Business commons to begin construction in May 2016

first_imgJessica Ranck Jessica Ranck Gender gap increases in colleges around the nation ReddIt printThe Neeley School of Business is planning for its next major renovation.Last year, Spencer and Marlene Hays donated $30 million to help build a new business commons for TCU students.Since then, the school’s dean, along with a committee of Neeley employees and Canon Design, has been working to create blueprints for the new and renovated buildings in the business commons, the director of marketing and communications for the Neeley School of Business Jeffrey Waite said.The two-year project is expected to begin construction in May 2016.The construction plan adds two new buildings and remodels Tandy Hall, Dan Rogers Hall and Steve & Sarah Smith Entrepreneurs Hall.The new space is expected to change the way the business school approaches learning and engagement, said O. Homer Erekson, the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School and professor of managerial economics and strategy.Erekson said the broad idea is that the whole school is connected so students can essentially move from one building to the next.编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多接触图片分享图像…全屏The new buildings will have more space for students to work on group projects, study and hang out with friends.Many professors in the Neeley School said they think the addition of those spaces will help students get a better idea of what the business world will be like.“Once outside the confines of TCU, students will have to interact with colleagues in a variety of settings,” marketing professor Vanessa Shropshire said. “The more chance[s] we give students to intermingle with each other, the better.”Tandy Hall and Dan Rogers Hall will be considered the “core academic building,” Erekson said.The second floor of the connected buildings will be designated for classrooms, while the third floor will be for faculty offices.Many of Neeley’s professors said they think it will be beneficial to have all the staff located in one area.“I love collaborating with other professors and [having faculty offices located near each other] will make it much easier,” Shropshire said.Dan Rogers will also be home to career services and academic advising. It will include a dining option on the first floor to meet the needs of hungry students.Smith Hall will be renovated as part of the last phase of the construction process.The hall will still promote entrepreneurship, but its amenities will be changed to reflect the atmosphere of a working environment.The first floor of Smith will be changed from a place where students relax between classes to an area where they can work, talk with employers or even start up their own student companies, Erekson said.Erekson said Neeley’s goal with the business commons is to make it a place to learn both inside and outside the classroom.Senior marketing major Carly Hirvela said she thinks the new buildings will give students a glimpse of what it’s like to work in their specific field of study before graduating.“I think the atmosphere will help the students learn more about the environments that they will be entering,” Hirvela said.The new building located behind Dan Rogers is yet to be named, but will include additional classroom space for students.Many business students said they are most excited for the outdoor seating that will be located in the middle of the commons because they feel that type of space is currently lacking.“In between classes, there’s really no place to hang out, unless you want to hang out inside Smith, which is kind of crowded,” senior finance major Perry Locke said. “So I think it will be nice to have some place outside with a little more relaxing feel where everyone can congregate.”How administration will accomodate classes and faculty offices during the construction period is still in the planning stages, Waite said.“We will look for classroom space outside of Neeley,” Waite said. “Faculty and staff offices may occupy portable buildings during the construction phase.”The business commons is expected to cost about $100 million, senior finance major and Neeley ambassador Sarah Doherty said.Erekson said the school is still looking for donors to help fund the project and construction may be delayed if sufficient funds are not in order. 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ROTC celebrates Veterans Day

first_imgFacebook ROTC Veteran’s Day wreath-laying ceremony at Robert Carr Chapel Nov. 11. Linkedin Cristian Migliarese printA wreath stood proudly at the front of Robert Carr Chapel Wednesday to honor all veterans who have served and sacrificed for the United States of America.TCU ROTC celebrated and honored Veterans Day with a wreath-laying ceremony.The ceremony was originally set for the Veteran’s Plaza in front of Reed Hall, but due to inclement weather concerns it was moved indoors to the Chapel.The Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Student Veteran’s Association, Army ROTC color guard, and various veteran and community members attended the event.Mikayla Hamilton, Army ROTC Operations Sergeant Major, spoke at the event.Hamilton said it is easy to forget all that veterans have done and the sacrifices they have made, so it is important to have days like this to honor them.“We need to not only appreciate veterans overseas, but those stateside as well who face peril even during training,” said Mikayla Hamilton, senior biology major. “We also can’t underestimate the price their families pay in supporting them. Next time you see a veteran thank not only him or her, but their families.”Army ROTC Battalion Commander, Chris Lamoureux, was the emcee for the ceremony. He comes from a long line of men in the military service and realizes the importance of remembering and honoring our veterans.“The sacrifices that veterans make both in the past and in the present is instrumental to our thinking in the United States,” Chris Lamoureux, senior psychology major said. “It is important that we honor them.”Even recent veterans who attended this event are appreciative of the opportunity to honor those who served before them.“I’m more thankful for the vets who came and sacrificed before me,” said Michael Blackert, 10-year Army veteran and TCU student. “All the things they did to help the veterans for where we are today and for the veterans coming forward. I think it is a honor to bring people together to show we are thankful for the sacrifices they and their families have gone through.” TCU students participate in LEAPS day of service TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Cristian Migliarese Cristian Migliarese Linkedin TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Tri Delta students join alumnae to benefit Cook Children’s Cristian Migliarese TCU’s Interfraternity Council continues Movember campaign with 6K Recovery Run ReddIt Journey of Hope 2017 holds special meaning for TCU Pi Kappa Phi members I am a Communications major and a Journalism minor. I am a reporter for TCU 360 and I am working on the Greeks beat Previous articleWater scams threaten Fort Worth residentsNext articleCity hall tests out different lunch options Cristian Migliarese RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Cristian Migliarese + posts Twitter The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitterlast_img read more

