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U.S. stocks plummet Wall Street stocks took a major hit Tuesday morning, with major indexes falling two percent at the opening. Within the first minutes of trading, the Dow fell 2.5 percent, Standard & Poor fell 2.6 percent, and Nasdaq fell 2.4 percent. On Monday, the European markets plunged by 4.1 percent. By Tuesday afternoon, Euro Stoxx 50 index went down 1.7 percent. Japan’s Nikkei dropped 2.2 percent, marking its lowest since April 2009.

Gaddafi and son flee Libya Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif may have fled Libya into Niger. A huge convoy of round 250 military vehicles was spotted crossing into Niger en route to Burkina Faso, a central African country that has offered the Gaddafi administration officials asylum. Mansour Dhao, head of Gaddafi’s security brigades, and other Gaddafi officials have already fled to Niger. There is reason to believe the convoy is definitely transporting several of Gaddafi’s top advisers.

Worst Texas wildfire The wildfire blazing in Bastrop County near Austin is the worst single wildfire in Texas’ history. So far, 1,000 homes have been burned, which is more than any previous fire in Texas. Over 100,000 acres of land have been scorched. This wildfire is one of 63 currently burning through the state. Strong winds from Tropical Storm Lee fuel the wildfire. Gov. Rick Perry said he would seek a federaldisaster declaration.

Big crocodile caught A team of 30 men caught a 21-foot saltwater crocodile on Saturday in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The crocodile weighed in at 2,370 pounds and may be the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity. Villagers have vowed to continue hunting for more giant crocodiles following the death of a young girl and a fisherman.

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Ron Paul finds support among college crowd

By ASHLEY WITHERS Editor in Chief

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III and Editorat-large of TIME Fareed Zakaria kicked off the 30th anniversary of the Tate Lecture Series with a lively discussion regarding the American economy and the biggest issues facing our country today. David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN, moderated the discussion in McCord Auditorium Tuesday night. This is Gergen’s 16th appearance on the Tate Lecture Series circuit. “Tonight these are difficult times for America and we should start right there,” Gergen said. “Where are we as a nation?” Gergen’s lead question set the tone for the rest of the discussion. Baker spoke mainly from his extensive political experience, while Zakaria drew from his international background to answer Gergen’s questions. “I’m very pessimistic about the immediate term, but I am optimistic about the mediate term and the long term,” Baker said. Despite the serious subject matter, both Zakaria and Baker were able to use humor to get their point across. “Growing up in India I had fantasies of America,” Zakaria said. “My American dream resembled the opening credits of the TV show ‘Dallas.’” The focus of the conversation

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instead that America’s focus over the past few years should have been on the economy, not the war on terror. Arguments from both speakers were met with smatterings of applause and murmurs of agreement throughout the discussion. “It is very nice to see people who seem so intimately

Ron Paul has done well in recent polls, falling just behind “top tier” candidates, and in some cases beating them handily. Much of this winning streak is attributed to the votes of young America, with whom Paul has polled even higher.  IN a Gallup Poll released Aug. 24 Ron Paul ranked third with 13 percent behind Rick Perry’s 29 percent and Mitt Romney’s 17 percent with Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents. However, in this same poll, Paul came in first among voters 18 to 19 years old with 29 percent, beating out Perry by eight points and Romney by 17 points.   SMU political science professor Matthew Wilson said the difference might be explained because “libertarian tendencies are particularly pronounced among younger voters — especially relatively affluent ones.” And while Wilson believes Paul will be taken “more seriously this time around,” he doesn’t believe he can pull off the nomination. “He is too damaged by his past associations with fringe positions, and he is actually the oldest candidate

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Fareed Zakaria, editor-at-large of TIME magazine, discusses the future of the political climate in the United States with former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen during the Tate Lecture in McFarlin Auditorium Tuesday evening.

among the panel was dominated by the way the government is handling the economic crisis. “We have lost the ability to do intelligent policy anymore,” Zakaria said. “It all gets caught up in the big ideology of what government means.” The speakers helped unpack complicated economic policies for the audience. “We need to be shifting this economy from an emphasis on

consumption to an emphasis on investment,” Zakaria said. “We cannot continue forever to keep living above our means,” Baker said. The topic of war also made its way into the forefront. “We seem to find ways into wars of choice,” Baker said. “I don’t know that we have the luxury of doing this anymore.” “It completely disorients you as a society,” Zakaria said, arguing


SMU holds first lockdown exercise in North Texas By MEREDITH CARLTON News Editor

With the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 a few days away, places across the United States are dedicating the month of September to emergency preparedness. SMU is part of this effort and started to take action Friday in Fondren Library. At 8 a.m., a small group of students, faculty and staff gathered to participate in the first lockdown exercise at a North Texas university. Everyone congregated in Fondren Library Link where participants were asked to introduce themselves and explain why they were there. Faculty and staff members came from all areas of campus — Simmons Hall to SMU Dining. A small group of non-SMU faculty from area colleges also participated to critique the exercise.

