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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013 VOLUME 87 ■ ISSUE 138

Texas Senate approves modest gun measures AUSTIN (AP) — Texas senators on Tuesday advanced modest changes to state gun laws, trading incremental progress across the political aisle as they approved new penalties for those who seek to buy guns for criminals and voted in favor of allowing college students to keep guns in their cars on campus. Both measures came with promises made to ease suspicions on the floor of the chamber. “It shows how we’re working together as a Senate,” said Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston. In a 27-4 vote, the Senate approved a bill that would allow college students with concealed handgun licenses to keep their weapons locked in their cars on campus parking lots. Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, assured Democrats his bill would not be extended to include classrooms.

Brighter view on jobs, pay lifts US confidence WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more optimistic the job market is healing and will deliver higher pay later this year. That brighter outlook, along with rising home prices, cheaper gasoline and a surging stock market, could offset some of the drag from the recent tax increases and government spending cuts. A gauge of consumer confidence rose in April, reversing a decline in March, the Conference Board, a private research group, said Tuesday. The board attributed the gain to optimism about hiring and pay increases. Economists also cited higher home values and record stock prices. Despite the rise in the index, to 68.1 from 61.9 in March, confidence remains well below its historic average of 92. Still, the increase signaled that consumers, whose spending drives about 70 percent of the economy, see better times ahead.

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Texas House approves 4th Tech institution By CATHERINE MCKEE NEWS EDITOR

Senate Bill 120, which establishes Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at El Paso as an independent university, was passed by the Texas House on Tuesday. HSC at El Paso will function on its own with the passage of the bill, and will have its own president, administration and can give degrees, according to a news release. With the passage of Senate Bill 120, HSC at El Paso became the fourth component of the Tech System, which now comprises HSC, Angelo State, Tech and HSC at El Paso, according to the release. The bill was authored by Sen. Jose Rodriguez and was sponsored by state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, according to

the release. The free-standing university, Gonzalez said in the release, will benefit students as well as the El Paso area. “This is a great victory for District 76 and the El Paso region,” she said in the release. “Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso as a standalone university will help address the specific needs of the population along the El Paso border. The stand-alone will improve access and quality of health care for the El Paso community and region.” According to the release, faculty at HSC at El Paso will research diseases that affect Latinos as well as attract more health care professionals to the area. Although a regional shortage of health care professionals and doctors has affected the El Paso region, Rodriguez

said in the release the new university will help combat that issue. “Today represents the culmination of two decades of hard work and close collaboration by our community and the Texas Tech University System,” he said in the release. “Establishing an independent health sciences university is a key element of our community’s educational, health care and economic development strategies.” Chancellor Kent Hance said in the release the passage of the legislation represents Tech System’s efforts in El Paso beginning in 1969. According to the release, Hance said he appreciates the collaboration and efforts of both Gonzalez and Rodriguez. This, he said in the release, is because passing legislation in the House quickly

is often difficult, and securing more than 100 co-authors in the House also is a challenge. “We’re excited to be this close to the finish line,” Hance said in the release. “First and foremost, I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of the bill’s primary authors, Sen. José Rodríguez and Rep. Naomi Gonzalez. Without them, this bill would not be a reality.” According to the release, Senate Bill 120 passed in the Senate 30 to 1 and in the House 141 to 3. The process for making HSC at El Paso an independent university began in March 2012, according to the release, when the Tech System Board of Regents voted to proceed with the process. ➤➤kmckee@dailytoreador.com

Waggoner chosen to serve as 52nd Masked Rider By LIANA SOLIS STAFF WRITER

The Masked Rider has been an important part of Texas Tech tradition and history since 1936. Corey Waggoner, a junior animal science major from Lubbock, received the position of Masked Rider for the 20132014 school year on April 19. Waggoner has been a long time Tech fan, he said, and has been riding horses since he was 4 years old. “I’ve basically been riding horses by myself for as long as I’ve been able to walk,” Waggoner said. “It’s always been a huge passion of mine.” He said he has been competing in horse and livestock competitions ever since, and received his first award in 1993 when he was 2 years old. “I’ve had 18 years of competing and 18 years of experience,” Waggoner said. “Most recently I went to and placed at both the state and national championship competitions last year.” Although Waggoner said he always has wanted to go to Tech, he didn’t originally have a passion to be the Masked Rider. “I transferred to Tech after going somewhere else for two years and that’s when I first got a picture of what being the Masked Rider was really like,” he said. “After not too long, I realized that it was something I really wanted to do.” He decided to audition to be the next rider, Waggoner said, which consisted of a four-month-long extensive tryout process. “It was a very lengthy process of interviews, written exams and test rides

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COREY WAGGONER, A junior animal science major from Lubbock, was selected as the 52nd Masked Rider for the 2013-2014 season and is accompanied by the newly named horse, Fearless Champion.

over those few months,” he said. “It was stressful and made me nervous through the whole thing, but it was mostly more exciting than anything.” The last few weeks before the winner was decided, the Masked Rider committee interviewed the finalists, Waggoner said. Stephanie Rhode, the spirit program director and one of the committee mem-

bers, said there are many requirements to choose a new rider. “People think it’s just about having experience with riding horses, but it’s much more than that,” she said. “They are the main mascot for Tech, so they have to be someone who can represent us well.” Rhode said she met Waggoner two years ago when he first started working

for the Masked Rider’s safety team. “He has a very good understanding of the program and is very experienced with horses, which helps, of course,” she said. “He is also very energetic and is an engaging young man. He’s never met a stranger in his life and will talk to anyone who approaches him, no matter the age.” RIDER continued on Page 2 ➤➤

