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Cruz’s demand ensnares GOP leaders on debt vote WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sat with eyes glued to his mobile device as the chaos he provoked ensnared his Republican leaders on the Senate floor. Legislation to raise the nation’s borrowing authority with no strings attached was short of the 60 votes it needed to advance — a threshold Cruz demanded — and without a few conversions, Republicans would be blamed for its failure. The stock market was watching. After what seemed like an eternity, a grim-faced Sen. Mitch McConnell, the party leader who faces a tea party challenge back home, finally voted yes. An equally grim-faced Sen. John Cornyn, the party’s No. 2 leader and Cruz’s Texas colleague, changed his vote from no to yes.
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Olympic games spark gay rights debate By MORGAN SULLIVAN Staff Writer
The winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have sparked a heated debate concerning Russia’s law, signed in July, prohibiting the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors. According to an Associated Press article, the International Olympic Committee reminded athletes that no kind of protest is permitted on Olympic sites, but athletes are free to express their opinions at news conferences. “We have a great platform to really speak out about what we believe in, but also we’re here to compete,” Ashley Wagner, a U.S. figure skater, said in the article. Many athletes such as Wagner have spoken out about the Russian law, but Sochi has not been a site of protest by Olympians thus far, according to the article. Students in Texas Tech’s Gay Straight
Alliance have mixed feelings about the winter Olympics. Katie Miller, a junior nutrition major from Garland, said she particularly liked a display of LGBTQ support in the female snowboarding competition, when a snowboarder showed a rainbow glove after receiving her scores. “It shows people are a lot more accepting,” Miller said. Oren Grossman, a graduate student from Kibbutz Gvar’am, Israel, compared the Russian law to Hitler and the civil rights movement. “It’s really shameful what Russia is doing,” he said. “This is the civil rights movement of our generation.” Summer Hawkins, a second year graduate student studying counseling psychology from Wimberley, said she is excited the LGBTQ community is getting some spotlight shed on it. OLYMPIC continued on Page 2 ➤➤
By HANNAH HIPP Staff Writer
Having to live a lifetime constantly having migraines can affect daily life tremendously. Lauren Willen, recent Tech alumna, began having headaches at the age of 3. When she reached the age of 17, she had a headache every single day, and by the time she started college, it was steadily worsening. “By the time I started school at Tech I was having headaches every day, along with 10 to 12 migraines a month,” Willen said. Willen said she had gone to see every doctor available, she said, and tried everything she could think of to resolve the problem. After countless visits to neurologists and pain specialists, she was eventually referred to Dr. Anthony Echo, a plastic surgery specialist in Houston, she said. “I had a neurologist who sent me to Dr. Echo, and he did the procedure,” Willen said. Echo performed a relatively new procedure that has been shown to reduce migraines.
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IN THIS SUNDAY, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo Russian gay rights activists march along a Moscow boulevard in downtown. Slogans read: ‘ Down with all Kinds of Fascism’, ‘ Homophobia into the Fire!’, ‘For Peace without Racism !’, and ‘Bisexuals Against Fascism.’
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Texas Tech students will have an opportunity to learn how to understand and prevent sexual violence toward women worldwide Friday. The One Billion Rising demonstration will take place 1 p.m. at Memorial Circle and is an event to raise awareness and take action to end sexual violence against women. There will be a brief introduction of the organization itself and performances including a dance, which illustrates the organization’s beliefs and ideas for change. There will also be several readings given by the Vagina Monologue readers. One Billion Rising is a movement started by the same woman who wrote “The Vagina Monologues” and “V-Day.” Nearly one in three women will experience sexual violence during their lifetime, according to the organization’s website. The movement started last year to
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bring awareness to violence against women worldwide. It’s a call to justice to bring attention to the issue. Jeanne Haggard, a graduate student from Ottawa, Kan., helped bring the movement to Tech and is a survivor of sexual assault. She said she hopes this demonstration at Tech will bring awareness to sexual violence toward women on campus and around the world. “I’m a survivor of sexual assault, so it’s important to me to bring awareness to this issue,” she said. “I have two daughters who have never experienced this, and I hope they never will.” Haggard said she and other members of the organization have been working to promote the demonstration and encourage students to attend and learn about the cause. The group has been utilizing forms of social media in order to publicize the event and gain support for the organization. ONE BILLION continued on Page 2 ➤➤
Texas technology exports exceed California’s numbers By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer
Texas technology exporters have surpassed the number of exports by California of technology equipment including semiconductors, telecommunications devices and computers. According to the Tech America Foundation Tech Trade in the state 2014 report, Texas has surpassed California in technology exports and technology jobs. Kenny Marchant, Dallas/Fort Worth congressional representative, spoke at a press conference about the topic and his excitement for the reports, according to a U.S. press release. “America’s high-tech sector is an innovation powerhouse and one of the fasting-growing elements of global trade,” he said. “High-tech exports play a crucial role in creating new jobs, growing the most dynamic parts of our economy and placing
America in a leading position to shape the tech-based future.” Jodey Arrington, vice chancellor for research and commercialization for the Tech System, said he is excited and proud of Texas innovators for this achievement. This development brings new possibilities to universities in Texas like Texas Tech, he said. “When people think about technology and innovation in the country, they probably think about the East and West Coasts,” he said. “It is no surprise to me though, with the strength of Texas’s economy and the depth of our entrepreneurial bench and with the innovation between universities and corporations that we are now the leaders.” Arrington said it is the innovation that comes through universities in Texas propelling Texas’ technological reach.
