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Dallas Hall first opened in 1915, the start of SMU’s first academic school year. Over the years, campus has changed, but the SMU icon remains the

Residential groundbreaking kicks off annual Founder’s weekend SARAH KRAMER Editor in Chief skramer@smu.edu The centennial flag was raised and fireworks filled the sky above Dallas Hall last April as SMU celebrated its 100th birthday. While President R. Gerald Turner remarked that it was a day to commemorate the first 100 years of the school, he emphasized the progress to be made in the upcoming years — especially those before 2015, the centennial of the year the doors of Dallas Hall first opened to students. This weekend SMU will again celebrate new initiatives as it embarks on the groundbreaking of the Residential Commons Friday at 12:30 p.m. near the Doak Walker Plaza on the southeast corner of campus. Along with the initial construction of the five new residential buildings, SMU will

also celebrate the building of the new world-class intercollegiate tennis center, Health Center and Band Hall. “I look forward to celebrating the transformation of the campus with the groundbreaking of the Residential Commons while we mark the beginning of new campus construction and renovation,� Brad Cheves, vice president for development and external affairs, said. “It’s a milestone that we will remember for a long, long time.� As part of the second annual Founder’s Day weekend, the Hilltop is packed with alumni, current students and professors all celebrating the founding and accomplishments of the university. “We are looking forward to seeing alumni re-connect with their favorite professors, in the classes and at the picnic,� Provost Paul Ludden said. While having alumni return

to campus is a highlight for the administration, current students feel privileged to be a part of the centennial celebration. “The excitement and energy are palpable! Knowing that I am part of the Centennial Class reminds me that I have been lucky enough to serve as an instrumental part of SMU’s history, legacy and growth,� Adriana Martinez, student trustee to the board, said. “More than ever, my class has been an invaluable contributor to the conversations that will shape the future of our alma mater.� At a time when SMU announced it’s entrance to the Big East and welcomed legendary coach and hall of famer Larry Brown to the Hilltop, many students say they couldn’t be more proud to be a Mustang. “This is a time of celebration, innovation, and growth of our university in all regards, and I love having the opportunity to witness

and participate in the festivities,� junior Esther Liu said. “There has never been a time in the history of SMU where so much is happening at once, academically, athletically, financially and physically, and I take great pride in being able to identify with the growing prominence of our university.� The festivities kick off with the Parent Leadership Council Meeting Friday at 10 a,m. and end Saturday with family day at the Meadows Museum. “This weekend is quickly becoming one of my favorite SMU traditions, and I know that our campus community, alumni and friends are anticipating a wonderful two days on the Hilltop,� Dr. Lori White, vice president of student affairs, said.

Brown says ‘yes’ to the Hilltop BILLY EMBODY Staff Writer wembody@smu.edu Larry Brown has agreed to become the next men’s head basketball coach at SMU, Steve Orsini, SMU’s athletic director, announced in a statement Thursday. Terms of the contract have not yet been released and a press conference has not been set. But, a source said there will be more information Friday. Brown comes to SMU as the only head coach to win both an NCAA title and a NBA Championship, having won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and an NCAA title with Kansas in 1988. Brown was enshrined in the Basketball

Hall of Fame as a coach on Sept. 27, 2002. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at SMU,� Brown said in a statement from SMU. “I’ve built so many relationships in the basketball world and my success has been due to the coaches I’ve played for and the players I’ve coached. I want to thank them all. I always thought of myself as a college coach and this gives me a wonderful chance to get back where I started.� Orsini and other members of the athletic department are also excited about the new addition. “Larry Brown is one of the top coaches in the history of the game,� Orsini also said in a press release.

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A tour through the university’s tunnels ASHLEY TANAKA Contributing Writer atanaka@smu.edu Students across campus have heard numerous stories about former Mustangs who dared the underground tunnels connecting Meadows Museum to Dallas Hall. While it’s been rumored that these tunnels are dimly lit, narrow and very warm, it’s never been verified if one can actually explore what lies beneath. What students do know is that the SMU underground utility tunnels contain the campus’ water and air conditioning supplies. Groups such as Urban Explorers attempted to go through these service tunnels in the early ‘90s.

Jim Marlow, an SMU grad from the early ‘90s, blogged about how he was able to go from a mechanical room in Mary Hay Hall to Umphrey Lee, where he and his friends were able to “raid� the cafeteria for food. To dispel the rumor and stories, SMU mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer Larry Helpert shared the 411 on the SMU underground utility tunnels. A tour of what it would be like to attempt this mission from McElvaney Hall to Umphrey lee showed that not many students would want to attempt it. All entrances of the utility tunnels are now secured with padlocks and keycards. In the past, Helpert said, the

entrances were not as secure, but after Sept. 11, SMU secured all entrances. After Helpert used his keycard, access to the underground tunnels was granted. The tunnels are three to five feet high and about three feet wide and chilled water and steam pipes take up the majority of the space. “Guess this isn’t the maintenance department’s first priority,� Helpert said. Helpert showed a current map of the utility tunnels, proving that it is very unlikely for a student to be able to go from McElvaney to Umphrey Lee — if one were to get past the secured door. A dated map of campus preHughes-Trigg Student Center showed that it was very possible

for someone (if they could get past locked doors) to easily accomplish the mission. But today, not so much. Hughes-Trigg is a major roadblock in this mission. Around the corner, one would face a tight squeeze where he or she would have to crawl through debris for a good 10 to 15 feet to get across. This makes it very unlikely for students to do so. In all, this urban legend is true and false. Either way, with high security measures and not the most pleasant environment, let’s just let the utility tunnels do what they do best: provide warm water and air conditioning to all happy SMU kids.

