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Red Raiders continue last week of spring practices By JACK DENSMORE

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he Texas Tech baseball team is finishing up its last preseason practices before the season opener against the Maine Black Bears at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at Rip Griffin Park. Currently, junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Warren has locked himself in as the first baseman for the team. In the 2017 season, Warren had a .182 batting average and had three runs, four hits, two doubles and four RBIs, according to Tech Athletics. He had a slugging percentage of .273 and had five putouts. However, if Tech coach Tim Tadlock needs to put someone else at first, the Red Raiders will be able to do it.

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Texas Tech freshman infielder Grant Little dives for a catch in center field on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at Dan Law Field. Tech opens its 2018 season on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

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Center for Campus Life gets students involved

Black enrollment at Tech growing at slow rate

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all backgrounds or perspectives to get involved as well. Kimberly Staff Writer Thornton, director of the Center As student involvement rates for Campus Life, said the univerincrease, Texas Tech’s Center for sity supports students who want Campus Life and the Student to create a new organization that Activities Board search for new the campus doesn’t already have. ways for students to stay active “We are happy to work with and connected with the univer- students to create that new orgasity and one another. nization,” Thornton said. “We are Tech provides here to help you get countless activities involved and here and organizations to really work with with the hopes of We are happy to work the students.” students leaving with students to create Student involvetheir comfort zone ment goes further that new organization. to meet new people than just the creand get more in- We are here to help ation or joining of volved in the com- you get involved and any club or orgahere to really work munity. nization. On occaWith the excep- with the students. sion, the university tion of Greek life may host fun, outKIMBERLY THRONTON and a few other going events such DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER as a trivia night organizations, FOR CAMPUS LIFE or a Super Bowl many clubs and services provided watch party to try by the university do not require to encourage students to interact. students to spend money. Many The Student Union Building programs, similar to Red to (SUB) has recently renovated the Black, allow students to stay third floor for students to use for involved in the community while their personal needs, or for group also being taught life skills they activities, Jon Mark Bernal, asmay use later on. sociate managing director for the From cultural clubs to leader- Student Union and Activities deship programs, the university partment, said. provides a diverse group of organizations that allows students of SEE INVOLVEMENT, PG. 5

By MATTHEW SETZEKORN Staff Writer

As of Fall 2017, white nonhispanic students make up for 55.1 percent of the Texas Tech student population, Hispanic students make up 25.3 percent, international students make up 8.3 percent and black students make up 5.9 percent. In a Board of Regents meeting on Dec. 15, Lawrence Schovanec, Tech president, said there is an increase in ethnic diversity but the majority of students are still white. While the Hispanic student population has seen a 15.7 percent increase since 1997 and the international student population

has seen a 5.1 percent increase, the black student population has seen a small 3.1 percent increase since 1997. “We have not grown that at the same rate, and that’s something we are working on now,” Schovanec said during the Board of Regents meeting when discussing the black student population at Tech. Tech has always had an issue with bringing black students on to campus. Even with the Brown v. Board of Education resulting in racial segregation in schools being ruled unconstitutional in 1954, Tech did not begin to admit black students until 1961. Jasmine Easter, a senior microbiology major from Dal-

las, said that Lubbock’s lack of social progress has a lot to do with the culture. “It wouldn’t have been safe for a black student to go to college out here at that time,” Easter said. “Because of its surrounding area, I feel it took Tech a longer time to catch up with the rest of the country, as it still does.” However, some students feel like there is progress being made on campus. The Student Government Association is hosting its annual elections in March and one subject to note is both students running for president are black students.

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Security increase based off need for extra protection, evidence By NATHAN NEEDHAM Staff Writer

Recently, Texas Tech installed security cameras in undisclosed locations as part of a continued initiative to improve security. Texas Tech Administration, Police and the Student Government Association agreed on the installation of cameras and further discussed ways to enhance campus security. With both a shooting and a bomb threat occurring on campus in the fall semester, many Tech communities wondered why the cameras were not already in place and how they can help improve security. Security improvements and initiatives on campus are presented and vetted by campus leaders. These additional improvements have continued to take place since the establishment of the university. “First, we hope to prevent by the advent of cameras, and second, we hope to prosecute events if it does not prevent them,” Kyle Bonath, chief of police for the Tech Police Department, said. “To be clear we already have operational cameras in use now, this is more of a comprehensive effort to get all parties working together.” Tragic events that have taken place on campus are not the sole reason for the additional cameras on campus, Bonath said. The turning point was a carjacking where the crime was caught on

camera, but the low-quality video of the camera did not help with the identification of the suspect. Adding security cameras to the continued security initiative allowed for campus leaders to discuss the car-theft and how to prevent it from happening again by creating a uniform way to ensure the cameras are operational. “Cameras must be approved by the Texas Tech Police Department and must serve as a security purpose,” Bonath said. “The camera is the best evidence, if it is not on camera or film it did not happen.” Eventually, Tech did identify the suspect in the carjacking but not without a loss of time and money. Bonath said he hopes to further prevent this in the future by adding license plate readers on every entry and exit of campus and further limiting entry by criminals. He also reiterated security on campus does not fall solely on the shoulders of the police or administration. Rather, it is a chain of security between police, administration, student government and the student body, he said. With the bomb threat last semester, it took three students being told about the bomb by the suspect to finally make the 911 call that dispatched police, Bonath said. “We are only as good as the public; if you see something, say something,” Bon-

ath said. Ronald Phillips, emergency management coordinator and legal counsel for Tech, expressed that security is an ever-changing process and that everyone can contribute to campus security in some way. “There has to be a continued and sustained effort to improve campus security, there is never a stopping point, these are discussions that have been going on far beyond any recent incidents,” Phillips said. Students can download an app called Rave Guardian to better protect themselves and the university, according to the SGA website. This app essentially creates a mobile “blue-light” on your phone and provides a direct connection with the Tech PD. Phillips encourages students to download the app to improve their own personal security and to assist getting information to the police department in a timely manner. With no central entry or exit point to the university it is hard to get full coverage of everything happening on a campus the size of Tech. In continuing to expand the security coverage, Tech has turned to the help of technology and collaboration between the campus community. Ideally, Bonath and Phillips see the future of Tech’s safety as a bubble of protection for all communities affiliated with the university

