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School of Music presents ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ Monteverdi’s opera, “The Coronation of Poppea,” will be presented April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre. The opera was first performed in Venice and was one of the first to use real events and people to tell the story of Poppea, the mistress of the Roman emperor Nero, and her journey to become empress of Rome. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules AUSTIN (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas’ tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of about 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don’t jeopardize women’s health. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the U.S. Constitution and serve no medical purpose. After the lower court’s ruling, the appeals court allowed the restrictions to go into effect while it considered the case, which ultimately could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. The new law requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and places strict limits on doctors prescribing abortioninducing pills. More regulations that are scheduled to begin later this year weren’t a part of the case. In its opinion, the appeals court said the law “on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman.” Planned Parenthood, which sued to block the restrictions, called the ruling “terrible” and said that “safe and legal abortion will continue to be virtually impossible for thousands of Texas women to access.”
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SGA Senate finalizes budget at meeting By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer
Texas Tech’s Student Government Association conducted its second to last senate meeting of the semester. At the meeting, SGA finalized Senate Bill 49.09. The bill appropriated funds to student organizations that applied for SGA funding for the fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31, 2015, according to the SGA senate agenda. Amendments to the bill were made before it was finalized. SGA senator Jameson Tomlin advocated for the increase of SGA funding for the Foundation Retreat, a student organization that
organizes a four-day retreat in which current Tech students help incoming freshmen and transfer students adjust to life at Tech. “Last year I paid $115 to be on staff for foundation,” he said, “and this year I’m paying about $225 to be on staff. Every person on foundation pays that due, all the way from the director to the bottom, and that is not easy for a college student.” Foundation Retreat would have originally received $1,500 from SGA before the senate bill was amended to provide Foundation Retreat with $2,800. The Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. Pre-Med Society, a student organization providing premed students the opportunity to volunteer at Lubbock’s free clinic and other resources
for pre-med students, also received increased funding from SGA to $600. Before the amendment was passed, the Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. Pre-Med Society would have received $342. SGA senator Sabah Nafees urged other SGA senators to vote in favor of the increase in funding the Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. PreMed Society would receive from SGA. “I think it’s a very noble cause not just for our students,” she said. “I would urge you to vote for the amendment.” Engineers for a Sustainable World, a new organization at Tech, increased its SGA funding from $150 to $500. Macy Anderson, chair of the student senate budget and financing committee, said the
budget committee tries to not go over $500 of funding for new student organizations. “They’re a new organization which is why they’re not getting a big chunk of money right now,” she said. At the meeting, a resolution was presented which stated the senate’s support for a prompt revisit of a study to determine the average travel time between all academic buildings, according to SGA Senate Resolution 49.95. All amendments for Senate Bill 49.09 needed a two-thirds vote from the SGA senate to pass. SGA will host its final meeting of the semester at 6 p.m. April 3. ➤➤email@example.com
Tech Students receive help in deciding majors By KAYLIN MCDERMETT
Birth order plays part in developing personality
Students having trouble deciding on a major will have the opportunity to attend a discussion about the different major options at Texas Tech, as well as the possibility of entering the pre-law program. Staci Rogers, an adviser in the pre-law program, said the round-table style discussion is aimed at helping those students wanting to join the pre-law program choose a major. “We always get students in here asking what major they need for law school,” she said. “So we figured we would make this a pre-law thing and team up with the discovery program, because that’s the point of discovery is to help students choose a major.” The pre-law program and the Discovery program are partnering to host the discussion geared toward major exploration. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. April 2 in room 101 of the Rawls College of Business Administration. Melissa Aday, an adviser for the Discovery program, said although the theme of the night is pre-law centered, all students needing guidance are welcome to attend. “We’re offering this to any student who is wanting to explore majors,” she said. “It’s major exploration. There are ties to pre-law, but if prelaw isn’t your number one goal, this can still be beneficial.” The discussion will be focusing on some of Tech’s most popular and competitive majors and how students can get involved and choose the right path for them.
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Sister’s or brother’s may remember long car rides when the older sibling was pinching the younger sibling and the younger one screams and cries to get one of the parents’ attention. But as siblings grow older, they tend to become closer or accepting of one another, rather than fighting like little kids. The younger sibling might look up to the older sibling when grown up. The older one might feel as if they have to take on more of a leadership role. Studies have found reasons behind why older siblings and younger siblings are the way they are. When it comes to older siblings, in children’s eyes, status and power is conferred most heavily on the older child, according to the website of Influences on Sibling Relationships. Sometimes the firstborn feel more rivalry towards their younger siblings when they are at a younger age, due to the feeling of having to share their parents with their new brother or sister, according to the website. “This is because the firstborn has had the full attention of parents and now has to share their affections,” according to the Influences on Sibling Relationships. It’s statistically proven firstborns are found to be more successful than their younger siblings, according to the website. This is because firstborns have only adults for language models and social interactions in the most formative periods.
