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World powers coax Iran into saving nuclear talks ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — World powers offered broader concessions than ever to Iran in attempts Wednesday to keep alive diplomatic channels that seek to rein in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and prevent it from building an atomic weapon. The offer was hailed by Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top official at diplomatic talks in Kazakhstan, who said it represented a “turning point” by world powers to compromise on Tehran’s uranium enrichment program after years of delicate negotiations that nearly dissolved last June. The proposal allows Iran to keep a limited amount of highly enriched uranium — but not make any more — stops short of demanding the full shutdown of an underground nuclear facility, and offers to remove some trade sanctions that have hurt Iran’s economy.

Algerian in Jihad Jane plot faces US extradition DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian man wanted by American authorities over the abortive “Jihad Jane” plot to assassinate a Swedish artist was arrested while leaving an Irish courthouse Wednesday and could face U.S. extradition demands within hours. Ali Charaf Damache, 47, had just walked free from a court in Waterford, southeast Ireland, after three years in an Irish prison when detectives acting on an American extradition warrant rearrested and escorted him, handcuffed, to an unmarked police car. Court officials said his extradition proceedings could begin Thursday in Dublin High Court.

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Small explosion occurs in CASNR Annex By CATHERINE MCKEE AND MATT DOTRAY THE DAILY TOREADOR

The smell of gas was evident on 15th Street and Detroit Avenue after a small explosion occurred at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Annex at Texas Tech, in which no injuries were reported. Chris Cook, managing director of the Office of Communications and Marketing, said there was a gas leak in an interior wall and a maintenance worker went to investigate. When the worker flipped the light switch, he said it triggered a small explosion. The Lubbock Fire Department, Lubbock Police Department and Tech Police Department responded to the scene. No fire followed the explosion, Cook said, and the leak was contained. However, he said he was unsure what caused the leak. Cook said he had no confirmation of

anyone being in the building at the time of the explosion. Blane Potts, a first-year landscape architecture major from Lubbock, said he was working in a lab in the annex with two other students and smelled gas prior to the explosion. He said upon smelling the gas, he and his friends reported the odor to professors, but did not think anything of it. Potts said he and his friends knew something was wrong when they saw flashing police car lights outside their window. After evacuating the building, Potts said he spoke with an uninjured student who said he was in the graduate studio next to the room in which the explosion occurred. The student, Potts said, told him what happened in the explosion. “Something in the wall, the gas in the wall ignited or something, and it blew a hole supposedly this big,” he said, making a footand-a-half square with his hands. EXPLOSION continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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POLICE AND FIRETRUCKS surround the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Annex building Wednesday. Chris Cook, managing director of the Office of Communications and Marketing, said there was a small explosion and no one was injured.

SGA senator writes child care legislation By CAROLYN HECK STAFF WRITER

One Student Government Association senator is attempting to pass legislation, which would push for Texas Tech administration to approve affordable, on-campus child care for students, faculty and staff. Katherine Lindley, a budgeting and finance graduate senator from Colleyville, said the day care provided by the Child Development and Research Center is too expensive, and with a waitlist of up to a year or more, is not a reasonable option for today’s student. “The CDRC is for anyone to use,” she said. “You don’t have to have a tie to Tech to be able to send your kid there. And the tuition cost to go there is not affordable for a student to be able to send their kid there.” Lindley said she wrote the child care legislation, which calls for the university to assemble a task force to look into the issue of child care on campus. The task force would then make recommendations to administration on whether or not a new center is necessary, she said. “All we are doing is asking that Texas Tech create a task force that can investigate this and come up with plans as to where we could put the location,” she said, “plans as to how would we build it, how would we run it — really get the ball going.” Even though the details are not for SGA to decide, Lindley said her ideal child care center for Tech would be either on campus or within five miles, and provide services specifically tailored to Tech students, faculty and staff. “It would be at an affordable cost,” she said, “but it would also use developmentally appropriate practice and would hopefully go beyond the state minimum requirements in providing education for students.” This is not the first time Tech has investigated the issue of child care, Lindley said. One instance was in 1999. “They created a committee charged to go out and see if child care was an issue for students, staff and faculty,” she said. “And they came back and found that, yes, this was a big issue — that our student, staff and faculty needed an affordable place to send their kids while they’re at work or school.” Nothing ever resulted from the findings, she said, until about 2010, when university administration created a similar, smaller task force that looked into the same issue and came back with the same ADVERTISING: 806-742-3384

recommendation to build a facility. “And to my knowledge,” she said, “and all the research I’ve done and people I’ve talked to, nothing really came of this.” Dominick Casadonte, interim dean of the Graduate School and a supporter of the legislation, said one reason the recommendation was never answered was most likely a lack of funding. Issues such as liability, staffing, available facilities and level of care may also have been problematic, he said. However, Lindley said she believes the cost of building a child care center would be offset by the tuition of the students it would attract. “One of the speculations that we haven’t built one yet is the cost,” she said. “But just to put this in perspective, this is something that our competitors, like University of Texas, have already in place for students, so if we, too, build this, it might help us attract more students.” For graduate students who attend Tech or who look at Tech as a potential school, a center could seal the deal, Casadonte said. More graduate students are parents now than ever, he said, so when a university makes itself invested in both their academic and personal success, it creates a win-win situation for both the university and the students. “I think as we push toward increasing our enrollment,” he said, “one of the things I think we really have to do to set ourselves apart is to let people know that, once again, that beside providing quality academics, we want to provide quality life characteristics for our students and faculty as well.” Rachel Engler, a human development family studies graduate student from Canyon, went to West Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree while raising her daughter as a single mother. During her first year at A&M, she was unable to put her child in day care on campus, which made balancing classes and taking care of her daughter difficult. “Some of my classes would be in the morning,” Engler said, “and I’d have some evening classes, so it just created some logistics problems for getting her.” She was eventually able to enroll her child in on-campus day care, she said, which meant she could see her in between classes with little trouble. “It’s nice to be able to go grab your kid for a little while and eat lunch with them,” Engler said. CHILD CARE continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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NOEL DUBAK, A director of recruitment and development for Bartlett Tree Experts, talks to Trevor Denies, a senior crop and soil science major from Houston, about working for Bartlett during the CASNR Career Expo on Wednesday in the Student Union Ballroom.

