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Personal emails, texts win privacy in House vote AUSTIN (AP) — Texas employers could not compel workers to reveal personal text messages or hand over email passwords under a bill given preliminary approval Thursday in a divided House vote. Democratic state Rep. Helen Giddings said her measure gives Texas workers the same social media protections provided in several other states. The bill prohibits employers from asking job applicants or employees for passwords to access their Facebook, Twitter or other personal accounts. Yet the case to strengthen personal privacy in the office was not enough to win over every lawmaker. State Rep. Jason Villalba led the opposition to the bill, which the Dallas Republican said would provide “safe harbor” for employees to steal proprietary information at the workplace through their personal accounts.
Officials: No breakthrough in West, Texas explosion WEST (AP) — Investigators working to figure out what caused a massive, deadly fertilizer plant explosion in Texas have talked to more than 370 people and received more than 200 tips as they continue to search for a breakthrough. Two weeks after the April 17 blast that killed at least 14 people, agents compare their work to solving a puzzle or completing an archaeological dig. “We’re trying to find the critical piece,” said Chris Connealy, the state fire marshal, on Thursday. Their work is complex for several reasons: the magnitude of the blast at West Fertilizer, which knocked out windows and rooftops all over the tiny town of West and registered as a small earthquake; the deaths of 10 first responders and two others who volunteered to help; and the spread of debris as far as two miles away. Agents are using digital mapping of the plant, rakes, shovels and front-end loaders to sift through dirt and rubble over an approximately 15-acre site. Possible bits of evidence are being cataloged and tested.
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Sigler: Texas legislature bill, gun rights too shallow
Light tower near football stadium causes concern A light tower near Jones AT&T Stadium was moving strongly in the wind Thursday, causing concern for the safety of those in nearby buildings. Blayne Beal, associate athletic director for Texas Tech Athletic Communications, said after employees in the football training facility noticed the light pole was moving, the Tech Police Department and Tech Physical Plant employees were notified. He said after the area was evaluated and deemed unsafe, employees of nearby buildings also were evacuated. “They immediately cornered off the area around it,” Beal said. “Due to the winds and the continued evaluation of the structure, they made the decision to go ahead and evacuate the entire south end zone building, the entire football training facility and the entire athletic training facility.” Beal said more than 200 employees were sent home for the rest of the day, and police will continue to monitor the situation throughout the night. Employees of the Physical Plant also will maintain the
Rep. Neugebauer visits Lubbock to announce bill
gas lines and electrical areas that could be affected if the structure collapsed. While strong winds prevented the safe removal of the light pole Thursday, he said officials plan to take it down today. “Safety is our top priority,” Beal said, “and if the standard stays up in the night, our goal is to have a crane in the morning and try to get that pulled down as quickly as possible.” According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts reached up to 45 mph during the time of evacuation. Because of the high wind speeds, crews could not assess the damage Thursday, but the tower was expected to be more stable by this morning, said Chris Cook, managing director of the Office of Communications and Marketing. By 8 a.m., Beal said a crane should go up to secure the light fixtures and the pole and once that happens, Tech employees will be able to return to the south end zone building, football training facility and athletic training facility. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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A LIGHT POLE near Jones AT&T Stadium was in danger of falling from the wind Thursday. University police, Lubbock police and employees of the physical plant are monitoring the situation.
By MATT DOTRAY STAFF WRITER
U.S Rep. Randy Neugebauer visited Texas Tech’s National Wind Institute on Thursday to announce a bill he introduced last week. House Resolution 1786, or the NEUGEBAUER National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013, sets to reauthorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004. The act states the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, with the help of different levels of government, will aim to improve the understanding of windstorms and encourage costeffective measures to reduce the impacts. By funding institutions, such as Tech, it will support research to better understand the effect on buildings and structures by windstorms. Neugebauer, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, said the act has three major functions. “It’s a three-prong approach,” he said, “Making sure we use the taxpayers’ money appropriately, secondly, we hope to save lives, and one, making sure we have research going on that will help us do better.” The ability for the government to protect people’s lives, Neugebauer said, as well as their property, is a big part of the act. He said the work Tech puts into its wind research is another example of Tech’s commitment to being one of the premier research institutions in the nation. BILL continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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THE 11TH ANNUAL Literary Lubbock benefitted the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest, a book series published by the Texas Tech University press that was hosted Thursday inside of the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.
University Press hosts reception to benefit book collection By MIKAEL GONZALES STAFF WRITER
The Texas Tech University Press hosted the 11th annual Literary Lubbock Benefit Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center to honor authors it has published in the past year. Robert Mandel, Director of the University Press and coordinator of the event, said every year they choose seven books they consider to be the best the University Press has published.
He said the books the University Press publishes connect with readers. “We try to come up with a mix of books that are both regional, and we also publish a lot books with international appeal,” Mandel said. The authors selected to be honored at the event comprised of Jay Neugeboren, Mike Cox, Kay Goldman, Bonnie Reynolds McKinney, Peter R. Rose, Robert V. Smith, Dean Smith, and Estelle Glasen Laughlin. The group included an Olympic champion and a Holocaust survivor.
