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Red Raiders soar past New Mexico Tech improves to 2-0 after 52-17 win against UNM

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By MIKE GRAHAM STAFF WRITER

Special teams and a plethora of New Mexico mistakes aided Texas Tech footbal in a comfortable 52-17 victory Saturday. It was not always comfortable, however, as the Red Raiders played in a hostile environment in Albuquerque, N.M. “You have to give New Mexico a lot of credit,” Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said after the game. “They did a lot of what SMU did, gave us problems, but we made enough plays.” Special teams proved to give the Red Raiders the ultimate advantage in the New Mexico game. The Red Raiders (2-0) blocked two New Mexico (0-2) punts which set up quick scores, a 14-point swing during the game. In the first quarter, running back Aaron Crawford broke through a three-person wedge to block Ben Skaer’s punt. The ball was recovered at the Lobo three-yard line and running back Baron Batch punched the ball in on the next play for a 14-0 lead. “It was a one-man rush when they blocked the first punt inside of three 300-pound guys,” New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley said. “It’s just a matter of guys taking care of their assignments and doing their jobs. And when you have a one-man rush and he splits the wedge, then we’ve got to get someone else in there who can take care of their responsibility.” But New Mexico’s punting problems did not end there as Tech’s Jonathan Brydon blocked a second punt, which rolled out-of-bounds at New Mexico’s one-yard line. Again, Batch got into the endzone on the following play to give the Red Raiders a commanding 38-17 lead.

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TEXAS TECH RUNNING back Eric Stephens leaps over New Mexico defensive backs Emmanuel McPhearson and Chase Clayton during Texas Tech’s 52-17 victory over New Mexico at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Special teams proves worth in rout of UNM By JOSE RODRIGUEZ SPORTS EDITOR

Tommy Tuberville promised his players would see more intensity from the coaching staff last week in hopes of drawing out more effort – especially on special teams. Junior running back Aaron Crawford was first to prove the promise was fulfilled in Texas Tech’s 52-17 win over New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, blocking a Ben Skaer punt attempt after the Red Raider defense stifled the Lobos’ first offensive drive of the contest.

T E X A S TECH’S JONATHAN Brydon blocks the punt from University of New Mexico’s Ben Skaer during Tech’s 52-17 win Saturday.

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By KASSIDY KETRON STAFF WRITER

Nine years ago Saturday, 2,752 people died along with 40 people aboard United Flight 93 who attempted to reclaim control of the hijacked aircraft, and the entire country mourned. In remembrance of the attack, the Texas Tech Young Conservatives of Texas hosted its annual “We Will Never Forget” memorial event 7:30 a.m. Friday. At the event, they set

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3,000 American flags around Memorial Circle to commemorate the lives lost and had cards for students to sign that would be sent to the New York City fire departments and police departments. The organization’s vice-chairman, Ryan Scott, a sophomore political science major from Weatherford, said it is our duty to never forget the people who continue to fight for our freedom and the people who fought on that day. 9/11 continued on Page 5 ➤➤

Health Sciences Center enrollment up 14.7 percent Enrollment numbers are highest in TTUHSC history By SOPHIA HALBROOK STAFF WRITER

Enrollment at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center reached its highest numbers in the institution’s history this year. In fall 2009, there was an enrollment of 3,250 students at the HSC. This fall, enrollment is up 14.7 percent, with 3,727 students enrolled. The five colleges that make up the HSC consist of the school of Allied Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell, president of the HSC, said over the past decade the state of Texas has lagged behind the U.S. in the availability of certain health care professionals. He said the

state’s ratios of primary care physicians to population and registered nurses to population have trailed the U.S., and said the discrepancies are even more severe in rural west Texas. “TTUHSC’s enrollment growth reflects our commitment to addressing the shortages across the various health professions,” Mitchell said. “As we grow, we are able to educate more students who, upon graduation, will serve to increase the number of qualified health care professionals in Texas.” Mitchell said he is aware of constrictions the HSC will face in the future. He said current state budget constraints should not obstruct their ability to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HSC continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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Community Calendar TODAY Big Chair Photos Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Student Union West Plaza So, what is it? Tech Activities Board is giving students a chance to take pictures with their friends on an over-sized red chair. Fall ’10 Singer/Songwriter Contest Time: 10 p.m. Where: The Blue Light, 1806 Buddy Holly Ave. So, what is it? Think you’re talented? Then show off your vocals or instrumental skills at The Blue Light.

TUESDAY University Career Fair Time: 1 p.m. Where: United Spirit Arena, Texas Tech campus So, what is it? All students and alumni are invited to network with employers and graduate/professional schools from across the country.

Girls’ Night Out Concert Time: 8 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech campus So, what is it? The songs of Cecile Chaminade and Clara Schumann performed by guest artists Denise Parr-Scanlin and Kerry Walters. Serve Meals at Community Kitchen Time: 6:30 a.m. (breakfast) and 5 p.m. (dinner) Where: Salvation Army Family Housing Facility, 1614 Avenue J. So, what is it? Help serve morning and evening meals to individuals in need. About 200 people are served a day.

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Tech performs groundbreaking research on cotton nonwovens BY BRIAN HOWARD STAFF WRITER

Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health is performing cutting edge research on new uses and applications of cotton nonwovens with continued support from the U.S. cotton industry and the Texas Department of Agriculture. According to the Tech website, the Institute of Environmental and Human Health recently received $40,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture and $15,000 from the U.S. cotton industry for two new projects involving cotton nonwovens. Seshadri Ramkumar, an associate professor of environmental toxicology at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health, said they are trying to take Tech’s cotton research to a whole new level. “Texas Tech has one of only three facilities to my knowledge that is working specifically on cotton nonwovens,” he said. “This is a big step towards the university’s goal of achieving Tier One status.” According to the Workforce Solutions newsletter, research on cotton nonwovens originally began back in 2000 and 2001 when the Institute of Environmental and Human Health was expanded to include a new, hightech, nonwoven fabric manufacturing and research facility. “The total cost of the machine and facility was around $2 million,”

