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President Barack Obama spoke to supporters in Chicago after his re-election. Obama defeated challenger Gov. Mitt Romney by 126 electoral votes.
MOVING FORWARD Battleground states carry Obama to victory
KATELYN GOUGH News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org President Barack Obama won his 2012 reelection Tuesday night in a close race with Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Romney led in the polls throughout the evening, but Obama made his jump as soon as the West Coast results started coming in, gaining an advantage Romney was unable to surpass. Newsrooms began calling the election shortly after 11 p.m. EST, even before Florida and Ohio—two major swing states—had determined a final tally. Romney remained stalled at 200 electoral votes as Obama pulled through at the end of the night with a relatively steady climb to the 270 electoral votes required to win the election. The night started leaning heavily Romney, as was expected from the traditionally Republican states on the east coast who reported results first. Texas, to no surprise, was a win for the Republican candidate, and his biggest electoral count of the election. Nevertheless, incumbent candidate Obama solidified New York early on, and in the sense of “quality over quantity” was able to edge out Romney with fewer states but more electoral votes. With the help of electoral votes from key battleground states such as
Ohio, Florida and Virgina, Obama captured key states that Romney needed for election. In his concession speech, Romney offered his congratulations not only to the President, but to the “supporters and campaign” too that he said “also [deserved] congratulations.” “I pray that the President will be successful in guiding our nation,” Romney said. Members of his immediate and extended family joined him on stage, as well as his running mate Paul Ryan. Many political commentators called Romney’s concession a “quickly written speech” and something he was not necessarily prepared for. While his speech was in some ways unlike most typical concession speeches, Romney stood strong in giving his support to Americans. “You inspired us and humbled us,” Romney said, speaking for himself and Ryan to supporters. “The election is over, but our principles endure.” President Obama stood onstage to give his victory speech a little after 1:30 a.m. EST, greeted by an ecstatic crowd and joined by his wife and daughters. “[This country] moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression,” Obama said while
giving thanks to supporters. Beyond Democratic voters, Obama expressed the significance of every American who went out to the polls, regardless of party affiliation. “You made your voice heard, and you made a difference.” President Obama delivered a speech to unify the nation without partisan division. “While each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we rise and fall as one nation and one people,” Obama said. He spoke to the importance of diversity of beliefs within a country that is a “generous America, a passionate America.” Acknowledging severe partisanship, Obama reassured the country that “these arguments we have are a mark of our liberty.” “Forward. That’s where we need to go,” Obama said. With President Barack Obama returning for his second term, SMU political science professor Matthew Wilson said, “The ability to launch any sort of major initiatives is going to be minimal” with the Republicans maintaining control in the House. “With the closeness of this election and the political bitterness of the last couple of years, the losing side isn’t going to be in a mood to compromise,” Wilson said. And, institutionally, he said Republicans don’t have to cooperate to maintain power, seeing as the
party controls Congress and Obama will not be up for re-election. “The House is a very disciplined chamber, so the Republicans can block whatever they want,” Wilson said. He explained that in the coming weeks, Obama will have to work with Republicans regarding fiscal issues, and neither side can afford to refuse engagement. “He’ll have to get into some sort of negotiations with Congress about dealing with the so-called ‘fiscal cliff ’ and so they’ll cobble together some sort of solution to keep that from happening,” Wilson said. Speaking to the economic crisis of America, Wilson said, “The economy largely sits above and beyond the control of the president.” “It’s not going to be radically altered in the short-term,” Wilson said about the next four years. Wilson said Obama ultimately would need to work more abstractly by utilizing executive orders and federal court appointments to move forward. “He will systematically advance his agenda and values and priorities in ways that do not involve Congress,” Wilson said. “His ideal would be to make an appointment to the Supreme Court that would change the balance of power.” Dennis Simon, a professor of political science, said that this kind
Students celebrate after learning that President Obama won the presidential election at an on campus watch party.
of sneaking around the opposite party is what the president will need to overcome. “The biggest challenge is whether the partisan rhetoric will be muted and the folks will get to work.” With the end and necessary goal being collaboration, Simon explained that some of the most critical work “will be done before inauguration.” Political science professor Cal Jillson said that past the inauguration, “second terms are usually about consolidating the gains of the first term.” “[Obama] will work to implement health care reform and to broker a set of fiscal policy reforms to get the country back on sound
footing,” Jillson said. Because of the solid opposition Obama will face from the House that will keep him from “undertaking major new initiatives,” Jillson said that one reform Obama likely will push for is immigration—and the professor said it’s one for which Republicans would be wise to follow suit in. “Given the demographic changes taking place in the country, Republicans would be well-advised to join in those discussions beyond simply calling for more secure borders,” Jillson said. Wilson agreed by saying
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WEDNESDAY n NOVEMBER 7, 2012 apparel
Working out and looking stylish can go hand-in-hand HILLARY SCHMIDT Style Editor email@example.com Going to work out doesn’t mean you have to resort to an over-sized T-shirt and sweats. Athletic wear companies are accommodating workout gurus by offering “stylish” and colorful options to sport at the gym. Wearing clothes that you love makes you feel better, whether it is on the streets, in class or yes
— even at the gym. When you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you’ll be sure to get a boost in your mood that will encourage your presence at Dedman. Color is one aspect of these trendy athletic clothes that make them much more fun than the typical grays and blacks that are an easy go-to. For many, just the word “gym” can have a negative connotation. However, pops of color in tanks, bottoms and accessories will help to create a more positive association with working out. So, grabbing pieces in pinks, oranges and purples will brighten up your mood and make it easier to lace up your sneakers, head to the gym and get on that treadmill. Another aspect of athleticwear that makes it more stylish is the design. Pants and crops have bands of colors that wrap around different areas of the leg, and most now come in patterns of all sorts. Tops can be found in every style imagineable, ranging from racerbacks, to cutouts in different shapes on the back. Some even have built-in sports bras that contrast the color of the top.
