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The Pony Pod

By SMU Daily Campus

Welcome to The Daily Campus podcast: the Pony Pod! Tune in for series that deep dive into campus stories of triumph and defeat and others covering politics, local news, and arts. Here, we want to talk about it all. This podcast is made by students for students and we know you'll love it!

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Ask the Expert: Will Brett's Unexpected Journey in Pursing Piano in College

The Pony PodSep 26, 2023

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Ask the Expert: Will Brett's Unexpected Journey in Pursing Piano in College

Ask the Expert: Will Brett's Unexpected Journey in Pursing Piano in College

On this episode of Ask the Expert, join Bella Edmondson as she sits down with Will Brett, a current SMU junior, Mississippi native, and piano professional. They deep dive into the countless hours of practice and guidance that have helped propel him to achieve performing in front of an audience of 200 people. Will talks about the most challenging part of pursing a passion in college and offers advice to those who are doing the same. Finally, we discuss whats ahead for the young pianist and hear an excerpt of Will's talent.

Sep 26, 202314:29
Ask The Expert: Human Rights Scholar Liana Forss
Aug 31, 202325:30
The Unexpected Story Behind Coursicle: Revisiting the Push Notification Scandal One Year Later

The Unexpected Story Behind Coursicle: Revisiting the Push Notification Scandal One Year Later

If you were using Coursicle in 2022, chances are you received bizarre push notifications from the company's co-founder, Joe Puccio. The scandal went viral. The incident was due to a collapse in Puccio’s mental health, but the EdTech company survived.

A year after the push notifications, Puccio released a letter of explanation and apology.

In a candid interview, the DC's Simone Melvin talks to Puccio about the unexpected history behind Coursicle, navigating psychological instability, and where the company stands now while serving over 1,000 colleges and universities.

See the DC's previous coverage of Coursicle.

See Puccio's letter of apology and explanation.


May 05, 202324:56
Ask The Expert: Norma Elias on Landing Dream Internships and Never Giving Up

Ask The Expert: Norma Elias on Landing Dream Internships and Never Giving Up

Summer is coming and so are summer internships. Here's a story about an SMU student who landed her dream internship for this episode of Ask the Expert.

Student Leader Norma Elias is an eager, passionate, and optimistic SMU transfer student from Chihuahua, Mexico, who has nailed her dream internship. She shares how she worked up to get an internship with Bain and Company. Not only does Norma get her dream internship, but she has always been a go-getter. She is president of the ALPFA club and is in leadership positions in many others. She also had her entrepreneurship in 2020. Learn more about Norma and her love for working hard.

Apr 24, 202316:05
Ask the Expert: Rasun Kazadi, SMU Football's alumnus, embarks on his art journey
Apr 17, 202319:33
Change the Game: VALORANT Game Changers sets the pace for an expanding industry with discussion on highest viewed female match & CLG Red's let go w/ Starriebun, akaL4ce, & Kraif

Change the Game: VALORANT Game Changers sets the pace for an expanding industry with discussion on highest viewed female match & CLG Red's let go w/ Starriebun, akaL4ce, & Kraif

What is it like to be a female gamer working and playing in the industry? Find out more in this special edition of Change the Game.


We brought a five player roster to you: Starriebun (content-creator & In Game Leader), akaL4ce (Pro Player for Complexity), and Kraif (Coach for Global Esports) walk us through their journey in VALORANT Game Changers, a program created by Riot Games to provide new opportunities and exposure for women and marginalized genders within esports. In today's Change the Game episode, we bring up recent esport and Game Changer news over groundbreaking viewership of a Game Changers team and the recent let go of a long time standing Game Changers team. Players and coaches also spoke about their outlook on the scene, how they got into it, and what it means for them to represent Game Changers.


This episode is co-hosted by Saki Teng and Calicayuh, Reporter for Game Changers.



Apr 10, 202342:37
Change the Game: Video game characters come to life online and in person for cosplayer, Anna Iorio

Change the Game: Video game characters come to life online and in person for cosplayer, Anna Iorio

Cosplay is more than dressing up. It's an outlet that transitions a virtual love to tangible talent for gaming and anime. Anna Iorio began her journey in high school once she understood the purpose of what it meant to accept an idea others may think is weird. She wanted to show that she could bring virtual interests into the real world. Lorio separates herself from the herd by curating her creations through the arts of design and technology of computers. SMU Daily Campus's Saki Teng brings Anna Iorio, Gaming Cosplayer, to the Pony Pod's newest series, "Change the Game."

