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FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012 VOLUME 86 ■ ISSUE 136

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Congress to vote on federal student loan interest rates Interest rate could double by July 1 By CAROLYN HECK STAFF WRITER

Congress is voting July 1 on whether to extend the current 3.4 percent interest rate on federal student loans for another year or to double it to a 6.8 percent interest rate, according to state officials. Christine Lindstrom, an employee of the Texas Public Interest Research Group, said in a group conference call Thursday that if the current rate were extended, it would mean big savings for Texas students. “If the low rate is extended for one year, the average savings per borrower will be $950 over the life of the loan,” she said. “That translates into $438,456,350 in savings that student loan borrowers in Texas would other-

wise carry in additional debt burden.” Lindstrom is campaigning for citizens and students to encourage Texas senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn to back the bill to extend the low interest rate. “They both backed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act in 2007,” she said, “which set the lower rate.” The 2007 act made federal student loans more manageable for students, she said, by reducing the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent. The plan is set to expire July 1. Becky Wilson, the managing director for the Student Financial Aid Office at Texas Tech, said a Tech student who takes out loans will graduate with a debt of, on average,

$18,281. These numbers were based off of 2009 and 2010 graduates, she said. In the overall statewide view, 56 percent of undergraduates have student loan debts at an average of $20,919 per borrower, Lindstrom said, and eight out of 10 students have loans backed by the federal government. “According to the U.S. Department of Education in Texas,” she said, “461,533 federal student loan borrowers will be impacted.” Recently, it has been found that student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt as the top form of consumer debt in the U.S., in the amount of $1 trillion, Lindstrom said. Such heavy debt amounts could affect the U.S. and the state economy, she said. “Heavy student loans debt im-

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pedes borrowers after graduation, and it impedes workforce development in the Texas economy more broadly,” she said. “So, until our economy is stronger again, we believe Congress must help Americans attain the higher education and training they need to stay competitive by preventing the interest rate height.” It also may have the potential to affect prospective students as well, Lindstrom said. “But I think, more chillingly, the 6.8 percent interest rate will send the wrong signal to students and workers and the unemployed,” she said, “discouraging them from getting the post-secondary training they need to be successful in the new economic reality.” Hope Mustakim, a senior social work major at Baylor University, said during the conference call she

anticipates having about $60,000 in student loan debt after finishing her master’s degree. Mustakim is a first-generation college student in her family, she said, and has always wanted to be a social worker and has a desire to help better society. However, she said the job she wants may not provide the money she needs to pay off her debt. “It’s discouraging that something like student loan debt could keep me from helping people and having to look for a job that’s simply more lucrative,” Mustakim said, “even if it’s less helpful to society.” At the time of her enrollment at Baylor, she said, the interest rates were 3.4 percent, but now that they have a chance of increasing, she feels daunted. LOANS continued on Page 2 ➤➤


Students able to work, play with dogs, cats By PAIGE SKINNER

dinator for TAB, said her experience with the event last year was great. After the volunteers are done workWith so many dogs and cats with- ing, they are allowed to play with the out homes in Lubbock, human interac- animals. tion with them seem to be that much “They will just expect to work more important. hard,” said the senior psychology The Tech Activities Board encour- major from Brownwood. “But, once ages Texas Tech students to volunteer you get done working and finishing from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lub- up everything that needs to be done, bock’s Haven Animal Shelter. then you can have fun and spend time Amanda Hawkins, an employee with the different animals, and gowith Haven ing around the Animal Shelplace because ter, said volunit’s really big teers can exand they have pect to work on several differprojects for the ent types of animal shelter. dogs and cats. “I know They can just we did the expect to have same (event) fun with them last year and as well too.” we had a ton Last year, of projects,” there were said the senior about 100 marketing volunteers, AMANDA HAWKINS major from Hawkins said. EMPLOYEE Keller. “There She is hoping HAVEN ANIMAL SHELTER was cleaning, to match that painting, yard number this work, a lot of year or have animal care, a lot of socializing with even more students volunteer. the animals, brushing, grooming — so, Currently, there are about 20 it’s going to be a lot of animal care and people registered for the event, Silva probably a lot of cleaning and getting said. She encourages students who are this place ready.” interested in volunteering to register at She said the volunteers will work with dogs and cats, some of who might Because of the small staff at Haven bite, during the volunteer day. Animal Shelter, Hawkins said, vol“There are, unfortunately, some unteers are imperative to the animal animals out here that will bite,” she shelter. said. “They all have signs on their pins “They’re essential,” she said. “We and we will kind of debrief everyone. need all the help we can get. We have When they come in, we’ll let everyone usually around four paid employees know who’s OK to go in with them and with nearly 130 animals, so volunteers who’s not OK, and go over the general are crucial because we can’t get done rules and policies. There are a couple everything that we’d like to get done that aren’t kind to people.” without the help of volunteers.” Kelcie Silva, the outreach coor- ➤➤ STAFF WRITER

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Professors receive combined $1.5 million grant Three Texas Tech professors were awarded a fiveyear, combined $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, as part of the 2012 Faculty Early Career Development Award. B r i a n A nc e l l , a n a s sistant professor of atmospheric science, received more than $720,000 for his research, according to a news release. Hamed RadMohsenian, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, received $400,000 and Siva Vanapalli, an assistant professor of atmospheric science received $400,000. “Having three recipients at Texas Tech in one year is quite a testimony to the excellence of the representative faculty members and the climate that is evolving here at Tech for the highest quality research,” said Provost Bob Smith in the release.