2. From yoga, to Pilates, to running, and even just lounging around, brands such as Nike, SOLOW and lululemon Athletica offer a large variety of options that provide comfort for your workout, while simutaneously giving off a stylish appeal. Conveniently for SMU students, Nike and Lululemon stores are located in the NorthPark mall in Dallas. But SMU girls aren’t only sporting these brands at the
gym. They can be spotted wearing them anywhere around campus. Whether you’re clad in stylish athletic wear for comfort or because you’re about to hit the gym, your style surely won’t diminish. When it comes to athletic wear, you can also find other gear that are just as stylish — water bottles, sports bras, sneakers, headbands and even gym bags are not so ordinary any more. Some have motivational words and sentences on them while others come in fun colors. However, not every girl cares about adding color and design into their workout attire. A common concern of theirs is how practical and functional these “stylish” athletic clothes actually are. Brands that offer stylish options do still pride themselves in ensuring that the product is ready to handle anything you can. If you read the descriptions on any of these brands’ items, there are plenty of reasons that are sure to convince you how perfectly they will compliment any type of workout you choose. With words like “breathable,”
“irritation free,” and “moisture wicking” are great descriptions to look for in athletic-wear. Even stylish athletic gear often has compartments for keys and headphones to make your time at the gym even easier. And, if you’re skeptical to try out some of the newer, upand-coming brands that are now offering stylish athletic attire, some of the most traditional athletic brands like Nike and
Under Armor is offering the same products you love but in a more trendy manner. Their sneakers can now be found in neon colors in addition to the typical blues and greens, and their pants now have pops of color. And if you’re really into designer clothing designers like Cynthia Crowley and Ralph Lauren have lines dedicated to athletic clothes and accessories. So the next time you’re out shopping, don’t just focus on your every day attire — stop into stores all about working out. You’ll be surprised by what they have started to bring into stock so that you can exercise in style. Bring excitement into your exercise routine by spicing it up with stylish clothes and accessories. 1. SOLOW cami 2. Lululemon pant 3. Lululemon tank 4. Nike Free Run sneaker
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WEDNESDAY November 7
Guest Piano Recital: Paul Barnes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
Sacred Spaces and Human Sacrifice: The Nasca Lines in their Cultural and Religious Context from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.
ART: The Music of Augusta Read Thomas: Meadows Wind Ensemble from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
Young Educator Seminar at 6:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall - Room 2130.
Fall Dance Concert from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Bob Hope Theatre
Chamber Music Late Night Concert from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Taubman Atrium.
12:21 a.m. Possession of Marijuana/ Possession of Alcohol by a Minor/ Possess of Drug Paraphernalia: Morrison-McGinnis Hall. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana and transported to the Dallas County Jail for possession of marijuana. Closed.
3:30 p.m. Duty on Sticking Unattended Vehicle: Meadows Museum Parking Garage. A student reported her vehicle was damaged while parked in the Meadows Museum Parking Garage. She reported she left her vehicle parked in the garage around 8:30 a.m. and returned at 2:30 p.m. Open.
5:00 p.m. Theft: Moore Hall. A student reported the theft of their phone. After some investigation it was recovered. Open. 11:05 p.m. Criminal Mischief: Sigma Phi Epsilon. A student reported something had been thrown at his window causing it to break. Open.
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WEDNESDAY n NOVEMBER 7, 2012 MUSIC
Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2012.
Beyonce and Clint Eastwood split ways over new project CHASE WADE A&E Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Poor Clint Eastwood. Even before his now infamous “invisible chair” debacle, the director’s take on A Star is Born has been plagued with production issues. From budget issues to script re-orders, Eastwood’s project isn’t, and won’t be, the easiest story to get to the silver screen. As if the project needed anymore setbacks, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Beyonce, who was chosen as the film’s lead, has dropped out of the production. In a statement the star , Beyonce, said “For months we tried to coordinate our
schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.” Beyonce would have been trying to fill the shoes of some major named actress. Eastwood’s attempt at A Star is Born will (hopefully) be the fourth take on the story. Previous versions of the film included actresses such as Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand. In terms of politics, Eastwood and Beyonce are polar opposites. Eastwood, a fevered supporter of the Republican Party, made headlines with his Republican National Convention speech while Beyonce is a staunch supporter
(L-R) Joseph Keefe, Christina Schroeter, Sebastian Keefe and James Buckey form indie band Family of the Year.
Family of the Year’s ‘Loma Vista’ offers cool, catchy tunes Katherine Zopatti Contributing Writer email@example.com
Beyonce of President Barack Obama and has been a familiar face on his campaign trail. Whether or not their politics is what made the two stars separate for the picture, one thing is for sure: Eastwood’s A Star is Born is a long way from coming to a theater near you.
The Los Angeles band Family of the Year is feel-good music from the start. The up-and-comers have had many minor successes, such as being named as one of 2009’s “Must-Hear Artists” by the CMJ Music festival. The band’s sophomore effort, the July released “Loma Vista” solidifies their entrance onto the independent music scene. Opening with soft acoustic strumming of the “The Stairs” the album has a lulling indierock vibe that sometimes verges on pop. Dealing with love, loss,
heartbreak and staying up late enough to watch the sunrise, “Loma Vista” is likely to resonate with college students and all those who remember the joy of youth. A vibe of happiness permeates the entire album: songs such as “St. Croix” and “Living on Love” are decidedly upbeat. “Loma Vista” has merits in musical depth as well, with songs such as “Hey Ma” containing private, letter-like lyrics and haunting piano. Cohesion is maintained through Family of the Year’s dedication to an acoustic, freespirited vibe. The crown jewel of the album “Hero” is not to be missed. With plaintively crooned lyrics such as “so let me go/ I don’t
wanna be your hero,” it is sure to evoke admiration by listeners. When listening to songs such as “In the End” and “Everytime” it is easy to forget that Family of the Year is not the casual band of misfits next door. Even though one of the band’s lyrics state: “you cant get every little thing that you want,” the album “Loma Vista” delivers eleven songs that give the listener a little slice of indie-pop perfection. Altogether soothing and upbeat all at once, “Loma Vista” is a must-download for fans of bands such as the Beach Boys and Mumford & Sons. Make sure not to miss them as they take on Dallas on Nov. 9
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FALL DANCE CONCERT One of Meadows’ historically favored events is happening this weekend, and we promise — it’s something not to be missed. Meadows’ dance program presents its annual Fall Dance Concert: a culmination of crisp cheoreography that is the program’s prime ticket for the fall semester. This year the event is bringing in some major names attached to its ticket. Bruce Wood, a local Dallas choreographer known for his meticulous modern numbers will reset his well-known “Zing a Little Zong,” for the ensemble.
As a welcome addition to the show, a live band will present the music for Wood’s piece. Perhaps the biggest name attached to the Fall Dance Concert is Billy Siegenfeld, the creator of dance’s “jump rythmic jazz” technique. Siegenfeld will present his award winning Getting There for the program. The Fall Dance Concert takes place from Nov. 7 to Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre inside the Owen Arts Center. -Chase Wade
Currently based in Los Angeles, brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe were born in Wales, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard. James Buckey is from Jacksonville, Fla, while Christina Schroeter is from Orange County, Calif. Before forming Family of the Year, members Joseph Keefe and Sebastian Keefe enjoyed local Boston success in previous bands Unbusted and The Billionaires. The band has opened for stars like Ben Folds and has toured with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
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WEDNESDAY n NOVEMBER 7, 2012 CONGRESS
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Speaker of the House John Boehner casts his vote in his home district in central Ohio.
