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Mustang Corral holds its traditional candlelight ceremony to unite first-years during each retreat.

Corral to get re-vamped Will join forces with new Residential Commons Meredith carey Contributing Writer Each member of the student body has their own memories from Mustang Corral: the heat, the bus speed-dating game, the cabins and the heat again. But this year, Corral is getting facelift. As the Residential Commons program begins rolling out, Mustang Corral will begin dividing Corral sites by dorm affiliation, meaning the camps, buses, cabins and RoundUp groups will be filled with new students from the same dorm. “The goal of Corral is to make connections between the new students and SMU. With Corral organized this way, we will provide additional opportunities to connect with students they can continue relationships with back on campus,” said Lindsey Koch, Director of New Student Orientation and Student

Support (NSOSS). Corral has become a hot button issue, as junior William O’Connor who ran for Student Senate Vice President highlighted orientation as an area that needs improvement during his campaign. “I love the idea of grouping Mustang Corral by Residential Commons. I think that part of the philosophy behind the Residential Commons model is that everyone, regardless of organizational affiliation, feels like they have a home, support group and family here at SMU,” O’Connor said. “To start building those relationships at Mustang Corral will help students feel more at home in their respective Residential Commons before school even starts.” O’Connor has future plans to speak with the NSOSS office with his suggestions to improve the experience. O’Connor has served as both an AARO and Mustang

Corral leader. Mustang Corral director and fellow former AARO leader, sophomore Lindsay Forrister sees the change as an elimination of the awkward random encounters that come with Corral. “At my experience at Corral, I know that while I made many close friends, there were also a million hand shakes and small talk sessions with students that I would never see again,” she said. “While I appreciated the opportunity to reach out to students I otherwise wouldn’t meet, I believe that by introducing the Residential Commons aspect the students will find comfort in knowing that the peers they encounter at Corral will be ones that they will continue to come into contact with once the school year begins.” Forrister said that the change will allow incoming Mustangs to form strong bonds with the students they’ll be studying

with, living with, dining with and getting involved on campus with over the next four years. While strengthening these bonds within the Residential Commons, Forrister hopes that the diversity of friendships made through Corral remain. “I do hope that students will understand that their Residential Commons are not the only friendships they will find here at SMU. I encourage them to continue to get out of their comfort zones, branch out and get involved in clubs, organizations and classes their first semester so that they can meet students from all across campus,” she said. Koch said in the future, the NSOSS hopes to assign Corral leaders to RoundUp groups based on their current or previous dorm affiliation. Small programming changes to Corral include more spirit components and working with the student value statement.


Afghans and the international community hailed its presidential election as a triumph of democracy over violence Sunday, despite complaints about ballot shortages and sporadic fraud after millions of people braved a Taliban threat to vote for a new president. But some cautioned against declaring a premature defeat of the Islamic militants. Securing the vote was a test for Afghan government forces as they prepare to take full responsibility for their own security as the U.S. and allied forces end their combat mission at the end of this year. The consensus was that they largely passed, though there was sporadic violence. A roadside bomb hit a pickup truck transporting ballot boxes Sunday in the northern province of Kunduz, killing three people, officials said. But

the major attacks that had been feared did not materialize. “This in itself is a victory over violence and a victory over all those who wanted to deter democracy by threats and violence,” said Thijs Berman, the head of the European Union’s election assessment team in Kabul. Electoral officials, meanwhile, urged patience, saying officials continued to log complaints and tally ballots. The ballots were coming from more than 20,000 polling stations nationwide, some in extremely remote and rural areas. They were being transported to tally centers in all 34 provinces before the results reach Kabul. Some candidate forecasts and partial results are expected in the coming days. Noor Mohammad Noor, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission, said preliminary



Davis’ uphill battle to make Texas blue megan grosse Contributing Writer Just eight months after Texas Senator Wendy Davis stood in her pink tennis shoes for 11 hours in a filibuster against the GOP’s new abortion legislature that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, regulate firsttrimester abortions and access to medication-induced abortions, she has rocketed to stardom and earned herself the Democratic nomination for governor. The question, now, is whether or not she will be able beat out her opponent, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, in one of the “reddest” states in the Union.

According to, in 2012, San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro, while speaking at a Texas Tribune Festival, said, “We are the state that has now gone the longest without electing a Democrat statewide. It has been since 1994 that a Democrat has been elected in Texas.” A recent poll conducted by the Emerson College Polling Society (ECPS) over the period of March 7 to March 12, showed Davis’ growing favorability. Abbott led in the poll by only seven points, 49 percent to 42 percent, 4 percent less than the 11-point lead Abbott had in the University of Texas and The Texas Tribune poll

