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Students submit projects for architecture challenge The College of Architecture and the Knights of Architecture received final submissions for its fifth annual Dean’s Cup on Monday, according to the Tech architecture website. This year’s Dean’s Cup prompt, created by two former architecture students, was created to challenge participants to create a survival plan in an uninhabited destination outside of Earth. Entrants were to take into consideration the destination, necessities required, spacecraft technologies and human adaption to the new environment, according to Tech architecture website. Vicente Carrasco, president of the Knights of Architecture and architecture graduate student, said this year’s prompt for the Dean’s Cup was meant to challenge participants to take into consideration various aspects of architecture. The prompt for the Dean’s Cup was posted on Friday and entrants only had three days to create their proposed plans, study models and boards for the Dean’s Cup with a six-digit identification wto keep the entries anonymous, according to the Tech architecture website. Submissions were due at 8 a.m. Monday. The awards ceremony will announce the Dean’s Cup winner along with the undergraduate runner up, the graduate runner up and honorable mentions.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted in the Student Union Building for the new Stars and Stripes Military, Veteran and Family Lounge Monday. The lounge is located in the west basement of the SUB next to the pool tables. The ceremony began with remarks from Juan Muñoz, vice president and vice provost, and President M. Duane Nellis. After their remarks, the ribbon was cut and the new lounge was open for guests to see. After the ceremony, a cake reception was held. Muñoz said the new room in the SUB shows Tech is dedicated to furthering its military and veterans programs. “This room symbolizes another step in the growth to get better as a university,” he said. “The greatness of Texas Tech is the commitment we have to people in and out of uniform each and every day.” Nellis said there are 1,700 military veterans
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JUAN MUÑOZ, SENIOR vice president and vice provost, Ruthie Nellis, Andrew Rusk, a senior political science major from Lubbock, president M. Duane Nellis and Nathan Womack, a senior global supply chain management major from Rowlett, cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Stars and Stripes Military, Veteran and Family Lounge Monday in the Student Union Building.
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The College of Media and Communication has recently obtained Google Glass, a wearable piece of technology that operates via voice commands. With the command “OK, Glass,” the device, worn as glasses, can take a photo, record video, check the weather and complete various other tasks through the power of Google. Andrew Byrne, web design specialist for the college, said he applied for the Google Glass
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currently attending Tech. “This is a small part of our continued efforts as a university to be supportive of our veterans,” he said. “We appreciate every day what the military does for us to keep us safe.” Nellis said Tech is always at the top of the list when it comes to military and veterans programs. “We are proud to be among the nation’s leaders in military and veterans programs,” he said. “Year in and year out Texas Tech is recognized as a military-friendly university.” One of the veterans on hand to participate in cutting the ribbon was Nathan Womack, a First Class Petty Officer in the Navy. He said he is impressed with all the different programs Tech has for veterans. “I am honored that Texas Tech would put forth the effort they do to support the veterans,” he said. “All the programs Tech has, including the Green Zone, Military and Veterans Programs office, and now this lounge. Everybody is willing to help.”
Explorer Program to acquire the new technology, which has yet to be released to the public. The Explorer Program is open to U.S. residents who want to test out the device, according to the Google Glass website. The application includes the chance to receive more information on Google Glass and why the applicant is interested in the program, according to the website. Byrne said he has always had an interest in Google Glass and wanted to see what all the hype was for, and he did not want to pass up the invitation. “When I got the email saying I had the opportunity to buy Google Glass,” Byrne said, “I started freaking out because it’s $1,500. There’s no way I can pay for that out of pocket.” That night, Byrne contacted the dean of the college, David Perlmutter. Byrne said he asked
Perlmutter if Google Glass was something the college would be interested in purchasing through his invitation. Perlmutter said yes. “We had been talking for some time about doing experimentation with it,” Perlmutter said. “We wanted to see how it might be used in the classroom and in research, so we decided to go ahead and get the prototype.” On Jan. 9, within a week of accepting the invitation, Byrne said he received Google Glass. Byrne will test out the technology first to see how the college might utilize Google Glass. Then, Byrne will train volunteer faculty members to see how it might be applied in teaching or in research, Perlmutter said. GOOGLE continued on Page 2 ➤➤
Former Texas Tech student, terrorist denied appeal By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer
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A former Texas Tech student, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari from Saudi Arabia, was denied his appeal Jan. 24 in the U.S. Court of Appeals, according to an FBI news release. Aldawsari was sentenced to life in prison in June 2012 for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, according to the release. The U.S. Court of Appeals officials denied his case because they felt the district court properly denied his motion to suppress evidence gathered pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the district court correctly instructed the jury on the crime of attempt and Aldawsari’s sentence is reasonable, according to the release.
Aldawsari was originally charged after a shipping company from which he ordered phenol, a chemical that can be combined with two others to make a bomb, contacted the local firm ALDAWSARI and the Lubbock police department was alerted, according to the release. Sgt. Jason Lewis, spokesman for the Lubbock police department, said LPD did not have much to do with the apprehension of Aldawsari. “We got a call from the shipping company and went over there to assist the fire department, just the original fascination with the package that was received,” he said.
