To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven … a time to break down, and a time to build up. … A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together, according to Ecclesiastes 3:1-15. The university is breaking down and building up, casting away stones and gathering them together at a breakneck pace. As the horned frog is slowly losing its status as the TCU mascot and the construction crane is slipping into its place, many students might feel separated from their on-campus identity.
With the construction of the new student union, Frog Fountain’s renovation, the bookstore’s bare foundation, the education building’s hollowness and a hole in the ground by GrandMarc, it’s difficult to find the soul of the TCU campus.
For many students and alumni, there is or was someplace they considered the soul of campus. Although, it is disorienting to have the campus torn down and rebuilt nearly beyond recognition, the soul of the campus is not in a single landmark, but in the heart of the student body.
For some, Frog Fountain has defined their years on campus, but for others, the horned frog sculpture in the courtyard is a symbol of their love of TCU.
With the ever-changing campus, each incoming student class will find a new symbol of their purple blood. For new students, the university union will become the soul of the campus, a place to convene, eat and chat just as the lawn by Frog Fountain was for many past students. For upperclassmen and alumni, the memories, pictures and stories of the way the campus once was shall live on. The soul of campus will be different for each student based on his or her own “personal TCU experience.”
While construction may have taken over the campus and rearranged what many students have called home for years, remember your memories of the campus, old and new, as they will be the greatest TCU landmark.
Tasha Hayton for the editorial board