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College of Architecture students recognized By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer
Build Your Own Pie Parfait Time: 11:00 a.m. Where: The Commons at Talkington Hall So, what is it? Make your own fruit parfait for you to eat and enjoy.
Chocolate Fondue for Two Time: 11:00 a.m. Where: The Market at Stangel/ Murdough So, what is it? Enjoy dipping delicious treats into a chocolate fountain with your sweetheart.
Chocolate Fantasia Time: 11:00 a.m. Where: Smart Choices at Horn/ Knapp So, what is it? Treat yourself before Valentines Day with sweets and treats like brownies and cupcakes.
The Love Below - Spoken Word Performance Time: 8:30 p.m. Where: Human Sciences building So, what is it? Come listen to these speeches about ended violence against women at no charge.
Thursday Night Movies: Romeo & Juliet Time: 10:00 p.m. Where: Escondido Theatre in the Student Union Building So, what is it? Tech Activities Board presents “Romeo and Juliet” for free, and enjoy free popcorn with student ID card.
Parsons Dance Performs to perform Time: 7:00 p.m. Where: Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building So, what is it? Purchase tickets to see world renowned dance company.
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The Knights of Architecture recognized students of the College of Architecture for the designs they submitted for the 2014 Dean’s Cup on Wednesday. The Dean’s Cup is an annual design competition the Knights of Architecture host. Marvin Bonilla, a junior architecture major from Hobbs, N.M. and secretary for the Knights of Architecture, said she believes the Dean’s Cup brings architecture students together and gives them an opportunity to connect with other students and deans of the college. “The most important thing is that we are able to communicate with students of different years,” Bonilla said. “This is a really good way for us to celebrate what we like the most about design.” This year’s prompt challenged students to build an escape pod for two that would attempt to escape from an uninhabitable Earth, according to the Knights of Architecture website. The students also provided a narrative explaining their designs for the escape pod and the conditions in which the pod would be placed. Students also had to consider dayto-day activities, the destination of the escape pod, life on a new environment and other aspects related to the function of inhabiting a new destination, according to the website. Students were given three days to create and submit their designs and proposals for the challenge. Deans of the College of Architecture Maria Perbellini, Ellis Clifton and Andre Vernoy were present at the
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MARIA PERBELLINI, MARCH Chair of Instruction and Associate Professor, describes the ideas presented for the Dean’s Cup Ceremony on Wednesday in the architecture building.
ceremony to discuss the designs they chose for this year’s challenge. Vernooy said during the ceremony the challenge asked students to examine the different roles of architecture. “What I really liked about this idea is that it’s an attempt to try and get you out of your stereotypical assumptions,” he said. The ceremony recognized the six most impressive designs submitted for the cup. Nicholas Richie placed third in the challenge, but did not attend the ceremony. Nicolas Watkins, a junior architecture major from El Paso, and Luna Vital, a junior architecture major
from Rio de Janeiro placed second in the challenge. “(Watkins) developed the design concept and then I started modeling the form,” Vital said. Watkins and Vital collaborated to create a design of an escape pod that traveled underneath the Earth’s surface. “We wanted to explore the option of staying on the Earth and beginning to suck resources from an already depleted Earth,” Watkins said. Tyler McBeth, a sophomore architecture major from Camp Hill, Penn., worked with Megan Christian, a sophomore architecture and civil engineering major from San Diego, Calif. and Alberto Ponce, a sophomore
architecture major form Panama City, to win this year’s Dean’s Cup. McBeth said she and her team created an escape pod that altered its form to fit the environment it was placed in. “Basically all the individual modules come together to create on large form that responds to its place in space,” McBeth said. Christian said their design focused on adaptability. “Whether it be asteroids, they can propel to a more aerodynamic form in space,” Christian said. The winners of the Dean’s Cup received textbooks needed for their studies.
product,” he said, “but now we have a greater base in Texas and we can do it right here.” Texas and California’s total jobs in technology combined equal nearly half of the 1.5 million tech export jobs in the U.S., according to the report. This increase in technology jobs opens new doors for graduating seniors from Tech, Arrington said, as well as
other schools. “To me, this means more opportunities for our graduates to stay home in Texas,” he said. “If you’re a student with the next big idea, you don’t have to go to California to realize your dream to take that idea and bring it to market. The next Bill Gates that’s coming out of Texas Tech can stay here and create that enterprise.”
He said this new honor will not only help employ students but also increase the notoriety of Texas. The East and West Coasts are not the only technology powerhouses, he said. “To lead in agriculture and energy in Texas is a no-brainer,” he said, “but to lead in technology as well is just too cool.”
multiple sororities or fraternity groups lobbying because she believes the LGBTQ community is typically frowned upon by Greek life. This year is the first year the gay straight alliance has been considered part of the diversity committee, she said, but the group is still looked at as outsiders. “It’s not bad, you just get stared at a lot,” Miller said.
