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The Texas Tech School of Music will be hosting the ninth annual Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn Festival of Music on April 10-12. The festival is South Asian-themed and is comprised of three different concerts, each beginning at 8 p.m. in Hemmle Hall on each day, according to a Tech news release. The three concerts are entitled “New Waves in the Far East,” featuring younger Asian composers, “Masters from the Pacific Rim,” featuring established Asian composers, and “Ripples of the East,” featuring Western composers who have been influenced by Asian elements, according to the release. Appledorn was a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Music at Tech from 1950 to 2008, according to the release, and received 25 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards. The event is free, according to the release, and open to the public.

FORT HOOD (AP) — A gunman opened fire Wednesday at the Fort Hood military base in an attack that left four people dead, including the shooter, at the same post where more than a dozen people were killed in a 2009 mass shooting, law enforcement officials said. One of the officials, citing internal U.S. Justice Department updates, said 14 others were hurt. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information by name. A U.S. law enforcement official said the shooter died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

A Texas congressman said the shooting happened at a medical center at the base. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also identified the suspect as Ivan Lopez. But additional details about the gunman were not immediately available. The injured were taken to Darnall Army Community Hospital at Fort Hood and other local hospitals. Dr. Glen Couchman, chief medical officer at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, said the first four people admitted there had gunshots to chest, abdomen, neck and extremities and that their conditions range from stable to “quite critical.” The 2009 assault on Fort Hood was the deadli-

est attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded. The military offered few details on Wednesday’s attack. After the shooting began, the Army’s official Twitter feed said the post had been locked down. Hours later, all-clear sirens sounded. On Wednesday evening, a fatigue-clad soldier and a military police officer stood about a quartermile from the main gate waving away traffic. Other lanes were blocked by a police car and van. Meanwhile, relatives of soldiers waited for news about their loved ones. Tayra DeHart, 33, said she had last heard from her husband, a soldier at the post, that he was safe,

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Honoring Hance Perry, officials honor Hance at ceremony


By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer

Appeals court overturns ruling on execution drugs HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution. Only hours before the appellate decision, a lower-court judge issued a temporary injunction halting the execution of Tommy Lynn Sells, a convicted serial killer who was set to die Thursday. The case originally included Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, another inmate scheduled to be put to death next week. But the appellate ruling affected only Sells. The appeals court said it would take up Hernandez-Llanas’ case at a later date.


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but that was hours earlier. “The last two hours have been the most nerve-racking I’ve ever felt. I know God is here protecting me and all the soldiers, but I have my phone in my hand just hoping it will ring and it will be my husband,” DeHart said. Brooke Conover, whose husband was on base at the time of the shooting, said she found out about it while checking Facebook. She said she called her husband, Staff Sgt. Sean Conover, immediately to make sure he was OK, but he could not even tell her exactly what was going on, only that the base was locked down.


TEXAS GOV. RICK Perry, tells stories of his relationship with Chancellor Kent Hance at his retirement ceremony Wednesday in the United Spirit Arena.

Victory bells rang as students, alumni and supporters honored Chancellor Kent Hance at his going away reception at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the United Spirit Arena. Officials who spoke in honor of Hance were Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson, Scott Cooksey, interim vice president for the Texas Tech System and Larry Anders, vice chairman for the Tech System Board of Regents. “Texas Tech has been ranked as one of the best institutions for its graduates,” Perry said. “I think that’s reflective of what this institution has become under Chancellor Hance.” Not only has Hance had an impact on Tech, but Robertson said Hance has had a large impact on the surrounding Lubbock community as well. The changes that have impacted Tech for the better, he said, have bettered the surrounding community two-fold. “The two words I think of when I think of Chancellor Hance are leadership and partnership,” Robertson said. “The city of Lubbock hasn’t always been the best relationship with Texas Tech but because of Kent Hance it does.” Hance’s legacy has not only been left as chancellor but also through his continued involvement with the Saddle Tramps and Delta Tau Delta, two organizations he was a part of while a student at Tech. Thad Block, a sophomore management major from Henrietta and a current Saddle Tramp, said he believes Hance is going to continue his legacy wherever he goes and continue to make the world a better place. “Chancellor Hance is a Saddle Tramp through and through and Saddle Tramps are known for coming in and doing a really good job and then leaving to do bigger and better things. Chancellor Hance has definitely done a lot of great things for the university,” he said. “I’m

glad we’re moving forward in a good direction with him. I’m sad to see him go, but I’m also happy for him.” Not only has Hance had an impact on the organizations he was a part of, Perry said, but also all of the students at Tech. Hance said he loves Tech and its students and wants to continue to stay involved as Chancellor Emeritus. “Sometimes you have to explain things when you’re involved with the students,” he said as he laughed. “I was at the Gator Bowl and a kid said to me ‘Guns Up’ in an airport. It took 30 minutes to explain that was a figure of speech so that kid would be out of trouble. You can’t say things like that in an airport.” Hance brought many different qualities to Tech when appointed chancellor that will also be vital for the next chancellor, Rick Francis, member of the Tech Board of Regents and chairman for the board that appointed Hance, said. He brought wisdom, drive, focus and patience when he became chancellor, Cooksey said. “I think really Kent brought vision,” Francis said. “I think that’s a very important quality in terms of looking out over the horizon and trying to find the leadership to take Tech to the next level. I think that’s a critical component that the new chancellor should have along with his ability to inspire our alumni and students. “These are going to be really big shoes to fill but so far the applicants we’ve been seeing, we are very pleased with the people that have submitted applicants. You know, it was my good fortune to hire Kent when I was chair and he’s done an outstanding job.” While Tech administration and those affiliated with the university are looking toward the new era, students hope to see things in the new chancellor as well. HANCE continued on Page 2 ➤➤

Afterdark unites Christians throughout Lubbock By JENNIFER ROMERO Staff Writer

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Texas Tech is home to a wide variety of religions, and there are various student organizations specifically for Christian students. The Christian event Afterdark was hosted at the City Bank Auditorium and Coliseum at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Joe White has brought the Afterdark event to various universities across the country since 2000, according to the Afterdark website, and it is a one night event designed to relate to college students from all walks of life. Keith Baldridge, the college and young adult minister for the Overflow ministry within the Indiana Ave Baptist Church, said the last time Afterdark came to Lubbock was a few years ago. “When I saw it last time, I thought it was a really powerful event,” he said. “It unites campus ministries and churches together to serve a common goal. I love how Joe White ADVERTISING: 806-742-3384

shares Jesus through a unique perspective.” The event began with a performance from Thi’sl who interacted with the crowd between his raps. The crowd actively stood up and danced when Thi’sl asked everyone to do so, and he said he is part of Afterdark because his life was changed when he was exposed to the gospel as a young boy. Kaitlin Davis, a sophomore conservation science major from Flower Mound, said this was the first time she had attended an event like Afterdark. “I heard about the event through my Christian sorority,” she said. “It sounded like a really fun event to attend especially because it only comes around every couple years.” After Thi’sl finished his performance, Joe White’s family introduced him through video interviews where they described his overall character.


