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Handlers: Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter PUNXSUTAWNeY, Pa. (AP) — emerging from his lair on Super bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn’t predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter. Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog was roused from slumber at 7:28 a.m. Sunday and, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, directed handler bill Deeley to a scroll that contained the prediction — along with a Super bowl reference. As usual, thousands of fans turned out on Groundhog Day to see the furry rodent, the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather.

Chairman of NJ panel on lane closings defends role TReNTON, N.J. (AP) — The chairman of a New Jersey legislative committee looking into the role Gov. Chris Christie’s administration played in an apparently politically motivated traffic jam is defending his role after criticism from a Christie ally. Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski said Sunday on CbS’ “Face the Nation” that he has not prejudged the case, but he does have doubts about the timeline the Republican governor has given about what he knew and when. Also on the show, former New York City Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioned Wisniewski’s role, saying he has his mind made up already. Giuliani says he shouldn’t be running the investigation.

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seahawks beat broncos 43-8 in super bowl eAST RUTHeRFORD, N.J. (AP) — Defense wins championships, and the NFL has not seen a defense like Seattle’s in a long time. The Seahawks won their first Super bowl title Sunday night in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver broncos 43-8. That relentless defense, the NFL’s stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history. Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good for Denver, and that was true in all areas. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout. Punctuating Seattle’s dominance were a 69-yard interception return touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith to make it 22-0, and Percy Harvin’s sensational 87-yard kickoff runback to open the second half.

Smith was the game’s MVP. When the Seahawks, up by 29 points, forced a Denver punt early in the third quarter, the 12th Man — and there were legions of them in MetLife Stadium — began chanting “L-O-b, L-O-b.” As in Legion of boom, the Seahawks hard-hitting secondary, part of young team with an average age of 26 years, 138 days. “This is an amazing team. Took us four years to get to this point but they never have taken a step sideways,” coach Pete Carroll said. “These guys would not take anything but winning this ballgame.” The loss by the broncos again raised questions about Manning’s ability to win the biggest games. He is 11-12 in the postseason, 1-2 in Super bowls. He never looked comfortable against a defense some will begin comparing to the 1985 bears and 2000 Ravens — other NFL champions who had runaway Super bowl victories. Seattle forced four turnovers; Denver

had 26 all season. The Seahawks looked comfortable and at ease, and not just their defense, which lost All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman to a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. Russell Wilson, who has an NFL-record 28 wins in his first two pro seasons, including playoffs, had a 23-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse late in the third quarter to make it 36-0. Wilson also hit Doug baldwin for a 10yard score in the final period in what had become one of the most lopsided Super bowls. For the fifth time in six meetings between the NFL’s No. 1 offense and defense, the D dominated. “We been relentless all season,” Wilson said. “Having that mentality of having a championship day every day. At the end of the day, you want to play your best football and that is what we did today.” Denver fell to 2-5 in Super bowls, and by the end many of Manning’s passes

resembled the “ducks” Sherman said the All-Pro quarterback sometimes threw. The victory was particularly sweet for Carroll, who was fired in 1994 by the Jets, led the Patriots for three seasons and again was canned. After a short stint out of coaching, he took over at Southern California and won two national titles. but he always felt there was unfinished business in the NFL. Carroll finished that business by lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, four years after taking charge in Seattle and eight years after the Seahawks lost in their only previous Super bowl to Pittsburgh. No Super bowl had been played outdoors in a cold-weather city before — not that the big Apple was anything close to frozen Sunday, with a 49-degree temperature at kickoff. And no Super bowl has started more bizarrely. SEAHAWKS continued on Page 6 ➤➤

Lubbock may see wintry mix again Thursday by DIEgO gAyTAn Staff Writer

Snow began to fall upon Lubbock and covered the Texas Tech campus in white Saturday night, the eve of the long-awaited Super bowl game. National Weather Service meteorologist brad Charboneau said Monday would see little to no snowfall in the Lubbock area. “We might see more (Monday) night from a different system,” Charbeneau said, “but (Monday) should be a break from the snow.” Lubbock temperatures reached a low of 16 degrees and high of 24 degrees in the afternoon Sunday, according to the

National Weather Service. “The accumulating snow is done with — at least in Lubbock,” he said. “The worst is over at least for Sunday.” There is a 30 percent chance of snow on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Although Lubbock received light snowfall, weather conditions still affected driving conditions in areas close to Lubbock. Charboneau said the Dickens County area was highly affected by the snowfall, and the Texas Department of Transportation discouraged travel through the area before they cleared the snow covering the roads. SNOW continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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The top trombonists in the nation flocked to Texas Tech over the weekend to participate in the 11th Annual big 12 Trombone Conference. The conference began Friday and included workshops held by some of the biggest names on the trombone scene. Along with the workshops, students were also able to try out new instruments, listen to professional performances and learn new trombone techniques from each other. The three-day conference took place at the Tech School of Music and was hosted by Iota Tau Alpha, a trombone service fraternity, and James T. Decker, assistant trombone professor. Decker was not only hosting the conference, but also performing in it. He performed in the final concert Sunday evening and said the conference was a great success overall. before the feature performance on Saturday, he was thankful for those who came to par-

