Campus News Blog: Controversy Over Bush Institute Continues with United Methodist Church

April 23, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Samantha Criswell

As plans for what President Bush is calling the “Freedom Institute” solidifies, controversy surrounding the institute continues. Disputes over land the institute would be built on have arisen in both civil and church courts.

The Methodist’s approval of leasing land to the Bush institute for 99 years at a price of $1,000 is being challenged by the head of the Mexican-American program at Perkins School of Theology.

Despite these obstacles, members of Highland Park United Methodist Church and the SMU administration remain supportive. Most SMU students, on the other hand, remain indifferent, according to the Daily Campus.

Only time will tell if, amidst the controversies, the Bush Institute can be what the former President wants: a beacon for the spread of Democracy.

Dribbler’s Diary: It’s Not Over Yet

March 18, 2009 by · Comments Off 

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Arts Beat: Crooked Tree Coffeehouse is Haven for Indie Kids and Mainstream Coffee Lovers Alike

February 28, 2009 by · Comments Off 

“Johnny Citizen” performing at Crooked Tree Coffeehouse Feb. 21 with local art showcased behind him.

Posted by Rachael Morgan

Sure, at Starbucks you can get a “The Way I See It” paragraph on the back of your cup. Maybe you’ll see someone you know as they run in and then out. You could even buy a stuffed plush… even if you can’t figure out how it possibly connects to a coffee store. But can you drink your coffee in an actual mug while looking at art from local artists and listening to live music?

My guess is no. That’s exactly what you can do at Crooked Tree Coffeehouse.

The coffeehouse features local art that is periodically changed, and on Friday and Saturday nights after eight it hosts live musical acts. You could claim a table and study, claim a couch with friends and play Uno or Trivial Pursuit (just a couple of games provided by the coffeeshop), or take a chance with the coffeeshop’s collection of books. Did I mention there is free WiFi?

Crooked Tree is an actual house with three rooms opened up to each other and estate sale decor. It serves a variety of coffee and non-coffee drinks as well as ice cream and vegan pastries. It’s located at 2414 Routh St, just a turn off from the cosmopolitan streets of Uptown.

Crooked Tree might actually be Dallas’ worst kept secret, with rave reviews from D Magazine and Dallas Daily Candy, and 30% off coupons in the SMU coupon book, but it still has the indie, non-mainstream vibe that makes you think you stumbled upon the EP of an unknown band with a small but loyal following.

SMU Men’s Basketball Loses Ground Despite Home Court Advantage

January 26, 2009 by · Comments Off 


Coach Doherty talks to the press after his 'Stangs basketball team loses to ECU 80-74.        ( PHOTO BY ALAN ROSE / THE DAILY MUSTANG

Coach Doherty talks to the press after his Mustang basketball team loses to ECU 80-74. ( PHOTO BY ALAN H. ROSE / THE DAILY MUSTANG)



By Robby Gillespie


The SMU men’s basketball team just can’t find a way to win recently. After another strong offensive performance, and the second consecutive game coming down to the last minute, the Mustangs received their eleventh loss of the season and fourth in Conference USA.

East Carolina forward Darrius Morrow’s 21 points led the Pirates (10-8, 2-3 C-USA) past SMU, 80-74, Jan.24 at Moody Coliseum.

Head coach Matt Doherty said: “It’s a tough loss. I’m disappointed for my players.”

The Mustangs (6-11, 1-4 C-USA) led 62-55 half way through the second half only to see the lead slip away two minutes later when East Carolina’s James Legan sank a three pointer to go ahead by one. SMU never led again.

“We were so worried about keeping the lead and not messing up,” SMU guard Derek Williams said. “I think that’s where everybody got tight instead of just playing their game.”

The game had 12 lead changes and was tied 10 times. The Mustangs, led by 16 points each from Bamba Fall and Paul McCoy, shot 50 percent from the field and were seven for 17 from the three-point line.

Fall, who leads the Conference USA in blocks, recorded three against ECU.

“Bamba was really good. I liked his aggressiveness [and] his toughness. When he touched the ball good things happened,” Doherty said.

The Mustangs, feeding off the support of the second highest home attendance this season, jumped out to a quick six-point lead, but the game was back and forth throughout.

