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First Year Guide 2010-11

Q&A with George W. Bush By JESSICA HUSEMAN Editor in Chief

Daily Campus Editor in Chief, Jessica Huseman, asked former President George W. Bush a few questions about the George W. Bush Center, construction for which will break groound in fall 2010. Following are his responses: MICHAEL DANSER/The Daily Campus

Daily Campus: Why was SMU chosen as the location for the Center? Former President Bush: Laura and I wanted to build the Bush Center on a campus that promotes excellence, and SMU is such a place. Secondly, the university and its alumni base were very supportive. Thirdly, the facility is going to be built on a beautiful site. Fourthly, Laura went there, as did a lot of my friends. Daily Campus: What are the initial goals of the Institute? Former President Bush: The Bush Institute is a part of the Bush Center. It will be a place of thought and action. The Institute will focus on global health, public school reform, economic growth, and human freedom.

The new Caruth Hall building hopes to become the second LEED Gold certified building in the engineering school.

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Architectural sketch of the George W. Bush Center, which will break ground in fall 2010.

Daily Campus: Can you explain the Women’s Initiative program of the Bush Institute? Former President Bush: The women’s initiative will focus primarily on women in the Middle East to encourage the advance of freedom and democracy. I believe women will lead that advance, and we will help them.

to broaden their knowledge. There will be lectures, internships, and seminars, which SMU students will attend. This year, for example, former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson and I answered questions from students at the Cox Business School. Also, I have led several classes and look forward to doing more of that.

Daily Campus: To what extent will SMU students be able to be involved in the Center? Former President Bush: The Bush Center will be a part of SMU, and once the facility is open, we hope SMU students will find ample opportunities

Daily Campus: How can the class of 2014 become involved with the Center? Former President Bush: The Class of 2014 will be the first class at SMU to be able to make use of the facility designed by architect Robert Stern.


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George W. Bush at the April 19 Conference on Cyber Dissidents conference at SMU..

SMU band elects first-ever female drum major By MEREDITH CARLTON Associate News Editor

Amanda Weise has been elected the first female drum major at SMU. The Houston native is an electrical engineering and chemistry double major with a minor in music from the class of 2013. She has been active in band since sixth grade and in marching band since ninth grade, but never thought she would receive an honor like this. “It was something that I never thought I would achieve, to be

completely honest,” Weise said. “The Mustang Band is diverse, yet we hold strong to our traditions.” Weise ultimately chose SMU because she wanted to continue to be involved in music and in a marching band. The Mustang Band was first organized in 1917 by Mr. Harold Hart Todd and thrives on tradition— something that helps “give color and meaning to the music performed,” Weise said. Before going into the audition, Weise received encouragement from both Don Hopkins, the director of the

Mustang Band, and Tommy Tucker, the assistant director of the band and the main music arranger. Her directors told her “they had been looking for the perfect candidate to be the first girl,” and that her peers were confident in her abilities. “This band is like a huge family to me,” Weise said. “To be chosen to lead them fills me with so much happiness.” Be on the lookout for Weise next year as she leads the Mustang Band in all its endeavors, including the march from The Boulevard to Ford Stadium.

SMU goes green

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Amanda Weise will be a sophomore in the band this fall.

Classrooms and students LEED campus GREEN initiatives. Evergreen grass, freshly cut lawns, rows of leafy green trees: SMU’s campus is no slouch in landscaping, even if it’s what’s inside that matters the most. SMU’s lush landscaping has been recognized by the Grounds Management Society for “exceptional grounds maintenance,” and it leads the state of Texas in green sustainability buildings. In 2006, J. Lindsay Embrey, which houses the mechanical, environmental and civil engineering departments, was the first university building in Texas to be certified gold LEED. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System means buildings, like Embrey’s classrooms, are designed to save energy and essentially, to recycle. Embrey is certified gold because it was built to reduce the need for indoor lighting. Its large windows and central threestory column allow the building to run on daylight. SMU is also the primer university to implement waterless urinals campus wide. These urinals save 40,000 gallons of water annually. Michael Paul, executive director of facilities management and sustainability at SMU, believes the

greatest accomplishment SMU has made in being a green campus is the LEED buildings. “A huge amount of credit with this accomplishment [LEED certified buildings] goes to Dean Orsak who pushed for the very first LEED building, then pushed that it be gold,” Paul said. “Then Carl Sewell and President Turner, with a handshake, agreed that all future SMU buildings would be LEED certified, when practical.” The next building expected to be certified gold LEED is Caruth Hall, which opened this spring and will be a part of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen, incoming chair of the sustainability committee, said she is most excited about new projects at SMU that involve LEED buildings, single stream recycling and environmentally focused academic programs. Svendsen said strengthening student involvement on campus is the key to fueling environmental accomplishments. “First-year students can get involved in green efforts by joining the Environmental Society or Students for a Better Society,” Svendsen said. “These groups ocus on promoting events like “Recyclemania,” a yearly recycling competition amongst campuses across the nation and

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Advisors help avoid academic pitfalls By GLORIA SALINAS News Editor

As a student at SMU, and especially as a first-year, your advisor will become your best friend. While college is where you learn to become an independent adult, it is also a time to explore your academic interests – there is no one better for this than your advisor. When enrolling for classes for the first time, you will quickly become familiar with the General Education Curriculum (GEC), which are essentially course requirements that all undergraduates at SMU must complete before they receive their degree.

