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Tech police continue meth lab investigation
Basketball concludes season of steady improvement By MICHAEL SUNIGA STAFF WRITER
While students were packing up for spring break Friday, Texas Tech police officers were investigating a non-functional methamphetamine lab in Talkington Residence Hall. Tech police officers arrived at Talkington Residence Hall at 10:13 a.m. to investigate suspicious activity and found the equipment and chemicals used to manufacture meth in a student’s room. The alleged meth lab was not operational and the student responsible had not been in the room for several days, nor was the situation a threat to students, said Chris Cook, managing director of the Office of Communications and Marketing. Jeff Obumseli, a junior nutrition major from Dallas, said he was on the third floor of Talkington Residence Hall where police were investigating the situation. No updates were available at press time regarding the ongoing investigation. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas lawmakers seek to curtail governor’s power AUSTIN (AP) — Some Republican and Democratic legislators have joined forces on measures aimed at curtailing Gov. Rick Perry’s power, benefits and number of terms. The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that at least six bills, proposed constitutional amendments and budget decisions would reduce the governor’s power or perks. Perry took office in December 2000 when fellow Republican George W. Bush resigned in order to become president. Perry was elected to four-year terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010. One bill seeks to impose a two-term limit. Another wants the governor to pay his security costs when traveling for personal or political trips. Perry, during his failed 2012 presidential bid, spent 160 days out of state — costing taxpayers $3.7 million. An aide says Perry will review any bill that reaches his desk.
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Tech AD Kirby Hocutt fires basketball staff, retains interm coach Chris Walker Saturday morning, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt fired all of Tech’s basketball staff, other than interim head coach Chris Walker. The Texas Tech men’s basketball team won three games in the 2012-2013 season, finishing second to last in the Big 12 Conference. Although Walker retained his position as interim head coach, there is no guarantee he will have the same position. Rather, Walker will simply remain in the running for the job. Although fellow coaches in the conference — TCU’s Trent Johnson and Texas’ Rick Barnes — have noted that Walker has done a good job in his short stint at Tech, it was not
enough to convince Hocutt for the time being. The coaches relieved of their duties include assistant coaches Jeremy Cox and Bubba Jennings, assistant athletic director Craig Wells, assistant director of operations Jim Shaw, director of video production Josh Mills, and assistant director of video production Derrick Jasper. By Tech clearing space on the coaching staff, the next head coach will choose his own assistants. The removed staff members will be placed on paid administrative leave until May 31. More details will be provided as the story develops. ➤➤email@example.com
After finishing the 2011-2012 season ranked last place in conference standings and following a seven game losing streak, things could not have worsened for the Texas Tech basketball program, until Billy Gillispie resigned from his post, citing health problems. Because of the gaping hole that Gillispie’s resignation left, Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt was left to few options in the appointing of a new coach, therefore, looked to associate head coach (at the time) Chris Walker. After gaining the title of interim head coach, Walker immediately equaled the amount of conference wins from the previous season in his first game at the helm, winning away against TCU. Following his appointment, Walker tripled the amount of wins accumulated the previous season — one win to three — and won a game in the Big 12 Tournament, a feat not accomplished since 2010. Although it is unknown as to why a formal decision is yet to be made on the coaching future for Tech, Walker’s work has not gone unnoticed. Texas coach Rick Barnes was full of praise for the Tech coach after the Red Raiders fell short to Barnes’ Longhorns in overtime, 71-69, March 9. “I think he has done a really good job,” he said. “He has proven from a coaching standpoint that he can coach anywhere. It is not easy.” Following an early win in the beginning of conference play, the Red Raiders began a poor run of form, accumulating four-game and nine-game losing streaks. Although no game is the same, the majority of Tech’s losses had the same contributing factors, like getting outrebounded, turnovers, poor shooting from the free throw line and failing to play strong in both halves of basketball. During conference play, the Red Raiders found themselves down by single digits in the first half in eight of their 15 losses, accounting for an average margin of defeat of more than 14 points per game. “The finishing aspect is what we have yet to achieve of a young team, as an inexperienced team, about finishing and playing for 40 minutes,” Walker said. In his time at Tech, Walker often
challenged his players to be “the best team we can be at the end of the season,” which he and his players cited in multiple press conferences. Despite going through a four-month long season unsure of his future and whether or not the interim tag would be removed, Walker never gave up on his team, which was apparent from the sidelines. In his last regular season game with the team, Walker could be seen arguing with officials and having one-on-one talks with players walking off the court as they were getting subbed off. “I like Coach Walker,” Tech junior forward Jaye Crockett said. “He knows how we feel every day. We are all comfortable with each other.” In the upcoming season, the Red Raiders also will need to focus on their inability to keep possession of the ball and stop turning the ball over. During conference play, Tech had more turnovers than its opposition in 11 of its 18 games, accounting for 15 losses in the season. “Those turnovers kill you,” Crockett said. “It is like we are giving the ball to them. They do not even have to work sometimes.” If Tech plans to turn the tide, the Red Raiders will have to grow up fast and turn around six seasons of losing records in conference play, including 2012-2013. The last time Tech’s basketball program posted a winning record in the Big 12 was the 2006-2007 season where the Red Raiders went 9-7 in conference play. Although the Red Raiders have faced three different ranked opponents in conference play, Walker said he did not want to attribute his team’s losses to poor play, rather, their inexperience, as he explains their losses will not continue forever. “You are going to take your lumps,” Walker said. “You know you are not going to take your lumps forever, but while you are going through this process you have to stand up and take it like a man and understand that it will not always be that way, but today it is.” Although three of Tech’s losses this season were single digit margin of defeats, Walker was reluctant to call them moral victories; rather, he can praise their effort. BASKETBALL continued on Page 8 ➤➤
El Paso School of Medicine receives full accreditation Lange: Reality television creates unrealistic expectations, still entertaining
By EMILY GARDNER STAFF WRITER
The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso announced it was approved for full and unrestricted accreditation March 8. The accreditation, Dr. Jose Manuel de La Rosa, vice president for health affairs, said, makes the school one of the seven schools in the HSC system, but separate from the Lubbock campus. According to a Tech news release, the accreditation has been approved
for eight years. The process to become fully accredited took five years, and was long and difficult, de La Rosa said. “We first got visited in 2008 and got approved,” he said. “We recruited our first class in 2009, and at that point we got preliminary accreditation, and that allowed us to recruit our class, and then in 2011 we got another site visit, and that gave us provisional accreditation and then now, in 2013, we got full and unrestricted accreditation.” Accreditation is awarded by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education,
de La Rosa said. The committee is comprised of members of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association. A preliminary accreditation, he said, gives the program the ability to recruit medical students, provisional shows the school has made progress and full and unrestricted accreditation gives the school and its officials permission to graduate students. “Full accreditation, and in particular, unrestricted accreditation,” de La Rosa said, “full and unrestricted accreditation, gives you permission to
graduate students in your own right without any hesitation or any restrictions at all.” He said students cannot apply for specialty education, including internships and residencies, if the institution is not accredited, and the accreditation allows the institution to create a different approach toward medical education. The school offers a different curriculum than the Lubbock school, de La Rosa said, and allows the education to be conducted in a different way. EL PASO continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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The Chief Executives’ Roundtable will host a luncheon with Kathy Freeland as the speaker Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Lubbock Country Club. Freeland is the fifth speaker for the series this year, said Jim Wetherbe, the Robert G. Stevenson chaired professor in information technology. Members of the Chief Executives’
Roundtable are invited to attend the luncheon, he said, but undergraduate and graduate students in Rawls College of Business Administration can attend the luncheon on a limited basis. “First of all, she’s an entrepreneur and she’s written a book on navigating your way to business success,” Wetherbe said, “and it’s an entrepreneur’s journey, which she’s going to be speaking basically about her book, and then she’ll be signing copies of her book for those that
will be attending.” He said he thinks Freeland was recommended to speak because Lance Nail, dean of Rawls College, knew and suggested her. The graduate students also will have a breakfast event with her at 7:30 a.m., and Freeland will speak to an undergraduate level class, Wetherbe said. Freeland, he said, will be speaking about her entrepreneur story, he said, which he believes will be fascinating.
