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S.M. Krishna received a Master of Comparative Law from SMU in 1959.

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Indian minister discusses development, economy

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney had their first of three debates on Wednesday.

Romney rejuvenated after strong debate performance KATELYN GOUGH News Editor “It became increasingly clear that Romney was sharper, he had more facts and figures at his immediate disposal—he was just more animated and more engaged.” When asked if he thought there was a clear winner, SMU political scientist Matthew Wilson definitively sided with the week’s majority. “I think Romney had a lot more practice coming in than President Obama,” Dr. Ben Voth, chair of Communication Studies and director of the debate team, said. “He looked confident [and] less defensive than President Obama.” While Wilson believed Romney clearly pulled ahead Wednesday night, he said that it doesn’t necessarily mean President Obama failed miserably.

“There was not a glaring mistake on Obama’s part, a kind of collapse moment. He didn’t say anything that was blaringly wrong.” Compared to Rick Perry completely forgetting his own speech points, Wilson said Obama was simply ill prepared. Regardless, Wilson called the evening’s session “the most substantive presidential debate we’ve had in a long time.” “There was a real free give and take between the candidates. They got into kind of an immediate exchange of policy views,” Wilson said. Unlike debates of the past, Wilson said the fact that “it was not a debate predicated on a series of zingers or one-liners or sound bites” was what made it, overall, a “great” presentation. “If voters actually watch this debate, from beginning to end, I

think they could get more out of it in terms of a sense of where the substantive difference between the candidates are.” The topic of the economy provided the jump-off point to much of the political volley that led the rest of the debate—and Wilson said it gave “the most telling difference” in the strength of each candidate. “I think the area where Romney was the strongest was in the discussion of jobs. He kept coming back to that and saying, ‘I care about jobs. I’m going to create jobs.’” he said. Wilson said it was in Romney’s discussion of tax policies, deregulation, energy exploration, and trade policies that broke the pattern of what had so far been vague economic solutions presented to voters. “These are fairly concrete agenda items that Romney says would

advance job options,” Wilson said. And where Romney pulled ahead, Obama was not as effective in economic debate, according to Wilson. “That was something President Obama didn’t really seem to have a good response on,” he said. The economic exchange “kind of set the tone for the whole thing” according to Wilson, and Romney continued to display his confidence and readiness in such a way that highlighted some of Obama’s perceived uneasiness. However, Wilson said that when questioned on health care, “both said what they’ve said for a long time. “That was the part of the debate that was closest to being a draw,” Wilson said. “I don’t think either Romney or Obama scored really

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YUSRA JABEEN Contributing Writer One of India’s highest-ranking government officials, Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna made his first public appearance in Texas at SMU. Dedman School of Law hosted the minister as part of the Carrington Endowed Lecture Series Wednesday night. Krishna graduated with a Master of Comparative law degree from Dedman Law in 1959. He served a variety of government positions in India from 1962 to 2008 and was appointed minister of external affairs for India in 2009. The lecture, “India Now,” discussed contemporary India and its role in global development and welcomed community members from all nationalities and ages. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao was also in the audience. Krishna began his lecture by briefly citing the colonial history of India and noting the enormous change that has happened since its liberation. Following China as the fastest growing economy

in the world, India has thrived despite global financial crisis. “India [has] transformed in diverse ways and diverse sectors,” Krishna said. “[India is the] engine of global economic growth.” Krishna said that global interest in India has increased by “leaps and bounds.” While India’s strategic partnerships with other countries bring optimal benefit to India and the other countries involved, Krishna accredited most of India’s economic success to a “domestic economy embedded with resilience.” “India is a [large] civilization,” he said, addressing India’s cultural variance and population of 1.2 billion people. “Sometimes change occurs at a slow pace.” He compared American development with India’s. While the U.S. implements economic policies and advances in phases, in India everything is occurring at the same time. “American capitalism had a free run in the 19th century,” Krishna said. “Indian capitalism is taking its root in a [new] democratic framework.”

