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Libya declares its liberation Libyan officials on Sunday declared liberation of the nation after 42 years of oppressive rule under late dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The uprising, which has been ongoing since February, was declared successful following Gaddafi’s violent death on Thursday. National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil thanked the United Nations and the European Union and vowed to uphold Islamic law in Libya. “We as a Muslim nation have taken Islamic Sharia as the source of legislation,” he said. “Therefore any law that contradicts the principles of Islam is legally nullified.”

Bobby Jindal reelected Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, won a second term Saturday night. Jindal defeated nine opponents in the opening primary, where a candidate must win more than 50 percent of the vote. Jindal won in a landslide of 66 percent. His main competitor was Tara Hollis, a Democrat, who only got 18 percent.

Earthquake hits Turkey A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey Sunday morning at 4:32 a.m. local time. At least 85 people have been reportedly killed, but scientists believe the death toll could go up to 1,000 because of low housing standards. Rescuers are digging through the remaining rubble and destruction to find survivors. The epicenter was near the northeastern Turkish town of Van, which is close to the Iranian border.

Occupy Wall Street continues Around 130 members of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s Chicago branch were arrested early Sunday. These demonstrators tried to stay at Congress Plaza in Grant Park, which closes at 11 p.m. Police barricaded the area shortly after closing, and began to take people into custody at 1 a.m. The protestors were peaceful, and none of the activists resisted arrest.

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Local gourmet food trucks work to come to campus By ALEXANDRA SISTO Contributing Writer

With the encouragement from customers at their staple spots in Downtown, Uptown, the Dallas Arts District and surrounding suburbs, mobile food vendors are now reaching out to the SMU campus. “We have parked on Hillcrest and have had a positive response,” Robin Skinner, marketing director of Ruthie’s Rolling Café said. “Our next move is to park on campus in hopes of serving students late-night food.” Ruthie’s Rolling Café specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and is hoping to soon park directly on campus. The truck has put itself on

students’ radars with customizable “ooey-gooey” creations that sell for under $10. Ruthie’s has been serving students on the weekends when the food truck rolls into parking lots of popular student bars, like Barley House and Twisted Root. Skinner and her team are negotiating with SMU administrators with the hopes of obtaining permission to serve food directly on SMU property. Food truck entrepreneurs and owners have been taking advantage of social media through Twitter and Facebook to connect with the SMU community. Many SMU students say they want food trucks near or on campus. “Having the convenience of food

trucks serving good and affordable food within walking distance from my apartment would make living next to campus that much better,” SMU junior Garrett Ancey said. Students leaving campus to get food late at night has always been a safety issue, and Skinner believes on-campus food trucks could be an answer to that problem. Food trucks have been lining the streets at universities across the country, including The University of Texas at Austin, serving lines of hungry students and promoting food that is fast, cheap and delicious. “There are food trucks all over campus that cater to students’ late night cravings,” C.J. Haynes-Dale,

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A new application is taking on the responsibility of ensuring you have a good time with your friends at a convenient and appealing location customized to your liking. Roamz allows users to discover new hangouts, restaurants, recreation and more as you ‘roam’ around town. This free application generates a live stream of your interests by allowing you to connect Roamz to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram. Connecting to these sites enables Roamz to better customize its aggregation of places that may be of utmost interest to the user. But that’s not all. Roamz is in tune with what the locals are doing too. By sifting through your documented interests on these social media websites, Roamz provides places that locals frequent often that are consistent with your interests. For example, if you indicate that you enjoy hanging out at coffee shops on Facebook or within the application, Roamz will pull up some local coffee shops that locals are satisfied with and enjoy. If you choose to visit a specific location, Roamz offers

you the option of rating it. Roamz will store this information and based off of your preferences, it will indicate similar or dissimilar suggestions. “At first I was hesitant to connect Roamz with my other social media, but after trying it out it really helps give you better recommendations for what you’re looking for,” SMU senior Molly Brown said. Considering the broad interest of a potential user, Roamz has a wide variety of user interests to choose from. The interests available include college and education, shopping, nightlife, bars and clubs, events and entertainment, travel and lodging, restaurants and food, local services and more. Each of these interests has the capability of being turned on or off, depending upon your interests. SMU junior Mike Welch finds the Roamz application helpful, especially in a city like Dallas. “Dallas seems to have a decent amount of Roamz users which makes finding new interesting places really easy,” he said. Since this is a newly launched application, major metropolitan cities have more options for interests than cities that have not yet been developed. However, Roamz says it is working to have the most up-todate information and to provide the best content for more and more cities across the United States.

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New sexual assault mandate causes national controversy By ASHLEY WITHERS Editor in Chief

During her freshman year, a female SMU student* went to a frat party with a couple of friends. It was a typical weekend night. She remembers drinking one cup of punch and then, nothing. The next thing she knew, some guy had her propped up against a wall, and her friends were missing. “I woke up the next morning in someone else’s dorm room,” she said. “I have no idea what happened that night. I didn’t know where to go or where to get help.” Unfortunately, stories like this one are not unique on college

campuses, and the U.S. Department of Education is taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault. In April 2011, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), a part of the U.S. Department of Education, released an official letter to all schools that receive public funding, outlining a list of standards for enforcing sexual harassment and assault allegations. But the standards are under scrutiny by at least three national organizations, particularly over the amount of evidence that should be required to bring a harassment case forward. The letter stated that in hearings for these cases, schools must adhere to a standard of “preponderance

of evidence.” That means it is more likely than not that the accused committed the act. This is the lowest legal standard of evidence. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has been one of the most outspoken critics of the new mandate. “This is too low of a standard,” Will Creeley, the director of legal and public advocacy for FIRE, said. “This is the same standard used in hearings for speeding tickets.” The campus sexual harassment standards explained by the OCR letter are a part of Title IX, a U.S. law

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The Texas State Veggie Fair exhibited a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan foods, products, and services for members of the Dallas community. During Sunday afternoon’s event, the Denton Vegan Co-Op sold meatless tamales to hundreds of eager fair-goers.