First borns are found to be more successful +Older girls are more often good teachers and nurturers for younger children +Older boys, on the other hand, tend to be better stimulators and models The oldest child is usually conservative and self-controlled, reflecting his or her parents’ customs and attitudes Parents are often the most strict with first-born children, and expect them to “set an example” for younger siblings
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The youngest child often is more dependent upon others than other children because he or she is use to having to someone older (a parent or sibling) to help solve problems They tend to have a low acceptance of responsibility, but are good at compromising Usually two extremes: being the family pet or suffering from teasing from older siblings Often have difficulty making decisions or doing things themselves because they are considered the baby of the family and used to having things done for them
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Students meet strangers, break barriers with ball pit event By LAUREN PAPE Photo JournaliSt
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Students laughed, blushed, hugged and made up secret handshakes with total strangers at the Take a Seat and Meet a Friend event Thursday outside the Student Union building. The Texas Tech Residence Hall Association and Panhellenic Council joined together to host the event, which allowed two participants at a time to climb into a ball pit together and get to know each other. Inside the pit, questions were written on inflatable balls to inspire conversation. Dillon Quinn, diversity and inclusion chair of RHA Executive Board, said after watching a viral video of a similar event on YouTube, the two organizations decided to collaborate to create Tech’s own version of the event. “I was thinking, ‘how can I bring this to Texas Tech and really break some of
the stereotypes that are centered on people and centered around different groups?’” he said. “‘How can I implement this program to break, more or less, the barriers that are put around students?’” Quinn said the event gave students the chance to meet someone new in a unique environment without the judgment that often comes with the process. “It goes back to the age-old ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’ When you ask these questions, you have more of an insight into this person’s life,” he said. “So someone who I might not interact with on a daily basis, I can interact with in this ball pit.” Along with organizing the event, Quinn said he also climbed inside to try it out, which meant talking about the first time he fell in love and answering questions about what was on his bucket list and who inspires him. BALL PIT continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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DILLON QUINN, A sophomore nutrition major from Big Spring, and Leighann Martin, a senior general studies major from Lubbock, answer questions about themselves while sitting in a ball pit during the Take a Seat and Meet a Friend event outside the Student Union building Thursday.
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Tech museum hosts TAB hosts wizard themed event annual symposium By AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer
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cultural heritage. Intangible cultural heritage refers to traditional knowledge and practice, and even individual practitioners, according to TechAnnounce. The evening began with an introduction by Park as well as other featured guests including Maestro David Cho of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Dr. William Westney, Horn professor at the Tech School of Music. Different cultural performers took the stage to display traditional dances from their nation of origin. The program began with a discussion of Irish traditional music and dance by Christopher Smith, Associate Professor and Chair of Musicology/Ethnomusicology. There were also world-renowned performances from two well-known South Korean artists. Dr. Jaehwa Lee, a Living Human Treasure of South Korea performed two pieces titled Geomungo Sanjo and Geomuingo Sinawee to highlight traditions of South Korea. Dr. Sung Ok Yang, another world-renowned performer, presented three traditional Korean dances called Taepyeongmu-Dance of Peace, Sanjo Dance and Binareethe Wish Dance. Cho said he was grateful for members of the Lubbock art institutions, which made the second year of the symposium possible, and for providing the opportunity to educate the public. “I appreciate my colleagues for providing an opportunity this evening for the meeting of diverse cultures and curious minds,” he said. “The incredible folklore and inspirational lectures will unwrap the gift of new passion and knowledge.”
The Museum of Texas Tech hosted the second annual International Arts and Culture Symposium Thursday, which focused on traditional music and dance. The symposium brought together scholars from South Korea and Tech to promote cultural understanding and heritage within the Lubbock community, according to TechAnnounce. Ambassador Suk-Bum Park, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, said recognizing the importance of cultural diversity is necessary for society and art, and other cultural exchanges are a key factor. “Art and cultural exchange has played a crucial role in strengthening the relationship between U.S. and Korea,” he said. “Recognizing the importance of cultural diversity and fostering respect for traditional arts encourages all of us to understand each other better.” The Tech Museum sponsored the event along with Sowoon Arts and Heritage. Kyungah Num, president of Sowoon Arts and Heritage, said in her introduction she believes the symposium is an incredible opportunity for the community to experience new traditions. “I believe this symposium is a rare opportunity, allowing the Lubbock community to experience world-class performances and to expand their knowledge of both Irish and Korean cultures,” she said. “I am incredibly proud and honored that my home, Lubbock, is hosting such a rare event.” The symposium centered on the theme of music and dance being important elements of intangible
President for a Day tickets on sale For anyone who has ever wondered what life is like for Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis, the Mortar Board senior honor society is hosting its annual raffle for the President for a Day event. “It’s a really different type of opportunity,” Suzanne Alkul, a senior biochemistry major from Lubbock, said. “The way that the president’s office set it up is that you get the perks. You get to see all of the things that happen when you’re the president of a university.” As acting president, the student will receive reports from various school officials, go on private tours of the United Spirit Arena and the Jones AT&T Stadium and attend a private
football practice, according to a Mortar Board letter. Tickets are on sale until Wednesday, with a winner chosen the same day, Alzul said, and cost $1 for one ticket, $5 for seven tickets and $100 for 200 tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of West Texas and Court Appointed Special Advocates, Alkul said. Students interested in purchasing raffle tickets can purchase them outside of the Student Union Building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or contact Alkul directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. ➤➤email@example.com