Ramkumar said. “There are a total of eight people, including me, who are supported by the research grant to study the additional applications of cotton nonwovens.” Through continued research and development, Dr. Ramkumar created Fibertect, a patented nonwoven textiles decontamination wipe unique to cotton nonwovens research. Roger Haldenby, vice president of Plains Cotton Growers Inc., has supported Professor Ramkumar with his on-going research. “Development of Fibertect is opening new, non-traditional opportunities for Texas high plain cotton,” Haldenby said. “Nonwovens from technical textiles can play a very important role in numerous areas.” Ramkumar said he believes cotton nonwovens have many different uses. “Cotton nonwovens can be useful as liner material in jackets and in the soles of shoes,” he said, “and it can be placed inside of walls to absorb sound.” Halenby said nonwovens could also be valuable in aiding national defense, in the design of airplanes and automobiles, and for use in hospitals. A big part of Fibertect’s versatility is due to its absorbency abilities, Ramkumar said. “It can absorb up 15 times its own weight,” he said. “It is useful in cleaning up oil spills and is currently being used to clean soldiers’ wounds to aid in treating contamination or infection.” The machine used to produce

MEMBERS OF DELTA Delta Delta run toward the balls during the dodgeball tournament of the 2010 FIJI Olympics Friday at Maxey Park.

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A FINISHED ROLL of nonwoven cotton gathers at the output of the needle punching line at the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health.

Fibertect is state-of-the-art, he said. “The machine can take low quality cotton and turn it into high quality products,” he said. “This increases productivity and helps to create valueadded products.” The nonwovens machine also utilizes a special kind of needle technology unique to Tech. “Texas Tech has the only facility to have needles on a curvature in its nonwoven machine,” Ramkumar said. He said cotton nonwovens could be used in a variety of single-use products because of its cheap production costs. “When costs go down, consumption increases,” Ramkumar said. Justin Bailey, a junior psychology major from San Antonio, said anything

that can be used to lower costs and make cheaper products is important, especially now in a struggling economy. “The technology seems very useful in a lot of different ways,” he said. “It’s definitely good to see research like this receiving funding in a time when the economy is in a recession and everyone is suffering.” The main advantage of cotton nonwovens over other materials is that it is environmentally friendly, Ramkumar said. “Cotton is bio-friendly, making it much better than plastic,” he said. “The strength of cotton lies in its bio-degradability and the fact that it naturally degrades over time.”

Each year Tech’s Pi Gamma Delta fraternity hosts FIJI Olympics, an event that raises money for the American Red Cross. On Friday students participated in the event by competing against each other in games like tug-of-war and dodgeball at Maxey Park.

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T H E Z E TA SORORITY group accept the trophy for the obstacle course portion of the 2010 FIJI Olympics at Maxey Park on Friday.

Meet the Greeks showcases multicultural Greek organizations BY GLORIA OGLETREE STAFF WRITER

Texas Tech students gathered around Urbanovsky Park Friday for Meet the Greeks, an event that gives students the opportunity to meet new and returning students while learning about multicultural Greek organizations. Allen Sutton, Greek adviser for the National Panhellenic Council and

multicultural Greek council said this year’s Meet the Greeks event took a new direction. “Meet the Greeks has evolved over the last three years,” Sutton said. “It used to be a more formal occasion where the multicultural Greek organizations on campus introduced themselves to new freshmen and returning students via PowerPoint presentations, but what we thought of this year was to actually have a more fun, engaging event.” Sutton said the event was open to anyone who wanted to come out and enjoy the activities. “What we are doing this year is actually having a barbeque,” he said. “We will be providing free food and drinks for anybody who wants to come and have fun. Anyone who wants to come is welcome, you don’t have to be a multicultural student or even be interested in the multicultural organizations to come out.” Christina Benitez, a senior biology major from Lubbock and member of Zeta Phi Gamma, said the importance of Meet the Greeks is to get to know the Multi-

cultural Greek Council. “This event is an opportunity for those students who don’t know what MGC is, this gives them an idea of what MGC is and what we are all about,” she said. Benitez said Zeta Phi Gamma is just one of many organizations in MGC trying to introduce fellow students to who they are and what they do. “We thrive on service, but we kind of do it all,” she said. “We try to just make our presence known here at Tech.” Sutton said the national Panhellenic Council houses more than one organization. “The National Panhellenic Council is composed of our nine historically AfricanAmerican Greek organizations,” he said. “The Multicultural Greek Council is a council that is a Texas Tech creation, basically it houses all other Greek councils,” he said. “It is mostly our Hispanics, Asians, South-Asians fraternal and sorority organizations.” Benitez said more sororities and fraternities have been trying to join the MGC and the organization has expanded

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from last year. Priscilla Burgos, a freshman pre-nursing major from Killeen, said she attended Meet the Greeks in an attempt to obtain more information about the organizations. “I wanted to see what they were about,” she said, “to decide whether I want to be a part of it or not.” Valeria Ogero, a freshman biology major from Grand Prairie, said she wanted to come out and see what the event was about. “I heard about this event on Facebook,” she said. “I got an invite and wanted to come out and see what it was.” Sutton said the main goal of Meet the Greeks is to inform students of other organizations through MGC. “What we are trying to do is really introduce the multicultural organizations to the Texas Tech campus as a whole,” he said. “We want students to see that there are other Greek councils on campus. We are interested in them being members whether they are multicultural students or not.”

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“We are committed to growing strategically and in a manner that provides the greatest benefit to the state, while being true to our mission of educating future health care professionals, advancing knowledge through research, and providing quality patient care,” Mitchell said. Rial D. Rolfe is the senior vice president for Tech’s Academic Affairs. He said there were many contributions to the increased enrollment. There was an increase in the number of programs offered online, expanded offering of programs on regional campuses, increased recruitment efforts, and an increased recognition of the HSC for the quality of all of its health degree programs, Rolfe said. “This will put TTUHSC in a better position to compete for limited resources,” he said, “and TTUHSC will be better able to fulfill its mission of providing quality health care providers for west Texas.” The president of the HSC Student Government Association, Geoffrey Lowe, said the high enrollment numbers positively reflect the HSC. “Our continued growth in our enrollment numbers is evidence that more and more students are attracted to come to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center because of our increasing academic standards, new state of the art facilities such as the F. Marie Hall Simulation Center, and the exceptional cooperative atmosphere among all our students,” Lowe said. ➤➤sophia.hallbrook@ttu.edu

MARK GALLEMORE, A freshman mass communications major from Plano, dresses up as a girl to show support for the Zeta sorority Friday at Maxey Park during the 2010 FIJI Olympics.

