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Jewish author Chaim Potok -- whose appearance was the first sign of TCU's
new Jewish Studies Program -- told a packed Ed Landreth Auditorium that
it's okay to split the Star Trek infinitive so long as we discover the
infinite worlds around us and in us.
ALL WAKE UP.
each of our stories begin.
up, you eat breakfast, you listen to rock music, you get on a bus, you
go to school, you say hello to this person, you listen to that teacher,
you respond that way," Jewish author Chaim Potok told an attentive Ed
Landreth Auditorium crowd in October, filled primarily with TCU students
and area elementary and middle school students.
your friend calls you up and asks, ‘How was your day?' Well, the last
thing you're going to tell him is what happened to you moment by moment
. . . . We leave this out, we put this in, we exaggerate here.
how we communicate with each other. We tell stories."
all about storytelling. In his book Zebra, a collection of six stories
that was required reading for all freshmen this past semester, Potok uses
a teacher-student relationship, a schoolyard bully, the death of a child,
as means to confront trust, peer pressure and grief. As one young character
in Zebra notes, I think losing your soul is when you can't tell a story
about something that has happened to you. Known for "confronting culture"
in all his works, Potok has also revealed what it means to be a Jew in
said, appears to be strengthening that message.
heard that TCU was taking on a Jewish Studies program, I took notice and
decided to come, primarily out of curiosity," he said." A university is
supposed to be universal. I think this fuses together two communities
in a bond of cooperation. Lord knows, we have a lot going on in America
that is not so good. It's good to see something like this happening."
the first speaker of the Gates of Chai Lectureship (part of the Jewish
Studies Program), created and endowed by the Gates of Chai Foundation
in memory of Larry Kornbleet and family members of Stanley and Marcia
Kornbleet Kurtz who perished in the Holocaust. The Jewish Studies Program
will include as early as next fall the appointment of a premier Jewish
scholar. The program was inspired by Dr. Gary Price, a Fort Worth urologist
with a special interest in Jewish and Christian thought.
Crusoe is a certain kind of story. Melville's Moby Dick is a certain kind
of story," Potok told students in conclusion. "They are the stories of
the inside of human beings."
you would be challenged on a voyage aboard the Starship Enterprise, you're
going to be knocked off balance as a result of the reading you're doing.
That's the purpose of school as well; there are worlds out there in literature,
from which you could become a richer human being."
Residence Hall will be razed in January, but the soon-to-be displaced
juniors and seniors were given first choice to move into the first phase
of the new Tom Brown/Pete Wright Residential Community. Some 213 students
will begin moving in Jan. 13. Each apartment includes a refrigerator with
ice maker, dishwasher, stove and microwave, and each room will have a
loftable bed, desk, chair and dresser. In the center of the residential
complex is a "common" building housing office and meeting rooms, study
areas and a fireplace.
ranged from skepticism to enthusiasm as former Education Secretary Lamar
Alexander explained his educational views -- schools free from government
regulation, school hours to fit parent schedules, federal scholarships
to give children choices of schools -- but apathy was all but absent among
the 40 students who attended the private Honors Program reception prior
to the first annual Fogelson Honors Forum in October. The forum was made
possible by a 1996 grant from the E.E. Fogelson and Greer Garson Charitable
Foundation of Dallas; Fogelson was a TCU student in 1919 and 1920.
For the 13
students in Engineering Prof. Steve Weis' control systems course, it was
like drivers ed all over again. Students paired up and fitted cars with
infra-red object detectors and then programmed the vehicles to momentarily
turn left at full speed if an object was detected on the left, and vice
versa for the right. The test? A T-shaped course; cars that successfully
navigated the T received As. Ambitious students even placed soda cans
at random points for extra credit.
TCU is listed
in the latest edition of Barron's Best Buys in College Education, adding
to its growing reputation of quality education at a fair price. The 1998
edition of U.S. News & World Report listed TCU among the Top 25 "Best
College Values." In addition, the 1999 Report places the University among
the top 117 best colleges in the nation among 1,400 surveyed.
