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Rawlings to speak at commencement Katelyn Gough Editor-in-Chief W. Tucker Keene Managing Editor SMU announced Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as the featured speaker during the all-university commencement ceremony May 17. Rawlings was elected mayor in June 2011 and has focused his work in areas such as combating domestic violence, improving education equality throughout the city and improving the economic impact and employment opportunities of Dallas. Rawlings and SMU partner on several initiatives, including the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club for Dallas-area young students and the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program for Dallas high school students. “We prepare our graduates to become world changers, and I can’t think of a better example for them than Mayor Rawlings,” said President R. Gerald Turner to SMU News and Communications. Chair of the SMU Board of Trustees Caren H. Prothro echoed these sentiments, as reported by SMU News and Communications. “[Rawlings] understands the impact of higher education on the vitality of a city, has participated in several SMU programs and is a great friend to the university,”

Prothro said. Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios expressed his excitement to welcome Rawlings to Moody Coliseum at graduation. “I heard him speak earlier this year and I saw his passion for bettering the Dallas community, which has been our home for the past four years,” Trespalacios said. “It is a great way to keep us connected to Dallas when we graduate.” The reaction from many other students has been mixed. After a seemingly delayed announcement of the commencement speaker, the announcement of a local speaker created backlash from a number of students thinking back to past speakers, such as former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. “I think Mayor Rawlings is an intelligent man and probably has good insight for the graduates, but I too am disappointed” said senior and outgoing Student Body Secretary Katherine Victoria Ladner. Ladner said a local speaker could be considered a downgrade, but at the same time, backlash from students — including a Twitter movement to have Mark Cuban agree to speak at commencement — “is a poor reflection on the university.” Senior Julia Olson said that while she was surprised by the selection, hosting the leader of the university’s city is ode to a strong and beneficial partnership.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings speaks at the Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards luncheon in Washington, D.C.

“I found SMU’s selection to be very unexpected considering the incredible notoriety of past commencement speakers,” Olson said. “However, as the university celebrates the centennial, maybe it is appropriate to highlight the leadership of the amazing city that has supported our institution’s growth and success.” As a life-long Dallas resident, junior and most recent Student Body Vice President Jaywin Malhi

said he is looking forward to hearing Rawlings address the university. “Mayor Rawlings has demonstrated a commitment to bettering this city and, having heard him speak before, his vision for the future of Dallas is incredibly motivating,” Malhi said. “As the leading university in Dallas, SMU has surely benefited from Mayor Rawlings’ continuous support for this university.” Malhi said he understands some

of the disappointment of members of the graduating class, but called his peers to reconsider the capability and tangible work of Rawlings. “I would urge us all to focus on the caliber of thoughts a speaker can impart, [and] not merely his [or] her name recognition,” Malhi said. “I look forward to hearing [Rawlings’] thoughts on how we can all play a role in being city-changers, statechangers upon graduation and into the future.”

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Professors discuss McCutcheon v. FEC Sissy Dreyer Contributing Writer

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President Barack Obama signs a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes.

Within higher education, many campuses have been working to make improvements, but the issue is complex and some college administrators have sought answers from the federal government about how to interpret federal law. Research has shown that most campus sexual assault victims know their attackers, alcohol or drugs are often involved and only 12 percent of college women attacked report it to police. A key tool the government has against campus sexual assault is Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. The 1972 law is better known for guaranteeing girls equal access to sports, but it also regulates institutions’ handling of sexual violence and is increasingly being used by victims who say their school failed to protect them. Fiftyone campuses currently have such an ongoing investigation involving sexual violence, the Education Department said. Title IX requires that schools proactively prevent sexual crimes,

A student reported to the SMU Police Department that he was sexually assaulted Friday afternoon in the men’s locker room of Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The suspect’s identity is known to police. He is described as “about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, about 32 years old, and weighing 145 pounds.” The suspect reportedly has dark medium length hair, brown eyes and a beard. The suspect was last seen wearing a black and white striped T-shirt and jeans. SMU PD is investigating the alleged sexual assault. Anyone with information related to the assault is encouraged to contact SMU PD at 214-768-3388. The Daily Campus will continue to provide updates as they become available.


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by President Barack Obama in January, make its recommendations following a 90-day review that included dozens of in-person and online meetings with victims, advocates and higher education representatives. It was made up of Obama’s Cabinet members, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder. “Colleges and universities need to face the facts about sexual assault — no more turning a blind eye or pretending it doesn’t exist,” said Vice President Joe Biden, who was to make remarks Tuesday when the task force findings were released. “We need to give victims the support they need — like a confidential place to go — and we need to bring the perpetrators to justice.” Even as 1 in 5 female students is assaulted, the White House said in announcing the task force, it said the review was also about protecting male victims and engaging men in discussions about preventing such assaults.

