Tonight, North America will regain its fourth sport, but not without some major changes to the game and promotions to attract fans.After a yearlong work stoppage, the National Hockey League is returning to the sports scene, and will have to deal with what Major League Baseball faced after its season-ending 1994 strike: an apathetic fan base.
The strike, which wiped out all 1,230 regular season games last year, has caused many problems for the sport of hockey and its fans.
More than 50 students filled the Brown-Lupton Student Center Lounge Thursday to hear concerns TCU's NAACP chapter has with diversity on campus.The forum was a follow-up to last year's April meeting during which the chapter began its campaign for diversity awareness.
"The NAACP at TCU has collaborated the Chancellor (Victor) Boschini and we are at the point of implementation and action," said Allison Robinson, vice president of the chapter. "We need student participation from all organizations in the TCU community."
Improving TCU's retention rate was the topic of discussion at a Town Hall meeting Wednesday in the Brown-Lupton Student Center."The 83.9 percent retention rate last year is not where we need to be, but we're constantly improving," said Catherine Wehlburg, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Approximately 25 students, staff and faculty members attended the meeting.
"The future of TCU lies in the connection to our past," Chancellor Victor Boschini said Wednesday at University Convocation.Students, staff, trustees and members of the Fort Worth community attended Convoation that kicked off the beginning of a new academic year.
TCU's Vision In Action plan was the theme of Boschini's speech.
"Our Vision In Action planning phase is over," Boschini said. "We are on to the next level now."
There have been several architectural additions to the TCU campus this year, but one has yet to be seen.The Veterans Memorial Plaza was scheduled to have been completed by this fall but TCU has yet to break ground on the project.
"We wanted to make sure the look is correct," Roger Williams, a university trustee, said. "The plaza is going to be around for a long time and we want it to send the right message."
The plaza is a $150,000 project and as of fall 2004, TCU had raised $80,000, Williams said.
Whether it is for a rock concert or to hold debates, there is a new gathering place for students on campus. The Megalith rock formation in front of the Bailey Building is designed to draw together students and faculty and serve as a circle of knowledge, said Nowell Donovan, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs .
"A university is after knowledge and so are people," Donovan said. "It's a great catalyst for creativity and is designed to be a circle of truth."