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Studying abroad teaches outside classroom

I saw a recent advertisement that said, "TCU: Ahead of the Curve. One in Three Study Abroad."I was astounded. A third of our student...

Graduation: Leave cynicism behind when talking with December grads

"Oh yeah ... You're graduating."For premature December graduates, that's the phrase of the month in almost every conversation.

The emphasis on graduating makes it all the more painful. Well, that and the look of genuine, pained pity that flashes across people's faces as that word escapes their lips.

It's as if St. Peter just flew in and tipped us off: the Apocalypse is imminent. The four horsemen are fast approaching, and they'll arrive Dec. 15 - smack in the middle of "Pomp and Circumstance" playing like a funeral dirge at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Leave cynicism behind when talking with December grads

"Oh yeah ... You're graduating."For premature December graduates, that's the phrase of the month in almost every conversation.

The emphasis on graduating makes it all the more painful. Well, that and the look of genuine, pained pity that flashes across people's faces as that word escapes their lips.

It's as if St. Peter just flew in and tipped us off: the Apocalypse is imminent. The four horsemen are fast approaching, and they'll arrive Dec. 15 - smack in the middle of "Pomp and Circumstance" playing like a funeral dirge at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Skivvies not acceptable costume attire

When pumpkins start appearing on front porches and miniature-sized candy swamps the supermarket shelves, you know Halloween is fast approaching.And with Halloween comes the celebration of certain traditions: hitting the haunted house circuit, carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating.

But there's one tradition that has staked its claim on college campuses, and TCU is no exception. It's the skimpy costume tradition.

Smoking ban’s effects on area unpredictable

In Plano, it's a typical late night at Kelly's Eastside restaurant - typical, that is, since the city's smoking ban was enacted June 1.Before then, Kelly's co-owner Carin Kelly said, the restaurant was host to a bustling late-night happy hour. These days, she said, the once-packed patio is only populated by a few non-smoking stragglers and the restaurant's employees.

In Arlington, Saltimbocca's Italian Bistro sits empty - the victim, its owner says, of Arlington's smoking ban.

Campus parking situation allows for alternative transit on campus

The word "parking" carries only one connotation at TCU - negative.That's because our automobile-obsessed culture isn't conducive to college campuses, places built for aesthetics and walkability. Campuses do not accommodate the mammoth frames of our beloved F-350s and Hummer H2s.

So those who believe they must drive everywhere are understandably frustrated about parking problems.

But what if we didn't drive everywhere we went?

Smoking ban weak; city should take stronger stance for health

My return last December from a semester-long study abroad stint in Spain was bittersweet. As I boarded that America-bound plane, I wasn't sure whether to be happy or sad about leaving the life I had made in Spain and returning to my American friends and family.

But there was one advantage to coming home that I hadn't anticipated: the absence of that cloud of secondhand smoke that seemed to stalk me wherever I went in Europe.

Everybody smokes in Europe. Everybody. It's as ingrained in their culture as Monday Night Football is in ours.

Director proposes addition to catalog

An explicit condition that students must complete TCU Core Curriculum requirements to graduate doesn't exist in the catalog, and some faculty senators are questioning whether it should stay that way. At the April 5 Faculty Senate meeting, Ed McNertney, a faculty senator and the director of the TCU Core Curriculum, proposed the addition of a requirement in the undergraduate catalog to address the problem.

Alumnus makes rap video to enter in YouTube contest

Graduate, get a job, start making rap videos. It may not be the future that every TCU student has in mind, but that's the way it has turned out for one 2006 graduate. On March 30, Chip Hanna, a TCU alumnus who works at an advertising agency in Fort Worth, submitted a rap video to YouTube and entered himself into a contest to win $25,000.

Hanna, who graduated with a degree in advertising and public relations, is one of 370 entrants in a contest sponsored by TurboTax, a tax preparation computer program.

Students nationwide sacrifice Facebook for Lent

Facebook addicts, rejoice! There may be a new way to get you to peel your eyes from that hypnotizing blue and white screen: God. College students nationwide are sacrificing their participation on one of the Internet's most popular social networking sites in the name of Lent, and TCU students haven't been left out of the trend.

Lent, a Christian holiday that lasts from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21, to Easter Sunday, is a 40-day period that mimics the time Jesus spent in the wilderness resisting temptation.

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