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Suicide attack in Chechnya On Tuesday, eight people were killed and 16 were injured in a suicide bombing in Chechnya during end-ofRamadan celebrations. A man allegedly detonated a bomb in Chechnya’s capital, Grozny while police tried to detain him. A second blast followed. Witnesses said they heard gunshots after the explosions. Despite Chechnya’s reputation as a home for Islamic insurgency, no Islamists leaders have claimed responsibility.

Exxon wins oil deal Exxon Mobil won the right to explore for oil in Russia’s portion of the Arctic Ocean. This agreement is part of an effort to diversity the petroleum industry in Russia. Exxon’s total investment could reach around $500 billion, helping to boost Russia’s economy. Around 60 percent of Russia’s export revenues come from petroleum.

Cold case murder solved Philander Hampton, 54, confessed to the killing of five boys in Newark in 1978. Five boys were allegedly brought into an abandoned house, which was then set on fire. Hampton plead guilty to five counts of felony murder at the Essex Country Courthouse in exchange for a plea agreement that he will testify at his cousin, Lee Evans’ trial. Hampton alleged that Evans planned the killings. Hampton and Evans were arrested in March 2010. Hampton will receive a 10year jail sentence, with parole eligibility after two years.

Snakes on a plane, live TSA apprehended a man at Miami International Airport who was trying to smuggle in an entire collection of snakes and turtles in his pants. Security agents find out the man had wrapped the snakes in women’s hosiery and hide them in his pants. TSA found the snakes while subjecting the man to image screening. He was arrested and charged for importing exotic animals illegally.

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debt affects students, country By STEPHANIE COLLINS Executive Editor

With U.S. debt spiraling out of control and a bleak economic outlook for months to come, there has never been a time when the “youth are the future” cliché has held so true. Tuesday’s lecture with Founder and CEO of The Comeback America Initiative, David Walker, discussed the current state of the United States economy and what it means for today’s young people and college students. According to Walker, the median annual household income in this country is $50,000. If the United States were an average household it would be spending $82,000 per year, and would have $126,000 of current debt. This country’s financial mess is falling directly into the laps of today’s young people who will inherit these issues. “The real threat is what the future will be like if we don’t start putting the nation’s finances in order,” Walker said. The world for today’s young people is becoming increasingly competitive, according to Walker, and the focus needs to be on taking steps to impact how these issues are dealt with in the future. Walker advised college students to be “disproportionately active in representing your views to current and prospective elected officials” to ensure that these issues are addressed and dealt with in a manner that can help secure this generation’s future. When it comes to pointing the finger, however, Walker said no particular political party or figure is at fault. Government spending in

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David M. Walker, CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, discusses the fiscal impact of raising the debt ceiling at the Dallas Business Club meeting in the Collins Executive Education Center on Tuesday.

2011 has amounted to $4 billion more than the country takes in for revenue each day, and this debt has amounted over several decades under the watch of several presidents. Now, the focus needs to be placed on action. Walker said that the U.S. is roughly two years away from where Greece was during its major financial collapse. “We have more time, but not unlimited time,” he said. This, according to Walker, is truly where young people come in. First year MBA student at the Cox School of Business, Lewis Wang, views the economic situation in the United States through a special lens being a young person from China. “As a foreign student and as a business student, this [information] gives me some idea about how to contribute to

the country’s economy in the future,” Wang said, “I think it is my responsibility.” Wang added that reversing the economic crisis in the United States would be mutually beneficial for China. One of the major economic issues facing today’s youth is federal spending in terms of health care. “We have way over promised in healthcare, and we are going to have to have an honest conversation with the American people at some point,” Walker said, who added that some day it will be today’s college students’ responsibility to have that conversation. These issues can be overwhelming to the college students faced with them upon graduation, but Walker advises students to keep an optimistic outlook.

“In America, if you have a solid education, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and solid more and ethical values,” Walker said. “You have unlimited potential.” Recognizing this potential, according to Walker, is the key to young people changing these issues in the future, and subsequently changing the United States for the better. David Walker is one of 50 national founders of No Labels, a national organization that emphasizes the value of progress over partisanship in order to ensure a future better than the past.