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New way for students to gossip Medieval studies professor jehadu abshiro News Writer “I wake up and immediately read last night’s Yik Yaks like it’s the newspaper,” a Yik Yak user posted on the app. Yik Yak, an anonymous Twitterstyled app, has gain popularity across college campuses in the United States. The app, released by 23-year-old Furman University graduates Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll in late 2013, has managed to garner over 200,000 users. The goal was to create a social network that allows a free flow of communication. “We wanted to enable people to be really connected with the people around you, even if you don’t know them. It’s like a virtual bulletin board, a hyper-local version of Twitter where people can use it to post information and everyone in the area can see it,” Buffington said in an International Business Times article. The app is simple. Up to 500 users in a geographical location can post up to 200 words anonymously on a virtual bulletin board and

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other users can “up vote” “down vote” or reply to a yak. No pictures are allowed and if a post is “down voted” enough times by other users on the forum, the comment disappears. “It has definalty become a craze around campus,” sophomore Chandler Helms said. Senior Stephanie Gentile, who wrote an opinion piece for The Daily Campus about Yik Yak, uses the app to occupy time. “When I am in class or walking

from class it is something to do,” she said. “It is funny and keeps you in the know of what is going on around campus.” The app, which is mostly popular on college campuses in the south and east according to Buffington, has gained popularity on SMU’s campus fairly fast. “It is being talked about by everyone and I just downloaded it this week,” Gentile said. “I think it is interesting how word can spread so fast and that Yik Yak has become such a big deal.” Buffington and Droll targeted the app toward college students, however middle and high school students have been using it as a bullying app. This has led the app’s creators to disabled use of the app at 85 percent of all middle schools and high schools across the U.S. “I haven’t downloaded it yet because I have mixed feelings about it,” Helms said. ”Some things my friends have told me are really funny. And some things are offensive.” Yaks subjects range from

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A collection of multi-color origami cranes dangle over director of medieval studies Bonnie Wheeler’s desk. A variety of books sit on a filled bookshelf. In a corner by her door, two academic regalia robes hang on a coat hanger. There is a blue book, a festschrift published in 2013, on her desk. It’s a collection of writings, published in honor of a scholar. It’s for Wheeler. “It’s a phenomenal thing,” she said. “It’s a rare thing for a professors to be honored in which the essays are written by distinguished colleagues around the world.” Purdue University’s Dorsey Armstrong and Ann W. Astell and Amherst College’s Howell Chickering edited the book. The book is written by a collection of esteemed professors.

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The editors chose to focus on writings that “extend or complement” Wheeler’s own body of scholarly work. “Her support, encouragement and generosity has transformed my academic life and that of many others, so to honor her a few of us got together to the publish the festschrift in her honor,” Armstrong said. Armstrong met Wheeler in 1999 at the International Medieval

Congress in Kalamazoo, Mich. When Wheeler mentioned at the business meeting of the International Arthurian Society, North American Branch, she was interested in having some help with the journal she edited, “Arthuriana.” Since Armstrong was staring a job three hours a way in Shreveport, La., she offered to come to Dallas once a month to help. “That was the beginning of a fantastic working relationship, and she quickly became the most important mentor I have ever had in my academic life, and also, one of my best and dearest friends,” Armstrong said. Wheeler served as the editor of “Arthuriana,” a quarterly journal published by the North American branch of the International Arthurian Society, from 1994 to 2009. Armstrong was her successor. Wheeler has edited, co-edited or co-authored

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Other countries are living longer than most Americans Eastan Croson Health and Fitness Editor

Although Americans are living longer, they aren’t living as long as people in other countries. Life expectancy has increased immensely in many nations, yet the United States seems to be lagging behind, according to a 2011 report from the National Academy of Sciences Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. According to a 2006 report from the National Academy of Sciences, American longevity has dropped by a significant amount since 1979 when compared to the longevity in other places around the world. Australian and Japanese men live up to an average of 78 years old where as American men only live to an average of 75. The most considerable shift is among the longevity of women. Going from being the longest living women in the 1960s at an average of 86 years old, American women are now listed as 28th with an average of 80 years old. Between 1980 and 2006, Japanese women were able to reach an average of 86 years, followed closely by the Italians and the French women who live up to an average of 84 years. No particular reason can be pinpointed as the cause behind the drop in life expectancy according to a 2011 report from the National

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Institutes for Health. One clue as to this change, pointed out by researchers, is that Americans seem to have the highest vulnerability between the ages of 55 and 75. Between those ages is when many Americans commonly die from heart disease, diabetes and lung disease at a higher rate than those living in other countries. If an American can live past the age of 75, they have a greater chance at living a long life as well as adding to the increasing numbers living well into their 90s and even 100s. Nancy Churnin of The Dallas Morning News reported that local experts say people are especially vulnerable from ages 55 to 75 because this is when people typically experience the cumulative effects of poor nutrition and lack of exercise and lack of screenings converging at the same time. Unhealthy lifestyle choices can lead to clogged arteries, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and cancer being spotted too late for effective treatment. As far as Dr. Diana Kerwin, chief of geriatrics at Texas Health Dallas, is concerned, obesity is the No. 1 reason behind poor health. Krewin also blames American’s sedentary lifestyle for increasing fatal diseases. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to a 2006 report from

