An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering: As a first year I’m sad to say I didn’t get involved in Homecoming that much. The only event I participated in was the painting of Peruna; I’m proud to say the SPECTRUM Peruna took third place last year, so I suppose if you’re going to do one thing at least do it to the best of your ability. This year, however, I had so much to work for and to look forward to. My wonderful RC painted a beautiful Peruna (there’s a picture of [...]
An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: September 1, 2013 I feel like I live here tonight. It always takes me a few weeks to get comfortable in a new place, and I am feeling pretty comfortable tonight. Thunderstorms drew me out of my humble abode this evening – one downside of living in a residence hall is that the outside noise is often muffled (Boulevarding days, a notable exception), so I cannot hear thunderstorms very well. I found that I have a lovely neighborhood. I thought I heard a marching band playing, but why would a marching band be playing at 11 p.m. on the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend? In a [...]
Hilltop on the Hill 2013 at the U.S. Capitol.
An update from Sorsha, a sophomore majoring in international studies and anthropology, and minoring in Spanish: I have always been in love with studying the Civil Rights Movement, an interest that I was able to develop in several other classes with Dr. Simon, namely the Politics of Change and most recently the life-changing Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Both of these classes and my own studies projected an image of President John F. Kennedy that I think many people share: the American hero, champion of civil rights, unflagging martyr for the dazzling, volatile 1960s. When I read about this class, it seemed like the natural next step to enroll so as to learn more about this icon and the time that fascinates [...]
An update from Tatum, a sophomore management science major and business minor: “JFK: His Life, His Times, and His Legend” is easily the most specific academic course I have taken at SMU. This focused approach to one time period, one man and his presidency has allowed us to gain an understanding and exploration far deeper than I have ever had with one historical figure. It quite honestly has made me infatuated with the legacy and image of Kennedy and increasingly aware of how relevant it is in Dallas and across the country as we approach the anniversary. The sources we have been reading and movies we have watched have also made me think critically about the nostalgic images of Kennedy [...]
An update from Trey, a sophomore majoring in economics: This class has been especially interesting for me because of how little I had known about JFK. This lack of knowledge is odd considering my affinity for history; still, before this class I knew little more about Kennedy than his death. And what I have been exposed to is fascinating. I have especially enjoyed the wide range of sources that we have been assigned. The volume of reading that we do in the course can seem overwhelming, but I find it very manageable because of the variety. I especially enjoy the opportunity to observe the differences in opinion that we come across in our reading. Professors Stone and Simon do a [...]
Residential Commons Leadership Corps members toured the new residence halls. Read their blog.
An update from Bridget, a sophomore majoring in psychology and journalism: Learning about John Fitzgerald Kennedy from so many different perspectives, including those of Professors Simon and Stone, has shed a new light on what I thought I knew about the Kennedy administration and Kennedy himself. Previously, I identified JFK with the image: the perfect Catholic family, the summers in Hyannis Port, Jackie Kennedy. This class, however, has exposed me to Kennedy the person, rather than Kennedy as a character. Having a history professor teaching us about Kennedy in the context of foreign and national affairs creates a portrait of Kennedy I never knew before. The most intriguing aspect of this class is that Professors Simon and Stone provide students [...]
An update from Garrett, a sophomore economics and political science major: As a third-generation Dallas native, I have grown up with my grandparents’ vivid memories of the Kennedy assassination and the impact that it had upon them and this city. Furthermore, as an African American, I also grew up very aware that JFK was well respected in the black community. As I got older, we began to study JFK in school and I encountered more information about his policies and his presidency. Additionally, I became more aware about the often-hyped scandals surrounding Kennedy’s personal life, such as his father’s mob connections as well as JFK’s philandering lifestyle, particularly his relationship with Marilyn Monroe. However, aside from what was required in [...]
An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations: This past week fellow blogger Meaghan and I got to tour the new builds that are set to open next year. It was kind of muddy, but the weather was beautiful and breezy! Besides, how cool do we look in our hard hats and construction jackets? Check out this awesome space that we're going to have in the new Arnold Dining Center! There are going to be two stories and lots and lots of space! Our hope is to be able to host entire Residential Commons dinners in our dining center once they have been revamped. There's even an outside [...]