Students Voice Concerns During Senate Final Town Hall Meeting

March 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Anna Kiappes
akiappes@smu.edu

Students, faculty and staff attended the last SMU Student Senate town hall meeting of the semester to address issues important to them.

Representation of student athletes was one of those issues and was discussed throughout the meeting, which was held Wednesday afternoon, March 31.

SMU sophomore and equestrian team member Morgan Toal said there is no representation for student athletes in Senate. Toal said she believes that a senator for athletes would serve as a liaison between student athletes and the rest of the student body.

“Athletes spend their time at the gym, practice, and class,” Toal said. “There is a big disconnect.”

Toal and other athletes polled student athletes and 41 out of 63 respondents expressed interest in running for Student Senate.

Austin Prentice, current Student Body vice president and candidate for Student Body president, has started the process to get a student athlete liaison. If the Student Athlete Advisory Committee is re-chartered they will automatically have a Student Senate liaison.

“The Senate liaison project is where every chartered organization has a liaison so they are connected to the Senate and they have a contact to ask what is going on,” Prentice said.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Senate seat was also discussed. Current Dedman Senator Harvey Luna said the senator would address issues like gender free housing and restrooms. He also said the senator would also create a new image for SMU.

“The senator may not solve all the issues, but it would get the student body talking,” Luna said.

Representation was not the only issue discussed during the meeting.

Transfer student Jan Anderson asked about increasing the DART’s Mustang Express shuttle to include weekends. Joe Esau, Senate’s parliamentarian and candidate for Student Body vice president, said he already talked to the Sustainability Committee about expanding the hours of operation for Mustang Express but found funding to be an impediment. It would cost about $60,000 per year to make the change.

Many of the officials Esau talked to all have the same question.

“The key thing I’ve gotten back is where is the money coming from?” Esau said.

Esau encouraged students to talk with their senators and ensure their voices are heard. He then said that is how the Dedman Recreational Center came about.

Campus News Blog: Student Robbed at Knife-Point

November 10, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Maria A. Prato

Crime has no time. The SMU Police Department issued a crime alert on November 5 after a student was robbed at knife-point on Hillcrest avenue when walking to her residence hall at 3:00P.M.

The student went out the north entrance of the Owen Fine Arts Center and walked between the Peyton and Shuttle halls to the sidewalk on the east side of Hillcrest Avenue. She passed the suspect and when she was by the end of the Hamon Arts Library parking lot, he reached her and asked for her purse. She refused and he got out what appeared to be a knife and cut her arm three or four times.

The suspect ran heading south on Hillcrest Avenue toward Mockingbird Lane.

She described the suspect black male, between 25-35 years old, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 175 pounds, baldhead and unshaven face. He was wearing an orange jacket, blue shorts and sunglasses on his head.

Go to the SMU PD’s crime alert to view the suspect’s sketch.

Here are some tips SMU police gives to protect yourself:

  • Walk with a purpose, aware of your surroundings.
  • Try to stay with the crowd.
  • Don’t carry your valuables loosely.
  • Don’t refuse to release your personal belongings if threatened.
  • Try to remember the robber’s appereance.
  • Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.

Student Health: 5 Snacks For Your Dorm Fridge

August 25, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Adamany
madamany@smu.edu

Sick of eating every meal at Umphrey Lee? Was your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier? If so, here are some essentials to keep close at hand to help you maintain your goals and your waistline.

1. All-Natural Peanut Butter – Peanut Butter is a great staple to have around. Just make sure you get the all-natural, no-sugar-and-oil-added kind. Spread it on tortillas, an apple, or cottage cheese for a great snack.

Peanuts are high in protein and fiber, which keep you full, vitamins B and E, which contribute to healthy skin, and monounsaturated fat, the good fat.

2. Sugar-Free Jelly – Smuckers some lip-smacking sugar-free jelly. With each tablespoon amounting to 10 calories, you save 40 calories with each scoop compared to regular versions. Add jelly to cottage cheese and cereal for a fruity sensation!

3. Sugar-Free Snack Packs – Every health guru’s best friend. Chocolate or vanilla, sugar-free snack packs are the way to go. Enjoy one for 60 calories. Who knew a healthy desert could be so easy?

4. Veggies- Need something to munch on? Baby carrots, celery sticks, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and asparagus are great to munch on because they are low in calories, high in fiber and have tons of vitamins and antioxidants.

5. Whole Wheat Tortillas – La Tortilla Factory whole wheat tortillas are the way to go when making a sandwich or dipping queso and guacamole. Spread some fat-free cream cheese on these tortillas instead of a bagel and save up to 300 calories.

This column originally was published on February 9, 2009.