To protect and to serve: The growing militarization of America’s police force

first_imgStamper said that last year he watched Ferguson police make the same mistakes he did.“My reaction was, ‘Please learn from my mistakes, from what I did and did not do during the week of WTO,’” Stamper said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Don’t tear gas nonviolent and non-threatening protesters. And for God’s sake, don’t bring dogs out … It’s a throwback to the ‘60s and Bull Connor. The imagery sucks. It was really painful to see the images I saw from Ferguson.”Everything changed on Sept. 11, 2001. After a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, police departments had to prepare themselves for anything and everything.Since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given an extra $35 billion to buy new gear to “fight terrorists” and because of surplus in Iraq, law enforcement agencies have an additional $5 billion worth of 1033 gear.Mathis said that having access to this kind of equipment is needed for departments, especially after events like 9/11 and the recent terrorist attack in Paris.“We’re very much still in the community relation-type mode, but when these things happen — like 9/11, like they just had in Paris — we have to be ready for these things,” Mathis said. “We have to be ready to go into, so to speak, combat. We have to make sure that our law enforcement has the equipment needed to go into those types of situations.”The key, Mathis said, is balance.“The difficult thing is to balance that — when you are going to use those things, when you are going to deploy that type of equipment,” Mathis said. “Sometimes it’s a gamble and you’re not always going to win.”Powell agreed and said having access to this type of equipment has aided in many situations that could have turned very dangerous and in already dangerous situations. But he said the problem is that the line where police end and military begins is getting a little blurry.“In a riot situation a lot of times it will escalate an issue because neither side will back down,” Powell said. “A lot of departments are using things like tear gas and MRAPs for crowd control. When you start using them other than what they’re designed for, it leaves a bad taste in the civilian world’s mouth.”A symptom of separation Dr. Johnny Nahn is the director of TCU’s online masters program in Criminal Justice and Criminology and an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.Nahn said the militarization of police is really a symptom of something more in policing.“It’s something that’s an outgrowth of police-citizen relationships that have deteriorated over the last few decades,” Nahn said. “We saw it in the Watts riots, Rodney King riots, and then more recently in Ferguson, but that’s a symptom of the separation between the police and public.”When police separated from the community they began to view their jobs as dangerous, Nahn said.“When you don’t know the community and you start assuming that they’re dangerous you start to develop a subculture,” Nahn said. “ You develop the mentality ‘it’s us versus them.’ When you’re outnumbered and treat people as they’re dangerous, you have to send a message that, although you’re not a lot in numbers, you have the amount of force necessary to control a population.”Jamison said that today the military grade gear and is a tool to enforce that control.“If you have a large group of people, you don’t know how many are carrying a gun,” Jamison said. “You have to assume, but you don’t control those and you have to prepare for that.”Walk the walk and talk the talkFor over 30 years, politicians and law enforcement agencies have been talking, training, arming and dressing officers as if they’re deploying for combat.Today the typical SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team conducts missions dressed in the following: Lace up combat boots complete with boot knives; black, camouflage, or olive colored pants and shirts; a black balaclava hood; Kevlar helmets and vests; gas masks, knee and elbow pads, gloves, communication equipment, assault rifles and military grade weapons like the Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine gun – the preferred model of U.S. Navy Seals.Ballistic shields, battering rams, smoke and flash bang grenades; pepper spray and tear gas are all considered standard equipment.Battle dress like this is worn on almost daily use for tactical operations. Many times the police are indistinguishable from the military itself.While the gear, weapons and tanks play a major role in the militarization of departments, so does the effect of all of this war talk and battle rhetoric.While the gear, weapons and tanks play a major role in the militarization of departments, so does the effect all of this war talk and battle rhetoric.“When local police officers are talk, train and equip themselves for war, they’re bound to act like they’re at war,” Powell said.Police adopted military titles and the top-down structure from the beginning.“They adopted a very paramilitary command structure where you had the sergeant, lieutenant, chief, captain, for example,” Nahn said. “You have very rigid training and that was all adopted from the military.”Words like “ranger division,” preparing for “close quarters combat” in a “tactical environment,” “field operations,” “battle” and “war” are used everyday referring to city operations.Mathis said that there are many officers with the mindset that they are in war.“I think it’s a common feeling that you’re out there and on display,” Mathis said. “Your goal is to go to work and do your job, but come home. You go out there and you’re combating.” Beth Griffith Linkedin Facebook Linkedin Beth Griffith Twitter ReddIt IMAGE: Good Karma Ripple Effect: TCU professor talks gravitational waves Comin’ Up: saying goodbye to the gang life Beth Griffith The cause of a fire that engulfed a duplex on Lubbock Avenue late Monday night has not been determined, and no injuries have been reported as of early Tuesday morning.Five fire trucks responded to 911 calls around 10:10 p.m., according to Richard Harrison, fire department spokesperson. Beth Griffith Twitter ReddIt Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store printWhen rioters flooded the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in the fall of 2014, they were met by police officers wearing military grade gear and camouflage, equipped with tear gas, flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, accompanied by canine units and driving armored vehicles.When school let out in the Mondawmin neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland this April, students and others at a nearby shopping mall faced police officers, some in full body armor, wearing