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Tech student pleads guilty for murder, apologized Tech student Austin Hasten, 22, plead guilty of murder Wednesday, according to the trial report. The student was accused of stabbing his neighbor, Michele Lisa Terry, and setting her apartment on fire in January 2013, according to a previous article from The Daily Toreador. Terry’s family was in attendance, according to the report, and read statements to Hasten about how the death has affected each of them personally. Hasten responded by apologizing to the family, according to the report. “I’m so sorry to each one of you and there is nothing I can ever do to change it,” he said. “I wish this was all a nightmare that I could just wake up from but I can’t. I am just so sorry to all of you.” ➤➤

College of business ranked 13th for ‘Best for Vets’ The Texas Tech Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration ranked 13th in Military Times’ second annual survey, “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014.” The survey evaluated schools based on university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost/financial aid, according to the Military Times website. “We in the Rawls College are honored to receive this recognition from Military Times,” dean Lance Nail said in a news release. “We are proud to support the university’s commitment to veterans and active service personnel by providing opportunities and support for business education at all levels for those who have served their country through military service.” Additionally, the organization considers fall 2013 enrollment and staff and academic support, according to the website. ➤➤


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By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer

Sun, sand and sleep will be a welcome break from the dust and cold temperatures that have been prevalent in Lubbock recently, but there are some tips authorities would like students to keep in mind to keep them safe. A recent study, according to a Silver Hill Hospital news release, found the average male college student had 18 alcoholic drinks per day and the average female college student had 10 alcoholic drinks per day during spring break, from the average six drinks per week college students are normally recorded consuming. This binge drinking puts students at risk for injury and death, Eric Collins, an addiction psychiatrist at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., said. “Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks within two hours for a man and four or more drinks within two hours for a woman,” he said. “About half of college students binge drink, which becomes more extreme during spring break.” This binge drinking not only has harmful effects on students’ health, he said, but also increases the chances that students will be involved in an activity they may not be as excited about when they sober up. Each school year, drinking causes 600,000 accidental injuries among college students ages 18 to 24 and more than 1,800 students in that same age group die from alcohol-related accidental injuries, according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.












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Students preparing to travel for spring break are encountering higher travel prices across the state as average gas prices continue to climb. The average gas price in Lubbock is currently $3.19 per gallon. This is about 30 cents lower than the national average, but much higher than gas prices at the beginning of February, which averaged at $2.85 per gallon, according to Gas Price Watch’s website. “Lots of people have to pay for their own gas,” Taylor Paulsen, a freshman psychology major from Sunnyvale, Calif., said. “A lot of students have parents that pay for college, but they have to pay for gas. So they just don’t really have the money to go anywhere.” The average college student is paying 9 percent more for airfare and travels this year. However, average hotel costs have fallen 3 percent from last year. The total cost for the average vacation to popular destinations such as Cancun and Florida are between $2,000 and $2,500 this year, according to an NBC article. Sara Smith, a sophomore economics major from Syracuse, N.Y., said these types of price increases and decreases are expected for times like spring break. “From an economics standpoint, there’s a tendency for prices to rise when businesses realize the demand,” she said. “Since demand is so high during spring break, prices are going to go up.” Jordan Darling, a sophomore accounting major from Midland, said high gas prices are just to be expected around holidays like spring break.


Campus encourages safety during break By HANNAH HIPP Staff Writer

Students are heading out for spring break, but there are a few things students in the dorm need to do to make sure their room will be safe in their absence. “The basic things would be to take out your trash, close the windows and blinds, and make sure that you’re locking the door behind you,” Leslie Williams, residence life coordinator for Talkington Hall, said. Community advisers will be entering all rooms during the break to ensure all rules are being followed and everything

is safe, Williams said. In addition, all lights and ceiling fans must be turned off and all perishables removed from the rooms, as stated on the University Student Housing website. “Perishable foods or things like that will be going a week without being touched or seen,” Williams said, “so the idea of rotting food smelling up your room can happen. We want to try to prevent that.” Not everyone is required to leave their dorms over break, she said, so it is important to ensure all doors are still locked just in case.

If staying, students are required to fill out a Hall Access Form which can be found on the housing website. “Students don’t have to leave,” she said, “but it’s still the basic safety habits of locking the door so no one comes in your room.” The hall offices close at 5 p.m. Friday and will reopen at 10 a.m. March 23. During that time, Williams said the only staff available would be the community adviser on call, who should only be contacted in emergencies. RESIDENCE continued on Page 3 ➤➤

Red Raiders take on first Big 12 opponent By EVERETT CORDER Staff Writer

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The Texas Tech baseball team will open Big 12 Conference play this weekend starting at 6:35 tonight against Baylor in Waco. Tech junior pitcher Dominic Moreno has been named the starter for the opening conference game for the second year in a row. Last year, the Red Raiders began Big 12 play in Austin against the Texas Longhorns and took two out of three games in the series including game one, according to a news release from Tech Athletics. Moreno said pitching in front of all of the Texas fans in Austin last year and then beating the Longhorns was probably one of the greatest moments in his career so far.

