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C-SPAN Bus visits Texas Tech By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer

One man’s trash, TEDx’s treasure The TEDx stage design team is using recycled water bottles from Texas Tech’s student housing to build the backdrops and podiums for the Tech TEDx conference on Feb. 8, Kuhn Park, architecture professor and member of the design team, said. “The structure will be made up of 100,000 Dasani water bottles,” he said, “and will be lit up by LED lights in the back to provide a colorful background for TEDx speakers.” The administration and students in the Tech colleges of architecture, theatre and dance are sponsoring the design team by supplying the manpower and tools needed to cut the backing, he said. “The project is made out of completely recycled materials,” he said, “except for the base the bottles are fitting in to.” The design team is also constructing TEDx and Texas Tech logos to go onto the wall, Rachel Burch, college of architecture alumna from Arlington, said. “We’re using dowels to go into the holes between the bottles to reinforce colored Plexiglas that, when lit, will show the logos,” she said. The deadline for the completion of the wall is Feb. 6, when the team will move the pieces to the law school and begin test runs and instillation, Park said.

The C-SPAN Bus made its third stop on the Big 12 Conference winter tour at Texas Tech Tuesday and welcomed students to learn about the resources the C-SPAN network offers. The C-SPAN Bus visits schools across the nation to promote the resources, programs, “First Ladies” series and internship opportunities the network offers. The C-SPAN Bus is a multimedia demonstration vehicle that allows people to browse through information about C-SPAN through the use of computers and other kinds of interactive technology. Vanessa Torres, a marketing representative of C-SPAN, said the purpose of the tour was to inform students about C-SPAN and its free resources. “We travel across the country visiting middle schools, high schools and univer-

sities teaching students about C-SPAN and letting them know we are more than just a network,” Torres said. C-SPAN is a nonprofit, private network covering public affairs, according to the C-SPAN website. Created by the cable industry, the network is not funded by the government. Instead, cable systems and satellite companies fund it. “C-SPAN is nonpartisan,” Torres said. “We are neither Democrat nor Republican, so we give you a fly on the wall perspective.” Students also had the chance to quiz themselves on the different branches of government and take a copy of the United States Constitution with them. Raul Cevallos, the vice president of the Texas Tech Student Democrats, said watching C-SPAN programs could be beneficial for students. CSPAN continued on Page 2 ➤➤


STUDENTS LISTEN TO Vanessa Torres, a marketing representative for C-SPAN, aboard the C-SPAN bus Tuesday outside the Student Union Building.

Jack Of ALL TRADES Lawrence Schovanec appointed provost, senior vice president By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer



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LAWRENCE SCHOVANEC WAS appointed provost and senior vice president by President M. Duane Nellis on December 22.

Lawrence Schovanec was appointed provost and senior vice president by President M. Duane Nellis Dec. 22, 2013, according to a Texas Tech news release. “We conducted a thorough and exhaustive search to ensure we selected the right person to lead our academic efforts, and Dr. Schovanec emerged as the top candidate from an exceedingly strong pool of finalists,” President Nellis said. “Dr. Schovanec has a long history with Texas Tech University, and is one of the most well-respected administrators on campus. He has a great rapport with the faculty and a vision for our academic mission that will positively lead us forward.” Schovanec has occupied a number of roles at Tech, including being a faculty member, chair of the department of mathematics and physics, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, interim president, interim provost and is now the provost and senior vice president, Schovanec said. “The provost is the chief academic officer, and in that roll, one needs to be focused on oversight of the faculty’s responsibilities, duties, insuring the qualities of academic programs,” he said. “I deal with matters related to the hiring of faculty, I collaborate with the Vice President for Research and

obviously, one of the most important things we do is working on the programs available to students.” The current priorities in the provost’s office, as set forth by the president’s office, he said, are student retention, graduation rates, enhancing student success, growing the graduate programs and exploring the opportunities for more online courses. “The process for these goals, typically starts with the appointment of a committee which takes different types of surveys, complies the results and makes recommendations that are then delivered to the president to be put into place and enhance Texas Tech,” he said. With these surveys, he said, Tech administration will now be focusing on continuous monitoring of students, the identifying of bottle-neck courses and increasing supplemental instruction in those courses. “I like to call it high-tech and hightouch,” he said, “where we’re using programs that can help us identify at-risk students early on.” Schovanec said he wanted this position because he feels strongly about the students and programs at Tech. “Anyone who is a faculty member,” he said, “holds students and their education near and dear to their heart.” SCHOVANEC continued on Page 2 ➤➤

Recyclemania returns to Texas Tech to conserve By KAYLIN MCDERMETT Staff Writer

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Students weigh textbook decisions By TAYLOR LYNN Staff Writer


The beginning of the semester marks the time when students are looking to buy textbooks and unload their books from the previous semester. When it comes to buying and selling textbooks, students have a lot of choices. The choices for buying textbooks include buying new or used, renting and purchasing the e-book version of some books. Patty Baird, accounting manager for the Double T Bookstore, said buying used is the best option for students who might need a textbook for longer than one semester.


