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FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013 VOLUME 87 ■ ISSUE 72

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Federal gun plan yields support, dissent By MATT DOTRAY STAFF WRITER

Like most political actions, President Barack Obama’s 23 executive actions on gun control sparked both support and opposition from people in Lubbock. The speech was given 33 days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and Obama urged Congress to take a tougher stance on the distribution of weapons in the U.S. “While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely,” Obama said during his speech, “no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil — if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.” In his efforts, Obama said he believes in

an individual’s right to bear arms for sport and protection, but wants to keep the irresponsible few from injuring on a large scale. Responding to the president’s plan, Scott Harmon, an employee at local gun store Legacy Arms, said it does not matter what laws the president tries to enact because the people who are possible threats do not obey the law in the first place. “They don’t care,” Harmon said. “The good guys are the ones who get stuck flipping the bill on everything. Good people obey the law. Bad people don’t. That’s the way it is.” Legacy Arms has seen a major increase in gun sales since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Harmon said, because people are unsure and fearful of the actions taken by the federal government. One of the actions the president is encouraging Congress to pass is a ban on militarystyle assault weapons.

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Assault weapons were prohibited in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004, according to the White House website. Andres Fernandez, a sophomore engineering major from Torreon, Mexico, said he agrees with president’s proposal. “Realistically, nobody needs assault rifles,” he said. “If it’s for hunting, there are hunting rifles, so I agree with it. Unless you’re going to shoot a school of kids, I don’t think you need more than 10 bullets.” In opposition, Harmon said banning assault rifles is an infringement of the Constitutional amendments. “I believe it’s our rights under the second amendment and our rights independently that we ought to be able to buy whatever we want to buy,” Harmon said. “Whether we use it or not is totally irrelevant.” Another action Obama is pushing Con-

gress to consider is requiring a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. According to a gun violence summary released by the Office of the Press Secretary, near-private sellers who are not required to run a background check on the buyer comprise 40 percent of national gun sales. With more intense background checks, Fernandez said criminals and felons would have a more difficult time obtaining a gun. “I don’t think any regulations would directly stop people from killing each other,” he said, “but it’ll definitely help with the amount of people that can be killed. I just think it’s better.” The current background check system has prevented more than 1.5 million guns from being placed in the wrong hands, the Office of the Press Secretary said in a news release, but the government needs to provide more complete information about

dangerous individuals. Mike Gutierrez, a senior media and communication major from San Antonio, said more efficient background checks would still not be as effective as most people would like, but it is a movement in a better direction. The problem with this proposal, Harmon said, is that it is not anything new. There are already background checks on potential gun buyers and there are counselors and teachers of gun safety who already have the ability of telling someone they are unable to possess a weapon, Harmon said. Another major action the president is trying to implement is a 10-round limit for magazines. According to the law center to prevent gun violence, large capacity magazines are often used in mass shootings. GUN PLAN continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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SHENG WANG, A comedian on Comedy Central, talks to Joseph Bamiduro, a sophomore petroleum engineering major from Washington D.C., and Ermias Zergaw, a junior petroleum engineering major from Ethiopia, about his comedy act and Comedy Central after the “Winter Raider Welcome Comedy Show” on Thursday in the Allen Theatre.

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Seemingly nothing was off limits Thursday night as improv performers and comedians joked about marijuana, alcohol, race, sex and more. Tech Activities Board hosted the night in the Student Union Building’s Allen Theatre. About 300 students filled the theater to participate in Winter Welcome Week. The night opened with Texas Tech’s improv troupe, Alternative Fuels. Ryan Russell, the troupe’s president, said the troupe performs different skits and interacts with the audience. “We do spontaneous scenes on the top of our heads based on (audience) suggestions,” the senior advertising major from Mansfield said. The improv troupe, which meets twice a week to rehearse, played games much like the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The games included “Newscasters,” “Set My Number” and “Slideshow.” The crowd roared with laughter when one troupe member pretended to have Tourette’s syndrome spurting out curse words every other word. During one game, “ABC’s,” the two troupe members participating struggled to follow the rules. When asked to start each sentence in the skit with the next

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letter of the alphabet, they mistakenly — or seemed to — jump from the letter J to P. The audience quickly corrected the troupe members and then laughed. After Alternative Fuels performed, comedian Adam Ray took the stage. He did not waste any time before picking on a random audience member and his hat. He continued to call him a “half-cowboy” throughout the entire show because of the audience member’s description of himself not really being cowboy despite the look of his hat. Ray then poked fun at iPhone’s autocorrect by giving an example of the phone automatically changing “baby back ribs” to “baby black kids.” “Deal with that sh-t, ---hole,” Ray said pretending to speak as his iPhone. Ray did not just make fun of the halfcowboy and technology. No one seemed to be too far or off limits as he made fun of guys, girls, sexual orientations, races, faiths and even himself. After one jab, Ray stopped and asked the audience, “Too much? Well, it is a comedy show.” Some audience members seemed to be rolled over in their seats with laughter. Ray ended his nearly hour standup routine and introduced headlining comedian Sheng Wang. COMEDY continued on Page 6 ➤➤

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XAVIER SALINAS, A senior marketing major and a film producer at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center, operates a camera while filming a commercial in The Commons on Tuesday. Salinas filmed and edited a “Gangnam Style” parody called “Red Raider Style,” which recently passed 200,000 views on YouTube.

