Campus was a little quieter Wednesday thanks to TCU's second annual National Day of Silence.According to the Web site www.dayofsilence.org, the National Day of Silence is a student-led day of action designed to create awareness of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and other victims of hate crimes.
The National Day of Silence began in 1996 and has grown over the past 10 years.
More than 200 students will venture out to community centers and YMCAs Saturday to volunteer as part of TCU LEAPS spring 2006, a campuswide day of community service.Students will perform various tasks including sorting clothes, painting, landscaping and interacting with children.
TCU has held LEAPS in the fall since 2000, but LEAPS was canceled last fall because of the threat of Hurricane Rita entering the area.
Hunger Week, seven days dedicated to helping end hunger by educating the school and community of its effects, will run through Sunday.According to the TCU Hunger Week Web site, hunger.tcu.edu, "In the developing world, more than 1.2 billion currently live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 a day."
TCU has hosted Hunger Week since 1982 and raised $25,000 last year.
Some of this year's Hunger Week activities include a Heel Hunger 5K run, a hunger workshop, a movie night and a banquet.
A year of fundraising will be rewarded Friday night during the Up 'Til Dawn finale party.Up 'Til Dawn is a student-run organization that has been raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., for more than six years. Last year, the organization raised more than $50,000.
The finale party is a reward for students who supported the organization throughout the year by participating in projects, such as letter-writing campaigns where participants write to inform friends and family about the hospital and ask for donations.
More than 80 high school and middle school students caught a glimpse of college life Wednesday during the College Student for a Day program.College Student for a Day is a program that works in partnership with Communities in Schools, a nonprofit agency that works within the Fort Worth Independent School District to help at-risk students stay in school through high school graduation.
TCU hosts CSFAD twice a year and has participated in the program for three years.
Silence, story and song are tools for promoting social change, said a guest speaker addressing the TCU Justice and Advocacy Network. Anthony Nicotera, a public interest lawyer, social activist and community organizer, presented to a group of about 20 students Sunday evening, most of whom were involved in social justice organizations.
The TCU Justice and Advocacy Network, a group working to create social change on the campus and in the community, organized the workshop called "Thoughts and Tools for Creating Change."
Some students are saying that a TCU Theatre presentation portraying acts of sexual assault between two people on a date is too shocking, but the play's director said viewers are supposed to leave shocked."That's exactly what we want," said Sarah Elizondo, director of Assault Prevention Theatre.
Elizondo, a sophomore theater major, said the play is deliberately shocking to prepare students for what sexual assault really entails.
If life gives you lemons, then the marketing department is a good place to be.Bob Akin, a marketing professor, and his Selling and Sales Management classes are setting up lemonade stands at TCU and the surrounding area for class credit.
Akin has taught at TCU for four years and has presented this project to his students for the last three.
"About three years ago I was watching 'The Apprentice' and I decided to stop having tests," Akin said. "These projects are a better way to teach someone how to sell something."
Fair-trade coffee, which is available at Jazzman's Cafe, will soon be offered in the Starbucks locations on campus.Seth Harris, a sophomore sociology major, is one of the co-coordinators of Frogs for Fair Trade, the student activist group that brought fair-trade coffee to TCU.
Harris said fair-trade products, such as coffee, tea and fruit, ensure a fair price for the farmers and workers who produce them and help to support the small-scale farms that would not be able to survive on normal market prices.