Daily Update: Tuesday, Feb. 22

February 22, 2011 by · Comments Off 

A deadly earthquake in New Zealand leaves 65 dead and hundreds injured, 53 people have been killed in Juarez, Mexico, and protests continue in the Middle East. Also, a proposed bill may allow Texas college students, faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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Burst the Bubble Blog: Row Your Boat at White Rock Lake

October 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post by Elizabeth Lowe

Fall is here but the weather is still a Dallas-perfect 75 degrees – perfect for a jaunt outside The Bubble.

This week, consider exploring all there is to do around White Rock Lake.
The area is reminiscent of the bike, river and nature trails in Austin minus the drive and weekend crowds.

My personal favorite activity to do in Austin is kayaking on one of the city’s several rivers. Imagine my excitement when I heard White Rock Lake here in Dallas is offering kayak rentals this fall! Not only is the drive shorter, but it’s also a nice, quick break from the often mundane SMU weekend lifestyle of Greenville, Boulevarding, and Uptown.

White Rock Paddle Company is now renting kayaks and canoes through the end of October for various rates. For a mere $19.99 an hour, you can rent a tandem kayak or canoe to explore the lake with a friend. You can even stay out until sundown to catch a Texas sunset on White Rock.

The White Rock Paddle Co. also conducts lake trips for Thursday Nights at the Arboretum. Paddle or no paddle, this regular Thursday night live music event is another not-to-miss at White Rock.

Starting around 6 p.m., locals fill the open-air amphitheater with quilts, picnic baskets, and bottles of wine to watch an evening of live music on the lake. Beatlegras delighted concert-goers last month with their bluegrass-Beatles fusion and played past sunset making for a beautiful fall night.

Petty Theft, a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band, hits this amphitheater stage this week. Tickets are $16.00 for non-members, but you can pack your own picnic and drinks to make a night of it. My words of advice: get there early, bring a blanket, and pack bug spray. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music from 7-9 p.m.

Take advantage of this great weather and burst The Bubble outside on White Rock Lake. Whether you bike, kayak, or catch some tunes you’re sure to find a nice getaway just down the road.

VIDEO: Vonnegutt Brings Hip-Hop to Austin City Limits Festival

October 11, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Natalie Blankenship

SMU Daily Mustang’s Lisa Collins spoke to Kyle Lucas from Vonnegutt about the band’s first time to perform at Austin City Limits Festival.

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Campus News Blog: Texas Offers Fall Break Plans

October 7, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Kassi Schmitt

With fall break nearly here, many SMU students are packing their bags and heading out of the Lone Star State to spend four days away from school, studying and midterm stress.

But for those of you not planning to travel far from the Dallas area for break, here are a couple of relatively cheap and fun weekend/day getaways:

1). Float the river…While the sun is still shining and temperatures are in the 80s, why not grab your swimsuit and your friends and head up to New Braunfels for the day?  (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

2). Put on those cowboys boots sitting in your closet and head on down to Fort Worth. Visit the Sundance Square downtown or head to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and Industry. You can even grab a juicy Texas-sized steak at H3 Ranch before two-stepping your way over to Billy Bob’s for some good ol’ country music and dancing.

3). Keep Austin weird…There’s plenty to do and see in this crazy city: Take a tour of the capitol building, see the bats under the bridge or go to 6th street for shopping and dining!

4). Feeling outdoorsy? Lake Buchanan is the second largest of the Highland Lakes in Central Texas measuring over 30 miles long. Little cabins and bed and breakfasts are situated right along the edge.  

5). But if you are planning to stay within the city limits, the Texas State Fair is still going on until October 17. Bring your appetite and be sure to try the award-winning Fried Fritos Pie.

Daily Update: Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

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Arts Beat: ACL trends

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Posted by Brenna Rushing

On the grounds at the Austin City Limits, I noticed how drastic the style changes from year to year. Last year the themes included bohemian styles and patterns. There were many girls wearing long dresses and leather sandals. The guys always seem to stay the same. They wear shorts and tees.

But this year was different. There were hippie style headbands, the kind that are tied across your forehead, and tie-dye shirts. Ray bans were everywhere, in any style imaginable. Thankfully there was a shortage of low cut tops and shorts that needed more length.

It’s so funny how much trends change in a year.

Local Bands Head South for ACL

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