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Board of Regents approves new chairman, swears in new regents Two regents were elected as chairman and vice chairman during the Texas Tech System’s Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in Abilene. Mickey Long, who had previously served as vice chair since February 2011, was elected chairman, and Larry Anders, who as served on the board since 2005, became vice chairman. “I am honored to have been elected to lead this group,” Long said in a news release. “The current momentum throughout the Texas Tech University System is exciting, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Regents to help advance our institutions.” According to the news release, Long also is the president of Westex Well Service LP, a business focused on oil and gas operations, and is a member of the Texas Tech Hall of Legacy. Both will serve two-year terms effective immediately. Along with the elections of the two regents, the Board swore in three members to begin their six-year terms. Gov. Rick Perry appointed John Esparza and Tim Lancaster, and reappointed L. Frederick “Rick” Francis, earlier this month. Esparza, from Austin, is the CEO and president of the Texas Motor Association, executive officer of HELP Inc., the release stated, and a member of the College of Media and Communication National Advisory Board. Lancaster, from Abilene, is the CEO and president of Hendrick Health System and a past chairman of the Texas Hospital Association. Today, the Board will vote on the approval of the establishment of a Stage 1 design for a Tech Research and Technology Park, which would be located at the southeast corner of 4th Street and Quaker Avenue. According the Board’s press agenda, the project would create a mixed-use business and research campus. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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SGA discusses library parking spots, passes legislation By MATT DOTRAY STAFF WRITER
After having a week off, the senators in Student Government Association met Thursday to discuss several resolutions. The first resolution, Senate Resolution 48.62, passed with an overwhelming majority. The resolution, Erika Allen, a senior biology major from Temple and senator for the Honors College said, is to keep the rules of the Senate operational and realistic. After the resolution’s passage, the introduction of any bill on third reading and final passage no longer needs to be read in its entirety before debate. The original rule that required reading the bill in its entirety, Allen said, was implemented last year, but because each senator is supposed the read the bills and discuss them with his or her
committee prior to the Senate meeting, it was not necessary. “We have a very vigilant Senate this year that is paying attention to mistakes,” she said. “I think that we have people that are knowledgeable about what’s going on. That’s why, if you don’t know what’s going on, you need Erika Allen to ask questions. You Senator, need to meet with Honors College people beforehand.” The next resolution to be introduced on the floor was Senate Resolution 48.64. Along with the help from other senators,
We have a very vigilant senate this year that is paying attention to mistakes. I think that we have people that are knowledgable about what’s going on.”
Katherine Lindley, a human development and family studies graduate student from Colleyville, wrote the bill to make going to school easier for students with children, she said. The resolution, which passed, states that SGA supports the creation of an on-campus child care facility for students, faculty and staff. The bill does not mean it will be built, she said, but it will hopefully encourage the administrators to put together a task force in order to find out if this is something that Tech needs. As a teacher’s assistant, Lindley said she talks to a lot of students who have children, and building a convenient place on campus would make it much easier for them to go to class. Every semester, she said she has had at least one student who has had to miss class because of his or her baby sitter having to cancel. “If they had had a facility, that might not have been an issue,” Lindley said, “because
obviously it would be staffed, and if a worker is sick, there would be another worker in place, so that student wouldn’t have to miss class.” The senate also passed Senate Resolution 48.58, which states the sentiment of SGA to create a 30-minute parking spot for students who are dropping off books at the Library. Luke Cotton, a senator for the Rawls College of Business Administration and an energy commerce major from League City, said the university already is expanding the parking lot next to the Library, and this resolution asks for several spots for students who need to quickly visit the library. At the meeting, the budget and finance committee moved the 2013-2014 Student Organization Funding Bill, which will be enacted for the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1, to second reading. ➤➤email@example.com
Students attend academic fair, learn about majors By LIANA SOLIS STAFF WRITER
Academic college representatives surrounded the ballroom as students walked around to talk to the advisers of their choice. The third annual Academic Majors Fair was hosted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union Building Ballroom. Megan Balko, unit coordinator of the Center for Campus Life, helped organize the event and said it has been popular with the students every year. “This is a good place for students to come and really explore all the options they have for majors,” she said. The fair was organized with booths set up for each one of the 10 colleges along with five other academic unit booths, Balko said. Students received the opportunity to talk to the advisers of colleges and ask questions about what kind of careers they could receive, she said. “It’s also a very good opportunity
for students if they are looking at more than one college,” Balko said. “Instead of having to go to every building individually, they can just go to the different booths for each college all at once.” She said the fair is a great place for students who are either undecided or thinking of changing their major. Kristen Seideman, an assistant director for the University Career Center, said the center has helped with the fair every year. “Students are allowed to take a FOCUS test at our booth before they go on to visit with the colleges,” she said. “The test helps students figure out what majors would be best for them, so they know which table to visit.” Seideman said the fair has continued to happen every year because so many students have found it beneficial. “There are so many students who don’t know what they want to major in or want a change,” she said. “It’s great that Tech has this kind of opportunity for us to help the students.”
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REID CHANON, A sophomore business major from Austin, talks to Megan Walker, Rawls College of Business Administration academic adviser, at the Academic Majors Fair on Thursday in the Student Union Building.
