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US-based firm’s workers on airplane headed to meeting AUSTIN (AP) — Twenty employees of an Austin-based technology company on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China, a spokeswoman for the tech firm said Sunday. The employees — 12 from Malaysia and eight from China —work at facilities in their respective countries that manufacture semiconductor chips, said Freescale Semiconductor spokeswoman Jacey Zuniga. “We have several manufacturing sites in Kuala Lumpur and Tianjin, China. Those 20 employees were with those teams,” she said. The employees were aboard Flight MH370, which lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning for Beijing. The plane was carrying 239 people. Zuniga said the news of the 20 workers and the missing plane has been difficult for the company and its employees. “It’s been a really tough weekend,” she said.
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SGA executive candidates elected By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer
Texas Tech’s Student Government Association announced the results of its runoff elections for its new executive officers at 6 p.m. Friday at the Student Union building’s courtyard. One Tech executive candidates BaLeigh Waldrop, Stetson Whetstone and Hayden Hatch were announced as SGA’s new internal vice president, external vice president and president, respectively. Before runoff elections, Pradeep Attaluri, from Experience Where it Counts candidate bloc, a science graduate student from Fort Worth, was elected graduate vice president. Student voter turnout for this year’s runoff elections was 12 percent. Hatch, a junior political science major from Lubbock, said the support from colleagues and friends helped spread the
message of his candidate bloc. “We had great supporters, they came through for us,” Hatch said. “We just kept with our unified message we had all along with our ideas, and I think that’s went through for us.” Waldrop was elected into office after gaining four votes over Experience Where it Counts internal vice presidential candidate Taylor Shackelford, who earned 1,834. Waldrop, a junior accounting major from Hobbs, N.M, said she plans on setting the tone for the SGA senate. “I want us to really do our jobs well next year,” she said. “Our SGA, as a whole, has been on the rise the past couple of years, and I just want it to continue to get better, so from the get-go I want to empower senators to be doing their jobs well and to be taking their jobs seriously.”
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BALEIGH WALDROP, HAYDEN Hatch and Stetson Whetstone were elected internal vice president, president and external vice president after a runoff in the Student Government Association executive candidate election Friday. Pradeep Attaluri was elected graduate vice president.
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HOUSTON (AP) — A new $4 million study will look at two ideas that have been proposed as ways to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surge that could cause billions of dollars in damage and wreak havoc on the largest petrochemical complex in the country. One idea would be a system of levees and flood gates proposed to run from Galveston to High Island dubbed the “Ike Dike.” The other is a 600- to 800foot wall that would be placed across the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel. The Houston Chronicle reports the ideas were developed after Hurricane Ike devastated the upper Texas coast in 2009. A series of public meetings in late spring will be held to discuss both proposals.
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as I would have hoped.” The dogs were lined up in a starting gate, and as the gate was lifted, the first one to cross the finish line on the other end was declared the winner for that heat of the race.
The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center has developed a new graduate degree program to meet the growing demand for public health professionals. Within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the new Master of Public Health degree is accepting 45 students for the fall semester. Interested students must apply by May 1. Theresa Byrd, Department of Public Health chair and associate dean, said only three schools of public health exist in Texas, with none in West Texas. “For people to be able to obtain the MPH degree, they need to travel outside of the West Texas region,” she said. “It’s needed because about 85 percent of the people who work in public health nationwide are not actually trained in public health. We have a shortage of professionals, and public health is going to become much more important as we try to decrease our cost of healthcare.” The U.S. is projected to need more than 700,000 public health professionals by 2020, according to an HSC news release. Public health is about preventing diseases instead of treating it after it happens, Byrd said.
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DACHSHUNDS TAKE OFF from the starting line during the 18th annual Wiener Nationals race Saturday in the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center.
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The competition was fierce, but there could only be one winner of the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals. The races, for hot dog-shaped dogs only, took place at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Robert
H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. Drew Thomas, a Texas Tech law student from Madison, Wis., brought his dog Beans to race. “I have two Dachshunds, but Beans is the only one that raced,” Thomas said. “He started off alright, but then he went off of the side of the course so he didn’t do as well
Texas Tech School of Art hosts 7th annual open house for students By AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer
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The Texas Tech School of Art hosted its 7th Annual Open House event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to allow potential students to see what the school offers. Allison Boroda, a senior grant writer for the School of Art, said the open house has three main purposes: to recruit students from local school districts, engage the community and let donors meet with faculty, staff and students. “We want to let the community know a little bit about what the School of Art does,” she said. “We invite students in the region here so they can find out what is available to them and that art is a viable college option for them.” Students from schools as far as New Mexico spent at least part of the day participating in various activities set by the school. Tours of the art buildings and demonstrations of ceramics, jewelry design and metalwork were offered, according to ADVERTISING: 806-742-3384
an open house brochure. This year’s open house was well organized and one of the largest hosted by the School of Art, Boroda said. At one entrance, she said she gave away more than 275 goodie bags to visitors. “Every year, the open house gets a little bigger,” she said. “It seems to me we’ve had maybe twice as many students come this year. The students have been so excited and happy. They love the artwork they’ve seen from our students. Just talking to them, they realize they can come here.” During the open house, the Tech Art History Society hosts its annual silent auction. Items sold at the silent auction include several pieces of art, two of which were created by students, Tech Art History Society President Hayley Bupp, a junior English and art history major from Keller, said. The organization auctioned gift baskets. Items were donated by local businesses, according to the organization’s website. ART continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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SARAH JONES, A freshman art history major from Keller and general member of the Art History Society, Jessica Davis, a second year master’s of art history from Colleyville and public liaison for the Art History Society, and Hayley Bupp, a junior art history and english major from Kelley and president of the Art History Society, set up gift baskets for a silent auction being held to raise money for the Art History Society on Friday in the Art Building.