Scenarios were given to all participants, providing them with background information. Participates were then asked to act like they normally would when they were in Fondren. Suddenly, a strange person would then come through the building, simulating an intruder. The intruder was to fire a foghorn to simulate gunshots, and people were then supposed to “act.” The exercise lasted about 10 minutes before SMU PD arrived on the scene. Although the exercise was brief, an hour was spent on the debrief where participants were allowed to share stories and ask questions. Terry Trail, member of SMU PD, acted as the shooter and entered the building from the basement, making his way up all four floors of the library. Trail talked about his experience from a police perspective.


Detective Terry Trail of the SMU police department takes part in the simulated lock-down of Fondren Library Friday. Armed with an air horn, Trail assumed the role of a lone gunman in order to illustrate proper safety procedure.

“Overall, it went really well,” he said. “For the most part, everyone

got where they needed to be from my point of view.”


Have you ever had class in the basement of Meadows? Or perhaps attended a meeting in the HughesTrigg Forum? If so, you know that these could be some of the deadliest spots on the SMU campus for what Verizon coined the “dead zone.” And no, I cannot hear you now. However, AT&T wants to hear you. Seven months ago AT&T announced its intention to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the AT&T merger. The reasoning behind the lawsuit stems from the concern that the merger will eliminate competition in the wireless service market. As of now, there are four major wireless service providers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. What’s crazy about this is that only eight years ago, there were 12 different providers to choose from in

this industry. If this merger were to go through, AT&T would easily hold a monopoly within the industry. In general, T-Mobile offers lower prices for a variety of plans for current users. If the merger goes through, T-Mobile consumers could potentially face a steep increase in prices, and their current mobile phone plans could not be honored. “My family uses T-Mobile because my father travels a lot for his job, and it has good rates for international calling while he’s abroad,” sophomore Michael Row said. What’s more is that many employees could potentially lose their jobs as a result of the merger. This goes for both AT&T and T-Mobile. When SBC Communications acquired AT&T in 2005, the merger led to job cuts of nearly 13,000 employees of both companies. The current merger of AT&T and T-Mobile very closely resembles the merger that took place six years ago. AT&T is not backing down from

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the lawsuit. The online technology blog, TechCrunch, says AT&T has set plans to accommodate the DOJ’s concerns and continue to pursue the purchase of T-Mobile. So, what would this merger mean for SMU students? The current coverage of T-Mobile on SMU’s campus is not up to par with the rest of its wireless competitors. A positive that would come out of the merger would indeed be better coverage for those who used T-Mobile. “I actually used to have T-Mobile, but we switched to AT&T because the coverage was so poor on the SMU campus,” freshman Emily Rosen said. “Whenever someone would call, I could never hear what they were saying.” Perhaps the students at SMU have already recognized the problem and decided to correct it before AT&T set out to do so on the public stage. We will have to wait and see just how high AT&T can raise their bar before the U.S. Department of Justice lowers it.

Senate will have new digitalized archive By PATRICIA BOH

Associate News Editor

The Student Senate approved a slightly revised agenda and moved to discuss a new bill during Tuesday’s meeting. Chief of Staff Alex Mace, President Austin Prentice and Endowment Chair William Badarak authored the bill titled “A Resolution Concerning Student Senate Membership Recordkeeping.” The bill proposes to create an easily accessible digital archive of all senate related documents. This will also create an email listserv of all senate alumni so that they can stay connected. All current senators will be included in this list so that information distribution can be centralized. They believe this will be a

way to not only connect the senate and streamline communication, but also to help raise funds for senate scholarships. Senate also voted on the bill “Resolution to Honor the Services of Clarence “Shorty” Perkins and Alphonso ‘Buck’ Buchanan.” This bill was presented at last week’s meeting, but was tabled by Lyle Senator Christian Genco. The bill will honor Perkins and Buchanan’s combined 70 years of dedication and service to SMU.

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YOUNG: Libertarianism popular among young voters Continued from page 1

seeking the nomination,” Wilson said. “That said, the political climate has become more accepting of libertarianism generally, and a younger, somewhat more mainstream version of Paul – like, perhaps, his son Rand – might have a future in national politics.” But even for this campaign, Paul supporters have noticed a large increase in young volunteers. Jarrod Atkinson, co-organizer of the Dallas County Liberty Campaign ­— an organization that raises support for Paul, said the “vast majority” of the volunteers in his organization are under 25 years old, and many are starting to take on leadership roles. President of SMU College Libertarians Sean Linsley, who regularly volunteers for the Paul campaign, said college-aged voters are attracted to Paul because “students haven’t fallen into the propaganda of the times.” Linsley said student have discovered the benefits of Libertarianism through their own research. “There’s a reason why people joke about “internet libertarians,” and why such a phrase even exists — because many people discovered the philosophy online,” he said. Ron Paul’s brand of libertarianism seems to be sticking. According to a Gallup poll released in late spring, 68 percent of Independents feel a third party

