"Why do they think this is front-page news?" said one of my classmates about the recent exposure in the Skiff about the drug and alcohol controversy surrounding the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. As I overheard this complaint about the article, I thought to myself, "Why not use it as front-page news?" After all, the exposure, however damaging to the fraternity's reputation, is interesting news that exemplifies some of my main ideals about journalism: to provide readers with truthful and valuable information as provided by the First Amendment.
TCU has many great programs. It may be expensive to attend this school, but we are told that our money is well-spent, and the investment will last us the rest of our lives.Overall, I have found this to be true. I am approaching my junior year as a part of the Schieffer School of Journalism, and thankfully, I have not had any problems enrolling in any of my basic-level classes that are prerequisites for upper level, skill-teaching courses.
In efforts to create a more environmentally friendly campus, I voted for Wyatt Goolsby's resolution to reduce paper towel usage on campus. This simple, single-lined resolution seemed harmless and was written for a good cause. In efforts to "reduce, reuse and recycle," the resolution addresses the fact that many of us recycle and reuse, but we forget to reduce our use. Goolsby called for the support of the Student Government Association to hang friendly signs on paper towel dispensers to remind students to reduce usage of paper towels.
I stand my ground as another TCU student in favor of a non-Greek way of life. I have nothing against any particular sorority group, I simply value other organizations and my academics over a forced sense of "sisterhood." I pity the fact that a majority of students at this school view going Greek as the only means to a social life. Greeks may seem prevalent on campus, but in reality, only 40 percent actually pledge. Students have the skewed perception that TCU is mainly Greek, causing certain others to believe that non-Greeks have nothing to do on campus.