Monthly Archives: June 2014

Supporting arts education on a large scale

Jack is a graduate student in the MA/MBA dual-degree program in the Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is interning at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the arts agency serving the largest county in the country.

2014-06-26T09:43:51+00:00 June 26th, 2014|Jack, Maguire Fellow in Los Angeles|

Steve Mattern, Seoul and Shanghai

Sure of Two Things It’s 3:30am and I’m up for the day. Forty-eight hours back in Dallas, my body is still living on Shanghai time. “Just stay up,” is what everybody keeps telling is the home remedy for how to fix jet lag. These people don’t know how jet lag works. Trying to blog my experiences from the SMU Cox Global Leadership Program is tough as I think that all my efforts to stay “in the moment” during my travels is clouding my recollections. But this I know for sure, 1) with that many Cox MBAs running around, Korea hadn’t seen that many “y’alls” since the armistice signing. And 2) the time I spent in Seoul and Shanghai with my [...]

2014-06-23T16:59:06+00:00 June 23rd, 2014|Cox Global Leadership Program 2014|

Borough Market

After visiting Borough Market and experiencing the vast array of food and food-related products, I find it extremely difficult to choose one experience to describe. A walk through that market is an adventure in new tastes, smells, and sights the likes of which I hadn’t even imagined before. Kangaroo meatballs were featured next to gigantic wheels of cheese that seemed straight out of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. All morning I was bombarded with food experiences, many of which did not even require the act of consumption. Despite the overwhelming sensory input, one market stall stands out from the rest. Just as I began my walk through the market, I turned a corner to see what must be the most [...]

2014-06-19T10:42:01+00:00 June 19th, 2014|SMU-in-London: Arts 2014|

ICE, ICE, baby

Field. Trip. Two words adults don’t often utter unless they’re referring to their school-aged children. To date, I’ve gone on two of my very own, grown-up field trips without having to chaperone my two gorgeous children and 40 of their nearest and dearest. My fellow interns and I visited the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) office in Irving a couple of weeks ago. ICE, the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security, works with various law enforcement partners to protect the country from threats, both foreign and domestic. The agency is comprised of three primary divisions: Enforcement and Removal Operations (“ERO”), Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and Management and Administration (“M&A”). This visit stressed the ERO side of the [...]

2014-06-17T16:14:48+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Jade, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

Data stratification

One important step of our survey preparation is stratification, dividing members of the population into homogeneous subgroups before sampling. To make homogeneous subgroups – in our cases, precincts – summaries are generated. The percentage of Hispanic population, age group and voting times in the past are used as criteria for stratification.

2014-08-11T15:22:51+00:00 June 16th, 2014|Yusun, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

Happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth!

Emily (’16) and René (’17) attended Trooping the Colour on June 14, 2014 – the ceremony marking the Queen’s official birthday. To their surprise, not only did they see Queen Elizabeth waving and smiling just a few feet away from them, but also Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as well as William’s younger brother, Prince Harry. The royal family watches an RAF flyover from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures Queen Elizabeth waves from her carriage during Trooping the Colour, June 2014. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, participate in Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth's 2014 birthday celebrations. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures

2014-06-16T14:10:30+00:00 June 16th, 2014|SMU-in-London: Arts 2014|

Brighton Pier and Trafalgar Square

Theatre majors Jenna, Becca and Steph at Brighton Pier. Becca and Steph in the Brighton Pier tunnel. Photo credit: Jenna/SMU Adventures Theatre majors Jenna ('15), Becca ('16), Parker ('16), Stephanie ('15) and Ryan ('15) in Trafalgar Square. Becca with actor Andrew Scott (a.k.a. Moriarity in the PBS series "Sherlock") after his performance in Birdland at the Royal Court Theatre. Photo credit: Becca/SMU Adventures Steph, Becca and Jenna and the evening lights of Brighton Pier.

2014-07-01T09:41:49+00:00 June 13th, 2014|SMU-in-London: Arts 2014|

London and beyond

Sophomore dance majors Emily, Emily and Rene at Stonehenge. An update from Professor Berg: The students in the SMU-in-London Arts program have been busy soaking up the sights, sites, scents, sounds and sun (!) of London – and visiting town and country near and far. In the city this week, we have attended an intriguing performance of choreographer Akram Khan's "iTOMi," his tribute to Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, sampled the foody delights of the marvelous Borough Market (fabulous pictures to come) and viewed the sobering exhibition "The Great War in Portraits" at the National Portrait Gallery. Several avid fans of The Lord of the Rings even tracked Gandalf to his, um, [...]

2014-06-13T17:37:25+00:00 June 12th, 2014|SMU-in-London: Arts 2014|
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