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Turkish baby rescued A 2-week-old baby girl was rescued from a fallen building 72 hours after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in southeastern Turkey. Rescuers pulled the baby, Azra Karaduman, from the rubble and handed over to paramedics. Her mother was rescued afterwards, although her father is potentially still trapped. At least 366 people died in the earthquake so far.

Aid workers abducted A Somali gunmen kidnapped two aid workers on Tuesday. The aid workers, a 30-year-old American women and a 60-yearold Danish man, were abducted in northern Somalia. The two aid workers are affiliated with the Danish Demining Group, an organization that helps to dispose of unexploded bombs, and teaches communities about land mines. Americans in Kenya have been warned of a heightened terror risk since Kenya sent 1,600 forces into Somalia to fight the terrorist organization Al-Shabab

HPV vaccine promoted The Centers for Disease Control panel voted to recommend boys as young as 11 to receive the HPV vaccine on Tuesday. Doctors claims that vaccinating boys and men will help prevent the transmission of the virus that causes cervical cancer to women, as well as protect males from rectal and penal cancer. Although the vaccine has been approved for males since 2009, it has not been heavily promoted. The vaccine is currently recommended for girls between the ages of 11 and 26.

Hurricane grows stronger Hurricane Rina seems to be heading for the Yucatan coast of Mexico, and should hit land on Wednesday. Rina has officially reached Category 2 classification at 105 miles per hour, and is predicted to get even stronger as it nears land. Mexican authorities are preparing more than 1,100 shelters that can accommodate up to 200,000 people. Hurrican Wilma badly damaged this area in 2005, effectively washing away much of Cancun’s beaches.

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SMU history celebrated through film By LARA MIRGOROD Contributing Writer

The Fondren Library’s bi-annual film festival presented “Films of SMU’s Past” Monday in honor of the SMU Centennial Celebration. Lisa Wall, cinema specialist for Fondren Library, made the event possible. The evening started with two retired SMU faculty members, James Brooks and Marshall Terry, who created a video archive project on the history of SMU. They conversed about SMU’s past presidents and how each made history in their own way. “I remember when one of the presidents thought the Mustang was an inappropriate mascot,” Brooks said. “He thought it resembled the deans who ran away from their job.” Interviews with important faculty members proceeded. One interview was between Neil McFarland, former SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, and the first black professor at SMU, Irving Baker. “I feel blessed that I was able to watch the change in the general attitude of the students,”

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Peruna V and VI meet during SMU’s Oct. 2, 1965 Cotton Bowl matchup against Purdue.

Hollywood actor Bob Hope kisses Shelly Knight after being crowned Homecoming Queen during the 1968’s half-time ceremony.

Irving said. “Some students walked out of my classroom and could not learn to accept me.” Irving then went on to say that, generally speaking, students accepted him as a teacher. “My students made me love my job,” he said. Former SMU trustee William Clements spoke about his experience at SMU and how he made it possible for SMU to build Atkins Hall, known today as

“I found the issues that the university faced to be quite interesting,” Sally Spaniolo, SMU academic adviser and audience member, said. “Films of SMU’s Past” ended with a news package created by KDFW, Channel 4 News, in the 1960s. Charles Wall, husband to Lisa Wall, agreed with Spaniolo.. “I am a huge oral history man, and I loved learning about SMU’s past,” Wall said.

Clements Hall. “It was the second building to be built after Dallas Hall,” Clements said in his video interview. Footage of past SMU homecomings in the 1960s was shown in addition to a promotional film of SMU that was made in 1963. The film featured each department while students spoke about the university. Audience members enjoyed learning about SMU’s past.