The group believes raising awareness will be the best thing to make LGBTQ community members feel more respected and included. The Gay Straight Alliance also hopes to continue to diversify and include Greek life and athletes into their group, Hawkins said. “The more people see us, that we’re normal people on campus, just like they are, going to classes
and doing schoolwork just like they are, it’ll become less of a weird thing,” she said. Grossman said he is a straight male, but participates in the Gay Straight Alliance because people should be treated equally no matter what sexual preference. “I feel proud,” he said. “I know I’m standing up for the right thing and I’ll be on the right side of history.”
really great YouTube video that goes along with our dance we will perform. We’re encouraging people CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 to check out the video and learn “We put it up all over TechAn- the dance.” nounce, and we spread it through Andrew Hernandez is in charge word of mouth, Facebook and of publicity and said he has created Twitter,” she said. “There is a hundreds of fliers to spread word of
the event around the Tech campus. He said it is important to shed light on the issue of sexual violence on campus, because it is present here. “It’s a really good thing for this to be at Texas Tech because there are women here that have been victims of sexual assault,” he said. “It is important to spread the word about the organization and try and find ways to help those who have been victims.”
Hernandez will be reciting a prayer at the beginning of the demonstration and said he hopes to see a big turnout among students. “We are really hoping to see several students attend,” he said. “We just want to raise as much awareness as we can on campus because one in three women will be a victim of sexual violence, and we are really hoping to end it.”
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The more Texas’ economy is technology based, he said, the more opportunities for commercialization for students exist on a university level at Tech, as well as other institutions. “We used to have to go out to California to license a new
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“I think it’s great that people are actually talking about it,” she said. The Olympics provide a time for the Tech community to become aware about LGBTQ community on campus. Miller said she avoids the free speech area when there are
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Renter’s insurance offers coverage, protection By ALI WILLINGHAM Staff Writer
A student leaves their backpack unattended for one second only to come back and find it missing. Another student watches in horror as their apartment is up in flames. Another accidentally pulls the sprinkler system causing the residence hall to flood. In those instances when a student takes a loss, students have to figure out how to cover that loss. “Renter’s insurance is an optional insurance policy to help protect students from unforeseen loss of property,” Amy Murphy, the dean of students and director of campus life, said. While Texas Tech does not offer renter’s insurance, it is provided by outside companies that offer low deductibles and includes protection of personal liability and property loss as well, Murphy said. “Students are vulnerable to many unique situations on campus,” John Fees, co-founder of the insurance company Grad Guard, said. “They’re clearly vulnerable to theft, and renter’s insurance helps replace those items that might be stolen and does so at a rate that’s very affordable to students.” College students do not typically have the funds to replace lost, stolen or even damaged items, Fees said. Most students typically do not have $1,000 to spare or homeowner’s insurance, he said. “Although, in some cases some families might have (homeowner’s insurance), the reality is they are probably subject to a large deductible and
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The surgery took nearly seven and a half hours, Willen said, and she has numerous incisions on the back of her head and hairline. However, she has had great success since having the operation, she said. “Since I had the surgery in March, I’ve had maybe two or three headaches,” Willen said. “They are greatly, greatly reduced — I don’t have that everyday headache at all.” Echo said the procedure has only been around for about 10 years. It was discovered by a plastic surgeon in Cleveland, he said, who was doing brow lifts and had several of his patients say it was reducing their headaches. “You’re actually stripping muscles away from an area which is constricting a nerve,” Echo said, “which allows that nerve to plump back up and function normally.” The procedure targets three main areas, Echo said, which are the greater occipital nerve in the back of the skull, the trigeminal nerve branch in the temples, and the supraorbital nerve in the frontal forehead. Patients often complain about their headaches beginning behind the eyeball. “These patients usually have a very deviated septum that
that’s not very practical for students,” Fees said. According to a Grad Guard presentation, renter’s insurance typically does not require a student to maintain full-time status, the premium will not increase due to small claims and the deductible runs at about $100. The school already offers students health insurance policies, so they felt it was important to also offer students renter’s insurance policies, Murphy said. “I think often times students are leaving the home, leaving their parent’s house for the first time, and they do have a lot of property with them,” Murphy said. Students have TVs, microwaves, smart phones, clothes, laptops and tablets, Murphy said, so there is a great deal of property students are bringing with them. It’s important for the students to make an educated decision about how they would handle any property loss, she said. “I would encourage students to talk with their families,” Murphy said. Some things to consider before purchasing renter’s insurance are what sort of insurance coverage they already have, what their family’s homeowner’s insurance offers and whether the loss is something they’re willing to risk, Murphy said. Tech felt it was important to give students the tools to make those kinds of decisions, she said. “The primary place we’re providing this information currently is through Red Raider Orientation,”
Murphy said. “All family members who attended Red Raider Orientation received a flier about college renter’s insurance, and then students had the option of picking up information about it, as well.” Sean Duggan, the managing director of University Student Housing, said student housing always recommends students living on campus consider getting renter’s insurance. Part of the reason for that is housing and Tech are not liable for any stolen or lost property, Duggan said. “From my experience, there’s numerous products on the market that are geared towards college students that have very reasonable rates,” Duggan said. Renter’s insurance is not just for those who live on campus, however. Duggan said renter’s insurance is available for students who live both on and off campus. “If you move off campus, most off-student housing companies require renter’s insurance,” Fees said. “Imagine if you start a fire and burn down an apartment building — you need to have the ability to repay for the damages, and that’s what renter’s insurance does.” The monthly fee typically costs about $12 to $15, Murphy said. Students must first assess what kind of property they have and the value of it, and then figure out what kind of coverage they need, Murphy said. “It’s out there, and I think it’s pretty easy to find on the Internet just by Googling,” Duggan said.