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Supreme Court Justice gives historical, humorous lecture By SARAH KRAMER Managing Editor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that she probably would not have made it to the high court under the current climate claiming the confirmation process has become more partisan. “I wish we could have a magic wand and go back to those days when the process was truly bipartisan,” she said at the inaugural event of the Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture Series. Dean of the Dedman School of Law, John Attanasio, led a casual conversation with Ginsburg in front of a sold out audience in McFarlin Auditorium Monday night. Before Attanasio formerly introduced Ginsburg, she came on stage to give a few words about Raggio. After reading Raggio’s autobiography, “Texas Tornado,” Ginsburg said she was “captivated by her story.” “I wouldn’t call her a tornado, but instead, a bright star of Texas,” she said. Raggio, who graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law in 1952, was an advocate for women’s rights and the first woman to serve as an assistant district attorney in Dallas County. Similar to Raggio, Ginsburg was the second woman to be appointed to the nation’s highest legal court; and she, too, was a supporter of women’s rights. Instead of lecturing about civil and women’s rights, or her beliefs of the legal system, Attanasio held a question-and-

The 98th Student Senate met on Tuesday to ring in the 2011 fall semester President Austin Prentice proposed two bills, “A Resolution Honoring the Services of Clarence ‘Shorty’ Perkins and Alphonso ‘Buck’ Buchanan” and “A Resolution Honoring the Services of Fred and Judith Banes.” Fred and Judith Banes are longtime employees of SMU and the bill honoring the Banes’ years of service was unanimously passed. The first bill regarding Perkins and Buchanan, however was tabled. Sen. Christian Genco moved the table the bill until next week. Prentice also swore in Clint Adcox, James Mires, Jason Sansone, Laura Schur, and Jeff Wheelan. This marks the first inauguration of the fall semester. Student speakers included sophomore Ruby Kim on behalf of the Korean Students Association, SMU-TV News Director Andy Garcia on The Daily Campus/ Daily Mustang merger, and Shirin Tavakoli as part of Generation


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, addressed law students at SMU Monday during a visit to campus. Ginsburg will be the inaugural speaker for the university’s Raggio Endowed Lecture Series on Monday night.

answer session with Ginsburg asking her questions varying on how she balanced being a mother and law school, her experience clerking for Judge Learned Hand and what the toughest part of her career has been, which she said was working with death penalty cases. The questions started out informal with Ginsburg entertaining the audience with her humorous responses. She told the story of a time

when she was studying for her practice law exam at Harvard University when her 14-monthold daughter, Jane, walked into the dining room with moth balls shoved in her mouth. “I attribute my success to her,” she said, explaining that this situation added a new perspective to her career after spending the evening at the hospital. “My practice exam was not that

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alcohol floods freshmen By PATRICIA BOH

Associate News Editor

Alcohol violations and underage drinking are college buzzwords that terrify parents, frustrate administrators and concern health officials alike. Colleges across the U.S. have noticed this. And, SMU is no exception. SMU Police Department records all crime and fire reports, which includes alcohol violations, and puts those statistics on their website, making them visible to the public. According to the 2009 police reports, there were 147 arrests and 298 referrals to the Conduct Officer relating to alcohol violations. In 2010, there were 44 arrests and 247 referrals. “We are very concerned with their safety on and off campus,” Detective Linda Korbelic-Perez said. “We want them to have a successful and enjoyable experience at SMU.” SMU’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Prevention provides students with a “confidential source of help” in order to deal with substance abuse problems and concerns. The Center also works to promote activities and programs in order educate the campus on the topic of alcohol and drug abuse. The Center employs counselors who provide assessments, interventions, referrals and short-term counseling, as well as ongoing support for recovering students. John Sanger, director for the Center for Alcohol and

Drug Prevention, feels the center is very important. “Each year, we have students who make very risky and dangerous choices around alcohol resulting in serious negative consequences,” he said. “[Our work] focuses on lowering risk and the resultant harm caused by the use of alcohol and other drugs.” Korbelic-Perez believes seeking help and advice relating to alcohol abuse are the best bet. It “does not mean you are weak,” she said. “It shows you are using coping skills to try and solve a problem or perhaps prevent a problem before it starts. Nobody has all of the answers.” The center, which is located on the second floor of the Memorial Health Center, recently joined the Learning Collaborative on HighRisk Drinking. This collaborative is part of the National College Health Improvement Project through the Dartmouth Institute. The Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Virginia provides SMU and other campuses with information about alcohol poisoning and prevention. Many students are familiar with the green “Gordie check” stickers in the residential halls, the HAZE film during Greek Recruitment and various information pamphlets that can be found throughout campus. According to their website the Gordie Center’s goal is to “work to promote peer intervention and challenge attitudes that allow hazing and alcohol poisoning.” “[We want] to promote healthy campus environments

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Wake Up. Laura Schur also spoke about a campaign where parents can buy gift certificates for their children, and part of that purchase will be donated to a charity of their choice. On behalf of Program Council, Sami Williams and Johnathon Machemehl thanked senate for their assistance in Block Party on the Boulevard.  “[Block Party] is a great way to welcome freshmen,”  Machemehl, VP of Programming for Program Council, said.  Williams and Machemehl said this years Battle of the Bands will be held on Oct. 22 and applications will soon be out. After the student speakers, Senate moved on to officer reports.

