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Tubby Smith announces hiring of assistant coach The first addition to Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith’s staff was announced Monday evening in a news release. Former Tulsa point guard and TCU assistant coach Alvin “Pooh” Williamson will join the staff as an assistant. “He has the ability to be a floor coach, teacher and develop players and that stems from the fact the he was a player who had to work hard and earn everything he has gotten,” Smith said in the release. “Pooh enhances every aspect of our program.” Williamson spent last season as an assistant coach at TCU and one year before that at SMU in the same position. He assisted at Texas A&M from 2007-2011, where he coached future NBA players DeAndre Jordan and Donald Sloan. Williamson played Division I basketball at Tulsa for four years, finishing his career ranked No. 7 in school history for total assists and No. 10 in total steals. ➤➤

AG: Same-sex marriage benefits unconstitutional AUSTIN (AP) — Local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion Monday. The cities of Austin, El Paso and Forth Worth already have offered some benefits to domestic partners, while Pflugerville, outside Austin, became the state’s first school district to extend similar benefits. Tea party-backed state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston asked Abbott, a fellow Republican, to review the matter in November. Patrick argued that Texas amended its constitution in 2005 to define marriage as between one man and one woman, while prohibiting government entities from recognizing anything similar to marriage. In a six-page opinion, Abbott found that the constitution “prohibits political subdivisions from creating a legal status of domestic partnership and recognizing that status by offering public benefits based upon it.” He said city governments and school districts constitute political subdivisions. In a statement, Patrick said the measure, known as the Marriage Amendment, was passed by “an overwhelming majority of the Texas legislature and ratified by more than 75 percent of Texas voters.”


Budget cuts nix $90m in federal college aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Schools near military bases and tribal lands will face a $60 million shortfall between now and September and aid to college students will be cut by almost $90 million, according to the Education Department’s plan to carry out the automatic spending cuts mandated by Congress. In all, the Education Department lost $2.6 billion as part of failed budget negotiations that forced deep spending cuts to reduce the nation’s debt. Every corner of the federal government has been slashing services to comply. “Budgets are never just numbers. They reveal our values. They reveal our value choices,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on Monday at an event to discuss prekindergarten programs. “You do not see our high-

performing competitors defunding education and innovation via sequestration. Other nations, our international competitors, they keep their eye on the prize and they don’t let dysfunctional politics create a man-made mess.” Taken as a whole, the cuts could force fast changes at the end of the school year. For instance, areas where large portions of land are owned or managed by the government, such as military or tribal areas, receive more than $1 billion in federal aid annually to make up for the lack of land subject to property tax. Under the automatic budget cuts, that sum is being slashed about 5 percent. Students who work in college libraries, dining halls or elsewhere on campus will see a collective $51 million in work study aid cut. Separately, grants for needy

students will be cut $38 million. Some $1.6 billion in college aid will remain, however. Most of the Education Department’s cuts will translate to fewer dollars to pay salaries at the state and local levels. For instance, the department’s plan cuts $20 million from a program designed to help students who move between states or countries during the school year catch up. Often, those students are children of migrant farmers who require additional help to get on the same page as their classmates. Separately, programs to help students learn English were slashed by $38 million. As implemented, the spending plan also will cut $28 million from the administration’s “Race to the Top” com-

petition that rewards states for implementing changes in how schools teach and students learn. Some $520 million, however, remains in that pot for states to try new approaches to boost student performance. An additional $13 million for charter schools and $5 million for magnet schools were expected to be cut, according to the budget outline. And the budget cuts would reduce student counseling services, school safety and community development efforts by $13 million. Across all agencies and departments, the reductions total $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The first-year cuts are $85 billion but many programs are exempt from the cuts such as Social Security and Pell grants.

School of Law helps students relax before finals By CAROLYN HECK STAFF WRITER

The Texas Tech School of Law hosted its biannual Finals Fiesta on Monday, where students came to eat and relax before final exams. Julie Doss, the assistant dean for external relations with the law school, said the school has events such as these every semester, and they are a hit. “It’s a fun event to motivate and encourage our students before they start exams,” she said. During the fall, the law school hosts a Breakfast for Dinner event before finals, Doss said, where students are served breakfast burritos. During spring semesters, though, it hosts Finals Fiesta. Finals start Friday, she said, and will last two weeks. More than 150 students went Monday night for free fajitas and chips from Abuelo’s restaurant, and free five-minute massages given by massage therapists from the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center, Doss said. Cassandra Hernandez, a third-year law student from McAllen, said she went to relax and have fun. “Well, it was the law day of my law school classes,” she said, “and I thought a massage would be an amazing end to it.” She said she has one paper and one final to complete, and while the workload is lighter than it was during her previous years, she is still stressed about doing them. Other students came out for the free food and good company, such as second-year law student John Merculief from Austin. The event gave Merculief and his friends a chance to socialize, he said — something


BUKKY OYEWUWO, A law student from Houston, gets a free massage from Kay Nash, an employee of the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center, during Finals Fiesta on Monday inside the School of Law.

they are not able to do often with their regular schedules. “We smile and nod at each other when we see each other in the hallway,” he said, “but that’s generally the extent of it. We don’t have the time for anything else. So this is just kind of a nice chance to shoot the breeze, have a little free

food, and just kind of bond over the experience that we’re all kind of enjoying in law school.” Merculief said he enjoys the different events the school hosts such as the Finals Fiesta, and he tries to take advantage of them when he can. “On the one hand,” he said, “we pay for events like this, so if we don’t avail ourselves

of the opportunity to come out and enjoy this, that’s our own fault.” While he is nervous about finals, Merculief said he considers himself a good student and is prepared for what is to come. “It’s not my first rodeo,” he said. ➤➤

