The cold weather came just in time to enhance the winter spirit at tonight's Holiday Tree Lighting on Sadler Lawn, said a Programming Council director.The live Christmas tree on the steps of Sadler Hall will be lit tonight by Chancellor Boschini who will ride in on a sleigh with Santa and Mrs. Claus, said Natalie Boone, SGA adviser.
New purple and white suits were made for Santa and Mrs. Claus this year, said Aaron Wolfe, PC director of spirit and traditions.
"We went a little more all out this year," Wolfe said.
Students can vote for the 2007 Student Government Association officers, including president, vice president, and Programming Council vice president, today at my.tcu.edu from 7 a.m. to midnight.The candidates for SGA president are Austin Uebele, a junior psychology major, and Jace Thompson, a junior accounting major.
Uebele said as president of the student body, his goal will be to change the environment in which students live - anything from entertainment to tuition to safety.
"I want to give students the tools to better succeed," Uebele said.
Students had access to faculty and staff from 36 different academic departments at the 12th annual Major/Minor Fair on Monday in the Student Center Ballroom.Outside the entrance to the ballroom, University Career Services set up a table with quick assessment tests so students had an idea of their strengths and career possibilities before going into the fair, said Jenny Cureton, assistant director of career advising.
"Some students really like it because they have no clue who to talk to when they get inside," Cureton said.
Alumni visiting campus for Homecoming weekend will find rubble and piles of dirt where the familiar Frog Fountain once stood. Instead of allowing campus construction to hinder weekend festivities, the Programming Council is embracing it by making this year's Homecoming theme, "Building Toward the Future," said Aaron Wolfe, PC director of spirit and traditions.
"We wanted to incorporate it and make it a celebration," Wolfe said. "Let people know we're growing in a great way."
Sadler Lawn will transform into a live music venue 4 p.m. Sunday for Programming Council's Battle of the Bands.Five out of nine bands that applied will perform. In order to participate, the bands have to have at least one TCU student, submit a photo, a sample of their music, a brief history of the band and a $25 application fee, said Vanessa Flores, vice chairwoman of the Programming Council.
"We wanted to bring together a group of bands that each had their own style, experience and originality," Flores said.
Four dancers dressed in black leotards stood poised before a bleacher- and balcony-filled dance studio Monday at this semester's Brown Bag Dance performance.Brown Bag Dance is an event put on each semester by dance students and serves as an opportunity for them to gain experience and express themselves through their performance and choreography, said Krista Jennings, a junior ballet/modern dance and English major.
"We have to find the time and space," Jennings said. "It's something we take into our own hands because we want to do it."
Instead of sleeping late for one more day of Fall Break, five TCU journalism students spent Sunday morning at a simulated train wreck.Three students played the roles of victims and two students simulated reporters at the scene of the mock train collision, hosted by the Trinity Railway Express, said Amiso George, associate professor of journalism.
George said she thought a full dress rehearsal of a crisis situation would be relevant for students in her public relations principles and international and intercultural communication classes.
The newest Horned Frog team will make its debut Saturday.After three weeks of practice and conditioning, the varsity women's equestrian team will travel to Waco for a head-to-head competition against Baylor, its first competition as a Division 1-A team, said head coach Gary Reynolds.
"This is the most hard-working group of women athletes I've ever seen," Reynolds said. "I would've bet half this team wouldn't have been here the second week after what we did to them the first week at practice."
A woman, who was arrested last October with her brother on charges of breaking into a vehicle on campus, was sentenced to a year in jail Monday, Tarrant County District Attorney Joshua Ross said.Lori Quintanilla, who was 26 when she was arrested and pleaded guilty to the charge of vehicle burglary, received the maximum punishment for a Class A misdemeanor, Ross said. Matt Quintanilla, her brother who was 21 at the time of his arrest, is currently in prison for his activities at TCU and other charges, he said.
Parents attending this year's Family Weekend and football game against Big 12 opponent Texas Tech University have an opportunity that hasn't been available since 1984 - a sold out game at Amon Carter Stadium.Marc Jansing, a sophomore environmental science major, said his parents are excited to be a part of this year's events because "they didn't come last year and felt like they really missed out."
In addition to the game, Programming Council has planned family events throughout the weekend.