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Adm. Walsh (Ret.) made the keynote speech at the John Goodwin Tower Center’s National Security Conference Wednesday night.

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SMU sophomore Jalen Jones scores 10 points against the Memphis Tigers on Jan. 21, 2012. He scored 23 points in the game against TCU Thursday evening.

Mustangs triumph over TCU, 64-61 CHRISTOPHER SAUL StaffWriter The SMU Mustangs remain undefeated after last night’s game with cross-town rival Texas Christian University (TCU) by holding off the Horned Frogs’ last minute surge — putting the game away 64-61 in Fort Worth. SMU men’s basketball team, coached by the much-vaunted Larry Brown, played for the vast majority of its shots inside the paint — a departure from last year’s emphasis on the 3-pointer. Jalen Jones, the 6-foot-6-inch 210-pound sophomore out of Dallas, led the team with 23

points. He was .500 shooting from the field, and was four for five when shooting from outside the perimeter. In addition to his massive scoring run in the game, Jones flirted with a doubledouble, tallying nine rebounds. Jones’ supporting cast included guard Ryan Manuel with 16 points and three assists, and Nick Russell, who had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Mustangs. This win continues the run of success the Mustangs have had against the team they share the DFW Metroplex with. One of the few wins the Mustangs had last year came against the Horned Frogs in a close game in Highland Park when former head coach Matt Dougherty and

company beat TCU 68-62. Aiding the Mustangs in its win against the team’s first Big 12 opponent of the season was the poor marksmanship by TCU snipers from outside the threepoint line. TCU was 3-11 outside of the perimeter, and 25-51 from within. The Horned Frogs lost a large piece of its offense when junior point guard Amric Fields, who averages eleven points for his squad, was helped off of the court after injuring his right leg only 12 seconds into the competition. The Mustangs team had to overcome its youth to top TCU. The Mustangs make up one of the most youthful teams on the court in the NCAA this season. All

eligible players total just eleven seasons of play between them. The Mustangs will be aided in this department next year when transfers Nic Moore, formerly of Illinois State, Markus Kennedy, a 6-foot-9 inch sophomore from Villanova and Crandall Head, a junior transfer from Illinois. The victory puts the Mustangs on top of the Horned Frogs and leads the series 103-85. The two schools have played each other regularly since the 1918-1919 season. Brown, the only coach to win both an NBA and an NCAA title, hadn’t coached on the college level in more than two decades until SMU won its season opener 73-58 over Loyola Marymount Sunday.


Panelists discuss solutions to global healthcare crisis VALERIE THOMPSON Contributing Writer SMU students, faculty and members of the general public joined three leading frontline healthcare workers for a human rights lecture highlighting global healthcare Wednesday, Nov. 14 in McCord Auditorium. Tawanda Gumbo, a medical doctor, professor Joci CaldwellRyan and Save the Children representative Mary Beth Powers teamed up with the Embrey Human Rights Program, Save the Children and the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth to discuss important issues regarding how to possibly go about changing the global healthcare crisis. Around 8 million children die each year all over the world from preventable and curable illnesses — a statistic many might be shocked to hear. However, this figure is not new to SMU senior Samantha Matthews, who is majoring in human rights. “There are a lot of [global] needs that people aren’t always aware of,” Matthews said. Gumbo agrees. Gumbo, who received his medical degree from the University of Zimbabwe Medical School, said what kills children most often on a global scale are nutritional problems, pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria — all curable diseases, and ones that are manageable in a first-

world country like the U.S. Gumbo, however, stressed another crucial factor in children’s health. “What is the most crucial thing for having children survive until the age of five is presence of the mother,” Gumbo said. With AIDS, a disease transmissible from mother to child, now being a widespread health issue, maternal care is becoming an even more important issue. “Maternal death and child death are linked,” Caldwell-Ryan said. Caldwell-Ryan, who teaches women and gender studies at SMU, spent some time studying in Benin, Africa where she was able to see firsthand some of the healthcare problems faced by the global community. She explained that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of six countries that account for one half of all maternal death. The statistic is very much the same for child death. “We’re going to have to think of human rights when we think of child and maternal death,” Caldwell-Ryan said. SMU graduate human rights student Yvonne Glass, who attended the lecture, agreed that something must be done to consider healthcare as human rights issue. “When people think of human rights, they think of

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Doctors Without Borders pediatrician Luana Lima checks on patients at the aid group’s hospital in Dagahaley refugee camp.

gay marriage, not health care,” Glass said. Glass, along with Matthews, traveled to Rwanda through the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program this summer. They both stayed after the program to visit an Rwandan orphanage called the Urukundo Home for Children where they were able to see some of the healthcare struggles that children face. “When we were there, a few of the kids had health issues that the orphanage didn’t have money to deal with,” Matthews said. Powers spoke about taking action. Powers, the Newborn and Child Survival Campaign chief for Save the Children, began by

putting things into perspective. “We don’t have to discover a whole lot of things to save children’s lives, we just have to get the care to them,” Powers said. Save the Children is one of the world’s biggest independent humanitarian organizations, and has worked to reduce the child mortality rate by 40 percent. Immunization is one of the reasons why the organization has had such great success. While the situation may not improve overnight, Powers said that more people are starting to look seriously at taking action on healthcare as a human right. “It’s a domino effect,” Powers said.

“What you have here for the next 24 hours is a ringside seat.” Adm. Patrick Walsh addressed attendees of SMU’s Tower Center’s two-day National Security Conference Wednesday night with a keynote address that zeroed in on one of the “most thorneous problems we could ever imagine.” Walsh spent the next hour analyzing the country’s defense program as it pertains to both national and international levels on the basis of three categories: “man, the state and war.” “Nations are watching with keen interest our ability to remain forward, engaged and ready,” Walsh said of the current state of defense. In his discussion of what many are calling a security “crisis” for the U.S., Walsh presented the audience with a comparative look at the country’s defense system pre- and post-9/11. With the event that “moved our country into unprecedented global conflict,” Walsh said that the 2001 terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda made perfectly clear “the impact of the individual for war and for peace.” “The investment requirement now is something extraordinarily different,” Walsh said, referring to the budgetary tie-in to the defense program. The Sept. 11 attacks put the U.S. back into a prominent, deeply woven international involvement that needs infinitely more funding than more “inactive” years prior. “The biggest challenge by far to our security structure is its sustainability,” Walsh said. He emphasized the need to “make wise investments” in the country’s military health so as confine and limit the diversity of “barbarous acts” of terrorism growing on nearly every continent. “The real possibility exists for conflict that is not at the time or place of our choosing,” Walsh said. Walsh explained that preparedness and accepting

the fact that the U.S. doesn’t “have the force of [pre-9/11] because we don’t have that world anymore” was essential in being able to combat any and all security threats beyond the anticipation and watch of the country’s military. He used past American military tactics, organization and actions as evidence of a knowledge base the country has and can use to its advantage even in a post-9/11 world. “[We need to] understand how to unlock what we’ve already invested,” Walsh said. “We have an immediate challenge to handle short-term issues.” One of his key points of the evening was the need for education reform in the context of the “U.S. security narrative.” “The public school system is now recognized as a national security issue,” Walsh said. “The current education system has consequences for economic competitiveness and innovation.” Walsh cited the need for future generations “to be engaged in the foreign arena” so that the next wave of those running the country’s defense program can “demonstrate commitment, leadership and resolve of U.S. government.” “We must continue to recruit and maintain the highest [caliber of people],” Walsh said. Junior Austin Moorman, who works with the Tower Center and was involved at the banquet, said that the conference was “one of the better turnouts” he’s seen. “[Walsh] related well the impact resources must have upon tactics,” Moorman said. “The audience seemed very engaged.” As for its pertinence to the SMU academic community, Moorman shared his belief that “it’s important to have students educated on issues of defense.” “With today’s politics and how interconnected the world is, people should know the issues concerning our country and others,” Moorman said. Walsh closed the dinner with what he determined to be the essential, communing point of the country’s immediate future. “How to pivot forward,” Walsh said. “That is the question we need to answer.”


