Each year, Theta host’s Theta Food Friday. Food Friday benefits CASA, which helps children who are raised in foster homes.
SMU Greek life is constantly involved in Philanthropy events. Kappa Alpha Theta puts on Theta Food Friday
The SMU Belle Tone’s meet for practice lead by the president, music director, and business director.
Professor Brandi Coleman’s DANCE 1305: Beginning Jazz class at Southern Methodist University covers the style of dance as it changed over time and is open to dancers of all levels.
Akola is a 100% socially impacting jewelry brand that strives to empower women in Uganda and Dallas.
SMU Ballroom is a student organization that meets in Studio 3 at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports to learn a variety of ballroom dances.
The Fighting For the Right to Fight exhibit at the Dallas Holocaust Museum takes you through the journey of African Americans during World War II and how the importance they payed in the war. It’s a new side of discrimination in WWII from an Americans perspective.
Sabah House isn’t your average tiny home in Dallas. But here, at Sabah they house hundreds to handmade Turkish shoes.
Current non-profit employee, Emma Siegel, talks about the work she does for the jewelry brand, Akola. Akola is a non-profit that works to empower women in Uganda and Dallas, Texas. Each piece is handcrafted by 1 of 500 women in poverty working to redesign the future of their families.
SMU Ballroom is a student organization that meets twice a week to learn a variety of different ballroom dances. They dance, compete and socialize. The best part is – you don’t have to be an expert to join.
SMU Pom members Morgan Peterson and her sister Brooke Peterson continue their life long dreams to dance together.
In order to stay motivated especially during crunch study time with finals arriving, it is essential to switch up your study spot. Dallas has numerous amazing spots to study, read or work all around the city. Royal Blue Grocery is a grocery store in Highland Park Village with a café connected to the grocery store.
SMU’s Beginning Jazz course taught by Brandi Coleman provides students with all levels of experience to learn about the style of dance and its implications while also learning the art form in class.
Jennifer Lemin is a 35-year-old graduate student at SMU Meadows School of the Arts studying conducting. Last year, she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, but has not allowed her illness to hinder her pursuing her passion.
This is about a woman named Ashley Conklin, a woman who attended and worked at SMU in the past. She now works on her own with students that suffer with ADHD and other learning disabilities.
SMU just celebrated its annual celebration of lights bringing the SMU community together for the holidays.
Brian Bolke opens Forty Five Ten‘s third store location in downtown Dallas, this remarkable four story building will serve as the company’s headquarters.
Behind Every Door is a Dallas nonprofit that invests in local communities. Children from the area come to “Kids Club” everyday after school to get homework help and to learn both about art and God.
Every Monday and Tuesday night, Kim Fuquay has been training dogs for over ten years at Park Cities Obedience School in Dallas, TX. Here is a look inside her Basic Class.
At the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, #NoDAPL has attracted hundreds of protesters. A few of them share their thoughts.
Get a look inside SMU’s Service House — home to students looking to integrate into the community through servicing and social change.
Jingle Ball, hosted by iHeart Media and 106.1 KISS FM, kicked off the Holiday Season on November 29th at American Airlines Center. Fans of all ages gathered to hear Daya, Charlie Puth, Lukas Graham, Hailee Steinfeld, Meghan Trainor, the Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, and the Chainsmokers preform.
My audio slideshow is about SMU Best Buddies and the amazing work they do on campus, and featured is SMU Retail Club’s contribution to FASHIONABILITY.
Girls on the Run inspires girls all across the country to possess a healthy lifestyle. They also intertwine life lessons throughout the season.
Homecoming week is a busy week SMU, especially for Hannah Smith who led Kappa Alpha Theta in the building of an Alaskan themed float.
SMU Pom Squad member Ashley Jo Zaccagnini tells the community why the squad is one of the community’s hidden gems.
Shelby Crain graduated from SMU in 2016 with a degree in Math. She never expected her degree to bring her back to pre-algebra.
Kitchen LTO is a permanent pop-up restaurant in Deep Ellum. The restaurant changes their chef and artist every six months.
Dog N Kitty City is a no-kill shelter in Dallas, Texas. The shelter has both dogs and cats and facilitated 350 adoptions in the past year.
SMU’s Service House is home to students looking to integrate into the community through servicing and social change.
This slideshow shows the daily life of Ashley Conklin as she helps students with ADHD.
Like many workout studios, Dallas’ Barre Code is taking to Klyde Warren Park this fall to offer free weekend classes to the community.
Go behind the blog with Sanford Standard’s Mary Sanford McClure.