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SMU alum, writer reveals his path to fame ERICA ROBBIE Contributing Writer The Mack Ballroom was packed with people Wednesday at noon to welcome actor, director, writer and SMU alumnus Stephen Tobolowsky for a lecture and signing of his new book, The Dangerous Animals Club. Though the funny man is certainly known for his humor, Tobowlosky does in fact have a more serious side. Of course this did not prevent him from cracking the audience up throughout his lecture, as Tobowlosky narrated his hysterical stories while beautifully incorporating more critical ideas. Much of Tobowlosky’s talk dealt with inspiration and creativity. He recalled the time when his son asked him the difference between man and other animals, a question that Tobowlosky initially struggled to answer. After many jokes and silly responses to his son, Tobowlosky figured it out over a year later: “Man is the only animal that is inspired.” In an interview after his lecture, Tobowlosky revealed that his two sons are his inspiration for writing. While claiming he always “wrote little things here and there,” the actor, who is most prominently known for his roles in over 100 movies and 200 television shows, experienced a major life change when he broke his neck four years ago. Tobowlosky recalled, “I couldn’t

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Jonathan Wentz competed in the 2012 London Summer Paralympics. SIDNEY HOLLINGSWORTH/The Daily Campus

Stephen Tobolowky spoke to students about his career on Wednesday.

do anything. I was just stuck…and I realized I wasn’t dead. And in that one moment where I was injured, I could never see my boys again. So I thought, I will write stories to let them know who their dad was.” And Tobowlosky did exactly this, retelling the true stories from both his professional and personal life to comprise The Dangerous Animals Club, which he called a “literary photo album” for his children. The “most creative moment” of Tobowlosky’s life was inspired from a near-death experience. Years ago, the actor was in a Safeway grocery store in Snider Plaza when he placed some mangos in his cart, a fruit that was new to Texas at the time. An older man then approached

Tobolowlsky and started crying over these mangos, which he described as “the most exotic of fruits,” and then explained that he had contracted a cattle disease from South America that lead to suicide or homicide. The mangos man then pointed his 45 caliber at Tobowlosky’s head when Tobowlosky had “the most remarkable thought” in his brain. He remembered Chad Everett from the show Medical Center and his advice for what do to when being held hostage: “Keep the gunman talking.” After 45 minutes of chatting his way out of a hostage situation by ultimately inviting the killer over


SMU paralympian Wentz passes away at 21 STAFF REPORTS SMU senior Jonathan Wentz, the highest-placed U.S. rider at this year’s Paralympics in London, passed away on Sept. 30 at the young age of 21. He was majoring in history and political science. Wentz, born with cerebral palsy, began riding horses as form of physical therapy at the age of two as reported in the summer edition of The Daily Campus. As Wentz got older, he began to focus on competitive dressage. Wentz earned one of the four spots on the 2012 United States Paralympic Team. “It was a dream come true,” Jonathan expressed

after his final day of competition. Tina and James Wentz posted the following statement on Wentz’s Facebook page today, Oct. 1: “It is with a heavy and numb heart that we notify everyone of the tremendous loss of our precious son and Paralympian Jonathan. He was taken suddenly from us and has left a hole in our lives that will never be filled. He loved life and lived it each day, giving his all toward his riding, school, family and friends. He lived to ride horses and enjoyed it immensely, pushing to be his best and pushing to improve para-dressage. He loved getting to fulfill his dream of representing the USA at the Paralympics. We do not

understand why his life on this earth was so short, but we celebrate every day we were given to love, laugh, and enjoy our amazing son, and we rejoice in the knowledge that he is with his Lord riding and running like never before. Thank you to everyone who shared a part of his life, it was an amazing ride.” For those interested in donating to Wentz’s memory, the family has set-up a scholarship fund in his name at the United States ParaEquestrian Association. A celebration of his life will be held on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Grace Bible Church located at 11306 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75229.



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Hopdoddy Burger Bar comes to Dallas


Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened its Dallas restaurant at Preston Center on Wednesday.

ALEXANDRA SPITZER Food Editor Since its first opening, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has been attracting and enticing Austin locals. The hip and funky burger bar has been the talk of the town ever since founders Larry Perdido and Chuck Smith decided to open the popular joint in 2010. The former owners of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Wildfish

Seafood Grille sold both restaurants in 2011 and focused their attention to further develop their newest enterprise, Hopdoddy Burger Bar. As a result, the swanky burger place has now opened its newest location at Preston Center in Dallas. The restaurant not only has a cool and trendy atmosphere, but the service is very unique as well. Hopdoddy’s service consists of a three-step process to make the dining experience easier and more

enjoyable for customers. First, you get in line and place your order at the counter. Next, a server will tell you what number you are. And last, you will find your given number on your very own reserved table where you can sit down, relax and await your meal. The name Hopdoddy represents what the restaurant is best known for: its juicy burgers and hand-crafted beer. The name was created to depict the