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Brooms, wands and wizards were prevalent at Texas Tech Activity Board’s event Thursday night. Harry Potter fans of all calibers attended the Harry Potter House Cup in the Student Union building from 6-9 p.m. to compete in various challenges. TAB special programs coordinator McKenzie Hopson, a junior public relations major from Gatesville, said her love for the Harry Potter series motivated her to organize this event. “I love Harry Potter more than anything,” she said, “so I knew we had to do something this year about it. It’s been fun to see that something we all grew up with still alive in people’s hearts.” Before the event, Hopson said she worried no one would arrive. To her surprise, she said people began lining up outside of the Matador Room at 4:30 p.m. for the event. When students gained admittance to the House Cup, they were sorted into various houses
by reaching into a hat and drawing a house name. “I’m glad I ended up with Slytherin,” Kari Smith, a museum science graduate student from Cleburne, said. “I came here to meet fellow fans. Most people say they’re Harry Potter fans, but most aren’t as hardcore enough.” Rusty Scholl, a freshman restaurant, hotel and institutional management major from Jackson, Miss., said he has always been a Ravenclaw and enjoyed being sorted into his preferred house. In one of the challenges, attendees volunteered to eat a variety of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, a type of candy frequently eaten by characters in the series. Flavors included rotten egg, banana, tutti-frutti and dirt, Scholl said. “I loved eating them, even the nasty flavored ones,” he said. “Personally, I thought rotten egg tasted a lot more like vomit. Booger didn’t really taste like anything at all, but I knew from the color what flavor it was.” The event did not require attendees to be exceptionally
and revealing that Miley Cyrus was his. Darcy Ledoux, a sophomore CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 public relations major from KingHe said the questions pro- wood and an organizer of the event, voked interesting conversation, said she was pleased with how many and he got to know someone on a students wanted to participate, deeper level than he would have how open they were to talk about themselves and how interested they otherwise. “I met somebody who’s been were in each other. to Ireland, and she speaks three “They were really taking the languages,” Quinn said. “That’s time to get to know each other,” she something I wouldn’t know about said. “They were taking it seriously, a person on a regular basis, so it’s which is really cool I see a lot of really cool for me to get to know people laughing and you know, taking their time with it and listening somebody like that.” Alex Wolfe, a senior accounting to each other, which is pretty cool.” major from Houston, said he went Quinn said he also appreciated into the ball pit with someone he the students’ willingness to parmet briefly the day before, but knew ticipate and thinks the simplicity of the event is what makes it so little about. “We got to know each other a appealing and successful. “This is just you and the other lot better than what we would have like less than 30 minutes ago,” he person getting to know each other, said, “so it was a really interesting so I feel like there are no barriers experience. I thought outside of the being built,” he said. “There’s nobody around to sit there and box today.” Wolfe said he asked his partner judge you for what you’re doing, about 15 questions, finding out her so I think it’s a really cool project.” biggest inspiration was her mother ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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STUDENTS GROUPED IN the house of Hufflepuff, work together to fill out a family tree of the Weasley family at a Harry Potter themed TAB event Thursday in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building.
athletic or smart, he said. Some knowledge was necessary in the History of Magic challenge as students answered questions about house founders, mascots, ghosts and other topics. Trivia questions showed who really knew their Harry Potter facts, Jason Irwin, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Lubbock, said. “I like learning more about the
different houses,” he said. “The trivia questions were probably my favorite part of the whole thing.” Other wizard-themed events included creating family trees of Harry Potter characters and a quidditch challenge, which required attendees to run around while on broomsticks and collect papers with the book titles in the correct order. ➤➤email@example.com
Aday said the purpose of the Discovery program is to guide students through the difficult task of choosCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ing a major, and this event will be a Speakers from energy commerce, place for students to start researching mechanical engineering, public potential majors. relations, agricultural and applied “Discovery is exploration, reeconomics, human development search, investigation and confirmaand family studies, and technical tion,” she said. “That means explore communication will each provide yourself, research the majors to insight into their profession, accord- understand what the components ing to TechAnnounce. are and investigate the major in a Rogers said variety was important real world setting. This event will when determining which speakers allow students to do that, and finally to choose for the evening, but each comes confirmation which is either had to have some knowledge of the a yes or a no.” law field. Rogers said she hopes the event “Picking the majors, we tried will help those students who are to pick lots of different colleges,” struggling to declare a major or find she said. “We also needed to find the right field. “Well I mean the goal is always people that had that legal experience. We’ve asked them to give an giving advice to undeclared stuoverview of their major, and then dents,” she said. “We are providing there will be panel discussion the a forum for students to learn. With Tech having so many majors and rest of the time.” After the discussion, students so many amazing options, it’s hard will have the opportunity to ask for students to know where to start. individual questions to the differ- Hopefully this is a place where stuent speakers in order to gain more dents can say ‘I can start her information on certain degree plans. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas must tell attorneys execution drug supplier AUSTIN (AP) — A judge ordered Texas prison officials Thursday to disclose the supplier of a new batch of lethal
injection drugs to attorneys for two inmates set to be executed next month, but she stopped short of revealing the identity of
the manufacturer to the public. The ruling by state District Judge Suzanne Covington came after the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice argued that threats against execution suppliers are escalating. The agency recently obtained a threat assessment from law enforcement officers, and pictures on the Internet suggest physical harm against pharmacists making the drugs, Assistant Attorney General Nicole Bunker-Henderson said. State prison officials have lost previous attempts to keep information about its execution drug supplier confidential. “The circumstances have changed from 2012. We can show there’s evidence out there that there has been a significant, real concrete threat to similarly situated pharmacists,” BunkerHenderson said. Phil Durst, one of the attorneys trying to make the suppliers known, said they had a right to know where the drugs originated. “Is it eBay? Did they have some good customer service rankings? We have no idea where it’s from or how it was made,” Durst said. “Maybe this stuff is A-OK. Maybe this stuff was laced with strychnine off the street. We don’t know, and they need to know before they inflict the ultimate penalty.” Texas prisons spokesman Jason Clark said the agency was “disappointed” in the ruling and would appeal.
