TCU defeats SMU in Iron Skillet
Don’t be afraid of CrossFit
New art displayed at Meadows
A rebuttal supporting Ted Cruz
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Big Tex returns to State Fair Mackenzie Ferch Contributing Writer email@example.com Fried. An adjective that manages to both capture the heart of the culinary scene of the State Fair of Texas, and pay homage to the fiery demise of Big Tex, a tragedy that struck the Lone Star state almost a year ago, on Oct. 19, 2012. A gem that enables the best of Texas history, culture and tradition to shine brightly for a brief period of time, the State Fair of Texas dates back to 1886. Serving as an early catalyst for growth in Dallas, the annual event has stood the test of time and continues to attract diverse and curious audiences of all ages and backgrounds, today. The 2013 State Fair of Texas opened 10 a.m. Friday, and runs through Oct. 20 at Fair Park in Dallas. “This year is our 127th state fair,” said Sally Wamre, public relations coordinator for the State Fair of Texas. “We have several new things that we know visitors will love,” Wamre continued. The highly anticipated revival of Big Tex, who has served as the official symbol of the State Fair of Texas since 1952, proves one of the boldest and biggest among these “several new things.” Originally constructed as an oversized Santa Claus for a 1949 Christmas function located in Kerens, a town 60 miles south of Dallas, Big Tex’s story is anything but ordinary. Fascinated with the notion of a “towering cowboy,” the State Fair of Texas paid a hefty $750 for the figure, which, in 1952, made its – or rather, his – debut as Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas. For almost 60 years Big Tex presided over Texas fairgrounds, growing into the literal “face” of the Texas State Fair, and greeting millions of fair attendees with an all too familiar “Howdy, folks!” and a wave. Yet, an electrical short located in the towering cowboy’s right boot set Big Tex ablaze last
Government shutdown would close Bush Library Katelyn Gough Assignments Desk Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Congress needs to make a decision on the federal budget before Tuesday to avoid a government shutdown. If that doesn’t happen, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will close, possibly early this week. Presidential libraries are run by the National Archives and Records Administration, and in times of past government shutdowns, the libraries have traditionally closed as well. SMU’s presidential library and museum would be one of 13 across the nation to be impacted. The Bush Institute and Cafe 43, however, would remain open, as they are run and
funded independently by the George W. Bush Foundation. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Bush Library spokesman John Orrell is quoted saying his office is “working on contingency plans” in the event of closure. It was also confirmed following the interview that closure is definite if a government shutdown does occur. The question for patrons has become one of ticket refunds -— The Dallas Morning News reported that 500-1000 guests daily purchase their tickets to the library and museum ahead of time. A solution has not been reached on the question of refunds. President George W. Bush has not released a comment on the situation.
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Big Tex returned for Friday’s opening of the Texas State Fair after a year of renovations following last year’s fire.
fall, forcing Texans to mourn the loss of a state fair legacy. “Big Tex will definitely be back in time for the 2013 State Fair of Texas. Big Tex is always there. He’s a tradition,” Wamre said last November, when the deadline for rebuilding Big Tex was established. In a press release issued Oct. 19,
the day of the fire itself, State Fair of Texas officials vowed to restore and rebuild Big Tex “so that he c[ould] once again fill his boots in time for the 2013 State Fair of Texas.” Despite obstacles and challenges, State Fair officials met their initial deadline and kept their initial promise.
Although the unveiling of Big Tex was scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. Friday, opening day of the 2013 State Fair of Texas, the revamped cowboy was positioned in Big Tex Circle Thursday morning and made his debut a
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Students comment on Faculty-in-Residence Naomi Bowen Contributing Writer email@example.com Next fall, 11 faculty members will move into newly renovated apartments in residence halls in hopes of increasing student engagement and creating a family atmosphere. The faculty, including four who have already moved in, will bring with them their spouses and children ranging from two to 14, said Jeff Grim, assistant director of Resident Life for Academic Initiatives. The goal of the program is to get “students to see faculty members not just as instructors, but as community members with passions, aspirations, families, pets and hobbies,” Grim said. Similar programs exist at Harvard, Vanderbilt and Rice. The SMU website said similar programs contribute to higher retention rates and more satisfied students. Will Power, SMU Meadows Artist-in-Residence, will move in with his wife, Marla Teyolia, who also works on campus, and their six-year-old twins, Omar-Sol and Sophia. Powers said their move was a family decision and he is excited for his children to grow up interacting with young college age students. “My children will be able to have and take their university experiences and those expectations
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The Residential Commons system, including the Faculty-in-Residence program, is scheduled to open in August 2014.