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Persian community celebrates New Year By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer

The Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz, is considered by many Iranians to be the largest celebration of the year. It is a two-week celebration, beginning March 20, for the Persian community marking the start of spring and the beginning of the year for the Iranian calendar. Nazanin Naderi, a graduate industrial engineering student from Ahvaz, Iran and a member of the Texas Tech Persian Student Organization, said the Persian New Year is celebrated once the sun crosses the celestial equator. “The time is calculated every year,” she said. “At that time, all Iranian families gather together around a Seven ‘S’ table.” The Seven ‘S’ table is adorned with seven items beginning with the letter ‘S’ in the Persian alphabet which carry different meanings, Naderi said. “For example, apple, which in Farsi is called ‘sib,’ is the symbol of health and beauty,” she said. “Vinegar, which is called ‘serkeh,’ is a symbol of longevity and patience.” Samaneh Tabrizi, a Tech alumnae from Tehran, Iran, and president of Tech’s Persian Student Organization, said people from countries surrounding Iran celebrate the Persian New Year. “Countries which share borders with Iran — Turkmenistan, Pakistan, some parts of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — also celebrate Nowruz,” she said. “The main country that celebrates Nowruz is Iraq.” On the night of the Persian New Year, families will gather and share a traditional dinner which includes cooked rice with fresh herbs, fried fish or fried chicken. NEW YEAR continued on Page 2 ➤➤




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South by Southwest goes on after crash AUSTIN (AP) — Fleeing police, a driver gunned a grey Honda Civic through a street barricade and into a crowd of South by Southwest festival attendees early Thursday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and casting a pall over one of the nation’s hippest celebrations of music, movies and technology. The driver struck multiple pedestrians around 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, then sped down the street, hitting and killing a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and an Austin woman on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. The driver eventually crashed into a parked van and tried to flee on foot before police used a stun gun to subdue him. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, will face two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, Austin police said Thursday afternoon in a statement. Formal charges are still pending. The statement did not provide a city of residence. Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop a vehicle. Acevedo indicated the suspect was drunk, but drunken driving was not among the charges police said Owens would face. Acevedo said investigators have obtained blood

samples and were testing them. Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that Owens had a previous conviction in Alaska for drunken driving and one in Texas for criminal trespass. Acevedo said he believed Owens was so intent on evading the police that he willfully drove into the crowd. “The bottom line is, when somebody’s acting intentionally, and this is a person that was trying to get away, it’s very difficult to stop,” Acevedo said, adding later: “It’s clear for me from his actions, from what I’ve seen, that this is an individual who showed no regard for the human beings that he plowed through in his attempt to get away.” Acevedo said the crash transformed Red River Street — which is on the northeast edge of an Austin entertainment district that’s packed at all hours of the day and night during South by Southwest — into “basically a very long crime scene.” The crash was loud enough to shake the living room of Kirk Visser’s condo, two stories up. “I knew I had heard metal on a body,” said the 47-year-old, who stepped out on his balcony to see people screaming and running in all directions.

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They just get stuff.” The celebration of the Persian New Year is similar to the celebration of Christmas, Naderi said. “I think the atmosphere is like Christmas,” she said. “People are shopping, getting gifts for each other, and they are happy for a long holiday.” The Persian Student Organization will host an event March 29 from 7-11:30 p.m. in the McKenzieMerket Alumni Center, according to a Tech release. The event will have traditional Persian food, music and dance.


“We celebrate in our older family member’s house,” Tabrizi said. After the beginning of the New Year is announced, older family members will exchange gifts with younger members of the family, Tabrizi said. “When the calendar changes and the New Year starts, we usually exchange gifts,” she said. “The older members have to give gifts to the younger members so the younger members don’t have to buy anything.


POLICE BLOTTER Wednesday 8:27 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated a traffic accident in the C1 parking lot. 12:27 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft at Bledsoe Residence Hall. A Trek bicycle was taken. 12:47 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft at the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre. An unsecured purse was taken. 11:23 p.m. — A Tech officer issued a student a Lubbock County

citation for possession of alcohol by a minor in Coleman Residence Hall. The student signed the citation and was released. 1:21 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for driving while intoxicated at the 2500 block of Marsha Sharp Freeway following a traffic stop. The student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.


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Not only are accidental injuries a result of drinking, but students who have been drinking, according to the institute, also assault nearly 700,000 students, and nearly 100,000 students are sexually assaulted or are victims of date rape related to alcohol. “College students just need to know their limits when it comes to alcohol,” Collins said, “and make sure if you see someone you suspect has alcohol poisoning, just call 911. It’s the little things that will help crack down on this problem.” Collins also urges students to stay hydrated, don’t accept drinks from strangers, never leave a drink unattended and don’t drink and drive. With the number of students drinking and “letting loose,” students are the age group at the highest risk of being sexually assaulted, Katherine Hull, spokesperson for the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, said. “While there is no surefire way to prevent a perpetrator from committing an act of sexual violence,” she said, “there are some simple steps students can take to make sure their spring break is both fun and safe.” Hull put together eight different tips for students to keep in mind in order to



“Over any holiday, gas prices go up,” he said. “Companies know demand is going to get higher. It’s rough, especially for college students, but it’s inevitable.” Saving money on spring break is not impossible, and many people can save hundreds of dollars just by being wise about their spending while on vacation.