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TOP: TRAVIS HOGUE, a freshman restaurant, hotel and institutional management major from Kyle, sits in the driver's seat of the Aflac NASCAR show car outside the Student Union Building on Thursday. Aflac brought the car to Texas Tech to promote possible career opportunities with the company. ABOVE: Hogue climbs out of the Aflac NASCAR show car.



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Six Texas Tech graduate students placed first in the seventh annual Texas Shoot-Out MBA Challenge last week in Dallas, winning $5,000. This is the first time a team has won the challenge in Tech history. The event was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and was open to registered graduate students from Texas universities. The students were assigned a case involving a site in downtown Dallas. They had to determine a solution of how best to redevelop that site and present their solution to the judges through a PowerPoint presentation. “One highlight of our team’s solution and presentation was a ‘flyover’ of the project, created and embedded in the PowerPoint slides by our architecture student, Jason Turnbow, graphically illustrating the proposed solution,” said Paul Goebel, team adviser and professor of finance in the Rawls College of Business in a news release. “Our students did a fantastic job of preparing for the competition. We were the only team to have such a creative presentation.” ➤➤

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First Friday Art Trail Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Museum of Texas Tech So, what is it? Enjoy several different exhibits, shows and movies including “Planetarium Show: laserQUEEN,” “Viewspace” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Mariachi Matadores and Ballet Folklorico Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Enjoy the Mariachi Matadores and Ballet Folklorico presented by the School of Music. Casting Crowns in Concert Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: United Spirit Arena So, what is it? Enjoy this musical act, Casting Crowns concert. It’s a part of the “Come to the Well” tour with other acts, Matthew West, Royal Tailor and Lindsay McCaul.

SATURDAY Dino Day 2012 at the Museum Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Museum of Texas Tech So, what is it? Enjoy family time with different exhibits and movies

including “Earth’s Wild Ride,” “Walking with the Dinosaurs” and “Dino Dancing.”

SUNDAY Bruce Foster Lecture and Pop-Up Book Making Workshop Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Museum of Texas Tech So, what is it? First, enjoy this lecture in conjunction with “Wizards of Pop: Sabuda and Reinhart.” Then, enjoy a workshop where you can create a pop-up book. Harp Solo and Ensemble Recital Time: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Enjoy this concert presented by the College of Music. University Bands Concert Time: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Enjoy this concert of the University Bands presented by the College of Music. To make a calendar submission email dailytoreador@ttu. edu. Events will be published either the day or the day before they take place. Submissions must be sent in by 4 p.m. on the preceding publication date.

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AVIRAJ PATEL, A freshman electrical engineering major from Lubbock, designs an odometer for a model train Wednesday in the Library. The odometer is being made for a final project of modern digital systems.



“I don’t fear,” Mustakim said, “but I am concerned, because it’s doubling and I never knew I’d be paying 6.8 (percent).” Jeanie Donoban, a student at University of Texas studying for a dual degree in public policy and public health, said during the conference call that she is looking at $38,000 in loan debt when she graduates. Donoban works parttime as a waitress to help pay her loans and is a full-time graduate student as well. Her family cannot help her with her loans, she said, so she is

worried about money as well. “I think that you shouldn’t be held back to attend a state university, or a university with a lesser program based on whether or not your family can help you to pay for it,” Donoban said. A recent proposal to Congress, called “Know before You Go,” may make it easier for students to handle loans and make decisions on financial aid, Wilson said. “The Know Before You Go is actually a proposal that the U.S. Department of Education is making to Congress to standardize information to students as far as their award notification is concerned,” she said, “and give students other information that they feel would be beneficial to


students.” The act proposes a template for universities in the U.S. to follow, Wilson said, that would supply uniform information to students. The template would provide such information as school costs, loan comparisons, tuition comparisons with other schools, loan eligibility, work-study eligibility, an estimate on student loan debt after graduation and an estimate on the monthly payments a student could make, she said. Tech does a lot of this already, Wilson said, through Raiderlink, the Student Financial Aid website and the paper award notification system. Lindstrom said she believes the proposal, if passed, would be help-

ful to students and their families. “I believe that anything that we can do to help families and students have a clear picture of what their college costs will be is important,” she said. “Right now, that process is not transparent, and it is difficult for students and families to make an apples-to-apples comparison between colleges.” One of the most important things for a student to be able to make, she said, is an informed decision. “They still might opt into a college that carries with it a higher loan amount,” she said, “but at least they’re making a much more informed choice than they can right now.” ➤➤