“After that the FBI took over.” He was able to get the chemicals, according to the release, by passing himself as a Tech student researching cleaning products, which, if true, would have allowed him to buy the chemicals without alarm. Aldawsari came to the U.S. in 2008, and had been researching scholarships to study specifically in the U.S., according to the release. Officials believe he was radicalized before coming to the U.S. and has wanted to come since he was a teen specifically to carry out these terrorist attacks, according to the release. FBI tripwires, a specific system that alerts the FBI if someone is carrying out suspicious activity, had already alerted surveillance teams, and they were monitor-
ing Aldawsari around the clock, according to the release. His Internet history, according to the release, revealed he had been searching for targets to carry out the most damage and harm the most people, even searching for U.S. presidents’ home addresses. He was arrested Feb. 23, 2011 after agents confirmed he was working alone, according to the release, and was then sentenced to life in prison by a jury in district court. “Aldawsari wanted to take out a lot of people,” Special Agent Frazier Thompson, who works in the Dallas Division of the FBI, said in the release. “It scares me to think what might have happened if we hadn’t stopped him.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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AUSTIN(AP) — A big boost in state money hasn’t closed the nearly $1,300 gap in per-student funding between Texas school districts in rich and poor areas, an expert said Monday at the state’s sweeping school finance trial. Albert Cortez, director of policy at the Intercultural Development Research Association, testified that “even with the new revenue numbers available, the system remains largely inequitable.” State District Judge John Dietz ruled in February that the way Texas funds its public schools was inadequate and unfairly distributed. This summer, the Texas Legislature increased classroom funding by at least $3.4 billion. Texas’ poorest school districts are now spending $5,803 per student, Cortez said, an increase
of $186, but still $1,288 less than what the state’s wealthiest districts spend. Public schools in Texas rely heavily on local property taxes for their funding. Cortez’s analysis looked at how high tax rates in economically disadvantaged communities must be set compared with their wealthier peers to raise the same amount of revenue. The 2013 legislative changes narrowed the tax effort gap by about 3- to 4 cents per $100 valuation, but the poorest group of school districts still must tax far more to generate the same amount of revenue, Cortez found. To generate $5,000 per student, the poorest districts must tax 20 cents more than the school districts at the top, he said, and the property-poor districts would not be able to get to $7,000 under
current law because the required tax rate would exceed the $1.17 maximum, Cortez said. Assistant Attorney General Linda Halpern, representing the state, pointed out some mathematical errors in Cortez’s analysis. She identified differences between his calculations of districts’ property tax yield against those done by the Texas Education Agency — showing that some were as high as $1,600 per student. “I don’t know how extensive, but there is a problem,” Cortez said, acknowledging the discrepancies. But he also questioned whether Texas’ official figures were derived from the dataset he used. The original case was built on the Legislature’s 2011 cuts of $5.4 billion in classroom funding
and educational grant programs. That prompted more than 600 school districts to sue, claiming the funding reductions violated the Texas Constitution’s guarantees to an adequate education, especially given the tough high school graduation standards set by the Legislature. They also argued that Texas’ “Robin Hood” finance system — where school districts in wealthy areas share their local propertytax revenue with those in poorer parts — meant funding was distributed unfairly. In addition to upping funding, lawmakers cut the number of standardized tests students are required to pass in order to graduate high school from 15 to five. They did little to change the fundamental funding system, however.
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POLICE BLOTTER Friday 3:23 p.m. — A Texas Tech officer issued two non-students criminal trespass warnings for all of Tech Property, after they were found in Bledsoe Residence Hall soliciting magazine subscriptions. 4:08 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for driving with an invalid license, following a traffic stop at the 3100 block of 18th street. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Lubbock Wrecker Service impounded the vehicle. 5:08 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a laundry theft, which occurred at Chitwood Residence Hall. An unsecured blanket was taken from a laundry room. 9:22 p.m. — A Tech officer charged and released a student for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, which occurred at Coleman Residence Hall. The student signed a citation and was released. 11:22 p.m. — A Tech officer issued a non-student a Lubbock County citation for open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, which
occurred at the 1000 block of University Ave. following a traffic stop. The non-student signed the citation and was released. Saturday 12:01 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for driving with an invalid license, which occurred at the 1900 block of University Ave. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Lubbock Wrecker Service impounded the non-student’s vehicle. 3:34 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for driving while intoxicated, which occurred at the 400 block of West Loop 289 Service Road, following a traffic stop. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Lubbock Wrecker Service impounded the non-student’s vehicle. 4:29 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for public intoxication, which occurred in the lobby of Clement Residence Hall. The student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
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“We’re trying to figure how it would be useful,” Perlmutter said. “The basic principle of the college is what Wayne Gretzky said about playing hockey, which is that you have to skate where the puck is going to be, not where the puck is. We want to get to the future first because it’s the best thing for our students.” This semester is experimentation with the device, he said, and then in future semesters, there might be implementation in the classroom. No definite plans have been made for the technology’s future use, Perlmutter said. Byrne said he can see how Google Glass will be utilized in various classes. “Assuming we can one day afford several sets of Google Glass,” Byrne said, “there’s no reason we can’t give it to a storytelling class and tell them to go document this event or this reception or some-
thing. It’s just one more device we can use to really capitalize on communication.” Natalie Lopez, a senior media strategies major from Fort Worth, said she can see Google Glass being incorporated into her courses. Although she did not know much about the device, Lopez said she thinks it would be beneficial in a variety of classes. “I think it’d be really cool to have,” Lopez said. “It’s more interactive and not traditional. It’d be fun and different to use.” Perlmutter said the technology would be useful in reporting classes or for research in labs about media effects and persuasion. The opportunities are limitless, he said. Assistant professor Kelly Kaufold said he teaches the graduate course MoJo: Storytelling by Smartphone. In the class, students use technology to record, edit and publish videos and photos, he said. Kaufold said he has various colleagues across the nation who
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he has issues connecting it with the school Internet because of network differences and can only use it around his desktop right now, Byrne said. “It has a lot of potential,” Byrne said. “It’s really intuitive once you get used to having it on your face and looking up and not with one eye closed. But once you’re used to it, you don’t really think twice about it. You just say ‘OK, Glass, take a photo’ and it does.” Byrne said he likes that Google Glass already has a database of apps available, such as social media sites, recipes and trackers. Perlmutter wants to see which applications work best for what the college needs, he said. He is concerned with how people will use Google Glass, such as while driving a vehicle, but he looks forward to seeing its potential, Perlmutter said. Perlmutter said he encourages students to let the college know of any ideas they have pertaining to the use of Google Glass.
discharge. He is thankful to Tech for having the resources available to veterans attending the school, he said. “I’ve gone to other schools and they did not recognize the military the way that Tech does,” he said. “Tech is top tier when it comes to Military and Veterans Programs.”
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have obtained Google Glass, and he is interested in using the technology in his classes. “We use a lot of apps and it’s very phone intensive,” Kaufold said. “Students edit and publish photos from their phone, and they shoot and edit videos then post to YouTube and their blogs. They already use the platform. Google Glass is an extension of that.” Kaufold said Google Glass would be just one more step of what his students are already doing with their smartphones. From the perspective of a reporter, Kaufold said Google Glass is a very unique tool he would love to utilize. After using Google Glass on his own, Byrne said the device is interesting and different. However, he said it still has a way to go technologically. For example, compatibility issues exist between his iPhone and Google Glass, which Byrne said is more compatible with an Android device. Additionally,
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DALLAS (AP) — Four bigname Republicans running for lieutenant governor said Monday night that a Texas judge erred when he ordered a brain-dead, pregnant woman off life support and vowed if elected to tighten state law so that a similar outcome couldn’t happen again. “It is an extremely difficult set of circumstances. But we need to make certain that as a society, we are protecting life,” Agriculture
Commissioner Todd Staples said. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick echoed similar sentiments after a Fort Worth hospital complied this weekend with an order to pull life-sustaining treatment for Marlise Munoz and her 23-weekold fetus. “We need to clarify the law on this and permit this baby to be born,” Dewhurst said.
