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From the U.S. credit rating to AI and the admission process, TCU is in the news.  


Aug. 14, 2023
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
Beyond the nutrition, outfits and rowdiness, district and city leadership reiterated the seriousness behind fixing academic and mental health obstacles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that students are still overcoming. A multi-tiered support system is in place so they can attack both academic and behavioral issues that they鈥檙e seeing, according to the superintendent. This includes a partnership with 茄子视频 that provides a counseling clinic where families and students can receive counseling at no cost.

Aug. 9, 2023 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
TCU鈥痺as named the No. 2 college campus in Texas for 2023. It earned an overall grade of A and an A+ for its campus, as well as four stars from 1,702 reviewers. 鈥淭CU has an incredibly inclusive and supportive community. The professors genuinely care about their students and want their students to succeed. Many have their PhD, with years of real-world industry experience,鈥 one senior said in their review of the university. The Niche.com ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education.鈥 

Aug. 9, 2023
FW Inc. 
TCU announced this week the initiation of the Four Directions Scholars Program designed to provide opportunities and support for two first-year undergraduate students who hold citizenship in federally recognized tribes. 鈥淭he Four Directions Scholars Program is evidence of TCU鈥檚 commitment to Native American nations and communities,鈥 said Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU鈥檚 chief inclusion officer, in a statement. Scott Langston, interim Native American nations and communities liaison, added 鈥淭hese scholarships are integral to our goal of broadening access to TCU's offerings and aiding Native students in emerging as leaders within their tribal nations upon graduation.鈥

Aug. 2, 2023
The newest influencer on the admission landscape is artificial intelligence (AI) and it has the potential, if used wisely, to serve as a powerful guide to traversing the path to college. Conversely, if permitted, AI can take the reins and lead applicants down an inauthentic road that may be statistically predictable but can be misleading at best and unethical at worst. 
Heath Einstein, dean of admission, makes a different prediction. 鈥淎I is a seemingly ubiquitous topic among college admission counseling professionals. There is growing concern for how students and their advocates could leverage ChatGPT and similar systems to manipulate the admission process,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t won鈥檛 be long before a college leans directly into AI, hoping not to mitigate, but entirely eliminate the 鈥榩roblem鈥 by asking students to use technology to craft their best college essay.鈥


Aug. 15, 2023
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A new dashboard launched by the Biden administration to track heat-related illnesses will help municipalities and medical professionals with prevention efforts and assist families as they make housing decisions, particularly for older adults, experts say. Dr. David Capper, chair of clinical sciences at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, stressed the importance of checking on older family members during extreme heat, especially those who might be isolated. 鈥淚f family and friends know that grandma lives alone in her house that she鈥檚 had for 60 years 鈥 the key is to be willing to reach out, to be willing to check on her every day during severe heat waves,鈥 he said.

Aug. 14, 2023
It happens to the best of us brides-to-be: We do everything we can to make sure the big day goes perfectly, and then, seemingly all of a sudden, we turn into a giant ball of stress ready to destroy anything鈥攐r anyone鈥攊n our path. If you鈥檝e stopped doing the things you love and that make you happy, whether it鈥檚 exercise classes, hanging out with friends, or even taking a long swim, because of wedding planning, it鈥檚 time to take things back. 鈥淭he best way to handle this is to realize that wedding planning should fit into your life, not the other way around,鈥 said Angela Thompson, professor of sociology. 鈥淚f your entire lunch break is spent planning your wedding instead of hanging out with colleagues, or you鈥檙e on a date with your fianc茅 and you鈥檙e constantly on your phone looking at wedding decorations, you鈥檙e doing too much.鈥

Aug. 14, 2023
Research on judgments of learning (JOL) reactivity has revealed that the mere act of measuring monitoring during learning can directly influence memory. Multiple mechanisms have been proposed to explain JOL reactivity effects, and some mechanisms may be more relevant in some contexts than in others. To investigate this idea, Michelle L. Rivers and Sarah K. Tauber from the Department of Psychology at TCU, along with three others, created an online sample of participants and undergraduate students studied a set of moderately related word pairs (e.g., dairy鈥揷ow) in preparation for a cued recall test. Outcomes suggest that positive reactivity for related word pairs is not solely explained by attentional reorienting during encoding.

