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Legend lost: Don Meredith dies at 72 By EJ HOLLAND


Best-selling author stops treatment, dies Elizabeth Edwards, wife of John Edwards and best selling author of “Resilience,” died yesterday, losing her battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and by 2007 announced the disease had spread. Edwards died in her family home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Edwards was 61.

Clinton meets with South Korea, Japan The U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton met with foreign ministers from South Korea and Japan on Monday to discuss their alliances. The meeting was scheduled to warn North Korea about the threat from all three nations. In addition, the meeting tried to reassure South Korea that they aren’t alone.

Remembering Pearl Harbor Yesterday, many took the time to remember Pearl Harbor and the attacks that occurred almost 70 years ago. The Japanese killed 2,402 military personnel and sank four battleships on Dec. 7, 1941. reported that Japan had a long competition with the U.S. over resources such as rubber and oil.

New Barbie potential tool for child porn The FBI stated that the “Video Girl” Barbie, released in July, could have the potential to be used as a tool for child pornography. The Barbie features a hidden video camera in her chest that can capture 30 minutes of footage. No incidents have been reported.

New smartphone hits stores in time for the holidays On Monday, Google announced the release of the Nexus S, a new smartphone that will be sold in Best Buy stores across the nation starting Dec. 16. The new phone will also be able to be used as a credit card thanks to the Android 2.3 platform.

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Legendary SMU and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith passed away after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma Sunday at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Mount Vernon, Texas native was 72. “Meredith brought honor to his alma mater through his tremendous achievements as a student-athlete and then as a professional,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said. Meredith started three years (195759) as quarterback for the Mustangs and led the Southwest Conference in completion percentage all three years. After setting a Southwest Conference record with a 69.6 completion percentage in 1957, he was named an All-American in 1958 and 1959. In 2008, SMU honored Meredith by retiring his jersey during halftime ceremonies at the SMU-Houston football game. He also received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983. “Presenting him with SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award and retiring his SMU jersey was one way of expressing our appreciation for his accomplishments,” Turner said. “Generations of alumni will remember his time on the Hilltop and have followed his career with pride.” SMU athletic director Steve Orsini also expressed how much Meredith meant to the University. “I was saddened to hear of Don’s

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Former SMU All-American and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith passed away Sunday evening in Santa Fe, N.M.

passing. He touched so many here, from his teammates in the 1950s to those he met when he returned to the Hilltop in 2008 to have his jersey

retired,” he said. “He was one of the greatest Mustangs and will be missed by the entire SMU family.” After his success on the Hilltop,

Meredith was selected in the 1960 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears but was traded to the Cowboys for future draft picks. He was also selected in the 1960 AFL draft by the Dallas Texans but declined to play for them. Meredith spent his first three years in Dallas as the back-up quarterback but emerged as the starter in 1963. He led the Cowboys to three straight division titles from 1966-1968, but lost two consecutive NFL Championship games to the Green Bay Packers in 1966 and 1967 in the famous Ice Bowl. Meredith unexpectedly retired before the start of the 1969 season. During his nine year career, “Dandy Don” passed for 17,199 yards and 111 touchdowns. He was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1966 and was named to the Pro Bowl three times. In 1976, Meredith was inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. Just two years after retiring, Meredith took his talents to the broadcasting booth and teamed up with Keith Jackson and Howard Cosell to ABC’s Monday Night Football crew in 1970. After three seasons, Meredith left ABC and joined NBC from 1974-1976. He returned to ABC’s Monday Night Football in 1977 and stayed with the network

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Tuition cost for spring 2011 released By JESSICA HUSEMAN Editor-in-Chief

President Turner sent a letter to students Tuesday informing them of an increase in tuition planned for the 2011-2012 school year. The increase affects tuition, student fees, housing and meal plans. In an interview with The Daily Campus, President R. Gerald Turner said that the only new part of next year’s budget increase will be the new residential commons, which are being built to account for the upcoming sophomore housing requirement. Tuition and fees increased 5.9 percent, identical to last year’s increase, making tuition and fees $29,430 for the upcoming year. Average housing will increase 3.9 percent to $8,490, and the most popular board plan will increase 3.5 percent to $4,725. “We try to moderate [the increases],” Turner said. “We keep them at what most private universities are doing, though some are more and some are less.” According to the letter sent to students, tuition is on the rise because of the recent economic decline, which resulted in declines in SMU’s endowment. Costs are also continuing to rise in “vital areas of the University’s operating budget, approximately twothirds of which is supported by tuition

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SMU bloggers focus on fashion By CAROLINE FOSTER Contributing Writer