decrease their personal risk for sexual assault while on their spring break vacations: trust your instincts, be wary of the “you only live once mentality,” don’t let your guard down, protect your location on social media, get local and know your way around, be a good friend and stick together, use your cell phone as a tool and text a friend if you feel uncomfortable and drink responsibly. Finally, she said if a sexual assault does occur, call 911 or go to an emergency room to get immediate help and support. “It’s important for students to be aware of possible risks,” she said, “know how and where to get help and keep in mind these simple tips to stay safe.” Officials not only warn about the dangers of vacationing in the states, but also while spending time abroad, specifically in Mexico, Elizabeth McDaniel, interim director of the Study Abroad Office and the Office of International Affairs, said. According to a Texas Tech news release, students should be careful when traveling abroad to Mexico. “When students are doing more independent travel, they don’t always think about things like State Department travel warnings,” she said. “The danger is not higher than normal, we just want to make students aware.” If students do continue to travel abroad, they should register with the closest United States Embassy as an added

cautionary measure for their trip. Those students who are not U.S. citizens, she said, are advised to completely avoid trips to Mexico, as there is not a lot the U.S. can do to protect them if things do go wrong while they are vacationing. “The embassy will be student’s first contact if there is any trouble,” she said, “but there isn’t trouble everywhere. Most of the violent activity is confined to certain locations. Generally, resort destinations have not been affected. Flying rather than driving is definitely safer.” While it’s hard not to get out of that last class on Friday and leave for spring break right away, Sgt. Jason Lewis, spokesperson for the Lubbock Police Department, said there are some precautions students should take in Lubbock before leaving. “We always see a spike in burglaries when there is a vacation like spring break,” he said. “Students have a lot of cool electronics and things like that. Bad people know where they live and can steal that kind of stuff while they’re gone.” Lewis said there are many small precautions students can take before they leave that don’t take very much time and will help guarantee their belongings stay safe while they’re gone. Students are advised to lock all windows and doors and make sure if they are leaving a car to take everything out of the car and bring it inside.

“A big thing we like to encourage people is if you have a garage door opener, bring it inside and leave it in the house,” he said. “If you leave it in the car people can break in, push the garage door opener and walk right into the house.” Lewis said it would be a good idea for students to ask a neighbor to watch the house or if they have a friend staying in town, ask them to drive by a couple of days to see if there’s anything or anyone suspicious. In the past, Lewis said he has seen cases where students would post on social media the specifics of when they would be leaving and returning, which he said makes it easier for burglars. “A lot of times people don’t know that somebody might be following you and you don’t even know who they are,” he said. “Then they see when you’ll be gone and they take advantage of that. Don’t make it that easy for them.” While the Lubbock Police Department does not have extra units during spring break, they do have burglary suppression units that constantly patrol. Lewis said these groups work specifically to watch for burglars and recover property all the time. “We want students to have a good spring break,” he said, “but we want everyone to meet us halfway so they stay safe and have fun.”

The Huffington Post offers several tips about saving money while traveling. Cutting out unnecessary spending, like extra drinks or shopping, can save large amounts of money. Keeping money out of sight can also protect against the impulse to buy unnecessary items. Creating a strict budget plan also helps students keep track of their money. Knowing when and where to spend money helps keep away excessive spending, according to the Huffington Post’s website.

Many restaurants and retailers also offer discounts to students. Bringing your college identification card can save money by receiving these valuable discounts, according to the Huffington Post’s website. With high gas prices across the nation, more money needs to be set aside for traveling. Even with the prices, students are still traveling for spring break. Smith said the price of gasoline is just an inevitable part of traveling for spring break, and if students want to go, they will, regardless of overall price. “Gas prices are more or less inelastic,” she said. “No matter the price,

people are still going to need gas to travel. So despite high prices, people will still find the money to travel. They will cut out some other things to spend more money on gas.” Darling said students look forward to spring break all semester, and even if the prices are high, the break is a welcome relief to a hectic schedule. “Students just love spring break,” he said. “I think many students just like to get out of town and relax a little. They want to travel and will make arrangements to accompany high gas prices, or hotel prices or any other costs.




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Some students go above and beyond to give back to the community and often go unnoticed. The Raiders Who Rock program helps find and honor those in the Texas Tech community who go without recognition. Megan Ohlmann, unit coordinator for Transition and Engagement, helps assemble the selection committee for Raiders Who Rock. “We know there are people on this campus doing great things, and they don’t do it for recognition,” Ohlmann said. “Raiders Who Rock was created as a way to allow others to shine a light on the great things going on all over campus.” According to the Tech Transition and Engagement website, the TTU Ethical Principles the program looks for creativity and innovation, community service and leadership, and public accountability.