Sikh students host forum on human rights YUSRA JABEEN Contributing Writer SMU’s Sikh Student Association (SSA) organized an event called “Human Rights: A Sikh Story” to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the

1984 Sikh Massacre in India and the Wisconsin shooting at the Sikh temple on August, 2012. Gurvinder Singh, director of United Sikhs and vice president of the Dallas American Civil Liberties Union, and professor




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Uptown’s first walking food tour attracts tourists and locals

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The Uptown Dallas Food Tour combines historical sightseeings with tastings at several local restaurants.

ALEXANDRA SPITZER Food Editor Ever since its launch in June, Uptown Dallas’ first walking food tour has been attracting both tourists and locals. The tour, established by Food Tours of America, invites Dallas visitors and residents to participate in fascinating sightseeing and an indulgent culinary experience. The unique tour combines an

excursion of 125 year old Uptown, considered the most pedestrian friendly neighborhood in Dallas, with stops along the way to several area restaurants for samples of their signature dishes and cocktails. The Uptown Dallas Food Tour provides participants with an insider’s view of Dallas, and focuses on the best local cuisine. Each tour is limited to a maximum of 16 people to ensure the most personal and

enriching experience. The tour provides the best of both worlds as participants get to view historical attractions such as community theaters and contemporary art galleries, the State Thomas Historic District (considered Dallas’ oldest surviving neighborhood and largest collection of 1880’s Victorian homes) and the West Village shopping district. The tour begins at one of Uptown’s most popular restaurants:

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Sfuzzi. The Italian-inspired restaurant serves tour guests samples like portobello-mushroom fries, pizza with Texas farm-raised bacon and eggs, and samples are accompanied by a number of cocktails including the signature frozen Sfuzzi, which is made with prosecco and white peach nectar. Next, attendees walk through the State Thomas Historic District for a little sightseeing and stop by Bailey’s Uptown Inn for a traditional Texas sweet tea or a selection of Texas coffees. From there, participants head to the Stand, Dallas’ first indoor food truck. The greasy, deep-fried menu is inspired by the State Fair of Texas. Here guests can enjoy bites like the signature mac daddy dog, which is wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, then covered with macaroni and cheese, chili, queso and an onion ring. Also on the menu are sweet-potato tater balls, fried hostess twinkies topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce and perhaps the most unique item on the menu — the Stand’s Pork and beans brownie with sourcream icing. The sightings continue after the Stand as participants pass by the Greenwood Cemetery where many Dallas notables are buried, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and the Kitchen Dog Theater.

And when the doors are open, tourists can catch a glimpse of the McKinney Avenue trolley car barn where the oldest running antique trolleys are preserved. Across the street from the car barn, attendees venture to Primo’s Tex Mex Grille for some chicken and cheese stuffed jalapenos, barbeque-brisket nachos with pineapple pico de gallo and mini chimichangas. Drinks include the restaurant’s signature margaritas among a selection of other refreshing beverages. Before heading to the West Village shopping district for their last stop, guests visit the Quarter Bar at Bread Winners Café and Bakery where they can enjoy Bread Winner’s notorious cake balls. At the West Village, guests have the opportunity to explore the shops or see a film at the Landmark Magnolia Theater before heading home. For their return, guests have the option of taking a complimentary 15-minute ride on the McKinney Avenue trolley or a 30-minute scenic walk through the Dallas Arts District. Not only does Uptown’s walking tour appeal to Dallas tourists, but it also attracts locals as it’s a fun and interesting experience for residents — not only to sample some of Dallas’ best cuisine, but to view the city’s most historical attractions.

Tasting Highlights 1. BBQ brisket nacho topped with a pineapple pico de gallo 2. Hand stuffed chicken & cheese jalapeno 3. Chicken filled enchilada suizas 4. Authentic chips & salsa frozen mini margarita (nominated best margarita in Dallas) 5. Moroccan sweet tomato spread 6. Vegan hummus with tahini & fresh garlic 7. Baba ghanoush with jalapenos & pomegranate 8. Grilled lebanese pita bread 9. Traditional lahm bil ajeen with pine nuts 10. #1 Zagat rated frozen yogurt test kicthen 11. Made from scratch cake ball confections

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Locals learn about facts that they’ve never even know about their home town. Food Tours of America provides up to seven guided tours daily every Saturday and Sunday, along with some weekdays. Tours last approximately 2.5 hours with short sightseeing walks in between restaurants. The Uptown Dallas Food Tour is $45 per person. To view the monthly schedule or book a tour, visit or call 888-871-2052.