Check out my photos form the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd,TX.
Shelby Crain is a new teacher at ED Walker Middle School
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority has provided transport for the Uptown area for over 30 years. Eventually, each of these streetcars need a helping hand from the Trolley Barn.
SMU students spend a week transforming u-hauls into tissue paper works of art.
This slideshow is about Nékter as a business and its employee Marcus Vargas and his experiences working there.
Olivia Nguyen’s photo slideshow on Jennifer Lemin, a Meadows School of the Arts graduate student studying conducting.
Mollie Mayfield’s photo slideshow over Girls on the Run.
Kitchen LTO is a pop up restaurant located in Deep Ellum, Dallas.
Behind Every Door is a nonprofit that serves the Village Oaks Community in South Dallas.
35-year-old Jennifer Lemin is a graduate student at Meadows School of the Arts studying conducting. After being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer last year, she still shows immense resilience by continuing her studies, conducting her second piece this fall for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra.
Equest is a place for children and adults with a wide range of emotional and physical disabilities to find comfort through therapeutic horseback riding.
Dallas local Tony Powell has repaired streetcars since the beginning of McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA). Listen to hear about his experiences to make sure the MATA streetcars run.
Park Cities Obedience School in Dallas has been around for over 40 years. Their trainers specialize in group and private dog training lessons. Nancy Pantusa has been a trainer at PCOS since 1993 and believes there is a need for obedience schools for dog because it helps shape a better way of communication between a dog and it’s owner, resulting in a foundation of mutual love and respect.
Kitchen LTO is a permanent pop-up restaurant that recently moved to Deep Ellum. Their chef, concept and decor change every six months.
Shelby Crain is a recent graduate of SMU with a major in Applied Math. After much job searching, she chose an unlikely career path.
Sophomore Dasha Flowers and professor Tatiana Zimakova share a little bit about SMU’s Russian Club.
This week, SMU students are gearing up for a week filled with Homecoming events, the most popular being float building.
Dallas-based indie/alt/pop band “Blue Apollo” continues to enhance their sound after a year of success.
Dog N Kitty City is part of the Dallas County Humane Society and works hard to provide a comfortable environment for the animals, and volunteers. While this shelter has helped so many animals, they are always looking for additional help to grow.
At Nekter Juice Bar in Snider Plaza, employee Marcus Vargas has been working toward his life goal. Four years later, he is one step closer to apply to the Air Force Academy, but in the mean time he has no problem making fresh juice and acai bowls with his friendly staff and customers.
Enter the colorful world of Atama: a unique and progressive art gallery in Mockingbird Station. Owner Josh Ramirez and SMU senior Brynne Kuntz explain how Atama pushes the boundaries for artistic mediums and proves that toys are not just for kids.
The SMU Pom Squad is well known for their energetic performances – which they perfect during practices every Tuesday and Thursday then perform at every home football and basketball game.
The SMU Mustang Mavericks are headed out to perform around Dallas on their holiday tour on December 5, 2015.
Stampede is SMU’s only coed a cappella group. The student organizations sings around campus and Dallas.
Deepa Liegel is a junior dance major at SMU. Her passion for life emanates both on and off of the stage. While the dance program has been challenging, it’s helped her grow in various ways.
Adelmo’s restaurant has been serving the Dallas community with Italian cuisine since 1989. Now the Banchetti family plans to move from their current Uptown location, but promise to continue serving the same great food locals have come to love, with their same charismatic staff where ever they end up.
Project Transformation engages young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, supports underserved children and families, and connects churches to communities in need.
South Dallas Strings is an after-school music program that puts orchestra programs into schools that have take them out due to lack of funds. It is started by a SMU music student, Sarah Israel, who is also the executive director of Bridge The Gap. The program meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-6pm.
South Dallas Strings is an after school music program started by SMU student Sarah Israel with a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club Center for New Generation.
Packer fans from all over the metroplex flock to Vernon’s Gastropub on game days. For over 20 years it has been the go-to place for Green Bay fans. They treat each other like family and are true to their traditions.
The Stampede is SMU’s only coed a cappella music group. It is composed of only music majors who work together to create their own works.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Project Transformation is a non-profit organization that caters to underserved children in communities across the DFW area.
By: Alison Glander (@a_glander), Cameron Luttrell (@camluttrell), Sue Han (@suefullyhan)
- Ahmed Mohamad made national news for bringing a clock to school, never received the Irving ISD letter because school district sent it to the wrong lawyer.
- Ted Cruz faces hurdles with Senate as the black sheep among Republicans.
