Dalai Lama To Receive SMU Honorary Degree

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Praveen Sathianathan

The Dalai Lama will give a speech and receive an honorary degree during the SMU Hart Global Leaders Forum.

The tenth annual forum will take place at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium on May 9.

The spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate will speak to an audience of about 2,500, mostly high school students, SMU students and faculty.

Tickets for the general public sold out within an hour of when they went on sale on April 27.

SMU students, faculty and staff will be able to pick up two tickets starting May 3 at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A valid SMU ID and birthdate is required to receive tickets, which are on limited availability.

His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for using non-violent methods when facing Chinese rule in Tibet.

SMU joins a growing list of universities and colleges that have awarded honorary degrees. This list includes the Miami University, University of Washington, Melbourne University in Australia, the University of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles and Rutgers University.

Previous speakers for the Leaders program have included former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Hart Global Leaders Forum, which is dedicated to turning younger generations into accountable, ethical beings, is sponsored by gifts from Mitch and Linda Hart.

GLBT Job Expo Returns To SMU

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Praveen Sathianathan

In a move to bring diversity to the workplace, the Office of Diversity at SMU’s Cox School of Business is hosting the 2011 GLBT Job Expo.

The Job Expo, organized by the Resource Center Dallas and the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on April 27 in the ballroom of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Free parking is available on Bishop Boulevard.

The expo, in its sixth year, gives LGBT jobseekers an opportunity to meet with gay-friendly employers, and to hone their skills in career-enhancing workshops such as resume writing, interviewing and networking.

For job seekers the expo offers them the chance to look for a better job, re-enter the workforce or look for that first job.

Although, the expo is open to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, Rafael McDonnell, strategic communications and programs manager for Resource Center Dallas, said it was extremely needed for the GLBT community.

“The expo is important for members of the GLBT community to find places where they are allowed to work freely and openly as who they are,” McDonnell said. “These are employers who are interested in doing just that.”

This year the job expo features many new companies including DFW International Airport, United Way of Greater Dallas and Plano and Texas-based apparel retailer J.C.Penney.

Other companies on hand are American Airlines, Bank of America, Capital One, Prudential and Texas Instruments.

Dallas agencies include the City of Dallas, the sheriff and police departments and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

This is the third year the expo will be held at SMU. In 2009 it was held at the Cox School of Business. Last year it was in the atrium of the Meadows School of the Arts.

“The last few years we have had such great demand that we have had to move to larger venues on the SMU campus,” McDonnell said.

The expo is part of the Resource Center’s initiative to build awareness on how by supporting others one can also benefit.

For additional information on the job expo visit the Resource Center’s website at www.rcdallas.org, or call 214-528-0144

New Pollock Exhibit Opens This Week Featuring Artist Frances Stark

February 8, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Christine Jonas

This week the new Frances Stark exhibit is coming to SMU’s Pollock Gallery. The exhibit is called “I Went Through My Bin Again (with Open Robe)”: A Very Short Introduction to Frances Stark. It will focus on art by Frances Stark, but will feature other artists as well.

The show opened Monday, Feb. 7 and will run until Saturday, March 19. The public opening reception for the gallery will be held the evening of Friday, Feb. 11 from 5-7 p.m. in Pollock Gallery located in Hughes-Trigg Student Center on SMU’s campus.

This will be the “Selections 1” exhibit, the first in the series of biennial exhibitions. These exhibitions will focus on contemporary artists, topics, and issues based on the choice of the curators, made of up noted guest curators, critics, writers, and artists. The Stark exhibit was put together by Michael Corris, chair of SMU’s Division of Art, and the Rachofsky House.

Stark is a Los Angeles based artist and poet, she also works as an Assistant Professor at University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts. Her biography says her body of work stands as a self-reflexive inquiry into the process of artistic production, and the often-elided demands of daily life.To see some of Stark’s work you can visit her website.

An excerpt from the show’s promotion says, “Her work is a vivd, gently humorous reconstruction of the foibles and frustrations of authorship.”

Dream Week Wraps Up With Unity Mixer

January 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Anne McCaslin Parker

Dream Week at SMU came to a close on Friday evening in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Varsity as students gathered for a “Unity Mixer” to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King and share joy in his legacy.

Senior Zehra Farzal attended the celebration with her twin sister, Zainab Farzal.

“We have been coming every year,” Farzal said. “It is a really nice way for students to gather and end the week of events celebrating Dr. King and gives me a great sense of closure knowing the impact he had on our society.”

B.b.bop rice bowls, a new restaurant in Dallas, catered the event. Students had the opportunity to mix and mingle, enjoy food and birthday cake, while remembering and celebrating the life of MLK.

“It is wonderful that we are able to get together to stop and celebrate the legacy of this great man,” said Roza Essow, Political Action Chair for the Board of the Association of Black Students.

