The Daily Update: Tuesday, May 3

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ABS Voices Past, Future Concerns About Being Black on the Hilltop

February 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By E’Lyn Taylor

Focusing on SMU’s past, present and future, the Association of Black Students (ABS) hosted “The Black Community at SMU Forum” in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Monday night.

Special guests included, Anthony Tillman, assistant provost for strategic initiatives and director of student retention and Stephany Coleman, assistant director of operation in the bursar’s office.

Students and faculty were able to voice their memories on blacks overcoming adversity at SMU during the late 1960s and ways they can make incoming minorities feel welcome.

The Association of Black Students (ABS) came together Monday night to voice their opinions about minority issues and milestones at SMU. ABS is hosting an array of events in dedication of Black History Month in February. (PHOTO BY E'LYN TAYLOR/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

ABS officials started the forum off with newspaper clips at each table that focused on various historical events including the 13 demands from the Black League of Afro-Americans in 1969 and SMU All-American Jerry Levias. Levias was the first African -American scholarship athlete, all which brought SMU minorities together.

Students were astounded when hearing there were only 301 African-American students at SMU and voiced concerns about the minimum recruitment in schools heavily populated with African-Americans. Students also had their opinions on why the numbers are so low.

Four reasons why students think black enrollment is low:

1. Price
2. Private School
3. Placement
4. More black students want to go to a HBCU

SMU freshman and international studies major Alex Nunnery said she was surprised at some of the African-American statistics at SMU but found the forum very informational.

“It’s really good talking about issues affecting our community,” Nunnery said.

The number one reason, the price of tuition at SMU, was at the forefront of the forum. Tillman encouraged students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) quickly since there will be major grand and loan cuts in the 2011-2012 school year. Tillman also urged students to get their higher education and take full advantage of the aid that is provided.

“If you have to pay for graduate school, something is wrong,” Tillman said. “If you take care of business during your undergrad you won’t have to worry about tuition cost. Four years you won’t have to worry about.”

ABS vice president, Fredrick Leach, says ABS’s main objective is to help incoming students with their first year process and “not leaving anything unsaid.”

MSWAT, a SMU faculty organization, is teaming up later this week for a private meeting discussing minority issues around the SMU campus.

Beauty Schools: Same Service, Half the Price

February 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

By E’lyn Taylor

On a breezy Tuesday morning at Ogle Beauty School on Mockingbird Lane, Daphne Harvey sits patiently as her highlights receive touch ups. Two students on each side of Harvey neatly fold pieces of aluminum foil covered with coloring solution onto sections of her hair.

Harvey has been a loyal client at Ogle for nine years. A coworker recommended the school to her because it was cost-effective in obtaining a good cut and style for much less than a salon would charge. For those who like to maintain their hair with high-end touches, but still appreciate bargains, a visit to one of the beauty schools around town may be just the fix.

Many clients prefer beauty schools over expensive salons that offer the same services. (PHOTO BY E'LYN TAYLOR / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“Ogle is very upscale, I pay no more than $38 for a highlight and style,” Harvey said.

Schools such as Ogle, Dallas Barber and Stylist and Paul Mitchell School all offer discounted services to the public. The only catch is that the stylist is a student and not an experienced professional. That does not bother people like Bridgett Spears, who received final touches done on her hair recently at the Paul Mitchell School in Carrollton. She raved her $15 wash-and-style.

“It’s a learning service and the students are eager to please,” Spears said.

For a wash and style at a regular beauty salon a client is normally charged no less than $40, while at a beauty school the cost is $15 (tips are appreciated). Highlights could range up to $200 at a salon, however, at a beauty school, expect to pay no more than $35. A man’s haircut would be in the $20 range at a barber or stylist, while at a barber or beauty college it would be less than $10.

With in-class lectures, cosmetology textbook and hands-on training, students learn how to apply these skills. The school curriculum traditionally includes esthetics, skin care, nail technology and makeup artistry.

Students like Erin Quarles, who currently attends Ogle Beauty School, are eager to start the hands-on training and build skills necessary to work on clients.

“The school is very hands-on so you get to learn a lot,” Quarles said.

Beauty school is indeed survival of the fittest. Most schools require students to complete 1,400 to 1,600 hours, which can last up to two years.

Ogle Beauty School graduates receive solid technical skills, training in communication, sales skills and artistic excellence. The aspiring stylist also receives training in esthetology (skin care) and nail care.

Ogle prides itself on the hands-on training that will offer students opportunities to work and enhance their skills and techniques.

Quarles began training at Ogle ten months ago. Just fresh out of high school, she wanted to pursue her passion of styling hair. After she graduates she plans to open her own beauty salon.

