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Students learn to scuba dive in WELL 2144.

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The Margaret Hill Hunt Bridge connected West Dallas to the rest of the city with its opening in March 2012.

What’s behind a bridge? KELSEY CHARLES Associate Sports Editor There is a new addition to the Dallas skyline in 2012: the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened its lanes to traffic in March. The architectural elements of the newly minted masterpiece and its meticulous design is evident as one stands beneath the massive structure. As impressive as the new bridge may be, there is more to its history than meets the eye. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which stands about the height of the W Hotel, was initiated from a bond that was passed in the late 1990s by then mayor, Ron Kirk, as an effort to connect the city to its suburbs and bridge the gap between the parts of Dallas that the Trinity River had separated for years. The initiative later became known as the Trinity River Corridor Plan and will eventually involve the construction of

multiple bridges, outdoor trails, parks and other public works projects throughout the Trinity River Corridor. The mastermind behind the Hunt Hill Bridge design is world-renowned Spanish artist, architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava. “I was so inspired by him and the elegance and beauty of his designs,” Gail Thomas, the president and executive officer of the Trinity Trust, said. The structure is Calatrava’s first vehicular bridge to be built in the United States and the first steel bridge to cross the Trinity River. Calatrava is no stranger to Dallas though; his perpetually moving sculpture, “The Wave”, can be seen on the street level of SMU’s campus in front of the Meadows Museum. “The Wave” is another one of Calatrava’s firstsit is the original large-scale work of his to be permanently installed in the U.S. Calatrava was commissioned

to design the Hunt Hill Bridge and “The Wave” around the same time in 1999, but despite similar beginning dates, the two are not directly related. “There’s no direct link between the two, but his many ties to SMU (the multiple artworks contained in the Meadows Museum collection, his receipt of the Meadows Award and an honorary doctorate from the university in 2005) have created a positive perception of him among the people of Dallas and perhaps raised his profile among those specifically involved with the bridge,” Carrie Hunnicutt, the marketing and public relations manager for the Meadows Museum, said. “I think there are always correlations,” Thomas said. “Calatrava had kind of a meteorlike rise in popularity all over the world [at the time of his commissioning]. People were fascinated with his architecture.” The Hunt Hill Bridge is soon to be joined by a neighboring

bridge also designed by Calatrava. It will be named the Margaret McDermott Bridge. What many don’t know is that the two women, while both being philanthropists and having bridges named after them, were also close friendsMcDermott actually caught the bouquet at Hunt-Hill’s wedding. McDermott was the first person to give money to the Hunt-Hill Bridge project. She later donated more funds towards the construction of the bridge that would hold her namesake in the future. The Hunt Hill Bridge may be less than a year old, but it has already had a great impact on the city of Dallas. “I think it is a real beacon to bringing the people to the city center. The image of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge has become an icon for the city. Like the Eiffel Tower. I think it’s the landmark for Dallas and I think it will be for years to come,” Thomas said.


Bush Library, Tower Center commemorate JFK assassination BASMA RAZA Contributing Writer The John Goodwin Tower Center and George W. Bush Library announced their partnership with the Sixth Floor Museum to observe and commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The partnership will include a series of programs over the course of the year to remember the tragic event. The assassination of President Kennedy during a motorcade on Dallas’ Dealey Plaza marked a significant and tragic event in the city’s history. Other programs will be held throughout the year dealing with the legacy of Kennedy’s presidency and its impact on American domestic and foreign policy. SMU political science professor James Hollifield, director of the Tower Center and chair of the Sixth Floor

