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Lambda Chi loses members By MEREDITH SHAMBURGER Editor in Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
The house sat quietly with its main door propped open. The atmosphere was somber. Moving day had come, but no goodbye celebrations full of hope and promise were taking place. Up the stairs to the right, down the winding hallway lined with boxes and bare walls, sophomore Jack Haake’s room is decorated with two beds and a coffee table between them. In the corner beside a stack of LSAT prep books is the Band of Brothers DVD set. Dr. Pepper cans litter the flat surfaces, and a sombrero hangs on one bed. Haake is wearing his LXA letters, even though he’s not supposed to as a former member in bad standing. “I’m not going to leave until they do [put an eviction notice on my door],” Haake said. “I’m not going to leave because an alumni said I had to. The school
owns the house—the school didn’t kick me out. Texas State Law says you have 90 days to be evicted. And neither the national fraternity or the school is above the law.” Haake is sitting next to another sophomore, Hayden Blair. Both students were expelled last weekend from the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity because of charges THAT they say are a lie. “We don’t deserve this,” Haake said. SMU’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter saw 36 members expelled last Sunday after conducting a membership review the previous Saturday. Forty-seven members saw all charges against them dropped and were returned to good standing within the organization. Several members, who were not expelled, as well as alumni, have resigned their membership from the fraternity. The Daily Campus could not find any official total concerning those who have resigned because the number keeps See GREEK on Page 5 growing as each day passes.
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The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house Monday evening.
Golden Key holds clothing drive By BEN ATEKU
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An 18-month study stated that only 50 percent of women had been asked on six or more dates since coming to college.
The hookup By TAYLOR LACK Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Some women feel that having casual sex is demoralizing, but now more and more women are finding their ability to define their sexuality empowering. A no-strings-attached attitude marks today’s dating culture. It’s casual and unplanned, with no commitment, and often involving alcohol and very little talking. ‘Hookup’ remains the umbrella term for everything and anything from kissing to consummating. SMU freshman Summer Dashe agrees. “It seems today’s young adults find hooking up
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a rite of passage, as if it is simply part of the college experience,” she said. “The term ‘slut’ and ‘player’ are rapidly losing relevance as casual hooking up gains acceptance.” Dating has a completely different meaning. For many, dating can mean too much commitment for comfort. Some believe that young adults have been negatively influenced by a previous generation jaded by high divorce rates and crumbling marriages and the current generation is in a relationship limbo. The Independent Women’s Forum conducted an 18-month study in 2001 called “Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping for Mr. Right: College Women on Dating and Mating Today.” The research team interviewed more than 1,000 college women
from schools around the country. Only 50 percent of women said they had been asked on six or more dates since coming to college. One-third said they had been asked on two or fewer dates. The changing of female social roles and the evolution of sexual freedom remains one of the leading causes behind the hookup culture. In older generations, women would not go out on weekends unless perched on a man’s arm. But now, not only do they make weekend appearances without a date, but some have come to accept, support and engage in hooking up as a social activity. With improved gender equality, many women in college may be
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The SMU Chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society is holding a clothes drive at SMU all week. Donations can be left in dropboxes located on the first floor of Hughes-Trigg and in any of the 18 sorority and fraternity houses on campus. Donations will be forwarded to Goodwill Industries of Dallas, whose mission is to provide jobtraining, employment and personal growth opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers from employment, i.e. welfare dependency, illiteracy and homelessness. Most needed items are blouses, books, polo shirts, shoes, small electronics, CD and record tapes, coats and jackets, collectibles, jewelry, men’s suits, computers, holiday and home decor, DVDs and VHS tapes and dishes. “The response has been great so far,” Allison Cooley, president of the SMU Chapter said, looking at the picture of a box full of donations on her phone from one of the fraternity houses. The clothes drive runs through Wednesday, April 20. The SMU Chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society was chartered in 1989. Cooley commended last year’s board on its effort to get the SMU community involved in its community programs,
and she intends to enhance the visibility of the society on campus through diverse events. Cooley considers her role as president an opportunity to make a difference. “The school has done much for me. It is my duty to give back,” she said. She added that participation in community service prepares students for the workplace, and potential employers take note of such involvement. According to the organization’s Web site, it is the world’s largest collegiate honor society. It was founded by a group of undergraduate students and faculty members at Georgia State University in Atlanta on November 29, 1977. Golden Key’s mission is to enable members to realize their potential by recognizing outstanding academic achievement and connecting high-achieving individuals locally, regionally and globally with lifetime opportunity, reward and success. Membership is by invitation only. Currently, there are nearly two million members and 375 chapters at colleges and universities in eight countries. Member benefits range from scholarships and development opportunities to jobs and internships. Through Golden Key, members are empowered with tools to help them realize their potential. The Society offers more than $600,000 in member-only scholarships and awards annually. Next on the society’s agenda is the Golden Key International Conference, July 15-17, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Schools from all over the world are expected to send representatives.