Assistant Director of Advising Pamela Chiu, has advised SMU students for seven years, and said students should not attend an advising session with a specific schedule in mind. Instead, they should spend time preparing Advanced Placement Test results or dual credits obtained so “the advisor can show you your options.” “Students should look at majors and minors at SMU, speak to students, check admissions requirements for majors, look at the different schools’ websites [and] go to the bookstore and explore their interests,” Chiu said. “Socializing comes on its own–academics don’t.” As an advisor, Chiu’s main goal

for first-year students is to have them “explore the different areas that SMU offers” rather than to simply complete the GEC in their first year and a half. “If you love psychology, do it,” she said. “Now is the time to lay [your interests] all out there.” Chiu said one of the mistakes students often make is taking advice from other students on courses, and what may be difficult or uninteresting to one student may not be for another. In order to navigate the GEC waters more easily and effectively, Chiu advises students to look broadly into their areas of interest. For those who attend advising

sessions with a major in mind, Chiu said, “What else? Come with a second and third option because it is very easy to leave SMU with two majors and a minor, or a major, a minor, and have studied abroad.” The GEC is designed for students to gain knowledge of liberal arts and obtain a solid undergraduate degree while enjoying their classes. Chiu’s words of advice to make fall enrollment less overwhelming for the freshmen lounging around in the summer are to “look at the owner’s manual you will receive in the mail, check out our online catalog and do what you want to do.”

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eco friendly music festival.” Opportunities for a green campus seem endless. Students may draft environmental legislation by becoming a representative for the Student Concerns Committee of the Student Senate, take courses or even minor in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. Students can also join the Campus Sustainability Committee, which is particularly looking for a student “who is interested in gaining Public Relations experience, by helping with web and news print editing,” Svendsen said. SMU Environmental Society President Andrea Fernandez said she is excited about the growth of interest in the society and projects. This

Peruna VI started his tenure on October 2, 1965. Peruna I was hit on Peruna II, a black shetland Peruna IV, the second mare, led the Mockingbird by a pony raised at the Culwell Mustangs to two consecutive Southwest He served for 21 years until a liver ailment forced speeding motorist Ranch and was the first of Conference championships. She died of a him out of action. He had the longest tenure, to date, of any mascot. and killed. two mares to serve as mascot. jaw infection in the summer of 1949.




Peruna I made his first appearance at a pep rally.


In 1937, a statue was sculpted by Michael G. Owen Jr. (’37) and placed at the burial site of Peruna I.

During Peruna III’s reign, the Culwells purchased Peruna his own special red and blue trailer which was used until 2002.

Peruna VIII ‘exchanged reins’ at the Spirit and Traditions Pep Rally at the beginning of the 1997 school year.


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In Chicago for the 1953 Notre Dame game, Peruna V was put up at the posh Stevens Hotel, had elevator privileges, and drank from the washbasin

fall, a younger group of individuals will be leading the society, and that makes for “new and hip ideas and a desire to grow,” Fernandez said. “Last semester, we helped out at a Black Eyed Peas concert and got to see them for free,” she said. “More [opportunities like] this will be available as the group grows and events need more help with recycling and petition signing.” Fernandez urges students to stop by the organization’s table at the involvement fair, “A Night at the Club,” and check it out on Facebook – SMU Environmental Society. Keeping SMU beautiful and green is a growing initiative, and let’s face it — green is the new black. For more information on SMU’s environmental efforts, visit smu. edu/sustainability.


During the summer of 1986, Peruna VII broke After a long road trip to Washington, D.C., Peruna VIII led The his leg and retired early. His retirement found Mustang Band in President him living on a ranch until his liver began to George Bush’s Inauguration fail in May of 2002 and he was euthanized. Parade.

Peruna: Proof that size isn’t everything By TAYLOR LACK Staff Writer

With two Mustangs and a Shetland pony representing SMU at football games, it may be confusing to distinguish which is the real mascot. Peruna, the Shetland pony, claims the mascot title. In 1929, theology student Cy Barcus saw a little black horse running through a field and told the football coach, Ray Morrison, about it. When he brought the pony to a pep rally, Peruna became the school’s mascot. Listed under the Top 100 College Football Traditions, Peruna first appeared at a football game against Texas A&M on Nov. 4, 1932. Peruna

got his name from the famous Prohibition alcohol-laced elixir, Peruna Tonic, which was popular for its “kick.” Not only did Peruna try to kick Texas Tech’s horse, Misty, but he also brought the University of Texas’s Longhorn Bevo to the ground, and he defecated at midfield on rival TCU’s new field turf. More notably, Peruna is known for killing the Fordham’s mascot by kicking the ram in the head. “He’s a feisty mustang with a lot of heart. I don’t think you could find a better mascot for the school,” Brad Ray, a current Peruna handler, said. Another Peruna Handler and Student Body President Jake Torres said, “Peruna represents

everything about the University... He is strong, determined, resilient and a very energetic horse, much like the people he represents.” Peruna has been present at every home game since 1932, standing behind an end zone during the game. The handlers run Peruna across the field after every SMU score. During a 1959 UT – SMU game, UT supposedly “horse-napped” Peruna and displayed him at the game with mane and tail painted burnt orange. Little did they know, George Richards, a past handler, was driving down the highway to the game with Peruna in tow--they stole the wrong horse! Since 1993, Peruna’s stable has been kept secret.