Officers investigate student Tech PD prepares officers, with drugs in residence hall students for on-campus violence An investigation is under way after a male Texas Tech student was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 4:36 p.m. Monday. According to a police report, the student had less than 5 pounds, but more than 4 ounces of marijuana. A Tech police officer found the student in the Z4P parking lot after a report of a marijuana odor was made, according to the report. Following the arrest and transportation of the student to the Lubbock County Jail, Lubbock Police Department issued a search warrant for the student’s residence hall room, according to the report. Tech Police Department Administrative Captain Stephen Hinkle confirmed that upon searching the student’s room, LPD officers filed additional charges against the student for possession of

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marijuana, two counts of possession of a controlled substance — the substances being Aderol and bath salts — possession of drug paraphernalia and money laundering. The roommate of the arrested student also was arrested after marijuana had been found on his side of the residence hall room, but was released with a pending charge, according to the report. Chris Cook, managing director of the Office of Communications and Marketing, said in an email an investigation is being conducted and no further details can be released. Hinkle said Tech PD is not authorized to release any additional details until the investigation is complete. The Daily Toreador will update the story as details become available. ➤➤kmckee@dailytoreador.com

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He works as a Texas Tech police officer hoping to prevent the inevitable on campus. Corporal John Radle said he believes an on-campus shooter is something that will happen in due time, so preparing the students, faculty and staff is his main focus. “The best mindset is a survival mindset,” he said. “The way society is today, if you don’t have a survival mindset, the only thing that is going to happen is that you’re going to get caught off guard.” Radle said with the recent shootings in schools, malls and theaters, no one can prepare for where the next attack will be, so it is good to come to terms that one day a similar situation may occur. “That’s the way we prepare as a police department,” he said. “We train and prepare for when it’s going to happen, not if

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it’s going to happen.” Amanda Vereen, a sophomore music education major from El Paso, has considered getting her concealed carry license and said, until recently, she has felt safe on campus. “I have always felt completely safe on campus until one instance that I was involved in at a parking lot on campus,” she said. “I felt really threatened by another student who had baseball bats inside of their car.” Vereen said assuming a shooting on campus will eventually happen is a bit radical, but the focus on awareness is a smart choice. “I do not believe that having guns, especially licensed and registered guns, will ever increase the probability of a school shooting,” she said. “I believe that school shootings and things of that nature are related to mental health.”

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Today VNCA Film Festival Presents “The Beauty Country” Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library So, what is it? Come enjoy a film set in 1990 Vietnam. Laughter Yoga Time: 5:30 p.m. Where: Covenant Lifestyle Center So, what is it? Come enjoy laughter exercises and deep breathing for free.

Thursday Symphonic Band Concert Time: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Come enjoy this free concert presented by the School of Music. Literary Lubbock 2013 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Where: McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center So, what is it? Come enjoy a night of dining and local wines hosted by the University Press.

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FDA: Morning-after pill OK for ages 15, up WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it — an attempt to find middle ground just days before a courtimposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive. Today, Plan B One-Step is sold behind pharmacy counters, and buyers must prove they’re 17 or older to buy it without a prescription or else see a doctor first. Tuesday’s decision by the Food and Drug Administration lowers the age limit to 15 — and will allow the pill to sit on drugstore shelves next to condoms and spermicides or other women’s health products. But customers must prove their age at the cash register. Teva Women’s Health, which makes

Plan B, said it would begin over-thecounter sales in a few months. The question is whether Tuesday’s action settles a larger court fight. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York blasted the Obama administration for imposing the age-17 limit, saying it had let election-year politics trump science and was making it hard for women of any age to obtain the emergency contraception in time. He ordered an end to all age restrictions by Monday, for Plan B and its generic versions. The FDA said Tuesday’s decision was independent of the court case and wasn’t intended to address it. Technically, the FDA approved Teva’s application to sell Plan B in this manner.

According to a Pew Research Center national survey conducted after the shooting in Aurora, Colo., 67 percent of Americans viewed shootings as isolated acts of unstable individuals. Twentyfour percent of people said shootings occur because of a broader range of problems in American society. Paige Melendez, a Texas A&M University senator from El Paso, said she links the bomb threats on the Texas A&M campus as a reaction to recent legislation. “I personally see it as a spike after a majority of the Senate passed the concealed carry-on campus bill in support of it to lobby to our legislature,” the sophomore political science major said. “As soon as we passed that, kind of in the upcoming week, is when we started having the bomb threats.” According to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Utah is the only state that prohibits its institutions from restricting firearms on its campuses. The University of Utah attempted to have those rules retracted, but the state of Utah denied its request for the law change. Radle said if Tech was to pass the concealed carry bill, the Tech Police Department would consider offering additional training for the license. “It’s not something that is set in place right now, but it’s something that we’d like to do,” he said. “They don’t just give these licenses to anyone. You have to go through some pretty extensive training.” ➤➤ivillalobos@dailytoreador.com

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MILES KIRK, A senior communication studies major from Austin, avoids the rain while walking to a group project meeting Tuesday outside the Library.

Information sharing before Obama hints at potential bombings under review military action in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday his counterterrorism bureaucracy “did what it was supposed to be doing” before the Boston Marathon bombing as his top intelligence official began a review into whether sensitive information was adequately shared and whether the U.S. government could have disrupted the attack. “We want to go back and we want to review every step that was taken,” Obama told a White House news conference. “We want to leave no stone unturned. We want to see, is there in fact additional protocols and procedures that could be put in place that would further improve and enhance our ability to detect a potential attack.” The 90-day review is also a political pre-emptive strike as Republican lawmakers question whether the administration’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies failed to share crucial counterterrorism information — the same error blamed for missing the clues before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Some Republican lawmakers have already suggested forming a select committee to investigate the Boston bombings, just as they are calling for a similar committee to delve further into the militant attacks that killed four Americans last year in Benghazi, Libya.