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Tech professor believes to have discovered origin of life By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer
A Texas Tech professor said 65 million years ago, two giant meteorites struck the Earth, ending the reign of the dinosaurs and creating the foundation for life as it exists today. Sankar Chatterjee, professor of geosciences and curator of paleontology at the Museum of Tech, presented his research at the 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America to prove the meteorites did not only end life but also formed the beginnings of new life. “The geological stage provides
special dark, hot and isolated environments of the crater basins,” he said, “with hydrothermal vent systems that served as incubators for life.” He said this phenomenon allowed for the growth of RNA and protein molecules in the Earth. The meteorite craters, according to a Tech news release, actually created a bowl-like area for these RNA molecules to form and the vent systems to work. “When the Earth formed some 4.5 billion years ago, it was a sterile planet inhospitable to living organisms,” Chatterjee said. “It was a seething cauldron of erupting volcanoes, raining meteors and hot noxious gasses.
Family of Texas man on flight comforted by faith KELLER (AP) — The brother of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing over the South China Sea said Sunday his family is leaning on their faith as they wait for news about the man they last saw about a week ago. Philip Wood, an IBM executive who had been working in Beijing over the past two years, recently returned home from Asia before his next assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Wood came back to Texas to prepare for his move to the Malaysian capital, his brother,
James Wood said. “There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life,” James Wood said in a phone interview from the family’s home in Keller, a Dallas suburb of about 40,000 people located north of Forth Worth. “Last Sunday, we were all having breakfast together. And now, you can’t,” he said, as the family got ready to attend church. Their faith, he said, is what’s helping the family through this trying time. “My brother, our family, we are Christians. Christ above else is what’s keeping us together,” he said.
proteins to grow in the craters caused by the meteorites. This protection brought the two into the same area, he said, and through the interactions was able to create DNA. “The fatty lipid membrane floated on top of the water surface and moved to the bottom through convection currents,” he said. “When the DNA was made, it’s a more stable compound and with the development of the genetic code, the first cells divided.” Chatterjee said the final stage that actually created biological life was the replication of the original DNA cells. These replicated cells were
able to store, process and transmit genetic information to the daughter cells, he said, and infinite combinations were made before the correct sequence was replicated to produce life. “These self-sustaining first cells were capable of Darwinian evolution,” he said. “The emergence of the first cells on the early Earth was the culmination of a long history of prior chemical, geological and cosmic processes.” The RNA that currently exists in humans, he said, gives evidence for his theory because of its ability to evolve and create proteins that both help continue human lives as well as create deadly viruses that humans have
yet to find a cure for. This theory is challenging to test, according to the release, because there aren’t many experiments that can prove how cells emerged because they already exist on the Earth. “If future experiments with membrane-bound RNA viruses result in the creation of a synthetic protocell,” he said, “it may reflect the plausible pathways for the emergence of life on Earth.” According to an article by The Associated Press, Chatterjee’s research also includes studying dinosaur fossils and meteorite impact spots all over the Earth.
cording to the American Public Health Association. As an interdisciplinary deCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 gree, a public health worker can “What we focus on is popula- work in epidemiology, public tion health instead of individual policy and in a variety of other disease,” she said. “Our patient areas, Byrd said. is the community. We work “People with degrees in public to make sure people can be health work in a variety of sethealthy. It includes a lot more tings,” she said. “They can work than healthcare. It’s a very for government organizations, broad area, and there are lots like the CDC or local health of different job opportunities.” departments. Some people in Public health professionals public health work in private examine the factors that affect organizations, like groups that health and develop programs to work on policy issues, or work on prevent health problems from community health education.” reoccurring in the future, acByrd said HSC has received
requests for years to establish a public health degree. The program has been in planning for three to four years. “Our desire is to grow into a school of public health,” Byrd said. “That means we would have degrees in all five disciplines of public health as well as doctoral degrees. That will take us a while, but we’re aiming to be the fourth school of public health in Texas.” The program will take approximately two years to complete and requires 42 credit hours, according to the MPH website. Interested students must complete an online application and
meet the program’s admissions requirements to be considered. “There will be discoveries,” Billy Philips, executive vice president and director of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, said, “and innovative ways to address chronic and infectious diseases, risk factors of lifestyle and personal choices, environmental threats, health threats from the built environment, biosecurity and preparedness, transformations in health care delivery systems, and many other modern threats to our common good.”
people. It’s been a great run.” Frevert wished the candidates who ran for executive offices the best of luck. “We are very proud of Pradeep and the other candidates,” Frevert said. “We all did a really great job and we are looking forward to seeing what’s going to come.” Hatch said his main objectives once in office are to take a form of Raider bucks off campus and expand dead day. “I think the thing that grabbed the most attention was taking a form of Raider bucks off campus and expanding dead day,” Hatch said. “Both are modeled after what we’ve seen from other universities and what we truly believe to be practical goals for our administration.” One Tech earned votes because of the issues they wanted to solve for the students, Hatch said. “That’s what turned heads,” he said. “I think it was our practical goals, nothing wishy-washy just straight to it. This is what we want to do for y’all, this
is what we are going to try to do every single day for y’all.” One Tech will also try to move spring break so it takes place at the same time as other universities, although the academic calendar is set years in advance, Waldrop said. “I’ve already had experience about talking with administration about the academic calendar,” she said. “After talking to them, I definitely think it’s something we can do, amending the academic calendar in future years so it’s the same is definitely something obtainable.” With the entire One Tech bloc being elected, Hatch said, it will give the team a head start in helping the students. “We do have the same ideas, and we ran on the same ideas together,” he said. “We know what we want to do, and we know it’s what the students want us to do so we can start right off the bat.” The new SGA executive officers will take office on May 1.