Museum Board, was instrumental in designing the collaboration. “SMU next year will be home to the newest Presidential library in the country, and thinking about Presidential history and politics suits the occasion especially when reflecting on the life of President Kennedy,” Hollifield said. SMU has designated a special committee of distinguished faculty members and guests known as the Tower Center Working Group on Remembrance and Commemoration: The Life and Legacy of JFK. The committee is led by Dennis Simon, an SMU political science professor and Tower Center fellow. “SMU is looking forward to bringing an academic and scholarly orientation to the observance of this somber anniversary,” Simon said. “The Tower Center has a history of productive partnerships with the National Archives and Records Administration and presidential

libraries, as well as with the Sixth Floor Museum. We are excited about the opportunity to re-examine the life and legacy of JFK and to help commemorate this tragic event.” The Bush library brings with it many prospects for SMU students, as this partnership shows. Through the course of the programs, SMU students will be able to surround themselves with powerful speakers from all around the country with great expertise on various subjects. SMU senior Alex Munoz, an economics major, is eager for the opportunities. “I think it is a great opportunity for us students, not only will it bring great speakers to our campus but we will get to be part of the conversation on a topic which is so rarely discussed,” Munoz said. Nicola Longford, executive director at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza described the partnerships as beneficial to the

whole Dallas community, not just students and faculty. “Our collaboration in observance of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in 2013 will benefit SMU students and the entire Dallas community by raising awareness of Dallas’ world-class archival and scholarly resources on American politics and presidential history,” Longford said. “We look forward to expanding this partnership to include the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, as well as SMU’s Center for Presidential History.” Programs begin on Presidents Day, Feb. 18, 2013 with “Politics of Memory” and end a year later on President’s Day, Feb. 17, 2014 with “Coping with Crises: How Presidents Manage National Crises.” Details on additional programs will be announced as planning is finalized.For more information visit

It is a Thursday morning on the SMU campus and professor Randal Diercoff is making his preparations for his first class period by getting out his snorkel and fins. Welcome to professor Diercoff ’s course: WELL 2144, Scuba Diving, where students wear masks and swim with the fishes. Well, maybe not the fishes. Students actually swim in the SMU diving pool behind the SMU Natatorium off Bishop Boulevard. It’s not surprising that Diercoff ’s class fills up in a hurry considering that the class leads to scuba certification for the students. “I wanted my license and it seemed like a great opportunity,” Elliott Haifleigh, an SMU sophomore who was finishing up Diercoff ’s fall 2012 class, said. Although scuba diving is seen to many as a tropical sport, Texas is currently ranked third for the number of diving certifications it grants to residents, following California and Florida. Texas has dozens of dive sites and dive shops scattered across the state. Diercoff, who has been certified since 1984, is very passionate about the sport and believes Texas’ unique location plays a part in why so many people get certified here. “Texas I believe is the third largest certification state because of the size, which makes it have a wide variety of dive sites as well as close flight time to Cozumel, a very popular destination,” Diercoff said. For the SMU scuba diving class, an average class will start with the students picking a dive buddy and then jumping into the SMU diving pool. “The feeling of first hitting the water is exhilarating,” Faith Michael, who took the class in Fall 2012, SAID. Students will then make their way down to the bottom for the majority of the hour and twenty minute class to learn new dive skills and practice diving techniques such as diving rescues and sharing air. “I really liked the buddy system and all the hand signals that we did underwater,” Haifleigh said. Alex Bretthauer, Haifleigh’s dive buddy in the class, said she