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important.” She kept the lecture light as she continued by telling another story about the time she clerked for Judge Learned Hand.  Ginsburg began the story by making it clear that Hand would not let women clerk for him because “we [women] would inhibit his language.”  After riding in a car with him, she said she “heard words never heard before,” which prompted her to tell him that it didn’t seem as if she was “inhibiting [his] speech at all.”   The crowd responded to these stories with laughter.   The conversation took a more serious turn when Attanasio asked her questions about past cases that shaped her career as well as changed the law.  Ginsburg talked about Reed v. Reed (1971) and Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld (1975), saying, “We wanted to show that everyday people were affected by arbitrary gender laws.”     She also lectured on the significance of being nominated, and sworn in, as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by Pres. Bill Clinton in 1993.  Clinton told her he wanted to have regular dinners with the nine Justices but, “it never happened because he was hit with Paula Jones and then with other things,” according to Ginsburg. The majority of the lecture was centered on Ginsburg’s biography, rather than her impact on the legal system. Kevin Eaton, president of the political science symposium, was impressed with Ginsburg but was not impressed with Attanasio. “At times he [Attanasio] appeared disengaged and frankly bored at the conversation that he was having with Justice Ginsburg,” Eaton said.  “I also feel that he steered the conversation away from substantive legal issues and more towards a regurgitation of her biography which, although interesting, was not what many of the people in the audience likely would have liked or expected.” While Eaton realized that Ginsburg couldn’t elaborate on every question, he did feel as if she wanted to discuss many of the legal issues. “At times Justice Ginsburg, especially when referring to the gender discrimination cases of the early 70’s, seemed to want to delve into those subjects,” he said. “Attanasio without fail steered her back towards more mundane questions.”

Student Body President Austin Prentice opened by welcoming his fellow senators. Prentice discussed his meeting with the Council of Library Directors, where they discussed elongating and standardizing library hours. Prentice wants to see every library opened from 8 a.m. to midnight, and for Fondren to be open 24 hours every day. He feels it is necessary to “flatten” library hours so students are not confused by different libraries’ schedules.   He also addressed the many libraries on campus that are relatively unknown to most students.   Prentice used the example of the Underwood Law Library. “Most think you can’t study there if you’re

not a law student.” Not only is the Law Library open to all SMU students, it is open from 8 a.m. to midnight during the week.  “For students in V-S, it’s an equal distance to Fondren.”   Prentice also discussed a new Leadership Conference and Retreat, which is open to all students interested in learning about leadership. The conference will take place in February, shortly before Senate elections.   Elections for first year student senators will be held on Sept. 30. Membership chair Katherine Ladner said about 35 students have submitted applications.

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in which hazing and alcohol poisoning do not occur,” Holly Foster, Gordie Center’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug education coordinator, said. “We used to be more just education; we’re also focusing on prevention. Education and prevention combined.” On the SMU campus, the majority of alcohol violations took place outdoors on-campus, in parking lots and various locations off-campus. McElvaney Hall generally receives more alcohol violations per year than any other resident hall. And the numbers in 2011 seem to be heading the same way. Of the 40 violations given

out on campus in 2011, 17 of those have been given in or outside of McElvaney. Fraternity Row was the second highest on campus location for alcohol violations, with eight given. “It really shows how the fraternities have stepped up and made an honest attempt to educate their members about AVs,” SMU junior Chris Wolf said. Senior Phi Delta Theta member Stirling Parkerson agreed. “Frats do their best to try not to provide alcohol to underage drinkers but it is nearly impossible to stop it completely,” he said. “We are not facilitating underage drinking.”

In the past two years, Hawk Hall is the only resident hall where someone did not receive an alcohol violation. Last semester and this semester, Pi Beta Phi was the only sorority house where someone did receive an alcohol violation. “No matter what a university does, underage drinking will still occur whether there are frats or not,” Parkerson said. “Education on the effects of drinking is the only way I believe college campuses can handle the problem of underage drinking on campus.” For a complete breakdown of all violations for this month, as well as previous years, visit SMU’s crime log.