One billion years later, it was a placid, watery planet teeming with microbial life — the ancestors to all living things.” This contradicts a popular theory, according to a news release, that the RNA came first and the proteins grew out of that. “RNA molecules are very unstable,” he said. “Some catalysts, such as simple proteins, were necessary for primitive RNA to replicate and metabolize.” According to the release, Chatterjee believes the recently discovered hypothesis that membranous material were brought to Earth by the meteorites and formed the protection that allowed the RNA and
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Whetstone was voted as the new external vice president after gaining 1,856 votes. Experience Where it Counts external vice presidential candidate Peter Brady attained 1,805 votes. Whetstone, a junior restaurant hotel and institutional management major from Austin, said the first objective he will work to accomplish as the new external vice president is to improve Tech’s busing system. “I want to work with administration and Citibus together and find the most efficient way financially and for the students for a way we can have a busing system work for all parties in the university,” he said. The goal of One Tech is to help and improve Tech, Whetstone said. “We all look forward to improving the campus,” he said. “Our main goal is to improve campus for the students.”
Hatch was elected as the new president of SGA after earning 1,908 votes. Experience Where it Counts presidential candidate Tyler Frevert earned 1,760 votes. Frevert, a junior finance major from Dallas, said he is still dedicated to improving Tech and serving the student body despite not being elected as SGA president. “I think anyone who knows me knows that I live and breathe this place,” Frevert said. “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that I can better this place before I leave.” Running for SGA executive offices was an amazing experience for the Experience Where it Counts candidate bloc, Frevert said. “It’s been a phenomenal experience, and I know that none of my teammates and I would ever trade it for the world,” he said. “This has been a great experience to work with some of the best campaign managers, Zach West and Melissa Brisco, and such a great team and supportive
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(AP) — Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season. In Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primaries in Texas, the movement mostly settled for having an impact on key races
rather than actually winning them. That may become a pattern in other states as primaries continue into the fall, many national GOP strategists believe. Though the hard-right flank is still powerful in the conservative heartland, its candidates face a different environment than was present in 2010 and 2012, when they won a series of key contests,
Thursday 10:55 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer documented information in reference to a medical emergency in the R1 parking lot. A student fell off a skateboard and hit his head on the pavement. Emergency Medical Services transported the student to University Medical Center Emergency Room. 11:12 a.m. — A Tech officer documented a medical emergency at the Rawls College of Business Administration. A non-student had a seizure and was transported to University Medical Center Emergency Room by Emergency Medical Services. 1:29 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated an accident in the R7 parking lot where an unattended vehicle was struck. 3:51 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for driving with an
invalid license at the 1700 block of Flint Avenue. The student was transported and booked into the Lubbock County Jail. 5:06 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for public intoxication at the Texas Tech Police Department after meeting with the student about a criminal trespass at the Student Union building. The student was also charged with criminal mischief, which occurred while being transported to the Lubbock County Jail. The student kicked and damaged the back passenger door of the vehicle he was transported in. 5:19 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief at the Z3L parking lot. An unknown person(s) poured sugar in a student vehicle’s gas tank. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
per semester, and we go to see art in cities like San Antonio.” Additionally, Bupp said, Tech Art History Society uses the funds to invite speakers, including museum employees. These events promote learning amongst students, she said. Boroda said both the open house and silent auction invite the community to see a behindthe-scenes look at the school, the work of students and various organizations.
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highlighted by the election of Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. “In 2010, the ideological intensity was burning hot inside the GOP giving rise to the tea party,” said Greg Strimple, a Republican pollster and senior adviser to Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. “As the party has moved to meet their concerns, the tea party’s outsized role has diminished.”
Bupp said the organization’s auction was one of its most successful auctions in recent years. Nearly $1,000 was raised, she said. “The auction is our main fundraising opportunity for the organization,” Bupp said. “We sell items to raise money and that money goes towards trips and speakers. Our club has two trips a year, one
Vietnam says it may have found missing jet’s door KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane’s doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports. More than a day and half after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board, no confirmed debris from the plane had been found, and the final minutes before it went missing remained a mystery. The plane lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning en route to Beijing. Searchers in a low-flying plane spotted what appeared to be a door from the missing jet, the deputy chief of staff of Vietnam’s army, Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, was quoted as saying by the state-run Thanh Nien newspaper. It was found in waters about 60 miles (90 kilometers) south of Tho Chu island, in the same area where oil slicks were spotted Saturday. “From this object, hopefully (we) will find the missing plane,” Tuan said. Two ships from the maritime police were heading to the site. The missing plane apparently fell from the sky at cruising altitude in fine weather, and the pilots were either unable or had no time to send a distress signal — unusual circumstances under which a modern jetliner operated by a professional airline would crash. Authorities were checking on the identities of two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports. On Saturday, the foreign ministries in Italy and Austria said the names of two citizens listed on the flight’s manifest matched the names on two passports reported stolen in Thailand. “I can confirm that we have the visuals of these two people on CCTV,” Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference late Sunday, adding that the footage was being examined. “We have intelligence agencies, both local and international, on board.” “Our focus now is to find the aircraft,” he said, adding that finding the plane would make it easier for authorities to investigate any possible foul play. Interpol confirmed that it knew about the two stolen passports used to board the ill-fated plane, but said no one checked its vast databases on stolen documents. In a forceful statement, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble
chided authorities for “waiting for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates.” “Now, we have a real case where the world is speculating whether the stolen passport holders were terrorists,” Noble said. “Interpol is asking why only a handful of countries worldwide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights.” The thefts of the two passports — one belonging to Austrian Christian Kozel and the other to Luigi Maraldi of Italy — were entered into Interpol’s database after they were stolen in Thailand, the police body said. Kozel’s passport was stolen in 2012 and Maraldi’s last July. A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline confirmed Sunday that passengers named Maraldi and Kozel had been booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on Saturday. Maraldi was to fly on to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany. She said the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, but she had no information on where they bought them. Having onward reservations to Europe from Beijing would have meant the men, as holders of EU passports, would not have needed visas for China. Interpol said it and national investigators were examining other suspect passports and working to determine the true identities of those who used the stolen passports to board the Malaysia Airlines flight. White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the U.S. was looking into the stolen passports, but that investigators had reached no conclusions. In addition to the plane’s sudden disappearance, which experts say is consistent with a possible onboard explosion, the stolen passports have strengthened concerns about terrorism as a possible cause. Al-Qaida militants have used similar tactics to try to disguise their identities. Other possible causes included a catastrophic failure of the plane’s engines, extreme turbulence, or pilot error or even suicide. Establishing what happened with any certainty will need data from flight recorders and a detailed examination of any debris, something that will take months if not years. Malaysia’s air force chief, Rodzali Daud, said radar indicated that before it disappeared, the plane may have turned back, but there were no further details on which direction it went or how far it veered off course.
“We are trying to make sense of this,” Daud said at a news conference. “The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back, and in some parts this was corroborated by civilian radar.” Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots are supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does a U-turn. “From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled,” he said. A total of 34 aircraft and 40 ships were deployed to the area by Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and the United States, in addition to Vietnam’s fleet. Of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board, twothirds were Chinese, while the rest were from elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America, including three Americans. Family members of Philip Wood, an IBM executive who was on board the plane, said they saw him a week ago when he visited them in Texas after relocating to Kuala Lumpur from Beijing, where he had worked for two years. “There is a shock, a very surreal moment in your life,” said Wood’s brother, James Wood. The other two Americans were identified on the passenger manifest as 4-year-old Nicole Meng and 2-year-old Yan Zhang. After more than 30 hours without contact with the aircraft, Malaysia Airlines told family members they should “prepare themselves for the worst,” Hugh Dunleavy, the commercial director for the airline, told reporters. Finding traces of an aircraft that disappears over sea can take days or longer, even with a sustained search effort. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, wreckage can be scattered over many square kilometers (miles). If the plane enters the water before breaking up, there can be relatively little debris. A team of American experts was en route to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation into the crash. The team includes accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, the safety board said in a statement. Malaysia Airlines has a good safety record, as does the 777, which had not had a fatal crash in its 19year history until an Asiana Airlines plane crashed last July in San Francisco, killing three passengers, all Chinese teenagers.
Utah polygamous family says going on TV liberating SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The newest Utah polygamous family featured in a reality TV show says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating. Brady Williams and his five wives were a bit apprehensive ahead of the airing of a pilot episode in September, but they said this week an interview with The Associated Press that it felt liberating to be open about who they are and what they believe. “It really is like coming out of the closet,” said Brady Williams, 43. “It’s very liberating.” His wives feel the same way, including his second, Robyn Williams, 40, who said: “I feel more free to just be who I am and not be so afraid.” The first of nine episodes of the show, “My Five Wives,” airs Sunday on TLC. It chronicles the life of Brady Williams, his five wives and their 24 children who live in a small rural community outside of Salt Lake City dominated by a branch of the fundamentalist Mormon church. The family once belonged to the group, known as the Apostolic United Brethren, but withdrew during the mid-2000s after re-evaluating their core beliefs. Now, they practice polygamy not because they think they must to get to heaven, and avoid hell, but because they prefer the lifestyle. Their show begins airing in a social and political climate that has softened
significantly toward plural families in recent years. A federal judge in Utah struck down key parts of the state’s polygamy laws in December, marking a victory for the
Williams and hundreds of other polygamous families in the state. The ruling decriminalizes polygamy, making only bigamy — holding marriage licenses with multiple partners —illegal.
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JACOB KNICKERBOCKER, A senior international business major from Justin and Sarah Woomer, a senior nursing student from Hobbs, N.M. pose with their dog Duke at “Bark in the Park” baseball game on Sunday afternoon.
dog could win,” he said. “It was still fun to try.” Sheryl Jester, the owner of CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 two Dachshunds, Tiny and Big The owners were only al- ‘Un, said her two children conlowed to stand at the end of vinced her to enter the dogs into the track, Thomas said, so the competition. it made it more difficult for Jester said although her dogs the dogs. made it about halfway down “It’s hilarious,” he said, t h e t r a c k a n d t h e n t u r n e d as he petted the furry dog in around and ran back, she had his arms. “It really increased a good time. the humor.” “It’s actually been pretty exDustin Bazner, a senior chemistry major from Georgetown, had his dog Nelson race for the second year in a row after a family friend told them about the races. The winning dog’s owner received a cash prize, a trip to San Diego and tickets to see the Holiday Bowl. This is the eighteenth year in a row the races have been hosted in Lubbock. “It would be awesome to win,” Bazner said, “but it’s a lot of fun, even if your dog doesn’t do very well.” Nelson was one of more than 80 dogs to line up and race for victory this year. Last year, his dog failed to cross the finish line, and this year proved to be no different, he said. “He didn’t even make it out of the gate,” Bazner said. “He turned right back around — it was kind of an epic fail.” While it would seem the fastest dog should win, many times it was the slow and steady dog winning the race. Bazner said he had not trained Nelson at all, other than daily walks and dog treats. “I didn’t seriously think my
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Lane: Defense cuts misguided, potentially leave US vulnerable Reynolds: Defense budget too large, cuts necessary to save money
of the world that America is essentially retreating, and that our great nation no longer desires to act as the Earth’s singular military powerhouse. Former Marine Gen. Jim Conway discussed a study done by the Marine Corps several years ago. The main purpose of this study was to make predictions on what the world will look like by the year 2025. The results from this study show the U.S. will no longer be the world’s sole superpower, but that it will be one of several. Other nations such as China, Russia and upcoming world power India would all share equal military strength. There’s no arguing war is an inherently evil flaw that developed throughout the centuries of human evolution, but its existence alone is reason enough for the U.S. to maintain its place as the world’s most advanced and powerful military force. Put simply, there’s an immeasurable level of comfort to be had in knowing our military is more powerful than others in the event a major global conflict were to break out. During a press event with the Breitbart News Network, former Navy Admiral James Lyons warns against these budget cuts. “Amer-
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ica has become an unreliable ally,” Lyons said, and “weakness invites aggression.” This idea that lowering our guard can be seen as an invitation by others for an opportunity to strike against the American people is something that cannot be controlled nor pre-determined. While U.S. military forces and strategists can determine where intervening measures should be taken within the global scheme of things, they cannot predict with 100 percent accuracy whether or not a rogue state or group will strike against us. Major defense cuts come at the price of emboldening our enemies. Ben Shapiro, Senior Editor of Breitbart News, put it clearly when he said, “The problem with military cuts is not merely that they decrease American capacity to make war, though they surely do. The problem is that purposeful and large-scale military decreases send a message to the rest of the world that America is in retreat.” Our planet will probably never see the prospect of war ceasing to exist as a realistic possibility. War, it seems, has been permanently engrained within the human psyche. While we can control our actions at a personal level, we cannot expect others to act accordingly. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, served as an example that we cannot realistically expect the rest of the world to play nice.
s the United States begins to withdraw from 13 years of ground war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the time has come for Congress to reconsider our nation’s spending on the military. The Pentagon and Department of Defense have been planning American military needs for the next several years. According to an article in The Washington Post, a budget proposal has already been submitted to Congress that seeks to reduce the military budget to about $495 billion in 2015, finding roughly $75 billion in immediate savings by reducing ground troop forces and revising planned expenditures for all branches, including the National Guard. The new budget proposal contains reductions of the Army to 440,000 troops and the Marine Corps to around 182,000 during the next three years, lowering the number of ground troops to the smallest U.S. numbers since before World War II. Additionally, the proposal retires the A-10 Warthog fighter planes designed in the 1970s to destroy Soviet tanks and slows the rate of growth for military benefits, as well as decommissioning an aircraft carrier group and other aging equipment, according to Reuters. According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, the budget proposal expands special operations forces and cyber-warfare units. The cuts aren’t particularly popular with the administration, the Pentagon or
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lawmakers on either side of the aisle. However, Congressional opposition has been somewhat muted as the budget cuts come as a result of the spending caps agreed to during the federal budget debate last year. Nevertheless, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Pentagon officials do say the United States military is larger than necessary and the cuts to personnel and aging equipment and facilities will preserve funds for training and purchasing new resources. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated the military would still be able to carry out its missions. F r a n k l y, the argument that trimming military spending leaves the United States at a strategic disadvantage or puts our national security at risk is ridiculous. One important thing to keep in mind while reading about the military cuts is that in 2012, the United States spent more on its defense budget than the next 10 biggest global defense budgets combined, according to Business Insider. China, whose expansion Republicans in Congress cited in their opposition to the cuts, has a military budget of $132 billion, according to an article in The New York Times. To further put the American military hegemony in perspective, consider that the U.S. Navy has 19
aircraft carriers currently in commission, including 10 Nimitz-class super-carriers, which are deployed with the support of supply and strike vessels used to assert American power throughout the globe. The only other nations that have more than one aircraft carrier in their navies are Italy, Spain and the UK, each of which have two, according to globalsecurity.org. Even with the proposed cuts, the United States will far surpass the rest of the world in military might. The truth is, the United States military is much larger than the American people need or can afford. Now that we are pulling out of the Middle East, there are a vast number of domestic issues that need to be dealt with at home before we should be seeking any more military pursuits abroad. It is highly hypocritical of conservatives to demand cuts to government spending and then turn right around and balk at cuts to favored programs under the justification of “national security.” In a time of tight resources, high costs and ill-defined threats abroad, the proposed military budget cuts will provide the U.S. an opportunity to balance and streamline the military by retiring obsolete and unnecessary equipment and programs while maintaining the funds to reshape it to fit 21st century needs.
Even with the proposed cuts, the U.S. will far surpass the rest of the world in military might.
ast month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed cuts to the United States’ defense budget in front of high-ranking officers at the Pentagon. Hagel wants to reduce some areas of military spending in order to maintain enough forces to utilize in case of a new conflict while keeping the numbers too low to afford extended occupation of forces in foreign countries. However, with the recent tensions mounting between Ukraine and Russia, is now the time to make drastic cuts in our defense budget? According to an article in The New York Times, Hagel’s proposal would result in a reduction of at least 120,000 active duty servicemen from the army, eliminate the A-10 Warthog from the Air Force, cut housing allowances for servicemen, increase the fees for health care benefits and halt the pay of some officers. While the continuous growth of technology has shifted the focus away from the idea that the nation with the largest standing army is also the world’s strongest superpower, there are still many other notions that drastic cuts such as this imply. Put simply, making such large cuts to our military shows the rest
Free speech must be protected Student’s lawsuit against parents shows immaturity, entitlement iowa sTaTe Daily (iowa sTaTe U.)
