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Wednesday, May 5, 2021


Media priorities need major shift

I turn on TV news every day, only to cringe and switch the channel in disgust. I am extremely insulted by the top stories of the hour being about Tom Cruise's new baby or another celebrity trial. I'm sorry, news channels, but that is just not breaking news no matter how urgent your anchors make it sound.There is so much else going wrong in the world today that needs our attention - but so much of it is being ignored.

Volunteers to educate campus about suffering children

A motor home will park on campus today, and those who have been living in it for the last three weeks have only one message for students: Children are being forced to kill and nobody is paying attention."A rebel army abducts children and forces them to fight," said John Rowett, one of four people touring the campus. "It's an emergency in Uganda and no one knows about it."

Rowett is part of a campaign called Invisible Children, a program that aims to help Ugandans by raising not only money, but awareness about the country's problems.

Some soapy wisdom

As a crew of students rushed around the set during the first day of filming their own soap opera, a former Hollywood script writer and now a professor, Richard Allen, sat in the back row of the production room and observed in silence.He says he doesn't like to interrupt, even if he sees a glaring error. He thinks making mistakes is what it's all about.

"He is allowing us to learn," said Anna Leigh Simmons, a senior radio-TV-film major and the executive producer of the soap opera. "He lets an hour go by and then can say, 'Oh, tweak it this way.'"

Scientist: Human ‘footprint’ destructive

A National Geographic explorer said Monday that students need to start thinking seriously about the next 100 years because that is what they are going to inherit.J. Michael Fay, a scientist and conservationist, spent more than 600 hours flying over about 27 African countries to document the human impact on the region. He shared with the TCU community the best of 110,000 photographs he took on the trip, when he spoke in Winston-Scott Hall.

High utility costs a challenge to local universities, officials say

As utility prices continue a steady upward climb, local universities, including TCU, are coping with price increases by raising tuition, budgeting more for utility costs and renovating buildings to make them more energy-friendly.TCU is proposing to increase its $8 million utility budget by $1.5 million in the next fiscal year to accommodate the rising costs, said Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration.

How necessary is required P.E.?

The days of required scuba diving, karate or ballet classes are almost over.This year's freshman class does not need a physical education activity credit to graduate because of a major curriculum change that was implemented this semester. The one-hour requirement was not added to the redesign of the new core that is now the standard for incoming freshmen.

How decision was made

Who cares?

College campuses across the United States have seen increasing protests against small wages of university workers.At Washington University, an organization demanding higher wages occupied the admissions office for 19 days, during six of which the students were on hunger strike.

At Georgetown University, students went without eating for nine days while staying in tents in the main square of campus.

A similar group formed at TCU this fall, yet organizers say these tactics are not in the planning.

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