Senate debates budget
New legislation introduced in Senate By SARAH POTTHARST Associate News Editor email@example.com
Senate reviewed six pieces of legislation proposed by fellow members, Tuesday, on issues that called into question possible changes within senate and also changes around the campus at large. The Senate will vote on each piece of legislation next Tuesday, April 20. All students who wish to voice their opinion about the legislation are encouraged to do so before then by meeting with their senators. Dedman 1 senator Kellie Spano authored “A resolution requesting senators to author or co-author one piece of legislation each semester.” The reason for this concern is that some senators have yet to either author or co-author any legislation, and Spano said she feels it is vitally important to do so. Spano suggested in the legislation that any student who does not meet the requirement may be asked to step down from his or her position. On that note, Lyle senator Joseph Esau authored “A resolution amending the absence policy of the student senate,” which addresses the idea that some senators who have been asked to forfeit their positions in the Senate still participate in senate functions thereafter. The legislation
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ensures that any senator who is asked to step down from his or her position may not participate in any senate function until the remainder of that school year in which he or she was asked to forfeit, plus the entire next school year. Esau also clarified that those who choose to resign, voluntarily, do not apply to the amended clause. Esau also authored “A resolution amending guest privileges in general senate meetings.” This piece of legislation serves to clarify a previously stipulated rule, said Esau, which concerns the restriction of participation of those who are not members of the Senate during specific times of their weekly meetings. “The whole point of this is to only mandate that student senators, committee chairs, student body officers, and the monitors can speak during committee reports, debates, speaker’s podium, all of that,” Esau said. The media is particularly mentioned in the legislation as only being allowed to ask “non-debatable” questions during Speaker’s Podium, which occurs at the beginning of each meeting. Any questions that are deemed debatable must be asked after the meeting has concluded, and should a media outlet not comply with these rules, the legislation stipulates that the Parliamentarian will remove the attendee. First-year senators David Archer, William Badarak, Alex Mace, Roza Essaw and John Bryant introduced
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SMU STUDENT SENATE another piece of legislation that they co-authored pertaining to the lack of food options on campus both after-hours and on the weekends. Archer said he obtained a list of 750+ student signatures from all areas of campus representing those who are in support of the proposed legislation. RFoC is closed on the weekends, which leaves students to resort to Mac’s Place. Mac’s Place weekend hours, though, are not entirely convenient for students. It is open on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., closed on Saturdays and open on
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Student Senate reviewed their final list of budget complaints for the 2010-11 annual budget reports on Tuesday. Out of the 14 groups and organizations on the complaint list, five were not awarded any additional money post-complaint, while others had more success. Though intramurals requested $93,801 from senate, they initially only received $52,010. Post-complaint, the Senate awarded intramurals $3,000 more. A few other groups received additional funds within the $1,000+ range post-complaint. Symposium received an extra $3,000 and Sports Club received an additional $1,500 after complaint. The Sailing Team managed to gain an additional $5,400 post-complaint, which is the highest additional amount awarded on the list. A few senators debated over why the Theta Tau engineering fraternity and the National Society of Black Engineers did not receive any additional funds post-complaint. Finance chair Josh Espinosa said that theses organizations were capable of resorting to other ways of gaining funds, such as fundraising, seeking money from national organizations or could even decide to charge those involved membership dues.
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Walking a mile in Kenneth Cole’s shoes By SHELBY FOSTER Contributing Writer email@example.com
Not very many men can say that they can turn a company into a trailer parked on the streets of New York City into a multi-million dollar brand. Kenneth Cole, the brilliant businessman and fashion designer spoke at one of SMU’s renowned Tate Lecture series Tuesday, April 6, where he shared his greatest accomplishments, business-savvy skills and the occasional witty anecdote. President R. Gerald Turner introduced Cole to the audience, which appeared eager to hear what the groundbreaking businessman had to say. He appeared on stage looking sharp, but not too serious –– pairing a collared shirt and blazer with jeans and sneakers. Cole began the lecture with a humorous story about how his business got started, a story that completely sets him apart and adds to the individuality of his brand. At the start of his company, Cole wanted to sell shoes because his father had owned a shoe company, and he had quite a bit of experience in that department. He tried to obtain a kiosk in a seasonal market in New York City in 1982, but was denied. Thinking on his feet, he called the mayor in an attempt to receive a filming permit, which allowed him to park a trailer on the street right outside of the market. The city provided Cole with a police escort and, since he was technically filming a movie, he brought his own director. “Sometimes the camera had film in it. Sometimes it didn’t,” Cole said of his makeshift camera crew. “I changed the name from Kenneth Cole Incorporated to Kenneth Cole Productions.
