The bill that would expand concealed handgun-carry laws to Texas college campuses was revised last week by the House Public Safety Committee to allow private colleges to override the legislation and establish rules to continue campus gun bans, said state Rep. Lon Burnam, a Democrat from Fort Worth.
Under the revision, the university would be able to make its own choice on banning guns on campus. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills said if the bill passes as written, the board of trustees would most likely vote to make the decision for the university.
President Barack Obama's proposed 2010 budget would create mandatory funding and increases for Pell grants and replace subsidized loans made by private banks with direct government lending, a university official said.
If the budget passes as written, students would no longer go to private banks for student loans, said Mike Scott, director of scholarships and student financial aid. They would instead go directly through their college campus for a government-funded loan, he said.
The No. 28-ranked women's tennis team returns home this weekend to play three matches against conference opponents, with the expectation to win all three, the team's coach said.
"Based on the rankings, we're favored to win all three," head coach Jefferson Hammond said. "Our expectation is to do that, but we have to get out there and earn it."
The team plays the No. 49-ranked University of Utah on Friday, No. 57-ranked Brigham Young University on Saturday and the University of New Mexico on Sunday, all at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program has ranked the Dallas-Fort Worth area fifth in the nation of cities with the highest number of energy efficient commercial buildings in 2008.
Although no buildings on campus were classified as commercial buildings, the university strives to stay on the leading edge of energy efficiency, a physical plant official said.
George Bates, physical plant manager of electrical systems, said the university has saved a lot of money over the past 10 years by keeping up with new developments in energy efficiency.
Campus officials said they still expect the Campaign for TCU to meet its $250 million fundraising goal by May 2012 despite tough economic conditions around the country.
According to an Inside Higher Ed article, universities around the country are reporting a sharp drop in donations this year. But a strong start to the campaign helped the university stay on track to meet its goal, said David Nolan, associate vice chancellor for development.
Even though sophomore Zach Nichols lost his first set to Southern Methodist University's Chris Hooshyar on Wednesday night at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, it looked as if the No. 43 Horned Frog tennis team already had the match in hand.
But SMU players battled back to make the match close and Nichols' three-set, come-from-behind victory (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) ended up being the decisive match as TCU won 4-3.
Even with tough economic conditions around the country, the percentage of freshmen returning for the spring semester has increased for the third year in a row.
The percentage of freshmen who returned for the spring semester rose to 96 percent this year from 94 percent last year, said Mike Scott, director of scholarships and student financial aid.
Scott said a variety of factors contributed to the rise in retention rates, including an increase in money for student financial aid.
The last time the Lady Frogs' basketball team played the University of Wyoming, it was a high-scoring affair.
The Lady Frogs (17-8, 9-3 MWC) eked out a 81-78 win in Laramie Jan. 21, but will look to do better defensively when they face the Cowgirls on Saturday.
"Giving up 78 points is far more than we would like," associate head coach Brian Ostermann said. "We have to do some things better defensively against them."