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INSIDE

Student directed shows open

Porter magazine launched

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Mustangs for Life speak up

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Forrest Gregg, No. 9 SMU athlete

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Campus women get political Katelyn Gough Editor-in-Chief kgough@smu.edu It’s no secret that women are a minority in politics. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, only 18.5 percent of the House seats are held by females, and only 20 percent of the Senate positions are led by women. The Elect Her event coming to campus Friday is looking to improve those numbers, starting with collegeaged women. One of the prominent featured speakers is a woman who has dedicated her career to building the powerful and respected campaigns — and successful elections — of fellow women running for an opportunity to lead in the nation’s political ring. Jessica Grounds is the Director of the Women’s Office at Ready for Hillary, the super PAC for potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to moving to Ready for Clinton, Grounds cofounded Running Start and served as the executive director beginning in 2010. Grounds said she developed her passion for supporting and increasing the number of women in politics early on, working on two separate campaigns for female politicians during her time as an undergraduate at Pepperdine University.

“We’ve really got to change the culture around women...in politics,” Grounds said. Her mission in co-founding Running Start was to provide women a viable option for creating the changes they want to see that too few women explore. “We really wanted to show young women that politics was an avenue to make that change,” Grounds said. “We started with [training] 20 high school girls in 2007...we’ve grown to train 8,000 women [in high school, college and post-graduate].” Running Start is the umbrella organization above Elect Her, which partners with the American Association of University Women to travel to colleges and universities across the country and offer workshops and seminars educating young women on political articulation, fundraising, networking and a wide variety of other skills and personal experience stories meant to empower women to run for elected office. Friday’s events will feature speakers Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Texas) and expert on congressional elections and the success of women candidates Barbara Palmer, as well as SMU’s Director of the Carey M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility Rita Kirk and Tower Center Senior Fellow Dennis Simon.

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Oversight needed after West blast Staff Reports

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

“It’s really...a day for SMU young women to come together and say, ‘I’ve always wanted to make an impact,’ and to think about student government as a way to do that,” Grounds said. Graduating senior Savannah Stephens has served on student

senate in several capacities her past four years at SMU, and will be speaking on a panel with fellow women Senators Monica Finnegan, Fantine Giap and Becca Rothstein. Looking back, Stephens said

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The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented — and agencies at all levels haven’t done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board presented its preliminary findings about the blast in West, Texas, in front of a packed room of residents and town officials still rebuilding after the April 17, 2013, explosion leveled part of the tiny town and injured 200 people. Even though several investigations have not determined the exact cause of the fire, the board said it’s clear the owners of West Fertilizer Co. failed to safely store hazardous chemicals or prepare for a potential disaster. The board also said several levels of federal, state and local government missed opportunities to prevent the tragedy. Investigators said the

firefighters who rushed to an initial fire at the plant didn’t know enough about the dangers they faced inside: 40 to 60 tons of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in fertilizer that detonated due to the blaze. But experts on a panel convened by the safety board said Tuesday night that even if the firefighters had known more, there still isn’t clear guidance on what to do in that kind of situation. Among those in the audience was West Mayor Tommy Muska, a volunteer firefighter who responded the night of the blast. Muska thanked the board for holding its meeting in the city. “It is my personal hope and prayer that the lessons learned from your report ... will be enacted, and measures put in place so that the loss of the first responders’ lives will not be in vain,” Muska said. Despite investigations that have yielded information about safety deficiencies at the plant and voluntary safety steps taken by the nation’s fertilizer industry, not a single state or federal law requiring change has been passed since April 17, 2013.

Student Life

SMU child care program offers help for student parents Jehadu Abshiro News Writer jabshiro@smu.edu Tucked away on the southeast side of campus, there is a smallgated playground. In it, there is an array of children’s toys and two human sized concrete teddy bears. Across the parking lot from the playground sits the graduate apartment Hawk Hall. Enter the apartment take the short flight of stairs down and come to a bright blue mural and a door. It’s the SMU Preschool and Child Care Center.

“No one really knows how long its been here,” said Julie Schilling, the director of the Preschool and Child Care Center. “It’s always been in this building.” The center started sometime between 36 to 40 years ago. Before it was officially sanctioned as a child care center, it consisted of students with children offering to watch each other’s children during class. “Watch my kid when you’re in class and I’ll watch yours type of thing,” Schilling said. Someone decided to take it to the higher ups and from then on

the year-round SMU Preschool and Child Care Center has been a fully licensed childcare center for infants to preschoolers of SMU students, faculty and staff. The center was under Residence Life and Student Housing until September 2013 when they were moved under the Dedman Center for Lifetime sports. Past the door, swipe access is required for entry; Sixteen coats hang along the wall and 16 little paper frogs, labeled with the coat owner’s name, are stapled above each coat. Further down the hall, there is a ceiling to floor

giraffe painted on the wall facing Schilling’s office. Two bookshelves with everything from Dr. Seuss to “The Little Red Hen” sit in the corner along with a maroon winged chair. It’s past 3 p.m. and naptime is over. Preschoolers groggily march out of the multi-age children’s room to put up their blankets. They’re called the Mini-Mustangs on campus. This is one of the three rooms in the child care center. The center has an infant room for five six week to 18-month infants, a toddler room for 12 18-months-to

