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It’s holiday recipe time: Share yours with SMU Forum

Denise Gee's Mint Julep Fruitcake

Denise Gee’s Mint Julep Fruitcake.
Photo: Robert Peacock

For the 8th holiday season in a row, SMU Forum is requesting festive recipes from all over the University community, and the world. And to start things off, we’re sharing a recipe that may change your mind about the much-maligned holiday fruitcake.

Denise Gee, a public information officer in the SMU Office of News and Communications, leads a double life as a cookbook author and entertaining guru – and as a former foods editor with Southern Living, she knows her way around great recipes. Her latest work, Sweet On Texas: Lovable Confections From the Lone Star State, was published by Chronicle Books in October.

Sweet On Texas contains 65 carefully selected dessert recipes, combined with Gee’s own historical notes, fun facts and inimitably warm writing about the people and places of Texas.

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'Sweet On Texas' bookcover

“Sweet On Texas” by SMU staff member Denise Gee, available from booksellers and specialty stores.

To honor the season, Gee shares her own recipe for Mint Julep Fruitcake, as it appears in Sweet On Texas. She also includes an all-new account of how she overcame her aversion to “one of the worst cakes on the planet” to create this light and tasty treasure.

Make sure your favorite is among the treats appearing here. We’re looking for side dishes, main courses, desserts, sweets, food gifts, game-day snacks, kosher and ethnic treats, vegetarian recipes…you name it. Add your recipe with a comment on this post, or send it to Kathleen Tibbetts, 214-768-7672, fax 214-768-7663.

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Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee to speak at SMU May 23, 2012

2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Photo credit: Michael Angelo for Wonderland.

Liberian peace activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee will make one of her few scheduled 2012 U.S. speaking appearances at SMU on Wednesday, May 23. The author of Mighty Be Our Powers will discuss “Women, Leadership and Human Rights” at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

On the day of her SMU appearance, Gbowee will be a guest on KERA Radio’s “Think” during the 1-2 p.m. hour. Listen live at kera.org/listen. audio

Gbowee’s visit to the Hilltop presents a rare opportunity to hear her discuss her role in helping end Liberia’s second civil war, as well as her advice on how women can bring about change in seemingly hopeless situations.

> Newsweek: A Dictator, Vanquished (4/29/2012)

Gbowee began pushing for change as a trauma and rehabilitation volunteer during Liberia’s second civil war. Lasting from 1989 to 2003, the war was sparked by deep-seated anger over economic inequality, natural resources abuse and vicious rivalries between ethnic groups that included descendants of the freed American slaves who founded Liberia in 1847.

At the conflict’s center was Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord who served as Liberian president until being forced into exile in 2003, thanks in large part to Gbowee’s leadership efforts. Last month, a U.N.-backed tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, convicted Taylor of 11 counts of war crimes – including acts of terrorism, murder and rape – for arming and aiding Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front in a terror campaign in Sierra Leone and Liberia that claimed 120,000 lives from 1991-2001. It was the world court’s first judgment against a former head of state since the World War II Nuremberg trials. Sentencing for Taylor, who has pleaded innocent, is scheduled for May 30.

> National Public Radio: War crimes judges hear Charles Taylor’s sentencing pleas (5/16/2012)

“Leymah represents a new movement of women in the world starting – and achieving – grassroots movements for peace, justice and human rights,” says Embrey Human Rights Program Associate Director Pat Davis. “In acts that were selfless and courageous in the face of terrible brutality, she led a group of women to help throw out a dictator [Taylor] and elect the first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is weeding out corruption herself.”

Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for WAC members and $35 for non-members. The lecture is presented by the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Dallas/Fort Worth in partnership with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, the Embrey Family Foundation, the Boone Family Foundation, Donna Wilhelm and Trea Yip.

For more information, call 214-965-8412 or visit dfwworld.org.

