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Hunt Scholar arrested for sexual assault JULIE FANCHER HALEY THAYER Staff Writers


SMU Mustang Band leads SMU students, families, alumni and friends to the football game in traditional Mustang March.

Families to embrace traditions COURTNEY SCHELLIN Contributing Writer SMU Student Foundation hosts Family Weekend every year and gives Mustangs the chance to show parents SMU’s college traditions. SMU’s rivalry with TCU, battle for the Iron Skillet and Boulevarding tradition has been a part of SMU culture for years. For this year’s annual family weekend, Sept 28 to Sept. 30, parents will be able to experience both in an exciting way. “Boulevarding has always been a tradition of SMU’s and playing our rival TCU has always been an exciting matchup, but being able to Boulevard and watch a competitive game against TCU with my parents in town will be that much

more fun,” SMU sophomore Scott Sanford said. After last year’s victory over TCU, Mustangs are anxious to keep the Iron Skillet at SMU. Wide receiver Jeremy Johnson said he thinks this Saturday’s game will require the team’s best performance. “It’s going to be very intense. They are going to be seeking some revenge. We just got to play like we know how to,” Johnson said. Besides the football game, there will be many different events for families to attend, including tours, open houses, Boulevarding and a student talent show. All the events follow the theme, “Boardwalk on the Boulevard.” “We wanted to incorporate beach and carnival, so the boardwalk was the perfect medium,” Student Foundation Family Weekend Chair

Antonea Bastian said. The weekend will start with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ford Stadium at 10 a.m. on Friday. Afterwards, a variety of events, including an education abroad session, family luncheon, Hegi Career Center open house and Taste of Dallas dinner, will run in Hughes-Trigg from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The night will close with the student talent show in McFarlin Auditorium at 8 p.m. “The talent show is going to be a really great showcase of some of the amazing, talented students we have at SMU,” Student Foundation member Claire Piepenburg said. “You can be sure that the acts will be the best of the best.” Saturday will begin with a Panhellenic parent’s tea in Hughes

Trigg at 10 a.m. Meadows Museum guided tours will run from 2 to 3 p.m. and be followed by Boulevarding. During Boulevarding, families can visit Centennial Hall in HughesTrigg for an open house and photo opportunity and the Dallas Hall and Clements Hall lawns for a family tent and BBQ. “Student Foundation paired with U11 to make the first year tent a destination for students to bring their parents so they can experience the tradition and spirit of Boulevarding,” Piepenburg said. Family Weekend wraps up Sunday with church services at Perkins Chapel at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. CHAS will be also hosting a familia luncheon at noon and Asian Council will host a parents dinner at 6 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg.


What’s behind the SMU-TCU rivalry name? CAROLINE HICKS Contributing Writer

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The Iron Skillet is given to the winner of the annual SMU and TCU game.

back to Dallas. SMU students stormed the field in triumph after one of the most exciting games of the season. Ben Sellers, sophomore wide receiver for the Mustangs, said “Winning the iron skillet was the staple of our season last year. To go to three bowl games in three years and beat a ranked team on the road is a mile marker on our road to success.” A sea of red storming over the purple football field at TCU last year is a moment many students will remember forever.

John David Mahaffey

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, SMU Police arrested an SMU student for an alleged sexual assault that occurred Sept. 23, 2012, on the SMU campus. SMU Police will present the findings of its investigation to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. The student is temporarily banned from campus pending further investigation. Best confirmed the statement, saying that the arrest on Tuesday was in connection with the crime alert issued Monday. Best did not have any information on where or what time the arrest took place. The Dallas County District Attorney Director of Communications Debbie Denmon said that the case has not been forwarded to their office yet and therefore there has been no grand jury referral. An article from the Sept. 16, 2011 issue of The Daily Campus referenced his long family history at SMU. Mahaffey is a fourth-generation SMU student. His great-great-grandfather

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The battle for the Iron Skillet

This weekend, SMU students, faculty, family members and TCU fans will pack Ford Stadium for the iconic Battle of the Iron Skillet. Most students at both universities know that the trophy is called the Iron Skillet, but very few understand why. “I don’t actually know why it is called that, but I know it would be a great honor to have it in our possession after this upcoming game,” sophomore Catherine Norton said. The annual game supposedly got its title back in the 1950s when a SMU fan was frying frog legs on a skillet as a joke during pregame festivities. A TCU fan declared that whoever won the game got to keep the skillet as a trophy, and so the tradition has continued. The trophy was also introduced to prevent vandalism by rowdy fans from both colleges, which has caused thousands in damages in the past. Last season SMU beat TCU in Fort Worth for the first time in four years bringing the Iron Skillet

John David Mahaffey, a 19-year-old sophomore finance major from Rogersville, Mo., was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Sept. 23 sexual assault of a fellow SMU student according to Dallas County court records. Mahaffey, a current Hunt Scholar, was arrested by SMU police and taken to the Dallas County Sheriff ’s department and subsequently booked into Dallas County Jail according to Dallas County court records. He was released on Sept. 26 after posting a $25,000 bond. The alleged incident took place in the early hours of Sept. 23. SMU released a crime alert Monday afternoon that stated: A male SMU student reported being sexually assaulted by a male SMU student acquaintance at two different campus locations about 3 a.m. and again shortly thereafter, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. The victim said he first was sexually assaulted on the west side of 3050 SMU Boulevard and then in the Airline Parking Garage at Airline Road and Daniel Avenue. Kent Best, executive director of SMU News and Communications, released a statement regarding Mahaffey’s arrest Wednesday night on behalf of the university. It stated:

Sophomore Catherine Russell, who has a twin sister at TCU, recounted the victory with pride and joy. “The look on my sister’s face was priceless as my fellow Mustangs ran onto the field. Everyone was cheering and throwing ponyups in the air when our football players paraded around with the Iron Skillet.” Once the Iron Skillet arrived in Dallas, SMU students were given the opportunity to take a

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Debates key for both presidential candidates KATELYN GOUGH News Editor With the presidential debates not starting until next Wednesday, the election candidates seem to be in somewhat of a political limbo. In the aftermath of the Democratic and Republican conventions, the campaign trail is far from fired up. “We’re kind of in no-man’s land right now,” SMU political science professor Dennis Simon, said. “There’s nobody right now lighting [the elections] up.” A poll released Monday expressed many voters’ indecisiveness and overall lack of excitement about any one candidate. By Wednesday, Barack Obama held just 49 percent of the public’s favor. Mitt Romney held a strong 45 percent. Simon says the slight lead is no surprise. “You have an incumbent president who’s about fifty-fifty with the public, but a candidate who is perceived as not terribly likeable,” Simon said. Simon also said Romney is struggling to recover from a series of campaign setbacks. A secret recording of Romney commenting on certain voting

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Mitt Romney has lost support in key battleground states in the last week.

groups, the 47 percent, garnered a lot of media attention last week. However, Simon said it’s not just the one taping that has Romney behind. “It’s only one in a series of incidents that whenever that campaign is poised to go up, it shoots itself in the foot,” Simon said. “There’s something in this campaign that keeps making tactical errors,” Junior Michael Graves says the speaking gaff doesn’t really matter since neither candidate “has an incredibly strong hold.” “I think both candidates have a lot of persuading to do for the