At a recent fashion event in New York City, swarms of stylish attendees gathered around a young girl with chin-length orange hair and large round glasses. Though it may appear to be just another teenager rebelling through her clothing choices, it was 14-year-old blogging sensation Tavi Gevinson from Gevinson started her fashion blog three years ago at age 11. She posts about music, movies, magazines and every fashion powerhouse under the sun, from Comme des Garcons to Rodarte. draws in around 50,000 viewers per day. But Gevinson’s popularity extends to more than just the readers of her blog; she is now a

Blogs let you get into the minds of other people Christine Jonas

SMU student and blogger

fashion starlet. She sits front row at all of the major runway shows and even counts Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour as a friend. According to a recent New York Post article, Gevinson is so popular she recently had to hire a publicist to handle her appearances. Gevinson is just one example of the hundreds of style bloggers who have made names for themselves in the fashion world. The influence

of style bloggers on today’s fashion industry is formidable. Fashion bloggers are now a critical part of the industry that they comment on. Style blogs have caught on at SMU as well, with many students frequently blogging on the fashion trends. On campus, one well-known style blog is SMUstyle, created by SMU graduate Christina Geyer and current SMU senior and style editor for The Daily Campus Sarah Bray. According to Geyer, the blog started as an outlet to write about their passion for fashion as frequently as they desired, but it has grown into a respected source of what is trendy in Dallas, according to Geyer. “What started as a way for Sarah and I to practice our love of fashion and style writing has now turned into a platform for others to write and do the same,” she said. Since SMUstyle’s start in April of 2009, the blog now has 682 Facebook fans and 12 contributing bloggers on its team. Freshman Darby Radcliff, fashion intern for The Daily Campus, has been blogging for SMUstyle since July, starting with a post about fourth of July outfit ideas. SMUstyle has postings about everything from fashion and beauty to parties and restaurants. Many posts feature SMU students and events that would interest SMU’s stylish student body. “We feature exciting fashion and retail events occurring in Dallas and on campus, as well as report on the latest trends and feature SMU student’s own personal styles

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Holiday gifts giving back this season By ASHLEY WITHERS Staff Writer

“Imagine if you could end world hunger. This gift is a great start,” reads the card from Heifer International, one of the many charities supported by the Highland Park United Methodist Church “Gifts of Grace” program. ‘Tis the season to be giving! This year, instead of the traditional neckties and gift cards, consider giving a gift that benefits more than just its recipient. “The gift given to honor you will help families enjoy improved nutrition and income for school, medicine, housing and a better way of life,” the card continues. “Your gift is really a gift for someone else who desperately needs it.”

There are a variety of ways to donate and give gifts that help people both locally and globally this Christmas. Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC) is hosting the “Gifts of Grace” program. By giving a “Gift of Grace,” one donates money for a specific item or service to one of 22 different charities. A gift could provide a bed for a child in the Costa Rica Methodist Children’s Home, provide a year’s worth of children’s school supplies as a part of the Child-to-Child program at St. Stephan’s hospital in New Delhi, India or provide a free counseling session for a woman in crisis at the Genesis Women’s Shelter here in Dallas. “I am really excited to give gifts this year that

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and fees,” the letter said. While need-based aid and full tuition scholarships will increase to meet the new tuition cost, merit scholarships will stay the same, Turner told The Daily Campus. “You are given a certain amount for four years if you maintain a 3.0, and that allows a more consistent kinds of funding for the incoming students as well as transfer students,” he said. However, the Second Century Campaign, the

fundraising campaign that aims to raise $750 million by 2013, should increase the number of scholarships available to students in the future, Turner said. Turner also indicated that he was unaware whether the increase in fees would mean more funding to Student Senate, whose entire budget is provided by student fees. This budget is doled out to student organizations, intramurals and other initiatives on campus. Austin Prentice, student body vice president, said that he would like to see “Student Senate’s budget

increase according to student fees.” “It would be disappointing if we did not receive additional funding, but Senate is working hard on ways to see increased funding when this same process occurs again next year,” Prentice said. Though Prentice may end up being disappointed, he said that he has “full trust” in the Board’s determination of which organizations deserve budget increases.