HOUSTON (AP) — A teenager testified Thursday that he was trying to surrender to Houston police officers when they repeatedly kicked and hit him, causing him to briefly lose consciousness, during his 2010 arrest on suspicion of burglary. An attorney for Andrew Blomberg, one of the four since-fired officers accused of participating in the beating, countered his client was a “hero” who tried to secure a potentially dangerous suspect, and that he had not kicked the then-15year-old boy. Blomberg, 29, is the first of the four former police officers to stand trial in the arrest that was caught on video. He is charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor, and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Chad Holley, 18, was the first witness in Blomberg’s trial. Holley testified that he and three friends stole a piano keyboard and some vodka from a townhome in southwest Houston in March 2010. Later that day, police stopped the youths’ truck and Holley ran. He said a police car knocked him over and as he lay on the ground he put his hands on his head to indicate surrender. That was when “the kicks started

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coming,” Holley said. “I started feeling people on my back. I felt one hard blow,” he said. “It felt like knees and I don’t know kicks ... I lay there,” not fighting back. Holley said he briefly lost consciousness and the next thing he remembers is waking up in the back of a patrol vehicle. Prosecutor Clint Greenwood told jurors the officers were out of control. “The defendant and his fellow officers methodically delivered their own brand of justice not in this courtroom but in the side of a street in southwest Houston,” Greenwood said. Holley’s arrest was captured by a security camera at a nearby storage business. In the video, Holley can be seen on the ground, surrounded by at least five officers. Officers appear to kick and hit his head, abdomen and legs. The video, which showed two different angles, was played later Thursday for jurors when the then manager of the storage business, Savanna Stivender, testified. She said she cried when she first saw the video. Jurors were shown photos of injuries Holley said he suffered, including a gash on the right side of his face and a bloodshot right eye.

A community activist, Quanell X, released the video to the media, prompting fierce public criticism of the police department. Leaders in Houston’s black community said they believed the treatment of Holley, who is black, was another example of police brutality against blacks and other minorities in the city and that the misdemeanor charges against the former officers were not serious enough. Holley was convicted of burglary in juvenile court in October 2010. He was put on probation, which ended last month. During a break in testimony, Quanell X told reporters he was upset no blacks or other minorities were on the jury. Blomberg’s lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, accused Holley of being a gang member and showed jurors photographs from the teenager’s Facebook page in which Holley was sometimes shirtless and referred to a group called the West Main Gs. Prosecutors said the photos were an attempt by defense attorneys to make Holley look “thuggish” to jurors. Holley said he was not in a gang and has not been in trouble with authorities since the burglary.



MITCH JORDAN, A sophomore civil engineering major from San Antonio, serves the ball to Brett Newman, a freshman geology major from Katy, during a game of racquetball on Tuesday at the Recreation Center.

Texas regents reject tuition increase for Austin AUSTIN (AP) — Rejecting a request to raise tuition over the next two years, University of Texas System regents instead froze rates Thursday for most students at the flagship Austin campus and decided to give the school a short-term boost of cash from its multibillion-dollar endowment fund. The vote comes at a time when the state’s colleges and universities are under political pressure — led by Republican Gov. Rick Perry — to reduce costs and simultaneously improve graduation rates. Each of the system’s nine campuses asked for some sort of rate increase. Most were approved, although a few

were at rates lower than requested. The major exception was the University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest public schools in the country and the most prominent target of critics in the public debate over whether state universities are efficiently educating students. The university asked to raise tuition from about 2.6 percent to 3.6 percent starting in the fall of 2012. Much of the nearly $26 million it hoped to raise was to be used for improving academic advising and adding courses to help more students graduate in four years. Regents instead froze tuition for

undergraduate resident students and agreed to dip into money generated by the Permanent University Fund for about $13 million. The regents approved raising tuition for nonresident undergraduates (2.1 percent) and graduate students (3.6 percent). System officials said the endowment money, combined with the higher rates for non-resident and graduate students, should get Texas close to the nearly $26 million target. But University of Texas President Bill Powers said he was disappointed by the freeze. Powers said the higher rates were going to pay for student benefits and programs for years to


come and freezing them at the current levels will make it harder to plan for the future. State universities have had to use tuition rates to raise money as the Legislature has cut state higher education funding in recent years. Lawmakers gave the universities the power to set their rates in 2003. “Every penny of this plan ... was designed and dedicated to student success programs,” Powers said. Undergraduate resident students at the Austin campus pay $4,896 per semester. Non-resident students will see their tuition jump from $16,190 per semester to $17,377 by fall 2013.