“Obviously not everyone is out to steal and hurt Peruna, but its better to just keep him safe,” Ray said. After the first Peruna, seven other ponies were donated, and continue to be donated, by the Culwell family. “The most rewarding aspect of working with Peruna is watching the way people react around him.” Torres said, “Children absolutely love him and it is great to see them run up to him to pet him. Alumni and students also really enjoy seeing him and its great to see the excitement he brings to everyone that sees him.” Peruna also appears at every commencement for incoming freshman and graduating seniors, travels with the Mustang Band and led the band during George W. Bush’s

Inauguration Parade. However, since Oct. 17, 2009, Peruna has shared the field with two Mustangs. Some alumni and students wonder whether the athletic department wants to eventually ditch Peruna for the Mustangs. “The feisty energy of Peruna and the powerful presence of our new mustangs will underscore the football team’s theme of ‘All Grit. No quit,’” SMU athletic director Steve Orsini said. Madeleine Pickens, wife of Dallas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, donated the two Mustangs. She founded the National Wild Horse Foundation; an organization that provides permanent refuge for feral horses that would

otherwise be penned up for life or put down. “A Revolution Regarding the Gift of Mustangs to the University an the Future of Peruna as our Mascot,” a Student Senate article written by Torres, Jack Bengage and Alex Ehmke said “the student body supports Peruna as SMU’s only mascot,” and “the student body wishes Peruna to be the only figure symbolically representing SMU at university athletic events, regardless of whether any additional figures are considered official or unofficial mascots or figures.” Ray said, “I think he is … the only proper mascot for the school.”

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What the RLSH website does not tell you By PAT TRAVER Copy Editor

Congratulations incoming class of 2014 and transfer students – you are about to start a brand new chapter of your life here on the Hilltop. Take some time to visit SMU’s website — have you ever heard of RLSH (pronounced ‘relish’)? If you are living on SMU’s campus, you will. It stands for Residence Life and Student Housing. In its section of the website (, you’ll find the answers to almost all of your questions under the tab for prospective students — almost. Assuming that students of SMU-caliber are capable of getting information from a website, this article will focus primarily on what you can’t find online. As you probably know, SMU requires first-year students to either live on campus or at home. If you are planning on living in the dorms, this is most likely your first time

living on your own — well, sort of on your own. Have you ever shared a room with another person? A bathroom? Have you ever had to share a washer and dryer with 30 other people? With people you don’t know? If you have problems with any of these people, you’ll need to know how to deal with them. Associate Director of Student Life Jennifer Post says “the most important thing is to talk about [your] expectations from the very beginning and keep an open mind. Not everyone comes with the same idea about living together.” And, she adds, “You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate. In fact, it is sometimes better if you aren’t,” she said. “That way, when you get tired of being with your roommate, you can go visit your best friend, and when you get tired of being with your best friend, you can go hang out with your roommate.” She advises students to “talk

about cleaning, borrowing, guests, etc.,” and she warns that it can be “hard to adjust living with someone” if you’ve never had to deal with it before. When the residence halls open August 23, make sure you meet your resident assistant (RA) or, if you are living in campus apartments, your community assistant (CA), and try to find your Hall or Community Director — he or she will be the person who helps you with roommate or suitemate problems, lets you into your room when you’re locked out after hours, helps you with maintenance problems, hangs fliers up in the dorms, or anything else that you might need. Former RA and junior Alex Ehmke says “one of the best sources of information is your RA. They know everything about housing and residence hall policies, but also know a lot about the campus and student life simply by being upperclassmen.”

As an IB Scholar, a student senator and the vice president of the debate team, Ehmke is one of the many students at SMU who found that getting involved on campus really helps you establish your social life in a new place. “I wish someone had told me how important it is that you do not just go to school here,” he said. “While you should definitely come here to get a quality education, don’t let your commitment to the classroom drown out your other priorities. Go to football games! Join organizations! Attend floor socials! While you’re at SMU, you have the chance to meet some truly amazing people, some of whom may be your best friends for years to come.” If you forget something, or if you’re flying and don’t have the room in your suitcase for everything, there are places to go shopping in the area (Walmart, Target, Kroger, etc.), but you’ll want to be settled in before classes start August 26 — college


The Virginia-Snider residence hall is a four-class hall that houses honor college students.

is a bit different from high school, so you’ll actually be depending on that alarm clock to wake up in the mornings. “Nothing will be exactly as you expect it,” Post says. “That’s OK and normal.”

For more information, visit the RLSH website or email questions to

Student organizations for freshmen By PRAVEEN SATHIANATHAN Staff Writer

Entering college signifies new beginnings, adventures and a time to explore. One way students can find out what SMU has to offer is to join one of the more than 200 student organizations. SAMSA is a “one-stop shop for getting involved at SMU,” according to Assistant Director Alicia Edwards. She said “SAMSA advises students in their development through educational, cultural and fun co-curricular experiences.” According to Edwards, freshmen as well as transfer students should be able to find one or two organizations they may want to join, and if they don’t, they are more than welcome to start their own organizations.

