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Left: Claire Robison and Kelly Hanson take a break after picking up trash in Volos, Greece. Below: Some members pose in front of the Greek coast

RUF goes to Greece By TAYLOR ADAMS News Editor

Many students rested up at home, partied in Mexico, or ventured on a family vacation last week. One group of students went to Greece, picking up trash and reaching out a small church. Junior Kelly Hanson, was one of 27 people who went on the Reformed University Fellowship’s mission trip during Spring Break. Joining Greece’s First Evangelical Church of Volos, they did various tasks throughout the week. “It is very heavily based on tradition,” Hanson said about the area. The population is majority Greek Orthodox, making the small church they worked with a minority. Those watching the Americans pick up trash on the side of the road were confused by their presence. Hanson said it was as though the locals were asking, “What are you doing? Why are all those Americans picking up trash?” Tradition is one of the reasons others don’t do this in the area. Even the government won’t take on this task in certain areas, Rev. Chad Scruggs, campus minister, explained. Besides the language barrier, there were some hurdles to jump with the Greek people. “They’re not nearly as schedule-oriented as we are,” he said. “They go with what needs to be done.” The highlight of the trip was “less what we did, but being with the people,” Scruggs said. “The most important thing we did while we were there was encourage them,” she said. For many, the fellowship with the church made the trip. “I feel like [we had] too much fun” for a mission trip, she jokingly said.



“So You Think You Can Dance” hits SMU By JESSICA HUSEMAN Online Editor

Traffic is changing on campus. Hilltop Lane, the previously northbound one-way street in front of Fondren Library Center, will now run in the opposite direction. McFarlin, on the south side of the library, is now one way eastbound from Hilltop to Airline. This is due to the temporary closure of University Boulevard from Hilltop to Ownby Drive. When it reopens Aug. 2, University will link Hilltop to Airline Road. Fondren Drive between Ownby and Airline is permanently closed to public traffic.


Library Web site revamps By SARAH POTTHARST Associate News Editor

The George W. Bush Presidential Center Web site is now offering some much-anticipated design and construction information. The site showcases specific statistics and structural information, as well as seven architectural readings and 11 3D model renderings of the center. The Center’s construction is not intended to tower over SMU’s campus, but to blend in with its surrounding buildings, said Executive Founding Director of the George W. Bush Institute Jim Glassman. Robert A.M. Stern Architects is the brain behind the building construction and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc is the landscape designer. Glassman said that Valkenburgh Associates designed the landscape with “areas to enjoy nature and walk around.”

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The Center will be located on top of 23.11 acres of land and consist of three distinct buildings. Construction is projected to begin in the fall of this year and reach completion by spring 2013. The Archives building will include three classrooms and a research room. A Museum will contain a permanent exhibit gallery and a temporary exhibit gallery, as well as a restaurant to grab a bite to eat. Highlights of the third building, the Institute and Foundation, include over 25 offices, a seminar room and an auditorium with full broadcast capabilities. The building construction will “be the absolute top of environmental buildings,” Glassman said.

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Dancers from around the country lined up in front of McFarlin Auditorium from Wednesday, March 10 through Friday, March 12 to try-out for “So You Think You Can Dance.” The try-out process is three days long, and is filled with free-style dancing and prepared solos, producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe said. The dancers first perform free-style in front of the producers, and if they are talented enough or particularly unique they are sent to the judging panel to perform their own choreography. “We are looking for stars, and that’s the problem. They’ve got to come out there and be unique. Just being good isn’t enough anymore,” Lythgoe said. In addition to Lythgoe, the Dallas judging panel included “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers Tyce Diorio and Toni Redpath. Diorio became involved in the show during season one as a Broadway choreographer. “I was in ‘Chicago’ the musical on Broadway at the time, so it was a good fit,” Diorio said. Redpath was selected for the show because of her extensive background in ballroom dance. “Just through my experience in the ballroom dancing world, I was able to join the ‘So You