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College: Remembering good, bad times I assume this time next year will play out a lot like a scene from “Cast Away.” When I look back on my college career, I think I will look back and say it was the best time of my life. I have experienced so much in three years, I can’t even imagine being able to top all of it. I have made many new lifelong friends and have many stories I still tell to this day. My favorite story will always be the one including myself, a friend in a sorority, a paint party and an unidentifiable mug shot. What can I say besides — freshmen? It was a bad situation, but I look back on it as a valuable learning

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ith the end of the school year upon us, the most dreadful part of college is also here. Finals week has somehow managed to sneak up on us again and we’re left wondering how our professors expect us to remember everything from the entire semester. During finals week is when the terms “all-nighter” and “coffee high” become everyday terms. No matter how many people tell us not to wait until the last minute to study or not to stay up all night cramming for a 100-question final, we never seem to take the advice seriously. It’s almost like when we hear the words, “Don’t wait until the last minute to write this paper or to study,” we secretly respond in our heads with, “Challenge accepted.” Also, after three years at this university, I still haven’t figured out why everyone flocks to the library during finals week. From my experience, it seems no one is actually studying; instead students are just browsing Facebook, gulping down Red Bulls and worrying about a 7:30 a.m. final the next day. These final days of class are usually hard to sit through, mainly because students have the pool and summertime on their minds. We’re locked inside a cold classroom, while the birds are chirping outside the window, singing some Beach Boys tune about surfing in the ocean. It makes it almost impossible to hear anything your professor is talking about. If studying for finals isn’t horrible enough, most of us are trying to squeeze in time to spend with our friends before we depart for the summer. During the summer months, the leisure pool won’t be the central meeting place for friends. Instead, Facebook chat will be the go-to place to catch up on the latest gossip. It’s heart-breaking to think the final weeks of school should be focused

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entirely on schoolwork and making the best grade possible, when all we want to do it is make final memories with our best friends before the cold creeps up on us in the fall. These final days during finals week are college students’ version of hell. I’m convinced of that. The acne flares up because of all the stress and poor eating; there is simply no time to cook a real meal. We’re grumpy about the 12-page literary analysis we have to write over a book we have yet to read and wonder how we’re going to make it out alive. I’m pretty sure the thing that sets everyone over the edge is that one person who is constantly trying to one-up everyone by exaggerating about all the projects, papers and tests they have to complete before they are free for the summer. There is always one friend in the group who manages to out-do everyone with a statement about the six exams they have in one day and the professor who is making them recite a 500-word poem. We get it — you’re busy too. We’re all busy, but please save your complaining for someone who has the time to hear about it. With all the stress that comes with finals week, I’m pretty sure most of us get some sick adrenaline rush from all of it. We love to hate finals week. Good luck, peers. May the fourth be with you.

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Hunter Moore is a nasty piece of work, a man who is, to borrow from Gore Vidal, near perfect in his immorality. Or, if you generally prefer Margaret Thatcher’s words, Moore seemingly has a “positive aversion to principle.” B e t t e r s t i l l , l e t ’s c o n s u l t Moore’s own Twitter bio, which reads, simply: “hated.” Oh, to be the most loathed man on the Internet. Until about two weeks ago, Moore ran what could reasonably stake a claim as the vilest place on the Web, a pornography site called Alas, this wasn’t just any old porn site — it was a tool for spiteful exes to inflict emotional violence on their former partners, by sending nude images of their ex-girlfriends and -boyfriends (but usually girlfriends) to Moore, who would then post the photos on along with screenshots of the victim’s Facebook profiles. The site’s slogan was “Pure Evil” for a reason.

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self-portraitists living on it are safe from, for now at least. That’s a peril of the Internet — there was one Hunter Moore, and there will be more. More enterprising sleazeballs willing to push the envelope as far as possible. Alas, after the envelope is given a hearty push, it doesn’t return to its earlier form, it becomes molded after the new paradigm, whatever that may be. H u n t e r Moore and IsAnyoneUp. com were worse than what came before, and whoever succeeds Moore as the most hated person on the Internet will be even more perfect in his or her immorality. With apologies to Kanye West, Moore just might be the voice of this generation, which has been told (numerously and by writers of other, older generations) that it’s one defined by post-privacy. We share everything. Nothing is hidden. We all, it seems, live in glass houses that are constantly being

We share everything. Nothing is hidden. We all, it seems, live in glass houses that are constantly being assaulted by rocks.