had been planning to get certified, which is why she took the SMU scuba diving class in fall 2012. “I have always wanted to be scuba certified so I could scuba when I go abroad,” Bretthauer said. “I plan to dive in Africa and I do plan to dive in Texas again.” Diercoff has his students take online courses offered from NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) on top of their class periods to get them their certification cards, but in order to officially become certified they must dive in an actual body of water. For this purpose, Diercoff takes his students near the end of the semester out to Clear Springs Scuba Park in Terrell for the official dives leading to Texas certification. “It is close enough, one hour, that it is not too inconvenient for the time necessary and it is well laid out and has excellent facilities,” Diercoff said. The park includes different dive platforms submerged in the body of water, sunken boats and a giant imitation shark constructed of metal, large enough for divers to even swim inside of. Michael said her trip to Clear Springs Park to get certified for the class was a great experience. She especially enjoyed diving around the park’s metal shark. “The shark was so long I thought it would never end,” Michael said. Other dive sites in north Texas include Tyler State Park, Lake Ray Roberts, Possum Kingdom, Lake Whitney, Lake Texoma and Daingerfield State Park. Athens Scuba Park and Clear Springs Scuba Park are the closest parks to the Dallas Fort Worth area specifically made for diving. Another way Texas natives can receive their scuba certification is through local dive shops. Dive shops located around the Dallas-Fort Worth area include International Scuba, Lone Star Scuba, Scuba Toys, Adventure Scuba and others. Diercoff requires his students to have masks, snorkels, buoyancy controlling devices, tanks, fins and booties. The cost for purchasing all the equipment usually will total out around $300 to $800, but depending on where you dive there may be additional costs. SMU scuba student, Gaby Ramirez said that so far she has loved her scuba diving experiences, even though it is not a cheap sport. “Scuba diving is an expensive hobby but it’s easy to learn, full of fun experiences, and worth every penny,” Ramirez said, who took the class in fall 2012.



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After their chocolate and wine tasting, guests received a gift bag.

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The tours take guests to sample treats at different chocolate-related venues around Dallas such as cupcakes and cakeballs at the Cupcakery.

Dallas by Chocolate presents holiday tours ALEXANDRA SPITZER Food Editor Dallas By Chocolate is kicking off the holiday season with its “Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Wine” Tour. The tour offers guests the opportunity to sip on wine or hot chocolate while making stops to sample chocolate treats at local bakeries and chocolatiers throughout Dallas. The tour also gives attendees a chance to view the holiday lights at Highland Park and Kessler Park. Tours occur each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 30.

The holiday excursion lasts approximately three hours and takes guests to two or three different venues for chocolate samplings. Dallas by Chocolate also provides other themed-tours for occasions such as birthdays, bachelorette parties, and an upcoming Valentine’s Day tour in January and February that will feature chocolate sweets ranging from truffles to chocolate croissants and cakes. All tours are conducted by food experts who accompany guests to three or four different venues around in the Dallas area for chocolate and wine pairings. They also introduce participants to local

eateries and shops. The tours stop at destinations in Deep Ellum, Oak Cliff, Carrollton and Plano. Guests enjoy decadent treats such as dark chocolate truffles, fudge and bars at a place called Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Also included are old world chocolates at CocoAndre, chocolate croissants and Latin chocolate cakes at Zaguan and chocolate breads at Village Baking Company. Guests also enjoy cake balls at Zen Bistro and a variety of chocolate desserts at The Dark Chocolate Bakery. Throughout the tour, experts provide commentary on various landmarks

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and neighborhoods in between stops. Also during the excursion is a chocolate trivia game where winners are awarded sweet prizes. Dallas by Chocolate tours are $30 and include bus transportation, hot chocolate or coffee, water, two different kinds of wine and chocolate treats at each destination. Dallas by Chocolate also offers private tours for groups of 18 to 24 people. Tickets for the Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Wine Tour as well as any other Dallas by Chocolate tours can be purchased online at

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Meadows Symphony Orchestra with Guest Artist Emanuel Borok in Caruth Auditorium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Meadows Chamber Music Honors Concert in Caruth Auditorium from 8-10 p.m.

Meadows Theatre: Major Barbara in the Greer Garson Theatre at 2 p.m.

Meadows Theatre: Major Barbara in the Greer Garson Theatre at 8 p.m.

Meadows Theatre: Major Barbara in the Greer Garson Theatre at 2 p.m.and 8 p.m.


Celebration of Lights on Dallas Lawn at 7 p.m.