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Students turn trash into art for contest By KAYLIN MCDERMETT Staff Writer

Today Guns Up Forevermore Scholarship Campaign Time: 11:00 a.m. Where: SUB West Plaza So, what is it? Give a minimum donation of $10 and receive a free T-shirt. Flying Tortillas Improv Group Time: 8:30 a.m. Where: Escondido Theatre Student Union Building So, what is it? Free night of laughs from a professional improvisation group. Conference Volunteer Training Session II Time: 12:00 p.m. Where: TLPD University Library So, what is it? Get information about receiving volunteer hours by helping with the Women’s Studies Conference. Spirit Scavenger Hunt Time: 8:30 a.m. Where: Escondido Theatre

Student Union Building So, what is it? Take pictures around campus to help show school pride Thursday Night Movies: The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug Time: 10:00 p.m. Where: Escondido Theatre, Student Union building So, what is it? Get information about receiving volunteer hours by helping with the Women’s Studies Conference. Financial Education Week Time: 10:00 a.m. Where: Student Union building So, what is it? Get financial advice and tips as part of this week-long event.

Students looking to make an impact and help the environment by recycling now have an opportunity to recycle materials while creating works of art. Melanie Tatum with University Student Housing said the Recycled Art Competition is aimed at getting students involved in the recycling process in a creative way. “We want students to be more aware of recycling,” she said. “This gives a chance for people to take something that would have been thrown away and use it to make something new.” University Student Housing and the Student Government Association are partnering to sponsor the Recycled Art Contest.

Students, staff, student organizations and faculty are able to participate in the event by creating works of art constructed out of recycled materials, which may include bottles, glass, bottle caps or any other materials that would usually end up in the garbage. Individual art submissions will be judged and voted on by students, staff and other visitors to the exhibit, which will be held in the Red Raider Lounge in the Student Union building on April 23. The competition is part of the ongoing effort by student housing to raise awareness and student involvement in recycling efforts on campus. Other recycling efforts were carried out through the Tech’s participation in the national annual RecycleMania competition this spring. Students and staff submit-

ting pieces must only meet two requirements in order to participate. A work must be constructed with at least 75 percent recycled material and not exceed 24 inches by 36 inches, according to TechAnnounce. Tatum said as long as the piece meets the requirements, participants are free to create almost anything. “Right now we have a birdhouse and a painting,” she said. “It can really be anything from sculptures to jewelry as long as it is 75 percent recycled material.” Prizes will be awarded to the pieces, which receive first, second and third place after the voting has ended. On the day of the exhibit, pieces must be dropped off at the Red Raider Lounge room by 8:30 a.m. for judging and voting, according to event flyers.



Pi Phi Phlashback Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Urabanovsky Park So, what is it? Come out and enjoy a free drinks, snacks and a showing of The Breakfast Club to support Pi Phi.

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“I’m still hearing conflicting stories about what happened and where the shooting was exactly,” Conover said in a telephone interview, explaining that she still did not know how close the incident was to her husband. “I just want him to come home,” said Conover, who moved to Fort Hood with her husband and three daughters two years ago. President Barack Obama vowed that investigators would get to the bottom of the shooting. In a hastily arranged statement in Chicago, Obama said he was following the situation closely. He said the shooting brought back painful memories of the 2009 attack. Obama reflected on the sacrifices that troops stationed at Fort Hood have made

Decisions of the winning pieces will be final, and the winners will be notified by email. Their name will also be posted to the Texas Tech Go Green program’s Facebook page. Tatum said she hopes to see students sign up for the event and spread awareness about recycling. “We want as many students as possible to sign up,” she said. “We only have about five people registered right now, but we are hoping for at least 20 people. I think it’s a good way to show students that they can make some pretty cool things out of items that would otherwise be thrown away.” Entries for the competition must be submitted by April 9. The entry form is found on the housing department’s website. ➤➤

POLICE BLOTTER Tuesday 8:22 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated criminal mischief at the R3 parking lot. A vehicle was damaged. 1:20 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft at the Tech Library. An unsecured iPad was taken. 3:10 p.m. — A Tech officer documented information concerning a student who is concerned about repercussions from breaking up with her ex-boyfriend. 3:47 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft at Weymouth Residence Hall. An unsecured wallet was taken. 4:04 p.m. — A Tech officer issued criminal trespass warnings to two students at Weymouth Residence Hall at the request of housing staff. 11:32 p.m. — A Tech officer issued a student a Lubbock County citation for possession of alcohol by minor at Gates Residence Hall. The student signed the citation and was released. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.

will bring in a lot of the stuff Chancellor Hance brought in,” he said. “He really got a lot going for the students and I hope to see that continue.” Block said he wants the new chancellor to care about the students as much as Hance does. “I hope the new chancellor brings in a lot of the same energy

and prowess that Chancellor Hance has brought,” he said. “I want them to be very studentoriented and someone who really loves the university.” Hance has been chancellor since December 2006 and announced his leaving in October 2013. Robertson said April 2

has now been declared “Kent Hance Day.” “There’s going to be a changing of the guard at Texas Tech,” Perry said, “but Chancellor Hance said he wasn’t going to leave until the last student has been given the opportunity to get ahead and attend Texas Tech.”

— including enduring multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. “They serve with valor. They serve with distinction, and when they’re at their home base, they need to feel safe,” Obama said. “We don’t yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again.” The president spoke without notes or prepared remarks in the same room of a steakhouse where he had just met with about 25 donors at a previously scheduled fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. White House officials quickly pushed tables to the side of the room to make room for Obama to speak to the nation. The November 2009 attack happened inside a crowded building where soldiers were waiting to get vaccines and routine paperwork after recently returning from deployments or preparing to go to Afghanistan and Iraq. Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan was

convicted and sentenced to death last year in that mass shooting. He said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression. According to testimony during Hasan’s trial last August, Hasan walked inside carrying two weapons and several loaded magazines, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — and opened fire with a handgun. Witnesses said he targeted soldiers as he walked through the building, leaving pools of blood, spent casings and dying soldiers on the floor. Photos of the scene were shown to the 13 officers on the military jury. The rampage ended when Hasan was shot in the back by Fort Hood police officers outside the building. He was paralyzed from the waist down and is now on death row at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. After that shooting, the military tightened security at bases nationwide.

Those measures included issuing security personnel long-barreled weapons, adding an insider-attack scenario to their training and strengthening ties to local law enforcement, according to Peter Daly, a vice admiral who retired from the Navy in 2011. The military also joined an FBI intelligence-sharing program aimed at identifying terror threats. In September, a former Navy man opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, leaving 13 people dead, including the gunman. After that shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to review security at all U.S. defense installations worldwide and examine the granting of security clearances that allow access to them. Asked Wednesday about security improvements in the wake of other shootings at U.S. military bases, Hagel said, “Obviously when we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something’s not working.”



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ASME to host professional development conference By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer

Texas Tech’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers will host this year’s District E Student Professional Development Conference starting today, according to a Tech news release. Check-in for the conference will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Union building. The conference will fea ture student design competitions and professional development seminars. Kathryn Johnson, a junior

mechanical engineering major from Lumberton and internal vice president of Tech’s ASME, said representatives from companies who interact with engineers daily will attend the conference. “ We h a v e a p r o f e s s i o n a l segment where we are bringing companies in to present on resume critiques and how to run job fair,” she said. “It’s a big networking opportunity for students.” The professional development sections of the conference will also feature mock

interviews, a seminar on how to negotiate salary at an interview and other interview tips, and a presentation on finite element analysis. The professional development seminars will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in the SUB, according to the conference schedule. The student design competition will take place at 8 p.m. Friday in the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. “They are to make a hovercraft that can fly and drop a payload and fly back within five minutes,” Johnson said.