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International Outdoor Movie Night on Dallas Hall lawn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Emerging Sounds Composers Concert in Caruth Auditorium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir, and Diva Dolce: Ave in Caruth Auditorium from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

9:16 a.m. Unauthorized Use of A Motor Vehicle: McElvaney Hall. A staff member reported the theft of a gold cart from the loading dock. The staff member later called to notify they have found the gold cart by the stadium. Closed.

November 13 4:34 PM. Duty on Sticking an Unattended Vehicle: Moody Parking Garage. A student reported that someone struck his vehicle while it was parked and did not leave any information. Open.

5:39 p.m. Theft: Cockrell-McIntosh Hall. A student reported the theft of his bike. Open. 10:38 p.m. Possession of Fictitious License or ID: 5900 Bishop Blvd. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possession of fictitious license. Closed.

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Mitt Romney: Obama won with gifts to certain voters associated press Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the “gifts” he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president’s effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. “The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift,” Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday. “He made a big effort on small things.” Romney said his campaign, in contrast, had been about “big issues for the whole country.” He said he faced problems as a candidate because he was “getting beat up” by the Obama campaign and that the debates allowed him to come back. In the call, Romney didn’t acknowledge any major missteps, such as his “47 percent” remarks widely viewed as denigrating nearly half of Americans, his lack of support for the auto bailout, his call for illegal immigrants to “selfdeport,” or his change in position on abortion, gun control and other issues. He also didn’t address the success or failure of the campaign’s strategy of focusing on the economy in the face of some improvement in employment and economic growth during the months leading up to Election Day. Obama won the popular vote by about 3.5 million votes, or 3 percent, and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral votes. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks showed that Obama led Romney by 11 percentage points among women and won better than 7 of 10 Hispanic voters and more than 9 of 10 black voters. Romney called his loss to

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Mitt Romney blamed Obama’s gifts to minority and youth voters for his election loss in a conference call to his national finance team Wednesday.

Obama a disappointing result that he and his team had not expected, but he said he believed his team had run a superb campaign. He said he was trying to turn his thoughts to the future, “but, frankly, we’re still so troubled by the past, it’s hard to put together our plans for the future.” Romney’s finance team organized the call to donors. A person who listened to Romney’s call provided details about it to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the call was private. The Los Angeles Times first reported Romney’s remarks. Among the “gifts” Romney cited were free health care “in perpetuity,” which he said was highly motivational to black and Hispanic voters as well as for voters making $25,000 to $35,000 a year. Romney also said the administration’s promise to offer what he called “amnesty” to the children of illegal immigrants -- what he termed “the so-called DREAM Act kids” -- helped send Hispanics to the polls for Obama. Young voters, Romney said, were motivated by the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and being able to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans. Young women

had an additional incentive to vote for Obama because of free contraception coverage under the president’s health care plan, he said. “I’m very sorry that we didn’t win,” he told donors. “I know that you expected to win. We expected to win. We were disappointed; we hadn’t anticipated it.” Romney said he and his team were discussing how his donor group could remain connected and have an influence on the direction of the Republican Party and even the selection of a future nominee — “which, by the way, will not be me.” Asked about Romney’s remarks, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential contender for the GOP nomination in 2016, strongly condemned those in the GOP who classify voters based on income, race or age and said the party cannot concede wide swaths of voters and expect to win elections. “We have got to stop dividing the American voters,” Jindal told reporters in Las Vegas, where the Republican Governors Association was meeting. “We need to go after 100 percent of the vote, not 53 percent. We need to go after every single vote.”

Police guard the front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service on Aug. 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wis.