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Then, on April 19, the website was shuttered. Now, the URL redirects one to a site called BullyVille, which offers anti-bullying advice and consolation in a hip and edgy manner. Most of the space on the front page is taken up by two open letters: one from the founder of B u l l y Vi l l e , James McGibney, who says that IsAnyoneUp? was taken offline because it “served no public good” (a standard that would probably wipe most sites off the Internet), and another from Moore himself, who sort of apologizes for what he started — he mostly just says he got “burned out” by all the lawsuits — and announces his next venture, which involves “party(ing) for a cause.” So the planet and all nude

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pose to be taken literally. College also has introduced many opportunities to travel. I have been all over Texas visiting friends and making sure to get in as much trouble as possible in every county between here and Houston. I have been lost in Texas more times than I can count. One time, I was visiting a friend at Baylor and dropped my iPhone in the washing machine. The closest Apple store was on the north side of Dallas and I had to drive all the way there to get a new phone. Speaking of lost, one time I lost a friend on 6th Street in Austin and did not find her until the next morning. All of this does not even brush on my experience with actual school. I have had my share of mishaps and minor catastrophes on campus. My freshman year, I missed a final because I didn’t read the email notifying

me it had been changed. Last year, I woke up late for a final and had to run to campus. I’ve ran into more trees and poles than I care to admit, while texting and walking. I wanted to share my memories in hopes that when everyone looks back on theirs, they remember the good times, too. So often we are just trying to survive life and its curveballs and not really embracing the moments that make our college careers great. No matter if it’s an awkward roommate situation or a failed relationship, there is something good about it all. It’s like I always say, “We are in college; don’t ask for permission, just ask for forgiveness later.” n Doughty is a junior English major from Nederland. ➤➤

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is one time he got paid $20 to stay in the cubbies above the closets for a whole night. So, that explains him. My second set of roommates was the first semester of sophomore year. Let me preface this story with the fact I signed up for a suicidal mission — agreeing to live with three g i r l s . Wo r s t mistake I have ever made and it should come as no surprise that they ran me out within the first semester. The next semester, I lived with a roommate who must have had a severe case of glaucoma because just walking in the house made you high. When they say “pot luck” I don’t think it’s sup-

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experience that I can now laugh about. In three years I have had notoriously bad luck with roommates. Every roommate situation I have been in has either turned out bad or just plain awkward. I would like to say I am the common denominator a n d i t ’s m y fault but, honestly, some of the situations were just plain weird. My first roommate in Weymouth Residence Hall decorated his side of the room in Marvel characters (Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, etc.) and then proceeded to stay there maybe three times the whole year. Where he went, I have no idea. All I know


very year around finals time, I make to-do lists. If I try to make them during the semester, I can talk myself out of doing everything on the list and still feel accomplished. But, by the end of the year my day planner calendar is my best friend. That was until I realized I was finishing up my final spring semester of college. As the days fade on my calendar, the reality of the situation sinks in a little more. Soon, I will be thrown out into the real world and told to survive. I am always the first person to say I am ready to be done with school and college, but as graduation draws closer I think I am changing my tune. Who is going to make sure all my bills are paid? Remind me to get my oil changed? Or find a doctor who takes my insurance? Up until this point, my mom has done that. So,

assaulted by rocks. A degree of exposure, if not outright exhibitionism, is something expected, even tolerated. On Anderson Cooper’s oversunlit daytime talk show during the height of IsAnyoneUp. com’s notoriety, there was a contretemps between Moore and a woman whose naked photos appeared on the site. She argued, begged actually, for some respect for privacy. Moore shrugged and countered with (I’m paraphrasing here), “If you didn’t want your pictures on my site, you shouldn’t have taken them.” Of course, taking nude photos of yourself and sending them to someone isn’t the most prudent thing one could do, especially in this modern world of ours and all. But still, there’s an element of blaming the victim in Moore’s (and others’) rationalizing of the humiliation of another human being. In this way, arguments that we’re shifting into a post-privacy society devolve into arguments for anti-privacy. Just because the risk of exposure has increased due to the Internet and social-networking tools, doesn’t mean we ought to let those who facilitate and profit off such exposure get away with it. Hunter Moore and his little shop of horrors was a warning of what’s to come.

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PHOTO BY EMILY DE SANTOS/The Daily Toreador ANDREW STACK, A junior accounting major from Dallas, takes Yara Duran’s, a sophomore early childhood education major from Dallas, blood pressure Thursday at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. The Student Counseling Center hosted a “Curb your Anxiety” event with a variety of different stations for students to relieve some stress before finals.

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The end of a rivalry. This is what will happen Sunday in College Station when the Texas Tech and Texas A&M baseball series comes to an end. These last three games will mark the final time any Tech and A&M team will compete against each other in regular season play as Big 12 Conference foes. Despite this being the end of this rivalry, Tech head coach Dan Spencer said, he doesn’t think the team will take a different approach into the weekend and

are just looking to win a series. “I don’t think so,” he said. “I think it’s an opportunity for us to play again, obviously, against good people on the road and it’s a conference game. I think there’s enough meaning in that without getting into history and tradition and those things.” Both teams are coming into this game with some momentum, as the Red Raiders (26-22, 5-13 in Big 12 play) has won its last three games while the No. 9 Aggies (32-13, 11-7) have picked up three out of their last four, including a series win against Texas.

Tech boasts a solid lineup, as it is tied for second with a team batting average of .301. However, the team the Red Raiders are in a tie with is the Aggies, which could pose a problem for Tech since the ace of its pitching staff, Duke von Schamann, will not make his usual start because of a strained bicep. There is a possibility he could be used out of the bullpen though. But, the person taking his place had a strong showing in his last outing. In his last start, Rusty Shellhorn — who will take von Schamann’s Saturday start — stymied Missouri by giving up just two hits without giving up a run in seven innings pitched, to pick up his fifth win of the season. Even with Shellhorn’s strong last outing, Spencer said, he will only alleviate the team’s loss of its ace if he duplicates his previous performance. “It does if he does it again,” he said. “He really gave us a lift. I know he’s a game guy — he’s a

talented kid — and he’s always ready to pitch and he’ll compete. So knowing you have another competitor to push out there is a good thing.” Rounding out the starting rotation for Tech will be John Neely on Friday and Trey Masek will make the Sunday start for the Red Raiders. They will have a tough time going up against A&M, as they boast the Big 12 leader in batting average in the form of Tyler Naquin. The junior outfielder has a .395 batting average to go with 40 RBIs, which ranks fifth in the conference. Tech will also have to deal with a pitching staff that has been very solid this season, as it ranks first in the Big 12 with a 2.87 team ERA. The staff also has little holes in the rotation, as the Aggie’s weekend starters all rank in the top 15 in ERA. The final series between the two teams will begin at 6:35 p.m. today. Game two will then take place at 2:05 p.m. Saturday, and

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TEXAS TECH PITCHER Rusty Shellhorn pitches the ball during a 103 loss May 17 against New Mexico at Rip Griffin Park. After throwing seven innings without giving up a run in his last outing, Shellhorn will look to do the same against Texas A&M on Saturday.

the last game between A&M and Tech as Big 12 members will be at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. All games

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Softball wraps up regular season with OSU series By MATT VILLANUEVA STAFF WRITER

This establishment, Texas Tech University & The Daily Toreador do not encourage underage drinking or alcohol abuse.

After a series of strange events this past weekend in Lawrence, Kan., the No. 23 Red Raiders are looking forward to the end of a season that has been marked with ups and downs. Last week, Texas Tech split its series one apiece with the Kansas Jayhawks in a shortened series. A strong Tech outing during the first game was highlighted by Holley Gentsch’s team-high two RBIs and a solid four-inning

performance by Cara Custer, who recorded six strikeouts in the 4-1 win. But, game two didn’t go the way Tech hoped it would. With Tech up 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Jayhawks rallied to score four total runs in the final two innings to shock the Red Raiders with a walk-off single by Mariah Montgomery. The final game was canceled because of inclement weather and the decision was made for it to not be rescheduled this season. The game left a sour taste in the team’s mouth, senior third baseman Emily Bledsoe said. “Upset,” she said. “We all wanted that last game really bad. I think we were all upset with the outcome of things on Saturday … We were really hoping to get that last game on Sunday.” This weekend’s Big 12 Conference series against Oklahoma State will be the last before postseason play, and with a record of 38-14 this season, the Red Raiders will have a solid shot in receiving a berth into a regional.


Big 12 hires Stanford AD as commissioner

Tech baseball heads to College Station for final time By BRETT WINEGARNER

MAY 4, 2012


STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A teary-eyed Bob Bowlsby walked out of a Stanford auditorium to a roaring ovation from university coaches and staff members Thursday, leaving behind a lasting legacy at one of the nation’s top athletic programs for a conference in desperate need of a strong leader. The Big 12 Conference made it official in the afternoon, announcing Bowlsby as its commissioner. He will take over for interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas — who replaced the ousted Dan Beebe in September — on June 15 after six years as Stanford’s athletic director. “The institutions of the Big 12 wanted a commissioner that could take us to the next era as a conference,” said Burns Hargis, president of Oklahoma State and chairman of the conference’s board of directors. “The search committee looked for a candidate that has a vision for the next generation of college athletics, and his credentials and ideas exceeded this.”

Bowlsby will lead a BCS conference that seems to have found some stability. After losing four schools over the past two years, the league heads into this fall with 10 members, including new additions TCU and West Virginia. The conference also is working on a new television deal that could reshape revenue similar to the Pac-12’s lucrative contract. The 60-year-old Bowlsby had passed up several chances to leave Stanford over the years. He’s a nationally respected college administrator who was hired away from Iowa in 2006 after 15 years spent running the Hawkeyes’ athletic department. “I have been honored to have served Stanford University. It has been a productive and an enjoyable period of time and Stanford will always be a part of me,” Bowlsby said in a statement. “The university has a rich history of successfully merging world-class academics and world-class athletics and I am very proud to have

had the opportunity to participate in the extraordinary achievements of our student-athletes and coaches.” Success on The Farm blossomed during Bowlsby’s tenure. Of all the decisions he made at Stanford, though, fans will forever remember his hiring of coach Jim Harbaugh in 2006 most. Harbaugh built the football program into a national power, winning the Orange Bowl over Virginia Tech in 2011 and finishing fourth in the final AP poll. It was the program’s best ranking since the unbeaten 1940 team finished second. Bowlsby also hired offensive coordinator David Shaw last year to replace Harbaugh, who departed to the San Francisco 49ers. Shaw kept the Cardinal on track, going 11-2, including an overtime loss in the Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma State. Andrew Luck was the Heisman Trophy runner-up both seasons. “Bob Bowlsby has my admiration as