Celebrity activist speaks on Afghanistan women’s rights

Senate discusses budget, organization charters By PATRICIA BOH


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Mavis Leno has grown accustomed to being surrounded by celebrities courtesy of her husband, Jay Leno. However, she said it wasn’t until she found herself surrounded by truly good people that she appreciated the difference. Leno, who is chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, spoke at the Dallas Women’s Foundation luncheon Monday. Leno was interviewed on stage in front of luncheon attendees by Maria Ebrahimji, director and executive editorial producer for network booking at CNN Worldwide. Ebrahimji also co-edited “I Speak for Myself,” a collection of 40 personal essays written by American Muslim women. When Ebrahimji asked why supporting Afghan women was a cause Leno was passionate about, Leno explained that around 1998 she felt American feminists were “kind of dropping the ball” when it came to helping women globally. She slowly began to learn more about women in Afghanistan who were being oppressed by the Taliban regime and worked tirelessly to spread awareness about what she found. “I wanted to tell them, ‘We know about you; we’re coming for you,’” Leno said. Leno worked to get the American

SMU Student Senate attempted to tackle a variety of housekeeping issues to prepare for the spring semester at its meeting Tuesday. The finance committee held a retreat on Sunday, where they allocated funds to make the senate’s budget for next semester. Each organization of the senate has to make a budget, requesting funding in order to receive financial support. Due to “communication errors,” the official budget was submitted late and had yet to be processed. During the meeting, this caused confusion among the senators as to why the budgets had not yet been approved. Finance Chair Rachel Fox will address “the exact number of funding” at next week’s meeting. Fox also acknowledged that, due to an “accounting error,” the finance committee thought it had a smaller budget. Now that the error has been corrected, the committee has more funding to allocate. Three clubs sent representatives to appeal to the senate after their clubs’ charters were revoked. Students Jordan Lee and Emily Moses represented Bhakti Yoga Club, which had its charter revoked due to a lack of signatures at the most recent mandatory organizations meeting (MOM). Bhakti Yoga meets in HughesTrigg on Wednesday nights. Lee

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Political activist Mavis Leno discusses the issue of women’s rights in Taliban-occupied Afghanistan with CNN producer Maria Ebrahimji.

media to spread the word about what Afghan women were being subjected to but said that all of them declined to publish stories on the subject. According to Leno, many of the reporters who declined to give the issue coverage said, according to their publishers, the American people “were not interested in human rights issues,” especially those pertaining to women. She called upon the resources afforded to her by her celebrity husband. “He knew that I was going to try until I died to make [the Afghan women’s] lives better,” she said.  She was able to get coverage on the topic in People magazine and said that once the story was published, all of the other media outlets became

According to Mr. Wall, students and faculty who missed the lecture will soon be able to see the footage on the SMU website. Although those who attended the lecture thought it was informative, Brooks said the project is nowhere near complete. “There is so much history that people don’t even know about. I took the era of each president and saw this as one big project,” Brooks said. “We hope everyone appreciates this place the way we always have.”

interested. Most Americans, unlike Leno, did not find out about the Taliban and the way it was treating women in the country until after 9/11. “The most important thing I took from [Leno’s] talk was her effort to create the awareness and how long it has taken her to do that,” Regina Weaver, an attendee of the luncheon, said. Leno said that although things have improved since the Taliban’s initial takeover in the country, women and girls in Afghanistan still need help. Since the start of Leno’s foundation, over 80 Afghan girls have been given scholarships to help them return to their country and make a positive impact.

SMU STUDENT SENATE explained that there are usually 15 to 20 members present, although individual attendance is inconsistent. Lee stressed that the club does not really use any SMU resources other than a room and that it offers students a venue to “meditate and relax” and have “discussion about all sorts of different topics.” Also appealing their charter revocation was the University Libertarian Club. Junior Stephen Ceccon attended the senate meeting to explain how the club benefits the SMU community. “We [provide] a unique and increasingly popular political perspective here on campus,” Ceccon said. However, Alexis Goldberg, organizations committee chair, reiterated that the charters have to be revoked because the clubs did not comply with MOM rules. “The MOM exists to make sure SMU is in compliance with Texas state laws,” Goldberg said. The clubs can, however, immediately reapply to reinstate their charters.


