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Yemen police shoot protestors State security forces opened fire into a crowd of anti-government protesters in Yemen’s capital on Sunday. Of the 100,000 protestors at least 12 were killed and some 200 were injured. This is the first time the government struck back against protestors in a few weeks. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was injured during an assault on his compound three months ago, and has yet to return from Saudi Arabia, where he is receiving medical care.

Two Florida pastors shot A gunman killed one person in a residence in central Florida, before bursting into a church Sunday. He shot and wounded the pastor and his associate before parishioners tackled him. The morning service had ended and the staff was preparing for the next one when the shooter arrived and opened fire. The 57-year-old gunman was held down until the police arrived and took him into custody.

Quake hits India, Nepal On Sunday, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the northeastern state of Sikkim, India near the border of Nepal. Much destruction occurred, including buildings collapsing and roads were blocked. Five in Nepal have been reported dead, and four were killed in Sikkim. The death toll is expected to rise once reports come in from smaller villages. The quake spanned a large area, and triggered at least two aftershocks of magnitude 6.1 and 5.3.

Grizzly bear kills hunter A wounded grizzly bear in Idaho killed a hunter as the man yelled out at the animal. Steve Stevenson, 39, died in the attack on the Idaho-Montana border. Stevenson is the third American killed by grizzlies since July. He and Ty Bell, 20, were part of a four-man party from Nevada that came to hunt black bears. Stevenson and Bell both shot at the bear, but it kept charging at the two men. Stevenson yelled at it to distract it from Bell.

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The first ring ceremony with the SMU centennial ring took place Sunday afternoon in McFarlin Auditorium.

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SMU celebrated its seventh annual ring ceremony on Sunday, honoring the achievements of upperclassmen “The ring is a symbol for a strong Methodist education to be good citizens and productive members in a profession,” Dr. Lori White, the vice president of student affairs, said. The ring is an attempt by the university to create brotherhood and sisterhood among all SMU graduates. Because all the rings share the same external characteristics, it will be easy for fellow graduates to recognize and acknowledge each other. Other universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College,have a strong ring tradition that creates a ‘helping-

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important event for classes to come,” Turner said. In usual Turner fashion, he put a humorous end to the speeches. “For those that have the 60 plus hours needed to acquire a ring, do not blow it.” The ring symbolizes the dreams and hopes of classes that have yet to walk through the doors of Dallas Hall. As SMU continues to rise in the rankings, the ring is an icon that resonated among underclassmen in attendance. “As a first-year watching the ring ceremony, it inspired me to be sure to keep connections with my graduating class and work hard to uphold the SMU name,” Mehdi Hami said.

Spirit, traditions celebrated over family weekend By GRACE DAVIS Contributing Writer gdavis@smu.edu

Dressed in Harvard Red and Yale Blue, SMU aluma Holly Austin Carroll tailgated on the Boulevard Saturday with her daughter, a SMU senior. She was excited to celebrate her daughters’ education as well as her own. Each fall semester, parents, siblings and extended family are encouraged to visit SMU for Family Weekend and participate in campus activities. This year’s theme was “SMU: It’s a State of Mind” and had approximately 850 families in attendance. Throughout the weekend, families were invited to events including, the Mom’s Club luncheon, Abroad Information session, Ford Stadium tour, Taste of Dallas Dinner, the 36th Annual Talent Show and a Boulevard Barbecue before the SMU football game. “It’s going great,” Family Weekend Chair and SMU junior

John Angle said Saturday on the Boulevard. “Families are happy. We’re doing a great job and I’ve been very proud of my committee.” Perspective high school students and younger siblings were able to attend an Admissions Reception and Panel on Friday afternoon. The panel consisted of admissions counselors, students and parents. Five hundred and fifty people attended the Taste of Dallas dinner held on Friday night. The dinner featured five local restaurants; Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, Nick and Sam’s Grill, Patrizio’s, Mi Cocina and Society Bakery. “Overall, I think it was a big success in part because we wanted to pick restaurants that we know SMU students and families frequent,” Hammesfar said. Angle believed he achieved his goal for the weekend. He wanted families to feel the SMU spirit and have a great time participating in SMU’s traditions on campus. He also wanted parents to know

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Belletones performed Friday evening as part of SMU’s talent show in McFarlin Auditorium.

their students are doing well at school, especially first-years. However, the main reason

families keep coming back to SMU for Family Weekend is for their children.

