Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sonic, the Master Chief, and me

Today was day #1 of PAX, and it was fast and furious. Over 60,000 eager attendees entered the Washington State Convention center to play, interact, and to discover what is on the forefront of the world of board, card, and … Continue reading

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A primer on PAX

An update from René, manager of admissions and alumni affairs for The Guildhall at SMU: Penny Arcade originally became famous as an online web comic about gaming culture. In 2004, the website’s founders launched The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle, Washington, … Continue reading

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Second thoughts

Just two days after forming my idea for research on TCEDC’s impact in the community, almost everything seems to be in line: TCEDC’s directors have said my research is an important need; Dr. Nibbs, my cultural anthropology professor and mentor … Continue reading

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New direction

In Taos, poverty rates among high school graduates is almost 10 percent above the state average.  For TCEDC, that means that most clients simply cannot afford to pay at cost for the services that TCEDC provides.  As a result, TCEDC … Continue reading

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I have never seen a dead cow before

Kyle is a junior President’s Scholar majoring in biology, individual studies in applied scientific computing and human rights in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Kyle is participating in Engaged Learning and also was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. During summer 2013, he interned at two nonprofit organizations: Taos County Economic Development Center, where he examined how economic development corporations can help nonprofits empower communities, and Ke Ola Mamo Native Hawaiian Health Services, where he examined how one local nonprofit is able to work directly with the community. Continue reading

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“Where will these people be?”

An update from Aymen, a biology and Spanish major, and human rights minor: A month ago, all I knew about Australia was from what I had seen in movies and read on the Outback Steakhouse menu. After spending 10 days … Continue reading

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Rewarding end to my time in Rio

I’m back in the States experiencing a disorienting mixture of nostalgia, introspection, and intense Texas heat. My three months in Rio is over, and I can’t stop thinking about the people I met and the things I experienced. My last … Continue reading

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Postcards from Australia

An update from Emily, a junior majoring in human rights in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences:

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Celebrating honesty in dance

An update from Kelsey, a junior dance major in Meadows School of the Arts:  What is a dance major doing on a human rights trip to Perth, Australia? On day five of our trip, after a long day of lectures, … Continue reading

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Stories that need to be known

From my previous work with economically vulnerable single mothers as well as my research in ethics, theology, and economics, I believe single mothers face particular cultural and economic pressures that often mean their realities are mostly invisible and their lives … Continue reading

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