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Vintage meets the Hilltop


Summer musicals come to Big D


Opposing views on vegetarianism


Football ticket sales soar




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Student Senate kicks off year SMU STUDENT SENATE AYEN BIOR Contributing Writer


The Princeton Review released an annual report on the LGBT-friendliness of American universities and colleges.

SMU’s LGBT rank improves PARMINDER DEO Associate A&E Editor After making a four-time appearance on the top 20 spot, SMU has finally been removed from the Princeton Review of most “LGBT-unfriendly” schools. Yet, Texas leads with the greatest number of universities on the most homophobic list. The Princeton Review annually surveys students from more than 300 colleges to compile “The Best 377 Colleges” guide. The guide provides 62 lists ranking professors, dorms and popular majors. The 62 lists are compiled from one survey that students can fill out once every academic year. The survey is on the Princeton Review website. “The survey has two rankings

that yield specifically with with schools being either [LGBT] unfriendly or friendly. We are trying to give college bound students some perspective,” Robert Franek, senior vice president Publisher and author of “The Best 377 Colleges,” said. “The survey stays open throughout the year with the ranking list coming out early to mid-May. The results come directly from student opinions.” Texas universities compose almost one-fifth of the list. Texas A&M, Baylor University and University of Dallas have made the No. 7, No. 10, and No. 15 spots respectively. Last year, Baylor University did not make the list even though the school lacks a non-discriminatory policy. This year, the Princeton

Review survey question asked, “Do students, faculty and administrators treat all persons equally regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression?” SMU has taken strides to better the campus atmosphere and educate students about the existence of homophobia. Some initiatives were the construction of gender-neutral bathrooms, partaking in the Pride Parade, and drafting legislation towards creating a LGBT Senator. “There has been a distinctive change outside on campus. By pushing LGBT topics, that translated to the campus being more open to hearing LGBT issues. Having Baylor on the list, this year, provides more legitimacy to the survey,” Harvey Luna, co-president of

Spectrum, a LGBT organization at SMU, said. The legitimacy of the Princeton list was called into question by SMU administration in 2011 when SMU jumped up four spots to No. 12. SMU is part of only a handful of universities that has a LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policy and offers benefits to the same-sex partners of employees. “We have tried to keep the language consistent with the 21st year printing the book,” Franek said. “We are conscious to capture the gender identity and to remain as inclusive as possible. We want to cast the absolute widest net possible.” Princeton Review works with

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Student Senate officially began its year with its first meeting Tuesday afternoon. The meeting, brought to order at 3:32p.m., included student senators as well as the executive staff. SMU Police Chief of Staff, Richard Shafer, joined the meeting and addressed the student body on the recent sexual assault crime alert that rocked campus. As reported, the crime happened in the Law Quad near Carr Collins. According to Schafer, SMU Police are being aided by the Dallas Police Department as well as DART Police in their attempt to find the criminal. Other items on the agenda included SMU student, Alex Taylor, who addressed the Student body regarding an “unfair” grading system within Cox School of business. “Professors are required by their administrators to have an average,” Taylor said. “So they move students grades to fit the average and this concerns me.” After Taylor’s remarks, President Alex Mace proceeded

with the welcome and updates. One recurring issue is the student body’s reluctance to choose attending a football game over Boulevarding. Mace said that he is working with university officials to look at ways to get students from the Boulevard into the games. Mace also announced a new program aimed at freshmen who wish to participate in Student Senate but do not always have an avenue to do so. The new program will introduce two to three pages to the Senate, whose duties include preparing the agenda, keeping the office organized and making copies. The program is designed to allow freshmen and sophomores to build relationships with upper-class senators. The applications for the pages are up on the Student Senate website and students are encouraged to apply. In other Student Senate news, Senate committees are planning meetings within the week. The finance committee is planning on meeting next Thursday. It was announced that they were unable to meet this week because Senators are not yet aware of their committee assignments. Vice President Zane Cavender assured the student body that the meeting will take place as soon as possible. New legislation was announced to commemorate Geoffrey Orsak, the former dean of Lyle School of Engineering, who is now at the University of Tulsa. Orsak is known by students to have done great things for the school as well as the university as a whole. The Scholarship Committee

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Is America still relevant?