helmets, and carrying shields, batons and assault rifles.In August of 2013, workers and their children at the Garden of Eden organic farm in Arlington, Texas were woken by the sounds of nearly two dozen SWAT officers storming through the property riding in armoured vehicles, wearing all-black body armor, carrying shields and assault rifles.These weren’t isolated incidents. Police departments across the nation have been quietly arming themselves for battle for decades.Federal programs like the 1033 program (formerly the 1208 program) allow the Secretary of Defense to transfer excess Department of Defense (DOD) property to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) free of charge.According to a White House Report, since 1990 the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has given excess military equipment to approximately 8,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies across the nation to the tune of $5.1 billion in total property, including $2.7 billion in the last five years.During the year of 2014, approximately 96 percent (1.8 million pieces) of the property given to LEAs was non-controlled, meaning, according to the report, it doesn’t have military attributes. These items included office furniture, first aid kits, storage containers and lockers to name a few.According to the report, roughly four percent (78,000 pieces) of the equipment was controlled property such as night vision devices, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs or Humvees), Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), aircraft and watercraft.To date the report shows that there are approximately 460,000 pieces of controlled property possessed by LEAs. The DOD released the records of agencies that obtained equipment through federal programs and NPR has compiled those lists here.Since 2006, Tarrant County has a combined total of over 72 assault rifles, 29 night vision pieces, two mine resistant ambush protection vehicles (MRAPs), and one other armored vehicle, according to the Department of Defense.But Tarrant County isn’t unique. LEAs across Texas have been strategically stockpiling a cache of military weaponry and equipment acquired primarily through the 1033 program.Between 2013 and 2014, police departments across Texas received 105,593 pieces of equipment valued at a total of $146 million, according to the Texas state property book.This equipment ranges from scopes to automatic rifles to submachine guns to MRAPs to bayonets.And this equipment isn’t just going to large cities. Small towns like Cleburne, Texas are taking all the military grade gear they can get.Retired Cleburne Police Chief Terry Powell said the ease of obtaining the equipment encourages departments to take advantage.“It wasn’t particularly a need-based system,”  Powell said. “You take departments in cities of 20 thousand and you have MRAPs. But the way the government program works, all you have to do is apply for it and pick it up.”To receive property through the 1033 program, LEAs have to submit a request that indicates what each item will be used for. Once an application is approved the property must be used within a year.Fort Worth Police Lieutenant and member of FWPD’s training division Bryan Jamison said that departments with a low budget like to take advantage these federal programs.“They’re really expensive pieces of equipment,” Jamison said. “So, if it’s free, of course you’re going to take it and of course you’re going to use it.”However, these federal programs don’t give LEAs training on how or when the equipment can be appropriately deployed.“If you look at Ferguson and those officers, I’ll bet you every single officer had to look at that equipment for a very long time to figure out how to even put it on,” Jamison said.While equipment and weapons like these may be necessary for self-protection in extreme circumstances, easy access and a lack of training have encouraged police to use this heavy gear – explicitly for the use on battlefields – on suburb and city streets.And where speaking out against the police has generally been discouraged, after events like Ferguson and Baltimore, critics and civil libertarians have shown consistent public outrage about the militarization of police forces.Protectors need protectionBy nature of the job, officers risk their lives to keep the public safe. Programs such as the 1033 program allow police departments to out-train, out-dress and out-gun the people they are trying to arrest.From the 60s through the 90s police were often underprepared and under equipped. Driving a metal Dodge with nothing but a bullet proof vest and a handgun or a shotgun, police were often unprepared when situations turned dangerous.Bill Mathis served over 30 years in Oklahoma law enforcement. Mathis said the pivotal moment when the police began to shift towards a military mentality was after that 1997 shootout where many officers were shot and had to break into a gun shop to arm themselves.“A lot of officers got shot and had a hard time eliminating those guys,” Mathis said. “We didn’t really have the weapons to deal with that and LAPD was on the forefront of SWAT teams. I think that was the point that we started looking and going through the process of getting different types of weaponry and getting geared up.”With a bloated military and a worsening drug crisis, law enforcement agencies across the country were armed with military surplus by 1999.During the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in 1999, Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper said he geared and dressed up officers like storm troopers and marched them down city streets.Seattle police clear an intersection of World Trade Organization protesters at Sixth and University Streets, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999 in Seattle. Thousands of protesters took to the street to try and stop the WTO meeting. (AP Photo/Stevan Morgain)Seattle police use gas to push back World Trade Organization protesters in downtown Seattle Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. The protests delayed the opening of the WTO third ministerial conference. (AP Photo/Eric Draper) Beth Griffith Severe thunderstorms moving through Fort Worth Beth Griffith is a senior journalism major from Cleburne, Texas. She will commission as a 2LT Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army in May. In her free time, she is authoring a clean eating cook book and enjoys volunteering and boxing. Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday + posts Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Previous articleSpecial Project: to protect and to serveNext articleZBonz Dog Park to open in February  Beth Griffith RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