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ticipate and those who came just to watch. “Thank you for coming to support the performance and conference,” Decker said to the audience. A group of Tech trombonists said the conference was enjoyable and informative, Juan bautista, a freshman music education and performance major from Katy, said. “The conference includes colleges from all over the nation,” he said. “Colorado State University is here. There are even a couple of high schools here. We all just get to learn from each other. It’s really interesting.” Kurt Zotz, a junior music education major from San Antonio, and elijah Trevino, a freshman music education and pre-nursing major from Alamo, both said the conference was an incredible experience. “We get to listen and learn from guest instructors and get to participate in master classes,” Zotz said. “We get to learn some trombone basics and music ideas. It’s really a great opportunity.”

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TEDx conference at Texas Tech By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer

Today Tango Camarata Concert Time: 8:00 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Come out and listen to tango music for free. “Cultural Exchange with Asia” From 2013 to 2014 Time: 11:30 a.m. Where: McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center So, what is it? Learn about how Asian Americans celebrate the Lunar New Year in the United States.

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Know Your Rights Week: OffCampus Housing Fair Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: Student Union Building So, what is it? Get information and free giveaways from apartments taking new owners for the 2014-2015 school year. A How-To Workshop for Submitting Your Proposal Time: 12:00 p.m. Where: TLPD University Library So, what is it? Free workshop about how to submit a proposal in your workplace or at school. George Winston Benefit Piano Concert Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Award winning George Winston will be performing at a benefit concert for the Texas Tech School of Music and South Plains Food Bank.

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Texas Tech students and administration will be hosting innovative thinkers Feb. 8, at the Mark and Becky Lanier Professional Development Center as a part of the Tech TEDx conference, according to a Tech news release. A TEDx conference is an independently hosted conference, sponsored by the TED organization, Timothy Hayes, senior director of leadership initiatives at the Tech Health Sciences Center, and producer of the Tech TEDx conference, said. “The whole idea that is behind TEDx events is to bring people together to share different ideas about different interests,” he said, “and to provide an opportunity at the university level to highlight some of the research that’s going on.” Tech administration wanted to support this movement to both join other university administrations all over the world who have been hosting TEDx events, he said, as well as to gain the opportunity to tap into the international network that exists between those involved in the TED community. Planning for this event was neither a short, nor an easy task, he said. “It was a long process,” he said.

“We initially started gathering volunteers from Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center just to determine what it takes to put on an event like this.” After gathering volunteers, and presenting the idea to the Tech officials, the committee that was formed to bring the TEDx conference to Tech had to sign a contract with the TED organization to commit to holding this event, find a location to hold the event, come up with ideas for graphic elements and sets, find speakers, put together the website and gather more volunteers, he said. Speakers were able to apply for a spot in the conference online, he said, then committees looked over their applications and video samples to decide which speakers would fit best in the conference. “We also had to look at the topics and see if we thought it’s something that would work well as a TED talk,” he said. “TED talks are limited in length and the content is more focused on ideas, innovation and new things, so we were looking for how the interest of the individual speakers fit with our TED talks.” The conference is open to the community, he said, but both the speakers and those attending the conference have caused the conference to take a more student-focused path.

Jessica Haseltine, Tech school of law reference assistant and TEDx event logistics coordinator, said she is really looking forward to the ideas being shared between those that are attending the conference. “The biggest thing for me that TEDx can do for Texas Tech is to bring people from all over the community into one room to talk to each other,” she said. “We’ve got speakers from all over, and being able to have so many students, faculty and community members hearing ideas from all different areas and walks of life, and being able to hear it together and talk to each other during the breaks, I think that’s going to be the biggest benefit for Texas Tech.” She said she hopes this conference will help students realize the overlap that can occur between fields. Students often graduate with one major and feel they need to stick to that career path for the rest of their life, she said. “Sometimes it’s easy when you’re majoring in a field to get caught up in only what’s in that field,” she said, “and students who get stuck there stay stuck there, even after they go out to the rest of the world and start their careers, and I think this can put students on a broader path even before they get their degree.” Hayes said he has a similar hope

for the conference. The innovation presented at the TEDx conference doesn’t have to be confined only to the field it originated from, he said. “One of the things that I really like about TED talks is you can watch something that seems completely irrelevant to your area of interest, but there is an idea that somebody presents that directly relates to something you’re trying to do, and helps you to look at your own projects in a different way,” he said. “What I want more than anything is for people to walk away with new ideas that they can apply to their own lives.” The theme of the event is open skies open minds, he said, and was kept broad to allow for a lot of different people to come speak at the conference and share many different ideas. Hayes said he hopes this conference will become an annual event at Tech, just as it has at other universities that have hosted TEDx conferences. “Most of this first event has been planned by faculty and staff with quite a bit of student involvement,” he said, “but we’d like it to become a part of the way students are approaching sharing ideas at the university.”

