Locals Gather at Former President Bush’s Home to Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death

May 1, 2011 by · 134 Comments 

By Daily Mustang Staff

SMU students and other Dallasites held posters Sunday night in front of former President George W. Bush’s home in Dallas thanking him for his dedication to the country after news of Osama bin Laden’s death hit the news.

The home on Daria Place in Preston Hollow, about a mile north of SMU, was a meeting place for Bush fans and those celebrating the death of man who the U.S. government holds responsible for the worst terrorist act on American soil.

Visitors waved American flags and held signs like one that read “President Obama forgot to say…’Thank You President Bush!’” Others began to chant “U.S.A.” and some even brought red and blue balloons to hang on the gate of the residence.

Dallasites celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden in front of the residence of former President George W. Bush Sunday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

In an e-mail statement released by the office of President George W. Bush he said:

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

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New Orleans Through Photos: Mardi Gras 2011

March 6, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

By Stuart Palley

Editor’s Note: Stuart Palley is the senior staff photographer for the Daily Mustang. Below is his commentary on Mardi Gras 2011.

New Orleans is known for its vibrant French Quarter and annual Mardi Gras Festivities each year. This weekend scores of SMU students and thousands of college undergrads from across the United States descended onto Bourbon Street for a weekend of raucous partying in traditional Big Easy style.

Elbow to elbow, throngs of imbibed tourists jostled down Bourbon Street, looking for their next drink or free beads from a balcony above. All ages and races were represented, but the primary demographic were young men from college age to their mid 30s. On half a dozen corners, neon signs spelt out advertisements for concoctions like Hand Grenades and Hurricanes. Think of a sugary flavored fruit juice with a healthy dose of high-proof liquor added.

Also, on almost every corner headed north on Bourbon Street were demonstrators from various Christian sects picketing against the “debauchery” they believed Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street to be. Handheld signs paid visitors of New Orleans compliments, proclaiming tourists to be “sinners, fornicators” and “hell bound.” In a place where open containers are allowed on public streets in plain sight of police, it is fitting that such free speech manifests itself.

Outside of the drinking frenzy of Bourbon Street, the rest of the French Quarter and New Orleans celebrate Mardi Gras with multiple parades populated by various Krewes. Krewes are the traditional name for the organizations that make up members in the various parades and range from hereditary and ultra-exclusive down to anybody who can pay dues. Late Saturday morning the Krewe of Iris and Krewe of Tucks participated in back to back parades down St. Charles Avenue and onto Canal Street in pouring rain. Thousands of spectators cheered on the colorful floats, whose riders threw beads and other trinkets to parade watchers.

Wherever one goes in New Orleans during the weekend before Fat Tuesday, they are bound to find a packed bar, restaurant or parade in progress. With literally dozens of Krewes in parades and innumerable watering holes, one would be hard pressed not to be taken in by the revelry and tradition of Mardi Gras. The only downside this year was the constant rain and thunderstorms that occurred frequently over the weekend, dumping inches of rain and a small tornado in Southern Louisiana. After a few Hand Grenades and beads though, most people enjoying Mardi Gras didn’t seem to care and the celebrations went on.

David Gergen Sits Down With The Daily Mustang

September 14, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

SMU Daily Mustang Managing Editor Aida Ahmed got a chance to speak with David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN and the moderator for the first Tate Lecture of the year. Gergen spoke with Ahmed about President Obama’s approval rating, the ground zero mosque and the upcoming midterm elections. Check out the video below to hear the full interview.

Daily Mustang Exclusive: David Gergen from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Video and Editing by Andy Garcia

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Sees Bright Future Ahead for Natural Gas

March 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Aida Ahmed

Thursday’s Natural Gas Nation brought important policy makers and environmental leaders to the Hilltop to discuss the future of natural gas in regards to the economy and the environment.

President Bush introduced the keynote speaker of the conference, Daniel H. Yergin, at the luncheon attended by representatives from various companies and SMU business students.

Yergin is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power,” which was adapted into a PBS series.

Yergin, who went to law school with President Bush, commended the Bush Institute on its ambitious agenda for natural gas.

He emphasized that last year’s  ”natural gas revolution” was an opportunity for the U.S. to open a discussion on the future of energy, which he said holds up the 14 trillion dollar economy.

“The major conclusion is that electric power is where the market is going,” said Yergin. “Natural gas will compete with coal and wind.”

But drilling in abundant shales, including the largest off-shore natural gas field, the Barnett Shale in Fort Worth, does come with consequences.

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing may affect water and air quality and studies have been done to prove that there is a connection between saltwater injections and the earthquakes reported in 2008 and 2009 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Seismologists from SMU and researchers from UT Austin have found a connection between seismicity and the location of saltwater injection. The study found that the earthquakes were not in direct relation to the drilling, but there is still a chance the process of retrieving natural gas may be hazardous to the land.

Yergin commented that the water problem may be one of the issues we will have to face when drilling for natural gas, but said that it should continue to be regulated at the state and local level.

Despite the risks, Yergin says natural gas is a “game changer” that will help the U.S. meet its long-term energy needs.

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Campus News Blog: George W. Bush Seen All Over Town

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Posted by Brenna Rushing

One of the seemingly goofy trends that has flooded SMU’s campus is former President George Bush sightings. It’s almost like a scene out of “Gossip Girl” where the omnipresent narrator says, “Spotted, Bush coming out of Tom Thumb with toilet paper.”

Of course that didn’t really happen, but he has been scene at a hardware store, Tom Thumb, and most recently our very own campus. There have been multiple blogs telling of the sightings, describing what he bought or what was said.

It’s funny how everyone in Dallas knows that he lives nearby, but it never gets old reporting that they saw him living his every day life and running regular errands. I guess you gotta appreciate the small things.

Campus News Blog: Twitter Explodes on SMU Campus

March 19, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Brenna Rushing

It seems that Twitter has exploded on the SMU campus. Not only are students using it as a means of communication, the SMU journalism wing is also using it to pump up readership.

The social networking program has helped break stories that even national newscasts have not uncovered, given insight to the every day lives of celebrities (John Mayer, Taylor Swift, and Shaquille O’Neal to name a few), and has helped know everything our friends are doing on any given day.

Journalism students are encouraged to join the network in order to help break local stories or promote their own stories. One journalism student was the first to break the story of former President Bush being on campus a few weeks ago in one of her tweets.

So whether you’re telling everyone how bad you slept last night, or giving insight on your latest story Twitter seems to be speeding up the immediacy of breaking news by the second.