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Combatting common misconceptions about the Islam religion was the focus of the Texas Tech Saudi Student Association Saudi Day hosted from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday in the Library. The event was divided into six tables: energy, Islam, education, tourism, women and traditional food. Misfer Almarri, a graduate student from Saudi Arabia, and president of the Saudi Student Association, said the purpose of the event was to educate people about the different aspects of Saudi culture. He said the Saudi Student Association is comprised mostly of foreign students. “We’re all foreign students,” Almarri said. “We’re here to do our studies and to do some casual exchange.” Lubbock residents are not usually aware of his home country, he said. “I wouldn’t generalize, but many people have no idea about Saudi Arabia,” Almarri said. “It’s kind of awareness for people and ADVERTISING: 806-742-3384

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Officer arrests student for marijuana possession Friday 8:58 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated a traffic accident, without injuries, which occurred at the 3100 block of Drive of Champions. 4:14 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident, without injuries, in which an unattended vehicle was stricken, which occurred in the R19 parking lot of Stangel Residence Hall. 9:17 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated the theft of an unsecured iPad from the 3B214 Conference Room at the Health Sciences Center. Saturday 2:13 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for public intoxication and released the student pending the filing of charges for assault on the east side of Bledsoe Residence Hall. The student struck

a facility coordinator in the arm, causing pain. The student was then transported to the Lubbock County Jail. 2:32 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for possession of a fictitious driver’s license in Weymouth Residence Hall. The student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. The same student also was involved in a physical fight with another student. Both students were released pending the filing of charges for disorderly conduct. 8:30 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a non-student for criminal trespass, which occurred at the University Medical Center. The non-student refused to leave the area after officers told him to leave. The non-student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. 5:10 p.m. — A Tech officer ar-

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VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, was on lockdown on Monday, two days after a mysterious intruder stabbed an 8-year-old to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother. With the suspect still on the loose, some of the kids in this enclave nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills were hunkering down after school at James Barci’s ranch. “Nobody is staying alone,” said Barci, a truck driver and parent volunteer at Jenny Lind School, where victim Leila Fowler was a popular third-grader. “I told my work I’m not coming in, and I’m just going to have all of my kids’ friends at the house until this is over.” The apparently random attack has the tightknit community on edge. Parents such as Barci spon-

taneously showed up Monday at the school of 500 students to give hugs or tie purple and pink ribbons — Leila’s favorite colors — to trees on campus. In a pastoral place where fat horses swish their tails in kneehigh grass and few people had ever bothered to lock their doors, residents now say their guns are loaded and they aren’t afraid to use them. “My husband wanted me to put one in my car so I’d have it in my hand when I entered the house,” Tabatha Camden said as she dropped off a neighbor’s children at the school. “I drew the line at that. We’ve always had one gun loaded in the house at all times, but now we have four.” The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has released little information about the killing other than a vague description of a man with long gray hair who fled when the boy confronted him. Calaveras County Deputy Coroner Steve Moore said the girl died from multiple stab wounds. The Fowler family’s hillside street is blocked off as a crime scene, since nobody knows for sure yet how the intruder arrived or where he went. Violent crime is so rare in the community of 7,400 people that even law enforcement officers have to stop and think when asked about the last time there was a stranger killing in the area.

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Another problem his culture is criticized for, he said, is being linked to radical religious activity around the world. “Sometimes if someone misbehaves somewhere in the world, and then they say, ‘You know what, it’s a Muslim,’ and then they say, ‘You know what, that’s Islam,’” Alqahtani said.

rested a student for driving while intoxicated and a Lubbock County citation for possession of a fictitious driver license and possession of alcohol by minor, following a traffic stop at the 1800 block of Boston Ave. A student passenger also was arrested after a Lubbock County citation was outstanding for consumption of alcohol by a minor and issued a Lubbock County citation for possession of alcohol beverage in a motor vehicle, which she signed. The students were transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Lubbock Wrecker Service impounded the vehicle. 5:35 p.m. — A Tech officer documented a medical emergency, which occurred in Murray Residence Hall. A non-student began to feel ill after consuming an unknown amount of an alcoholic beverage. Emergency

Medical Services transported the student to the University Medical Center Emergency Room. Sunday 2:53 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief at Weymouth Residence Hall. Several ceiling tiles, exit signs and door panels were damaged throughout the residence hall. 4:39 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for possession of marijuana, following a traffic stop at the 1700 block of Flint Ave. A passenger student was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. The students were transported to the Lubbock County Jail. Lubbock Wrecker Service impounded the vehicle. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.



ANDREA LAPOTAIRE, A senior marketing and management major from Houston, inspects her ring and its various engravings during the Ring Ceremony on Monday in McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

The Islamic religion is a peaceful religion, he said, that should not be confused with harmful actions of other religions. “Islam came with a message of peace,” Alqahtani said. “That’s what the word means.” One of the stations at the event was designed to educate people about Islam. Alqahtani said the representatives at the event had to work hard against the misconception

that everyone who practices Islam is violent. “Islam is always unfortunately linked to the wrong intention,” he said. “Bad people are everywhere and it is always linked to Islam.” Alqahtani said the event moved this year to the Library to attract more attention to Saudi Day. The event was previously hosted at the International Cultural Center. ➤➤


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Seniors reveal secret identity as Raider Red By ASHLYN TUBBS STAFF WRITER

