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Warrant: Texas suspect interested in cannibalism HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a Houston-area college told investigators that he had fantasized about cannibalism and necrophilia and about cutting off people’s faces and wearing them as masks, according to a court document made public on Thursday. Dylan Quick admitted to an investigator that about week before the attack at Lone Star Community College in Cypress he had researched mass stabbings on his home computer, according to a search warrant affidavit. “He stated he had read numerous books about mass killings and serial killers which are also located at his residence,” the affidavit said. Quick is being held without bond on three counts of aggravated assault for Tuesday’s attack at Lone Star Community College that injured 14 people. Only one person remained hospitalized Thursday, and that person was listed in good condition.
Texas Senate approves drug tests for unemployment AUSTIN (AP) — Depending on how they answer a series of questions, people applying for unemployment benefits may have to undergo drug testing under a proposed law approved Thursday by the Texas Senate, and at least two lawmakers think senators should take the tests, too. The 31-member Senate unanimously approved the measure by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands. The bill requires state workers to ask unemployment insurance applicants questions, with the state then requiring they take a drug test if they appear to have a drug problem. “The sooner we identify these people and direct them to treatment plans, the better off they will be and their families will be,” Williams said. He assured his fellow senators that his bill would not face the same constitutional challenges as similar laws in other states, because he’s worked with federal officials to make sure it complies with federal law.
Day in the life of Texas Tech’s president By LIANA SOLIS STAFF WRITER
It was a full day of running around campus, going to important meetings and touring parts of campus not many people have seen before. That’s exactly what Christian Reyna, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Lubbock, got the opportunity to experience Thursday when she took the place of Texas Tech Interim President Lawrence Schovanec. Reyna received this opportunity after entering a contest run by Mortar Board every semester. Jeffrey Chen, chairman for the contest, said in an email the money raised goes to the Children’s Miracle Network, which benefits children in West Texas. From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Reyna was busy going to meetings with faculty and staff, touring the campus and meeting administration. “I was very nervous waking up and, of course, the first things I thought were what I was going to wear,” Reyna said. 8:23 a.m. — Reyna arrived at the presidential suite. She was given a tour of the office and met the faculty members who work in the office.
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CHRISTIAN REYNA, A sophomore pre-nursing major from Lubbock, looks from the club floor during a tour of Jones AT&T Stadium after winning the President for a Day contest Thursday. Reyna won the opportunity after winning the Mortar Board contest.
West Africa Cultural Event gives students new perspective By LAUREN PAPE STAFF WRITER
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LAUREN STEVENS, A sophomore English major from New Braunfels, and Brooks Barrett, a junior excerise and sport sciences major from Lubbock, talk to John Kveton, representing the country of Senegal, at the West Africa Cultural Event at the Health Sciences Center on Thursday. Kveton has visted the country of Senegal many times and brought photos, art, statues and clothing from the country to the event.
