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Tech Cheer, Pom place in nationals Texas Tech’s spirit squads placed in this year’s National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Association cheer and dance championships. Tech’s cheerleading squad placed third in the 1A cheer division of the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National Championship, according to a NCA results release. Competitors in the 1A cheer division were judged on a game day routine and elite cheerleading skills such as tumbling, baskets, pyramids and dance. Tech cheer placed third in the 1A cheer division of the NCA Collegiate National Championship in 2012 and 2013, according to a Tech news release. Two Tech cheer co-ed stunt couples and one all-girl stunt group also participated in two separate divisions of the NCA championships. The Tech pom squad also placed fifth in the Hip Hop Division 1A of the National Dance Association Collegiate Championship, according to an NDA results release. The Tech pom squad also competed in the open dance division of the NDA championship, according to a Tech release. Both the NDA and NCA championships were hosted in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Tech named Purple Heart University By AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer

The Military Order of the Purple Heart designated Texas Tech as a Purple Heart University — the first in Texas — during an awards banquet in the Student Union building Friday for the university’s support and recognition of the military. The Purple Heart is awarded to U.S. armed forces members, according to the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s website. Recipients of the Purple Heart have either been wounded by an instrument of war by an enemy or posthumously been awarded to those

killed in action or died by wounds from an enemy force. “Being named a Purple Heart University is truly an honor for Texas Tech,” Chancellor Kent Hance said in a news release. “As one of only three universities in the nation with this designation, Texas Tech has a long history of appreciation and support for active duty military, veterans and their families, and is grateful to serve these brave heroes who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country.” Tech organized the largest gathering of Purple Heart recipients during the Lone Survivor-themed football game, participated in the National

Day of Remembrance Roll Call and provided service to wounded warriors through Military and Veterans Programs, Student Disability Services and the Veterans Administration, according to the release. During the Lone Survivor game against Kansas State, more than 400 Purple Heart recipients and their families were honored in the largest gathering of recipients during an NCAA football game, according to a previous article in The Daily Toreador. Tech Military and Veterans Programs hosted the National Day of Remembrance Roll Call, according to a previous article in The DT, and read the

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President for a Day By HANNAH HIPP Staff Writer


Loren Hall had no idea what to expect when she was chosen to be president of Texas Tech for a day. Hall, a sophomore accounting major from Dallas, won a contest to get an inside look at what it is like to be President M. Duane Nellis for a day. “A lot went through my mind when I found out I won,” Hall said. “I was really excited, and I was actually almost in disbelief.” Hall met the chancellor and president, and spoke with them about what they do. Hall was also able to share some of her own ideas, she said. “They both made me feel like they believed in me even though they’d just met me,” she said. Hall also spoke with Interim Associate Vice Chancellor Kathy Johnson about how donors give money to keep Tech running and said it was very eye opening. “I really clicked with her,” Hall said. “This whole day has just been realizing that there’s so much more to this school than just going to class and going home.” Hall was taken through the United Spirit Arena and football facilities, and said she was hoping to even be able to meet Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury.

LOREN HALL, A sophomore accounting major from Dallas, sits in the president’s office while serving as the president for a day. Hall took up the responsibilities of M. Duane Nellis inside of the Administration building Friday.

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3 dead after suburban Kansas City shooting OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been shot and killed in suburban Kansas City. Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes said Sunday afternoon that one person of interest is in custody. Rhodes said the shootings happened at 2 different locations, but did not specify where the shootings happened. There is a heavy police presence at the Jewish Community Center complex in Overland Park and the entrance is blocked off.


names of more than 650 Texan soldiers who have died in combat since 9/11. “Texas Tech is honored to receive this designation from the Military Order of the Purple Heart,” Tech President M. Duane Nellis said in the release. “The gathering on our campus last fall of hundreds of Purple Heart recipients was a privilege for the university and gave us a brief moment to thank them for their sacrifices for our freedoms. At Texas Tech, we work diligently to ensure our veterans, current military personnel and their families are afforded the opportunity to extend their education.”

HSC free clinic Red Raiders put on show at spring game plans to expand medical services By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer

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Every Wednesday night, the uninsured of Lubbock can seek free medical care at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Free Clinic from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Lubbock Impact. HSC students announced plans Friday during a presentation in the Academic Classroom building to expand the clinic to two nights per week within the next year. The students also released the n a m e s o f n e x t y e a r ’s l e a d e r s h i p team during the presentation. The five-member team serves a one-year term, according to the free clinic’s website, and predominantly handles administrative work to keep the clinic running. “We simply don’t have the capacity for the number of people in need,” Feba Thomas, a second-year medical student from Grand Prairie, said. “We really need the second night to help more people.” CLINIC continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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In 90-degree heat and in front of a record crowd of 19,500 fans, the Texas Tech football team played the annual spring game Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. The white team, or the offense, won the game 37-30 over the defense behind sophomore quarterback Davis Webb. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said the team was not going to show many different plays in the game, but he was pleased with the overall performance of the team. “Neither side really showed much, so we want to come out here and see the guys play hard with good effort, good energy,” he said. “Not as clean as we would have liked, but I thought the energy was good.” While the offense earned points the same way they would in a regular game, the defense earned six points for if they scored a touchdown, three points for a fourth down stop or a missed field goal, two points for a sack and one point for a three-and-out. The team’s lone scholarship quarterback, Davis Webb, threw for 354 yards on 25-of-37 passing and four touchdowns, each touchdown going to a different receiver. After the game, the sophomore quarterback said he and his teammates have high expectations for the upcoming season. “We have a chance to be a really good team,” Webb said. “We’re flying under the radar and that’s what we want, and there’s no