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How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well, certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. “I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror … There were a myriad of problems, which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.” These words were spoken by the character V to the city of London, as written by Alan Moore in the 1980s for the fabulous graphic novel “V for Vendetta.” More than 20 years later, perhaps these words were never truer than about the United States following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On Sept. 10, 2001, the United States was a relatively happy place to live. There was a mostly stable economy, relative peace and a promising future. On Sept. 11, that all changed before lunchtime. We all know that a collective group of terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and were successful at damaging both sets of buildings. But what happened in the aftermath of the attacks damaged our country far worse.

Tony Cardone It’s not even something that the terrorists did. It’s something that our own government did. The United States government’s actions following the attacks caused more damage to the American way. Most of the fault lies with the Bush Administration, but Democrats in Congress deserve plenty of blame as well. Let’s start with the worst legislation to pass Congress in the modern age, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, or Patriot Act. While it sounded cool and efficient and all antiterrorist and stuff, it was actually a gross violation of citizen rights. The government now has the right to check your e-mail for you if they suspected you could be a terrorist. It was used and abused by federal agencies to gather information on people who were not terrorists, but declared so by the agency. The Patriot Act was kind of slipped under the radar, caught up in the

fervor following 9/11, overshadowed by the invasion of Afghanistan two weeks prior. The theory behind the war in Afghanistan was admirable. Flush the Taliban out of their holes in Afghanistan and make the world a safer place. That started nine years ago. The mismanagement of the war since then and decisions by key members of the administration have shamed the American people. One man in the center of this, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, is now employed by Texas Tech. Gonzales, who recently was the subject of a positively glowing article in the Sept. 3 issue of The Daily Toreador, is not exactly the ray of sunshine the piece portrayed. As the attorney general, he rubberstamped the torture of suspected combatants in Afghanistan by declaring that the Geneva Convention does not apply. N o t only was this seen as legally ambiguous, but also it essentially said that the United States could legally torture humans in order to gain information. This debate continues today. However, this declaration, and the actions that resulted from this memo, has hurt the standing of the United States internationally. The worst, of

course, was the Iraq War. Shortly after the United Nations found no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, we invaded Iraq anyway under the Bush Doctrine of preemptive war on threatening nations. Again, mismanagement in the early parts of the war, and more allegations of illegal actions by mercenary security teams under direction of the United States, led to an embarrassing change in international opinion of the United States. Is it all Bush’s fault? Absolutely not. President Obama has continued to allow warrantless wiretapping to occur under his watch. The messes of the two wars in the Middle East were partially administered by a Democratic Congress. We as the American people still haven’t demanded the end of prisoner torture. We haven’t demanded consequences for those who lied to us in the buildup to the Iraq War. We were just as complicit in these atrocities that happened under our watch as Congress or President Bush. But the American spirit is something that, throughout history, has survived the worst. New York City showed it following the attacks. The question is, when these wars finally draw to a close, will we as a nation come back stronger?  Cardone is a sophomore computer engineering major from San Antonio. ➤➤ tony.cardone@ttu.edu

The results are in: Google Instant impresses THE INFORMER (U. HARTFORD)

Go to google.com, right now. I’ll wait. Type a letter into the search box, and watch as results stream instantly to your page. It’s frightening, at first—especially since Google doesn’t look different when you land on the home page. A message pops up during the first few searches that says, essentially, everything is okay, but this is how Google will be delivering search results to its users from now on. The product is called “Google Instant” but it really should just be called “Google,” because the setting is turned on by default, provided a searcher isn’t using an antiquated Web browser. There is an element of serendipity on those first few searches, like say, when you want to look up a weather report. Type the letter “w” and Google intuitively puts a forecast right at the

top of the page. Compared to the old way of doing things—typing “weather. com” and then typing my zip code—this is instant gratification and, even better, instant information at one’s fingertips. Song lyrics—another common search topic—are even more astounding. Typing only “Just g” returned results for lyrics of “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem. Even less popular and more obscure song lyrics I tried returned the song and its lyrics in only nine key presses. This development Wednesday leads to two very different conclusions that will be made about what Google introduced.

The first, and more positive conclusion is that Google is the dominant player in search, even while balancing so many other solid projects. With such distractions such as Google’s Android development for mobile phones or Google’s television project that integrates its Web browser to the television, one wondered if the company would just let its search project stagnate among up-andcoming competition. This announcement says bluntly that this is not the case. The other and obviously negative conclusion is the search giant is becoming too aware of us—that the company

Google is just trying to make search as quick and as easy as possible. The benefits really outweigh the negatives, here.

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we rely on for so much information is turning evil. With such a huge presence in our world today, Google was bound to run into these concerns. A small group of people will think that Google is playing too much with the collective’s search habits and that Google knows to much about what people do. There will be some who think that Google pinging the computer’s IP address to get its location to give a user a weather report is scary. There’s an easier argument against that very notion: Google is just trying to make search as quick and as easy as possible. The benefits really outweigh the negatives, here. The even bigger implication is this: in the age of modern Web browsing with integrated search bars, will Google’s rollout of its Instant product drive people to the actual Google.com home page? In my little time with it, the answer is instantly, yes.

