Walking up the stairs in the Bass Building a few semesters ago, I overheard a conversation between two young women."That's so ironic," one of them said, turning to the other.
"Ironic?" the second girl asked, turning up her nose. "That's not a real word."
TCU students aren't the only ones who have a vocabulary problem.
One of my professors frequently discusses the "statue" of limitations on certain laws. My friends and I are in a heated debate over whether the "statue" is a stone sculpture or perhaps a nice copper.
I hadn't written a single word of my seven-page paper on the night I finally gave in to Facebook. Even worse, I had exhausted every last one of my normal procrastination resources.I had already picked up my room, paced around my house, watched a couple episodes of "Sex & the City" on DVD, baked a cake and scrubbed the bathroom sink with an old toothbrush. I whined until my roommates told me to go away. I sat on my bed and thought defamatory things about my professor.
Kasey Davis' favorite football teams were Oklahoma University, TCU and the Conroe High School Tigers."He loved football ever since he grew up in Oklahoma," said Davis' mother, Jenny Cantrell.
Davis, a redshirt freshman kicker for the TCU football team, was shot in the chest early in the morning Jan. 3 in an apartment complex parking lot in Conroe. Police found his body in the Chevy Tahoe he borrowed from his mother. He was 20.
Last Christmas break, I dug out the small metal box from a cabinet in the back bedroom of my childhood home. I sat down on my bed in Kansas and removed the dusty lid, revealing a bundle of letters tied loosely with string.The letters are 35 years old. They tell the story of my father, a 20-year-old boy-turned-soldier fighting in the jungle. The postmarks read "Vietnam."
Until Monday's hotel attacks in Iraq, this was my only real experience with war. Although the three large car bombs exploded near the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, I felt the aftershocks in London.
I received my first standing ovation this week.Running late for work, I bounded into the South Kensington tube station like I was on a mission. I shoved my way through the turnstiles and scaled down two escalators and a flight of stairs.
The train doors were still open when I reached the platform, and I decided to make a run for it. Gathering speed as I sprinted down the hallway, I made a flying leap from the platform, through the open door and onto the subway car.
With The Associated Press internships available all over the world, I felt the need to pick one with a little prestige - not everyone can put "worked in a foreign country" on their rÂsumÂ. The AP Israel job listing did specify that interns weren't sent to cover stories in the Israeli-Palestinian territories. Dad and I discussed it, finally deciding I should intern in a country where I was less likely to be the victim of anthrax or a shoe bomb.
I picked London instead of Jerusalem.
The Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid is currently looking for a way help need-based grants catch up with the rising cost of tuition.
Normally when tuition goes up, need-based grants go up proportionally, said Michael Scott, director of scholarships and student financial aid. However, this is not always an effective solution to rising costs, he said.
When Provost William Koehler leaves office in May, the TCU landscape will look different than when he began as the university’s chief academic officer 24 years ago.