Statesman discusses US-Saudi relations DANIELLA RIVERA Contributing Writer As the United States military pulls out of Saudi Arabia, and China begins to play a larger role in the Arabian Gulf, questions remain as to the relevance of America in the oil rich state. Robert Jordan, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, spoke at SMU Tuesday during the Tower Center’s event in the Meadows Museum. Jordan discussed the shift and America’s applicability at this time. He asked the question, “Is America still relevant?” “Yes, and no, Jordan said. “In many sectors

America is irrelevant and in some cases indispensable.” Jordan led his presentation with a brief history of Saudi Arabia’s military relationship with the U.S., and then discussed the association between Saudi Arabia and China, which has been developing over the past 30 years. This informational background set the tone for the rest of the presentation. “Arms sales will continue. And we are still the ‘security umbrella.’ Education, knowledge, and management all pertain to America,” Jordan said. SMU student Arnaud Zimmern found the historical information enlightening. “I was surprised at the intimacy

between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. It seems like they are very friendly with some tense moments,” he said. Other students expressed interest in the rise of China as a regional player in the Middle East. SMU sophomore Julianna Bond was interested in the historical background between Saudi Arabia and China. “It’s something we are just hearing about now, but it is really interesting to see how Saudi Arabia has been connected to China really since the 1980s.” Jordan told attendees the educational bond between the

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Sexual Assault Reported on Campus SMU has issued a sexual assault report after a student was sexually assaulted on campus Monday night. The attack happened at 9:10 p.m. near the north entrance of the Carr Collins building, located in the Law Quad, near the 3300 block of Daniel Street. The victim was said to have been grabbed from behind and forced into an area where she was

assaulted. She was later taken to the hospital for medical care and a rape exam. SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer told The Dallas Morning News, “I’ve been here 13 years and I don’t recall anything similar to this when someone is grabbed and pushed into the bushes. It’s very unusual circumstances how this occurred.” SMU Police are actively seeking

the suspect. He is described as a white male, wearing a dark hoodie, dark jeans and colored tennis shoes according to officials. He is also reported to have a low, raspy voice. In response to the event, SMU police have heightened patrolling efforts and plan to put fliers around campus. Additionally, SMU students and staff were sent an email alert after the attack.


President R. Gerald Turner speaks to first yearTatum Johnson at the Engaged Learning Expo on Monday.

Expo showcases student research, experiences MALLORY ASHCRAFT Contributing Writer Learning went beyond the classroom for more than 100 students in 2012. SMU’s Engaged Learning Expo, which took place on Monday, showcased students, professors and their projects. The event also hosted 45 DFW community-partner and 15 campus programs that offer volunteer opportunities to students. The Engaged Learning Expo highlighted the possibilities for students who are interested in learning and making a difference beyond the classroom. SMU President R. Gerald

Turner made an appearance, along with Provost Paul Ludden and Director of Central University Libraries Gillian McCombs. Dean of Graduate Studies James Quick presented the first Excellence in Mentoring Award, and introduced SMU’s first undergraduate research director. A love for learning and a passion to help others are two common themes among Engaged Learning students. Kimberly Mendoza traveled to Guatemala for six weeks to study the culture, beliefs, traditions, and medicinal remedies of the indigenous Maya. “I’m half indigenous Maya. Going back to my homeland made

me want to realize the difference between Western medicine and cultural medicine,” Mendoza said. Mendoza learned about many traditions that have been passed down through generations. She says her research also led her to learn more about herself. “[What I learned] helps my ultimate goal of being a medical doctor and professor, teaching future medical students about interactions that they may have with different cultures of the world,” Mendoza said. Marissa Ocanpo provides another example of the real-world possibilities that Engaged Learning

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WEDNESDAY n AUGUST 29, 2012 Retail

Commonwealth Couture: SMU’s vintage hotspot


Commonwealth Couture has plenty of variety. The gold dress in the center is a vintage piece that is timeless and one-of-a-kind.