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perfect mix between the delicious grub and impressive selection of drinks. The “hop” stands for the beer and the “doddy” is a nickname given to the native cow in Aberdeen, Scotland. Hopdoddy uses all natural and mainly local ingredients for all of its meals. The buns are baked twice daily and included choices of challah, seeded wheat or NonGluten, baked with Austin’s Bona Dea Baking Company gluten-free flour. The restaurant also grinds all of its infamous Black Angus beef for each of its 7-ounce patties, to ensure that each burger consists of the freshest and most intricately prepared ingredients. All of the beef is humanely raised and contains no antibiotics or hormones. Hopdoddy has 12 burgers on the menu, each ranging from a reasonable $5.50 to $12. The standard “Classic Burger” contains Angus beef, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and “sassy sauce.” The burger can also be supplemented with cheese or bacon per request. More original burgers include the “Magic Shroom” (Angus beef, Texas goat cheese, field mushrooms, mayonnaise and basil pesto) and the zesty “El Diablo”

(Angus beef, pepper jack, roasted Poblano chilies, apple-smoked bacon and chipotle mayo). The specialty burgers, which are priced at $12, include the “Ahi Tuna Burger” (sushi-grade tuna, sprouts, teriyaki, honey wasabi, Nori chips, pickled ginger and mayonnaise) and the “Primetime” burger (Texas Akaushi beef, brie cheese truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onions and steak sauce). Aside from the burgers, Hopdoddy also has salad bowls for those who are looking for a lighter and healthier option. All greens are organic and fresh and can be enhanced with proteins such as beef, buffalo, tuna, turkey or veggie patty. To accompany the food selection, Hopdoddy also serves a variety of hand-spun shakes that are churned daily ranging from a caramel & sea salt shake to a Nutella & chocolate pretzels shake. The restaurant also serves more conventional shakes such as a standard vanilla, chocolate, or even a classic Oreo Cookie shake. And of course, the restaurant would not live up to its name if it did not have a wide selection of handcrafted beers. Hopdoddy’s large bar takes up a good portion of the venue and has at least seven Texas craft beers

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on tap. In addition to the beer, the bar also serves up specialty cocktails such as margaritas including the frozen “Skinny Dip” and the “Doble Fina Margarita.” Hopdoddy prides itself on being environmentally friendly. Over 95 percent of its waste is composted or recycled and the restaurant makes a conscious effort to use environmentally friendly and recyclable materials. In addition to satisfying customers, Hopdoddy also helps those that are less fortunate by donating over 1 percent of sales to various local charities. Last year, the Austin restaurant donated over $15,000 to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Last weekend, Hopdoddy hosted lunch and dinner for guests to sample a sneak preview of the restaurant’s food and service and to give customers the opportunity to provide their feedback before the restaurant’s grand opening on Wednesday. Hopdoddy is now open for both lunch and dinner. Business hours are Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hopdoddy Burger Bar is located at Preston Center on 6030 Luther Lane.

SATURDAY October 6

SUNDAY October 7

Brown Bag Dance Series in the Bob Hope Lobby from noon to 1 p.m.

Diego Velzquez: The Early Court Portraits in the Meadows Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gongora/Picasso: Graphic Poetry at the Meadows Museum from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Homecoming Captains and Candidates Meeting in HughesTrigg Student Center at 1 p.m.

SMU Outdoor Adventures Bouldering Day Trip from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drawing from the Masters at Meadows Museum from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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10:45 a.m. Theft. Expressway Tower/Park N’ Pony Office. A theft was reported at this location. Open.

4:03 p.m. Duty on Striking an Unattended Vehicle. Law Parking Garage. A student reported someone damaged her vehicle and did not leave a note. Open.

3:22 p.m. Theft. SMU Bookstore/Barnes & Noble. A theft was reported at this location. Open.

4:17 p.m. Theft. Umphrey Lee Center/Journalism Department News Room. A student reported the theft of his sunglasses and SD card from his backpack. Open.

3:00 p.m. Theft. Fondren Library Center. A student reported his laptop was stolen but later found it at this location. Closed.

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Southern G entlemen

EP Who wouldn’t like to have a portable all-male a cappella group available to serenade at all times? The self-titled SO Gents (from SMU’s resident all-male a cappella group, the Southern Gentlemen) is now available on iTunes, makes this possible. After much demand, Southern Gentlemen’s debut EP delivers five songs of nonstop entertainment and vibrant covers. The EP includes such fan favorites as “I Won’t Give Up” and “Jessie’s Mom.” Longtime fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the smooth transitions and clarity of the recording. While their musical style is similar to those found on TV shows such as Glee, these Southern Gents go above and beyond, while staying true to their a cappella roots. The only instruments used within the recordings are their voices, just like their live shows. Their commitment to diverse music genres and arrangements are also starkly apparent as one moves through the album. Starting with a sweet Disney tune, “Trashin’ the Camp,” it quickly progresses to a bouncy cover of R. Kelly’s “Ignition.” No matter what the Southern Gentlemen decide to cover, it results in fun and easy listening. SMU students, staff and alumni who are looking for feel good music to bring a smile to their faces should definitely download. Katherine Zoppati


Meadows graduate Jenna Vitalone, also known as country artsist Jenna Jentry.