The West Africa Cultural Event, which highlighted different aspects of West African culture, was hosted at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center on Thursday. The event, which was hosted by the HSC Office of International Affairs, included West African food, literature and music. Stations were set up to represent different countries in the region and were run by people who were from or have frequently visited that country. Michelle Ensminger, manager in the Office of International Affairs, said the event was part of a program designed to help students understand and experience health care in another country. “For those who maybe can’t work it into their schedules to travel abroad, we like to bring the experience to them,” she said. “We try to have one cultural event a semester, so this semester we decided to focus on West Africa.” Ensminger said many of the stations represented organizations that strive to combat health issues in West Africa by setting
up health care facilities in the region and sending mission trips to maintain them. “Although we also have problems with access to health care, it’s on a larger scale in West Africa because they don’t have the infrastructure we have in the U.S.,” she said. “They don’t have the roads. It’s just not as accessible. “ One organization that has greatly impacted the health care system in West Africa is the Purpose Medical Mission, Ensminger said, which set up a health care facility in Cameroon, Africa, in 2008. Nicole Hines, managing director of Institutional Health for HSC, said the facility treats illnesses such as malaria, typhoid and cholera, and added a children’s hospital last year. “Essentially, we are the only health care in the providence of Africa that we go to,” she said. “We have a fully functioning, selfsustaining hospital there that’s open 365 days a year, regardless of our presence there or not. We have two full-time physicians and 12 full-time nurses that staff it while we are not there.” CULTURE continued on Page 2 ➤➤
Symposium offers insight to human rights in Latin America By MATT DOTRAY STAFF WRITER
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Human Rights was the topic of the U.S. - Latin America Relations symposium Thursday. Thursday’s panel included Daniel Brinks, an associate professor in the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, Jorge Chabat, a professor in the Division of International Studies at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City, and Rubia Valente, a teaching associate at the University of Texas at Dallas. Chabat, who focused on human rights, specifically security in Mexico, discussed the reasons for abuse. He said since the war on drugs was launched in 2006, there have been more than 60,000 deaths. Ninety percent of those, he said, are the result of criminals killing other criminals. “The real reason is the incompetence of security forces and the lack of supervision in their armed forces,” he said. “Again, ADVERTISING: 806-742-3384
the solution is not, not enforcing law. The solution is enforcing law properly with control.” The concern for human rights in Mexico changed in 1990, Chabat said, when Mexico began to globalize and become vulnerable to outside pressure. There have been a number of commissions to enhance human rights and enforce law, he said, but there is still a need for improvement. Since 2007, he said the human rights watch has documented 250 disappearances. Some of the problems in Mexico, Chabat said, are the corruption and incompetence of the security forces, as well as the tolerance of government to abuses committed by the security forces. “The situation probably won’t change very fast in the future,” he said, “but at some point I hope that security forces will prepare to perform their function properly by protecting the population and attacking the criminals.” RIGHTS continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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HUMAN RIGHTS PANELIST, Daniel Brinks, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, lectures about social and economic rights and transitional justice during “The Puzzle of the Americas: Human Rights” seminar Thursday in the Agricultural Sciences building.
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HERBERT BUTCHER, A junior university studies major from Pflugerville, competes against Jaymes Hass, a sophomore biology major from Grapevine, in a pugil stick fight Thursday outside the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. The pugil stick fight was part of Warrior Spirit week hosted by the Air Force ROTC.
in the U.S., he said, they arrest zil. She said many of the social 37,000 people. problems in Brazil stem from the In Rio, it is one in 23, he said. large education gap between the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “Democracy has gotten better different economic classes. The uniDuring his speech, Brinks dis- across Latin versities, she cussed the overall landscape of A m e r i c a , ” said, are free human rights after roughly 35 years Brinks said. for students, “We have all of democracy. but because Brinks gave a few examples of of this concern for huthey are so human rights problems. competitive, He said Sao Paulo, the larg- man rights. it is typically est city in Brazil, has 650 deaths We have more the wealthy caused by violence a year. Rio, information. students who another state in Brazil, has 1,054 Yet, the imare able to get deaths per year caused by violence. punity level, accepted beSome of the reason for this, the response DANIEL BRINKS cause of their he said, is because of the public’s of the state to private school attitude. the violence ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR “Democracies respond when that happens backgrounds. UT SCHOOL OF LAW “This is people care, basically,” Brinks because the problematic said. “And people don’t care when police are unyou kill this many people if they trained and so on, is really com- because education,” Valente said, “particularly higher education, is think that what you’re killing is pletely ineffectual.” criminals.” Valente, the last to speak, the most effective tool for social For every person the police kill focused on the education in Bra- mobility.”
