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Egypt voting continues The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party grabbed 36.6 percent of the vote in the first-round of results for Egypt’s parliamentary elections. The hardline Islamist party Nour Party captured 24.4 percent. Between the two biggest Islamists parties, they gained a combined 60.1 percent of the voting results. Despite this, the two parties have so far refused a coalition. Two more rounds of voting are schedule over the next month.
Obama pushes bill U.S. President Barak Obama is asking the public for help to push through his bill to cut the payroll tax after the Senate denied it last week. “Let your members of Congress know where you stand,” Obama said on Saturday in his weekly radio address. Obama told the listeners to go to the White House website to see for themselves how much money they could save from the extension of the payroll- tax holiday. According to the online calculator, a family making $50,000 a year would pay $1,000 more in taxes if the bill is not passed by the end of the year.
Polls look bad for Putin Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin saw a steep drop in support in voting, gaining about 49 percent of the vote, compared with 64 percent in 2007. If the projections hold up, the United Russia party will hold 220 seats in Parliament, down from 315. Also bad for Putin, websites claiming that poll violations occurred were shut down by hackers. The election will be seen as a defeat for Putin, as it was a key test of his popularity heading into the presidential election.
All is bright at SMU By SARA CARABASI Contributing Writer email@example.com
The cold, rainy weather didn’t stop people from attending the 34th annual SMU Celebration of Lights ceremony. Students and Dallas residents gathered at 7 p.m. on Sunday on the Dallas Hall lawn for hot chocolate, singing and candle lighting. The night kicked off with Southern Gentlemen singing “The Christmas Song,” followed by a welcome from Student Foundation President Elisabeth Knutzen. From there, various singing groups led the audience in
popular Christmas carols like “Joy to the World” and “The First Noel.” SMU President R. Gerald Turner then took the stage and read The Christmas Story from the Book of Luke in The Bible. Closing remarks were made by the Campus Events Chair, Jordan Kragen, who thanked everyone for coming to the annual campus tradition. Following her remarks, the candles were blown out and everyone joined together to sing “Silent Night” and watch the lights illuminate the sky. Julie Amundson, a senior SMU student, didn’t let the weather affect the night.
“Even though it was raining, I didn’t want to miss the ceremony,” Amundson said. “It’s always nice to have such a special ceremony right before finals start.” This joyous tradition may have started 34 years ago, but it is still just as special today as it was when it started. “It was freezing, windy and raining,” Johnson, an SMU senior, said. “It’s my last celebration of lights and I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me from going.” The night was a success, with people of all ages singing together traditional holiday songs. Faculty, staff, students and
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The 2012 GOP Primary election has been a whirlwind of extreme ideologies and gaffe-prone sound bites. In the midst of straw polls and debates, challengers such as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have experienced fluctuating support among the Republican base. Fickle politics appears to be the trend, with a new favor of the week swiftly surging to the top, only to be quickly outshone by the next new thing. While right-wing candidates like
Bachmann, Perry and Herman Cain have at one time or another topped the polls, moderate candidates like former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, appear to be lacking passionate support from the Republican base. Nate Silver, a statistician and journalist for the New York Times, modeled the likelihood of each candidate winning the popular vote based on 2012 GDP growth, President Barack Obama’s current approval rating and the ideology of the candidate. Huntsman distinctly ranked as the candidate most likely to defeat Obama in the general election, followed by Romney.
Although Romney is considered a front-runner, he has consistently placed second in polls, while Huntsman has failed to make any significant impact among GOP primary voters. Some blame the media for the apparent divide in the Republican Party. Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner accused the media of provoking conflict among the GOP candidates because they favor Obama. However, SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson cites the ideologically unyielding primary voter for the lack of moderate support. “Generally, the Republican
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enough for the nomination. This causes moderates, like Romney, to adopt a more conservative platform solely to obtain the nomination. Republican candidates who run in blue states are forced to make arguments that will resonate with voters; however, their stances may hurt them in a primary electorate. Democrats who run in conservative red states also face a similar dilemma. “To run in a Republican primary Romney has had to backtrack on a number of positions to get right with the conservative position, but
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primary voter is among the most committed to the party and it’s ideology, and that’s a conservative ideology,” he said. “Among [primary electorate] Republicans the most successful candidates tend to be those who are consistently and vehemently conservative, so that makes it easer for the conservative candidate to paint the moderate candidate as insufficiently determined.” Romney is often criticized for implementing a healthcare bill similar to Obama’s in his home state, a claim he has tried to back away from since his entry into the race. According to Jillson, anyone who tries to be moderate is vulnerable to accusations of not being conservative
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In Koblenz, Germany, a massive World War II–era bomb was successfully defused. Authorities had partially evacuated the city because about half of the 107,000 residents living within a 1.2mile radius of the bomb. The 1.8-ton bomb, dropped by the British more than 65 years ago, was discovered last month after a drought exposed it in the Rhine River.
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the twinkling lights all through Christmas. SMU student Tracy Diers loves having the campus lit up through the holiday season. “It’s so nice walking through campus and seeing it all lit up. It really is beautiful,” Diers said. Even though other areas such as Highland Park Village put up impressive lights, it is hard to compete with SMU. When the evening ended, students dispersed and went back to hitting the books for final exams. Despite the weather, this year’s event was a success and a great way to lead into the holiday season.
