She was bundle of joy, arriving into the world on the 4th of March. She was perfect and healthy. The second daughter of her parents, baby Annie was exactly what parents hope for. One-hundred and eleven years ago.
Today, Anne Langston Christopher is the 39th oldest documented person in the world and the great-grandmother of my husband. What's more, she's still healthy.
Christopher was born on a plantation in South Carolina 30 years after the Civil War. She was 17 when the Titanic sunk and in her 30s and 40s during the Great Depression.
It's important for students to understand college health issues because they impact their bodies, academics and future, said Laura Crawley, assistant dean of Campus Life for health promotions.The top five health concerns for college students listed by the American College Health Association are nutrition and exercise; alcohol, tobacco and drugs; sexual health; depression; and violence.
So how does TCU measure up?
Nutrition and Exercise
TCU kicked off its fifth biennial Latin American Music Festival on Monday evening. The events will continue throughout the week and come to a close Saturday.
The festival was started in 1998 to promote Latin American music and artists, said Liz Branch, international student adviser for International Student Services. She said the artists will showcase classical Latin music, rather than the popular music most Americans know, such as salsa and merengue.
Health insurance prices will increase by 14 percent next year for students using the university-offered insurance plan. The price will rise from $483 a semester to $552, according to a release from the Health Center.Marilyn Hallam, assistant to the director of the Health Center, said the price increase is due to rising health costs in the community. She also said the coverage is the same as last year: The plan still carries a $500,000 policy maximum and still has an out-of-pocket pay system.
A nutritionist visited TCU Thursday and compared America's health status to global warming: The problem does not seem dangerous at the moment, but our country is slowly eating its way to destruction, she said.Nutritionist Shannon Jones of the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited TCU from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and spoke at 6 p.m. in the Student Center. Jones came to TCU to introduce the new food pyramid, MyPyramid.gov.
Despite the drenching storm that barrelled through much of Texas this weekend, the region still remains in a drought, officials say.Stacie Hanes, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Fort Worth is ahead in rainfall for 2006, but it has not been enough to cancel out last year's deficit.
"Normally, we see about 6 inches of rain through March 20, but this year we have already seen over 10 inches," Hanes said. "So we are ahead of schedule for the year, but we still aren't caught up."
For many, Spring Break is a time to let loose and have some care-free fun. But some officials say what a student does in that one week of not-so-clean fun could have a lifetime of consequences. TCU Police sent an e-mail Thursday to all students giving guidelines for them to follow in order to avoid Spring Break dangers.
"Some students die," said Laura Crawley, assistant dean of campus life for health promotions. "Every year, there are a couple of students, nationally, who lose their lives."
They haunt from the trees. They swoop through the air. They leave their mark on clean cars. And they are more than some students can bear.They sport iridescent feathers and gawking yellow eyes. They can be more than a foot long. And above TCU's campus, they flood the skies.
They are birds. Big black birds. Grackles. And according to one TCU student, "Those birds are evil."
Students and Fort Worth residents are complaining about their excessive stay in town, and according to officials, their population just won't go down.
A former independent presidential candidate visited TCU Monday to promote FairVote, a program that suggests presidents should be elected by popular vote rather than electoral. John B. Anderson, who ran for president in 1980, said his proposal can fix the current system of elections.
Anderson said when the electoral college was first invented, it was a good concept, but is now outdated and unfair.
"We urge that the people of the United Stated have the right to choose the president," Anderson said.