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Think You Can Dance’ team,” Redpath said. “I was able to let them know what the ballroom dance world expects out of dancers.” The dancers in Dallas impressed the judges. Lythgoe noted that they weren’t as impressive as the dancers in New York, but they surpassed the Miami dancers. “We’ve seen some really interesting talent here,” Diorio said, who was excited about a few Dallas dancers that they sent straight to Vegas. Redpath agreed with Diorio. “There’s been one or two that really have that star quality and we think they really have the potential,” she said. And even though the dancers have existing talent, the judges hope to drive them to higher levels. “We really want to push these dancers to excel. We want them to take their dancing to limits they didn’t even know were possible,” Redpath said. Every dancer is forced to go beyond the bounds of their own style and try forms of dance that they may never have done before, Redpath said. She said that she believes that the hardest style of dance to transition out of is hip-hop, which provides very little technical training. She said that taking on styles like modern and contemporary after only being trained in hip-hop can be extremely challenging. The dancer that can master all styles and win the hearts of Americans everywhere will be awarded $250,000, will appear on

the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and receive all of the other perks that come along with being a “So You Think You Can Dance” winner. In the past, competitors have been given lead roles in movies and spots on television. The producers hope that they can continue that trend, Lythgoe said. This year, former contestants danced at the Oscars in a piece choreographed by “So You Think You Can Dance” judge, Adam Shankman. Deeley tries to keep up with former dancers as much as she can. She says that they often come to her house for a Fourth of July Barbeque. “I’m English, I shouldn’t even be celebrating the bloody Fourth of July, but they come around and we’ll have hamburgers and beers and swim in the pool and just chill.” She has often been called one of the most caring hosts on television for becoming so involved in the lives of the contestants, but Deeley says that she believes that it would be hard for anyone not to become as involved as she is. “Essentially what you are doing is taking ordinary people and putting them in the most extraordinary situation, and then they have this talent, so there is so much for them to deal with just as human beings,”

Deeley said. “I think it would be very strange if you didn’t form some kind of human connection with [them].” But she says that she is not the only one on the show that retains a connection with past contestants. The show often brings them back to choreograph and assist with auditions. In fact, former dancers Courtney Galiano and Jason Glover were in Dallas to choreograph for the try-outs. “Its not like, ok you were with us one season and off you go into the big bad world,” Deeley said. And even though the Dallas auditions were bustling with activity and stress, the judges still found time to enjoy what Dallas had to offer. Diorio said that he felt like he was in the movie “Legally Blonde” stepping out onto Harvard’s campus, and remarked on how beautiful SMU was, while Lythgoe hoped for some SMU goodies to take home with him. “I got a really good SMU golf cap the last time I was here, and I’m hoping I get something today.”




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Ticker Talk NEW YORK (AP) -- Investors turned cautious Monday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s meeting on interest rates. Major stock indexes closed narrowly mixed after trading lower for most of the day. An analyst upgrade of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. helped lift the Dow Jones industrial average by about 18 points to its fifth straight gain.

SMU Computer Corner feels recession pinch, sales down 11 percent year over year Nationwide retail slump affects campus business By STEVE THOMPSON Contributing Writer

As freshman Sheny Palacios prepared for her first year at SMU, a new computer was a top priority. She picked out a Dell the summer before starting classes. It wasn’t until she visited SMU with her father that she realized there was a computer store on campus. “We were thinking about buying a case there, but they only had ones for Macs,” Palacios said. During the six months she has been on campus so far, Palacios said she has never bought anything at the SMU Computer Corner. She said she looks for cheaper options at stores like Wal-Mart when she needs paper

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or ink. And she isn’t the only one who isn’t shopping at the electronic retailer located on the main floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. “We’ve definitely seen a decrease in revenue due to the recession,” Store Manager Daniel Hope said. January 2009 sales for the SMU Computer Corner dropped 11 percent compared to January of 2008. Before that, Hope said they were seeing an increase in sales. “When the recession started we did have a decrease, but it’s been kind of steady throughout 2009 and into 2010,” Hope said. The store reflects the national trend in retail sales according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau reported in December that third quarter retail sales in 2009 were down $19.2 billion, or 3.7 percent from the same quarter in 2008. Sales for electronic and appliance stores for January were even worse, falling 7 percent from January 2009. The SMU Computer Corner is operated by HiEd, Inc, which operates electronic stores on college campuses across Texas. Hope estimates his store’s annual sales at around $1 million and said half of that comes from sales in July and August, when the campus is much less populated.