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There was now a brand new film being shot on the corner of 6th Avenue and 55th -‘The Beginning of a Shoe Company’. Buyers were constantly stopping by my trailer as they entered the market. And by the end of two days, I had sold 40,000 pairs of shoes.” Hearing this, the SMU audience erupted with applause. Cole’s brilliance and innovation was clear from that first story. Cole kept the name of his company as Kenneth Cole Productions as a constant reminder to always be resourceful when running the business. He then discussed how the company grew from there on, expanding from shoes to women’s and men’s clothing. “I look in my closet and see what’s not there, and I make it,” he said. Cole also spoke on the unvarying change that is a huge part of the fashion industry. He mentioned the transition that took place ten years ago with men’s fashion that he was able to take advantage of. Society began to ask more of a man’s wardrobe in the early 1990s. Thus, men started to put more thought into what they were wearing, and Kenneth Cole Productions did its best to provide American men with more options and easier styles that represented them well. Cole added that the main change in women’s clothing happened when the color black really started making a statement on the style scene. “Wear it to work, someone dies, and you don’t have to change for the funeral,” Cole joked, keeping the audience laughing, soaking in every word. He said one of the main causes for his success was learning to deal with change and accepting it rather than resisting it. With the rise of social media networking, Cole had to maneuver his company to a more virtual incorporation. He was quick to make it clear that he is
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not necessarily a fan of Facebook or Twitter, but he uses them anyway. “These new social media tools have revolutionized the way the industry works. We now know what you want; we aren’t just predicting it anymore,” he said. “Now, the challenge is to give it to you in a way you aren’t expecting.” Cole touched on the redeeming qualities of Twitter, saying, “I try to use it to communicate social messages rather than fashion messages. I can impose my views on more people and they listen!” The social messages Cole mentioned cover a wide range of causes backed by his brand. He is one of the leading contributors to the fight against AIDS. He was among the first to bring the issue to the public’s mind and change how it approached the disease that was once taboo. Cole used edgy advertising campaigns to raise awareness, showing models in t-shirts that blared, “I have AIDS” and “We all have AIDS,” which introduced the pandemic to the consumer on a national scale. Cole also has been known to support gun control and volunteerism throughout his career. Colby Kruger, sophomore marketing major, attended the lecture and was thrilled with the insights that Cole had to offer. “I knew about all of his amazing philanthropic efforts, but it was great to hear his opinions and views straight from him,” she said. “I also couldn’t believe how funny he is! I wasn’t expecting his dry humor at all.” After a captivating hour-long talk, the multi-faceted Cole concluded the lecture with a bit of wisdom he has learned over the years: “It’s great to be known for your shoes, but it’s better to be known for your soul.”
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Police Reports MARCH 19 10:24 a.m. Embrey Building/3010 Dyer Street/East side brick drive: University Park Fire Department and Risk Management responded to spill of acid from a 12 volt battery. The battery was disposed of and the walkway was washed. UPFD and Risk Management cleared with no further incident. Closed.
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TRACK AND FIELD
Destined for greatness Simone du Toit prepares to compete in 2012 London Olympics
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It is difficult not to hear about her in the world of track and field. In her homeland of South Africa, her current home in Dallas, or in other far-off parts of the world, her name is likely to jump out from papers and the Web. While at school, she usually headlines articles of SMU’s track and field team. Her name is Simone du Toit, sophomore shot put and discus throw specialist for the Mustangs. Du Toit does not have the mindset of a typical college student—not many students plan on competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She says her sport has always come naturally to her. She was 11-years-old when her teacher recommended she try the shot put. She found it came easily to her. “It was all about stereotyping,” du Toit said. She insists she had the look of a thrower, and that is how it all started. When she was 12 years old, du Toit made the national team in Sydney for the Pacific School Games. With her dad as her coach, she competed a year up in a category against the 13-year-olds—and won. That was when du Toit realized she might have something special. She found a real coach, and in 2005 she became the World Youth Shot Put Champion. She went on to win the South African Championships for eight straight years in the shot. Each year she beat her own distance. To this day, she remains the South African recorder-holder in the shot. Not surprisingly, SMU head coach Dave Wollman heard about du Toit and decided he wanted her on his track and field team. After exchanging e-mails back and forth, he flew down to Johannesburg for the weekend with the goal of acquiring the standout for his team. Du Toit could have gone to school anywhere. Offers poured in from schools around the world, but she dreamed of competing at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. So she remained in South Africa for two years and studied education, while preparing herself for the games. Four months prior to Beijing, the unthinkable happened. Du Toit went through an Olympic hopeful’s nightmare. While in Ethiopia for the African Cup, she got food poisoning. “They thought it was a tropical virus. It lasted a week and I was in ICU,” she recalls. She could not eat. For 18 days, she consumed only liquids, and her stomach burned from the
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Sophomore Simone du Toit has made a name for herself in her two years at SMU. She was named the Conference USA field athlete of the year her freshman year and has won several competitions this year, including the shot put at the C-USA indoor championships.
medications. It was only three weeks before the Olympics that she started eating and getting back to her workout routine, but the illness
proved to be too much. She was out of shape, and could not perform at her peak. Du Toit said she was mad at
SMU hopes for better results against OSU By STEPHEN LU Sports Editor email@example.com
The SMU equestrian team faces a familiar foe at the NCAA championships this weekend, April 15-17, at Oklahoma State University. The match-up between the No. 11 Mustangs and No. 5 Cowboys is a repeat of last year’s first round, which Oklahoma State won 6-2. SMU finished the season with a 3-6 record, with all three wins coming at home and all six losses on the road. One of those losses
occurred against Oklahoma State on the Cowboys’ home turf, 7-3. However, the NCAA championships should feature a much more friendly crowd this year—the tournament will be held nearby in Waco. Six of the Mustangs’ matches were against top-10 teams in the nation, including a back-to-back against No. 3 Auburn and No. 1 Georgia at the beginning of the season. SMU managed to defeat No. 4 Texas A&M, 9-3, back in February.
