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Monday, April 19, 2021


Q&A: Senior ready for SDSU

Senior infielder Corey Steglich is playing in his last season with the Horned Frogs. The last three seasons, he has seen his team make it to the top of the Mountain West Conference, and he says he's excited to repeat the success at the MWC Tournament in May at home. Steglich, a Fort Worth native, has started in 33 of 36 games this season, racking up a batting average of .328 and a fielding average of .974. After Wednesday's 10-7 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Steglich reflected on the season so far.

Q: How did it feel to sweep Corpus Christi?

Difference of opinion not grounds for dismissal

Viewers of a commentary show don't tune in to hear canned statements contrived to please certain parties. All value of the show would be lost if the said commentator acted and talked like a puppet and didn't honestly delve into his or her unique opinions.

Apparently, Mark Cohen, director of athletic media relations, disagrees.

Senior broadcast journalism major Brian Smith was asked to go on a talking-heads style show on the MountainWest Sports Network to share his thoughts on the football team. The only mistake Smith made was offering them.

Openness should remain priority on campus

In the midst of the confusion surrounding Living Learning Communities and the university's decision not to implement new LLCs next year, there was silence in a corner of the campus.

Monday night, Rachel Siron, hall director of Carter and Samuelson halls, sent an e-mail to LLC members asking them to refer questions to the chancellor's office. One sentence read, "If you receive calls from the media, including the Skiff, please refer them to Tracy Syler-Jones," the associate vice chancellor and executive director of marketing and communication.

Q&A: Senior outfielder shares thoughts on season

Senior outfielder Chris Ellington immediately made his mark in Horned Frog baseball when he joined the team last season, starting 45 out of the 55 games he played in. He was named second-team all-conference when he led the team in slugging percentage, .579, and on-base percentage, .380. This season, he ranks second on the team and 17th in the Mountain West Conference in batting average at .354, and ranks first on the team with 20 RBIs. After Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over UT-Arlington, Ellington reflected on the season so far.

Community improvement a joint effort

A group of political science students has taken on an active role in addressing student concerns about off-road vehicles obstructing pedestrian traffic on campus sidewalks during passing periods. It is refreshing to see students working first hand to improve the university community.

However, now that the student body has representatives working on its behalf, the university and its administration must be willing to meet these students half way and strike a deal. This is the only way the university can call itself a community.

Perseverance of green initiative commendable

In the wake of the recession and the university having to cut back in various departments and Vision In Action programs, it is encouraging to see that the Purple Bike Program has garnered enough interest and support to not only persevere but to expand.

These days, there are so many green initiatives that it is easy to become jaded. Many don't get the chance to catch on before they fizzle. But the Purple Bike Program is proof that, with strong leadership and some support, a sustainable initiative can make meaningful change.

University’s failure to alert students about crackers disquieting

The university response, or lack thereof, to the discovery of recalled products being left on the shelves of Bistro Burnett is baffling and disturbing.

According to Shawn Kornegay, associate director of communications, Sodexo Inc., the university food provider, found after a full inventory that at least one package of the potentially tainted crackers were purchased. Kornegay wrote in an e-mail that she did not know the exact number of packages sold. Sodexo did not elaborate further on its inventory.

SAT option may harm low-income students

College Board's new option that allows students to send SAT scores to universities by test date has stirred up a lot of discussion among the higher education community. When this option, Score Choice, becomes available to test takers in March, students will have control over which scores, by test date, their prospective universities will be able to see. Currently, university admissions automatically receive all scores.

Take advantage of Andy Warhol exhibit

The university art department now has a permanent collection of 157 works by Andy Warhol, a pop art icon and pioneer. TCU is one of more than 180 institutions to receive such a donation.

Thirty-seven of those are on exhibit at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts gallery by the GrandMarc. The art department applied for the collection with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York City.

Frog Calls should be online only

Most students will remember the pile of unclaimed copies of Frog Calls in the mail room and union. The print version of Frog Calls doesn't appear to be high in demand. Plus, the entire content is available online.

Although Chancellor Victor Boschini says this annual devastation of resources is justified because people would prefer to read the document in hard copy, the piles of unopened phonebooks say otherwise. More importantly, it is contradictory to this semester's theme: Think Purple, Live Green.

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