Apr 03, 202318:29
Change The Game: David Chen Introduces the Business of Esports

Change The Game: David Chen Introduces the Business of Esports

SMU Guildhall professor, esports founder and investor, David "Panda" Chen, discusses the business and development of organizations in esports like FaZe and Cloud 9. He touches up on his journey as an esports professional and the multiple outlooks that evolve within the industry.

Mar 27, 202320:31
Ask The Expert: Mary Morgan Price, SMU Professor, Finds Her Passion in Advertising

Ask The Expert: Mary Morgan Price, SMU Professor, Finds Her Passion in Advertising

Mary Price talks about what it's like to work as an advertising professional. She explained how she knew she wanted to work in advertising, how she got her first job, what it is like to work at different agencies, and what she has learned after years of experience in the field. I learned about her day-to-day as a Media Director and about some of the ups and downs of working in the industry. We discussed the most important skills to have in order to be successful in the ad industry and why she chose TRG. Lastly, I learned about what inspired Mary Price to want to teach at SMU.
Location: Zoom

Mar 20, 202317:18
Ask The Expert: Maddie Crisp Speaks About The Honors of Becoming SMU LOOK's New Editor-in-Chief

Ask The Expert: Maddie Crisp Speaks About The Honors of Becoming SMU LOOK's New Editor-in-Chief

Maddie Crisp is a driven and creative student who entered college with a goal: become Editor in Chief for SMU Look Magazine. From high school yearbook to her first year entry level position on the staff as Digital Writer, Maddie had her eye on the top position and fabulously climbed the ropes throughout her three years. Now that she has achieved this goal, Maddie discusses the path she took to pursue her dream, as well as how others can follow in her footsteps. Editor in Chief is not an easy position. Listen to hear how Maddie makes it seem so effortless.

Mar 13, 202313:43
Ask the Expert: Toyelle Wilson on SMU Women's Basketball and Her Journey in the Sport

Ask the Expert: Toyelle Wilson on SMU Women's Basketball and Her Journey in the Sport

At Prairie View A&M, it was three straight tournament appearances. At Baylor, it was a national championship. At Michigan, it was the team's best finish ever. Now, at SMU, women's basketball head coach Toyelle Wilson has began the turnaround of the SMU women's basketball program. With a new defensive identity and excellent recruiting, she has quickly placed the team on the doorstep of conference championship contention. Today, I talked with Coach Wilson about the lessons she has learned from basketball both on and off the court, her influences in coaching and the current state of the Mustangs.

Mar 05, 202313:21
Pony Out: An SMU Transfer Story

Pony Out: An SMU Transfer Story

Isolated narratives from transfer students are individual stories. However, these personal stories indicate collective concerns about SMU and what motivates students to leave. In this special episode of The Pony Pod, the DC's Simone Melvin talks to three former students about transferring from SMU.

What reasons do people have for leaving? And what can the school do better?

Dec 14, 202201:09:39
The Fine Print: Award-Winning Author and SMU Professor Samantha Mabry on Her Novel "Tigers, Not Daughters"

The Fine Print: Award-Winning Author and SMU Professor Samantha Mabry on Her Novel "Tigers, Not Daughters"

For the final episode of The Fine Print, the DC's Simone Melvin talks to SMU alumna and professor, Samantha Mabry. Her most recent novel, "Tigers, Not Daughters" is a BCCB Blue Ribbon List title and was awarded Best Young Adult Book by Kirkus Reviews, SLJ, and Shelf Awareness.

"Tigers, Not Daughters" weaves a complex story about grief, family, and ghosts. The narrative is told from the point-of-view of three sisters in San Antonio as they navigate the loss of their oldest sister who comes back to haunt them. Mabry talks about the novel, her writing process, and her theories on ghosts in the finale episode of The Fine Print on The Pony Pod. 

Dec 04, 202240:34
Ask the Expert: Marketing Expert, Professor Brenda Demith

Ask the Expert: Marketing Expert, Professor Brenda Demith

In this episode of “Ask the Expert,” Mary Palmer Roberts talks to Professor Brenda Demith as she discusses her experience in the marketing field. 

Demith is an adjunct professor of marketing at SMU. Before teaching part-time, she had 20 years of experience in the professional marketing field. Demith has worked for brands such as Frito-Lay and PepsiCo, along with larger marketing agencies. Demith explains the different niches of a marketing career, such as branding or marketing research through her own involvement in the field.

