Fall Break Is Here

October 8, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post and Video By Elizabeth Lowe

Finally, a well-deserved break from classes.
We toured campus this week to see what students are up to over fall break.
Although most students plan to take time off and relax, others want to utilize the long weekend with school work or extracurriculars.

Whatever your plans and wherever you are, enjoy the time off!
The Daily Mustang wishes everyone a very happy fall break.

Fall Break Is Here – How Are You Spending Yours? from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Continue checking the site over the break for Austin City Limit updates, football recaps, and other feature stories. We’ll keep you posted.

“Our Town” Is Your Town in Meadows Season Opener

September 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe

Thornton Wilder’s classic play allows for a variety of imaginative stage and scene settings. From full costume and set to complete black and pantomime, “Our Town” is performed in both classic and edgy tones.

However, few productions are as transparent as the “Our Town” Meadows presents this season. Rhonda Blair and her cast definitely challenge Wilder’s built-in artistic license.

The production was distractingly transparent for many audience members.

Within the first three minutes of opening night, one audience member sitting on the front row – on the same plane as the actors on stage – decisively left her spotlight seat. Act I was tough to endure. The lights are up in full, fellow audience members directly across the stage, and quick interruptions of scene-setting fly in and out.

It’s “Our Town,” but with the entire skeleton on the play on stage. In fact, you – the audience member – are on stage.

After the first intermission, a few audience members had abandoned ship.
But if you can make it through the first act, the logistics of the stage set-up seems to disappear.

The transparency of the stage layout becomes in itself transperant, allowing Wilder’s timeless, powerful message to shine through.

The family dynamics created by Blair and her cast were authentic with true chemistry. Mr . Webb, played by Grant Reynolds, was a pure delight.

In the end, Meadow’s production keeps “Our Town” in its most raw form. The seemingly extreme choices of the director and crew only highlight the extreme realism of the Wilder classic.

“Our Town” will continue to run through Sunday Oct. 3.
The show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

UPDATE (1:51 p.m.): The production is SOLD OUT except for the weekend matinees.

SAE Cookout Welcomes Students, Alcohol-Free

September 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe

The men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity welcomed students into their on-campus home yesterday for an afternoon cookout. Friends of the brothers and students looking to meet them filled the SAE backyard to enjoy the house’s new grill.

For the brothers of SAE, the cookout was an opportunity to reach out to the SMU community. On the other hand, this event fulfills SMU administration’s new requirement for fraternities to host on-campus events without serving alcohol.

So Interfraternity Council, who’s cooking burgers and hotdogs next week?

Guys stand in line to get burgers and hot dogs fresh off the new grill. (PHOTO BY LOLA OBAMEHINTI / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)


Burst The Bubble Blog: A Different Side of Dallas Life in Oak Cliff

September 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post By Elizabeth Lowe

It’s a month into the school year – have you felt the force of the “SMU Bubble” yet?
Even Coach June Jones has felt the pull, saying almost everything a person needs to live can be found in University Park.

But how about doing a little living?
That’s where Oak Cliff comes in my friends.

The historic neighborhood is sometimes subject to a shady stereotype for those Mustangs not in the know. However, ask any Dallasite or savvy professor and they’ll be quick to tell you otherwise. From artsy street markets and shops to Texas-style entertainment and dining, Oak Cliff has got it going on.

Most recently, the Oak Cliff community began a new initiative to revive their beloved city blocks – and it shows. Just take a look at the Observer’s “Best Of” list; 23 of this year’s winners can be found in Oak Cliff.

Next time you’re looking for a weekend activity or a taste of something new, I challenge you to step outside The Bubble with me and into Oak Cliff for a different take on Dallas life.

Here’s what’s on the Oak Cliff Radar this week:

“Return to Giant” at the Texas Theatre, Thursday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
This historic Dallas landmark has been under construction making way for a new bar and concession stand. Although it’s still a work in progress, the Texas Theatre is opening its doors for a repeat screening of the documentary “Return to Giant.”
The documentary illuminates the town of Marfa, TX where Giant was filmed. Haven’t heard of Giant? Let’s just say it’s a Texas classic.
James Dean shines in his final role as a rancher in the small Texas town alongside legend Elizabeth Taylor. The film is credited as the basis for the TV series “Dallas.”
It’s sure to be a night of true Texan culture.