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the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease kills one in four Americans. Another contributing factor effecting women’s health is the lack of awareness of the symptoms of heart attacks in females, which can result in critical lapses of time before women seek life-saving care. Smoking cigarettes can also increase chances of disease as well as complicate already existing



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health problems. Although in 2012, the percentage of American that smoke has dropped from 18.9 percent to 18 percent according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Dr. Mitchell Magee, medical director of CLEAR (Chest Lung Evaluation and Resource) Clinic and surgical director of thoracic oncology at Medical City Dallas, still says that those number are still too high. Many Americans don’t realize that they are still at risk of getting lung cancer even if they don’t smoke, Magee said. Women seem to be at a higher risk of this disease. The rate of new lung cancer cases has dropped 22 percent for men over the past 33 years, it has risen by 106 percent in women, according to the American Cancer Society. Out of any other type of cancer, lung cancer has the highest mortality rate. Lung cancer causes more deaths in women than breast, uterine and ovarian cancer combined.

Magee also attributes part of the problem to a lack of research and screenings for lung cancer. By the time symptoms appear, it usually is too late to save the patient’s life. Despite this news, this information doesn’t mean American’s decline in longevity is inevitable or unsolvable. Emotional and psychological needs are also a huge part of the health and longevity picture. Many Americans’ health is effected by the high amounts of stress dealt with on the daily basis. Engaging in stress-relieving activities could not only help Americans relax, but could also extend life expectancy. Exercise is important in increasing the odds for living a longer life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 150 minutes of exercise per week is optimal. Eating right is also a huge player in one’s health. Avoiding processed foods, limiting sodium intake and alcohol, drinking four to six cups of water daily and eliminating

liquid sugars can do wonders for anyone’s health. For smokers, one of the best things that can be done for their health is to quit. Tobacco smoke causes several kinds of cancers for smokers and non-smokers that are exposed to second-hand smoke. Getting screened and going in for check-ups with a doctor is also an important aspect of being healthy. Asking a doctor for updates by doing important screenings relative to a patient’s age, condition and genetic risk factors can help catch disease in the early stages. Making sure to enjoy life will also benefit health and help people live longer. There is a very apparent link between happiness and health according to a 2011 article from the Harvard School of Public Health. Anger and anxiety can disrupt cardiac function and harm the brain. On the other hand, enthusiasm, hopefulness and laughing can actually reduce illness as well as ward off certain diseases.


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13 essay collections. She is also a series editor for two Palgrave Macmillan’s peer-reviewed series, “The New Middle Ages” and “Arthurian” and Courtly Cultures. Asell’s work studies the spirituality of Joan of Arc and Chickering worked with Wheeler on a book about teaching chivalry about 30 years ago. Wheeler, who originally started in contemporary literature, switched to medieval studies, after realizing she had done contempeory literature in a semester. “With medieval studies, there is a 1,000 year of work,” Wheeler said. “It continues to be utterly fascinating.” She focuses on the 12th to 15th centuries. Some of her interests are medieval romance, Chaucer, gender studies and pedagogy. Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte D’Arthur” is a favorite piece for Wheeler. “It shows how complex it is to try to be good and great,” she said. “ To try to create a model political system and to try to be a leader while making sure that your followers are strong.” Before coming to SMU, Wheeler taught at Columbia University and Case Western Reserve University. She intends to teach a class on the chivalry of the Medieval Ages next semester. Wheeler is working on a book

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college commonalities like parking issues to jabs at sororities and fraternities. “People’s feelings can get hurt,” Gentile said. “People can write anything they want and rumors will spread considering a lot of it is not even true.” Helms, a fashion media and French major, doesn’t plan on downloading the app. “I bet it will die down before summer with finals,” Helms said. Yik Yak is just one of many anonymous sharing apps. . Others, such as Whisper,

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conducted at the end of February. It is a long way to November and Davis may still have a chance. “She’s certainly facing an uphill battle in Texas,” said Alex Day, an SMU junior and psychology major, “but I think her ability to appeal to middle-class women and other minorities who have felt increasingly excluded by the current Republican leadership makes her a viable challenger.” Like Day, many believe Davis may have what it takes to win the Hispanic population and the crossover vote of women, and it looks as if she is on the right track. With her platform based around her story of starting from the bottom and working her way up, Davis’ message is clearly targeting independent women. Republicans and the media alike have criticized Davis of skewing the truth of her life story, after The Dallas Morning News’ Wayne Slater wrote a story noting several inconsistencies. To some these twisted facts may show a desperate attempt to gain voter support, but for others they are minimal and the affect of Davis’ story will nonetheless attract the desired audience—women who care about education, women’s health care and equal pay. “I remember being so inspired by her message,” said Day, who heard Senator Davis speak at SMU before she came into the spotlight. “She fights for public education, equal pay legislation, and access to health care; these are the issues that matter to Texas women and families.” Davis is not only attempting to appeal to independent Texas women, but also quietly to the conservative, white women as well, an act that has been done before by former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller. According to a Dallas Observer blog