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The Obama administration is taking steps designed to help colleges and universities reduce sexual assaults on their campuses and provide better protections for the victims when they do occur. Schools should identify trained, confidential victim’s advocates and conduct surveys to better gauge the frequency of sexual assault on their campuses since these types of crimes are underreported, a White House task force on sexual assault recommends in a report to be released Tuesday. It said the Justice Department will help develop training programs in trauma care for school officers and assess different models for schools to use to adjudicate such cases since some sexual assault survivors are wary of an adjudication process that can open them up to potentially painful or embarrassing questions by students or staff. It also promises greater transparency. A new website,, will post enforcement actions and offer information to victims about how to seek local help and information about filing a complaint, the White House said late Monday. It provides a checklist for schools to use in drafting or reevaluating sexual misconduct policies that includes ideas a school could consider when defining what is or isn’t sexual consent. “Prevention and education programs vary widely, with many doing neither well,” the task force said. “And in all too many instances survivors of sexual violence are not at the heart of an institution’s response: They often do not have a safe, confidential place to turn after an assault, they haven’t been told how the system works, and they often believe it is working against them. We heard from many who reached out for help or action, but were told they should just put the matter behind them.” The task force, appointed


promptly investigate complaints and discipline the accused if it’s more likely than not that violence occurred. The school can’t retaliate against students who file complaints and must ensure that a victim can continue their education free of ongoing harassment. Complaints have ticked up in the past couple years, after the Education Department publicized guidance on Title IX’s sexual assault provisions in 2011. The department can withhold federal funding from a school that doesn’t comply, but so far has not used that power and instead negotiated voluntary resolutions when they find violations. The task force said on Tuesday the department would issue more information related to the 2011 directive that answers frequently asked questions. Another law that campus sexual assault cases fall under is the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to annually report crime statistics on or near their campuses, to develop prevention policies and ensure victims their basic rights.

The recent Supreme Court ruling April 2 of McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission sparked multiple divisions, between socioeconomic classes, in the courtroom, and even on SMU’s campus. The case dealt with issues over regulating campaign finances, specifically focusing on limiting individual donations. A 5-to-4 decision ended this debate, with a strike down on the aggregate cap on campaign contributions. This leaves a base limit of $2,600 an individual can donate to a federal candidate per election intact. Before, individuals had an aggregate limit of $48,600 to donate to candidates for a federal office and $74,600 to PACs and other organizations. “Now, an individual can donate endless sums to super PACs and other organizations,” said political science professor Matthew Wilson. Previous rulings stated that an individual could not give more than a total of $123,000 to numerous candidates in an election cycle. Issues over campaign finances have been problems in the past. In 1976, after the Watergate scandal, the Supreme Court case Buckley v. Valeo placed limits on campaign contributions by Congress. McCutcheon paralleled the 2010 decision on Citizens United, which stuck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions. SMU political science professor Cal Jillson notices a pattern in the Supreme Court’s history of making things easier

for those more well-off. “Wealthy donors have always had more influence on elections than regular voters and have always had many ways to make that influence felt,” Jillson said. “Recent Supreme Court decisions, including Citizens United and McCutcheon, have simply made the process exercising influence simpler for the wealthy.” The case started when a conservative, Alabama businessman named Shaun McCutcheon, sought to donate more money to candidates. He believed these limitations violated the First Amendment. The Republican National Committee joined him to fight against this issue. The Federal Election Commission believes limits are necessary to fight corruption. The Supreme Court divided over the issue. In general terms, liberals want to preserve campaign finance restrictions in order to ensure that democracy is not damaged by the wealthy and the powerful. Conservatives argue these restrictions go against the First Amendment, which they say prohibits the government to control who pays for elections and how much they spend. “I do not agree with the McCutcheon decision because I do not believe that money is speech in any simple or direct sense,” Jillson said. Political science student Ted McGuire alleged McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission spoke to the importance of SMU students staying abreast of the recent decision. “University students are part of the American electorate. This decision affects all of us,” McGuire said.



WEDNESDAY n APRIL 30, 2014 Event

You’re invited: SMU Fashion Week 2014 kicks off today virginia boswell Contributing Writer SMU’s fashionable student body has done it again. The third annual SMU Fashion Week will be held today through Friday, with a host of exciting events planned. All events are free and open to the public. Wednesday, April 30 A “pop-up” shop with clothing by Intermix, co-sponsored by SMUStyle, will kick-start the three-day series of events in the Umphrey Lee Center lobby. Wednesday evening, Bradley Agather Means of the blog Luella & June will speak to students at 6:30 p.m. in the Journalism wing of Umphrey Lee. Thursday, May 1 On Thursday evening, Boston University sociologist and former model Ashley Mears, author of the book, “Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model,” will present a lecture at 7 p.m. in Room 241 of Umphrey Lee. Friday, May 2 To close the week, SMU Retail Club will host a fashion show at 1 p.m. on the Dallas Hall lawn. The show will feature clothing by SMU student designer Kira Plastinina and the online brand ASOS. For three years, SMU Fashion

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Local blogger and fashion editor Bradley Agather Means will speak Wednesday. Week has been largely organized and produced by students, many of them fashion media students, said Camille Kraeplin, director of the nearly 3-yearold fashion media program. “Fashion Week was started two years ago by a fashion media minor named Grace Davis,” Kraeplin said. “Her brother was a student at the University of Pennsylvania, and they’d had a fashion week for several years. Grace thought SMU should have one too, and she made it happen. And it was a big success.” This year Kraeplin and Jayne

Suhler, a professor in the Division of Journalism, advised the Fashion Week student team, including senior Paz Beatty, junior Kaylah Burton, junior Katie Ballard and master of liberal studies student Elif Kavakci. The Fashion Week committee is also coordinating with two major fashion forces on campus, Retail Club and SMUStyle. Ashley Gross, a senior fashion media major is planning the show. “Taking this fashion show planner leadership role has been invigorating and challenged me in ways that

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Author Ashley Mears will speak Thursday night of SMU Fashion Week. wouldn’t have been possible without this program,” she said. By hosting the fashion show in front of Dallas Hall, the Retail Club hopes to attract more traffic to the event. The fashion show will focus on the local SMU community, mainly by showing student designer Kira Plastinina’s line LUBLU, which has a boutique in Preston Center. ASOS clothing will also be showcased, as several of the girls working on the Fashion Week committee are also ASOS campus representatives.