American public,” Graves said. “Romney isn’t favored by most progressives. Obama isn’t favored by the people who feel like he broke his campaign promises. I don’t think the voters feel the excitement they did four years ago.” According to Simon, a key factor of this year’s election is “how people look back on the Obama administration”— either with approval or disapproval. Romney attacked Obama’s foreign policy on Tuesday as the UN debates began, but Simon said this

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Fried grub reigns at the State Fair of Texas ALEXANDRA SPITZER Food Editor The State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the United States and one of the most anticipated events among Dallas locals. Thousands of guests crowd the historic Fair Park to see the symbolic 52-foot-tall cowboy “Big Tex,” enjoy live music from popular singer and bands, participate in fair games and fun rides and most importantly—to indulge in some greasy, deep-fried Southern food. This year is no exception to the State Fair’s endless variety of delicious culinary concoctions. Starting Friday, fair attendees will indulge in American, Belgium,

Cajun, Greek, German and Mexican foods to name just a few. Food has always been the primary incentive for visitors to attend the annual fair. For this reason, fair organizers decided to make food an even more prominent feature of the State Fair in 2005 by creating the Big Tex Choice Awards contest. The contest takes place among fair concessionaires who desire friendly competition. The contest, which took place on Sept. 3, consisted of 54 concessionaires who submitted for the Big Tex Choice Awards this year. After narrowing the prospects down to eight finalists in the final round, judges were invited to sample each

of the culinary creations. The final eight creations consisted of just about every food imaginable deep fried: Chicken Fried Cactus Bites, Deep Fried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake, Deep Fried Jambalaya, Deep Fried Mac-N-Cheese Slider, Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll, Fried Mexican Fire Crackers, Fried Pork Wing and Picnic on a Stick (yes: the chicken in this dish is also fried). Although it was a difficult decision to choose from each of these unique masterpieces, judges decided on two winners. The 2012 Best Taste award went to Abel Gonzales for his Deep Fried Jambalaya and Butch Benavides for his Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll.

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The two winners were awarded with their very own Big Tex trophies. And although fair-goers will still be able to enjoy many of their favorite meals from previous years, the State Fair is also expanding its food selections by adding new foods and first time vendors. Some of the deep fried and greasy options include the Deep Fried Baked Potato, filled with butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon bits and the Deep Fried Chicken and Waffle, served on a stick and enhanced with warm syrup, butter and sugar on top. More sugary delights include Deep Fried Red Velvet Cupcake, filled with cream cheese frosting



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Shaker Loops: SYZYGY New Music Ensemble in Caruth Auditorium in Owen Fine Arts Center from 8 p.m. -10 p.m.

SMU vs. TCU Football at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium at 6 p.m.

University Worship: Family Sunday in Perkins Chapel from 11 a.m.noon.

This Beautiful City in the Greer Garson Theatre at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This Beautiful City in the Greer Garson Theatre at 2 p.m.

This Beautiful City in the Greer Garson Theatre in Owen Arts Center at 8 p.m.

Maytag Celebrity Kitchen where prominent restaurant chefs and local VIPs will be featured. The chefs will hold complimentary demonstrations each day for foodies to learn useful culinary tips and details. Although food tends to be the main focus of events, the State Fair of Texas has much more to offer than just the mouth-watering cuisine. Concerts, auto shows, creative art contests, and livestock shows are just a few main attractions that excite attendees and appeal to both young and old fair-goers. The State Fair of Texas opens this Sept. 28 and continues until Oct. 21. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $12 for senior citizens and children.

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and topped with a fried boneless chicken wing and Fried Cotton Candy, lightly battered in funnel cake mix and sprinkled with fine powdered sugar. But the most sugar-packed treat of all has to simply be Fried Sugar, which are dipped in pancake batter, fried until golden brown, and topped with caramel sauce. Aside from these out of norm foods, the State Fair of Texas serves more traditional meals as well. Dishes such as the Shrimp Quesadillas, Pulled Pork Sliders and West Texas Fried Apple Pie provide fairgoers with some classic southern comfort foods to enhance their experience. During the month of October, the State Fair will be hosting the

2:56 p.m. Theft. Barnes and Noble/ SMU Bookstore. An unknown individual stole 5 textbooks from this location. Open. 10:43 p.m. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Arrest on Warrant/Criminal Trespass Warning: Ford Stadium. A non-affiliated person was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, transported to the Dallas County Jail for Dallas warrants, and was issued a criminal trespass warning. Closed.

SEP TEMBER 27 12:50 a.m. Public Intoxication: 2900 SMU Blvd. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office, cited, and transported to the University Park Jail for public intoxication. Closed.

SEP TEMBER 27 4:37 a.m. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Possession of Alcohol by a Minor: MorrisonMcGinnis Hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for consumption of alcohol by a minor and possession of alcohol by a minor. Closed.

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Meet ‘The Troubadoors:’ a singing Web series sensation with SMU ties CHASE WADE A&E Editor The music inside the Quarter Bar in Uptown Dallas was blaring when 26-year-old Haley Esposito decided to tell her friend Brina Palencia about her unusual idea for a web series. “Hey!” Esposito yelled over the crowd and loud speakers. “Come here, I need to talk to you.” The two friends spent the rest of night talking about Esposito’s idea of a musically outcast group of college students who, due to their melodic rival The Harmonics, are forced to sing door to door about America’s unusual holidays. The night ended with both girls feeling motivated about the prospects of the idea. However, when morning came, Esposito doubted Palencia remembered much of the conversation at all. Esposito was wrong. “I woke up that morning with a voice mail from Brina [Palencia] with a song that she wrote that night for the show,” Esposito said. “I was like ‘holy crap, we’re actually doing this.’” The idea soon came to be called The Troubadoors, a weekly Web series produced by Esposito and Palencia’s production company Heal By Rain Productions. The show capitalizes on many of America’s outlandish holidays such as Native American Day, Labor Day and Halloween. For Esposito, The Troubadoors was the creative outlet she longed for after years of being a talent agent left her artistically dry. For Palencia, a prominent voice actor in the anime world, the Web series meant returning to her musical roots. “I went to school for composing and this show gave


Ruben Carrazana in ‘This Beautiful City.’

