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Model UN competes in Taiwan

By KELLIE SPANO Contributing Writer

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After fundraising for weeks, SMU’s Model United Nations team was able to make its way to Taiwan for their second attendance at the annual World Model UN Competition. More than 2,000 students of major universities from more than 50 countries went to Taipei, Taiwan March 14-18. Taking on roles of different countries’ ambassadors, groups of students competed against one another to take home awards. Nicola Muchnikoff, head delegate for Model UN and president of International Relations Council at SMU, won one of the two awards granted to the nine students from SMU. What makes this an even bigger accomplishment, according to Muchnikoff, is that SMU is in an elite group for winning these awards. Schools that win are normally schools similar to Georgetown and Yale. “What was great was that when we did win, on the screen, in front of 2,000 people, it said ‘SMU,’” Muchnikoff said. During competition, groups would be formed and they took on the role of countries’ ambassadors: tackling their issues and foreign relations, as she explained. There are different committees for these, such as the international monetary committee or the historical committee. Teams take two topics in the committees and Muchnikoff ’s team was Armania, where there were four different organizations of the UN and five different committees. SMU took awards home in two of these. “It was really great for SMU,” she said. Not only was it an accomplishment for this campus, but it was great for the Eastern country. “For Taiwan, it’s a huge deal,” Muchnikoff said. And it’s “a big political deal for China.” She said it was great garnering political experience, but for the country hosting, “it was real politics.” Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, personally wrote the World Model UN Delegates a letter congratulating them on competing

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The Model UN team won two awards in their competition in Taiwan.

and wishing them luck. Model UN was “created with the goals of furthering understanding about the United Nations, educating participants about world issues, promoting peace and the United Nations through cooperation and diplomacy,” according to Muchnikoff. Conferences, like SMU’s team just attended, provide the opportunity for students to debate the current issues that the United Nations are facing. SMU’s Model UN program has been growing over the past few years. These students—from a variety of studies such as engineering, theatre, finance, international studies, and economics participate—in four competition each academic year. “Our delegates have gained in size, experience, and reputation in recent years, and have consequently been invited to participate in several highly selective and prestigious conferences,” she said. Harvard University hosts the World Model UN conference and SMU’s “invitation to this event represents several years of diligent work by SMU’s Model UN program,” Muchnikoff said. While this is Muchnikoff ’s second time to attend the competition, (which was in the Netherlands last year), it was an experience she won’t forget. “An international forum like World Model UN with

Derek Hubbard Hubbard plans to assess different aspects of three major areas: academic life, community life and student life. He wishes to increase SMU’s involvement in surrounding communities, and raise awareness about different student groups.

Kellie Spano

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Nicola Muchnikoff was the head delegate for Model UN

2,000 future leaders from around the world coming together is rare,” she said. “Can you imagine if Martin Luther King, Jr., Ban Ki Moon, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill and Madeleine Albright had all come together in their early 20s to discuss international issues, world policy and to socialize?” she asked. “I imagine that the discussion would be similar to that which occurs at the World Model UN Conference.”


Panel advises for working abroad By KELLIE SPANO Contributing Writer

Established professionals in the international business world spoke to students about their desire to work abroad at a panel discussion Wednesday night. These four speakers were Lorraine McCord, who works in the International Trade Center, Fred Flores, who works for Mary Kay Inc, Nina Flournoy, an SMU senior lecturer and professor linked with the study abroad program, and Matthew Day, who will begin working at consulting firm McKinsey and Company this summer. In the hour question and answer

session, questions ranged from how to get connected overseas to how to stand out in an interview. McCord gave advice that focused on the idea of starting life after graduation right here in Dallas. If one wants to work toward world peace and ending poverty, there is a community for every country that one might think of going to and to use this city as a springboard to the ultimate destination. She referenced to Web sites such as to start looking at organizations in the metroplex that spread all over the globe. Referencing her first experience in working abroad in Japan, McCord explained that, “50 percent of success is understanding the