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TEXAS TECH RUNNING back DeAndre Washington tries to move past defenders during the spring game Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. Washington rushed for 55 yards. The offense defeated the defense 37-30.

reason why you shouldn’t expect this team to be one of the best teams to ever play at Texas Tech.” Webb ends the spring with 13 combined touchdown passes in the Midland scrimmage, Friday Night Lights and the spring game, according to a Tech Athletics news release. The offense got off to a quick start in the game with a 67-yard opening drive for a touchdown. Webb was 7-for-8 for 55 yards on the drive. Kingsbury said Webb is bigger and more

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Councilman introduces initiative to restrict payday lending By KAITLIN BAIN

est rates to short-term loans,” he said. “These people are often in desperate situations and need the money. This bill would force many payday lenders to close and not be there for the people who need them.” The controversy is likely to continue in Lubbock, as Klein attempted to create a task force to study payday lending and make suggestions to state officials about possible future legislation, according to the minutes. “I’ve seen stories about how difficult it is and I’ve read about people made worse as a result of it,” he said. “It’s just a no-brainer.”

to prevent financial difficulties for Lubbock and Texas citizens by restricting these quick loans, according to the Lubbock city council meeting minutes. “This is kind of a continued effort to say that we need to do what we can locally,” he said, “but we also need to see what the state can do in that regard as well.” This issue, according to the minutes, was introduced at the city council meeting Wednesday, but Klein said he doesn’t want to stop at the local level. He wants there to be state legislation. There is a market for this kind of loan, he said, but without state rules, there would be many different mu-

nicipal ordinances, which he said he believes isn’t efficient. “With 254 counties and many, many towns and cities, I don’t think it’s a good situation,” he said. “For that reason I think it’s best handled at a state level.” Drew Winters, a Lucille and Raymond Pickering Chair in Finance, said it is important to understand usury laws in Texas to understand why there might be restrictions placed on lending. Usury, according to the website of the Attorney General, is the charging of exorbitant interest rates on loans. “Regulations are necessary,” Klein

said, “because there is still a need for these kinds of loans.” According to the Advance America website, a payday lender that exists in Lubbock, the annual percentage rate, or the amount your loan will cost yearly, is at 391 percent. Payday lenders can generally charge these interest rates with minimal state penalty because they call the APR “service charges,” or they use personal checks to distribute the money, according to website of the Attorney General. “It is not uncommon for people — in Lubbock and throughout the nation — to get into tight spots financially,” Klein said. “If the bank says

no, a payday loan becomes the most attractive option even with the high interest rates.” Restrictions have been enacted on payday lending in 17 other states, according to an Associated Press article, but other states are still voting on this controversial issue, like Louisiana, whose House Commerce Committee voted 10-8 against a bill requiring payday lenders to cap their interest rates at 36 percent. This is the reason there is so much controversy in many different states, Troy McCullen, a representative from Louisiana Cash Advance, said. “It’s not logical to apply these inter-

Heart Entities, wrote in a letter that Tech is a national leader in recognizing and commemorating veterans, according to CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the release. James R. Berg, state commander for The university has promoted veterthe Department of California, Military ans’ issues, according to the release, and Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., aided the needs of wounded warriors, FOR RELEASEshowing APRIL 12,its 2014 Inc., and national coordinator for Purple overall commitment to apLos Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle FOR RELEASE APRIL 14, 2014

preciating those who have served for the country. “I’ve met many veterans that love to come to Texas Tech,” ROTC Cadet Eric Ramon, a freshman public relations major from Garland, said. “We try to honor what they have done and really appreciate what they have done

for our country.” In addition to being named a Purple Heart University, several staff and faculty members were recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for their work for veterans. Juan Muñoz, senior vice president and vice provost, Ryan Van Dusen, direc-

tor of Military and Veterans Programs, Steve Maxner, director of the Vietnam Center and Archive, Elvis Moya, director of Promotions and Fan Engagement and Steve Uryasz, associate athletics director for student services, all received individual awards, according to the release. “I’m amazed by how supportive Texas


the next year. “We want to see more patients,” he said. “We have to turn away five to 15 patients each night, just at the beginning of the night.” As the night progresses, he said the volunteers must turn away more patients. Because this is the only free clinic in Lubbock, the clinic needs more volunteer and physician manpower each week, he said. “We’re only able to see 30 people a week right now,” Marquardt said. “More people are out there in need, though. We try to recruit our friends and build relations with physicians within Texas