“We love the boulevard and seeing the kids and going to the game. We love it,” Carroll said.

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hand’ atmosphere among all of its graduates. “The Class of 2012 will leave their symbol as all other classes have done in the past with this ring. The ring is symbolic of companionship and caring for each other,” Austin Prentice, student body president, said. Stephanie Brown, president of The Union, said, “The ring agrees with the goals of the union. Loyal alumni are the life and blood of the institution and its future.” President Turner, who was presented with a ring to symbolize his contributions to the university over the last 16 years, described the ring as symbolic of the SMU Centennial. “The ring has an inside that is specific to the Centennial. It’s an

Discount. Coupon. Price cut. These three phrases may be among the favorite phrases of a college student—excluding “free.” One thing college students are aware of is cost. Any chance to lower a price, especially if we can get it for free, you’ll bet we’ll line up. Let’s take it one step further. Any way we can make a little extra cash, bring it on. As Generation Y becomes what could be coined as the “free” generation, startup companies are tailoring their business models to our wants. Qraft, a startup that launched Tuesday, allows owners of leisure vehicles to post their “toys” on their website to rent and make money on them. These leisure vehicles include motorcycles, boats, cars and even planes. The idea is to allow the common person to use high-end toys at a discounted price while allowing the renter to make some cash. “My family has a ski boat at home that we don’t use while my siblings and I are at school, and it’d be great to make some money on it while we’re away,” sophomore John Frank said. This California startup permits

you to rent the posted items at a daily, weekly and monthly rate. For those negotiators out there, it is possible to finagle the price once you’re in touch with the renter. Since the company is only two days old, Qraft does not have locations in all states yet. However, they do have a decent selection of toys on their website that are readily available for rental. While Qraft charges a transaction fee for the owner renting the leisure vehicle, registering the toy is free. “It sounds like a good idea, especially for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the full price of the vehicle,” junior Madison Tulle said. In an attempt to avoid the unfortunate predicament of a similar real estate startup, Airbnb, Qraft has taken precautions to implement an insurance policy for those renting their toys. According to the well-known tech blog, TechCrunch, Qraft also has a system for confirming driver’s license information through scans to capitalize on the insurance of their owners’ toys. With fall break approaching, this may be something worth looking into while vacationing, whether you’re the owner or the renter. It will be interesting to see if this crafty business model will prove to be successful for Qraft.

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Nowadays, there is a credit card for just about everybody. However, when you are ready to look for a trustworthy credit card, you should not only know how they work, but you must also be patient and willing to research different cards before deciding which one you want. There are three main categories of people when it comes to credit: those with bad (or nonexistent) credit, those with mediocre credit and those with good credit. Most students usually fall under the first or second categories, simply because they have not had

to finance themselves, or they have not had the chance to prove their financial trustworthiness. As a result, you must start with an unsecured credit card, which is the most basic type. Although these cards do not have the best rewards or programs, it is the only way to start. As long as you make your payments on time and show your responsibility, you will improve your credit score substantially. In turn, you will be able to apply for better credit cards as you move on to the next parts of your life. When advertising credit cards, businesses will often show customers enticing statistics that

make offers look more appealing. It is crucial not to judge the companies based on what they say; rather, you must look at the fine print to fully understand what you are signing up for. First, you must understand the different terms that appear within the fine print of each offer, such as annual percentage rate (APR). APR is basically the rate used to find the interest you pay for using the credit card company’s money. There are different APRs for different transactions: purchasing, balance transfers and cash advances. The purchasing APR is the interest rate that applies to day-

to-day purchases. The balance transfer APR applies to the transfer of money (or credit) from one account to another. The cash advance APR applies to withdrawing cash by borrowing it from the credit card company. When making any transactions, this rate becomes extremely important. For example, if you borrow $1000 from somebody, they would usually ask you for $1000 back at a future date. However, a credit card company will charge you for using their money; this amount is based on your APR. Each time you pay them a

portion of this $1000, they will make you pay a percentage of this for their services. The more and more you pay of this debt off, the less interest you will have to pay each month. Additionally, there are fees in these contracts with credit card companies. If you make a late payment, the lender can charge you. They will also record this and make sure it is part of credit history. Some credit cards also have annual fees, which are yearly fees paid for using a lender. So, if there is a lesson in this, it is to borrow money only if you can make the monthly payments.