Written by Denise Gee

> Read the full story from SMU News

Experts link murdered women and environmental ruin at the border

The Rev. Daisy L. MachadoThe ongoing murders of countless women at the U.S.-Mexico border, along with devastating environmental damage inflicted by factories, are the subject of “Ecocide and Femicide on the Border: Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders.” The event will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in 121 Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall.

Guest speakers are the Rev. Daisy L. Machado (pictured right), dean of academic affairs and professor of church history at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and Evelyn Parker, associate professor of practical theology at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.

This is the final event in SMU’s seven-part 2012 “Migration Matters” series addressing the most pressing U.S./Mexico-border challenges.

Ecofeminists, inspired by theologian and nun Ivone Gebara of Brazil, have called Christians to think about the connections between poverty, violence to both the Earth and humans, and immigration. It is estimated that more than 400 female maquiladora (export assembly plant) workers have been murdered in Ciudad Juárez alone since 1993.

“This desert area, filled with toxic air and water produced by the maquiladoras, and the people who live there — poor and uneducated workers, mostly women — are devalued by a patriarchal society and commodified until they become expendable and invisible,” Machado says.

“This concerns me because these realities remain unresolved,” she adds. “So I ask the Christian community: Why are we not responding? And how can we advocate social, ecological and gender justice?”

Parker is looking forward to her conversation with Machado, with whom she has collaborated in the past. But this powerful subject, she says, “will take on new complexities — and possibilities.”

The program is supported by SMU’s Office of the Dean of Dedman College; the Geurin-Pettus Program; the Scott-Hawkins Fund; the Embrey Human Rights Program; the Department of English; the George and Mary Foster Distinguished Lecture in Cultural Anthropology; and the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in Perkins School of Theology, with funding from The Henry Luce Foundation.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact series coordinator Jayson Sae-Saue, Department of English, 214-768-4369.

Written by Denise Gee

> Learn more about the 2012 “Migration Matters” series from SMU News

Panel examines ‘Seeking Justice in the Face of Hate’ April 5, 2012

How long does a person or community have to wait for justice? A state legislator – representing an Allen family that believes their son’s 2009 stabbing death was a miscarriage of justice – will join four others with uniquely compelling perspectives on crimes involving hate and what Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, describes as “legal systems that have let us down.”

The panel discussion, “Seeking Justice in the Face of Hate,” will take place 7-9 p.m. in SMU’s McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, the Embrey Family Foundation and Project X: TheatreDanceMusicFilm.

Featured panelists include:

  • Acclaimed playwright Erik Ehn of Brown University, whose work addresses violence, genocide and faith — and whose play Diamond Dick, about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, opens in Dallas April 13. A musical preview will be presented during the panel event.
  • Rep. Lon Burnam, who will highlight the legal issues surrounding a local Muslim family seeking justice for the murder of their son.
  • Cece Cox, executive director & CEO of Resource Center Dallas, one of North Texas’ primary LGBT and HIV/AIDS service organizations.
  • Detective Terry Trail of the SMU Police Department, who will talk about hate groups in America and how they use the Internet.
  • Hate-crime survivor and World Without Hate peace activist Rais Bhuiyan.

For more details, visit smu.edu/humanrights or call 214-768-8347.

Above, Rais Bhuiyan talks about his experiences as a hate-crime survivor in an SMU-TV story by student journalist Bridget Bennett dated Sept. 12, 2011. Click the Vimeo screen to watch, or click this link to watch the Rais Bhuiyan interview in a new windowvideo

Written by Denise Gee

Walt Humann to receive SMU’s 2012 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award

Walter J. HumannBusinessman and public servant Walter J. Humann ’67 is chiefly recognized for creating the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and helping desegregate Dallas schools. For these and other accomplishments he will receive the 2012 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU at a noon luncheon at the Belo Mansion April 2.

Presented each year by SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award is given to individuals who exemplify the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue. In Humann’s case, that involves his work in improving education, transportation, race relations, government organization, urban planning and infrastructure in North Texas. It also recognizes his time as a successful businessman: Humann leads his own firm, WJH Corporation, and has held top management positions in other major corporations, including Hunt Consolidated, Memorex-Telex and the LTV Corporation.