When Zach Bohls and Geoff Waller came to Texas Tech, they became part of a unique ‘fur’-ternity: one that required an anonymous identity, an oversized hat and constant Guns Up. After attending countless events, athletic games and even winning a national championship, these senior students revealed themselves as those who helped bring Raider Red to life. “Geoff is a brother to me through Red,” Bohls said, “because we’ve got to share blood and sweat, definitely sweat. I can’t emphasize that enough.” Although neither one were fully prepared to transfer their duties as Red, Bohls and Waller passed their guns to new students April 19 during the eighth annual Passing of the Guns Ceremony. “We both just kind of hope that we can take what we’ve been given and move on and keep growing from that,” Waller said, “and take that to the next step of our lives.” Since the ceremony, Bohls said he has cried for the past week and a half. “Raider Red has given us more than we’ve asked for, and it’s a dream we never could’ve dreamed of,” he said. “I hope to give back to Tech as much as they’ve given to me.” Bohls, a public relations major from Austin, took on the role of Raider Red three years ago and has made more than 350 appearances in the famous costume. “It was a really good way to get connected,” he said. “I actually want to be a professional mascot, so this is something that I want to put on my resume, and this is just the one step before my career, hopefully.” Unlike Bohls, who was a mascot his senior year of high school, Waller, a history and political science major from Lubbock, only had experience in theater costumes when he tried out for Raider Red two years ago. However, when he put the costume on, he said it became just like acting. “It’s like I step into another role, I’m another person,” he said. “My personality outside of costume and Raider Red’s personality are completely different, polar opposites.” Bohls’ personality matches Raider Red’s even when he is not in costume, he said. He finds it easy to bring the

mute character to life. “I’m pretty energetic as is, and there has been times where I’ve stayed up late the night before studying or hanging out with friends, and then I had to get in character at 8 a.m. the next morning,” he said. “It’s just back to that fantasy, where you put on this character that you’re not and it just kind of triggers you to be that character.” Sometimes, Bohls’ personality in costume caused him to push the bar too much, he said. As Raider Red, Bohls would become a prankster: pantsing other mascots at basketball games, hugging random girls and cheerleaders and photo-bombing pictures. “I would definitely consider myself more energetic than most,” he said, “but I’m 22 and consider myself a kid, for sure.” As Raider Red, both seniors agreed they experienced a completely different college life. Waller’s favorite memories in the costume include being on the football field and basketball court for athletic games, especially riding a motorcycle for the first time onto the football field. He also values the recruiting trips he embarked on in Chancellor Kent Hance’s private plane. “That’s something very few people ever get to do, and it has been a blast,” he said. “Those appearances are always the most fun, when it’s not just a typical game or it’s not just a regular, ‘Go here and take pictures,’ but when it’s something a little bit extraordinary.” Bohls values the special privileges he received while in costume. “We got to be front-row seats to meet (football coach) Kliff (Kingsbury),” he said. “We got to be frontrow seats to watch the game, you just get that much more plugged in. It’s really going to be tough leaving all that fun we got to enjoy.” Wearing Raider Red had its downsides, though, Waller said, especially in 90 to 100 degree weather during football games. “It’s so much sweat and heat inside that costume, it’s ridiculous,” he said. “We have to take water breaks all the time to make sure we stay hydrated.” Juggling special appearances and classwork was not easy either, Bohls said. “For us to be seniors, we especially


RAIDER RED RELAXES at the Texas Tech Club with students who once wore his costume for years. Zach Bohls, a senior public relations major from Austin, and Geoff Waller, a senior history and political science major from Lubbock, have passed Raider Red’s guns to another anonymous student to keep the nation’s No. 1 mascot on top of his game.

have little time because we’re trying to wrap up these high-level courses,” he said, “but at the same time try to manage this time for Raider Red.” All their dedication is worth it, though, when Bohls and Waller spot students on campus wearing Raider Red T-shirts. They said they appreciate all the support and the hundreds of thousands of votes Raider Red received while competing in — and eventually winning — the Capital One Mascot of the Year contest. “It was just kind of cool that that many people cared about what you’re doing,” he said, “so it meant a lot to us.” Bohls said he will miss the fame he felt each time he put on the Raider Red costume, transforming himself into a celebrity. “There’s all these people in the Jones (AT&T Stadium) that you look up at, and they just instantaneously smile and they get really excited and want their picture with you,” he said, “and as annoying as pictures get, hav-

Holocaust survivors, veterans gather at DC museum WASHINGTON (AP) — Elderly Holocaust survivors and the veterans who helped liberate them gathered for what could be their last big reunion Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Nearly 1,000 survivors and World War II vets joined with former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust activist Elie Wiesel to mark the museum’s 20th anniversary. Organizers chose not to wait for the 25th milestone because many survivors and vets may not be alive in another five or 10 years. “We felt it was important, while that generation is still with us in fairly substantial numbers, to bring them together,” said Museum Director Sara Bloomfield. Washington has many monuments and memorials that offer something special for visitors from around the world, Clinton told the crowd, “but the Holocaust memorial will be our conscience.” Since the museum opened, the world has made huge scientific discoveries, including the sequencing of the human genome, Clinton said. “Every non age-related difference you can see in this room and across the globe, every single one is contained in one half of 1 percent of our genetic makeup ... but every one of us spends too much time on that half a percent,” Clinton said. “That makes us vulnerable to the fever and the sickness that the Nazis gave to the Germans. “And that sickness is very alive all across the world today.” The occasion marked a reunion of sorts for Clinton and Wiesel: Both were on hand to dedicate the museum at its 1993 opening. On Sunday night, the museum presented its highest honor to World War II veterans who helped end the Holocaust. Susan Eisenhower accepted the award on