Darin Mercado, a senior mechanical engineering major from Danbury and president of Tech’s ASME, said the top two teams of the design competition will go on to participate in the international design competition in Montreal, Canada. “For the student design competition, we have 18 teams. Two of those are Texas Tech teams, and those teams range anywhere from three to six people per team,” he said. “There’s also an Old Guard oral competition and an Old Guard poster competition.”

The Old Guard competitions will be hosted at 8 a.m. Friday in the SUB. For the oral competition, students will present on engineering work they have been a part of. For the Old Guard poster competition, students will create technical posters and be judged on technical merits and aesthetic layout. “The companies that are attending are actually looking for recruits,” Johnson said. An awards banquet will also be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The banquet’s keynote

tion and help out with whatever they need,” Eatherly said. “Our biggest need is an update of facilities since In an effort to increase com- we don’t have the staff to get around munity outreach, Texas Tech will to some of the smaller things.” be hosting its While annual Tech volunteerLubbock ing, stuCommunity dents can Day. expect to Te c h help by Lubbock painting Community some of Day will octhe offices cur from 9 and shelter a.m. to 12 rooms as p.m. and 1-4 well as dep.m. April 5 tailing the at the Salvakitchen, tion Army, Eatherly Tent City, said. Arboretum “This is and Luba great opbock United portunity Neighborfor Tech JUSTIN EATHERLY hoods Assostudents COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND ciation. to get inJustin volved in DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR E a t h e r l y, an organiSALVATION ARMY community zation that relations and is helping development director at the Salva- thousands of people throughout the tion Army of Lubbock, plays a pivotal year,” Eatherly said. “We are going role in organizing the event. to use this extra man power to really “Tech Lubbock Community Day update the upkeep of our facilities, is a day for Texas Tech students to get but also make it a little nicer and do involved with a nonprofit organiza- a little spring cleaning so we make Staff Writer

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Perry backs storage site for Texas nuclear waste LUBBOCK (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has asked lawmakers to explore establishing a location in Texas to store the state’s high-level radioactive waste. Citing a report from the state’s environmental agency, Perry told Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus in a letter that Texas is suited to store spent nuclear fuel from the state’s four commercial reactors and that a solution is needed. Texas waste is now stored on site by the utilities that operate the reactors. But Perry wants to develop a single storage location until a national repository for nuclear waste is established. At an appearance in Lubbock on Wednesday, Perry said he wants legislators to take a “thoughtful, commonsense approach.” “I think to stick our heads in the sand and say, ‘Oh, you know, we don’t like nuclear waste, therefore if we just don’t pay attention to it, it will go away.’ It’s not going to go away,” Perry said. In the governor’s March 28 letter, he chided the federal government for its inaction on dealing with the issue of high-level waste. “The citizens of Texas — and every other state currently storing radioactive waste — have been betrayed by their federal government,” he wrote. Perry was referring to Nevada’s Yucca Mountain site, which utility companies in the U.S. have paid billions toward building. It doesn’t appear viable at this point, so spent fuel in the U.S. is currently stored in pools or in dry casks at the more than 100 commercial nuclear reactors. Texas’ share of those billions is about $700 million, the letter states. The letter from Perry is the second time this year a high-ranking state official has weighed in on the topic. In January, Straus directed lawmakers to “determine the potential economic impact of permitting a

facility in Texas.” Perry urged Dewhurst and Straus to relay the high-level radioactive waste report, which Perry asked for in September, by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to appropriate committees in the House and the Senate. There is currently no disposal site in the United States for spent fuel rods from reactors across the country — including Texas’ four reactors at Comanche Peak in Glen Rose and the South Texas Project near Bay City. In November, a federal court ruled the U.S. government had “no credible plan” to permanently dispose of highlevel waste. The court’s decision came after the federal government collected billions of dollars from utilities for decades to fund the Yucca site. Texas is already home to a disposal site for low-level radioactive waste, which includes contaminated protective clothing, mops, filters, reactor water treatment residues, equipment and tools. Chuck McDonald, spokesman for Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists, which operates the lowlevel site in Andrews County, said the company is talking to officials there. “We would certainly take a hard look at it,” he said of a high-level

storage site. An interim storage site likely would keep the high-level waste for numerous decades before it eventually would be buried permanently at a yet-to-be-determined geological repository. Perry said Wednesday he thinks Andrews County could be a “legitimate” site for the high-level waste. “I think there’s a couple of sites in the state of Texas where the local communities are actively pursuing that possibility,” Perry said. Officials in Loving County in West Texas are interested in having a highlevel waste storage site, as is the EddyLea Energy Alliance LLC, which is made up of officials in Carlsbad and Hobbs, and Eddy and Lea counties in southeastern New Mexico. “We have no choice but to begin looking for a safe and secure solution” for high-level waste in Texas,” Perry’s letter states. Cyrus Reed with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said there is no rush in Texas to store spent rods. The four reactors still have ample storage capacity, he said. And were Waste Control to build a storage facility for Texas’ high-level waste, that could change.

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TLC Day brings Tech, Lubbock together By TRAVIS MABRY

MYKEL WARRICK, A freshman finance major from Midland, grills burgers and hot dogs with the Delta Alpha Omega fraternity Wednesday outside the Student Union Building. The fratenity offered students a lunch for $4 and plans to use the money earned for their philanthropy supporting underprivileged children.

speaker is former astronaut and dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, Al Sacco, Jr. Tech’s ASME is also looking for volunteers to help coordinate the conference. Students interested in volunteering at the conference can email Mercado at “Friday we’ll be needing help the entire day to have people direct students from out of town,” Mercado said. “We can definitely use a lot of engineers.”

people feel welcomed when they receive our services.” Les Burrus, executive director of Link Ministries, will be overseeing Tech Lubbock Community Day at the Tent City location. “We are looking at renovating one of our buildings into an indoor soccer field for kids,” Burrus said. “Hopefully by the end of the year we will have this up and running as an outreach to the kids and the community.” Tech Lubbock Day is a day for students to get involved in the community and to be good stewards, Burrus said. “Students will start helping us by getting the facilities cleaned out,” Burrus said. “That’s a lot of man hours with a lot of people donating their time like that.” In order to participate, students can meet at 8:30 a.m. March 5 at the skate park located at 205 East 19th Street, Burrus said. According to TechAnnounce, breakfast, lunch and shirts will be provided for the first 300 to register as an individual or group. Attending Tech Lubbock Community Day will help them keep the facilities up and running as well as serve as an outreach to the kids and families in the Lubbock community, Burrus said. ➤➤