Featuring Starbucks, a raffle and student DJ, the Retail Club fashion show will be an event students don’t want to miss. The pop-up shop hosted by SMUStyle Wednesday will feature clothing from Intermix. Intermix offers a variety of designer duds, perfect to wear to the Friday afternoon show. A portion of the pop-up’s proceeds will go to charity. Wednesday night Bradley Agather Means will be on campus to talk about her successful blog Luella & June and her experience as FD Luxe’s fashion

editor. A Dallas native, Bradley runs her successful fashion blog, which helped her land a position at FD Luxe and makes her one of Dallas’ most fashionable. A journalism student, keeping with the trend of a studentfocused week, will interview Bradley with a Q&A section after. Being a blogging pro, Bradley has a lot to offer for advice and inspiration to social media savvy students. Thursday night, SMUFW will host another lecture series with author Ashley Mears, a Boston University sociologist and former model. A reception for students and the Dallas community will be held in Umphrey Lee Center beforehand, showcasing everything that the Fashion Media department has been up to, featuring Hilltop Stylists and a piece from Rebecca Marin, an SMU grad now working at Vogue. Mears will then speak about her book “Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model.” She uses the modeling industry to address the complex issues of gender, class and race in the modeling world, as well as the economics and politics behind the business. Digging into deeper issues in the fashion industry, this lecture will hopefully attract a diverse audience to participate. The Fashion Week committee, Retail Club, SMUStyle and fashion media faculty have pulled resources and worked hard to create a fashion-packed three-day event that will, no doubt, go off without a hitch.

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Brown Bag Dance Series, Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, noon-1 p.m. THIS by Melissa James Gibson, Margo Jones Theatre, 8 p.m.


Brown Bag Dance Series, Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, noon-1 p.m. Middletown by Will Eno, Margo Jones Theatre, 8 p.m.


THIS by Melissa James Gibson, Margo Jones Theatre, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Brown Bag Dance Series, Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, noon-1 p.m. Marisol by Jose Rivera, Margo Jones Theatre, 8 p.m.


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

LUBLU offering graduation discount morgan o’hare Contributing Writer Russian fashion designer and SMU senior, Kira Plastinina is having a promotion at her Dallas flagship boutique, LUBLU, to help you find the perfect graduation look. Offering a wide variety of dresses for both day and night, LUBLU is the perfect place to find unique and beautiful looks for any graduation events that you are attending this spring. Receive a 10 percent discount on your purchase when you Instagram a photo of yourself in your favorite look and tag @LUBLU_kiraplastinina and also including the hashtag #LUBLUGraduation in your post. The best part about this deal is that it’s not limited to only SMU students. This promotion is available to women of all ages, as long as they have an Instagram. Happy shopping.

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SMU senior and designer Kira Plastinina is offering a discount for graduates.


SMU fashion media becomes major grace merck Contributing Writer

It was late August last year and SMU senior Ashley Gross had a tough decision to make. The deadline to add or drop classes was the following day and she had just hours to decide whether or not to take on a new major and 20 more hours of class. “Knowing how much I wanted to work in the fashion industry, it was an easy choice. I signed the papers and quickly switched my random elective hours to classes that would fulfill my new major. I know having fashion media as my major will stand out to future employers,” Gross said. SMU created the fashion media minor in 2011 and it was an instant hit. The immediate popularity of the minor had the administration thinking about the next step. While the minor offers a basic understanding of how fashion media fits into the industry as a whole, it is just a taste of the many ways to explore the different facets of the fashion industry. In fall of 2012, the SMU Meadows School of the Artsproposed an interdisciplinary and

academically rigorous program that would examine the fashion industry from many different perspectives. The proposal was approved the following spring and by fall 2013 students were able to declare fashion media as a major. At its core, the fashion media major is a communications program. Students learn the skills they will need in media- related fields such as journalism, public relations and advertising. Jayne Suhler, a professor in the journalism division, explains that the new fashion media major is, “training students to be those fashion critics, bloggers, magazine writers, public relations, marketing and advertising professionals in a trillion dollar international business.” Majors also take a concentrated core of fashion courses, designed to provide the specialized knowledge they will need to work in the industry. Other course work, in art history, women’s and gender studies and sociology, for instance, is designed to provide a broader understanding of the fashion industry and various social, cultural and economic forces that influence it. “This is not a basket weaving major in any way, shape or form,” Suhler said. The challenging classes that fashion media majors are taking are helping them explore new avenues

such as digital media, television and broadcast, and develop business principles while also solidifying their journalism backgrounds. “Taking Reporting II is challenging me to write hard news stories and helps me better understand the fundamentals of great journalism writing,” Gross said. The major also has a strong business component to the curriculum. According to Suhler, Mark Vamos, the chair of the business journalism program, is “developing fashion business classes for this major that are comparable to Cox business classes.” Students seem to be up to the challenge. “I’m taking Business of Fashion right now, which has me financially analyzing the fashion industry, something I hadn’t learned yet. It is hard but exciting,” Gross explained. Professor Chelsea Bell sees the new fashion media major as a pathway to many exciting and diverse career options in students’ futures. “This is a unique program that is emerging during a time when unwritten career possibilities are endless,” she said. “Our students will leave here with a range of skills that will give them the opportunity to write their own paths in the rapidly evolving fashion industry.”