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Mockingbird Station hosted the Cook For A Cause guest chef night at The People’s Last Stand on Tuesday. The night’s host Teresa Gubbins, senior editor of CultureMap Dallas, welcomed the evening’s guest Chef Kate Weiser of Chocolate-Secrets. The festive soiree featured a selection of delectable chocolates prepared by Weiser and was accompanied by spirits from The People’s Last Stand. In addition to savoring the sweet treats, guests learned valuable pointers from Weiser on how to prepare for their upcoming holiday parties.

Weiser focused her tips primarily around the event’s theme of pairing chocolate and wine. Aside from a satisfied sweet tooth, guests left the evening with a gift bag. Inside each thoughtfully prepared gift bag, guests found Chocolate Secrets goodies, Bath & Body Works candles and coupons for the newly opened Castle Nail Spa in Mockingbird Station. The attendees were not the only ones benefiting from the event. Cook For A Cause raised approximately $400 for Weiser’s charity of choice, Naomi’s Village, an organization that provides support to orphaned children in Africa.

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10/12/12 12:07 PM

2:37 p.m. Theft: Cockrell-McIntosh Hall. A student reported the theft of their bike. Open. 11:44 p.m. Theft: Dedman Sports Center. A student reported the theft of their bike. Open.

november 28 3:26 a.m. Possession of Fictitious License: SMU Police Department. A student was referred to the Student Conduct Office for possession of a fictitious license. Closed.

9:23 a.m. Theft: Theology Quad. A student reported the theft of their bike. Open. 11:01 a.m. Theft: Owen Arts Center. A student reported the theft of their bike. Open.

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‘Hitchcock’ highlights legendary director’s ‘Psycho’ push CHASE WADE A&E Editor It’s always a cinematic treat when Hollywood turns a mirror on itself and spotlights the golden age of the industry. Such is the case in Hitchcock, a thoroughly entertaining profile on the famous director Alfred Hitchcock’s push to make his most famous film — Psycho. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock dives into Stephen Rebello’s book of the same name and explores the man behind such legendary movies as Rear Window, North by Northwest and The Birds. Playing the prolific director is Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins is almost unrecognizable as

Hitchcock since the Academy Award winner dons a fat suit and heavy makeup for the role. In terms of Hitchcock’s famous accent, Hopkins nails it. Considering that the film touches heavily on Hitchcock’s life away from the movie set, Hopkins didn’t have much source material to draw from during the film’s more emotional scenes. Hopkins take on the director creates a more personable, humble human. Alma Reville plays Hitchcock’s wife, Helen Mirren. Not many people know that Reville was the driving force behind many of Hitchcock’s films. Mirren steals the spotlight from Hitchcock as the director’s

wife. The British actress’ nononsense, strong performance gives the credit to Feville that the history books neglected to include. While the premise of Hitchcock revolves around the making of Psycho, the underlying love story between Reville and Hitchcock is just as captivating. Gervasi’s directorial thumbprint is present during the scenes in which the movie focuses on Psycho. Where Hopkins may have been lacking in source material, Gervasi had tons. The director recreates Paramount’s movie sets of the 1960s with the precision of a brain surgeon. From Psyco’s famous shower scene to the directorial style

of Hitchcock himself, one things for certain: Gervasi did his homework. Of course, what would a Hitchcock film be without mention of the director’s almost obssessive nature of treating his leading ladies? Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, the iconic screaming blonde in Psycho. Johansson is charming as the starlet despite her lacking screen time. As a whole, Hitchcock is the sweeping story the director deserves. While some storylines fall flat, the camera’s attention to Hopkins is well worth it and Mirren’s Reville is a career highlight. Hitchcock opens in theaters nationwide today.

