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Student Affairs official resigns
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Customers at Frogberry Guiltless Yogurt order at the counter on Monday. The store opened its doors in the winter of 2008.
Frozen yogurt sellers multiply
By Madison Pelletier
Staff Reporter
The frozen yogurt trend is
steadily spreading across Fort
Worth and gathering a wide consumer base that some attribute to
health benefits.
Zac Fowler, vice president of
marketing for the upcoming Yo!
Frozen Yogurt Lounge, said today’s frozen yogurt is a healthy
alternative to ice cream because
of its lower fat content, making it
different than the frozen yogurt
of the 1980s.
“We are really pushing the
healthy aspects of frozen yogurt,”
Fowler said. “Not only is it better for you than ice cream, but
there are proven health benefits
to eating yogurts, from probiotics to calcium.”
Fowler said the frozen yogurt
trend started along the West
Coast, then jumped to New York.
Dallas is probably the third major metropolitan area where it
has really taken off, he said.
Since 2008, four frozen yogurt
businesses have opened near the
university.
Fowler said Yo! Frozen Yogurt
Lounge is scheduled to open the
second week of March on University Drive next door to Buffalo Bros.
Yakin Choi, co-owner of Yogolait on Hulen Street, said the
decision to open a frozen yogurt
business in Fort Worth was made
because of the popularity of such
stores on the West Coast and in
New York.
Fowler said frozen yogurt sellers often market to people who
A well-known figure
in the university’s First
Year Experience program resigned from
her position last week,
much to the dismay of
several students and
staff who worked with
Zimmerman
her.
Carrie Zimmerman, who was actively involved for 15 years in Student Development Services’ Frog Camp and orientation programs, resigned Feb. 9 for
personal reasons, Don Mills, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said Monday.
Mills declined to comment further on
the specific reasons for her leaving.
Mills said he doubts the university
will release a statement regarding her
departure, stating that it is against university policy to comment on employees
who quit for personal reasons. Her position would be filled by existing staff until a position description is put together
and a profile of whom the university
wants is created, he said.
Mills said he doesn’t know when a
replacement will be selected.
Ray Brown, dean of admission and
Zimmerman’s former colleague, said
he still has not heard any details about
Zimmerman’s resignation, but he called
the news “a stunner.”
“It’s very odd how this has transpired,” he said. “I am heartsick about it.”
Brown called Zimmerman a “real
star at the university.”
Zimmerman has been in his thoughts
SEE ZIMMERMAN · PAGE 2
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Students no longer have to wait
to get back to their computers to
leave a rave review or complaint
about their professors. RateMyProfessors.com has launched an
iPhone application version of the
popular Web site.
Carlo DiMarco, vice president
of affiliate relations for mtvU,
said the application will not replace the current Web site where
students from colleges and universities can post and review information about faculty. He said
the main purpose of the application is to complement the current
Web site and to make accessing
RateMyProfessors.com easier. The
Web site is owned by parent company mtvU.
“This is instant gratification,”
DiMarco said. “Students now
have the freedom to leave a review
right after lecture without waiting
until they can get on a computer.”
He said the application costs
$0.99 and became available for
purchase in January.
DiMarco said the application
was created with student lifestyles
in mind.
“We know that college students
are constantly on the move,” Di-
Marco said. “So we needed to develop a way for them to plug in to
the database from anywhere.”
Senior Anna Brix, a political
science major, said she wished
the application was available during the beginning of her college
career.
“The application would have
been super convenient to have
when I started college,” Brix said.
“I can remember so many times
I wanted to look up a professor’s
ranking but couldn’t because I
didn’t have my laptop with me.”
Brix said although the application could have aided her in picking professors, she would not pay
to have it on her iPhone because
using the main Web site is free.
Chris White, associate professor of marketing, said the application’s value is key when trying to
persuade people to pay for a service that is already free.
“The convenience of getting the
product when and where you want
it provides a value that offsets the
extra price,” White said.
Ted Legatski, associate professor of professional practice in
management, said he is unsure
the service provides accurate information and would not want the
application to be used during class
time.
“This is instant
gratification. Students
now have the
freedom to leave a
review right after
lecture without
waiting until they can
get on a computer.”
Carlo DiMarco
vice president of affiliate
relations for mtvU
“I’m not supportive of students
visiting Web sites that are not directly related to what is happening
in class during that time,” Legatski
said. “It does the student no good
and is likely a distraction to other
students.”