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the surrounding community all kept warm by drinking free hot chocolate and huddling close together. Celeste Sullivan took a break from studying for fnals at the library to attend the Celebration of Lights. “The ceremony is a nice study break,” Sullivan said. “It’s a great time to be with friends and enjoy Christmas with everyone before you go home for the holidays.” A large Christmas tree, Dallas Hall and surrounding trees were lighted with more than 100,000 lights to start this years holiday season. People will be able to enjoy
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On paper, graduate Lisa Collins is doing everything right. She graduated in May 2011 as a double major in advertising and journalism with honors in liberal arts. Her resume is brimming with internships at prestigious
publications like D Magazine, ELLE magazine, PaperCity Mmagazine and The Lance Armstrong Foundation. As the former arts and entertainment editor for The Daily Campus and The Daily Mustang, Collins was actively involved on campus and held several jobs while in school. So why is she having such a
tough time finding a job? Collins’ frustration is shared by countless other bright college graduates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of August 2011, 9.1 percent of the U.S. labor force was unemployed. Of those individuals, 4.3
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Bryan Robbins, 65, might not fit the mold for the typical yoga goer but that’s what makes him so unique. As coach of the SMU diving team, Robbins started teaching yoga to his swimmers in 1971 because it was important for their flexibility and overall mindset. “I’ve been doing yoga since 1969 and I practice five times a week, that has been consistent for over 40 years,” Robbins, who is retired but still teaches yoga classes part-time at SMU, said. Robbins is not alone in his quest for good health and wellbeing. While some may think yoga is only for the young and lithe, a 2008 study by Yoga Journal found that an estimated 15.8 million Americans practice yoga, and of those nearly 20 percent are over 55. Seniors all over Dallas have been jumping onboard, practicing yoga in their homes, churches, retirement communities and assisted living facilities. Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years and experts agree that no matter how old you
are it provides many benefits, both mentally and physically. However, as you age, older people struggle with issues that may not be relevant to a younger population, and practicing yoga may help prevent or even reverse certain diseases. “You can’t ever stop aging, but with regular exercise and proper nutrition you can delay the progression,” Kerry Stallo, CEO of Age Intercept, a Dallas company that specializes in fitness for people over 50, said. Stallo, who has been taking yoga for 13 years, said she started focusing on senior fitness when she noticed a niche in the market. When Stallo would visit her mother in the hospital, she saw many middle-aged people who were also there, getting treated for things like high blood pressure and diabetes. “When I went to the hospital I noticed there were many people who didn’t need to be there,” Stallo said. Yoga is highly recognized for its physical benefits, which include increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles. “As you age you have a tendency to loss muscle mass and flexibility, so the older you get the more you have
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Republican showdown brewing in District 114 By JESSICA HUSEMAN Politics Editor email@example.com
Jon Huntsman, speaking here to the New Hampshire legislature during a campaign stop at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Nov. 30, is having a difficult time attracting hard-line conservatives to his base.
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then he’s subject to this flip-flopping charge,” Jillson said. The primary election process advantages more staunch conservatives and liberals, and this in turn breeds a political establishment in Washington that is deeply divided on ideology. According to Jillson, the Washington divide gives the false illusion of a split public, when in reality the general population is not nearly as ideologically separated as its elected officials. Although Jillson cites the heated primary election as the prime reason for moderate hardships, he also acknowledges the dynamics in media coverage that lead them to look for scandal and horse-race comparisons, as opposed to more in-depth discussions of policy differences that readers may considered complicated and boring. “Journalists can be ambulance chasers; they look for the conflict and they look for and dwell endlessly on ‘Rick Perry froze up,’” he said. “[There was] an hour and a half of
debate among eight people, most of which is never mentioned again in any media source.” The Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater acknowledges the reference for writing the easier story, but argues that Perry’s inability to remember, in a recent debate, three policies that were supposedly key to his platform may tell viewers he may not be ready for the job. “More often than not these moments, these sound bites, tell us something about the candidates that they will never tell us themselves,” he said. “They tell us what these candidates would be if they became the President of the United States, and I think that’s important.” Slater also notes that coverage has less to do with what the media wants than what is already there. “News is conflict, conflict of ideas; if they disagree on this point or that point that’s what makes news. But we don’t create conflict, we look for the differences in the candidates,” he said.
Like Jillson, Slater believes the Republican primary voter is much more ideologically stringent than most Republican general election voters, who tend to be much more moderate and willing to compromise. “The Republican Party itself is divided between the establishment with more traditional interests and the emerging evangelical and Tea Party voters. The media didn’t create this, this is an intramural battle within the Republican Party for the direction of the Republican Party,” he said. Chad Cohen, president of SMU College Republicans, agrees with Slater’s analysis. “As a moderate Republican myself, I certainly do not think the Tea Party and far-right wing elements of the Party define what it means to be Republican. In many ways, this race reflects the tension between these groups,” he said. Jillson believes candidates like Cain and Bachmann will slowly disappear as voters being to vote
in the early primary elections and seriously consider the best possible opponent for Obama. “At this point the primary electorate is intrigued by the arguments and the ideological conflict, but once they start voting in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and particularly as it gets down to two or three they’ll be more serious and calculating, and looking longer term when the actual voting starts,” he said. Cohen is hoping Huntsman will see an upsurge in the coming weeks. “I look for someone who can negotiate and reach a consensus with Congress, rather than engage in ideological warfare. I feel like he has the skill set and experience to be that person,” he said. “Realistically though, his candidacy will likely be finished by the time the Texas primary occurs. Assuming Huntsman is out of the race, I would reluctantly vote for Romney before voting for Cain, Perry or Bachmann.”