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Hines said Tech students have gone on each of the annual missions in the past few years, and she hopes to make the trip an elective that allows nursing students to receive course credit for attending. “Today my goal was to try to get the nursing students to push their administration to add this as an elective for them,” she said. While Hines said she aimed to
recruit students to travel to Africa, one student attended the West Africa cultural event to further her understanding of things she learned in class. Lauren Stevens, a sophomore English major from New Braunfels, said she came to the event with her culture-related class and enjoyed talking to people from the region and looking at the art and photos that were on display. “I think it’s interesting that everyone does things so differently and it’s cool to see what everyone else
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North Korea hints it will soon launch a missile PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Hinting at a missile launch, North Korea delivered a fresh round of war rhetoric Thursday with claims it has “powerful striking means” on standby. Seoul and Washington speculated that it is preparing to test-fire a missile designed to be capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The latest rhetoric came as new U.S. intelligence was revealed showing North Korea is now probably capable of
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arming a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead. On the streets of Pyongyang, North Koreans shifted into party mode as they celebrated the anniversary of leader Kim Jong Un’s appointment to the country’s top party post — one in a slew of titles collected a year ago in the months after his father Kim Jong Il’s death. But while there was calm in Pyongyang, there was condemnation in London, where foreign ministers from the
Group of Eight nations slammed North Korea for “aggressive rhetoric” that they warned would only further isolate the impoverished, tightly controlled nation. North Korea’s provocations, including a long-range rocket launch in December and an underground nuclear test in February, “seriously undermine regional stability, jeopardize the prospects for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and threaten international peace and security,” the ministers said in a statement. In the capital of neighboring South Korea, the country’s point person on relations with the North, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae, urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue and reverse its decision to pull workers from a joint industrial park just north of their shared border, a move that has brought factories there to a standstill. “We strongly urge North Korea not to exacerbate the crisis on the Korean Peninsula,” Ryoo said. North Korea probably has advanced its nuclear knowhow to the point where it could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, but the weapon wouldn’t be very reliable, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded. The DIA assessment was revealed Thursday at a public hearing in Washington. President Barack Obama warned the unpredictable communist regime that his administration would “take all necessary steps” to protect American citizens. In his first public comments since North Korea escalated its rhetoric, Obama urged the north to end its nuclear threats, saying it was time for the isolated nation “to end the belligerent approach they have taken and to try to lower temperatures.”
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Students encouraged to apply for internship STAFF WRITER
With summer steadily approaching, many Texas Tech students are eager to obtain internships. The College of Media and Communication director of The Career Center Aleesa Ross can help with that. Specifically pertaining to internships, Ross, as well as the University Career Center, can help students perfect resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews and give application tips. “Anytime you have the chance to do something related to your major through an internship or something like that,” Ross said, “I definitely advise students to jump at it, whenever it might be.” Although internships are taken year-round, Ross said students typically have more flexible schedules in the summer. “They might only be taking one class, or no classes at all,” she said,
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“They basically just told me to make myself at home in the president’s office as they gave me a list of everything we would be doing.” 9 a.m. — The presidential staff conducted a meeting where they asked Reyna to tell them about herself, and they explained what their positions are in the office. She was provided breakfast and coffee, and spoke with the interns, secretaries and event coordinators of the campus. 9:30 a.m. — Chris Cook, managing director of the Office of Communications and Marketing, arrived at the office where he met with Reyna to talk about his position at Tech. He explained what he and his workers do for the campus and how they relate to Schovanec. Cook also explained that his staff also would write a story about her day for their department. “Mr. Cook was a very cool person and it was nice being able to talk normally to someone and be able to laugh at each other a little,” Reyna said. 9:43 a.m. — Tyler Frevert, a
“and they have a lot more time in their schedule where they can go and spend that time at an internship.” Students have many opportunities to take internships, Ross said, because of government regulation. “The government set some criteria for companies looking to take on interns, so it made companies more conscious of the opportunities they’re offering the students,” she said, “and that’s led to more structured internship programs.” Internships are critical because of real-world experiences they offer, Ross said. Not only do internships help build students’ resumes, but they also boost students’ confidence and skill levels while providing networking opportunities with professionals in a specific field and industry. “You’re going to spend way more than 40 hours a week doing a job,” she said, “so I think it’s important for you to know what it is you like to do, what you’re good at and what
you don’t like to do as well.” To be selected for an internship, Ross advises students to have a professional resume that includes information about prior experience pertaining to their major. “So whether its volunteering, shadowing, previous internship experiences or things you’ve done in class,” she said, “definitely make sure those experiences are on your resume and that it’s something that’s going to catch their eye.” One way Ross said she built her resume professionally while in college was working for the La Ventana her freshman year through her senior year and also contributing work to The University Daily, which provided her with various hands-on opportunities. Ross said while she was editor-inchief for the La Ventana her senior year, she learned how to manage her peers. “If you can manage your peers, you can manage anyone,” she said. “For me, that was a very beneficial
experience and really helped me grow as a leader while I was here in school.” While many students desire to intern in places such as Los Angeles or New York City, Ross said internships are more about the opportunities than the locations. She said if an intern works for a prestigious company, but only delivers coffee to employees, then it could be more helpful to intern with a smaller company. “It’s all about the experience,” she said, “and the kind of people you’re going to be working with.” Internships located out of state or in large cities are not out of reach for Tech students, though, Ross said. “We have many students with a lot of initiative and passion,” she said, “and they want to make these things happen, and those are the students I see doing internships out of state and out of town.” One of these students is junior public relations major Stephanie Addison.