Mandel said the event is hosted to support a foundation started by Grover E. Murray, the eighth president of Tech, who had great interest in the Southwest. “This event is done every year to support a series of books that we do, which is the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest,” he said. “And often the books that we publish about the Southwest have a lot of color and are expensive to produce.” BOOK continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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were reopened to passengers. The rest of the airport remained open after the shooting. Darian Ward, a spokeswoman for the Houston Airport System, said some passengers who were scheduled to leave from Terminal B were rerouted to other terminals. Dale Howard, of Tomball, was at the baggage handling area of the airport waiting for his sister to arrive on an incoming flight when he heard two shots fired from the floor above. A few seconds later, he said he heard three more shots. “People were screaming. I knew exactly what it was — gunfire,” Howard said. Police from an adjacent station rushed in, and
Howard said he directed them to the floor above. Greg Newburn, who was in the terminal waiting for a flight to Oklahoma City, said he was sitting in a cafe area when he heard two gunshots and after a pause, several more. “It seemed like quite a few shots. Everyone was scrambling, running left and running right, turning tables up and hiding behind tables. Nobody knew what was happening. I couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from,” he said. Newburn, from Gainesville, Fla., said it took him a few seconds to realize that the shots had come from the ticketing area, near the security checkpoint.
MAY 3, 2013
CoMC honors dean for 35 years of service, hosts retirement reception By MATT DOTRAY Taraji P. Henson speak.
Retirement Educational Session- Choosing the Right Investments Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Where: Human Sciences building So, what is it? Come learn the basics of choosing long-term investments.
University String Orchestra Concert Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Come enjoy this concert comprised of mostly non-music majors. Tango Opera Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Come enjoy this operetta, “Maria de Buenos Aires.”
VNCA Film Festival Presents A Story of Floating Weeds Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Where: Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library So, what is it? Come watch a 1934 Japanese ﬁlm about clandestine lovers being torn apart.
11th Annual Mentor Tech Celebration Banquet Time: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall So, what is it? Come listen to keynote speaker,
BYX Island Party Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Urbanovsky Park/ Leisure Pool So, what is it? Come enjoy this free concert and pool party with Brothers Under Christ.
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One of the reasons he is honored to represent the district of Tech, Neugebauer said, is because of its accountability to putting the taxpayers’ dollars to good use. “It’s an honor to work with (Tech),” he said, “and we know the output that is compelled from the research here at Texas Tech to be important to the country.” Chancellor Kent Hance said Tech is the only school in the nation to offer a Ph.D. in wind energy, and is on the cutting edge of wind energy in two areas. One, he said, is the area of renewable energy and the amount of energy that can be produced from wind. The other area includes the hazards of wind. “The research being done as far as the hazards of hurricanes, tornadoes and things that come from extreme amounts of wind,” Hance said, “we’re working on that and that’s something that’s very important to the nation in determining what kind of houses can be built to sustain certain tornadoes or certain hurricanes.”
The current legislation will expire within the next year, he said, and the reauthorization is not only good for the university, but the whole nation. “This is one of the things that research dollars should be spent on,” Hance said, “and the more research we do, the better answers we have to the storms and other hazards that we have as far as wind is concerned.” The resolution states the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will appropriate more than $21 million for research, data collection and mitigation techniques. Following the announcement of the resolution, John Schroeder, the director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, showed some of Tech’s work in wind research to people in attendance. Schroeder showed the portable weather stations that are taken across the country to measure different aspects of storms, and a model used to determine the pressure exerted on buildings during different wind speeds. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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It has been 35 years since Dean Jerry Hudson first came to Texas Tech as an assistant professor for telecommunications. Now, the founding dean of the College of Media and Communication will retire after the spring semester, and was honored during a retirement reception on Thursday. “I do want to thank the university for giving me an opportunity to have the best job on campus,” Hudson said at the reception. “I’ve been very pleased. Texas Tech has been very good to me and I’m pleased with the things that we’ve done.” Hudson said he has been blessed during his time at Tech. The support from administration, the work from faculty and staff in the College of Media and Communication and the support from the alumni has made his time at Tech enjoyable. “Thank you very much for sharing your time with me,” he said at the reception, “and allowing me to serve the university in a manner and a way that I feel is the utmost success in my career and I appreciate that.” Before serving as the dean, Hudson was the director of the School of Mass Communications from 1987 to 1992, the director of the Institute of Communication research from 1993 to 1997 and again served as director of the School of Mass Communications until 2004. According to the College of Media and Communication website, he has authored and co-authored 50 papers, six book chapters and 28 publications. He was awarded the President’s Academic
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STUDENTS AND FACULTY gather during the retirement reception for Jerry Hudson, dean of the College of Media and Communication, on Thursday inside the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. Hudson served as the founding dean of the College of Mass Communications and as the first dean of the College of Media and Communication.
Achievement award in 1995 and has been recognized by three universities for excellence in teaching. Hudson said he had thought about retirement a few times since 2002, but different projects, such as the addition of the Ph.D. program and moving into the current building, kept him from it because he wanted to participate. “It’s been marvelous,” Hudson said about his time at Tech. “I could not have asked for a better job. I could not have asked for better support from administration, especially during the last six or seven years.”