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“If a student needs the book past this semester, the price of buying used is affordable,” she said. “If the student needs the book just for the current semester, renting is the best option.” Alfred Esparza, a senior mechanical engineering major from Edinburg, works at Double T Bookstore. He said sometimes used books aren’t the best option. “When you buy used books, sometimes the access code or online code that comes with the book has already been used,” he said. “When we rent out books, we offer everything included with the book, like access codes.” In some cases, the access code

can be just as expensive as the book itself, he said. Jeff Sherwood, CEO of, understands that students have many options when buying and selling textbooks. “Students can get textbooks used or new,” he said. “These days you can rent textbooks and even download them as an e-book.” is a marketplace that students can visit to see the lowest price for a book no matter what option you choose, Sherwood said. The company launched in 2001 as a price comparison site. The site is a way for students to cut through all the marketing hype companies throw at them, he said.

“We find the cheapest copy of the right book,” he said. “That way, the student can decide whether buying, renting or downloading an e-book is the right option for them.” Baird said she knows sometimes bookstores don’t have the exact books students need. Off-campus bookstores receive the list of what books are needed for each class from the on-campus bookstore, Barnes and Noble, she said. “They get the list from each professor and what books are required,” she said. “We depend on them to get the list out to us so that students can have many options when purchasing their books.” ➤➤

HSC program pairs students with mentors By AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer

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POLICE BLOTTER Monday 1:06 p.m. — A Texas Tech officer arrested a nonstudent for driving with an invalid license, which occurred at the 1000 block of Joliet Ave. The nonstudent was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. The vehicle was released. 3:23 p.m. — A Tech officer detained a nonstudent, following a traffic violation at the 3100 block of 18th Street. The nonstudent was issued one Lubbock County citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and was released. 3:37 p.m. — A Tech officer

investigated theft, which occurred at the Student Union Building. An unsecured Apple iPad was taken. 7:36 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a nonstudent for possession of marijuana, following a traffic stop at the 3500 block of 4th Street. The nonstudent was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. A nonstudent driving the vehicle was issued one Lubbock County citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and was released with the vehicle. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.

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The Pre-Mentoring Program announced its Texas Tech Health Sciences Center undergraduate mentees and mentors at a ceremony Tuesday night, hosted at the Academic Classroom Building at HSC. Currently in its fourth semester, the mentor program is a partnership between HSC and Tech’s Pre-Professional Health Careers advising, PPHC Director Greg Gellene said. Select students in pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy and pre-physical therapy work one-on-one with a first or second year medical student, Gellene said. The pairs will meet monthly and attend various events, including going to medical classes and special seminars together, according to a handout. “The goal is to connect TTU undergraduate students with prehealth career ambitions,” Gellene said, “with students in the corresponding health professional schools here across the street.” Gellene said the mentors are two to three years academically ahead of the mentees, meaning the

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JEFFREY SAYERS, A junior exercise sport science major from Austin, speaks to his new mentor Akash Desai, a first-year medical student from Austin, about getting into medical school and about the day to day life of a medical student, Tuesday in the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Classroom Building.

medical students can guide their younger counterparts and show them what medical school and their chosen field is really like. Jeffery Sayers, a junior exercise and sport sciences major from Austin, said he currently wants to be a surgeon but knows this program, and medical school itself, may change his career goals. Sayers decided to apply for the program for various reasons, including enhancing his resume and making new connections within HSC, he said. “I wanted to get a better understanding of what medical school is like,” Sayers said. “It’s a huge transition from college to medical school, and the more I know about it, the less I’m going to be overwhelmed. I basically want to know what I’m getting myself into.” Applicants sent in their transcripts and wrote a personal statement about how the mentor

program would benefit them, Sayers said. Gellene said the program looked for students who are already academically accomplished, with records compatible with obtaining admittance into a health professional school. Additionally, Gellene said these students have completed approximately half of the prerequisites required to apply to these schools, and the students participate in other activities that show they are committed to a health career. Akash Desai, a first year medical student from Austin and Sayers’s mentor, said he volunteered to be a mentor because he wishes he had a mentor when he applied for medical school. “I just want to help somebody from Tech and hopefully help him get into med school,” Desai said. “They asked for volunteers, and it sounded like a cool opportunity. It’s