POLICE BLOTTER Wednesday 9:09 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated graffiti at Clement Residence Hall. Initials were carved into the wall. 3:43 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a burglary in the Z4R parking lot. U.S. currency and a GPS system were taken from a secured vehicle. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
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Vagina Monologues raise awareness, money for women By JENNIFER ROMERO Staff Writer
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women, according to the V-Day website, and this year it is focusing on its One Billion Rising for Justice campaign to encourage women who have survived violence to seek justice. As part of this nationwide campaign, the Tech Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is hosting Lubbock’s seventh annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29 in room 169 of the Human Sciences Building. Karen Bone, an employee for Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock, is performing in the play for the fourth year in a row. “It used to be the V-Day Lubbock Coalition that hosted the play,” she said. “Now it’s hosted by FMLA. Some of the people I knew are no longer here, which is interesting. I see the performance and I remember the women who did it before.” Eve Ensler first performed the play in 1996, according to the news release for the production, and she has performed the play throughout the world. Alex-Marie Baez, a freshman biochemistry major from Tampa, Fla., joined
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“Their younger siblings are more influenced by their predecessors in the family, such as their older brothers or sisters,” according to Influences of Sibling Relationships. Dr. Sybil Hart, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies, said if you look at the data on people who are in a position of political leadership, someone would find there are a disproportionate number of people who are first born. Hart said she wonders how did they get there and if it’s the benefit of more parenting. “Also, I wonder if firstborns have an
the cast for the first time this year. “It sounded interesting,” she said. “I’m from a liberal hometown, and it was kind of unexpected to hear about something like this in Texas.” The cast performed a dress rehearsal for an audience at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and the play was composed of monologues based on what various women said when interviewed about their vaginas. Emily Huber, a freshman public relations major from San Antonio, performed the monologue “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” which Baez and other cast members said was their favorite. “It’s probably the most interesting and out-there type of monologue out there,” Huber said. “It’s another way to explore different aspects of women and their sexuality. It opens up the floor to discussions about how women should take control of their own bodies.” Auditions for the production were held in November, Baez said, but rehearsals began the week of March 10. Marilee Power, a senior music education major from El Campo, has performed the play before and said she has seen a wide range of audiences. “Last year there was a woman who brought her six kids, and they were all under the age of 12,” she said. “It was a
little ridiculous for us, but she brought them as an educational experience. She wanted them to know that feminism isn’t crazy.” While the play is free to the public, VMLA is asking for suggested donations of $5 per audience member, according to TechAnnounce, but no amount will be turned away. The money raised by “The Vagina Monologues” has gone to various organizations in the past, Bone said, and this year VMLA is partnering with Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock. “There are so many ways people can donate to WPS,” Bone said. “When people ask what they should donate, I tell them to think about what they would pack for a hotel and what they would forget. Those are similar to the situation our ladies are in. They usually have a bag on them, but even then they’re so distraught they might forget toothpaste or a pillow.” The play was first published as a book in 1998, according to the news release, and it has since been published in a special edition for its 10-year anniversary. Huber read the book before joining the cast, and she said one of her male friends read the book because he could not attend the play.
“After he read it, he told me there were so many things he hadn’t thought about that women go through daily,” she said. “It exposes the problems women have themselves and the ones society puts on them.” A majority of the audience at the dress rehearsal were women along with a few
men, and most of the members laughed at some point during the performance. Baez said she hopes the play helps the audience members be more open and comfortable with the topic of a woman’s body. “I keep doing this performance because it’s funny and it’s sad and it makes you
advantage because they have spent more time interacting with their parents and having them all to themselves,” she said. Single children develop similar leadership skills and are more likely to succeed just like older siblings, Hart said. We aren’t sure if it is because they aren’t competing with another sibling, so they feel the pressure of their parents alone or if it all depends on how the child or children are raised, she said. “When the first child is born, they aren’t competing with anyone else for their parents’ attention,” Hart said. “But when the other child is born, they might feel desire for more attention from their parents.” She said parents are more cautious and have anxiety when it comes to their
first born because they don’t have a clue what to do. She said the parents wonders if the child is going to make friends, do well in school or ever learn to use the bathroom on their own. Once the second child comes around, the parents are more relaxed and kind of on autopilot, Hart said, because they’ve already been through the whole process before. “This is why the younger ones might need to motivate themselves a little more,” she said. “The older ones seem to contribute to leadership roles, while the younger ones are more on their own.” Hart said there is something about the emotional investment and emphasis on the achievement and ambition we place
on our children. These children are yearning for achievement they have picked up by following their parents roles, she said. “It depends on how the parents talk to their children and raise them though,” Hart said. “If you talk to them well, then they are more likely to develop the necessary skills to lead and be successful, regardless of birth order.” Jean Pearson Scott, professor of Human Development and Family Studies said siblings would speak of early experiences such as being the oldest in having an influence on how they view their role in the family origin. She said younger siblings might speak of a much older sibling as having a mentor or parental role.