Tech. The old team that’s leaving really built solid relationships with them and kept them coming out, so that’s something we want to continue doing.” Currently, 15 to 20 medical students, two to 10 nurses and five to 10 doctors volunteer each week, Thomas said. Founded in 2009, the clinic has treated more than 3,000 unique visitors and averages 25 to 30 patients each Wednesday, according to the clinic’s annual report. “We’ve been subtly increasing our services and seeing more patients each year,” Sean Hattenbach, a second-year medical


5:49 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated theft in the lobby of Coleman Residence Hall. An unsecured laptop computer was taken. 10:45 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief in the

Z1B parking lot. A driver side rear window on a vehicle was damaged. 3:09 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for public intoxication and false alarm or report at Weymouth Residence Hall. A

student activated a fire alarm pull station. The student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.

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Paying for housing bills, grocery bills and textbooks are more than enough to consume a college student’s income. However, an emergency situation could occur when there aren’t funds available to take care of it. Situations like these are what payday loans are meant to be used for, according the Ace Cash Express website, just one of the many companies that offers consumers quick cash and high interest rates. Todd Klein, Lubbock city councilman, had been working on an initiative


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Approximately 18.1 percent of Lubbock residents do not have health insurance, according to the Texas Medical Association. These 40,387 residents are a part of Texas’ larger health insurance problem: approximately 6,234,900 Texas residents, or 25 percent, are uninsured, which is nearly double the national percentage. Patrick Marquardt, a firstyear medical student from Austin, said the clinic’s biggest goal is to create a second night within


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student from Houston, said. “A lot of that has been due to clinic expansion and the services Lubbock Impact offers to the community, which attracts more people to come out each year.” The clinic plans to continue renovations of the facility and increase the availability of vaccines over the next year, according to the presentation. Per month, the clinic provides an average of $1,475 worth of medication, according to the annual report. All spending done by the clinic goes towards medication and medication supplies.

POLICE BLOTTER Thursday 3:32 p.m. — A Texas Tech officer issued a non-student a criminal trespass warning for all of Tech Property after investigating a suspicious person in the C1 parking lot.

Davis: Senate votes didn’t conflict with clients AUSTIN (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis voted for bills in the Texas Senate that affected her clients and sought federal money while in office for a transportation project being handled by her Fort Worth law firm, a newspaper reported Sunday. Davis told The Dallas Morning News that no conflicts of interests occurred. She and Republican opponent Greg Abbott have made ethics an issue in the race to succeed Gov. Rick Perry. Voting records reviewed by the newspaper show Davis supported

legislation governing a toll road project for which the North Texas Tollway Authority hired her law firm, Newby Davis, which she started with former Perry chief of staff Brian Newby. Davis backed changes surrounding the collection of unpaid tolls that preceded a program in which law firms — including Davis’ — were chosen to carry out the collections. “I have never done anything in a way that represents a conflict in my voting and something that would benefit me personally,” Davis told the newspaper. “If you look at my legislative work and see what I’ve done in terms of trans-

parency and ethics to make sure that government officials, elected officials, are held to a standard they should be, I think it shows where I come from.” Being a state legislator is a part-time job in Texas. Under the state’s relatively loose ethics laws, few lawmakers recuse themselves from legislation affecting their livelihoods. For Davis, the issue is the line between public service and private legal work for public entities. In June 2010, Davis wrote on Senate letterhead to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seeking federal funds for a North Texas toll project — the Southwest

Parkway/Chisholm Trail Parkway, a 27-mile toll road from Fort Worth to Cleburne. The law firm on the project was Cantey Hanger, where Davis was working at the time. Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas said she was acting as a senator, not a lawyer, in making the request. The funds were denied, but the federal government allocated money for another North Texas toll project that had the effect of freeing up money for the Chisholm Trail Parkway. In March 2011, the North Texas toll authority approved hiring Newby Davis to do land-condemnation work for the Chisolm Trail project.

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Relay for Life raises money for cure By HANNAH HIPP Staff Writer

Hundreds of students representing various student organizations gathered for Relay for Life at Urbanovsky Park Saturday for the same purpose: promoting a cure for cancer. Kaitlyn Persch, a freshman early childhood education major from Allen, said she was walking for her grandmother who has cancer. “I’ve done Relay four times,” Persch said. “I always do it for her.” The event ran from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, and each student organization had at least one member walking around the park at all times. Persch was representing the Texas Tech School of Music, she said, and was carrying a tuba as she walked around the park. She planned to stay through the entire night. “It’s like our baton,” Persch said, “to make sure that someone is always walking.” Many of the organizations had tents set up and were playing various games to keep students occupied throughout the night. There were various bands playing and an appearance by the Masked Rider. Kenzie Cocke, a sophomore biology major from Waco, was the captain of the Tech Terry Scholars’ booth. “Our booth was The Bachelor theme,” Cocke said, “so we were selling flowers and pictures with a cutout of Kliff Kingsbury, who is our bachelor.” Cocke has several family members and friends who have battled with cancer, she said. Everyone is touched by cancer, Cocke said, and Relay for Life is a great event for everyone to come together and make a difference. “It’s a good event for awareness,” she said, “but it’s also a good event for support and to come together and fight cancer as one.” Relay for Life began in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash., and now has events all over the United States, according to their website. Logan Murphy, a senior marketing major from Austin, has been the finance chair of the event for the last three years. “The goal is to raise more than we have in the past,” Murphy said. Last year, the event raised about $54,000, Murphy said, and this year was