Family says Green was prescribed medication By MEREDITH SHAMBURGER Editor in Chief

Joseph Hunter Green’s family said the SMU sophomore had been taking two prescriptions at the time of his death due to injury. “Hunter was taking those two prescribed medications given to him due to a painful injury that occurred on the SMU-in-Taos campus,” Hunter’s sister Brooke Baker said in an e-mail. “He had never been prescribed those medications before December.” Baker said SMU failed to mention

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those facts in a statement they released with the family’s permission regarding the results of Green’s toxicology test. The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled Green’s death an accident, citing “mixed drug and alcohol intoxication.” Green was found unresponsive in his dorm room at the SMU House on Jan. 22. “Our hearts break everyday we are without Hunter,” Baker said. “We only want to honor his memory.”

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Benage’s main goal is to “clean up our Student Senate and refocus it on the lives of our classmates and fellow students.” He look for ways to improve the University by motivating senators. He also hopes to propose to the University building a new student center.

culture and how people view work.” Both McCord and Flournoy referenced how important time is and what exactly it means in different cultures. Both agreed that work is not everything to other cultures, like it is to Americans. Others might put their family, their faith and friends before work and that is not seen as unusual. Flournoy reminisced on how people would come to work at 10 a.m. and leave at 3 p.m. in Europe and how they thought that she did not enjoy life enough since she would come in at 9 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m.. Flores focused on telling the students to leave their judgment at the door because he said, you’ll learn a lot of strange things that will be hard to understand for you. They may have different life experiences from you, it doesn’t make it wrong it just makes it different. Day, fluent in Mandarin, spoke about the time commitment to traveling depending upon the consulting industry, whether it be media and entertainment or leadership development and business strategy. Students who attended this panel ranged from sophomores to graduate students. Leela Harpur, a junior CCPA

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and Spanish double major, said “I am doing an internship with the U.S. embassy in Rome this summer so I came to the panel to get advice in working abroad for the first time. I learned that networking and doing my homework before I go to Italy is key.” Steven Aitkenhead, senior and international student from Guatemala is a double finance and economics with financial applications major who was interested in the panel’s insight. “I would like to work here in the states or in another country,” he said. “This panel helped because you don’t really think about the research as much. This made me realize that ideally, I need to start with the embassies and where there’s a need in certain areas because I am not going to just get a job because I want it.” Each panelist ended the hour with final points. Lorraine McCord said, “Do not give up, it does not happen over night.” Fred Flores, stressed, “focus on being interested in their company and not interesting yourself.” Nina Flournoy, explained that being an aggressive American puts people off but not to be afraid to “be yourself and follow your passions.” Matthew Day expressed his belief in “going abroad as soon as you can to make the connections you need so doors will open.”

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Spano plans to unify the student body “through campus-wide events during the day and night where everyone is invited,” increase the number of scholarships, extend dining hours and expand HughesTrigg. She is currently the Dedman 1 Senator.

Jake Torres

Torres plans to improve services, repair relationships between SMU and students, and defend student rights. He would like to move the SMUPD from Patterson Hall to Expressway Towers to allow an expansion of the current student center.

Candidates for Vice President Alex Ehmke Ehmke aims to listen to what the students want. He wants to encourage Giddy Up to take passengers to the sorority houses, not blocks away. He also wants the administration to encourage professors to use previous editions of textbooks.

Mohamed Gharib Gharib plans to bring about more involvment in the SMU community by e-mailing them directly. He plans include improving Senate.

Matthew Neman Neman feels some legislation is ignored. He wants to bring the social life back to campus and to also encourage Cox to have an application process for students.

Austin Prentice Prentice wants to increase the amount of student fees that go back to the students. He also wants to increase campus’ overall safety and to increase scholarships as tuition increases.

Candidates for Secretary Katie Perkins

Perkins plans to work to provide information about Senate and what they are doing for the student body. She wants to encourage senators to do their jobs by reinstating the Senator of the Month award and utilize the bulletin board space in the Senate Office.