Don’t underestimate power of the Iranian people By ELISE GAROFALO

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With Iran creeping closer and closer to nuclear arms capability, discussions have focused on how the global community is going to halt progress, or at least delay the inevitable. The United States estimates that Iran could achieve its goal within a year, and diplomats and politicians from each country have made ominous pronouncements about how far we’ll go to thwart Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s efforts and maintain the status quo of the Middle Eastern nuclear balance. Perhaps, though, we are forgetting about another deterrent force: the Iranian people themselves. Sure, we can count on the United States and Israel to be unhappy about the way things are going in Iran. But what about the citizens who will face economic sanctions and the even harsher punitive actions of the United Nations, the United States or Israel, which are looming? Iranians didn’t sign on to Ahmadine-

jad’s brand of crazy — they have just as much interest in nonproliferation as do the United States, Israel and any other nation that views the increase in presence of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East as a destabilizing force. When Ahmadinejad was a relative newcomer on the political scene, the fact that he wasn’t a cleric was a major draw for most voters who were sick of the religious elite’s corruption. Last year’s election, however, and the massive protests of Ahmadinejad’s fiercely contested win, made it clear that the country as a whole doesn’t hold his aggressive views. What’s more, they don’t seem to appreciate his inflammatory rhetoric on the international stage, which puts the nation’s security at risk. This is the nation of people who ousted the Shah and surely dealt Ahmadinejad’s ego a blow during the 2009 demonstrations in support of the opposing candidate, Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Clearly, they have skills to mobilize support. The question is whether or not conditions exist within Iran that could

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foster the rise of an effective counterforce to Ahmadinejad’s nuclear vendetta. On a purely practical level, there is room within the state’s strict control for communication and organization. Funnily enough, Kanye West’s home turf, Twitter, was a vital tool for reaching would-be protesters during last year’s election demonstrations in Iran. Reformist websites and blogs helped mobilize those who might not have heard of the nature or scale of the protests. This is not to say that a mass revolution is necessary to delay Iran’s nuclear efforts, just that other opinions and interests have an audience within the country. There are also signs of tension among Ahmadinejad and other top government officials. Some high-level bureaucrats refused to attend his swearing-in after the 2009 election, and many of his appointments for his Cabinet have been rejected by the Majlis, the Iranian parliament. Ahmadinejad’s uncompromising and radical stance has enabled opCopyright © 2010 Texas Tech University Student Media/The Daily Toreador. All DT articles, photographs and artwork are the property of The DT and Student Media and may not be reproduced or published without permission. The Daily Toreador is a designated public forum. Student editors have the authority to make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval. •Breaking News Phone: (806)742-3393, Fax: (806) 742-2434 E-mail: dailytoreador@ttu.edu •Corrections Call: (806) 742-3393 Policy: The Daily Toreador strives for accuracy and fairness in the reporting of news. If a report is wrong or misleading, a request for a correction or a clarification may be made.

position leaders and reformists to gain legitimacy. Iranian voters have learned from his time in office to support more moderate candidates who won’t continue to alienate Iran on the international playing field. These relatively promising conditions have encouraged the U.S. State Department in its efforts to support alternatives to Ahmadinejad, but our continued interference in Iran’s domestic political scene is unwelcomed, even by the opposition forces we want to support. Mousavi and other politicians opposing Ahmadinejad have expressed frustration with U.S. involvement. No one wants to deal with the unsettling possibility of Iran achieving nuclear capacity, especially not the Iranians who will have to deal with the consequences. While the United States may see opportunities to alter the current course of events, we would be well advised to step back and allow Iranians some leeway to counter their unpredictable president. We shouldn’t underestimate the power of the Iranian people themselves. •Publishing information Periodical Postage paid by The Daily Toreador, Student Media building, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 79409. Publication number: 766480. The DT is a student newspaper published Monday through Friday, September through May; Tuesdays and Fridays June through August, except during university examination and vacation periods. The DT is funded primarily through advertising revenues generated by the student sales staff with free campus distribution resulting from student service fees. •Subscriptions Call: (806)742-3388 Subscription Rates: $150 annually; single issues: $1. Postmaster: send address changes to The Daily Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409.

Effective study habits can be difficult to find Zach A Morrison

s I delve deeper into my college career, I discover more and more that as much as my ambitions and work ethic change, my study habits change all the more. We as college students have tried everything. Since the first day of freshman year, that perfect technique has eluded us. I prefer to study outside my room, in a place with a lot of light noise such as air conditioning and computer fans. It cannot be alone since my version of a break is more like a widespread series of glances at the people around me. I find that a lot of outside factors limit one’s ability to concentrate. An unpleasant temperature can be just about the worst thing to study in, at least for my humble self, and when finals come around, I find that studying for the latest test first is a good way to manage one’s time since you know you have to spread your study time more evenly to include the test that is just around the corner. The question of the perfect study habits even changes with technology. Do we listen to music, or is quiet better? Is Google our best friend or our worst enemy? Is typing one’s notes, while being faster, worse for retention? Well ladies and gentlemen, we will probably never know, since study habits are just about as subjective and unique as personality. I’d like to take a deeper look into the music factor. I am a big fan of music, and just about the only time I’m not listening to it is when I’m studying, unless the subject matter is blatantly simple. It may be different for all of you, but if music is in my ears, then lyrics are what I will be studying rather than the textbook in front of me. The brain, especially if uninterested, will find just about anything to wander off to when forcibly focused upon a dull task. However, as I mentioned earlier, I find a bit of noise to be helpful as well, so some lyric-less ambiance might do the trick. Of course, this is not to say that homework cannot be an interesting experience. In fact, often when others are moaning in their seats, I am secretly enjoying learning about incandescent gases within our sun. Therefore, I would venture to say that

the more interesting the subject matter, the easier it is to learn, and as a result, perhaps as students there is a large gap, not between what we do and do not know, but rather between what we enjoy and what we loathe. Retaining just about anything is possible if you know how to get past your brain’s fight to distract you. I have heard from many students that it is much better to never study at home, within six feet of the Xbox, television and your favorite book, especially when studying something you would really like to get over with. Technology can be our best friend or our worst enemy. Sure, it’s probably easier to blow off the textbook and get all the facts on that sheet from your friendly neighborhood search engine, but it is also a less than affective tool when test day comes around. I don’t pretend to know anything about your individual habits but I’d be willing to bet that on the Internet, the answer is a single sentence that can be found with the “find” feature among a sea of needless paragraphs, while in your textbook, it is necessary to wade through other potentially helpful information to find the answers you seek. This particular corner cutting is a personal choice and that’s really up to you, but I find it is always best to use the book and attempt to enjoy the journey to the answer. On the technology note, the idea of typing one’s notes is always more attractive than a hand cramp and a writing callous. Call me old-fashioned, but honestly, writing them out, then condensing them, is a time-honored method for a reason. My biggest point in all this is to do what works for you. Your study habits, whether you prefer to study in the library or in the shower with your notes taped to the opposite wall, are entirely up to you and what you believe works best.  Morrison is a freshman history major from The Woodlands. ➤➤ zachary.morrison@ttu.edu

