve set the e-mail out months ago before students started booking their trips.” Freshman Domenica Fuller plans to go home to Miami and visit her boyfriend for her break. “Have they watched the news? The thing is if you keep up with current events and check your e-mail it should not be an appealing idea to you when you see people getting kidnapped and killed. I don’t think it’s the smartest idea,” she said. The DPS urges that students to “avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive.” However, they also acknowledge that many vacationers have returned unharmed despite the risks.

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the issue of human rights by saying, “It’s not a left-wing issue and it’s not a right-wing issue; it’s a right thing issue.” Her opening remarks were followed by Nourizadeh’s remarks describing the origin of the current instability in Iran. “We wanted to burn down the house to build a new house, but what we built was a prison,” he said. He referred to the situation in Iran as one of political and civil unrest, which stems from the oppressive power of the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “In the regime, the torturers are praying and fasting…and committing these crimes in the name of the Almighty, Allah. You are a human being as long as you support the regime, fight for the regime, and are willing to die for the regime,” Nourizadeh said. Khoeni reinforced this statement. He said that “you should have the right to question authority. Is it your civic duty and responsibility to ask questions and discuss. Transparency is the most important element in a democracy.” A common theme throughout the lecture was the suppressed power of the people to instigate change. Morales, whose 12-million-person-strong stand against the violent Colombian guerilla group, Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC, when translated) garnered international attention, emphasized the importance of social networking sites and realtime communication. “What internet resources allow us to do is have ‘citizen journalists,’ people who are not experienced in news reporting, but

who are actually out there with their phones and cameras, on the streets, where the action is happening. It is uncensored, unfiltered, and realtime,” Morales said. All three panelists agreed that a major step toward solving the issue of Iranian unrest is the mobilization of think-tanks, such as students, teachers, politicians, and activists through the use of honest and open information. Nourizadeh said, “The people inside the country are not informed of the threat, and so they are complacent and complicit. You can ask anyone on the streets to name five crimes committed by the regime, and they will struggle to name maybe two.”

We wanted to burn down the house to build a new house, but what we built was a prison.

—Ali Reza Nourizadeh Iranian Journalist Khoeni agrees, and supports Nourizadeh’s claim. “[Iran] needs the support of the international community. Priority should be given to human rights,” he said. All three leaders agreed that the common factors keeping people from speaking out are imminent discomfort, instilled fear and indifference. The trio agrees that a non-violent revolution is necessary to topple a regime, but that such a revolution would require the full commitment and informed thought of the oppressed people.



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There is essential impetus for intellectual exploration Annual Phi Beta Kappa induction oration, delivered by senior Jasia Mahdi, recommends students engage in treasure hunt for knowledge “What is your major?” is the quintessential question that nearly every college student receives upon meeting someone new. The puzzled and often skeptical response “why?” is the quintessential reaction I receive when I reply “history and biochemistry.” Yet, my two majors, as seemingly disparate as they may seem, have worked in confluence with one another to not only provide me with a rich liberal arts education, but also to help shape my passions and character. I believe that such a fusion of disciplines is imperative for one’s erudition, as intellectual exploration is inherent to the very process of personal growth. Ultimately, when we take part in intellectual scavenger hunts to find truths through the liberal arts we are given the tools necessary to better understand the world and ourselves. History tells the stories of times, people, places, cultures, accomplishments and mistakes. But above all, history is replete with stories of the resilience and power of the human spirit. These stories in turn foster a greater understanding of and perspective on human nature,

and remind people of their duties as citizens of the world. It is so easy to become enveloped in the bubble of day-to-day affairs. However, an awareness of history helps ground us in reality and provides us with a greater perspective and appreciation of life. When we attempt to learn and understand the past, we are provided with the foundation to understand the current socioeconomic and political state of the world. Moreover, just as history gives us a greater outlook, history also teaches us how to critically analyze matters, and to actively seek out trends, connections and themes. This ability holds immeasurable value as it leads to a multi-faceted outlook, which in turn enables one to approach problems, issues, and life more intelligently. Thus, the weltanschauung of a historian permeates and strengthens one’s mindset as an individual. Similarly, the realm of literature is rife with lessons that deepen our understanding of the human condition and help shape our moral compass and identity. These lessons do not transiently enter and leave our lives, but rather they weave into the very fabric of our being and become

