My junior year at TCU, the TV series "Heroes" premiered. In the beginning, before the self-indulgence and convolutions, it was a pretty darn good show.
The "hero" who I immediately fell in love with, like many other of the show's viewers, was the appropriately-named Hiro, a Japanese office drone who discovered he had the power to teleport through space and time just by squinting his eyes.
Unlike a lot of the other characters, who complained about what a horrible burden having awesome superpowers was, Hiro relished his teleporting abilities. And who wouldn't?
For probably the first time, and I hope not the last, I agree with Barack Obama about using taxpayer's money.
According to a Nov. 24 Detroit Free Press article, the president-elect said in a press conference the same day that Congress was right in not giving in to the Big 3 automakers in Detroit because they did not have a definite plan for the $25 billion in taxpayer money they were seeking.
On Nov. 6, I needed a pick-me-up after the ugly election fallout. I watched my favorite NBC comedy "30 Rock," which, by the way, I have loved long before Tina Fey became the water cooler celebrity of the year by her uncanny (and hilarious) Sarah Palin impersonations.
One of the episode's subplots really struck a chord with me. In that episode, two characters, a black man, played by Tracy Morgan, and a white woman, played by Jane Krakowski, are having a conflict that turns into an argument over which group has it harder - black men or white women.
TCU's new study on gender pay disparities offers both good news and bad news for female professors.
The good news is there may not be as big of a pay disparity as some may think. The bad news is what pay discrepancies exist are largely a result of more men who are in charge of their departments than women.
This would be discouraging any year, but after an election where two women got closer to the leading the country than most had before, it's especially discouraging to see that women still lag behind men in leading academic departments, especially at TCU.
Nov. 5, I woke up with mixed feelings.
I disagree with Barack Obama on several ideological issues, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. The next four, or eight, years are a blank slate for now, and any idea of what an Obama presidency will look like is a conjecture at best.
I was heartened by John McCain's concession speech urging support for Obama. He was a very gracious loser, and it made me feel proud for supporting him with my vote.
This summer, I picked up two addictions in my free time: computer solitaire and "Quantum Leap" reruns, the latter thanks to the ION Media Networks.
As I reacquainted myself with the adventures of intrepid scientist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), I was pleasantly surprised to find a show that's almost as old as I am still holds up pretty well.
That's one of the advantages of time travel stories, I suppose appropriately enough: framing their stories in the past gives them a timeless quality.
Last Friday, I was tired and needed a break from the relentless election news, so I checked out two trailers, both for upcoming comedies, from the Internet Movie Database.
The first was 17 Again. In it, Matthew Perry plays a middle-aged man whose wife and two children are apparently not his biggest fans.
Just as Perry is wondering if his life has been a big pit of pointlessness, a chance encounter with a guy who looks a lot like Santa Claus turns him into Zac Efron. Second chances and life lessons are sure to ensue.
There is no doubt America needs a change in direction. We're in trouble, fighting a rough economy and a war in a distant land.
The kind of change America needs will make the country stronger both economically and abroad, and though Sen. Barack Obama has made change the cornerstone of his campaign, promising to reshape government in a way we haven't ever seen, only Sen. McCain offers the kind of change to lead America to a stronger future.
Terrorism What's at stake: The Iraq war has proved to be longer than the Civil War and American involvement in World War I and World War II. Jim Riddlesperger, professor of political science, said whoever assumes the presidency, for this coming election and succeeding elections, will have a different approach on the war on terrorism. "Terrorism will remain as an ongoing management issue for all U.S. presidents in the foreseeable future," he said.