A ceremonial ground-breaking event for the new education building will take place at noon today, but actual construction won't begin until June 1, said Chancellor Victor Boschini.Education students are taking their finals early so the Bailey Building can be cleared out by mid-May, said Sam Deitz, dean of the School of Education. Faculty and staff offices will be relocated to the basement of Tucker Technology Center starting May 3, he said.
Parking in the center of campus will be gone after May 23, but several new parking lots on the outer parts of campus will offer alternatives, Don Mills, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said Tuesday at a town hall meeting.Mills said TCU has been working with a parking consultant group, Walker Parking Consultants, to make changes to TCU's traffic patterns. Because of the construction of four residence halls and the new student union building, parking in the area of the quad, including the visitor and 30-minute lots, Colby Hall and Moncrief Hall will all be gone, he said.
TCU's Model United Nations chapter took home the second highest ranking last week in a competition against 200 schools in New York City. Model U.N. is a simulation of the United Nations that aims to help students learn how the United Nations actually works, said Lily Toner, head delegate for TCU's Model U.N. chapter.
At the National Model U.N. Conference, delegations from each school were assigned a different country, she said.
Frog Fountain will soon be dismantled to make room for residence hall construction, but it will return once construction is complete and necessary repairs have been made to the TCU landmark.Frog Fountain will be disassembled around the middle of May, said Harold Leeman, director of major projects.
Leeman said the fountain is long overdue for repairs, including fixing some problems with water leakage, and that it's convenient to do the repairs now since it needs to be moved during construction.
TCU's Board of Trustees met for its spring meeting Friday and decided on a $293 million budget for the 2006-2007 academic year, said Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration.This year's budget is an 8 percent increase from last year's budget, which was $271 million, Gutierrez said.
The $22 million increase can be attributed to a series of initiatives that will fund programs ranging from Academic Affairs to student life, he said. Rising utility costs were also factored into determining next year's budget, Gutierrez said.
Construction of four new residence halls doesn't begin until June 1, but preparations are well under way.Workers have begun moving utility lines in the circle drive and the grassy area between Frog Fountain and the faculty parking to service the new residence halls and student union, said Harold Leeman, associate director for major projects.
Parking and traffic patterns will not change because of construction during this semester, said Steve McGee, TCU chief of police.
The first step toward achieving a more peaceful society is for adversaries to begin talking and stop fighting, a religion professor and biblical scholar said Monday.The professor, David Gunn, took part in a panel discussion that covered political, social and religious issues surrounding the peace process. The discussion was part of International Week, which aims to raise awareness and encourage students to think globally.
Gunn said he is concerned with how religion relates to violence and the number of people using the Bible to advocate violent causes.
Merchandise will soon be moved out of the TCU Bookstore and into trailers located in the bookstore parking lot in order to prepare for construction, said Lisa Lewis, the store's general manager.The trailers, which open Feb. 27, will provide about a quarter of the space the current bookstore has. Merchandise from the general reading and textbook sections of the bookstore will not be available but school supplies and clothing will, Lewis said.
Cody Visone, a junior entrepreneurial management major, said he is concerned with how the trailers will look to the passersby.
It's called "Il Mio Viaggio in Italia," and half of the dialogue is Italian and the other half is English.It sounds like a foreign film, and in a way, it is.
Last July, 18 radio-TV-film students overcame the language barrier to make a film in Italy.
The film, directed by TCU professor Charles LaMendola, is 38 minutes long.
The film is about an American college girl named Haely who answers an online advertisement to go to Italy to take care of an old man for the summer in exchange for room and board.