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The Indian Student Association held it’s 32nd annual “Mustang Masti” talent show in McFarlin Auditorium Saturday evening.

ISA hosts annual regional wide talent show WILLOW BLYTHE Contributing Writer wblythe@smu.edu Extraordinary, comical and diverse were only a few words to describe the Indian Student Association’s 32nd annual “Mustang Masti” talent show on Saturday. This year ISA rewarded prize money of $1,000 to first place winners and $750 for second place. The show was held in McFarlin Auditorium and featured talent ranging from cultural dance infused with styles such as Bollywood, hip-hop and jazz, to singing in many diverse categories. Hundreds of guests from all over Texas filled the auditorium to attend the exhilarating show. Just before winners were announced, ISA surprised the audience with the flash mob who had taken over Dallas Hall previously this week. Members of ISA danced around the auditorium to rally the crowd. First place for singing talent went to Husanbir Singh of the

University of North Texas, and second place went to Kamica King of SMU. Talent winner Singh, a Ph.D. student at UNT was thrilled about his win in the singing category. “I think music is one of the loveliest things in life. I decided not to make money out of this, and I will give this money to charity,” Singh said. In the dance category, first place was awarded to the group Saaya of the University of Texas, and second place went to Mohini of the University of Texas. The panel of judges was comprised of several talented dance and singing practitioners who grew up in many different ethnic backgrounds and diverse cultures. “I honestly thought it was one of our best shows ever,” ISA President Anisha Durvasula, a senior finance major at SMU, said. “We work really hard just to put all of it together.” SMU alumna Anjali Pillai, a former member of ISA’s executive board, also talked about the hard

work and dedication that was put into making the show. “They’ve worked so hard; they just do so much work,” Pillai said. SMU students, faculty and newcomers proudly stood as the show opened with national anthems from Pakistan, India, as well as the United states. Canadian YouTube sensation Jasmeet Singh, popularly known as Jus Reign, hosted the program with his comical standup and quickly broke the ice with his personable presence and jokes throughout the show. “We have a lot of great people out here tonight,” Singh said. “There has been a lot of effort and hard work.” The talent show featured diverse entertainment that also showcased Indian American culture from several perspectives and styles — Bhangra, folk, Middle Eastern, fusion, Bollywood, as well as cultural and popular music. Students and family members cheered with encouragement

and support throughout the entire show. Maira Raza, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Arlington, was amazed by the talent shown. “It was really interesting and diverse,” Raza said. “My favorite team was Blue Flame Gold.” There were a total of 10 acts, with two exhibition acts from Meenakshi Rajesh and Blue Flame Platinum. Acts performed featured a variety of talent from dance, to solo song and a cappella. Many of the talent performers practiced and prepared for several months before the show. “The talent show was amazing,” SMU sophomore Farha Khoja, who performed performance dance with her team, said. “We had a lot of fun, and we worked really hard for this. SMU put on a great show, and we plan to come back next year stronger.” With yet another successful show, ISA plans to have another incredible talent show next year with more talent and surprises.

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Lit Fest celebrates the joy of reading KATIE GODBOLD Contributing Writer kgodbold@smu.edu Southern Methodist University’s annual Literary Festival was Thursday through Saturday. Wednesday night was the kick off for the festival, in which high school students from more than a dozen area schools performed readings. The festival, held in DeGoyler Library, included readings from several different authors, student conferences, receptions, books signings and Q&A sessions for the authors. Although held on campus, the Literary Festival is free and open to the public. The three-day event has been an SMU tradition since the 1980s. The festival aims to bring together reputable writers, interested students and other individuals from Dallas’ literary community. David Haynes, director of creative writing at SMU, enjoyed the Literary Festival because it offers students and aspiring

Photos courtesy of Sarah Proll and Dean Bakopoulos

Authors Shannon Cain and Dean Bakopoulos both took part in the SMU Lit Fest.

writers a lot of opportunities. “It gives students the opportunity to meet with important working writers,” Haynes said. Kalen Lewis, an SMU freshman, was not very familiar with the authors at the reading Thursday evening. She came because she was interested to see what the festival had to offer. “It introduces students to a wider variety of other written art forms,” Lewis said.

This year’s festival featured prize-winning authors such as Dean Bakopoulos, Shannon Cain, Eduardo Corral, Amina Gautier, Tyehimba Jess, Krys Lee, Corey Marks and Martha Rhodes. On Thursday evening, authors Shannon Cain and Corey Marks made an appearance at the event. Each author read excerpts of their work to an intrigued crowd. Marks recited several poems from his collections including

“Portrait of a Child,” “Three Bridges, Dumb Luck” and a few more. Marks read his eloquently written poems in a mellow and somber tone encompassing the emotions that his poems possess. After Marks’ recital, Cain spiced things up with some of her short stories, including “Nigerian Princes.” The excerpts Cain read were comical and laced with crude humor that brought laughter to the crowd. Lewis appreciates the festival because it gives students the opportunity they wouldn’t normally have to meet the featured authors, and it gives more literary notoriety to SMU as a university. Haynes also believes that the annual festival enhances the reputation of SMU on a local and national scale. Not only does the Literary Festival direct attention toward SMU, according to Taurean Hill a student at Collins College, it also promotes the importance of literacy.

