Every winter break many international students have had to find temporary housing because a flight home was too expensive and the residence halls were closed for the holidays. This year, several dorms will remain open during the break.Carter, Samuelson, Foster, Waits, Tom Brown-Pete Wright and Moncrief halls will give students the option to stay in their dorms during the break, which will be from Dec. 15 to Jan. 14, said Craig Allen, director of Residential Services.
A new 24-hour media center, to be located between King and Wright halls, will be equipped with a pool table, flat screen TVs, game tables and a mini-bar and it will be available for all students at the beginning of the spring semester.The center is scheduled to open on the first day of spring classes Jan. 14, but issues with the exterior construction could delay the opening until the end of January, said Harold Leeman, associate director of the Physical Plant.
A new "super course" will consist of several experts from different disciplines providing a well-rounded understanding of a broad topic called "sustainability."The course takes a unique team-learning approach coupled with undergraduate research, said Keith Whitworth, professor of sociology.
Whitworth will utilize his new course model in "Sustainability is Sexy: Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability Across the Global Economy" this spring. The course is concerned with environmental stewardship, economic development and social justice issues, he said.
The final repairs to Samuelson Hall were completed over Thanksgiving break after a sprinkler head burst in late October and flooded parts of the building, said the hall director.Rachel Siron, the hall director of Samuelson and Carter halls, said repairs were made to damaged walls, baseboards were removed to allow water to dry out from inside the walls and the carpets were cleaned before most students moved back into their dorms Nov. 5.
This semester, the resident assistant information session will combine with other leadership programs on campus to increase awareness of the various leadership opportunities available to students, said the hall director for Carter and Samuelson halls.Rachel Siron, hall director for Carter and Samuelson Halls, said students who are interested in becoming an RA, Frog Camp facilitator, orientation leader or Connections mentor can attend an information session today or Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Student Center.
The Texas Ballet Theater will perform "The Nutcracker," and for every dollar spent on tickets through TCU, supporters will donate $2 to the College of Fine Arts, said the dean of the college.Scott Sullivan, dean of the college of fine arts, said Friends of the TBT is a group of people in the community who support the ballet and it donates funds to encourage people to go to ballets and support the college.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity showed its support for the men's basketball team by camping out in front of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday night for the game against Rice on Tuesday."We're just trying to start a new tradition to get some support for the basketball program and have a good time doing it," said SAE member Griffin Guthneck, a sophomore finance and economics major.
About 10 tents, filled with 15 to 20 SAE members of different classifications, were pitched on the lawn of the coliseum from about 5 p.m. Monday until game time at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Guthneck said.
The Society of Sustainability, a new professor- and student-created organization, is being denied status as a recognized university organization because it seemed too similar to other organizations on campus, said the club's faculty adviser.Professor of sociology Keith Whitworth said the club will educate students on sustainability - which involves economic development, environmental stewardship and social justice - and will serve as a central hub for all sustainability issues and organizations on campus.
The spring 2008 editor-in-chief and advertising manager for the Daily Skiff were announced at the Student Publications Committee meeting Friday, and both said they plan to make changes to the online edition of the publication next semester.Andrew Chavez, a senior news-editorial journalism major, was selected as editor-in-chief, and Erica Savage, a senior advertising/public relations major, will be the Skiff's new advertising manager.