“It is important for first-year students to get involved so that they can connect with other students and so that they feel like they belong,” she said. “Having a sense of pride and a sense of ownership to SMU is so important for students as they become acclimated to the campus culture.” The fall organizational fair, called “A Night A The Club”, is August 21 at 7 p.m. Edwards said this is an opportunity for students to learn about the different organizations and clubs from current members. See below for a list of organizations many freshmen become involved with. Minority Organizations: According to Jin Chung, coordinator of Asian American Student Services, sometimes minority students at SMU

can experience “a sense of culture shock.” This may be even greater for commuter students. “It’s usually a great idea for students of color to get involved in culturally-based organizations such as the Association of Black Students, the Asian Council, the College Hispanic American Students and the Middle Eastern Students Association,” he said. Program Council Program Council is one of the main programming bodies on campus. PC organizes many of the events on campus including Sing Song and concerts. The organization even plans movie nights on Thursdays in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. Student Senate The Student Senate represents

students within the university’s structural organization. The body, among other things, addresses student concerns, disperses funds to student organizations and provides scholarships. According to Austin Prentice, student body vice president, first-year students have an important role in Student Senate. “A first-year’s vote is equal to the rest of the Senate, so this helps them feel involved and not overlooked early on in their college years,” he said. “They can add an insight that is vital because they might not overlook something that everyone else has because they became so accustomed to it.” Prentice said freshmen can become involved by either running for one of the five first-year senate seats or by joining a committee. Jake Torres, student body president,

said first-year Senators participate like the rest of the “elected” Senators. “They write legislation, vote on Senate resolutions and serve on committees,” he said. Prentice said joining a committee “is a great alternative for someone looking for a little more low-key position” in Senate. According to the website, committees include communications, finance, membership, organizations, scholarship, student concerns and diversity. Senate meets every Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 in the Hughes-Trigg Forum. The meetings are open to everyone and students are encouraged to attend. Leadership and Community Involvement: LCI helps students develop skills to become better citizens and engages

them through community programs, which focus on each student. The office serves as the hub for two student-led organizations: Leadership Education Activities and Development, and Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Citizenship. LEAD LEAD is a student-led and -run organization that focuses on developing one’s leadership skills through weekly meetings and a variety of activities. LEAD also plans and hosts four programs for the SMU students and the community. One of LEAD’s most important programs is Emerging Scholars. This highly selective program focuses on the talents of 50 of SMU’s top first-year students by honing their leadership skills and helping them learn new ones.

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First Year Guide 2010-11 CAMPUS FASHION

Dressing to impress vs. comfort in class First-hand tips for the fashionable first-year By SARAH BRAY Style Editor


elcome to college — the days of wearing your Sunday best to class and dressing to impress your peers are over. In college, you see, there is no dress code. Well, no dress code within reason, that is. On the SMU campus you’ll see students decked out in everything from pajamas and workout gear to business suits and sundresses. There is no doubt about it — the SMU student body has a reputation of being particularly stylish in comparison to most universities. As incoming freshmen, you have the honor of continuing the SMU legacy of good-looking coeds with equally good taste. Keeping the title of the best-dressed college campus can be challenging, because getting dressed for class can often be a balancing act between comfort and flat-out laziness. Sleep in college is valuable, and, as you will soon find out, all-nighters and waking up five minutes before class may become a standard routine. But, your newfound lifestyle of late night studying, socializing, or a combination of the two doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your appearance! During the past three years while roaming the SMU campus, I have noticed that when students dress for class, they gravitate towards two key characteristics: comfort and simplicity. And now, with parents and high school administrators hopefully far, far away, you finally have the freedom to make unrestricted fashion choices. But, a warning in your pursuit of relaxed ensembles — perfect

for soaking in bountiful amounts of knowledge from your freshman prerequisite courses and hiding the inevitable freshman 15 (thank you Umphrey Lee and Mac’s Place)— common fashion catastrophes can often be made. There is a fine line between dressing comfortably and looking homeless. Wearing athletic shorts, a baggy tshirt and running shoes, although not glamorous, is dressing comfortable. On the other hand, wearing pajamas and perhaps even your dorm room bedding to class is just lazy. What material can make you think sexy and disgusting at the same time? Spandex. Leggings came onto the fashion scene five years ago and have had quite the evolution since. Zippers, lace, leather, and even jean leggings are all at your fashion disposal. What’s not at your fashion disposal, however, is abusing the tight elasticity of leggings for unnecessary amounts of bodily exposure. With leggings wearing a long enough t-shirt is crucial. However, when wearing leggings be cautious. Wear a longer top or t-shirt that covers up just enough to do your figure favors, rather than the opposite. When dressing for class, take a cue from my line-up of celebrities who make fashion look easy. A basic t-shirt is the perfect simple solution for class, but the look can give off two different vibes – frumpy or carefree cool. To prevent looking the lesser, stick with a solid color hue and be cognizant of proportions. Throw on some jeans and you’ve created a chic and effortless look that is perfect for hitting the books.

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Rachel Bilson, Hilary Duff and Ashley Tisdale sport leggings, loose t-shirts, and tennis shoes. The look is comfortable, easy to throw on, and perfect for going to the gym after class. Photos Courtesy of

The balancing act of comfort and laziness has been achieved! Sienna Miller, Ashley Greene and Rachel Bilson pull off a chic effortless look, simply by wearing a basic t-shirt and pair of jeans. Of course you could dress to the nines for class if you wish, but for those of you looking for a quick fix that isn’t frumpy this solid tee and jean combo will do the trick!

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Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale and Sienna Miller are looking rather rough. It seems as though the three have just rolled out of bed, with long shawls, baggy unflattering sweats and Ugg/moccasin footwear that resemble slippers more than actual shoes. Yes, this look is common among college students, especially during finals, but it really has to go. Keep your blankets on your bed in your dorm room!