There was a very steady flow of students at this year’s fair, Seideman said, and it looked like there were
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years,” he said. “I’ve also competed in the singer/songwriter competition last year where I came in second.” It won’t just be song and dance at Barnes and Noble will sponsor the the Red Raider Showcase. event and provide the winner with Tech Activities Board is hosting free textbooks for life. The runner-up its first annual, all-skill-encompass- of the competition will earn a $500 ing night of talent. Barnes and Noble Auditions for the gift card to spend showcase are from on anything in the 5 to 9 p.m., Monstores. According day in the Student to the TAB website, Union Building winning acts with Ballroom. multiple performers According to will split the prize TAB’s website, the value amongst the Red Raider Showgroup members. case will be Texas “I’m really exTe c h ’s p r e m i e r e cited about the buzz campus-wide talgrowing on cament show, with the pus,” Austin Reiter, inaugural showcase the nightlife activithis year. ties coordinator for Cody Lancaster, TAB, said. “We are a junior exercise really proud of getand sport sciences ting such great prizREGINE CLIATT major from May, es for this event.“ SOPHOMORE said he plans to auThe showcase dition by playing will provide a variTAB MEMBER guitar and singing ety of acts, includoriginal songs. He ing dancing, music said his experience performing in the and skits performed by both organizapast has helped prepare him for the tions and individuals, allowing students upcoming audition. to show off a wide scope of talents. “I’ve done all of the open mic TAB continued on Page 3 ➤➤ nights at Texas Tech in the past few STAFF WRITER
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KATELYN MCPHERSON, A junior painting major from Lubbock, makes a clay doughnut for a hand building project Thursday inside the 3D Art Annex.
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Today HR Retirement Series “Budgeting: Practical Money Skills” Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Where: Human Science building So, what is it? Come learn about creating a budget within your means, learn about emergency funds and how to establish and use credit wisely. Grammy Nominated Nachito Herrera Performs Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Allen Theatre So, what is it? Come enjoy this concert from a native Cuban.
So, what is it? Bring your children to participate in Super Saturdays. All kinds of classes offered, including forensics and more. Saxophone Ensemble Monster Concert Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Come enjoy this concert featuring students from the studio of David Dees. Lubbock Chorale Fundraiser Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center So, what is it? Come enjoy this free concert. To make a calendar submission email dailytoreador@ ttu.edu. 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.
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LAURA JOULE, A musicology graduate student from Dallas, practices "Shine On" by Mark O'Connor on Thursday in the Music building. Joule often incorporates a demonstration of her capabilities during speeches at conferences and practices regularly to maintain her skills.
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Luke Portman, a freshman with no declared major from Garland, said he went to the fair to help him figure out what major he would like most. “Most people already know what they think they want to do coming into college,” he said. “So, I’m glad there was something like this here for those of us who still have no idea what they want to major in.” Portman said he was surprised at the amount of students who showed up at the fair. “I had no idea there were so many other people like me here,” Portman said. “That for sure made
me feel more comfortable knowing I wasn’t alone.” Once students finished with the booths they wanted to visit, they were given free food along with a free T-shirt. “I like that they provided food at the end,” Portman said. “Listening to all that information was exhausting and I bet (the food) made more kids want to come.” Balko said she is glad students had the opportunity to figure out what their goals could be and to find the right field for them. “It seemed like all the students that came to the fair left happy,” Seideman said, “so I’m just happy that we could help them a little bit with planning their future.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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Texas Tech System’s statewide economic impact during 2012 totaled $9.98 billion, and for every dollar Texas invests in the system, the state sees a $23 return. According to a news release, the study was commissioned by the Office of the Chancellor and conducted by Bradley Ewing, a professor in the Rawls College of Business Administration and principal with the Ph.D. Resources Group, LLC. The combined impact of Tech, Angelo State and the Tech Health Sciences
Center comprised the annual workforce contribution of alumni, output, employment and labor income, the release stated. “Unprecedented growth throughout the Texas Tech University System has been a major factor in our increased economic impact,” Chancellor Kent Hance said in the release. “We have a bold vision for our institutions and continue to set records in student enrollment, innovative research and graduation rates.” According to the release, the yearly
contribution by alumni to the Texas labor force was $5.54 billion. The Texas economy saw more than $1.76 billion generated through labor income, the release stated, while the output, or total annual economic to the state’s economy, was $4.44 billion. Employment, according to the release, increased to 40,775 jobs created from employees, research, students, operations and university-related visitors. The nearly $10 billion economic
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Congress passes bill renewing anti-violence law WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on extending domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals after months of resisting an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act. GOP leaders, who had tried to limit the bill before last November’s election, gave the go-ahead for the House to accept a more ambitious Senate version written mainly by Democrats. Democrats, with a minority of Republicans, were key to the 286-138 House vote that sent to President Barack Obama a renewal of the 1994
law that has set the standard for how to protect women, and some men, from domestic abuse and prosecute abusers. It was the third time this year that House Speaker John Boehner has allowed Democrats and moderates in his own party to prevail over the GOP’s much larger conservative wing. As with a Jan. 1 vote to avoid the fiscal cliff and legislation to extend Superstorm Sandy aid, a majority of House Republicans voted against the final anti-violence bill. Obama, in a statement, said that “renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in
America is forced to live in fear” and said he would sign the bill “as soon as it hits my desk.” The law has been renewed twice before without controversy, but it lapsed in 2011 as it was caught up in the partisan battles that now divide Congress. Last year, the House refused to go along with a Senate-passed bill that would have made clear that lesbians, gays, immigrants and Native American women should have equal access to Violence Against Women Act programs. It appeared the scenario would be repeated this year when the House introduced a bill that didn’t men-
tion the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and watered down a Senate provision allowing tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians who attack their Indian partners on tribal lands. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has spent months working on the issue, defended the Republican plan: “Our goal in strengthening the Violence Against Women Act is simple. We want to help all women who are faced with violent, abusive and dangerous situations. ... We want them to know that those who commit these horrendous crimes will be punished.”
