Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fight financial fraud: The SEC is here to help

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – or as I like to call it, The Game Changer.  Unless you’ve been hiding your money under your mattress for the past few years, you’ve heard of the Dodd-Frank Act.  While the name has a certain lackluster feel to it, the substance of the Act is something else completely.  The Dodd-Frank Act provides incentives, protections, and procedures for people who report information about securities-related fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission. That’s right… incentives, protections, and procedures for people who report fraud to the SEC. If it reads cryptic and leaves you with a sense of “huh,” then you’re not alone.  The Act allows the SEC to actively recruit and [...]

2013-07-30T21:59:44+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Nayeem in Fort Worth|

‘Shuff up!’

Recently, the teacher in the 4-year-old classroom at Kukuli has been trying to incorporate as much English as possible in every aspect of the kindergarten. The other day the kids were goofing off as usual, and the teacher quickly said “Cállense,” which means “Be quiet” in Spanish. She then started saying “Shuff up, Shuff up,” and she looked at me to clarify that she was directly translating “Cállense” into English. I realized that she was attempting to say, “Shut up”; I explained that in the U.S. we wouldn’t use this phrase with children and instead the command would be “Be quiet.” Although in the moment, I thought the teacher’s confusion was a little funny, the truth of the matter is [...]

2013-07-26T16:15:20+00:00 July 26th, 2013|Danielle in Peru|

Living history at Oxford

SMU-in-Oxford at High Table Oxford is certainly not like any college I've ever been to. On the first day I was dropped off in the middle of a bustling little town composed of boutiques, pubs, coffee shops, and elaborate churches. The buildings quite literally line the street, which are rarely split by alleyways. Double-decker buses and bikes further characterize the disorganized and chaotic sidewalks. Our college, University College, was not indicated by a particular building but rather by a fairly inconspicuous door on a stone wall by the street. It was not until I entered through the passage into a courtyard that I could finally see University College with its green space and winding staircases. Each morning of [...]

2013-07-25T19:33:54+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Monica in Oxford|

First day of class in Singapore

Dr. Todd Rasberry and Rev. Gary MacDonald, Perkins School of Theology faculty, are in residence at Trinity Theological College in Singapore for the July 22-Aug. 2 Doctor of Ministry session. (Photo by B. Overton) Rev. Gary MacDonald (far right) leads D. Min. students during the first day of classes at Trinity Theological College July 22. Pictured, from left: Michael Moey (Malaysia), Tahir Wjdjaja (Indonesia), Grace Toh (Singapore), Manoj Thomas (Canada), and Paul Bala (Singapore). (Photo by T. Rasberry) Worship was being held at this Hindu temple in Singapore at the same time faculty and students worshiped July 21, just one block away at Kampong Kapor Methodist Church. (Photo by T. Rasberry)

2013-07-23T17:32:06+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Perkins Theology in Singapore|

What I’ve learned in Uganda

An open water source Five weeks in Uganda.  Five weeks is enough to get over jet lag - even for a family of four.  Five weeks is enough to share a proper greeting with several close, longtime friends.  Five weeks is enough to conduct surveys and interviews of 263 community members within eight of the twelve villages where KIBO has completed sanitation campaigns and installed water wells.  Five weeks is even enough to compile the data from each of these villages.  Five weeks is enough to share long meals and even longer conversations about problems regarding clean water, poverty, and development in Uganda.  Five weeks is enough to problematize simple answers.  Five weeks is enough to scratch beyond [...]

2013-07-23T15:05:39+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Spencer in Uganda|

A typical morning in Cuzco

Although I set an alarm every night before I go to bed, I don’t wake up to the “typical iphone alarm.” Instead, I usually wake up to either exploding fireworks or never-ending car alarms. As an American, I generally associate fireworks with holidays such as July 4th or New Year's. In Cuzco, though, it is common to hear fireworks in the morning, in the middle of the day, or at night. When I first arrived, I heard fireworks during the day and was afraid because I thought I heard gunshots. However, I learned quickly that the noise was simply Peruvians “having fun.” The coca leaves on the breakfast table that I put in my tea every morning. On [...]

2013-07-19T22:09:24+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Danielle in Peru|

Where my feet have led

My feet are scratched, bruised, calloused, blistered, and I am pretty sure my baby toe is broken. I have never been in so desperate need of a pedicure in my life. That being said, I have never appreciated my feet more. It is custom in Indian culture to take off your shoes before entering a building, so it is very normal to wear flip-flops everywhere, and once people get to where they need to go, it is even more normal to walk around barefoot. Thus, I walk around barefoot. It took some time to get used to, but once I got past how disgusting my feet were every day, I learned to take pride in all that my feet can [...]

2013-07-19T21:56:35+00:00 July 19th, 2013|Elizabeth in India|

What is the American experience, anyway?

Jessica is a graduate student in cultural anthropology and a candidate for a graduate certificate in women's and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Jessica is working on her dissertation, which compares middle-class, heterosexual Mexican-American couples and Anglo couples in the U.S. with the goal of understanding why these individuals choose to be child-free and how gender influences power relations in decision-making. During summer 2013, she is attending the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program in Washington, D.C., to expand her knowledge of Latino studies and explore how her work as an anthropologist can be utilized in a museum setting.

2013-07-18T15:44:58+00:00 July 18th, 2013|Jessica in Washington, D.C.|

What’s in a bowl of soup?

Rahfin is a junior President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who is majoring in economics, political science and mathematics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working for the U.S. State Department at the Bureau of Central and South Asia in Washington, D.C.

2013-07-12T16:28:46+00:00 July 12th, 2013|Rahfin in Washington|

Indulging the Performative at the Borough Market, London

Andrea, Traci, and Lexi created a PowerPoint for their final project in London about how food can be performative through many senses to create an understood language similar to their dance performances. The students used the Borough Market in London as the setting for their extravagant, sensory food adventure. Food As: Performance “Food, and all that is associated with it, is already larger than life. It is already highly charged with meaning and affect it is …ALIVE …FUGITIVE …SENSORY”   Food As: A Strong Visual Effect This opulent display of desserts attracted customers from across the market. Each dessert paid particular attention to detail—whether it was in the scripting of letters, the geometric cutting of each slice, or the swirling [...]

2013-07-11T19:17:26+00:00 July 11th, 2013|SMU-in-London: Arts 2013|
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