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Mock trial team heads to Memphis Katelyn Hall Contributing Writer When junior Clay Moore joined as a first-year, mock trial didn’t have a winning record. “I remember stories about the year before I became a Mustang that we didn’t win a single tournament,” Moore said. This year, mock trial’s three teams, Red, Blue and White have done well at tournaments throughout the school year and have proven themselves a nationally competitive program. “With a lot of hard work, SMU is becoming a school that’s really feared in the mock trial community,” Moore said. “This is by far our most successful year,” Mock Trial President Alex Chern said. Both the Red and Blue teams went to regionals Feb. 14 at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Red Team placed second and the Blue Team placed sixth at regionals. The program also took home three individual awards for their performance in the trial rounds. The next step is the Opening Round Championship Series Tournament taking place this weekend in Memphis, Tenn. The Red and Blue teams hope to do well at ORCs to secure a place at the National Championship in Orlando, Fla. in mid-April.

“We’re trying to get back into the actual national championship tournament that has eluded us for the last while now,” Chern said. Because of the way the Red team has performed this year, the junior political science major thinks it likely they will do well at ORCs this weekend and possibly go on to nationals. “We’ve really seen in his year the culmination of the work we’ve put in the past couple of years to make SMU mock trial one of the teams that people look at and say ‘that’s a national mock trial team,’” he said. Moore, who is captain of the Blue Team, said they are looking not only to win and do well at ORCs, but also to use it as learning grounds for future tournaments. “I think with this tournament, we are looking to grow,” Moore said. The Mock Trial Program attributes this year’s success to the dedication and the motivation of team members and coaches to do well. “It really shows the dedication and the effort that’s been put in by the seniors and the juniors from my freshman year and continuing on,” Moore said. Mock trial competitions are run through the American Mock Trial Association. Each year, AMTA releases one case for which teams across the country prepare prosecution and defense sides. The teams then have trials

using that case at competitions throughout the school year. This year’s case involves an armed robbery and murder charge. “It is our goal to prove or disprove the charge of murder over the course of a trial beyond a reasonable doubt,” said senior Alex Pratt, co-captain of the Red Team. Based on the case, each team can develop their own strategy, deciding which witnesses to call and what questions to ask. “The trial can actually change dramatically going from round to round depending on strategy,” Moore said. The team practices their own strategy and opposition to other teams’ strategies at their weekly three-hour practices Wednesday nights. The team also has additional practices as needed, and members work on their parts individually. Each member of mock trial brings something different to the team. “In mock trial, you get a lot of different personalities,” Moore said. Some team members are hoping to go to law school, but others just look at it as a good way to enhance skills needed in the workforce. Moore is a statistics and economics major hoping to get his masters in statistics after he graduates next spring, but thinks mock trial will help him in

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Students on the Alternative Breaks trip to Memphis, Tenn. work in a greenhouse.

Students reflect on Alternative Breaks Jehadu Abshiro News Writer While the beach is a popular choice for students during breaks, volunteering through SMU’s Alternative Breaks program offers another opportunity. Alternative Breaks is a student organization that offers direct service opportunities during each academic break. This year, students had the opportunity to go to cities like New York City, Indianapolis, Taos, N.M., Memphis, Tenn. or New Orleans for spring break. Sophomore Paul Lujan, an environmental engineering major, went on the trip to Selma, Ala. The trip was focusing on civil rights by working with the organization Freedom Foundation. “It was eye-opening,” Lujan said. “Schools were still segregated. I wasn’t expecting any of that.” Lujan had previously been on two other trips, to Taos and Austin, Texas. In Taos, he taught kids at an understaffed charter school. Lujan ended up with an internship, friends and the

teacher experience. “I had such a good experience the first time,” he said. “ It’s a great way to go away for a week with people you don’t know. [It] broadens your horizons.” Political science and human rights major Genesis Reed went to Selma. She worked within the school system and helped in the construction the of Teppers Building. “It seemed like a great opportunity to experience a new side of this city,” Reed said. One of the most touching experiences for Reed was having one-on-one reading time with the children. She answered questions about college and helped to dispel rumors about college life in their minds. Talking with people who recognize the history of their town, and how much they are proud of it was one of the best parts for Reed. However, “leaving a city oppressed by poverty, separated by segregation and stifled by a lack of hope and not knowing how to help or if the week you spent meant” was the hardest part for her,

she said. Ten people went on the Selma trip. Usually, there are about seven to eight students on the trip, one staff advisor and two student site leaders per trip. Depending on the trip, students fly or drive. Applicants are placed on trips in a first-come first-served basis. Usually trips fill up within a few minutes after the application goes live on the Alternative Break website. The trips cost from $100 to $300. The trip fee includes everything needed on the trip: food, transportation, housing and one day to explore the city.Students have lived in churches, retreat centers, volunteer houses and hostels during their trips. Lujan stayed at a cabin for his Taos trip. “It’s the little things,” Lujan said. “We’re cooking all of our meals and bonding. I didn’t know any of those people before going on the trip.” Lujan said he plans on continuing to go on Alternative Breaks. “I think it’s the best way to spend a spring break,” Lujan said.