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“They got upwards to ten inches of snow across most of the county,” Charboneau said. Areas southeast of Lubbock received six to eight inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of Lubbock received as much as two inches of snow. Crews for the Texas Department of Transportation began to clear roads in the Lubbock district early Sunday morning, according to a release from the Texas Department of Transportation. Sunday’s snowfall did not seem to affect some students at Tech. Nathaniel Lunod, a freshman mechanical engineering major from El Paso, said he thought his experience of living in Alaska prepared him for any winter weather conditions. “It made it hard for me to start my car and defrost it, but since I lived in Alaska for three years it was easy for me to get around,” Lunod said. Lunod even found the snow

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conditions to be preferable over other weather conditions Lubbock experiences. “I’m fine with it,” he said. “I actually prefer it to the sun and the heat.” Darcel Lopez, a junior special education major from San Antonio, said she also did not regard the snow as a deterrent for her plans on Sunday. “As long as the library is

open, I’m good,” she said. Nikia Trisko, a freshman animal science major from Austin, said she thought the winter weather on Sunday was something she was already used to. “It’s not really ice outside and it’s not too cold,” she said. “It’s nice. It’s really pretty, like the untouched snow, but I’ve seen it already.”

ing night included a performance by Colorado State University and Baylor University along with quartets from West Texas A&M University, Hardin Simmons University and Northside University. Tech faculty had a chance to perform and showcase their skills. Larry Zalkind and the Maniacal 4 gave the feature performance of the conference Saturday evening. The Hemmle Recital Hall hosted a full house for Zalkind’s performance. Zalkind is the head trombonist of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. One of the themes of the performance was showcasing the unique, lyrical quality of the trombone, he said. Zalkind said he wanted to convey the diversity of the trombone and how pieces can be beautifully

performed on the trombone even if they were not originally written for it. “We don’t often have that classical music to play for trombone solos,” he said. “Mozart seemed to know the lyrical qualities of the trombone, but didn’t really showcase them. The trombone really is an amazing solo instrument.” Zalkind performed several pieces including Trombonology, a 1930s swing piece by Tommy Dorsey and two pieces by early trombone composer Fritz Kreisler. In regards to the entire conference, Zalkind was very grateful to be a part of the event. “Thanks to Texas Tech for an amazing event,” Zalkind said during the beginning of his performance. “It was a great experience being here.”

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — When 18-year-old Ayat al-Akhras blew herself up outside a busy Jerusalem supermarket in 2002, killing two Israelis, her grieving parents were unable to bury her and say their final goodbyes because Israel refused to send her remains home. More than a decade later, after appeals from human rights groups, Israel is handing over some 30 bodies of Palestinian assailants, including that of al-Akhras, enabling her family to arrange a funeral. Israel has returned the remains of Palestinian attackers from time to time during the decades of conflict, sometimes as part of prisoner swaps, but the current round involves the most recent suicide bombers and gunmen and has revived painful memories for families and friends of some of the victims. In the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the teenage bomber’s parents,

Mohammed and Khadra al-Akhras, expect an easing of their grief. “The pain will end,” said Mohammed al-Akhras, 67, who chainsmoked while he talked and rested his hands — gnarled from years of manual labor — on top of the cane he uses to walk with. “At any time during the day, during the night, we can go and visit her,” he added. In Israel, the return of the remains of attackers from the second Palestinian uprising a decade ago has provoked some anger. “Those who killed civilians should be treated like people who committed war crimes,” said Meir Indor, head of Almagor, a group that speaks for victims of attacks by militants. “Eichmann’s body was not given back,” he added, referring to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi who was executed by Israel in 1962 for his role as one of the architects of the Holocaust.

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Engineers prepare for Concrete Canoe Competition By AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer

With the right design, students can make concrete float in water. A Styrofoam mold in the middle of the structures and materials laboratory in the Civil Engineering building is coated in the cement mixture. Students smooth out the material, slathering every inch of the foam to ensure complete coverage. In preparation for the April 25 and 26 competitions, the Texas Tech chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers gathered at 8 a.m. Saturday morning for placement day, the beginning of work on a canoe made predominantly of concrete. The Concrete Canoe Competition allows for interactive, real-world application of numerous subjects learned in engineering classrooms, according to the ASCE website. Co-captains Casey Ramsey, a senior civil engineering major from Austin, and Tyson Stagner, a senior civil engineering major from San Francisco, have both competed in the competition for several years each. “After all the testing and development for the concrete,”

Stagner said, “today’s placement is kind of the penultimate event.” This year marks the second time Matthew Frazell, a senior civil engineering major from Plano, has participated in the competition. During placement day, Frazell said his job was to direct his team members on how to place the concrete on the canoe itself. “I did it last year just to have some fun and have something to put on my resume,” he said. “It ended up being fun and such a good experience, I wanted to do it again.” Two of Frazell’s favorite parts of the concrete canoe competition include seeing the finished product and the race itself. A team of 10, composed of no more than five males and five females, can compete in the race portion, Stagner said. The canoe holds four people at a time, and the race is divided into five parts: men’s sprint, men’s endurance, women’s sprint, women’s endurance and the co-ed sprint. The competition includes more than just a race, however. Ramsey said it is a four-part competition with each section weighing 25 percent. Aesthetics, a professional design report, an

