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Students say varied study places make difference

Finals are just around the corner, and each student deals with the stress of how to study.Some find comfort in the casual, laid-back atmosphere of their own rooms, while others need the solitude and concentration provided by the library.

Many locations, both on and off campus, create an atmosphere that accommodates stressed-out students.

"I like to study in my own room because everything I need is at my fingertips," said Jonathan Leer, a senior accounting major.

But some students said studying at home allows for too many distractions.

Task force, police to offer free VIN etching on students’ cars

The Tarrant Regional Auto Theft Task Force is teaming up with TCU Police to offer a free VIN number acid-etching service in the alumni parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. VIN-etching is an acid-etching process that embeds the VIN number on car windows, said crime prevention officer Pam Christian.

The VIN number is the vehicle identification number found in each car where the windshield meets the dashboard, Christian said.

Students use varied methods to ease stress

The semester is winding down, but stress levels are winding up. Students said the last few weeks of school are the most stressful times of the year.

"Finals week and the week before are the most stressful weeks," said Holly Bagzis, a sophomore supply and value chain management major. "It's like you always have something to worry about. There's always another test to get ready for or another presentation to do."

Traveling Ensemble

The TCU Jazz Ensemble is presenting a fundraising concert today to raise money for its tour of Italy this summer.The tour will last from July 8 to 19, and the ensemble of about 25 musicians will travel to multiple cities including Fort Worth's sister city, Reggio Emilia, said Curt Wilson, director of Jazz Studies.

The fundraising concert is a salute to the big bands from the Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s, Wilson said.

Campus participates in 70th anniversary of Guernica

TCU kicked off its participation in the worldwide Guernica project, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the tragic Spanish Civil War attack, Monday night. Jodi Campbell, a history professor, began the week's activities by leading a discussion titled "Ghosts of the Past: Memories of the Spanish Civil War."

On April 26, 1937, German bombs fell on the innocent farmers and families that came to the market at Guernica, a Basque town in Northern Spain, Campbell said.

Teacher evaluations take leap onto online

It is technology versus pencil and paper as course evaluations are making their way onto computer screens campuswide.

It is technology versus pencil and paper as course evaluations are making their way onto computer screens campuswide.

A group of 200 sections will test online course evaluations this semester to see how successful this change will be for the campus, said Catherine Wehlburg, executive director of the Office for Assessment and Quality Enhancement.

Ways to increase tips unclear

Katie Little refills drinks and gets to know her tables in hopes that her service will influence her tip income. According to an article in the Journal of Socio-Economics, Little is right on.

Tips in the United States add up to $16 billion a year, according to a 2000 article by Michael Lynn.

Lynn, of Cornell University, wrote the article, "Gratitude and gratuity: a meta-analysis of research on the service-tipping relationship," to explain his study on the connection between server evaluations and tip size.

Trans fat withdrawn prior to U.S. trend

TCU Dining Services beat a recent health curve by providing a trans fat-free menu in all its dining facilities since January 2006.Following a health-conscious trend that began in the new millennium with the abundance of low-carb diets, some fats were no longer seen as the enemy. However, the dangers of saturated fat and trans fatty acids have risen to the top of the populations' health worries, according to Market Research.

All in the Family

Three Fort Worth women work side by side for TCU Dining Services. Not only are they co-workers and friends, they are also family.Shirley Camp, 63, her daughter Sandra Camp, 38, and her granddaughter Julia Barnes, 16, represent three generations of a family that serves students each day in the on-campus dining facilities.

Sandra Camp said she chose to work for TCU when her mother, Shirley Camp, who has worked for Dining Services for more than three years, told her about an opening two years ago in September.

Police officer: Vehicle nearly hit student

A TCU Police officer driving to work in his own personal vehicle pulled over a man after he saw him jump the curb and nearly hit a student crossing University Drive on Monday afternoon. Dale Connor was driving when he noticed a silver Pontiac Grand Prix swerving in front of him.

"He almost hit some cars and then jumped the curb and almost hit a student, so I pulled him over," Connor said.

Connor said he was able to pull the driver over by yelling verbal commands at him.

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