Nominators can be currently enrolled students, currently employed staff and faculty, LISD personnel and community volunteer entities. “The nominators are members of the Texas Tech or Lubbock community who want to recognize an outstanding act of service by others,” Olhmann said. Once an individual or organization is nominated, they attend a Raiders Who Rock banquet along with their nominator. This year, nominators are asked to select one of the TTU Ethical Principles that each nominee displays in their services, Olhmann said, and the most outstanding nominee in each category will be awarded at the banquet. “We have assembled a selection committee made up of Tech students, faculty and staff to help select the award winners,” Olh-

mann said. “At the banquet this year, we will be honoring both the award winners and all the others who were nominated.” Last year, 21 faculty and staff members, 26 students and five student organizations were nominated. Olhmann said she hopes to see the number of nominees this year increase. “We’re already at 50 nominations, so we hope to see quite a few more come in before the deadline,” Olhmann said. The nomination form can be found online at the Raiders Who Rock website. The deadline to nominate is March 15, Olhmann said. “I think what’s so great about Raiders Who Rock is that it allows those who do wonderful, unrecognized things every day be celebrated by the Texas Tech community,” Olhmann said. ➤➤

Foster the People makes triumphant return to SXSW AUSTIN (AP) — The guys in Foster the People know something about contrasts. The Los Angeles trio made its first trip to South By Southwest four years ago, playing for basically no one. This year the group is one of the marquee acts at the annual conference and music festival and on Friday night will headline the yearly free concert series that can draw more than 10,000 people. “This is kind of where we got discovered, and that was our first trip as a band — leaving the state, getting a van,” singer Mark Foster said of the 2010 trip. “It was like our first tour, driving to Austin. We played shows at 9 in the morning.” “For three people,” bass player Cubbie Fink said.

“We played shows on the outskirts of the city at like a weird garage, like a graveyard for mechanical errors,” Foster said. The gig is another perk the band has earned thanks to the hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” an earworm of a song that was inescapable for much of 2011 into 2012. Foster attended Damon Albarn’s show at Stubb’s on Wednesday night and said he still vividly remembers thinking the 2,000 capacity venue was huge. “It’s really odd,” he said Thursday. “It’s like being a little kid and, like, you remember things being so much bigger than they actually were. But it really only was a couple of years ago. It wasn’t that long ago, but things have changed.” The band draws its headlining

show at Butler Park on the eve of releasing its second album, “Supermodel,” next week. The LP has a dream-pop feel and will come as something of a surprise to fans. There’s no sign the band, which also includes drummer Mark Pontius, is chasing another hit. “Kicks” let the band tour the world and helped underwrite a trip Foster took to North Africa and the Middle East that was influential for the framework of the new album. “It’s been cool to take our music into these places and share something that we love and create an environment that’s communal,” Fink said. “Music is a very communal thing, and it’s been cool to see how different cultures have resonated with our music. It’s been an amazing process.”



ALORA SUAREZ, A junior exercise and sport sciences major from Corpus Christi, throws a pie in the face of Tim Gassaway, a junior wind energy major from Dallas, during the Omega Delta Phi fraternity’s philanthropy event Thursday outside the Student Union Building. The fraternity offered students the chance to throw a whipped cream pie in the face of a Omega Delta Phi member for $1.

Google cameras take rafting trip through Grand Canyon FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The search giant partnered with the advocacy group American Rivers to showcase views of nearly 300 miles of whitewater rapids, towering red canyon walls, and rich geologic history. The 360-degree views that went live Thursday in Google’s Street View map option once were reserved largely for rafters who were lucky enough to board a private trip through the remote canyon, or those willing to pay big bucks to navigate its whitewater rapids. Google project lead Karin Tuxen-Bettman hopes the images educate the public about the U.S. waterway that American Rivers


Spring fashion blooming in Dallas: Pinks, prints DALLAS (AP) — From pops of pink to outfits of black and white, spring trends are beginning to bloom among shoppers at Highland Park Village, an upscale outdoor shopping center in Dallas featuring stores ranging from Anthropologie to Chanel. Jilian Rossow, 22, wearing a white silky top paired with black pants and black flats, said there was a lot to like about what she was seeing, including pastels and bright colors. She also had her eye out for a tribal print maxi dress. “I feel like it’s just a statement,” she said. “You don’t need to worry about what jewelry you are going to wear with it.” Despite a chilly start to March, spring weather here is usually warm. The climate, combined with a culture of driving everywhere, allows Dallas women to make the most of their spring wardrobes, said Brian Bolke, who owns the boutique Forty Five Ten in the Knox-Henderson shopping area, along with smaller boutiques Five and Ten and Number One in Highland Park Village. “We’re very lucky: We can actually wear spring clothes most of the spring,” he said. Stevie Moore, creative director at Elements boutique along Lovers Lane, said the climate encourages shoppers to gravitate toward feminine, fun and flirty. “It’s about showing a little bit of skin, and wearing something really light.” Think pink, pink — and more pink. “Women should look for pink in every shade,” said Ken Downing, fashion director of luxury chain Neiman Marcus, which has its flagship store downtown. He added those varying shades of

pink can be worn all in one outfit. Nerissa von Helpenstill, store director for Tootsies in Dallas, located in The Plaza at Preston Center outdoor shopping area, agreed. “It’s spring. The flowers are out. We want to be pink,” she said. Also on trend are outfits of “white with black,” Downing said. Bolke’s boutiques have also bought lots of black and white combinations, from prints to solids. “It just is sort of what looks fresh and very graphic,” Bolke said. Denim on denim has also making a splash, which Downing said

can be pulled off by wearing a shirt, jeans and jacket all in denim and featuring multiple washes. And von Helpenstill said they are also seeing sheer fabrics “in kind of unexpected ways,” for instance small peek-a-boo pieces of sheer on a top, like a sheer shoulder or panel down the back. She said that neoprene fabrics in bright prints have also been popular. From boxy, cropped tops to separates for evening — a crisp, white shirt paired with pants — there’s a new silhouette for spring.