Addison is a Spring 2013 congressional intern in Washington with Congressman Randy Neugebauer. “The transition is difficult at first, getting out of school mode and going into full weeks on weeks,” she said, “but as far as taking off a semester, it’s really made me grow up in the sense that I’ve figured exactly what I want to do. It’s given me direction in my academic career.” Adjusting to Washington took some getting use to, Addison said, but has educated her in many aspects. “It definitely gives you a sense of being away from home and living by yourself,” she said, “and totally adapting to another culture.” Addison believes taking an internship during a fall or spring semester is more beneficial than during summertime. “You meet more people,” she said, “you’re here longer, and you have more time to adapt to the environment.”
There are many internship opportunities in the Lubbock community as well, Ross said. “A lot of people in Lubbock have been through our programs and know what our majors are about,” she said, “and someone helped them, so they want to pay it forward and help a Tech student as well.” Ross encourages student interns to have initiative, ask many questions and show interest in opportunities. “What I tell students is the more you put into an internship,” she said, “the more you’re going to get out of it.” Ross urges students to intern as much as possible in various areas to fully decide what career path to take after graduation. “I always really encourage students to do an internship at any point they can,” she said, “because they need to take advantage of an opportunity that’s only available to them while they’re a student.”
sophomore business major from Highland Village and the intern for the interim president, drove Reyna to her next presidential duty for the day in the presidential golf cart. “The president basically uses this to get around campus quicker when he has to go from meeting to meeting throughout the day,” Frevert said. 10 a.m. — The cart arrived at United Spirit Arena where Meredith Imes, assistant director for the USA, was waiting to give Reyna a tour. Imes showed Reyna different areas of the USA that many people don’t get to see. Reyna toured the backstage area for the concerts and events, the bottom level of the court and even the official locker and training rooms for the Tech basketball and volleyball players. “When I graduated from Lubbock High, our graduation was held in that arena,” Reyna said. “So it was really excited getting to walk through it all again.” 10:30 a.m. — Reyna was driven to meet Russell Thomasson, the counselor to the chancellor. She asked questions about his part at the university, as Thomasson told her about working with the chancellor.
“He was vey cool as well,” Reyna said. “Plus it was nice to sit Reyna said, “and I enjoyed get- back and relax for a little.” ting to hear everything he told me 1:30 p.m. — Once Reyna about Chancellor (Kent) Hance.” was done with lunch, she met 11 a.m. — The Presidential with Kelly Overley Cronin, Conference Room was opened for vice chancellor for Institutional Reyna where Advancement, Schovanec’s who talked with direct reReyna about the port memchancellor’s job bers were and what Crowaiting to nin does with meet Reyna. him. She was Schovanec one of the first was set to people to be attend, but shown the new had to canvideo about docel because nations that will of previous premiere at an business he upcoming gala. CHRISTIAN REYNA had to attend “The video SOPHOMORE to in Auswas so touchLUBBOCK, TX tin. Other ing and actufaculty and ally made me staff such as cry a little bit,” the interim vice president of re- Reyna said. “It really made me apsearch, the chief of staff and the preciate all the people who help vice president of administration Tech more, though.” were in attendance. 2:04 p.m. — Reyna arrived at Noon — After a busy morning Jones AT&T Stadium for a tour of attending meetings and touring of the offices, the field and the campus, Reyna ate lunch at the special suites above the field. She Tech Club with a few President’s was first taken down the coach’s Select officers. hallway where she met and took “I loved the buffet they had set pictures with football coach Kliff up, and the food was so delicious,” Kingsbury.