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Texas should increase state legislator salary John Michael Getz in Austin. While most people cringe at the thought of our tax dollars paying politicians even a penny more, the truth is, I don’t know if our political system can continue to survive much longer running with inadequately paid state legislators. As a state, we should strive to take issues head on and set the bar for the performance of our legislators. We are the greatest state in the union and we should not have to settle for a state legislature whose members can’t afford to pay their own bills. What we need is to start paying our elected officials a reasonable salary so that no one elected in Texas, whether they’re state senators or the state representatives, have to worry about making ends meet. Our country was founded upon

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Transgender community needs more visibility, rights By JAKKI THOMPSON

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Throughout the movement and history of the LGBT community, it has really been the lesbian and gay movement. Bisexuals are pigeonholed into the first two aforementioned categories, and the transgender/transsexual community are completely forgotten about or thrown under the rug. International Transgender Day of Visibility was March 31, and although this article is a day late, the message needs to get out there. The transgender community should be more visible with those fighting for the rights and privileges of different sexualities and gender identities. What most people don’t know is how under-protected and underrepresented the transgender community is in the mainstream society. On Sept. 20, 2011, the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the U.S. armed forces was officially enacted. The 17-year-old policy “banned openly gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from military service,” according to a July 22, 2011 New York Times article. Please note that transgender men and women were not protected in the repeal of that policy. In turn, that means all transgender people in the military are not protected, could lose their military careers if investigated and are not given the same rights as their cisgender peers. Those who serve and protect the U.S. are not able to live how they truly want to live as out transgender men and women. Instead, they have to hide and be afraid of slipping up, in fear of loosing their career. Additionally, there is no global universal law for people to be able to change their gender without having to undergo surgery first, according to Gender Proud, a campaign to enhance the rights of transgender individuals.

Geena Rocero, the founder of Gender Proud, became the first transgender person to ever come out on a TedTalk. She discussed how most of the Western world has very rigid concepts of gender that exist alongside legal systems that afford transgender individuals very limited rights. Although she grew up in the Philippines, where gender identity is much more fluid, it is still not politically recognized there. As transgender men and women continue to live out and free, there needs to be a societal shift. One looming issue is the violence against transgender individuals, whether it be male to female or female to male transgender people. According to study by the Organization of American States from Aug. 15, 2013, transgender people are often victims of violent crimes, including murders. In July 2013, 39 people who identified as lesbian, gay and transgender were murdered in North and South America. Murder is not the only type of violence against the transgender community. According to Trans Student Equality Resources from March 2014, 80 percent of trans students felt unsafe at school because of their gender expression. Almost 60 percent of gender nonconforming students experienced verbal harassment in the past year because of their gender expression, compared to 29 percent of their peers. Forty-nine percent of trans people reported physical abuse and 41 percent of trans people have attempted suicide. These statistics should be alarming to anyone. But, therein lies the problem. Many people have no idea these statistics are this high because the transgender community is so underrepresented in mainstream media. Though these issues are just the tip of the iceberg for this community, they are still prevalent.

the principle of a government by the people, for the people. If we want to ever elect genuine people who want to be in Austin working for us — not these political poster children on every news outlet — then we have a responsibility to give everyday Americans the chance to run for political office. According to a report from the United States Health and Human Services, in the 48 contiguous states, the poverty rate for a single person is anything at or below $11,670 per year. According to The National League of Cities, state representatives and senators in Texas are paid $7,200 per year, an unrealistic amount of money

for anyone to survive. Regardless of your political beliefs, it should seem unreasonable that we pay our State Legislators less than the poverty rate. The incentive for a blue-collar American to run for an elected position is almost non-existent given the fact they would not even be able to support themselves if they were elected. How can a single parent or schoolteacher ever consider running for state representative when they’d be taking a massive pay cut and be giving up grave amounts of their time to serve the people who elected them? Our state legislature meets every other year. However, state

If we want everyday Texans to run for office, we need to realize most people can’t take off of work a couple of months every other year to go to Austin.


rowing up in tightknit Lubbock, I have seen how politics affects almost every aspect of the community. From the appointments made to the Texas Tech Board of Regents, to the development of Overton Park, to city council elections and the introduction of fracking in Lubbock County, there are politics everywhere. For example, one of my most memorable teachers at LubbockCooper North Elementary, Mrs. Rita McDaniel, was recently elected to the Lubbock-Cooper Board of Trustees. It was exciting to be able to cast my ballot for a teacher who had done so much for me. After Mrs. McDaniel won her election, I began thinking to myself that we need more people like her representing us not only on school boards or city councils, but at the state and national level as well. However, I quickly realized that for many Texans, that is simply not realistic. There is talk around the state of Texas to increase the salaries of those who represent us

representatives and state senators are expected to continue to represent their constituents throughout their term in office. Being an elected official is a full time job, even here in Texas. If we want everyday Texans to run for office, we need to realize most people can’t take off of work a couple of months every other year to go to Austin. Furthermore, goo d repre sentatives make many public appearances, host town halls, visit with constituents and fulfill their services to every one of us, because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be reelected. Even if we are sometimes discouraged by the decisions our legislators make, we should all realize they each put in time year-round for us all. In order for us to elect and keep genuine representatives, we must compensate them for their service. Many of the politicians we have today can easily afford to move to Austin when the legislature meets, but I would venture to say that a majority of Texans cannot simply take off of work for a couple of months

in order to be in Austin for the legislative sessions. If we want to have a government made up of the everyday “Joe the Plumbers,” the kind of people we trust, then it’s time we begin paying our leaders a realistic amount of money on which they can survive. Whenever I get frustrated with politics, I appreciate having sensible people, like Mrs. McDaniel, representing me in government. While many of the people we elect are successful businessmen and women, there is quite simply not any room for many hard working middle class Texans to serve in Austin. It’s time that changes. If we want a more pragmatic and diverse legislature, then it is up to each one of us to educate ourselves and elect these men and women who will open up the playing field for everyone so that we can truly be a government made up of the people who will work for the people. Getz is a sophomore accounting major from Lubbock. ➤➤

Obamacare advertisements hard to take seriously By MIKE STANTON

The Collegian (Kansas sTaTe U.)

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law just over four years ago, President Obama’s signature achievement has been surrounded by controversy. The sweeping legislation, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is a massive overhaul of the United States’ healthcare system the likes of which we haven’t seen since Medicare and Medicaid passed in 1965. The bill has been surrounded by controversy, legal battles, technical difficulties and deadline extensions- in fact, the Washington Post reported last week that the Obama administration would give extra time to Americans who didn’t enroll through the federal insurance marketplace by the original March 31 deadline. I could argue about countless aspects of the law itself or the poor job the federal government has done implementing it, but at this point, it would be beating a horse that has long since been dead. Instead, I want to talk about something that hasn’t received nearly as much attention: the expensive, yet atrocious, promotional campaign designed to convince people

to enroll in Obamacare. Despite costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, the ads looked downright amateurish, and weren’t very effective, as the administration barely reached their “revised” goal of six million enrollments. If you’ve watched TV, listened to the radio or gone online anytime over the past few years, chances are pretty great that you’ve seen your share of Obamacare plugs. One such ad that aired during this year’s NCAA Tournament, which millions of people watch, starred former NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning. In it, the 6-foot-10-inch center shows up to a pickup basketball game in a park, “wondering if [he] could get next.” As the players gather around him in awe, he proceeds to turn the conversation from hoops to healthcare, saying that the “invincible” mentality that the athletes have is foolish, and advising them to go to to “get covered.” As an avid college basketball fan, I had to sit through the ad several dozen times while watching the tournament. It was painful to watch. The dialogue was awkward and forced, and the acting was just as bad. Another, equally ridiculous ad on’s YouTube channel is titled “Bubble Wrap vs. Health Insur-

