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Forming friendships in service

During December 2013, students participating in Alternative Break traveled to Austin, Texas, to work with Blackland Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that supports residents who earn less than 60 percent of the media income in Austin. Continue reading

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On to my next adventure…

I was thrilled to find out recently that not only have I been approved to take an honors art colloquium in New York City for course credit, but the honors program is offering me a sizable scholarship to help cover … Continue reading

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More than 24,500 meals ready to go

During Fall Break in October 2013, students, faculty and staff visited five communities to perform service. They traveled to Hartshorne, Oklahoma, to do home repairs for homeowners; to Oklahoma City to work with the regional food bank; to San Antonio to engage in community development and youth education; and to Bridgeport, Texas, to work at a nonprofit animal sanctuary. A group also remained in Dallas to work at a women’s shelter. Continue reading

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Coming full circle

An update from Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and an SMU alumna: It’s morning in Washington, D.C. I take a deep breath in through my nose, pause, and exhale. “Do … Continue reading

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Journalism during the Civil War

An update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts:  “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” Frederick Douglass’s claim harmonizes with the exact phenomenon … Continue reading

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Exploring the history of news

An update from Alexandra, a junior majoring in psychology and English with a minor in women’s and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences:

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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 … Continue reading

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Who was the real JFK?

An update from Rianna, a sophomore: I was honestly not looking forward to this class. I didn’t really know much about former President John F. Kennedy; I simply knew that he was assassinated in Dallas and that we had a … Continue reading

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Oxford Recap: Sherlock Holmes Style

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. Jamie observed the residential commons model in Oxford first-hand. When I got on the 7-hour … Continue reading

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Diary of a Faculty in Residence

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: Week 1, August 12: First Impressions The Boulevard is my front lawn. Before I completely moved in, I quickly decided that I am never leaving. I … Continue reading

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