“I think this’ll be a particularly exciting program because Ms. Freeland started out working in federal government positions and she got passed over for some promotion and turned out to be a blessing in disguise,” he said. “She decided to go out and start her own business.” According to Freeland’s website, Freeland is founder and former chief executive officer of RGII Technologies, Inc.
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MARCH 18, 2013
Police investigate burglaries, thefts during spring break Today
TAB Presents: Adrenaline City Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Adrenaline City So, what is it? Come experience a two-story black light laser tag facility or trampoline park. The event is free with student ID. Kids and Teens Chess Club Time: 4:30 p.m. Where: Mahon Library So, what is it? Come join the kids and teen chess club. Modern Western Square Dance Classes Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Lubbock Dance Center So, what is it? Come dance your way to a healthier you with fun, fitness and friendship.
Toddler Tuesday Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where: Museum of Texas Tech So, what is it? Come bring your toddler for stories and activities. TAB Presents: Wax Hand Sculptures Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Student Union Building So, what is it? Come get your own wax hand sculpture. To make a calendar submission email dailytoreador@ ttu.edu. Events will be published either the day or the day before they take place. Submissions must be sent in by 4 p.m. on the preceding publication date.
March 6 12:38 p.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated a traffic accident, without injuries, in which an unattended vehicle was stricken, which occurred in the R37 parking lot. 2:18 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a vehicle accident, without injuries, in which an unattended vehicle was stricken, which occurred in the Z6A parking lot. 6 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated burglary of a vehicle, which occurred in the Z4R parking lot. The driver’s side front window was shattered and the front grill was taken from the vehicle. March 7 1:51 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested two students for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after investigating observed suspicious activity on the south side of Weymouth Residence Hall. Both students were transported to the Lubbock County Jail. 2:34 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for disorderly conduct and resisting
arrest following a breach of the peace at a restaurant located in the 2300 block of 19th St. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. March 8 9:04 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a burglary of a vehicle, which occurred in the Z4P parking lot. An iPod auxiliary cable and a Garmin GPS were taken from an unsecured vehicle. 10:13 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated suspicious activity, which occurred at Talkington Residence Hall. Components and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine were found in a resident’s room. 10:39 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft, which occurred in the Biology building. A computer charger and several computer cords were taken. 4:19 p.m. — A Tech officer documented a code of student conduct violation, which occurred in Weymouth Residence Hall. A compound bow and arrows were located in a residence hall room. 8:25 p.m. — A Tech officer
investigated burglary of a vehicle, which occurred in the Z4N parking lot. An unsecured vehicle was entered and shoes and a Nintendo DS were taken. March 10 6:42 p.m. — A Tech officer documented damaged property, which occurred at the John B. Walker Soccer Field Complex. A light pole fell on the west side of the complex, causing damage to the pole and the west side awning of the indoor soccer facility. Monday 1:11 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for two outstanding Lubbock County Sheriff ’s Department warrants, which occurred in the 2200 block of 19th St. following a traffic stop. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. The vehicle was left legally parked in the Taco Villa parking lot in the 2200 block of 19th St. 10:11 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft, which occurred at the Tech Main Library. At an unsecured desk, $17.75 was taken.