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and closets,” Radcliff said. Shelby Foster is another blogger for SMUstyle who thinks the blog’s success has a lot to do with the stylish crowd in Dallas. “Dallas is such a prime area for fashion, and SMU is right in the middle of it,” Foster said. As blogs have increased in popularity over the past three years, SMUstyle co-creator Geyer plans on the blog’s voice getting stronger on campus in the future. To achieve this, the blog will feature more multimedia posts and engaging stories. Many students on campus also have their own style blogs. Junior journalism major

Christine Jonas created her blog, in high school, but has given it a new life in the past year, using post entries as a way to express her creativity and opinions. Jonas finds blogs are “addicting.” She likes the sense of comradery she feels toward other bloggers. “Blogs let you get into the minds of other people like you who you are not always surrounded by all of the time,” she said. According to a survey by Technorati Inc., this sense of connecting is common among bloggers. Over 30 percent of those who blog do it so they can “meet and connect with like-minded people.” Another blogger on campus is

junior Grace Davis. She is new to the style blog scene; she just recently started her blog,, in September as a way to introduce her personal voice to the fashion world. Davis hopes her blog will help land her a dream job. “I blog because I want to get my voice out there,” Davis said. “My dream job would be a personal stylist, and blogging is an easy way to show people how you could style them. I hope that one day it will eventually help me to land a job and further my career goals.” Davis could be in luck. According to Technorati Inc., 58 percent of bloggers say they are better known in their industry because of their blogs.

Technorati Inc. also reports there are around 2 million shopping and fashion blogs on the Internet. Every blog has a different personality, but one thing is clear: the presence of these style blogs keeps getting larger. SMUstyle’s Radcliff sees no signs of blogs slowing down. “I see the influence of blogs increasing tremendously in the future,” she said. It seems style blogs and bloggers are here to stay because their influence is so widely spread. Who knows who could be the next blog super star sitting front row at New York Fashion Week come February.


Clarifications from last week’s editions of The Daily Campus In a Dec. 6 story entitled, “Children take part in fun at Celebration of Lights,” we incorrectly stated that the name of the engineering fraternity was Tau Sigma, it is actually Theta Tau. We regret the error. Also in that issue, we identified the location of the new residents halls as the former Mrs. Baird’s Bread Bakery site. We were informed post-publication that the residence halls will be constructed on the main campus just behind Park Cities Plaza, near the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

In the recent story “Students live life with gluten free diets,” printed Friday, Dec. 3, we misrepresented what SMU Dietician Claire Florsheim recommends to students. Florsheim recommends a gluten-free diet to those with celiac disease or other gluten intolerances. Also, Florsheim wouldn’t discourage individuals without gluten sensitivity from trying the diet, “Provided that they understand that current research is mixed as to whether the diet offers

health benefits aside from its use for treating gluten-sensitivities, and as with any eliminationtype diet, they need to pay careful attention to ensuring that they get all the nutrients their bodies needs,” she said. Those starting a gluten-free diet should talk to a dietician or nutritionist first to ensure healthy changes. We apologize for these errors.

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GIFTS: Presents,

cards find another use


will help others,” said Jen Rogers, a first-year at SMU who is giving presents to friends and family through the “Gifts of Grace” program. “I hope it will encourage them to look at the website and realize that just a small amount of money can make a great deal of difference.” Many popular brands and stores are also offering options to give back this holiday season. Pottery Barn is giving 50 percent of the proceeds generated from its popular lidded candle pots to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Gap continues to support AIDS research by offering more products and clothing in its (PRODUCT)RED line. BeatsByDre is also joining the global fund to fight AIDS in Africa by donating the proceeds from its new RED pair of headphones. Lord & Taylor will sell tote bags handmade by Nest, a nonprofit organization that works to empower women around the globe. If you are wondering what to do with some of the unwanted gifts you receive this Christmas, The Gift Card Giver has created a unique way to

give back this holiday season. The gift card industry is a $60 billion-a-year industry, of which, between 10 and 15 percent goes unused each year. The Gift Card Giver wants people to use as much of your gift card as they want, write how much is left on the card and then mail the gift card to them. They then collect the cards, put several gifts together and use it to meet a need in the community. “I think that The Gift Card Giver is a really interesting concept, and that it’s a mutually beneficial thing—you help people in need and get rid of the gift cards you will never use!” said Rachel Fox, a junior who is planning to donate some of her leftover gift cards this year. For more information on where to send your leftover gift cards visit More than $440 billion will be spent this year on the holidays. By shopping for a cause, you can make your gift count this Christmas.


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Students ask for variety of gifts this season By SARAH BRAY Style Editor

From high-tech gadgets and designer handbags to international trips and cowboy boots SMU students take a study break to share what’s on their holiday wish lists.

“Anything resembling an animal. Preferably a furry vest but I wouldn’t object to a puppy I suppose.” – Senior Erin Goldsmith

“Boob job” – Junior Caitlin R.

