The Daily Update: Monday, Feb 14

February 14, 2011 by · Comments Off 

On this Valentines Day edition of the Daily Update you’ll find out about the country which is following Egypt in an effort to change their government and the possibility of hard liquor sales on Sundays. Plus the Mustang women’s tennis and basketball teams had a great weekend see who they dominated. All this and more on you Daily Update! Anchored by SMU-TV’s Bridget Bennett and Katherine Bruce.

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Campus Life Blog: Valentine’s Day

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Posted by Elena Harding

I do not celebrate Valentine’s Day.

It’s not because I’m frugal or think everyday should be a celebration of love, it’s because I think Valentine’s Day is silly.

Flowers are nice, so are chocolates and other gifts, but something about Valentine’s Day seems contrived to me. With the apparent good intentions of the day, showing loved ones that you care about them also comes with an artificial sense of urgency and expectation. This unnecessary stress pressures people to behave a certain way during a certain time of the year.

The commercial hype surrounding the holiday does not appeal to me. Neither does the price gouging that accompanies it, particularly for roses.

Whether the day originates from Christian martyrs, Chaucer or the pagan Lupercalia festival, I’ll continue not to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

VIDEO: Cupid Strikes at SMU

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Video and Editing by Daily Mustang Staff

People on Hilltop reveal what they think about Valentine’s Day.

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Students in Shuttles Hall talk about what the day dedicated to love means to them.

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Love is All Around the Hilltop – The Final Video of our 4 Part Series

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Movie Review: Valentine’s Day

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By Amanda Mervine

With what must be one of the most expensive casts of all time the holiday-appropriate movie Valentine’s Day is set to hit theaters this Friday.

Fortunately, I was one of the members of the SMU student body who was able to snag a seat to the sneak preview of the flick in the full-capacity Hughes-Trigg auditorium on Wednesday evening.

The film stars nearly every actor/actress that has appeared in a romantic comedy box office hit in the past decade.

Such actors include Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Gardner, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Taylor Lautner, and everyone’s new favorite celeb Taylor Swift. As well as several more performers that contribute significantly to the movie’s multidimensional story line.

Of course my expectations, in regards to a romantic comedy, were set fairly high considering the cast. To my complete surprise not only were those expectations fulfilled but even a little exceeded.

In my belief, one needs to go into a movie like Valentine’s Day expecting nothing but the cheesiest of scenes and plots, which is exactly what I did.

However, unlike most romantic comedies, which I find utterly and annoyingly predictable, there were certain aspects of Valentine’s Day which I could have never seen coming.

Of course many of the relationships and stories were easily predictable by the end of the film, but those that weren’t really threw the SMU audience for a loop, which they verbally pronounced.

Hardy laughs and several ooos and ahhhs by the student-filled audience, as well as myself, signified the element of surprise that the film inflicted, something that I found as being a breath of fresh air to a film genre known for its predictability.

Valentine’s Day contains a perfect mixture of extremely romantic and predictable plots swirled in with stories of a few characters that end up alone, mostly on their own accord.

While the film does leave you feeling a little bit sad for those characters who end up all by themselves on the most romantic holiday of the year, as a movie critic I found it a bit refreshing that the director decided to add a splash of realism in the mix of utter romantic bliss. But don’t worry there’s plenty of that as well.

Looking for another review? Check Aida Ahmed’s take on the movie HERE.

Free Movie Showing: Valentine’s Day

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By Aida Ahmed

SMU’s Program Council is holding a preview of the new movie Valentine’s Day Wednesday night.

The preview will be held in the Hughes-Trigg student center theatre at 10 p.m.

Valentine’s Day has a full cast of stars including Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Eric Dane, Kathy Bates, Jessica Alba and many more.

Students Shop for Valentines Day at Hughes-Trigg

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Arts Beat: Be Casual, Cupid – With Sushi!

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Listen up, Cupid! When? your man tells you to search for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner spot, look no further! If you are like me and looking for the casual date, head down to my favorite little sushi spot in Deep Ellum, Deep Sushi.

This is the “everyone is a familiar face,” type restaurant. From the moment you walk in, Owner One (Ahn) Vannarom, greets you at the door, shakes your hand and seats you at the next best table. And? if you’re with your Valentine, you are sure to have a great time.

The best aspect about Deep Sushi is that the sushi menu is not from here to Japan and back, if you know what I mean. (Ahem, Sushi Zushi). ? So, if you’re on a first date, there will most likely be a special roll? for you? and your? special someone. Perhaps try the Heartbreaker roll. It will have your man begging for more!

Deep Sushi: 2624 Elm Street, Dallas Texas

Tel: 214.651.1177

–Posted by Christina Murphy

Arts Beat: February: A Good Month for Single Girls

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Every girl can remember the scene from the iconic TV show “Sex and the City” where Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon) tried to pass on her wisdom of “He’s Just Not that into You” to two relationship troubled gals. The scene made the book instantly famous and now it is a movie of its own.

In a month that all single girls dread, Hollywood is surely coming up with a few good ways we can all cope. “He’s Just Not that into You” is out now and this week a movie that is causing buzz around my sorority house, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” will hit theaters as well. Not to mention each movie, while starring some of my favorite actresses, (Drew Berrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Anniston? in “He’s Just Not that into You” and Isla Fisher in “Shopaholic”) star a lot of cute guys too, Ben Afleck, Kevin Connolly and also ? Hugh Darcy in “Shopaholic.”

Both romantic comedies? are based on hit selling books. There are sure to be long entry lines, full of single gals making it a night on the town, on each of their opening nights. After all what is better than spending Valentine’s day with all your best girlfriends and a fantastic love story.

–Posted by Erin Ramaker