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University to add parking for eco-friendly vehicles

The Traffic and Parking Appeals committee decided last week that, on North Drive, in front of Scharbauer Hall, the university will offer four special parking spaces for faculty and staff who drive environmentally friendly vehicles, TCU Police Chief Steve McGee said.

The idea for the parking passes was brought up when Scharbauer Hall sought to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which demonstrates the university's dedication to its green initiative, McGee said.

Student ad agency to shut down after failed attempts to raise...

The RealWorld advertising agency will officially close its doors at the end of this month after a final attempt was made to raise money to keep the organization open, the director of the program said.

Director Claudia Butts said there was an overwhelming amount of support from the community and the programs' beneficiaries, but none of them were capable of contributing the $100,000 needed to keep the operation going, Butts said.

Thousands rally against overtaxation in local tea party

A long time ago patriots took a stand against overtaxation, and today American citizens are repeating history and making the same statement, Gov. Rick Perry said in Fort Worth on Wednesday.

More than 5,000 people reverted to the ways of American revolutionaries Wednesday evening by carrying out a "tea party" protest at LaGrave Field.



Kelly J. Shackelford, chief counsel of the Liberty Legal Institute, opened the program and stated that this gathering was activists' tool to win the fight against overtaxation.

Campus police updates camera equipment

The TCU Police Department is working to keep up with the times when it comes to surveillance camera technology, the department's chief said.

"Camera technology is changing so fast that we don't want to get locked into one specific system that isn't capable of keeping up with the pace," TCU Police Chief Steve McGee said.



The economy has also caused the police department to act sensibly when purchasing the new cameras, McGee said.

Installation of bike racks hindered by limited space, construction

Physical Plant is facing delays in installing bike racks the Student Government Association funded last semester because of construction and compatibility issues, a Physical Plant official said.

Hollis Dyer, superintendent of maintenance at Physical Plant, said there were reasonable explanations behind the absent bike racks, many of which were placed near their intended locations because of the inability to physically make room for them in walkways, Dyer said.

Weather update: Thunderstorms to drag through the week

Wednesday's nasty weather will continue through Friday, said Nick Hantshire, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Students should be cautious of lightning while walking outside and be wary slick roads, Hantshire said.

He said Saturday and Sunday look clear and sunny. According to the National Weather Service Web site, Saturday will be windy with a high of 57 degrees, and Sunday will be windy with a high of 72 degrees.

PETA petitions for more vegan options on campus

Representatives for the youth division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as peta2, petitioned students for more vegan and vegetarian options in campus dining and gathered more than 1,000 signatures from students on campus, a peta2 official said.

Ryan Huling, a peta2 college campaign coordinator, said he has seen a nationwide trend in which students are pressing for more meatless options.

Grant beneficiaries fight to survive after budget cuts

Some programs have found ways to survive the expiration of the Vision in Action grant while others struggle to find other means of support.

Like the RealWorld ad agency, the Science and Engineering Research Center's VIA grant will also expire, and without additional funding the program will most likely be shut down, said Dick Rinewalt, associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering.



The center does research for all departments, and it is currently working with the psychology department on a study about physical contact between human beings, he said.

Speaker to discuss body image issues in college women

Young women can stop counting calories and start taking control.

That's the message of award-winning author and journalist Courtney Martin, who is coming to campus Monday to discuss her book, "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters," and how disordered eating, food and fitness obsession have become normalized among college women, a university official said.



Martin said she was encouraged to write her book after college when she began mentoring young women.

Student ad agency seeks funding to stay afloat

Editor's note: This story was revised for accuracy at 5:33 p.m. Friday.


It may be up to alumni and local advertising agencies to keep the student-run RealWorld advertising agency open for years to come.

Allen Wallach, a member of the RealWorld Advisory Board and Chief Executive Officer of Concussion High Impact Communications who has worked as both an adviser and collaborative client with RealWorld, said he is prepared to help support the development of top-tier communication graduates, but only if the university is going to maintain some level of support.

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