2:16 p.m. — A Tech officer documented a medical emergency, which occurred in the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. A student fainted on a treadmill and struck her head on the floor. Emergency Medical Services transported the student to University Medical Center Emergency Room. Tuesday 12:02 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for three outstanding Lubbock County Sheriff ’s Department warrants, following a traffic stop in the 3500 block of 10th St. The nonstudent was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Lubbock Wrecker Service impounded the vehicle. Wednesday 11:42 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident, with minor injuries, which occurred in the 3200 block of Main St. Emergency Medical Services transported an injured staff member to University Medical Center Emergency Room. Information provided by BJ Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Walking up to crowds, shaking hands with surprised bystanders in the street, mixing his formal speeches with off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis stamped his own style on the papacy Sunday. His humor and down-to-earth manner captivated those filling St. Peter’s Square in Rome to overflowing, and he worked the crowd in a way that had to give his security staff palpitations. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, in the square himself, estimated the crowd’s size at 300,000. “Brothers and sisters, ‘Buon giorno,’” Francis said in Italian in his first welcome from the window of the papal residence, setting an informal tone that has become the defining spirit of his young papacy. Earlier Sunday, he made an impromptu appearance before the public from a side gate of the Vatican that startled passers-by and prompted cheers as he shook hands and kissed babies. Francis had just finished celebrating Mass and delivering a six-minute homily — brief by church standards — in the Vatican’s tiny parish church, St. Anna, when he
walked outside to greet parishioners one by one, just as an ordinary pastor does after weekly services. Francis started speaking at the window even before the stroke of noon — the appointed time for the weekly papal address. The windows of the papal study in the Apostolic Palace were opened for the first time since Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, gave his last Sunday blessing on Feb. 24. Four days later, Benedict went into retirement, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. Francis, the first pope from Latin America, was elected Wednesday and has been staying in a hotel on the Vatican’s premises until the papal apartment is ready. “The pope is down-to-earth. He is a people person and it is amazing,” said Emanuel Anatsui from Britain. “He is going to do wonderfully for the church.” After Mass, Francis again put his security detail to the test as he waded into an intersection just outside St. Anna’s Gate. Francis stepped up to the crowd, grasping outstretched hands. The atmosphere was so casual
that several people even gripped Francis on the shoulder. “Francesco! Francesco!” children shouted his name in Italian. As he patted one little boy on the head, he asked “Are you a good boy?” and the child nodded. “Are you sure?” the pope quipped. At one point he glanced at his watch and turned to an aide — as if to ask “How much time do I have?” The pope then ducked back inside the Vatican’s boundaries to dash upstairs for the address to St. Peter’s Square. Often abandoning the prepared text in his hand, Francis told the crowd that he wanted to talk about mercy, saying he was inspired by a book about forgiveness that he was reading. Citing the author, an elderly German cardinal, and praising him as a “top-notch” theologian, Francis quipped: “Don’t think I’m making publicity for my cardinals’ books!” drawing a roar of laughter from the crowd. Francis said mercy can “change the world” and make it “less cold and more just.” He spoke only in Italian — end-
ing with “Buon pranzo” (Have a good lunch) — a wish that triggered nods of approval from the crowd in Rome, where a leisurely Sunday family lunch is a cherished tradition. But Francis did tweet in English and other languages, saying: “Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me.’” Past pontiffs have used the Sunday window greetings to offer brief reflections and wishes in several languages. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Francis would likely stick with Italian, a language he’s comfortable with for spontaneous remarks. Lombardi left open the possibility the 76-year-old pope would use other languages in future public appearances. During his window speech, Francis also talked about of his family’s roots in Italy’s northwestern Piedmont region. He told the crowd that by naming himself as pope after St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian patron saint, he was “strengthening my spiritual tie with this land, where, as you know, my family has its origins.”
ment with the El Paso community. Of course our mission is to serve the border and the border community so now we can recruit students from the border and graduate them to serve the border.” The release reported the six commendations include the school’s efforts and progress toward having an increased academic and
educational presence and improving health on the border, integrating its mission into the curriculum and taking steps to minimize the educational debt of students. de La Rosa said he and other HSC faculty members are elated and have been looking forward to the accreditation since 1999 when it was announced the El Paso cam-
pus would have a separate medical school. “Then, when Chancellor Hance allowed us to start it up,” he said, “we were excited, but it’s been a long, long time in coming, and we’re very, very, very excited.” The school will graduate its first class in May, de La Rosa said.
sold the company to Computer Horizons Corporation in 2003. Freeland also is the founder and CEO of Freeland and Associates, LLC. and is active in local, regional and national organizations, according to the website. The Chief Executives’ Roundtable is sponsored by local businesses
who contribute to cover expenses, and has been hosted for more than 10 years, Wetherbe said. The purpose of the program, he said, is to offer students and local business leaders to interact with top leaders in the business world, he said. “So, we have six of these events
a year and we just try to bring in a variety of people: entrepreneurs, executives,” Wetherbe said. “We like to bring in alumni at least once a year, and just get a chance to provide some meaningful interaction of the students and the local business community.”
Texas grapples with Pope wades into crowds, surprising onlookers rapid advent of drones AUSTIN (AP) — Texas cities and legislators have struggled with the benefits and potential harm of drones in terms of privacy and public safety. The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/Zz80Gx ) reported Sunday that several police departments in the state currently test drones and two of them currently operate the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration only allows use of drones in urban areas when life in is imminent danger. FAA records show that, aside from the Border Patrol drones that fly mostly over unpopulated areas of the Rio Grande, the largest users of drones in Texas are universities that use them for emergency response training, natural resource studies, aeronautical engineering and to monitor river and wetland habitats. Reactions from the public to police drone testing programs have been varied. Sgt. Christopher Cook with the Arlington police department said there was not much pushback because they’ve “made it very clear the privacy of our citizens is of paramount importance.” Meanwhile, Austin chief of police Art Acevedo killed a drone testing program after learning about the
insurance costs of a leased $120,000 aircraft. That, and concerns of how it would be perceived. “I knew it would invoke a lot of suspicion and paranoia,” Acevedo said. Most of the drones being tested or used by police in the state are different from the large Unmanned Aerial Vehicles used by the military or federal agencies that operate them from hundreds or thousands of miles away. The police drones are much smaller and in most cases are flown within sight of their operator. With vast swaths of uninhabited ranchland and university aerospace programs that do research in drone technology, the state wants to make the case that it is a good candidate to become one of six chosen by the FAA as test ranges to understand how commercial drones can fly safely and be allowed in the national airspace. If successful, the effort backed by Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M at Corpus Christi could mean up to $800 million in economic activity and up to 15,000 jobs in research and manufacturing. Currently, the FAA has issued less than 400 permits for drones, but the number is expected to rise to 30,000 over the next two decades.
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Texas Legislature to vote on free-standing El Paso HSC The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s El Paso campus is attempting to become a free-standing university with Senate Bill 120.