a good experience for undergrads to get into med school since it’s super competitive.” HSC oversees the selection of mentors, according to a handout. All mentees must enroll in the course, Seminar in Health Professions. Anna Ahmed, a second year medical student from Houston, said she looks forward to getting to know her mentee and providing advice. “I’ve been in that same position,” Ahmed said. “It would have been nice for someone to guide the way for me and grant me a real perspective of what medical school is like, so I just want to do that for my mentee.” Gellene said next year, the program aims to add additional areas of specialization next fall for students, including a mentor-mentee program in clinical lab sciences.


I would have ended up at Tech and spent my whole life here. I love Lubbock,” he said. “West Texas has a kind of beauty that you don’t readily grasp when you just drive through or fly in.” He said he feels so strongly about Tech because everyone is so friendly and truly loves Tech. He also said he likes the job

Tech faculty and administration does at doing whatever they can to accommodate students. “Once you move up in the administrative chain, everything you see is a good thing,” he said. “Every student I see is a bragging point for the university.”


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“If more students watched a little more C-SPAN and a little less MTV, it would be a much better place right now,” Cevallos said. Torres said C-SPAN is a free resource students can use for schoolwork and to gain information about a political topic of interest to them. “It has no commentary, no interruptions, no advertising just that raw coverage of what is going on in the government,” Torres said.



“If students reuse a water bottle instead of buying plastic ones, it will be cheaper for them in the long run,” Slater said. “They are helping themselves as well as the environm ent . Th e Re cyc lem an i a competition should generate more awareness for recycling on campus.”



Political science students also had the opportunity to Skype with U.S. Representative from Utah, Jason Chaffetz, during C-SPAN’s broadcast of its morning program, “Washington Journal.” The C-SPAN Bus also made a stop at the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders to speak with students from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Ricky Neville, the Southwest regional director for College Democrats of America and a junior political science major from Fair Oaks Ranch, said he watches the C-SPAN network because

of how it presents its news in a neutral way. “Anything going on with politics you get the facts,” he said. “There’s no commentary. This is all the real thing.” Neville also said the event was worth attending because it brought more awareness for the C-SPAN network. “Having the bus out here with college students walking around,” Neville said, “they can see the bus and check it out and be a little more aware and maybe turn it on once in a while.”

Students and faculty who want to participate in helping Tech during Recyclemania can attend the Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State men’s basketball game on Feb. 8. There will be pre-game activities beginning at 5 p.m. with a chance to win free Recyclemania T-shirts to students who bring in a bag of recyclable materials. During the game, there will be a table set up to

inform attendees about the goals of the Recyclemania challenge and ways to make Texas Tech a more sustainable campus. After the game, there will also be efforts to sweep and salvage all recyclable material left after the game. To make the campus more sustainable, student housing posts tips and strategies for going green on its website.




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Public relations students start volunteering at High Point Village By TAYLOR PEACE Staff Writer

Students in the public relations for nonprofit organizations class are entering their first week as volunteers for High Point Village. Jo Grant, assistant professor of practice in the College of Media and Communications, is preparing her class to work with High Point Village, a nonprofit organization that teaches and helps people with special needs. Grant said she became involved with High Point Village after becoming friends with one of the parents associated with the organization. “I have seen first hand the impact High Point Village has made on the children,” Grant said. “I have watched them gain confidence, strength, social skills and so much more.”

This semester’s class is the first class to work with High Point Village in particular. Grant said she is hoping her students will grow a passion for helping others, along with learning how to work with a nonprofit organization. “Our world is large with many different and complex layers,” Grant said. “We have many groups that need others to help them. As public relations practitioners, I hope they can learn to channel that passion into great writing and great strategy.” Grant said she is hoping this program will benefit her students by teaching them how to work as a servant for others. “It all goes back to the service,” Grant said. “Working as a servant is one of the best ways I have found to keep myself grounded and to realize what I’m truly passionate about.”