While the Alternative Asset Management Program is arguably the best program at SMU — in terms of national credibility and future salary — very few SMU students know about the program. The program is part of the finance major and is for students who know early on that finance is what they want to do and have decided that it’s something they really like. “If you’re really interested in alternative investments or you’re interested in a future in hedge funds or private equity, then this is the program you need to be in because it sets you apart,” SMU senior Stephen Meek said. “Once I got into the program … it really just bolted my career at SMU because it made me realize where I was, what I needed to get done, and it challenged me and I really gained from it.” To get an idea of how highly selective the program is, there are 22 students from the program graduating in May. Next year’s class will only have one additional student. “I don’t know schools that have an exclusive program like this where they only take a very relatively small number of students and give them this kind of training. We’re obviously investing a lot of resources

for 23 students, so it’s a big investment on the university’s part,” director of the EnCAP Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center Don Shelly said. Cox undergrads can apply for admission to the program during the fall of their junior year. The average GPA for acceptance into the program is above a 3.8, but students are also selected based on leadership, integrity, initiative and work ethic. “Grades aren’t everything, but they’re very important. You need to be doing well in your freshman and sophomore classes even though you won’t be taking business classes because that’s going to be the bulk of your GPA when you’re getting ready to apply,” Shelly said. Once accepted, students are required to complete two alternative assets courses — the first during spring semester junior year and the second during spring semester senior year — and an internship. The setup is intended to allow for students to have an internship in between the two courses so they gain the academia experience as well as the professional experience. “The whole kind of overarching goal is that we really want to give our students the opportunities to be competitive

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Dallas done cheap PARTH SHETH Staff Writer pmsheth@smu.edu Looking for things to do around Dallas? If so, there are several fun events taking place around the Dallas area such as Tech N9ne (March 29), the Daniel Tosh show (April 7), or even Dayglow show (April 14). The only issue is that the tickets to these shows tend to be upward of $50, so most people usually don’t think it is worth spending the money. However, if you know where to look, you could have a fantastic night for an immensely reduced price. Usually the easiest way to get cheap tickets is through scalping, but doing this is very unsafe and illegal in most cities; therefore, the next best way to get cheap tickets is online. It is very similar to scalping in that you have to wait until the event is about to start before the prices drop to their lowest, and you are never guaranteed tickets. While your physical safety is not in harm when buying tickets online, your fiscal safety is at risk if you do not take the right preventative measures; there are many

fake websites designed to steal your money and your identity. For example, before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, an online ticketing scam charged buyers for tickets, but the buyers never received tickets; these scammers received over £5 million with just these ticket sales. To avoid scams, always go to reputable websites. There are many lists that will tell you the top ticket resalers, but the most well known are StubHub, TicketExchange, Ticket Liquidator and eBay. These websites have many great deals but also very different costs and service charges. In order to find the best prices, look at the total price of each ticket including the surcharges. If you do look at different websites that aren’t as reputable, be sure to do some research to make sure that they are legitimate. First, make sure that the ticket seller is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers or the Better Business Bureau because these different agencies ensure the legitimacy of businesses. Second, make sure that the website clearly explains surcharges, policies

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Make way for National Waffle Day KATE PETTY Food Editor kpetty@smu.edu The origin of the waffle can be traced back to ancient Greece, where a similar item, cooked between two metal plates and called an obelios, was made. By the middle-century, Europe began calling the dessert a waffle, and the irons used to make them featured family coats of arms and other important symbols. Today, they may be uniformly made with a simple square pattern, but Dallas restaurants manage to put their own unique twist on the sweet baked treat. The Dream Cafe in Uptown features two different waffles on its menu. This eclectic and laid-back eatery makes a picture perfect Sky Waffle that comes to your table like a traditional Belgian waffle — topped with strawberries, a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a cloud-like scoop of crème fraiche. On a more unique note is the Whole Wheat Waffle. Served plain with a side of smoked bacon, this waffle will almost make you feel like you’re eating healthy. Whole wheat is good for you, right? The only notable difference is in the texture. The Whole Wheat Waffle is slightly drier than your typical waffle, but if you’re willing to compensate with an extra drizzle

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The Gem, located at 7721 Inwood Road, is Dallas’ newest juice bar.

Liquify your lunch at The Gem SPENCER J EGGERS/The Daily Campus

Dream Cafe offers a wide variety of waffles and other breakfast items, all served in a laid-back atmosphere.

of their Vermont maple syrup then you should be good to go. Nick and Sam’s Grill, another Uptown favorite, passes the waffle crafting reins to the customer for their weekend brunches. At the Belgian waffle station, topping choices include a wide range of tasty treats, such as toasted almonds, Nutella and bananas foster. The toppings combinations are practically endless, the only limitation is the restaurant’s hours. Brunch is served exclusively on

Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If these sugary breakfasts are beginning to sound like too much to handle, Victor Tango’s chicken and waffles may be a better option. This dish combines sweet and savory, crunchy and soft, all in one dish. Though a little on the pricey side, if you’re a fan of chicken and waffles, these are worth a try. Finally, for those of you waffle fans who abstain from this dish on account of gluten allergies — abstain no longer.

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Company Cafe on Lower Greenville proudly offers glutenfree waffles on their menu. The waffles are made fresh and served in the traditional style, plain with butter and syrup on the side. Regrettably, the flavor is a little off and the texture is slightly on the chewy side, lacking the airiness that one hopes for in a waffle. However, not many restaurants offer gluten-free waffles, so if that’s what you’re in need of, head over to Company Cafe.

The Gem, Dallas’ newest juice bar, opened at the beginning of March. The place can be hard to find since it’s located inside Duo, a culinary event venue, but the setting makes for a fresh and trendy atmosphere. The continual grinding of fresh vegetables, fruits, and other good-for-you ingredients gives the whole venue a organically fresh scent that will make you feel healthier just by taking a whiff. In addition to a handful of fresh juice blends that are made

to order, The Gem also serves up smoothies and a small offering of snacks, like kale salad and handmade hummus. The menu, save for the juices and smoothies, constantly changes. Their most popular juice, the Green Glow, combines kale, apple, cucumber, lemon and ginger. To say the least, this juice has a good kick to it. The ginger is strong, borderline overpowering, but after the first few sips the flavor is more palatable. However, unless you plan to make a meal out of juice, the price tag is pretty steep at $6 a glass. But if a glass of juice is your kind of meal, then you’re looking at an average price.