‘Red Raider Style’ video passes 200,000 views on YouTube By SCOTT MACWATTERS STAFF WRITER

Since its release in July, there has not been a shortage of parodies of the song “Gangnam Style,” by the South Korean recording artist Park Jae-sang, better known as Psy. Some of the more popular parodies include videos titled “Mitt Romney Style,” “Farmer Style” and now “Red Raider Style.” “Red Raider Style,” a Texas Techthemed parody of the song, just passed 200,000 views on YouTube as of Tuesday, a little more than a month after it was posted. “It’s kind of overwhelming,” Xavier Salinas, the creator of the video, said. “It’s a really cool feeling.” Salinas is a senior marketing major and a film producer at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. Salinas filmed and edited the video

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in a two-and-a-half-month-span during the fall semester. The video was first published Dec. 10, in conjunction with the final days of the Capital One Mascot Challenge competition. Stephanie Rhodes, the spirit squads’ supervisor, said she saw the video the night it came out. “Honestly, when it came out, we were like, ‘Wow this is awesome.’” Rhodes said. “I’ll never forget when I first saw it.” Salinas said his boss, Scott Layher, an assistant director of marketing at the Rec Center, initially came up with the idea for the video near the beginning of the fall semester. Layher said he, Salinas and other students were brainstorming for ideas when he came up with the idea for the video. “‘Gangnam Style’ was already pretty big, but it was still in its infancy of being super-huge,” Layher said. “I just wanted to do a video that people would love.” At first, Salinas said he was against

the idea, but agreed to it after the song started to become more popular. “The funny thing was I said no a couple times before I really warmed up to the idea,” Salinas said. “It took me about a week before I said, ‘OK, let’s talk about this.’” To film the video, Salinas said he and Raider Red went out to film most scenes. He said his experience from a previous degree from Valencia College’s Film Production Technology program helped him plan and execute different ideas for the video. “I lined up everyone — I got the twirlers involved, I got the Saddle Tramps involved, cheerleaders, the band,” Salinas said. “There’s probably two scenes that I actually had a couple extra cameramen with me. It was usually just me and Raider Red going out together and shooting stuff.”

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TTUHSC at El Paso receives new School of Nursing dean By EMILY GARDNER STAFF WRITER

Jeanne Novotny began her position as founding dean and professor of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing in El Paso, a part of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center System, Jan. 1. “I’m deeply thankful for the support and engagement of the Texas Tech University academic Health Sciences Center community, and I’m very honored to have this new position,” Novotny said. The search process for the new dean started after the school opened in Fall 2011, TTUHSC President Tedd Mitchell said. “At the time we opened the school in August 2011, we went ahead and started discussing the best way to approach acquiring a new dean,” he said. “And, so actually, it was that fall, in fall of 2011, that we went ahead and put together a search committee and we conducted a national search that went on for quite some time.” The search committee was comprised of people directly and peripherally related to the nursing school in El Paso, Mitchell said. A search firm provided information about candidates for the committee to narrow down to interview, he said. Once the committee narrowed down the candidates to the finalists, the finalists visited and the committee made recommendations to

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Mitchell. He then determined who would be the dean. Novotny was dean of the School of Nursing at FairNOVOTNY field University in Fairfield, Conn., and taught at universities including Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and University of Virginia, before coming to El Paso, she said. Novotny said she received her Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in nursing from The Ohio State University, and her doctorate in nursing from Kent State. Mitchell said Novotny was the type of person TTUHSC had been searching for. “For us, we were looking for somebody that had experience in academic settings, who had helped grow programs,” he said. “Where she was in Fairfield, she had helped to bring the school there through various accreditation visits. So that’s exactly the type of person that we were looking for to take our new school up to its next level.” The next level, he said, is to get permanent accreditation for the nursing school. Novotny said her mission is to make the nursing school nationally recognized. “My primary goal is to make the school of nursing nationally and internationally recognized as the place to study nursing,” Novotny said, “and to do good for our community, our El Paso community, to make discoveries that reach every corner of the globe and to attract talented students and talented faculty, building on the wonderful faculty that are already here.” ➤➤egardner@dailytoreador.com

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“When it comes to mass killings,” Gutierrez said, “it’s usually assault rifles that do the most damage and there are up to 30 round, 50 round clips, and that

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Salinas said it took about two months to film all of the scenes and a couple of weeks to edit and get the soundtrack right on the video. The video was posted on Twitter by Raider Red on the night of Dec.10, and received 99 retweets and 27 favorites. For the first few hours, Salinas

can kill a whole room of people in a drop of a dime.” Limiting the number of bullets to ten, he said, would give people a time to react in an emergency. Although this is in good intentions, Harmon said, magazines are relative things when it comes to preventing mass shootings.

He said anyone could do the same amount of damage with a speed loader and a revolver. Despite political differences, he said, the most important factor in reducing gun violence is in increasing safe handling. Before anyone uses a firearm, they must first know how to store the gun

said he was able to watch the views climb until it hit about 300 and stopped. “I could see the numbers counting up,” Salinas said. “It climbed and after it reached about 300, it stopped and I’m like, ‘Oh, God is that it? I hope that is not it.’” He said he did some research and found that YouTube begins validating views after a video receives about 300 views. According to YouTube’s web-

site, this is to avoid artificially high view counts because of spam or malware. Salinas said after the views were validated, the numbers quickly started to rise. “By the time it actually gave me the updated account, it jumped up to 2,000,” Salinas said. “And that was within three hours.” Salinas said for the first two days the video was active, it got about 50,000 views a day, then

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began to slow to 2,000 a day. Salinas said Raider Red’s standing in the Capital One Mascot Challenge at the time of the release helped out the total number of views the video got in those first few days. “It was just more perfect timing with Raider Red in the (Capital One Mascot Challenge) and everything else going on with him,” Salinas said. ➤➤smacwatters@dailytoreador.com

Opinions vary as Colorado movie theater reopens AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado theater where 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting rampage nearly six months ago reopened Thursday with a remembrance ceremony and a private screening of the fantasy film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” for survivors — but for some Aurora victims, the pain is still too much, the idea too horrific. Several families boycotted what they called a callous public relations ploy by the theater’s owner, Cinemark. They claimed the Texasbased company didn’t ask them what should happen to the theater. They said Cinemark emailed them an invitation to Thursday’s reopening just two days after they struggled

through Christmas without their loved ones. “It was boilerplate Hollywood — ‘Come to our movie screening,’” said Anita Busch, whose cousin, 23-year-old college student Micayla Medek, died at the theater. But Pierce O’Farrill, who was wounded three times in the shooting, returned to the theater Thursday night and immediately walked to the back door where he remembers the gunman emerging. “The last time I saw (the gunman) was right here,” he said as he stood near the exit door. “It’s important for me to come here and sit in the same seat that I was sitting in. It’s all part of the healing process, I guess.”

