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Greece to lay off employees The Greek government of Prime Minister George Papandreou announced Sunday that it would be laying off 30,000 state employees by placing them in a “reserve” poll. This program would allow them to be put on partial pay and then fired after one year. Athens also announced that it will not meet deficit targets set the by EU and the IMF.

Phillipines hit by typhoons Two typhoons hit the Philippines in a week, leaving the country devastated and dozens killed. The latest one, Nalgae, made landfall in Isabela province on Saturday and caused at least one death. Typhoon Nesat hit the islands last Tuesday, leaving at least 52 dead. Tens of thousands of people are still trapped in their homes by rising floods. More than three million people have been affected by the storms.

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Drunk man steals ambulance Chicago police reported that an intoxicated 37-year-old man stole an empty ambulance from a hospital this weekend, sped off, and promptly crashed it just over a mile away. He also crashed into several vehicles. The man was brought back to the hospital in an ambulance where he was treated for minor injuries. Charges against him are still pending.

Obama scolds GOP candidates Obama bashed the Republican presidential candidates for not speaking out against the booing of a gay soldier during a recent televised debate on Saturday night. Obama was speaking at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner when he said he did not believe in the “smallness” that’s allowing major political leaders to be silent when an American soldier is booed. “You want to be commander in chief ? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient.”

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All is ‘Fair and well’ in its 125th year By CAROLINE FOSTER Contributing Writer

Big Tex is back. The State Fair of Texas ushered in its 125th season with a parade, an Elvis impersonator, fireworks and plenty of fried food. Friday marked the first official day of the fair season, and for many, it’s their favorite time of year. “I like the smell, the looks, the lights, the everything,” Mike Stiffler, co-owner of the Stiffler Brothers booth on Nimitz Drive, said. Stiffler and his brother have sold fried food from the booth for five years. From Oreos to MoonPies, and their new autumn pie, if they sell it, it’s fried. But for Stiffler, it’s more than the food that keeps him going when “it’s wild and crazy.” The Rowlett man said he enjoys working the booth with his friends and family. For many, the State Fair is a family affair. For the past four years, the Cantu sisters have visited the fair on opening night. “It’s our little tradition,”


At 52 feet in height, Big Tex has welcomed guests into the Texas State Fair every year since 1952.

Priscilla Cantu said. On their must-do list are the fried s’mores, the Ferris Wheel and the cars. Most people don’t think cars when they think fair, but the auto

show is a popular attraction that doesn’t require any tickets to enter. The State Fair started presenting the newest car models in 1904, but the real car craze began after World War II.

Now there are two separate buildings and an outside truck area for all of the automobiles. All of the major car manufacturers show models at the fair and allow visitors to be hands-on with the car

and ask questions. Another popular attraction that is often overlooked is the Children’s Medical Center Barnyard. Kids of all ages flock to this free area, which holds around 150 animals. All types of animals are here: goats, kangaroos, camels, alpacas, donkeys and even a zebra. From fried food to farm animals, there are countless attractions at the fair. SMU senior and Dallas native Mark Butler has been to the State Fair of Texas around 15 times. “I’m prideful of this tradition,” he said. “It’s good to be a part of something your home city puts on.” But what keeps him coming back after all of those times? “It’s just fun,” Butler said. The unique combination of food, entertainment, animals, arts, automobiles, games and livestock are hard to come by anywhere else. This year, the theme is “125A Timeless Tradition.” For many fairgoers it never gets old. “I’ll be back,” Butler said. The State Fair of Texas runs through Oct. 23.



Anchor to speak at SMU

Apple to make announcement Tuesday


Bob Schieffer, an anchor and correspondent with CBS News since 1969, will deliver the Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics presented by the Division of Journalism at SMU’s Meadow’s School of the Arts Tuesday. Schieffer anchored Saturday’s “CBS Evening News” broadcast from 1973 to 1996. He served as an interim weekday anchor of the “CBS Evening News” from 2005 to 2006 after Dan Rather’s last broadcast. He continues to moderate Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” a public affairs show Schieffer has worked on since 1991. Schieffer is considered one of the most experienced Washington reporters. He is currently CBS’s Chief Washington Correspondent.