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Reckoning with Gender and Fighting Jim Crow: Lulu B. White as an Official of the NAACP” is the topic for Professor Merline Pitre of Texas Southern University at 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Tate Lecture Series Student Forum: Walter Isaacson will be available to the general study body for questions and a speech at 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theatre.

A Global Force for Good: A lecture on the importance of the United States Naval Air Forces at 2:15 p.m. in the Palmer Conference Center.

Feminist Coming Out Day Lecture: A lecture on gender equality and the feminist movement at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.

Tate Lecture Series: Walter Isaacson presents a lecture on his life and its different initiatives at 8 p.m. in Macfarlin Auditorium.

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Spring Dance Concert: A showcase of works by three award-winning choreographers at 8 p.m. in the Owen Arts Center.

12:52 a.m. 3300 Peyton Parkway. A non affiliated person was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Closed. 1:33 p.m. Kappa Alpha Theta House. University Park Fire Department responded to an active fire alarm. It was determined the pane activated by cooking food. UPFD reset the fire panel and cleared with no further incident. Closed.

march 23 4:22 p.m. Smith Hall/6020 Hillcrest Avenue. A student reported she was sexually assaulted. A crime alert was issued on Feb. 14. Open.

march 24 There are no criminal incidents or fire reports to report as of this date. Reports for this date will become available on March 26.


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The melodious version of ‘Plata Quemada’ SMU’s Meadows and Dedman schools collaborated to transition a novel into an Opera

PARMINDER DEO Staff Writer pdeo@smu.edu SMU theater students took the stage this weekend performing an opera to “Plata Quemada,”” a novel by Argentinian writer Ricardo Piglia. Titled “Plata Quemada: Money to Burn,” Meadows students John McAfee and Joseph Scott from, along with the Department of World Languages and Literatures, wrote the libretto: words set to

music. The initial concept of the Opera was an excerpt from Piglia’s novel, which later grew to include the whole novel. Thus “Plata Quemada” encompasses SMU music, dance composition and Latin American literature courses. “This is a collaborative project between Meadows and Dedman and as far as I know it is the first time ever that a group of mostly if not only undergraduate students undertake the production of an

opera,” SMU professor Francisco Moran said. Staying true to the essence of opera, the production was gritty, raw, and filled with romance. The workshop performance was a first for the theater students who had only a week to rehearse. The story follows a passionate yet disturbed relationship between two men, who are lovers. The plot also includes harsh criminals and their attempt to flee the country of Argentina to the border of Uruguay after

robbing a bank. Artistic director Alyssa Veteto said, “You are going to the see some of the actors with scores. This is a work in progress and that is what we are showing. This is a long process whenever you are bringing a new piece to the stage.” Despite its very basic nature, the performance communicated strong societal messages of sexuality, gender, financial and economic issues, and the penile system.

The performance also incorporated variant musical elements. At times parts of the music , or just the libretto, were heard. “I tried to capture the essence of the novel, which is an incredible piece of literature, and it is so complicated that it was really difficult to get all the different aspects of it,” McAfee said. That is something I will have to continue working on as we take this production further.” With only one week of

rehearsing using music, and costumes, the set of the production was admirable. The opera combined the backgrounds of the characters to provide cause for their actions but it only scratched the surface. “It was a fast-and-furious process and it’s been pretty stressful,” cast member and junior Laura Smolik said. “But I think, for what it is, we did a really good job. It was a really good learning experience as well.”

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Sam Adams jams out for college students

MEREDITH CAREY Staff Writer mbcarey@smu.edu

SMU students and Dallas residents flocked to the Palladium Ballroom last Friday to hear Boston-native Sam Adams. Adams’ performance, which mixes pop and rap styles, was preceded by DJ 3LAU and YouTube stars Timeflies. 3LAU, a Washington University in St. Louis student, spun tracks that combined popular hits and classic house beats. The audience, who had just arrived when 3LAU began his set, drowned out much of the DJ’s music, which was further muted by the size of the Palladium’s enormous ballroom. Timeflies, on the other hand, was a crowd favorite. The duo performed songs off their latest album, “The Scotch Tape,” and their weekly creations from their Timeflies Tuesday YouTube series, like “Under the Sea.” Cal Shapiro, Timeflies’ main vocalist, also created a freestyle

rap to Diddy’s “I’m Coming Home” from a list of Texas related words like Qdoba, Tony Romo, the Mavericks, and, of course, SMU Mustangs. Immediately after Timeflies’ final song, Sam Adam’s DJ, DJ JAYCEEOH came onto the stage, mixing songs from pop singers like Katy Perry with electronic and dubstep artist like Avicii and Bassnectar. Once Sam Adams stepped on stage, the crowd went wild and, with the music turned up to a body-vibrating level, the real concert began. The rapper combined his wellknown raps with new rap songs like Tyga’s “Rack City.” He also performed classic from his album “Boston’s Boy,” which debuted number one on the iTunes hip-hop chart in March 2010. The crowd sang along to “Driving Me Crazy,” “Blow Up,” and “I Hate College.” He performed a song for the first time that he said would be released on his upcoming

album. “My managers don’t want me to sing this to you. My label doesn’t want me to sing this to you. But you know what, I’m gonna do it anyway,” he told the crowd. Though he performed with high energy and connected with the audience, many of his songs had prerecorded choruses in the background. Adams mainly just performed his raps and let the recordings sing the choruses. Overall, the concert was very entertaining, with an audience of true Sam Adams and Timeflies fans. It was both artists’ first time performing in Dallas. Sam Adams performed at Round-Up at University of Texas at Austin on Friday and Saturday. His next concert is May 19th in Massachusetts. The Palladium will host similar artists like Childish Gambino and Rusko in the coming weeks. Usually, tickets for concerts at the Palladium are inexpensive compared to many of Dallas’ other concert venues.

