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                                                                                                                                                                            FORT WORTH

                                  HOLIDAYS AT TCU

                                  DECK THE COMMONS
                                                                                                                                                                            Snow day
Gary Patterson‘s contract                                                                                                                                                   By Chandler Cochran
extension was made official                                                                                                                                                 Staff Reporter
at a press conference
Wednesday.                                                                                                                                                                     Students expecting a snow day Fri-
            Sports, page 8                                                                                                                                                  day shouldn’t hold their breath.
                                                                                                                                                                               The area south of Fort Worth is pre-
                                                                                                                                                                            dicted to get snow Friday, but there is
                                                                                                                                                                            only a 30 percent chance of flurries
                                                                                                                                                                            Friday afternoon, and they would
                                                                                                                                                                            affect the area closer to Waco than
1  I, Alex Cross                                                                                                                                                            Fort Worth, said meteorologist Dan-
   by James Patterson                                                                                                                                                       iel Huckaby of the Dallas-Fort Worth
2 Under the Dome                                                                                                                                                            National Weather Service office.
   by Stephen King                                                                                                                                                             The National Weather Service Web
3 The Lost Symbol                                                                                                                                                           site reported snow accumulation of 0.3
   by Dan Brown                                                                                                                                                             inches in Fort Worth on Wednesday.
4 Ford County                                                                                                                                                                  Provost Nowell Donovan said snow
   by John Grisham                                                                                                                                                          like Wednesday’s would not send stu-
                                                                                                                                                                            dents home tomorrow.
5 The Help
   by Kathryn Stockett                                                                                                                                                         “Snow like we had (Wednesday)
                                                                                                                                                                            which was not settling ... there’s no
6 The Wrecker                                                                                                                                                               way we’re going to cancel school for
   by Clive Cussler and                                                                                                                                                     that,” Donovan said. “Ordinary snow
   Justin Scott
                                                                                                                                                                            just landing on the streets isn’t a major
7 True Blue                                                                                                                                                                 problem because we never get enough
   by David Baldacci                                                                                                                                                        of it. But the ice is a totally different
8 The Lacuna                                                                                                                                                                matter.”
   by Barbara Kingsolver                                                                                                                                                       He said statistics for car accidents
9 The Gathering Storm                                                                                                                                                       when there is ice on the ground shows
   by Robert Jordan and                                                                                                                                                     how dangerous icy conditions can be
   Brandon Sanderson                                                                                                                                                        for drivers. The university has to think
10 Pursuit of Honor                                                                                                                                                         about not only its students, but also
                                                                                                                                    CHANCE WELCH / Multimedia Editor
   by Vince Flynn                 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills finishes counting down to the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Brown-Lupton   the people who drive in at 5 a.m. to
                                  University Union on Wednesday night.                                                                                                      open the school every day, Donovan
— The New York Times
                                                                                                                                                                               If there are serious amounts of ice
                                                                                                                                                                            on the roads early enough in the day,
                                                                                                                                                                            Donovan said he would seriously
                               HEALTH                                                                                                                                       consider closing school early to allow

                               Campus buys flu vaccines from SMU
                                                                                                                                                                            commuters to drive home safely be-

                                                                                                                                                                                              SEE SNOW · PAGE 2

                               By Emily Siegel                                TCU health center if the university
                               Staff Reporter                                 would like to purchase SMU’s excess                         Free Flu Shots
                                                                              supplies of the seasonal vaccine, and                                                         TRUSTEES

                                                                                                                                                                            Board adds
                                                                                                                                  When: Today 5 to 7 p.m.
                                  Free seasonal flu shots will be             TCU accepted the offer.                             Where: Brown-Lupton Health
                               available for university students at              The university received 1,200 sea-               Center
                               the Brown-Lupton Health Center be-             sonal flu vaccines from SMU, she

                                                                                                                                                                            oil and gas
                                                                                                                                  Who: All students with ID
                               cause of a purchase from the South-            wrote.
                               ern Methodist University Memorial                 “Because of the surplus, TCU has
                               Health Center, a university official           been able to offer more than one free           the seasonal flu shot, now would be a
                                  Stacey Simpson, administrative as-
                               sistant at the Brown-Lupton Health
                                                                              flu clinic,” Simpson wrote.
                                                                                 Today will be the last free flu clinic
                                                                              of the year. The health center will be
                                                                                                                              good time to get one, she said.
                                                                                                                                 “Hopefully they will be coming,”
                                                                                                                              Strange said.
                               Center, wrote in an e-mail that the
                               university did not receive its small
                               order of seasonal flu vaccines because
                                                                              open during office hours as well as af-
                                                                              ter office hours for the clinic, she said.
                                                                                 Cheryl Strange, a registered nurse
                                                                                                                                 The flu season is just starting,
                                                                                                                              which statistically begins at the end
                                                                                                                              of November to the beginning of
                                                                                                                                                                            to its ranks
                               suppliers focused more on manufac-             at the health center, will be adminis-          December and does not end until
                                                                                                                                                                            By Kim Little
                               turing the H1N1 vaccine.                       tering the flu shot to students today.          the beginning of April, Strange said.
                                                                                                                                                                            Staff Reporter
                                  Simpson wrote that the co-medi-                Strange said she hoped all the vac-             Students receiving the seasonal flu
Tips to avoid Facebook         cal director of SMU Memorial Health            cines will be used.
                                                                                                                                                                                Two oil and gas entrepreneurs have
stalkers.                      Center, Nancy Merrill, asked the                  If students haven’t already received                       SEE FLU SHOTS · PAGE 2
                                                                                                                                                                            joined the university’s board of trust-
         Opinion, page 3                                                                                                                                                    ees.
                                                                                                                                                                                The new trustees, Bruce Hunt and
                               DINING SERVICES                                                                                                                              Duer Wagner, attended their first