Dr. Jose Manuel de La Rosa, vice president of health affairs, said the bill would allow the El Paso campus to separate from the Lubbock HSC
and stand alone. “Senate Bill 120 would create another Health Sciences Center,” he said, “but this one located primar-
ily in El Paso just like the Health Sciences Center currently is in Lubbock.” The bill passed in committee the week before spring break, de La Rosa said, and Chancellor Kent Hance testified to let the Senate know the Tech system supports the split. The companion bill for the Texas House of Representatives, House Bill 257, hosted a hearing Wednesday afternoon where Hance also testified, de La Rosa said. “So, these two bills need to come out of committee and be voted on by the full House and the full Senate,” de La Rosa said, “so we probably won’t hear until close to the end of session whether this becomes a reality, and that’s in May.” The separation became a priority for the system last year, he said, and Hance and the Board of Regents approved the item at the May 2012 Regents meeting. The approval of the bill, de La Rosa said, would allow El Paso campus to become the fourth university in the Tech system. ➤➤email@example.com
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Tech songwriter plans tour for summer STAFF WRITER
Few people will ever say songwriting is easy. Austin Davidson, a local singer and songwriter, agrees — but he loves the challenge. Davidson, a sophomore psychology major from Dallas, has been playing music since he was 12 years old and writing music since he was 13. Now, he performs several shows a month. “You know, work hard at it. That’s what I really love,” he said. “It’s a challenge, and it’s fun and I get to meet a lot of people.” For his music, Davidson said he draws inspiration from his faith, but likes to write about situations in his life. Davidson said all of his songs may not be exclusively about his Christian beliefs, but his Christianity influences all of them. “A majority of it could be called ‘Christian,’” he said. “ … At the same time, I’m human, and I experience human things and I experience heartache, and I experience girls cheating on me or, like, not wanting to date me. You know, it happens. It’s fun to write about that. It’s all about life. The coolest thing about that is it still goes back to God being a big part of my life.” Emily Stines, a senior education major from Garland, said she is a fan of Davidson’s music. She said she discovered his music last year during
the Christmas season. ing February and March, Davidson “I like that he sings about Chris- hired Adam Stone, a video producer tian stuff and reaches that audience, for Adam Paul Stone Productions, and it’s a popular type of music,” to create a music video each month. Stines said. “It’s good because we Davidson and Stone have an agreedon’t get a lot of that in Christian ment to continue making these videos music.” in the future. Davidson said he sets himself apart “We’re doing a song a month,” from other songwriters by telling sto- Davidson said. “I write probably two ries with his to three songs a music. month, and I’ll “What’s a take one of them little bit difand shoot a video ferent about of it, and post the me is I tell a lyrics and the lot of stories video and a story when I write, about the song and I enjoy just on austindatalking about vidson.org.” a wide variety Stone has of things and worked with a using a wide variety of lovariety of incal and regional ADAM STONE fluences from musicians creatVIDEO PRODUCER different kinds ing videos. The ADAM STONE PAUL of music to difvideos Stone has PRODUCTIONS ferent stories,” created for DaDavidson said. vidson have all Davidson has more than 100 songs been done in one shot and one take, in his collection and said he continues Stone said. to write about two to three songs per “(Davidson’s) skill and his talent month. is just unbelievable,” Stone said. “He “A lot of those never get played,” has so much inside of him, so many Davidson said about his 100-plus song gifts. He literally can walk into a shoot collection. “I’m the only one who and sit down and knock out these live hears them. But that’s the cool thing videos … It’s just awesome to have about playing more shows is you get to someone so talented right in front throw in, ‘Here’s a song I wrote when of you being so talented and so real.” I was 15 years old.’” Stone said Davidson is awesome, To promote himself online dur- both in personality and talent.
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“He’s in another realm, I believe,” Stone said. “His vision for where he’s going is just way above other things that I’ve been a part of. It’s really incredible to see him work.” Davidson said he has played in Dallas, Lubbock, Oklahoma and other places in the region. He’s working on setting up a short, two-week tour around Texas for the summer. Davidson said while the tour is still being planned, he hopes to play in Austin, Dallas, Waco and other areas in that region. “(We’ll make) probably around 15 stops within two weeks,” Davidson said. “That would be, like, two shows in one of the days, which would be fun. Fifteen at most, nine at the least.” Davidson said the size of the cities in Texas will be an advantage to cut down on travel time while still reaching different people. “The cool thing about Texas being so big is that the Dallas area has multiple venues, so you can stay in Dallas and play several shows, and you’ll get different crowds every time.” Davidson said he does not have a full-length album yet, but hopes to put one together soon. Before that, though, Davidson is looking to put out a single. “There should be a single coming out within the next few months,” Davidson said. “That’s our plan, to tour that single. We’re currently working on getting a full-length album together.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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AUSTIN DAVIDSON IS a singer, songwriter and a sophomore psychology major from Dallas. Davidson is planning to go on tour around Texas during the summer.
‘Oz’ again tops box office with $42.2 million Prince delivers funk-filled NEW YORK (AP) — “Oz the Great and Powerful” is living up to its name at the box office. Walt Disney’s 3-D blockbuster led all films for the second week in a row, taking in $42.2 million according to studio estimates Sunday. Sam Raimi’s prequel to the L. Frank Baum classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” also took in $46.6 million overseas, leading to a two-week worldwide total of $281.8 million. In a winter of underperforming releases, that makes “Oz” easily the biggest hit of 2013 so far. “Boy, did we need it,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “There have been a lot of box-office casualties this year. This is the shot in the arm that we needed, but we’re still waiting for the marketplace to gain some sort of momentum.” The box office is down nearly 13
percent from last year. Among the weekend’s debuts, the Halle Berry thriller “The Call” far exceeded expectations with a $17.1 million opening for Sony and TriStar Pictures. The Steve Carell magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” fared worse, opening with a disappointing $10.3 million for Warner Bros. The performances of the two new releases continued a theme of 2013: Movies targeting female audiences have had more success than male-driven films. “The Call,” in which Berry plays a 911 operator, was deliberately marketed to women, who made up 61 percent of its audience, Sony said. “Burt Wonderstone,” starring Carell and Jim Carrey as rival Las Vegas magicians, sought a young male comedy audience that didn’t materialize. Female turnout has driven most
David Hasselhoff lends his star power to Berlin Wall campaign BERLIN (AP) — David Hasselhoff put his name behind a campaign to preserve one of the few remaining sections of the Berlin Wall, calling it a “sacred” monument to cheers Sunday from Germans who fondly remember his schmaltzy hit “Looking for Freedom” as one of the soundtracks to their peaceful 1989 revolution. The actor, best known for starring in “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch,” joined ordinary Berliners in protesting a real estate developer’s plans to move part of the wall to make way for an access path for a luxury housing development. “It’s like tearing down an Indian burial ground. It’s a nobrainer,” said Hasselhoff, before recounting his own memories of visiting East Germany — grim cities, grim food — shortly before unification. Plans to move part of the East Side Gallery — a 1.3 kilometer (3/4 mile) stretch of wall painted by artists after the fall of communism and popular with tourists — sparked angry protests earlier this month. Activists have denounced it as part of a wider trend of steamrolling Berlin’s tumultuous history to make way for gleaming but soulless developments in the heart of the city. At least 136 people died between 1961 and 1989 trying to
cross the wall that divided the communist-run East Berlin from West Berlin. Most of the wall has since been destroyed, with only two large sections remaining as memorials. “It’s a stupid idea to rip parts of the wall out for luxury apartments,” said Roland Junge, one of thousands of locals who accompanied Hasselhoff on an impromptu walk along the wall Sunday. “This last piece of the wall is really sacred,” Hasselhoff told reporters. “It’s about people and it’s about hearts that were broken, hearts that were torn apart and lives that were lost. That’s what we’re talking about today, not a piece of real estate.” Asked if he thought his song — belted out by a million people on both sides of the wall during a New Year’s Eve concert in 1989 — had played any role in bringing down the most visible section of the Iron Curtain, Hasselhoff said: “Whether it had anything to do with anything, it’s a song about freedom and it stuck in their head because it had a good hook.” Berliners can prepare for a reprise if talks involving the developers, authorities and campaigners fail to reach a compromise next week. “If it goes to the next step, we’ll come back with a huge concert and really rock Berlin,” said ‘The Hoff.’
all of the box office hits of the year, including the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Identity Thief” and the vampire romance “Warm Bodies.” Macho films like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” and Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” have fizzled. “Studios should take note,” says Dergarabedian. “There’s a lot of female power going on at the box office.” Opening in just three theaters in New York and Los Angeles was another film starring James Franco, who plays the Wizard in “Oz the Great and Powerful.” ‘’Spring Breakers,” a dreamy trip of day-glo debauchery starring Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, opened with a strong $90,000 per-theater average ahead of its wider release next weekend. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian
theaters, according to Hollywood. com. Where available, latest international numbers are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday: 1. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $42.2 million. ($46.6 million international.) 2. “The Call,” $17.1 million. 3. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” $10.3 million. 4. “Jack the Giant Slayer,” $6.2 million. ($10 million international.) 5. “Identity Thief,” $4.5 million. ($745,000 international.) 6. “Snitch,” $3.5 million. ($130,000 international.) 7. “21 and Over,” $2.6 million. ($1 million international.) 8. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $2.6 million. ($3.7 million international.) 9. “Safe Haven,” $2.5 million. ($1.2 million international.) 10. “Escape From Planet Earth,” $2.3 million.
finale at SXSW in Austin AUSTIN (AP) — How did Prince close out South by Southwest Music Festival’s weeklong showcase of rock n’ roll? By naturally throwing a totally different kind of party: a grooving, brass band-backed funk fest that stretched to 3 a.m. and outlasted many fans lucky enough to get inside the exclusive show that also featured A Tribe Called Quest. As Justin Timberlake and the Smashing Pumpkins headlined other SXSW wrap-ups nearby, Prince prevailed as the toughest ticket Saturday night by performing for only 300 people in his first appearance at the annual music
festival that drew 2,200 bands and artists this year. Prince towered over them all — but his concert at the tiny La Zona Rosa club that sits on the fringe of the SXSW mayhem was no grandiose spectacle. He performed for 2½ hours on a spartan stage behind a giant video board. He contentedly played bandleader instead of superstar, often disappearing backstage for stretches as the band jammed. “They called our people and said they wanted some funk in Austin,” said Prince, before belting out the last bars of a gentle rendition of “Purple Rain.”
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Reality television creates unrealistic expectations, still entertaining
Makenna Lange another show based in the South. The three channels on which I have seen the most of these shows are A&E, The Learning Channel and Country Music Television. As a Texas native, I took offense when CMT’s show, “Texas Women,” made girls from Texas look vapid, superficial and trashy. The cast of this show was not an accurate representation of girls in Texas. I also have a problem when shows like A&E’s “Storage Wars: Texas” casts overweight men who talk slowly. They pick these people from small towns to try to show the rest of the country
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small town people are slow and uneducated. The show that is almost painful for me to watch is TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” There are many problems with this show. It is sad we are giving this little girl and her family so much attention for being so ridiculous. Not only are they difficult to understand, but the show is hard to watch, in general. While I will admit the South is not the healthiest place to eat, watching Momma June cover everything in Country Crock, ketchup and sugar and then feed it to her children is almost repulsive. It is even worse there are people in other parts of our country — and other countries — who truly believe this is how people from the South behave. That being said, there are a few of these Southern-based shows that, while I think misrepresent the South, I watch
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and enjoy. My favorite of these is A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.” Although I have never met anyone quite like these characters, or with beards as long, their shenanigans are very entertaining and sometimes actually accurate when representing the “redneck world” they are constantly talking about. Although it sometimes seems stupid, this show does a good job of representing the family beliefs I think the South values
so much. At the end of every show, the family gets together to have a family meal where they say a prayer and discuss t h e d a y. This may seem oldfashioned, but this is a value that seems to be missing in households across the country. Another show I have recently enjoyed is TLC’s new “ We l c o m e to Myrtle Manor.” While I think this show is a misrepresentation of the South and South Carolina, where it is based, I cannot help but watch
The problem I have with this new fascination is these reality shows are grossly misleading and misrepresent the South and Southern people.
