Lauren John did not ever see herself joining a sorority before coming to college.
"I wasn't ready for the stereotype they're going to place on me just because I'm a sorority girl," she said.
The senior mathematics major considered joining a sorority after being encouraged by her mother and a friend from church.
"It also makes me laugh at myself because I nonchalantly went through sorority recruitment and got more out of the experience than I ever thought I would," she wrote in e-mail.
TCU has a lower percentage of freshmen who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class compared to peer schools, such as Baylor University and Southern Methodist University, according to institutional research statistics.
According to the TCU Fall 2008 Fact Book, 32 percent of TCU's freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
About 42 percent of SMU's freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class, according to SMU fact books.
An event where student organizations collaborate and organize a "fair day" for underprivileged children will launch for the first time Saturday on the Campus Commons lawn, sophomore Kate Jones said.
"These children are a reality that they do need help and we can help them even with having something as simple as a fair day for them," Jones said. "It means a lot to children when you give them attention and when you make them feel worthwhile."
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.
Fraternity and Sorority Life is looking to fill a new post after the staff reorganized positions and responsibilities within the office, an assistant dean of Campus Life said.
James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life, said the director of fraternity and sorority affairs position was created based on the former position of assistant director of fraternity and sorority life. After weeks of ruffling through resumes the search has narrowed down to three candidates, said Robin Williamson, one of the eight members of the search committee.
Nursing students are working with the local American Red Cross to provide medical care for Hurricane Ike evacuees, a Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences professor said.
Lavonne Adams, assistant professor of nursing, said the local Red Cross contacted the Harris College for volunteers.
"The offer was made to nursing faculty at TCU," she said. "There are some faculty already working with the Red Cross before they called so they made arrangements to take their students with them."
The campus' Christian sorority, He Is Sufficient, turned down an offer to have on-campus housing because of little demand from sorority members, the sorority's president said.
Jackie Quisenberry, president of HIS, said the sorority did not get a house because of a lack of commitment from active members.
"We couldn't get enough girls to commit to it for us to go forward with it," Quisenberry said. HIS was offered ten rooms to house 20 members at Wiggins Hall last semester in the section next to Gamma Phi Beta, a Panhellenic sorority.
About 375 men crossed over the TCU seal in Sadler Hall on Tuesday as a part of bid day for fraternities on campus.
Josh Schutts, Interfraternity Council adviser, said fraternities have crossed the TCU seal since Fraternity and Sorority Life started at TCU in 1955.
"It signifies that the fraternities are hopefully in line with the values of the institution," Schutts said. "By crossing the seal, they understand that while they are part of their fraternity and their organization, they're also a part of a larger institution, that is TCU."