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A car burns at the scene of a news helicopter crash outside the KOMO-TV studios near the space needle in Seattle.

Helicopter crashes in Seattle Associated PRess A news helicopter crashed into a street and burst into flames Tuesday near Seattle’s Space Needle, killing both people on board, badly injuring a man in a car and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning commute. The chopper was taking off from a helipad on KOMO-TV’s roof when it went down at a downtown intersection and hit three vehicles,

starting them on fire and spewing burning fuel down the street. Kristopher Reynolds, a contractor working nearby, said he saw the helicopter lift about 5 feet off the low-rise building before it started to tilt. The chopper looked like it was trying to correct itself when it took a dive. “Next thing I know, it went into a ball of flames,” Reynolds said. Witnesses also reported hearing unusual noises coming from the

helicopter as it took off after refueling, said Dennis Hogenson, deputy regional chief with the National Transportation Safety Board in Seattle. They said the aircraft then rotated before it crashed near the Seattle Center campus, which is home to the Space Needle, restaurants and performing arts centers. Mayor Ed Murray noted the

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A Mexican immigrant rights advocate who gained international attention in 2007 when she took refuge in a Chicago church before being deported from the United States has presented herself to U.S. border inspectors and asked for asylum on Tuesday. Elvira Arellano and 20 other Mexican and Central American migrants crossed into the United States from the border city of Tijuana as part of a protest to demand an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and an end to deportations.

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Immigrant rights activist Elvira Arellano waits to enter into the United States where she planned to ask for asylum in Tijuana, Mexico.

Arellano was deported to Mexico after seeking sanctuary at a Chicago church for a year. She was deported without her U.S.-born son. Arellano, 38, said she is asking

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Support your #1 seed SMU Mustangs in the first round of the NIT at HOME as they face off against the UC Irvine Anteaters. Today, March 19 at 8:00 PM




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Texans source for entertainment news grace merck Contributing Writer

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Kelly Gillespie channels her inner model on the “Rock N Roll” shoot for FD Luxe’s September Fashion Story.

Behind the lens: Part one of two Brooke moore Contributing Writer

A Picasso of fashion, Marc Jacobs watched from backstage as the models in his 2013 summer New York Fashion Week show displayed his creations with elegance, sass and certainty. “Somewhere over the rainbow—again!” Jacobs shouted triumphantly. The show, once again lauded as the “holy grail” of the industry, launched another successful year for Jacobs. The 2013 show was a triumphant moment for another member of Jacobs’ team. For IMG model Kelly Gillespie, it represented her first big break. A beautiful, photogenic girl with a slender waist and extraordinarily long legs, Gillespie realized early in her modeling career that it takes more than a pretty face to make it big. And the Jacobs show confirmed she was headed in the right direction. Getting started Fifteen-year-old Gillespie had a bigger agenda than most adolescents. She was an aspiring model from Kansas City, Kan., with big dreams and talent. “Kelly had always been a tall and skinny child, but it was more

her self-motivation and attitude that made [my family and I] support her early on,” Diane Gillespie, Kelly’s mother. “After hitting 5-foot-10 by the end of her freshman year, Kelly and I decided, with a ‘why not’ curiosity, to send off pictures of her to Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, Texas. Then the agency got back to us, and Kelly was strongly encouraged to try out for the Kim Dawson Model Search that September.” The annual Kim Dawson Model Search has caught the attention of many aspiring models from all over the country for the past 17 years. This being said, Diane and husband Scott Gillespie saw the search as a great opportunity for their driven daughter. Three of their five children were students at SMU at the time. So when Scott found a job with a Dallas firm, the Gillespie family decided it was time for Kelly to pursue her dream. The family packed up their things and moved to Dallas in the summer of 2009. Lisa Dawson, president of the Kim Dawson Agency and daughter of the late Kim Dawson, remembered the youthful Kelly. “She was still very young at just 15 years old, but we could see the potential there,” Dawson said. Kelly was among the nine

finalists in the 2009 search, and she signed a contract with Kim Dawson Agency that September. A few months later, she moved to New York and signed with an agency – but didn’t last long. “I went to castings for Fashion Week runway shows, but clients didn’t book me because I was so young and inexperienced,” she said. “I was 16 and didn’t really know what I was doing. So, I decided to go back to Dallas, gain some more experience there, and then graduate high school before returning to New York to try again.” Moving Along Only two weeks after her high school graduation, Kelly said goodbye to her family and friends and returned to New York – but with more knowledge of the industry and “inside” tips for getting past casting agents. “When you go to castings, you try to look as raw as possible, which means no makeup and your hair is completely natural. I would get out of the shower and let my hair air-dry while I’d walk to castings,” Kelly said. Full version available online at

all things pop culture. They plan on keeping Dallas locals current on what’s hot in Hollywood, Texas and beyond. According to one of the show’s hosts Bri Crum, “[Inside Entertainment] was created out of a love for Texas, and realizing that Texas is missing one particular form of media exposure: entertainment news about Texas pop culture and lifestyle through TV programming.” Some of the segments included in the show will cover fashion shows, movie premiers, award shows, professional sporting events, travel segments and food and wine festivals. “Inside Entertainment” hosted a successful premier party event