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Q&A with Sylvia Rhodes Bradley This independent wants John Wiley Price’s job on the Commissioner’s Court to rid Dallas of ‘politics as usual’ By JESSICA HUSEMAN Politics Editor jhuseman@smu.edu

Sylvia Rhodes Bradley is sick of “politics as usual” and John Wiley Price’s constant scuffles with ethics and the law. To right the wrongs she feels have been done to Dallas’ District 3, she has started early to challenge Price for the seat he has held for decades. Bradley is a resident of District 3, which encompasses South Dallas and downtown, and has a decade of experience in politics. She is an alumna of SMU, holding a Master’s degree in liberal arts from Dedman, and works as a professional mediator. Bradley filed to run against Price before he became embroiled in a scandal involving a raid by the FBI. At the time, she was not considered a threat to Price, who has held his seat since 1985. Now that Price is in the ethical spotlight, Bradley’s campaign is becoming increasingly more viable. She spoke with The Daily Campus over the phone to dish about her reasons for running, her campaign and her thoughts about “Our Man Downtown.” Q: Why are you planning on running against John Wiley Price? A: I learned in 2010 when I first got involved that if you go up the chain of command it always ends with John Wiley Price. You are only protected if you are part of the machine, and I find there is a general level of dishonesty in his office. There is a lot that needs to change. I do want it to be known that I was planning on running even before the FBI investigation began. I filed my papers in May and the investigation didn’t begin until later. A lot of people may

come out of the woodwork to run as opportunists, but I have been in this from the beginning.

believe in. I am an individual that falls in the middle on a lot of issues. But honestly, it doesn’t matter if the idea is a Democratic one or a Republican one, commissioners need to vote on what is better for the people.

Q: What problems do you see present in the way John Wiley Price conducts himself as a commissioner? A: There has been no development in District 3 and there aren’t any checks and balances. For example, for things like the Dallas Inland Port, all of the information should have been online for the public to view. Instead, the community is dependent on whatever he chooses to tell us. That isn’t how it should be. I also believe in term limits and he doesn’t. I don’t think being a public official should be a lifetime career. Three or four terms is enough to see your goals through, you don’t need nearly 30 years to do that. Q: What are your goals for District 3 if you are elected? A: I really want to make the position more open to comment. Right now it is so shut off, that when a decision is made that is the first you hear of it. I want to hold forums for the community to tell me what they think before we make decisions. We also really need an image makeover in Dallas. We went from Don Hill and now to John Wiley Price, and while we don’t know if anything will come of the investigation, it has certainly had a negative impact on development. Why come to Dallas if you can’t get a fair shake building your business here? We’ve also missed a huge opportunity with the Dallas Inland Port. And while they are developing it, it’s on a much smaller scale. We’ve sacrificed thousands of jobs that could have gone to the people of the district. Q: Why do you believe John

Q: What do you believe is the most important role for a county commissioner and how will you accomplish it? A: Obviously you need to get along with your other commissioners, but additionally you need to make sure it’s not about you and that it is really about the constituents. You need to deal with their concerns and needs in a proactive way. If you put them first, you can’t go wrong. Photo courtesy of Sylvia Rhodes Bradley

Sylvia Rhodes Bradley has started early to challenge long-time Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price for his seat in the 2012 city elections. She hopes her early start will give her more ground.

Wiley Price has such an ardent following in his district? A: I think it is a generational gap. The 65 plus age range was a part of the civil rights movement across the south, so when an African American stands up for you, you will stand behind them. The majority of the younger population, and even some senior citizens, do not feel that way and do not support what he stands for or how he behaves, and are disgusted when he says what he says. We don’t want people thinking he is speaking for us just because we are the same skin tone. I think this is accurately reflected in the popularity and the attendance of the rallies held for him, which have been very small. Ten years ago, those rallies would have been bigger. Q: You’ve aligned yourself with

the Democratic Party in the past. Why run as an independent? A: Let me be clear about one thing first. I do not have a problem with the national Democratic Party, I agree with much of what they do. However, in my opinion the local party is corrupt. Corrupt is really the only word I know to use. You don’t get the same avenues as a younger person because the same people continue run it. The torch does not get passed down after someone has served for 30 years to a younger person, instead it is passed off to someone of the same generation. I met a lot of roadblocks trying to be successful within the local party, and learned a hard lesson in the school of hard knocks. Until the local party is cleaned up, you won’t be able to work effectively in it. Plus, I happen to believe in some of the same issues that the Republicans