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Toyota moving US base from California to Texas Associated PRess Toyota delivered a surprise pink slip to California on Monday, announcing the company would move its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas. The world’s largest automaker will keep a foothold in the Golden State - about 2,300 jobs will remain in California after the company settles into its new corporate campus in Plano, Texas. But the announcement is an economic and symbolic slap for California, a historic center of American car culture that has been trying to shake its reputation as a frustrating place to run a business, whether that involves shooting a film or selling a Prius. “When you look at the whole package, it’s difficult to be a business here,” lamented Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, whose community on the edge of the Pacific will suffer as the jobs migrate to Texas. “If all these great, high-end jobs are leaving California, then we are going to turn into a place

that’s a retirement community” with low-paying service-sector jobs, Scotto said. “We can’t have that,” he added, warning that unless the state has a change of attitude, “it’s going to be way too late.” Toyota’s announcement comes about two months after Occidental Petroleum Corp. disclosed it was moving its headquarters to Houston from Los Angeles. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been on a publicity campaign to promote his state as a haven for businesses seeking lower taxes and eased government regulation, but Toyota didn’t mention what, if any, role Perry played in the company’s decision. Perry, who made two visits to California to lure employers to his state, said Texas offered Toyota $40 million in incentives from the taxpayer-funded Texas Enterprise Fund. The Republican governor said Toyota is expected to invest $300 million in the new headquarters. Republicans in California quickly blamed Sacramento for the loss, where Democrats control both chambers of the

Legislature and every statewide office. A statement issued by Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development did not mention Toyota but stressed the state’s steadied balance sheet and jobs recovered after the devastating recession. “Ford, Volkswagen and Nissan continue to invest in California, and the Golden State remains the center of new electric, zeroemission and self-driving vehicle manufacturing and technology,” the statement said. Toyota will break ground this year on its new environmentally friendly headquarters in Plano, about 25 miles north of Dallas. Small groups of employees will start moving to temporary office space there this year, but most won’t move until late 2016 or early 2017 when the new headquarters is completed. The new campus will bring together about 4,000 employees from sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing and finance. Toyota also plans to expand its technical center near Ann Arbor, Mich., and move about 250 parts procurement positions there from

Georgetown, Ky., where the Camry and Avalon sedans are made. That will free up space for approximately 300 production engineers to move from Erlanger, Ky., to Georgetown. Toyota will have 8,200 employees in Kentucky after the moves are complete. Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for North America, said the new headquarters will enable faster decision making. Lentz told The Associated Press that the move is one of the most significant changes in Toyota’s 57-year history in the U.S. “We needed to be much more collaborative,” he said. Lentz said any employee who wants to move will be given a relocation package and retention bonus. The company is also offering to send employees and their spouses or partners to the new locations to look for new homes. “Everything we are doing is encouraging people to go,” he said. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosilliere said Toyota’s announcement was the result of an intense, three-month courtship

but the company’s decision was “years in the making.” Plano economic development director Sally Bane said when Toyota decided to hone in on Texas, the city jumpstarted its own campaign, hiring a private consultant who worked with Toyota to help close the deal. Toyota will join Cigna Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Pepsico Inc.’s Frito Lay in a city with an unemployment rate lower than the state average. Plano’s 265,000 residents have a median income of $81,000, one of the highest in the country. Toyota Motor Corp. has had a presence in California since 1957, when it opened its first U.S. headquarters in a former Rambler dealership in Hollywood. The following year - Toyota’s first in the U.S. market - it sold 287 Toyopet Crown sedans and one Land Cruiser. By 1975, Toyota had become the top import brand in the U.S. It opened its current U.S. headquarters in Torrance in 1982. Toyota sold 2.2 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year. The company also maintains

offices in New York and Washington. Plants in Mississippi, Texas and Indiana aren’t affected by the moves. Lentz, who became Toyota’s first CEO for the North America region in 2013, said Toyota President Akio Toyoda encouraged him to think of ways to make North America more self-reliant. Lentz said he began working on the idea of a combined headquarters last April or May. The company decided not to locate in California because it was too far from its plants in the Midwest. Kentucky was rejected because Erlanger wasn’t big enough, and Ann Arbor was rejected because it was too close to Detroit rivals like General Motors and Ford. Lentz said the company ultimately came up with a list of 100 possibilities that it whittled down to four. “As we visited those four primary locations, it became quite clear that the Dallas metro area was far and above the best choice,” Lentz said. He wouldn’t disclose the other three finalists.


Oklahoma inmate dies after execution is botched Associated PRess A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate’s eventual death from a heart attack. Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of the state’s

new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered. Three minutes later, though, he began breathing heavily, writhing, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow. The blinds were eventually lowered to prevent those in the viewing gallery from watching what was happening in the death chamber, and the state’s top prison official eventually called a halt to the proceedings. Lockett died of a

heart attack a short time later, the Department of Corrections said. “It was a horrible thing to witness. This was totally botched,” said Lockett’s attorney, David Autry. The apparent failure of the execution is likely to fuel more debate about the ability of states to administer lethal injections that meet the U.S. Constitution’s requirement they be a neither cruel nor unusual punishment.


App helps with STD testing Kian Hervey Contributing Writer In today’s day and age, it’s easier than ever to find a date. There are countless apps and programs that help people get set-up in any situation. And now, there’s an innovative new app called Hula. Hula is an app that helps someone get STD tested and allows someone to see if his or her potential partner is carrying an STD. It can be awkward asking someone about an STD, which is why CEO Ramin Bastani created Hula. Bastani told The Huffington Post, “I started the company in 2010 because a girl slapped me in the face after I asked if she’d been tested… There has to be a better way to have this conversation.”