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Hope said the incoming freshmen who visit campus during AARO sessions are their best customers, adding that enrollment numbers at SMU directly affect the store’s sales. Lagging sales during the fall and spring semesters are due to a lack of advertising or promotions by the store, something Hope says it is working on. “We have noticed that there’s still a good amount of students who don’t even know there’s a computer store on campus,” Hope said. Junior Swanee Cruz said she knows about the store and walks by a lot, but has never bought anything.

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She said she needs a new computer, but that the SMU Computer Corner probably wouldn’t be the first place she’d go. “I would consider buying it there if there was a significant discount,” Cruz said. Hope said that the store’s biggest and most exclusive discounts are on Adobe and Microsoft Software. The two Apple stores near campus, at NorthPark and on McKinney Avenue, are a large part of SMU

Computer Corner’s competition, especially for laptops, Hope said. Students buying at the SMU Computer Corner over the Apple store save at most $10 on a MacBook Pro and $5 on a MacBook. Senior economics major Rachel Ellis got her laptop at the Apple store before she started as a freshman, but said she has bought a calculator and Microsoft Word at the store before. In the past two months, Hope said there has been a decrease in foot traffic in the store, but he’s not sure if that’s recession related. However, a recent study by Reuters and the University of Michigan showed that their preliminary consumer sentiment index, or consumer confidence, fell for February, signaling that Americans still believe there are tough times ahead and could be cutting back on retail shopping Hope said the company tries its best to weather those tough times. “Just like any other business, you do what you can to cut costs and run things more efficiently,” he said.


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The man behind Villa O knows what people want Elsea’s ideas keep Travis Street restaurant open for business and filled to the brim By ALLISON PRENGER Contributing Writer

It’s 6 p.m. on a Monday and the room is filled. The lights have been dimmed and the mahogany walls glow with the setting sun making you feel as if you have stepped onto a cruise ship. A man exits a nearby restaurant and heads toward Villa O, this “ship.” He enters through the revolving door and introduces himself as Steven Elsea, the inconspicuous, middle-aged man who is behind this nautically-themed restaurant. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Dallas, as this city has the largest restaurant per capita in the nation, according to But there is something about the Italian restaurant on Travis Street that seems to set it apart from all others. Perhaps it is Villa O’s use of organic and local ingredients in a majority of its dishes. Maybe it’s the packed dining area that never seems to diminish. It could possibly be the reality that we are in an economic crisis and Villa O is thriving as though we weren’t. But it is probably Elsea himself, the genius and vice president of operations at Villa O who designed this bustling arrangement of things we associate with home like big tables, jovial laughter and divine aromas. No ship can sail successfully without a captain. In the case of O, Elsea has set sail a set of ideas to keep this establishment afloat. When he was a teenager, he got his start in the restaurant industry as a host at Ruby Tuesday in Miami. When Elsea turned 18 he was promoted to manager. He went on to open eight other restaurants within that franchise in three different states: Florida, Georgia and Alabama. “I didn’t go to culinary school because I wanted to be a chef. I went because I just loved to cook,” Elsea said. To fulfill his passion he traveled to Providence, R.I. to attend Johnson and Wales University. After completing culinary school, he ambitiously entered into the business school for marketing and hospitality. Elsea spent the next 10 years in the four and five star hotel business working for hotels such as the Texas institution, the Mansion on Turtle Creek. All of Elsea’s experience in the industry reflects where he gets much of his ideas for Villa O. For example, he created an event every Monday night called guest appreciation night. On such an evening you can expect every table to be filled with smiling guests, the room to be booming with the sound of deep conversation shared amongst friends and the bar is crowded, three people deep. It feels like the warm comfort of going to a party at your best friend’s house. What has brought all of these people together tonight? Free food. “Tonight we offer a two course meal, for free— no catches,” Elsea said proudly. The only requirements are that you have a reservation and it must be for six or fewer people. “In fact, this is one way we save money actually. Instead of spending money on ad space, we spend it on the guest,” he said. This is free media. People hear about an outstanding free meal that their roommate had the other night, make a reservation, eat the food and bam! They are hooked. SMU communications major Stuart Fisher would agree with Elsea’s technique. In her classes she is learning that “Places are starting to really utilize as much free media as possible during this economy,” she said. Junior Lindsey Gengo said Villa O has been one of her favorite restaurants in Dallas since she was a freshman. “It’s funny because I have never seen an ad for this place, yet every time I go they just seem to be getting busier and busier,” she said.