ance.” Apparently, as the ad states, “You don’t need health insurance if you have an endless supply of bubble wrap.” My dad works in food distribution, which gives him access to more bubble wrap than you can imagine, and we still have health insurance, but I digress. In the commercial, a young woman wraps a man in an entire roll of the plastic packing material. He then hops around for a second or two before falling to the ground. It’s pretty much impossible to take seriously. My personal favorite part of the campaign was the series of posters meant to appeal to college students and other young adults. One features Susie and Nate, who are described as “Hot to Trot.” Susie is leaning up against a smug-looking Nate, holding a box of birth control pills and shooting a thumbs up sign. “OMG, he’s hot!,” the caption reads. “Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control.” Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Another poster stars Rob, Zach and Sam, “bros for life.” Rob and Sam are lifting Zach up for a keg stand, and holding red Solo cups in their free hands. According to the ad, as crazy as keg stands may be, they’re not as crazy as not being uninsured. We youngsters shouldn’t have to “tap into our beer money” for health

coverage, it posits. If you need a good laugh, I’d highly suggest a quick Google Image search for the “Got Insurance” campaign. There are dozens of posters like the two I mentioned above, each more absurd than the last. The worst part about all the low-quality propaganda is its cost to taxpayers. An article on The Blaze from July 2013 said that data compiled from the Associated Press and federal and state sources pegged the tab for marketing the Affordable Care Act as at least $684 million. What’s more, according to, in December 2013, Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney said the administration didn’t need to advertise or campaign for the law. Clearly, throwing a bunch of money at a campaign doesn’t guarantee quality. It blows my mind that the federal government spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting the president’s pet project, and that’s what they came up with. I can name dozens of college students off the top of my head that could have promoted the Act more effectively, especially with a budget that size. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of federally mandated healthcare, I think we can all agree that this marketing campaign was a flop and a colossal waste of money.

United States isolates Russia with economic sanctions By ISD EDITORIAL BOARD iowa sTaTe Daily (iowa sTaTe U.)

By now, nearly every American has heard at least something about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. After that basic fact, though, it can be difficult to understand what exactly has been and likely will be happening. With constant reassurances from those on the political right, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and television personality Bill O’Reilly, that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “won” while handily outsmarting our own President, some might think that the situation in Crimea is already relegated to the history books. Despite such claims, there is still much to be decided with regard to the international conflict instigated by Moscow. The United States and many western countries do not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea as legitimate. This may seem to be of little use to those living under Russian military control, but by backing Ukraine’s claim to Crimea, the U.S. and its allies are giving an assurance that further sanctions will be imposed on Russia. Admittedly, those sanctions began rather lightly. Before Russia officially voted to annex Crimea, the Obama administration announced the freezing of American assets held by eleven prominent Russian political figures, some of whom scoffed at the so-called punishment. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin joked on Twitter that the U.S. and European Union had added Stalin, vodka and the Kalashnikov assault rifle to the list of sanctioned individuals, underscoring their supposed ineffectiveness. After Russia’s actions escalated, more

serious actions were taken by the U.S. and others, including the Hague Declaration, which effectively removed Russia from the G-8, an important political group of eight — now seven — industrialized nations. Additionally, there has been much talk of introducing measures to reduce Western Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and oil. Currently, Europe gets about a third of its imported energy from Russian sources. This means that although most countries in Western Europe disapprove of their invasion into Ukraine they would likely continue to have strong trade relations with Russia in order to keep their energy costs low. This is an area where the U.S. could

make significant economic impacts against Russia. There has already been talk across the political spectrum in the United States about increasing our liquid natural gas exports. Even President Obama, at a summit last week in Brussels, said, “Once we have a trade agreement in place, export licenses for projects for liquefied natural gas destined to Europe would be much easier — something that’s obviously relevant in today’s geopolitical climate.” Of course not everyone supports increased natural gas production. The Sierra Club, an environmental group based in the United States, claims, “Exporting liquified natural gas [LNG] to overseas markets is a dirty, dangerous

practice that lets the industry make a killing at the expense of human health.” There have certainly been problems with safely harvesting natural gas, most notably from hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. These concerns have, in part, led many European countries to refrain from large-scale natural gas production, which is why they must seek imports. Natural gas may just be a stepping stone from carbon-based fuels to more renewable, cleaner sources, but it is a step that the United States cannot afford to miss. We are not going to force Russia out of Ukraine at gunpoint; we must instead seek another way to isolate them internationally.


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Students, faculty talk entrepreneurship By TAYLOR PEACE Staff Writer

Texas Tech strives to push its students to reach their highest potential, whether it be in their field of study or starting off on their own venture. Entrepreneurship is on the rise in this generation and will only continue to keep going up as technology increases. Derrick Franco, a senior computer science major from El Paso, said he first started pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams at the age of 17. “When I was growing up, I was always around people who lived that lifestyle of pursuing their own dreams,” Franco said. “You pretty much had to speak the language of entrepreneurship if you wanted to be part of the family conversations.” Franco is the co-founder of EasyLaunch and Raiderlist, companies started by Tech students. Franco said his first actual project was managing his uncle’s website company, which taught him the computer aspect of a business. “I kind of just learned the coding at

the time when working with my uncle,” he said. “After I was done with that, I started programming for my own web company called 932 Media.” Although 932 Media has fallen through, Franco said failure is not something to be afraid of. He said when it comes to failure, all one can do is learn from mistakes. “Even though my second company didn’t work out, I learned from it,” Franco said. “I learned what mistakes not to make for the next time around and it has truly helped me in my success.” Franco is an active member of Ted Talk and said it has really opened his eyes to other people’s opinions and ideas. Franco said Tech has helped him when it comes to his startups because it enables him to pull different aspects from different backgrounds and see the world in a whole new light. “You think you have a grasp on the world until you attend Tech,” Franco said. “These people are some of the smartest people I know and I love hearing them share their stories.” Katy Morris, lead designer of

EasyLaunch and Raiderlist and junior electronic media and communications major from Connecticut, started getting into the entrepreneurship lifestyle when she started dating Franco. Morris said Franco is one of her main influences and helps motivate her to keep pushing forward. “Derrick works so hard and is so passionate about everything he does,” Morris said. “When we started dating, I could tell how driven he was to pursue his dreams and it has definitely made an impact on my own personal motivation.” Last year, she and Franco presented one of their start-up companies in a Hacathon in New York and won, Morris said. This enabled them to travel to California to meet other potential investors and network with more people. “That’s when I really started getting into start-up companies,” Morris said. “It was cool because we got to meet so many people from all over. I have been involved with start-ups ever since.” She said EasyLaunch and Raiderlist both have great and collaborative team members that are all from dif-

ferent backgrounds, which helps pull in thoughts and ideas from all angles. Morris’ team members also include Mike Parotta, the marketer for EasyLaunch and Joey Penati, the marketer for Raiderlist. “Each person has their own part in making our start-ups work efficiently,” Morris said. “Without all of us, it would not be as innovative as we want it to be.” Morris said when it comes to inventing new products or companies, knowing who the target audience is important. She said for EasyLaunch, the team realized the audience they were focused on did not really know how to use applications, so they had to come at them from a different angle. “Now we are going to different carrier stores to sell EasyLaunch in, that way the older audiences will know what to do,” Morris said. “We are also thinking of doing an EasyLaunch line that simplifies other people’s apps so they can use it better.” Morris said they are waiting until the beginning of next semester to start Raiderlist.