Tastes of the town: Staff writers pick best places to eat in Dallas By CHAISE MOOTY & TAYLOR ADAMS Staff Writers)

Looking for somewhere to take a date? Craving a big, juicy burger? Curious where to get the best enchilada? The vote is in. Our top food connoisseurs have decided where they like to eat around Dallas and here are their choices: Best burger Selecting the best burger in Dallas is no easy task, given the multitudes of viable mouth-watering candidates available, but Twisted Root Burger Co. seems to stand out among the rest with their playful atmosphere and incredible burgers. The original location in Deep Ellum provides an authentic feel with its rustic setting, but it can be a hassle getting there from SMU. Thus, Twisted Root Burger Co. recently opened a new location on SMU Blvd., just across US 75.

butter is a must try. 1717 Main St.Dallas TX 75201 Best pizza Olivella’s Pizzeria E Vineria, located conveniently off of Hillcrest around the corner from Goff ’s, offers an authentic slice of Italy within walking distance of SMU. With a menu full of delicious original pizza combinations ranging from the more adventurous San Danielle — complete with proscuitto and arugula — to the simple Margherita, there is sure to be something on the menu that will please everyone. 3406 McFarlin Blvd Dallas 75205 Best French food Toulouse is a French delight in the adorable neighborhood on Knox Street. The various mussel recipes are worth experimenting, as are other seafood items. When you need something quick and satisfying, just go for the Pommes Frites and a drink.

Best food on campus When you get tired of Umph’s cafeteria food, there are several places on campus to eat. Einstein Bros. Bagels is above and beyond the best place to eat without leaving SMU. Their offering of coffee, bagels and sandwiches is sure to hit the spot. Try the Santa Fe wrap if you’re stopping by for lunch. Fincher Building, Cox School of Business Chaise’s pick Tillman’s Roadhouse, although a bit of drive, is arguably one of the most unique, fashionable, and fun restaurants in the Dallas area. Located in the heart of the up-and-coming Bishop Arts District, Tillman’s offers a modern mix of classic southern comfort foods that are sure to make you feel at home. With an interior that features dramatic chandeliers contrasting against carved wood deer heads, Tillman’s is truly a unique jewel amongst the restaurant community in Dallas. 324 West 7th Street Dallas 75208

2615 Commerce Street Dallas 75226 5609 SMU Blvd. Dallas 75206 Best Mexican food Dallas is full of wonderful choices for Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants. Urban Taco stands out with its modern take on Mexico City cuisine. With a large selection of tacos (Dos Equis barbacoa is a must), ten different home-style salsas and crunchy seasoned chips that are borderline addicting, Urban Taco is the place to satisfy your inner Mexican with a style that breaks up the often mundane Tex-Mex we are all so used to in Dallas. 5331 Mockingbird Lane Dallas 75206 Best steak Dallas Chop House recently opened on Main Street and has become a new favorite. Appetizers range from eggs and beans to oysters. The steaks are cooked with the customer’s choice of a rub and/ or butter to top. The Maytag blue cheese

3314 Knox Street Dallas 75205 Best Italian food Penne Pomodoro is a quaint Italian restaurant in Snider Plaza with a delicious menu and affordable prices. The pizza tastes ordinary to some customers, but the pastas and other main courses are worth pursuing. 6815 Snider Plaza Dallas 75205 Best meal deal Zoës Kitchen is a good place to grab a quick and inexpensive meal. The menu is filled with healthy options. You can go for sandwiches or simply for fresh fruit. Whatever you do, you have to try the Greek salad. Within walking distance of campus, it’s hard to find an excuse not to go. 6800 Snider Plaza Dallas 75205

Taylor’s pick Coal Vines in Uptown is not only a fun place for a Friday night outing, but it has some of the best pizza in town. The thin crust tastes delicious with Margherita pizza toppings. 2404 Cedar Springs Dallas 75201 Bread Winners is a favorite breakfast spot for many students. People line up out the door to get a taste of the egg’s Benedict or a decadent pile of buttermilk pancakes. It has two locations in Dallas: one on Lovers Lane and Inwood Road, and the other on McKinney Avenue in Uptown. 3301 McKinney Ave Dallas 75204 Other popular spots Villa-O: Offers deals on Monday and Thursday nights to SMU students. 4514 Travis Street Dallas 75205 N.Y. Sub: Local sub shop that has been an SMU favorite for years. 3411 Asbury Street Dallas 75205

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First Year Guide 2010-11

June Jones discusses coming season, coaching philosophy The Daily Campus’ Associate Sports Editor Amber Harris spoke with SMU Mustangs Coach June Jones about his job as coach and the upcoming season.


Daily Campus: You have played and coached for both professional and collegiate football teams. What would you say is the biggest difference between coaching a professional team versus a collegiate team like SMU? Jones: As a professional coach you can’t control contracts and you’re stuck with players you weren’t responsible for recruiting and can’t cut them. As a collegiate coach, you recruit the players you want. The X’s and O’s are the same in both, but the difference is that some coaches don’t have control over their players. Photo courtesy of the SMU Athletic Department

Daily Campus: You are about to start your third year at SMU. How have the last few years been progressive? Jones: It’s been a real blessing trying to turn something around that’s been down for so long. Daily Campus: It has been almost a decade since your 2001 life-threatening car accident. How has your life changed because of this?

SMU head coach June Jones hoists the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl trophy after SMU defeated Nevada 26-21 on Christmas Eve.