a part of who we are. Atticus Finch of “To Kill a Mockingbird” constitutes one of the most influential literary instructors in my life as the lessons he taught me when I was a mere girl still continue to guide me in my interactions with others. Whenever I begin to feel frustrated with someone’s behavior I simply recall Atticus’s sagacious words, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around,” and the frustration that previously seared through me, quickly dissipates. Thus, through his example Atticus has made me into a better, more understanding person, and serves to exemplify the transformative power of great literature. When we immerse ourselves in the study of liberal arts our memories, thoughts, and emotions become collapsed and intertwined with those of the fictional and real characters we meet. In every encounter in the liberal arts we gain critical knowledge that enriches our souls and provides us with an impetus to continue to seek out more knowledge. Just as Leo

Tolstoy writes in “Anna Karenina,” “enjoyment lies in the search for truth;” accordingly, we should never cease in our search for the truths revealed through the study of liberal arts. Furthermore, as John Steinbeck advocates in “East of Eden,” “the free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.” We should always fight for and pursue intellectual exploration as it is through the study of the liberal arts that we are provided with “a ladder to climb to the stars” (Steinbeck, “East of Eden”). This pursuit is not interminable, but infinite, and in this pursuit we are given the conduit to continually evolve into wiser, more compassionate individuals and citizens of the world. Jasia Mahdi is a senior double major in history and biochemistry. She can be reached for comments or questions at


E.P.I.C. committee chair responds to student body discontentment With all the recent articles regarding EPIC, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know what EPIC truly is and how you too can put the funds to good use. As part of the President’s Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention, a decision was made by a group of students, faculty and staff that there needed to be more late-night programming options on and off campus. As a result Evening Programs Initiatives Contributions (EPIC) was born. EPIC funds have been allocated by the Commission to support student-initiated late night programs that promote safe and responsible social interaction and behavior on and around the SMU campus. Primary consideration is given to proposals that are designed to best support the mission of the Student Affairs Drug and Alcohol Task Force Recommendations. To ensure that EPIC funds were indeed being used as the Student Affairs Drug and Alcohol Task Force recommended, an EPIC committee made up of students, staff and faculty was created. Any student(s) with an event or program idea can apply for EPIC funds by simply visiting asp. Past EPIC events include Stage Rush, Relay for Life, Step Show, R2B2, Haunted House trip, Salsa Night, ASA Extravaganza, Super Bowl party and Open Mic Night (held in the M Lounge every other Thursday), to name just a few. I am happy to answer any question about EPIC and even help you plan your next EPIC idea. Richard Ownes is the Director of the Hughes Trigg Student Center and the Chair of the EPIC committee in Student Affairs at SMU. He can be reached for comments or questions at or at 214-768-4499.

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National debate discourages teachers, but student speaks out STAFF

Around the country, tempers are running short over the battle between state governments and public sector Nathaniel French employees. In states like New Jersey and Wisconsin, the rights and benefits of teachers’ unions have become a particularly incendiary subject. Governments argue that in a time of mammoth budget shortfalls and economic stagnation, it’s only fair that teachers sacrifice some of their comfortable job benefits. Teachers respond that they work incredibly hard at difficult jobs and deserve to be compensated accordingly. I understand where both sides are coming from. As someone whose mother is a public school teacher, I know just how much of themselves many teachers pour into their jobs, only

to be rewarded by the indifference or outright hostility of students and administrators. On the other hand, I also understand that many governments— not least of all the federal one—are in serious fiscal trouble and must make painful cuts in their budgets. I won’t even pretend to know how these two sides can best be reconciled. But I also know that many teachers are feeling like this national debate has become a referendum on their worth to society and that, as a whole, America doesn’t appreciate their value and importance. I want to tell them about some of the teachers I’ve had. There was Mrs. Young, my first grade teacher. I can only remember one specific fact she taught me: that a noun is a person, place, or thing. But I also remember her as the best teacher I ever had, and that I cried the last day of class because I didn’t want to leave her. When my hometown was embroiled in race riots, my second grade teacher, Mrs. Weller, saw an opportunity to teach her students a