James Holmes, a former neuroscience Ph.D. student, is charged with 166 felony counts, mostly murder and attempted murder, in the July 20 shootings at the former Century 16 — now called the Century Aurora. A judge has ordered Holmes to stand trial, but he won’t enter a plea until March. Dozens of first responders to the massacre joined survivors at the multiplex for Thursday’s ceremony. “We as a community have not been defeated,” Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said. “We are a community of survivors. We will not let this tragedy define us.” In addition to the “Hobbit” screening, theater placards featured “Trouble With the Curve,” ‘’Cloud Atlas,” and other films for the weekend. Victims have filed at least three federal lawsuits against Cinemark Holdings Inc., alleging it should have provided security for the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and that an exit door used by the gunman to get his weapons and re-enter should have had an alarm. In court papers, Cinemark says the tragedy was “unforeseeable and random.” “We certainly recognize all the different paths that people take to mourn, the different paths that people take to recover from un-

imaginable, incomprehensible loss,” Hickenlooper said at the ceremony in a half-full theater. “Some wanted this theater to reopen. Some didn’t. Certainly both answers are correct,” Hickenlooper said. He credited Cinemark CEO Tim Warner for flying to Colorado himself after hearing about the shooting to see what he could do. Warner told attendees that the caring response by first responders, the community and the world to the tragedy was a testament that good triumphs over evil. Vanessa Ayala is a cousin of Jonathan Blunk, a 26-year-old Navy veteran and father of two who was killed. Ayala said she believed the multiplex should have been torn down and, perhaps, turned into a park. At the very least, she said, the auditorium where the shooting occurred should be a memorial. “It’s not about letting the gunman win,” Ayala said. “He’s already lost. He’s lost everything he’s going to be. He’s a moron.” The decision to reopen even divided at least one victim’s family. Tom Sullivan, whose son, Alex, was killed, had long planned to attend the event, stressing the importance of healing and of reclaiming the theater from tragedy. “The community wants the theater back and by God, it’s back,” Sullivan said. “Nobody is going to stop us from living our lives the way that we lived our lives before. This is where I live.” Sullivan has said movies are a way for his family to come together, and that Alex was celebrating his 27th birthday when he was killed. Alex’s widow, Cassandra Sullivan, joined the boycott, however. So did Tom Teves, whose own son, Alex, also was killed. “They can do whatever they want. I think it was pretty callous,” Teves said. Sandy Phillips, a San Antonio, Texas, businesswoman, lost her daughter, 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster. She wasn’t attending Thursday’s ceremony.


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The English Language Services Center hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to showcase the facility and its partnership with Texas Tech. During the open house, food was served and Mark Harris, president and CEO of ELS Educational Services, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joseph Rallo, Interim President Lawrence Schovanec, and ELS graduate Basen Degnah, spoke. A ribbon was cut after the speakers finished their presentations. Members of the Tech administration, faculty and staff, Chamber of Commerce, local business people, ELS students, instructors, host families and members of the Lubbock community were in attendance at the event, ELS Center Director Liz Cosgrove said. “Texas Tech is interested to attract talented scholars from overseas,” Harris said. “ELS has agreed to undertake a program to promote Texas Tech programs around the world.” ELS recruits students in 92 countries and has counselors in 1,700 locations within those countries, Harris said. ELS was established in 1961 and is teaching international students at 58 university locations, Harris said. “ELS is a company that assists American universities to recruit students internationally,” Harris

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said, “and we provide them with Three students that finished the intensive English training and study ELS program at the center started skills training.” classes at Tech on Wednesday, Degnah, a freshman environ- Cosgrove said. mental and health engineering maDegnah said he started classes jor from Saudi Arabia, said he came Wednesday, and began attendto the center ing the cento improve his ter when it writing and opened June learn how to 25. debate, give “I learned presentations here, step-byand speeches. step, to get “Our bigmore and more gest goal is to like a nativeprepare our like writing, students to be and to be successful in more, to write MARK HARRIS t h e u n i v e rmore good esPRESIDENT, CEO sity,” Cosgrove says,” Degnah ELS EDUCATIONAL SERVICES said. “Most of said. our students Petro Rabare academically bound, meaning igh, a petroleum company Degnah they’re planning on attending a works for, sponsored his education university or a college in the U.S.” at ELS and Tech, he said. Most students involved in the “I’m planning to finish my program are between 17 and 25 bachelor degree here, and maybe years old, Harris said. I’m going to study a fifth year be-