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The cast of ‘The Troubadoors,’ a weekly Web series that focuses on America’s quirky holidays.

me the opportunity to write just ridiculous songs,” Palencia said. “It’s what I love to do.” To start the Web series, the two co-creators not only needed a talented cast, crew and writers but also needed money. A lot of money. Enter Kickstarter, “the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects,” according to the company’s website. Kickstarter makes it simple for creative people like Esposito and Palencia to gather large amounts of money just by pitching their the series’ to the masses. Espositio and Palencia wanted to raise $25,000 in just 40 days with their Kickstarter campaign. Amanda Presmyk, TheTroubadoors intern and junior at SMU, was chosen to head the campaign. “To be honest, starting out I was freaked out -- that number seemed insurmountable to me and the fact that I had a responsibility to

manage to the campaign online… it was really really daunting,” Presmyk said. “I never thought that there was the possibility of us not reaching our fundraising goals. One way or another — Kickstarter or not — we were going to shoot a season. That was never a question in any of our minds.” As the campaign’s 40-day run came to an end, The Troubadoors raised $26,396, 105 percent of their original goal. With funds in place, The Troubadoors went forward with season one’s production. While the series was originally planned for 15 episodes, the team was forced to cut the season to just nine episodes after one of the series’ regulars, Jonathan Brooks, was offered a job in Los Angeles working with Billboard Music. “Jonathan [Brooks] called us and said ‘Hey, I’m moving to LA

in a week,’” Esposito said. “By then we still had six episodes to shoot so we had to cram three weeks of shooting in three days. I still haven’t caught up on sleep.” With season one under wraps, the cast and crew of The Troubadoors are looking ahead to the show’s second season. However, with many of the actors peppered across the country for different acting gigs, season two will be much harder to coordinate. For Tiffany Hobbs, who plays Camille Prescott on the show, Dallas has to be home for two years due to her recent signing with the Dallas Theater Center. Even though she is contractually obligated to stay in the metroplex, Hobbs said she’ll make it work. “I don’t care if I have to take three weeks off next summer and live in LA,” Hobbs said. “Season two is going to happen.”

This Beautiful City takes place in Colorado Springs, home to Ted Haggard’s former empire the New Life Church. The play follows the expansion of the evangelical movement in the area. The New York theater company The Civilians, a troupe of theater artists who construct their work from interviews, wrote the play after spending 10 weeks in the city before and after the Haggard scandal broke. The interviews in the show range in different social and religious views. The Civilians combined the interviews and music, written by Michael Friedman, to create the play. Emails and online message boards were transformed into songs to give an engaging context to the Haggard scandal. The play invites the audience to join in on the conversation on the way religion impacts individual identity as well as an entire city. With a talented cast of 15 SMU students, many of them play several roles; yet, each one had a moment to shine.

Ruben Carrazana’s performance of a non-believer who grew up in Colorado Springs during the evangelical experience is paired with Tyler Crim, the associate pastor at New Life. This pairing, which are the first set of interviews in the play, provided a great balance of opposing views. Carrazana also played two other characters in the show. Mary Brennan Reich’s musical performance of “End Times” was one of the best in the show vocally. Reich hit every high note with ease. Her character’s opening monologue also provided a lot of necessary backstory to the play. Jared Wilson’s performance of a pastor who left Colorado Springs after coming out was touching and authentic. Although all the actors shine through the entire show, the play itself is confusing at best. It is unclear to the average theatergoer whether This Beautiful City is a play, series of monologues or musical. While some may find this form of production endearing, others may be perplexed of its purpose. The Beautiful City runs in Greer Garson Theater through Sept. 30.



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The Iron Skillet has the largest SMU student turnout when it is played at Ford Stadium.

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picture with the trophy on campus furthering the post-victory excitement. There is much anticipation for another victory this weekend, and with a home-field advantage. “This is our house,” Sellers said, “We practice, lift weights and watch film in Ford Stadium

and we’re going to fight with everything we have to keep the Iron Skillet in Dallas.” From 1972 to 1986 the Iron Skillet was in SMU’s possession: the longest either team has ever consistently won. With the game falling during Family Weekend at SMU, even more alumni who remember the days of

SMU’s continual victories over TCU will be present this weekend. “I think it would be huge to beat TCU a second year in a row, this time on our own turf,” Norton said. “We owe it to the generous alumni to give something back-hopefully a victory.” A win at home against a ranked opponent would signal a

continuation of the turnaround for SMU’s program. “This is more than SMU vs. TCU, this is Dallas vs. Fort Worth. It would be huge for the students and alumni to keep the Iron Skillet in Dallas,” Sellers said.

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tactic is not the best approach. “Sooner or later they’ve got to shake [it off] and try to go forward,” Simon said. Both campaigns will attempt to get all its members on board and focus on issues that will carry them to Election Day. Simon said the debates could be the real ignition to a candidate stepping out and defining himself as America’s first choice; the power rests on Romney.

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“[It will be] whether Romney can use those debates to turn around the drift toward Obama in the last couple of weeks,” Simon said. Presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 3, Oct. 16 and Oct. 22. The sole vice presidential debate will occur on Oct. 11. Candidates will discuss both foreign and domestic policy in their debates focusing on issues from the economy to healthcare to China’s growing power.

Big Tex, a 52-foot cowboy, is a regular at the State Fair of Texas.

State Fair of Texas opens WILLOW BLYTHE Contributing Writer Standing tall in a 75-gallon hat, Big Tex is back for his 60th year at the annual State Fair of Texas. This year’s theme — Big & Bright! The 52-foot cowboy will be welcoming fair-goers this Friday at the historic Fair Park in Dallas. With exciting rides, unique foods and several new attractions, the fair will showcase a variety of entertainment. A tradition since 2005, unique award winning fried food is one of the main attractions at the fair. This year’s Big Tex Choice Award winners — Fried Bacon Cinnamon Rolls and Deep-Fried Jambalaya. Finalists of the contest include dishes such as Chicken Fried Cactus Bites and DeepFried Divine Chocolate Tres Leches Cake. The Girl Scouts of America organization will also be celebrating its 100 year anniversary at the State Fair this year. As part of the exhibit, The Girl Scouts will be featuring a Fried Samoa Girl Scouts

cookie. If the fried food alone isn’t enough to attract visitors, there are several other forms of entertainment. Several concerts will be held at the Chevrolet Main Stage, along with museums, tours, celebrity chef demonstrations, animal adventures, auto shows and more. One of the newest attractions, the Chinese Lantern Festival, will showcase remarkable illuminated art displays on the Leonhardt Lagoon. Other traditional attractions such as the Illumination Sensation will mix lights, music and fireworks along a 700-foot-pool of water. For music fans, the Chevrolet Main Stage will feature several artists and live bands each week. Some of the performers include Kevin Fowler, Uncle Kracker, Elle Varner, and Kellie Pickler. With arts, entertainment, rides and food, the State Fair of Texas, in its 126th year, is expected to attract several millions this year. Fair officials said last year was one of the most successful years in the event’s history. The State Fair of Texas runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 21

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High school explored in poignant ‘Perks’ CHASE WADE A&E Editor Every once in a while, there comes along a movie that defines a previous generation’s awkward high school years. For some it was The Breakfast Club. For others it was Mean Girls and for those who are still lucky enough to call themselves adolescents, there is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a suprisingly serious look beyond the halls of high school in the early 1990s. Based on the book of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of a Being a Wallflower is one of this fall’s best releases that comes across as both light and layered while telling a story not often told on screen. The Perks storyline revolves around Charlie, an awkward freshman who is shoved into the

cold waters of high school and is forced to navigate the chaos alone. Charlie is a genius, but like many of his intellectual kind is also severly socially awkward. Charlie finds relief during his freshman year through the acquaintance of Sam and Patrick. Quirky step siblings who enjoy Charlie’s social missteps. Chbosky not only adapted his book for the screen but also elected to direct the film himself. The director does a great job of fitting the tightly packed cast that makes up The Perks of Being a Wallflower. From Charlie’s family to Charlie’s friends, Chbosky had the task of introducing and explaining almost fifteen characters in the movie’s first half hour. Considering that the film has such a large cast to deal with, it is surprising to see that major name star compile most of the lower,

supporting roles. In particular, Paul Rudd delivers a fantastic performance as Mr. Anderson, Charlie’s freshman English teacher who recognizes the main character’s brilliance and challenges him along the way. Logan Lerman deserves the highest praise for his portrayal of Charlie. For those who have read the book, Charlie is plagues with past secrets and Lerman does a remarkable job of conveying that hidden pain with every smirk, smile and grimace. Ultimately The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a sweeping victory for Chbosky, who took a huge risk when deciding to direct the film. However, with a story so rooted in emotion and with supporting character almost oozing of authenticity, something tells me Chobsky didn’t see the same risk.

