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By MEREDITH SHAMBURGER

U.S. and South Korea conducting military drills

Senior Staff Writer mshamburge@smu.edu

Beasley’s score gave the Mustangs their first lead of the day, 17-14. The Mustang defense stepped up big later in the third quarter and forced a key turnover. SMU defensive lineman Szymon Czerniak jarred the ball loose during a run, and linebacker Ja’Gared Davis scooped it up and ran 33 yards for a touchdown. The Pirates responded on their ensuing possession when kicker Matt Barbour split the uprights from 33 yards out. However, Padron came right back and found Robinson on another deep ball. This time the end result was a 53-yard touchdown which put

Student Senate will vote on two pieces of legislation during its last meeting of the semester Tuesday afternoon. The first bill says that the students of SMU support the DREAM Act. Bill authors say the piece is only meant to be a statement of support. “We have students here at SMU who are undocumented, and they are top students. They don’t receive federal aid, so they have to be here on some type of scholarship or they’re paying out of pocket,” Co-author Sen. Claudia Sandoval (Lyle) told Senate when the bill was introduced. “And unfortunately when they graduate because they are undocumented, they won’t be able to go and apply for jobs and use that degree. So that’s one of the ways we see this benefiting our students who are here.” Bill authors collected postcards of support for the DREAM Act from SMU students, although they did not give the exact number collected. They say this shows that the SMU body supports the Act, which would help undocumented students become active members in their community. However, some senators plan to vote against the bill because they don’t believe that Senate should be speaking for the student body on such a political issue. Sen. Rachel Fox (Dedman II) said she plans to vote against the piece. She doesn’t think Senate should be

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South Korea and the United States have started joint military exercises as of Sunday, as reported by CNN. This follows North Korea’s attack on a South Korean island, which killed four people.

Obama shooting hoops after receiving stitches President Obama received 12 stitches in his lip after getting elbowed while playing a basketball game on Friday. He was back on the court and playing Sunday, according to The New York Times.

Black Eyed Peas to perform at Super Bowl halftime show The Black Eyed Peas have been officially confirmed as the musical performers for the Super Bowl XLV halftime show on Feb. 6, 2011. The NFL announced the halftime entertainment on Thursday.

Black Friday gives sight of some hope Preliminary readings from Black Friday are showing that Americans are more willing to spend compared to last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Mustangs sink Pirates 45-38 in overtime; securing conference championship berth By EJ HOLLAND Sports Editor eholland@smu.edu

The SMU Mustangs clinched a spot in the Conference USA Championship Game by becoming Western Division Champions after a thrilling 4538 overtime victory over East Carolina on Friday afternoon. The win moved SMU to 7-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play. “We set a goal for ourselves 10 months ago to be conference champions and at it did not look like we were going to have a chance to do it, but the kids kept believing and kept hanging in,” SMU head Coach June Jones said. The Mustangs had to claw their way back into the

game after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. The Pirates took the 14 point advantage after a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs by running back Jon Williams. SMU finally got on the board early in the 2nd quarter with a 28 yard field goal by Matt Szymanski after an 18-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up nearly nine minutes of the clock. The Mustangs scored again just before halftime to cut the deficit to 4 when quarterback Kyle Padron threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Keenan Holman. On SMU’s opening second half possession, Padron connected with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson for 35 yards which led to a 6-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Cole Beasley.

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Volunteers, donations keeping Dallas fed during holiday season By E’LYN TAYLOR Contributing Writer ejtaylor@smu.edu

Two years ago, Dalia Pena and her family lived a carefree life. Immediately after the birth of her second child, her husband left her and her two children with no money and little food. Pena, who is still legally married to her husband, is now living with her partner who recently lost his job. Today, Pena receives food and clothes from Crossroads Community Services (CCS), where she also volunteers because of her love and passion for helping others. Pena works a part-time job and uses the little that she has to pay her bill. Every other weekend, Pena takes her children to see a movie or visit a museum to relive the old times. According to North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), one in four children in Dallas County live in poverty. As a result of high unemployment and the downturn in the economy, food pantries have seen an increase in traffic in recent months. However, donations are declining at the same time. Volunteers and pantry directors fear that there may be a shortage of food, especially during the upcoming holiday season. CCS, located in downtown Dallas can only serve 50 to 70 people per day.

Jean Jacobs, a volunteer coordinator, said that she sees the number of people who need assistance going up. CCS donations have fallen 12 percent from last year, and the end of a recent stimulus program resulted in a 40 percent drop in food donations from the government. “We’re trying to provide for as many as those as we can, but we can only do it when Go online for more: we have Crossroads Community support,” Services: Jacobs www.ccsdallas.org said. North Texas Food Bank: Though www.ntfb.org their main emphasis is on food, Jacobs said receiving clothing is the icing on the cake. On the second floor of CCS’s two story building, visitors can find donated clothing, which is separated by men’s and women’s clothing in separate rooms. CCS also provides children’s clothing, diapers and baby necessities. North Texas Food Bank has also increased their efforts for this holiday season. Since the government stimulus

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The annual Celebration of Lights ceremony features caroling, hot chocolate and the telling of The Christmas Story.