St. Stephen Presbyterian Church cancels Sunday services after vandals break windows, trash rooms

first_imgFacebook Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature + posts Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee printSunday was not the usual day of worship at  St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, after vandals broke windows, trashed rooms and attempted to start a fire over night.St. Stephen Vandalism Package from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.“This is the first time this has ever happened to us, and I have no idea what their motive could be,” said the Rev. Dr. Frederick Ritsch III, the church’s senior pastor.Most of the damage occurred in the education building.Plants and wreaths were knocked over at the entrance of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church. (Garrett Podell/TCU360)“Windows are broken in every room, and stuff was thrown all throughout the parking lot, soda, equipment, and they trashed up the entire inside,” said Beth Fultz, director of Christian Education. “A fire was started or was attempted to begin in the kitchen area.”Fort Worth police are investigating.“Apparently, they tried to start a fire, so this is being investigated as an arson,” Ritsch said. “Beyond that, we are awaiting the police report, and we’re very grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received.”The vandalism was discovered by one of the church’s senior members, he said.“There was something weird with the alarm system and a dedicated church member got up and saw it on his computer,” Ritsch said. “When he went to see what was going on, he apparently surprised one of the vandals in the act, but the vandal got away. At least he was stopped.”Ritsch said there is reason to believe there were possibly multiple vandals. The church hopes to recover video footage of the incident, he added.The church canceled morning services because of the police investigation, a vigil was held at 4 p.m. instead.“We’ve had to pray expressing sadness over what happened and gratitude for all the good things we have and how grateful we are for the community support,” Ritsch said. Garrett Podell Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas ReddItcenter_img ReddIt Facebook Linkedin Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Previous articleVirtual Tour: Fort Worth murals and where to find themNext articleBeloved Fort Worth businessman dies at age 64 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podell Twitter Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food.last_img read more

Commentary: Dealing with my reflection – Female student athletes and body image

first_imgTCU parking “horror stories”: Students recount their parking difficulties Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Meagan Thompson printFemale student athletes often feel like they are being pulled in different directions when it comes to sports and beauty. “I don’t like women who are: _____” Fill in the blank.Bulky. Muscly. Big. Broad. Mannish. If you Google search “Female athletes” and click images, you will have vast options for half naked female athletes. The next three suggestions for related images are: “hot,” “famous” and “thick.”Female student athletes often deal with the double standard of athleticism vs. beauty. We are told that to be relevant, we must not only perform our sport well but look good doing it.And unsurprisingly, this leads to body image issues and problems like eating disorders. In fact, according to,  “Three risk factors are thought to particularly contribute to a female athlete’s vulnerability to developing an eating disorder: social influences emphasizing thinness, performance anxiety and negative self-appraisal of athletic achievement.” When society only focuses on ‘conventionally’ attractive female athletes, it perpetuates the narrative that people only care about you or your athletic ability if you’re pretty.Any athlete, regardless of gender, can experience performance anxiety. This anxiety coupled with negative athletic performance (like not achieving a personal best or a loss) can lead to eating disorders. I’ve experienced this conflict first hand through some of my teammates. The desire to be thin but still be a successful athlete are two opposing forces.This isn’t to say that female athletes aren’t thin, but when competing at the Division 1 level– you have to eat. I’ve watched teammates skip meals, or say things like “I don’t deserve food.”  I’ve watched them skip reps in the weight room for fear of “becoming too big.” I’ve seen them pass out due to lack of food coupled with the hours of exercise they had done that day. I listened to them fret about their suit sizes and compare their bodies to the ‘perfect’ bodies of Olympians.  It only gets worse if you’re in an “aesthetic sport.”Female student-athletes in aesthetic sports like dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming and figure skating, have a higher percentage of eating disorders than those in non-aesthetic sports. A study done by Sundgot-Borgen and Torstveit found that female athletes competing in aesthetic sports show higher rates of eating disorder symptoms (42 percent) than are observed in endurance sports (24 percent), technical sports (17 percent) or ball game sports (16 percent).”During my time at TCU, I and some female athletes met in a seminar to address this issue of body image. At the beginning, we were told to list the things that society physically considers beautiful. And our list was as hilarious as it was contradictory. You had to be thin but still thick, take care of yourself but not try too hard, and be athletic but not bulky.This is the kind of conflict that goes on with female student athletes. Not even the great Serena Williams has escaped scrutiny surrounding her appearance. Never mind her 23 Singles Grand Slam titles or her Olympic gold medal. New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg has been quoted saying “Williams…has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame.”In 2009 Jason Whitlock said Williams was “arguably pushing 175 pounds” and somehow continued to say, “She’d rather eat, and half-ass her way through non-major tournaments.”Similar things have been said about female athletes particularly in sports like women’s basketball and powerlifting.Personally, I can say there were times I had to look at my reflection and remind myself that I was an athlete, I had a job to do and food was fuel.And it might come as a shock to some of those who know me but there were times that looking in the mirror was a struggle.It can be tough being in a sport that has such a revealing uniform, those swimsuits don’t hide much. And it’s easy to look at the girl next to you or on the team you’re competing against and compare yourself. So why do female student-athletes continue to starve themselves or sit out on reps? Because there’s this idea that it’s okay to sacrifice some athletic potential because at least you’ll look good doing it. And there will continue to be this problem until we, as a society, can focus on the deeds of the athlete instead of how she fits into her uniform. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 + posts Some athletes struggle with feeling aesthetically beautiful while training for their sport. Linkedin Linkedin Meagan Thompson MAN ON THE STREET: What do TCU students want built on campus? Previous articleCelebrity Dish (Ep. 21 – Zayn and Gigi, Bachelor Arrest and more)Next articleThe Skiff: April 27, 2017 Meagan Thompson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Out of options: Voters consider third party candidates Applause for Richard Sherman defending the stress of student athlete life ReddIt Meagan Thompson Twitter Meagan Thompson World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Meagan Thompson Meagan is a sports broadcasting major and journalism minor. 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Recruitment brings college dance opportunities to Arlington Heights High School