“Inside Entertainment” is soon to be Texas’ first ever entertainment news show. Produced by Dallas HD Films, “Inside Entertainment “is based in Dallas and will focus on local entertainment news and beyond. The show is hosted by Bri Crum and Paul Salfen and will air on the KTXD 47 local network. “Inside Entertainment” premiered March 7 and will run every Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.. “Inside Entertainment” will give viewers the inside scoop on

at House of Blues in Downtown Dallas. The show’s two hosts, the production team and some of Dallas’ hottest socialites and fashonistas were in attendance. The venue was buzzing with excitement as the audience awaited the first viewing of Dallas’ new show. There were two full service bars serving signature pineapple cocktails, photo booths and green screens and a popcorn bar set up for party guests to enjoy. In the premier episode, guests watched the shows hosts interview Oscar Winners, spend time with celebrities in behind the scene gifting suites and check out new spring trends in Dallas’ downtown Neiman Marcus.

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Miami style hits Dallas for Spring amelia ambrose Contributing Writer

There is no need to book a flight to shop these exotic trends though, Dallas will soon get a taste of the daring Miami style. Saturday, Glitzy Glam Cocktails is hosting the second annual “Miami in Dallas” Poolside Spring Fashion show at Sisu in Uptown. Joanna Krupa from Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami” will host this beach-chic event. There will be many upcoming designers and boutiques showcasing their latest designs. There will be cocktails as people

No shirt, no shoes, no problem. Well, not exactly, but you get the picture. With a different reputation, Miami can afford to break the rules. Miami has a unique culture full of fashions completely different than Dallas. It can be intimidating exploring all that Miami boutiques have to offer, but fun and liberating at the same time.



From Amazing Success to Oblivion and Back, Smith Auditorium, 6 p.m.

TED Simulcast: Session 12: Onward, Huitt-Zollars Pavilion, 1:30-3 p.m. New Visions New Voices, Greer Garson Theatre, 8 p.m.


March 20

March 19

CSE Colloquium: Tiramisu: Creating Transit Information via Participatory Sensing, Caruth Auditorium, 4-5 p.m.

mingle around with other A-list celebrities, socialites and trendsetters. This is a stress-free event that can show guests all that Miami has to offer without having to leave Dallas. It is a perfect opportunity to take a chance on these looks, whether people buy the Miami-style clothing or just get ideas for when they do take a trip to the 305. Whatever the case, this will be a fun event that will kick off the swimsuit season — South Beach style.


New Visions New Voices, Greer Garson Theatre, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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SUNDAY March 23

New Visions New Voices, Greer Garson Theatre, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.





Grad student starts new online car marketplace Jehadu Abshiro News Writer After a long day of car searching, Cox graduate student Sharjeel Saeed and his cousin had had enough. They had driven to three different places and were getting nowhere. On their way to the last dealership, Saeed and his cousin tossed an idea around. That idea was a different way to buy cars: The online car-buying site focuses on the buyer’s ability to determine prices rather than sellers. Saeed, in the professional master of business administration program, with four others developed a business plan and a beta site within 68 days of the Dec. 21 car ride. The group took to the Hackomotive, a competition sponsored by, and placed fifth. Now the group is working on fully launching the website in the next month. “We want to change the way people purchase cars. Period,” Saeed said. The website works the opposite

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she wants a better future for teenage son. “I am requesting asylum in the United States on humanitarian grounds, because I am a defender of human rights in Mexico and

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normally bustling Seattle Center was relatively quiet at the time. Had it been a busier day, “this would have been a much larger tragedy,” he said. Murray added the city will review its policies about permitting helicopter pads in response to the crash. Investigators were working to

of current online car buying experiences. Ads are created by people who are serious about purchasing a car and posted for sellers that have a monthly subscription to view these ads. Private sellers can create memberships and browse through buyers for free. “We want to return the purchasing power to who it belongs — the buyer,” Saeed said. “This industry has incumbent firms that are dinosaurs and don’t realize that people don’t want to buy cars the same way anymore.” Dealers can only contact buyers if they have exactly what the buyers are looking for at the price they want to pay. “Think of us as the Priceline of car buying. You pick your perfect car(s) and your perfect price,” Saeed said. The site has a system that rates dealers to make sure they don’t try and contact buyers without addressing their exact needs. Dealers can get blocked or rated down in ranking to keep them honest. uses Edmund’s API to create relevant content around the

ad, such as vehicle reviews, True Market Value (similar to Kelly Blue Book pricing), gas mileage, pictures and videos so that both buyers and sellers have all the relevant information. Saeed’s car buying experience with his cousin is similar to his experiences helping others in his family buy cars. After doing focus groups and conducting research, women between the ages of 18-to-40 are their initial target market. “We found that a lot of women know what they want in a car, but they don’t want to go through the hassle of car buying,” Ali Kasssam,’s marketing consultant, said. Kassam helped the develop the team’s marketing strategy that focuses online marketing and targeting on Facebook, Twitter and other high-traffic sites rather than using websites solely aimed at women. Pinterest marketing is planned, however the team is figuring out how to utilize Pinterest the best way. “It’s about rolling it out the right way,” Kassam said. “ It has one of