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and believe the first line of defense starts with students. “If you see something that kind of looks out of the ordinary, report it, it is better to know about it and go check it out than to not know about it,” Phillips said. Students can further take advantage of already instituted security measures on campus to maintain awareness and vigilance. “It is important that we remain vigilant as individuals whether student faculty or staff,” Allison Matherly, who coordinates digital engagement with Tech’s marketing and communication department in addition to maintaining TechAlert, said. TechAlert is an emergency communication system that is intended to inform the Tech community of what to do before during and after emergencies, according to the TechAlert website. Students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in TechAlert system but still are required to update their information. “A lot of times your first thought when you get a new phone number is not to go update TechAlert, but it is really important to be able to get those communication methods in a emergency,” Matherly said. “If it is going to snow and you want that call or text that tells you not to come to school, go double check your phone number is right.” Individuals who would like to enroll additional

phone numbers or update their contact information with TechAlert can at their website at emergency.ttu. edu. Enrolled members can elect which form of communication they would like to receive TechAlerts in. TechAlerts are direct emergency communications from the President’s office or the Texas Tech Police Department, according to Matherly. Alerts reach individuals through e-mail, a phone call or text message. Matherly suggests individuals enroll in multiple forms of communication even though some forms of communication are more efficient

than others; reliability and redundancy in the TechAlert system will ensure enrollees are informed. Chaining security together, the administration, police department, student government and the student body all share the task of maintaining operational security. Efficient security is linked from the eyes and ears of the students to the enforcement of the police department. “Everyone is dedicated to continuously improving campus security, from President (Lawrence) Schovanec to students, faculty and staff,” Phillips said. @NathanNeedhamDT

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Four rescued, 3 dead in crash at Grand Canyon GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital on Sunday while crews tackled difficult terrain in a very remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people. Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed under unknown circumstances on Saturday evening on the Hualapai Nation's land near

Quartermaster Canyon, by the Grand Canyon's West Rim. A witness said he saw flames and black smoke spewing from the crash site, heard explosions and saw victims who were bleeding and badly burned. "It's just horrible," witness Teddy Fujimoto said. "And those victims — she was so badly burned. It's unimaginable, the pain." Windy conditions, darkness, the remoteness of the area and the rugged terrain made it difficult to reach the helicopter's wreckage,

Hualapai Nation police Chief Francis Bradley said. Rescue crews had to be flown in, walk to the crash site and use night vision goggles to find their way around, he said. The survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital by around 2 a.m. Sunday, Bradley said. The identities and nationalities of the dead and injured weren't immediately released. National Transportation Safety Board officials were expected at the crash scene by Sunday afternoon to begin investigating what caused the chopper to go down, Bradley said. The Federal Aviation Administration also will be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

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Choices of firefighters questioned in report SAN ANTONIO (AP) — State investigators say San Antonio firefighters didn't follow best practices or even their own policies when a rescuer died after rushing into a shopping center blaze to search for victims. The State Fire Marshal's Office concluded that Scott Deem's death last May could have been prevented. The 31-year-old firefighter died after being sent to look for trapped civilians inside what turned out to be an empty gym. The San Antonio ExpressNews reported Sunday that Fire Chief Charles Hood has stood by the decision to search the gym. But he said "mistakes were made" and stressed that his department needed to learn from the state's findings. The report noted that the search-and-rescue team entered the gym without safety lines or hoses to find their way out of the pitchblack interior.


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Anxiety normal during job search By MOLLY MCLENDON Staff Writer

For upperclassmen here at Texas Tech, the spring semester can be a challenging time. Most students are overwhelmed with juggling their coursework and time spent searching for jobs. Nicole Noble, the associate director of employer relations and marketing with the Tech Career Center handles much of the organizational side that brings in employers for graduating Tech students. “I think it’s really important for people when searching for jobs to have balance in their lives,” Nobles said. “The more positive your attitude is overall, the more successful you’re going to be at

writing cover letters successfully and writing your resume well and getting interviews, then doing well in the interviews, because you’ll have a more positive outlook.” Nobel understands that graduating seniors have a lot on their plates. With their hardest classes and the job search being almost a job on its own, it’s important to stay healthy. “So I always suggest that students engage in overall wellbeing and balance in their lifestyles. Exercise, eating healthfully, volunteering, spending time with friends, in addition to their job search,” Noble said. Nobel said that there are many events for students on the job search as well. There are specific career fairs in

addition to the all-majors career fair. Logan Winkelman is the associate director at the career center and works with all aspects of student development. She understands the process can be stressful for students and emphasized how much easier it can be with help from the career center. “About 95% of companies use what is called an applicant tracking system and this is a software that basically scans any submitted material for keywords,” Winkelman said. “If the keywords don’t match what’s in the system, it will likely get kicked out before a human ever reads it, so our job is to help students set themselves up for success so that they can get past those systems and on to an interview.”

She wants students to understand that the search for a job is not going to be stress free. Rather, some anxiety within the job search is relatively normal. Brittany Todd is the Director of Tech’s Risk Intervention and Safety Education, a program that also helps to assist students with some of the anxieties that come with college. “The RISE office is a comprehensive health promotion and wellness office for Texas Tech students,” Todd said. “We focus on reducing student risks around high risk behaviors and helping them cope with the struggles and stress of college life.” The spring semester is a higher traffic time in the RISE office for students, she said. She also suggests different ways for students to

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The City of Lubbock gained lots of shares, likes, clicks and comments with a Facebook post that featured a sneak peak of a new dog park that will be located inside of Mackenzie Park.

CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 For a role that is normally taken by a white male student, it’s a nice change to see, Baahir Jinadu, SGA presidential nominee, said. “I think it just shows progress being made at Texas Tech,” Jinadu said. “Little kids that might come here and meet the student body president, when you see somebody that looks like you, you’re like ‘alright I can

City teases new dog park Photos shared on the city’s social media showed outlines of gates and the large play area for the dogs. Two separate areas will be designed for large and small dogs. The park will be pre-

cisely located off the Avenue C access road, near the Joyland Amusement Park, according to the post. Officials estimate the project should be complete by April. @MichaelCantuDT

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Dunn withdraws from mayoral race Charles Dunn, an attorney in Lubbock, has officially withdrawn himself from the mayoral race, leaving Dan Pope, Lubbock’s current mayor, as the sole candidate. The filing period to enter as a candidate for a city council and mayoral spot will end on Friday,

Feb. 16, according to a City of Lubbock news release. So far, there are only four other candidates who have filed for a position with the city council. In District 1, Nicholas Muniz will face off against Juan Chadis, current city councilman. Jeff Griffith, current councilman for Dis-

trict 3, will again run for his current position. In District 5, Randy Christian will run. That spot is currently held by Karen Gibson, however she is running for a county judge position. The election for these races will be on Saturday, May 5. @MichaelCantuDT