Reyna had talked about possibly meeting Kingsbury all day and said she was excited to finally meet him. “That was definitely the most exciting part of my day,” she said. “He was so nice and it was great talking to him even if it was only for 10 minutes.” Reyna then proceeded to head to the Jones where she was shown the Presidential and Chancellor suite, which they use for football games, as well as the press level of the stadium. “Everything looks very different right now because of all the remodeling,” Vicky McKenzie, stadium events coordinator said. “But these places are the most full and busy during football season.” 3:17 p.m. — Schovanec returned from Austin and greeted Reyna as she entered his office. They talked for about 20 minutes about his trip to Austin, what Reyna thought of the day and other duties the interim president has that keep him busy the majority of his hours. “The administration has the pleasure in helping others on campus succeed, yet they don’t always get to walk the walk,” Schovanec said. “The kids here are so neat and are an impressive
bunch though, so I love being able to do what I do for them.” 3:38 p.m. — After arriving a little late, Reyna met the officers of the Student Government Association in the Presidential Conference Room. The group talked about what SGA is about, along with problems SGA is dealing with to better the student body. After a short closing meeting with Sarah Barron, the coordinator of presidential services and communications, Reyna was given a Tech-themed gift basket and went home. “The first thing I did was take off my shoes,” Reyna said, “because my feet just hurt so badly from all the walking in heels.” Though the day was exhausting, busy and Reyna’s feet hurt, she said she still had an exciting day where she learned about Tech and the campus that she never knew before. “I just can’t even express the wonderful day I had and all the knowledge I gained from stepping into Dr. Schovanec’s shoes,” Reyna said. “These people put so much work into this campus and I can honestly say that I am extremely proud to be a Red Raider.”
These people put so much work into this campus and I can honestly say that i am extremely proud to be a Red Raider.
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Local bar sells purple shot to benefit Relay for Life Fighting cancer has never tasted this good. To support Relay for Life of Texas Tech, the bar, Local created a shot called the Purple Cancer Eater. For every $3 shot sold, Local bar donates $1 to the race for the cure this week. “We enjoy people coming in and asking us to help,” said Stephen Locascio, general manager of the bar. “We want people to use us for a good cause.” The shot consists of vodka, sweet and sour and Razzmatazz. Originally called a Purple Hooter shot, Locascio said the drink was not very common. With its new name, The Purple Cancer Eater, and its support for Relay for Life, the drink is now popular, Locascio said. “People are recognizing it,” he said.