about reputation in the Medieval Ages and just finished editing another book, amongst her other projects. Wheeler has received SMU’s Outstanding Teacher Award six times, and she is a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize for excellence in scholarship and teaching. On the Dallas-based Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship Fund site, dedicated to providing funding for women to complete a research project that enhances understanding of the medieval period, former student Stephanie Hayes-Healy shared how Wheeler changed her life. “When I walked into Bonnie’s classroom I was both enthralled and inspired,” HayesHealy said. “Her eloquence was captivating and passion for her subject infectious. I woke up in the morning excited to go to class, which for me was an unusual state of affairs. She quickly became a person whom I strove not to disappoint.” In the festschrift, former Wheeler student, the late Stephen Stallcup contributed an essay. He was an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. “If students can come to class really curious in these materials and find pleasure and work hard to understand them, what more can any professor ask for,” Wheeler said.

Secret and Confide provide a similar service.. Whisper and Secret function more as a My Life is Average or CollegiateACB — with backgrounds, font changes and other customizations. Confide, targeted toward business professionals, allows users to send messages and once the message has been read it disappears, similar to Snapchat except users can’t save the message. “The fact that it is anonymous means anyone can say anything,” Gentile said.. “Things will cross the line and feelings are probably getting hurt, but at the same time this is what makes the app so popular so fast.”

by Jim Schutze, Davis is a Millerlike candidate. He writes that she has the chance, due to her blonde hair, pearls and ability to “fit in” with Texas’ white elites, to win over the wives of staunch Texas Republicans who would not know much about what she actually stands for, just as Miller did. He goes on, however, to point out that Davis might have a harder time than Miller getting the two votes she needs most: Hispanics and conservative women. First off, Davis is blonde, which could be a turn-off for the Hispanic population, but her looks are just a small problem for Davis. An article in The New York Times, “Democrats See Value in Texas in Candidacy for Governor,” reveals the challenge for the Senator: “Mark P. Jones, chairman of political science at Rice University, said the two demographic groups that Ms. Davis needs most, white women and Hispanics, disagree with her by wide margins on the issue she is best known for: opposition to a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.” “Wendy Davis came to public attention as an advocate of abortion rights, but that is not an issue you want to highlight in a Texas campaign,” said Cal Jillson, a SMU political science professor. “She will want women to know her position on choice, but she will not want to highlight that issue in her campaign.” Jillson went on to note that her recent focus on equal pay should be more effective with women, but he feels there is not much in Davis’ campaign, or her image, as Schutze pointed out, to inspire Hispanic voters. “Davis will do fine with women—probably a little better than the Democratic norm in Texas—but I suspect that she will struggle with Hispanics,” said Matthew Wilson, a fellow political science professor at SMU. “Ultimately, a white Anglo woman from North Texas who made her political reputation as a

Alum-owned brewery a Dallas hit Meredith carey Contributing Writer It was almost midnight and Wim Bens was on a mission. His soon-to-be 21-year-old self wanted one thing and one thing alone to celebrate: a Belgian beer. As the clock struck midnight, the Belgian native found his taste of home at the now-relocated Flying Saucer that once stood on Greenville Avenue with his fellow Southern Methodist University crew, and after that beer, the next and the one after, a seed was planted in Bens’ mind. “It’s funny. That search to find a taste of home led me to explore American craft beer,” Bens said. Today, Bens pats the side of the giant stainless steel drums that fill his warehouse as if they were old friends. He sifts hops pellets through his hands like they’re golden nuggets. For Bens, now the founder and owner of the up and coming Lakewood Brewing Company, that’s truly what the ingredients and equipment of his start-up beer company are. “You always feel that pull. This company is our baby, too,” said Bens, father of two. Bens’ wife, Brenda, serves as the vice president of the company. Only a few years ago, Bens could be found working in Downtown Dallas as an advertising creative director, a far cry from his current aromatic office in the Lakewood brewhouse. An SMU alumnus, Bens did what every college graduate feels pressure to do: get a job right out of college. “I graduated from SMU in 2000 and just got a job, because that’s what you’re supposed to do,” Bens said. When he got off work at TracyLocke, the advertising firm based in Dallas, Bens and a buddy homebrewed in their kitchens as a hobby and a way to expand their love of craft beer. “We got set up with a good homebrew kit and started homebrewing. We liked it, and

defender of late-term abortion is not exactly tailor-made to connect with Latinos.” Hispanics are usually more conservative on social issues, such as abortion, than other Americans, found a 2012 study by Pew Research on Hispanic trends. According to the study, 51 percent of Hispanics say abortion should be illegal in almost all cases, compared to the 41 percent of the general public. This is partly due to the high number of immigrants in the Hispanic community, who come to the U.S. and bring their strong Catholic beliefs with them. Nevertheless, with the Hispanic population in Texas being one of the most important demographics in the upcoming gubernatorial vote, Davis needs to find a way to ensure their vote, if she hopes to win this uphill battle. The ECPS poll, though encouraging for Davis, showed that Abbott still has a slight lead among independents and women. Forty-two percent of independents support Abbott, 40 percent support Davis and 17 percent are undecided. As to the women, 46 percent are still more likely to vote for Abbott than Davis with 42 percent. The gap is narrowing — for now. “Wendy Davis’ chances of winning are slim,” said Jillson. “Over the past two decades, Democratic candidates running statewide have lost by 12 to 16 points. Davis might do a bit better, but I suspect she will lose by seven to one points.” For many young women and students, Senator Davis still holds a promise for change. “She’s exciting and knows how to energize the base,” said Lauren Henson, an SMU student. “Bill White was the last candidate and honestly he was boring. It helps that she’s a woman and has an interesting story, and a lot of people find her relatable.”