Two strong Dallas Republicans will be battling it out in the primaries to be the Republican candidate to represent House District 114 this season. Current Representative Kenneth Sheets filed Nov. 29, and immediate past Vice Chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party Jason Villalba has also filed. Sheets was elected to District 107 in 2010. The new redistricting map has shifted neighborhoods around, placing Sheet’s residency in Lakewood in District 114. “With the new redistricting map, I look forward to continuing my representation of the Lake Highlands and Lakewood areas, and I am excited about serving my friends from North Dallas, Preston Hollow and Farmers Branch,” he said in a statement to Politically Inclined. Villalba, who stepped down from his post as vice chair of the county GOP to run, said he does not perceive the race as a challenge to Sheets’ because of the large changes to Sheets’ district. Instead, he said he sees it as an “open race.”
“Any way you cut the numbers, Mr. Sheets has never represented more than 25 percent of the newly drawn district,” he said. “If you compare the newly drawn district with the map as drawn by the 82nd Legislature (and approved by Mr. Sheets), he would have represented only 8.5 percent of the newly drawn district.” Villalba may have only just entered the race, but he has gotten some big endorsements already. Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey has tossed her support his way, as has Roger Staubach. He currently serves as chairman of the Dallas County Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly as well as Liaison on Hispanic Issues to both Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Sheets has been in office since 2010. “In my service as a Representative to the Texas House, including my work on the House Committees on Insurance and Economic and Small Business Development, I have tackled many issues important to our families and small businesses in Dallas County,” he said.
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percent are college graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree. Collins may be in luck, though, if she is persistent. In March, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that 53 percent of employers intended to hire more college graduates from the class of 2011 than from the class of 2010. Also, NACE’s Fall 2011 Salary Survey indicates that the average salary offer to 2011 graduates rose 6 percent over last year’s average, from $48,288 to $51,171. Hegi Family Career Development Center Director Darin Ford says that statistics regarding the employment rate of recent SMU graduates are unavailable, but there are reasons for students to stay positive. “Overall, we are seeing an increase in employer activity on campus and a slight increase in job postings on MustangTrak,” he said. While these percentages are hopeful indicators of a recovery on the horizon, many students remain wary. “I consider myself very lucky to be heading into an internship,” Jack Benage, an accounting major who received an offer from KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms in the nation, back in April, said. “It has certainly made me feel more comfortable about graduating early.” Benage said that his ability to get a job after graduation was one of the factors in his decision to major in accounting. “You almost take it for granted after it’s there, but it is so satisfying,” Benage said about landing the internship. “I don’t have to worry about looking for a job.” Graduates like Collins remain undeterred. Having consistently applied to a variety of communicationsoriented positions over the last
several months, she says that the time spent on the hunt has allowed her to explore options she wouldn’t have otherwise thought to consider. “There are companies and industries I had never even heard of before that I’ve realized could be interesting to work in and gotten to learn a lot more about,” she said. Prior to graduating, Collins did a summer fellowship with a communications consulting firm where she worked for one of its clients in the Dallas area. “I was definitely hoping that it would turn into a full-time job, but unfortunately they did not have any available positions by the end of my fellowship,” she said. Collins says that the most frustrating part of her search has been the digital job sites and applications. “I find myself getting really excited if I find a job online that sounds interesting, then I’ll spend hours on an application and the next day the position has already been filled and the job is taken down,” she said. Collins also says she’s found that as a recent graduate, she doesn’t have enough work experience that employers want to see. “In the industries I want to work in, there is not typically a lot of college recruiting and positions are filled on an as-needed basis,” she said. SMU senior Pat Traver, who graduates in December, finds herself in a similar predicament. An English major, Traver came close to getting a job as a video editor when she became one of two candidates to reach the final round of interviews. Unfortunately, she didn’t come away with an offer. “I could tell that he didn’t want to let me go,” she said of the company’s hiring manager. “There are just more good people
than there are open positions.” Traver believes that in such a competitive job market, graduates are going to have to get creative if they want to find a job. “I’ve always just had to create opportunities for myself, I don’t know why I expected it to be any different career wise,” she said. Traver is starting to feel the pressure mounting as graduation gets closer. “As far as a safety net, I don’t really have one and that’s terrifying,” she said. “I don’t have a source of income to go off of at this point.” While Traver says that her parents are willing to help, it is important for her to become financially independent quickly, as they will soon be putting her younger sister through college. Having taken out a considerable amount in student loans, it makes finding a job all the more imperative. “Clearly everyone wants that perfect job. But at this point, I just need something that’s going to pay my bills,” she said. Traver says that she was told to reapply for the video editing position, which she will probably do but will continue looking at other options in the meantime. “If you can get to a point where you have a job, then you can still continue looking for one,” she said. Joy Schwartz, a career coach at the SMU Cox BBA Career Management Center, says that in a competitive job market, graduating students need to be resourceful and dedicated when it comes to their job search. “There isn’t a prescribed career path anymore,” she said. “You just have to continually build your network, build your skill set and put yourself out there so that the right opportunities find you.” Texas Capital Bank Executive Vice President of Recruiting Tricia Linderman emphasizes the importance of making
connections. Linderman oversees the recruiting department in all of the bank’s Texas branches, in addition to running Texas Capital’s on-boarding program, which helps new employees transition into their work environment. “When people send me a résumé and say, ‘Hey I know this person, they’re talented, they’re good,’ I’m going to look at that resume a lot faster than I’m going to look at one that comes in off the website or just randomly show up in my email inbox,” she said. As a smaller bank, Linderman says they prefer candidates to have between five and 20 years of experience. While they do not typically hire recent college graduates, she says that model may change soon due to company growth. “Within 2012 I think we’ll probably start looking at some things and doing our own training program instead of hiring experience,” she said. Aside from internships and work experience, Linderman says that a graduate’s ability to write can separate them from other prospective candidates. “I think one of the reasons why I’ve been successful is that I can write well,” she said. “Don’t ever underestimate how important that is.” Personality is also a big plus. “Everyone for the most part is smart and can do the job,” Linderman said of those who come in to interview. “But once you get there, you’re looking for someone who is going to be a good cultural fit and who people are going to enjoy working with.”
