AUSTIN - Texas legislators met in their offices Feb. 11 and 12 not professional lobbyists, but a delegation of TCU students.
Seventeen student leaders selected by Student Body President Kelsie Johnson traveled to Austin to lobby for the Tuition Equalization Grant. The TEG is a need-based financial aid program that awards qualifying students up to almost $5,000 each academic year, Johnson said.
Johnson said that one of the group's goals was to make sure that funding for the bill wasn't cut as a result of the economy.
The track and field team has high expectations this year, the team's head coach said.
But right now, the team is just trying to get everyone healthy and back into the swing of things, he said.
"So far it's kind of been a work in progress; it always is this time of year," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We train up until Dec. 1, and then they're off for five weeks. We come back and we're scampering to find a groove and a rhythm."
James Riddlesperger is a political science professor. Riddlesperger teaches courses in American politics and issues in political science, focusing on the presidency and Texas politics.
Q: Do you think the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will pass through the Senate unchanged and reconcile the House version, and will President Barack Obama have the bill signed by Presidents Day, as was his goal?
Cynthia Montes arrived at the university eight years ago as a first-generation college student. She did not know where to go, how to study or anything about college life.
Then Montes found the Student Support Services program, aimed at transitioning first-generation students to college life. With the help of the Student Support Services program, Montes graduated in four years and is now an academic adviser for the program.
Icy weather conditions caused 246 school closings in the Dallas/Fort Worth area Wednesday, according to nbcdfw.com.
The university canceled classes for the second day in a row.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the high temperature was 34 F and the low was 19 F, according to the National Weather Service Web site. Temperatures were expected to rise into the upper 30s before dropping into the 20s Wednesday night, creating possible icy conditions for Thursday, according to the Web site.
The number of students who are able to pay their school bills has not declined despite the economic recession and a national survey that shows otherwise, a university official said.
An e-mail survey conducted by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers reported that more than 65 percent of the 43 college registrars who responded said they had noticed an increase in unpaid bills this year, but financial officials have yet to see the trend at TCU.
The university track and field team opens its indoor season at the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock on Saturday and looks to use the meet to set the routine for the season, the team's head coach said.
"We've got to get used to travelling, getting on the bus, kids being on time, all the little things that we have not done this year," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "Obviously, if we can get some quality performances that would be great also."
Before this week the team had not trained together since Dec. 1, Anderson said.
A study conducted by members of the kinesiology department found that of young women who don't exercise regularly, those who complete a single bout of exercise may improve their metabolism, indicating that any exercise can be useful in controlling triglycerides.
The study, published in the February edition of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, reported that women who exercised before eating a meal high in carbohydrates reduced the elevation of triglycerides in their bodies.