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VOLUME 96, ISSUE 87

New Student Senate Officers give their opinions on next year’s goals

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

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LGBT seat legislation fails

WEDNESDAY High 83, Low 65 THURSDAY High 87, Low 57

A SIDE OF NEWS

Japan raises crisis level

By MEREDITH SHAMBURGER Online Editor mshamburge@smu.edu

Student Senate failed to pass a bill at its Tuesday meeting that would have added an LGBT special interest seat. Supporters of the bill failed to get the needed two-thirds majority vote. The final vote was 18-13-0. Unlike last December’s showof-hands vote, Senate took a roll call vote to determine the outcome of this vote. The bill sought to add a Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Senator to the chamber, labeling it as a special interest seat similar to the other ethnic minority seats. If the bill had passed, it would have had to be ratified by the student body because it would have changed the Student Constitution.

Now comparable to the Chernobyl disaster, Japan’s nuclear-safety agency increased the crisis level at the country’s troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant from five to seven, the highest disaster ranking recognized internationally, on Tuesday. Officials said they have increased Fukushima’s ranking because it is releasing a massive amount of radioactive material that continues to be a threat to humans and wildlife across a wide area.

U.S. budget cuts revealed

Lawmakers announced Tuesday the 2011 government spending plan that will cut nearly $40 billion. The plan represents the single biggest cut ever made to the federal budget in one year. The Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Justice, Labor and Health and Human Services are the most impacted by the spending cuts.

I will continue with this fight going into the fall because the work is not done.

SPENCER EGGERS/Student Media Company

Students and members of the SMU community walking on the boulevard for the Relay For Life fundraiser last Friday.

France criticizes NATO action French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe criticized NATO Tuesday, saying that it must “play its role fully” in Libya and that its actions so far were “not enough.” He emphasized that Muammar Gaddafi should not still be able to use heavy weapons to shell Libyan cities.

Belarus subway bomb kills 12 A bomb exploded in a subway station in Belarus Monday night, killing at least 12 people. Alexander Lukashenko, the nation’s president, said someone was trying to destabilize the country and suggested it came from abroad. A similar attack occurred in the country in 2008.

Lennon’s letters to become available John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, has agreed to publish his letters. Ono will help with the compilation, contributing several of his notes, postcards and doodles. An email address has also been set up so that anyone who corresponded with Lennon can reach the book’s editor, official Beatles biographer Hunter Davies. The book will be published in October 2012.

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Record number to participate in annual Relay for Life By MEREDITH TAVALLAEE Contributing Writer mtavallaee@smu.edu

The Boulevard will be crowded again this year as Relay for Life participants begin walking from Friday at 5:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Founded in 2003, Relay For Life raises money for the American

Cancer Society. “Relay for Life is a great opportunity for the SMU community to get together and raise money to fight against cancer,” freshman participant Karin Kuusisto said. “It is fun to be able to walk and know you are making a positive difference.” While team fundraising and sponsorship help to raise money, so

do luminaria sales. Luminarias, which are candlelit bags that can be purchased in memory of someone who has passed away from cancer, or in honor of someone who is either currently battling against or has won the battle with cancer.

See RELAY on Page 3

—Harvey Luna Dedman I Senator

Sen. Harvey Luna (Dedman I), one of the bill authors, said he was “completely devastated” by the vote because senators had ample time to voice their concerns about the legislation to him. “We’ve given them time and time again to come to the people who are writing the legislation to voice their concerns, [and] say, ‘This is why I don’t feel this right with the legislation,’” he said. “They had that opportunity. And once we did compile something that they said they were OK with, they vote it down.”

Opponents of the bill argued that the bill was “putting the carriage before the horse,” as Sen. Ted Belden (Cox) said, because the bill authors did not have a count of LGBT students on campus. “I think numbers are absolutely paramount when deciding on a minority seat,” Belden said. “I think it’s the number one driving factor, and we don’t have them.” Belden said he felt that “the idea of having a minority seat without knowing the number of minorities on a campus” was “highly questionable.” The legislation called on the Registrar’s office to let LGBT students self-identify as such through that office so that Senate could determine the number of LGBT students on campus. Only LGBT students who had self-identified would have been able to vote for or run for the seat. Luna has been working with the Registrar’s Office, and he told Senate that they were reluctant to implement the self-identifying question without a reason behind it. Luna told Senate that the bill would have given them reason to do so, and that Senate would then have an official number. Chief of Staff Alex Mace voted against the bill because he was concerned about logistics and his responsibility to his constituents,

