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Sorority membership spikes, page 3
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
V o l u m e 110 • I s s u e 4
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COURTESY OF TCU PANHELLENIC
Recruitment hopefuls wait in the TCU Recreation Center before opening their bid cards. There were record numbers of applicants to the sorority recruitment this year.
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CAMPUS
FOOTBALL
Spanish radio station
will cover Frog games
By Lyndsi Hardin
Staff Reporter
As the 2011 TCU football
season approaches, Spanish
speakers in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area will not be left
out of the action.
Univision, a Spanishlanguage radio station, has
renewed its contract with
TCU Athletics after its first
season broadcasting TCU
football games in 2010.
Director of Athletic Media Relations Mark Cohen
said the partnership with
Univision has been excellent, and TCU Athletics is
excited to have them on
board for a second year.
“They have helped us to
reach a new market, and the
feedback has been tremendous,” Cohen said. “It was
very rewarding to have that
type of feedback.”
Last season, Miguel Cruz
and Elvis Gallegos broadcasted the games on Univision Radio.
Before broadcasting TCU
games, Miguel Cruz covered other sports in the
Dallas-Fort Worth area for
Univision. He has broadcasted as a sideline reporter
for the Dallas Cowboys and
as a color analyst for Univision’s broadcast of the Dallas Mavericks.
Elvis Gallegos was a former safety for the Horned
Frogs and a four-year letterman from 2003-2006.
“Miguel and Elvis do a
great job,” Cohen said. “Elvis Gallegos is a former
player at TCU, so he was
able to bring an insight to
the broadcast from having
played under Coach Patterson just a few years ago.
Miguel is highly respected
and has been in this market for a while. They are a
nice complement to Brian
Estridge and John Denton’s
broadcast.”
Officials at Univision did
not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Dr. David Bedford, TCU
Spanish professor, said he
had not heard Univision
would be broadcasting TCU
football games, but he said
it would be an interesting
opportunity for Spanish
speakers at TCU.
Bedford, who teaches
four levels of Spanish, said
he would consider using the
broadcasts in his class curriculum.
“I would have to listen to a
game and determine whether
the broadcasts could be understood well enough to be
useful to my students,” he
said.
TCU football games will
also continue to be broadcasted on WBAP 820 AM/96.7
FM, KTCU 88.7, and Houston’s KNTH 1070 AM. .
Listeners in the DallasFort Worth area can tune in
to Univision Radio on AM
1270.
REBECCA PHILP / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
TCU alumnus Tim Halperin crowd surfs during the recording of the new Frogs for the Cure video. The video will premiere on the
jumbo screen inside the new Dallas stadium in Arlington.
“Frogs for the Cure” gets a little flashier
Andrea Masenda
Staff Writer
Over 200 breast cancer
survivors dressed in pink
fuzzy headbands accompanied by thousands of TCU
students, faculty members
and Fort Worth residents
will be in a video shown on
the big screen in Cowboys
Stadium during the “Frogs
for the Cure” football game
against BYU on Oct. 28.
The video features a flash
mob dance performance to
the song “We Fight Back”
written and performed by
American Idol finalist Tim
Halperin.
Halperin, a 2010 graduate, was also a part of the
performance along with
Dallas Mavericks’ owner
Mark Cuban and country
music artist Pat Green.
“We’ve got athletes.
We’ve got different clubs
and organizations and different departments of different schools, so we’re all
together,” Dale Young, director of student teaching
and career services at TCU,
said.
“To me it’s kind of like a
huge pep rally,” Young said.
The Dallas-Fort Worth
community came out in
full force to contribute to
the cause. The video featured cameos from Dallas
Mavericks’ owner Mark
Cuban and members of
the Fort Worth-based construction company Linbeck among many others.
“I’ve heard like up to
2,000 people are involved
in this, and that’s a lot of
people at one time doing
something different other
than a walk. It’s another
way of reaching people,
inspiring people, especially the younger people,
and people just all over
the community in general,”
Flash mob participant and
Linbeck Program Superintendent Jason Becker said.
Many individuals came
to the Aug. 25 taping of
the video in Daniel-Meyer
Coliseum for various reasons. Some came to support the cause; some to
represent an organization;
some who were inspired by
the videos in the past; and
some in support of a loved
one.