Shawn Turner, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said the review covers only the period before the Boston attack because the investigation of the bombings is still underway. Initiated earlier this week, it’s being led by I. Charles McCullough III, the independent intelligence community inspector general. He is authorized to reach into any U.S. intelligence agency. The effort includes inspectors general from the CIA, the Justice Department and the Homeland Security Department. In a letter dated Tuesday and signed by the four inspectors, the officials said they had initiated and coordinated an independent review into the government’s handling of intelligence leading up to the bombings. They said in the letter, which was released to The Associated Press, that they would carry out the review in a way to make sure they do not interfere with any ongoing intelligence activities, criminal investigations and prosecutions related to the attacks. Homeland Security Deputy Inspector General Charles K. Edwards said in a statement Tuesday that “it is vital that we determine all the facts ... and thereby provide the entire law enforcement community with lessons learned and valuable insights.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signaled Tuesday he would consider U.S. military action against Syria if “hard, effective evidence” is found to bolster intelligence that chemical weapons have been used in the 2-year-old civil war. Among the potential options being readied for him: weapons and ammunition for the Syrian rebels. Despite such planning, Obama appealed for patience during a White House news conference, saying he needed more conclusive evidence about how and when chemical weapons detected by U.S. intelligence agencies were used and who deployed them. If those questions can be answered, Obama said he would consider actions the Pentagon and intelligence community have prepared for him in the event Syria has crossed his chemical weapons “red line.” “There are options that are available to me that are on the shelf right now that we have not deployed,” he told reporters packed into the White House briefing room. Beyond lethal aid to the rebels, several government agencies are

also drafting plans for establishing a protective “no-fly zone” over Syria and for targeted missile strikes, according to officials familiar with the planning. However, the officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the internal deliberations, stressed that Obama had not yet decided to proceed on any of the plans. As Obama raised the prospect of deeper U.S. involvement, Hezbollah’s leader said Tuesday that his Iranian-backed militant group stood ready to aid Syrian President Bashar Assad. And new violence in Syria hit the capital of Damascus, as a powerful bomb ripped through a bustling commercial district, killing at least 14 people. Mindful that any military intervention in the combustible Middle East would be complicated and dangerous, Obama hinted the U.S. would probably avoid taking action unilaterally. Part of the rationale for building a stronger chemical weapons case against Assad, Obama said, is to avoid being in a position “where we can’t mobilize the international community to support what we do.” Obama has resisted calls to expand U.S. assistance beyond the nonlethal aid the government is providing the rebels. That has frustrated some allies as well as some U.S. lawmakers, who say the deaths of 70,000 Syrians should warrant a more robust American response. Tuesday’s wide-ranging news conference coincided with the 100day mark of Obama’s second term. It’s a stretch that has been defined by the defeat of gun control legislation he supported, as well as the continuation of old disputes that marked the president’s first four years in office, including the Syria conflict and the launching of his controversial health care overhaul. Asked if he still had “the juice” to get legislation approved, he smiled and paraphrased Mark Twain’s famous line, saying, “Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.” Another issue that frustrated Obama in his first term resurfaced when he was pressed about the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, the detention center he promised to close but hasn’t been able to. Obama said he would make another run at it, though he was vague about how. “I’m going to go back at this,” he said. “I’ve asked my team to review everything that’s currently being done in Guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively, and I’m going to re-engage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that’s in the best interest of the American people.”


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Pom Squad announced, 18 girls make cut By LIANA SOLIS STAFF WRITER

The Texas Tech Pom Squad often cheers and dances for teams at football games, soccer games and even volleyball games across the state. The Spirit Program staff hosted tryouts for the 2013-2014 Pom Squad on Saturday and Sunday in United Spirit Arena. Erin Harold, the Pom Squad coach, said 70 girls tried out for next year’s squad. “We had 62 people audition in person and the rest did video auditions,” she said. “We let the girls who couldn’t make the auditions do video tryouts, but they still did the same thing that the other girls did and were judged the same way.” This is the first year the Pom Squad has been allowed to have

18 girls rather than the usual 16, Harold said. “Because the girls showed up at so many games and events last year, they allowed us to have two more spots open up for next year’s team,” she said. “This made the tryouts a little easier knowing we would be able to have two more girls.” The tryout process had two separate rounds, Harold said, and started with an online application. “On Saturday, the girls came in and were put into groups of four to dance in,” she said. “Each group had to perform a dance to the Texas Tech fight song, a jazz style dance and a hip-hop style dance.” The judges then looked at the individual skills of the girls before making the first cut, Harold said. “Those who made it to the next round were asked to come back on Sunday for the second part of the

audition,” she said. On Sunday, the finalists were asked to perform the fight song again, Harold said, along with two improvisation rounds. “After we looked at the finalists’ techniques and skills, we sat down to conduct interviews with each of the girls,” she said. “The interview process is one of the most important parts because it gives us a chance to see what each girl’s personality is like. It’s not all about having dancing talent.” The judges then deliberated and posted the results online for the new squad, Harold said. “We have 14 veterans on the new team along with four very talented rookie members,” she said. “I think they are all excited to get started and our team this year is going to get even stronger than last year’s.” ➤➤lsolis@dailytoreador.com

FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods WASHINGTON (AP) — For people seeking an energy boost, companies are increasing their offerings of foods with added caffeine. A new caffeinated gum may have gone too far. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it will investigate the safety of added caffeine and its effects on children and adolescents. The agency made the announcement just as Wrigley was rolling out Alert Energy Gum, a new product that includes as much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee in one piece and promises “the right energy, right now.” Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner of foods, indicated that the proliferation of new foods with caffeine added — especially the

gum, which he equates to “four cups of coffee in your pocket” — may even prompt the FDA to look closer at the way all food ingredients are regulated. The agency is already investigating the safety of energy drinks and energy shots, prompted by consumer reports of illness and death. Taylor said Monday that the only time FDA explicitly approved the added use of caffeine in a food or drink was in the 1950s for colas. The current proliferation of caffeine added to foods is “beyond anything FDA envisioned,” Taylor said. “It is disturbing,” Taylor told The Associated Press. “We’re concerned about whether they have been adequately evaluated.” Caffeine has the regulatory clas-

sification of “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS, which means manufacturers can add it to products and then determine on their own whether the product is safe. “This raises questions about how the GRAS concept is working and is it working adequately,” Taylor said of the gum and other caffeine-added products. As food companies have created more new ingredients to add health benefits, improve taste or help food stay fresh, there are at least 4,650 of these “generally recognized as safe” ingredients, according to the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts. The bulk of them, at least 3,000, were determined GRAS by companies and trade associations.