is needed in American politics – so do 52 percent of Republicans. SMU senior Charlie McCaslin, former president of College Republicans, isn’t so sure. “Republicans deserve someone better than a crotchety, bitter congressman who wants to turn back the clock to isolationist foreign policy, anarchic social policy and put the country on a bizarre fiscal trajectory by ending the federal reserve and returning us to the gold standard,” he said. While he gives credit to Paul for being the first to “understand the potential of libertarian policy with young people who tend to be more socially liberal and fiscally conservative,” he believes that independent conservative students will eventually turn over to support Perry once his campaign picks up steam. David de la Fuente, an SMU senior and president of Texas College Democrats also believes the Paul campaign will eventually lose popularity. “Ron Paul finds marginal popularity on campuses because he believes a small government shouldn’t criminalize cannabis use,” he said. “He also believes a small government shouldn’t help students go to college.” In any case, other 2012 GOP candidates find themselves struggling to get the youth vote while Paul continues to poll high.

Wilson said the reason for the GOP struggle is because the younger generation is much more heavily minority than older ones. “Given the dramatic disparities in birth rates between whites and minorities, especially Latinos. It is almost inevitable that as long as Republicans struggle with the Latino vote, they will struggle with the youth vote as well,” he said. Wilson believes that major Republican contenders can make a better reach for the youth vote by emphasizing two things. First, the “catastrophically high” unemployment levels in the under 25 population, and “the fact that the Obama administration has been unable to do anything about them.” Second, Wilson said Republicans’ message about entitlement reform has the potential to make waves with the younger generation “since they are the ones who will really be hurt if we don’t fundamentally overhaul the existing unsustainable models.” Wilson said the trick will be doing this without alienating the over 60 crowd who typically turn out to vote in much greater numbers than younger voters, which results in young voters being overwhelmingly ignored by most candidates. To vote in a poll on Ron Paul, visit

Campus Events WEDNESDAY September 7

Unlocking the Door to Med School: an information session with the Associate Dean for School of Medicine Admissions at the UTHSC San Antonio from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Dedman Life Science Building, room 110. Career and Internship Fair Prep Day: Resumania and other activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of Hughes-Triggs. Participants must RSVP and stay the entire time.

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Ron Paul supporters celebrate their second place finish in the Georgia Republican Party’s fish fry in Perry, Ga. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Businessman and radio show host Herman Cain, also from Georgia, won the ballot with 232 votes, Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul was second with 229 votes and Texas Gov. Rick Perry was third with 180.

Current GOP polling numbers

Mitt Romney: 29 percent Rick Perry: 17 percent Ron Paul: 13 percent Michelle Bachmann: 10 percent

Herman Cain: 4 percent Newt Gingrich: 4 percent Rick Santorum: 3 percent Jon Huntsman: 1 percent Source: Gallup

Police Reports THURSDAY



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Teach Education Information Meeting: visit with teaching and learning advisers from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Simmons Hall, room 144 (Th) and 138 (Fri.)

University Park Fire Dept. Ceremony: Includes Posting of the Colors with bagpipes and remarks by the city chaplain. The event will take place at 3800 University Blvd at 7:46 a.m.

Alpha Kappa Psi Rush Meeting: information sessions for anyone interested in joining a business fraternity from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Fincher, room 104.

“Ending the Cycles of Violence: Reflections on Compassion, Forgiveness and Healing:” Lecture sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and the Dallas Peace Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in McCord Auditorium.

12:44 AM. Criminal Mischief: McElvaney Hall/6000 Bishop Blvd. A police officer reported damaged ceiling tiles. Open. 2:58 AM. Criminal Trespass: Perkins Chapel/6001 Bishop Blvd. A non affiliated person was arrested on a pervious criminal trespass warning and booked into Dallas County jail. Closed.

4:24 AM. Arrested on Warrants: 5900 N. Central Expressway/Service Rd. A non affiliated person was arrested on active warrants and booked into Dallas County jail. Closed.

1:16 AM. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Possession of Fictitious License or ID: Dyer court Lot. A student was issued a University Park citation for possessing a fake ID and referred to the Student Conduct Office for underage drinking. Closed.

5:11 PM. Criminal Mischief: Sorority Lot 1/3100 Daniel. A student reported all three of her vehicle’s tires were purposely deflated. Open.

LCKODWON Rearrange the letters to learn the meaning of this emergency icon.