as normal,” Powers said. Grim believes moving families into the dorms “will help SMU students feel like they are part of a literal family.” Powers agreed having his children in the dorm would help contribute to a family atmosphere. He said students have always reacted with enthusiasm to being back around children. Powers also thinks it’s important students remember they are role models and hopes “it will remind them
of how they are also acting as an inspiration for younger kids.” However, not all students agree this will feel like a family. SMU sophomore Lauren Marmolejo said having a child in the dorm might make her uncomfortable, especially with some of the wild first-year behavior that happens in the dorms. Arin McGovern, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Board, will live in the commons next year and is helping to develop the student
experience with staff and the FiR. McGovern, along with other student leaders and administrators, wants to make sure the FiR stay as mentors. “The faculty positions within the residence halls do not serve as disciplinary positions,” McGovern said. Professor of Music Thomas Tunks will move into the commons next year with his wife, Jeanne, and they aren’t looking to re-
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Students gather around a craps table at Friday’s Casino Night event.
Students unite at The Union’s Casino Night YUSRA JABEEN Associate Online Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday night, students rolled up their sleeves, and dices as they tried their luck at SMU’s The Union’s Casino Night. Screaming with joy at winning a game or groaning in disappointment at losing them, students gambled with “fun money” at different casino games such as blackjack, roulette, craps and many others. The Union organized Casino Night to welcome the first-years to SMU, enhance their experience at SMU, make it a place they end up loving and enjoying, and hopefully call it “home,” said Becca Brady, president of The Union. “I live for Casino Night,” Richard Song, a management science and finance major, said. Izzy Estment enjoyed the Casino Night. “I was better at the games than I thought I would be,” she said. The dealers at the Casino Night were trained professionals, part of a premier casino party company called Aces Wild Casino. They taught students how to play the games and guided them by providing them with winning techniques. Alikhan Karimi, an SMU first-year, remarked that the dealers were hilarious, friendly and seemed to love what they were doing. Casino Night was held in the
Mack ballroom at the Umphrey Lee Center. The ballroom, lit in hues of red, blue and green and the up-beat music boosted the energetic vibe at Casino Night. Students broke out in random dance moves while standing at the “casino-quality” tables and showed a liking for the atmosphere in the ballroom. “Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, which made the experience at the Casino Night much more amusing,” SMU first-year Meghan Klein said. Klein said she liked gambling at Casino Night more than at an actual casino because the dealers were more cordial and there was less pressure because they were playing with “fun money” and not actual money. Casino Night was part of Peruna Mane-ia and was funded by the First Six Weeks Committee, which provides engaging entertainment mostly for the first-year class. The idea behind Casino Night was to provide a unique experience to students in a “substance-free environment,” Lindsey Koch, adviser for The Union, said. Students could also turn in their “fun money” and buy raffle tickets for prize buckets worth as much as $500. The prizes and the event were co-sponsored by Exhale Barre, Yoga and Spa, Rockfish Seafood Grill, Urban Taco and Becks Prime Restaurant.
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CrossFit: the workout fad that should not be feared Samantha Peltier Health & Fitness Editor email@example.com CrossFit used to only be utilized by the military, law enforcement and fire departments to get their personnel in tip-top shape for their line of work. But ever since the CrossFit games on ESPN became popular, it seems as if nowadays everyone and his mother are hopping onto this highintensity bandwagon. Some people find this new fad to be hard and difficult even before they sign up for their first class. CrossFit trainer Michael
Wilson said to not let fear hold you back. “Don’t ever be intimidated by CrossFit. A lot of people come to me and say, ‘You’re a CrossFit instructor and it looks really hard and painful and I don’t even know if I could do this.’ You can definitely do it,” Wilson, who is also an SMU senior majoring in economics, said. One of Wilson’s clients is a 70-year-old woman with no background in athletics that he has been training for two years and says that she is in the best shape of her life. If a 70-year-old woman can do CrossFit, then the program shouldn’t intimidate a 20-something
college student. Constantly varied, highintensity, functional movement, or CrossFit, is a great way to increase someone’s fitness level. The CrossFit definition of fitness is an increased work capacity over a broad time and modal domain, which, simply put, means that the body can move more weight and do more work faster. CrossFit is more efficient than long cardio workouts because it not only works on endurance, but strength. “Cardio has become known as being on a treadmill or bike for 30 minutes or an hour at a time, but
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Olympic weights can be added to a CrossFit workout to improve strength.
MONDAY September 30 CULSAC Meeting, Fondren Library SIC 364, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Teach for America, HughesTrigg suite 200, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. National Night Out, Flagpole, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. MCAT Strategy Session, Hughes-Trigg Promenades AB, 6:30 p.m.
