Ten 50 BBQ

For anyone in Dallas this summer, here is the newest BBQ restaurant coming to you:

Ten 50 BBQ

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“Big Board” Is Unleashed at the Kentucky Derby

Last Saturday, at the Kentucky Derby, the world’s largest 4K video board was revealed. This ultra-high definition board has an active display area of 15,224 square feet, which will greatly improve the fan experience. The name “Big Board” is definitely fitting for such a massive screen.

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First Monday Trade Days Uses Technology to Enhance Shopping Experience

For the people who have never been to Canton, Texas on the First Monday Trade Days, you are missing out! This monthly flea market pops up on the Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of every month and draws nearly 200,000 to 400,000 people.

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Graduation Reflection

Graduation reflection.

Have you really accomplished what you set out to do? Did you pick the right major? Do you have any regrets? While of course you have your doubts and your insecurities, these last four years have been the most eye-opening.

Here are a few of my personal greatest lessons:

  1. Pick a major you LOVE. I started out as a Biology major, I didn’t love biology but since being a doctor runs in the family I assumed this was my natural choice. I cannot be happier that I changed my mind to Communications and eventually, Public Relations as well. When you’re waking up everyday hating going to class this is NOT a good sign and you are doing school completely wrong. Find your passion, whether it be your major or job, and go for it!
  2. Make a balance! Sure it’d be easy to lock yourself in the Fondren dungeon with blinders on to the world. OR be that “guy/girl” that is out every night. It’s all about finding that balance.
  3. Your body loses its high school metabolism quite rapidly in college. Between Greenville Pizza and Jimmy John’s late-night delivery it’s not hard to imagine why. Get in a workout routine. Now is when it starts to matter. You’ll appreciate it at your high school reunion.
  4. Go on a group trip with your friends. Going on a trip with your friends pulls you out of the SMU bubble and bonds you in a new way. Whether it be Vegas, Cabo, or a trip to New Oreleans or Austin. Do it! Make memories.
  5. Join a group. I’m not saying you have to be in a sorority or fraternity. (though I loved mine with all my heart) Join a group and meet people. Become something bigger than yourself!
  6. Give back. There are a million ways to give back to your community. Do it! Whether its Habitat for Humanity or Relay for Life.
  7. Study Abroad. This is the most amazing and pivotal change you can give yourself in college. When I studied in Spain for a semester. I not only made/met incredible people and saw incredible things but, I feel in love with a whole new culture. Leave that comfort zone.
  8. Aspire to find a true mentor. While at SMU I had professors who I will remember until I die and professors I couldn’t even recall their class if my life depended on it. I was lucky enough to have been blessed with three amazing professors, Dr. Duhe (who I aspire to be), Professor Lee (who showed me your job and passion can be the same thing), and lastly Professor Salinas (who showed me humor is key). Though keep in mind your mentor does not have to be a professor!

 

My four years at SMU have had ups and downs and everything in-between. However, I would not trade this experience in for anything.

 

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Changes Company Mantra

Facebook’s motto has always been “Move Fast and Break Things,” which meant to always be creating new things and work out the bugs later. Instead of progressing the company in the fastest, most efficient way possible, that mentality has had a reverse effect on their productivity. Zuckerberg saw this and was compelled to change the company mantra.  Continue reading

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A Reflection on My Collegiate Years

Everyone says, “College is the best four years of your life.” I think college is what you make of it. I hope college isn’t the best four years of my life because I have big plans in my future, and how I spent all of my time at SMU wasn’t how I dreamed college would be. When reflecting on my collegiate years, I cannot help but feel thankful and disappointed. Two powerful emotions dramatically crashing against each other.  Continue reading

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North Korea Under Scrutiny with the U.N.

In North Korea, a state news agency has lashed out at the United Nations by using homophobic insults about a man who led an investigation. The insults in the report stated, “As for Kirby who took the lead in cooking the “report”, he is a disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality. He is now over seventy, but he is still anxious to get married to his homosexual partner. This practice can never be found in the DPRK boasting of the sound mentality and good morals, and homosexuality has become a target of public criticism even in Western countries, too. In fact, it is ridiculous for such gay to sponsor dealing with others’ human rights issue.”