Olsen twins’ younger sister shines in lovely ‘Liberal’ comedy CHASE WADE A&E Editor Recently, there has been a slew of arguments against the real world value of a liberal arts degree in today’s skill-oriented, project-based workplace. Gone are the days where a Latin and philosophy double major can hope for any occupation beyond the halls of academia. Josh Radnor uses the subject of liberal arts as a backdrop for his newest film named — you guessed it — Liberal Arts. In the film, Radnor plays Jesse Fisher, a college counselor who is obviously not happy in his ho-hum day job. When Fisher is lured back to his former college to send a retiring professor off,

Fisher falls back in love with the tree-lined solace of higher education as well as a 19-year old named Zibby, played marvelously by Elizabeth Olsen. The duration of Liberal Arts focuses on Fisher’s struggle to leave the past behind despite its academic and artistic pleasure. Radnor definitely earned his paycheck for the feature as the actor also wrote and directed the film. Radnor’s writing style mimics the simplicity of his first feature, Happythankyoumoreplease. However, there are parts in the film where the writer takes the story’s base too seriously and convolutes the dialogue with uppity, academic speak. As an actor, Radnor sticks to his own, self-formed archetypal character quite well. For some

reason, Radnor always paints the characters he plays with scruffy beards and minimal life direction, which begs the question: Does Radnor even know how to shave? While Radnor may have been the driving force behind the film, it’s Olsen’s Zibby who ultimately comes out of Liberal Arts as the star. Zibby is just an confused as Fisher in terms of life direction and turns to him for adult-like advice that Fisher, unfortunately, is too immature to dish out. Olsen’s portrayel of Zibby is light and loveable. One finds oneself understanding just how easy it was for Radnor to fall for Zibby. Liberal Arts opens today in select Dallas movie theaters.



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Frustrated alumni raise funds for SMU JAN ANDERSON Staff Writer The young alumni of Southern Methodist University are on track to once again fry those Frogs from Fort Worth, Texas. Last year SMU beat out Texas Christian University in just about everything, including the young alumni giving challenge. The challenge, issued by TCU, is to reach 1,500 donations by young alumni donors between Sept. 10 and Sept. 27. “I hope they reach their goal, but I doubt beating young alumni down with constant emails in which there is no option to unsubscribe is the right way to do that,” Jessica Huseman Ehmke, a December 2011 graduate from SMU now living in New York City, said. Huseman Ehmke added that the multiple email campaign was reminiscent of “SMU’s constant emails while we were students.” She also said neither herself nor her husband, the 2011-2012 SMU Student Senate VP, Alex Ehmke have participated in the


SMU has attempted to make its young alumni a key fundraising base.

young alumni giving challenge. Other recent young alumni who did not wish to speak on the record gave other reasons — reasons that mostly fell in two categories. Some are still attending and paying for graduate school. Others are still looking at years and years of student loan payments they accumulated while on the Hilltop. While the primary purpose of the young alumni giving challenge is to raise funds for the

SMU Scholarship Fund, donors can specify other funds such as the Second Century Celebration, the Parent Fund, the Central University Libraries Fund, the Mustang Club, the Student Affairs Fund and college specific funds. The first school to reach the goal gets bragging rights. The winner will be announced at half time during the Iron Skillet Classic at Ford Stadium. As of Thursday afternoon the Mustangs were leading the alumni donation count 1,435 to 1,117.

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RESPONSE: Sigma Phi Epsilon, others react to Mahaffey arrest


was a member of the founding committee for SMU, and served as an interim professor when the university opened. His grandmother attended the university, along with his father and two of his aunts. Mahaffey is the assistant vice president of recruitment for SMU’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) and a member of Student Senate, according to his Hunt Leadership Scholars Program page. According to Mahaffey’s

Facebook page, he is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Sigma Phi Epsilon’s president Luke Friedman gave the following statment: The Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter at Southern Methodist has learned that one of its members was taken into custody by the Dallas Police Department as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. The chapter has suspended this member from the fraternity pending the outcome of this investigation.

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This alleged behavior is not tolerated and not consistent with the Fraternity’s mission. The chapter continues to cooperate fully with campus and Dallas police. This is a disturbing situation and the chapter’s thoughts and concerns go out to everyone affected. The Daily Campus attempted to call Mahaffey’s home phone number, but received no answer. There will be updates provided on this story as more information is provided.

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TCU, Pachall head to SMU to take back Iron Skillet BILLY EMBODY Staff Writer

It’s time for the Battle for the Iron Skillet. SMU vs TCU kicks off at 6 p.m. at Ford Stadium as the main attraction for Family Weekend and another chapter in the storied rivalry between the longtime rivals.

“It’s a good old rivalry that is 100 years old,” SMU Head Coach June Jones said. “It doesn’t take much for us to get up for this one and it doesn’t take much for them to either.” Jones’ team has stumbled out of the gate, losing big to Baylor and Texas A&M, and even looked sloppy on offense in a 52-0 win over Stephen F. Austin that saw the SMU defense surrender over

500 yards to the Lumberjacks. “[The] Kids are practicing hard and we’ve had the extra week so we’re getting healthy so it’s all good,” Jones said Wednesday about how the team feels this week. SMU will have to stop a potent TCU attack that features quarterback Casey Pachall, who leads the nation in passer rating at 209.9 and was picked off for the first time this season last week

against Virginia. Pachall will have plenty of weapons to throw to in senior receiver Josh Boyce and sophomore Brandon Carter. Boyce set a school record with his 18th career touchdown reception last week. Carter is just as dangerous after having a highlight reel catch against the Cavaliers. “They do a real good job of playing their scheme, but we’ll play what we play and hopefully we can knock the ball out and force some turnovers because the momentum of the game is going to change with TCU on special teams and defense,” Jones said. TCU has won 10 out of the past 11 meetings against SMU, but SMU did knock off TCU last year in Fort Worth and TCU has gone on a tear since then.

TCU has won 12 straight games since the loss to SMU. During its 12game winning streak, the Horned Frogs defeated opponents by an average of 24.7 points per game. SMU must be able to match TCU’s offensive output with its first good showing on offense this season. The SMU offense has struggled even with All-Conference USA running back Zach Line back for his senior season. Line is averaging just under 100 yards a game, but a majority of that yardage has come against the backups of the three teams SMU has faced. One reason for Line’s struggles could be due to non-existant passing game in the first three games. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert has not been able to get into a groove that many people have expected of him. While Gilbert has looked off

while he gets the hang of this new offense, the receivers have not helped much either. SMU’s leading receiver is junior Keenan Holman only has 13 catches for 156 yards and one touchdown. One player that may see more playing time is freshman Gehrig Dieter, who caught a touchdown against Baylor and has made some plays when he has gotten playing time and has plenty of size to bring to the field at around 6-foot3-inches. SMU has to have its first complete as a team this season to stop this TCU attack like it did last year, but that could be a stretch to do against the No.15 Horned Frogs. SMU may have to grind one out on the ground if Gilbert struggles again to keep the ball away from Pachall and that potent TCU offense. Prediction: TCU-24-21


All-Conference USA Senior running back Zach Line runs against TCU in SMU’s 40-33 wons last season.