Alumna Jenna Jentry rocks local music scene PARMINDER DEO Associate A&E Editor

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Protestors take place in a gathering during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

‘How to Survive a Plague’ tells important, forgotten AIDS saga CHASE WADE A&E Editor Believe it or not there was a time, not too long ago, that people actually had to meet and debate when they wanted to enact social change. Protests of yesteryear didn’t include the luxury of Twitter and Facebook to keep the word moving. How to Survive a Plague tells the story of gay activists in the 1980s and the struggle they encountered to find medicine and government support, for victims of AIDS: a disease that was destroying their population. The documentary, directed by David France, is a compelling and put together piece that explores a story that is far too often forgotten

in history’s narrative. France used his storytelling instinct to weed through thousands of hours of footage and interviews in an effort to tell the almost decade long saga. France claimed that the first cut of the film was close to seven hours long. The content within How to Survive a Plague is draped in both sorrow and sadness. France was brave in his brevity as he shows the audience the real ramifications of AIDS and the toll it can take on a human life. The real victory of HTSAP comes from the documentary’s subjects themselves. ACT UP and TAG (Treat Action Group) are the film’s two primary focuses. France shows

the two organizations in their incubation stage as they came together to fight AIDS. What makes How to Survive a Plague so compelling is the film’s revelation that humanity, when grouped together by a common cause, can overcome any problem it’s faced with. This facet is particularly showcased as the members of ACT UP and TAG (who are strictly from non-science backgrounds) hit the books and present options for AIDS treatments that scientists failed to find. How to Survive a Plague is a rare gem in the world of documentary that does what documentaries should — gives a voice to the voiceless. How to Survive a Plague opens in Dallas Friday.

SMU’s very own Jenna Vitalone or Jenna Jentry, her stage name, is taking the country music scene by storm. After releasing her new album in August titled Good As Gold, Jentry is hitting the ground running as an up and coming artist. The singer-songwriter is a workaholic who has taken control of her success. Jentry graduated with double majors in advertising and Spanish. She calls Dallas home. “I loved my four years at SMU. I actually wasn’t there to study music, but it definitely prepared me for all the hard work it takes to be in the country music industry,” Jentry said. “Being in a big city surrounded by creative, hardworking and driven people helped me keep in that same mentality and focus.” Jentry has been working with multi-platinum producer and songwriter Kevin DeClue. The duo co-wrote the entire album with the exception of “Someday Soon.” For Jentry, songwriting came naturally even at an early age. Jentry even had her first poem published when she was five years old. Jentry said, “I started taking my music seriously towards the end of high school. During college, I would go to class during the day. Then I would go to the recording studio at

night to practice my songwriting and singing. I had tons of songs I had written over the past few months and I went out to Nashville in hopes to create an industry buzz with the music I had created.” In 2010, Jentry earned a spot in the National Song Alliance International (NSAI) Song Contest Finals presented by Country Music Television. She later captivated judges in the UK’s Songwriting Competition which took her to the finals. Music is a passion of Jentry’s and she hopes to continue and further her musical career. “I hope to keep playing sold out shows and getting new fans. I’d love to play a concert on the Boulevard at SMU. Jack Ingram, a SMU alum, played there a few years ago and I said to myself,” Jentry said. “I want to do that one day.” Jentry has had a busy 2012, opening for The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Jo Dee Messina and many others. Jentry’s new single “Lovin’ Crazy” is popping up in stations across the East Coast. For aspiring muscians Jentry has some advice. “Work hard every single day. From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed, you should be working towards your dream in some way,” Jentry said. “You’re going to hear a lot of people telling you ‘no,’ but believe in your talent and your music. Surround yourself with a good team and never give up.”



