Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pasta and Passion

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. Last week, I attended one of the events in Shuttles Hall (where I live) called “Ramen with Ramon.” Attendance wasn’t fabulous, but for the first time since I’ve been living there, I took initiative and learned the names of some hall-mates while in the lobby. Our student body president, Ramon Trespalacios, talked about how to get involved, how to promote school spirit, and about his personal life and accomplishments. I came to visit SMU in April of last year with my friend Tommy and, being too scared to [...]

2013-10-22T10:08:58+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Growing up with JFK stories

An update from Jackie, sophomore majoring in advertising in Meadows School of the Arts and minoring in business in Cox School of Business: The Kennedy name has been familiar to me since I was old enough to understand the importance of people in history. It was not deliberate, however, my first name, Jacqueline, was already chosen when Jackie O passed away a week before I was born. My maternal grandmother's family had a strong interest in history and politics; and because the Kennedys had been part of my grandmother's era, I grew up hearing a great deal about them. My grandmother has countless books in her possession that profile all aspects of JFK in regards to politics, his presidency, his [...]

2013-10-18T11:11:51+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Generation Y Studies JFK's Life and Times|

My Life as Baby RLSH

An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering Since becoming a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps, I have been dubbed “Baby RLSH” by many of my friends (RLSH is pronounced like “relish” and is an acronym that stands for Residence Life and Student Housing). The patch on our shirts has become a conversation starter on more than one occasion, and I wear it with pride. On Wednesday, we welcomed 18 new members to the Residential Commons Leadership Corps, and they have since been placed in their Residential Commons, completing the triangle [...]

2013-10-22T10:10:21+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Understanding the past; preparing for the future

An update from Gerry, a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in history in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: I have always liked to consider myself a history buff of sorts. Studying how certain aspects of culture and events cause change over time has always been an intellectual hobby of mine. With that in mind, I have always had a keen interest in John F. Kennedy’s time in office and the events that occurred during that period. Specifically, I’ve always been intrigued with how JFK’s presidency would come to change the nation as a whole. When I saw this course as an option, I was beyond excited. In class, we have just discussed the election of 1960 – a [...]

2013-10-17T11:22:12+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Generation Y Studies JFK's Life and Times|

Freedom of information vs. national security

An update from Katelyn, a junior double-majoring in journalism and theatre in Meadows School of the Arts, with a special emphasis in international politics in Dedman College: The media storm engulfed this past summer with the breaking and subsequent three months of solid coverage of Edward Snowden and the NSA file leaks. Visiting D.C. and meeting with top journalists provided a prime opportunity for open discussion on the line between exposing necessary truths to the public and putting national security at risk. While the issue is far more complex than just two sides of patriot versus traitor, those qualifiers remain the general divider between most public opinion, in the broadest scope of the matter. The media thrives both off stories [...]

2013-10-22T15:43:09+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Washington, a city of possibilities

An update from Lauren, a sophomore majoring in political science in Dedman College and public relations in Meadows School of the Arts: Being in D.C. for the past four days has made me realize so many things about myself, my future, and the workplace. We met so many highly successful, influential people in professional settings over the course of only four days. I came out of nearly every meeting thinking, "I want to work here!" I have realized that politics really is what I love and that I can't imagine doing anything else. One thing that I liked was being thrust into such professional settings. Most students are not exposed to very formal, professional settings until their first internship or [...]

2013-10-22T15:38:36+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Health care: A human right

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: At 9 a.m. our group struggled through the metro system and found our way to the Department of Health and Human Services. Surrounded by the impressive Planetarium buildings and the Met museums, we were in awe. It was an interesting situation, given the context of the government shutdown. Still, we were rightfully impressed by the sheer importance of the buildings in which we had meetings. I’ve always believed that health care is one of the vehicles through which we can achieve a more equal playing field. That’s why I pursued my current internship with [...]

2013-10-16T14:45:57+00:00 October 16th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

New age of news reporting

An update from Elena, a senior majoring in corporate communications in Meadows School of the Arts and business in the Cox School of Business: As a D.C. first-timer, I found that the Hilltop on the Hill experience exceeded all of my expectations. Communications majors fill a wide variety of positions around the city. Our group had the pleasure of interacting with highly ranked executives. One of the people we met was Dave Levinthal, a senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity.  Visiting with him at the Center for Public Integrity reignited my belief in unbiased, fact-based reporting.  Levinthal is an inspiration for any individual interested in news devoted to the truth.  The Center for Public Integrity hopefully is just [...]

2013-10-29T17:04:57+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|
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