As a freshman going though recruitment, senior Polly Niccoli said she never imagined she would one day be employed by her sorority. Niccoli, a graphic design major, has been a member of Pi Beta Phi since her freshman year.
"I really think it was meant to be," Niccoli said. "I know it sounds cliche but I think it's true, the sorority chooses you just as much as you choose the sorority,"
Members of a new club called Semper Frogs plan to bring the camaraderie of the U.S. Marine Corps to campus.
Senior advertising/public relations major Mandy Carnes, founder of the club, said she wanted to tie in the Marine Corps' motto of Semper Fidelis, which means "always faithful," with the university.
"Since we are the Horned Frogs and the Marine Corps is our main emphasis, I chose Semper Frogs as the name, meaning that we will always be a frog," Carnes said.
Editor's note: This article was revised for accuracy at 10:15 p.m. March 11. The caption for the article's accompanying picture was revised for accuracy at 11 p.m. March 10.
Sophomore Elisa Elizondo said she noticed fewer women than men in her physics class when she was an astronomy major. The same thing happened when she changed her major to geology. When Elizondo chose environmental science as her major, she still noticed fewer women than men in her classes.
Students with a passion for sustainable living will be able to help lead the environmental awareness movement in their residence halls because a new position in the Residence Hall Association, the Eco Rep, will be available for students to apply for next semester.
Brian Sullivan, a junior business and environmental science major, came up with the idea while enrolled in the Chasing Carbon class last semester.
Despite signs outside of the Brown-Lupton University Union signaling to people passing by that the university is one of 44 early voting locations in Tarrant County, not many people have stopped to vote at the location just outside of the 1873 Cafe & Sports Grill.
Rena Brown, lead clerk at the early voting center on campus, said voter turnout has been very low all over the city. She said the main attraction in this primary election is the race for governor, but even that has not drawn a crowd.
Editor's note: This article was revised for accuracy and clarification at 2:55 p.m. Feb. 19.
For students living in Foster Hall, recycling just got a little more personal.
The Foster Hall Council started a program that provides residents with free recycling bins for their rooms. The goal of the program is to get students more directly involved with recycling and increase overall awareness of the benefits of recycling, said Katie Poe, Foster Hall assistant hall director.
Starting this week, students will have yet another reason to browse their iPhones during class. The ever-present mobile device will feature a new application developed for TCU.
Bryan Lucas, executive director of technology resources, said that the new app named "iTCU" will be a mobile portal for students, faculty, alumni or friends of the university. The free application can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and will be a "suite" containing many other apps, he said.
The number of formal complaints filed by faculty and staff to the conflict resolution section of Human Resources has increased by 25 percent this year, a university official said.
Shari Barnes, conflict resolution facilitator, said the number of complaints received rises every year but this year's 25 percent jump is the largest increase ever. It has been available to university staff members since October 2000 and to faculty members since May 2005, she said.
Barnes said she was initially surprised by the rise in complaints.