once-in-a-lifetime lesson. We interviewed men and women of all classes and colors about how the riots had affected them. The other day, I found the book of reflections the class wrote in response to these discussions. I couldn’t believe how hopefully and how simply we related to the subject. At the time, I didn’t understand how powerful Mrs. Weller’s challenge to us was; today, I recognize it as the first time I engaged with the world in the hope that it can become a better place. There was Mr. Topper, whose elementary school drama class I joined simply because I thought he was a funny guy. Today, I’m about to graduate with a BFA in theater and begin a career as an actor—I’ll let you guess whom my parents blame for that particular folly. When my seventh grade English class read “The Giver,” Mr. Kooken suggested that I read “1984” and “Animal Farm,” too. I didn’t quite grasp the allegorical significance of

Snowball and Napoleon, but I did try to sit down and write my own Orwellian dystopic novel. There were others. There was Ms. Walters and Mrs. Greenfield, Mr. Zuercher and Mrs. Lee, Ms. Bail and Mrs. Hansen. I think of all of them and the specific lessons they taught me every once in a while; I live the passions they instilled and nurtured in me every day. I’m just one person, and these are just a handful of the teachers who helped me become who I am today. Around the country, there are millions of other students who have been shaped by thousands of other teachers. If they ever feel frustrated or under-appreciated, those teachers should look at the young adults they’ve produced. We know how much we owe them. Nathaniel French is a senior theater major. He can be reached for comment at

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Eckhart, Rodriguez talk about ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ By CHASE WADE Associate A&E Editor

Stemming from the successes of “Paranormal Activity,” and last year’s surprise hit “District 9,” the new alien filled blockbuster “Battle: Los Angeles,” follows a group of marines caught in the middle of an unexpected alien attack in America’s most diverse city. As the conditions of the alien attack grow worse, it takes everything the small squadron has just to survive. Playing two of the marines in the movie are action movie veterans Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez. “What I love about this movies is that it is filmed in documentary style,” Eckhart said. “It has a realistic war feel to it, but instead of people, we happen to be fighting aliens.” Playing two tough marines forced to work together to survive, Eckhart and Rodriguez went through a grueling routine of workouts and exercises in preparation for the film. From being

at the shooting range, to running two miles a day, the two actors were pushed to their physical limits. “Basically, we went to boot camp,” Eckhart said. “We learned weapons backward and forward and both got into really good shape.” His co-star, Rodriguez, was no stranger to the gym as well. “I hate running, so getting up to run two miles a day was pretty hardcore,” Rodriguez said. “Let’s just say those abs I had in my last movie ‘Machete’ were from the training for this film.” As one of Hollywood’s most recognizable female action stars, Michelle Rodriguez is used to playing nitty-gritty female roles. As for her part in “Battle: Los Angeles,” the actress describes why she chose to join the cast. “Love stories are always so boring to me,” Rodriguez said. “I’m attracted to playing the strong female, I like projecting strength. It’s not my fault that every time someone writes a script

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A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles in Columbia Pictures’ action thriller “Battle: Los Angeles.”

for a tough female, I gravitate towards it.” As an action movie, “Battle: Los Angeles” features a variety of stunts and setups that can sometimes be

harming to the actor. In Eckhart’s case, one stunt left him in a cast. “We were filming one scene and I fell about seven feet off of a rock and broke my arm,” Eckhart said.