Last week, a federal appeals court upheld the actions of a California school administrator, namely, his making students either turn their T-shirts inside out or leave school on Cinco de Mayo. The shirts in question depicted an American flag, raising controversy over a perceived violation of the students’ First Amendment rights. The panel of judges state in their opinion that the rights of students to express themselves should not be restricted lightly, but must give way when the school has a good reason for censorship. In the case of Live Oak High School, where the controversy started, there was a history of gang-related and racial violence, including an incident that took place the previous Cinco de Mayo between Caucasian and Hispanic students displaying flags of the United States and Mexico, respectively. This decision, though not made lightly, is still taking the wrong approach to solving this problem. Protecting students is high on the list of any school’s responsibilities, but so should be protecting their rights to express themselves freely under the First Amendment. The students claiming to have had their rights violated named Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez as one of the defendants in their civil rights suit. Rodriguez was the administrator in question who told the young men that they would be unable to wear the American flag shirts, as he had been informed by other students of potential altercations. The school certainly responded to the information it had available to it in a manner they felt was safest and most reasonable. However, the school needs to be thinking of deeper plans to curb violence instead of choosing to ask students to forgo their rights. Violence seems to be a major issue for the school in question, as those who elected to go home rather
than turn their shirts inside out, later received threatening text messages and phone calls. This even prompted the young men to stay home from school for safety concerns May 7, two days after the incident. Schools are specifically given leeway to prohibit certain forms of speech if they would “materially and substantially disrupt classwork and discipline in the school.” However, that should be the final answer to a situation. The school clearly needs to deal with deeper issues within the student body that most likely will not be solved by banning patriotic T-shirts. If anything, this has made the situation worse as students may blame others for the feeling of loss when it comes to their free speech. It raises eyebrows when the American flag is censored in any form, but though the school may feel strongly that they made the safest, most reasonable decision in this situation, there were certainly other options that were available. Questions should be raised at whether the school has done everything in its power to handle the escalating violence. All students within the school should be capable of entering a learning environment where they feel comfortable expressing their values and thoughts. Live Oak High School needs to begin a deeper dialogue with their students and staff to handle the violence in a manner that does not require violating the First Amendment rights we have each been granted in this country. High school students certainly are not granted as open free speech rights as many others, as school officials must think of safety and the learning environment, but they should feel confident that their free speech will be highly valued and considered as much as possible. Finding a balance between safety and First Amendment rights may not be an easy task for this troubled high school. However, using speech to foster a dialogue should be valued over silence.
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Our generation has somewhat of a bad rap. We’re often perceived as technology addicted, selfish and naive. Now, while I disagree with these stereotypes wholeheartedly, situations like the one that’s been unfolding in Lincoln Park, N.J. really don’t do much to help my stance. Rachel Canning, an 18-year-old honor roll student and cheerleader in her senior year at Morris Catholic High School (a private high school in Denville, N.J.), attempted to sue her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, for a boatload of financial assistance after she left home late in October. She alleged that she was subject to “severe verbal and physical abuse” at home, according to her court certification. Canning requested that her parents to pay tuition for her final semester at the private high school (close to $5,000), as well as living and travel expenses. Furthermore, she wanted her parents to legally commit to paying her college tuition, in addition to reimbursing the legal fees her friend’s parents had been paying since the lawsuit began. If you ask her parents, the alleged “abuse” consisted of nothing more than simple household expectations like doing
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chores and abiding by a curfew. According to a CNN by Laura Ly published Wednesday, after the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency interviewed Canning, her parents, and her two younger sisters, they found the allegations of abuse to be unfounded. The family’s problems began in October when Canning was suspended from her high school for truancy. Her parents told her she could no longer see her boyfriend, who was also suspended, and took away her phone and car privileges. Court documents, cited in Ly’s CNN article, said that after learning of the punishments, Canning cut class again and then left home. She spent two nights at her boyfriend’s house, then moved in with a friend’s family where she’s stayed ever since. Her friend’s parents, John and Amy Inglesino, have been footing the bill for Canning’s lawsuit against her parents. To me, this whole situation reeks of a gross sense of entitlement. Canning, a legal adult, feels her parents owe her a car, a phone, a roof over her head and a college education while she ignores their rules. I feel horrible for Canning’s family. Rather than accepting the consequences for her suspension, she chose to drag her parents and two younger sisters into the national spotlight, putting them through what has to be a gut-wrenching emotional
experience, not to mention the legal fees they now have to pay just to clear their name. To her parent’s credit, they seem to be taking the high road; they’ve indicated that Canning will be welcomed back with open arms should she decide to come home and make amends. The Inglesinos, the family supporting this absurd legal battle, should have known better than to get involved in another family’s business. Giving Canning a place to stay is one thing, but enabling behavior like this is inexcusable. According to Canning’s certification, Morris Catholic peer ministers are raising money to pay her tuition for the spring semester, which also adds fuel to the fire. I hope the high school’s students recognize that donating to this cause under the guise of charity is hypocritical to the core. An excerpt from Canning’s court certification proves just how out of touch with reality she is: “‘I am a very good student,’ she wrote. ‘I have no drug problems. I am a good athlete. I work at a job outside of school. My parents simply will not help me any longer … (They) should be required to provide for my support and education until I can stand on my own two feet. In order to do this, I had to take legal action.’” She seems to think that because Copyright © 2014 Texas Tech University Student Media/The Daily Toreador. All DT articles, photographs and artwork are the property of The DT and Student Media and may not be reproduced or published without permission. The Daily Toreador is a designated public forum. Student editors have the authority to make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval.