“A pair of TOMS shoes” – Freshman Genesis Reed eed

“Mulberry for Target leopard handbag” – Freshman Mary Castle

“A fur vest” – Sophomore Carolin Boothe

“Marc Jacobs Silly Bands” – Freshman Caroline Montgomery

“Trip home to Kuwait” – Freshman Ali Asker

“Mulberry Bayswater bag in Oak Natural Leather” – Junior Grace Davis

“Motorcycle” – Junior Diana Garcia

“MacBook Pro Air” – Freshman Ashley Mooney

“Furniture, specifically ‘The Kartell Papyrus Chair’” – Sophomore Tyler Rutledge

“Louis Vuitton tote bag” – Sopho“Justin cowboy boots” – Freshman more Rachel Von Gonten Photo courtesy of Apple Apple iPad, from $499 Jessica Bordelon “A shopping spree to everywhere” – Senior Erin “The Beats by Dr. Dre headphones” – Senior Faith McKinney Canavan “iPad” – Senior Elizabeth Rhoades “Donna Karan New York handbag” – Junior Denisa Smolenova “Tory Burch boots” – Sophomore Mallory Presutti “Trip to Europe” – Sophomore Hugo Martinez

“Civilization 5 video game” – Junior Andrea Moran

Photo courtesy of

Beats by Dre headphones, $299 Photo courtesy of Justin Boots Photo courtesy of

Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ bag, $950

Justin Cowboy Boots, $139


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McCollum, cast dance way through ‘Chaperone’ By LAUREN SMART A&E Editor

The man with a “non-specific sadness” is back on stage at Theatre Three, sharing his favorite Tonyaward-winning show within a show to the delight of Dallas audiences. “The Drowsy Chaperone” debuted in 2006 and the show itself is so smart that most productions thrive off of its exaggerated jokes and ability to laugh at the conventions of musical theater. Theatre Three has smartly cast somewhat local celebrity Rob McCollum in the part of “Man in Chair.” McCollum hosts “Good Morning Texas” and what might at first feel like a publicity stunt on the part of the theater company, begins to look like legitimate casting as the show continues. “Man in Chair” has to almost be a great number of things, he has

to strike the balance between being effeminate and lonely, between being crazy and crotchety and eccentric and quirky. McCollum comes really close to equilibrium and delivers a pleasing, but not pitch perfect performance. That seems to be the struggle for the entire cast. Everyone very nearly embodies their characters, but only a few cast members take their characters as far as they could. The plot of the show-within-ashow revolves around Janet Van De Graaf (Erica Peterman) and her fiancé Robert Martin (Jeremy Dumont). She is giving up her career to marry him, an oil tycoon. Confusion develops when Janet’s manager Feldzieg (James W. Williams) and two gangster/pastry chef brothers attempt to stop the wedding to keep her on the stage.


Erica Peterman stars as Janet Van De Graaf in Theatre Three’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which runs through Jan. 9.

They are aided by the title character’s the Drowsy Chaperone (Marisa Diotalevi) inability to carry out her job as chaperone when the “king of romance” Adolpho (Brian

Hathaway) accidentally woos her. Diotalevi and Hathaway are the highlight of this show, with their over blown characters and their impeccable comic timing.

Yet Darius Anthony Robinson enters the stage in the final scene with just enough time to steal the show. In the character of Trix, the aviatrix, Robinson delivers a riotously fun portrayal, with a booming voice, of the pilot who marries all of the couples in the end. Herein lies the main problem with the show – Robinson is the most clearly heard performer of the show. Whether it be a budget shortage or denial of their necessity, microphones are nowhere to be seen in this theater, which would be fine if the vocalists could project. But many of Peterman’s lines are lost and her beautiful voice is difficult to hear over the already low music. Peterman and Martin also fail to fully embody the exaggerated, vaudeville-esque musical theater. Peterman looks bored in her big number “Show off ” and Martin is

not exactly the dashing hero previous productions lead the audience to expect, although the man sure can dance. The saving grace for this show come from the three aforementioned characters, along with Arianna Movassagh’s Kitty, the empty-headed chorus girl who wants to be a leading lady, and Lon D. Barrera’s straight man butler, Underling. Overall, the show is a lot of fun, but that might have more to do with the quality of the show than the production. Fortunately for Theatre Three, there are enough good things going on, and between McCollum and the show itself, “The Drowsy Chaperone” should do just fine. The show runs through Jan. 9 at Theatre Three. For more information, visit


‘The King’s Speech’ is crowning achievement By CHASE WADE A&E Intern

Based on the truly astonishing story of King George VI, the Weinstein Company’s newest release, “The King’s Speech,” features Collin Firth as the stammering Duke of York whose wartime speeches brought him to fame during World War II. The film focuses on Firth’s journey to vocal freedom. His character is plagued by a barrage of speech impediments. With a remarkable cast of supporting characters, it is clear that Firth is far from alone. Playing Firth’s constant crutch and King George VI’s wife Elisabeth, Helen Bonham Carter shines in the understated, yet overwhelmingly important, role of Firth’s habitual sideline cheerleader.

