Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students

first_imgShane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ ReddIt Facebook + posts Linkedin Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Twitter Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threatscenter_img Shane Battis Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Conservative personality Steven Crowder sparks ‘male privilege’ debate The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Twitter Previous articleHoroscope: March 22, 2018Next articleWATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes printStudents got a glimpse of the Vision in Action: Lead On’s four major goals and a chance to share their feedback with committee members Wednesday afternoon.The goals, proposed by TCU’s Board of Trustees, focus on; strengthening the university’s academic profile and reputation, endowment, experience and culture, and the Horned Frog workforce. Four committees comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and alumni and retirees were selected by the Provost and the chancellor and tasked with investigating these themes to find areas of improvement.The co-chairs of these committees presented their ideas to students through vision boards that illustrated their recommendations for each of the strategic goals.A few of their recommendations included increasing the endowment, making Greek life more inclusive for ethnic minority students, highlighting non-athletic achievements to promote the university and overall student engagement.“Some overarching things that have connected all of the goals are a need for diversity support and inclusion, specifically inclusion,” Lauren Nixon, the chancellor intern, said. “Also, a need for financial support to accomplish everything we do.”Timeka Gordon and Ron Pitcock, co-chairs of the TCU experience and culture committee, emphasized how they want the school to figure out how to make students from all backgrounds feel welcome and included in campus activities.“TCU has a strong culture,” Pitcock said. “But what’s more significant is we have a group of students that feel connected to that culture, but we also have a large group of students and staff and faculty who feel disconnected from the culture. That may be one of our most important findings.”Pitcock said Greek life has been a source of major successes as well as issues regarding inclusion and should be evaluated, so it can be improved.Gordon suggested housing for historically majority minority Greek organizations could be a useful step to make them feel more included. She related conversations she’s had with minority and veteran students who have expressed feelings of isolation and said that these concerns should be vocalized to a broader public to start fixing the problem.While the cultural goals didn’t include specifically actionable items, the endowment has a more specific target.David Nolan, an endowment co-chair, said the university wants to raise the endowment from $1.6 billion to $3 billion.He explained that the school’s operating budget mostly relies on tuition with the endowment chipping in 11 percent, but that could rise to 20 percent if the new total is met. This could ease pressures on increasing tuition in order to finance new projects and initiatives needed to fulfill Lead On’s plan.Some students appreciated the proposed strategies and spoke with co-chairs about their vision for TCU.Junior Biology Major Lauren Nakhleh observed the endowment board and said she likes the message it presents on why it is important to invest in the university.Bianca Hurst, a junior finance major, agreed with Nakhleh and said a university’s an investment that students can gain from as it progresses.“I think it’s just very important to us students to see the school advance as a whole,” Hursh said. “Because even while we’re here, but even after we graduate, it will help us in our futures to see TCU do well.”The Board will review the committee’s findings and decide which items will be incorporated into the final plan, which is set to launch in the fall of 2019. ReddIt David Nolan, co-chair of the endowment goal, talks to a student about his findings. (Photo by Shane Battis.) Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Badgers slip-up in Evanston

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoEVANSTON, Ill. — Head coach Barry Alvarez couldn’t have asked for more … from his offense that is.The Badgers lit up the scoreboard with 48 points and 515 yards of total offense, but in the end that still wasn’t enough as No. 14 Wisconsin (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) fell to Northwestern (3-2, 2-1) 51-48 Saturday afternoon in Evanston, Ill.After falling behind by as many 17 points in the fourth quarter, UW rallied to get within three points and still had a chance to win the contest after a key stop by the defense gave them the ball on their own 3-yard with 1:26 left in the game.”I completely thought we’d go down and score,” Stocco said of his feelings heading onto the field for UW’s last drive.Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan. In his first play from scrimmage the junior signal caller made a costly error, attempting a pass to senior Jonathon Orr that was picked off by Northwestern’s Reggie McPherson, sealing the Badgers’ fate.”Just a mistake I guess on my part, I guess that happens sometimes,” Stocco said. “I was just trying to hit [Orr] over the middle and their guy just made a nice play. I tried to keep it low, a safe throw, but he just made a great play on it.”It was one of very few great plays made by the Northwestern defense all game, as the Wildcats had no answer for Stocco and the Wisconsin offense.Stocco finished the game 24-of-31 with a career-best 326 yards passing and four touchdowns, while junior tailback Brian Calhoun assaulted the record books, gaining 122 rushing yards on 23 carries and also grabbing a team-high 11 receptions for 128 yards. Not only did Calhoun lead his team in both categories, but he also became the first player in school history to amass 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game.UW’s pair of starting receivers, Orr and senior Brandon Williams, also had a field day against the Wildcats. Williams snared six balls for 93 yards while Orr grabbed five catches for 87 yards and a team-leading four touchdowns.”I was real pleased with the offense,” Alvarez said. “They gave us a chance. When you get in a shootout like that and you can’t slow them down on defense, I was pleased that our offense allowed us to be prepared.”Defensive coordinator Bret Bielema’s squad, on the other hand, struggled throughout the second half. The Badger defense held the NU offense in check for most of the first half, allowing 13 points, but in the second half, Wisconsin’s defense was porous to say the least.Third quarter dominance has been key for Wisconsin’s defense all year as the Badgers had not allowed a single third-quarter point prior to Saturday.Of course, nobody bothered to inform Northwestern of this fact. The Wildcats went on to score 27 points in the quarter — it would have been 28 had Joel Howells not had an extra point blocked — including 21 points in a six minute span to end the quarter.”We didn’t play well defensively,” Alvarez said. “We could tear it apart, there wasn’t any phase where we played well. When you give up that many points in the second half, nobody played well. You can talk about pressure, you can talk about coverage, you can talk about tackling; it was not very good.”The shoddy tackling allowed Northwestern freshman running back Tyrell Sutton to control the flow of the game. Despite rushing against a defense that entered the contest allowing just 77.4 yards per game, Sutton finished the day with 244 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns. But perhaps the most telling statistic was the number of yards Sutton lost all day — none. “He’s a tough runner, he’ll put his head down in there and try to get some extra yards, and he’s a good player, he’s quick and he’s a tough player,” linebacker Mark Zalewski said. “Some little guys want to try and make people miss but he’s a type of guy who will put his head down and run somebody over. He’s a quality back and we didn’t do the right things to stop him today.”Wisconsin’s inability to stop Sutton also translated into a big day for senior quarterback Brett Basanez, who threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns while gaining another 70 yards and one more score on the ground.”There aren’t a lot of teams that run pressure against them,” Bielema said. “They have enough option game in them that they make it very difficult for you to bring pressure, but the bottom line is we’ve got to play our game. We can’t let it affect us.”Now, the question for UW is how well they will rebound from the loss, especially with a big-time rivalry match-up with Minnesota looming on the horizon.”Well, our next goal is to try to keep the axe,” Alvarez said. “We’re still on track with a lot of our goals. So, we haven’t lost any of the opportunities to reach all of our goals. So, we’ll see if this team is resilient, see if they can bounce back. But we’ve got to do a lot of correcting obviously.”last_img read more