Republicans ready to grasp renewed House control ASSOCIATED PRESS Republicans had renewed control of the House within their grasp early Wednesday as the two parties traded gains from the Eastern seaboard to the Southwest. Shortly past midnight in the East, Democrats had knocked off nine GOP House members — including six members of the huge tea party-backed House GOP freshman class of 2010. That included four Republican incumbents from Illinois and one each from Maryland, Florida, New York, New Hampshire and Texas. Republicans nearly matched that as their candidates defeated one Democratic incumbent apiece in Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and picked up an open seat each in Arkansas, Indiana, North Carolina, and Oklahoma held in this Congress by Democrats who retired or ran for another office. With almost two-thirds of the 435 House races called by The Associated Press, Republicans had won 209 seats and were leading in 28 more. A party needs 218 seats to control the House. It seemed likely the party mix in the new House would resemble the current one, which Republicans control 242-193, including two GOP and three Democratic vacancies. The pickups were so evenly divided that it was unclear if either party would add to its numbers overall. Democrats had taken 155 districts and led in 39 others. Even before renewed GOP control was clinched, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio — re-elected to his seat without opposition — claimed victory and laid down a marker for upcoming battles against President Barack Obama, who was re-elected to a second term in the White House. ‘‘The American people want solutions, and tonight they responded by renewing our
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House Republican majority,’’ he said at a gathering of Republicans in Washington. ‘‘The American people also made clear there’s no mandate for raising tax rates.’’ One of the top fights when Congress returns for a postelection session this month will be over the looming expiration of income tax cuts first enacted a decade ago under President George W. Bush. Republicans want to renew them all, while President Barack Obama wants the cuts to expire for the highest-earning Americans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., refused to concede. She told Democrats rallying a few blocks away from the GOP rally where Boehner spoke that by evening’s end, Democrats would end up ‘‘exceeding everyone’s expectations and perhaps achieving 25,’’ the number of added seats Democrats would need to gain House control. Though seven GOP freshmen were defeated, 65 of them were re-elected by early Wednesday morning in the East. Six others were leading in their races, but four were trailing. An exit poll of voters showed that just 21 percent said they backed the tea party, which had fueled the big GOP House gains in 2010. The GOP’s seemingly inevitable victory in the House was a contrast to how the party was performing elsewhere on the national stage. Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney for the presidency and Democrats hold onto control of the Senate. Democrats in Illinois controlled the redrawing of congressional districts after the latest Census, and the new lines proved too tough for several incumbent House Republicans. Conservative tea party freshmen Reps. Joe Walsh and Bobby Schilling lost, as did moderate freshman Robert Dold and seven-term veteran Judy Biggert, a social moderate. Other losing GOP freshmen were Rep. David Rivera of Florida, who was hurt by investigations into his past campaign financing; Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, who lost to the Democrat she defeated in 2010, Dan Maffei; and New Hampshire Republican Charlie Bass, ousted by Ann Kuster, the Democrat he defeated narrowly two years ago; and Francisco Canseco of Texas. In Maryland Democrats defeated 10-term GOP veteran Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland in a race that was preordained after Democrats controlling the state legislature added more Democratic suburbs near Washington to his western Maryland district. Embroiled in an unexpectedly tight re-election race was conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. One victor was Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who was his party’s vice presidential nominee on the ticket with the losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Another winner was Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., the Chicago lawmaker who took medical leave from Congress in June and has been at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for treatment of bipolar disorder. His only campaigning has been by automated phone calls to voters. In Kentucky, GOP attorney Andy Barr defeated Democrat
Ben Chandler after losing to him by just 647 votes in 2010. Chandler, among a dwindling number of moderate Blue Dog Democrats, has represented the district in Kentucky horse country surrounding Lexington, since 2004 but faced voters who heavily favored Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who easily carried the state over Obama. Republicans also ousted Rep. Larry Kissell of North Carolina, a two-term veteran who was among several Democrats in the state who faced far tougher districts due to GOP-controlled redistricting. In Pennsylvania outside Pittsburgh, Republicans defeated Democrat Mark Critz in what was one of the year’s most expensive races, with both sides spending a combined $13.7 million. Also defeated was Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul of New York, who won a 2011 special election to her seat by attacking Republicans for trying to revamp Medicare. There were 62 districts where no incumbents were running at all, either because they had retired or lost earlier party primaries or because the seats were newly created to reflect the census. When combined with losses by incumbents, the number of new House members in the next Congress was still below the 91 freshmen who started serving in 2011 — a number unmatched since 1993. Just weeks ago, Democrats had said they could win the 25 added seats they need to wrest control of the House. As Obama’s lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney shrank as Election Day approached, Democrats’ expectations for coattails that would boost their House candidates shrunk as well. Republicans, building off their enhanced control of statehouses, also did a robust job of protecting their incumbents and weakening Democrats when congressional district lines were redrawn after the 2010 census, especially in states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In addition, out of a record $1.1 billion House candidates and their allies spent in this year’s races, more than 60 percent of it went to Republicans. The economy and jobs dominated the presidential campaign, but there was little evidence either party had harnessed those issues in a decisive way at the House level. Both sides agreed that this year’s election lacked a nationwide wave that would give either side sweeping strength — as occurred when Democrats seized control in 2006 and expanded their majority in 2008, and Republicans snatched the chamber back in 2010. Polls underscored the public sentiment that Democrats had hoped they could use to their advantage. A CBS News-New York Times poll late last month showed just 15 percent of Americans approved of how Congress was handling its job, near its historic lows. And an Associated PressGfK poll in August showed that 39 percent approved of congressional Democrats while just 31 percent were satisfied with congressional Republicans.
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that immigration and a possible “combination of tax and entitlement reform” could be issues on which the two parties find “common ground.” “These are things that need to get done, but you wonder whether or not enough bipartisan goodwill exists to
accomplish [them],” Wilson said. It is now up to Obama yet again to commit to the country’s stability and recovery. The next four years will give Obama an opportunity to utlize his political capital to push through reform. “To the furniture worker’s child in
North Carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president - that’s the future we hope for. That’s the vision we share. That’s where we need to go - forward,” Obamas said in his victory speech in Chicago.