SMU Suture Clinic, Dedman Life Sciences Building Room 110, 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
there are different ways to work the metabolic pathways in your body without these slow long distances,” Wilson said. The amount of time Wilson’s beginner clients actually work is around 20 minutes. This is because of the high-intensity and efficient nature of their workouts. One of the great things about CrossFit is that someone with any level of experience in fitness can pick it up. “It’s all scalable. We scale the workout to your physical ability,” Wilson said. An example Wilson gives is if he has a client that cannot complete a full push-up. Instead of letting that client preform a push-up with bad form, he modifies the push-up to a way in which the client can actually complete his reps with good form. Beginners should be conscious of how their body is reacting to the workout. If the body is pushed too hard then it might contract rhabdomyolysis, which is when muscle fibers break down and release their contents into the bloodstream, resulting in kidney failure. This can be prevented by knowing the body and when one has worked too hard. So if someone doesn’t need a basic level of fitness to start CrossFit, how does one prepare for his or her first workout? Well, Wilson suggests not eating two hours before a CrossFit workout.
SEPTEMBER 23 1:13 PM. Assault. 6400 Bishop Blvd. A student was cited and released for assaulting another student at this location. Closed. 4:13 PM. Fire Alarm. Beta Theta Pi House. A water leak in the fire alarm sprinkler system activated the horns and strobes at this location. A request was made for a technician for maintenance on the system. Closed.
CrossFit Workout For Beginners Warm up Run a quarter of a mile, or for two minutes, at a decent pace, between a jog and a run. Stretch to see where you are sore and assess how your body is feeling today. Workout 21 reps of burpees Run for a minute, or 200 meters 15 reps of burpees Run for a minute, or 200 meters 9 reps of burpees Run for a minute, or 200 meters “If you are not dying after that then you are doing it wrong.” — Michael Wilson Courtesy of Michael Wilson
This is because the body is not used to the level of work being preformed and can purge itself. After a hard CrossFit workout, Wilson said that healthy protein and carbohydrates should be eaten to refuel the body. By eating smart, the workout can be completed without vomiting. Over a period of time, someone doing CrossFit might notice a change in his or her body. Wilson stresses that CrossFit does not make the body overly bulky or too skinny. “The thing about CrossFit that
I love is that it puts your body fat percentage and your muscle mass at a level [at which] you’re naturally going to look great,” Wilson said. This may seem like a miracle, but it is actually the way CrossFit works. It reduces body fat significantly while also increasing muscle mass. The result could be the dream body that everyone is looking for. “It makes the girls look tighter and more toned and it makes the guys look more jacked and ripped,” Wilson said.
SEPTEMBER 24 8:40 AM. Theft. Owens Art Center. A theft was reported at this location. Open.
9:41 PM. Fire Alarm. Shuttles Hall. Officers and UPFD responded to a fire alarm activation at this location due to burnt popcorn in a microwave. Closed.
1:54 PM. Duty on Striking an Unattended Vehicle. Moody Parking Garage. An individual reported she saw someone in a vehicle strike a parked vehicle and they failed to leave a note. Open.
11:59 PM. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Virginia Snider Hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Officer for having drug paraphernalia. Closed.
SEPTEMBER 25 4:30 AM. Criminal Mischief. 6116 North Central Expressway. An officer found a door shattered at this location. Open.
Alpha Epsilon Delta The Health Preprofessional Honor Society presents
SMU SUTURE CLINIC This is a hands-on program where participants will learn how to suture and tie knots just like a surgeon!
The clinic will be limited to a
maximum of 40 students, which ensures that it will be a great learning experience with sufficient space and supplies for all. You must sign-up in advance on the sheet outside of room 135 Dedman Life Sciences Building. The sign-up sheet will be available between 8:30 am and 5 pm until it is full. AED gratefully acknowledges Kaplan Test Prep and the U.S. Army for their sponsorship of this clinic.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Room 110 Dedman Life Sciences Building 5:00-6:15 p.m. Open only to the first 40 names on the sign-up list.
SEPTEMBER 26 9:13 AM. Theft. Hughes Trigg Student Center. A theft was reported at this location. Open.
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Meadows Symphony Orchestra kicks off community concert series CALEB WOSSEN A&E Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ron Campbell is the cartoonist behind “Rugrats,” “The Flintstones,” “Scooby-Doo” and The Beatles.