December nights bring Christmas lights By JEN HOOPER Contributing Writer jhooper@smu.edu

Each December, students gather in front of Dallas Hall for a Hilltop holiday tradition, and they’ll do it again this Friday. More than 138,000 lights twinkle in oak trees as students sip cider, drink hot chocolate, hold candles and listen to their favorite Christmas carols. Student Foundation hosts Celebration of Lights, with hopes of “putting attendees in the holiday spirit,” according to

Student Foundation member Jane Rizzuto. Student Foundation met Oct. 21 to begin planning advertisements for the celebration. The campus events board is looking to light up the student body’s holiday spirit with each visit to Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The building will be filled with decorations and “a lot of Christmas spirit,” decorations committee leader Jenny DeVries said. Student Foundation President Andrew Conwell urges members to embrace the tradition because of its

long history. The first Celebration of Lights was introduced 33 years ago by founding Student Senate President Mike Miller. Though part of a long line of SMU traditions, this particular event continues to generate new fans each year. Freshman Claire Kinsey is just one SMU newcomer who is anxiously awaiting her first celebration this year. “I have heard all about the lights

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Health & Fitness

• Monday, November 29, 2010

The Daily Campus

Thanksgiving pounds can melt away like butter By JOVIN LIM

Health & Fitness Editor sylim@smu.edu

The plates have been cleared, the dishes washed and stacked away nicely and the jeans exchanged for sweat pants. It’s the end of Thanksgiving, and if you are like any average American, you have consumed nearly 4500 calories and 229 grams of fats at the dinner table, according to the Caloric Control Council. To put that number in perspective, you would have to consume nine Big Macs, eight Chocolate Sand Blizzards (with all the works) from Dairy Queen or 10 Subway Foot-long Turkey Breast sandwiches (with none of the works) to attain the same caloric count. Here are also more mind-chewing Thanksgiving statistics for 2010 provided by the United States Department of Agriculture: There are expected to be 242 million turkeys

raised in the U.S. this year, with Americans consuming nearly 13.8 pounds of turkey. There were over 800,000 tons, or 3000 Olympic-sized pool’s worth of snap greens produced this year for your delightful green bean casserole. And as for that pumpkin pie, over 931 million pounds of pumpkin filling have been produced, or a weight equal to nearly 290,000 Honda Accords. The majority of these calories are actually not from any sit-down meal, but instead, the all-day snacking in front of the television while watching football games, parades and sporting events. Though it’s widely believed that the average weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is seven to ten pounds, a joint study conducted by the National Institute of Health and the Medical University of South Carolina found out that actual weight gain is actually one pound. It doesn’t sound too bad, but 85 percent

of study participants involved still retained that one pound a year after the conclusion of Thanksgiving. Add up 10 Thanksgivings over the span of a decade, and you can imagine the size your pants will be.

Fixing It Like many people, you probably woke up on Friday morning feeling fat, obese and a little mad at yourself at the over-indulgence. “It’s OK,” says Nancy Politor, Ph.D., public education coordinator for the American Psychological Association. “When you turn on yourself, it’s not the food; it’s you that you’re battling. Admit that you overdid it and be honest, but recognize that you’re human.” Think positive: Today is a fresh start. Aim to lose one pound in a week. If one pound is equal to 3600 calories, this goal is actually easily attained. Aim to reduce your daily caloric intake by 200-300 calories, and

try to burn off an additional 200-300 calories. This would amount to a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories, very close to losing that stubborn one pounder aforementioned. You’re probably wondering how difficult it is to burn an additional 200-300 calories a day. Each of these activities will help you burn off that weight and doesn’t require a haul to the gym at all: an hour of brisk walking or cleaning, 15 minutes of climbing the stairs, or if you’re really so inclined, an hour and a half of raking leaves in your front yard.

Tips and Tricks As your body starts to withdraw from the Thanksgiving binges, you’ll start to feel mid-afternoon hunger pangs and might begin eyeing those leftovers in your fridge. But before reaching for a fork, drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes to determine if that hunger pang is still there. Another helpful tip is

mentally substituting that desirable dish of yours with a bowl of oatmeal. Are you still feeling hungry? If no, then you were simply craving and not really hungry. As you near the end of the night, brush your teeth early. It is a habit that’s ingrained into us from our childhood that after we brush our teeth, it’s time to go to sleep. Bring that forward, and prevent rummaging your pantry for any regretful midnight treats. This is a technique I personally practice every night, and it steers you to a bloat-free morning. Hopefully now you’ll realize that there’s nothing wrong with indulging on Turkey Day, and that it’s possible to catch up to your regular routine in just one week. Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for what makes life great: our family, our friends and our football teams duking it out for bragging rights. So go ahead, shake it off and look forward to a brighter week ahead.

