An update from Jason, a sophomore management science major and math minor and a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps: Yesterday we arrived at Oxford, but today was the first day that we as a group were able to truly explore this historic place of learning. The morning began with a guided tour of the entire city, a tour that took us to the back streets and some of the lesser-known spots in the town. The guide explained to us how lots of the colleges were originally monasteries, which were then turned into institutions of higher learning. We are staying in University College, the oldest college at Oxford, and you can clearly see the monastic roots of Univ just [...]
An update from Alexander, a junior majoring in finance, with a minor in computer science, and a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps: Today is not an ordinary Tuesday ... because it is our first full day in the UK. I am lucky enough to be the first RCLC blogger on this incredible trip to the United Kingdom. Our journey began Monday night as we toured London. We walked by Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and so much more. We left for Oxford in the afternoon, and we were all excited to experience a Residential College system like none other. The three-hour bus ride and long walks were all worth it as we stumbled through the [...]
The Italian writer Ítalo Calvino in his Invisible Cities notes that “the city does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, and scrolls.” (Calvino, p. 11) Rome can be very much seen under the light of the city of memory that Calvino refers to in his text. Its history, like that of most cities, is etched onto its structure, and fascism features as a poignant part of this history. The Viale del Mare, opened in 1928, was a major [...]
Since the first day in Panama, our team went on to work with two other sites around the country with congruent objectives. The second visit was centered on an orphanage run by the sweetest little old nuns, which doubled as a shelter for abandoned kids with a range of mental and physical disabilities. There we were able to tour the facilities and take notes on areas in which they sorely needed resources, as before; but unlike the first site, we were also able to see the school where the kids attended, in addition to playing a variety of sports due to the much larger space. By a variety of sports, I mean we played a LOT of soccer with the [...]
Eight SMU undergraduates and four faculty and staff members are exploring the birthplace of residential colleges: Oxford, England. With stops in London, Cambridge, and Bath, this group of residential leaders are searching to answer the question, “What is the culture of a true residential college system?” The students, faculty and staff hope to bring back ideas and traditions to enhance SMU’s new Residential Commons system.
Lisa is a senior majoring in markets and culture in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with a minor in education in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is working with the Ethiopian National Project (ENP), whose purpose is to help Ethiopian immigrants and their families succeed in Israel.
My primary project this summer has been to research and analyze the arts education funder universe in Los Angeles County. That wasn’t necessarily a self-explanatory assignment when my supervisor first told me about it, so let me explain what that means, why it matters, and what the research will be used for. Most arts organizations that you can think of — symphonies, museums, theaters — are run as nonprofit organizations. Most of them make their money through some combination of earned revenue (usually this means ticket sales, but it could also include things like merchandise and CD sales) and contributed revenue (charitable donations). Contributed revenue tends to come from one of four sources: individuals, foundations, corporations, and government. My project [...]
T.I. is a junior majoring in international studies, religious studies, human rights and Spanish in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to intern with the non-governmental organization Hope for the Silent Voices.
As I’ve gotten to know the women at Nexus, I’ve learned one very important aspect of what a successful treatment center means. Educational lines, economics, politics, and social (un)acceptability are all washed away when the women of Nexus sit down together in a circle of recovery. Strength, hope, passion, and even regret fill the room as stories unfold and emotions resound. It does not matter if you are an upper-class teen mom from Preston Hollow or a woman from the streets of South Dallas with no life line, no social network. Everyone comes together with one purpose and cause – to live a sober and directed life. Surely, there are feuds and suspicions that arise, which is natural when living in [...]
My Advanced Legal Research professor, SMU’s amazing Donna Wolff, taught me to follow the Michael Jackson rule when it comes to conducting research: don’t stop 'til you get enough. The logic is that when the case law starts overlapping and referring back to what’s already been reviewed, the research circle has closed and that phase of the project has ended. The hard work of applying that newfound knowledge begins. Until now, my approach to law school has been to experience as much variety in the legal internships and jobs I take as possible to better define what practice area and career path to pursue upon graduation. The problem is that, with the exception of family law, I have enjoyed all [...]