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The promenade will extend from the Hughes-Trigg south to Binkley Ave.

Walkway to connect north, south campus SARAH KRAMER Editor in Chief skramer@smu.edu SMU’s goal to renovate and enhance campus during the second century campaign continues with the addition of a centennial promenade — a pedestrian walkway connecting the HughesTrigg Student Center with the Residential Commons. Thanks to the Crain Foundation, the Crain Family Centennial Promenade will link the northern end of campus with

the south side. “Crain family members have long-standing ties to SMU, and we are grateful for their vision and generosity in providing this beautiful addition to the campus,� President R. Gerald Turner said in a statement released from SMU Thursday. “The Crain Family Centennial Promenade will serve as an appropriate capstone to new construction taking place now and into 2015, when we

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THEN AND NOW: F O U N D E R ’ S D AY FA S H I O N A lot can change in 100 years and popular fashions are no different. Bright checked shirts for men were spotted everywhere on campus in the 1960s, often paired with dressy slacks and horn-rimmed glasses. Women dressed conservatively at SMU in the 1930s, but knew how to add pops of color into their ensembles, like a striped skirt or bright loafer. Although these styles might be decades old, styles always comes full circle. These looks are an updated take on trends that take us back in time. — Shelby Foster, Style Editor

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A Centennial Celebration at 12:30 p.m. in Doak Walker Plaza President Briefing at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall Centennial Movie Night screening of “Forrest Gump” at 7:30 p.m. on Dallas Hall lawn

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Centennial Golden Mustangs Reunion at 8 a.m. in SMU Centennial Hall Family Day at Meadows Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meadows Museum

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BROWN: Basketball revitalized continued from page 1

“He is a legend and has made every team he has ever coached a winner. As we transition into the nation’s top basketball conference, the BIG EAST, his leadership will be invaluable.” Brown’s staff, which was not announced in the press release, is rumored to be filled with Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich, who is expected to be named in a “head coach in waiting” title. Jerrance Howard, former Illinois assistant coach, and Rod Strickland, former Kentucky operations staff member, are also going to be part of the coaching staff. Howard is credited with being an ace recruiter and served on John Calipari’s staff this past year when Kentucky won the

national championship. Brown has the sixth most coaching wins in NBA history with 1,098 career victories. He led his teams to 18 playoff appearances, eight 50-win seasons, seven division titles, three conference championships and one NBA championship. Brown was recently head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, guiding the team to the franchise’s firstever playoff appearance in 2010. Charlotte was the eighth different team he led to the postseason — an NBA record. With such a long and successful career, Brown has developed an impressive coaching tree. Among those that have served on Brown’s staffs are Calipari, Gregg Popovich, Bill Self, Mark Turgeon. Tad Boyle

and Danny Manning and are among those who have played for Brown. “From an educational perspective, hiring a teacher of the game like Larry Brown will make a huge impact on both our studentathletes and our community as a whole,” President R. Gerald Turner said in a statement from SMU. “Athletics is an integral part of SMU and developing a winning basketball program will dramatically increase our national profile, while providing a rallying point for our students, alumni, faculty, staff and the city of Dallas.” The Daily Campus contacted the athletic department concerning the hiring process. However, Brad Sutton said that issue would be discussed at the press conference, which has yet to be set.

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celebrate the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening.” The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Moody Coliseum and other buildings will be visible and easily accessed from the promenade. “In addition to the quality of SMU’s programs, the beauty of our campus is a major attraction to prospective students,” Turner said in a press release. “The addition of this promenade

makes the campus more pedestrianfriendly, an attribute that helps build a sense of community.” With more than 2,000 members of the SMU community expected to celebrate the second annual Founder’s Day weekend April 20 and 21, students, alumni and faculty are invited to participate in the commemoration of the promenade by contributing $100. This money will go toward customized pavers from each

donor of the Crain Family Centennial Promenade. In previous years, the Crain Foundation also provided funding for the fountain in front of the Blanton Student Services Building. Current SMU students are excited about the new project. “It will make walking across campus very convenient for all involved. It’s the next logical step if we truly want a walkable campus,” Mehdi Hami, a first year, said.