Participants do yoga poses during a YogArt event in Florida on Thursday.
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to keep moving,” Robbins said. Janet Hennard, 65, also an avid yogi, started taking classes in 1977. Today she teaches lessons to seniors, which she refers to as “Gentle Yoga,” every Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Richardson. Hennard says one of the most important aspects of yoga is that it helps a person’s balance, which can create a lot of stress and strain on the body if not taken care of. “Increasing your balance is so important as you age because it helps to prevent falls among seniors,” Hennard said. Experts say yoga can also help lower high blood pressure, reduce overall joint pain, improve posture and prevent and even reverse osteoporosis. Along with the physical benefits, yoga can also be mentally valuable by helping people relax and calm down. “I think the stress of today’s world is a major reason why people take yoga, just to get away and unwind,” Robbins said. “Yoga is about a connection between your mind, body and spirit,” Hennard said. “It allows someone to be at peace with the troubles in their life.” Indra Kaur, 61, who has been
practicing yoga for 15 years, says not only does it set her mood for the day but it also makes her feel emotionally balanced.Kaur’s initial interest in the art began when she was living and working in Southeast Asia. “Down there yoga is a part of your lifestyle, it’s incorporated into every part of what you do during the day,” Kaur, who now lives in Denton, said. Not only does Kaur practice yoga seven days a week, starting every morning with a personal session, but she also teaches three group classes and 11 private lessons each week. “I have students as old as 84-yearsold and trust me, they are darn good yogis,” Kaur said. Another reason why so many seniors seem to enjoy yoga is that it can be self-paced and you can adjust the intensity level to where you feel comfortable. “Yoga is not a no pain, no gain type of exercise,” Hennard said. While some people pay up to $140 per month for a membership to a yoga studio, experts say it is just as easy to practice at home for very little cost. All you need is a mat and a DVD. “Yoga is just wonderful, it makes me feel energized and relaxed at the same time,” Hennard said.
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Panhellinic Council gets Habitat strives to build ‘PURSEnal’ for charities 1,000 homes by 2014 By VICTORIA AHMADI
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Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Spade and Tory Burch were just some of the designer purses found in Meadows Museum Friday night. No, they weren’t attached to museumgoer’s arms; they were there to raise money. Southern Methodist University’s Panhellenic Council conducted its first purse fundraiser featuring gently used and new designer purses to raise money for the eight National Panhellenic Conference sororities’ individual philanthropies. The fundraiser accumulated more than $2,000 in purse sales and silent auction accessories. Inside the Meadows Museum, SMU students, faculty, alumni and Dallas locals sipped on pink punch and munched on hors d’oeuvres while shopping. Forty-five minutes into the event, 25 bags had already been sold, racking in an estimated $500. Six round tables were embellished with bags ranging from $10 to $60. Coach, Juicy Couture, Dooney and Bourke, Tommy Hilfiger and Longchamp were among the designer bags available for purchase. The event also featured a silent auction on a handful of selected bags that ranged from $100 to $400. SMU sophomore Moriah Momsen was the creative mind of the event. Momsen said that she had gotten the idea from a similar event hosted by the Women’s Fund in El Paso, her hometown. “In El Paso, they throw an event called ‘The Power of the
In the coming years, the Dallas area Habitat for Humanity will be working in overdrive to build more homes than ever before. Dream Dallas, which was launched in 2010 but just announced to the public this month, is Habitat’s boldest new project. The initiative is to raise $100 million to build and rehabilitate 1,000 homes in five of Dallas’ neediest neighborhoods. Dallas Habitat, which has been around for 25 years, has built over 850 homes in 20 different communities. “While in the past Habitat’s model has been to build one home at a time, this new campaign is moving to revitalizing entire neighborhoods,” Andrea Anderson, director of marketing and communications for Dallas Habitat, said. The initiative is expected to be completed by 2014 and will affect the communities of: Bonton, Joppa, South Dallas Fair Park, West Dallas and Lancaster Transportation Corridor. “A lot of background went into picking the neighborhoods, but essentially it was those who needed it most that were chosen, based on census tracks, housing need repair and land availability to build on,” Anderson said. Aisha Thomas, who has been a proud Habitat homeowner since 2006 and has served on the Habitat Board of Directors for two years, says that owning a Habitat home has been a true blessing for her and her children. “Dream Dallas is an awesome project and it has already began to impact the lives for so many families for the better,” Thomas said. Habitat has raised $48 million for the five-year plan through funding from private individuals, government and corporations. The nonprofit has already identified where its next $22 million will come
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Panhellenic Council hosted ‘Get PURSEnal,’ its first purse fundraiser, in the Meadows Museum Friday night. The event raised more than $2,000.