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TEXAS TECH POM Squad girls cheer from on top a firetruck during the 2012 Homecoming parade along Broadway Avenue.

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Once the committee made a decision, Waggoner said Rhode called to ask if he would like to be the new Masked Rider. “I was so excited when I got that call,” he said. “I had a hard time keeping it all in. My parents were, of course, the first people I called, and they were also very excited for me and for this opportunity.” Although he was excited, Waggoner said he also knew he was taking on a big responsibility. “Depending on the time of year, you don’t have a lot of free time to do anything besides take care of your horse and

practice,” he said. “We have to feed him, wash him and get him ready for whatever event we have coming up next. It can get stressful and busy, but it is still a lot of fun.” Wa g g o n e r w i l l b e t h e Masked Rider for this upcoming school year, Rhode said, and then will hand off the reins to someone else. “We change them out every year so that other students will have the same opportunity that they do,” she said. “We have had a total of 52 riders so far since the tradition first started.” Ashley Wenzel, the Masked Rider for the 2012-2013 season, also went through this process and said it was a worthwhile experience.

“This past year has probably been one of the greatest and most exciting years of my life,” she said at the Passing of the Guns ceremony. “I hate having to go, but I knew when I first met Corey at the auditions that he was someone I would be very proud to pass the reins to.” This past year, the Masked Rider made about 170 appearances at games and events, Rhode said. “Even though it’ll be tough, I know this is a once-in-alifetime chance that not a lot of people get,” Waggoner said. “I’m excited to represent the college like this, and am ready for whatever the job brings to me.” ➤➤lsolis@dailytoreador.com


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Tips for avoiding stress of finals frenzy one’s eyes can no longer focus ceases to be an effective study medium. Moreover, dwelling on the poor decision-making in study habits will not help. Yes, you probably should have written this research paper two weeks ago, but you didn’t and look where you are now. What many students tend to forget around crunch time is sleep and relaxation are vital components to studying. The brain needs time

Sea otters, rape and a broken justice system BY ASHLEY PIERCE

MUSTANG DAILY (CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO)

My favorite animal of all time is sea otters. They are adorable, fat, furry ocean-dwelling teddy bears (the best kind). If I had a patronus it would be a sea otter. They are my so-called “spirit animal,” which is why it was devastating to find out that sea otters have this funny little knack of raping baby seals when no females can be found. This made me wonder what humans would look like from a more intelligent being’s perspective. I don’t think we’d be anyone’s favorite animals either, with the amount of heinous crimes we commit against one another, sexual assault included. But we, being of higher brain capacity and a species of morals and justice, rightly view murder and rape as a crime and prosecute those that commit such an act. Or at least we’re supposed to. Only 3 percent of rapists actually serve any time in jail according to a report by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. While a large proportion of rapists get away with their crime because victims choose not to report it; of the 46 percent reported, only approximately 7 percent of rapists are convicted, according to report. This past March, news anchors were found to be more sympathetic to the rapists than the victims. As two boys were given their sentence of at least one year in juvenile jail for raping a teenage girl, CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow described how it was “incredibly difficult, even for an outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart.” No one should care that these men’s lives and dreams are ruined. They ruined and have caused severe psychological and physical pain to a 16-year-old girl. They took something sacred and acted in grotesque selfishness. So no, their lives and their ruined

dreams stopped mattering the moment they decided to hurt the young girl. The fact that they themselves are still in high school should elicit no sympathy. If they’re old enough to have sex, they’re old enough to know that it is not an act to be forced upon another human being, not an act to be taken advantage of when one is incapacitated. The two of them should get worse than just juvenile jail, and very well could by a grand jury’s decision. Another incident took over the news when, Audrie Pott, 15, took her life after being attacked by three 16-year-old boys. The boys were recently released from juvenile jail and simply put on house arrest despite their actions and her resulting suicide. Rape doesn’t seem to be taken as seriously as it should by the American justice system. There is no federal law regarding rape (which is fine, the federal government doesn’t need any more power) so it’s left up to each state to handle. For California, the penalties for rape convictions are three to eight years and seven to 13 if the victim is a minor. While the punishments seem long-term, not enough rapists are actually convicted. It continues to happen all too often. While rapists need to be properly punished, convicted and not victimized, women must be careful as well. Rape is in no way the victim’s fault, but people must be smart and responsible for themselves as well. Ladies, and men as well, going to a party and getting completely wasted makes one more vulnerable to attack. Drink carefully, keep aware and don’t walk home alone by yourself. I’ve walked back to my dorm from downtown at night. It’s creepy, not well lit and completely horrifying. Unfortunately the world will never be free of evil crimes. Rapes will always occur. But instead of states cracking down on drugs and other misdemeanors, more should be done to prevent rape and to keep rapists off the streets. All genders should stay aware of their surroundings and, if the unthinkable happens, report it.