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Homesickness sets in for some students Trevor Thrall Contributor

As the novelty of beginning the year at SMU wears off, first-year students have started to feel the pangs of homesickness: the loving parents, the roomy bed, the fresh meals and, most importantly, the water pressure. When I first started to wallow in what I believed to be a childish need for comfort, I thought that I was the only one who was ready to pack up and return to the motherland. I soon realized this was not the case after I heard so many of my peers expressing their excitement for fall break. I was shocked to observe that homesickness is prevalent across the board. No matter how much fun we’re having or how excited we are to be here, there are still aspects of the transition that are hard for everyone. Being at SMU may even be a huge improvement in regards to living arrangements for some students, but familiarity has a way of winning out. If you’ve eaten Fruity Pebbles every morning for the past five years, then having a plethora of options for breakfast foods is certainly exciting. Strangely enough, you will probably gravitate toward the Trix, which is Umph’s closest alternative to Fruity Pebbles. Trix: instead of a made to order omelet or a giant fluffy waffle. That decision seems sillier than a rabbit choosing cereal over a carrot or whatever else the poor guy is expected to eat. The thing is, we’re all creatures of habit. Even the spontaneous types probably sit in the same seat every day in class. We like to have consistency and stability, which can apparently be satisfied by something as simple as having the same cup of coffee every morning. So for most of us, being homesick really has nothing to do with the comparison of how awesome home is as opposed to SMU. We all know SMU is fantastic. What we miss is driving on the same roads, eating at the same restaurants and shopping at the same Wal-Mart where we’re bound to see a friend or two. We miss the familiar faces, even though the faces at SMU are notoriously gawk-worthy. So, how do we cope? The easiest step is to consciously remind yourself of what brought you to SMU in the first place. If you want to get weird about it, you can give yourself a pep talk in the mirror. The ridiculousness of that is sure to cheer you up. You could also just close your eyes and pretend that you’re in the comfort of your own bedroom surrounded by your old poster friends Justin Bieber and the Cedric Diggory version of Robert Pattinson (which would have been way too embarrassing to put on your dorm walls). My favorite coping mechanism is sending sad-face pictures of myself (selfies) to all the people I miss. Only good things can come from sending selfies. So, there may not be any good substitutes for just going home to ease homesickness. It really is something that we just have to push ourselves through mentally. But there is relief in knowing that we are all in the same boat and that this will eventually be our comfort zone. As far as the water pressure goes, good luck with finding the bright side to that issue. Unless you enjoy feeling like you are still coated with soap and shampoo when you are done bathing, there is just nothing positive to be said about the showering situation.

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Thoughts on Romney’s first debate performance Mitt Romney fails to name specifics HARVEY LUNA As a Republican voting for Barack Obama, I was disappointed by his performance for not calling out Mitt Romney on his 47 percent comment, Bain Capital or his “corporations are people, my friend” comment. Nonetheless, this was admirable on the president’s part because this suggests that he is committed to focusing on actual policy issues and not political sounds bites. I will concede that Romney’s performance was surprisingly good. He was able to show more of a human quality and able to articulate a little better. However, I was highly disappointed by Romney for doubling down on his commitment to vagueness in his policies. The first presidential debate proved to be a win for Romney in the quality of performance he gave. But, let’s be real: quality of performance is one thing and quality of policies is another. With this presidential debate being one of the most important elections in recent history, specificity in plans is more crucial than ever. We can’t expect to vote for Romney on blind faith that he will solve economic problems if he can’t even give us any basis for his vision of economic prosperity. The inconsistencies and vagueness of his economic policies highlight that he is not dedicated to the cause of solving the deficit problem or improving our economy. Let’s consider this idea further based on what was mentioned in the presidential debate. When President Obama called out Romney for adding $5 trillion dollars to the deficit by supporting a $5 trillion tax cut, his response was that the assertion was false and that he will pay for that via closing loopholes and reducing deductions. Basically Romney argued that his tax cut would be revenue-neutral. Independent organizations have evaluated Romney’s plan and have concluded that it would be mathematically impossible to

come up with enough loopholes and reduced deductions to pay for his tax cuts. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has come to this conclusion and has asserted that the only way to pay for Romney’s tax cuts without adding to the deficit is through a tax increase on the middle class. On health care, Romney stated that he will repeal Obamacare but when asked what he will replace it with, he gave us an inadequate response. The most specific Romney is on this issue is that he will keep the good parts of Obamacare and get rid of the bad parts. He never says which parts are good or bad. On the topic of regulations, Romney opposes the Dodd-Frank legislation that regulates Wall Street’s practices that led to the crisis in the first place. What this legislation does is to make sure that banks have adequate capital and to regulate the valuation of the loans it makes and gives out just to shed some light on some of the provisions of the law. This in effect will ensure that we won’t have to bailout anyone in Wall Street for their reckless behavior. What is Romney’s stance on this? He supports its repeal and when he is asked what he will replace it with, what would you guess the answer is? That’s right, there is no specificity here either. I find it hard to vote as a Republican for Romney if he cannot give us a basis for which to vote for his economic policies. His only mantra in this debate is to oppose whatever Obama supports. This election must be more than casting a vote for someone because our discontent with the opponent. This election should be determined on specific policy issues and evaluating which is best for our country. With the lack of specificity in Romney’s plan, it will be an uphill battle to convince Americans on this front. Luna is a junior majoring in economics with financial applications and political science.