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$1.5 trillian infrstructure plan to be unveiled WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday will unveil his long-awaited infrastructure plan, a $1.5 billion proposal that fulfills a number of campaign goals, but relies heavily on state and local governments to produce much of the funding. The administration's plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage local and state tax dollars to fix America's infrastructure, such as roads, highways, ports and airports. "Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local

governments and — where appropriate — tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit," Trump said at last month's State of the Union address. Trump has repeatedly blamed the "crumbling" state of the nation's roads and highways for preventing the American economy from reaching its full potential. Many in Washington believe that Trump should have begun his term a year ago with an infrastructure push, one that could have garnered bipartisan support or, at minimum, placed Democrats in a

bind for opposing a popular political measure. But the administration chose to begin with health care and relations with Democrats have only grown more strained during a turbulent, contentious year. The White House, now grappling with the fallout from the departure of a senior aide after spousal abuse allegations, may not have an easy time navigating a massive infrastructure plan through a polarized Congress. It just grappled with two federal government shutdowns and will soon turns its attention to immigration.

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Oklahoma decreases incentives on wind farms OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Oklahoma sought to diversify its oil-and-gas powered economy in the early 2000s, policymakers rolled out the red carpet for the burgeoning wind industry, offering generous state tax incentives and access to windy, inexpensive tracts of land. The industry exploded from virtually nothing in 2002 to 7,495 megawatts of capacity last year, ranking it No. 2 nationally in installed wind capacity behind neighboring Texas to the south. More than 3,700 giant turbines now dot vast swathes of central and western Oklahoma's rural landscape. But as the state's finances

plunged into recession amid a downturn in the oil patch in recent years, lawmakers ended all the state incentives and now are considering a new production tax on wind and even capping previously guaranteed incentives. Antiwind groups aired commercials featuring former Republican Gov. Frank Keating admitting the incentives were a mistake, and former Dallas Cowboys and University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer decrying them as a "bad deal." Now a battle is shaping up at Oklahoma's Capitol that includes fierce opposition to wind from some oil-and-gas leaders and critics, including one Republican lawmaker

who accused someone connected to the industry of tracking his car and angrily shut down a wind industry news conference at the Statehouse last week. "We've been struggling with our state budget for four or five years now. It's been tough," said state Rep. Mark McBride, who claims that a tracking device he found on his truck in December is connected to his opposition to the wind industry. "Where's wind been? They've been fighting us every step of the way on trying to help out the state." Mark Yates, who heads the Oklahoma Wind Coalition, has denied that wind industry representatives are spying on McBride.

handle the stress of school and the job search like regular sleeping patterns. Todd also suggests finding healthy ways to relax and change what the student is thinking or worrying about. “It could be yoga or exercise, movies, or television,

something that gets your mind off of the stresses of everyday life,” Todd said. “Some students have great success meditating, either connecting with their spiritual side, through meditation or prayer.”

do that too.’” Easter said she also believes progress is being made on Tech’s campus, but at a slower rate than it should be. “If I can still go to the store today and get dirty looks and judged based on the color of my skin,” Easter said, “how can I expect Tech to make real progress if the city hasn’t made any since 1961?” As for the numbers that the president presented during the Board of Regents meeting, Easter isn’t

too shocked by that small percentage compared to the other student populations. “I honestly believe it’s the surrounding area as well as the lack of prominent black orgs that the campuses offer. This city has nothing to offer black people who subscribe to popular black culture and publicity makes no effort to do so,” Easter said. “If Tech, with the exception of student orgs, made an effort to do outreach to those communities we would have a lot more black students here.”

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Russian airliner crashes moments after takeoff, killing 71 MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian airliner that had just taken off from the country's second-busiest airport crashed Sunday, killing all 71 people aboard and scattering jagged chunks of wreckage across a snowy field outside Moscow. The pilots of the An148 regional jet did not report any problems before the twin-engine aircraft plunged into the field about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Domodedovo Airport, authorities said. The Saratov Airlines flight disappeared from radar just minutes after departure for the city of Orsk, some 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) to the southeast. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov confirmed that there were no survivors. The 65 passengers ranged in age from 5 to 79, according to a list posted by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which did not give their nationalities. Six crew members were also aboard. Emergency workers combed through the field while investigators descended on the airport to search for clues to what brought the jet down. One of the flight recorders was recovered, Russian news reports said, but it was not immediately clear if it was the data or voice recorder. The airport has been the focus of security concerns in the past. Security lapses came under sharp criticism in 2004, after Chechen suicide bombers destroyed two airliners that took off from the airport on the same evening, killing a total of 90 people. A 2011 bombing in the arrivals area killed 37 people. Investigators also conducted a search at the airline's main office in Sara-

tov, reports said. Russia's Investigative Committee said all possible causes were being considered. Some reports suggested there were questions about whether the plane had been properly de-iced. Moderate snow was falling in much of Moscow at the

time of the crash. Airline spokeswoman Elena Voronova told the state news agency RIA Novosti that one of the pilots had more than 5,000 hours of flying time, 2,800 of them in an An-148. The other pilot had 812 hours of experience, largely in that model plane.

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n the age of Twitter, it’s hard to understand how hour-long podcasts of political figures talking about policy have attracted young people. Many of the individuals who host these shows or podcasts — such as Dave Rubin, Joe Rogan, and Jordan Peterson — have expressed their surprise at just how many young people listen to their content because it doesn’t seem like something that young adults would typically be into. I believe these shows have become so popular for a couple reasons. The first of which is that our society has been living on surface level bite sized information for way to long. With technology ex ploding as fast as it is

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these days, most people spend a lot of time on their phones or social media consuming information in bite-sized increments all day long without reaching any depth. This has set the stage for the spreading of rampant untruth thanks to misleading headlines. In addition, it has left a population starving for depth and truth. And so, with this stage set — particularly for those that grew up in the middle of this technological revolution — a hole in the market was created. A

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education and the media. I won’t blame this only on the left, though. I really do think it’s a problem that has infected our society as a whole. Once political correctness bleeds into areas that it shouldn’t be in, it makes people scared to speak their mind. That is, until someone starts speaking their mind again and the masses, who were once starved and afraid of speaking what they knew to be the truth, flock to those who have the bravery to do so. This is why people from different sides of the political isle can sit down together and have a conversation for hours about issues without becoming angry. They are searching for the truth. They have a common

goal and love the conversation. This is truly an amazing time to live. Where people are coming together from different walks of life and different ideas to have respectful conversations about the ideas that interest us all. I really dislike political correctness culture, but if we had to have that to get to where we are now, I am all for it. The culture of discussion and free thinking that is rising from the ashes of social media and PC culture is truly worth the pain that they may have caused, because this type of open and engaged discussion is exactly what the founders had in mind when drafting the First Amendment. @DailyToreador