the highest conversion points but you have to utilize it the right way.” The team is made of Saeed, the CEO, Sheezan Jivani, the CWO, Salim Jivani, the COO, and Saleem Ali, the CMO. The group has been bouncing and executing ideas off of each other ever since they knew each other. Kassam and Saeed, who have known each other for more than 10 years, both have the entrepreneurial spirit. “Being entrepreneurial is kind of in my blood,” Kassam said. Kassem’s parents are small business owners and he went to Texas Christian University for a degree in strategy marketing and business. He is also an account manager at, an ad tech company based in Fort Worth. In the 68 days between the December car trip and the February Hackmotive competition, a beta site and video was prepared that allowed the team to explain their goals to industry professionals. “It was amazing,” Saeed said. “Being able to raise some eyebrows and getting invaluable feed back.” At the Hackmotive competition,

the team beat out 67 other teams, some of which already had been established for years. “No one expected anything from us,” Saeed said. They were considered the surprise of the competition. At the competition, one of the things that impressed others is their unique URL. The website is on an Italian server, thus having an .it extension, rather than .com. This is similar to, which is on a Finnish domain. “The internet is such a creative space,” Saeed said. “We wanted to stand out. It was really big for our brand.” The long-term plan is to completely change the car buying experience by becoming the Amazon of the car buying industry. “Imagine a day where you can click a few buttons and the next thing you know, you have your perfect car at your perfect price delivered to your driveway,” Saeed said. “We think that day will be here sooner than you think.”

I have received kidnapping and violence threats,” Arellano said before entering the U.S. and violence. “But more importantly, because they have separated my son for his chance to have a good upbringing.” Arellano was deported on Aug. 19, 2007, to Tijuana, where she founded a home for deported

migrants and began speaking publicly speaking about the complex reality of migrant families and how deportations are making their lives more difficult. President Barack “Obama has to stop the deportations and allow us to be with our families,” she said. Demonstrators known as

“dreamers” first claimed asylum at border crossings in Arizona and Texas last year. They call themselves “dreamers” after the Dream Act, failed legislation that was designed to allow some young immigrants to stay in the U.S. People who claim asylum are interviewed by authorities

to determine if their claims are credible, then either released or held pending the outcome of cases. To grant asylum, an immigration judge must find that an applicant suffers persecution or has a wellgrounded fear of persecution on grounds of race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group or political opinion.

document the scene and clear the wreckage, and will examine all possibilities as they determine what caused the crash, Hogenson said. A preliminary analysis is expected in five days, followed by a fuller report with a probable cause in up to a year. Only the helicopter’s blue tail end could be identified among the wreckage strewn across the street. KOMO identified the pilot as Gary Pfitzner, of Issaquah. Also killed in the crash was Bill

Strothman, a former longtime KOMO photographer. Both men were working for Cahokia, Ill.-based Helicopters Inc., which owned the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter. The aircraft was leased jointly by KOMO and KING-TV. Firefighters who arrived at the scene before 8 a.m. found a “huge black cloud of smoke” and two cars and a pickup truck engulfed in flames, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said.


Fuel running down the street also was on fire, and crews worked to stop it before it entered the sewer, Moore said. An injured man managed to free himself from a burning car and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The man was on fire, and a police officer helped him to the ground and put out the flames, police spokeswoman Renee Witt said. Richard Newman, 38, suffered burns on his lower back and arm,

covering up to 20 percent of his body, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. He was in serious condition in the intensive care unit and likely will require surgery, she said. Murray said the crash site could be closed for three to five days while officials with the NTSB and Federal Aviation Administration probe what happened. Only the helicopter’s blue tail end could be identified among the wreckage strewn across the street.

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his career. “I feel like it really helps with your critical thinking skills,” he said. “You have to be able to analyze, in this case, something that’s easily 200 pages long, and you have to be able to take out small details.” Cole Chandler, a member of the White Team, joined mock trial this year as a way to act in college. He plays different witnesses in the trials. “I did acting in high school, and I haven’t been able to do any of that here so far,” Chandler said. Chandler, an accounting major, said mock trial has improved his public speaking skills. “I think it will prepare me for interviews because we are never certain what the crossing attorneys will ask and we have to be ready fairly quickly.” While the team members study and get involved in different things, they have become close friends through SMU Mock Trial. “Because we all have the common goal of doing well and succeeding in mock trial and learning more about the law, we are able to come together and enjoy each other’s company,” she said. Moore agrees. “You all have this common bond: you love mock trial, and that can really change everything,” he said. The team will be competing at ORCs in Memphis, Tenn. Friday through Sunday. If they do well, they could earn spots at the National Championship April 11.

KOMO is a block from the Space Needle and is surrounded by highrise office and apartment buildings. Workers at the station rushed to the window when they heard the crash. KOMO reporters were then in the position of covering their colleagues’ deaths. One of them, Denise Whitaker, said on the street shortly after the crash: “It is definitely a tragic scene down here. It is a difficult time for all of us this morning.”

