field -- and a new rec center -- of dreams
SAY night games ruined Wrigley Field in Chicago, but baseball games in
the evenings may mark a rebirth for TCU baseball. When the $7 million
lighted facility is complete -- about half the funds have been raised -- it
will sport a cantilevered roof, 3,500 seats, luxury seats, locker rooms,
batting and pitching cages, training rooms, a press box and field office
for TCU's head coach. Site work could begin as early as the summer. The
stadium is bounded by the Bayard Friedman Tennis Center to the north,
the Lowdon Track to the west and the Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium to
the east. Home plate will be on the northwest corner of this space, placing
the right-field fence parallel with Berry Street.
1998 SURVEY determined that nearly 92 percent of TCU's students participate
in the University's recreational sports programs, more than 75 percent
logging more than three hours a week of sport or exercise. Those statistics,
say campus planners, are just one reason for the $27.5 million expansion
of the student recreation center. "The University has made a commitment
to be a residential campus," said Don Mills, vice chancellor for
student affairs. "Part of a successful residential campus is to provide
quality-of-life facilities." Preserving the Rickel name in its administrative
suite, the improved center will expand the old building from 146,000 feet
to 202,000 feet. New features will include five gyms, a larger weight
room, a cardio room, indoor jogging trail overlooking five racquetball
courts, an outdoor recreational pool, even a climbing wall. Other improvements
will include new quarters for the kinesiology department, the TRIO programs,
the Adams Writing Center and the Intensive English Program.
degree in fun
airplanes. Magnetic soccer. A balloon on a bottle in boiling water inflates
while another in ice does the opposite. It might sound like just a lot
of fun, but in the 25 classrooms and among the 300 elementary students
attending TCU's first Mini-University in October, learning was the real
curriculum. "We not only wanted to get these elementary students excited
about math and science, we also wanted to give our pre-service education
students the chance to practice their skills in a classroom," said Janet
Kelly, project director and associate professor of education. More than
30 pre-service education majors served as lead teachers and planned and
developed the courses they taught in the workshops. Another 43 TCU students
assisted in the classes.
boots slowed the steps but didn't hinder the enthusiasm of an army of
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers who arrived early one Saturday morning
in November to "Rise" a playground for the children of Starpoint
School and The Rise School, a national preschool program for children
with Down Syndrome that opened a school at TCU last fall. Funded primarily
by the Kimbell Art Foundation, two brightly-colored jungle gyms -- complete
with slides, tunnels and climbing structures -- now grace the backyard
of Starpoint School. "My own brothers and sisters don't tackle me
with joy when I come into a room," said Pi Kap Josh Gardner, explaining
his motivation as one of the project's coordinators. "These kids
concept seemed simple -- build a robot out of Legos and a microchip that
could move and then fling ping-pong balls into a widegoal. But as the
non-engineering majors in associate engineering Prof. Stephen Weis' freshman
design class learned, goals are much easier to miss in the real world.
"On paper, every one of these bots should get the job done,"
Weis said of the nine students projects completed. "But the students
discovered that the hardest thing to do is build something that can repeat
the same task over and over. There's just so many variables." Below,
psychology freshman Robert Mood and his team turned in the most successful
temperatures dropped to their lowest in November the night junior Mandy
Mahan and senior Richard Collins camped out in a cardboard box beside
Frog Fountain. No, the two weren't squatters, that night they were hunger
activists, hoping to raise awareness at TCU about the plight of the homeless.
"I learned you get a lot hungrier the colder you get," said Mahan, chair
of the Hunger Week committee. The "shanty town" Mahan and Collins constructed
was part of the Hunger Week activities on campus, which also included
a hunger jail, canned food drive, hunger chapel, a service project and
the annual hunger banquet and silent auction. During its 18-year history,
Hunger Week has raised more than $200,000 and donated many tons of food
to local shelters. This year $7,000 and several truckloads of food went
to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
TCU cofounders Addison and Randolph Clark may be immortalized in the collective
memory, but the bronze statues of the brothers would deteriorate if left
to the elements. Each fall, Clyde Ridge, supervisor of the TCU paint and
sign shop, undertakes a three-step, half-day process to protect the Clarks:
Old wax is removed followed by a pre-wax primer and a coat of new wax.
for the gold.
Drummond '89 was born with spina bifida. By the time he turned 32, Drummond
had suffered spinal meningitis three times. And in 2000? The former TCU
sprinter won an Olympic gold medal running in the 400-meter relay for
the United States and was a semifinalist in the 100 meters. In November,
the former TCU sprinter donned his medal and delivered the secret to his
success to a Justin Center roomful of former and current TCU tracksters.
"In life," he said, "you set out to do things and while it may not always
turn out to be what you wanted, there is always a reward in persevering."
Other Frogs honored with Drummond were Ricardo "Flash" Williams, who competed
in the 200-meter relay for Jamaica, and current students Kim Collins,
who represented St. Kitts and placed seventh in the 100 meters, and Lindel
Frater, who finished fourth for Jamaica in the 400-meter relay and was
a semifinalist in the 100 meters.
of the Irish.
Irish poet Rita Ann Higgins came to TCU in October, speaking to TCU classes
in part on the struggles that come with being labeled the country's "working-class
poet," a phrase she despises. "I did not want any title or pedestal to
come down from. . . . It is so difficult to have something to be answerable
to. I only want to be answerable to the pen that is giving me the poems."
the man up our street
stuck broken glass
on top of his back wall to keep out those youngsters
who never stopped
teasing his Doberman Pincher,
put the safety chain
on the door
sat at the kitchen window,
let out a nervous laugh
and watched the Castle Park sun
divide the light
and scatter it all over his property.
-- Rita Ann Higgins
Signing to change the world. The November signing of a dual-degree
agreement with the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, marked
another footprint as TCU steps across cultural and geographic boundaries.
The agreement, signed by UDLA Academic Vice Rector Jorge Welti and TCU
Chancellor Michael R. Ferrari, allows students from the two universities
to earn degrees in communication from both institutions simultaneously.
As part of the program, students spend one of their upper-class years
at the sister school.
care. "We're looking at a shortage of more than 400,000 nurses by
the year 2020," nursing workforce scholar Peter Buerhaus told a crowd
gathered for the keynote speech during the Lucy Harris Linn Institute
in November. "This is really a social problem, one the profession alone
cannot solve." This shortage will occur when the first of the 78 million
baby boomers begin to retire and have greater health care needs, Buerhaus
said government should assist by offering greater economic incentives
to prospective students.
tuition fits all. The TCU Board of Trustees executive committee approved
in February a new pricing structure that better aligns TCU with other
prominent private universities and reflects the value of the complete
"TCU experience," said Chancellor Michael R. Ferrari. Beginning Fall 2001
with entering students, tuition and fees will be covered by a single,
inclusive tuition and university fee charge of $7,500 per semester.
advantages to the new pricing structure, Ferrari said, include a higher
four-year graduation rate, a major goal of all private institutions. The
single-fee pricing structure also encourages students to explore a wider
variety of courses and subjects without the barrier of significant added
costs. The comprehensive fee also follows sound admissions practices by
more clearly informing parents and students from the outset the cost of
a TCU education.
"Nearly all private universities in the United States offer a semester
fee pricing structure to reflect the complete experience of private higher
education, which takes place both in and out of the classroom," he said.
"At TCU, the total experience is an uncommon balance of four factors.
"First, TCU offers the strengths and choices of a major university
tempered with the true humanity of a small college.
TCU is a friendly, caring community where our faculty are teacher-scholars
who conduct and publish research, but focus primarily upon teaching and
we have a special church relationship that does not seek to impose a particular
religious point of view, but instead challenges students to consider what
he or she believes. And fourth, we emphasize the development of the individual
in a liberal arts based, global-minded curriculum. TCU students are learning
to change the world."
By David Alan Hall '87
Raymond thinks he can save the world. Or at least make it a whole lot
better for the little guy. And he just might be able to do it. He's got
a couple of big ideas -- how to build safe, cheap, non-polluting cars and
houses -- and the money to make it happen. That is, if he can stay alive.
Certain big-business folks don't cotton to his ideas and want him dead.
Alan Hall's '97 epic novel of one man's lifelong quest to bring a little
paradise to the world is an intriguing action tale of perseverance and
ambition. The story charges through Casey's life while examining the cost
and questioning the value of power, fame and success.
like Casey as you cheer for his dreams and weep at his follies. And you'll
think more than twice about what makes mankind mankind. Hall will be at
the TCU University Bookstore on Berry Street March 31st at 2 p.m. to sign
the Way Elephants Do
By David L. Kilpatrick
the Wanderer is a cantankerous 100-year-old bull elephant who has lived
an incredible life. Now living out his few remaining days in a run-down
Midwestern zoo, Noah tells the story of this remarkable life -- from his
beginning in an African savannah to his adventures across three continents,
to his experiences as a circus performer and side-show attraction.Through
it all he witnessed all the human world has to offer: war, peace, love,
hatred, kindness and absolute cruelty.
Noah is a gentle, insightful character and a gifted storyteller. Sharing
the travels of this wonderous animal is a delightful journey into an existence
beyond our own -- and yet all at once marvelously familiar.