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White House grappling with fallout Dems taking another run at blocked memo on Russia probe from aide’s recent resignation WASHINGTON (AP) — Reeling from the downfall of a senior aide, the White House was on the defensive Sunday, attempting to soften President Donald Trump’s comments about the mistreatment of women while rallying around the embattled chief of staff. Several senior aides fanned out on the morning talk shows to explain how the White House handled the departure of staff secretary Rob Porter, a rising West Wing star who exited after two ex-wives came forward with allegations of spousal abuse. And they tried to clarify the reaction from Trump, who has yet to offer a sympathetic word to the women who said they had been abused.

“The president believes, as he said the other day, you have to consider all sides,” said senior counselor Kellyanne Conway. “He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well. At the same time, you have to look at the results. The result is that Rob Porter is no longer the staff secretary.” On Saturday, Trump tweeted that “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false.” And the day before, he pointed to Porter’s assertions of innocence and wished him a great future. Conway also delivered what she said was a vote of confidence from Trump

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hole that would be filled with the truth and indepth discussion these podcasts offer, something we technological zombies so deeply crave. Young adults including myself have been greatly attracted to coherent and articulate thought because, frankly, we haven’t seen a lot of it in our lifetime. But before we could get here, there had to be something that drove my peers and I to this craving. That thing was political correctness. The reason political correctness drove people to this type of discussion is not because I think everyone should be rude or provocative, but rather that political correctness bled into areas where it should not be such as political conversation,

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CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 “We recently took out all of the cubicles and replaced them with moveable furniture for students to use as a study collaboration space,” said Bernal. The whiteboards had also been replaced. The Student Union and Activities department also collaborates with the grounds maintenance committee by providing tables and chairs for organizations and events held in the West Plaza. By this, students and clubs have the opportunity to hold events without necessarily need-

ing an area or workspace. Student involvement has many other benefits than just connections, Thornton said. Students who join organizations learn to prioritize, get better grades and have increased leadership opportunities. Sara Eaves, a junior human development and family studies major, senior director for Red Raider Orientation and current president of a Colour World from Princeton, Texas had a similar opinion as Thornton and said that organizations have taught her a lot about communication. “Student organizations have made a huge impact on my life,” she said. @DailyToreador

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Texas Tech’s counseling psychology was named second best doctoral program in the nation by Best Counseling Degrees, according to Texas Tech Today. Student admission and outcomes were two of the many factors that played into the ranking in their 2017-18 list of the top 50 doctoral programs in counseling psychology. Students in Tech’s doctoral program receive training in

The Raider Aerospace Society is currently raising money to participate in NASA’s Student Launch initiative, according to the students’ GoFundMe page. So far, the group has raised less than half of their $2000 goal, and plans to use the money to create a rocket that will fly up to 5200 feet and deploy a solar powered rover upon landing, according to the GoFundMe page.

counseling and health service psychology and on-site training in facilities that partner with the program, like the Student Counseling Center, according to the article. Other ranked Big 12 Conference schools included Iowa State University was ranked No. 34, University of Texas at Austin at No. 38 and the University of Kansas came in at No. 49, according to the article. @RyannRael_DT

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Hepburn. The illness and where he died were not immediately disclosed. A native of Houston, Texas, Jones worked steadily in TV from the 1970s, with appearances on shows including “Baywatch” and “T.J. Hooker” and, more recently, “Growing Up Fisher” with J.K. Simmons and “Newsreaders” with Kumail Nanjiani On the big screen, Jones

The NASA Student Launch program is an eightmonth project where teams submit a series of design reviews in a process that mimics the process of engineering design at NASA,, according to the NASA website. There are four review stages for the designs, as well as a Post Launch Assessment and a final safety inspection before the actual launch of the rocket.

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drummer with Trini Lopez, Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers and The First Edition with Kenny Rogers. Jones’ 2007 autobiography, “That Would Be Me: Rock & Roll Survivor To Hollywood Actor,” drew the first part of its title from the catchphrase his character was known for on Tim Allen’s “Home Improvement.”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mother of Natalee Holloway, a U.S. teenager who vanished during her senior trip to Aruba in 2005, is seeking at least $35 million from the producers of what she contends was a fake television documentary about the case. Beth Holloway said in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that the deception surrounding "The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway" was so complete she was even tricked into providing a DNA sample to match against what producers claimed were remains that could be those of her longmissing daughter. The whole show was a ruse that subjected Beth Holloway to "agonizing weeks" of uncertainty and waiting that "completely and utterly destroyed" her, according to the suit filed in Birmingham. H o l l o w a y, a s c h o o lteacher in north Alabama, is seeking $10 million in compensation and $25 million in punitive damages against Oxygen Media, an arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and the Los Angeles-based Brian Graden Media. Neither company responded to emails sent Monday seeking comment on the lawsuit. Court records show attorneys have not filed documents answering the allegations. The website TMZ first reported the lawsuit. Natalee Holloway, who lived in suburban Bir-

mingham, was 18 when she was last seen during a trip with classmates to Aruba. Her mysterious disappearance after a night with friends at a nightclub sparked years of news coverage, particularly in the tabloid and true-crime media. No remains were ever found, and the Dutch teen suspected in her death, Joran van der Sloot, is now imprisoned for the slaying of another young woman killed in 2010. The six-episode series aired last year by Oxygen included the discovery of what were supposedly remains that could be those of Natalee. But the lawsuit claims producers knew that bone fragments featured in the production weren't linked to Natalee before supposed testing produced inconclusive results. Rather than being a documentary or true investigation, the show was a "scripted, preplanned farce calculated to give the impression of real-time events," the suit contends. Natalee Holloway's father Dave Holloway participated in the program and contacted Beth Holloway seeking a DNA sample for use in testing, the complaint said. Dave Holloway isn't listed among the defendants, and he did not respond to an email seeking comment. A judge acting at Dave Holloway's request declared Natalee Holloway legally dead six years ago.