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Texas must deal with state-sized problem Y
ou know the substance we look so earnestly for on Mars? H2O. It’s supposed to give clues as to if there were or could be life on Mars. Because water is important for life, as we know it on Earth, and nearly 60 percent of our body is comprised of it. Water scarcity has been an evernagging issue the past few years in Texas, but we’ve put that issue aside hoping it would go away. It hasn’t. Texas can no longer afford to wallow in denial about the problem. We’re facing a huge water crisis. In an article by Texas Tribune writer Kate Galbraith, which appeared in Sunday’s issue of The New York Times, highlighted the impending drought affecting not only Texas, but also other states
Jordan Sigler in the U.S. With local states competing for water resources, the issue of where water flow goes can no longer be left up to court decisions. The problem is scarcity. The courts don’t create more water; they can only decide where the law allocates it. In this country, we have a history of pushing problems to the future, such as Medicare and Social Security, but natural consequences can’t be procrastinated. Something has to be done now to procure water. According to an article on
nytimes.com, Wichita Falls is on a list of communities in Texas who could be without water in 180 days. This has happened in Spicewood in 2011. At the time, H2O2U trucks had to ship in water for residents. Because this isn’t sustainable for the long term, ingenuity must happen for basic survival. The philosopher Voltaire hit upon how people need to work to fight against the ills of the world in his satirical novella “Candide.” The protagonist, Candide, starts out with the ideals of his optimist tutor Pangloss, who teaches Candide this world is the “best of all possible worlds.” Candide learns through misadventures that terrible occurrences do happen in this best of all possible worlds, and his optimism fades. However, Candide resolves to do his part to make the world the best
place he can instead of being complacent and thinking everything happens for the best. He says at the end, “let us cultivate our garden.” Like Candide, we need to learn to be craftier on the issue of how we conserve water. I cringe when people throw half-filled water bottles in the trash or plastic recycling bin. Pour out the liquid you’re not going to drink anymore and either give it to plant-life or give it a chance to evaporate. Having water trapped in plastic containers that don’t break down, in the midst of a water crisis, is mind-numbingly stupid. Water should be saved when using the restroom. Why do I need to relieve myself in clean water? Instead of using clean water in toilets, a better alternative is using gray water, or recycled water, to curb water usage.
Having green lawns is no longer the top priority for Texas. Cities should look to alter ordinances even more on watering lawns. The effort has to go beyond private citizens. According to texastribune.org, state legislators are looking at Senate Bill 873, by Sen. Glenn Hegar. The bill would require oil and gas companies to have permits for using water from localities. This bill is necessary as oil and gas companies use fracking to extract their products. According to the article in the Texas Tribune, fracking uses at least 4 to 6 million gallons of water to break up rocks to get to oil and gas. This is a batty amount of water for a source of pollution that may cause global climate change and thus put more strain on clean water. The state should look at
ways to challenge these oil and gas companies to use alternative and less wasteful methods of acquiring energy resources. Action must be taken to ensure we can survive in Texas and other parts of the country. Gov. Rick Perry’s days of prayer for rain didn’t work as well as we had hoped. Those prayers for rain have either been answered with a no, or heaven watches in silence. We need to prioritize uses for water. We need to determine what we really need water for: to nourish our environment, replenish our bodies and cultivate our crops. As in Candide, we must cultivate our own garden, but with a more efficient use of water. Sigler is a junior journalism major from Goshen, Ind. ➤➤ email@example.com
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Movie producers working in the wrong dimension Recently, 3D has been undergoing an identity crisis. For almost a century following its invention in 1915, the technology had been a gimmick of sorts—an optical novelty used to draw audiences to mostly cut-rate films—but this is no longer the case. With the success of 3D visual masterpieces such as “Avatar” and “Life of Pi,” films that have revolutionized the medium through new production techniques, there has been an increase in both interest in and expectations for 3D movies. However, instead of embracing the (admittedly expensive) techniques used in “Avatar” and “Pi” for new films, Hollywood has focused its energies in another direction: adding inferior post-production 3D to recent classics and re-releasing those films in theaters. This is a shame, because it unnecessarily dilutes rather than furthers the progress made in 3D of late. More than that, it misses the