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Professionals from Ernst & Young, Pepsi Co. and other companies across the United States advised students to study abroad before pursuing an international career at the Work Abroad event Tuesday afternoon. More than 50 eager students filled the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Promenade to hear about the panelists’ experiences working overseas. The panelists included Chris Springfield, Tom Box, Evan Shaver, Angela Eddington and Aliya Khan;

all who have previously worked internationally. The professionals spoke about the difficulties of working in a foreign country and how students can conquer their own international dream jobs. “I didn’t realize that working abroad is not all fun and games,” Joe Cooper, SMU senior, said. “I can see it is more important to be able to adapt to the culture.” The professionals explained that students must learn how to communicate the correct verbal and nonverbal cues in each particular environment. Evan Shaver of Pepsi Co. urged

students to differentiate themselves from their peers. “Show people you understand a market before going into it, so a company doesn’t have to teach you from scratch,” Shaver said. “Studying abroad shows you have a curiosity beyond the United States.” Chris Springfield of Ernst & Young also said that is important to be a cut above everyone else. “Companies are looking for people who will be able to get things done while still adapting to a new culture,” Springfield said. Students listened in as panelists described the worst parts about

working internationally. Aliya Khan, who started Khan Consulting and worked in several countries such as Pakistan and Kenya, said it is never easy to move to a new country. “I was so homesick every time,” Khan said. “There is a certain point where people do not speak English anymore.” Tom Box, who worked with post-conflict emerging markets and various groups in Iraq, agreed with Khan. “At times weapons are being fired directly at you,” Box said. “Find out what you want to do before you move abroad.”

Toward the end of the discussion, panelists advised students to really consider if working abroad is the best decision for them. Khan said it is necessary to have prior experience in the particular culture you aim to work in. “Knowing the language is very important,” Khan said. “Study that language and it will get you there.” Box encouraged students to be optimistic. “Ask yourself what it is you want to do, keep your options open, experience as many things possible, and you will be surprised where life will take you,” Box said.



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In the NCAA it’s pretty rare to see a forward, that doesn’t hang around in the paint, shoot 48.1 percent from field goal range. Even more unlikely is that this forward could top his field goal percentage by shooting 49.7 percent from beyond the arc. Well, these are the numbers that Mustang senior forward Robert Nyakundi posted last season for an SMU team that won 20 games for the first time in a decade. Nyakundi is a North Texas native. He is entering his final senior year for the Mustangs. Nyakundi majors in Applied Physiology and Sports Management. Nyakundi made 97 three point shots total (an SMU record) and averaged 2.8 made per game, a feat that ranked second in Conference USA and 34th in the NCAA . Nyakundi’s shooting successes come in part because of hard work. “Always being in the gym, [taking] extra time to practice good habits, and having the confidence to know I put in the work to be a great shooter,” Nyakundi cites as reasons for his high percentage shooting. Now, being a senior leader on the team this season, it might be even more important this year for Nyakundi’s hard work in the gym to pay off. The Mustangs enter this season without last year’s star, Papa Dia. Dia led the team in points per game (18.3), rebounds per game (9.6), and had an impressive 78 blocks on the season. Despite the loss of Dia, Nyakundi is still confident in his squad. “This year, we’re a lot more versatile, we have a lot of guys

This week’s featured coach is offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the SMU football team, Adrian Klemm. Klemm was a four-year starter and left tackle at the University of Hawaii. Klemm’s interaction with head coach June Jones began his senior year. Coach Jones started his first year as the coach for the Rainbow Warriors. Klemm and the rest of his team resurrected the program after going 0-12 in 1998. The Rainbow Warriors executed the best single-season turnaround in NCAA history by going 9-4 in 1999 and finishing with a 23-17 win over Oregon State in the Oahu Bowl. Klemm was named the starting left tackle at the Senior Bowl and was also selected to the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. Klemm was drafted 46th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Klemm spent seven seasons in the NFL and won three Superbowl rings with New England. “I had no idea we [the New England Patriots] would have the success we had.” Klemm said. During his time with the Green Bay Packers Kemm said his role model was Coach Mike Sherman. “From a standpoint of caring about guys and realizing that everyone needs to be treated the same, and that everyone might need to be yelled at, that would be Mike Sherman.” Klemm left the NFL and started his career on the Hilltop