Now a ‘simple pilgrim,’ Benedict resigns papacy CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — As bells tolled and the clock struck 8, the brass-studded wooden doors swung shut Thursday at this palace in the Italian hills, marking an end to Benedict XVI’s papacy and the start of his final journey as a “simple pilgrim.” Capping a day of tearful farewells that included an extraordinary pledge of obedience to his successor, Benedict entered history as the first pope in 600 years to resign — leaving the Catholic Church in unprecedented limbo and
ending a pontificate shaped by struggles to move beyond clerical sex abuse scandals and reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world. On Benedict’s last day, the mood was vastly different inside the Vatican than at Castel Gandolfo, the 17thcentury papal retreat set in the hills south of Rome, where he will spend the first two months of his retirement. At the seat of the popes, Benedict’s staff bade the pontiff goodbye in scenes of dignified solemnity, with
Swiss Guards in full regalia and prelates kneeling to kiss his papal ring one last time. A livelier atmosphere reigned in the countryside, with well-wishers jamming the hilltop town’s main square, shouting “Viva il Papa!” and waving the yellow and white flags of the Holy See. Cheers went up as the 85-year-old Benedict stepped out onto the palace balcony and, arms outstretched, declared his papacy was nearing the end.
“I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this Earth,” he said. Then giving a final blessing, he declared: “Grazie e buona notte” — “Thank you and good night” in Italian. It was a remarkable bookend to a papacy that began on April 19, 2005, with a similarly meek speech delivered from the loggia overlooking St. Peter’s Square, where the newly elected Benedict said he was but a “simple humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”
Texas lawmakers hear mental health concerns AUSTIN (AP) — When treatment center coordinator Amy Pierce thinks back to her descent into mental illness, she recalls the attempts she made to take her own life. But she also remembers the counseling services that saved her. Pierce spoke at a rally Thursday at the Texas Capitol, where she and
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impact is an increase from 2011’s $7.37 impact with a $16 return for every dollar invested by Texas into the Tech System. “Generating a nearly $10 billion economic impact in 2012 shows the vital and far-reaching influence of the Texas Tech University System,” Hance said in the release. According to the release, the system employs roughly 17,000 people and its operating budget is $1.5 billion.
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others pushed for more mental health treatment. “Those services cost money up front, but now I was paying taxes, I was paying back,” said Pierce, who works at a treatment center near Austin. “I was learning how to live.” After years of declining financial support for mental health treatment, advocates are hoping recent attention on the issue will lead to improvements in the funding in Texas. Mental health has been gaining more attention in the wake of a rampage that left 20 children and six adults dead at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and other shootings. Pierce and others argue that more treatment will actually save Texas in the long run by reducing crime, homelessness and unemployment. The Senate Finance Committee accepted a recommendation for the state to add another $195 million to the $2 billion it currently spends for mental health services.
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Nontraditional students return to the classroom By ASHLYN TUBBS STAFF WRITER
When Leah Thorne first came to Texas Tech, she did not have a strong support system. She attempted to work too many hours while taking classes and said it eventually fell apart. That did not mark the end of her education, though. After working as a bookkeeper for a tax office for five years and marrying her husband, she decided to quit her job and return to college after 10 years. “I just thought, ‘Why not,’” she said. “It’s easier the second time around.” Thorne, a 36-year-old senior English and Spanish major from Abilene, is graduating this August and is striving to attend graduate school and become a junior college professor or a high school teacher. She said she has not encountered any trouble in the classroom so far, and professors and students treat her with more respect. “They realize you’ve been through some stuff and you’re back now to get your degree,” she said. “You can not only help younger students see the world a little differently because you have that different perspective, but the professors also see that in you and they work with you and appreciate the different things and mentality you bring to the table versus having a classroom with people only two or three years apart of each other.” Although she is a wife and takes care of two dogs that she considers her children at home, Thorne said her workload seems easier this time. “It’s because of age and stepping outside of the little bubble you seem to be in when you first come to college, and also the life experiences and the other jobs I’ve had,” she said, “working with the public and things like that all play into it, and having a solid relationship at home enables me to be a better
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“I want as many people that feel they have a talent to show up for auditions,” Regine Cliatt, a sophomore TAB member from Mansfield, said. “If you feel like
student.” After spending a decade away from the Tech campus and returning again as a student, Thorne said she sees many positive changes within the university. “There’s so many more things that make the campus student-oriented,” she said, “like the whole TAB thing, or TechAnnounce. Tech is trying to get everybody involved on the campus more than when I was here the first time.” Thorne has the same adviser and some of the same professors as she did when she first attended Tech, and said they have all improved, too. “I, myself, can see that experience makes me a better student,” she said, “when I can see experience makes that person a better adviser, a better professor, a better support staff the longer experience they have.” The Library is much more utilized by students than when she first came to Tech, Thorne said. “Before, you could go in and not have a problem finding a computer to work on or a table to sit at,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s because they have food options there now, or that the Library is a little more user-friendly, or that there are just more students.” One of the biggest changes Thorne sees is fashion on campus. She said trendiness did not matter much when she first attended Tech. “I do not understand the whole sweatshirt, shorts and Ugg boots or the athletic workout pants and Ugg boots,” she said. “It like girls are so focused on trying to look good, but then they are, like, ‘Oh, well I’m cold, though, so what am I going to do about that and how am I going to fix it?’” Last semester, Thorne actually confronted a female student on campus regarding her outfit. “I was walking behind a girl that had black workout pants on, and you
could see her underwear as soon as the sun hit them,” she said, “so I went up to her and said, ‘You may want to pull your shirt down because everybody can see what your panties look like,’ and she kind of looked offended that I said that to her. I just wouldn’t want my underwear showing.” When in the classroom, Thorne finds students’ conversations about how drunk they got or whose room they woke up in very interesting, she said. “You want to be, like, ‘You could do so much better,’ but it’s just that college thing,” she said. “Everyone’s like that when they’re that age, and it’s interesting to be outside of that, but in it at the same time. I kind of feel like an outsider since I’m older, but at the same time I’ve been there, so I get it.” In one of her classes, Thorne felt drawn to sit by Douglas Westfall, another Tech student close to her age. Together, they laughed about some of the other students’ conversations they would hear. Westfall, a senior philosophy and English major from Lubbock, transferred from South Plains College to Tech in 2010. He said he decided not to attend college after high school from watching his friend’s decisions. “They kept changing their majors, and it was so expensive, so I determined I wouldn’t go to college until I knew exactly what I was going for,” he said, “and there was never anything I was really interested in until six or seven years ago I started reading a lot of philosophy and decided to go study that.” Westfall began taking online classes at South Plains at age 27, and he is now 32. Apart from his classes, he also is a construction worker, married and a father to a 9-year-old son and a 5-yearold daughter. “I’ve been fortunate that they’re in school when I am,” he said. “Sometimes homework is a bit distracting, though,
you have any kind of talent, show up and see what happens. Dancing, singing, cup-stacking, whatever your heart desires, go for it.” TAB is inviting any student who might be interested in participating to sign up, and anyone who would like to be in the audience is welcome as well.
“Our goal is to have the best acts available to perform and to have a lot of people show up and support the performers,” Cliatt said. “We want an equal amount of everyone — all the different talents. We want a diverse group of performers to showcase a variety of talents that Texas Tech students have.”
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DOUGLAS WESTFALL, A senior philosophy and English major from Lubbock, is obtaining his degree while raising his family and working a construction job.
and you feel bad because they’re wanting to play video games, and you have to do some assignment.” Already accepted into graduate school, he plans to teach at a private school or a community college one day. “College is not that hard, that’s the shocking thing,” he said. “If you do the work, you’ll get good grades.” Occasionally, Westfall said he is mistaken for a professor. “I’ve reached an age where everyone looks like high school kids to me,” he said, “especially freshmen. They look like children to me. It happens the older you get.” His age gap became enhanced one day while he was waiting for class to begin, he said, after offering his seat to some female students who declined, telling him he needed it more than The Red Raider Showcase is scheduled for April 25 in the Student Union Allen Theatre. Applications, rules and information can be found on TAB’s website. For questions about an application, contact Reiter at austin. email@example.com or the student activities office at 806-742-4708.
they did. “And they were right,” he said. “My knee was hurting.” DaNay Phelps, senior administrator for community college and transfer relations, works with nontraditional students such as Westfall and Thorne on a regular basis. “For students that are transferring to Texas Tech, what our office does is we work with them while they are at another institution taking courses, and we advise them each semester for courses that they’re taking at the other institution to ensure that those courses will transfer back to Tech,” Phelps said, “and will then apply to the degree they’re looking to pursue when they get here.” Similar to new students coming in straight from high school, Phelps
said nontraditional students need assistance in learning about the university environment and how to get engaged in it, various available organizations, resources such as tutoring, understanding the advising process and student expectations. “All things along those lines,” she said, “can help them to be more successful students while they’re here.” Thorne encourages people considering to further education by becoming a nontraditional college student to utilize this opportunity. “Now the way the economy is, the more education you have, the better,” she said, “and I think it would be helpful if more people knew Tech was willing to work with older students in order to get (them) back in school.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama says people worried about youth gun violence have to do more than simply tell children they care about the problem and then wind up “going to these funerals and mourning with these kids when there’s still work to do.” “They’re looking to us to make the hard choices for them,” the first lady said Thursday. She suggested there are better ways for her to help than becoming publicly involved in Congress’ debate over gun laws that the president seeks. Providing more creative outlets for children can help, she said in an interview with reporters who accompanied her on a three-city tour for the third anniversary of “Let’s Move,” the anti-obesity program “Kids need to be engaged, not just intellectually. They need more than just to do well on test scores. They need to have something else in life to look forward to,” the first lady said, adding that opportunities to draw, sing, dance, act and play a sport can help them channel negative energy in a more positive direction. On a two-day trip to highlight her national campaign to combat childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama changed out of a dark-colored business suit and into a coral-and-black workout outfit to jump up and down with thousands of Chicago middle school students who were brought to the McCormick Place convention center for what amounted to one very large aerobics class. Mrs. Obama had announced a new public-private partnership, called “Let’s Move Active Schools,” to help schools find low- or no-cost ways to help students get the recommended hour of daily exercise. The line-up included such star athletes as Bo Jackson and Colin Kaepernick, as well as Olympians
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them,” she said. “And going to these funerals and mourning with these kids when there’s still work to do that we haven’t done, it can be frustrating.” Mrs. Obama came home to Chicago earlier this month to attend the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed by gunfire near the Obama home after returning from performing for President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Pendleton’s parents later sat with the first lady for Obama’s president’s State of the Union address. A month after the December slaying of 20 elementary school pupils in Connecticut, Obama asked Congress to send him legislation banning assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and requiring criminal background checks for all gun purchases.
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ADAM REDD, A graduate ceramics major from Calif., sculpts an asteroid Thursday inside the 3D Art Annex. Redd will display the asteroid during his thesis show April 4.
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he turmoil of new scandals in the Catholic Church are even worse than initially interpreted weeks ago when I wrote about the Church needing to modernize. One of the complaints I heard from my dear readers of that column was that I was picking on a couple of bad apples in the church. But as this week has proven, Benedict’s cover-ups are not an anomaly of sex-scandals there. The top British Cardinal, Keith O’Brien, resigned this week amid accusations of committing “inappropriate acts” against priest colleagues, according to an article on the guardian.co website. This information surfaces as the “Vatileaks” scandal is the new rumor swarming the Vatican. “Vatileaks” is a 300-page report given by three Cardinals to Benedict, who commissioned the report. According to thedailybeast.com, a news website, the dossier reportedly shows a network of male prostates blackmailing priests with photos and videos of a compromising nature. The article continues to state gay priest claims are nothing new as they cite a journalist Carmello Abbate, who caught priests in sex acts with male escorts in his report “Good Nights Out for Gay Priests,” with a hidden camera in 2010. Controversy also surrounded
Jordan Sigler Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles. Mahony, According to an article on cnn.com, is facing criticism for going to the Vatican to elect the new pope because he has been connected by documents to covering up sexual abuse. His attendance should not be more controversial than most others, evidently. The article goes on to quote Episcopal priest Albert Cutie who studies at the Vatican. “Unfortunately, if you were going to tell me no one can go to the conclave who has part in any type of cover up, you would probably exclude every cardinal in the church, because unfortunately that’s the way the church is operated.” And yet somehow, from that group of characters, a new pope will be chosen. The conclave that began this week to replace Benedict might have been the largest meeting of hypocrites and secret criminals, akin to the mafia — a superstitious mafia in a culture of sodomy. Who the church decides to give the papal position is not my problem. Although I personally agree with Mathew 23:9 — these
men on earth should not be called father. What I am concerned about is the dossier the pope will not release. He has left it for only the next pope to see. What is he hiding? On Jan. 25, The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child complained the U.S. needed to investigate child abuse cases allegedly committed by clerics more thoroughly, according to an article on mysanantonio.com. What is in those documents could be important to international justice and should be disclosed to legal investigators. A Slate article in 2010 pointed out the Vatican is exempt from the annual human rights record we have with every government we have relations with. If the U.S. is going to continue to recognize the sovereignty and diplomatic immunity of this shady state, they need to investigate the human rights record of the Vatican. This is also a matter the U.N. should be looking into, as the Vatican is an observer of the organization. Vatican City gets a pass because it’s more of a symbolic state, and is a pathetic excuse for a sovereign state, a gift by dictator Benito Mussolini to appease the Catholics in his country. (In return, then-Pope Pius XI called Mussolini “a man sent by province.”) The Catholic Church and governmental mix is nothing knew,
beginning with Emperor Constantine who used the church in his government after the council of Nicaea met in 325 A.D., and decided what would and what would not be put in the Bible and other church doctrines. Holding religious groups accountable, especially when mixed with a governing body, is important and may be going away. According to an article on Reuters website, atheists and humanists face discrimination in many countries around the globe. Many humanists are being put to death for not having a religious belief. There is a new push by way of document in the U.N.’s Human Rights Council by a few countries to ban “denigration of religion.” If you remember last year when the controversial anti-Muslim film was made that started riots, Benedict called for such a U.N. resolution. The denigration would mean blasphemy, free expression and speech. It’s interesting that countries who use religion as an excuse for international crimes and human rights violations would want immunity from any scrutiny of their actions. That’s a sign there’s something we need to find. We need to be better than these priests and investigate. Sigler is a junior journalism major from Goshen, Ind. ➤➤ email@example.com
By Andrea Farkas
Supreme Court comments should concern minority voters
Jakob Reynolds got my attention was by Justice Kennedy when he claimed the validity of law was “not clear” to him now, though it may have been “utterly necessary” in 1965. It may be true that blatant racial intimidation at the voting booth in places like Alabama and Texas may be a thing of the past, but the need for minority voter protection is still very much alive. One might recall that the attempts last year by conservatives in state governments and in Congress to pass a voter I.D. law that would have disenfranchised millions of American minority voters should attest to that need. Moreover, according to the New York Times, a recent study by the California Institute of Technology found
The right to vote for the leaders of our country is one of the most vital aspects of American citizenship. It should therefore be protected accordingly at all costs...
that, “five-sixths or more of the cases of proven election discrimination from 1957 through 2013 have taken place in jurisdictions subject to Section 5 oversight.” One of those jurisdictions was Shelby County, which is interesting because the lawyer representing them in the court case Wednesday claimed the “problem to which the Voting Rights Act was addressed is solved.” The right to vote for the leaders of our country is one of the most vital aspects of American citizenship. It should therefore be protected accordingly at all costs by every member of the U.S. Government. The comments by Scalia insinuating that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, gives something to minorities in the U.S. they do not deserve, like protection of their
he Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments during Shelby County v. Holder on Wednesday regarding the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Under specific scrutiny is Section 5, the centerpiece of the law, which requires states with a record of extreme voter discrimination to have any state or local law that deals with voting preapproved by the Justice Department or a federal court. The conservative majority of Supreme Court justices, with justices Anthony Kennedy and John G. Roberts at the fore, took turns bashing the law, dubbing it “reverse engineering.” Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines with his labeling of the law as the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” stating “Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.” Scalia went on to say that Congress would never let the law expire for fear of political repercussions, sounding more like a conservative talk radio blowhard than a Supreme Court Justice. However, the comment that really
see directly the crippling and cumbersome effects of a serious illness on those that they love or care about. When it does happen that someone receives a new diagnosis of a serious disorder such as OCD, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), or Bipolar Disorder, people tend to see it as “not a big deal” as a direct effect of a cycle. This cycle of linguistics turns what would normally be regarded with care and, after repeated abuse of the term, integrates it into daily language and assigns it a new connotation. The effect of this type of disregard for sufferers is evident. To proclaim yourself to be in the same position, even as a joke, is to trivialize the experiences of those who do live the actuality of a life riddled with hurdles. These people are working hard to live life daily, and this kind of flippancy is irresponsible and hurtful. I believe some of this can be attributed to a lack of education on the still stigmatized subject of mental illness. Many do not understand exactly what they are saying, nor do they understand the effects of it on those who know what it really means to have these conditions. What I recommend is to educate yourself. Talk to a sufferer and do not pass judgment. Research for yourself on medical websites and in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) before you make that joke or apply that moniker to yourself. Use common sense when trying to describe your situation. Chances are, if your descriptor has the word “disorder” in it, you probably shouldn’t be using it unless you’ve received a diagnosis of such. It isn’t so hard to exercise a bit of compassion and care when you speak, especially when the subject matter can have such an impact on someone’s life. Smith is a sophomore sociology major from Lubbock. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
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t is something I’ve heard nearly every day of my college life. A girl is a stickler for organization and cleanliness, so she’s “so OCD.” A young, stressed-out college student experiences mood swings, so he labels himself as being bipolar during those few instances. These are examples of the sort of flippant abuse of serious diagnoses as adjectives that are really quite troublesome. To understand exactly why this manner of speaking is inappropriate, one must first understand the severity and real extent of disorders such as these. This is not a comprehensive list, but instead I will address the most common terms I’ve encountered being used in such a manner. The use of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder as an adjective for a decidedly clean, neat and precise person is one of the more irksome instances of this ignorance that I’ve heard. The reality of this disorder involves obsessive repetition, intrusive thoughts, and sometimes crippling anxiety and marked distress. Those who claim how OCD they’re being are more than likely not experiencing anywhere near the amount of emotion and serious psychological symptoms that come along with the real disorder. Bipolar Disorder is much more than simply a quick mood swing in the middle of the day. It is not irritation because of an upcoming exam, nor is it euphoria at the results of it. Being bipolar means ranging between states of normality, those of major depression, and those of mania/hypomania. It is something that can cause real and remarkable distress and affect work, school and relationships — as can most mental illnesses. I speak personally as someone who is treated and medicated for Bipolar II Disorder. The amount of anger that I feel when someone makes light of my condition is unbelievable. For every day I have spent confined to a bed — and for every time I have faced the consequences of actions made in mania — I feel an extra ounce of anger. Even if the person who overhears or worse is being addressed directly does not possess any one of these conditions, they might have a friend of family member who does. These are people who
voting rights, is absolutely outrageous. If anything, the comments from the conservative Supreme Court justices Wednesday highlighted the serious need for an overhaul of our electoral system, the details of which I will save for another column. The U.S. may be trying to distance itself from its history of racial discrimination, but it is simply naive to think that it does not still occur, especially at the voting booth. The comments from justices Kennedy and Scalia Wednesday should confirm that fact and they should be cause for concern to minority voters across the country.
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MARCH 1, 2013
Tech Activities Board hosts Hunger Banquet By ASHLYN TUBBS
The upper class on the other hand, received full service from TAB members as well as a steak When Texas Tech students dinner with broccoli, mashed poheard of Tech Activities Board tatoes, a side salad and carrot cake. hosting The Hunger Banquet, “I hope it teaches awareness of many attended in hopes of a free food in so many different counmeal. tries,” Discher said, “and what However, some left hungry, but it feels like to be hungry after a full of awareness regarding world meal.” hunger. TAB Outreach Coordinator “What we’re trying to do here is Tyler Ray, a senior finance and make it known to college students accounting major from Austin, that we’re very fortunate to be how planned the event. He first expewe are today,” said Kristina Disch- rienced the dinner with other stuer, a sophomore finance major from dent organizations he is involved Plano and TAB member, “and so in, he said. many people are starving in lower “I was kind of interested by it class countries and populations and a few years later I came across are dwindling t h i s o p p o raway because tunity again they don’t have and I thought any food to surmaybe I could vive off of. So do it again,” we just want he said, “so I to make sure thought about that people unit, and we dederstand that cided to do it what they eat again this senow, especially mester.” in colleges, is Along with not what it t h e d i n n e r, is around the TAB members world.” also presented Once stuan informative dents entered PowerPoint the Student to increase KRISTINA DISCHER Union Buildknowledge SOPHOMORE ing Food Court about world FINANCE Pavilion, they hunger and received a card presented disfrom a deck cussions and that determined how much food ideas about the topic. they received. “I wanted to find people who The cards were split up into ac- were interested in these kinds of tual probabilities, 60 percent pov- conditions,” Ray said, “that would erty cards, 10 percent upper-class want to go out and benefit the cards, and the rest middle class. community.” Those who drew a poverty card Although some TAB members had to get a food stamp before did not know what to expect, the receiving their feast for the night: turnout was great, Discher said. “We were a little skeptical how a bowl of rice and water with no service from TAB members. To get people would react to eating just more food, they had to do whatever rice or being fortunate and being the TAB members told them. In in the upper class,” she said, “so we addition, some TAB members even were just hoping for the best for a took food away from the students lot of people to come and experito show them how it feels to have ence this.” Some friends who attended food stolen away. Students who drew middle-class the event together became sepacards received pizza and breadsticks rated once they drew cards, such and had their choice of tea, lemon- as Leslee Hackett, an agriculture ade or water. They did not receive communications major from Patservice from TAB members either. tison. STAFF WRITER
What we’re trying to do here is make it known to college students that we’re very fortunate to be how we are today.