There was once a time when Deep Ellum was so popular that streets were often blocked with traffic. However, today the streets are much emptier than they were during the once restless nights of the 1990s. “Back in the late ‘70s and ‘90s Deep Ellum was the edgy, cool place to go,” Deep Ellum resident Megan Shaw said. “Once it got really popular, people were able to recognize opportunity for crime. So once that happened, Deep Ellum kind of just died for 10 years.” Ten years later, a walk through the once crime-plagued streets has

transformed into a trip to the gallery. The creative Deep Ellum community has put up murals and art structures, developing a sense of comfort and expression. “There’s dog parks, and they got neat artwork and graffiti that’s well-done all over the place,” Shaw said. “It’s a really fun place to walk around, because it’s not a scary part of town anymore.” Many residents believe this is only the beginning of the area’s transformation. “Eventually, down the road, we want an app to be able to tour Deep Ellum as you’re looking at the murals,” Paula Ramirez, a board member of Deep Ellum Community Association, said. Crime rates in the

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Occupy Dallas protesters vary on goals, endgame By JESSICA HUSEMAN Politics Editor

The “Occupy” movement has crept into cities across the United States, and so has the criticism that they have no uniform goal. Occupy Dallas has not escaped this critique. While the complaints of the protesters in Dallas vary, they all share a common theme: corporate greed and the silencing of regular Americans. They also share a common timeline in that they don’t have one. Cordell Cameron, who runs and frequently blogs on the site, said he feels the criticism is unfounded. “When people here can’t articulate a legitimate solution to the problems, they say ‘you are ignorant, you don’t know what you are doing out here and you are about nothing,’” he said. “My point is that it’s not the people’s responsibility to do that, it’s the politician’s job. People should be expressing their grievances here and the politicians should be listening and coming up with solutions.” But the criticisms of the movement go further than that. With everyone at Occupy Dallas expressing different problems, some may say it would be difficult

for politicians to know what to address. “There no list of ‘you comply with this and we are happy,’ but there is the general idea that every voice needs to be heard, not just the rich,” Bobbi Johnson, who was at the protest with her husband, said. Cameron agreed, and said a good step forward would be to revoke corporate personhood, which was established in Citizens United v. Federal Election commission ruling last year. “Yes, we still have the right to vote, but the people we are voting for don’t care what we have to say because they are already bought and paid for,” Cameron said. Other protesters echoed the idea that corporations had become too powerful and needed to be scaled back, but Cameron agreed that there were many who had other problems entirely. While he authored a blog on the site called “Seriously…You don’t know why we’re here?,” which addressed the power of corporations, he acknowledged that was just his opinion. “While there are many reasons people have come out, I just focused on the main one that is important to me, that corporations have hijacked our government,” he said. Other protesters had different ideas entirely.


Occupy Dallas has been camped out since Oct. 6. After a disagreement with the city, they moved from their original site at Pioneer Plaza to their current site just southeast of City Hall. The movement has been criticized by the media for their lack of uniform message.

Some wanted the government to end entirely and advocated anarchy, others called for complete redistribution of wealth. Robert Porter, an organizer of the event who has served in such roles as police liaison, said that it was easy to let those views crowd the overall message of the

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movement. “It’s easy to focus on the ones that are nutty, because they are easy to pick out. But there is a bigger message here,” he said. Porter said the bigger message was the mistreatment of the common person, but he, like the others, had no idea when that

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mistreatment would come to an end or what party would address it. “It’s indefinite,” Ryan Lucas, a freelance photographer who had previously participated at Wall Street and in D.C., said. “One day there will be change, but until then hopefully it gains momentum and more people

come.” Lucas said that even when corporate greed was fixed, the protests would go on. “The whole Occupy movement is about everyone coming together, because the ship has 17 holes in it and it’s sinking,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you fix one problem, because there are still 16 other ones that haven’t been addressed.” The Occupy Dallas movement has a permit with the city that allows them to camp out until the middle of December. Porter said he does not know whether or not the movement will try and renew the permit. “It depends on the people who are there and how much chutzpah they’ve got,” he said. Once the permit ends, the protesters have five days to renew it. Porter said he does not feel the city would decline the renewal. “What the city wants, I think, is for us to just leave. Get tired, worn out, and leave. That way they don’t get any bad stories written about them or nasty pictures in the paper, and they still get to say they gave people the freedom of speech,” he said. “And if we fritter ourselves away, then we deserve it.”


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“Reckoning with Gender and Fighting Jim Crow”: A lecture by Lulu B. White from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium of Dallas Hall.

Work Abroad Fair: meet with international employers at 5 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Promenades AB.