Sidney Stewart is a senior libero for the SMU girls’ volleyball team. The experienced athlete is the all-time career digs leader at SMU, the only Mustang to ever record 2,000 career digs and only the fourth player to reach that milestone in Conference USA. Although Stewart is making impressive marks today, there has been other Stewarts to carry the Mustang pride before hand. Her father, Todd Stewart, played football at SMU while her mother Lisa, ran track at Rice. While both parents can argue which side Sidney’s talent derived from, one thing is definite — she is carrying the Mustang tradition strong today. When asked what being the all-time digs leader at SMU meant to her she said, “It’s pretty crazy I didn’t think I was going to play this position when I got here, so it is pretty cool that I was able to adjust and really get into it. It is a great honor to have.” Stewart was a hitter before she came to SMU, but with her diligence and solid training she has mastered a new position and helped the defense become the strength of the team. Last season the squad had players honored eight different times as Conference USA players of the week — Stewart earned the award four of those eight times. When asked what she attributes her success on the court to last season she said, “We had a really good defensive team that was always on point and executed well, and when you have teammates that are playing well it makes playing fun and it makes it easy to play

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that can score several points on any given day,” Nyakundi said, describing later that the team has many players that can play multiple positions. This versatility that Nyakundi refers to could be a huge advantage for the Mustangs. However, a versatile offense demands an experienced squad unlike SMU’s young talent this upcoming season. Regardless of his team’s youth, Nyakundi is still confident. “Last year, we had a lot of seniors and a lot of experience,” Nyakundi said. “But I think this team can certainly step in and get over 20 wins.” The Mustang’s 20-15 finish last season was enough to get them the seventh seed in the Conference USA tournament, but 10th seeded Rice upset SMU in the first round. Nyakundi says performing well in conference play during the regular season is a confidence booster and stepping-stone for the team. Nyakundi and the Mustangs are set to kick off their season against McMurry University on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.

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by volunteering with the SMU football program in 2008. Klemm quickly established himself as one of the top recruiters in the nation. In 2010, Klemm marked his third year at SMU. named Klemm the top non-BCS recruiter in the nation. FoxSports/ also named Klemm the Conference USA Recruiter of the Year. The Mustangs took a liking to the accolades and named him Recruiting Coordinator for the 2011 season. In his four seasons with SMU, he has coached tackle Kelvin Beachum to first-team All-Conference honors and also helped J.T. Brooks, Josh LeRibeus and Blake McJunkin to honorable mention All-Conference accolades. SMU’s offense has set school records in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns and first downs. Klemm has had some great players in his time at SMU, but LeRibeus, Klemm said, was his favorite. “In between drives, he’s smiling and enjoying himself. He almost made me relax a little bit,” Klemm said. “On the field, he turns into a very physical guy and a very dominant player.”

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well too.” Stewart also emphasized how great of a time she has had with all of her teammates. This season she has not let up on the court, managing to give her 110 percent effort every match. Among the many games in her SMU volleyball career, there is one game that leaves a residing mark. “Alabama,” she said. “We beat them in five sets and it was a really intense game, so it was great to come out on top.” In another game against the Crimson Tide, Stewart set a school record with 42 digs, one away from the Conference USA record of 43. Her favorite part of the team-built sport? The Mustang camaraderie. “We [My teammates and I] have a lot of great times together and it’s like a little family. I enjoy being with these people and it has been a great opportunity to represent myself and SMU doing the thing I love for four years.” Stewart clearly enjoys her teammates and has acquired the role of a leader on the team. For leadership examples, a certain athlete comes to her mind. “My favorite professional athlete is Drew Brees. I admire him because he is a great competitor and a really good person.”