Founder’s Day Weekend schedule Friday, April 20 10 a.m. Parent Leadership Council Meeting 12:30 p.m. A Centennial Celebration 1:30 p.m. Inside SMU 5 p.m. Picnic with the Profs 5:30 p.m. President’s Associates Reception 6:30 p.m. The President’s Briefing 7:30 p.m. Community Movie Night Saturday, April 21 8 a.m. Golden Mustangs Reunion 11 a.m. Family Day at Meadows Museum Check smudailycampus.com throughout the weekend for updates

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Community embraces Earth Day KATIE GODBOLD Contributing Writer kgodbold@smu.edu As Earth Day quickly approaches, members of the Earth Day Dallas team are working diligently to guarantee this year’s celebration runs smoothly. At the 2012 Earth Day Dallas festival at Fair Park on April 21 and 22, attendees can expect to dance to live music, attend workshops about environmentally friendly living, practice yoga, watch awardwinning films, and listen to special guests, including former first lady Laura Bush. The Earth Day Dallas team is anticipating more than 78,000 visitors, including guests from approximately 30 schools and universities, and more than 500 exhibitors over the course of the two-day festival. Whitney Marion, Program Manager of Taking Care of Texas, believes Mrs. Bush will bring enthusiasm to the event. Mrs. Bush founded Taking Care of Texas in 2011, with goals to conserve the state’s resources, water supplies and wildlife. Taking Care of Texas is helping with Earth Day Dallas’ festival by “joining them and other organizations to celebrate our state’s great landscape,” Marion said. “Mrs. Bush is just an amazing woman, not only very philanthropic, but also a great woman,” said Tice. “She’s going to add a different perspective,” said Rachel Tice, a project manager for Earth Day Dallas, believes the Bush will add a lot to this year’s celebration. There will be bins around the fairgrounds for recycling and composting. And the Earth Day Dallas crew will be using electrical golf carts to maneuver through the park.

The team is trying to their best to work around not using any generators, but if they have to, they will be bio-diesel fuel, Tice said. Last year, Earth Day Dallas was named the second largest celebration in the country, with 48,000 participants including 18 schools and universities. Earth Day Dallas started in September of 2010 when Trammel S. Crow took it upon himself to make the celebration in Dallas a big one. The 2011 Earth Day Dallas festival was held in the Dallas Arts District. Fair Park was chosen as the location this year in order to host a much bigger crowd, more exhibitors and more activities. Dallas’ celebration stands out from other cities’ efforts because of Crow’s vision, Tice said. Crow wanted the festival to be an educational experience that will change the way North Texans act towards the environment. In an interview with the Earth Day Dallas team, Crow said, “My hope is that people realize how much of a difference every single person can make, no matter their age, profession or current environmental awareness level.” Andrew Quicksall, the Director of the Southern Methodist University’s Sustainability Masters program, makes a daily effort to live in environmentally friendly ways. He and his family have their own organic garden, own just one car, and he has chosen a profession that teaches others the impact they can have on the environment. The mastermind behind the original Earth Day celebration was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson. The idea came to him after a devastating oil spill in 1969 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The first Earth Day celebration was on April 22, 1970 at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Since then it has been celebrated every year on April 22, with festivals and projects that encourage and teach people to live in environmentally

friendly ways. Ira Einhorn, an environmental activist, was the host of the first ever celebration. Many people admired Einhorn for bringing awareness to the environmental issues of that time. But he also had a dark side. Seven years after the first Earth Day, police found the decomposed body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk in his closet. Earth Day’s organizers have understandably distanced themselves from Einhorn’s name. After the first national Earth Day, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created, which led to the passage in 1970 of the Endangered Species and Clean Air, Clean Water Acts. According to Quicksall, the first Earth Day had a lot to do with the passing of that legislation. “I think that [Earth Day] was hugely popular in 1970, and it kind of had a down swing, but every time we come up on an anniversary it peaks again,” Quicksall said. And peak again it did. In 1990, Earth Day went worldwide when the celebration included more than 141 countries, elevating environmental awareness to a global stage. Earth Day’s efforts have focused attention around recycling and global warming in recent years. According to Tice, recycling one water bottle saves six hours of energy from a light bulb. It’s the little things, like recycling, that can make a huge difference to our environment. Global warming is another major problem the planet is facing today, experts say. The planet is suffering an increase in average temperatures due to the effect of greenhouse gases that trap heat to the earth. “It’s dominantly clear that [global warming] is a major issue facing our planet right now,” Quicksall said.


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Kevin Hart as Cedric in the rom-com “Think Like a Man.”

Kevin Hart talks comedy, his kids, career path CHASE WADE Managing Editor cdwade@smu.edu For comedian Kevin Hart, “Think Like a Man” hit a little too close to home. In the movie, Hart plays Cedric, a recent divorcee that is jaded on all things relationship. During the movie’s filming, Hart himself was also going through a divorce. Who says life doesn’t imitate art? “The role really helped me through my divorce,” Hart said. “It made me look back and form a friendship with the mother of my kids.” For Hart, juggling parenting and a thriving career as an actor is something hard. However, the comedian has developed a system to make sure his kids get the most out of their famous father. “On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I make sure not to schedule anything past 3 p.m.,” Hart said. “I want to give all the attention I can to my kids. They need to understand what their Dad does.” When Hart is not filming or with his kids, the actor perfects his comedy routine. With his roots well-established