Q: What is the strategy for getting your word out about the campaign? A: I’ve been interviewed by traditional media several times, but canvasing along with social media will really be a major part of the campaign. Later we’ll start walking door to door and meeting people, but we really can’t do that until they finalize the redistricting maps in January. It’s really a grassroots effort with social media as the main force. Yard signs are great, but it doesn’t get votes out. That happens when you communicate with people, either through social media online or you speak to people face to face. We were prepared for a long campaign, and we started a year and a half early because we anticipated we would need to work very hard. Q: What do you see as the biggest need in District 3? A: Development. If you want to call a grocery store development, that’s nice, but I think we can do better. There are businesses that

want to come here but, in my opinion, they have been blocked by the John Wiley Price machine. I’m hoping to navigate through that and get good businesses in to see their plans for employment. We can provide decent employment where people live. The district is so poor right now, and it really makes me sad to see that because it wasn’t always this way. It took a bad turn, and that is where the greed kicked in. Q: Since there are so few office spaces in your district, how do you make development a smoother process? A: That is a problem, but I think if we can actually redevelop buildings to make the safe and attractive we can solve it. Some of this area may actually be historical sites, so we can really preserve their qualities and renovate them for modern use. The south hasn’t been given that opportunity yet. I’m also definitely open to new ideas on green development and on how to make the process a smooth one, but unless we have that open door policy we can’t really make changes. Q: Is there anything else you would like to add about your campaign? A: I would like to talk more about being independent, because that label makes it difficult to deal with generation gaps. The older generation is used to voting strait “D.” I would encourage them not to, and to do their research, because people that shouldn’t be in office slide right in that way. It’s simply a lazy way out. I’m really hoping to educate people on what it means to be independent, because honestly a lot of people are fed up of politics as usual and I’m hoping to solve that.


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SMU wins 40-7 over Northwestern State By NICK KARAGEORGE CESAR RINCON Sports Team nkarageorge@smu.edu, crincon@smu.edu

The SMU Mustangs beat the Northwestern State Demons 40-7 Saturday night at Ford Stadium. The Mustangs scored early in the first quarter to lead the game 6-0. It all started when Mustang running back Zach Line was able to complete a one-yard rushing touchdown during a third down. Line then added six more points to the score after a four-yard rushing touchdown three minutes before the end of the first quarter. The first quarter ended with a score that kept SMU over NSU, 13-0. Mustang kicker Chase Hover added an extra three points after a 29-yard field goal attempt, five minutes into the second quarter. Hover then added three more points to the score by successfully completing a 27-yard field goal attempt, five minutes left on the second quarter. Hover recorded four out of five tries Saturday night. With only two minutes left in the second quarter, Line added six more points to the score by rushing nine yards to complete his third touchdown of the game that put the Mustangs on top 26-0. Mustangs quarterback J.J. McDermott completed a 30-yard pass to junior wide receiver Darius Johnson four minutes into the third quarter. McDermott handed the ball successfully to Line who completed a 16-yard rushing touchdown for his fourth touchdown of the evening. With only two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Demons decided to go for three points with a 24-yard field goal. Demon’s kicker John Shaughnessy’s attempted for a field

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Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Johnson makes a first down during play against Northwester State University on Saturday evening in Ford Stadium. SMU defeated the NSU Demons 40-7.

goal, but Mustang defensive end Margus Hunt blocked it. Hunt recorded his eighth career field goal block, tying the NCAA record of James Ferebee (New Mexico St, 1978-81) and Terrence Holt (North Carolina St, 1999-02). Hunt now has 14 career blocked kicks, eight field goals and six PAT’s, which ranks third highest in NCAA history. During a post game interview, Hunt said the field goal block was not a goal he was aiming for. “It’s fun whenever we have opportunity to take points off the board, but I was not aiming for it,” Hunt said. “It’s not my goal to get the record or be the all-time best, I just want to play football and do what I do.” During the fourth quarter with only five minutes in, Line once again scored a touchdown from a 5-yard rush. Line had completed his fifth rushing touchdown of the evening, making it the most rushing touchdowns completed in one game by an SMU player, tying the C-USA record. Line also broke a SMU record.