There have been a lot of improvements in the college, he said, including a significant rise in graduate students, tenure faculty and research. At the reception, Chancellor Kent Hance said he could not have asked for a better dean, and everything Hudson does is first class. “The lives he’s touched, that’s the main thing,” he said. “The number of people that he has touched their lives, you know, and not just students. But Hudson has done a great job and we’re fortunate that you came our way to Texas Tech.” Randy Reddick, a professor in the
College of Media and Communication, has worked with Hudson for more than 20 years. Even as dean, Reddick said Hudson was able to work well with students and get direct feedback through the Dean Student Council. “It’s both bigger and better,” Reddick said about the college since he joined the faculty. “Standards are higher. Faculty, again, bigger and better all the way around.” The dean search committee has not yet named a successor. ➤➤email@example.com
Obama OK with morning-after pill sales at age 15 MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday he was comfortable with his administration’s decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday had lowered the age at which people can buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription to 15 — younger than the current limit of 17. The FDA decided that the pill could be sold on drugstore shelves near condoms, instead of locked behind pharmacy counters. Obama, speaking at a news conference while in Mexico, said the FDA’s decision was based on “solid scientific evidence.” What’s still unclear is whether the administration will prevail on its appeal of a court order that would lift all age limits on purchasers of the pill. That decision to appeal set off a
storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women’s health. “We are profoundly disappointed. This appeal takes away the promise of all women having timely access to emergency contraception,” Susannah Baruch, Interim President & CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, said in a statement late Wednesday. “It is especially troubling in light of the Food and Drug Administration’s move yesterday to continue age restrictions and ID requirements, despite a court order to make emergency contraception accessible for women of all ages. Both announcements, particularly in tandem, highlight the administration’s corner-cutting on women’s health,” Baruch said. “It’s a sad day for women’s health when politics prevails.” After the appeal was announced
late Wednesday, Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, said, “The prevention of unwanted pregnancy, particularly in adolescents, should not be obstructed by politicians.” She called it a “step backwards for women’s health.” Last week, O’Neill noted, Obama was applauded when he addressed members of Planned Parenthood and spoke of the organization’s “core principle” that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their health. “President Obama should practice what he preaches,” O’Neill said. In appealing the ruling Wednesday, the administration recommitted itself to a position Obama took during his re-election campaign that younger teens shouldn’t have unabated access to emergency contraceptives, despite the insistence by physicians groups and much of his Democratic base that the
pill should be readily available. The Justice Department’s appeal responded to an order by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in New York that would allow girls and women of any age to buy not only Plan B but its cheaper generic competition as easily as they can buy aspirin. Korman gave the FDA 30 days to comply, and the Monday deadline was approaching. In its filing, the Justice Department said Korman exceeded his authority and that his decision should be suspended while that appeal is under way, meaning only Plan B One-Step would appear on drugstore shelves until the case is finally settled. If Korman’s order isn’t suspended during the appeals process, the result would be “substantial market confusion, harming FDA’s and the public’s interest” as drugstores receive conflicting orders about who’s allowed to buy what, the Justice Department concluded.
Rhode Island becomes 10th state with gay marriage Book↵ PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island on Thursday became the nation’s 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, as a 16-year effort to extend marriage rights in this heavily Catholic state ended with the triumphant cheers of hundreds of gays, lesbians, their families and friends. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the State-
house steps Thursday evening following a final 56-15 vote in the House. The first weddings will take place Aug. 1, when the law takes effect. “It’s a day we knew would come, but it seemed so far away for so many years,” said Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, who is gay and was elected to the House after years as a gay marriage advocate. “So many people worked so hard
for this day.” The day was bittersweet for Deborah Tevyaw, whose wife, state corrections officer Pat Baker, succumbed to lung cancer two years ago. Months before she died, Baker, relying on an oxygen tank, angrily told lawmakers that it was unfair that Tevyaw wasn’t considered her wife in Rhode Island despite their marriage in Massachusetts.