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by the Texas Tech chapter of Mortar Board, a senior honor society, she said. “They sell tickets and give all of the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 money to whatever charity they have She was also present at the Purple chosen,” she said, “and pick a student Heart Designation Conference, she from a raffle drawing.” said, at which Tech was recognized as The event raised around $1,300, and the money will be split evenly bea Purple Heart University. “I was really glad to go, because tween CASA of the South Plains and I’m very pro-military,” Hall said. “I the Humane Society of West Texas, don’t think I would have known according to the Mortar Board website. about it otherwise.” The goal of the event, Alkul said, Meeting the chancellor and presi- is to provide an eye-opening look into dent were Hall’s two favorite events of the internal affairs of Tech for one the day, she said. lucky student, while raising money for At the end of the day Hall said the charity of choice. she definitely appreciates Tech more “The main thing is getting to meet as far as the internal part of the uni- so many people,” she said, “and underversity goes. standing the big picture.” Mortar Board has been doing “I feel like I learned so much,” she said. “I plan on telling kids that there’s this fundraiser for several years now, more to Tech than just class. They Alkul said. should really appreciate the people Whether switching places with that work here because they do a lot.” the president or simply meeting and Suzanne Alkul, a senior biochemis- talking with him, she said it provided try major from Lubbock, said President a great experience. “It’s an incredible opportunity,” Nellis himself did the drawing to choose the winner. Alkul said. The event is a fundraiser done ➤➤

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ZACH POWELL, A junior chemistry major from Odessa, performs in the Miss Relay pageant during Relay for Life on Saturday outside the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center.

on track to raise even more than that. While there was an individual fee for each participant, the individual organizations were also doing their own fundraising, he said. “All the different teams were going around and fundraising,” he said. “Each has their own thing, and I’ll collect all of the donations.” Relay for Life is the most successful nonprofit fundraising event in the world, according to their website. Their research program has funded more than 42 Nobel Prize winners, the

website stated. “Producing a cure that could aid in reducing the suffering of the general public would promote the general welfare,” Philip Jarrett, a junior cell and molecular biology major from Fort Worth, said. Jarrett’s grandmother died of lung

NEW YORK (AP) — “Captain America” continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as “The Winter Soldier” took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas. The strong second-week performance for the Walt Disney release in North America was enough to narrowly edge 20th Century Fox’s “Rio 2” in a springtime battle of sequels. The animated Amazon jungle tale “Rio 2” debuted with $39 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, almost exactly the opening weekend total of the 2011 Oscar-nominated original.

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Common Core wrong solution for education Andrew Gleinser much tougher than anything students have been held to. Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education and noted education historian, outlined the problems with Common Core in a speech to the Modern Language Association in January. She noted that in New York, only 30 percent of students who took the Common Core tests in spring 2013 actually passed. As it turns out, the tests were designed that way. The creators of Common Core, according to Ravitch, “set the bar so high that most students were sure to fail, and they did.” Ravitch notes the standards “have caused a dramatic collapse of test scores,” to the tune of about 30 percent across the board. Holding students to a higher standard sounds nice in theory, but this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. Insisting that students take tests covering material they haven’t previously been required to know sets the entire system up for failure. It’s also a one-size-fitsall solution, which rarely works in any situation. It also ignores socioeconomic circumstances, which plays a large part in the success of stu-

NSA not overstepping bounds, necessary for national security By JASON TIDD

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A long-fought debate among political scientists concerns how much freedom should be sacrificed to maintain a desired level of public order and safety, which would include the safety and security of citizens. The primary purpose of any government is to protect its citizens, from both foreign and domestic enemies. In this new era of terrorism and guerrilla warfare, information collection is vital to saving the lives of civilians and servicemen and women. One of the ways that the U.S. government collects information is via the National Security Agency. According to the June 27, 2013 Washington Post article “NSA chief says surveillance programs helped thwart dozens of plots” by Peter Finn. There have been many NSA success stories. In the article, former head of the NSA General Keith Alexander gave 54 cases where mass data collection helped stop suspected terrorists. Of these 54 cases, 42 were terror plots and 12 were individuals discovered to have been feeding information to terror operations. Not only does the NSA help save lives of Americans, but it also helps our allies. In the same Washington Post article, it was reported that the NSA helped foil a car bombing plot near a U.S. Air Force base in Germany in 2007. I could continue with a list of NSA success stories, but not everyone would be convinced of the good the NSA does. For those opposed to the NSA programs, the Fourth Amendment is their strongest argument. The problem, though, is that the NSA is not violating the Fourth Amendment or any other laws, or at least not according to current information about the spy agency. The Fourth Amendment protects Americans from “unlawful search and seizure.” The NSA is not seizing any property when it collects metadata. According to The Law Dictionary website, property ownership “is the right of one