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One Halloween with Elvis The alumni guy

I’ve wondered about celebrities and Halloween. If I was one, I’d go out on Halloween night. It would be the only time that people would think that you weren’t you. Of course, there are lots of other times throughout the year when I don’t feel like myself. I thought about Elvis getting geeked up for Halloween. After all, he was like a little kid Rick Larson himself, eating junk and laying around all day watching TV. I wondered if the Presleys had little trick or treaters over to their place. Did they have to pay to get in to Graceland, too? “Trick or treat!” “Show us your ticket stub.” I figured Priscilla, Elvis’ wife, would make him run down to the Piggly Wiggly a few days before Halloween and get a bunch of candy for the kiddies. When Elvis showed up at the checkout stand in his Vegas get-up, the cashier said, “Isn’t it a little early for that?” I wondered if Elvis sneered at her. When he wheeled the shopping cart out to his Cadillac, a man shouted, “Quit tryin’ to be Elvis, you idiot!” A few minutes before the trick or treaters arrived, Elvis’ wife came in and bitched him out. “Elvis, you done ate up all the trick or treat candy!” “Ah, sorry baby,” said Elvis. “But I made some peanut butter and banana sandwiches for ‘em. Fried ‘em up real nice.” Pretty soon, Elvis, bless his slowly degenerating heart, got hungry again. He left Graceland to do his own trick or treating. When he came to one house, a nice lady opened the door and squealed, “How cute!” Elvis grabbed a huge handful of candy and ran off. He said, “Thank you. Thankyouverymuch.” When Elvis got to the next house, there was a karaoke party going on. The man stopped Elvis at the door, “Burnin’ Love” blaring in the background. He told him, “You can’t come in, we got enough guys dressed like you in here already.” “Screw you, Houndog,” Elvis yelled. Carloads of kids were driving up and down the neighborhood. When a bunch of them saw Elvis, they yelled, “Look at that old guy in the stupid costume!” If you want to know what really killed Elvis, it might have been Halloween. Michael Jackson called and said, “Let’s meet up and trick or treat together.” “Not a good idea, man,” said Elvis. “There’s lots of kids and stuff.” “I know!” exclaimed Michael Jackson. When my own kids would trick or treat, I’d go through their treats and pick out the stuff I wanted. “Hey, that’s our candy!” they’d complain. “That’s called an ‘income tax,’” I’d tell them. When they went to bed, I’d put most of the candy away and use it later for their Christmas stockings. These were some lean times at the Larson home. “Hey, this candy’s all orange and black colored,” they groaned. “Santa Claus has to trick or treat when he’s had some tough years, too,” I soothed. The jig was up when I tried to roll the remainder of it into Easter. “Now we know who Santa Claus is and the Easter Bunny!” cried my daughter. Happy. Happy Halloween. Rick Larson, the Alumni Guy, is a 1981 graduate of SMU as well as a member Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He has been a stockbroker/investment banker for 26 years. He can be reached for comment at richardelarson@

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I would like to begin by addressing the irony implicated in The Daily Campus’ stance on mass emails at SMU. I can’t Jessica Noel imagine that I’m the only person who finished reading this article and asked myself, “The editorial board really argued in favor of limiting the amount of news students receive about campus events, resources and organizations? Really?” Our campus newspaper wants to limit convenient access to campus news. Great. I commend previous editorial pieces, which include, “Dyslexia: why it shouldn’t be ignored,” and “Depression hurts, but it doesn’t have to.” However, this week students picked up The Daily Campus, looked to the opinion section in search of something important and the headline read, “Mass emails aggravate the student body.” Again, I have to say — really? As a student body do we honestly believe that the delete buttons on our email accounts serve as headline news? I sure hope not, or else I picked the wrong university. In this article the editorial board directly addresses Patrick Hite, claiming that it is far too annoying to be emailed more