Campus News Blog: College Students Can Stay Healthy

February 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Tiffany Adams

A recent health story on the Dallas Morning News health section has me thinking: is it possible to be a full-time college student and be healthy? Well, if business owners and parents Charlie and Jackie Haas can, so can we.

The fit couple left us some advice on keeping in shape while maintaining a busy lifestyle, some of which can be applied to university living.

For example, the cafeteria at Umphrey Lee can leave one a little less than fully nourished, with night after night of greasy corn dogs, unlimited cookies, and bottomless cups of fountain drinks. The Haas family suggests taking a multi-vitamin pill daily, to keep you covered nutritionally, Vitamin A to zinc.

Similarly, to help prevent weight gain (think freshman 15), the couple suggests eating smaller, more frequent meals as opposed to sticking to a big, three-meal-a-day schedule. This will help keep your metabolism going and is easily accomplished with an unlimited meal plan, which a lot of on-campus residents currently have.

As far as working out goes, keep on track by enlisting support: have your friend or roommate hold you accountable. That way, you have someone checking up on you, making sure you don’t come up with lame excuses for skipping a day of crunches.

And finally, the Haas solution to those would-be-gym-goers-who-just-don’t-have-the-time? Kill two birds with one stone. That said, for college students, walk on the treadmill while reading Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Or, outline your paper in your head while benchpressing 290.

If nothing else, drink lots of water. Carry a water bottle around with you from class to class. That’s a no-brainer.

Hughes-Trigg Working out the Kinks in Monday Night Football Watch Party

September 29, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Christy Vutam

I’m eating an assortment of Italian sandwiches from Olivella’s. The delivery guy just brought out the chicken parmigiano, and I’m eyeing the other two students to see who’ll grab the first sandwich. The Baltimore Ravens run on third and goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I take the opportunity to sprint to the food table while my companions watch the screen hypnotically.

I doubt there’ll be this much food left or this many chairs empty at future Monday Night Football Watch Parties in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity. Other people stopped by at 7 p.m. as the advertisement said to, took one look at the empty chairs, the empty stand where the “huge projector screens” were supposed to be and, most importantly, the lack of food and left.

But I struck it out and asked around. By all accounts, the MNF Watch Party was still going on, just starting later than was advertised. By 7:30 p.m., a big screen appeared. By 8:30 p.m., food arrived. I’m happy.

I talked to David Hayden, the assistant director of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, before the food came, and he said the food was arriving after the game started because in the first few Mondays of this football season, there had been two games played. Not knowing there was only one game being played on this Monday, they had ordered the food to come during about the middle of the two games. In the future, Hayden said he’ll have the food arrive at the beginning of the party so students will eat, sit and stay to watch the game.

I’m totally taking home leftovers!

Peter Bernd, Rick Bose and Wilson Maclin watch the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. The Hughes-Trigg Student Center hosts a Monday Night Football Party every week. (PHOTO BY SAMANTHA URBAN / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Peter Bernd, Rick Bose and Wilson Maclin watch the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. The Hughes-Trigg Student Center hosts a Monday Night Football Party every week. (PHOTO BY SAMANTHA URBAN / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Student Taylor Nichols sets up the projector in preparation for the Monday Night Football Party on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. Hughes-Trigg Student Center hosts the event every week. (PHOTO BY SAMANTHA URBAN / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Student Taylor Nichols sets up the projector in preparation for the Monday Night Football Party on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. Hughes-Trigg Student Center hosts the event every week. (PHOTO BY SAMANTHA URBAN / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

A big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity displays the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. The student center hosts a Monday Night Football Party every week. (PHOTO BY SAMANTHA URBAN / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

A big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity displays the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. The student center hosts a Monday Night Football Party every week. (PHOTO BY SAMANTHA URBAN / THE DAILY MUSTANG)

Police Blotter

September 15, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

On Sept. 1 at 12:59 a.m., a student reported another student kicked her in the face south of Peyton Hall.

Also on Sept. 1 at 10:22 p.m., a student reported he was robbed at knifepoint in his off-campus apartment located near Sandhurst Lane and Skillman Steet.

On Sept. 5 at 1:12 p.m., a student reported that her vehicle was missing from the 3300 block of McFarlin. When an officer found the vehicle in the nearby Dyer Court lot, the student told police that her roommate moved the vehicle without telling her.

On Sept. 14 between 3:29 a.m. and 5:19 a.m., six laptops, an iPod, an X Box 360 and a watch were reported stolen from the PIKE house.

From Aug. 25 to Sept. 18, SMU police tallied 48 underage drinking citations.

– Compiled by Caitlin Myers, cmyers@smu.edu

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