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Specialty fitness classes help relieve stress By BETHANY SUBA Health & Fitness Editor

The weekend is over and it is time to get back to reality. You have a paper, two tests and two quizzes this week. You started studying last week, but are nowhere near where you need to be in order to complete it all without feeling rushed. Where did the time go? And how in the world are you going to get everything done? Most people feel some form of daily pressure or stress. It is very popular among college students who are out on their own for the first time. Susie Farnick, Exhale Spa’s Manager of Guest Experience, believes that stress is a part of everyone’s life and that the way you handle your stress daily determines the future state of your health. “The leading causes of stress for the majority of folks are: finances, academic and or workplace pressures, health concerns, personal relationships and daily annoyances,” Farnick said. Any of those issues combined with a lack of sleep can place a

great weight of stress on anyone’s shoulders.   For Farnick, the passing of her mother left her emotionally drained. She began to take yoga classes as a way to relax. I could just show up and breathe,” Farnick said. Three years ago she and her husband moved to Dallas and immediately Farnick began asking people if they knew where she could find the best yoga community. One friend mentioned Exhale Spa, and Farnick has been there ever since. She began as a student, moved up to a teacher and is now the manager of the spa.  There are only 18 Exhale Spa’s in the world, spread throughout seven different states and one in Turks and Caicos. One of those spas is located right here in Dallas. Farnick says that Exhale Spa is a new breed of spa where the paths of mind and body wellbeing merge. “Exhale was a vision that became reality when we realized there was a need to bring highquality, transformational mind body programming into the spa setting; creating a destination


Dallas is home to one of the few Exhale Spa facilities. Located in the bottom of the Palomar Hotel at US-75 and Mockingbird Lane.

spa experience that could be part of everyday life,” Farnick said. It is here that Farnick has found a way to help others deal with their own stress. She believes that exercise and meditation are two of the most important elements to help combat stress. The spa offers a series of classes that combine exercise and

meditation called Core Fusion. Core Fusion integrates the disciplines of core conditioning, Pilates, the Lotte Berk Method and yoga. “It allows you to work from the inside out, consistently delivering results,” Farnick said. Students can come in and take an hour out of their day to focus

Campus Events WEDNESDAY August 31

Rotaract Club; 1st meeting from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hughes-Triggs Atriums CD.

THURSDAY September 1

Grand Opening of eS MUcho and Sushic; free samples and giveaways from 10:30 a.m to 4 p.m. at The Market in Hughes-Triggs.

Police Reports august 29 6:18 a.m. Theft. Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. A theft was reported at this location but the property was located later. Unfounded. 5:16 p.m. Theft: 3200 Binkley Avenue. A student reported theft of his bicycle. The student called back to report he found his bicycle secured at a different location and forgot he left it there. Closed.

August 30 6:26 a.m. Failure to Evacuate: Smith Hall/6020 Hillcrest Avenue. Three students were referred to the Student Conduct Office for not evacuating during an Emergency Evacuation Drill. Closed.

on being present in their lives. The class begins with several stretches and then works all of the muscles in your body by combining several strengthening movements. Adria Alcazar, a Core Fusion teacher, believes that the Core Fusion classes offer more than stress relief and physical

changes. “So much of it is a confidence thing,” Alcazar said. She watches students leave her class with more poise and composure than anything else. One of Alcazar’s students, Pamela Flanagan, began taking Core Fusion classes two years ago and says she has been going back ever since. “I absolutely love it. I recommend it to everyone, guys and girls,” Flanagan said. The spa also offers several other classes and methods to help reduce stress and increase wellbeing, including yoga, acupuncture and various spa treatments. Farnick believes that too many people go through their day concerned with what is going to happen in the future; people forget to live in the present. Farnick also says that it is important to watch your diet and eat whole foods. Replace your processed snacks with nuts, with fruits and hydrate, she said. For more information on how to improve your wellbeing and the classes and spa therapies located at Exhale Spa visit their website at



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It’s hard to believe that today it’s been over a week since the fall semester started. For some that time has Brandon Bub probably flown by thanks to on-campus activities, class assignments, and commitments galore. For others, the week has probably dragged on for some of those exact same reasons. But while many of us have settled into some of our old routines, how have some of our freshmen been adjusting to life at their new home on the Hilltop? “Classes so far have been great,” says Sara Kendrick, a first-year student from Highland Park, said. “I’ve really enjoyed the discussions we’ve been having in my English Opinion Editor

class and how comfortable I already feel talking about various ideas with my classmates. Intro to Electrical Engineering is becoming my favorite class. I like how enthusiastic Dr. Christensen is during his lectures. It really keeps you on your toes.” Others have found the beginning of class to be less exciting. “It’s definitely called ‘syllabus week’ for a reason,” says Daniel Trujillo, a student from California, said. However, Trujillo still seems to be enjoying things so far: “I’ve made a lot of friends and have finally started to get into the schedule of college (hopefully). I think most importantly I’m really starting to feel at home at SMU. I’m definitely looking forward to the next four years!” Jarrod Millhorn of Irving shares the same sentiment: “It’s only been a week here and I already feel at home. The professors have been