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The SMU rugby club is heading into its fall season with high intensity brought by new coaches and strategies.

Rugby kicks off season with new coaches, game plan The SMU Rugby Club took a road trip to Austin last weekend to start off its fall season with brand new coaches ready to make big changes to the program. The men faced tough competition in their first three games, falling to University of Texas at Dallas, St. Edwards University and University of Texas at San Antonio. However, with the experience of those first games behind them, the team finished off the weekend with a dominating 54-0 victory over Midwestern State University. “Overall I was very impressed with the cohesiveness and continuity [last weekend] especially given that this was the first time the men played an official game together as a team,” new head coach Jon Clark said. Clark contacted the team last spring when the team was lacking the leadership and organization of a coach.

“I wanted to find an avenue to volunteer and contribute to the local community both personally and professionally,” Clark said. With rugby and business in his background, Clark hopes to provide value to a club that, according to him, traditionally is not funded or supported well at the college level. Clark owns AIM Consulting, a growing technology company in Dallas that is currently the main sponsor to the SMU Rugby Club. AIM provides financial support, coaching and is also building a cutting edge SMU Rugby website. Clark and assistant coach Jason Grant have high hopes for the team. “[We] are implementing a very advanced game plan that the team is taking very well to,” Clark said. “We have a great group of athletes, and what we lack in experience, we make up for in heart and toughness.” The players are feeling the impact of the new coaching and strategy. “Having a core group of players that come to every practice and game really makes us better,” junior


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James Robison said. “Having coaches that care about the team really makes a difference too.” The team looks forward to the spring season when things heavily pick up. Clark believes some of the talented players with AllAmerican potential could lead the team to the Texas Rugby Union Collegiate Championship. The new coach has brought intensity into what was previously believed to be an unorganized program. “I demand a certain level of work ethic, attitude and mental toughness from the team,” he said. “We are open for any students to join the rugby club, but it certainly isn’t for everyone.” For those brave enough to step onto the pitch with the newlyinvigorated rugby men, open practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. at the intramural field. “We are changing the culture of the SMU rugby program,” Clark said. “We are a tough, fearless and competitive group with championship potential.”

After winning the first set and a close second set, the Mustangs swept East Carolina in the third set 25-13 to take the victory over the Pirates in Moody Coliseum last Friday night. Junior transfer Maddie Lozano led the Mustangs with 12 kills, three aces and two blocks. Caroline Young recorded 10 kills, hitting a team-high .348. The Mustangs took an early lead in the second half of the first set. With the score tied 10-10, the Mustangs went on a 4-0 run and Lozano got the kill for a win. In the second set, the Mustangs fought from behind with only a 25-22 victory over the Pirates. After head coach Lisa Seifert called the Mustangs’ second timeout, the team scored five of the next six points tying the score 20-20. The Mustangs took the win after Young had kills on four of the final nine points. “It’s a better feeling entering the locker room ahead two games with just one more match to win,” Lozano said. “We were more in sync technically.” With the third set tied 5-5 the Mustangs scored the next five points to take the lead, and the Pirates never got within three points the rest of the match. Lozano scored her 12th kill of the match on SMU’s 21st point. She scored two consecutive aces to give the Mustangs match point. Courtney Manning and Olivia Bailey combined for a block on match point to take the victory over the Pirates 25-13. Out of SMU’s 39 kills, Bailey had assists on 36 of them. Manning finished with a career total of 512 blocks, after nine kills and two blocks, trailing shortly behind Kendra Kahanek’s SMU record of 530. Susan Lewis and

Bailey each had a team high of six digs. “It’s crazy to think that I even came close to Kendra,” Manning said. “When I was a freshman I always watched her so I could learn from her.” Two days later the Mustangs took on Marshall at home, coming up short in the fifth match 15-8. Manning had a team-high of 15 kills and five blocks, still trailing behind Kahanek’s record, now needing only 14 blocks to break it. “I’m very happy that I’m leaving a mark on the program, because that’s what I wanted to do when I came to college,” Manning said. In the first and second match SMU and Marshall split the wins 25-23; SMU taking the first and Marshall the second. In the third set the Mustangs fought until the end, falling short behind Marshall, 31-29.

Needing a win in the fourth set, the Mustangs came out strong to score the first six points and shortly gaining the lead 207, as Young sent the Mustangs to a fifth match with her gamepoint kill. Marshall came out with momentum in the fifth match and, with the score tied 7-7, the Thundering Herd scored a kill and two aces putting the team ahead and winning 15-8. “We are all upset that we lost that match and we are trying new things with the coaches to improve the results of each game,” Manning said. The Mustangs head to Houston tonight to take on Rice University and University of Houston. They will return to Moody Oct. 12 in its game against Tulane. “As a team we have to work together and finish what we started with Marshall,” Manning said.

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Junior middle blocker Maddie Lozano spikes the ball in a game against ECU.



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Hunt making a mark at SMU, Regular referees return to NFL prospect for 2013 NFL Draft ANDREW HATTERSLEY Contributing Writer

BILLY EMBODY Staff Writer Senior SMU defensive end Margus Hunt has been dubbed the ‘Best Athlete in DFW’ by The Dallas Morning News this offseason and has looked forward to leaving his mark at SMU since he began his football career just four years ago. Hunt had never played football before coming to the Hilltop and it took a year before the football coaches were able to get him to participate in a tryout. “I really didn’t want to leave SMU, I liked the campus [and] I liked the programs. So we sat down and talked about the possibility with Coach Jones and we had the tryout in November,” Hunt said in a recent radio interview with 1310 The Ticket. After coming to SMU from Estonia to train with SMU track and field coach Dave Wollman, in hopes of bringing back a men’s track and field program to SMU, Hunt needed a way to stay at SMU and was able to earn a fullride scholarship on the football team after his tryout. Hunt’s first day in pads was awkward, but the ‘freak athlete’ has been able to develop his skills and has become a handful for opposing defensive coordinators to game planing. “It was definitely weird, putting on a helmet and not knowing what to expect,” Hunt said in The Ticket interview. When Hunt was looking for schools in the United States to train after winning the World Junior Championships in the discussion, one of his friends suggested SMU and to look into training with Coach Wollman. His brother-in-law paid his first year, but after that Hunt had to pay his own way. His football