- 13-year-old West Texas boy has been hospitalized after a shark bit him on the back of his foot after wading in the Galveston Island Beach.
- State Fair rolls out the 10 of the best and worst foods at the State Fair.
- McKinney Fire Department will deliver Domino’s pizzas to random orders for Fire Prevention Week.
- An additional federal gun charge comes out for Love who has been jailed for killing a Dentist in an uptown garage.
- Europe rules down on Facebook and other tech companies that prohibits them from transferring users’ data in servers in the U.S.
- Michigan fiberglass supervisor is still in unbelief about winning the $310.5 million Powerball jackpot.
- Rangers, once the underdog, are now the making a comeback from all their defeats.
- Truck hauling honeybees overturned on a Oklahoma highway setting swarms of insects loose along the highway.
The Benefit Thrift Store serves as a place to shop while protecting mothers and their children from domestic violence by giving its proceeds to the Genesis’ operations.
Students and staff help organize a fun and informative week for this year’s Fashion Week on campus.
Skyline Trapeze is an energetic fun activity for everyone!
After running with a crew in Copenhagen, junior Jacob Conway started the Kinetic Koalition for Dallas runners to promote health, wellness, and sociable exercise.
What it’s like to work in a pop shop day in and day out. Here is Steel City Pops!
The Genesis Thrift Store helps support women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The Rory Meyers Children’s Garden has many activities and displays for children to have fun while learning about the environment.
SMU student and Mustang Hero member, Stephanie Newland, share the how the organization serves the community by making positive impacts on campus and off.
Genesis Women’s Shelter helps women and children in need escaping unspeakable violence.
At Steel City Pops, manager Jonathan Veazey and his team make fresh pops in their store off Lower Greenville. With summer temperatures slowly rising, the gourmet pop store already has people and puppies waiting in a line out the door.
Millennial voting is the lowest in years but there are many factors why 18-24-year-olds don’t go to the polls.
Southern Methodist University Student Theater (SMUST) produced an original show titled “The Birth Project” this past semester. SMU junior Madeleine Boudreaux talks about her experience in the show and with SMUST.
The Dallas Farmers Market is located in the heart of Dallas, Texas and offers some of the best produce around.
SMU senior Jaime Sisson teaches Aramark facilities workers English in a semester-long course.
By Amelia Hollow, Alexa Malevitis, Shannon Lynch, Adam Grosbard and Alexandra Spitzer
- Attorney General Greg Abbott reports fundraising figures that dwarf those of his opponent Democratic Senator Wendy Davis. She could use a dollar to keep up in this race.
- Loving County officials recently met with water company leaders to discuss how the West Texas county can meet its growing water needs.
- Texas churches are being asked to open their places of worship to offer sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Listen to “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” by Lyle Lovett.
- Texas A&M researchers are crashing trucks into steel barriers in an effort to keep terrorist from breaching security barriers. Listen to “Always Crashing in the Same Car” by David Bowie.
- After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted same-sex marriage bans in five states, Senator Ted Cruz called for an amendment of the Constitution on Monday to prevent the federal government and Supreme Court from overturning a state’s ban on same-sex marriage. We thought “Take Me to Church” by Hozier was fitting in regard to Cruz’s defense of same-sex marriage bans.
- Texas women are turning to their doctors as the number of state abortion clinics is on the “Slide” (by the Goo Goo Dolls).
- The song, “Bad Blood,” by Bastille refers to the rise in the number of people who are being closely monitored for a possible contraction of the Ebola virus.
- Colin McDonald travels along the disappearing Rio Grande where people are fighting and killing over remaining water. McDonald notes “but the rain brings the good times,” so take a listen to “Bring on the Rain” by Jo Dee Messina.
- Texas was in the running to house the Tesla “gigafactory”, but lost out to Nevada. It turns out Texas was wrong about the prospects of a relationship with the factory.
- Tuition is on the rise and fewer than a third of public university students are graduating in four years. Although the debate is ongoing over plans for new fixed tuition rates, efforts are being made to keep costs low and get students out of college while they’re still “Younger”.
We’re starting off our playlist with 50 Cent’s “I Got Money,” which is probably what Attorney General Greg Abbott is saying to Sen. Wendy Davis, his Democratic opponent in the Texas Governor’s Race. Over the last three months, Abbott has raised roughly $3.6 million for his campaign, crushing Davis’s figures.
Our next song has to do with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift same-sex marriage bans in five states, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s controversial comments. Here’s “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert.
