Mr.Homecoming 2012

The Alumni Association named Dr. Eric Selbin this year's Mr.Homecoming. Photo by Erica Grant

By Hannah Steen

Every year, the Alumni Association elects a professor to serve as the year’s Mr./Ms. Homecoming. This year, Mr. Homecoming is none other than Dr. Eric Selbin.

The Alumni Association chooses Mr. Homecoming based on a variety of reasons, and student nominations play a big role in who is chosen. The naming of Mr./Ms. Homecoming began in 1965, and it has become an honored tradition. As Mr. Homecoming, Selbin judged the Homecoming parade on Saturday, as well as attending the picnic on the mall and an Alumni hospitality party following the parade.

“I am extremely flattered, Selbin said. “I like to think [I was chosen] because of the ways I work with students. One of the fabulous things about a school like Southwestern is that students who become Alums stay in touch with faculty, and faculty, of course, are delighted to stay in touch with them. It’s just such an honor.”

Selbin has been at the university for 20 years and does many things around campus. He is a Professor of Political Science and currently teaches a Latin American Politics class that brings together people from many different departments. Selbin recently finished teaching a First Year Seminar (FYS) course that he has taught for 13 years entitled “Secret History: What if everything you “know” is wrong?”

“I had a fabulous run at teaching the Secret History course, which has been so much fun and I think has led a surprising number of students to keep in touch with me,” Selbin said. “They keep sending me things as they run across them in the world that they think relate to that class. In some ways, it feels like they’re all still in the class.”

In addition to his teaching duties, he has had a busy semester outside of the classroom working on articles and mapping out his next two books. Selbin also gave a talk about revolution at Austin Community College on Halloween.

While Selbin did not attend a small liberal arts college, he discovered that it was the type of atmosphere that he wanted to teach in during his years in graduate school. Since then, he has set his focus on the students.

“I’m just so happy to be here and that it’s worked really well,” Selbin said. “It’s been about the students, and that’s why I came here and why I stayed here. I’m so appreciative. I get so much energy and excitement and joy from working with [students] that it’s just fabulous. It’s really wonderful.”

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Sleep What Is That?

College students often complain about how little sleep they get. To a degree it has become a point of pride to win the “I’ve gotten less sleep than you competition”. College students are representative of today’s society: fixated on electronic devices, overworked, and overcommitted. In fact, roughly 41 million people in the United States get six or fewer hours of sleep a night.

To make up for the fact that there is not enough time to do everything, many students give up on sleep. But is giving up sleep a solution? Does giving up sleep actually make us more inefficient and therefore trap us in this never-ending cycle?

To see if loss of sleep affects how well people focus, the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania conducted a sleep-restriction study. For two weeks people were assigned to sleep four hours, six hours, or eight hours. Every two hours, during the day, the subject took a psychomotor vigilance test (P.V.T.). In this test subjects were required to hit the spacebar as soon as they saw a flash of numbers to measure for sustained attention.

The study found that the subjects in the four and six hour groups P.V.T. results declined steadily each day. By day six, 25% of the six-hour group was falling asleep at the computer. By the end of the study, the six hour per night sleep group was as impaired as people who had been sleep-deprived for 24 hours straight, which is the mental equivalent of being legally drunk.

The question then becomes how anyone is going to find a solid eight hour block of time to sleep, especially with finals coming up. Thankfully, studies show that people should not sleep in solid eight hour chunks.

A recent article published in the New York Times claims that sleeping in eight hour blocks of time is not ideal. This is due to the fact that our bodies cannot handle such a long period of sleep time. Instead, the body naturally falls into a split sleep schedule which allows a person to have the optimal time for thinking and processing information.

A NASA funded-study found that letting subjects nap for a short period of time, even as short as twenty four minutes, improved their cognitive performance. The University of Lincoln, in England and the City University of New York in independent studies both found that short naps helped a person identify more connections and aids in recalling information. Short naps that include deep sleep help the brain to decide what information needs to be stored in long term memory.
As finals loom, and the student body becomes more stressed out, it becomes even more imperative to find time to sleep. Instead of wasting time on Facebook, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, and the many other ways to avoid work, take a nap. In the end you will feel more rested, have retained information better, and have the ability to focus. You will be amazed at what your body can naturally accomplish when you treat it right.