To make a profile, the account holder must fill out paperwork to allow personal medical information to be shared. Hula experts then decode the complicated medical talk into simple “positive” or “negative” results on each profile. This allows viewers to easily understand results when looking at someone’s profile. Hula also provides information on the closest STD clinics so that users are aware of nearby testing facilities and can keep their results up to date. A survey in 2008 found that 110 million Americans have STDs, and there are still many that go unreported. In the U.S., 20 million new STDs are diagnosed every year, and it can cost up to $16 billion annually in medical expenses. STDs are most common in ages 15 to 24, and almost 50 percent of college

students are having unprotected sex. “I think this is a progressive way of maintaining sexual health” said Georgia Murphy, a sophomore public relations major. Alexa Daniel, a sophomore finance major, had a more cautious take on the personal app. “That’s too much information,” Daniel said. “I don’t think I’d want to go home with anyone after using that app.” The app is named Hula because “it helps you get lei’d.” However, many Hawaiians have been offended by the app’s name because the Hula is a sacred and traditional dance in Hawaii. The slogan has now been removed from the website, but the name remains. Currently, Hula is free to join, but Bastani hopes that with growing popularity he can monetize.

That question has drawn renewed attention from defense attorneys and death penalty opponents in recent months, as several states scrambled to find new sources of execution drugs because drugmakers that oppose capital punishment — many based in Europe — have stopped selling to prisons and corrections departments. Several states have gone to court to shield the identities of the new sources of their execution drugs. Missouri and Texas, like Oklahoma, have both refused to reveal their sources, but both of

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Flagpole livened by tunes, charity Walking to Dallas Hall, students may see or hear an abnormal sight this week — students around the flagpole performing music. The students aren’t preparing for a Meadows final or seeking campus fame; they’re promoting a clothing drive sponsored by Tunes for Texas, a new charity club on campus that puts the musical talents of SMU students to philanthropic work. Tunes for Texas produces charity through entertainment. “We tried to envision a way we could combine community service with music and tap in to the musical talents of the student body to give back to the community,” co-founder Vafa Behzadpour said. “That’s when we came up with Tunes For Texas.” Behzadpour and his cofounder Dylan Erwin met at Mustang Corral last fall. The two first-years bonded over their

love of music and started playing together “just for fun.” Wanting to do more with their music, they took their talents to Cook Children’s Hospital. With help from SMU Community Health Education, the group has been able to expand their charitable activities to include a clothing drive benefiting the Dallas Life Foundation and The Salvation Army. “When cleaning your dorm or apartment you find many pieces of clothing you may not need anymore,” Erwin said. “By donating their clothes, students are directly helping those in need around Dallas.” Dallas Life Foundation is nonprofit foundation that first opened its doors the homeless community in 1954. The Christian group provides guests with basic necessities like meals, shelter and clothing, and additional services like counseling, medical, dental, vision and spiritual care. The DFW chapter of The Salvation Army has been “doing the most good” for the community for more than a

century. Started in Texas in 1889, The Salvation Army aids the homeless, families in crisis, veterans and other under-served populations. Students can support these organizations with donations through Friday. The clothes will be dropped off first to Dallas Life, then Salvation Army Sunday. “Students are always welcomed to come out and participate with us. We are always open to having volunteers and no musical talent is required. We just look for students who want to help,” Erwin said. After seeing a positive response from the SMU community, Tunes for Texas plans on making the clothing drive an annual event. According to Behzadpour, a Tunes for Texas philanthropy concert is also in the works. Students interested in joining Tunes for Texas can contact Behzadpour and Erwin directly via campus email at and The club is advised by Assistant Director of Health Education Lisa Joyner.

“Obviously the whole thing was gummed up and botched from beginning to end. Halting the execution obviously did Lockett no good.” Republican Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a 14-day stay of execution for an inmate who was scheduled to die two hours after Lockett, Charles Warner. She also ordered the state’s Department of Corrections to conduct a “full review of Oklahoma’s execution procedures to determine what happened and why during this evening’s execution.”

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those states have since successfully carried out executions with their new supplies. Tuesday was the first time Oklahoma used the drug midazolam as the first element in its execution drug combination. Other states have used it before; Florida administers 500 milligrams of midazolam as part of its three-drug combination. Oklahoma used 100 milligrams of that drug. “They should have anticipated possible problems with an untried execution protocol,” Autry said.

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Students should take on-campus Religion has a place LGBT discrimination seriously in university life Shelbi Smith Kathrina Macalanda Contributing Writers Let’s set aside all arguments surrounding treating elections seriously and concentrate on one simple idea: take campus homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people seriously. We are disgusted with the “Take election results seriously” piece. Let’s start with SPECTRUM being the primary target. SPECTRUM members advocated for the referendum, but did not write the legislation or the petition. A little research would have revealed that Student Senate was behind both. Calling the second vote an electoral disgrace is also misguided. The petition for a second vote was conducted according to the

rules outlined in the student body constitution. Furthermore, by telling us to take the election results seriously, what the writer is really saying is that LGBT people should just sit back and accept homophobia. Second, the student body did vote incorrectly. Of course, we are sure saying that will cause all kinds of controversy. So be it. LGBT equality is right; voting against it is wrong. It really is that simple. We can get over your lack of research and questionable interpretation of events though. What we cannot get over is the blaming of LGBT activists for the referendum failing, and more importantly, the seeming insistence in telling us how to feel about the situation. The writer had the audacity to say we treated voters callously. No. Mr. McClain — and all those who voted against the seat, those who did not vote and those who have remained silent

as horrific things have been said about us — treated the LGBT community callously. But it didn’t stop there. He thought it was appropriate to tell us how we should feel about the situation. He has no right to do so. No one should dare tell us how we should look upon the results of the votes, and no one should dare tell us what should make us proud. Of course we recognize the progress that has been made at SMU in recent years. We are happy to see a shift occurring; we are happy to know we won the majority both times. But guess what? We still don’t have representation. Toward the end of the piece, it said, “SPECTRUM might yet convince people like myself to get off the sidelines.” We are happy to have it confirmed yet again that it is the responsibility of an oppressed group to get people to care about them.

