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Credit cards in children’s games do not teach careful spending

Sure. They have special edition Monopoly games for pretty much whatever you are into. There is the SpongeBob SquarePants edition, the Transformers Collector's edition,...

Religious groups shouldn’t fear influence of Hollywood movies

Video games turn kids into killers.Music encourages rebellion. And movies destroy ... Christianity?

The entertainment industry has faced these accusations for years. The latest target is a movie to arriving in theaters Dec. 7.

You have heard of it by now: "The Golden Compass."

It has sparked controversy, among Christians.

During the preview, it almost resembles the fantasy-like features of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" with humans alongside animals and witches.

Freshman programs help raise retention

TCU's retention rate for freshmen has risen from 81 percent in 2002 to 86 percent in 2007, according to the TCU Fact Book, and professors say it is because of better advising procedures, mentors and freshman programs.TCU has conducted research to see which students leave and why by calling those students for phone interviews.

"A lot of students call back, and the issues are generally related to something academic," said Mike Scott, director of scholarships and financial aid. "Like they didn't like their major or didn't feel like they fit in."

Banning books discourages reading, limits education

If you thought banning books was a thing of the past, think again."Huckleberry Finn" was challenged in the Birdville school district in early November when a teacher wrote words intended to cause emotion on the chalkboard, including the word n-----.

The only black student in the classroom objected.

What should have been an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion instead offended and outraged a student and community members.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders was spot on in his article, "Dealing With That Writer and Word."

Extending last-call hours could make streets safer

It's 10 p.m. Friday night. You get a call from your friends to meet at your favorite bar, so you jump in the shower and rush to get ready.11 p.m. - You meet your friends at the bar.

11:30 p.m. - You have to wait in line outside the bar.

11:45 p.m. - Finally, you are inside and have to wait again - this time at the bar - for a drink. You just started having a fantastic time when the last call for drinks comes 15 minutes later.

But you just got here!

Program to carry on despite low turnout

A town hall meeting intended to generate student feedback about a reading program for incoming freshmen lacked the response and attendance coordinators expected.Vision In Action members hosted a meeting pertaining to a first-year student common reading plan, which calls for students to read and discuss texts with faculty, and fewer than 20 people attended.

The common reading, funded with $26,300 in VIA grants, is supposed to get students to think academically and get to know professors before classes, said Andrew Fort , a religion professor who led the discussion.

Film, forum to offer closer look at immigration issue

A film screening tonight illustrates what it would be like to wake up in California to find that nearly one third the population had vanished into thin air.Students and faculty will have the opportunity to watch the comedy, "A Day Without a Mexican" at 6:30 p.m. and discuss how the proposed legislation on immigration will affect Mexican immigrant workers, students and their families.

Faculty, students begin triathlon training

Pouring with sweat, runners toiled Wednesday to get closer to their goal of completing a triathlon. TCU faculty and students began the first day of training at the Lowden Track and Field Complex for the 4th Annual Tri-Benbrook Sprint, a triathlon that will take place in May, where participants will swim 300 yards, bike 13.8 miles and run 3.1 miles without stopping.

Participants signed up for the TCU training program as a group but will compete in the triathlon on an individual basis.

AQUATIC COMBAT

Fully clothed in their fatigues and equipment, Army ROTC cadets made a splash in the University Recreation Center pool Thursday.For the past seven or eight years, the Army has required cadets to do combat water survival training once a year, said Lt. Col. John Agor , a professor of military science.

Cadets had to swim 25 meters in their fatigues with their weapons and equipment, jump off the high dive blindfolded and turn their fatigues into flotation devices.

History professor openings increase

Student seeking job opportunities in the present are looking to the past. For the first time in 15 years, openings for history professor positions in 2004-2005 exceeded the number of doctorate degrees awarded, according to Perspectives, the American Historical Association magazine.

The increase in available jobs is a result of the baby-boomer generation that created the need for more classrooms and teachers in the 1950s and 1960s, said Ken Stevens, the history department chairman.

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