Grant said when students are first assigned to this project, some may feel nervous because it is something new and different. The best way to go about this is to be open minded, Grant said. “I told students to open your hearts and minds to the possibilities that await them,” Grant said. “I hope the students will gain compassion, service and dedication out of this.” Every student in the nonprofit class is required to participate in volunteering as a grade. Amanda Scott, a junior public relations major from Dallas, said she was nervous at first, because she has never worked with people who have special needs. “I started off being a little nervous,” Scott said, “but I’m actually really excited because I haven’t done something


like this before. It’s something brand new.” Scott said she did not want take a nonprofit PR class at first, but after a High Point Village guest speaker came and talked to the class, her mindset changed. When the presenter talked about the children at High Point Village, Scott was practically in tears, she said. “It was an eye opener, and now I am definitely looking forward to helping them out,” Scott said. Courtney Cauthen, a junior public relations major from Flower Mound, said she is also excited about the upcoming volunteer work with High Point Village. Cauthen said she is already making plans to help put together the annual talent show at High Point Village. “I work at The Roof, so I’m trying to get my boss to let us have the talent show

there,” Cauthen said. “I think it would be a perfect place to bring everyone together and let them have some fun.” Amadeo Luna, the enrichment and outreach coordinator at High Point Village, said having the students volunteer is a great help for them throughout the year. Luna said High Point Village has new experiences, especially with the students being there to help. “We benefit from having their assistance and we build great relationships with them along the way,” Luna said. “It’s a fun experience getting to navigate and work with nonprofit, especially with the population we serve. It is very fulfilling work and I think the students enjoy it as well.” Luna said some students come in with a preconception of notions that they serve or might have reservations

because they have never been exposed to people with special needs. “In the end, everyone seems to be won over by the students in our programs,” Luna said. “It’s so great to see the relationships everyone builds and maintains throughout the year.” Luna said they provide many programs for students to volunteer for. High Point Village has everything from cooking to fitness classes to reading and horticulture classes, Luna said. Luna said he is looking forward to meeting all the upcoming volunteers and to see what this semester will bring. “We try to provide them with as many opportunities as we can so they can learn and have fun while doing so,” Luna said. “It’s always fun seeing the students and our own students come together to help each other out.” ➤➤

PEGASUS fundraising for prom dresses By ATRICE LOCKETT Staff Writer

Texas Tech’s Pioneers in Education: Generations Achieving Scholarship and Unprecedented Success (PEGASUS) mentoring program is collecting prom dresses for Lubbock high school students. The goal is to have 500 dresses by Feb. 14, Amy Huff, a graduate student studying linguistics from Abilene, said. “Right now we are about 100,” she said, “so we have a long way to go.” Huff is the coordinator of the PEGASUS program and said she holds a chair on the board of the Prom Queen Committee. The Lubbock Dream Center began the prom dress donation program to inspire less fortunate girls that they are beautiful and are prom queens, Marisa Vasquez, the Compassion Ministry Coordinator of the organization, said. “The Lubbock Dream Center would like the girls to leave with something more than just a prom dress but with confidence, beauty and dreams,” Vasquez said.

The Dream Center teamed up with Communities In Schools, whose role in the program is to select the girls for the fashion show and who will receive prom dresses, Fiona May, chief program officer of Communities In Schools, said. “We help with the planning of the fashion show, collect donations but most importantly, collect the girls for the program,” May said. At the end of the program, the Prom Queen Committee hosts a fashion show, which is presented by the Dream Center. Students have the opportunity to model the dresses and pick which one they will wear at prom. “The PEGASUS program organizes to get the dresses tailored and cleaned up for the ladies to wear,” Huff said. The committee holds a prefashion show to introduce the girls to each other and prepare for the fashion show, which will be hosted March 27. Once the fashion show is over, there will be an after party where they can decide which dress they want to wear.

“There will be photos, poetry, and videos during the fashion show in order to make the girls feel happy and know their worth as they walk the cat-walk,” Vasquez said. The PEGASUS program is built around community service and holds the same values as the Lubbock Dream Program. Most members of the “Prom Queen Program” receive information from PEGASUS about education and goals, which presents them the opportunity of joining PEGASUS if they choose to attend Tech. “Last year we went to talk to them and also presented the ladies with the dresses,” Huff said. “This year we wanted to do more.” All of the participating organizations promote education. They all want the girls to seek the value of education, she said. “We’ve all been in high school once, and we all have dresses that we do not wear anymore, so why not give someone who doesn’t have it something?” she said. “This is a great opportunity for the students to give back.” ➤➤

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NEW YORK (AP) — Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011. Though he would later admit the attention embarrassed him, the moment brought back so many feelings and memories as he instructed yet another generation of young people how to effect change through song and determination — as he had done over the last seven decades as a history-sifting singer and ever-so-gentle rabble-rouser. “Be wary of great leaders,” he told The Associated Press two days after the march. “Hope that there are many, many small leaders.”

The banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage died Monday at the age of 94. Seeger’s

grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him.


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Obama shows lack of leadership in State of Union speech Andrew Gleinser a strong believer in the Constitution. The Founding Fathers created three branches of government, and a separation of powers between them, for a reason. One man imposing his will on others is exactly the kind of situation they were trying to avoid, having just broken away from the tyranny of the British government. One would think that a former constitutional law professor would be well versed in the structure of our government and why it’s important. I understand Obama is frustrated with Congress; most of the country is too. That’s why trampling on the Constitution is not political suicide for Obama, because no one likes Congress anyway. Tuesday’s address also saw Obama continue his policy of dividing Americans based on wealth. Yet again, he chastised the rich for being rich while there are millions of working class citizens struggling. Perhaps

if Obama were to work to cut taxes, cut unnecessary spending and encourage job creation rather than impede it, there would be less unemployment and more money in people’s pockets. And by encourage job creation, I’m not talking about Obama’s proposed “investments” in technology and innovation. We a l r e a d y went down that road with his 2009 stimulus package, which the Congressional Budget Office has estimated will add a total of $787 billion to the national deficit, and with little success. Solyndra is just the poster child. Obama also spoke of more college students earning degrees than ever before. This may be true, but we’re also doing so while dealing with a crippling amount of student loan debt. He paid lip service to dealing with that problem, but an actual, detailed and realistic plan would be nice to see.

There are a number of points the president made with which I take issue. For example, he mentioned the creation of 8 million new jobs. While this may be true, I highly doubt it includes the millions of jobs lost during the same time frame. Obama also mentioned we have the lowest unemployment rate in five years. This is only technically true. The unemployment rate does not include those American who have dropped out of the workforce — meaning those who have stopped looking for work. If you include those millions of Americans, the actual unemployment rate is much higher. Obama touted the fact that under Obamacare, people can no longer be dropped from their health coverage due to a preexisting condition, which is true, and a very welcome change. He just failed to mention the hordes of

What I took away from this speech overall was Obama’s pledge to bypass Congress in order to get things done.


resident Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night was, like most political speeches, filled with overused rhetoric and lofty goals. He used a great amount of language designed to evoke patriotic thoughts about traditional American ideals, language that resonates with most of his listeners. Obama talked about helping Americans out of poverty, helping children succeed, helping women earn equal pay, fixing the immigration system and helping military veterans. These are all things no one would disagree with. It’s a great way to make your speech sound really good. When I separated the style from the substance, what I found was, quite frankly, frightening. I saw a president who, frustrated with the democratic process, vowed to bypass Congress, ignore the Constitution and unilaterally impose his will through the use of executive orders. Obama spoke of Congress like a sidekick, or maybe more like a redheaded stepchild. He blamed it for basically all of the country’s problems and insisted that he must work around it in order to get things done. This scares me because I’m

Americans who lost their coverage due to Obamacare, and the millions who are seeing their premiums rise. Obama also championed the very American notion that “if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.” It just seems odd that this statement came from the same person who told business owners that they “didn’t build that.” He also spoke of protecting Americans’ right to vote. The last time I checked, no one’s right to vote is being denied, at least no one who’s supposed to be able to vote. Voter ID laws, to which Obama was likely referring, are only designed to prevent voter fraud, not suppress minority votes. The president also touted his foreign policy, which was not a smart move in my opinion, because it’s been a colossal disaster. He’s only succeeded in chasing al-Qaida around the world and abandoning Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya. I wouldn’t say that’s exactly a hallmark of his presidency. However, I will commend the president for his plan to reform the country’s surveillance programs. It’s a necessary step that must be taken to curb this

drastic overreach of governmental power. What I took away from this speech, overall, was Obama’s pledge to bypass Congress in order to get things done. This was the overriding theme of the entire night. It’s likely we’ll see more anti-Congress rhetoric and more executive orders from the president going forward. But instead of blaming Congress and attempting to act as a monarch, Obama should actually be a leader for once. A real leader would work with Congress and come up with solutions that work for everyone. Obama has previously done a good job of talking the talk when it comes to working together with Congress and Republicans, but he’s failed to walk the walk. To be fair, it is difficult to do, but it’s much more difficult when you have the “my way or the highway” attitude, as Obama has. It’s time for him to stop blaming everyone else for the country’s problems, buckle down and compromise. It’s time for him to lead instead of divide. Gleinser is The DT’s opinions editor and a first-year law student from Kingwood. ➤➤