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AWARDS

Faculty, Students honored for achievements

MRecipients

By STEPHANIE EMBREE

AWARD

Staff Writer sembree@smu.edu

Students and faculty who help promote SMU and its student body were honored Monday night during the 2011 Awards Extravaganza in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. The first award was the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award given to four professors who have a commitment to excellence: Charles DeBus, Dr. Thomas Fomby, Dr. Hedy Law and Dr. Alberto Pastor. For the Extra Mile Award, Dr. Ellen Allen, Dr. Susan Harris and Dr. Elizabeth Wheaton were awarded for their dedication to teaching students with learning disabilities. Dr. Harris, a member of the psychology department, said, “I was very pleased; it was quite an honor. It was very nice to hear what the students had to say.” The new Leadership and Sustainability Award was given to Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen for her contributions to the environmental advocacy at SMU. The Sheri Mooney Memorial Scholarship Award was given to Peter Dang for his commitment to reflecting his Christian faith through service. In honor of the former Dean of Women and the founder of the Women’s Center, the Emmie V. Baine Legacy Award was given to Jessica Andrewartha for her contributions to gender equality on campus. Alyssa Veteto won the James E. Caswell Award for her work with R.L.S.H. Lauren Chase, Kristin Harrington, Linwood Fields, Miguel Esparza and Cathryn Kirkhuff received the A. Kenneth Pye Outstanding Greek Leader Award. For community involvement, Sigma Lambda Beta won the SPARC Excellence in Service Award and Sheumona Miller received the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Volunteer award

FACULTY

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SMU economics professor Thomas Fomby, Ph.D. receives an award for Outstanding Professor from the Rotunda yearbook, presented by Editor-In-Chief Whitney Van Way during the annual SMU Awards Extravanganza Monday evening.

for her work with underprivileged youth. The SMU’s Mothers’ Club and SMU’s Dads’ Club awarded one senior man and one senior woman for high achievement and leadership. Almorceen Hall accepted the Mothers’ Club award while Carson Linstead received the Dads’ Club award. Nominated by SMU students, Dr. Lori White won Outstanding Administrator; Ray Hunt won Outstanding Trustee; and Professor Jasper Neel was given the Willis M. Tate Award. For their work with campus life, Jenna Reekie received the Avella Winn Hay Award and Mercedes Ulibarri received the Umphrey Lee Award. The John L. Freehafer Award was given to Roza Essaw, Evan Taylor, Derek Hubbard, Courtney Kelly and Stephanie

Chung. Rounding out the awards were Audra Egenolf, who won the Scholar/Athlete Award; Jordan Johansen, who took the Scholar/Leader Award; and, Drew Konow, who received the Scholar/Volunteer Award. Finally, the M Award, the most prestigious of awards, was given to five faculty members and ten students. Dr. Mike Adler, Susan Austin, Dr. Rita Kirk, Dr. Mari Dixon and Dean Geoffrey Orsak represented the faculty. Laura Baez, Kelvin Beachum, Andrew Conwell, Audrey Gab, Janet Leung, Sana Merchant, Rebecca Quinn, Haynes Strader, Jake Torres and Jeremy Wilkins rounded up the students. “I was really elated. I feel blessed and humbled to be on that list,” Baez said.

Dr. Mike Adler Susan Austin Dr. Rita Kirk Dr. Mari Dixon Dean Geoffrey Orsak

STUDENTS Laura Baez Kelvin Beachum Andrew Conwell Audrey Gab Janet Leung Sana Merchant Rebecca Quinn Haynes Strader Jake Torres Jeremy Wilkins


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Health & Fitness

• Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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DIET

Clearly shown calorie counts coming soon to fast food restaurants menus around nation By KATIE TUFTS

Health and Fitness Editor ktufts@smu.edu

Soon, fast-food eateries and restaurant chains across the nation will be giving much more information on their menus for diners. A new Food and Drug Administration proposal will mandate calorie counts on menus of chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets. These rules will also apply to bakeries, grocery stores with prepared foods, convenience stores, coffee chains and vending machine products that do not already have nutrition facts clearly shown. This will require more than 280,000 establishments nationwide to add calorie counts directly to the menu so that it is visible for diners to see at the time of ordering their food. The FDA claims that because Americans are consuming about one third of their total calories from foods prepared outside of the home, these rules have been proposed in an effort to combat U.S. obesity. The FDA would like to have consumers well aware of exactly how much they are eating in every meal. The FDA wants to help fight

Associated Press File Photo

In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. The new FDA proposal could take effect sometime in 2012, enforcing calorie counts on all fast food menus.

the growing problem of obesity in America and excess calorie consumption. Many people have become busier than in the past, and find it hard to make family meals at home, but that does not mean that people should become careless about watching how many calories are going into their food. Locations where food isn’t the primary business will be exempt from the proposal, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and airplanes. And though soft drinks will be

Campus Events

included, alcoholic beverages are also exempt. However, students should be aware of the calories that movie snacks and alcohol can pack. Movie snacks, like buckets of popcorn and candy can be thousands of calories, so those who frequent the movies should look for alternative treats. Students can bring sugarfree gum, which can keep them from eating the tempting snacks all together, or they can bring in snacks from home and know exactly what they are munching

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WEDNESDAY April 13

on during a long movie. Even those who are careful about everyday food consumption let it slip on the weekends when they are out having a good time. From a recent weekend drink count done by an SMU student, it was calculated that alcohol alone can add up to 2,000 calories from two nights of drinking. This is a scary figure when some students are going out up to four times in one week. Though some students do not want to know how many calories are in a fast food meal when indulging, some believe that it is a step in the right direction. “I think that the new rules will be beneficial for people because if they are seeing how many calories are going into their fast food meals on a daily basis, they will probably be more conscious of how many calories are going into their meals, and make different choices accordingly,” Devon Wilson, a senior at SMU said. Currently, nutritional facts are available in obscure places around eateries, such as near a bathroom or in a hallway, and it would be inconvenient for people to leave their meal to find nutritional facts.