Ag students attend career expo By EMILY GARDNER STAFF WRITER

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and University Career Services hosted their annual career expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Union Building Ballroom. The career center partnered with CASNR to host the expo, said Jared Lay, assistant director of the career center and CASNR liaison. The expo has been offered to students for 20 years. “(The purpose of the expo) is just to have our

employers meet our students,” he said. “And, like I said, a lot of these students are coming from all across the country or local, and they’re just — they’re trying to find our seniors full-time jobs, our graduates full-time, and even our alumni can come to this.” The expo is used to provide students and future employers with face-to-face meetings used for networking purposes, especially because job applications can be completed online now, Lay said. EXPO continued on Page 2 ➤➤

Honors College offers more than extra work By NIKKI CULVER STAFF WRITER

To some students, being in the Honors College sounds like a lot of extra work. In reality, the Honors College at Texas Tech requires students to take 24 hours of honors work as part of their 120 required to graduate, maintain a minimum GPA and enjoy the many benefits. The Honors College offers many things, from small classes to research opportunities for its enrolled students. Stephen Fritz, dean of the Honors College, said the college has the benefits of both a private and public college. “We have small classes,” he said. “You have an adviser in the Honors College, you’ve got an adviser in your major. It’s about critical thinking. It’s not about showing that you can work harder because you’ve already proven that. If you’re admitted to the Honors

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As a teaching assistant and graduate student, Lindley said she sees parenting students in similar situations as Engler’s, which is why she hopes she can get SGA behind her legislation. “Talking to fellow supporters of it, like Dean Casadonte,” she said, “it seems that if we get students behind it, it’ll give it more momentum with

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the university. They’ll realize that it’s something that we — the students want.” The legislation is being introduced to the SGA during its next session, and Lindley said she encourages those who are affected by the issue to share their opinions during the open forum before each meeting. Those who wish to speak should email SGA Internal Vice President Noelle Trotter ahead of time to be recognized, Lindley said. ➤➤check@dailytoreador.com

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Identifying the gaps, he said, involves people figuring out who they are, where they were, where they’re going and why. “Once you identify where your gaps are, it’s just like having a leak in the roof,” Anderson said. “When you identify where the hole is, you can fill those holes. When you don’t know where the hole is, you can’t fill it.” Once all the holes are filled, managing money and thinking about the future becomes much easier, he said. While talking about the principles of financial planning, Anderson discussed the importance of goals, priorities, doing what is of interest and creating multiple streams of money. It is impossible to live without finances, he said, and it is important that people start thinking about money and become educated on

managing time. “I cannot do anything without money,” Anderson said. “I cannot get here without money. I can’t leave the house without money. It’s our financial lives. When you try to budget over here and live over here, it’s not going to work.” The lecture, hosted by Red to Black, was part of the “First Comes Love, Then Comes Money,” theme for Thursday. Earlier this week, Red to Black had events where students could get financial check-ups and learn at information booths. “It’s a week where we try to let students know about Red to Black and about the financial education that we have,” Sasha Whitley, a financial coach said. “That’s what it is. It’s a big yell in a little sea of people. To let them know that we’re around, and we want

to help them out.” Whitley said Red to Black offers one-on-one sessions, as well as workshops, to assist students in all types of financial planning, including managing a budget, student loans or credit cards. When it comes to understanding finances, she said students are at a very important age. “That’s when you’re kind of figuring out where your life is going,” Whitley said. “We also have a large life event, where you find a job and you inherit a lot of money. So if you don’t know how to budget that money, you’ll just spend it and you won’t save anything.” If interested, students either can make an appointment with Red to Black or visit the walk-in hours. ➤➤mdotray@dailytoreador.com

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PHOTO BY WILLIAM ROBIN/The Daily Toreador CLYDE ANDERSON, A financial lifestyle coach and entrepreneur, talks about wealth and fiscal responsibility as a part of Red to Black’s eighth annual Financial Education Week on Wednesday in the Escondido Theater of the Student Union Building. Red to Black also will host an information booth in the Free Speech Area and a financial check-up site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Double T Room of the SUB.

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As a part of the eighth annual Financial Education Week, Red to Black hosted a seminar given by Clyde Anderson, a financial lifestyle coach and author of the book, “What Had Happened Was.” Anderson, who lives in Atlanta, said he visited Tech to show students how to make and manage his money, which he said he loves to do. Although his mother never discussed finances, being an entrepreneur was what he said he always wanted to do. After college, Anderson said he started working in the mortgage industry and dealt with all sorts of people with different types of financial problems. Following the publication of his book, Anderson said he began making a lot of money and began to spend more than he was earning. After finding it harder to pay his credit card bills, he said he began to realize the importance of managing finances and the reality of money. “What I really understood as I began to talk to more and more people,” he said, “was that a lot of people I was talking to, they were just trying to figure out how to make it through now until next week. They were trying to figure out how do (they) take care of the things that (they) need to next week.” As the economy began to shift, he said a lot of people began to become financially hurt, and that’s when he knew that financial literacy needed to change. “We have to do things differently,” Anderson said. “We have to change the way we do things. And one of the things I think that we really have to change is the way we educate people about finances. The way we talk about finances.” In his lecture, Anderson focused on three main points, which was identifying the gaps, principles of finance and wealth.

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“But, this way, it actually brings some employers here, and you can talk to them face-to-face about some companies you might not ever even heard of before,” he said. “So that’s a nice aspect to it.” Gavilon, U.S. Department of Agriculture and ValleyCrest were some of the companies in attendance, Lay said, and he sees students receive internship and job offers as a result of the expo. The expo usually averages 25 to 30 companies, he said, but because of the blizzard Monday, the employer turnout was smaller than normal. About 300 students attended the expo, Lay said, and of those students, 60 percent were seniors. Justin Gonzales, a sophomore agricultural communications major from Ingram, said she came to the expo to look at internship possibilities and career opportunities for the future. “I want to keep in the (agriculture) business,” she said, “and so it’s really interesting to see, you know, what companies and what family-owned businesses are here.” Gonzales said she learned about what the different companies had to offer and will attend the expo again next year to remain in contact with companies she has already met, as well as create new contacts. Ty Golliner, a senior agricultural and applied economics major from Fort Stockton, said it was his first time at the expo, and he chose to attend because he is about to graduate and should be looking for a job. Golliner said he hoped to take away a better understanding of what to do at

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RON HONIG, SEAMAN Crop Consulting Supervisor, talks to Kendall Welfce, a sophomore agricultural business major from La Grange, about working for Seaman Crop Consulting during the CASNR Career Expo on Wednesday in the Student Union Ballroom.

a career expo as well as a job. Josh Carden, a senior agricultural and applied economics major from Elberta, Ala., also said it was his first time at the expo, and he came out to set up a career for himself and make sure his classes are helping him to get the job he wants. “You get to see what they’re looking for,” he said, “see what benefits you as far as the classes I’ve taken, and what isn’t as much of a benefit.” Carden said he regrets not attending the expo in past years especially because not as many companies were in attendance this year. Account manager for ValleyCrest

Jamie Hamilton said ValleyCrest has attended the expo before and thinks turnout was low because of the snowstorm. Hamilton said he returns to the expo because he was a Texas Tech graduate and there are talented students at Tech. Chris Farley, assistant director of the Texas Christian University Ranch Management program, said he has been attending the expo for years and filled out the application to attend online. “I come here to look for those students that want to continue their educations in production agriculture in a graduate level program that teaches the economics of ranching or the business of ranching,” he said.

Farley said he hopes the expo connects faculty and students to the job market. “Hopefully, it connects faculty with the job market out there so that the faculty know what jobs are out there and they get in touch with what they should be teaching their students to prepare them to get out on the job market,” he said. “And also for those students to start thinking about what kind of jobs are out there — whether they’re fixing to graduate or maybe they’re just a freshman or sophomore, but they need to figure out where they want to be based on the jobs that are out there.” ➤➤egardner@dailytoreador.com

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The explosion was blocked from spreading by a refrigerator, which was in front of the gas pipe, Potts said. He said the sound was described to him as that of a door slamming. “We weren’t even in the room,” he said, “we were listening to music, we didn’t hear it.” The student whom he spoke to, Potts said, said he did not realize the door slamming sound was that of an explosion. “He’s the one who heard the explosion and he was just telling us,” he said. “He said honestly he didn’t even think anything of it, he just thought somebody was slamming the door, like the janitor slamming the door or something.” At press time, The Daily Toreador was unable to speak with the Lubbock Fire Department or the Tech Police Department. Check The DT’s website and Twitter for updates.

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Students participate in belly dancing class By ASHLYN TUBBS STAFF WRITER

When teaching her class, Bryanne Velarde watches beginners walk in the room displaying reservations and insecurities. These feelings do not last long, though. “By the time they leave I see their confidence and their inner goddess come out, and in class I see them be a slave to the music,” Velarde said, “not caring what they look like or who they are, of all ages. That’s what I love about teaching belly dance classes.” Velarde, a Texas Tech alumna, has belly danced for 12 years and taught classes for nine. As part of Feed Your Body and Soul Week, a week dedicated to promoting awareness about eating disorder, body image and soulful living, Velarde teaches this free class each year to students, faculty and staff of all ages to teach them awareness about health for their body types. “Everyone is their own kind of woman,” she said “and most thing is confidence no matter what your body type, body weight, maybe what you look like, your hair color, your skin color, whatever it is, just to be happy and proud of who you are.”

The class is to showcase belly dancing, Velarde said, because belly dancing evokes women’s inner goddess in all different body types. “The stigma is always skinny,” she said, “and yes, I am skinny, but I have to work twice as hard as any other body type.” Belly dancing helps keep people healthy emotionally and physically, Velarde said. “It’s just a really good hobby to get into,” she said, “just to stay fit and just to bond with other women.” Vanessa Webb, a freshman computer science major from Dallas, attended the class and said it is her fourth week taking the class. “I think it’s pretty cool,” she said. “I’m thinking about continuing the belly dancing class so I can join the Mystic Shimmy Belly Dance group, which is a belly dancing group here at Tech, and you go out and do group performances and spread it around Lubbock.” Webb said she enjoys saying she can belly dance because it is not that common, she said. “It’s a total workout too,” she said, “so that’s pretty cool.” Velarde has outstanding endurance and is an amazing instructor, Webb said.

“It’s crazy she can teach all those classes in a row,” she said, “and she has a lot of rhythm. She’s an inspiration for us all.” Belly dancing does not seem like a workout, Webb said. “I mean, you feel the burn at times,” she said, “but dancing is pretty fun.” Many dancers wore belly scarves during the class, and Webb said wearing one actually improves her performance. “It really does help with hearing and actually seeing what you’re doing,” she said. “You can really see it shaking.” Erica Brooks, a freshman computer engineering major from Houston, and Iris Contreraz, a sophomore human development and family studies major from Dallas, are roommates who attended the class together. Brooks discovered the class on TechAnnounce. “I saw free belly dancing class and free T-shirts,” she said, “so I was like, ‘Oh yeah, let’s go.” The class was a new experience for Brooks and said she learned dancing is a form of working out. “It works you out, but it’s not hard,” she said. “It’s more fun actually. You get to learn new things that you’re not used to.” On the other hand, Contreraz had

Obama highlights obesity progress in MS CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday congratulated this Southern state for a more than 13 percent drop in its child obesity rates, saying its example should inspire the rest of the country. It’s the reason she made Mississippi the first stop on a two-day tour to promote her signature effort, the anti-childhood obesity campaign she launched three years ago called “Let’s Move.” In remarks at an elementary school near Jackson, the first lady cited new research showing that childhood obesity rates among elementary school pupils in the state had declined by 13.3 percent between 2005 and 2011. “What’s happening here in Mississippi is really what ‘Let’s Move’ is all about,” she told an audience of state officials, school nutrition professionals and parents. She urged them to keep on doing what they’ve been doing. “It’s the story of what you all have achieved here that we want to tell. It’s the story we want to be telling in every state all across this country,” the first lady said. When she visited Mississippi three years ago, it had just been declared the most obese state in the nation, she said. But things have begun to turn around in just a few short years. Mrs. Obama attributed the decline in childhood obesity rates here

to efforts by state lawmakers, the Board of Education and individual school districts, which she said took such steps as setting new standards for food and drinks in school vending machines, serving more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and replacing food fryers with steamers, to which she exclaimed, “Hallelujah.” Some churches even declared “no-fry” zones for their congregations, where only healthy food and nothing fried was allowed. “So there’s no reason why this success can’t happen in cities and states all across the country — if we’re willing to work for it,” Mrs. Obama said. “So now is the time for us to truly double down on these efforts. We know what works. We’re seeing it right here. We know how to get results. Now we just need to keep stepping up.” The first lady said Mississippi, and other parts of the country that also have seen their childhood obesity rates come down — including California and New York City and Philadelphia — are showing others what works. After all, she said, “love for our children” is the motivating factor. Mrs. Obama was joined by Food Network star and daytime talk-show host Rachael Ray, who arranged for two school chefs to compete to prepare lunches that meet newly adopted federal nutrition guidelines. “I’m here to say, Mississippi,

thank you. Thank you so much. Congratulations on your work,” the first lady said. “Thank you for taking the lead on this issue. Thank you for serving as an inspiration for states and communities across the country.” About one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, among other ailments. Mrs. Obama launched “Let’s Move” with the goal of helping to reduce childhood obesity rates within a generation. In response, a range of industry groups and others, including food companies, restaurants, retailers and others, promised to make their food healthier and make it easier for kids to get needed exercise. Among the changes: Wal-Mart is now putting special labels on some of its store-brand products to help shoppers quickly spot healthier items. Millions of schoolchildren are helping themselves to vegetables from salad bars that have been donated for their lunchrooms. Kids’ meals at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are automatically served with a side of fruit or vegetables and a glass of low-fat milk. For the cafeteria cook-off, each school chef was paired with a professional chef and each team was given 30 minutes to prepare a lunch for 20 kids that met federal nutrition guidelines.

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TEXAS TECH ALUMNA Bryanne Velarde instructs the free belly dancing class as part of the Feed Your Body and Soul Week. Students, faculty and staff of various ages attended the free class.

attended many Zumba classes before taking the belly dancing class and said even though you feel pain initially during the workout, it goes away once you are use to the movements. “I definitely did like it a little bit more than Zumba,” she said, “just because of the little shimmy shimmy

that we had to keep on doing.” One new concept Contreraz learned is how to correctly move her shoulders, since she was moving her entire body. “I didn’t know there was a correct way to do it,” she said, “so that was definitely one for the book.”

Contreraz and Brooks encourage students, faculty and staff of all ages to consider taking belly dancing classes. “If you don’t like doing the whole weight lifting and doing your own workout routine,” Contreraz said, “then dancing is definitely the way to go. “

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upgrade to the resumes of members. “I think that the Honors College experience is the value-added component to the Tech experience,” he said. “You don’t need honors to graduate from Tech, but this is a value-added component.” While some students might be daunted by the idea of taking 24 hours of honors classes, Fritz assures the work is worth the benefits. “I think we offer access in the form of access to professional degrees, to law, to medicine, to pharmacy, to graduate (courses), to degrees, to all the majors around campus,” Fritz said, “and the worth of the honors experience, I think is dem-

onstrated in the fact that 44 percent of all the students invited to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa are honors students.” Fritz said Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honors society in the country. Medley said the college is discussionbased. “It’s very interactive because of the smaller classes and those top-notch professors,” she said. “They’re able to have a depth and breadth of education within those subjects that is very unique and different from the regular university experience.”

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“In order to complete the honors program, you take eight courses that are designated honors,” she said. “That translates into 24 hours, and you can contract six of those hours, so you would essentially make a class honors that was not originally honors by collaborating with the professor and maybe doing an extra project or extra paper. That’s the only time that honors is extra work.” While it’s not required to have honors courses to graduate, Fritz said it adds an

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onnectivity has recently become as easy as the click of a button; or rather the filling out of all your personal information, the posting of your personal pictures, and a couple of buttons. With social networking sites like Facebook, staying in contact with distant relatives and sharing more in depth with immediate family has become simplified. However, does this instant information sharing and 24-hour access provide a little bit too much insight? Does being able to know what your brother ate for lunch and what your grandmother’s favorite cat has been up to breach an informal ceiling of over-sharing? For distant relatives who live longer than a 20-minute car drive away, Facebook provides a quick and convenient way to share pictures, events and general snapshots of daily life to those members of their family they might not otherwise see. From a video of the latest baby’s first steps to highlights of a young adult’s graduation, it’s a welcome invention of technology to make keeping in touch so easy. There is a darker side to this

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argument. It’s nearly impossible to not become so annoyed with someone’s ramblings or constant game invitations that their entire newsfeed is blocked at some point or another. Tirades of Farmville requests for wood or urgings to use “daily love compatibility” calculators has more than once had me at wit’s end with annoyance. More irritating than games and over-sharing is the political side of Facebook. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but it seems that on the Internet everyone loses that instinct to nod and smile politely that so often keeps us out of arguments and away from each other’s throats. I’m a firm believer in there being a time and place to confront those with conflicting opinions, but doing so over the medium of Internet puts that argument in a public forum which can

be embarrassing. In addition, people seem to work up a mighty amount of nerve when they can’t see someone’s initial reaction. This leads to some choice people picking arguments that are not worth it, or being unable to read another person’s body language to understand exactly when the disagreement needs to stop. Living in conservative Texas and growing up in a family that originated here, politics, strong moral opinions and social media have never been a terrific mix. I have been told before that rather than be faced with a constant tirade of pro-life and pro-gun advertisements and rants, I should align myself with those who fit better with my own liberal views. This is not a realistic approach when it comes to befriending relatives on Facebook. You can either choose to get into debate after debate with what can possibly be a brick wall of a family member, or you can learn to hold your tongue (fingers) and choose your battles. Feelings are a very real, present thing, even if the argument isn’t face-to-face. Another thing to be on the lookout for is tagged pictures of yourself. In the best case scenario,

a photo of you surfaces that’s a bit unflattering — and perhaps embarrassing. In the worst case scenario, you’re caught with perhaps something less than legal, or in the midst of a keg stand. College life is to be enjoyed, but social media makes that extremely public. Be sure to watch where you’re tagged, by whom, and then think about just who might be seeing these photos. My advice is to be cautious, wise and considerate when using social media under the eye of your family members. Don’t be antagonistic, don’t share things that aren’t appropriate to be seen by Grandma (or opt for that handy “custom view” button and don’t allow those who might be offended to see it), and it’s probably not a bad idea to keep yourself untagged from the pictures of Friday night’s party. Social media’s tendency to provide too much information may land you in trouble with your elder relatives — or worse — cause tense relations with the entire family on a personal basis. Smith is a sophomore sociology major from Lubbock. ➤➤ dsmith@dailytoreador.com

Take the time, use the stove Jordan Sigler for the kernels to start popping and shake the pan around to give the non-popped kernels a chance to pop. The popcorn is ready to be released from the pan into a bowl when the corn has reached the lid. If you are a fan of butter and salt on your corn like I am, those fixings also are simple to add. While your corn is heating, place the butter (half stick for butter lovers) in a small saucepan and heat on the stove until it is melted. And for goodness sakes — use butter, not substitutes like margarine. (Trust me, butter substitutes will ruin the flavor, unless it’s theater “butter chemicals,” which are wonderful tasting but terrible for your health.) Then mix the salt (to taste) and the butter with the finished product and mix around the bowl. This will not break the bank either and is not just a food choice for sitting with a brew and watching “Bullitt.” On nights when a traditional cuisine is not in the budget and Ramen Noodles are not appealing, I will typically make a batch for dinner. A package of corn kernels costs as much as 10 bags of brand-name microwavable popcorn. The package will easily last longer than the 10 servings. The finished product is more

satisfying than the alternative: cardboard tasting, dry microwaveable popcorn. It also is significantly healthier because microwaves are evil little heating machines that cause cancer. The website healthscience.com cited a book by Dr. Lita Lee, “Health Effects of Microwave Radiation,” in which Lee says microwaves leak electro-magnetic radiation which can cause food to become carcinogenic while decreasing the nutritional value. The changes in the food compounds also alter the taste. Heating a plate of leftovers in an oven also is not difficult and saves the taste of the meal. A plate of food in the oven at 350 degrees takes about 10 minutes to warm. Ten minutes in the oven for

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s Americans, we have a nasty habit of trying to conserve time and, in the process, weaken the activity or finished product we wind up curbing. One of the ways we try to save time is food preparation, a vital part of our daily lives. One of the ways we try to save time in food preparation is by heating our meal using a microwave. We use the microwave far too often to heat our food. This quick and easy fix to food preparation has a cost: weaker taste. Even though the microwave does save considerable time, many foods commonly heated by microwaves can be easily made and warmed in 10 minutes or fewer using a traditional oven and stove. One of my favorite snacks is popcorn. Microwavable or packaged popped kernels are an abomination in my home state of Indiana, which according to farmersfeedus.org, is the fifth-highest corn producing state. Making your own popcorn is easy, fast and inexpensive. The finished product is more yummy than microwavable and theater popcorn. A popcorn machine is not necessary; all you need is a two-quart pan, canola oil, kernels and a stove. Making your own popcorn is not as time consuming as you might think. It takes about eight minutes from start to finish. Simply pour enough canola oil to cover the bottom of the pan, then cover the bottom of the oiled pan with kernels, place the lid on top and turn the heat to between a seven and eight on a 10-heat stove. Wait

better quality taste and health verses a minute and a half or more in the microwave is an easy choice. Ten minutes of patience is not a lot to ask. While waiting, you can use the time to pregame the meal with spirits to enhance the taste. Microwaves are great tools for when you are in a bind. That is what their purpose is — a BandAid, not a permanent solution to the stove and oven to prepare a daily meal. Before using the microwave, think if you actually need to use the device and of the potential harm you might cause your body. Sigler is a junior journalism major from Goshen, Ind. ➤➤ jsigler@dailytoreador.com

Taxes, slash away By WILLIAM ALSTON

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It is not uncommon for the more liberal elements of American politics to praise the welfare states found by the North Sea or north of our border. It is indeed admirable how effectively such countries ensure the quality of life of their citizens. But it is misleading and unhelpful to think of these countries as offering an alternative social and economic model to that of the United States. It is far better to view Scandinavian countries and Canada as comparable countries with successful practices that we can and ought to emulate. For proof that we are not so different, look at the Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom. Canada is sixth in this ranking, Denmark ninth, the U.S. 10th, Finland 16th and Sweden 18th. All of these countries surpassed the U.S. in business freedom as well, partly due to lower corporate tax rates. Sweden’s government commands 51.3 percent of the GDP compared to America’s 42 percent and Canada’s 42.9 percent, and the U.S. spends an additional 5.3 percent of GDP on tax expenditures. At any rate, America, Sweden and Canada can each be accurately categorized as having mixed market economies and big

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governments. In light of Sweden and Canada’s substantial welfare states, it is impressive that they have kept balanced budgets and debtto-GDP ratios below 50 percent. Though much of this can be credited to a steady stream of tax revenue, it is also due to foresighted pension reforms; unlike Social Security, which uses a demographically unsustainable “pay-as-you-go” system, Canada’s state pension plan is partially funded, while Sweden’s state pensions are partially privatized. Yet we would do well to recall the early 1990s, when Canada had a chronic deficit of six percent GDP in 1994 with unemployment at 10 percent, and when Sweden’s deficit was a whopping 13 percent of GDP with unemployment at 10 percent in 1993. By comparison, America’s current unemployment rate stands at 7.8 percent and the deficit is 8 percent of GDP. Despite elevated unemployment rates, Sweden and Canada massively reduced their deficits during the 1990s, primarily through spending cuts. In Canada, seven dollars of spending was slashed for every one dollar in tax increases. Cherished social programs were gutted and tens of thousands of public employees were let go. But by 1998, neither country had a deficit, while unemployment had fallen as well. Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be emailed to dailytoreador@ttu.edu or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notified. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identification and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Mass Communications. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.


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Up ‘Til Dawn to give cancer the boot By NIKKI CULVER STAFF WRITER

A slideshow of photographs of sick children was projected Wednesday night in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. This was a part of the annual letter writing campaign to fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Up ‘Til Dawn organization hosted the event from 5 to 10 p.m. in the pavilion. Up ‘Til Dawn is a student-led, student-run philanthropic organization. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Give Cancer the Boot’ and participants were encouraged to wear their cowboy boots. “Basically, we have these prewritten letters we send out,” Libby Verrete, organizer and a senior public relations major from Dallas, said. “You bring your own address book, send the letters out to your family and friends and ask for donations for St. Jude’s. It’s completely free for you to fill out and do. The postage is included, the letters are included, the envelope is

included — you just send them out.” The organization provided 10,000 letters and opened the doors for any student to participate in the campaign. “They’re welcoming students from all over campus to come in and write letters for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to friends and family in hopes they will donate to the hospital,” Jayna Nance, event marketing representative for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital said. Because of previous Texas Tech fundraisers, Verrete said she hopes to raise about $18,000 from the event. “We have about 10,000 letters here and we’re hoping to get rid of all of them,” she said. “Typically, our campus does pretty well with fundraising. Usually, we raise around $18,000 just from letter writing.” Students diligently filled out the address forms on the pre-written letters as music played in the background. For each letter filled out, students were given a raffle ticket. “I like that it brings other sororities, and fraternities, and really any-

body here,” Paige Cole, a freshman business finance major from El Paso, said. “There’s lots of great opportunities when you come here. There’s raffle tickets and music. It makes it enjoyable to fundraise for such a great cause.” Verrete said the letter writing campaign is the largest fundraiser each year, but not the only one. “Usually we do some side events,” she said. “We do percentage give-back events at Chili’s where a percentage of your check goes to St. Jude, but this is the biggest one.” Fundraising may be a goal for the event, but another is to raise awareness in the community, Nance said. “We hope to raise awareness for St. Jude, just to get our name out there so people know what St. Jude is and know why it’s so important,” Nance said. “We also want to get students more involved so that when they send those letters, their friends and family know that they’re involved and want to donate to the hospital.” ➤➤nculver@dailytoreador.com

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JESSICA BLAKENSHIP, A junior public relations major from Austin, and Kelly Ervine, a junior public relations major from Highlands Ranch, Colo., write letters for children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during Up ‘til Dawn on Wednesday in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.

Van Cliburn, pianist and Cold War hero, dies at 78 FORT WORTH (AP) — For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City. And he did it all with only a piano and some Tchaikovsky concertos. The celebrated pianist played for every American president since Harry Truman, plus royalty and heads of state around the world. But he is best remembered for winning a 1958 piano competition in Moscow that helped thaw the icy rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. Cliburn, who died Wednesday at 78 after fighting bone cancer, was “a great humanitarian and a brilliant musician whose light will continue to shine through his A extraordinary SIGN LEASE legacy,” said his publicist and long-

of the Russian Federation from Russian public.” time friend Mary Lou Falcone. “He Then give him first prize.” In the years that followed, CliMatsuev, who knew Cliburn per- Russian President Vladimir Putin. will be missed by all who knew “I still have lots of friends in and admired him, and by countless burn’s popularity soared. He sold sonally, described him as an “incredout concerts and caused riots when ibly delicate, kind and gentle man Russia,” Cliburn said at the time. people he never met.” The young man from the small he was spotted in public. His fame who dedicated his entire life to art.” “It’s always a great pleasure to talk He also used his skill and fame to to older people in Russia, to hear east Texas town of Kilgore was a ba- even prompted an Elvis Presley fan by-faced 23-year-old when he won club to change its name to his. His help other young musicians through their anecdotes.” After the death of his father in the first International Tchaikovsky recording of the Tchaikovsky Piano the Van Cliburn International Competition in Moscow just six Concerto No. 1 with Russian con- Music Competition, held every four 1974, Cliburn announced he would months after the Soviets’ launch of ductor Kirill Kondrashin became years. Created in 1962 by a group soon retire to spend more time with Sputnik embarrassed the U.S. and the first classical album to reach of Fort Worth teachers and citizens, his ailing mother. He stopped tourit remains among the top showcases ing in 1978. platinum status. inaugurated the space race. Among other things, touring Time magazine’s 1958 cover for the world’s best pianists. Cliburn returned to a hero’s “Since we know that classical robbed him of the chance to enjoy welcome and the ticker-tape pa- story quoted a friend as saying Clirade — the first ever for a classical burn could become “the first man in music is timeless and everlasting, opera and other musical performusician. A Time magazine cover history to be a Horowitz, Liberace it is precisely the eternal verities mances. “I said to myself, ‘Life is too inherent in classical music that proclaimed him “The Texan Who and Presley all rolled into one.” Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, remain a spiritual beacon for people short.’ I was missing so much,” he Conquered Russia.” The win also showed the power who won the Tchaikovsky competi- all over the world,” Cliburn once told The New York Times in 2008. After winning the competition, “it of the arts, creating unity despite tion in 1998 at the age of 23, the said. President George W. Bush pre- was thrilling to be wanted. But it the tension between the superpow- same age as Cliburn, said Cliburn’s ers. Music-loving Soviets clamored “romantic style captured the hearts sented Cliburn with the Presi- was pressure, too.” Cliburn emerged from his sabdential Medal of Freedom — the to see him perform. Premier Nikita of Soviet audience.” “Everyone was in love with nation’s highest civilian honor batical in 1987, when he played at Khrushchev reportedly gave the dinner at the White House Matsuev said. “And he lovedAPPLICATION — in 2003. The following he a stateFEES! go-ahead for the judges BY FEBRUARY 18toTHhonor AND him,” WE’LL WAIVE YOUR ANDyear, SERVICE a foreigner: “Is Cliburn the best? the Soviet Union, Russia and the received the Order of Friendship during the historic visit of Soviet

leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev leapt from his seat to give the pianist a bear-hug and kisses on the cheeks. Nancy Reagan, then the first lady, has called that night one of the greatest moments of her husband’s presidency. “After not playing in public for many years, he agreed to make an exception for this occasion, and his beautiful music brought the whole room to tears,” Reagan said in a statement Wednesday, adding that “the world has lost a true treasure.” Cliburn was born Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. on July 12, 1934, in Shreveport, La., the son of oilman Harvey Cliburn Sr. and Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn. At age 3, he began studying piano with his mother, herself an accomplished pianist who had studied with a pupil of the great 19th century Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt. The family moved back to Kilgore within a few years of his birth.

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Lady Raiders top No. 22 Cowgirls, 61-53 By ALEXANDREA TORREZ STAFF WRITER

The Texas Tech women’s basketball team defeated its fifth Big 12 team for the first time ever against No. 22 Oklahoma State, taking down the Cowgirls by a score of 61-53. The Lady Raiders were trailing early on in the game, but stayed focused and kept the momentum going to overcome the slow start. “We struggled at the beginning,” Tech senior guard Chynna Brown said. “We have been in this situation where one team makes their run, and we make our run. We just stayed together and were able to make shots, and knock down shots.” No. 22 Oklahoma State came out playing with urgency, causing the Lady Raiders to play hard in transition defense. “We were just sluggish getting off to a good start,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “Credit Oklahoma State. It is always how you finish, not how you start. We really need to continue to be aggressive. Anytime we can finish

those easy baskets, and second chance points, and get to the foul line, it is going to make a big difference.” Curry said she believed the Lady Raiders played hard, and the offensive boards and bench play changed the game. “We just have to continue to go up strong,” Curry said. “I thought the difference in the game was offensive boards. Then seven points and nine rebounds from Jackie and Shauntal. I thought our bench was huge. Bench play, and second chance points was the difference in the game.” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said he recognized how hard the Lady Raiders played against the Cowgirls and in the Big 12. “It is a team that has figured it out,” he said. “They play extremely hard and have great unity. They understand the game and compete very hard. They are a very experienced team.” Littell said he recognized how experienced the Lady Raiders are and believes Brown is a great player.

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TEXAS TECH GUARD Monique Smalls defends Oklahoma State guard Tiffany Bias as she drives down the court during the 63-53 Lady Raiders’ win against the Cowgirls on Wednesday in United Spirited Arena.

“She has been consistent,” he said. “She makes shots. There is no doubt in my mind that she is a first team all performer. Brown scored 22 points for

a sixth game with 20 points or more in the Big 12 this season. “Just being aggressive,” she said. “You want to defend your home court.”

The Lady Raiders seek another win against Kansas State on the road Sunday night. “It’s like I just told them, ‘The biggest game of the year is what?

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linemen that signed up to try out, out of 115,” he said, “so we are looking for more offensive linemen to come try out.” The tryout is not for the fall roster, Raih said, but for the team during spring practice. “Although it’s not for the fall roster, what you’ll end up getting is 15 practices in the spring,” he said. “And essentially, although you’re not on the fall roster, that’s the best resume-building tool you can have to make the fall roster.” Raih said students should take advantage of the opportunity. “There’s no better opportunity,” he said, “now you’re in a position meeting room, you’re out there every single day.” Students interested in trying out must be enrolled in 12 hours at Tech and be within five years of their high school graduation. They also should bring their own equipment and be dressed in shorts, a T-shirt and cleats. “We had over 100 kids trying out at various positions,” Raih said. “How many we take, it might be 10. And they know that. It’s going to be competitive, and we’re just looking for spots.” Raih also said interested students should call him today because of the short amount of time before tryouts. “Time is of the essence because there is paperwork for them to fill out,” he said. Raih can be reached at (806) 742-4260. ➤➤zdischiano@dailytoreador.com


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Tech softball to host first home tournament By ELLEN CHAPPELL STAFF WRITER

The Texas Tech softball team will host their first home tournament at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Jackson State up against Northern Colorado. Tech will play its first game at 3:30 p.m. against Jackson State. The games will be one of two consecutive home tournaments for Tech. The Red Raiders have not had a chance to play at home this season, and with all the traveling they have done in the past few weeks, the players are happy to be at home. “We’ve been on the road the past few weekends, and you always look forward to playing in front of your own crowd and on your own turf,” Tech junior infielder Taylor Powell said. “It’s exciting. We’re looking forward to this weekend.” Tech has been pinpointing weaknesses and working on team efforts on the field. Hays said the girls have been trying to improve their batting consistency, but still keeps his eyes open for

the mistakes in their plays. “We’ve really looked good in every phase of the game, and then we’ve had times where we haven’t looked very good,” he said. “I think part of that is our youth and trying to get acclimated to playing at a high level at the Division I level.” Senior catcher Adriana Perez says their biggest issue is keeping their head in the game. “Sometimes we tend to lose it,” Perez said. “We have so many young girls, it’s different in maturity and playing on that field. That’s the one thing we have to work on — just staying in the whole game, all seven innings.” The competition starting Friday will be practice for the national-level competition Tech will see later in the season beginning in May. Tech will be up against three teams this weekend comprised of Jackson State, McNeese State and Northern Colorado, and they expect to be challenged. “It’s a good weekend for us because McNeese State is a really good program right now,” Tech coach Shanon Hays

said. “They’ve played really good competition and I know last year they beat Arizona State at Arizona State. He’s got a seasoned, veteran team and they’ll be tough to beat, and they’re well coached.” The girls are anxious to begin the weekend, Powell said, but Hays has noticed the team’s lack of closeness. “We just have to get our team chemistry going, Coach Hays says it to us all the time,” Powell said. “We have the pieces, we have the tools — it’s just getting it together and putting it together out there on the field come game time.” Tech will have the upper hand competing at home this weekend, Hays said. Although traveling and playing on the road prepares the team to play later conference schedules, he said, staying in the routine of being at home is better and it gives them a chance to relax. “That’s what pre-conference is for, is to go and get yourself ready for conference by being exposed to as many things as you can. It’s been good for us in a lot of ways, but of course, we’d always rather play at home,” he said.

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Texas Tech soccer bolsters new recruiting class The Texas Tech soccer team announced its eighth addition to the 2013 signing class with San Antonio native Alyssa Jacobs set to join the team next season. Tech will look to add to its already strong recruiting class with its addition of a national top 25 striker and a national top 25 defender in Maddy Crabtree and Meagan McCullogh. The Red Raiders will gain experience in the midfield, as Jacobs has spent time with the Texas Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 2009 on top of her time with Texans ’95, and

Classics Elite ’95. The ODP is a program designed specifically for young players seeking exposure to college level coaches with the possibility of getting chosen for the national team. Despite playing for top club teams in the state, Jacobs also found time to play for Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, where she lettered four years and earned District 27-5A First Team honors in 2012. The Red Raiders will look to have a strong season after going 16-6-1 in all competitions in 2012.

Tech set a school record in 2012 by winning 16 games. The Red Raiders also advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Although it is unknown whether Jacobs will see significant playing time next season, she is likely to see some time as Tech coach Tom Stone utilized the entire roster last season. In 2012, Stone used every player on the team at least once, and most players saw starting time. The Red Raider 2013 schedule has yet to be released.

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SENIOR CATCHER ADRIANA Perez takes a swing at a pitch during a game last season. Perez and the Red Raiders will play their first home games of the season during Friday’s tournament.

Penn State upsets No. 4 Michigan 84-78 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Jermaine Marshall scored 25 points and Penn State upset No. 4 Michigan 84-78 on Wednesday night for its first Big Ten victory in more than a year. The Nittany Lions (9-18, 1-14) had lost 18 straight regular-season conference games dating to last season, but they roared back from a 15-point deficit with 10:39 left be-

hind the energetic play of Marshall. The junior guard scored 19 in the second half, including four 3s that whipped Jordan Center fans into a frenzy. D.J. Newbill added 17 points for Penn State, which hit a season-high 10 3-pointers. Marshall’s twisting drive to the basket gave the Nittany Lions a three-point lead before

Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III misfired on a 3 with 17 seconds left. Sasa Borovnjak had a memorable Senior Night, hitting two foul shots with 15 seconds left to seal the win. Moments later, Penn State fans rushed the court in delight. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points for the Wolverines (23-5, 10-5).

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Astros prospect Springer has 2 HRs, 5 RBIs DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Houston outfield prospect George Springer impressed during his first start in two big league spring training camps. Springer hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Jeffress in the fourth inning and a two-run drive against Claudio Vargas in the fifth, helping the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 Wednesday. “It’s always good to have some suc-

cess, but it’s better to help us win,” said Springer, taken by Houston with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft. “We beat a great Toronto team today that’s an outstanding lineup over there but as a team, we swung the bat well and, obviously, threw the ball well.” The rebuilding Astros, 29th among the 30 big league teams in batting average last year, had 18 hits, including two

each by Springer, J.D. Martinez, Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan. Astros starter Alex White allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in his spring training debut. White, taken by Cleveland with the 15th pick of the 2009 draft, as obtained from Colorado during the offseason for right-hander Wilton Lopez. White was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA for the Rockies last season.

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