point—the demand to see these re-releases is almost entirely independent of them being in 3D. Scanning the slate of recent and upcoming 3D films, the number of re-releases is simply astounding. Disney and Pixar have seemingly already begun the process of rereleasing every classic animated film of theirs, already hitting “Finding Nemo,” “The Lion King,” and both original “Toy Story” films. James Cameron took some time out of his deep-sea-diving schedule to dredge up “Titanic” for re-release. Most recently, Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” was brought back to theaters in 3D on Friday. Looking at “Jurassic Park” specifically, what does the addition of 3D bring to the movie that essentially marks the beginning of the modern special effects era? The answer: not much. As with most 3D films that were originally shot in 2D, the bad aspects of seeing “Jurassic Park” in 3D are far more noticeable than the good ones. It’s a lot easier to be distracted by the constant fuzzy, out-
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of-focus blades of grass and leaves in the foreground than it is to appreciate the intimate sense of space 3D adds to the famous kitchen scene in which Tim and Lex are hunted by the Velociraptors. The lost image quality and brightness noticeably affect the entire film, whereas the few moments made extra-thrilling by 3D, such as when a raptor lunges upward through a ceiling tile at Lex’s swinging leg, last only seconds. Given the choice between seeing a film in its original 2D and a version using postproduction 3D conversion, there’s really no room for debate—2D wins every time. This is a shame, because 3D has already proven that it can, when used well, be awe-inspiring. It sounds obvious, but shooting a 3D film on cameras designed for 3D makes the film look better. A lot better. James Cameron’s pioneering Fusion Camera System brought an extra level of immersion and beauty to his “Avatar” and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” mainly through its subtle ability to convey motion without
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sacrificing crispness. When the storm engulfs the ship in “Pi,” or when Jake first flies his “ikran” in “Avatar,” the addition of 3D makes the action feel supremely present, removing any sense of distance between the viewer and the film. Post-production 3D achieves this to an extent, but there are always imperfections that break the illusion. For example, in “Jurassic Park,” the scene in which Dr. Grant rescues Tim from a car stuck in a tree is made more engrossing by the way the 3D manipulates the viewer’s perception of the branches’ movement, but the scene also suffers due to how out of
focus the leaves look. In short, the details matter. It also seems as if the success of re-released 3D films (“Titanic 3D” grossed close to $60 million domestically) simply reflects a growing demand to see these movies in theaters, rather than a large demand for 3D versions of these movies. Essentially, the generation that grew up watching “Toy Story” on VHS and DVD is starting to buy movie tickets and is jumping at the chance to see old favorites in theaters, 3D or not. If this is true, Hollywood might be much better served by re-releasing more movies without 3D postproduction than by going through
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After winning its first conference matchup of the season against Oklahoma State, the Texas Tech softball team has failed to find the same success, losing five consecutive games. The Red Raiders look to end their slump when No. 1 Oklahoma comes to town, facing off against Tech in a threegame series beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Rocky Johnson Field, followed by a 4 p.m. start Saturday and a noon start Sunday. Following Tech’s series loss to Kansas the previous weekend, senior infielder Sandy James said her team needs to pick it up because the team is much better than what it showed against the Jayhawks. “We shouldn’t have dropped three games to Kansas,” she said. “We’re definitely trying to pick it up right now.” Tech coach Shanon Hays said although his team faces a difficult challenge against the No. 1 team in the nation, he looks forward to the challenge, and sees it as nothing more than a stepping stone in Tech’s journey to the postseason. Against Oklahoma, Tech will face one of the top pitchers in the nation, Keilani Ricketts. Ricketts was named to the USA Softball Women’s National Team in 2012. Ricketts is 18-1 this season, leading the nation in shutouts with 13 while averaging a 1.04 ERA. Although the 6’2” left-hander will tower over the majority of the opponents she faces this weekend, Tech sophomore pitcher Cara Custer said her team looks to hit well against Keilani because Tech has mainly right-handed hitters, which will line up perfectly with Keilani’s pitches. Tech has struggled to hit in the past few weeks, getting outscored by a combined score of 17-5 in its last five matches. “We are just kind of in a slump right now,” Custer said. “We’re going to get through it, and we’re going to hopefully go against OU and kick their butt.” Hays said he has been preparing for this week’s set of games with a different routine than usual, as he has been more
