VIDEO: Students Gather at Mane Event

April 30, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Video and editing by Sydney Giesey

Students gathered on the main quad Friday to take a break before finals and enjoy the food and fun at this year’s fiesta themed Mane Event. From bounce houses and a mechanical bull to henna tattoos and caricatures, students had plenty of activities to choose from. Even Peruna made an appearance at the event.

VIDEO: SMU Childcare Center

November 23, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Bridget Bennett

VIDEO: SMU Childcare Center from on Vimeo.

Global News Blog: France, and the Students Joined the Fray…

November 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Lucie Leon

As a French exchange student at SMU, I must admit that I’m really happy to study here this year, knowing the current situation in France. My university in Lyon (in the South-East of France) has been closed for more 3 weeks because of the student riots. Let me explain the situation.

The French students are rising up against the Sarkozy retirement reform. Many in France consider retiring at 60 a pillar of France’s hard-won social contract and fear this is just the first step in eroding their often envied quality of life. The young people worry about the fact that it will be a real pain to find a job, even more than it is now and God knows how difficult this already is in France.

Have you ever thought about your retirement? Having less spare time when you will be old is what the French students are concerned about at the moment, instead of their end of semester exams.

In fact, my university in Lyon has been closed for so long now that the students there don’t really know how their exams are going to take place when all these demonstrations will end.

My friends who still study in Lyon have missed class for almost a month.

The student protest movement is not totally over now; still they gather in general meetings to decide whether or not they want to pursue the movement. The classes have started again since the end of last week, but for how long?

Nicolas Sarkozy made a mistake with the youth. He did not expect them to rise up against this reform. Of course, he knows that the French students are always ready to explode. But until then, the students had only exploded for fights that affected them directly. This time, there have been no reforms on education or on students’ employment contracts as has happened in the past. So why do they rally for a retirement which will only concern them in half a century?

The first alert broke out on October 7th: universities were blocked in provincial towns. On October 12th, students joined the sheer weight of numbers the working class demonstrations in the streets. Following these events, hundreds of colleges closed. The demonstrations were regrettably accompanied by numerous damages (burned cars, broken shop windows) and confrontations with the national police force.

If the movement has caught students’ attention because an argument developed in general meeting was right on target. The French students are so disheartened by the present labor market that they started to think that there was not a place for everybody. If “the old people” keep their jobs longer, there will be less and less jobs for them. And, they fast calculated that, at that rate, they will work until they are 70. But more than anything, it’s the keen awareness of the increasing disparities in France that fuels this revolt of the young people.

How about that point in the U.S.? During my schooling, I’ve already experienced demonstrations and seen my school (high school or university) closed so many times that I can’t even remember which cause it was.

The government says it will save 70bn euro by raising the retirement age to 62 by 2018, the qualification to 41.5 years, and the pension age to 67. In comparison, in the United States, while the normal retirement age for Social Security, or Old Age Survivors Insurance (OASI), historically has been age 65 to receive unreduced benefits, it is gradually increasing to age 67.

For additional information:

An article on the students’ demonstrations against retirement age reforms in Lyon:

More pictures on France on strike:

Campus News Blog: Skipping Sleep Could Kill You

February 17, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Ruthie Keister

College students are all too familiar with the dreaded all-nighter. Some students may do it once in their college careers while others do it on a weekly basis. Either way, it can be dangerous to your health.

I will admit, I have done several all-nighters in my three and a half years at SMU, but I was surprised to learn how missing out on a few z’s can harm your body.

Dr. Ron Kotler says that sleep deprivation can lead to death five different ways: in a car crash caused by drowsiness, at work involving heavy machinery, depression and suicide, weight gain or developing diabetes.

Sleeping enough hours every night is just as essential to a healthy lifestyle as eating well and exercising.

The National Sleep Foundation says that catching up on sleep at a later time is not healthy, and “sleep debt” can cause health problems such as high blood preassure and depression.

The moral of the story here is that pulling an all-nighter is not a good idea! Though all people react differently to lack of sleep, extreme sleep deprivation can actually harm your health!

Campus News Blog: Mandatory Health Insurance

November 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Maria A. Prato

Did you completed your enrollment for Spring 2010?

When you do so, remember to enroll in the mandatory health insurance.

If you are a domestic student taking nine credit hours or more; or an international student taking one credit hour or more; you must enroll or waive in the health insurance as a condition of enrollment.

SMU is committed to its students health and well-beign. That is why it is a requierment for all undergraduate and graduate students to either provide documentation of private insurance coverage or to enroll in the Student Health Insurance.

How to enroll?

When you are enrolling for the Spring 2010, on your access.SMU account, just click on the “Health Insurance” button on your Student Center. It will easily guide you through the steps to either waive or enroll.

If you choose not to enroll or waiver by January 5, 2010, you will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan and charged $699 for the spring premium.

For more information go to:

Campus News Blog: Students Can Suffer from Withdrawal Symptoms of Caffeine

April 10, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Tiffany Adams

It’s 8 a.m. and those students who weren’t fortunate enough to schedule their classes after 11 a.m. are dragging across campus toward their first class of the day. Many students can be seen with a caffeine-induced beverage in hand, whether it is a Starbucks coffee, a diet Coke, or one of the mighty Monster energy drinks.

These morning juices, though great for giving students a boost in waking up, may be detrimental to your health, a recent CNN article reports.