oral presentation and the actual competition against 15 teams all determine the final score, according to the ASCE website. Because of small errors, the team placed fourth overall last year and hopes to make up for the loss this time, Ramsey said. Last year, The University of Texas at Tyler had such a close time to Tech’s team a rematch occurred. Stagner said the team lost by one half of a second, so Tyler is this year’s team to beat. “We made the canoe lighter and smaller,” Ramsey said. “Since we changed the shape, it might be faster. We’ve come up with innovations in our construction to make everything a little easier and better.” On the first day of competition, students present the canoe and its aesthetics, Stagner said. The team then presents the oral section of the competition, and judges ask the team about the written technical report. The last day is the race. This year’s canoe features the theme of “The Loo” and has ducks and other items attached so it resembles a bathtub. Frazell said most teams have serious themes, so the theme intends to be a light-hearted

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MATT FRAZELL, A senior civil engineering major from Plano, Jonathan Hampton, a civil engineering major from Wheeler, and Angie Fealy, a civil engineering major from Vancouver, Canada, work on forming the body of a concrete canoe Saturday inside the Structures Lab.

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Immigrant reform might raise price of citizenship EDINBURG (AP) — Hilda Vasquez squirreled away the money for her U.S. citizenship application by selling batches of homemade tamales at South Texas offices. Carmen Zalazar picked up extra babysitting jobs at night after caring for kids all day in Houston. The women scrimped and saved for months to pay for the $680 application, but for other applicants in the future, it might not be enough. As President Barack Obama renews his quest for immigration reform, some proposals would impose fines of $2,000 on top of application fees, making the financial hurdles much taller for

people who are here illegally. “You have more rights when you are a citizen, like to vote,” said Zalazar, a legal resident. As soon as she started a citizenship class, “I started to save because I knew otherwise it won’t be possible.” The struggle is familiar to millions of immigrants. A 2012 survey by the Pew Hispanic Center showed that only 46 percent of Hispanic immigrants eligible to become citizens had done so. The top two reasons were lack of English skills and lack of money to pay for the application. Manuel Enrique Angel made learning English his first priority upon arriving in Houston from his

native El Salvador two years ago. He now speaks English clearly and deliberately and plans to apply for citizenship as soon as he becomes eligible later this year. Trained as a lawyer in El Salvador, the 28-year-old works as a cook in a Houston burger joint. His wife, an American citizen, is a hair stylist. He estimates it will take him up to eight months to save the money for the citizenship application. “It’s really hard when you have to pay rent around $600, when you have car notes for $300 and $500,” Angel said. Republican supporters of the proposed fines say penalties are

necessary to defend against any appearance that creating a pathway to citizenship amounts to amnesty. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington-based think tank that supports tighter immigration controls, said if immigrants who are in the country illegally are allowed to seek citizenship, they should have to pay the costs, which will increase if millions of applications need to be processed. However, he said, the costs should not be so high that people can’t afford them. “It’s stupid to price people out of the market,” Krikorian said.

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Lane: Voter ID laws prevent fraud, do not suppress voting rights Reynolds: Voter identification laws threaten democratic process

photo ID is to cut down on the amount of voter fraud occurring during elections. While the amount of voter fraud isn’t statistically significant enough to swing an election one way or another, it is still an illegal act practiced by those who wish to influence election results as much as possible. Some of the different forms of voter fraud that take place include an individual voting more than once, using a deceased person’s identity or going out and voting in place of someone who maybe didn’t plan on voting anyway. As stated above, the total amount of votes that candidates accumulate this way isn’t high enough to have had significant impact on election outcomes. However, if voter fraud isn’t taken control of now, then we may see an election in which a candidate wins an election they would have otherwise lost. Those who oppose this requirement believe it is a way for states to control voters in a way that best fits their elected officials’ desires. For some reason, they must think it’s expensive or difficult to get a photo ID. Some examples of valid types

Law requires for us to provide a photo ID for so many other day-to-day operations that it doesn’t make sense as to why anyone could argue against states requiring a person to provide one before they can vote.

of ID a voter can use include a driver’s license or a state appointed identification card. It is laughable that people would drive themselves to a voting booth and then complain about being required to show their driver’s license before being allowed to vote. It’s also ironic that the same type of person who would illegally operate a vehicle without a proper license is probably the same type of person who would illegally vote multiple times in the same election. M o s t states requiring a photo ID before being allowed to vote, if not all of them, offer the provision of identification cards free of charge. This is why it’s always been confusing to me as to why those who oppose the use of photo ID in order to vote argue that doing so is a way to prevent lower-income individuals from voting. The reason this is an argument generally made by left-of-center voters is because they know that low-income voters are more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate. Law requires for us to provide a photo ID for so many other day-to-day operations that it doesn’t make sense as to why anyone could argue against states requiring a person to provide one before they can vote. You can’t buy alcohol or tickets to an R-rated movie without first providing a piece of identification with a picture of your face on it, so what’s wrong with asking the same of people who want to vote?