Ron Campbell visits Dallas, attends Rock Art Show michelle hammond A&E Associate Editor email@example.com “A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do!” “Yabadabadooo!” “I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids and your dumb dog!” Sound familiar? For those who had the privilege of growing up watching “Rugrats,” “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo,” they have Ron Campbell to thank. Ron Campbell is an Australian cartoon animator, director and producer who has worked on some of television’s most beloved cartoons. He made his first visit to Dallas this weekend to sell some of his drawings at The Shops at Willowbend in Plano. Campbell has also been involved with cartoons like “Ed, Edd n Eddy,” “Rocket Power, “Krazy Kat,” “Bonkers,” “The Smurfs” and “The Jetsons,” but
he is most recognized for his work on the 1960s “The Beatles” television series along with the short animated feature film “Yellow Submarine.” “I was 24-years-old when I got the phone call from King Features and I remember saying ‘Gee, I’m not sure if insects will make very good cartoon characters,’” Campbell said with a smile. Looking back on how the animation that became the highlight of his career got started, Campbell said he never saw it coming. While he didn’t think “The Beatles” animation would be a flop, he never anticipated for it to become as popular as it did. “I never thought that by the time I was 73, 74 I would still be doing the same drawings of ‘The Beatles’ in my retirement,” he said. Campbell retired in 2008 after 50 years of making cartoons. The last thing he worked on was a scene for Cartoon Network’s “Ed,
Edd n Eddy.” However, it hasn’t been much of a retirement. Although he no longer produces or directs, he continues to make his colorful, original drawings, often incorporating characters from cartoons he has worked on in the past. Campbell uses watercolors, dyes and a variety of inks to make his drawings and he sells his artwork through the traveling Rock Art Show, a show with art of and by rock musicians presented by local radio stations and curated by radio personality Scott Segelbaum. “It’s definitely keeping me busy, and away from the golf course,” he said. Campbell has been part of the Rock Art Show for the last five years. “My earliest memories of drawing were at my great grandmother’s. She always encouraged me to keep drawing and I never stopped,” he said.
The Meadows Symphony Orchestra performed at Caruth Auditorium on Friday. Students, their families and music fans gathered in all 490 seats to watch the first recital of the Meadows School’s new concert series. Richard Bayless, engineering management information systems major eagerly described the concert as a “breath of fresh air” from today’s pop music. “It’s exciting to hear natural sounds where you can see the musician play the particular instrument,” Bayless says, adding that he had visited concerts, but “never at this level.” Music director Paul Phillips chose pieces from lesser-known 20th century composers. Warm noises flowed as students tuned their instruments readying the crowd for “Linutokto/Isle of Bliss.” The 1995 Einojuhani
Rautavaara piece is an idyllic number. Slow, watery passages allude to the jungle adventures of Tarzan or Doc Strange. Flutes chirp over ominous strings as the music slows to a pace of dreams until ending on a happy note. Maurice Ravel’s two pieces were studies in contrast. “Pavane pour une infante defunte,” or “Dance for a Dead Princess” in English sobered the mood in the music hall. Forlorn french horn leads a delicate dance of strings and woodwinds before sighing warmly. “Le Tombeau de Couperin” on the other hand is a lively oboe romp through the tulips chased by the rest of the orchestra. Spreads of harp segue into a triumphant finish. After a 15-minute intermission the orchestra played scenes and dances from “The ThreeCornered Hat” by Manuel de Falla. The piece has the orchestra
at full gusto — galloping woodblocks and string swells tell the story of a magistrate unsuccessfully attempting to seduce a miller’s wife. Audiences stood up and cheered at the recital’s closing. Sophomore and biochemistry major Celia Garza enjoyed the show, but felt “it was short” for a recital. The Meadows School of the Arts recently received an endowment of $2 million from SMU alumna Martha Raley Peak. The endowment will fund Phillips’ salary and other projects. Meadows in turn honored her by renaming the music director’s position to the Martha Raley Peak Chair of Conducting. “It’s a wonderful thing for the university,” Phillips, music director since 1996, said. Phillips is enthusiastic about the orchestra’s concert series, calling it “a lot of work.” “We have a great season ahead of us. Very difficult music, but it’s going to be fantastic. I’m looking forward to it.”
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The Meadows Orchestra behind the scenes at the Winspear Opera House performance in May.
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Zacarias Gonzalez Velazquez (Spanish, 1763-1834), “Mary Magdalene and Head of a Moor,” 1793.
Meadows Museum acquires new additions to collection Staff reports If you haven’t ventured to SMU’s pristine Meadows Museum yet, now there are six more reasons to go. The museum, which houses the largest collection of Spanish art outside of Spain, has acquired six new paintings and drawings in what is being called a “milestone expansion” of their permanent collection. “We are thrilled to add six extraordinary works by artists who are so central to the history of Spanish art,” said Mark A. Roglan, the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair, in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. “We are particularly
excited to acquire such exquisite paintings by Cano and Melendez as the first examples of works by these two prominent artists to enter the Meadows collection.” The six new works are Alonso Cano’s painting “Christ Child” (c. 1636-38); pendant paintings by Miguel Jacinto Melendez, Portraits of Philip V, King of Spain, and his first wife, Maria Luisa Gabriela of Savoy (c. 170103); a sanguine and black chalk drawing by Juan de Valdes Leal, “Apparition of Christ to Saint Ignatius on his Way to Rome” (c. 1662); a chalk drawing by Zacarias Gonzalez Velazquez, “Mary Magdalene and Head of a Moor” (1793); and a pencil drawing by Antonio Carnicero, “Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen of Spain” (1789).