He is one of few broadcasters to ever cover all areas of the nation’s capitol — the White House, The Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. Schieffer spent nearly his entire career covering the nation’s politics and has covered every presidential election since 1972. He got his start in journalism in Fort Worth, Texas. After an honorable discharge from the Air force, Schieffer joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Sammons lecture will be held Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. in SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

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October is finally here! For SMU students, this means the weather will cool off, TCU hands over the Iron Skillet, Fall Break is approaching and Apple will host their iPhone conference. On Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. Apple will begin their long awaited iPhone conference in Cupertino, Calif. to discuss the release of the newest iPhone product. Though there has been much hype about the release of the iPhone 5, there is much speculation as to what will actually be unveiled. According to two reliable technology blogs, TechCrunch and Mashable, there are a few different products that could be

announced. The biggest question is whether or not Apple will roll out a completely new device, the iPhone 5, simply release the iPhone 4S or perhaps make both available. Another highly discussed question revolves around the design of the device. Many rumors have speculated that the new device will have a screen that touches all edges of the phone. An additional rumor suggests that the new shape of the iPhone will be slightly thinner in a teardrop shape resembling the MacBook Air. The new release of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet also conjures the question of whether or not Apple will finally introduce a product that will be capable of Flash. An indicator that there must be some sort of collaboration between Apple and Adobe is that they both

intend to hold press conferences at the same time at 10 a.m. on Oct. 4. With another competitive release earlier this fall when Google presented their version of the Google Wallet on Sprint’s Nexus S, will Apple’s new iPhone include the iWallet? If Apple has developed the NFC (near field communication system) capabilities, it will be interesting to see if whether or not they’ve contracted any major credit card companies to partner with them to potentially introduce this new accessory. When asked when the actual roll out date will be, an Apple employee at the Knox/Henderson location said, “None of the employees know much before the public is informed, but I wouldn’t expect much before the end of October.”


• Monday, October 3, 2011


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Dallas city council members, citizens involved in 2011 redistricting process By JESSICA HUSEMAN Politics Editor

This year’s task of redrawing City Council district lines has sent citizens and council members into controversy over the most popular map’s proposed reduction of four majority black seats to three. “I will not support a map that has any less than four African American majority seats,” Carolyn Davis, representative for District 3, said. A “fair and balanced map” would be one in which there were four black majority seats and four Hispanic majority seats, Davis said. Should the map pass in its current form, the changes might mean Davis, Dwaine Caraway, Vonciel Hill and Tennell Atkins would lose their seats. Dallas must redo district lines every 10 years based on the results of the census. The 2010 Census showed a 20 percent increase in the city’s Hispanic population, and a decline of the black population by 1.7 percent. Dallas’ white population has declined 16 percent. The shift in the racial make up of Dallas has led the seats around the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas, which was previously split into four majority black districts, to become majority Hispanic. Now these districts have been changed to reflect the change, and Hill and Caraway have been put in the same district. This year’s redistricting process was significant for more than just racial changes — it is also the first year citizens have been intimately involved in the process. This year was the first year the city made the expensive

software for drawing district maps available to the public on public computers. Previously, the high cost of the software had made it impossible for average citizens to propose their own map. “Legally it’s always been open to citizens, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually possible. [The city] didn’t allow you to use their computers or software to draw the maps, but they would let you submit them,” Bill Betzen, a resident of Dallas who submitted his own map this year, said. Betzen got involved because he had a problem with the rampant gerrymandering present in previous district maps. “I’m for representative government where it is one person one vote, and I think that has been distorted in the city of Dallas, and I think it is a significant contributing factor to the inability to the south side of town to develop in conjunction with the north side of town,” he said. Betzen designed a map he believes gives minorities the most representation of any map currently being considered. Mayor Mike Rawlings agreed with him, and has now endorsed Betzen’s map. Betzen’s map has three majority black districts, five majority Hispanic districts as well as two minority opportunity districts. Betzen said the rise in the Hispanic population as well as the decrease in the black population had to be taken into consideration when determining how many black majority districts to assign. “Over the last 10 years, the population in the four currently black majority districts has gone


Dallas City Hall is buzzing with disagreement over the 2011 redistricting process, which is trying to take into account shifting the shifting racial make up of Dallas.

down an average of 8 percent,” he said. “They went from an average of 56 percent to currently 48 percent black voting age population, so you have to have that in mind.” Betzen’s map also has 11 miles less of boundary lines compared to the other map in consideration, which he said is due to less gerrymandering, and accuses the minority members of city council of not caring about minorities as much as keeping their own seats. “The minority members of the board are more interested in other things than minority representation,” he said. “They are interested more in protecting political territory than anything else.”

