A new series by SMU Video Communications Manager Myles Taylor captures the excitement of the academic year in 60 seconds or less. The Mustang Minute will explore every corner of the campus to offer Taylor’s unique view of University events, activities and people. Click the YouTube screen above to view an early hit: the making of the Class of 2018 photo.
On Friday, May 9, 2014, SMU dedicated its new Residential Commons complex, enabling all first-year and sophomore students to live on campus and launching the Residential Commons (RC) model campus-wide. The RC model will be implemented campuswide during the Fall 2014 term.
The $146 million complex is the largest capital project in SMU’s history and part of a larger initiative to enhance students’ living and learning experience. New facilities for the nine-acre Commons complex include five residence halls – Armstrong Commons, Kathy Crow Commons, Crum Commons, Loyd Commons and Ware Commons – as well as the Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons and the 800-space Mustang Parking Center. The complex will provide campus housing for an additional 1,250 SMU students, enabling nearly 2,750 students to live on campus.
The dedication of the Residential Commons complex “signifies an exciting new chapter in SMU history,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Each Commons is designed to seamlessly combine the intellectual and social aspects of University life, a concept that will be implemented campuswide in the fall. We are grateful to six generous families for transforming the SMU campus experience.”
Lead gifts of $30 million in total giving have been provided by Liz Martin Armstrong ’82 and Bill Armstrong ’82, Anita Ray Arnold and Truman Arnold, Katherine Raymond Crow ’94 and Harlan R. Crow, Sylvie P. Crum and Gary T. Crum ’69, Penny R. Loyd and Paul B. Loyd Jr. ’68, and Richard Ware ’68 and family.
Each five-story Commons in the new complex will be home to 250 students, a residence life director and a faculty member in residence. The faculty member will serve as mentor and intellectual leader of the community, and has the opportunity to teach a class or host study sessions in the classroom included in each Commons.
The festivities included a Faculty Salute during the annual President’s Briefing, a showcase of faculty expertise as part of Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, and a Centennial Faculty Photograph in Moody Coliseum.
Relive the event in photos and video courtesy of the Founders’ Day Weekend page at SMU News.
Both programs received No. 1 seeds in their respective regions. SMU is 4-2 all-time in the NIT, including this year’s victories over UC Irvine (68-54 on March 19), LSU (80-67 on March 24), California (67-65 on March 26) and Clemson (65-59 on April 1) en route to the program’s first national tournament final.
SMU has 27 wins, the second-most in program history, and the most since the Mustangs recorded 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, including 12-1 inside Moody Coliseum, and broke their single-season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (previous record was 101,296 in 1984-85).
The Mustangs are 7th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st in the American), holding opponents to 38.3%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 62.2 points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd in the American). SMU has held 29 of its last 45 (23 of 36 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 25 of 36 opponents this season.
No. 1-seeded SMU (26-9) will face third-seeded Clemson (23-12) in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament Semifinals Tuesday, April 1 in Madison Square Garden, New York. The game begins at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and will be broadcast by KAAM 770 AM Radio in Dallas.
The Mustangs advanced to the NIT Final Four with a 67-65 win against California after Nic Moore hit a game-winning three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left. They also knocked off LSU (80-67 March 24) and UC Irvine (68-54 March 19) en route to the semifinals. This is the team’s second trip to MSG; last playing in the world-famous venue against St. John’s on Dec. 7, 1950 (L, 76-72).
SMU has 26 wins on the 2013-14 season – the second-most in program history, and the most since recording 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, setting a record for home victories, including 12-1 inside Moody Coliseum. SMU also broke its season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (was 101,296 in 1984-85). The Mustangs sold out nine of 13 games in Moody Coliseum this season, a building record.
The Mustangs are 7th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st in the American), holding opponents to 38.2%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 62.3 points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd American). SMU has held 29 of its last 44 (23 of 35 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 24 of 35 opponents this season.
On offense, SMU is leading the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 48.4% (18th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 38.2% from beyond the arc, good for second in the conference. SMU is third in the league in assists per game at 15.3 (32nd NCAA), and is averaging 71.4 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 29 of 35 opponents in the paint by an average of 33.7-21.8.
Tonight’s NIT semifinal is the second meeting between the Mustangs and the Tigers. Clemson won the only previous matchup 67-51 on Dec. 18, 1970, in the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee.