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Bailey fields budget cut questions President hears concerns during town hall meeting By STEPHEN GIPSON STAFF WRITER
Texas Tech president Guy Bailey hosted a town hall meeting Friday to meet with Tech faculty, students and alumni on the uncertainty of looming budget cuts in Texas’ higher education. “The reason we’re here today is because there is a current shortfall of $4.3 billion in the state budget for the biennium we’re currently in,” Bailey said during the meeting, which was hosted in the Citybank room in United Spirit Arena. Jennifer Wainscott, a senior journalism major from
Windsor, Colo., said she attended the meeting to find out what the budget cuts mean for her personally. “I want to find out how they’re going to affect my finances and my education track,” Wainscott said. “My concern is that the university will be more concerned with the cuts rather than with the students.” Trevor McDonald, an investment finance and real estate finance major from Arlington, said he wanted to hear what the budget cuts would mean for students and how he should plan for the coming years, including scholarship and tuition planning. “I want to get rid of the uncertainty of having somebody that is in control and has a plan on how to react if
we do get really big budget cuts,” McDonald said. The state budget for the 2012-13 biennium is estimated at $72.2 billion in general revenue available, Bailey said. The state’s budget for the current 2010-11 biennium is $87.7 billion, he said. Bailey said to maintain the current services the state provides, it is estimated Texas would need $99 billion for the 2012-13 biennium. “What that means is there’s a budget shortfall somewhere between $14.8 billion to $26.8 billion,” Bailey said. “This is for the next biennium. We’ve got two separate issues here. A shortfall in the current biennium of $4.3 billion and a projected shortfall in the next biennium of somewhere between $14.8 billion to $26.8 billion. It will be a while before people know for sure.” He said to accommodate these budget cuts Tech has done current-year fiscal reductions of 5 percent, $12.8 million, and an additional 3 percent, $3.2 million.
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TEXAS TECH PRESIDENT Guy Bailey during a town hall meeting Friday addresses how state budget cuts will affect Tech.
Ag college names Galyean interim dean
Horn professor to take post July 1 for one year By KASSIDY KETRON STAFF WRITER
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MARK DOYLE, A junior sculpture major from Fredericksburg, welds a sculpture of a live oak tree in the foundry outside of the Art building on Friday.
Professor gets funding for cutting-edge technology By CAITLAN OSBORN STAFF WRITER
Assistant marketing professor Shannon Rinaldo recently created the Physiological and Neurological Imaging Laboratory. Rinaldo said she received the money from a $55,000 donation to the Rawls College of Business from a private donor in August. The college was allowed to use the money for research purposes, specifically toward the purchase of lab equipment, she said. “I wrote a proposal that said if I were to get this funding, this is
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the type of equipment I would purchase,” she said. “I had an estimate from the company of how much it would cost with a complete description of what I would use the technology for, and they chose to fund my project.” PANIL specializes in functional near-infrared imaging software. The equipment measures oxygenation of the brain, allowing the researcher to understand what a person’s reaction is without having to ask them. The equipment does this by physically measuring stress indicators — like skin conductance,
heart rate and respiration — as ing what your reactions are to something, I have to assume that well as normal brain functions. Rinaldo you correctly know what said this type of method your reaction of collecting is going to be and also data is more precise bethat you’re not making cause there is less room for something error, such as up. As a researcher, you if the subject chooses to have to make lie. a lot of as“In the sumptions past, the way about the vaSHANNON RINALDO lidity of the marketers ASSISTANT PROFESSOR have typiRAWLS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS information cally collectthat is given ed data are to you.” things like surveys,” Rinaldo FUNDS continued on Page 5 ➤➤ said. “If I give you a survey ask-
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Michael Galyean, horn professor and a Thornton Distinguished Chair, was announced Friday as interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Galyean will take the place of the current dean, John M. Burns, effective July 1 and will remain dean for a year. “I’m certainly honored to be named to do that job, and I also recognize it’s a pretty big job,” Galyean said. Galyean said he has not yet given
any thought to whether he will apply for the permanent dean’s position. During his time as interim dean, GALYEAN Galyean said he hopes to engage the department in a number of processes to make a determination of what the college’s important missions are and how to accomplish them.
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Community Calendar Where: Bash Riprock’s So, what is it? Head over to the oldest college bar in Lubbock for live acoustic country music.
TODAY Sonia Flew Time: 8 p.m. Where: Maedgen Laboratory Theatre So, what is it? The Texas Tech Department of Theatre and Dance presents this story of a Jewish-Cuban family in Minnesota. The show runs at 8 p.m. through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
TUESDAY Hot Dog Eating Contest Time: Noon Where: Fat Tony’s Delicatessen So, what is it? Eat as many hot dogs as possible in 10 minutes and earn bragging rights plus a T-shirt. The winner of each category will receive a case of Vienna beef hot dogs with all the fixings. $10 entry fee.
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cuisine and relax to the sounds of smooth jazz. Mike Pritchard Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Jack and Dianne’s So, what is it? Enjoy acoustic music while hanging out at this burger joint. Meet the Greeks Time: 7 p.m. Where: Escondido Theatre and Lubbock Room, SUB So, what is it? Tech’s National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council are holding the annual Greek information session. Interested women will meet with sororities in the Escondido Theater, and men will meet with fraternities in the Lubbock Room. Tori Vasquez
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Time: 10 p.m. Where: The Blue Light So, what is it? Come to the Depot District for live rock music performed by this Lubbock native and daughter of well-known singer songwriter Junior Vasquez. Sprott and Ballew Time: 10 p.m. Where: Lone Star Oyster Bar, 34th Street and Flint Avenue So, what is it? Enjoy oysters, shrimp or fish tacos and kick back as John Sprott and Jesse Ballew play your favorite classics. To make a calendar submission e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Events will be published either the day or the day before they take place. Submissions must be sent in by 4 p.m. on the preceding publication date.
He said budget cuts for the next biennium are still undetermined. Bailey said it is important to know the budget cuts are being taken out of the education and general revenue budget, which is 32 percent of Tech’s budget. He said the majority of the salaries at Tech are paid through the education and general revenue budget. Because Tech was notified in the middle of the current biennium, Bailey said, Tech had limited options of how to cut its budget. “We were able to do a lot of reductions by simply not filling vacant positions right now,” Bailey said. “We may fill those in the future, but we’re simply able to hold off on some hiring and take care of a fair amount of this.” He said Tech has dealt with its budget cuts in large because of faculty having to do more work. Bailey said the student-
teacher ratio has risen from 20:1 to 23:1. After Tech realized its budget would be cut significantly, a budget-working group was put together compromised of several faculty and administration members, Bailey said. The budgetworking group met bi-weekly and proposed recommendations on how Tech can cut its budget. More than 41 recommendations are being reviewed for implementation. He said he does not believe all 41 will be put into effect. A critical-needs hiring review committee also was created to carefully manage the hiring of faculty. Bailey said Tech does not have a hiring freeze. “We don’t have a hiring freeze. What we do have is we are scrutinizing every position. Remember, you don’t want to hire and then have to fire,” Bailey said. “You want to be cautious and careful going into a legislative session like this, and, again, we don’t know what the results are going to be.”
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At first glance, Texas Tech student Lucas Creasy looks like a normal student—unless, of course, he’s wearing his championship belt. Creasy is a member of the awardwinning Texas Tech rodeo team and is leading the team to the top as one of the best bareback bronc riders in the nation. Creasy, a senior English major from Alberta, Canada, is the defending Southwest Region National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Champion Bareback Bronc Rider and is qualified as one of the top 50 bareback bronc riders In the world. Bareback bronc riding is considered one of the most physically demanding rodeo events, according to the Tech Rodeo Association’s website. Using one arm, the rider must hold onto the bucking bronco. The higher and wilder the rider spurs, the higher the marks. Chris Guay, Tech rodeo coach, said Creasy doesn’t fit the model of a bronc rider in some senses—but he means that in a good way. “He is very different than what you’d typically think of as a bareback bronc rider cowboy,” he said. “He’s such a great student and takes the time to fulfill his academic goals.” As a student, Creasy has maintained a 4.0 GPA through his academic career while traveling across the nation to rodeo competitions. Creasy was no stranger to bareback bronc riding even at a young age. Creasy comes from a rodeo family, and he said his family was into bareback bronc riding.
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WES DEDE, A sophomore business major from Colleyville, climbs the rock climbing wall in the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreational Center during the Vertical Plains Rock Climbing Competition on Saturday.
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TEXAS TECH STUDENT Lucas Creasy wins the 2009 Tech rodeo. Creasy is among the top collegiate bareback bronc riders in the nation.
“I was trying to find an event that I enjoyed,” he said. “Bareback bronc riding was a rush, and I had fun doing it, and I just started getting good at it”. In November, Creasy attended the Canadian national finals where he won round two. Creasy has attended the national finals in Canada and is a threetime Canadian Finals Rodeo qualifier. “He’s bringing national recognition to Tech in his rodeo activities; he’s really putting us on the map,” Guay said. At the Vernon College Southwest Region National Intercollegiate Rodeo, he had the high score of rodeo finals with 80 points and took home individual overall championship honors. Creasy finished
a strong season at Lubbock’s Texas Tech Rodeo, placing in second in round one, second in the finals and second overall. Creasy has gained more points in one event than any other rodeo team member at Tech, Guay said. “(It) feels like anything else, just something you strive to do and do the best at,” Creasy said. “It’s hard work, and you’ve got to put the time outside of it, get your mental game down, where stuff’s not going to shake you. “You can’t let it wear you down and endure the ride through the bad weather.” Creasy said he plans on competing in the college finals and hopefully winning
a title because this is his last year, and he plans on attending the national finals and winning a title. Creasy is slated to compete at the collegiate nationals this year, and he will also attend the Wrangler’s National Rodeo, which is for the top 50 bareback bronc riders in the world. Clayton Creasy is also a member of Tech’s rodeo team and is Lucas Creasy’s older brother. “As a bareback rider, he’s pretty tough to beat,” Clayton Creasy said of his brother. “He has always worked real hard to be the best … one can only tell where he’ll go.” ➤➤email@example.com
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Galyean said he was overwhelmed and recognized the job as a big challenge. “Budget is a big issue, obviously, and we know we’re going to have some real challenges there,” he said. “So I think that’s the big one that’s on everyone’s mind right now — it’s certainly on mine.” Gaylean said what attracted him to Texas Tech was not only his current position as endowed chair, but also that he considered Lubbock to be a good choice from a family standpoint. In the various places Gaylean has been, he said it was hard to find better people to work with than those found at Tech. “I think what’s neat about Tech and about Lubbock in general is just the people are so friendly,” he said. “They’ve got people who are hard-working and have a good attitude about things, and that’s difficult to find.” Burns said his advice for Galyean is to be a good listener and lead by example. Burns said when he took the job as dean three years ago, he had planned to retire once the three years ended. He said in his 41 years at Tech, being the dean was the best job he has had. “I really like the students and the faculty and the staff,” Burns said. “I think they are the best in the university. They’re a great bunch of people to work with.” In the process of choosing the interim dean, Provost Bob Smith said, a vast majority had chosen two individuals. After interviewing both nominees and consulting Pres. Guy Bailey, the decision was made to appoint Galyean as the next interim dean. Smith said Galyean received strong recommendations relative to his ability to address all of the constituents of the college. “Also, his record as a scholar and a teacher were very, very strong, and so those were the primary considerations,” Smith said. Smith said Galyean has a slight advantage taking the position of interim dean compared to Burns because his educational background and faculty experience have all been in the department of agricultural sciences. Smith said he expects to see Galyean represent the college well but hopes also to receive Galyean’s expertise in the challenging issues the college expects to see. “We are all facing some very significant budget challenges in the next several months,” Smith said. “So we will need his best wisdom in helping us make some potentially difficult decisions.” Burns said he believes Galyean’s leadership abilities through his research and scholarship activities are what set him apart from the other nominees. “He’s an outstanding scholar and an outstanding researcher,” Burns said. “He’ll certainly provide guidance for the college in terms of reaching our research goals. I think we’re very lucky to have him.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Avid rock climbers from around the region, including enthusiasts from Texas Tech, competed in the Vertical Plains Climbing Competition on Saturday. “It’s an opportunity for Tech students to get together and have a climbing event on campus, which is pretty unique,” said Curt Howell, director of the Outdoor Pursuits Center. “It draws people in from all over the Southwest. We have people from El Paso, from New Mexico and all over the state of Texas. Sometimes we draw people from as far away as Iowa and Nebraska.” The Vertical Plains Climbing Competition hosted about 122 climbers and is associated with the Collegiate Climbing Series, a series of five climbing competitions that are hosted at SMU, Texas A&M, Baylor and UT, said Howell. Brice Harris, coordinator of the Vertical Plains Competition, said this year’s event had more climbers attend than in the past. He also said this com-
petition is open to any person a good experience for everyone.” Competitors are judged by interested in climbing. “Everybody’s welcome, so we a point system and climb as have people many routes who are just on the wall regular citias they want, Howell said. zens of Lubbock, and Each route is we have a worth a diflot of college ferent point students,” value based Harris said. on difficulty. “It’s like an The climbers’ top five scores outreach for our program count toward their total at the Outdoor Pursuits scores. ComCenter. It’s petitors are given a limit huge; I mean, it’s our most of four hours to complete highly pubCURT HOWELL licized thing their climbs. DIRECTOR that we do W h i l e VERTICAL PLAINS competitors every year, so it gets people waited for involved with our program — it their results, guest speaker Nick gets people a chance to come Heil, author of “Dark Summit,” climb when they live in the spoke at the event about his middle of these flat lands, so it’s personal experiences climbing,
It’s an opportunity for Tech students to get together and have a climbing event on campus, which is pretty unique
especially on Mount Everest. Winners of the children’s category were announced, followed by the winners of the limestone category, the granite category and the sandstone category, which is the most advanced. The Collegiate Climbing Series winners were also announced, with UT, Baylor and SMU students taking the top prizes. Representing Tech in the competition was Jenny Strovas, a graduate student of biology. Winning second place in the Granite Category, Strovas said she enjoys climbing as an activity away from the stresses of school. “It’s a good way to get out of your everyday activities because as students, we’re constantly studying,” Strovas said. “We’re working towards the next deadline, we have our next test or our next proposal to write or whatever, and so this gives us something to do … climbing, it’s very in-the-moment, and if you’re not thinking about the next movement that you’re going to make then you’re not going to make it clean.” ➤➤email@example.com
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Benefits of saving your Video games losing to bad money easy to forget Fox News fact checking Bryan Hasling you buy the things you want? Maybe, but probably not. If your debit card is your main (or only) spending vehicle, and you have direct deposit set up to that same checking account, you will most likely swipe that debit card until the funds run low. Red flag. Let me repeat that for emphasis: Once your checki n g account starts g e t t i n g l o w, you slow down spending on that account. L e t ’s u s e “Jackie” as an example. Jackie has a part-time gig at Chili’s as a server. Her average biweekly income (check and tips) is, let’s say, $200. J a c k i e d o e s n ’t w o r k t h a t much. But she also doesn’t have to pay rent (Jackie is daddy’s little girl). Every paycheck is an opportunity to save and put away money. That means two opportunities a month. If a portion of her check, perhaps $50, is taken away and put in a different account other than her worn-out checking account, then she will not use that money. If that money is taken away from her checking account before she can swipe it away, chances are she will not spend it. So here Jackie is, $150 in her checking ready to spend. Once again, once that account begins to run low,
she will stop spending. The idea of taking away money from yourself before you can spend it is one of the most ingenious and simple things we can do to have money for later. This idea is the basic structure behind retirement accounts like 401(k) s and IRAs (we’ll save that good stuff for another column). Most banks that offer a checking account will also offer a savings account within the same bank. Personally, I believe those savings accounts are rip-offs. Why does there need to be either a monthly transfer to the account from my checking OR a minimum amount of $200 in my savings account? It’s my money, why are there terms and conditions? Anyways, if you are going to take my approach and hide your money from yourself, I recommend looking online at bankrate.com and searching for high-yielding savings accounts in which to place your money. All will be FDIC-insured, and you will also receive much higher interest on your account (not like any of the rates are particularly high, just higher than what you probably already have). Also, make sure there is no minimum amount to have in the account — that is just stupid. A lot of the banks will be online accounts, but they are covered by the FDIC, so no worries. I have one final note: People watch skinny joggers on the side of the road and think to themselves, “Why are they working out? They’re already skinny.” Hey guys, they’re skinny because they work out. Budgeting is the same active process, and you have to start somewhere. So go do something. Hasling is a junior personal finanacial planning major from Arlington. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
ome people just shouldn’t comment on specific subjects. I, for example, should not comment on the greater effects of nanophysics on the teeth. This is for the most part due to the fact that I do not study teeth or nanophysics. Just as equally, Carole Lieberman should not comment on video games. Fox News, just as equally, should rethink its brazenly biased stance against video games. My three weekly readers will know I am not a fan of Fox News for what I feel is being untruthful to the left and portraying itself as a news agency. But this time they’ve passed into sacred territory. Paraphrasing the words of the immortal Glenn Beck, Fox News could have a deep-seated hatred for video gamers. The first outbreak was pretty ridiculous. “Mass Effect” fans will remember the network had a talk show host by the name of Cooper Lawrence on as a guest. Lawrence claimed the game featured full-frontal nudity and graphic sex. Not much research revealed the actual facts, indicating if this were true, then “Friends” had graphic sex. There were suggestive side views and a small scene with some intimacy. Perhaps overlooked by the diligent fact-checkers at Fox News. This was live TV, after all. However, this week, a website article for Fox News came out entitled “Is ‘Bulletstorm’ the Worst Video Game in the World?” I believe the title of the article was inspired by Captain Hyperbole himself, Jeremy Clarkson. The article, unlike the live broadcast segment, is supposedly copy- and fact-checked. The aforementioned Lieberman,
Zach Morrison so alike in their beliefs and their total opposition to the other political half of the country that isn’t so present in this part of it. Now, I don’t mean to offend any conservatives; your beliefs are your own, and you have good reasons, I’m sure. I am simply stating that, as a liberal student at Tech, things can get a little overwhelming. That became even clearer when I saw that even the student organization devoted to my set of political ideals (for the most part), felt the need to acknowledge its overwhelming opposition in the West Texas college campus environment. Being liberal presents more than just the obvious challenges of either avoiding argument or constantly having to defend oneself if one has lots of Republican friends, which is a virtual certainty here. It is a more complex is-
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sue that involves social acceptance and even, in not-too-few extreme cases, a moral gap that can become a barrier to a full social college experience. This gap, in my experience, is primarily a religious issue that drives moral stereotypes. Personally, I find it to be unfortunate that our country’s politics involve such a religious aspect that creates such apprehension between the two groups, and that effect does indeed make its way onto our college campus. Not all Republicans are strongly Christian, of course, and there is nothing wrong with that. But of those who are, there are many that would argue Democrats are, by definition of their beliefs, less than “good Christian” people. This belief can lead to the exile of a certain liberal individual from certain significant social groups. Also, not in my case but in a few, a sense of anger towards the conservative crowd on the part of the liberal student can develop, especially if that student has been raised liberal as well as Christian, such as myself. I have a cross tattooed on my back, I vote Democrat and I don’t see a gap between what I learn in church and beliefs that lead me to welcome a bill allowing millions of people to live in fear of a sore throat without healthcare to get it. And I will wholeheartedly agree that parallels with biblical values exist in many ways with conservative views as well. The message is that religion is open to interpretation and nothing to our knowledge is concrete. The way we Copyright © 2011 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. •Breaking News Phone: (806)742-3393, Fax: (806) 742-2434 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org •Corrections Call: (806) 742-3393 Policy: The Daily Toreador strives for accuracy and fairness in the reporting of news. If a report is wrong or misleading, a request for a correction or a clariﬁcation may be made.
who reportedly is a psychiatrist, told Fox News games like “Bulletstorm,” an upcoming game by “Gears of War” developer Epic Games, is responsible for an increase in rapes. If you’re wondering if you read the previous statement correctly, you probably did. Lieberman linked an increase in rapes to violent video games. The exact quote, for the factchecking elite, is this: “The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of [sexual] scenes in video games.” I’ve played the “Bulletstorm” demo. The demo had no singleplayer storyline, much less any sex scenes. The so-called experts seem to be referring to some of the methods for exterminating the opposition, which are referred to as “topless” and “gang bang.” Topless refers to the method where the player detaches the top of the body. The gang-bang achievement is accomplished by killing multiple enemies at once. Not the most family-friendly term, but hardly suggesting one go out and perform any of those two acts, or go out and commit a felony. Especially given how the Entertainment Software Review Board gave the game an M 17+ rating. A Mature rating requires retailers to verify a 17 or older photo ID for purchase. I can imagine how this story got started. It probably involved an intern talking to a co-worker about this cool new game on Xbox Live where the intern got to mutilate this alien-type dude. The co-worker played it, saw the word topless and immediately told the morality police
There are lots of issues surrounding video games. Promoting rape is simply not one of them.
Religion doesn’t, shouldn’t determine political idealogies uring my first week at Texas Tech, all the stereotypes were running through my head. No trees, beautiful women, lots of homework and most prominent, the fact that Republicans practically own this place. It’s not a fact that is limited to Tech, of course. I have spent most of my childhood in Texas, and as such I am accustomed to the fact that conservative ideas and Republican voters dominate most regions of this state. The difference, however, was obvious, when one considers that I was raised in a city environment that does indeed have its liberal aspects, so Lubbock is on a whole different level of conservative. Raider Welcome was my first social experience at Tech, and when I walked into the ballroom with all the tri-folds and tables filled with student organization opportunities, the first thing that stood out to me was the Democrats of Texas Tech, and the biggest sign on the table said, “Yes, we do exist.” I was not at all surprised, given the stereotypes about conservatism that dominate West Texas, but nonetheless it seemed a little funny to me that such a huge part of a population can think
vote and the way we choose the people with whom we spend our time depends not on the fact that we are Christians, Jews or whatever religion, but more what we believe about those religions. Through this I concluded the best advice I can give would be to remember that just because you are conservative or, less likely in this town, liberal doesn’t mean you are a good or bad Christian, it simply means you interpret religion in certain ways and thus believe certain things politically. I would therefore encourage this campus to, firstly, either keep politics and religion a little more separate or, when debating political topics, don’t assume anything about the moral value of your “opponent” based on their political beliefs. In the end, our politicians need to be reminded that we all essentially want the same things: freedom and government that takes care of everyone in turn. Secondly, I would encourage friendships and social structure that doesn’t depend on the false belief that Republicans or Democrats are inherently too different morally or in their beliefs. In the end, I have found, with the right attitude almost anything can be put aside and respected as a difference of opinion and not condemned as “wrong” or a “deal breaker” between potentially good friends. Morrison is a sophomore geography major from The Woodlands. ➤➤ email@example.com •Publishing information Periodical Postage paid by The Daily Toreador, Student Media building, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 79409. Publication number: 766480. The DT is a student newspaper published Monday through Friday, September through May; Tuesdays and Fridays June through August, except during university examination and vacation periods. The DT is funded primarily through advertising revenues generated by the student sales staff with free campus distribution resulting from student service fees. •Subscriptions Call: (806)742-3388 Subscription Rates: $150 annually; single issues: $1. Postmaster: send address changes to The Daily Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409.
ow many of my fellow college students need to start a budget for a vacation coming up in the near future (less than five months)? Have you put away money for it yet? I bet most of the people reading this want to go on vacation during the next school break. Accordingly, I bet a majority of these same people don’t have any money to go anywhere. I see a problem. Let’s be honest, budgeting is hard. Along with working out and getting in shape, maintaining a better spending budget tops the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions. But making a goal like this doesn’t mean that you can simply walk into the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center one time and walk out looking like the new cast member of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” while drinking a protein supplement. It’s a state of mind, and it takes mental pre-preparation, preparation, action and maintenance. Not quite as simple as the picture I painted about becoming an instant meat cake. Before we jump into our budget attack plan, let’s back up and remember what we know about money. For starters, money can buy happiness. Just kidding (but it’s true). But really, think about it. Money can pay your rent, it can buy your groceries, it can buy a small island for the right price and it can buy that motorcycle you’ve been eyeing. So how do we get these things? Will getting paid more help
at Fox. Again, pure speculation, but having played my fair share of games, there is nothing visually or morally startling about “Bulletstorm.” What irks me most about this singular article is the simple lack of facts. There are no facts supporting Lieberman, or at least none viewable to the modern citizen. Rape may be a difficult statistic to track, but the U.S. Department of Justice’s website shows rape is down from 2.5 per 1,000 to 0.3 since 1975, about the same time video games went commercial, for reference. Statistically, then, her claims are inaccurate. Any decent journalist would have noted somewhere in the article about this discrepancy in statistics. Wired News, which on occasion does some good journalism, asked Iowa State University professor Douglas A. Gentile about these claims. Gentile told Wired, “No serious researcher is linking playing violent video games with criminal violence.” Wired also refers readers to a Rock Paper Shotgun page. The page suggests Fox News sensationalized the article by cherry picking. Not surprising. Using the Lieberman school of facts, I conducted a survey. I polled the one person in my dorm room at midnight on Friday. Therefore, I am an expert on people with two feet, and nobody with two feet has ever killed anyone or eaten good nachos. Since nobody at Fox News actually bothers to verify the assertion, it must be true. There are lots of issues surrounding video games. Promoting rape is simply not one of them. Lieberman should reconsider advising patients and definitely should get a nice little ban on her TV news-consulting career. Fox News, meanwhile, needs to seriously fact-check their articles a little more. At least the ones where someone claims an activity that millions do every day is a cause of rape. It’s disrespectful to the victims of the crimes. It is equally as disrespectful to the new punching bag for the media — the gaming masses.
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Congratulations to the people of Egypt By AHMED ABDEL-KHALEK
THE DAILIY REVEILLE (LOUSIANA STATE U.)
The situation was bleak before Jan. 24. There was almost no political contribution for individuals, and the economic situation of the country was suffering from huge amounts of foreign debts, which reflected on individual income and prices. Also, the excessive use of power against opposition from opposing parties — movements like Muslim Brotherhood and individuals like Khaled Saeed, a 28-year-old Egyptian from Alexandria who was murdered in 2010 by two police officers because he had some evidence against some police department officers. After more than two weeks of demonstrations and protests, the Egyptian people are seeking their freedom no matter what it takes. Protesters in Tahrir Square are willing to die in order for their wishes to come true. Appointing Omar Suleiman as a vice president after the position has been vacant for 30 years, and replacing the cabinet with faces from Hosni Mubarak’s same loyal regime is not deceiving people anymore. Actually, people right now are much more aware of what is happening to them and what they are achieving more than ever — both because they have been going through this for 30 years and saw 300 people die during the first five days’ demonstrations. Claims of creating a political gap if Mubarak stepped down immediately is •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 e-mailed to email@example.com or brought to 211 Student Media. 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
not threatening them at all. The new vice president is playing with the Muslim Brotherhood card to warn the West that Egypt may turn out to be another Iran in the next few months, which is not true. In fact, the revolution was created basically by people from all over Egypt — rich and poor, Muslims and Christians, men and women, young and old. Despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is not popular politically, they announced several times before and during the demonstrations that they have no will to run for presidency or claim power and the people believe them. Mubarak’s speech Thursday about giving his authorities to his vice president was really disappointing for most Egyptians, as they wanted his entire regime to step down immediately. They are not worried who would come next because they are pretty sure the military will stand to support them until a safe transition of power is achieved. Many central political figures are ready right now to replace Mubarak, and they already have the people’s support. Amr Moussa, for example, has been the secretary general of the Arab League since 2001 and has been active in Egyptian politics and diplomacy since working as Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs until 2001. I am so happy for my country and happy that people around my age were able to say their words and achieve what Egyptians have dreamed of for so long. I want to congratulate them and tell them we must always take the lead and create their future with our hands. 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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Rinaldo said using this technology, versus more traditional methods, will help marketers better understand how the average consumer thinks when looking at a product. She said businesses will cater to their customers’ needs better with the use of this equipment. “I am designing strategies to reach people better and to help people gain better information,” she said. “I always felt like my job as a marketing researcher is to increase information access and to increase information processing.” Rinaldo insists she is not trying to “read people’s minds,” but instead is trying to improve the standards of marketing research. “I think that marketing often gets a bad rap,” she said. “We’re not trying to get into people’s heads, and we’re really not looking for anything that we haven’t been able to look for now, it’s just that we have a better measurement for it now.” Until the research gets approval from the university’s internal review board, no official experiments can be conducted. However, Rinaldo said she expects to begin gathering official data later during the semester. Rinaldo said she hopes the new equipment helps promote better research on campus as well as gives
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more recognition to Tech as an academic university. “We want to use this as a major research generator,” she said, “and, especially as we move closer to a tier one status as a university, that’s going to be crucial. To be able fund that type of research and know that this research will be published in the top journals in marketing, this will generate a lot of publicity nationally for both the university and the business school.” Joshua Borunda, a first-year marketing graduate student from El Paso, is Rinaldo’s research assistant. He said the lab has opened his eyes to a new method of marketing. “Personally, I think it’s really cool to be able to see what is going on in my brain and see how it reacts to different products,” he said. “It also is a way to open more doors and helps intertwine other fields, like psychology, into the business world.” Borunda said he hopes people will see how valuable this technology is in the field of marketing research and to Tech as a whole. “This is relatively new technology, and I believe cutting edge in the marketing world, so I’m excited to see how it will change the future of marketing,” he said. “My hope is that more marketing and business students will be aware of the research that is getting done not only in the rest of the country, but also right here at Tech.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
After answering correctly which of the choices was not a cheese, the room began to buzz with the question of whether La Seine was a river or a mountain. The answer is river, as most students correctly guessed at French High School Day on Friday. The Texas Tech French department hosted the event to show the benefits of a college degree in French, showcase the department and make the ninth through 12th graders more aware of French culture. “It’s important to inform high schoolers about the benefits of having a degree in something as universal as French,” said Jessica Morrison, a senior French major from Austin. Students from Lubbock High, Monterey and Coronado arrived at 9 a.m., associate professor Carol Edwards said, and after breakfast the students played games, including Pictionary and a traditional French game called Pendu. This is Edwards’ first semester at Tech, she said. Originally from France, she spent last year at the Air Force Academy. Edwards planned and led the event, which also featured student presentations about the department and the French club. Near the end, Tech student volunteers gave tours of campus. One group of high school students sat in on a Tech French class. This year, Tech expanded the French department, adding many new classes like business French and French film, Edwards said. This
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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS studying French visit Texas Tech for breakfast and games Friday in the Foreign Language building.
year also had the highest enrollment of French majors and French graduate students. “Tech is in a time of growth,” Edwards said. “We want to get not only international students, but students from all over Texas and the U.S., and we want to cultivate a relationship with the local community.” Edwards said many of the students who attended had already applied to Tech, and she said hoped the day would help with a smooth transition. She said it would also allow students who might not otherwise consider higher education to experience the college atmosphere and learn about the application process and scholarships offered through the department.
“College should be within the reach of local students,” Edwards said. For all students, the goal was to expose them to more French culture, said Jackie Scrivener, a graduate student in the French department who helped run the event. She said the event was a lot of fun for both the visiting students and the volunteers. Edwards said she received positive feedback from the high school teachers before even the halfway point of the event. She said she was thrilled and hoped to make French High School Day an annual event. The volunteers, all students in the department, facilitated the event and
gave campus tours, Morrison said. While doing this, she said they also were encouraging the high school students to pursue a French major when they choose a college. “French is beautiful; the people are interesting,” Morrison said of why she chose the major. Eventually, Morrison said she hopes to go into international law, and French would help since it is spoken all over the world. “It’s important for students to see the French department at Tech,” Scrivener said. “It really just helps them to know there are more languages out there than just Spanish.”
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anything else for us to participate in right away?’” Boles said, “and as a STAFF WRITER committee we got together and said Saturday morning, participants in we need to do something for our comF.I.T. Tech kicked off their journey to munity that will encourage them to healthier lifestyles at the Texas Tech — you know, you go to a health fair, Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation and you’re picking up information to Center. become active but there isn’t a com“F.I.T. Tech is a program to get munity program, so we put together students, faculty and staff of Texas Get F.I.T. Lubbock.” Tech University, Texas Tech UniThe kick-off event asked particiversity Health Sciences Center and pants to complete a one-mile walk the Texas Tech University System to or a five-kilometer “fun run.” The increase their physical activity and official start of this friendly competiincrease their fruit and vegetable tion begins today. intake and hopefully eat a little better Matt Williams, former kicker overall nutrifor the Tech tionally,” Betty football team, Blanton, a F.I.T. was the moTech organizer, tivational said. speaker for The prothe event. He gram encouragspoke about his es groups of four struggles as a to register and smaller-thanachieve goals of average footpersonal fitness ball player and by completing encouraged 150, 270 or listeners to get 360 minutes fit in simple of exercise per ways, such as week per perdoing a couple son, Blanton of pushups dursaid. This proing television gram lasts eight commercials. BETTY BLANTON weeks, and curOne of ORGANIZER rently around the particiF.I.T. TECH 304 members pants, Ashley are participatMcPherson, a ing. freshman ex“Well, if you look at the statistics ercise sports sciences student from today, as a society, over two-thirds of Lubbock, said becoming involved Americans are overweight or obese, with F.I.T. Tech will help her reach and children are suddenly increasing personal goals and improve her eatin that, so this our chance, our one ing habits. She said she likes how the way to help Texas Tech fight that program is set up for groups. obesity problem from a faculty, staff, “I think it helps keep you motiemployee standpoint,” Blanton said. vated and on track,” said McPherson, F.I.T. Tech began in 2004, and in also a Tech Staff Senate member and 2007 the idea for Get FiT Lubbock employee of Institutional Research. came from Healthy Lubbock Day, “It helps make you liable for exercissaid Annette Boles, assistant unit ing and reporting those minutes, director of education and outreach and when you have a team together, of the Garrison Institute on Aging. it motivates, but it also keeps you “We had a one-day health fair, accountable for what you’re doing.” and people were asking, ‘Do you have ➤➤email@example.com
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International talent show puts 17 cultures on display By CARRIE THORNTON STAFF WRITER
On Saturday night, Texas Tech gave those who do not have the time or money to travel the world a chance to do so just by sitting in the Allen Theatre. The Office of International Affairs partnered with Students for Global Connections in hosting the 2011 International Talent Show where 17 different organizations representing drastically different cultures from around the world showed off their countries with dance, song and fashion. “The events these past couple of weeks have shown how interconnected our globe is,” said Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Office of International Affairs in his opening remarks. “And part of the Texas Tech mission is to make its students globally competent. I wish we could send everyone to study abroad, but what we can do is bring different cultures here on stage.” The event began with a fashion show displaying male and female models dressed in the attire from their specific countries or regions. Following the diverse catwalk performance, the international student associations each took a turn illustrating, through song or dance, their cultures. These 17 groups represented more than 100 countries and their customs. As opposed to international gatherings where purely food and information is presented to curious at-
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THE SRI LANKAN Student Association performs an example of a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony in which the groom’s family welcomes the bride to the family. The performance was part of the International Talent Show in the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building on Saturday.
tendees, displaying a country’s song and dance gives more of an insight to what the culture is actually like, said Abdullah Alsinan, a junior petroleum engineering major from Qatif, Saudi Arabia. “Food is always good; it gives you an image of the culture and an idea of the whole country,” he said, “but dance is regional and represents parts of a country.” The Sri Lankan Student Association, for example, utilized song and dance to perform a scene from an opera depicting the welcoming of a newlywed MEMBERS OF THE Chinese Student Association do a traditional Taicouple by the groom’s family. wanese tribal dance to the 1996 Olympics song “Return to Innocence” Costumes, gestures, hospitality during the International Talent Show in the Allen Theatre in the Student and song combined gave audi- Union Building on Saturday. ence members a true taste of the culture. said she enjoyed the entertain“I really wanted the (Tech “I think these events are im- ment as well as education. community) to get a chance to portant for Americans who don’t “ I t d e f i n i t e l y b r o a d e n e d learn more about all the counhave any idea about countries everyone’s horizons, and I actu- tries we represent here at Texas in Asia or the ally learned Tech,” she said, “and show their Middle East, s o m e t h i n g love for different countries and and that they from the slide cultures.” can learn shows,” she For the international stuabout them said. dents she worked with, Mainini through song U b a n k said this event is the only one and dance,” came to the that gathers them all together Alsinan said. e v e n t w i t h in celebration of their diversity “ I t ’s i m p o rvisiting fami- and gives them a chance to show tant for us ly and friends others what they are about. international who simply “Everything went perfect,” students to w e r e l o o k - she said. “For West Texas espeteach them ing for some- cially, we really wanted to take something thing differ- people away. The theme was about our culent and fun ‘Travel the world in one eveture.” ABDULLAH ALSINAN t o d o , a n d ning,’ and I think the mission Another she said they was really accomplished.” JUNIOR PETROLEUM spectator, like came to the After arriving in Lubbock ENGINEERING MAJOR many others, right place. nine months ago, Mainini said, FROM SAUDI ARABIA professed The chair she noticed many students did interest in of the event, not have the urge to travel and the African Julia Mainini, learn about other cultures, and dance displayed by three stu- said the show exceeded her ex- she wanted to bring her passion dents. Hannah Ubank, a junior pectations, and she was pleased for international knowledge to psychology major from Whitney, with the turnout as well. Tech. “My ultimate goal was to bring peace and have an event that can bring very different cultures together so everyone can get to know each other,” she said, “and in the end, love each other.”
It’s important for us international students to teach (Americans) something about our culture
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The Red Raiders missed three shots in their scoring drought, and Robert Lewandowski missed two free throws that would have tied the game. “We missed shots. You’ve got to make layups, you’ve got to hit free throws, and, I mean, if you hit the layup, hit your free throws, you score four to six points there,” Tech coach Pat Knight said. “So it’s nothing like they did anything, like they clamped down on us, it was us.” Tech had two chances to tie the game at the end, with a long 3-point attempt by Brad Reese going off the left side of the rim. But two Aggie defenders fought with each other for the ball and inadvertently knocked the ball out of bounds, giving Tech one last breath of life. A chaotic inbounds play found Roberson as he dribbled backward and launched a desperate 3-pointer from the elbow that nearly found its mark but bounced harmlessly off the rim. “We played good for, I guess you could say, 37 minutes, but the last couple of minutes, man, we just lost it on free-throw blockouts,” Tech guard David Tairu said. “I think there was one instance where Nathan Walkup — the free throw was
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Tomlinson broke things open in the fourth inning, launching a two-run shot over the left field wall to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 advantage. Saturday’s weather — a first-pitch temperature of 61 degrees with some wind gusts — played a factor into his hitting, Tomlinson said. “Yeah, the wind is blowing pretty good here (Saturday), “ Tomlinson said. “Not too bad, and I just got lucky with a good pitch to hit and 3-1 count to get a fastball.” Tech followed up the alumni’s one-run effort in the top of the fifth with a four-run outing in the sixth, two of the runs batted in by LeJeune. LeJeune, like Tech’s Davis Paiz, went 2-for-4 at the plate. McGruder went 2-for5, scoring two runs and generating three RBIs, a team high. The pitching staff for Tech was comprised of Kilcrease, Jamen Parten, John Neely, Zach Fowler, Aaron Corwin and Trey Masek, in that order. Parten led all Red Raider pitchers with three strikeouts. The Red Raiders, however, made their living off six errors from the alumni, leading to nine unearned runs. Tech did not play a perfect game, either, accounting for two errors of its own. Spencer said this week is going to concentrate on fixing errors and clutch batting prior to beginning the regular season against Western Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday at Dan Law Field. “I thought that we were average defensively,” Spencer said. “We got to be better with men in scoring position, and we got to be clean defensively. We got time, we got a week to figure that out.”
“A whole lot of strikes,” Richburg said, when asked what he saw from Red Raider pitchers, “which, you know, I think (Tech has) had some trouble with in the past, and I think that’s the biggest key for them … they’ve got to throw strikes.” Alumnus Chad Bettis, a 2010 secondround draft pick of the Colorado Rockies, also honed in on strikes in the early going. Bettis struck out two batters, Jamodrick McGruder and Kelby Tomlinson, to start his shift on the mound before forcing Barrett Barnes into a groundout to end the inning. Bettis’ reign of dominance, however, would last just that one inning. The Red Raiders struck first, in the second inning, when senior Nick Popescu drove a double down the left field foul line, bringing in Scott LeJeune for the first run. Bettis would not return in the third inning. With players like Bettis, Richburg and Bobby Doran featured in the alumni’s lineup, it could be easy to believe the Red Raiders are the only ones who can learn and grow from an experience like the alumni game — Richburg said that is not the case. “Most of us (alumni), the guys that are still playing, haven’t faced a game situation in five months now,” Richburg said. “A lot of those guys are still our friends, so just to get out here and play with them is really a good time.” A good time turned into another blowout for Tech, although not as drastic as last season’s 21-1 final score. ➤➤email@example.com
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Neither team would get its lead to more than four points the rest of the way, as each team battled for possession. Overall, there were nine lead changes and six ties throughout the contest. Reese led all scorers with 18 points, while Tairu added 16 and Roberson, 10. On the night, Tech finished 8-18 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Red Raiders now are on a three-game skid after winning three in a row. Knight said he is going to make an anti-highlight
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The No. 21 Texas Tech men’s golf team returns to action, making its way to San Antonio to compete in the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational today. Their last time out, the Red Raiders finished sixth at the Ameri Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. Tech coach Greg Sands said he was pleased by his team’s performance, despite finishing in the middle of the pack. “Well, we felt like we were in contention; that’s always kind of a goal,” he said, “and even though we didn’t play good the last round, it’s always good to have a chance to win.” The two-day tournament is played at Oak Hills Country Club with play beginning at 8 a.m. today and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The field for this tournament will not consist of ranked opponents, a first for the Red Raiders this spring. But Tech does get to confront some Big 12 Conference rivals. In the 17-team field, the Red Raiders get the opportunity to take on Baylor, Oklahoma and Iowa State. Other teams competing this week include North Texas, Rice, Sam Houston State and Texas State. Tech junior Tyler Weworski, who finished fourth in the last tournament — the highest finish of his career — said he is happy with the team’s start to the spring, and this week’s tournament will not be overlooked because of a decline in top-tier opponents. “I’m really, really happy about the
Pole-vaulter Shade Weygandt placed second in the pole vault this week, finishing behind the No. 1 pole-vaulter in the nation, Tina Sutej of Arkansas. Bryce Lamb continued his string of strong showings, jumping 7.77M on his first attempt in the long jump. The jump was good for sixth in the event. Caroline Karunde keeps elevating her spot among the nation’s best, setting a new personal best in the mile with a time of 4:40.43. The time was good enough for second this weekend and put her in the top 10 nationally for the mile. Tech’s individual success, however, did not translate to titles. The only win for the Tech came from the women’s distance relay. The team of Purity Biwott, Kelsey Lloyd, Caroline Jepleting and Caroline Karunde ran an 11:12.72 relay for the win. Kittley said his team is ready for the Big 12 Championships but needs some key athletes to return to action. “Were going to have another tune-up meet at home this week,” Kittley said. “We have a few people coming back from injury before the championships. I’m definitely excited for the meet.” The next meet for both Tech track teams will be the Texas Tech Quad Meet in the Athletic Training Center on Friday.
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Red Raiders take second annual Tech alumni game, 12-2
TECH LOSES TO TEXAS A&M, DROPS THIRD STRAIGHT
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TEXAS TECH ALUMNI pitcher A.J. Ramos throws a pitch during the Texas Tech Alumni Game on Saturday at Dan Law Field.
By JOSE RODRIGUEZ SPORTS EDITOR
Then having the jitters must have been a positive. Kilcrease pitched the first two innings for Tech, logging one strikeout and allowing one hit in a 12-2 victory for the Red Raiders against the Tech alumni. The alumni bats were held at bay for four innings before their first run came home in the top of the fifth inning. Chris Richburg, who served as a Red Raider infielder from 2005-09, said Tech’s pitchers — most of who lack quality time as starters — were locked in on the strike zone throughout the ball game.
It is tough to decide on one individual who is most anxious for Texas Tech baseball’s regular-season opener, but pitcher Robbie Kilcrease may be at the very top of the list. Kilcrease, a redshirt junior who underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the beginning of the 2010 season, got the nod from Tech coach Dan Spencer to start the second annual alumni game on Saturday at Dan Law Field. “I had a little jitters coming out the first time, you know,” Kilcrease said after the game. “I’m glad we got it out of the way; it’s almost like a big dress ALUMNI on Page 7 ➤ ➤ rehearsal for next week.” FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 12, continued 2011
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WALLY DUNN SHOWS disappointment after Texas Tech’s 3-point loss to Texas A&M on Saturday in United Spirit Arena. The loss was Tech’s third straight.
Texas Tech basketball was unable to keep up with its own fast start Saturday afternoon, losing to rival Texas A&M, 70-67, in United Spirit Arena. A back-and-forth battle in the waning minutes, Tech (11-14, 3-7 in Big 12 Conference play) went up on a 3-pointer by John Roberson, 65-63, with three minutes and 33 seconds remaining in the contest. However, the Red Raiders then went the next 3:13 without a point, allowing the Aggies (19-5, 6-4) to build a 68-65 lead with 20 seconds left. BEAT continued on Page 7 ➤➤
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Athletes set personal bests at Tyson Invitational By THORN COMPTON STAFF WRITER
In their last big meet before the Big 12 Conference Championships, the No. 4 Red Raiders and No. 18 Lady Raiders competed in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., leaving with many personal-best numbers. Texas Tech coach Wes Kittley
said the meet was very tough but thought his teams had some quality performances. Considering the number of athletes Tech sent to the meet, Kittley said there are going to be negatives to accompany the many positives. “We brought 50 people up with us to Tyson,” Kittley said, “so there are bound to be some good per-
formances and not so good performances. The competition was tremendous, and I’m pleased with the way our team performed.” Junior sprinter Terra Evans, who set a school record in the 60-meter sprint for the Lady Raiders, highlighted the list of personal bests. Her time of 7.37 seconds made her the only women’s sprinter to make it out
of the preliminary rounds. Erica Alexander and Tara Thomas also set new personal bests this weekend, placing 25th and 30th overall, respectively. Kelsey Lloyd and Katie Grimes both set new personal records in the 60-meter hurdles for the Lady Raiders. Lloyd’s time of 7.45 seconds came in the semi-finals, while Grimes’ time of 7.48 seconds came in the consolation final. The men’s 60-meter hurdle also had its share of record numbers. Jamele Mason, Brandon Tucker and Shane Brathwaite all set new personal bests. Bryce Brown was Tech’s top finisher in the hurdles, finishing sixth in the finals. Kittley said seeing all the personal bests set in this meet gives him confidence in his athletes going into the Big 12 Championships. “I felt it was a good meet — not a great meet, but a good one,” Kittley said. “We’ve gone to A&M and Tyson and competed well, which was a big goal for us. We were put in the war and had some good performances.” TRACK continued on Page 7 ➤➤
Published on Feb 13, 2011