Press On “Who Sets the Example for You?” DR. STEPHEN RANKIN Chaplain For Christians observing Lent (the six-week period prior to Easter), we are not quite half way through the season. Strictly speaking, Lent is a time of fasting (with variations in how to fast) and reflection on one’s spiritual life, on one’s relationship with God and the quality of one’s discipleship. As a part of the Lenten discipline, I have been working through that portion of scripture best known as the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, in which Jesus has some very pointed things to say about following him. The times of reflection and prayer have prompted me to think about people who have been models and exemplars of faith for me. My parents are both at the top of the list. For other reasons, I have found myself during this Lenten season thinking about (and thanking God for) the influence of one particular professor from my days as a grad student. We have stayed in touch – not often, but enough – across the years. The older I get, the more I realize how powerful and important his example has been for me.

What makes him such a model? First, when I was his student, he made his life transparent, not in an ostentatious way, but naturally. He shared life with students beyond the classroom: coffee conversations and occasional dinners at his home. He is very intelligent and humble, without a hint of self-vindicating rationalizing. In terms of what he taught, he gave his students the opportunity to try things and he coached us as we went. Now in his eighties, he has slowed some, but he still actively teaches, still pours his life into his students. I have said many times over the years, “When I grow up, I want to be like Dr. Coleman.” I’ve been saying it for a long time and I still try to emulate his example. Which provokes me to

challenge you: consider well the people you choose as models. I know, this is an old idea and one you’ve heard many times. But it’s true and deeply important. The people you admire and want to be like will help you set the course of your whole life. Choose well. Think carefully about what they love, what they stand for, and what orients the course of their lives. Whom do you admire? Whom do you seek to emulate? Pay attention. Consider carefully. Choose wisely. Stephen Rankin is Chaplain and Minister to Southern Methodist University. He has served the university as Interim Dean of Student Life and also as Interim Interfraternity Council Advisor. Originally from Kansas, Chaplain Rankin grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. He’s married to Joni and has four grown children and two grandchildren. Chaplain Rankin has worked in higher education for almost 20 years. He considers it a holy privilege to work with students and loves good conversation about all kinds of topics. The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life at SMU is located in Suite 316 on the third floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Melissa Dale at

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On feeling inadequate brandon bub Contributing Writer For college seniors, March is the time when most people begin firming up their life plans after graduation. In the past month, I have known people who have been accepted to Harvard Law School, Colombia School of Journalism, and Duke Divinity School. Moreover, I have friends who will be working at firms like Merrill Lynch and McKinsey & Company, and I know others who will pursue public policy degrees at the Kennedy School of Government. The folks that manage SMU’s endowment must be giddy. I don’t bring up my friends’ accomplishments just to highlight how happy I am for them (I am quite proud), nor to underscore the privilege that helped get us all here (and there’s a lot of privilege, I know). Instead, I want to write for the “other guys.” The ones who did not get into their top choice graduate program. The ones who got turned down from the consulting firm they spent months preparing for. The ones who watch from the sidelines as their friends go off to enjoy “successful” careers while feeling completely at sea about their own futures. Thanks to platforms like Facebook, we’re now more aware than ever of how amazing some of our friends’ lives are. And there’s always that tinge of jealousy that creeps up on us: “Gosh, if only I had what he has. I know I would be so much happier.” If there is any important life lesson I learned from four emotionally fraught years of high school, it is this: no one can make you feel bad like you can make you feel bad. It’s so easy to stare at your newsfeed, wondering where exactly you went wrong, as your friends accept endless awards and honors. How dare your loved

ones go about having rewarding lives while you frantically fill out backup job applications in hopes that you don’t have to move in with your parents again after college. For all of you out there struggling to maintain that grimace as you pat your friends on the back, I have this to say: first of all, never confuse monetary or career success for fulfillment. Yes, financial stability is hugely important in guaranteeing a happy life, but it is not the be-all-end-all. Plans change–life interferes. Your career is not going to hold you during life’s tough times; for that, a close network of friends and family means far more. And as for any inferiority complexes you might harbor for not hitting the mark you originally aimed for, I leave you with the words of Ira Glass, whose advice on creative work holds true for just about any career endeavor: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” Bub is a senior majoring in English, history and political science.


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Mustangs center Cannen Cunningham, left, Southern Methodist Mustangs guard Sterling Brown sit dejected after their name was not called to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Basketball team SMU’s tournament SMUbbed by NCAA absence its own doing

demetrio teniente Sports Editor I’m not going to pretend to understand all the criteria of making the national tournament. I realize as sports editor many, if not most people, expect me to know everything there is to know about college sports. It’s confession time people: I’m not really that big on college sports. I understand the importance of it and I can appreciate the draw of collegiate action. However, it wasn’t until I became a reporter here at SMU that I really began paying attention to the collegiate battle ground. If you are at all familiar with my more opinionated writing, you already know that I like to use common sense as my initial tool in analyzing particular sports occurrences. Come now, employ your own trust of common sense, and then tell me how a team considered to be the 25th best in the nation, fails to make a tournament of 68. I’ve heard many people rattle off obscure statistics common fans are not familiar with or they will mention the lack of strength in SMU’s out-of-conference schedule as a means to explain SMU’s absence from the tournament. I’ve also heard people mention the inspiring story of SMU and all the positives it has brought to the community as way to defend the schools’ right to be included in