Raiderlist is like a Craigslist for Texas Tech people only, she said. “Right now, we are just letting it go around by word of mouth,” Morris said. “We have confidence that Raiderlist will be successful because we already have hundreds of people talking about it.” Geoffrey Graybeal, assistant professor in the College of Media and Communication, said if one is going to fail, then fail fast. Graybeal said when an audience is not giving the feedback a team desires or does not like the idea, then it is time for the team to focus on a new angle. “Know when to pump the break on an idea and pivot in a new direction,” Graybeal said. “Even greater ideas can come out of failing, as long as you accept failure and learn from it.” Graybeal also started experiencing with start-up companies when he was in college at the University of Georgia. His first start up, a modified news micropayment model, was created in one of his senior business classes. “It was a spin off of the original product we were actually working on,” Graybeal said. “We realized we could

really go somewhere with this.” Graybeal and his team took their product to the International Symposium Online Journalism event in Austin, and introduced their product to many investors all over the world. This event helps stream entrepreneurs’ pitches to every part of the world, so their ideas are received by millions of potential investors. “Our start-up received attention from places such as Hong Kong and the Netherlands,” Graybeal said. “ISOJ is very helpful for entrepreneurs or teams trying to get the word out there about their idea.” Graybeal is hoping to start a new student group at Tech where students can join together and share their innovative ideas, he said. He said although Tech has a class on entrepreneurship, it is a capstone so all the students taking it are graduating. “I want to have a group on campus where students can come and express their thoughts and opinions,” Graybeal said, “as well as meet potential team members in order to get those ideas off the ground.” ➤➤

Study’s low marks on youth well-being stir states Winners in national gay-wedding contest selected (AP) — A new report on child well-being, measured by state and race, has turned an unflattering spotlight on some places not used to being at the bottom of such lists, including Wisconsin, with a worstin-the-nation ranking for its black children, and South Dakota, with abysmal results for its American Indian youth. The report, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, detailed nationwide racial disparities that put Asian and white children in a far more advantageous position than black, Latino and American Indian children. For some advocates for children, the state-specific results were stinging. “Wisconsin is a state that claims to value opportunity and community and fairness,” said Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. “That we are the worst in the nation when it comes to the well-being of our African-American children is unacceptable.” He noted that a report by his council last year on Wisconsin’s Dane County — home to the University of Wisconsin’s main campus — had turned up glaring black-white discrepancies in and around Madi-

son, the relatively progressive and prosperous capital city. “We knew we were among the worst, but there is something striking about having a national organization rank us last ... especially when our white children are ranked 10th,” said Colleen Butler, racial justice director for the YWCA in Madison. “Sadly, the national attention is something that is inspiring people to figure out what’s going on and how to improve,” Butler said. “It’s going to be a long-term process. It won’t happen overnight.” The essence of the Casey report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child’s success from birth to adulthood. The indicators include reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family income and education levels, and neighborhood poverty levels. Nationally, Asian children had the highest composite score at 776, followed by white children at 704. Then there was a sharp drop-off: the scores were 404 for Latino children, 387 for American-Indian children and 345 for black children. Wisconsin had the worst score for its black youth at 285, followed by

Mississippi, then Michigan. In Michigan, unlike Wisconsin, white children also ranked in the bottom half of the index. The net result is “a very distressful picture about all children in Michigan,” according to Tonya Allen, president and chief executive of the Detroitbased Skillman Foundation, which invests $17 million each year in education, community programs and youth development. “When you look at the people who have left Michigan and have left the city of Detroit, the largest percentage is families with young children,” she said. “People are not finding Michigan — or Detroit — a compelling place to raise their children.” In the Casey index for American Indian children, the South Dakota score of 185 was the lowest of any racial group in any state — a result of the deep poverty that prevails on many of South Dakota’s Indian reservations. Sherry Salway Black, a tribal governance expert with the National Congress of American Indians, described the South Dakota score as “horrendous,” but said she was impressed by initiatives on some of the reservations that could help children and families.

U2, Linda Ronstadt among 25 albums to be preserved WASHINGTON (AP) — U2’s classic album “The Joshua Tree,” Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like a Wheel” and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25 recordings selected for long-term preservation in the library’s National Recording Registry, chosen for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance. Among the seminal sounds of the 20th century announced Wednesday are Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” and the Everly Brothers’ “Cathy’s Clown.” Librarian of Congress James Billington said the recordings represent part of America’s culture and history. “As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation’s aural legacy is protected,” he said. U2’s 1987 album with hits like “Where the Streets Have no Name” and “With or Without You” was chosen after the library received many public nominations. Its inclusion coincides with the addition of Larry Norman’s Christian 1972 album “Only Visiting this Planet,” the first Christian rock album chosen for the registry. Curator Matthew Barton said U2’s sound, though not explicitly religious, has influenced and been combined with Christian rock in some churches, including the song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” In the decade earlier, it was Linda Ronstadt who helped define a musical

era. She interpreted other people’s compositions, crossed genres and sold millions of records. Ronstadt was a tastemaker, Barton said, choosing an eclectic mix of early rock and country music for “Heart Like a Wheel” that could evoke what was happening in 1974. “You can hold up that album for someone. If you want to get an idea of what’s happening, start here,” he said. Ronstadt, whose hits include “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved,” is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10. In an interview, she said she didn’t think about making a hit album with “Heart Like a Wheel”

and was naive about the business of music. “In retrospect, I don’t think I realized it at the time how precarious my situation was in terms of my career where if I hadn’t had a success with that particular record, I think it would have been game over,” she told The Associated Press. Ronstadt said she was surprised to learn the album had been selected for safekeeping at the library, but that it’s nice to have a distinction. “I just wish I had done a little better job singing,” she said. “If I listened to that record now, it would probably kill me. I never listen to my own stuff.”

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union’s primary work is litigation, but this month it’s moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. The beneficiaries are five gay and lesbian couples from across the U.S. who, out of a field of some 400 entries, were announced Wednesday as winners of the ACLU’s My Big Gay (Il)Legal Wedding contest. Each couple lives in a state where same-sex marriage is outlawed. They will get logistical and

financial help — up to $5,000 — from the ACLU to get married the week of April 28 in one of the 17 states, plus Washington D.C., which do allow gay marriage. The contest, launched in December, has coincided with a surge of court victories for supporters of same-sex marriage in several states that currently ban it. Federal judges have struck down bans in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia, and ordered Kentucky and Tennessee to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, though stays have been issued pending appeals.

James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project, said the wedding contest highlights the type of problems faced by gay couples in the nearly 30 states where marriageequality lawsuits have been filed. “We live in this crazy time, with a patchwork of protections, where you can go across the border and get married,” he said. “The problem is that when you turn around and go back, you’re not going to be considered married by your home states. That’s not the way it should work in America.”



