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Andrew Graybill, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, photographer Laura Wilson’s work showcases American West

Guide Live

Originally Posted: August 28, 2015

Laura Wilson’s rare photographs showcase the American West

Hollywood actor Owen Wilson has in his home “a great picture that my mom took of Donald Judd. He’s a great artist, and it’s in Marfa. It may have been one of the last photographs of him that was taken before he passed away.”
Owen pauses and says, “I think of her as my mom, and my mom is an artist.” The picture of Judd “is an artist taking a picture of an artist. Maybe that’s why she’s able to get such good photographs. She has the eye of an artist.” READ MORE

Get to Know U.S. Amateur Champ Bryson DeChambeau: He Majors in Physics at SMU and Applies His Studies to his Golf Game

Golf.com

Originally Posted: August 24, 2015

4 things you need to know about Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur in stunning fashion. Here are four things you should know about the talented youngster.

OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - AUGUST 23: Bryson DeChambeau hits out of the sand trap on the seventh hole during the final match of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club August 23, 2015 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/Getty Images)
OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL – AUGUST 23: Bryson DeChambeau hits out of the sand trap on the seventh hole during the final match of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club August 23, 2015 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/Getty Images)

 

1. Bryson DeChambeau is just the fifth player to win both the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA individual title in the same year.

Jack Nicklaus (’61), Phil Mickelson (’90), Tiger Woods (’96) and Ryan Moore (’04) are the only other players to grab both titles in the same season. The 21-year-old will also make an appearance for Team USA at September’s 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

2. He majors in physics at SMU and applies his studies to his golf game.

According to Golf Channel, DeChambeau gives new meaning to the term student-athlete. He uses a green-reading system called Vector Putting that factors in a variety of stats, like green speed, green slope and the length of the putt; he cuts all of his irons to the same length (a 6-iron) to create a single-plane swing; and he uses a putter with torque balance to keep his stroke square. READ MORE

Roberto Corona, Embrey Human Rights Program, Seattle park honors 12-year-old killed by Dallas police in 1973

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: August 30, 2015

Seattle park honors Dallas 12-year-old killed by police

At Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park, the playground draws children with its red-and-blue slides and green-and-yellow monkey bars. The lush gardens entice adults to stroll and smell the blooms. A plaque honors the memory of a boy killed by a Dallas police officer in 1973.

The irony here is that the park sits in Seattle, some 1,600 miles from the city where Santos was raised and died. In Dallas, there is no park or plaque in his honor, and that puzzles some who want that to change.

“They can do that in Seattle, but they can’t do that in Dallas,” asked Bessie Rodriguez, the 71-year-old mother of Santos, who died 42 years ago this July. READ MORE

John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair, Josh Rovner, Is Someone Politicizing Intelligence on ISIS?

Political Violence at a Glance

This week the New York Times reported on complaints that the military is altering intelligence estimates in the war against ISIS. According to the Times, civilian analysts in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) claim that officials in U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) have been “improperly reworking” their conclusions in order to present a picture of optimism and progress. While the report is does not contain much detail, critics have already concluded that it is a clear case of politicization. Administration supporters are whitewashing intelligence, they say, rather than face the fact that the administration’s strategy is failing.

Politicization has serious consequences. It skews current intelligence reports and inhibits later reassessment. Episodes of politicization also poison relations between policymakers and intelligence agencies for years after the fact, as happened after a major intelligence-policy breakdown during the Vietnam War. So the claim about doctoring intelligence on ISIS is a serious allegation. Is it true? READ MORE

Dedman College undergraduate student and champion golfer Bryson DeChambeau feels no pressure to turn pro, wants to complete Physics degree

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: August 26, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK — Education has been crucial in getting SMU golfer Bryson DeChambeau to where he is today, so he was adamant Wednesday that he will eventually get his degree.

When that might happen, however, is a bit of a question after the 21-year-old senior became only the fifth man in history to win the NCAA tournament and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.

“I plan to stay in college and complete my degree,” DeChambeau said. “Whether I get it done this year, I’m not 100 percent sure.”

DeChambeau said he could finish up his major in the first semester and then fill in with online courses, but he said he will think long and hard before he eventually commits to turning pro. Next up is the Walker Cup, Sept. 12-13 in England. If he doesn’t turn pro, he will receive invitations to next year’s Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and U.S. Amateur. READ MORE

Student draws inspiration from role in organizing national black fiction writer’s literary retreat

SMU News

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DALLAS (SMU) — When SMU creative writing director David Haynes started planning this summer’s Kimbilio Literary Retreat, a weeklong excursion to SMU-in-Taos for African American fiction writers, he knew he’d need a helping hand.

Where to look? He quickly made up his mind to recruit help from his spring intermediate fiction writing class.

“Haynes offered me a work-study position because he needed help with the Kimbilio website and their social media platforms,” says 20-year-old interdisciplinary studies junior River Ribas. “I said, ‘I’m young. I can help you with that.’”

Ribas didn’t realize it then, but the job description would include a lot more than social media duty by the summer’s end. READ MORE

Linda K. Wertheimer, author of the new book Faith Ed.: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance, praised Religious Studies Prof. Mark Chancey

KERA, Think

Originally Posted: August 20, 2015

Teaching Without Preaching

Public schools aren’t allowed to encourage students to pursue religion. Yet so much of navigating a diverse world requires an understanding of other people’s beliefs. This hour, we’ll talk about how to prepare students without proselytizing with Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed.: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance (Beacon Press). LISTEN

Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Dallas D.A. Susan Hawks three-week absence creating buzz at courthouse

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: August 22, 2015

Where is Susan Hawk?

Dallas County’s district attorney has been on an abrupt break from work for nearly three weeks — and those close to her won’t say where she is.

Hawk has been off since Aug. 3, a representative said. She has canceled or skipped multiple public appearances during that time, including a high-profile Crimes Against Children Conference, where she was invited to speak. Her absence from the office has become the talk of the Frank Crowley Courts Building, with even her own employees speculating on their boss’s unexplained whereabouts. READ MORE

Congrats to senior Bryson DeChambeau as he advanced to the U.S. Amateur final

New York Times

Originally Posted: August 22, 2015

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau advanced to the U.S. Amateur final, putting him a victory away from becoming the fifth player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.

DeChambeau, from Clovis, California, beat Southern California sophomore Sean Crocker 4 and 3 in the semifinals Saturday at Olympia Fields. He will face Virginia junior Derek Bard of New Hartford, New York, in the 36-hole final Sunday. Bard topped Japan’s Kenta Konishi 3 and 2.

“It’ll be a fun battle,” DeChambeau said. “If I can stay in the moment, I’ll be all right.”

Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) are the only players to sweep the NCAA and Amateur titles in a season. READ MORE