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Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Faith Nibbs

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Warfare and Violence: The Anthropology & History of Human Conflict David Wilson

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General Chemistry II David Son

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Literature of Minorities Bruce Levy

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Out of Many: U.S. History to 1877 Edward Countryman

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Nineteenth-Century American West Andrew Graybill

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Business Ethics Nenad Popovic

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Media Ethics & Gender Debra Branch

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Genre Studies in Spain: The Novel of the Transition to Democracy Olga Colbert

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Introduction to Statistical Methods Tony Ng



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Marketing Concepts (for non-business majors & business minors) Charles Besio

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Fluid Mechanics Paul Krueger

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The Ancient Maya: Art & History Adam Herring

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Communication in Global Contexts Sandra Duhé

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Screen Artists/Films of Alfred Hitchcock Rick Worland

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UN Ambassador Susan Rice is among the top of President Barack Obama’s shortlist to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Obama’s options at State Department W. Tucker Keene Opinion Editor President Barack Obama seems intent on destroying all chances he has to get the policy change he’s looking to get passed in his second term. He’s looking for big fights on filling cabinet positions instead. The main fight he’s looking for is appointing current United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to the position of secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton. Usually this would not be a very controversial nomination, but because of her involvement in the bungled response to the attack in Benghazi, she has a tough road ahead of her. When Rice went on the Sunday shows five days after the attack, she propagated the now-discredited theory that it was not a terrorist attack, but a spontaneous protest against a recently released bigoted anti-Muslim video. This is the heart of the

problem in nominating Rice to head the State Department. Her confirmation hearings will become a platform for Republican senators to ask her what and when she knew about the motives behind the attack in Benghazi. Many have already pledged, including high profile senators like John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to do everything in their power to prevent Rice from being appointed to secretary of state. The big question that arises is whether Secretary of State Rice is worth the huge fight that will cost Obama big in political capital. If he alienates people who he needs to support him on other major initiatives like immigration reform, his second term agenda won’t be able to get off the ground. Obama does have an alternative that won’t cost him as dearly politically, and until recently it seemed that he would go with it. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts

had long been considered the favorite to replace Clinton, and was even a very close second in being named to the position in Obama’s first term. He’s a veteran who has long served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including the last four years as chairman. He’s very qualified, but there is one big problem that President Obama and the Democrats see with nominating him: Sen. Scott Brown lost a hotly contested battle for re-election just a few weeks ago. Brown would surely be looking to return to the Senate, and he’s still a widely popular Republican in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is a state in which “widely popular” and “Republican” only very rarely describe anyone who doesn’t play for the Red Sox. Even if he doesn’t run, former congressional candidate Richard Tisei would be another top recruit for the Republicans. He lost by only one percent in a typically very

Democratic district. He’d also be a favorite to win, and as an openly gay Republican could do quite a bit for the GOP’s demographic issues nationwide. Of course, the Democrats currently have a 55-45 seat majority in the Senate, and losing one seat isn’t going to have a huge effect on anything. The stakes are much lower than they were when Brown first got elected in 2010 — when the Democrats lost a filibuster proof majority. So President Obama has two options when it comes to secretary of state: nominate Rice and risk derailing his entire second term agenda, or nominate Kerry and risk losing a Senate seat which won’t have much of any effect on control of the Senate. I know who I’d choose if I were him.

Keene is a junior majoring in political science, economics and public policy.



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Boy Meets World starred Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage and Will Friedle.

‘90s TV will make a comeback with return of ‘Boy Meets World’ Tashika Varma Editor in Chief Everybody’s been talking about one thing, the comeback of a certain ‘90s television show — Boy Meets World. Disney and ABC are reviving the television show with a new title, Girl Meets World. This new show will follow Riley Matthews, the 13-year-old fictional daughter of stars Cory and Topanga (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel.) I was overjoyed when they announced this new show. Although Rider Strong won’t be coming back as Shawn, both Savage and Fishel will be reprising the roles of Cory and Topanga. When I heard this news, I thought about how fast time flies. Next year will mark 20 years since Boy Meets World debuted and 12 years since the show ended. It’s been 15 years since Cory and Topanga married, so the new show’s concept is plausible. I grew up with this show. I remember yearning for a love like Cory and Topanga — falling a little bit in love with Shawn’s bad boy image and wishing I had Mr. Feeny as my teacher. I would come home every day from school and watch this show. Out of nostalgia, I went back