But the minorities members of City Council are not the only ones who have an issue with Betzen’s map. Councilwoman Ann Margolin, who supports the most favored map, said even if Betzen’s map is more representative of minorities, his map “doesn’t address issues of concern to me and my district such as keeping certain neighborhoods in one district with one representative.” Margolin said Betzen’s map tore away the western boundary of her district, which she finds problematic. “The people who live there are the same demographic as those across the street in my district. I could not support a map that did this to neighborhoods,” she

said. Margolin said that, while Betzen’s map may have more compact districts, the map she favors better supports the collective interests of neighborhoods and helps decrease problems from gerrymandering in the past and is “much more

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compact” than Dallas’ current district map. In the end, the controversy over Betzen’s map and the map currently favored by the majority of representatives may be for not. Betzen does not believe his map stands a chance because of the advantage the council members have in drawing support to their map. “They all have mass mailings to attract supporters, and because none of them have taken up my cause I don’t have that advantage,” he said. “I have gotten some pretty positive comments from a lot of people, but it is hard to fight political mailing list.” Though his map doesn’t have the backing of the council members, he said more than 20 percent of the speakers that showed up at the last City Council meeting were there to support him, something he said speaks to the validity of his proposal. A final map will be decided upon on Oct. 15, and will then be sent to the Justice Department for review and approval. For a Q&A with Bill Betzen, to see the maps side by side and to vote in a poll on the redistricting plans, please visit The Daily Campus politics blog.


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Mustangs trample Frogs in overtime, 40-33 By Nick Karageorge Staff Writer

In the 91st meeting of the Iron Skillet rivalry, Southern Methodist University upset the previously 20th ranked TCU Horned Frogs. The Mustangs celebrated their first victory over TCU since 2005 as fans and players stormed the field excited to bring the Iron Skillet back to Dallas. It looked as if SMU was going to cruise to an easy victory early as the Mustangs scored 17 unanswered points in the first half. Similar to the Baylor game, where TCU rallied from a 25 point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a temporary one point lead only to be defeated, TCU fought back and scored 16 points in the fourth quarter against SMU to force overtime. In overtime, TCU won the coin toss and with the SMU offense sputtering on their last offensive series of the fourth quarter, TCU elected to defend first and forced the

SMU offense to take the field. The decision worked in SMU’s favor when J.J. McDermott threw a 19yard strike to Jeremy Johnson for a score to put the Mustangs up 40-33. According to, Jeremy Johnson said, “When I caught it I was so overwhelmed I didn’t know what to do, but I was just so happy I caught it.” Jeremy Johnson only played against Northwestern State and Memphis this year and saw little action in both games, but due to injuries he got the start on Saturday and was able to make the biggest play of the game for SMU. The game was won in overtime with defense. TCU marched down the field on their last drive of the game, and quarterback Casey Pachall connected with Luke Shivers on a four yard pass to force overtime. Even though the Mustang defense had given up 23 points in the second half, they dug in and sealed SMU’s 40th victory over TCU when a fourth down pass from Pachall fell incomplete.

According to, cornerback Chris Parks said about the game, “It was big because we wanted it, the fans wanted it and we haven’t beaten them since 2005. It’s just great to beat a top 25 ranked team to show people who we are.” Chris Parks was the special teams hero on Saturday. Going into the second half TCU had all the momentum scoring ten unanswered points in the second quarter to make it a manageable seven point deficit. All that changed when Zach Line, who also rushed for 120 yards on 21 carries, forced a fumble that was recovered by Parks in the end zone for a score. The Horned Frogs the last three seasons have impressively led the nation in defense, but failed for the second time this year, the other time in a loss to Baylor, to hold a team under 450 yards of total offense. This loss will jeopardize TCU’s top 25 standing in the AP top 25 poll. Perhaps Head Coach June Jones put it best after the game. “This game for SMU is probably, since I have been


Junior running back Zach Line runs a hand-off from quarterback J.J. McDermott for a first down against TCU Saturday afternoon at Amon Carter Stadium. SMU defeated the Horned Frogs in overtime 40-33.

here, equal to the Sheraton Hawaii

Bowl win with all of the excitement

and emotions,” he said.