This night was special and meaningful for many students as they reflected on the legacy of Dr. King.

“This is a time for all of us to re-evaluate the true meaning of life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in the past and in the present,” President of the ABS, Courtney Kelly, said. “It is a chance for all of us to remember the opportunities he provided for us.”

SMU Gets in On the Gaming Scene

December 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Jonathon Richter

SMU senior Brian Allen has been playing video games ever since he was capable of picking up a controller and is proud to say he’s owned every gaming console on the market.

In addition to finishing up his classes for his final year at SMU, he plays games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, Xbox 360 Kinect and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2.

“I play games because it allows me to experience things like killing zombies- things I couldn’t do in real life,” Allen said. “It’s a good way to pass time and most of my friends enjoy doing it.”

According to a 2003 Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, 70 percent of college students reported playing video, computer or online games at least “once in awhile.” One out of five gaming students felt it helped them gain new friends as well as improve current friendships.

The Deputy Director Ron Jenkins of the Guildhall at SMU, a digital game development education program at SMU-in-Plano, stated, “I think people grow up loving to play video games because it allows you to immerse yourself in the story. The user becomes the character and is able to make real world decisions in a safe environment.”

Allen was not aware that he is one of millions of people whose favorite way to pass the time is contributing to a billion-dollar industry that is on the rise. But SMU saw the trend.

SMU responded to this increase in gaming when deciding what to do with the vacant spot Park ‘n’ Pony left in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. To cater to this popular pastime, The M Lounge was opened in April of 2009.

The M Lounge is like a free arcade, fully equipped with Wii consoles, Playstations and Xboxes. Students can choose from 36 games provided by GameStop.

“Students did voice that they needed to reclaim some lounge space and with the partnership of the SMU Guildhall and GameStop we were able to fill the void,” said David Hayden, assistant director of Hughes-Trigg. “We probably have 250 to 300 students that go through the lounge daily.”

Avid SMU gamer Liza Walling commented that The M Lounge provided the perfect rest stop.

“The M Lounge is a good place on campus that people can go to in between classes and video games provide a great way to relax in between studying,” Walling said.

According to the Pew survey, gaming is not just entertainment- it’s a tool for procrastination. The survey reports that close to half of college student gamers revealed that playing video games keeps them from studying “some” or “a lot” of the time. Additionally, one in ten students admits, their main motivation for playing games is to avoid studying.

Allen admits that most of the time he picks up a controller to put off his studies, but thinks it’s more productive than watching T.V.

“It’s a really interactive form of entertainment where you can make decisions and still be able to follow a storyline- you are actively participating when you play video games,” Allen said.

But some SMU students decided to take their love of video games further- by developing the software themselves. The SMU Guildhall provides students with three areas of study emphasis: art creation, software development and level design. The two-year program awards graduate students with a Master’s degree in interactive game technology and a professional certificate.

Recently completing her second module at the Guildhall, Adriana Clonts entered the gaming world, allowing her to “marry her two loves, art and software development.”

Students in Clonts’ class were recently gathered at the Hughes-Trigg Rotunda to “playtest” video games that they created over a seven-week period.

“There hasn’t been a good form of training to enter the gaming industry and the Guildhall offers hands-on development to prepare them for a future in the industry,” Clonts said.

Training provided by the Guildhall has produced successful video game developers such as Hunter Woodlee, a 2005 SMU Graduate. Woodlee is now the founder/studio director of Controlled Chaos Media that has produced iPhone applications such as “Texting of the Bread.”

“Our application ‘Texting of the Bread’ is up for game of the year and is second to Angry Birds,” said Woodlee. “I went into Guildhall with little experience, but after I graduated I had a great understanding of level development I was able to use.”

The M Lounge is open and available for everyone to use during the operating hours of Hughes Trigg and is located on the first floor. For more information about the SMU Guildhall and the graduate programs offered please visit http://guildhall.smu.edu/

The Ninth Annual Pho Night is Here Once Again

October 15, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Mai Lyn Ngo

Pho, a traditional noodle dish, is a staple in the Vietnamese culture. The Vietnamese Student Association has worked hard to bring a taste of their culture to the SMU campus.

Pho Night will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, downstairs in the ballroom at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday.

This will be the 5th Pho Night for one SMU alumni.

“VSA was a big part of my SMU experience and I want to be able to support them in anyway I can,” said Julianne Nguyen. “Pho Night is a unique experience letting attendees experience Vietnamese culture, so I’m excited to see what the execs have in stored.”

VSA is expecting around 100 students to attend and enjoy a hot bowl of noodles as well as entertainment. Students have the chance to enjoy a dinner of pho and eggrolls along with a lion dance ceremony to kick off the event.