behalf of her grandfather, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and all veterans of the era. The federally funded museum also launched a campaign to raise $540 million by 2018 to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and to combat anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and contemporary genocide. It has already secured gifts totaling $258.7 million in its quest to double the size of the museum’s endowment by its 25th anniversary. Also, a $15 million gift from Holocaust survivors David and Fela Shapell will help build a new collections and conservation center. Bloomfield said organizers wanted to show Holocaust survivors, veterans and rescuers that the effort will continue to honor the memory of 6 million murdered Jews, in part by working to prevent genocide in the future. For instance, a study released by the museum last month found the longer the Syrian conflict continues, the greater the danger that mass

sectarian violence results in genocide. The museum’s theme for its 20th anniversary is “Never Again: What You Do Matters.” Vera Greenwood, who was born in Berlin and remembers seeing Hitler with Nazis marching in the street, said her father knew they had to leave when he was forced out of his job as a lawyer. She remembers Nazi officers coming to their house and taking her father’s books. “Though I was very young, I knew something was very wrong,” said Greenwood, now 84. “I still feel we were very lucky to survive.” Her family moved to Palestine with a British visa and ended up fighting for Israel’s independence. Greenwood lived in Israel for 30 years before immigrating to the U.S. She and her husband, Fred, who survived the Holocaust in Holland as a child by being hidden and passed from house to house, wanted to be part of the last large reunion of survivors.

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ing to take thousands per game, it’s just so cool that people want to take that time, not to watch the game, but to come take a picture with you and get your autograph.” Many people on campus were surprised to learn Raider Red’s identities, but one person who knew it all along was Bruce Bills, Tech cheer and mascot coach. He describes Bohls and Waller as two wonderful students who embraced the tradition of Raider Red. “They went above and beyond

trying to grow the Raider Red program and make it more nationally known, always creating and innovating new ideas, trying to make the program better,” he said. “They took great pride in what they did and they were a pleasure to work with.” The next students serving as Raider Red have big boots to fill, Bills said, because of how high Bohls and Waller have raised the bar. “They took a character that tradition had and really made it come alive, always thinking and doing

bigger and better movements and fan engagement at games,” he said. “I just want to thank them for all their service. They were a pleasure to work with and they’ll always be a part of the Raider Red family.” Even though Raider Red’s guns are in other hands now, Bohls and Waller are still not ready to say goodbye. “We’re going to see him again, hopefully,” Bohls said. “I know I’ll be back.” ➤➤

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Gay athletes: What does it matter? Mike I t takes a lot of physically demanding attributes to be able to compete in a sport at the professional level. Determination, dedication and diligence are among many of the defining characteristics a professional athlete must possess. However, there is no characteristic that can define the leap of faith Jason Collins took yesterday. Collins became the first gay athlete to publicly declare his sexuality while still being an active player in one of the four major sports leagues in North America. According to an article in Sports Illustrated, Collins stated, “The clarion call of freedom sounds within my soul, trumpeting the truth that the love of God liberates me from unhappiness, hurt or fear. I bid farewell to any emptiness from the past, and open myself to realizing my heart’s deepest longing and aspiration.” Collins was true to himself and his actions are commendable. As an athlete, his peers will remember Collins differently. He played in the NBA for 11 years and averaged 3.6 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game during his career. This season, Collins played 36 games for the Washington Wizards averaging 1.1 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game. My fondest memory of Jason Collins was that of Shaquille O’Neal dominating him, and everybody else on the Nets for that matter, in the 2002 NBA Finals. But these recent events are bigger than the game of basketball. Collins has opened the door for those who may not be as brave as Collins proved to be. Children across the country now have an athlete to look up to and think, “If he did it, so can I.” There are people standing on different sides of this issue. There are some who believe one way is the right way, and there also are some who believe it shouldn’t matter. I find myself on the latter end of the spectrum. In order to appropriately address this issue, one must acknowledge the fact there are people out there who live by a different set of rules. They hold themselves to a different standard.


Those people stand firmly against homosexuality in any form. In the grand scheme of things, the toughest thing to do in life is not step on anyone’s beliefs. There’s never a time when you can say, “My beliefs are truer than his beliefs, therefore I’m right.” Some will offer scriptures stating, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” One could counter that by saying, “Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.” ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard has been scrutinized for his stance on homosexuality. “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” he said. The general public wasn’t very receptive of Broussard’s message. Many have demanded Broussard should be fired. I find this ironic, these people who are embracing Jason Collins and applauding him for taking a stand and voicing his truth, are so against Broussard when he is simply doing the exact same thing. Whether you agree with him or not, this is what this man believes in his heart. The same way you respected Collins’ stance, one should appreciate Broussard’s views even if they are not similar to yours, simply because he was bold enough to put his name and reputation on the line for what he believes. You could go back and forth until the end of time, but it won’t change Jason Collins or Chris Broussard and the statements they already have made. In professional sports, sexual orien-

tation may make some uncomfortable, but it really doesn’t have any implications on the outcome of a sporting event. As long as one can run, hit, jump, swim or dunk, how they choose to love and express themselves is none of my business. Everyone deserves to be able to live with peace of mind while being treated equally. I stand by the position the way you live your life has no affect on what I do with mine. If one wants to live in a cardboard box — hey — they’re more than welcome to try to tough out this Lubbock wind. It’s none of my business. In this case, Collins made it my business when he decided to address the public and when he did, I thought to myself, “Is Jason Collins a quality professional basketball player?” Before Collins made his announcement, he’d played on seven different NBA teams in 11 seasons, making the answer to that question a resounding no. Now, entering Collins’ 12th season, NBA owners face the decision of whether Collins’ production is worth the media attention he will attract if he does return for another season. It’s important to consider this because for years Collins had been quietly making his money and living his life light-years away from the public eye. Now, Collins will be questioned in every city, unfortunately he will probably be booed in some cities, and you’ve got to wonder if it was worth it. There is no easy fix to this issue that is about to become more prevalent. On one hand, Collins showed tremendous courage to step out on such a polarizing issue. On the other, now Collins has to live his life and answer questions about it to the media. Pandora’s box has been opened. This is something we’ve never had to deal with in sports and I honestly cannot tell you which direction I can see it heading. I can tell you this: Good or bad, the public will know. DuPont is The DT’s opinions editor and a senior journalism major from Arlington. ➤➤

France adopts marriage equality By FRITZI REUTER


After weeks of fierce protests against (and counterprotests in favor of) mariage pour tous (“marriage for all”), the French National Assembly cast the final vote 331-225 in favor of legalizing marriage for samesex couples on Tuesday. President François Hollande made same-sex marriage a central promise during his presidential campaign. The victory, though a clear success of Hollande’s Socialist Party and move towards a more liberal society, also exposed a deep divide in the population about its future identity. The French Republic, proud of its motto “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” since its beginnings in the French Revolution, is now the fourteenth country worldwide where same-sex couples enjoy the right to get married. The Socialist Party made this project a top priority, in the hope of creating a society that lives up to its principles by reducing legal discrimination against gays and lesbians. Before Tuesday, same-sex couples were entitled to a civil union agreement, known as pacte civil de solidarité (PACS). After the count of the final vote was released, delegates supporting the law gave a standing ovation while shouting “equality” in France’s lower house. Christine Taubria, France’s Justice Minister, held the closing speech to members of her party and was visibly overwhelmed by her emotions. She expressed how proud she was to be part of this historical moment that celebrated and finally accepted the individually of all. Despite a very emotional and victorious closing scene, the last session of the National Assembly on same-sex marriage didn’t conceal the fact that this is a highly contentious issue in France. Just minutes before the vote was announced by Claude Bartolone, the President of the National Assembly, visitors seated on the balcony disturbed the scene as they attempted to raise a banner calling for a referendum. Bartolone became visibly angry about the illegal interruption and requested those who don’t respect democracy

to leave the room. The demonstrations of discontent during and after the passage of the law revealed a deep divide in the French population regarding marriage equality. Although polls demonstrate that the majority of the French population is in favor of giving same-sex couples the right to get married, there are firm opponents that will continue to express their disagreement with the new policy and the social change it brings. In recent months, mass demonstrations for and against the new legislation have appeared in cities all around the country, sometimes counting up to several hundred thousand participants. Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders as well as conservative politicians supported the demonstrations against legalizing same-sex marriage. Within the population, young people as well as old people went to the streets. The demographic diversity of the demonstrators showed that this was not some sort of outcry of an older generation trying to impose their view on younger ones. Instead, it pointed towards a much more complex split within French society about the changing values of a progressive world with more rights to individual freedom. Hence, the debate doesn’t seem to be only about same-sex marriage, but carries much greater meaning for both sides. For one part of the population, allowing same-sex marriage stands for eliminating discrimination while creating a more equal society where everyone is free to choose for their own. The other part is wary of what such change will bring and clings to a more conservative and traditionally Christian family values. The latter part views the “new civilization” that Christine Taubira imagines to follow from the law as a clear threat to their values. The expression of disapproval against marriage equality went beyond peaceful and sometimes violent demonstrations. Less than two weeks ago, there were two incidents of homophobic violence in gay bars in Lille and Bordeaux, where one man was beaten up and several others attacked. And only a

few days before the law was passed, two Socialist delegates received letters with death threats. The opposition was most fiercely concerned about the part of the law that would allow gay couples the right to jointly adopt children. They expressed concern that samesex parents would not be good role models for children, or that their own children will grow up with a wrong image of family life if exposed to children raised by parents of the same sex. Hence, they feared that marriage equality would result in an overall degeneration of morals. Such views suggest that Christian values still have a strong influence over a large part of France’s society. Although France has waged a program of dechristianization as early as the French Revolution in 1789 that culminated in the official separation of church and state in 1905, a part of French society is still attached to Christian morals– demonstrated, not least, by the strong involvement of organisations affiliated with the Catholic Church in the anti-gay marriage protests. In this regard, Tuesday April 23, 2013 really was a historical moment for the French Republic in a broader sense, as well, as it continued, in the proud French tradition of laïcité, to dechristianize and liberalize the social sphere. The French were dictated a new future identity with support of a majority but opposition from a much louder minority. On this day, the National Assembly followed the Senate by adopting the law that creates a more equal society, in which those who have been alienated and discriminated against can finally enjoy equal treatment under the law. Hopefully the consequences of the new law will make clear that a society where everyone is free to choose for their own will raise happy and healthy children with great morals, regardless of the parent’s gender or the gender of another child’s parents. Evidently, François Hollande would only benefit from a more united front as he tries to tackle other difficult issues, such as record high unemployment and the cohesion of the Eurozone.



