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It was a
February evening of reflection, ending with more than one participant
wondering if the standing-room-only crowd had just "been kicked."
yes. Booted in the conscience by former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias,
first speaker of TCU's new Frost Foundation Global Lectureship Series.
want this great nation to be not only a military superpower, and economic
superpower, but also, and most importantly, a moral superpower," Arias
told students and community members in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors
Center. Which means, he added, having friends, not just interests in foreign
for you in this country is increasing poverty and increasing inequality,"
he said, speaking of third-world countries. "Unless the Unites States
desires to become a fortress besieged by large and growing armies of the
poor, it should actively foster social change in Latin America.
"It is much
better to invest now in economic and social development than send soldiers
later on to put an end to the violence in these countries."
out against the recent U.S. decision to export high-tech weaponry to developing
countries, Arias noted that the U.S. is now the largest exporter of arms.
Ten years ago it was Russia.
want to cut public spending," he said, "you need to cut where this spending
is wrong, and that is in the maintenance of huge armies and the procurement
of high tech weapons that are not necessary. Our children in Latin American
-- and this is also true for the children in India, Bangladesh, Mozambique,
Angola, Mali -- what they want and what they need are schools, not F-16s."
begin storming the new TCU beachhead in London in the fall, about a dozen
of them will also be contributing to the national economy as interns --
jobs that will earn them college credit.
not grinding the stone, the interns will join fellow TCUers in site-based
courses such as The London Theatre, where they will attend a variety of
live performances or "The Making of Modern England," a class that will
guide them through historical sites and galleries, even stopping at some
is not to have students sitting in classes listening to a professor lecture,"
said Delia Pitts, director of international education. "They will be visiting
the galleries of the British Museum, going behind the scenes at the theaters
and hanging out where the Bloomsbury writers wrote."
Rockefeller '74, lieutenant governor of Arkansas, delivered the keynote
address at winter commencement to some 635 graduates earning 477 bachelor's
degrees, 116 master's, 16 doctorates, and another 16 degrees from Brite
Divinity School. The ceremony also included presentation of the Dean's
Teaching Awards to Honors Program Kathryne McDorman, Education Prof. Michael
Sacken and Management Associate Prof. Chuck Williams, each of whom received
$2,500 for significant teaching achievements.
Michael Newberry, portraying Romeo's cousin Benvolio, practices in February
a fight scene for a 1940s cold war version of Romeo and Juliet, pitting
the American Montagues against the Russian Capulets. In six performances,
the Russian State Theatre Koleso of Togliatti delivered its lines in Russian
while the TCU troupe presented in English. Last spring, TCU theatre faculty
and students exported their production of The Fantasticks.
arrival of new director Jeff Geider '81 -- a coming home of sorts, he
said -- the Ranch Management Institute is ready to saddle up and move
on out -- to alumni and others who want the latest know-how from the experts.
The first event? Probably a marketing seminar held on campus, said Geider,
a local rancher and commodity broker. The Institute also will serve as
the continuing education arm of the Ranch Management Program, providing
seminars and short courses to ranchers in the field, both nationally and
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happened when one of this year's visiting Green Honors Professors came
to campus for four days in February. Hollywood cinematographer Gerald
Hirschfeld, a director of photography whose credits include Dairy of a
Mad Housewife and Young Frankenstein, brought his wife Julia Tucker, a
script supervisor whose work includes The Rose and Turning Point.
were very excited about the chance to work with a professional like Gerry,"
said Richard Allen, associate radio-TV-film professor. "And they were
very taken with Julia as well and learned a lot from her. She was incredibly
open and giving in her lectures." In addition to several days of practical
demonstrations -- students worked with Hirschfeld as he set up lighting
as though he were filming a serious picture with a big budget -- students
participated in a variety of workshops and demonstrations.