“Especially when there is a big gap between ages, then perhaps an older sibling might take on more of a parental role in the younger siblings eyes,” Scott said. She said she believes having a close relationship with your siblings at an early age can be very influential and have lasting effects in late adulthood. Siblings who are close as children are usually closer later in life, she said. “Also, sometimes siblings are able to put aside sibling rivalry and develop a mature relationship as older adults,” Scott said. She said what she has found to be most influential is the gender combination. For example, sister/sister pairs are more likely to be the closest and brother/
Police probe baggage thefts at Los Angeles airport LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $15,000 camera, Gucci bags, namebrand clothing, electronics and jewelry are among the thousands of dollars in valuables stolen by baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport, police said Thursday. Police served more than two dozen search warrants and made six arrests Wednesday night after a months-long investigation in what was the largest baggage-theft operation in the airport’s history, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Raymond Maltez said. The joint operation with LAPD and airport police came in response to a string of theft reports from planes, terminals and runways. Police noticed lost and theft reports occurring at the airport more frequently when certain crews handled luggage. Officers seized the stolen goods from 25 locations in the region, including the airport, authorities said. Officials will attempt to return the seized items to owners. Those arrested were primarily employees or ex-employees of companies contracted to handle luggage and did not work directly for the airport,
airport police Assistant Chief Michael Hyams said. Maltez said the suspects worked for three contracting companies, including Menzies Aviation. The alleged crimes “were limited to a handful of employees, acting independently,” the company, which has an office at the airport, said in a statement. “Menzies supports this enforcement action and pledges its complete cooperation with the police investigation,” the statement said. Four suspects were taken into custody on suspicion of receiving stolen property and two for outstanding warrants. A total of 14 people were detained for questioning. More arrests were expected. “It’s still not over. There’s a good possibility there will be more search warrants and more arrests to follow,” Maltez said. Police said that while some thieves worked together, most acted on their own seizing opportunities to pocket items from luggage in transit. Maltez said there was a general culture of acceptance of theft among the baggage handlers.
“They all knew about each other, although they weren’t working in concert,” Maltez said. “We’re looking at people who are opportunists, who have taken opportunities to steal.” The thieves were also selling items on multiple sites, including Craigslist. Detectives were still working to determine how much had been recovered, but many expensive items, including a $15,000 camera, were seized during the raids. The camera belonged to a photographer who was on his way to Africa and reported it stolen in San Francisco. “But truly, it was stolen in LAX,” Maltez said.
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THE CAST OF the Vagina Monologues performs the opening dance during rehearsal Thursday in Human Sciences building
think,” Bone said. “It is sometimes uncomfortable. I warn people of that especially in Lubbock because people are used to reacting a certain way to things. The name alone gets attention. It’s ultimately a source of empowerment.” ➤➤email@example.com
brother pairs the least close. “But when there is a big gap between ages, it could influence the relationship in a different way,” Scott said. “The bigger the gap, the more the older sibling takes on that parental role.” Generally, older siblings often come together in later life to provide care for older parents and other relatives when disruptions such as health crises, deaths or retirements occur. Siblings of whatever age order will express high regard and value for their sibling relationships, she said. “They want to spend more quality time with one another,” Scott said, “because they get to an age where they realize their relationships won’t last forever.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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NFL must be careful not to remove enjoyment from game Andrew Gleinser Cuban makes some valid points, my perspective is slightly different. I agree with Cuban that the NFL is in danger of failing in the future, but for different reasons. The NFL is in danger of fixing itself to the point where it is no longer watchable. The old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” applies here. NFL officials are considering expanding the playoff field, adding one team in each conference. While fans of teams that
would have made the playoffs last year under the proposed expansion might be in favor of the change, how would the postseason benefit from the addition of two more mediocre teams? Th is year, the league is experimenting with moving the extra point kicks from the 2-yard line to the 25-yard line, according to an NBC Sports article. What’s wrong with how it is now? Why is there suddenly a need to change
If NFL officials aren’t careful, they’ll turn the game into nothing more than glorified flag football.