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LA Times buyer, basketball-loving biotech billionaire LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man buying the Los Angeles Times is a 65-yearold physician-entrepreneur described by Forbes Magazine as “America’s richest doctor,” and one who has said his goal is to cure cancer in his lifetime. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong also is a basketball fanatic who shoots hoops on a hardwood court inside his multimillion-dollar mansion and who owns a minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers that he bought from none other than Magic Johnson, the team’s legendary president of basketball operations. Soon-Shiong also owns a 26 percent stake in the Times’ parent company,

Tronc, which makes him one of its largest shareholders. It was his fight against cancer that put the doctor on the road to amassing the $500 million needed to purchase the Times and its sister paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune. Forbes estimates his worth at $7.8 billion. In 1991, he created the cancer-fighting drug Abraxane and, rather than seek venture-capital money to promote it, borrowed cash and bought the company American Pharmaceutical Partners to market it. After the FDA approved Abraxane in 2005, he sold American Pharmaceutical Partners and another of his businesses, Abraxis Biosci-

ence Inc., for $9.1 billion. These days, he controls a network of health-company startups called Nantworks as he continues his search for a cancer cure. “I am driven to solve cancer in my lifetime,” he told the Times last year. “Despite the naysayers, skeptics, and doubters, we are making incredible progress.” His interest in his hometown paper surfaced publicly about 18 months ago when he bought 13 percent stake in Tronc for $70.5 million as the newspaper’s parent was fending off a takeover bid from rival media company Gannett Inc. He soon increased that ownership stake to 26 percent and began feuding pub-

licly with Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro over the newspaper’s direction. In an interview with the Times last year, SoonShiong declined to say whether he planned to buy the paper but he made clear his unhappiness with Tronc’s management. “I am concerned there are other agendas, independent of the newspaper’s needs or the fiduciary obligations to the viability of the organization,” he said. “My goal is to try and preserve the integrity and the viability of the newspaper.” Born in South Africa to parents who fled China during World War II, SoonShiong has said he learned the value of a free press

growing up in a country that during his youth still practiced apartheid, or racial separation, that denied rights to non-whites. “In South Africa being Chinese meant I wasn’t white and I wasn’t black,” he told Los Angeles Magazine in 2013. He added that he trained at a black hospital and later worked in black townships where medical facilities were insufficient and he wasn’t sure if the drugs he administered to children with tuberculosis were really doing any good. “That’s when I had the vision of what I wanted to do: leave South Africa and identify the technologies that would allow me to treat

these kids as if they were at the Mayo Clinic,” he said. He arrived in Los Angeles in the 1970s to begin a surgical residency at UCLA, where he became assistant professor of gastro-intestinal medicine and head of the school’s pancreastransplant program. Soon after his arrival, he also developed a deep devotion to the Lakers. “I’ve been going to games since 1980,” he told ESPN soon after buying his stake in the team in 2011. “This is when Kareem AbdulJabbar was the captain and Magic Johnson just joined the team and Michael Cooper was there and later James Worthy. Those were the days.”


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Red Raiders struggle in 2018 Aggie Classic By NOAH MICIOTTO Staff Writer

The Texas Tech softball team travelled to College Station for the Aggie Classic tournament to start its 2018 season, but would struggle after a strong start in the season opener. The Red Raiders started the tournament off strong, with a game one win against Boston College in extras. Following the game one win, Tech would lose three straight. The Red Raiders faced Houston for their second game on Friday, in which they lost 4-1, splitting their record 1-1, according to Tech Athletics. Tech looked to bounce back against No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday. The Red Raiders jumped on the Aggies early, but despite the lead, A&M would rally for nine runs to top Tech 9-5. The Red Raiders record would then fall to 1-2. Following the tough loss, Tech looked to turn things around when facing Houston for the second time in the tournament. The Red Raiders would once again grab an early lead but get outscored by Houston to take another loss

with a final score of 8-2. After losing three straight games, the Red Raiders would end the weekend with a record of 1-3. In game one against Boston College, the Red Raiders, down by two runs, would have a seventh inning rally to tie things up and send them into extras. Standout redshirt freshman Michaela Cochran would start her season strong offensively, going 4-4 with a walk. Cochran would hit a two run double, her second of the game, to match Boston College’s two runs, according to Tech Athletics. In the top of the ninth inning, Tech would move ahead of Boston College. Freshman Kelcy Leach hit a two-run homerun to give Tech the game winning lead, according to Tech Athletics. Sophomore Kassidy Scott would close the game out for the Red Raiders, claiming her first win of the 2018 season. Following an exciting win, Tech looked to keep their momentum going against Houston. Junior Kiana Workman would light up offensively, as she went 2-3 grabbing her first two hits of the season. Sophomore Hannah Broseman would

have a great relief effort, giving up just two hits on no runs through three innings. Broseman would also record three strikeouts, while not allowing any walks. Te c h s a w s t r u g g l e s defensively in the top of the fourth inning. Needing only one out to end the inning, the Red Raiders would commit two throwing errors, enabling Houston’s rally. Houston would take advantage of the mistakes, and tack on three runs to lead Tech 4-0. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tech would get their first run of the game. The Red Raiders wouldn’t score again in the remaining innings, ending the game 4-1. Scott would be handed her first loss of the season moving her record to 1-1. To start the second day of the Aggie Classic, Tech looked to defeat former conference opponent No. 6 Texas A&M. The Red Raiders had an explosive day at the plate, racking up eight hits and two walks, scoring five runs against a tough opponent. Freshman Breanna Russel would have a great display offensively, going 2-3 with

three RBI’s and a HR. The offensive performance would be undermined by defensive troubles, as the pitching staff allowed eight walks, according to Tech Athletics. A&M would have a couple of controversial calls in the third and fifth inning go their way, along with timely hits resulting in nine runs total. Although Tech out hit A&M by three, the Aggies would win 9-5. Scott would be given her second loss of the season, changing her even record to 1-2. In the second game of the day, the Red Raiders searched for redemption against Houston. Freshman Jessica Hartwell would continue her tough presence at the plate, going 1-2 with a walk. Things looked promising as Tech would jump out to an early lead over Houston. Erin Edmoundson would have a big hit in the game, an RBI double, to score Hartwell. Workman would also have an RBI double, giving Tech their second and final score of the game. Once again, defensive troubles would haunt the Red Raiders. The pitching staff would allow seven walks and ten hits through seven innings, according to Tech Athletics.