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NYC exhibition depicts ancient Buddhist caves


NEW YORK (AP) — The China Institute Gallery has been transformed into an ancient cave, taking visitors back more than a millennium to a dazzling world where Buddhist worshippers adorned the walls with colorful frescoes, silk prayer banners and lavishly painted life-size clay sculptures. “Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road” features a replica of an 8th century cave carved into the limestone cliffs at the edge of the Gobi Desert southeast of the oasis town of Dunhuang from 366 to about 1300. It is one of 735 Mogao Caves constructed during what is known as the high Tang period (705-781), designed for devout Buddhists to gather and worship. Nearly every inch is covered in art, with a canopy ceiling resplendent in floral and diamond shapes. One end is filled with life-sized sculptures of a Buddha flanked by two monk disciples wearing luxuriously patterned robes, two bare-chested figures and two ferociouslooking guardians in military armor.

While there have been exhibitions that have featured individual pieces from the Mogoa Caves, this is the first exhibition in the United States to put all the elements of the cave shrines into context, said Annette Juliano, a professor of Chinese art history at Rutgers University. It shows the “relationship between the architecture, the pictures, the subject matter and the (ritual) practices . the actual use of the cave, rather than just an abstraction,” added Juliano, who visited the caves for the first time in 1980. Many of the caves are exquisitely preserved but others are fragile due to neglect over the centuries and the conditions of the surrounding desert and sand dunes. To protect them from further erosion, tourist access is limited to several dozen caves a day that are rotated regularly. The exhibition also features a 6thcentury replica of an elaborate square altar called the Central Stupa Pillar that highlights the religious ritual of circumambulation — an act of ven-

eration — in which the faithful walk clockwise around the altar that contains four niches, each holding a Buddha. “Walking around the stupa pillar helps to empty your mind to allow visualization, to focus on the images of the Buddhas,” said Juliano, who contributed an essay to the exhibition catalog. Exact, hand-painted reproductions of wall motifs and story scenes complete the exhibition space in this gallery. Among the highlights is a Thousand Buddha pattern that covers an entire wall and is symbolic of the deity’s omnipresence. Among the narrative paintings is the tale of the Deer King and his journey toward enlightenment. Authentic silk prayer banners, a handwritten Buddhist scripture in near mint condition, a Yuan dynasty fragment of a mathematical document, small clay figurines, Persian silver coins that bear witness to foreign travelers on the Silk Road, patterned floor tiles and oil lamps used to light the dark caves round out the small two-gallery exhibition.

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RASANDRA DANIELS, A junior art major from Albuquerque, N.M., spreads plaster on chicken wire to create a birdhouse inspired by Anish Kapoor, the creator of Cloud Gate in Chicago, on Monday in the 3D Art Annex.

Young European royals winning fans for monarchy AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch Queen Beatrix is abdicating after a 33year reign and her newly popular son is becoming king. He is highlighting a new generation of young royals waiting in the wings across Europe. Some are more popular than others, but the heirs to Europe’s thrones are often more glamorous and closer to their subjects than sitting kings and queens. Here’s a snapshot of how royal houses are faring across the continent. NETHERLANDS: Willem-Alexander — who be-

comes king the moment his mother abdicates — has sometimes struggled to match the popularity of Queen Beatrix. But his marriage to a charismatic Argentine-born banker a decade ago, becoming a father and a recent televised interview have all given his approval ratings a boost. His wife, Princess Maxima, charmed the nation by swiftly mastering the Dutch language injecting a little Latin flair into the monarchy. BRITAIN: The British House of Windsor has overcome years of crisis to rest secure


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after his 2009 death from an overdose of propofol. Millions and possibly billions of dollars in damages are at stake in the case that opened with private photos and video clips of Jackson dancing. Katherine Jackson’s attorney Brian Panish also played a song that Jackson wrote for his three children, and a note the singer had written for his mother that brought tears to her eyes as she sat in court. Katherine Jackson sued AEG Live in September 2010, claiming it failed to properly investigate physician Conrad Murray before allowing him to serve as Jackson’s doctor as he prepared for his “This Is It” shows. She is also suing on behalf of her son’s three children — Prince, Paris and Blanket. AEG denies it hired Murray, and its attorneys have said they could not have foreseen the circumstances that led to Jackson’s death at age 50. Panish told jurors that AEG ex-

LONDON (AP) — Helen Mirren was crowned queen of the London stage at the Olivier Awards Sunday, while compelling, caninetitled teen drama “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime” emerged as best in show with seven trophies. Mirren, 67, was a popular and expected best actress choice for her regal yet vulnerable Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” Peter Morgan’s behind-palace-doors drama about the relationship between Brit-

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ecutives ignored warning signs about Jackson’s health and were motivated to push the singer and his doctor to improve their own financial fortunes. “We’re not looking for any sympathy,” Panish said. “We’re looking for truth and justice.” With Jackson’s mother, brother Randy and sister Rebbie seated in the front row of the courtroom, jurors were shown numerous slides and several scribbled notes. A couple of jurors nodded when the lawyer referenced Jackson’s achievements, including successful concert tours and a Super Bowl performance. Katherine Jackson dabbed her eyes after Panish read a note that her son wrote to her, detailing his feelings about her. “All my success has been based on the fact that I wanted to make my mother proud,” the singer’s note to his mother said, “to win her smile of approval.”