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Use of faux weed not government’s decision Jordan Sigler chose to smoke it. She claimed he has struggled with hallucinations and vomiting as well as becoming addicted to the compound. The side effects of using synthetic marijuana are well known to be negative. Health studies show harmful effects to the lungs and also psychological properties of the user. Although these health concerns may not be able to be disputed, the implications of the standpoint Johnson and others have taken can. Problems that arise in the home should stay there. Her son’s choice to consume these products is a Johnson family problem. It does not become obligatory for me to prohibit myself

from making a choice because she cannot outlaw the product in her own home. Banning substances is the root of the synthetic marijuana problem. Because marijuana is illegal, some have decided to look for a legal way to get its desired effects. As Dr. Jeff Lapoint in My News Daily points out, marijuana is a much safer way to get high than synthetics. K-2 is already illegal i n Te x a s . Those who sell the synthetic product do so legally by changing ingredients or the proportions of the mixture. But the banning method in Lubbock has not stopped unwanted substances from making their way into the city. When Lubbock was a dry county, the

only parched places were thirsty businesses that would have been selling alcohol. People did not stop drinking; ingenuity prevailed, and people satisfied their need for alcohol by driving to a county that wasn’t dry. Making the substance illegal is not efficient either. On top of continuing the war on drugs by putting dime bag marijuana users in the clink, more cops will have to be hired to enforce adherence to these new laws. Hiring more cops costs a lot of money because cities have to pay them a salary, and provide them with cars and gas for their cars. Cities pay for this by the revenue they gain from taxes. I’d rather not have to pay for

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something that could be avoided if Johnson would take care of her family problem at home. She and her son should be able to decide whether the enjoyment of being high is worth the physical and mental health problems that come with using — without the loser of the argument imposing a new, expensive law upon the rest of the community. Lubbock being a conservative community, it’s interesting to see the hypocrisy of its citizenry being prepared to have the city government ban the substance. Many conservatives were outraged when they heard New York mayor Michael Bloomberg regulated the size of sugary beverages. And might I point out, he didn’t, as Johnson currently proposes, ban sugary drinks. He regulated them by barring the sale of quantities above a certain amount of ounces. Why did he regulate sugary drinks? Sugar is a type of carbohydrate, and when consumed

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in excess, these carbohydrates are converted into fat. Extra fat leads to obesity, which in turn leads to diabetes, heart disease, and other adverse health-related problems. Obesity in this country is an obvious problem. According to the Center for Disease Control, one-third of Americans are obese. Would Johnson and the overwhelmingly conservative citizens of Lubbock be willing to allow city government’s regulation of sugary, diabetes-causing drinks? I’d hoped her view would at least be consistent. Personally, I find the concept of another person subjectively adjudicating then forcing someone to comply with their standard of what is and is not acceptable to enter one’s body to be morally wrong. Sigler is a junior journalism major from Goshen, Ind. ➤➤ jsigler@dailytoreador.com

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Video games used as scapegoat in gun control debate The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre became a dark chapter in our history,when a bloodthirsty madman snuffed out the lives of many children and their teachers. It was and is an unbelievable tragedy, whose full impact we may never truly know. After the smoke cleared, people wanted answers. Some politicians wanted to score political points by pinning the tragedy on whatever issue happened to rub them the wrong way. And chief among the scapegoats some politicians and talking heads proffered is that old timeworn hobbyhorse that they have been riding for years: video games. It began immediately after the shooting, of course, in a bout of what one can only describe as the

worst journalism in recent memory. Fox News and CNN reported the shooter’s identity incorrectly, naming him as Ryan Lanza rather than Adam Lanza. Ryan is Adam’s older brother. The two networks also used Ryan’s Facebook photo as the photo of the shooter. This immediately led to a firestorm of hatred being posted to an innocent man’s Facebook wall, with death threats and the whole nine yards. Of course, he deleted his Facebook almost immediately to escape the rolling tide of misinformed hatred. But the damage had been done. Because before it went down, some folks saw that Ryan liked Mass Effect on Facebook. Now for those folks who don’t closely follow every ridiculous claim that Fox News makes, this may not ring a bell, but there was a time when Fox had a nice long segment decrying Mass Effect as the most repulsive, tawdry

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piece of entertainment to ever hit the market. Of course, their charges against the game were defamatory at best and delusional by any measure, but that didn’t stop them for one moment. When your research on a topic consists of clicking around on that thing’s website 15 minutes before your segment, you need rethink your life. And now their craziness has come full circle with people seizing the misinformation that Fox itself had sown in the past to demonize an industry in the future. I would accuse Fox News of being a puppet master in control of our nation’s most fervently overzealous reactionaries, but I think I’d be giving the outfit a bit too much credit. Lord knows they’ve chummed the waters enough over the years; it’s about time one of their clunkers bears fruit.

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Violent video games have been a contentious issue ever since Columbine. The whole thing has been hashed and rehashed ad nauseum. Naturally, Capitol Hill’s resident mercenary Sen. Joe Lieberman (ICT) has jumped right on the bandwagon to demonize game developers and called for a commission to “examine the effect the entertainment industry has on our culture.” “Very often, these young men have had an almost hypnotic involvement in some form of violence in our entertainment culture, particularly violent video games, and then they obtain guns and become not just troubled young men but mass murderers,” Lieberman said during his screed against video games. To boot, various news outlets’ shock that the shooter was a big fan of Call of Duty has saturated the blogosphere. Unfortunately, Call of

Duty games routinely sell more than six million copies in their launch months alone, so I suppose that’s a truckload of latent psychos out there getting ready to strike. It’s either that, or someone shooting a person in real life isn’t related to enjoying a popular war game in the slightest, and reporting that someone liked Call of Duty isn’t a bombshell at all. Do you think if Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the airplane safely in the Hudson, was revealed to play Microsoft Flight Simulator, people would be in a rush to credit video games with his amazing accomplishment? Of course not. At the deepest circle of this sideshow is none other than the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, who began bleating his fervent, convenient cry of outrage to anyone who would listen. Copyright © 2013 Texas Tech University Student Media/The Daily Toreador. All DT articles, photographs and artwork are the property of The DT and Student Media and may not be reproduced or published without permission. The Daily Toreador is a designated public forum. Student editors have the authority to make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval.