It is Elsea’s innovative ideas that keep guests coming back for more. He also believes that in order to continue to be successful one must “do what they do better.” By ‘doing better’ Elsea means never compromising standards, food, service or hospitality. “These are the foundations of our success and we are successful because of them, not despite them,” he said. There is no quality without consistency, Elsea said. This is not just a phrase Elsea applies to his line of work, but what he looks for in his restaurant of choice when he is not eating at the

It’s funny because I have never seen an ad for this place, yet every time I go they just seem to be getting busier and busier. Lindsey Gengo Junior

restaurants he operates. “If I could choose anywhere else, it would have to be P.F. Chang’s,” he

said. He said he likes it because of the idea that it is a widely known

establishment and he can go to any one of the restaurants in the country and the quality never fluctuates. “After the downfall of the economy,” Elsea said. “We have had an uptick.” In April the proprietors of Villa O will be opening the third concept restaurant called Sfuzzi. Elsea’s idea behind Sfuzzi was to target the SMU community by creating a place for students to go for late night eating. Elsea knows what people want and what a community needs. According to Elsea, his knowledge of these areas are the foundation for

good public relations. “The three things that are needed in order to be successful in PR are to protect your identity, act with integrity, and always do your best,” Elsea said. “In my opinion, a good PR representative is one that gets results,” said Susan Friedman, owner and publicist of FMPR, a public relations firm in Dallas. If results are a direct reflection of a successful idea, then Elsea has reached success. However, Elsea considers himself successful as long as he is “remembered as someone who gave and got respect.”



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What the Lady Gaga craze says about our generation OPINION EDITOR


’ve never gotten the Lady Gaga craze. I’ll be the first to admit, some of her songs are pretty catchy; I’ve danced to “Poker Face” at my share of parties. But I’ve never considered changing my religious preferences on Nathaniel French Facebook to “Gagaism” and I’ve never once referred to her as “fierce.” She’s turned out a few good hits, but I’m not yet ready to ascribe to her mystical powers. Her music videos have always disturbed me. Between the trippy shots of her in ridiculous outfits and the not-so-subtle masochistic vibes, they produce a guttural repulsion in me. I can’t explain why, on an intellectual level, I find the “Bad Romance” video so upsetting, but whenever I watch it something somewhere inside me feels abused. So I should have avoided Lady Gaga’s new video, “Telephone,” featuring Beyonce. But too many people were talking about it and I couldn’t help myself. I sat at my computer and watched all nine minutes and 32 seconds of it. It was as viscerally jolting as I’d expected. The

video begins with Lady Gaga in prison. Two guards rip off her clothes and one remarks, “I told you she didn’t have a d---.” Then Beyonce bails Lady Gaga out and they go on a road trip in the “Pussy Wagon” to poison a bunch of people in a diner. For kicks, the two engage in a bit of homoeroticism. Even if you ignore the fact that the action on screen has nothing to do with the lyrics, it’s still a stupid video. In just nine and a half minutes, Lady Gaga manages to get naked, put on glasses made of lit cigarettes and prance around in a leopard skin outfit that even the most shameless cougar wouldn’t be caught dead in. Beyonce proves that beautiful pop divas look just as silly as everyone else in black lipstick. Extras dance with baguettes and drop halfchewed food from their mouths. It’s as if Lady Gaga and Beyonce wrote down on little scraps of paper every way they could think of to shock people, put them in a hat, drew them out in random order and filmed the result. This video has little entertainment value and no artistic merit. But millions of people have watched it. Many, like me, have expressed disgust. Many others have loved it. For some reason, they are drawn to the video’s illogical sequence of events and raw shock power. Our generation grew up in the age of the Internet,


when outrageous and degrading images became just a mouse click away. We watched people humiliate themselves on “Fear Factor” and “The Biggest Loser.” We listened to shock jocks like Howard Stern say outrageous things. We laughed at jokes about Helen Keller and dead babies. A tidal wave of pornography and iconoclasm washed over us until we became numb. Shock has become our drug and we require ever-stronger hits to achieve our high. In the wake of that overdose came Lady Gaga. She gave us the spectacle of degradation. She showed us videos of herself vomiting. She chained herself to a pole by her hair. She wore a dress made of bubbles. Now she’s been stripped in prison and committed mass homicide. The images no longer even make sense; the more incomprehensible they are, the more they feed into viewers’ hunger for the grotesque. Past eras have been defined by their art. Greece had Sophocles and Plato. The Renaissance had da Vinci and Michelangelo. Will the 21st century be remembered as the Age of Gaga? Nathaniel French is a junior theater major. He can be reached for comment at

