For Nikola Cerina, basketball isn't just a pastime. The 6-foot-9-inch sophomore power-forward for the TCU men's basketball team used his talent to transcend the war and violence that raged around him for most of his young life.
Cerina's hometown, more than 5,800 miles away in Topola Oplenac, Serbia, has experienced one conflict after another since declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
"Growing up in Serbia, there were a lot of bad things going on," Cerina said. "I've been through two wars so it wasn't fun, but I managed to find some escape in basketball."
Senior Madee Schottleutner voted early, but said she thought she was one of few student voters making the effort.
Schottleutner said she thought students do not vote because of the inconvenience of being away at college and not being in the correct district to vote.
"College students are really lazy and don't think about how [participating in elections] is going to affect them with the voting process," Schottleutner said.
For the spirited and faithful Horned Frog fans traveling to Arizona for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the city of Glendale and surrounding areas provide activities and entertainment for everyone.
For those with a sweet tooth, Cerreta Candy Company in Glendale offers free tours of the family-owned candy shop. Guided tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and each tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The national trend of the increasing number of students finishing college also represented the university's numbers, a university official said.
Patrick Miller, registrar and director of enrollment management, said number of students that graduate in December has increased over the last five years.
Cathy Coghlan, director of institutional research, wrote in an e-mail that enrollment increases during the past few years at the university explained the increase of December graduates.
Next fall, Schieffer School of Journalism students could have the option to spend the semester in the nation's capital.
The director of the Schieffer School, John Lumpkin, said the department planned to launch The Schieffer School in Washington program in fall 2010.
"The Schieffer School in Washington will be a program for juniors and seniors that will provide virtually a full-time internship and also a way to continue to make progress toward their degrees," Lumpkin said.
The words 'yea' and 'nay' will no longer be heard echoing in the Brown-Lupton University Union Chambers when the Student Government Association's House of Student Representatives gathers to vote on legislation. Thanks to new technology that was installed last month, a simple click will do.
The electronic voting system, including a laptop and wireless keypads, allows the House to record the representatives' votes accurately and quickly, said Kim Turner, assistant director of Student Activities.
A record number of early action undergraduate admissions applications were submitted for this month, an admissions official said.
Nov. 1 marked the first deadline for prospective students to submit their application for the 2010-2011 school year. This year, the university received 5,705 early action applications. Last year 5,287 applications were received, and in fall 2007, students submitted 5,555 applications.
The high volume of applications could be the result of a number of factors, Ray Brown, dean of admissions, said.
I checked my e-mail last Friday, Oct. 30, to find that the 2008-2009 Horned Frog yearbook was ready to be picked up by students who ordered one. Having ordered my yearbook after my picture was taken last year, I was excited to finally see what was bound inside the bright, white cover. As I flipped through the first few pages, I was impressed and a little nostalgic at the thought of freshman year. When I turned to the pages with the names and pictures of the students, however, my awe turned somewhat to astonishment.
Students learned how environmentalism and feminism related to each other during a panel discussion on ecofeminism Tuesday night.
The panel discussion, co-sponsored by the TCU Women's Network and the Latina sorority Sigma Lambda Alpha, addressed questions about environmental sustainability and the role of women in sustainability.
Stephanie Eady, an environmental science lecturer, defined the term.