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Lance Armstrong: Cycling Star Stripped of Tour de France Titles

Forgivable Infraction vs. Inexcusable Act

Forgivable Infraction
By Carly Banner
Directors of the Tour de France will strip Lance Armstrong of the victories he earned during the years 1999 to 2005. Instead of acknowledging the fact that people who achieve great things often make large mistakes, the directors plan to misguidedly destroy the record that Lance Armstrong ever won the prestigious race.
Keeping records of important and historical events is about having a complete summary of what came before for generations to come. It is about acknowledging great deeds accomplished and mistakes made, and Lance Armstrong certainly did both. Pretending that the man did not rise from adversity, achieve something revolutionary, and ultimately bring about his own destruction is not a positive way to handle a story that could be used to teach valuable lessons.
Armstrong has used his public platform to work towards cancer awareness and research. Due to negative publicity, Armstrong has stepped down from the position of chairman of his charity organization, Livestrong. This sends an even less productive and encouraging message than stripping Armstrong of his titles. There is no reason he shouldn’t be allowed to contribute something positive to the world even though he took actions that were negative.

The media made him a target, giving him no option but to distance himself from the organization so that he wouldn’t bring it down. If Armstrong was given the given the option to remain the head of Livestrong by the media, it would have instilled the idea that anything can be overcome, even one’s own mistakes. It would have given people struggling with cancer hope to see that even when Armstrong’s successful and luxurious career was over, he still cared about the fight against cancer.

Make no doubt about it, Lance Armstrong should be punished for cheating and illegal behavior. He has been banned from the sport for life, as he should be. Big name sponsors such as Nike and 24 Hour Fitness have dropped Armstrong because they no longer want to be linked to Armstrong’s tainted reputation. As a result, Armstrong faces both professional and financial consequences.

As the old saying goes, people who ignore history are bound to repeat it. So perhaps Lance Armstrong is no longer an ideal role model, but that should be up to fully informed future generations to decide.

His story should be used to show that celebrities given hero status are not always perfect or even honorable, and that one’s actions do catch up with them. But attempting to erase him from the history of racing does not accomplish any of this. It denies that it was his body and mind that were pushed to the limit and crossed those seven finish lines before anyone else, regardless of whether or not it was on an even footing with other competitors.

Inexcusable Act
By Joana Moreno
Lance Armstrong was once a name associated with the fight against cancer and what seemed to be endless Tour de France titles. Now his name is associated with doping, cheating and scandal. After accusations that he has been taking prohibited performance enhancing drugs for a large portion of his athletic career are becoming confirmed, Armstrong now faces the removal of his seven Tour de France titles. While it is tragic to see such an inspiring and well acclaimed man fall, he must reap the consequences of his lack of moral integrity.

The loss of Armstrong’s titles follows naturally due to the fact that his performance was not his alone. Armstrong’s Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 were not won with his own effort but with the aide of performance-enhancing drugs. Allowing Armstrong to continue claiming those victories is not only against the rules of the International Cycling Union, it is also unfair to the thousands of professional cyclists around the world who raced against Lance Armstrong aided by only their own blood, sweat and tears.

It is also important to consider this was no small lapse of judgment on his part. Armstrong systematically violated the integrity of the system for years. A United States Anti-Doping Agency, or USADA, report goes as far to consider Armstrong the ringleader of a network meant to cheat through performance enhancing drugs. Supporting that claim, eleven members of Armstrong’s team have admitted to being pressured by Armstrong into taking performance enhancing drugs.

But that is not even the totality of the evidence. There are over two dozen sworn statements by witnesses who claim to know that Armstrong took performance enhancing drugs. In addition, the USADA report cites emails and financial transactions between Armstrong and Dr. Ferrari, whom the USADA believe supplied Armstrong with his drugs.

According to Pat McQuaid, President of the International Cycling Union, Armstrong’s actions were consequences of his ‘win at all costs’ mindset which led him to use performance enhancing drugs. Such a mindset is inappropriate in a man who claimed the title of chairman of Livestrong. Losing all that acknowledgment is only fair because he did not prove himself to be great, at least without the use of drugs. Armstrong, like Tiger Woods, only proved that he was a smart man with questionable morals.
Such a situation goes to show that cheating will only get you so far. In Lance Armstrong’s case, it can get the trophy, title and glory, but also provides the shame of confronting a world that he lied to.