DiMarco said the application
will give students direct access to
the database which includes over
one million professors and 6,000
schools.
He said the biggest difference
between the Web site and the application is the ability to access it
from anywhere, adding that one
new feature of the application
will provide students with the option to post their reviews on their
Twitter or Facebook feeds.
By Catherine Paris
Staff Reporter
Students and faculty will show their appreciation today for
a minister who has
been with the university community for
25 years, an associate
chaplain said.
Associate Chaplain Calabrese
Jake Hofmeister said
the focus of the event would be Father Charlie Calabrese, the Catholic
minister at the university.
Calabrese first came to the university in 1984. According to his staff biography, Calabrese was previously a
campus minister at Ohio University
for eight years.
Cindy Rodriguez, administrative
assistant for the Office of Religious
and Spiritual Life, said Calabrese did
various things as Catholic minister
including providing pastoral care for
students, baptizing children and presiding over weddings.
“I think it’s important that the university recognizes what all he gives to
the students here,” Rodriguez said,
adding that Calabrese is always smilSEE CALABRESE · PAGE 2
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ALABAMA SHOOTING
Victims’ relatives question hiring
By Desiree Hunter
and Kristin M. Hall
Associated Press Writers
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —
Grieving relatives of three
professors gunned down at
a university faculty meeting
questioned why their accused
colleague was hired despite a
dispute with a former boss who
received a pipe bomb and the
shooting death of her brother.
Amy Bishop is charged in the
three deaths and the wounding
of three other professors at a
meeting Friday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
She was vocal in her resentment over being denied tenure and the looming loss of her
teaching post, though relatives
and students said she had never suggested she might become
violent.
The outbreak of violence was
followed by weekend of revelations that Bishop had a difficult
past that she did not discuss
with her Alabama colleagues.
In 1986, Bishop shot and
killed her 18-year-old brother
with a shotgun at their Braintree, Mass., home. She told
police at the time that she had
been trying to learn how to use
the gun, which her father had
bought for protection, when it
accidentally discharged.
Authorities released her and
said the episode was a tragic accident. She was never charged,
though current Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier questions how the investigation was
handled.
In another incident, The
Boston Globe reported that
Bishop and her husband were
questioned by investigators
looking into a pipe bomb sent
to one of Bishop’s colleagues,
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Dr. Paul Rosenberg, at Children’s Hospital Boston in 1993.
The bomb did not go off, and
nobody was ever charged.
Bishop’s father-in-law, Jim
Anderson, told The Associated
Press that his son and daughterin-law “were cleared when the
evidence proved they had nothing to do with it.”
He said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. “They focused on the
wrong persons and let the bad
guy(s) flee,” he said.
Sylvia Fluckiger, a lab technician who worked with Bishop
at the time, said Bishop had
been in a dispute with Rosenberg shortly before the bombs
were discovered, though she
didn’t know the nature of the
disagreement.
“It was common knowledge,”
she told the AP Sunday.
Bishop told Fluckiger she
was questioned by police. “They
must have had their reasons,”
Fluckiger said.
The widower and two stepdaughters of one of the professors killed said they were
shocked that Bishop was hired
by the university, given her past.
“I think they need to do a
little more investigation when
coming down to hiring teachers and things like that. Maybe
looking a little deeper into their
past about certain things. This is
a lot coming out ... It’s a shocker,” said Melissa Davis, whose
stepmother was Maria Ragland
Davis, on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.
Her sister Latashia Davis
said she was angry: “How did
she even get a job working at
the school if she had this type
of background?”
Still, those who knew Bish-
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op said nothing suggested she
might become violent. Several
family members, friends and
students said the intelligent
and at times awkward teacher
seemed normal in the hours
before police say she opened
fire in a faculty meeting Friday
afternoon.
Investigators have declined
to discuss a motive, but Bishop didn’t hide her displeasure
over the fact she’d been denied
tenure — a type of job-for-life
security afforded to academics.
Police say the gun she’s accused of using in the Alabama
shooting wasn’t registered, and
investigators don’t know how or
where she got it.
Bishop, who has four children, was arrested soon after
the shooting and charged with
capital murder. Three counts of
attempted murder were filed
against Bishop over the weekend, according to jail records.
Her husband was detained and
questioned by police but has
not been charged.