Austin Poynter

Poynter wants to encourage senators to attend organization meetings and events regularly to better connect themselves. Wants to reform social event registration. Will write legislation to require professors to release their textbooks in advance.

Correction The article titled “ SBO Candidates duke it out” inadvertently left out a “not” in a quote by Austin Prentice. The story should read: “Looking out at this crowd right now, you cannot tell me that we are not a diverse student body.” In the March 22 edition, the Sing Song story reported that first place went to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. First place actually went to Sigma Phi Epsilon. The Daily Campus regrets these errors.

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• Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Star of ‘Project Runway’ hits Dallas

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By ELYSSE CARPENTER Contributing Writer

When Shirin Askari walked into a Starbucks near her home in Richardson to meet with me, the first thing I noticed, other than her artsy black jacket, was her huge sincere smile and arms outstretched for a hug. I nearly had to sit down to give her a warm embrace, but when I did

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I immediately felt the larger-than-life presence that took up all of her fivefoot-one petite frame. What Askari lacks in height she makes up with the experience, maturity and celebrity status that she has gained from working in the cutthroat fashion industry and from the “Lifetime” hit show, “Project Runway.” A contestant on season six, Askari made it to the ninth episode of the show before host Heidi Klum uttered


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her famous line, “You’re out.” The 24-year-old Persian fashion designer from the University of North Texas has exhibited endless drive and motivation, catapulting Askari out of Richardson and into success in New York and Los Angeles. When a knee injury put her postgraduation trip to Europe on hold in 2008, one of her professors from UNT suggested she audition for “Project Runway.” With nothing else to do and her knee in a large, bulky cast, Askari set up a tri-pod at home and hobbled around, filming her creations from college. Askari joked, “I thought ‘I’m a gimp right now, why would they want me?’” But her act took her from UNT to reality television in just a few short weeks. By that time, her knee was all healed and the real work began. “I never thought I would be on the show. That stuff doesn’t happen to people I know, or me,” Askari said. From the moment the 16 contestants arrived in Los Angeles for the five weeks of filming that lay ahead of them, their belongings such as cell phones, iPods, sketch books, newspapers and anything that could be used to communicate with the outside world or to work with were taken from them. They were welcomed into closedquarters, with sewing machines and


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fabric. If one of the contestants had to go to the bathroom, one of the production assistants had to go with them. They were on a strict schedule and told when they were allowed to eat, sleep, work and even talk to one another. “We didn’t have any connection to the outside world. That was when the banks had crashed and we didn’t even know about it. We couldn’t go outside by ourselves; we couldn’t go to the bathroom by ourselves. [We were] in some concentration camp it felt like,” Askari said. However stressful and unsatisfying the show was (Askari thought she should not have gotten the boot so early on), Askari took the experience on the show in stride and used the criticisms and tips to debut her very first clothing line here in Dallas a few weeks ago. Askarai said her mother is her biggest fan. She was going places at an early age and her mother could see the drive and sparkle in her daughter’s eye when she sewed her very first dress at age seven, her mother said. Askari holds her roots very close to her heart. Still living in her mom’s house, her older brother’s old room now has several hanging racks and mannequins scattered everywhere with pieces of fall-colored fabrics and wedding dresses cluttering the room. Though she has looked at other

spaces to relocate, her family and friends are so important that Askari does not plan on leaving the studio in her mother’s house anytime soon. “I wouldn’t have gotten into this collection if my family and friends hadn’t have been, ‘you’re going to be fine,’” she said. At lot like Carrie Underwood’s country lyrics, Shirin Askari is a smalltown, down-to-Earth girl at heart. But, the public still seems to notice her. And with 400 people at her fashion show in Dallas and 30 million viewers of her season on “Project Runway,” it’s no wonder Askari is on her way to becoming the next Diane von Furstenburg. “One of the main things that’s changed is people recognize me. So I can’t dress like a scrub when I leave the house…my mother would kill me,” Askari said. It is nice to be loved, though. Askari has been bombarded with e-mails, messages and phone calls informing her how she is a huge star in Switzerland and Mumbai, India to name a few. But all the fame and popularity certainly hasn’t gone to her head. Askari is more concerned and preoccupied with her multiple tasks at hand. Between four orders of custom wedding dresses and custom orders for her collection, Askari is still just focused on creating wearable clothes