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The past three years have been eventful for the Egyptian people. From the removal of former President Hosni Mubarak to the ousting of former Muslim Brotherhood political party leader and President Mohamed Morsi, chaos in Egypt appears to have no end in sight. Yet, on Jan. 14, the Egyptian people voted in favor of a new militarybacked constitutional referendum, according to the Washington Post. Despite the overwhelming approval of the constitution and its improvements from previous constitutions, there is still much to be desired if Egypt is to flourish as a democracy. Egypt’s Supreme Electoral Committee released the official result of the two-day referendum on Jan. 18, showing that 98.1 percent of the participants voted to approve the 2014 constitution, according to the Washington Post. The overall turnout was 38 percent, with 62 percent — many of whom are young voters — staying away from the polls. The new constitution included provisions the former constitution left out, including safeguards for women’s rights and religious freedom. Though the poll results seem to represent the public’s desire to move away from the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule, the numbers’ representation of overall Egyptian opinion is questionable. Dissent against this new constitution, primarily by Muslim Brotherhood supporters, was limited by the military. Further, staterun and private news media echoed with endorsements of the charter, rarely giving voice to its critics. Whereas banners urging Egyptians to vote in favor of the new constitution were posted freely, hanging signs opposing the constitution was considered a crime.

Though the military is at fault for responding to Muslim Brotherhood protests with the use of violence, it is important to consider the actions of Muslim Brotherhood supporters after the removal of Morsi — a move supported by millions of Egyptians, according to the The New York Times. Muslim Brotherhood protestors participated in violent activities, including torching two government facilities in Giza. The military’s decision to fight violence with more violence, however, is counterproductive. Since the fall of Mubarak, Egyptians have made no direct effort to establish a lasting democracy. Because Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood members in government solely focused on promoting radical and questionable interpretations of Islam, the seemingly democratic election of Morsi was anything but. During the election, Muslim Brotherhood party members were accused of taking advantage of and bribing many poor people to vote for them, resulting in a 52 percent approval rating for Morsi. Though the removal of Morsi by the military was overwhelmingly supported by Egyptians, the manner in which he was removed is a testament to the fact that democracy was not achieved through his presidency. Rather than leave leadership to the military, another election with new political parties should be held to finally lead the Egyptian people to democracy and unity. The youth of Egypt are the key to moving Egypt forward. The state must attract and include the youth who did not join the polls to bring Egypt back to its feet. Investing in the young people of Egypt is the country’s best bet for bringing back Egypt’s glory days, bringing people together and fixing a broken nation.

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So everyone has vices right? Mine happens to be Time magazine, yes I am aware it’s a little nerdy and sometimes it takes me a whole week just to read through it, but I love getting them. Each Sunday I open up my little mailbox and get super jazzed to reach in for Time, and two Sundays ago I was annoyed by what I saw on the cover. First of let me start by saying that I am a huge Hillary Clinton fan, when asked who I want to be like when I grow up she is my first answer, well besides the cheating husband thing. However, when I saw that her possible run for president was the cover story of this weeks’ Time I became instantly frustrated. I am picking on Time magazine, but they are definitely not the only media outlets with the future presidential campaign making many of their headlines. The New York Times recently released a magazine with Hillary’s face embed-

the 2016 election is irresponsible, I think it is feeding the current ideology that Americans have about elections. As a country, we tend to spread out our election season, making it not only excruciating for the public, but also very costly. According to an online source called Open Secrets, well over two billion dollars were spent on the last presidential election by Obama and Romney alone. I am not sure it takes that much money to get a good understanding of who the candidates are and cast a well- educated vote. Presidential elections in America are inefficient in terms of time and money, and are a major distraction for the politicians themselves. I am going to throw out a pretty crazy idea here, but what if politicians remained focus on what their true job is, which is providing for the American people, rather than getting prepared for an election that won’t happen for two years. As American citizens we should be frustrated and angered by the fact that so much of our politicians’

time and energy is spent planning ways to beat their future opponent instead of drafting new policies, compromising with one another and ultimately running this country. The politicians are not completely to blame however, like previously mentioned the media is responsible for creating an unneeded buzz about the presidential elections two years in advance as well. We would be much better off if the elections did not become a topic of discussion until much closer to November 2016. Until then why don’t we open up the floor to discussion about current issues that desperately need to be addressed, such as the newly passed budget, the all-important debt ceiling, health care, foreign policy and the many pressing social issues? Let’s spend our time working with the current president instead of trying to hypothesize who the next one will be. So, Time magazine has let me down. However, I will continue to subscribe because I just can’t help myself.