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as good substitutes for relaxation. Yoga, for example, has actually been shown to have several positive effects on mental and physical health, including concentration and stress-relief. Having taken several beginning yoga classes, I can personally say the strength-building exercises involved in yoga are surprisingly demanding. Physical activity has been medically proven to raise energy levels and mental awareness. Moreover, the focus many yoga styles place on meditation and breath control improve concentration and lower stress. Studies have actually shown the anti-stress effects of yoga are the result of a proven biochemical response, such as a decrease in hor-

mones released by adrenal glands in response to stressful situations such as, say, final exams. Some studies suggest the boost in oxygen supply to the brain during yoga also alleviates stress and may even help in staving off depression. There are many places to learn and practice yoga in Lubbock. However, one place in particular, which recently opened close to Tech, is Yoga Bean, a combination of a yoga studio and coffee shop located on 34th Street between Flint Avenue and Elgin Avenue. This particular coffee shop — provides Tech students with a near perfect venue for studying for finals by providing yoga classes for every skill level when students need a study break. Plus, Yoga Bean is locally owned

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and carries all organic and fair-trade coffee. This means by getting a caffeine fix before hitting the books there, one is supporting local business, and sustainable business and agricultural practices, as well as one’s own health. The end of classes and looming finals is expected to be a time of high stress and frantic studying. However, students should remember that taking a break from trying to absorb as much information as possible, be it to sleep or otherwise relax, also is a vital part of effective studying and being successful on their finals. Reynolds is a junior music major from Lubbock. ➤➤ jreynolds@dailytoreador.com

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Brush up on summer volunteering By ERIKA FORERO

THE DAILY COUGAR (U. HOUSTON)

Summer can be a rewarding season for students just as much as it can be fun. Students anticipate going to the beach, relaxing, traveling or tackling a job or internship. Others have absolutely no idea what to do with their almost two months of heat and sun. One summertime boredom remedy is to give back to the community by volunteering. Not only does volunteering give the chance to help others, but it can also be a great addition to any resume. Houston, one of the largest cities in the country, is home to hundreds if not thousands of programs and projects that can use volunteers. Most can be found by just a few clicks of your computer mouse. There is something out there for everyone, from an animal lover to a student who knows a foreign language. Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston helps thousands of the city’s seniors who cannot leave their homes or are of low-income become more independent with their pets. The program takes volunteers

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to process information and commit it to memory for one to be able to recall it later on, say, a test. Staying up all hours of the night in the library before a test is actually counter-productive for most people as the brain retains progressively less information the longer it is awake. Moreover, sleep-deprivation inhibits judgment, causing mental and physical impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol content of .05 after 18 hours without sleep and .10 after 24 hours, according to a study by the National Sleep Foundation. Therefore, the need to at least take regular breaks between study sessions should need very little explanation. If one can’t get in a nap or at least a few hours worth of sleep, other activities can serve

at any time of the year who can deliver donated pet food to each home. The service delivers to homes on the fourth Saturday of every month. Vo l u n t e e r s can sign up for an assigned regular monthly route or just serve as a back-up driver to fit a changing schedule. Other opportunities for summer, as well as year round, are at Houston’s parks and gyms. Houston Parks and Recreation Department depends on hundreds of volunteers to assist in a variety of programs and activities from coaching youth sports teams to cleanup projects in neighborhood parks. Volunteers can participate in Green Team, a project that provides maintenance, tree planting and de-littering or be an athletic volunteer by coaching and coordinating

youth sports. Any students majoring in recreation, parks management or other related professions are encouraged to apply for the internship with HPPD. YMCA of Greater Houston provides endless opportunities to college students during the summer. Coaching sports, leading the board of directors and committees, fundraising and raising health awareness to youth and adults are just a few things people can do to help. Anyone interested in the medical field or helping children who are sick can find what they are looking for at Texas Children’s Hospital. Each year the hospital employs volunteers to perform jobs like greet guests at the information desk, deliver toys

Houston, one of the largest cities in the country, is home to hundreds if not thousands of programs and projects that can use volunteers.

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h, the last few days of the semester, when Texas Tech students are running around like maniacs finishing papers, studying for tests and depriving themselves of sleep. Everybody’s favorite time of year when the combination of all the procrastinated projects and reviews culminate into a campus full of stressed out college students camped out on the bottom floor of the library or campus Starbucks jacked up on caffeine and adrenaline from nightmares of failed classes. However, it is important to keep in mind that freaking out about finals and papers can only get one so far. At some point, beating information from books into one’s brain and staring at computer screens until

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Amanda Knox says what happened to her was surreal SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says in an interview that what happened to her was “surreal but it could have happened to anyone.” The Seattle native told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday night that “I want the truth to come out. I’d like to be reconsidered as a person.” In March, Italy’s highest criminal court overturned Knox’s acquittal in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and ordered a new trial for Knox, 25. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. Knox told Sawyer the high court’s decision was “incredibly painful” and she felt as if she had to crawl through another field of barbed wire after reaching what she thought was the end. She said she was aware of

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being labeled a seductress, shedevil and other names in the media, but she said “they’re wrong.” “I was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil,” she told Sawyer in interview excerpts posted online. “It’s one thing to be called certain things in the media, and it’s another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil. “For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not. I had to live with the idea that that would be my life,” she said during the interview. Italian prosecutors have said Knox, who was an exchange student studying in Perugia, Italy, and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito killed Kercher in a drug-fueled sex assault involving a third man. They maintained that the murder weapon was a large

knife taken from Sollecito’s house. Prosecutors said the knife matched the wounds on Kercher’s body and had traces of Kercher’s DNA on the blade and Knox’s DNA on the handle. However, Knox’s defenders said she was innocent and was forced to say things she didn’t mean during a lengthy police interrogation. And they said bumbling Italian police contaminated the crime scene, producing flawed DNA evidence. An Ivorian man is serving a 16-year sentence for Kercher’s slaying. A new trial also has been ordered for Sollecito. Since returning to Seattle in 2011, Knox has largely avoided the public spotlight in her Pacific Northwest hometown where she is studying at the University of Washington. Her memoir, “Waiting to Be Heard,” was released Tuesday.

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AMBER DOCKERY, A senior mechanical engineering student from Houston, and Tanner Ford, a junior mechanical engineering student from Wichita Falls, assemble balsa wood pieces of a tower for their finite element analysis lab Tuesday in the Mechanical Engineering building. The 7.5 inch tower must support 150 pounds to meet project requirements.