amazing, the people are all friendly, and I’m looking forward to what the next four years have to bring.” Life on campus also comes with a unique set of challenges too. Mehdi Hami, a freshman from Garland, gives his take: “I really need to watch what I eat because I currently eat four meals a day. Thank God for Mac’s Place!” Hami has also enjoyed a lot of the resources that the campus has to offer: “One of my favorite parts of the campus is the gym. It has absolutely anything for everyone.” Freshmen have also discovered how many opportunities abound on SMU’s campus, especially for first years. “I’ve decided to branch out and do things I haven’t tried before,” says Sara Kendrick said. “I went to the Ballroom Dance Club on Saturday and did the Waltz and Cha-cha for the first time. I liked it so much I’m planning on joining the team. I’ve also been exploring

the different exercise classes at Dedman. Zumba was surprisingly entertaining and fun (again...never done that before). I’ve also explored a few different clubs and am trying to decide which ones I want to stick with, which is more difficult than I expected,” Kendrick continued. “Overall the first week was pretty crazy but very exciting. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance everything. I can’t wait to explore everything else SMU has to offer!” Indeed, it looks like freshmen so far have been making the most of their experience, and it will be equally as rewarding to see their contributions to the SMU community over the course of the next few years. Brandon Bub is a sophomore majoring in English and edits The Daily Campus opinion column. He can be reached for comment at bbub@

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Involvement makes school experience My first week of my freshman year was in August 1978. Yes, SMU had indoor plumbing back then. The dorms were actually nicer than the football stadium. The legal drinking age was 18. Eat your hearts out. Being from a very small town and having arrived on campus with stars in my eyes— there were more good looking girls on campus than there were people living in my hometown—I was somewhat awed by it all. I had never seen or heard Rick Larson of a BMW before. Or topsiders. If it hadn’t been for Culwell and Son across the street, I would have continued to traipse around campus in a pair of overalls, Converse All Stars and concert t-shirts (my Kiss t-shirt would be worth a fortune now). On the third day of school, my uncle invited me to breakfast at the famed Lucas B&B café on Oak Lawn. The sign is still there but it has since become a Pappadeaux restaurant. What he told me over pancakes and eggs carried me further than what I learned in the four years of classes that I would take (Charlie Helfert’s were the best ones, though). He told me that while I lacked confidence, I should know that SMU didn’t accept “slugs.” The best and brightest and the most creative young people in the U.S. were walking around right there on the SMU campus and that I should count myself among them. And that was a good start for me. Today that still holds true. And truth be known, I couldn’t get in to SMU, today, with the grades and test scores I had back then, a tribute to the competitiveness that exists in these times and the fact that SMU has gotten better as times have moved on. The most important thing I took from our breakfast was people. “Half of those students are going to bury themselves in their studies and miss the real essence of that school,” he said. “The wealth in that education is in the people you will meet. Many of them will become friends for life. Many of them will become successful in business and other endeavors and many of them will be running Dallas 20 years from now.” He was dead on. One of those “people” was my floor mate on Cockrell, who became a close friend and fraternity brother. He and his wife, the Armstrongs, recently funded SMU with a new upper class dorm. I asked him, since we were friends and all, if I could maybe spend a night in that dorm when it opened. He said, “No.” I urge you SMU students to “get involved.” One doesn’t have to join a fraternity or sorority to “get involved” but don’t poo-pooh it. Of the 39 guys I pledged with, 20 of us are still close in contact to this day, vacation together, have been in each other’s weddings, do business together. But there are ton of other non-Greek ways to “get involved” on campus. And “getting involved” really means one thing: you meet people. You are in the epicenter of this country right now, economically and socially, just as we were in 1978-82 (“Dallas” was the number one TV show at that time). With the George W. Bush Library being built, you are going to be an arms’ length away from some of the most famous and influential people of our time. Go work at the Library. The oil, gas, and real estate businesses are going to flourish, right there 5 minutes away from you. Go take an internship at one of those firms. Rick Perry will probably run for President and win. Be a part of that by working in his campaign. The people you will meet while at SMU will be more valuable than the degree you get. Participate in intramurals, although you may not be any good. Get in Charlie Helfert’s classes and learn about life and have a lot of fun. “It is people,” my Uncle said, in 1978, and it is still “people” at SMU, more than ever. Pony Up! contributor

Rick Larson is a 1982 graduate of SMU and member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and has been a stockbroker/investment banker for 26 years. He can be reached for comment at