Going on a digital diet from Facebook By CHRISTINA O’SULLIVAN THE CIRCLE (MARIST COLLEGE)

Last night I dreamt I was Facebook chatting a friend about our Art of Film homework. Of all the crazy and amazing scenarios my subconscious could have conjured up – such as fighting a dragon, flying over green valleys, making out with Brad Pitt – my dream consisted of sitting at a computer, scanning through a website. This sad example of the passivity, hesitancy and ultimate mundane nature that is characteristic of the Facebook generation is leading me to make a decision that some may call insane. That’s right: by the time this article is in print, I will have deleted my Facebook. Not permanently; just for one month. It’ll be a cleansing of the mind after four years of moderate Facebook usage. If I like my new life, I’ll keep it deleted. I’ve been toying with this idea for a long time. Why? Simply because I think that Facebook’s whole mission to connect people has led us to become more socially askew than ever. We are so awkward. We click through random stranger’s pages, learn random information about them, and act totally surprised when we meet them in real life. We debate if a status is appropriate to “like” and if a friend would be upset to be cut out of a profile picture. We judge people based on their favorite TV shows and books •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 e-mailed to dailytoreador@ttu.edu or brought to 211 Student Media. 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

before we get to know them, before we even meet them. I don’t want to do it anymore. I want to remember that the choice to have a Facebook is just that: a choice. Yes, this might not be the most opportune time to delete my connection to the rest of the world, considering five of my closest friends are 3,000 miles away in London, Florence and Madrid. But we will still have Skype. And the telephone. And old fashioned letters. I suppose in my Facebook-free life I might not be able to read my freshman year roommate’s statuses about Michelangelo’s David and the best flavor of gelato. But maybe she will write me, in her slanty, almost cursive-like handwriting, a silly poem about pasta that I can hang above my desk. Maybe I will lose touch with a few hundred acquaintances who I don’t see regularly at Marist; camp friends, junior varsity volleyball teammates who I don’t talk to over the phone or have the patience to write letters to. But maybe that’s okay. Maybe the majority of my 731 Facebook friends don’t really matter. Am I heartless? Possibly. I just know that my best friends mean the world to me and communicating with them some way is very important, but everyone else… well, I hope everyone is doing well. But, at the end of the day, perhaps I don’t really care. So adios, Facebook! I am devoting this month to reading books for fun, biking by the river, and writing letters to my loved ones. My life and my dreams will be 100 percent Facebook free. 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. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.

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SimLife Center officially opens doors By ALEXANDRA PEDRINI STAFF WRITER

Friday morning marked the official opening of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center F. Marie Hall SimLife Simulation Center. There, HSC students can work with a variety of patients practicing and applying what they learn in the classroom. Sharon Decker, SimLife Center director and simulation professor, said in the mid-2000s she and others at the HSC noticed they had room available to expand their simulation center. Since beginning her work with simulation, the amount of interest and new technology has exploded. Simulation gives students a chance to practice what they learn in a textbook on a life-like patient. “(The mannequins) can actually sweat, they can vomit, they can say things an actual patient would say,” said Tara McAtee, a junior nursing student from Frisco. “They can react and tell you they’re uncomfortable so you have to reposition them. It’s been very helpful.” Combined with the older technology, the SimLife Center has some of the newest equipment and learn-

ing tools, giving students chances to learn using all of their senses, Decker said. By doing this, students will be able to see, look, feel and hear what is happening with their patient. Unlike the older mannequins the simulation center had in the past, the newer technology enables these “patients” to make noises, have bodily functions, and talk and act as if they were real people. When turned on, some make moaning noises as if they’re in pain and waiting on their doctor or nurse to come in and take care of them. These experiences will prepare students for when they first have to work with a real person in a patient care setting. It isn’t that the old technology isn’t good, Decker said, but the new equipment gives more opportunity to learn. Harvey and Noelle, two of the center’s patients, are some of the newest additions to the HSC and allow for multiple learning pathways. Harvey offers students a chance to diagnose and treat cardiovascular problems and Noelle gives birth. Each time one of these patients is being used, the professor can change the situation, she said, making each scenario different.

The center has students working with patients in different life or death situations where they can practice without harming a real person. “What happens at the beginning of the program when they’re here, (students) feel kind of funny and dumb talking to a mannequin, but that is one thing we found: If we incorporate simulation into the beginning of the program, by the end of the curriculum when they graduate, they have bonded with the mannequin,” said Sandra Caballero, center coordinator and Tech School of Nursing faculty member. “We have scenarios where the mannequin actually dies at the senior level, and we had students crying.” Decker said she wanted to create this center to help the HSC to become the best. This center is different than many other simulation centers around the country because it has taken the best parts from what similar centers have done and added to it. At the opening, guests from the Hendrick Medical Center came to tour and ask questions about the center because they are working to create something similar in Abilene. “I want to look at this and take

back ideas and see if there’s something we can do,” said Jo Rake, vice president for nursing at Hendrick Medical Center. “We’re just trying to get the state of the art and this is it; this is beautiful. We’ve got some good ideas of how to do things.” Part of what makes this center different, Decker said, is this is an interdisciplinary learning place allowing for any and all HSC students to find something in it helpful to their learning experience. The Laerdal Center of Excellence Program recently awarded the SimLife Center with its Center of Educational Excellence award. This award is given to simulation centers demonstrating excellence in educational philosophy and programs for the purpose of saving lives. “You can do simulation almost anywhere, but because of the way this center is equipped and the way it mimics the real life setting, it just makes it and adds more to the realism the students need to be able to transfer that learning to the hospital setting,” Caballero said. “I think that has made a difference and we will continue to see that benefit in our students.” ➤➤alexandra.pedrini@ttu.edu