Oct 25, 202210:11
Ask the Expert: Mustangs for Hope President Lily Hendricks

Ask the Expert: Mustangs for Hope President Lily Hendricks

Thinking of joining a service organization on campus? Mustangs for Hope is the perfect way to get involved.
In this episode of Ask the Expert, Ariana Aswari talks to Lily Hendricks, a senior at SMU and president of Mustangs for Hope. Hendricks talks about her position in the organization, communicates the challenges she's faced, and gives advice to anyone aspiring to be in a leadership position. The senior is a third-year member at Mustangs for Hope, a non-profit organization that tutors kids virtually over zoom. The organization has seen its impact within the South and West Dallas schools. In the club, a tutor and a student are paired and meet once a week for an hour over zoom. SMU students serve as mentors to give these kids educational skills and guidance outside of the classroom to help further their academic skills.

Oct 20, 202211:30
The Fine Print: Riding Shotgun with Author Alex Temblador and Her New Novel, "Half Outlaw"

The Fine Print: Riding Shotgun with Author Alex Temblador and Her New Novel, "Half Outlaw"

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the DC's Simone Melvin talks to Dallas-based author Alex Temblador about her newest gritty fantasy, "Half Outlaw." Motorcycles, magical realism, and a main character with a mixed identity – Temblador about these themes and more in her debut into Adult Fiction. 

Oct 04, 202234:42
The Fine Print: A Conversation With Author Ali Drucker On Her New Book, "Do As I Say, Not Who I Did"

The Fine Print: A Conversation With Author Ali Drucker On Her New Book, "Do As I Say, Not Who I Did"

The start of a college school year often means meeting new people and exploring new relationships. Ali Drucker, author and former sex and relationships editor at Cosmo and Maxim, offers a judgment-free guide to sex and relationships for young women in "Do As I Say, Not Who I Did." The DC's Simone Melvin talks to Drucker about consent, sexual health, and feeling in control of one's own bodily decisions.

Aug 29, 202240:59
Meet the Newest Miss Texas: Averie Bishop (SMU '19, '22)

Meet the Newest Miss Texas: Averie Bishop (SMU '19, '22)

SMU alumna Averie Bishop makes history as the first Asian American to be crowned Miss Texas. The Daily Campus talked to Bishop about everything from her experience in the competition, to her favorite Filipino food, to her next steps as a Miss America competitor.

Jul 01, 202241:16
Book Blab: "The Rum Diary" AKA The Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Origin Story

Book Blab: "The Rum Diary" AKA The Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Origin Story

Hunter S. Thompson's "The Rum Diary" is, in many ways, the Wolf of Wall Street for journalism. Its hedonistic, alcohol-drenched characters are allegedly based off Thompson's real-life escapades as a young reporter - and the book's 2011 movie adaptation was the catalyst for Johnny Depp (a close friend of Thompson) and Amber Heard's relationship. 

For the season finale of Book Blab, Simone and Audrey dive into Thompson's story of freelance American journalist Paul Kemp in 1950's Puerto Rico and all of its rum-induced, outrageous, and often reprehensible glory.

CW: Discussion of sexual violence

May 02, 202239:47
Book Blab: "Pride and Prejudice's" Ageless Charm With a Special Apology to Keira Knightley

Book Blab: "Pride and Prejudice's" Ageless Charm With a Special Apology to Keira Knightley

Few books are as enduring as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" – first published in 1813. The DC's Simone Melvin and SMU Senior Elizabeth Hamill dive into why Austen's most-loved book refuses to fade into obscurity, the best Pride and Prejudice movie (Keira Knightley isn't everyone's favorite), and why series like Bridgerton keep pulling us back in to the world of Regency England.

Apr 29, 202225:39
Book Blab: In Which "The Good Earth" Persuades the US to Go to War Because of a Chinese Farmer

Book Blab: In Which "The Good Earth" Persuades the US to Go to War Because of a Chinese Farmer

Pearl S. Buck’s “The Good Earth” – the story of a turn-of-the-century Chinese farmer's tumultuous rise to luxuriant prosperity – attracted readers of all kinds during the book’s 1931 publication.

The DC's Simone Melvin speaks with DC Editor-in-Chief Audrey McClure about the novel's ability to inspire solidarity between its protagonist Wang Lung and readers across borders, race and time. 

Apr 24, 202234:40
Book Blab: Identity and Physicality in James Baldwin‘s “Giovanni’s Room”

Book Blab: Identity and Physicality in James Baldwin‘s “Giovanni’s Room”

James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Room” routinely tops lists of Baldwin must-reads – and yet, it seems to be the work that the 21st century is least interested in.