causes a pain response and stimulates a headache,” he said. According to an article by Science Daily, migraine surgery has produced lasting, good results with almost 90 percent of patients reporting at least partial relief and 30 percent reporting a complete disappearance of their migraines after surgery. This article also showed that these outcomes held steady through a five year follow-up with the patients. “Eighty to 90 percent of patients should have a pretty profound response,” Echo said, “and that’s pretty much been my experience with the surgery so far.” In Willen’s case, she reacted on the good side of things, Echo said, and responded very well to the surgery. Willen is completely done with the procedure and all follow-ups, she said. “I don’t take medicine every day or anything anymore,” Wil-
len said, “and I don’t have to do anything follow-up wise.” Willen is currently residing in Dallas and works selling insurance for Commercial Insurance Solutions. Willen began school at Tech in 2009 and graduated in 2013. “Lauren was having a difficult time just getting through school and had to put off several aspects of her life because of the headaches,” Echo said. “She had a really profound response to the surgery and so she was able graduate college and get a job and start her new life without migraines.” Willen owes much to Echo, she said, and has already recommended other patients to him who are experiencing similar symptoms as she did. “Dr. Echo was one of the first doctors who told me there’s more we can do, and we’re going to try and figure it out,” Willen said. “He is a lifesaver for me.”
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RaiderThon offers babysitting for Valentines Parents may want to treat themselves on Valentines Day, but can’t find an affordable babysitter to watch the kids while they’re out. RaiderThon is hosting a Parents’ Night Out event from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the Exercise and Sport Sciences Gym for parents to bring their children to in order for them to go out for Valentine’s Day. Alyssa Edstrom, a senior public relations major from Trophy Club and director of RaiderThon, said one of the committee members came up with the idea. “We all work with kids normally, so we knew it would be something that would work for us,” she said.
All the money the event raises will go to the Children’s Miracle Network at the United Medical Center. Parents pay per child, Edstrom said, with one child being $15, two being $25, and three being $35. “The gym will be set up with board game, gym activities, interactive games and a quiet corner for the younger kids to color or play,” Edstrom said. Registration for Parents’ Night Out can be found on the events page of the Help Make Miracles website. RaiderThon administrators will keep registration open until noon Friday, Edstrom said. “After we close registration, we can’t take anymore online money
orders,” she said. “We can still take donations though if parents show up last minute wanting to go out.” Drop off time begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday and all children must be picked up by 9 p.m. Edstrom said this is a great opportunity for parents to both have time to themselves and give back to their community. “It’s the best of both worlds, really,” she said. “UMC serves 18 different counties, which means a lot of kids get the medical attention they need. This event is a great way for everyone to have fun and still help those kids who need it.” ➤➤email@example.com
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Valentine’s Day should not be only day for love Lauren Gudgel can see most of my girlfriends vying for their man’s attention and putting in that extra effort simply because it’s the month of roses — or in my case, pink peonies and blue hydrangeas. I could put this on men, and indeed it is partly their fault, but why do we let ourselves go on Feb. 15? Shouldn’t we try every day to feel the way we do when our lives are on track? Valentine’s Day is one of those
days where everyone knows it’s supposed to be hearts and flowers, so most everyone rises to the occasion. What if we rose to the occasion every day? Yo u c o u l d argue Hallmark and Victoria’s Secret invented Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s so much more than that. I believe it reminds us love is precious and should be constant. Randomly placed the middle of the shortest month of the year, Valentine’s Day
reminds me that life is short, so go for the kiss. Do you believe in destiny? I do. I believe in being impulsive when the time deserves it. Valentine’s Day is made for love, and love is an impulsive feeling. Perhaps you think it’s about feeling sated, relaxed in another’s company, or maybe you think it’s more Christian Grey, can’t keep your hands off him. Love is personal; it’s internal.
Valentine’s Day is one of those days where everyone ... rises to the occasion. What if we rose to the occasion every day?