Speaker Jim Wright vacated his downtown Fort Worth office and took up
permanent office quarters in the Mary Couts Burnett Library in October.
Wright, who has taught at TCU since 1992, already had a small office there,
from which he wrote his last three books. With his latest move, Wright
also donated to the University the presidential addresses of every President
since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
of Trustees in November approved an $8.9 million plan that will improve
classroom technology, the music program and athletics facilities. Of note,
the music department will be renamed the School of Music, and approval
to purchase 52 more Steinway-made pianos will soon give TCU the right
to call its piano program "All-Steinway," a designation held by only 10
other programs in the nation. (See page 34 for more info. on athletics
falling off a log
Line up randomly
on a log, then line up according to birth dates -- without getting off.
That was just one of many fun challenges facing the more than 730 new
Frogs attending one of eight Frog Camps this year. Some headed for the
mountains of Colorado, some stayed in town and built a Habitat for Humanity
House, others learned about Frogdom at camps near Waco or Gainesville.
a Frog Camper
It's pretty cool looking 50 feet down, knowing you just conquered a whole
bunch of fear to climb safely to the top of a wooden tower. When you're
43 and trying to figure out "what it means to be a Frog" alongside a bunch
of agile 19-year-olds, you don't quit halfway up.
When I arrived
at Frog Camp in August, that view was furthest from my mind. I was just
an outsider, there only to support and observe. Or so I imagined. When
the busses arrived, the facilitators, a bold and slightly tetched group
of upper classpersons, cranked up some booming music and began to boogy.
It took some encouragement, but even the most reticent freshman, or professional
staff member like me, clambered onto a chair and riffed and ramed and
bahed and zooed. That was in the first 20 minutes.
Jodi, my Frog group facilitators, pulled me into team challenges such
as slipping stiffened bodies horizontally through a rope web and pushing
each other to the top of a 12-foot wall. These activities were interrupted
only by frank and open group discussions that shed light on fears and
hopes and aspirations of friends so new you had trouble remembering their
names -- but knew you would never forget their faces. Or the strengths
they each possessed. Or the way they made you feel.
is optional, just like scaling that tower was. It requires reaching outside
your comfort zone, opening your mind and heart to new people, new experiences,
new challenges. But there are people there anchoring your emotional safety
lines. Still, it takes some moxie to make it to the top.
me tell you, the view is spectacular.
Travis Stuntz, left, and fellow traveler Kevin Krichbaum tried to rent
a kilt, they found that things in Scotland aren't rented, they're hired.
It was just one of many cultural lessons in Geology Prof. Nowell Donovan's
four-week TCU in Scotland excursion this summer. Highlighted by field
trips, 19 students started in Edinburgh and worked their way to Glasgow,
Iona and the Scottish Highlands. Thanks to a new study abroad scholarship
program endowed by Minda and Malcolm Brachman, eight Honors students also
studied in the country, taking side trips to destinations such as the
Royal Scottish Museum and Sir Walter Scott's home of Abbotsford, as well
as to lochs, castles and battlefields.
freshman admitted to TCU this fall fell short of last fall's record-setter,
but this year's newcomers still managed to put up some impressive numbers:
-- Thirty-four percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high
school class. -- The mid-50 percent range of their SAT scores was 1040-1240.
While "average" scores are not released, these numbers mean about 82 percent
of this year's freshmen scored above last year's national average. --
They come from 40 states and 41 countries, including Argentina, the Ukraine,
India and Zimbabwe. The student body as a whole represents 48 states and
75 countries. Admission Dean Sandy Ware smiles as broadly as anyone when
such numbers come up in campus conversation, but she always follows the
good news with a mild warning. "We still need to be vigilant in getting
the word out about TCU," she said. "Every year, we have a whole new group
of high school seniors who don't know about TCU… who don't know that it
really is a place that can change your life."