Instead of telling us to respect the will and opinion of the student body, how about telling the student body to respect LGBT students. Tell them to stop calling us d*kes and fa**ots. Tell them to stop harassing gay students, following them across campus yelling derogatory slurs. Tell them to stop being such cowards, hiding behind their computer screens. Tell them real bravery is two women walking hand in hand across campus every day after someone threatened to rape them for trying to better the situation of LGBT students on campus. The fact is the referendum failed because of homophobia. In the true fashion of an oppressor, Mr. McClain managed to turn it on the oppressed and blame us for our own oppression. Well done. Smith is a sophomore majoring in philosophy. Macalanda is a senior majoring in electrical engineering.


Michael Dearman Contributing Writer In summing up writing for The Daily Campus over the past four years, and almost exclusively alongside Brandon Bub in the last two, it is only fitting that I speak about religion on campus. Religion’s place in public life should certainly concern us — especially here at SMU. Religion is one of the most crucial components of meaning in the lives of human beings. These four (or five or six) years of college are crucial in personal development of what values are actually important to us. Spiritual and moral values are at many points the most important values that we could ever have or understand. Some members of this university would like to see religion play no role in the development of students. They take this view either because religion is seen as meresuperstition, traditionalism, or is, in fact, a practice out of accord with the use of reason. The goal, then, would be to assert other (secular) values over religious values and practices. Others do not want to see religion as having a place in the public life of the university because religion is solely a matter of personal preference or feeling. However, this disregards the fact that the beliefs we hold about what is good and right color our actions toward others and are thus of serious import. Hence, the goal might be neutrality toward religious

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“No man has a right under any circumstance other than self defense, no man has a right ever to raise his hand to a woman, period, end of story. It is assault, if they do. “To get that through to our daughters, and our sisters, and our friends, is still such a culturally difficult thing to do. I can’t say often enough it doesn’t matter what coat she was wearing, whether she drank too much, whether it was in the back of a car, in her room, on the street, it does not matter. “It does not matter if she initially said yes and changed her mind and said ‘no.’ No means no, wherever it is stated.”

—Vice President Joe Biden, on President Barack Obama’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

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brandon bub Contributing Writer Michael and I have been doing our back and forth in this column for over a year. Now that we’re both about to graduate, I have to say it’s a dialogue I’m certainly going to miss. Sometimes we talked about religion. Sometimes we talked about politics. More often than not, those discussions intersected. We also rarely disagreed, much to the chagrin of some of our readers.

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and moral views without encouraging or discouraging any particular one over another. This neutrality, in principle, seems good because it accords with our thoughts about what is fair and respectful. But often neutrality collapses into hostility toward public displays of religious belief or public assertion of ideas of goodness. There may be, in fact, no adequately neutral position because none of us are neutral toward religion and morality. Neither of these views really creates the openness for inquiry that we need when we seek to develop students intellectually, spiritually and morally. For this reason, I feel very strongly about the creation of spaces in which students can confront and test their views and create new ones. Clubs and student ministries, for example, are essential for this purpose. For example, human rights programming on campus serves to help individuals come to understand the worth of other individuals and how to act and treat those people in accordance with their inherent rights. Religious organizations on campus function similarly as a place in which community and virtue can be promoted. My own experience is with Christian campus ministries, which have been the most significant places where love, community, faith and practice are cultivated for the renewal of individuals and the SMU community. My challenge to students is to get serious about their faith and about what they value. The postponement of such thought to “another time” is a bad idea. There is no other time for one get involved with a campus ministry, which is specifically designed for the student’s spiritual development. It was the best choice I made, and I regret nothing of the experience, which had brought fullness to my life.

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Maybe we should have been more vitriolic. Michael could have been Pat Robertson, and I could have been Richard Dawkins. But then, we might have spent every week going on about how everyone who has a different worldview than us is delusional. However, two people like us, with such diametrically opposed worldviews, actually came to a consensus on a regular basis. This fact just shows that the political cleavages we hear emphasized each week on Sunday morning news shows and radio talk shows might not be as pronounced as we think. Be you Catholic or Protestant, Sikh or Hindu, Jewish or Muslim, atheist or agnostic, you probably have more in common with the people around you than you’ve been led on to think. And discussing your differences can still be productive too. Even at times when it might be uncomfortable. I know that my discussions

with Michael, both in the context of this column as well as on the occasions when we stayed up late to drink Scotch and talk about Jesus, have been intensely rewarding for me. I’ve learned to talk about faith in a more sensitive and intellectually engaged way. I look forward to keeping that same level of dialogue going when I begin teaching next year at a Catholic high school. (The last thing I want to do is indoctrinate my students). I learned that even though I am not a professing Christian, I still very much enjoy talking about Scripture, Trinitarian doctrine. I also enjoy talking about the differences between Catholic and Protestant theology. And of course, Michael and I could never pass up a chance to complain about postmodernism when we had the chance. Since this is my last column, there might be an expectation of some parting words or witty aphorisms. I’m not sure what I can offer

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in that regard, but I do have one bit of advice that I hope some people will take to heart. When you come to college (or start any new chapter in your life, for that matter), you’re going to learn quickly that you can’t do things by yourself. You’ll learn that life gets a lot more bearable with a supportive network of friends. And when you choose those friends, make sure that they are similar enough to you such that they can give you love when you need it. But make sure that they are also different enough such that they can challenge you when you need a good intellectual ass-kicking. And for my friends of faith, I leave with one of my favorite prayers: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to know the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Bub is a senior majoring in English, history and political science.