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John Vernon, adjunct faculty for Dedman School of Law, were the guest speakers at the event. Singh gave a brief history of the massacre that left thousands of Sikhs brutally murdered in India. He claims it to be the largest military operation conducted by any country toward its own citizens to date. He blamed the Indian media for portraying the Sikhs as terrorists and extremists as it fueled the support for killing innocent Sikhs all over India. He said it was even more heartbreaking to see that nobody has been convicted for the killings that left entire families, including women, children and elderly, wiped out. Remarking on the ease with which big governments have been able to target a certain sect, professor Vernon asked the audience if they ever wondered why was it “so easy to round up the [Jews in World War II or] Sikhs” in this case. He said it

was because of data processing. “The law is far behind technology. It is very easy to data-mine [for big governments and target a certain people],” Vernon said. For that reason, he urged the audience to acquaint themselves with the policies they are voting for. Citing Elie Wiesel, he said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” Iterating her passion toward human rights issues, Afsana Qurishi, majoring in international studies at SMU, said, “As a Muslim, it hurts my community just as much as it hurts the Sikh community.” Karma Orfaly, a second generation Syrian and a freshman at SMU, said, “I’m glad they still talk about what happened years ago. In 1982, there was a mass killing in Syria where over 40,000 people died, but I did not know about it until the Syrian revolution started. [It is imperative] that we don’t forget these events because we cannot let them happen again.”

“This event helped in spreading awareness against the injustice toward us. Now these people will help in dispelling ignorance [which incite hate crimes] with education” remarked Sarwinder Singh, a student at University of Texas at Dallas. Singh also appreciated the cultural element and input Vernon brought to the event. “It was [also] refreshing to see that there was a person of another culture and race present – a person who has no relation with Sikhs whatsoever. That means a lot to me as a Sikh,” Singh said. Parminder Deo, president of SSA, said the organization wanted to give the event a broader focus. They decided to incorporate the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting with the 1984 Sikh Massacre and make a broader impact on the human rights issues in the Sikh community. By doing so, they aimed to attract people from all backgrounds to spread more awareness. “We wanted a diverse group to attend the event, not just the Sikhs,” Deo said.

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Stepping up to solve the sprinkler issue Brad Ray Contributor

Here at SMU, one of our favorite things to complain about is the sprinkler system’s eye for vengeance. I have several friends who swear that there is some evil being who hunts down students with the sprinklers as they dash across Dallas Hall Lawn to class. Well, a group of my friends decided to do something about the situation rather than sit back and be armchair critics. A class I am currently enrolled in tasks students with using data to solve problems. Most groups choose to do an imaginary company or product for this, but my group wanted to get involved with something that impacted ourselves and our peers: we wanted to optimize the infamous sprinkler system of SMU. We have only been working with the grounds department for a few weeks now, but we have learned that they get a lot of undeserved flak from the student body. I just want to help set the record straight. Perhaps the biggest complaint is that the sprinklers water the sidewalks. Obviously, this is a bad thing because water doesn’t help concrete grow. The explanation behind this — though not an excuse — is that simply the sprinklers were often there long before the sidewalks. Take for instance Dallas Hall Lawn, which is perhaps the most noticed perpetrator. Dallas Hall has the oldest sprinkler system on campus. When it was put in the only sidewalk was the one that runs north to south from the flagpole to Dallas Hall. Another often heard complaint is that SMU is constantly watering. Well, the reason for that can be summed up in one word: “Boulevarding.” Boulevarding, especially on Dallas Hall Lawn, absolutely demolishes the grass. In order to get the campus back to looking as expected, the lawns must be overseeded and watered to germinate and grow the grass. Why doesn’t the grounds department simply fix these problems then? Well, like most other things in the world, it comes down to money. They are staffed to maintain the current system, and not to design new systems. Just two people manage the entire SMU irrigation system and there is only so much they have time for. That’s where my engineering team has stepped into the picture. We are planning to use our skills to recreate the sprinkler system for Dallas Hall Lawn and hopefully optimize water usage and coverage to meet both SMU community expectations as well as city regulations. Obviously this is just a small start and there is always more work to be done, but the grounds department really is working their hardest to maintain the massive project that is SMU. Rather than writing snarky Facebook statuses about things that bother you, be proactive and take steps to solve whatever’s bothering you. Of course, this isn’t always possible or practical, but, as my mom often tells me “Quit worrying about things outside your control.”