“As one of the most comprehensive museums of Spanish art in the world, the Meadows Museum is constantly growing,” said Linda Custard, chair of the Meadows Museum Advisory Board. “These works will greatly enhance and help complete the Museum’s distinguished permanent collection.” The art will be featured under the museum’s newest push called “Launching the Next 50 Years: Continuing the Legacy of Collecting at the Meadows Museum.” The acquisition comes just before the museum’s 50th anniversary in April 2015. SMU Students with a valid student ID get free admission to Meadows Museum.
This week, Meadows theatre will be performing the play, “The Women,” by Clare Boothe Luce. The 1936 Broadway hit will be hitting the Garson stage this week. This play is an uproarious commentary on the lives of wealthy Manhattan women and the gossip that propels them. In addition to being a playwright, Luce was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post and a journalist. She is famous for her acidic wit and early feminist themes. The plot involves a group of women and their struggle to play their respective roles in a society that consists of power, hierarchy, vanity, comedy, tragedy, hope and disappointment. Blake Hackler, SMU associate professor of theatre, directs the show and 19 undergraduate and graduate Meadows theatre students portray the myriad of characters in this oft-revived and much adored comedy. Catch the show at 8 p.m. Oct. 2-5 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5-6 in the Greer Garson Theatre in the Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, faculty & staff. For more information call 214.768.ARTS.
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‘Agents of SHIELD’ a Marvel-ous success lauren aguirre Copy Editor email@example.com After the huge success of “Avengers” in theaters (the film earned over $90 million in its opening weekend alone), it is not surprising that Marvel would work to create more revenue outlets. This is evidenced by ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” The show, while independent from the Marvel films, still exists within the universe Marvel created in its big blockbusters. “Agents of SHIELD” centers around Phil Coulson, a character who has appeared in several Marvel movies, and his new team of SHIELD agents. This team is tasked with investigating “the strange and the unknown.” Overall, the pilot episode of “Agents of SHIELD” did what it was supposed to do. It shows us the basic premise of the show and introduces us to the cast of characters. It also hints at a couple story arcs for the season. All the characters had brief moments to shine. Coulson, as a crossover character, had the most screen time. In previous Marvel movies, his character had a small, but prominent, role as Director Fury’s right-hand man. In “Agents of SHIELD,” he is commanding his own hand-picked team. Coulson still retains the characteristics audiences fell in love with in “Avengers,” but a more serious side to him is revealed throughout the pilot. As a fangirl, I’d love to see an episode focused on Coulson’s past, but this serious side will make that potential episode much more interesting. The next most prominent character is Agent Grant Ward. He is a black-ops specialist who has worked with SHIELD for several years. The show sets him up to be a Bond-level spy, but also includes a lack of people skills. Ward’s character wasn’t that compelling to me in the pilot, but I’m interested to see how he develops in future episodes. Along with Ward comes another SHIELD-trained agent, Melinda May. She functions as
the pilot of the team’s plane. She also has some serious combat skills, but is hesitant to use them. I want to see the back story behind that. Perhaps a mission gone wrong? Fitz-Simmons, the team’s science power duo, bring some comic relief to show. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons are SHIELD scientists, who have a close friendship. Their heated techno-babble debates are fun and interesting and their chemistry played well on screen. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of them. And lastly, there is Skye, the resident super-hacker. She discovers the superhero of the week while collecting content for her website, which is dedicated to discovering the mysterious things SHIELD works hard to keep secret. For obvious reasons, Skye is not keen on joining the team right away, but she gets there eventually. One of the most interesting aspects of her character is the fact that she completely erased her identity. I can see a future episode centering around her reasons for doing so. Along with presenting an interesting cast, the pilot also sets up a few story arcs for the season. First, there’s “Centipede” — a scientific formula that enhances human abilities. While one test subject is subdued during the first episode, it is made clear that Centipede is still out there. Whoever is behind Centipede will most likely be the villain of the season. Also, there is the mystery surrounding Coulson. If you saw “Avengers” last year, Coulson’s death at the hands of Loki wasn’t hard to miss. We still don’t know why or how Coulson is alive, and there is rampant speculation among the fans. But it seems we won’t get our answers for awhile. I’m expecting the big reveal to be an integral part of the season finale, and I can’t wait to find out. You can watch “Agents of SHIELD” Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on ABC. Aguirre is a sophomore majoring in journalism and political science.
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government.
