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Letter to the Editor: Alert system not laughable matter

I am writing in response to Bruno Bruelhart's satirical column, "Alerts a ploy to control minds" in Friday's Skiff. Many people I spoke with about his column were appalled that a student deemed it appropriate to comment on a topic as serious as campus safety lightly. I feel compelled to write on behalf of many people's opinion of this weak attempt at humor.

The writer called the university's alert system a "Big Brother-esque type of uniformity and obedience." I am curious if he truly understands the logic behind these alerts.

Photo Op

Graduating seniors who have been lamenting where they will have their pictures taken in their caps and gowns next month can now breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the chancellor and the president of the United States.A life-size picture of Frog Fountain will be displayed on matte vinyl during the graduation reception in Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center on May 12, said Margaret Kelly, executive director for community projects, marketing and communication. Chancellor Victor Boschini said he came up with the idea of the picture after a trip to Washington, D.C.

Student to receive hair transplant, prizes after winning game show

A student's dream will come true next week at the New Hair Institute in Beverly Hills, Calif. Russ Jowell, a 22-year-old senior, won his dream of a full head of hair on ABC's "The Great American Dream Vote" last week.

Jowell was among eight contestants who revealed their wildest dreams on the show in hopes of receiving the most votes from American viewers. He received 30,000 more votes than his final competitor, a woman who wanted to build a Basset Hound sanctuary.

"This is the highest point of my life right now," Jowell said. "It's just all so surreal."

Growing trend of coed rooming not expected on campus

Some of the top universities in the nation, including Harvard, Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan are allowing students of the opposite sex to live together. But, according to a TCU administrator, that's not in TCU's future.A new trend in residence halls across the nation is allowing students of the opposite sex to live together, according to an article from The Christian Science Monitor published in 2006.

Schieffer discusses press at Symposium

In the third annual Schieffer Symposium on Tuesday night, NBC moderator Tim Russert said he did not divulge the name of a CIA agent...

Student looks to have dream realized on ABC show

A TCU student has a dream. And, with the help of ABC and its viewers, he's hoping it comes true. Russ Jowell, 22, will appear tonight on the special preview of ABC's new show, "The Great American Dream Vote", at 9 p.m. as one of eight contestants vying for the chance to have their dream realized.

The senior radio-TV-film major from Sugar Land said he came across the show's casting call months ago by chance.

Star Students

When Bryan Rigg was 8 years old, he enrolled at Starpoint School after failing first grade twice and being told he would be a junior-high dropout. Rigg, now 45, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a child; he had a speech impediment and a mild form of dyslexia. After one year at Starpoint School, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend, Rigg could read at the fifth grade level.

"I was reading way above students who made fun of me at my previous schools," he said.

Showgirls to host cook-off at Saturday’s basketball games

Chili, basketball, a mechanical bull and the TCU Showgirls will come together Saturday for a new event to benefit the Showgirls.TCU Athletics will be hosting its first chili cook-off, sponsored by Sheriff Blaylock, a food company, on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. between the women's and men's basketball games, said Jason Byrne, director of marketing.

There will be music, a TCU-themed inflatable obstacle course, a mechanical bull, a slam-dunk show and a performance by the Showgirls, Byrne said.

RAs pick up slack for hall directors

With the absence of four hall directors on Main Campus, head residential assistants have taken on additional responsibilities in their halls, said the director of Residential Services. When the hall directors of Waits, Jarvis and Foster halls and the Tom Brown-Pete Wright Residential Community left, Residential Services needed to quickly fill those positions, said Craig Allen, director of Residential Services.

Some of the dorms have been without hall directors since the beginning of last semester, Allen said.

Alumna, colleagues remember local reporter, professor

Even when his health was failing, Doug Clarke insisted upon being there for his students. When Mr. Clarke was asked by Tommy Thomason, director of the Schieffer School of Journalism, if he needed to stop teaching, Mr. Clarke replied, "What would I do without these kids?"

Mr. Clarke, professor and retired Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter and editor, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007 at his home. He was 67.

Mr. Clarke had been ill for a while and had his second triple-bypass heart surgery in June 2006, his son Zachary Clarke said.

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