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has argued for months against the massive defense cuts set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 as part of the ‘fiscal cliff.’

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Democrat Brandon Bub Contributor A national crisis is looming — the consequences of which could be economically deleterious. The country is polarized beyond words. The state of Texas has threatened to secede from the union, but enough about the Civil War. Let’s talk about the national debt. Journalists and pundits have been warning of a “fiscal cliff ” for months. Effectively, if Congress fails to act in its lame duck session by the end of the year, over $600 billion in tax increases and previously agreed upon spending cuts will kick in for 2013, possibly raising the unemployment rate to 9.1 percent by the end of next year and causing a decline in real economic growth by 2.9 percent. We might have another recession on our hands. Sounds scary, right? However, I personally would not be too frightened. Congress stands a much better chance of reaching a long-term deal since President Barack Obama has been re-elected. Negotiations on managing the debt have been going on for years, and if Mitt Romney had won, Congress would likely only pass another stopgap “kick the can” measure and, in this case, negotiations between the president and Congress would have to start all over again. But I’m still a cynic, so I can’t say I have a whole lot of faith in Congress getting this done by the end of December. Whatever happens, we’re getting to the point where we’ll need to raise our debt ceiling again in February or March when the next session of Congress starts. I wouldn’t be surprised if Congress wants to wait until then to tackle this issue more fully. However, kicking the can down the road is no substitute for coming up with a genuine and fiscally viable solution to our increasing national debt. Under the alternative fiscal scenario, the CBO estimates that the U.S. government debt would approach 200 percent of our GDP by 2037. Moreover, the effect that our fiscal uncertainty has on the market can’t be understated. As long

as investors are uncertain about the tax rates they’ll pay, they have a huge incentive to delay their investments. Over the summer, Forbes reported that companies are currently sitting on record amounts of cash that they’re simply not spending. Additionally, a report by Nomura said uncertainty alone could reduce GDP by half a percentage point over the next year. From the point of view of businesses, it really doesn’t seem to matter whether or not we choose to make things like the Bush tax cuts permanent or let them expire. The constant uncertainty about their fate for the past two and a half years is most detrimental to our economic growth, and if we could simply come up with a more permanent solution, businesses might have more incentive to invest and hire. Nevertheless, the problem remains: how exactly are we going to balance the budget? Congress has suggested that the solution should come from a combination of reforms of Social Security and Medicare as well as overhauling the tax code. Even John Boehner has suggested he’s ready to accept a budget deal that raises revenues as long as it’s linked to entitlement and tax code reform. If we can come up with a way to reform our monstrosity of a tax system as well as make Social Security solvent again (which most certainly could include raising the retirement age), I would be overjoyed. But I still remain cautious. Simply closing tax loopholes and cutting spending will not get the job done. I remain convinced that President Obama’s plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire remains one of our best options. Taxes alone would not be sufficient unto themselves to put our financial house in order, but they’re a vital part of what will hopefully be a broad series of reforms and spending cuts, and I think the president’s reelection will hopefully give him the political capital he needs to finally get his desired tax policy passed. Bub is a junior majoring in history, English and political science.

Hailey Dunn Contributor The United States has been nearing the edge of the fiscal cliff for quite some time. Now we find ourselves poised at the precipice of a financial meltdown at the dawn of the new year. What is this “fiscal cliff ” everyone keeps referring to? Well in layman’s terms, it is the end result of a number of laws that if left unchanged would cause tax increases, spending cuts and a corresponding reduction in the budget deficit, which would impede economic growth beginning in 2013. Sounds bad, right? That’s because it is. The cliff will come to be as of Jan. 1, 2013, and would increase the average family’s taxes by $3,700 and leave lawmakers on both sides of the aisle scrambling for last minute ways to resolve this impending crisis. The liberal solution is, shockingly, to raise taxes on only the “rich.” Republicans however have taken a more logical approach. Why not close loopholes and deductions and increase taxes on no one? The tentative Republican plan would seek to simplify an incredibly complex system and not raise taxes on anyone, regardless of income. However, rather than actually deal with the matter, Congress has taken to belittling the opposite party counterparts and caused fear among Americans that a deal to avoid this crisis will not be reached in time. Republican House Speaker John Boehner spoke recently about his belief in this being President Barack Obama’s time to lead the nation out of crisis, but offered no conciliatory remarks for his party’s position to not approve any plan that calls for raising taxes. I personally resent the idea that has been presented repeatedly by the mainstream media that it is the responsibility of the Republican Party to compromise. Though not always directly stated, it has a number of times been strongly insinuated that it is the