James Anderson said his wife
had an attorney but would not
say who it was. He declined further comment to The Associated Press on Sunday. However,
he told the Chronicle of Higher
Education earlier in the day that
he had no idea his wife had a
gun — nor did he know of any
threats or plans to carry out the
shooting when he dropped her
off at the faculty meeting Friday.
Just after the shooting, Anderson told the Chronicle, she
called and asked him to pick
her up. She never mentioned
the shooting, he said.
UAH student Andrew Cole
was in Bishop’s anatomy class
Friday morning and said she
seemed perfectly normal.
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CALABRESE
continued from page 1
ing and has time to stop and
talk to people who need him.
According to his staff biography, Calabrese also volunteers at The WARM Place, a
grief support center for children.
Victoria Maranan, a senior
broadcast journalism major and member of the TCU
Catholic Community choir,
said she met Calabrese during
the first campus Mass of fall
2006. Calabrese puts his homilies in a context that is relatable to college students and
lends an ear when students
approach him with problems,
she said.
ZIMMERMAN
continued from page 1
and prayers every night since
she resigned, he said.
“I just pray that what has
gone on would resolve itself,”
he said.
Zimmerman’s greatest skill
was her speaking ability, Brown
said.
Brown recalled one “Monday at TCU” at which the keynote speaker had to cancel, but
Zimmerman stepped up and
presented a seamless speech.
But Zimmerman’s gifts did
not stop with her speaking ability, Brown said.
“There are precious few who
are as committed to students as
she is,” he said.
Brown said the success of
the university’s Frog Camp
program is due in large part to
Zimmerman’s commitment.
Sydney Sherow, a junior theatre major who worked with
Zimmerman as an orientation
student assistant, said she has
not had time to react to the res-
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“You don’t feel intimidated
by him,” Maranan said. “He
listens to you. He doesn’t
judge you.”
Calabrese has also given a
lot of support to TCU Catholic Community’s music ministry, Maranan said, adding that she did not see that
type of involvement from the
priest at her old parish in Irving, where she was also in
the music ministry. Calabrese
gets to Brown-Lupton University Union early before Mass
to help musicians set up their
equipment and give feedback
on their work, she said.
Maranan also said Calabrese once joined retreat attendants in an ice-breaker
game that involved goofy
ignation yet.
“I don’t think I’ve dealt with
it yet,” she said. “I’m not going
to really deal with it until I start
working with Student Development Services again.”
Sherow said she would not
have connected with the university if it had not been for
Zimmerman, who she called
her role model.
When she encountered
personal struggles during
her time as an OSA, Zimmerman was there to support her,
Sherow said, providing her
with resources for help and
giving her time off to recover.
Sherow said students she
has spoken with also seemed
shocked.
“Everybody’s sad and
confused because they don’t
know what’s going on,” she
said. “(I’m) wishing her the
best in everything.”
Andrew Conant, a junior
business major who also
worked with Zimmerman as
an OSA, said he thinks Zimmerman will do well wher-
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dancing. Students expected
him to just watch, but Calabrese did his own dance move,
along with trying student
moves, she said.
Paul Petrie, a senior nursing major and member of the
Catholic Community, said
it is important for him to attend the event because Calabrese helped inspire a feeling
of belonging and community.
Calabrese is always willing
to spend time with him and
other students during retreats,
he said.
Calabrese said he preferred
not to be interviewed.
Editor-in-chief Julieta
Chiquillo contributed
to this report.
“She was such a
great person, and
she provided so
much for TCU’s First
Year Experience
program.”
Andrew Conant
junior business major
ever she goes.
“She was such a great
person, and she provided
so much for TCU’s First
Year Experience program,”
Conant said. “She was also
really fun to be around. I
know she’ll be happy wherever she is.”
Robin Williamson, associate director of TCU Transitions for Student Development Services, declined to
comment on Zimmerman’s
resignation, citing Zimmerman’s privacy.
Attempts to reach Zimmerman via telephone were
unsuccessful.
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FRO-YO
continued from page 1
are concerned with what they
eat, enjoy exercise and are
looking out for their general
well-being. College students
are the ideal target market
for the shop, he said, because
people ages 18 to 25 are generally concerned with what
they eat.
Seon Choi, co-owner of
Yogolait, said frozen yogurt
has fewer calories than ice
cream and is also lower in
cholesterol and fat. Customers can choose the fruit that
is included, she said.
Stephanie Dickerson, a nutrition counselor for Dining
Services, said frozen yogurt
is a good choice in moderation, but consumers should
limit their portion sizes.