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Defensive back Ryan Smith, linebacker Youri Yenga, linebacker Taylor Reed and defensive back Richard Crawford celebrate after the interception that clenched the overtime win Friday evening. SMU defeated East Carolina 45-38 and will compete for the Conference USA title on Saturday, Dec. 4 against the University of Central Florida.

the Mustangs up 31-17 heading into the fourth quarter. Padron finished the day with 331-yards passing and three touchdowns. Both teams exchanged touchdowns to begin the final quarter. First, Pirate quarterback Dominique Davis tossed a 16-yard touchdown to wide receiver Lance Lewis. Then, SMU running back Zach Line gave the Mustangs a 38-24 advantage after a 5-yard touchdown run. Trailing by 14 with nine minutes remaining in the game, East Carolina needed to mount a quick comeback. Facing this adverse situation, Davis, the Pirates unquestioned leader, scrambled for a 9-yard touchdown to cut the lead down to seven. The junior quarterback then found Lewis in the end zone again with 12 seconds left on the clock. Davis’ touchdown

pass tied the game 38-38 and forced overtime. The Mustangs lost the coin flip and began overtime on offense. After a couple of completions to Beasley, Line cashed in on a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Beasley led the Mustangs in receptions with nine for 118 yards and one touchdown while Line led SMU in rushing with 123-yards and two touchdowns on the day. “The fact that we scored a touchdown and got the ball first makes a huge difference because we put the pressure right back on them,” Jones said. “It made them be more aggressive.” SMU’s defense returned the favor as cornerback Richard Crawford intercepted a Davis pass to put an end to a wild high scoring affair. The interception was Crawford’s team,leading fourth of the season. “[Crawford] is a smart player

and he jumped it,” Jones said. “It was great to see him make that play.” SMU linebacker Pete Fleps was also solid on defense for the Mustangs. The senior led the team with 18 tackles which bumps his season total up to 111.

SMU will take on Central Florida in the Conference USA Championship Game in Orlando at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This weekend’s game will be televised nationally on either ESPN or ESPN 2.


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WINNING SEASON

Mustang basketball clinches third straight victory Volleyball finishes strong By NICOLE JACOBSEN Senior Staff Writer njacobsen@smu.edu

Robert Nyakundi led the Mustangs to their third consecutive win with a careerhigh 24 points as the Mustangs cruised to a 76-72 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears (2-3) Sunday afternoon in Moody Coliseum. After winning four of their last five games, the Mustangs improved to 4-3 overall and 4-2 on their home court. Nyakundi’s scoring efforts marked the third time this season he has scored in double figures and the 10th time in his career. He has also scored at least 15 points in each of SMU’s last three wins. Papa Dia, with 24 points and 10 rebounds, posted his third double double of the season and eighth of his career, moving him into 15th place in program history with 636 career boards. Justin Haynes also reached double digits in scoring for the third time this season and then 10th time in his career with 12

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points. Riding a two-game winning streak prior to Sunday’s win, the Mustangs entered the game with a new school record in field goal percentage after shooting 72.3 percent against Lamar University during the SMU Invitational. SMU was perfect from the free throw line in the first half while shooting 51.7 percent from the field compared to 50 percent from the Bears. Up 37-32 at halftime, SMU went to complete their second best performance of the season in field goals, shooting 53 percent overall. In their win over the Bears, SMU finished the night shooting an impressive 85 percent in free throws. Central Arkansas, still searching for their first win on the road, shot only 48 percent in field goals. With Dia and Nyakudni both playing for 38 minutes, only Ryan Harp and Rodney Clinkscales game off the bench to add six points to SMU’s total score. The Mustangs, led by the same five starters

since the start of the season, scored 38 points in the paint and had a 10-to-13 assist-to-turnover ratio. Sunday’s win featured two head coaches that were starters on NCAA Division I national championship teams during their collegiate careers. Doherty was a starter when North Carolina won the 1982 NCAA title and Arkansas Central head coach Corliss Williamson was a starter for Arkansas when the Razorbacks won the 1994 championship game. In Wednesday’s win over Wayland Baptist, Nyakundi scored 15 points, all in three-pointers, to lead the Mustangs to a 65-32 victory night on their home court. Dia added 13 points on the night and Mike Walker and Harp adding eight each. Nyakundi, with 102 three’s on the season is the 11th player in the program’s history to surpass the 100-point mark. Wayland Baptist, who counted the loss as an exhibition game, scored only

16 points in each half, with the Mustangs nearly doubling their score each half. Up 30-16 at halftime, SMU was already well on their way to their second consecutive win, shooting 50 percent in field goals compared to the Pioneers hitting five of their 24 shots from the field. “I thought we did a good job defensively, that was the thing I was most impressed with,” Doherty said in a radio post-game interview. “We played a match zone and we forced 24 turnovers and held them to only 24 percent from the field.” SMU also continued to show improvement in their passing game, posting a 14-to-8 assist to turnover ratio, the team’s best performance of the season. The Mustangs face their second opponent on the road on Wednesday when they travel to Ruston, La. to take on Louisiana Tech (5-2) at 7 p.m. SMU will be back in Moody this weekend to host Grambling State (1-5) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

By ZANDER GERONIMOS Staff Writer ageronimos@smu.edu

On Saturday, SMU Volleyball finished their 2010 regular season with a loss to Tulsa in a 3-1 match. The conclusion to their season would give the team a 25-6 record, the best in SMU Volleyball history. The first two sets were controlled by Tulsa as they would win them 25-14 and 25-19. Tulsa’s attack percentage reflected their dominance in the first two sets, with 85 percent in the first and 69% in the second. The Mustangs would come back to win the third set 25-20 with an attack percentage of 57 percent over Tulsa’s 47 percent. Senior Outside Hitter Dana Powell led the offense with 20 kills followed by Junior Outside Hitter Jessica Oliver with 13 kills and Senior Outside Kathryn Wilkerson

with 12 kills. On Defense, Wilkerson led the team with a match high of 24 digs. The remaining major contributions came from Dana Powell with 16 digs, followed by Junior Setter Kelli Becerra with 11 digs and Junior Libero Sidney Stewart with 13 digs. This final regular season game leaves SMU with a record high in program history as well as 17-3 record in Conference USA. The Mustangs won four of their last five games, finishing the season on a strong note, despite the final loss to Tulsa. Despite the record breaking season SMU failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Mustangs were not selected be the NCAA committee on selection Sunday as an at large bid and did not receive the automatic Conference USA qualifying bid.