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Earlier this year, former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) held a generally unexciting conference at the Hy-Vee Spencer Eggers supermarket in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Among the many topics in Mr. Santorum’s discussions was that of same-sex marriage. On the topic of same-sex marriage, Mr. Santorum decided he would get “metaphysical,” and used a nearby napkin to draw an analogy that, for many of us, still has us scratching our heads. Of the napkin, Mr. Santorum said: “I can call this napkin a paper towel, but it is a napkin. Why? Because it is what it is, right? You can call it whatever you want, but it doesn’t change the character of what it is.” As clever as his analogy may be, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. contributor

In fact, the point Mr. Santorum makes is a perfect example of the flawed logic behind some of the opposition to marriage equality. The truth of the matter is that what we have here-to-fore referred to as “same-sex” marriage is no different than any marriage between opposite-sex couples. In both cases, two people come together in love and unity to declare, before God, their unending love for one another. It makes no difference whether it is a man and a woman, two men, or two women. Ultimately, holy matrimony derives its sanctity from the love that both partners share for one another, and not from the genitalia with which they were bestowed. However, by calling it “samesex marriage” or “gay marriage,” we are unwittingly differentiating between the marriage of two samegendered persons and that of two opposite- gendered persons when, in fact, there exists no difference at all. In order to better illustrate this concept, I will create a little

analogy of my own: When a gay man finds an apartment, he signs a lease. He does not sign a “gay” lease. The fact that he is gay does not change the legal responsibility that he has undertaken. If we were to call it a “gay lease,” we would begin to subconsciously differentiate between the apartment leases that straight people signed and the apartment leases that gay people signed. In reality, there is no difference. It doesn’t matter whether you are gay or straight, a lease is a lease. In much the same way, by referring to marriages between same-sex couples as either “samesex” marriages or “gay” marriages, we are subconsciously reinforcing the idea that marriages between gay couples are any different than marriages between straight couples. Gay men and women across the country are not fighting for “samesex marriage;” they are fighting for “marriage.”

They are not petitioning for something that looks like marriage; they are petitioning for exactly the same “marriage” that we have come to know. Gay men and women don’t require civil unions that are “separate, but equal,” to marriage; they require full access to the same civil liberties that every heterosexual person in American is afforded, including, but not limited to, MARRIAGE. The next time you want to say “gay marriage” or “same-sex marriage,” try just using the word “marriage” instead. It’s shorter, to the point, and it’s nothing less than what gay men and women deserve.

Spencer J Eggers is a senior majoring in Accounting and Spanish with a minor in Photography. He can be reached for comment at seggers@

Rebuttal: It’s not about the grass Contributor

Remember a year or so ago when that plague of round-soled “efficient shape-up” shoes hit the streets, and Kelly Kiser suddenly women everywhere were tripping, stumbling, and definitely not getting toned? Remember the “hula chair,” infomercial, in which smiling men and women sat at their desks, typing away while their chairs wriggled the lower half of their body, “eliminating the need to separate exercise and work time?” Remember even this morning, when you checked the Apple App Store and realized there are so many efficiency-related products

that even trying to browse through all the apps would use so much time that it would completely defeat the purpose? Time. There never seems to be enough of it. That’s why people invent all those products, which are successful to varying degrees. We seek the epitome of efficiency because we think it will lead to happiness. Walking on the grass to get to Fondren Science is simply another ploy to seek the blue nirvana of efficiency. But life is not all about efficiency. How else could you justify nature? The 600 pound grizzly bear eats a diet of mostly fruit and nuts. Most light is lost upon the human eye because the light receptors are actually at the very back of the eye, partially covered by nerve bundles. And speaking of inefficiency, penguins. Need I say more? Truth be told, walking an extra

0.07 miles to class every day is a valuable experience. It gives students a few moments of quiet solitude in a world filled with the constant chatter of dorm life. It is a chance to examine one’s life and collect one’s thoughts before lecture. It is a time to breathe. Also, walking that short distance is important exercise. As Mr. Christian Genco stated in his editorial, a student going to Fondren Science building five times a week can expect to spend an extra cumulative 70 hours on walking time for using the sidewalk. Assuming an average body weight of 150 lbs, walking 2.5 miles per hour for a total of 70 hours will burn around 14,280 calories. That’s enough exercise to burn the calories from 10 pizzaburgers, 6 Bubba’s chicken sausage biscuits, 12 cups of Ramen noodles, 17 bowls of Cocoa puffs with chocolate milk, and one


carton of eggnog. We all need as much exercise as we can get, since exercise is so easily overlooked with the bustle of student life. Having more free time is not the key to happiness. It is more important to consider the quality of the time (both free and walking) that we have. While little shortcuts such as walking on the grass might open up enough time to watch every episode of “Law and Order,” to learn to whistle from the nose, or to beat all 255 levels of oldschool Pac-Man, I suggest that we as a student body instead focus on the quality of our time. Go ahead. Grab some friends. Walk the extra 0.07 miles with them. Kelly Kiser is a freshman majoring in biology. She can be reached for comment at