“If you add all of the toppings it can be as dangerous
as ice cream,” she said.
Carolyn Hunt, a senior
social work major, said her
favorite thing about frozen
yogurt is its similarity to ice
cream. Hunt said she eats a
couple of times a month at
Menchies Frozen Yogurt, a
self-service frozen yogurt
and toppings shop located
in University Park Village on
South University Drive.
“It is like eating ice cream,
but I feel like it is more
healthy for me,” Hunt said.
NUMBERS
70-189
calories
for half a cup of frozen yogurt, according to the Menchies
Frozen Yogurt Web
site
COURTNEY JAY / Projects Editor
BerriBlu is a frozen yogurt lounge located on
Camp Bowie Boulevard.
COURTNEY JAY / Projects Editor
Frogberry Guiltless Yogurt is located on Greene Avenue
underneath the GrandMarc apartments.
Fro-Yo Store Openings
November 2008
Frogberry Guiltless Yogurt
3043 Greene Ave.
September 2009
Yogolait Frozen Yogurt
3250 Hulen St. No. 130
November 2008
BerriBlu
6008 Camp Bowie Blvd.
November 2009
Menchies Frozen Yogurt
1620 South University Drive
March 2010
Yo! Frozen Yogurt Lounge
3021 South University Drive
191-263
calories
for half a cup of ice
cream at Marble
Slab Creamery,
according to the
Marble Slab
Creamery Web site.
Customers eat at a Menchies restaurant off South University Drive on Monday.
COURTNEY JAY / Projects Editor
COURTNEY JAY / Projects Editor
Customers at Menchies use self-serve stations with steps painted on the walls on how to use them.
COURTNEY JAY / Projects Editor
A customer selects her frozen yogurt flavor at Menchies. The customers select a flavor and toppings in their own bowl
and have it weighed at the counter for the price.
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RateMyProfessor app
not worth the cost
R
anting about professors is fun, but it’s not worth 99 cents.
That’s the cost of the new iPhone application by RateMyProfessors.com that would allow students to post comments
and thoughts about professors directly from their phones.
Gathering student opinion can make or break a student’s decision to take a class. That sort of freedom is why the Web site is so
popular. However, the Web site is readily available through the
phone’s Web browser. Why spend 99 cents on an app students can
access anyway? Now that many fast food places have dollar menus,
there are many more delicious ways to spend 99 cents.
Taking the time to think about what should be said about a
professor ensures comments are truthful and not generated out of
a moment’s annoyance. Instead of acting like a Twitter feed or a
Facebook status box and ranting without restraint, actually pulling up the page on a computer allows for extra time to process
thoughts and feelings.
So save your cash. Head over to Wendy’s, get some spicy chicken
nuggets and chew on those before posting from your phone.
News editor Libby Davis for the editorial board.
The Skiff View represents the collective opinion of the editorial board.
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Understanding of Islam needed
Childrens’ success should
be encouraged, not forced
WYATT KANYER
love what he does, I told him to stop.”
This comment is a sad excuse for a
cover-up. Sills uses more first person
here than an actress asked about her
latest role. “All I’m doing is saying David has been recognized as a decent
athlete, and I’m allowing him to fulfill
whatever opportunities that he can. If
he ever got to a point where he doesn’t
love what he does I told him to stop.”
The parent is not only making decisions for his son, but telling him when
he can and cannot pursue his dreams.
Sills’ comparison between his son’s
athletic endeavors and the aspirations
of a talented musician does not suffice. When a teenager makes a commitment to play football for one of the
most storied programs in the sport’s
history, he is under the watchful eyes
of millions. The same does not necessarily apply in the musician’s case.
Research has shown that fathers
apply more pressure than mothers.
According to the 1997 study “Parents’
conceptions of academic success: Internal and external success,” fathers
are more likely than mothers “to
measure academic success by external standards including high grades,
college acceptance, and employment
in a good career, which suggests that
they support programs fostering the
attainment of eminent achievements
and may exert more pressure on their
children to achieve.” Although the
study refers to academic success, it is
easy to categorize Sills as a crazed controlling parent.
“I’m just trying to give him every
opportunity that I can,” Sills said.
“There are people who support the
decision, and people who don’t support the decision, and I’m just hoping
that I’m making the best decision for
my child, and I hope he’s making the
right decision for himself.”
Again with the first person.