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“There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people,” LaPierre said during a press conference after the shooting. He went on to name Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto and Bulletstorm as some of the chief titles in this alleged fount of unchecked, distasteful violence. He also referenced a game called Kindergarten Killers as a reprehensible violent video game responsible for this sort of tragedy. Problematically, trotting out an old Flash game which was taken down four years ago as damning evidence of the video game industry’s perfidy isn’t exactly a bulletproof argument. The game was made by some guy from the U.K. That’s like saying that all art is awful because your neighbor’s 5-year-old made a crappy painting. Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be emailed to dailytoreador@ttu.edu or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notified. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identification and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Mass Communications. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.


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Michigan student safe after abduction LPD reports no update MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A parolee abducted and raped a Central Michigan University student, set a house on fire where the woman had fled for help and was fatally shot miles away by a sheriff’s deputy, authorities said Thursday. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said the man was identified as Eric Ramsey, 30, of Mount Pleasant. “We don’t know what possessed him to do that. We may never find out,” Mioduszewski said. The woman was abducted Wednesday from the campus in Mount Pleasant, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit. The sheriff said Ramsey drove the woman in her own vehicle to a home off campus and bound and raped her there. He said Ramsey then put her back in the Ford Escape and pledged to kill her, but she

escaped the moving vehicle and ran to a home yelling for help. While the woman was inside the home talking to an emergency dispatcher on the phone, Ramsey “ended up pouring gasoline on the house and then lit on fire,” Mioduszewski said in a statement. A 14-year-old boy, his 11-yearold sister and 2-year-old brother were alone inside the home in nearby Lincoln Township when the woman banged on the door for help. The teenager, James Persyn III, told Mlive.com that he let the woman in, locked the door and grabbed his hunting knife. He said he while the woman was using his phone to call 911, he moved her, his siblings and the family dog into the bathroom. Meanwhile, the sheriff said, “one of the homeowners arrived home ... and was able to put the fire out,” using an extinguisher. Ramsey was spotted early

Thursday in Otsego County, where he rammed the first of two state police cars. The sheriff said he subsequently stole a garbage truck and was fatally shot by a deputy in Crawford County, about 70 miles north of the university. Campus police Chief Bill Yeagley said Ramsey told the woman that he chose her at random outside the Student Activity Center on campus. The chief said the woman saved her own life by fleeing from the car. “I believe she made all the right choices,” Yeagley said. “She’s the true hero in this.” Central Michigan University President George Ross said the school would support the Grand Rapids-area woman and her family. Ramsey had been on parole since last summer after serving the minimum five-year prison sentence for assault with intent

to do great bodily harm, according to Corrections Department online records. The maximum sentence was 15 years. Inmates are eligible for a parole review once they serve the minimum punishment. “The parole board generally doesn’t give a rationale for why or why they don’t parole (an inmate),” said Russ Marlan, a Corrections Department spokesman. “I looked at his behavior in prison. He was pretty good. He had six misconducts over five years. That’s a small amount. He was in minimum security the entire time.” Ramsey had a job, regularly met with his parole officer and had tested negative for drugs, Marlan said. His record also included convictions for destruction of police or fire property, resisting police and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Ex-federal agent pleads guilty to alleged cover-up BROWNSVILLE (AP) — A former U.S. Homeland Security agent pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to fake investigative records, and details released during the hearing in Brownsville suggest he falsified documents at the urging of his supervisor. Wayne Ball was a former special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s Office in McAllen. He was accused of falsifying records in an investigation into a customs officer suspected of aiding in drug and human trafficking. A gap in investigative activity in that case — combined with an upcoming internal review of his office — apparently led Ball’s supervisor to order the deception. Prosecutors believe that Ball initially suggested that a new agent focus on the case, but that his supervisor wanted documents that falsely suggested past work had been. Prosecutors said they are not

identifying the supervisor or the other agent because they haven’t been charged. Ball’s plea agreement requires his future cooperation with prosecutors, and Ball “looks forward to this process and his opportunity at redemption for the mistake he has made,” said his attorney, Carlos A. Garcia. Ball, 40, was charged Monday with signing and backdating falsified reports. He and unidentified others were accused of conspiring before an internal agency review to fake records to show investigative work had been done. He worked at the McAllen office between 2009 and 2012. The Inspector General’s Office is responsible for investigating the various branches of the Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. Internal corruption, especially

at the border, has been an ongoing challenge for the agency as the federal presence swelled in recent years, particularly of the Border Patrol. For example, during a six month period in 2011, the Inspector General’s Office reported it had initiated 715 investigations and had 2,564 open investigations at the time. The McAllen office investigates cases ranging from violations of agency policies to criminal activity. According to details released in court Thursday, in late August or early September 2011, Ball’s supervisor called him into a conference room where he was meeting with another agent. The supervisor expressed concern about a gap on the case when no investigative activity had occurred. Ball suggested that the other agent, who was recently assigned the case, actually do some investigation and document it. But the supervisor rejected that idea, because it would not fill the lengthy gap that already