than once about opportunities for health care on campus. Did you hear that? Once is enough, please don’t bother students about menial issues, such health and wellness. We are simply too busy to press “delete.” Did anyone from The Daily Campus attempt to contact Hite to understand the logic behind multiple emails? Is it possible that some people may forget when flu shots are available and a second or third email might serve as a friendly reminder? Furthermore, the article implies that SMU students are closed minded and one dimensional because clearly “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.” While I am not a business major, I am personally offended by the assumption that the major listed on my degree plan should be the optimum source in determining what events I am made aware of on -campus. Do I have to be a dance major to learn about a dance concert in Meadows? Do I have to be a political science major to know if President Bush will be on campus? I sincerely hope not. Perhaps the notion that we are too busy to be bothered with an overcrowded inbox is something that needs to be addressed. The technology capability we have today is a gift, not a fundamental right owed to

every university student. While we complain about too many emails, people worldwide and in the United States suffer from much larger, pressing issues. Poverty, unemployment and educational inequity to name only a few, and these seem to be much more newsworthy topics, wouldn’t you agree? I can only speak for myself, but hopefully the following statements are more relatable to the SMU student body than The Daily Campus’ crusade against email inconvenience. Hegi Family Career Center, please send me as many emails as you can about job opportunities, workshops and presentations that will help me after graduation. Anthropology Department, please keep me informed about the human rights violations that plague this world. Meadows, please send me your newsletter regarding your dance concerts, music festivals and plays. I would love the opportunity to take a break from psychology reading and enjoy the arts. Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, please let me know when you’re closing early on game day, or when you’ve run out of hot water. It will save me the trouble of showing up to a “game day only” parking lot and a locked door. Finally, Patrick Hite, please continue to make me aware of all the resources available at the

University Health Center. I am interested in staying healthy this semester — especially during flu season. Let me be clear. I do not attend all of the events I am emailed about, nor do I read every email word for word. I have, however, attended an event I wouldn’t have known about without all of our “excessive emails.” The editorial board asked, “Is there a place on the survey we can express our sincere annoyance that we received the survey multiple times?” In response, I would like to pose this question to The Daily Campus: Is there a place in your newspaper where I can express my sincere annoyance that you’ve spent 600 to 800 words on a topic that displays a true under appreciation for the resources available at SMU? Is there a place in your newspaper where I can express my sincere disappointment in the critical, unfounded judgment you’ve made that all students on this campus want to limit their opportunities to those reflected by their majors? If this article runs, then I guess I’ll have my answer. Excuse me while I check my email. Jessica Noel is a senior majoring in psychology and sociology. She can be reached for comment at janoel@

Giving a new voice to the voiceless Opinion Editor

Call it valuable information or call it a shameless plug, but today I want to draw attention to a project that Brandon Bub one of our very own editors at The Daily Campus has helped to spearhead. Our generation, for all its quirks and imperfections, often lacks a voice in the world of the mainstream media. Some media outlets might justify this by declaring that there’s a good reason for this lack of representation. The common perception is that young people don’t know what they’re talking about and their opinions aren’t really worth broadcasting. But I think this is a flawed notion. There are plenty of people our age

that know what they’re talking about when it comes to local and national issues, and I think those people certainly merit a voice in the debate. That’s why I’m particularly excited about a new project that our very own Jessica Huseman of The Daily Campus is heading up. Gen Why Press is a commentary site dedicated to promoting the voices of Generation Y. According to Huseman, “We wanted to start a website that would aggregate the opinions of Generation Y and call attention to them...Plenty of college news wires where they aggregate student news, but no one ever does anything with student opinions.” People who might expect Gen Why Press to publish nothing but inane human interest stories or irrelevant updates that would be more at home in a teenager’s facebook status would be sorely