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State Board of Education should include more diverse viewpoints

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hen did school curriculum get so political? Texas Board of Education is working on changes to its curriculum standards, which decide what should be taught to students for the next 10 years. This may not seem all that important, but it has serious implications for Texas students, as well as students across the country. Texas is one of the biggest buyers of textbooks in the nation, which means that many publishers will cater their books to the standards set forth by the TBOE. This leads other states to unofficially adopt Texas’ standards. Everyone should be concerned with the Board’s recent actions because they have the potential to reach students across the nation. Recent changes by the conservative majority have added Republican and conservative ideals to the curriculum, with voting divided along partisan and ethnic lines. For example, the changes add a requirement for students to study prominent conservative groups from the 1980s and 1990s. Students will also be expected to learn how private enterprise is restricted by government regulation and taxes and how the Founding Fathers were influenced by Judeo-Christian religions. However the new standards do not discuss liberal or minority rights groups. They also do not discuss the “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment, which provides for a separation of church and state. Discussing conservative viewpoints is not a crime—but trouble appears when other viewpoints are left out of the equation. These changes only serve to highlight that which is conservative or Republican. Our country developed from a variety of societies and cultures. We shouldn’t ignore their cultural influences simply because they aren’t the conservative ideal. To ignore these influences is to distort reality. The final vote on curriculum standards will take place in May. Let’s hope the Board changes its mind for the better by adding more diverse viewpoints.

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ecently, in celebration of my mom’s birthday, my dad took her to a newly opened upscale restaurant near their Florida home. On the menu, they noticed something quite unusual, indeed unprecedented: none Nathan Mitzner of the offerings were priced. Instead, a note appeared on the back of the menu indicating that all items were to be served a la carte and would be charged at the “prevailing rate” which would be revealed only after the meal was served. Because it was a special occasion, and not wanting to embarrass my mom, my dad insisted that they stay and enjoy the meal despite the open-ended cost. Following a hearty four-course meal the waiter handed my dad the check, which came to $7,854.11-before the tip. After the initial shock wore off, my dad confronted the restaurant manager, vehemently protesting the outrageous charges. “That’s how we operate,” explained the manager. “The menu stated that you would be charged prevailing rates. Well, those are our prevailing rates. Will you be paying by cash or credit card?” Of course, the above scenario is fictitious. No rational person would frequent any establishment whose costs are hidden until after the goods and services have been irrevocably tendered. No restaurant-no business for that matter--could possibly operate on that basis. Right? Well, not exactly. There is one business--and a massive one at that--comprising onesixth of the world’s largest economy that functions precisely in that manner. Before being admitted to a medical facility, all non-Medicare and non-Medicaid patients must agree in writing that they and/or their insurance carrier will reimburse the hospital for their cost of treatment. And how are costs to be determined? Well, it’s pretty much whatever the hospital decides to charge, even more than $25 thousand for a 45-minute outpatient surgical procedure resulting in an eight-hour stay (one of my mom’s friends was recently charged that. I guess it adds up when each Tylenol pill is billed at $87 and use of the operating room commands an hourly rate of $3,500). Unlike the restaurant example, this happens each and every day, thousands of times; patients are egregiously over-billed. Of course, in most instances, it is the patient’s insurance carrier that is the primary payer, inevitably resulting in rising insurance premiums. Seeing as America’s best and brightest minds have