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“It will be extremely empty in the dorms, and those numbers should only be used for extreme emergencies,” she said. Not everything in the rooms is required to be unplugged, such as microwaves and refrigerators, Williams said. These precautions are taken in order to keep everyone as safe as possible and prevent any unnecessary damages or incidents, she said. “They don’t have to unplug everything because the break is so short,” Williams said, “but everything else is done just for the safety of the students and their rooms.”


listed as the most endangered in 2013 due to drought and overuse. “We hope this inspires viewers to take an active interest in preserving it,” she said. Federal officials and environmentalists have been raising alarms recently about demand outstripping supply on the river serving some 40 million people in seven Western states. The imagery Google captured from Lees Ferry south of Page to Pearce Ferry shows signs of drought in a bathtub ring around Lake Mead, and the impacts of damming the river. “It’s just a valuable snapshot in time of what the river is like right now,” said Amy Kober of American Rivers. Google used two rosettes of cameras mounted on two rafts to

capture the imagery in August and then stitched it together. The crew of nearly 20 people, including guides, spent eight mostly sunny days on the river, but got drenched by rain two of those days. The company said the river views are the first it has published on Street View from the United States. In 2011, Google mounted its Street View trike on a boat and went up the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, TuxenBettman said. The company also has used push carts and snowmobiles to map places where vehicles cannot travel. In late 2012, Google mapped the most popular hiking trails at the Grand Canyon using cameras mounted for the first time on a backpack. Those panoramic views were released in early 2013.

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Religion should not be suppressed, forced on others Andrew Gleinser were perhaps 500 or 1,000 people who died in this tragedy who were not Christians.” First of all, it’s clear he made up those numbers out of thin air. Secondly, we all know why this group is upset. It seems many militant atheists have taken the position that any reference to religion, especially Christianity, is offensive and unconstitutional. In spite of what American Atheists members may believe, the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Just because someone is supposedly offended by an allusion to religion does not give him or her the right to have it censored. But beyond that, the Ground

Zero Cross is more than just a religious symbol. It’s a historical artifact. A representative of the museum was quoted in The Washington Times as saying, “there is a difference between displaying an artifact of historical significance and saying we want you (the public) to bless it — museum-goers understand that distinc tion.” Unfortunately, American Atheists members obviously do not understand that distinc tion. But this issue also speaks to a larger one in today’s society — is outward expression of one’s religious beliefs acceptable, and if so, how far does that go? Obviously on one side, we have people such as American Atheists, who believe any ref-

It really shouldn’t matter to anyone what someone else’s religious beliefs are.

American rights being taken away Iowa State DaIly (Iowa State U.)

If you look closely at America it may seem that we are taking huge steps. Most people would argue that they are positive steps. However, that could not be any further from the truth. Some may say that with the new health care reform being passed, progressive steps towards racial equality and constant advancements being made for the LGBT community, we are moving forward. However, we are also moving backwards. In the spring 2008, the Iowa Smokefree Air Act was passed by the Iowa legislature. It seems weird to think that six years ago anyone could step outside and have a cigarette. It is almost unfathomable that just six short years ago someone at a table next to you could light up a cigarette and smoke it while they waited for their meal. Smoking is entirely legal and the people who choose to smoke know of the risks involved. Coming from someone who does not smoke, it is completely preposterous that the government can step in and regulate a privately owned business as to whether or not someone can smoke a cigarette inside of a privately owned building. But they did. Let’s take the Supreme Court case Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., currently under consideration. David Green, founder of the Hobby

Lobby company, claims that his company should not legally be forced to provide health insurance which covers contraception pills. This petition for writ of certiorari states that, “[T] he Greens believe that human life begins at conception, that is, ‘when sperm fertilizes an egg,’ and they therefore oppose certain contraceptives on the ground that they prevent implantation of a fertilized egg.” The entire issue is whether or not the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 should allow a for-profit organization to deny contraceptives to its employees in its health care benefits if it is against the religious beliefs of the head of the company. The argument in court takes place on Mar. 25, 2014. It is disturbing to think that the Supreme Court has the power to decide whether or not a business has to provide healthcare that provides pills that prevent the implantation of a baby in the mother’s womb after fertilization. But they do. In 2014, Arizona stole the spotlight with their proposed bill SB 1062. The bill was an indirect response to Elane Photography v. Willock, which took place in New Mexico. Elaine Huguenin refused to accommodate a same-sex wedding because of religious beliefs and was sued for violating the state’s Human Rights Act. Elane Photography lost the case and New Mexico deemed that