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Brain-dead pregnant woman’s husband names fetus DALLAS (AP) — The husband of a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman who was taken off life support over the weekend named what would have been the couple’s second child before his wife was removed from machines. Erick Munoz said Monday that he named the 23-weekold fetus Nicole, which was his late wife’s middle name. Munoz would not say why he chose to name the fetus. Munoz said doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth indicated to him that the fetus would likely have been a girl, though his attorneys previously said the fetus suffered from lower body deformation that
made it impossible to determine a gender. “They think it was a female,” Munoz said in a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press. Both the hospital, which initially refused to disconnect Marlise Munoz, and his attorneys agreed the fetus could not have been born alive that early in the pregnancy. The fetus was not delivered when John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complied Sunday with a judge’s order to pull any life-sustaining treatment from Munoz. She was declared braindead in November, but the hospital had kept her on machines for the sake of the fetus.
The case had inspired debates about abortion and end-of-life decisions, as well as whether a pregnant woman who is considered legally and medically dead should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus, per Texas law. Anti-abortion activists attended Friday’s court hearing and spoke out in favor of trying to deliver the fetus. Munoz’s attorneys, Heather King and Jessica Hall Janicek, issued a statement last week describing the condition of the fetus based on medical records they received from the hospital. “According to the medical records we have been provided, the fetus is distinctly abnormal,” the attorneys said. “Even at this early
Arias defense costs top $2M PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias’ legal bills have topped $2 million, a tab being footed by Arizona taxpayers that will only continue to climb with a new penalty phase set for March, officials said Monday. Arias, 33, was convicted of murder in May, but the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on her sentence. Prosecutors are now pursuing a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to get the death penalty. Trial is set for March 17. The former waitress and aspiring photographer has been held in jail in Maricopa County awaiting her fate while her legal bills continue to mount. As of Monday, the county had paid $2,150,536.42 for her courtappointed attorneys, expert witnesses and other costs associated with her case, Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick told The Associated Press. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has refused to provide a tally of how much it has cost to prosecute the case, citing a court order that attorneys not
discuss Arias-related matters. Arias admitted she killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home but claimed it was selfdefense. He suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, had his throat slit and was shot in the forehead in what prosecutors argued was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage when Alexander wanted to end their affair. The case captured headlines worldwide and became a cable television staple with its tales of sex, lies and a brutal killing while every minute of the trial was broadcast live. This time around, the judge will be limiting media coverage in hopes of avoiding the same publicity. There will be no live video coverage of the second penalty phase, and electronic devices will be banned, meaning reporters won’t be able to provide real-time updates via Twitter as occurred during her first trial. Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury.
Aguilar, knew either victim. “We haven’t ruled anything out and we haven’t ruled anything in,” Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said in an interview. Aguilar killed himself soon after the shootings. Investigators said he had no past run-ins with police. Friends describe Aguilar as an avid skateboarder, a quiet and thoughtful teenager who became a vegan after watching a television documentary on how animals were slaughtered, according to Ellis Cropper, a family friend who is serving as a family spokesman. He graduated high school in the spring, had taken an interest in environmental engineering and planned to start college classes, Cropper said. At the Dunkin’ Donuts where he worked, he was recently given the keys and responsibility of opening the shop for business, something his mother celebrated. “He was always hugging his mother, kissing his mother, just a very compassionate kid,” Cropper said. When Aguilar didn’t show up for work early Saturday, his mother
side of the story and to have our day in court,” King said. The Supreme Court gave New Mexico 60 days to file a motion seeking the case’s dismissal. Texas would then have an opportunity to respond. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality first asked the Supreme Court to weigh in more than a year ago, alleging that New Mexico was violating the 1938 Rio Grande Compact that governs how water is shared by Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. King argued that a 2008 agreement between the federal government and two irrigation districts, one in Texas and the other in New Mexico, unfavorably changed the allocation of water for his state. Officials with the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, which serves farmers in southern New Mexico,
woman on life support. Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. sided Friday with Erick Munoz, saying in his order: “Mrs. Munoz is dead.” Erick Munoz found his wife unconscious in their Haltom City home on Nov. 26, possibly due to a blood clot. Doctors soon determined that she was braindead, which meant she was both medically and legally dead, but kept her on machines to keep her organs functioning for the sake of the fetus. The case has been noted by Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the two leading candidates running to replace him, but none has called for any new laws or action yet.
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filed a missing persons report. Officers went to Aguilar’s home several hours after the shooting and saw a journal. Police have said it described his general “unhappiness” but did not provide a motive. However, the contents were enough for an officer to worry about Aguilar. His cell phone was tracked to the mall. “That’s when the officer said, ‘Have a seat, let me tell you what’s going on in Columbia,’” Cropper said. Since then, Aguilar’s mother has been asking herself, “What did she miss? What did she miss? How could she not have known something?” Cropper said. Police on Monday denied a request to release copies of 911 calls and incident reports, saying the records are part of an ongoing investigation. The shooting took place inside Zumiez, a shop on the upper level that sells skateboard gear. The store was covered with white boards Monday, with messages encouraging passers-by to leave condolences for the slain workers at memory books that the mall provided.