Junior nursing major
Jennifer McCarty chose to
be a part of the flash mob
video in support of her
best friend, a cancer survivor who battled Stage IV
breast cancer over a year
ago.
“It’s personal for me. I
want my friend to know
that there are others like
her,” McCarty said. “She
didn’t realize how many
people have had this, so for
her, this just shows that she
is not the only one. There’s
a lot of them out there, and
it shows that people care
and support [her].”
Breast cancer survivor
Jan Joplin said that she was
happy that her health finally permitted her to participate in something like the
flash mob.
“I’m doing it because
I can, because I have the
health to do it,” Joplin
said. “After the fight that I
fought, I’m very thankful
for that.”
Joplin said she hoped the
survivors’ stories would inspire the audience.
“I hope that people see
that — that no matter what
you have, you can still do
your part, and you can still
do something,” she said.
“So that’s what I hope people see: people still fighting
and still thriving and still
fighting to get better.”
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GREEK
Sorority recruitment
participation increasing
By Jennifer Retter
Staff Reporter
For pre-major Audra Proctor,
joining a sorority made sense.
The first-year student hoped to
find her network of friends and
expand her social calendar.
“I feel like it was giving me
an opportunity to meet a whole
bunch of close friends and a
whole bunch of new girls I
wouldn’t normally have met,”
Proctor said. “I really like going
to social events and helping plan
that stuff and getting dressed up.”
According to TCU Panhellenic, more than 700 other firstyear women had the same idea
as Proctor. This year, 809 women
registered for recruitment and
797 actually started the process.
Panhellenic advisor Jordan McCarter said that of the women
who started the process, 708 were
first-year students.
“We thought the number
would grow a little, but not by as
much as it did,” McCarter said.
According to TCU’s Fraternity
and Sorority Life website, 43 percent of the undergraduate population is affiliated with a fraternity
or a sorority. McCarter said this
year’s first-year class has about
1,100 women, making the female
class of 2015 about 63 percent
Greek.
Last year, 720 women started
the process. Despite the jump
in enrollment figures, McCarter said the process went
smoothly.
“Recruitment is the same
process, regardless of if there
are 200 people or 800 people,”
McCarter said. “We added
more Rho Gammas, [current
sorority members who help
guide potential new members
through the process,] so it was
fantastic to have more help
throughout the week.”
Kappa Alpha Theta president
Hayley Lyddon said the recruitment process has become more
casual over the years.
“On bid day, we used to dress
up,” Lyddon said. “Now, each
chapter wears t-shirts. It’s less
pressure on the girls.”
Lyddon also said schedule
changes helped manage the recruitment process. Women must
follow structured schedules and
attend “parties” during the day,
where they visit each sorority
house. In order to deal with the
larger amount of women coming through the houses during
recruitment week, Lyddon said
sororities held more optional
rounds.
“You can have optional parties
to have some girls come back later,” Lyddon said. “It helps to have
fewer girls in the house at a time.”
Lyddon said the Kappa Alpha
Theta house was looking forward
to having so many new women
interested in sororities.
“It was really exciting to see a
lot of girls get involved,” Lyddon
said. “It was exciting for our
chapter as well.”
Excitement spread to a new
Theta, too. Proctor accepted her
bid to Kappa Alpha Theta and
said she looked forward to being
a member of a TCU sorority.
“A lot of times sororities get a
bad rap, but at TCU, I think that
they’re a really fun opportunity,”
Proctor said.
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HEALTH
Student depression on campus a priority for Cavins-Tull
Lyndsi Hardin
Staff Reporter
In July, TCU welcomed Dr.
Kathy Cavins-Tull as the new
Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs. Before joining the
Horned Frog community,
Cavins-Tull served as Vice
President for Student Affairs
and Dean of Students at Illinois Wesleyan University.As
well as working to improve
housing accommodations for
TCU’s growing student body,
Cavins-Tull said one of her
main concerns was improving student mental health.
Cavins-Tull said she planned
to improve student mental
health this year through the
Question, Persuade and Refer, or QPR, program.
Q: How are you settling in
at TCU so far?
