Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Residential Commons Elephant in the Room: Freshman Room Assignment

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.  “Typically, we become most conscious of privileges when they just start to get taken away from us.” –Dr. Owen Lynch, Associate Professor in Meadows School of the Arts and Director of the Communication Studies Honors Program, during the "Battling Bias" Student Senate Diversity Committee discussion on November 5, 2013. As students at SMU, we have privileges. A privilege is an advantage, right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed by a particular group of people. Some of them include the ability to get good grades, the chance to learn in the classroom, the socioeconomic status to afford school, for some [...]

2013-11-11T10:44:04+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

World Changers Shaped Here

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations:  Sometimes on the Hilltop, we forget that there is a whole other world going on at the same time. People wake up, brush their teeth, go to work/school/back to bed, eat, and do it all over again. When SMU kicked off its "World Changers Shaped Here" campaign, I started to wonder what exactly qualified someone as a "World Changer." In my opinion, a "World Changer" is someone who does what they can to better the world every day. It doesn't have to be anything big or extravagant. One small gesture can really go a long way. Some of the biggest [...]

2013-11-11T09:33:17+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|


I attended my first Rugby match yesterday, and let me tell you, it was the amazing. A few friends and I hopped on a train to go to Edinburgh. Scotland versus Japan seemed like a good game to attend, and a good game it was. Let me go ahead and admit to those of you who don’t know this about me: I don’t care for football (American football). Yeah, I know, that’s sort of a blasphemous thing to say since I’m from a Southern state…it’s the truth, though. I can count the total number of SMU games I’ve attended on just one hand. I apologize, SMU. It’s not that I don’t have school spirit, it’s simply the sport of football that [...]

2013-12-20T14:16:56+00:00 November 10th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Team Wills

I was thinking yesterday about some of the funniest things that have happened to me here. Although I could list more than just a few, I have come to understand and accept the fact that many of them come from my own misunderstandings. I am constantly reminded of one rather humorous incident… Very early on, I became observant of a fashion trend that I seemed to see almost everywhere ( I still do): “Wills” apparel. It seemed as if “Wills” was stamped on every t-shirt, sweatshirt and baseball cap parading through town. Because I’m in St Andrews – and perhaps because I’ve read a couple biographies on the royal couple – my mind immediately translated Wills to William. I thought, [...]

2013-12-20T14:14:58+00:00 November 8th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Coming full circle

An update from Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and an SMU alumna: It’s morning in Washington, D.C. I take a deep breath in through my nose, pause, and exhale. “Do you smell that?” I say to one of our students. There’s something different about the air here. They smile in agreement. Anyone near our group, especially fellow metro travelers, must be able to sense the excitement and anxiousness. The students’ energy levels are soaring and their eyes are bright with anticipation. This will be my third Hilltop on the Hill trip, and each time is more exciting and meaningful than the last. I went on the trip as an undergraduate [...]

2013-11-04T17:30:13+00:00 November 4th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|
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