Sanctions against Russia inconsequential By CORBIN BROWN
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President Obama’s recent sanctions against Moscow are certainly inconsequential, but so are his less militaristic options. After Putin sent Russian troops into Crimea and annexed the region, the leader of the free world imposed middling financial sanctions against 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials involved in the Crimean crisis. In order to impose effective sanctions, citizens of each nation must be willing to accept the economic consequences. One of these officials, Vladislav Surkov, detailed the sanctions’ ineffectiveness with his statement, “It’s a big honor for me. I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.” Some of Russia’s most influential officials were missing from the list. One such individual, defense minister and national security council member, Sergei Shoygu was absent. In fact, no member of the national security council faces sanctions. Further omissions include Putin’s Chief of Staff, Sergei Ivanov and those Federation Council
deputies who voted for military force in Ukraine. Sanctions also have not been issued against Alexei Miller, the CEO of Gazprom, Russia’s largest natural gas company. Last year, this firm, which is largely owned by the Russian government, imported 162 billion cubic meters of natural gas to the European Union and Turkey. Germany alone imported over 40 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia in 2013. Europe’s reliance on Russian oil and natural gas drastically reduces the possibility of embargoes on that nation’s exports. Eighty-four percent of Russia’s oil exports and 76 percent of its natural gas exports go to Europe. Trade between the European Union and Russia in 2012 amounted to nearly 268 billion euros. In comparison, that same year, trade between Russia and the United States was only 19 billion euros. In contrast, the United States’ trade with Russia in 2012 was approximately 19 billion euros. The previous year, Oklahoma traded a total of 120 million dollars with Russia. Neither amount is paltry, but the U.S. engages in much less trade with Russia than that country’s largest trade partners, the European Union, China, Ukraine and Belarus. While
something that works just fine the way it is? According to an NBC Sports article, a proposal to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line was discussed this year, but ultimately failed. The fact that this was even on the table shows the desire to make the game “safer.” Player safety has become a huge issue in the NFL, and understandably so. Greater safety comes at a price, however. Seemingly constant
allas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently made some controversial statements. Shocking, I know. Cuban commented on the future of the NFL, saying he thinks the league will implode in 10 years. In a Facebook post, Cuban further explained his reasoning. Most of his points were from a business sense. Cuban argued the expansion of games to days other than Sunday and Monday would lead to oversaturation of the TV market, which would cause viewers to become tired of football. He also mentioned the changing nature of media, player behavior and parents not wanting their children to play football for fear of injury. While I don’t dispute that
rule changes are sending the league down a slippery slope. There are now so many rules regarding hits and blocks that there is only a small window in which contact can be made with another player. According to NBC Sports, a new rule was added this year which prohibits players from blocking another player on the side of the legs; blocking on the back of the legs is already prohibited. If all this is being done in the name of player safety, how far can it go? If NFL officials aren’t careful, they’ll turn the game into nothing more than glorified flag football. The ever-expanding use of instant replay and the myriad penalties also make the NFL tougher to watch. They inter-
rupt the flow of the game while allowing referees to have far too large an impact on the outcome. Penalties have become so pervasive that fans now expect them in many situations, so if officials were to hold their flags more often, fans would be outraged just as much as if the flags were thrown too often. NFL officials need to keep the bigger picture in mind when deciding whether or not to change something. While they may think a rule change will make the game safer or more exciting, it may be leading the league down the road to irrelevance. Gleinser is The DT’s opinions editor and a first-year law student from Kingwood. ➤➤ email@example.com
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many in Oklahoma call for increased punishments for Putin’s recent actions, the results experienced by this region would be much less severe than those experienced by, among other nations, Germany and Finland. The economic ties between much of Europe and Russia likely pose the greatest barrier to effective international sanctions against the latter. Sanctions leveled against individual Russian officials do little harm to trade. As a consequence, Germany’s support for said strictures are easily gained. On the other hand, in recent days, Germany has demonstrated some acceptance of the double-edged nature of economic sanctions. On March 19, the German government barred Rheinmetall, a defense contractor, from sending combat simulation gear to Russia. Whether this acceptance will extend to embargoes on Russian oil and natural gas is questionable. Obama may choose to issue stricter sanctions against Russia in the near future, but those currently implemented are of little consequence. If the U. S. and the European Union are to cause lasting damage against Putin, they must accept the economic consequences. A failure to do so will limit both the quality and the quantity of potential sanctions.
