Student behavior prompts investigation into Florence program

first_imgFacebook The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Previous articleNational Night Out encourages community cooperation to curb crimeNext articlePi Kappa Phi pushes for change Alexa McBride RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU Alumna talks success of owning a local boutique printBehavior that TCU officials warn could have resulted in student arrests has prompted a review of the study abroad program in Florence, Italy.“The program began with behavior not becoming of our students,” wrote Jane Kucko, director for the Center for International Studies, in an email.Some of the students studying in Florence confirmed there have been problems. But they also said their overall experience has been enriching and they don’t want to see the university change it.“One incident happened the first night we were here,” wrote one junior TCU student who is currently abroad in Florence and asked not to be identified. “There was maybe 10 people on the rooftop and someone knocked a wine bottle off the roof and it fell and hit an umbrella and then fell onto a patio below.”The female student responsible for knocking the bottle off the roof was said to have been drinking beforehand, the student said.“Her arm accidentally hit the bottle after she had had half a glass of wine,” wrote the junior.After the bottle fell, management at the hotel the students were staying at became angry, the student added.“The TCU students and the hotel staff began arguing and were getting frustrated with each other,” wrote the junior TCU student.This event, along with general student behavior abroad, has sparked a reaction from the study abroad office.“Because of our concern for all our students and our expectations of appropriate behavior, TCU is conducting an investigation on our TCU in Florence program,” Kucko wrote.In an email sent to prospective students for the Florence spring 2016 program, study abroad adviser Susan Layne wrote that the students who are in Italy this fall have been “indulging in disruptive, drunken behavior that could have led to prison in Italy.”The advisers in the study abroad office are concerned with the possibility of TCU students studying abroad for the wrong reasons, wrote Layne.Layne wrote the advisers are worried that students are having an American experience in Europe with their closest friends instead of receiving an authentic cultural experience.“Overindulgence can result in very superficial touristy experiences that are not only missing the rich academic and cultural learning we strive for, but also are unsafe,” wrote Layne.After reaching out to multiple TCU students in Florence, many felt as if they were not in a position to comment about the issues taking place.A second junior studying abroad in Florence wrote she couldn’t comment on what happened because she wasn’t a part of it. She added, “Everything did get blown out of proportion.”“Whatever incident did happen doesn’t reflect the current students in a negative way, and it would be a shame for TCU to take away a program that enriches students culturally and academically,” wrote the junior TCU student in Florence.Junior journalism major Bailey Kirby who is also in Florence wrote that her trip to Florence is going well.“So far, there isn’t much I would change about this trip,” wrote Kirby via email.“Yes, at times it has been challenging because I don’t speak Italian and I had never been to Europe before coming here,” Kirby wrote. “But for the most part, it has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had.”The tentative group of students for the spring 2016 trip to Florence is anticipated to be the largest group that TCU has ever sent to Italy. Because of the number of students that have shown interest, students studying abroad in Florence next semester will have classes four days a week instead of three.Other than the amount of days students will have class, the program has not announced any further changes that will be made to accommodate all of the students in Florence next semester. The TCU study abroad program in Florence, Italy – home of Il Duomo di Firenze pictured here – is under investigation after concerning student behavior. Facebook Linkedin The Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop comes to Fort Worth Paschal High School students discuss owning a clothing company Alexa McBride + posts Alexa McBride Rodeo Purple ticket package sold out Alexa McBride Twitter Alexa McBride is a junior Journalism major and Film, TV, and Digital Media minor from Orange County, California. She is an Academics reporter for TCU 360. Linkedin Alexa McBride Alexa McBride ReddIt Twitter ReddIt Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals weeklast_img read more

Pressing Topics at the Fed

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Fed 2017-10-06 Brianna Gilpin Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: HUD: Establishing Equal Opportunities Next: The Week Ahead: Q3 2017 Bank Earnings Tagged with: The Fed Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin October 6, 2017 1,013 Views Subscribe Share Save  Print This Post The Federal Reserve, who is a little over four months out from needing a new or reinstated leader, announced it purchased $7.029 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities, which is compared to $6.937 billion the week prior. This week’s purchase did not include securities guaranteed by either GSE, the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae.In September, the Fed announced it would leave rates unchanged and begin a gradual shrinking of its balance sheet, which sits at $4.5 trillion due to purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities in the aftermath of the financial crisis, according to CNBC.However, despite the decision to leave rates alone last month, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said he believe the U.S. central bank should raise interest rates again by the end of the year.”We, in our forecasts of movements for the year, had said we expected three hikes in the course of 2017. I am still in that space,” said Bostic in an interview by Reuters on the sidelines of a Fed conference in Austin, Texas while adding that he isn’t, “wedded to anything.”Regarding the expiration of Janet Yellen’s term in February 2018, President Donald Trump has interviewed four candidates for the job. According to Reuters, the nomination could come within weeks.“He faces a choice between two continuity candidates, current Chair Janet Yellen and Governor Jerome Powell, and two outsiders, Gary Cohn, currently his top economic adviser, and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh,” the report said.Yellen was rumored to step down last year if now President Trump was elected, but now almost a year later, many wonder if she is up for another term if asked.”I have said that I intend to serve out my term as chair and that I’m really not going to comment on my intentions beyond that,” CNBC cited Yellen telling reporters following the Fed’s two-day policy meeting in September. “I will say that I have not had a further meeting with President Trump. I met with him early in my term and I’ve not had a further meeting with him.” Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Pressing Topics at the Fed Pressing Topics at the Fedlast_img read more