The National Football League Referees Association [NFLRA] and the NFL owners reached an agreement late Wednesday night that had regular referees on the field for the Thursday night’s battle between the Ravens and Browns. For the entire preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season, the NFL has been taking a lot of heat for the subpar performance of the replacement officials. This reached a melting point on Monday night when the replacement officials finally decided the outcome between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. After an outpour of criticism that came shortly after the game and through the night from players, ex-players and media,

scholarship made that possible. His involvement with both track and field and football shows the athlete’s devotion. “When it comes to sports, I have 100 percent passion for whatever I do. I do track and field with a passion and I do this [football] with a passion. It’s fun being out here,” Hunt said in an interview with The Daily Campus. Hunt could have ended up at Auburn, Kansas, Washington or Virginia Tech but came to SMU and found a way to stay after his first year. From there, Hunt worked on his craft as a football player so he could excel in hopes of reaching the NFL. “The good thing was since I started new, I didn’t have any bad habits. For the coaches, [I] was just a blank sheet of paper. I was a quick learner and as I picked up the technique, I started reading

more of the stances and learning the offensive line more and how they blocked,” Hunt said about his improvement. Hunt said the game has slowed down a bit for him since the beginning and now he is more focused on leading the SMU defense, which has stumbled out of the gates back to where the unit was a year ago. “[I lead] by example; being on time, being accountable, doing the little things and going to the weight room and doing the running and trying to hustle every play,” Hunt said. While Hunt’s size and overall athleticism has NFL scouts drooling, he has a good ways to go in developing into true NFL talent. However, with Hunt’s work ethic and abilities, there is a great chance that he will be able to do just that after his days playing for the Mustangs.

Beginning in 2017, the new hires and all other officials will receive a new pension, which averages $18,000 to start but increases to $23,000 per official by 2019. For both sides these were the two sticking points that had held up negotiations since the beginning of the regular season. However, as soon as the disaster that the NFL had hoped to avoid struck, there was no option but for both sides to return to the table and try to resolve their differences. The deal reached between the NFLRA and the NFL was an eight-year deal — the longest deal they have ever reached. So for those expecting these replacement officials back in a few years when there’s the possibility of another lockout can put that thought off for many years to come.



Senior Margus Hunt, NFL Draft prospect, came to SMU for track and field.

the NFLRA and the NFL owners finally went back to the table to negotiate. The owners and NFLRA worked all day Tuesday without much progress. However, on Wednesday both sides made concessions on key points that allowed negotiations to take off and get to the point of reaching a deal. According to, the referees will get their increase in salary gradually over the next eight years. In 2013, the referees will make $173 million and will work up to $205 million by 2019. The NFL also gets their wish of having the pension plan gradually phased out. The pension plan will remain in place through the 2016 season or until an official reaches 20 years of experience. After that their benefits will be frozen.

Women look for first C-USA victory tonight against UTEP MATTHEW COSTA Staff Writer Coming off a draw in its conference opener a week ago against the Houston Cougars, the SMU Mustangs (4-5-1, 0-11 in C-USA) was looking to add its first C-USA win against Rice Sunday. However, the Mustangs instead suffered a dramatic defeat in Houston, losing 3-2 to the Owls. Over 50 minutes had gone by since a goal was scored by senior forward Kenzie Scovill which leveled the game at 2-2. Scovill took the pass from freshman midfielder Lissi Lonsberry, and

was able to find the back of the net for the sixth time this season. The game was up for grabs until Rice capitalized late using its duo of forwards, Lauren Hughes and Holly Hargreaves, to put the Owls on top in the 87th minute. Hargreaves was credited with the game-winning score, but Hughes was named player of the match after scoring two goals and assisting on her team’s final point. The Mustangs tried to counter, but the team was unable to score in the final few minutes losing its first C-USA game. SMU looked to be in good shape as the match began, as sophomore forward Shelby

Redman used a throw-in by junior defender Courtney Smith to score the first goal for either team in the 14th minute. Redman’s goal was her fifth of the season and looked to be the start that SMU needed to secure the victory. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the Owls had other plans and pulls out the late 3-2 victory. The Mustangs will continue to fight for the team’s first C-USA victory when it returns home for a Friday night match against UTEP at 7 p.m. The weekend set of home matches will conclude with another conference quarrel with Colorado College at 2 p.m.

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iPhone 5 sales fail to impress BRAD SCHMIDT Technology Beat Writer It has been a slow week for companies in the world of technology — except for Apple. The industry giant had its hands full dealing with a multitude of mapping catastrophes and surprises from a sour deal between the company and Google. Google wanted more in-app branding and to include a variety of Google services to the new Maps app. Apple wanted Google’s turnby-turn navigation feature. Neither side was happy with the final proposals that lead to the Apple’s current Maps app. Apple has added a “Report a Problem” feature, accessible by clicking a location or dropping a pin where there is an error. While Apple attempts to remedy its app, Google has enhanced its Google Maps app and made more features available via Web-browsing. But these changes aren’t available to iOs 6 users just yet. The war between the mapping systems continues to heat up as Apples stalls its acceptance of


The release of the iPhone 5 was met with enthusiasm by fans, but it did not meet sales projections.

RT, a tablet operating system, for synchronization. On Oct. 25, PC users can upgrade to Windows 8 for $40. Apple continues to tread on unsteady ground as it updates its devices. Microsoft weighing in the technology battle for a fast operating puts even more pressure on Apple to deliver excellence. There’s no who might be next to take a bite out of Apple.

Video contest raises awareness on environmental issues Students around SMU’s campus are gearing up to promote sustainable living and learning through a video contest happening now. The Green Minute Video Contest is a competition between students to produce a short one minute video on sustainable environmental practices. The competition is being put on by the SMU Sustainability Committee, a group of faculty and students whose goal is to promote sustainability

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Famous African Americans like Martin Luther King, Jr. were members of Alpha Phi Alpha.

the Google Map changes . “One can only get excited about who might next enter the theater of war,” CNET writer Chris Matyszczyk said in a Sept. 22 article review. Microsoft quickly jumped in the battle. Its new operating system, Windows 8, has received rave reviews. Windows 8 features faster speeds and more security than ever before. It also ties into Windows

and increase environmental awareness at SMU. Entry topics can range from using reusable water bottles, riding on public transportation, being conscientious of water use and conserving paper products. All entries are due Oct.19 and can be submitted to: The first place winner’s video will be featured Dec. 1 at TEDxSMU, which will be streamed live for students and

faculty alike to see. They can also win an iPad. “This contest has become a tradition that we look forward to,” Sustainability Committee chair Bonnie Jacobs said. “The videos are a fun way to spread the word about preserving our resources, and our students are so creative that the entries always produce surprises. The videos live on from year-toyear and get noticed outside the campus too.”