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Mandel said a portion of the books sold at the event, and a portion of the ticket sales go to pay for future books at Tech. Aside from honoring the authors, he said the event allows for the University Press to showcase the works it has published. “We also use this as a major venue to show both the university community and the community of Lubbock, what Texas Tech University Press does,” Mandel said. The University Press, he said, often is confused for a printing company and they are working hard to change that perception. Following the reception dinner, the authors were invited to give a speech about their writing experiences. Bonnie Reynolds McKinney, author of “In the Shadow of the Carmens,” worked most of her life with wildlife conservation and decided to write after she and her husband moved to Mexico in 2001. “I was driving home one afternoon and our house is about 12 miles up the canyon from headquarters and I thought, ‘You know, someone should really write a book about this place,’” she said. “So, I went in the house that afternoon and I told my husband, ‘I’m gonna write a book,’ and he said, ‘OK.’” McKinney said her book is about the Carmen Mountains, which are famous for its ecosystem. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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PartyTime Mike reveals past, present By ASHLYN TUBBS STAFF WRITER
Michael Gordon is spotted by Texas Tech students primarily at Greek Life parties during the weekends. Mostly wearing his white hair pulled back in a ponytail along with a red bandana, sorority and fraternity members line up to have him take their pictures. After each photo he takes, his arm punches into the air with a Guns Up sign. He is called PartyTime Mike, and has been doing this work with PartyTime Photos since 1989. “I love it,” he said. “It fits my personality and schedule, and it’s fun 90 percent of the time. It’s only the drunk jerks that piss you off.” Gordon said he earned his nickname when he created a shirt that said “PartyTime Mike” on the pocket since his name, Michael, would not fit. “It stuck, and since then, everyone thinks that’s my title,” he said. “I’ve had checks written to me titled PartyTime Mike. They don’t realize I actually have a name.” Before he earned his nickname, Gordon, who is 63 years old, said he attended Tech during the 1960s. He was a psychology major, which he laughs at today. “That’s what kids do,” he said. “They picked the wrong major sometimes back in those days.” In 1969, Gordon made Tech history by becoming the first person on campus to get arrested for streaking during a football game against Texas A&M University at Memorial Circle. “I just got stoned out of my mind, and I didn’t know I was streaking,” he said. “I was just trying to get rid of everything to do with the world. I was gone.” No police officer would arrest him at first, Gordon said, because he was naked and no one wanted to grab him. The story ran front page of the newspaper and was bad press since his father was the minister at Sunset Church of Christ. “I’m still stoned when he drags me to church the next morning,” he said. “It was awful for him, but we all lived through it.” Gordon said he does not want to remember the old times. “I’m embarrassed by how naïve I was when I was young,” he said. “I thought I knew everything, but gah, was I naïve.” Gordon no longer is a drug user, he said. In fact, he graduated from seminary school in 1972. He chose not to take a career in ministry, though, because he was not in love with it.
Instead, he returned to college to fi nd another career interest that suited him better. “I took a photography class and fell in love with it,” Gordon said. “I am still best friends with the professor, Hershel Womack, to this day.” He said his first photography job was with PartyTime Photos. “It fits my personality,” Gordon said, “and I fit it. I’ve been here ever since.” Since his boss at the time had children and could not attend sorority and fraternity events until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., Gordon took his place. He said the majority of PartyTime Photo’s business comes from the Tech Greek system, which he enjoys. “Sorority parties are very nice and fun because there’s very little drama and everyone’s there just to take pictures and have a good time,” he said. “Now fraternity parties can get a little rugged. Such a high percentage of them are respectable, honorable young men, and I just hate to see it when they aren’t.” This is because the younger fraternities are more polite and nicer than the older fraternities on Greek Circle, Gordon said. “The older ones treat you like you’re the help,” he said. “Ninety percent of them are great, it’s just five or eight seem like there are a hundred bad guys after a couple of hours. But I love the Greek system, guys and girls.” Gordon actually wishes he joined a fraternity when he had the chance, but said there was a reason they would not initiate him. “I was a hippie, you could’ve guessed, and they didn’t really let hippies in fraternities back then,” he said. “We could play in the band at their dances, but we couldn’t be a member of their fraternity.” Gordon has attended an abundance of Greek events since he began his job and said he has witnessed various fraternities and sororities come and go. “After 25 years nearly, it’s all a blur and the same,” he said. “I don’t think any better or worse.” Now, almost everywhere he goes, Gordon said someone from a Greek event recognizes him. “Sometimes it can be an annoyance when I’m having coffee with adults,” he said. “I mean, I actually have adult friends and the kids don’t ever realize that. They’re excited to see me, and I’m happy they’re excited. I’m just the fat, old man that takes pictures.” Gordon’s popularity has carried onto social media as well. He said he gets close to four or five friend requests on Facebook per
day, and someone even made a fake Twitter account in his name. His actual Twitter account has a Tech logo in place of an actual photo of himself. “I’m not real appreciative about him using my name and being unkind to people or being rude and crude because you can’t run business that way,” he said, “so all I tell them is if it says anything rude, crude or unkind, then it’s not me.” Gordon gets along better with the sorority girls, he said, because they do not view him as a threat. “They perceive me as harmless and a fat uncle,” he said. “They don’t think I’m going to put a move on them because I‘ve got no game left.” Alyssa Garcia, a sophomore elementary education major from Lubbock, is one student who Gordon has taken pictures of at events. “He rages with a camera,” she said. “PartyTime Mike is a great guy for always supporting the Greek community and capturing moments of a lifetime.” Business with PartyTime is changing, Gordon said, especially with the Greek system. “With the digital phones with good cameras and small, inexpensive digital cameras,” he said, “we’re having to stretch out to other things.” Many people only believe PartyTime Photos takes pictures of drunken college students, which Gordon said is not true. “We do good weddings,” he said. “People never think about it. There’s nothing I can do to convince them otherwise unless they see it.” While taking photos at Greek events, Gordon makes sure not to capture any alcohol in the pictures in order to represent his clients well. “We don’t want to embarrass our clients,” he said. “Every Saturday and Sunday I get calls about something I need to take off. And I take it off.” Gordon manages about six to eight photographers. One of these employees is Chris Scott, a senior construction engineering major from Austin. He has worked for Gordon for three years. “He can be rough sometimes because he’s been doing it so long,” he said, “but as long as you show you care about his equipment and camera, you can get along with him and he’ll take care of you.” Gordon said he has no plans to retire from the job he loves. “I’ve got no reason to stop,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a full-time job and takes a lot of labor.” ➤➤email@example.com
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MICHAEL GORDON, KNOWN as PartyTime Mike, is recognized largely by Greek life students for taking pictures at Greek events. He also takes photos for other Tech events, such as the Official Ring Ceremony.