t’s the time of year again when pink hearts roam the halls, the lingerie stores are running low on merchandise and we all beg to hear our men say something romantic: Valentine’s Day. Every February, we women begin to get our hopes up. It’s as if we think men will notice the pink and red, and also that Victoria’s Secret bag stashed in the back of the closet. Why is it that we believe on Feb. 14, our entire relationship will change? I’m not bashing Valentine’s Day; nothing gives me more pleasure than wearing pink and going on a real date, not just to Buffalo Wild Wings and a movie. However, I see that I have to push to make this happen. I’m not the only one, though; I
It’s not up to any one person to try to explain it. Look for love every day. If you feel down and like you can’t breathe, look for love. It will find you. A great love will lift you up and motivate you to be great. A great love will inspire you and make you see beauty where before you saw none. It will also make you feel crazy, like pulling your hair out. It will make you curse and want to crawl into a hole. If you didn’t love such an infuriating person, then you wouldn’t feel this way, right? It’s worth it. I’ve lost handfuls of hair, but I’ve also been held up in my darkest times, pushed to see the light. I’ve been encouraged to go and figure out who I want to be. Though I’m
still lost in the dark when confronted with life’s questions, I know I’ll never be alone. I know I’m loved and that’s one thing I can say confidently — one of the only things I can say with certainty. I wish everyone the feeling of love — undeniable, no questions asked, impulsive love. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day. Tomorrow could just be a stepping-stone to finding the love I wish on you. An unknown author wrote, “Meeting you was fate. Becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.” Gudgel is a junior retail major from Andrews. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
Scots should vote in favor of independence College athletes should not get paid for playing By KEVIN CHEBERENCHICK
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On Sept. 18, Scots will have the opportunity to make history by deciding whether or not to sever its 307-year union with the United Kingdom and become independent, according to The New York Times. Though U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron recently said that an independent Scotland would weaken Great Britain as a whole, such a historic move would strengthen Scottish interests. Independence would give Scotland the opportunity to focus on its own national issues. Though Great Britain does provide a sense of security and stability for Scotland, that does not distract from the fact that Scottish interests are always secondary to the interests of the United Kingdom as a whole. For example, the Scottish government is strongly opposed to the bedroom tax (a housing tax) claiming that it disproportionately affects Scots. Scotland’s share of claimants affected by the bedroom tax is around 16 percent compared with Great Britain’s population share of 8.6 percent. Furthermore, 79 percent of households in Scotland affected contain an adult who has a recognized
disability, compared to 63 percent in Great Britain. An independent Scotland would provide Scots with a stronger voice locally, more political freedom and a more democratic parliament. Scots would also have more control over their oil reserves, and newfound control over Scotland’s defense and foreign policy. With the additional power gained from independence, Scotland can strengthen its cultural identity. There is, however, concern about the viability of an independent Scotland. It is unknown if an independent Scotland will have trouble dealing with major economic or military problems, and without the backing of Westminster, there would be less security. Yet Scotland leaving the auspices of the United Kingdom is like a teenager moving out of the parent’s house — risky, but necessary for a better future. Assumptions of failure without a unified four-country United Kingdom are grounded in pessimism. Smaller countries such as Denmark rank higher than the United Kingdom on multiple rankings, such as poverty level and political liberties. Danes are completely fine. There should be no doubt that Scotland cannot do the same.
Great Britain’s opposition toward Scottish independence is understandable. Without Scotland, it would be face new problems about borders and income. It’s estimated that Great Britain would lose 90 percent of the North Sea’s oil, according to the Guardian. Additionally, the United Kingdom’s economy would be slightly affected, particularly when it comes to goods such as oil and whisky. If Scotland were to leave the United Kingdom, it would weaken the sterling and leave Scotland’s share of the United Kingdom’s debt in limbo. Thus, Scotland is highly likely to continue the use of the pound instead of developing its own currency or switching to the Euro. Considering the negative impact on British interests likely to occur with Scottish independence, Britain will most likely allow Scotland to maintain the sterling as its currency to lessen its own economic problems and uncertainties in lieu of Scotland agreeing to pay its fair share of debt. Scotland has already been politically autonomous from the United Kingdom, so independence is a logical next step. In addition to enjoying their own sense of strong national identity, Scots have
their own national flag and Parliament. At the regional level, Scotland is already very autonomous. Since referendum elections in 1999, Scotland has been ruled under regional assemblies, thus having autonomous rule over regional taxation, education and economic planning. The current referendum is this generation’s opportunity to take a stand for Scotland’s independence. Most Scots already agree that the Scottish Parliament should have greater autonomy over its financial and legal powers. As an independent nation, Scotland’s economy and social policies could ultimately flourish. Independence does not need to mean severing its ties from England completely. Rather, it would give Scotland the opportunity to control its own destiny and grow to its full potential — alongside its neighbors. A “yes” vote on the referendum would only be the first step — Scots would still have to deal with issues regarding how to divide the North Sea oil fields, the share of the U.K. debt, defense, currency and more. But such a vote is necessary in ensuring that Scotland receives the autonomy and recognition it ultimately deserves.
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At 255 pounds and 6 foot 2 inches, Michael Sam shook sports’ status quo by announcing he was gay on “Outside the Lines”— a coincidentally-titled ESPN program. Sam, 24, is a defensive lineman at Mizzou who is predicted to make the third-round draft picks for the NFL. This would mean Sam is the first publicly gay athlete playing in any of the three major American sports leagues: NFL, MLB or NBA. Many gay athletes have indeed played, but not until years after their careers ended — if ever — did they find the footing to come out. No doubt, this has potential to be an even more historical moment for equality than it already is. Sam has brazenly taken the leap to destigmatize the hetero-macho norm and “straight only” attitude flowing without repercussion through the dominant sports. But being drafted to one of the 32 NFL teams would thrust gay equality in the most unexpected places and begin a damnation of stereotyping that the world needs. Plus, whatever team does
choose him will be highly regarded for their advocacy and will be lucky to have gained a skillful and courageous player. Sam’s decision to come out before his pro-jersey was set in stone was risky, forcing the teams to face their potential prejudices head on. He bravely took the first move and now his future in the NFL rests on the heads of the teams, but with the all of America watching intently. And it is not as if Sam’s credentials are out of order. While at Missouri, the Tigers were ranked fifth in the nation and went 12-2 in the Southeastern conference. In addition, Sam was named an All-American defensive lineman. So, if no team decides to pick him up, it can be boiled down to a nasty bit of bigotry. Various stereotypes work against Sam’s favor, particularly the supposed distraction his sexual orientation will cause amongst the other players who are only comfortable with hyper-masculinity. A majority of the nonsensical worry sprouts from the concern over locker room behavior. Won’t a gay player contaminate the macho environment and throw off the mojo of all the players, resulting in poor performance on the field?