ur society consists of those obsessed with learning about other cultures and areas of the country. We do this in the form of reality television. I have noticed aside from the obsession people seem to have with New Jersey and all of the crazy, overly-dramatic people there, there has been a growing interest in people from the south. I have no problem with people from other states, such as California or New York, learning about how life for people from the South differs from that of their own. Having visited California, I know they think the state of Texas is like another country or planet, rather than a few states away. The problem I have with this new fascination is these reality shows are grossly misleading and misrepresent the South and Southern people. I feel like every time I change the channel, I see a preview for
this crazy group of people interact in the Myrtle Manor trailer park. I doubt much of it is actually reality, or that the hot dog girls can actually afford to pay their rent by selling hot dogs on the beach for a dollar, but it is funny to watch them try. Overall, I just do not want it to be assumed that I am a slow, uneducated redneck who rides horses to school and catches fish with my bare hands if I ever decide to visit New York City or even another country, simply because people on reality television do those things. I am really hoping this new fascination that people seem to have with Boston and their weird accents catches on and the South is left alone. Lange is an agricultural communications graduate student from Hondo. ➤➤ email@example.com
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Obsessed fan who Rowling to UK govt: Don’t let down hacking victims shot ballplayer, inspired movie, dies CHICAGO (AP) — She inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she’d never met into a hotel room with a cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing him. After the headlines faded, Ruth Ann Steinhagen did something else just as surprising: She disappeared into obscurity, living a quiet life unnoticed in Chicago until now, more than a half century later, when news broke that she had died three months earlier. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that Steinhagen passed away of natural causes on Dec. 29, at the age of 83. First reported by the Chicago Tribune last week, her identity was a surprise even to the morgue employees who knew about the 1984 movie “The Natural,” in which she was portrayed by actress Barbara Hershey. “She chose to live in the shadows and she did a good job of it,” John Theodore, an author who wrote a 2002 nonfiction book about the crime, wrote in an email Sunday. The story, with its elements of obsession, mystery, insanity and a baseball star, made it part of both Chicago’s colorful crime history and rich baseball lore. The story began with what appeared to be just another young woman’s crush on Eddie Waitkus, the Chicago Cubs’ handsome first baseman. So complete was this crush that the teenager set a place for Waitkus, whom she’d never met, at the family dinner table. She turned her bedroom into a shrine to him, and put his photo under her pillow. After the 1948 season, Waitkus was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies — a fateful turn. “When he went to the Phillies, that’s when she decided to kill him,” Theodore said
in an interview. Steinhagen had her chance the next season, when the Phillies came to Chicago to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. She checked into a room at the Edgewater Beach Hotel where he was staying and invited him to her room. “We’re not acquainted, but I have something of importance to speak to you about,” she wrote in a note to him after a game at Wrigley on June 14, 1949. It worked. Waitkus arrived at her room. After he sat down, Steinhagen walked to a closet, said, “I have a surprise for you,” then turned with the rifle she had hidden there and shot him in the chest. Theodore wrote that she then knelt by his side and held his hand on her lap. She told a psychiatrist afterward about how she had dreamed of killing him and found it strange that she was now “holding him in my arms.” Newspapers devoured and trumpeted the lurid story of a 19-yearold baseball groupie, known in the parlance of the day as a “Baseball Annie.” Among the sensational and probably staged photos was one showing Steinhagen writing in her journal at a table in her jail cell with a framed photograph of Waitkus propped nearby. A judge determined she was insane and committed her to a mental hospital. She was released three years later, after doctors determined she had regained her sanity. Details about the rest of her life are sketchy. She lived with her sister in a house just a few miles from the hotel where she shot Waitkus. A neighbor told Theodore that Steinhagen said she worked in an office for 35 years but never revealed her employer. And she made an effort to conceal her privacy, often refusing to answer the phone or come to the door when Theodore knocked.
LONDON (AP) — Celebrities including J.K. Rowling and Hugh Grant accused the British government on Sunday of letting down the victims of media intrusion and urged tough new measures to rein in Britain’s unruly press. Lawmakers are to vote Monday on rival plans for tougher controls in the wake of the country’s phonehacking scandal. The Conservative-led government says it will propose a new press watchdog with the power to levy fines of up to 1 million pounds ($1.5 million). But hacking victims say the regulator must be backed by a new law to give it real teeth — something Prime Minister David Cameron opposes. “Harry Potter” author Rowling — who testified previously to
a media ethics inquiry about the impact of intrusive media upon her family — said she and other victims felt they “have been hung out to dry” by the government. Grant, who won damages for phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, said hacking victims supported a rival plan by the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party for stronger media measures. The actor said lawmakers “promised victims to do right by them, and they have that chance on Monday.” Leaders of the government and opposition parties were holding lastminute talks late Sunday in a bid to reach common proposals. Debate about how to control the press has raged in Britain since revelations in 2011 that tabloid journal-
ists had eavesdropped on voicemails, bribed officials for information and hacked into computers in a relentless quest for scoops. The scandal has brought the demise of one newspaper — Murdoch’s News of the World — along with dozens of arrests and resignations, scores of lawsuits against Murdoch’s media empire and a public inquiry into media ethics. That inquiry, led by Lord Justice Brian Leveson, last year recommended the creation of a strong press watchdog body dominated by non-journalists and backed by government regulation. But negotiations between Cameron’s Conservatives and others over how to implement those recommendations have stalled amid an increasingly acrimonious debate. Politicians
are divided about whether a new press watchdog should be set up through legislation — as recommended by Leveson — or through a Royal Charter, an executive act that does not require a vote in Parliament. Proponents say passing a law will put the watchdog on a firmer footing and give it more power to discipline rogue newspapers. Opponents believe that passing a media law would endanger the country’s free press. In fact, the proposals aren’t all that different. A new law would set up an independent press watchdog, not control the media directly. And the regulator would only have the power to impose fines or demand published apologies from newspapers — not to stop articles being published.
MARCH 18, 2013
Bon Jovi tour makes stop in Lubbock By CHANTAL ESPINOZA
Clayton added she was looking forward to hearing some of her favorite songs. The light show began, the A friend who had free tickets LED screens lit up and the crowd invited Bobby Flores, a Lubbock cheered. Bon Jovi opened with resident, to the concert. “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I’m a big fan of (Jon Bon and the audience sang along. Jovi) because he’s particularly a Bon Jovi lit up United Spirit humanitarian,” he said. Arena with its “Because We Can Flores said he was looking to — 2013 Tour” Sunday night to have a good time with his friends an almost sold out crowd. at the concert. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi “They had the tickets, and welcomed the crowd and wished they just invited me,” he said. them a happy “I thought, ‘I S t . P a t r i c k ’s had nothing Day. He promelse better to ised the audido,’ so they ence he would said ‘Come.’” play all the S t a c e y hits from the Price, a Lubpast 30 years bock resident, and some new also came to songs. the concert He only because of free asked for one tickets. thing in re“I’m a fan,” turn. she said with “Gotta hear a smile. “Not a lot of noise really that big, DIEGO GONZALES from the peobut yeah, I’m a LEVELLAND RESIDENT ples of Lubfan.” bock, Texas,” Price said Bon Jovi told she is more so the crowd. a fan of earlier Jon Bon Jovi than Amongst the crowd were fans she is now. of the music. “I guess because I’m older,” Bethany Clayton, a Level- she said. “That was the stuff I land resident, came to celebrate grew up on more so than now.” the birthday of a big fan of the As the concert began, the band. USA was almost packed. The “He (Diego Gonzales) is screen counted down the mininsane about Jon Bon Jovi,” utes to the start of the show. The Clayton said. concert did not have an opener. Gonzales, a Levelland resiJon Bon Jovi danced and dent, said the music isn’t the moved around the stage throughonly thing he was looking for- out each performance. Each ward to about the concert. time he asked the audience to “Jon Bon Jovi’s beautiful participate in singing along or locks,” Gonzales said while clapping, the concertgoers did STAFF WRITER
I’m pretty sure I screamed like a little girl and we bought tickets the day they came out.
