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Student Fees Skyrocket SMU among highest in student fees for peer universities NATALIE POSGATE Contributing Writer nposgate@smu.edu Marika Wynne expected to go through four years of college when she entered SMU in the fall of 2009. But after a conversation with her academic advisor last spring, something changed: she’s graduating in three years instead. “I wish I could do a victory lap, but it’s just not cost effective,” said Wynne, a senior dance major who has been taking an 18-hour load each semester in order to graduate this spring. Tuition is the dominant reason that Wynne cannot afford a fourth year at SMU, but she said the general student fees also played a large role in her decision to

graduate early. SMU charged its full-time, undergraduate students $4,440 in student fees this year, yet administration won’t provide a specific breakdown for where the money goes. This amount is, for the most part, thousands of dollars higher than all 24 of SMU’s peer universities, leaving Wynne and other students wondering what they are paying for. A visit to the SMU website does not completely answer this question; nor does an inquiry to administration. Administrators will give a vague breakdown, but there is nothing in writing that gives students a numerical dissection of where the fee money is allocated. “While we don’t release specific

lists, student fees cover a broad array of activities and campus programming that are key to the SMU student experience,” SMU vice president for business and finance Chris Regis said in an email. “General fees fund various programs and activities on campus such as the HughesTrigg Student Center, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, student association programs and intercollegiate athletics.” Most of SMU’s peer universities numerically break down student fees on their websites. For example, student fees at Notre Dame are $507 for the 2011 to 2012 school year. Fees include a $250 technology fee, a $150 health center access fee, a $95 student activity fee and a $12 Observer

fee (the student newspaper). Notre Dame has the third lowest fees among SMU’s 12 peer benchmark universities. “Our fees are broken down and right now we think that’s the right thing to do,” said Joseph Russo, director of student financial strategies at Notre Dame. “Transparency, especially today, is expected from consumers.” Dan Fulks, an accounting professor at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., agrees that fees should be transparent, but not necessarily from a consumer standpoint. “Some people refer to students as consumers, but I don’t agree with that at all,” Fulks said. “I think the university has some responsibility to tell you what it’s

doing with the tuition [and fees] that you’re bringing in… it’s a little bit of a different situation than going to Best Buy and putting some money down on something. The money [students] put into supporting the university is not just the cost of them attending.” When asked why SMU student fees are the highest out of its peers, Regis said in another e-mail that “some schools place more emphasis on tuition versus fees,” and that SMU falls in the middle of its peers when looking at the combined cost of tuition and fees. Dartmouth College is one of the peer benchmark universities that matches this description. This year, tuition at Dartmouth is $41,736 and student fees are $1,260, compared to SMU’s

$34,990 tuition and $4,440 student fees. Like Notre Dame, Dartmouth provides a breakdown on its website for where student fees are allocated. Ron Hiser, Dartmouth’s director of student financial services, acknowledged that while the combined amount of tuition and fees at Dartmouth totals higher than SMU, transparency is crucial since college is a pricey investment. “I don’t know that I can completely understand the reasoning to say it’s right or wrong [to not provide a breakdown],” Hiser said, but “I know if that was going on here people would want answers … at least we’re

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POLITICS

ACADEMICS

Perry vows to fight for voter ID law

SMU tries to adapt to changing plagiarism world

RAHFIN FARUK News Editor rfaruk@smu.edu Rick Perry has not turned into a lame duck governor after his failed run for the Republican presidential nomination. The governor criticized the Justice Department’s decision to block a law that would have required Texas voters to present government-approved IDs in order to vote. Proponents of the law say that it will help limit voter fraud and increase transparency in elections. “During the testimony that was in front of the Texas legislature this last session, we had multiple cases where voter fraud was in various places across the state,” Perry said to FOX News on Friday. “I think any person who does not want to see fraud believes in having good, open, honest elections. One of the best ways to do that is to have an identification so that you prove who you are and you keep those elections fraud-free.”