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Dallas celebrates Earth Day Avery Stefan Contributing Writer astefan@smu.edu Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Earth Day Texas will share 800 environmentcentered exhibits with an expected guest list of 60,000 attendees at Fair Park. Formerly known as Earth Day Dallas, the event changed its name this year due to the national nature of the groups that will participate: over 50 groups this year come from Washington, D.C. alone. Lanny Shivers, the Eco Expo Manager of Earth Day Texas, has worked year round with 17 other staff members to organize the event and recruit hundreds of national organizations to participate. “We believe it takes business to drive environmental economic change,” Shivers said. “At the event, they’ll all talk about what they’re doing within their own organization or business to try to make the world a better place.” With more Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas than anywhere else, Earth Day Texas is a prime occasion for environmental

3-year-olds and a multi-age room for 3 to 5 year olds. The center only took 33 children this semester. “I get calls all time asking about enrolling their kids,” said Schilling, who is also the lead teacher in the multi-age room and the Hawk Hall manager. The center has five other staff members. The wait-list to get into the center is two to three years long and there are 47 families currently on the wait-list. About four years ago, there were 87 people on the wait-list. In 2008, Schilling created a user group that is trying to build

a bigger center. “The need is there,” she said. “We’ve got the need and the waitlist would probably be longer if we had a bigger center.” One of the biggest needs of the center is a larger infant program. The center is staffed to take care of 10 infants but is currently only able to care for six. Thirty-four infants are on the waitlist. Siblings have priority, which means if one child is already part of the center, and their brother or sister would be higher up on list to get into

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Politics

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action in college Associated PRess

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Fair Park was the center for the Earth Day celebration in Dallas this year.

economic change on a large business scale to make way. Although Texas is the biggest fossil fuel state, it is also the biggest wind and solar state in the Union. With its size and economic prowess, Shivers believes Texas has the potential to trigger a movement that could result in a dramatically more environmentally-conscious and concerned world.

“We want Texas to be the frontrunner in environmental progression,” Shivers said. Somewhat of a recent convert himself, Shivers moved away from his life at Citibank in 2008 to see what he could do to contribute to a positive environmental impact. “I did not believe I was

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A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state’s public colleges to take race into account. That change was indeed up to the voters, the ruling said, over one justice’s impassioned dissent that accused the court of simply wanting to wish away inequality. The ruling bolsters similar voter-approved initiatives banning affirmative action in education in California and Washington state. A few other states have adopted laws or issued executive orders to bar race-conscious admissions policies. Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters in Michigan chose to eliminate racial preferences, presumably because such a

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Protesters speak against the Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan.

system could give rise to racebased resentment. Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court’s prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,” Kennedy said. He stressed that the court was not disturbing the holding of a 2003 case from Michigan —which gave rise to the 2006 Constitution change — permitting the consideration of race in admissions. A Texas affirmative

action case decided in June also did nothing to undermine that principle, Kennedy said. In a separate opinion siding with Kennedy, Justice Antonin Scalia said Michigan residents favored a colorblind constitution and “it would be shameful for us to stand in their way.” Strongly dissenting from the majority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision trampled on the rights of minorities, even though the Michigan amendment was adopted democratically.

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STYLE

WEDNESDAY n April 23, 2014 commentary

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Luxury e-tailer launches Porter magazine jenna veldhuis Contributing Writer jveldhuis@smu.edu I’ll speak for most of the millennial generation and admit that I cannot imagine life without technology. Truth is that like most millennials, I cannot imagine life without my trusted iPhone, and moments where my Apple companion dies send me into a helpless panic. It may not be love a la Joaquin Phoenix in Her, but it’s close. Dramatic, I know, but it goes to show how powerful the digital age is. With smart phones, people forever ditched pagers. With the GoogleMaps app, everyone under 35 ditched inconvenient foldout maps. And now, with so much newsworthy content on the web, more and more of us are canceling newspaper and magazine subscriptions. All signs point to digital media taking the lead in this tug-ofwar. Digital is cheaper, quicker, even easier to carry. Yet, despite this logic, magazines are still an incredibly successful enterprise, as demonstrated by Net-a-Porter. com’s decision to take the plunge into the magazine world with the launch of Porter. The London-based luxury “e-tailer,” which has been estimated to be worth more than

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Gisele Bundchen graces the cover for the Spring 2014 launch issue of Porter.