Parenting is an enduring paradox of
humankind. It’s considered negative if
a parent lives vicariously through his
or her child, but an uninvolved parent
is also frowned upon.
Ideal parenting in the U.S. features
a middle ground between two styles:
crazed controlling and easy-going empowering. Crazed controlling parents
often pressure their children to the
point of social awkwardness and an
inability to fail. Easy-going empowering parents encourage their children
to a fault, which leads to overt selfcenteredness.
A balanced parenting model, unfortunately, is rarely attainable. Unlike
many areas of life, parenting styles do
not have to be polarized. But they have
to be well-defined.
In the case of David Sills, father of
the 13-year-old who recently made a
verbal commitment to University of
Southern California, crazed controlling parenting has failed miserably.
Following his son’s commitment, Sills
compared the decision to a piano
prodigy playing for the Philharmonic
Orchestra.
“There are a lot of things that people don’t put a negative stigmatism to
because they’re considered prodigies,
and all I’m doing is saying David has
been recognized as a decent athlete,
and I’m allowing him to fulfill whatever opportunities that he can,” he said
in an ESPN article. “It’s as simple as
that. There’s no pressure; there’s gentle
encouragement. He’s the one that always says dad let’s go to the gym and
let’s throw. It’s what he enjoys doing. If Wyatt Kanyer is a sophomore news-editorial
he ever got to a point where he doesn’t journalism major from Yakima, Wash.
MATT BOAZ
path. To call someone a jihadist is
actually a compliment, as it refers
to one who is striving toward
personal betterment. It is this
pervasive misunderstanding which
has contributed to such a negative
separation. Additionally, Islam is a
religion grounded in politics. Muhammad created the first Islamic
state as an attempt to unify moral
precepts into a working political
system in which adherents could
practice their faith and still operate
a successful municipal institution.
It is this last aspect that seems
to directly confront the values of
the West, which has long separated religion from governance.
The Middle East has in turn been
plagued by governments that
have imposed strict limitations on
free speech and expression. The
publication of these cartoons has
unfortunately contributed to the
stereotype. In the U.S., religion is
often criticized, yet very few react
in the manner seen during the
protests to the Danish printing of
these illustrations.
However, in a region where
democratic governance is limited,
outspoken violence has become
a norm. But members of the
Western world need not
view this as a universal
attribute of religion.
There was no initial
violence in Europe, and
many Muslim representatives have spoken out
against the violence that
continues to shape negative
American views of the religion.
This is in no way intended to condone such reactions, but in order
to provide perspective.
The Western world has
long regarded itself as a
symbol of correct
and
In 2005, Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, made the Prophet
Muhammad, founder of Islam,
the subject of an assignment for
12 editorial cartoonists. The result
was a variety of images, some of
which included violent motifs,
including one in which Muhammad’s turban is represented as a
ticking bomb, lit fuse and all. The
result was immediate outcry and
oppositional organization by much
of the European Muslim population. However, after a refusal to
apologize from the newspaper for
its “defamation” and “insult” to the
leading religious figure, the story
began to spread elsewhere, including Egypt, where violence erupted and several embassies were
bombed. This further complicated
the issue, leading many Westerners
to believe that the elicited response
in fact reinforced the stereotype of
Islam as a fundamentalist religion
in all its sects.
While this is certainly not the
case, it has expanded the debate
on the conflict that seems to, at
least in some areas, exist between
Islam and the Western world (the
U.S. and western European states).
Traditionally misunderstood and
commonly misperceived, Islam is
a gentle religion, based on devout
adherence to principles which
promote generous donations to the
poor and ritual prayer on a regular
basis. Unfortunately, because of extremist elements within the Middle
East, Islam has come to symbolize
a fearful threat to the existence of
a progressive form of life, which
many Americans find to be implicit in a worldwide ideology.
In reality, jihad means a sigprogressive adaptation. It has pronificant battle, an internal struggle.
vided freedom and opportunity
It is one’s own effort to conquer
that was formerly unseen throughwhatever inhibits their religious
out much of the world. But as a
part of these inherent rights, certain responsibilities are involved.
These images have now become an
equally strong example of condemnation from the West. The world is
filled with misunderstandings and
misconceptions. To contribute to
these without ample explanation is
to misappropriate this responsibility. Future publications of the same
cartoon warranted no response,
indicating that an evolution in
acceptability is slowly occurring.
