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Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Staff awarded money for school

Money for books and college fees was awarded to three staff members who received the 2006 General Staff Award in early November.The award provides $45 per semester hour to Kathryn Schruba, Niki Thrasher and Maria Puente.

"This is such a wonderful benefit for staff who are returning to school at TCU but need a little help with fees and cost of books," said Hao Tran, chairwoman of the Staff Assembly. "Past recipients of the award have gone on to receive their degrees, and I like to think that the staff scholarship did its part in helping them reach their goals."

Football – LT’s jersey to be honored

Former TCU running back and current San Diego Charger LaDainian Tomlinson will be honored at Saturday's football game by a university that has seen an increase in school awareness and student applications since he left for the NFL in 2001.Tomlinson will be on the TCU field for LT Day, which will include a halftime ceremony to honor his No. 5 jersey.

His jersey isn't being retired, but future TCU players will have to get permission from Tomlinson to wear his number, said Donna Biasatti, an athletics marketing administrative assistant.

Federal plan to reduce aid could add to student loans

An additional $5,800 could be added to the average student debt if Congress passes a resolution that would be the largest budget cut in student aid history, according to studentaidaction.com.If passed, House Resolution 609 would cut $9 billion from federal student loans programs, which would increase interest rates from 6.8 percent to 8.25 percent. The resolution would also put a $6,000 cap on Pell Grants, which are need-based aid that doesn't need to be repaid, according to the United States Student Association.

Grading system raises concerns

Students offered their opinions on the debate about changing to a plus/minus grading system before a panel of faculty members Tuesday night at a forum co-hosted by the Student Government Association and Faculty Senate. The forum was the beginning of a process to research the possibility of a plus/minus system and get student feedback, but there are details that still need to be worked out before the system could be implemented as early as Fall 2007, David Grant, a religion professor, said.

Major/Minor fair offers two early registrations

Two early class registration time slots and free popcorn will be up for grabs at Wednesday's Major/Minor Fair.The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton Student Center Ballroom, and the registration times will be presented at the awards ceremony, which begins at 1:45 p.m.

The early registration times are door prizes that will allow students to register for classes on the first day possible - no matter their classification. Students do not have to be present at the awards ceremony to claim their prize.

Women’s team wins invitatitional tourney

The women's golf team brought home the title from the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational with a 21-stroke margin of victory yesterday, while the men's golf team took 11th place at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.The women shot 287-283-299-869 (+5) to beat out second place Nebraska at the par-72, 6,046-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kan.

Catherine Matranga finished third with a 74-68-75-217, followed closely by junior Camille Blackerby and Stacey Bieber, who tied for fourth. Kansas State's Helene Robert took first place with a 75-70-70-215.

Roberts confirmed as Chief Justice

John Roberts' confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States is a significant achievement for the Bush administration, a political science professor said Thursday."John Roberts was an ideal choice for Bush," political science professor Donald Jackson said. "The president wants to leave a lasting impact on the Supreme Court and nominating a young chief justice is a great way to do that. He could serve for twenty years or more."

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Faculty holds off plus/minus vote

TCU has delayed making the decision to switch to a plus/minus grading system because further research is needed, said Faculty Senate member David Grant.He said the Faculty Senate was orginally set to vote last May to adopt or reject the system, but the vote was delayed.

A detailed proposal, including how the plus/minus system could affect financial aid and grade inflation, will be presented to the Faculty Senate next semester, said Grant, a religion professor and chairman of the committee preparing this proposal.

Office space requires more time

Some faculty members are dissatisfied with their limited office space and the distance between their offices and classrooms, but university officials say they are taking steps to remedy the situation.Four AddRan departments have all of their faculty offices in Reed Hall, but there are only 11 classrooms in the building, associate professor of history Kathryne McDorman said.

"Our classes are scattered all over campus," she said.

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