in the comedy world, Hart will soon be only the fifth comedian ever to sell-out Madison Square Garden. “Comedy is me,” said Hart. “I don’t care how big my film career gets, I will always do comedy.” Hart claims that once a comedian stops telling jokes, it is hard to get back in the swing of things. “We’ve seen so many great comics step away from the stage and completely get lost,” said Hart. “I never want to lose my ability to make people laugh.” In “Think Like a Man,” Hart provides much of the comic relief. The actor claims that many of the scenes were improv. “During the basketball scene, we had about 30 takes of me just ripping apart Ron Artest,” Hart said. “We didn’t come onto set that day with a script at all.” Hart claims that while on set, the cast became family. Instead of retreating to their trailers in between takes, Hart says the ensemble chose to hang out and talk instead. “A lot of our conversations on set would mirror the dialogue during scenes,” Hart said. “We were like a family at the end of it all.”

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Jerry Ferrara, Gary Owens, Terrece Jenkins, Micheal Ealy and Romany Malco in a scene from “Think Like a Man.”

‘Think Like a Man’ revisits battle of the sexes CHASE WADE Managing Editor cdwade@smu.edu There is a certain set of conventions that surround typical “date-night” movies. Standard practice consists of a female lead with a busy job and “just no time for love” who ends up falling for the guy who brings out the best in her. We’ve all seen this story over and over again. Someone must have forget to pass along this rubric to the makers of “Think Like a Man,” a hysterical date-night movie that breaks the traditional molds of rom-com storytelling. Based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling self-help book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” the heavy casted movie tells vignette like stories of two groups of friends and the ups and downs of each other’s personal relationships. To say that this movie is

heavy-casted is almost an understatement. Director Tim Story has a practical army on his hands in terms of on-screen talents. However, unlike “New Years Eve” and “Valentine’s Day,” two other movies that rely on a huge cast, “Think Like a Man” seem genuine with every step it takes. Supreme actors like Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart and Micheal Ealy stand out in a star-studded ensemble. Even though the cast is large, it is necessary to tell the multiple story lines woven throughout “Think Like a Man.” Screenplay writers Keith Merryman and David Newman web together a series of small love stories that, of course, tie together perfectly when the end- credits begin to roll. Almost every relationship issue one can fathom is present in “Think Like a Man.” The movie introduces us to

story lines that deal with gender in the workplace, an action-figured obsessed boyfriend and a single mother who doesn’t know what time is the right time to introduce her son to her boyfriend. While most of the story is driven by minute conflict and some major overreacting, “Think Like a Man,” realizes that is primary purpose is to make people laugh. Generating most of the punch lines is Kevin Hart. In the movie, Hart plays Cedric, a recently divorced man who is in no way looking to get back in a serious relationship. Hart is a virtual scene-stealer in “Think Like a Man.” Whether it be him showing up on other couple’s dates or taunting Lisa Leslie during a pick-up game of basketball, Hart deliver oneliners that are certain to leave his audience in stitches. A surprisingly good performance comes from

relative unknown actress, Meagan Good. Good, a season television actress plays Mya. Mya has a problem trusting men and adopts a 90-day “no sex” rule after reading Harvey’s book. This poses as a problem when Mya finds herself dating Romany Malco’s Zeke, a notorious womanizer. As Zeke discovers the book himself and begins to use Mya’s tactics against her, the couple falls deeper in love. Essentially, the plot of “Think Like a Man” can be summarized by saying that a group of men wise-up and start acting their age after reading a self-help book, but this movie is much more. By telling the movie’s story from the eye’s of a man, “Think Like a Man” manages to bring a bit of freshness to an already stale genre. “Think Like a Man” opens in theaters nation wide today.

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Nasher sculpture center makes history with Erick Swenson collection MEREDITH CAREY Staff Writer mcarey@smu.edu

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Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Greta Gerwig, and Analeigh Tipton in a scene from Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress.”

A quirky, collegiate comedy for the ages CHASE WADE Managing Editor cdwade@smu.edu Talkative. That’s the first word to come to mind when speaking of Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress.” Stillman’s films always carry on as if they are some intimate conversation between the director and his camera. Nothing is different for “Damsels in Distress,’ a comingof-age frill fest that despite being contemporary in content seems aged on screen. Stillman somehow manages to make four 20-something collegiates seem old, wise and (ironically) sure of themselves. Indie-darling Greta Gurwig as Violet leads the film’s collegiate cast. Violet is a woman on a mission. At their fictional Seven

Oaks university (picturesque and preppy, just like SMU) Violet and her group of friends strive to keep the students from killing themselves. Taking a light look at a heavy subject, the girls’ best remedy for suicide prevention is goodsmelling soap and a fast-paced tap dancing routine. While soap and tap dancing may not seem like logical solutions for suicide prevention, in Stillman’s whimsy, suburban world, that’s all that is needed to keep a stressed collegiate at bay. The film opens on Violet and her group of friends inducing transfer student Lily into their exclusive group. Lily, played by “America’s Next Top Model” alumnus Analiegh Tipton, takes a liking to the group but manages to come off as more rooted than the rest of her comrades