College of Engineering welcomes students By HALLIE DAVIS STAFF WRITER

The Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering hosted its third Engineering Kick-Off Friday in the Engineering Key. The kick-off is a way for students to meet other students as well as professors and other college faculty, said Tracy Bouffard, the senior advisor with electrical and computer engineering. Every student in the college is invited, though it is especially helpful to freshmen. A major part of the event was the assignment professors gave to be done at the kick-off. Tanja Kapp, an associate professor in the college, said she gave her freshmen students a sort of scavenger hunt requiring the students to meet and learn about professors, other students and even a dean or associate dean. Raymundo Garcia, a fresh-

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“People just too often forget what happened,” he said. “But when you see 3,000 American flags, it’s hard to forget how many lives were changed that day. It’s important to remember the 343 fireman that were running in when everyone else was running out.” The organization’s president, Jeff Morris, a business administration graduate student from Rowlett, said it was important to show New York City’s police officers and fire fighters that places as far away as Texas care about what happened on that day. Morris said that although it was a big endeavor to collect and place the flags, it was well worth it because it was an event the organization held close. “It’s great to see all these people at 7:30 on a Friday morning,” Morris said. “I think it’s amazing that people are getting involved.” There was a separate memorial service held Saturday for all of Lubbock to join and hear speeches, prayers and patriotic music. One of the memorial’s guest speakers was William Ward, a major in the United States Marine Core Reserve, as well as a law student at Texas Tech. Ward served three tours in Iraq and had never been able to attend a memorial for Sept. 11 until Saturday. “It’s nice that people remember that things are going on,” he said. “Time has a way of making people’s memories fuzzy, but these things have a way of crystallizing. I sure am proud to be in Lubbock where they still do stuff like this.” Hope Rymarz, a sophomore political science major from Plano, said that it is important to remember that no matter race, gender or religion, this was something that happened to us as a whole. ➤➤kassidy.ketron@ttu.edu

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Polo team strives for excellence By SARAH SCROGGINS STAFF WRITER

The Texas Tech polo team ranked as national champions in 2009 and travels across the United States competing and proving its dominance in its league. They are members of the Central Region League. This includes Colorado State, New Mexico State, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University. Coyde Waddell, the polo coach and adviser, said Tech’s polo team is well respected in the polo world. “We work hard to keep a good reputation with the other schools,” he said. During the fall, the team competes against teams in its region and then in the spring, they attend a tournament order to win the national title, he said. The winners from the division are then selected to move on to the national competition. He said Tech was a part of last year’s tournament in Ithica, N.Y., and competed as one of the final four teams out of the attending 60 and finished as the national champions. Unlike other sport teams, there are very few people who compete during a polo game. While club members travel to every game, there are eight players who are actually a part of the competition. However, there are only three players for each team during a game while the fourth member serves as an alternative, he said. With the variety of skill level, Waddell said he handpicks the best players out of the club who will be on the competition team. Because all team members come from the club, he said he doesn’t like to think of the club or team as separate groups. “We are a club first, not a team,” he said. “The team comes from within the club.” There are beginner and advanced levels as well as men’s and women’s teams. Waddell said he watches and evaluates each

Student practices a different summer fun By AUDREY COLLINS STAFF WRITER

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FROM RIGHT, PEYTON Johnson, a senior business management major from Houston, Jake Stimmel, a sophomore from Midland and Brady Williams, a senior mechanical engineering major from Dripping Springs, play in an exhibition polo match at the Tech Polo Club Saturday.

person as a rider and then as a player and place him or her according to skill level. Since he started coaching ten years ago with little polo experience, Waddell said he is not opposed to taking on someone who hasn’t played polo before. He said it was easy to pick up because it is much like indoor soccer. “Many of the principles are exactly the same,” he said. He also mentioned that the last couple of captains for the women’s team started from scratch and have grown into excellent players. One of those captains, Christine Case, a senior visual studies major from The Woodlands, joined the polo club with only the experience of riding a horse. This semester they are lacking people who have played polo before but do have equestrian event experience, she said. They will work with these people and teach them how to play before the season starts. “You don’t have to know how to play at first to eventually be on the team,” she said.

Brady Williams, a senior mechanical engineering major from Dripping Springs, joined the club two years ago after someone approached him in the dining hall, and has previously competed with Tech. Before he joined, he said he only knew how to do Western events, such as roping, but transitioned to the English style of polo. It was tough for him, he said, because he had to learn how to sit in an English saddle which uses more balance and leg strength than a Western saddle, and he had to learn the technique that goes along with the game, including hand-eye coordination, balance and swinging the mallet. Williams said that when he tells someone he’s a part of the polo team, they usually think water polo. “Once I explain that I’m talking about polo with horses, they are usually amazed,” he said. He said that people, especially women who like to dress up, would really like to watch polo if they gave it a chance because it’s a spectator’s sport. He also said it would be nice

to have a bigger crowd and cheering section for the players at their games. Waddell expects this year’s men’s team to be national players again with three returning players. However, he said, it is tough to tell for the women’s team because he lost three players last year to grades. “The women are in a rebuilding stage,” he said. After seeing some of the polo members with a horse outside of the Student Union Building between classes, Raven Richardson, a junior general studies major from Orange County, Calif., came out to the fall rush party for the polo club Saturday. Even though she was unable to join the club due to time restraints between softball and school, Richardson said she would have loved to be a part of the polo club. “I just really love horses,” she said. There will be a meeting 8 p.m. Monday in the animal sciences building that Waddell encourages anyone who wants to have a relationship with horses to come to. ➤➤sarah.scroggins@ttu.edu

