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SGA candidates make final pitches Online election polls close at 7 p.m. Candidates from left, Tyler Patton, Jenny Mayants and Eric Odom, are running for SGA president. Results will be announced Thursday.

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Even though the deadline for voting is approaching, Student Government Association candidates are still out campaigning. Jenny Mayants, a presidential

candidate, said she believes the debate last Wednesday in the Senate Room of the Student Union Building showed students how experienced and informed she is with SGA. “I was basing my debate on facts and things I know are ac-

complishable and feasible. I’ve been talking to so many students and student voices about what they want to see, and we based our platform on that,” Mayants said. She said her campaign is going beyond just talking to students outside the SUB. Mayants said she and her running mates went to about 10 classrooms Tuesday and spoke with students

about the importance of making an informed vote for their representatives. Ethan Jordan, the internal vice president candidate running with Mayants, said he talks with students who are well-informed and concerned with the issues, but he also has talks with students who are uninterested in voting.

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NO MORE Event puts people in others’ shoes By SYDNEY HOLMES

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CHARLES MOORE, A technician at Scott's Complete Car Care, checks the oil of a car during last year’s free car clinic.

Students, faculty, staff can get vehicles checked for free today By KASSIDY KETRON STAFF WRITER

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the C-17 parking lot, west of the Texas Tech School of Law, University Parking Services will host a free car and bike care clinic for students, faculty and staff. Mechanics from Scott’s Complete

Car Care will check vehicles’ fluids, belts, tires and other car essentials. Scott Egert, owner of Scott’s Complete Car Care, said although they don’t fix any major problems at the clinic, they will top off any fluids and make drivers aware of any potential problems. CAR continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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Wally Dunn, left, is one of six seniors to be honored today during Tech’s senior night. Pat Knight said he’s the perfect example of a walk-on. SPORTS, Page 8

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On Monday and Tuesday, the Social Justice Committee, in conjunction with University Student Housing, created a world full of cruelty and repression through the Tunnel of Oppression. Essentially, the tunnel is a secluded space filled with student actors who recreate scenes centered around stereotypical prejudices in order to influence Texas Tech students’ thinking. “The ultimate goal is to open the eyes of our students and make them more aware of the global society that we live in,” Cassie Alvarado, the chair of the Social Justice Committee, said. “The event is meant to educate students in hopes that they gain a deeper understanding of the injustices that exist.” Many college campuses participate in the Tunnel of Oppression event, which specifically highlights the stereotypes relating to homosexuals, certain races, genders, individuals with mental illnesses and even intellectual oppression, said Alvarado, a graduate student from San Jose, Calif., studying nutritional science. Though she was unsure how students would respond to the event, Alvarado said she hoped the tunnel would make a lasting impact and have an effect on social norms. “Hopefully students will become more aware of their actions and how they treat others,” she said. Alvarado also said the tunnel is a harsh experience, but for many it is a reality check. “I have witnessed many instances of people not treating others equally,” she said. “It happens every day in our society. The event is meant to be shocking, but more importantly it is meant to depict the judging and stereotyping that exists.”


TAYLOR HICKLEN, A sophomore agricultural communications major from Ropesville, pushes himself up a ramp to understand what paraplegics deal with on a daily basis during the Tunnel of Oppression hosted by University Student Housing on Monday in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. KATIE SHAW, A sophomore business management and marketing dual major from Cypress, hands cans of food to Dianne Crowley, senior director of K-12 International Education Outreach, based on the idea of what a person of normal weight would eat.

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Community Calendar Texas Tech Baseball Time: 1 p.m. Where: Dan Law Field So, what is it? Root for the Red Raiders as they play the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Rebels. Free Car Clinic and Bike Check Time: 2 p.m. Where: C -17 Parking Lot, west of the law school So, what is it? Make sure your car and bike are up to speed before leaving town for spring break, and enter to win a free parking permit. Mechanics from Scott’s Complete Car Care will be on hand to check fluids, belts, tires and other car essentials free of charge. Broadway Bikes and Bike Tech will provide free bike inspections, brake adjustments, lubrication and tire sealant for slow leaks. University Parking Services will give out freebies, hot dogs and sodas. Texas Tech Men’s Basketball Time: 6:30 p.m. Where: United Spirit Arena So, what is it? Join the Red Raiders as they take on the Oklahoma Sooners on senior night. Soul Track Mind Time: 10 p.m. Where: The Blue Light So, what is it? Check out Live Music Wednesday at this Depot District venue featuring this Austin-based band that blends ‘60s and ‘70s soul and R&B with flares of jazz, blues, funk and dance rhythms.


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Info Session Time: 5:30 p.m. Where: United Spirit Arena So, what is it? The Tech Spirit Program and the Tech Pom Squad are partnering with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders to enhance spirit at Texas Tech. Shelly Roper-McCaslin, head recruiter for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, is holding an information session for students interested in auditioning for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

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Lipstick Letters Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Where:Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. So, what is it? Listen to acoustic rock and fiddle music while enjoying a variety of Texan cuisine, from nachos to steaks, at this Depot District brewery. “The Rimers of Eldritch” Time: 8 p.m. Where: Maedgen Theatre So, what is it? Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Landford Wilson’s first masterpiece, “The Rimers of Eldritch,” uses the events surrounding a murder to expose the sinister truths hiding in the shadows of small-town America. The Holmes Brothers Time: 10:30 p.m. Where: Rocky LaRue’s So, what is it? Enjoy live rock music at this Broadway favorite.

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A lot of things that are said are extremely hurtful and something CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 we all need to be aware of.” Residence life coordinator Zach Alujan, a freshman Aaron Austin was also involved biochemistry major from Aus- in the preparations for the Tuntin, participated in the Tunnel nel of Oppression. He aims to of Oppression. Alujan shared broaden the horizons of Tech an openstudents so minded when graduviewpoint ation day when his comes, they journey will be prethrough the pared. tunnel was “This is complete. something “ I t ’ s you’re godefinitely ing to need something regardless of that everywhere you body needs go,” he said. to come “A lot of see, just times, stuto open up dents strugtheir eyes gle because and bethey haven’t come aware been exposed o f w h a t ’s to different constantly types of culZACH ALUJAN going on tures because FRESHMAN BIOCHEMISTRY of where we in front of MAJOR FROM AUSTIN them,” he live. Lubbock said. “A lot isn’t the most of people diverse comchoose to just ignore a lot of munity.” types of oppressions, especialAustin said he anticipates the ly around here with everyone tunnel will have some affect on being so conservative.” preventing subjugation within Alujan said emphasis on the Lubbock community. He developing a thick skin in wants students to think about today’s society is a large part what they’ve learned within the of the problem with social tunnel and hopes it will prevent oppression. any harsh words or actions on “Political correctness is so campus. way off everybody’s radar,” he “Ultimately,” Austin said, said. “We think we have to “it’s not just tolerance. There become ‘tough,’ but that’s not needs to be some respect.” what needs to happen at all. ➤➤

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Touch of Soul Time: 7 p.m. Where: La Diosa Cellars So, what is it? Enjoy soul and funk music while indulging in tasty tapas in Lubbock’s own winery.


JACALYN MCCOMB, A professor in health, exercise and sports sciences, and Xupih Qian, a medical research assistant, draw blood from Shawna Chen, a graduate student of business administration from Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday in the Exercise Sciences Center for a study regarding stressrelief and women.

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The mechanics, Medley said, will run a diagnostic test, and if CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 anything is found to be out of order, the driver can take the car Egert said what started out to be fixed. as a quick check-up to point Medley said in addition to the out obvious problems to drivers services provided, those in attenbefore the holidays has turned dance have a chance to win a free into an event bringing as many parking permit. as 500 cars and new vendors The vendors present at the with safety information for the event include Tech’s Student students, faculty and staff. Government Association and “The sole purpose of the Student Health Services to proevent is to get them home and vide information on the dangers get them back safely,” he said. of driving drowsy. Heather Medley, senior Other vendors include Broadeditor at University Parking way Bikes and Bike Tech for free Services, said about 65 to 67 bike inspections, Injury Prevenpercent of drivers need atten- tion Coalition to check car seats, tion to their cars, and it is a Texas Tech Police Department to good idea to get it checked, provide free bicycle registration, especially before leaving for Mothers Against Drunk Driving the holidays. to provide information of alcoholinduced delayed time reaction, Help End Auto Theft program, and Road Raiders. Ken Gassiot, associate director of parent and family relations, said they will be at the car clinic to give students information on Road Raiders. “This Road Raiders list has over a thousand parents on it, and, to be honest, it just speaks volumes of Texas Tech parents who have chosen to put their name on this list to help Texas Tech students that are traveling,” he said. ➤➤


“We’ve been talking to friends and having them talk to their friends, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 you know, a one-on-one basis where we’re shaking their hand and letting Jordan said he wants to inform them know we’re concerned about the uninterested students about the them,” Odom said, “and we want to election, so if they do participate get their feedback about what they’d it will be an informed vote. While like to see on campus.” talking to a lecture hall of more than Blake Bradley, an external vice 400 students, Jordan said, he asked president candidate running with how many students knew what SGA Odom, said he believes online voting does. No one raised his or her hand. is an effective way of getting students Tyler Patton, a presidential can- involved. However, he would like didate, said the students he has to see polling booths along with the spoken with have been receptive to online voting option because booths his campaign. His campaign’s plan better attract students’ attention. to work with hospitality services Drew Graham, current president on making hot meals for homeless of SGA, said students who vote for people has received a lot of attention the candidates also will be asked to from students, he said. agree or disagree with replacing the This campaign has been a hum- role of graduate school vice president bling experience, Patton said. with a graduate and professional “We’ve had a great deal of support student association. from students, who just came up and He said a better way of representhelped us picket because they wanted ing the graduate students is needed to lend some time to us,” Patton said. because of the graduate student Alex Moore, an internal vice enrollment rising. president candidate running with “Say we get to 10,000 graduate Patton, said she believes students students. One graduate vice presiare ready to be more involved with dent really isn’t enough to represent SGA. Moore said she believes SGA 10,000 graduate students,” Graham has not represented students well in said. “We will still have the graduate the past, and she wants to make sure senators, but to have an association SGA is student-oriented. set up where they can really be Eric Odom, a presidential can- represented by more people is a didate, said he and his running good thing.” mates have been speaking to several Students can vote at www.ttu. student groups and individuals to edu/vote until 7 p.m. today. inform students of their platform. ➤➤

Whether it’s out on the ranch after a hard day of work or up on stage in front of screaming fans, Texas Tech student Cruise Duke picks up his guitar and feels right at home. Growing up in Lipscomb County, Duke was a small-town boy who sang in church. It was not until he entered the university that he began to play guitar. Duke is now a senior dual majoring in agricultural communications and agricultural leadership. “I’m just a ranching kid that wanted to do something other than go to college and play video games,” Duke said. “I wanted to get out and play the guitar.” In 2010, he formed the band Cruise Duke and the County Road Ends. By July, the singer/ PHOTO BY LAUREN PAPE/The Daily Toreador songwriter experienced his first CRUISE DUKE, A senior agricultural communications and agricultural leadership major, frequently plays taste of sweet success. Duke was concerts with his band, Cruise Duke and County Road Ends. at work on his ranch helping “He treats his band and other student is serious about school. birth a cow when suddenly his Bowl XLV Party Plaza with Reck“Students that do outside artists with respect and also own song, “This Side of Texas,” less Kelly. “It was amazing to hang out always represents Tech at his activities need to understand it came on the radio. is difficult and requires a lot of “When you hear your song with these guys who we have shows,” Walker said. Despite his busy schedule, dedication,” the graduate stubeen listenon the radio ing to since Duke still manages to make time dent in agricultural education for the first early in high for school. The student said he from Fulton, Kan., said. “Since time, there is school,” Duke may come to class on Monday or he really wants to be a musician, no feeling like Friday mornings looking exhaust- he is going to make those other said. it,” he said. T h o m a s ed, but there is a good chance he sacrifices he needs to while still This would trying to be a good student.” W a l k e r , a will show up every time. be the first of The instructor said Duke does “I decided a long time ago that senior from many rewards Houston, met if I was going to be in this deal, a good job representing both to come to the D u k e t w o I was going to go to school, and the College of Agriculture and Tech student. years ago at a I was going to finish this out,” Natural Resources and the uniDuke’s band versity. Wimmer also believes the local bar and he said. had a busy past Education is important to student has an important message started playyear on the i n g f o r t h e the artist because of his future for other students. THOMAS WALKER road perform“Cruise shows if you have ing alongside CRUISE DUKE BAND MEMBER b a n d . T h e aspirations. The senior wants to something you want to accomgeneral studbecome an agriculture teacher so Texas CounTECH SENIOR ies major said he can help motivate high school plish, you don’t have to wait till try bands like you graduate to start,” Wimmer Duke is a real kids about the field, he said. Cooder Graw Gaea Wimmer, one of Duke’s said. and Jason Boland. The group “cowboy” and always take care of instructors, also believes the ➤➤ even performed at the Super the people around him.

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here are two types of people in this world: those who have a lawsuit, and those who are looking for one. Welcome to the “United Suits of America.” To many, the best thing about a democracy like ours is no matter who you are, what you do or how you do it, if you search in the right places you can always find some individual or corporation pirating your God-given freedoms with the damaging and now possibly-illegal position of having much more money than you. There are plenty of people who, in lieu of job hunting, comb the city for uncovered manholes and swooping telephone lines, single-handedly becoming the best evidence against Darwinism. In the wake of the economic downturn, we have begun to experience the growing popularity of a system of infinite judicial appeals — allowing gluttonous lame brains to concoct costly, frivolous litigation so they can waltz out of the courtroom with the funds to fire Donald Trump. Whatever happened to survival of the fittest? Now it’s survival of the merciless. In 1991, a Michigan man sued Anheuser-Busch for false advertising after watching a commercial in which beautiful women appeared when two men drank Bud Light. In 1992, a wom-

Rusty Shellhorn an won $2.9 million from McDonald’s after being scalded by spilt coffee. In 2005, a man sued NBC for $2.5 million after watching an episode of “Fear Factor” that caused him “suffering, injury and great pain.” The worst part is nearly anyone can do it. Say, for example, you are taking a bath while attempting to listen to the radio. The radio falls into the tub, and you are electrocuted. Having now experienced “pain,” “suffering” and “mental anguish,” you scan the phonebook for the lawyer with the most colorful advertisement and sue the radio manufacturer for millions because, obviously, no humane corporation should be able to sell hazardous electronics to psychotic nimrods such as you. Of course, it’s not the frivolousness of this rampant legal malfeasance that’s giving me an emotional wedgie. It’s the equal and opposite reaction — cue “Jaws” music — the caution signs and warning labels. The world has become a safety-obsessed cesspool of liability avoidance.

The liability phenomenon has completely altered our environment, erasing any necessity for individuals to pay attention to their surroundings.

Every morning, each of us wakes to the consistent alarm clock of a reversing garbage truck — an invention that has saved the lives of countless victims otherwise unable to detect 25 tons of galvanized steel and TV dinner packaging moving toward them. Beep, beep, beep, beep. Yet the backward beep isn’t the only moron-proofed warning. From coffee cups to electronic appliances, nearly every product manufactured by a liability-conscious corporation hosts some sort of warning. “For external use only,” one curling iron is labeled. “This product not intended for use as a dental drill,” warns an electric rotary tool. “Caution: Do not spray in eyes,” a label on underarm deodorant announces. The liability phenomenon has completely altered our environment, erasing any necessity for individuals to pay attention to their surroundings. Trees will be removed. Book corners will be rounded. Ladders will be banned. Even escalators will be shut down. “Your honor, my client walked straight into an escalator, tripped and broke his nose because there was no warning sign. Moving stairs rising from the ground!” Of course, I’m just itching a scratch on my soulless heart. I just haven’t found my lawsuit yet — it seems that all the good ones have already been taken. But I promise you, when I do find it, Trump better watch out.

 Shellhorn is a junior history major from Spokane, Wash. ➤➤

Honoring last US WWI veteran Lyle O Danley

n Sunday, Feb. 27, Frank W. Buckles, the last living American World War I veteran, died at age 110. Many have already said how his passing is homologous to the passing of a generation, of a time far simpler than today. Buckles’ kind — the doughboys who rolled the German Kaiser — is truly extinct now. That statement seems trifle today, but a relatively short time from now, when the last few survivors of the second Great War remain, the feeling will really set in. It’s hard to believe the last living American relic of a war that changed all wars has gone into the great nigh. Yes, there are two other WWI veterans alive (an Australian man and a British woman, both supercentenarians), but is it not hard to believe the American experience, the perception of the war first as isolationists then as the great relievers, is not perhaps unique? Mr. Buckles entered the war the way many other eager teenage soldiers did, by lying about his age twice, claiming to be 19, then 21, to enlist, while

only being 16 at the time. Even today, a 16-year-old boy is seldom able to unravel for himself the knot of deceits and betrayals that led to the start of WWI. Although Buckles himself only claimed a sense of adventure as his reason of joining the war in interviews, the cultural buzzword of the time was patriotism — having such a pride in one’s citizenship and that it makes one who one is that one would kill or be killed for others to prosper the same way. Unfortunately, in the near-century since the Great War, that sense of pride seems to have fizzled out of the average American youngster. Whether that is because of the lack of a unifying conflict, the lack of propaganda saying as much or because of a general sense of apathy, I’m disinclined to think that such sentiments will be so strong ever again.

The American military is alive and well, and I speak for many in being grateful to those who do put their lives on the line to keep us safe, but I’m talking about the sense of unity that spurned young men to bypass age restrictions to enlist, not caring about their maturity but just wanting to play a part. Mr. Buckles represents the last of the first modern warriors. In summation, our last link to that time. I feel deep remorse in not being able to meet not just Frank Buckles but any World War I veteran; the same remorse I feel for not being able to meet one of the signers of the Constitution. Anyone who is interested in the human experience, how we as a people have persevered through the years, should feel for this death. History books and documents cannot substitute a true primary source.  Danley is a freshman athletic training major from Alamogordo, N.M. ➤➤


 Libby King is a junior management and advertising major from Amarillo.

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students in SGA, I almost get the feeling they hold themselves in a different category than that of a “regular” student, such that I am all sorts of inferior to them. The senator I corresponded with stated, “Easy for you to speak on things when you are not involved in the organization.” Throughout our conversation, he told me that if I have concerns, I should run for an SGA office seat. In turn, I replied that as a student, I elect representatives for that reason and attempt to elect representatives who have my principles and concerns close to heart.

In an ideal world, I should be able to view what my representatives voted for in session. So in this I call for a push in increased transparency, as defined by the dictionary: “In politics, transparency is introduced as a means of holding public officials accountable and fighting corruption.” It’s too easy; record how each senator votes and make it accessible to students.  Jeramy Kitchen is a junior political science major from Meadows Place.

me by the SGA secretary, so I apologize for any false information, but please take that up with her. One senator continued on their Facebook to call me and the author of Monday’s other letter to the editor “outsiders.” How dare they? Last time I checked, SGA stood for STUDENT Government Association. I am absolutely appalled that this unnamed senator believes the students are the outsiders in the student legislative process. The administrators are outsiders (this is why the president of SGA reports to them, not the entire sen-

ate). The Lubbock community members are outsiders (hence the external vice president position that works to encourage a relationship between Tech and the Lubbock community). But as for my fellow students and me, we are not outsiders. We are the focal point of STUDENT government. The SGA work for us, and I urge students to remember that — attend an SGA Senate meeting and witness the mayhem for yourselves. But get there early, as seating is limited in this “transparency-driven” SGA.  Shelby Breen is a junior political science major from Katy.

New power plant would benefit residents

ast October, a poll surveyed 525 Sweetwater residents about the proposed Tenaska clean-coal Trailblazer power plant. The poll found 47 percent of Sweetwater residents support the plant’s construction and only 36 percent oppose it. Recently, the Abilene Christian University chapter of the Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow conducted a similar survey at ACU to measure student opinion regarding the proposed clean-coal Trailblazer power plant. The poll surveyed 800 students, nearly 20 percent of the university population, and found that students support the

plant’s construction by a 3-1 margin. It isn’t difficult to see why students support the plant’s construction. The project would create between 1,500 and 2,000 new construction-related jobs and more than 100 permanent jobs operational. The Sweetwater facility would also create a substantial amount of clean and affordable energy. Aside from creating jobs and more affordable energy, Tenaska is proposing to use new clean-coal technology, which would make the Sweetwater facility among the cleanest in the nation, capturing between 85 and 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions and emitting less sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide

than any existing coal plant in Texas. With the current situation in the Middle East and the recent spike in oil, it seems now, more than ever, we need to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I, along with 75 percent of ACU students, strongly support Tenaska’s proposed clean-coal Trailblazer power plant. The company is respecting the environment while creating jobs and affordable energy. Seriously, what more could we ask for?  Jeff Morris is the chairman for the TTU chapter of the Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow.