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’ve written before in The Daily Toreador about some of the aspects of the electoral system in the United States in need of improvement. One aspect of this system Republicans seem to think is in dire need of reform is the identification requirements to vote in state and federal elections. Upon looking at these voter ID laws and the motivation behind them, however, it is clear they are nothing more than a mechanism to disenfranchise millions of young, elderly, poor and minority American voters. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 33 states introduced a total of 92 bills as of 2013 to make the voting process more restrictive in a variety of ways. Eight of those states passed restrictive voting laws, and seven states still have active and pending bills under discussion in their legislatures. These restrictive voting laws, according to the BCJ, included bills requiring state-issued photo IDs to vote, slashing the early-voting period utilized by many hard-working Americans who can’t take off Election Day, abolishing Election-Day registration and repealing pre-registration for 17- and 18-year-olds. Fifteen states introduced bills that would require proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate to register to vote. Texas and Florida even passed laws restricting voter registration drives, which in turn caused most of those drives to stop. Republican lawmakers have championed these restrictive voting laws in states across the nation as a means of combating voter fraud, ensuring people are who they say they are at the ballot box. Sounds like a noble and worthwhile idea, right?

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Well, it would if it weren’t for the fact that, according to Tova Wang, an election law expert from the Century Foundation, you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to discover an incident of polling place impersonation. In fact, between 2000 and 2012, according to an exhaustive analysis by News21, there are 10 documented cases of voter impersonation fraud at the ballot box. That’s one out of every 15 million votes. Thus, when Republicans say voter fraud is a huge problem in the American political system and use such arguments to justify their highlyrestrictive and marginalizing voter ID laws, they are either highly misinformed or trying to deliberately mislead the American body into supporting laws that disenfranchise opposition voters. Considering the ration of fraudulent votes to legitimate ones, it is clear what voter ID laws will not impact, which is polling place fraud. What they will impact is voter turnout for a large number of very specific groups of people. According to the BCJ, about 21 million citizens who are eligible to vote don’t have a government-issued photo ID as of 2012. According to protectingthevote.com, 18 percent of all Americans aged 18 to 24, 19 percent of Latinos, 25 percent of African-Americans and 20 percent of Asian-Americans do not have photo IDs that satisfy the criteria outlined by the new photo ID laws, with numerous laws that have already been passed further making the process of registering to vote difficult. Moreover, the new voter ID laws

disproportionately affect financially poor Americans. Take Texas for example, where a 2013 study run by the Advancement Project found that more than one in 10 registered voters lack a state-issued ID. Getting a driver’s license in this state costs $25, a birth certificate costs $22 and a passport costs $110. That, of course, doesn’t take into account the amount of time it takes to fill out the paperwork to acquire any of these forms of ID or to wait for them to arrive. The study also found that 127 of the 254 counties in the state lack IDissuing facilities. If time is m o n e y, w h y should working citizens and even most college students be expected to sacrifice it to jump through the numerous hurdles to acquire a state-issued ID because of a problem that doesn’t exist? The wave of new voter ID laws that have been introduced and passed in recent years is really quite alarming and a threat to the American democratic system. These restrictive laws will not and do not make a significant difference in protecting against voter fraud, as voter fraud is practically nonexistent in the American political system. Even if they do prevent another 10 voter impersonations in the next decade, they could potentially deter millions more voters from exercising their voting rights. The new voter ID laws are nothing more than conservatives trying to manipulate the American democratic process for partisan means, keeping millions of Americans from having their voices heard. That is the true fraud in this situation.

Voter fraud is practically nonexistent in the American political system.

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ay back in 1965, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a piece of federal legislation known as the Voting Rights Act, which would forbid the discrimination of voters based on race or ethnicity. This piece of legislation was meant to enforce voting rights guaranteed to citizens by the Constitution’s Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Throughout the years, however, the law has been revised so many times that many now consider the extent of it to be unconstitutional. One issue t h a t ’s b e e n discussed a lot lately is whether or not states should be allowed to require citizens to provide a piece of photographic identification before they can vote. While this seems like a reasonable requirement to ask of people before they’re allowed to vote, many who identify with left-of-center ideals think this is a way to suppress minorities and low-income families. The reason many states are beginning to require voters to provide some sort of official

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The Olympics have been a positive experience in the international community since they began in 1896. They are an event where nations set aside their differences and come together in the spirit of athleticism and competition. However, that ability to set aside differences is being threatened by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The Washington Post reported that Islamic radical groups have issued threats to attack the Olympics, leaving the international community worried about the safety of spectators and athletes visiting Russia for the games. To make sure that the event goes without a hitch, the Washington Post reported that the FBI approached the Russian government

to share security strategies. Sadly, the Russians have been hesitant to receive aid offered from the U.S. Russian officials only allowed a dozen FBI agents to visit Sochi and refused to accept aid from the respectable FBI bomb technicians, according to the Washington Post. Ron Rubincam, the U.S.’s official FBI representative for Moscow, has stated that Russia’s lack of cooperation may be caused by diplomatic strains between the countries that were exacerbated by the Boston marathon Bombings in 2013, according to the Washington Post. Rubincam has stated that after the bombing, U.S. and Russian officials were passing the blame between each other as to whom was responsible, resulting in greater tensions manifesting itself in the strained relationship between the two governments. The Russian government may