Organic foods not necessarily better, safer than non-organic foods You may have noticed when you walk into the produce department at the local Hy-Vee there are fruits and vegetables with the label “ORGANIC” plastered all over their packaging and displays, often accompanied with head-scratching prices. Do you get what you pay for? Are organic foods actually better for your health? Should we all be eating organic or is it a fad, money-making marketing scheme? What even makes a food “organic?” There are lots of questions you might ask yourself before paying such high prices. Unfortunately, the food industry is misleading consumers on this topic and using the lure of health claims to make extra profit. “Normal” foods are healthy, nutritious and safe just as they are, which makes organic foods an unnecessary
product choice. This is good news for many college students because they are also budget busters and we all know that none of us have the money for that. So what makes a food item organic? The USDA defines organic foods as ones that preserve biodiversity, support animal health and welfare, use approved materials, are inspected on site and utilize fewer herbicides and pesticides. These foods undergo inspections and require farmers to be certified as organic growers, a long process that requires high levels of commitment. When consumers hear the term “organic,” many expect foods that are treated with fewer or no “bad chemicals,” foods that are more nutritious, or “natural,” and those that are less processed or may entail closer care and attention to crops and livestock. However, this is a long list of expectations that are difficult to meet, so the
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question is actually whether or not the certification process and benefits are worth the hassle. Becoming certified is a process that many farmers choose not to go through because of the time commitment and the specific standards. USDA certification requires a 3-year documented history of the farm procedures and practices. Qualifying farmers have to plan their use of organic seeds, pest control aids, manure and composting, while also preventing crop contact with non-organic substances by means of drift, harvest and shipping. Rose Martin, senior lecturer in food science and human nutrition at Iowa State, often discusses this topic and reassures others that, due to this intensive process, we can feel confident that if we choose to buy organic foods, we will be getting foods that meet the USDA federal regulations for organic growing. Given that the food meets regulations, it can be labelled as either “100% organic”, “organic” or “made with or-
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ganic ingredients,” as regulated by the National Organic Standards Board. “100% organic” is given the USDA seal and shows that the product was raised separately, is not a genetically modified organism, and contains only organic ingredients. The label “organic” is also able to display the seal but is made with at least 95% organic ingredients. The “made with organic ingredients” label indicates at least 70% organic ingredients but cannot display the USDA’s seal on its packaging. A point to remember with organic certification and labeling is that they give no indication of food safety or nutrition. When consumers see the USDA stamp of approval, the foods are often given a “health halo” and are regarded as more beneficial than conventionally grown foods, but they do not necessarily deserve that reputation. According to Martin, “nutritionally, there is no significant difference between organic and conventionally grown foods.” Both are nutritionally
adequate and thus there is no additional health benefit for choosing organic foods. One of the biggest health interests associated with organic foods is the reduced use of chemicals or use of so-called natural chemicals. While it is true that organic foods have less pesticide residue than conventional products, the benefit is negligible. The pesticide residue found on non-organic foods is so low that consumers are taking in less than 5 percent of the Acceptable Dietary Intake. This means that when we eat most non-organic foods, we are taking in 95 percent less than the amount we are able to ingest and be completely safe from harm. This is enough to put pesticide concerns to rest and show that the lowered presence of chemicals on organic foods is essentially meaningless. The perceived “benefit” of lower pesticides is countered with the high prices. Because of the more laborintensive process and the lower prodCopyright © 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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Red Raider baseball team hosts Longhorns By EVERETT CORDER SportS Editor
The Texas Tech baseball team will host the Texas Longhorns this weekend starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday for its first Big 12 Conference home series. The Red Raiders are 16-2 in home games this season with losses coming only against Indiana and Stephen F. Austin. They are coming off a midweek sweep in a doubleheader against Arkansas Pine Bluff. Tech coach Tim Tadlock said the team had a light day of practice Wednesday after the doubleheader Tuesday so the players could get their legs back under them before the weekend. “One thing that’s pretty clear to these guys is that it’s not possible to play three games in one day, and it’s not possible to play two pitchers at one time,” Tadlock said. “We’re best when
we deal with it one day at a time, and they’re learning that as we go.” Although this is the first home series against a conference opponent, the Red Raiders will still play four more series against fellow Big 12 members left in the season. Junior infielder Bryant Burleson said this first home series is huge, but it is important to play hard throughout the season. “Texas is coming in, and obviously they’re a great program and they have been for many years,” he said. “It’s only the third Big 12 series, so we’ve still got a long season ahead of us, and they all count the same at the end. We’ve got to just keep playing our game.” The Red Raiders have a better record at this point in the season than they did last year, but Tadlock said he doesn’t think he is doing many
things differently. The schedule has allowed him to give some more days off to players he said, but other than that he is doing the same thing from his first season as the Red Raiders coach. “We’re just hard at work every day trying to get better,” Tadlock said. In the 143rd meeting between the Red Raiders and the Longhorns, Tech enters with a record one game better than Texas. Tadlock said for Tech to beat the Longhorns in the series, the players need to focus on one game at a time. “Baseball, it’s a funny game,” Tadlock said. “It’ll humble you in a hurry. And really, our guys, and I think all coaches try to strive for this in any sport, is just playing in the moment. That’s what our guys are going to try to do.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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FRESHMAN INFIELDER RYAN Long hits the ball to the infield during the game against Arkansas Pine Bluff on Tuesday at Dan Law Field. The Red Raiders won against the Golden Lions 2-0.
Texas Tech begins action at Texas Relays Sixers drop 26th straight to Houston Rockets The five-day Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays kicked off Wednesday, but Texas Tech did not have any competition schedule until Thursday. The wait, however, did little to affect sophomore distance runner Evans Tuitoek in the 1500-meter run in section A. Tuitoek claimed victory by completing the 1500 meters in 3:52.74 minutes. There was not much room for error though. He only beat Mississippi fresh-
man distance runner Robert Domanic by .46 seconds. Before Tuitoek had even ran, senior pole vaulter Kyal Meyers earned third place in section A of the men’s pole vault. Meyers received the placement after making it over the bar measuring 17 feet six and one-half inches. Junior thrower Kole Weldon had to settle for 16th in the hammer toss, and sophomore pentathlete Natalie Thomp-
son was relegated to a 14th-place finish. Weldon recorded a new personal best in the hammer toss, an event he has been trying to improve, with a throw recording 189 feet in distance, according to Tech Athletics. Tech continues competition today and Saturday at the relays in Austin as it tries to keep the momentum Meyers and Tuitoek started. ➤➤email@example.com
Lady Raider hurdler, jumper earns conference track award After the first meet of the 2014 outdoor season, a Texas Tech athlete is already honored by the Big 12 Conference, according to a news release from Tech athletes. Sophomore hurdler/jumper Le’Tristan Pledger was one of three athletes Wednesday to earn the Tri-Female Athletes of the Week.