Ex-judge says lawyer offered money for cases BROWNSVILLE (AP) — While a personal injury attorney’s cases were pending in his courtroom, a former South Texas judge says he negotiated a job with that same lawyer for when he left the bench, according to testimony Thursday. Former state District Judge Abel Limas testified in federal court in Brownsville that Austin attorney Marc Rosenthal offered him $100,000 plus a percentage of attorney’s fees for cases that he brought him after leaving office. While Limas was still in office, Rosenthal helped fund his campaign and promised him a cut of attorney’s fees in a case, Limas said. Limas, the original target of a yearslong federal investigation, was one of several prosecution witnesses who testified in Thursday’s preliminary hearing. He already pleaded guilty to racketeering and awaits sentencing. “It was going to be a new beginning for me,” Limas said of his excitement about the new job prospect he hoped could offer some relief from his mounting debts. He recounted several meetings with Rosenthal and former state Rep. Jose Santiago “Jim” Solis, who has also pleaded guilty in the case, where the conversation mingled the judge’s future and the cases currently before him. One of those cases was a civil lawsuit about a February 2008 helicopter crash off South Padre Island. Rosenthal was representing the victims’ families. Limas had lost his re-lection bid in a March 2008 Democratic primary and, within days of leaving the bench, he went to work for Rosenthal in January 2009. Rosenthal is scheduled to go on trial in February on federal racketeering charges. Limas estimated he would have made about $500,000 from the 10 percent he said Rosenthal had promised him of the attorney’s fees in the helicopter crash case. The case did not finish before Limas left the bench, but prosecutors say he had made favorable rulings and steered the case to another of Rosenthal’s preferred judges. “The objective was to make sure things came out OK,” Limas said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Wynne asked if he meant the goal was to make money. “Yes,” Limas said.

Federal investigators launched their investigation of Limas in Brownsville in late 2007 after receiving a tip. The FBI had wiretaps on Limas’ home phone and cellphones throughout 2008. The case soon ex-

panded and half of the dozen people indicted were lawyers, including the then-Cameron County district attorney and Solis. Authorities said Limas turned his courtroom into a money-making operation.

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existed. Instead, the supervisor said he wanted false documents prepared to show activity that hadn’t actually occurred, according to court documents released Thursday. Prosecutors said the other agent, who had not even completed his training and been assigned cases during that period, refused to say that he had done the work, but at the supervisor’s urging agreed to prepare false records. Ball, who had worked in the office at the time, agreed to sign and backdate them. Ball was the first to be charged in the investigation that began in late 2011, after the internal review. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane set a $50,000 unsecured bond for Ball. He told Ball he could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Ball’s sentencing was tentatively scheduled for April, but prosecutor Timothy Kelly said he did not anticipate Ball’s cooperation being complete by then.

in case of Tech student charged with murder No progress has been made after Austin Hasten, a 22-year-old Texas Tech student, was charged with the murder of 51-year-old Michele Terry after Terry’s body was found in her burning apartment. Both Hasten and Terry lived in the Autumn Ridge Apartments located near 82nd Street and Avenue U. According to the arrest warrant, Hasten lived in apartment 303 and Terry lived in apartment 305. Lubbock Fire Department responded to a structure fire Jan. 4 and LFD officials contacted the Lubbock Police Department because of a reported dead body inside the apartment, according to the arrest warrant. Several fires, according to the warrant, appeared to have been intentionally set inside apartment 305. Terry’s vehicle, according to the warrant, was located several blocks from the apartment complex with the fuel door closed and gas cap hanging. According to the warrant, it is pos-

sible Hasten siphoned gasoline from Terry’s vehicle. When searched, according to the arrest warrant, Hasten had Terry’s Texas drivers license, a woman’s watch and a knife, which appeared to be bloody in his pockets. According to the warrant, Hasten also had substantial amounts of what appeared to be blood on his body, smelled of gasoline and had what appeared to be soot on his face. Aside from allegedly setting fire to Terry’s apartment, Hasten resisted arrest and tried to take a firearm from an officer. Hasten remains in the Lubbock County Jail with a $3 million bond stemming from charges of murder and $5,000 bond per charge including assault on a public servant, attempting to take a weapon from an officer and resisting arrest. No new updates are available in the case according to Sgt. Jonathan Stewart. ➤➤eduarte@dailytoreador.com


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Student organizations participate in biannual fair By EFRAIN DUARTE STAFF WRITER

As they begin a new semester and year, students are given the opportunity to explore new and different organizations on campus with the help of the student organization fair. The student organization fair was hosted in the Student Union Building ballroom on Thursday. Hariette Baker, student organizations coordinator, said there were 70 tables of different organizations that participated in the fair. “I think we see a lot of our student organizations use this as their main recruiting tool,” she said.

The Texas Tech polo club is a 14-year-old organization, Meagan Florence, president of the club, said. “We are a recreational group and we are based on friendship and teamwork,” the senior exercise sport sciences major from Mansfield said. The club plays other polo clubs like Cornell University and Oklahoma State University, said Kelsey Kostrzewa, a junior nutrition major from Plano and Tech polo club secretary. Alyssa Duff, a junior animal science major from Houston, said she came to the organization fair because it was something to do between classes.

“There are some really great organizations that pertain to certain people’s majors, and I think that is a really good thing,” she said. One organization, Professional Convention Management Association, specifically tailors to students who are interested in going into the event planning industry. Blair Bohne, a senior restaurant hotel and institutional management major from Sugar Land and president of the association, said the organization is open to all majors. Baker said there are approximately 475 organizations on campus.