The film is perhaps Bonham’s best performance yet. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth allows for the actress to step out of the gothic niche that she has been cast to in her recent roles. One almost forgets how delicate of an actress Bonham can be when given the right character to play. Geofferey Rush delivers a true standout performance in the film as the charmingly stubborn speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Rush channels both his comedic and dramatic acting abilities, as both are necessary to coax the bullheaded Firth into accepting Logue’s sometimes unorthodox ways of curing his speech impediment. What sets “The King’s Speech,” away from the crowded genre that is the historical biography picture, is the blunt, creative camerawork that the

film’s director, Tom Hopper, exhibits. In a film mainly about the subject of speech, one would expect for the dialogue to be rather paced. Usually, when a director is faced with this sort of fast moving dialogue, he or she would utilize long takes and try to compact the scene into one cut. However, Hopper’s approach involves cutting the scene into short takes and shooting the actors in opposite thirds of the frame. This bluntness in directorial decision is both good and bad for the film. The good: it accentuates the difference of speech between Firth and his supporting cast; the bad: frankly, it gets annoying. To further along the dramatic narrative, Hopper highlights the ongoing family drama that Firth and

his royal family encounter. The film tries its best to make Edward and his partner as an antagonist but ultimately you realize that the couple is not the villain: they are just free spirits. Quintessentially, just like King George VI, they too are trying to be freed from the burdens associated with being the British royal family. The film’s lack of serious drama is perhaps its only downfall. Without any real hurdles to clear beside himself, the absence of any physical drama morphs the film from a nitty-gritty drama, to a movie that resembles the likes of Seabisquit. There is no doubt that the trio of actors, Firth, Bonham-Carter and Rush, will all be nominated heavily come awards season. With “The King’s Speech”

already grabbing top honors at for Best Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards, the Oscar nominations are sure to pour in. As a whole, “The King’s Speech,” is a timeless story that is both uplifting and intriguing without being terribly bland. The film could have easily been made as another stale table cracker of a historical biography but Hopper’s artistic direction breaks the normal conventions associated with the genre. “The King’s Speech” takes its audience’s spirits to new heights from the very first of Firth’s mottled introductory speech, to his final triumph at the peek of a war. “The King’s Speech,” reigns supreme as a film crowned for sure success.




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Organization responds to “Black, African or African American?” A factual clarification and a thank you from Association of Black Students president On Nov. 22, 2010, The Daily Campus published an article entitled “Black, African, or African American?” about the African Students Association (ASA), an organization new to the SMU community. For clarification and understanding, we, the Association of Black Students and African Students Association, have provided the following corrections and statements to the original article: There are actually 53 countries in Africa, not 28, as quoted in the article. The Association of Black Students consists of a general membership, as well as the sub-organizations of: Black Men Emerging, the National Association of Black Accountants, the National Society of Black Engineers, Sisters Supporting Sisters and Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir. ASA currently operates as one of these sub-organizations. All of these organizations fall under the umbrella and are unified by ABS; we are one body at SMU. ASA is an educational organization, which exists to form links between African students at SMU, the Dallas community at large and similar organizations on other college campuses; to create a medium for African students and students interested in the culture and study of Africa to interact; to keep the SMU community informed about developments in Africa, as well as encourage and enhance awareness about African culture, values and issues; and to advocate the rights of African students at SMU. Both ABS and ASA accept members regardless of ethnicity. The other part of the article discussed the issue of identity, being Black, African or African-American. As Traver showed in the article, many people have different opinions on the issue. This is an intriguing and interesting issue; however there is no right or wrong, black or white, definition to this question, largely because race is socially constructed. Pat Traver has been involved with the Association of Black Students for a year and a half and has worked diligently to provide a voice for our community. We would like to thank The Daily Campus for publishing an article about our community, as well as progressively highlighting minority groups on campus.