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Former Tech outfielder Kiani Ramsey prepares to hit the ball during Texas Tech’s softball game against Kansas at Rocky Johnson Field on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Lady Raiders’ were defeated, 5-4. The defense wouldn’t help their pitchers out, committing three errors. Three of the eight runs allowed were unearned. Despite the hot start offensively Tech would be silenced at the plate in the remaining innings. Tech would drop their third straight game, moving their record to 1-3. Starting pitcher Cheyene Powell would be given her first loss, starting her 2018 season with a record of 0-1, according to Tech Athletics. The final game of the tournament against Boston College was scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, but was cancelled due to inclement weather. The

Red Raiders ended the tournament 1-3. The young team showed impressive and promising highlights throughout the two days, despite the losses. “We’re going through some learning curves, but what I saw today was the beginning of the journey,” said Tech Head Coach Adrian Gregory regarding day one, according to Tech Athletics. The Red Raiders will travel to Arlington as they are scheduled to face UT Arlington at 3 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 13, according to Tech Athletics. @NoahMiciotto_DT

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Red Raiders show offensive potential in young roster By NOAH MICIOTTO Staff Writer

The Red Raiders (1-3) started their 2018 season off strong with a win but would then go on to drop three straight while showcasing their starting lineups over the 2018 Aggie Classic. The Red Raiders showed their depth offensively, but struggled defensively. Redshirt freshman Michaela Cochran, usually placed at one or two in the lineup, leads the team in in batting average at a stellar .400, according to Tech Athletics. Cochran also is the top seat for doubles, having two thus far. Behind Cochran in batting average sits junior Jessica Hartwell, who has consistently filled the three-hole spot in all four games. Hartwell sits at a respective .364 BA but leads the team in on base percentage at .533. Due to her great pitch selection and strong presence in the box, Hartwell has drawn four walks. Coming in third in the batting average category is junior Kiana Workman at .357. Workman started the first game at the six-spot in the lineup but was then moved to the five hole, where she has stayed. The defensive situation in the outfield is rather set, at least in right and center field. Cochran has started all four games in center, and redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton

has done the same with right field. As for left field, there has been a consistent rotation between freshman Erin Edmoundson and senior Kaylee Strickland. With Edmoundson pitching often, there is a gap in the position, allowing Strickland to fill in perfectly. When Edmoundson is not pitching or playing left, she has held down the cleanup spot as a designated player in the lineup. Edmounson has been in the clean up spot in three of the four games played, according to Tech Athletics. Stepping onto the clay portion of the diamond, all spots seem to be filled. Looking at the left side of the infield, freshman Breanna Russel is cemented in the hot corner. Russel also leads the team in RBI’s, with four total, according to Tech Athletics. Russel thrives at the seven spot in the lineup, where she has been placed for all of the games played thus far. Russel, looking to her left will find experienced junior Kiana Workman at shortstop. Workman also claims a stolen base on the year, with her speed presenting a threat on the bases and adding to her range defensively. Along with Workman in the middle infield is junior LSU transfer Taylor Satchell. Satchell currently has a perfect fielding percentage, making her glove dependable and invaluable to the pitching

staff and defense. Satchell has moved around quite a bit on the offensive side of things. Satchell started game one in the five spot, game two in the six spot, and game three in the eight hole, according to Tech Athletics. Freshman Claire McKissick has also made an appearance at second base, batting eighth in the final game of the tournament. To complete the right side of the infield, Hartwell resides at first base. Hartwell’s hot bat has made her a necessity in the lineup, as she has started in all four games played. Moving into the circle and looking at the battery, freshman Kelcy Leach holds things down behind the plate. Leach has caught in all the games played, with a perfect fielding percentage. Leach has also out gunned two players attempting to steal, according to Tech Athletics. Her arm poses a promising threat to opposing baserunners. The starting pitchers have yet to find their groove and rhythm. Considering only four games have been played, it is understandable and expected that the pitching staff hasn’t quite settled in. Sophomore Kassidy Scott carries 12.2 of the 28-innings pitched by Tech. Scott is used to pitching often, coming off her freshman year starting every conference game for the Red Raiders, according to Tech Athletics.

Scott not only starts games for Tech, she is also called upon often in relief situations. Scott currently has one win and two losses on the season. Scott has allowed sixteen hits, fifteen runs (six being unearned), and nine walks. Scott has also recorded seven strikeouts thus far. Senior Cheyene Powell has started two of the four games for the Red Raiders. Powell has been on somewhat of a short leash through these first couple of games. Powell claims 3.1 of the innings pitched by the staff. Powell has given up two hits, three runs, one walk and one hit by pitch. Powell has recorded one strikeout. Looking into the relief pitchers, Edmoundson is used most often. She currently has the second most innings pitched for Tech, coming in with 8.0. Edmoundson leads the team with an impressive ERA of 0.88. Edmoundson has allowed four hits, two runs (one unearned) and five walks. Edmoundson has matched her walks with strikeouts, having five in both categories. The second reliever, sophomore Hannah Broseman, ranks third in innings pitched for the Red Raiders claiming 4.0 total, according to Tech Athletics. Broseman has an ERA of 5.25, allowing four hits, three runs and five walks. Broseman has recorded four strikeouts on the season. @NoahMiciotto_DT

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TOP: Sophomore pitcher Kassidy Scott pitches to the University of Texas El Paso at Rocky Johnson Field. Texas Tech defeated UTEP, 8-0, Friday, March 3, 2017. BOTTOM: Former Tech outfielder Raina O’Neal runs to home plate after hitting a home run during the Red Raiders’ softball game against UTEP at Rocky Johnson Field on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The Red Raiders’ defeated UTEP, 12-4.


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Connor Beck brings experience to Red Raiders By JACK DENSMORE Staff Writer

Senior outfielder Connor Beck is 23-years-old, and as one of five seniors on the Texas Tech baseball team, strives to set an example for his younger teammates. Beck has been a part of collegiate baseball since the 2014 season, when he was a redshirt freshman for the TCU Horned Frogs. He began playing in the 2015 season with 11 appearances and started in one game for TCU. The following year, Beck went on to play for Midland College for a semester, and if it wasn’t a junior college, he would’ve stayed there for five years, he said. At Midland College, he received Western Junior College Athletic Conference All-Conference honors for the 2016 season after he had a .400 batting average with 15 home runs and 82 RBIs, according to Tech Athletics. “Midland was great, Midland was awesome,” he said. “I don’t know, TCU, I made a lot of good friends there, a lot of good people, but looking back I just, everything happened for a reason, and my mom always tells me, ‘you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be’, so just kind of trust that and keep it moving.”