$530 million, started its foray into the print industry with The Edit, a weekly shoppable digital magazine. Porter began from a discussion between Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenent, and Lucy Yeomans, the magazine’s current editor-in-chief, after a busy day at Paris Fashion Week. Yeomans writes in the Editor’s Note of the first issue about their inspiration to, “combine the beauty, fantasy and

authority of print magazines with the instant gratification and global reach of the digital world, afforded by a fashion and tech company like Neta-Porter.” Now, one year later, Porter is on newsstands. And the reaction has generally been favorable. Porter is different from most popular fashion titles in that it features a concierge service for everything featured in the magazine, even items not sold on

the website. SMUstyle blogger Daniela Hernandez said, “I think now with all the major magazine publications moving into e-reads, Net-a-Porter is definitely staying ahead of the game with a cool way for clients to browse some of their merchandise.” I initially thought that as a successful e-tailer, Porter would be a beautifully made catalogue, featuring only items from Neta-Porter.com. I was, however, very wrong, as the red cardigan sported by Gisele Bundchen on the cover of the first issue is by none other than Chanel, a brand the retailer has never carried. Yet Porter is still a bit of a hybrid, said Mark Vamos, William O’Neil Chair of Business Journalism at SMU. The publication is primarily a marketing vehicle that lacks real editorial independence since the company has commercially produced every article it carries. Thus, Porter can best be described as “sponsored content.” This type of content has become a “hot thing in the marketing world, but something journalists should be worried about,” Vamos said. Article continued on smufashionmedia.com.

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Canary boutique was opened by SMU alumna, Merry Vose this October.

Bright yellow boutique Grace merck Contributing Writer cmerck@smu.edu

I approach a small whitewashed building, there is no sign, so I have to know what I’m looking for. I open the doors to a room covered in sunshine. Immediately, my eye is drawn to the bright yellow walls. Looking closer, I see the intricately printed furniture, the black and white floorboards, the unique flowers and, finally, the fabulous clothing that lines the walls. I have just stepped into one of Dallas’ bestkept secrets: a beautiful boutique named Canary. Merry Vose, an active member of the Dallas arts community,

opened Canary in October 2013, but this date does not mark the beginning of her retail career. In 2007, Vose opened her first store, her self-proclaimed “fourth child” – Cabana. The store was created by popular demand. Vose’s unique style and eye for fashion had many of her friends begging her to shop for them. “I decided that I would more [than personal shopping] love opening a store where I could go to market, buy the merchandise and create a fun environment to shop in,” Vose says. Vose first opened Cabana in her pool house. The store was open during hours that catered to a mom with young children. Article continued on smufashionmedia.com.

top pick WEDNESDAY

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Lyle Breakfast Series — The Download, Palmer Conference Center, 7:30-8 a.m. Middletown by Will Eno, Margo Jones Theatre, 8 p.m.

Navy Week Presentation, HuittZollars Pavilion, 3-4 p.m. Marisol by Jose Rivera, Margo Jones Theatre, 8 p.m.

Elect Her, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. THIS by Melissa James Gibson, Margo Jones Theatre, 8 p.m.

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Middletown by Will Eno, Margo Jones Theatre, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Marisol by Jose Rivera, Margo Jones Theatre, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

ruthie burst Contributing Writer rburst@smu.edu Looking for a fabulous and refreshing face product? Pevonia Botanica Ligne Soleil phyto-aromatic mist is a soothing face spray suggested for use after sun exposure, but can also be used at any time to

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making a difference in the world like I should,” Shivers said. Having been employed by a top global enterprise, Shivers gained a first-hand understanding of the influence large companies have in many domains, and the necessity of business involvement on an economic scale for truly impactful environmental change. This year alone, Shivers went to Washington, D.C. six times, attending 30 meetings each time he went with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Defense and the Republican National Committee, to name a few.

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“But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor. Michigan voters “changed the basic rules of the political process in that state in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities,” Sotomayor said. Judges “ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society,” she said. She is one of two justices, along with Clarence

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the center. “In this area, there just isn’t a lot childcare centers that accepts infants,” Schilling said. The room for 3 to 5 year olds could have 32 children in the room. For this school year, tuition for infants is $250 per week, toddlers $225 per week, and preschoolers $205 per week. Schilling, who began working

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“Elect Her serves an important cause because women are so underrepresented,” Hanson said. “[Grounds] is so passionate about helping young women develop into leaders, so I know she will have some pretty inspiring advice.” Grounds said one of the best ways for women to get involved in politics early is through student government, and Hanson echoed the need for campus engagement. “I think it’s important for everyone to be involved in their community, and this training session will teach girls how to have a voice and how to communicate an effective message [which] is an extremely useful, and even essential, skill to have,” Hanson said.

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Shivers has also traveled to visit Earth Day events in San Francisco and Houston, and observed that their events are much more grassroots than what will be shown at Earth Day Texas. “Their focus is largely local with lots of non-profits, which is great; that’s what most Earth Days have turned into, but we’re not about that,” Shivers said. “There are no direct sales at our show, it’s all about education.” Through the diligence of Shivers and the Earth Day Texas team, a number of wellestablished and recognized institutions — including NASA — will be present at this year’s event to introduce their ideas, knowledge and recent environmental developments.

BMW will bring its new entirely electric vehicle, the i3, to Earth Day Texas; there are only five in the U.S., all of which will be at Fair Park the last weekend of April. Although businesses will comprise approximately 50 percent of the 800 exhibits, other participants include organizations that are nonprofits, governmental, and in academia. Earth Day Texas is a free event to the public, funded by sponsors and support from the community. “Earth Day Texas is really just a chance for all these organizations to come together for two days,” Shivers said. “It’s a great day for education and sharing ideas.”