Energetic Romney wows in first debate W. Tucker keene Opinion Editor In the first of the three presidential debates, there has been wide consensus that Mitt Romney knocked it out of the park. He was energetic, appropriately aggressive, and showed a strong command of the facts. President Obama on the other hand seemed far too relaxed, lacking in passion, but most importantly looked like he didn’t want to be there. One of the biggest differences I noticed between Romney’s and Obama’s performances was that Romney was standing up straight, whereas Obama was leaning against his podium, one leg propped up against the other. It didn’t look nearly as professional as Romney’s posture did. Adding to that, he looked tired and, if possible, older than Romney, who in reality is fourteen years older. This was the first debate Obama has had as an incumbent. This is also the first time he’s had to defend a governing record, and I think that in itself tripped him up. He’s used to talking about why he’d like to do things in the future, not why he didn’t do things in the past. This was new territory for him, and he didn’t navigate it very well. Obama also missed a couple of opportunities to go on the offensive later in the debate, notably neglecting to bring up Romney’s controversial “47 percent” comments, which would likely have been an easy score for Obama. Romney on the other hand was obviously excited to be there and excited to answer the questions as well. Very few would have expected for the Republican nominee to ask the moderator to go back to talking about entitlements to allow him more time to discuss the Republican position, which has historically been unpopular. And yet Romney seemed to revel in it. He was clearly having fun touching the proverbial third rail of politics. Romney also did a great job of showing people that he wasn’t the right wing ideologue that the

Democrats would like to paint him as being. Its hard to imagine a radically Conservative nominee saying that regulation is necessary in a functioning free market, or saying that he thinks parts of the DoddFrank Act are a good idea. Romney’s focus on his record as governor of Massachusetts was a strong point as well. Again, its hard to portray Romney as an ideologue when he had to get things done in Massachusetts only through compromising with the 87 percent Democratic makeup of his legislature. His insistence that he wouldn’t lower taxes on upper income Americans also seemed to catch Obama off guard. This made Obama’s entire strategy of portraying Romney as someone too rich to connect with middle class Americans totally obsolete. It threw Obama off of his game for the rest of the debate. Some people did point out that Romney stayed vague on a lot of issues, but he had a great explanation for this. By providing broad guidelines on policy, he leaves himself open for negotiation with Congress on these issues, and he would not were he to provide in depth details before the election. This showed on tax policy too. Romney was forceful in defending his point, and very clearly enjoying himself. Warned by moderator Jim Lehrer that they had gone well over the allotted time on tax policy, Romney responded, “Its fun, isn’t it?” He reveled in policy discussion, elevating the campaign to precisely the point where it was predicted to be after Paul Ryan was selected as the vice presidential nominee. Romney did have a couple trouble spots. At one point he stumbled over how to refer to poor children, but by and large he did an excellent job. If he can keep this level of performance up through the next two debates, he’ll be on track to an impressive turn around in the polls. Keene is a junior majoring in political science economics and public policy.

Letter to the Editor Wednesday’s (Oct. 3) The Daily Campus has three references to the task force to review SMU’s approach to sexual misconduct. Two articles announced the Student Senate is accepting proposed changes to the Student Code of Conduct. The Daily Campus Editorial Board wrote on this subject as well. Both the annual review of the Code and the appointment of the task force provide opportunities

to address concerns regarding the handling of sexual misconduct. The purpose of the conduct process for serious violations of the Student Code ultimately is to determine if a student is to be removed from the university. The university has an obligation to determine this for the safety and educational wellbeing of the university community. A student code outlines a process that affords due process and the possible sanctions

including suspension and expulsion. It is my understanding that the amount of due process should be proportionate to the possible sanction. Since the loose (sanction) is the student’s relationship to the institution, higher education uses “preponderance” as an appropriate level. Both the complainant and the respondent are afforded a hearing and the university closely guards each’s identity

not only because of the law but because the finding is on a preponderance of evidence. The questions raised with regard to sexual misconduct are complex and appropriate for educational discourse. If you are concerned, what better place to discuss this? Read, ask questions, discuss and learn. Kathy Rowe, PhD Staff member