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everyone, including herself. She had sacrificed everything to go to Beijing. It had been her dream since she was 11-years-old. Just like that, it
was gone. Then fate stepped in. After the nightmare of missing the games, du Toit wondered what she wanted
to do with her life. It had been two years since she had spoken with Wollman, but one night she had a dream that she had e-mailed him expressing interest in coming to compete for him. She woke up from the dream and headed to the computer to actually send him that e-mail. But there was already a message from Wollman in her inbox, again expressing interest in her becoming a Mustang. And that’s all it took. In a matter of weeks, she called the American Embassy, got a VISA and took the SAT. A stranger to the campus, du Toit arrived at SMU in time for the Fall 2008 semester. “I didn’t even blink about it. I had déjà vu even though I had never been to the SMU track before,” she said. Crediting Wollman for keeping her calm and assuring her everything would be OK, she soon fell in love with everything about Dallas. Set to graduate in May 2011, du Toit is fighting to attend a fourth year at SMU. The NCAA claims she participated competitively during her year of university in South Africa. Du Toit claims that because she was preparing for Beijing during that first year it should not be counted as one of her four competitive college years. Unlike the Beijing Olympics, the London Olympics seem to be at the perfect time for the athlete. If she were to be granted a fourth year at SMU, she would have until July of 2012 to qualify once she graduates. She began prepping for the games last year. While du Toit said she wants to throw for as long as she can, she already has plans for her life after she has finished competing. Simply put, she wants to “change the world.” She says that her time in Dallas has inspired her to return home one day and help the people of her country. “I want to take every single cent I earn after college and push it into the South African youth,” du Toit said. She also recognizes the negative relations between blacks and whites in South Africa and hopes she can do something one day to make the people realize the world does not need to discriminate. Du Toit always seems to be optimistic. She hopes this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa will improve relations among races. She also hopes that athletics will eventually open doors for her philanthropic plans. She is optimistic that she can achieve these goals. Du Toit’s world aspirations may seem naïve to some, but no one should dare say that to the girl who has already accomplished so many of her dreams.
As regular season ends Mustangs look to C-USA By BRITTANY LEVINE Associate Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The SMU women’s golf team finished in 12th place out of 18 teams at the Baylor Invitational Monday and Tuesday. The tournament, held in Waco,
was the Mustangs’ final regular season competition. As a team, SMU carded 973. The Baylor team, which came in first place, shot 904. SMU freshman Felicia Espericueta fared best for SMU with a score of 240. In the three rounds of play she shot 84, 75 and 81.
Junior Tia Gannon followed close behind at 242. Gannon shot 83, 80 and 79. Up next for the Mustangs are the Conference USA Championships. They will be held April 18-20 in Hattiesburg, Miss. At last year’s C-USA
Championships, SMU came in seventh place out of ten teams. The team’s final score was 1,022. Then senior Kate Ackerson tied for sixth place overall at 238. Tulane University, ranked No. 33 at the time, took home the title with a total score of 933.
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hen I first heard of John Paul Stevens’s decision to retire from the Supreme Court, I felt a tinge of sadness that America was losing so idiosyncratic a juror. Never again will the Nathaniel French monolithic sea of black robes in court portraits be brightened by a colorful bow tie (barring a surprise decision by President Obama to name conservative pundit Tucker Carlson as Stevens’s replacement). Alas, the bow tie shall be missed. Once I’d spent a respectful amount of time mourning this loss, I began wondering whom Obama will tap to fill the vacancy. Conventional wisdom says that he will choose from three candidates: Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Elena Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School and current U.S. Solicitor General. All three are fine choices—Kagan in particular impresses me—but I harbor hope that Obama might pick someone really
surprising, like Richard Posner, the conservative heavyweight who sits on the same bench as Wood, or David Friedman, whose work on the intersection of economics, society and law has been fascinating. Either would certainly make for an interesting confirmation process, to say the least. Assuming Obama chooses someone qualified, Senate Republicans will have to decide whether to gracefully defer to the executive’s authority or use ideological objections to stall the president’s agenda. Recent history doesn’t give me much hope that civility will trump politics. When Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the court last summer, Republicans rushed to call the woman nominated to be the first Hispanic justice a racist. While some, like Senator Lyndsey Graham, behaved admirably, the vast majority of the minority party acted like children. It’s hard to imagine the GOP suddenly embracing an Obama nominee with the midterms looming and the bitter fight over health care a notso-distant memory. But Republicans should think twice about a kneejerk reaction to Obama’s nominee. They should of course take their role of advice and consent seriously; should Obama nominate someone
egregiously under-qualified or shockingly out of the mainstream, respectful opposition would be the appropriate course of action for Democrats as well as Republicans. If, however, Obama’s choice is reasonable, Republicans will have a chance to prove themselves more than just a “party of no.” Both parties have behaved abysmally in recent Supreme Court battles, forcing confirmation hearings into a spiral of posturing and obstructionism. The first party to break with that tradition will have proven itself a relief from the partisan gridlock that’s befallen Washington. Supporting Obama’s choice wouldn’t just be the right thing to do—it’d be good politics, too. Obama won the presidency with huge electoral and popular majorities. As Graham said during the Sotomayor hearings, “elections matter.” Republicans will almost certainly not be ecstatic about whomever Obama chooses, but they should approach his nomination with the respect and openmindedness befitting a minority party. Nathaniel French is a junior theater major. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