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September 11, a day of loss and remembrance for Americans everywhere, should never be associated with a price tag. Yet the National September 11 Memorial & Museum has managed to do just that. Last Friday, to the ire of many critics, the organization set a $24 mandatory admission fee on the 9/11 Museum, according to CNN. The big question is not just why such an exorbitant price is necessary, but also why there is a price at all? The opportunity to commemorate the day and the many lives lost should come free to all. Yet the fee appears to be more geared toward profit than the greater purpose of educating future generations of the tragic moment in U.S. history. Joe Daniels, president of the organization, said in a press conference last Friday that the ticket price had been based on the 2014 annual operating budget of $63 million for the completed memorial and museum. Though it is true that the

organization does not get any federal funding, does it really need $24 per person to cover the $63 million for “daily costs, including salaries”? The adjoining outdoor 9/11 memorial has attracted 11.5 million visitors since its opening on Sept. 12, 2011, according to CNN. If the museum attracts just as many, it will rack up $276 million in two years, or $138 million annually — an amount that nearly doubles its $63 million budget. Besides the fact that the price tag puts the museum in league with the most expensive in the country, there’s the bigger issue of preventing many from visiting and learning about the tragedy. Not every family of four can afford $96 for a day at the museum. And then there’s the even bigger issue beyond the high price itself: its very existence. Though supporters of the fee are quick to point out that the memorial is free of charge, it still doesn’t make it right to charge admission to a museum that has the purpose of not only educating visitors, but also a memorial that commemorates 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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the lives lost. In that regard, it’s the same as requiring people to pay more than just their respects to a memorial. Sally Regenhard and retired Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches, both of whom lost sons who were firefighters on Sept. 11, told the Los Angeles Times that the museum “was created to tell the story of 9/11 to future generations about the worst day in American history … It was never intended to be a revenue–generating tourist attraction with a prohibitive budget and entrance fee.” There are many possible alternatives to the mandatory fee, including a suggested donation. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has a suggested admission of $25, but not a required one. If a required fee really is necessary for the September 11 museum, it could definitely be lowered from $24 to make the price at least more affordable. The museum aims to serve as an opportunity to remember an emotionally unifying, collectively felt experience of our time, and it’s wrong to put a price tag on it. Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be emailed to dailytoreador@ttu.edu or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notified. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identification and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Mass Communications. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.


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Pianist George Winston prepares for benefit concert Dylan Farrow renews Woody By TAYLOR PEACE Staff Writer

Those who feel like they have nothing left sometimes don’t realize they have people working to aid them. Grammy Award winner and solo pianist George Winston will perform at a benefit concert for South Plains Food Bank Feb. 4 in Hemmle Recital Hall. Winston has been working with food banks since 1986, he said, and enjoys doing benefit concerts for them because he knows what it is like to be out of luck and in need of a hand. “When you’re at the bottom and need essentials like food,” Winston said, “how are you going to get it without stealing it?” Since Nov. 1, food stamps have been cut across the country leaving

many families short of food. Dancing Cat Productions is asking for everyone attending the concert to bring any non-perishable food items if possible. Winston’s interest in music started when he was a young child, he said. “I mainly listened to instrumentals,” Winston said. “My main interest was the organ.” During his 20s and 30s, he started getting into the piano, he said. He would listen to Guardlie, who was best known for the Peanut Soundtracks for Charlie Brown. Winston said he loves music because it reminds him of the distinct and changing seasons of Montana. “Whether it be blues or jazz, everything was seasonal for me,” Winston said. “I would get attracted to a song because it would take me back to those

certain moments.” Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to the Friends of Music for the TTU School of Music. Michelle Roche, Winston’s booking agent, said Winston has released 13 solo piano albums. “Since 1986, George has been raising money for food banks and service organizations,” Roche said. “He will continue to do so by working with a local food bank in every tour.” Every tour market will include a canned food drive, Roche said, and all merchandise sales will be donated to the organization. Larry Rust, Winston’s tour manager, started working with Winston seven years ago. Rust said he respects Winston as a musician and believes Winston is a good person being so willing to help those who are less fortunate.

“I have a lot of respect for what George does for people and their community,” Rust said. “He really tries to give back to a lot of people.” Rust said he is also a musician. He plays the drums and writes his own lyrics, he said, but does it for fun. “I realized I didn’t want to live off mac ‘n’ cheese anymore but still wanted to be involved in the industry,” Rust said, “so I became a tour manager.” Rust said the key to happiness is finding a job you love and where you feel you are fully involved. Rust enjoys the benefit concerts and working with Winston, he said, because Winston is such a down to earth guy. “As long as I am involved in this industry,” Rust said, “I am happy.” ➤➤tpeace@dailytoreador.com

Allen molestation allegations NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her. In an open letter to The New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow recalled several events from her childhood. In a letter to op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof, she said she was moved to speak out because of Hollywood’s continued embrace of Allen. “That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,” Farrow wrote. “I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls.” Representatives for Allen and his former partner Mia Farrow didn’t return requests for comment from The

Associated Press. The Times reported that Allen declined to comment. He has long maintained his innocence. In the letter, Dylan Farrow claims that in 1992 at the family’s Connecticut home, Allen led her to a “dim, closet-like attic” and “then he sexually assaulted me.” Farrow didn’t specify Allen’s actions, but she described other abusive behavior. Farrow said Allen would have her get in bed with him and at other times “place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out.” “For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like,” Farrow said. “These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal.”