Instead of soaking up the sun poolside all summer, one Texas Tech student prefers to travel to third-world countries and help those in need. Carla Black, a sophomore human development and family studies major, has a heart for helping others and tries to make a difference by participating in mission trips. “I just love working with people in any way,” Black said. “And, like, I just really want to serve people that can’t do a lot for themselves.” Since high school, Black has traveled to the Dominican Republic through her hometown church, Lake Cities Church; Kenya through her high school, Grapevine Faith Christian; and Haiti through the local Wesley Foundation. “I love serving people whether it’s in the cities or across the seas,” Black said. “I just really have a heart for people who are unloved and don’t have the things we have here in America.” Before her first mission trip, Black said, traveling to foreign countries where life is very different from customs in the United States was a very daunting prospect for her. “I had never been out of the country before, not even on vacation,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect, and the culture is totally different in certain countries.” But once she had completed her first trip, the initial fear and nerves went away. “I went with my church, so it was really just like going with a bunch of my friends, so it helped to get kind of comfortable,” Black said. “And the place we stayed had been there for a long time, so I kind of felt safe with the people that I was with.” Mission trips have provided Black with many great experiences, she said, and she has learned that in order to do them, you must have a certain mindset. “You definitely need compassion, you need to be flexible, cause you’re never on a schedule even if you have an itinerary,” Black said. “You kind of have to be strong, because the things you see will make you cry.” While there are many rewarding experiences that come with participating in missions, Black has found the most

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rewarding thing to be the relationships she forms with the people while working with them. “I like making relationships with people there even though I might be there for a week or two weeks,” she said. “So when I see a kid at the same time every day and I see them, like, form a relationship with me and see how they’re touched – maybe they don’t have parents or are unloved, and I can see that I’ve touched them in some way – that’s really cool.” Black has worked with people of all ages in the various countries she has traveled to, and each place provided her with something new. “Every trip is a different experience. In Haiti we worked with old people some that didn’t have anyone to care for them, and they were a lot of fun. But most of the time it’s kids,” Black said. Everyone has the opportunity to become involved with missions in many different ways. She said there are many student ministries and church organizations through which you can become involved. And even if you don’t want to actually participate and attend the trip, there are always other alternative ways to help out. Black does have plans to continue participating in mission trips in the future, and would most like to go back to Kenya and continue to help make a difference in people’s lives there. “I don’t know what the next one will be, but I don’t feel called to do full-time missions yet,” Black said. “I don’t know, I might be, but I feel like that’s something that I will always want to help out with.” ➤➤audrey.collins@ttu.edu

“We have to get out there and have people have fun,” she said. “We have to spread fashion and do something good for the economy.” Madison Avenue was packed with taxis as shoppers crowded the sidewalks. Hundreds of people lined up outside Bergdorf Goodman, where huge crowds flocked to see Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige, who came out to promote her eyewear line. “We love you Mary!” shouted fans. Among them was Michelle Blackman, a 37-year-old attorney from Brooklyn who was planning to spend. “I’m definitely going to be buying shoes tonight,” said Blackman, who planned to spend anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000. “I’ll put some money into the economy.” Designers including Mark

Badgley and James Mischka, Lela Rose and Thakoon Panichgul trotted out their dogs for a modeling contest, dressed in duds from top hats to wedding gowns to boas. Crowds grew so big it was hard to use the escalators or leave the store. “You don’t see this much excitement at stores,” said Badgley as he surveyed the crowd while holding his beagle Ramel, dressed in a top hat and tuxedo. The design team’s beagles were dressed as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Last year’s extended hours and blitz of promotions did provide a sales lift for New York City merchants, said Michael McNamara, vice president of research and analysis for MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, which includes transactions in all forms such as cash. Luxury purveyors definitely need a boost. After enjoying rebounding sales earlier in the year, many upscale merchants have seen their U.S. customers pull back again since the spring amid signs of a halting economic recovery. “The psyche of the luxury shopper has changed,” said Robert Burke, a New York-based luxury consultant. “The idea of spending $2,000 to $3,000 on something that’s identifiable to just one season isn’t there.” The idea of Fashion’s Night out is to get customers excited about shopping — without the discounts. In Los Angeles, a Ferris wheel on Rodeo Drive gave complementary rides to shoppers. Music poured onto West Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue from participating shops. At Beckley, a boutique carrying everything from cocktail dresses to T-shirts, shoppers sipped on vodka basil lemonades, snacked on Diane Von Furstenburgers and Fendi Fries from a food truck and were treated to hair touch-ups from Warren-Tricomi stylists — because one must look fab while shopping in this trendy district, home to the only Balenciaga and Christian Louboutin shops in all of Los Angeles. Beckley also offered pedicabs to cart shoppers through town. Owner Melissa Akkaway said she was pleased with the turnout. “We’d definitely participate next year,” she said.

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Soccer goes unbeaten, wins Red Raider Classic BY TOMMY MAGELSSEN

Celebrities, shoppers meet at Fashion’s Night Out NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Campbell danced on the sidewalk of Madison Avenue in leather hotpants. Alexander Wang led a dance party in a department store. And Vogue’s Anna Wintour wore a (gasp) T-shirt. It could only be Fashion’s Night Out, the one-night celebration dreamed up by Wintour to lure shoppers into stores and revive the flagging fashion industry. The event, started in New York last year during Fashion Week, fanned out to 100 cities around the country on Friday, and 16 countries planned their own versions. Wintour made a stop at Ralph Lauren, where she posed in a Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt with David Lauren and Halle Berry. She said the event had grown in a year “by slightly epic proportions.”

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Heading into the 85th minute with a scoreless draw against North Texas, freshman midfielder Jessica Disabella lined up a free kick on the right side of the field, 12 yards from the North Texas penalty box. “I just wanted it so bad for the team because we worked so hard,” Disabella said, “and I was just praying that something good would happen.” Her prayers were answered. Disabella sent a cross that drifted just over the outstretched fingertips of North Texas goalkeeper Haley Newsom and into the net. “I screamed and jumped up into the air, and everyone came running over, and I was just so happy,” Disabella said. The Red Raiders swarmed Disabella and were able to hold on to the 1-0 victory Friday night at the John Walker Soccer Complex as part of the Red Raider Classic. The Red Raiders (7-1) thought they were a better team than the Mean Green (5-2-1), Disabella said, but their efforts fell short for most of the game. PHOTO BY SAM GRENADIER/The Daily Toreador Tech outshot UNT 14 to nine, but only TEXAS TECH MIDFIELDER Jessica Disabella heads the ball over North had four shots on target. At halftime Stone made sure his Texas forward Ali Morgan during the Red Raiders’ 1-0 victory Friday at players knew they weren’t playing to the John Walker Soccer Complex.