If consumed too much, students may become dependent on the caffeine and experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not get their daily fix.

Symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, sleepiness, inability to focus, irritability, depression, and anxiety, and can begin after skipping just one cup of coffee a day. The worst cases tend to be those who drink caffeine heavily and then decrease that intake significantly.

Experts say the best way to prevent these withdrawal symptoms, or at least reduce them, is to slowly cut back on caffeine, rather than abruptly quitting altogether.

Suggestions for cutting back include reducing caffeine intake by somewhere between a half to a whole cup per day, substituting tea for coffee, or drinking replacing a few cups of caffeinated coffee with decaffeinated coffee.

Here at SMU, students can find alternatives to coffee right on campus. At Java City, baristas can make a variety of teas or smoothies.

The problem isn’t just with college students, though. Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of North American adults and children consume caffeine daily. So even after college students graduate, they still need to watch their intake of the powerful stimulant.

Campus News Blog: On-Campus Housing Expo This Wednesday!

March 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Johnny Brackett?

Calling all students still looking for housing! The On-Campus Housing Expo is this Wed., March 18, running from 1 – 6 p.m. in the RLSH offices in Boaz Hall. The expo will provide detailed information about on-campus housing. Three things will go on: SMU apartment application and lottery, room selection for “Hall Only” and applications for residence halls. More information is available? online.?

? If ? you slept through sign-up or don’t live in a residence hall this semester, you can still apply for one of the dormitories. Students who apply at this point will be placed on a waiting list. If space becomes available, housing will be assigned during the summer. If you can make it, hit up the expo for detailed information.

Looking for somewhere to live can be an exhausting experience. Why look anywhere else when you have such a sweet campus to live on? Not only do you get to feel constantly connected to your university, but with such rad architecturally designed dormitories, reminiscent of something out of Harry Potter, it’s a win-win situation.

Campus News Blog: Make an IMPACT with Alternative Spring Break

February 19, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Laura Ratliff

Believe it or not, not every SMU student spends their spring break lounging on a tropical beach, Piña Colada in hand. A few students have chosen to dedicate their precious breaks to a higher cause – and you can do the same.

Alternative spring break allows students to participate in SMU-run trips to various destinations around the country. The program, called IMPACT, is run by another SMU organization – SPARC (Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility, and Citizenship).

This year, IMPACT is offering six different service destinations. The trips include Habitat for Humanity projects in both Taos, NM, and Laredo, Texas, support for the Cherokee nation in Appalachia, TN, plateau restoration in Moab, UT, and food service projects in both St. Louis and New York City. These trips consist of groups of at least eight students, along with a student site leader and a faculty/staff advisor.

To learn more about alternative spring break, or to fill out an application, check out the IMPACT website.

Campus News Blog: Students Keep Spending at Nearby Restaurants

February 19, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Nikki Pasrija

Walk into Strombolis, Smoothie King, or Chick-Fil-A on Hillcrest and chances are, you’re going to have to wait in line. There’s usually a steady supply of student consumers. Talk to any of the employees, and they’ll report that business is booming.

That’s not the only thing they’ve reported. Multiple employees think SMU students are still spending because their parents pay for it all.

Sure, some parents do. But many students interviewed cough up their own cash. And they’re spending a lot of it eating out. In fact, lower-end restaurants around the country are doing better than ever. In January, fast-food chain McDonald’s released a report, saying that business was up 7.1 percent globally. McDonald’s even plans to open 1,000 new restaurants worldwide.

Pricier places near campus are reporting strong student business, too. Consider Olivella’s. New employee Kristen Sands used to do marketing for the Dallas Morning News. Though she’s only been working at Olivella’s for a few weeks, Sands said she’s surprised at the amount of traffic the restaurant gets.

“It’s local, like a boutique,” she said.

Bottom line: Bad economy or not, students still love their pizza and waffle fries.

Big D Blog: Crooked Tree: A Student’s Secret Sanctuary in Uptown

February 19, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Shelley Smith

You’re cramped into a tiny one-man desk, wedged between a stark white wall and your bulging backpack which, let’s face it, is overflowing with loose papers, fly-away sticky notes, and oh…there’s the rest of that breakfast bar from this morning. Ew.

It’s silent as death except for that kid at the desk next to you breathing absurdly loud….and the kid behind you crinkling his bag of vending machine chips.

You try your best to focus on Act III of Macbeth but you can’t read the words because your hands are shivering so badly, a familiar problem yet again resulting from the shock-inducing 20 degree temperature.

As your eyes sadly circle the naked icy walls, anxiety over comes you … The walls are closing in and it’s a hike back to the parking garage. Darn.

Basically, you’re in misery. But ah, now comes the saving grace.

I have discovered over the past few months the haven of all havens for students fearing those dreaded white walls of libraries near and far. The Crooked Tree Coffeehouse in Uptown is just a quick five-minute drive from the SMU campus and serves every students study needs.

This charming white picket-fenced-home turned coffeehouse stocked with cozy faded couches, armchairs, wood tables, and benches provides a variety of work venues. Plus with countless teas, treats, and coffee concoctions (and fresh whole fruit for us healthy snackers), you’ll never be pounding your head against the vending machine as it reads OUT OF ORDER.

Pull up to this enchanting little nook as early as 6 a.m. or late as 11 p.m. weekdays, grab a drink in a real mug (cool), and chill to some indie tunes as you knock out that 10-pager with glee.

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