VIDEO: LGBTQ Senate Seat Legislation Fails

April 13, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

By Andy Garcia
atgarcia@smu.edu

LGBTQ Senate Seat Rejected from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Representation was a major issue during Tuesday’s Student Senate meeting.

Members of both SMU’s athletic and LGBTQ communities attended the meeting to show support for special interest seats in the legislature.

The legislation to create an LGBTQ seat failed to pass. While the bill received a majority of votes, it was unable to pass due to the necessary two-thirds requirements to create a senate seat. Harvey Luna, who wrote the legislation, has stated he will bring the issue back to the floor next year.

The athletic community has also assured senate that they will work to create a seat next year.

The Daily Update: Monday, Feb. 21

February 21, 2011 by · Comments Off 

On today’s Daily Update you’ll learn more about the political tensions in North Africa and how even the United States is facing some uprisings. Also, it was a mixed bag for SMU sports this weekend, see which teams tumbled while other triumphed. All this and more on your Daily Update.

The Daily Update: Monday, Feb. 21 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Coach Doherty’s Lunch With SMU Students

January 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Briana Darensburg
bdarensbur@smu.edu

Student fans gathered for lunch with the men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty at the Umphrey Lee ROFC. This is the first of several scheduled ‘Lunch with Doh’ events in an attempt to draw in more fans to the home basketball games. Students enjoyed insight about upcoming games with Coach Doherty and senior basketball player, Papa Dia.

SMU Mustangs Lose to Texas Tech, 35-27, in Season Opener

September 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan and Elizabeth Lowe
kryan@smu.edu, elowe@smu.edu

SMU football faced Texas Tech today finishing with a disappointing loss. The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Mustangs played an unusual Sunday football game. ESPN covered the game and many SMU students were anxious to see if the ‘stangs would live up to the hype.

SMU’s Kyle Padron could not match up against Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts, who threw for 359 yards and had four touchdowns. The final score, 35-27, marks Tommy Tuberville’s first victory as head coach of Texas Tech.

Padron and the Mustangs still hold potential for a successful season and a possible run at another bowl game. The ‘Stangs held their own against the Big 12 Raiders and kept the game tight in the second half. Although the first loss was an upset for many Pony fans, Sunday’s close match-up showed a strong Mustang Football team heading into the 2010 season.

ESPN.com has more on the game.
Stay tuned to SMU Daily Mustang for an exclusive photo gallery from the game.

For Student-Athletes, It is More Than a Sport

April 20, 2010 by · Comments Off 

by Petya Kertikova
pkertikova@smu.edu

Jennifer Hannah Raad is waiting nervously outside of her doctor’s office for the results of her latest X-Rays. The rain outside bothers her, but she keeps her hopes high. An hour later, the doctor comes out with the results. Her life is in his hands. The next thing she hears is awful. One of the best soccer players at SMU is never going to play again.

“I quit what I loved, and yet the physical pain is not done,” said Raad, whose knee injuries started in 2008.

Coming out of the locker room, preparing for practice, thinking and getting mentally and physically ready for the next competition, student-athletes are the ones who typically represent a university. The best ones are “those who everybody wants them to be.” But they must also face lifetime injuries, crushed dreams, empty hopes, periods of struggling with themselves and having to rebuild their lives without the sport they love.

According to Glenn Silverman, Assistant Business Manager for the Athletic Department at SMU, they are currently 11 student-athletes on medical scholarships for this year. According to a study by the University of Arizona 2, 754 medical charts of student-athletes appeared as “injured.”  In addition, 475 athletes annually are on medical scholarships because they cannot participate in sports again.

After 11 years of practicing and participating in meets and competitions, Samantha Means, a cross-country and track and field athlete, is now permanently injured. Means is a junior at SMU studying psychology, and she is now trying to build her life without the most important thing to her: running.

“It hurts when I see someone running,” said Means, who was injured last year.

Watching and listening about running makes her sad. After she discovered her injury her life goals changed, as well her personality. Now she wants to be a teacher, rather than a professional athlete.

John Nwisienyi played his favorite sport, football, for 18 years. Now he is a SMU senior psychology major and already finished with his life-long career. He injured his meniscus two years ago during a home game against Texas Christian University. Even though Nwisienyi is done with football right now, he still misses it.

“I still want to be on the field, with the players,” he said. According to Nwisienyi, athletes are like products. When someone needs them, they are rewarded, but when they get injured, coaches don’t pay as much attention to them.

Nwisienyi is now working on opening a fitness academy of his own called “Rock Star Fitness.” He thinks that all athletes should be treated the same no matter their ability to participate in sports.