Women’s soccer picks up a loss and a win over weekend By Josh Yonis

Contributing Writer


Freshman forward Olivia Elliot struggles for possession of the ball during play against the University of Houston.

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SMU suffers C-USA loss By Cesar Rincon Contributing Writer

The SMU men’s soccer team opened conference play against the No. 14 UCF Golden Knights Saturday night loosing 4-2. A season-high crowd of 1,567 watched the Mustangs in action including soon to be retired SMU mascot Peruna. “This is the environment that the boys want to play in,” Coach Tim McClements said. Two Mustangs players were forced to sit out the game. Senior Diogo de Almeida hit the locker room a little earlier than the rest of the squad, after getting a red card late in the match last Sunday against UCLA. Freshman Emmet Kumeh status is still unknown why he never played Saturday night. SMU Junior Ben Hill and freshman Damien Rosales each scored a point for the Mustangs. Hill’s goal came just before halftime with a header assisted by junior T.J. Nelson and senior Arthur Ivo. The second Mustang goal came in the 74th minute, when Rosales had a point blank shot assisted by sophomore Juan Castillo. “I have a lot of confidence in my team,” Hill said. “It gave us a little bit more hunger.” We also saw great goalkeeping skills throughout the game. When the Knights opened shooting in the 33rd minute. SMU goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra posted an excellent save. However, it was only two minutes after the save the Knights responded with rapid fire. UCF’s Eduardo Jimenez doubled the score after taking a cross from the right side and striking a solid goal.

Sophomore McKauly Tulloch scored two second-half goals for the Knights to seal the win for the Knights. “We are obviously disappointed with the results,” Coach McClements said. “I’m really proud of the way our guys fought back. It generated a lot of opportunities and unfortunately they didn’t fall are way.” After their loss, the Mustangs record fell to 5-4 and 0-1 in

Conference USA. SMU will start a three game Conference USA road trip this week and look to improve their record. First stop for the Mustangs will be Tulsa on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs will also travel to Huntington, W. Va. to face Marshall next Saturday and in Colombia, S.C. to play the University of South Carolina on Oct. 12.

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The SMU women’s soccer team played fellow Conference USA member, University of Houston, Sunday afternoon. The girls defeated the Cougars and picked up a crucial conference win. “Winning on Sundays is hard,” Coach Erwin said. The Mustangs improved their home record to 6-1, and senior goalkeeper Courtney Webb didn’t allow a goal for the fifth time this season. SMU’s goal was scored in the 20th minute by junior forward Kenzie Scovill. Scovill drilled it into

the back of the net off a rebounded save. Kaitlyn Eidson, after a week full of recognitions and awards, defended her title as Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week by holding the Cougars to only eight shots, two on goal. “I appreciate the awards, but it really comes back to my teammates,” Eidson said. The Mustangs improved their season record to 7-5 and their conference record to 3-1. Sunday’s win comes after the SMU women’s soccer team lost to Conference USA opponent, Rice, Saturday night. The Mustangs played in front of a season-high crowd of 609 people. The Mustang loss was also the

first home and conference loss of the season. The lone goal in the game was netted by Rice freshman QuynhNhu Truong with only six minutes to play. The Mustangs were held to only three shots on goal. Two were delivered by junior forward, Kenzie Scovill. The third shot by fellow junior forward, Ryanne Lewis. SMU’s next game is Friday night against the No. 6 Memphis Tigers. The Mustangs have already knocked off a ranked team this season with their win last Friday against UCF and look to knock off another. “Memphis has something coming to them,” Eidson said.