for everyone. She said, “I’d rather see my clothing on real people rather than just models…I want people to wear it.” And wear it they will. Like the jacket she wore to the interview (and even let me try on), Askari’s debut clothing line will most likely be mass produced and available to Americans across the country in stores like Neiman Marcus or Barney’s New York.Right now, she is producing custom orders from her recent show for fall and holiday 2010. Once she receives an offer from the more mainstream companies like Neiman’s, they will then purchase all of the line or select pieces that they want in their stores that will then be mass-produced for retail. Dallas boutiques, like Melanie Gayle in Snider Plaza, Assembly in West Village and Elements on West Lovers Lane already carried Askari’s designs. The price points will aim to be around $200 to $400, perfect in these high-end stores and will be especially popular with Dallas fashionistas and New Yorkers as well. Though she has come so far already and reached millions across the globe, Askari’s long-term goal in the fashion business is for the masses to be able to purchase her clothing and dress in her label. For custom order items and wedding dresses, visit her Web site at

Police Reports MARCH 2 12:34 p.m., Fincher Bldg./6212 Bishop Blvd/Bicycle Rack. A student reported theft of his bicycle. Open.

MARCH 2 1:21 p.m., SMU Bookstore/Barnes & Noble/3060 Mockingbird Lane: A non affiliated person was arrested and booked into Dallas County jail for theft of books and was issued a criminal trespass warning. Another non affiliated person was issued a criminal trespass warning and released. Closed.


12:25 p.m. Kappa Sigma House/3022 SMU Blvd.: A student reported theft of a watch, cufflinks and cash. Open

MARCH 4 8:36 a.m. Meadows Museum/5900 Bishop Blvd.: University Park Fire Department responded to an active fire alarm. It was determined the alarm was caused by dust from an employee sweeping the floor which set off the smoke detector and activated the fire alarm. UPPD reset the fire panel and cleared with no further incident. Closed.


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Mustangs prepare for toughest test of year

Track and Field at Stanford Invitational this weekend

By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

The No. 27 SMU women’s tennis team has faced tough opponents this season, including several top-25 teams. But the Mustangs will be in for the fight of their lives tonight, when they travel to Waco to play Baylor University, the No. 7 tennis team in the nation. Even more impressively, the Bears were actually the No. 1 tennis team in the nation after defeating No. 13 USC and No. 2 UCLA back-to-back last week. Since then, they have defeated No. 4 UNC, No. 56 Oklahoma State and No. 34 Oklahoma. Despite their wins, the Bears dropped in the rankings while UNC climbed all the way to the top. Sophomore Marta Lesniak, ranked No. 29 in the nation, will face the biggest challenge of all the Mustangs, as she will mostly likely be taking on Lenka Broosova, who is the No. 5 player in the nation. Lesniak, who has not lost a singles match so far, has defeated seven nationally ranked opponents this season. Though Lesniak has the toughest match-up, she will not be the only Mustang to play a high-caliber opponent. Baylor has three other players ranked in the top 100 in the nation: No. 18 Nina Secerbegovic, No. 65 Taylor Ormond and No. 79 Csilla Borsanyi. The Bears’ top doubles team, Borsanyi and Broosova, are ranked No. 8 in the nation. Sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova, No. 97 in the nation, will most likely draw one of Baylor’s top players as well, leaving two for SMU head coach Lauren LongbothamMeisner to assign to her trio of top freshmen players. Katerina Vankova has recently been playing in the No. 2 singles spot, but Shahzoda Hatamova and