Despite rising gas prices, now is time to be thankful for what we have Colleen Gartner Being a Texan almost means speculation is in our blood, so I went ahead and filled up yesterday here in Lubbock at $3.17. I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit $4 here in Lubbock by early summer, a longer travelling season than the peak that occurs for winter holidays. From a car dealership perspective, high gas prices are fantastic. It’s another reason to sway someone into

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buying a new car at a time when budgeting is more important than ever. However, for business owners across the country — especially businesses that rely on vehicles to transport products, such as grocers — high gas prices mean higher prices on everything else. Just when you thought milk and bread were high enough, up they go again. I think I’ll just go nibble on something semi-expired in my pantry instead.

To be fair, yes, I am guilty of speculating in this article, but so are you in judging my opinion. We cannot predict the future. For all we know, the military rulers of those countries could finally bribe enough people to keep control for another year or so. God only knows they have been trying, but it is a mere temporary fix for the people who accept that money. It’s scary that much of the world works that way, but let’s face the mu-

When push comes to shove, oil is a commodity. It always has been and always will be.

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irst there was Egypt, then Bahrain and then Libya. It feels like the Cold War all over again, except there’s no Berlin wall, no communists and no Ronald Reagan. There are, however, uprisings and downfalls on long-term regimes where rulers have controlled the people for decades. So, naturally, out of fear and slightly decreased oil production in Libya, gas prices are going up, and college students are going to start feeling it if they haven’t already. According to the Department of Energy, gas prices increased 6 percent last week. Of course, gas costs less here than in places like California or the East Coast.


in college, and I do not believe our college paper should advocate such behavior.

Students shouldn’t be considered SGA outsiders

o start, I’d like to stress that the senators I pointed out in my letter to the editor in Monday’s issue of The Daily Toreador were supposedly campaigning. This may not be true for all of them, and I sincerely apologize if this applies to you, Sen. Matt Pippen, for one. Monday, following the publication of my last letter, a handful of Student Government Association senators reached out to inform me of my lack of information. I will duly point out all the information I presented was given to


person who chose it, it is not a representation of the whole student body. I would be ashamed for a future student or their parents to see this blatantly ludicrous stereotype. Nor, if I were a parent, would I send my child to live in such an unsafe environment. While the articles surrounding the picture talk about changing your living situation, the full-page picture says this is the life you should live. You do not need to smoke, drink or use other illicit substances to have a good time

Increased SGA transparency essential

s a follow-up to a previous letter I wrote for Monday’s newspaper, I received feedback from one of the Student Government Association senators, who on his Facebook wall posted the following: “To you opinion writers. Give me a call so I can properly inform you of some things for the next time you report false claims against my name.” On his Facebook wall, he hinted at the argument that there is no transparency within SGA and called it “false claim.” Based on my exposure to some



Housing Guide cover unprofessional, inaccurate

s a Tech student, I am outraged at the choice of picture placed on the Housing Guide edition of The Daily Toreador. Whoever chose and approved the picture showed a severe lack of professionalism in journalism. A picture of a group of college students drinking, smoking a hookah, vomiting and being stoned is a slam toward the intelligence of the average Tech student. While I am sure this picture is indicative of the life of the


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sic: This new millennium has brought many new considerations into the picture. For one, 9/11 happened; I couldn’t have predicted in fifth grade that morning that it marked the start of a war against terrorism. Who really could have predicted it when, before that very day, America had only seen Pearl Harbor as an attack on U.S. soil? Looking back, we were sitting ducks in 2001, but my point is that things happen. When push comes to shove, oil is a commodity. It always has been and always will be. When war breaks out in foreign countries, pump jacks are sabotaged, U.S. citizens are evacuated on a first-come, first-served basis, and •Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be e-mailed to or brought to 211 Student Media. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. •Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of

uncertainty fills the air. So I’ll take the gasoline prices right now. I realize it could be far worse and that we are lucky to live in the United States. We could live in a country full of chaos like the ones that are experiencing it now. Our female reporters would be in danger of being overtaken as one was in Egypt; citizens wouldn’t be safe in their own homes. So quit complaining, and be thankful you are lucky enough to have a car and attend college in a country where terrorism doesn’t happen on a daily, or even monthly, basis.  Gartner is a senior accounting major from The Woodlands. ➤➤ 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.


JESSICA ALLEN, A sophomore communication design major from Carlsbad, N.M., looks at artwork in the Senior Studio BFA Group exhibition on Monday in the Art building.


Waters believes the exhibit is important for the seniors themselves, but also for the underclassmen, who will From an acrylic paint and news- one day be taking the seminar class. “When you are still working on print on masonite to a ceramic Loch Ness monster, the Senior Studio BFA perspective, you don’t want to be Group Exhibit in the Art Building worried about an exhibition,” she Studio Gallery emphasizes the varia- said, “but as you mature as a young tion in styles of the graduating class artist, you want to be able to learn the other professional aspects of bein the art school. Organized by the class, professor of ing an artist.” Valdez expressed the importance art Sara Waters and Landmark Arts, the exhibit displays the many genres of students visiting the gallery to see available within the art school and the extreme variation in the work of the senior class. will be displayed until March 11. “I think it’s nice because you get “In the old days, we asked students to have their own exhibitions to see what we have done here and — one to two person shows as part what you can learn to do here,” Valdez said. “Obviof the BFA proously, we have a gram,” Waters lot of programs. said. “What beYou can be a gan to happen, p r i n t m a k e r, though, was photographer that we didn’t really have sufor painter, and there is going ficient space to be something to support our for you.” growing numAnother bers.” The class student in the exhibit, phocombines setography major niors from every Valerie Valdez, emphasis and said she had a allows students similar opinion to ask about of the imporvarious aspects tance of the exof the profesVALERIE VALDEZ hibit. sional world of SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY The senior art. MAJOR FROM LUBBOCK from Lubbock Waters, who chose “Antihas a BFA in portrait” for the painting and drawing and an MFA in sculpture, exhibit, a photo she took recently of said she hopes students will be open her parents after an abrupt midnight for dialogue about the different styles. wake-up. “Before I was an art student, I The most important epart of being involved in a group show is gaining didn’t know that there were so many decision-making skills needed to show emphases,” Valerie Valdez said. “I think if people will come out to see, their art, Waters said. “That is such a growing experi- they will really like it.” A special reception for the exhibit ence,” she said. “They need to know how to set up a show, hang their work, will follow the school’s open house how to label, the title, lighting and celebration on the First Friday Art Trail, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. all of that.” Cristian Valdez, a senior photog- ➤➤ raphy major from Lovington, N.M., decided to display “Enrique,” a piece from the series “Los Vecinos” she said she had worked the hardest on during her four years. “I have family in Mexico, and in 2008 one of my great-uncles got shot by one of the drug cartels. He was an innocent victim,” Valdez said. “I just wanted to bring some attention and shine some light on something that is our problem, too.” Her passion for the sciences got her started in school, but after a semester she knew she was looking for something more creative. Valdez shoots photography with Great Family Dining! 35mm film and develops the photos in 4301 Marsha Sharp Freeway the darkroom located in the basement (Brownsfield Hwy.) of the Art building. STAFF WRITER

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Sea turtles have existed since before dinosaurs, but with human occupation, five sea turtle species have been listed as endangered. Ben Higgins, along with Texas Tech’s Céline Goddard-Codding, is working to change this. Higgins, a biologist and sea turtle program manager at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Galveston, spoke Monday in the agriculture education building about his sea turtle conservation work. The lecture was part of the Department of Natural Resources Management’s Lokey Seminar Series. “Sea turtles have been around for, depending on who you believe, 60, 70, 80 million years in their current form, and it’s only been in the last hundred years where humans have pushed them to the brink of extinction,” Higgins said. In the past, an estimated 80,000 nests per year were counted, but in 1989 an estimated 702 nests were documented. In 2009, the amount of nests went up to 20,000 but is still worrisome for conservationists, Higgins said. He runs a turtle farm, where sea turtles are raised to develop turtle-friendly fishing gear for commercial fisheries, he said. The Endangered Species Act protects the sea turtles, giving conservation groups and others the ability to sue the federal government if they feel the government is not doing enough for the animals. “We spend a lot of time defending lawsuits; we’ll be sued all the time for not doing enough to protect sea turtles,” Higgins said. “But on the other side of the thing, there are fishermen out there. They sue us for doing too much.” With the delicate balance Higgins works with, giving too many restrictions to fishermen could put them and others out of business, affecting the local economy, he said. “You take people’s jobs away, then it becomes a political problem,” he said. ”We’re obligated to protect sea tur-


BEN HIGGINS OF the NOAA Fisheries Services Galveston Laboratory talks about sea turtle conservation Monday in the Agriculture Education and Communications Building.

tles; we’re also obligated to keep professor at Tech and endanthe fisheries open, as long as gered species toxicologist, said they’re fishing sustainably.” her lab has two main focuses. Higgins is associated with “The first is to develop new Tech through a unique method tools to be able to look at the of testing the turtles without di- impact of pollution, and it’s rectly harmimportant to ing them, he develop new said. He sends tools because small tissue in toxicology, biopsies from which is the the sea turstudy of poltles to Tech, lution, many where the tisof the tests sue cultures that are done are grown and are lethal, then exposed are very into environvasive,” Godmental toxdard-Codding ins and polsaid. “Obvilutants with ously, if you the responses are working measured. with endanBEN HIGGINS “If someBIOLOGIST AND SEA TURTLE gered species body comes you cannot do PROGRAM MANAGER to you right those kind of now and says, experiments. ‘what’s the efYou have to fect of oil on sea turtle tissues?’ find new ways.” We have no idea,” Higgins They use skin biopsies from said. “We don’t know because loggerhead sea turtles to achieve it would be unethical to expose this, she said. a live sea turtle to oil, and then “And then the second focus kill it and then measure it.” is that once we develop those Goddard-Codding, assistant new tools, we want to actually

It’s only been in the last hundred years where humans have pushed (sea turtles) to the brink of extinction.