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Men’s basketball defeats TCU in close game By rex rose Staff Writer

The Texas Tech men’s basketball team snapped its three-game Big 12 Conference losing streak after defeating the Texas Christian Horned Frogs 60-54 Saturday in the United Spirit Arena. Tech coach Tubby Smith said he was pleased with the win after a game where his team didn’t shoot the ball well. “It was a good win for us,” he said. “We were able to escape today. I say escape because we shot the ball so poorly in the first half and really didn’t shoot much better in the second half. “We found a way to get a win and that’s a good sign because we’ve gone the other way also when games have been on the line like this. We haven’t been able to pull them out, but we were able to pull this one out.” The Red Raiders improved to 11-11 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12, matching their total number of wins in conference play last season. Smith said his big man, Dejan Kravic, came up huge in clutch situations. The senior center led Tech offensively with 18 points, shooting 7-10 from the field to go along with six rebounds in 32 minutes of play. “I thought Dejan’s play was very criti-

cal,” Smith said. “He got a couple and-ones where he got fouled in the act of shooting and scored — then he made his free throws. I think he was huge.” Kravic said he was more assertive after trailing by one in the first half, and the team did a good job of executing its strategy. “Just tried to be aggressive,” he said. “At the beginning, I got a turnover doing some soft plays, so I tried to be more physical in the second half. “That was the game plan — play inside out. Get it inside and if they double team, kick it out. Or when we get it inside, opposite big guy through the middle was wide open. That’s what we were looking to exploit on their defense.” Although Senior forward Jaye Crockett leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage and continued his consistent play offensively with 15 points on 6-10 shooting, the highlight from Crockett was tying his career high with five assists. Smith said Crockett set the tone offensively and the team had plenty of assists because they converted on easy buckets. “I thought Jaye’s ability to pass the ball today with five assists — he set the tone,” he said. “He’s a good all-around player. I liked that we were able to force them into turnovers and really capitalize on that. You got to have people that finish at the basket.

“We really talked about finishing around the rim and I thought for the most part, we did that today. That’s why we were able to come up with 15 assists.” Crockett said TCU’s zone defense allowed him to find his open teammates. “Guys were just flashing getting open,” he said. “The zone kind of opened things up in the middle and guys were just hitting shots once I got the ball to them.” The Red Raiders outscored TCU by seven in the second half, although they didn’t convert a single 3-pointer and finished the game 1-16 from deep. Crockett said the win was far from pretty, but Tech will have enough time time to prepare for its next game with Oklahoma State on Saturday. “That was an ugly win — it was very ugly,” he said. “We figured we would come out with more energy and it was kind of bad coming out that way. We just have to build this next week. We have some days to practice, so hopefully we can come out and play hard against our next opponent.” Although Smith said it would be nice to have another game without waiting a week, he also said the team could benefit from the break after beating TCU. “You like to hurry up and play after a good win,” he said. “We’ve got to wait another six days before we play Oklahoma State, which is a very talented team, but

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Red Raider tennis defeated by No. 10 Mississippi State By Tyler Dorner Staff Writer

On the last point of play the Texas Tech men’s tennis team fell to No. 10 Mississippi State in what head coach Tim Siegel said was a heartbreaking loss at the Don and Ethel McLeod Tennis Center. Friday afternoon on a cloudy and windy day the No. 53 Red Raiders, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, fell to a record of 2-2 to the

Bulldogs by a final score of 4-3. “This is what makes college tennis both exciting and enough to drive you crazy,” Siegel said. The match was tied up at three points and came down to the final match, which featured sophomore Hugo Dojas, who is the 65th ranked singles player in the country, and 39th ranked Malte Stropp for the Bulldogs. Dojas dropped the first set 6-5, but came back to win the second set 6-3.

Dojas began the third set down five games to two, but came storming back to tie the set at five all. After going back and forth, Dojas finally lost the tiebreaker 7-5. “It’s tough,” Siegel said. “I was thinking during the match there at the end at five all in the tiebreaker, we’d beaten Texas on the same court 8-6 in the tiebreaker and I just had this funny feeling that’s what was going to happen again.” Mississippi State players stormed the court following the victory in an emo-

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won their match 6-3. Following the doubles win, Tech started singles, winning the first two matches to bring them to 3-0. Winning one more match would have secured the win for the Red Raiders. “It’s gut wrenching to be up 3-0, and at one point, we had opportunities to win all six first sets,” Siegel said. On courts two and four, which featured Dojas, and Johann Willems respectively, both players got down early and were not able to recover to win the match, Siegel said.