HILLARY SCHMIDT Fashion Editor Commonwealth Couture is a recent addition to University Park and offers exquisite, fun and unique vintage clothing and accessories. For under $100 you can find anything from vintage designer dresses and original Levi’s all the way to custom-made cowboy boots. The Daily Campus had the opportunity to speak with

Lynda Piepgras, owner of Commonwealth Couture (also a SMU graduate), who has been in retail all of her life. For a substantial amount of time, Piepgras had been collecting vintage clothing from friends and estate sales. With this accumulation of clothing and accessories, she decided she wanted to share her collection with others, and thus created her very own store. The Daily Campus was lucky enough to get insight into her love of fashion, and what her store is

all about. When The Daily Campus asked Lynda what her favorite current trends are, she said that she loves mixing military with lace, and tweed jackets with a belted back. She also said that she couldn’t live without her Levi suede jacket (which is a tobacco color) because it is utilitarian and versatile. Commonwealth Couture has an array of vintage designer clothing that certainly cannot be found anywhere else. The store is filled with beautiful dresses, jackets, rompers and other

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priceless items. The store is mainly targeted to 20 to 30-year-old females, but people can certainly find something for all ages and genders. Commonwealth Couture specializes in Levi’s and sells traditional jean cut-offs and jeans in patterns that you have definitely never seen before. This store not only sells clothing and accessories, but it gives you the opportunity to rent dresses and other “costume-like” pieces, which are great for Halloween and themed parties. Mitchell Sosnoskie, the events manager, is in charge of Commonwealth Couture’s “popup” boutiques, which they call “CoCoPop Boutiques.” These can be set up in sorority houses weeks before a themed event and supply girls with theme-appropriate clothes. Additionally, they will hold a private shopping event at the store if you are looking for a group event. Perfect for SMU Boulevarding, which is quickly approaching, Commonwealth Couture has a section of the store dedicated to SMU Boulevard clothing, which means a lot of red, white and blue attire! One of Piepgras’ favorite pieces in the store is a SMU jumpsuit with a pre-1950s logo. She is planning to sell it on the Boulevard, where she has a tent.

Another piece that she loves is a Whiting & Davis gold mesh dress (which can also be worn as a skirt) from around the ‘70s. It retails for $20,000 but is timeless and definitely worth it for anyone who adores vintage clothing. And, for the boys, Piepgras’ son has been collecting college sports

and military memorabilia and has his own shelf in the store! There is also other articles of men’s vintage clothing and cowboy boots. Piepgras offers 10 percent off to SMU students, so take advantage of the discount and go check it out. It is located at 6729 Hillcrest Ave.


These vintage SMU boots (center) were made for football coaches in 1983 for the Sun Bowl.


On the right, Piepgras is holding a vintage SMU jumpsuit.

Police Reports THURSDAY August 30


August 31

PwC SMU Athletic Forum featuring Jimmy Johnson at noon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

LGBTea at 4:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center.

LEAD Laser Tag at 8 p.m. in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

IFC PREVIEW at 6 p.m. behind Laura Lee Blanton building.

SMU ISA’s Back to School Mixer at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.

Renaissance Technology in Print all day in Hawn Galleries.

August 25 1:39 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Criminal Mischief: Dyer Court Lot. Three students were referred to the conduct officer for underage drinking and tampering with “stay off the grass” signs posted along 2900 SMU Blvd. Closed.

August 26 12:57 a.m. Assault/Public Intoxication/Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Theft of Service: 3072 SMU Blvd. Two students were referred to the conduct officer for failure to pay a cab driver and assault. One of the students was arrested and booked into the University Park Jail for being intoxicated

3:17 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Evading Arrest or Detention: Barr Pool. A student was referred to the conduct officer underage drinking and running from the police. Closed.

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Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor in the phone sex line comedy For a Good Time, Call...

Two girls, one phone One kinky, true story’s quirky adaptation CHASE WADE Arts & Entertainment Editor There’s a lot that’s odd about the new Focus Feature comedy For a Good Time, Call... For starters, it only took 16 days to complete the feature and it was financed through the help of Lauren Miller’s (one of the lead actresses) brother’s work clients. But perhaps the oddest aspect of For a Good Time, Call... is the story from which it’s rooted. Based on the true events of screenwriter Katie Anne Naylon’s freshman year at Florida State University, For a Good Time, Call... follows two desperate New Yorkers

who resort to starting a phone sex line to make ends meet. With a story so laced with sexual overtones, For a Good Time, surprisingly grounded and is more about two friends falling in love with each other than a phone sex line. That’s exactly what caught the film director Jamie Travis’ attention to the project. “I had been doing my own thing in short film and had been reading a lot of scripts before I found this one,” the Canadian director said. “When I read the story, I just fell in love. I said ‘This is what I’m looking for, this is what I want to film.’” Travis was close to the last person on the project. The film’s stars, Ali Graynor and Lauren Miller, were already attached to the film before a director was found. “Katy [Naylon] and I knew we