Trivia of the Day

Alex Stambaugh

1. Which president of the United States first decorated the White House Christmas tree? a. Theodore Roosevelt b. Franklin Pierce c. Calvin Coolidge 2.How are the candles on the Candelabrum lit during Hanukkah?

a. Left to Right b. Right to Left c. Alternatively, starting at the center

5. How long did it take Charles Dickens to write his famous ‘A Christmas Carol’? a. 6 months b. 1 year c. 4 days d. 6 weeks 6.When is Kwanzaa celebrated? a. Dec. 25 - Jan. 1 b. Dec. 14 - Dec. 25 c. Dec. 1 - Dec. 14

3.What does the word ‘Kwanzaa’ stand for? a. Rebirth b. Hope c. First Fruits 4.How long is Hanukkah? a. 15 days

b. 8 hours c. 8 days d. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 25

7.Where did the poinsetta plant originate? a. France b. Mexico c. Canada d. England

8.When are Christmas trees supposed to be taken down? a. Whenever they turn brown b. After New Years c. On Epiphany (Jan. 6) 9.What do the green candles represent on the Kinara (Kwanzaa)? a. Hope and the future b. Thanks c. Struggles d. Forgiveness of sins 10.What is the key ingredient in foods during Hanukkah? a. Yeast b. Oil c. Meat Answers: 1. b 2. a 3. c 4. c 5. d 6. a 7. b 8. c 9. a 10. b

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A parting word from the Editor-in-Chief Huseman reflects on semester, role of Student Media Company EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

This is my last paper as editor-in-chief. I’m looking at my computer with a puzzled expression on my face as I type this, Jessica Huseman because it sounds so weird to say. But, that is the case. With an overload of required classes next semester and an unexpected internship, I just can’t give the paper as much time as it requires. Maybe I’ll be back later, who knows. My term started with two full days of 15-minute interviews with the record number of applicants we received. After not eating, barely sleeping and tiring myself out with questions about layout, copyediting and AP style, I had finally chosen the staff. And, in my opinion, it was one of the best groups of people The Daily Campus had ever hired. We went through a lot of changes this year. A redesign of the front page, a complete rehaul of the website, and switching publication days to Monday, Wednesday, Friday instead of the typical Tuesday, Wednesday,

Thursday would have put any staff on the edge. But not this one. This year’s staff dealt with every blow I threw at them with professionalism and an overriding sense of control. It seemed like nothing had happened, they just went with the flow and made the paper better than, at least I feel, it ever has been before. This is not to say my term has gone without any controversy. Many people get upset with the coverage, saying that we shed a negative light on the University or at least some of its major components like Student Senate. While I find this accusation largely untrue, I also find that it is the duty of a newspaper to not only point out the good, but to point out the bad. In many instances, if this paper did not report on exactly what was happening, students might never know. The news is a catalyst for change. And if not change, the news can at least prompt a reexamination of the status quo. While The Daily Campus may not be breaking open stories on Congress or new scientific discoveries, we still serve an important role on this campus. We are an independent paper. I’m sure you have seen this on our masthead, but you may not be aware

that this means we receive absolutely no funding from the school. Meaning, SMU has no power to control what we write. Private universities have more privacy power than most people are aware of. They do not have to follow open records law, and, for the most part, can do whatever they like without the knowledge or permission of the students who pay thousands of dollars a year to go there. Because of this, independent student news on private campuses is particularly important. A news organization that is funded by the school, in most cases, has to pull articles the university finds less than flattering. Because we are our own company, SMU has no such authority. If we did not use this power to call attention to deficiencies in our system, we would be wasting a power not given to any other organization on campus. It may not be fun to read articles that don’t seem to be as school spirited as some would prefer, but it would not be fair to the student body or even to the surrounding community to frame SMU as if it were a utopia, because it’s not. I have no doubt that SMU is one of

the best private schools in the south. That goes without saying. But there are problems in every university, and SMU is no exception. It is with this in mind that I began my term as editorin-chief. I feel that balanced and accurate reporting by this newspaper has been the mark of this semester. I am proud of the work that this paper has done, and I am proud to continue serving for this paper, even if it is in a lesser role. I believe, and this might be my bias kicking in here, that student publications are one of the most important components of a university. This paper is not only the voice of its editorial staff, but it also provides a voice for students. I encourage you to get involved in any student publication, even if it isn’t ours (yes, this even includes The Muddler). You have things to say about SMU. I hear them. In the cafeteria, in classes, in the library. They do not have an impact if they do not reach an audience. Stop complaining. Write. Jessica Huseman is a junior political science and journalism double major. She can be reached for comments or questions at


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 •



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University President R. Gerald Turner and former SMU football player Don Meredith pose after the retirement of Meredith’s jersey on Oct. 18, 2008.


dead at age 72


SMU quarterback Kyle Padron hands the ball off to running back Zach Line during play. SMU takes on Army in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30.

