Nowadays it seems hard enough to get people to vote, but does voting actually help when the only thing people are looking at is what religious preference each candidate chooses?
A January Zogby poll stated that 54 percent of voters want a president who mirrors biblical ideals of leadership, such as truthfulness, integrity and belief in God.
Some people might be relying too much on faith to carry the presidential candidates as opposed to what their platforms actually provide for America.
In the past, the Connections program was available to new students once they arrived at TCU. However, starting this fall it will be a mandatory program, which is not necessarily a positive change for incoming freshmen.
Connections is a program that aims to help freshman students prepare for a successful college career. The nine-week program is facilitated by upper-class students and faculty mentors who lead discussions and offer helpful tips for freshmen.
During the past few years the university has increased tuition at a rate of 8.4 percent while the academic scholarships remained static after being initially rewarded.
For most students who are on need-based scholarships, it can be hard to find the extra cash to pay for the difference between the increased price and the old amount.
However, this year's tuition will increase once again, but this time each academic scholarship will increase at 8.4 percent, mirroring the current rise. The total number of scholarships given will increase, too.
As administrators say the university is growing toward a better learning community, retention rates are increasing.
Mike Scott, director of scholarships and financial aid, said TCU has risen three percentage points, from 83 percent retention to 86 percent, in the past three years.
According to a report from the 2007 Student Success Initiative, the university hopes to reach 88 percent retention by 2010.
Scott said the initiative began in 2005 as a way to help the university from a "physically sound aspect."
In spring 2006, the TCU bookstore went down in flames. In February 2007, TCU officials announced the new bookstore would be complete a year later.
Concrete was poured for the 34,000 square foot building Aug. 16, and TCU's bookstore opened about six months later, which is a pleasing foreshadow on how the rest of the campus construction will turn out.
Although the old bookstore was a sight for sore eyes and seemed to be on campus forever, the long lines and fights for parking were worth the two-year wait.
One more commencement will pass without the iconic figure of TCU - Frog Fountain.Harold Leeman, associate director of Physical Plant administration, said the fountain is still being reconstructed.
"The foundations for the flutes have been placed, and all the piping and electrical conduits are being set now," Leeman said. "The actual flutes have been refurbished off-site and are ready to be bolted in place when the actual fountain is completed."
A fraction of a percent separates the two remaining Student Government Association presidential candidates heading into Thursday's run-off election.Out of 2,131 votes cast for president, there was a .32 percent difference - seven votes - dividing Nate Arnold and Thomas Pressly. None of the three candidates received a majority, said Kim Appel, SGA adviser.
"The fact that only seven votes separated us shows that the students had a lot of energy," said Arnold, a junior marketing major.