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SMU News Originally Posted: March 20, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing even further the number of people working on campus. Effective Monday, March 23, the University moves to essential personnel only status until April 3. Employees will be contacted directly by their appropriate vice president or athletics director with guidance on their individual units’ operating plans. All faculty and staff, whether salaried or hourly, will continue to be paid during this period. Please remember to report your [...]
SMU NEWS Originally Posted: March 12, 2020 READ THE FULL LETTER HERE Dear SMU community, Due to rapidly changing issues related to the spread of Coronavirus, SMU will move students from classrooms to online instruction for the first two weeks following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23. The University is requesting that as many students as is possible leave the residence halls during Spring Break and remain home until April 5, as we expect normal operations to resume on April 6. International and other students who need to remain living in the residence halls should formally request approval from the Office of Residence Life and Student Housing to stay on campus. RLSH will send a message directly to residents containing additional information outlining the process. The campus [...]
OK, boomers, this SMU student body president shows why his generation might be the one that can fix politics
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: Jan. 24, 2020 Raised in the Houston area, Darian Taylor, will graduate in May with a double major in public policy and communications. Regardless of what job he lands next, he intends to make time to replicate his work at SMU by doing community-organizing. READ MORE OK, this boomer decided — as another nasty election cycle tempts me to cower under my bed until 2021 — to instead seek out the opinion of someone who’s about to cast his first vote in a presidential primary. What young person would want to wade into this pigsty? I asked Darian Taylor, a senior at Southern Methodist University. With a smile that lit up the room, he responded, “Yes, that’s me.” This 21-year-old [...]
Tower Center blog Originally Posted: November 2019 Denver Nicks, SMU ’07, a Hunt Leadership Scholars recipient and a Tower Center alumnus, is an award-winning journalist, former staff writer for TIME, and contributor to National Geographic Travel, Rolling Stone, Uproxx, and other publications. He is also the author of the books Hot Sauce Nation: America’s Burning Obsession, PRIVATE: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History, and CONVICTION about Lyons v. Oklahoma, a pivotal case in the career of Supreme Court justice and civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall. Currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Tulane Law School, Denver took a few moments to speak with us about his time at the Tower Center and how the professors and programming provided a solid, well-rounded foundation that has [...]
Good Morning America Originally Posted: September 10, 2019 Democrats say they are mounting a major push across battleground states to court suburban voters -- a key voting demographic that was once the bedrock of the GOP but has been shifting away from the party in the era of President Donald Trump. The effort, which will target areas that will likely define the 2020 presidential contest, kicks off on Thursday with a roundtable event, hosted by Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, alongside local Texas residents in the suburbs of Harris County. The site of this first event sits in the 7th Congressional District currently held by freshman Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher -- whose seat was a key pickup in a crucial geographic area seen by [...]
Law.com Originally Posted: September 18, 2019 Welcome to Supreme Court Brief, our home for news and analysis about the US Supreme Court and the lawyers who practice there. Thanks for reading! By Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle Welcome to Supreme Court Brief. The justices are speaking regularly right now, just weeks before the start of the new term, and we’ve got a few lines from Justice Kagan about keeping her thoughts to herself—at least on some things. Plus: Catch up with a group of students who spent some time this year inspecting the papers of justices at the Library of Congress. Also: The House Judiciary Committee is taking another look at how to make federal courts more accessible. Thanks for reading, and your feedback is [...]
Happy first day of classes! It is going to be a great year!
SMU News Originally Posted: August 20, 2019 Be self-aware. Embrace unexpected opportunities. Lead with empathy. That’s just some of the great advice shared by alumni who took their SMU degrees and forged unexpected paths after leaving the Hilltop. One thing they all have in common is that they didn’t let fear get in their way. When they have a vision, Mustangs are unstoppable. READ MORE
CBS DFW Originally Posted: August 1, 2019 Texas Democrats Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro face different challenges as they try to build momentum for their Presidential campaigns. O’Rourke, the former El Paso Congressman, already qualified for next month’s debate in Houston, but analysts say he needs to stop his slide in the polls and fundraising. Analysts say Castro, the former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary for President Barack Obama, needs to find a way to qualify for the next debate. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson said he was better last night even than the first debate. Castro continues to win praise for his debate performance Wednesday night, when he went head to head against former Vice President Joe Biden over illegal immigration.