we started making beer. We started making good beer,” Bens said. “And then we got more and more toys, and more and more involved and it moved out of the kitchen and then into the garage. And then it took over the garage.” One of these friends who homebrewed with Bens through this whole process, as their beer won competitions and gained recognition, was Craig Bradley. A colleague from TracyLocke, Bradley said Bens would toss out the idea of a brewery every so often, but no one quite believed him. “People would say, ‘Well, that’s going to be cool’ or ‘Good luck with that.’ It wasn’t until a few years into it, when he got into the American Brewers Guild, that we all realized: he was really serious about this,” Bradley said. Bradley left his job at TracyLocke to join Bens after his friend finalized the plans for the brewery and now serves as the marketing and events manager. Bens himself, who hoped that after nearly 10 years of balancing his more traditional professional work life with his true love he would find success in brewing, never expected Lakewood to be so successful so quickly. “By no means are we big, though compared to my kitchen this a lot bigger, yes. I didn’t expect it to grow this fast. That’s been the hardest challenge, keeping production going while growing and adding and changing,” Bens said. Temptress, one of Bens’ first brews, barely stayed on the shelves of local stores for two days before selling out. They released a bourbon-barrel- aged version this winter, said Bens. The stout is so popular that not only did Lakewood work tirelessly to keep up production for the winter seasonal beer, but the brewers also decided to release a raspberry flavored Temptress in time for Valentine’s Day. In addition to the four yearround beers (Rock Ryder, Hop Trapp, the original Temptress and Lakewood Lager), the company releases four seasonal beers and a

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results were due April 24 and final results will be announced May 14. With a crowded field of eight candidates, nobody was expected to get the majority needed to win outright. That would force a runoff between the top two votegetters, which would be held at the end of May. President Hamid Karzai was constitutionally banned from seeking a third term. Noor said initial reports show a turnout of more than 7 million people, nearly 60 percent of eligible voters. That was sharply up from the estimated 4.5 million people vote in 2009’s presidential

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one-and-done “legendary” series, which produces a limited number of kegs and cases that will be retired once they sell out. Lakewood also releases an anniversary beer, Lion’s Share, each year in August, when they celebrate their first sale in 2012. “I think we have a good portfolio where we have a bunch of different brands that have a little bit for everybody,” Bens said. “If you’re a light-beer drinker, you’re going to like Rock Ryder. If you’re kind of a Shiner drinker, Lakewood Lager is definitely up your alley. And if you’re more adventurous, Hop Trapp and Temptress are more in your realm.” Bens, who helps give brewery tours each Saturday when he’s available, likens brewing beer to baking. “The different types of beers we make are like different cakes. All cakes have the same ingredients — flour, sugar and eggs. What makes them different are the little things you add, to make a chocolate cake or a carrot cake, but the base is always the same,” Bens said.. “It’s the same with beer. The base is always the same. It’s the specialty malts, the caramel malt or the chocolate malt or whatever, that’s going to make your beer a stout versus a pilsner.” With a diploma from the

American Brewers Guild in intensive brewing science and engineering and an apprenticeship at Rahr & Sons Brewing Company in Fort Worth, Texas, after graduation, Bens has worked hard and for nearly a decade to get to this point. “It takes a village to make beer. It’s really hard work,” Bens said. “The learning curve is vertical. It’s drinking through a firehose. You have to be flexible and know a little bit about everything: real estate, zoning, general contracting and everything that comes with a brewing company.” Bens, who had not served in a managerial position before, is a self-described hands-on manager. Bradley explains that Bens, though a creative guy, is very goal oriented and serious about the success of Lakewood. “Once he gets his mind set, he goes for it. He doesn’t forget that we’re brewing beer for a living but he balances that seriousness well,” Bradley said. “I like to think I’m a good boss,” Bens said. From the looks of the roughly eight people packaging kegs and cases or checking on the beer brewing in those stainless steel vats, signs point to yes. Lakewood Brewing Company tours run from noon to 3 p.m. for $10 and includes four beers.

and provincial council elections, which were marred by widespread vote-rigging. The Taliban had warned voters to stay home, saying election workers and polling centers were fair game. A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed in a statement Sunday that more than 1,000 attacks took place “to disrupt the fake and predetermined elections set up by America.” The group often exaggerates its claims. A number of high-profile attacks before Saturday, including two on offices of the Independent Election Commission and several targeting foreigners, heightened concern. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces fanned

out and erected checkpoints at intersections, searching cars and people. Workers also patted down voters, in some cases three times, before they entered polling stations. Martine van Bijlert, co-director of an independent research group called the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the days ahead would be key to determining if the Taliban failed to disrupt the vote or if they purposefully laid low on due to the heavy security measures. “There’s always the possibility that they decided to stage attacks before the elections, before the country went into maximum security mode, and after the elections,” she said.