By BRITTANY LEVINE Associate Sports Editor

SMU’s track and field team will head to Stanford, Calif. for the Stanford Invitational this Friday and Saturday. The UTA Invitational will also be held this Saturday in Arlington. At last year’s Stanford Invitational, two Mustangs had NCAA Regional qualifying times. Current junior Silje Fjortoft won the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She finished with a time of 9:56.73, the fastest time for any

woman during the year. Fjortoft’s effort earned her a Conference USA Co-Athlete of the Week honor a few days following the event. At last year’s UTA Invitational, current sophomore thrower Simone Du Toit qualified for two NCAA Regional Outdoor Championships. She came in first in the discus and third in the shot. Then senior, Ilyssa Pettigrew, won the 800 with a time of 2:14.13. The event was a huge success for the Mustangs, as they dominated in throws and relays.

Rowing travels to California for San Diego Crew Classic By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor

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Sophomore Marta Lesniak is 17-0 in singles play thus far this year.

The SMU rowing team will be taking a break from the tumultuous Texas weather for a weekend in San Diego, Calif. where they will be competing in the San Diego Crew Classic on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28. The Mustangs have not been in a competition since last Tuesday, March 16, when the University of Louisville, ranked No. 18 in the nation, narrowly

beat them. The race took place in Austin, Texas, and though the Cardinals took first in all five races, SMU was able to take second twice and third three times. “This was a great opportunity for us to race against top 25 teams in the country,” head coach Doug Wright said. Some of the top rowing crews in the nation will be present at the competition this weekend, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Virginia and No. 5 Brown.

Final meet of season for Equestrian at Tennessee-Martin By BRITTANY LEVINE Associate Sports Editor

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Sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova is 14-2 in singles play thus far this year.

Edyta Cieplucha have also been solid contributors for SMU this season, giving Longbotham-Meisner plenty of

flexibility to try and surprise Baylor. The last meeting between SMU and Baylor was last season in the second

round of the NCAA tournament with the Bears pulling out the victory, 4-2.

SMU’s equestrian team will have its final meet of the regular season this Friday. The Mustangs will compete against the University of Tennessee at Martin. SMU has faced UTM earlier this season when the Mustangs beat the Skyhawks with a close score of 6-5. The win was an impressive one for SMU. The team was down 5-1, but came back after winning five straight points. Freshman Morgan Toal was

honored as the event’s MVP. The Mustangs are coming off a loss to TCU. In what was called the last regular home season meet on March 5, the team actually played at TCU’s Fieldstone Park because of the collapse of the SMU arena. The SMU equestrian team’s home arena collapsed due to heavy snowfall on the roof. Sophomore Mallory Olson was named MVP in the equitation over fences, which she won by five points, 82-77.



• Thursday, March 25, 2010

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he Daily Campus Editorial Board endorsed three candidates on Tuesday in the Student Body Officer elections. Yesterday we published a letter from junior Eric Park, who voiced his opposition to Meredith Shamburger the practice and outlined several issues. Park’s letter raises a good question: Should the Editorial Board endorse candidates in Student Senate elections? Park wrote that he felt it was “irresponsible for The Daily Campus editorial board to advertise their own opinions.” He wrote that the Editorial Board was not elected to be the voice of the student body and that members’ relationships with the candidates or those close to candidates affected the endorsements, consciously or unconsciously. To find the answers, I asked some staff members for their opinions. Opinion editor Nathaniel French, who is a member of the Editorial Board, disagreed with Park’s assessment that the Editorial Board should not endorse candidates: “It is a long-standing tradition for newspapers to endorse candidates in local and national elections. The editorial board’s recommendations are just that--recommendations--and aren’t intended as a final statement on the issue,” he said. Online Editor Jessica Huseman agreed. Huseman is also a member of the Editorial Board, although she recused herself from all aspects