Thomas, who have acknowledged that affirmative action was a factor in their college and law school admissions. Sotomayor attended Princeton University and Thomas is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. They both attended law school at Yale University. Thomas is a staunch opponent of racial preferences. At 58 pages, Sotomayor’s dissent was longer than the combined length of the four opinions in support of the outcome. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Scalia and Thomas agreed with Kennedy. Responding to Sotomayor, Roberts said it “does more harm than good to question the

openness and candor of those on either side of the debate.” Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case, presumably because she worked on it at an earlier stage while serving in the Justice Department. University of Notre Dame law professor Jennifer Mason McAward said the opinions by five justices point “to a much more nuanced and heated debate among the justices regarding the permissibility and wisdom of racial preferences in general.” In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race among many factors in college admissions in a case from Michigan. Three years later, affirmative action opponents persuaded

Michigan voters to change the state constitution to outlaw any consideration of race. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the issue was not affirmative action, but the way in which its opponents went about trying to bar it. In its 8-7 decision, the appeals court said the provision ran afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment because it presented an extraordinary burden to affirmative action supporters who would have to mount their own campaign to repeal the constitutional provision. The Supreme Court said the appeals court judges were wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

But Sotomayor took up their line of reasoning in her dissent. She said University of Michigan alumni are free to lobby the state Board of Regents to admit more alumni children, but that the regents now are powerless to do anything about race-sensitive admissions. Breyer parted company with other liberal justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg, voting to uphold the Michigan ban because it effectively took power from faculty members at the state colleges and gave it to the voters, “from an unelected administrative body to a politically responsive one.” Unlike the conservative justices whom he joined Tuesday, Breyer said he continues to favor “race-conscious programs” in education.

Black and Latino enrollment at the University of Michigan has dropped since the ban took effect. At California’s top public universities, African-Americans are a smaller share of incoming freshmen, while Latino enrollment is up slightly, but far below the state’s growth in the percentage of Latino high school graduates. The case was the court’s second involving affirmative action in as many years. Last June, the justices ordered lower courts to take another look at the University of Texas admissions plan in a ruling that could make it harder for public colleges to justify any use of race in admissions. Tuesday’s case is Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, 12-682.

at the center in 2008, got her start in child education as a high school student in the ‘80s. She has been working in the field for almost 30 years. Most of the employees at the center have been working there for more than 10 years. One of the teachers has worked there for 22 years. The center, although fully licensed, is not NAYC accredited because they require that 50 percent of the staff is degreed. “One thing, it’s very expensive

to be accredited,” Schilling said, “All the teachers have to go back to school.” Schilling is pushing toward hiring degreed employees in the future. She is currently trying to add three more people to her staff. Angie Whitcom, who has worked at the center for 20 years, stared her career in work-study in high school. “Just being a smart part of the milestones is pretty great,” Whitcom said.

Schilling tries to get education students to work at the center because she believes education begins at birth. “I think that’s really important,” she said. Senior Brianna Evans, an English and secondary education student from Dallas, didn’t know the center existed until she was informed about it through an email from one of her professors in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education. Evans, who had experience

working at child care centers prior to working at the SMU center, decided to apply and got the job in April 2013. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to get practice teaching even if it wouldn’t be with my specific, desired age group,” she said. Evans works every day after 2:30 p.m. She is responsible for teaching the multi-age classroom from time to time, preparing and cleaning up snack time after naptime, monitoring the children

outside on the playground, managing behavior and any other miscellaneous tasks that need to be completed around the center. She is one of two student workers at the center. “I enjoy conversing with the children the most,” she said. “It can be easy to forget how accelerated children’s growth is between infancy and 5 years old. They surprise me every day with their knowledge and sense of humor.”

Congratulations to the 2014 Awards Extravaganza Winners

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Emmie V. Baine Legacy Melissa Maguire Kenneth Pye Outstanding Greek Leader Caroline Worsham Aston Lauren C. Fann Faith Elizabeth Miller Marcial Sanchez Tyler Sanford Mary-Ashley Seabrook James E. Caswell Amanda Thornton Outstanding Professor David Croson Pamela Harris-Hackett Daniel Millimet Ross Murfin Extra Mile Victoria Lockwood Steve Robertson Leadership in Sustainability Jewel Lipps Sheri Mooney Memorial Scholarship Michael Dearman Stephanie Embree Lauren Ford Su Han Ben Hughes Outstanding Faculty/Staff Volunteer Owen Lynch Outstanding Senior Woman Jennifer Smith Outstanding Senior Man George Utkov Outstanding Administrator Steve Rankin Outstanding Trustee Gerald J. Ford Willis M. Tate Brad Carter

Avella Winn Hay Kaleigh Schropp John L. Freehafer Mehdi Hami Geenah Krisht David Lee Melissa Maguire Jack Murphy William O’Connor Umphrey Lee Oscar Cetina Presidential Scholar/Athlete Maria Elena Villamil Rodriguez Presidential Scholar/Leader Fantine Giap Presidential Scholar/Volunteer Mai Bedair Honorary M Recipients Dennis Cordell Robert Van Kemper ~