SMU set to take on Army in Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl By JOHN BONADELLE


which was ABC’s first Super Bowl. In 2007, Meredith was a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award after becoming one of the

“Don Meredith brought honor to his alma mater through his tremendous achievements as a student-athlete and then as a professional,” -President R. Gerald Turner first athletes to make the transition from the field to the booth. “He applied the resilience he showed in football to a successful second career as a national

broadcaster, reporting and analyzing with a true understanding of the game and those who play it,” Turner said. Meredith also took a shot at acting and appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including a reoccurring role in “Police Story.” A private graveside service for Meredith is planned. “Don Meredith was one of the most colorful characters in NFL history. He was [a] star on the field who became an even bigger star on television,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He brought joy to football fans, from his play in historic NFL games like the Ice Bowl to his great personality that helped launch the success of Monday Night Football.”

Staff Writer

This week, head Coach June Jones and the SMU Mustangs football team (76) accepted a bid to play in the DFW Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against the United States Military Academy on Dec. 30. This is the Mustangs’ second bowl game in two years after a previous 25 year drought. Usually, the game is played in Fort Worth at Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, but due to renovations by TCU, the game is being played in SMU’s 35,000 seat Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The Armed Forces Bowl was set to pair a team from the Conference-USA versus a team from the Mountain West Conference. Since the Mountain West did not have enough bowl eligible teams, the Army Academy, a conference independent, was extended an invitation

to participate. Likewise, SMU accepted their invitation to play following the disappointing 17-7 conference championship loss to the University of Central Florida last Saturday in Orlando. SMU experienced a rollercoasterlike season. The Mustangs started 2-2 following a one possession loss to Texas Tech and an emotional loss to the number three team in the nation, TCU. By midOctober however, SMU seemed to be on a roll after rival Rice and conference foe Tulsa. Despite the momentum, SMU struggled to start the second half of the season. An embarrassing homecoming loss to Houston, a blown lead against Navy and an unexpected loss to an average UTEP team left Jones and the rest of the Mustang faithful wondering if SMU would even reach the postseason. After their trip to El Paso, the

Ponies rediscovered their winning ways, dismantling Marshall at home and winning a gritty game against Eastern division power East Carolina. With help from other schools, SMU found their way to the conference championship game against a physical UCF team. Quarterback Kyle Padron and the offense struggled to find the end zone until late, and the Mustangs were forced to come home with the title of conference runner up. Padron has tossed 29 touchdowns and an impressive 3,526 passing yards. Fellow sophomore, running back Zach Line, entered the season regarded as a short yardage back. However, he has excelled this year rushing for 1,391 yards which ranks 11th in the entire NCAA. The receiving tandem of Alderick Robinson and Cole Beasley are Padron’s favorite targets and have caught a combined total of 19 touchdown passes.

Defensively, SMU gives up an average of 26 points per game. Linebacker Taylor Reed leads the team with 133 total tackles. Reed is followed by fellow middle linebacker Pete Fleps with 113 tackles of his own. SMU will face an Army team that is reaching their first bowl berth in over two decades. The Black Knights are one of the few teams to stay faithful to the triple option attack. Army is currently 6-5 and plays one more regular season against traditional rival, Navy. Army’s quarterback Trent Steelman averages 3.7 yards per carry and has rushed for 708 yards on the year. The offense is powered by fullback Jared Hassin, who has gained 884 yards on the year. Backs Patrick Mealey and Malcolm Brown have also been effective out of the backfield for the Academy. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be televised on ESPN at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30.

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Art & Entertainment

The Daily Campus TOP 5


‘A Christmas Carol’ The Daily Campus picks continues to please top five films of 2010 By CHASE WADE A&E Intern


“A Christmas Carol” is the quintessential story of a human’s ability to change. The evolution of Ebenezer Scrooge throughout Charles Dicken’s classic story has warmed hearts for many holiday seasons. Many Dallas residents have made attendance of this play at the Dallas Theater Center a Christmas tradition, which is why anytime it changes, people notice. When they changed the script about five years ago, it was an adjustment that has come to be appreciated, but this year the cast has shifted. Kevin Moriarty said in a press release that the idea was to make every actor play a role they’d never played before. For those who might not know (shame on you!), “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of Scrooge, a lonely miser with a cold heart. The book and the play take place in one night, upon which Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley, who sends him three spirits: the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present and the ghost of Christmas yet to come. Scrooge is forced to confront his actions, and when he awakes on Christmas morning, he is given a fresh start. Chamblee Ferguson, who has played Bob Cratchitt for years, is now filling the role of Scrooge. Ferguson is one of the better Scrooge’s to take the stage in the Kalita Humphreys Theater, as he doesn’t pander for inappropriate laughter. In fact, at the beginning of the play he is one of the more evil Scrooges I have ever seen. He is extremely set in his ways, making it all the dramatic when