“We see often that involvement in student organizations helps with the retention of students and helps to make a wellrounded student,” Baker said. Impact Tech goes around trying to raise awareness about current health issues like drugs and sex, said president Chelsea Anderson, a senior restaurant hotel and institutional management major from Plano. The organization has roughly 15 to 18 members. While some of the organizations are building friendships, the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers build formula-style cars. Chase George, a sophomore mechanical engineering major

from Austin and member of the society, said the organization designs a small-scale formula style car, builds it and sends it off to competitions. George said the team submitted a car to a competition in 2011 and during competition, he said the cars compete in races. The Kappa Delta Chi sorority was founded at Tech in 1987, said president Gabrielle Trigo, a junior retail major from Lubbock. “We like to come to the organization fair because it is a great way to meet new people,” Trigo said. Some reasons Duff said she came to the organization fair were to meet new people and

find a group to add to her other extracurricular activities. While many have been to the organization fair three or more times, Leslie Lopez, a freshman civil engineering major from Houston, said this was her second time at the fair. “A lot of freshmen, like myself, that want to find something can come (to the organization fair) to find what everything is about,” she said. Baker said for those unable to attend the fair Thursday, the website http://www.ttu.orgsync. com has a list of all organizations on campus for students to search for different organizations. ➤➤eduarte@dailytoreador.com

‘Dear Abby’ advice columnist dies at age 94 Husband not questioned MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pauline Friedman Phillips, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothersin-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil and Oprah, has died. She was 94. Phillips died Wednesday in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, said Gene Willis, a publicist for the Universal Uclick syndicate. “My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change,” her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who now writes the column, said in a statement. Private funeral services were held Thursday, Willis said. The long-running “Dear Abby” column first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1956. Mother and daughter started sharing the byline in 2000, and Jeanne Phillips took over in 2002, when the family announced Pauline Phillips had Alzheimer’s disease. Pauline Phillips wrote under the name Abigail Van Buren. Her column competed for decades with the advice of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer, who died in 2002. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but they later regained the closeness they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa.

The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice. Abby’s replies were often flippant and occasionally risqué one-liners, like some of those collected for her 1981 book “The Best of Dear Abby.” Dear Abby: My boyfriend is going to be 20 years old next month. I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he’d like? — Carol Dear Carol: Nevermind what he’d like, give him a tie. Dear Abby: What inspires you most to write? — Ted Dear Ted: The Bureau of Internal Revenue. Dear Abby: I’ve been going with this girl for a year. How can I get her to say yes? — Don Dear Don: What’s the question? Phillips admitted that her advice changed over the years. When she started writing the column, she was reluctant to advocate divorce: “I always thought that marriage should be forever,” she explained. “I found out through my readers that sometimes the best thing they can do is part. If a man or woman is a constant cheater, the situation can be intolerable. Especially if they have children. When kids see parents fighting, or even sniping at each other, I think it is terribly damaging.” She willingly expressed views that she realized would bring protests. In a 1998 interview she

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remarked: “Whenever I say a kind word about gays, I hear from people, and some of them are damn mad. People throw Leviticus, Deuteronomy and other parts of the Bible to me. It doesn’t bother me. I’ve always been compassionate toward gay people.” If the letters sounded suicidal, she took a personal approach: “I’ll call them. I say, ‘This is Abby. How are you feeling? You sounded awfully low.’ And they say, ‘You’re calling me?’ After they start talking, you can suggest that they get professional help.” In a time before confessional talk shows and the nothing-is-tooprivate culture of the Internet, the sisters’ columns offered a rare window into Americans’ private lives and a forum for discussing marriage, sex and the swiftly changing mores of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Asked about Viagra, Phillips replied: “It’s wonderful. Men who can’t perform feel less than manly, and Viagra takes them right off the spot.” About working mothers: “I think it’s good to have a woman work if she wants to and doesn’t leave her children unattended — if she has a reliable person to care for them. Kids still need someone to watch them until they are mature enough to make responsible decisions.” One trend Phillips adamantly opposed: children having sex as

early as 12 years old. “Kids grow up awfully fast these days,” she said. “You should try to have a good relationship with your kids, no matter what they do.” Pauline Esther Friedman, known as Popo, was born on Independence Day 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa, 17 minutes after her identical twin, Esther Pauline (Eppie). Their father was a well-off owner of a movie theater chain. Their mother took care of the home. Both were immigrants from Russia who had fled their native land in 1905 because of the persecution of Jews. “My parents came with nothing. They all came with nothing,” Phillips said in a 1986 Associated Press interview. She recalled that her parents always remembered seeing the Statue of Liberty: “It’s amazing the impact the lady of the harbor had on them. They always held her dear, all their lives.” The twins spent their growingup years together. They dressed alike, both played the violin and both wrote gossip columns for their high school and college newspapers. They attended Morningside College in Sioux City. Two days before their 21st birthday, they had a double wedding. Pauline married Morton Phillips, a businessman, Esther married Jules Lederer, a business executive and later founder of Budget Rent-a-Car. The twins’ lives diverged as they followed their husbands to different cities.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Wagner has declined to be interviewed by detectives in a renewed inquiry into the drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood three decades ago, an investigator said Thursday. Wagner was interviewed by authorities soon after Wood’s drowning in 1981, but the actor is the only person who was on the yacht the night Wood died who has not spoken to detectives as part of the latest inquiry, despite repeated requests and attempts, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said. Blair Berk, an attorney for Wagner and his family, said the actor had cooperated with authorities since his wife died. Detectives began re-investigating the case in November 2011. Since then investigators have interviewed more than 100 people, but Wagner has refused and Corina said the actor’s representatives have not given any reason for his silence. The detective’s remarks provided new insight into the case that has remained one of Hollywood’s enduring mysteries. Earlier this week, coroner’s officials released an updated autopsy report that had been under a security hold. It detailed why Wood’s death had been reclassified from an accidental drowning to a drowning caused by “undetermined factors.” “Mr. Wagner has fully cooperated