A:I love it! The students
here are really friendly. One
of the things that has amazed
me the most about the students is what great leadership training they get here. I
got to see that through Frog
Camp London, my
first week of work. I
went there with 30
new students, which
was really fun for me,
and the Frog Camp
leaders’ skills really
amazed me. I also got
to observe Challenge
B,training for the
RA’s, and Orienta-
tion Student Assistants, who
worked tirelessly to orient
our 1,800 new students. I’m
really impressed by our TCU
student leaders.
Q: You have mentioned
one of your major concerns
for this year is student mental
health. What major mental
health issues do you see affecting TCU students?
A: My biggest concern is
probably student depression.
We’ve had four student suicides in 18 months, and that
is very, very concerning to
me. We also know that most
students who commit suicide
are not using campus counseling centers. I’m concerned
with making students feel
like they have opportunities
for counseling and that we
have enough staff to address
student counseling needs
and making sure that their
friends, RA’s, housekeepers,
dining services staff, faculty
and everyone who comes
in contact with them knows
how to intervene and refer
them to counseling. There is a
program that we would like to
start training people on called
“QPR Suicide Intervention
Training.” We have already
trained the RA’s. Next, we will
train the Student Affairs’ staff.
I would like to train faculty
and housekeepers--people
who come in contact with
students every day.
Q: How do you think the
recent suicides have affected
the morale on campus?
A: I think it’s really scary
for students when someone
they know commits suicide,
and they didn’t even know
this person felt so strongly.
I think sometimes a student
may have a clue or passing
thought that a friend is suffering, but they don’t know
what to do about it. I think
that it’s really scary, but we
could take that fear and turn
it into something productive.
QPR is one hour of training that would help students
know when something is
wrong and be able to refer
someone on to mental health
professionals.
Q: Do you feel like there’s
an issue with TCU’s counseling services, or is this an
awareness issue?
A: I completely believe it’s
an awareness issue. I think
our counseling services are
fantastic, and I think students here have indicated
their confidence in the
counseling center. It’s just
that if someone’s having issues, we have to get them to
the counseling center. We
have to make sure students
are well-aware of the resources here on campus.
Q: What are your plans
to increase awareness about
mental health issues this
year?
A: I think the QPR training for staff is a great first
step. I also think it’s important that people know it’s
okay to talk about these issues because a lot of college
students go through that
when they come to campus.
I don’t want students to feel
like they can’t talk about it. I
think it’s important for our
staff to be able to get these
conversations started.
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7th Street Revolver Taco tackles Tex-Mex
REVIEW
Chris Phanekham
If there is one ultimate
truth in this world, it is this:
as Texans, it is our God-given
privilege to gorge ourselves on
excellent Mexican food—and
to do so frequently.
This is an uncontested fact,
a birthright that elevates us
as the luckiest people in the
world. The only equally sizable state that can claim similar ground is California, and
they don’t even come close.
That insipid “Baja” swill can’t
lay a finger on prime Texan
carne asada. So, imagine my
shock and bewilderment
when I realized the best Mexican meal I’ve ever eaten outside of Mexico was brought to
me by a tattooed fellow from
Chicago.
My wavering faith was
quickly restored as I learned
owner Gino Rojas was originally from the Mexican state
of Michoacan. My faith was
multiplied when I read Rojas’ love for firearms led him
away from the Windy City
as he heeded the siren call of
gun-friendly Fort Worth and
proceeded to open an antique
firearm shop near the Stockyards.
Sounds like my kind of guy.
His passion for authentic
Mexican food led Rojas to
open the shiny new Revolver
Taco Lounge on West Seventh Street, across the street
from the upscale Lucky Strike
ALYSON MORALES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
A Revolver Taco Lounge employee prepares tacos for one of their
customers.
bowling alley. The nondescript storefront is easy to
miss, but missing it would be
a tragedy. The sparsely lit interior oozes with sophistication. Upon entering, you are
greeted by a decidedly modern minimalist lounge area
with cubed tables and chairs
that provide a perfect place
to relax with friends. Those
more apt to the traditional
dining experience can sit at
one of the finely decorated
white cloth tables. Near the
back, patrons can watch the
Rojas family prepare mindbending concoctions with a
practiced calm. Apparently,
Rojas’ mother runs the show
in the kitchen, and her love
shines through in every dish.
Across from the kitchen lies a
lonely bar; Revolver has yet to
acquire its liquor license. At
first, this news made me sad.