In defense of Cruz hayley waring Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, The Daily Campus published an op-ed entitled “I’m fed up with Politics” written by W. Tucker Keene. In the article, Keene addressed the 21-hour speech Senator Cruz gave on the Senate floor Tuesday. He asserted that Cruz was exploiting the ignorance of the American people by pushing for something that was procedurally impossible. This assertion is false. There is a provision in Congress known as CHiMPS (Changes in Mandatory Programmatic Spending). Through CHiMPS, Congress can enact spending changes through its annual appropriations process. According to the Heritage Foundation, some mandatory funding has already been stripped from Obamacare. Through appropriation measures, section 1857 of the continuing resolution that Congress passed in April of 2011 cancelled $2.2 billion worth of mandatory funding from the law. It is clearly technically possible to defund Obamacare so
perhaps Keene was implying that doing so is politically impossible. This suggests that Senator Reid and President Obama’s refusal to compromise on their unpopular legislation is a justifiable reason for Cruz to forfeit the very principles he ran on. Keene’s article also claimed that Cruz spent the majority of his speech referencing pop culture, reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and cracking “Star Wars” jokes. Wade Miller, who works for Heritage Action, the political action arm of the Heritage Foundation as the Regional Coordinator for Texas wrote a Facebook post regarding those who criticized such aspects of Cruz’s speech. “Sprinkle in a few comments about boots, football and fast food and the left’s meme turns into Ted Cruz wasted the time of Americans for having a sense of humor and for loving his daughters,” Miller wrote. The problem is it wasn’t just the left’s meme. It was the “everyone who is antiCruz” meme. To claim that the entire speech was about Dr. Seuss and “Star Wars” would suggest that
Senator Cruz spoke for about 20 minutes when in reality he spoke for more than 20 hours. Anyone who actually listened to a substantial portion of the speech would know that. It’s simply a narrative that’s easier to push than actually explaining why Obamacare or a vote for cloture is a good idea. When there is nothing of substance to critique, the strategy of taking one sound bite and focusing on it isn’t a new idea. We saw it with Mitt Romney and Big Bird during a debate this past election season. However, what is particularly disturbing here is that Republicans are doing it to one of their own. The 95 percent of Cruz’s speech that was on point was boiled down to making fun of a man for reading to his daughters. As far as Keene’s claim that Senator Rubio, unlike Cruz, made a valiant effort to govern it is important to recognize what he was fighting for. There are many downsides to the “Gang of Eight” bill of which Rubio was a vocal proponent. It wasn’t Rubio’s desire to lead that earned him a drop in the polls but the fact that the legislation was just bad
legislation. The Republican Party is pro-immigration, but not pro-illegal activity. To suggest with unwavering certainty that Senator Cruz’s actions were motivated by a power-hungry desire for more spotlight attention is a very contentious claim. The fact of the matter is Senator Cruz ran on the platform that he would do everything in his power to defund Obamacare. That’s why the people of Texas elected him. I’m not sure why his dedication to doing just that should come as a surprise to anyone. Keene is correct on one count, Senator Cruz is doing things differently. Cruz isn’t paying attention to the expectations of Washington, but rather to the voices of his constituents. Politics has been a dirty game for a very long time; deception of the American people is not unusual. What is unusual is Cruz’s brand of conservatism that promises transparency, political risks, conviction and the upholding of campaign promises. Waring is a junior emajoring in political science.
Miley Cyrus is not news When I read or watch the news, I sigh a little when I see another story about Miley Cyrus – not because I’m appalled with her behavior, but because I can’t believe the amount of coverage she’s getting. I didn’t watch Cyrus’s performance at the VMA’s or her new music video, but I sure feel like I have after watching the news. I understand that entertaining stories peppered throughout news hours help market the programs to consumers, but does “Miley-gate” really require a three-person panel discussion on CNN? The answer to that question is no. The news has, in recent years, become a market for “info-tainment.” Miley is just the latest, and sadly not the last. —Tim Welch, SMU junior
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SMU collapses in the 4th, loses 48-17 Billy Embody Sports Writer email@example.com SMU was down 17-10 entering the fourth quarter against archrival TCU, but SMU collapsed in the fourth, being outscored 31-7 in Ft. Worth on Saturday in the Battle for the Iron Skillet to lose 48-17. The loss marks the second straight year SMU has lost to TCU, but even worse is that SMU has won just two of the last 14 meetings between the two rivals. Neither team played exceptionally well, but SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert continued to struggle against TCU, throwing four interceptions. TCU was able to score 17 points off of turnovers and also returned an onside kick for a touchdown to put the game out of reach. While Gilbert struggled, he did not get much help from the offensive line and running game. Gilbert was sacked seven times and the combination of Prescott Line and K.C. Nlemchi totaled just 56 yards on the ground. TCU was able to get consistent
Southern Methodist University lines up for a play against longtime rival Texas Christian University during Saturday’s 48-17 loss.
pressure on Gilbert even without defensive end Devonte Fields, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, who was out with a foot injury.