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Texas legislature bill, gun rights too shallow
From hope to hashtags BY THE CRIMSON EDITORIAL BOARD THE CRIMSON (HARVARD U.)
On April 6, with the guidance of fake news icon Stephen Colbert, former President Bill Clinton sent out his first scintillating tweet under the handle @PrezBillyJeff: “Just spent an amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane? He is cool! #cgiu.” Since then, Clinton has transitioned to the more professional handle @billclinton and has shown no signs of abandoning the social media website that has swept the nation. Whether Clinton is yet a Twitter master remains unclear (or may depend upon what the meaning of what the word “is” is)—the former president has amassed just over 550,000 followers, while more than 38 million subscribe to 140-character updates from Justin Bieber. But, although Bieber’s tweets may spread joy to tweens around the world, Clinton’s decision to take his brand to the Twittersphere has the potential to do something bigger. We see Clinton’s move to Twitter as a step toward bringing down walls between ordinary people and decisionmakers. Twitter, for better or for worse, is a disarmingly intimate platform. Every minute on the website, users of all ages share both their banal daily activities and their deepest thoughts and fears, complete with ampersats and hashtags, with friends and strangers alike. Politicians, however, usually err on the side of impersonality in their Twitter conduct. For example, Barack Obama’s Twitter profile (which, incidentally, also has fewer followers than Bieber’s) rarely features tweets directly from the president. On the other side of the aisle, Speaker of the House John Boehner’s contributions to the
Twitterverse mostly include links that explain legislative battles. O b a m a ’s a n d B o e h n e r ’s tweets have merits of their own, but it is refreshing to see a widely admired elder statesman like Clinton communicate with his followers in a more lighthearted, down-to-earth manner. Clinton’s experimentation with hashtags along with his references to Ellen DeGeneres and Usher display a willingness to connect with the online masses. We hope that average citizens having the chance to interact with political figures as influential as Clinton will start trending as quickly as an expertly crafted Twitter topic and that the isolation some constituents feel from the political process will lessen with the change. In addition, Clinton’s philanthropic work might gain notice and funding from his newly gained Twitter followers. While some former presidents have dedicated their postOval Office lives to such noble pursuits as the art of self-portrait painting, others like Clinton and President Jimmy Carter have elected to improve global health and fight for human rights. Twitter can aid those causes by spreading the positive messages crusaders like Clinton and Carter promote. Although celebrity tweeters are unfortunately wont to fumble, broadcasting mistakes to millions, we have faith in Clinton not to commit too many Twitter faux pas. Yes, Bubba may have been caught with his pants down before, but we believe he has learned from his mistakes. Using his Twitter feed, Clinton has the opportunity to personalize the political and philanthropic to civilians through the power of social media. As the Big Dog himself tweeted last week, “#thisisgreat.”
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According to chron.com, Republican Rep. Dan Flynn, an author of the bill, said the opt-out and language of the bill has eased the minds of higher education officials worried about possible suicide rates and violence. I’m not sure what they have to be worried about. The Daily Toreador ran an article last week about Denim Day, which protests sexual assault myths. The article stated one in five women on college campuses will be raped. Maybe allowing them to have a little bit of firepower on their hip will deter predators who will no
The bill’s version is less ambiguous than the one that failed last year, which would have allowed college students and faculty to conceal carry on campus.
longer have the strategic guarantee their victims aren’t packing. These over-hyped fears, which reason to the point of irrationality, are not going be an issue with the worthless, watered-down parking lot bill. This bill does not address the issue of safety on campuses or liberties and defense. Hopefully, the next version of a bill dealing with guns and campuses will be about carrying. Students and faculty who have the right to carry in Texas shouldn’t have to give up the right to attend college, where yes, they are unable to defend themselves, in a place where crime rates are going up in spite of gun-free zones. I don’t really care if it’s beneficial in cases such as the Virginia Tech shooting or not, if students and faculty have no right to police protection from a shooter, they should have the tool to face an active shooter properly. Sigler is a junior journalism major from Goshen, Ind. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Remember to get some shut eye this finals season BY EMILY BURNISTON
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Sleep. As college students, chances are most of us don’t get enough of it. Between schoolwork, noisy dorms and a laundry list of other activities (like laundry) it’s easy to lose an hour here or there when sleep time has to compete with everything else in the short 24 hours of the day. But remember that lesson from HES 101? Yes, besides good nutrition, being able to run 1.5 miles and safe sex, following a full routine sleep pattern is part of a complete and healthy lifestyle. Planning an all-nighter? Actually, sleep and not an extra round of flash cards can help you study. Overnight, the brain strengthens memories and skills learned while awake. So feel free to close the books when your eyelids start drooping, so overnight your brain can process your study guide into
partment of your car in college campus and if you have a disgruntled student who wants to take (his or her) anger out on the teacher or administrator, what’s going to stop the student from walking to the car and getting it?” Rogriguez said. Rodriguez is being naïve if he thinks somehow having guns two blocks closer in a parking lot versus an apartment is more dangerous. An upset student could just as easily drive to his apartment and return. Concealed carry with a license is permitted in Texas, but in certain public areas the right is curtailed. Concealed carry should be amended to allow carry on college campuses, and, for exactly the same type of shooter Rodriguez is worried about.