If the cocktails are anything
like the food, they will inevitably leave me in tears. My
sadness quickly faded as my
server informed me that the
restaurant is currently BYOB,
and if you bring in your own
tequila, they will make you an
expertly crafted margarita ...
for free. I took his advice and,
on my second visit, came with
a large group of friends and a
bottle of 1800 Tequila to celebrate my birthday.
On both visits, I was waited
on by a courteous man with
an Eastern European accent of
indeterminate origin. While a
little shaky on menu knowledge, he proved to be extremely friendly and helpful, always
ensuring my party wanted for
nothing. In addition to our
waiter, Rojas constantly hovered around the dining room,
making friendly conversation
and helping us out with menu
peculiarities. The sleek onepage menu highlights the best
of Mexican cuisine.
This is no Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen. This is authentic, soulful food that is both
exciting and delicious.
If you don’t know if you
have ever tried real Mexican
food, this is a great place to
start. There is a wide selection of ceviches (usually seafood “cooked” in lime juice,
eaten with chips), excellent
namesake tacos and beautiful
entrées. Rojas told me that all
of their fish is sashimi grade,
bought daily from a Japanese
fish market in Dallas. I ordered the one non-seafood
ceviche: the filet mignon. This
is basically a Mexican version
of steak tartare—a prime cut
of beef minced, spiced and
served raw and marinated
in lime juice (which kills the
germs). When I ordered this,
Rojas came to my table to
woefully inform me they were
out of filet mignon. Instead, he
would have the ceviche made
with Wagyu, or Kobe, beef—
at no extra cost, of course.
To the steak aficionados, this
will quickly be recognized as
a small godsend. Wagyu is the
best of all cows, producing
perfectly marbled, succulent
steaks. Needless to say, it was
a revelation. For the adventurous eaters, this is a must-try.
I also tried the quail and
enchiladas. They were the best
I’ve eaten of both in respective
categories. The tender, fragile
ALYSON MORALES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
A Revolver Taco Lounge employee serves water from a currently
alcohol-free bar. The restaurant is BYOB for now as it works to get its
liquor licence.
quail meat was marinated in
a spicy sauce and served with
hand-crafted small enchiladas
that contained some sort of
excellent cheese. By this point,
I was too consumed with glee
to care what kind of cheese it
was.
On another visit, I tried the
chicken mole. For the uninitiated, mole is a spicy Mexican
pepper sauce with a hint of
chocolate and a rich flavor.
While our American palates
may find the chocolate aspect a little unnerving, I urge
you to be brave; your courage
will absolutely be rewarded
(it honestly doesn’t taste that
much like chocolate.) This
was perhaps my favorite entree. The chicken leg was fall-
off-the-bone tender; the sauce
complemented it perfectly.
The minimalist plating made
this dish seem like modern
art. It was truly excellent.
The end of our meal left
us with stupid blissed-out
expressions and miniature
food babies. I rarely feel so
content and satisfied with a
meal. Revolver provides a
near transcendental Mexican
dining experience. Those new
to traditional Mexican will be
shocked and awed while even
the most jaded, discerning
palates will be overwhelmed
with crushing joy.
Chris Phanekham is a junior writing
major from Fort Worth, Texas.
REVIEW
A simple look to the past makes for a success in the present
Allana Wooley
The exploration of whiteblack conflicts in suburban
America is not a new idea.
“Radio,” “Remember the Titans,” “The Secret Life of Bees”
and other various movies fall
into the ubiquitous genre of race
relations throughout American
history.
“The Help,” then, had every
opportunity in the world to repeat the conflicts, plot points
and character dynamics that
have been explored so often before, becoming another casualty
of Hollywood’s quest for box office success over true quality.
“The Help” easily avoided
this pitfall—a triumph due in
large part to the screenwriter’s
close adaptation to Kathryne
Stockett’s best-selling novel of
the same name.
The plot follows Eugenia
“Skeeter” Phelan, played by
Emma Stone, an aspiring young
writer in Jackson, Mississippi.
As Skeeter, a recent college
graduate, tries to settle back into
a life with her old friends—most
of whom have babies, husbands
and an interest in the socialaspects of their Junior League—
she is confronted with the reality that her friends are clueless
when it comes to actual social
issues.