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Hurricane Impacts Students,Families,Politics

The hurricane stretched across 600 miles and left over 110. NASA Public Domain Photo

Over a week has passed since hurricane Sandy touched down in the Northeast, but her impact is still being felt across the country. The storm that stretched 600 miles across the coast has brought the U.S. death toll to 110 as of November 5.

Sophomore De Andre’ Woods-Walker grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and had family in the storm’s path. His mother works as a nurse in New York City but lives in New Jersey.

“I knew immediately [that this was coming], around Thursday,” Woods-Walker said. “My mom kept me informed at first because she knew I would be worried … but there was a time when I couldn’t contact her for two days. I knew she would be okay, but it was rough.”

Junior Nicoletta Memos didn’t see this aftermath coming until it happened. Memos has family in upstate New York but previously lived in Syosset, NJ, which is now flooded.

“I heard [about the coming storm] from my mom at first, and we knew it could bring flooding,” Memos said. “But I had no clue it would be like this until my grandpa called me and told me he had no power, he was really cold, and trees were falling around the house. We kind of anticipated damage with the storm, but we definitely didn’t expect something this bad to occur or for it to hit this hard.”

The storm made an emotional impact on top of the physical damage done.

“When I saw Manhattan on the news, and the flooded subways, it hit hard because I know that area. I used to go into the city every other weekend,” Memos said. “But when I saw that Queens was washed away, that really hit me. My grandma and I used to walk those streets together. That’s where she raised me. So that was it for me. I called my sisters, and we were all freaking out.”

According to CNN statistics, over 1.2 million Americans are still without power, and the aftermath of the storm brought damage estimates to $50 billion.

“I have friends and family members throughout [the east coast], and not all of them have power or clean water or or can get to supplies, because stores are empty,” Woods-Walker said.

One of these stores is owned by a close friend of Memos.

“My good friend owns a grocery store in Brooklyn, and all of their supplies were ruined. The water damage was ridiculous, so she is devastated. They lost so much money,” Memos said. “They have to make up for that financial loss. Some of it will be covered by insurance, but they’re pretty frazzled because that business is their main source of income.”

Subway systems were immobilized the night before the storm and now remain flooded, blocking transportation throughout a city where few residents have vehicles.

“The city was shut down for awhile, so you couldn’t get in or get out,” Woods-Walker said. “It has been reopened, but mass transit is still down, so people can’t really get anywhere.”

For those who do have cars, another problem arose.

“People have been getting up around 2 a.m. and sleeping at the gas stations until they open to get gas,” Memos said. “There are lines at every station, and people are camping out and fighting for gas even at small stations, so my grandpa doesn’t leave the house because his tank is low.”

Local efforts and shelters provided help to those in need.

“My mother is a minister at our church, which is currently helping out single parents without power, and it also held a Red Cross drive [last week] to help those local efforts,” Woods-Walker said.

Over 100 homes in Queens, NY burned to the ground following the storm. Flooded businesses and neighborhoods leave the question of how the hurricane victims will rebuild, and how long it will take before electricity and clean water return to the areas affected.

“We are hoping that things will get back on track [by this weekend],” Woods-Walker said. “But everybody was saying the election [was] more important, and that really broke my heart. I think it’s sad that many of [these victims] feel that way. I would think that this aftermath would come first as a priority.”

President Obama visited affected areas in Atlantic City, New Jersey, putting campaign efforts on hold. At a campaign event in Ohio, Romney supporters brought a wave of donations to the Red Cross to help relief efforts.
“I appreciate the camaraderie that we as Americans get when tragedy happens, and the way we kind of pull together,” Woods-Walker said. “For about two days, I didn’t hear about the elections. Instead I heard about Sandy and efforts to help victims in certain areas, and I really appreciated that. I was very pleased with the President’s reaction to everything, and how he related to everyone in a way.”