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she does the things that “normal” high schoolers are expected to do, she deserves unlimited financial support from her parents no matter how she treats them. This self-serving and manipulative attitude is indicative of her striking lack of maturity. Canning ought to be ashamed. I can only hope that she comes to her senses and realizes she’s taken things too far. Fortunately, the judge seems to be emerging as one of the few level-headed characters in this drama. On Tuesday, Bogaard denied Canning’s request for the remainder of her high school tuition. He also denied immediate financial assistance on the grounds that he didn’t see an emergency situation. Further decisions about Canning’s parents paying for her college tuition will be made at another hearing. I’m terrified of the precedent this would set if, by some miracle, Canning comes out on top in this lawsuit. Teens across the country will be suing right and left to go to college for free without holding up their end of the bargain. Young adults throughout the country should learn from this situation. If you’re lucky enough to be in a position where your parents can send you to college, be grateful and accept their authority. Not everyone gets this head start in life; to look at it as a fundamental right is despicable and immature. Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be emailed to dailytoreador@ ttu.edu or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notified. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identification and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Media and Communication. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.
Baseball sweeps weekend series against NMSU By EVERETT CORDER
against Rice in 1975. Tech coach Tim Tadlock said the team was very fortunate to have some hits find holes, but it was nice to see the bats come alive. The starting pitcher in the game was Tech sophomore Dominic Moreno, who was finally able to get his first win of the season in his fifth start. Tadlock said it’s always nice to give the starting pitcher run support to work with, and Moreno helped the team stay in the game. “I know it was a relief for him just to finally be pitching with a lead,” Tadlock said. “Even when it was 1-0, he enjoys that. He competed well and kept us in the game.” Game three of the series was not as easily won for the Re d Rai de rs, as t hey we re down by one run heading into the ninth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Gutierrez was the first batter up for Tech, and he blasted a homerun over the right-center field wall to tie the game at seven runs apiece. It would take three extra innings of play before the game was decided. In the bottom of the 12th, sophomore Alec Humpreys led off for the Red Raiders with his first career triple down the left field line, and a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Devon Conley three
The Texas Tech baseball team swept New Mexico State over the weekend in a fourgame series that involved throwback jerseys, a mustache record and over 200 dogs. The Red Raiders opened the series Thursday night with a 5-3 win over the Aggies, while wearing “Turn Back the Clock” jerseys for the game. Tech junior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor started the game and threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts in the Red Raiders win. Taylor has been used mostly in relief so far in his career at Tech, and he said the way he prepared was a little different than for other games, but he was proud of his performance overall. “I felt good,” he said. “I had good command of my fastball and my three pitches. (Freshman infielder) Ryan Long did good and (sophomore utility player Eric) Gutierrez helped me out a lot, and the defense helped me out a lot.” In the second game of the series, the Red Raider offense exploded with a season-high 18 hits and 15 runs in the game. Seven of the runs came in an eight-hit fifth inning. There were also five triples hit by Tech players in the game, which is the most since a game
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World champion is now a title former Red Raider Omo Osaghae can add to his resume, according to a news release from Texas Tech athletics. The title became his Sunday at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Poland following a lifetime-best performance in the 60-meter hurdles. He was the only American featured in the finals, and a couple Frenchmen were applying the pressure. Garfield Darien finished in 7.47 seconds and Pascal MartinotLagarde in 7.46, but Osaghae was a tad faster with a time of 7.45. “I feel blessed,” Osaghae said, according to the release. “That is the best way to describe it. It’s so hard to put into words, but I’m beyond happy that God put his hand on
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TEXAS TECH SECOND baseman Bryant Burleson hits the ball during Texas Tech’s 15-2 victory against New Mexico State on Friday at Dan Law Field.
looked a lot like the second game did, with the Red Raiders beating the Aggies 14-4. Tadlock said the team was fortunate again with finding holes in the defense. “That’s kinda part of the game,” he said. “Our guys are getting in good counts, and taking care of pitches when they get them.”
First round exit for Lady Raiders at Big 12 Conference tournament against TCU The Texas Tech women’s basketball team ended its season with a 75-59 loss to Texas Christian Friday night in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament. The two teams traded the lead 16 times and had 11 ties. TCU went on a 14-0 run midway through the second half and never lost the lead after. The Lady Raiders ended their season on a 20-game losing streak with a 6-24 overall record including 0-18 in the conference, the fewest number of wins in Tech women’s basketball history. Despite the team’s struggles, junior guard and Second Team All-Big 12 selection Amber Battle scored a game-high 23 points. Her 16.4 points-per-game average is the most by a Lady Raider in the last eight seasons, according to a Tech Athletics news release. Tech freshman guard Ivonne CookTaylor dropped a careerhigh 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
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me and allowed for this tremendous opportunity. Bringing this back to Texas Tech and Lubbock means everything to me.” In the preliminaries, he earned second place in his heat giving him the fifth-best performance overall. The performance was good enough to make it to the semifinals, where Osaghae recorded a previous personal-best of 7.49 and earned first place. Associate head coach Dion Miller, who has trained Osaghae since 2007, said he is thrilled for Osaghae, according to the release. “Before the semifinals we talked about staying focused and running a complete race and he did that,” Miller said, according to the release. “He has been progressing well in training and put together a phenomenal race.”
