TCU has impressive events and athletic ability but is still plagued by lingering problems

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    Highs and lows of September

    Frogs up to finally bringing live horned frog mascots to the university. If LSU can have a tiger and Baylor can have a bear, then two blood-squirting lizards shouldn’t be asking too much.

    Pony down to continued problems with freshman housing. Students live in converted community space for the fourth year in a row because there are too few rooms to accommodate incoming students. After four years, the university needs to fix this situation once and for all.

    Frogs up for the myriad of entertaining events brought to campus this semester. Informative speakers, such as best-selling novelist Amy Tan, and more free activities around campus have all contributed to keeping students busy and informed. Pillow fights and free henna put on by the Crew are entertaining to watch even when you don’t have time to participate. Not to mention the Lady Antebellum concert this weekend that is sure to thrill many country music fans.

    Pony down to low student attendance at some of these events. Too often speakers are met with poor student turnout – one had only six students in attendance. Despite being ranked fourth in the nation, much of the student section sill clears out at halft-ime of football games while other sports don’t fill the stands to begin with.

    Frogs up to the Horned Frog football team for its 4-0 start and the brutal defeat of rival schools Baylor and SMU. The national exposure brought on by the team’s success is hugely beneficial to the university’s reputation and student morale.

    Pony down to Virginia Tech and Oregon State for not bursting Boise State’s BCS-bubble, leaving the Frogs at the mercy of the polls. The Frogs on-field success continues to be tied to that of the Broncos, and Boise’s narrow escapes over these two schools leave TCU looking up at the Broncos in the polls. For now, anyway.

    Frogs up to the library for compiling historic university photos and making those materials available online in their digital archives. Now these priceless photos and documents can be accessed by anyone wanting to look into the university’s storied past.

    Associate/Opinion Editor Mark Bell for the editorial board.