first_imgFWAFA “Into the Woods” reflects on worldly problems Twitter Elizabeth Hinz is a sophomore journalism major from Sugar Land, Texas. Twitter Study ranks TCU third for liquor-law violations per 10,000 students ReddIt Linkedin Elizabeth Hinz Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook print Brooklyn, New York to Austin, Arlington Heights High School graduates can be found dancing their way through colleges all over the country.Heights had about 14 colleges and universities on campus Nov. 13-14 recruiting senior dancers.The director of the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department, Rachel Wade, created the senior recruitment event last year to provide her dancers with more opportunities to pursue dance in college.“We do have a lot of students who want to dance in college, but can’t afford to travel to schools for auditions,” Wade said. “So, I thought why not have them come to us and have those opportunities for our students here?”Senior dancer Jeanine Quast said this event is going to change dancer’s futures.“I think it’s an incredible opportunity because there’s a lot of students who dance in high school and can’t make it to colleges, or don’t know that they want to dance in college,” Quast said. “So, it’s a really great opportunity that the colleges come to us.”On Nov. 13, Heights held master dance classes taught by professionals from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a student performed showcase. The following day was for auditions and a college fair.Senior dancer Marisol Barrios said she took master dance classes and introduced herself to all the instructors.“I wanted to be recognized by colleges and hopefully be accepted into dance programs or summer programs,” Barrios said. “I want to pursue dance sciences in college.”Senior Tatum Friedson said she took master dance classes all day and performed in three group dances and one solo at the showcase.“I’m hoping to get accepted into the University of Texas dance program,” Friedson said. “If I don’t major in dance, I might minor in it.”A total of 10 seniors auditioned on Tuesday for spots in a college or university dance department.Senior Maria Spinelli said she practiced daily to prepare for the auditions, which were focused on ballet, modern and jazz.“We worked on ballet technique and that’s helped me prepare a lot,” Spinelli said. “Every day after school, and during school, I’ve been dancing and working on technique.”Assistant Director of Arlington Heights High School Dance Department Emma Beavers said seeing her dancers pursue these opportunities at colleges is the best thing she could ask for.“We have several dancers who really wouldn’t be going to college or going to a university if it wasn’t for these two days,” Beavers said. “It’s really incredible to see the opportunities that these students get, and when our students go and pursue those opportunities it’s the most amazing thing.”The dance department hopes to continue hosting a senior recruitment in the following years.More information about the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department is available at the program’s website. ReddIt Linkedincenter_img Cost of textbooks on the rise + posts Previous articleMoore’s career-high leads women’s basketball past Texas State, 82-58Next articleMen’s basketball rolls past Omaha without Alex Robinson, 99-66 Elizabeth Hinz RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Elizabeth Hinz Elizabeth Hinz Elizabeth Hinz Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Elizabeth Hinz Supreme Court allows Birdville prayer case to stand Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