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in its subjects’ hearts — thanks in large part to the celebrity status of the youngest royals. The monarchy’s current popularity was highlighted at Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned for 60 years. It reached its lowest ebb in 1997 when Prince Charles’ former wife Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Then, the royal family was criticized as aloof and unfeeling. Since then, the family and its staff have worked hard to turn around that image and the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was an extravaganza of pomp and glamor that cemented the new couple — young, attractive, socially at ease — at the heart of a 21st-century monarchy.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother’s wrongful death case against concert giant AEG Live. Competing portraits of Jackson emerged during the first hours of the trial, with Katherine Jackson’s attorney acknowledging the pop star’s drug problems while also trying to show he was a caring son and father. AEG’s attorney Marvin S. Putnam, however, said the singer’s guarded private life meant the company was unaware that he was using the powerful anesthetic propofol. “The truth is, Michael Jackson fooled everyone,” Putnam said. “He made sure that no one, nobody, knew his deepest darkest secrets.” A jury of six men and six women will determine whether AEG should pay Jackson’s mother and three children


actor. There were so many incredible performances out there.” “I was making a joke about the queen winning, but I think actually it is a reflection of the kind of respect the queen is held in,” she said. Her “Audience” co-star, Richard McCabe, who won the supporting actor trophy for playing 1960s and 70s Prime Minister Harold Wilson, said Mirren was a joy to work with. “It’s important as an actor to be absolutely fearless, and she is,” he said. While the queen herself hasn’t been to see the Stephen Daldrydirected show — rumored to be Broadway-bound — McCabe said “a lot of people in the royal household have been coming in and watching incognito, and they must be reporting back.” The surprise of the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House was “Curious Incident,” an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling young-adult novel about a teenage math prodigy with Asperger’s Syndrome who sets out to find the killer of his neighbor’s dog, with destabilizing results. The show, which premiered at the state-subsidized National Theatre last year before transferring to a commercial West End playhouse, has won praise for its creative use of movement and technology to make the leap from page to stage. The Simon Stephens-scripted drama was named best new play, and 28-year-old Luke Treadaway was crowned best actor, beating a strong list of contenders including Rupert Everett, Mark Rylance and James McAvoy. Treadaway said the “Curious” company knew they had created “something really special” with the show about a teenager “who sees the world differently to a lot of people.” “I think people could kind of see themselves in him,” Treadaway said. “This is not even necessary,” he said, holding his trophy, a bust of the late actor Laurence Olivier. “I enjoy doing it so much anyway.” The play also won prizes for director Marianne Elliott and supporting actress Nicola Walker, as well as for set, lighting and sound.



MELISSA BURGER, A senior visual studies major from Salt Lake City, Utah, begins to weld blocks made of sheet metal to create a sculpture that she plans to put in her yard Monday in the 3D Art Annex.

Bob Hope items to be auctioned for Calif. charity sale Saturday will help the family service center at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood, where Dolores Hope was a member for 70 years. The couple’s daughter, Linda Hope, says memorabilia from Bob Hope’s long show business career will also be up for sale.

Prices will range from $10 to several hundred dollars an item. An auction of additional property from the couple’s Toluca Lake estate will be announced by Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills later this year. Dolores Hope died in 2011. Bob Hope died in 2003.

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BACKYARD APARTMENT near Tech. Resonable rent. No pets. Quiet neighborhood. 741-1800.

PRELEASING PROPERTIES for August 2013 Call 806-241-2227 for more information. 1914 25th Rear available August 1, 500 sq. ft. 1/1 house. Rent $400, deposit $250.

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has over 20 properties ranging from efficiencies to 5 bedrooms all within walking distance to Tech. Please call 806-438-5964 to schedule an appointment or go to

1901 25th Front, 2-1-1, $800, 1 June; 2415 30th New 2-1 plus sunroom, 1 June $1100; 2418 31st, New 3-2-1, 1 June $1500. 777-3993

CLOSE TO CAMPUS summer lease. May 15th-August 10th. Nice one bedroom backhouse. Fenced. $400. Call Ann or BJ 795-2011.

Go to Tech Terrace leasing office at 26th/Boston.


HUGE HOUSE. 1904 MAIN 3BR/1BATH, POSSIBLE 4BR. APPLIANCES PROVIDED. $995 RENT/$750 DEPOSIT. 124 TEMPLE #7, LARGE 1BR/1BATH. $595 RENT & DEPOSIT. TENANT PAYS ELECTRIC. NO CREDIT CHECK! 2309 34TH ST. #1 READY AUGUST 1ST. $595 RENT & DEPOSIT. LANDLORD PAYS WATER. CALL 806-368-8413 CUTE 2/1 Tech Terrace, updated, security system, pet friendly, 2811 24th $900, call/text 806.441.0611 806.438.8746 EFFICIENCY ALL bills & cable paid! 2315 25th $425/mo call/text 806.441.0611



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Texas Tech takes on New Mexico in midweek game Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock said there is no doubt New Mexico’s players can hit the ball. And the Red Raiders will find out if that’s true when they play the Lobos at 6:37 p.m. today at Rip Griffin Park when the game is broadcast on FOX College Sports. Tadlock predicted several New Mexico players will make it to the minor leagues, and even predicted New Mexico junior infielder D.J. Peterson will play for the major leagues. “With that being said,” he said, “you could probably get deep into your pitching staff on a two-game series with them and that would not be good for us on the weekend.”