mistaken. “You will find no suggestions for how to decorate dorms or adjust to life after college or bake cupcakes,” she said. Generation Y has all the power they want to push fluffy opinions, but we want to see what they REALLY think on tough issues that are currently facing the nation and world. We could care less about dorm rooms.” The site offers a unique blend of original commentary from their dozen staff writers, but also partners with select college newspapers and blogs run by young Americans and pushes them on their site. In that sense it seeks to create a “one-stop-shop” for the thoughts of Generation Y to facilitate a conversation. I know I for one am excited about the prospects of Gen Why Press. While still a new organization, the group demonstrates a lot of potential and is serving an important goal

of getting young people into the national dialogue. I’ve met plenty of people my age who feel like it’s often not worth it to express how they feel about divisive issues. “My voice doesn’t matter,” they might think, or, “No one is going to listen anyway.” And who can blame them for thinking this way when this is exactly how so many of us are conditioned to think? But like it or not, Generation Y is going to end up managing the world one day. People are going to have to listen to what we have to say at some point, so why not make them start now? For that reason, I commend Gen Why Press and the work they’re accomplishing. Brandon Bub is a sophomore majoring in English and edits The Daily Campus opinion column. He can be reached for comment at And you can check out Gen Why Press at genwhypress.

SMU: The grandest fountain of them all If during the evening hours you find yourself strolling around campus, you might be so accustomed Scarlet Gray to hopping over puddles scattered about the sidewalk that you scarcely notice them at all. These puddles and small streams that emerge on campus have become such a presence that one might think Dallas experiences a healthy amount of rain, akin to a tropical rainforest. But upon investigation, the average monthly rainfall falls below three inches, far below what is standard for a tropical environment. Another more likely explanation of the abundance of ground water involves the everflowing sprinklers that perforate the campus grounds. Not only are the sprinklers of SMU charged with the task of keeping the grass well submersed, but also with turning the sidewalks and roads into an interesting mix of wetlands that remind me fondly of the swamplands of Louisiana, my homeland. A student observing the contributor

sprinklers might notice that a fair portion of the sweeping motions seem to directly cover both the sidewalks and roads of campus. A sophomore student, Adrienne Cooksley notes that “The cement is looking really healthy these days.” However there might be another explanation keeping our dear cement healthy and watered, an explanation that proves both controversial and innovative. One night this fall semester, as torrential rain poured from the heavens, several students including myself remarked on the fact that the sprinklers were concurrently attempting to flood the grounds of SMU. When I saw both the heavy rain and the sprinklers, it first occurred to me that this was a tremendous waste of water and resources for the campus, but then I began to realize the deeper motive behind sprinklers. As a school that is fond of fountains, SMU seems to have placed a fountain around most areas that experience high traffic. A sophomore student, Hayley Wagner, suggests that SMU needs even more fountains, “one for each building, I want to feel like I’m at the Bellagio while on campus.” But reflecting on both SMU’s

desire to have large bodies of water about the campus and the ever flowing irrigation system one cannot help but wonder if these things are related. Not only do I think that the fountains and sprinklers of SMU are related, but I believe they are intertwined agendas of the school and I assert that the sprinklers are for the purpose of turning the entirety of the SMU campus into one large fountain. The university is really an intermediate step on the way to the full blossoming of the school as a fountain. Why the need for intermediate steps? Why doesn’t SMU just begin construction on the great fountain, since construction is one of the most beloved activities of the university? By taking the price of a “Large Contemporary Tier Indoor/Outdoor Fountain,” which is about $15,000, and using its dimensions, 48 x 48 inches, to extrapolate upon the cost for a fountain the size of the entire campus, 10018800 ft² (trust me on these calculations, I’m an engineer. This extrapolation depends on a linear increase of price by size of all fountains neglecting all materials used to build said