THURSDAY April 14

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: on African American Culture and the Hall of Negro Life at noon in the DeGolyer Library.

Student Art Contest at 9 a.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.

A Holocaust Testimony from survivor Rosalie Schiff at 2 p.m. in the Dedman Life Sciences Building in Room 110.

Mr. & Mrs. SMU Body Building Competition at 6 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.

12:15 a.m. Criminal Mischief: Boaz Hall/3200 Binkley Avenue. Public Service Officer reported a damaged exit sign. Open.

APRIL 10 1:58 a.m. Driving under the influence by a minor: South Quad Lot/6000 Ownby Drive. A student was issued a University Park citation for driving under the influence by a minor. Closed.

3:32 a.m. Driving under the influence by a minor: South Quad Lot/6000 Ownby Drive. A student was issued a University Park citation for driving under the influence by a minor. Closed.

APRIL 11

11:52 p.m. Possession of Marijuana: McElvaney Hall/6000 Bishop. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for being in possession of marijuana. Closed.

With the new rules, restaurant goers will be able to see the exact calorie count in everything they are buying at the time of purchase. Other nutritional data, like sodium and saturated fat content, are required to be available on request. The FDA hopes to sway consumers away from higher calorie choices while grabbing quick meals, and encourage healthier choices, which many fast-food restaurants have started to offer. Along with many nutritionists nationwide, The National Restaurant Association endorsed the rules, saying they are going to provide consistency for consumers. Menu boards will also inform restaurant goers that the general nutritional advice is given based on a 2,000 calorie diet and that individual diet needs may vary. Some states have already started to put the new rules in place. New York was the first to make clear calorie counts available on menus, some cities in California and Washington State have also followed suit.

Most have positive responses to the new signage, because while Americans are becoming busier, the U.S. population is also becoming more accepting and aware of health information. Some eateries around SMU, such as Starbucks, have already started posting calorie counts on menus to help their customers make informed decisions when choosing coffee drinks and other snack items. The new rules could come into effect in 2012, and will apply to menus, both in restaurants and drivethrough lanes. Though it will be some time before the new rules are in place nationwide, students can take beneficial steps toward choosing wisely and knowing their calorie consumption. Students who are eating most of their calories outside of the home, should be careful about the potential calories in their food, and should ask the establishments for nutritional information.


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SENATE: Though bill failed, students continue to pursue special interest seat Vote Breakdown Prentice, Austin: Nay Perkins, Katie: Aye Mace, Alex: Nay Esau, Joseph: Nay Abiye, Aden: Absent Aceval, Yasmin: Absent Aguirre, Alejandra: Absent Amos, Justin: Absent Belden, Ted: Nay Blue, Soniyyah: Aye Boulos, Michael: Absent Dao, Ann: Aye Davidson, Wes: Absent Dawson, Jack: Nay Deo, Parminder: Aye DeSantiago, Pablo: Aye Dow, Alexa: Aye Ehmke, Alex: Absent Essig, Catherine: Aye Farzal, Zaenab: Aye Fox, Rachel: Absent Genco, Christian: Aye Harris, John: Aye Hoffman, Tiffany: Nay Ibad, Hiba: Nay Ishmael, Jonathan: Aye Joiner, Jamison: Absent Luna, Harvey: Aye Malhi, Jaywin: Aye Mansfield, Sam: Absent Martinez, Angela: Aye Maturino, Christina: Aye Miller, Elizabeth: Aye Morgan, Alex: Nay O’Neil, Katie: Absent Pfluger, Brandon: Nay Pool, Martha Ann: Nay Pyun, Jieun: Aye Ray, Shana: Aye Rogers, Scott: Absent Schmidt, Christoph: Nay Sharp, Jason: Absent Trespalacios, Ramon: Nay

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although he realizes how many people are passionate about the issue. “I would be lying to you if I said even though I voted “nay,” that it doesn’t hurt to see it happen with all the things that he’s put into it,” Mace said after the meeting. “I know it’s almost impossible to keep on saying to people ‘Come back, fix the logistics, come back,’ but there are things that need to be addressed.” The Student Constitution sets a minimum of 150 students per group before a special interest seat can be created and eliminates the seat once that population reaches 15 percent.

If I were closeted and I was gay, the vote today wouldn’t necessarily make me want to go speak to the senators about my issues.