Beck’s experience follows him into the locker room, as the Red Raiders prepare for their 2018 season which starts at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, against the Maine Black Bears at Rip Griffin Park inside Dan Law Field. Alongside a calm, cool and collected attitude, he brings older leadership to a team that has 10 freshmen and 12 sophomores, junior right-handed pitcher Davis Martin said. “I love playing with Beck. Beck’s a really laid back kind of cat,” Martin said. “I mean every single guy in the locker room respects him for where he’s been. He’s been to two college world series with TCU so he’s been there, he’s done that. So, he’s an amazing asset to our team and we love playing with him for sure.” When he came to Tech in his junior year, Beck finished with a .289 batting average. With 18 starts and a total of 33 appearances, Beck totaled 12 runs with 22 hits, two doubles, one triple, one home run and nine RBIs. He also finished the 2017 season with a .382 slugging percentage, four walks, three stolen bases and a perfect fielding percentage, according to Tech Athletics. Approaching his fifth year in collegiate baseball, he’ll be able to lead

the younger players on the team, Tech coach Tim Tadlock said, and lead them the right way. “Connor has been around college baseball quite a bit. I think the game’s going to slow down for him. Maybe even more so than it has in the past,” Tadlock said. “His swing has been really good. He’s been separating balls and strikes. He’s a great baserunner, I don’t hesitate saying that, he’s been a guy that can apply pressure. He’s got a really good arm, can play all three outfield spots, if we need to in a pinch we can stick him at first and so he’s a guy that’s highly competitive.” However, last season Beck battled an apparent shoulder injury, which was tough, he said. Ever since the end of the 2017 s e a s o n , h e ’s j u s t b e e n working on his craft. Last season, Beck got on base safely for eight straight games from Feb. 21-March 10, and from Feb. 21-28 and March 2229, he had two three-game hitting streaks, according to Tech Athletics. “I swung the bat okay last year at times, but it was kind of streaky,” he said. “I kind of battled some injuries at the beginning of the year. Trying to get better at everything,

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Connor Beck, Texas Tech junior outfielder, gets hit by a pitch. Tech played its fourth game of the 2017 season against Cal on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at Dan Law Field. Beck has been a part of collegiate baseball since the 2014 season, when he was a redshirt freshman for the TCU Horned Frogs. with my bat, in the field, throwing the ball, base running, it’s the little things, trying to improve on everything. Just overall, try to improve on everything and once we start playing, feeling like getting in a rhythm and keep it going.” For this season, it doesn’t feel any different for Beck despite it being his senior year. The only thing that feels different is the way the younger players look at him, he said, and he feels more comfortable at Tech.

No Olympic truce for US, North Korea in Pyeongchang oppression and threats of the Kim regime.” Pence and the North Koreans have been an awkward presence at the Games to say the least. Though it has no real medal contenders and sent only 22 athletes, North Korea has turned out to be a major political player in Pyeongchang. It has dispatched a delegation of nearly 500 people — mostly musicians, dancers, and an all-female cheering squad — and has been pushing its participation as a sign of willingness to work with Seoul, through greater exchanges, to ease what has been a year of very high

proaching for the 2018 season, Beck said he is just excited to start playing again no matter the opponent. T h i s y e a r, t h e R e d Raiders will travel to Beck’s old school of TCU from Friday, April 27-29, in Ft. Worth. But to Beck, every game is important, he said. “It’s my senior year so I’m going to embrace every game no matter who it is we play on Tuesday and where ever,” Beck said. “They’re all the same and they all mean a lot.” @JackDensmore_DT

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Forget an Olympic truce. The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn’t skipped a beat in Pyeongchang. In its first reports about the Games, North Korea’s state-run media slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday for what it called “shameful” and “snobbish” behavior not in line with the spirit of the Olympics. Pence fired off a tweet calling the North’s participation in the Games a “propaganda charade” and saying the world must not “turn a blind eye to the

However, being the oldest guy on the team does have its drawbacks, especially when there’s jokes made in the locker room, something everyone gets a good kick out of, Beck said. “The other day, (junior right-handed pitcher) Ty Harpenau, he’s a jokester,” Beck said. “We were in the locker room and he said something about me going to the doctor and getting all of my mid-life checkups and stuff and everybody just jumped on so it was fun.” With less than a week ap-

tensions on the peninsula. To that end, athletes from both Koreas marched together into the Olympic Stadium on Friday behind a blue-and-white “unification’” flag. They are fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team. And on Friday, Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself, arrived for the first-ever visit to the South by a member of the ruling Kim dynasty. President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to South Korea for playing host a day before the Games began, but had been silent on the topic since.

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With extraordinary political theater, Winter Olympics begin PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace,

not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger, suspicion and bloodshed. The sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un,

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BASEBALL

CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 “When you start talking about baseball you need to respect the game enough that you show up and you prepare and I think that there’s an old saying that says something about ‘you gotta work at things to have some success,’” Tadlock said. “Cam (Warren) swung the bat really good both weekends, so I expect him to be over there, (but) at the same time we got some other guys ready if we need them.” Pitching-wise, junior lefthanded pitcher Steven Gingery and junior right-handed pitcher Davis Martin will be pitching this season, Tadlock said, and this week, the coaching staff will set up the bullpen. However, sophomore outfielder/right-handed pitcher John McMillon is another possible candidate to start on the mound, and the coaching staff will discuss it further in the days leading up to Maine, Tadlock said. Last season, McMillon finished with an ERA of 1.75 and a 2-0 record. He allowed 12 hits and six runs, with five being earned. He also allowed a double and a home run, but held opposing batters to a .143 batting average and had five saves, according to Tech Athletics. “(I) think he has done a really good job of pitching,” Tadlock said. “I mean he’s probably scaled it down, 94, 95, throwing the breaking ball for a strike, changeups being an above average pitch on occasion, doesn’t have to be great when you’re throwing that hard. He’s commanded the fastball, and he’s got a presence about him. He brings a lot of energy too, he likes playing, probably likes games a little more. Usually, those guys that throw hard, once they find that release

point and that rhythm and timing, they’re a lot of fun to watch and so far he’s been good. I mean, it’s been a pleasure to watch him.” In regards to the pitching staff, senior left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek said the pitchers are throwing around 93-94 miles per hour. Alongside a talented pitching staff, Tadlock said the team has a lot of good hitters as well. “It’s definitely the most talented team. I really believe we have a pitching staff that isn’t really supposed to be on a college baseball team,” Dusek said. “So, we have big expectations. We all know that we have to work hard and we’ll just have to see what happens.” Sophomore infielder and right-handed pitcher Josh Jung has likely secured his spot on the left infield. In terms of the shortstop position, Tadlock said senior infielder Michael Davis, sophomore infielder Brian Klein, freshman infielder Gabe Holt and sophomore infielder Grant Little could all play at the shortstop position. Davis finished the 2017 season with a .969 fielding percentage, 67 putouts, 123 assists and six errors. In his freshman year, Klein finished with a .984 fielding percentage with 19 putouts, 44 assists and one error. For Holt, he ranked No. 2 at the shortstop position in Georgia in high school, according to Tech Athletics, and for Little, he finished with a .982 fielding percentage with 54 putouts, two assists and one error. “Nobody really wants to go over there with Josh (Jung),” Tadlock said. “From day one in the fall we’ve put somebody over there and they’re like, ‘what am I doing over here?’ As far as shortstop goes there’s any number of guys that like to go out there