or more persons to possess and use (the property) to the exclusion of others.” If the government has data on a certain phone number, that does not mean that the owner of the phone number can no longer make calls. The NSA is also careful to not conduct unlawful searches. Oftentimes, the NSA is required to obtain court permission before collecting certain information. This follows the Fourth Amendment requirement for due-process warrants. The metadata on phone calls is obtained from phone providers through court orders. In addition to the Fourth Amendment, there are many other laws and rules regulating how and when the NSA may obtain information. Unless the NSA is hiding information about secret programs, then it is not infringing on privacy. Phone numbers, how often calls are made and how long the calls last hardly constitute an invasion of privacy. None of these give any information about the private lives of American citizens. Furthermore, the NSA may only listen in on a phone call if one end of the call is outside of the U.S. Lawfully, the NSA may only intercept Internet traffic if one end is outside the U.S. I would agree that changes should be made to ensure that no lawabiding American citizens have their Internet usage spied upon. However, people should know that a Facebook post is hardly private; skilled hackers can access many private websites and most email providers already scan emails in order to tailor advertisements. I know that a lot of people do not trust the government, and for good reason. I too would love to know more about the NSA programs in order to form a better judgment on whether they are lawful, moral and ethical. However, I also understand that certain information is not divulged in order to keep the bad guys from knowing our spying techniques. Plus, none of our current information shows that the NSA is violating any U.S. law. For those not convinced, maybe solace can be found in the reports of the growing political consensus to end certain NSA programs.

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dents and schools. Generally speaking, schools with a student population consisting of mostly middle or upper class children perform better on such tests than do schools with students from lower class or povertystricken backgrounds. The reasons for this distinction are vast. Middle and upper class children are generally raised by well-educated, successful parents who place strong emphasis on education, while the same generally cannot be said for lower class children. If Common Core tests are used to rank children and their schools, it could cause major problems for the underperforming schools, especially if those schools are threatened with loss of funding or outright closure as punishment for their low scores. If teachers are also judged on their students’ scores, it would give good teachers a disincentive to teach at schools in lowerincome neighborhoods because they would be fighting an uphill battle to get those children to meet and surpass the unrealistically high expectations of Common Core. It would, in a sense, be a suicide mission. Ravitch also noted the Com-

mon Core testing will be done online, causing schools with already tight budgets to spend additional money on the technology necessary for the tests, meaning funds will need to be taken from other places, likely causing increased class sizes, elimination of classes not necessary for the Common Core tests, such as the arts, and the inability to maintain school facilities. One only needs to look at how Common Core was developed to see how inherently flawed it is. According to Ravitch, “The development process was led behind closed doors by a small organization called Student Achievement Partners, headed by David Coleman. The writing group of 27 contained few educators, but a significant number of representatives of the testing industry.” T h e t e s t i n g i n d u s t r y, o f course, stands to benefit greatly from Common Core, because the plan being adopted nationally will “create a national market for book publishers, technology companies, testing corporations and other vendors,” according to Ravitch. It’s also interesting to note that Coleman is now the presi-

Common Core is essentially No Child Left Behind wrapped in pretty new packaging and injected with steroids.


ost everyone agrees the American education system needs help. Today’s students are falling well behind those of other developed countries, which naturally is not sitting well with parents and politicians alike. The solution, however, isn’t quite so simple. The latest education craze sweeping the nation is the new Common Core Standards, which is a set of standardized tests covering core subjects like math and English. Common Core has its supporters, namely testing corporations and politicians, but is quickly drawing the ire of parents and educators. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted Common Core thus far, according to a New York Times article, and thankfully Texas is one of the few that have rejected it, though if the general response to the program is any indication, more will likely join soon. Texans know about standardized tests and the devastating effects they have on school curriculums thanks to STAAR and the now-defunct TAKS systems. Because such importance is placed on the test scores, schools and teachers are forced to teach the students to pass the tests instead of the things they really need to know. The problem with Common Core is that it’s placing the exact same standards on every student from every state and every socioeconomic background, and these standards are generally

dent of the College Board, which administers the SAT, which will soon be going through some changes of its own. Coleman sure seems to love tests. As Ravitch notes, “From the outset, the Common Core standards were marked by the absence of public participation, transparency or educator participation.” This is perhaps the biggest flaw in the whole system. Politicians, scholars and testers seem to think they know what’s better for America’s children than the children’s parents or teachers do. It’s the teachers and parents who know best. The parents see their kids’ homework and their progress on a regular basis. Teachers can see how the students respond to certain lessons and concepts. Veteran teachers are in an even better position. I can guarantee that my seventh grade English teacher has a better handle on how to fix the education system than Coleman or Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who has been one of Common Core’s biggest cheerleaders. Duncan, for his part, has played the part of Obama administration stooge quite nicely, dismissing criticisms of the plan as mere rubbish. Duncan was quoted in the Washington Post in November as saying much of Common Core’s criticisms come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good