and watched some episodes of Boy Meets World and it made me think — what happened to television? Reality television has seriously ruined the quality of shows. Toddlers and Tiara’s? Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? Why are we watching this? Even soaps and sitcoms have gotten worse over time. I will admit I watch some horrible ones, like Gossip Girl and 90210, but I wonder what happened to the great shows we grew up with? Shows like Friends, Sister Sister, Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Weird Science. These shows taught me about family, friendships and even love. Although, some of them made me have unrealistic goals like wishing for a twin sister or wanting a magical talking cat. Television shows today teach you that it’s acceptable to sleep around, not care about your family and break laws. On the other hand, Boy Meets World taught the most important lesson of all: you will find that one person out there for you, your soul mate and that love will be such an epic love. Cory said it best: “I haven’t been together with Topanga for 22 years, but we *have* been together for 16. ‘Kay, that’s a lot longer than most couples have

been together. I mean, when we were born, you told me that we used to take walks in our strollers together in the park. When we were two, we were best friends, I mean, I, I knew everything about this girl. I knew her favorite color. I knew her favorite food. Then we became six, you know, and Eric made fun of me because it wasn’t cool to have a best friend that was a girl or even know a girl, so for the next seven years I threw dirt at her. I like to call those ‘the lost years.’ “Then when I was 13, mom, she put me up against my locker and she kissed me. I mean, she gave me my first kiss. She taught me how to dance. She was always talking about these crazy things and I never understood a word she said. All I understood was that she was the girl I sat up every night thinking about, and when I’m with her I feel happy to be alive. “Like I can do anything. Even talk to you like this. So that’s, that’s what I feel is love... When I’m better because she’s here…” If Girls Meets World is anything like Boy Meets World, the show will be added to my DVR as soon as the pilot date is released because I’ve missed ‘90s television. Varma is a senior majoring in communication studies.

When I was in the second grade, I begged my mother for a dog. We had tried to keep a dog once, but the endeavor failed. We had had a Dalmatian named Pluto for three weeks before we had to take him back to the original owner. “Dogs are outside animals,” my father would argue. That was until my mother decided it would be good for us to have a dog, too. So we took an adventure to the local pet shelter. We were always of the mindset that one should rescue a pet from the shelter if given the opportunity. Therefore, we rescued Taz. Taz was a “2-year-old, female, Australian Red Heeler.” At least that’s what the papers said. He was actually a 2-yearold, male, Red Heeler (we didn’t understand how that could be confused). We loved him like a member of the family. Yesterday, my mother called me quite early in the morning. I know from past experience that this is always a bad sign. My heart didn’t begin to beat quickly,

however, because it was still only 10 a.m. and I wasn’t quite awake. However, she was in fact calling to tell me bad news. Taz had to be “put down.” I was crushed. I will put my stoic, proud side away and say that I cried for quite a while. I cried over the death of Taz more than the deaths of my great aunt and uncle. To be honest, I was a bit embarrassed at first. Let’s not kid ourselves, Taz was an animal ­— a dog. My family members were humans. They were people who supported me throughout my entire life. So why was I more upset about the passing of my 15 (yes, he was that old) year old dog than the passing of members of my family? Taz may have been a pet, but Taz was one of my very best friends. Four years after Taz joined the family my parents decided to divorce. Taz was the friend that I could cry to and talk to and never worry about judgment. He took care of my mother when she lived alone for a while, and gave us both peace of mind. Throughout high school,

Taz moved back and forth with me as I visited both parents, and eventually moved to Texas when my mother re-married. He spent his last years on the lake in pure bliss. He loved to fish, hunt, ride on the boat and, of course, eat. Taz was really like a family member. And as cliche as that sounds, many of us can relate to the feeling we get when a loving animal greets you when you pull up to the house after being away at school for several long months. Unfortunately, Taz won’t fulfill that role any longer. He is now buried at the lake house and will continue to run around barking at ducks in spirit. However, I’ll always love him, and I know if you have a dog similar to Taz you’ll always love them, too. When the time comes (and you all know what I’m talking about), you can always come to me to share stories, have a shoulder to cry upon and remember the happiness that your best friend brought to you. Graves is a junior majoring in communications and religious studies.


