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TCU and the community, match made in heaven…most of the time

When TCU moved to Fort Worth it was a fledgling university of less than 500 students in a city of 73,000. In the century since, the two have grown hand-in-hand to more than 9,000 students in a city of almost a quarter-million people.

Rocky Deutscher has lived in the TCU community for more than 20 years. Her husband recently retired from the university and the couple is very active at the university and with their neighborhood association in University West.

New tuition system should be re-evaluated

Editor's note: This story was revised for accuracy at 4:22 p.m. Nov. 19.

As tuition rates continue to rise at an alarming rate, it is time that university officials re-evaluate the flat-rate tuition policy that requires students to pay the same price for any number of hours from 12-18.

The plan was promoted as one that would encourage students to graduate on time, but it also lines the university's pockets with money for nothing.

Inmates have a right to swine flu vaccinations

After front-page articles announced that Texas would be vaccinating inmates in Texas prisons for the swine flu, a public outcry led to an apparent reversal of the decision.

One woman commented to NBC 5 that Texas should use the inmates like "guinea pigs" to see if the vaccine has any ill effects. Am I the only one who sees the hypocrisy of statements like this being made on the premise of moral superiority?

Campus renovations keep steady pace

TCU has come a long way since the fall of 1911, when the doors opened for the first semester in the current Fort Worth location. Initially, there were three buildings: an academic and administrative building called the Main, now Reed Hall, Jarvis Hall for the female students and a male dormitory named Goode, which was in the location of present-day Clark Hall. As former Emeritus Dean of Students, Libby Proffer's "A History of TCU" explains, those original alumni didn't have access to the ever-growing amenities the campus offers today.

Point: Direct lending program a viable plan

Making good on a key campaign promise, President Barack Obama is working to make education more accessible to everyone without using a tax increase to do it.

The plan involves cutting out private banks for subsidized loan administration, which currently requires billions of taxpayer dollars each year in subsidies and a collection of the maximum interest rate allowed by Congress.

Unsubsidized loans will not be affected by the change.

Sorority and fraternity team up for benefit concert

Carrying on the tradition of using their talents to give back to the community, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma teamed up to play a benefit concert for the family of a sick child in Birdville this month.

The concert was the culmination of a week-long fundraising campaign to benefit Angel, the 3-year-old son of Francisco Menjivar, a janitor at Birdville High School.

Angel was born with an esophageal hernia that required an operation to repair. The surgery, completed in November, was successful, but left the family with a financial hardship.

State law shouldn’t regulate private institutions

The carry-on campus bill that is working its way through the Texas Legislature is a hot-button topic. In fact, the editorial board could not write a Skiff View on whether it should pass because people feel strongly on both sides of the issue. One thing all the editors agree on, however, is that the government should not have the right to interfere with the rights of private institutions to institute policies as they see fit.

Counterpoint: Perry wrong to turn down aid for unemployed

After all the tough talk Gov. Rick Perry did regarding the great stimulus rejection of 2009, he had to reject something, but for goodness' sake - unemployment benefits?

Perry rejected the plan on the premise that it would create a bill for the state later on down the line because of what he would have you believe are completely unreasonable changes to the current unemployment criteria.

LGBT dialogue beneficial to university

Equal rights for LGBT people is a hot topic that evokes strong emotions on both sides of the issue. But regardless of which side of the fence one is on, it is a good thing that dialogues are taking place at the highest levels of the university.

An on-campus survey completed in 2008 found that five of the five openly gay students who were examined for the research exhibited levels of cautiousness and discomfort attributed to the "campus atmosphere."

Americans have stake in Mexican drug war

Precariously perched along the Mexican border, Texas is affected by what goes on in the country in a multitude of ways. And the recent explosion of violence between drug cartels and the Mexican federal government led by Felipe Calderon is no exception.

I have travelled to Mexico twice a year for more than 10 years now, and there's always an undertone of fear surrounding the cartels and the police there, but nothing like what is happening now.

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