wanted Ali [Graynor] in the movie,” Miller, who helped co write the film, said. “When we got her to sign on our next goal was finding a director. We were so happy when Travis said he’d do it. His short film work blew us away.” Graynor had a big task on her hands portraying the woman who wrote the film and lived the story. However, once filming was over, Graynor claims that Naylon now calls her “on screen me.” “It’s weird to play a person who is standing in the same room as you,” Graynor said. “But it was also really nice because I could ask her any questions I had for the role. Like ‘Does my voice sound sexier like this?’” For a Good Time, Call... opens in theaters in Dallas this Friday. Read our review in Friday’s issue.


Dallas Summer Musicals announces huge new season KATELYN HALL Staff Writer After more than 70 years in business, Dallas Summer Musicals still knows how to draw a crowd. Musicals featuring singing nuns to zany families will be taking the stage in Fair Park’s 73rd season, which was announced Monday. The season includes the hits The Addams Family, Catch Me if You Can, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Flashdance, and The Lion King. Tempting State Fair visitors this October is The Addams Family, a musical based off the hit television show and movie of the same name. Follow the life of a jetsetting con artist this February with Catch Me if You Can. The new musical based on the hit DreamWorks film and the true story that inspired it. Responsible for the musical score are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote the score of famed Hairspray. Making a short two week return to DFW is Mary Poppins, which graces the stage in March. The Disney classic is back after a successful turn with Dallas Summer Musicals in 2009. Fans prepare for the return of another Broadway favorite, Wicked, which will come to Fair Park in April and May. The show features the beloved characters from the Wizard of OZ before they ventured down the yellow brick road. Taking the stage in May is Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which tells the quirky and fun story of three best friends on a wild road trip. The hit features an outrageous 500 bedazzled costumes and classic dance tunes like “It’s Raining Men.” Sister Act, based on the movies that made news as a blockbuster series, now comes

to Fair Park as a comedic musical in June. The comedy follows Deloris Van Cartier, a well-meaning diva whose life turns upside down when she witnesses a crime. She gets placed by the witness protection program in the last place anyone would expect her: a convent. The musical features music by Alan Menken, the winner of eight Oscars for his work in productions like Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid. Get ready to dance the night

away in June and July when Flashdance comes to the Music Hall. Based on the international film hit, Flashdance not only features music from the favorite film, but also includes 10 new songs. Rounding out the season is October 2013’s The Lion King, the Broadway hit that has already impressed millions worldwide. The innovative hit musical brings the African savannah to life with the creative use of life-sized puppets. Individual tickets and season passes are available online or at the box office.





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SMU students were never that anti-gay Michael Graves Contributor

Last week I touched on the fact that according to the Princeton Review all of us “gays” are finally being accepted on SMU’s campus. I was talking with a friend who asked me why I thought we had finally made it off of the Top 20 Homophobic Colleges, besides the fact that the Women’s Center here at SMU is making great progress on campus. We haven’t had any loud and crazy pride days on campus. There hasn’t been a big hug-a-thon between the straight and LGBTQ+ community. In fact, my answer is quite simple: we’re just here. Now, my intent in this article is not to discredit the work that our faculty and students do in the Women’s Center, as well as the faculty across campus. But I don’t think that’s the only reason why the attitude on campus has changed. I came to SMU an openly gay student and can honestly say I’ve never been bullied or chastised for my sexuality. I also understand that my experience differs from that of some of my gay friends. What interested me most as a first-year student was the amount of people that told me I was their first openly gay friend. They finally had someone to talk to about homosexuality, what it meant, how I live my life as a gay man. And I think most of them would tell you that I’m just like them. I love football, being outdoors, own several guns, and go to church weekly. I have my good days, my sassy days, and my days when I just want to hide away in my room. I am comfortable in a fraternity house. Most of my friends are straight. To my friends and I, my sexuality just isn’t that big of a deal. Sure, the LGBTQ+ community has had its hardships, and we still have a long way to go before we’re treated, by law, as equal citizens. But here, on SMU’s campus, we’re just integrating into the community like any other group of people. When I meet someone, my first instinct isn’t to tell them that I’m gay. They will probably find that out later when I start talking about a cute boy, but that naturally comes up in conversation. My friends know that if we’re going on a double-date, my date will be another male. I don’t try to separate myself from the entire SMU community, I just want to be a part of it. I want to be a leader, a scholar, a friend, and your average SMU guy. And I use the proverbial “I” fully knowing that many of my gay friends feel the same. Many of us “gays” feel first and foremost like SMU students on this campus. We hardly use “gay” as a qualifier for ourselves at the beginning of a friendship. We just go on with our lives like every other student here. That is what has made a difference. Not only have the faculty and staff at this university taken the initiative to help those who are struggling with their sexuality or being gay on campus, but many of us, the students, are just showing the world that we’re here, we’re queer, but just as queer, and therefore normal, as you.