SOCCER

Mustangs shut out Tribe, advance to next round By EJ HOLLAND Sports Editor eholland@smu.edu

The No. 7 SMU Mustangs advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament after a 1-0 win over No. 12 William and Mary on Sunday night at Westcott Field. “It was a tough game,” SMU head Coach Tim McClements said. “I felt that we played really well at times and scored a great goal. I think William and Mary is a tremendous team, and they gave us everything we could handle.” SMU’s lone goal came in the 11th minute courtesy of midfielder Josue Soto who buried the ball in the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season. Mustang midfielder Robbie Derschang created the scoring opportunity after making a great defensive steal and pass to defender Ian Kalis who then found Soto for the goal. “Robbie [Derschang] had it on the left and he played right to me. I had my back turned, and I just saw that I had space,” Soto said. “Without thinking

about it I just shot it and I was lucky enough to put it on target.” The Mustangs held William and Mary to only three shots in the first half and prevented any kind of offensive flow from the Tribe. William and Mary’s best chance to score came late in the second half when James Lofton hit a shot from inside the box that bounced off the top bar of the goal. SMU survived a bit of a scare with 25 seconds remaining in the game when William and Mary midfielder Nathaniel Baako had a goal disallowed with after being ruled offside. “I saw the referee pointing to the side instead of the middle so I knew it wasn’t a goal,” SMU goalkeeper Craig Hill said. “There was a moment of worry though.” Despite missing top defender Diogo de Almeida in the backline due to injury, the Mustangs played solid defense throughout the game. Hill recorded three saves and the clean sheet. “Diogo de Almeida got hurt in the last game and

we had to make the adjustment of moving Leone [Cruz] to the middle and moving TJ [Nelson] to the right back and I thought they did a great job along with Craig Hill,” McClements said. According to McClements the wind played a major role. “The wind was a factor in the game,” McClements said. “We chose to go with the wind and we went at them, and goal was to score as soon as possible.” Forward Juan Castillo had two chances to score one on one against Tribe goalkeeper Andrew McAdams but failed to convert. Midfielder Arthur Ivo led the team in shots with five and just missed giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead late in the game. SMU will travel to take on North Carolina in the Elite 8 in Chapel Hill with the date and time to be determined. “I’m excited to go to North Carolina,” Hill said. “It’s a really great atmosphere and I think the team has done well in front of larger crowds so I think going there really won’t have any effect on us.”

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SMU midfielder Kekoa Osorio shields the ball from William and Mary midfielder Ryan Anderson. The Mustangs defeated the William and Mary Tribe 1-0.


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China calls for urgent Korea talks: China has called for an emergency meeting of key nations amid tension in Korea over the North’s deadly shelling of a Southern island. The two Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia are involved in the talks. Correspondents say South Korea’s response has been non-committal and that it will consult other countries. The six-party North Korea talks have been stalled since April 2009, and South Korea and the US say they should not resume until the North has made a genuine offer on halting its nuclear program.

MIDDLE EAST Egypt holds parliamentary poll: The ruling NDP party is expected to win the election easily. Interest centers on whether the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood retains its position as the biggest opposition grouping. There have been unconfirmed reports of some violence outside the capital involving supporters of the government and the Muslim Brotherhood. Turnout is not expected to be much above 10% as most Egyptians have long since lost faith in politics and politicians. The new parliament will have 518 members, 508 of whom will be elected and 10 will be appointed by presidential decree.

SOUTH ASIA Mass arrests in Bangladesh: The main opposition in Bangladesh says nearly 1,000 party leaders and supporters have been arrested ahead of a general strike planned for Tuesday. The BNP has been holding rallies across the country for the last few days in protest at what they describe as anti-democratic moves by the government. In many places police used tear gas and batons to disperse activists. The BNP has called for a strike on Tuesday in protest against what it calls the Awami League-led government’s inability to govern the country and its dictatorial