Random acts of violence becoming societal norm By JOANN ROW

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Two weeks ago at a Florida theater, a man was shot to death for texting during a movie. There seems to be an ongoing trend of public displays of violence and rage throughout not only the world but our neighboring cities as well. These acts of aggression can stem from sociopaths with mental disorders, such as the individuals who go on massive killing sprees in public places, or even a seemingly regular person who allows their rage to take over. It’s easy to grow numb to these tragic events when there is a constant flow of violence streamed through our news pages. Sadly, most of these news stories



ded in a picture of a moon. Their cover story was about the “universe” of Hillary, and all the people who will be assisting her to get the win in 2016. Every news channel you flip to is mentioning something, whether it be the chances for any Democrat to triumph of Hilary in the primaries, or the damage Chris Christie’s little mishap will cause for his run to the white house, it seems to be everywhere. So instead of talking about the 130,000 civilians that died in Syria due to a violent civil war, let’s talk about an election that is two years away. I would understand if there was currently a lack of pressing news, but look around, breaking new stories are everywhere! American Olympians are entering Russia fearing a terrorist attack, multiple shootings have occurred in the last few months, Edward Snowden has been granted permanent asylum in Russia, the NSA is under severe scrutiny, and let’s face it, someone should be reporting on how freezing cold it is! Not only do I think reporting about

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no longer make it onto the front page. Chad Oulson and his wife attended the Grove 16 Theater in Florida. Oulson was texting during the showing of “Lone Survivor.” The man sitting in front of Oulson, Curtis Reeves, asked Oulson to stop texting. Oulson didn’t comply. The verbal exchange between Oulson and Reeves quickly escalated to physical aggression … or what Reeve’s attorney claims as aggression. Oulson had thrown popcorn at Reeves. According to Reeve’s attorney, Oulson throwing popcorn at Reeves proved that Oulson was the aggressor. By this theory, that would mean Reeve’s had no choice but to shoot Oulson during the movie, killing Oulson and injuring his wife.

The person Oulson was texting was his daughter’s babysitter. Reeve’s attorney justifies the killing by claiming self-defense. Throwing popcorn is apparently a reason to be shot. If Reeve’s attorney can use throwing popcorn as reason for self-defense, is this going to become the societal norm? There is a reoccurring trend of random acts of violence happening worldwide. The first U.S. public shooting I can remember is the Columbine High School massacre. At the age of 10, I recall thinking that was a rare occurrence. Nothing like that could possibly happen again. It was almost as if we didn’t have time to process that tragedy before the Santana High School shooting took place two years later. 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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Then came a slew of ongoing tragedies from Virginia Tech, Aurora shooting, Red lake massacre and the most heart wrenching of all, Sandy Hook Elementary School. The events listed above were circulated throughout news medias for weeks but there are just as devastating events that don’t always catch wind. The rise of random acts of violence doesn’t seem to be pausing anytime soon and I used to wonder, “Why does this keep happening?” As I read about the gross number of deaths involved in random shootings, such as the Florida incident, I’m slowly growing numb to acts of violence published on the news. News stories about war, shootings, stabbings and beatings are almost inescapable. 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 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.


Lady Raiders sign players The Texas Tech women’s basketball team revealed on Tuesday that they have added two new players, Paige Parliament and Rayven Brooks, to the 2014-2015 season roster. Parliament attended Abilene Christian during the 2012-2013 season and afterwards enrolled at Tech as a walk-on. She has been on the Lady Raider practice squad since midfall and will

be eligible to play next season. Coach Candi Whitaker said Parliament will be a valuable addition to the team. “Paige is a great player and has been a huge help to use during this season,” Whitaker said. “She adds more depth to the forward position and will be another fun player to watch next season.” Parliament helped Brock High School win three consecutive

Texas Class 2A State Championships and averaged 12.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game her senior year, according to a Tech Athletics news release. Brooks transferred to Tech earlier this month after attending Chipola Junior College in Florida. Brooks was an NJCAA AllAmerican for Chipola last season and led them to a 27-7 record. She averaged 15 points and eight re-

bounds a game while shooting 38.1 percent from three-point range. Whitaker said she is looking forward to having Brooks play for her next season. “We are very excited to have Rayven as a Lady Raider,” Whitaker said. “She brings a new dynamic to our team and is a unique talent. We look forward to seeing her put on that uniform next season.” ➤➤