spent over a year on a health care reform proposal contained within the pages of a 2,500 page bill that has been debated ad-nausea for many months, one can confidently assume that the bill adequately addresses and proposes credible solutions for the need to rein in health care costs. Well, not exactly. For that matter, not even close. And that is why the health care legislation about to come up for a final vote in Congress should be defeated. It does scandalously little to address, let alone remedy, the Achilles’ heel of our health care system. While the bill determines to attack Medicare fraud and reduce Medicare reimbursement by nearly $400 billion over 10 years, it falls woefully short when it comes to taming out-of-control medical costs. Without credibly doing so, no so-called health care reform bill can possibly achieve its stated purpose: meaningful reform. To effectively rein in costs would require two adjustments in how medical services are charged. First, the approximate cost of treatment must be divulged up front; not a precise estimate, which would not be possible, but at least enumerated charges for treatment and services. Second, there must be a rational nexus between costs and charges. The Tylenol bill that costs the hospital or clinic barely a nickel should not be marked up 1,500 times. This would require a dramatic shift from the health care industry’s current business model into one that has been standard operating procedure for practically all other businesses. And that cannot come soon enough. Cost containment being achieved, most other pieces of the health care puzzle would readily fall into place. Lower medical costs would translate into lower insurance premiums, which would enable millions who are currently uninsured to purchase affordable health insurance without the need for a government subsidy. By establishing a credible protocol of cost containment, many of the bill’s objectives which, as now proposed, would only be achieved through government subsidies, could instead be attained without the need for taxpayers to foot the bill. There is, however, an additional ingredient that must be present for the public to reap the benefits of meaningful cost control: requiring insurance carriers to pass along the savings to their customers in the form of lower premiums rather than simply garnering windfall profits. Without such a provision, the benefits of cost containment would not be realized. How do we insure that this happens? See next week’s column. Nathan Mitzner is a junior risk management insurance major. He can be reached for comment at


merica seems anxious of late. Why, you might ask? Well, besides nerves over health care, the economy, the war, taxes, education, political parties and other such trivialities, we seem to fret over the Rebecca Quinn likelihood that we will no longer be the belle of the international ball. It would appear that we are terrified of giving up our undisputed title as the world’s number one to our largest financer and cultural antithesis, China. The horror! The pain! The sting of being second best is believed by some to be worse than being third—just ask any Olympic silver medalist; while America famously loves the underdog, it never actually wants to be the underdog. We love being number one so we might hold our heads high when we sing our national anthem and wholeheartedly chant “We’re number one!” and “U.S.A.!” ad nauseam at international sporting events. The pomp and spectacle of our patriotism is nearly unparalleled—think drunken American college kids roaming the streets of Europe on the Fourth of July, usually draped in the American flag and often toting a boom box. I kid you not; I have seen it first hand. The more I contemplate the international political scene, however, the more I think that being number two would not be so bad after all. In fact, I daresay I sometimes even wish that we would just throw in the towel already and retire comfortably to the international backburner. You see, being number one is not that great. Sure, there are some perks, but even greater are the pressures and responsibilities that come with such power. All eyes are on us and most of the time the limelight is not so flattering. Nearly every move we makes is scrutinized, stereotyped and scoffed at. And as the self-proclaimed world police and world philanthropists we find it necessary to interfere in every possible political or natural disaster. So why not relax and give someone else a go? When we look to modern history at the other states that once held the position of roost ruler, we see that while passing on the torch may be painful at first, it pays off in the long run. Take Spain, which once controlled the greatest empire the world had ever seen—it had to let go for one reason or another but everything seemed to turn out alright. And how about England? After turning the power over to us, albeit reluctantly, it seems to be pretty comfortable. I venture to suggest that we turn over power peacefully, with a relieved and knowing smile, and let China deal with this mess. Rebecca Quinn is a junior art history, Spanish, and French triple major. She can be reached for comment at


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Tuesday, March 16, 2010 •




Knicks end Mavericks’ 13-game win streak By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Photo courtesy of SMU Athletics

No. 59 Marta Lesniak has not dropped a match in singles this year.