TX to file water lawsuit against NM ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Texas can proceed with its lawsuit against New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande. Texas contends that groundwater pumping near the Texas-New Mexico border has resulted in Texas farmers and residents being deprived of Rio Grande water. New Mexico argues that downstream users are getting what’s required under a compact between the states and that the Supreme Court should have let lower courts consider the dispute. New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Monday he was not surprised by the court’s ruling. “I am confident that the court takes such state-to-state disputes very seriously, and we look forward to being able to tell New Mexico’s
Marlise Munoz’s fetus passed about three weeks ago. Erick Munoz sued the hospital because it would not remove life support. Marlise Munoz was also a paramedic familiar with endof-life issues, and Erick Munoz said his wife had told him she would not want to be kept alive under such circumstances. In refusing his request, the hospital cited Texas law that says life-sustaining treatment cannot be withdrawn from a pregnant patient, regardless of her endof-life wishes. Legal experts told the AP that the hospital was misreading the Texas Advance Directives Act and that the law isn’t an absolute command to keep a pregnant
Maryland mall reopens with grief, more security COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — The fountain inside the mall was littered with white flowers. The skateboard shop — the scene of the deadly weekend shooting — was boarded up, as if under construction. Outside the mall, a banner read: “Forever in Our Hearts.” As the Mall in Columbia reopened Monday and shoppers and workers tried to get back to normal, there were reminders of the carnage everywhere. Shoppers wiped away tears. People signed memorial books and photographed the exterior of the store where the killings occurred. Politicians shook hands and consoled the grieving. “I wanted to be here, I suppose, as a symbol of the fact that everyone in Maryland is with the people of Columbia today,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley, who stopped for a cup of frozen yogurt at the mall’s food court. In the days since Saturday’s shooting, investigators have worked to piece together what drove the 19-year-old gunman to kill two employees of the skateboard shop, but so far answers have been elusive. Police aren’t even sure if the gunman, Darion Marcus
stage, the lower extremities are deformed to the extent that the gender cannot be determined.” The attorneys said the fetus also had fluid building up inside the skull and possibly had a heart problem. Erick Munoz told the AP in an earlier interview that he believed in God but felt his training as a paramedic suggested the fetus would have been seriously harmed by his wife’s condition. Whether the case leads Texas to change the law remains unclear. In recent years, the Legislature has enacted several new anti-abortion restrictions, including setting the legal guideline for when a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks — a milestone
said the agreement was aimed at heading off a legal battle between the two states that could ultimately harm Dona Ana County farmers by cutting off their right to use groundwater. Nearly all of New Mexico has been mired in drought for the past several years, leaving stretches of the Rio Grande dry at times and reservoirs along the river at recordlow levels. Without any promise for moisture this winter, farmers are still making hard choices about whether to grow staple crops such as chile, onions and pecans. Those farmers who made it through last year had access to wells for irrigating because there was not enough Rio Grande water left for New Mexico. This year, irrigation officials have yet to make predictions about how much water might be allocated.
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you come across might not be factual. As the networking of people across the globe grows with the expansion of social media, so does our access to international news the moment it happens. An example of the manifestation of this is currently being showcased as massive protests have broken out in Ukraine due to President Viktor Yanukovych pulling out of a treaty with the European Union. Social media has allowed for the people who are actually participating in the protests to share their experiences with the world, providing information that major news outlets have failed to present. However, there are provocateurs
out there who find joy in spreading false truths and outright lies for some unknown reason. These people actively distribute false information that can easily be perceived as being true, and because of the intricate web that connects people online, this false information spreads at an incredibly fast rate. Last week there was a tragic school shooting at Purdue University that resulted in one person dead and a few others injured. The university was fortunately able to warn students and faculty of the danger through email and text message announcements. A separate incident occurred later in the week at the University of Oklahoma, where it was believed
there had been shots fired on campus. News of this spread quickly as the campus was shut down and the mainstream media was having a field day with the prospect of two school shootings occurring in the same week. My Twitter and Facebook feeds were filled with people sending prayers and thoughts towards those in Norman who were in danger. Many others took to the Internet to share the news with their friends, acting as armchair news anchors. It was later discovered that the “shots fired” call was placed when a piece of equipment backfired, creating a sound that sounded similar to a gunshot. There never was any
People seem to be generally inclined to believe the first bit of information they come across...
ith the advent of social media came the ability for any individual with access to a smartphone or computer to stay in touch with news very near the moment it breaks. Gone are the days when everyone relied solely on print media or the nightly newscast to get their information about what’s going on in the world. While there are many benefits to the presence of social media in the gathering of breaking news, there is also a very dangerous side to it as well. The problem with people getting their news from social media networks such as Twitter or Facebook is that it is far too easy for others to spread false or untrue information amongst the masses. Misinformation is a growing issue in the age of technology in which we’re currently living. The same aspect that makes social media so appealing to so many people — the speed at which information can be shared — also happens to be the reason why any news
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Despite the recent discovery that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staff intentionally caused traffic problems as a form of political revenge, the potential presidential candidate’s approval ratings went largely unchanged, according to the Huffington Post. In fact, Gov. Christie’s approval rating only dropped by eight points amid the “Bridgegate” scandal, settling at approximately 55 percent. The polls show that this drop in popularity came from mostly democrats, with republicans remaining firmly in his corner. Regardless of polling, Gov. Christie needs to close the book on this saga and provide answers to the public’s satisfaction. Gov. Christie has a long history of being a “straight-talker.” He has long represented himself as a man who doesn’t trifle when it comes to his language or methods. When asked during the government shutdown what he would do if he were a senator at the time, Gov. Christie responded, “If I was in the Senate right now, I’d kill myself,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
That forthright persona has long lent Gov. Christie a air of trustworthiness, a sense that he is a man who does indeed rise up when the bell tolls. He comes across as the rare politician more concerned with the people who elected him last time rather than the hypothetical people who might elect him next time. The problem with Gov. Christie’s long history of being a straight-talker, however, is that most of the narrative was built by him in the first place. It’s that old adage about how the truly talented don’t need to say how talented they are or the humble don’t need to walk around pointing out how humble they are. If Gov. Christie is so trustworthy, so unable to mince his words, why does he feel the need to constantly remind people how trustworthy he is? Thus, the public is left with many different narratives — a media that is saying the story isn’t over so we’ll keep watching their stations, a democratic party that alleges Gov. Christie knew about the bridge closure and Gov. Christie himself insisting that the decision was made without his knowledge. Yet unfortunately for Gov. Christie, it doesn’t really matter. Regardless of the
answer, we’ve learned something about the governor, something that he can’t talk the public into unlearning. If Gov. Christie did know about the bridge closing, there’s likely no coming back. If a governor who spends all his time talking about how he refuses to play politics is discovered to have played politics in a way that directly, and very negatively, impacted his citizens, he’ll lose all credibility going forward. It’s the kind of behavior that would be genuinely funny on the Sopranos — the kind of thing an audience would laugh about for its creativity in putting down someone who didn’t support you. The problem is that this isn’t a premium cable drama series. It’s hurting real people in a real way, even more so for those unlucky few whose emergency medical needs went unmet because of traffic. If Gov. Christie had a direct hand in that decision, he won’t just get criticism from the Democrats — he’ll get it from his own party. In fact, the situation reflects negatively on Gov. Christie even if he didn’t know what his staffer was doing. Much of what people have criticized President Barack Obama for over the past five years is a perceived lack of control over
his staff. With the president currently struggling to gain footing in his second term, no one is going to race to the polls to vote in another leader who can’t control his own employees. Politics has to run like a ship — everything has to go through the captain or you get crew members doing conflicting things because they have conflicting ideas of how to best reach their next port. The fact of the matter is the crew hired to steer the ship. Politics is much the same. The public didn’t elect Gov. Christie’s staffers, nor President Obama’s for that matter, and we as a people haven’t given them the power to make final decisions. By and large, the people of New Jersey probably agree on what they want for their state, but the only man they have allowed to get them there from the captain’s seat is the Governor — not anyone he chooses to appoint. Overall, no side of this looks good for the governor. Either he’s the captain purposefully steering his ship the wrong way to spite a crewmember refusing to fall in line, or the captain asleep at the wheel with a crew run amok. No matter what, Bridgegate looks like it could be a rocky ending for Gov. Christie.
