VIDEO: Construction on Southbound Mockingbird Exit

February 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Video and Editing by Bridget Bennett

Two lanes of traffic on the southbound Mockingbird Exit on highway 75 are closed. Construction crews are installing a storm drainage system for the Bush Presidential library.

The crew are only working during slow traffic hours; a metal plate covers the hole during morning and evening rush hour to prevent traffic delays. Crews estimate it will take about two more weeks of work to complete the project.

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Fall Into The Fur Trend

September 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Krystal Schlegel

This season fake and real fur has been making a huge come back at fashion week, in stores, on celebrities and on students.

The trend was seen on the runways of Chanel, Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, and Juicy Couture- at all different price points. Chanel, always a trendsetter, sent models down the runway in head to toe faux fur ensembles at the Fashion Week.

“Fur is such a large trend this season, because we are seeing a huge ‘70s retro comeback,” said Patty Talley, a top sales associate at Neiman Marcus NorthPark, who styles many SMU clients. She said the ‘70s inspired look can be observed in every fashion magazine and is being worn by many celebrities now.

According to Talley, shoppers are spending from $100-$300 on faux fur vests and jackets and $1,200 and up for the real deal. If shoppers are looking for real fur that is less expensive, rabbit fur is the lowest price.

Valerie Elizabeth of tells her clients to buy vintage furs second hand at a cheaper cost.

“You can pick fur up in so many ways,” Talley said. “Not particularly the full coat, but accent pieces at any budget are available.”

Stylish students can transition their wardrobes from summer to fall by adding an accessory. Young customers are incorporating fur any way they can into their wardrobe with vests, shoes, and bags, said Talley. Students are pairing their fur vests for daytime with simple and understated outfits such as jeans and a T-shirt. However, they can also take the trend from day-to-night by styling fur accessories with an evening dress.

As far as color goes, “beige and blush are huge trends for this fall,” Talley said.

Neutral colors are highlighted in top designers such as, Chanel, Chloe, and Theory’s fall 2010 looks in stores now.

The September issue of Vogue also showed the trend in a spread with a wide variety of accessories and clothing with fur embellishments.

The fur trend is somewhat controversial.

“As a vegetarian, I only wear fake fur because I don’t like the idea of killing animals for skin,” said Lauren Taylor, a fashionable student and member of the SMU Retail Club.

Taylor shops at Cusp and plans to wear fur this fall to school and out with friends. Her fashion icon is Rachel Zoe, a celebrity stylist who can almost always be spotted in a fur vest or jacket, even came out with her own line of faux fur for Zoe is well known for her vintage seventies inspired looks.

Sarah Bray is the Style Editor of the Daily Campus and co-founder of The SMU senior said she looked everywhere for a fur vest last year, but was disappointed there were not any options in mainstream retail shops.

“Now faux fur is everywhere,” Bray said. “After Chanel showed fur on the fall runway, everyone got in on the trend.”

Bray is faux fur all the way. “I can’t handle the thought of a dead animal on my body-it really grosses me out. Even if I had the budget, I still would never purchase real

Bray has a passion for style.

“Fashion is art and personal expression, an outfit in an unexpected unique way is like looking at an artist’s work,” Bray said. “Having the ability to be different and who you are is the best part of being a human, so why not express your personality and stand out through what you wear.”

NOLA NOW: A Trip With Zeitoun

August 31, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Video and Editing By Josh Parr, Nicolette Schleisman and Kassi Schmitt

The NOLA Now team spent Sunday morning with Abdulrahman Zeitoun as he drove us around the city and explained his experiences from the book ‘Zeitoun.’ Specific places we visited were the house where he fed the dogs every day, the house on Claiborne where he was arrested, and Camp Greyhound where Zeitoun was taken and held for three days under miserable conditions. For more on Zeitoun’s experience read Josh Parr’s story in Wednesday’s Daily Campus.