A fashion show displaying traditional Vietnamese clothing segment will launch during the dinner and patrons have the opportunity to participate in the karaoke part at the end.

VSA President Ankita Krishnan said she is excited about the event and hopes it turns out well.

“We would like to give a majority of the proceeds to a charity in Vietnam,” Krishnan said. “The money helps to sponsor one student who is currently attending high school.”

The money helps to pay for this student fees, books and supplies. This is a continued sponsorship from previous years.

The event is open to all students on campus and the Dallas community.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $7 and can be bought from an executive member. Execs will be selling tickets all day Friday. On the day of the event, tickets will go for $10.

A vegetarian option is also available.

Hughes-Trigg Turns 23

October 14, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Anna Kiappes

The Hughes-Trigg Student Center celebrated 23 years at SMU Wednesday with a party in the Hughes-Trigg commons. (PHOTO COURTESY MARIANA SULLIVAN)

The Hughes-Trigg Student Center turned 23 with a birthday party Wednesday afternoon filled with balloons, cake, a DJ and the Dallas Mavericks mascot, Champ.

Hughes-Trigg Student center is home to the SMU post office, meeting rooms, the M-Lounge and additional dining options. The center first opened its doors in October 1987 thanks to a generous donation by Charles and Katharine Hughes-Trigg to build a student center on the site where they fell in love 65 years ago. The staff of Hughes-Trigg sees the birthday party as being not only for the building, but also for the students.

“It’s sort of to give back to the students,” Assistant Director David Hayden said. “It’s to let them know we appreciate them coming here.”

Mariana Sullivan, who has planned birthday celebrations for the past six years, has been planning this party for the past two months. Sullivan expected about 150 students and wanted to keep the party easygoing.

“Hughes-Trigg’s 20th celebration was very formal with President Turner speaking at the celebration,” Sullivan said. “Now we have a more laid-back feel.”

Students came to see the Maverick’s mascot Champ, listen to a DJ, and have snacks like birthday cake and drinks.

“We just came for the cake and then we decided to check out what was all going on,” junior Kellie Teague said.

Students found out about the celebration not only by flyers posted around the campus, but also by word of mouth or just walking into Hughes-Trigg and seeing the balloons and banners.

“Even if you don’t hear about it, everyone comes through here,” senior Yasmin Ara said.

With having the party in the Commons, it was easier for students to stop by for some cake, relax with friends and listen to music while on break.

“We expected people to come by, get some cake and go,” Sullivan said. “Normally people are eating lunch and going to class, so they can just come and go as they please.”

Cake was served at the birthday party for the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. (PHOTO COURTESY MARIANA SULLIVAN)

Sullivan, marketing manager for Hughes-Trigg, was able to get in touch with the Dallas Mavericks and have representatives come out for this year’s celebration.

“We have a relationship with them for different events and things of interest for students,” Sullivan said.

Ernest Rangel, account executive for the Dallas Mavericks, was on hand to talk about the Mavericks new “Mavs U” ticket program and to raffle off Mavericks tickets, jerseys, and hats.

“We run a ‘Mavs U’ program where students can call in or go online and put in a code to get special deals on Maverick tickets for 28 upcoming games and coupons to Genghis Grill,” Rangel said. “We understand what it is like to be college students.”

The Mavericks were on the road for the birthday party but that didn’t stop Champ from coming and celebrating with SMU students. Champ ran around the Commons, handing out shirts and taking pictures. Rangel also tried to get a special surprise for the party.

“We were trying to get one of our injured players, Rodrigue Beaubois, to come but he went out of town with the team,” Rangel said.

The party drew to a close when students sang “Happy Birthday” to the building with Champ’s help. When asked if they had started planning for next year, Hayden discussed plans for the big milestone in two years.

“For 25, we want to do something bigger and better,” Hayden said. “We’ll still have the Mavericks or maybe something else like the Dallas Stars. We’ll have to see what other surprises we can find.”

Pollock Gallery Displays Works From the New York Art Scene

September 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Petya Keritkova

The Pollock Gallery at SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center buzzed with people on Friday evening- all looking forward to see geometric abstractions of award-winning New York artist, Mark Williams.


Who is Mark Williams?

Williams’ work has been exhibited and celebrated throughout the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Brazil. Aside from his portfolio filled with paintings, which illuminate his attention to structure, color, vertical and horizontal elements, his accomplishments include awards such as The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency; a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation; and two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Williams is a Win for the SMU Art Scene

Pollock Gallery’s Director, Philip Van Keuren likes to have a dynamic range of artists to give the audience a basic sense of art outside of the Dallas scene.

“Bringing Mark Williams here means a lot, especially to art students,” Van Keuren said. He says what Williams does with colors and lines bring people joy just by looking at the exhibits.