Celebrities’ lack of privacy proves dangerous, distressing “To whom much is given, much will be expected” is an ideology that some Americans live believing. We witness this philosophy when individuals compare the work they do to the reward they expect in return. As a celebrity, one of the major downfalls is giving up your personal privacy in return for stardom and, in many situations, an abundance of money. The payoff for being a celebrity can be wealth, stardom and being able to influence many people across the globe without meeting them. For some individuals, we find this not to be a problem at all. For others, this can lead to great amounts of depression and death. “If a celebrity loses their mind because they can’t handle the pressure, then that is their fault,” said communications senior Aclesia Caraway. “They knew what they
were signing up for.” A number of celebrities hope to become famous because they’re gifted in their craft and would like to share that gift with the world. For example, let’s take Michael Jackson into consideration. From his adolescent years into his adult life, Jackson was one of the biggest celebrities the world of music has seen. With his childhood being so publicized and his adult life even more publicized, Jackson never really knew a sense of privacy that most individuals are blessed to experience. The time period when a young man hits the stages of puberty, including embarrassing voice changes and zits, is a time when many individuals would just like to hide themselves from the world. However, Jackson was forced to experience adolescence in front of millions. During the unthinkable time of being accused of child molestation, Jackson was forced to face that heartache in the front
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and center of the public as well. “I would hate for my personal business to be highlighted for just a day,” said UH alumna Andrea Coleman. After asking Coleman why, she explained to me that she is a very personal individual and she likes to keep to herself if she isn’t familiar with an individual. She believes privacy protects individuals from having to deal with situations before they are mentally — and sometimes physically — prepared. Coleman spoke on the idea that people sometimes push their problems into a “out of sight, out of mind” place because they are not equipped to handle the issue at that moment. “My biggest issue wouldn’t be that I give up my privacy in return of becoming famous, but that the people around me may become harassed for the decisions that I have made,” said communication senior Deunbra Ivory. UH senior Brittany Norwood is suing Houston Texans running back Arian Foster for emotional distress and child
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support, as reported by IBT. Whether the accusations are true or false, Norwood has opened herself up for ridicule. Indirectly, she has become famous through her connection to Foster. Norwood may be okay with the media’s intrusion on her life, but her friends and family may not be. The media don’t just come after the famous — they also attack the people that are seen to be closest to you. Norwood’s family is now being questioned about whether this scandal has anything to do with the reality TV show that Norwood and her mother are planning. Now, not just Norwood’s privacy has been invaded, but her mother’s has been as well. No matter the situation or the circumstances, I believe that individuals should have some sort of privacy. The way celebrities are forced to live their lives as if they are always being watched is dangerous for their minds. Having to face an unwanted situation in front of the world could send many over the edge — even into a psychotic breakdown.
danger to those on campus at the time, outside of the fact that they’re still Sooners, but the fear that existed was very much real. That same fear spread like the plague because so many interconnected people wanted to be the first in their group of friends to tell that a shooting had taken place at OU. The false report of a shooting at OU is a rather innocent example of how the spread of misinformation can be a problem in today’s fastpaced world. The April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, however, proved to be an example of how misinformation can have consequences when it’s shared on social media. Once the authorities began to piece together evidence to determine whom the culprits were, the online community decided to offer its help. Online detectives began examining images taken at the scene, and they eventually wrongfully claimed a missing student was one of the bombers. Major news outlets even
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Achieving American citizenship special, worth difficult effort By SAMANTHA POETTER
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Immigration, amnesty and proof of citizenship to vote have all become hotbutton issues in recent years. In Kansas, implementation of the Secure and Fair Elections Act, that requires proof of citizenship to vote, has stirred up a lot of controversy. This is especially true since we currently have more than 12,000 voter registrations on hold in Kansas because those voters have not provided proof of citizenship. Despite what the media decides to tell you, these voters are not “suspended voters;” they are registered voters who just simply have not completed their registration process. Once they prove they are citizens with either a birth certificate, passport or naturalization document, their voter application will be complete and they will be able to vote. The 15th Amendment to the constitution states that “[t]he right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged…” The key word is “citizen.” I know, I know, how dare someone say such a thing about people that are paying taxes and following the law. “They should be able to have a say!” “She must be completely oblivious to the struggles of immigrants.” You see, not every immigrant becomes a citizen, nor do they have the desire to. For example, my mom still has her green card. She is here legally, pays federal and state income tax, as well as social security and everything else that American citizens do. Yet she can’t vote because she is not a citizen. Does this bother her? No. Does this bother me? No. She made the choice not to go through the naturalization process and follows the law accordingly. For those who wish to have all the rights of an American citizen, they have the option of going through the naturalization process. However, this is not always an easy choice. I was 12 years old when I attended my dad’s naturalization ceremony on the grounds of the National Historic Site in Fort Scott, Kan. I watched him hand in the paper work and sign the papers, and watched them handing over his green card. Part of the Oath of Allegiance people in this process must take states they, “absolutely and entirely Copyright © 2014 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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picked up on the data these online detectives put together and began publishing images of the wrongfully accused suspects. People seem to be generally inclined to believe the first bit of information they come across when checking their Twitter or Facebook feeds, especially if the info seems to be legitimate. In today’s fast-paced world, we don’t always have the time to look into breaking news any further than reading a quick snippet of less than 140 characters. In order to curb the spread of misinformation, it’s important for us to check the sources that this socalled news comes from. Although I am huge supporter of people using social media as a means for spreading news when it breaks, spreading false information to others can be more destructive than we may realize.