                               University adopts its own coffee brew
PECULIAR FACT                                                                                                                                                               board meeting in November. Hunt is
VIENNA - A 33-year-                                                                                                                                                         president of Dallas-based oil and gas
old furry orangutan is                                                                                                                                                      company Petro-Hunt Corp. He is a
winning fans on the social                                                                                                                                                  parent of two TCU graduates and one
networking Web site            By Vicky Watson                              “It’s a delightfully malty and choco-             spice to the blend.”                          current undergraduate student. Wag-
Facebook for pictures of her   Staff Reporter                            laty blend with a hint of spice,” Rupert                 “What we like about our product,          ner, who is an alumnus, heads an oil
daily life in a Vienna zoo.                                              Crabb said. “That’s because of a very                aside from the fact that it’s ours, is that   and gas company named Duer Wag-
                — Reuters         Dining services has teamed up with unique bean we use.”                                     it’s not mass-produced,” Nancy Crabb          ner III Inc., with offices in Dallas and
                               a local coffee brewing company to pro-       Rupert Crabb said the bean is pro-                said. “It’s a high-quality product. It is     Fort Worth.
                               vide another gift option for students to                                                       fair trade and organic.”                          Luther King, chairman of the board
TODAY’S WEATHER                take home this winter break.              “What we like about                                      Raw said the university appreciates       said the Committee on Trusteeship
                                  Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters has our product, aside from                                       local businesses.                             voted to add Hunt and Wagner to
                               created a blend of coffee exclusively for                                                          “It feels good to have our consum-        the board of trustees. The Committee
                               the university, said Kelly Raw, market- the fact that it’s ours,                               ers buy stuff that goes straight into the     on Trusteeship is made up of current
                               ing manager for Dining Services.           is that it’s not mass-                              community,” she said.                         trustees who review all trustees whose
                                  Although the university name and produced. It’s a high-                                         The blend was decided on in a taste       terms are expiring and review poten-
                               logo have not yet been approved for                                                            test, Raw said.                               tial and new trustees, King said.
46 33                          use in the brand, the blend is now
                                                                          quality product. It is                                  “They gave us about eight profiles            “We meet once a year,” King said.
 HIGH LOW                      available by the cup at Union Grounds. fair trade and organic.”                                of coffee blends,” she said.                  “The term for a board of trustees
Partly Cloudy                  It will be available in bags to brew at                                                            The dining committee voted and            member is four years. As the fourth
                                                                          Nancy Crabb
                               home before the semester is over and                                                           narrowed the eight to three, she said.        year is rolling around we review the
Tomorrow: Few Snow                                                        manager and chief marketer
                               will continue after the holidays, said                                                             “Students and faculty could come          upcoming trustees for reappoint-
Showers                                                                   of Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters
                               Nancy Crabb, manager and chief mar-                                                            by and have a free sample of three cof-       ment.”
39 / 28                        keter of Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters.                                                            fees,” Raw said. “It was a blind tasting,         Chancellor Victor Boschini said
Saturday: Partly Cloudy           “We’re excited about it,” Crabb said. cessed differently than most coffee                   so they didn’t know which was which           that some years the Committee on
49 / 36                        “Our hope is that things migrate to beans.                                                     and neither did we. The blend that            Trusteeship decides to add members
                               where our coffee gets ordered at Union       “They put it in a big warehouse dur-              won is currently being produced.”             and other years it does not. He said the
                               Grounds as opposed to Starbucks.”         ing the monsoon season and leave all                     The winning blend is available by         chair of the Committee on Trusteeship
                remember to
                                  The blend was designed by Rupert of the windows open,” he said. “It al-                     the cup at Union Grounds in three             is the board’s vice chairman, Clarence
                recycle this   Crabb, manager and chief roaster of lows the bean to suck up the monsoon                       sizes: tall, grande and venti for $1.65,
                newspaper.     Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters.                moisture. They add a malty, peppery                  $1.85 and $2.00, respectively.                              SEE TRUSTEES · PAGE 2
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CAMPUS LIFE                                                                                                                                                                                            there because it just covers                                          Huckaby said his office
Students to swap unwanted goods                                                                                                           continued from page 1
                                                                                                                                          fore the weather worsened.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       it up.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          He said the Physical Plant
                                                                                                                                                                                                       monitors the weather to know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          would have to keep track
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of temperature changes to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          make more precise predic-
By Anna Waugh                            dents are preparing to move or                                                                       Robert Sulak, Physical                                   when it needs to organize for                                      tions about Friday’s potential
Staff Reporter                           leave their dorm rooms at the                             Frog Trade                             Plant director of landscape,                                 a large snow or ice storm, but                                     snow accumulation.
                                         end of the semester.                              When: Noon to 4:30 p.m.                        said employees would be                                      it already has ice melt and                                           Junior advertising/public
   Forget holiday shopping. The             Aryn Young, a sophomore                        today                                          ready should the area get                                    sand supplies prepared.                                            relations major Alyssa Un-
TCU Public Relations Student             biology major, said she planned                   Where: Sadler Lawn                             snow or ice Friday.                                             Students who woke up                                            derwood said she woke up
Society of America is provid-            to attend the event. She said she                                                                    “We spread sand along the                                early Friday morning saw                                           after the snowfall had already
ing holiday swapping with Frog           needs to clean out things before                                                                 major walkways,” Sulak said.                                 snow flurries, but the ground                                      ended.
Trade on Thursday.                       the semester ends and hopes to                “make a statement about con-                       “We try to have access from                                  was too warm for it to cov-                                           “I figured it would be
   Frog Trade is a trading event         trade for some interesting items.             sumerism especially during the                     the dorms to the dining areas.                               er large areas. Huckaby said                                       (gone) though because it’s
where students can exchange                 “I think it’s like any garage              holiday season.”                                   It takes time to get everything                              the ground temperature was                                         Texas,” Underwood said.
their used items for other items         sale,” she said, adding that sus-                “If we can all learn to use less                done. We put out ice melt and                                40 degrees and the air tem-                                        “It’ll be snowing in the morn-
in a more sustainable way to ac-         tainability is a plus. “You’re                and reuse when possible, then                      sand, but sand really can’t go                               perature did not reach below                                       ing then 80 degrees later that
quire new things, said Tiffany           hoping that you find something                our world will be a better place,”                 out until the ice is already                                 freezing for very long.                                            day.”
Rogers, vice president of chapter        really neat that someone else                 Whitworth wrote in an e-mail.
development of TCU PRSSA.                didn’t want. And the fact that                “As Americans, we are social-
   Rogers, a junior strategic            you don’t have to pay for it is               ized to consume and focus on
communications major, said the           awesome.”                                     materialism. This type of mate-                                                                                 number of trustees in the 40s.
idea for the event came to her              Whitworth, a sociology in-                 rialistic lifestyle has unintended                 TRUSTEES                                                        The board tried to find a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “We meet once
when she saw a video in instruc-         structor, said he was pleased                 negative consequences within
                                                                                                                                          continued from page 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                       well-rounded group of trust-                                        a year. The term
tor Keith Whitworth’s sustain-           when Rogers approached him                    the social, environmental, and                     Scharbauer.                                                  ees who can contribute to the                                       for a board of
ability class at the beginning of        with an idea to combine con-                  economic spheres.”                                    The board officially voted                                school in different ways, King                                      trustees member
the semester. She said the video,        cepts learned in his class with                  In addition to Frog Trade                       to add the new members in                                    said.
“The Story of Stuff,” mentioned                                                        being a sustainable event, it                      April but they did not start                                    “We want to pick individu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           is four years. As
people throw away 99 percent            “I think it’s like any                         will also be a fundraiser with a                   until last month’s meeting,                                  als that love TCU,” King said.                                      the fourth year
of the items they buy within six         garage sale. You’re                           drawing for an Omni Theater                        the second and final meeting                                    The board looks for people                                       is rolling around
months because they break or                                                           and The Museum of Science and                      of the year, Boschini said. The                              who are willing to give time
people do not want them.                 hoping that you                               History package and a $100 gift                    new members were nominat-                                    to attend meetings and re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           we review
   By spinning that statistic into       find something                                card to The Greener Good, an                       ed in January, he said.                                      view material, King said. He                                        the upcoming
an event where students trade            really neat that                              eco-friendly store, Rogers said.                      A bylaw states that the                                   said the board also looks for                                       trustees for
items they no longer want for                                                          There is a minimum donation of                     board can have up to 50                                      a balance geographically and                                        reappointment.”
items from other students, Rog-
                                         someone else                                  50 cents to be entered into the                    members, Boschini said.                                      a balance in gender.
ers said the initiative is cutting       didn’t want. And                              drawing, and proceeds raised                       With the addition of the two                                    The board currently has                                            Luther King
down on waste and helping the            the fact that you                             will be split between the TCU                      new members, the board has                                   12 women and 34 men.                                                  chairman of the board
environment.                                                                           PRSSA and the Purple Bike Pro-                     46 members.                                                  About 32 trustees are from
   “It’s basically trying to stop
                                         don’t have to pay                             gram. Any left over items will be                     King said the board does                                  the Dallas-Fort Worth area,                                        Antonio, Midland and Al-
that whole ‘buy it, use it, throw it     for it is awesome.”                           donated to Goodwill.                               not normally have the maxi-                                  according to the 2009-2010                                         bany, as well as Miami, Chi-
away’ and make it ‘buy it, use it,                                                        Rogers said she hoped Frog                      mum number of 50 members.                                    catalog. Other trustees hail                                       cago, Washington D.C. and
                                         Aryn Young
let somebody else use it,’ so that                                                     Trade will be the start of more                    He said they like to keep the                                from Houston, Austin, San                                          Newtown Square, Pa.
                                         sophomore biology major
we don’t get rid of those things                                                       green events on campus, add-
so quickly and they don’t end up                                                       ing that the university should
in landfills before they need to,”       her advertising class. He said he             do more to improve its grade
Rogers said. “There’s usually to-        worked with students to brain-                on the sustainability report card,                                                                              that we want (students) to                                         inflammatory pills, such as
tally useful items; we just don’t        storm an idea, and they decided               of which TCU recently received                     FLU SHOTS                                                    read over and let us know if                                       Tylenol, and they’ll be fine,
                                                                                                                                          continued from page 1
want them anymore.”                      on the Frog Trade event.                      a C-minus for the second con-                                                                                   any of the questions pertain to                                    Strange said.
   Rogers said the TCU PRSSA                Whitworth said the average                 secutive year.                                     shot will be asked a multitude                               them...especially the allergy to                                      Students generally tell the
and sororities and fraternities          American creates 4.5 pounds                      “We’re a part of that report                    of questions, Strange said. The                              eggs,” Strange said.                                               nurse which arm they pre-
have been donating items stu-            of waste daily and the event will             card, and we’re a part of that                     first question to ask a person                                  Students receiving the                                          fer the injection in, but that
dents can trade for, and any-            help the university think about               movement of TCU,” Rogers said.                     is if he or she has an egg aller-                            shot most likely will not feel                                     the dominant arm is the best
thing from books to clothes to           reusing and recycling belong-                 “We need to be a little bit more                   gy, which can counteract with                                any pain at the injection site,                                    place for the shot, Strange
furniture and electronics can be         ings instead of disposing of                  knowledgeable about these is-                      the medicine in the seasonal                                 Strange said. Students who                                         said.
traded. She said the timing is           them at the end of the semes-                 sues and ways that we can pre-                     flu shot.                                                    experience soreness the next                                          “The soreness will work its
perfect for the event since stu-         ter. He said he hopes students                vent harm to the environment.”                         “We have a questionnaire                                 day should take two anti-                                          way out quicker,” she said.