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EDWARD MERCER, A freshman chemistry major from El Paso, floats in the lazy river at the Student Leisure Pool on Wednesday outside the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center.


Absent Ai Weiwei stages major show in Germany BERLIN (AP) — A prison cell, a pair of jade handcuffs and an installation built with rubble from a demolished studio: Dissident artist Ai Weiwei is drawing heavily on his troubles with the Chinese authorities at a spectacular new show in Berlin. Ai has filled a floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum with pieces large and small for his exhibition “Evidence,” which opened Wednesday and was billed by organizers as his biggest yet. Ai is barred from leaving China, but still made his presence felt unmistakably in the selection of works. “Some are related to my current condition, related to my concerns; some are more aesthetic presentations of the kind

of concerns that I always have with art, art history,” Ai said in a video message. Ai, 56, is one of the world’s most famous artists, celebrated abroad with exhibitions from Tokyo to London and known for his striking “Bird’s Nest” stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But he has irked authorities at home by using his art and online profile to draw attention to injustices in China and to push for greater transparency. Much of the new show is overtly political, reflecting on issues such as surveillance and environmental problems. On such work, “Mask,” is a marble mask atop a tombstone, alluding to China’s problems with smog. Some pieces reflect tensions

between tradition and modernization in China. Visitors are greeted by an atrium filled with more than 6,000 antique stools gathered from villages across China’s north — uniformseeming yet individual objects left behind by history. They also can see a set of Han dynasty vases covered in metallic auto paint — the vases’ antique features overlaid by a symbol of modern consumerism. Ai’s own story is ever-present. Over the years, he has been alternately encouraged, tolerated and harassed by officialdom. In early 2011, a studio he had built in Shanghai was abruptly demolished; Ai used concrete and brick rubble from the site to create the work “Souvenir from Shanghai.”

Adultery online hookup site big in Japan where marriage reigns TOKYO (AP) — Ashley Madison, the world’s biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That’s why it is scoring big in Japan. The nation that prides itself on conformity and proper appearances reached a million users in eight and a half months, the fastest pace among any of the 37 countries where the adultery site operates. The previous record was Brazil at 10 months. The U.S., which has the biggest number of users at 13 million, took a year to achieve the one million mark.

Spain took nearly two years. Extramarital sex and affairs are not new to Japan, but a site such as Ashley Madison is a “a leveling out of the playing field” for women, said Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media Inc., which operates There is a tradition of wealthy men taking mistresses in Japan and its male dominated society has provided plenty of outlets for married men to find casual sex. The divorce rate in Japan is relatively low at about two cases per 1,000 people vs. four cases in the U.S., although sinking marriages rates in Japan also lower the divorce

numbers. In the 1960s, divorces were even rarer, with fewer than one per 1,000 people. With its slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair,” Ashley Madison has drawn nearly 25 million users worldwide since being started in Canada in 2002. It now has 1.07 million users in Japan after opening here in June last year. Biderman, who is in a monogamous marriage and has two children, insists the social network is just a tool and no one can force anyone to betray a spouse. A friendly uninhibited man with quick answers to almost any question about infidelity, he doesn’t shy from declaring he

would cheat if his marriage were sexually unsatisfying. One appeal of the site is that it allows for pseudonyms or anonymity. It’s secure and closed so digital tracks like emails don’t get left behind, reducing the chances of getting caught. It’s far less messy than trying to find an erotic outlet on Facebook or in the office, said Biderman during a visit to Tokyo this week. A small but significant portion of users around the world don’t have affairs and merely flirt in “fantasy dates” in cyberspace, according to Ashley Madison. Singles can join but only if they

are willing to get together with married people. Women can use the services for free. Revenue comes from charging the male users, who are 64 percent of site’s members in Japan and 70 percent globally. A package of 100 credits costs 4,900 yen ($49), which allow connections with 20 potential partners. Credits are also used for gifts to woo potential lovers, such as virtual flowers. The privately owned company had profit of about $40 million last year. Is revenue was about $125 million, up from $100 million in 2012. Ashley Madison has not been warmly welcomed every-

where in Asia. Singapore’s government blocked access to the site ahead of its launch there late last year amid a public outcry, lambasting the service as a “flagrant disregard of our family values and public morality.” The nation that invented the geisha, Japan is no newcomer to the cheating game. It already has a host of online encounter sites called “deaikei,” which means “meeting people.” ‘’Soap land” is a real place, where scantily clad women give massages and more. “Love hotels,” the official place for secret flings, are a booming business.

Stolen Gauguin on Sicily kitchen wall for 40 years Urban League: Blacks doing worse in the job market ROME (AP) — A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector’s home in Britain decades ago has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in a Sicilian autoworker’s kitchen. The worker bought the painting along with one of lesser value by another French artist, Pierre Bonnard, for about $100 at a 1975 Italian state railway auction of unclaimed lost items, said Maj. Massimiliano Quagliarella of the paramilitary Carabinieri art theft squad. Italian authorities on Wednesday estimated the still life’s worth in a range from 10 million euros to 30 million euros ($14 million to $40 million).

“The painting, showing fruit, seemed to fit in with dining room decor,” Quagliarella told The Associated Press about the now-retired autoworker’s choice of placement in his kitchen, first in Turin, then in Sicily. The painting is believed to have “traveled” on a Paris-to-Turin train before it was found by railway personnel who put it in the lost-andfound depot, said Gen. Mariano Mossa. After the autoworker retired to Sicily, the man’s son, who studied architecture at university, noticed a telling detail: a dog curled up in the corner. Dogs were sometimes a signature motif for Gauguin’s work.


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The man’s son contacted an art expert to get an evaluation. The expert concluded the work was likely a Gauguin painting, and contacted the Carabinieri’s division dedicated to recovering stolen and trafficked art and ancient artifacts. The painting — named “Fruit on a Table with a Small Dog” — depicts two bowls brimming with brightly colored grapes, apples and other pieces of fruit. On the front is a painted “89” — an indication it was created in 1889. It now measures 46.5 by 53 centimeters (about 18 by 20 inches) — slightly smaller than when Gauguin created it because the thieves cut the painting out of its frame, police said. The painting will remain in the custody of the art squad because the police have yet to receive an official notice that it is stolen, Quagliarella said. The art squad traced it using newspaper articles in 1970 reporting the theft of a wealthy London family’s art collection. Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, called the painting’s recovery an “extraordinary” find. London’s Scotland Yard has been in contact with the Italian police but said in a statement Wednesday it had not been possible to trace the records of the theft. Italian police found a photo of the painting in a June 28, 1961, auction in London.

WASHINGTON (AP) — While unemployment has been a major impediment to African-Americans’ economic progress, underemployment is a bigger obstacle for them than it is for whites or Hispanics, the National Urban League says in its latest State of Black America report. The annual report, called “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” noted that African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. The unemployment rate for blacks was 12 percent in February, compared to 5.8 percent for whites. The underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, the report said, compared to 18.4 percent for Hispanic workers and 11.8 percent for white workers. Underemployment is defined as those who are jobless or working part-time jobs but desiring full-time work. “Many Americans are being left behind and that includes AfricanAmericans and Latinos who are being disproportionately left behind by the job creation that we see,” National Urban League President Marc Morial said.