Students have opposing views on vegetarianism Why I’m not eating meat anymore Brandon Bub Contributor I wish I could say that I gave up meat out of some deep moral conviction about the rights of animals or as a form of active protest against factory farming and chemicals in our food, but I didn’t. In fact, I think it’s both disingenuous and pretentious of me to go claiming that sort of false moral high ground. In all honesty, I didn't really become a vegetarian out of a desire to be healthier, either. The reasons why I gave up meat are disappointingly mundane. I stopped eating meat largely out of convenience: my inability to eat anything particularly heavy for a few weeks following a run-in with some rancid chicken fingers at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, combined with my indolence in developing a new year's resolution for 2012, led me to adopt a meatless diet as a sort of personal challenge. In other words, I became a vegetarian because it was something to do. When I started this challenge, I really wasn't sure what to expect. Growing up, I never paid a lot of attention to what was actually in my food, so it was strange going to restaurants and finding that about half to three quarters of the options were suddenly closed off to me. In high school I remember going across the street to Chick-fil-A nearly every other day and buying a deluxe chicken sandwich, so when I began to realize that I might never get to eat that again I almost reconsidered my decision. Yes, I'm fully aware of their business practices. I'm sorry that bigotry happens to taste so delicious. Moreover, the reactions of others around me weren't exactly the most encouraging. While I do have plenty of vegetarian friends (including two of my roommates last year who helped demonstrate

to me just how viable the lifestyle was), I did get a considerable amount of flak. As my father so pointedly observed, "First you tell me you're a Democrat, and now you're a vegetarian? What's college doing to you?" As if I didn't already look enough like a smug liberal, here was more proof of my being a walking stereotype. However, eight months into my experiment, many of my expectations have been subverted. I've learned that people of all political stripes embrace meatless diets. I've learned that being a vegetarian does not necessarily mean eating a diet consisting of nothing more than broccoli and carrots, but can include a wide array of delicious foods. I've learned that tofu, when prepared correctly, is actually delicious. I've learned that vegetarian restaurants like Spiral Diner and Cosmic Cafe are some of my favorite spots to eat in Dallas. I've learned that Chipotle will give you free guacamole for your burrito if you order one without any meat. Most importantly, though, I've learned that I can actually live a healthier lifestyle as a vegetarian than I ever might have imagined. I still get all the proteins I need by eating beans and nuts (with the occasional fish thrown in because I guess I'm a cheater), and I've cut out so many unhealthy foods from my diet entirely. Eating Chick-fil-A sandwiches for lunch every single day, while certainly enjoyable, just made me feel sick after a while. I've noticed that since I gave up meat I've felt genuinely healthier. I recognize that one can still live a healthy lifestyle without cutting out meat entirely, but as a former skeptic I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the opportunities that a vegetarian lifestyle has to offer. I'd encourage everyone to at least give it some consideration. Bub is a junior majoring in English, political science, and history.

Why I’m eating meat once again W. Tucker keene Opinion Editor I’ve identified as some form of vegetarian for most of my life, but after seven years of pure vegetarianism and five years of being vegan, I’ve decided to start eating meat again. I don’t remember when I first indicated to my family that I was vegetarian, but it was some time before I turned eleven. I was as vegetarian as I could be at an age when my parents still prepared all my meals. It was mostly a reason not to eat meat, which I didn’t particularly like. When I was 13 I decided I was old enough to start enforcing this, so for the last seven years I have intentionally not eaten any meat. When I was 15, I started phasing milk out of my diet, which ultimately left me lactose intolerant. Upon this news, I cut out all other dairy products from my diet and eggs as well. I went fully vegan in early 2008. I quickly realized that a life of tofu and trail mix would bore me to death, so I taught myself how to cook. I got very good at it too, but eventually realized that forcing my guests to eat vegan just because I am was kind of annoying. I began cooking regular food for them instead. I did a Thanksgiving turkey last year which was quite good (I hear) and the fried chicken I prepared for my Super Bowl party was called by some southern friends of mine “The best [they’ve] ever had.” After five years of learning a great deal about food, I began to wonder why I still bothered to limit myself. The ethical considerations were always a secondary concern to me, and lactose intolerant people (especially ones who brought it upon themselves) can eat normal diets, so the only thing stopping me was my own willpower.