“My friend is at the rich table,” Hackett said. “She’s chowing down on chicken over there and salad. I pulled a card and based on that card, I got a food stamp for a bowl of rice. They also told me my water was dirty, but I drank it anyway.” Another student who drew a poverty card unlike her friend was Priscilla Barajas, a sophomore biology major from Granbury. “I didn’t really know what it was about,” she said. “I just came with my friend because he wanted me to come, and then I thought we were all just getting pizza and looking at a PowerPoint, but I just got rice, and he’s now at the rich table waving over here. It makes me jealous.” This scene taught Barajas a lesson, though, she said. “It helped open your eyes more to see how other people can’t even afford to eat rice and we’re eating all this food all the time,” she said. “It was fun and pretty interesting.” One member of the poverty class group, Jennifer Dang, a freshman chemical engineering major from Cedar Park, actually had to sing the alphabet song in order to receive pizza. She did not even touch her rice. “One of the TAB people said I was saving it for my family because everyone in my family has nothing to eat,” she said, “so I was going to share this with them. I can see how hard it can be.” Valerie Stewart, a sophomore community family addiction services major from Brownfield, said the unseasoned rice tasted disgusting. “I really hope they don’t have to eat plain rice, that’s just gross,” she said. “Our eyes are open now, so we actually know what it’s like, and maybe we can help people who are living like this.” On the other side of the room, Draye Densmore, a freshman business marketing major from Weatherford, drew an upper-class card and said he felt classy. “I felt kind of bad for all the poor people,” he said, “but it was really nice. We had lots of pampering.” Jason Holt, a sophomore petroleum engineering major from San Diego, Calif., also drew an upperclass card and said he would have
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Ankiel leads Astros over Yankees’ split squad 7-6 KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Rick Ankiel is off to a hot start in his bid to earn a job with the Houston Astros. Ankiel singled in the third inning and homered in the fifth off Mike O’Brien in the Houston Astros’ 7-6 win over a New York Yankees’ split squad on Thursday. The 33-year-old ex-pitcher is 6 for 9 with a double, triple and home run. “I’m sure I’ll have dips,” Ankiel said. “I don’t think I can keep at the pace I’m going, but it’s really not about that. What I’m looking for is trying to see the ball and get good pitches to hit. The results you can’t control, but I can control which pitches I swing at.” Ankiel hit .228 in 68 games and 158 at-bats with the Washington Nationals last season. “It feels great,” he said. “I feel like I’m seeing it great right now, for where we’re at, and I just hope to continue on the path we’re on and get better each day.” Ankiel agreed in January to a minor league contract. If he’s added to the 40-man roster, he would get a $750,000, one-year deal and the
chance to earn $775,000 more based on plate appearances. “He’s off to a tremendous start. He’s a pro’s pro,” new Astros manager Bo Porter said. “He’s going to be a great teammate. He’s going to add veteran leadership in the clubhouse, and he’s an outfielder who can change the game with one swing, and he can pay all three outfield positions.” Ankiel would rather be on this kind of roll a month from now. “Later in camp I think you’ll start seeing more cutters and breaking stuff,” he said. “It might be just as important to get at bats later on as it is now. Really just being able to hit the heater right now is what I’m working on, and the adjusting will come later.” Brandon Laird followed Ankiel’s home run an inning later with a grand slam off loser Shane Greene. Melky Mesa’s three-run run homer off Ross Seaton in the sixth inning had given the Yankees a 5-1 lead after RBI singles by Zoilo Altmonte and Matt Diaz. Harrell was efficient in his second spring start, giving up three singles and getting two double plays.
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Texas Tech baseball team prepares for series in Lubbock against Explorers By PAIGE SKINNER LA VIDA EDITOR
A five-game, five-day series on the road teaches a coach a lot about his team. The Texas Tech baseball team (5-4) arrived in Lubbock following its recent series in Florida, and Tech coach Tim Tadlock said he learned which players can play every day. “(It is) Good to find out who likes to play enough to play every day,” he said, “and who’s talented enough to do so, also.” After the Florida games, the Red Raiders are 1-4 on the road this season, winning Tuesday’s game against Florida International University 8-6.
Tadlock said it was good to win the final game of the series of away games. “We obviously went down there with the intentions of winning all of them,” he said, “and sometimes balls just don’t bounce your way, sometimes that’s baseball.” With the four losses, the Red Raiders couldn’t seem to match their hitting and pitching. O n S u n d a y, Te c h j u n i o r right-handed pitcher Trey Masek pitched nine shutout innings, but had little help from his team’s offense with zero runs on eight hits. Connecticut eventually brought its runners home in the 11th inning, winning the game 1-0.
After Masek’s performance Sunday, he was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. “Trey was outstanding,” Tadlock said. “He pitched ahead in the count, finished hitters off when he needed to finish them off. “(He) threw the ball really well — one of the better starts I’ve seen him have. We’re really encouraged with everything we see from Trey.” Along with Masek, Tadlock praised Tech junior outfielder Devon Conley for his performance in centerfield during the weekend and explained how junior infielder Jake Barrios can play any infield position. “He can play any of those
positions,” he said about Barrios, “and the unique thing is that (sophomore infielder) Timmy Proudfoot can do the same thing. “Barrios and Proudfoot are kind of in a dogfight whether they know it or not.” After a minor injury from sophomore outfielder Brett Bell during a weekend game, Scott Lacefield, associate director of Tech Athletics, said Bell was taken out of the rest of the weekend’s games to make sure he was fine. On Thursday, Bell tweeted, “Minor setback. Can’t say I’m too happy about it. #DisabledList.” ➤➤email@example.com
Even in spring, not much hope for Astros, Marlins KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Spring training is supposed to be a time of hope. Unless you’re the Houston Astros. Or the Miami Marlins. With no-name rosters and in the midst of massive rebuilding jobs, Houston and Miami are more likely to be remembered as among the worst teams in recent history than for making an improbable run at the playoffs. The Astros lost 107 games last year, after 106 defeats in 2011. Houston’s main goal will be trying to avoid becoming the first team since the expansion New York Mets in the 1960s to lose at least 106 games in three straight seasons. “No one expects us to do well,” Lucas Harrell said Thursday, after pitching in a spring training game against the New York Yankees. “So, when we do well, it’s going to be kind of like, ‘Oh, wow.’ I definitely think we have a chance to shock a lot of people this year.” Brave words, especially when the Astros face the additional burden of moving from the NL into what looks like the toughest division in baseball, the AL West. They’ll be matched regularly against two 2012 playoff teams —