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Last Tuesday, North Korea opened fire on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people, including two civilians. As per usual, the motives of Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s erratic dictator, are less than clear. There was no provocation from the South, and the North’s supposed justification—that the whole thing was a response to drills carried out by the South Korean artillery on the Nathaniel French island—was less than satisfactory. But so goes diplomacy on the Korean peninsula. Sarah Palin, never one to miss an opportunity, used the crisis to show once again how utterly incompetent she is for higher office, saying, “We’ve gotta stand with our North Korean allies.“ Presumably she misspoke and wasn’t suggesting a cataclysmic shift in our foreign policy, but the gaffe was still an embarrassment. And to think there are people out there who want to put her in charge of the free world. Then we found out that secret peace talks between coalition and Taliban leaders to end the war in Afghanistan were all for naught. The talks were supposedly going well until we learned that the senior insurgent with whom our allies had been bargaining turned out to be nothing but a shopkeeper posing as a member of the Taliban. That pretty well killed those negotiations. Lest we begin to worry that all the news from last week was so grim, it’s important to remember that Palin’s daughter Bristol didn’t win in the finals of “Dancing With The Stars.” Aside from a television set in Wisconsin, nobody seems to have suffered permanent damage from Bristol’s inexplicable run on the show. In a world on the brink of disaster, threatened by carbon emissions, unstable dictators, inept politicians, ballooning deficits and the like, there are mornings on which I wake up, open the newspaper, and can only hang my head. Just when I think things can’t get any more insane, North Korea pounds Yeonpyeong, a Taliban leader turns out to be a masquerading shopkeeper and Bristol Palin makes it to the finals of a reality TV show. My first reaction is despair. How can sense be made of so much senselessness? Then comes fear; how long before it’s a nuclear weapon being launched from Pyongyang? But then comes laughter. Laughter at how terrifying and awful and just plain silly the world is. Laughter, because it’s the only thing left. In the immediate aftermath of World War II, a group of writers looked around and found that all the certainties that had once given shape to civilization had fallen away. After the horrors of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, cosmic order seemed impossible. These authors turned out work that embraced and even celebrated the irrationality of the universe. Later, they would come to be called Absurdists. Their worldview can be summarized by the first line of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”: There’s “nothing to be done.” Like Beckett’s Didi and Gogo, we wait for a salvation that may never come. We endure in a world long since given up to irrationality. Some see that as a very cold existence. But not me. I take comfort in knowing that we’re all in this together, laughing at the world’s absurdity.

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methods. The strike comes two weeks after BNP party leader Begum Khaleda Zia was evicted from her residence in military-owned house in the capital, Dhaka. The government stated the lease to the house was illegal.

EUROPE Agreement in Irish bailout: An agreement has been set for 85 billion euros to be lent to the Irish Republic. The deal will see 35bn euros go towards propping up the Irish banking system with the remaining 50bn euros to help the government’s dayto-day spending. An average interest rate of 5.8% will be payable on the loans, above the 5.2% paid by Greece for its bailout. The Irish Republic itself will contribute 17.5bn euros to the overall fund. The EU will contribute 45bn euros, including direct bilateral loans from the UK, Sweden and Denmark. And the IMF will contribute 22.5bn euros.

AFRICA Ivory Coast Presidential Election: People in the Ivory Coast have been voting in a presidential election run-off, as the nation tries to end a decade of division and instability. A close race is forecast between President Laurent Gbagbo and opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara. The election is intended to reunite the country, which split in two following a northern rebellion in 2002. A night curfew has been imposed and will run until Wednesday, following a campaign beset by violence. Additional security forces have been deployed around the country and both Gbagbo and Ouattara have appealed for a peaceful vote.

LATIN AMERICA Brazil forces take Rio slum: Security forces have taken control of a major Rio de Janeiro drug trafficker stronghold. Some 2,600 police and troops, backed by

armored vehicles and helicopters, moved into the Alemao complex of slums early on Sunday. Drug traffickers had been given an ultimatum to surrender by sunset on Saturday or face an assault. Forces are now moving from house to house, searching the area for hundreds of alleged drug traffickers who police fear may be trying to escape through the sewage system. Reports suggest that only 30 of about 500 to 600 drug traffickers in the area surrendered before Saturday’s deadline.

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Embassy secrets revealed: Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks begun releasing extracts from secret messages sent by US embassies which give an insight into current global concerns. They include reports of some Arab leaders - including Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah - urging the US to attack Iran and end its nuclear weapons program. Other concerns include the security of Pakistani nuclear material that could be used to make an atomic weapon. The widespread use of computer hacking by China’s government is also reported. The US government condemned the release of the documents, which number in the hundreds of thousands, saying they put the lives of diplomats and others at risk. The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, countered by saying the US authorities were afraid of being held to account. No-one has been charged with passing the diplomatic files to the website but suspicion has fallen on US Army private Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak of classified US documents to Assange’s organization. Source: BBC News

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Football: The Mustangs beat East Caroline on Friday, Nov 26 and are off to play for the C-USA title on Dec 4. Source: www.smu.edu

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Shockingly, in senior year procrastination is no longer viable A word from the wise: this age-old art is not tenable forever STAFF

Oh, you, you dear underclassmen. You think you are clever, that you can beat the system. That you can write papers Rebecca Quinn hours before they are due and still come out on top. That you can glance over your notes during your swift walk between classes and still do well enough on the test to slip through the cracks with a solid B, or perhaps if you’re lucky an A- if you have an impressive short-term memory. You even think that you can juggle your favorite TV shows, your budding college social life, your significant other, and your homework and still get enough sleep to stay awake in class. You think you’re invincible, don’t you? So did the engineers who built the Titanic.