While most of the film’s dialogue is packed full of Stillman’s signature sharp wit, the story begins to evolve after Violet’s bone-head boyfriend Frank cheats on her. This cause Violet’s perfect world to start crumbling down. Or as Violet puts it, “I like to say I’m in a tailspin.” Broken-hearted and beat down, Violet espaces the compounds of Seven Oaks. Aided by some seriously goodsmelling soap, Violet returns to Seven Oaks and continues on her quest to keep the students from killing themselves. Meanwhile, Lily develops a relationship with Adam Brody’s Fred Packenstacker. Deemed as an operator by British friend Rose, Packenstacker turns out to be much more of a character than originally presumed. So much of “Damsels in

Distress’” comes from Stillman’s stellar screenplay. With finese and precision, Stillman crafts a casual story that feels as if it is plucked out of a “Take Ivy” catalogue. While Stillman’s dialogue may seem too long-winded and dry for some, only the most observant of patrons will catch all of the film’s truly funny one-liners. Just like he did in “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco” Whit Stillman has constructed an entire cinematic world built upon the foundations of quirky characters with sharp tongues. As the collegiate world morphs from a land of cardigans and cufflinks to a sea of neon tanks and beer pong, Stillman reminds his audience just how angelic, charming and pleasant college life used to be.

For the first time in its history, the Nasher Sculpture Center is featuring a Dallasbased artist within its halls. Erick Swenson, a graduate of University of North Texas, is displaying his two latest artworks in the latest installment of the Sightings: New Art series. The series invites both established and emerging contemporary sculptors to create new work based in the modernist style. Swenson first gained international attention when his work was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York in 2004. Swenson’s sculptures are held in the Whitney’s permanent collections now, as well as the collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Saatchi Collection in London. “The Nasher Sculpture Center is thrilled to be the first museum in Dallas to feature the works of Erick Swenson, who has lived and worked in Dallas since the late 1990s. Mr. Swenson created two new works in the exhibition, Scuttle and Schwärmerei, both of which were completed in 2012,” said PR and Social Media Coordinator Julius Pickenpack. The sculptures are being held in the Lower Level Gallery, a space that the Nasher says allows the artist to create the appropriate theatrical setting for experiencing the exhibit. The artist employs meticulous detail and labor heavy techniques to crate

lifelike sculptures. The artworks take months, sometimes years, to construct, making Swenson’s art incredibly rare. “Erick Swenson received national and international acclaim for his polyurethane resin sculptures of animals. He specializes in making his sculptures look incredibly realistic,” Pickenpack said. The artist’s latest work continues his tradition of sculpting vignettes of animals trapped in fantastical circumstances. The two pieces of art, which make up the entirety of the exhibit, include a fullsize decomposing deer and an installation composed of a beer stein and hundreds of snails. Pickenpack said, “The works in Sightings: Erick Swenson continue to expand the artist’s exploration of the human experience through animal avatars.” The exhibit, which opened during the Dallas Art Fair last week and remains open to the public through July 8, will also include a discussion between Swenson and the Nasher’s curator Jed Morse on April 28. A part of the 360: Artists, Critics, Curators speaker series, Swenson will also show a slideshow of his recent work. “The 360 speaker series is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about the everexpanding art world. The talks are free with paid admission,” said Pickenpack. The Nasher invites students to visit both the exhibit and lecture, offering discounted admission Tuesday through Sunday with their SMU ID.


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Aramark’s meal plans lack spice Brad Ray bray@smu.edu For the majority of students at SMU, freshman year in Umphrey Lee is just a fact of life that you deal with in your first year or two and then finish. Some students, however, live on campus multiple years. I fall into the latter category. After three years of eating from the SMU Dining Plan, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the system. Recently, however, Aramark announced that they were changing the meal plan starting in the fall. Until this coming fall, I could pick between several combinations of swipes (some unlimited) and “Flex Dollars.” Next year, however, I am only given the options of seven days unlimited with $50 Flex or five days unlimited with $200 Flex. I realize that there may be some other options, but these are the only options covered by SMU under many scholarships. I think that these choices severely limit options for on campus students. The increased Flex dollars are great when you have two days without swipes, with one significant caveat. Personally, I would assume that I would use my five unlimited days during the week when I eat at Umph two or three times a day and perhaps a late night trip to Mac’s Place. That leaves me with only Flex dollars for the weekend. The main problem is that there are essentially no options available for Flex dollars on the weekend. I’m sure there is some logic behind Aramark’s decision, but I am unable to find any benefit for students. Perhaps the situation could be remedied if Flex dollars were eliminated and consolidated to Pony. What is the purpose in having two different currencies in addition to good ole’ dollars? The only difference it seems is the limitation of where one can use the different forms of payment. Basically, all Flex locations are closed on the weekend if not early Friday. Pony tends to be accepted at other locations off campus, which would significantly reduce the frustration with the five-swipe plan. A dining plan is supposed to provide food for students on campus, not force them off campus to eat on the weekends. This seems to be the path Aramark is taking. I don’t think it is any secret that the quality of food available drops precipitously after 2 p.m. on Fridays. This seems to be further pushing towards eliminating Umph on the weekends. Were I to take the five-swipe option, I would either have to find my own food off campus on Friday or try to survive eating for two weekdays every week of the semester for $200. I hope that Aramark reconsiders these new options. SMU wants to create a more vibrant campus where students do not evacuate at close of business Friday, but these new meal plan options do the opposite: they push students to leave on the weekends. Personally, I can drive twenty minutes up U.S.-75 to my parents’ house for food on the weekends (which I tend to do a lot due to the aforementioned food quality issue) but I know a lot of people don’t have that luxury. I hope that this is remedied in time for the fall in order to encourage students to enjoy being on campus rather than be forced to find food off campus. Brad is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering.