Quarles says that she has witnessed a tremendous increase in the volume of clients each week once they discover the products used and inexpensive prices.

“We get a lot of clients because we use good products you wouldn’t see at a beauty salon and our prices are cheap,” she said.

Texas Barber and Stylist College (TBS) in North Dallas specialize in men’s haircuts, braiding and women’s styling. Instructors commented that they have observed a tremendous growth in students as well as clientele.

Andre Harvey, a TBS client, says that he has had only one bad experience in the two years he has been a client.

“The service here is really good, you just need to catch the right one,” he jokingly said.

Gayle Parker, who is a stylist instructor at TBS College, says that her school has had a steady and balanced flow of customers after the downturn of the economy. She also witnessed an increase in not only customers, but also in students. Recalling the time after the lay offs at General Motors two years ago, Parker remembers many former GM employees applying at TBS.

Instructor Parker is of the opinion that everyone with a genuine passion to do hair should immediately plan to get their license because the job market is on a steady decline.

“The license is a good thing to have, it’s is a good safety net,” Parker said.

Student Instructor LaTiffany Williams began as a student at TBS but after training, she found a love in teaching students how to develop skills. Williams’ advises students to remain focused. She also encourages anyone wanting to pursue beauty school to wait no more and pursue it now.

“Now that more people are pursuing beauty school, it’s probably going to get harder,” Williams said.

Legendary hairstylist Paul Mitchell has created products and a brand that is known worldwide. Mitchell created schools throughout the country to share the passion, knowledge and skill with others who share the same aspiration.

Paul Mitchell student, Kim Nguyen, says the reasoning for their booming clientele is that the school offers advance training.

“You can look around we have a beauty salon environment,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen began her career as an account executive for a corporate office. Last year she was laid off from her job. Her desire was to enter a profession in which she could make money while doing something she loved.

“Before getting into the corporate world, I had always had a passion to do hair,” Nguyen said.

Ogle client Daphne Harvey believes the high-end touches for half the price persuades clients to tell their family, friends and coworkers about the best kept secret of beauty schools. She finds it thrilling to see what new style or product her stylist has to offer each time.

“I’m eager each time I visit,” she said.

Cycling for a Cause

October 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By E’Lyn Taylor

Tuesday night, Southern Methodist University students learned about a summer opportunity that gives them a chance to cycle across the country while building awareness about affordable housing.

SMU alumna Kelsey McKinney shared her involvement with Bike and Build at the SMU Service House last night. McKinney talked about her “alternative experience” and encouraged other students to be a part of the cause.

Mckinney says the group is able to make a difference because along the way they are building houses and raising money to help organizations.

When McKinney was a student at SMU she studied journalism and worked as an assistant trip leader for SMU’s Outdoor Adventures. After graduation she moved to Shreveport, La. and worked as a reporter for the Shreveport Times.

McKinney said she made a instant decision to trade in her reporter’s pen for an opportunity to ride and build humanity across the country.

“Some people come from cycling stand points, other come from habitat humanity building houses, I came from both ways,” McKinney said.

Bike and Build’s goal is to raise awareness for young people about the importance of affordable housing and low minimum wages U.S. According to McKinney, there is no county in the country where a person can work a full-time minimum wage job and find affordable housing.

“We get to work side by side with some of the families who get the houses, we get to hear about how this is going to change their lives,” McKinney said.

The bikers also team up with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and local groups in each state to help out in whatever event they have pre-planned.

McKinney also elaborated on how Bike and Build creates awareness.

“We do a lot of talking to strangers which is the raising awareness part,” McKinney said. “Sometimes this is impressive to people and it makes them think, what can I do?”

Each biker is required to raise $4,000 before starting their destined route. After a biker raises $1,000 they automatically are given a bike from their sponsor, Giant.

McKinney raised money by turning her kitchen into a cookie factory and sending out letters to potential donors.

“Very little is spent on the trip,” McKinney said. A small portion of the the money is used on expenses.

The majority of the money is spent on competitive housing grants, a donation to a charity of the bikers choice and also given to a host as designated gifts from Bike and Build. Instead of staying in hotels, McKinney said that they slept on church floors and sometimes under trees.

“We started out as a group of 32 strangers who didn’t know each other, to a wild adventurous group,” McKinney said.

SMU sophomore Gregory Walters said that when he found out about the opportunity, he thought it was a good project.

“I like biking, and I hope to do this over the summer,” Walters said.

Stephanie Howeth, SMU Community Involvement coordinator and director, said Bike and Build is a great organization to get involved in.

“I’m happy that Kelsey came to give students more information about it,” Howeth said.

For more information on how you can be apart of Bike and Build visit their website.