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First night at the Living Village

As part of SMU’s first Engineering & Humanity Week in April, students will live, cook their meals and sleep in temporary shelters designed to house people living in extreme poverty or displaced by war and natural disasters. Students, faculty and local members of the community will build the “Living Village” on the SMU campus lawn, showcasing structures ranging from standard-issue United Nations tents to the experimental EcoDome (sandbag shelter), which uses wire to stabilize walls constructed of long, earth-filled tubes. Continue reading

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Surprises at St. Matthew’s Cathedral

During fall 2010, students in the class Latino/Latina Religions are documenting the history of St. Mary’s College for Women and Pre-GED school at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas, which is experiencing a surge in Latino parishioners. Through work in the archives, interviews with Pre-GED School students and volunteers, and ethnographic work with the parish, the class will produce a history of the church and its programs that will enable the congregation to better understand its multicultural make-up, the historic trends that led to this make-up, and the relationship between the church, its programs and the surrounding community. Continue reading

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A look at the weeks ahead

Jessica is working for the National Center for Policy Analysis’ debate institute, “Debate Central.” The NCPA will be holding a debate camp in Amman, Jordan, along with General Tommy Franks, The King’s Academy and Oklahoma Christian University’s Institute for Leadership and Liberty. Jessica travels to Jordan in July to instruct debate and public speaking with the camp, as well as educate the students there on the debate topic, which addresses the Middle East peace process. Jessica also is serving as managing editor of the White Rock Lake Weekly, a Dallas-area newspaper whose editor-in-chief is an SMU graduate Continue reading

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What it takes to become a doctor

Colton is a junior Hunt Scholar majoring in biology, with minors in chemistry and Spanish, in Dedman College. For summer 2010, he has been selected to participate as a Collegiate Fellow in the summer internship program at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital. Continue reading

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Gear up for football

The Cox School of Business Honors Marketing Practicum class (in photo, right) is teaming up with SMU Athletics this spring to promote SMU Football’s Red and Blue Scrimmage on April 25. The marketing class also is organizing festivities at Doak Walker Plaza before the scrimmage for students, alumni and the community. Continue reading

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Second stumble-through

Rukhmani, a junior theatre major at Meadows School of the Arts, plays the role of Lavinia in “Titus Andronicus,” a co-production between Kitchen Dog Theater and Meadows School of the Arts from April 17 to May 16, 2009. Lavinia is Titus’ daughter and a victim of the violent revenge that characterizes many aspects of the play. Continue reading

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Interning in a Senator’s office

Deidre is a junior political science and history major who has an internship with U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in Spring 2009. She also will be attending the weeklong Conservative Political Action Conference in February, working with and assisting lobbying groups, political action groups and politicians as an intern. Continue reading

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Working at Our Friends’ Place

Lindsay, a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in counseling, received a public service internship award from the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility this summer. She will perform her internship at Our Friends’ Place in Dallas, serving on the treatment team that works with girls and young women who have been neglected, abandoned or otherwise abused. Continue reading

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Homelessness in Dallas

Cody, a junior political science major, received a public service internship award from the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility this summer. She will be working with the Stewpot in downtown Dallas. She plans to attend several City Council meetings and to learn about the public policy of homelessness and how it is changing in Dallas, with the opening of the new and nontraditional Bridge Homeless Assistance Center. She hopes to help the Stewpot understand the attitude of the city toward the homeless population and the reflections of that attitude in city policy. Continue reading

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Blast from the past at Mane Event

Erica, a sophomore advertising major, is getting ready for Mane Event, a campus-wide carnival in celebration of the end of classes that takes place on April 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. As Campus Event chair for Student Foundation, she has spent the spring semester leading her committee in putting together all of the various aspects of Mane Event, from inflatable activities to pie-throwing contests to decorating Hughes-Trigg. Continue reading

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