Mustangs bounce back with weekend victories over Penn State and Abilene Christian By BRITTANY LEVINE Associate Sports Editor

SMU’s No. 33 women’s tennis team won three out of their four events during Spring Break, beating Texas A&M, Penn State and Abilene Christian. The first win of the break was against No. 56 Texas A&M (5-2) in College Station on March 9. They took the doubles point, sweeping all three doubles matches. SMU Head Coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said, “A&M has really good doubles. So, for us to fight hard after being down at No. 2 in doubles and come back and clinch the point was really awesome.” The victories against A&M came from sophomore Marta Lesniak (6-4, 6-3), freshmen Shahzoda Hatamova (6-2, 6-2), Edyta Cieplucha (2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2) and senior Pavi Francis (7-5, 6-2). “It was a long match,” Longbotham-Meisner said, “but the team conducted themselves well on the court and didn’t give up. It wasn’t our prettiest performance, but it was a really big team effort in a tough atmosphere.” The Mustangs took two home wins March 12. The team swept all six doubles matches of the day and didn’t lose any singles matches against Penn State, winning 7-0. They then won three of six singles matches against Abilene Christian University (4-3). SMU lost 4-3, ending its eight-match winning streak against then No. 33 University of Texas in Austin March 6. The Longhorns earned the doubles point with two of three doubles wins and the teams split singles matches. The Mustangs’ three wins came from Lesniak, Francis and sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova. Lesniak won her match 6-0, 3-6, 6-4. She was named Conference USA women’s player of the week last Tuesday. She is ranked No. 59 in the ITA rankings and has been honored as C-USA player of the week twice before. Malyarchikova won her match 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and Francis won in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (5). Next up, SMU will host No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth on March 20 at 12 p.m. They will then face Southern Miss. at 10 a.m. on March 21.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks had the most lopsided victory in franchise history when they beat the New York Knicks by 50 points in the teams’ last meeting nearly two months ago. This time, it was the Knicks’ turn for a rout. Bill Walker scored a careerhigh 23 points, Wilson Chandler added 22 and New York snapped the Mavericks’ 13-game winning streak with a 128-94 victory on Saturday night. “Revenge is sweet sometimes. That’s a really good team over there but we caught them at the right time. They were ripe for the picking,” said New York reserve Al Harrington, who had 20 points. “When you’re rolling along and the Knicks are coming in, you figure you can score 150 points on ‘em in your sleep. But that Knick team didn’t show up today. We caught ‘em by surprise.” Rookie Toney Douglas had 21 points, and David Lee contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who’d lost 14 of their previous 17 and nine straight in Dallas. “We felt they’d take us lightly,” said Douglas, making his first start since Nov. 18. “A lot of teams look at the schedule and say, ‘Oh, that’s the Knicks. That’s a win.’ But we’ve got to come out and compete every night.” The Knicks celebrated a rare highlight in an otherwise forgettable season, shooting 56 percent from the floor (50 for 89) and 16 of 30 from 3-point range. Dallas hadn’t been beaten by the Knicks at home since Dec. 16, 1999. Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Jason Kidd added 15 points for Dallas, which won 128-78 at New York on Jan.

24 and hadn’t lost since Feb. 16. Slow starts had become a habit for the Mavericks during their streak, and the Knicks carried a 30-25 edge into the second quarter. Early on, several Knicks told the Mavericks that Dallas would be in for a tough night. “They remembered (the blowout in New York),” said Dallas’ Shawn Marion, who scored 14 points. “They even said something to me about it

Now it’s time to start another one. I think we’ve just got to learn from it. Shawn Marion Dallas forward

before the game. They said they were going to give us a spanking.” Harrington had 15 points in the first half and Douglas 13 in his third career start to help the Knicks take 58-48 lead at the break. The Knicks opened the third quarter with a 20-9 spurt, capped by Tracy McGrady’s three-point play, to expand their advantage to 78-57. McGrady had 11 third-quarter points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and the Knicks took a 91-66 lead into the final quarter. New York went on to lead by as many as 37 points in the fourth quarter behind 16 points from Walker. Afterwards, the Mavericks didn’t seem overly concerned about the blowout. “You especially don’t want it to come to an end like this, but at the same time it was a great run,” Marion said. “Now it’s time to start another one. I think we’ve just got to learn from it. It seemed like everything we did out there wouldn’t go right tonight.”

MIKE FUENTES/Associated Press

Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler (4) goes for a shot as New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler (21) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Saturday, March 13, 2010.