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a business must comply with the New Mexico Human Rights Act, regardless of their religious beliefs. Elane Photography is not the only business currently under fire. Businesses such as a florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding and a baker in Colorado who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple are also facing heat on the issue. The Arizona bill stated that employers and employees would have “the ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.” Arizona Governor Jan Brewer believed that the final version of the bill would cause more problems than it would solve so she vetoed the legislation. Louise Melling, deputy legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, considers this a victory, saying, “Today’s opinion recognizes the sincerity of those beliefs, but makes clear that no one’s religious beliefs make it okay to break the law by discriminating against others.” However, stopping discrimination of sexual orientation is only creating discrimination of religious beliefs. It is simply another right being stripped from the American people. It is deranged for the government step in and try to regulate a private business. But they do. These are just a few examples of the rights being taken away from us and the constant battles we all must face if we wish to be able to exercise our own opinions years from now. Until then, stand for something. Whether or not it is the popular opinion, stand for something, because I can assure you that when we stop fighting the good fight, we might as well just let the government set up camp in our homes and watch our every move. S’mores anyone?



erence to religion, specifically Christianity, should not be allowed, and who laugh at and look down upon religious people. On the other end of the spectrum, there are the religious zealots who attempt to impose their beliefs on everyone else, the ones who say their specific beliefs are the only way to be saved and that everyone who doesn’t believe exactly the way they do is damned for eternity. Neither of these extremes is a positive influence on s o c i e t y. T h e Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion ensures no one will be persecuted by the government for their religious beliefs. Some members of society unfortunately don’t act the same way. To me, a person’s faith, or lack

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very once in a while, I come across a news story that just boggles my mind. I’m afraid it has happened again. According to an article in The Washington Times, an atheist group is suing to prevent the Ground Zero Cross from being displayed in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which is due to open in May. The Ground Zero Cross is composed of two steel beams from one of the towers that were found in the shape of a cross by rescuers, with the symbol providing them solace and comfort during the ordeal of searching for survivors and bodies following the attack. The group, American Atheists, is upset about “the alienation being suffered by atheists,” according to Edwin Kagin, the group’s legal director. He goes on to say, as quoted in The Washington Times, “This cross screams Christianity, but there

thereof, is very personal. Choosing whether or not to have faith, and where to place that faith, is a private choice that only an individual can make for himself. If he chooses to have a connection with a higher power, that connection is his and his alone. It really shouldn’t matter to anyone what someone else’s religious beliefs are. We all have enough to worry about in our daily lives; whether or not another person goes to church shouldn’t be one of those. We shouldn’t stifle anyone’s beliefs, nor should we impose ours on the rest of society. We shouldn’t attempt to force people to convert to our way of thinking, no matter how right we think we may be. We should simply take a step back and respect the beliefs of others. Not everyone needs to believe what we believe. In that same vein, simple references to religion should not be banned from society. The placement of a historic cross in

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a national museum is not and should not be seen as an endorsement of religion. Quite frankly, the American Atheists need to get a life. According to a Daily Caller article, the group claimed in its initial 2011 lawsuit (which was thrown out) that the placement of the cross in the museum has caused them “dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish.” This is simply ludicrous. These people would do better seeking a psychological evaluation than a court ruling. Hopefully, the appeals court hearing the case recognizes the absurdity of American Atheists’ argument as well. A little more respect — and common sense — would go a long way in protecting religious freedom in today’s society. Gleinser is The DT’s opinions editor and a first-year law student from Kingwood. ➤➤

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‘Improved’ food labels will not promote health By ISABELLE CAVAZOS

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The movement toward healthier eating habits and greater awareness of nutritional information in the U.S. is already seen with small labels indicating calorie content on the front of Snickers bars and soda bottles. Consumers may soon notice adjustments in the familiar food label, too. First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg recently proposed a plan to redesign Nutrition Facts labels to show the calorie count of products in enlarged type, list added sugars and present more practical serving sizes. The purpose of these changes is to provide parents with a clear, accurate de-

scription of what they choose to purchase for their families. While placing more attention on the caloric and sugar content of foods gives consumers an honest depiction of how “good” or “bad” a certain item is, doing so only follows trends in dieting and fails to emphasize other nutrition information that is equally important to one’s health. When Nutrition Facts labels were first implemented, research at the time determined fat content was a cause for weight gain and obesity. However, more recent research from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute explains that an overage of “energy IN,” or overall caloric intake, is the true cause. In an age with apps like MyFitnessPal, which allows users to calculate their daily intake down to the Sweet N’ Low packet, one doesn’t need to hire a nutritionist to 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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know attention to calories is now the focus of weight loss. However, while monitoring calories is a strategy many people use to lose or maintain weight, other factors on the food label such as protein, fiber, sodium and vitamins offer a more balanced understanding of food necessary for healthy living than caloric content in an increased font size. For instance, a serving of Planters Creamy peanut butter is 180 calories — much more than the zero calories in a tablespoon or two of Walden Farms Whipped Peanut Spread. While the imitation peanut butter seems like a guilt-free alternative, Planters peanut butter contains 7 grams of protein and 150 milligrams of sodium, whereas Walden Farms Spread has no protein and 210 milligrams of sodium. 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@ 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.