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apply them, so we’re interested in looking at the impact of pollutants such as the ones we know are present in oil or other types of pollutants that we know are present in the marine environment,” Goddard-Codding said. “Using those cells, we can look at what happens. Do the cell stop growing, or maybe do we start seeing DNA damage in the cell or do the cells die completely when they are exposed to those pollutants?” Ben Skipper, a wildlife science major who was at the talk, said he admires the pair’s effort and determination to minimize the amount of sea turtles getting caught in shrimping nets. “I think it’s important that we maintain wildlife diversity for future generations to get to experience,” said the graduate student from Abeville, Ala. “I’ve never seen a sea turtle outside of an aquarium, but knowing that they are out there and knowing that they will be out there for future generations to see if they so desire, I think that’s something we can all work for, just preserving that unique biological unit.” ➤➤ For your 2011-2012 housing needs FOR RELEASE MARCH 2, 2011

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“I thought that Paiz gave us a great start, he showed the kind of kid he is,” Spencer said. “He gets ruffled a little bit, he gets a couple of balls up … you know when you give up three or four hits in an inning and they got two (runs).” The game started out fairly smoothly for Paiz, striking out the first batter he faced and forcing the next two to ground out. The Red Raider offense gave Paiz an early cushion to work with, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. But the second inning turned out to be a much tougher challenge. UNLV left fielder Rance Roundy began the early rally with a single, and was followed up by right fielder Brandon Bayardi’s two-run shot to left field, providing the Rebels with a 2-1 advantage. But that is as shaky as things would get for Paiz — the freshman followed the second inning with a scoreless third and fourth inning and a one-run fifth inning. “We got about what we wanted out of him,” Spencer said. “I was hoping

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Dunn is graduating in May with a degree in geology and minors in business and chemistry. Although Dunn hasn’t had the most storied career in Tech basketball history, the 2008 Midland College transfer said he would not trade his three years for anything. Knight said Dunn could play in Europe with the talent he has, but he knows Dunn has responsibilities to tend to. “Wally’s married; he’s already taken the plunge,” Knight said. “So Wally’s got a little bit more responsibility than a lot of us had after college.” Like many walk-ons, Dunn is a crowd favorite who consistently gets

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SPORTS for four (innings), and he gave us five. David Paiz is going to be a very good arm for us down the road.” Paiz’s lone appearance as a pitcher prior to Tuesday’s festivities was in relief duty during Tech’s fourth game of the season, an 8-6 victory against Northwestern. In that game, Paiz pitched four scoreless innings. The Tech offense has been producing at a high rate recently, scoring totals of 15 runs Saturday and 14 on Sunday. “I’ve been satisfied with our hitting, my hitting, everyone’s hitting,” said Tech left fielder Jamodrick McGruder. “We’ve been hitting pretty well especially when we get down.” McGruder stole three bases and drove in a run to pace Tech’s nine-run output. Paiz helped his own cause by driving in two runs. He said he approached the game differently since he knew he was pitching. “I got to get ready a lot more and got to get focused in,” Paiz said. “I knew I was going to pitch and felt good about myself today.” Tech takes on UNLV for a second time at 1 p.m. today at Dan Law Field. ➤➤

the loudest cheers when he steps onto the court. Knight said he will try to get Dunn in the game, but Dunn said he doesn’t have to play to feel like a part of the team. “It’d be terrific,” Dunn said of playing in front of the fans and family, “but more importantly is to play for each other, to play for each other and the team and doing it just for the guy next to you.” Always the team player, Dunn said he accepts his role with the team, no matter how much he sees the court. “I think the reason I’ve been here is to do those things to be encouraging and to just show hard work in the face of maybe trials we’ve been through and something like that; that’s my role.” ➤➤


Tech faces crucial week By JOSHUA KOCH STAFF WRITER

The Lady Raiders have two opportunities this week to improve their already solid resume, taking on Texas and No. 18 Oklahoma to close out the regular season. Texas Tech has had key victories this season but wasn’t able to beat either the Longhorns or the Sooners the first time around. “We have a great opportunity, and we need to embrace that,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “It needs to be 80 minutes of passion this week, and we need to leave it all out there. We’re excited about the position we have put ourselves in.” The final showdown of the season’s two-game series with Texas (17-11, 6-8 in Big 12 Conference play) tips off at 7 p.m. today in the Frank Erwin Center. These squads first met this season on Jan. 26 in Lubbock. Longhorns freshman guard Chassidy Fussell led Texas in that game with 22 points, and Tech (208, 7-7) was outrebounded 43-26 in the 75-67 loss. Since then, both teams have gone in different directions with their seasons. The Longhorns have dropped four of their last five games, all losses coming against ranked opponents. The last time out, Texas lost a highly-contested game to No. 5 Texas A&M, 68-65, in Austin. On the other hand the Lady Raiders have been victorious in four of their last five games, including wins against No. 3 Baylor and No. 23 Iowa State — both victories were by double-digits. Both squads need a win to bolster their tournament hopes,

and Tech sophomore guard Casey Morris said the team will have the magnitude of the game in mind when they face the Longhorns. “It’s very important. I think both of us need a win, Texas and us,” she said. “For us, to know how much it means to get this win, I think, will be an important factor in us doing well.” This game is crucial for the Lady Raiders, but the game has much more meaning for Tech sophomore guard Chynna Brown. Not only has Brown played in the Frank Erwin Center during her collegiate career, but she also played there in high school. She attended Lincoln High School in Dallas and helped lead them to a 4A state championship title — the game was played in the Frank Erwin Center. But the Longhorns’ home gym hasn’t always been kind to Brown. She played only 15 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds in last season’s matchup in Austin before suffering a concussion and a cut over her eye, according to Curry in the news conference following the 2010 contest. Brown said she is eager to return to the Erwin Center and is expecting a large crowd there to cheer on the Lady Raiders. “Oh yeah, I’m ready to go,” she said. “I have family coming down to watch me. My old high school coach is coming to watch me because they are in the state championship. So I’m just looking forward to this. It’s close to home, so a lot of my family, a lot of people, get to come out and enjoy that game.”