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He now has 25 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks him fifth in most career rushing touchdowns at SMU. “It’s cool to be right there in the names with Doak,” Line said. The Demons responded late in the fourth quarter with two minutes left on the clock. Mustang quarterback Kyle Padron was forced to fumble the ball by Northwestern State’s junior linebacker Reggie Toomer. The ball was then recovered by the Demon’s cornerback Phil LeBlanc, who ran it for a 93-yard run touchdown. The fourth quarter remained scoreless after NSU’s touchdown, making the final score 40-7. SMU now holds a record of 11 wins and 3 losses playing at home within the last 14 season home games, and a season record of 2 wins and 1 loss. The Mustangs currently holds the number one position in the Conference USA— West standing. The Mustangs will take on the Memphis Tigers in Memphis, Tenn. Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. The game will be broadcast on FSN.

Mustangs defeat Dartmouth in overtime, improve record By CESAR RINCON Contributing Writer crincon@smu.edu

The SMU men’s soccer team defeated Dartmouth 2-1 in overtime during the second game of the SMU Classic presented by Jason’s Deli Friday night at Westcott Field. SMU opened up the score early in the game, just three minutes into the start of the first half. Sophomore midfielder Robbie Derschang had his only shot of the game find the back of the net, making it his first goal of the season. Senior mid-fielder Arthur Ivo crossed the ball into the top left corner of the box,

and Derschang was responsible for putting it in the net next to the far right post. Dartmouth’s senior mid-fielder Aaron Gaide equalized the game in the 23rd minute with his only shot of the game. Dartmouth’s junior midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski started the play when he took one of his two shots of the game. SMU’s sophomore goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra had his hands on Dzierzawski’s shot, but was unable to block Gaide’s rebound shot from 16-yards out of the goal. Coming back from a scoreless second half, sophomore forward Juan Castillo was able to get a goal in from two of his shots on

target. After a free kick by senior defender Adam Still, freshman defender Aaron Simmons passed the ball with a header off to the left side of the goal where Castillo was standing. Castillo fired the ball eight yards from the goal in the 93rd minute during the first half overtime, making the game-winning goal. The Mustangs finished the game with a shot advantage over the Big Green. SMU improved their record now to 3-3 while Dartmouth is now at 1-2-2. The SMU Classic concluded Sunday at Westcott Field when the Mustangs faced off against Washington.

VOLLEYBALL

SMU defeated 3-0 in Austin By AMANDA COLON Contributing Writer acolon@smu.edu

The Mustang volleyball team fell short 3-1 in their first game against the UTSA Roadrunners on Friday, Sept. 16th at the Texas Invitational in Austin. The Mustangs started the first set behind, but Roadrunner’s win didn’t come easy as the Mustangs managed to tie during the second match. UTSA fell behind with errors in the middle of the set, which gave SMU the advantage to gain enough momentum to end a solid 1512 lead. The third set took a sharp turn when the Road Runners lead the score 10-4. UTSA took the final match with a 2520 win, leaving the Mustangs behind. In the second day of

the invitational, Texas defeated the Mustangs 3-0. This was the Mustangs highly anticipated game in their three game match. The Mustangs fell behind in the first set but fought back and tied the score 24-24 in the third set against the Longhorns.

Saturday evening the Mustangs played their final match against Santa Clara, losing 3-2. In the first set, SMU scored four of the last five points for a 25-22 win leading the match 1-0. Santa Clara fought back taking the second and third sets 25-20.