Willem-Alexander becomes new Dutch king Jackson’s private life on display in civil trial AMSTERDAM (AP) — Millions of Dutch people dressed in orange flocked to celebrations around the Netherlands Tuesday in honor of a once-in-a-generation milestone for the country’s ruling House of OrangeNassau: after a 33-year reign, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. At 46, King Willem-Alexander is the youngest monarch in Europe and the first Dutch king in 123 years, since Willem III died in 1890. Like Beatrix before him, WillemAlexander has assumed the throne at a time of social strains and economic malaise. Although the Dutch monarchy is largely ceremonial, he immediately staked out a course to preserve its relevance in the 21st century. “I want to establish ties, make connections and exemplify what unites us, the Dutch people,” the freshly minted king said at a nationally televised investiture ceremony

in Amsterdam’s 600-year-old New Church, held before the combined houses of Dutch parliament. “As king, I can strengthen the bond of mutual trust between the people and their government, maintain our democracy and serve the public interest.” Hopes for the new monarch are high. For most of the 2000s, the country was locked in an intense national debate over the perceived failure of Muslim immigrants, mostly from North Africa, to integrate. In response, politicians curtailed many of the famed Dutch tolerance policies. More recently, this trading nation of 17 million has suffered back-toback recessions. European Union figures released Tuesday showed Dutch unemployment spiking upward toward 6.4 percent. That’s below the EU average, but a 20-year high in the Netherlands. “I am taking the job at a time

when many in the kingdom feel vulnerable and uncertain,” WillemAlexander said. “Vulnerable in their work or health. Uncertain about their income or home environment.” Amsterdam resident Inge Bosman, 38, said she doubted WillemAlexander’s investiture would give the country much of an employment boost. “Well, at least one person got a new job,” she said. Tellingly, one of Willem-Alexander’s first diplomatic missions as king will be to visit the country’s largest trading partner, Germany. While many are skeptical that the new king can make a difference where politicians have failed, the celebrations provided a welcome change from the humdrum of everyday life, and the popularity of the royal house itself is not in doubt. A poll commissioned by national broadcaster NOS and published this week showed that 78 percent support the monarchy.

Shoppers face hurdles in finding ethical clothing NEW YORK (AP) — You can recycle your waste, grow your own food and drive a fuel-efficient car. But being socially responsible isn’t so easy when it comes to the clothes on your back. Take Jason and Alexandra Lawrence of Lyons, Colo. The couple eat locally grown food that doesn’t have to be transported from far-flung states. They fill up their diesel-powered Volkswagen and Dodge pickup with vegetable-based oil. They even bring silverware to a nearby coffeehouse to avoid using the shop’s plastic utensils. But when it comes to making sure that their clothes are made in factories that are safe for workers, the couple fall short. “Clothing is one of our more challenging practices,” says Jason Lawrence, 35, who mostly buys secondhand. “I don’t want to travel around the world to see where my pants come from.” Last week’s building collapse in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of clothing factory workers put a spotlight on the sobering fact that people in poor countries often risk their lives working in unsafe factories to make the cheap T-shirts and underwear that Westerners covet. The disaster, which comes after a fire in another Bangladesh factory killed 112 people last November, also highlights something just as troubling for socially conscious shoppers: It’s nearly impossible to make sure the clothes you buy come from factories with safe working conditions. Very few companies sell clothing that’s so-called “ethically made,” or marketed as being made in factories that maintain safe working conditions. In fact, ethically made clothes make up a tiny fraction of 1 percent of the overall $1 trillion global fashion industry. And with a few exceptions, such as the 250-store clothing chain American Apparel Inc., most aren’t national brands. It’s even more difficult to figure out if your clothes are made in safe factories if you’re buying from retailers that don’t specifically market their clothes as ethically made. That’s because major chains typically use a complex web of suppliers in countries such as Bangladesh, which often contract business to other factories. That means the retailers themselves don’t always know the origin of

clothes when they’re made overseas. And even a “Made in USA” label only provides a small amount of assurance for a socially conscious shopper. For instance, maybe the tailors who assembled the skirt may have had good working conditions. But the fabric might have been woven overseas by people who do not work in a safe environment. “For the consumer, it’s virtually impossible to know whether the product was manufactured in safe conditions,” says Craig Johnson, president

of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. “For U.S.-made labels, you have good assurance, but the farther you get away from the U.S., the less confidence you have.” To be sure, most global retailers have standards for workplace safety in the factories that make their clothes. And the companies typically require that contractors and subcontractors follow these guidelines. But policing factories around the world is a costly, time-consuming process that’s difficult to manage.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson’s mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer’s private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a paramedic who described the singer’s bedroom and the frantic efforts to revive the King of Pop on the day he died. Many other private moments from the singer’s life will be exposed as the case progresses over the next several months, with witnesses expected to testify about secret medical treatments, lavish spending and tender moments spent with his mother and children. In the nearly four years since his death, nearly every aspect of Jackson’s life has been explored in court proceedings, documentaries, books and news stories. Still, the negligence case filed by his mother against AEG promises to deliver the most detailed account of the singer’s addiction struggles, including testimony from his ex-wife Debbie Rowe about treatments involving the anesthetic propofol dating back to the 1990s. Jackson died from a propofol overdose in 2009 while preparing for a series of comeback concerts at AEG’s O2 Arena in London. Katherine Jackson contends AEG didn’t properly investigate the doctor who later administered the fatal dose. The company denies wrongdoing. During opening statements, attorneys framed Jackson’s prescription drug addiction through the prism of his superstar status. Attorney Brian Panish, who represents Katherine Jackson, said the drug problems worsened when the pop star was under the stress of live performances. AEG attorney Marvin S. Putnam