Social media tackles dog overpopulation in Dallas LEILA MUSTAFA Chief Copy Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Ebony advocates for street dogs and currently works for Dallas CPR and First Aid. She also has roughly 270 likes on her Facebook page. Ebony is a Pit Bull-American Bulldog mix. Homeless people fed her after her owners dumped her in South Dallas six to eight months ago and drove away. When she was found, she was covered in so many fleas they appeared as black patches. Ebony ended up being fostered, and later adopted into a forever home. Her Facebook, titled “Ebony the Enduring,” serves as one of many examples of using social media to advocate for fostering, adopting and rescuing stray dogs. Ebony’s story touched many Facebook users, and now her page is used to share pictures and information about dogs in the Dallas area that need homes. “When people’s hearts get drawn into a story, that’s how you find a foster or adopter,” Beth Bowers, Ebony’s owner and foster coordinator for Duck Team 6, a local nonprofit dog rescue organization, said. Rescue groups, individuals, animal shelters and many more are using the Web and sites such as petfinder.com to find fosters and adopters while also utilizing the technology to spread information about the causes of dog overpopulation. Like other businesses, the animal rescue community is relying even more heavily on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “With this page [Help & Rescue Animals Facebook page] we can reach people all over the world, we can educate people [and] we can find homes for animals,” McKenzie Yager, a social media user from Corsicana, said. The stories used on the pictures and blurbs on sites such as Yager’s often grab the hearts of those scanning the Web. There is an overpopulation of stray dogs nationwide, including in Dallas. The Oxford Lafayette Humane Society estimates that there are 70 million stray dogs and cats living in the U.S., and 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are brought into shelters each year. Dallas rescue group Duck Team 6 estimates that here are higher concentrations in Oak Cliff, East Dallas and Pleasant Grove according to JP Bonnelly, the group’s president. Causes include lack of neutering, spaying and puppy mills that decrease adoption of dogs from overpopulated shelters. Owner abandonment is a factor as well, as some owners can no longer afford the animals and drop them off at shelters, while others leave the dogs
on roadsides. Bowers fostered her dog Ebony after Duck Team 6 captured her. She wasn’t present when her co-ducks found Ebony, but the dog’s story and her “sad” picture on Facebook spoke to her. Bowers refers to her as a “foster failure” since she ended up loving Ebony enough to adopt her. “[With] her pictures and her stories that’s it. I was a goner,” Bowers said. Ebony is not only in a forever home, but is also a demo dog for Dallas CPR & First Aid and an advocate for Pit Bulls and stray dogs. Ebony lives with two Basset Hounds, a Siberian Husky and whoever Bowers’ “foster of the week” happens to be. Social media isn’t only utilized to attract potential fosters and adopters, although that trend is becoming increasingly common. Yager has a Facebook page titled “Help & Rescue Animals” that serves to educate on ways to reduce dog overpopulation in addition to advocating for fosters and adopters. She believes the stray problem in her town is “completely out of control.” “You cannot drive through our town without spotting multiple dogs or cats running in the streets,” Yager said. Yager also shares pictures of dogs that need fostering that reside within an hour and a half of Corsicana with the page’s fans, which may soon amount to 200. Just like Yager, Duck Team 6 uses the Web to reach out to its 2,000 and counting fan base. Duck Team 6 not only has fans in the Dallas area, but also fans overseas and in states such as Florida and California. The organization’s Facebook page posts “Look who got caught!” updates when the group rescues a stray. While the group also has a Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are the main social media tools the team uses. Since Duck Team 6 consists of only 12 people, the group’s efforts focus primarily on rescue, not fostering. That is where social media comes in: helping locate fosters for the dogs that are caught. Often, the stories and videos posted develop a fan base that can result in a foster before the dog is rescued. The Facebook page also allows the group to accept donations for veterinary care, boarding expenses and equipment. Many speculate that pets may be abandoned because owners can no longer afford them and that that is the main reason for the overpopulation of dogs. Bonnelly said the main reason dogs become strays is probably irresponsible owners and ignorance, possibly because many owners don’t spay and neuter their pets.
“Some just don’t care,” Bonnelly said. Refusing to spay and neuter pets is actually illegal for most pet owners in Dallas. As of Oct. 25, 2008, all dogs and cats in the city of Dallas are required to be neutered and spayed unless they obtain an intact animal permit, or fall under the exceptions, such as being under 6 months of age or for health reasons. Dallas Animal Services has partnered with Big Fix for Big D and offers $20 spaying, neutering and vaccination services for several South Dallas zip codes. However, there are still many owners who have not spayed or neutered their pets. To see what zip codes qualify, visit www.bigfixforbigd.com Sandra Mustafa, director of Dog & Kitty City, a Dallas animal shelter, agrees that the lack of spaying and neutering largely contributes to the overpopulation problem. Dog & Kitty City, a no-kill shelter, does not typically take in strays because of limited space. Mustafa said that the shelter typically has to redirect people to animal control centers two to three times a week. Still, the shelter often finds dogs dumped more often than it would like. Mustafa recently found three puppies on the rails of a DART railroad track. “It’s a really frustrating situation. They were going to be hit by a train,” she said. Although Dog & Kitty does use Facebook, social media is not what it relies on primarily. Its website, dogandkittycity.com, is mainly what the shelter uses to find fosters and adopters, as well as those who visit the shelter in person. The shelter’s website, http://www.dognkittycity. org, includes a Webcam where visitors can see the pets before going to the shelter. Bonnelly believes another large contributor to the overpopulation is store-purchased puppies. About 90 percent of puppies are estimated to come from puppy mills, according to paws.org. Puppy mills are often thought of as mass-producing, commercial dog breeding centers operated with an emphasis on profits, and with less of an emphasis on the best interests of the dogs. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), only 20 to 30 percent of dogs are adopted from shelters and homes. “If we can educate the public and crack down on the people trying to turn dogs and cats into cash crops we can begin to make a dent in the stray population,” Yager said. Whether it seeks to educate the public or attract dog lovers, social media provides animal advocates with tools to help address the overpopulation of dogs, both in Dallas and worldwide.