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Former Mustangs premiere play in Manhatten

BEY-BEY IS HAVING A BABY? Sunday Night, at MTVs Video Music Awards, international pop superstar Beyonce told the waiting media that she was pregnant. While rumors have been circulating the web for almost a year now, Beyonce finally made it official in what will be one of the VMA’s most memorable performaces. Clad in a sequined blazer, and tight black leggings, at the end of her performance of “Love on Top,” Beyonce threw down her microphone, smilled, and rubbed her 6-month old baby bump.

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From Left to Right: SMU Alumnus Amelia Peterson, Christin Siems and Molly Murphy in costume and makeup for their new play.

By JOEY RICHARDSON Contributing Writer

Whenever you worry about your future after graduation, remember Christin Siems, Amelia Peterson and Molly Murphy. Christin Siems, a graduate of SMU, is taking her poems to New York City. This will not, however, be a reading in a dark, smoke filled cafe while bongos beat out solemn rhythms and people snap their praise. “Morbid Poetry” is a brand new play based on Siems’ poems, and it will open on Sept. 29 and run through Oct. 1. The new show is also being directed by two SMU graduates, Molly Murphy and Amelia Peterson. “I’ve known Christin’s plays and her poetry from when she was writing and performing them at SMU,” Murphy said. “I’ve always been a big fan of her writing and have great respect for both her person and

her artistry.” According to Murphy, “Christin has always wanted to see if the poems could be made into a play and we felt like we [Murphy and Peterson] were the team to do it.” The former mustangs are working with the Incubator Arts Project based in New York City. Siems, Murphy, and Peterson were given a residency for the fall as a part of the Project’s New Performance Series. But this will not be the trio’s first rodeo. Siems’ other plays, “Lisa Frank Virginity Club,” “This Play is Not About Werewolves” and “Cold Soup” have been produced in Brooklyn, Seattle, and Washington D.C. Murphy has worked for theaters and venues like Signature Theater Company, the Apollo Theater and the Dallas Theater Center. She is currently a director operating out of Harlem. Peterson has directed plays



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Erin Frisbie, two other SMU alumnae, are starring in the production. “They are both incredibly talented actors,” Murphy said. “Smart, generous and brave- the kind of actors SMU is famous for.” Murphy hopes that the play will be enjoyable for everyone. “The writing speaks to a latent adolescence--a mourning for lost childhood even into your mid twenties,” she said. “I think everyone can identify with the pangs and outbursts of transitioning from one identity to another. Growing is painfuland funny at its core--people of all ages can relate to that.” She went on to say that the teachers, students, and campus life at SMU inspired her and had a huge impact on her life. “You take your life with you wherever you go,” she said. “And the people from SMU are always with me--still teaching me how to be a better person and artist.”

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Who Caught Our Eye Coach of the Week By E’lyn Taylor


Sports Editor

SMU running back coach Wes Suan, is widely known for helping St. Louis Rams and former Mustang Shawnbrey McNeal earn honorable mention All-conference accolades and also helping him to become the first collegiate 1,000-yard rusher. Suan said his primary goal as the running back coach is to tell current SMU running back Zach Line to make sure he doesn’t get tackled and to protect the quarterback. Suan was responsible for Zach Line’s break out season last year, scoring seven touchdowns on 49 carries. Before Suan’s years at SMU, he spent nine seasons as a assistant coach at Hawaii and spent his first six years with Coach June Jones as the running back coach before he moved to the offensive line in 2005. Now, starting his fourth season at SMU, Coach Suan said he thinks pre-season practices are going well. Both the players and coaches are enthusiastic. “I like the attitude toward our preparation.” As SMU prepares to take on

Fan of the Week

By E’lyn Taylor and Cesar Rincon

Associate Sports Editor

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their first game against the Texas A&M Aggies. Suan is prepared to spotlight Zach Line Sunday. “The Texas A&M game will go in a very positive matter,” he said. Random Questions: Q. What is in your ipod Coach? A. “Price Tag” by Jessie J, James Taylor, Lady Gaga and P!nk Q. What is your favorite food? A. “Warm” Q. If you were to take a trip with your favorite musical artist, who would it be? A. “James Taylor”

