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Dallas: Sports City, USA

By Liz Blumberg

While Dallas is famous for many things, one thing stands out in particular: sports. Whether your favorite team rules the field, the court or the ice, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the action – some are just minutes away from campus!

 NFL: Dallas Cowboys

“The House That Jerry Built” is just 30 minutes away from SMU and the home of the Dallas Cowboys. If football is your passion, then you will love catching a game at the brand new stadium that opened in 2009. The biggest attraction? The jumbotron, measuring 160 feet across.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks, the 2011 NBA Champions, play at the American Airlines Center in the heart of downtown. Watching your favorite NBA team is a short cab ride – or DART journey – away. The Mavericks are the pride of Dallas, and owner Mark Cuban is often sighted at restaurants around the city.

MLB: Texas Rangers

The Ballpark at Arlington is considered one of the nation’s prettiest and premier ballparks and you’ll see why once you visit. In the Spring and Summer, SMU students can be always found enjoying a hot dog and a cold drink while cheering on the Rangers.  Out-of-staters: enjoy singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” during the 7th inning stretch!

NHL: Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars are quickly transforming into one of the city’s most popular teams. Tickets are relatively cheap, so it’s easy to get a group together to go watch the Stars tear up the ice. They also play at the American Airlines Center downtown, making any game a short trip and a worthwhile adventure.

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Back on the Hilltop

1150320_10200527032207355_698717938_nBy John Angle

Can you believe it? Summer break is already over – again! I’m especially sad about this summer ending, as it’ll be my last one ever. The real world comes calling after this year! Although I’ll miss the ability to sleep in, not do homework, watch as much Netflix as my retinas can handle it is really great to be back on the Hilltop!

One of the things I’m most excited about this coming year at SMU will be serving as a student representative on the SMU Board of Trustees! At SMU one student serves as a full voting member of the Board of Trustees and one also sits on each of the trustee committees. I was lucky enough to be selected to sit on the Finance and Audit committees, and I could not be more excited. My first audit committee meeting is this week and am enjoying thoroughly pouring over all the information and data they already provided me.  It’s exciting to have the opportunity to serve alongside many of the important business and civic leaders who also serve as Trustees and to give back to SMU in a new way.

On an unrelated – and much more fun – note I played Dallas tour guide all weekend as one of my closest childhood friends, Elizabeth, came to visit me from Atlanta.  Over the long Labor Day weekend we got in a Boulevard and the Texas Tech/SMU game, the Katy Trail, White Rock Lake, Klyde Warren Park, Perot Science Museum, and a Rangers game. We also ate our weight in barbeque, Tex-Mex, pizza, cupcakes, burgers, and some of the other awesome food Dallas has to offer. We’re lucky here to live in one of the most fun cities in America to be a young person – there is always something going on, it’s filled with cool people, and there is amazing food. It was a hot but incredibly fun weekend that reminded me how much I love my adoptive city!

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Summer fun in Dallas

By Kathleen Batman

This past weekend a group of friends and I decided last minute to get tickets and go see Brad Paisley perform at the Gexa Energy Pavilion. It was so much fun! We got in the car a few hours before the concert and drove the quick trip. Before the concert started we tailgated in the parking lot and met lots of new people! It was a lot of fun to listen to country music and sing along with people we didn’t even know! When we finally got to the concert we were sitting on the lawn enjoying Lee Brice and Chris Young perform before Brad Paisley came on and one of the event staff people came over to us and gave us tickets into the section right in front of the stage! We were so lucky! Brad Paisley’s performance was so fun! I had such a great time at Gexa that my friends and I are looking into other concerts there in the coming months! I can’t wait to go to another concert there! There’s always something going on in Dallas so I have no doubt that I will be at another concert in no time!

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Things to do in The Big D

By Claire Piepenburg

The Big D is always full of fun things to do, and even though the temperature outside is heating up, Dallasites aren’t slowing down. Here are a few cool things happening this summer:

Bruno Mars/Ellie Goulding at the American Airlines Center

This pop powerhouse duo will be performing this summer at the AAC. In addition, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez are coming to American Airlines in the coming weeks,  John Mayer and Mac Miller will both be performing at Gexa Energy Pavillion this summer and Emile Sande will be bringing down the house at the House of Blues. Not to mention countless other live music venues that host a variety of musical talent each night like Trees, the Prophet Bar and Club Dada.

Social Science- ‘Relationships’ at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

This event is one in a four part series that invites young adults to the new Perot Museum after hours to explore different scientific topics, enjoy performances and shows, and check out new inventions and research.  For the ‘Relationships’ event, guests are invited to discover the relationships behind various scientific topics, like robots and humans or stars and culture. Performances by the Dallas Opera Young Artists, a guest speaker from the Dallas Opera, a Glow Dance show by Orizon Performance Team, and interactive demonstrations and challenges are followed up by an outdoor screening of the original Tron film in 35mm. (Did somebody say ‘date night’?!)

Taste of Dallas at Fair Park

With over 200,000 guests expected at this three-day event, the Taste of Dallas is the largest tasting event in DFW. Celebrating their 26th year, TOD will bring out Dallas’ top chefs from the most popular restaurants. The event will feature shopping, live music, kid-friendly attractions and of course – lots of food!

