Residentail Commons Leadership Corps

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|

The Future of Friendship

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. I’m not bragging here, but I have over 1,000 Facebook friends. In fact, I’m almost to 2,000. That’s a lot of people. Pew Research reports that 94% of teen social media users have a Facebook profile. That’s more than 7 million kids. And even though other social media sites are growing, 81% of those surveyed said that Facebook is still the profile they use most often. The reason? Because they have the most connections. But, do I really have 1,992 friends? In the '90s, anthropologist Robin Dunbar famously [...]

2013-10-22T10:13:19+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|