Aug. 12, 2023
Despite strong showings, the past year has been lackluster for Disney. Even though Disney may struggle to make its money back on these films from cinema sales, they will continue having value on Disney+ for years to come, according to Kimberly Owczarski, associate professor of film, television and digital media. 鈥淭hey released too many films in a short time frame in what was already a crowded summer of competition,鈥 she explained, and added: 鈥淭hey have relied too much on franchises that are either skewing older or there are too many texts to keep track of in theaters and on streaming, like with the Marvel properties.鈥

Aug. 12, 2023
The International Energy Agency predicts that energy demand may not grow as quickly next year, and the IEA cites the growth of electric vehicles. But Tom Seng, assistant professor of energy finance, isn鈥檛 buying it. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e not being sold at the clip manufacturers would expect, you know, we鈥檙e seeing discounts from Tesla and others,鈥 Seng said. 鈥淎nd so I don鈥檛 give much credit to EVs having a big impact on the drop in demand in 2024.鈥

Aug. 11, 2023
Denton Record-Chronicle
In ERCOT鈥檚 preparedness report, the organization made conservative estimates for how much energy it could generate at each power plant. Natural gas plants don鈥檛 perform at peak efficiency during strings of 100-degree summer days, said Tom Seng of TCU鈥檚 Ralph Lowe Energy Institute. Seng, who previously lived in Tulsa, is over halfway through his first Texas summer. He鈥檚 moved his workouts earlier in the morning or later in the evening and runs ceiling and box fans in his home to avoid running his air conditioner too frequently. Seng is waiting for the day he steps outside and realizes, finally, that it is only 90 degrees. 鈥淲hen I step out of my apartment or step out of my truck,鈥 he said, 鈥淚 really do feel like the sun is sucking the life out of me.鈥

August 10, 2023 
Sheriffs, who in America are elected officials, have their 鈥渄ay-to-day tasks complicated by being a politician and thinking about, okay, what policy should we put in place for jails and how we run those?鈥 explains鈥Emily Farris, associate professor of political science. 鈥淐an we find somebody good enough to reform an office that is perhaps, just at its heart, bad? And I don't know if there's a solution. This idea that there's no such thing as a progressive sheriff would certainly question it and say, 鈥榃e just need to get rid of sheriffs altogether.鈥 That there needs to be a different system in place and moving towards abolition ideas as well.鈥 

August 10, 2023 
The Dallas Morning News鈥 
Texas鈥 record-breaking temperatures this summer have caused energy demand to soar. The Natural gas plants don鈥檛 perform at peak efficiency during strings of 100-degree summer days, said鈥疶om Seng, assistant professor of professional practice in the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute. Seng said ERCOT likely accounted for worst-case scenarios in its summer preparations, ensuring it had the energy supply to meet high demands. 

August 6, 2023 
Fort Worth鈥疪eport 
The Burnett School of Medicine at TCU recently hosted a speaker for the incoming class of 2027 about the importance of empathy and compassion, two qualities TCU administrators believe to be key for the future of medical care. His speech helped frame the incoming students鈥 education in terms of the importance of patient care, said鈥Natalie Lundsteen, assistant dean for student affairs. Empathy and compassion are two tenets the medical school鈥痟as been imprinting on students since its founding in 2019. 鈥淚t鈥檚 about being empathetic scholars,鈥 Lundsteen said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 about caring for a patient who is sometimes at the worst moment of their life and recognizing they can come out of it.鈥 

August 5, 2023 
Phelps County Focus鈥 
Rudy Giuliani conceded in a carefully worded court filing that his assertions about Georgia election workers committing fraud during the 2020 presidential race were false.鈥疶hat concession has rekindled interest in Giuliani鈥檚 2020 Missouri testimony and the impact it could have in a separate defamation suit filed in St. Louis by the same election workers against the right-wing outlet Gateway Pundit.鈥 Giuliani鈥檚 admission won鈥檛 help the Gateway Pundit fend off the allegations, said鈥Daxton Stewart, an attorney and journalism professor specializing in鈥痬edia鈥痩aw. 鈥淛ust repeating something that someone else said that was false still makes a publisher subject to defamation claims,鈥 Stewart said. 

August 5, 2023 
The Lens with Stephanie Kelton 
It wasn鈥檛 all that long ago that leading economists were arguing that the Trump tax cuts had so wrecked the nation鈥檚 finances, that it would be next to impossible for Congress to fire off enough fiscal support to thwart an economic downturn. That was obviously wrong. To the extent that the downgrade makes any sense at all, it stems from the increasingly erratic posturing around the debt ceiling limit. It is about our willingness鈥攏ot our ability鈥攖o pay our bills. 鈥淐an the U.S. be forced into debt default? Never,鈥 said economics professor John T. Harvey. 鈥淐ould the gridlocked, highly partisan, and dysfunctional U.S. government prevent us from meeting financial obligations we absolutely have the legal and economic ability to meet? Yes. Shame on us, United States. And for that, the debt is the least of our worries.鈥 