WEDNESDAY October 25

Clements Monthly Brown Bag Lecture: “What Can Digital Tools Tell Us about Slavery in the Texas Borderlands” lecture from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Texana Room of DeGolyer library.

1:56 p.m. Theft: Phi Delta Theta House/3072 SMU Blvd. A unaffiliated person was arrested and booked into Dallas County jail for attempting to steal a bicycle. Closed.

October 19 11:33 a.m. Harassment: Perkins Administration Building /5425 Boaz Lane. A staff member reported she was being harassed by an unaffiliated person. Open.

October 20 2:21 p.m. Delivery/Manufacture of Counterfeit Instrument: Hughes Trigg/3140 Dyer Street. An unknown female presented a counterfeit $20 to a sales clerk. Open. 6:45 p.m. Failure to Leave Identification: South Quad Lot/6000 Ownby Drive. A student reported an unknown person struck her unoccupied vehicle and failed to leave contact information. Open.

October 21 12:26 a.m. Possession of Marijuana/Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia: McElvaney Hall/6000 Bishop Blvd. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Closed.


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designed to ensure gender equality on campus. The letter reminded schools of their obligation to take immediate action against the harassment and address its effects. “It is a college’s moral and legal duty to respond to such allegations, but shifting the burden of evidence just leads to more innocent students being accused,” Creeley said. “It doesn’t increase justice, it just widens the net.” FIRE believes a “clear and convincing” evidence standard would serve both the victims and the accused more fairly. “This move is well-intentioned, but lowering the standard is not the right way to go about it,” Creeley said. “If there is an epidemic of these sexual assaults on campus, I don’t think you lower that number by making it easier to accuse.” The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) echoes FIRE’s worries about the implications of the recently outlined standards. In a letter to the OCR in response to the new mandate, Cary Nelson, president of the AAUP, said: “While clear policy statements and timely responses are key for both the complainant and the accused,

preserving a higher standard of proof is vital in achieving fair and just treatment for all.” For the AAUP, the main concern is that a professor could be accused of sexual harassment or rape and lose his or her job over the mere accusation.They believe this standard does not protect university professors or accused students from a battle of hearsay. But the standards set by the OCR are not without strong support. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has voiced its strong support for the mandate. The AAUW does not see the OCR’s letter as a change to a lower standard, but instead just as a clarification on the way the Title IX law should have always been interpreted. “A university’s primary job is to help students learn in an environment free from any harassment or discrimination,” Erin Prangley, the AAUW associate director for government relations, said. “This standard should always be applied. Any school that was not already upholding this was misinterpreting the law.” The organization believes the

“preponderance of evidence” standard has and will continue to prove immensely helpful for sexual assault victims who previously felt the system did not want to help them. “The number one goal should always be the safety of the students,” Prangley said. The fall 2011 semester is the first time universities across the country have had to modify their policies to meet OCR standards since the letter was sent out, and despite the national controversy, universities are currently working to modify their policies. SMU is no exception and is currently in the process of reviewing its policies. Beth Wilson, the associate vice president for Access and Equity at SMU, feels the letter was necessary to clear up university sexual harassment policies across the board and to remind schools of their responsibility to always respond to allegations of sexual violence, even if the police or a criminal court is investigating it. “Having internal policies and procedures provides a valuable option for students to effectively address matters more quickly and confidently, while also

respecting their right to pursue a separate criminal complaint,” Wilson said. The University of Texas at Austin is also in the process of modifying and changing its policies to meet the regulations laid out in the “Dear Colleague” letter. Prior to the “Dear Colleague” letter, the school used a “beyond a reasonable doubt” evidence standard similar to SMU. “I think the preponderance standard makes more sense, and it is in alignment with other practices. I don’t see it as lowering but equalizing,” UT Austin Title IX coordinator Jennifer Hammat said. “It’s just a matter of getting everyone doing it the same way.” “Sexual assault is a lifealtering event,” the SMU student, who is now in her senior year, said. “You need to be able to tell someone and know something will be done.” *The Daily Campus does not release the names of sexual assault victims in order to protect their privacy and wishes.


ISA celebrates annual Diwali festival By BEN ATEKU

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The 400-seat Hughes-Trigg Theater was too small to hold the people who came to celebrate the 32nd Annual Diwali Festival Saturday evening. The event, marking the Hindu New Year, was organized by the SMU’s Indian Student Association. Dances, video clips on diverse social issues and a fashion show created a festive atmosphere for all in attendance Diwali is one of the most important festivals in the Indian community. Performers gave renditions of several well-known songs from the Indian community. Dressed in colorful costumes, the

performers danced to some of the most popular tunes from Bollywood, India’s equivalent of America’s Hollywood. The choreography symbolized a marriage of cultures as the dancers fused Hindu and Western style dance steps with a medley of Asian and Western pop songs. The event attracted an audience of all ages from SMU and beyond. Mr. Jetta Sarna, president of Inkjet International, attended the event at the invitation of his granddaughter, a student at SMU. He praised the efforts made by the students to make culture a part of their lives. “I did not even know that my granddaughter was taking part in this,” Sarna said.

“Instilling culture in children can help them find their own identity.” Anisha Durvasula, president of SMU’s Indian Student Association, said members chose the color pink as the theme of this year’s festival in recognition of Susan G. Komen for the Cure events. “Breast Cancer is a disease that is being discovered in even younger people,” Durvasula said. “Younger women need to be checked just as well.” Durvasula said the club partnered with team Karma3Sixty to raise money for members of the group who will walk 60 miles in the threeday Susan G. Komen walk. Veena Kashyap, the group leader, praised the Indian Student Association for the partnership.