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                               The Skiff View
  Swap trash for treasure
   at today’s Frog Trade
         oliday shopping is for the brave among us. Who really
         wants to stand in endless lines, waiting for hours on
         end for mechanical hamsters or $3 toasters?
   Frog Trade, offered by the university’s Public Relations Stu-
dent Society of America, provides a great alternative to sore
feet and bad attitudes. Today and today only, bring your used
items to Sadler Lawn from noon to 4:30 p.m. and trade them
for other students’ used items.
   Not only will you experience the rush of finding a great
bargain, you’ll be helping out the environment — something
everyone should feel good about. The whole idea for Frog
Trade aims to cut down on the 4.5 pounds of waste the aver-
age person produces every day. With the end of the semester
approaching, many students are packing their stuff and taking
the essentials back home for break. This creates a lot of trash,
and sometimes items that are still good are thrown away.
   Even if you just want to pass on a couple of items, think
purple, live green and go to Frog Trade.
                                                                                                                                                    Wayne Stayskal is an editorial cartoonist for the Tampa Tribune.
                               Opinion editor Libby Davis for the editorial board.

                                                                                            Afghan surge poorly planned
The Skiff View represents the collective opinion of the editorial board.

Keep African lands                                                                                                                 Obama, you do owe them a clear
                                                                                                                                   mission. Now, give it to them.
                                                                                                                                      The president did present one
                                                                                                                                                                                If it’s not the issue of
                                                                                                                                                                                plausibility, it’s the

in farmers’ hands
                                                                                                                                   specific but implausible promise.            issue of affordability
                                                                                                                                   He said the 30,000 troops would              that must be taken
                                                                                                                                   enter Afghanistan on a six-month
                                                                                                                                   timeline and that the United States          into account.
                                                                                                                                   would look to begin an exit strat-
                                                By acquiring these                          WYATT KANYER                           egy by 2011. That means 30,000               spending already. And if that’s not
                                                private assets in the                                                              individuals will have to make the            enough, the Department of De-
                                                name of “capital                               President Barack Obama’s 2008       transition to Afghanistan in six             fense had budget cuts in December
                                                                                            White House run was charac-            months, with the hope of get-                of 2008 after the national GDP
                                                development,” a terrible                    terized by many great speeches.        ting to go home a year later. This           showed a decrease.
                                                precedent is being set                      Fantastic illustrations. Emotional     is a promise that might be hard                 According to a column by
                                                in which Africans are                       anecdotes. Personal stories. People    to keep. Obama also said in the              Martin Feldstein of the Wall Street
MATT BOAZ                                                                                   cried, people laughed, and Republi-    speech that he wanted forces to be           Journal, those in the Department
                                                considered unable to                        cans fumed as Democrats rejoiced.      out of Afghanistan by 2011.                  of Defense and Office of Manage-
   Africa is known for its natural
                                                sustain themselves.                            That was then. The president an-       Even worse, the Pentagon does             ment and Budget who determined
                                                                                            nounced Tuesday in a speech from       not agree with that timeline. In fact,       the cuts said the decreased GDP
beauty and roaming troves of ani-               Burgess made auxiliary payments
                                                                                            West Point that he would order         according to the CNN report, Gen.            meant that ‘everyone’ would have
mals. Unfortunately, it is perhaps              to various groups to ensure that
                                                                                            30,000 more troops to fight in Af-     Stanley McChrystal, who is actually          to make cuts, not just defense.
more easily recognized for its                  the plan could continue unhin-
                                                                                            ghanistan, a number significantly      in Afghanistan, said a 12-month              Now, those cuts will be for naught,
negative aspects that include per-              dered.
                                                                                            lower than the 40,000 he proposed      entrance strategy would be more              as the budget will actually be $30
sistent ethnic conflicts, which are                Unfortunately, the people of the
                                                                                            earlier. According to, he      realistic.                                   billion higher.
primarily a result of a late coloni-            Luo tribe and members of other
                                                                                            said more troops would assist the         And this is not the first time               Granted, our GDP has improved
zation process that drew artificial             tribes in similar situations are
                                                                                            140,000 troops already there (from     Obama suggested a troop surge                since then, and many economists
boundaries, divvying up the land                unhappy. They feel they have been
                                                                                            the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty     that some have called hasty. He              say the increasing employment
according to the whim of Euro-                  slighted in what appears to be an
                                                                                            Organization, or NATO) in further      said in a speech in February that            opportunities are a good sign, but
pean “explorers.”                               orchestrated business deal rather
                                                                                            preventing Taliban re-emergence        he would push for an 18-month                our economy simply cannot afford
   While this is abhorrent in itself,           than an attempt to assist foreign
                                                                                            and “allow (the U.S.) to further ac-   exit strategy from Iraq, where U.S.          to make these kind of unnecessary
the status and authority of govern-             people in need. Villagers claim
                                                                                            celerate handing over responsibility   forces are not only fighting terror-         moves. I hope the president didn’t
ment remains a pertinent issue.                 that their crops have been flooded
                                                                                            to Afghan forces.”                     ism, but also cultural and religious         forget about the health care bill and
This is most easily seen in Rwanda              because of misrouted irrigation
                                                                                               Obama went on to personally         battles between groups like the              the stimulus. Those were pretty big
and Zimbabwe. The former has                    flows, and those who are hired to
                                                                                            address the troops in the audi-        Arabs and Kurds.                             investments. His party can’t be too
been torn apart because of ethnic               work on the farm receive marginal
                                                                                            ence. And, again, the promises            If it’s not the issue of plausibil-       happy that he is pushing for this
cleansing efforts and an overly                 positions for menial pay. This
                                                                                            rained down.                           ity, it’s the issue of affordability that    troop surge.
zealous army. The latter has been               trend is not only present in Kenya,
                                                                                               “As your commander in chief,        must be taken into account. Ac-                 But hey, with a national debt
run by Robert Mugabe for the past               but extends to other African states
                                                                                            I owe you a mission that is clearly    cording to the report, this deploy-          of $12 trillion, what’s another $30
20 years, while he has essentially              as well. Both Sudan and Ethiopia
                                                                                            defined, and worthy of your ser-       ment will cost $30 billion a year to         billion?
reigned as a dictator, oppressing               have leased out large amounts of
                                                                                            vice,” he said.                        carry out, an expenditure the U.S.
his own people to permit his own                land to foreign investors.
                                                                                               That sounds more like a cam-        economy cannot handle. Further-                          Wyatt Kanyer is a sophomore
opulent lifestyle.                                 The issue with this is not so
                                                                                            paign promise than a presidency        more, almost half of the national                          news editorial journalism
   Yet, these issues have risen to              much an ethical dilemma, as hear-
                                                                                            promise to me. Yes, President          budget is geared toward military                          major from Yakima, Wash.
the forefront of global awareness               say and bearing false witness can
as HIV/AIDS becomes more prev-                  result in presumptions about the
alent in the region and as Feed the             operations of these companies.