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Track ready for championships By DAWIT HAILE Staff Writer

Despite coach Wes Kittley vocalizing his displeasure with the brevity of the indoor season before, the Texas Tech track and field team is qualified for six events at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships. The six events are the men’s high jump, men’s shot put, women’s 200-meter dash, women’s 60-meter hurdles, women’s long jump and the women’s 4x400 relay. Kittley said he is looking forward to the performances his athletes will display in all the events against the talented pool of competitors. “This is the cream of the crop, the kids who have earned their way to the national championships” Kittley said. “(It’s) very difficult to make indoors. They only take 16 people per event, whereas outdoors is 24.” The elite level of competition, however, does not worry him, he said. Kittley is confident in the group traveling with him to the indoor championships. These Red Raiders and Lady Raiders are probably among the best he has ever taken to this meet, Kittley said. All the athletes have good chances to become AllAmericans and perform well in each of their events. Among those athletes with a



“I actually like pitching away,” he said. “It’s nice because everyone is going against you, and you kind of want to shut them up, but we’ll go in there and see what happens and just keep doing our thing.” Tech redshirt junior Chris Sadberry will be starting the Saturday game for the Red Raiders, Tech coach Tim Tadlock said, and the Sunday starter is yet to be decided. Last weekend while Tech was busy sweeping New Mexico

high probability to become an AllAmerican is junior thrower Kole Weldon. Last year, Weldon was a First Team All-American for shot put at the conclusion of the indoor and outdoor season, according to Tech Athletics. Weldon said he is not too worried if he faces adversity on his first couple of throws at the indoor championships because he has dealt with it before, he said. “Just like last year in Arkansas (at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships), I went three times. Third time hit my big throw and got second,” Weldon said. “Third time is the charm, I guess. Hopefully, this year it is the same way.” The indoor championships are in Albuquerque, N.M., and he has already thrown there for the New Mexico Classic and the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite, unlike much of his competition. Sophomore jumper Bradley Adkins and junior jumper JaCorian Duffield do not have to deal with the disadvantage Weldon’s competition has. They both participated in the two meets which brought Weldon to Albuquerque as well. However, the jumps the duo completed in the “Land of Enchantment” were not the recording-breaking jumps they made to replace Tech’s 30-year-old school

record and qualify for the indoor championships. Those jumps measuring 7 feet 3.75 inches were completed at the 2014 Big 12 Conference Championships. However, Duffield earned the honor of setting the new school record first when he completed the jump during the first meet of indoor season, the Texas Tech Open. No matter who broke the school record first, Adkins and Duffield are both able to compete at the indoor championships for the high jump. No other school can boast that distinction, according to Tech athletics. The Red Raiders are not the only athletes breaking records. The Lady Raiders have a record-breaker of their own in sophomore hurdler/ jumper Le’Tristan Pledger. She set a new school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.07 seconds. The time needed adjusting to take altitude into account. The record allowed her to qualify for the indoor championships because the time placed her sixth nationally for the event. Pledger said she did not know if she would qualify for her other event, the long jump, as well because the event was not going too well for her. She is glad though she was able to come through and qualify with a jump of 20 feet 9 inches ranking her No. 9 nationally.

After qualifying for both of her events, Pledger expects plenty out of herself, she said. “Hopefully in Albuquerque I’ll have a lot of (personal records),” Pledger said. “And just try to do my best.” Her chief goal is to run sub-7 seconds for the 60-meter hurdles, Pledger said. Besides that personal goal, Pledger wants to be named an All-American. Everyone who has qualified for the indoor championships have been working hard in training, so they can at least receive All-American honors, she said. The other Lady Raiders joining Pledger and the Red Raiders on the pursuit to All-American honors and possibly much more are sophomore pentathlete Shanice Stewart for the long jump, junior sprinter Cierra White for the 200-meter dash, and the 4x400 relay team. White is also a part of the relay team which includes junior sprinter Christen Rivers, junior sprinter Montenae Roye-Speight and senior sprinter Amoy Blake. All the training these Red Raiders and Lady Raiders have gone through will be put on display Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque to determine if they are worthy of being All-Americans.

State, Baylor took two out of three in a series against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton. Tadlock said the Bears’ win against Fullerton was great, but it does not mean his team is going to prepare for the series any differently. “I think any Big 12 weekend you know you’ve got to go in and play good baseball,” he said. “We know going in we’ve got to play good. It’s not a game of being perfect, but we need to go in and do what we need to do to win.” Tech is 1-0 in road games this year, getting its only win against Stephen F. Austin. The team is

currently on its second-longest winning streak of the season, with seven straight wins going back to the final game of the Houston College Classic. The team is more relaxed this year, Tech sophomore outfielder Alec Humphreys said, and he thinks it is due to the year of experience most of the players have now. “We’re hitting the ball and we have a lot more confidence this year,” he said. “Maybe having a little bit more fun, everybody is more relaxed. But I really like this team.” The Red Raiders enter their

opening conference series leading the NCAA with 12 triples as a team, according to the release, and they also lead the Big 12 in batting and on-base percentage. Tech senior infielder Jake Barrios said even though the Red Raiders have played and beat some good teams so far this year, Big 12 play is always a little different. “We need a good weekend to start off the Big 12 right,” he said. “You know, winning a couple of games there or winning all three would be huge to start this Big 12 season.”