Initially in “Battle: Los Angeles,” Eckhart and Rodriguez’ characters are displaced from one another, as part of separate units. However, it is when Rodriguez’s entire unit is missing that she finds Eckhart’s group of marines, from there, the two actors must work together to save Los Angeles. “Michelle is a great addition to this movie,” Eckhart said. “She brings a woman’s perspective to the piece and she really knows her weapons. Michelle has got great energy and is amazing at doing action movies.” Knowing her weapons are correct in the movie, Rodriguez gets to handle and shoot a variety of different artillery. “There were some weapons in this movie that were pretty new to me,” Rodriguez said. “I got to shoot a 50 caliber, and even though it was blank, that sucker had a lot of stuff behind it. At one point, I learned how to take apart and put together a gun with a pen. I love guns.” “Battle: Los

Angeles’” latest production stills show the iconic city ravaged in flames I destruction, Eckhart reflect on how we would react if the gruesome scenario was ever to come true. “If something like this happened in real life,” Eckhart said, “the event would be completely mind numbing.” While Eckhart may be at a loss for words, his co-star Rodriguez has a more precise plan. “Not that I think something like this would ever happen,” Rodriguez said. “But if it did, the first thing I would do would be to run to my local police station and do my best to try and help out.” With all of the guns, explosions, aliens and destructed cities that any moviegoer would ever want, “Battle: Los Angeles” open in theatres nationwide, this Frida. “The film is very entertaining,” Eckhart said. “Basically, it’s a kick-ass alien movie.”


‘Out of the Loop’ fringe festival delivers through weekend By LAUREN SMART

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“Beauty Shop Stories” are trite, touching Faye Lane’s show “Beauty Shop Stories” has been getting a lot of attention from the local media and it seems that the easiest explanation for this is that Texans love homecoming stories. Right after the platinum blonde greets the audience, she explains that she has not always been the writer and performer living in New York City and that deep down she is always the overweight Rhonda Faye Gunnels who grew up in her mother’s beauty shop. She relates stories of these days in the shop and all the regulars who would dish out wisdom as though they were all her grandmothers. This southern wisdom is the main subject of her monologues and songs, but is mixed in with tales of being teased for being fat and songs about the different foods that made her that way. In fact, there are three words that she overuses throughout the performance: ‘moon pies,’ ‘fat’ and of course ‘y’all.’

The songs in her show are trite, yet endearing although when she puts on a recreation of her bedazzled string bean costume from elementary school it is adorable. Her stories seemed to strike a vein with the audience at Out of the Loop with their heartwarming morals and comforting southern sentimentalities. Besides, who can resist the daughter who returns to her family after time away in the big city?

‘The Lesson’ keeps good pace Second Thought Theatre’s festival entry is “The Lesson” by Eugene Ionesco and although this absurdist play is not a safe choice, the production is smartly accomplished. This play requires great performances, which it receives from Anastasia Munoz as the student, David Lugo as the professor and Abigail Herring as Marie. And it requires a director who can communicate Ionesco’s messages of failed ideologies and the struggles of human communication, which Mac Lower accomplishes for the most part. The pacing of the opening is quick



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and creepy and as Munoz goes into a trance, she gracefully swings her arms and legs in a spacey manner, while Lugo paces madly around the room. “I have a toothache” she cries relentlessly, while he chatters on about Neo-Spanish versus Spanish and knives. It’s a creepy comment on human nature and serves as a reminder that STT is one of the more professional companies in this festival. The final performance of this piece is Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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singer Estrella Proxima. Both claim to have given up their respective arts until meeting one another and John decides to write Estrella a musical. That’s the basic plot, besides the incoherent addition of a muse-like ghost. The characters are in a bad musical working for a bad musical and attempting to write what we can only guess will be another bad musical. If every actor in this show were having as much fun as Michael Gasparro in the role of the Great White Shark or were as talented as Darius Anthony Robinson in the role of Tinker Bell, the lovable gay who runs the costume shop, this campy musical might become some sort of cult classic in the tread of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” or “The Room.” But David Parr’s book and lyrics struggle to create solid characters or songs that are anything beyond hokey. When Estrella sings about being attacked while hitchhiking, the audience is forced to decipher what she is singing about, and later the show’s blonde bimbo Sandy Beach sings an irrelevant song about gnats being heartless. Rebecca Cordes’ music

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is adequate, but doesn’t add enough momentum to keep this musical on its feet. Estrella declares in the first act that she doesn’t like musicals and by the second act, the audience understands her sentiment. “The Great White Way” performs this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Dance troupe demonstrates feminine strength The power of the human body, particularly that of the female, was highlighted in Muscle Memory Dance’s addition to the weekend. Muscle Memory has been participating in Out of the Loop for several years and they choose to tell the stories of women who face struggles that break them down. It’s always intriguing to see dancers tell stories without words and this performance had some captivating moments. It seemed though that the dancers were to a great extent focused on perpetual motion and displays of strength rather than having full control and grace.