Nicole Briceno, one of SMU’s best tennis athletes, is now injured after 18 years of hard work on the court. She injured her playing hand in January. After a sequence of surgeries, she is now tired of trying to be the best every day while ignoring the pain.

“You have love for a game and you know you can’t play never again,” said Briceno, a senior psychology major. She wanted to be a professional, but as she said “injuries opened a new door” for her.

Brinceno decided to continue her education and one day become an assistant coach at a university. She thinks that the relationship between athletes and coaches has to be constructed more on a friendly manner, not on winning and losing. Briceno still loves tennis and hopes to find another way to make the best of her life.

David Hayden, a baseball coach at the Little League in North Arlington, works mostly with kids age11 and 12. Coaching for 14 years up to this point, Hayden is one of the best coaches who keep their athletes healthy.

“I focus more on the conditioning aspect of one workout,” said Hayden. “You have to know how to handle your athletes-mentally and physically. A good coach knows his players,”

Dallas Sports Professionals Give Career Advice

April 1, 2010 by · Comments Off 

by E’Lyn Taylor
ejtaylor@smu.edu

SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center hosted a panel discussion “Career in Sports” with local sports professionals on Wednesday evening. Five experienced sports professionals shared their experiences on what led them to choose a career in sports.

Preston Phillips, sports and entertainment director at the Marketing Arm, said, “Everyone you meet should be important.”

Melanie Jarrett, FC Dallas digital content editor, explained that her “interest in working for sports came out of what I was spending my life at that point of time doing, and how I could turn that into a career.”

“Don’t let your pride get in the way of turning something down. Even if it is an unpaid internship and you are really not getting anything from it, expect work experience and don’t be afraid to take that.  You may turn down the best opportunity that you have because you needed to have a salary on the end of it,” Jarret said.

Public and community relations director for the Dallas Cowboys, Whitney Brandon, said she was required to intern every year in college for eight weeks and those internships helped build her resumé. Brandon suggested students should include activities on their resumé that an employer would expect from day one on the job, and not to be afraid to use contacts from anywhere in the world.

“We were admonished to make sure we are preparing ourselves for the type of company we envision ourselves working for and most companies look for leadership positions,” said Brandon. “Pay your dues, get in there and stay there.”

Michael Lysko, professor of SMU’s Sports Management, said he is responsible for networking with sports professionals for prospective students. He advises students in sports career fields to “get involved early.”

Lysko also recommended, “The Comprehensive Guide to Career in Sports” by Glenn M. Wong to aspiring sports professionals. The book provides an overview of what students should consider and expect from the varied career options available. It also answers questions like what courses to take, what areas are available, salary expectations and how to secure their dream job.

“It’s about who you know and who knows you,” said Lysko.

Director of event management at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Janell Fondry added that, “interning leads to networking.”

The panel offered the following suggestions for networking and looking for jobs:

  • LinkedIn.com
  • Career Fairs
  • Teamwork Online
  • University’s Alumni
  • Sports Business Journal

Students found the advice from the panelists to be very rewarding.

“I got a lot of contacts here. I’m hoping some of these can help me get an internship in the future,” said SMU Marketing major Seth Ramey.

Cary Staman, the Assistant Director at Hegi Family Career Development Center, explained why they decided to hold a panel focused careers in sports.

“There are a lot of students who are now interested in the sports industry. And with our new department that focuses on sports, we thought it would be very timely and would give some really good information.”

Sports Blog: The Down-Low on the SMU Equestrian Team

November 2, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted By: Kimmy Ryan

Horseback riding is a college sport? Does SMU even have a team? Doesn’t the horse do all the work?

Well, yes, although most students probably don’t know it, SMU does have a Division 1 equestrian team. And, no, the horse does not do all the work. Many people do not understand what exactly being an equestrian athlete entails, much less a collegiate equestrian athlete.

Here’s how college riding works:

Each school has their own horses. There are two divisions SMU competes in: Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. Equitation means that the judges are judging the rider and not the horse; in other words, it’s all about how good the rider looks while controlling the horse. Over Fences means there is a course of approximately 8 jumps that the rider completes. On the Flat is when the rider is told to perform different gates—walk, trot, and canter.

SMU chooses its top six riders for each division. The riders on each team choose a horse’s name out of a hat. Let’s say Lauren Liberman, an SMU over-fence rider, chooses Big Brown out of the hat. She would compete against the opponent’s over-fence rider who also chooses Big Brown.

The riders get very little warm-up time. There is a big advantage if you are the home team because you have most likely ridden all the horses before and know their strengths and weaknesses.

After Liberman completes the course, she receives a score from the judges out of 100 (100 being a perfect score). If her score is higher than her opponent’s score on Big Brown, then she receives one point for her team.