The DC’s Simone Melvin speaks with SMU Senior Caroline Roman about “Giovanni’s Room’s” powerful treatment of self-discovery and queer identity through its protagonist David, a young, closeted American in France who enters into a relationship with an Italian bartender, Giovanni. 

Apr 15, 202228:33
Ask The Expert: Influencer and Personal Stylist Tonya Foster on the Evolution of Online Entrepreneurship

Ask The Expert: Influencer and Personal Stylist Tonya Foster on the Evolution of Online Entrepreneurship

Tanya Foster talks about what it means to be an influencer and reflects on the pandemic. Wardrobe stylist and personal shopper Tenni King discusses her role as a personal shopper, and Jeremy Edge, LPC explains the effects behind increased screen-use and online shopping addiction.

Apr 14, 202234:22
Ask the Expert: Dean Elena Hicks on Admissions and Diversity at SMU

Ask the Expert: Dean Elena Hicks on Admissions and Diversity at SMU

College admissions are more competitive than ever, and SMU is no exception. So, who gets into SMU and why?

SMU’s dean of undergraduate admission Elena D. Hicks gives a behind the scenes glimpse into admitting the newest classes of incoming Mustangs and how diverse classes come together at SMU each year. Hicks, who has over 30 years of admissions experience, points out that there are many types of diversity.

As SMU strives to be a global university, Hicks and her team seek to bring in students that represent a range of ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversities. Hicks also touches on the recent affirmative action Supreme Court cases, which is once again drawing into question the role of race-conscious admissions practices and their value to college campuses across the United States.

Mar 21, 202210:24
Ask the Expert: CORE Chair Sylvia Bloom on the 57th Annual Women's Symposium

Ask the Expert: CORE Chair Sylvia Bloom on the 57th Annual Women's Symposium

SMU celebrates its 57th annual Women’s Symposium on March 2 in celebration of Women’s History Month. The Symposium is organized by members of CORE, the student planning committee. This year’s theme is “Lift As We Climb,” a phrase that originates with Black women’s fight for the right to vote. The keynote speaker this year is Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement.

In this episode of Ask the Expert, Simone Melvin talks with CORE chair Sylvia Bloom about her role and insight on the Symposium.

Sylvia is a senior transfer student at SMU. She served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for CORE last year and is currently working with the Women and LGBT Center director, Dr. Sidney Gardner, and the rest of the student organization to plan the event.

Simone and Sylvia discuss the importance of understanding the history of the phrase, “Lift As We Climb.” They consider the role that Tarana plays in the theme, and what this phrase means for the future of the Symposium.

Simone Melvin is a member of CORE.

Recorded in Fondren Library at SMU.

Mar 02, 202215:07
Ask the Expert: Piper Holden, SMU Student Foundation Homecoming Chair
Oct 01, 202113:28
Debunking SMU Myths: The Freshman 15
May 01, 202115:05
Debunking SMU Myths: The MoMac Ghost
Apr 18, 202110:33
Debunking SMU Myths: The Dallas Hall Seal
Apr 09, 202111:01
Debunking SMU Myths: Partying During The Pandemic
Apr 02, 202114:40
Giving Day 2021 *Special Episode*
Apr 01, 202117:32
365 Days and Counting Phase 5: The Frontlines *Finale*

365 Days and Counting Phase 5: The Frontlines *Finale*

It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 5: The Frontlines. Thank you for tuning into this series. Stay tuned for next month, where we will be debunking myths at SMU!

Mar 29, 202120:25
365 Days and Counting Phase 4: Disparities

365 Days and Counting Phase 4: Disparities

It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 4: Disparities. Tune back in next Monday for phase 5!

Mar 22, 202118:58
365 Days and Counting Phase 3: Relationships

365 Days and Counting Phase 3: Relationships

It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the  past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 3: Relationships. Tune back in next Monday for phase 4!

Mar 15, 202120:04
365 Days and Counting Phase 2: Mental Health

365 Days and Counting Phase 2: Mental Health

It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 2: Mental Health. Tune back in next Monday for phase 3!

Mar 08, 202124:48
365 Days and Counting Phase 1: Lockdown

365 Days and Counting Phase 1: Lockdown

It's been 1 year since the world as we know it has been changed by COVID-19. Join Daily Campus writer Lauren Rangel as she explores personal stories from the past year about life amidst the pandemic. This episode will be discussing phase 1: the lockdown. Tune back in next Monday for phase 2!

Mar 01, 202117:31