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Student Body President Austin Prentice, left, swears in Student Body Vice President Alex Ehmke, and Student-Body Secretary Martha Poole last year during Student Senate’s inauguration.

Senator refutes accusations, disputes portrayal in article Martha Poole mpool@smu.edu

Upon reading the investigative reporting article in last Monday’s edition of The Daily Campus, I was rather disappointed at its careless journalism, especially since it did not at all represent the information that I gave when interviewed. Before I had a chance to fully formulate a reply, I was further troubled to discover that Vice President Alex Ehmke’s response article was also full of misinformation, just like the article that he criticized. So, instead of responding to just one inaccurate article, I am now responding to two. I agree wholeheartedly with Ehmke’s statement “reporting must be done in a responsible way.” However, his article is hardly written any more responsibly than the one he attacks. He claims that while the article’s authors, “may have assumed that the information they gleaned from interviews with the student body secretary was accurate, responsible reporters would have realized that this source has no affiliation or direct experience on finance committee and therefore has no direct evidence to support the assertions she made.” This allegation lacks even rudimentary background investigation. If the vice president had questioned me, he would have learned that the article largely misrepresented the facts that I gave and wrongfully attributed information volunteered by various anonymous sources to myself. Notably, the vice president’s assertion that being a student body officer and keeping the Senate records is not an “affiliation” with the Finance Committee provides contradictory evidence against his statements that finance committee is a transparent and

straightforward organization. His claim that I know nothing about the committee because I have not directly served as a member indicates that the committee is secretive. Truly transparent organizations do not require “insider knowledge” and experience in order to have a solid understanding of how they operate. Additionally, he should recall that I was a member of last year’s summer Senate and helped to allocate approximately $25,000 to student organizations under the leadership of Finance Committee Chair Rachel Fox. During those meetings, I faithfully kept the minutes and participated in the entire allocation process. To the best of my knowledge, the only difference between summer Senate and the Finance Committee’s weekly meetings is that summer Senate’s funding decisions did not require the approval of the entire Senate chamber. Furthermore, finance committee chair Fox’s statement that “the organizations that receive the most money are the ones that have maintained a good relationship with the committee,” suggests an explanation for why organizations are afraid to ask questions and complain if they feel that they have been unjustly treated. After all, it is better to receive little or no funding and remain on the committee’s good side than to protest and perhaps incur penalties in the future. Ehmke refutes the claim that semester budget requests are reviewed in the order that they are received. However, this statement came from Chair Fox during her presentation of the Spring 2012 budget proposals before Senate. According to the official Student Senate minutes from Nov. 8, 2011, “Organizations were funded for the spring in the order that their requests were submitted.”

Interestingly, Student Senate itself was denied funding during the original round of allocations for the Spring 2012 semester while organizations lower in the alphabet received funding. This occurred because Vice President Ehmke failed to submit a budget request by the deadline. Senate eventually received its funding during the round of residual funding for organizations that had submitted funding complaints. Regarding his statement that the Political Science Symposium “has not put on a heavily attended event in my four years at SMU,” I find it noteworthy that the vice-president asked the PSS to donate its remaining funds to help sponsor the televised Dallas Mayoral Debate held on the SMU campus last spring, which he was heavily involved in organizing. This event was very well attended. The vice president seems to believe that I gave the impression that, “finance committee is a wholly secretive organization, responsible to no one, that doles out funds on a whim and fancy.” Given the article’s construction and his failure to seek clarification, that is an understandable conclusion. However, my goal in communicating with the authors was to help them out with their assignment by giving them an overview of Senate and pointing them in the right direction for specific answers for their questions. In reality, I outlined the current financing process for student organizations, told them where to find Senate documents online and in the Public Information Files, and gave them contact information for numerous individuals who were more intimately connected with the Finance Committee than myself. I also requested that they verify anything I said with other sources in order to have as unbiased an article as possible. When asked for leads for