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FTP Comedy Night Cap “Inside the Loop” is a fun way to end a night at the festival. This improv group is focused on taking Dallas to task with their festival performances. Their first performance was Friday at 10 p.m. and most of their sketches kept the audience in stitches. They perform again this upcoming Friday and Saturday, March 12 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10, but students can purchase them for $5 on Friday and receive their first beer free.

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SMU junior Marta Lesniak returns a volley during doubles play against University of Tulsa Friday afternoon at Turpin Tennis Stadium.


SMU fans loyally cheered on the SMU Mustangs on Saturday in Moody Coliseum in a tough loss against UTEP.

Mustangs fall to No. 30 ranked SMU suffers tough loss to UTEP Golden Hurricane 5-2 56-59 for final season game By EJ HOLLAND Sports Editor

The University of Tulsa arrived in Dallas with a five game winning streak and left with their sixth consecutive victory Friday afternoon at Turpin Tennis Center. The No. 30 ranked Golden Hurricanes captured the doubles point and claimed four of the six singles matches en route to a 5-2 thrashing of No. 37 SMU. The Mustangs now drop to 9-3 overall this spring season. Tulsa displayed their early dominance in doubles competition, earning the doubles point in dramatic fashion. SMU juniors Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova made quick work of Tulsa pair Alexandra

Kichoutkin and Jo-Anne Karaitianna, 8-4 at the No. 1 line to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Golden Hurricane got back in the thick of things after Bonny Davidson and Michelle Farley took down the SMU pair of Kris Roberts and Shahzoda Hatamova, 8-4 to even things up. Anastasia Erofeeva and Ewa Szatkowska clinched the doubles point for the Golden Hurricanes with a 9-8 (7-4) win over Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha. Steinbauer and Cieplucha now fall to 8-2 overall this spring. The Golden Hurricanes struggled early in singles play but turned up the heat by winning the final three matches. Sam Vickers quickly ousted Roberts 6-0, 6-1 to kick off singles

competition and gave Tulsa a 2-0 lead. The Mustangs would rally behind No. 8 ranked Lesniak and her doubles partner Malyarchikova. Lesniak took care of business against Kichoutkin 6-3, 6-3 and Malyarchikova destroyed Karaitianna 6-1, 6-1, knotting the score up at two apiece. But the Golden Hurricane proved to be too strong as Farley defeated Steinbauer 6-3, 6-0 from the third slot, Erofeeva won a tight match against Cieplucha 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 2, and Szatkowska claimed a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 over Hatamova from the fifth position. SMU returns to the courts on March 10 when they travel to Las Vegas to take on University of Nevada at Las Vegas.


Mustangs defeat Roadrunners 4-3 in hard fought matchup Saturday By JENNIFER BUNTZ Associate Sports Editor

SMU hosted University of Texas San Antonio Saturday at Turpin Tennis Center. It was a non-conference match, and the Roadrunners are unranked next to the No. 64 Mustangs. SMU is now 4-5 for the season. The match got off to a good start, SMU clenched the doubles point by winning two out of the three matches. At line two Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup of SMU edged past Tyler Brown and Yannick Junger 8-6. Adham el-Effendi and Robert Sajovich of SMU also won at line three doubles, against Max Stratmann

and Kolby Kilgo 8-6. The line one duo of Bryan Griffin and Gaston Cuadranti fell to Martin Ayala and Daniel Moreiras of UTSA 8-5. This was the first time the two had played together in a few matches, so they needed a bit more experience to really learn each other’s games. As for the singles play, SMU took three victories at lines one, two and six. At line one was David Costa versus Martin Ayala. Costa made quick work of Ayala and took the win 6-4, 6-1. Battling at line two was Cuadranti against Junger. Cuadranti destroyed his UTSA opponent 6-1, 6-4 and was quickly off of the court. Griffin of SMU lost to Tyler