Jones: I really shouldn’t be here. It’s a miracle I’m still alive. I appreciate what I took for granted. I take a little more time to be concerned about my players’ lives on a personal standpoint.

SMU to have one of its best recruiting classes yet?

Daily Campus: The new incoming recruiting class includes 16 three-star recruits. Would you consider

Daily Campus: SMU just won a bowl game after a 25-year bowl drought. How does it feel to be coaching one of the most

Jones: This will be the most productive class in 25 years. We’re only as good as the players I bring in.

DATE Sept. 5 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 24

OPPONENT/ EVENT @ Texas Tech vs. UAB* vs. Washington State vs. TCU (Family Weekend)

Oct. 2 Oct. 9 Oct. 16 Oct. 23

@ Rice* vs. Tulsa* @ Navy vs. Houston*(Homecoming)

Oct. 30 Nov. 6 Nov. 20 Nov. 26

@ Tulane* @ UTEP* vs. Marshall* @ East Carolina

Jones: We had six to eight guys out, but we should be ready by August.

LOCATION Lubbock, Texas Ford Stadium Ford Stadium

TIME 2:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Ford Stadium Houston, Texas Ford Stadium Annapolis, Md.

7:00 p.m. TBA 7:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Ford Stadium New Orleans, La. El Paso, Texas Ford Stadium Greenville, N.C.

2:30 p.m. TBA 8:05 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

* denotes Conference USA game.

Daily Campus: You were just recently awarded Conference Coach of the year by Sporting News in 2009 for the fourth time in your career, as well as Coach of the Bowl season by College Football News. If you could sum up your philosophy as a coach, would you consider yourself a player’s coach, a strategist, all about X’s and O‘s or an offensive guru? Jones: I have been fortunate to win those awards. No coach wins that by himself. Putting the team before you breeds winning. Daily Campus: Whom do you plan to start as quarterback this upcoming season?

All times listed are Central.

Jones: Kyle Padron.

improved NCAA Division I Football Teams? Jones: It doesn’t feel any different to me since the first day I walked in here. It’s a 12-month job. Our goal is to get better. Daily Campus: Does our offense

continue to practice a run-and-shoot offense or do we practice a spread offense?

Daily Campus: There has been a lot of jockeying going on in the Big 10 and Big 12 conferences. What do you think about conference expansion? Do you think this will affect SMU in the long term?

Jones: We’re a passing team. Jones: SMU is proactive and ready. Daily Campus: Quite a few players were injured last season. Is everyone making a comeback?

Amber Harris is a senior Journalism major. She can be reached for comment at

Intramurals, club sports provide opportunities for SMU first-years By JORDAN JENNINGS Sports Editor SMU’s Department of Recreational Sports offers both an intramural sports program and club sports program for students wishing to participate in competitive and recreational sports leagues. INTRAMURALS In the past, the Intramural program has had over 3,000 participants involved in 30 different individual and team recreational sports activities. Intramural sports include soccer, volleyball, tennis, flag football, basketball,

softball and many more. Students and staff may organize and lead teams for either men’s, women’s or co-ed leagues for a fee of $30. Individuals wishing to participate may sign up as individual participants and be placed on existing teams. No prior athletic experience is required. The intramural program is designed to provide non-collegiate athletes with an opportunity to learn and perfect their physical skills through individual and team competition. Signups begin the first day of school. It also offers job opportunities for students seeking on-campus employment. Opportunities include officiating,

supervising, scorekeeping, equipment management and office administration. Flyers including entry date and information will be posted throughout campus for those interested in participating. Intramural fields are located behind the Moody parking garage. CLUB SPORTS In addition to intramural sports, SMU also offers Club Sports for students seeking other athletic opportunities on campus. Club teams include badminton, baseball, crew, cricket, cycling, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, Mr. & Mrs. SMU body building championship, polo, rugby,

sailing, soccer, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and wakeboarding. Experience is not required, however, several sports clubs hold tryouts prior to the start of the season. Competitive sports clubs compete against regional and national schools such as UT- Austin, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Rice and Baylor. The Department of Recreational Sports will have additional information about Intramural and Club Sports at AARO this summer. For further questions contact Jack Harper, associate director of intramurals/sports clubs at jharper@

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Cyber-activism effects change I am fascinated by the daily and unstoppable growth of Internet social networks. Facebook, for example, recently reached 400 million users. Twitter, the wonder of the moment, today has more than 100 million registered users. However, it is not only the high volume of users that is significant, but what occurs within these networks. At a crucial moment when pain and anger Oscar Morales Guevara dominated the people of Colombia, I had the historic and accidental opportunity to start a movement via Facebook against terrorism and kidnappings in my country. From one day to the next, my endeavor grew enormously, so much so that with my new friends from the Facebook group, I organized an international protest against the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). One month later, this protest took place in the streets of more than 200 cities in 40 countries, with more than 12 million participants. For those of us who organized the march, this day changed our lives forever. COLUMNIST

Since then, social networks have taken on a greater significance, not just in my country, but also in many other regions of the world where the Internet is the vehicle used for promoting causes for liberty and against violence and oppression. Since December 2008, the giants in these networks – Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter, among others – united to promote the Alliance of Youth Movements, which has now conducted three conferences in New York, Mexico City and London. These meetings brought together dozens of organizations and movements led by young people who, thanks to the Internet and social networks, are succeeding and advancing fantastically in their missions.