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Larry Brown talks upcoming season DEMETRIO TENIENTE Staff Writer SMU head basketball coach Larry Brown spoke to the faculty club Wednesday in the Ernst & Young Gallery as part of the 2012 to 2013 Distinguished Luncheon Series. Brown has been the head coach of basketball at SMU since April 2012. He is the only head coach to win an NCAA title and an NBA championship and the only U.S. male to play and coach basketball in the Olympics. Brown has an impressive coaching tree including Greg Popavich, Bill Self and John Calipari. SMU will make its move into the Big East next year and Brown and his staff are already working on getting the team ready for a higher level of play. “We have three great transfers that are Big East ­— caliber players. And when I watch them practice I think ‘we aren’t bad’ but then I realize that they can’t play next year,” Brown said. “It makes me a little nervous and I think the players that we recruited were recruited to play in Conference USA. We’ve got to raise the level of that up too.” With basketball having such a long season, winning and losing streaks are inevitable. Brown said there are four big things in coaching: getting great players, teaching them how to win and deal with winning and to win championships. “I cant promise wins and losses, but I can promise you all that we will play hard, we will play together, we will look like we are having fun and hopefully we’ll play smart,” Brown said. “And it’d be nice if we defended and rebounded.” The Hall of Fame coach recalled playing in Moody Coliseum during his younger days and said it is very much the same as it was, but hopefully the $40 million renovation will change that. Brown also said that while the stadium might be

the same, the game of collegiate basketball off of the court is not. “You know I haven’t done this [recruiting] in 25 years at the college level,” he said. “It used to be you spoke to the guidance counselor, the coach and then you met the parents, and most kids had both parents. It’s nothing like that now. There are so many layers that you have to go through. I haven’t found many parents making decisions for the kid. Very rarely is the high school coach involved. ” Brown said the expectations of the student athlete have also changed. When Brown was a coach at Kentucky, players played in the NCAA for four years before possibly going to the NBA. Today many enter collegiate play expecting to go pro after one year. “A lot of [athletes] think they are failures if [they don’t go pro],” Brown said. “I try to be real with them. They aren’t failures; there is life after basketball.” For Brown it isn’t just about basketball, it’s about the athlete and making sure they are doing well academically and are on the right path to be successful when their basketball journeys are over. He feels that an increase in attendance will be beneficial to everyone. “We’ve got to start to figure out how our students come to games,” Brown said. “It can have a positive effect on all of us. I have found out, the more successful you are athletically, the better you are academically,” he said. One of the ways Brown tries to promote academic success in his athletes is by making the entire team pay whenever an athlete gets off track. He says it forces the team to come together and hold each other accountable. He’d rather have them be a little disappointed in him and love each other. “I want them to know that if you don’t do your job, if you don’t act like a decent person, if you don’t take responsibility for your actions, you affect everybody,” Brown said.

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President Turner announces sexual misconduct task force members JULIE FANCHER HALEY THAYER Staff Writers Nearly one week after the Sept. 28 announcement that President R. Gerald Turner would create a Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures Task Force, he released the names of its 20 members, which includes students, faculty, staff, and a member of the District Attorney’s office. In the wake of the arrests of two SMU students for sexual assault, President Turner established this task force to determine if the University Conduct Review board is efficient enough to handle allegations of student sexual misconduct. Turner said that through the task force, “we aim to be proactive in determining what may need to be adjusted and to be responsive to those who are questioning the

conduct review system at colleges and universities nationwide, including SMU.” Task force members include Kelly Compton, executive director of the Hoglund Foundation and SMU trustee, Karen Click, director of the SMU Women’s Center, Jeanne Tower Cox, SMU trustee and parent, Monique Holland, SMU senior associate director of Athletics, Rick Shafer, SMU chief of police and Anita Ingram, SMU associate vice president and chief risk officer. Students on the task force will include Monika Korra, SMU student, Rachany Thi Son, SMU law student and Alex Mace, president of the SMU student body. The task force will include a representative from the Dallas County district attorney’s office, Ellyce Lindbery, the chief prosecutor of grand jury/intake for the city. Kelly Compton, a SMU trustee

and chair of the board’s Student Affairs Committee, will be the chair of the task force. Lori White, who was previously co-chair with Compton, will now just be a member of the force in order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. “The task force has an impressive membership of leaders who will engage in careful ant thoughtful deliberations. We are grateful for the time they are willing to commit to this process. By working together, I am confident we will reach a productive outcome,” Compton said in a statement. Monika Korra was the first SMU student in the past 25 years whose case went to trial and the suspects were successfully prosecuted. The Task Force will begin meeting in October with any changes made forwarded directly to President Turner. The full report is expected to be completed on or before March 1, 2013.

