Horned Frogs in the News, Feb. 4-11 – TCU

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From discussing the field of ethnic studies with U.S. News to curating a Black history exhibit, our TCU Horned Frogs are in the news. 
Tuition, fees continues to rise as pandemic inflation woes hit colleges
Feb. 5, 2022
NBC News
Inflation is pushing up college tuition and fees while staff shortages are forcing wages and benefits higher. The squeeze comes at the worst possible time for higher education. Texas Christian University’s board of trustees approved a 4.5 percent tuition increase in response to what Chancellor Victor Boschini called, in an email to the campus, “escalating operational costs and rising rates of inflation.”
A few GOP voters, a few races: Texas Legislature’s path on taxes, spending, vouchers about to be set
Feb. 11, 2022
The Dallas Morning News
Only about one in 10 Texas House seats are truly up for grabs in the March 1 primary election, and just two of 31 Senate posts, experts said. GOP social conservatives vent their fury. “There’s kind of a competition for the soul of the Republican Party,” Jim Riddlesperger, political science professor, explained. “The social conservatives really do feel empowered. But whether they can expand their coalition beyond a narrow band of the Republican Party is an open question.”
Explainer: When there isn’t enough medicine to go around, who gets it?
Feb. 10, 2022
Fort Worth Report
Different ethical frameworks have existed throughout the pandemic. Demand for COVID-19 treatments outpaced availability as cases far surpassed previous peaks around Texas and the country in January. The shifting nature of the virus, as well as restrictions imposed by the federal government, also complicated supply, said Gregory L. Kearns, a pharmacist and professor at the TCU School of Medicine.
Fort Worth Green Book exhibit focuses Jim Crow era traveling through a local lens
Feb. 10, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A new exhibit called “Fort Worth and the Green Book” opened at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on Friday, highlighting the Jim Crow Era travel guide used by Black Americans through a local lens. Frederick W. Gooding Jr., chair of the Race and Reconciliation Initiative at Texas Christian University, took up the call of an outside expert to help curate the exhibit. “It’s an opportunity to share our American history,” Gooding said. “It’s not just Black history, in order to tell the story, remember many Americans were involved, not just Blacks. It wasn’t just Blacks just driving around in a car with a Green Book because they wanted to, it’s because they’re interacting with a larger environment.”
Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit leads to $7,000 in awards
Feb. 10, 2022
Brownwood Bulletin
This year’s juror for the 2022 Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit was Amanda Allison, associate professor of art education. “For over 25 years, I have experienced satisfaction, challenge and personal change as a result of contributing to the artistic development of thousands of people. The arts help me to think and ‘talk’ about the world. The arts help me to experience the world in a way that nothing else can,” Allison said.
TX primary: Here are Tarrant County’s open legislative seats
Feb. 9, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tarrant County will have at least three new lawmakers in the Texas Legislature after this year’s election. TCU Political Science Professor Jim Riddlesperger said it’s not uncommon to have three open seats. Redistricting years can also contribute to turnover for a variety of reasons, he said. “Open seats are always the opportunity to get new views represented in the Legislature,” he said, adding that “voices in the Democratic and Republican party can have influence in the Legislature” if they become allies with other lawmakers. 
Kay Granger on path to re-election without well-funded challenger
Feb. 8, 2022
Fort Worth Report
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger’s two primary challengers have raised funds in the hundreds of dollars, not the $1 million or so necessary to be a viable contender, according to political science professor James Riddlesperger. Incumbents are re-elected with “astonishing regularity,” and without name recognition it’s nearly impossible to win, he said. “She has a popularity that transcends political party in a time when that is a really unique characteristic,” Riddlesperger said. “While Granger has been a very loyal Republican in her time in Washington, there are a lot of people in Fort Worth that remember when she was just a problem solver and not a ‘Republican’ problem solver.” 