While there was a game scheduled for Wednesday, it was canceled because of conflicts with New Mexico’s players’ final exam schedule. However, Tadlock said the canceled game could help with Tech not having to pitch as much. Tech played Oklahoma on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Oklahoma is No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference and No. 11 in the nation. Tech lost the series, 1-2, winning Sunday. Despite the losses, Tadlock said he is proud of his team. “We’re looking forward to playing (today) and this weekend,” he said, “really proud of our kids on Sunday, coming out of

there with a win. I mean, there’s been a lot of teams going there and trying to win games this year. It’s not an easy thing, winning there on the road.” Tadlock said the Red Raiders are trying to advance to the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City. The top eight teams of the conference advance. Tech is No. 8 in the conference with six wins and 12 losses. After Tech’s midweek game, the Red Raiders play Oklahoma State on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Rip Griffin Park. “These two conference series,” Tadlock said, “we’re looking forward to them and to advance to the Big 12 tournament.” ➤➤

Obama calls Jason Collins, offers support for him WASHINGTON (AP) — A groundbreaking pronouncement from NBA veteran Jason Collins — “I’m gay” — reverberated Monday through Washington, generating accolades from lawmakers on Twitter and a supportive phone call from President Barack Obama. Hours after Collins disclosed his sexuality in an online article, Obama reached out by phone, expressing his support and telling Collins he was impressed by his courage, the White House said. Collins, 34, becomes the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He has played for six teams in 12 seasons, including this past season with the Washington Wizards, and is now

a free agent. Collins’ declaration in a firstperson account posted on Sports Illustrated’s website garnered particular attention from Democrats, many of whom have recently announced their support for gay marriage despite opposing it in the past. Obama announced his support last year during his re-election campaign. Organizing for Action, a grassroots group run by Obama loyalists that grew out of his 2012 re-election campaign, offered its support for Collins as well, writing to Collins on Twitter on Monday that the group’s supporters “stand with you today.” And first lady Michelle Obama chimed in on Twitter on Monday

afternoon to applaud Collins. “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!” the tweet read. It was signed “mo” — signifying that the first lady personally wrote the message. Former President Bill Clinton also voiced encouragement, releasing a statement that asks fans, NBA colleagues and the media to support and respect him. Clinton said he has known Collins since he attended Stanford University with his daughter Chelsea. Clinton said Collins’ announcement Monday is an “important moment” for professional sports and the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Dallas Stars general manager talks culture, not coaching, change DALLAS (AP) — New Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill talked a lot about culture change Monday. He wasn’t ready to discuss a coaching change. Nill was formally introduced by the team after spending the past 15 years as an assistant GM with the Detroit Red Wings, who just extended the longest playoff streak in North American pro sports to 22 seasons. Glen Gulutzan has coached the last two of five straight years without a trip to the postseason in Dallas. The Stars hold the option on the only remaining year in his contract. Nill, who signed a five-year deal, says he wants to meet with everyone in the organization, Gulutzan included, before addressing a possible change. “Right now, we’ve got a head coach,” said Nill, who was in Detroit’s front office for nearly 20 years. “I need to sit down with him.” When Stars owner Tom Gaglardi announced the firing of Joe Nieuwendyk on Sunday, he had already hired the 55-year-old Nill. A journeyman player for nine seasons in the NHL, Nill built his reputation in scouting and managing the minor league teams. The top four scorers for the Red Wings, led by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, were drafted and developed under Detroit general manager Ken Holland and Nill. The fifth — Damien Brunner — was signed as a free agent out of Switzerland. Once Gaglardi decided to make a move, the search got real short when he found out Nill was interested after turning down numerous opportunities in previous years.

“I just think there’s no substitution for experience,” Gaglardi said. “If there’s one word to describe Jim Nill, that’s something he’s got boatloads of. He’s known around the league for being a hard-working guy and this is a big job.” Just like Nieuwendyk before him, Nill is a general manager for the first time. The difference is that Nieuwendyk, who was playoff MVP when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999 but couldn’t lead Dallas to the postseason in four years as GM, was just two years removed from his playing days. He essentially worked as a GM in training in Toronto and Florida. Nill played his last game for the Red Wings in 1990 and spent three years in the scouting department with Ottawa before joining the Red Wings, who have won four Stanley Cup titles with him in the front office. As for why Nill didn’t pass on this chance like he did the others, it was simple — the owner, and his own gut feeling. “I don’t know if it’s so much the timing as it is the right people in place,” said Nill, a native of Hanna, Alberta. “The ownership is strong. The management team is strong. I’m from Canada. I’m a hockey guy. I didn’t want to go to a market where you’re on the back page.” It’s been awhile since the Stars were front-page news, though. A long playoff drought was unfathomable a decade ago, when Dallas had a four-year stretch that included 73 postseason games. Now it’s becoming a habit to go home in April. “I wouldn’t be standing here if everything was rosy,” Nill said. “There wouldn’t be a change. That’s why we get hired. I know there’s

a challenge here, and I’m looking forward to it.” Starting with a culture change, which Nill says begins with the young players. Sure, it was great when the Stars surged and improbably kept their playoff hopes alive with a young roster after Nieuwendyk traded captain Brenden Morrow and veterans Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy at the deadline when it looked like Dallas was done. But the Stars lost their last five games when they started that stretch with control of their playoff fate. With their long postseason streak in jeopardy, the Red Wings won four straight to finish the season, including a 3-0 win at Dallas in the finale. “It’s one thing to come up for a 10-game stint at the end of the year and give it all,” Nill said. “Now when you get in that everyday grind ... are you going to do it 82 games or are you going to do it 10 games?” Nill inherits an offensive core of leading scorer Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and Ray Whitney, who turns 41 next month. The leading defenders are Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas and Trevor Daley. Those team leaders are going home with the burden of extending the 46-year-old franchise’s record for consecutive seasons without a trip to the playoffs. Before the current drought, the longest was a three-year dry spell as the Minnesota North Stars from 1973-76. “When you come to the rink there are certain expectations and when you leave the rink, you have those same expectations,” Nill said. “The season’s over. That doesn’t mean things change. You’ve got to live your life the same way.”


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