Purse’ in order to raise money,” Momsen said. The Power of the Purse draws in nearly 400 women with sales of over 300 handbags through the silent and live auction and shopping. Through the event, the Women’s Fund of El Paso has awarded $75,000 in educational scholarships for low and moderate-income single mothers and other women in the El Paso community. “I wanted to do the same sort of thing here, since it would benefit us and every girl loves purses,” Momsen said. Some of the donated bags came from stores including: Melanie Gayle, Christy
M, Tootsie’s, Luxe and Clotheshorse Anonymous. Executive Vice President of SMU’s Panhellenic Council Rachel Brown reached out to Dallas boutiques in hopes of collecting a variety of stylish handbags. “This is our first year to do this, and we’ve had a great turn out so far,” Brown said. SMU staff member Dee O’Banner purchased a black Prada replica for $20. “I saw the signs for the event and had to come check it out,” O’Banner said. Although this was Panhellenic’s first year hosting the event, they hope it can continue into the future.
from, but still needs to raise $30 million to reach its goal. Dream Dallas will be a combination of home building and refurbishing. A Brush with Kindness, Habitat’s home repair program, will be incorporated into the initiative. In the neighborhoods where new homes are being built, existing homes will also be repaired. Melissa De Leon, vice president of fundraising and development for Habitat, calls the Dream Dallas initiative “Habitat on steroids,” because of the scope and ambitiousness of the plan. “This project will improve the city as a whole,” De Leon said. “It’s not just about building homes, it’s about changing a community.” In the communities where Habitat has made its mark, it has been found in a national study done by Habitat that crime goes down and education goes up. There is a 32 percent reduction in violent crimes in Habitat neighborhoods, and children in Habitat homes are 20 percent more likely to graduate from high school. Habitat has a 95 percent success rate with homeownership. The mortgages on Habitat homes have zero percent interest rates. “We don’t just give away homes,” Anderson said. “Our families pay mortgages and contribute over two million dollars in property taxes.” Habitat families, which are selected based on need, willingness to partner with the organization and ability to pay a monthly mortgage, also contribute to the building of their own home by dedicated over 400 hours of construction time. “From day one we just made it our own and we have worked hard to be a trendsetter for others in our neighborhood, to be good homeowners by working in the yard and keeping up the maintenance,” Thomas said. The families in the five Dallas neighborhoods selected for the Dream Dallas initiative will be
chosen in the same manner past recipients have and will be required to fulfill the same obligations. “Habitat is always invited into these communities,” De Leon said. “We never want to force our way through.” Communities with Habitat homes enjoy economic advantages. In a study done by the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, it was found that for every dollar spent by Habitat, $3 of new economic activity is generated. “It is a general input-output modeling system,” Dr. Bud Weinstein professor at Cox said. “Habitat is not only about the homes it builds for families, but it is also a business that affects the economy through creating jobs and tax revenue for the city.” The study also found that foreclosure rates in Habitat markets were less than 2 percent. Even in the tough economic times, it speaks volumes in Habitat’s ability to serve low-income households and select families who can meet the payments Weinstein said. Habitat is only the first injections,” he said. “The most significant effect is revitalizing neighborhoods.” The Dallas area Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the Dallas community for funding and support for Dream Dallas. “The philanthropic community [in Dallas] is so rich and not with money but spirit,” DeLeon said.
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Mustangs win 69-36 in overtime
SMU heads to the BBVA Compass Bowl By KENT KOONS
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The Mustangs men’s basketball team traveled to Little Rock Arkansas to take on the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Saturday. Junior guard London Giles led the Mustangs to a thrilling overtime win. Giles scored a career high of 19 points. The Trojans (2-6) have now lost their fifth consecutive game as
the Mustangs advance to a record of 5-3. Early on Arkansas-Little Rock jumped out to a 19-5 lead capitalizing on a 17-0 run. By the end of the half the Mustangs were able to cut the lead to a manageable six points. “We chipped it away to six at half, we were confident and we believed we would win the game in the locker room,” Coach Matt Doherty said. The Trojans, led by D’Andre
Williams who scored 21 points and Will Neighbour who scored 15 points were not going to go down without a fight as they scored the final five points in regulation to force overtime. Giles hit a three pointer on an assist The Mustangs’ 14 point comeback ties for the eighth largest in SMU history. The Mustangs have 11 days off until their next game against Jackson State in the inaugural Dallas Classic.
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The Mustangs are going to a bowl game for the third straight year. SMU has accepted a bid to play in the BBVA Compass Bowl against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers in Birmingham, Ala. The Mustangs began the season with a tough loss at
Former Mustang trades in field for ice By BROOKE WILLIAMSON
He also accredits most of his success thus far to his football background at SMU. The discipline If you have the chance to get a and strict scheduling from his time few words in with Mickey Dollens on the football field has helped him the conversation will be brief and he make the transition and become quite will say something along the lines of successful in less than a year. “I am actually about to race, will you It is this same discipline of preparing and adrenaline of be available later?” And for Dollens this race consists competing that keeps him on the ice track. of a mile long ice track, with turns up to 14 feet tall, and a 90 mph ride “The thrill of preparing and in a bobsled. getting to compete on game day is That’s right. This former how I feel with bobsledding SMU Mustang traded in his and I didn’t want to let that days training in the Dallas “The thrill of preparing and getting go,” Dollens said. heat for zipping like a bullet And just like every other person, Dollens as in freezing conditions. to compete on game day is how I feel This past May Dollens well needs his rest. He will graduated from SMU with with bobsledding, and I didn’t want to return home to be with a degree in English, while his family for the holidays playing football for the before hitting the ice at a let that go.” Mustangs for five years. flying pace of 90 mph. In his free time, he has Upon graduation, he “saw -Mickey Dollens kept up his SMU ties and bobsled tryouts and decided and other necessities for the athletes to go for it.” He tried out for the USA started a longboarding company, Bobsled team and suddenly found of all winter sports. Hilltop Boards. himself an “Olympic hopeful,” since Dollens says it “forces everyone As the 2014 Winter Olympics he technically has not been to the to compete at their highest level.” A approaches, Dollens and his team Olympics yet. normal day for Dollens is training, continue to meticulously prepare and Dollens’ need for thrill and speed lifting weights, lots of eating and hope to make a name for the USA has been pulsing in the family veins rest. Bobsledding team. for a while now. His father is a “There are a lot of similarities The one thing that keeps Dollens speedboat racer and his grandfather in how we train but the biggest sledding is the rush. was a racecar driver. So naturally, he difference is that there is no lateral “It is fast and definitely an “always felt like racing was part of movement, it is all linear,” Dollens adrenaline rush, there is nothing [his] family.” said. more exciting.” Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Just this past week Dollens made the Junior World Championships in Austria, which will be held in January, and will return to Lake Placid, N.Y. for the World Championship. Being invited to the Junior World Championships and competing in the World Championships comes at no low price. He is now living his life around training for the upcoming events. He currently resides in Lake Placid, N.Y., which funds the housing, food
