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Tuesday, May 11, 2021


Graduation: In college, staying involved is key

After my freshman year at TCU, I wanted to transfer to a different school.I felt like an outsider - like I didn't fit in. I hated college, and I thought it was the university's fault.

I could not have been more wrong.

My parents tried to talk me out of transferring.

"You can't come to college expecting things to happen for you, Al," they said. "You have to make them happen."

So, I decided to try TCU for one more semester to make my parents happy.

College’s advising needs improvement

Graduating seniors have ranked the Schieffer School of Journalism the lowest in quality of academic advising out of all the schools on campus.The advising problem at the Schieffer School, said Tommy Thomason, director of the school, stems from the high number of adjunct faculty members. Adjuncts do not participate in advising, so the weight of advising lies on the shoulders of the 13 full-time faculty members, Thomason said.

Tuition increases not essential

Tuition has increased across the board yet again.Both public and private four-year universities report a tuition increase higher than last year's.

According to a College Board survey released Monday, public and private four-year university tuitions have risen 6.6 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively. Both of these increases are higher than those of the previous year.

College Board reported a 5.3 percent increase in room and board at public four-year universities and a 5 percent increase at private four-year universities.

Campaign funding increase unnecessary

The Student Government Association passed a resolution Tuesday to allow its members to spend more money when campaigning for officer positions.Candidates are now allowed to spend up to $500 on their campaigns. Last year, the limit was $200.

The money candidates put toward campaigning comes directly from the candidates - or candidates' parents' - pockets, not SGA funds.

Although the raised limit seemingly allows for more freedom for advertising in SGA campaigns, it also shuts out those potential candidates with less money.

Dining changes don’t match goals

The university seems to be sending mixed messages to its students.For the first year ever, both freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. With two new residence halls and two more under construction, TCU is pushing the idea of a more residential campus for its students.

Increasing the required minimums for on-campus meal plans goes along with this idea - the more money students have on their ID cards, the more they'll eat on campus. It's pretty simple.

Housing for freshman males sub-par

This year, the university admitted more males than ever. Though this is great for increasing diversity on campus, TCU failed to properly prepare for these students' arrival.Fall 2007 marks the first semester in which both freshman and sophomore students are required to live on campus. With this in mind, it seems only logical that there should be enough housing for all freshman and sophomore students - no matter their gender.

Still there are 20 students without fixed housing and all of them are male.

Less than 30% of students participate in SGA elections

Though the four newly elected Student Government Association officers will represent the entire student body, a little more than a quarter of students participated in the vote that put them in office.Only 26 percent of 7,267 eligible students voted for president, while even fewer students voted for vice president, treasurer and vice president of Programming Council, according to the SGA election tabulations.

Ferrell proves anything but ‘Strange’ in new romantic-comedy

In the first five minutes, "Stranger Than Fiction" appears to be just another one of Will Ferrell's outrageous comedies, but the film ultimately develops into a heartwarming tale about love and relationships of all kinds.The film centers around an Internal Revenue Service agent named Harold Crick, played by Ferrell, who discovers that he's a character in an upcoming book. When his narrator lets it slip that his "imminent death" is looming, Crick sets out to find out what his fate is and who is controlling it.

Staff discuss outcome of governor race

With the results of yesterday's gubernatorial election in, many students and faculty members say the outcome would have been different had there only been fewer candidates.Republican Gov. Rick Perry was re-elected with 39 percent of the votes, while Democrat Chris Bell came in second with 30 percent. Independents Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman drew 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

"I think everybody expected this," said Ralph Carter, chairman of the political science department.

Donald Rumsfeld resigns after Election Day

President Bush announced Wednesday that Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of defense since 2001, had resigned. Bush made his announcement only hours after the Democratic Party took control of the House - and hours before the Associated Press reported Democrats made up the majority in the Senate. Although the president's announcement seemed to be rather hasty only a day after elections, many students and faculty members say Rumsfeld's step down was long overdue.

Ralph Carter, chair of the political science department, said Rumsfeld should have resigned a long time ago.

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