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To the future
Students voice concerns at Town Hall Meeting
DISD superintendent heads new innovations ERIC SHEFFIELD Contributing Writer email@example.com This school year, Dallas Independent School District (DISD) teacher Katherine Brattain has a new routine. She begins each of her Spanish classes at Adamson High School with a question to keep her students on their toes. The classroom door is open at all times. It’s not a rare sight for an assistant principal to walk into her classroom and to observe. None of this is because Brattain has done anything wrong, it’s just DISD’s new policy. Students will now begin every class with a demonstration of their knowledge. Absences will no longer be tolerated. All schools will be given attention, instead of just a select few. There’s a new sheriff in DISD, and his name is Mike Miles. “Teachers are teaching more so far this year, and we’re very strict. If kids don’t get their homework done on time, we’re going to send a phone call home,” Brattain, who teaches more than 300 students a day at Adamson High School in South Dallas, said. Since assuming the job of superintendent in July, Miles has already begun implementing policies to increase the quality of education in the district. Miles’ most stressed tenet so far has been to re-evaluate teachers’ habits to ensure that students are being taught at the highest possible level. “We have to believe that we can make a difference and educate each and every kid,” Mike Miles in a recent interview, said. “It sounds fluffy, but at the end of the day if the schools don’t believe, if the teachers and principles don’t believe that all kids can learn, we’re not going to get anything done.” Miles believes that the best way to improve the education quality is through a combination of innovations. These innovations helped improve the Colorado Springs district that Miles previously served as superintendent of. However, that district was much smaller. DISD is one of the largest school districts in the nation, with almost 160,000 students and a $1.6 billion annual budget. One innovation that DISD is using to make certain that students are receiving a good education from their teachers is a pay-forperformance system. “We’re going to tie teacher evaluation to student achievement results,” Miles said. “And then we’re going to pay the teachers depending on those results.” Miles claims that DISD’s pay for performance plan will be among the most rigorous in the nation. This has led to teachers upping their game around Dallas schools. “Teachers are standing up a little straighter. No one is slouching off, because they know that the superintendent is around,” Brattain said. And Miles has been around. He has visited more than 50 campuses since the first day of school, and takes time to converse with students wherever he goes. Adamson High School just reopened in Oak Cliff, a wellknown, low-income area within Dallas. Miles attended the opening of school in August. “I met with the superintendent when he came for the opening of our school,” Oxanna Contreras, a sophomore at Adamson High School, said. “He asked me how my classes were going and what I thought could improve at the school.” Another innovative idea that Miles has brought to the district is defining a difference between career-ready and college-ready. “Sometimes people say the two are synonymous, but I think the jury is out on that,” Miles said. “I want to profile people who are willing to give young people careers and find
out from them exactly what career-ready means.” Once he determines exactly what makes a student career-ready, Miles wants to tweak overall curriculums to guarantee that all students are graduating career-ready, as well as college-ready. A final innovative idea that the new superintendent is implementing is decreasing the “span of control” in the DISD organization. In previous years, up to 35 DISD principals would be evaluated, monitored and coached by a single executive director. In the three months since his arrival, Miles has hired additional executive directors so that each only supervises between eight to 12 principals. Miles personally led the entire principal training institute this summer. “I don’t know that superintendent in the history of DISD has ever done that before,” DISD board member, Mike Morath, said. “In fact, I’m not sure any superintendent of a large school system has ever done that, anywhere.” Miles’ emphasis on a smaller span of control and the tendency to lean towards a hierarchal system of teachers and principals might stem from Miles’ military background. He references teachers as his ‘squad leaders’ and principals as his ‘company commanders’. “In the military, everyone has to have some degree of leadership, from the privates to the generals,” Morath said. “And I think that’s representative in our school system.” Miles graduated from West Point in 1978, and he spent several years as an army officer before joining the U.S. State Department in 1989. “Those two backgrounds have guided my leadership style, influenced how I think and operate,” Miles said. “They’ve helped me think systemically and with a broad perspective.” After retiring from his job at the State Department, Miles moved on to teaching, and eventually served as the superintendent in Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, Colo. for six years. Miles moved to Dallas with his wife, Karen. Miles also has three children, ranging from 10 to 20 in age. Miles has faced numerous challenges since coming to Dallas from Colorado, but one, in particular, has been difficult to cope with. “Many of the issues are the same, but the scale is different. It’s a much bigger district,” Miles said. Miles old school district, Harrison, in Colorado Springs, had a 2011 enrollment of 11,203 students across 29 schools. DISD has 157,521 students currently enrolled across 227 schools. “You have to think of DISD as a company that has nearly 20,000 employees,” Morath said. “And Mike is like the CEO of that company.” Miles reception in Dallas has been mostly positive, but some students are taking a wait and see attitude with the new superintendent. “I’m a fan of the school and all the academic improvements,” Jorge Jaimes, a junior at Adamson High school, said. “But he cancelled a field trip that a few of my friends were going on because it wasn’t educational. They aren’t too happy about it.” Miles has made it clear that his focus is on the educational side of things, and that he has every intention of preparing a budget that reflects that. “He is one, intensely missiondriven dude,” Morath said.
ZOE MATTIOLI Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The first ever Town Hall Meeting was a success for expressing the array of current questions and concerns among the student body in the HughesTrigg Student Center Commons Monday night. A panel of staff members from four various departments answered questions as well as took suggestions from the audience of students. A reoccurring theme throughout the meeting was determining how staff members decide to allocate their resources and prioritize their time and funding. The panel included IT Director Brad Boeke, Director of Student Development and Programs Jennifer “JJ” Jones, Chief of Police Rick Shafer and Athletics Director Rick Hart, who spoke a majority of the evening. When asked about SMU’s ideal athletic environment, Hart said it’s going to be a long-term vision but overall the school has its sights set on nothing less than a “premier program.” “We want to do things the right way. First, we’re going to graduate athletes,” Hart said. “Then we can play and renew championships and engage the community.” SMU has notably been making
a greater effort to develop a sense of pride in the Mustangs, especially for football. When compared to TCU’s marketing strategies and advertising, Hart made a distinction between the targeted audiences in Dallas and those in Fort Worth. While it may be easier to engage the smaller community at TCU, Hart reassured that SMU is aiming for that degree of visibility and participation. “The vision is that you won’t be able to come to Dallas without knowing SMU is here,” Hart said. As for the other 16 sports on campus, it’s about strategic investments. While each sport is given equal attention as far as quality atmospheres and scholarships go, not all sports offer the same return investment as football and basketball, for example. Hart explained SMU’s plan to generate revenue in these major sports in order to get money to fund the other programs. This, he claimed, would be a more shortterm plan, expecting to see results in the next two to three years. Other issues addressed included on-campus safety regarding recent sexual assaults and nighttime attacks. Shafer delineated the various ways to contact the SMU Police Department in any case of emergency and urged students not to ever hesitate to report suspicious
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Athletic director Rick Hart answers a question about sports revenue Monday.
activity or concerns. In response, students made suggestions to increase the number of Giddy-Up cars during weekends. In regards to recent biased incidents, Jones encouraged multicultural student groups to “step outside their comfort zone” when attempting to promote and engage their organizations. “Student groups tend to plan for themselves instead of a broader audience,” Jones said. “You can’t just hang a poster in Hughes-Trigg, you have to work out better advertising.” Jones also mentioned the university’s discussion of enacting some sort of mandatory
diversity education. On the technical front, Boeke worked with students to determine what should be done to make online access easier for the community via both computers and mobile devices. While Boeke made clear that an SMU app would be unlikely, a popular trend among other universities, he did state that students can look forward to more responsive content and updated, collective staff contact page. Overall, the Town Hall Meeting was a success and students passionate about getting involved on campus and making a difference can certainly expect to see additional Town Hall Meetings in the near future.