North Korea will always be under scrutiny as its country does not have a good relationship with the United Nations. However, attacking them with homophobic slander is not under ethical human rights standards. North Korea propaganda is well-known for its abusive language and insults against foreign critics. Earlier this month, the  state newspaper Rodong Sinmun called South Korean President a “bitch,” and in 2009, KCNA reported that a North Korean official had labelled Hilary Clinton a “funny lady” who was “by no means intelligent.”

 

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How Can Children in Indian Be Denied An Education?

In New Delhi, school authorities have a notorious record for discriminating against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to an education. Within these four Indian states, they are discriminating against Dalit, tribal and Muslim children. According to Human Rights Watch, “the discrimination creates an unwelcome atmosphere that can lead to truancy and eventually may lead the child to stop going to school. Weak monitoring mechanisms fail to identify and track children who attend school irregularly, are at risk of dropping out, or have dropped out.”

An eight-year-old tribal boy from Uttar explains that “the teacher tells us to sit on the other side, if we sit with others, she scolds us and asks us to sit separately, the teacher doesn’t sit with us because she says we are dirty.” This discriminatory behavior saddens me because in the United States, children being educated do not receive discrimination to this level or even at all.

Instead of encouraging children from poverty-stricken communities who are usually the first out of their families to receive an education, teachers mistreat and neglect them. I think that the Indian government should enact more effective measures in order to monitor the treatment of vulnerable children. According to the Indian government, almost 80 million children drop out of school before they get the chance of completing elementary school.

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My School Year

August 26th was the first day of classes and this year I was determined to start the year off right and stay on top of my work and studies from the start. I organized my school stuff into my backpack with colored folders, labeled notebooks, and plenty of pens and pencils. Within the first week I quickly got behind in some of my readings and my expectations of staying organized quickly failed. Junior year right from the start showed to be much more difficult than sophomore year.

 

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Foursquare is Splitting Up: Introducing Swarm by Foursquare

Swarm by Foursquare Everyone’s favorite check-in app is undergoing a transformation. According to the company blog, the company is splitting up Foursquare into two separate apps. Foursquare will maintain it’s discovery features while Swarm by Foursquare will focus on more social aspects. No longer will users have to navigate both aspects of the original application. This new “unbundling” will allow for separate experiences.

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Top Four (Not Obvious) Things to Do at SMU Before Graduation

My time at SMU has been filled with amazing people and experiences.

Here are the Top Four things that that I recommend students try at SMU before graduating.

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It’s Easy To Say The Best 4 Years of My Life Were at SMU

I will admit that SMU was not my first choice when applying for college, Tulane was. However, looking back, being deferred was the biggest blessing in disguise. Continue reading

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How Time Flies- My Years at SMU

As Graduation Nears, I Look Back on My Time at SMU

I don’t know if this is the norm or not, but the first time I set foot on SMU’s campus I knew it was where I was meant to spend the next four years of my life. The campus was beautiful, the city is amazing and SMU was far enough away from home but close enough for comfort.

 

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Looking Forward to My Senior Year

As all of the seniors are embarking on their final week of school, reminiscing about old memories, and frantically solidifying their after-graduation plans, now is a good time for me to reflect on my three years at SMU and look forward to my senior year.

SMU campus showing Dallas Hall, building with large pillars. Green lawn in front and a couple people walking on sidewalk

This is usually the time of year that I am stressing out about exams, haphazardly packing up all of my belongings to put in storage and dreaming about tanning all summer long, but next year it won’t be. Next year I’ll be saying goodbye to all the friendships and memories I have made at SMU and worrying about entering the real world.

I am not a typically nostalgic person, but I have spent the better part of this week listening to my peers a year older than me being sentimental about their SMU experiences. I’ve heard them say how sad it is that this is their “last college class ever”, or wish they had gone out more thursday nights because it really is so worth it, or even say they should have gone to more chapter meetings because they’ll never have anything like a sorority again. It’s so funny to me because I know that they truly feel this way now, but how many times did they skip classes, or stay in and watch movies on Thursday, or complain about what a waste of time chapter meetings were? They’re all looking  through graduation goggles right now.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely guilty of all of these things too. I skip class, stay in on nights when I should be out and I’m guilty of missing a sorority meeting or two. So how do I make sure that when my graduation time comes around next year I look back with my graduation goggles on and think “I’m sad to be leaving but I’m happy about how I spent my time here.” I’m making a resolution right now to take  advantage of all the opportunities I have right now. I’ll still study a reasonable amount and intern to get good work experience and boost my resume, but I also want to enjoy the time I have left in college. I vow to go to all of my classes next year (let’s be real honest, that’s gonna be the first one I break), to take advantage of all the fun opportunities – be it parties, concerts, formals, or just crazy nights out in general, and to make an effort to spend as much time as I can with my sorority sisters and all my friends before we all head our separate ways after graduation.

