Campaigns begin for Mr. and Ms. TCU candidates

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    A crowd painted purple will watch as two students are crowned Mr. and Ms. TCU at this year’s homecoming game.

    Nominated by registered student organizations, 20 men and 31 women met requirements that included senior standing, a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 and a history of good conduct for a chance to win the titles.

    According to the university homecoming website, a resume, a short essay, a popular vote and an interview process will help narrow the current 51 nominees to five finalists in each category and, ultimately, the two winners.

    A few of the candidates reflected on their time at TCU and what it would mean to represent the university and their peers.

    Alyssa Gross, a senior supply and value chain management major, said her nomination is just another significant moment at a “life-changing university.”

    “My experience at TCU has really developed over the years,” she said. “TCU has taught me a lot about what my passions are.”

    Professional, composed and passionate, Ms. TCU should strive for active communication in a global community, Gross said.

    “Ms. TCU is someone who is proud of what they have done on campus,” she said. “They need to really embody the mission statement of TCU.”

    Austin Marple, a senior political science and history double major, said he is proud to share the privilege of being nominated with other accomplished candidates for Mr. TCU.

    “Everyone nominated generally cares about the community and the TCU campus and knows how to take care of business in the classroom,” he said.

    Corley Padgett, a senior communications major, said the personal connections she has made at TCU helped her plan for the future, invest in others and come out of her shell.

    “Being able to serve others has really helped me prepare for the future,” she said. “When I came to college, I realized the potential I had.”

    Padgett said winning Ms. TCU would mean recognition for everything she has accomplished thus far in her life.

    “I have always had a desire to push myself,” she said. “I am not a natural leader, but I have pushed myself to be one.”

    Michael Irvin, a business marketing major, said Mr. TCU should be a solid individual who aspires to serve others.

    “Mr. TCU should show integrity,” he said. “They should be putting others before themselves.”

    Irvin said there were other candidates who were more deserving, but that it would be an “incredible” honor if his peers chose him.

    “I would be speechless [if I won],” he said.

    To vote, students can go to my.tcu.edu, where they will be able to view each candidate’s name, picture and accomplishments. Polls open 9 a.m. Oct. 1 and close at 11:59 p.m. The 10 finalists will be announced Oct. 2.