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Soccer Prepares for Conference: Both Teams in Good Standing

By John Stickels


The men’s and women’s soccer teams are wrapping up their conference play by facing school rival Trinity this weekend in San Antonio. Both the men and women’s teams are looking at placing somewhere in the top three going into the conference tournament.

Last Wednesday, the team tied with school rival Trinity in a double overtime game. With a 11-7-1 overall record and 5-4-1 conference record, the men’s soccer team is guaranteed a ranking of three in the conference tournament.

Last weekend, the men played at the University of Dallas and at Colorado College.
“These games are going to act like rival games because they’re both so important to us,” senior captain Forrest Baker said.

The boys split the weekend, beating UD but falling to Colorado. Two weekends ago, the men won a rematch against conference opponent Austin College after losing to the Roos in the first half of conference play.

“They played offsides trap the first game, and we adjusted to that this game so we could beat them easier,” Baker said.

Due to the reduced amount of schools in the conference, all six teams in the will enter the conference tournament this year.

“You don’t have the pressure of fighting to get into the tournament, but the pressure of getting that seed that we want is there,” senior forward Evan Perkins said.

Currently, the men’s team is looking at an easy start to the conference tournament.

“The ideal situation would be to win out the season, which includes beating Trinity which can be done with some effort. Even if we just win this weekend, we still sit at number three which gives us an easy first game against Centenary,” Baker said.

The women’s team will finish out the season with a road game at rival Trinity University tonight. The Pirates are anticipated to place second or third in the conference with a current record of 4-2-1.

Despite dealing with the early losses and critical player injuries, the ladies have produced a winning conference record and are looking forward to competing at the conference tournament. The team is coming off of back-to-back ties in double overtime versus Huston-Tillotson last Tuesday and the University of Dallas last Friday.

“We’ve been working on being more aggressive. We have a very talented team and they’re starting to learn just how hard they have to work in practice to be great,” Head Coach Jene Baclawski said.

Baclawski cited sophomore midfielder Allie Dillon as an example of a hard working player.

“Allie didn’t play much last year and she wasn’t a starter this year, but she earned a starting spot and really helped to turn around our offense.”

Dillon has had five assists over the team’s 5 game win streak alone.

On October 16, the team held their fourth annual “pink-out” game to support breast cancer.

“The tradition started four years ago when one of our player’s moms got diagnosed with breast cancer. This year we also partnered with the community and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority,” Baclawski said.

That night 10% of purchases by SU students at Shake’s Ice Cream went to fight breast cancer.

Both teams hold a winning record in conference and are looking forward to doing well in their conference tournaments next weekend.

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Swim Teams Begin Season With Enthusiasm

By John Stickels
The men and women’s swim team will begin their season tomorrow where they will be competing against Trinity University. The teams express confidence that this meet will be the beginning of a successful season.

“Our men’s team really doesn’t like Trinity,” sophomore Garret Holody said. “We usually lose to them really badly, but with our new coach I feel like we have a good chance of beating them now.”

This year is head coach Jon Duncan’s second year at Southwestern. Coach Duncan left former conference competitor Rhodes College to join the Pirate team last August.

“I’ve been coaching for eleven years at very similar institutions,” Duncan said. “I came to Southwestern because I feel like I can build something special here within the next few years. There’s a lot of special things happening here right now within the University.”

Duncan has worked hard over the last year to maintain a strong recruitment of capable first-years.

“Coach [Duncan] recruited some real all-stars. We doubled the size of the men’s team this year,” said Holody.

Despite the fact that half of the men’s team is made up of first-years, the team anticipates having a
successful season.

“We have a lot of new guys and I’m excited to see how they do against Trinity,” junior Sarah Alpini said.

Last Friday, the team met for the annual Black and Gold scrimmage where the teams split up into two teams and compete against each other. The gold team defeated the black team this year.

“I really look forward to the Black and Gold Meet. It’s a lot of fun and I think it’s good for the new swimmers,” Alpini said.

Additionally, Duncan brought in Assistant Coach Shea Davisson. Davisson has helped the team improve over the last year and is also involved in recruiting efforts. “She’s been a great asset to our team and brought in a lot of fresh ideas,” Duncan said.