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Opinion Editor

I’ve never been a particularly big fan of football. Now, before you petition to have my Texas citizenship revoked, Brandon Bub humor me for a while. Growing up, I was atrocious at almost any sport that involved moving a ball from one point of a field to another. In fact, of the entire three years of my childhood that I played soccer the only time I ever scored a goal was on the wrong team. I spent a lot of time on the football field in high school, but instead of wearing pads and a helmet I wore a plume and bass drum while standing in formation with the rest of my school’s marching band. An athlete I certainly was not. Having never gotten actively involved with the sport, I remained largely apathetic to football, and my indifference extended to the sidelines as well. I wouldn’t have even known Tony Romo was still the Cowboys’ quarterback if my facebook feed didn’t fill up with derogatory comments about him every Sunday night. Maybe disliking football makes me a snob. My friends have jokingly called me a “commie” on many occasions when I illustrate my illiteracy of the sport. However, it doesn’t seem

to matter so much now because I recently had an epiphany of astounding proportions: I might be one of the biggest football fans there is. Allow me to explain. Although my first major is English, political science is still something I’m passionately interested in. Even since before I could vote I’ve followed the world of American electoral politics closely. Every week pundits have a new comment to make about America’s political situation, and I’m always there to follow it. How will McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate affect his odds? What does Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts portend for the Democrats? Who will pick up Anthony Weiner’s seat after he resigns? I remember all of these questions and more as I’ve faithfully and regularly tuned into CNN or pulled up The New York Times on my laptop. Then, I noticed something while I was reading an NPR news piece about Michele Bachmann. According to the report, “Bachmann had scored points when she tore into Perry at the CNN debate on Monday” in regards to Perry’s executive order requiring Texas girls to be vaccinated against HPV. “Scored points?” If these primaries are about racking up a score, then where’s the scoreboard? And then it hit me: American politics is probably the biggest

game of football there is. Rick Perry entering the race causes an upset after Michele Bachmann’s “win” in Iowa. Tim Pawlenty endorsing Mitt Romney is like a 20-yard pass. Herman Cain’s presence in the race is much akin to the Detroit Lions: they still play, but no one’s quite sure why at this point. President Obama’s decision to subsidize Solyndra in spite of the company’s atrocious business model is a fumble of epic proportions, but the death of Osama bin Laden under his auspices was a touchdown that will keep him in the game well until the election next year. Indeed, though it might become increasingly frightening to watch our political landscape (especially over the course of the past few years), just like a rousing game of Sunday Night Football it makes for great TV. Watch a typical evening broadcast on Fox, CNN, or MSNBC and just count the number of times they make reference to someone “getting ahead,” “scoring points,” “getting into the game” or anything else that can be construed as a sports reference and you’ll see what I mean. Is it bad that this is what politics has become? Not entirely. In some ways, I think it’s inevitable, and the growth of this similarity is not a completely new phenomenon. Politics, after all, is a game in some ways. We watch candidates debate, we consider all the alternatives, we

go to the ballot box to cast a vote, and we wait for the results. And in the end, just like in all sports, someone wins and someone else loses. Then we watch how the newly elected legislators act and repeat the exercise again a couple years later. Politics has to be a game sometimes; if we didn’t force politicians to compete against each other to continue leading we’d border on the line of autocracy. But the problem is that games like football are part of an entertainment industry; politics, on the other hand isn’t (or at least shouldn’t be). In the end, whether or not the Cowboys win the Super Bowl is not going to greatly affect the course our country takes over the next few years; the outcome of the presidential election will. The primary debates happening right now aren’t just a part of some game, and their results will have dramatic consequences that we need to be cognizant of. With that in mind, I hope (though don’t naively expect) that our politicians will remember who ultimately holds them accountable: not the media outlets that ostensibly determine their reputations, but the American electorate. Brandon Bub is a sophomore majoring in English and edits The Daily Campus opinion column. He can be reached for comment at bbub@smu.edu

A new ringleader Creationist group taints world of science for the circus On Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., a group of radical fundamentalists masquerading as scientists will be attempting to disprove a fundamental Christian Genco scientific fact that happens to clash with a core belief of their religion. They will try to do this by presenting examples that they believe are too irreducibly complex to be explained by science and will conclude that the only possible explanation is believing that their magical deity did it. The fundamentalist group is, of course, the Discovery Institute. The scientific fact is the evolutionary biology. Their efforts are not only an absurd waste of time and resources, but also a malignant attack on rationality and intellectualism. The event is a monumental embarrassment to the academic rigor of Southern Methodist University, if not humanity as contributor