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Student faces discrimination LGBT Senate Seat a necessary step for culture change at SMU

samuel partida Contributing Writer It’s 2 a.m., a Thursday night (approximately two weeks ago): I’m pulling an all-nighter, and let me tell you, it is rough, three long assignments, and as the night progresses, so does the cabin fever. I eventually decide to take a break and head out on campus for a quick breather, to walk around and cool off from all the work I had done and still needed to do. I ventured out, but had to return soon after — at the end, almost run — to my apartment because three guys confronted me, calling me things like “fag” and “c**ksucker.” They followed me as I kept my head down trying to avoid any hazardous escalation. This hasn’t been my first experience. That night, I didn’t go to the SMU PD — I’ve gone to them once before, filing a report of harassment a few semesters ago, but was left with nothing (an interview I later did for The Daily Campus gave me insight as to why, which only made me realize how alone I was even when it came to our law enforcement). But maybe it was my fault; as some people have told me, perhaps I’m the one to blame. After all, it was late: “You shouldn’t have been out there at that hour.” Or maybe it was the way I dressed (whether it’s 2 a.m. or 2 p.m., this boy will look cute and on point): “You shouldn’t have been dressed the way you were, you should have looked more ‘normal.’” And unfortunately, let’s not forget, I was alone: “Why would you go out by yourself ? That’s taking unnecessary risks.” One word: Ugh. Let me break it down. Not only did I have this experience, but also once I decided to talk about it, some people actually thought it was a good idea to respond with victim-blaming dialogue that totally erased the perpetrators and their actions. Seriously? With all this in mind, I dare to posit: this campus isn’t LGBTQ friendly. Despite some of its progressive policies and current resources, I don’t necessarily feel safe on campus. I can’t count all the times I’ve heard “dudebros” throwing around homophobic and transphobic slurs; the dirty side glances I get when I’m strutting down the hall; or even the friends I’ve lost because of my oftenflaming queerness. Don’t get me twisted, this campus has some great resources, places I think of as home — principally the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Women’s Center (which by the way, from what I’ve seen, needs

to be better supported by students and especially administration). These have become safe havens from the discrimination I get at home or from my community — but yet, I still don’t feel safe. I’m constantly watching my back. Am I too “gay” today? Am I blending in? Do I look hetero enough? Cismale enough? Why does it seem that I can only have these two places? Why can’t I shake off the feeling of being unaccepted almost everywhere else I’ve been? Despite where I go, I can never seem to escape that specter of heterosexism/normativity. How can I be expected to live on campus, to study and work, when I’m on constant vigil for homophobic violence? This past week, I was looking forward to the LGBT-seat referendum, but as we all know, the referendum failed. Receiving 59 percent of the required twothirds vote it needed to pass. We have failed to support our LGBTQ communities. To those who voted against it, or were simply too apathetic to do so, you should be ashamed — I don’t think that the referendum failed, but more so that you failed to acknowledge our humanity and voices to only maintain your bigotry. It’s very simple: It’s vital to have a legitimate space within the governing student body that will consciously focus on experiences such as mine, as well as other issues concerning the LGBTQ communities at SMU. I don’t care how many friends accept me, or how many allies are on the faculty and staff, until there is actual representation within the very political structure of campus, we will forever be prevented from creating a progressive and inclusive environment for gender and sexual minorities. We have so much work to do; so much that we as a student body need to expiate. There needs to be a clear recourse for students to report discrimination and protect themselves from violence, a way in which they can address the bigotry they face on a daily level — and this LGBT seat is a crucial step in the right direction for us to directly engage with the social and political faults of our student culture. How many people have been harassed on campus? How many ridiculed? How many exploited? That night, those guys scared me to the point that I couldn’t work any further; I was consumed with the fear they invoked, the realization that, no matter how strong I thought myself to be, dudebros like them could always make me feel “less-than”—and that SMU, in its various facets, ultimately can’t seem to do anything about it. I think it’s time we called out the BS. It’s time to stop the homophobic bigotry. I’m an SMU mustang. “Every mustang will be valued.” When will it be our turn? Partida is a senior majoring in women’s and gender studies.

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A 2013 Cheerios ad that sparked controversy for featuring an interracial family was aired again during the 2014 Super Bowl.