Davisson has been working with Duncan to improve the team since she started coaching here last year. Despite her lack of experience coaching at the collegiate level, Davisson is well qualified and enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the Pirates.

“Last year was my first time working with college athletes, but I’ve been coaching for about four years,” Davisson said. “I had always wanted to do Division III coaching. Jon and I have a cool connection because he actually coached me in high school.”

The women’s team only has one recruit this year, First Year accounting major Jessi Winters. Although she came in with anxieties about fitting in with the team, she quickly found a place among her teammates.

“I was nervous about being the only freshman girl, but they’ve all been really welcoming and I’m just part of the team,” said Winters.

Both teams will be competing throughout winter, with the SCAC championship meet taking place in February.

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Duarte Sets School Record:Cross Country to Compete in SCAC Championship Tomorrow

By Marin Bramblett
On October 6, junior Lilly Duarte set a school record for the 6K race. This personal accomplishment serves a milestone that marks Duarte’s achievement as well as the overall success and improvement of the cross-country team this season.

“We didn’t find out until the Wednesday before the meet that it would be a 6K. We thought it was just a 5K,” said Duarte. “Last year I tied the record of 23:07. I was sixteen hundredths of a second off!”

This year, Duarte broke the record by ten full seconds, crossing the finish line at 22:57.

“The end of the race was the steepest hill of the whole race,” Duarte said. “I kept thinking ‘How am I going to get there?’ Then I was like, ‘No! You can do this!’”

Duarte’s record-breaking race was a result of her hard work and commitment to the team, and Coach Francie Smith knows what an accomplishment that is.
“Lilly is really starting to come around now. She is a hardworking athlete and she has a good shot to run with the leaders at the Conference and Regionals meets,” Smith said.

Coach Smith recognizes the difficulties of Duarte’s position as the fastest runner on the team.
“It’s hard for Lilly. There is no one of her caliber which means she runs by herself. When you’re the top runner, you set the tone. It is a tough thing when you’re out there by yourself.”

Although Duarte has broken the school 6K record and set her own personal record for the 5K this year, she remembers to maintain a team mentality.

“We just want to come back stronger every time. Everyone has really stepped up and we have improved a lot this year,” Duarte said. “We’re like a family.”

Going through the difficulty of 6:30 am practices every day has been a bonding experience for the teams and has been preparatory for the Conference meet this coming weekend and the Regionals meet following.

Duarte, following the example of five-time Olympian Coach Smith, stays humble and wishes to send a message of gratitude to her team and her coaches for this season’s accomplishments.

“Thank you for being great!” Duarte said.

Tomorrow, the men and women’s cross country teams will be competing in the SCAC championship meet hosted by Dallas. At the most recent meet at Concordia University, the men and women’s teams placed fifth and fourth place, respectively.

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Chorale Set to Perform Latin Church Pieces in Chapel


The Southwestern University Chorale has spent the semester preparing for their fall concert. The concert will be held in the Chapel this semester, and will primarily feature Latin music from the Renaissance.
“I’m really looking forward to singing this concert in the chapel,” senior and alto section leader Allie Bryan said. “The acoustics in the chapel make it such a great place to sing and the setting also fits the style of music we will be performing.”

The Chorale has traditionally held their concerts in the Alma Thomas Theatre, but by using the chapel the music will have a better sound and the choir can use the organ for accompaniment. The music features sacred pieces by composers such as Giovanni Gabrielli, Palestrina, and Claudio Monteverdi.

The program is also structured around the Liturgical calendar. The pieces are themed around the seasons starting with Advent and ending with Easter.

“This will be an inspiring concert because the chorale breathes new life into old Italian classics,” senior and soprano section leader Melanie Bonevac said.

The concert lineup features different songs that were originally composed for a church setting. One piece, “Missa Brevis,” contains different elements of a traditional Roman Catholic Mass.

The concert is also preparation for some of the students. Next spring semester, twenty-seven members of the Chorale will be participating in a tour of Italy. They will perform some of the pieces sung in historic places in Venice and Rome.

The group will also be able to sing Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

“I cannot believe that we have been given the opportunity to sing in such magnificent places such as St. Marks in Venice,” senior Anne Fenley said.