For Perry’s administration, the issue also boils down to one of states rights. Angered by the Justice Department’s intrusion on Texas politics, Perry vowed to fight for the voter ID law all the way to the Supreme Court. “We are going to have to spend a lot of money and time defending our right to make sovereign decisions from this administration,” Perry said in the same FOX News interview. But the Justice Department stated in its decision last week that the issue was one of civil rights by stating that the law failed to prove “that the proposed changes have neither the purpose nor the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color or membership in a language minority group.” Minority activists argue that the law might prevent Hispanics and other racial minorities from voting. “More than 15 percent of Hispanics do not carry the forms of identification required by this law,” Abigail

Olvera, a politics major at the University of Richmond, said. “It would severely limit minority participation and help Republicans unfairly win elections.” Republicans from across the nation are questioning the motives of the Justice Department while liberal-leaning organizations are garnering support from multiple sources. The United Nations Human Rights Council is currently investigating the legitimacy of American voters laws in Geneva, Switzerland. The Texas voter ID law is having some of the same fractious effects at SMU. “It’s not the Justice Department’s place to block a state issue. State-issued ID’s are required to drive, purchase alcohol, and get on a plane, so they should be required in order to cast a vote to determine this country’s political future,” Zane Cavender, a Republican and SMU sophomore, said. Many SMU students agree,

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CHASE WADE Managing Editor cdwade@smu.edu As ever changing as the online landscape is, administrators and professors alike are implanting new strategies and technologies towards electronic plagiarism detection. SMU uses Safe Assign, an extension of Blackboard that runs student’s papers through a vast database of records and then prints out a report that highlights possible places of plagiarism. As an avid user of this technology, SMU political science professor Chelsea Brown has had mixed experiences with the teaching tool. “Safe Assign’s not perfect,” Brown said. “I started using Safe Assign the first semester I was here, but it was very finicky… mainly in its functionality.” Brown elects to use Safe Assign not just with term papers, but instead for every type of writing assignment she assigns. With every paper submitted

through Safe Assign, students receive an electronic timestamp that proves that a copy of the paper was turned in. This eliminates possible professor error in regards of losing physical copies. “I think there is a fair amount of student reassurance with Safe Assign,” Brown said. SMU’s prime proponent of Safe Assign is Brad Boeke, the school’s Director of Academic Technologies. A large part of Boeke’s job is to provide faculty, staff and students direct support for Blackboard technologies. Boeke is currently forming a group of faculty, staff and students to make the school’s experience with Blackboard better. “Safe Assign’s got mixed reviews from the faculty,” Boeke said. “The way to make Safe Assign more effective is to submit more work into the database.” As SMU’s prime liaison to Blackboard, Boeke has seen a number of problems with the software.

In one extreme case, Boeke recalls Safe Assign taking almost a week to generate a report that would normally take three to four hours. The problem was later attributed to too many papers being turned in at the same time on Safe Assign’s servers. Even though Safe Assign is set into place, some students fail to even realize that they are plagiarizing. Brandon Bub, a sophomore English major, notices that plagiarism has many definitions. “There are also some rules about plagiarism that aren’t always clearly explained,” Bub said. “If a student were to write a paper and then cite something from a previous piece the student might have written, there are a lot of professors who would consider that plagiarism.” With electronic resources growing exponentially, electronic plagiarism is conversely growing as well.

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Tu-Lu’s Bakery, located on Sherry Lane near the intersection of Northwest Highway and Preston Road, sells a wide assortment of cupcakes and cook-

SMU alum opens gluten-free bakery KATE PETTY Food Editor kpetty@smu.edu You’ve heard when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. So if life gives you gluten allergies, why not open a gluten-free bakery? That’s exactly what SMU alum Tully Phillips did after receiving her diagnosis for gluten intolerance three years ago. After graduating from SMU with an art degree, Phillips enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin. Her studies focused on savory cooking, and from there she moved to New York City to continue on in the culinary field. In New York, Phillips worked with a couple of upscale catering companies and continued her culinary studies at NYU. In 2008, when Phillips discovered her gluten intolerance,

she began to search for glutenfree alternatives for her favorite foods. Phillips quickly came to find that “there weren’t many options for gluten-free baked goods, and what was out there didn’t taste the same as non glutenfree options.” Using her years of culinary training and love of cooking, Phillips experimented at home to develop recipes that tasted just as good as their wheat counterparts. Through trial and error Phillips eventually put together a collection of muffins, cookies and cupcakes that were up to her standards. In February 2010, Phillips decided to take her recipe collection public. She opened Tu-Lu’s GlutenFree Bakery in East Village with the hopes of giving New Yorkers a product they wanted in a fun environment they wanted to

be in. Her bakery was well-received and quickly became a New York favorite. When Phillips moved back to Dallas last fall because of her husband’s job, she wasn’t quite ready to let her bakery go. Though she initially had no intention of opening another bakery, it was only a couple of months before she began planning for a second branch of Tu-Lu’s. Once Phillips “got a feel for the mood in Dallas” she saw that “there’s a need for quality glutenfree baked goods here too.” On March 7, Phillips second Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery opened in Preston Center. Not only does the bakery offer sweet treats like cupcakes and cookies, but Tu-Lu’s also serves up paninis on their homemade sunflower bread. The best part? Nothing tastes like it’s gluten-free.