This time next year I want to be able to say “I’m so glad I did” instead of “I wish I had.” So in true form, I won’t be nostalgic and sad about the things I didn’t do, but I’ll be able to be one of the seniors sappily reminiscing on the great memories I did make.

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The Fastest Year Yet has come to an End

Just when I thought time could not pass any faster, this semester happened. Junior year has come and gone in a flash and a blur, and I am still trying to figure out where the time went. With ease, this has been the fastest year yet.  Continue reading

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Snapchat Updates Its Features in a Drastic Way

The Snapchat Update: More than Just Selfies

Yesterday, Snapchat, a photo-sharing app, unveiled its biggest update to date. Many new and substantial features have been added to the app.  These updates seem have morphed Snapchat from a simple and easy single-feature app into a much more dense and complicated app.

One of the major changes included in Snapchat’s update is the interface.  The entire user interface of the social media app has ben redesigned including the icons, menus, and buttons.  Even the font has been change to a smaller and sleeker option.  The redesigned interface, however, is just the beginning.

The ability to text message is another prominent feature of Snapchat’s update.  Previously users could send a 45-character blurb along with their photo or video.  Users can now have full conversations with their Snapchat friends by merely swiping right on a username when on the inbox page.  Users are also able to share pictures through this messaging section of the app.  Users can take a new photo of themselves in traditional Snapchat fashion or use a photo saved on the phone’s camera roll.  This new photo feature is only available when messaging. Snapchat New Features Users will still be unable to access photos from their camera roll when using the photo-sharing portion of the app.  Of course, these text and photo messages will delete but only after both users leave the screen.

Video chatting is another new feature Snapchat has added to the app.  This feature can only be activated when both users have the app open and are viewing that particular conversation. Like other video chatting mechanism, the snapchat update allows users to toggle between both the front and back cameras.

This Snapchat update seems to incorporate aspects of WhatsApp, a mobile messaging app recently acquired by Facebook, and aspects of Apple’s FaceTime, an iOS video chatting service.

Many believed Snapcaht to be a fad that would eventually fade. However, it has been able to  stay relevant for some time.  These Snapchat updates seem to encompass (let’s be honest, cram in) many different and new elements.  Do you think this was an attempt for Snapchat to stay relevant in the eyes of the consumer? Or is this update the way of the future?

 

 

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From a Dream to Reality: My Years at SMU

My very first visit to SMU when my dream was bornI’ll never forget the first time I visited SMU. I sat in a large auditorium with dozens of other college hopefuls listening to various speakers talk about the bachelor of arts program at Meadows School of the Arts. After walking the beautiful campus, I was already buzzing to find out more. Then Dean Jose Bowen began to speak. “Our goal is for every student is to do what they love. If there is a subject that you want to pursue, we want you to pursue it. We want you to succeed and will work with you to make that happen.” And with that I turned to my Dad, on cloud 9 and said, “I’m going to go here. This is my dream.”

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Social Media as a Marketing Tool

As social media becomes more popular and prominent in our world each day, advertisers are taking great advantage of the opportunity. Whether through hashtags or celebrity endorsements, advertising strategies are beginning to revolve around these networking cites, and seem to be working.  Continue reading

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The Final Lap to Come….Studying Abroad

With three years of college done, the final lap has begun.

As a junior in college it has definitely been the most difficult year. This was the first year I had to juggle work and going to class full time while still staying involved on campus. As a member of the SMU Service House, I was required to complete over 60 hours of community service and serve on a committee. Junior year was filled with lots of stress and tears but it did not stop me from enjoying the opportunities that came knocking on my door.

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My Main Lesson: Always Grow as a Person

My past four years at Southern Methodist University have been unforgettable. I’ve had so many experiences that I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for. There isn’t one aspect of my college21728_10151765978419128_156199655_n career that I wish I could change. I remember moving in like it was yesterday. It’s crazy to think that what I was feeling then (anxious, nervous, scared, excited) has come full circle to how I feel now. The excitement and nerves that come with moving on to a new chapter in your life is a feeling that’s indescribable.

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