“All of the music we are singing was written specifically for these venues and it is an incredible honor to sing there. It’s also an amazing experience to hear the music the way the composer meant it to sound.”

The Chorale is comprised of over forty students who went through an audition process to join. They have been practicing every Monday through Thursday since the beginning of the semester for this concert.

“I feel that everyone in the Chorale has worked really hard on this concert,” junior Quinlyn Morrow said. “Everyone has put in a lot of effort and it will definitely show. I think the audience will enjoy the concert.”

The concert will be held in the Lois Perkins Chapel at 7 pm. Admission is free.

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SU Spotlight: New Lacrosse Coach Matthew Grosso


By Nikko Gianino

In the transition from a club sport to a varsity sport, the university hired Matthew Grosso as the new head coach for women’s lacrosse. Grosso has embraced the challenges of building a new intercollegiate program and is looking forward to their inaugural season in spring 2014.

Grosso began his career at the high school level coaching men’s lacrosse. In order to grasp the game at the collegiate women’s level, Grosso had to literally get rid of parts of his career from the men’s game.
“I threw away my men’s lacrosse stick and got a women’s because, if I was going to teach this game to college players, I would have to show them how to throw and catch with their own equipment,” Grosso said.
Grosso came to Georgetown partially because his wife is from Texas, but also because he wanted the opportunity to oversee the program’s transition from a club to varsity sport.
“It’s a big deal,” Grosso said. “We’re only the second school in Texas to have a women’s varsity lacrosse team, so it’s a great chance to grow the sport.”
In addition to the players on the club team who will return next year to the varsity team, Grosso hopes to recruit between 15-20 first-years next fall. Some current players, like first-year mid-fielder Allison Schmitt, came to Southwestern because they knew the program would upgrade to the varsity level next year.
“Varsity has more competition and requires more of your time than a club team, but I really enjoy the stronger team aspect,” Schmitt said. “There’s much more camaraderie.”
For now, Grosso coaches alongside current club coach Terry Conrad, who also coaches at Georgetown High School. Next year, Grosso will assume full control of the varsity squad. Some players have already noticed his impact on the practice field.
“He knows what he’s doing,”sophomore defender Alex Gartman said. “He’s great at explaining the game and has a lot of passion for the sport and how it will be developed at Southwestern.”

Although the switch from a club sport to a varsity sport will be challenging, Grosso hopes the university sees the changes as a positive addition to athletics.

“There are a lot of young, hardworking players here on campus that are excited we’re going varsity,” Grosso said. “I want them to see the benefits of the transition and not the negatives. I’m really excited for it.”

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Agnew Discusses Politics of Water: Lecture Addresses Importance of Political Participation

By Alec Bergerson

At a lecture called ‘Rethinking the World’s Water Problem’ last Thursday, Dr. John Agnew, professor of Geography and Italian at UCLA, discussed the relevance and political importance that water policy will have in the future.

In his lecture, Agnew spoke on the political implications of handling water problems and how the current view of water politics has developed. These water problems include access to water in developing countries, the availability of water in regions where the resource is limited, and the sharing of water resources across national boundaries.

“Water is a very important issue. Perhaps [it isn’t] a defining world crisis, but I think we have problems recognizing that we can deal with this kind of problem in a political way,” Agnew said.

During his lecture, Agnew focused on the potential of politics to be a better mediating force. He discussed the lack of belief in the capability of political dealings to resolve issues and argued that politics should not be seen in such a negative light, as they have been the origin of much success.

“Politics are all about compromise, yet we live in an era when all or nothing is its leading motif. Politics, in my view, offer the possibility of thinking and acting in such a way that they can actually change how the world works,” Agnew said. “The fact that politics provide tools for resolving conflicts, which otherwise remain intractable and can lead to violent confrontation, no longer seems very important.”

Agnew discussed the preconception that water issues have led to the general consensus that it is an unsolvable problem. He then contradicted these beliefs by pointing out the trend of water treaties in the last century and how it has not led to any sort of war.

“Water will be the defining crisis of the twenty-first century,” Agnew said. “Not because of the problematic geography of water alone, but especially because of the terrifying [idea] that there is nothing that can be done about it.”

He concluded his lecture by pointing out how politics can be influenced by the public through political participation and that people actively being a part of democracy can lead to policy change for the better.