The M Award Faculty/Staff Recipients Birdie Barr Stephanie Dupaul Tony Pederson Jennifer Post Lori S. White Student Recipients Antonea Bastian Zane Cavender Ashley Garner Michael Graves Lauren Lyngstad Jaywin Malhi Anthony McAuliffe Devean Owens Genesis Reed Ramon Trespalacios

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the experience she’s gained has allowed her to hone her voice as a representative and leader. “There was so much empowerment behind it, and a realization...that I could still make some sort of difference that really mattered,” Stephens said. It’s an experience she said every SMU woman should consider. “It’s wonderful to graduate with degrees, but it’s also wonderful to graduate knowing I can be a force for good,” Stephens said. Sophomore and Tower Center intern Karly Hanson said she’s especially excited to hear Grounds’ perspective on bringing more women into political leadership.

Grounds’ additional advice on young women looking to engage politically relates back to her own college experiences: volunteer on a local campaign. “Campaigns always need help,” Grounds said. She said the question for women to examine is, “Why does politics matter for us?” Friday will revolve around the question that serves as one of the crucial starting points for much of the work in advocating for female politicians. “Why is there this problem that there is a dirth of women in politics in this country?” “It will be a really cool conversation about...how we need the young women at SMU to think about leading now and also in the future.”

Press On “Post-Easter Reverie” DR. STEPHEN RANKIN Chaplain rankins@smu.edu

the creation is something good that God has made. But that (resurrection) body is no longer limited by the normal course of events in time, or by what we think of as “regular” creation. Something entirely new is going on here. There you have it, what Easter is about. It says something about the world in which we live. It also says something about the world that is to come.

As I mentioned in the previous column, Easter as a Christian holiday gets overshadowed by the more popular Christmas. Even if one looks at religious aspects of Christmas, one can find things to like even if one is not a Christian, such as our common desires for peace and good will toward all.

NO ONE SAW IT The more one digs into Easter’s meaning, however, the stranger it seems. Take the main event, the resurrection of Jesus. No one saw it, the actual resurrection. We have testimony in the scriptures of people who said that they saw the risen Jesus after his death. But even more strange, they’re not talking about a resuscitated Jesus. That’s not the same thing as resurrection.

HAVE A LOOK Here’s an example: in Matthew 28, we find the story of the women who went to Jesus’ tomb to see it. That’s what it says. They came as if to make sure they knew where Jesus’ body had been laid.

They were encountered by an angel, who “rolled back the stone and sat on it.” The angel then announced that Jesus was not there, in the tomb. “Have a look,” he says. The point is, the angel did not roll away the stone so that Jesus could get out. He was already out. How did that happen?

THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING NE W This same claim is made elsewhere in the New Testament, that Jesus’ resurrection marks the beginning of a new creation, a complete re-ordering of the reality we know. The resurrection inaugurates a new reality. It matters that Jesus has a physical body, because

Stephen Rankin is Chaplain and Minister to Southern Methodist University. He has served the university as Interim Dean of Student Life and also as Interim Interfraternity Council Advisor. Originally from Kansas, Chaplain Rankin grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. He’s married to Joni and has four grown children and two grandchildren. Chaplain Rankin has worked in higher education for almost 20 years. He considers it a holy privilege to work with students and loves good conversation about all kinds of topics.

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life at SMU is located in Suite 316 on the third floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Melissa Dale at mdale@smu.edu.

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Mustangs for Life: promoting human dignity chris thrailkill Contributing Writer cthrailkill@smu.edu On Dec. 10, 1948, a newly formed United Nations established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Articles 3 and 5 of the Declaration are as follows: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. These two quotes form a powerful standard for the dignity of man that are not just expected, but are outright guaranteed as rights by the international community. It’s these two statements that are largely at the crux of why I consider myself pro-life. A common misconception is that pro-lifers are only concerned with abortion. While that may be true for some, it seems to me that to be pro-life means that you need to be an advocate for life in all the myriad forms and shapes it takes in humanity. I agree with Ms. Day’s recent article that as an organization, Mustangs for Life, should be concerned with homeless children, the women and teenagers who are at medical risk during childbirth and those who don’t know where their next meal will come from. On top of that, we need to be concerned with the elderly, the disabled, the child and truly anyone struggling not only for their right to life, but also to a decent quality of life. It’s true that Mustangs for Life does not support abortion, but for many of us in the organization, the right to be born is a necessary prerequisite to fighting for quality of life. Mustangs for Life as a student organization has strongly advocated service in its three semesters of existence. In fact, we’re registered under SMU as a service organization. In this time span, the organization has donated

approximately 700 baby items ranging from onesies to diaper boxes to car seats for expectant mothers in the Dallas city area, participated in service projects with special needs children at Scottish Rite Hospital and spent many an hour tabling at Hughes-Trigg Student Center in order to engage in meaningful discussion to encourage others to advocate every human being’s intrinsic dignity. I believe we all realize that abortion is an option that no one takes lightly or takes pleasure in choosing. The questions facing a scared teenage mother, a victim of rape or incest, a young woman whose baby might die mere moments after birth, are nearly unfathomable. Consider this, however — how many countless people were born in similar circumstances and managed not only to get by, but thrive and help their fellow man in turn? By choosing life, meaning can be found in even the most difficult of situations. Without the right to life itself, all other rights inherently lose some meaning. So while we will continue to advocate lifeaffirming options for women who find themselves pregnant, we seek to guarantee that right regardless of circumstance. We will also continue to promote a life with dignity and worth for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or any circumstance of birth or economics. To anyone who is curious as to what Mustangs for Life stands for as an organization, bi-weekly meetings are held Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.. We also encourage anyone who is looking to discuss any topic regarding life and respect for the person to walk up to one of our regular tabling sessions. Mustangs for Life will only continue to expand its service to all corners of life. I personally look forward to working alongside anyone who wants to help stand for human dignity.