                                                                                            Tips to avoid Facebook stalking
Children continues to bombard                   But the main issue is that these
televisions with starving children              governments are claiming right-
and their hapless parents. While                ful usage of land, even if indi-
this measure of poverty seems                   viduals currently occupy them.
striking, it is in fact a reality for           By acquiring these private assets                                                 gold to Facebook stalkers.
a large portion of the continental              in the name of “capital develop-                                                  Especially if you are en-
population. But as the United Na-               ment,” a terrible precedent is being                                              dowed with certain
tions, the Red Cross and the Red                set in which Africans are consid-                                                 gifts or have
Crescent continue their efforts in              ered unable to sustain themselves.                                                a badonka-
the region, other organizations                 Foreign assistance is certainly                                                   donk. Many
have begun to exert their influ-                appreciated, but when it becomes                                                  Facebook
ence. The newest financial trend is             so overwhelming that the natural                                                  stalkers will
agribusiness, focusing specifically             citizens cannot even participate,            MICHAEL LAUCK                        specifically
on underdeveloped areas within                  its purpose is obscured. Invest-                                                  look for these
African states. One of the most                 ment, especially in agriculture, is             There’s an old saying that goes   pictures and will                            however,
prominent is Dominion Farms,                    a great way to begin to strengthen          “To catch a thief, send one.”         proceed to show them to                      he constant-
an Oklahoma-based company run                   development in African states.                  While I try not to steal stuff    all their friends. Unless you like           ly chats it up
by Calvin Burgess. According to                 However, it should be done in               often (everyone takes a fruit or      a bunch of creepy guys looking at            with you. It seems like every time
Business Weekly, Dominion leases                a methodical and inclusive way              cookies from the BLUU at some         your pictures (which is a problem            you’re online, he is too. Chances
17,000 acres near a village in Ke-              so that African farmers are both            point, right?), I’m afraid I may have reserved for another article) try to         are, this guy is Facebook stalk-
nya. Burgess claims that the area               educated about new technolo-                another vice: Facebook stalking.      avoid doing this.                            ing you. With this situation watch
was formerly incapable of support-              gies and how to sustain their own           There, I admitted it, and they do say    3) Don’t add people you don’t             what you say because he may get
ing crops, but villagers disagree.              crops. Additionally, they should be         the first step to recovery is admit-  know. Usually a rule of thumb                the wrong impression if you write
   In Kenya, farming for profit is              provided with the increase in in-           ting you have a problem. However, is if you never met them or only                 the wrong thing. Even better, just
a foreign concept. This is not to               come that accompanies capitalistic          from what I’ve read and heard, I’m bumped into them somewhere                      don’t respond. Hopefully he’ll get
say that the introduction of this               ventures. To exclude them from              not the only person on campus do- once, don’t add this person. Usu-                the point. If that doesn’t work, just
capitalistic endeavor would be                  this process is to take advantage of        ing this. From my insight, I have a   ally, their thought goes, “Hmm               take a last-ditch measure and block
harmful, it is simply not a native              the natural resources and empow-            few tips for those of you out there,  he/she is pretty hot. I should add           him. However, only do this in the
practice. These villages practice               er the governments to continue              probably mostly girls, who feel as    them to look at their pictures.”             most severe cases.
subsistence farming, which means                to act autonomously and without             if you may be getting looked up       Unless you think the other person               To be completely honest,
they provide only for themselves                the consideration of their citizens.        by someone like that creepy kid in    is also attractive, probably not             Facebook stalking is mostly an
and what they believe will be                   Not only is this irresponsible, but         your astronomy class.                 a good idea to do this. Another              innocent activity. I would surely
needed during a year. Burgess,                  it represents these agribusiness                1) Keep your Facebook private.    problem from this is that they               rather have someone do this than
after establishing contacts through             corporations, not as the munifi-            Most people do this, and it definite- now have the opportunity to                  really stalk me. However, some
a missionary group in his church,               cent providers that they claim to           ly makes a Facebook stalker’s job     annoy you with Facebook chat,                may feel as if their privacy is being
claimed to be moved by the sight                be, but as neo-colonial powers,             harder as he now has to request to    which brings me to my next point.            violated. These tips will help you to
of “two members of the ... tribe,               exercising their monetary influ-            be your friend. A Facebook stalker       4) Be careful whom you chat               cut down on that, but in the end,
dressed in suits,” pleading for help.           ence in a negative way. Surely this         seeing that you profile is public is  with or what you say. So you’ve              accept that when you put your info
He believed that his agricultural               is not the type of perception that          like a kid in a candy store. Keep it  added that one guy from your                 online, if someone wants it bad
efforts would provide jobs to tribe             Americans want for their interna-           private and you can keep caps on      Connections class that you didn’t            enough they can get it.
members and would also compen-                  tional endeavors.                           who can see your information.         really know, but he looked friendly
sate those who had to be relocated.                                                             2) Do not put up pictures of      enough. When he chatted you up                            Michael Lauck is a broadcast
After signing a 25-year lease from                        Matt Boaz is a senior political   yourself in a bikini or revealing     on Facebook, you even responded                             journalism and economics
Kenya’s Lands Ministry in Nairobi,                   science major from Edmond, Okla.       clothes. Doing this is like finding   and had a short conversation. Now                                major from Houston.
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Man controls mechanical hand with brain power
By Ariel David                       mained of Petruzziello’s left      complete and produced several
Associated Press Writer              arm, which was cut off in a        scientific papers that have been
                                     crash some three years ago.        submitted to top journals, in-
   ROME (AP) — An Italian               The prosthetic was not im-      cluding Science Translational
who lost his left forearm in         planted on the patient, only       Medicine and Proceedings of
a car crash was successfully         connected through the elec-        the National Academy of Sci-
linked to a robotic hand, al-        trodes.                            ences, Rossini said.
lowing him to feel sensations in                                           After Petruzziello recovered
the artificial limb and control      “[The patient] didn’t              from the microsurgery he un-
it with his thoughts, scientists                                        derwent to implant the elec-
said Wednesday.
                                      have to learn to                  trodes in his arm, it only took
   During a one-month ex-             use muscles that                  him a few days to master use of
periment conducted last year,         do a different                    the robotic hand, Rossini said.
26-year-old Pierpaolo Petru-          job to move a                     By the time the experiment
zziello felt like his lost arm had                                      was over, the hand obeyed the
grown back again, although he         prosthesis, he just               commands it received from
was only controlling a robotic        had to concentrate                the man’s brain in 95 percent
hand that was not even at-            and send to the                   of cases.
tached to his body.                                                        Petruzziello, an Italian who
   “It’s a matter of mind, of         robotic hand the                  lives in Brazil, said the feed-
concentration,” Petruzziello          same messages he                  back he got from the hand was
                                                                                                                                                                               AP PHOTO / Courtesy of Bio-Medical Campus University
said. “When you think of it as        used to send to                   amazingly accurate.                  This undated photo made available from the Bio-Medical Campus University of Rome on Wednesday shows Pierpaolo
your hand and forearm, it all                                              “It felt almost the same as a     Petruzziello’s amputated hand linked with electrodes to a robotic hand, seen at top left, as part of an experiment, called
becomes easier.”                      his own hand.”                    real hand. They stimulated me        LifeHand, to control the prosthetic with his thoughts.
   Though similar experiments                                           a lot, even with needles ... you
                                      Paolo Maria Rossini
have been successful before,                                            can’t imagine what they did to
the European scientists who                                             me,” he joked with reporters.        ed Press the experiment was              we can keep the electrodes                send to his own hand.”
led the project say this was the                                           While the “LifeHand”              an important step forward                in.”                                         It will take at least two or
first time a patient has been           During the month he had         experiment lasted only a             in creating a viable interface              While that approach is                 three years before scientists
able to make such complex            the electrodes connected, he       month, this was the lon-             between the nervous system               necessary when the whole                  try to replicate the experi-
movements using his mind to          learned to wiggle the robotic      gest time electrodes had re-         and prosthetic limbs, but the            arm has been lost, if a stump             ment with a more long-term
control a biomechanic hand           fingers independently, make        mained connected to a hu-            challenge now is ensuring                survives doctors could opt                prosthesis, the experts said.
connected to his nervous sys-        a fist, grab objects and make      man nervous system in such           that such a system can re-               for the less invasive method              First they need to study if
tem.                                 other movements.                   an experiment, said Silvestro        main in the patient for years            proposed by the Italians, con-            the hair-thin electrodes can
   The challenge for scientists         “Some of the gestures can-      Micera, one of the engineers         and not just a month.                    necting the prosthesis to the             be kept in longer.
now will be to create a system       not be disclosed because they      on the team. Similar, short-            “It’s an important advance-           same system the brain uses to                Results from the experi-
that can connect a patient’s         were quite vulgar,” joked Paolo    er-term experiments in 2004-         ment on the work that was                send and receive signals.                 ment are encouraging, as the
nervous system and a pros-           Maria Rossini, a neurologist       2005 hooked up amputees to           done in the mid-2000s,” said                “The approach we followed              electrodes removed from Pe-
thetic limb for years, not just      who led the team working at        a less-advanced robotic arm          Dustin Tyler, a professor at             is natural,” Rossini said. The            truzziello showed no damage
a month.                             Rome’s Campus Bio-Medico,          with a pliers-shaped end,            Case Western Reserve Uni-                patient “didn’t have to learn             and could well stay in longer,
   The Italy-based team said         a university and hospital that     and patients were only able          versity and biomedical engi-             to use muscles that do a dif-             said Klaus-Peter Hoffmann,
at a news conference in Rome         specializes in health sciences.    to make basic movements,             neer at the VA Medical Cen-              ferent job to move a prosthe-             a biomedical expert at the
on Wednesday that in 2008               The €2 million ($3 million)     he said.                             ter in Cleveland, Ohio. “The             sis, he just had to concentrate           Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the
it implanted electrodes into         project, funded by the Euro-          Experts not involved in           important piece that remains             and send to the robotic hand              German research institute
the nerves located in what re-       pean Union, took five years to     the study told The Associat-         is how long beyond a month               the same messages he used to              that developed the electrodes.