the tournament. None of that matters. Sure SMU lost its last three games. Even after those losses, SMU was still decided to be No.25 in the country. Yet somehow, SMU was overlooked by the selection committee. Apparently after scrubbing the Mustangs and looking at their whole body of work they weren’t as awesome as the Associated Press led us all to believe. What are the rankings for then? Why have them if they are meaningless? Why tell programs they are among the top 25 in the nation only to turn around and say they aren’t? Imagine this conversation among you and your friends: “Hey Scott, it is my opinion that you are quite awesome.” “Thank you very much, good sir, you are quite awesome yourself, Joseph.” “You are probably among the most awesome people I know.” “You are too kind.” “My birthday celebration is next weekend. I’m inviting all the awesome people I know.” “That sounds splendid. What time shall I arrive?” “Didn’t…Didn’t you hear me? I said only the most awesome people I know are invited.” “It’s just that…you said I was one of the best pe-” “Don’t be ridiculous, Scott! You aren’t that awesome.” It doesn’t make any sense, people. If you are going to have a list of the best teams in the country, that list needs to be made with the same rules and guidelines as the bracket for the tournament. If that were the case, SMU wouldn’t be the first ranked team since 2004 to miss the big tournament. Teniente is a junior majoring in journalism.

matthew costa Contributing Writer It’d be easy to say the panelists on the NCAA selection committee missed the mark by leaving out the country’s surprise team of the season this past Sunday. Keeping SMU out of its first NCAA tournament in two decades is a harsh reality of the world of sports, but it is not without merit. Dallas is a town that stands as a perfect example of the phrase, “What have you done for me lately?” so it should come as no surprise that with an ending as poor as the Mustangs had, they’d suffer the consequences. A home loss last week in Moody against the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals isn’t to be unexpected, despite SMU’s perfect home record prior to tipoff. What was frowned at was how the game seemed to get out of control for one of the nation’s best defenses, aided by Louisville guard Russ Smith, who let a 13-point first half lead slip away en route to the 84-71 defeat. The word hangover comes to mind, as just a few days after the loss at home, the Mustangs traveled to Memphis and let the same scenario play out. SMU once again built a decent lead before its opponent stormed back with fury to send the Mustangs into a second straight defeat ahead of the American Athletic Conference tournament. This is where the true agony comes in to play. Had the Mustangs taken care of business and knocked off an unranked

Houston team that had suffered through its first season in the AAC with an 8-10 conference record, they would likely have gone dancing. Sadly, as the campus of SMU now knows all too well, that didn’t happen. SMU let another big lead slip through its grasp, and with it, a chance to represent the DallasFort Worth area in Arlington at the Final Four. Now three losses do not make, or for that matter break a team, but no voting committee of any type wants to welcome in a wet dog to its ballroom floor. That’s why the beginning of the season is just as important as the end, and why the Mustangs’ out-of-conference schedule is being brought up as the primary reason the voters left the SMU ballot on the table. Although SMU did play the one seed Virginia Cavaliers to a close loss in late November, that’s no excuse for still having the 302nd weakest out of conference marks in the country. Even the Mustangs overall strength of schedule at 129th overall was frighteningly low. In fact, the second lowest SOS by any other at-large team was 91st, according to selection committee chairman Ron Wellman. This doesn’t necessarily mean it was all SMU’s fault that decent teams weren’t knocking down the door at Moody to get their butts kicked, but loading up your games early in the season with the likes of Hofstra and Rhode Island can only have one type of result, and it’s not good. So after one of the best and most exciting seasons in the school’s history, SMU will have to relegate itself to playing against the likes of UC Irvine and Georgia State in the NIT bracket; a tough lesson for a team that looks to be on the upswing for years to come, just not this one. Costa is a senior majoring in journalism.

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Matthew Costa Contributing Writer From the moment Demarcus Ware set foot on Texas Stadium’s turf in 2005, I knew he was going to be a freak. Not a freak like Jerry Jones picked him up off a circus carriage or something, but a physical specimen that might come along once every generation, never to be outmatched by another living soul. Boy, did he deliver. The Dallas Cowboys all-time leader in sacks was a testament to the term “pass rush.” He was one of the few men in the National Football League that demanded attention every week in every season he played. He was also my favorite player. How could he not have been? The man led the league in sacks twice, including an almost inhumane 20-sack year in 2008 that had Michael Strahan’s single-season record sweating in its jockstrap. He helped Dallas win two division titles in 2007 and 2009, something that Cowboy fans have realized is much more difficult to

come across than it used to be. But my favorite memory of the man we’ve all come to know as “D-Ware” has nothing to do with his immense skill on the field. I’m honestly too cheap to buy jerseys, and when I do I treat them like their something out of scripture. I never eat with them on, I’ll never purchase the most expensive type and I certainly won’t wear them away from major sporting events. For Ware, I made an exception. When I bought that pro replica-style jersey from the NFL’s website, I must’ve giggled like a schoolgirl. How could I help myself ? This jersey had W-A-R-E stitched in the back with that all too familiar number 94 etched on the front and back, complete with a beautiful blue star on the sides. Whenever I had the opportunity to visit Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, I proudly strutted through the concourse with my piece of memorabilia draped across my torso as if I were invincible. The only problem with this is that the rest of the fans in attendance always have the same idea, because when your organization picks up a class act