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Softball start Big 12 Conference play against Baylor By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer
The Texas Tech softball team will attempt to extend its 13-game home winning streak this weekend as they open Big 12 Conference play against No. 12 Baylor at Rocky Johnson Field. Despite having a large amount of freshmen on the roster, Coach Shanon Hays said his team is up for a tough pitching matchup against Baylor. “(Baylor is) better than a No. 12 club, to me, just because of their pitching. They have one of the best staffs in the country, one of the top five staffs in country” he said. “They’ve got a sixth-year senior in the circle (Whitney Canion) that’s been a Team USA pitcher. So it’s going to be a big challenge. Hopefully it’ll be a fun challenge for us.” The three-game series starts at 7 p.m. Friday and continues at 4 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday.
After losing the season home opener, Tech has won its last 13 home games, its longest winning streak since early in 2011, according to a Tech Athletics press release. Sophomore infielder Sydnie Tapia said the team has grown all year and is ready to compete against Baylor. “We have a big shot, here, in the Big 12,” Tapia said. “We’ve come from a lot of adversity from last year and being with these girls, we have really grown as a team. Coming out and beating Baylor would be really for our (ratings percentage index). I really think we have a good chance and it’s going to be a good competition.” The Red Raiders enter the series with a 27-9 overall record, second in the Big 12. The Bears are 24-6 overall and 0-1 in the conference after losing to Texas. Hays, 4-6 all-time against Baylor, said winning this weekend series would be great for the team moving forward in conference play. “I imagine (players will have
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about 10 minutes into the workout. The always flashy Manziel was true to his over-the-top Johnny Football persona, trotting into the facility with his receivers as a tune by his buddy Drake blasted through the building. He wore camouflage shorts, a black Nike jersey with his white No. 2 and caused a stir by wearing shoulder pads and a helmet. Manziel didn’t understand why it was a big deal.
“You play the game in shoulder pads on Sundays,” he said. “Why not come out and do it? ... For me it was a no-brainer.” Manziel threw about 65 passes to six receivers, including A&M teammate Mike Evans, who like Manziel is expected to be a first round pick in the May draft. Only two passes weren’t caught and Evans grabbed a third long pass out of bounds. “I felt like it was good,” Manziel
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TEXAS TECH RIGHT handed pitcher Gretchen Aucoin pitches the ball during the game against New Mexico State on March 7 at Rocky Johnson Field. The Red Raiders defeated the Aggies 8-4.
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nerves against Baylor). We are playing in front of our home crowd and they will feel some pressure to try to do well and impress our Tech fans and that what you want,” he said. “They want to do big things, and for us to be a good team, we need to be able to win games in a series like this.” As a team, Baylor has a 1.44 ERA, the lowest in the Big 12, while Tech has a 2.12 ERA, ranking third in the conference. The Red Raiders will look to last week’s Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, sophomore Gretchen Aucoin, to keep Baylor bats silent. Hays said he believes Tech’s pitchers can play just as well as Baylor’s star pitchers. “It’s very nice to (have Aucoin). Gretchen has been throwing well but Cara (Custer) is starting to throw well, Brittany (Talley) has been constant all the way through,” Hays said. “So we are a lot like Baylor in the fact that we have three pitchers that we can use. We are matching up a good staff and we are going to have to do good to win.”
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius broke barriers and the world embraced him for it. The double-amputee runner challenged the athletic establishment and secured the right to race on his carbon fiber blades in the 2012 Olympics. A Paralympic champion, he won races by infinitesimal margins, describing the pressure of competition as “nailbiting” and “nerve-wracking.” It’s all on the line now for Pistorius, who dug deep as an athlete and reveled in global accolades that flowed in spite of, and because of, the obstacles posed by
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his disability. The man, who racing commentators said was slow from the starting block, is expected to testify soon at his murder trial. The defense begins its case on Friday after four weeks of prosecutionled testimony. Pistorius said this week that it was a tough time and there is “a lot ahead of us,” mindful perhaps that the impression he makes on Judge Thokozile Masipa, who will deliver a verdict, could mean as much for his fate as disputed testimony from experts, neighbors and acquaintances. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder for killing lover Reeva Steenkamp. Besides acquittal, some legal analysts point to another option — conviction on a lesser murder or homicide charge that could still jail him for years. Pistorius shot Steenkamp, a 29-yearold model, through the closed door of a toilet cubicle in his home in the night, later saying he mistook her for an intruder; prosecutors allege he killed her after an argument. Their portrait of Pistorius as a gun enthusiast with a hair-trigger temper clashes with his glowing image before the Feb. 14, 2013 shooting.