“They have done so much to raise awareness on the the seriousness of cancer in the community,” Kashyap said. “They have contributed to our cause so much without expecting anything from us.” Andrea Rebolledo, an SMU senior majoring in advertising, said she was glad to have attended the event. “If it will be there next year, I will come again for sure,” she said. “I really liked the dances.” Durvasula said the Indian Student Association plans to stage a national talent competition in spring, as well as a musical event titled “Raas Rave and Bhangra Blitz” that will be staged early next year.


Conference discusses individual rights By KATIE TUFTS Copy Editor

Trying to decipher the ins and outs of the Patriot Act is a difficult task, even to experts. This concept was at the center of the National Security and Civil Liberties Conference individual rights panel Saturday. The panelists also discussed issues of terrorist surveillance, law enforcement and the Terrorist Screening Center’s No-Fly List. SMU graduate student Tammie Smith gained insight from the panelists. “I thought that [the panel] was wonderful and helpful. The most interesting part was on the No-Fly Lists because I knew that this was happening but not to such a great extent,” she said. An audience of about 40 gathered in the Meadows Museum Smith Auditorium to hear Rebecca Gregory, former chief of AntiTerrorism and National Security for the U.S. Eastern District of Texas and two professors from the SMU Dedman School of Law: Jeffrey Bellin, an expert in criminal law and procedure who is a former prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Jeffrey Kahn, an expert on constitutional and human rights law as well as counterterrorism, speak. Journalist Lee Cullum, host of KERA’s “CEO,” moderated the three-person panel. Each panelist gave a short presentation before the floor was opened for discussion and questions from the audience. Gregory started the presentations with a look back to 9/11 and how it was an impetus for change in U.S. intelligence and security. She also gave a brief history of governmental spying and the implementation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”). According to Gregory, prior to 9/11, “the U.S. was trying to fight a 21st century

war with tools from the 20th century.” Gregory said that there was an urgent need, after 9/11, to make immediate changes in our laws. One change with the addition of Patriot Act was to tear down the “wall” that had previously kept U.S. foreign intelligence from communicating with U.S. foreign law enforcement. But this was only one change that came from the Patriot Act. Gregory also said that while it created some new laws, it also made amendments to many standing laws, making it more difficult to understand. Bellin spoke about some of the problems that arose from the additions of the Patriot Act. Bellin sees that “the Patriot Act exploits the new world in terms of

privacy.” He used the example of law enforcement using delayed notice search warrants, which allows officers to search a house without ever telling the owner. He said these practices are not used for antiterrorism and that the majority of these cases are used for drug searches, which have nothing to do with fighting foreign violence. Bellin also talked about how the Patriot Act gives procedure for law enforcement to easily obtain warrants to wire tap phone lines and computers and questioned if some of the law changes could be overstepping personal privacy. SMU senior, David de la Fuente, enjoyed hearing about the Patriot Act because it has affected his family personally.

“Some arcane parts of the Patriot Act have made it difficult for my mother to do things like reapply for her driver’s license,” he said. The final panelist, Jeffrey Kahn, talked about the right to travel and terrorist watch lists, which also became much more prevalent after 9/11. Kahn presented the problem with the name-based No-Fly List, that there is more than one person with the same name, and commented that this has also expanded beyond its purpose. Though the panelists spoke on serious topics affecting the U.S. and foreign terrorism, the audience laughed at each of the panelists’ humorous tidbits, keeping them engaged through the end of the question and answer session.

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a former U.T. Austin student, said. “I think they would be successful on any college campus.” Michael Siegel, co-owner of Green House Truck, has been serving made-from-scratch food with local ingredients in the University Park area for over a year now, as well as at a few SMU oncampus events. “There’s a need for healthy, affordable and fast food,” Siegel said. “It’s particularly important on or near a college campus.” Grilled lemon chicken salad, miso steak rice bowls and gazpacho soup are among the options. And with all items around $8, the food is student budget friendly. The toughest challenge of not having a permanent location is getting the word out. Many owners and chefs have found that the use of social media helps to attract customers. “I can always find a food truck’s location thanks to their constant Twitter updates,” Renick Towsend, an SMU sophomore, said. Green House Truck has recently been spotted in the Bank of Texas parking lot on the corner of Hillcrest Avenue and University Boulevard. “The food is better and cheaper than a lot of restaurants surrounding campus, but it’s timely and inconvenient chasing the trucks

around DFW,” senior Mallory Olson said. University Park and the City of Dallas have separate rules and regulations that apply to mobile trucks. A permit, which can take up to several months to obtain, must be granted to legally sell food on the streets. University Park grants the owner of the food truck’s desired property the right to give permission to allow the truck to park there or not. “Allowing a food truck to park in your business’s parking lot is a great advantage for the property owner; it attracts people to your own business,” Skinner said. Unlike businesses with a permanent location, food trucks have the advantage of packing up and leaving if their food doesn’t sell in a particular area. According to the City of Dallas requirements for mobile food vendors, trucks are subject to many of the same regulations as restaurants, ensuring they are regularly inspected to guarantee a clean kitchen and safe food. Following the success of Dallas’ first ever Food Truck Festival in August, held in the parking lot outside of Sigel’s on Greenville, it is clear that the public supports the trucks.