Longtime SMU board member Ray Hunt, this year’s J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award event chair, worked with Humann during the awardee’s time (1975-1992) as president of Hunt Investments and chair of the executive committee of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., one of the largest privately held energy, real estate, agribusiness and investment companies in America. Later, Hunt was also a partner in Humann’s WJH Corporation operations.

“Having worked closely with both Walt and Erik Jonsson on many projects, I can say that Walt’s spirit of public service and responsibility to his community is cut from the same cloth as Mayor Jonsson,” Hunt says. “Everything Walt has done for Dallas and its citizens, not to mention in his private business, has been conceived and executed with the highest level of ethical conduct and moral responsibility. I believe that there is no one in Dallas more deserving of this honor than Walt.”

Humann was selected for the honor because of his lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life for the Dallas community, says Maguire Center Director Rita Kirk.

“With quiet tenacity and perceptive vision, he played a pivotal role in the desegregation of the Dallas Independent School District by founding the Dallas Alliance. The Alliance’s Education Task Force created the Magnet Schools of DISD, thereby enriching the education and lives of thousands of children.” As Humann told D Magazine in 1985, “I felt strongly that the way to go was by voluntary intermixing of the races, where you have quality education at the end of the bus rides.”

“With everything he’s done,” Kirk says, “Walt upholds the tradition of excellence that the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award was created to recognize.”

Nationally, Humann was selected in the late 1960s by President Lyndon B. Johnson as the first White House Fellow from Texas.  Later, in 1970, he was chosen as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America,” primarily for chairing the national committee that helped create the U.S. Postal Service. The former deficit-ridden, politically driven Post Office Department was replaced with a service run more like a public corporation. At the time USPS was created, it constituted the largest federal government reorganization in U.S. history.

During his time in Washington, Humann also co-authored with Doris Kearns (now Goodwin) and others a report, requested by the President, on ways to heal the breach between the college student community and the federal government. This report was presented to President Johnson in 1968 — one of the most turbulent years in U.S. history, marked by massive student anti-war protests. The report was titled, “Confrontation or Participation: The Federal Government and the Student Community.” He also wrote a children’s book, an illustrated poem entitled The Little Crescent Moon and the Bright Evening Star, and co-authored, with Mayor Jonsson, D: The Book of Dallas.

Regionally, the “father of DART” also led the successful redevelopment of the North Central Corridor, with Central Expressway and the DART rail line helping solve the nation’s “oldest living highway controversy.” In addition, Humann helped mediate the Love Field dispute among three airline CEOs and the mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth in the 1980s. He founded the Jubilee Project in the late 1990s and served for more than 10 years as its chairman, helping revitalize a 62-block inner-city Dallas neighborhood. Jubilee is trying a unique approach by dealing comprehensively with all elements affecting a blighted community — public education, anti-crime, health, employment, housing, economic development and physical improvements.

Humann holds a physics degree from MIT, an M.B.A. from Harvard, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Evening Division of SMU’s Dedman School of Law (’67). He has received numerous business and public service awards, including SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award and The Legacy of Leadership Award from the White House Fellows Foundation in Washington, D.C.

He is married to his high school sweetheart; they have three children and eleven grandchildren.

Past winners of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award, now in its 15th year, include Ruth S. Altshuler, Bob Buford, Ronald G. Steinhart, Michael M. Boone, Zan W. Holmes Jr., Roger Staubach, Caren Prothro, Tom Luce, 
Ron Anderson, 
Jack Lowe Jr., William T. Solomon, Stanley H. Marcus, Charles C. Sprague and Curtis W. Meadows Jr.

Tickets for the event are $50 for individuals; sponsorship tables for 10 also are available for $1,500. For ticket information, contact Erin Sutton at 214-768-4575.