Starting the conversation hanan esaili charlie weber Copy Editor Contributing Writer hesaili@smu.edu charlesw@smu.edu First semester freshman year. A time of parties, alcohol, drugs and hook-ups. It’s the college norm, especially at SMU. This “hook-up culture” has become more regular than relationships. Instead of the classic dinner and a movie, we get the dance floor make outs and the 2 a.m. text: “Hey, I’m drunk. Come over.” Most come to college with this pre-conceived notion that life is going to be like MTV. Wild parties and drunken one-night stands. If Snooki can do it, why can’t we? But the reality of this culture is that anytime someone is drunk or high, they legally cannot consent to any form of sexual conduct. In college, that seems impossible. How are you supposed to meet Mr./Mrs. Right when

there are all these rules about what you can and cannot do? I’m really supposed to go to a party with my significant other, have a few drinks, shake hands and say “Goodnight”? In the fall of 2012, multiple sexual assaults were reported to the SMU Police. People freaked out, students were scared to walk by themselves at night and SMU was under a lot of criticism. President R. Gerald Turner implemented a task force of administrators, faculty, staff and a few students to combat sexual misconduct. The task force presented 41 suggestions to President Turner, all of which were accepted. A year and a half later, it seems nothing has been done. A task force against sexual misconduct appears as a giant cover-up of the truth of all the sexual assaults on campus. Although there have been no reports of sexual assaults this semester, it’s still happening, just no one is reporting it. Why?

We don’t think it’s because of a lack of support on campus. Students have taken many initiatives to make the conversation of sexual assaults easier, but support isn’t the issue. You can have all the support in the world, but knowing the abuser makes it harder to report. According to a national study of college students done by Dr. M.P. Koss, 84 percent of women know their assailant, meaning it’s either a significant other, friend or a casual acquaintance. The fact is that assaults by someone the victim knows are the least likely to be reported. Who wants to go tattle-tale on someone they know and potentially ruin their life? The sad truth is only one in 10 incidents of rape are actually reported. And it makes sense. Why would I want to go ruin someone’s life and feel guilty about it when I already feel the responsibility of letting it happen? But it’s not the victim’s fault, and we tend to

forget that key fact. Education on sexual assaults and unhealthy relationships isn’t being communicated. We think our culture is like “The Real World.” You have a couple of drinks, fool around with that person next door and things go too far. All you hear from your friends is: “You shouldn’t have been that stupid and gotten that drunk”. We believe in the good on our campus and that students here can truly make a difference in rape culture. So, let’s change it. Whether it’s discovering new and different ways to educate students or creating settings where students can have serious discussions with their peers, let’s change the culture. Set personal boundaries, know your limits, start the conversation. Esaili is a junior majoring in journalism and Weber is a sophomore majoring in accounting.

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Expectations are too low in math education brandon bub Contributing Writer bbub@smu.edu A few weeks ago, Michael and I shared our thoughts on Common Core and the question of education reform, but that topic is so broad that I thought it merited more discussion, especially in light of some of the controversies that have flared up in the past few weeks over Common Core’s math standards. Recently, a picture of a typical Common Core math problem went viral that featured a frustrated parent’s response to the problem’s ostensibly nonsense nature. The problem asks students to look at a hypothetical student’s solution to a subtraction problem (427 minus 316), correct the error and then write a letter to said hypothetical student explaining where he went wrong. The parent thought these instructions were silly, wrote out

the answer and explained that the writers of the problem were merely making this simple equation more difficult than it needed to be. And in truth, the problem was more difficult than it otherwise needed to be. The calculation is relatively simple. But the problem required more from the student on purpose. Vox posted an article a few days ago on this problem in which they cited Dan Meyer, a former high school math teacher, who gave his opinion on the state of math education: “In the past, students had this sense that math was some kind of magical black box. That wasn’t good enough.” I have worked as a high school enrichment tutor for the past two years, and in my experience, Meyer’s assessment is dead on. A few months ago I was working with a student on calculating pH of a solution for his chemistry homework. That sort of calculation requires the use

of logarithms. I asked my student if he knew what a logarithm was. His response? “No, our teacher just told us it would take too long to explain and he said to push the LOG button whenever we need to find it.” Another student of mine started learning trigonometric ratios (sine, cosine and tangent) in her geometry class last week. With each problem we worked on together she was adamant in having me tell her which ratio to use: “Look, just tell me whether or not I use sine on this one and I’ll plug it in. Easy, right?” I’ve had students that can memorize the quadratic formula but have no idea what it means. I’ve taught students to factor polynomials who can’t spell the word “polynomial.” The common trend in their classroom instruction tends to be that the teacher gives a new formula the students learn it just well enough to be able to plug in a random set