When it comes to a campus emergency, don’t get mixed up. LOCKDOWN Stay in your room or building

WHEN You will receive this notice if there is a shooter or violence on campus

ACTION • Call 911 • Warn others • Hide out • Lock or barricade doors

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familiar with American politics speak their minds in such a straightforward and honest way,” senior Amanda Koons said. “They answered the questions that are really pressing today in such a way that acknowledged the complexities of our political system while pointing out the areas in which the

answers truly should be simple.” Baker has held senior positions under three U.S. presidents. He began his public service as Under Secretary of Commerce to President Gerald Ford and served President Ronald Reagan as Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury. He was also Secretary of State under

President George H.W. Bush. Zakaria serves as the editorat-large for TIME magazine. He also writes a regular column for The Washington Post and hosts a weekly foreign affairs program “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN worldwide. Gergen has served as adviser

to four U.S. presidents. He currently is a senior political analyst on CNN. He also is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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At one point, Trail said someone played hide-and-seek with him on the fourth floor between the stacks, but that wouldn’t have happened if he had an automatic weapon. He said that person would have been dead. “Know where you’re going and get there,” he said. “Don’t play circle games.” From start to finish, seven shots were fired in total, symbolizing the number of times Trail saw people. Although the participants knew they were taking part in an exercise, some still felt a sense of anxiety. “I knew it was an exercise, but it was hard to kind of differentiate my thoughts,” Michelle Hahn, a staff member of Fondren Library, said.

“You knew what to expect, but you didn’t know what to expect at the same time. Being in the moment was totally different than actually planning.” A number of problems were discovered from the exercise. Poor cell phone service in the basement of Fondren hindered the participant who first saw the intruder from calling SMU PD. Another problem addressed was the automatic lights from offices, something that could draw attention when people try to hide. Some participants were confused on how to lock office doors and janitor closets. It was also discovered that the PA system in the library could not

be heard in the restrooms and that opening an emergency door might trigger alarms in the rest of the building, causing others who are hiding to “escape,” bringing them closer to danger. In Fondren, the alarms are specific to the door, not the building, but this may not the case in other buildings at SMU. Members of SMU’s Emergency Preparedness Team appreciated the honest verbal feedback. “This exercise was meant to provide us information on your response efforts, our alert notification to you and your notification to dispatch,” Lisa Morris, emergency management specialist, said.

All participants were also asked to fill out an evaluation sheet and add additional comments. Safety points that were reiterated throughout the debrief were to spread out when hiding, stay in your hiding spot until you get the all clear, act fast and stay quiet. Although the numbers were small in the drill, participants believed others would benefit from the exercise. “I definitely think everyone on campus should go [through something like this],” Hahn said. “Faculty, staff and students should definitely go through it to have that chance to give it a try and to practice.”


Health center officially accredited By PATRICIA BOH

Associate News Editor

As SMU continues to improve its facilities and program, recognition is needed where it’s due. This June, the Memorial Health Center did just that. The Health Center has officially accomplished accreditation by the Accreditation Association Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). In order to achieve the accredited status, the Health

Center passed a series of “rigorous and national recognized standards for the provision of quality health care.” This screening process includes an intensive on-site, peer-based survey of its facilities and services. The Memorial Health Center is one of around 5,000 American ambulatory health centers that are accredited by the AAAHC. SMU Executive Director of Health Services Patrick A. Hite, FACHE, is very “pleased and

proud” of the Health Center’s success. “We believe accreditation has helped us improve the quality of patient care and that our patients are the ultimate benefactors from our participation in the accreditation program,” Hite said. The Memorial Health Center has been accredited since 1998. The renewed accreditation will extend through 2014. Hite believes that “[a] ccreditation underscores our

long-standing commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality care to the community we serve.” Ambulatory health care organizations that can seek accreditation include single and multi-specialty group practices, ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, college and university health services, managed care systems, dental group practices, community health centers and occupational health centers.

Senate also voted on the Finance Committee’s funding recommendations. Graduate Women’s Organization and the Public Relations Student Society of America were granted their full requests of $1,180 and $3,180, respectively.

The Graduate Economics Club was awarded only $1,200 of the requested $2,400.   Secretary Martha Pool also wanted to remind all senators to keep up with their office hours, and “follow procedures and rules in accordance to the bylaws of the senate.”



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This Thursday, President Obama is scheduled to give a speech before a joint session of Congress laying Brandon Bub out a new jobs plan to help get the American economy back on track. It’s nice to hear the word “jobs” in the news when it’s not in reference to a former Apple CEO; where the media used to constantly remind us of the exorbitant number of jobless persons in this country, now it seems many are accepting a 9--plus percent unemployment rate as status quo. But even when Washington manages to take action that most of us could consider positive something still goes entirely wrong. The president had originally hoped to deliver the speech on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Whether one of the president’s aides lacked foresight or the president