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This is not the case as exhibited by Sam’s current team, who became aware of Sam’s sexual orientation this past August, and rightly, it was treated as no big deal. If this college team can exhume acceptance in a culture thereto deprived of it, an NFL team can follow suit. Easily my favorite detail about this story is how Sam occasionally took a few of his straight teammates to gay clubs and a pride parade. The Missouri Tigers are a microcosm of what the future of athletics should and could look like, placing camaraderie above sexuality. His coming out was more about honesty than football: “I want to own my truth,” he says in the interview. Sam does not wish to be a gay icon or strictly remembered for being the gay athlete, but rather wishes to be defined as “a great person having great character.” On whether or not this announcement should affect his prospects, he hopes not. To him, it is all about his passion for the game and the determination to achieve his dream — a classic yearning for athletes and dreamers alike. Of course, this act of progress is heartwarming and victorious, but it juxtaposes the ongoing catastrophe in Russia. I believe it would be an injustice
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to equality to mention the beautiful freedom of our citizens without addressing the brutal and sadistic consequences one would face in a similar situation if placed on the other side of the planet. Here, Sam is applauded and rallied for, but in Russia, he would be arrested and condemned by the government. And there are hundreds of people like Sam to whom extreme discrimination is happening to, and that is an unacceptable atrocity against humanity. An opportunity like this forces us to face on one hand our capability for goodness and on the other, the bestial realities. The journey from point A to point B is where the world must focus. It is unclear whether or not Sam’s announcement was designed to combat the media storm of the Olympics and Russia’s malfunctions, but it is a gleaming-with-hope coincidence. If Sam does obtain his rightfully earned spot in the League, not only will he be shattering the status quo, he will also be determining a slew of people’s new favorite football team, including myself. If a single person can make me an admirer of football, then anything is possible. Good luck and thank you, Michael Sam.
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The athletes of our school are mostly just like every other student. Yes, many of them have matching coats and backpacks or specific Nike shoes, but aside from these distinguishing clothes and their large time commitments, they are still students. Imagine if some of those athletes were being paid for their actions on the field. They would no longer be students. Really, they would be professionals who happened to hang out on our campus and attend our classes. There is no doubt that athletics bring in lots of money for the university, but how much of that money is going back to the athletes already? It is not necessary for an athlete to be getting paid when many are paying next to nothing, or in some cases nothing at all for their education. According to Iowa State, the average annual cost to the university per student athlete on full scholarship is $62,713. That amount is divided up into multiple subparts. About half goes to out of state full scholarships, tuition and room and board. $4,683 for books and academic support, $4,151 for sports medicine and athletic training, and $5,522 for strength and conditioning and nutrition. In addition, $1,875 goes toward uniforms and equipment, and $18,123 is set aside for team travel. It is claimed, however, that these athletes hardly get a “free” education but that they earn it with twenty hours a week in practices and work outs. Dan Hawkins, former college football player and coach said that “athletes work 49 weeks a year. That is longer than any student has to be in classes. Being an athlete is a job.” Being an athlete may be a commitment, but it is not a job. It becomes a job for some of these college athletes when they become professionals. There is no reason for some student athletes to get paid on top of getting a reduced or free education. That should be considered pay enough. The NCAA has made their position clear: they do not think that compensation for student athletes is acceptable. The power conferences in the NCAA do not seem to agree with this, and according to a story from CBS sports, many have even thought about leaving the NCAA. 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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If it was decided to pay college athletes, it is obvious that larger schools with more money would be able to pay their athletes more. How much money the player is going to make should not be what sways their decision of what school is right for them. Students are attending college to get an education to help them prosper as adults. It could be argued that college athletes do not need a college education because they plan on going to a professional sports team after graduation. Although this may be the case for some, most college athletes will end up doing something other than sports after graduation. Therefore, the importance of a degree is still apparent. Kain Colter, quarterback from Northwestern University along with other players on the football team, have come together to form a union in support of college athletes getting paid for their hard work on the field. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, said “Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections.” It may be true that they deserve equal voice, however, that does not mean that they deserve pay for what they are doing. Those that would garner significant paychecks are getting enough for free as it is. Student athletes that do plan on going pro should consider playing on a college team to be work experience. Just like an academically-focused student would put down an internship on their resume, student athletes should consider playing on a team to be a similar experience. Playing a college sport is much like having an internship. It would be difficult for a college student to get a job without an internship (most of which are unpaid), just as it would be difficult for an athlete to go into a professional league without having played at the college level. Many college athletes already get the opportunity to fly around the country for free. Some get tutors, apparel, meals and tuition all for free. These student athletes should consider all of these free items pay, because there are students on this campus, as well as probably every campus in America that would love to be in their “free” shoes. Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be emailed to email@example.com or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notified. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identification and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Mass Communications. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.