their story, I suggested that they research the controversy over last year’s funding of the Muslim Students Association Fast-a-thon, the historical use of the presidential discretionary funding, the transition from legislative “bills” to weekly Finance Committee recommendations, and the more recent switch to the semester budget process. My mention of the Political Science Symposium was only to explain my personal experience as a member of a club that had been denied funding through not only the semester budgets but also the appeals process. I did not speak on behalf of either the PSS or Student Senate when interviewed. When the PSS was finally funded for some of its upcoming fall events, I followed-up with the authors to let them know. I was disappointed that the article made no mention of this. Regarding the article’s claims about the specific amount of funds that Senate allocates, I referred the authors to the Student Senate website. The article should have stated that they found the information there and drew their own conclusions. To set the record straight, I have no problem with Program Council or its current funding, and I had no part in the article’s conclusion that Program Council is unfairly monopolizing the student organization funding. Whether or not the authors actually contacted the people I referred them to was beyond my control. I also did not have control over what they wrote because they would not allow me to see the complete article to check for accuracy. For Ehmke to state that the entire article is based on the experience of a “single, spurned organization’s representative” is an equally “blind accusation.” Martha is a sophomore majoring in accounting.


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Mustang athletics is valuable in the past, present BILLLY EMBODY Staff Writer wembody@smu.edu SMU Athletics have come a long way from their early years to entering the Big East in 2013. SMU’s history includes many famous Mustangs and winning teams, tough times and one of the most important NCAA decisions in the 20th century with the Death Penalty falling on the football program. Long before the Heisman Trophy season of Doak Walker and his three years of being an AllAmerican at SMU on the football team, the team had a historic 146-3 loss to the Rice Owls in 1916 before joining the Southwest Conference

and staying until it was disbanded in 1996. The team did win SMU’s lone national championship in football in 1935 under first-year coach Matty Bell after a 12win season. SMU’s golf program topped out at number 16 in the rankings during the 2006 season. SMU’s Colt Knost was named ConferenceUSA’s player of the year after the 2007 season and went on to set the EDS Byron Nelson Championship record for an amateur by shooting a 64. One of SMU’s most famous alumni is Payne Stewart, who died in a tragic plane crash in 1999 while he was in the top 10 of world rankings and had won three majors during his career.

Stewart was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at SMU and was flying to Dallas to discuss building a new home course for the Mustangs when his plane crashed. Men’s soccer began in in 1916 at SMU and has been one of the top programs on campus and achieved a number one ranking in the NCAA during the 2006 season for four consecutive weeks, before finishing number two in the season. The Mustangs went on to win the Conference-USA title that year, but fell in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Women’s soccer took off in the 1990s with Lisa Cole becoming the first All-American in women’s soccer at SMU. During the 1995

season, the team reached the NCAA Final Four and finished third in the rankings for the season. The team continues to be a bright spot in the athletic program at SMU. The SMU Mustang men’s basketball team won 13 conference titles from 1935 to 1972, but has won just two since then as the program has fallen into mediocrity. With the hire of a new coach, which sources are reporting will be Hall of Famer Larry Brown, the team will have high expectations for the coming years even with the move into the basketball powerhouse conference, the Big East. The women’s basketball

program, which has been in competition since the university’s founding, has also fallen on tough times in recent years and is also looking for improvement with the move to the Big East, which boasts traditional powerhouse Connecticut. SMU has had numerous Olympians throughout the years including 19 in the 1992 games, but followed that up with an even more impressive showing with 23 in the 1996 Atlanta games. In 1995, Katie Swords earned SMU’s first individual NCAA title by winning the 10,000 meters. SMU used to have a ninehole golf course on-campus for the team to play on in its early days. SMU also played football

at Ownby Stadium on campus as well as the old Cowboys Stadium and the Cotton Bowl, which was dubbed “The House that Doak Built,” before Ford Stadium took over as the home for Mustang football. Throughout the years, Mustang athletics have been through its fair share of ups and downs, but when the move to the Big East was announced earlier this year, the teams have such a bright future it will be tough to keep out of the spotlight moving forward. SMU being based in Dallas makes this a destination university and athletes come here knowing that they represent the entire SMU community as well as themselves when they compete.

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Track and Field travels to California for Mt. SAC Relays KELSEY CHARLES Staff Writer kcharles@smu.edu The SMU track and field team is headed to California to compete in the Bryan Clay Invitational this week. The Mt. SAC Relays are being held at the same time, just a short distance away at Azusa Pacific University. Due to several international and possible 2012 Olympic

athletes competing at the relays, it is extremely hard to qualify for the events and is one of the best in the nation. In response to the difficulty of gaining entrance into the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational will beheld at the same time. SMU has several athletes competing in the Mt. SAC relays, which is being held April 19-21. Sophomore Isis Wilson will be competing in the 400-meter dash, along with freshman standout

Craishia Washington. Washington currently holds the record at SMU for the 100-meter dash with an outstanding time of 11.57 seconds. Junior distance runner, Mary Alenbratt and freshman Kajsa Barr will both be running the 800-meter event. Alenbratt and Barr will also compete in the 1500-meter run with veteran runner Kristine Eikrem-Engeset. Mustang Frida Kristiansson will finish out the same event for SMU

in the final heat. Kristiansson will also compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase — an obstacle event that derives its name from steeplechase racing. SMU will send Washington, Wilson, Lakeisha James and Amber Evans to represent the team in the 4x400 relay. Sophomore Lisa Egarter who will compete for the Mustangs in the high jump. Egarter posted her highest jump of the outdoor season, 5.49 meters, at the North