Written by Denise Gee

> Visit the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility online

SMU staff member talks fitness with First Lady Michelle Obama

SMU staff member Andrea Roberts at lunch with First Lady Michelle Obama, February 2012 - photo by Brad Loper, The Dallas Morning News

SMU staff member Andrea Roberts (left) had lunch with Michelle Obama when the First Lady visited Dallas to promote her Let's Move! children's health initiative. Photo credit: Brad Loper / The Dallas Morning News

Bicycling has its benefits, but this one’s a rarity: Having First Lady Michelle Obama invite you to lunch to talk about it.

That’s what happened to SMU’s Andrea Roberts, events coordinator for Development and Alumni Affairs Reunion Programs. She and her husband, Jason, are better-living activists based in North Oak Cliff, and earlier this month they dined with the First Lady at a Fort Worth Olive Garden. (The chain is promoting a healthier new kids menu.)

Mrs. Obama met with the Robertses and a few other local families to discuss her Let’s Move! campaign, which promotes healthy lifestyles for children. “I had to remind myself a few times during the meal of who I was eating with, because it felt very natural, as if I were talking with just another mom about our kids,” Roberts says. “It was a wonderful experience, indeed.”

The lunch roundtable opportunity stemmed from a recommendation by White House photographer Sonya Hebert, a former Dallas Morning News staffer who was aware of the Robertses’ commitment to improving lives and communities. Mrs. Obama shared stories about her daughters, including one about Malia inviting friends to her birthday party at an outdoor facility with bike paths.

“She asked her friends to bring their bikes, and at that point found out that most of them never learned to ride a bike. These are 14-year-olds!” Andrea says. “Parents are too afraid to let their kids explore and ride bikes in the neighborhoods because of a false perception of danger. My husband brought up the fact that childhood abduction numbers are the same as they were when we were kids riding around, and she was very aware of that and corrected him by saying that the stats were actually lower now.”

Andrea and Jason talked with the First Lady about their Bike Friendly Oak Cliff initiative iBike Rosemont, rolled out in 2010 to inspire more than 140 Rosemont Elementary students to ride bikes to school. They also talked about the now internationally recognized Better Block project they began in 2008 to revitalize blighted neighborhoods and create walkable, safe areas for families to enjoy.

“It’s a completely different modern society, and the First Lady is trying to find ways of bringing kids back to the basics, before this over-consumption of processed food and video games,” Andrea says. “Did you know that the President is the assistant coach for his daughter’s basketball team? And he has yet to miss a game this season. I was so impressed by that. If he can do it, then I don’t think anyone has an excuse to not be plugged in to their kids’ activities and lives.”

Written by Denise Gee

‘Migration Matters’ series continues with ‘Border Myths’ Feb. 22

Is there a real threat of Islamic terrorists crossing into the United States from Mexico? Is the Mexican justice system doing everything it can to curb drug cartel violence? And is America enabling U.S.-Mexico border problems by providing too many willing illegal drug buyers and too-easy access to assault weapons?

U.S.-Mexico border

U.S.-Mexico border as seen from space.

A noted panel of U.S.-Mexico border scholars will explore these issues Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 in “Barbed-Wire Art, Border Myths and Immigration Violence,” the third event in SMU’s interdisciplinary “Migration Matters” series. The discussion, free and open to the public, takes place 5:30–7:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Featured speakers include:

  • Maria Herrera-Sobek, professor of Chicana/o studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Josiah Heyman, anthropology professor at the University of Texas, El Paso
  • Roberto Villalon, sociology professor at St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in New York.

The panel will examine how and why negative myths continue to circulate around immigration and the U.S-Mexico border despite reliable information proving them false, says “Migration Matters” coordinator Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue, an English professor specializing in Chicano/a literature in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. “The panel will also address how pictorial narrative is a powerful means by which artists have attempted to make visible the conditions that reductionist rhetoric and myths obscure,” he says.