Federal Reserve releases most positive outlook in two years
By Jeannine Aversa                      The main challenge for Fed         Still, holiday hiring expecta-    about the holiday sales outlook.            Many manufacturers said                ward pressure on rents and
AP Economics Writer                  Chairman Ben Bernanke,             tions nationwide were mixed,            The Fed survey also found             they were “optimistic about               little, if any, new development.
                                     who will be on Capitol Hill on     the Fed report said. And most        that manufacturing conditions            the near-term outlook.” But                   By contrast, the housing
    WASHINGTON (AP) —                Thursday seeking confirmation      private economists predict           generally showed some im-                makers of construction-related            market — sales and construc-
The economic recovery gained         for a second term, is to sustain   that even as the pace of mas-        provements.                              materials were still pessimistic,         tion activity — improved
traction in late fall as shoppers    the fledgling rebound, especial-   sive job losses slow, the nation’s      Biopharmaceutical compa-              mostly because of expectations            across much of the country,
spent a bit more and factories       ly after the benefits of govern-   unemployment rate — now at           nies in the Boston region not-           that problems in the commer-              according to the Fed survey. A
bumped up production. That           ment support fade next year.       a 26-year high of 10.2 percent       ed that revenue increased. The           cial real estate industry will be         collapse in the housing market,
assessment Wednesday by the             To that end, the Fed is ex-     — will continue to climb into        Dallas region reported stronger          prolonged.                                which dragged down home
Federal Reserve marked its           pected to hold a key bank lend-    next year. Some predict it will      activity for makers of high-tech            In fact, commercial real es-           prices, thrust the country into
most upbeat view since the           ing rate at a record low near      rise as high as 11 percent by the    equipment, paper and petro-              tate conditions continued to              a recession. A sustained turn-
economy tumbled into reces-          zero when its meets on Dec.        middle of 2010 before slowly         chemicals. Upticks in food-re-           deteriorate, the Fed report said.         around in housing is a key in-
sion two years ago.                  15-16. Economists predict the      drifting down.                       lated production also were               Most regions were plagued by              gredient for a lasting economic
    The Fed’s new snapshot of        Fed will keep rates at super-low      The Fed warned last week          mentioned in some regions.               rising vacancy rates, down-               recovery.
business barometers nation-          levels well into next year.        that it could take five or six
wide found that conditions              With Wednesday’s survey         years for the job market to re-
have generally improved since        also finding that inflation re-    turn to normal.
the last report in late October.     mains under control, the Fed          That’s why Bernanke and
    Eight of the Fed’s 12 regions    has leeway to hold rates at re-    others think that consumers
surveyed reported some pickup        cord lows. The central bank        — while appearing to hold up
in activity or improved condi-       hopes that will entice people      fairly well now to all the nega-
tions, the Fed said. Those re-       and businesses to step up          tive stresses — may turn more
gions were: Boston, New York,        spending, which would bolster      cautious in the months ahead,
Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapo-        the economy.                       restraining the recovery.
lis, Kansas City, Dallas and San        Although the jobs market           Consumers in late Novem-
Francisco.                           remains lousy, the Fed survey      ber spent more, with general
    The four other regions —         found some scattered signs of      merchandise and auto sales
Philadelphia, Cleveland, Rich-       improvement in some markets.       improving across much of the
mond and Atlanta — described            In the Boston region, some      country, the Fed report said.
conditions as little changed or      businesses were starting to hire   Unsure of customer demand,
mixed.                               and reverse pay cuts or wage       most merchants were keeping
    The new report adds to evi-      freezes implemented earlier in     stocks fairly lean during the
dence that the economy is re-        the year. The St. Louis region     holiday season. Yet some retail-                                                                                                               MCT / Eric Seals
bounding after the worst reces-      noted that the service sector      ers suggested that they have re-     Shoppers wait in long lines at a Target store in Madison Heights, Michigan, as they took advantage of holiday sales on
sion since the 1930s.                recently started to expand.        cently become more optimistic        Friday.
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Homemade gifts for Santa’s list
By Katie Ruppel
Features Editor

  Tired of generic, store-bought gifts this Christ-               Book Frame                                                          Fleece-tied Blanket
                                                                                                                                      • 2 yards of fleece fabric (can be different patterns/colors or the same)
mas season? These easy, home-made presents will                  • old book with sturdy cover
                                                                                                                                      • sharp scissors
surely fulfill your creativity craving! And boys,                • X-Acto knife or box knife
                                                                                                                                      • tape measure or ruler
what better way to woo your girlfriend or make                   • photograph
                                                                                                                                      • one 4” X 4” piece of paper
your mother proud than with a gift from the heart?               • glue
                                                                                                                                        Place the two pieces of fabric on top of each other. Take the 4” X 4” piece of
                                                                  Open the book and trace the size of the photograph
     Chocolate Chip                                            on the front cover. Use an X-Acto knife or box knife to
                                                                                                                                     paper and place it in one corner. Cut out around the piece of paper and repeat
                                                                                                                                     for each corner. Lay the tape measurer out from one corner to another. Cut 4
    Cookies in a Jar                                           cut and peel away the bookboard, leaving the bookcloth
                                                               in tact. On the front cover, cut a smaller opening in the
                                                                                                                                     inches into the fabric every 1 inch, making fringes along each side. Repeat for
                                                                                                                                     both pieces of fabric on every side. Take the 2 fringes from the separate fabrics
         • small bowl                                          bookcloth, leaving a one inch frame of bookcloth. Cut
                                                                                                                                     and tie them into a basic knot. Repeat for every fringe, and you have a new
         • clean 1-quart jar with lid                          a diagonal line in each corner and fold bookcloth be-
         • ribbon                                              hind the cover, giving the frame a clean look. Glue the
                                                                                                                                        Good gift for: babies, friends who couldn’t pay their heater bill
         • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour                        photograph onto the first page of the book. You can also
         • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda                            make the frame on the cover larger than the photograph
         • 3/4 teaspoon salt                                   and use the knife to cut into some of the pages to give
         • 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips                       it more depth.
         • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
         • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
                                                                  Good gift for: grandmas, librarians, book lovers
                                                                                                           Bath Salts
                                                                                                                                    • 2 cups Epson salt
        Mix flour, baking soda and salt in bowl. Pour                                                                               • 1 cup sea or rock salt
     into the jar. Add chocolate chips, brown sugar                                                                                 • 1/4 tsp. Glycerine
     and granulated sugar into the jar, respectively,                                                                               • food colors
     packing down each layer. Put on the lid. Attach
     a chocolate chip cookie recipe* by punching a               Shaped Soap Bars                                                   • essential oils or perfume appropriate for bathing
                                                                                                                                    • extracts from the kitchen work well, vanilla, lemon, cinnammon or mint
     hole and tying with ribbon around the lid.                  • mild bar of soap                                                 • jar with lid
        Good gift for: mothers, girlfriends                      • 1/2 cup warm water                                               • bowl
        *the chosen recipe could make the ingredients            • thick cookie cutters
     above vary, but the Skiff is not permitted to print         • 1 cup measurer                                                    Mix salts together in a bowl. Stir in glycerine, food colors and oils or per-
     copyrighted recipes                                         • grater                                                         fume. Thoroughly dry the jar since salt will absorb any moisture in them.                                            • bowl                                                           Scoop the salts into the jars and seal them tight. Decorate the jar for an extra
                                                                 • food coloring (optional)                                       pizazz, or add the list of ingredients for those with sensitive skin.
                                                                 • ribbon (optional)                                                 Good gift for: a romantic endeavour, someone needing a hygiene hint
                                                                  Grate 1 cup of soap into bowl. Slowly pour 1/2
                                                               cup of warm water into the bowl and knead to-
                                                               gether. Add all the water and continue to knead
                                                               until the mixture reaches a thick dough consis-
                                                               tency. Add food coloring to your own desire. Lay
                                                                                                                             Record Bowl
                                                                                                                             • record
  To: Fe                                                          the mixture out on a flat surface and press the
  Horned llow
                                                                                                                             • oven safe bowl/pot
                                                                        cookie cutter into it. Make sure the en-
           Frogs                                                         tire cookie cutter is filled with the mix-
                                                                                                                             • cookie sheet
 Love                                                                    ture. Dry the soap for 24 hours on the
 The S:k
                                                                                                                              Set oven to 200 degrees. Place the record on top of the bowl or pot, which you
                                                                        cookie cutter side so both sides dry. Pop
         iff                                                           out the soap and tie on a ribbon for an
                                                                                                                           will then place on the cookie sheet. Put the record in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes,
                                                                                                                           watching closely. Once the record starts to form over the shape of the bowl or pot,
                                                                       elegant look.
                                                                                                                           take it out and quickly mold it into the bowl shape you want. If you’re not satisfied
                                                                            Good gift for: smelly friends
                                                                                                                           with the first run, just stick the record back in, let it warm up again and re-mold it.
                                                                                                                           Please don’t use a valuable record for this project, you will be sorry.
                                                                                                                              Good gift for: musical friends, parents who want to be hip

‘Dormitory of Doom’ is doomed from the start
By Katie Ruppel                           It is ambiguous whether the             However, the camera angles          timed traditional horror music
Features Editor                        film was supposed to be a spoof of      from Ernie’s point of view are         that makes the killing scenes
                                       a scary movie or a serious horror       unique with his hands interact-        more dramatic.
   The student-directed and pro-       movie because the script leaves         ing in front of him and his mother        There were also a few original
duced film “Dormitory of Doom”         characters underdeveloped and           even pinching the camera as if they    camera shots and the surprise
has a catchy title with potential.     the plot incoherent. The humor          were his cheeks.                       ending was a funny twist. With
That potential is quickly stomped      could have saved the movie but             Unfortunately, the rest of the      more coaching from director
on with the bad acting in the first    the quirky comments and sexual          camera work may have been              Daniel Chapman, a sophomore
scene that foreshadows the major-      innuendos did not pan out with          equally innovative but was not         FTDM major, the actors could
ity of the movie.                      the slow, unnatural acting. Even        cut well during the editing pro-       have made more of the humor
   The film begins with some           the drunk party scenes are unbe-        cess. The sound effects also suf-      work out.
friends hanging out in their dorm,     lievable.                               fer from editing as some of the           In the end, the bloopers dur-
complaining about how dirty,              To top it off, the mysterious        punches sound like a broken            ing the credits show the actors
loud and unlivable the place is.       main character, Ernie, takes un-        snare drum and the stabs like          and crew having a fun time
A strange man claiming to be the       usual acting to a new level with        boxed wine being punctured.            making the film, which is one
new resident assistant eavesdrops      his overblown moaning and un-              The gore scenes are also            crucial part of making of a good
and begins to tell them a tale of      explainable transformation from a       weak. The two extremes be-             movie. The director had the au-
true hell in their very dorm.          college boy with noisy dorm neigh-      tween lack of gore completely          dacity to take on the challenge of
   The acting is either overdone       bors getting on his nerves to (spoil-   or globs of fake blood make the        a horror movie and can hopefully
or underdone; sticking with one        er alert) a masked killer who mur-      killing scenes not only unbe-          clean up the mistakes for his next
type of acting could have had a        ders his entire dorm’s occupants as     lievable but plain inconsistent.       project.
humorous twist but mixing the          well as the dean of the school in          However, the score by music            The film will be showing in the                                        Courtesy of GEORGE CAGLE
two together makes the director’s      revenge. In revenge of what is the      composition major Kyle Roder-          Brown-Lupton University Union          “Dormitory of Doom” is a student-directed short film about a
goal for the type of film confusing.   unanswered question.                    ick is well-composed and well-         Auditorium on Dec. 6.                  masked killer who stalks the campus.

                                                                                                                                                                                        MADISON DONAHUE / Staff Designer
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ACCOUNTING                                                                                                     VOLLEYBALL

Neeley among highest                                                                                           Team proud of wins versus
CPA pass rates in Texas                                                                                        big-time California squads
                                                                                                               By Seth Dahle                         and UCI was No. 2 (Big West),          “They’re a great team,” Lew-
By Victoria Watson                  cent rate and six candidates.        ing the exam, Pfeiffer said.          Staff Writer                          and we took them both out. It      is said. “It’ll be a great battle.”
Staff Reporter                      TCU, which ranks just below             “It’s a little too narrow to fo-                                         was just showing everybody             Ashleigh McCord (3.93
                                    Hardin-Simmons, had 67 can-          cus on just what’s on the CPA            It has been quite a year for       that this small, little, private   kills per set) and Natalie Bo-
    For the second year in a row,   didates.                             exam,” he said.                       the TCU volleyball team.              Texas school could play with       gan (3.23 kills per set, .344 hit-
Master of Accounting gradu-            Ray Pfeiffer, an accounting          The exam is only part of the          The Horned Frogs’ 26 wins          big California teams.”             ting percentage) lead a speedy
ates at the university have         professor, said TCU scored the       greater picture, Wallace said.        and 13 conference victories are          In the two matches, the         Owl offense, while Tracey Lam
achieved one of the highest         highest of the eight schools it         “They do a good job for pre-       the most in school history, and       Horned Frogs averaged a .282       (5.44 digs per set) and Bogan
pass rates in Texas on the Cer-     considers competitive for mas-       paring us for passing that CPA        the second-place finish in the        hitting percentage and com-        (.96 blocks per set) control the
tified Public Accountant exam.      ter’s programs in Texas, which       exam, which is a major hurdle         Mountain West Conference              bined for an astounding 120        defensive end.
    In the July-August 2009         does not include Hardin-Sim-         for us coming out of school,”         marks the best finish since the                                              “They’re very quick,” senior
test window, university MAc         mons.                                Wallace said. “Working into an        team was runner-up of the             “We’re thrilled                    Lauren Otto said. “We’re just
graduates passed the uniform           Pfeiffer credits the quality of   educated individual who has           2004 Conference USA regular-                                             going to go down there and
accounting exam at a rate           students the program attracts        the certification to go ahead         season.                                to have the                       play hard, play like a team and
of 71.78 percent, said Elaine       and the strength of the MAc          and start being a contributor            But now, TCU can add an-            opportunity, and                  play like we have all season.”
Cole, public relations manager      program for its success.             to your employer is perhaps           other monumental feat to the           it’s even better                      Although TCU is in the
for the Neeley School of Busi-         “It certainly helps that the      more important.”                      record book — its first NCAA                                             Omaha Regional, the team’s
ness. Graduates of the program      education we give them in               Pfeiffer said the recognition      tournament appearance.
                                                                                                                                                      since it’s against                first destination is Austin,
scored one of the highest pass      our master’s program is very         caused by the pass rate helps            Thanks to a solid RPI rank-         Rice. We played                   where No. 2 Texas (24-1, 19-1
rates in Texas for the exam last    strong,” Pfeiffer said. “We have     the school attract more appli-        ing (44), a 12-1 finish and key        them last year                    Big 12) awaits next door.
year during the same testing        really high-quality courses          cants.                                wins against New Mexico, Col-                                                “We’re thrilled to have the
window, she said.                   taught by some of our best fac-         “People that are apply-            orado State, Long Beach State
                                                                                                                                                      and had a poor                    opportunity, and it’s even bet-
    The Texas State Board of        ulty members.”                       ing to MAc programs want              and UC-Irvine, the Horned              performance, so                   ter since it’s against Rice,” Hud-
Public Accountacy reported             Brian Wallace, a MAc stu-         to know that the degree they          Frogs (26-6, 13-3 MWC) re-             we know we                        son said. “We played them last
Southwestern Adventist Uni-         dent, said the numbers give          get will get them a good start        ceived an at-large bid and will        can do it if we                   year and had a poor perfor-
versity, Rice University and        students confidence that they        in their career,” he said. “Any       take on the Rice Owls.                                                   mance, so we know we can do
Hardin-Simmons University           will be well prepared.               news that our program is do-             “It’s fantastic for these young     just play well.”                  it if we just play well. This year
with the highest statewide CPA         “This is the test that is         ing something that is helping         ladies to have this opportuni-                                           we’ve definitely been picking
                                                                                                                                                      Christy Hudson
pass rate. The first two schools    dreaded and feared by every-         our students become stronger          ty and get there,” head coach                                            up our game a lot so we’re just
                                                                                                                                                      junior volleyball player
had a 100 percent pass rate but     one,” he said.                       candidates for jobs and then          Prentice Lewis said. “I’m ex-                                            excited to play in the UT gym
only one candidate each. Har-          The MAc program is not            better professionals certainly        cited because I know what it                                             and show what we’re made of.”
din-Simmons had a 83.33 per-        solely based on students pass-       is helping.”                          means and I know everything           kills as a team.                       TCU has even offered a free
                                                                                                               that goes on, so it’s very easy for       Junior Christy Hudson av-      bus ride and ticket for fans, stu-
                                                                                                               me to explain it to our athletes.”    eraged 14 kills, while senior      dents, and staff members who
                                                                                                                  With no postseason tourna-         Kourtney Edwards tallied 28        want to make the three-hour
                                                                                                               ment in the Mountain West,            kills total.                       trip.
                                                                                                               TCU concluded the season                  Rice (23-8, 11-5 C-USA) is         Colorado State, the Moun-
                                                                                                               with critical wins against Long       making its third appearance        tain West champion, and New
                                                                                                               Beach State, a tournament             in the Big Dance and is on the     Mexico were the other two
                                                                                                               qualifier, and UC-Irvine (No.         heels of a conference champi-      conference teams that made
                                                                                                               69 RPI).                              onship win against Tulsa. Af-      the tournament.
                                                                                                                  “It was huge,” senior Katelyn      ter defeating the Hurricane,           The Horned Frogs’ match is
                                                                                                               Blackwood said. “Long Beach           the Owls upset No.17 LSU in        slated for Thursday, December
                                                                                                               State is the Big West champion        its regular season finale.         3 at 4:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                     ty backing you up,” he said.          The athletics department
                                                                                                               PATTERSON                             “There is no way we could do       and program has been built
                                                                                                               continued from page 8                 this as a university, as a foot-   slowly but correctly, he said.
                                                                                                               to climb,” Patterson said.            ball program without them.”           “You don’t make quick de-
                                                                                                                  When signing the extend-              In the previous recruit-        cisions, and you make deci-
                                                                                                               ed contract, Patterson said           ment years, the only thing         sions for the right reasons,
                                                                                                               his first priority was his staff.     hanging over the university’s      even though you don’t win
                                                                                                                  “Head coaches get most             head was not having the op-        at the time, and you keep
                                                                                                               of the accolades but you for-         portunity to play for a BCS        moving forward,” Patterson
                                                                                                               get that to have a coach have         game and the national cham-        said. “You don’t fall down the
                                                                                                               success it means you have             pionship, Patterson said.          mountain, you set stones in
                                                                                                               to have a great staff, players,          “Those walls were knocked       place that are going to protect
                                                                                                               program, and the universi-            down,” he said.                    you and catch you.”

                                                                                                                                             Frogs already won on the                   possible opponents in the
                                                                                                               BCS                           road in the rain over Clem-                Fiesta Bowl. While putting
                                                                                                               continued from page 8
                                                                                                                                             son and there’s no reason                  any two of the three small
                                                                                                               loser of the SEC Champi-      to revisit it. But if Georgia              schools (TCU, Boise St. or
                                                                                                               onship whether it is Florida Tech, a one-point favorite,                 Cincinnati) against each
                                                                                                               or Alabama. Either would      wins the ACC, TCU would                    other would be a nightmare
                                                                                                               be highly ranked, bring       be an appealing choice                     as far as filling the stands
                                                                                                               plenty of fans and the bowl along with Cincinnati. If                    and getting sponsor money
                                                                                                               would keep its SEC con-       the Fiesta Bowl passes on                  goes, if they had no choice,
                                                                                                               nection.                      Iowa the first time around,                Cincinnati would be the
                                                                                                                  2) This is where things    the Orange Bowl would                      pick. It would at least set
                                                                                                               begin to get interesting.     also have to strongly con-                 up a new matchup of unde-
                                                                                                               Fiesta would have the         sider the Hawkeyes.                        feated teams. If Pittsburgh
                                                                                                               next pick once the Big 12        If Cincinnati wins their                wins, there would be no
                                                                                                               Champion (Texas) goes         final game (effectively the                choice but TCU vs. Boise
                                                                                                               to the title game. They       Big East Championship                      State, round two, in the
                                                                                                               could consider the runner at Pittsburgh), I think the                    Fiesta Bowl.
                                                                                                               up in the Big 10 (Iowa),      Orange Bowl would make                        5) Finally, the Sugar
                                                                                                               Boise State, the Cincin-      the most geographically                    Bowl is left with another
                                                                                                               nati/Pittsburgh winner and reasonable pick and take                      easy pick — this time,
                                                                                                               TCU. The Horned Frogs         the Bearcats. However, if                  because there is no other
                                                                                                               would be more appealing       the one-point underdog                     choice. If Cincinnati or
                                                                                                               than Cincinnati or Boise      Pittsburgh Panthers pull off               TCU are still around, they
                                                                                                               as they will likely be the                                               have to be selected here. If
                                                                                                               No. 3 team in the country                                                not, the only other teams
                                                                                                               and Fiesta Bowl Chairman
                                                                                                                                              I believe the Fiesta                      that have a realistic shot at
                                                                                                               of the Board Alan Young        Bowl is most                              a BCS game are Iowa and
                                                                                                               said, “(How well a fanbase     interested in TCU                         Boise State. Three of those
                                                                                                               travels) is quite important.                                             four will have been selected
                                                                                                               It really is an issue to us
                                                                                                                                              and will do what                          at this point, so the re-
                                                                                                               and is always a concern,       they have to in                           maining team, most likely
                                                                                                               but we’re convinced at this order to assure                              Boise State, would get the
                                                                                                               point that TCU would be        they get the Frogs.                       most appealing bowl
                                                                                                               a great travelling team and                                              matchup against Florida or
                                                                                                               bring a lot of alumni and                                                Alabama.
                                                                                                               fans to the valley.”          an upset, we’re very likely                   I believe the Fiesta Bowl
                                                                                                                  The decision would         to see SuperFrog in Miami.                 is most interested in TCU
                                                                                                               come down to TCU and          The difference between Pitt                and will do what they have
                                                                                                               Iowa for the second pick,     and TCU is too great to                    to in order to assure they
                                                                                                               and I think the Fiesta Bowl pass up the No. 3 team. I                    get the Frogs. If they know
                                                                                                               will have to lean towards     think Cincinnati will pull                 the Orange Bowl will take
                                                                                                               Iowa. The Hawkeyes have       through and claim an Or-                   us third if they pass the
                                                                                                               a massive fanbase, which      ange Bowl bid.                             first time, I think they will
                                                                                                               would satisfy advertisers        4) If the Frogs fall this               take a risk and pick TCU
                                                                                                               and bowl officials. They      far, there is no way the                   second. I could also see
                                                                                                               need to fill the stadium as   Fiesta doesn’t scoop them                  them taking Iowa first with
                                                                                                               best they can, and Iowa       up here. The Fiesta repre-                 the knowledge they can
                                                                                                               simply has a greater ability sentatives seem the most                    pick the Horned Frogs later
                                                                                                               to do that than Cincinnati, interested in TCU, but I                     on. We will not see the
                                                                                                               Boise State or TCU. I think think financially they have                  exact order Sunday, as they
                                                                                                               the Fiesta Bowl makes the     to take Iowa first. If they                just announce the games
                                                                                                               safest move from where        land both, there will be                   once they’re finalized, not
                                                                                                               they stand and picks Iowa     a celebration Sunday in                    the picks.
                                                                                                               second.                       Arizona.                                      It is TCU’s turn to knock
                                                                                                                  3) Next up, the Orange        If the Fiesta Bowl takes                down the BCS door, and
                                                                                                               Bowl gets to consider who a risk by selecting TCU                        they’ll do so in Glendale,
                                                                                                               they would like to play,      with the second overall                    Ariz.
                                                                                                               Clemson or Georgia Tech. pick, I can see the Or-
                                                                                                               If Clemson wins the ACC       ange Bowl gladly taking                               Josh Davis is a junior
                                                                                                               Championship, then TCU        the Hawkeyes. That would                               news-editorial major
                                                                                                               is clearly not an option. The leave Cincinnati or Boise as                           from Highland Park.
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                                                                                      liams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire.                                        Summer-saults.
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                                                                                                                                                    Fans will have the opportunity
                                                                                                                                                    to celebrate BCS Selection
                                                                                                                                                    Sunday with the Frogs.

                                                                                                                                                    Where TCU stands
 DOWN TO BUSINESS                                                                                                                                   in the BCS shake-up
                                                                                                                                                                                        go depends a lot on money,
                                                                                                                                                                                        somewhat on politicking and
                                                                                                                                                                                        very little on producing the
                                                                                                                                                                                        best matchup. Welcome to the
                                                                                                                                                                                        wonderful world of the Bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                        Championship Series.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Also, this is going on the
                                                                                                                                                                                        assumption that the nearly
                                                                                                                                                    JOSH DAVIS                          two-touchdown favorite Tex-
                                                                                                                                                                                        as Longhorns win the Big 12
                                                                                                                                                       This Sunday, the football        Championship. If they were
                                                                                                                                                    team will find out where they       to lose, Nebraska would be
                                                                                                                                                    will be spending early Janu-        in the Fiesta Bowl and Texas
                                                                                                                                                    ary. While the Fiesta, Orange       would fall to the Orange Bowl
                                                                                                                                                    and Sugar Bowls are all pos-        and TCU would have a very
                                                                                                                                                    sibilities, reading the BCS tea     realistic shot at a place in
                                                                                                                                                    leaves and an understanding         the National Championship
                                                                                                                                                    of how the bowls are chosen         game.
                                                                                                                                                    leaves one option most likely.         With that in mind, the
                                                                                                                                                       First and foremost, there        finals picks should play out
                                                                                                                                                    is an order to how the BCS          like this:
                                                                                                                                                    bowls select teams every year.         1) In what is considered
                                                                                                                                                    Once the automatic qualifiers       the no-brainer of the remain-
                                                                                                                                                    are placed in their bowls, the      ing choices, the Sugar Bowl
                                                                                                                                                    remaining slots are “drafted”       would select first to replace
                                                                                                                                                    from eligible schools.              the SEC Champion, who will
                                                                                                                   PAIGE McARDLE / Staff Reporter      TCU will be selected in          be in the National Champi-
 Head coach Gary Patterson calls a play from the sidelines during a home game against Texas State on Sept. 19.                                      one of the final five spots, as     onship Game. They will pick
                                                                                                                                                    they are the highest-ranked

 Patterson signs on through 2016                                                                                                                    non-BCS team. Where they

                                                                                                                                                                           BCS SELECTION
                                                                                                                                                                                                      SEE BCS · PAGE 6

 By Sara Humphrey                    cess has helped the univer-             The university’s athletics             “We want to keep the
 Staff Reporter                      sity reach it’s goal of provid-      director, Chris Del Conte,             whole team together as we            1) The National Champion-         teams. If Texas wins, it would
                                     ing its students with a “total       said Patterson wanted to               continue to build our pro-           ship takes the BCS No. 1 and      likely mean Sugar would
    National reports that            university experience,” Bos-         cross out any rumors or                gram, and that was the big           No. 2 teams.                      have first pick, followed by
 the university’s head foot-         chini said. “The excitement          speculation that he was leav-          thing we needed to have              2) The other bowls are filled     Fiesta.
 ball coach, Gary Patterson,         on the field extends way be-         ing the university.                    happen,” he said.                    in with their automatic quali-    4) After that, the order of
 was extending his contract          yond the field and the stu-             “He wanted to come out                 Patterson said although           fiers based on conference         the final three picks rotates
 were confirmed Wednesday            dents who play on the team.          and say ‘Hey, this is my               he does not feel like the ath-       championships (Rose: Pac          yearly. This year, it’s Orange,
 morning by university offi-         It is also carried over to our       house. I am not leaving my             letics department’s work is          10 and Big 10, Orange: ACC,       Fiesta then Sugar.
 cials.                              campus, our city, and really         house,’” Del Conte said.               done, they are now crossing          Sugar: SEC, Fiesta: Big 12), as   5) The Big East Champion
    Patterson accepted a con-        across the country,” he said.           Patterson extending his             the threshold of what they           long as they are not the BCS      (Cincinnati/Pittsburgh win-
 tract extension to remain in        “I am pleased today that we          contract is a new beginning            want to do as a football team        No. 1 or No. 2.                   ner) and the highest ranked
 the head coaching position          can look forward to many             for the university but also            and a university.                    3) The bowls that lose one        non-automatic qualifying
 through 2016, said Chancel-         more exciting Horned Frog            a continuation of what the                “We still have a mountain         of their automatic qualifiers     team in the top 12 (TCU) are
 lor Victor Boschini.                football teams, especially           athletics department has                                                    to the championship get the       guaranteed a BCS bid some-
    The football team’s suc-         with Coach Patterson.”               been doing, Del Conte said.             SEE PATTERSON · PAGE 6              next two picks of eligible        where in the final five picks.

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