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neighborhood have dropped dramatically since 2004. There were 50 reported aggravated assaults in 2004 compared to only eight assaults in 2009. Business owners, like Jay Jerrier of the Italian restaurant Cane Rosso, find security in the recent increase of police enforcement. “There’s so many cops down here now,” Jerrier said. “It’s not like it used to be for sure.” In addition to more police officers, resident housing is also increasing. Now, residents find it easier to connect to other parts of Dallas. “The DART is awesome,” Shaw said. “You can hop on them very easily, then you could go all the way up to SMU if you needed to.” Throughout the transition, Deep Ellum residents strive to preserve the neighborhood’s

unique yet tight-knit culture. “It speaks volumes to the different points of views people have in the neighborhood,” Ramirez said. “It’s not uniformed, at all. I mean, good luck trying to have a homeowners association here; it wouldn’t work.” Although Deep Ellum hasn’t fully restored itself to its glory days in the 1990s, liveliness has certainly increased. Movements like the Public Improvement District, which was created in 2006, has helped crime decrease and businesses thrive. Restaurants once again have lines during lunch hour and art galleries are buzzing.

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For more than 40 years, the state of Texas has been committed to helping students attend college by offering low, Amir Barzin fixed-interest student loans. The program, known today as the College Access Loan (CAL), currently boasts one of the lowest interest rates in the nation (5.25 percent). Unlike many other types of loans available to students, the state is able to keep interest rates purposefully low because the program answers to tuitionpayers, not profit margins. Throughout its long history, the program has also never relied on taxpayers to repay bond obligations or administer

the program. The fiscally sound management principles employed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) have ensured that the benefits of low- interest and lowcost loans are passed directly to student borrowers. It is for these reasons that Texas voters have reauthorized the program in six elections since 1965. On Nov. 8, voters will once again be asked to approve bonding authority to support this program. But this election marks a critical juncture for the future of the program and access to funding to help students pay for college. If passed, Proposition 3 will significantly extend the reach of the program to serve more students than ever before. It will also provide long-term sustainability and predictability

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Mass emails aggravate student body The Editorial Board would like to take a second to call attention to the pet peeve of almost every SMU student: The excessive amounts of mass emails sent to us from random departments at SMU who can’t seem to get attention any other way. We would also like to take a second to tell a specific person to stop doing this. We are talking to you, Patrick Hite. We know the Health Center is doing flu shots and believe one e-mail telling the student body is enough. We have received that e-mail more than once. Please stop telling us. That survey? The first time you emailed it to us we decided whether or not we’d like to participate. Now, is there a place on the survey we can express our sincere annoyance that we received the survey multiple times? Here’s the deal, SMU. Allowing every department in the school to send out emails about things that the vast majority of the student body does not care about is inefficient and annoying. And when our email boxes are not that big in the first place, it doesn’t make sense to load them with things that most students will not pay attention to anyway. Do you want us to take emails from the school seriously? Then take into consideration the fact that 99 percent of those emails are not serious. If I am a theater major, I most likely do not care about Guildhall. I probably will not attend their functions no matter how many times I am told about them. If I am a business major, I probably do not care about the speaker coming to campus from the anthropology department. I will not go…ever. The first rule of attracting an audience is to identify your audience and the entire student body is usually not the audience. It is simply not true that everyone will care about your “really exciting” event. Choose your email audiences wisely so your “important” messages aren’t subjected to mass, immediate deletion. Here are two suggestions to fix this annoying problem: 1. Make all those who want to notify the student body of something send their emails to one person. Have that person bundle the emails and send them out in a larger email once a week. 2. Allow students to unsubscribe from lists they are uninterested in. Do not allow this option for emergency emails or emails of larger importance. Hint: The new video game in Guildhall is not of larger importance. Nor is the third notification about flu shots. This is something the student body has been complaining about for a while. While we’d love to dedicate our editorial to larger problems instead of things that could have easily been fixed by a simple change in email settings, it turns out that the administration has not realized how ridiculously annoying this is. Until then, here is a simple solution for students: If you want to make sure you never receive emails from certain people, click on their email, then click on “actions” in the top right corner and a drop down box will pop up. Click on “create rule.” Then, click on “was received from.” Under “do the following” there is a drop down box. Click it, and select “move the message to folder.” Then select the folder you want it to be moved to. Junk mail? Trash? It’s up to you. At least you won’t receive the emails anymore. 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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Dyslexia: why it shouldn’t be ignored Opinion Editor

Last week I discussed some of my thoughts surrounding many societal stigmas about mental health and depression. Brandon Bub Today I feel compelled to discuss a topic not far removed from that theme: our perceptions of people with learning disabilities. I remember in high school whenever it came time for SAT testing there would always be portions of the registration process where a student could request extended time if they could prove they suffered from a learning disability. This always irked more than a few of my classmates, “That guy doesn’t need extended time, there’s nothing wrong with him at all. He’s just trying to cheat the system to get a better grade.” It was always difficult for the rest of us at school to be sympathetic when we weren’t the ones needing to request aid. I think when we think of someone with a learning disability, we think there ought to be some obvious distinguishing characteristic about that person that we can identify immediately. But people with dyslexia, ADHD or any other very real condition that can affect their ability to learn are no different from the