Skeeter eventually comes up
with the idea of interviewing
the black maids who raise the
wealthy, white babies of Jackson and clean houses for the
wealthy, white women-babies
of Jackson. The interviews are
published, and all hell breaks
loose.
The movie’s real strength
comes from its simple portrayal
of the past. The look—from
wardrobe to cinematography—
is spot-on with fashion and attitudes of the time. The Southern accents are laid on thick but
not overdone. There is a definite
divide between the white and
black women in Jackson, but
the divide is not stretched into
an unrealistic chasm where one
side is “too good” to even talk
to another. Basically, the movie
is believable in its construction,
even if the embellishments are a
little far-fetched.
Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas
Howard, Octavia Spencer, and
Viola Davishead an ensemble
cast of recognizable faces. Each
actress fits her role well enough
to make the movie enjoyable
without the distractions of an
actress who is trying to fit a
character rather than seamlessly becoming her character.
The two actresses who fit their
roles best wereOctavia Spencer
as Minnie Jackson and Jessica
Chastain as Celia Foote. Both
women effortlessly shine, and
it is their scenes together where
“The Help” truly becomes a
pleasure to watch.
“The Help”—like any good
movie made for a predominantly female audience—has its
fair share of moments designed
to wring out tears, cause gasps,
and force you to convulse in
laughter. Still, at 146 minutes
the movie is a bit too long and
not quite captivating enough
to allow you to enjoy the entire
cinematic experience without
glancing at your watch for the
time, getting antsy from the
prolonged sit.
In all, “The Help” is a good
movie. Good, not great. For
those who have read the book,
“The Help” is a must-see and
probably a must-buy when it
comes to DVD or Blu-ray. Otherwise, the appeal of the movie
is probably best suited to mother-daughter lunch dates and
girls’ nights.
Freshman anthropology and
history double major from
Marble Falls, Texas.
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JOURNALISM
Broadcast journalism studio set to debut in spring semester
By Melanie Hairston
Staff Reporter
Next semester there are
plans to do a live broadcast
for the first time at TCU in
the new broadcast journalism
studiom, TCU News Now Adviser Aaron Chimbel said.
“It will be a good experience
for the students,” Chimbel
said.
The new studio, which debuted in November, is located
on the first floor of Moudy
South. It is equipped with
three high-definition cameras
and monitors as well as a control room.
The new broadcast journalism studio provides real-world
opportunities for students, and
the flexibility to go beyond traditional broadcast journalism,
Chimbel said.
The studio allows a regular
newscast the opportunity to
be creative and try different
things other than what you
would normally see in a college newscast, Chimbel said.
“It’s been exactly what we
were hoping for as far as providing a real-world experience
for students,” Chimbel said.
According to Chimbel, a lot
of universities, such as Southern Methodist University use
a ten-year-old set that was
handed down to them from
Channel 8, which makes the
newscasts look old.
“It’s great to have something
modern and built specifically
for us,” Chimbel said.
It also helps students who
are interested in producing
the behind-the-camera stuff;
it gives them an opportunity
to put together a newscast that
will look very professional that
they can send to employers,
Chimbel said.
The studio is part of the
school’s $5.6 million renovation of Moudy South that
began with the Convergence
Center in 2009.
Madison Pelletier, a senior
broadcast journalism major,
said the studio has drastically
changed the program.
Pelletier said that students
would benefit from the studio
and the equipment available
when looking for future internships and jobs.
“Seeing that we’re in an HD
studio and a newsroom with
all the equipment will look
really good on our portfolio,”
Pelletier said.
MATT COFFELT / MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
The student broadcast center gears up to put out live HD broadcast starting next semester.
Pelletier said so far, she has
anchored and produced in the
studio.
Xing You, a senior filmtelevision-digital media major,
said he was once in the studio
for his film class working dif-
ferent jobs for TCU student
media.
“It’s amazing for... a college
to have that kind of studio,”
You said.
According to Chimbel, the
studio has also impressed
prospective students as well
because students can see the
university’s commitment to
the journalism and broadcast
programs.
“The students love it; it blows
them away,” said Chimbel.
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STUDENT LIFE
TCU student lands prestigious internship
Katherine
Hessel
Staff Reporter
A summer
internship
is a valuable
Edwards
experience
for any college student,
Pearce Edwards, a junior
political science and history
double major said.