Tech volleyball team hires director of operations Tech coach Don Flora announced Tuesday that Jennah DeVries was hired as the new director of volleyball operations. Flora said he believes DeVries will have an immediate impact on the programbecausesheunderstandswherethe program wants to be in the near future. “Jennah is someone who brings a broad set of skills that add and complement our current staff tremendously,” he said. “She is a person who carries

herself well in many settings and knows the focus of this program to be an elite NCAA volleyball program. We are looking forward to having Jennah join the Red Raider volleyball family soon.” The Sedalia, Colo. native played at the collegiate level for New Mexico State from 2008 to 2011 and played under Flora when she was an assistant coach for the Aggies from 2009 to 2010. DeVries said she is thrilled for the opportunityandlooksforwardtohelping

the program move in the right direction. “I am really excited,” she said. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Red Raider family. I have a passion for volleyball, so I’m excited to share my knowledge and to be a positive influence on this team and the coaching staff. I’m looking forward to getting to Lubbock soon and help make this program more successful.” DeVries had a successful playing career at New Mexico State; she was a

three-time All-WAC selection during her four seasons as the Aggies’ starting setter where she dished 4,052 career assists, fourth most in program history, according to a Tech news release. As direc tor of operations, DeVries will be in charge of dayto-day operations for the Red Raiders, including team travel, video oversight, housing, equipment and various other business functions.

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Tech loses third straight, fall to 2-6 in conference

The Texas Tech men’s basketball team lost its third straight Big 12 Conference game to the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan. The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 10-11 overall and 2-6 in conference play. The Wildcats snapped a two-game losing streak, improving to 15-6 overall with a 5-3 record in the Big 12. Tech had a season low 20 points at half and was held to 19-56 (33.9 percent) shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have now lost five straight games in Manhattan and Tech coach Tubby Smith fell to 3-7 all-time against Kansas State coach Bruce Weber. Senior forward Jaye Crockett led the Red Raiders offensively with 15 pointstogoalongwithsevenrebounds.

Although Tech was down by 12 at half and trailed by as many as 14, the Red Raiders cut the lead to 1 with 6:51 left to play. Kansas State continued its streak of playing well at home this season, improving to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in conference in games played in Bramlage Coliseum. Sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs came off the bench and was second on the team in scoring with 14 points. Hannahs was perfect from the free-throw line and extended his streak to 26 straight, making 40 of his last 41 attempts. The Red Raiders will try to avoid their fourth straight loss in a game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against Texas Christian in the United Spirit Arena.



Drug-testing in place for Sochi Olympics LONDON (AP) — Go ahead — just try to get away with it. If you’re willing to take the risk, you’ll pay the price. That’s the challenge laid down to drug cheats thinking they can dope their way to success at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. International Olympic and antidoping officials are implementing the toughest drug-testing program inWinter Games history, using intelligence to target athletes and events considered most at risk. Authorities are focusing their efforts on weeding out dopers through rigorous pre-games and pre-competition tests. Armed with an improved scientific method that can detect drug use going back months rather than days, the International Olympic Committee will conduct a record number of tests. Urine and blood samples will be stored for eight years for retroactive testing, providing further deterrence to anyone thinking they can avoid being caught. “I think it would be stupid to try to cheat,” IOC medical director Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press. “If there are any doping cases in Sochi, some of them may be because athletes are being stupid.” The Russian doping lab, which had faced possible suspension by theWorld Anti-Doping Agency for inadequate procedures,hasbeenfullyaccreditedfor

thegamesandwillbeanalyzingsamples around the clock. The Winter Olympics have produced only a small number of positive tests over the years as they involve far fewer athletes than the Summer Games and fewer sports with a record of doping. Olympic officials hope any cheats will have been screened out already through extensive out-of-competition testing carried out around the globe in the months, weeks and days leading up to the games. Don’t think, though, that nobody’s cheating or that Sochi will be doping-free. “You’d be foolish to write off the Winter Games as having any lesser risk,” said Andy Parkinson, chief executive of Britain’s national antidoping agency. The IOC plans to carry out 2,453 tests in Sochi, including 1,269 precompetition controls. That’s a 57 percentincreaseinpre-gamestestsfrom the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. The majority of the 1,184 incompetition tests will be done in sports like cross-country skiing and biathlon, endurance events with a history of blood doping and EPO use. About 20 percent of the doping controls will be blood tests. Much of the testing will be based on intelligence gathered from law-enforcement agencies, whistle-

blowers and previous suspicious blood level results. The testing program begins on Jan. 30, the day the athletes village opens. From then until the close of

the games on Feb. 23, Olympic athletes can be tested at any time and at any place, including training sites anywhere in the world. The games open on Feb. 7.

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