was in a particularly spiteful mood I suppose we’ll never know, because that hour turned out to be the exact time when a Republican primary debate was scheduled. House Speaker John Boehner asked the president if he could consider giving the speech the next night instead. Naturally this whole exchange sparked another congressional food fight, something we’ve become quite familiar with since President Obama took office. The president ended up capitulating to the congressional Republicans’ demands and decided to deliver his speech the following day, but even this move was not without controversy. Probably hoping to avoid angering America’s avid TV viewers (see: the scheduling fiasco over the State of the Union that took place earlier this year when many thought Obama’s speech would overlap with a new episode of Lost), Obama is delivering this speech earlier in the evening to ensure that it doesn’t coincide with the beginning of football season. Because if there’s one thing that

could guarantee that Obama doesn’t win reelection, it would be getting between Americans and their football. This is one of those stories where I have to ask myself, “Why is this even news?” That this is what we’ve come to call “controversy” really tells me a lot about the football game that politics in this nation has become. Politicians decry the rampant polarization in our congress, but most of the time it appears they’re creating it themselves. Moreover, this whole debacle is a disservice to the millions of unemployed in this country. While Democrats and Republicans continue to trade jabs on TV and in the papers alike, 9.1 percent of this country’s labor force remains jobless, and an even higher number are underemployed. And these people aren’t simply jobless out of lack of motivation. Most people don’t want to have to worry about being unable to pay for their home loans, their education, or even basic food and other amenities.

However, many of the jobs simply aren’t there. We’re certainly not lacking in potential solutions to the unemployment problem. If I were more conservative, I’d probably want to lower taxes on small businesses to incentivize hiring, and if I were more left-leaning I’d probably push for more stimulus spending to put more money in the economy. But this year our government has done neither of those things, choosing instead to sit on the sidelines while potentially productive members of our society get pushed to the wayside. I look forward to the president’s speech on Thursday, but I also hope that his words won’t fall as flat as Congress’s actions thus far toward putting America back to work. 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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Sometimes college chooses you Choosing a college can be a cumbersome task. After all, the school you choose to attend can have its football team placed on probation, right after you get to campus. Or, it could choose to go “all male.” This is how I chose SMU. After visiting UT Austin in the spring of my senior year, I resolved that is where I would go, although my visit there wasn’t a good one; the weather being terrible that January afternoon, the Rick Larson campus a giant maze of buildings that I hadn’t been used to, being from Crockett, etc. Upon returning home, my parents suggested I visit the Hilltop, seeing my frustration. What a difference a couple of months makes. I parked in front of Perkins and was met by a beautiful co-ed who was assigned to show me around. It was a clear, sunny, spring break day on that early Friday morning. We walked over to Boaz to sample the living conditions. She knocked on the door and a raspy, sleepy voice answered, “Come in!” Upon entering the darkened room, I looked out the window to see a pyramid of Heineken bottles stacked like an upside down pool ball rack. A hazy green filtered the sunlight through the window. I smiled. The co-ed looked disgusted. “Not ALL of the rooms are like this,” she whispered. She was wearing “Charlie.” Hanging from the ceiling was a disco ball, reflecting the hazy green sunlight. Another good sign, I noted. “These are the closets,” she said, opening the doors to one. Inside one door hung a Farah Fawcett poster. On the other, a US Senator Blutarsky poster of John Belushi. Check. The hangers weren’t used, the clothes in a pile with a pizza box on top of them. “I need this guy’s name,” I thought. The occupant was sitting up in his fraternity shirt. Check. He reached for last night’s beer and the rest of last night’s burger. Check. He had a Bang and Olufson stereo, a small TV. Check. He said he didn’t have class until noon. Double check. There was a small fridge with an “America, Love It or Leave It” sticker slapped unevenly across the front. “A Patriot,” I noted. He said, “SMU is really neat, man,” coming to life, chewing the burger, “you’ll”—smack, smack—“love it here.” The co-ed rolled her eyes and said sweetly, “Well, thank you for letting us come in.” He said with a grin, “don’t be a stranger, Mandy.” He didn’t invite ME back, though. We left the room and Mandy said, “well, we could visit a class.” I declined. “I’m gonna head back to Crockett, let my folks know I’ll be comin’ to SMU this fall.” The co-ed looked pleased. When I got back to East Texas, my parents sat me down, like Ward and June would. “What do you think?” they asked. “I think SMU is a perfect fit. The professors really care, I like the degree programs.” “SMU is EXPENSIVE. You’re dad will have to get a THIRD job,” my mom said, “I might have to turn tricks.” “I’ll do it for my kids, someday,” I shrugged. Well, someday is here. I sell blood every Thursday now. CONTRIBUTOR