I know because I have been there. If procrastination is one of the lesser art forms, then you may call me a lesser virtuoso. I have managed to hone the technique procrastinating with such precision that I could procrastinate my way through a Tuesday evening or a Sunday afternoon with my eyes closed; I can come up with just about anything else to do except write that paper or study for that test. Because my skill does not end at ability to procrastinate. Oh no, the true genius of my procrastinatory savoir-faire is my ability to justify my own procrastination. Indeed, I have even patented my own method of avoiding one thing for the sake of accomplishing another—it’s a little strategy I like to call “Productive Procrastination.” I have taught myself to knit scarves, make a perfect beurre blanc sauce, speak rudimentary German, garden vegetables, and even work on alternate academic projects for

the sake of avoiding the work at hand. I have read all of the articles on why procrastination can be good for you—think “incubation” and not procrastination—and fed myself with those same sweet lies year after year. Until it stopped working. Because if it hasn’t hit you yet, by second semester junior year it most certainly will hit you—and hard. Procrastinating becomes a frightening thing, the makings of nightmares. The schoolwork does not get any easier as you delve into the depths of your major. Your extracurricular obligations do not become any less daunting and your friends any less important. Perhaps TV is the only casualty to your advancing age. Instead of surrendering to your caprices, you must fight that procrastination habit by funneling it into a new, supremely more productive tactic—that of delaying your gratification.

You must teach yourself temperance. Reward yourself with relaxation after you finish your work. Take pride in your do-it-ahead attitude. But most importantly, never get behind on your work during the first two weeks of school. Indeed, the first two weeks can make or break your semester. I do not intend to imply that I am the model of getting-it-done. I am merely hoping that you, dear readers, can learn from my mistakes and break the destructive cycle earlier than I—that is, if it can ever truly be broken. After all, as I go on writing away at this cautionary note, I do have a paper or two of my own to write. There you have it: professional procrastination. Rebecca Quinn is a senior art history, Spanish and French triple major. She can be reached for comment at rquinn@ smu.edu.

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Holiday Movie Update Zwick creates Powerful duo Rapunzel lets intriguing film bring nightlife down 3-D hair By CHASE WADE A&E Intern cdwade@smu.edu Perhaps the best of portrayal of the ‘90s in a film besides “Space Jam,” Edward Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs,” showcases the vastly changing market of pharmaceutical drugs. The film begins with its focus on Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his dreary life as an electronics salesman. With his charming wit and captivating smile, Randall is seemingly able to sell any product to almost anyone. However, when Randall is caught sleeping with his boss’ girlfriend, he is left looking for another job. This search leads Randall to Pfizer, a well known pharmaceutical drug distributor that is looking for people like Randall to sell their drugs to doctors. In a recruiting process that seems more like a never-ending party, Randall lands a job as Central Ohio’s distributor of Prozac, an anti-depressant, a title that is depressing within itself. It is on the job that Randall finally meets

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“Love and Other Drugs” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Anne Hathaway’s Maggie Murdock. Posing as an intern shadowing a doctor, Randall is directed into her check-up. However, Murdock soon find out that Randall is not the doctor he says he is. It is from this chaos and a snap of a Polaroid by Murdock that these two characters’ sensual affair begins. Murdock’s and Randall’s relationship begins in a purely physical sense. Nude almost half of the film, the two’s romance is strictly sexual, just how they wanted it to be. However, just when Randall’s career as a drug rep is taking off (thanks to the addition of Viagra), emotions for each other get in the way of the master plan. In a film titled “Love and Other Drugs,” one would expect there to be a story line filled with wild sex stories and misuse of pharmaceutical drugs, but this assumption is wrong. What is really unique about “Love and Other Drugs,” is the film’s ability to be genre-less. Marketed as a romantic comedy, the films comes off much more dramatic. Yes, “Love and Other Drugs” contains many funny scenes, thanks to the contributions from the film’s breakout star Josh Gad, who plays Randall’s slob of a brother but it also contains a fair amount of drama as well. What is so great about this film is that no matter the genre, the film as a whole is entertaining and enthralling to watch. Zwick’s direction in “Love and Other Drugs,” is beautifully simple. With mostly wide-angle shots and little complication of camera work, Zwick allows the story to flow almost freely and focuses on towards the actors’ performances, not the use of special effects or slick editing. This simplicity allows for relief when the story line becomes more complicated. “Love and Other Drugs” is a film that tackles many subjects both fearlessly and intelligently. The trio of Hathaway, Gylennhaal and Zwick combine for a movie that not only defines what true love is but also is a moving history lesson about America’s pharmaceutical industry.

By ASHLEY WITHERS Staff Writer awithers@smu.edu

By LAUREN SMART A&E Editor lsmart@smu.edu The comedy of burlesque is the ultimate tease, which is exactly what the movie “Burlesque” offers. Every element is present and the entertainment is there, but there is a lack of completion in this holiday flick. Nothing is clearly defined in “Burlesque.” The movie itself avoids any classifications, such as musical, drama or romance (even though it has elements of all of these). Just as you begin to make comparisons to “Chicago” or “Moulin Rouge,” something unique comes out of the wings. The movie is a combination of two extremely familiar plotlines, ‘girl moves to L.A.’ and ‘last-of-its-kind business comes up against the corporate world.’ But the minute Ali (Christina Aguilera) steps into The Burlesque Lounge, she ushers the audience into a movie unlike any other. Tess is the owner of the burlesque club and Ali is the new girl, trying to make it in the big city. At first Tess is unsure what to do with Ali’s determination, but eventually the always-drunk Nikki, in a shining performance by Kristen Bell, forces Tess to throw Ali into the act. In an attempt to sabotage Ali, Nikki turns the sound off, forcing her to sing, and the moment the audience has been waiting for arrives — Aguilera sings. That is the one scene in the movie that you expect — Aguilera’s ability to act might be a surprise, but her voice is always strong. Confusion runs rampant in this movie, from the use of the pleasantly ambiguous Cher to the wonderfully gay Stanley Tucci as her right hand man. Even Jack (Cam Gigandet), one of the men that Aguilera has her eye on, slathers on the make-up. But it is the musical numbers that bring it all together, which makes sense