as they thought they were.” Charming, no? Common Core, as well as other standardized testing programs, fails to get to the root of the problem. Children who are already underachieving when it comes time to take the test won’t magically become smarter because of the stricter standards. They’ll just fall farther behind. Education starts well before kindergarten. It’s the job of the parents to kick-start their child’s education. It can be something as simple as reading to a 2-yearold every night before bed. The bottom line is that all children, regardless of circumstances, should be taught the importance of education. Another government-backed program of tests is not the answer. By now, everyone knows former president George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” program was a colossal failure. Common Core is essentially No Child Left Behind wrapped in pretty new packaging and injected with steroids. Thankfully, Texas leaders were smart enough to reject Common Core. Now it’s time they take a lesson from it to reform the state’s own standardized testing system and get the education system back to the way it was before the government decided to fix it until it was broken. Gleinser is The DT’s opinions editor and a first-year law student from Kingwood. ➤➤

Multiple stereotypes surround mental illness By CALLIE PARRISH

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Mental illness is the first thing that is talked about when a shooting occurs. It’s always in a bad light, too, mainly because of the stigma of mental illness and also because of a general ignorance toward this subject. Just about every form of media points the finger at mental illness as the cause of a shooting, because a sane person would never do that. Let’s get real here, stop pulling the wool over our own eyes and realize that evil certainly exists in this world. There are evil people out there. Period. If one were to say that traditionally evil people are just crazy, one could say that Hitler was simply mentally ill instead of a dictator who killed others out of hatred. Had he not killed himself, I highly doubt he get would have gotten off using the insanity plea. On April 2, the second shooting at Fort Hood occurred; Ivan Lopez was the shooter. Four were killed while 16 were injured. According to CBC News, when Lopez’s father was interviewed on this topic, he said, “My son could not have been in sound mind. He was not that way.” So the finger is pointed at mental illness as the cause, and mental illness is equated with “crazy.” People apply logic to human behavior — or at least try to — when they say, “A sane person would never cause a shooting.” So if they are sane, then they will not cause a shooting. The inverse of that statement is that if they are crazy, then they will cause a shooting. Those are not logically equivalent statements. In other words, there exists a counterexample; however, most people don’t see the flaw in their logic. The bottom line is that people are not logical, so the rules of logic don’t apply Copyright © 2014 Texas Tech University Student Media/The Daily Toreador. All DT articles, photographs and artwork are the property of The DT and Student Media and may not be reproduced or published without permission. The Daily Toreador is a designated public forum. Student editors have the authority to make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval. •Breaking News Phone: 806-742-3393, Fax: 806-742-2434 Email: •Corrections Call: 806-742-3393 Policy: The Daily Toreador strives for accuracy and fairness in the reporting of news. If a report is wrong or misleading, a request for a correction or a clarification may be made.

to them. Sane people can be evil. A sane person is aware of their actions and in control of them. If they know a certain act is heinously wrong and still commits that act with no remorse thereafter, they are certainly evil. Not only is it illogical, but also there are so many other factors that contribute to a shooting. The shooter could have simply snapped, or they could have strategically planned out the act. On the other hand, I’m not saying that a mentally ill person can’t commit a shooting, but that is not the point here. According to CNN, Lopez “was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas on Wednesday.” Being evaluated and diagnosed with PTSD takes time — it doesn’t happen overnight. “He was not diagnosed, as of today, with PTSD,” CNN reported. Therefore, we will never truly know whether he was sane or “crazy,” if you will. But placing the entire blame on mental illness is unwise. We don’t know if he was mentally ill, so putting the blame on mental illness as if that were the sure reason for the shooting is simply an assumption. He is dead now, and a definitive diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder does not exist. Most people are aware of the stigma surrounding mental illness — especially those who suffer from it along with their loved ones. According to Psychology Today, anti-psychiatrist Thomas Szasz argues that “mental illness is itself a myth, and that therefore terms such as ‘sociopath’ and ‘antisocial personality disorder’ are themselves just moral judgments disguised as empirically verifiable psychiatric disorders.” “We call people mentally ill,” Sasz said, “when their personal •Publishing information Periodical Postage paid by The Daily Toreador, Media and Communication building, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 79409. Publication number: 766480. The DT is a student newspaper published Monday through Friday, September through May; Tuesdays and Fridays June through August, except during university examination and vacation periods. The DT is funded primarily through advertising revenues generated by the student sales staff with free campus distribution resulting from student service fees. •Subscriptions Call: 806-742-3388 Subscription Rates: $150 annually; single issues: $1. Postmaster: send address changes to The Daily Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409.

