Daily Update: Monday, March. 7

March 7, 2011 by · Comments Off 

On today’s Daily Update you’ll learn more about the ongoing tensions in Libya and how the country is now caught up in a civil war, what does this mean for the U.S.? Gas prices are going up, over 80 cents since September 2010. And it looks to be a cloudy week before we get into Spring Break, make sure to check in for your local weather. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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The Daily Update: Monday, Oct. 4

October 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

The Daily Update: Monday, Oct. 4 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

The Supreme Court is back today, find out what will make this term different, Verzion wireless has money of their customer’s, are you one of them? And is Uptown getting safer?

Campus News Blog: Campus Crime

April 1, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By T.J. Faust

It has been a busy week for crime on the hilltop.

The biggest bust of the week was the arrest of a non-affiliated man for being in violation of a criminal-trespass warning. In addition to the violation, the man was also in possession of a stolen bicycle, which was confiscated by the SMU Police Department. Multiple other thefts have occurred this week and have ranged from the theft of bicycles to lap tops.

The University Park Fire Department has also made several trips to campus in response to fire calls. One was a false alarm, simply a piece of food burnt by the microwave that sent students pouring out of Fondren Science Building as the alarms screeched. The other was a vehicular fire that caused damage to surrounding care.

All other crimes of the week are the typical fictitious ID and minor in consumption charges.

Campus News Blog: Thieves Roaming Dedman

March 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By T.J. Faust

SMU’s Dedman Center has become the target of increasingly thievery as of late. There have been four separate instances of locker break ins.

In most cases, all that has been stolen is the contents of wallets. Three of the four cases are considered closed, while one remains open. As a result, the Dedman Center has posted flyers reminding patrons to lock their valuables in a secured locker while working out.

There were very few reports of crime this week with only four consumption of alcohol by a minor charge. All incidents have been closed.

Campus News Blog: Alcohol Citations and Overdoses Going Up

November 3, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Maria A. Prato

As university’s authorities and members of the student body are making the effort to fight alcohol and substance abuse on campus the number of alcohol citations and overdoses keep going up.

After the first five weeks of school passed there were 11 students hospitalized with alcohol intoxication or overdose; and the SMU police department arrested 178 students for alcohol violations.

This numbers are alarming when compared to last year’s when, by the same period of time, there were 7 hospitalizations and 70 students cited by the police.

Dr. Lori White, vice president for student affairs, said to the Dallas Morning News that this issue is happening all across the country and what is happening in SMU “is typical.”

Since February 2008, after the task force on substance abuse called for a “culture shift,” the university developed several programs to prevent alcohol and substance abuse on campus.

One of these programs is “call for help.” Dr. White believes that this is the cause why the numbers of hospitalizations is going up, since most students do not hesitate to call authorities for help if they believe a friend might be suffering from alcohol intoxication.

One of the biggest issues this year is underage drinking; nine out of the 11 students hospitalized this year are freshmen.

Click here to check the SMU Police Department crime logs and statistics.

Campus News Blog: SMU PD Unveils New Web Site

February 21, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Laura Vasquez

If you didn’t know already, the SMU Police Department has introduced its new Web site. The new site features a blog with RSS feed subscription capabilities, biographies, and crime alerts.


The blog feature is the most impressive. The police department has become aware of RSS feeds and how popular they have become to retrieve information.

The SMU community should take advantage of this new RSS subscription. You will receive alerts immediately from the department itself.

The site is a lot more attractive than it once was. It is easier to navigate and it looks interesting. Safety tips are provided, as well as job postings, helpful links, and the annual security reports – all important information that the SMU community should look for.

Global News Blog: Mexico Fingerprinting Going Too Far?

February 15, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Madison Wertz

On Feb. 10, Mexico’s congress passed a law that will require Mexico’s cell phone distributing companies to create a database of fingerprints of all their clientele. The law was created to help with Mexico’s climbing number of kidnapping crimes. Lawmakers are hoping that the database will create a list of criminals that use cell phones to their advantage to catch law violators.

My whole thought about the legislation is that obviously Mexico’s government is trying to find a logical solution to its rising crime rate, and to be honest, this idea does not sound completely bonkers to me. Although, you could think of this new law as breaking some serious free speech and privacy rights, desperate times call for desperate measures, and this law could potentially get some answers, right?

The article seen here discussed Mexico’s 700 criminal bands and that majority of them use cell phones to conduct their business. I think the big question here is how far is too far? No government should cross the lines of speaking and communication rights, because once you go down that path where do you stop?

According to the U.S. Department of State Mexico’s crime is at high levels and is often violent. So are they going too far? Well I guess that’s for you to decide. But I have to say, I am rather pleased that my fingerprints are not in a database simply because I have a weekly duty to call my mother in California on my cell phone.

Police Blotter: Halloween Brings Ghoulish Behavior

November 6, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Throughout October, perhaps it was Halloween that had some students in a mischievous mood.

In particular, parking garages experienced a spike in wrongdoings:

On Oct. 13, a student was busted for stealing some orange traffic cones from the Binkley garage at 10:16 p.m.

That Saturday, Oct. 18, one minor was caught drinking and urinating in Binkley at 2:03 a.m.

Five hours later in the same garage, police snagged one student for drug paraphernalia and another for underage drinking.

On Oct. 28, a portable GPS navigation device and radar detector were reported stolen from a student’s vehicle in Dedman 3 Parking Lot at 12:52 a.m.

Stolen Item of the Week: a Greek paddle. On Oct. 28, one was reported stolen at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house at 1:59 p.m. This case is still open.

Halloween weekend warranted 11 underage drinking citations.

That brings Fall 2008′s tally to 130.

Compiled by Caitlin Myers

Police Blotter

September 15, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

On Sept. 1 at 12:59 a.m., a student reported another student kicked her in the face south of Peyton Hall.

Also on Sept. 1 at 10:22 p.m., a student reported he was robbed at knifepoint in his off-campus apartment located near Sandhurst Lane and Skillman Steet.

On Sept. 5 at 1:12 p.m., a student reported that her vehicle was missing from the 3300 block of McFarlin. When an officer found the vehicle in the nearby Dyer Court lot, the student told police that her roommate moved the vehicle without telling her.

On Sept. 14 between 3:29 a.m. and 5:19 a.m., six laptops, an iPod, an X Box 360 and a watch were reported stolen from the PIKE house.

From Aug. 25 to Sept. 18, SMU police tallied 48 underage drinking citations.

– Compiled by Caitlin Myers, cmyers@smu.edu

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