a Stanford alumnus for his leadership through difficult economic times for our athletic department,” Shaw said. “As head football coach, he has my gratitude for his continuous efforts to bolster and support our football program. As a friend, I wish him great success.” Stanford’s rigorous academic standards presented unique circumstances, yet the school has won the Directors’ Cup 17 straight years. The award is given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the program with the most success in all sports. Stanford is one of the country’s largest programs with 35 sports, including 19 for women. Stanford sent more athletes to the 2008 Beijing Olympics than any other college in the U.S, winning 25 Olympic medals. If Stanford were a country, it would have ranked 11th — tying with Japan — in total medals. Stanford teams won 10 NCAA championships during his tenure, including five straight Final Four appear-

ances by the women’s basketball teams. “I am very sad to see Bob leave Stanford. I loved working for Bob. He is a great supporter of women’s basketball and women’s athletics here at Stanford,” said Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer. “He is direct, a problem-solver, and a man of integrity. The Big 12 is fortunate to have him and he will do a great job.” Bigger challenges lie ahead for Bowlsby in the Midwest. The Big 12 was hit hard two years ago and wound up losing Nebraska to the Big Ten, Colorado to the Pac-12 and, as of July 1, Texas A&M and Missouri to the Southeastern Conference. Beebe was booted in September as Oklahoma, Texas and others were flirting with the Pac-12 and the Big 12 seemed on the brink of falling apart. The conference is reportedly working toward a new television deal with ESPN, and Neinas was pushing members to agree to a long-term grant of media rights to the league that would

make it all but impossible for schools to bolt. No deal has been struck yet, but that will likely be among the first items on the agenda for Bowlsby. That’s something he worked closely with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott to accomplish. After reaching a 12-year contract worth about $3 billion last year with Fox and ESPN, the Pac-12 announced plans to launch a new conferenceowned network to supplement coverage and create more exposure for Pac-12 athletes. The venture will launch this fall with the national cable network, six regional networks and a digital network. “’’We’re grateful to Bob Bowlsby for his leadership of Stanford Athletics over the past six years,” Stanford Provost and acting President John Etchemendy said in a statement. “We’re sorry to see him go, but this is a tremendous opportunity for him, and we wish him and the Big 12 all the best.”

AP Sources: Conference USA set to expand by adding 5 teams DALLAS (AP) — Conference USA is restocking its league and is about to add more schools than it is losing to the Big East. UT-San Antonio’s move to Conference USA was approved Thursday by University of Texas System regents, the same day that people familiar with the league’s plans said North Texas, Charlotte, Louisiana Tech and Florida International would also be joining CUSA. Announcements are expected at each of the schools Friday. Those five additions in July 2013 will come at the same time Big Eastbound Houston, SMU, Memphis and

Central Florida are scheduled to leave Conference USA. That will give CUSA 13 schools, one above its current membership. Multiple people with knowledge of the planned additions spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because, aside from the action by regents overseeing UTSA, no official announcements had been made by the league or the individual schools. There could be even more additions in the future to the incoming five and the eight remaining Conference USA schools: Southern Miss, Marshall, East Carolina, Tulane, Tulsa, Rice, UTEP

and UAB. C-USA and the Mountain West Conference announced plans earlier this year to form a partnership in football, with as many as 24 teams located in five time zones. The two leagues are still working through details of such a move that had been planned to begin in 2013. North Texas, which is leaving the Sun Belt Conference, scheduled a news conference Friday about the “future of Mean Green athletics.” The news conference with school President V. Lane Rawlins and athletic director Rick Villarreal will be held at the school’s $78 million, 30,850-seat campus

football stadium that opened last season. Charlotte is rejoining Conference USA, where it was a member from 1995-2005. The 49ers left C-USA for the Atlantic 10 because they didn’t have a football team then. But Charlotte is building a new campus stadium and will begin playing football in 2013 as an FCS independent. Providing it can meet NCAA attendance standards, it will be allowed to move up to the FBS and become part of C-USA football in 2015-16. The 49ers football program is still in the start-up phase. It will practice this fall with their incoming freshman class — all to be red-

shirted — but not begin play until 2013. The North Carolina school has scheduled a press conference Friday to discuss conference affiliation.’ Among those scheduled to attend are 49ers football coach Brad Lambert, chancellor Phil Dubois and athletic director Judy Rose. UTSA went 4-6 in its inaugural football season under Larry Coker as an independent in FCS last year, but the program has sought to accelerate its national profile. The school will play in the Western Athletic Conference as scheduled this year before moving to Conference USA. Louisiana Tech has been in the

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TEXAS TECH PITCHER Cara Custer throws a pitch during the Red Raiders' 3-1 victory against Baylor on April 20 at Rocky Johnson Field. Custer and the Red Raiders will finish up the regular this season, as they host Oklahoma State for a three-game series.