Texas A&M. SMU responded with a five game win streak, including a 40-33 overtime win over rival TCU. This will mark the first time the Mustangs and Panthers have met since the 1983 Cotton Bowl. SMU won that game 7-3. The all-time series between the two teams is tied with both sporting a 2-2-1 record. The BBVA Compass Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 7 at
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Freshman makes impressive first appearance By Mercedes Owens
State Championship with 19 points and nine rebounds. Jones also had success at the free A new face on the SMU men’s throw line after shooting 13-14 in basketball team, Jalen Jones has the title game. It wasn’t until the middle of the shown fans that he is right where he should be. final season of his high school career Between that Jones school, decided to join practice and “With good teammates and the Mustang stampede at tearing up the hardwood, a nice coaching staff I just felt SMU. the six feet “I feel like six inches it’s the right like I needed to be here.” freshman place for me to has a lot on -Jalen Jones be,” Jones said. his plate. “With good But his impressive numbers teammates and a nice coaching staff have already proved that he is I just felt like I needed to be here.” It’s evident that he is devoted to more than able to keep up with a demanding schedule. basketball and his teammates. Jones Jones has played a total of has been playing basketball since he 141 minutes with the Mustangs, was only 5-years-old and has many more years to go. averaging 23.5 points a game. After a look at his high school With many goals in mind for career, it’s no surprise Jones has himself and the team this year, there a total of 19 rebounds after only is one in particular that really stands six games played, with a career- out to the Mustang. high of 10 rebounds that he “With the type of players we collected during the Mustangs have on the team we should make it to the (NCAA) tournament,” Jones victory over Georgia Southern. Jones was rated as high as said. No. 28 in Texas during his senior The Mustangs have started the year at Dallas’s Kimball High season with an overall record of 3-3. School. With many more games ahead of The shooting guard helped them, the Mustangs and Jones are Kimball win the Texas Class 4A constantly working toward success. Staff Writer email@example.com
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“Everyday in practice we’re striving to get better and better,” Jones said. According to Jones, when the SMU basketball team isn’t at practice or playing games, they still spend all of their time together. Jones’ favorite part about being a Mustang is being able to hang out with his teammates in a more relaxed setting so that they can just have fun. Over the holiday break the SMU men’s basketball team will be playing in new settings, taking on Jackson State at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse on Dec. 15 and Oklahoma State at the American Airlines Center on Dec. 28.
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How does everyone stack up in forthcoming presidential race? OPINION EDITOR
In a little less than a month the Republican presidential nomination process will begin with the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3 and New Hampshire primary elections on Jan. 10. While these dates are well before the actual 2012 presidential election in November, I’m actually glad the nominations will begin this soon simply because it will start to weed out candidates in the Republican field so that many of them will hopefully fade into irrelevance. Brandon Bub I’ve seen some pretty wild presidential elections over the past few years, but I think this one might take the cake. We’ve had some familiar faces like Mitt Romney and Ron Paul (and there’s probably a good reason why neither of them gained the nomination in 2008), we’ve had contenders representing the Tea Party fringe of the Republican wing like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann, and we’ve had candidates who are actually sane that stand no chance of being elected (sorry John Huntsman). Then there are all the candidates that won’t be getting the nomination. Tim Pawlenty got out months ago, but I’m not sure anyone even remembered he was running. And then on Saturday the Cain Train officially derailed. I think The Onion summed things up best in one of their weekend headlines: “Rumors of extramarital affair end campaign of presidential candidate who didn’t know China has nuclear weapons.” And finally, there are the candidates that chose to never get into the race at all. Republican party leaders must have cried for weeks when Chris Christie formally announced he wasn’t getting into the race since he’s likely one of the most viable choices the party has. And what of Sarah Palin? Here she spends the past three years peddling her books and her politics on all the major news networks but she still never chose to get in. Maybe we’ll get to look forward to her following in her daughter’s footsteps on “Dancing with the Stars” sometime in the near future. So who does that leave us with? Well, for the time being it looks like Mitt Romney is always going to be polling around 20 percent, but Newt Gingrich has been polling a lot better in the past few weeks and it looks like he stands to benefit the most from Herman Cain dropping out of the race. Some people think that Rick Perry might have a resurgence of his own in coming weeks as voters desperately seek out someone besides Mitt Romney, but if our governor keeps making mistakes like forgetting that the voting age is 18 rather than 21, I think his campaign might be as good as over. Some Republicans decry Gingrich for not being conservative enough. If that means that he’s actually a rationally minded politician who knows how to forge a compromise, I really can’t say I’d be too opposed to him being in charge. Also, we know that Gingrich won’t run into a lot of the same problems Cain did simply because all of his own extramarital affairs became public years ago. He has few skeletons in his closet and can’t exactly be counted on for a good scandal anymore. Barney Frank recently said that he didn’t think he’d “lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee for President.” Democrats ought to be careful with that sort of hubris; the next election is certainly still up in the air, and if President Obama hopes to win he’s going to have to have a more solid strategy than simply wishing that his opposition is so polarizing it will force voters to pick him instead. . Brandon Bub is a sophomore majoring in English and edits The Daily Campus opinion column. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com
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It’s hard to believe this day has finally come. Coming in as a transfer student, I know my experience was probably Sydney Giesey different than most. When I first started at SMU, I remember thinking, “How am I going to make friends?” I am married, I live off campus, I’m not in any sports, sororities or any other clubs — how am I going to meet people? I won’t lie, the first year was a little rough. School felt like a job. Go to school. Go home. Do homework. Go to school…you get the idea. There wasn’t really much to look forward to. Then, in the fall semester of 2010, I found my niche in the world of journalism. Some might think it’s crazy to
switch your major three semesters before you graduate. I even thought so myself. But looking back, it’s the best decision I ever made. In the journalism division I found teachers who really cared about me, who wanted to get to know me. Most teachers were so willing to help that they even gave us their cell phone numbers, so we could reach them anytime we had a question. We even had a barbeque at a professor’s house one semester to present our final projects and celebrate the end of the class. I just want those teachers to know how much that meant to me. It was so nice to know that I was more than just a number. Some students might disagree, but I love it when teachers try to get to know me, when they ask about my life outside of school. I want them to know that I am a real person, who has a life outside of class.