No. 23 TCU blitzes Belmont early, 87-76

first_imgMen’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas TCU guard Desmond Bane drives to rim against Belmont. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoThe Horned Frogs continue their three-game homestead at 7 p.m. Saturday against Yale. Garrett Podell printNo. 23 TCU men’s basketball won for the first time as a member of the AP Top 25 this season, utilizing early runs of 11-2 and 20-4 to triumph 87-76 Wednesday at Schollmaier Arena.TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky was the catalyst for the first scoring strike, hitting three three-pointers consecutively in under a minute and finishing with a game-high 22 points, including 17 in the first 20 minutes. The Slovakian hit a career-high five three-pointers on six attempts.“I was just trying to help the team because I was open and they kept going in,” Brodziansky said. “My teammates just tell me a lot to shoot them, and they tell me don’t think about it, just shoot it.”TCU forward JD Miller said Brodziansky’s hot hand usually leads to a desirable outcome for the Horned Frogs.“When Vlad’s hitting three’s like that, we’re going to do good throughout the game,” Miller said. “We have to close-out a little better than we did defensively.”TCU forward JD Miller finishes around the basket against Belmont forward Amanze Egekeze. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoAfter the Bruins clawed back, cutting the Horned Frog lead to five, 19-14, TCU put their foot on the accelerator, ripping off 15 unanswered points from the 10:43 mark to the seven-minute mark. The run gave the Horned Frogs a 20 point lead, 34-14, powered by a Kenrich Williams three-pointer, an Alex Robinson four-point play, a JD Miller lay-in, a Vladimir Brodziansky and-one finish and a Jaylen Fisher and-one lay-in.A significant factor in the sustained offensive success for TCU was its mistake prevention. The Horned Frogs committed just 11 turnovers, its fewest this season.“We got the turnovers back down,” Dixon said. “We really emphasized that the last two days, and guarding the three.” The Horned Frogs moved to 7-0 and extended a winning streak to 12 games dating back to last season when they won five-straight games on the way to the NIT championship. TCU dominated Belmont down low, outscoring the Bruins by eight 46-38 in the paint and out-rebounding them by 14, 37-23.“I thought our offense was good,” Dixon said. “Spreading it around, 20 assists.”Kenrich Williams led TCU with a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with 11 points for his fourth double-double this year and for the 25th time in his career. The Horned Frogs improved to 29-5 when out-rebounding an opponent under Jamie Dixon.“We’ve won the boards every game, and we’re still not satisfied by it,” Dixon said. “You have a guy on the wing [Williams] that gets 11, 10, 14, 17 rebounds a night as a wild card is unique as well as they only having one offensive rebound.”The Bruins, the Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorite, came to Fort Worth boasting wins over Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee and a buzzer-beater defeat against Providence. Belmont also entered Wednesday with one of the nation’s 29 players who are averaging a double-double: forward Dylan Windler (15.7 pig and 11.6 rpg).Belmont made a push before the halftime break, using a balanced attack to outscore the Horned Frogs 13-3 to cut TCU’s lead to 11 at the half, 42-31.The Bruins refused to go away quietly in the second frame, cutting the TCU lead to nine with 9:35 remaining, but every time Belmont seemed to sneak within striking distance, the Horned Frogs created more breathing room. TCU responded to their lead being cut down to single-digits with back-to-back put-backs by forwards Miller and Ahmed Hamdy which pushed its lead back up to 13, 71-58 with 7:51 left to play.However, the last 1:30 of the night provided some discomfort for TCU.Belmont creeped even closer, trailing by just seven after an Amanze Egekeze three-pointer from the left wing. However, Brodziansky answered the long-range bucket with an emphatic two-handed jam that bumped the Horned Frogs lead back up to nine. Then, Belmont guard Kevin McClain drew a fourth foul on Williams and proceeded to hit both his free throws to trim the TCU advantage back to seven.Dixon said the defensive game plan led to a Horned Frog victory but also allowed for the Bruins to hang around until the very end.“We emphasized guarding the three with the way we felt they could be in the game was making three’s,” Dixon said. “We kept them from getting three’s at a high percentage… which is how we had a 21-point lead end up as an 11 point win against a good team.” Kenrich Williams drives to the rim against Belmont. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Garrett Podell Garrett Podell TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Twitter Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Linkedin + posts TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Garrett Podell Facebook Linkedin Previous articleTCU rings in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Tree LightingNext articleFirst Wine and Wassail Walk to be held in Bluebonnet Circle Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Facebook Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier TAGSAP ranking Twitter Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddItlast_img read more