fountain), the price would be very roughly $2,475,000 for the fountain alone, neglecting the cost of demolishing the entire campus along with necessary fountain décor. Therefore, instead of doing this outright, SMU is saving money using the sprinkler system to slowly convert the campus into this large fountain over time. Some students, like Alexandra Therese said, “There are so many more important things SMU could be doing with the money that would actually benefit students. I’d like to see that money going to student programs and scholarships instead.” But said students lack the vision of transitioning the university into a fountain as opposed to remaining an academically driven environment. Assuming that by the time it will take to submerge the entire campus underwater, most current students will have obtained degrees in their respective fields, it is an issue that need not concern us. Scarlet Gray is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering with a premedical specialization. She can be reached for comment at

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it was the most difficult,” Olsen said. “ There’s only one cut in that whole scene, so it was challenging trying to find out that rhythm of that scene and how to build a climax without any cuts.” After being told by a friend that her role as Martha may be helped by Kate Winslet’s role in “Holy Smoke,” Olsen, out of curiosity, saw the film and used it as to her advantage when she began filming “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” “By watching that film I felt confident to be put in situations that were physically and emotionally vulnerable,” Olsen said. “Also it gave me an understanding of how nudity could be used in a way for it to tell a story as opposed to being

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Elizabeth Olsen, little sister to the famous Olsen twins, has no problem stepping out of her older siblings’ shadow. In her new film, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” the New York University graduate plays a young woman who just escaped a seditious cult and struggles to find her identity outside of the cult’s Catskills compound. Olsen’s turn as Martha is chilling and believable. As the movie progresses Olsen’s character slips deeper into insanity, questioning everyone and everything around her. The film is structured where it is split into two stories, one that shows the time Martha spent in the cult and the other that follows the character after she escaped the cult and managed to make it to her sister’s home. “I felt lucky that I was able to essentially make two different movies,” Olsen said. “I was the only person besides the crew who was able to be on both locations. It really did feel like making two different movies, because she has two different journeys in both locations.” Sean Durkin is the director of “Martha Marcy May Marlene”. Considering that this film is only Olsen’s second time in front of a camera, Durkin played an integral part in shaping the way she played

gratuitous or sensationalized.” Even though “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is only Olsen’s second feature film, her performance is receiving rave reviews; most believe that the actress is on the early short-list to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars in March. “I truly believe everyone should see this movie more than once, because it is so smart, and there are so many things hidden and framed specifically,” Olsen said. “I think that experiencing this film is something that is an experience that people don’t get watching any other movie.” “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is now playing in select theaters.

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Elizabeth Olsen and her costar Johnathan Hawks in a scene from “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

Martha. “The great thing about Sean as a director is that he presents himself as an open book,” Olsen said. “He has every single character’s back story figured out in his head, and has all these answers.” Starring alongside Olsen is Johnathan Hawkes. Hawkes plays Patrick, the cult’s leader and spiritual guide. Often times, Hawkes character brings the story to its darkest of points. This portrayal of Patrick is stone cold and stellar. “John, first off, is like really funny, caring and kind,” Olsen said about her co-star. “What I

learned from him is how much an actor can do for you when it’s your coverage, and they’re not even on screen.” Olsen first got to see the movie at the Sundance Film Festival. She recalls that the movie was “very confusing to watch” at that time. “It was my first time seeing myself on screen, so to me it was like a moving photo album,” Olsen said. “It had only been two and half months after we finished shooting, so when I saw the scene I would think back to the set. I have a hard time thought — I’m in every frame of the movie, and so that was difficult to watch. I don’t

really necessarily enjoy watching myself for that long.” “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is peppered with scenes to strip down Olsen’s character to its purest forms and demands that the actress be on the top of her game. With scenes that involve situations like theft, murder, and rape, Olsen claims that the hardest scene to shoot didn’t involve the cult at all. Olsen’s biggest challenge came when Martha experiences a nervous breakdown when her sister threw a posh dinner party. “The lake house party scene was the most memorable because

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