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Tech ready for indoor NCAA Championships By CONNELLY BOCK Staff Writer


Students enhance environment at basketball games By GARRETT CLEAVALL


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he Red Raider Riot is a student based committee that plans and organizes the school’s student section for all home basketball games. The committee has the responsibility to create new ideas which encourage the crowd to get as rowdy as possible. The committee, comprised of nearly 30 students, meets a few days in advance of every home game to give themselves time to not only discuss their new thoughts, but create all their new props, posters and fatheads for the game as well. The committee has the privilege to host their meetings in a conference room inside Jones AT&T Stadium, Elijah Miller, a


sophomore physics major from El Paso, said. Meeting length can depend on the amount of ideas that the committee has for the opposing team or upcoming game. When the committee meets before a game, the members attempt to brainstorm as many different suggestions as possible, ranging from new ways to get the crowd involved or new ideas to distract the players. With the use of artificial noise makers being forbidden within the United Supermarkets Arena, the committee tries to get the students and crowd more involved physically through the use of ‘swag surfing’ or the wave. “In the student section, we like to use our feet. Not just our voices, but our feet as well,” Mando Santos, a sophomore eco-

nomics major from Grapevine, said. Often times the student section will bang on the back of their chairs while stomping, intensifying the atmosphere in the arena by creating a sound similar to an earthquake. Although the noise level may be distracting and interrupting to the players, the Red Raider Riot also attempts to distract through the use of posters or fatheads. Alongside brainstorming ideas, the committee also scours the internet searching for any little detail against their next opponent, exploring as many websites as possible. Santos, like Miller and other committee members, often does his own online research on the opposing teams. Santos said before each game he does personal research through dif-

ferent web pages and articles to find any sight of gossip on the opposing team’s players or staff members. “I like to do my research. I just go onto the other team’s website and read the players’ and coach’s biographies,” Santos stated. “Sometimes, I’ll go through Wikipedia pages or news articles to find out more information about their likes and dislikes.” The committee’s research goes further than just news articles, though. Depending on the importance of the game or player, the Red Raider Riot will “troll” the players’ Twitter accounts as well, hoping to find out more information about who they truly are.


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1: Members of the Saddle Tramps and Tech students cheer and sing the “Matador Song” during ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in the United Supermarkets Arena. 2: Tech fans put their Guns Up during Tech’s men’s basketball game against Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in the United Supermarkets Arena. The game was the first time in Tech basketball history College GameDay visited Lubbock. 3: A Tech student gets rowdy in the student section during the Red Raiders’ game against Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in the United Supermarkets Arena. For each home basketball game, a group of students sit at the front of the student section wearing costumes and pumping the crowd up.

Texas Tech will send 10 men and one woman to College Station for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships starting on Friday, March 9 and concluding on Saturday, March 10. Junior Zarriea Willis will be the lone female qualifier sent by Tech. Willis is ranked second in the nation and has won four of the five high jump competitions she has competed in this season. She received the silver medal in the Big 12 Championship and has set a top-10 record in all of her competitions this year including a school record jump of 1.89m/62.25, according to Tech Athletics. She is one of five Red Raiders, the most in program history, to receive a U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association regional award, according to Tech Athletics. The 10 men sent to the national championships are the most in program history. Men’s track and field is fresh off the first Big 12 Championship win in school history and has been ranked No. 1 for four consecutive weeks, according to Tech Athletics.



Cybersecurity threats pose risks to students By AKHILA REDDY Staff Writer

In light of the 2017 Equifax data breach and increasingly effective tactics used by cybercriminals, students now more than ever need to be aware of the many lurking cybersecurity threats. A recent data breach at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center highlights the need to be more careful, Sam Segran, chief information officer and vice president for Information Technology, said. Cybercriminals used stolen data to pose as HSC employees and apply for termination benefits. “We’re trying to figure out how they got that (information),” Segran said. “We checked everything. There was nothing from the university or Health Sciences Center that pointed to the information coming from here, so there’s speculation it could have been Equifax.” The Equifax data breach is troubling because personal data was seized, Segran said. Credit card agencies like Equifax collect a huge amount of personal information such as names, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses and more, he said.




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STI rates climbing in Lubbock By KAYLA BLACK Staff Writer

Even after a scare in 2017, the rate of sexually transmitted infections in and around Lubbock has been steadily increasing. Elena Sanchez-Freeman, a safety and wellness specialist for Risk Intervention & Safety Education at Texas Tech, said an outbreak can simply mean cases of certain diseases are being found. “One thing to really consider, is more reports can also mean more people are getting tested. For sure an outbreak can mean that for whatever reason more people were acquiring some disease or infection,” Sanchez-Freeman said. “But, it could also mean that more people are getting tested so they have more cases being reported.” During Lubbock’s first HIV Conference at the Memorial Civic Center in December, a few topics were covered regarding the increasing rates of HIV and STIs in Texas, the syphilis epidemic and HIV and STI screenings and treatments. Sanchez-Freeman is currently working on her mas-

ter’s in public health, and in Fall 2017, she wrote a research paper on condom use. She said SANCHEZbecause there FREEMAN are more cases of syphilis and HIV, it is obviously an education issue. Benjamin Finlayson, a graduate assistant for the Office of LGBTQIA at Tech, said the sexual education people typically receive is regarding heterosexual relationships. “That in itself is already a factor against the LGBTQI community,” Finlayson said. “So, what education they are getting is probably not as applicable to them. Within that, they have to do a self-education and a self-discovery through the internet or through people they know and that can lead to misinformation.” According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the past year, STIs accelerated among men, particularly gay and bisexual men. It estimates about half of men who have sex with men who have syphilis also have HIV. “I think it’s the lack of

education about inclusive sex (education) and what that can look like, and we’re seeing how it’s detrimental, especially in low (socio economic status community) populations where they’re not including that in schools,” Finlayson said. “And it’s not because they don’t want to, but because they have several other barriers they’re having to overcome.” There should be designated areas for people to learn about the practice of safe sex and sex education, Sanchez-Freeman said “With varying levels of education, if you aren’t educated on how you contract it, then why would you even be aware that you could get an STI?” SanchezFreeman said. “I think we are a part of it. We’re absolutely involved in it. We have 38,000 students here. Obviously not all of them are sexually active. But, that itself brings a lot of diversity to Lubbock, diversity also means different backgrounds, which also means different levels of education.” In her research about condom use, there were a couple of concerns shown, especially


with young adults, she said. One concern was the lack of them wanting to become informed about STIs. The other concern was if they contracted an STI, there was the idea they can simply pay to have it cured.