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This week marks the seventh straight week of classes since the semester started, and except for Labor Day Brandon Bub there’s not been much rest in between. In light of this year’s nonstop nature I’m sure the upcoming four day weekend is gradually becoming all the more necessary (and similarly difficult to wait for). For me though, I know when it gets to be midway through the semester the one thing I look forward to most is seeing next semester’s course offerings. Whenever I discover which courses are going to be offered, sometimes I spend more time planning the next semester’s schedule than I do working on my actual work for my current classes, which can be problematic at times. There’s something about setting aside time to plot out credit hours, course subjects, professors, course times and all the other factors that go into making an ideal schedule that can be really appealing. And of course since all of my friends are overachievers we like to spend a lot of time talking


about scheduling so we can ensure we’ll actually graduate on time amongst considerations of multiple majors. But sometimes picking classes isn’t always so fun. You might have a semester where you’re saddled with multiple courses for a single major, which might make you never want to look at the subject again. Or, it might get to the point where you’ve been putting off all your GEC requirements for too long and you have no choice but to take them all at the same time. No one wants to be taking classes they don’t enjoy. Unfortunately, like it or not, a good schedule can really make or break your semester. Some people end up being able to make a schedule where they don’t have any classes on Friday, which seems to be the holy grail of class scheduling. Of course, the problem one often encounters there is that all the other classes have to be stacked back to back on other days like Tuesdays and Thursdays, which can make for quite a long day indeed. I know I for one have nearly all my classes on Wednesdays (one of which is an hour and twenty minutes) as well as meetings with at least three different clubs, and by the time I’m actually done with all my obligations by 9 p.m. I’ve

received such an intellectual beat down that I don’t even want to think of looking at schoolwork. While college certainly gives a lot of latitude in class selection, sometimes things just aren’t going to work out to your liking. I can guarantee you that you’ll have at least one class within your major that’s only going to be offered at 8 a.m. and attendance is going to be part of the grade so you’re not just going to be able to show up to the exams and skip all the lectures. Alternatively, at some point you might have to take a class at night that meets once a week and goes for three straight hours. While such classes can certainly be engaging at times, three hours is a long time to sit for any subject. And it’s likely you’ll have friends in the same boat as you, so you’ll at least have people with whom to commiserate, but nothing can really remedy the dissatisfaction of a lousy schedule. That’s not to say that you can’t make the best out of a bad situation though. One piece of advice I always offer people is this: when it comes to scheduling, always leave room for at least one class that doesn’t relate to anything in your major. There’s always the chance that it might put you at 18 hours, but that’s certainly not the end of the world. It doesn’t even have to be

an elective; everyone has to take at least a few perspectives while they’re here. Don’t look at them as an obstacle in the way of you graduating early or SMU trying to squeeze more money out of you for extra credit hours. Your perspective or cultural formations classes can often be some of the most rewarding classes you’ll ever take here. I know I still have one perspective left to take before finishing my GEC requirement, and I’m planning on taking a drawing class. As a dysgraphic, I cannot reproduce any sort of signature and my handwriting is illegible to anyone but me. I don’t have a single artistic bone in my body and I can’t draw a circle, and that’s exactly why I’m looking forward to taking the class. It’s one subject in which I’m completely illiterate, and I feel like it’s the one thing from which I can benefit the most in learning it. You’re not always going to have the chance to take classes in as diverse of subjects as our perspectives offer; take advantage of the chance while you can. Brandon Bub is a sophomore majoring in English and edits The Daily Campus opinion column. He can be reached for comment at


Wall Street protesters unite in vain Over the course of the past two weeks, protesters in New York City have been converging on Wall Street to protest what they describe as being the “greed and corruption of the 1 percent.” Performing demonstrations in front of the New York Stock Exchange and, more recently, on the Brooklyn Bridge. News of mass arrests and police brutality have been making the rounds on Twitter and other media websites such as Reddit and 4Chan. While television news stations have been capitalizing on reports of police brutality and false arrests, the reasoning behind these protests has somehow escaped the grasp of the international press, leaving members of the public to wonder, “exactly what is happening over there?” The fact there exists no official leadership behind the protests is a persistent problem with the legitimacy of the demonstrations. A website created to help condense their efforts and provide “technical support work for resistance movements” features a live chat interface where protesters can gather to plan demonstrations, but without any centralized structure, the protests add up to nothing more than a slew of random meet-ups for restless protesters to channel their rage. The website describes the demonstrations as a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions... using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.” As interesting as this all of this is, there’s one thing missing: an objective. Everywhere you look, we’re reminded of the reasons why people are protesting, but it remains to be seen exactly what protesters intend to achieve as a result of their efforts. While the list of grievances grows day by day, the list of potential solutions is as vapid as it ever was. It would almost appear that, without formulating any sort of definitive plan, an onslaught of irritated dissenters simply materialized on Wall Street to impart upon the so-called 1 percent how annoyed they are with the system. However encouraging it is to find that people are motivated to take their frustration to the street, especially in spite of the reputation this generation has for being apathetic of political change, all of these efforts can pose no real threat to the current “system” unless protesters can clearly define the goals for their demonstrations. Simply gathering in Liberty Square to tell people you’re angry accomplishes nothing unless you express to your opposition what specific changes need to be made to sufficiently satisfy your constituents. If the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are to affect any change whatsoever, they must form a centralized leadership and outline specific goals for each protest. Furthermore, before demonstrators can take to the streets to complain about the injustices of the U.S. economy, they have to first try to conceive of a solution to the aforementioned problem. It’s not enough to walk the streets New York City waving a sign with some abstract quote about the economic enslavement of American citizens plastered across the front unless you have the ability to explain why this is the case and exactly what steps need to be taken to improve the situation. Americans are unhappy. We’ve already established this. Rather than beat a dead horse, we need to take the next step: decide what changes can be made in order to accomplish a pre-specified goal. Opinions expressed in each unsigned editorial represent a consensus decision of the editorial board. All other columns on this page reflect the views of individual authors and not necessarily those of the editorial staff.