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

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As the spring semester winds down, university students, most particularly juniors, enter into a continuous Adriana Martinez quest for the internship that will occupy their time during the long, hot summer months. An essential part of a university level education, the employment afforded to students from May to August provides an opportunity to complement classroom education with work in a field of interest, to evaluate whether this might be a job that is fulfilling, and to develop skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Yet, with the weight of the ever-looming resume and post-graduation plans, junior year students are infamous for pouncing at the first internship opportunity, accepting without considering what menial task they might be charged with day after day during their summer vacation. Weary of falling into this trap, I was not certain what I wanted to do

last summer. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, an SMU staff member offered me an unforgettable opportunity! (Just goes to show what great connections our school fosters…) As a very proud Mexican citizen studying political science, I have dreamt of working with the Mexican government for longer than I can remember. And finally, here was my chance to get my foot in the door. I would spend two months of my summer working on the implementation in Mexico of AMBER Alert, an alert system in the United States dedicated to safely returning abducted children to their homes. Given the nature of the program, I would be closely collaborating with leaders in the private and public sector in Mexico, including various agencies of the Mexican government, mass media companies, and relevant nongovernmental organizations. The work was unbelievable, but more remarkable was how much I learned in a very short two months. Because my “home base” was the U.S. embassy in Mexico, I learned

the in’s and out’s of diplomatic life. In an increasingly globalized world, embassies are particularly remarkable places. Like a miniature American city in a foreign land, the U.S. embassy in Mexico City is a haven of American life and culture. The Cafeteria and the Commissary Gift Shop and Market at the Embassy provide essential American amenities, including but not limited to Dr. Pepper (and Diet Dr. Pepper), Funfetti and LeanCuisine. Wouldn’t want to go without these when living abroad! A more intriguing (and profound) realization was the mélange of languages spoken in the Embassy. I was shocked to discover that a large number of the Embassy employees were actually Mexican nationals. While this initially seemed counter intuitive, I soon realized that the Embassy was more than just the place where Mexicans went to obtain an American visa. While the adjudication of visas is an important task of the Embassy, it is only the beginning. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico is also the nexus of bilateral cooperation between the two nations. Right off of Reforma, the most

well known avenue of Mexico, near “the Angel,” our symbol of independence, Mexican and American government officials collaborate to fight human trafficking, money laundering and corruption. Don’t get me wrong; I am not naïve about the complexities of Mexico--U.S. relations. It is a precarious balance, to say the least. But, after my two month experience “on the ground,” I am more optimistic. Not only did it complement my classroom education and research, plunge me into a job that is fulfilling, and develop skills needed to succeed in the workplace both in the United States and Mexico, but it also allowed me to interact with fascinating people whom I deeply admire and who will surely serve as role models as I tread through the tenuous waters of Senior year and enter the “real” world. Adriana Martinez is a senior majoring in political science, French, public policy, and history. She can be reached for comment at adrianam@

Small changes key to successful diet I love food. But about four months ago, I think I loved it a little too much. See, before I changed the way I ate, meals would consume Andrew Pinkowitz my thoughts. The events of the day were relatively unimportant compared to what cuisine I’d get to have later that night. There was no portion control; instead, in the words of Louis CK, “The meal [was] not over when I [was] full. The meal [was] over when [I’d] hate myself.” Changing this part of my lifestyle was probably the hardest part. Why? Modern dieting is filled with too many extremes. From “no carb,” to “no fat,” to “just grapefruits,” it’s all overkill. Yes, in accordance to the Paleo Diet, our early ancestors contributor

did, in fact, eat a diet consisting of simply “grass-fed pasture raised meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts.” Though great for some, for the urban college student, the businessperson on the run, the people with too much on their metaphorical plates, perhaps this isn’t the most sustainable solution. In that case, I recommend what worked for me: portion control and substitutions. See, I had tried dieting in the past. But, as I mentioned before, I’d take it to an extreme. I figured if I deprive myself entirely of the delicious foods I love, then I’d lose the weight in no time. The opposite is what I found true: I’d eat like that for a couple days, then become aggravated, and revert back to my old ways. I decided that if I made a plan for running, I might as well have a plan for dieting. So, I joined Weight Watchers for Men. The name, at

first, made me hesitant. “Weight Watchers? My aunt is on that. I’m a manly man.” But, I started warming up to it. After researching it more, it seemed to be just what I needed: a way to properly track nutrition and daily food consumption, exercise, and weight loss. I purchased an online-only subscription later that day. Though the meetings work great for some, it wasn’t for me. I’m simply too busy for such a time commitment. I found writing about my endeavors online would be just the kind of accountability I needed. The initial change was actually rather difficult. My mood fluctuated; I couldn’t hide my problems in food anymore. But those feelings subsided over time. I realized that it was time to find fulfillment elsewhere. And, though it was difficult to track every single thing I ate at first, it eventually became systematic. I’d use guides


to effortlessly track my portions. “My palm is three ounces of steak, and my fist is a cup of cooked rice, easy enough.” And the best part? I am still able to eat the things I crave. I continue to have my sushi indulgences, and cherish the occasional burger. Though, I’ll leave off the cheese and spicy mayo, and opt for a side salad with no dressing. I can’t stress it enough: for a diet change to be successful, it requires consistent, small, manageable changes. Weight Watchers worked for me, but for you it might be something different. Find what works, stick with it, and enjoy yourself. Andrew Pinkowitz is a sophomore majoring in financial consulting and Spanish with a minor in communication studies. He can be reached for comment at