FUTURE: SMU alumnus examines Indian energy, security continued from page 1

Krishna pushed for a “new strategic and economic partnership” between India and the United States to develop clean and renewable energy sources worldwide. India’s population is requiring more and more energy as it continues to develop. “Renewable sources of energy [as] it is the biggest energy security challenge to India,” he said. A question from the audience led to a conversation about relations between India and Pakistan. Despite controversy over the 2008 Mumbai attacks, he said there is a great sense of positivism between the two nations on a “people to people level.” Movement of people across the

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border has helped developing a greater understanding between the two countries. Krishna recently attended a U.N. session, and shared India’s and other developing nations’ interesting in reforming the peace organization’s framework. He said that India wants to see more African representation in the U.N. Security Council and engagement of P5 countries trying to develop. “Roadblocks [to that] are the countries that have the power to veto,” he said. When asked about India’s lack of support of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, Krishna said India did not sign the treaty because of its discriminatory nature. He

emphasized that India will not continue testing and has maintained a positive track record in that area. The audience welcomed his response with applause. Krishna concluded the lecture by expressing hope and optimism for the collaborative partnership between the Lone Star state and India. SMU Dedman School of Law followed up by presenting Krishna the Distinguished Global Alumni award in recognition for his work in the global community. Feeling nostalgic, Krishna said it was a “happy homecoming” returning to SMU. “I owe my success to knowledge [I received] at this great institution of learning,” he said.

ISSUE: Candidates focus in on economy continued from page 1

telling points.” Wilson explained that while Romney “emphasized that there really is a difference between federal action and state action,” he was unable to entirely bring down Obamacare in favor of his own reform because “the logic of [both candidate’s healthcare plans] is pretty similar.” “[Romney] tentatively differentiated what he did in Massachusetts compared to Obamacare.” But Wilson said that despite that, the resemblances are something he just “can’t get away from.” At the end of the night, the “debate was entirely about economic and budgetary issues.” Wilson said that there’s still the “domain of foreign policy and the domain of social issues. However, that’s not to say that such topics will be what really get voters to make their decisions. No matter how much it may have been talked to death so far throughout the election season, the economy was still the best lead the candidates could have gotten. “The economy is the one area where people do care and they’re more open to persuasion. That’s where candidates can score the most telling points.”

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Before the presidential debates, Mitt Romney was behind President Barack Obama in key battleground states

Wilson said the problem lays in the fact that “most Americans don’t care much about foreign policy,” and social issues are “not an area where most people are open to persuasion.” “Social issues are really more a question of revving up your base.” Wilson said. The presidential candidates will return to the debates in two weeks. That “town hall” debate may in fact prove the most challenging when the floor is opened up to questions from independent voters. “[It’s] a very difficult format and has a lot of wild cards…you just don’t know what someone is going to say,” Voth said.

Wilson predicted that it may actually be Obama’s chance to regain some ground. “I think that may be a forum that plays fairly well to President Obama.” Wilson said. In a session dictated by American voters themselves, Wilson said “it will be interesting to see if Romney can interact with the same ease” in a more spontaneous environment. “The challenge for Romney particularly will be to project an empathy and a connection that, sometimes, he has lacked.” The vice presidential nominees will participate in the second debate on Oct. 11.

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for dinner, he tried to walk away, which he claimed was “the scariest moment” of his life. Tobowlosky recalled a voice in the back of his head that said, “just keep walking, don’t look back, whatever you do, don’t look back. Just. Keep. Walking.” This notion of “just keep going” and “never looking back” is one that Tobolowlsky has grown more accustomed to over the years as he has progressed professionally. After all, USA Today recently named Tobowolosky the ninth

most frequently seen actor in film today. Still, he believes that one of the main issues in the arts is keeping one’s spirit alive while constantly being rejected, because “the rejection process never ends,” Tobowolosky concluded. In an interview after the lecture, Tobowlosky elaborated on how he has found success in keeping his spirit alive over the span of his career. Attributing a friend’s advice as inspiration, Tobowlosky explained: “When things get really, really, bad, always put yourself in the place

of something elemental-either the trees, the mountains, the rivers, or the stars, something a lot bigger than yourself…when you feel down, you have to find a way to turn your life into addition.” Tobowlosky gave examples of what he personally adds to his life to make himself feel better, which included listening to a new type of music, reading a new book, or seeing a new painting. “Whatever it may be, you just have to find a way to add something to your life.”


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