conduct violates certain ethical, political and social norms.” This thought certainly seems to be the norm of the media and of the general population. This needs to change, and people need to become educated on mental health and the issues that go with it. Those with mental illness are not subhuman or beneath those who do not suffer from a mental illness. Mentally ill people are still people. There are many people who have never been exposed to the mentally ill; they just believe the general consensus without questioning it. From these stigmas, bad experiences can happen. For instance, I’ve had three roommates in college move out of the dorm we shared because I am bipolar and because I’ve been hospitalized many times. I never did any wrong to them. I’ve even had electroconvulsive therapy. The first roommate who moved out was the worst. I hadn’t brought up my bipolar disorder yet because I felt that it wasn’t the right time. However, when I had to be hos-

pitalized because of a reaction to a psychiatric medication and was gone for a week, I couldn’t hide that I am bipolar and that I have been hospitalized any more. So I told her. The next day, I went to class, and when I came back, all of her stuff in the dorm was gone. I contacted her via text and she told me that she moved out because I’m bipolar, been hospitalized and that she feared for her life. She thought that I was going to kill her in her sleep, all because I am “crazy.” The other two weren’t as bad, but they still hurt because of the reasoning behind them choosing to move out. Those not suffering from a mental illness can commit such acts. Mentally ill people have feelings and are human just like you, so treat them with respect. Also, mental illness does not necessarily imply that someone will do evil things. Educate yourself if you think that mental illness implies that they will.

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Red Raider baseball sweeps weekend series



The Texas Tech baseball team got its first home series win against a Big 12 Conference opponent over the weekend, sweeping Kansas State in three games. The Red Raiders went in to the opening game of the series still looking for a Friday night win in the 2014 season, and they finally got it, defeating the Wildcats 4-3. Tech coach Tim Tadlock said the pitching staff played a huge part in the win, and it was good to finally get the monkey of Friday night losses off the team’s back. “It really doesn’t matter how (the win) comes,” he said. “To win on Friday, we’ve had trouble there, and obviously to get the win tonight should be good going into the rest of the weekend.” Tech junior pitcher Cameron Smith came in during the third inning and ended up with the win. In his five innings of relief pitched, Smith gave up only one hit with five strikeouts. Smith said it was nice to get out on the mound and shut a team down after having some poor outings the last couple of times he pitched. “Tonight I felt good,” he said. “It was nice to come back out here and bounce back after the last couple of starts I’ve had have been a little rocky. All the pitches were working for me, there was good (defense) behind me, and the offense picked me up as well.” The Red Raiders were able to clinch the series win with a 7-4 victory in game two on Saturday, according to a news release from Tech Athletics. It was the first series win against Kansas State for Tech since a home series against the Wildcats in 2010. Tech was down early in the second game, according to the release, but a threerun seventh inning gave the Red Raiders the 7-4 lead, and they did not relinquish it from then on. The sweep was completed on Sunday, with the Red Raiders defeating the Wildcats 11-7 in the final game of the series. Tech jumped out to an early lead,


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Tech Athletics. Tech sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony said getting a sweep like that is a growing up point for the team. “A lot of guys on the team, we’ve never

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Softball wins first Big 12 series of season By JEREMY KRAKOSKY Staff Writer

The Texas Tech softball team won their first Big 12 Conference series of the season two games to one over Oklahoma State last weekend at Rocky Johnson Field. Friday, the Red Raiders took control of the series when they rallied for four runs in the final inning for a walk-off 6-5 victory. Tech coach Shanon Hays said the team never doubted that they could make a comeback in the game. “This was a great win tonight for our ballclub,” he said. “I thought we battled all night at the plate and it paid off with a few big hits there in the seventh. That’s something I really like about this team and I was proud of how we kept in there and battled until the end. Oklahoma State has a good club so we’ll have



Junior wide receiver Jakeem Grant’s speed and elusiveness were also on display in the spring game as he grabbed five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Grant, who was called out by Kingsbury as the most impressive player in the game, said he is ready to humiliate

to keep that effort going throughout the weekend.” Tech freshman centerfielder Sydni Emanuel, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, scored the winning run off of junior catcher Kristi Belshe’s sacrifice fly. Tech was unable to win the game on Saturday afternoon as Oklahoma State claimed an 8-6 victory. The Cowgirls scored seven runs in the final three innings to erase the Red Raiders’ lead. After the game, Hays said he was disappointed they couldn’t close out the game but still had a chance to win the series tomorrow. “We just couldn’t close out the ball game today,” Hays said. “We scored enough runs that we should win, but that just wasn’t the case today. Hopefully we can pitch a little bit better tomorrow and take the series.” It was only the second time this