Edwards was one of
60 college students from
around the nation chosen
to participate in the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. The internship allowed Edwards
the opportunity to work
with a non-profit in Dallas. Through ExxonMobil’s
sponsorship, Edwards was
paid for his work.
“The purpose of the program is for college students
to have a meaningful experience with a non-profit
organization and hopefully
commit themselves to more
non-profit work throughout
their lives,” Emily Snooks,
the ExxonMobil Community Relations Advisor said.
“The program also allows
non-profit
organizations
to receive help though the
work of the interns.”
The program chose 60
local non-profit organizations out of about 300 applicants.Then it was up to
the non-profit organizations to screen and hire
their intern, Snooks said.
The interns came from
different universities all
across the United States.
Edwards was an intern for
CONTACT Crisis Line, an
organization that provided
24-hour free confidential
assistance for individuals
struggling with life challenges.
During his internship,
Edwards worked as a mental
health resource coordinator
and built and maintained a
mental health resource database.
Before interning at CONTACT Edwards did not
know much about mental
health, he said. Edwards
said he knew that mental
health problems were very
serious and affected many
people his own age.
Edwards said he hoped
to continue his work with
non-profit
organizations
while in school and after
graduation. He recom-
mended applying for the
internship because of the
real life experience students
gain from it for future professional careers.
To find out more about the
program and how to apply for the
internship, visit http://www.volunteernorthtexas.org/vcnt_programs_student_programs_summer_jobs_program.html.
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SPORTS
Fantasy football a competitive, easy way to keep in touch with friends
Judge Howell
People ask me all the time:
“Why do you play fantasy
football?” My answer is simple:
“It’s fun!”
But before we can really get
into why people play fantasy
football, it is important to know
what it is. Fantasy football is
an interactive, virtual competition in which people manage
professional football players
versus one another. While there
are many different ways to play
fantasy football, all forms of the
game allow people to act as a
general manager of a pseudofootball team.
Alright, now that we know
what fantasy football is, let’s
ask why do people get into
fantasy football other than it
being “fun”?
Fantasy football is a way to
spend time with my friends doing something we all are interested in. Not only does it allow
me to hang out with my college
friends, but it also lets me keep
in touch with my friends from
high school.
Today, with everything going
on in our lives, it’s hard to keep
up with everyone, especially
those I don’t see on a daily basis.
Fantasy football allows me to
keep up with friends who I
don’t normally see.
Playing fantasy football
allows us all to be competitive on a week-to-week basis
throughout the year. Having
that added competition thrown
into the mix of regular season
games puts more meaning into
the games. This makes watching games in which “your”
team isn’t playing all that more
interesting.
This ultimately does two
things: 1) causes you to learn
more about different teams and
their players and 2) causes you
to cheer for teams and players
you normally wouldn’t.
SOCCER
Soccer looks for second win tonight against Rice
By Brett Musslewhite
Staff Reporter
The Horned Frogs have a
chance to rise above .500 Friday against Rice and the key to
the game is staying patient and
creating more movement when
they attack, head coach Dan Abdalla said.
TCU (1-1) started the season with a 1-0 road loss to No.
6 Oklahoma State Aug. 19 but
bounced back to beat Lamar
2-0 Sunday in the Frogs’ home
opener.
“We have to work a lot on our
movement in the final third [of
the field],” Abdalla said. “That’s
going to be our biggest concern.
Can we keep our patience but
now have better movement up
front and be more dangerous
and create higher quality chances and more chances? I think
if we do that, we’ll be in good
shape.”
Abdalla said Friday night’s
game will be another early season test for his team.
“Rice is a great team, so it’s
going to be another great challenge for us,” Abdalla said.
The Owls suffered a 1-0 loss
to Texas Tech in Lubbock in
their season opener, but they
recovered to beat McNeese State
3-0 at home.
TCU holds a 4-3-1 series record against the Owls, and the
last five games have been decided by one goal. The Horned
Frogs have won the last two
meetings.
Notes: Senior forward Jordan
Calhoun is a game-time decision for Friday night’s game after
suffering an ankle injury against
Oklahoma State a week ago.
Calhoun, TCU’s all-time leading goal scorer, missed the 1-0
victory over Lamar. Freshman
forward Dixie Kurrus left the
Lamar game early with a head
injury, and Abdalla said she will
also be a game-time decision.