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Kansas beats Oklahoma State in OT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins gathered the ball along the baseline with about a minute left in regulation, turned around and put up the kind of fadeaway jumper that will soon make him millions. When it splashed through the

net, his teammates on the Kansas bench leaped to their feet. Energized by the clutch play of their talented freshman, the No. 10 Jayhawks held on to force overtime, then pulled away for a 77-70 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday that earned

them a spot in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. “My shot was falling the whole game,” said Wiggins, who finished with 30 points. “They cut off the base line, and stepback is one of my main moves, and it just fell through.”

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Softball takes winning streak to California By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer

The Texas Tech softball team will compete in the Titan Classic and San Diego State Classic II with doubleheaders on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and one game on Monday. For a team with few seniors, Tech coach Shanon Hays said the team has already made dramatic improvements this season. “I feel like we have gotten better every week,” he said. “It’s been fun to see the progress these young girls have made and how the other girls have led them along. We went through a few tough weeks early (in the season) and dropped a few games that we shouldn’t have. Now it seems like we are taking care of business a little bit better.” The Red Raiders start the Titan Classic in Fullerton, Calif. on Friday evening with games against DePaul and Canisius. Saturday will conclude the tournament with a doubleheader

against UNLC and Cal State Fullerton. Junior catcher Kristi Belshe said the team’s confidence is as high as it has been all season. “I think winning lately has really built confidence,” she said. “We are just getting the ball rolling.” Next the Red Raiders will travel to San Diego for a doubleheader Sunday against Long Beach State and State Diego State. Hays said Tech is excited to play higher-caliber teams on the road trip. “In this tournament we go play Cal State Fullerton, who always has a great program and beat Oklahoma earlier this year. They’re a great RPI team,” Hays said. “Then we go down to San Diego State and play some great names and some programs that are always good. Hopefully that will prep us for when we go in Big 12 (games).” Sophomore shortstop Samantha Camello, who is from California, said she is excited to go home and see her family as well as keep improving.


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“We have definitely gotten better. We are progressing each weekend and we are really coming together as a team,” she said. “I think it is just us coming together and starting to figure things out. Our offense is definitely picking up.” After a strong offensive performance last weekend, the Red Raiders are in second place in the Big 12 Conference and have an 18-6 record. Senior southpaw Brittany Talley and sophomore pitcher Gretchen Aucoin have the two lowest ERAs in the conference and are responsible for nine wins. Hays said while the team’s style of play may not be traditional they continue to win games. “(Team’s) style usually differs from team to team and coach to coach,” he said. “That’s one of the things we really like about this team. I think we have developed a style that we are a great base running team and we are very aggressive on the bases. We can make some things happen without having to hit the long-ball all the time. We are playing the short game well, and that gives you another way to win.”

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Former Fiesta Bowl chief sentenced in scheme

PHOENIX (AP) — A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to eight months in federal prison on Thursday after acknowledging that he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme. John Junker was sentenced after pleading guilty two years ago to a conspiracy charge in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl. Bowl employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for such contributions. Junker, 56, is the only person to face time behind bars as a result of the scandal that jeopardized the bowl’s NCAA license and its status as one of four bowls in the national college football championship rotation. The Arizona bowl retained its Bowl Championship Series status at the time. The NCAA placed it on

probation for a year, and the BCS fined it $1 million. The scandal also exposed the lavish spending and perks that the Fiesta Bowl heaped on lawmakers and employees — though no charges were filed involving those perks. Junker received cars, four high-end country club memberships, a $33,000 birthday party in Pebble Beach, Calif., $1,200 for a trip to a strip club, among other benefits from the Fiesta Bowl. Nearly 30 lawmakers received free football tickets, and some got all-expense-paid trips from the bowl, but prosecutors declined to bring any charges against them. Before sentencing, Junker sat silently on the edge of his seat with his hands clasped before pleading for leniency, saying he was sorry for committing the crime; was a changed man; and has had to live with sadness from his mistakes.

“Every day of the last four years, I have lived with that sorrow,” Junker told the judge, his voice cracking with emotion as he explained the negative impact the case has had on his family. The charge against him carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison, but after U.S. District Judge David Campbell took in a number of factors involving Junker and his actions, he faced a possible sentence of eight to 14 months in prison. Campbell said Junker had no prior criminal convictions, led an otherwise productive life and was devoted to his religious faith. Still, he committed a crime that involved deception and asked employees to make illegal contributions, the judge noted. “This was a serious offense,” Campbell said. Junker was ordered to start serving his sentence on June 13. Prosecutors in the conspiracy case

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had sought a one-year prison sentence against Junker, and he asked for probation from Campbell. Four other bowl employees were convicted of a state misdemeanor of making a prohibited campaign contribution, and the bowl’s former chief operating officer pleaded guilty to a federal felony conspiracy charge. All five were sentenced to probation. Junker, whose 20-year tenure as the bowl’s chief executive ended with his firing in March 2011, also faces a March 20 sentencing in state court, where he pleaded guilty in 2012 to a felony charge of solicitation to commit a fraudulent scheme. In his plea agreement in federal and state courts, Junker said he knew it was illegal to use other people’s names to mask the political contributions and that he made the decision to have the bowl reimburse contributors. Prosecutors previously said Junker should be granted some leniency for cooperating with the investigation but should serve time behind bars because he abused his position of power by soliciting his employees to commit crimes.


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