William’s Rough & Colorful Technique

Williams says a lot of his inspiration to create comes from his life in New York. “Rough environment inspires me the most. I am using structure and color as main elements of my work,” Williams said.
“All of his paintings seem to have a language on their own. They are full of variation,“ said the Pollock Gallery intern Ben Bascombe.


What Williams Wants

By revealing the secrets of his art, Williams is hoping to directly approach peoples’ imaginations. The audience’s internal and spiritual reaction is the most important reward Williams can hope for as an artist.

Exercising the profession of a painter for 40 years, Williams now has full freedom to create. After his art presentation in Dallas, he will present his work in Houston this November.

Tim Halperin Puts On a Show

September 8, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Aida Ahmed

Walking into Hughes-Trigg Student Center Tuesday night you would have thought John Mayer was performing from the looks of the sorority-packed room. That’s because Chi Omega and Pi Beta Phi brought out musician Tim Halperin to perform for an all Panhellenic event.

Playing both original pieces and covers of popular songs, Tim Halperin shows his musical talents in the Hughes Trigg Commons. (PHOTO BY ERIN GOLDSMITH / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The concert, originally scheduled to be at sorority park but moved because of bad weather, featured Halperin in the middle of the student center, surrounded by sorority girls. In jeans and cowboy boots, Halperin sang while playing the piano and his band on the guitars. He performed one of his original songs which was featured on MTV’s Real World XXIV: New Orleans. And while Halperin sang covers of Justin Timberlake and John Mayer, students sat around in a circle eating pizza and drinking soda.

Engaged by the music, Ellen Flowers, left, and Kaitlynn McConville watch as Tim Halperin performs. (PHOTO BY ERIN GOLDSMITH / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Junior Chi-O Melanie Evans said her sorority chose to put the event together in an effort to bring all the sororities together under one roof.

“It’s so hard to get an event together for all of us with school and sorority events,” Evans said. “We wanted to do an event for all Panhellenic women to come together and enjoy good music.”

Evans said she first heard Halperin when he came to the Chi Omega house and performed for the girls. After hearing his music they decided to bring his show on campus as a part of one of their annual events.

Along with Chi Omega, Pi Beta Phi hosted the event. Pi Phi sophomore Emily Brantt said her sorority hosted the concert to bring live, local music to SMU.

“We do these to bring live music to campus,” Brantt said. “And to intermingle with other sororities and promote Panhellenic.”

SMU students Jennie Pearson, Stevie Farrell, and Samantha Matthews spend time with friends and enjoy the live music. (PHOTO BY ERIN GOLDSMITH / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Jilian Rossow, an SMU freshman, heard about the event at night at the club and flyers and came to check it out.

“I was upstairs and I heard the band and I called my friend to come see the show,” Rossow said. “I really like it.”

To hear music from Tim Halperin check out his site.

Students Get Their Foot In The Door at Career Fair

February 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Students fill out name tags at the Career and Internship Fair (PHOTO BY PETYA KERTIKOVA / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Students fill out name tags at the Career and Internship Fair (PHOTO BY PETYA KERTIKOVA / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Petya Kertikova

The first Career and Internship Fair of the year was hosted in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center ballrooms Thursday afternoon by the Hegi Family Career Development Center.

The career center has hosted internship and career events twice a year since 1939. According to Darin Ford, director of Hegi Family Career Development Center, up to 1400 students are attending the internship fairs every year. At Thursday’s fair, 75 percent of the positions were offered to all majors.

Even though most of today’s internships are non-paid, Ford suggests students still need to attend the career events. The main benefit is to gain experience.

“Working in a real world setting gives students a deep depth of experiences,” said Ford.

Events like the one Thursday are helpful to employers because they save time in searching for the right candidates and it is just easier to find interns from a college event.

Although multiple positions are available, some students do not find what they are looking for. Alex Odiari, an ex-football player at SMU, does find the career center helpful in general but not all of the time.

Katie Roberts, an SMU freshman, felt differently.

“The career center is a very helpful place,” said Roberts.

Most of the students, especially the freshmen, have already visited the Hegi Center.

“You have to be self motivated and very ambitious to go there,” said Roberts. “People over there can help if you are truly interested in what you want to do for the rest of your life.”

The student opinion is that career events should be held more often on campus.

“We don’t know about these events,” said Roberts. “We are receiving e-mails, but often we are deleting them, thinking it’s a junk piece.”

Ford also suggests that career fairs may not be as beneficial to freshmen who are undecided on the future and rightfully so.

“Most of the freshman folks change their majors two or three times by the time they decide what they really want to do,” said Ford.

Even if, Ford stresses that students still need to gain experience outside of the classroom and the career center can be a useful tool for students to learn the right way to develop job skills and even explore work positions before graduation.