The offensive line started well, but TCU overmatched the SMU linemen for the rest of the game. In his two games against TCU, Gilbert has thrown
University of Connecticut started off hot, scoring the game’s first goal after just eight minutes on a shot from Rachel Hill, her sixth of the season. Not to be outdone, the Mustangs’ goal-scoring machine Shelby Redman got a rebound from a missed shot by first-year Kelsey Gorney and put it away for score number seven for the junior from Austin. Both Gorney and Redman have been outstanding all season long, as the two have combined for 30 shots on goal and 25 total points to carry this team to a winning record entering conference play. The draw was short-lived though, as Connecticut scored on a long shot from Huskies forward Julie Hubbard found the back
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of the net just before halftime to finalize the 2-1 score line. The goalkeeper-by-committee experiment continued, as Head Coach Chris Petrucelli decided to pull Shannon Moroney out of the net after a shaky first half that saw 17 shots and two goals head towards the sophomore net minder. In her place came junior Lauryn Bodden, who settled the team’s defense and produced a shutout in the second 45 minutes of play, despite 11 more shots coming her way. “I thought we played better in the second half,” Petrucelli said to smumustangs.com. “We were tentative in the first half.” SMU played Temple in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. Visit www.smudailycampus. com to see the results and get more information on SMU soccer.
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Rosales’ shot was tipped by UW keeper Ryan Herman and ended up at the feet of Morales. The strike was Morales’ second goal of the season. SMU managed to hold the lead for most of the half, but UW first-year Mason Robertson scored just before halftime, for his second goal of the season. UW’s relentlessness would eventually win out, as the Huskies had six shots to SMU’s one, in both periods of extra time. Washington’s offensive pressure allowed SMU keeper Jaime Ibarra to rack up nine saves — bringing his season total to 25. The Mustangs hosted Portland on Sunday, and the results of that match can be found online at www. smudailycampus.com/sports.
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the first four games have. SMU receiver Jeremy Johnson had a good game against TCU, totaling 159 yards on 11 receptions and a touchdown.
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nine interceptions to just three touchdowns. Gilbert will have to cut down on the turnovers if conference play is going to go any better than
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Aside from Johnson, SMU continued to work the short passing game and found some success, but there weren’t enough big plays from the SMU offense yet again. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin had a solid game, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Boykin also had the burden of running the football taken away from him with Waymon James and B.J. Catalon, combining for 99 yards on the ground. The SMU secondary played well for the first half, with Kenneth Acker having three passes broken up on deep balls and Hayden Greenbauer totaling 10 tackles including 2.5 for loss. The entire defense did not play particularly well though, missing plenty of tackles and looking overmatched in the second half. The loss drops SMU to 1-3 on the season going into American Athletic Conference play, with Rutgers coming to Dallas Saturday for Family Weekend.
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parent anyone. “I think it would antithetical to the whole thing if we were mentors and advisors and police at the same time,” Tunks said. “I’ve already had to do that as a parent.” Mary Kate Tadie, current sophomore Virginia-Snider resident, has experienced two different FiR. She said she hasn’t felt like the FiR are patrolling the halls or monitoring students’ behavior. This family away from home might face another obstacle next year. Students who have been invited to the apartments of faculty members are grabbing food, but they aren’t staying to engage. “I never went besides to steal a muffin and run away,” Sophomore student and Virginia-Snider resident Michelle Vogler said. Tadie and Marmolejo made similar statements. Going forward, the FiRs are looking for more engaging programming. Tunks, who houses four boats at the White Rock Boat Club, said he is planning on inviting students to spend a day on the lake with them. His wife, who loves to cook, is also looking forward to hosting cooking demonstrations and game nights in their apartments. Power, who is an award-winning playwright and performer from New York, is planning to sponsor movie nights and discussions in his apartment along with “Theater Thursdays” encouraging students to try new things. He and his wife are eager to set up a garden as well as hosting “Smoothie Sundays.” He hopes these events and normal daily interactions will help bridge the gap between students and professors who come from different backgrounds. The Faculty in Residences are excited to get started and learn what has worked or failed from their colleagues. “I can learn this year from them about the things they’re doing that are effective and successful and the things they say that was a flop. Life’s that way; not everything works every time,” Tunks said.