between a call to the authorities and when the police are able to show up. If that is the case, people should have the ability to protect themselves. If a shooter is invading a classroom, I, or any other student, should be able to defend ourselves with the most appropriate tool available. The current bill isn’t going to allow this to happen, but it may be the start of pro-protection legislation to eventually get there, although the bill allows colleges and universities to opt-out of allowing the bill to be instituted on their premises.
usable knowledge. Writer’s block keeping you awake? A Harvard study actually found that consistent sleepers are even more creative those of us who are sleep deprived. Outside the library, sleep has been proven to improve performance on the field. Stanford University researchers found that college football players who got at least 10 solid hours of sleep a night improved their speed, reduced fatigue and increased overall stamina. Besides being able to keep your
eyes open in class, getting a good night’s sleep is associated with a longer life, improved memory and even weight loss. At the University of Chicago, researchers found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat while trying to lose weight. A more recent study reported in the journal, Pediatrics reported that increasing students’ sleep from eight to 10 hours per night would lead to a four percent reduction in obesity among children in the U.S. Next time you’re deciding be-
Next time you’re deciding between an extra hour of rest or time on the track, you’ve got good reason to stay under the covers.
Students and faculty who want to defend themselves from the vengeful student should have the option to do so. This bill isn’t going to do much to help with that kind of self-defense. How effective is the law going to be if people have their handguns in locked vehicles? Not very. If the would-be-carrier were in extreme danger from a shooter in their proximity, they would have to leave their current location, go to the locked vehicle, retrieve the handgun and return. So basically, this law will have no help in stopping crime or keeping the handgun owner safe. I attended a lecture this semester given by a police officer who alerted me to a disturbing fact many take for granted. Despite popular knowledge, police are under no obligation to protect the innocent, even though the slogan on many police vehicles says “to protect and serve.” Police protection would only come after infinitely valuable time has elapsed
n Tuesday, the Texas Senate approved a bill allowing college students in Texas to have handguns in locked vehicles in campus parking lots. The bill isn’t finalized yet because the Texas House of Representatives has to pass the bill, which is likely to be voted on Saturday. This bill’s version is less ambiguous than the one that failed last year, which would have allowed college students and faculty to conceal carry on campus. Allowing the handgun to be within some sort of close proximity to its owner is a welcome progression, but is not as effective as allowing concealed carry for people who spend a significant amount of time on campus. Opposition for this allowance is silly because it is so light. According to an article on foxnews. com, Democrat Sen. Jose Rodriguez doesn’t think this bill is a good idea with the campus-crime climate. “You allow it in the glove com-
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tween an extra hour of rest or time on the track, you’ve got good reason to stay under the covers. One of the more dangerous effects of incomplete sleep is an increased level of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that early morning, sleep-deprived drivers reported the highest number of fatal single car crashes in 2009- which was even more than alcohol-related incidents. Not surprisingly, more sleep also leads to less overall stress. While it might seem like you can never get all the Work Forest homework done without compromising sleep, getting the extra Zzz’s might make it all feel more manageable in the morning. A study in 2010 also found that sleep can help you not only live longer, but happier. The logic is rather simple if you’ve ever lived with a roommate — sleepy people tend to be grumpy. Grumpy people don’t live life to the fullest. Postmaster: send address changes to The Daily Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university afﬁliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be veriﬁed before they are published. Letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notiﬁed. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identiﬁcation and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Mass Communications.
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Ferran Adria brings elBulli exhibition to London LONDON (AP) — You’ve eaten at the restaurant — or probably you haven’t. Now visit the exhibition. Spanish chef Ferran Adria, the man behind the late, lamented elBulli restaurant, is bringing an exhibition dedicated to the art and science of his distinctive brand of molecular gastronomy to London. Diners lucky enough to get reservations at elBulli before it closed two years ago feasted on 50-course tasting menus featuring frozen cocktails, ham tapioca, lobster and lamb’s brain salad and many other challenging creations. Visitors to “elBulli: Ferran Adria and the Art of Food” will see sketches, menus, film, photographs and even plasticine models of food, showing how those memorable menus were created. Just don’t expect to eat.