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Faculty tries to assuage language woes We would like to thank Arnaud Zimmern very much for supporting the study of foreign languages at SMU in his recent column, “Don’t let foreign languages fall to the wayside.” In the fall of 2008, when the General Education Review Committee began to discuss the new university curriculum with groups on campus, the first comment we heard was a request for enhanced language instruction. Members of the Student Senate spoke of this need first, and their petition was echoed by faculty from divisions all over SMU. With the implementation of the new university-wide second language requirement in the fall of 2012, all students who are not already bilingual will be expected to improve their skills in a second language to the equivalent of two semesters past their level upon enrollment at SMU, up to the end of the intermediate sequence of the language of their choice. Alternatively, students may choose to take one year of a language they have not studied in high school, which we hope will generate increased interest in lesser-studied languages, as we

note at the end of this column. While the faculty is exploring computerized language study as one of the routes students might take to attain the desired level of linguistic competence, we are happy to report that our research has suggested that the vast majority of students will satisfy the requirement in a more “holistic” way, in the classrooms of the various SMU campuses, on study abroad programs or through a combination of the two. Computerized language study was included as an option only because we want to give students as many routes as possible to satisfy the requirements, but we recognize the limitations of that method. Like Mr. Zimmern, the faculty of world languages and literatures strongly believes that language and culture are inextricable and that, for this reason, one cannot know a culture well without proficiency in the language in which it expresses itself; likewise, one cannot know a language well without proficiency in the culture that has shaped its meanings in the past and continues to do so

in the present. After students complete their language requirement, we hope that many of them will build on that initial commitment to the language, and go on to minor or major. Increased student interest in our upper-level course offerings will bring in its wake more advanced courses for students to choose from. As far as the state of our department staffing, sadly, the real numbers are bleaker than Mr. Zimmern’s figures suggest, particularly with regards to our Russian area, which is currently staffed by only one instructor, who is not even full-time. To clarify, Mr. Zimmern’s numbers are accurate with reference to the interdisciplinary Russian Area Studies program; however, of the six faculty members listed, only Professor Zimakova teaches Russian language classes. Things look better for the French area, which has seven full-time lecturers and three tenured or tenure-track faculty; additionally, we will be requesting permission to search for a tenure-track assistant professor of French next year. Still, many

of our languages—including Russian, Arabic, Japanese and Latin—are staffed by only one or two people. Such small numbers certainly hamper our efforts to offer advanced classes, much less majors in these languages. Nevertheless, the new Arabic program is thriving, and we now offer an Arabic minor. As we mentioned above, we hope that, once the new language requirement is implemented, more students will consider taking a language they have not studied in high school, which will then justify us offering introductory courses in a wider variety of world languages. Perhaps in the near future we will be able to staff additional new languages, with success similar to that of Arabic. Elizabeth Russ and Denise DuPont are both associate professors of Spanish, and Professor DuPoint serves as interim chair of the department of world languages and literatures. They can be reached for comment, respectively, at eruss@ and

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‘Machine Gun Preacher’ finally gives Sudan a story Despite miscues in timing, Gerard Butler’s new movie tells an incredibly true story of survival, selflessness, and strength.