PHOTO BY BRAD TOLLEFSON/The Daily Toreador TEXAS TECH GUARD Christine Hyde is fouled by Oklahoma State center Vicky McIntyre as she shoots the ball during the Lady Raiders’ 57-48 victory against the Cowgirls on Saturday in United Spirit Arena. Tech plays Texas today at 7 p.m. today in Austin.


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Bob Knight coached the Red Raiders from 2001 to 2008, compiling a 138-82 record — the best winning percentage of any Tech men’s basketball coach. The all-time wins leader in NCAA Division I men’s basketball, Bob Knight guided the Red Raiders to five postseason appearances in his first six years at Tech. He retired midway through his seventh season in Lubbock. Bob Knight became the alltime wins leader Jan. 1, 2007, in a 70-68 victory against New Mexico. He retired with 902 wins. Former coach Eddie Sutton and players Ralph Sampson, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin are the 2011 inductees. Former Yale coach Joe Vancisin and former radio producer Eddie Einhorn will also be inducted as contributors. ➤➤

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Dunn right Senior sets example of ideal walk-on By TOMMY MAGELSSEN NEWS EDITOR

Wally Dunn has 15 points in 14 games this season. The senior guard has played only 122 minutes in his threeyear career with the Red Raiders, but Tech coach Pat Knight said Dunn set the mold for what a walk-on should be. “You couldn’t ask for a better kid in the locker room,” Knight said. “He comes every day, brings it every day in practice. I’ve never once had to get on him — maybe shooting it too much in practice — but I’ve never had to get on him about effort one time. “And it’s been an honor to coach him, and he’s going to leave here, you know, with a great career ahead of him, whatever he does — he’s just that type of kid.” Dunn is one of six seniors playing their final home game for the scarlet and black at 6:30 p.m. today in United Spirit Arena against Oklahoma. While some guys may have future careers in basketball, Dunn knows he might be lacing up his shoes only a few more times. “I think I’m gonna hang ‘em up and start a new chapter,” Dunn said. “I had opportunities to maybe go try out, but I think I’m ready to maybe call it quits for a little while.”


TECH VS. OKLAHOMA Time: 6:30 p.m. When: Today Where: United Spirit Arena TEXAS TECH’S WALLY Dunn is one of six seniors who will be honored on Senior Night before the Red Raiders’ game against Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. today in United Spirit Arena.

PHOTO BY LAUREN PAPE/ The Daily Toreador


David Paiz got his first start at pitcher for the Red Raiders on Tuesday, showcasing why he may be the most versatile player on Texas Tech’s roster. Paiz, normally in the starting lineup as Tech’s designated hit-

ter or right fielder, pitched five innings against UNLV (7-2) in the first of two games Tech (81) plays against the Rebels this week. Tech coach Dan Spencer said Paiz’s performance in a 9-4 win showcased his resiliency as well. WIN continued on Page 7 ➤➤

Tech’s Hall named Big 12 Conference Player of Week

Bob Knight to be honored at NCB Hall of Fame helped create the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame to honor players and coaches who had stellar collegiate careers. Current Tech coach Pat Knight, Bob Knight’s son, said the hall is a great way to honor college basketball players, coaches and contributors overlooked by the Naismith Hall of Fame. “I think this hall of fame is really just to

K E V I N WHITEHEAD SLIDES back into first base during the game against Northern Illinois at Dan Law Field on Sunday.

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DUNN continued on Page 7 ➤➤

Former Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 in its inaugural class. On Monday, it was announced Knight would be honored in a ceremony Nov. 20 in Kansas City, Mo. Although already a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Knight

Paiz’s arm guides Red Raiders to win

honor guys as coaches and as players because sometimes with the Naismith, they don’t put in guys that deserve to be in there,” Pat Knight said. “So I think this hall of fame, as it grows because it’s kind of new, is going to become more and more legitimate and a bigger honor for everybody.” KNIGHT continued on Page 7 ➤➤

After a 16 RBI, seven-run, .583 batting average weekend, Tech infielder Logan Hall was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week. The award is the first weekly accolade for Tech softball since the 2004 season. Tech coach Shanon Hays said Hall is one of the best athletes he has ever coached and she benefits from having the experience from last year. “She kills balls that are in the strike zone,” Hays said. “She’s a great athlete; I’d hate to pitch against all of our line-up.” Hall hit three home runs this weekend, including the fourth and

fifth grand slams in Tech history. Her first slam was Friday against Northern Illinois, while her second was Saturday against Saint John’s — both wins. Hall is tied for the conference lead in RBIs with Oklahoma’s Jessica Shults. Tech catcher Cydney Allen said Hall has great vision when hitting. She said she is great in the batter’s box, the best part of Hall’s game. “She is just a stud,” Allen said of Hall. “She can pretty much do it all.” The No. 19 Red Raiders begin the Red Raider Classic against Dayton and Howard on Friday at Rocky Johnson Field. ➤➤


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