One of the bakery’s most popular items is the raspberry almond crumble muffin. Each bite is moist, flavorful and couldn’t be farther from the dry and bland stereotype often associated with glutenfree items. Those interested in even more indulgence can look to the fudgey and rich dark chocolate brownie. Or, if you’re looking for a savory snack, the white cheddar jalapeno corn muffin doesn’t disappoint. In addition to being glutenfree, some choices are vegan or dairy-free such as the pumpkin loaf, cinnamon sugar donuts or vegan agave brownie. Top your snack off with a coffee or a raspberry iced tea and you’re good to go. With such a wide array of delicious treats on the menu, SMU couldn’t be happier to welcome its former Mustang back to Dallas.

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Angry Dog, found in Deep Ellum, is the perfect spot for a late-night meal.

Late night tastes in Dallas KATE PETTY Food Editor kpetty@smu.edu There’s no arguing the greatness of a late night meal at Whataburger or Raising Cane’s, but making 1 a.m. food runs to the same fast food joints can get old. Fortunately, Dallas offers some other options the after-hours munchies. Angry Dog, located on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum, keeps serving until 2 a.m on Fridays and Saturdays. This bar and restaurant offers a fairly wide array of menu items, but the most popular dish is their namesake, the Angry Dog. A grilled bun is topped with a Kosher beef hot dog, also grilled. Then the dish is piled high with mustard, spicy chili, cheddar cheese, and grilled onions. The use of a knife

and fork is highly recommended. A veteran in the Dallas dining scene, Buzzbrews Kitchen is favorited for their 24-hour service and their enormous menu. The closest one to campus is located off U.S.-75 between Fitzhugh and Blackburn. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Buzzbrews probably has it on their menu: burgers, salads, soups, omelettes, quesadillas – you name it. If endless options aren’t your thing, Lakewood Landing will do the trick. Visit this dive bar and restaurant after 11 p.m. to try one of their off the menu corn dogs, which are hand dipped in a roasted jalapeno batter. Even though Lakewood Landing stays open until 2 a.m., if you’re going for the corn dogs — show up early.


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After six losing seasons, Doh fired BILLY EMBODY Staff Writer wembody@smu.edu After his sixth season on the Hilltop and posting a record of 80-109, men’s head basketball coach at SMU Matt Doherty has been relieved of his coaching by Athletic Director Steve Orsini on Tuesday. In a statement released through the athletic department Orsini talked about Doherty’s time here on the Hilltop. “I appreciate Matt’s efforts and service here at SMU,” Orsini said. “He always represented the university with class and I never doubted his effort or desire to win, but it was time for a change. We wish him the best.” Doherty was fired after a 13-19 campaign that saw the Mustangs fall in the first round of the C-USA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year under Doherty’s reign even after a promising 20win campaign last year. In a statement released through the athletic department, Doherty talked about how he understands the game being a business and at the end of the day they did not win enough games. He also was proud of the way the team carried themselves and worked day in and day out. “I am grateful to the players and staff for their hard work and the way they represented

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Head coach Matt Doherty reacts during an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma State, in Dallas on Dec. 28. 2011.

the University. I always stressed to them the importance of

controlling what you can control your attitude and effort,”

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focusing on every practice and game. I think that shows the

type of character these young men possess. I wish SMU and these young men nothing but success.” Orsini said a national search for a head coach would begin immediately. “We have set a goal of top-25 status for our men’s basketball program and want to compete for BIG EAST championships,” Orsini said. “With our membership in one of the best basketball conferences in the nation, the Crum Basketball Center, our $40-plus million renovation of Moody Coliseum and our location in the fertile recruiting grounds of Dallas, we believe we have the pieces for a championship-caliber program.” Some early names being rumored are Tony Bedford, a former Texas Tech player and an assistant at Marquette, Doc Sadler, most recently the former Nebraska and also was UTEP’s coach, Pat Knight, who replaced his dad, Bobby, at Texas Tech and is currently at Lamar, as well as Jeff Capel, the former Oklahoma coach and current Duke assistant. SMU’s new coach may come from a national search, but developing SMU’s relationship with Dallas schools where talent is plentiful will be crucial to the success of the program moving into the Big East under new leadership.