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Number 4: Jerry LeVias Omare Majzoub Contributing Writer Editors Note: For the past several issues we have been counting down the 25 greatest SMU athletes of alltime. This is number four of that list. Jerry LeVias is one of the most influential athletes in SMU history for what he accomplished on and off the field as a Mustang. He started on the Hilltop in 1965 when he signed to play football under Head Coach Hayden Fry. The addition of LeVias was a historical moment for college football and the sporting world because he was the first African-American scholarship athlete and second AfricanAmerican football player in the Southwest Conference. By adding him to the team, SMU helped integrate the sport of college football and forever changed sports history. As a player, LeVias was honored and recognized with numerous awards in his college career. He was named All-SWC three times and became an AllAmerican during his senior year. He twice led the league in receiving yards and held just about every career record for a wide receiver when he left SMU in 1968. In total, he caught 155 passes and scored 25 touchdowns during his time as a Mustang. While at SMU, LeVias also made numerous athletic and academic All-America teams and still holds the single game record for receptions in a game. He caught 15 passes against Ohio State in 1968 and finished with 1,131 yards receiving yards that year, which landed him fifth

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in Heisman balloting. LeVias also won the Fort Worth Kiwanis Club Award for Sportsmanship and was Most Valuable Back and Player in the Senior Bowl in 1969. SMU football was on fire during the 1960’s and LeVias was a big reason for that. He led the Mustangs to their first SWC conference-championship in 18 years in 1966 and a Bluebonnet Bowl victory over Oklahoma in 1968. He also played a big role in getting the Mustangs to their first Cotton Bowl appearance in almost 20 years. By his senior year, LeVias was known for being one of the most exciting players in the entire country because of his speed and hands. He learned how to block on running plays and was fearless going over the middle despite his size. Although his accomplishments on the field are impressive, LeVias should also be recognized for his impact off. He was born Sept. 5, 1946 just outside of Houston at a time where racial tensions were very high. LeVias dealt with a lot of criticism and harsh treatment while growing up and playing at SMU. Fans, opposing players and even some teammates and classmates were cold, distant and hostile towards LeVias throughout his career. He became very religious to help him deal with the pain and suffering. This faith led him to wear jersey No. 23 for Psalm 23. To honor his impact, LeVias was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and to the National College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Coaches and teammates say


LeVias had the character, academic potential and skill that were needed to successfully integrate the sport and change it forever. LeVias football career started at Herbert High School in Beaumont, Texas. He had terrific speed, but played quarterback because of his small frame. LeVias was listed at about 5-foot-9 and 177 pounds when he began receiving college offers. He said he chose SMU after not being recruited by traditional historically black schools that he wanted to attend. In 1969, LeVias entered the AFL Draft and was taken in with the 40th pick in Round 2 by the Houston Oilers. He played two years in Houston, where he was selected to the 1969 AFL All-Star Team and named Rookie of the Year. After that, he moved on to the San Diego Chargers of the NFL and played for three more years (1971-74). When his career ended, LeVias became a successful businessman in Houston and credits his academic studies at SMU for his success. He is now 67 years old.

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After a long recruiting process, consensus 5-star Euless Trinity big man Myles Turner will decide where he will attend school today at 3 p.m. on ESPN at Trinity High School. Turner will choose from a list of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Duke, Ohio State and Texas A&M on an ESPNU Recruiting special with the Longhorns entering as the favorite according to many including ESPN’s Reggie Rankin and Adam Finkelstein. Back in Feb., Turner visited SMU for the Mustangs’ victory over Houston and called SMU a “dark horse,” when talking with’s Omar Majzoub. Turner has a great relationship

with the SMU staff and the idea of playing for a legendary coach like Larry Brown is something he and his dad talked a lot about. “The SMU coaches have kept in contact with me,” he told Majzoub. “I talk to Coach Ulric Maligi a lot and Coach Larry Brown talks to my dad a lot. They have a great staff and they are very family-orientated.” Turner called the newly renovated Moody Coliseum the second-best atmosphere he experienced behind Oklahoma State. Turner also has talked with SMU signee and fellow McDonald’s All-American Emmanuel Mudiay about playing together. When Mudiay and Turner were on the same team for the Jordan Brand Classic, Mudiay didn’t pressure Turner too much because the pair both knows how good they could be together under

Brown’s tutelage. Although Turner would raise expectations even more for next season’s SMU team and he could do it in his hometown, the Mustangs are on the outside looking in it appears. ESPN gave SMU a 5 percent chance of landing Turner behind Kansas (65 percent) and Kansas (20 percent) while Oklahoma State also shares a 5 percent chance. Turner wanted to complete his all-star game circuit before deciding and has taken numerous in-home visits since those games, but not from SMU, who decided not to ask for a visit. Texas got the last official visit from Turner and Turner’s favorite player is former Longhorn Kevin Durant. All signs point to the Longhorns getting Turner, but maybe Turner will “shock the world,” like Mudiay did and sign with the Mustangs.