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Don’t let the title fool you, there is much more to this dramatic movie than a religious man with ammunition. “Machine Gun Preacher,” tells the true story of Sam Childers. Childers, who spent most of his early life in and out of jail, fighting drug addiction and providing for his family by robbing drug dealers or selling drugs, decides to turn to the lord after another stint in prison. From there, Childers is a changed man. He lucks upon a construction job and in a series of events one can only explain as “divine,” Childers eventually ends up opening his own construction business. However, after finding the Lord, Childers takes it upon himself to open his own church. The church, which is a collection of broken individuals looking for a second chance, is simple and stated — ­ just like its founder. Even though the church is quite successful and Chllders’ life is back in order, he wants more. After a guest preacher comes to his wife’s church to plead for help in Sudan, Childers is inspired by the preacher’s message and gets the idea to build an orphanage in the war-torn country. From Childers’ epiphany to build an orphanage comes the rest of the plot of “Machine Gun Preacher.” Wasting little time explaining Sam’s life pre-


Cast members Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan pose together at the premiere of “Machine Gun Preacher” in Beverly Hills, Calif.



In this film image released by Relativity Media, Gerard Butler portrays Sam Childers, the impassioned founder of Angels of East Africa rescue organization in a scene from “Machine Gun Preacher.”

orphanage, a bulk of “Machine Gun Preacher,” takes place as Sam experiences the trials and tribulations that go along with building an orphanage in a country that is in the middle of a brutal civil war. Taking a true story (especially one as heroic as his) and transferring it to film is a tough task for any director. However, “Machine Gun Preacher’s” director, Marc Foster, dealt with the heavy story line quite well, flip-flopping between his home life and the life he has on the Sahara of Sudan. Foster seamlessly jumps from Childers’ two lives without wasting any of the audience’s time. In one scene, he could be reading his daughter a book as he is tucking her in and in the next, he is strapped with guns and explosives fighting off the LRA (Sudan’s Lord Resistance Army) as they try again and again to take over his orphanage. Tackling the larger than life


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“Machine Gun Preacher,” is almost as honest as films these days come. Foster takes no mercy on his audience as he displays the graphic (and very true) violence what Sudan is experiencing. Even back in America, Foster still paints a dim picture of what Sam’s life is supposed to be. In a way, “Machine Gun Preacher,” is more of a call to action than it is a feature film. At the end of the 127-minute running time, you can’t help but want to donate all of your life’s savings to Sam’s orphanage. However, call to actions aside, “Machine Gun Preacher” is an honest film that features enough drama, action, and emotion to make it worth the price of admission. And if Foster found a way to end the film with ease, the movie could be hearing Oscar buzz, but for it’s staggered finale, “Machine Gun Preacher” will be just another fall movie that slips between the cracks.

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In Michelle Monaghan’s and Gerard Butler’s newest movie, “Machine Gun Preacher,” the two actors play the real-life couple of Lynn and Sam Childers. The movie, which stems from the real life saga of Sam’s life, was filmed in both Philadelphia and Sudan. “Africa was definitely a tough part to shoot,” Butler said. “But it was also where the heart of the movie was.” Both actors got the opportunity to meet their inspirations for the film. In fact, Monaghan had the rare opportunity to spend a night with the Childers. “The first night we stayed up until 4 o’ clock in the morning,” Monaghan said. “Luckily, Sam finally went to bed at 2 a.m. and that is when Lynn and I finally got into the nitty gritty of their relationship.” Unlike most Hollywood movies, Lynn and Sam’s relationship is far from fairy tale. Consistently, Lynn would

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have to intervene in Sam’s life, and in most cases, this intervention would save his life. “I have a lot of respect for her,” Monaghan said. “I think she’s the backbone of that man.” Gerard, who met Sam in a slightly more intense matter, recalls meeting the man that saved thousands of Sudanese orphans. “Sam likes to challenge people,” Butler said. “ He’s he kind of guy who likes to test people.” The film which largely circles around the orphanage built to protect Sudanese children, gave the actors more insight into the civil war that has killed thousands of innocent people. “What we really want this movie to do is for people to have an opportunity to educate themselves on what is happening in this part of the world,” Monoghan said.

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