of numbers and get a result from their calculator and then the class moves on. And that’s certainly useful, but what these kids are learning is not math. Nothing they do in their homework assignment could not be done more efficiently by a program like Wolfram Alpha. There is no point to practicing algebra and geometry if you have no idea what the theoretical underpinnings of these concepts entail. So yes, I do think that Common Core math makes practicing these concepts more difficult. And I would not have it any other way. If we want to live in a world in which people don’t recoil every time they see an equation with a variable, we have to teach our students more about math than how to press a series of buttons on a calculator. Bub is a senior majoring in English, political science and history.

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Gregg coached the Bengals to a Super Bowl in 1981, but lost to the 49ers 26-21 in Super Bowl XVI.

Number 9: Forest Gregg Billy Embody Sports Writer wembody@smu.edu Forrest Gregg, the man charged with reviving the SMU football program following the death penalty comes in at #8 in our Top 25 and for good reason. Gregg won five NFL championships with the Green Bay Packers and one with the Dallas Cowboys as a player while starting 188 consecutive games from 1956 until 1971. The ironman was an All-NFL selection eight straight years from 1960 through 1967 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Gregg coached the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl in 1981, but lost to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21 in Super Bowl XVI. After coaching the Bengals from 1980-83 and the Packers from 1984-87, Gregg was hired to revive SMU program. Gregg went 2-9 in his first season, which included a 95-21 beatdown by Houston, but the team’s first win is still one of the most historic wins for SMU. Trailing 30-14 midway through the fourth quarter to Connecticut, SMU mounted a comeback that ended with Mike Romo’s

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There’s a lot to be said about Jon Koncak — or Jon “Contract” if you choose — but the large contract, one that was for superstar-type money in the late ‘80s, doesn’t deny one thing: Koncak had a stellar college career and a solid, 11-year professional career. That’s why he’s on this list. Koncak attended SMU before the days of players who attended college for one year and left for the NBA. As a result, Koncak attended SMU for all four years, 1981-84. He led the team in scoring for his final three years, something that, even by today’s standards, is impressive. His production at SMU earned him a spot on the 1984 men’s basketball team for the Olympics. That team, the final amateur team for the U.S. to play in the Olympics, won a gold medal. Koncak played with the likes of Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Vern Fleming, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson and Wayman Tisdale on that team.

This was before they became NBA players and before their superstardom. The seven-foot center was the highlight of the 1983 and 1984 team that made the NCAA Tournament. In both cases the SMU Mustangs won in the first round, but lost in the second round. In his senior season, Koncak was voted as a consensus second team All-American. During his senior season, the Mustangs spent the entirety of it in the Top-25, topping out at number two in the nation. This was the last time, before this year’s Mustangs, that SMU was ranked in the top 25. Koncak finished his fouryear career as SMU’s leader in rebounds, 1,169 and blocks, 278, third in scoring, 1,784 and second in field-goal percentage, .559. As a result of his stupendous career at SMU, Koncak was one of two players to have their number retired by the university. Being one of the top college basketball players, Koncak was picked by the Atlanta Hawks as the number five pick in the 1985 NBA draft. Koncak, while not living up to the lofty expectations set for him,

had a solid NBA career as a bench player and defensive specialist. Size has always been desired in the NBA, and Koncak provided just that. He even garnered one of the largest contracts at the time. His best season in the NBA was probably his rookie season wherein he averaged a career-high 8.3-point per game. His career-best in rebounding, 6.8-rebounds per game, came in the 1987-88 season while his career-best in blocks, 1.5, came in the 1993-94 season. Koncak, being one of the best players in SMU history, was inducted into the SMU Hall of Fame in 2010. Koncak may not have lived up to the expectations as the No. 5 pick in the draft, but having an 11-year NBA career is more than enough, especially when factoring in his college career.

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On Tuesday, SMU Head Coach Tim McClements announced that Mauro Cichero, the 2013 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year will join the Mustangs squad in 2014.

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Crossword Across 1 Campus drilling gp. 5 Repairs, as a lawn's bare spot 9 On the higher side 14 Fictional lab assistant 15 Be certain 16 Garbo of the silver screen 17 Man-made organic pump 20 Take care of 21 Start of Caesar's incredulous question 22 GI rations 23 1040 publisher: Abbr. 25 Prefix meaning "high" 27 Dish not made from the reptile it's named for 34 Kissing pair 35 Out __ limb 36 Get a feeling about 37 Feed bag morsel 38 Like a soloist on a dark stage 41 Fill up on 42 Barn-raising sect 44 Electrified particle 45 Falls behind 46 Pseudonym 50 "The Lord of the Rings," e.g. 51 Encouragement "on the back" 52 Bog fuel 55 Capone nemesis Eliot 58 Triangular Greek letter 62 Finger-pointing perjury 65 Sing like Bing 66 50+ org. 67 Company with bell ringers 68 Shell out 69 Zebras, to lions 70 Actor Hackman