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of the endorsement process because she was in Student Senate and had a personal relationship with one of the candidates. “The function of the editorial board is to issue opinions on behalf of the newspaper,” she said. “Not issuing an opinion in student body elections, I feel, would be a waste of the board.” Layout editor Josh Parr does not think the paper should endorse candidates. Parr is not a member of the Editorial Board. “It is naive of us to think that college students need our help in deciding who to vote for,” he said. “At most we must serve as an outlet describing all candidate platforms so that our readers may make an informed decision, not so that we tell them who to vote for.” Chief Copy Editor Lauren Smart echoed Parr’s statements. Smart is not a member of the Editorial Board. “I feel the job of the newspaper is to present readers with facts about candidates, so they can make their own decision. There are already plenty of lobbyists out there.” French is right. Look in any major newspaper and you’ll find an editorial board. In every election, they endorse candidates. The Daily Campus as a whole seeks to emulate these professional papers, which is why we have an editorial board. “It is our job to consider the positions and leadership abilities of the candidates and make a fair and objective decision,” French said. “We hope in this way to give SMU students a context and point of view to consider as they decide

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ave your parents ever told you not to play ball in the house or that if you have nothing nice to say you shouldn’t say anything at all? Did you listen to their advice? Probably not, until the next time you played catch and you broke your mom’s favorite vase. Or the next time you called someone ugly and they started an even worse rumor about you. Samantha Verrill Having to admit that your parents were right stinks, does it not? COLUMNIST We used to think so, until we started to realize that our parents actually knew what they were talking about…weird. As the years roll on and the age ticker climbs, we both have to admit that our parents are smarter than we first thought. That’s right Mom and Dad: you actually knew what you were talking about (I hope you’re proud we are finally admitting this). Samantha Cangelosi When a parent sees her child going through an experience similar to one she has been through herself, advice is often the first thing she offers. It is up to the child to take it. Why is it that we avoid taking the offered advice at all costs? Or even worse, do the complete opposite of the advice? Well, we thought it was because we knew better then our parents did. We thought that they “just did not understand!” That line was often thrown out there several times during heated arguments. Silly us. Think about it: Our parents have been on the earth for way, way, way longer than we have. They have been through many different types of situations in their lifetimes and have gained pretty good experience through those situations. At first, it pained us to admit that they were right; who likes admitting that they were wrong in a situation. If you do, then we are hiring you to be our personal admitter of wrongdoing. It would be so much better to have someone do it for you, right? Take, for example, the ever-famous “boy” advice. Pay attention, boys, because you are about to get a glimpse into the life of a teenage girl. The question: “How come it seems like Jimmy [not his real name] doesn’t even notice me?” Advice: “You need to act like you don’t notice him. It’s all about playing the game.” Oh my goodness! How could we totally ignore the guy we’ve been crushing on for four months? No deal, Mom. Well, we tried it and, low and behold, things started to change. Epiphany moment number one: The more we played the game, the more Jimmy became interested. So, opposite gender, now you know why girls love to play games: We were taught to do so and most of the time it works. Our dads have given us great advice, too, so don’t think we forgot about them. However, a lot of it has to do with work and money, which still confuses us. But hey, we listen and it all works out for the best. ATTENTION! ATTENTION! Here it is in writing! Spread it to the world! Print it out and post it on your fridge! Mail it to your mom and seal it with a kiss! The parents know best, and you know what? We aren’t ashamed to admit it. Samantha Cangelosi is a sophomore journalism major and Samantha Verrill is a junior journalism major. They can be reached for comment at scangelosi@ and, respectively.

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Focus on health care a mistake



whom to vote for.” It was the goal of the Editorial Board to provide our points of view. But Parr and Smart are right as well: the news section should provide the platforms of candidates. We do so for the Student Body Officer candidates today on the front page. Park is correct to note that the student body does not elect the members of the Editorial Board to serve as the voice of the students. But that is because the Editorial Board serves as the voice of the newspaper. Members are chosen from the paper’s staff to serve on the Board to represent the paper. I would like to note that the paper itself does provide a public forum for anyone on campus to voice their opinions through the Opinion page. This space is available for any SMU student, staff or faculty member. Was the Board’s opinion affected by relationships with the candidates? It has always been the policy of the Editorial Board for members to recuse themselves from editorials (and any deliberations) when there is a conflict of interest. The process was no different for our endorsements. I, as Editor in Chief, have no qualms about the recent endorsements by the Editorial Board and the Board’s role in giving the opinion of the newspaper.