Live Blues at Jack’s Backyard, Saturday Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.
Since opening in 2008, Jack’s Backyard has been a go-to bar for Oak Cliff locals.
By day, Jack’s serves American and Tex-Mex fare like quesadillas, burgers, grilled cheese, and tortilla soup. By night, Jack’s is a laid-back bar and music venue.
This Saturday, check out live blues as the band Bona Fide Blues performs. This will be a bluesy experience in the neighborhood of blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.

16th Annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert, Sunday Oct. 3
For blues fans or a Harley man, it’s an epic annual event. This is a daylong bike fest and blues concert benefiting the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Starting at 9 a.m., attendees are invited to breakfast at the World’s Largest Hooters in Dallas’ West End. From there, the motorcycle parade will commence at 11:15 a.m. Next up, it’s an all-day blues concert series at Cowboys Arlington until 6 p.m.
Sounds like a long day? Just remember it’s for the kids – and Stevie.

As Seen on the Boulevard: Iron Skillet Edition

September 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe

Students, parents, even pups flooded the Boulevard in a sea of red for the TCU game and Family Weekend.

See the styles of Mustang fans and families as they prepped for the game in true SMU tradition.


Football Slideshow: SMU v. TCU

September 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

For the Iron Skillet showdown, SMU and TCU brought their A-games to Ford Stadium.

SMU shot out the gates with the first touchdown of the game. Mustang momentum held through the first half, but TCU was quick to retaliate in the third quarter.

Although the final score resulted in a TCU win, 24-41, the Mustangs proved they could keep up with the #4 ranked team in the nation.

Pony fans and Horned Frogs filled the Ford and brought an energy unlike any seen this year – or even last season. Win or lose for the ‘Stangs, it was one of the biggest games of the year.


Glenn Close Interview: Passion Projects and New Media

September 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

By Elizabeth Lowe

From 10 a.m. until late into the afternoon, it was a packed day for Glenn Close on SMU’s campus.

The actress came to speak with theater classes in the Meadows School of the Arts, along with producer and friend Bonnie Curtis.

The Daily Mustang was able to sit down with Close for a brief interview on new media – an art form that seems divergent from her principal discipline of stage acting.

Outside of SMU, Close and Curtis are in Dallas this week collecting the final funds for their latest project: a film adaptation of the play “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs.”

Close played the role of Albert Nobbs on Broadway back in the early 80s. It’s a role she says she’s passionate about and a film she is excited to co-produce.

Though we chatted with her about the film project, the Daily Mustang also wanted to talk about her “online diet.” What is Glenn Close’s presence online? And where does she see the convergence of film, stage, and new media?

Video: Interview with Glenn Close from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Video and Editing by Andy Garcia

Actress Glenn Close Visits SMU

September 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Actress Glenn Close sat down with the Daily Mustang’s Elizabeth Lowe today after her Q&A with SMU theatre students.
Close spoke with us about her plans to co-produce a new film, “Albert Nobbs.” Here’s the full interview.

Video: Close Call from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Video: Getting Ready for Glenn Close from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Football Slideshow: SMU vs. Washington State

September 19, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Posted by Elizabeth Lowe

Here’s a closer look at the action from Saturday’s game against the Washington State Cougars.
The game was close from start to finish, but the Mustangs charged ahead and took the victory, 35-21.

Photos by Stuart Palley

As Seen on the Boulevard: SMU vs. Washington State

September 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Elizabeth Lowe

Despite an early game time, the Boulevard was packed this weekend.
You checked out the football game recap, now here’s our Boulevard recap.

The Look: ruffles and prints
The Music: “Shout” on repeat
The Food: Texas-sized barbecue burgers
The Drink: water, water, and more water


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