When TCU alumna Sue Cox heard she had a chance to memorialize her sorority, she took advantage of the opportunity.Cox is leading Alpha Gamma Delta alumnae in raising funds for the Circle of Excellence, a gift being given by Greek students and alumni to the university in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Greek system at TCU.
"I hadn't had a chance to do anything with my sorority, and this was a good opportunity," Cox said.
Bob Schneider said he has been playing at the Aardvark for about 10 years, and he plans to keep coming back."The Aardvark is just one of those nitty-gritty, sweaty little clubs," Schneider said. "You have to leave to get away from the music."
Schneider has spent the last year touring behind his 2004 release, "I'm Good Now." The album is a melting pot of styles and genres, ranging from rave-up rockabilly to dreamy electro-pop.
Schneider first gained attention playing with Austin-based bands like Joe Rockhead and Ugly Americans.
Music blasted as students gathered beside Frog Fountain to watch sorority teams compete in a playground-style wheelchair basketball tournament.Sorority members wore matching shirts and cheered on their teammates, who competed against each other in several three-on-three half-court games.
Push Week - Pi Kappa Phi fraternity's three-day effort to promote Push America, a philanthropy benefitting disabled children - concluded Wednesday with the tournament.
As many as 40 cars parked overnight Friday in the heart of campus bore shoe polish graffiti Saturday morning that suggests an SMU prank, and TCU Police officers said they saw no one suspicious entering the parking lot.The vehicles, which were parked in the Quad Lotadjacent to Frog Fountain, had messages saying, "I 'heart' SMU." Windows at the University Recreation Center were also vandalized, TCU Police said.
On Saturday, TCU played SMU in the Iron Skillet rivalry match.
Senior marketing major Matt Looloian said he saw the vandalized cars at 8:15 a.m. Saturday.
When freshman Kappa Sigma recruit Greg Stokes heard Hurricane Katrina might make landfall in his hometown of New Orleans, he hoped for the best."We've been lucky for 40 years," said Stokes, a finance major. "We thought we'd get lucky again."
At first, it seemed that New Orleans missed the worst of the storm. But after three levee points on Lake Pontchartrain broke, the city was covered in water.
Stokes' parents evacuated from the city before the storm, but his grandparents stayed behind in a hotel in downtown New Orleans.
The personal crusade of anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan that has drawn thousands to the small town of Crawford has also galvanized TCU students.Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in April 2004, has camped outside President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford since Aug. 6. She asked to meet with him for one hour during his five-week vacation, which ended Tuesday.
The protest has drawn continued national attention, and Bush's approval ratings have dropped to an all-time low.
The Interfraternity Council Barbecue kicked off Recruitment on Wednesday in front of Frog Fountain in an attempt to encourage participation.Senior George Ferguson, Jr., vice president of Recruitment within IFC, said he is excited about the semester ahead.
"We're trying to give fraternities a good, positive image this year," he said.
Ferguson said Greek organizations often do not get credit for the good they do at TCU.