rest of us. A few years ago I used to be employed as a tutor at the Shelton School in Dallas, which is a school nationally renowned for its commitment to helping its students who struggle with learning disabilities. As part of our training, we watched a series of videos and lectures all about dyslexia and how it manifests itself in the brains of many people who have it. A lot of us who were newly hired were surprised to find that dyslexia actually derives from the way the brain is wired, and scientists have found that the brains of dyslexics actually look different from the brains of nondyslexics. Of course that doesn’t mean that there’s anything fundamentally wrong with how a dyslexic person’s brain works, but rather that conventional learning and teaching strategies that are designed by non-dyslexics for non-dyslexics will not be nearly as effective of modes of instruction for dyslexics. The students that we tutored were highly intelligent and willing to learn, but their dyslexia often became evident in curious ways. I remember I had one student who would without fail read the letter “b” as the letter “d” and vice versa. And when I thought about it, this actually made a lot of sense: the lowercase “b” and “d” look the exact same and are only distinguished by the direction they face on the page,.

A person who has difficulty understanding spatial orientation would naturally have a hard time telling these two letters apart. The same is true for a multitude of other letters. Working at Shelton opened my eyes to the unfair and often unjust ways that we look at students with learning disabilities. We like to think that they’re just not trying hard enough when they come home with a bad grade from school, and we wonder why they get so discouraged when no one is really attuned to their needs. It’s frightening for me to hear from people sometimes that “dyslexia and ADHD aren’t real diseases.” Some claim we’re coddling so many of these children, feeding them pills and making excuses for them so they’ll never have to actually apply themselves. Hearing things like this just makes me downright angry. I will concede that their might be cases when children are misdiagnosed as learning disabled, and I wouldn’t doubt that there are some enterprising kids who have found that they can lie about these problems to get extra time on tests. But for every child like this, I know there are probably five more who have gone undiagnosed and aren’t receiving the attention and care that they need. Also, the idea that we’re overmedicating children for ADHD is simply

absurd. Professionals who deal with learning-disabled students are able to recommend all sorts of treatment methods before they decide on medication, and pills like Adderall and Ritalin are usually only prescribed as a last resort. Learning-disabled students don’t choose their condition. Dyslexia affects not only school life but also life at home and with family, and conditions like ADHD can make even the most mundane daily chores almost unbearable for some children. Students with learning disabilities face an uphill battle in parts of life that many of us would never even consider. A lot of our opposition to special concessions for learningdisabled students comes from a flawed notion of the concept of fairness. After all, if Jimmy gets an extra 30 minutes to take his test, why shouldn’t the rest of us? However, fairness does not mean that every person receives the same thing. Fairness means that everyone gets what he or she deserves. The sooner we can recognize that, the sooner we can make the world fairer for everyone, dyslexic or otherwise. Brandon Bub is a sophomore majoring in English and edits The Daily Campus opinion column. He can be reached for comment at

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Cosmic Cafe serves out of this world food Vegan restaraunt offers healthy alternatives to other local fare By NATALIE BLANKENSHIP A&E Editor

As patrons walk into Cosmic Café, they are greeted by bright colors, assorted Buddha figurines and a fresh breath of relaxation. Located at 2912 Oak Lawn Ave., Cosmic Café brings Dallas one of the very few truly vegetarian restaurants, offering up Indian-inspired dishes and even some vegan items. Seating is open, and if it’s a nice day, their front porch is a great spot to dine al fresco. The patrons feel as if they’ve stepped out of Dallas. The scenery is never boring. From Asian lamps hanging to Indian rugs on the ceilings to a little Buddha figurine watching over you as you take a bite of your samosa, Cosmic Café brings you to a new place. The friendly wait staff help vegetarian new comers by explaining the menu. Speaking of the menu, instead of appetizers, they offer “primordial energy,” “souper nova” for soups, “big bang entrees” and “celestial light offerings.” If you’re not so much of a hippie or not quite in tune with your inner Buddha, have no fear. Patrons range from young to old people, office lunches and devout Cosmic Café eaters. Vegetarian and non-vegetarians alike can enjoy their entire menu

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Cosmic Cafe, located in Dallas’ Oak Lawn area, serves a variety of foods that please anyone, not just the vegans of which it targets.

and not even miss the meat. Menu items range from soup and salad to stir-frys and smoothies. Whatever diners order on the menu, they can expect all-natural, healthy meals with plenty of greens. If you’re just stopping by for a light snack, the soups are a

satisfying, delicious option. The squash bisque is lightly spiced and goes well with a side of their fresh garlic nan bread. Other light snacks include their smoothies, made with or without dairy or one of their sweet options like the banana, honey, peanut butter and tahini on nan. Curry lovers can get their

fix, with a new curry each day, but be sure to ask the waiter or waitress the spice level of the daily special. Their curries vary in spicy levels, so it’s important that you ask if your dish includes curry sauce. Another item that rotates daily is their vegan desserts that have no



Reckless Kelly plays with twang, soul for loyal Texas country music fans in Dallas By ERIN GILMORE Contributing Writer

In front of a rowdy crowd at Dallas’ own Granada theatre, Austin, Texas based group Reckless Kelly took the back roads of country music to a whole new level. Their performance illustrated this with a new cross-breed of honky-tonk roots and soulful rock ‘n’ roll. Reckless Kelly’s sound is a beating punch with the slow and raw voice of lead singer Willy Braun. The band’s loyal, hard-core fan base proved that the sound

has gotten something right with its listeners. Braun’s edgy voice was accompanied with the amazing guitar sounds of David Abeyta and steady drumming of Jay Nazz, blending into a soulful and meaningful sound. While Reckless Kelly played new tracks from their latest “Good Luck” and “True Love,” it was a noticeable contrast from past albums. The audience was loyal and loud as it sang along to its favorites from the band’s past and present. Like most Texas country music lovers, the fans were in Reckless Kelly shirts, usually accompianed