“I thought we had a really good start. We had a good crowd here,” Doherty said. “I wanted to win for SMU, our students, our fans, as much as I want to win for our players.”

Doherty blamed part of the loss on the Mustang’s poor defensive execution. He said there were breakdowns in the zone, which the Mustangs went to early on, as well as the man-to-man defense, which they used for most of the second half.

The defensive struggles led to the Pirates shooting 10 for 20 from the three-point line.

“We’ve got to learn from it and move forward,” Doherty said. “We’re getting there. They’re getting better. I know it’ll come.”

The Mustangs have three days to prepare before they take on Central Florida (ranked third in C-USA) Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. in Orlando.

“They’re well coached…they’re good,” Doherty said. “We’ll just have to regroup and try to win another one.

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Women’s Lacrosse Growing in Popularity

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by Morgan Maddox

On a hot Thursday afternoon, practice starts early for the SMU women’s club lacrosse team. The girls dress out in regular gym clothes, and, then, sticks in hand, they take the field at Ford Stadium.

With sweat dripping down their faces and exhaustion coming upon them, the girls push themselves through their drills. They do not have a large fan base, mostly parents and friends of individual players. So, they look toward each other for support.

“These girls are clearly dedicated athletes,” coach Liz Holmes said.

Junior Ali Leven attended roughly five games last year in support of her friends on the team. Leven, studying psychology and early education, has been unable to attend a game this year, but says she noticed a change in the team during last season.

“They definitely got better as the year went on, and they had learned to work together,” Leven said.

SMU club teams are not allowed to use the athletic department’s facilities or personnel, such as the weight room or athletic trainers. Members of the lacrosse team work out at the Dedman Center on their own time, and the team has its own trainer at games. All of the players are voluntary and are not eligible to receive scholarships for being on the team. They have to pay dues to cover expenses.

Last year, the women’s lacrosse team went 9-2, ranking third in its league against teams like the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Christian University. The team made it to the semi-finals but lost to the University of Texas. This year, the women are looking for a win.

“We are better than last year,” said sophomore attacker Kerri Dezell, who is studying advertising and English.

Liz Holmes has been coaching the lacrosse team since its formation three years ago. She has watched the team grow not only in size, but also in achievement.

“We had just enough players for games the first year,” Holmes said.

Now, the team has more than enough. In only three years, the club sport has tripled in size, with 35 players on this season’s roster.

“We have more numbers that are committed to being successful,” junior low defensive man Kara Kinsey, an economics major, said.

Lacrosse is a sport played with 10 people using a solid rubber ball and long handled rackets known as lacrosse sticks. The game is a mixture of soccer, basketball, and hockey. It is one of the fastest growing team sports, according to U.S. Lacrosse, Inc.

Holmes travels to various high schools to try to recruit players, but she is finding she does not have to look that hard. Unable to give scholarships, Holmes can only offer girls the chance to play a sport they love at a higher level with a schedule that demands less than that of a division team.

“Girls are starting to search us out,” she said.

The coach fears the day the team starts to attract even larger numbers of players.

“It’s scary to have 40 to 45 people, because you don’t want to cut girls,” she said.

According to Dezell, the team’s biggest strength is its defense. Hope Hicks, captain and president of the club, agrees.

“We have a new goalie, who is the core of our defense, and we have a lot of returning girls on defense,” Hicks said.

Out of the returning women, only four have been with the team since the beginning. The team is made up of girls who have played lacrosse for years, while others are just being introduced to the sport. The majority of those who came to the team with prior knowledge of the sport played throughout high school.

According to Holmes, the team has about two to three players each year who have never played lacrosse.

“It is surprising how quickly they can come up in level,” she said.

The team practices twice a week, and the girls are responsible for working out on their own. Not all SMU students see the commitment players put into the team.

“Some of the players just aren’t that dedicated. They only play for a little bit and then quit,” junior Greg Standerfer said.

However, Holmes believes the team is willing to play anywhere.

“We would play on Mockingbird if they shut it down,” she said.

With girls from all across the country and different backgrounds in sports, the lacrosse team continues to strive to become better and stronger as they look forward to being chartered in November.

“This is going to be a fantastic year,” Holmes said.