—Harvey Luna Dedman I Senator

Under Luna’s bill, Senate had the option after a two-year trial period to either renew or discontinue the seat if the LGBT population could not be determined to be less than 15 percent of the student body. Supporters of the bill argued against the idea that Senate needed to get an accurate number. Opponents also argued that a special interest seat wasn’t needed, as a general senator could address any LGBT issues that a constituent brought up. They also noted that LGBT students had many outlets where they could discuss issues, such as SPECTRUM and the Women’s Center. Supporters of the bill argued that some LGBT students wouldn’t feel

comfortable talking to a non-LGBT senator. Luna in particular expressed his opinion during the meeting that LGBT students would view a negative vote outcome would adversely affect Senate. “If I were closeted and I was gay, the vote today wouldn’t necessarily make me want to go speak to the senators about my issues,” Luna said after the meeting. “If anything, it creates an incentive to avoid them at all costs.” Sen. Christian Genco (Lyle) argued for the seat, saying that more representation in Senate would only be better for students, but other senators argued that students should only have one vote. Some senators were hesitant about the bill, but said Senate should pass it so that the student body could vote on the issue. Student Body Secretary Katie Perkins, one of the bill’s authors, was disappointed that senators “didn’t feel that the student body wasn’t capable of voting on” the issue. Many senators had left by the time the roll call vote was called, meaning they did not vote. The reasons for their departure were unclear, but Perkins said after the meeting that some of them had other commitments. Many had not emailed Perkins to explain their departure. “I really do not appreciate senators who schedule class in the middle of Senate meetings, walk out and then expect the rest of the Senate chamber to vote for them,” Student Concerns Chair Martha Pool said after the meeting. “That was really frustrating and discouraging to me because we had only one vote, and that one vote made all the difference in today’s legislation.” Pool, who voted against the bill because she was concerned about the logistics, said if more senators had been present, it wouldn’t have been a close vote.

She noted that if there had been one less “nay” vote, then the legislation would have passed. Luna said he and others were already planning to address the LGBT seat issue next fall, although he was not reelected in the recent general elections. Mace felt that although the legislation failed, Luna’s efforts this year have made an impact. “It’s made it very present that this is an issue that needs to be addressed,” he said, “and I do think it can be addressed with the way things are.” Luna was hopeful about the LGBT seat, saying he expected even greater support once the LGBT community saw Tuesday’s vote. “I will continue with this fight going into the fall because the work is not done,” he said.

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RELAY: Groups walk to support charity event CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

They will be lit during the Luminaria Ceremony Friday during the event. This year’s Relay has 45 teams and 645 participants registered. This is the largest number of participants in Relay history at SMU. “We expect to have a more diverse attendance at the event,“ Kayla Klingseisen, the co-event chair for the Relay Committee, said. This year, junior Trigg Burrage will perform a magic act at the event. All Funk Radio Show, Tiffany Houghton, Treble Creek, the SAE Band, Mustang Maverick and Mario Quinones will also offer entertainment throughout the night. “Some of the activities include a game of Assassin, Wing-eating contest and Relay races,” Megan Marchant, a member of the Relay

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Committee, said. During the event, different prizes will be offered, such as two NASCAR pit passes, a Kaplan Scholarship worth $2,000 and a suite for a Stars game next season. Currently, more than $51,000 have been raised. “We still have quite a bit to [be] raised to reach our goal of $105,000, so this year fundraising at the actual Relay is going to be more crucial than ever,” Shannon Smith, publicity chair for Relay for Life, said. Smith encourages all Mustangs to come out and support their cause. “We want everyone to come out and participate in all of the fun activities we have planned,.” Smith said. If you are interested in joining a team and raising money, visit www.relay.org/smutx.

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Arts & Entertainment

• Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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BIG D GOES BROADWAY

MUSIC

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS

AT THE GRANADA THIS WEEK

a l i s t o f t h i s y e a r ’s u p c o m i n g s h o w s

DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS

The Granada Theater is hosting “Girl’s Night Out” this Wednesday, April 13, starting at 7 p.m. Enjoy a night of dance music featuring indie pop singer, Marina and the Diamonds plus local Dallas dancepop band, Ishi.

9 to 5

Hair

Stomp

Les MIserables

Spamalot

In the Heights

West Side Story Guys and Dolls

THIS WEEK AT

LEXUS BROADWAY SERIES

American Idiot Jersey Boys

MEADOWS

“The Striker” by Caryl Churchill April 13-17 Margo Jones Theatre 2p.m. Sat.-Sun. and 8p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free

Chamber Music Honors Concert April 13 at 8 p.m. Caruth Auditorium Free

Guitar Ensemble April 14 at 8p.m, Caruth Auditorium Free

Meadows Communication Stuies Free Debate Series April 13 at 2:30 & April 14 at 3 p.m.

Museum Thursday Evening Lecture “Before Toledo” April 14 at 6 p.m. Bob Smith Auditorium Free

Guest Artist Recital Mike Block, cello April14 at 8 p.m. O’Donnell Hall Free

Collins Executive Education Center

Free


Sports

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 •

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WOMEN’S TENNIS

SMU’s quiet and confident leader Meisner earns 100th career victory By EJ HOLLAND By JENNIFER BUNTZ Associate Sports Editor jbuntz@smu.edu

Senior Artem Baradach has been the leader of SMU’s men’s tennis team this past year, dominating singles for the Mustangs with a 10-3 record. He is recognized as the player around campus with a racquet constantly in his hand, spinning it around his wrist and practicing every shot in between classes. “Artem [Baradach] is a soft spoken individual. He leads not through his words but by his actions on and off the court. He has outright won the respect of his teammates. I think one of the main reasons he is idolized on our team is because he is able to fully keep his composure on the court. He shows no emotion whether he is winning or losing, which is extremely difficult to do,” Head Coach Carl Neufeld said. Baradach transferred to SMU three years ago, with three seasons of eligibility left. Since transferring, Baradach has had many memorable matches and has made improvements in all aspects of his tennis game. “He literally has changed every shot he has since he came to SMU. It’s his dedication to change and going for it 100 percent that allows him to be so successful. He is one of the most hard working players that I have ever coached in my career,” Neufeld said.