Migration Matters lecture series at SMUUTEP professor Heyman proposes that people re-examine such images and stereotypes in two ways: “Where do they come from,” he asks, “and how do we achieve a more critical, complex understanding of them?”

For more information about this event or others in the series, contact Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue, 214-768-4369.

Written by Denise Gee

Research: Blue laws, green cards and other colorful legal terms

Elizabeth Thornburg, SMU professor of lawElizabeth Thornburg never imagined that she would be turning to Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare and vaudeville for legal research. But those sources proved invaluable when she joined forces with another law professor, a law librarian and a legal lexicographer for the book Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions (Yale University Press, 2011).

Written by Dedman School of Law professor Thornburg, along with James E. Clapp, Marc Galanter and Fred Shapiro, Lawtalk explores the origins and uses of 77 popular law-related expressions, including some of Thornburg’s favorites:

• Blue laws: Government regulation of behavior intended to enforce moral values. “The name was popularized by a Connecticut Anglican priest with an ax to grind,” Thornburg says.

CSI effect: The impact that the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation might have on real juries in real criminal cases. “CSI and similar shows depict trace evidence being analyzed by earnest, attractive, well-dressed technicians. The results are portrayed as fast, cheap, objective, and completely reliable. This incomplete fictional portrait worries both prosecution and defense lawyers….”

'Lawtalk' book cover Lawyers, guns & money: A catchphrase denoting the “incentive to fight with all the tools available” adopted from the Warren Zevon song by the same name.

Kangaroo court: Surprisingly, this phrase didn’t jump from Australia to the United States. It surfaced during the frontier days of Texas. At least three different kinds of “courts” went by this name: Those run by the ranchmen to enforce rules of the cattle business; those run by cowboys to enforce their own protocols (as in cleaning up the “smutty” language around the campfires); and those used to haze newcomers and everyone else.

Thin blue line: An image in which the “police, clad in blue, form a shield between the law-abiding populace and the criminal elements and forces of evil” is actually related to British army “red coats.”

Green card: The card — representing a noncitizen’s right to live and work in the United States indefinitely — isn’t actually green. (Well, not any more.) And it’s a great example of “Spanglish,” or the way words switch back and forth between languages, Thornburg says. “The earliest reference to ‘green card’ was in a 1962 story in The Los Angeles Times by reporter Ruben Salazar, who did a four-part series about Mexican seasonal farm workers.” In quoting the workers, Salazar used the Spanish term “tarjeta verde” and translated it as “green card” throughout the series and in many subsequent articles. It quickly spread, becoming common in English in 1964, “ironically, just as the card stopped being green,” Thornburg says.

But then, something even more interesting began to happen: The language swap went back the other way. Two years ago Thornburg noticed an immigration advice column in the Dallas-based Spanish-language newspaper Al Día. Instead of talking about a “tarjeta verde,” the newspaper referred to it as a “green card” ­— in English. As Al Día copy chief Jorge Chávez explained, “We believe at this point ‘green card’ is a term understood by all our readers. Most Spanish speakers use ‘green card’ in their everyday lingo, and not ‘tarjeta verde.’”

“I think people will enjoy this book,” she says. “While based on solid scholarship, it’s written to be fun to read. Linguists will love all the new discoveries about the origins of legal terms. Lawyers will love discovering the richness of our verbal universe. Historians will love observing the seamlessness of legal and non-legal history.”

Written by Denise Gee

> Read the full story at the SMU Research blog

Luís Urrea kicks off SMU’s 2012 “Migration Matters” series Jan. 26

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of 'The Hummingbird's Daughter,' 'Queen of America' and 'The Devil's Highway'Luís Alberto Urrea – author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Queen of America and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Devil’s Highway – returns to the Hilltop Jan. 26, 2012, to speak in a new SMU discussion series.

“Migration Matters: An Interdisciplinary Program on Immigration at the U.S.-Mexico Border” will feature artists, educators, faith leaders and law enforcement insiders to share the latest information on border-related migration trends, crime, politics, humanitarian efforts, art and literature. The seven-part series runs Jan. 26-April 26, and all events will be free and open to the community.