season Tech has lost when scoring six or more runs. Once again, Emanuel had a multihit game going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Freshman utility player Cassie McClure knocked her fifth homerun of the season and went 2-for-4 on the day. In the rubber match game on Sunday, the Red Raiders were dominant in an 11-3 run-rule victory in five innings. The victory gave Tech its first Big 12 series win after losing the first two series. Tech freshman utility player Brittany Lee, who hit two homeruns and had four RBIs, said she was angry about losing previous series and was determined to not lose this weekend. “That (series win) is huge. I mean, (we) came off losing three to Baylor and then dropping two to Texas, we needed a series win,” Lee said. “I think that will really carry us into

the rest of conference play.” Tech sophomore pitcher/infielder Gretchen Aucoin hit a three-run homerun and pitched a complete game with three strikeouts. It was Aucoin’s ninth win of the season. After the dual-threat player Aucoin hit the homerun, she struck out the side at the top of the next inning. “Any time I got out there and get a hit, my body is so looser whenever I got out to the mound,” she said. “I feel more relaxed and my adrenaline just takes over.” The Red Raiders’ record is now 30-15 overall and 3-6 in conference play. After being ejected from the game in the fourth inning, Hays said he is glad they ended up winning the series but knows Tech should have swept OSU. “Every Big 12 series win is tough, at home or whatever,” Hays said.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t win yesterday because we got off to a good start and felt like we could sweep this weekend, that puts us one

behind where we wanted to be. We got to go to Kansas and figure out how to win there. They’re a super team.”

opposing defenses. “I take a lot of pride (in being difficult to tackle) because I’m a small guy, so I use my speed and quickness to my advantage,” Grant said. “A lot of defenders have weak hips, so I like to embarrass them any chance I get to. Especially if it’s one-on-one, it’s like a highlight reel.” The scoring in the second half dropped off and the defense was able to outscore the offense 6-3.

Tech sophomore defensive back Keenon Ward, who led the defense with five tackles, said despite losing the game, the defense put on a much better performance than at Friday Night Lights. “I feel like just we had something to prove,” he said. “We compete with the offense every day and, most of the time, we dominate. On Friday, we didn’t do that, so we knew we had to come out today and show the fans that we could dominate the offense.”

The Red Raiders mostly used their fast paced air raid offense, but they did run the ball 27 times in the game. Tech junior running back DeAndre Washington ran the ball seven times for 56 yards and said he is going to do anything to help the team. “I feel 120 percent. I feel better than I ever have before, man,” Washington said. “I feel better than I did my freshman year, so I’m looking forward to seeing how things go this season.”

The Red Raider defense lost multiple seniors at the conclusion of last season, and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said junior linebacker Pete Robertson is one of the players he is counting on to step up. Robertson said Tech fans know the offense will put up points during the season, but he wanted to show that the defense is going to do their job as well. “Every single scrimmage our offense got the best of us. We decided every

single day at practice that at this scrimmage it wasn’t going to be like that, in front of our home crowd,” he said. “We didn’t want the fans to think we got an offense but not as close on defense. So we just came out with the mindset that we were going to give them a good run for their money.” The Red Raiders kick off the season August 30 against Central Arkansas at Jones AT&T Stadium.


TEXAS TECH SHORT stop Samantha Camello throws the ball to first during the game on Saturday at Rocky Johnson Field. Oklahoma State defeated the Red Raiders 8-6.



Women’s tennis sweep Kansas on Friday The Texas Tech women’s tennis team swept Kansas 7-0 Friday at the Don and Ethel McLeod Center, according to a Tech Athletics news release. The 467 fans in attendance gave Tech the fifth largest crowd in women’s tennis on the season, according to the release. “To win every match against a Kansas team like that is a testament to the mental side of the game today,” Lady Raider coach Todd Petty said in the release.

“Today’s matches could have gone three sets or the one that did go three sets we could have lost. To be able to close out some matches that were very close is not a true testament on how close this match was.” Tech won two out of the three doubles matches to gain the edge heading into singles. In singles, freshman Lynn Kiro won her 13th straight match and improved to

26-6 on the season, according the release. “I just think it is Lynn being good,” Petty said in the release. “She has filled the billing of what she was supposed to be. There are at least two or three more levels she can jump. She has gotten over the nerves and is playing to her ability.” The Lady Raiders will be competing in the Big 12 Championship on April 24 in Fort Worth. ➤➤

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ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman each hit a two-run homer off Gio Gonzalez and the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 10-2 victory on Sunday. Beating Washington for the 18th time in the last 25 series matchups, Atlanta is hoping to use another fast start against the Nationals to win a second straight NL East title. The Braves have won five of six against the Nationals this year. Washington began the day by placing third baseman Ryan Zimmerman placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right thumb. With Zimmerman and leadoff hitter Denard Span sidelined, the Nationals’ lineup managed just five hits off Aaron Harang (2-1), who allowed one run, one walk and struck out five in six innings. Gonzalez (2-1) continued his struggles against the Braves, giving up nine hits, six runs and four walks and striking out six in six innings. Despite ranking second in the majors among left-handers with 34 wins since the start of 2012, Gonzalez is 2-7 with a 5.31 ERA in 10 starts against the Braves during that span.


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