Many transfer students feel that they These hurdles can seem overwhelming EDITOR IN CHIEF are left out or even left behind when it at times, and sometimes you will regret comes to extracurricular activities at transferring because these things seem their new school. They feel like they insurmountable, but that feeling won’t are not welcome in organizations where last long. If you knock on enough doors students have been participating since and make enough phones ring, someone their freshman year, and don’t feel that will always help you. You just have to it is worth it to get involved. And as a be patient. transfer student myself, I understand But one thing that will make all of this better than most. But while this these obstacles seem like rain puddles is Jessica Huseman might be a reality at some schools, it becoming a part of the campus at SMU. doesn’t have to be at SMU. Getting involved will make you realize On a whim, I decided to apply to be on the staff that you are now part of the SMU community of this newspaper the summer before I got here. I and the only thing standing in your way are a few thought that they would turn me down immediately pesky little issues that you have to fill out a lot of since they had no idea who I was, but I ended up paperwork for. Big deal. getting the position of associate opinion editor, I have the following tips for you once you stroll and the fact that I am a transfer student was never onto campus as an SMU student for the first time: an issue when I applied for higher positions since then. 1. Go to the Student Activities and Multicultural As the year went on, I realized that the stereotype Student Affairs office (commonly referred to as about transfer students simply did not exist at SMU SAMSA). There you will find a list of all major even outside of the Daily Campus. There is no barrier organizations at the school and they can help you that prevents transfer students from getting involved figure out how to join all of them. There are more here. I became a part of four different organizations than 200 student organizations at SMU, so there in the first few months of being at SMU, and they all are plenty to choose from. Still not finding anything embraced the fact that I was a transfer student because you want? Create your own! The forms are in the I would be able to offer a different perspective. SAMSA office. To be sure, being a transfer student is not easy. I 2. Need a job? Get one on campus. There are will be the first one to admit that. You know no one, you probably live off-campus, and you are probably hundreds of opportunities for employment at SMU. still battling to get all of your classes to transfer over It’s a great way to get involved and get paid at the (I know I still am, and I’ve been here for a year). same time. The top three ranking editors at the Daily

3. Don’t give up on those left over credit hours. Go to your advisor and get petitions to make classes transfer that didn’t transfer originally. You shouldn’t have to waste your hard work at your other institution. 4. Say yes. Don’t turn down an opportunity to get involved. If once you are involved in an organization you decide it’s not for you, that’s fine. The hardest part about getting involved is actually doing it, so if you might even be mildly interested in an opportunity, take it. Let me make one thing clear: you are not a transfer student any more. You are an SMU student. Do not let SMU or anyone here classify you as a “transfer student,” it will hold you back and make you feel like less of a Mustang. Once you begin your first class here, your history at other schools doesn’t matter. You are an SMU student just like that freshman sitting across from you in your Spanish class. You are probably overwhelmed right now, and that’s totally understandable. I was too. But remember that there are hundreds of transfer students going through the same thing you are. And hey, if you need a transfer student to point you in the right direction or to listen to you vent, stop by my office on the third floor of Hughes Trigg in the Student Media Company suite, I’m sure I can help you out.

A new year, a new you By JOVIN LIM Health and Fitness Editor You were that kid. You know, that band geek who didn’t really appeal to the opposite sex; the chess clubber who focused more on the board than what you were eating; or just the average high schooler that never participated in any sports. Welcome to the first day of your new life: your collegiate life. Your journey to a brand-new person with no ties to your high-school insecurities and stereotyping by your peers. With nobody to judge you on a daily basis, but instead a campus with new faces and new perceptions. Ever wanted to be the tanned volleyball player with wind-swept hair? Or perhaps the woman that could turn heads by merely walking into a room? Read on, young one.

Southern Methodist University has the facilities and resources to transform you, but it’ll take time and work. It’ll take a willingness to break out of your shell: whether it’s putting on a pair of sport shorts and hitting that gym for the first time or putting on that iPod for a short jog around campus. But more importantly, it’ll require a change from a “can’t do” to a “can do.” With facilities like these on campus, you certainly have no excuse now. Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports With over 15,000 square feet of a modern weight-lifting space, and 5,000 square feet of aerobics/ dance rooms, only one word could describe the Dedman Center: amazing. Furthermore, in the middle of it all, a 40-ft tall climbing wall that greets you upon your entrance. If you’ve always envisioned yourself as Stallone

in “Cliffhanger,” this would be your chance.

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Other facilities include four fullsized basketball courts, six glassbacked racquetball court and an indoor track that circles the basketball courts below (great for watching basketball-ers sweat it out). Did I also mention an outdoor water recreation area with a 7-foot waterfall, and a sunning area?

Ever participated in a strength building or an aerobics class? Well, sweat it out in a group to great fitness instructors and rocking beats, and be prepared to lose calories while having fun (a hard thought, I understand). Classes happen throughout the day, and there’s a sure fit and level of difficulty for everyone.

Club Sports

Now, of course, if you’re intimidated by the gym or need a little guiding hand, did you know that Dedman offers personal training packages? With a great crew and years of experience, you can be assured that results will come in due time, and with a personalized fitness assessment, what are you waiting for?

Offered by the Department of Recreational Sports, Club Sports is the perfect fit for anybody willing to try a new sport and compete competitively with other schools such as UT-Austin, Texas A&M, or Rice. Prior experience is not required to join these clubs, but heart and passion are. Are you game? Some sports offered are Badminton, Baseball, Cricket, Hockey, Polo, Rugby, Soccer club, Tennis, Triathlon Club.