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renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which [they] have heretofore been a subject or citizen.” I didn’t understand why he would want to do that. Why would my dad want to renounce his citizenship to the country he was born and raised in? As I grew older, I began to realize that he didn’t do it because he hated his home country; he did it because he loved America. He loved what America stood for, and it wasn’t the renouncing of his previous citizenship that made him want to switch, it was the part of the oath that said he would “support and defend the Constitution.” As the child of immigrants, I understand how difficult the process to become a citizen is. I understand that getting a work visa is not easy; that obtaining a green card is even more difficult; and that yes, it does take years to become a citizen. But those who go through the process have a deep love and respect for this country. They learn our constitution, they know our Declaration of Independence and they respect what being an American means. In my short life I have known immigrants from Iran, India, Mexico, South Africa, the Congo, Guatemala, Brazil, China and more. Their reasons for moving here varied: economic freedom, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and one moved because they were granted political asylum. The fact is, America is a nation of immigrants. It isn’t a country of one specific culture, race or religion. Instead, America is a country based on one specific set of ideals: the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” These “inalienable” rights are lost by many natural born citizens, as seen by the ridiculous support President Barack Obama garnished during both his presidential elections. Despite what the president stands for, the beauty of this country is that the people elected him. American citizens elected him. The fact remains that without immigration, America wouldn’t be what it is today. We need varying cultures and ethnicities; it’s what makes America great. However, granting those who come to live in this country the right to vote based simply on where they live and not based on their allegiance to the United States of America is, and always will be, wrong. 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 email@example.com 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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Skyviews prepares for themed dinner series By TAYLOR PEACE Staff Writer
The typical jobs for working at a restaurant are hosting, serving, managing and cooking. Most employees, however, don’t do all four. Skyviews, a Lubbock restaurant run by Texas Tech restaurant, hotel and institutional management majors, hosts a dinner series every semester,, during which seniors take turns each week managing the restaurant and hosting their own themed dinners. Mike Nghiem, general manager for Skyviews, said it is always a big event for students to invite their friends and family to celebrate everything they learn in the class. “It’s a way for students to accu-
mulate all the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired throughout the semester into one night of service,” Nghiem said. Nghiem said each week is a different theme and students switch off between managing the entire restaurant on their own. “It’s a perfect way to prepare them for the real world,” Nghiem said. “It gives them hands-on experience and good insight into how a restaurant should be run.” The orientation for the series starts this week. Nghiem said students take a crash course which teaches them every position needed in a restaurant. “They need to learn every angle of the restaurant, because each week they will be working in a new posi-
tion,” Nghiem said. “It all depends on which team is running the restaurant for that week.” Nghiem said how smoothly the night goes depends on the student. “They run the restaurant entirely by themselves,” Nghiem said. “That includes picking out what’s on the menu, the decorations and the marketing for the whole event.” This series is an opportunity for students to get together and figure out creative outlets for running the restaurant. Nghiem said it is also helpful for their resumes and prepares them for interviews. “It puts them in real life situations,” Nghiem said, “so when they are asked to give an example of a problem they have faced in previous experience, they will come to the
Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking-related disease LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it came to portraying the rugged western outdoorsman who helped transform a pack of filtered cigarettes into the world’s most popular brand, Marlboro Man Eric Lawson was the real deal. Ruggedly handsome, the actor could ride a horse through the wideopen spaces of the Southwest, from Texas to Colorado to Arizona or wherever else the Phillip Morris tobacco company sent him to light up while representing a true American icon, the cowboy. And he really did smoke Marlboro cigarettes, as many as three packs a day. Lawson was still smoking in 2006 when he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died of the disease at his home in San Luis Obispo on Jan. 10. He was 72. For three years in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, Lawson portrayed one of the most iconic figures in both
advertising and popular culture. And for the past several years, Lawson had spoken out fiercely about the hazards of smoking, doing a public service announcement for the American Cancer Society in the 1990s, years before he was able to bring himself to quit. “He tried to speak to the kids, telling them don’t start smoking,” his wife, Susan Lawson, told The Associated Press. “He already knew cigarettes had a hold on him.” Exactly how many rugged heman types portrayed the Marlboro Man over the years isn’t clear, although Lawson was one of dozens. His wife said Monday he was friendly with some of the others, including Wayne McLaren, a former rodeo rider who died in 1992 of lung cancer that he blamed on his lifelong smoking habit. Like Lawson, McLaren spent his final years advocating against smok-
ing. So did David McLean, who died in 1995 of lung cancer that he also blamed on smoking. He was 73. As the Marlboro Man, Lawson and the others helped turn a brand that had once been marketed as a mild women’s cigarette into the ultimate symbol of American machismo. Not every Marlboro Man was a cowboy — there were also pilots, hunters, weight lifters, miners and other macho characters. But cowboys were clearly the most popular and the most often used. “The most powerful — and in some quarters, most hated — brand image of the century, the Marlboro Man stands worldwide as the ultimate American cowboy and masculine trademark, helping establish Marlboro as the bestselling cigarette in the world,” the industry publication Advertising Age declared in 1999.