Senior midfielder Kaylie Garcia returned from international duty Thursday night. Garcia
played for Mexico at the World
University Games in China
beginning on Aug. 11. Abdalla
said he expects her to be available but will make a game-time
decision of how many minutes
she will play.
TCU vs. Rice
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium
GoFrogs.com: watch live or
follow GameTracker
Depending on which way
you look at it, this can be a good
or a bad thing.
It can be good because you
are learning more about the
sport. A lot of fans will cheer
for their team and will know
only the players from that team.
What fantasy football does is
give fans the opportunity to
learn more about different players and the teams they play for.
On the other hand, this can
be bad because people’s loyalty
wavers. For example, you could
see Dallas Cowboys fans cheer-
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ing for DeSean Jackson, who
plays for their bitter rival, the
Philadelphia Eagles.
Ultimately, it’s up to you
to find the balance between
obtaining knowledge about
football and keeping loyal to
your teams. At this point, you
are left with a fun and entertaining challenge that you can
keep coming back to week after
week. That, my friends, is factually correct.
Judge Howell is a junior broadcast
journalism major from Plano, TX
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Friday, August 26, 2011 www.tcu360.com
T U E S DAY
Volleyball tournament
recap
SPORTS
T U E S DAY
Breaking down the
basketball schedule
SKIFF ARCHIVES
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Nick Frey pitches against UT Pan American last season.
Several Horned Frogs taken in June draft
By J.D. Moore
Staff writer
Although baseball season
is months away and many familiar faces have left the program, there are still plenty of
reasons to be excited about
the 2012 TCU baseball team.
More than half of the 2012
team will be comprised of
new faces; 18 of the 25 players
will be new to the TCU program.
With phenom Matt Purke
and ace Kyle Winkler signing
deals with the Washington
Nationals and the Arizona
Diamondbacks, respectively,
and Steven Maxwell graduating, Coach Jim Schlossnagle
has some work to do replacing his pitching rotation.
It will be largely up to sophomores Andrew Mitchell and
Stefan Crichton to step up
and anchor the Frogs’ pitching staff. They did well in
their appearances in the 2011
season, combining for a 12-4
record and 115 strikeouts.
The pitching staff has more
talent as well with pitcher
Kaleb Merck returning. He
missed last season with Tommy John surgery and was
medically red-shirted. The
right-handed junior excelled
in 2010, showing a 1.47 ERA
and striking out 45 batters in
22 appearances.
Additionally, new Horned
Frog Jerrick Suiter will add
another arm to the TCU
pitching staff. At 6 feet 4 inches, Suiter can throw up to 94
mph. As a high school senior,
Suiter struck out 69 batters in
57 1/3 innings and held a 2.93
ERA. With his versatility, it is
possible that the Frogs could
make Suiter a two-way player,
letting him pitch and also play
in the field. Suiter can play
in the outfield or behind the
plate as a catcher. He’s not too
shabby at the plate either, as
he hit .461 with 27 runs batted in during his final year in
high school.
Also on offense, incoming
freshman Kevin Cron joins
the team and is expected to be
a big-time hitter.
His brother, former Mountain West Conference Player
of the Year C.J. Cron, played
for the Utah Utes and was a
first round pick in June’s MLB
Draft.
If Kevin Cron’s high school
record shows anything, it’s
that baseball talent runs in
the family.
Cron is Arizona’s all-time
leader in home runs for a high
school player, both in a career
and in a season. He was selected by the Seattle Mariners
in the third round of the draft.
Instead of signing with the
team, he chose to attend TCU.
With Cron at bat, TCU
has options when it comes
to the batting lineup. Outfielder Jason Coats returned
to TCU despite being drafted
by the Baltimore Orioles, and
Brance Rivera is returning for
another year.
Along with returning third
baseman Jantzen Witte and
catcher Josh Elander, the
Frogs could cause nightmares
for opposing pitchers.
There are plenty of new
faces when TCU begins
baseball this spring, but with
those new faces come talent
and great potential. There’s no
doubt that the Horned Frogs
will be in contention for another Mountain West Conference title.
With incoming talent and
energized new players, there’s
plenty of hope to be had for
the 2012 TCU baseball team.