Senate passes mandatory diversity training legislation TIM WELCH Senate Beat Writer email@example.com On Tuesday, Student Senate voted to pass a bill that requires SMU to provide a mandatory program on diversity training for incoming freshmen. The bill, authored by the members of the Senate Diversity Committee, notes that currently there is no such isolated program designed to educate incoming students on diversity issues. Sen. Jared McCluskey
raised concerns over how such a program would affect an overloaded
freshman’s first week of college. In retort, Diversity Committee Chair Kim Elmazi asked the chamber to recall the senate meeting on Sept. 18 when, in reaction to the thenrecent vandalism of the Multicultural Student Affairs’ boulevard sign, the forum was full beyond capacity. Attendants that afternoon were comprised heavily of concerned students representing SMU’s many minority organizations. Elmazi said, “Remember Sept. 18 when everyone packed this room, pleading for their Senate to
do something, when all the club presidents stood [at the podium] quoting Martin Luther King, Jr.” “Your job as senators is to be a voice for your constituents. If you ignore this bill, you’re ignoring 25 percent of the SMU student population, after we’ve spent so long building bridges.” The vote was taken via roll call, and passed with only four Senators — Devin Kerns, Jared McCluskey, Emily McIntosh, and Caleb Pool — voting against the diversity initiative.
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David Stollman, a speaker who focuses on Greek-related issues, spoke to Greek members Monday.
Stollman encourages Greek organizations to reform KATIE BULLARD Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The simple statement “Buy In or Get Out” flashed on the screen in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom Sunday evening as Panhellenic women from each sorority chapter on campus filled the room for the “Stand Up, Stand Out” lecture by David Stollman. “I’m not here to blow sunshine at you,” Stollman said. “I’m pretty blunt and pretty honest.” Stollman, who is the cofounder of Campuspeak and hazingprevention.org, has traveled to campuses countrywide for 15 years to encourage Greek communities to “inject some backbone into their membership standards.” As an active volunteer for his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon and the current chapter advisor for Alpha Sigma Tau sorority at New York University, Stollman has his
finger on the pulse of Greek life, its stereotypes and what needs to be done to fix them. “I do what I do because I believe in sororities and fraternities. This is what I do by choice, because what we do makes a difference,” he said. Stollman immediately engaged the audience with his humor, cracking jokes about the common stereotypes that describe fraternities and sororities. He then had the audience call out adjectives that are frequently used to describe members of Greek life. A few included jerks, alcoholics, hazers, partiers, snobs and airheads. “Would our founders be proud?” he asked. To enforce his point, Stollman showed a slideshow of pictures of college Greeks around the country, doing exactly what those adjectives described. He showed that there is much that needs to be fixed when it comes to the current image of Greek life.
“I don’t want these stereotypes hung around my neck,” he said. “Be the ones that don’t tolerate it.” He reminded the audience that becoming a member of a Greek organization does not give one the right to party 24/7, skip class or think they are better than someone else. He emphasized that becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority instills bonds of brotherhood or sisterhood, develops leadership, academic excellence, community service and moral behavior. “We have to be the ones to break those negative stereotypes,” he said. It wasn’t until later in his speech that Stollman addressed what the theme of his speech, “Buy In or Get Out,” exactly meant. “Buy In” referred to accepting and representing fraternal values and standards, and to “Get Out” if you cannot exemplify Greek life in its best light. Stollman used Greek jerseys as
a way to express this idea, telling the audience to “Buy it, don’t rent it,” meaning that if you cant stand for what the letters across your chest represent, you don’t deserve to be wearing a jersey. “His ideas are accurate in that we are the ones who can change are image, and we must really be doing so. Like he said, we must buy into the idea of bettering ourselves and our chapter every day, even when it’s not convenient,” Stephanie Newland said. Stollman ended his speech with another slideshow that was quite different than the one he played before. Pictures and statistics of Greek organizations from across the country helping others and changing lives flashed on the screen, reminding the audience of their purpose in a Greek organization. “Friends say what you want to hear, but sisters say what you need to hear,” he concluded. “This is the one family you get to choose.”
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What does Obama win mean for GOP? W. Tucker Keene Opinion Editor
This was a very close election, but Mitt Romney was ultimately unable to pull the upset and Barack Obama has won a second term. However, Republicans need not fret as the list of candidates they could have lined up in 2016 is a very impressive bunch. Democrats are not likely to be as ecstatic as they were in 2008 as the status quo of gridlock is very likely to remain. The House of Representatives remains in control of the Republicans, and the Senate is likely to remain in control of the Democrats. Therefore, it is unlikely for any more progress to be made on President Obama’s agenda. This should be comforting to Republicans as well — particularly those who are scared that President Obama will pass all the left wing legislation that he was hoping to pass in his first term. The political reality is no better for him than it was these last few years, and so the gridlock should remain. I suspect Republicans will be doing a lot of soul searching in the coming days and months as they try to figure out what went wrong. This election was supposed to be a slam dunk with the economy as bad as it is, unemployment as high as it is and GDP growth as low as it is. Americans supported a “Generic Republican Challenger” to Obama consistently. All the key data points of the election seemed to favor Romney. Republican enthusiasm and identification was way up over the last several months and polls showed him winning by double digits among independents — but clearly something went very wrong. What was it? The first thing that would come to my mind is that Romney is simply not the kind of candidate who could do well in the Rust Belt. His CEO persona, which portrays him as very wealthy, out of touch and socially more moderate than most Republicans, doesn’t play well among the largely blue collar, working class voters in the Rust Belt. Because the Rust Belt has so many swing states, such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and to an extent North Carolina, Romney would underperform in these key states and therefore not do as well as another Republican otherwise would have. Paul Ryan appealed only a little more to these voters than did Romney, but not enough to close the gap. Ryan is Catholic, grew up middle-class and is from a small town in the Rust Belt: Janesville, Wis. All of those traits should have helped Romney, but Ryan never felt like a blue-collar candidate. He never seemed like the kind of candidate who could be a steel worker. If anything, he seemed much more like an accountant. His nomination may have energized conservatives, but turned off some key demographics who were worried about his Medicare plan, such as voters between roughly 40 and 54 who would be most affected by his Medicare plan. It could have been any number of things that went wrong for Romney, but Republicans have a strong bench of candidates in 2016 — much stronger than they had this year. Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Susana Martinez and many others would all be very strong candidates in 2016. Gov. Jeb Bush would perhaps be the strongest candidate with the strong level of Hispanic support he would be expected to get. Sen. Rand Paul would likely take up the mantle from his father Ron Paul, but his stronger crossover appeal with more traditional Republican voters could give him a strong showing in 2016. Republicans need not despair, and Democrats need not gloat. Not much seems likely to change these next few years. The status quo is likely to remain.