But before outward critiques are
thrown in the future, the public
needs to consider that the basis of
satire is usually that one is a part
of the community. By belonging
to a certain group or organization,
jokes are often self-deprecating
without consequence. It is when
these images and words contribute
to a generalized lack of understanding that they become dangerous. In a world filled with conflict,
it is this greater understanding and
effort toward expanding it which is
most necessary.
Matt Boaz is a senior political science
major from Edmond, Okla.
SXC.HU
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Snipers harass U.S., Afghan
troops moving in Marjah
Clinton: Iran is becoming a
military dictatorship
New clip shows JFK arriving in
Dallas in 1963
Unemployed Ohio man chills
out in extreme igloo
Ex-Clinton prosecutor Starr
named Baylor president
MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) —
Sniper teams attacked U.S. Marines
and Afghan troops across the Taliban haven of Marjah, as several gun
battles erupted Monday on the third
day of a major offensive to seize the
extremists’ southern heartland.
Multiple firefights broke out in different neighborhoods as American
and Afghan forces worked to clear
out pockets of insurgents and push
slowly beyond parts of the town they
have claimed. With gunfire coming
from several directions all day long,
troops managed to advance only 500
yards deeper as they fought off small
squads of Taliban snipers.
“There’s still a good bit of the land
still to be cleared,” said Capt. Abraham Sipe, a Marine spokesman.
“We’re moving at a very deliberative
pace.”
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) —
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday Iran is
sliding into a military dictatorship,
a new assessment suggesting a rockier road ahead for U.S.-led efforts to
stop Tehran from obtaining a nuclear
weapon.
As the first high-level Obama administration official to make such an
accusation, Clinton was reflecting an
ever-dimming outlook for persuading Iran to negotiate limits on its nuclear program, which it has insisted is
intended only for peaceful purposes.
Clinton also was revealing the logic of the administration’s plan to target the Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps with a new round of international sanctions intended to compel
Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions
before it increases the likelihood of a
military clash.
DALLAS (AP) — New color video
footage showing President John F.
Kennedy’s arrival in Dallas the day
he was assassinated is the best home
movie ever made of the event, the curator of the Dallas JFK museum said
Monday.
The short clip, shot on 8mm film
by a 15-year-old student, provides a
rare, high-quality color close-up of
John and Jackie Kennedy as they arrived in Dallas. The Sixth Floor Museum put the film on display for public viewing on Presidents Day.
Kennedy was killed Nov. 22,
1963, as his motorcade made its way
through downtown Dallas. The footage shot earlier that day by William
Ward Warren mainly shows Air Force
One and Air Force Two arriving, and
briefly features the Kennedys making
their way through the crowd at the
airport.
AQUILLA, Ohio (AP) — It’s quite
the man cave.
Jimmy Grey says he’s been out of
work for almost a year and needed a
project to stay busy. So with the heavy
snowfall this winter, the 25-year-old
laborer got to work on an extreme
igloo in his family’s yard in Aquilla
(ah-KWIL’-uh), about 30 miles east
of Cleveland.
His four-room creation has 6-foot
ceilings and an entertainment room.
He powers the TV with an extension
cord plugged into an outlet in the garage. He also ran wires for cable television with surround-sound stereo.
Grey says candles help add ambiance for nighttime get-togethers with
friends, and the freezing temperatures mean that the beer never goes
warm.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Kenneth
Starr, the former independent prosecutor whose work led to President
Bill Clinton’s impeachment, has been
named president of Baylor University.
The world’s largest Baptist university announced Monday that Starr
would be the Waco school’s 14th
president. The 63-year-old Starr has
been the dean of Pepperdine University’s School of Law in Malibu, Calif.,
since 2004.
Starr became a controversial figure as the prosecutor looking into the
Whitewater land deal involving Clinton and his affair with White House
intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was
impeached but not convicted.
Starr replaces John M. Lilley, who
was fired as Baylor’s president in
2008.
ETC.
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Winter Games for updates on U.S. athletes
and a medals count.