The team with the most points in the end wins.

Those are the basic rules for collegiate horseback riding. It is very different than any other sport because unlike soccer or basketball, the athlete has to control a large animal. SMU horseback riders are serious athletes who sweat it out in the gym and in the ring just like any other team. So, next time you here about the SMU horseback riding team, you can impress your friends with your vast equestrian knowledge.

Sports Blog: “Daily Campus” Ignores SMU intramurals

October 19, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Kimmy Ryan

You hear about SMU Division I sports all the time. Whether through word-of-mouth, the school newspaper, the SMU website, blogs, or the Daily Update, the SMU Division 1 athletic teams are highly publicized.

Football, soccer, swimming, volleyball—you name it, there is a story about it. But, what about SMU intramurals?

The SMU intramural teams are highly competitive, full of serious athletes. Most of the intramural athletes played sports competitively in high school or on club teams. If you have ever been to a Pike versus Fiji intramural basketball game, you would realize that not only do they draw a crowd almost the size of the SMU basketball games, but the level of play is top notch.

So, why are the games not publicized? Why are no articles written about the next big intramural game, the best players, or the top rivalries?

These games are fun; the atmosphere is laid back, but the play is still highly competitive. The “Daily Campus,” SMU’s student-run newspaper, refuses to run stories about intramural sports.

This seems totally out of line. Intramural sports and athletes may not deserve as much publicity as SMU Division 1 sports, but they do not deserve to be ignored.

Sports Blog: UNC vs. SMU School Spirit Face Off

September 28, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kimmy Ryan

Where’s the school pride?

After attending the UNC versus Duke field hockey game this weekend in Chapel Hill, it makes me wonder where SMU’s school spirit is?

It was a cold, rainy Saturday in North Carolina, but that did not stop the Tar Heel student body from coming out to support their field hockey players.

In what was expected to be a very close match up between the two rivals, the Tar Heels dominated play and sealed the shutout in a 7-0 win.

But, the score of the game, although very impressive, was not what shocked me the most. The roaring, rowdy crowd was incredibly refreshing compared to SMU’s (no offense) weak fans.

Field hockey, a sport that is not even that big, drew a crowd larger than the student section at the SMU football games. The UNC band, other athletic teams, sorority girls, frat guys, the “Fever” (UNC’s enthusiastic sports fan club), parents, high school students, and more came to support their field hockey athletes.

When deciding what school to attend, many high school seniors take school spirit into account. If SMU faced off against UNC in a school spirit match (no offense, again), but it would be a serious annihilation.

If UNC can pull a large crowd to a field hockey game in the rain, SMU should be able to get a respectable number of people off the boulevard and into Ford stadium on a beautiful day or out of their rooms and into the soccer stadium to watch one of our best teams slide, kick, and run circles around their opponents.

Needless to say, SMU offers a lot of things, but school spirit is not one of them. The problem is obvious, but the solution is unknown.

Sports Blog: Variety of Wellness II Classes are Free and Fun

September 21, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Kimmy Ryan

If you are like a lot of people at SMU, you most likely played a sport in high school. And, you most likely do not in college.

College brings a lot of changes, one of the most notable and noticeable ones is packing on the freshman 15… and then some.

Some kids turn to intramurals to get their exercise. But, if you are not a frat star, this usually does not appeal. Some turn to club sports. But, if you do not want to travel or are not super competitive, this will not be your cup of tea.

More and more SMU students are turning to Wellness II classes, better known as Choices II, to get their athletic fix.

Whether you want to Judo-chop-it-up in Judo class, hit the trifecta in beginning triathlon, reach new heights with rock climbing, or break it down in Ballroom/Folk dancing, there is a class for you.

These classes consist of structured workouts combined with a fun activity. There is no limit on how many you can take. Some enthusiastic students take one Wellness II every semester. And, you are not required to be an expert, or overly competitive, or incredibly talented in the class you choose.

After checking out the current beginning triathlon class, it is clear that it includes all sorts of people with a wide range of athletic abilities. There are theater, business, journalism, and CCPA majors. There are guys who are so ripped it looks like their calf muscles are about to break through their skin and there are average Joes. There are pairs of friends who are enjoying a new challenge and there are hard-core competitors.

But, wait! You have not even heard the best part yet.

These classes are free! If you take between 12 and 18 academic hours, you are considered a full time student and you pay the same price. So, if you are like most students at SMU, you are taking 12 or 15 hours a semester. Wellness II classes count as one credit hour. So, for most SMU students, a Wellness II class is free.

Whether you are shedding the freshman 15, missing playing a sport, just having fun, or in it to win it, Wellness II classes are a great way to make “class” a little less stressful and not break the bank.

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