Mustangs bring home American conference title Samuel Snow Associate Sports Editor For the first time since 2006, SMU won the conference title, taking place in Innisbrook, Fla., behind the play of sophomore Bryson Dechambeu. Dechambeu, who shot seven under for the tournament, won the American individual title while assisting SMU in taking the inaugural team honors. With a one-stroke lead entering the final round,

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Dechambeu did not surrender it at all during the final day to win it all. Assisting Dechambeu was sophomore Austin Smotherman. Smotherman shot even with par for the tournament and finished tied for fourth. The remainder of the SMU team finished as follows: Harry Higgs tied for 12th, Ryan Burgess tied for 19th and Andrew Buchanan finished 48th. SMU, overall, came into the final round trailing No. 7 ranked UCF by one stroke. They tied

them in the front nine and pulled away in the back nine. In the back nine Dechambeu, who shot three birdies, and Higgs minus-four over his last 10 holes, led the Mustangs. The conference win was Dechambeu’s first collegiate victory. UCF finished the tournament in second place while third place was awarded to No. 9 Houston. Because of the conference victory, SMU will now be playing in the NCAA Championship, which take place May 15-17.

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Phil Romano has set his sights on Trinity Groves as a new area to establish more dining and entertainment options.

katelyn hall Contributing Writer What do you do when you’ve created 30 restaurant concepts? When you’ve invented six national chains, including Fuddruckers and EatZi’s? When you’ve mastered the delivery of everything from BBQ to Italian? There was nothing left for Phil Romano to accomplish. Until Romano met West Dallas. Eight years ago, Romano and business partners Stuart Fitts and Larry McGregor found a crusty, dried-up barrio nestled up against the floodplain of the Trinity River. Despite its association with poverty and gang violence, its view of the Dallas skyline and proximity to downtown amenities made it the type of place that developers dream of patching up. And Romano knew he could do it if he started with food.

“Anyone will go anywhere for a good restaurant,” Romano said. And with that, he planted the 80-acre seed to an over 1,000-acre project called Trinity Groves. At the base of the $182 million Calatrava Bridge sits a mecca of nine—soon to be 17—original restaurants spearheaded by entrepreneurs and backed by expert restaurateur Romano. The concepts range from tapas at Casa Rubia to permanent pop-up Kitchen LTO. The restaurants will serve as the base for a mega-entertainment center featuring breweries, outdoor concert space, art galleries and high-rise residences. Karen Williams, who manages Amberjax, the Trinity Groves seafood joint, sees Romano’s goals for Trinity Groves as the catalyst reshaping Dallas. “When you have more money than God, what do you do? You build a city,” Williams said. “This is the only place left

to build and expand, so they’re doing it.” If Romano’s guess stands correctly (and so far it looks like it just might) Trinity Groves may just be the it-location for the city of Dallas. “It’s going to be the number one destination in Dallas,” Romano said. “What Ghirardelli Square is to San Francisco, this can be to Dallas.” “It’s getting ready to completely change out here,” Williams said. And while restaurants and their added buzz to the Dallas social scene excite Romano and his peers, Trinity Groves is here for long-term aspirations for Dallas. Romano and city leaders believe the Trinity Groves area has the potential to be a financial capital of the United States. “The city has really bought into it,” Williams said of the area where her restaurant sits.

Social media users, including Hollywood’s finest celebrities, are not holding back their opinions on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments leaked on the internet late last week. The scandal stems from an audio recording of Sterling making racist comments, saying he doesn’t want black people at his games or his girlfriend taking pictures with them. Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and even President Barack Obama have weighed in on the controversy, upset at Sterling’s discriminatory words. Rihanna went on a posting spree Saturday evening, posting memes mocking Sterling’s offensive remarks. Rapper Snoop Dogg posted a photo of Sterling’s girlfriend Vivian Stiviano, who allegedly leaked the recording, with rapper Don “Magic” Juan.

“The real magic. Had her 1st. Pimp pimp hooray!” read Snoop’s caption. President Obama deemed Sterling’s remarks “incredibly offensive racist statements” at a news conference Sunday. “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” he said. Stephen A. Smith, popular ESPN sports commentator, said Monday night that if the NBA did not take action immediately regarding the controversy, he would continue to express his outrage publicly. Almost 24 hours later, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday afternoon that Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and issued a $2.5 million fine, the maximum fine possible for the league. Following Silver’s announcement, social media exploded. The effect social media has on a public scandal like this elevates the importance exponentially. Millions of tweeters expressed their discontent with the situation.

Had this controversy taken place five years ago, the issue might’ve been swept under the rug. However, the fast-paced nature of social media makes the this situation explosive. Over 40,000 tweets trended with the hashtag #bannedforlife along with nearly 20,000 tweets featuring the commissioners name just a few hours after the announcement. Perhaps Sterling’s most offensive comment was about NBA legend Ervin “Magic” Johnson. Sterling bashes Stiviano’s Instagram feed upset about her association with black athletes including Johnson, who she has a photo with. Johnson expressed his satisfaction with the commissioner’s decision on Twitter. “Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life,” read Johnson’s tweet. The impact of Johnson’s presence on social media has garnered supporters and advocates of the league that doesn’t tolerate racial discrimination, making it one of the NBA’s most talked about controversies.


Lucasfilm releases cast info for new ‘Star Wars’ film of 2015 associated press Lucasfilm announced the cast of the next “Star Wars” picture, saying original stars including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will join a fresh crop of space adventurers in the new film. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow

will be part of the new cast, the Walt Disney Co. unit said Tuesday on its website. Disney, which paid $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm in 2012, has already begun production of the secondary scenes for the film, which studio chief Alan Horn has pledged will be a “full meal” for fans of the movie series, one of the most successful in motion-picture history. The actors who played Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO will also reprise their roles,

Lucasfilm said. “Star Wars: Episode VII” is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. John Williams returns as composer. The film opens worldwide on December 18, 2015. Released multiple times over the years, the six “Star Wars” movies have taken in $4.54 billion in worldwide ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, an industry researcher.

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