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March Madness: Teams Women’s track takes top marks at UTA slam way into Elite Eight KELSEY CHARLES Staff Writer kcharles@smu.edu

AUSTIN MANIERRE Staff Writer amanierre@smu.edu This year, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has not failed to live up to its thrilling reputation. The Final Four is set with Kentucky coming out of the South, Louisville out of the West, Ohio State out of the East, and Kansas and UNC battling for the Midwest title. All five of these contenders are known as some of the premier basketball programs in the nation, yet only Kentucky reached this stage last year in a Final Four that featured Virginia Commonwealth University, Butler, University of Kentucky, and University of Connecticut. Despite no higher than a No. 4 seed making it to the Final Four, some unlikely teams made an impressive run this season. In the Midwest, NC State and Ohio extended their tournament runs to the sweet sixteen. NC State, an eleven seed, finished their season out with a loss to UNC in a close ACC semifinal. The Pack caught fire in the tournament, though, but eventually lost to Kansas. University of Ohio, a thirteen seed, won the Mid-American Conference tournament to get a bid to the big dance. The Bobcats then beat Michigan, then USF before eventually losing to UNC. UConn, tournament winners last year, could not have the same kind of success without Kemba Walker. The Huskies had neither Walker nor the momentum they had last season when they won the Big East tournament, ultimately leading to a

The SMU women’s track and field team had a strong showing this weekend at the Bobby Lane Invitational at the University of Texas at Arlington. The team finished with 11 top-ten marks at the event. Throwers Ayla Gill, Helena Perez and distance runner Mary Alenbratt each took home their first wins of the outdoor season. All three women also placed second in their respective events last week at the TCU Horned Frog Invitational. Gill placed first in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.26 meters, while Perez took home the top spot in the shot put with a throw of 15.31 meters – just 0.02 meters short of her personal best. Freshman Rayann Chin rounded out the throwing team with season bests in both the discus and the shot put. She took sixth in the shot put with a

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Kentucky’s Darius Miller (1) works against Baylor’s Pierre Jackson during the second half of an NCAA tournament South Regional finals college basketball game Sunday.

13 point loss to Iowa State in the first round. VCU stunned everyone last year with a run that ended with a final four loss to Butler, but couldn’t put together the same kind of streak together this year. Like Uconn, VCU also lost a key player this season in Jamie Skeen. After winning the Colonial Athletic Association to get a tournament bid, VCU made it to

the second round in the South, but lost by two to Indiana, sending the Hoosiers to their first sweet sixteen in a decade. Indiana would lose this game, though, to a dominant Kentucky team. As the tournament narrows down to four teams, the champion will be decided in New Orleans. Kentucky looks to be the favorite to win as of now, but as with March Madness, anything can happen.

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throw of 14.04 meters, while her toss of 49.47 meters was able to win her a third place finish in the discus. Alenbratt, a junior, took home the title in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:29.27, while Kajsa Barr and Frida Kristiansson took sixth and ninth in the event respectively. Senior Amber Evans was strong as usual, placing in the top-five in two separate events. Evans took third in the 400 meters with a time of 54.32 and fifth in the 200 meters, finishing in 24.04. Sophomore Isis Wilson competed alongside Evans in the 400 meter dash. Wilson took thirteenth in the event, with a time of 57.81. Freshman Courtney Madden grabbed a pair of top-ten finishes in the long and triple jump. Madden took eighth in the triple jump with a jump of 11.40 meters, and ninth in the long jump, with an impressive leap of 5.59 meters. The ladies head to Austin, Texas this week to compete

in the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The relays will be held at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Texas Relays originated in 1925 in Austin at Memorial Stadium. The event was spearheaded by the legendary Clyde Littlefield, whom the event would later be named after. The Relays showcase high school, college, and professional talent, along with an invitational section. Last year, current sophomore Lisa Egarter placed ninth in the Heptathlon, an event containing seven different sections: 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meter dash, long jump, javelin throw and the 800 meters. Perez took seventh in the shot put last year, but is bound to improve this year based on impressive performances this season. The team will participate in the Relays from Wednesday through Saturday.

THIS WEEK IN SPORTS Wednesday 3/28 Women’s tennis @ TCU, Fort Worth, Texas, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 3/28 - Saturday 3/31 Women’s track, Texas Relays, Austin, Texas Thursday 3/29 - Saturday 3/31 Men and Women’s swimming, USA Grand Prix, Indianapolis Friday 3/30 Men’s tennis vs. Rice, Northwood Country Club, Dallas 1 p.m. Saturday 3/31 - Sunday 4/1 Women’s rowing, San Diego Crew Classic, San Diego Men’s golf, Insperity Augusta State Invitational, Augusta, Ga. Sunday 4/1 Men’s tennis vs. Memphis, Northwood Country Club, Dallas, noon


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SMU lags behind peer schools in graduation rates One in three students fails to attain a diploma in four years

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Graduation Rates at Peer Universities

In August, President R. Gerald Turner welcomed a new freshman class to SMU. In his address at the opening convocation, he told the students of the unique opportunity that awaits them. If they graduate in four years, he said, they would receive their diploma in 2015, the centennial of SMU’s opening. “Therefore, if you don’t graduate in four years or fourand-a-half years at the most, you will blow the opportunity to be in this unique class of students,” he warned. SMU’s recent history suggests hundreds of this year’s 1,382 firsttime students will not receive their diploma in the spring of 2015. Of the first-year students who entered SMU in the fall of 2007, one in three did not graduate in the spring of 2011, records show. Sara Carley, a first-year student, had no inkling that so many SMU students fail to graduate in four years. “It’s surprising because they make it seem like it’s not difficult to graduate in four years, but obviously the statistics say otherwise,” she said. Carley’s response is hardly surprising. Turner and other officials have publicly pointed to SMU’s rising SAT scores, its No. 62 ranking in U.S. News & World Report, and the construction of the George W. Bush Presidential Library as evidence of SMU’s rise to national academic recognition. However, SMU’s four-year graduation rate lags behind eleven of its benchmark peer schools. They range from 69 percent