Urrea leads off the series with a discussion of his border-related writing and reportage. He came to campus in 2008 to discuss The Devil’s Highway – the true story of the Yuma 14 tragedy, and that year’s Common Reading for new SMU students – and spoke to a standing-room-only crowd in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Most of the University students who read The Devil’s Highway for Common Reading are seniors this year.

> SMU Forum: Author Luís Urrea talks about life and death on the border

“We want this to be a sustained discussion for our students, not just for these next four months, but one that will continue to influence their intellectual identities beyond their SMU years,” says “Migration Matters” coordinator Jayson Gonzales Sae-Saue, an English professor specializing in Chicano/a literature in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Literature can be a powerful conduit to discussing current events, Sae-Saue says.

“This subject isn’t about so-called ‘foreigners’ and making distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them,’” he says. “It’s about understanding how we imagine complex social relationships that implicate everyone. It’s a community issue, one that will allow our students to learn to understand the broad scope of migration-related topics in this election year, and as they move into leadership positions after graduation.”

Urrea’s work in particular, Sae-Saue notes, “helps us make sense of the complicated social, cultural and economic dynamics at the U.S.-Mexico border, including the chaos and confusion regarding the dangerous journey people face when crossing it — and the hostility faced once they arrive here, if they arrive here.”

Written by Denise Gee

> Find more information and a complete “Migration Matters” schedule at SMU News
> More about Luís Alberto Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway as the 2008 SMU Common Reading
> Luís Alberto Urrea on KERA Public Radio’s “Think” Jan. 23, 2012

Eco-chic hits the runway March 25 as RecycleMania 2011 continues

Model with dress and tote bag made from recycled Capri Sun drink pouchesSamaiya Mushtaq believes a commitment to sustainability can be a fashion statement. The SMU chemistry major is paving the way, via the catwalk, for the University’s first eco-fashion show. The event is set for 6 p.m. March 25 in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Varsity Room.

The cost of admission is one recyclable item, such as a spent plastic bottle or aluminum can. The event is open to the community, and food will be provided.

Supporting the University’s competitive efforts in the nationwide RecycleMania 2011 contest, the event will showcase fashion designs featuring at least 75 percent reclaimed, recycled, natural and/or organic materials. Each design must be original, and no more than two designers may collaborate on a work. The winning designers will take home gift cards.

“We wanted to do something creative and fun that would add an entertaining twist to the idea of recycling and reusing,” says Mushtaq, whose studies in chemical recycling led her to become a student environmental representative on SMU’s Sustainability Committee. “We heard about a fashion show that took place in Dallas in December and saw its success on other campuses, so we thought it was perfect.”

Meanwhile, SMU’s sustainability team is issuing a new challenge: Which academic or athletic campus building can collect the most recyclables during the remainder of the RecycleMania competition? The battle of the buildings will run through April 2.

“This is the beginning of a new tradition,” says SMU Environmental Manager Eric English. The winner will receive a RecycleMania plaque during the 2011 President’s Picnic May 25.

“This would be a great time to do those office clean-outs you’ve been wanting to do,” English says. “Just do it!”

To stay competitive in RecycleMania, toss recyclables in their proper place. Put these “single-stream recyclables” in blue bins or containers lined with clear bags:

  • Books and magazines
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Shrink-wrap
  • Milk jugs and plastic bottles
  • Newspapers
  • Phone books

The exception: Place corrugated cardboard boxes alongside the bins for each building’s custodian to compact or bale.

For more details on RecycleMania, visit recyclemaniacs.org. Find more information about SMU’s recycling efforts online, or contact Eric English, 214-768-2163.

Written by Denise Gee

(Above, a dress and tote bag made from recycled drink pouches represent eco-chic at its most colorful.)

> Get the national and residence hall RecycleMania rankings from SMU News

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