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he only household chore I do well is grocery shopping. I am that person that walks up and down every aisle. I do stare at the wall of yogurt flavors like a child in a candy shop. And I will find any excuse to make it to Kroger at any time, day or night. But like usual, I still have some personal grievances to discuss. My first concerns some basic road rules. I feel Logan Masters for the elderly, really I do, but when grandma clogs my cereal aisle, I have to restrain myself from resorting to road rage. I’m not sure how it happened, but somewhere between the parking lot and the entrance of the grocery store, a thought occurred to me. Maneuvering your cart should mimic automotive driving. There is no explanation for the mass chaos that occurs at the end of the aisle. Coming to a full stop, looking both ways, checking for wayward children and only then proceeding through the intersection is not only admirable but common sense. And remember the days when we had the option of paper or plastic? The days when our answer reflected personal preference rather than environmental perspective and political orientation? Those days are long gone. Now I’m judged by how I respond to the question. And I’ll fill you in on a little secret: It’s a trick question. When asked paper or plastic, you should respond, “canvas.” For those of you who are loyal readers, you may be anticipating my next grievance: exploitation of the consumer through self-checkout lines. These lines are the contemporary alternative to the traditional cashier. In order to save money, grocery stores have employed machines that speak to you in a stereotypical manner appropriate for suburban shopping – a white, middle-aged, articulate and feminine voice. It’s quite soothing until an attendant has to be notified and the process is halted because of my inability to bag the groceries appropriately. But why should I be punished for performing a sub-standard job that I am not trained, employed or paid to accomplish? After supporting Kroger with my hardearned money, I would appreciate someone else scanning my barcodes and manually identifying my fruits and vegetables. Clearly these annoyances call for a solution suitable for our generation: online grocery shopping. Our culture is quick to fix every problem through an online avenue. Don’t like standing in line waiting to buy something? Don’t! Purchase it online. Bored at work? Surf the internet! Sick? Self-diagnosis through WebMD! Don’t know where to start with your history paper? Wikipedia! The Internet has become a sorry substitute for human interaction. When we need information, advice, products, diagnosis or even socialization we turn to a cyberspace alternative. The more we give into the “convenience” of doing things over the Internet, the more we lose quality of life. I understand that many people find Tom Thumb, Albertsons and the like overwhelming and tedious, but let’s not be so quick to alleviate that frustration via the World Wide Web. Just as the Kindle threatens the integrity of the written word, online supermarkets threaten the preservation of human interaction, and human-computer interaction is sadly becoming a larger part of modern life. So, the next time you have an itch for information or a need to consume, venture into the real world to do so. While you’re at it, make eye contact, give a smile and make grocery shopping your hobby. Logan Masters is a junior sociology major. She can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
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ime for this week’s news quiz: Which head-of-state recently said that the west and the United Nations attempted to perpetrate fraud in last year’s Afghan presidential election? Hint: It’s the same person that said that the Nathan Mitzner U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is coming close to being seen as an invading force, giving the Taliban insurgency legitimacy as a natural resistance, and that he would join the Taliban if the president of Afghanistan was not permitted to assume control of that country’s Electoral Complaints Commission from the United Nations? Sounds like someone with a deep-seated hostility— even hatred—towards the United States. Might it be Iran’s America-bashing president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? While he certainly does not wish America well anywhere in the world, Ahmadinejad was not the source of this particular diatribe. Perhaps it was Hugo Chavez, who never misses an opportunity to needle Yanqi imperialism? Not him, either. Well then, it must have been Osama bin Laden in one of his recent audiotape messages. Wrong again. Give up? It was none other than Hamid Karzai. Karzai? No way! Isn’t he the president of Afghanistan, the country whose people the U.S.-led military forces freed from the repressive Taliban more than eight years ago, enabling Karzai to become, by hook or by crook (mostly by crook) that country’s leader? Doesn’t he govern a nation being rebuilt, topto-bottom, by untold billions of American dollars? Isn’t he the corrupt ruler who, despite allying himself with some of the country’s most notorious warlords, would likely be overthrown either by his erstwhile allies or the Taliban within months, if not weeks, without the support of American and allied troops? Unfortunately it was, indeed, Karzai, whose harangue against his benefactors seems to cast doubt as to his reliability in the fight against terror. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! In 2004, after it was reported that American soldiers headed to Iraq were often not being equipped with the latest and best armor, a serviceman queried then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a Q and A session about that less-than-ideal situation. Rumsfeld famously replied that, “You go to war with the Army you have, not with the Army you wish you had.” It seems that the same can be said about our wartime allies. Both in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have had no choice but to cast our lot with some rather unsavory characters. Sure, we would love to have the next Nelson Mandela emerge to inspire his Afghan or Iraqi countrymen with benevolent governance and noble pronouncements about a brighter future. Unfortunately, it seems that the best we can come up with are folks like Nouri Al-Maliki in Iraq and Karzai in Afghanistan, the latter of whose
brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, is reportedly involved in one of the largest heroin-distribution operations in southern Afghanistan (and you thought Billy Carter was a problem brother). So what are we to do with Karzai? Wouldn’t threatening to withdraw our troops unless he relaxes his western-aimed invective get his attention? Probably not. First, he knows that we would be bluffing. As Alex Their, a much-respected Afghan analyst recently noted, “There are no better angels about to descend on Afghanistan.” Put another way, as much as we may dislike this guy, his replacement will probably be even worse. Moreover, Karzai knows that we know that sobering fact, robbing us of whatever leverage over him we otherwise might have. Second, the far bigger picture dictates that we quietly work with Karzai and his cronies to work out whatever differences we may have rather than engage in counterproductive public jousting. Remember why we are in Afghanistan with a force soon to number (not counting our allies’ contributions) one hundred thousand. We are there not to be Karzai’s enabler, though that appears to have been the invasion’s unavoidable by-product, but, after having removed from power the Taliban and its cohorts—including Al-Qaeda, which perpetrated 9/11—to prevent them from re-establishing a terrorist sanctuary and training base in that country. In other words, we have committed our money and manpower to that far away and inhospitable land to safeguard this country from attack and to protect the freedoms which we hold dear. If we need to suffer rogues like Karzai in the process, so be it, though it would be most helpful were he to get serious about building the foundations of a stable and less-corrupt government which will play an even larger role than military might in winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan populace and keeping the Taliban at bay. With Karzai, however, it appears we’ll have to take whatever we can get. If it is any consolation, throughout its wartime history America has had to join forces with far more heinous allies. A prime example occurred during the Second World War, which saw America partner not only with democratic Great Britain and its great wartime prime minister but with communism as well, as represented by the Soviet Union and its tyrannical leader, Joseph Stalin, who may have been responsible for even more deaths than the epitome of evil against whom we formed a coalition of convenience. Compared to Stalin, Karzai is a paragon of virtue. If we survived Stalin, no doubt we can make do with Karzai. But he does make one hark back to the good old days when the CIA was in the coup-engineering business. Nathan Mitzner is a junior risk management insurance major. He can be reached for comment at nmitzner@smu. edu.