I had gone vegan long before I even knew about most ingredients. I had fond memories of bacon, but had never heard of prosciutto or speck. I had never heard of squab, or mascarpone or any of the other gourmet ingredients that I now learned I had to live without. My main reason for being vegetarian was a distaste for meat when I was 11. Who’s to say that my own cooking abilities, combined with a larger variety of meat wouldn’t allow me to find some meat dishes that I did like? Not to mention that tastes change over the years. Eleven year olds don’t have very sophisticated palates. I definitely have one now. Further, I had pretty much exhausted all my options of vegan eating. There was close to nothing new or interesting left to try, aside from some exotic fruits that would be mighty difficult to come by. I’ve gotten bored with eating the same kinds of foods, and see meats and cheeses and all sorts of other non-vegan foods as a way to expand my tastes. I had also known that I would have to transition back to a regular diet at some point, there was no way I could keep it up for the rest of my life. Five years felt like a good stopping point, so I figured I’d start what would surely be a months-long process now. I made that decision about a month ago. I’ve worked dairy all the way back into my diet, and I’m working on eggs at the moment. I’ll move on to meat shortly after that; hopefully I’ll get to try a fried alligator at the state fair this year, and I definitely intend to eat my turkey this Thanksgiving. Keene is a junior majoring in political science, economics, and public policy.


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SMU breaks season ticket sales, licensing records KATY RODEN Sports Editor

Big name hires, renovations, construction and the coming move to the Big East are obvious signs that the SMU athletic department is making improvements ­— but the statistics are showing it too. Football season ticket sales are at their highest level since 1985, which is as far back as the records go. “We don’t have records back to the Doak Walker era [late 1940s], but this is by far the most [tickets]

we’ve sold since the death penalty [1986],” Tim Leonard, the senior associate athletic director for External Affairs, said. Season ticket sales have risen 168 percent in the past six years and 36 percent since last season which ended with the Mustangs’ victory against Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Leonard says the sales increase is due to three things: the football team’s success, the schedule and the new sale structure. “We’ve made the statement that we’re coming back,” Leonard said.

He described the 2012 home football schedule as “one of the most attractive home schedules since at least the breakup of the Southwest Conference.” The structure of ticket sales is another change that the athletic department has made. SMU now has a partnership with Legends Premium Sales. SMU is the first collegiate property of the company coowned by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, Goldman Sachs and CIC Partners. Along with the Mustangs,

clients of Legends Premium include the San Francisco 49ers, Rose Bowl Stadium and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The “growing program with a growing fan base,” as Leonard describes it, has also broken a record in annual licensing revenue ­— the T-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. licensed by the Collegiate Licensing Company that manages the SMU logo. This is the sixth straight year SMU has set a new record in royalties, which have increased 98 percent since 2006. SMU merchandise is now not

only found at the official bookstore and online store, but also in national chains such as Kroger, Target and Walmart. As these record-breaking statistics show, the Mustangs’ brand is growing. Leonard hopes that the sales numbers will reflect in stadium attendance. The fulfillment rate ­— the

number of ticket buyers who actually use their tickets ­— needs improvement according to Leonard. However, he is confident that attendance will go up. “There’s such a buzz right now, more of a buzz than the year we hired June Jones,” he said. “It’s a fun time to be part of SMU athletics.”