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Mustangs upset by UAB Blazers

Success eludes SMU in postseason play

Poor shooting dooms SMU’s chances By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

Two years ago, they were Conference USA tournament champions. A year ago, they became C-USA champions for the regular season. And for their final season, the seniors of the SMU women’s basketball team had a dream of going further than they had ever gone before. The University of AlabamaBirmingham struck down that dream in the second round of the C-USA tournament, 64-59, on Tuesday, March 9. The Mustangs, ranked No. 3 in C-USA, received a first round bye and were able to skip ahead to the second round of the tournament. The Blazers, No. 6 in the conference, defeated No. 11 Tulsa on Monday to advance to the quarterfinal game against SMU. The game started well for the Mustangs, as they took an 18-6 lead with a flurry of baskets from their starters. However, SMU’s shooters suddenly went cold and the Blazers stormed back to tie the game, 18-18, with six minutes remaining in the first half. The Mustangs managed to fend off the attack and went into halftime up by three, 25-22. After halftime, UAB’s offense pressed SMU and the Mustangs’ offense could not answer. The Blazers, in the first half, shot only 25.7 percent from the field and did not make a single three-pointer. The Mustangs, on the other hand, shot 43.5 percent from the field and made two of nine three-pointers. In the second half, those statistics


SMU guard Alisha Filmore driving for the basket during a game against the University of Central Florida March 1 at Moody Coliseum.

essentially flipped. UAB shot a staggering 52 percent from the floor while the Mustangs shot less than half of that at 25.9 percent. The Blazers also made 3 three-pointers, one more than the Mustangs. However, SMU heaved up 11 three-pointers compared to just six for UAB. Junior Haley Day and senior Jillian Samuels both put up 13 points for the Mustangs while senior Alice Severin, in her first game back from injury, contributed 10 points. Sophomore Christine Elliot had eight points and 16 rebounds. Of the 64 points that the Blazers scored, 60 of those points came from

three players. Freshman Amber Jones led UAB with 23 points off the bench. Freshman Jala Harris also came off the bench to put up 16 points. Senior Tamika Dukes scored 21 points and was one of two starters that even scored a single point. UAB, after defeating the Mustangs, also defeated the University of Houston in the semifinals to reach the finals. However, the Blazers’ dream run hit a brick wall against No. 1 Tulane. The Mustangs now await word from the NIT or the NCAA to find out if their season will continue in tournament play.

By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

The SMU men’s basketball team finished its regular season with seven conference wins, the most its had since joining Conference USA in the 2005-06 season. However, none of that mattered in the C-USA tournament, and the Mustangs fell in the first round, 6953. SMU entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed and played the No. 9 seed, the University of Central Florida, on Wednesday, March 10 at the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa. The Mustangs and the Knights had already met once this season Jan. 27, when SMU handled UCF with ease, winning 65-43. Sophomore Justin Haynes got the Mustangs off to a quick start when he nailed a three-pointer for the first points of the game. SMU managed to stretch the lead to seven, 18-11, midway through the first half. At this point, the Knights came to life and clawed their way back, eventually taking the lead, 21-20, with eight minutes remaining. Sophomore Robert Nyakundi momentarily gave the lead back to SMU with a layup, but the Knights quickly regained the lead with their next basket and kept it for the remainder of the game. Despite giving up the lead to UCF, the Mustangs were still in contention coming out of the locker room after halftime, trailing by two, 34-32. However, less than three minutes into the second half, UCF had widened their lead to nine, 4132. The Mustangs could not mount


SMU forward Papa Dia fights for a rebound against an opposing player from the Marshall Thundering Herd.

a rally from that point on—the closest they came was seven points, 43-36. Senior Derek Williams led the Mustangs in scoring with 15 points. He was the only SMU player to score in double digits. Freshman Rodney Clinkscales, senior Mouhammad Faye and Haynes all scored nine points. Junior Papa Dia chipped in with seven points and five rebounds, but fouled out with a little less than five minutes remaining. Both teams shot well from the field; SMU made 51.4 percent of their shots, and UCF did even better at 54.2 percent. The largest differential was in the assist to turnover ratio. The Mustangs dished

out only 11 assists and turned the ball over 16 times. The Knights had 23 assists to just 12 turnovers. UCF moved on to the second round and was defeated by the No. 1 seed, the University of Texas at El Paso. The University of Houston was the surprise of the tournament, upsetting both No. 2 University of Memphis and UTEP, claiming the C-USA tournament crown. Both UTEP and Houston will represent C-USA in the NCAA tournament. Houston is No. 13 in the Midwest bracket while UTEP is No. 12 in the West bracket. The NCAA tournament begins on March 16.


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