2010 WINTER GAMES
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
UPSWING
THE AP TOP 25
RANKINGS
BOB HAYNES / AP Photo
TCU’s Chantelle John shoots the basketball over Wyoming’s Chaundra
Sewell during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game
Saturdays in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
RECORD
PTs
1. Connecticut (40)
25 - 0
1000
2. Stanford
23 - 1
959
3. Nebraska
23 - 0
901
4. Notre Dame
23 - 1
891
5. Tennesse
23 - 2
848
6. Xavier
20 - 3
773
7. Ohio State
25 - 3
746
8. Duke
21 - 4
726
9. West Virginia
22 - 3
666
10. Florida State
21 - 4
633
11. Oklahoma
18 - 6
600
12. Texas
18 - 6
568
13. Iowa State
19 - 4
437
14. Georgetown
20 - 4
385
15. Texas A&M
17 - 6
380
16. Kentucky
21 - 4
352
17. Oklahoma State
18- 6
324
18. Baylor
17 - 7
308
19. Georgia Tech
20 - 5
263
20. Georgia
20 - 6
217
21. Gonzaga
21 - 4
186
22. St. John’s
20 - 5
133
23. TCU
19 - 5
128
24. LSU
17 - 7
128
25. Vanderbilt
18 - 7
117
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:
NORTH CAROLINA 108, VIRGINIA 102, HARTFORD
75, WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 13, MIDDLE TENNESSEE
6, FRESNO STATE 6, PRINCETON 6, UCLA 6, DAYTON
5, MICHIGAN STATE 3, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 1
Lady Frogs remain in Top-25
By Mary Sue Greenleaf
Sports Editor
After yet another home
victory against the Wyoming Cowgirls on Saturday,
the TCU women’s basketball
team moved up the Associated Press Top 25, tying LSU
with 128 votes for the No. 23
spot.
After dropping out of national rankings following a
loss to New Mexico on the
road, the Lady Frogs appear
in the AP Top 25 for the second consecutive week.
The Lady Frogs still hold
the No. 1 spot in the Mountain West with a one-and-ahalf game lead at 9-2.
TCU defeated Wyoming
78-59, giving them their
20th consecutive home win,
advancing a streak dating
back to Jan. 13 of last season.
They face their next obstacle on their way up the
rankings in conference opponent San Diego State tonight.
The SDSU Aztecs are
6-5 in MWC play and 14-9
overall. In their last meeting with the Lady Frogs on
Jan. 16, the Aztecs suffered
an 80-63 loss, breaking their
eight-game conference winning streak, dating back to
the previous season. SDSU
was the MWC favorite at the
time but couldn’t conquer
the Frogs on their home
court.
The Frogs are on a 20game winning streak at
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
On Saturday, junior guard
Helena Sverrisdottir shot for
19 points against the Cowgirls. She is ranked in the top
15 of the MWC in assists (No.
TCU vs. SDSU
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2), steals (No. 3), scoring (No.
7), rebounding (No. 8) and
blocks (No. 15). In the last
meeting with SDSU, she shot
for a game-high 22 points.
TCU owns a 10-4 lead in
all-time series against the
Aztecs dating back to 1998.
The game against the Aztecs is the Frogs’ only chance
this week to move up the AP
rankings and hold their spot
in the MWC.
Staff writer Logan Luzzo
contributed to this story.
U.S. brings in the gold
By Mary Sue Greenleaf
Sports Editor
It’s only been three days and
the U.S. is off to a rousing start
at the 2010 Winter Games in
Vancouver.
Hannah Kearney won a gold
in freestyle skiing at the ladies’
moguls finals Saturday with a
score of 26.63, putting her almost a full point ahead of favored Canadian competitor
Jennifer Heil. The 23-year-old
Kearney is competing in her
second Olympics, after failing
to qualify at the 2006 Winter
Games in Torino with a No. 22
finish. Shannon Bahrke of the
U.S. finished out the podium
bringing home the bronze.
The U.S. men’s speed skaters
didn’t disappoint either, bringing home two medals of their
own in the men’s 1500-meter
short track after two Korean
skaters knocked each other
out within only seconds of the
finish line. Six-time medalist
Apolo Ohno brought home the
silver followed by newcomer
J.R. Celski.
Seth Wescott brought home
another gold for the U.S. on
Monday in the men’s snowboard
cross finals.
The news of U.S. gold does
not take away the dim shadow
cast over these Winter Games
by the death of Georgian
luger Nodar Kumaritashvili’s
death. The 21-year-old athlete died on a practice run
at the Olympic luge track on
Friday after he lost control of
his sled and was flung off the
track and into a metal pillar. Changes were made to
the track for the safety of the
athletes and competition continued as scheduled.
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Men’s Basketball
On Saturday, the Frogs (1214, 4-7 Mountain West) took
on the University of Wyoming
Cowboys (9-16, 2-9 MWC) on
the road with a looming reality over their heads. TCU had
never recorded a single win in
Laramie at Arena-Auditorium
and were tied at 7-7 in all-time
series against the Cowboys.