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at Carnegie Mellon University to 90 percent at the University of Notre Dame. According to U.S. News and World Report, SMU is not on the list of 100 universities with the top four-year graduation rates. Their rates range from 77 percent at Susquehanna University to 96 percent at Webb Institute. SMU officials recognize the problem. They hired Anthony Tillman in 2007 to improve the university’s retention and graduation rates. At that time, SMU’s four-year graduation rate was less than 62 percent. “We would like it to be better, no question about it,” said Anthony Tillman, SMU’s assistant provost for strategic initiatives and director of student retention. “Honestly, there was a time

when SMU was not always focused on academics, but we’re raising the bar academically, and what we expect of our faculty and students here,” he said. Liz Chung is focused on academics. An SMU senior majoring in biology, English and math, Chung had planned to graduate in four years. But Chung said she was forced to take an extra semester because her advisors signed her up for a Bachelor of Science degree instead of a Bachelor of Arts as she requested. “I think it shows that our advisors aren’t doing their jobs. I’ve heard horror stories about advisors leading their students incorrectly and in circles,” she said. For Chung, SMU’s larger problem is one of misplaced priorities. Had she known this, “I would

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have definitely chosen a school that would have invested more money on their students and that provided more caring professors, rather than wasting thousands of dollars on freshly planted flowers in the middle of December,” she said. Tillman believes that universities with higher fouryear graduation rates are very student-centered. With the implementation of twoyear residence requirements, residential learning communities, and a new University Curriculum, he predicts that SMU’s graduation rates will increase. What programs does SMU have in place for current students who are off track and may not graduate in four years? Tillman said that SMU tries to identify students who are struggling early on but that inevitably there will be some

students who fall through the cracks. “It is really a university-wide effort to focus on students who have fallen into a very divergent path,” he said. He said the ALEC tutoring services, resident assistants, Caring Community Connections, and student financials can identify red flags. However, according to Tillman, once students reach their third or fourth year and find themselves behind, then it becomes all but impossible for them to graduate with their freshman class. Do four-year graduation rates matter? A study released in 2011 by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research shows that parents are deeply concerned about four-year graduation rates when choosing where to send their children to college. In an experiment, a group of parents received basic facts about two public colleges while the other group received the same information as well as the graduation rates for each institution. Providing graduation rates, the researchers found, increased the likelihood by about 15 percent that parents would choose the college with the higher graduation rate. There are many legitimate reasons students do not graduate in four years. Some take on a very ambitious degree program and some simply do not pass a sufficient number of classes. Others take part in study abroad programs and internships that hinder them from completing the required 120 academic hours. Ryan Siu graduated early with a double major in computer

engineering and economics. He says fraternity life and SMU’s party culture can get students off track. “I don’t feel that SMU parties harder than other schools. I just feel there [are] too many students [who] aren’t being smart. I feel some of the changes, like professors taking attendance in class, hurt more than it helped,” he said. For many students who do not finish in four years, the reason is financial. If a student must work 2530 hours a week to help pay for college, it becomes all but impossible to graduate in four years. Not surprisingly, studies show that students at private colleges have the highest four-year graduation rates. Financial hardship does little to explain SMU’s relatively low four-year graduation rate compared to its peers. As a group, SMU students come from among the nation’s wealthiest families. Still, Tillman said SMU deserves credit for what it has accomplished. “We do not have a 90 percent graduation rate but at 66 percent we are double the national average, which I think is a key benchmark for us,” he said. The man hired to raise SMU’s graduation rate also cautions that too much importance can be put on the goal of graduating in four years. “There used to be a stigma that if you did not graduate in four years that something was wrong with you,” Tillman said. “That has become much more limited because students realize they have all of these vast opportunities. It’s such a wonderful time. Some students just get lost in the learning.”


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Obamacare shackles individual freedom ANDREW FIEPKE afiepke@smu.edu

Beginning today, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on the individual mandate and a few other issues of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Twenty-six states and a few independent associations have collectively sued the administration saying that the individual mandate provision of the health care law infringes on the rights of their citizens. They are correct. This Supreme Court decision will be the most influential decision of our lifetimes. It will be one of those cases like Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Plessy v. Ferguson and Griswold v. Connecticut that we all learned about in our American history classes. The issue in this case is one that goes to the very heart of the relationship between the government and its citizens. This question of whether or not the government can force you to buy something against your will is incredibly serious. It is therefore unsettling that the Democratic Party seems so unconcerned with this. Right after the bill passed, Nancy Pelosi was asked if the bill was possibly unconstitutional. She responded with a guffaw and asked: “Are you serious?” Well, Ms. Pelosi, the American people are serious. No matter what the Supreme Court decides, the American people have seriously considered this bill, and they have come to dislike it intensely. A majority of people has consistently wanted it to be repealed. In recent polls, two-thirds of people have said that they believe that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. No matter what the Supreme Court decides (and no one really knows, it could easily go either way depending on which side of the bed Justice Anthony Kennedy gets up in the morning), the American people know that there is something inherently wrong with the government having the power to force you to buy something. No reasonable person could believe that Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton would have thought that the federal government having the authority to force a private, commercial decision was acceptable. In fact, Americans have a long history of rebelling against government fiat. The Boston Tea Party occurred in response in part to a government mandate that colonists could only buy tea from the British East India Company. That sounds an awful lot like the Obamacare mandate: you must buy insurance and it must be a government-approved plan. Americans also understand that once the government gets the power to do something, it will continue to try to expand its power. The administration claims that they can regulate health care under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, which states that the government can regulate interstate commerce, in this way because it is a special market. People who do not buy insurance are still engaging in interstate commerce somehow so the government claims that they have the ability to regulate it. But, what will then stop them from declaring that anything else is also a special market? It is very easy to envision President Obama claiming that the automobile market is a special market and therefore mandating that everyone buy Chevy Volts because people who do not have Chevy Volts are affecting the environment, which affects interstate commerce. America is not about empowering government, it is about empowering the American people. Yet nowhere in this bill is the power of the government limited. This is why the health care bill is so dangerous to the liberty of the American people, and why the Supreme Court should declare it unconstitutional. Andrew is a sophomore majoring in finance, French and markets and culture.