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Weekend box-office scares up big numbers By CHASE WADE A&E Editor

Audiences around the country showed up to movie theaters in grand fashion looking for a scare. During a weekend that is traditionally stocked with Hollywood’s latest attempts at horror movies, “Paranormal Activity 3” won the weekend with a screaming total of $54 million. The total, which set a record for any movie opened during the month

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The stir-fry comes with grilled tofu, asparagus, cauliflower, bell peppers, onions, carrots, squash, snow peas and ginger served over basmati rice and a side salad. The vegetables are grilled and topped with a light curry sauce that makes for a very bland meal. The veggies are fresh and plentiful, and the salad takes up half the plate. It’s a nice way to fill up on veggies, but the blandness was a bit surprising, seeing as curry usually has a kick to it. Ruml’s falafel, served on nan with yogurt dressing, tomatoes, onions, sprouts and lettuce, proved to be filling and delicious, but slightly dry. Falafel, a chickpea patty, should come more moist, but had mouth-watering hints of lemon and other Indian spices. And food isn’t the only thing Cosmic Café offers. Patrons can also get their “om” on.They hold yoga classes, poetry readings and meditations in the upstairs portion of the building. But before you go up, you must remove your shoes, as the sign at the base of the stairwell says. Dallasites who believe meat and dairy are the only meal options, should head to Cosmic Café to see what veganism is all about. Not only are their tons of options, but they’re tasty and filling. And if you know what your mother told you when you were little: until you try it, you won’t know if you like it.

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of October, outperformed early expectations. The third installment was aided by good word of mouth, critical acclaim and of course, the Halloween season. Coming in second behind the home-video horror franchise was last week’s champion “Real Steel.” Fox Searchlight’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” opened in only four theaters but managed to garner an impressive $37,000 from each screen. Disappointing results came from two other movies

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Winning streak slashed by Southern Miss By NICK KARAGEORGE Staff Writer

The SMU Mustangs were defeated 27-3 Saturday when they played Southern Miss at M. M. Roberts Stadium. The loss snaps SMU’s five game winning streak. The Mustangs record is now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Conference USA. The Mustangs had trouble moving the ball all game long against a tough Southern Mississippi defense that had its best performance since they shutout Alcorn State at the beginning of their 2009 season. The Mustangs could only move the ball for a total of 330 yards, well under their average of 431 yards per game. Southern Miss opened up the game with a field goal and followed it up with a 13 yard pass from Austin Davis to Kelvin Bolden to make the score 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

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SMU defender Ja’Gared Davis pulls in an interception on a pass intended for Southern Mississippi’s Brandon Francesconi during play Saturday evening.

SMU got on the board in the second quarter when Chase Hover kicked a 19 yard field goal. In the second half SMU had opportunities, but were unable to convert those opportunities into points. Zach Line rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries, but was unable to score on eight carries inside the 10 yard line. J.J. McDermott was intercepted twice by Marquese Wheaton. The first interception came when SMU was poised to score, but Wheaton intercepted the ball in the end zone and fell to the ground for a touchback. The second interception was returned 41 yards for a touchdown to seal the win for the Golden Eagles who improve their record to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA. The win also improves the Golden Eagles winning streak to five games. The Golden Eagles’ offense

had a big day against the Mustang defense as well, which had not allowed an unranked opponent to score more than 17 points all season long. Quarterback Austin Davis led the attack for Southern Miss, completing 27 of 37 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. Running back Jamal Woodyard also had a nice game rushing for 116 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. The Southern Miss offense had 28 first downs, compared to only 14 first downs for SMU. The Mustangs play next Saturday at Tulsa in an important in-conference game. Tulsa is currently 4-3 overall, but is still 3-0 in Conference USA. If SMU wants to keep its hope of winning the conference alive it is imperative that they beat Tulsa, and not win every other conference game. This could be tough with explosive teams like Houston still on the schedule.


SMU shuts out Missouri State Bears 1-0 at home By ERICA PENUNURI Associate Sports Editor

The SMU men’s soccer team beat Missouri State 1-0 Friday night. “Missouri state every year gives us fits,” Coach Tim McClements said in a post-game interview. But this time it was the Mustangs who sent the Missouri State home in a fit. “They are a very, very strong team,” McClements said. “They just beat Craton and they came in here trying to get a victory.” MSU couldn’t score a single goal Friday night at Wescott Field when SMU defeated the Bears. The victory lifts the Mustangs’ season record to 9-4-1 as they hold on to their Conference USA mark of 3-1-1. This was their last nonconference game of the season. The game started off with both teams battling to place a number on the scoreboard. However it wasn’t until the 60th minute that either team would see a goal ­— the game’s only goal. The game-winner was the