Obama wasted political capital, time on only one of many important issues STAFF COLUMNIST

Elena Harding

Fraternities play a valuable role in university life Despite its bad reputation, the Greek system contributes a great deal to the SMU community COMMENTARY


he Interfraternity Council here at SMU (a council consisting of the nine IFC fraternities here on campus) is probably better known for having a good time than for giving back to the community. Haynes Strader We are consistently in the news for doing this or that wrong, or for having some sanction placed against one of our houses, but what is very rarely talked about is the other side of fraternity life: the values. Each of our houses has core values such as virtue, friendship, scholarship, diligence and service and every member of our community spends the first eight weeks of his fraternity experience learning what these values mean. Living out these principles doesn’t stop there, and the IFC community has made some serious strides over the course of the last year in improving not only the image of the fraternity/ Greek system here at SMU, but the ways in which fraternities give back to the community as a whole. A lot of people on campus are aware of the major parties hosted by our houses during the week of Halloween, but very few know that the IFC held an event called “Trick or Treat on Greek Street” where we hosted hundreds of urban elementary school kids for Halloween goodies in front of each of our houses. In addition to hosting “Trick or Trick on Greek Street,” the IFC also partners with Special Olympics to host a volleyball tournament by providing facilities, equipment, T-shirts, food, transportation, coaches and officials for a day of fun and friendly competition. It is unfortunate that the number of alcohol violations given to each of the houses has received more press and is probably better known than the amount of money raised by our community for charity, but IFC raised more than $13,000 for

the March of Dimes last year and the fraternity system as a whole raised well over $50,000 for numerous charities throughout the nation. Another interesting fact that often goes overlooked on campus is that the IFC average GPA has been consistently higher (for at least the past four semesters) than the average non-Greek male’s GPA. Fraternity men aren’t historically known for excelling in academics, but times are changing and there are numerous members of our Greek system who are involved in academic clubs and honors societies and are members in all the schools here on campus. The SMU IFC also unveiled its campaign to “Frat Responsibly” to show that it is important to be safe and make smart decisions while having a good time. The campaign included multiple forms of media such as pens, posters in public areas/ residence halls and t-shirts distributed to every member of the fraternity community. A major component of the new campaign is the newly developed IFC Late Night, which includes sober parties from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM at a fraternity house on a weeknight. It is always co-hosted by one or two sororities and is open to the entire campus. The image of the SMU Fraternity system is one rooted in mistakes of the past and a misunderstanding of the values that unite the fraternities here on campus. The IFC is doing its part to fundamentally change this image and we are dedicated to the hard work needed to remain a valued partner in education to the university and administration. Haynes Strader is a junior political science and advertising double major. He can be reached for comment at