‘They’re not forcefields’: Why some experts say term ‘breakthrough COVID-19′ can be misleading
Feb. 7, 2022
The Dallas Morning News
Some health experts worry the term “breakthrough” can make it seem like COVID-19 vaccine has failed. Health experts say people should remember that “breakthrough cases,” or getting infected with a disease that you are vaccinated against, are common and expected with any shot. “There’s not a single vaccine that’s a hundred percent,” said Dr. Grant Fowler, family medicine department chair at TCU School of Medicine in Fort Worth and chairman of the family medicine department at JPS Health Network. “But our whole goal is to [minimize] it in the population and protect the vulnerable.”
Ethnic Studies: What It Is and How to Use a Degree in the Field 
Feb. 4, 2022
U.S. News & World Report
An ethnic studies degree can provide valuable preparation for nearly any profession, ranging from law to medicine, experts say. M. Francyne Huckaby, interim department chair of comparative race and ethnic studies, explains that the field of ethnic studies offers insight into the human mind and spirit. “Knowing what the lives currently are and the history has been of people of many ethnicities is an important aspect of understanding what it means to be a person,” she says.
Dr. Kristi Wilson honored with national award
Feb. 8, 2022
West Valley View
Kristi Wilson ’94 was honored by the American School Superintendents Association with its AASA Distinguished Service Award. The prize is given annually to AASA members and leaders who exhibit exemplary leadership throughout their careers and enhanced the profession of school administration. Wilson is known for designing schools for the future, where educators and students are encouraged to think critically and engage collaboratively. Academic growth, proficiency and attendance rates, and overall parental satisfaction have improved under Wilson’s leadership. 
Amid increased calls for diverse representation, local authors, bookstore amplify African American success stories in children’s books
Feb. 7, 2022
Fort Worth Report
Lynda Mubarak ’73, a retired special education teacher and an author based in Fort Worth, said it’s important for children to see themselves reflected in books. She is the author of the Detective Maxine Hill series, which has won multiple awards. Mubarak, who graduated in 1963 at a time when Fort Worth was still segregated, did not see an African American child or family on the cover of a book until she was a student at Texas Christian University following her military service. “You need to see people that look like you in every phase of life because when you don’t, you lose your identity,” Mubarak said.
Where I Live: Woman’s history in Arlington Heights dates back to parents’ love of the area
Feb. 6, 2022
Fort Worth Report
Fort Worth native Juliet George ’91 holds a degree in history from Texas Christian University. She with her husband, Coleman W. Smith, share a house in the Arlington Heights neighborhood where she grew up. “Raised to love history, I became an historian,” she said. “I joined in an effort to save at least one block of our Hillcrest Addition within Arlington Heights from the teardown trend.”
TCU ex Tom Hoge is soaking in first PGA Tour win and all that comes with it
Feb. 10, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tom Hoge ’11 never lost faith that he could win on the PGA Tour. He’s played well enough over the years to make more than $10 million in career earnings, play in major championships and maintain his playing status. But a win eluded him in his first 202 starts. Finally, though, Hoge tasted victory on golf’s top level last week. The TCU product and Fort Worth resident won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. “It’s just cool more than anything,” Hoge said. “I’ve been out here a long time and have accomplished a fair amount, but you always want to get that win.”
Ex-TCU star in Super Bowl plays behind NFL’s other Tom Brady
Feb. 8, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As difficult as it can be to play football, watching your son play football sounds worse, even if it means he’s going to the Super Bowl. Joseph Noteboom ’18 played at TCU as a freshman and then became a three-year starter in a career that lasted from 2014 to 2017. He was the best offensive lineman during a period when the Frogs were one of the best teams in the Big 12. After becoming a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, he’s now in his fourth season, all with the L.A. Rams, and he’s preparing to play in his second Super Bowl.
PGA Tour: TCU product Tom Hoge wins first tournament
Feb. 6, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tom Hoge ’11 has been knocking on the door of a breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour of late. That door finally opened at Pebble Beach. Hoge played terrific golf on the back nine, birdying four holes and passing three-time major champion Jordan Spieth on the leader board to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Hoge becomes the first TCU player to win on the PGA Tour since J.J. Henry ’98 won the 2015 Barracuda Championship. TCU golf coach Bill Montigel talked about Hoge to the Star-Telegram last summer, saying: “What makes Tom really good is he’s just not afraid. He’s not afraid to go low. When it’s his week, he can really put some low numbers on the board.”
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