Hutchison, Perry and White Address Issues Important to College Students

March 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Brooks Powell
blpowell@smu.edu

The bid for Texas governor jumps into a new gear Tuesday as Texas voters head to the polls for the 2010 gubernatorial primary. This election is significant because many college students will cast ballots for the first time in a state-wide election for governor. (Rick Perry has served as the state’s chief executive since 2000 when he took over for George W. Bush.)

Candidates of all stripes have criss-crossed the state for months garnering votes and attention. Some of their trips have included stops on the Hilltop.

Students saw Libertarian gubernatorial candidates duke it out at their only Dallas debate in February.

Kay Bailey Hutchison spoke with Daily Mustang editor Sarah Acosta last semester and Governor Rick Perry visited SMU, both to talk about what they will do for college students.

Students also heard from Bill White, former Houston mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

White sat down for an on-camera interview to address issues important to college students. Click on the video below to watch Bill White and SMU-TV reporter Brooks Powell in an excerpt from the Tuesday, Feb. 16 edition of The Daily Update.

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Police Blotter: Election Edition

November 7, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Emotions ran wild with Obama’s historic win Tuesday night. Students expressed both elation and anger, as most prevalently seen in their statuses on Facebook.

What did this mean for SMU police? Protests? Riots? Not so much. Unlike the fight, fire and noose incident at Baylor University in Waco, SMU remained rather quiet.

On election day, Tuesday, an iPod was reported stolen from Moody Coliseum, and a female student reported fraudulent charges on her credit card.

The day after the election, at 10:13 a.m., a female student reported she had been sexually assaulted at the beginning of the school year by an acquaintance. The case remains open.

Thirteen minutes later, a student was busted for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Peyton Hall.

Check back next week for the aftermath of Homecoming weekend.

Compiled by Caitlin Myers

Maverick in Missouri: Feeling Blue in Mizzou

November 5, 2008 by · Comments Off 

SMU junior Natalie Ingram is filing daily blog posts from Missouri, where she is working for the McCain campaign.

SMU junior Natalie Ingram is filing daily blog posts from Missouri, where she is working for the McCain campaign.

Posted by Natalie Ingram

Tuesday morning I woke up knowing that a McCain White House was not likely, but I did have hope that somehow the tide would turn and the GOP candidate would pull an upset.?

Polls closed in Missouri at 7 p.m., which is the same time our campaign made the last phone calls reminding people to get out and vote. Unfortunately, our efforts did not pay off nationally. We can, however, feel good about the fact that we won Missouri, if you count by tenths of a point.

When the polls were closed and spirits were grim, I headed off to the the watch party of Kenny Hulshof, the Republican candidate for governor in Missouri. By 10 p.m., he was on the stage offering his concession speech. All together, it was not a good night for those who put their hearts and time into both campaigns.

After Hulshof addressed the room of loyal, disappointed supporters, I headed downtown where the mood was completely the opposite. Obama supporters were out in full force. The bars were a frenzy of excited voters, thrilled that America is finally going to have the “change they believe in.” Cars drove down the street, honking their horns with passengers screaming out of the windows. Basically, it was not a fun place to be for disappointed McCain supporters like myself.

I will not, however, be a sore loser. I do not believe that Obama was the right choice for the most powerful elected office in the world, but I hope that I am wrong. I hope that Obama supporters found something in him that I missed.

My week in Missouri was long. It would be easy to say that my work ended up not being worth it, but I won’t. The reason our country is great is because citizens have the choice to vote for who they want; we have the right to be involved in our political process, and the Constitution allows for us to freely express our opinions and be heard.

For these reasons, we must continue to voice our beliefs, to challenge our government and to demand excellence. It is, however, the government of the people, for the people, by the people.

I am disappointed that the election did not turn out how I hoped, but I will respect Obama for what he is–the new president of the greatest country in the world.

Election Blog: I wasn’t going to vote, but …

November 4, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Caitlin Myers, 5 p.m.

Yes, I admit it, I wasn’t planning on voting.

I’d carelessly missed the early voting dates. I thought my schedule today would be far too hectic. And I didn’t want to “waste” gas on the 30 minute drive home to Southlake.

But, then I got inspired.

During my internship at the Dallas Morning News today I was sent to cover the opening polls at a few locations around DFW. The weather was perfect, and literally every person came out smiling after casting their vote. Fulfilling your civic duty looked like so much fun!

Seriously, though, I talked with people young and old, Democrats and Republicans– all equally enthused about this election. I mean, one 21-year-old girl even took my hand and started crying during our interview, no joke (a little extreme and kind of weird, but touching, nonetheless). Why was I, a fellow 21-year-old, so damn apathetic?

I had no good reason not to vote. And after seeing the beauty of democracy in full bloom this morning, I wanted to vote. So, as soon as my shift was over, I called my mom and told her I was coming home.

I cast my ballot at the Southlake Assembly of God Church, down the street from my old junior high school. Walking into the church, I awkwardly ran into a guy I hadn’t seen since graduation (I HATE when this happens…), and we didn’t acknowledge each other, but whatever.

Back to politics. There was no waiting line, and the entire process took, maybe, five minutes. The two ladies manning the check-in tables said it’d been like this pretty much all day, as they suspected most people took advantage of early voting (minus me, of course.)

I don’t know how to describe the effect voting had on me. I just feel good. I’ve never been the overly-patriotic type, but after my first voting experience today, I feel really good about being an American. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s so true.

I get it now. My single vote has made me an integral part of an entire nation’s democracy. This is our election, our future, and I cannot wait to see how the night unfolds.