This week’s edition of Who Caught Our Eye features a fan so passionate about the Mustang pride, it may surprise you just how far this SMU fan will go. Paul Layne (‘76) has been to every SMU football game for 37 years, tallying up a total of 408 straight games at present. His Mustang pride and spirit has stretched across the Atlantic to Tokyo and throughout the states from Dallas to Reno. Former SMU team cheerleader Paul Layne began this streak at the age of two. His parents were fans and they made it to nearly every game except for away games. He then began his career as an SMU cheerleader. This career resulted in was five years worth of consecutive attendance for both home and away games. Suddenly, he had earned himself a streak that could not be broken. His following career of a flight attendant would cover the cost of flights as long as he flew

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standby. Although his free-travels would cost him some close calls, he still made it to every game against Wolf Pack in Reno. The night of the California Sonoma Valley wedding, Layne hit the road, covering 200 miles in total, to catch the opening kick off. His official streak began in his cheerleading days as a Mustang here in 1976. Keep an eye out for the devoted Mustang fan this 2011 football season. Tokyo — that’s the furthest Paul Layne has travelled for a pony-up kick off

SMU’s offensive lineman, Kevin Beachum said his First Team Conference USA award he earned last year, was just another accomplishment to put in his book. “When you have high standards for yourself, those things will come when time permits.” In 2011 Beachum totaled a school-record of 3,681 yards for SMU. Not missing a game the last three seasons, Beachum will be on this years Watch Lists for the Outland and Lombardi Awards. “I want to be an AllAmerican conference top, not just Conference USA. I take pride in all of my accomplishments, I just see it as a accomplishment for higher goals,” he said. Beachum said, he is eagerly anticipating SMU’s game against Texas A&M this weekend. “I’m ready to hit someone


else and have fun with it. It comes to a point where you want to play that game, you want to feel that adrenaline rush you feel when you play that game.” A lot of hype and pressure has been put on SMU’s football team this season, Beachum says he doesn’t look at his season at a whole. “Our motto for the year, is this week and this week only. We’re taking it one week at a time,” he said.


CBS and Fox Sports star SMU football By ERICA PENUNURI Associate Sports Editor

FoxSports Southwest and CBS Sports Network débuted its new show starring SMU’s football program Tuesday at 6 p.m. In in series of 30-minute shows, the new program entitle “SMU Football 2011: The Stampede,” will give viewers a first-hand look at Mustang practices, team meetings, and

feature the Hilltop’s campus. The Mustang-featured show will be aired regionally as well as nationally according to agreements between FoxSports Southewest and CBS Sports. The HD shot show airs on FoxSports Southwest on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. central. CBS Sports Network will be starting the show on Aug. 31 at 8:30 p.m. central. CBS sports will also be airing

two more primetime replays during the week and an additionl eight re-airs in other time slots. To catch the Ponies on the big screen, readers should check their local listings. The regional sports network Fox Sports Southwest Network and CBS Sports Network are available in 98 million homes. Major providers include Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast

Cable, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FIOS. The Fox Sports Southwest will reach over 10 million households including: Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. It is the cable home for the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), Texas Rangers

(MLB), FC Dallas (MLS) and San Antonio Spurs (NBA). Holden Production Group, one of the nation’s leaders of sports documentaries is the producer for the new show, “The Stampede.” Two-time Sports Emmy award winner Mickey Holden and Tim Johnson are the executive producers. In 2010, Mustang football was televised on the ESPN’s “30 for

30: Pony Excess” story. This show focused on SMU football in the 1980’s and the death penalty. That same year, SMU Mustang football was featured on a show titled, “The Climb.” It featured SMU Coach June Jones and provided behind-the-scenes look at college football.

Mustang Preview Thursday, Sept. 1 Cross Country North Texas Metroplex Opener at 7 p.m. Denton, Texas

Friday, Sept. 2 Men’s Soccer vs. N.C. State at 4 p.m. Durham, North Carolina (Duke Tournament) Women’s Soccer vs. North Texas at 7 p.m. Denton, Texas Women’s Volleyball vs. TCU at 7pm Moody Coliseum (Double Tree Classic Tournament)

Saturday, Sept. 3 Women’s Volleyball vs. Lamar at 12:30 p.m. Moody Coliseum (Double Tree Classic Tournament) Women’s Volleyball vs. Alabama at 7 p.m. Moody Coliseum (Double Tree Classic Tournament)

Sunday, Sept. 4 Men’s Soccer vs. Duke at 1:30 p.m. Durham, North Carolina (Duke Tournament) SMU Football vs. Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. College Station, Texas


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