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“Burlesque” has audiences dancing all over the country. because with Aguilera and Cher as the stars of this film that is what everyone is coming for. Unfortunately, Cher’s husky voice was only heard twice in the film and there was not a duet between the older star and the younger. The other complaint is a lack of any real burlesque numbers – there is only one. Most of the movie revolves around Ali’s transition from waitress to the star of this song and dance show. On a positive note, the songs are surprisingly strong and Ali’s evolution throughout the film will help you forget that Aguilera’s been doing this her entire life. There is also the pleasant addition of Eric Dane (McSteamy from Grey’s Anatomy) as the somewhat evil real estate mogul. The sheer entertainment value of this movie makes it worth seeing and even the straight male I saw it with enjoyed it. The plot and the music are original and a whole lot of fun. Plus, you can not go wrong with Cher and Tucci.

A lost princess, a handsome thief, a comedic chameleon and 70 feet of magical golden hair mark Disney’s 50th full-length animated feature. “Tangled” is an inventive tale loosely based on the Brothers Grimm’s “Rapunzel,” although the only part they really take from the original story is the reason for Rapunzel’s magical hair and the line, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your golden hair.” The film stars Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi, best known for his role in the television series “Chuck,” plays Flynn Rider, the handsome thief and male lead. Other notable cast members include twotime Tony winner Donna Murphy and Brad Garrett from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” After being stolen from her royal parents as an infant, Rapunzel grows up in a tower with a woman who uses Rapunzel’s magical hair to keep herself young. Fate strikes, and Rapunzel meets someone from the outside world for the first time just days before her 18th birthday when Rider, a thief, breaks into her tower to hide.

The film really begins when focusing on Rapunzel’s first time out in the real world. “Tangled” is an incredible visually appealing animated film. The feature can be viewed in Disney 3D but avoids the traditional style of things seemingly flying off the screen and into the audience, “Tangled” uses 3D animation to make the characters stand out from the background. Rapunzel’s hair was custom animated to make it look as realistic as possible. Glen Keane, one of Disney’s most well known animators, worked extensively on Rapunzel’s hair animation, using a combination of bone systems and dynamics and hand animation. The soundtrack features new songs and an original score by the eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken and lyrics were crafted by Tony and Grammy nominee Glenn Slater. The songs featured in “Tangled” will bring you back to the classic Disney model, reminiscent of songs in “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid,” two of Menken’s other works. Moore and Levi’s voices shine on the soundtrack. Perfect for any fans of classic Disney animated films; “Tangled” is sure to capture the hearts of the entire audience.

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HUNGER: NTFB and CCS Students utilize discounts are some who keep Dallas fed

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package has ended, NTFB receives 25 percent less food than they did last year. NTFB serves more than 300 member agencies in North Texas, including Crossroads Community Services. NTFB relies on the public with their canned food drives and Kids for Turkeys for food donations. Paige Phelps, senior manager of communications and public affairs at NTFB, said that agencies are overwhelmed with demand. According to Phelps, Texas is the second hungriest state in the nation behind Arkansas. “They are seeing people they have never seen before and seeing previous donors who are now needing help,” Phelps said. Phelps ensures that everyone will be getting food during the holidays, but they want to be able to provide as much food as they did last year. “The holidays for us are crucial because we make 50 percent of our

budget in two months. This is the time where holiday awareness is key,” Phelps said. Sean Gray, director of operations at NTFB, said he is starting to prepare for the holiday season. He manages a staff that delivers food to the 10,000 programs in the 13-county area. “Everyone is working as hard as they can to make a goal a reality,” Gray said. Since CCS reaches its daily capacity of in-house clients quickly, they have a Multi-Family Program (MFP) that goes out and registers families to receive services without having to come to the downtown location. Jennifer Johnson, MFP coordinator, goes out to at least 36 communities with her laptop and scanner to register families. Johnson said community centers, churches and recreational centers in each area can also coordinate a food program. This allows the centers and churches to deliver to clients within the neighborhood.

“They know their neighbors probably better than we do, so they know where the need is,” Johnson said. Rather than donating perishable items, Johnson urges people to reach inside their pocketbooks and donate. “We would like to get fresher food items to get out to the community,” Johnson said. According to NTFB, donating one dollar pays for four meals. And 94 cents of every dollar donated to the Food Bank goes directly toward supporting programs that provide food to children, seniors and families. For those unable to donate, CCS asks people to volunteer their time. “I would like to show them what it’s like,” Johnson said. “Through somebody else’s perspective — it’s a greater message than our own voice here.” For more information on these organizations visit their websites at www.ntfb.org or www.ccsdallas.org