Everyone needs to be tested on a regular basis if they’re sexually active. KIM SWACINA LUBBOCK HEALTH DEPT. “One big point they stressed at the HIV conference was that even with the curable STIs, the ones you can use penicillin or antibiotics for, new strains are being discovered,” SanchezFreeman said. “So, when a new strain of a disease is discovered, that means you have to develop new anti-biotics, because the anti-biotics you are using are becoming less effective.” Because there is still a stigma around sex and STIs in West Texas, it is probably one of the reasons why the STI rates are so

high, she said. “I think the Lubbock Health Department as a whole is doing a lot more to FINLAYSON raise awareness for STIs, and so a lot more nurses are being trained to consider, ‘well hey, if you’re sexually active, maybe we should test for STIs too,’” SanchezFreeman said. Kim Swacina, the Health Laboratory Services coordinator at the City of Lubbock Health Department, said the department does not allow people to pick and choose what tests they want to have done. When they go in, they are tested for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV as a packaged deal. According to the CDC, syphilis had almost disappeared about a decade ago, but cases have increased throughout the United States recently. “Personally, I feel that social media has made it very easy for someone to go on Grindr or a platform of such and look up what they want and who they want, and there’s no names ex-

changed or anything else,” Swacina said. “It’s a little easier to have promiscuous activity than it has been in the past.” Last year, for the ages of 18-25 the health department saw a total of 1,272 individuals, and for the ages of 26 and above, they saw 1,569 for STI exams, she said. Everyone who goes in for a STI exam receives council. The health department offers free condoms and promotes abstinence as the best option. “We stress the fact that any type of sexual intercourse is still intercourse and can spread diseases just as easily as standard vaginal intercourse,” Swacina said. “Everyone needs to be tested on a regular basis if they’re sexually active.” Finlayson said he has noticed it is becoming less stigmatized to know your status and to be okay with being tested. “I will speak to Lubbock, I’m a Lubbock native, the conversation is not quite there yet in the school system,” Finlayson said. “But, on Tech’s campus, the conversation is happening.” @KaylaBlackDT


Engineering professors Texas primary turnout awarded $1.6 million buoys Democrats’ hopes Four Texas Tech professors from the university`s Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics and the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering were awarded a $1.6 million research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The grant is a multidisciplinary university research initiative that will focus on

finding out how to further push the limits of satellite communication, according to a Tech news release. The four professors involved include Andreas Neuber, Horn professor and AT&T professor of electrical and computer engineering; Ravindra Joshi and John Mankowski, professors of electrical and computer engineering; and James Dickens, the Charles Bates Thornton

professor of electrical and computer engineering. The Tech professors are also partnering with teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of New Mexico. The money awarded is only for the Tech team. The team will receive about $350,000 a year over the course of five years. @GraceStarkDT


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AUSTIN (AP) — Texas is the latest place where Democrats are finding optimism for 2018 after kicking off the nation's primary election season with their biggest midterm turnout in more than a quarter-century. But beneath the eye-opening numbers — more than 1 million votes cast for Democrats on Tuesday night, their strongest showing in a Texas midterm primary since 1994 — lurk buzzkills for a party eager to believe that the GOP will pay in November for the erratic presidency of Donald Trump. Republicans still won the turnout battle in Texas by a half-million votes. The brightest star on the ballot for Democrats, Senate challenger Beto O'Rourke, revealed weak spots after letting two primary rivals take 38 percent of the vote. And he's the biggest draw on a Democratic ballot that is otherwise littered with littleknown candidates for statewide office who've struggled to raise attention and money. "When you net the results, there are hundreds of thousands more voting in the Republican primary than the Democratic primary, so we absolutely have our work cut out for us," O'Rourke said by phone Wednesday. "This is an uphill, very tough fight for the next eight months." About failing to win such a high percentage of the vote against overmatched rivals,

O'Rourke noted that he has focused on campaigning all over Texas, including strongholds for those who cast ballots in the Republican primary. "We could concentrate in blue parts of Texas and really run up the score in the primary," he said. "Or we could walk the walk. Talk to every Texan in every part of the state." Since Trump took office last year, Democrats have seized on surprises on Republican turf as signs that a midterm reckoning is afoot — winning a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, wiping out a GOP majority in the Virginia statehouse, flipping a Wisconsin state senate district that overwhelmingly backed Trump a year earlier. In Texas, where Republicans haven't lost a statewide race since 1994, Democrats are especially starved for an upset. Tuesday's primary made clear Democratic enthusiasm is real, but in Texas, the party still faces long odds. "The votes have been counted and we know that socalled 'blue wave' never made landfall," Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Wednesday, referring to the GOP voters still turning out in greater numbers. Patrick himself sailed past a little-known GOP primary challenger and is expected to have an even easier time against only token Democratic opposition in November.

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More than 1.5 million people voted Tuesday in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, won by incumbent Ted Cruz. The turnout for Republicans was mostly in line with primary midterms in 2014 and 2010. Democrats, meanwhile, nearly doubled their numbers from four years ago behind big increases around Dallas and Houston, but the GOP still had the upper hand in rural and suburban counties. Texas has a record eight open congressional races this year, including two currently held by entrenched Republicans who opted against re-election amid scandal. Republican pollster Chris Wilson, who has worked for Cruz, said the turnout surge to him reflected the number of open races while Democrats pinned the increase on Trump backlash and enthusiasm. In Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson's district in Houston, which Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, Democratic primary turnout was roughly five times higher than the last midterms. A big Democratic surge also took place in the district of Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, which Clinton also carried and is among the races where Democrats think they can compete. In a third GOP-controlled district targeted by Democrats in San Antonio, Republican had the lower turnout.


Jerry Jones to pay NFL $2 million for legal fees Jerry Jones has agreed to pay the NFL more than $2 million in legal fees resulting from two disputes the Dallas Cowboys owner had with the league, a person with direct knowledge of the settlement tells The Associated Press. The amount to be paid was resolved Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL did not announce details. Commissioner Roger Goodell held an appeal hearing with Jones on Monday. That came a few days after Goodell assessed the financial penalties for Jones' lawsuit to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, and for a lawsuit Jones threatened to stop Goodell's newly approved contract.



This is almost, if not all, the information that a cybercriminal needs to conduct an identity theft on somebody, Segran said. Any student with a prior work history could be at risk. “That much information for millions of people is out there, and it can’t come back. It’s already been released,” Segran said. “So, the concern is going forward, we’ll see more and more attempts by cybercriminals try ing to use that information and trying different things since they have all this information.” No incidences have occurred on Tech campus as of now, Segran said, but students who work and get IRS returns and rebates should be more careful going into the future. The two key pieces of information that cybercriminals go after are personal information for identity theft and credentials, which are user names and passwords, Segran said. Besides Equifax, there are many other ways for a student’s personal data and credentials to be compromised, he said. “Equifax is just one data breach,” Segran said. “What is also happening out there is all the different schemes the cybercriminals are using.” The most common schemes seen on the Tech campus are phishing schemes, Scott Hall, managing director of the IT Help Central, said. Phishing schemes are

fraudulent emails that students unknowingly reveal credentials through, Hall said. Typically, the fraudulent email has a link that takes students to a page that appears official, possibly similar to how the Raiderlink or Blackboard web pages appear. Believing the site to be legitimate, students enter passwords. “What that then means is that the credentials have been divulged to someone that is not the account owner and the password can be used for something malicious,” Hall said. Sophomore microbiology major Brittany Tu said she fell victim to a phishing scheme last spring. “I opened an email that told me that my eraider account wasn’t working, so I clicked on a link and logged into what looked like the login site for TTU,” Tu said. “And that’s how I got it.” Phishing schemes such as this targeted specifically to Tech faculty and students are known as ‘spear phishing,’ Segran said. In spear phishing schemes, cybercriminals make an additional effort to hone the emails to make it look like normal correspondence students would respond to. “You might get an email that looks like it came from a Texas Tech department,” Segran said. “It may even have university department’s logo on it. It may be signed off by somebody who actually might be a legitimate person at Texas Tech. It’s been crafted to look like official correspondence.” Hall said there are subtle

NEWS cues students can sometimes use to identify fraudulent emails. The address of the sender on the email might not be legitimate. Links in the email might not have There may be misspelled words, formatting errors or other inconsistencies, he said. I f t h e r e ’s e v e r a n y doubt over the legitimacy of an email, Hall said students should not do what the email suggests. Instead, they should contact the IT Help central. “If they receive an email and they’re not sure if it’s legitimate or not, one of the services we offer is that we can look at the message and see is it a legitimate message or not before the student has taken action,” Hall said. If a student’s account has been compromised, Hall said, there are often subtle symptoms. Most obviously, the password might change so the account can no longer be accessed by the true account holder. Additionally, emails might not be received, mass emails might be sent or received, or students might not receive part of their twofactor authentication code. “This is where we step in to help recover that account and help the student recover from the incident,” Hall said. It was obvious that something was wrong when her account was compromised, Tu said. “I started getting mass amounts of emails, about one 1,000 in a day,” Tu said. “I had called IT, but they just told me they knew about it and were trying to fix it.”


When an account is compromised, there are a number of steps that have to be taken by IT and the account owner, Hall said. First, the account is locked so no more activity can occur, he said, then the account is reset with a new password so the cybercriminal no longer has access. Then, a lot of clean-up has to happen, Hall said. The true account owner has to reset passwords and verify contact information for twofactor confirmations, he said. Additionally, the computer has to be scanned with antivirus software. “It can take a while to install antivirus software and run scans, but usually if there’s active participation on the part of the student, it can take a day or two for the

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account to be back to normal,” Hall said. “Our goal is to restore service as quickly as possible, but we want to make sure everything is back to the way it was and not compromised.” Tu said it took approximately a week before her account was normal again. During this time, her account was locked. “I didn’t have access to my TTU email, Raiderlink or Blackboard for a week which was super annoying because I had an e-distance class that was on Blackboard,” Tu said. “But my account was eventually reactivated and it was fine, though I still got the occasional suspicious email.” Although the university has already taken steps and obtained security programs


to minimize the risk of phishing schemes and other fraudulent activity, there are also some basic steps students can take, Segran said. Number one, students should ensure that their computers and applications are up to date, he said. They should also have up-todate anti-virus programs. Second, he said, students should be constantly aware of cybersecurity risks and not become complacent. “Just because (students) think they know how the hackers work now doesn’t mean things won’t change within week or a day or a month,” Segran said. “The tactics keep changing all the time and it’s important to always be cautious.” @AkhilaReddyDT


Cruz picks name fight with Sanders tells Democrats to other Senate candidate back off primary attacks HOUSTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz smiled Wednesday when an interviewer noted the contradiction between Cruz deriding his election opponent for going by a nickname and Cruz himself using a nickname. "You're absolutely right," the Texas Republican told CNN. "My name is Rafael Edward Cruz." Shortly after the polls closed Tuesday in Texas' firstin-the-nation primary, Cruz tweeted a 60-second country jingle targeting his Demo-

cratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso. The jingle calls O'Rourke "liberal Robert" and says he "changed his name to Beto." O'Rourke responded Wednesday with his own tweet : a childhood photo of him wearing a shirt inscribed "BETO" in block letters. Cruz said in the interview Wednesday that "some of it is just to have a sense of humor." After saying his full name, Cruz told the story of his father, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba.

Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said one implied motive might be to remind Texas voters that O'Rourke isn't of Latino descent. While Democratic primary turnout surged past 1 million on Tuesday, it was still well short of the more than 1.5 million people who voted in the Republican primary. Despite having fundraising success and drawing national attention, O'Rourke enters the general election against Cruz as a heavy underdog.


Man ordered shocked by judge gets new trial FORT WORTH (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man whom a judge, impatient with the defendant's disruptions, ordered to be jolted several times with 50,000 volts from a shock belt.

The 8th Texas Court of Appeals in El Paso ordered the new trial for Terry Lee Morris. He was convicted in 2014 of soliciting a sexual performance from an underage girl. The court ruled that state District

Judge George Gallagher of Tarrant County violated Morris' civil rights when he ordered a bailiff, on three occasions, to shock Morris as punishment for not giving proper answers to Gallagher's questions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is warning the Democratic Party not to attack its own candidates in primary battles, as happened in a Houston-area congressional race. The Vermont senator said it's "appalling" that the party's congressional campaign arm targeted Laura Moser ahead of Tuesday's primary election. Moser, an activist, is endorsed by Sanders' Our Revolution group. Sanders told The Associated Press on Wednesday that such attacks are "not acceptable." Moser advanced to a runoff with Democratic front-runner Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, despite the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee publishing an opposition research memo calling her "a Washington insider who

begrudgingly moved to Texas" to run for Congress. A Houston native who attended high school there, Moser was also targeted by the campaign arm for joking that she'd "rather have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia" than live in small-town Texas. "What these organizations should not be doing is doing negative attacks on Democratic candidates," said Sanders. "That just continues the process of debasing the Democratic system in this country and is why so many people are disgusted with politics." Sanders, whose Our Revolution is backing candidates nationwide, is headed to Texas this week for rallies in San Antonio and Lubbock. Democrats have their sights set on the Houston-area congressional seat, where Hillary Clinton beat Donald

Trump in the 2016 presidential election, as a potential pickup as the party tries to wrest control of the House from Republicans. The winner of the Democratic runoff on May 22 will face Republican incumbent Rep. John Culberson, who's seeking a 10th term, this fall. Some Democrats worry that Moser would not be the strongest candidate to face the Republican in part because she had recently returned to Texas and because of her flip comment. But the effort against her might have backfired since it focused national attention on the race and helped cause a spike in Moser's fundraising. The question remains, if she emerges from the primary, whether the ready-made attack ad will make her unelectable.

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Question to ban guns answered with misinformation


hen guns are used in acts of mass atrocity, there is always a conversation that begins to take place about guns. This often takes the shape of one side wanting to ban AR15s, or “assault weapons,” and the other side wanting to take action to prevent criminals

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or violent individuals from getting any gun. This time the debate seems different. I am saying this because of both my personal observations of people’s public statements and because of a recent YouGov survey. This survey consisted of 1,500 adults. The survey found that 73 percent of Democrats strongly favor a ban on all semi-automatic weapons. This means not only banning all semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15, but almost every modern handgun. The survey also found that 44 percent of Democrats would support a ban on the sale of all handguns except for those in the use of law enforcement. When Democrats were asked if they thought the second amendment should be repealed only 39 percent said they would oppose it. The general population had an opposition of 60 percent to repealing the 2nd amendment. These survey results are terrifying for a couple of reasons to people who are pro-gun. The first of these reasons is it seems a lot more Democrats want a full-scale

Drew Welty is a junior psychology major from Dallas.

gun ban than they are publicly saying. This appears to be the result of the idea that if we just get rid of guns, then that will somehow affect the homicide rate or violent crime rate. According to a 2012 Congressional Research Report, the number of civilian owned firearms in the U.S. in 1996 was 242 million, and in 2009, that number increased to 310 million. The number of civilian firearms increased by a large margin during this time period and has continued to increase despite the number of households that own guns decreasing. According to Pew Research Center, firearm homicide deaths per 100,000 people in the United States in 1993 was seven, and that number decreased to 3.6 by 2010. Pew Research also showed from 1993 to 2011, non-fatal firearm crime decreased from 725.3 per 100,000 people to 181.5 per 100,000 people, and

He found that states with more gun restrictions had a slightly higher homicide rates, but notes the correlation is so small, it is essentially zero. This shows that even according to gun control advocates’ ratings of guns restrictions, there is no correlation either way between homicide and gun laws. All this data and much more shows the idea that guns are the problem, doesn’t seem to hold up under examination. I think it’s important to note a few things here in closing so that you can be on the lookout for dishonest data about guns. The first is using all gun deaths to measure these statistics. This is dishonest because two-thirds of all gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides, according to the Brady Campaign. When we are looking at whether to ban guns, we are talking about homicide and violence, not suicide. Some may assert that the U.S. has a suicide problem because of guns, but this is not true. Japan, which has essentially zero guns, has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world, according

to the Japan Times. Another thing to look out for is comparing total numbers. What I mean by this is people comparing total homicides, total mass shootings or any of the other many things you could total for statistical comparison. This is dishonest because if you compare a giant country, like the U.S., to a small country, you will obviously see more homicides in the larger country. I suggest looking at data that accounts for size differences by using per 100,000 or per one million to equalize the playing field in terms of size. There are many more things to look out for when analyzing statistics, but remember to do your research even though it does take quite a bit of time. I hope this was informative, enlightening and educating for those who are pro-gun but don’t understand where unfavorable statistics are coming from, and also for those who are anti-gun and don’t understand why conservatives think differently than them on guns. @DailyToreador


Sheriff passing blame for shooting wrong, deserves suspension


hen the tragedy struck in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day, the first law enforcement officer to face the media was Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, and it didn’t take him very long to go to war with media. Israel bad-mouthed politicians, the NRA and even officers under his command, yet refused to take any responsibility for the role his department had in not stopping the 19-year-old shooter. Israel was quick to condemn the NRA and politicians the organization backed, both in the media and in a town hall debate that CNN hosted a week after the shooting. Israel told NRA spokeswomen Dana Loesch, “You just told this group of people you are not standing up for them. (…) You are not standing up for them, until you say I want less weapons.”

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Israel also remarked at a candle light vigil, “if you are an elected official, and you if you want to keep things the way they are, and not do things differently, if you want to keep gun laws as they are now, you will not get re-elected in Broward County.” I do understand that Israel is an elected civil servant and his comments reflect the position of his party, but he and his department are the ones responsible for failing the students of this school. It wasn’t but a couple of weeks ago that democrats in Washington D.C. accused Trump of trying to discredit the FBI with political attacks involving the Mueller investi-

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all non-fatal violent crime during that same time period decreased from 7,976.3 per 100,000 people to 2,254.2 per 100,000. Note that during a similar time frame in which the number of civilian-owned firearms increased dramatically, firearm homicides in the U.S. decreased and so did other crimes committed with firearms even if someone was not killed. This suggests that there is no correlation between the number of privately owned firearms and firearm homicide. It does not suggest that the number of firearms decreased the crime, because correlation does not equal causation, but if the opposite were true, you would at least see a positive correlation suggesting some sort of link between the two. Eugene Volokh combined data from the 2012 Justice Department and ratings from the Brady Campaign — a gun control advocacy group — to look at state’s homicide rates when compared to pro-guncontrol groups ratings of those states to see if there was a correlation between gun restrictions and homicide.

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gation into Russia; while very much different these two incidents have a commonality about them, which is that the work of law enforcement should be non-partisan. However, in Israel’s political statements on television he neglects to mention the role his department played in this tragedy. First, I do not believe the Broward County Sheriff ’s Department alone is responsible for this individual slipping through the fingers of law enforcement; this was a complete breakdown at every level. However, Israel’s department was the local agency that had jurisdiction there and must share in the blame. In Parkland, the shooter displayed every red flag possible yet law enforcement did absolutely nothing prior to the massacre. Israel went on the record with CNN saying that his officers had re-

sponded to the shooters home on 23 separate occasions in the last seven years —five of which Israel was sheriff for. The record, however, suggested a different story. I have seen reports that the Broward County Sheriff responded to the home as many as 39 times in that period of time. On Valentine’s Day when the shooting was occurring, Israel told Jake Tapper in an interview with CNN that only one officer — the school resource officer who was a Broward deputy — was on scene during the massacre. It has since come to light that sources with the Coral Springs Police Department said three other Broward County deputies were on the scene and did not enter the building. When asked about this, Israel refused to accept responsibility for the actions of his deputies all while praising his own “amazing leadership”

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and saying “that his leadership couldn’t be measured by officers not doing their jobs.” Israel has faced growing demands to resign from both sides — the most notable being Florida State House Speaker Bill Hager’s letter to the governor that Israel said was “a shameful, politically motivated letter.” The level of incompetency of this individual is astounding for law enforcement, and despite demands for his resignation from both parties, Israel has yet to do anything. If Israel would rather push his party’s political narrative than work to assure that something like this never happens again, then I believe it is up to Florida Governor Rick Scott to suspend Israel, and up to the people of Florida to vote him out of office. @DailyToreador

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hat a time to be a woman in the world. We are an eclectic mix of eccentricities and I love the ladies of my generation. Some are foul mouthed, tattooed, leather jacket wearing boss babes and some are tea drinking, pink sweater and flower crown wearing dollops of sunshine. As I come into the prime of my life, I am surrounded by all different shades, shapes and styles of proud girl power. I watched my fellow women march on Washington. I saw those who came before bulldoze over boundaries and lines drawn in sand. We smash through another glass ceiling every day. The women who came before raised their daughters to believe they breath fire. There is an energy in girls

strength. And passion. And leadership. Gender has nothing to do with it. The ladies in my life, from my mother, to my bosses, to my best friends are not strong for women. They are strong. International Women’s Day is March 8. March is W\ women’s month. It’s awesome that we are celebrating our leading ladies, but I see the members of my community doing so every day. We are mothers, we are engineers, we are sisters, we are daughters, we are sex workers, we are CEO’s, we are artists, we are doctors, we are teachers, we are lawyers, we are astronauts, we are innovators. We are women. We are where we are today because we are the product of centuries of struggle. Our success is fueled by our

Ryann Rael is freshman journalism major from Albuquerque, NM.

and women today that is almost indescribable. We are standing together, in support of one another, fighting for women’s rights. All women’s right; that means sex workers, transgender women, women of color and disabled women. We will not be objectified. We will not be hypersexualized. We will not be silenced. The time for asking for a seat at the table is over — we will bring our own damn chair. I don’t want to say I am surrounded by strong women; I am, instead, surrounded by

predecessors who had to fight for human rights. Every day, I sit in my classrooms getting my education. My 4.0 is dedicated to the women who couldn’t have gotten one for themselves. It’s for my mom, my nana, my aunts and cousins. I am where I am because of them and for them. I am not pushing an agenda. I really and truly wake up every single day, no matter what went wrong the day before, and live to make the women before me proud. And I think my generation does. What I love the most about us is how much every girl has to overcome to be where she is. We have all survived being born female in a world where that is an inherent disservice. We face sexism, hypersexualization, double standards and stereo-

“witch of Wall Street.” One of the richest people at the time, and she was reduced to a nickname based on her clothing. History books might not remember Hetty, but I do. There is still work to be done, there will always be work to be done. It is and will continue to be an uphill battle, but there is no one I would rather take this climb with than with my girls, holding the legacy of women like Rosa Parks, Audrey Hepburn, Harriet Tubman, but also and more importantly, all those women whose contributions have been lost to textbooks. We carry them uphill for our daughters tomorrow, who, like us, will be raised to know that they breathe fire. @RyannRael_DT



Trump reopens seemingly settled video-game violence debate NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump is reviving an old debate over whether violent video games can trigger violent behavior. There’s just one problem: Roughly two decades of research has repeatedly failed to uncover any such link. Trump plans to meet Thursday with representatives from the video game industry. Trump’s recent public comments referencing the “vicious” level of game and movie violence in the context of school safety show that he is eager to explore the issue. The Entertainment Software Association, the biggest video game trade group, said

types from the gate. Surviving constant pressure from all directions to look a certain way, talk a certain way, dress a certain way and eat a certain way has caused my girls to say enough is enough. Companies doing body campaigns and showing every variety of woman in her true glory is what I live for. It’s what I fight for. Women’s contributions to history have been largely glossed over. Did you ever learn about Hetty Green in school? I didn’t. She was born in the 19th century, and at the turn of the century, she took her inheritance, which was by no means small, and made a series of smart investments. She claimed to have made more than $1 million in a single year. She was called the

Monday that it will attend the meeting at the White House. A full list of attendees hasn’t been released. Here’s a look at the issues the meeting may address. Some studies have shown a connection between gaming and emotional arousal, although there’s no evidence that this heightened emotional state leads to physical violence. In 2006, a small study by Indiana University found that teenagers who played violent video games showed higher levels of emotional arousal, but less activity in the parts of the brain associated with the ability to plan, control and direct thoughts and behavior. The study assigned 44

adolescents to play either a violent or nonviolent but “equally fun and exciting” video game for half an hour. Researchers measured their brain function immediately after playing. The group that played the nonviolent game showed more activity in the prefrontal parts of the brain, which are involved in inhibition, concentration and selfcontrol. They also showed less activity in the area involved in emotional arousal. But if those changes have any impact on real-world behavior, researchers haven’t yet detected it. Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University who focuses on video games, found in his research that men who com-

mit severe acts of violence actually play violent video games less than the average male. About 20 percent were interested in violent video games, compared with 70 percent of the general population, he explained in his 2017 book “Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong.” Another study by Markey and his colleagues showed that violence tends to dip when a new violent movie or video game comes out, possibility because people are at home playing the game or in theaters watching the movie. “Everything kind of suggests no link, or if anything, it goes in the opposite direction,” Markey said in an interview.

Viva Aztlan Festival coming to Lubbock March 9, 10 The 24th annual Viva Aztlan Festival will begin Friday, March 9, and go through Saturday, March 10, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, according to the event’s Facebook page. The Viva Aztlan Festival offers several workshops and performances, in addition to competitions. The two-day festival is centered around Folklorico and Mariachi music, according to the Viva Aztlan website. Morning and afternoon workshops will be taught Friday in adult and children’s categories, according to the website. On Saturday, the evening showcase festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m., featuring Mariachi Mexico

Lindo and 2017 Viva Aztlan Festival Best of Festival, Grupo Folklorico Desoluna. The Folklorico competition will be on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will have an adult division and child division, according to the website. Tickets for Saturday are $7, and permit entrance to the competition and showcase. The Viva Aztlan Festival has been bringing professional instructors in Folklorico and Mariachi from New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas since 1993 to teach fundamentals to children and adults in Lubbock, according to the website. @RyannRael_DT


Adult film actress sues to end silence on alleged Trump affair LOS ANGELES (AP) — An adult film actress who has said she had sex with Donald Trump filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement and “set the record straight,” her lawyer said Wednesday. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. She alleges that the agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing the alleged sexual encounters, is “null and void and of no consequence” because Trump didn’t personally sign it. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said on morning news shows Wednesday that she wants “to set the record straight.” He said on NBC there was “no question”

Trump knew about the agreement, though he did not offer any proof. Avenatti said Daniels wasn’t looking to profit from her story. But he told CBS: “I don’t know whether she’s going to ultimately seek payment or not.” Clifford initially claimed she had sex with Trump once and then carried on a subsequent yearslong platonic relationship. But the lawsuit filed Tuesday refers to her beginning an “intimate relationship” with Trump in 2006 that continued “well into the year 2007.” She said the relationship included encounters in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Beverly Hills, California. Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005. She also has also previously denied through a

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lawyer that the two had an affair, but Avenatti said Wednesday that was to meet the terms of the nondisclosure agreement. Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen has denied there was ever an affair. Cohen has said he paid the porn actress $130,000 out of his own pocket as part of the agreement. He has also said that “neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.” The lawsuit charges that the Oct. 28, 2016, “hush agreement” is legally invalid because it was only signed by Clifford and Cohen. The agreement refers to Trump as David Dennison and Clifford as Peggy Peterson, but


an attached exhibit details their true identities. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has “made very well clear that none of these allegations are true.” “The president has denied the allegations against him and again this case has already been won in arbitration,” Sanders said. Sanders declined to elaborate and referred additional questions to Cohen, who did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday and Wednesday. Clifford’s lawsuit alleges that Cohen had “surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding” against Clifford and within the last week used an “improper and procedurally defective arbitration proceeding hidden from public view.”

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College students at potentially higher risk for eating disorders By EMILIEE ENCIZO

something: a traumatic event, the fear of gaining the Freshman 15, social pressure and even addiction to certain dietary habits.

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When many students go to college, one worry is gaining the infamous Freshman 15. While that is an issue frequently discussed amongst students, the development of eating disorders amongst college students is an issue that seems to be avoided. An eating disorder can develop at any age, but often more common among college students. A variety of contributing factors could cause college students to develop an eating disorder. One factor is the stressful transition of going from high school and living with parents, to being at college and living on their own for an extended period. “College is a really stressful time for people,” Zohal Heidari, a secondyear clinical psychology graduate student, said. “Student(s) have to take on more responsibility than they are used to. A lot of this can just be added stressors and these stressors can sometimes lead to an eating disorder.” Other factors include a desire to have control over

Some of the most common eating disorders seen among college students are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. While research shows that there are some disorders that can be more common for certain genders, eating disorders do not discriminate; no one is immune to developing an eating disorder. Most of the disorders common among college students are “subthreshold” disorders, which are forms of the eating disorders that students have that cannot be fully classified as a certain eating disorder, despite having certain symptoms that belong to an eating disorder. “We see a lot of threshold versions of these disorders meaning that they don’t meet the whole criteria for the disorder,” Heidari said. “The person is still engaging in a lot of the behaviors that come with eating disorders.” People who have an eating disorder usually do not want to discuss it or otherwise admit their struggle. This can cause some students to worry about reaching out for help when they decide to start the recovery process. For the ones who do, though, there are recov-

Recovery is possible. The disorders are challanging, treatment can be tough, and some don’t make it. EMMY LU TRAMMELL PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR EATING DISORDERS Some students feel that, because of the college transition, they have so much going on that they do not have control over anything other than their eating habits. “Life around us can seem chaotic,” Emmy Lu Trammell, the program director for eating disorders at the Texas Tech Center for Recovery, said. “We try and gain some of that control through food and exercise or trying to change our body in some way even though we’re really dealing with an emotional control piece there.”


Mike Tyson’s former home becomes house of worship WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A garishly appointed Ohio mansion that heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once called home and subsequently fell into disrepair is being converted into a house of worship. The Living Word Sanctuary Church has been cleaning up the property in Trumbull County's Southington Township, roughly 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland, since the 25,000-squarefoot (2,323-sq. meter) mansion was donated to the church several years ago. "The property had been untouched for 10 years," Living Word Pastor Nicholas DeJacimo told the Warren Tribune-Chronicle . "You had so much grass you could have sold it for hay. The mansion is a considerable step up; the church has been holding services

at a YMCA. The sanctuary the church hopes to have ready by year's end is an area where Tyson and his guests splashed in an indoor pool. A four-bay garage is being turned into youth classrooms and a nursery. Tall steel cages where Tyson kept four tigers have been dismantled for a pavilion. The second-floor master suite featured mirror-covered walls and ceiling, a whirlpool spa and two bathrooms. "We heard there were some crazy parties here," DeJacimo said. "We will turn this into a room where women can get ready for a wedding." Church offices and meeting rooms are being built on the second floor. It's unclear which of the mansion's design features can be attributed to Tyson or the previous owner. It was built in

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1979. Tyson bought it at sheriff's sale in 1989 for $300,000 and sold it 10 years later for $1.3 million to Paul Monea, an infomercial entrepreneur best known for marketing Tae-Bo exercise videos. Monea was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison in 2007 for money laundering charges. The mansion was bought at sheriff's sale in 2010 for $600,000 and then donated to the church for a tax write-off. The church's up-front investment was $50,000 to clear back taxes. Tyson returned to the mansion in 1995 after serving time in Indiana for rape and lived there while training at promoter Don King's camp in nearby Orwell, according to the newspaper. Tyson befriended neighbors during training runs and played basketball with kids on his court.

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able for those in recovery. “Recovery is possible. The disorders are challenging, treatment can be tough, and some don’t make it,” Trammell said. “There’s no shame in it because

there are a lot of people on every college campus that are struggling or are on that recovery side and are there to share their hope of ‘it does get better.’”


However, before being able to officially use their ideas and props, the committee has to submit their final list of suggestions to the school to decide whether the proposal is actually appropriate for the sporting event. “We don’t want to do anything harmful or really insulting. We try to do things that are still really fun, but that are also still acceptable,” Myles Salazar, a sophomore sports journalism major from South Plains, said.

The committee also has the opportunity to work with the school and the athletic program by also being able to suggests specific songs to play or helping decide when to play those songs. “We give them songs that we think will get the rest of the crowd pumped up,” Miller said, noting that committee thought the song ‘Swag Surfin’ would be an excellent song to play during the game rather than prior to it.

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Cantrell, Coutee dominate NFL Combine A t this year ’s NFL Combine, which took place from March 2-5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Texas Tech receivers Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell came away with the biggest results. Overall, the Red Raiders finished with a total of five medals comprised of three gold, one silver and one bronze medals — finishing alongside Florida State and Auburn. The Red Raiders were one medal away from tying with North Carolina State, Oklahoma and UCLA. However, it was still an impressive performance from Tech. Players who finish top-three in an event earn a medal for their school, which is tallied and compared against other schools at the end of the combine. Coutee was probably the most keenly watched of the Red Raiders as he has the highest chance of being drafted in the first three rounds, and he solidified that with his NFL Combine results. However, it was Cantrell who walked away with better results. First, Coutee tied for fifth among the receivers for the fastest 40-yard dash time with a time of 4.43. He tied with Pittsburgh receiver Jester Weah and was a millisecond from ty-


Freshman Divine Oduduru is one of the three participants from Tech to qualify for two or more events, according to Tech Athletics. He will be participating in the 60-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 4x400 relay. Oduduru received a U.S. Track & Field and CrossCountry Coaches Association regional award and is the number one seed entering the 200-meter dash. His 20.25 mark in the 200-meter dash was the best in the country this season, according to the NCAA. Junior Andrew Hudson will be joining Oduduru in both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Hudson was a conference championship co-high-point scorer with 6.62 and 20.42 in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash respectively. Junior Charles Brown will also be participating in two events. Brown qualified for both the long jump and triple jump. His 8.03m/26-4.25 long jump and 16.30m/53-5.75 triple jumped are ranked No. 2 and No. 7 respectively, according to Tech Athletics. Senior Trey Culver qualified for the men’s high jump. His 2.33m/7-7.75 jump at the Corky Classic on Jan. 13, is the fourth-highest jump in NCAA history, according to Tech Athletics. Culver was

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ing with Maryland receiver D.J. Moore. Cantrell did not do well in this event as he finished with a time of 4.59, among the lowest in the wide receiver group. In the bench press, Coutee finished closer to the middle with 14 reps, tying Oklahoma State receiver James Washington, but had less reps than his former teammate, Cantrell, who had 18. Cantrell also beat Coutee in the vertical jump while also finishing in the top three in the wide receiver group for the workout. Cantrell finished the vertical jump with a height of 38.5 inches on his jump, one inch below Moore, and two inches below LSU receiver D.J. Chark. For Coutee, he finished with a 34.5 vertical jump and tied with the likes of Washington, Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, Penn State receiver Daesean Hamilton and East Carolina receiver Davon Grayson. Cantrell also led in the broad jump with a distance of 130 inches, tying second longest with also a recipient of a U.S. Track & Field and CrossCountry Coaches Association regional award and is a two-time high jump NCAA champion, with wins in both 2016 and 2017. Junior Vincent Crisp qualified for the men’s 800-meter dash as the nine seed. He is a two-time USTFCCCA All-American, receiving the honor in both his freshman and sophomore years. Junior Drew McMichael is one of two Tech athletes to qualify for the men’s pole vault. His 5.50m/18-0.50 mark this season is ranked No. 11 nationally, according to Tech Athletics. Sophomore Brandon Bray will be joining McMichael in the pole vault competition. He also received a 5.50m/180.50 mark and No. 11 ranking this season, according to Tech Athletics. S o p h o m o r e Ty r e e k Mathis, senior Steven Champlin and senior C.J. Jones will be joining Oduduru in the men’s 4x400 relay. Their 3:05.62 mark this season is good for the number 13 seed, according to the NCAA. The 10 men sent by Texas Tech is the most in the Big 12 and the most in program history, according to Tech Athletics. Brown, Bray and McMichael will be the first Tech athletes to compete in the tournament with the pole vault and long jump competitions set to start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

