Daily Archives: January 21, 2013

Preparing for the Inaugural Ball

An update from Katelyn, a journalism and theatre double major who is blogging about Inauguration weekend on smudailycampus.com, where this post originally was published: The Inaugural ball may not start for another few hours, but operations are in full swing here. The Inaugural Ball and the Commander-in-Chief balls, both hosted by President Obama, are taking place at the Washington Convention Center. Special-effect lighting is in place, and musical sound checks are going on. Artists set to perform tonight at the two balls include Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Katy Perry, Brad Paisley, Stevie Wonder, and more. The Commander-in-Chief's Ball is an invitation-only celebration for members of the Armed Forces. Tickets were free for those attending. The Inaugural Ball, held downstairs [...]

2013-01-22T04:21:30+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration|

Reactions to the Inauguration

An update from Katelyn, a journalism and theatre double major who is blogging about Inauguration weekend on smudailycampus.com, where this post originally was published: Americans flooded the streets of D.C. this morning, showing loyal support for the nation’s leader in whatever ways they could; even if it meant waiting in freezing temperatures for several hours on the grass in front of the Capitol. Katelyn at the Inauguration (credit: The Daily Campus) After both Biden and Obama were publicly sworn in a little before noon, the President began his second term with an address calling the country’s people to build a future for equality and prosperity. Specifically, he mentioned matters of climate change, the economy, education, gay rights, and [...]

2013-01-22T19:55:57+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration|

“So much to do, so much to see…”

Another day, and another week has gone by in Spain. All I can think about is how nervous and worried I felt during my last days back at home because I thought I was going to get so homesick. Although I miss my friends and family back at home, I am absolutely in love with this country. If there were one thing I could recommend anyone, it would be to study abroad. Plan years in advance to make sure you have room in your undergraduate years to experience what I am doing. There really is nothing else that can compare. As easily as I’ve adjusted to this wonderful country, there have been a few things I had to get used [...]

2013-02-27T21:51:48+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Stephanie in Madrid|

Best way to spend $5 at the Inauguration

An update from James, a junior communication studies major and psychology and pre-law minor: “One dollar! One dollar for the best present for your kid. Obama bookmarks here, one dollar!” The Inauguration brought an influx of people and a variety of ages, ethnicities and cultures to the D.C. area. With this large surge of tourists and out-of-towners, the locals took full advantage of these rookies, selling all sorts of souvenirs on the streets as people walked to Monday’s Inaugural ceremony.  If you could write Obama on it, they could make it. Obviously, I wanted every item these vendors were selling, but I only had $5. Now here were my options: T-shirts, coffee mugs, magnets, hats, pants, socks, scarves, buttons and more. [...]

2013-01-22T04:14:46+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration|

A tribute to our military veterans

An update from Blake, a finance and economics major and communication studies minor. Lynyrd Skynyrd honored U.S. military veterans at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening, just blocks from our nation's Capitol building. With chart-topping Southern rock classics like "Tuesday's Gone," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Freebird," the event drew an eager crowd of decorated men and women of all ages and ranks. In observing the interactions between veterans, it became evident that our brave military operates as one large, respectful family. At a beautiful reception in the theatre’s lobby, various branches shared stories over cocktails and appetizers, lifting spirits among veterans joining in celebration of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Made possible by a donor, four SMU students received [...]

2013-01-22T04:25:42+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration|

An event-filled second day in D.C.

An update from Julie, a senior journalism major who is blogging about Inauguration weekend on smudailycampus.com, where this post originally was published: Today has been a crazy day! I don’t think I have stopped since 8 am this morning. This morning we went to the National Cathedral to hear famed political historian Michael Beschloss speak about President Obama’s upcoming second term. Next Kelsey, Katelyn and I went to the MLK Jr. Memorial statue to work on our respective stories. We teamed up to interview visitors, and I could not believe the crowd that had gathered at this memorial. Park Ranger Mike Townsend said it was the busiest day to date, only second to the day it opened in October 2011. Then we [...]

2013-01-22T04:22:09+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration|