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Campus coupons go digital
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TCU DAILY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
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FACULTY & STAFF
FINANCE
Staff might
see more
vacation
Money workshop helps to
develop habits
By J.D. Moore
By Ryan Osborne
Staff Reporter
Staff Reporter
Hourly employees could see
an increase in vacation time if
a Staff Assembly-approved proposal is passed by the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
The proposal, which would
give more vacation days for staff
members with five or more years
of experience, was approved
Tuesday at Staff Assembly’s
monthly meeting.
Changes would include adding
a middle tier to the current structure to give non-exempt employees with 5 to 10 years experience
17 vacation days a year, as well
as increasing vacation days for
those with 10 or more years of
experience to 22 days per year.
Non-exempt employees are
those eligible for overtime pay.
Currently, non-exempt employees are classified into two
tiers - those with 10 or fewer
years experience and those with
10 or more. Employees in the
first tier get 12 vacation days per
year, while those in the second
tier get 20.
If approved, employees in the
new middle tier would see vacation time increase by more than
40 percent.
Staff members have had two
weeks to review the proposal,
Staff Assembly Chair Randy
Chambers said.
No changes would be made
to the exempt employee policy,
which gives salaried employees
22 days a year.
Chambers said he was unsure
when the Chancellor’s Cabinet
would discuss the issue but indicated the process might take
a while.
LEXY CRUZ / TCU360 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Students visit the FrogSaver information table in Market Square to pick up free coupon books and learn about the new
phone application, which will bring local business discounts straight to students’ phones.
CAMPUS
Campus coupons go digital
By Lexy Cruz
Editor-in-Chief
TCU 360
Two TCU alumni are bringing local
businesses’ discounts to campus with
FrogSaver.com Campus Coupons
with a free mobile application released
earlier this week.
Joe Scully, a 1982 graduate, said
he worked with Texas Student Ser-
vices to create the Frog Calls student directory and that he recently
started FrogSaver.com.
Scully and recent TCU graduate Philip Hanson are scheduled to
be on the east side of Market Square
this week passing out t-shirts, coupon
books and informing students about
the new app.
The FrogSaver mobile app was released earlier this week on the An-
droid and iPhone markets. Hanson
helped create the new app and helped
promote FrogSaver.com on Facebook
and Twitter.
Scully said while FrogSaver hoped
to give TCU members discounts, it did
not stop at coupons.
Scully said, “We’re trying to be the
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CL ARIFIC ATION
Due to the number of people who would be adversely impacted by a partial shutdown of the natural gas main on east
campus tomorrow, it was rescheduled for Saturday from 8:00
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
During this time, there will be no heat or domestic hot water
for the following facilities: Bass Building, Tandy Hall, Dan Rogers
Hall, Winton-Scott Hall and Sid W. Richardson Building.
In a classroom with standing
room only, students learned about
financial literacy and financial credit
through a workshop called “Money
Talks” on Tuesday.
The workshop taught students the
difference between an interest rate
and an annual premium rate, along
with how to establish good credit
and how to check a credit score.
Mike Scott, director of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid,
hosted the event and said the seminar was a success because of student
involvement and interest.
Scott said he was impressed with
the amount of students who came
to the workshop, along with the
number of emails he received from
students about the event. At the end
of the workshop, more than a dozen
students stayed to ask Scott individual questions about their own financial situations.
“It was great to see students interested in managing their funds,” Scott
said. “Obviously, they’re thinking
about this early, and I was very impressed by those who came.”
Michaela Bradshaw, a senior strategic communication major, said she
enjoyed the workshop and wished
more people would attend. She said
she would attend more financial
workshops in the future if the university offered them.
Robin Williamson, senior director
of Student Development Services,
said student attendance was higher
than expected. Thirty-three students
wrote down their contact information at the workshop. Representatives from Student Development
Services were also present.
Daniel Terry, a director with Student Development Services said
future financial workshops will be
organized. The next financial workshop will occur April 10, while another workshop is planned for an
undetermined date in March. Topics
and locations are to be announced at
a later date.
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INTERNATIONAL
COUPONS
online marketplace for the business community to reach the
TCU campus.”
Categories in the app range
from automotive services to restaurants, churches and more, he
said. Some categories even contained subcategories to make the
search easier.
There is also a featured restaurant five days a week and a
weekly featured business, he
said. Users could download
the app, “like” the FrogSaver.
com Facebook page and enter a
drawing for a free lunch at the
participating restaurant or for
discounts at the business.
Businesses love using print,
online and application media to
connect with the TCU campus,
Scully said.
TCU is the only university
that has this type of coupon
book service from Texas Student Services, and Scully said
he planned to create a franchise
to offer to other universities in
the Metroplex as well.
The FrogSaver.com coupon
books are available in all residence
halls, the Brown-Lupton University Union Information Desk and
other places on campus, but the
alumni wanted to spotlight the
use of the new smart phone app.
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News
Report: Simpsons dolls join Iran ban list
By Nasser Karimi
Associated Press
An Iranian governmentaffiliated agency has banned
dolls of the Simpsons cartoon
characters, who join Barbie
and others on a toy blacklist,
an independent newspaper reported on Monday.
The report said that the
Simpsons were banned to
avoid the promotion of
Western culture. But Superman and Spiderman were
allowed, because they helped
the “oppressed.”
“We do not want to promote
this cartoon by importing the
toys,” Shargh daily quoted
Mohammad Hossein Farjoo,
secretary of policymaking at
the Institute for the Intellectual
Development of Children and
Young Adults, as saying.
He did not elaborate on what
was wrong with the Simpsons
specifically. But he noted that
any doll on which genitals are
distinguishable, as well as dolls
of adults, are banned. So were
toys with speakers that blare
out the voices of Western singers, or toy kitchen sets that include glasses for drinking alco-
holic beverages.
Farjoo said however that
dolls of Spiderman and Superman were authorized for
sale. “They help oppressed
people and they have a positive
stance,” he said.
The agency is the same that
called Barbie dolls a “Trojan
horse” in 1996. In January,
police said they closed down
dozens of toy shops for selling
Barbies.
Since the 1979 Islamic
revolution that ousted a proWestern monarchy, Iran has
tried to fight Western cultural
influence.
Despite bans on many
books, movies, satellite TV
channels, music, haircuts and
fashion from the West, many
young people follow Western
culture avidly and can often
obtain illegal products on the
black market.
In 2011 Iran imported $57
million worth of toys. Officials
believe some $20 million more
worth of toys were smuggled
across the border the same
year.
VAHID SALEMI / ASSOCIATED PRESS
One-fourth of Iran’s populaIranians look at a doll display in a toy shop in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 20. Police have closed down
tion of 75 million is under 15
dozens of toy shop for selling Barbie dolls, part of a decades-long crackdown on signs of Western
years old.
culture in Iran, the semi official Mehr news agency reported Friday, Jan. 20.
FINANCE
Test Your Financial Knowledge Managing and Using Credit Wisely: True or False
1. My credit rating will improve
as my salary increases. True or
False?
2. Closing old accounts that I
don’t use will improve my credit.
T/F
3. A bad de
bt stays on my report even if I
pay it off. T / F
4. Incurring debt is always a bad
idea; always pay with cash. T / F
J.D. MOORE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Director of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid Mike Scott teaches students about financial literacy through a “Money
Talks” workshop on Tuesday.
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SGA
Close vote stalls legislation for altering finance guidelines
Staff Reporter
Members of the House of
Student Representatives voted
to send a bill, which would
change the finance guidelines
of the Student Government
Association, back to the House
Executive Board Tuesday evening.
Opponents of the bill said it
changed too much too quickly
and the House needed more
time to consider it.
SGA Speaker of the House
Dalton Goodier said the mo-
tion to send the bill back to the
House Executive Board was
passed 20-19 with one representative abstaining.
The bill will be voted on again
next Tuesday after the committee leaders and other members
in appointed positions, such as
Speaker of the House, looked at
the legislation again.
Trevor Melvin, a John V.
Roach Honors College representative, said he wanted to vote
on the legislation next week
because there was not enough
time to consider the legislation,
which would have made funda-
“It was frustrating for
it then to be delayed
again just because a
few people felt like
they needed to read
over it more.
”
Kari Berdelle
chairwoman of the Finance
Committee
mental changes.
SGA Treasurer David Belpedio said he understood why
the bill was sent back but was
TEXAS
Football past follows Senate candidate
By Jim Vertuno
Associated Press
In the sports world, Craig
James was a star football player for Southern Methodist
University and the New England Patriots. He later became
a household name in Texas as
a television analyst for ESPN.
Now that he’s running for
the Senate, James can’t separate his Republican politics
from football, which accounts
for nearly all of his name recognition. But drawing attention to his athletic exploits
also means revisiting a pair
of well-known scandals going back to the 1980s.
So instead of fielding public-policy questions, he must
constantly fend off comments about how he took
improper payments at SMU
and played a role in firing a
popular Texas Tech coach.
“I’m ready to move on,”
James, now 51, said last
week in an interview at an
Austin restaurant. It won’t
be easy in a state where
football inspires almost religious devotion, and fans
cling to long memories.
James, who has never run
for office, says his years as a
small-town rancher, businessman and dad make him an
ideal candidate to bring common sense to Washington.
His rookie campaign sticks
to broad conservative talking
points: attacking President
Barack Obama on the federal
health care law, protecting the
Constitution, cutting off illegal immigration and easing
regulations on business.
Recent polls have shown
him far behind his rivals,
and his negative ratings
among Texans are twice as
high as his positives.
“The negatives are coming
at him from multiple sourc-
es,” said Austin political consultant Bill Miller. “This is the
deal with scandal: If it comes
out early and you can get it
behind you, you can survive.
If it always stays in front of
you, it’s a killer. He’s got to get
it in a rearview mirror. We’ll
see if he’s got the wherewithal
to make it happen.”
ERIC GAY / ASSOCIATE PRESS
In this Jan. 12 photo, former
ESPN commentator Craig
James is seen announcing his
candidacy for U.S. Senate seat in
Austin, Texas.
frustrated.
“I believe that a lot of House
members will express concerns,
but won’t bring those concerns
forward and email them to me,”
he said.
Kari Berdelle, chairwoman
of the Finance Committee, said
she had been working on the
legislation since October and
was upset with the decision to
send the bill back.
“It was frustrating for it then
to be delayed again just because a few people felt like they
needed to read over it more,”
she said.
Berdelle said she hoped the
people who expressed concerns
read over the bill again and
talked to her about it.
Berdelle and Belpedio
both said they thought the
House would pass the bill
next Tuesday.
According to the new guidelines, one of the biggest changes
the bill would have made would
be having members of the Finance Committee comprise the
Activities Funding Board.
In the proposed version
of the bill, members of the
Finance Committee would
keep track of organizations
that received SGA money to
ensure the money was being
used correctly, according to
the guidelines.
The Activities Funding
Board, which allocates money
to student organizations, would
meet once a year to allocate
$70,000 out of the $100,000
they have, according to the
guidelines.
The remaining $30,000
would be left over for emergency funding that student organizations may need, according to
the legislation.
ECONOMY
Federal Reserve: economy still recovering
By Martin Crutsinger
Associated Press
Ben Bernanke says the
job market isn’t as strong
as the steadily declining unemployment rate
might suggest.
Responding to questions
at a Senate hearing Tuesday,
he noted that the unemployment rate doesn’t capture the
plight of millions of people
who have stopped looking
for work or part-timers who
can’t find full-time jobs.
His cautious view helps
explain why the Federal
Reserve plans to hold interest rates at record lows until
late 2014. Many economists
were looking to see if Bernanke might waver on that
stance after Friday’s news
that hiring surged in January and the unemployment
rate to a three-year low of
8.3 percent.
The Fed chairman
stuck with the three-year
time line.
None of the senators
asked Bernanke whether
the encouraging job figures
were reason enough for the
Fed to rethink holding interest rates low for that long.
And Bernanke didn’t tout
the hiring data during the
two-hour hearing.
If anything, Bernanke
maintained the Fed’s position: the economy is
improving at a frustratingly slow pace and that
low rates are necessary to
boost growth.
Bernanke agreed with
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas,
that an unemployment rate
of 8.3 percent is understating the jobs problem.
“It’s very important to
look not just at the unemployment rate, which reflects only people who are
actively seeking work,” Bernanke said.
ously said.
During the hearing, Republicans repeated familiar concerns. They said
keeping rates down could
raise the risk of inflation.
And low rates punish traditional savers.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn.,
acknowledged that the Fed
J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Tuesday, before the Senate Budget Committee
hearing to consider The Outlook for U.S. Monetary and Fiscal
Policy.
“There are also a lot of
people who are either out
of the labor force because
they don’t think they can
find work... There are also
a lot of people who are
working part-time, and
they’d like to be working
full-time but they can’t
find full-time work.”
The Fed has kept its
benchmark interest rate
near zero for the past three
years. In its policy statement
in January, the Fed said it
would probably not increase
that rate until late 2014 at
the earliest — a year and a
half later than it had previ-
has a dual mandate, to both
lower unemployment and
keep inflation from rising
too quickly. But he questioned whether the Fed’s priorities were right, given that
unemployment is expected
to stay high for several years.
“You have this tension
between these two simultaneous objectives,” Toomey
said. He suggested the Fed
focus on a single mandate of
keeping inflation low.
Bernanke said Fed officials were aware of the risks
and were closely monitoring
inflation, which he said was
low and falling.
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NATIONAL
NATIONAL
GOP gets Minn. focus for now Komen VP resigns over funding
By Ray Henry
Associated Press
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally
in Loveland, Colo., Tuesday.
By Brian Bakst
Associated Press
In presidential politics, Minnesota is as close to a Democratic fortress as states come.
It has tantalized Republicans in recent presidential
campaigns, but it’s still wound
up as general election fool’s
gold for the GOP ever since
Richard Nixon last won it for
the party in 1972.
So it’s easy to understand
why Minnesota Republicans
are basking in the presidential glare now. For Tuesday’s
caucuses at least, they have
the spotlight to themselves
— and a genuine piece of the
action.
This year’s Minnesota caucuses drew their first significant
attention from the contenders
in memory, with all four hopefuls dropping by in the final
week. Front-runner Mitt Romney stopped in last week, while
Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and
Rick Santorum were in town as
late as Monday.
Usually, the Republican
nomination fight is wrapped
up well before voters in the
wintry enclave get a say. Or
the primary calendar lumps
Minnesota with states that offer bigger prizes.
Republican caucus attendees tend toward the conservative, especially those
most concerned with social
issues. Tea party members
stormed the caucuses two
years ago and could play a
role this time, too.
A straw ballot will crown
a winner Tuesday night, but
delegates to the summer’s
Republican National Convention won’t be decided for several more months.
Four years ago, more than
60,000 Republicans turned out
and Romney trounced eventual nominee John McCain. That
more than doubled attendance
from 2004, but was overshadowed by the more than 200,000
Democrats who headed to
EVAN VUCCI / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.
their caucuses to give Barack
Obama a 2-to-1 win over Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Turnout at the state’s caucuses tends to be a tiny fraction of eligible voters in a
state that prides itself on
nation-leading fall participation. Minnesota used to have
a primary rather than a caucus, but that was abandoned
more than a half-century ago.
In Minnesota, voters don’t
register with a party designation. So on caucus night, people
can participate in any party
caucus they want at hundreds
of schools, community centers
and other locations. And they
have a host of choices: the Independence Party, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and
several minor parties all had a
chance to put on caucuses.
With Obama a shoo-in for
the Democratic nomination,
all eyes are on the GOP results.
There was a sense among party
veterans that the big four were
tightly bunched and turnout
would dictate the winner. A
lower turnout favored Santorum and Paul because of the intensity of their support among
religious conservatives and antiwar Republicans, respectively.
Even Romney’s top Minnesota surrogate, former Gov. Tim
Pawlenty, wasn’t ready to predict the former Massachusetts
governor would score a second
straight win here.
“It will be very competitive. I
can’t tell you who will come out
on top,” Pawlenty said Monday.
The caucuses start at 8 p.m.
EST and nearly complete results
are typically known within a few
hours.
The vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen
for the Cure who backed the
breast cancer charity’s move
to strip Planned Parenthood
of funding resigned Tuesday,
saying she stands by the nowabandoned decision that set off
a storm of controversy.
Karen Handel, who had
denounced Planned Parenthood as a former gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, said
in her resignation letter and
later interviews that she was
actively engaged in the efforts
to cut off the grants.
“I am deeply disappointed
by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in
it,” Handel said in her letter. “I
openly acknowledge my role
in the matter and continue to
believe our decision was the
best one for Komen’s future
and the women we serve.”
The grants, totaling $680,000
last year, went to breast-screening services offered by Planned
Parenthood, which provides a
range of women’s health care
services including abortions.
Under criteria developed by
Komen during Handel’s tenure,
Planned Parenthood would
have been disqualified from
future grants because it was
under a congressional investigation launched at the urging
of anti-abortion activists.
Komen, the nation’s largest
breast-cancer charity, reversed
course after its decision ignited
a three-day firestorm of criticism. Members of Congress
and Komen affiliates accused
the group’s national leadership
of bending to pressure from
anti-abortion activists.
“Neither the decision nor the
changes themselves were based
on anyone’s political beliefs or
ideology,” Handel said in her
resignation letter. “Rather, both
were based on Komen’s mission and how to better serve
women, as well as a realization
of the need to distance Komen
from controversy.”
Komen Founder and CEO
Nancy G. Brinker said she accepted Handel’s resignation
and wished her well.
“We have made mistakes in
how we have handled recent
decisions and take full accountability for what has resulted, but we cannot take our
eye off the ball when it comes
to our mission,” Brinker said in
a statement. “To do this effectively, we must learn from what
we’ve done right, what we’ve
done wrong and achieve our
goal for the millions of women
who rely on us.”
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Andrea Hagelgans
declined to comment on the
resignation.
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NATIONAL
Passengers continue to fly American Airlines despite well-publicized bankruptcy
Associated Press
Consumers seem not to care
whether the airline they fly is
under bankruptcy protection.
Passengers flew more
miles on American Airlines
last month than they did
in January 2011 despite the
company’s well-publicized
bankruptcy status.
Led by growth on international flights, American’s
paying passengers flew 10
billion miles last month, up
1.4 percent from 9.87 billion
miles a year earlier. The airline
said Monday that international traffic rose 5 percent, with
gains of more than 3 percent
to Europe and Latin America
and 17 percent in its much
smaller U.S.-Asia business.
That helped the nation’s
third-biggest airline overcome a 1.1 percent decline in
U.S. traffic.
American cut its passenger-carrying capacity by 2.1
percent — a 4.4 percent re-
duction in the U.S. and a
1.2 percent increase on international routes. Airlines
can increase capacity by operating more flights or using bigger planes that carry
more people.
The combination of higher
traffic and lower capacity
meant fewer empty seats. The
average flight was 78.5 percent full, compared with 75.8
percent a year earlier. Occupancy tends to be lower in the
winter than in the summer.
American’s short-haul affiliate, American Eagle, reported that traffic rose 10.3
percent. Eagle carries less
than one-tenth the traffic
handled by American.
American, Eagle and parent AMR Corp. all filed for
bankruptcy protection on
Nov. 29 and seek to cut labor
costs and debt loads while in
Chapter 11.
Earlier Monday, Delta Air
Lines Inc., the nation’s second-biggest airline, said its
January traffic fell by 1.5 percent, with both international
and domestic business down
from January 2011.
Delta, however, reported
that a key statistic — the
amount of revenue per
seat for every mile flown
— jumped 14.5 percent, as
airlines continue to benefit
from several fare increases
imposed last year.
American does not disclose revenue statistics on a
monthly basis.
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AMR spokesperson Bruce Hicks
speaks to reporters about projected job reductions at American
Airlines.
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SCHOLARSHIPS
Chancellor’s Scholars interviews bring out personality
By Alex Tyler
Staff Reporter
The university will select
the next class of Chancellor’s
Scholars this weekend during
the first ever Honors Scholars
Weekend, Michael Marshall,
the associate director of admissions said.
The visiting students will
interview to become Chancellor’s Scholars, which is part of
a new initiative and process
of determining the scholars,
he said. Invited prospective
students will stay with a current student and take part in
events to fully experience the
university, he said.
According to the TCU website, Chancellor’s Scholars are
students selected as entering
freshmen and are awarded full
tuition scholarships based on
their academic and leadership
achievements in high school.
Previously,
Chancellor’s
Scholars were chosen solely
based on academics, Marshall
said. But with the new process,
potential scholars will also be
able to display their communication skills and leadership
experience, he said.
Because the scholars have
already been admitted to the
university and have received
the Dean’s Scholarship, the ac-
ademic playing field has become
level, he said. The interviews will
help decide who are the best
candidates for the Chancellor’s
Scholarship, he said.
The weekend would include a John V. Roach Honors
College preview, Experience
TCU and a dinner hosted by
Chancellor Victor Boschini
before the interview day on
Saturday, he said. Current
Chancellor’s Scholars would
help interview the prospective
students, he said.
“They all work very
hard, which I think is
great.
”
Victor Boschini
Chancelor
Cody Westphal, a firstyear pre-business major, said
he had visited other schools
with programs and scholarships similar to the Chancellor’s Scholarship. After
seeing a more developed
sense of community at other
schools, Westphal wanted to
encourage something similar at the university, he said.
Westphal suggested a fall
retreat in which the new
class of Chancellor’s Schol-
TAYLOR PRATER / MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
Freshman pre-business major and Chancellor’s Scholar Cody Westphal stands atop the steps of Sadler Hall. Westphal, along with his
other fellow scholars., will help interview prospective 2012 Chancellor’s Scholar students.
ars would attend and get to
know each other better. This
would build a sense of community among the scholars,
and as a group they could
potentially make more effective changes because of their
very active involvement on
campus, he said.
“If you can have them taking their idea, presenting it
to the group and the community by the Chancellor’s
Scholars, I feel like the sky’s
the limit when you get that
many capable young adults
working together and really
trusting each other and really
trusting that they can make
TCU better,” Westphal said.
Boschini said the Chancellor’s Scholars had the opportunity to get to know the
him through the variety of
events involving both him
and the scholars. The Honors Scholars Weekend and
the fall retreat for the Chancellor’s Scholars are two ways
for Boschini to get to know
them even more, he said.
“One thing they all have
in common is that they’re all
very motivated, and they’re
all very driven in a positive
sense,” Boschini said. “They
all work very hard, which I
think is great.”
Westphal said the scholarship motivated the scholars to give back because the
university had provided so
much for them, not only
monetarily but also in terms
of opportunities. For Westphal, if he could manage to
improve the university in
any way, it would be because
of how blessed he has been
as a Chancellor’s Scholar.
“If I can pay back in any
way I possibly can, I’ll work
for it because it’s such a
blessing,” he said.
Ann Louden, the Chancellor’s Associate for External Relations, manages
the Chancellor’s Scholars
Program and had the opportunity to get to know the
scholars and witness their
growth during their four
years at the university.
“The biggest reward is being able to see the freshman
come in and then graduating four years later having
had this amazing experience, having their horizons
broadened
academically
and in terms of their social
and leadership potential,”
Louden said. “Just to watch
the process, and when they
graduate it’s like they’ve
been transformed. And I
love that our program helps
make that possible.”
The Honors Scholars Weekend will take place from
Thursday to Saturday.
HIGHER EDUCATION
As colleges obsess over rankings, students shrug
By Justin Pope
Associated Press
When US News & World Report debuted its list of “America’s Best Colleges” nearly 30
years ago, the magazine hoped
its college rankings would be a
game-changer for students and
families. But arguably, they’ve
had a much bigger effect on colleges themselves.
Yes, students and families still
buy the guide and its less famous
competitors by the hundreds of
thousands, and still care about
a college’s reputation. But it
isn’t students who obsess over
every incremental shift on the
rankings scoreboard, and who
regularly embarrass themselves
in the process. It’s colleges.
It’s colleges that have spent
billions on financial aid for
high-scoring students who
don’t actually need the money,
motivated at least partly by the
quest for rankings glory.
It was a college, Baylor University, that paid students it
had already accepted to retake
the SAT exam in a transparent ploy to boost the average
scores it could report. It’s colleges that have awarded bonuses to presidents who lift
their school a few slots.
And it’s colleges that occasionally get caught in the kind
of cheating you might expect
in sports or on Wall Street, but
which seems especially ignominious coming from professional educators.
The latest example came last
week at Claremont McKenna,
a highly regarded California
liberal arts college where a
senior administrator resigned
after acknowledging he falsified college entrance exam
scores for years to rankings
publications such as US News.
The scale was small: submitting scores just 10 or 20 points
higher on the 1,600-point SAT
math and reading exams. Average test scores account for
just 7.5 percent of the US News
rankings formula. Still, the
magazine acknowledged the
effect could have been to move
the college up a slot or two in
its rankings of top liberal arts
colleges. And so it was hard
not to notice Claremont McKenna stood at No. 9 in this year’s
rankings, which to people who
care about such things sounds
much sweeter than No. 11.
“For Claremont, there
is I would think a psychologically large difference
between being ninth and
11th,” said Bob Schaeffer
of the group FairTest and a
rankings critic. “‘We’re a top
10 school,’ (or) ‘we’re 11th or
12th’ — that’s a big psychological difference. It’s a bragging rights difference.”
If it was an effort to gain
an edge, it backfired badly.
Another popular list, Kiplinger’s “Best College Values,”
said Friday it was removing
Claremont McKenna from its
2011-12 rankings entirely because of the false reporting.
The college had been No. 18
on its list of best-value liberal
arts colleges.
Competitiveness may be
naturally human, but to
many who work with students, such behavior among
fellow educators is mystifying. Contrary to widespread perceptions, they say,
students typically use the
rankings as a source of data
and pay little attention to a
school’s number.
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STUDY ABROAD
EXTENDED EDUCATION
Harris College still plans on London
Classes offer personal growth
By Tori Cummings
Staff Reporter
COURTESY OF STEPHANIE ELLIS
TCU alumna Stephanie Ellis, left, poses with fellow alumna Natalie Feingold in front of Stonehenge during a Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences study abroad trip to London in summer 2010.
By Rachael Lehman
Staff Reporter
Olympians from around the
world are planning on calling London their home for
the summer and so will some
Horned Frogs.
Diane Hawley, assistant professor of professional practice,
said that although some students in the Harris College of
Nursing and Health Sciences
would be in London they
would not be in the city during the time of the Olympics.
However, the group would still
be affected by the increased
traffic and tourism the Olympics usually brought, she said.
Hawley said students in the
nursing school studied in London every other summer.
She said she would accompany the students this summer,
her seventh trip with the Harris College, as they made the
trip “across the pond.”
However, this summer’s
program would be slightly
different than previous years,
Hawley said, because it added
Geneva, Switzerland, to the list
of destinations.
anie Ellis said she went on the
trip two summers ago.
“We got to see how universal health care works, we got
We’re looking at Eng- to do the Jack the Ripper walk
land national health
and we got to go see Stonehenge,” Ellis said.
service and SwitzerHawley said the program
land’s health care
would help students learn
about the differences besystem in Geneva.
tween the health care systems
Diane Hawley of the United States, London
Assistant professor of professional and Switzerland.
practice
“We are studying the health
care systems and comparing them to the United States’
“Switzerland has a unique health care system,” Hawley
element in the fact that it is the said. “We’re looking at Enghome of the World Health Or- land national health service
ganization, the Red Cross and and Switzerland’s health care
the International Council for system in Geneva.”
Nurses,” she said. “It is a hub
Although the program is orfor many international health ganized by the Harris College
organizations.”
of Nursing and Health SciencThe students would spend es, it is available to students of
the first week of their trip at a all majors who are interested.
retreat center in Geneva. During the last two weeks of their When: June 9 - June 30
journey, the group would stay Where: London, England and
in the Bloomsbury district of Geneva, Switzerland
Cost: $3,150
London, she said.
Senior nursing major Steph- Who: All majors
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NATIONAL
Chicago college offers ‘Occupy’ class
Associated Press
A Chicago college is offering a class on the Occupy
movement.
Thirty-two undergraduate
students are enrolled at Roosevelt University’s “Occupy
Everywhere” class. It’s a threecredit political science course
that looks at the movement
that started last summer near
7
New York City’s Wall Street
and spread nationwide.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports students’ assignments include reading the movement’s
newspaper and attending Occupy Chicago’s general assembly meetings held near Roosevelt’s downtown campus.
Leaders from the Chicago movement may present
guest lectures.
Professor Jeff Edwards studies social movements. He says
the Occupy movement has
been unfolding before students and the class is a good
opportunity for them. He says
they are reading a range of
analysis on the movement
concerned with corporate
greed and the division of
wealth.
Students and community
residents looking for an opportunity to continue their
education beyond college can
enroll in the university’s Office of Extended Education,
which provides non-credit
programs for personal and
professional benefit.
Assistant Director of Extended Education Julie Lovett
said the program first started
as an evening college but has
changed over the years. The
classes presented through Extended Education range from
photography to dancing to
reading, she said.
A very popular one was
The Big Read, done in conjunction with Texas Wesleyan
University.
“The Big Read is a program from the National Endowments of the Arts just
designed to get the community reading and talking
about what they’re reading,”
she said.
Anyone in the TCU and
Fort Worth communities can
enroll, Lovett said. The target audience is adult learners
with ages ranging from 30 to
70 years old.
TCU reference librarian Diana Boerner said she
planned to take the yoga class
every semester to get exercise.
She has taken sewing, music
and dance classes as well.
Lovett said the program offered a variety of dance classes, including wedding and
basic couples dancing.
“If you’re looking for
something to entertain
yourself or something
that you never learned
but you’ve always
wanted to learn, that’s
a great forum and format to do that without
having the pressure of
a grade.
”
Diana Boerner
TCU reference librarian
Martha Johnson, a real
estate appraiser from Fort
Worth, said she took photography and painting classes to
learn more about her hobbies. The classes were interesting and affordable.
Lovett said prices range
depended on what classes
participants wanted to take.
Most classes ran two hours a
week for four weeks, costing
around $150, she said.
“We have programs that
are two hours in length that
could be $45 and we have 30
hour art classes, that probably hit closer to $300,” she
said. “We have a wine tour to
the Napa Valley that is several thousand dollars.”
Extended Education also
offered certification for high
school AP teachers to enhance their skills for teaching
AP classes, Lovett said.
TCU students are invited
to take classes through Extended Education, she said,
because in most cases, TCU
students received a 50 percent discount.
Boerner said she took
Extended Education classes
for many reasons, including self-improvement and
entertainment.
“If you’re looking for something to entertain yourself
or something that you never
learned but you’ve always
wanted to learn, that’s a great
forum and format to do that
without having the pressure of
a grade,” Boerner said.
Who can register: TCU students
and Fort Worth community
How: Register for Extended Education classes online, in person
or by phone
Phone: 817-257-7132
Website: lifelong.tcu.edu
Email: [email protected]
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TCU’s Extended Education is a non-credit program that provides learning opportunities for anyone in
the Fort Worth community to continue their education beyond college.
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Opinion
The Skiff View
Public misunderstood
Komen decision
Many women are concerned about Susan G.
Komen for the Cure’s motives for halting funding to
Planned Parenthood, which
for years has provided them
with services such as breast
exams and cancer screenings.
Most people wonder why a
foundation devoted to helping women would cut ties
with a well-known women’s
health organization and are
misattributing this parting
to former senior vice president for the Komen foundation Karen Handel, a strong
pro-life supporter.
A huge misconception is
that the Komen foundation
cut funding to Planned Parenthood because of Handel’s opposition to abortion. However,
too many people are blindly
blaming the Komen foundation for being too political.
The Komen foundation’s
Facebook page showed users claiming the organization should be “ashamed”
for removing funding and
many users said they would
no longer support it.
The Komen foundation
parted with Planned Parenthood because of a policy
which, according to Komen
spokeswoman Leslie Aun,
would “block grants to organizations currently under investigation by any local, state
or federal authorities.”
The investigation in question is an audit led by U.S. Rep.
Cliff Stearns, who seeks to determine if taxpayers’ money
had been spent on abortions
over the last 10 years.
Handel’s views had nothing to do with Komen Foundation’s decision. The organization was only following
protocol, not involving politics in this decision.
The Komen foundation
decided to resume funding
to Planned Parenthood after the backlash. Handel has
since stepped down, and because of this the foundation
can ensure employees place
importance on the care of
women nationwide.
It is vital for the foundation
to provide funding to Planned
Parenthood to further the
“pro-cure” cause, but it is even
more vital that we as a nation
be careful to understand the
full story behind an issue before we jump to conclusions.
Long road to economic recovery persists
Multimedia editor Taylor
Prater for the editorial board.
The Skiff View represents the collective opinion of the editorial board.
EDITORIAL BOARD
Katey Muldrow, Editor-in-Chief
Kim Burdi, Sports Editor
Maggie Fraser, News Editor
Sneha Antony, News Editor
Marshall Doig, Copy Desk Chief
Nate Beeler is an editorial cartoonist for The Washington Examiner
Chelsea Katz, Managing Editor
Lyndsi Hardin, Special Sections Editor
Kezhal Shah-Hosseini, Opinion Editor
Taylor Prater, Multimedia Editor
The Campus Voice
Pearce Edwards
A subtle thing happened
during the Super Bowl
on Sunday. In the midst
of Manning mania, talking babies, flying babies,
Madonna, Cee Lo and
marching bands came an
advertisement much different than the rest. The
spot featured employees
at a General Electric Co,
plant in Schenectady, N.Y.,
talking about the impact
of their work on other
companies and the global
economy. The message was
evident: American manufacturing is back.
New unemployment
figures released over the
weekend revealed an 8.3
percent unemployment
rate, which marks a new
two-year low and the private sector’s 23rd consecutive month of job gains.
Anemic improvement since
2009 left the economy with
dim forecasts and dwindling benefits.
Now, however, the
manufacturing sector
experienced strong gains,
adding 50,000 new jobs
in December, according
to statistics provided by
whitehouse.gov, and the
construction sector also
gained 21,000 jobs.
A more resilient economy and trim government
is a recipe for success.
Increased hiring indicated
workers engaged in education and vocational training in order to qualify for
their positions. A modernized, competitive workforce
is the ultimate goal.
Overall, American
growth rates are the highest they have been in
more than a year, with 2.8
percent gross domestic
product and consumer
spending increases across
the fourth quarter of 2011.
Positive news can continue
to snowball, with higher
wages, households paying off debts and perhaps,
finally, getting the housing
market on stable ground.
Yet, strong American
business requires effective
government. In a contentious election year, the
policies laid out by the
Obama administration become even more crucial.
The president called for
an extension of the payroll
tax cut in the State of the
Union address, a move
which saves households on
average $934 per year. He
also emphasized finding
buyers and guaranteeing
domestic sellers of manufacturing products, an essential government task in a
competitive global market.
President Obama’s vision
for the country is powerful.
His slogan has become an
“economy built to last.”
However, long-term
problems complicate his
agenda. The U.S. government must find creative
ways to resolve mounting
debt, which reuters.com
projects will grow by $1
trillion during the 2012
fiscal year. In order to turn
20th century attitudes into
21st century governance,
the Obama administration
needs to master the art of
cutting spending and preserving government’s role
in the lives of citizens.
The success or failure
of Obama’s presidency depends on the election cycle.
Rhetorical barbs from
Republican candidates,
especially Mitt Romney,
center on the administration’s economic growth.
A Washington Post-ABC
News poll found 52 percent of
respondents to be more con-
fident of Obama’s economic
understanding, compared to
37 percent for Romney.
GOP contenders such as
Newt Gingrich have even
said, “give [Obama] some
credit.” The landscape of
the race is changing.
Money is a key influence
in elections, especially in
the new era of the Super
PAC and huge donations.
Wall Street is a top beneficiary of economic growth,
and the finance and real
estate sectors are the largest
donors to campaigns.
Yet, Romney has received far more in donations, about $1.8 million
from the six largest firms.
Romney is out fundraising
Obama by a factor of eight
or more. Where the money
falls will chart the legacy
of the new numbers on
economic growth.
The United States’ long,
painful return to economic
strength and an invigorated workforce is gaining
ground, affecting policy,
elections and even advertisements during the Super
Bowl. Jobs, careers and
success for college students
are all at stake.
Pearce Edwards is a junior political science and history double
major from Albuquerque, N.M.
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Celebrity endorsements should not affect GOP race
Booey Mittelstadt
Months ago, many Americans were excitedly debating
the possibility of a Donald
Trump presidency. And
though he is not a part of the
current race, he certainly has
not disappeared from the
scope of national politics.
In fact, only days ago, the
billionaire businessman and
celebrity proudly endorsed
former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney for the Republican
Party candidacy in the 2012
presidential race. Trump seems
to have a significant impact
when he opens his mouth and
speaks — his promise to run for
president months ago definitely
put the news media, and ordinary Americans, on their toes.
But will his public support
for Romney make any significant effect in the GOP race?
Probably not.
The reality is that Trump,
along with every other
celebrity who has chosen to
endorse a candidate, will not
have a lasting effect on which
candidate wins the nomination (or the presidency).
Some small-minded Americans may choose which
politician or party to support
based on whether or not their
favorite public and famous
figure has endorsed them.
That practice is, as previously stated, small-minded.
Some thought it was great
that Oprah endorsed Obama
four years ago, or that legend
Chuck Norris threw his support behind John McCain
(and now Newt Gingrich).
A public announcement of
support from a group of rich,
far-from-average celebrities
should not, and does not, have
a significant impact on the
race. Americans ought to
focus instead on what really
matters: each candidate’s
track record, vision and plans
for the future of America,
and certainly not the opinion
of some celebrity who probably has not been significantly affected by the downturn
in the American economy.
Thankfully, polls show
Americans believe this as well.
A Pew Research Center poll
done this month shows that
more than 64 percent of Americans stated an endorsement
by Donald Trump would not
sway their candidate support,
while only a mere 13 percent
said it would make them
support a candidate more. In
a Pew poll done last month,
only 8 percent of Americans
said a Trump endorsement
would cause them to support
a candidate even more, while
more than 26 percent said a
Trump endorsement would
actually cause them to support
a candidate even less.
Even if you are a fan of Romney, or Trump for that matter,
these statistics should come as
good news. The fact that less
than one-tenth of Americans
GERALD HERBERT / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Las Vegas, Thursday, to endorse Republican presidential
candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, accompanied by Romney’s wife Ann.
would choose to support a candidate solely based on the fact
that a celebrity has done so is
proof for me that Americans
might be moving in the right
direction in becoming a better
informed citizenry.
Perhaps it might be different
Education quality should trump rankings
Allana Wooley
The United States is, for
now, the strongest world
power. It is the most influential, polarizing, economically and militarily powerful
country in the world. It has
a reputation for democracy
and opportunity unparalleled
by any other nation.
By logic, the United States
should have the best and
brightest scholars in the
world. Instead, America is
ranked 31st in education out
of 65 countries, falling behind
in the fundamental fields of
math, science and reading.
Faring poorly in international standings, America’s scholars
are not even exceedingly
intelligent according to their
own country’s standards. Those
standards are lower than those
of many other countries, and
only 72 percent of teenagers in
America aged 12 to 17 are up to
grade level expectations.
Several contributing factors
have been proposed in an attempt to pin down the source
of such disparity between
where the education system in
America should be and where it
actually is. Insufficient funding
for schools and ineffective education policies such as No Child
Left Behind have been cited as
potential problem sources.
A hugely overlooked part
of the equation is the current
culture in America. Obsessed
with physical appearance,
educational focus is no longer
placed on developing marketable skills and problemsolving abilities for the future.
Rather, the focus is on collecting statistics that paint the
picture of a very talented and
diversified up-and-coming
group of leaders.
Several colleges have become
so obsessed with image that
they use dishonest policies to
boost their own rankings, according to a blog post from The
Chronicle of Higher Education.
Baylor University paid accepted
students to retake the SAT so
they could report better scores.
Claremont McKenna College
went so far as to misreport each
fall’s freshman class average
SAT scores since 2005.
Schools place so much
pressure on their teachers to
ensure students reach certain
scores on year-end standardized tests that scoring high
often becomes the central focus of the class. Some schools
will not permit teachers to
fail students, asking teachers to allow multiple retakes,
remedial tutoring and ‘minimum grades,’ no matter how
poor the performance.
American students are
exploiting the fact that they
can get by without doing
much work. Students have
allowed teachers, parents
and coaches to pass them
along from grade to grade
with ‘decent enough’ grades
to get into college.
Children in America
have the best educational
arrangement there is. They
show up to class, and the
majority of the time do
whatever amount of work
they see fit, without fear
of failure. This is all that is
required to get into most
community and public colleges, where the majority of
young people are educated.
Once in college, even
students who attended private
schools, fail under the suddenly
foreign amounts of coursework.
Yet international students do
not have these issues.
One reason behind this is
better education in countries where the student is
accountable for his or her
own work. For example,
in England or China an
inadequate performance in
pre-college years means a
trade school education.
There is no easy solution
to the problem of education
inadequacy in the United
States. Some have suggested
that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program should
replace Advanced Placement
(AP) testing as a way to
install a work ethic across a
broad range of topics, creating modern day ‘renaissance
students.’ A lessened reliance
on standardized testing as
a measure of true ability is
another solution being supported by teachers who are
tired of teaching to a test.
Americans obsess over
images, but those images
of grandeur are going to
come crumbling down if the
idea of genius students is
not thrown away in favor of
actually putting work into
molding future minds.
Allana Wooley is a freshman anthropology and history double major from
Marble Falls.
if it were a different celebrity; maybe Oprah and others
from the 2008 election had a
larger impact than Trump’s
endorsement is likely to have.
Or maybe, and hopefully, it is
because Americans are aware
of what matters during a
nomination race and during the
actual presidential race, and it
certainly is not rich celebrities.
Booey Mittelstadt is a freshman film-television-digital media and political science double
major from Chattanooga, Tenn.
The
Purple Poll
What are some of your
safety habits?
“I carry my keys between
my fingers as if they’re
a knife. Or I call Froggie
[Five-0].”
Jessica Nenow
Sophomore graphic design major
“I don’t exactly have safety
habits, honestly. I should. I
used to have pepper spray,
but that got confiscated at
the airport. I’m vigilant; that’s
probably the only thing.”
Michelle Hoey
Sophomore psychology major
“My phone is always at
my fingertips; I have a
forced dial set so I can
just press a button, and
it dials the police.”
Pratik Mehta
Junior finance and accounting
double major
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NATIONAL
Prosecutors request that Sandusky be kept indoors until trial
By Mark Scolforo
Associated Press
Prosecutors asked Tuesday
to have Jerry Sandusky kept
indoors as part of his bail conditions, citing complaints that
the former Penn State football
assistant was seen outside and
watching children in a schoolyard from the back porch of his
home, where he remains under
house arrest while awaiting trial on child molestation charges.
The state attorney general’s
office argued in a court filing
that Sandusky’s bail conditions
should be revised so that he is
not allowed outside except to
seek medical treatment. Prosecutors said they opposed Sandusky’s request to be allowed
contact with his grandchildren
as he awaits trial on 52 child
sex-abuse charges.
“Several individuals from
the adjacent elementary school
have expressed concerns for
the safety of children at their
school and the adjacent neighborhood,” prosecutors wrote.
“Such concerns will only
mushroom if defendant is permitted to roam at will outside
his house.”
The allegation he was watching children was outlined in an
exhibit attached to the filing, a
memo from a state investigator
to a county probation officer
that said a teacher and intern
had reported concern for the
children’s safety.
“They advised the neighbor
that yesterday they had the
children outside for recess as
it was a warmer day, and that
they both witnessed Mr. Sandusky on his rear house deck
watching the children play,”
wrote investigator Anthony
Sassano on Jan. 26.
Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe
Amendola, did not immediately respond to the latest prosecution filing.
It said Sandusky’s son’s exwife “strenuously objects” to
her three minor children having any contact with him,
and that prosecutors believe
Sandusky was fortunate to be
granted bail.
“The commonwealth believes that (the) defendant
should be in jail,” prosecutors
wrote. “He has been granted
the privilege of being confined
in his own home, which is spacious and private and where he
can eat food of his own preference and sleep in his own bed
at night. House arrest is not
meant to be a house party.”
That court document, and
several motions filed late
Monday by Sandusky’s lawyer,
come ahead of a court hearing
Friday regarding his bail modification request.
Sandusky, 68, a former longtime defensive coordinator for
Penn State’s football team, has
maintained he is innocent of
the allegations, which claim
he engaged in a range of illegal acts with boys over 15
years, from touching their legs
to subjecting them to violent
sexual assault.
As Sandusky’s lawyers prepare for trial, they have asked
a judge for copies of secret
grand jury testimony, the
phone numbers of his accusers and other material. A 37page pretrial discovery motion
sought dozens of records from
the state attorney general’s office, including subpoenas,
photos, unredacted passages
of blacked-out documents already provided to the defense,
investigative notes and psychiatric records.
Amendola asked for records
related to specific young men
identified in grand jury reports
as Sandusky’s victims. Amendola said he was given the
names of eight of the 10 alleged
victims late last week.
A request contained in the
latest defense filings concerned
an interview with a former
Centre County deputy prosecutor who has said little publicly about the role she may
have played in the decision
not to prosecute Sandusky
more than a decade ago, after
a mother complained about
contact between Sandusky and
her son in a university football
team shower.
A state police report, Amen-
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2014 World Cup workers plead for better working conditions
Associated Press
Workers building and
renovating Brazil’s stadiums
for the 2014 World Cup are
threatening to go on strike
if employers don’t agree to
their demands for unified
salaries and benefits.
There have been isolated
strikes across the nation,
but unions representing
the workers in each of the
12 host cities are trying to
come together to plead for
better conditions.
Union leader Claudio da
Silva Gomes said Tuesday
the workers are ready to go
on strike as early as next
month if construction companies don’t agree to give
employees the same salaries
and benefits regardless of
the venue.
FIFA has said World
Cup preparations are behind schedule,and stadium
construction has been one
of the main concerns. The
strike would likely create
even more delays at several
venues, especially the ones
to be used for the Confederations Cup next year.
“We have workers doing
almost exactly the same
kind of work but they are
not earning the same salary or being entitled to the
same benefits at the different venues. This doesn’t
make sense,” said Gomes, a
leader at the national union
organization CUT. “If they
are doing the same work,
they should be getting paid
the same salary, regardless
of which region they are
working in.”
He said there are different salaries and benefits
to workers even when the
same construction company
is involved.
Pay discrepancies are
common in Brazil in nearly
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Workers inspect three collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
on Wednesday.
phone numbers of his accusers so he can obtain
their phone records.
“In many cases, (Sandusky)
believes the accusers may have
collaborated with each other
in making these false accusations,” Amendola wrote.
The attorney general’s office said Tuesday the defense’s discovery motion was
under review.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, left , walks
with his attorney Joe Amendola, right, as he leaves the Centre County Courthouse.
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dola wrote, “describes an interview with Karen Arnold, a
former assistant district attorney of Centre County, wherein
she and former District Attorney Ray Gricar had extensive
disagreements over a 1998
police investigation regarding
the defendant.” Gricar disappeared in April 2005 and was
declared legally dead last year.
Sandusky
wants
the
all sectors, especially in the
more impoverished north
and northeast regions.
Gomes said workers in the
southeast and the southern
regions are making nearly
twice as much as the ones in
the northeast.
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SPORTS
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SUPER BOWL
New York welcomes home Giants after 21-17 Super Bowl win
By Verena Dobnik
Associated Press
Thousands of fans roared
as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hoisted
the team’s Super Bowl trophy
from a glittering blue-andwhite float Tuesday during a
victory parade through New
York City, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg quipped
should now be nicknamed the
“Big Blue Apple.”
The parade set off from the
southern tip of Manhattan
and moved slowly north to
City Hall as fans stood dressed
head to toe in Giants gear and
confetti wafted slowly down
from the high-rises that line
the street.
The MVP Manning, joined
by coach Tom Coughlin,
Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew
Cuomo and other teammates,
waved and grinned from the
float as a deep roar rose from
the crowds.
Defensive end Justin Tuck,
who led the team’s defense and
sacked rival quarterback Tom
Brady twice during the 21-17
victory over the New England
Patriots, said he was glad to be
part of the team.
“We made it here by believing in each other. We
believe in every guy on this
team,” he said. “Honestly, we
wouldn’t be here today without your support.”
The team was introduced
at a City Hall Plaza ceremony
with thunderous applause
from the thousands of fans
outside. A lucky 250 fans received tickets to the fete, where
the Giants were honored with
symbolic keys to the city.
The crowd went wild for
running back Ahmed Bradshaw, who plopped down
in the end zone to score the
winning touchdown. Wide
receiver Victor Cruz did his
trademark salsa moves as he
accepted his key.
Manning joked about
the team’s record of fourthquarter comebacks. “Make it
tough but make it possible,”
he said, laughing about how
the team blew an early lead to
come back and win. The Giants had eight fourth-quarter
comebacks to win games during the season.
“Finish games, finish fourth
quarters and finish the season
strong. That’s what we did,”
Manning said.
Coughlin said the Giants
were successful because they
never gave up.
“The key thing was to remember this: All things are
possible for those who believe,” Coughlin said. “We al-
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Some fans had waited since
6 a.m. to catch a glimpse of
their favorite players. About
half of a Long Island high
school class skipped school
to see “a whole nation coming together in one place —
this parade,” said Mike King,
16, of Wantagh.
King and seven school
friends got up at dawn, arriving by subway in lower
Manhattan to join the crowds
packed behind police barricades lining Broadway. He attributed the win to Manning’s
stellar performance and the
hold-your-breath catch by
Mario Manningham that led
to the game-winning drive.
Frank Capogrosso, 11, from
Staten Island, leaned against a
barricade at the beginning of
the parade route with his dad
and best friend.
“This is better than TV. I
love the cop cars, the toilet paper and the ecstatic fans,” he
said. “I love the Giants. I love
their style. They play, they
don’t talk.”
The parade for the Super Bowl champions could
bring the city as much as
$38 million, depending on
the number of spectators,
Bloomberg said. As many as 1
million people were expected
— about a third of them from
outside New York.
After the parade, the team
traveled to New Jersey for an
afternoon rally at their home
turf, MetLife Stadium. Tens
of thousands of fans roared as
the team walked onto the field
in East Rutherford, making
it feel like a regular Sunday
game for Big Blue.
It’s the second Super Bowl
championship parade for the
Giants in four years. They
beat the Patriots in the NFL
title game in 2008.
Bloomberg asked the
crowd: “Are you feeling deja
blue all over again?” referring to the team’s 2008 win.
Fans cheered.
Workers in high-rises
tossed confetti — and later
entire pieces of papers —
from their windows.
Jun Kim, 28, a Korean linguist at the law firm Kenyon
& Kenyon, reserved his biggest batch for Manning. “You
are a star!” he yelled as the
quarterback passed by. “People thought he would crumble
under pressure, but he didn’t.
He’s the best.”
MARK LENNIHAN /ASSOCIATED PRESS
The New York Giants get a tickertape parade as they head up the Canyon of Heroes Tuesday in New
York. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots Sunday in the Super Bowl.
SUPER BOWL
30,000 fans celebrate Super Bowl win at MetLife Stadium
By David Porter
Associated Press
It wasn’t the Canyon of
Heroes and there wasn’t as
much tickertape, but that
didn’t seem to bother about
30,000 New York Giants fans
who flocked to MetLife Stadium Tuesday to celebrate
the team’s rousing Super
Bowl victory over the New
England Patriots.
Some of them even got
to touch a piece of history
when Giants running back
Brandon Jacobs capped the
boisterous celebration by
taking the Vince Lombardi Trophy and walking it
around the stadium to give
delirious fans in the lower
rows a chance to lean over
and put their hands on it.
It was an impromptu moment that fit the mood of
the afternoon.
“We just came from a
BILL KOSTROUN / ASSOCIATED PRESS
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, and linebacker Zak
DeOssie wave to the fans during a victory celebration rally.
great parade in the Canyon
of Heroes, but when you
pull into this place and see
all the fans, there really is no
place like home,” team coowner John Mara told the
cheering crowd.
Thousands of fans showed
up hours early to tailgate in
the parking lot as if it were
a Sunday during the season.
And with weather in the up-
per 40s and low 50s, it was
hard to distinguish it from
October anyway.
Carol and John Senatore of Stony Point, N.Y.,
near West Point, share a
season-ticket package and
didn’t even consider going into New York for the
morning parade.
“We tailgate all year, so
we figured why not do it to-
day, too,” John Senatore said.
“This is more intimate.”
Dennis Ubiles, a Manhattan resident, opted to come
across the river instead of
heading downtown. He managed to get son Andrew out
of his elementary school for
the day. And the two were
ready to celebrate, Dennis in
his Victor Cruz jersey like so
many Giants fans, and Andrew with the No. 9 of kicker
Lawrence Tynes.
“I like him because he’s
Scottish and my mother’s
Scottish,” Andrew explained.
Ubiles said he never doubted the Giants would rise to the
occasion even when they lost
four games in a row late in the
season. He said he chose to
come to the New Jersey celebration because he thought it
would have a little more edge.
“I think the players will really kick back,” he said. “We
might see some salsa.”
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CONFERENCE
New head coach,
new staff for CSU
Associated Press
2011-12 Mountain
West Conference
Men’s Basketball
Standings
Conference:
San Diego State
UNLV
New Mexico
Wyoming
Colorado State
TCU
Air Force
Boise State
6-1
5-2
5-2
4-3
4-3
3-4
1-6
0-7
Overall:
San Diego State
UNLV
New Mexico
Wyoming
Colorado State
TCU
Air Force
Boise State
20-3
21-4
19-4
18-5
15-7
13-9
11-10
10-12
As of February 6, 2012
Women’s Basketball
Standings
Conference:
GREGORY BULL / ASSOCIATED PRESS
J.R. Cadot, above left, shoots above San Diego State’s Deshawn Stephens, below left, in the second half during an
NCAA college basketball game Saturday in San Diego.
MEN’S BASKETBALL
Frogs travel to crosstown rival SMU
By Ryan Osborne
Staff Reporter
San Diego State
Colorado State
UNLV
TCU
Wyoming
Boise State
New Mexico
Air Force
7-1
6-2
5-3
5-3
5-3
3-5
1-7
0-8
Overall:
San Diego State Colorado State UNLV
TCU
Wyoming
Boise State New Mexico
Air Force
17-5
10-13
17-7
12-11
9-12
12-11
7-15
5-18
As of February 7, 2012
Colorado State coach Jim McElwain added four coaches to his staff
Tuesday.
The four were defensive line
coach Marty English, offensive line
coach Derek Frazier, wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted and special
teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt.
“These are guys that care about
their players and have a passion for
the game as well as understand our
recruiting model,” McElwain said.
“The main key was quality and
character and that was really an important model as far as collectively
getting this group of guys together.”
English has spent the past eight
seasons running the defense at Wyoming.
“This is where I wanted to be for
a long, long time,” said English. “I
know the roster and I do know the
kids.”
Frazier had coached the offensive
line at Fresno State since 2006.
Whitted served as an offensive
assistant at UCLA. He also spent
nine years in the NFL, playing for
Jacksonville and Atlanta.
Hammerschmidt has been a defensive coordinator at three schools
and was the special teams coordinator at Arizona from 2008-2011.
McElwain, who was hired to replace Steve Fairchild on Dec. 13,
has yet to hire a defensive coordinator.
The TCU men’s basketball team
will travel to Dallas for a matchup
with metroplex rival SMU, looking
for a bounce-back win tonight.
A win would give TCU 11 nonconference victories in the regular
season for the first time since 200001 (11-3).
The Frogs lost 83-73 to No. 13
San Diego State Saturday night in
San Diego.
TCU (13-9 overall, 3-4 Mountain West) currently sits sixth in
the Mountain West standings. They
are three games behind the Aztecs,
who are leading the conference and
moved up four spots to 13th in the
Associated Press poll.
Senior point guard Hank Thorns
has made at least one 3-pointer in
10 consecutive games, a career-long
streak that ranks as the third-longest active streak for all Mountain
West players.
Freshman point guard Kyan
Anderson scored a career-high 22
points in the loss to San Diego State.
Anderson, who is averaging 11.4
ppg since the start of conference
play, is the only freshman ranked
among the league’s top-20 scorers
(No. 13) in Mountain West action.
A win tonight would be the
Frogs’ second straight over the
Mustangs. TCU beat SMU 84-64
last year in Fort Worth.
SMU leads the all-time series
101-85.
SMU enters tonight with a 1013 record overall and a 2-7 conference record, placing them last in
Conference USA. The Mustangs
have lost five in a row, including
a 59-52 loss to the University of
Central Florida Saturday.
Marcus Jordan, the son of seventime NBA Champion and current
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael
Jordan, scored 17 points to lead the
Knights to the win.
Senior forward Robert Nyakundi
leads the Mustangs with 15.5 points
per game and a team-high 5.1 rebounds per game.
TCU’s battle with the Mustangs will be the Horned Frogs’
last non-conference game of
the year before finishing out the
regular season against Mountain
West competition.
TCU vs. SMU
When: Tonight at 7 p.m.
Where: Dallas
Radio: 88.7 FM (KTCU) and 1460
AM (KCLE)
GoFrogs will have live audio.
CONFERENCE
UNLV football
coaching changes
announced
Associated Press
UNLV announced that coach Bobby Hauck has shuffled his staff, moving tight ends coach Brent Myers to
offensive coordinator and defensive
backs coach J.D. Williams to defensive coordinator.
The moves were announced Tuesday.
Rob Phenicie, who was offensive
coordinator during Hauck’s first two
seasons, will continue to be quarterbacks coach. Kraig Paulson, who was
defensive coordinator, will become
assistant head coach and continue to
coach outside linebackers.
The Rebels have gone 4-21 in
Hauck’s first two seasons as coach.

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