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Lady Raiders lose 13th straight to Baylor, 75-58 By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer
Despite a balanced scoring attack, the Texas Tech women’s basketball team lost 75-58 to No. 7 Baylor Wednesday night in the United Spirit Arena. Tech coach Candi Whitaker said the team played hard but Baylor made clutch shots down the stretch. “We made runs, at times, and I felt like we had a chance in different parts of the ballgame,” she said. “I’m proud of how (Amber Battle and Jasmine Caston) stepped up and played well and played with a lot of confidence. Baylor is a very good team and Odyssey (Sims) is a tremendous player. But I’m proud we continued to fight, particularly at home in front of our fans.” The loss drops Tech’s record to 6-18 overall and 0-13 in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor remains in first place in the Big 12, and moves to 21-3 on the season and 11-1 in the conference. Junior guard Amber Battle scored 13 points and was tough on defense with eight rebounds and three blocks. Battle said Tech was much more competitive against
Baylor than when the teams played in Waco. “I felt like in Waco we kind of were scared, a little bit,” she said. “Tonight we just came out and played. They are players just the same as us and we just went out there and competed.” The Lady Raiders trailed 31-23 after a competitive first half. Tech was behind by only eight points with nine minutes left in the game before Baylor went on a 20-7 run late in the second half. Tech was led by freshman guard Jasmine Caston with a career-high 19 points on 6-14 shooting. Caston said her confidence was high heading into the game. “Obviously I felt good,” Caston said. “When shots aren’t falling you got to keep shooting to get those shots to fall. Once they started falling I was more confident attacking the basket. I played with some of those big girls, so I know how they play defense. I just felt good about attacking the rim.” Baylor was led by the nation’s top scorer, senior guard Odyssey Sims, with 30 points on 11-19 shooting including 6-9 from three-point range. She is averaging 30.2 points
per game on the season. Battle said Tech guarded Sims well, but she made clutch shots. “Most of the time we had a hand in (Sims) face,” Battle said. “That is the leading scorer in the country, so she is going to hit those shots.” Another Lady Raider freshman guard, Minta Spears, scored 14 points and made two shots from behind the arc. It was her seventh consecutive game with a threepointer, according to a Tech athletics news release. Whitaker said it has not been hard to keep the team motivated because of the players drive to compete. “I don’t know if (Tech’s no quit attitude) is because they are so young, but we just focus so much on day-to-day, drill-to-drill, rep-torep,” Whitaker said. “We’ve taken a lot of the focus off of our record in Big 12 play, because ultimately I think we cannot dwell on it. We got to continue to work and see how we can get better.” The Bears’ freshman forward Nina Davis added 13 points and 10 rebounds in only 24 minutes. The Lady Raiders were hurt on the offensive boards as Baylor had
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JASMINE CASTON, A freshman guard from Plano, dribbles the ball past a Baylor defender towards the hoop to make a shot Wednesday in the United Spirit Arena.
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The Texas Tech men’s basketball team earned its third straight Big 12 Conference victory as the Red Raiders beat the No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners 68-60 Tuesday in Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The Red Raiders won their second game on the road this season and have a three-game conferencewinning streak for the first time since January 2011, according to a Tech news release. The wins came over Texas Christian, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Tech improved to 12-11 overall and 5-6 in the Big 12 and Oklahoma fell to 18-7 overall with a 7-5 record in conference play. The Red Raiders led 37-21 at the break and improved to 11-1 on the season when leading at halftime. Although Oklahoma came into the game ranked 8th in the nation in scoring with an average of 83.8 points per game, Tech held the Sooners to a season-low 21 points in the first half. Junior guard Robert Turner led
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Tech offensively with 16 points shooting 6-11 from the field to go along with 5 assists. Turner was held to 8 points and 0 assists after Oklahoma beat Tech 74-65 on Jan. 25, in the United Spirit Arena. Senior forward Jaye Crockett and sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Red Raiders with 10 points apiece. Although Tech led by as many as 20, Oklahoma went on a 19-4 run to cut the lead to three in the second half before the Red Raiders finished the game off with free-throws. Tech finished the game 20-27 from the line and had fifteen more attempts than Oklahoma from the charity stripe. The Red Raiders seek their fourth straight conference win on the road as they face the Iowa State Cyclones at 12:45 p.m. Saturday in James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
Nowitzki helps Mavericks top Pacers INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Monta Ellis had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Indiana Pacers their third home loss of the season, 81-73 on Wednesday night. The Mavericks (32-22), who have won six of seven, finished a three-game road trip heading into the NBA All-Star break. Dallas’ five-game winning streak was snapped at Charlotte on Tuesday. George Hill had 14 points, and Lance Stephenson and Danny Granger
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The Texas Tech softball team will travel to New Mexico State for its second tournament of the year this weekend. The Red Raiders opened their 2014 season last weekend with the Lions Classic in Louisiana, ending the tournament with a 3-2 record. Tech coach Shanon Hayes said he always wants to win every single game, but he thought his team performed well in the opening weekend. “We really went away with some positive things,” Hayes said. “I thought our pitching as a whole was pretty good, and to start six or seven newbies that have never played at the Division I level, I thought we showed some good things.” After her performance in the weekend tournament, Tech senior pitcher Brittany Talley was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week. Talley said she was able to throw more pitches out of the strike zone and keep batters from
getting into a rhythm against her consistently,” Hopson said. “Obin the 11.1 innings she pitched viously their pitches move and in the tournament. they’re faster and at a just all“Of course it’s an honor to get around higher level.” Several of the Red Raiders’ something like that. It’s something I’ve never gotten before,” younger players performed well Talley said. “Just like every oth- in the tournament as well, Hayes er award, s a i d . you have Freshman S y d n i to start focusing Emanuel was two on next week, befor four cause now with a people are g r a n d going to s l a m be out to w h e n get you T e c h played just because of against Universome kind of title.” sity of LEA HOPSON Te c h Missouri JUNIOR INFIELDER AND Kansas junior Lea OUTFIELDER Hopson, City Saturday. a junior college Hayes transfer student, said the pitch- said the new players on the ing is the biggest difference she team have shown glimpses of has seen moving up to Division what they can do, but there I competition. is still room for improvement “For right now, I mainly see from them. pitchers hitting their spots more “From our new kids, we saw
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flashes of what we recruited them to be,” Hayes said. “We had a couple of games where we showed a lot of power. We stole a lot of bases. I think we were 10 of 12 stealing bases. And for the most part we were solid defensively.” Hopson said she wishes the team had won more games in the Lions Classic, but she thought competing helped the players come together. “I think (the tournament) brought us together a lot as a team,” she said. “This is the closest team I’ve been on and it’s only the beginning. Every girl’s got everyone’s back, so that’s a nice feeling.” The Red Raiders are playing five games over the course of the tournament, including doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. Hopson said she’s used to having back-to-back games from her days in junior college, and she thinks they are actually better than having games spread out. “I like double-headers because I’m just already out there warmed up and ready to go, ready to take care of business,” Hopson said. ➤➤email@example.com
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McGrady talks quest to play pro baseball Pistorius settles in alleged assault case SUGAR LAND (AP) — Baseball was Tracy McGrady’s first love. His talent as a basketball player pushed baseball aside in high school, but he never gave up his dream to play again. So at age 34 after a 15-year career in the NBA, the 6-foot-8 McGrady is trying to earn a contract as a pitcher with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. “This will be huge,” he said Wednesday about the potential to play professional baseball. “This will be so gratifying, even if I just go out there and pitch one inning the whole season this will be a dream that has come true for me.” McGrady starting playing baseball at age 5 and was a two-sport star until
he transferred to Mount Zion Christian Academy, which doesn’t have a baseball team, for his senior year in high school. The seven-time All-Star retired from the NBA in 2013 after playing for several teams including the Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. McGrady now has flecks of gray in his beard, but recounted his affinity for baseball with childlike enthusiasm, repeating the words dream and love again and again. He used the gigantic hands and rangy fingers that helped him score more than 18,000 points in the NBA to grip and fidget with a pristine baseball as he spoke delightedly about the sport. “I’m extremely confident in myself and my ability,” he said. “This is a great
opportunity for me to fulfill a dream. It’s the independent league. I’m not signing some multi-million dollar contract that I’m used to signing. This is all for the love of the game.” The league isn’t affiliated with major league baseball, but a few of its players end up in the big leagues each year. Scott Kazmir, who recently signed a $22 million, two-year contract with the Athletics, pitched for the Skeeters in 2012. McGrady is a longtime resident of Sugar Land, the Houston suburb where the Skeeters play. It was when attending some of their games last year that he first thought about trying out. He got serious about the quest about three months ago when he began to work on his pitching.
CENTURION, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius reached a settlement with a woman over an alleged assault case from 2009 because his lawyers advised him he could not fight civil and criminal legal battles at the same time, the spokeswoman for the Olympic athlete said on Wednesday. Double-amputee runner Pistorius, who goes on trial on a murder charge next month, was arrested and accused of causing an injury to a guest at a party at his house five years ago after allegedly slamming a door and then punching it. Pistorius family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said the settlement agreement was finalized late last year with Cassidy Taylor-Memmory. She accused Pistorius of assault in the
September 2009 incident. TaylorMemmory was reportedly injured in the leg when the door broke. “The reasoning for the settlement being that Oscar was advised by his lawyers that he could not run a civil and criminal matter (side) by side,” Burgess said in a statement to The Associated Press. The matter had “no bearing” on Pistorius’ murder trial, Burgess said, and was settled “solely for the purposes of expediency.” Burgess did not give any details of the settlement. Pistorius will go on trial from March 3 on a charge of premeditated murder for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home last Feb. 14, and also faces other firearm-related charges at the trial at a high court in
the South African capital, Pretoria. He denies murder and claims he shot Steenkamp by mistake after believing she was a dangerous nighttime intruder in his bathroom. Pistorius’ lawyers are also in negotiations with the family of Steenkamp over another out-of-court settlement ahead of his murder trial. Regarding the 2009 case, Pistorius had launched a counter claim against Taylor-Memmory, accusing her of making up the assault. He said he was arrested without reason. The settlement with Taylor-Memmory was first reported in South Africa by Eyewitness News, which quoted her as saying Pistorius agreed to pay her legal fees and also drop his $200,000 counter claim against her.