And it goes both ways. I think, as students, we still sometimes have that kindergarten mentality that our teacher lives at school. I love when teachers give us little tidbits about their lives. Whether it’s about their dog, their child or where they are going on vacation in the summer, I just love getting to know them as a person. I also found classmates who were friendly and fun, and who actually spent time with each other outside of class. I can’t think of many other classes I had where students in a class together hung out with each other during their free time (unless it was required for a group project). The Division of Journalism was like a family. We pulled allnighters together, got Starbucks after The Daily Update and went to Digg’s to celebrate finishing our packages. From studying to Boulevarding, you never really felt like you had to be alone. I’m sure many seniors are
anxious to graduate. I actually wouldn’t mind staying another semester. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely looking forward to not having homework, but I am going to miss my second family. Even though I’ve only known them for a little over a year, I feel like we’ve been friends my whole life — I only wish I had known them that long. I have so many wonderful memories to look back on. I wish it didn’t have to end. I will miss you all so much. But this isn’t a goodbye; this is just a see you later. My dream would be to come back and teach journalism at SMU. Thank you, all of my professors and friends, for making my last year and a half, the best year and a half of my college experience. Sydney Giesey is a graduating senior majoring in journalism with a minor in English. She can be reached for comment at email@example.com
Sports editor thanks friends, family for support Embarking on my last days as a SMU Mustang, I find myself truly blessed and fortunate to be a part of a supportive E’Lyn Taylor community. I did not start my first two college years at SMU but my final two years at SMU have been filled with nothing but love and support. I would like to thank the entire Meadows staff, especially my professors in the journalism division. It’s an honor and privilege being taught by journalists who reported on stories I saw happening on TV. Whenever I talk to my family, I love bragging about what my professors reported on, who they met, and where they have been. The fact that you all truly love your job really shows and I hope to live up to what you all have accomplished. Thank you to all the journalism professors and staff for your unwavering love and support. You all helped me finish the race and encourages me to excel in my future. I also want to thank the SMU staff that works in Hughes-Trigg and janitors. Asking me how me how my day SPORTS EDITOR
was and slipping in encouraging words made my day just that special. During my time here, I have realized the simplicity of life is what makes all the difference. Next to my DC family: starting off at the Daily Campus, I admit I was a little skeptical but I knew as the appointed sports editor the job had to be done. I want to thank the entire Daily Campus staff for giving me a semester full of memories I will never forget. Daily Campus staff, we’ve had hard times, fun times and adrenaline filled nights. You all will always be my second family. It will honestly be hard on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays knowing that I will no longer be at budget and laying out the paper at the wee hours of the night. First starting out, I knew in my heart and mind there would be a conflict merger between the Daily Campus and Daily Mustang, but now I’m more than certain it was for the best. All of us knew we had a mission and we stuck to our guns to get it done while listening to my array of music. This semester I hired a new breed of eager sports journalists. Very few had experience but the passion and drive in their eyes persuaded me to hire them. Starting off in the journalism field, I knew I had no experience but someone took a chance on
me. I want to thank The Daily Campus sports writers for making my job fun and exciting to come to. Your ideas, promptness and swag will not be forgotten. You all set the bar for next year’s writers and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I want to dedicate this to my Grandfather. You are my life, my strength. My future husband has a big shoe to fill. Throughout my life your help and support was never questioned. Even though I did not have my real father in my life, you stepped up to the plate. I never wondered who my father was, because I thought it was natural to have my grandfather there. Thank you for not only being a God fearing man but a friend I can always talk to. I honestly can’t imagine life without you. This graduation is dedicated to you. When you were diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year, I knew it was time to buckle up and graduate as soon as possible. I do not want to go to the ceremony without you because I know how proud you are. I also want to thank my grandmother; no one would’ve ever thought you were my blood grandmother. You have always been there from picking me up from school to taking my girlfriends and I out for lunch.