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involved in the practices, including pitching to his players for a more hands-on experience. “This week I’ve gone back to some things that used to do, like throwing to them myself and we have looked really good this week,” he said. During practice, Hays also said two of his leading hitters, Adriana Perez and James, have looked good, and they seem to be full of confidence, despite not hitting the ball particularly well as of late. Coming into the matchup with
Oklahoma, James is the only Tech player who has hit more than .500 against her Big 12 rivals. James said she enjoys facing off against Keilani because she enjoys hitting fastballs, as opposed to curveballs, or balls that dip. “I really like to hit off of speed,” she said. “I really like facing Keilani.” Against Oklahoma, James said she realizes her team is seen as the underdog, however, she hopes her team will use being seen as the underdog to its advantage and
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Men’s tennis prepares for OSU, OU By JORDON LEGENDRE STAFF WRITER
The Texas Tech men’s tennis team will host two matches Friday and Sunday at Don and Ethel McLeod Tennis Center as the team searches for victories to secure a place in the NCAA tournament. The Red Raiders, No. 44 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, will take on Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. Friday before honoring the team’s five seniors at Sunday’s match against No. 12 Oklahoma, beginning at 1 p.m. “We’re looking forward to play and getting back on the courts,” Tech coach Tim Siegel said, “where we’ve had just tremendous crowds, over 500 and 700 people the last two matches.” Tech is looking for its first conference win after dropping its opener to Baylor, 6-1. The Red Raiders are 7-3 at home this season, but are coming off two consecutive home losses to Tulsa and Baylor. Oklahoma State also is seeking its first conference win after losing 7-0 to both TCU and Texas. The Cowboys are 3-3 in away matches this season. “OSU, although they’re not ranked, have played a lot of teams very close,” Siegel said. “They lost 4-3 to San Diego, who we also lost to 4-3, so sometimes the rankings
can be a bit misleading.” The Sooners are 15-5 this season with a 5-3 away record. Oklahoma is 2-0 in Big 12 play with a 5-2 victory against Texas and a 7-0 win against TCU. “For that match, we’re really going to have to step up,” Tech senior Jeff Bryan said about Oklahoma. “It’s a good opportunity, any time you get a match against one of the best teams, it’s kind of what you want.” Bryan said he believes the team has improved during the course of the season. “We’re a much better team than we were at the start of the year,” he said, “where we had some of those maybe not so great losses, but we’ve, especially in the past month, really, sort of, hit our stride.” Siegel said he agreed with Bryan. “There’s no question that our team, especially the new, young kids, have improved a lot,” he said. “We knew this season was going to be more of a challenge than the last seven or eight years, but, at the same time, I’m really proud of how they’ve handled everything.” Siegel said his team continues to focus on making the NCAA tournament. “We know we’ve got to win a couple matches, at least, and our team understands that,” he said. “We’re going to go out there,
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Bearded Nowitzki cannot extend Mavs’ playoff streak DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki was a baby-faced kid barely old enough to drink the last time the Dallas Mavericks missed the playoffs. Now he’s a bearded veteran who can’t shave because he and others vowed not to until the team got back to .500. Dallas still has a shot at a breakeven record, but will miss the playoffs
for the first time since 2000. An unexpected loss to lowly Phoenix, which snapped a 10-game losing streak, put the Mavericks on the brink of postseason elimination Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers finished them off a couple of hours later by beating Portland. Just two years removed from the franchise’s first championship, the
Mavericks (38-40) simply never recovered from Nowitzki missing the first 27 games after the first knee surgery of his career. “We’re going to try to win the next game to get this to .500,” said Nowitzki, about to finish his 15th NBA season. “We’d love to finish with a positive record. That means something and we’re going to fight for it.”
In a week, the Mavericks will go into their third straight offseason of uncertainty after back-to-back seasons of teams filled with one-year or expiring contracts. Despite the disastrous addition of Lamar Odom that didn’t even last the lockout-shortened season a year ago, Dallas extended its playoff streak to 12 seasons — second longest in the
NBA behind San Antonio, which made it 14 straight this year. But the Mavericks were swept by Oklahoma City in the first round in a rematch of the Western Conference finals from their title year. When Deron Williams spurned the Mavericks in free agency and Jason Kidd picked the New York Knicks after saying he would return
to Dallas, the Mavericks brought in Darren Collison as their point guard and O.J. Mayo as a primary scoring threat alongside him. Chris Kaman agreed on a one-year deal as the center, and Elton Brand joined the frontcourt on an amnesty waiver claim after Philadelphia let him go. Vince Carter was back for a second year.
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