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FRIDAY n NOVEMBER 30, 2012 intramurals




Cowboys take on rival Eagles for chance in playoff hunt Alex Lokken Staff Writer


Cliff Israel, Nick Guiscardo and Connor Angle refereed the NIRSA NCSS Regional Flag Football Tournament.

Students officiate regional tournament Demetrio Teniente Staff Writer SMU’s intramural program sent referees Connor Angle and Nick Guiscardo to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Camus Champion Series Region IV Flag Football Tournament at Texas Tech that took place from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18. “We [refereed] about ten games each,” Angle said. “The level of competition there is a lot better and it was good to experience that and actually ref with some more experienced officials.” Angle and Guiscardo had to apply to work the tournament and were two of about 39 officials selected. The better teams of each tournament advance to the national tournament in Orlando, Fla. in January. “There will be about 50 teams there from all over the country— mostly intramural teams, but a few clubs,” SMU intramural official Clifford Israel said. “The winners move on and the same thing works for referees.” There are a total of eight regional tournaments each year. At the close of each

tournament three officials are chosen to advance to the national tournament, which adds a little extra incentive for all refs to be on their A-game. “Obviously we are getting paid for each game,” Angle said. “But, this experience definitely makes me think about doing it again and going for that nationals bid.” When nationals are finished 12 of the 28 officials will be named All-American. Israel will be competing in the national tournament for the third straight year and hopes to finally achieve All-American honors. “[The] first year I went to the national tournament, it was crazy,” he said. “You see some refs that have done it for four and five years. The guy I roomed with was already a college basketball official. So, for these guys it’s like a full time job. Being able to go back a second and now a third year, I’m really striving for All-American.” Intramurals has been a huge part of Israel’s and Angle’s lives. “Intramurals is probably something people take for granted and just don’t think about,” Angle said. “But it’s a huge part of everybody’s college experience.” “I think [intramural] is incredible,” Israel said. “It gets students together on campus

besides Greek organizations or clubs. People can play together, the refs can learn together— people make friends that way. It’s a pretty competitive atmosphere which is nice, but at the same time it’s not dangerous.” Intramurals also offer many opportunities aside from officiating in tournaments. “Intramurals has lots of opportunities,” Angle said. “[You can] do a [graduate assitant] program where you go to a school and work in intramurals while you get a graduate degree.” Israel feels that intramurals forces refs to be credible and to be leaders. He thinks this will make them better prepared to solve problems in the future in whatever field they go into. “I’m actually doing Teach For America next year and for the next few years,” he said. “But after that I plan on going back to grad school but being able to go for free and play with intramurals for two or three years. It’s not a bad deal.” To get involved with SMU’s intramural program stop by the Dedman Fitness Center and talk to assistant director of Intramurals Jack Harper or assistant Intramural manager Michael Sasala.


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Rookie quarter back Nick Foles will likely make his third start as Michael Vick still suffers from a concussion received in these teams’ last matchup. Vick headlines a cast of former Pro-Bowlers, including LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, who all will likely sit out Sunday night’s game. Last year’s Pro-Bowl defensive end Jason Babin was cut earlier this week as the Eagles might be preparing to clean house. Even without injury, none of these players were headed to Honolulu this season. Dallas has plenty of injuries on its side as well. The Cowboys team is without Bruce Carter for the rest of the year after the second-year player dislocated his left elbow last week. Carter had been playing well in his replacement role for Sean Lee, who suffered the seasonending big toe injury earlier

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