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BON JOVI SINGS “You Give Love a Bad Name” during the Because We Can concert tour Sunday in United Spirit Arena.
so without hesitation. Bon Jovi performed playful and romantic ballads, and the audience was attentive. The concert continued and the crowds’ cheers continued to grow louder. Members of the audience danced, clapped and sang along no matter what section they were seated in. The audience screamed and
cheered for older songs like, “It’s My Life” and songs from the band’s new album like, “Because We Can.” The stage used in this tour was a completely new design as of February, according to a Bon Jovi news release. The stage was comprised of high definition technology that utilized 4,500,000 of pixels of video projection.
The stage used hexagon shaped columns to create a projection wall. That same wall, Jon Bon Jovi used to climb and walk on at one point in the concert. Jon Bon Jovi and the rest of the band kept the energy high throughout the show. After a wardrobe change, Jon Bon Jovi said it got hot in the arena, as he fanned himself. The audience screamed and
cheered as the lead singer thrusted his hips. Being the first Bon Jovi concert to come to Lubbock, fan Gonzales said he was surprised to see the band coming to the south plains. “I’m pretty sure I screamed like a little girl,” Gonzales said, “and we bought tickets the day they came out.” ➤➤email@example.com
Tech, LCU students go backstage at Bon Jovi concert By CHANTAL ESPINOZA STAFF WRITER
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Bon Jovi shook up the United Spirit Arena on Sunday night to an audience of 13,000. Students were given the opportunity to help out backstage by being a ‘roadie’ for the day. Five Texas Tech students were among the six chosen as winners. The application required basic information and an essay about community service involvement, which was the basis on how a student was selected. Kelsey Bearden, a sophomore education major from Sundown, said she already was planning on attending the concert, but decided to apply for the opportunity. As a self-proclaimed Bon Jovi fan who grew up listening to the band, she said she was excited about the opportunity. “I was super excited,” she said. “I actually was with my brother while he was playing golf and kind of got all excited. He was, like, ‘Why are you so excited?’ because I get to, you know, be backstage for the Bon
Jovi concert.” Kyle Bullock, a senior psychology Lubbock Christian University student, said the experience was once in a lifetime. “We’ve worked a lot with the fan club, so I think, I guess, I actually get to see the guitars, the token clothes that you see in the videos and stuff, a lot of memorabilia,” he said. “Getting to see backstage is incredible. It’s huge — there is a lot that goes on. I have a lot of respect for it.” Bullock said the stereotype of how people perceive the backstage of a rock concert atmosphere is incorrect. “There is a lot of hard work that goes into it,” he said. “I think when you think of backstage you think of guys, kind of grungy throwing stuff around. These guys are professional. They know what they do. They’re smart, organized and hard workers. Everyone is very open and willing to talk to us. Everyone is very friendly around here.” Bullock said he was looking forward to the concert, but was
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MIKE SAVAS, WITH Bon Jovi tour management, explains how the new 3D screen will function while giving a tour prior to the Bon Jovi Because We Can Tour show Sunday in United Spirited Arena.
not sure if they actually got to meet the band. If given the opportunity to speak with Bon Jovi he would only say a few words. “I would just say ‘Hello’ and fumble around like an idiot just a little bit, and I would actually ask him to give a shout out to my mom, who is a bigger fan than me,” he said. “She’s my concert buddy, and so, she’s righteously jealous that I’m here right now.” There also were winners
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Adriana Perez displays senior leadership By ELLEN CHAPPELL
anybody, so I had to adjust a lot.” and we’re going to need them just Though she had a tough time as much as they need us.” settling in her new home, she With all of the new players on said the other players on the the team, Perez said it was a little team quickly took away her ap- tougher to play the game. She said prehension as the season started. Hays tends to switch the infielder She said because the women are round frequently unlike last year forced to spend so much time when he was comfortable in starttogether helped Perez find the ing the same time after time. She kind of bonds she left behind in said it was difficult at first when California. the new players were warming up The team has changed quite to the environment, but the team a bit this season from years be- is working hard at developing its fore. In the past, the team has rapport to be comfortable enough been heavy with experience, to trust the way one another plays. having women that had been “Last year, with our seniors, on the team for multiple seasons you kind of knew that if a ball and were comfortable with how was hit there you’re kind of, like, their teammates ‘OK, they played. This got it,’ and year, the team is now it’s, like, very young and you have to the five senior learn everygirls — Emily body’s style Cooper, Sandy of playing, so James, Mikey you have to Kenney, Ashley get used to Brokeshoulder everybody,” and Perez — she said. “At have the responfirst it was sibility on their hard because ADRIANA PEREZ shoulders to it would be, SOFTBALL PLAYER show the young like, silent. TEXAS TECH players the way They would of Tech softball. not talk and “Last year, then us, we we had a lot of older girls, so it don’t know anything about them was different.” Perez said. “We had so we had to adjust. But now, it’s a lot of maturity and Coach really getting better and, there’s games didn’t have to coach us. This year, that we’ve lost that we shouldn’t we had a lot of freshmen coming have lost, and there’s certain in, so we knew it was going to be things that we’re learning from completely different — Coach that, and we’re going as a team and was going to have to do more we have to because if we don’t, coaching, you’re going to have then it’s not going to work out.” your little ups and downs with Though the team is young immaturity, doing stupid things. now, Perez said she has confidence At the same time, us seniors we in the years following her. knew that coming in we had to “It’s hard sometimes because step it up in a certain aspect be- there’s so many young ones and cause we had to take care of the you want to be, like, ‘Do this, do little babies and make sure that this,’ and at the same time they they’re doing what they are doing want to be in their rebellious way,” because they’re talented as we are she said. “But at the same time
Texas Tech senior Adriana Perez has had a passion for softball since a very young age. She grew up on the field, taking after her father who played baseball and influenced her to take on softball. Perez was born in California where she resided until she left her junior college two years after being recruited by Tech coach Shanon Hays. After talking with Hays during her freshman year at her junior college, Perez liked what she saw at Tech and made the decision to move. When she got to Texas, she said she was apprehensive about the environment switch. Perez said she loves California, but she admitted she has warmed up to the Lone Star State. “I hate to say this, but Texas has grown on me, it really has,” she said. “I’m starting to say the ‘y’all’ now. But I like it. Lubbock is different compared to California. It’s so big and green and beautiful over there, and then you come here and it’s like flat and dusty. Texas is cool, especially going to different cities and traveling. I like it. It’s huge, too.” Perez said coming to Lubbock from California was terrible at first because home was where she knew her place and everyone around her. She then had to go to a place where no one knew her name. “I love Tech,” she said. “At first I struggled a lot coming in here, I didn’t want to be here. I missed home so much. I was really bad homesick. It took a lot for me to get over that fact. Once season kicked in it was so much better. Because you come from knowing everybody in your town to coming to a completely whole different environment and not knowing