Horned Frogs sweep Green Bay, advance to NVIC Final Four

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Robbie Vaglio Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto printTCU Volleyball swept the Green Bay Phoenix 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) Wednesday evening in the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship, their first ever postseason match hosted at the Rickell inside the University Recreation Center.“Not the cleanest performance, but we stuck with it, which I thought was really great,” Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer said. “At this point in the season, that is what you have to be proud of. Every team that you play at this point of the season is hot, and they played some of the best defense that we have seen this season.”Kramer said that the Phoenix’s ability to dig balls that TCU typically converts on and their ability to keep the ball alive separated them from other competition that TCU has faced all season.The strong defensive presence by Green Bay kept each set tight with each team within striking distance for most of the set. The Frogs had to fight back from deficits in both the first and the second set. The largest deficit the Frogs faced in each set was four points.TCU faced a deficit in the first set, down 16-12, but were able to chip away and complete a 13-6 run to finish the set and comeback to grind out a 25-21 victory.The Horned Frogs were faced with a similar situation in the second set, down four points early to the Phoenix. TCU fought back to take the lead and prevented a Green Bay counter to extend their lead to two sets.TCU junior outside hitter Lexi MacLean lauded cited the team’s ability to stay composed.“Lately we’ve done a really good job of taking it one point at a time and sticking together when we’re down,” MacLean said.She tallied 13 kills, good for a team-high for the third time this season. She also recorded a service ace, a block and nine digs.Lexi MacLean and Ashleigh Martin celebrate a point against the Green Bay Phoenix. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoSetters first-year Tori Dilfer and senior Lamprini Konstantinidou each recorded a team-high 21 assists Wednesday, sharing the ball well and playing a major role in the winning effort.“[Dilfer and Konstantiniduo] are always very huge for us,” Kramer said. “They did a good job of setting the right people at the right time. Our passing wasn’t outstanding tonight, but we still got good looks on the pin.”With the win, the Horned Frogs will host a familiar foe in the NVIC semifinals Thursday at 7:00 p.m, the Texas Tech Red Raiders.“It’s different for us to play in the postseason at home,” Kramer said. “It’s always good to play at home regardless. You don’t have to travel and worry about the little things that occur on the road.” TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Robbie Vaglio Previous articleTCU student pursues the 2020 ParalympicsNext articleTCU Women falter in second half, fall to Aggies 71-58 Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Robbie Vaglio ReddIt Robbie Vaglio Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Facebook Linkedin Robbie Vaglio ReddIt Twitter TAGSJill Kramerpostseason What to watch during quarantine + posts TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

TCU ramping up anti-hazing efforts for the new semester

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Previous articleUPDATE: Reported off campus robbery actually a narcotics deal gone badNext articleMen’s basketball continues to improve defensively Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Corinne Hildebrandt Linkedin + posts Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. Corinne Hildebrandt Corinne Hildebrandt What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina Parking lot closures cause new problems for students Corinne Hildebrandt Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders Facebook printChapter-wide suspensions, regular meetings with leadership from nationals and newly developed protocols are just some of the punishments three TCU Greek chapters faced last semester after being found in violation of TCU’s hazing policy.In the past three years, five sororities and fraternities have faced sanctions for hazing. While there have been no fatalities at TCU, nationwide at least 70 deaths have been attributed to it since 2000.  Still, TCU officials said they want students to understand the dangers of hazing and be vigilant about safety. Evan Konecky, a coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL), said that although the events happening at other schools across the nation don’t directly affect the university’s Greek culture, FSL is working with each organization to maintain a positive environment for students. “I think all of our organizations need a reality check,” Konecky said.This is why FSL is pairing up with the president of every fraternity and sorority to get a sense of what composes each chapter, Konecky added. “We’re in the business of making sure that everyone is following the national policies that they set out and also the policies that TCU set out in the student organization handbook,” said Konecky. “That’s what we really follow.”FSL is providing guest speakers, frequenting chapter meetings and hosting conferences with each chapter’s president in its effort to raise awareness.“We’re going to see more president round table discussions about what’s happening across the country, so we can be more proactive instead of retroactive here at TCU,” Konecky said.编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多此交互式图像使用ThingLink创建。在thinglink.com上查看此图像。接触图片分享图像…全屏Joshua Witkop, a sophomore member of the Beta Theta Pi chapter, said he feels the reputation of an organization lies in the core of its members.“I think that, as a member of a Greek organization, the individuals compose the body and the body reflects the individuals,” Witkop said.Because of this, Witkop said he realizes the importance of educating the members first to make sure TCU’s Greek chapters are positively reflecting the university.“In order to really reinforce those understandings and those fundamental views of how life works, I think it is valuable to keep implementing education,” Witkop said.Hazing:Each semester, a hazing memorandum is sent out campus-wide as a reminder of the anti-hazing law that was enacted by the Texas Legislature in 1987.Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Michael Russel said that the email addresses the laws and disciplinary actions for hazing at both the university and the state level.Texas law defines hazing as “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, hold office in, or maintaining membership in an organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution.”Although the university and the state provide a legal definition of what constitutes as hazing, Russel said the term can be loosely construed as the interpretation tends to vary from person to person.Konecky said his definition coincides with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a theory that explains a person’s attempt to fulfill their basic needs.  Konecky said hazing is making somebody do something against their own will, and if it is an act they agree to, they’re doing it because they want to fit in.With TCU’s Greek affiliation at more than 50 percent of the student body, Konecky said that students want to feel the approval and sense of belonging to a group, which is why students participate in activities against their own ambition.“Our students want to get that experience,” he said. “So they’re going to put up and tolerate what students normally wouldn’t want to tolerate if our Greek life wasn’t so big.”In addition to the state of Texas hazing statute, TCU has the right to enforce its own rules against hazing.Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull said there are policies set in place for behavior that violates the university’s Code of Conduct.“We keep track of violations every semester,” Cavins-Tull said. “Individual issues are handled through the regular conduct process and groups are managed by a combination of the governance procedures outlined by their national headquarters and our grievance process for student organizations.”With TCU’s continued investments in infrastructure and resources for the university’s Greek culture, Konecky said that he believes the trajectory of interest in Greek affiliation among students will still remain at a high level. “TCU isn’t changing their perspective of Greek life,” he said. “We still think it is a very important part of the TCU identity, having a strong Greek community.” Twitter ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Opinion: Tariffs are a bad idea