“Cooperation and negotiation are the key to success in this crisis,” Agnew said. “The linguistic and symbolic cast of most water treaties is to see water as a source all parties need, in varying degrees, and must be shared in light of local requirements and relative availability, rather than solely in terms of wider nationalist or corporate goals. We have politics available to us and we need to invigorate them to actively shape the world.”

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Building Series: The Cullen Building

By Joana Moreno
Southwestern is an important part of Texas’ history as its oldest university. A key feature of this history is the Cullen Building, which is full of rich tradition for the Southwestern student body. A tradition particular to Cullen is the graduating seniors’ Tower Days, where each senior can sign the walls of the Cullen Tower.

“I think it’s a really cool tradition,” senior Lizette Villarreal said. “It’s nice to know that you get your own little way of leaving a mark on Southwestern.”
Formerly known as the Administration Building, Cullen was designed by architects named Layton and Richmond, who travelled to Texas from Oklahoma for this project. They decided to build Cullen in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. After its construction, it served as a space for the college’s auditorium, gymnasium, chapel and library for decades.

“I never knew the Cullen Building could house so much,” sophomore Brooke Chatterton. “It’s pretty interesting.”
The name was then changed to the Cullen Building after Southwestern received a gift from the Cullen Foundation that was used to renovate the building during the 1970’s. Now, as the building emerges from its recent window replacements, it houses administrative offices, the Business Office and even classrooms.

“It’s quiet again without [the construction]“ said Paula Sutton, Business office employee.

In addition, the Cullen building has had its own television appearance. Several scenes of the television show Friday Night Lights were filmed there in July 2010.

“It’s neat that our school was featured on a show that’s so popular, especially the Cullen Building that has so much meaning to our campus” senior Marianne Lynch said.
Despite its age and the changes it has seen, the Cullen Building maintains its prestige. Soon after its construction, it was referred to as one of the “finest buildings west of the Mississippi” and is now considered one of “Texas’ best collegiate examples of Romanesque revival architecture ” according to The Council of Independent College’s Historic Campus Architecture Project.

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105 Years of The Megaphone


By Elizabeth Stewart

100 Years Ago

Southwestern evolves constantly, a reminder of which can be found in the microfilm archives of the Megaphone at the library. A century ago the Megaphone featured an article called “A Few Facts About Southwestern University”, and these few facts provide a glimpse into the past.

“The enrollment at Southwestern is about 750, of which one fourth are girls. Many of the boys are studying for the ministry, and in this respect Southwestern renders a very valuable service to Texas Methodism,” an unidentified student wrote in the January 19, 1912 issue.

The size and makeup of the student body has changed drastically, as have the activities that students pursue. However, an enthusiasm for new athletics programs was as much a hallmark of the Southwestern community as it is now, although in 1912, a different sport was under development. As much as Southwestern prepares for the reinstatement of the football team these days, in 1912 students were lobbying for the introduction of Basketball into their Athletics Department.

“There is one respect, however, in which it seems we are falling just a little behind some of the other colleges in that no basketball team is being trained to represent us,” a student wrote. “There will come very soon, no doubt, or perhaps there have already come, challenges from other colleges of basketball. Southwestern should not be one whit behind the very best college in Texas.”

One hundred years later, with twice as many students, more than half of which are women, and less than a quarter of which are “studying for the ministry”, the university will once again have both a Basketball team and a football team.

75 Years Ago

Twenty five years later, the climate of Southwestern University changed dramatically. In 1937 the question on everyone’s mind was that of the burgeoning “War of Nations”, which would later be known as World War II.

“We cannot ignore the powder keg upon which the world is sitting while Mussolini and Hitler are striking matches on it,” a student wrote. The still primarily male student body worried about what another world war would mean for their education, a premature but apt concern.

“Will I be called away from my typewriter and my friends and placed in a training camp? Are we again to fight and die in some foreign land to make the world ‘safe for democracy’?” one student wrote. On the eve of a war long over by now, Southwestern students grappled with the same questions that students today ask about the U.S. Military presence in the Middle East.

As Southwestern men worried about the draft, Southwestern women experienced a different call to action. An article titled “Girls to the Front!” urged the women of Southwestern to put their hard-fought political power to use.