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2/1 HOUSE near campus. Central H/A. Security System. Washer/dryer connections. 2311-32nd. $650/month, $400/deposit. 544-3600, 787-2323.


32 mpg. Excellent condition. Silver, automatic transmission, 4-door. CD, satellite-ready. 67K miles,original non-smoking owner. Asking $9,800. Call 806-283-5909 or 806-698-1396.

NEWLY UPDATED with carpet and paint, 3/2/2 located at 4718 63rd with approximately 1500 sq. ft and priced at $99,500. Contact Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/ Anderson Properties at 806.687.7700.

2 BEDROOM/ 2 bath Mobile. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, central heat & air, fenced yard. 701 CR 7200 ( 98th & Short Road) Controlled access. Available July 1. $600/month plus electricity. 806786-9193 or 806-799-8894

Free iPad 3!! Pinnacle Security now hiring! Job includes furnished housing at the cottages for the summer and fall semester! Pay is $400 a week plus bonuses and incentives. GO TO SCHOOL AND WORK! Contact Rob for details 806-778-0589





2306 21st Rear. One bedroom garage apartment. Alley enterance. Appliances with washer/dryer. Private parking, yard. Small pet considered. $385. 795-2011.

Buying any gold/silver jewelry. Any condition. Avery and others. Varsity Jewelers 1311 University.

EFFICIENCY - nice and roomy, updated, w/d hookups, pet friendly. 1904 28th rear. $350 plus electric. 806-441-0611

Officially licensed rings. Men’s from $745. Women’s from $445. Varsity Jewelers. 1311 University.


HOUSE FOR Rent: Close to Tech, 2/1, fenced yard, pets ok with deposit. Central AC, garage, washing machine. 600/mo plus utilities. 2117 22nd St. (806)773-9759


to be yourself... Lynnwood Townhomes. Garages with 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes. Private baths, fenced yards, pets ok. Free cable and Internet. Onsite management and maintenance. 785-7772. NEWLY REMODELED 1,2,3,4 & 5 bedroom homes. Convenient to Tech. 771-1890.




Closest storage facility to campus. Reserve online today. or call Jeff 744-3636. ALLAMERICANSTORAGE.COM Rates $10 and up. Free truck. 24/7 Rental station. Clean. 5839-49th 792-6464


Free chicken fried steak included Super Cheapist :) Cell 781-2931. More Information MONEY FOR TEXTBOOKS! Sell your books back at the Red & Black Bookstore for the guaranteed most money. Free beer & margaritas during finals (must be 21). 6th and University behind the Chili’s. NORTHLUBBOCKSTORAGE.COM Now leasing for summer! Drive-up or Climate Control units available. 2910 N. Frankford Ave. 806747-8673

YOUR GIFT MEANS THE WORLD Consider donating your eggs to help other women. Your time is worth $3500. The Centre for Reproductive Medicine. 788-1212.

1B/1B IN a 4/3 quiet house NW Lubbock. Furnished: lr, breakfast, kitchen, utility, sunroom, and patio.Sec, sys. $525mo.$250dep. Share util.Serious grad students. 806-797-1335


Summer House. 2B/1B house furnished. Bedroom unfurnished. extra storage room. May16-July31. 806-239-5428


Quick, easy professional moving. Reasonable prices. Local or long distance. Boxes, supplies, paper, etc. Serving all Texas cities. Free estimate on the phone. 4211 34th. Call 799-4033.


50th & Q (behind United Supermarket) Climate & Dust Controlled Unit. Student Discounts. Reserve online today. or call Phillip 767-9777


$1 off 30 packs and 18 packs Fridays and Saturdays. 10% off all liquor with Tech ID. Free ice with purchase. 7 minutes east of campus on Broadway. Just past the frisby golf course at Mckenzie park. Broadway and Martin Luther King. Come party with us. 744-4542. This establishment, Texas Tech, and The Daily Toreador do not encourage underage drinking or alcohol abuse.

EXQUISITE SALON and Spa. Mens Haircuts $6.99. Womens Cuts $9.99. 15 Foil Highlight $30, All Over Color $40. Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM 806-791-4247. 3833 50th

SELFSTORAGEOFLUBBOCK.COM Make your storage arrangements before everyone else does. Choose from 7 high security locations, with great prices. Reserve online today at


Mattress, Furniture. Huge discounts. 5127 34th Street (34th & Slide). 785-7253.

THE LOCAL Scrabble club invites Texas Tech students and faculty for one or two fun games on Saturday 5 May at Market Street on 50th and Indiana from 1 pm to 5 pm. Receive a free regular fountain drink or coffee on us with this ad and with reservation to As space is limited.


MAY 4, 2012




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