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In an otherwise
illuminating portrayal of Chancellor Boschini in the summer 2003 issue,
nothing was said about religion. Readers learned about his academics,
his job history, his self-effacing manner, his family, his dress, and
even what he eats for breakfast, but nothing about his faith. I realize
the Chancellor may wish his religion to remain a personal matter but readers
would like to know what role he thinks the Christian faith should play
in the intellectual and social life of TCU.
H. Boyte '52 (MA '53)
note: You're right. This should have been included. Chancellor Boschini
and his family are practicing Catholics and are now attending Saint Andrews
Parish in Fort Worth.
but I think the new class ring design is as stupid a move as the one in
the '70s when the yearbook went from a "yearbook" to a couple of chintzy
magazines that got stuck into an equally chintzy-looking plastic holder.
Yeah, yeah, I know, the new format was ground breaking, got some kind
of recognition award, blah, blah. But printing it on toilet paper and
issuing it in a roll would have been a ground breaking new format, too.
All of the students I talked to about the subject at the time shared my
low opinion of the format change. We wanted a hardcover, regular-size
the ring, what were you thinking? What happened to tradition? The vast
majority of class rings, except for those at Texas A&M, have always consisted
of some sort of cabochon or faceted stone that generally reflected one
of the school's two colors, and have included high-relief representations
such as the name of the school encircling the stone, the year of graduation
on one side along with a reproduction of a significant campus structure,
and the type of degree with the school crest on the other side. Now, we
have a drab little thing with some black printed words and a black printed
crest on it.
for the better is a good thing. Change for the sake of change is sometimes
a good thing. But changing a tradition simply for the sake of change is
just plain stupid. Exactly who decided on this new ring design? A committee?
A vote conducted by the students who will wear the things? A salesperson
with Balfour's? An individual of high rank within the university? Some
art teacher who thinks that wearing anything other than black is just
so passe and that things simply cannot remain unchanged without becoming
As for me,
I guess I'm going to finally change one of my traditions, too. I'm going
to quit contributing money to the university. The place, and its most
visible graduates' symbol, just aren't the kinds of things I want to support
anymore. This ring was the proverbial stick that broke this camel's back.
And, speaking of sticks, I'll stick to wearing my graduate school ring.
At least it's got a stone in it.
I am 1st
Lt. Starr-Renee Corbin '00, a Signal Corps officer proudly serving in
the United States Army at Fort Hood, Texas. I want to say thank you, finally,
for acknowledging the often unknown and unrecognized student body that
is centrally located within the university: the ROTC cadets and the leaders
that the TCU ROTC programs produce that serve and sacrifice for our country.
This is the first time that I have seen an article dedicated to these
quiet professionals, and I am still in awe, and proud to have read about
fellow classmates that I went through the program with. Thank you for
finally acknowledging us, our commitment to our country, and the sacrifice
that these great individuals make for the better of our country. Don't
Starr-Renee Corbin '00
I would like
to take the opportunity to acknowledge a TCU student-athlete for generously
giving his time to a group of first-graders in Richardson. On Saturday,
May 31, TCU baseball player and senior finance major Chris Osentowski
came to Richardson to speak to my son's first-grade boys' baseball team.
I had initially contacted Chris in January to see if he would be interested
in speaking to the boys, as they attend elementary school in the same
school district where he attended high school. Chris promised that after
the TCU baseball season had ended, he would come talk to the boys. Chris
not only kept his promise, but he also showed up to the baseball field
early and watched the end of the boys' game before his speech. He very
patiently autographed their baseballs and caps after his speech, and even
showed them how to throw a fastball. We could not have asked for a better
Athletic Director Eric Hyman, and Coach Lance Brown should be proud of
Chris Osentowski for his merits on the baseball field, his accomplishments
in the classroom, and for his character in representing TCU to the community.
He has made me very proud to be a Horned Frog.
As the TCU
football program and its fans gear up for the upcoming 2003 season, the
sports media around the state and the country are showering the program
with the odd combination of high expectations of an undefeated season
and, paradoxically, our exclusion from the pinnacle of the collegiate
football postseason, the four major Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games.
for this seemingly contradictory situation lies squarely on the corrupt
and exclusionary BCS system, which has effectively limited access to the
lucrative BCS postseason purses and television revenue to only those schools
in one of the six BCS "power conferences," plus Notre Dame. The exclusion
of all non-BCS schools (including TCU) from this pot of gold is threatening
to starve out many schools who are finding they can no longer afford the
costs of competing in Division 1-A football.
All of this
is certainly not news; it has been the reality of college football since
the inception of the BCS in the late 1990s. However, more often than not,
the powers that be, along with the media, have dismissed the complaints
of non-BCS schools with much derision. For them, the solution is easy:
if non-BCS schools want inclusion and access to the BCS postseason, then
they should either improve their strength of schedule and try to qualify
for a BCS bowl by achieving a top 8 computer ranking, or they should try
to maneuver themselves into one of the established BCS conferences. The
latter idea can be simply disregarded, because there has been no instance
to date of a BCS conference expanding to include a non-BCS school. In
other words, TCU should not be waiting for the Big 12 to come calling
claim is also entirely invalid because the BCS schools have effectively
conspired to make it nearly impossible for non-BCS teams to qualify for
the BCS bowls. Non-BCS schools that prove themselves capable of beating
the so-called "big boys" of college football often find that the BCS schools
they most need to play to raise their profile and strength of schedule
rating will no longer return their phone calls for regular season games.
Thus in 2003 TCU is playing a schedule remarkably devoid of schools such
as Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Miami, or even mid-level BCS teams such
as Wisconsin, Oregon, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, etc. The fact that instead
our schedule contains low-rated teams like Navy, Arizona, Vanderbilt,
and SMU in addition to our Conference USA schedule means that even with
a 12-0 record, our chances at a BCS bowl, much less to actually compete
for the national championship, are slim to none.
is entirely unjust, because TCU has spent the past five years proving
that we can compete with the best teams in the country. In 1998, we shocked
many in the college football world with our upset of USC in the Sun Bowl.
In 1999, we scored another bowl victory over an East Carolina team that
had defeated BCS schools Miami and West Virginia during the regular season.
During the outstanding 2000 campaign, TCU pummeled a Northwestern team
that went on to win the Big Ten (yes, THAT Big Ten) in a 41-14 rout. In
2001, TCU earned respect by playing eventual national runner-up Nebraska
to a standstill for three quarters. Finally, in 2002 the same Louisville
team that scored a national TV upset of Florida State was no match for
TCU, as the Frogs prevailed 45-31. Nor was nationally ranked Colorado
State any match for TCU in the Liberty Bowl (a 17-3 Frog victory).
As it stands,
TCU's non-BCS status also handicaps our ability to keep successful football
coaches. Many of us are still smarting from the departure of Dennis Franchione
to BCS-member Alabama three years ago, but the reality is that with one
more great season, the phone will start ringing for Gary Patterson as
there is not a more pressing issue facing TCU athletics than this one.
In light of the recent expansion controversy involving the Atlantic Coast
Conference and the Big East, the national atmosphere finally seems to
be right for a significant challenge to the BCS. Tulane University President
Scott Cowen, who recently oversaw a significant inquiry into the financial
feasibility of competing in Division 1 athletics at his own school, is
leading the most publicized of these efforts. TCU should do everything
in its power to become a leader of this movement against this flawed,
unfair system. TCU football has paid its dues and earned respect on the
field. Now, off the field, it is time to fight for our just rewards.