Ok, but can
you mix a dry martini while using a slide rule?
surely have changed over the past 30 years, but so have the questions
being asked of them. The American Council on Education surveyed the nation's
(and TCU's) incoming freshman in 1967; the Higher Education Research Institute
did so in 1997. Now, primarily for grins, we compare the TCU results (some
categories are more of a subtle comment).
in demonstrations 8.9%
in demonstrations 36.3%
mix a dry martini 15.2%
beer in the last year 48.1%
women belong at home 55.1%
career: homemaker 16.1%
can't change society 29.5%
can influence social values 47.5%
to develop a philosophy of life 81.8%
to develop a philosophy of life 50.2%
use a slide rule well 36.5%
a computer 72.2% in the last year
get married while in college 13.3%
get married while in college 4.1%
issues of the day)
should be subject to the draft 19.6%
status for same-sex couples 40.3% (Tranquilizers, TV, same thing)
a tranquilizer in the last year 11.2%
more than 20 hours watching TV 3%
Compiled by Julie Finn '98
successes. In January, Associate Mathematics Prof. Rhonda Hatcher,
above with husband and colleague, Math Prof. George Gilbert, was presented
one of three national Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University
Teaching in Mathematics, given each year by the Mathematical Association
of America to those whose teaching effectiveness has transcended his or
her own institution. Last year, Hatcher received the Texas Distinguished
College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award from the MAA and was
a 1994 winner of the TCU Deans' Teaching Award.
A geology graduate student most of the time, Steve Singletary skydives
any other time, making sure he always jumps with his Frog-emblazoned helmet.
"The Frogs are so that other divers who are falling with me know I'm a
flying Frog," he said. "TCU has a prominent presence in the 'drop zone.'
up... For first-year engineering students in one departmental course
last semester, the challenge was to create a self-powered device, less
than a square foot in size, that could climb an 8-foot rope reaching from
floor to ceiling. Freshman Clint Symank and his team members, above, earned
the Horatio Alger award for their machine's lengthy four-minute climb,
but the winning contraption, to the chagrin of some, was a simple helium
balloon. "It's not exactly what I had in mind," course lecturer Pat Walter
said, "but it fit the design specs, and if you think about it, it turned
out to be a pretty darn good idea."
a correspondence course...
in Bob Frye's English composition class at Texas Christian University
are required to exchange letters with the professor every week. . . In
his letters he makes direct responses to a particular student's letter
or writes about topics altogether separate that are occupying his mind
at the time -- such as literary works. He has written about Annie Dillard's
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and William Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey, for example.
in turn, are free to pick their own topic when they write to him. He asks
merely that they think about "the variety of what's going on around them,"
and describe the subject in vivid detail. The letters together count toward
the students' final grades.
exchange has resulted in more than 5,000 letters from students and about
300 written by Dr. Frye (in the last 20 years).
in part, is to "pose this question for myself and the other students:
How can we as writers say something worth each other's time and energy?"
-- The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 16
bone is connected to the shin bone. . .
"The ability of my grandchildren to have the same opportunity I did depends
on our willingness as a state to be competitive in the 21st century .
. . . "The economic engines that drive small business are the generators
like Intel, American Airlines, Federal Express. . . . Small business comes
to our state to service the Intels and to assist the Federal Expresses.
The best thing we can do is attract the economic generators . . . that
is the lifeline to small business." -- Attorney and businessman Tom
Luce, who helped bring FedEx, Intel and American Airlines to Alliance
Airport, at January's Charles Tandy American Enterprise Center Executive
a basic human right, pilgrim
As part of
Human Rights Week in January, Alcohol and Drug Education Director Angie
Taylor reminded students that although males and females are the two genders,
sexuality can vary greatly within the two. For example, "male-ness" can
fall along the lines of the effeminate artist known formerly as Prince,
the in-touch-with-his-feminine-side Bill Cosby, or the ever-macho John
is a continuum," Taylor said. "We think either straight, bi or gay, but
there's a different mode for each of us being attracted to someone."
. . . one
man's dream is another man's nightmare. Tubb's lust for triple digits
is so acute that, with 10 seconds left and his team leading Baylor 97-74
on Dec. 13, he stood on the sideline wildly exhorting the Horned Frogs
to "shoot the three." . . . . Tubbs, the unapologetic opponent crusher.
. . has about as much sympathy as he does mercy for his victims.
as coaches is to make our team look as good as it possibly can, and the
other team as bad," he says. "That's called winning." -- Sports Illustrated,
sticks and stones, please
was called, among other things, a Swollen-Headed Nitwit, an Unprincipled
Charlatan, a Ham Actor, an Imposter, Public Enemy No. 1, a Socialist,
Svengali, a Sorcerer? Bill Clinton? No, it was Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Clinton has surely had a rough time of it since entering presidential
politics in 1992, but he isn't the only chief executive who has been savaged
by his enemies. President-bashing is, in fact, an ancient if not particularly
honorable practice in the United States. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
Dec. 14, opinion column by Emeritus History Prof. Paul Boller