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SMU track and field takes top-10 by storm at TCU Invitational KELSEY CHARLES Staff Writer kcharles@smu.edu The SMU track and field team opened the outdoor season strong, placing eight girls in top-10 finishes this past week at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth.

Freshman standout Craishia Washington led the team, breaking the SMU 100-meter record with a time of 11.57, beating former record holder and current senior Amber Evans’ record by .05 seconds. Washington also placed third in the 200-meter with a time of 23.58.

Despite foregoing her 100-meter title to Washington, Evans was still a force to be reckoned with at the meet, placing second in the 200-meters. Her time of 23.53 is a new personal best, and is only .1 seconds behind the current SMU record in the event.

The team was strong in the distance events too- Mary Alenbratt placed second in the 800-meters with a time of 2:12.86, just .5 seconds behind the first place finisher. Freshman Frida Kristiansson rounded out the top five in the 1500-meters, finishing with a time of 4:45.15.

The throwing team held their own during the meet, claiming half of the team’s top-five finishes. Senior Ayla Gill took second in the hammer throw with an impressive mark of 52.79 meters while sophomore Helena Perez took second in the shot put with a throw of 15.29 meters.

Freshman Rayann Chin placed third in discus, with a throw of 47.41 meters and fifth in the shot put, with a distance of 14.21 meters. The ladies head to the University of Texas at Arlington next week to compete in the Bobby Lane Invitational.


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Redefining Insanity What makes someone “insane?” MARI HAILU MHAILU@SMU.EDU

How often do you hear someone say, “you’re insane?” Most of the time, the speaker does not actually believe that person is insane, but the word is nonetheless used frequently. What defines insanity? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, insanity is, “a deranged state of the mind,” but what is that, exactly? Albert Einstein said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, but that’s probably not the first thing that comes to someone’s mind when they picture an insane person. Perhaps a blank-faced, straggly haired, feeble looking individual walking purposelessly around a mental institution fits the stereotype of insanity. Because of the term’s ambiguity, psychologists don’t usually use it as a diagnosis. Insanity is now mainly used in the courtroom by the defendant pleading that they didn’t know wrong from right at the time of the crime. Instead of the blanket term insanity, mental patients are diagnosed with more specific ailments today, such as dementia, or schizophrenia, or...dehydration? That’s right. Jason Russell, creator of the “Kony 2012” video, was arrested in California after his near-nude outburst in the streets of San Diego. Ben Keesey, the CEO of Invisible Children, which Russell cofounded, made a statement saying that Russell was hospitalized for dehydration, malnutrition, and exhaustion, which led to his scandalizing rant. Even though Russell is an able-bodied man who does not fit the above outline of insanity, his actions were outlandish. Is he insane? Everyone has a breaking point, but not very many people cross it in such a public way. In today’s culture, a public display of that kind of weakness of mind might be all it takes to label someone insane, but thankfully, the world of psychiatry has more specific requirements. Mental illnesses are diagnosed more specifically, and patients are treated as individuals. Insanity is reserved for the courtroom. So how does the court decide if the defendant is insane? The McNaughton Rules were created in 1843 to defend Daniel McNaughton after he shot the secretary of the Prime Minister of England. The summary of the rules is that if the defendant was either not aware of what he was doing, or not aware that it was wrong, then he is not guilty, due to insanity. The rules are still used today in some cases, but temporary insanity is a hard concept to prove. There are many definitions of insanity, both in the casual and the formal senses of the word. The incident of Russell’s outburst may be a candidate for the title of insanity, but if it was caused by dehydration and exhaustion, college students beware! Most of us stay in a constant state of exhaustion, and hydration is inconvenient. You might be closer to a Russell situation than you think. My humanitarian suggestion of the day is, the next time you see a naked man clapping in the street, offer him a glass of water and a snack. Mari is a sophomore majoring in English and music (piano).