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The Masked Rider Open showcased the talents of two Texas Tech athletes, but it was not the usual suspects. Redshirt sophomore hurdler Le’Tristan Pledger and sophomore pentathlete Shanice Stewart took the attention of the crowd early Friday, the first day of the meet. In the preliminaries of the 55-meter hurdles, Pledger broke the indoor school record established by former Tech athlete Katie Grimes at last year’s Masked Ride Open. Pledger said she did not break the record on accident. She had her mind focused on breaking Grimes’ record going into this meet. “I had to break the record this week,” Pledger said. The previous record was 7.67 seconds. The new record Pledger set was 7.64, but she would not stop there. Pledger came back in the semifinals hoping to break the record again, and she did. The record was now 7.59 seconds. Throughout the Athletic Training Center, many thought Pledger could break the record for a third time if she ran in the finals. Pledger did not run in the finals, and the indoor 55-meter hurdles record was not broken for a third time.

Stewart became fourth in school Saturday’s action came from history in the pentathlon after tal- many of the usual suspects. lying a total of 4,000 points. Those Junior sprinter Cierra White points helped Stewart place fifth found herself in a battle for first nationally in the event. place in the 200-meter dash with Stewart said the night before Abilene Christian’s senior sprinter she made goals for herself for ev- Reyara Thomas. ery event, but White the ultimate was not able goal was to hit to challenge 4,000 points. the school re“I am just so cord of 23.10 excited,” Stewseconds in art said. “I just the 200-mefeel so blessed, ter dash, but and I give God she was still all the glory.” able to beat After making Thomas to the 4,000-point the finish. mark, she is now All there determined to was to sepaSHANICE STEWART surpass it by a rate White PENTATHLETE large margin and Thomas TEXAS TECH TRACK sooner rather was three than later. hundredth of Coach Wes Kittley said the a second, with White finishing at performances from Pledger and 23.76 seconds and Thomas finishStewart were what allowed the ing at 23.79 seconds. Lady Raiders and Red Raiders to Senior distance runner Kenperform well throughout the meet. nedy Kithuka joined the action in The standard set by the two the 3,000-meter run. Lady Raiders gave the rest of track At the end of the run, Kithuka team an example to strive after, broke his own record with a time Kittley said. of 8:03.6 minutes. Kithuka almost “It’s almost like volleyball,” established a new facility record in Kittley said. “When you start the mile that same day, but was five off getting some momentum seconds too slow. and everybody else starts feedHe did all of this after setting a ing off of it.” facility record the day before in the

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5,000-meter run. However, the energy in the training center reached its apex in a race that did not even see Tech win, the men’s 4x400 relay. South Plains College was eventually able to pull away from Tech, but it was the effort two freshmen sprinters, Kyle Collins and Dee Paul, left on the track that had the center abuzz. South Plains College may have overtaken Tech on Paul’s leg of the relay, but the relay was still a bright sign for the future of Tech track, Kittley said. The race was Paul’s first run in the relay, he said. It was being used to help improve Paul’s conditioning and confidence, but he feels a corner has been turned by the men’s relay and they look to be a solid group by the end of the season. Kittley does not only feel that way about the men’s relay, however, he said. “A lot of people stood up and really competed better than they have all year,” Kittley said. “We had a lot of good personal bests, and a lot of people go pretty high on the (national list).” Many of the Tech athletes will look to repeat their performance from this meet, if not improve, as they prepare for the Boston University Valentine Invitational set Friday in Boston. ➤➤dhaile@dailytoreador.com

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CIERRA WHITE COMPETES in the 200 meter dash during the Masked Rider Open Saturday in the Athletic Training Center. She placed first in her heat.

Lady Raiders losing streak extended to 11 with Jayhawk win By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer

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FRESHMAN GUARD JASMINE Caston dribbles down the court during the first half of the Lady Raiders’ 70-62 loss to Kansas on Saturday.

The Texas Tech women’s basketball team lost 70-62 against Kansas Saturday afternoon in the United Spirit Arena. After falling behind by 20 points early in the second half, the Lady Raiders went on a 24-7 scoring run and eventually got within three points of the Jayhawks late in the game. Kansas hit key shots in the final minutes to hold off the comeback. Tech coach Candi Whitaker said the team was close but could not finish off Kansas. “We fought back and gave ourselves a chance,” she said. “We just couldn’t close the gap. (Kansas) had some offensive broad in the second half that really hurt us. We gave them free throws and easy baskets there at the most critical time. I felt like we missed some key layups and free throws that we needed to beat a team like Kansas.”

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The Lady Raiders’ losing streak is now extended to 11 games bringing its overall record to 6-15 and 0-10 in the Big 12 Conference. Freshman guard Minta Spears made three shots from behind the arc and scored 13 points. Spears said she liked how the team competed after being down by 20 points. “I was really proud, especially since we got down by so many points,” she said. “We are getting better and we are competing down often. It just shows you the importance of making a layup and making free throws on every play. I think we are starting to learn that.” The Jayhawks improved their overall record to 11-11 and 4-6 in the Big 12. They are seventh in the conference. Junior guard Amber Battle continued to lead the team in scoring and rebounding with 19 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double performance of the season. She also had a

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