Alpha Phi Alpha plans return to campus RAYMOND BEATTY Contributing Writer According to U.S. News, nearly 32 percent of undergraduate men and 43 percent of undergraduate women are Greek at SMU. The challenge for most is finding the right Greek organization. SMU graduate student Jermaine Mulley researched and read about Alpha Phi Alpha before deciding it was the right brotherhood for him. Alpha Phi Alpha was the first African-American fraternity to be formed in 1906. Civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and W.E.B. Dubois were all members of Alpha Phi Alpha. “I went on the national website discretely and found out what Alpha Phi Alpha was doing,” Mulley said. The international fraternity hopes to return to campus within the next year. Ashley Meredith, SMU coordinator of fraternity and sorority life, said the brotherhood is now recognized

on campus as a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). All it has left to do is find interested students. “We’re really excited to have Alpha Phi Alpha on campus,” Meredith said. “NPHC is about making sure everyone supports one another. Alpha Phi Alpha is a contributing member, not only to the NPHC, but to the Greek community and the SMU community as a whole.” SMU removed Alpha Phi Alpha from its campus after a 2005 offcampus hazing incident left SMU junior Brandon Curry in a coma after drinking excessive amounts of water and hot sauce. He and another pledge were told if they stopped drinking, they would be hit with a paddle. Curry eventually recovered from the coma and completed his degree. Like other SMU greek organizations, Alpha has its own anti-hazing policies. Vice President of the Southwestern Region Roderick Smothers told potential pledges to report to him if they felt they were being hazed at an informational meeting in August. “The way I look at it is,

I take his letters for yours,” Smothers said. Only four “aspirants” attended the session. Alpha members refrained from calling potential members “pledges” out of respect to the organization’s history of hazing incidences. Collete Parker, a Residence Life and Student Housing administrative assistant and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, said she remembers what Alpha was like when she was an undergraduate student at SMU. “It’s important to know the history of the organization as a whole, and make sure that if you do bring the fraternity back to campus you honor that history,” she said. Graduate student and Alpha Phi Alpha member Lewis Keys shared Parker’s sentiment. He hopes Upsilon Mu Chapter is prepared for the long road ahead. “I want them to understand the magnitude of the task they have ahead of them,” Keys said. “Now you have to work to keep people from rubbing the past in your face. We’re not about the foolery that was done years ago.”



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Don’t forget about reading for pleasure BRAD RAY CONTRIBUTOR There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than with a book. I’m not talking about the “read this book and write a five page analysis on it for Tuesday” kind of reading, but rather reading for fun. As an engineer, my classes and homework rarely involve reading so I take the chance to indulge in a novel every now and then. I tend to stick to fiction. You’re going to think I’m really cool for this, but I’ll go ahead and admit it anyway: most of my favorite books are young adult fiction, some verging on children’s book territory. You faithful readers of The Daily Campus may remember my article last semester about my favorite book ever, The Little Prince. My opinion on most media tends to be along the lines of, “the world is depressing enough. I don’t need to add to that.” One often re-read book in my library is The Phantom Tollbooth. I pity those unfortunate Daily Campus readers that didn’t read this masterpiece in elementary school like I did. I have several copies of it back home, and so this week I brought a copy to a friend of mine. Afterwards we had a discussion about it. She cruised through about half of it in between her classes and couldn’t put it down. At one point I received a mournful text about being stuck in class for the next four hours and thus being Tollbooth-less. Although I just finished mentioning how I generally just read happy books, I also very much enjoy dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. Anything from the classic 1984 to more recently The Road, I’m a sucker for these futuristic warnings. Knowing that these are my two favorite genres, one might assume that The Hunger Games would top my all-time book list, but for whatever reason, that series just didn’t do it for me. While my taste in books has not changed so much over my lifetime, my method of consumption has changed. I’ve even been hesitantly getting into the e-book scene. My mom is obsessed with her Nook, but I am slow to giving up my physical books. She actually got me a Kindle for my birthday and I get the sense that the future is literally in my hands. It is quite awesome to be able to instantly download nearly any book out there, wherever I am, and store them all in a device smaller than a single paperback. The downside, of course, is that the adventure of physically searching the Half Price Books clearance shelf is a hobby of mine. I have bought countless one dollar books from that store and I am still working my way through my summer haul. So many of my friends lament giving up reading for fun, and speak of Harry Potter and the Animorphs books as dearly departed friends. I say the fun of fiction shouldn’t be lost to us while we’re still so young. Whether it be with an e-book or a paperback, take some time from classes, homework and required reading to simply enjoy reading. Go claim a spot on campus and get lost in a story. If you need a book, you can always come ask me. I’ll gladly point you in the right direction or loan you one! Just don’t crease the spine or dog-ear the pages.

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As narrative collapses, Obama’s Middle Eastern follies are exposed W. TUCKER KEENE Opinion Editor On Thursday morning, Fox News confirmed what many suspected for several weeks was the cause of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya: they were a pre-meditated terrorist attack, and the Obama administration had declared them as such within 24 hours. The main problem with this time line is that until very recently, the administration had not called the occurrences a premeditated terrorist attack when asked about it in the media. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton only admitted that al-Qaeda might have had something to do with the attacks on Wednesday. The Administration’s publicly held view until recently had been that the attacks were caused by a poorly made and intentionally offensive anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube. This was

difficult to sell even immediately after the attacks began. And as information has come out about their privately held view, and people like the Libyan president and others have come out saying that it was a terrorist attack and the Obama administration knew it was, the unconvincing narrative has slowly fallen apart. I wrote about this two weeks ago when it first happened, but the new information that has come out has reinforced my original argument that the administration’s foreign policy has been misguided, ineffective and dangerous. Without hesitation the administration readily attacked first amendment rights, and Obama even had the guts to go to the U.N. on Tuesday and continue to insinuate that the video was the cause of the controversy. This video served as a distraction from Obama’s foreign policy follies over

the last several years, and more importantly the last several weeks. Everyone involved in the crafting and reinforcement of the narrative blaming the video for the attacks was spreading a lie. Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., went on the Sunday talk shows five days after the attack and spread the lie: four full days after the administration knew the truth about the cause of the attack. For more than two weeks, the Obama administration had no problem blaming someone’s free speech rights instead of alQaeda’s Libyan presence for the attacks, and that should be worrisome to all Americans. Obama’s advantage over Mitt Romney on foreign policy issues is largely just a result of a few big successes which overshadowed the much more numerous errors in judgement. If he hadn’t ordered the attack which killed Osama bin Laden,

in other words, he would not be seen as a successful foreign policy president. The Arab Spring was a folly to support in the places he did support it, such as in Egypt and Libya, and a folly not to support in the places he hasn’t, like with the “Green Movement” in Iran. On every issue in the Middle East, other than Osama bin Laden, Obama’s inexperience and naiveté in federal government has shown through. And his very experienced advisors on the issue have either been completely ineffective in getting Obama to support the wise position, or have been complicit in allowing this foolish foreign policy. Neither should be very reassuring for the future of either our country or our friends in the Middle East. Keene is a junior majoring in political science, economics and public policy.