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Obama easily wins re-election Students provide their opinions about election results Republican
Democrat Brandon Bub Contributor firstname.lastname@example.org President Barack Obama has won the election. Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck are probably crying behind a teleprompter right now. There are so many people posting on Facebook about abandoning this country that you’d think the draft had just been reinstated. I just lost $10 to my roommate on a wager where we purposefully bet against our own interests regarding the election outcome. Needless to say — it has been an interesting 24 hours. I can’t say I’m entirely surprised by this outcome. The last time I checked Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, he suggested an 85 percent chance of an Obama victory. Some of my friends have suggested that Silver is biased because he works for the lefty New York Times, but Silver is a statistician who predicted the results of both the 2008 and 2010 elections to an extraordinary degree of precision. When the weatherman tells you there’s an 85 percent chance of rain, you pack an umbrella. I guess I’m supposed to be pretty excited about this outcome: four more years of Obama’s enlightened despotic rule. I’m guessing comprehensive immigration reform will be the next item on his agenda, and I have no doubt that the president will dissolve our borders entirely — destroying our own national sovereignty and opening the floodgates to a nearly limitless influx of immigrants. And of course Obamacare was just step one. Now that Obama has guaranteed his re-election, he can ensure that the essential provisions of the law are put into place in 2014 so that we can destroy our current healthcare system as we know it. Doing so would usher us into a brave new world of socialized medicine a la Europe. Government stimulus spending will soon outpace consumer demand. The administration’s refusal to
cut spending will result in the government having to rely almost exclusively on selling bonds to other countries to pay our skyrocketing debt, and the entirety of some people’s incomes will be co-opted to maintain financial solvency. The United States will default on its loans. The entire global economic infrastructure will topple. Thomas Hobbes’ nightmare will come true: the Constitution and all the laws that undergird it will crumble, the social contract will disappear and we’ll be forced back into the state of nature where our lives will be nasty, brutish and short. Or — maybe not. Maybe none of that will happen at all. I have to admit, while the prospect of violent revolution always sounds attractive to me personally, we all know that this isn’t how a second Obama term will look. Hyperbole is a wonderful thing. The more inflammatory of predictions I make, the more reactions I get from people. And that’s fine, but I’d rather acknowledge reality. Obama will now be a two-term president, but the House remains in Republican hands and no single party effectively controls the Senate right now thanks to the cloture rule. As much as we might like to suppose that another four years of Obama will inexorably send this country down the path of old-fashioned Leninism, that’s just not a possibility. We’ve had divided government since 2010, and that trend looks as though it will continue. If the president hopes to get anything done, he will necessarily have to compromise. Perhaps now that he need not worry about another re-election bid he’ll put petty politics aside, reach across the aisle, give ground and forge a consensus to put this country’s needs first. Oh, I forgot — I’m trying to avoid hyperbole.
Bub is a junior majoring in history, English and political science.
Hailey Dunn Contributor email@example.com Unfortunately, the better team did not win out. Barack Obama and Joe Biden were given a second term in office despite an altogether deplorable performance on their first try. Was this attributed to the Obama campaign raising $1.06 billion the Romney campaign’s $954 million? Possibly. Did he win thanks primarily to the incumbent advantage? Probably. Do Americans actually believe this to be a president that in the next four years will move America forward? Apparently. I however must respectfully disagree. My main rub with President Obama and his administration is over his blatant love for an overreaching government and the love of spending my tax dollars so frivolously. In his most glorious moment, President Obama was able to take these two great loves and combine them, culminating in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. But alas, America has voted and there will not be a 45th president for four more years. This is the hand that we have dealt ourselves and perhaps all hope is not lost. Obamacare has for the most of the duration of this administration been an absolute thorn in my side. I despise extreme government oversight (that’s the libertarian in me) and I consider this to be the most invasive government overstep to date. While in theory it is good to want everyone to have affordable healthcare, I think massive insurance reform would have been a more prudent route to take rather than go after the individual. Had Romney won, it is entirely possible that this would be a non-issue, but since the incumbent won out we are now forced to fight Obamacare for another four years — awesome. In the interest of making a
“reverse compliment sandwich,” I will take a laudatory position momentarily to praise President Obama for one thing I am very much in agreement with him on. While it is not a popular position to be held in the Republican Party, I like many young conservatives agree with his stance on gay marriage. I count myself among a large group of neo-conservatives anxious over the possibility of steps being taken in this second term towards the nationwide legalization of samesex marriage. While I tend to not agree with this administration on anything, this recent position change gave me a glimmer of hope for what could be done in the next four years. However, not everything’s coming up roses. Coming out of college, most students, myself included, are hoping to enter the job market with a prosperous economy. Currently with high unemployment, especially among young graduates, the prospect of finding a job is daunting at best and impossible at worst. Obama has won. Now would be a good time for him to directly address an economy in free-fall, scale back his push for social reforms and make his second term less of a stagnated let down than the first. In closing, I would like to ask as a young constituent that the president take steps to better the job market as he begins his second term in office. As someone with intentions of entering law school in just a few short years I have some time for the economy to hit an upswing, but many of my peers do not. We need jobs. Our parents are snatching away the purse strings in less time than we are comfortable thinking about and I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to try to find a decent job when the unemployment rate is as high as it has been in recent years.
Dunn is a junior majoring in political science.
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c-usa swimmer of the week Isabella Arcilla After her two individual first place finishes and two relay wins Saturday against Rice, sophomore Isabella Arcilla was named the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week.
Courtesy of Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Junior Matthew Napier-Jameson got a third place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Southwest Collegiate Plunge.
Men finish third in first meet; host rival TCU Frogs tonight Andrew Hattersley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The SMU men’s swim team started off its season with a third place finish in the Southwest Collegiate Plunge Saturday. “We had a much better showing than we have had at the meet in the past so it was a great start to the season,”coach Eddie Sinnott said. “We had a lot of successful races and it serves as a baseline for the rest of the season. We hope to improve on this meet for the rest of the year and just to continue to improve as the season goes along.” The team was led by senior Mindaugas Sadauskas who raced in a total of six events. He won the 50-yard freestyle,
had four second place finishes and one third place finish. Sadauskas raced in all four of the Mustangs’ relay teams with second place finishes in the 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Sadauskas also had a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay and a victory in the 50-yard freestyle. The Mustangs took third place overall in the meet losing to the University of Texas and Texas A&M. Despite the No.3 finish, the meet was still a very impressive start for a young team. The Mustangs also got a strong performance from senior David Larsson, who won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.24.