Texas Invitational on April 7. Helena Perez will throw shot put in the meet, while Rayann Chinn will represent the team in discus. Ayla Gill will throw in her usual event, the hammer throw, where she will compete in the first flight of the event. Gill has had several strong showings this outdoor season, gaining her personal best throw of 53.26 meters at the Bobby Lane Invitational in March. Evans will also represent the Mustangs in the Olympic division,

as she competes in the 200 and 400-meter dash. Evans has set the bar high for herself this meet; she holds the team record this season in both the 200 and 400, with impressive times of 23.53 and 54.32 seconds respectively. Eikrem-Engeset will also make her way to the Olympic division in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Up next, the ladies head to the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Texas April 27 to April 28.

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Taos offers fall opportunity RAHFIN FARUK News Editor rfaruk@smu.edu

SIDNEY HOLLINGSWORTH/The Dialy

Chefs prepare Korean cuisine at Umphrey Lee cafeteria on Thursday.

Chefs make food fly at Umph AN PHAN Staff Writer aphan@smu.edu Students gathered at Umphrey Lee to get a taste of Korean and Middle Eastern food for the annual Iron Chef competition on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two teams from Art Institute and Le Cordon Bleu competed for “Best Menu” and “Best Use of Special Ingredient.” They were judged by a panel of three judges: Julie Wiksten, associate vice president for campus services, Carla Scott, special events

planner, and Guy Stovall, a first year student. The dining hall was transformed into a cooking arena, with an ornate display in the center and wellpresented cultural decorations. The judges sat on an elevated platform, judging the various foods as the competing chefs explained their creations. The staff at Umphrey Lee unveiled the secret ingredient this morning at 10 a.m. ­— salsify, a white root vegetable, popular in Belgium, Italy, the UK and France. Some people say it tastes like

oysters and other say artichoke. The challenge was to incorporate those exotic tastes into ethnic cuisine, while staying true to the traditional ethnic flavors and crafting a creative and appetizing menu. Le Cordon Bleu provided the Middle Eastern menu. It included paprika hummus and baba ganoush, chicken shwarma, falafel, tabbouleh, tomato-cucumber salad and baklava. The Art Institute served the Korean menu. It included chap chae, grilled Korean flank steak, Korean pancakes, sticky rice, Korean

pickled cucumbers and persimmon punch. Chap chae is a cold Asian noodle salad. “Everything was presented very nicely, but the portions were kind of small,” sophomore Eric Alt said. At the end of the night, the award for “Best Use of Special Ingredient” went to the Art Institute’s cuisine and “Best Menu” went to Le Cordon Bleu’s Middle Eastern menu. “It was an interesting concept. As a food enthusiast, this was a wonderful opportunity to try new things,” sophomore Natalija Gajic said.

SMU-in-Taos is expanding its experience-based learning programs and will offer classes during the coming fall semester. Classes will be offered in many fields — from business management to wellness. Upper-level classes like cultural communications and the Taos experience will also be offered. The Taos fall semester will specifically target students pursuing a business minor. Students will have the ability to take four business classes for their minor. “The Taos program is structured in a unique way. There are 14 weeks and four modules,” professor Michael Adler, executive director of SMU-inTaos, said. “Each module will allow a student to devote all of their time to one specific class and one professor teaching one topic.” Business students have a more economically feasible option by going to Taos in the fall. “You can either spend two summers and higher tuition in Dallas, or in one semester, you can get four classes out of the way,” Adler said. “You could spend all four blocks learning business and have a very thematic semester.” But Taos will also offer something to students of all majors. “Taos stresses experiencebased education. It is for students who want to do something different,” Adler said. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Taos Community Foundation and secure positions at non-profits.

“Whenever people think of Taos, they think of an isolated place. But there is a lot of engaged learning on and off campus,” Adler said. Because class sizes are small, students have the opportunity to get to know their professors on a personal level. Students also have the opportunity to lead their professors in getting to know the rules and sentiments of Taos life. “The students become the natives and the professors become the visitors,” Adler said. “An interesting dynamic develops in what you could call a big academic village.” For students who maintain busy schedules in Dallas, Taos offers a semester of less stress and worry. “I once had a student complain, ‘I’m not stressed out,’” Adler said. “It’s the benefit of the block system. It gives students a focus.” Adler believes this focus is an important life lesson. “Education can be enjoyable. At Taos, students receive an opportunity for reflection and deliberate study that I believe we have perfected,” Adler said. SMU-in-Taos calls Fort Burgwin home — a location surrounded by the Carson National Forest. Students who have studied at Taos believe that the location of the campus is a selling point. “Coming to SMU-in-Taos was the best decision I have ever made in my academic life,” Lauren Rodgers, a senior, said. “Besides the lessons I’ve learned in class, living in Taos has helped me really understand, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be part of a community.”

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The print edition of The Daily Campus for Friday, April 20, 2012

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