An investigation into Sen. Wendy Davis’s law firm regarding corruption wrapped up without finding an issue to pursue. That is exactly the name of the song that goes along with it. “Problem” by Ariana Grande illustrates that The Public Integrity Unit might have problems, but like the song’s lyrics say, Davis won’t be one of them.
The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is withholding $75 million in matching money until they determine if the private hospitals that covered indigent care did so within appropriate parameters that qualified for federal matching dollars. As hospitals wait for their funds we thought an appropriate song would be “I Want My Money Back” by Lonnie Brooks.
Small towns in Texas have a growing need for water. People in these towns have access to water, but growing populations are increasing the demand for this limited supply. We decided “Water” by Brad Paisley was an appropriate song about the importance and significance of water.
Texas was left with just eight abortion clinics after a federal appellate judge ruled last week that the state could enforce more intense abortion restrictions. Normal physicians, however, are allowed to perform 50 abortions a year without obtaining an abortion license, giving women the option to say, “I Need a Doctor.” Here’s “I Need a Doctor” by Dr. Dre, featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey.
Gov. Rick Perry has spent thousands of tax dollars on his legal defense. Due to the allegations of public corruption against him, the song “Blame” by Calvin Harris very much depicts what Perry is trying to convey: don’t blame it on me.
People are hopeful about the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that implements a plan for crating energy efficient systems. The plan encourages people to have projects that lower the cost of utility bills and reduce carbon emissions. We chose “Optimistic” by Radiohead because people are optimistic about the potential results of PACE.
A recent audit of the Texas Enterprise Fund was a “scorcher” finding little control over the fund designed to lure business to Texas. Money was doled out without documentation and there has been little follow-up to see if the funds produced any results, which is why this story’s music selection is “Controversy” by the artist formerly known as Prince and currently known as Prince.
And finally we’re wrapping up our playlist with Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” a reminder to stay positive in the midst of worry about a potential Ebola outbreak. On Monday, Gov. Rick Perry called on federal government to improve efforts at U.S. points of entry in order to better contain the virus. The government will continue to closely monitor all emerging cases.
1. Every Breath You Take – The Police
“Every step you take / I’ll be watching you,” say state officials. Fifty Dallas-area people are being monitored for Ebola symptoms.
2. Come Clean – Hilary Duff
Gov. Rick Perry urged feds to screen for Ebola and set up quarantine stations at all U.S. entry points.
3. Where is the Love? – The Black Eyed Peas
The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for same-sex marriage bans to be lifted in five states …
4. When Your Mind’s Made Up – Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
… but Ted Cruz called for an amendment to the Constitution to prevent overturning the ban on a state level.
5. We Ready – Archie Eversole
Texas lawmakers will meet this afternoon to examine the state’s public health readiness.
6. Amber – 311
“Amber is the color of your energy.” Developers are making major progress in bolstering energy and water efficiency.
7. She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer
Wendy Davis is trailing behind Greg Abbott in fundraising efforts.
8. Refugee – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Immigrants are finding refuge in El Paso.
9. Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy) – Notorious B.I.G.
All Texas public universities are required this fall to offer students a tuition payment plan that promises a fixed rate.
10. I Would Walk 500 Miles – Kenny And The Scots
Small-town Texans go to great lengths, literally, to find water.
By Cody Beavers, Jehadu Abshiro, Chris Warley, Maria Cross, Courtney Madden and Paige Kerley
We’re starting our playlist off with Three Day’s Grace’s “Are You Ready” and The Black Keys’ “Fever,” which are inspired by lawmakers meeting to scrutinize hospitals’ readiness levels after the botched Ebola handling.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are withholding $75 million from private hospitals in the state. The money that’s being held is supposed to have been reimbursed to private hospitals for care that they provided to poor patients, so we have “Sabotage” by The Beastie Boys.
We thought that “If I Were To Lie” by Bear In Heaven would be appropriate with a Texas parole commissioner that has been falsifying records.
In the Texas governor’s race, Attorney General Greg Abbott has raised significantly more money than his opponent, Senator Wendy Davis. Because we know that campaign fundraising can often predict election outcomes, we chose Kid Ink’s “Money and the Power.” Wendy Davis kicked off campaign events at University of Texas at Austin yesterday in an effort to catch up in the polls with her opponent Greg Abbott, so we chose “There She Goes” by The Law’s.
Federal appellate judges ruled that Texas could enforce a law that would have some women turning to their doctors instead of abortion clinics like Crash Vegas’ Michelle McAdorey sings about in “Clinic.”
