Rankings demonstrate potential


    While TCU ranked 97th nationally for academics, it took 12th for fitness and 10th for the influence of the Greek community.One might be quick to say that TCU should study as much as it exercises.

    It is easy to draw connections between these numbers and jump to conclusions, but we must remember the magazines doing these rankings were entirely independent and used different methodologies.

    We can’t link these factors scientifically, but it does raise questions for some.

    The Skiff always preaches about getting involved on campus and finding your niche, but it seems everyone else on campus already has – at the rec center.

    The fact that TCU has a fit student body is a great message to send prospective students and current ones, especially when the obligatory complaints about campus food kick off about a week into classes.

    A strong Greek community means that we have a large number of students that are active in the community promoting positive ends through the service projects each fraternity and sorority organize.

    It is easy to write it off as a party ranking, but a strong Greek system traditionally means strong ties in the world of business.

    There’s no such thing as bad publicity, and the more TCU is recognized the better.

    If the next ranking we see is about overexercising or eating disorders, we should start to worry.

    The mantra heard from high school on is “be a balanced student.”

    Maybe TCU students are the balanced individuals students are encouraged to become.

    While a 97th-ranked academic program is impressive, what student wouldn’t want to see that rank a little closer to No. 1?

    If anything, the rank shows that TCU is strong now and has potential to grow in the future.

    When a group of ranks are put together, the natural instinct is to link them in some way. We must remember, however, that numbers don’t always tell the whole story.

    Brian Chatman and Janelle Stecklein for the Editorial Board.