“The suffrage woman is given fifty per cent responsibility in the field of citizenship and government, and there is as much reason why she should be concerned with public questions as is the other sex,” a student wrote. In 1937, Southwestern was not yet a liberal university, yet the foundation for the present day model of liberal education was evident even seventy-five years ago.

“When both boys and girls study because they are interested, and engage in discussions because they want to understand the world in which they live, and to make their own contribution toward its welfare, then we are getting somewhere. Girls, it’s a goodly fellowship. We need your help and want your company,” a student wrote.

In the last seventy-five years, Southwestern University has undergone many changes and seen the end of the war that worried its students in 1937, yet this model of education remains the same.

50 Years Ago

The year 1962 welcomed a new set of social issues, as well as several additions to the campus. The Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Alpha fraternity houses were both opened in the spring, along with the coed Kurth Hall, named in honor of Ernest L. Kurth and his contributions to the Board of Trustees.

These openings coincided with a time of conflict, as the university faced the same change that every school across the nation did: that of racial integration. A wrap-up of a Race Seminar featured a discussion of the various roles that students and faculty would play in the process of integration.

“Dr. Shattock stresses that the issue of integration is one of the pressing problems of our time. He went on to say that there is no such thing as race superiority, as a whole race,” student Don Ward wrote of the lecture given by UT professor Dr. Roger Shattock.

Integration was not the only way that the university looked toward the future in 1962. With the population of the United States exploding, the university wondered at the technology that would support this growth.

“An image of the future city was a task for the imagination. Skyscrapers hundreds of stories high would be common. People can carry pocket-size, wireless phones. People will converse with one another on a global scale, and talkers will view each other,” student Georgianna Wynne wrote.

As wielders of these pocket-size wireless phones and users of Skype and FaceTime, the students of today fulfill this prophecy, as well as embodying the multiracial and multicultural campus that was envisioned in 1962.

25 Years Ago

In 1987, the political focus shifted yet again, this time to the Cold War, animal rights, and issues of health in the wake of an increasing consciousness of the AIDS epidemic. Members of the Student Coalition for an Organized Peace Effort (S.C.O.P.E.) participated in a rally protesting nuclear testing in Nevada. Of the two thousand Americans protesting, four hundred were arrested, one of which was Southwestern student Tasha Clark.

“She would rather spend time than pay a fine because it shows devotion to the cause of peace,” student Kenny Simon wrote about Clark.

Although termed civil disobedience, the protesters viewed their endeavor as much more. Students in 1987 were devoted to creating change in more ways than one.

“Their objective was to cause change within the system through the application of a comprehensive strategy to achieve a specific goal,” Simon wrote. (Vol. 81, February 20, 1987 Issue 19)

In an article titled “Meat is Murder (And Suicide)”, Duncan Cormie supported PETA’s agenda by listing the health hazards that arise from a diet high in meat products.

“Most people don’t care to do anything about the hunger problem or the ecology problem or even the abuse of animals. People do care about themselves though,” Cormie wrote.

These various political agendas took place against the backdrop of the Austin music scene, which, in 1987, was headlining artists like Billy Joel and Chuck Berry.

“The legendary kind of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, returns to Paramount Theatre. Concert tickets are priced at $17.50 and $15.50,” a student wrote.

Since then, the prices of concert tickets have gone up, cell phones have shrunk, and personal computers have become commonplace. However, in 1987, college students were just getting acquainted with the computer, ergo the topic of the 1987 Brown Symposium: “Pandora’s Box: Computers in Everyday Life”.

“Computers and computing impinge on our lives in ways that we don’t even think about anymore,” a student wrote. “The symposium emphasized the multifarious directions modern computing is going, and how this will affect everyday life.”

The symposium included a reassurance from Joseph Deken that artificial intelligence would not, in fact, take over the world and a satellite lecture from science fiction author Isaac Asimov.
Throughout the last century, Southwestern faced the changing times with that same “desire to understand the world in which we live” that an unidentified Megaphone writer mentioned back in 1937, a philosophy the student who writes this article one hundred years from now will see when they look up archives of the Megaphone from the year 2012.

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