Ron Paul’s weekend win could actually mean nothing EDITOR-In-Chief

Ron Paul Revolution 2012! I am one of the biggest Ron Paul fans around, so imagine my delight when I found out Saturday that he had won the California straw poll by a landslide. He captured 45 percent of the vote and beat the second place candidate, Rick Perry, by more than 100 votes. This vote also coincides with Paul’s Ashley Withers “Constitution Day Money Bomb 2011.” Paul was able to raise over $900,000 in the wake of his straw poll win, a big step for his campaign. I was so excited that my candidate was finally receiving some long overdue attention. I even heard the news on CNN, a network that had previously ignored Paul as a candidate completely. Unfortunately, the comments at the bottom of most of the articles on Paul’s win dampened my spirits. While I know the implications of winning any straw poll are actually quite small, I had hoped that this time it would be a reflection of a growing Paul fan base within his own party. However, each article I read denoted that Republican leaders stayed far away from all Paul speeches, choosing instead the less controversial Perry and Romney. The comments also suggested otherwise. A lot of readers made claims that without shelling out a reported $25,000 for the California Straw Poll, Paul never could have won. Straw polls are a circus-type gathering where attendees often cast votes based on the candidate who gave them the most free swag. Campaigns pay to bus in their supporters and usually pay each attendee a fee. Even though he carried almost 45 percent of the vote, straw polls are nothing more than a fundraiser that candidates must pay to be a part of. As much as I hate to agree with some of these Ron Paul haters, I have to take their side and admit that the California Straw Poll is a joke. Who wouldn’t vote for a candidate that paid them? A straw poll has no predictive value and honestly, seems to be a waste of time. Supposedly, straw polls are taken to promote dialogue between large groups, reflect trends, and in the case of politics, get a candidate’s name out to the media. Though this straw poll may have succeeded in making the media pay attention to Paul for the moment, I’m afraid that may be the most he can hope for out of it. Ashley Withers is a senior majoring in journalism. She currently serves as the editor in chief for The Daily Campus. She can be reached for comment at awithers@smu.edu.

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a whole. By resorting to supernatural explanations for natural processes, the evangelicals from the Discovery Institute are essentially saying that the solution to the immense diversity and complexity of life on our pale blue speck of dust hurling through space is lots and lots of magic. It’s the deepest insult possible to the generations of scientists that stood up to the common superstitions of their time: it took the Catholic Church about 200 years to accept the idea for which they had persecuted Galileo (that the earth was not the center of the universe) and another 200 to apologize (in 1992). Is the fact of evolution incompatible with religious views? Of course not! I invite the Discovery Institute and its apologists to follow in the footsteps of the United Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the United Presbyterian Church, the Episcopal Church and millions of other progressive

religions and religious scientists (most notably Francis Collins, an evolutionary geneticist and devout Christian) and realize that evolution doesn’t have to be a threat to their religious faith. If your entire moral philosophy would be shattered by studying eighth grade biology, I humbly suggest you find a way to adapt your moral philosophy. Might the current state of evolutionary theory be incomplete? Absolutely, but millions of scientists in medicine, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics are using its principles to save lives and better mankind. Evolution is a broad scientific theory (with just as much if not more support than the theory of gravity) that explains and connects many directly observable facts and has allowed us to make extremely accurate predictions about the future. If we don’t yet know the mechanism for how every intricate step in a butterfly’s development has evolved, we probably will within another

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100 years of research and understanding. Even in the ridiculous case that evolution is someday proven to be completely wrong, how in God’s name would science be made better if we threw our hands up in ignorance and screamed “God did it!” when faced with a question we can’t immediately find the answer to? How would the knowledge that the Avian Flu was created by a supernatural deity help us find a cure for it? Believe what you want, but if it’s a belief that fundamentally relies on faith, don’t try to teach it as science. When I’m old and infected by an opportunistic pathogen, I’d much appreciate it if my doctors were taught to take into account the evolution of antibiotic resistance before treating me. Christian Genco is a junior majoring in computer science. He can be reached for comment at cgenco@smu.edu


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‘Echoes of the Past’ opens at Meadows By JOE RICHARDSON Contributing Writer joeyr@smu.edu