responsibility of conservatives to be bipartisan and compromise their positions in the interest of dodging the cliff — painting liberals as martyrs at the hands of greedy Republicans unwilling to spread their wealth. Not to cast aspersions on the Democrats, but bipartisanship has in recent years been put almost solely on the shoulders of Republicans. This is due in large part to the Democrats holding the majority in the Senate and the coveted top dog position in the White House. Because of this and a number of constituencies eager to capitalize on government handout programs, many democrat congressional members are unwilling to compromise their end goals to reach a deal with republicans. Bipartisanship is a two-way street that cannot be realized without both parties being willing to bend a little bit, but it is not up to Republicans to break their own backs to appease the liberal agenda for fear of the fiscal cliff. I believe that the Republican plan holds water whereas the Democrat plan aims to take more from the people to give more money to a government hemorrhaging money in both foreign and domestic affairs. Whichever plan is agreed upon, it will only make a small dent in the national deficit at best, and add to it at worst. As the late pastor, author and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention Adrian Rogers said, “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity” and “you cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” Clearly, the Democrats have been doing a different type of math altogether. The cliff approaches on the cusp of President Obama’s second term. Will he lead the nation past this or allow partisanship to drive the nation over the edge? Stay tuned. Dunn is a junior majoring in political science.


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SMU plays Southern Mississippi on Oct. 27 in Ford Stadium. SMU won 34-6.

SMU to fight for bowl eligibility against Rice Saturday in Houston Billy Embody Staff Writer SMU heads to Houston this weekend to face the Rice Owls in a must-win game for the Mustangs if the team wants to keep its chances alive to go to the Conference USA Championship. The 5-5 Mustangs have won against Rice three straight times, but now the stakes are higher with University of Central Florida (UCF) playing Tulsa this weekend as well. If UCF beats Tulsa and SMU beats Rice, next weekend’s game at Ford Stadium will be one of the most important in SMU head coach June Jones’ career. “You got to go win on the road. We’ve been saying that for a long time and in the conference, you’ve got to win on the road if you want to be anybody. We’ve already lost one on the road this year so if we want to be anybody we’ve got to win this week,” Jones said. SMU’s two conference

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losses have come on the road against Tulane and UCF. SMU is facing a confident Rice team that has won three of its last four games. Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue is a dual threat as a passer and is also second on the team in rushing with 573 yards and 10 touchdowns. McHargue has thrown just five interceptions this year as a starter in every game. “They’re better than they were last year on both sides of the ball. Their quarterback has been pretty efficient and along with that I think they could have won three other games. They’ve had some tough losses early in the year. It’ll be a tough game for us,” Jones said. Rice is coming off two straight victories against C-USA bottom feeders Southern Mississippi and Tulane. SMU beat Southern Miss last weekend 34-6, but the loss to Tulane may come back to haunt the team. Rice has had trouble stopping opponents’ offenses all year, giving up 33.8 points against this season, but the offense has carried the team so far this

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The Dallas Mavericks survived a fourth quarter rally and rose above the Washington Wizards 107-101. Dallas moves to 5-4 while Washington remains 0-7. Washington rallied back from being down 18 to start the fourth—bringing Dallas as close as three points. Forward Cartier Martin and guard Jordan Crawford led the charge combining for four 3-pointers to go with center Kevin Seraphin’s six points during the comeback. The 18-3 run forced head coach Rick Carlisle to call a timeout in attempt to slow down the Wizards attack. With 4:52 left in the game O.J. Mayo made a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 98-92, but Seraphin answered with a turnaround jumper to bring it within

was supposed to do—putting together a 26-12 run to close out the half and gain a comfortable 63-45 lead. Kaman started for the second time this year and responded with 23 points and eight rebounds. In both of his starts he hit 20 or more points with eight boards. “You can do a study on centers and who the best guys are,” Carlisle said. “[Kaman] will be in the top ten.” The Mavericks beat Washington on the boards 4034, and outshot the Wizards 50 percent to 48 percent. Mayo had 25 points in 38 minutes, which gave him six games this year with 20 or more points. He is ranked seventh in the league in scoring with 21.8 points per game. Dallas will face Portland on Friday and Cleveland on Saturday as part of a two game road trip.

