Tower Scholars Blog Originally Posted: November 7, 2017 Fairooz Adams is a pre-law senior majoring in political science and international studies. He is from Lewisville, Texas, where he began his active participation in politics by challenging a school board decision to split his class. He joined the Tower Scholars Program primarily because of his desire to gain valuable experience to one day develop answers to challenges with which America is confronted. Upon completion of his undergraduate career, Fairooz intends to attend law school and later enter public service. More here Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Fairooz Adams believes in using local politics to shape a community. Adams ran for local office when he was 20 years old, and is now carrying out his senior [...]
New York Times Originally Posted: November 3, 2017 Many colleges ask you to choose a major as early as your senior year of high school, on your admissions application. Yet there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind. The Education Department says that about 30 percent of students switch majors at least once. Students get plenty of advice about picking a major. It turns out, though, that most of it is from family and friends, according to aSeptember Gallup survey. Only 11 percent had sought guidance from a high school counselor, and 28 percent from a college adviser. And most didn’t think that the advice was especially helpful. Maybe it’s because much of the conventional thinking about majors is wrong. READ MORE
SMU Homecoming: November 4, 2017 Reconnect with friends and classmates on the Boulevard before the Homecoming football game on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. and the parade on the Boulevard is at 3:15 p.m. Join us at the Dedman College tent immediately following the parade on the corner of Bishop & Binkley. You can find the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and Alumni Relations tent located on the old Natatorium site.
Mustangs on the Move A Message from Thomas DiPiero, Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, the Red Queen tells Alice that “here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” The fast-paced lives of the students and faculty in Dedman College, who travel abroad for study and research, build out startup companies, protect the world from rogue aggression, and engage in taxing endurance sports would exhaust the Red Queen. But it’s all in a day’s work for these students, teachers, and scholars who somehow continually run twice as [...]
SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says the indictment won’t have any impact on President Trump’s popularity with his core supporters
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth Originally Posted: October 30, 2017 DALLAS (CBS11) – Legal experts say while the 12 count indictment against President Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort is very serious, it doesn’t mention the President or any alleged collusion with Russia. Bill Mateja was the Senior Counsel for James Comey when he was the Deputy Attorney General for President George W. Bush. He says the indictment, “suggests there is no evidence of a crime because it has to fit the parameters of a crime. It doesn’t appear that there is.” Mateja says the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller may be trying to get Manafort to flip — and tell investigators what he knows about the Trump campaign. “I’m sure that the Special Counsel has already reached out [...]
SMU Homecoming kickoff time is 6:15pm and the homecoming parade on the Boulevard starts at 3:15pm. Join us Saturday at the Dedman College tent on the corner of Bishop & Binkley for food, beverages, and cheering on the Mustangs!
CBS DFW Originally Posted: October 12, 2017 A source tells CBS11, Governor Abbott felt let down by Texas Republicans in the House for a lack of leadership and for not fighting hard enough for Harvey relief. Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivers a briefing to the public on Hurricane Harvey at the Texas Department of Public Safety building on September 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) The Governor told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday that the Texas delegation in the House of Representatives needed a “stiff spine” and that “It appears the Texas delegation will let themselves be rolled by the House of Representatives.” SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says it’s not just the words, but the man who said them [...]
WFAA Originally Posted: October 8, 2017 SMU Associate Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson talks about some of the political fallout from the recent shootings in Las Vegas, especially the sale of bump stocks and other firearms issues. https://youtu.be/DYkvo40tddI
Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: September 13, 2017 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Ryan Cross spent the spring of 2017 studying abroad in Argentina and Chile. He spent seven weeks in each country learning about economics, political development, and business in Latin America. During breaks he visited Uruguay and Peru. Cross sat down with the Tower Center to talk about his experience. Describe your life in Argentina. What was a typical day like for you? I began each day enjoying breakfast with my host family and roommate. Coffee, fresh fruit, medialunas (a croissant-like pastry), and dulce de leche (a spread similar to caramel) were staples. Next, I rode a public bus to the office building that housed the program’s classrooms. I participated in a lengthy seminar [...]