countered that Jackson’s stardom provided a cover to receive multiple, secret medical treatments, many involving propofol. At one point in the proceedings, the harsh portrayal of Jackson’s struggle with addiction, led one juror to lean forward and stare at the floor for several moments. Katherine Jackson and two of the superstar’s children, Prince and Paris, are potential witnesses whose testimony would likely focus heavily on their grieving and losses. Panish played a song Jackson wrote for his children as a montage of photos played during opening statements. He also read a handwritten note from Jackson that his mother framed and has hanging on her wall. “The only way you can assess damages, is to know what they had,” Panish told jurors on Monday before reading the letter and playing “You Are My Life.” Katherine Jackson dabbed her eyes with a tissue. On Tuesday, she left

the courtroom while the paramedic described her son’s condition on the day he died. It may be several days before jurors get another look at Jackson’s softer side. The trial will also feature testimony about Jackson’s troubled finances, with debts that reached nearly $400 million by the time he died. AEG contends the debts made him desperate to have a successful concert series. “The private Michael Jackson was like a lot of American in the 2000s, spending a lot more than he was making,” Putnam told the jury after describing the singer’s lavish Neverland Ranch, his art collection and other spending. With the start of testimony on Tuesday, the panel was transported by paramedic Richard Senneff into the singer’s bedroom, a place he kept locked and where his propofol treatments were administered out of sight of everyone but Murray.


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Lady Raider Tennis readies for tournament By MICHAEL SUNIGA STAFF WRITER

After winning a Big 12 Conference regular season title, the Texas Tech women’s tennis team received a bid to participate in the NCAA Championships on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Raiders acquired a 16 overall seed in the tournament and will host the first and second rounds, first facing off against College of Charleston. The NCAA Championships host a field of 64 teams, which features single elimination-style play organized by a bracket in which higher-seeded teams face off against lower-seeded opponents. Tech’s qualification marks its second-ever and second successive NCAA appearance. After participating in the NCAA Championships the previous season, Tech senior Caroline Starck said she and her teammates will look to experience drawn from the previous

year to further their advancement in the tournament. “It’s not our first time,” she said. “Now I think we know a little bit more what to expect. The fact that we have this experience will really help us out this year.” In the previous season, the Lady Raiders fell in the first round. However, Tech senior Elizabeth Ullathorne said she hopes this year’s tournament will last much longer for the Lady Raiders. “It didn’t end how we wanted it to last year,” she said. “It left kind of a bitter taste in my mouth from that, so it’s really gonna make us want to do better this year.” Duke and Mississippi also will face -off against each other in Lubbock, with the winner set to face the winner of the Tech and College of Charleston match. The College of Charleston Cougars has a record of 20-8 for the season and are ranked No. 67 nationally, according to rankings released April 23. Tech coach Todd Petty said he

does not know much about his future opponent, but the team will do its research and see what it is set to face-off against. Petty also said he will not take his opponent lightly because everyone is in the tournament for a reason. The Cougars will enter Lubbock on a nine-game win streak, capped off by winning the Southern Conference title. Approaching the match against the Cougars, Petty said he and his players will look to the crowd for support, because they have been a big factor in regular season play. “We’re gonna lean on them,” he said. “We’re really gonna need everyone out there.” Tech opens play against College of Charleston on May 11, with the winner set to play May 12 at Don and Ethel McLeod Tennis Center. Following the first two rounds played in Lubbock, the winner will advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Champaign, Ill. ➤➤msuniga@dailytoreador.com

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Texas Tech coach Tom Petty and his Lady Raiders tennis team recieved their second consecutive and overall bid to the NCAA Championships. The 19-6 Lady Raiders recieved the No. 16 overall seed and will host Ole Miss, Duke and College of Charleston in the opening and second rounds of the tournament on May 11-12 atthe Don and Ethel McLeod Tennis Center.

Smith scores 29 as Hawks top Pacers to knot series ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks like this new lineup. Now they’ve got to show it can win on the road. Josh Smith scored a career playoffbest 29 points as the Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime then withstood an Indiana comeback to even the series with a 102-91 victory over the Pacers in Game 4 Monday night. The enigmatic Smith struggled much of the second half but made every big play down the stretch. He swished a rare 3-pointer, came up with an offensive rebound to set up a 3 by Kyle Korver, and finished off a fast break with a right-handed dunk. Plus, he did another stout defensive job on Indiana star Paul George, who had to work for every one of his 21 points. After getting blown out the first two games at Indiana, the Hawks went to a bigger lineup with Johan Petro at center, Al Horford at power forward, Smith at small forward and Korver coming off the bench. It worked out just as coach Larry Drew had hoped, at least on Atlanta’s home court. “When Josh is at the 3 (small forward), he’s a load,” Korver said. “It’s kind of opened me up a little bit. I think the lineup change was a really good thing for us.” But the Hawks will have to win at least one game in Indianapolis to advance. Next up is Game 5 on Wednesday. With George scoring 18 in the second half, many on very difficult shots, the Pacers made a game of it. But they couldn’t come all the way back from a 57-40 deficit at the break. Indiana got as close as four in the third quarter, and was within five numerous times in the final 10 minutes. But the Pacers expended so much energy getting back in the game they just didn’t have enough to complete the comeback.

“This is going to be one heck of a series right now,” Pacers center Roy Hibbert said. “I thought we’d be able to at least split down here.” Korver added 19 points off the bench, most of them coming on his specialty: the 3-pointer. He knocked down five from outside the arc, including the biggest one with 2:33 remaining after Horford threw up a wild shot that missed. Smith snatched one of his 11 rebounds and spotted Korver lurking all alone on the outside. “Energy and effort,” Smith said. “If we play with those two words and play together — I take that back, make it three words — we’re a pretty good basketball team.” Horford chipped in with 18 points, and Anthony Tolliver made all three of his shots from beyond the 3-point line, providing a big boost every time the Hawks needed one. But it was Smith who made sure the Hawks got the game they absolutely had to have before going back on the road. “When he plays like that,” Hawks guard Devin Harris said, “we’re a very good team.” Indiana was better offensively than Game 3 but still struggled to make shots, finishing at 38 percent on a 32of-84 performance. George came alive after halftime, connecting three times from beyond the stripe, while every other starter was in double figures. It wasn’t enough. The Hawks beat Indiana for the 13th straight time at Philips Arena, a streak that dates to 2006. But the Pacers can take solace with not having to win in Atlanta, as long as they take care of business on their home court. “That’s a great Atlanta team over there,” George Hill said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy series. We knew they weren’t going to lay down.