Meet the new Daily Campus interns from the class of 2014! Meredith White — News Intern Meredith comes to SMU from Vail, Colo., where she graduated from Vail Mountain School. She was a four-year member of her school’s telemark ski team, and skied every day during the winter. She plans on double majoring in journalism and art with a focus in painting, and perhaps a little bit of psychology. She is very excited to attend SMU, as it has been her “dream school” since she was in kindergarten. She was born in Houston and has lived in Dallas before, so she is pleased to get back to her Texas roots.

We are in the era of information. Now it is the people themselves, without external intervention, who are using these same social networks to advance their causes, to tell their stories, to empower themselves in a sort of journalism on the streets. More and more, dictators are finding it impossible to fool their populations, to cover up their abuses. People have finally understood the value of using technology as a means to amplify their voices, whether they go against oppression or they create supportive solidarities toward causes that promote our most basic rights. Slowly, the young people of today are breaking through the apathy and indifference that some years ago seemed immovable. The newest generations have demarcated the difference, voluntarily and spontaneously committing themselves to causes that are transforming their surroundings. The power of the masses is a poignant reality, thanks to the plenitude of young people that have finally understood that it is they who have the power to alter their society — there is no need to wait for anyone else. And so it is the young person that is the protagonist in this story of change and impact. The passion for liberty is stronger today than ever before, whether it’s the liberty of expression, of thought, or of assembly. In Moldova, for example, a protest organized through Twitter was directly responsible for bringing about new elections. In Cuba, Yoani Sanchez, a single blogger who lives on the island, is the person with the most followers in the Cuban American and Hispanic blogging communities. She was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In Miami, a young person decided to start a MySpace page to support a suicidal friend. This page was transformed into a movement of unbelievable proportions that has provided similar support to thousands of young people regarding suicide, and has saved innumerable lives. These few examples are symptoms of a change that is occurring in our society. They are proof that we are tired of waiting for someone else to solve our problems. We have opted to make our own decisions, becoming agents of change, and with the power of social networks and the Internet, we are, slowly but surely, making a difference in our societies. This article was translated from Spanish to English by Adriana Martinez, Opinion Editor. Oscar Morales Guevara is a Visiting Fellow on the Human Freedom program of the George W. Bush Institute. Oscar was appointed as a fellow by former President George W. Bush on Nov. 10, 2009, thanks to his outstanding work as a freedom activist in his country, and for his efforts to unite the worldwide youth around causes through the use of social media and technology. He can be reached for comments at

Campus are transfer students, so you can move up fast.

team other than SMU.

Alex Stambaugh — Opinion Editor Alex Stambaugh comes to SMU from Germantown Academy in Philadelphia. She currently resides in Yardley, Pa., with her parents and two younger sisters. In high school, she served as president of her school’s Model United Nations Club, was on the staff of the school newspaper, and was a member of the Varsity Crew team. She also made an appearance alongside Mark Wahlberg in “The Happening” in 2008. No word on whether or not she actually enjoyed the movie. She plans on double majoring in political science and economics with a minor in Journalism, and is very much looking forward to meeting her fellow Mustangs this fall and experiencing the world of football and Boulevarding.

Chase Wade — Features Intern

Chandler Mason — Online Intern

Chase Wade hails from Crandall, Texas, a tiny town about 20 minutes away from Dallas. He enters SMU as a business and journalism double major. He is excited to get involved with SMU student groups and is hoping to meet great friends along the way, which might not be difficult considering he is in the middle of getting a bartender’s license.

Making just a short trip from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, Chandler Mason is looking forward to majoring in journalism at SMU. She hopes that “Boulevarding” and rush in the spring will live up to her high expectations, but she must admit that she is enthusiastic about living in a 197 square foot bedroom with a community bath down the hall. A fun but also somewhat embarrassing fact about Chandler: she has kissed a reindeer, dolphin, and stingray.

Robert Clements — Arts and Entertainment Intern

Billy Embody — Online Intern

Robert Clements is heading south to SMU from Oklahoma City where he graduated from Heritage Hall. During his time in Oklahoma City, he managed to have so much fun that he ended up in another school’s yearbook. He plans on double majoring in political science and journalism, and is most excited about living in Dallas.

Billy Embody is a member of the SMU football team and was born in Tampa, Fla. He graduated from Carrollwood Day School, and plans to major in broadcast journalism and sports management. He is most excited about making new friends and attending Mustang sporting events. He will also be saving the Daily Campus money on electricity, as he is compulsive about turning unnecessary lights off.

Jheri Dupre Ogden — Sports Intern

Darby Radcliff — Style and Health & Fitness Intern

Jheri Dupre Ogden was born and raised in Natchez, Miss., and recently graduated from Trinity Episcopal Day School. She plans on double majoring in political science and journalism at SMU with a possible minor in Spanish, and is most excited about meeting new people at SMU since there were only 25 seniors in her graduating class. She has three state championships in track, and holds a state record in the 3200m. Her career goal is become a sports reporter and interview Nick Saban, the coach of her favorite college football

Darby is doing double duty for the Daily Campus, serving as both our style intern, and our health and fitness intern. She comes to us from Ums-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, Ala. She is a tennis player who plays tennis with her right hand, but somehow ended up writing with her left hand. There are two Darby Radcliffs, as she is named after her mother. She plans on majoring in journalism with a minor in marketing, and is most excited about Boulevarding.

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