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Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, ‘Lincoln.’

Spielberg’s sweeping ‘Lincoln’ portrays past president in humble, heroic light CHASE WADE A&E Editor It was during Dallas’ long, hot summer that production stills showing Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln leaked on the Web. Instantaneously, the Internet was atwitter admiring DayLewis’ uncanny likeness to our 16th president. While the pictures may have been stunningly similar, it’s DayLewis’ superb acting that gives Lincoln’s story new life. Steven Spielberg’s take on the legendary president’s achievements focus on the final four months of Lincoln’s life as he tries to pass the 13th amendment and abolish slavery once and for all. Speilberg adapted Doris Kearn Goodwin’s biography of

Lincoln titled Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln for the film. Like Goodwin’s text, Speilberg’s film is heavily researched and dives into the bureaucratic, sometimes frustratingly corrupt, world of Congress during the Civil War. When Lincoln isn’t busy being an enthralling profile of one of America’s most legendary figures, the film serves as an eye-opening history lesson as well. Historically, Lincoln was known for his honest and moral judgement, however if one was to enter Speilberg’s Lincoln without a lick of knowledge of the former president, their opinion may slightly differ. Day-Lewis’ Lincoln is not exactly the incredibly honest man that textbooks make him out to be. Like the book’s title suggests,

Lincoln was a master politician and knew just what strings to pull to see an amendment of the Constitution come full circle. The real story to come from Lincoln is Day-Lewis’ top notch acting. From his high-pitched voice to the gestures of his hands, it’s hard to remember that you’re not watching the former president himself. Day-Lewis is just that good. Come Oscar night, expect for Daniel to take home the gold in the lead actor category. Speilberg also deserves much credit for his sweeping, grand picture. Under his direction, the film takes on a slow-burning element that crescendos at the exact moment you want it to. As a whole, Lincoln is a resounding achievement that will act as the standard for historical films to come.

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Kellan Lutz and Kristen Stewart in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.’

Goodbye Twilight: ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ easily best film for franchise MEREDITH CAREY Staff Writer For those who’ve read the entire four-part Twilight Saga, prepare to be surprised: this movie is not by the book. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is a more mature, developed Twilight. After four movies, author and producer Stephanie Meyer has finally gotten it right. The movie is still recognizably a Twilight film, with awkward pauses and forlorn faces throughout. But with better screenwriting and breathtaking cinematography, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 shocks even the most cynical moviegoer. While not a future Oscar winner, the film is by far the best

of the series. Michael Sheen, playing the diabolical Aro, provides a standout performance in every scene he acts in — creating humor, tension and fear in a single, high-pitched laugh. The remainder of the cast gives unexceptional performances, including the cast’s newest edition, Mackenzie Foy, who plays Edward and Bella’s child. The animations and computer-generated images in the movie are greatly improved from their predecessors. The werewolves are larger than life and believable. The film even uses a computer-generated baby when Foy’s character Renesmee was born. The most astounding part of the finale to the Twilight series, besides the incredibly

entertaining plot twist, is the fact that the movie only received a PG-13 rating. The climax includes around 5 minutes of bloodless beheadings, violent murders and computergenerated animal cruelty. The final installment is far more mature than previous versions. As a final encapsulation of the clichés of the series’ fouryear film existence, the film ends in a montage of romantic, memorable scenes from the films previous movies. Director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg risk upsetting Twihards across the world by deviating from the original plot, but the movie does not disappoint in action or narrative. For its final installment, the Twilight series goes out with a bang.


The print edition of The Daily Campus for Friday, November 16, 2012.


The print edition of The Daily Campus for Friday, November 16, 2012.