Interracial families in the media anger audiences

myca williamson Associate A&E Editor The Super Bowl may have already passed, but the impact of a particular commercial is still creating a buzz all over social media. A Cheerios commercial aired featuring an interracial couple and their biracial child. Apparently, some audiences just were not ready to face the reality

innocence has not yet been scarred by society’s everlasting discussion of race. They are asked if they know why there are so many people angry about the commercial, and they are all confused. When they are told that it is because the mom is white and the dad is black, it brings one little girl to tears. “Sometimes in TV it’s unrealistic,” she said. “In real life there’s families of all races.” This little girl is absolutely correct. Too many commercials feature all white families or all black families, which is an impractical representation of the world we live in. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 2.9 percent of the population self-identifies as multiracial. Yes, that is more

than 9 million people identified as being of more than one race. My question: Why is this an important discussion? It shouldn’t be. The beauty of diversity is not something that should be mocked or condemned. Rather, there should be a discussion of why it is even necessary to categorize yourself by race on standardized tests, job applications and other documents. With the constant increase in ethnic variety a person will not be able identify with just one race. Acceptance is not just a choice anymore. Pretty soon, it will be the only option people have. Williamson is a sophomore majoring in journalism.


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SMU’s men and women teams both took their respective divisions in 2014 USPA Regional Championships in Houston to advance to the final four.

Avery Stefan Contributing Writer In the three short years since SMU’s women’s and men’s polo teams became chartered in 2011, they have worked tirelessly to prove their place on campus. After a grueling year of training, countless hours at Las Colinas Equestrian Center in Irving, Texas and traveling almost every weekend to compete with other universities, both teams have earned a spot at Collegiate Polo’s Final Four, the National Collegiate Polo Championship for the top four polo teams in the country. The championship will be held Wednesday to Saturday at the ERG Arena in Brookshire, Texas. At the 2014 USPA Regional Polo Championships March 23, the women’s team won 21 to 1 against TCU in the semi-finals and 15 to 12 against Texas A&M in the finals, while the men’s team won 27 to 4 against Texas Tech in the semi-finals and 17 to 10 against Texas A&M in the finals. Tom Goodspeed, the coach for both teams, has been with SMU polo since its arrival on campus five years ago. The teams began participating in competitions for the Collegiates when they became chartered, which provided them the opportunity to win their

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No. 21: Akil Simpson Demetrio Teniente Sports Editor Next year, The SMU women’s basketball team’s first order of business should be finding someone to replace the presence of Akil Simpson in the post. When people talk about SMU women’s basketball, Keena Mays is often the first name thrown out and Simpson is often overlooked. What people fail to realize is that for the past three seasons, Simpson has led the Mustangs in rebounds and consistently been among the league’s leaders. Simpson brought physicality and toughness to the Mustangs that proved invaluable. By establishing a strong and often dominant presence in the low post, Simpson opened things up for her teammates and created scoring opportunities by simply being on the court. Her contributions to the team were obvious, whenever

she would go the sideline, SMU would struggle. However, as soon as she’d come back in to the game, magically, the Mustangs would once again become a powerful team. After a solid first year for the Mustangs, Simpson returned to dominate her sophomore season- finishing with 332 total points (10.7 PPG) and 233 total rebounds (7.52 RPG). That season, the SMU coaching staff named Simpson the team’s most valuable player. With each season Simpson’s game improved and her impact on the court expanded. By her senior season in 2014 she was a force to be reckoned with. Averaging 13.2 points and 8.3 boards a game, Simpson finished with 423 total points and 264 rebounds. With no player returning to the Mustangs next season coming within a hundred rebounds or points of Simpson, saying the she will be missed is a gross understatement.

No. 20: Zach Line Samuel Snow Associate Sports Editor Anyone who has attended SMU in the past five or six years knows who Zach Line is. As a RB/FB, Line burst onto the scene in his sophomore year, but not before piling up seven touchdowns in his first-year season as SMU’s short-yardage back. As a sophomore, Line had a season for the ages. He ran for 1,494 yards while averaging 6.1 yards per carry and compiling 10 touchdowns. The 1,494 yards was second all-time in SMU history, trailing only Eric Dickerson. He was able to match the production from his sophomore season during his junior and senior seasons. In his junior season he amassed 1,224 yards and put up

17 touchdowns. To wrap up his college career, Line ran for 1,278 yards to go with 13 touchdowns in his senior year. When all was said and done, Line had pulled together 3,967 yards. He also put up 40 touchdowns, good for third all-time, and he averaged 107.2 yards per game, the best in SMU history. To add to his rushing total, Line showed he was capable of receiving out of the backfield with 599 yards. Nowadays, Line is the second string fullback for the Minnesota Vikings, but he’s second string to Jerome Felton, an all-pro fullback. The Vikings have kept Line around for two seasons. Maybe it’s because they see some talent in this dynamic fullback.

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The Perot Museum exhibit “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs” opened April 6.