The Mustangs had third place finishes from juniors Matthew Napier- Jameson, Matt Roney and sophomore Matas Andriekus. The Mustangs now turn its attention to its crosstown rivals the TCU Horned Frogs who the team will face Wednesday night in Perkins Natatorium. “It’s really early in the season for us; we are normally not good in November,” Sinnott said. The Mustangs will have its hands full as TCU is off to a strong start to the year. “TCU will pose a challenge for us because they are a good team,” Sinnott said. “It will be a big test for us because we have to get our team up and ready to race which they are usually not used to in November.” The Wednesday night race is an unusual event in the
season schedule. “We also don’t usually race during the week—TCU doesn’t either so it will be an adjustment for us and them.” Despite the upcoming challenge, Sinnott is looking forward to taking on TCU. “But this will be a good test for us and a good opportunity because the meet is at home and a good opportunity for our team to practice racing.” One big matchup that will be a good race will be Sadauskas against TCU’s Corey Nix, who posted a victory in TCU’s duel meet against North Dakota. It is only the second meet of the season but a strong showing in the home opener for the Mustangs could be a springboard for the rest of the year.
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Arcilla’s victories in the freestyle 50- and 100-yard sprints led the team. Her 50-free time of 23.24 is the fastest time by a C-USA swimmer this season. Arcilla led the 200 freestyle relay Saturday that timed as a season-best in C-USA (1:33.64).
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SMU competes in Gifford Collegiate Championship Katy Roden Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The men’s golf team finishes up theGiffordCollegiateChampionship at Cordevalle Golf Club today after facing tough competition Monday and Tuesday.The SMU team was in the No.7 spot of the ten collegiate teams in the championship after the second round Tuesday. The tournament, in San Martin, Calif., was led by UCLA after the second round. Bryson Dechambeau led the Mustangs Tuesday after scoring
1-under par in round one and 1-over Tuesday. Dechambeau was tied for ninth after his second round place. Mario Clemens shot par and 1-over in the first two rounds and is tied for Nov. 14. Fellow Mustangs Ryan Burgess, David Lee, Harry Higgs and Maxine Blandin are also competing for spots in the top 60 players. SMU had a six-man team score of 728 on the 71-par course after the second round. Mustang tee times begin this morning for round three as the team tries to move up in the championship rankings.
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Students, professors discuss local, presidential politics W. TUCKER KEENE Opinion Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The Tower Center for Political Studies hosted a discussion Monday evening between political science professor Dennis Simon and Jeffrey Engel, a history professor. Both men passionately discussed the many issues at hand in the Tuesday election and described the nation’s current political climate as typical. “This year will largely be a status quo election,” Simon said. “Politically the next few years will seem very similar to the last few.” Engel replied, “That’s really depressing.” SMU junior Tyler Anderson, director of the Tower Center Student Forum, said the purpose of the event was to “bring students together to discuss the election in an open and friendly manner to enhance political discourse.” In beginning the discussion, Engel saw an interesting parallel between the 2012 presidential election and the 1888 election.
“The central issue of the  campaign was that there wasn’t one,” he said, “The election hinged entirely on voter turnout.” Simon agreed saying that if the turnout model in the northern industrial cities of Ohio such as Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, and Canton is similar to the 2008 levels, President Barack Obama is in a good position to win statewide. He expects Romney to do well in the southern area of the state, but doesn’t think that alone would be enough for Romney to win statewide. The race for control of the Senate has appeared to slip out of reach for Republicans. Both professors agreed the House of Representatives is going to stay Republican, and the Senate is likely to stay under the Democrats. Simon said he expected that the political discourse Americans have been exposed to over the last several years will largely remain the same with the government staying divided. He believes regardless of who wins the presidential race, divided government will remain.
William Tsutsui, Dedman College dean, started the questions by asking if an electoral landslide similar to Reagan’s 49-state victory in 1984 would ever happen again. Republican Ronald Reagan brought the country back from economic collapse and his opponent, Democrat Walter Mondale ran only on raising taxes. Simon replied if conditions repeat themselves, a landslide election could definitely happen again. Junior Michael Dearborn asked why local races don’t get more coverage in the media. Engel admitted that even he didn’t know the names of his local representatives, and argued that the general lack of public interest in local races is driven by a lack of interest by the media. Simon sees an electoral college “misfire” happening if Romney wins the popular vote, but not the election. He doesn’t think party outrage will be the same as in 2000 when George W. Bush ran against Al Gore. Since the Electoral College currently gives small Republican states outsized power, Simon said Republicans aren’t likely to rebel.
Sorority members practiced self defense tactics Monday at Burleson Park.
Free self-defense classes offered to sorority women KIRBY WILEY Contributing Writer email@example.com In response to the recent increase of sexual assaults and rapes around Southern Methodist University, Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense partnered with the Panehellenic Sororities of SMU to put on a free selfdefense class for sorority women at Burleson Park on Monday, Nov. 5. Before teaching any drills to the estimated 150 to 175 women in the class, head instructor Nick Chamberlain explained a few statistics about the typical sexual assault scenario. In a typical scenario women are attacked by someone they know, and 45 percent of these attacks are date rapes. “Ninety-five percent is not learning how to fight, 95 percent is awareness,” Chamberlain said.“I am teaching you the five
percent and it is up to you to do the rest.” Chamberlain then demonstrated many different attack scenarios and had participants practice each one with a partner and self-defense instructor. The group had fun with the class and was eager to learn all the different exercises. “I think the event turned out great and I definitely learned what to do if I am ever attacked, but what Nick Chamberlain said about fighting back only being five percent of it really freaked me out,” Kappa Kappa Gamma member Beth Nogalski said. The event was a success — bringing members from all 8 sororities on campus together to learn how to fight back. This semester, SMU students have received numerous email alerts about sexual assaults and rapes on or near campus, many of which involved SMU students. In the past, SMU students have felt safe and secure enough to walk around
campus after dark, but now many female students have expressed fear to even walk home from the library after the sun goes down. SMU has been aiming to create ways for students to get around after dark, but it is important that female students know how to defend themselves in case they get into a difficult situation. Chamberlain not only taught the group different exercises of self-defense, but also gave the students advice about being aware of their surrounding at all times. He suggested always being with a group of people, and not being afraid to fight off an attacker even if he or she is a friend. After the class, many of the women who attended explained that they felt they learned a lot from the class and felt confident they would know what to do in an attack situation.
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