“If you go to the Barcelona football team museum, you don’t play football,” Adria said unapologetically Thursday as he announced the London show. “If you go to an airplane museum, you don’t fly a plane.” The hunger-inducing nature of the exhibition didn’t prevent 650,000 people visiting it over the course of a year at Barcelona’s Palau Robert. In London, it will be on display from July 5 to Sept. 29 at Somerset House, a palatial 18th-century edifice beside the River Thames that has been transformed over the last decade from dusty tax office to busy arts and cultural center. The exhibition is the latest stage in the expanding afterlife of elBulli, which closed its doors in July 2011 after a final meal that included “Clam
Meringue,” ‘’Olive Spheres” and “Hot Cold Gin Fizz.” Adria, who started at elBulli in 1984 and became head chef three years later, used the restaurant to explore his fascination with the essence of food and the experience of eating. In the restaurant’s kitchen and a scientific lab in Barcelona, he and his team deconstructed ingredients to what he calls the molecular level, then reconstructed dishes using unexpected re-combinations of the original components, presenting the results in mouthful-sized portions. “For every 100 dishes we created, one was brilliant,” said Adria, a compact, energetic 50-year-old in gray jeans, black jacket and sneakers, who proves incapable of remaining seated as he discusses his work with journalists.
The restaurant, tucked in a cove on the rocky coast of northeast Spain, maintained a three-star Michelin rating for more than a decade and was ranked the world’s best place to eat five years running by Restaurant magazine. It also made Adria — part celebrity chef, part twinkling mad scientist — one of the food world’s most famous figures. He voiced a character in the Spanish version of Pixar’s animated film “Ratatouille,” and made an appearance in “The Simpsons.” Molecular gastronomy has inspired chefs from Britain’s Heston Blumenthal to Chicago’s Grant Achatz and Denmark’s Rene Redzepi. Some of its signature touches — foams, jellies, liquid nitrogen — have almost become culinary cliches. “Everybody agrees that there is a be-
fore and an after in gastronomy, thanks to Ferran,” said Ignasi Genoves, general director of Palau Robert. Adria, however, says elBulli’s legacy isn’t a style of food, but an ethos of authenticity, experimentation and risk. “People believe the legacy of elBulli is a type of cooking, but it’s not,” he said through a Spanish interpreter. “The important thing is the philosophy we are transmitting to all the people who worked with us.” Hundreds of people have passed through elBulli’s kitchens, then marched out into the food world. Adria noted with pride that the four top chefs on Restaurant magazine’s influential top 50 ranking this year are elBulli alumni. The restaurant may be closed, but Adria says elBulli’s work is
just beginning. In 2011 he and business partner Juli Soler announced plans to transform the site into a gastronomic think-tank and research institute called elBulliFoundation. Due to open in 2015, it’s an everevolving concept. Adria’s attempt to explain it Thursday involved much arm-waving and diagram-scrawling, as he described a multipronged structure that will encompass a history of cuisine ranging “from the Big Bang to the Neolithic period” and beyond, taking in the origins of human life. “If there’s no homo sapiens, there’s no cooking,” he said. More prosaically, Adria and elBulli have been the subject of a documentary, and a feature film about the restaurant is in the works.
Gordie Howe movie focuses on 1st season with sons DETROIT (AP) — A fascinating part of Gordie Howe’s life has been turned into a TV movie. “Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story” premieres Saturday night in the U.S. on the Hallmark Channel. The focus of the film is on the World Hockey Association’s 1973-74 season, when the then 45-year-old Howe came out of retirement to play for the Houston Aeros with two of his sons, Mark and Marty. Gordie Howe helped Houston win the WHA title and was MVP of the league that later merged with the NHL.
“Marty and I had a lot of input with the script,” Mark Howe said. “My dad couldn’t really help much because he doesn’t remember most of that stuff.” Howe, who turned 85 last month, has what his son, Dr. Murray Howe, describes as severe short-term memory loss. In the movie, Michael Shanks plays the role of Gordie Howe and Kathleen Robertson portrays his late wife, Colleen Howe. “Mr. Hockey is hard to imitate, but Michael Shanks did as good of a job as you could do, trying to be my dad,” Dr. Murray
Howe said Thursday. “Kathleen Robertson, a beautiful woman obviously, really nailed the essence of my mom, who really broke down a lot of barriers in the old-boys network.” Colleen Howe, who died in 2009 with Pick’s disease, a rare form of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s, was one of the first female sports agents and she negotiated contracts with the Aeros for her husband and sons. The film is dedicated to her. “As far as I’m concerned, she should be in the Hall of Fame with Gordie and Mark because
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she was a trailblazer,” said Howard Baldwin, one of the film’s executive producers. “She played a big role in the point and time in Gordie’s career that we revolved our story around. Beyond being one of the greatest hockey players of all time, what makes Gordie’s story so interesting is when he played professionally with his two boys. We think that’s why it makes this a great, family story.” The movie starts in Detroit, showing Howe playing for the Red Wings, his team from the 1946-47 season through the 1970-71 season. It ends back
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Tech prepares for extended home stretch By PAIGE SKINNER LA VIDA EDITOR
A seven-game home stretch is something the Red Raiders seem to need. Sitting in eighth place in the Big 12 Conference, the Red Raiders are looking to make the Big 12 tournament. Texas Tech senior outfielder Brennan Moore said finishing in the top-8 of the conference is big for the baseball team. “It’s something, we got a lot of young guys and that should be a precedent from day one coming to school here that that’s a goal for us at the end of the year for us to go make some noise in that tournament,” he said. “It’s kind of big for us to make a little run here and make sure we get it, that way there’s no question from here on in the future in this program.” The top eight teams of the conference make it to the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City. Tech is 6-12 in the conference, while Texas is 5-13, sitting at No. 9. “When there’s something on
the line,” Moore said, “you would expect competitors should step up and get after it and that’s kind of the attitude we’ve seen in the clubhouse.” Playing at Rip Griffin Park seems to make a difference for the Red Raiders. “Yeah, it’s crazy, seeing that we actually get to go to class for a couple of weeks here,” Moore said with a laugh. “It’s nice to be at home. We hope the home fans come out here and support us. That’s such a crucial aspect when you roll out on the field and there’s people here to support you. It’s one of those things, you’re comfortable on your own field.” Tech coach Tim Tadlock said he sees a difference in the players when they are home. “I mean, they’re in their routines when they’re at home,” he said, “sleeping in their own bed, have a place to go hit at home, got their own locker room here. There’s definitely a difference in just a guy’s daily routine and I think that can definitely carry over to playing also.”