With the price of higher education on the rise, all public universities in Texas were required to introduce a fixed-rate plan to its students this fall semester. Students who chose a payment plan were guaranteed a particular rate for four years. With that, we have Sam Smith’s “Money On My Mind.”
Uber and Lyft drivers are rallying in Austin as the city council contemplates allowing the two companies to operate. These “Chariots” (by Gavin DeGraw) began their services in Austin in May, but were technically not allowed to do so. Although the council approved a temporary ordinance, the debates will continue.
Loving County, the least populated county in the lower 48 states, uses a public water supply system. With growth of the county and Permian Basin’s flourishing oil & gas industry they will need more water. So, “Water” by Brad Paisley, because who wouldn’t love an overabundance of water to splash everywhere!
By Demetrio Teniente, Zoë Mattioli, Kamilah Todd, Katie Ballard, Caroline Hicks and Hayley Morrison
Many consider the handling of the first known case of Ebola in the US to be a failure so we decided to begin our playlist with “My Mistakes Were Made For You” by The Last Shadow Puppet.
Last week strict new abortion restrictions were imposed, leaving only eight authorized abortion clinics in Texas. However State statute does NOT require physicians’ offices to obtain abortion licenses if they perform fewer than 50 abortions each year. This means women are going to be “needing a doctor” to perform their abortions.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is withholding $75 million to help Texas better run Medicaid- you could say they are imitating Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and are ‘waiting ‘til they get their money right.’
Our next song refers to the U.S. Supreme Court decision, allowing same-sex marriage in five states, and Sen. Cruz’s negative response. It’s “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert.
After Texas lawmakers passed a bill earlier this fall requiring schools to offer a fixed tuition payment plan, students are showing mixed feelings about committing to a fixed plan. Numbers show that there is no guarantee that students will save money by signing up, so they are still getting hit with “Bills, Bills, Bills,” as sings Destiny’s Child.
It was reported a few days ago that the Obama administration broke the record for deportations in 2013 (438,421 people were deported). This song relates to deportation, because the US government was telling immigrants that “There’s No Home For You Here”.
Colin McDonald and Erich Schlegel are currently investigating “Down By The River” of the disappearing Rio Grande and cataloging their findings in real time. This weekend, McDonald reported about his adventures making friends with U.S. Border Patrol agents, shooting guns, and a team member catching the bubonic plague, so we have “Hell of a Life,” by Kanye West.
And finally, Lovington County is expecting tremendous growth because of a booming oil and gas industry, so much so that water might become an issue- so Marty Robins’ “Cold Water” finishes off our playlist
By Rebecca Keay, Alex Bauer, Kathleen Gaskins, Courtney Cox, and Katelyn Hall
- “Desert Rain” by Outback
- Colin McDonald takes a ride through Indian Hot Springs along the Rio Grande, where “the rains bring the good times” to a desert land in “Dogs and Guns,” so enjoy “Desert Rain by Outback.
- “Rumour Has It” by Adele
- As Adele croons, “Rumour Has It” that parole commissioner Pamela Freeman falsified government records.
- “Happy Birthday” by Flipsyde
- Flipsyde’s Happy Birthday explores the emotional aftermath experienced after abortion as the number of clinics allowed the perform the procedure in Texas dwindles down to 8.
- “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk
- Loose oversight over millions of dollars in incentive programs have critics from both sides of the aisle asking how they can “feel confident that taxpayer money is being spent wisely. They want answers and solutions, bringing us to “Just Give Me a Reason,” by P!nk.
- “Africa” by Toto
- Ebola came to Dallas from Africa. A Liberian who was in Dallas visiting his girlfriend was diagnosed last Tuesday. Now Texas lawmakers are working to improve the Texas health readiness.
- “If You Were There, Beware,” The Arctic Monkeys
- Governor Rick Perry is pressing towards higher screenings of people coming back into the US from Africa in order to prevent the spread of Ebola.
- “Money on my Mind” by Sam Smith
- The price of higher education has been going up leaving many college graduates with money on their minds. This fall semester is the first time that public universities in Texas are required to offer incoming students the option of a payment plan that will fix their tuition at a particular rate leaving them to “do it for the love.”
- “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister &
- “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” by Tracy Chapman
- Though other states such as Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin are allowing same-sex marriage, Texas officials are “not gonna take it” and refuse to jump on the bandwagon.
- “Can’t Buy Me Love” by Michael Bublé
- Attorney General Greg Abbott showing off his fundraising efforts over the last three months proving that money can buy you love. Abbott is crushing Sen. Wendy Davis by double digits in the final stretch of the Texas governor’s race.