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“That was pretty much a team win right there because special teams really stepped up for us,” Tuberville said of his team’s performance. “I mean, it was about as good as I’ve seen the special teams group play in a long time; running back punts, blocking kicks, running back kickoff returns, it was excellent. “Aaron Crawford, he’s doing a great job, a lot of effort,” Tuberville continued. “We’re getting a lot of effort from our special teams guys.” Crawford’s block – which senior linebacker Jonathan Brydon recovered – led to a Tech (2-0) touchdown, extending the Red Raider lead to 14-0 with 10:49 remaining in the first quarter.

But Tech’s special team onslaught would not end there. Running back Eric Stephens returned a kick for 93 yards to UNM three-yard line in response to UNM’s first points of the game which made the score 14-3. Batch scored two plays later to make it 21-3 Tech. Stephens returned all four of Tech’s kickoff returns for 175 yards. The effort moved him from fifth to third all-time in school history for kickoff return yardage. He currently has 1,120 career kickoff return yards. Stephens, however, would have preferred to take that kick to the house. “(After) all the workouts all summer, I thought I had it,” Stephens said with a laugh. “Cutting across field, (it was) a dream. By the time I got to the stretch it was pretty hard to pick up my legs, but we’ll get it fixed.”

One thing Tech did fix – at least against the Lobos – was the field goal unit. The Red Raiders had two kicks blocked against SMU during opening weekend. But the field goal team seemed to be on the same page Saturday, allowing kicker Matt Williams to knock a 22-yard field goal through the uprights with 7:05 left in the first half. They entered the locker room at halftime in control of the game with a 31-17 advantage, something quarterback Taylor Potts said is a result of the contributions from other units. “That’s a credit to the defense and the special teams,” he said. “If it’s that easy every time, that’d be an easy day at the office, I guess.” Additionally, Brydon came up with Tech’s second blocked punt after UNM’s opening drive of the second half. The Red

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Tech volleyball continues its road struggles By JOSH KOCH STAFF WRITER

Learning how to be a winning program takes time, which the Texas Tech volleyball team hopes they can reflect on in the future. For now, the learning curve continues for the Red Raiders who dropped three consecutive matches at the Rams Classic Volleyball tournament in Colorado to wrap up their non-

conference slate. Tech (2-7) fell to host No. 15 Colorado State (8-1) — the tournament champions — 3-0 Friday. The Red Raiders followed up Saturday by losing both matches of a double-header. Tech lost to Illinois State (83) 3-1, and then was out-dueled by Northeastern (6-4) 3-1. “It was one of those weekends where we just didn’t play well,” Tech volleyball coach Trish Knight said. “I don’t know

what causes that at times. I think that we still have an intense fear of failure, and they can’t relax and play. And I think that is the biggest thing, that I’ve got to get them through to where they’re not scared to death to lose.” A crowd of 2,000 fans at the Colorado State match made things difficult on Tech and proved to be too much to overcome. Tech held its own against the No. 15 Rams for a while, before Colorado State went on a 6-3 run to close out the first set, and eventually, the match. The closest Tech got after that opening set was in the third set when the Red Raiders took a 17-15 lead. The following morning’s match against Illinois State saw the Redbirds possess momentum throughout the match. Illinois State had a .348 attacking percentage through the match as the Red Raiders could only muster up a .40 attacking percentage throughout — that mark is a season low for Tech. In the team’s final match against Northeastern, the Red Raiders won their first set of the weekend by beating the Huskies 25-14. But the ending remained the same as it had prior to that match. Tech lost then dropped the following three sets.

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conduct penalty in frustration with the pass interference call that CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 pushed the Lobos all the way back to the Tech 45-yard line. “Every week we go into it Out of field-goal range, the saying ‘Special teams wins the Lobos opted to try a “Hail Mary” game,’” Brydon said. “Every pass to end the first half, and that time we go out there we have pass fell incomplete as time expired. the honor of being out there on Tech dodged the bullet and entered special teams. We just go out and with a 14-point halftime lead. give it our all.” The Tech defense came out A long return by Stephens in strong in the second half and althe first quarter set up another lowed the Lobos no points, thanks short field, resulting in a Batch in part to two second-half interceptouchdown on a two-yard run tions. two plays later. As demonstrated in New MexBut the Red Raiders appeared ico’s collapse at the end of the first to be on the ropes nearing halftime. half, penalties played a big role After allowing New Mexico Saturday. its first three points of the 2010 The Lobos committed 16 penseason, New Mexico got two alties for 169 yards compared to touchdowns in the second quar- Tech’s six penalties for 69 yards. ter – and seemed poised for a Potts helped too, finishing the third to close out the first half. game with 293 passing yards, comWith 47 seconds remaining pleting 22-of-34 passing attempts in the first half and up 31-17, and had three touchdowns. quarterback Taylor Potts was For the second straight game, sacked by New Mexico’s Johna- receiver Lyle Leong was Potts’ top than Rainey and fumbled the passing option. Leong had five football which was recovered receptions for 75 yards – two recepby the Lobos at the Tech 31- tions for touchdowns. yard line. Tech also improved its running The Lobos appeared to have game numbers from the SMU game, cut their deficit to 31-24 when rushing for 152 yards on 36 carries. Lobo quarterback B.R. Holbrook Stephens led the team with 46 yards completed a 15-yard strike to Ty on the ground. Kirk with 13 seconds remaining But it was special teams that before halftime. However, New garnered the headlines Saturday Mexico’s Chris Hernandez was evening in Albuquerque. called for pass interference to “It’s awesome,” Potts said. void the touchdown grab. “(Making plays on special teams) Before the next snap, New gives you a lot of excitement on the Mexico’s Mike Cannon was sidelines. It was fun for everybody.” called for an unsportsmanlike ➤➤michael.graham@ttu.edu

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