August 2, 2023 
Yesterday, Fitch issued a downgrade of US long-term debt from AAA to AA+. Is there a universe in which this makes sense or is it Fitch that deserves a downgrade? First and foremost, it needs to be made clear that it is impossible for the United States to be forced into default on debt denominated in dollars. Not unlikely, not improbable, but impossible. 鈥淭his doesn鈥檛 mean that there can鈥檛 be other consequences, like inflation or crowding out of the private sector (both of which also require at that we are already at full employment), but default is off the table,鈥 said鈥John T. Harvey,鈥痯rofessor of economics. 


August 8, 2023 
Fort Worth鈥疪eport鈥 
Innovation and art share something in common: creativity. That is why鈥疍J Perera鈥10,鈥痠s teaching students the value of utilizing innovation not just in the classroom, but for their future. As an immigrant and artist, Perera鈥檚 world widened from the opportunity education provided him. But he also learned the necessity of using creativity to be innovative in art, but also in life. Now, after receiving many awards and honors, he is teaching his students about using technology in art, innovating the artistic space, and how creativity and innovation build off each other. 

August 8, 2023
Mary Neita Werner鈥52,鈥痺as destined to become a great musician. Her mother, Vivian Harder Johnson, was a highly-sought piano teacher in Fort Worth. 鈥淢y mother was the finest keyboard person in this town, and I鈥檓 not saying that because she was my mother 鈥 she was,鈥 said Mary Neita. 鈥淓verybody in town studied with Mother. And I could play the piano, but I didn鈥檛 get her talent.鈥 Being the best cellist in school landed her a four-year scholarship. She and a few other band members would form units and play garden parties and tea parties for extra spending money.  

August 7, 2023 
Since late 2020, local entrepreneur Chris Koerner鈥19 MBA,鈥痟as been in the spotlight for making a substantial amount of sales by reselling Buc-ee鈥檚 related items on his site TexasSnax.com. Before Koerner came up with this idea, the popular chain really didn鈥檛 have much of an online store presence. That was until Koerner filled six carts with more than 600 items from the Denton Buc-ee鈥檚 locale to sell online in the fall of 2020. 鈥淚 was driving home from a Buc-ee鈥檚 one day and thought to myself that they must kill it in online sales,鈥 Koerner said. 鈥淎fter I got home, I went to their website and didn鈥檛 see anything online.鈥 This was what Koerner called his 鈥渓ightbulb moment.鈥  

August 3, 2023 
The Spokesman-Review鈥 
Collin Pittman鈥21,鈥痠s a young but experienced director, who will call the shots on 鈥淛immy Buffett鈥檚 Escape to Margaritaville,鈥 at the Spokane Valley Summer Theater. 鈥淚鈥檓 very grateful to be given such a great opportunity,鈥 Pittman said. 鈥淏ut I believe this is the perfect show for me to step into since it has that summer feel and it鈥檚 upbeat.鈥 

August 2, 2023 
Connecticut Post鈥 
Sandra Brown鈥69鈥is the author of 73 New York Times best-sellers. Her new book, 鈥淥ut of Nowhere,鈥 is a fast-paced, emotional thriller where the lives of a young mother and a high-rolling consultant collide under devastating circumstances 鈥 culminating in a desperate manhunt that will change their futures forever. Brown holds an honorary doctorate from TCU.鈥 


Aug. 11, 2023
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
With the NCAA allowing a foreign tour once every four years, TCU Basketball decided to travel to Europe to play four exhibition games and go sightseeing. This is a great opportunity for Frog fans to get a first look at what the 2023-24 team will look like. On Aug. 4, TCU departed for Paris to play two exhibition games before traveling to London for two more. Games were against teams from various professional teams from different leagues over the world. In Paris, they played Areus All-Stars and Elite Basket Congo, Aug. 8. They arrived in London by train before playing Barking Abbey and the Surrey Scorchers. TCU won all four games in blowout fashion, scoring over 100 in each.

August 9, 2023 
Sports Illustrated 
Meet the eight incoming freshmen to Horned Frog Soccer. Women鈥檚 Soccer鈥痺elcomed a new class of freshmen for the 2023 season:鈥Sasha Carbone,鈥Gabbi Ceballos,鈥Katrina Chong,鈥Brooke Conover,鈥Bella Diorio,鈥Marli Galdamez,鈥Elise Krone 补苍诲鈥Landen Matthews. Head coach Eric Bell and the team kicked off their 2023 season against SMU in August. 

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