RACHEL BUCHANAN rbuchanan@smu.edu At first, I thought of drinking bottled water as a healthier alternative to soft drinks or sugary juices. It wasn’t until I was reading news on NPR.org, when I stumbled across an article about bans of bottled water by universities across the nation, that I started to question the benefits of plastic bottled water on a larger scale. I didn’t know what to expect when I began to read the article. I thought it might be a bunch of hippies trying to make a point about the life of affluence. I liked my Fiji waters, and would buy them in bulk at the grocery store. As I read an article by Ted Burnham that discussed universities across the nation opting to ban selling bottled waters on campus, I began to wonder if SMU would ever consider such a bold move? Granted, selling plastic bottled water is probably contracted with beverage distribution companies, and there may be other reasons not to breach these contracts; however, could there be a way to continue to sell bottled soft drinks and at the same time ban bottled water in order to please all parties involved? Simply put: Plastic bottles are a by-product of crude oil. The crude oil is refined into monomers, which are used to create plastic. There are many types of plastic that can be made ranging from automotive parts to plastic bottles. Plastic is a strong material, and non-biodegradable, which means we cannot bury the plastic and wait a long period of time for it

to decompose. We address this problem with recycling plastics into new products. There are three views on this topic to consider, which are an anthropocentric approach, a common-sense approach, and an obligatory reform approach. The anthropocentric approach: If any ethical view should be considered, it should be from a human’s standpoint. After all, we are the only creatures on this planet who worry about pollution, morality, and the future. For humans, water is a benefit. Also, capitalists benefit from distributing and selling plastic bottled waters. As Adam Smith claimed, the free-market should be ruled by the invisible hand. If customers demand a product, then the market should respond to meet such demands. So, when did people start demanding bottled waters? Perhaps people only wanted bottled waters after the softdrink industry decided to make it a desire. This raises an alarm because if this is not a true desire, then do we have a right to pursue it? Turns out, if we are only interested in the welfare of humans, we should look at the pollution to see if that could potentially harm people. If it turns out consuming bottled water is harmful to humans, then this view would not justify its production or consumption. We would have to reform our behavior. The common-sense view: Another view we could examine is the idea that bottled waters are not harmful to the environment as long as we try to recycle each

bottle. All we have to do is melt down the original bottles, then reshape new ones, right? It seems pretty simple. However, to take this utilitarian stance implies that we must look at each step of the process to recycle plastic. There are additional amounts of pollution resulting from recycling, which would not occur if we stopped drinking bottled waters. For example, some items cannot be recycled, but become de-cycled. This means that plastic bottles are not recycled into a new plastic bottle, but sometimes plastic bottles are turned into plastic bottle caps, straws, and plastic tabs, which then all become trash. Additionally, the transportation of plastic bottles from consumer, to recycling plant, to filling facility, to store and back to the consumer; which uses more fossil fuel to transport it at each step. Granted, reusing materials is far less damaging to the environment than creating new materials, but all of those steps (which produce pollution) could be avoided if we stopped the “demand” for bottled water. Just think about the amount of resources used for this process before the bottled water gets to the store where you purchase it the next time you are thirsty running errands. Is it common sense to spend as much resources, and money, on this affluent option? Maybe we should all travel with a reusable bottle and find the nearest water fountain to not only reduce additional transportation steps, but also costs. Water fountains are free.

The obligatory reform view: The final view is the deontological approach, which implies we have a duty to preserve the earth for future generations, and our future selves. If reviewed, every step of the process of making plastic water bottles, to transporting products, and even recycling can be damaging to the environment. Things that damage the environment eventually damage humans, which is wrong to do in any situation. Drinking out of plastic water bottles is not necessary, but a luxury. It could damage our future selves and future generations due to the contributions to climate change from the CO2 emissions released during each step of bottle waters. Due to these facts, we should ban plastic bottle waters because going without a luxury is better than depriving our future selves (and future generations) of the ability to be rational agents by limiting (and damaging) natural resources. What if we stopped drinking plastic bottled waters? Would that really be hard to accomplish? All the views point to: no. Come out and share your views on this topic: Thursday, 11:30 a.m. the Society for Ethical Evaluation and Debate will host two Flash Debates on the resolutions “Due to environmental concerns, Southern Methodist University ought to ban plastic bottled waters on campus?” in the Speakers’ Corner outside of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Rachel is a senior majoring in philosophy and psychology.