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Tech sends New Mexico home with loss By ZACH DISCHIANO SPORTS EDITOR

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TEXAS TECH PITCHER Matt Withrow throws a pitch during the Red Raiders’ 12-8 win against the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday at Rip Griffin Park.

The difference between Texas Tech and New Mexico during the Red Raiders win Tuesday was ability to capitalize on hits. The Lobos finished with 16 hits but just eight runs to show for it, while the Red Raiders totaled 12 runs on all 12 of their hits. Freshman pitcher Matt Withrow earned the win, pitching 5.1 innings and giving up three earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks. “I felt good out there today,” he said. “I mean, it’s always good to see your team come out and compete like we did and come off a strong Sunday win and come back and get another one today.” Freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez set the tone early with a two-run homer in the first inning to put the Red Raiders ahead. The second inning only got worse for New Mexico starting pitcher Kevin Baumgartner,

who gave up another four runs, including a home run from freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete. “We saw some good pitches early and put good swings on it and good things happened for us,” Tech second baseman Bryant Burleson said. “It’s always good to come out early and score some runs.” Withrow put on a display of his arm strength on the mound, topping out at 95 mph on his fastball. “I thought he was outstanding,” Tadlock said. “I thought he had really good fastball command on both sides of the plate, and I mean, he’s got the best stuff in the ballpark.” The Lobos replaced Baumgartner after two innings, electing to go to junior pitcher Jonathan Cuellar for relief. Cuellar immediately gave up three consecutive hits and two runs to begin the third inning. The Red Raiders added another run to their total before the end of the third inning, extending their lead to 9-0 early in the game. After failing to produce any runs

during the first three innings, the Lobos responded during the fourth with a pair of runs to close the gap. New Mexico again went to the bullpen to begin the bottom of the fourth inning, bringing in lefthanded pitcher Alex Estrella to try and slow down the Red Raider bats. The sophomore pitcher retired the first three batters he faced to put a halt to Tech’s scoring streak of four consecutive innings, dating back to the ninth inning of the game against Oklahoma. The Lobos pitching staff continued to restrain the Red Raider offense, tossing five consecutive scoreless innings to close out the game. New Mexico junior third baseman and projected first round draft pick D.J. Peterson went 1-4 with two strikeouts. “Make those scouts drive back wondering, ‘I wonder if he can hit a fastball’ or if he he’s just been getting a bunch of soft cookies out there in Albuquerque,” Tadlock said. Tech sophomore pitcher Corey

Taylor entered the game during the eighth inning and got into trouble right away. New Mexico’s hitters sparked a rally, driving in four runs to reduce Tech’s lead to two. A tag at home plate got Taylor out of the inning without surrendering any more runs. The Red Raiders added a few insurance runs during the eighth inning, scoring two after a wild pitch from New Mexico reliever Victor Sanchez and an error by catcher sophomore catcher Alex Real. A groundout by senior right fielder Brennan Moore brought home another to give Tech a five-run lead heading into the ninth. A pair of doubles brought home one run for the Lobos in the ninth, but Tech freshman pitcher Dalton Brown closed the game without any further damage, ending the game at 12-8. The Red Raiders will face Oklahoma State next at 6:37 p.m. Friday at Rip Griffin Park. ➤➤zdischiano@dailytoreador.com

Red Raiders hit the road to take on Baylor, seek 30th victory STAFF WRITER

The Texas Tech softball team will travel to Waco on Thursday for a three-game series against Baylor with the Red Raiders still in contention for an NCAA Regional bid. The first game of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Getterman Stadium. The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN. “If we go down and play well, I feel like we’ll get into the tournament,” Tech coach Shanon Hays said. “You hate to put yourself in a tough spot where you have to go play well at the end to get in there, but, on the other hand, you have the opportunity and that’s exciting.” Entering the final series of the year, the Red Raiders are 29-24 with a 3-12 record in Big 12 Conference play and a 6-4 record in

away games. Tech was swept by “Overall, as a whole, I feel good Texas at Rocky Johnson Field in its about our team camaraderie comlast series. ing out of that and being able Hays said getting to 30 to go into this weekend.” wins is very imBaylor portant to the is currently team. No. 25 in the “Thirty wins is like 20 NCAA Division 1 softball wins in basketrankings. The ball,” he said, team is 37-13 “It just looks with a 20-4 rebetter. It makes cord at home. it easier for Hays said committees to put you in.” the Red Raiders have to Junior inbe aware of fielder Taylor SHANON HAYS Baylor pitcher Powell said HEAD COACH Whitney Canthe team is in TECH SOFTBALL ion. a good position “If she’s on, despite its recent losses. she’s tough to “You’re playing Texas, they’re a beat,” he said. “We’ve got to be top team in the country,” she said. ready to take advantage of what-

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ever opportunities we get when we get base runners and some extra base hits and then be able to come through, finally, with the big hit.” Senior outfielder Mikey Kenney said the team is looking forward to appearing on ESPN. “It’s exciting,” she said, “but it’s still a little nerve wracking at the same time, but it’s cool because all of our families will be able to watch.” Powell said the national exposure is great as the team includes many players who are not from Texas. “We’ve got California, Washington, all over,” she said, “so, to be televised nationally on ESPN, I mean, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so we’re excited.” The second game of the series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the final game scheduled for noon on Saturday. ➤➤jlegendre@dailytoreador.com

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TEXAS TECH OUTFIELDER Shelby Johnson swings at a pitch during the Red Raiders’ 4-1 loss to Texas on Saturday at Rocky Johnson field.


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