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LEFT: Sophomore right-handed pitcher John McMillon throws to a batter during an intersquad scrimmage on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 at Dan Law Field. Spring practices for the Red Raiders started on Jan. 26 and the season starts on Feb. 16. RIGHT: Texas Tech junior infielder Michael Davis throws the ball toward first base for a double play against Baylor on April 9, 2017, at Dan Law Field. The Red Raiders were picked to win the Big 12 Conference for the first time since 1999 this preseason. and play.” In the catching spot, all three catchers — sophomore Clay Koelzer, freshman Braxton Fulford and junior Zayne Willems — are competing, and all could see playtime, Tadlock said. Koelzer finished the 2017 season with a .972 fielding percentage, 59 putouts, 10 assists and two errors. Willems is a junior college transfer that played two seasons at Alvin Community College and, in 2014 was named a third team TXSWA All-State catcher, according to Tech Athletics. At Monterey High School, Fulford was named an All-State catcher for the 5A Division and received Elite Academic All-State and first team All-District catcher honors in district 4-5A. “I’ll tell ya it’s been a lot of fun watching those guys,” Tadlock said. “I think we can pull the names out of the hat and be just fine. I think it’ll

keep them rested. They’re all throwing the ball really well. They’re all blocking the ball really well. Receiving good, and so there’s always room for improvement, but I don’t know if we’ve ever had three guys like we have, we had two, but I don’t know if we’ve had three.” In the right field spot, Tadlock said he likes McMillon, freshman outfielder Cody Masters, senior outfielder Connor Beck, freshman infielder/outfielder KC Simonich and senior infielder Zach Rheams, and they all could see playing time out there. Regardless, the Red Raiders feel good about where they are now, Tadlock said. “We really want to go tee up right now, we’d be fine with that. We’ll watch the weather this weekend because we are in a little warmer climate,” Tadlock said. “We’ve had pretty good

repetitions for a college baseball team. We haven’t had six weeks like spring training. So, if we’ve got to throw bullpens this weekend when it’s cold, and get some repetitions next week when it’s warm, we’ll do that. We’ll do everything we can to be 100 percent next week.” The Red Raiders will start the season by being in the top five in six different publications. D1 Baseball has Tech at No. 3 along with the USA Today coaches poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Perfect Game has the Red Raiders ranked at No. 4, and Baseball America and Collegiate Base-

ball Newspaper have the Red Raiders at No. 5. Despite that, rankings don’t mean much to the team, Beck said. “Nobody really talked about it,” he said. “We knew we were going to have some high expectations and no one’s really running from the rankings or anything like that, I think you certainly embrace and that’s what you want that’s where you want to be, but it really doesn’t mean anything in the whole grand scheme of things, rankings don’t win games so we just got to go out there and play good baseball.” @JackDensmore_DT

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Ted Potter outplays Dustin Johnson, wins Pebble Beach PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — For one day at Pebble Beach, Ted Potter Jr. was better than the best in the world. Look back even further, and his three-shot victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is even more remarkable. He played so many minitour events that he lost track of how many he won, some of them only two-day tournaments that paid enough for a week’s worth of food and gas. His biggest paycheck was $33,000. More recently, Potter was out of golf for two years recovering from a broken ankle that required two surgeries — one to insert 12 screws and two plates,

another to remove all that hardware. There was no guarantee he would make it back. Potter started the final round Sunday tied with Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world for the last year. Throughout the day, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day each made a run at the 34-year-old Floridian who had 46 missed cuts and only four top 10s in his previous 83 starts on the PGA Tour. Potter beat them all. He was the one chatting with Clint Eastwood and posing with the crystal trophy that comes with a $1,332,000 check and a return to the Masters. “I’m so happy right now to

get it done today, especially against the world No. 1, playing with him today,” Potter said. “The win here at Pebble is just unbelievable.” Just don’t call it a fluke. Potter closed with a 3-under 69 and didn’t drop a shot after a three-putt bogey on the opening hole. Making it tougher was playing in a threesome behind a foursome in the pro-am format, having too much time to think about the stage, the contenders and the opportunity. He never flinched. The key moment came behind the green on the par-3 seventh, the most picturesque at Pebble Beach. He and Johnson were side-by-side in

light rough to a firm green that ran away from them. Johnson chipped nicely to 4 feet. Potter put a little more loft on his shot and holed it for a birdie and a two-shot lead. No one got closer the rest of the way. He wound up winning by three shots over Johnson (72), Mickelson (67), Day (70) and Chez Reavie (68). Potter stepped awkwardly off a curb at the Canadian Open in 2014 and broke his ankle so badly that he didn’t play another tournament until Canada two years later. He wound up having to work his way back to the PGA Tour through the developmental tour last year.

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A&M’s Caldwell dismissed, Chandler suspended indefinitely C O L L E G E S TAT I O N (AP) — Texas A&M basketball player J.J. Caldwell has been dismissed from the team and Jay Jay Chandler has been suspended indefinitely after the two were arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana. The school announced the punishments for the fresh-

men Sunday, saying they violated Texas A&M policy. Brazos County Jail records indicate that both players were arrested by Texas A&M police on Sunday for marijuana possession. They each posted $2,000 bond and were released. This isn’t the first time Caldwell has been in trouble

after the guard was suspended for the first five games of the season for violating school policy. The school did not elaborate on the reason for his suspension at the time, but Brazos County court records indicated that he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in May.

That case was dismissed Sept. 20. Caldwell has appeared in 16 games this season with five starts and was averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds. Chandler has appeared in 24 games with four starts and was averaging four points and one rebound a game.

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