ideo games are a part of my life. I’ve played them since elementary school when I was introduced to them at the daycare I attended after school. I still remember the first time I picked up a Super Nintendo controller and Stephen Lu realized that the character on the screen would respond to my directions. It took just a few tries and soon I was more than proficient at guiding my character through the 2-D maze. I wouldn’t say I’m the best gamer ever, but I will say I’m good and experienced and knowledgeable about games. And every time I open another article or see an “expert” on TV talking about the negative effects of video games on people, I really wonder if they have any experience themselves. Video games can be violent, sexually explicit and disturbing. However, the same can be said for movies, books, television and the Internet, none of which are as heavily criticized as video games. None of them promote physical activity and all of them will strain your eyes if you look at them too long. But critics will always hone in on one angle: video games are the only media in which you are actually controlling the action and are therefore responsible for what takes place. In movies and books, you are simply a bystander and observer as the main character guns down his foes. In video games, you are the one pulling the trigger. So if the player is also the character and critics of video games claim that the player is simply a manifestation of the character and directly responsibly for his actions, we should use their criticism to create games that are beneficial to youngsters. In the same way that movies can bring books to life, video games can take an observer and place him into the actual story. If you can, imagine yourself playing the roles of Ishmael and Captain Ahab as you sail the seas in search of the mighty whale, Moby Dick. The storyline, the characters and their lines would all be the same. The only difference would be that you were the main character. And that is the main appeal of video games: to, for a few hours, become someone other than whom you are in reality and lose yourself in fantasy. Teachers and professors alike have difficulty in forcing students to do their reading, especially if the book is dull and boring. Even movies sometimes fail to capture our attention, as we can’t do anything to change the speed of the action. Video games, on the other hand, can do just that. If you don’t want to advance the storyline just yet, you can keep exploring your surroundings or talk to strangers instead. Of course, the developers would have to add additional aspects to the game to keep it from turning into just a movie. But so long as those new parts don’t detract from the storyline, there isn’t any harm in having characters collect coins to purchase new clothing or solve puzzles to earn points. In fact, it would keep gamers interested and wanting to play more. Games like the Final Fantasy series have long been heralded for their imaginative story, settings and characters. And yet I would say that those stories are not superior to stories like “Hamlet,” “Moby Dick” or “Paradise Lost.” The developers wouldn’t even have to come up with an original storyline and characters. It’s already laid out in front of them. Game developers have not really tried to step into this realm (“Dante’s Inferno” doesn’t count; the game has no plot and is all action. It is completely the opposite of what I’m suggesting). However, it is an idea worth considering, especially since if it is successful, critics will have nothing to criticize. Their silence would be the biggest reward of all. Stephen Lu is a senior journalism major. He can be reached for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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preparing for careers, and are scoping out Mr. Man-for-the-moment rather than Mr. Right. Because women are emphasizing their sexual freedom, men assume they accept the hookup culture. Although it is a positive step for women that they are now able to express their sexual desires in a way they hadn’t been able to, control has proven difficult for many young women. Flirting can be fun for some, but there’s a line where flirting becomes more–– a line crossed all too often. Young women now have the ability to set boundaries themselves, versus past generations when they were set by society. Denise Roberts, a social worker in the counseling field said, “Many girls that I speak with feel as though they are equaling the score, so to speak, by having casual sex with guys. ‘After all,’ one teen told me, ‘they get power from putting a notch on their bedposts so why can’t we?’ “The truth is, I have never met a girl who was happy about her decision to hook up,” she said. “Most say that they feel dirty and guilty after their brief encounters. Often I hear stories
of extreme fear that ‘someone will find out’ about the encounter and a gossip trail will begin.” However, women aren’t all to blame. Our high-demand society does not value long relationships and quality time. The media has also affected and supported the hookup culture and their activities. “It seems that easy sex is rampant on college campuses today, but new research reveals that students really want romance,” according to the U.S. Catholic Interview. An anonymous college student confessed in the U.S. Catholic Interview, “It makes me feel terrible when there’s a cute girl and I ask her out and she replies condescendingly, ‘Who dates anymore?’ How am I supposed to reply to that?” He closed with a statement of contempt for the current dominant domain. “The social norms among college students are designed to prevent people from having relationships, even if they want them!”