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The Red Raiders start their home stretch today against Oklahoma State. However, the players do not seem to worry about the opponents. Junior pitcher Trey Masek said he does not focus on the statistics. “You got to play them all the same,” said the No. 81 MLB draft prospect. “You start looking at batting averages, ERAs, all that stuff, it can get blown way out of proportion. You just have to look at the team for what they are and they’re hitters, just like we’re hitters. They have pitchers just like we have pitchers. They just wear a different uniform, just got to go compete.” Hitting, Oklahoma State does have. The Cowboys have a combined .294 batting average, as opposed to Tech’s .253 batting average. “We’re going to do our game,” Moore said, “play our game and do what we do and see what happens.” Tech plays No.19 nationally ranked Oklahoma State at 6:37 p.m. today at Rip Griffin Park.
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The Texas Tech women’s golf team will compete in the Central Region in the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Golf Regionals. The regional tournament will be hosted at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. with play beginning Thursday. Eight teams and two individuals from each region will advance to championship play. “It’s always good to see your name show up on the selection page,” Tech coach JoJo Robertson said, “so I think everybody’s excited about it, and I couldn’t be happier that we’re going to Oklahoma.” Tech, No. 24 in the GolfWeek collegiate rankings, was the seventh team selected to the Central Region. Also competing in the region are No. 3 Duke, host No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 10 Washington, No. 12 Florida and No. 13 Arizona State. “I think one good thing for us is there are several teams in the field that we’ve played against before. We’ve seen several of them this spring,” Robertson said. “I think that’ll help us a little bit just feel like it is just another tournament, and hopefully being paired with some of them will make it comfortable.” Robertson said the Lady Raiders are familiar with the course at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. “Everybody that’s in our lineup has played there before,” she said, “and most of them have played there several times so they should know exactly what to expect
and that’s a good thing.” Tech finished the spring season with two victories and six top-5 finishes. The Lady Raiders finished fifth in the Big 12 Conference Championships after leading on the first day. “I think it’s just another opportunity to play great,” Robertson said of the team’s mindset heading into regionals. “I think, in order to do that, we have to forget about the Big 12 and the finish that we weren’t really looking for, but look at this as a new start and a chance to continue the good year we’ve had and see if we can advance.” The Lady Raiders are led by seniors Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez. Kaufman was named Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year along with a selection to the All Big 12 postseason team. Dominguez scored two second-place finishes in individual play this season. Both players also advanced to the NCAA Championships last season. Dominguez and Kaufman both finished in a tie for eighth with a score of 3-overpar 291. Robertson said Tech will focus on the team and not individual play. “Just like last year, if a couple of our players play well then the team should do well,” she said. “I think the easiest way to get to nationals is through the team, and I know Kim and Gabby probably agree with that. We’ll just see if we can get all five of them there this year.” Robertson said she believes the team has not reached its full potential. “We’ve had great rounds from every-
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TEXAS TECH'S KIM Kaufman practices putting during a women's golf practice Monday at the Rawls Golf Course.
body throughout the year,” she said, “but to have five strong rounds in one day, I don’t think we have done that yet, and we’re definitely capable of it. This would be a great time to do it.”
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Oklahoma City Thunder up 3-2 entering Game 6 with Houston Rockets HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant has scored 74 points combined in Oklahoma City’s past two games against the Houston Rockets. The problem is that his teammates haven’t stepped up to take some pressure off the superstar, and the Rockets have won both of those games. Houston has cut the Thunder’s
lead to 3-2 in the series, and is looking to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 0-3 series deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series. They’ll likely continue to send two or three defenders at Durant and dare other players to beat them in Game 6 Friday night in Houston. Though it hasn’t happened in the past two games, Thunder coach Scott Brooks is confident Durant will get more scoring help on Friday. “We’re getting open shots,” Brooks said. “If we can get those same open shots, I feel very confident our guys are going to step up and hit those
shots. Those are the same shots that they’ve made their entire careers.” Rockets coach Kevin McHale raved about Durant and said they’ll continue to try different looks to slow him down, even if it means leaving other capable scorers unguarded. “When you double team a guy at the top of the key where he has the ball a lot, someone’s going to be open,” he said. “You’ve just got to take the temperature of what’s happening and how hot you think Durant is ... and you’ve just got to sometimes live with it.” While Oklahoma City is without
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