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Glodell’s ‘Bellflower’ stems from the dark and dirty By CHASE WADE A&E Editor

Every once in and a while, a film comes along that is very hard to define. “Bellflower,” an independent film that chewed up the festival citcuit earlier in the year, currently takes the title as this year’s most ambiguous feature. Not really a romance, comedy, or drama, “Bellflower” crosses over multiple genres to produce a thrilling, but sweet story line that reworks the age-old concept of boy meets girl. “Bellflower” begins with introducing the story’s two best friends: Woodrow (Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson). Obsessed with the apocalypse, Aiden and Woodrow spend most of their free time building make-shift war machines and weapons in hopes that when the apocalypse comes, they can form their imaginary gang “Mother Medusa.” The story really takes off when Woodrow meets Milly (Jessie

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Two of “Bellflower’s” actors, Evan Glodell and Rebekah Brandes, embrace during the film’s final scene.

Wiseman) at perhaps one of the grungiest bars ever caught on film. How exactly does Milly’s and

Woodrow’s relationship begin? A grasshopper eating contest. (Love at first bite?)

In the world of “Bellflower’s,” Woodrow and Milly are the perfect couple. Both are adults who wish

they never grew up, and both have this certain “I really don’t care at all” attitude that makes you root for them to get together. To start their feature-length affair, Woodrow picks up Milly in his vintage muscle, hoping to take her on the perfect first date. However, Milly, being the freespirit Glodell wrote her to be, suggests that Woodrow takes her to the “grungiest place he’s ever been.” (Can this couple get any more hipster?) In Woodrow’s whiskeydispensing car, the grungy couple take off on a road trip half-way across the country to Texas. In most movies, this scene would be sweet, charming even. In “Bellflower,” it’s just dark. The film’s director, also the film’s star Evan Glodell, uses heavy contrast and dirty sets to relay the movie’s sagging disposition. Throughout the rest of its 106-minute run time, “Bellflower” follows the young couple and the ultimate demise of their

relationship. As a film with almost too much going on, “Bellflower” is incredibly easy to explain: a boy meets a girl, falls in love with her, build a flamethrower, and burns stuff. While Glodell sometimes struggles to tell the story, when the writer/actor/director is on his game, the scenes in “Bellflower” contain more raw-emotion and heartache than almost any film to be released in the past decade. And considering that this is Glodell’s first release, one can expect big things from him in the future. As perhaps this year’s best reviewed indie film, “Bellflower” will hopefully find an audience that appreciates it for what it is: a story that shows how wrong love can go. With solid acting, a creative story, and interesting cinematography, “Bellflower” is a budding feature film worthy of praise. “Bellflower” opens in theaters Friday.


The show must go on Despite suicide, Bravo airs controversial ‘Housewives’ episode By NATALIE BLANKENSHIP A&E Editor

Less than a month after venture capitalist Russell Armstrong committed suicide, the premier of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” aired Monday evening. The show began with the housewives gathered in the home of Adrienne Maloof, discussing Armstrong’s life and the sadness of the situation with estranged wife, housewife Taylor Armstrong, over glasses of wine. Although the ultimate reason for his suicide is unclear, it is known that Armstrong was struggling with his finances and

unhappy about his troubled marriage. After the opening scene displaying the housewives talking about the death, a message flashed across the screen stating the events shown in this season all occurred before Russell’s death. Shortly after, the show went straight into the usual catfights, tense dinner parties and shopping trips. Because Bravo decided to air the new season despite Armstrong’s suicide, questions have been raised not only for Bravo, but for reality television in general. Life went on and so did the show. It’s not just reality shows that have no boundaries and lowered morals nowadays. According to the New York Times, ABCNews. com posted the gut-wrenching 911 call made by one of Armstrong’s friends who discovered his body.



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SMU falls short against Texas A&M By E’Lyn Taylor

McDermott starts in home opener By Josh Yonis

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The Mustangs fell short 4614 Sunday evening against the No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Stadium. “We got our rear ends kicked in pretty much every way, but we’ll find out a lot about ourselves in the next four games,” SMU Head Coach June Jones said. More than 86,951 fans, students and spirit groups came Sunday evening to watch the SMU Mustangs take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The attendance was the largest ever for a season opener and the sixth-largest of all-time. The game started with two interceptions under SMU quarterback Kyle Padron’s possession which gave the Aggies a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. SMU head coach June Jones immediately replaced Padron with backup quarterback J.J. McDermott. Jones said that he felt that Padron wasn’t himself during the game and expected to get him back on the field after a short sit out. But Jones ended up using McDermott the remainder of the game. “McDermott was the way to go. J.J. did some good things tonight. I don’t change quarterbacks very often,” Jones said. SMU junior Margus Hunt holds the NCAA title with 10 block kicks in his career. The Mustangs cut the lead 20-14 when

SMU fans got to see a new face during a switch up on the team’s offensive series Sunday evening at Texas A&M. Junior quarterback Kyle Padron threw two early interceptions, that gave Coach June Jones a lead to give Senior quarterback J.J. McDermott a shot to help revive the chances of an upset over the Aggies. On Tuesday after the Mustangs practice, Jones officially named McDermott as the starting quarterback for the home opener on Saturday. He added that Padron would play occasionally, but McDermott is now the Mustangs new starter. Before transferring to SMU, McDermott played at New Mexico State University, ironically also nicknamed the Aggies. In his time as an Aggie,

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SMU wide receiver Cole Beasley finished with 7 receives and 56 yards.