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Chamblee Ferguson stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and Regan Adair as Bob Cratchitt at the Dallas Theater Center this holiday season.

he slowly breaks down to the point that when he awakes on Christmas morning and shrieks “I feel like a baby,” it brings a tear to the eye, rather feeling like it was the obvious solution. The other major casting change was that of Liz Mikel in the role of Marley. Mikel, who was the ideal ghost of Christmas present, doesn’t make sense in this part. Even though she plays the part well, it is jarring to see a woman in this part. Other than that, this play will always be enjoyable. Matthew Gray is one of the best directors in town, and his tightened pacing of this year’s show allows the narration to be snappier. The rest of the cast is remarkably strong, although no one shines any more than usual in their roles. Although, Tiny Tim seems especially young this year. The SMU students in this production are especially strong, and blend right in with the professionals in the cast. Rachel Werline, David Gorena

and Tiffany Hobbs take on various roles throughout the play, all of them without struggle. This tradition is all the things it should be: heartwarming, a little scary and a whole lot of Christmas cheer. “A Christmas Carol” runs at the Kalita Humphreys Theater through Dec. 24. For more information, visit

“A Christmas Carol”

Christopher Nolan’s directorial follow-up to his hugely successful “Batman: The Dark Knight,” features Leonardo DeCaprio as a dreamweaver-like character who profits from planting thoughts into people’s minds via a process called “Inception,” hence the title. With a plot too difficult to describe and tons of high budget action sequences, this film dazzled moviegoers in its summer box-office debut.

4. “Waiting For Superman” This gritty documentary follows the lives of everyday public school students, and their struggle to be accepted into some of Washington D.C.’s most exclusive public charter schools. The film showcases the gaping holes that the public education system

3. “The Social Network” Aaron Sorkin’s quick writing delivers yet another hit in this fulllength film that follows Mark Zuckerburg, and the journey he experienced while developing Facebook. With a dreary score and smart direction, “The Social Network” is already receiving tons of Oscar-buzz. Breakout roles are delivered from the film’s two stars Jessie Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, and in a surprising twist, Justin Timberlake shows his acting abilities as well.

2. “127 Hours” This is an unforgettable movie that tells the incredibly true-story of Utah adventurer, Aaron Ralston, while he is wedged inside a rock and a hard spot (literally), and results to amazing measures to rescue himself. As Danny Boyle’s first film after

winning top honors for “Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours” film flow freely as a result of his fine directing. In a role that could possibly define his career, James Franco is this year’s front-runner for the coveted “Best Actor” at the Oscars.


“Toy Story 3”

As the final film in the toy-based trio, “Toy Story 3” has been the highest grossing film of the year. It is perhaps the best reviewed film of the year as well. Woody and his gang are back for more adventures as their long time owner, Andy, heads off to college. Pixar once again creates an animated feature that appeals to adults as well, not just kids. With an ending that is bound to be remembered for ages, “Toy Story 3” is in a class of its own. Check out The Daily Campus reviews of these movies and post your own picks in a comment on this story at


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Runs: Now through Dec. 24 Tickets: $15-70 Wednesday- Sunday: 7:30 p.m.

If you’re curious what the A&E staff will be doing over the holiday break, well we’ll be doing basically the same things we do now: seeing movies and shows, attending concerts and events. My intern Chase, who will be serving as my associate editor in the spring, and I will be keeping you up to date on what we see during the break. As most people know, this is the

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is faced with, and leaves its audience in both a state of inspiration and concern.

A&E Editor

time of the year that movies with Oscar potential are released, and production companies are churning them out right and left. Here are the movies to keep on your radar: “Black Swan” - We haven’t seen it yet, which means we’re probably already behind, but critics are raving about this thriller. Natalie Portman stars as the ballet dancer in this Darren Aronofsky film. “Rabbit Hole” - Adapted from

a David Lindsay-Abaire play, this movie stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. It tells the story of a happy couple whose lives are changed when their son dies in an accident. “Umlauf ’s Bicycle” - Ochre House Theater is one of the most unique companies in town and this time they’ve adapted the myth of Icarus into a sexy musical. For these reviews and more, keep up with over the break.


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