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MARCH 10, 2014
Crockett shines in final game in United Spirit Arena By REX ROSE Staff Writer
Red Raider forward Jaye Crockett made the most of his final home game as the senior totaled a double-double and led Tech to a 59-53 victory Saturday over the Texas Longhorns in the United Spirit Arena. Crockett finished with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds and shot 9-13 from the field in 37 minutes of play. “I’m really happy for our seniors to get this win,” Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “It’s always a special time, always a memorable moment when you can win your last home game in your career. No one deserves it more than Jaye Crockett. He’s put in a lot of hours on this court and he’s spent a lot of time in this arena. I’m just happy and proud that I had the good fortune to coach him.” According to a Tech news release, the Red Raiders snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Longhorns and Crockett became one of five Tech players all-time to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals in his career. Crockett said he was proud of his performance, and it was great to get a win against an in-state rival like the Longhorns. “It was perfect — the only way it could be better is if it was A&M,” he said with a smile. “They’re not in our conference anymore, but it’s great. That’s who you want to play if you’re at Tech; you want to beat those Longhorns. It’s great, especially to get it on our floor. Good stats and a win, there’s nothing
better than that.” Although Tech trailed 23-21 at the break, the Red Raiders outscored the Longhorns 38-30 in the second half and made big plays in crunch time. “It probably was our most complete game because we put together two good defensive halves,” Smith said. “Most teams have really hurt us in the second half, but today, we held them to only 30 points in the second half and that was huge.” Texas coach Rick Barnes is in his 16th season with the Longhorns and said Crockett was the best player on the court and that he has the utmost respect for Smith. “It’s been neat watching him develop,” he said. “Tubby has put those guys all in a position where they can be successful and do what they do best. You look at (Crockett’s) line — most impressive guy on the floor. “They were willing to go make the plays and we didn’t. I’m obviously disappointed that we lost this game, but I really am happy for Tubby. I’ve known Tubby for a long time, and I think it’s great what he’s done to rekindle the spirit out here. Tech’s awfully lucky to have gotten him.” Tech junior forward Jordan Tolbert recorded his 1,000th career point and was the only Red Raider besides Crockett to score in double figures, finishing the game with 11 points and five rebounds. Crockett said he expects Tolbert to keep improving mentally and that he will be a key player on next year’s team. “When he came here, he was physi-
cally a freak,” Crockett said. “He was stronger than everybody and could jump, but he’s just learned the game a lot more. He’s getting a lot smarter and I think it’ll be great going into his senior year next year. He’s going to have to be one of the guys that’s a leader and he’s improved a lot.” With its win over Texas, Tech finished the season with six Big 12 Conference wins, the most since 2008, according to a Tech news release. Tech must win the conference tournament in order to make the NCAA tournament, and the Red Raiders play Oklahoma State for the third time this season at 6 p.m. Wednesday to kick off the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. “It’s a team that we have played and beaten before,” Smith said. “But they had their way with us in Stillwater. We’ll have to shoot better. I think we have to really work on our shooting between now and the time we play Oklahoma State because we really haven’t shot the ball well.” Although Tech (14-17, 6-12) finished eighth in the Big 12 and Texas (22-9, 11-7) finished third, Barnes said the conference tournament is completely up for grabs. “This league is unbelievable,” he said. “I can’t imagine anybody going to Kansas City thinking it’s going to be easy anywhere. Everybody is going to play somebody they’ve played three times, which makes it even harder. It’s going to be a great tournament.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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TEXAS TECH GUARD Robert Turner shoots the ball during the Red Raiders’ 59-53 victory over Texas on Saturday in the United Spirit Arena.
Tech wins eight in homestand By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer
The Texas Tech softball team is off to its best start since 2011 after going 5-0 in the fourth annual Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The Red Raiders are now 18-6 on the season. Tech coach Shanon Hays said it was good to be home for two weeks in a row and improve every game. “We are getting better and better with our approach at the plate and it seems like we are maturing,” Hays said. “That’s what this team needed. Every time we (lose) a game, we miss an opportunity to get better.” The Red Raiders opened the tournament on Thursday afternoon with an 8-1 win over UT Arlington. Tech scored six runs in the final two innings behind freshman outfielder Sydni Emanuel’s four hits and two stolen bases. Thursday’s second game was a 6-1 victory over Northern Colorado. Senior pitcher Brittany Talley threw a complete
game shutout while allowing only two hits and no earned runs. Hays said Talley’s dominate pitching led to productive offense. “We had really good pitching in both games (Thursday),” he said. “Anytime you get good pitching it allows your offense some room to swing away and I thought we took advantage of that. We hit the ball well in both games and that’s something we’ve been looking to do better recently.” The Red Raiders scored in all but the final inning in their lone game on Friday and claimed an 8-4 victory over New Mexico State. Sophomore utility player Sydnie Tapia said the team is feeding off of each other’s success. “We all are starting to work really well as a team,” Tapia said. “We have all come together and, basically, as a unit we have put together the goods and the bads. We’re really producing as a team and really playing ball.” Tapia and freshman utility player Cassie McClure each had two hits and an RBI. Freshman infielder Brittany Warnecke hit her first career
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homerun in the victory. Hays said he enjoyed watching the offense come through all game long. “Well it was a good day for us,” he said. “We made some good plays and we had some girls at the end of our lineup that got on base and started some good innings. It was nice for our offense to carry us for a game.” After having Saturday off, Tech defeated Northern Colorado for the second time in the tournament on a 9-1 run rule after six innings. Emanuel and Tapia each homered and combined for four RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Gretchen Aucoin threw a complete game and struck out six batters. In the final game of the annual tournament, the Red Raiders extended their winning streak to eight games with another 9-1 run rule game in five innings. Freshman catcher Brittany Lee ended the game with her first career homerun. Lee said she was just having fun during the game and was excited to be able to end the game with a homerun. “It’s nice to finally figure it out. I guess there’s no better time for a walk-off run rule. It was pretty cool,” she said. Talley pitched her second complete game of the tournament and improved to 7-0 on the season. Her ERA is now 1.11, lowest in the Big 12 Conference. Tapia hit two homeruns on Sunday and after the final game jokingly said the entire team is seeing the ball like it’s a beach ball. “We are all coming together right now,” Tapia said. “The Big 12 better watch out. We all really stringing together (hits) and learning how to finally produce and not leave so many runners on base.” The Red Raiders ended their ninegame home stand 8-1 and are in second place in the Big 12. Tech’s next tournament will start on Friday in Fullerton, California as they will play four games in the Titan Classic. ➤➤email@example.com
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