Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sacrifices made for freedom

An update from Lauren, a sophomore majoring in political science in Dedman College and public relations in Meadows School of the Arts: While at the Newseum today, I saw some incredible and extraordinarily powerful photographs and memorials. One of the photos that stuck with me the most was "The Soiling of Old Glory" by Stanley Forman. It depicts a white man about to attack a black man with the American flag. The symbolism of the photo was incredible. It was taken in 1976, which was 11 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1965, and published in the Boston Herald. The photo shows how many people thought that denying people civil rights was the American thing to do, and the [...]

2013-10-22T15:41:09+00:00 October 13th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Fighting with words

An update from Elena, a senior majoring in corporate communications in Meadows School of the Arts and business in the Cox School of Business: As society evolves, intrinsically some things never change – like the news. Since the adoption and enforcement of the First Amendment, news headlines have changed very little. The art of attention grabbing is an age-old tradition; readers in the pre-Revolutionary era craved an interesting story, just like readers today. One difference that really shines at the Newseum is the name of major news sources in the pre-Revolutionary era. “The Crisis” published articles headlined “A Bloody Court, A Bloody Military, and A Bloody Parliament.” These media used linguistics to highlight the turmoil the United States faced and [...]

2013-10-22T15:31:36+00:00 October 13th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

6 Reasons Residential Commons Are Going to be a Blast

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations: ***Disclaimer: All of these photos were taken during our trip to Oxford during summer 2013. SMU does not look like this in any way.*** A lot of you have probably found yourselves going through this blog because you are intrigued at what exactly a residential commons will consist of. Have no fear, for I, the bearer of information, bring you pictures of Oxford and ideas that will be implemented in SMU's very own Residential Commons! #1 Oxford University is actually made up of 38 independent colleges. University College, Christ Church College (where they pulled inspiration for the Great Dining Hall [...]

2013-10-22T10:11:32+00:00 October 10th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

From class to campus to city

An update from Taylor, a sophomore biochemistry and psychology major: On October 2, 2013, the Daily Campus printed an article titled "In Dallas, JFK assassination legacy lingers.” It was a month into my class on John F. Kennedy, and we had class the day before this article was printed. In our class, we read “American Tabloid” by James Ellroy, a quasi-fictional story chronicling the story behind the assassination of JFK. Throughout the class we talked about a few reasons John F. Kennedy could have been assassinated, but it was strange to read the article in the Daily Campus discussing the hatred that Dallas had toward Kennedy, especially in light of my class. I had no idea Dallas citizens weren’t supportive [...]

2013-10-10T16:43:11+00:00 October 10th, 2013|Generation Y Studies JFK's Life and Times|

Students get hands-on at Suture Clinic

An update from Alyssa Eubank, SMU News intern: They’re not doctors yet, but for the third year in a row 40 SMU students gathered in Dedman Life Science to learn the finer points of surgical stitching. Participants in the SMU Suture Clinic learned multiple types of sutures from an Army Reserve surgeon, including when and where to use specific sutures and how to apply them. The clinic is so popular, organizers had to create a waitlist. Kaplan offered the special clinic to Alpha Epsilon Delta members as a tool to better prepare pre-medical students for real-life situations in medical fields. The AED auctions off a Kaplan prep course during the clinic every year. Kaplan partnered with the Army to bring [...]

2013-10-09T10:54:30+00:00 October 9th, 2013|Suture Clinic, Dedman College|

A volatile time in America’s history

An update from Kate, a sophomore majoring in psychology, with minors in English and business: So far in Professor Simon and Stone's class, we have discussed a lot of history relating to JFK and his family as well as to the time at which JFK broke onto the political scene. Learning the history of the time has allowed me to understand more about JFK as a leader. He faced numerous pressures from his family while dealing with a volatile nation. We have spent a lot of time focusing on the Red Scare. It is difficult to believe that as a nation, we were prosecuting each other. Every time we have class, I learn so much about one of the most [...]

2013-10-09T15:43:02+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Generation Y Studies JFK's Life and Times|

RCLC: My Take

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 Life with the Residential Commons Leadership Corps is sometimes hectic, sometimes crazy busy, but always rewarding. One of my favorite parts about being an RCLC member is the opportunity to connect to students living in my community right now. I spend most of my free time in Mary Hay and Peyton, getting to know the current residents, meeting with my FiR during his open apartment hours, and just getting a sense of the students I’m representing. I’m going to take this blog post to brag [...]

2013-10-22T10:12:01+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Studying Kennedy as a person and as president

An update from Kaley, a sophomore biochemistry major: I'm impressed with this course's insight into John F. Kennedy's life from every perspective. The material shows him as a hero who overcame adversity, a promiscuous womanizer, and a victim of circumstance. This class does a good job of being impartial and putting Kennedy's life in the context of world issues, enabling each student to form his own opinion on John F. Kennedy and giving each student the resources to analyze Kennedy's life from every direction and make his own assumptions. This class has a heavy workload. There are lots of reading assignments to handle, but they are all essential to providing a well-rounded description of John F. Kennedy as a person [...]

2013-10-07T16:27:05+00:00 October 7th, 2013|Generation Y Studies JFK's Life and Times|

Remembering the loss and the legend

An update from Rachel, a sophomore biology major and biomedical anthropology minor: As I browsed the list of "Ways of Knowing" classes for the Fall 2013 semester, one class immediately caught my eye, "JFK: His Life, His Times, His Legend." The name of the class possesses the same allure as the name Kennedy. My love of American history – specifically 20th-century history – spurred my interest in taking this class. I am so glad I enrolled. The 1950s and '60s represent my favorite era. The television, automobiles, advertisements, fashions, and the upbeat spirit that comes with post-WWII prosperity create an overall sense of the emergence of modern America, making it a time in history I would have loved to experience first-hand. [...]

2013-10-07T16:28:17+00:00 October 7th, 2013|Generation Y Studies JFK's Life and Times|
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