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Finance Committee loses sight of equality, denies LGBT funding ALEX VERNON atvernon@smu.edu As co-chair in charge of activism in Spectrum (SMU’s student-led LGBT organization), I feel it is important to make sure that our campus is made aware of issues facing the LGBT community. When I accepted this position, I decided that my mission was to educate members of the SMU student body, within and without the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, about LGBT issues in the hope that a deeper understanding of this community would help bring an end to the discrimination faced by LGBT individuals. Although I have fought hard, I hit a brick wall in the weeks before spring break. Along with copresident of Spectrum, and other members of our organization, we requested a re-evaluation of the finance committee’s earlier refusal to allocate funding for programming that would greatly benefit not only students of SMU, but also students at nearby institutions. Spectrum planned a lecture/ workshop and solo performance piece by transgender activist JAC Stringer. When we first presented our programming, finance

committee’s denial of funding was accompanied by suggestions to seek a local speaker. While in theory a local speaker would be great, there are none in the DFW area, that focus on college life, and certainly none who are solo performance artists with subject matter about transgender issues. In our presentation, I drew attention to these facts but was highly concerned that although Spectrum’s co-president, Harvey, and I were informative and clear in our presentation, the importance of a local speaker was yet again listed among the reasons for turning us down. However, new arguments accompanied their hesitance: they feared this event would not attract members outside of Spectrum, that they have “already allocated $6,000 to Spectrum,” and that Stringer is, most strikingly, “not appropriate” for SMU. Since when has a concern that students outside of a specific organization (Spectrum in this case) will not attend been a deciding factor? Organizations like Pulse have never been required to make sure that the Jewish, Muslim, and other non-Christian students come to their events. What makes our student-run, university-affiliated organization

any different? Nonetheless, we have always encouraged all SMU students to come to our events, and they often do. Also, if they believe they have given us a ridiculously high amount of money already, I implore you to look at the budgets for organizations like College Hispanic American Students (CHAS) and the Assosiation of Black Students (ABS), which are substantially higher than $6,000. These organizations are very similar to ours in their missions. Where Spectrum’s mission is to increase campus awareness of LGBT issues and end homophobia, student organizations like CHAS and ABS work to increase campus awareness of racial issues and end racism. How are their organizations any more important than ours if all of us are fighting to end discrimination? Don’t get me wrong, these wonderful organizations deserved that funding; we just ask to have the same opportunity. Lastly, how is a speaker who works to end the discrimination faced by the transgender community inappropriate for our university? Stringer discusses the various identities that fall under the transgender category

and highlights, “the cultural concept of normalcy and how it affects members of the queer… trans, and genderqueer [communities].” In what ‘appropriate’ ways does this university currently address the issues facing transgender students? In my four years here, we have never had an event centered on transgender issues. This is incredibly disturbing as it is evidence of a marginalization and erasure of the “T” within “LGBT” at SMU. I want all of our members— including people not affiliated with Spectrum or SMU—to know that we are here for them and refuse to let their voices go unheard. Currently, transgendered individuals often face a great deal more discrimination and as a minority group face the highest murder rate. I can only hope that in bringing issues, such as these faced by transgender students to the forefront, we can help to end this violence and discrimination. However, this is impossible if proper education provided by people such as JAC Stringer is avoided. Alex is a senior majoring in English.

Eradicating the cancer of ignorance

KATIE SCHAIBLE kschaible@smu.edu

Cancer. Only a few of us have an intimate relationship with this strange and mysterious phenomenon. The rest of us young and healthy college students put it up on a distant shelf in the back of our minds, right up there with global warming and terrorist attacks – things that are possible, yet don’t directly affect our daily wellbeing. We tend to view cancer as something you only hear about, read about, thinking “Oh, that could never happen to me or my family.” I felt the exact same way, until it did happen to my family… Cancer quickly came crashing down off that distant shelf and changed my life forever. When I was 14, my dad passed away from melanoma cancer. The doctors were unable to discover exactly what caused it, but I did learn that it might have derived from just one mole or one bad sunburn as a child. To say the least, my family is now extremely diligent in our annual visits to our dermatologist and we always remember to apply sunscreen. I will never understand why people refuse to do the simplest and most basic things to prevent a future life-threatening disease. Doesn’t that only make sense? There are the obvious habits – tanning beds and smoking. But then there are the not so obvious:

American Cancer Society says that even the most basic habits, eating healthy and regular physical activity, lower future risk of cancer. In order to effectively prevent cancer, however, these habits must become a lifestyle. It’s not about someone choosing to quit smoking for a little while, or exercising for a period of time. It’s about a commitment to health, a commitment to preventing the disease that causes 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. I always encourage everyone around me to protect their skin in the sun, reminding them of the risks associated with skin damage. But the truth is, hardly anyone perceives the looming prospect of cancer as urgent. They think, “Sure, I’ll do my best to prevent a sunburn, but it doesn’t really matter… I could never actually get skin cancer.” Well I’m here to say that yes, you actually can. What hurts me the most is that even my closest friends are choosing these habits so detrimental to their health. A beautiful girl who brightens my each and every day is putting herself at risk by habitually attending tanning beds. And one of my very best friends who I couldn’t bare to live without smokes more than five cigarettes a day. This breaks my heart. I have no doubt that I will encounter cancer again sometime in my life, but I can’t accept that my friends are knowingly putting themselves at

risk. I can’t bear to lose someone else I love to cancer. I am not going to delve further into the statistics. We have become numb to the facts and figures. Hearing about the number of fatal cancer cases per year is not going to change anyone’s lifestyle. The shocking statistics have lost their value, unfortunately. It takes a certain proximity to real people dealing with this very real disease to actually make a difference. As SMU’s Relay for Life

quickly approaches, I’m hoping that all of us young, healthy college students will directly confront the reality of cancer. Rather than let it scare us, let’s do something about it by making the simple lifestyle changes to prevent it. It’s time to let go of the ignorant attitude that this disease couldn’t possibly affect us. It’s time to beat cancer. Katie is a freshman majoring in dance, international studies and human rights.


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Nasher starts spring series with ‘Hugo’ Photo Courtesy of DMA

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Louis Oscar Griffith’s etching ‘The Old and The New’ depicts life in the American Twenties, part of the DMA’s newest exhibit on display until May

DMA travels to the twenties CASSANDRA ROBINSON A&E Editor cassandrar@smu.edu Amidst the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Klyde Warren Park projects that are augmenting the cultural landscape of Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art is also taking part the city’s cultural growth and Texan history. The Dallas Museum of Art’s two most recent exhibitions feature and celebrate artwork from an exciting time period not just in Dallas, but moreover in American history — The Roaring Twenties. “Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties,” as well as “Texas in the Twenties: Prints, Drawings and Photographs from Lone Star Collections,” will simultaneously be on display until May 27 as they parallel similar themes. “Where ‘Youth and Beauty’ surveys art produced in America during that decade, ‘Texas in the Twenties’ provides examples of artwork made in Texas at that same time,” said Martha MacLeod, Dallas Museum of Art’s curatorial administrative assistant of the two exhibitions. Although the two exhibitions are similar in their historical era and the modern changes that escorted it, they are distinct in its artists and its accompanying premises. “’Youth & Beauty’ is focused on the cultural shifts in the American psyche brought about by the coincidence of massive changes (i.e., mechanization, industrialization, urbanization, commercialization and Freudian psychology) in the wake of the devastation brought by the First World War and the flu

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Nickolas Muray’s photograph of Gloria Swanson, c. 1925, at the DMA.

pandemic,” said Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art. “Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties” is a massive touring exhibition that includes more than 130 works of paintings,

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salads, sandwiches and snacks from Café Nasher by Wolfgang Puck or you can reserve a picnic basket. Nestled among 25 large-scale sculptures, the movie and concert invite students, families and art connoisseurs alike to meander through the garden and the center’s indoor collections. “People who are intimidated by modern and contemporary art can come to this event and see that it is accessible and beautiful,” Gibbins said. After exploring the enormous sculptures outside, visitors can view the Nasher’s current exhibition featuring the collages and sculptures of Elliot Hundley. Additionally, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection, located across the street from the Nasher Sculpture Center, will be open until midnight. “We really hope that through social media, students from SMU come to the center and enjoy the art so much that they return again, but this time with their friends,” Gibbins said. The Nasher provides a student discount, with regular tickets costing only five dollars. Admission to the Crow Collection is always free.

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FEES: SMU reluctant to release student fee specifics CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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Gov. Rick Perry hopes to push through a law that would require voters to show proof of identification before voting. Perry claims that this method would reduce voter fraud around the state.

PERRY: Justice department votes to block controversial law CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

however, that more should be done to incorporate Hispanics into the election process. “Steps ought to be taken to ensure that more Hispanic voters obtain forms of identification so that they can vote,” William

Warren, a first year, said. “But, the law itself improves the integrity of the election process.” The debate over the voter ID law represents a larger clash between Republicans and Democrats over other issues.