Intramurals gear up for a new year DEMETRIO TENIENTE Staff Writer SMU Intramurals is a program that runs off student involvement — from the ones that play the variety of sports, to those who officiate them. Despite the participation of various student groups, there are also those who know very little about this athletic opportunity. Answers are found at the office of Jack Harper, the assistant director of Intramurals/Sport Clubs. “He knows what he’s doing and knows what it takes to be a good ref,” senior Quentin Major said. “He embodies professionalism in his work and his experience shows.” Major was one of a hundred students who were hired as intramural officials last year. He says that the experience taught him about being levelheaded in the tense situations of games and provided insight into the tough job of an official. Harper was an intramural official and supervisor at Texas Tech while he was an undergraduate, which led to a graduate assistant job at Oklahoma State, where he gained experience working in an intramural program. After he graduated from Oklahoma State, he came to SMU in the fall of 2006. According to Harper, since his arrival at SMU the overall participation in the program has increased all across the board,

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addressed the issue of the application section of the student senate website which is known to cause a lot of confusion for users. It is is currently testing out a new website that will allow

users to more effectively utilize the website. The meeting concluded with Senator John Mafferty’s introduction of the issue of campus offices sending out large e-mails that reveal the addresses of all the recipients.

Mafferty is currently looking at ways to provide privacy for Webmail recipients within the SMU network. Senate looks forward to a productive year as it pushes promised legislation and policy from last year’s election cycle.

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Former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabic Richard Jordan speaks at a Tower Center function in 2010.

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Students visited the Umphrey Lee Ballroom on Monday to learn more about Engaged Learning projects.

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students can achieve. Ocanpo, a senior planning to graduate this December, worked as a public health intern at La Isla Foundation in Leon, Nicaragua. Ocanpo participated in a causality study, which focused on identifying the cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and implementing preventative policy measures. The cause of CKD in undeveloped countries is currently unknown. In addition to participating on a team investigating the potential conditions contributing to CKD, Ocanpo also conducted research into the nature and progression of the disease itself. Ocanpo now believes that CKD is a terminal disease which eventually becomes irreversible.

“It is not realistic to focus on treatment”, Ocanpo said. “It has to be prevention. We need to focus on changing the conditions that lead to CKD.” Psychology major Ankita Krishnan participated in an internship in India through Action for Autism. Krishnar believes that her Engaged Learning project offered her an opportunity unique from that of the classroom. “Going into the field can never be replaced by a lecture or textbook”, Krishnar says. “It is an experience you can never get anywhere else.” Susan Kress, director of Engaged Learning, strongly encourages students to apply to Engaged Learning. “It’s everything you can learn in college, times two,” Kress said. “Just

do it.” In addition to being an opportunity for growth beyond the classroom, Engaged Learning projects can open doors for students after graduation. Kress points out that two out of three of the Engaged Learning students who graduated last year received jobs from the organizations they completed their projects through. Other students, such as Krishnan, value the experience as preparation for graduate school. The next Engaged Learning event is a workshop series titled “What’s in it For You,” taking place on Sept.17. There will be sessions for both faculty members and students. An additional workshop, “Get Engaged,” will be held on Nov. 15.

U.S. and Saudi Arabia remains strong, as there are now more Saudi Arabians studying in America than there were before 9/11, even as the Arabian Gulf states are looking for other geopolitical allies. “The question even becomes, is the Middle East now less relevant to the United States?” the former ambassador said.

Jordan explained, however, that Saudi Arabia will never become irrelevant to the U.S. because of its strategic global positioning and wealth of natural resources. “It’s really interesting to hear from a professional like Robert Jordan how everything is so uncertain, even with the best available information as the U.S. leaves with alternative energy, and China begins to move in,” SMU

student Spencer Curtis said. In the midst of uncertainty, Jordan is confident that while the U.S. may not be pertinent in the same manner as it has been in the past, America will continue to be important and involved. “Saudi Arabia admires our innovations and our freedoms. We have one really significant thing going for us; we’re Americans, and all that entails.”

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school administrators on a rotating basis every three years. Together they work on sending out a campus wide survey to get the most student input. The questions, on the online survey, tend to remain consistent from year to year. “I am glad to not be considered one of the most homophobic schools. We[SMU] reflect the world we live in and so unfortunately homophobia is here too. We have to continue to

educate and prepare our students to understand and confront that.” Karen Click, Director of the Women’s Center said. “What were not assessed were the resources of support, policies that affirm LGBT identity, and the great experiences many students have.” Another tool called Campus Pride, a volunteer-driven group striving to make safer college environments for LGBT students, also offers its own index that rates colleges

and universities. Using a numerical ranking system, which scores schools from a scale of one to five, the survey encompasses LGBT student life, policy inclusion and academic life. SMU is currently rated a four on the index. “Thinking of new ways to be visible in the community is what is going to change perceptions and help students understand the diversity on this campus,” Click said.


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