Baradach played many doubles matches this season with partner Gaston Cuadranti. The duo was nationally ranked and took out many top teams such as the No. 1 tandem from Oklahoma State. He has had many achievements on the court as a Mustang. One big one was beating the University of Texas’ number one player on their home court two years in a row. “It’s very rare that someone beats their number one player, especially on their court! That hasn’t been done too many times, and I mean ever,” Neufeld said excitedly of Baradach’s success in Austin. Baradach qualified for the NCAA tournament last year, which consists of the top 64 players from around the United States and takes place at the end of May. He lost a close match to Stanford’s number one player who went on to be the tournament champion. “Those results for Artem were certainly commendable, and that is now his goal for this year, not only to make it to the NCAA tournament but lead the rest of the team there as well,” Neufeld said. Baradach has faced a set back recently, he is currently injured and his performance the rest of the season has been jeopardized. The team has a tough match against TCU Wednesday, one that they need their best player for.

“I am really hoping that he gets better before our last few matches, the C-USA tournament, and the NCAA’s. If his injury persists it will have a direct effect on our team,” Neufeld said. The Mustangs have suffered several injuries this season from various players, including senior Daron Walsh who has just been released to play doubles. The absence of top players has given other team members the chance to play and allowed them to improve. “I’m very excited about the results of our team because every match someone has been out so it has really given the rest of the players a chance to step up to the plate and been a huge success factor this season,” Neufeld said. Baradach is currently working on healing in order to finish out his last season to the best of his ability, and then continue his tennis career after college. After finishing his degree, he plans to play on the professional circuit. “He has the desire to be a great player and is completely focused on that. He has the goal of becoming a top 100 player in the world and I honestly believe he has what it takes and he will achieve that through his hard work and dedication,” Neufeld said.

SWIMMING

Kershaw tabbed 2012 U.S. Olympic Manger; Van den Branden honored By EJ HOLLAND Sports Editor eholland@smu.edu

SMU men’s swimming assistant coach Andy Kershaw has been named Team Manager for the 2012 United States Olympic Swim Team.

Kershaw will also serve as Team Manager during the 2011 World Championships in July. While at SMU, Kershaw has led the Mustangs to seven conference championships and 37 All-American honors.

On the women’s side, Sascha Van den Branden was awarded the USA Winter Spirit of Service award. The C-USA Spirit of Service Award recognizes student-athletes who are heavily involved in their community and maintain good academic standing.

Sports Editor eholland@smu.edu

After a 5-2 win over Conference USA foe Rice on Saturday, the No. 34 SMU women’s tennis team remained in Houston, Texas and claimed its sixth straight victory Sunday over Houston, 4-1. The Mustangs have now won nine of their last 10 matches to improve their record to 18-4 overall this spring season. With the win, Head Coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner became the first SMU women’s tennis coach to reach 100 victories. Over her five years on the Hilltop, Meisner has compiled an impressive 100-27 record. Meisner helped guide the Mustangs

to early success in doubles competition, as SMU claimed the doubles point by winning two straight matches. Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha were first off the courts and gave SMU the early 1-0 advantage after they demolished Bryony Hunter and Dionne Sanders, 8-0. SMU juniors Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova made quick work of Houston pair Celia Fraser and Giorgia Pozzan, 8-3 at the No. 1 line to clinch the doubles point for the Mustangs. The Mustangs took three out of four matches in singles play to secure the victory over the Cougars. Houston appeared to be right back in the thick of things after Sanders tied

things up with her 6-2, 6-0 victory over Kris Roberts. However, Houston could not continue to rally, and SMU reeled off three straight victories. The Mustangs regained the lead after Shahzoda Hatamova made quick work of Maja Kazimieruk, 6-1, 6-1. No. 117 Malyarchikova extended the SMU lead to 3-1 after her 6-1, 6-2 win over Pozzan. No. 9 Lesniak, who was named Conference USA Player of the Week on Tuesday, added the finishing touches as she earned her 15th consecutive singles victory after defeating Fraser 7-5, 6-2. SMU returns to the courts Saturday, traveling to Wichita, Kansas to take on Wichita State at 5 p.m.

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Opinion

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Having recently been elected to serve you as the 98th Student Body President is an incredible honor. However, it Austin Prentice is an honor I cannot accept until I say, “thank you.” Thank you to those who supported me throughout the strenuous election process – your encouragement was sincere and always of great need. Also, thank you to those who had

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Most ignored, yet urgent issue is education reform COMMENTARY

A little over halfway through the Obama administration’s term in office, Americans are missing the point as reports from dozens of polls project the most important issues on Americans’ minds are the economy, jobs and the war on terror. America has the largest and most prosperous economy in the world, yet out of the 30 most developed countries in the world we are ranked 25th in math and 21st in science. School authorities Caroline White across the nation are warning thousands of teachers that they could lose their jobs this June, causing the possibility of the most extensive layoffs in education in decades. Public schools around the nation have graduation rates as low as 35 percent and it is estimated that students who don’t finish high school will not only earn less but be eight times as likely to go to prison. In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have raised revenue by taxing some of the state’s richest citizens while shortchanging the school financing formula by $1.6 billion, nearly 20 percent, using the economy as an excuse. Even in our great state of Texas, Gov. Rick Perry proposed to slash $10 billion from education spending that would devastate public schools. In Dallas, for the first time in 40 years, the school district has an uncontested May election with no candidates challenging the two incumbents and the expected appeal of a third seat with departing member brought forth only one candidate. Do you see the trend? The backbone, the determinant, the foundation of our nation’s future is quietly but quickly fading away without notice simply because we are allowing it to go ignored and remain a low priority on our nation’s agenda. Along with those in the education business, President Obama is among the few who realize the threat that our failing education system brings to our nation and future. He warned in the State of the Union address a few months ago that nearly half of all new jobs will require beyond a high school education and that as a nation we must out-innovate, out-educate and outbuild all other competing nations. Not only do we need to ensure quality and equal opportunity for education to our youth because we want them to be competitive in our own job market, but also to compete in the fast-paced growth of innovation and technology to put America on top. Why aren’t Americans getting this message? Our way of life shows that we care about the present and we care about adults. The difficulty in seeing the consequences of a failing education system is we only now witness students failing out of school and possibly their low achievement levels. We don’t look ahead to the future of businesses, the economy, advancements in science and technology, government or public service. Educational reformer Geoffrey Canada says that the declining of our schools is in part due to the fact that we don’t consider it a crisis. We are not in a position to have civil conversations about this issue because no one in America cares to even have them. “I think we’re going to have to yell, to make lots of noise,” Canada suggests in regards to how to change this apathetic state in which our nation sits. We need to begin highlighting the tragic neglect our education system receives. Most of all, demand for new is to be executed, and if they fail, try others. We must encourage and allow strides toward innovation and growth. Caroline White is a sophomore communications studies and spanish double major. She can be reached for comments or questions at ctwhite@smu.edu.

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issues with the best interests of SMU students in mind. As I said throughout my campaign, SMU is the greatest university in the country. Many people I have talked with wholeheartedly believe this, but there is always room for improvement. If we all buy in to this philosophy, reality will follow closely behind. I titled this opinion piece “Open for Business” because I want everyone to feel welcome in approaching me. I am nothing more than a typical SMU student who wants to hear your thoughts, complaints, comments, or whatever else you can think of. Please reach out to me in anyway you would

like, knowing fully that I will get back to you quickly. As the semester begins to come to a close, good luck on finals, and start thinking about planning your road trip down to College Station for our first football game next fall. Pony Up, Austin Prentice Student Body President-elect Austin Prentice is a junior political science and biology double major. He can be reached for comments or questions at aprentice@smu.edu.

Ehmke ready to get to work on making real changes

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objections and concerns toward me. I will listen, grow and respond in a positive direction with the best interests of SMU in mind. My goal as president is simple: improving the quality of life for each and every student here at SMU. Whether improving the quality of life includes extending library hours, eliminating graduation fees or parking reform, I hope to continue the work of the 97 previous Student Body Presidents in sharing their passion and love for SMU. I cannot and will not promise success in every endeavor, but I will promise a genuine effort to promote

COMMENTARY

Now that the elections are finally over, and students may continue to go around campus without being bothered by all Alex Ehmke of us annoying candidates, I am extremely excited to get to work in preparing for next year's Senate. For a number of reasons, this next Senate has a great deal of potential to be an effective tool for change and representation on campus. With so many returning members, many of our senators already know

their jobs well and we won't have to waste an excessive amount of time with training. This will allow us to get straight to the grit of student affairs and working to make an impact on campus. In helping to streamline this process and ensure that senate remains an effective institution on campus, I do want to use my role as vice president in order to change the way that senators fulfill their duties. As it stands now, senators often write legislation which is exceptionally idealistic and advocate changes that we might all support. However, too often this is where the process for change ends—many senators do not follow through on these issues. In correcting this problem,

I want to encourage senators to pursue these proposals beyond the chamber, meeting with relevant administrators and using passed legislation as a mandate for change. Aside from this, I'm eager to get to work on a number of initiatives that I think will greatly benefit the student body, in addition to maintaining an open ear to the voices of the students for further ideas. I hope to see Student Senate take an active role in policy molding in regards to the sophomore second year housing requirement, as I believe this is one of the most important changes that will occur in coming years. I also look forward to continued Senate participation in other areas, such as

reading days and account holds— concerns that have plagued students for years. In going forward with these plans next year, I am pleased to have Austin and Martha on exec, as I know that the three of us will be a great team in facing all of these issues. To readers of the Daily Campus, please feel free to talk to any of us about your students concerns, and I look forward to hearing from you all. Alex Ehmke is a junior economics, political science and public policy triple major. He can be reached for comments or questions at aehmke@smu.edu.