Yes, that's right, we live in the age of technology . . . and man, is it
annoying. I'm not one to complain, I'd rather just sit back and make fun
of people in as polite a manner as possible. That's why I can't stop smiling
at the recent epidemic regarding the use of cellular phones on campus.
to class, in the library, in the halls, even in the bathroom . . . you
can't keep from noticing these people chatting away. Granted, it's a wonderful
way for busy people who require the necessity of a cellular phone to keep
in touch. But I don't understand why it's important for the girl in the
new skirt with perfect hair, fresh makeup, and her high heels clicking
all the way to call her friend during the 10-minute passing period in
order to inform her that she "had the most magnificent time last night
and met the cutest boy with a set of wheels to die for!" Guys, on the
other hand, have a way of making it look like their doing some very important
business, like negotiating peace for a small island in the Pacific. They
don't bat their eyes, wave their hands in the air, or exclaim "Ohmygosh,
you didn't!" every 5 seconds. Instead, they lower their eyebrows, flip
open their phones with authority, and go about their business. They don't
fool me, though, I don't think half of them even put batteries in their
All of this
doesn't even mention the annoying interruptions that phones and beepers
provide during lectures. I just can't stand it when -- oh wait, I've got
a call coming in. (Actually, it's just a garage door opener I wear on
my belt for style.)
All in the
Tatsch stepped on campus this fall, she wasn't the first in her family
to do so. At least 25 McConnells, Taylors or Tatsches have attended TCU
across six generations. And this latest Tatsch is the fifth consecutive
generation to attend TCU, an all-time first. Her great-great-great uncle,
Rev. P.J. Taylor, went to TCU around the time it was founded in 1873.
Tatsch's parents, Gregory Tatsch '70 and Holly Lindsay Tatsch '70, met
at TCU and married shortly after graduation. "My grandmother had all these
big visions for me -- what TCU was like when she went here -- but I remember
thinking, ‘Yeah, but it's not like that anymore,' " said Tatsch, salutatorian
of her Fredericksburg High School class. "But I've found that TCU has
stuck to its principles, and that's been pretty neat for me."
opened its 54th season with Euripides' Trojan Women. Senior Georgianna
Hatley played the lead role of Hecuba, with senior Caleb Moody playing
the part of Talthybius. The production was just the tip of the performance
iceberg since the September grand opening of the Walsh Center for Performing
Arts, which featured the one-act play, Charlie Goodnight's Last Night,
featuring actor Barry Corbin.
of the world
Friedman never wants to eat another Snickers. After climbing more than
14,000 feet to the top of Mount Rainier in Washington this summer, chocolate
was the last thing on his mind but the only thing left in his pack. Friedman
and his father began climbing the mountain together, but Dad became ill
at 10,000 feet. Friedman continued on, he said, for himself and for his
namesake. "Being up there by yourself," Friedman said, "you learn about
who you are, what you're made of, and how to depend on other people since
you're trusting them with your life."
it's not just what you say. How you say it can also separate the truthtellers
from the fibbers. You've only got to pick up the "clues," said Dr. Melissa
Young, an assistant professor of communications at Texas Christian University,
who teaches a class that she calls "Deception Detection."
. . . . She said there's a misconception that liars also avoid eye contact,
the good liars quickly learn to compensate. . . . Liars also tend to make
speech errors. Voice pitch rises. They hesitate and stumble over words.
The problem is that lying takes up cognitive energy. . . . Among the verbal
clues, Young said "deceptive statements tend to be more general . . . .
The over-generalizing often includes terms such as "all," "every," "no one"
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sept. 21
into a Chevrolet Caprice with police markings parked next to the university's
ranch management building Oct. 28 and removed a uniform shirt and hat from
a dummy sitting in the driver's seat, Fort Worth police said. The car and
dummy were placed in the parking lot as a crime deterrent in 1995. . .
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Nov. 4
offers insights into human ageing, or...
A mutation in
succinate dehydrogenase cytochrome b causes oxidative stress and ageing
(From a study co-published by Biology Prof. Phil Hartman, who hopes that
further study will help identify the causes of such diseases as Alzheimer's
Nature, Aug. 13
jockey: "Tell us the names of the four presidents on Mount Rushmore."
SMU freshman: "Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson and, gosh I don't know,
KDGE 94.5 FM, Aug. 27