table prepared.” Nghiem said their focus is on training students to be managers and leaders. “We focus mainly on these positions because these are the positions that our students will be applying for,” Nghiem said. Nghiem said Skyviews also host a lunch series where younger students run the show. For the month of February, lunch will only be $8 per person if students bring a student ID. Ben Patri, a senior restaurant, hotel and institutional management major from Seabrook, said the dinner series seems like a blast. “I haven’t done it yet, personally, but I know people who have,” Patri said. “They all have said, even though it’s stressful, it is a great way
to prepare you for your career.” Patri is hosting the seafood dinner series April 1-3, he said, and is looking forward to it. “We are really excited that we get to do the seafood,” Patri said. “It should be interesting and fun.” Patri said students pick which theme they want through a raffle. “It helps make everything more fair when you do it that way,” Patri said, “and almost everyone gets a theme they want or close to it.” The goal is to get $3,000 for your night, Patri said, but it is not as difficult as it sounds. “Even though it’s $30 per person, it comes with a four-course meal,” Patri said, “which is honestly a steal because the food quality is phenomenal.” Kelly Sullivan, a senior res-
taurant, hotel and institutional management major from Houston, said she is hosting the Valentine’sthemed dinner series on Feb. 11 with her partner, Ray Sullivan. “We are preparing for our dinner series by holding frequent meetings and brainstorming different ideas that we think will be best for the evening,” Sullivan said. The series each senior is in charge of is part of their final project for class. Sullivan said she is really excited to host the dinner series. “I am really looking forward to showing my friends, family and peers what I’ve been working towards these past four years at Tech,” Sullivan said. “This will be a great test to see what I am capable of.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tech alumna publishes novel set on campus By ALI WILLINGHAM Staff Writer
Jeanne Guerra, author and Texas Tech alumna, is in Lubbock promoting her latest novel, “My Second Wind.” According to a news release, the novel is centered on the life of Maggie Grant, a Dallas woman who moves to Lubbock after the death of her husband. In the novel, Grant faces several crises on campus including an unscrupulous boss, unexplained fires and murder, according to the release. “Hopefully nationwide audiences
will get a close-up and in-depth view of today’s West Texas that will forever erase any preconceived prejudices of the barren, beige land and populace,” according to the book cover. Guerra’s first novel was the story of a young Tech graduate who committed suicide and left a stack of personal journals after she died. Guerra said, with the permission of the young woman’s family, she took the journals and wove them into a novel. “One-third of the book is her journal writings unedited,” Guerra said. “I didn’t touch anything, but
the story centers around her family coming to terms with her death.” “My Second Wind” is Guerra’s second novel, and she said this book is less serious than her first. Guerra was previously the director of marketing and communications for the University Health Sciences Center, she said, and after retiring in 2008, she went back to Dallas to start writing her second novel. “Everyone is made up,” she said. “It’s all fictional, but it’s all fun and the places are real.” Guerra said she used several real places in Lubbock, such as the
Administration Building, where the main character works, and the Civil Engineering Building, where the main character’s best friend works. The title in part came from the American Wind Power Center and Museum, Guerra said. “The wind museum is out at Mackenzie Park,” Guerra said, “but in the book, I moved it to the Tech campus.” Her inspiration for writing her second novel was her dad, who had always wanted to write a book but died at a young age. Guerra said her dad loved mysteries and westerns, and she loves
Tech, which hasn’t had any mysteries set on campus. “I know several universities or several books are set at several universities so I thought, ‘Why not Tech?’” Guerra said. Although Guerra said the book is geared more towards alumni, the 324-page book is available on Amazon for $17.99. When she lived in Dallas and told people she was leaving to come to Lubbock, Guerra said people asked, “Lubbock? Why would you want to go to Lubbock?” “I said, ‘You’d just have to go to understand,’ because it’s just such a
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great city,” she said. Since the saying goes ‘write what you know,’ Guerra said she wrote a lot of the book from memory and came back a few times to do research. When writing the book, Guerra said she wanted to have a story that included a lot of Tech and showed what a great university it is. “I wanted to give people everywhere an idea of how the quality of the education here and the quality of living in Lubbock,” Guerra said. “So I just sat down and started writing.”
tices,” Stevens said, “including drumming, are beneficial for a number of physical and mental concerns.” This is the first semester the group will meet every week, but the idea of a drumming circle is not new. “The Student Counseling Center has done drum circles on campus in the past in outreach programs and had very positive results and feedback,” Stevens said. The practice is being expanded from those outreach programs to reach more students. “A weekly therapy group will allow students to get more out of the experience more often,” Stevens said. Any registered Tech student is welcome to attend the therapy group, Rofkahr said. “There aren’t really any specific tactics we use to relieve stress,” Rofkahr said. “We just want to help the members develop the practice of mindful skills.” The drumming group is perfect for students who need to relieve stress in a fun and relaxing way, according to the TechAnnouce. “This group can teach students coping skills that they can carry with them past college and that they can use for a lifetime,” Stevens said. ➤➤email@example.com
Court: Disgraced ex-journalist can’t practice law SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday denied a law license to a disgraced former journalist who was caught fabricating dozens of stories for major national magazines. The unanimous seven-judge court ruled that Stephen Glass had insufficiently rehabilitated himself in the years since his misdeeds, saying he “failed to carry his heavy burden of establishing his rehabilitation and current fitness.” Glass’ misdeeds stunned the profession when they were uncovered in 1998. His widely publicized fall from grace earned the rising star a prominent place in the pantheon of journalistic cheats and scoundrels such as Janet Cooke and Jayson Blair — two prominent reporters caught fabricating quotes, sources and entire stories. Glass’ ethical missteps were turned into the Hollywood movie
“Shattered Glass” and recounted in his novel “The Fabulist,” for which he earned $190,000. Glass, 41, now works as a paralegal for a Los Angeles law firm and lives in a suburb. Through his lawyer, Glass declined an interview request. Attorney Jon Eisenberg said his client “appreciates the court’s consideration of his application and respects the court’s decision.” Glass went to work for The New Republic magazine in 1995 and began filing colorful and attentiongrabbing articles, including a racially explosive piece that culminated with his supposedly witnessing the robbery of a cab driver. He also filed stories reporting that young, politically conservative Republican men were more interested in sex and drugs than politics, and about a supposed encounter with a computer company help desk that brought an anti-Semitic slur. In the end, 31 of 42 articles Glass published in The New Republic were found to contain significant fabrications and falsehoods. Glass was exposed in May 1998 when a reporter for Forbes Digital Tool uncovered significant fabrication in a story Glass wrote for George magazine detailing a supposed young hacker’s extortion scheme of a software company. Still, Glass pressed on with his cover-up. He created fake business cards, a bogus website and notes that he asserted were from interviews with sources. Ultimately, Glass conceded that he fabricated the “Hack Heaven” piece and was fired. His editor at The New Republic, Charles Lane, testified before a California state bar committee, saying Glass was not helpful or forthcoming in assisting the magazine in identifying all the bogus stories. The California Supreme Court said its review “indicates hypocrisy and evasiveness in Glass’ testimony
at the California State Bar hearing.” “We find it particularly disturbing that at the hearing Glass persisted in claiming that he had made a good faith effort to work with the magazines that published his works,” the court said. Glass argued that he had undergone years of psychotherapy since being exposed. He also pointed to several former teachers, judges he clerked for, and others who testified on his behalf at the 2010 state bar court hearing as proof he was fit to practice law. The California Supreme Court said that wasn’t enough. “We also observe that instead of directing his efforts at serving others in the community, much of Glass’ energy since the end of his journalistic career seems to have been directed at advancing his own career and financial and emotional well-being,” the court wrote in the unsigned ruling. While working at The New Republic, Glass attended Georgetown University Law Center, graduating in 2000. After passing the New York state bar exam, Glass in 2002 applied to practice law in that state. He withdrew his New York application two years later after he was informally told that his application would be rejected. The California Supreme Court cited Glass’ aborted efforts in New York as a major reason for rejecting his latest application to practice law. “In the New York bar application materials, he exaggerated his cooperation with the journals that had published his work and failed to supply a complete list of the fabricated articles that had injured others,” the California Supreme Court wrote. Glass applied to practice law in California after passing the state’s bar exam in 2007. But divided state bar officials grappled with his application, finally appealing to the California Supreme Court to decide.
