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Sunday, January 17, 2021


Here’s a tip, respect your peers

"Hello, my name is Tasha, and I'll be your server this evening. How are y'all tonight?"I'll stand expectantly at your table while you finish your conversation about who slept with whom on your cell phone, and when you're finished, you won't respond to my question and will simply say, "Diet Coke." After a pleasant meal, you will occupy my table for another 30 to 45 minutes after you've paid, talking on the cell phone again about the sexual habits of your friends and why your most recent crush has ditched you.

School spirit still here despite rubble

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven ... a time to break down, and a time to build up. ... A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together, according to Ecclesiastes 3:1-15. The university is breaking down and building up, casting away stones and gathering them together at a breakneck pace. As the horned frog is slowly losing its status as the TCU mascot and the construction crane is slipping into its place, many students might feel separated from their on-campus identity.

Text-messaging too confusing for meaningful conversations

Wuz up u goin 2 the party 2nite?no. can't hav hmwrk.

ok. call l8r

will u b my friend? i plan 2 talk thru text only. sry. i dont hav nuff time to call. i tell jokes w/ j/k after them 2 show im kiddin. i say wuz up but wont talk if i pass u. sry. i dont hav nuff time.

I'll admit I'm guilty of text messaging often. I'll admit I have some friends I don't talk to outside of text messaging. I'll admit I'll say something sarcastically and send a smiley face afterward to make sure the recipient of my text message knows I'm just kidding.

Officials: New instrument will aid biology research

TCU has $100,613 to buy a scientific instrument to allow genetic sequencing, officials said.LI-COR Biosciences, a company that manufactures scientific equipment, gave around $50,000 of the amount through an education matching fund program, said Phil Hartman, professor of biology.

The TCU biology department matched the LI-COR grant to reach the $100,613 needed to buy the genetic sequencing equipment, Hartman said.

Police: Jaywalking tickets not common occurrence

Mothers always tell their children to cross the street on a crosswalk. But they may not have said that failing to do so could get you a ticket.Although jaywalking tickets are rare, TCU Police encourage students to be careful while crossing the street, said J.C. Williams, assistant police chief.

Williams said there havn't been many complaints in the last year about students crossing the street improperly but said he thinks jaywalking is still a concern.

"We wish students would really consider the safety issues and obey the traffic devices," Williams said.

Limited quantity of vaccine available

The shipment of flu vaccines was delivered to the TCU Health Center on Wednesday, but the amount received was less than what was ordered, a health center official said. Marilyn Hallam, assistant to the director of health services, said the shipment was due last week. Hallam said she ordered 400 flu shots but knew to expect between 50 and 200 flu shots because, in the past, the entire order was not always delivered.

The Health Center has traditionally ordered only 400 shots because many students do not express a need to have the flu shot, Hallam said.

Prolonged zoning decision continues to divide area

In a 6-1 decision Wednesday, the Fort Worth City Zoning Commission voted to give a 120-day continuance to allow more time to reach a compromise regarding the rezoning of the University Place neighborhood.The University Place Homeowners Association requested the zoning be changed in its neighborhood from two-family residential to single-family residential.

The argument held by the opposition is that single-family zoning would eliminate the opportunity for TCU students to rent properties on and around University Drive.

Defense class discusses prevention, protection

"No!" Rape Aggression Defense students shouted as they practiced kicks and punches Saturday and Sunday.The students have to vocalize the "no" so they learn to be loud during an attack, TCU Police Officer Pam Christian said.

The RAD class began with a discussion about prevention of attacks. The instructors then taught kicks and punches.

The kicks are used to keep distance from an attacker, Christian said.

Officer Walker Johnson, co-instructor of the course, said the students should not feel squeamish about going for the throat or the eyes.

Mini-university builds educational interest in fourth-graders

Fort Worth area fourth-graders gathered at TCU on Saturday to learn math and science in a fun and interesting way, said Linda Taylor, an administrative assistant.Mini-university, now in its sixth year, was developed to only teach fourth-graders because it is the age when they begin to lose interest in math and science, said Janet Kelly, an associate professor of education and creator of the annual event.

Administrative assistant Tanya Wilkinson said 518 fourth-graders registered for the mini-university.

Forum examines topic of living wage

At TCU's Living Wage Movement forum Wednesday, panelists said starting wages at TCU should be raised to the living wage, but did not say where the money for the increase would come from.The panel included professors from four fields: social work, political science, religion and management. Stephanie Sherwood, a junior social work major and president of the Living Wage Movement, led the discussion.

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