Your good cooking and words of wisdom in the mail made my college career go by so much faster. I love you and thank you both. And to my brother, even though I wasn’t as athletic as you, I wanted to live through you. Thank you for instilling all of your sports knowledge into me. You are the reason I am where I am now and why I have such a strong passion for sports. Thank you for everything and I am so happy for your success! Lastly, this is dedicated to my mother. I want to thank you for your unconditional love and support. There were plenty of times you gave your last to me. I am forever grateful and I hope to pay you back double in what you have done for me. You are the true definition of a strong, confident and independent woman. Words cannot amount to how grateful I am to have you in my life. Again, thank you to all of the SMU community, my family and friends. I wish The Daily Campus the best of luck next semester. Pony Up! E’Lyn Taylor is a graduating senior majoring in journalism with a minor in sports management. She can be reached for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Arts & Entertainment
• Monday, December 5, 2011
The Daily Campus FILM
‘Young Goethe in Love’ captures audiences
Photo Courtesy of Music Box Films
Alexander Fehling and Miriam Stein in a scene from “Young Goethe in Love.”
Theatre 3 / Jeffrey Schmidt
Seth Grugle, Erica Harte, Jennifer Noth, Angel Velasco and Darius-Anthony Robinson in a scene from Theatre Three’s “It’s Only Life.”
‘It’s Only Life’ impresses By ALEX HOSKINS Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The first thing you notice walking into the basement of Theatre Three is how small the theater actually is. The theater only fits 50 people. Where is the stage? An orchestra? Why is the wall covered in cones of newspaper? This is not the traditional theater experience one typically thinks of with the word “theater.” There is no dancing or spoken dialogue. There is nothing but a piano and five performers. “It’s Only Life,” a musical revue by John Bucchino, focuses on the lives of five ordinary, nameless individuals, played by Seth Grugle, Erica Harte, Jennifer Noth, Darius-
Anthony Robinson and Angel Velasco. The play follows their relationships with life, love and each other. There is no clear story, but short, separate songs with a common theme of “ordinary life.” A man painting his kitchen becomes an exploration of an empty love life, and an evening at a bar after a show becomes a reflection on personal inadequacy and a general fear of loneliness. The songs aren’t strongly connected by a story, and that sometimes makes it difficult to determine what exactly the singer is feeling, or singing about. Acting sometimes takes a back seat to vocal performance, but everyone can relate to the music and lyrics. Some songs do tend to run
together as the staging, music and performance seems repeated, but there are enough standouts, such as “Playbill,” “A Powerful Man” and “If I Ever Say I’m Over You,” to balance out repetition. This production is not perfect. Things aren’t seamless, effects aren’t spot-on, there is nothing stunning or spectacular whatsoever and that’s exactly how it should be. The one thing pervading the performance at all times is a sense of intimacy and common ground. Nothing is amplified by microphone because the audience is so close that nothing needs to be. The set it simple and the only accompaniment is a piano in the corner. It doesn’t feel like theater, it feel
like a coffee house. The songs are sweet and charming, and it’s hard to imagine them working anywhere other than a small setting with a handful of people. The magic in this show is the thing that establishes that crucial connection and intimacy with the audience. The audience feels so close to the performers, by proximity and tenderness of song, that we listen and care about the characters. Without this intimacy, the show would fall completely flat and the message would be lost. When the lights go out and the cast bows, you feel like you’ve just watched your friends, not actors. “It’s Only Life,” directed by Michael Serrecchia, runs through Dec. 11 at Theatre Three.
Angelika’s new period piece pleases romantic lovers and history buffs By CHASE WADE A&E Editor email@example.com
At first glance “Young Goethe in Love” comes across strong as a sappy romantic movie burdened with glossy overtones, cheesy subplots and cliché costuming. However, don’t let first impressions fool you, “Young Goethe in Love” is a charming love story that takes its audience on an emotional roller-coaster despite its “been there done that” plot. The movie opens with a scene placing Goethe, fantastically played by Alexander Fehling, in front of a group of superiors as he tries (and fails) to take his law exams. German director, Phillip Stoelzl, wastes no time introducing the flighty Goethe to the audience. With charm and grace, the title
character fails his law exams and sends off his superiors with a spiteful message written in the courtyard’s snow. Even though Goethe has absolutely no interest in the study of law, his father, who is someone high up in the legal world, lands his son a job working on cases under Albert Kestner, played by Moritz Bleibtreu. The plot thickens when young Geothe meets Lotte Buff, a carefree woman who is just as sarcastic as the title character and can hold her own when talking to him. Miriam Stein is perfect as the cute but crude Buff. Geothe and Buff become immiediately attracted to each other and the rest of the 100-minute running time follows their quest to be together. The young couple meets a relatively large roadblock in their relationship when they learn that Buff ’s father has promised Lotte’s hand to Geothe’s boss, Kestner. Needless to say, Goethe does not react to the news well at all. For a German film, “Young Goethe in Love” is surprisingly light. The character’s performances are so believable that one forgets they are reading subtitles. Throughout filming, Stoelzl must have had to walk a fine line to make this period piece come across as authentic. Far too many times films like “Young Goethe in Love” resemble that of a bad staged play (it must be the wigs). However, “Young Goethe in Love” stays true to its story as the cast feels as if they have been plucked from 18th century Germany. As a whole, “Young Goethe in Love” overcomes its clichés and delivers a compelling romantic drama far too rare in American theaters. “Young Goethe in Love” is currently playing at Dallas’ Angelika theatre.
AT THE MOVIES ‘Breaking Dawn’ wins weekend By CHASE WADE A&E Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
“Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1” was the top contender at the weekend box office for the third straight weekend. The vampire themed movie made $16.9 million. Following “Breaking Dawn” was the children’s movie “The Muppets.” Children’s movies rounded out the top four as “Hugo” and “Arthur Christmas” came in at third and fourth. The only new release to make the top 20 was the racy picture “Shame,” which made a modest $361,000.