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Sports Blog: “Daily Campus” Ignores SMU intramurals

October 19, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Kimmy Ryan

You hear about SMU Division I sports all the time. Whether through word-of-mouth, the school newspaper, the SMU website, blogs, or the Daily Update, the SMU Division 1 athletic teams are highly publicized.

Football, soccer, swimming, volleyball—you name it, there is a story about it. But, what about SMU intramurals?

The SMU intramural teams are highly competitive, full of serious athletes. Most of the intramural athletes played sports competitively in high school or on club teams. If you have ever been to a Pike versus Fiji intramural basketball game, you would realize that not only do they draw a crowd almost the size of the SMU basketball games, but the level of play is top notch.

So, why are the games not publicized? Why are no articles written about the next big intramural game, the best players, or the top rivalries?

These games are fun; the atmosphere is laid back, but the play is still highly competitive. The “Daily Campus,” SMU’s student-run newspaper, refuses to run stories about intramural sports.

This seems totally out of line. Intramural sports and athletes may not deserve as much publicity as SMU Division 1 sports, but they do not deserve to be ignored.

Campus News Blog: Improving the Reputation of On-Campus Housing

October 19, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Nate Regan

I’ll admit, I haven’t lived in the residence halls at SMU since George W. Bush’s first term as president, but I’d be intertested to know if recent renovations made to some of the dorms have improved students’ view of on-campus living.

In May 2006, the Daily Campus published an article stating that “Many SMU students say they pay more to live on campus and recieve fewer amenities than students living off campus.”

The story ran at a time when some at SMU were having serious discussions about requiring sophomores to live on campus.

Less than two years later, another article ran in the DC about the “extreme makeovers” many of the residence halls were undergoing at the time.

I lived in Peyton my freshman year, which did not yet have cable and hadn’t been renovated in a while. But I enjoyed the old-school feel of the old-fashioned dorm.

The new improvements may have really boosted student morale or the ability to get a good night’s sleep (SMU did earn a B for Campus Housing according to something called “College Prowler.”)

But I think the dorms were just fine as they stood a few years ago.

Video: Full Court Press

February 2, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

In a new video feature, sports editors Robby Gillespie of The Daily Mustang and Chris Dell of The Daily Campus talk SMU sports. This week, they analyze the men’s basketball team and its matchup on Wednesday with Memphis at Moody Coliseum, while also weighing in on football signing day.

The SMU men’s basketball team (6-13, 1-6 C-USA) takes on its toughest opponent this season Wednesday night at home against Memphis (18-3, 7-0 C-USA).

Memphis (14, AP) has had little trouble with conference opponents this season. They sit atop the C-USA standings with an undefeated conference record. Last season, they finished conference play with a perfect 16-0 record.

Similar to last year’s team a freshmen leads the team in points. Guard Tyreke Evans leads Memphis with 16.3 pts/game, followed by Robert Dozier, who had a significant role in last year’s national championship run, with 11.8 pts/game.

In 2008, Memphis swept the season series with SMU, winning at home 77-48, and in Moody Coliseum 72-55.

Memphis has won 12 straight and is coming off a 15 point win against Houston.

The Mustangs are on a four game losing streak, and have only one conference win (against Tulsa). The Mustangs will have to play their best game of the season to challenge the Tigers.

Game time is Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

Daily Campus Inaugural Coverage

January 21, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Meredith Shamburger of the Daily Campus filed a story and column from Tuesday’s inaugural festivities. Other Daily Campus coverage includes a story about SMU students gathering at Hughes-Trigg to watch the inauguration and a guest column by Daily Mustang managing editor Caitlin Myers.

Daily Campus Reporter Excited to Witness History

January 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

SMU journalism student Meredith Shamburger, news editor for The Daily Campus, reflects on her chance to take part in a historic moment in her dispatch for today’s DC. The student paper also has stories about the presidential oath and Lincoln Bible, as well as more details on the official SMU group taking part in the festivities.