Brown 6-0, 6-2 at line three singles. Max Stratmann of UTSA defeatetd Adhamn el-Effendi in a gruesome three setter. Stratmann took the first set 6-4, and then lost the second 6-7 (5-7). The match would then be determined by a third set tiebreaker that Stratmann grinded to win 10-6. Mischa Nowicki of SMU then lost to Daniel Moreiras 6-4, 6-2 at line five singles. Sealing the deal for the Mustangs was Flood at line six. He took on Daniel Moser and pulled out a 6-3, 6-3 win. SMU returns to Turpin Tennis Center for double header against Abilene Christian University and Xavier University on Thursday.

By NICOLE JACOBSEN Senior Staff Writer

The SMU men’s basketball team managed to come back from a 14-point deficit in the second half in Saturday’s game against the University of Texas at El Paso in Moody Coliseum, but “sometimes you have to give the opponent credit,” Head Coach Matt Doherty said. In both team’s final game of the regular season, the UTEP Miners (23-8, 11-5 Conference USA) scraped by in a 59-56 victory over the Mustangs Saturday afternoon in Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs’ offense struggled the entire 40 minutes of play. Shooting only 42.6 percent from the field, SMU, who led the league in field goal and three-point percentage, failed to come within more than three points of the Miners for a second-half comeback. “We work on those situations so much that [the team] executes them very calmly,” Doherty said. “I’m proud of the way we fought back.” With only one bucket from SMU in the first seven minutes of play, SMU helplessly watched as the Miners went on an 11-point run to put them in the lead by ten at the break. The second half put the Mustangs in position to win, as a series of three-pointers from Mike Walker and Collin Mangrum and defensive stops from Papa Dia had SMU within two possessions on

several occasions with just under 13 minutes left. The home team was never able to pull ahead. In the first half, SMU shot only 30.4 percent from the field, while pulling down only 10 rebounds compared to UTEP’s 16. The Miners’ Christian Polk scored 14 of his 18 points of the night in the first half. SMU came within one point with five seconds left off a three-pointer from Walker, but a foul on Dia sent UTEP’s Randy Culpepper to line for two shots. UTEP nailed both free throws to seal their third consecutive win, leaving them as the No. 3 seed team heading into the Conference USA Basketball Championships next week. If SMU and UTEP advance deep enough into the tournament, it is possible the teams could meet for a third time this season. “I know they [UTEP] don’t want to see us again,” Dia said. Despite scoring more points in the second half, SMU, who was led by Dia with a game-high 19 points, had 18 costly turnovers and failed to gain the defensive advantage on the boards to overcome a team they have not defeated since 2008. All four of Dia’s blocks also came in the second half. Despite his team losing, the game was still meaningful to Dia, as his mother made the trip from Senegal to see her son play live for the first time in his career. “It was the first time I turned and saw my mom on the sidelines,” Dia

said. “It was a different feeling I’ve never had before.” In the last three games, SMU has only lost by a combined total of eight points; each of those games could have been won or sent into overtime with a successful three-pointer. “We’ve been lethargic the last four games,” Mangrum said. “We didn’t play the full 40 minutes. I guess if we’re going to get them, it’s good to get them in the conference tournament.” Mangrum, despite five turnovers, had 14 points and six rebounds against UTEP. “He brought in a spirit and great energy to our team, and he’s a great shooter,” Doherty said about Mangrum. “When he and Jeremiah found their place in this team in mid- January, that’s when we started winning on a consistent basis.” Saturday’s game also marked the last time the team’s six seniors will play on their home court in the regular season. Dia, Mangrum and Walker, in addition to Ryan Harp, Myles Luttman and Tomasz Kwiatkowski were all recognized for their contribution to the team in a pre-game celebration. The Mustangs, having earned the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament will see No. 9 Rice on Wednesday in El Paso at 8 p.m. If SMU advances, the Mustangs will play against No. 2 University of Tulsa on Thursday. “We’re still going to keep our heads high,” Dia said. “We’re going to go in there thinking we’re going to win the tournament.”




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