‘Hunger Games’ entertains dangerously RAAMIS KHWAJA rkhwaja@smu.edu “The Hunger Games” depicts a society where 12 districts are controlled by a central Capitol. The people of the Capitol live in an abundance of wealth while the people of the districts suffer from starvation, squalid conditions and the existence of a terrifying annual ritual. This ritual, which gives its name to the movie, is predicated upon a simple premise: since the people of the twelve districts once fomented a rebellion in the past, as payment, they must now offer one male and one female (called tributes) to take part in a fight-tothe-death game of survival. The tributes must be between the ages of 12 and 18. Only one will come out alive. I became more and more appalled as the film progressed. In one extremely gruesome scene lasting almost five minutes, the tributes slaughtered each other trying to get their hands on weapons while others ran to find shelter. A tangled mass of kids slightly younger than me laid strewn, blood staining the grass. I watched further as some of the tributes began to joke about killing others, mock the idea of mercy, and work up to a savage rage. This was my entertainment? This was my idea of enjoying a free evening with my family?

To be fair, there is much more to the movie, and to the story, than I just described. First, some credits to the film. Simply put, the movie is made very well. The characters, dialogue, action and screenplay are breathtaking. Not having read any of the books, I sat glued to my seat along with the rest of the cinema hall. The movie seemed to command control over everyone’s senses. The audience would utter a collective gasp, respond to almost every turn of movie and not once seem to get bored. I cannot remember a time when I was so absolutely absorbed into what I was watching. Nor can I remember a time when a single movie, or the storyline behind it, has made me so distressed. Like the film, elements of the story are equally profound. The themes of sacrifice, subjugation, love, loyalty, madness, fear and hope are explored almost throughout the film, and there are a few extremely touching scenes that evoke powerful emotions, scenes where a select few of the tributes transcend the barbarity of the games and choose to help each other. Yet when I left the theater, all I could think about was the premise, the killing, the face of each child attempting to brave the inconceivable. The film is most popular among teenagers and young adults.

After all, the movie possesses all the traits of a blockbuster: epic music, an unforgettable cast, a chilling storyline and ultimately, the promise of unyielding hope. In fact, the message of the film is not what bothered me. It was clear from watching that killing and subjugating others were exposed as heinous crimes. Moreover, people who have read the books attest that it is softer in print, more profound, and comes across as much less brutal. It is ultimately less about the hunger games and more about the process of initiating change and fighting barbarity with love, kindness, and empathy. Clearly, the story itself is not to blame here — masterfully written, and full of substance, it is a superb novel like any other. The problem is that the message of the story is pushed aside by images of kids killing each other, by how absolutely twisted it is that the very age group going to see the movie most is the same age group displayed fighting to the death on screen. What bothers me is that millions of teenagers will go see this movie and come out singing its praise—a film where what is seen first is the killing and the psychologically twisted plot. Disturbingly, the premise is more powerful than the message. At some core, my conscience

is just uneasy, harrowed, and disturbed that people will see this film for entertainment. You may call me overly sentimental, mawkish, or point out to me that the purpose of the film is to discourage the very thing it displays, and you would be correct. But my argument is not that Suzanne Collins should not have written the story, nor am I attacking the message of the novel. What I am saying is that someone might easily misconstrue the message of the film. Watching this kind of film takes an incredible amount of maturity and yet young adults experiencing a phase of change and self-discovery are the primary audience. Teenagers will go home after watching this movie, download the soundtrack, possibly re-read the books, talk about how the movie made their hearts stop at certain points. Somewhere along the line, the powerful themes of love and hope will be mentioned, shadowed by how “great” the movie was, shadowed by the recommendation that “You should go see it too — it was awesome.” Raamis is a freshman majoring in biology with minors in computer science and anthropology.


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“Hunger Games” opened with an estimated $68 million for its first day, the fifth-best opening day result ever.

Cassandra Robinson A&E Editor cassandrar@smu.edu The odds were certainly in its favor. “The Hunger Games” garnered an impressive $155 in its opening weekend, surpassing most analyst expectations. With such astounding figures, the “Hunger Games’” film reached the third-best opening weekend ever, only

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following “Harry Potter and the Deathly HollowsPart 2” at $169.2 million and “The Dark Knight” at $158.4 million. “Hunger Games” impressed reviewers further by becoming the first and most profitable non-sequel. The closest competitor to date was in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland” at $116.1 million. “Twillight” fanatics

should brace themselves for this competitive fact. “Hunger Games” was more lucrative than all four “Twilight” films. Lionsgate is extremely pleased with box office results considering “Hunger Games” production costs were only $80 million, and marketing costs were only $45 million.

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‘A Doll’s House’ emits genuine acting NATALIE YEZBICK Contributing Editor nyezbick@smu.edu Last weekend, in the depths of the Meadows basement, a handful of talented students performed Henrik Ibsen’s play, “A Doll’s House.” The drama centers around the relationship between a husband and wife. The classic play questions the role that marriage played in society. “A Doll’s House” goes about this in a way that is not too dense and still manages to keep a sense of wit and humor. The one thing that really stood out in this rendition of “A Doll’s House” was how genuine and real every movement, line and emotion was. The audience could tell that the director was meticulous about making the play seem natural and not forced. The first action on stage was when the main character Nora opened the door and entered the scene. Instead of just opening the door and walking inside, Nora fumbled with her bags, searched for her keys, fitted them into the lock, and finally unlocked the door. This seems like a simple and ordinary thing to do, but it is just one of the many

examples of the care that was taken to contrast the realistic aspects of the characters with their absurdities that are revealed later in the play. The emotions also seemed extremely authentic. During the play, Nora gets caught in a web of lies of her own creation. Her angst, her anxiety and her passion all made it easy for the audience to empathize with her, as naïve as she may have been. The actor playing Nora’s husband Torvald’s arrogance was also very natural. The way that he looked down to Nora by saying things like “I guess I’ll have to take you as you are” not only seemed real

but also made the entire audience laugh at how absurd he was. Although the frankness and heart of the actors was endearing, no play is without error. The actors seemed to trip up on the dialogue during the most intense scenes, just making it all the more obvious that the continuity of the lines was halted. These little “issues” didn’t detract from the play, however, There was little to no advertising for the play. The play is a classic that is studied by most theatre students, and it definitely deserved more publicity than it received.