result of a Missouri State foul. SMU’s Ian Kalis stepped in to take the free kick from 28 yards out. Ready for the rebound, Diogo De Almeida was posted just outside of the six-yard line and deflected Kalis’ shot past the Missouri State goalkeeper into the goal. The goal was de Almeida’s fourth goal of the season extending his goal-scoring streak to three games. The starting Brazilian defender has lately been making moves on both flanks of the field. Coach McClements wasn’t surprised. “We moved him into the back because it was what was best for our team, but you know he’s Brazilian – he doesn’t forget what the net looks like,” McClements said. While de Almeida has been focusing on getting goals, teammate Jaime Ibarra has been blocking goals them. This was SMU goalkeeper Ibarra’s third shut out of the season. He also made four stops and intercepted several dangerous crosses in the box for

the Mustangs. This winning game closes the non-conference part of the season for the Mustangs and has set the team off on a good note. “We’ve done great,” McClements said. “We’ve taken a lot of injuries…players have had to step up. Injuries are opportunities for other players to step in…. Everybody put that little extra effort in.” Due to injuries, the coaching staff was forced to shift players to unexpected positions or demand more physical activity for more playing time. The shuffle-up has proved successful. Senior Ryan Rosenbaum was one of those players who maximized their performance this weekend. “[He] started and played ninety minutes,” said McClements. “He hadn’t done that I think all year and he really did a great job.” The Mustangs played a solid game of soccer Friday night and hope to bring that talent to their next tough opponent. “UAB is always tough,” McClements said reflecting


During Friday’s match against Missouri State, senior defender Diogo de Almeida scored the game’s lone goal, bringing SMU to a 3-1-1 record in C-USA.

on their next Conference USA match. University of Alabama is currently receiving votes in polls as second in the conference. The next game is expected bring out a high level of competition in both teams.


“Their team is very athletic…. We got to get rest and take a day off,” McClements said. “We’ll train again Sunday, then start preparing again for UAB.” SMU fans will have to wait until Wednesday to watch SMU

take on their Conference USA rival UAB at Wescott Field at 7 p.m. Besides being the Mustangs’ second-to-last home game, Wednesday is also “Pack the House” night for studentathletes.



Freshman outside hitter Savannah Myklebust returns the ball during SMU’s match against East Carolina Friday evening in Moody Coliseum. SMU won the match 3-0.

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The Women’s swimming and diving team took third place in the SMU Classsic at Perkins Natatorium on Saturday evening, finishing with a total of 257 points, placing the Mustangs ahead of Louisville, Virginia and Wisconsin.

SMU faces both ups and downs Mustangs dive into third place By ERICA PENUNURI Associate Sports Editor

Women’s Volleyball experienced a weekend of both highs and lows, ultimately bringing their record to 9-14. Friday evening the team picked up a solid victory over East Carolina in Moody Coliseum (2523, 25-12, 25-20). In the first set, ECU took a 3-point lead, but SMU came back with a 5-point lead. The Pirates (2-17, 0-10 C-USA) then slashed that lead to one, 18-17. For the rest of the set, the Mustangs never presented the chance for a tie and finished with a 25-23 win. They broke a 9-9 tie with a 9-0

run. SMU senior Kelli Becerra displayed a solid performance as she served nine straight times during the stretch, which included four blocks from the Mustangs. SMU finished by leaving the Pirates stranded with an upsetting scoreboard of 25-12. However, the volleyball team experienced a different turn of events Sunday when they played Marshall in West Virginia. They went down in five sets (25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15–11), dropping their record to 9-14 overall and 5-6 in Conference USA, while the Thundering Herd improved to 5-15, 4-7 in C-USA. Although they didn’t get the win, they showed talent on the stat

sheets. SMU had 14 team blocks, led by Caroline Daly’s eight. Kendrick Koch displayed consistency in her performance as she posted her secondstraight double-double with 28 assists and 18 digs. Becerra finished with 26 assists and 10 digs for her 12th double-double of the season. Sidney Stewart also had a match-high 20 digs. The Mustangs will host UAB in Moody Coliseum Friday night at 7 p.m. SMU will sponsor a tailgate for students at 12:30 p.m. before the SMU-Memphis volleyball match on Sunday at 1 p.m.

By E’LYN TAYLOR Sports Editor

When events wrapped up on Saturday night in the Perkins Natatorium, the Mustang women’s swimming and diving team had taken third place in the SMU Classic. After finishing in third place through the first day of swimming and diving, the Mustangs held their ground into the second day, finishing with a total of 257 points. This final score was enough to beat out 40th ranked Louisville(256.5), 13th ranked Virginia(248) and 11th ranked

Wisconsin(214.5). However No. 6 ranked Texas won the event, finishing with 350 points, and No. 7 ranked Florida finished in second with 330 points. In a tournament with four top 20 teams, a third place finish is certainly an accomplishment for the Mustangs. Top performers for the Mustangs included senior Therese Svendsen, freshman Isabella Arcila, and sophomore Nina Rangelova. Svendsen, an All-American backstroke specialist, finished second in both the 100- and 200yard backstroke with times of

55.32 and 1:58.75 respectively. Arcila’s best performance came in the 50-yard freestyle, where she placed second with a time of 23.32. Nina Rangelova, a freestyle specialist, placed third in both the 200- and 500- yard freestyles with times of 1:48.47 and 4:48.87 respectively. Other Mustangs, including swimmer Erica Donadon and diver Sky Corbett-Methot, had strong performances. The next event the Mustangs will host will be Nov. 4 at Perkins Natatorium where they will be competing against North Texas and Wyoming.


The print edition of The Daily Campus from Oct. 24, 2011.