Rangers vs. Yankees at the Ballpark in Arlington

The Rangers will be playing all summer, but this series will be a ‘can’t miss’! Taking place in late July, the Yankees head south to battle it out in the Lone Star State. Check out a Wednesday game, when the Ballpark hosts their famous $1 hot dog night or a FANtastic Friday Fireworks show, when general admission tickets are just $10 and the Ballpark lights up the sky with tons of fireworks after the game!

This post barely scratches the surface of all the things there are to do in Dallas in the next few weeks. There are entire websites dedicated to cataloging and calendaring all the events, festivals, performances, shows, games and tastings happening in the Big D. Check out the ‘entertainment’ section of or for even more info about stuff scheduled for this summer. There’s never time to be bored in Dallas!

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Life Around Dallas: Uptown

By Philip Kilgore

One of my favorite SMU traditions comes every Sunday; my friends and I go to this restaurant called Gui and enjoy their “all you can eat sushi” special. So every Sunday, we take the trip a few miles down the road to McKinney Avenue, otherwise known as Uptown. Uptown is an area centered on the historic McKinney avenue trolley line that visitors can use to enjoy quick transit throughout the area. The area is known for the many different types of original restaurants and shops, as well as some of the most popular apartments in Dallas. Uptown is only one of the many districts located within the Dallas area. From the Arts District to Highland Park, there is so much culture and excitement to keep anyone entertained. My personal favorite is the Knox-Henderson area. Best known for the Katy trail, a 5.5 mile running trail spanning from Highland Park to the American Airlines Center, this area combines the traditional neighborhood feel with a modern metropolitan area. This area has so many great restaurants, shops, and patio bars that make for an excellent spot to hang out on a great day. Luckily for SMU students, all of these districts are only a short drive or even a short walk away. Being in a city as great as Dallas can have so many benefits, taking advantage of the many districts within Dallas is only one of them!

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Life Around Dallas: Bieber Fever

By Lauren Lyngstad

This past Monday, a group of three friends and myself decided to buy tickets for the Justin Bieber concert about four hours before it started. Being that tickets had been sold out for a while, we decided to visit a ticket resale site in an attempt to get some good tickets for lower than face value. Once we located four tickets in a relatively good position we contacted the seller and transferred the money.

LEFT: One of my best friends, Olivia, and I after getting our tickets!

Just like that, we were off to the American Airlines center to see one of the biggest names in the business! Once we arrived, we dashed from the parking lot all the way to the box office. But, unfortunately, we quickly realized that the tickets we had bought were in fact fraudulent. Dismayed and discouraged, we sulked outside of the building while my best friend was on the phone with her bank trying to figure everything out. We decided that we might as well make the best of it and headed over to Bieber’s tour bus to take a picture.

After we snapped our photo, a man approached us and asked us to step away from the tour bus. We told him that we were on our way out, and he asked us why. Upon hearing our sad story, he asked us if four front row tickets would make up for it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we were just like the girls in the movie. We screamed and jumped up and down and dashed all the way through the front doors, the ticket check, and then all the way to the front row. It was truly an out of body experience, and definitely one of the coolest things I have done while I have been a student at SMU.

This instance just demonstrates the fantastic opportunities that Dallas has to offer SMU students. We are so blessed with such an amazing and beautiful campus that is only ten minutes away from one of the most bustling downtowns in the nation. SMU not only offers students amazing opportunities on our campus directly, but Dallas has a great breadth and depth of opportunities for students to take advantage of. So while you may not necessarily have “Bieber Fever”, Dallas has the Mavericks, the Cowboys, the Stars, the Rangers, the most restaurants per capita, and phenomenal opportunities in concerts and performances. I am truly never bored in this city, and I couldn’t be more blessed to call Dallas my home.

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Weather Woman

By Lauren Lyngstad

Though it is February 2, and Punxsutawney Phil may have “seen” his shadow, it sure doesn’t seem like winter time in Dallas. The past week the highs have been around the 60s and 70s, making it easy to forget that it is the middle of winter! I have loved being able to run to and from the gym in shorts and a t-shirt and being able to walk to and from class without having to trudge through the snow. Being that I am a North Dakota native, it has been so nice going to school in a warmer climate.

It’s crazy to think that this time last year we were in the middle of a “snowpocalypse” in which school was cancelled for four days! Dallas weather really does keep you on your toes. It is great that you can show off every season of your wardrobe throughout the year, and I look forward to seeing what surprises the weather will bring us the rest of this year!

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Nuts about Southwest!

By Lauren Cook

I have the privilege of working as an intern for Southwest Airlines this semester. I wouldn’t have gotten to application opportunity if it weren’t for the help from SMU staff and students. Not only had my professor worked with Southwest Airlines, but also one of our very own tour guides, Derek Hubbard! All of that to say–SMU networking is fantastic.

SMU students have the chance to hear about great networking opportunities including but not limited to: job shadowing, internships, work study jobs, free resume reviews, free mock job interviews, and informational interviews with top managers and recruiters. Most of the time, the professionals come to us on campus!

I am so thankful for this opportunity at Southwest Airlines. I am excited for the three months ahead of me (I just started January 17th and I go till April 18th). And I can’t help but thank SMU for getting me there. Hopefully, it will turn into a job! Fingers crossed 🙂

Until next time,