SENATE: Legislation introduced Sundays from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. The first-year senators intend to extend these hours, in RFoC and/or Mac’s Place, to provide students with more dining options on the weekends. Student Body President Patrick Kobler wrote a fifth piece of legislation introduced to the Senate. His legislation requests the implementation of a senate seat for transfer students. Kobler sought to introduce a transfer seat because he said that having to wait up to nine months to vote on body officers (which is how long it takes for some transfer students to gain enough
hours to participate in voting) is too long. By having a transfer seat, the transfer students could speak with their corresponding senator about any issues or concerns they may have. Student Senate Chief-of-Staff Alex Ehmke authored the last piece of legislation. Ehmke saw a need for better audio in the Ford Stadium and wants to gain Senate’s support in helping the SMU administration augment or replace the current sound system.
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According to John Holloway, director of chapter services of the international headquarters for Lambda Chi, the membership review came after a “thorough and sophisticated assessment” from which chapter alumni and international headquarters “corroborated reports of hazing, drug use in the chapter house and risky behaviors with little to no consequence at any level within the organization.” “None of us saw any of this coming,” sophomore William Crouse said. Crouse resigned from LXA after the membership review did not expel him. He had been the social chair. Members were notified of their expulsions by letters dropped off at Hughes-Trigg. Many members’ mothers were in attendance because it was Mothers’ Weekend for the fraternity. “The room went pandemonium,” Haake said. “Some people were crying, people were screaming, moms were yelling—moms didn’t know what was going on, moms still don’t understand, we still don’t understand.” Expelled members lost their standing in the organization and cannot live in the LXA house, wear insignia with the LXA letters or represent themselves as members of LXA. Expelled members will be given pro-rated refunds for dues, housing and meals. Those who lived in the house, both expelled and resigned, were given hotel accommodations paid for by LXA for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night. After Tuesday, Alumni Control Board member and SMU alumnus (’05) Andrew Baker said the fraternity does not have an obligation for housing those members. Campus housing is being made available by SMU. Thirty-one brothers lived in the house before the membership review, and all but eight have been expelled or have resigned. “I’d rather take the charter from the ritual room downstairs, walk it across the street and give it to SAE than have 20 kids carry on what used to be our name,” Haake said. “A fraternity of 20 men can’t compete.”
Among those expelled included all but three of the fraternity officers. Four freshmen that had only been full members for a week and a half were also expelled. They had been associate members for eight weeks. “They paid [pledge dues] to have a miserable f**king existence,” Haake said. “Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity intends to further grow and develop a collaborative relationship with the SMU campus community and administration by ensuring our chapter provides a quality co-curricular experience where every man is treated with equality and respect,” Holloway wrote in an e-mail. “We recognize that it is unfortunate for some that such an action was needed to identify individuals who exemplify our core values and traditions.” Members each sat for a 15-minute interview with alumni during the membership review. SMU did not play a role in these proceedings and had no role in expelling members. Holloway said the interviews “seek to establish better understanding in regards to chapter operations and the fitness of each individual in the restructuring and refocusing of the chapter.” LXA had been placed on probation for risk management violations by the international headquarters in January 2009. According to Holloway, the chapter was making “little progress” on completing the probation terms and additionally, “they had two more risk management incidents which violated state and local laws, General Fraternity laws and the policy of SMU.” The chapter then asked, in October, to be allowed to impose a self-governing
plan that would correct their behaviors to the brotherhood’s core values. However, Holloway wrote that the chapter “provided zero evidence” that they were following this plan, even after repeated promises to the contrary. “In late February there were some efforts beginning to be reported, but the local alumni had reason to believe that there was still questionable behavior going on,” Holloway wrote. “Issues continued to arise and more focus on social enjoyment rather than responsible adherence to the standards of the brotherhood.” Blair and Haake denied that the fraternity had engaged in rampant drug use and hazing. They said interviews were taken out of context and misconstrued. They also said the LXA headquarters had failed to tell them exactly why they were being kicked out. “I will die not knowing why I was kicked out of my fraternity,” Haake said. “They’ll never tell me.” Expulsion letters cited “conduct unbecoming of a gentleman, failure to act for the good of the Fraternity or committing an act detrimental to the Fraternity, violation of an oath of membership and violation of a Mandatory Policy Resolution approved by the General Assembly of the Fraternity.” LXA members took part in an assessment three weeks ago. In that assessment, the chapter took part in small group conversations and large group processing of where bad choices were still being made and what would be needed for that to change. That assessment’s results led to Saturday’s membership review. The international headquarters sent the
university a letter last week about the assessment. Baker said he doesn’t blame anyone for being upset or disappointed. “I think that’s normal and expected,” he said. “I think the mood is getting better. I think that comes with time and people understanding that what’s done is done—good or bad—and the only way we can go is forward.” Members in good standing and alumni are both meeting at this time to discuss the future of the fraternity. Haake and Blair predicted that even more members and alumni would resign in the coming weeks. “My sense is that right now things are moving in the direction that they need to,” Baker said. “My sense is that the young alumni support is good right now, and I think there are enough people in this house and chapter to lead recruitment efforts beginning as early as this summer and going into the fall.” Holloway also said that LXA’s future at SMU will move forward. “We have enjoyed a long and valued presence in the history of SMU,” Holloway wrote. “Be assured that the chapter alumni and international fraternity agree that this will allow us to invest in and become known for profound accomplishments for our brotherhood moving forward at SMU.” Expelled members have the opportunity to appeal the international office’s decision. Haake and Blair say appealing the decision is not worth it. “I can honestly say that I regret my fraternity experience 100 percent,” Blair said. “And that I will look back on it as all being just full of sh*t.” —News Editor Taylor Adams contributed to this report.
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• Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Daily Campus
SMUT Dawgs bare all about new season, softball By LAUREN SMART
Where do you see your softball skills taking you?
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Meet SMUT Dawgs: the failing intramural flag football team. Last year, they went 6-0 or was it 0-6? They don’t even know as they aren’t particularly sportssavvy. What is interesting about SMUT Dawgs is not their record or their lack of football skills, they’re still worth watching… because well, they’re a mini-series on youtube and they’re pretty freaking funny. This semester they’re changing things up, as they have taken on several new students and have taken more time to see that the show had a planned direction before they launched into filming. What started on somewhat of a whim has now turned into an extremely (well maybe not extremely) organized venture. We had several stars and the executive producer of this season and last season sit down and answer some questions for The Daily Campus, to talk about season two, being atheletically challenged and their latest endeavor: softball.
What’s the story behind SMUT Dawgs? Brigham Mosley: Ask Chris, he’s always holding that “executive producer” title over our heads. Chris McCreary: S-M-U-Theatre “SMUT” Dawgs has been a long-standing tradition in the theatre department as the Intramural Sports team for theatre majors. I was driving through the New Mexican desert on a beautiful summer day in June of ‘09, and it dawned on me: What if we were to make a mini series about theater majors playing intramural flag football? John Paul Green: Then Chris approached me one day and said, “Hey you’re the funniest guy I know. Write a web series for me?” Donny Repsher: We realize (or, most of us realize) that on the whole, we are not the most athletically inclined individuals. So how do we compensate? We make a mini-series.
In what ways have you as an individual benefited the mini-series?
John Paul Green: To the top. I’ve been in talks to play Chip McDermick in the biopic of his life. You’re well aware that Chip McDermick overcame great obstacles to become the first male coach of a softball team. Fitting that I’m playing the coach. Chris McCreary: Well if this whole theatre thing doesn’t work out, I’m going to pursue a career in professional Co-Ed Intramural Softball.
Photo courtesy of SMUT Dawgs
SMUT Dawgs in a huddle last season Brigham Mosley: Straight to the bank! You’re paying us, right Chris?
Meet John Paul Green, the Napoleon-esque coach; Donny Repsher the questionably well-liked juvenile deliquent; Chris McCreary executive producer, creator and boy genius; and Brigham Mosley the break-out star this season. Their answers to our deep questions are revealing, honest and rarely heartwarming.
What will this season look like? Photos courtsey of Bill McCarthy
Chris McCreary planning out season two.
Have the SMUT Dawgs always been this bad at sports?
Is there any jealousy amongst the cast?
Chris McCreary: When I got here, we were actually pretty good. We won games. Since then...it’s all been a spiral spinning horribly out of control. So we decided to film the spiral.
John Paul Green: Yeah, I think it’s a given. Being the most talented person around, obviously people are gonna get jealous of Papa Bear. But I take care of my cubs.
John Paul Green: Well, I’ve never been good at sports. My father wouldn’t let me play, told me they were girl sports, so I didn’t play. Please note, my father is not a sexist.
Brigham Mosley: Pretty sure people get upset that I get the best costumes and funniest lines.... but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
Which cast member is the most well-liked? John Paul Green: Me, me, me, me. Everyone loves me. Ask anyone here. Brigham Mosely: I think we all dislike each other pretty evenly. Chris McCreary: We tell Donny it’s him. But that’s because he’s horribly, debilitatingly insecure. I’d say it’s Muneeb Rehman as our bigtalk, no walk, ladies man.
John Paul Green: Combine Friday Night Lights, Forrest Gump, and Hairspray and you’ve got this season. I’m kidding. It’s gonna be amazing, with twists and turns around every corner. Chris McCreary: This season is different because we’re playing a new sport, and for the first time: a Co-Ed intramural sport. However we are NOT playing official Intramural softball, production of the series proved too difficult to try and capture live games and rely on our athletic ability to guide the direction of the show, and still keep the show interesting Brigham Mosley: Sexy. Donny Repsher: This season, we have a little more creative license to sculpt the show as we see fit, since we are not actually involved in the schoolsponsored intramural softball league.
Donny refused to comment.
Brigham Mosley: My ability to turn any line of text into a catch phrase. This is my first season, and thank God, I’m really revolutionizing the show for the better. Chris McCreary: My official role for the series is “executive producer”, but I’m also directing, co-writing and editing the show I’d say the fact that I’m awesome has had the most benefit. AND my humility! I always forget to emphasize just how humble I am. John Paul Green: As the Writer, I’m allowed to yell a lot more. I also play the coach so I’m pretty much always yelling. As for my benefit to the show? No idea. PONY UP! YEAH! LET’S GO MUSTANGS! See? I’m yelling again.
Season Two’s premiere goes online today, make sure you catch what promises to be a hilarious show. And hey, if it’s not funny- now you know who to file your complaints with. www.youtube.com/SMUTdawgs