Serene eyes watch the museumgoer. Immortalized in stone, frozen faces silently observe those who view them. They are tangible memories to a distant past. The Meadows Museum is currently showcasing the exhibit “Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan.” The exhibit displays different statues, pictures and engravings from the Buddhist temples at Xiangtangshan. The exhibition began on Sept. 11 and will run through Jan. 8. Nicole Atzbach is the assistant curator of the Meadows Museum. She believes that the objects in the

exhibit have a way of bringing the world closer together. They also show that humans are a lot more similar than they are different. “You’re able to see that when you look at these objects and you can compare a lot of their iconography, the halos and hand gestures, with objects from the western world,” Atzbach said. Ruben Habito is the Professor of world religions and spirituality at SMU. He believes that the exhibit can stretch a student’s mind. “ Be opened to the spiritual horizons of a people of a different geographical area and culture, in a way that heightens our sense of being members of a global family,” he said. According to the information

accompanying the display, the temple caves were carved into the side of a mountain in northern China. Emperor Wenxuan who founded the Northern Qi dynasty sponsored them. Construction began on the caves in 550 a.d. According to Atzbach, the objects were originally taken from Xiangtangshan in the period between 1910 and 1930. The objects were then sold by dealers and are now permanently housed in private and public collections around the globe. Ruben said that the exhibit uncovers a realm of spiritual treasures. “From an ancient culture that can enrich our contemporaries, as we ask the fundamental questions of human existence and try to heal the

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wounds of our fractured global society,” he said. The exhibit consists mostly of ancient statues of the Buddha and various Buddhist deities. Upon entering the exhibition the museumgoer will see the large face of Buddha Prabhutaratna. In front of this disembodied head are two large hands. Atzbach said that the hands were carved out of the cliff and that they are testimonies to the quality and workmanship that went into making these items. Seated Buddhas, standing Bodhisattvas and kneeling winged monsters are all parts of the exhibit. These statues show both the path to enlightenment and the devotion necessary to create these objects.

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The statues and stonework are not, however, the only aspects of the exhibit. Two large sheets hang on the walls. They are the inscriptions from the caves. According to the information accompanying the display, the writers painted these symbols on the wall and then carved them into the rock. There is also a multimedia element to it. A video presentation shows an urban city in the shadow of the ancient caves. Another use of media is the Digital Cave. On three screens a loop of digital images show the visitor where the objects come from and their placement in the cave. “It’s able to tie this ancient art to the twenty-first century through

digital technology and really able to show where these objects came from originally,” Atzbach said. According to Ruben, Buddhism is important for all people. “It is an invitation to open our eyes to the suffering around us and in our own lives, to seek their causes, and to take steps toward the healing and alleviation of suffering caused by our own greed, ill-will and ignorance,” he said. “It shows us ways to overturn greed into generosity, ill-will into goodwill towards all, and ignorance into wisdom that leads to genuine compassion.” These statues might be frozen in stone, but they wont be here forever. The exhibit ends on Jan. 8.

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ACROSS 1 Persian Gulf emirate 6 Aptly named novelist 11 Check for drinks 14 Rocket scientist Wernher von __ 15 Use for dinner, as dishes 16 Realm from 8001806: Abbr. 17 Jazzy O’Day 18 On the __: broken 19 Approx. landing hr. 20 Daydreaming 23 More intimate 25 __-mutuel: type of betting 26 Funny Costello 27 Abel’s slayer 30 Tsar or emperor 32 It follows the overture 34 Pressed for time 36 Failing to grasp a key element 41 Conceived of 42 IRS agent 43 What ballerinas dance on 46 Slangy agreement 48 HVAC measure 49 Utah city near Provo 50 Uproar 52 Not expected back at work until tomorrow 58 Econ. yardstick 59 Nebraska city 60 Tee shot 63 Mauna __ 64 Lees competitor 65 Ocean ship 66 Bigger picture: Abbr. 67 Kosher deli offering 68 Sharp-eyed bird DOWN 1 Trade name abbr. 2 Caterer’s vessel 3 Controversial financial rescues 4 Cars

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SMU takes part in Dallas Pride Parade

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The Dallas Pride Parade took place Sunday afternoon, running the length of Cedar Springs Road in the Oak Lawn District. In its 28th year, the parade’s theme was “It only gets better.” The 2011 SMU Spectrum and honorary representative was Dean David Chard of the Annette Caldwell Simmons Education and Human Development school.

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