Central Florida receiver Tre’Quan Smith in the receivers group. Coutee did not do well in the broad jump as he finished with 113 inches, among the lowest in the position. In the three-cone drill, Cantrell finished tied for first among the receivers with a time of 6.56. He tied with Missouri receiver J’Mon Moore. Coutee finished with a time of 6.93 which is an average time for the three-cone drill and close to the middle among the wide receivers. Where both receivers dominated was in the 20yard shuttle, as Cantrell finished first among the wide receivers with a time of 4.03, and Coutee wasn’t far behind with a time of 4.15. Cantrell also dominated in the 60-yard shuttle with him finishing in first with a time of 10.85. Although Coutee has the 2017 season stats to back him as an early round pick, if the NFL scouts were to go based on the NFL Combine, Cantrell would be a higher choice, but both receivers are most likely closer to each other than most believe and will likely not be picked far apart from each other. It’s most likely Coutee will be picked first to a team that needs a second wide receiver, and Can-

trell will be picked slightly later to a team that needs to build depth by getting a third or fourth receiver. Coutee will likely be selected in the second or third round, and for Cantrell it’s possible he’s picked in the third, fourth or fifth round. In the quarterback position, Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek finished with a 40-yard dash time of 4.88, about four milliseconds behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Among the quarterbacks, Shimonek’s time was about the middle of the road. Shimonek did not do well in the vertical jump, with a height of 28.5 — among the lowest, but quarterbacks don’t need to jump often so this shouldn’t affect Shimonek’s draft-ability in any way and this also goes with the broad jump. Shimonek also struggled in the three-cone drill, finishing with a time of 7.28. However, Shimonek did amazing in the 20-yard shuttle and was listed as a top performer in the event by Shimonek finished the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.32, finishing above Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and USC quarterback Sam Darnold, and was a few milliseconds behind Mayfield. For Shimonek, the com-

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add depth to the quarterback spot. Although his 20-yard shuttle time was fantastic, the other events weigh him down. @JackDensmore_DT

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MARCH 8, 2018



Red Raiders hit the road again for CSUN Tournament By NOAH MICIOTTO Staff Writer

Following its 10-game h o m e s l a t e , t h e Te x a s Tech softball team will hit the road once again as the Red Raiders travel to Northridge, California to play five games in the CSUN Tournament. The Red Raiders won eight of their home games, improving their overall record to 12-7 on the season. At home the Red Raiders have an 8-2 record, but they have a 4-5 record when playing road or neutral sites this season, according to Tech Athletics. Earlier this week junior infielder Jessica Hartwell and freshman pitcher Erin Edmoundson both received conference recognition due to their outstanding performances over the past two weeks on the home front. Edmoundson received her first conference accolade of her career and Hartwell her fourth, according to Tech Athletics. Edmoundson was dubbed Big 12 pitcher of the week on Feb. 26, following the sweep of Northwestern State University. Edmoundson won all three games, which pushed her record to 4-1 on the season. Just one week later, Edmoundson continued to perform exceptionally well, claiming a record of 8-1 with a stellar 0.96 ERA through 58.1 innings pitched, according to Tech Athletics. Just one week after Edmoundson’s conference recognition, Hartwell secured her fourth Big 12 player of the week accolade. Hartwell hit six homeruns and totaled 19 RBIs over the course of seven games, immediately after returning from a hand injury that had sidelined her for the previous five games, according to Tech Athletics.

Only one day after receiving her conference award, Hartwell was named the USA Collegiate National Player of the Week. Hartwell currently has 21 hits, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 10 walks, 9 homeruns and 28 RBIs on the season, according to Tech Athletics. With two solid players on each side of the ball, Tech has shown we have the power to consistently win; however, Edmoundson and Hartwell are not the only Red Raiders contributing to the team’s success. Offensively, Tech currently has three other players hitting over .350 on the year, according to Tech Athletics. In the circle, the Red Raider pitching staff has recorded 100 strikeouts in 137 innings pitched while allowing only 62 walks. “It’s fun because they feel good about how they are playing the game right now. This is what you want as you continue to move forward into the season,” Tech Head Coach Adrian Gregory said, according to Tech Athletics. Tech is set to play five games in the three-day CSUN tournament. The Red Raiders play two games on Friday, two games on Saturday in the style of a double-header and one game on Sunday to close out the tournament, according to Tech Athletics. To start things off, Tech will square off against the California State University, Northridge Matadors on March 9, with first pitch set for 10 a.m., according to Tech Athletics. The Red Raiders will immediately meet with solid competition in the tournament as the Matadors were picked to finish third overall in the Big West Conference preseason poll and currently have a record of 9-13, according to CSUN Athletics.


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1: Junior first baseman Jessica Hartwell tracks her ball after making contact during Texas Tech’s game on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Rocky Johnson Field. 2: Senior right-handed pitcher Cheyene Powell delivers a pitch on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Rocky Johnson Field. 3: Freshman pitcher and outfielder Erin Edmoundson waits for the pitch on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Rocky Johnson Field. After a 10-game home slate, the Red Raiders will travel to California for the CSUN Tournament. Later that day, the Red Raiders will face the Seattle University Redhawks with first pitch set for 3 p.m., according to Tech Athletics. The Redhawks were selected to finish third overall in the Western Athletic Conference preseason poll and are currently 11-9 this season, according to Seattle University Athletics. To s t a r t d a y t w o o f the tournament, the Red Raiders will take on the Oregon State Beavers on March 9 at 12:30 p.m., according to Tech Athletics. The Beavers were picked eighth in the Pac-12 preseason polls. Despite their preseason standings, the Beavers certainly pose a solid threat

offensively, as they have four players hitting above a .300 batting average and are currently 13-8 this season, according to Oregon State Athletics. Immediately after game one, Tech will rematch CSUN with a first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m., according to Tech Athletics. To conclude the fiveday tournament, the Red Raiders will face OSU once again on March 11. The first pitch against the Beavers is scheduled for 10 a.m., according to Tech Athletics. Being the last game of the tournament, Tech could potentially mix up lineups and get playtime to those who don’t often see it as they rest other usual starters.

3 The CSUN Tournament will serve as excellent preparation for the Red Raiders as they are set to begin conference play at the end of the month with games against the perennial powerhouse that is Oklahoma. Prior to the beginning of conference play, the Red Raiders will make a stop in Long Beach, California to square off against Long Beach State on March 14, according to Tech Athletics. Two days after the game against Long Beach State, Tech will compete in the UCR Classic Tournament. The tournament is set to begin on Friday, March 16, and will conclude on Sunday, March 18. The Red Raiders will square

off against Idaho St. and Purdue twice, according to Tech Athletics. On the last day of the tournament, Tech will face UC Riverside. After the tournament, Tech will travel to Norman, Oklahoma with the first conference series of the year set to begin on March 23, against the Sooners, according to Tech Athletics. After the three-game series with OU, the Red Raiders will lace their cleats up at Rocky Johnson Field once again to take on Oklahoma State University at 6 p.m. on March 29. For full coverage of Tech’s season, including the CSUN Tournament, visit @NoahMiciotto_DT

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