The Daily Update: Monday, Dec 6

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Join us for an abbreviated version of The Daily Update where we tell you about illegal immigrants in Texas public schools, a massive fire in Israel, and who kicked Harry Potter out of the number one spot in the box office.

The Daily Update: Monday, Nov. 22

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Join us for Al Qaeda bomb threat details, coverage of the 47th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, and all the AMA coverage you need to know.

Mustang Weekend Guide

November 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe

The holidays are in full-swing the weekend before Thanksgiving. Here’s all the gingerbread-latte-appropriate activities plus your usual cinema and sports diversions.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1
It’s Official: Although fans waited in line for the midnight showing, this weekend marks the official opening of the first part of the final installment of the Harry Potter story.
What We Think: Can’t wait to see those box office scores.

Diane von Furstenberg Arrives
Where: DVF makes her Dallas debut with a boutique store in Highland Park Village. After a few delays, the store is finally opening its doors for the best wrap frocks around this weekend.
We ask: How has Highland Park Village survived this long without it?

Etsy Dallas presents Jingle Bash
What: The first team in Texas for sellers on, the online store for all things handmade and indie, hosts the largest indie holiday market of the season.
Shop: Handcrafted goods, accessories and clothing while supporting local artists.
When & Where: Lone Star Room at Palladium, 2-8 p.m.

Dallas’ Annual City Lights Celebration
A Dallas Tradition: Downtown Dallas and Neiman Marcus host the lighting ceremony of the year as the city decks its streets for the holiday season.
What: It’s like Dallas’ version of the NYC Macy’s holiday window reveal.
Events: The holiday tree is lit at 6:30 p.m. at 1902 Main Street followed by a “moonwalk” to Neiman Marcus downtown for the lighting of the historical flagship store at 7 p.m.

SMU vs. Marshall
Boulevard: Pre-game festivities begin at noon in true SMU tradition as fans flock to the SMU Mall and the lawn of Dallas Hall.
Game Time: Kickoff is at 3 p.m. as the Mustangs make their drive to bowl eligibility.

2010 Snider Plaza Tree Lighting festivities
What: The Bubble hub will be buzzing throughout the afternoon with activities such as pictures with Santa, bounce houses, and of course store specials.
Lead up: Before the official lighting at 6 p.m., there will be performances from the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and HPHS choirs. Come early to catch the spirit before Mayor Dick Davis flips the switch to light the Snider Plaza Tree.

Derek Blasberg’s “Classy” Comes to Dallas

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Barbara Bush, Dereck Blasberg and Alexis Maybank chat before Monday night's book signing for "Classy." (PHOTO BY RACHEL MACKIN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Barbara Bush, Derek Blasberg and Alexis Maybank chat before Monday night's book signing for "Classy." (PHOTO BY RACHEL MACKIN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Rachael Mackin

Barbara Bush and Alexis Maybank, the founder of Gilt Groupe, hosted a cocktail party Monday evening to celebrate Derek Blasberg and the launch of his first book, “Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady”. Partygoers were invited to the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for drinks and appetizers.

Young people in this season’s newest attire filled the front room of the hotel, where a DJ played hit songs and waiters offered guests champagne, wine and an array of finger foods.

People were very excited to discuss the topic of Blasberg’s book. The book focuses on who young girls should be looking up to as role models. In it, Blasberg establishes the difference between role models and entertainers.

Christina Geyer, the Dallas assistant editor of Papercity magazine and co-founder of, who writes about parties for her job, said she was most excited about the crowd.

“Really classy, young people. It’s a fun mix with a lot of unexpected people to, a lot of young people in Dallas who are up and coming in the social scene,” said Geyer.

“It is so fun here. There are so many young people as well as a lot of SMU people,” said SMU sophomore Krystal Schlegel, who also attended the event.

Blasberg welcomed the crowd by telling the partygoers he would be giving everyone a free copy of his book. He said he couldn’t make the guests pay for it because everyone was already so classy.

Blasberg discussed how society puts a lot of people on a pedestal who don’t deserve to be and how confusing it must be for adolescent young women looking for role models.

“The overreaching arc is to be a smart woman, a well-educated woman, an involved woman, a woman that knows you don’t have to be the most drunkest girl at a party to be the most popular and knows you can’t take your top off or send naked pictures to the cute guy in Algebra class,” Blasberg said.

“It’s interesting that’s he’s addressing the whole technology era, how to flirt online and etc. I think he should write one for guys too!” said SMU junior, Lucy Aiken.

Blasberg says he thinks of the Harry Potter actress Emma Watson when considering the “role model” he writes about because she is not only a successful actress, but he says she is well educated, sweet and humble.

His idea of who not to look up to?

“A girl that gets ten plastic surgeries in one day or a girl that gets a reality show on the shore of New Jersey,” Blasberg said. “I’ll say I love those shows, but I know enough to know they’re train wrecks. If I were 14, I don’t know if I would.”

He said every woman should be classy and fabulous.

“If you read “Classy”, you’ll be fabulous,” Blasberg said.