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“We do not glorify losing,” Walker said. “We glorify effort. You cannot rush experience.” Compared to other teams in the Big 12, Tech has a relatively young roster, starting two freshman guards — for the majority of the season — with seven of the 13 players on its roster being a sophomore or younger. In the 2012-2013 season, Tech had one senior, Ty Nurse, who often came off the bench. Every other team in the conference had at least two or more seniors on its roster. Kansas, ranked first in the conference had four seniors starting nearly every game this season who like to take advantage of more inexperienced teams, Walker said. Although Tech has a relatively inexperienced group of players, TCU coach Trent Johnson believes the Red Raiders will be a threat in the future. “I think they are extremely talented,” he said. “They have got a lot of parts. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with.” Johnson’s prediction may turn true faster than expected if Tech can manage to add a few top-notch recruits to its roster. One player Tech is looking to bring in is shooting guard Keith Frazier, from Dallas, Texas. Frazier is currently ranked No. 48
(AP) Texas has no teams in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1977. When the 68-team field was announced Sunday, the Lone Star State was completely shut out. There were no Longhorns, Baylor Bears, Texas A&M Aggies, Red Raiders or Owls. And not even any Lumberjacks. Southland Conference regular-season champion Stephen F. Austin (27-4) lost its league tournament championship game and didn’t get an at-large NCAA berth, and instead had to settle
for a first-round NIT game at Stanford on Tuesday night. Baylor (18-14), the NIT runner-up four years ago before two NCAA regional finals the previous three seasons, also made the 32-team NIT field. The Bears host a first-round game against Long Beach State (19-13) on Wednesday night. Prairie View (Southwestern Athletic Conference) and Texas-Arlington (WAC) also made it to their conference tournament championship games, but both also lost Saturday with automatic
NCAA berths on the line. Only three years ago, Texas matched an NCAA record by sending seven teams to the tournament, and had sent at least three teams each of the last six years. Texas also holds the record for most schools that have appeared in the tournament (23). This March, the only NCAA men’s tournament action in Texas will be games played in the state. Second- and third-round games will be played this week on the University of Texas campus in Austin. The South Regional final will be played at Cowboys
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in ESPN’s Top 100. Frazier made an official visit to Tech earlier in the season, meaning the Red Raiders are at least in the running to sign the sought-after guard. High school recruits are only allowed five official visits to schools — where the school pays for said expense; all other school visits are paid for by prospective student-athlete. After starting the season 1-4, Walker said he encouraged his players by comparing his current team to Duke’s first few seasons under the direction of
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Tech junior forward Jaye Crockett receives honors After recently receiving All-Big 12 honorable mention, Tech junior forward Jaye Crockett was named Big 12 Conference Sixth Man of the Year by College Hoops Daily. Crockett ranked third in scoring and first in rebounding amongst all sixth men in the Power Six Conferences. In the 2012-2013 season, Crockett led Tech’s offense in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game while contributing 6.5 rebounds per game and 1.3 steals per game.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California raceway crash killed a race car owner and the young cousin of the teenage driver whose vehicle careened off the track before it struck the two victims, authorities said Sunday. Dale Wondergem Jr., 68, and Marcus Johnson, 14, were in the pit area when they were hit about 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Raceway Park, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. Wondergem, of Grass Valley, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Marcus Johnson, of Santa Rosa, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at a hospital, authorities said. Marcus Johnson was identified by authorities as the cousin of 17-year-old driver Chase Johnson, who was not injured in the collision. The younger victim was not an official member of his cousin’s crew. Authorities are investigating why he was in the pit area, according to Undersheriff Jerry Read said. The Marysville raceway was hosting the California Sprint Car Civil War Series on the opening day of its season. Wondergem owned one of the race cars at the track Saturday, but not the one involved in the crash, Read said. The crash occurred when six or seven “winged sprint cars” were doing warm-up laps before the start of a scheduled race. Chase Johnson’s car left the track at an undetermined speed and hit Wondergem and
Johnson before it tipped on its side, sheriff’s officials said. The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol are investigating the cause of the crash. Investigators will conduct autopsies on the victims on Monday and Tuesday. No one else was injured in the crash, and spectators were never in jeopardy, authorities said. Don Johnson, who is the driver’s father and victim’s uncle, issued a statement Sunday on behalf of his family, thanking the racing community for their thoughts and prayers. “Our family has suffered an unspeakable tragedy with the passing of our precious Marcus Johnson and Dale Wondergem. There are no words to express our sorrow. Our family has been racing for four generations and loves the sport that has now brought us so much pain,” the statement said. Messages left for the Marysville Raceway’s spokesman and promoters were not immediately returned Sunday. Chase Johnson of Penngrove is a senior at Petaluma High School north of San Francisco and is a fourth-generation race car driver, according to his website. He did not respond to an email seeking comment Sunday. Johnson has been racing for three years at the Petaluma Speedway, where he’s won multiple races and was last year’s series champion. His father, grandfather and great-grand-
father were also champion drivers in Petaluma, where the family owns a muffler shop, said Ron Lingron, the track announcer at Petaluma Speedway “They’re the first family of the Petaluma Speedway,” Lingron said Sunday. “There’s not a better kid you’re going to find in the racing community than Chase Johnson. To have something like this put around his neck is a tragedy.” Steven Blakesley, a race announcer who was watching from the stands, said he thought Chase Johnson’s car had a mechanical problem because he was driving about 90 mph and couldn’t make a turn or slow down just before the crash. “People getting hurt in the pits is extremely, extremely rare,” Blakesley, who is the track announcer at Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, said Sunday. “I’ve never seen anything like this, and I don’t know how you would even prevent it.” The sprint car circuit is seen as a stepping stone to higher levels like NASCAR and many drivers start racing as young as 15, as Johnson did, Blakesley said. Others on the circuit, where small, high-powered cars race on short dirt ovals, were older drivers whose careers had peaked earlier. Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. began his career in sprint cars at age 15. He said current hotshot NASCAR racer Kyle Larson was racing sprint cars around California at 12 years old.
Published on Mar 17, 2013