Daily Update: Thursday, March 3

March 3, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Ford Stadium has been vandalized, the iPad 2 is set to debut on March 11 and the largest statue of Jesus Christ is being built in a cabbage field in Poland.  All this and more on today’s Daily Update.

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TCU Vandalism Lines Ford Stadium

March 2, 2011 by · 10 Comments 

By E’Lyn Taylor and Aida Ahmed
ejtaylor@smu.edu, aahmed@smu.edu

TCU vandalism spray painted in the breeze way of SMU Ford Stadium facing the Morrison Bell Track. (PHOTO BY E'LYN TAYLOR / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

UPDATE 3:23 P.M. SMU spokesman Kent Best told the Daily Mustang that a total of 15 to 16 sections inside the stadium were vandalized, as well as an SMU golf cart. He confirmed that there are cameras outside the stadium but after SMU Police checked the footage, they found that the vandalism was not caught on tape. Police say there are still no leads but that they will be watching the area very carefully.

UPDATE 10:20 P.M. SMU Police logged the incident in their daily report log on Feb. 28 stating that a staff member reported spray paint on walls inside gate four. The incident occurred some time over the weekend.

Could some Texas Christian University fans be out for revenge this week?

Orange spray paint graffiti with messages of “TCU” and “TCU Frogs” covers a significant portion of the breezeway of Ford Stadium. The messages cover doors, an ice machine and the pavement inside the stadium. The initials “C.J. & T.M” are also spray painted on the walls of the breezeways. The vandalism starts at the visitor main entrance to the stadium and continues on to the Loyd All-Sports Center.

There is no information on when and how the culprits vandalized the stadium, but one student athlete said he saw the vandalism Tuesday.

Andrew Ward, the assistant director of Facilities and Operations for the SMU Mustangs, said they are looking into the incident.

“The vandalism is under investigation and we are getting people to come clean it up soon,” Ward said.

This is not the first football vandalism incident between the two schools. A large ‘M’ sat on the TCU home field several years back.

SMU spokesman Kent Best said that the last incident of TCU vandalism was in 2007, when someone spray painted ‘TCU’ around Ford Stadium.

SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer could not be reached for comment.

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As Seen on the Boulevard: Iron Skillet Edition

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By Elizabeth Lowe

Students, parents, even pups flooded the Boulevard in a sea of red for the TCU game and Family Weekend.

See the styles of Mustang fans and families as they prepped for the game in true SMU tradition.


Football Slideshow: SMU v. TCU

September 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

For the Iron Skillet showdown, SMU and TCU brought their A-games to Ford Stadium.

SMU shot out the gates with the first touchdown of the game. Mustang momentum held through the first half, but TCU was quick to retaliate in the third quarter.

Although the final score resulted in a TCU win, 24-41, the Mustangs proved they could keep up with the #4 ranked team in the nation.

Pony fans and Horned Frogs filled the Ford and brought an energy unlike any seen this year – or even last season. Win or lose for the ‘Stangs, it was one of the biggest games of the year.


Remembering The Lives That Were Lost on Sept. 11

September 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Hundreds of American flags wave on the front lawn in memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By: Aileen Garcia

After spending time in Washington, D.C. this summer, SMU senior Rachel Duke felt it was the perfect time to honor the people who died and served our country during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Duke saw other universities getting involved, like TCU, and felt SMU should start an event to honor all the lives that were lost.

With the help of her parents, Tom and Suzanne Duke, plans went underway to organize SMU’s first 9/11: Never Forget event. Signs decorated the lawn with victims’ names along with 2,977 flags for each individual killed.

Duke is also encouraging people to donate one dollar to receive 9/11 buttons and five dollars for wristbands to raise money for the Dallas Fire and Police Relief Fund

Although Duke reassures the memorial is not a political rally, the Dallas Tea Party is expected to be in attendance, along with guest speaker Pastor Steven Broden from Fair Park Bible Fellowship.

It took Duke three weeks to organize the event and she says the hardest part was getting the event approved on campus.

“I felt the school was a bit unorganized and there was a lack of communication,” Duke said.

The Meadows School of the Arts jumped on the wagon right away sponsoring the event and Dean José Antonio Bowen was very supportive of the idea says Duke.

“This event is to remember how precious and fragile is our freedom that it is a freedom worth fighting for because it’s a blessing for not just the people of this land, but to the nations of the world,” Tom Duke said.

SMU junior Christina Rancke’s father Todd Rancke, who worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower, was killed during the attack.

“I just remember my family surrounding the TV,” Rancke said. “Everyone was worried.”

Rancke, who had just turned 11, remembers her mother calling her father once the first plane struck the North Tower.

“My dad told my mom he was alright and not to worry,” Rancke said. “That was the last time they got to talk.”

Rancke’s mother, Debbie Basham, was also interviewed on 60 Minutes on the steps her family had to take to try and find her husband.

“It’s just great knowing that there’s still so many people that care,” Rancke said. “If my dad could see what is going on right now he would be so grateful, I know I’m grateful. I hope this continues throughout the years and I am happy to see people like Rachel and her parents who have such a passion for remembering this day without having to experience their own loss.”

