Daily Archives: November 11, 2013

Residential Commons: FiR Engagement

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: Earlier this semester I talked about the pyramid that is formed from the RCLC, RCD (Residential Community Director), and FiRs (Faculty in Residence) working together. This week, I want to talk about the FiRs and the many great things they are already doing on campus, with a spotlight on, you guessed it, Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles! The FiRs are engaging students already, and Dr. Robert Krout, the FiR in Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles, has tasked the RAs in the Fine Arts Community (FAC) to do one program with their [...]

2013-11-11T11:19:31+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

The Residential Commons Elephant in the Room: Freshman Room Assignment

An update from Jamie, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business.  “Typically, we become most conscious of privileges when they just start to get taken away from us.” –Dr. Owen Lynch, Associate Professor in Meadows School of the Arts and Director of the Communication Studies Honors Program, during the "Battling Bias" Student Senate Diversity Committee discussion on November 5, 2013. As students at SMU, we have privileges. A privilege is an advantage, right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a particular group of people. Some of them include the ability to get good grades, the chance to learn in the classroom, the socioeconomic status to afford school, for some [...]

2013-11-11T10:44:04+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

World Changers Shaped Here

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations:  Sometimes on the Hilltop, we forget that there is a whole other world going on at the same time. People wake up, brush their teeth, go to work/school/back to bed, eat, and do it all over again. When SMU kicked off its "World Changers Shaped Here" campaign, I started to wonder what exactly qualified someone as a "World Changer." In my opinion, a "World Changer" is someone who does what they can to better the world every day. It doesn't have to be anything big or extravagant. One small gesture can really go a long way. Some of the biggest [...]

2013-11-11T09:33:17+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|