over the last 30 years in the investigation of the accidental drowning of his wife in 1981,” Berk said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Wagner has been interviewed on multiple occasions by the Los Angeles sheriff’s department and answered every single question asked of him by detectives during those interviews.” After 30 years, Berk said, neither Wagner nor his daughters have any new information to add. She said the latest investigation was prompted by people seeking to exploit and sensationalize the 30th anniversary of the death. The renewed inquiry came after the yacht’s captain Dennis Davern told “48 Hours” and the “Today” show that he heard Wagner and Wood arguing the night of her disappearance and believed Wagner was to blame for her death. Authorities have not identified any suspects in the case. Wood, 43, was on a yacht with Wagner, Christopher Walken and the boat captain on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981 before she somehow ended up in the water. Corina said Walken gave a prepared statement and spoke to detectives for an hour. Detectives have also interviewed other actors who knew both Wagner and Wood to learn more about their relationship. Corina said detectives have tried at least 10 times to interview Wagner but have been refused. He said some of the refusals have come from the actor’s attorney, and that detectives at one point traveled to Colorado to try to speak with Wagner but were unsuccessful. Corina said the latest inquiry had turned up new evidence. “Most of the people we’ve talked to were never talked to 30 years ago,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of new information.” Asked if the information might lead to criminal charges, Corina said that would be up to prosecutors if they are presented a case.

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He got the audience laughing immediately by describing both the pleasure and pain of cleaning out ears with a Q-tip. Wang, a native Texan, said he had never visited Lubbock before. “This sweater was blue before I got here,” he joked about his red sweater and the red, Lubbock dirt he saw as he flew into town. Wang told a story of buying marijuana in California with his credit card and the transaction going through smoothly. However, when he tried to donate $22 to the American Red Cross, his credit card froze. “That’s not the Sheng we know,” Wang said mocking his credit card company. “He is not a philanthropist.” His jokes continued about once being an alcoholic and stoner, but now sober. Because Wang is not yet a millionaire, he said he might consider going back to his old ways. ➤➤features@dailytoreador.com


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Tech women’s tennis faces Denver in season opener By ALEXANDREA TORREZ

letter-winners from last season. Petty said he is pleased with the girls’ progress in the offseason. “They look good, honestly — the best year that they have come back in shape,” Petty said. “I think they put in the work back at home.” Denver will not experience any difficulty playing indoors, Petty said. “I think Denver is a good team,” he said. “We’re playing them indoors on Saturday, which is more comfortable for them.” Having played Denver the previous season, Petty said he feels his team is “ready to go.” “We played Denver last year about the fifth week in the

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The Texas Tech women’s tennis team opens the 2013 season against Denver at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Lubbock Country Club, after appearing in the NCAA Championship for the first time in its previous season. The Lady Raiders finished with a record of 19-6 last season, but have higher expectations for the upcoming season. “They’re excited, ready to kind of start a new journey,” Tech coach Todd Petty said. “There is no talk about repeats.” The Lady Raiders have seven

season, so we are ready to go, and they’re a dangerous team,” he said. “How they prepare and the focus level from the get-go is going to be very important.” As the Lady Raiders prepare to play on their own turf, Tech junior Samantha Adams said she is ready to take on Denver. “Last year we played Denver on their turf, and the attitude was a lot different, so it will be nicer to play here,” she said. The Lady Raiders are hoping to showcase the preparation and work they have put in coming into Saturday’s match. “ We ’ v e b e e n p r a c t i c i n g quite a bit,” Adams said. “We feel very prepared as far as the hours we have put in. I can’t see

any other teams putting in more work this past week.” The Lady Raiders have made improvements from last season, she said. “Everyone is playing really well,” Adams said. “We’ve had competitive matches and point plays, so I would say everyone is definitely better coming back from Christmas break.” Te c h j u n i o r R a s h m i Te l tumbde said she has no concern going into Saturday’s game. “The season we have had in the past, and amount of work we’ve put in all through fall, and the last one and a half weeks, and I just think we’re going to be better,” she said. “I think we are a better team than them.”

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TEXAS TECH’S NIKKI Sanders returns the ball during her doubles match with Caroline Stark against Missouri on April 20 at Don and Ethel McLeod Tennis Center.

Although the game is just one day away, Petty said he is more concerned with succeeding in the NCAA tournament, which starts in May. “That’s the number one goal

right now.” After the matchup against Denver, Tech will take on No. 29 Rice at 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 in Waco. ➤➤atorrez@dailytoreador.com

Notre Dame linebacker Te’o mentioned ‘girlfriend’ twice recently SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Not once but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death. An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in a newspaper interview published Dec. 10. He and the university said Wednesday that he learned on Dec. 6 that it was all a hoax, that not only wasn’t she dead, she wasn’t real. On Thursday, a day after Te’o’s inspiring, playing-through-heartache story was exposed as a bizarre lie, Te’o and Notre Dame faced questions from sports writers and fans about whether he really was duped, as he claimed, or whether he and the university were complicit in the hoax and misled the public, perhaps to improve his chances of winning the Heisman. Yahoo sports columnist Dan Wetzel said the case has “left everyone wondering whether this was really the case of a naïve football player done wrong by friends or a fabrication that has yet to play to its conclusion.” Gregg Doyel, national columnist for CBSSports.com, was more direct. “Nothing about this story has been comprehensible, or logical, and that extends to what happens next,” he wrote. “I cannot comprehend Manti Te’o saying anything that could make me believe he was a victim.”

On Wednesday, Te’o and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the player was drawn into a virtual romance with a woman who used the phony name Lennay

Kekua, and was fooled into believing she died of leukemia in September. They said his only contact with the woman was via the Internet and telephone.

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Te’o also lost his grandmother — for real — the same day his girlfriend supposedly died, and his role in leading Notre Dame to its best season in decades endeared him to

fans and put him at the center of college football’s biggest feel-good story of the year. Relying on information provided by Te’o’s family members, the South

Bend Tribune reported in October that Te’o and Kekua first met, in person, in 2009, and that the two had also gotten together in Hawaii, where Te’o grew up.

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