“Our country is becoming more and more partisan and a lot of it is centered around how much power states should have,” Josh Bakarich, a first year, said. “Issues like this will determine who wins the battle.”

trying to make it clear what the charges are, not that people still don’t complain that we charge too much.” According to Hiser, Dartmouth used to charge tuition and fees together, but administrators decided to separate the two categories so they could display the specific charges assigned for student fees. For 20112012, Dartmouth’s student fees included a $225 health access fee, $234 for student activities and an $801 general student services fee (which covers technology costs, library services and facilities and recreation activities and facilities, among others). “It makes it easier to explain what the charges are,” Hiser said. “By being transparent then you don’t have to spend a lot of time helping them understand it.” Wynne said that since fees are intended to better SMU students’ experience, they should know where their money goes. “If they’re called student fees, they must be for us in some capacity,” Wynne said. “I think that if you are paying, you have the right to know what you’re paying for.” Senior Seth Ramey agreed.

“Student fees are unfair unless the university can show exactly where all of the money goes,” Ramey said. According to Regis, part of the money collected from fees funds student tickets to SMU sporting events — a feature that Wynne believes many students would forego if they had the option. “I know a lot of the student body doesn’t take advantage of [free tickets] and if students had the option to not pay for it, I’m sure they’d take it.” Fulks, the accounting professor at Tranylvania University, agrees with Wynne’s opt-in, opt-out idea for determining student fees. “The ideal business model would be that students pay for what they use,” he said. “If you’re not making use for recreation… and not getting tickets for athletic events, you probably shouldn’t pay for that fee.” An SMU enrollment executive says a “pay for what you use” approach isn’t necessarily realistic. “The fees provide a lot of things that not every student takes advantage of,” said Pat Woods, the executive director of enrollment services in the Bursar’s

office. “But you have to take care of those things whether you’re a full-time student or not.” Taking care of university finances is one thing, but it is another to raise tuition and fees by about 6 percent every year. According to the Office of Institutional Research on the SMU website, tuition for the 2012-2013 school year will rise by 5.9 percent to $37,050. Student fees will also rise by 5.9 percent to $4,700. “I don’t see the fruit of the labor of paying more and more each year,” Wynne said. “If other schools that are on our ranks can charge way less, then obviously they have a better system where they’re being honest.” Wynne is pleased that graduation will relieve her from paying tuition and fees again, but she won’t walk the stage without questioning what the university did with her money. “I don’t see any reason why they’d have to hide [everything covered in the fees],” Wynne said. “I can’t think of any security issues, private issues … I can’t think of any reason why other than that they have some reasons to hide it.”

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SMU’s registrar, John Hall, is the prime authority over all academic dishonesty allegations. “Today’s technology makes it easier for students to steal someone else’s work and ideas and a few students will be tempted to do so,” Hall said. “I think we’ll see a steady but slow growth in the use of plagiarism checking software,

but the knowledge that is available and might be used is a deterrent to the temptations out on the Web.” While plagiarism may contain more grey area than most academic subjects, Boeke, Brown and Bub all agree on one way to curb plagiarism use — education. “I think one problem that a lot of students face is that they simply don’t know what

plagiarism is,” Bub said. “Most of us are taught in high school that the only thing that counts as plagiarism is lifting direct quotes from sources without attributing them, but plagiarism in an academic context involves much more than that. Taking ideas from any source and claiming them as your own is grounds for a plagiarism violations.” While Safe Assign is just a

gear in the overall machine of plagiarism detection, perhaps a more educated student body could eradicate plagiarism on its own. Even though she thoroughly covers plagiarism during the first week of class, Brown believes that by adding a workshop during one of SMU’s two freshman orientations will allow students to come into class knowing what plagiarism

is and how to avoid doing it. Boeke also agrees that “the best solution to the problem is education.” “If someone goes through a college education submitting other people’s work, they are really hurting themselves,” Boeke said. “It’s like lying to your doctor.” As the Internet continues to evolve, so do the means

of skirting around electronic plagiarism detection. In fact, a simple Google search for “Safe Assign cheat,” yields almost a million results. “Electronic plagiarism technology to me is a lot like anti-piracy technology,” Bub said. “People are always going to find a way around it.”

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