Pool commits to working hard, serving SMU student body COMMENTARY

First of all, I want to thank the SMU student body for its overwhelming vote of confidence last Wednesday Martha Pool and Thursday. I am sure that the thought crossed your minds that it seems pointless to vote for an unopposed candidate; however, please know that every vote serves as a tangible reminder that my fellow students believe in me and the ideals stated in my campaign platform. Your support means the world to me and motivates me to be the best student body secretary that I can possibly be. I propose to serve you not only by performing the duties of Student Body

Secretary listed in the SMU Student Body Constitution—including maintaining senate records, assisting with the planning and direction of senate for the upcoming year, working with the executive committee to ensure that legislation passed is effectively implemented and overseeing the revision the Student Code of Conduct —to the best of my ability, but also by working to fulfill the commitments I made in my election platform. My goals for the upcoming year include continuing the work that I have already started, especially addressing the needs and concerns of various communities on campus such as the veterans, transfer students and athletes. I also plan to increase communication between Student Senate, the SMU student body, and administration and to advance

organization and efficiency within Senate. Additionally, I will do my best to support both student organizations and individuals, promote campus unity and school spirit and remain open to any and all suggestions that the student body or administration have for making a great school even better. I also plan to work together with Austin and Alex to ensure that their campaign platforms come to fruition. As a team, I think that we can accomplish a lot of good for our university, including petitioning for more reading days, à la carte parking passes, earlier syllabi, a higher percentage of scholarships that grow proportional to the increases in our school’s cost of attendance and increased campus safety. I am passionate about making a difference within the SMU

community, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to represent my fellow Mustangs: during the next school year. I commit to serve you to the very best of my ability; I will go above and beyond to listen and be here for you. I always welcome your opinions and feedback. Please feel free to email or call me anytime with questions, comments, or concerns. With your help and participation, I think that we can make this upcoming year the best in SMU history! Martha Pool is a first year political science and accounting double major. She can be reached for comments or questions at mpool@smu.edu.


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Foote’s ‘Road to Home’ right fit for Theatre Three By LAUREN SMART A&E Editor lsmart@smu.edu

Theatre Three is the final professional theater to mount a Horton Foote show in the festival with “Roads to Home,” three one-act plays written to be performed consecutively. In the Foote fashion, these plays deal with issues of family drama and heartbreak, but like most Foote shows, they need a special kind of energy to avoid becoming dull. Until the third show, these plays do a superb job taking the audience to the heart of a charming Southern town. Bruce Coleman’s set is an idyllic country home, complete with porch and garden, easily transforming into the outer steps of the Austin asylum. Michael Robinson’s costumes are fitting, yet, somewhat quaint. The first two shows introduce us to Mabel Votaugh, a matronly woman in the city of Houston in a delightful performance by Pam Dougherty. She might be the only actress in town capable of making five minutes of gossiping with her neighbor Vonnie Hayhurst (MaryMargaret Pyeatt) entertaining. The talk of the town at the moment is the increasing insanity of Annie Gayle Long (Renee Kelly), the woman who has recently moved to Houston from Harrison. Her husband Mr. Long, in a mature performance by SMU junior Max Swarner, is doing everything he can to care for her, but she just wants to ride the street cars home. The second act, “The Dearest of Friends,” is centered on Vonnie, whose husband, Eddie Hayhurst (Andrew Kasten), has met a new

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woman on the train ride home from Harrison. Mabel helps Vonnie to cope with the reality of a failed marriage, while her own husband Jack (Jerry Crow), sleeps on the porch waking up occasionally to add his two cents. But the final act fails to sufficiently bring the previous shows to a sense of completion, but at no fault of the production. Having seen nearly every Foote show during this festival, there is one struggle they all seem to have in common: the ending. From WaterTower Theatre’s “The Traveling Lady” to the Dallas Theater Center’s “Dividing the Estate” it seems that no matter how well-produced, designed and directed a show might be, these sliceof-life plays end in the middle of a moment, or with a trite statement or action. “Roads to Home” has three such endings. “A Nightingale” and “The Dearest of Friends” dim the lights when the characters break down in tears. The entire act of “Spring Dance” merely shows Annie in the asylum in Austin during a social event, with the apparent attempt to show that some people can’t make it home. These final 20 minutes toy around with this idea, but these actors fail to connect with one another, appearing more like caricatures, than real humans. These slices of life, one-act plays benefit from the heart-felt performances of the main characters and a beautiful set. “Roads to Home” runs through May 7 in Theatre Three’s theater-inthe-round. For more information, visit theatre3dallas.com.