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Tech tries to avoid third straight loss By REX ROSE Staff Writer
The Red Raiders look to snap a two-game Big 12 Conference losing streak as they travel to face the Kansas State Wildcats at 7 p.m. today in Bramiage Coliseum at Manhattan, Kan. Tech coach Tubby Smith expressed the importance of winning conference games and said it is time for the team to take its play to the next level. “No one likes losing,” he said. “We’re 2-5 now and we’re pretty much looking at a team that rarely loses at home against Kansas State. And the competition gets even stiffer, but we’ve got enough time if we can get on the right track.” Smith said the Red Raiders were going in the right direction with the wins against Baylor and Texas Christian, but with three straight losses since then, they need to get back on the right track. “We took a couple steps forward against TCU and against Baylor, but it shows Baylor’s really not playing that well right now,” Smith said. “Sometimes it can be fool’s gold.” Senior forward Jaye Crockett is leading the Red Raiders offensively, averaging 14.3 points per game in Big 12 play. He agreed with Smith and said there is still time for the team to bounce back after falling to 2-5
conference. “All we’re doing is digging a hole, but it’s not over,” he said. “We just have to fight. We’re making it tougher on ourselves, so we just have to get on a little win streak to keep this season going. “We can’t just lose one and win one and lose one. We have to get on a streak if we want to do something in this conference. Right now, I feel like our back’s against the wall, so we just want to fight.” The Red Raiders have lost four straight on the road against the Wildcats by an average of 20.3 points per game, and the last time Tech won in Manhattan was Jan. 8, 2007, according to a Tech news release. Senior forward Dejan Kravic knows this is a big game and said he remembers how tough it is to play the Wildcats on the road. “I remember their fans were pretty rowdy,” Kravic said. “They’re loud, especially the student section. And I know Kansas State is a very good defensive team, so we’re going to have to bring it offensively.” Crockett said it is hard to win anywhere on the road in this conference. “It’s tough everywhere we go in the Big 12,” he said. “Their student section is crazy. It’s going to be tough. They’re going to have a lot of energy for the other team and we just have to block that out.”
Tech will need to be better on the defensive side of the ball, especially against junior forward Thomas Gipson who is averaging 12.1 points per game and shooting more than 50 percent from the field. Smith said they will need to double team Gipson down low, but need to be aware of who they are leaving open. “When he does catch it down low,” he said, “we’ve got to give help and get the ball out of there; something we’ve done very poorly over the last few games. “Against a guy like Gipson, it’s paramount — not only is he a force inside, but he’s a good passer out of the post as well. When you do go double him, you have to make sure you don’t allow him to throw perfect passes out of a double team.” Although Smith has coached in the league for more than 23 seasons, he has never had a game in Bramiage Coliseum, but said he knows plenty about the reputation of Kansas State basketball. “They get a great turnout from their student body,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of tradition over the years. Kansas State has always had excellent basketball tradition, going deep into tournaments. They’ve got a lot of tradition, and tradition and success breeds tradition and success.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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RED RAIDER FORWARD Dejan Kravic attempts to make a basket against Oklahoma during the game Saturday in the United Spirit Arena. The Sooners defeated Texas Tech 74-65.
Ravens hire Kubiak to be offensive coordinator (AP) — Gary Kubiak was bored and in need of a job, if for no other reason to give his wife some breathing room at home. At the same time, the Baltimore Ravens were in the market for someone who could add some spice and efficiency to the NFL’s 29th-ranked offense. Both sides got what they wanted Monday when Kubiak was hired to be the Ravens’ offensive coordinator. Kubiak replaces Jim Caldwell, who was hired on Jan. 14 to coach the Detroit Lions. The 52-year-old Kubiak was Houston’s coach from 2006 through last month, when he was fired after the Texans got off to a 2-11 start. Baltimore also announced the hiring of Rick Dennison, the Texans former offensive coordinator, as their quarterbacks coach. An extensive search for Caldwell’s replacement began with 30 candidates, coach John Harbaugh said. The search ended with the Ravens landing Kubiak, who served as Denver’s offensive coordinator for three seasons.
Rockets strive for consistency Parreira blasts World Cup
HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin McHale preaches consistency. So far his young Rockets team hasn’t heeded his words and is coming off two straight losses to the Grizzlies. McHale knows Houston, despite a 29-17 record, must play better. Coming up on Tuesday night are the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs. When asked how his team can be more consistent, McHale shared several ideas. “We’ve got to be better against a lot of different styles of basketball,” he said. “We’ve got to know what our strengths and weaknesses are and play to our strengths. We’ve got to be way more tied together and diligent about all the little things. We worry too much about all the big things. But we’ve got to do all the little things and that leads to big things.” The Rockets have won both
previous meetings with the Spurs this season. McHale doesn’t expect that success to factor into Tuesday’s game, especially with San Antonio coming off a tough loss to the Heat. “It’s going to be a tough game,” McHale said. “The first two games don’t make any difference. We’re a different team. They’re a different team. We’ve got to play really well. That team lost to Miami, they’re going to come in hungry.” Dwight Howard is still upset about how Houston played against Memphis, but believes rough spots like this will help the Rockets in the long run. “These are growing pains,” Howard said. “Losing those games and trying to learn from experience on how to play is good for our team. We hate to lose and we were all (ticked) off about the last two games, but it was some things that we learned and picked up from playing against
a team like Memphis and we’ll get better.” The 28-year-old Howard knows that a team as young as the Rockets is going to have many ups and downs throughout the season. But he thinks the lessons they learn now will be the difference when they get to the playoffs. “We can’t look at anything in a negative way,” he said. “We have to stay positive and understand that everything comes with time. We’ve still got to play hard and go out there and be aggressive but also understand that we’re a great team in progress. It doesn’t happen overnight.” James Harden, who leads the team in scoring with almost 24 points a game, has struggled offensively in the last two games, averaging just 13. He hasn’t had any of those struggles against San Antonio since joining the Rockets.
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil assistant coach and former world champion Carlos Alberto Parreira says it’s “a joke” that the Brazilian government took so long to start working on the infrastructure projects needed for the World Cup. With less than five months before the tournament, Parreira said he is disappointed with the country’s preparations and accused the government of missing a huge opportunity to improve conditions for Brazilians. Parreira told Radio CBN in an interview first aired Sunday that he believes stadiums will be ready in time, but it’s a shame most infrastructure projects that could benefit Brazilians won’t be completed until long after the World Cup. The World Cup-winning coach in 1994 is the latest past champion to blast Brazil’s preparations, follow-
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