like Ware, he instantly becomes the man in town. His conquest of the NFL in a Cowboys uniform was a treat to behold. Even my first live game was a nearly picture-perfect image of his destructive capabilities. On Thanksgiving Day in 2008, Ware got around Hall-of-Famer Walter Jones like he was nothing more than a raw rookie and sacked Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck three times in a 34-9 Cowboys win. If that’s not a great overall representation of what Ware brought year in and year out on his way to what will surely be a Hall-of-Fame career. As the last decade’s best pass rusher enters his twilight years alongside Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, who look ready for another trip to the Super Bowl, Ware will hopefully end his amazing journey on the highest of highs. In the meantime, this fan will proudly display his No. 94 jersey with pride. Thanks for the great memories, Demarcus. Now go get the only thing the Cowboys couldn’t offer and the one thing you deserve above anyone else: a ring.

Omar MAJZOUB Contributing Writer After being left out of the NCAA tournament by the selection committee this past weekend, SMU is out to prove a point in the 2014 National Invitational Tournament. The Mustangs, a No. 1 seed in this year’s NIT, will take on the Big West regular season conference champions, the University of California-Irvine, in the first round Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs (23-9, 12-6) are making their third NIT appearance after previous trips in 1986 and 2000. Larry Brown’s team had one of the best years in program history, including earning the most wins since 1987 and finishing third in the tough American Athletic Conference. However, the Mustangs’ losses to Temple, South Florida and most recently Houston in

the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament cost them their first trip to the dance in 21 years. As for the eighth-seeded UCIrvine, it will be the Anteaters (23-11, 13-3) fifth appearance in the NIT, with their most recent being in 2002. This season, the team tied for the second most wins in program history, but was upset by Cal Poly in the Big West Tournament semifinals. The Mustangs will need big men like Yanick Moreira, who is still recovering from a knee injury, and Markus Kennedy, who is averaging 12.1 points and a teamhigh 6.9 rebounds per game, to play well on both ends of the floor to avoid another upset. Sophomore point guard Nic Moore, who leads SMU in scoring at 13.7 points and in assists at 4.8 per game, will also be a key. However, the matchup to watch in the backcourt will be SMU senior guard Nick Russell on UC-Irvine senior Chris McNealy since it could be the last college game for

either player. “I’m disappointed for our seniors, Nick and Shawn (Williams), that we didn’t make the NCAA tournament because those are the kinds of kids I want to play at SMU,” Brown said. “They exemplify everything that’s good with college athletics. This game is a great opportunity at home. If we compete at a high level, we can still make this season end the right way and hang out with our seniors for three more weeks.” Both the Mustangs and Anteaters are good defensive teams that give up less than 64 points per game and are in the top-5 in the country in opponent field goal percentage. Offensively, both teams shoot a high percentage from the field and average about 71 points per game each. The game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at 8:00 p.m. CT. The winner will take on the winner of No. 4 San Francisco vs. No. 5 LSU in the second round of the NIT this weekend.


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to come back stronger instead of starting over. After the year off, Preston is 204 pounds and the strongest he has been on the Hilltop. Preston is back in the quarterback competition and hasn’t felt better about his arm. “It has been refreshing to have that year off,” Preston said. “I feel like I have a lot of pop in my arm and it’s not hurting.”

It’s back to business though and at the end of the day, Preston is gunning for the starting job along with Neal Burcham, who started the last few games when Garrett Gilbert was hurt. It’s still early, but if Preston is feeling great about his arm, there’s no doubt he’ll be neck and neck for the starting job with Burcham. That’s got to be refreshing for him to hear.

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Rapper Shah slams expectations jordan moore A&E Editor Most students have a hard enough time choosing a major in college. The usual pressure of choosing a path that will hopefully lead to a future career is placed upon every college student. Imagine, then, the increased pressure of graduate school. What if there’s a change of heart about a career path? For Suraj Shah, he had already graduated from the University of Toronto, gaining an undergraduate degree. This was the easy part. Then, Shah entered medical school to pursue a career as a doctor. However, two years into medical school, Shah changed his mind. One of his passions overcame his academic commitment, becoming his new professional drive: music. Despite snagging a job with

the New York Knicks as a team physician, the adrenaline wasn’t quite enough. “I tend to avoid safety––I’ve always been attracted to danger,” Shah said. “My parents are Indian immigrant parents, so at first, they thought it was a joke,” Shah said of his parents when he first told him about his decision to switch. “When they heard the entire plan, they understood,” said Shah. Shah had a plan and that plan was to succeed. Shah knew that he would. His parents knew that he could. Now, Shah has succeeded. With the debut of his album, “Today,” in November of 2012, Shah has continued to climb to success. He is on the rise as a respected artist, especially with the college crowd. Shah said that the age of college students are by far his largest and most receptive demographic.