Oakland and Texas — plus the high-priced Los Angeles Angels, who have three of the game’s most dynamic players: Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout. Down in Miami, owner Jeffrey Loria totally dismantled the Marlins after a disappointing debut season in a new stadium paid for largely with public tax dollars. He’s now a pariah in south Florida and a laughingstock through the rest of the baseball, settling for a roster that might do pretty well in TripleA — but not in the big leagues. “I’m still trying to learn their names,” said Davey Johnson, manager of the NL East champion Washington Nationals. “I’m not even sure what position the names are going in.” He’s not the only one. After trading away nearly all their high-priced players in one stunning offseason, the Marlins are prepared to send out a lineup that includes five players with less two full seasons in the big leagues, plus a rotation that has only one starter with as many as 10 wins in a season. “I feel like we have a plan,” firstyear manager Mike Redmond said. “Will it take a few years? Maybe. But we feel like we have a plan
that’s going to work with a lot of young players and a lot of young talent. I’m looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity.” Redmond keeps reminding his players he was one of 19 rookies on the 1998 Marlins, the remnants of a World Series title team that was torn apart by a previous owner. Five years later, many of those young players were the centerpiece of another championship squad. Of course, Redmond probably doesn’t tell his team how the Marlins finished in ‘98 — 54-108. “It’s a fresh start,” he said. “At the end of the day, man, nobody gives us a chance to do anything. We have the ability to go out and surprise some teams. I think we’re a better team than people give us credit for. But at the end of the day, we’re got to go out there and prove that.” According to STATS, only 21 teams have finished with a winning percentage of .300 or less since 1900 — just two of those (the 1962 New York Mets, in their first season, and the 2003 Detroit Tigers) in the 162-game era. To avoid joining that infamous list, Miami and Houston will have to win 49 games this season, which might be a challenge.
Certainly, both teams can expect to play before lots of empty seats. Last season, the Marlins drew 2.2 million to their retractable roof stadium, which was the thirdhighest total in franchise history but ranked only 12th in the NL and was far below expectations. Not surprisingly after the offseason purge, season-ticket sales have slumped badly and Miami won’t come anywhere close to drawing that many fans in 2013. Houston’s attendance plummeted to a NL-worst 1.6 million last season, its lowest total in 17 years, and the lack of major moves during the offseason is likely to send it dipping even more. Redmond doesn’t think the ill will toward Loria will have any impact on the players. After all, it’s not their fault Miami traded away anyone making a significant salary. “Players are a lot more resilient to that stuff than people think and give them credit for,” he said. “When you get in the flow of the season, all you’re focused on is playing the game and doing what you’re in control of, and that’s how you play. I don’t foresee any distractions.”
Strange sight on college basketball court: trend of sleeves on jerseys CINCINNATI (AP) — College basketball’s tournament time is taking on a new look this year, with lots of double-takes expected. Six teams will wear special uniforms for their conference and anticipated NCAA tournament appearances next month, setting a fashion trend in college basketball: camouflage-patterned shorts, brightcolored jerseys and sleeves. Sleeves? Yep. Sleeves on jerseys, including those worn by tradition-rich UCLA, giving March’s rich history a decidedly unconventional look. Six teams will wear special tournament
uniforms unveiled on Thursday by Adidas — UCLA, Louisville, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame and Cincinnati. “I’m sure the traditionalists out there are really, really struggling looking at those uniforms,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said on Thursday. Especially those worn by UCLA, Louisville and Baylor, which agreed to have short sleeves on their jerseys. Adidas debuted a short-sleeve basketball shirt with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in mid-February. The new look will be especially head-turning for teams that usually wear tradition on their chests. “Everyone here knows Kansas’
tradition and history should be what is promoted in our look, and we have done that for years,” coach Bill Self said. “But this is the one game or whatever that we will make that exception for Adidas. “I probably don’t think as much of them as I do the normal ones we wear, but for a game or two I don’t think it’s that big of a deal in the Big 12 tournament.” Alternate uniforms have become big business in college sports, from Oregon’s fluorescent tones with Nike to Maryland’s loud designs with Under Armour. Adidas introduced special light-weight basketball uniforms
for Cincinnati, Louisville and Baylor at tournament time last season. Baylor and Louisville got the most attention with their bright colors. Cincinnati’s were more subdued, with neon trim. Bearcats players quickly took a liking to them — Cincinnati reached the Big East tournament title game before losing to Louisville, then made the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament while wearing them. “It’s like it refreshes you as a team,” point guard Cashmere Wright said before practice on Thursday. “You go out there and it’s a whole other uniform. You can take any identity you want to take. Last year, we got an identity and we just played it out.” No. 6 Kansas, No. 10 Louisville and No. 21 Notre Dame are currently ranked in the AP Top 25. UCLA, Cincinnati and Baylor are expecting to join them in the NCAA tournament wearing their new gear. The second-ranked Notre Dame women and No. 16 Louisville will also wear the gear. Players like the light-weight uniforms and love the flashy look. They also like the way they stand out from the rest of the tournament crowd. “It’s an interesting phenomenon, the whole uniform-shoe thing with young people, having something that nobody else has,” Cronin said. Adidas checked with the schools to see if they were interested in the tournament designs. Not everyone liked the sleeves — Cronin turned down the idea for his Bearcats. “I’m happy they don’t have sleeves,” Wright said. The sleeves seem to be the biggest attention-getter, a reminder of the sport’s fledgling days. Xavier coach Chris Mack wore sleeved jerseys when he played at Evansville in the late 1980s, getting over his disdain for the look.
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