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and how gorgeous Dallas Hall looks lit up,” Kinsey said. Celebration traditions are subject to alteration each year, but most factors are kept the same. One popular tradition is giving candles to audience members to hold throughout the festivities. “The candles represent the attendees’ participation and joy, as we join together and light the night,” Conwell said. In addition, Meadows students and other musical visitors showcase their talents with a variety of Christmas songs and dances. Different renditions have been created in past years, but the holiday spirit remains in focus. While congregating near the steps

of Dallas Hall, “students overlook the centerpiece of the celebration, the Christmas tree,” Student Foundation member Katie Broderick said. Though the tree is tall, it always remains lightless until the end of the celebration. As the final Christmas songs are sung, the tree is lit. “The tree makes the Christmas spirit 100 times more powerful,” Broderick said. Once the lights are illuminated, SMU President R. Gerald Turner walks to the podium, opens a Bible and begins reading “A Christmas Story,” which concludes the ceremony. Though the celebration focuses on Christmas, not all attendees are Christian. Tia Gannon, a Jewish attendee said, “Celebration of Lights is a great

break from studying for finals, and even though I am Jewish, it’s always fun to enjoy the holiday spirit.” Tanya Wadhwa, an annual attendee and follower of the Hindu religion, agrees with Gannon. “I am not a Christian, yet at Celebration of Lights, I feel like that doesn’t matter. I really enjoy the music, the lights and how happy everyone is,” Wadhwa said. Together, students stand in the main quad and admire the thousands of lights. After the event, attendees are invited to eat cookies and enjoy the holiday decorations in HughesTrigg Student Center. The celebration is Sunday at 7 p.m. No tickets are necessary to attend. For more information, visit www. smu.edu.

By JEN HOOPER Contributing Writer jhooper@smu.edu

From shopping at Northpark mall to going out in uptown, some students find themselves draining their bank accounts in order to have fun. However, some companies, both local and nationwide, have realized this and wished to help students stay inside their monthly budget—and SMU students like sophomore Jane Rizzuto are appreciating it. “A lot of students are no longer supported by their parents so it is nice to catch a break every now and then,” she said. Villa-O, a local Italian restaurant, is one of the great breaks Rizzuto spoke about. Thursday nights at Villa-O were deemed SMU nights with deals such as $10 entrees, $3 drinks, and 25 percent off all food to individuals with an SMU identification card. “It is a fun atmosphere with deals too good to pass up,” Rizzuto said. This idea was proposed to Villa-O last year by the marketing club at SMU in order to bring students together by advertising irresistible discounts. Niki Null, a member of the club points to social media for the success of the deal.

“Through Facebook and word of mouth, SMU night at Villa-O grew to a widely attended event,” Null said. Just across the interstate from SMU is another great deal at Vapiano, according to junior Katie Broderick. The Italian restaurant is “a casual, nice, while still quick Italian restaurant perfect for students on the go,” Broderick said. Every Sunday, students receive half off on all menu items by showing a student ID. “It is conveniently close to campus with great pizzas and even greater prices,” said SMU student Emily Schieble. The discount brought in many students according to sophomore Kendal Lewis,. “I go every Sunday and I always see everyone I know,” Lewis said. A popular luxury other than eating out is shopping, which conveniently, or notso-conveniently for students’ budgets, saturates SMU. Yet, thanks to J-Crew, students “no longer fret over buying new clothes and accessories,” according to Melanie Evans, a customer of J-Crew in Northpark mall. Nationwide, J-Crew stores offer 15 percent off to students with their student ID’s. Sarah Wainright, an SMU

sophomore and an employee of J-Crew said, “This gives students the opportunity to continue shopping with us, which is what we ultimately want.” Traveling, another often pricey luxury, was made more accessible for lower incomes through studentuniverse. com, a discount airfare website specifically designed for students. Top airlines are compared on the site to find the overall best deal for the student, taking into account their travel times, while also showing less expensive days to travel. Everyday new deals on airfare are advertised so students have options if they wish to get away for a weekend. Erin Simpson, a studentuniverse.com user, is a fan of the service. “Studentuniverse helped me visit many of my friends around the nation for a very reasonable price. I enjoy seeing my friends and still having money left over to enjoy the trip,” Simpson said. Some parents insist that college is the best four years of one’s life, and a budget doesn’t have to affect that. Molly Oas, a junior at SMU, takes the financial managing in college as experience. ”College is all about living on a budget,” she said. “You seek out opportunities to utilize student discounts.”

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taking stances in controversial issues when there is not an obvious campus consensus, saying, “It’s not our place.” “If we want to word legislation so that it expresses the political opinion of our single body, great,” she said. “But I will not speak for my constituents when it comes to politics, given how little I know about their preferences and how divided they most likely are on many issues.” Sen. Alex Ehmke (Dedman II) plans to vote against the bill

and gave reasons why he felt that no senator should vote for the bill, regardless of how they feel about the DREAM Act. “I’m not in support of the bill because I don’t think that Student Senate should be using legislation to comment on national issues on which we can’t affect any change,” he said. “Furthermore, Senate has no idea how the student body as a whole feels about the DREAM Act, so not one of them can cast a vote in favor of the bill, because that requires that they be able to tell themselves in good

conscience that the majority of the students that they represent support it.” The second bill, which Senate will vote on Tuesday, would change the wording of current Senate policies and procedures regarding the Finance Committee so that it is consistent with the current policies set by that Committee. Student Senate will not be introducing new legislation at its Tuesday meeting because it is the last meeting before winter break. The legislative session will resume in January 2011.


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