New Perot exhibit brings ancient giants to life Meredith Carey Contributing Writer When people walk into the newest temporary exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, they may need to take a few steps back. Towering over visitors at the entrance is a recreation of the world’s largest known dinosaur, the Argentinosaurus. Only one of the many enormous creatures in “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs” exhibit, the Argentinosaurus is a sauropod, a giant plant-eating dinosaur group the roamed the earth over 95 million years ago. Familiar to most in their pop culture form in “Land Before Time,” sauropods, like the series’ Little Foot, loom feet in the air

above museum patrons. In true Perot fashion, the museum’s exhibit features plenty of opportunities to play and touch different sauropod parts, like thighbones, teeth and vertebrae. Tactile learners, young and old, will have plenty to explore while the wealth of information about the ancient dinosaurs’ biology, habit and, most importantly, size, can be found on every corner of the exhibit’s room. Organized by the American Muesum of Natural History in New York, the exhibit stars one mammoth Mamenchisaurus, which spans 60 feet, 30 of which are contained in the neck alone. Projecting interior anatomy on the side of the female dinosaur, which was recreated by scientists who studied fossilized bones and the interior of modern dinosaur

SMU alumnus Jack “Mr. Fry” Freiberger delivered a powerful performance this weekend with the four-day run of his one-man show “They Call Me Mister Fry” at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, Texas. Fry, a 1986 graduate of Meadows, is celebrating his 10th anniversary of teaching fifth grade in South Central Los Angeles this year. The show, which chronicles Fry’s first year at the “Academy” school, takes 80 minutes and turns them into an emotional, hilarious slog through the bureaucracy of public education and the power of a good teacher. Fry takes an interactive approach to the performance, enlisting audience members to hold certain props and calling

on them by name. The back and forth kept the audience engaged and brought them into the story. Through two of his students – “Anthony” and “Jasmine” – Fry explores loss and the faults of the school system with both humor and tragedy. The play is a oneman show, meaning Fry not only plays himself, but also all of the 10- and 11-year-olds in his class as well as adults. Fry describes the difficulty of being constantly watched by the “No Child Left Behind” stormtroopers who wanted to make sure every teacher followed the exact same lesson plan to the T. There were moments during the show that brought audience members to tears, but many more that made them cackle with laughter, and after the performance Mr. Fry stood outside the auditorium and greeted anyone that wanted

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to talk. Even after all the awards, accolades and international tours, Freiberger is still a teacher, both in spirit and by trade. They call him Mr. Fry, after all.


relatives, allows visitors to watch the Mamenchisaurus breath, beat its heart and digest food. A to-scale replica of the respiratory system alongside the life-size dinosaur shows the bird and reptile like qualities of the sauropods. For aspiring archaeologists, the exhibit ends in a mock dig, where visitors can grab tools and get to work in an elevated sand pit, searching for dinosaur fossils. The exhibit closes September 1 and can be paired with a ticket to see “Giants of Patagonia,” a 3-D film that shows viewers the immense size and strength of sauropods, many of whom were found in Argentina. “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs” costs $21 and includes admission to the museum’s general exhibit halls.

‘Captain America’ dominates lauren aguirre Online Editor On opening weekend, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” earned $96.2 million, according to Moviefone. com. These huge sales are a testament to the handiwork of Marvel Studios. The sequel is, of course, action-packed, but it also holds a deadly serious side while managing to maintain the fun and adventurous quality fans have come to expect from Marvel. But those aren’t the only reasons you should add your

money to the film’s profit. “The Winter Soldier” is the first Marvel movie to play off as an epic political drama. That was the aspect of the movie I found infinitely entertaining. Unfortunately, I can’t fully explain how or why without invoking massive spoilers, but suffice it to say: this movie rocks. I walked into the theater with high expectations and, with every scene, those expectations were surpassed. By the end, I was in shock. “The Winter Soldier” is by far the best Marvel movie to date, and rivaling the infinitely entertaining “Avengers.” The average movie-goer will be just as, if not more, pleased than hardcore fans – such as myself. There are enough references to

previous films to keep the fan happy, while not detracting from the overall plot in the slightest. “The Winter Soldier” is a gamechanger for the franchise. Both in terms of plot and filmmaking. While Black Widow and the newly-minted Falcon do join Captain America for the ride, the film never loses its focus or drive. If I were to nitpick, I almost wish Hawkeye had made an appearance too, but his absence doesn’t detract from the film. Hopefully, that will all be explained in the “Avengers” sequel set to release a year from now. “The Winter Soldier” a fast-paced thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It’s a ride that you don’t want to miss.

Refreshing Ideas for Summer Explore new courses and summer-only opportunities at SMU American Sign Language I and II. New for 2014. Complete your UC world language proficiency by learning ASL. (summer only) Minor in Business (for non-business majors) Learn the basics of business useful in any future career through this summer-only minor.

• Accounting Concepts (or Fundamentals of Financial Accounting) • Financial Concepts • Personal Finance • Management Concepts • Markets and Freedom Choose one from: • Personal Finance • Entrepreneurship Concepts (new for 2014)

Beginning Spanish II with Intensive Review. Complete this new course with a grade of C or better and you will receive credit for both SPAN 1401 and SPAN 1502. Department approval is required.

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