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with anybody,” finance department chair and professor William Maxwell said. SMU senior Lizzy Chesnut, one of the students in the program, already has a job set up for after graduation with oilfield services company Halliburton in Houston. For Chesnut, the guest lectures are one of the most beneficial aspects of the program. “We kind of learn about the issues, and it’s really real world related versus where a lot of classes

are kind of more academic and theory based,” Chesnut said. “I think overall it just kind of prepares you better for starting your first job.” Some of the outcomes of the program are the internships junior year and job placements for after college. While the internships pay well — prorated $50,000 to $70,000 — the hours are intense. During the internships students work an average of 60 hours a week, sometimes even averaging

up to 80 hours a week. In terms of jobs, the median starting salary was about $72,000 last year. The payoff for the program is increasing student demand for more intensive programs. “Programs like this are essential for all SMU students who want to pursue very specific fields,” Mehdi Hami, a first year, said. “I hope there are fields like this in medicine, engineering and the liberal arts in years to come.”

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for refunds, rescheduling and cancellations. Next, look to see that the website has an address that starts with “https” or has a lock icon in the bar. This means that the website is secure and that any information you give them will be safe.

Fourth, look at the tickets the website is offering you to make sure that the seat actually exists; you can look up the seating chart of each venue and reference that when looking at the ticket. Finally, if you are unable to find a phone number or fixed address for the ticket seller, do not

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buy tickets from them. This means that if there are any issues with your order, there is no way to contact the company to resolve the problem. If you follow these steps, you will be well on your way to fun, affordable nights and can even get an early start to summer break.

RUTHIE BURST Contributing Writer rburst@smu.edu Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum provides visitors with an unforgettable experience — a fragrant splash of color to welcome spring. The Arboretum on Garland Road welcomes guests to their 28th anniversary of Dallas Blooms through April 8. Dallas Blooms features 600,000 bulbs including tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and more. The beautiful display does not come completely naturally though: it takes a lot of preparation and hard work to pull off this flower fest. “All the planning goes in over a year ahead of time,” said the Director of Gardens, Dave Forehand. The Arboretum estimated that nearly 600 volunteers spent 7,829 hours working to prepare for Dallas Blooms of 2012. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. We have a fantastic team of volunteers,” Arboretum volunteer, Juanita Anderson, said. Along with the volunteers, the

festival would not be a hit without the gardeners that spend endless hours planting flowers. Forehand said bulb planting requires 35 gardeners who manage to finish all the plantings in about 20 days. While it is a lot of work during that time period, the gardeners believe it is evident that the hard work pays off. Many guests are in awe at the beautiful floral displays. “The Dallas Arboretum means spring. It’s a beautiful view and a wonderful walk,” said visitor Louise McMaken, who strolled the pathways among the blooms one recent morning. Officials expect nearly 200,000 people to visit the 66-acre Arboretum for Dallas Blooms. Last year, MSN News called the festival one of the top 14 best events in the world to see spring flowers. “It takes quite a team to make something like this happen,” Dallas Arboretum Chairman Brian Shivers said. The planting of the flowers is a long process. The bulbs are ordered and shipped from Holland to Dallas eight months ahead of time. When they arrive in Dallas, they are put in a cooler and chilled.

The flowers are planted by hand in late November. The design and plan for each flower’s location is a key element of the process. The colors, bulbs, and beds are all taken into consideration during the steps of planning. “We all came together with our ideas and all got on one page and then we were all able to communicate together. With their skills and our skills, we made this great exhibit,” said Tiffany Acord, Dallas Arboretum public events manager. The team also includes sponsors who are honored to be a part of the festival. “Capital One Bank is really pleased to be here. This is a beautiful and magical place. This is our third year in a row that we are the sponsor,” Dallas Market President of Capital One Bank Jorge Calderon said. Cris Emrich, vice president of marketing for the Arboretum, said that when she thinks of Dallas Blooms, she thinks of tulips, hyacinths, and the amazing smells throughout the gardens. “It means beautiful flowers. It means wonderful people having a great time. It means an educational experience,” Emrich said.

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Anorexia, bulimia more about control than image ALI WILLIAMS Contributing Writer ajwilliams@smu.edu Popular magazines and television programs send messages to women that have an effect on how they view and treat their bodies. “Our society has created really very unreasonable expectations

for women as far as their physical appearance and a lot of these are extraordinarily unrealistic and unattainable,” Bruce Whitehead, doctor at a Dallas PrimaCare Medical Center, said. To cope with the pressure of looking a certain way, some women turn to controlling their food intake with anorexia or bulimia.

“One thing that I think is in common with both disorders is a need to feel some sense of control yourself over something,” said Karen Settle, a psychologist at the SMU Health Center. SMU student Kelly Coppock had a long battle with anorexia and felt that, “I kind of made that person not myself but someone that controlled me and that I like

succumbed to. It’s like very like taxing,” Coppock said. Starving, binging and purging have negative effects on the body. “You do have a lot of organs, your mind, and various other systems that do suffer with an eating disorder,” Settle said. Those who suffer may not know there’s something wrong. “Somewhat like abusing

alcohol or other substances a person can be in denial that it’s a problem. Sometimes the eating disorders can be triggered by dieting so sometimes they’re really clueless that this has become a problem,” Settle said. But there is hope and the road to recovery is a team effort. “It generally requires counseling, it requires

involvement of the family, a support group, a psychiatrist, and monitoring, and you have to set reasonable goals,” Dr. Whitehead said. Settle says although it takes time, it’s definitely worth getting better. “When people get treatment there’s a much higher likelihood of being totally cured,” she said.

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