“I think people can relate,” because “at that point in life, it’s about living a life of having fun,” Shah said. Shah has made his way down to the south, including the Dallas area. Shah is familiar with Southern Methodist University, having partied with its students in the past. “I started making some SMU friends just partying,” Shah said. Shah remembers that although he’s having fun, he knows when he needs to be serious. “We’ll do what we need to,” Shah said, referring to both himself and college students. Shah’s only regret is “not pursuing rap from the jump,” he said. Shah sends a message to all that there is no time limit. You can change your mind and change it again. There’s no one that can tell you that you can’t.


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Plenty of times bands are likened, in hyphen-heavy comparisons, to other more famous musicians, but on the first night of the Three of Clubs tour, Flagship, Little Daylight and Terraplane Sun all proved they each have a sound all their own. Playing to a sparse crowd in the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room, the three bands rocked the night away, happy that even a few people had shown up to their first visit to Dallas. Terraplane Sun opened the show bringing alternative sounds to their indie poprock music, with an electric organ and a trombone thrown in occasionally. The band, which opened for Imagine Dragons last summer, played

songs from their EP, released in July 2013. Songs like “Get Me Golden” and “Tell Me I’m Wrong” had the intimate audience bobbing and clapping along. “We would have been excited if only two people had shown up,” lead singer Ben Rothbard told the crowd. “We’re happy to be breaking the tour seal with you guys.” The electronic group, Little Daylight, which featured the only female of the bands, lead singer Nikki Taylor, followed Terraplane Sun. While Nikki’s voice was a little hard to hear under the loud synth music, the band’s talent truly shined through. Full of danceable beats and relatable lyric, the band’s ’80s inspired music was sure to get each and every one of the audience members tapping their feet. By far the most eclectic

group in the trio of bands, Little Daylight has radio potential, with the success of other female-led alternative bands like CHVRCHES and HAIM leading the way. The concert was rounded out by Flagship, led by British vocalist Drake Margolnick. The reverb driven vocals combined with strong lyrics and dreamy alt-rock created a totally different atmosphere in the Cambridge Room, bringing most audience members to their feet. The band came to Dallas straight from their SXSW performance and proved to be a solid closer for the tour. With 24 more shows left for the Three of Clubs tour, the bands are sure to draw crowds as their visibility grows. The few technical squeaks can be cleaned up as the tour finds its momentum and as the future grows brighter for each band.

ANNOUNCING WHAT IS MAYTERM? MayTerm provides a unique opportunity to continue pursuing your academic goals by focusing on a single course in a smaller class setting. Catch-up, make-up or get ahead before summer starts! WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Any motivated student in good standing is eligible to apply. This is a rigorous undertaking and requires commitment, concentration and energy to successfully complete 3 credit hours in 11 days. WHEN & WHERE DO CLASSES MEET? In 2014, there are 27 courses, some of which meet GEC/UC requirements. Classes meet on the main campus for 4 hours each day (meeting times vary by course), beginning Thursday, May 15 and ending Friday, May 30 (no classes on the weekends or Memorial Day). HOW MUCH DOES IT COST & WHEN IS TUITION DUE? MayTerm offers a reduced tuition rate of $1,154/credit hour ($3,462 for a 3-hour course) and no extra fees are assessed (except NYC course). Payment is due by Friday, May 2. ADV 5301 // Alice Kendrick Advertising Industry in New York City Extra fees & travel costs apply (May 15-24) Instructor permission by April 7 ANTH 2301 // Faith Nibbs Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ANTH 3312 // Michael Callaghan Meso-American Archaeology ARHS 1306 // Adam Herring Introduction to Architecture CHEM 1301 // Michael Lattman Chemistry for Liberal Arts CHEM 1303 // Brian Zoltowski General Chemistry I CHEM 1304 // David Son General Chemistry II COMM 5301 // Owen Lynch Communication & Social Justice COMM 5304 // Nina Flournoy Fashion Media & Public Relations

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DISC 1313 // Lori Ann Stephens Identity Crisis: Youth in America

PLSC 4320 // Pamela Corley American Government & Politics: Law & Film

ENGL 1365 // Bruce Levy Literature of Minorities

PLSC 4340 // Hiroki Takeuchi Game Theory for Political Science

HIST 2337 // Alexis McCrossen History of Sports in the U.S.

PRW 1101 // Donna Gober Personal Responsibility & Wellness (one credit hour)

MATH 1309 // Judy Newell Calculus for Business & Social Science ME/CEE 2310 // Wei Tong Statics

PSYC 1300 // Michael Lindsey Introduction to Psychology PSYC 4381 // Chris Logan Positive Psychology

MNO 3310 // Pam Van Dyke Management Concepts (for non-business majors & business minors)

SOCI/ANTH 3301 // Carolyn Smith-Morris Health, Healing & Ethics

MUHI 3340 // Kim Corbet Jazz: Tradition & Transformation

SOCI 4399 // Alicia Schortgen Nonprofits at Work in the Community

PHIL 1305 // Matthew Lockard Introduction to Philosophy

SPAN 3355 // Susana Adoboe Spanish Conversation

PHIL 1317 // Ken Daley Business Ethics

STAT/CSE 4340/ EMIS 3340 // Cornelius Potgieter Statistics for Engineers


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