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Despite the dismal numbers, an analysis by The Associated PressNORC Center for Public Affairs Research found African-Americans significantly more optimistic about their future standard of living than whites, regardless of income level, education, or partisanship. Overall, 71 percent of blacks surveyed in the 2012 General Social Survey agreed that they have a good chance of improving their standard of living, outpacing the share among whites by 25 percentage points. The survey found high optimism even among blacks who say racism is a cause for economic inequality. Such findings illustrate “a level of optimism in the African-American community and it’s important to lift that up,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which released similar findings this week in separate research. The National Urban League is pushing for several economic measures, including an increase in the minimum wage, an issue being debated in Congress. Democrats backed

dark website, and he played football for Southern Methodist University in Dallas. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 When he came onto the stage, White is the father of four he joked about how being at Tech rechildren, according to the After- minded him of losing to the Red Raiders twice in Lubbock. “Joe White is the founder of the Kanakuk Kamps, and he posted a devotional video every week,” Baldridge said. “He travels around the country doing events such as Afterdark. I have a lot of respect for him.” White told various personal stories including how he proposed to his wife and how he scared the first boy who was interested in his eldest daughter. He then continued with a monologue from the perspective of a Roman soldier making the cross for Jesus to be crucified on. The soldier is a skeptic about Jesus, and White gave the monologue while actually building the large cross on the stage.

by President Barack Obama want to force election-year votes on gradually increasing today’s minimum to $10.10 by 2016, an effort that seems likely to fail in Congress. Republicans generally oppose the proposal, saying it would cost too many jobs. “More must be done in postrecession America to try to help people and help communities close these gaps,” Morial said. The National Urban League derives its numbers from an “equality index” that is based on nationally collected data from federal agencies including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With full equality with whites in economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement set at 100 percent, the National Urban League said this year’s equality index for blacks stands at 71.2 percent, a slight improvement over last year’s index of 71.0 percent. However, the economic portion of the index dropped from 56.3 percent to 55.5 percent. “The presentation will give students a lot to think about within their own life,” Baldridge said. “I feel like they’ll walk around after tonight questioning their relationship with God. It will also challenge accepted Christians to make their faith known on campus.” This year the event has been hosted at various southern universities, according to the Afterdark website, and Tech is one of the universities in Texas hosting the event along with Baylor. Aly Carey, a freshman accounting major from Whitesboro, said she has been to events similar to Afterdark, but they were aimed towards high school students instead of college students. “For those of us who are believers, we’re all coming together to worship our God,” she said. “If this is the only thing that nonbelievers hear about Jesus, at least it’s something.” In addition to working with college students throughout the country, according to the Afterdark website, White also founded Kanakuk Haiti which sponsors 19 schools and provides clothing and food for children. The event ultimately aims to expose college students to Jesus, according to the website, and they can decide if He is relevant to their lives today. “In these college years, there’s so much being thrown at us,” Davis said. “This may be the only time some people hear about Jesus. This event is a big party along with worship, and who doesn’t love that?” ➤➤


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Tech softball team prepares for Longhorns By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer

After being swept in its Big 12 Conference home opener, the Texas Tech softball team will open a three game series against Texas starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Austin. Tech coach Shanon Hays said the team was disappointed with its performance last weekend and is eager to play better against Texas. “When you drop some games, especially some games that you feel like you have good chance of winning against a really good team, like Baylor, you want to jump right back on your horse,” he said. “So we tried to do that in practice this week. I’ve spoken to several of our girls, and during the evening they’ll text me and say they’re ready to play right now, lets get it going.” After Friday’s game, the series will continue at 4 p.m. Saturday and at 12 p.m. Sunday. It will be the Red Raiders’ first road conference series. Tech senior southpaw Brittany Talley, one of two players on the team’s young roster to

play against the Longhorns, said the bitter rival is always going to play hard, according to a Tech Athletics news release. “(Texas) is always going to be scrappy,” Talley said. “Every year they’ve got bags, they will run on you. They’ll be scrappy and they’ll find a way to win if you give them a chance. I think we have the ability, we have the defense to keep them from winning.” The senior pitcher is sixth in the Big 12 with a 1.81 ERA and is 9-1 on the season. As a leader for the team, Talley said she knows her young teammates will be ready to go on Friday. “I think everybody is ready to go. I would say (the younger players) are more excited rather than scared,” she said. “I haven’t seen anybody, like, ‘oh my gosh, it’s Texas,’ especially after playing Baylor last weekend. I think everybody is just excited to get out there again and show what we got.” The Red Raiders enter the series with a 27-12 overall record including 0-3 in the Big 12. The Longhorns have a

Red Raiders ranked nationally For the seventh consecutive week, the Texas Tech baseball team received a national ranking, according to a news release from Tech Athletics. The Red Raiders are No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, and they also were ranked No. 26 in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll. Last week started with a sweep of Arkansas Pine-Bluff in a doubleheader on Tuesday. In the weekend series, Tech lost two out of three to Big 12 Conference rival Texas. Tech moved up in the NCBWA poll from its No. 27 spot last week, according to the release, and it has occupied every spot in

the poll from No. 24 to No. 30 during the re g ul a r se a son. The Red Raiders went the opposite TADLOCK direction in the USA Today Poll, but it was the fourth straight week they made it in the top-25 poll, according to the release. This weekend, the Red Raiders will play their third road Big 12 series of the season against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. ➤➤

20-15 record and are 1-0 in the conference. Freshman centerfielder Sydni Emanuel said getting swept by Baylor last weekend helped the team learn things about itself, and the players are now confident in their ability to battle back in games. “Even through the first and the last games we didn’t score too many runs,” she said, “but the second game we did battle back and tried to pull out a win.” Emanuel has been a major contributor for the Red Raiders offensively so far this season. She is currently leading the Big 12 with 29 stolen bases, is fourth in hits, first in runs scored and is hitting .419 for the season. Emanuel said last weekend was a valuable learning experience and the team will use it in Austin. “I’m really excited about playing at UT this weekend. I know we are going to have a lot of fans out,” Emanuel said. “It’s just another chance of us to redeem ourselves from this past weekend, not playing so well. “ ➤➤

Rangers’ Darvish set for season debut Sunday ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers only have to wait a few more days before the ace will be back on the mound. Darvish is scheduled to make his season debut Sunday at Tampa Bay after getting through an extended bullpen session without any issues. “He’s ready to go,” manager Ron Washington said Wednesday, when Darvish reported feeling good a day after throwing 86 pitches. Washington said Darvish is as strong as he was before the neck stiffness that kept the pitcher from throwing for two weeks.

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Darvish was placed on the disabled list to start the season, though the move was retroactive to March 21, making the righthander eligible to be activated this weekend. “Once his neck wasn’t bothering him anymore, we saw the same stuff we saw in Arizona,” Washington said. “He didn’t back up any.” Tanner Scheppers, who started the opener and was scheduled for the series finale against the Rays, was pushed back to Monday at Boston, where he will be followed by Martin Perez and Robbie Ross against the Red Sox. Washington said there have

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