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ReddIt Hank Fitzgerald + posts Hank Fitzgerald Opinion: We need more conservative professors Facebookcenter_img Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook Hank Fitzgerald printThe results are in and four out of five economists agree: tariffs are a horrible idea.Tariffs are not a topic we discuss often in the modern era. The United States has generally followed a policy of free trade, at least since WWII. We participate in multiple international organizations, like the World Trade Organization (WTO), designed to promote free trade among their members. The United States has pursued this policy based on years of economic research that tells us that free trade benefits the economies of all the countries involved.For those of us who aren’t economists: a tariff is a tax on imported goods. They are meant to protect industry in the country that levies them, by making goods from overseas more expensive or keeping those goods out of the market altogether.For example, in order to help American steel and aluminum manufacturers, President Donald Trump said he wants to place an import tariff on steel and aluminum. Foreign steel manufacturers would have to charge more to cover the cost of this tax, meaning that American companies would use less foreign steel to build their products.It sounds great, especially to a president like Trump, who gained thousands of voters from organized labor by promising to revitalize American manufacturing. However, there are a few problems with this theory that should lead most Americans to the conclusion that tariffs are a bad idea. In the Trump era, many of us have a tendency to support or oppose a policy based on whether  Trump supports it or not. Democrats and Republicans alike need to understand why they should stand firm and oppose the president on this issue.First, the price of many goods will go up for American consumers. The whole reason to place a tariff on a foreign good is that the foreign good can be produced and sold cheaper than its American equivalent. So, when you place tariffs on steel and aluminum, the price of anything made of steel or aluminum will go up.Think of everything you can that is made of either steel or aluminum. The prices of thousands of products that millions of Americans use every day would rise– meaning fewer Americans would be able to afford some of these products.For instance, think about all the steel and aluminum TCU uses in its endless construction projects. If those projects become more expensive to complete, that higher cost could be passed on to you in the form of tuition increases. Yes, steel and aluminum tariffs could even affect your college tuition.Next, tariffs usually invite tariffs in return. If the United States places a tariff on Chinese goods, it is almost certain that China will place a tariff on American goods– which is exactly what they did last week. This actually harms U.S. industries because it can shrink or even completely close off a huge market for them to sell their goods. Americans with good jobs working in export industries could lose their jobs or take a cut to their pay or hours.We have already seen this with the recent talk about steel and aluminum tariffs. When Trump announced his intention to pursue tariffs on steel, many European leaders threatened tariffs on U.S. goods in return. This vicious cycle of meeting tariffs with tariffs, otherwise known as a trade war, harms the economies of all involved. The prices of many goods go up, meaning fewer Americans can afford those goods, industries affected by the return tariffs might have to lay off workers, and overall cooperation between the United States and important ally nations would suffer.Finally, since the U.S. is a member of the WTO, any other WTO member could challenge the tariffs. If the WTO rules the tariffs to be unjust and Trump chooses to ignore that ruling, it could undermine the WTO as an international institution and hurt our relations with the 163 other member states.Many Americans, however, don’t think the U.S. needs the WTO. I would argue that Trump doesn’t think we need any international organization, including this one. It is important to remember that the U.S. has brought disputes before the WTO 115 times and most of the time we get what we want. Trump’s claim that, “The WTO was set up for the benefit of everybody but us,” is completely untrue. The U.S. has used the WTO many times throughout its history to fight against trade policies in other countries that harm U.S. businesses and workers. In fact, for many years countries like China have accused the WTO of being an organization biased in favor of the U.S.It must be noted that these tariffs could benefit some Americans. Members of the steelworkers union love these tariffs because they increase the demand for U.S. steel since there is no alternative– but most of us are not steelworkers and there will never be enough steel jobs to benefit the majority of Americans. We can’t prioritize this one industry over the others.The bottom line is that tariffs are a bad idea. They harm American industry more than they help it. Even if the most promising estimates are true, the number of jobs produced in the steel industry will not come close to covering the jobs lost as a result of Trump’s tariffs.This talk of tariffs, trade balances and trade wars is misguided and dangerous. Someone has to stand up to the President on this disastrous policy before it’s too late. What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Opinion: Beto won’t beat Ted in senate race ReddIt Twitter What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlineslast_img read more