o we finally have a new health care bill. Yay, I guess. It certainly took long enough, and I cannot help but feel that it wasted a lot of time. I know health care is an important topic, but so are many other Trey Treviño things: poverty, nutrition (i.e. our incredibly high obesity rate), gay marriage, abortion, the legalization of marijuana and, oh yes, the two wars we’re fighting right now. Let’s not forget about that. I suppose the problem is that these are all important issues and to focus exclusively on any one of them is to make the others seem shafted. So Obama was willing to fight this one out to the very end; does that mean he cares more about health care than Iraq? Probably not, but the fact remains that he chose health care first. It’s possible he thought he would just “get it out of the way” before moving on to the “really serious” issues. If so, he was sorely mistaken about how long it would take. He has now wasted over a year and has only three years left. Can he actually accomplish everything else on his agenda before his time is up? Or will everything else become a year-long ordeal as well? Here’s a question: because Obama fought for this for so long until he won, what would have happened if the bill hadn’t passed? Would he have battled until the end of his presidency? If that were the case, could he possibly have expected to get reelected? Certainly not. Lyndon Johnson allowed all his dreams and plans for the “Great Society” to go down the tubes because of his stubbornness regarding Vietnam. Might something similar happen here? It remains to be seen. It’s interesting, though, if you think about it. Here I am complaining about how uncompromising Obama is, and yet the thing we complain about the most when it comes to politicians is how they compromise too much. So why do I feel compelled to criticize him now? Maybe it’s because I am aware that what he’s doing here isn’t making him any more popular, and I’m simply reacting in accord with public opinion. For to do anything else would be to acknowledge that Obama is special, the one man in the government who genuinely cares about making the country a better place, rather than just another politician, which, I have a feeling, is exactly what he is. So if we (safely) assume that Obama is just another politician, who really cares more about getting reelected and securing his place in the history books than actually improving the lives of the people, then we really have no choice but to conclude his refusal to back down was stupid and potentially dangerous, because if it hadn’t worked, it would have spelled R-U-I-N for both Obama and his precious plans. Of course, it did work, and the success of the new bill could potentially secure his poll numbers while he readies his next project, so maybe it wasn’t such a bonehead move after all. In the end, the results are all that matter. Trey Treviño is a sophomore CTV major. He can be reached for comment at

Health & Fitness

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 •



Groups lessen struggle to workout, help meet goals By KRISTY WEBSTER Contributing Writer

Beginning Triathlon coach, David Bertrand, emphasizes the importance of the team mentality when pursuing a physical goal. He does his best to provide opportunities for the wellness two training team to achieve that mentality. His strenuous workouts are Bertrand’s best tool for fostering group bonding. One day, at Bertrand’s request, the class ran to an “undisclosed location.” They followed his turn-by-turn directions and finally reached a twoblock hill next to a cemetery. The group clustered at the top

Helen Huber as a teammate huffed and puffed up the sixth hill. “We always used to cheer in lacrosse.” Just like any other sports team, triathletes rely on peers to push them. Madison Eberenz, a sophomore dance minor, compared her morale during dance workouts to her drive on lone-workout days. For her, group workouts are far more enjoyable. “It’s just more fun,” she said. “We’re all in it together.”

This assurance becomes especially important when a team faces challenges like Bertrand’s hill set. Eberenz agrees. “If I’m struggling, most likely they’re struggling too,” she said. “We’ll talk each other through it.” Huber and Ebernez provided evidence of Bertrand’s belief. For them, numbers make workouts less of a personal struggle. A trip to Dedman Center will reveal that many of their fellow

Mustangs feel the same way. Erin Symons, a sophomore student, who always works out with a partner, understands the value of a group like this one. She says that working with other people provides motivation to get to the gym. Once there, Symons feels she gets more done with a partner to hold her accountable.

“Otherwise I’d be there for like 10 minutes,” she said. Symons also introduced another important benefit. According to her, exercise with a group is just “more entertaining.” Triathlon practices serve that purpose. For one Tuesday class, Bertrand ended the swim workout with a

relay race. The tri-athletes were still cheering and laughing after an hour of tiring swimming. Bertrand has identified many benefits of group training through his years of coaching and personal experience. The schedule, the team and the fun are attributes of his triathlon class that add to its benefit.

If I’m struggling, most likely they’re struggling too. We’ll talk each other through it. Madison Eberenz Sophomore

and their collective gaze followed a car as it climbed from the lighted intersection at the bottom to where they stood. Murmurs ran through the group joking about their proximity to the gravesites. But all jokes ended when Bertrand shared the day’s workout—two sets of three hill runs increasing in intensity. The group knew they’d need one another to keep up their morale. They jogged down to the bottom and began their first run back up. By the third lap, the group had divided into several sections. They shared encouraging words as one section passed another. “Keep it up,” yelled first-year


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