The Frogs defeated the
Cowboys 76-68, moving them
to the No. 7 spot in the MWC.
Wyoming took the lead
early in the game but came
back strong with outstanding
performances by freshman
forward Nikola Cerina and
sophomore guard Ronnie
Moss.
Cerina contributed a gamehigh 21 points against the
Cowboys.
Moss came in second, adding 15 points to the boards
with four assists.
The Frogs face their next
MWC opponent Tuesday
night in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Rifle
At the NCAA Qualifier in
Fort Worth on Saturday, the
women defeated Air Force
4654-4607.
They clenched wins in both
smallbore and air rifle against
the Falcons.
In air rifle, freshman Caitlin
Morrissey led with a 592, and
in smallbore freshman Sarah
Beard led with a 581.
Another strong freshman,
Sarah Scherer, took the top
spot in the match with an aggregate score of 1168.
Track
TCU finished competition
at the Tyson Invitational in
Fayetteville, Ark., with four
NCAA provisional marks in
the men’s 4x400 meter relay,
women’s triple jump, men’s
200-meter dash and women’s
shot put.
In the 4x400, a team of
senior Dell Guy, senior
Clemore Henry, junior
Mychal Dungey and junior
Matthew Love finished at No.
7 with a NCAA provisional
time of 3:09:03.
For the women, senior
Neidra Covington made
a leap landing her in the
NCAA top 15 and No. 2 in
the MWC of 42-6 1/4.
Senior Festus Kigen competed in the Husky Classic
a school record in the men’s
3,000 meters with a NCAA
provisional time of 7:58:47.
This time gave him the No.
17 spot out of 65 runners.
The track and field team
breaks until their next meet
on Feb. 25 at the Mountain
West Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New
Mexico.
Rugby
The TCU men’s rugby club
team fell to the Rice University Owls in a muddy game
on Saturday in Houston 2122.
The Frogs rallied from a
7-19 deficit to a 21-19 lead
but couldn’t hold out for the
win.
Lacrosse
Both lacrosse games were
canceled over the weekend
due to the unprecedented
12.5 inches of snow on the
ground in the Metroplex.
The LAX Frogs face their
next opponent, conference
rival Texas Tech University,
on Saturday in Fort Worth.
Tech knocked TCU out of
playoffs last season by defeating them 11-9 in Lubbock.
— Sports editor Mary
Sue Greenleaf
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The Frogs return home to face San Diego
By Kylie Osterloh
Staff Writer
After gaining a win on the
road against Wyoming, the
Horned Frogs (12-14, 4-7
Mountain West Conference)
hope to find success against a
strong San Diego State team
at home tonight.
TCU lost the away game
against the SDSU Aztecs 6762 when they met earlier this
season.
The SDSU Aztecs (18-7,
7-4 MWC) are coming off
a victory against conference
opponent UNLV. The win
caused UNLV to drop from
the national rankings this
week. The Aztecs also seriously challenged the winning streak of AP No. 12 New
Mexico in an overtime thriller earlier this month, losing
by two points.
TCU collected a win on
the road against Wyoming
last week. It was the first time
the Horned Frogs have won
in the Arena-Auditorium in
Laramie, Wym.
Freshman forward Nikola
Cerina led the team with a
career-high 21 points. Cerina
has had six double-digit performances this season.
Sophomore guard Ronnie
Moss contributed 15 points
and four assists. Moss cur-
rently ranks third in the nation in assists per game and
said the upcoming contest
against SDSU will be a difficult one.
“They are an unbelievably
talented and athletic team,”
Moss said. “We want to play
the same way we did while
we were on the road (in Wyoming), but since it’s at home,
we hope to do even better.”
Be sure to watch the performance of senior guard
Keion Mitchem – he needs
five points to reach the
500-point milestone for his
career.
SDSU’s freshman forward
Kawhi Leonard leads the Az-
tecs with an average of 12.4
points per game. Leonard is
also nationally recognized as
a top rebounder.
A win for the Frogs would
advance their winning streak to
two, and mark their ninth home
win of the regular season.
TCU vs. SDSU
When: 7 p.m. tonight
Where: Daniel-Meyer
Coliseum
The action can be followed live on the Mtn.
or KTCU FM 88.7 “The
Choice.”