Romney’s spray tan is completely irrelevant to his governing abilities, and media should know better TREVOR THRALL Contributor Can someone please explain to me the relevance of Mitt Romney’s spray tan? Yes; we get it. Romney is not exactly the best friend we’ve always wanted. He is not a public figure that we all have posters of in our dorm rooms. He truly has no star quality and is not relatable. He makes too much money, is too robotic, and has too many houses. And for crying out loud, he got a spray tan! The man is a raving lunatic! But really, let’s move on. If we could all just take a moment to be selfish, which I know is hard due to our overwhelmingly charitable nature, we would see that Romney’s social awkwardness has no effect on any of us. I mean, I’m all for poking

fun at the easy target that Mitt has made himself. Jimmy Fallon’s “Rom Bomb Video Vlog Blog,” which satirizes Romney’s detachment from pop culture and modern technology, is definitely my favorite segment on Fallon’s late night television show. There is a point, however, where I am able to separate Romney’s quirks and personality traits from his politics. I don’t really care what the guy acts like. If he stands for upholding my personal freedoms and improving the economy, then no amount of spray tans are going to influence my decision. There is also a great deal of controversy over Romney’s treatment of animals, religious views and lack of verbal sympathy for the less fortunate. While these are all undesirable characteristics, I am still unable

to see how any of his moral misgivings are going to affect American citizens. I know that as perfectly upright beings, it is hard for any of us to understand that a person might have a few faults. But we cannot let our gossip dictate crucial political decisions. A great exercise for us to attempt to develop an understanding of Romney’s weirdness is to imagine what our middle-aged fathers would do if put in the spotlight. As intelligent as our fathers may be, I am certain that we have all experienced moments that make us wonder if they are from another planet. Do you really not know how to turn on the TV? You can’t navigate iTunes? Lol stands for “laugh out loud,” not “lots of love.” It is very unlikely that men of Romney’s age know much about Snooki, because

that may have given the poor guy a different perspective when advised to get a spray tan. The saddest part is that Romney has to be compared to Obama, which is just completely unfair on a shallow level. Obama is of a different breed. He is suave, handsome, has a beautiful family and is a great public speaker. As far as appearances go, Obama has no competition. But this is a presidential election. Not The Bachelorette. The public has a duty to choose based on who they believe will best run the country, which is not something we can gather by questioning the depth of a person who would dare fake n’ bake. Thrall is a sophomore majoring in journalism.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR The Daily Campus is to be commended for its attention to the important issue of how colleges and universities, including SMU, handle sexual assault cases. However, in reprinting an editorial that appeared in The Dallas Morning News, The Daily Campus has repeated information that was incomplete, rather than conduct its own reporting and fact-checking. The editorial failed to report that the federal government, through Title IX, requires

universities to investigate complaints of sexual violence and to provide an internal grievance procedure. A student also has the right to press criminal charges. SMU informs the student of that right, and SMU Police offer guidance throughout the process. SMU Police also present results of their investigations to the District Attorney. SMU’s conduct review proceeds separately and independently from any criminal process, yet provides

another avenue for holding violators accountable. If you or someone you know needs help dealing with a sexual assault, please call: SMU Police, 911 or 214-768-3388; SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 214-768-2277; Dean of Student Life Office, 214768-4564; Chaplain’s Office, 214-768-4502; Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601. In addition to being a felony offense, sexual assault is an extreme violation of SMU’s

behavioral standards and damages the community of trust that we share. It will not be tolerated among members of our campus community.

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Preparations in full gear for Iron Skillet Panel discusses politics and the common good MAGGIE JONES Contributing Writer


Southern Methodist University and the surrounding community are bustling with plans for this weekend’s festivities. As the Iron Skillet game approaches, the football isn’t the only entity preparing. SMU students, along with area residents, are going to great lengths to show their support for the Mustangs before the big game between SMU and Texas Christian University. Spreading the word throughout the community, SMU has created 1,000 “Beat TCU” yard signs and T-shirts that were distributed in the Loyd All Sports Center earlier this week. As “Beat TCU” paraphernalia begins to flood the streets around SMU, it won’t be long before the campus is covered. Along with the SMU-TCU rivalry this weekend, SMU students are preparing for family weekend; planning brunches, lunches and preBoulevarding events. “I am hosting a big family pre-party at my apartment. We are providing drinks and dinner for all of my friends and their families before we head off to the Boulevard,” Katie Hamilton, an SMU junior said. Visitors should expect to see a sea of blue on the boulevard, as SMU has declared this weekend’s

“Is it furthering the common good?” That was the question of the night Thursday at the Texas Faith Public Forum, “Elections and the Common Good.” Moderated by William McKenzie of The Dallas Morning News, the panel of six local leaders from faith and political communities sat before a crowd and shared their hopes forthis year’s fast-approaching presidential elections. “The purpose of the election is to choose the individual who… will promote the general welfare, the common good.” William B. Lawrence, dean of the Perkins School of Theology, said. He began his speech by focusing in on the Constitution, speaking on its “mandate to foster common good.” It’s something he felt the country’s political teams have failed to do. “We focus not on common good, but rather the ‘private bad,” Lawrence said. Both campaigns thus far have included several personal attacks on the opponent—most notably Romney’s personal finances and Obama’s birth place. Lawrence

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said that petty attacks such as these “need to be set aside so we can actually focus” on the real issues. Mike Ghouse, president of the Foundation for Pluralism, said these personal attacks are partially brought on by the public itself. “It’s very tempting for the candidates to pick on small things. I think they’re doing it because we tune into that.” Ghouse said. Gordon K. Wright, local attorney and a North Texas leader of the Church of Latter-day Saints, echoed the need for the candidates to dig deeper into what the country really needs. He said neither party can continue to skirt around issues out of fear of losing a certain voting group. “Of course the questions are hard questions. They’re supposed to be hard questions.” Wright said. Wright also explained the immense opportunities for Americans to become educated with each election. But he says it takes more than merely observing and voting—the real benefit comes from being engaged throughout the process. Wright said that this election especially provides “a way for the common good to be increased” because it “allows for ideas to be exchanged”—thus, the common good of the country is increased by the people themselves.

ACROSS 1 It can keep a watch on you 6 Phi follower? 10 Took the bus 14 French fry? 15 Transportation option 16 Carafe kin 17 Quarry for Henry VIII’s cat? 19 Word in a boast 20 King of fiction 21 Martin Luther, to Pope Leo X 23 European wine region 25 Bouquet 26 Dutch exporter’s forte? 32 The Olympic Australis and others 33 Slippery 34 Pop-ups, often 37 Hollywood VIP 38 “The Prince of Tides” co-star 40 Bend at a barre 41 LAPD section? 42 Pay stub abbr. 43 Origami staple 44 New Orleans campus sign during spring break? 47 Way up 50 Desperate 51 Horns in 54 Puts in a lower position 59 Melville’s “grand, ungodly, god-like man” 60 Garb for a private pupil? 62 Two after do 63 Go like mad 64 Pitched perfectly 65 It’s pitched 66 Strong arms 67 Racket DOWN 1 Former fleet 2 Tense 3 Boorish 4 Sitting on 5 Noncommittal response

“People who participate in elections tend to do better in our society.” It’s the idea of the common good that writer and producer Katie Sherrod said creates the two political sides. “It’s about two different visions of the common good.” Sherrod said. “That choice between being independent on or dependent from the government is a decision that overall “affects the lives of countless people around the world.” She believed that complete independence from the government is no longer a viable option in today’s world—people live with the promise of fresh water, a right to education, available food sources, and more — according to Sherod. This is not to say that America relies directly on the government. Rather, Sherrod asserted that America is dependent within its community. “We are interdependent, and interdependence requires some public rules. This is the government.” Sherrod said. All panelists tied their points back to the necessity of an active society. Wright said, “If we’re going to address real issues, then I think we have to…get to a point where society [asks those questions].”

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44 Gossip morsel 45 Down sources 46 First Nations tribe 47 Sting 48 Chuckle relative 49 Not worth __ 52 Words of reproach, and a hint to how the four longest puzzle answers are formed

53 “The Highway to India” canal 55 “That’s terrible!” 56 __ torch 57 Cockney toast starter 58 Ocular nuisance 61 Clavell’s “__-Pan”



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