Down 1 Narrow inlets 2 Folklore monster 3 Carryall with handles 4 They give films stars 5 Slalom item 6 It may be enough 7 "Just __": Nike slogan 8 Try to whack, as a fly 9 "Gross!" 10 Logical proposition 11 Apple relative 12 To be, to Brigitte 13 "Peanuts" phooey 18 Tuning __ 19 Break in the action 24 Break in the action 26 Word with tube or pattern 27 Florida metropolis 28 Vision-related

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Student repetoire shows to bring life to the stage with three plays jordan moore A&E Editor mooreja@smu.edu As the semester draws to a close, an exciting time begins in the Meadows theatre as three student directors put on shows as their student repertoire productions. Three senior theatre students have been selected to design and direct plays on behalf of SMU’s Division of Theatre. This year, Kristen Kelso will direct “Marisol,” a play by José Rivera, Carson McCain will take on playwright Will Eno’s “Middletown,” and Sarah Hamilton will construct her own production of playwright Melissa James Gibson’s “THIS.” Kelso describes the rep shows as being something along the lines of a senior project, saying, “It’s like our thesis.” Although the three plays are by no means a grade for Kelso, McCain or Hamilton, the amount of work and level of professionalism that the plays exhibit are evidence enough for A-worthy efforts. The first play in the rep’s rotation is “THIS.” Last night, Hamilton made her debut. “‘THIS’ is perhaps the closest [of the three plays] to realism in terms of style,” said Hamilton. ‘THIS’ takes place in presentday New York, and has a cast of just five characters, with Jane at the forefront. Hamilton best describes the play by saying that “When you can’t describe something, you use ‘this’ to describe it.” Essentially, the play is a study of life and everything that happens in life. Hamilton encourages audience members to listen for the word, “this” and discover the various things in the play that “this” describes. In regards to Hamilton’s take on the play, she went about directing her actors toward something beneath the mere dialogue in the script. “I focused a lot on what is not

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Actors rehearse for “Middletown,” which debuts tonight at 8 p.m.

talked about,” Hamilton said. Hamilton was intent that her actors find the real, underlying actions of a scene during rehearsals so that the final show might reflect those findings. Again, Hamilton echoes the realism she hears when reading the original play, while still tailoring the play to be her vision. “It’s our first opportunity to run a room like a real professional,” McCain said, describing the experience of being a show director for a student Rep show. McCain’s production of “Middletown” –– her “favorite play in the entire universe”––is next up on the rep’s rotation. The show begins tonight at 8 p.m. McCain describes Eno’s play as a play that is focused on “birth, death and what’s in the middle.” The only way that McCain knew how to take on Eno’s play was by telling her actors, “You are just acting and this is the only way you know how to speak.” McCain describes Eno’s work as poetic in its descriptions of the nature of life and humanity. McCain, therefore, made it a goal to turn a potentially broadlythemed play into something tangibly-specific.

“Birth and death seem to be common themes in all of our plays this year,” McCain said. Although Hamilton, McCain and Kelso did not “choose” their plays, per se, they were matched to plays within a pool of pre-picked plays. Luckily for all three of them, they were each matched to the play they leaned toward most. In terms of the application process, Hamilton, McCain and Kelso were each required to submit a character description of three to five characters, in addition to two other key submissions. A “ground plan” (what the directors envisioned when reading the play) and a brief statement of why they wanted to direct their first-choice play were the specific portions of their applications. Kelso was matched with Jose Rivera’s “Marisol,” and once more, similar themes of life and death are evident in this play. Kelso describes the setting of “Marisol,” explaining that it is set in the ‘90s, and centers around a woman named Marisol and her journey through a “celestial war.” “It’s a very physical show,” Kelso said. “When people [actors] weren’t

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getting it, I’d make them run around until they did.” This physicality brings a reality to this “celestial war.” The play was written based on Rivera’s uncle’s experience as a homeless person. This is a very real issue that is still prevalent in today’s society and is played into the overarching dichotomy at work. “There is this dichotomy of us versus them,” said Kelso. “There is this beautiful grittiness of what work there still is to be done.” Kelso mentioned that there are elements of angels, an apocalypse and other elements of birth and death. It’s safe to say that though there is common thread that runs through the three of these plays, the student directors have truly produced visions that vary on stage. For exact rotation dates and times, look on the Meadows website for information. Keep in mind that the three shows run for two weeks, so there is plenty of time to see one or all. Check back Friday for the first review of the three plays, beginning with McCain’s production of “Middletown” debuting tonight.

Cannes Film Festival is fast approaching associated press David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize — the Palme d’Or. Also competing for the top prize are two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius of France, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain, and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or. But Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations — including 15 by women directors — will

be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza. “It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world,” DirectorGeneral Thierry Fremaux said. Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s jury festival, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in the world premiere of director Olivier Dahan’s out-of-competition biopic “Grace of Monaco.” Canadian actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among the 19 films competing for the “Un Certain Regard” prize, presented a day before the Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers. This year’s festival poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni — a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said. Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

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