day earlier than anticipated. According to State Fair of Texas spokeswoman Sue Gooding, officials chose to reveal Big Tex Thursday afternoon, after strong winds began tearing the curtains hiding the $500,000, 55-foot figure. “We decided that although we wanted to keep it a secret, we needed to go ahead and drop it,” Gooding said in a news release Thursday. “I guess this is best described as a premature birth,” she added, jokingly. While only members of the media and fair workers were able to witness Big Tex’s premature resurrection, fairgoers relished the opportunity to hear the new voice of the “tallest talkin’ Texan” for the first time during a “welcome back” ceremony featuring Big Tex at 2 p.m. Friday. “For 15 years, I have been attending the state fair of Texas. My heart broke last year with the misfortune of Big Tex burning to the ground. Eager and excited, I was able to meet the new Big Tex at 5 a.m. Friday, opening day of the 2013 State Fair [of Texas],” said Victoria Albrecht, Promotions Director for WBAP and KLIF radio, when asked about her initial encounter with the brand new Big Tex. In a state where fair vendors and buyers alike tout fried Southern delicacies unapologetically, shamelessly and with a smile that seems to declare “everything really is bigger in Texas, and we’re proud of that,” it comes as no surprise that with the completion of a $500,000 makeover that began in April, Big Tex is finally back, and he’s bigger than ever. Measuring 55-feet tall and weighing 25,000 pounds, the revamped Big Tex is not only three feet taller than the original, but also a whopping 19,000 pounds heavier than his predecessor. This additional weight has enabled the new, freestanding Big Tex to stand firmly on his own two feet,
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An electrical malfunction caused Big Tex to erupt in flames on the final weekend of last year’s Texas State Fair, Oct. 19, 2012.
without guy-wires, but with various technological and mechanical improvements that usher the 60-year-old Lone Star state icon into the modern age. According to Gooding, in an attempt to “make [Big Tex] more proportional to a human,” State Fair officials and designers “tried to stay within the exact same dimensions of the head and, as a result, [the revamped cowboy] ended up being three feet taller.” Equipped with a fire-suppression system, and able to withstand 100 mph winds, Big Tex showcases improved style and safety, and stands tall and strong in a 95-gallon hat — as compared to the 75-gallon hat of his former — and a fire-retardant outfit, which the Fort Worth-based brand Dickies both designed and produced. “I think people will be very pleased,” Gooding said regarding public reaction to the new Big Tex. “I visited him several times when he was being built. My response has been that they have successfully brought back the Big Tex that we lost last year on the last Friday of the fair.” Yet, despite Gooding’s optimism, the unveiling of Big Tex
on Thursday opened floodgates to a sea of entirely mixed reviews. While the new Big Tex serves as a “rebirth” of the classic Texas State Fair icon, aesthetic changes from the original model have been made and complaints, backlash and criticisms centered on those changes have not gone unheard. Some critics dub the new figure “Big Tex-Mex” due to his darker complexion; others praise Big Tex’s darker skin tone as a visible testament to Texas’s changing demographics. Some critics poke fun at the fact that Big Tex’s jeans are tucked into his new Lucchese boots; others believe the boots deserve and demand attention, for the colorful details and artwork they display tell a story of rich Texas history, culture and heritage. “I’m excited to see the new Big Tex and I hope the rumors are true – that he is darker to represent our changing demographic in Texas,” Taylor Henry, a senior majoring in civil engineering at Southern Methodist University, said. “That would be great for Dallas. Being from Texas, I’m not surprised they made [Big Tex] bigger, but I am
disappointed that it was only by a few feet,” Henry continued. While Albrecht agrees that for a cowboy, tucked-in jeans are certainly “uncommon,” and “pray[s that] it doesn’t become the newest trend for men,” she “do[es] understand why it was done that way.” According to Albrecht, because “the artwork on Big Tex’s boots is beautiful and represents many different elements of Texas,” the iconic cowboy’s giant footwear “should be shown off, and shown off proudly.” When asked about the general impact of Big Tex’s revival, Albrecht noted that “With Big Tex [representing] such a delicate topic since last year’s misfortune, [she] think[s] the overall perspective of the new Big Tex will be rewarding for any patron attending the one and only State Fair of Texas.” Big Tex aside, the State Fair of Texas proves a beacon of Texas hope, Texas pride and Texas culture, and continues to thrive today. Reflecting on her own personal experiences at the State Fair of Texas, Ashlyn Allison, a senior majoring in history at the University of Texas, cut to the core
of the 127-year-old Lone Star state tradition when she said, “I’m sure people think we’re crazy for our ridiculous food selections, and may even laugh at all the controversy and uproar that this giant, mechanical, talking cowboy’s resurrection has caused. But the State Fair of Texas is something that you have to try at least once. It’s what being Texan is all about. It’s all about that ‘Texas State of Mind,’ and as proud Texans, we can’t help but love and cherish it.” Although some may never forget the tragic finale of last year’s State Fair of Texas, the revival of Big Tex continues to ignite excitement, spur fires of mixed review and fascinate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Wamre urges Dallasites to take full advantage of Big Tex’s return, and investigate the Hall of State at Fair Park’s exhibit entitled “The Life and Times of Big Tex,” which she says, “highlight[s] the first 60 years he was here.” For ticket sales and more information on the State Fair of Texas and the return of Big Tex, visit http://www.bigtex.com/ sft today.
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