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Around town, the Horton Foote Festival is going strong, but there is a work in theater that shouldn’t be overlooked simply because it doesn’t take place in Harrison, Texas. “The Violet Hour,” by Richard Greenberg, is little gem that Upstart Productions [UP] is currently mounting in the Green Zone. It’s a unique story, with surprising twists

The cast of “Roads to Home” in a scene from “Spring Dance.”

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• Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Daily Campus LECTURE

‘Fratty Photos’ offer Marriage affected by culture standards convenient service, provide scholarship By STEPHANIE EMBREE Staff Writer sembree@smu.edu

By SARAH KRAMER News Editor skramer@smu.edu

Three SMU students combined their entrepreneurial skills to create an inexpensive and convenient way to make photographs available for students and parents. Juniors Connor Bell, Mike Alberts and Will Asmundson’s original focus was on photographing athletic events and the visual arts with the idea that parents who could not attend events or games could access the photos. After more collaboration, the three decided they wanted to concentrate on student organizations, specifically Greek life. “We are focused on parents and students looking for a cost effective and convenient service,” Bell said. What makes Fratty Photos different from other photography services, such as Flash Photography, is the way it operates. “It’s essentially a club,” Alberts said. “You pay a membership fee and then get the photos we take of you.” Parents and students have two options: they can either pay $20 per semester or $5 per event. After an event, the photographs are screened, eliminating any unflattering or embarrassing pictures. Photos with alcohol are also excluded. Photos are directly uploaded to Facebook and people are tagged through facial recognition software. “A lot of students want digital photos. And they don’t want to spend a lot of money,” Bell said. Fratty Photos strives to provide inexpensive but professional quality photographs. Currently, photography students from The Meadows School of the Arts photograph the events. However, Fratty Photos is accepting applications for photographers outside of Meadows. Since September, they have been

working on their website, meeting with SMU’s Panhellenic Council and The Meadows School of the Arts and covering a handful of events. Alberts, Asmundson and Bell created Fratty Photos as a business that gives back to the community. Each year, 20 percent of all profits will go to Meadows in the form of a scholarship. “We want it [Fratty Photos] to be for the students by the students,” Alberts said. “It’s a cool way to give peers pictures of themselves while giving back to the community and our school.” This semester, Fratty Photos covered events such as Pi Beta Phi’s mom’s luncheon, Tri Delta Triple Play and IFC events. In the future, they would like to expand their services by working with other campus organizations. “We hope to use the business to cultivate entrepreneurial ambition among those who we work with,” Alberts said. At present, they are working on expanding Fratty Photos to other schools. They have already started business plans with the University of Alabama and Rollins College. Each school that adopts Fratty Photo’s plan is required to give a minimum of 20 percent to the school for a scholarship. Though all three are graduating in a year, they still plan on working as administrators. “It’s really taught us what it’s like to be an entrepreneur,” Bell said. “We want to help more students learn what it’s like balancing school and a business.” Finance and economic major, Asmundson is responsible for the financial side of Fratty Photos; Alberts, a markets and culture and English major, works primarily with marketing the business; Bell majors in business marketing and environmental science and focuses on building the website. “It’s been an unbelievable learning experience,” Asmundson said. “Our strengths really help each other.”

Today approximately one in five adults cheat on their significant other and almost 41 percent of marriages end in divorce. With the help of websites like ashleymadison.com, affairs have become as easy as the click of a mouse. SMU students filled chairs and sat on the floor to listen to “Inevitability of Infidelity: Love, Marriage and HIV,” a phrase no one wants to hear from his or her significant other, by Dr. Jennifer Hirsch Wednesday.

Hirsch spoke on issues dealing with fidelity and women’s growing risk for HIV, specifically in Mexico. She based her theories on recent participant observation and marital case studies in Degollado, Jalisco. Thus, she believes these problems stem from a combination of the culture and social rules on sexual reputation and gender. “It’s not who you screw, but what you’re neighbors think about the gender appropriateness of your sexual behaviors that defines who you are as a public sexually person,” Hirsch said about the importance of reputation in Mexico. She observed that it was unacceptable

for a man to meet his mistress in any populated place. However, it’s acceptable for a man to meet a woman at the bar. It is this openness paired with migration that is believed to have lead HIV to increase in rural Mexico from 3.7 percent to 6 percent in 1997. Socially, women’s reputations affect not only them, but also the ability of their children to marry. Dr. Hirsch established the fact that this gender inequality is not easily defined. Hirsch added that while men having affairs propose a risk, the root of the problem is that the marital sex is a risk practice.

While extramarital sex is frowned upon, it has become the norm in many cultures. It is the desire for companionship with one’s spouse that keeps discretion alive and affairs under raps, she said. When fidelity prevails men define their masculinity in being a good husband and father. Junior Chris Castaneda said, “As a Mexican–American, I’ve seen the types of people she talked about. I can see the negative affect it can have on the health of the people in relationships there.” In her closing statement, Hirsch said, “I’m not pro-extramarital sex. I’m just pro-recognizing reality.”

RFOC holds Iron Chef 2 competition

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SMU student Matt Bridgeman takes a sample from a competing chef who was preparing Spanish cuisine in the Iron Chef 2 competition at Real Food on Campus Tuesday evening.


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