McDermott made a 27-yard touch down pass to Keenan Holman. In the second half, the Aggies scored only 13 points. Aggie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill threw his second touchdown pass in the second half, a 32-yard score to Huston Prioleaus. Running back Cyrus Gray lead the Aggies with 132 yards on 21 carries, Ryan Swope led Texas A&M with eight receptions for 109

yard and a score, and Jeff Fuller added six catches for 52 yards. After the game Jones told players that they will find out about themselves in the home opener next week. “This game was disappointing but it was just one game,” Jones said. SMU will face UTEP in their season opener against Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.

Line’s performance meets expectations By Nick Karageorge

Contributing Sports Writer

In Sundays game against Texas A&M, the Mustangs did not give their best performance. The Mustangs two quarterbacks were sacked eight times. The Mustangs also had trouble stopping the run. The Aggies totaled 212 rushing yards on the ground. SMU running back Zach Line

carried the ball 22 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. The passing game was not working for the Mustangs and Padron was benched after throwing his second early interception. Line averaged 5.8 yards a carry, just under his average of 6.1 yards last season. Line’s highlight play of the game was in the first quarter when he found a huge hole on the right side of the offensive side and

ran the ball for a 27 yard gain to the Texas A&M one yard line. Line punched the ball into the end zone on the very next play giving SMU their first score of the game. Line had 101 yards on the ground with 10 minutes left to play in the second quarter, but was held to only 27 yards the rest of the game. Line struggled in the second half, which allowed the Aggies to concentrate on stopping the run.

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SMU quarterback J.J. McDermott looks down field for an open receiver during play against Texas A&M Sunday evening at Kyle Field.

McDermott appeared in half of New Mexico State’s games. McDermott threw for 319 yards, two touchdowns, and put up a completion percentage of 72.5 percent. He finished with 676 passing yards and two touchdowns in his New Mexico State tenure. After McDermott’s

sophomore year at New Mexico, he transferred to SMU in 2009. McDermott was a solid addition to the team, but due to NCAA transfer rules, he was ineligible in his junior year at SMU. The fifthyear senior played three games last season for the Mustangs, throwing for 33 yards and no touchdowns.

Mustang students roadtrip to ‘Aggieland’ By Erica Penunuri

Associate Sports Editor

Texas A&M fans took their posts in the form of large maroon masses outside of Kyle Field Stadium, College Station, Sunday afternoon. Unknown to the Aggies, the Mustangs were about to make their grand entrance. Three hours away, 500 SMU students were loading seven charter buses, for the road trip to “Aggieland.” “I wanted one of my first presidential activities to include a pairing of students and the SMU Athletic Department,” SMU Student Body President, Austin Prentice said. “I met with Steve Orsini and Brad Sutton to share my road trip vision. They both hopped on board and One28 helped with the manpower and

logistics portion.” The students sported blue One28 shirts that read “Join the Stampede” as they eagerly awaited the buses. “I think it’s such a great idea,” junior Adella Winder said. “I mean, I probably wouldn’t have gone if it weren’t for this.” On the way to Texas A&M, two films were played, one of which was “Pony Excess.” “ESPN’s 30 for 30: Pony Excess,” that ventured into SMU’s past of the death penalty, left students with mixed emotions. Freshman Zach Shainsky said it was a “little bit depressing.” However, others said it prepared them for the game. “That was the first time I saw that thing [Pony Excess] from ESPN on SMU,” Elena Politiski, freshman, said. “It got me pumped for the game and the rest of the season.” A three-hour bus ride, two films,

and a few Pony-Up chants later, the ponies spewed out from the seven charter buses, onto the dry and dusty grounds. “Aggieland is a school filled to the brim with school spirit and general excitement,” Prentice said. “However, when I got off the bus, I instantly grew even more thankful for SMU.” The devoted fans were greeted with their own tailgating tent with music, food and drinks. Although this past game experience wasn’t a victory on the scoreboard, it was a success in amplifying SMU’s school spirit. “All in all, I am very proud of the way SMU students and supporters traveled to the Texas A&M football game,” Prentice said. “It shows a renewed commitment to SMU football, and I hope it carries into our home game against UTEP this weekend.”