“I don’t want people to recognize me for what I did,” Duke said. “I want this to be about the people and those who died and gave their lives.”

The Richardson Fire Department loaned their boots to help commemorate and honor the lives lost on Sept. 11. (PHOTO BY AILEEN GARCIA / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Mustangs Take Down Rival TCU

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TCU Dominates Second Half to Win

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By Anthony Sowe

Coming into Wednesday’s match up against rival TCU the Lady Mustangs had only lost one game this season, and the Horned Frogs were looking to snap a four-game road losing streak.

The Mustangs (6-2) kept it close in the first half but fell behind early in the second and lost 84-66. The Mustangs had won their last two meetings against the Horned Frogs, including a 79-75 victory last year in Ft. Worth. However SMU could not get things going against TCU, as they lost for the second time on the season, which could potentially stifle their shot at a national ranking.

The game was close in the opening half, as both teams shot well from the field. SMU’s Jillian Samuels knocked down two three pointers in the first half to help the Mustangs stay in reach of TCU.

SMU went into half time down by one point, as freshman Alisha Filmore drained a three pointer at the buzzer.

As the second half began the first five seconds would pretty much sum up the rest of the basketball game. Jillian Samuels fouled a TCU opponent right out of the gate. From there it was down hill.

TCU out rebound SMU 44-34; they had eight steals, and blocked 4 of SMU’s shots. To make matters worse, Coach Rompola received a technical foul sending TCU to the line with 13 minutes left.

Sophomore forward Christine Elliot lead all the Mustangs with 18 points. SMU senior Brittany Gilliam lead the team in assists with nine.

The Mustangs will have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to continue in their winning ways. The team travels to Nassau, Bahamas, where they will take on Wichita State in the Bahamas Tournament.

Men’s Basketball Falls Late to Rival TCU

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Sports Blog: TCU Horned Frogs Tackle SMU Mustangs

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Posted by Kimmy Ryan
As the SMU student body got stoked for the big rivalry game against TCU Saturday, everyone was slightly skeptical of what the outcome would be.

Yes, SMU has had a fairly decent start to the season, Lord knows better than the past. But, come’n! TCU is a top-10 ranked team! And, they have ended the season with a top-25 ranking five out of the last seven seasons. So, the statistics are there. But, SMU did pull an upset in 2005 against the Horned Frogs beating them 21-10. “Could it happen again?” students wondered Saturday.

Everyone had their own opinion of what would happen on the field. While some thought there was hope for the Ponies, others believed we would go down hard. Although the first half proved to be a close game, the ‘Stangs were obliterated in the second half, finishing the game 25 points behind the Frogs.

How did students feel after the matchup? Instead of discussing the outcome of the game, many SMU students turned toward a little trash talking to aid their wounds. “What exactly is a horned frog anyway” one SMU student said. “Why don’t you just go back to the library and study,” TCU kids followed up. “Ha! My Mom would be so proud if she heard that our stereotype was bookworms,” another SMU student said to one of her friends.

It is quite clear TCU was the better team, but it is also clear that both schools could use some serious help with their trash-talking abilities.

Mustangs Lose Big to TCU

October 3, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

By Robby Gillespie

A second half scoring surge from the TCU offense helped the Horned Frogs defeat archrival SMU 39-14 Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium to maintain possession of the Iron Skillet.

After going into halftime up 12-7, No. 10 TCU (4-0) racked up 256 offensive yards and four more touchdowns in the second half to start the season 4-0.

“The first half, I was happy how we played,” said senior captain Chase Kennemer. “The second half, I feel like we should have made more plays than we did.”

SMU (2-2, 1-0 C-USA) struck first in the game with a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to Shawnbrey McNeal. The Mustangs never led again.

TCU responded with 25 unanswered points that came from a punt returned for a touchdown and three rushing scores. The 71 yard punt return came from Jeremy Kerley who broke TCU’s seven year streak without a punt returned for a touchdown.

The Horned Frogs finished the game with 229 rushing yards with three different backs earning more than 50 yards each.

The Mustangs scored one second half touchdown and had difficulty producing points facing a tough TCU defense. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, but the Horned Frog running game led the team to victory.

Senior tailback Joseph Turner led TCU with 81 rushing yards and one touchdown. The Horned Frogs are 13-0 when he runs for more than 56 yards.

The SMU defense forced one interception to total 12 for the season and leads the country in that category. Both teams turned the ball over three times as the on and off rain showers kept the field and ball wet.

“It should have been a tight ball game,” Kennemer said. “I felt like we were ready for it, they just made more plays than we did.”

Kennemer earned his first career fumble recovery and a career high 18 tackles Saturday.

SMU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 240 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He completed only 45 percent of his passes. Mitchell now has the sixth most touchdown passes in SMU history with 32.

His second touchdown pass came with 2:26 left in the third quarter when he connected with senior Emmanuel Sanders on a 4 yard slant.

TCU is the highest ranked team the Mustangs will face all season and many football analysts are talking BCS possibilities for the Horned Frogs.

SMU returns home next Saturday to take on C-USA opponent East Carolina.

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