As the semester comes to a close, it seems only fitting to pass out accolades and awards for what we have seen on the playing field this semester. The end of every season has an award ceremony where there are some surprises and some awards that are of no shock value to the average fan, so without further ado, here are the Spring 2007 Horned Frog Superlatives.
Rookie of the Year
Forget working after college. A few days after she crosses the graduation stage, Camille Blackerby will join her fellow senior and golf teammate in Sweden for a week. But, when she runs out of money, the mechanical engineering major has a job lined up with a small engineering firm in Dallas starting June 18.
Purdy-McGuire Inc. has 40 members on staff, but Blackerby said that's the way she likes it--small is her style.
A self-professed small-town girl, Blackerby hails from Breckenridge, a town just east of Fort Worth with a population less than 6,000.
Today is Equal Pay Day, an event put on by the National Committee on Pay Equity to raise awareness of unequal salaries for women and other minorities. And today, almost 90 years since women gained suffrage, there are many speculations about why women earn less money than men: Are they less deserving? Do the majority of women choose lower-paying jobs than men? Or do they just fail to negotiate their salaries with employers, such as sociology professor Jean Giles-Sims suggested?
Humans have an impact on each other and the world. Music has the ability to divide or unite people. And the members of the local Fort Worth band, Green River Ordinance, are using their impact as musicians and human beings to make a difference in the world.This summer, GRO members Josh Jenkins, Joshua Wilkerson, Jamey Ice, Geoff Ice and Denton Hunker and their manager Paul Steele are traveling to Uganda and Kenya to do humanitarian work for at least a month.
These guys will be helping the non-profit group Blood: Water Mission build wells and help with anything else possible.
Vegetarians are more mainstream than ever, but does the rest of society really understand what goes into a plant-only lifestyle? A stroll down the local supermarket aisles these days paints an ironic picture. Organic cookie dough, soy milk and veggie burgers are nonchalantly placed next to the sliced turkey, jumbo-sized eggs and boneless chicken breasts. There seems to be no distinction as shoppers float around, picking up the pesticide-free asparagus as casually as if it were a loaf of bread.
Our nation has traditionally been tied to Christianity. The United States has been and most likely will always be associated with the Christian religion. But that does not change the fact that the founding fathers of America gave our country freedom of religion in 1791 and, through that, the separation of church and state.
And the freedom of religion that defines America now must be upheld as more than 200 years after the founding of the Constitution, a bill is proposed to mandate a secular Bible study course to be offered as an elective in public high schools.
The TCU tennis teams have run into a lot of problems with the National Collegiate Athletic Association recently, but coaches and players are wondering if it could be the association's fault.An international student, who spoke only under the condition that he would remain nameless, played tennis in his home country while enrolled in a university and accepted prize money for his sport as a student-athlete. In his country, it was legal to do so.
The TCU tennis team has run into a lot of problems with the National Collegiate Athletic Association recently, but coaches and players are wondering if it could be the association's fault.An international student who spoke only if he would remain nameless who played tennis in his home country while enrolled in a university Romania accepted prize money for his sport as a student-athlete. In his country it was legal to do so.
The split of the nation's judicial leaders on whether America needs to do something about global warming is a good thing.In a 5-to-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled the Bush administration's Clean Air Act does allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions and berated the EPA for not attempting to regulate them in the first place.
By law, the EPA must regulate "pollutants," but the Bush administration has said the Clean Air Act does not consider carbon dioxide a "pollutant." The majority of the Supreme Court thought differently.