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Boehner: No debt hike without concessions WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government’s debt Sunday as Speaker John Boehner adamantly ruled out a House vote on a straightforward bill to boost the borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama. With no resolution in sight, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned that Congress is “playing with fire” as he called on lawmakers to quickly pass legislation re-opening the government and a measure increasing the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt limit. The government shutdown precipitated by the budget brinkmanship entered its sixth day with hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed, national parks closed and an array of government services on hold.
Blind student overcomes social stigmas, campus challenges
By CHELSEA GRUNDEN Staff Writer
The City of Lubbock confirmed the first 2013 death from West Nile virus Neuroinvasive Disease. According to a news release from Public Health Coordinator Beckie Brawley on Oct. 4, the deceased was older the age of 80, had a chronic medical condition and lived in the 79424 ZIP code. Less than 1 percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis, according to the release. West Nile virus cannot be spread from bird to man, horse to man or person to person, according to the release.
Storm system Karen dissipates off Gulf Coast LAFITTE, La. (AP) — After days of lumbering toward the Gulf Coast, the storm system Karen dissipated Sunday as storm preparations in the region were called off or scaled back. As tides began to recede along coastal Louisiana, crews worked to pick up sandbags and some fishermen took to the water. In Lafitte, the tide had water levels along Bayou Barataria lapping at the edges of piers and sections of the main roadway into the small fishing village prone to flooding. “We’re very lucky,” fisherman Ken LeBeau said. He added that he was anxious to get out shrimping Sunday — while the tide is up, shrimp may be farther inland; fisherman don’t have to venture as far out to catch them. The community has been swamped with flooding by several storms since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many are just recovering from Hurricane Isaac last summer.
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KYLE STEINLE, A mathematics graduate student from Oak Harbor, Wash., takes his seeing eye dog, Jeanette, to help guide him through classes and daily life. Steinle lost his vision in 2002 after being shot in the face with a .22-caliber pistol.
By TYLER DORNER Staff Writer
Students who are visually impaired face unique problems when it comes to just getting to class, using textbooks and facing assumptions of what they can and can’t do. Mathematics graduate student Kyle Steinle, from Oak Harbor, Wash., has been blind for nearly 12 years after a “freak” accident, he said. His brother was showing him a .22-caliber pistol he had stolen from his grandfather when the gun discharged, hitting Steinle from five feet away in his right eye immediately causing blindness in his right eye. The bullet shattered upon impact and hit his optic nerve in his left eye, which then caused him to become totally blind. The doctors did not expect him to live
and put him in a medically induced coma for a week, he said. He somehow came out of it, and from that point on, doctors expected him to remain in the hospital for a year. However, Steinle left after six weeks. Accompanying Steinle is his dog Jeannette, who is a mix of a Lab and Golden Retriever. She has been with him for about six years and was bred by Seeing Eye in Morristown, N.J. Tanya Washington, the location and rehabilitation counselor for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in the Division for Blind Services, is one of the people who help blind students all the way from high school to when they begin looking for a job. “We figure out what services they need as far as going to school,” Washington said. According to the National Federation of
the Blind, there are approximately 656,100 blind people in the U.S. from the ages of 4-20. There are more than 900,000 people who are listed as being visually impaired who have received some college education. Overall, Texas is listed as the second highest state for visual impairments with 615,800 people. For Steinle, he hasn’t had any issues with getting around campus in a safe and timely manner. “Navigating around is not too much of a problem,” he said. People around campus are generally helpful and friendly to those who are visually impaired, he said. The problem visually impaired students face is not so much walking around campus, but riding around it. STEINLE continued on Page 2 ➤➤
The Texas Tech Student Democrats interviewed students about their political knowledge for their YouTube page at noon Friday at the Free Speech Area. Daniela Parraga, a senior journalism major from San Antonio, had a microphone in hand as she stopped students and asked them political questions. The member of Tech Student Democrats asked students if they knew what the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — was, who the U.S. vice president is, whether they knew what Miley Cyrus was famous for, and if they could identify what show Snooki of “Jersey Shore” was from. Raul Cevallos, vice president of Tech Student Democrats and junior management information systems major from Dallas, said the responses from students would go on a YouTube page to show student knowledge of political and popular culture news. DEMOCRATS continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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An 11 a.m. start time meant No. 20 Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0) would need to focus on bringing early energy on the road in front of Kansas’ (2-2, 0-1) homecoming crowd in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks had the early components for an upset against the Red Raiders. An early kickoff coupled with a quick 10-0 lead appeared as if Kansas was going to test Tech. After a missed 32-yard field goal from junior kicker Ryan Bustin, the Red Raiders went on to score points in their next seven consecutive drives and emerged victorious in a 54-16 rout. Senior receiver Eric Ward said the early start might have played a factor in Tech’s lack of offensive production in the opening quarter. ADVERTISING: 806-742-3384
“I mean sometimes it just takes a while to get started because you’re just waking up,” he said. “I mean we had a early wake-up call, but just getting started is the hardest part, but when we get in a groove and get things going then we’re on a roll.” Freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 33 of his 51 pass attempts for 368 yards and one interception. Mayfield also rushed for 23 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown to give Tech its first lead of the afternoon. The Red Raiders proved most efficient in the second quarter, scoring on all four of their drives and allowing the Jayhawks zero points or first downs. A year ago, the Jayhawks rushed for 390 yards during the overtime loss they suffered in Lubbock, and senior defensive linebacker Kerry Hyder said the previous success was a focal point
for Tech’s defense entering Saturday. “We heard 390 all week and we made it a point to come in here and stop the run,” he said. The Jayhawks rushed for 53 total yards on 37 carries. Sophomore running back Darrian Miller and senior running back James Sims combined for 95 rushing yards on 21 carries. Although the Red Raiders were tested early, the final result was a positive statement to the fact this Tech defense has redesigned itself in the past year, senior defensive lineman Will Smith said. “Yeah they were pretty excited coming out,” he said. “It’s their homecoming, it’s an early morning game, so yeah, once everything settled down and we settled down and communicated things went very smooth. “It feels great. That was one of the things we were harping on, like I mean
this is not the same defense as last year — so let’s let that be known pretty early — and I feel like we did a good job with that.” Tech rushed for 179 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries. Several botched snaps were the source of the diminished total rushing stats for the Red Raiders. Sophomore running back DeAndre Washington said the success on the ground stemmed from making a continuous effort to establish the run. “I think we got things going,” he said. “We were kind of slow in the first half, but we was able to get some things going in the second half and kind of tempo them and you could kind of see it kind of wear down on them towards the second half of the game.”
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Student receives $125,000 for seed research By TYLER DORNER Staff Writer
A Texas Tech student received a $125,000 grant from the company Seed Matters to continue his research in the cotton industry. Ryan Gregory, a graduate student studying crop science from Rawls, received the grant to help with his research for developing a way to visually see biotechnology contamination issues in cotton crops. “I’m working to develop a screening method to visually identify glyphosate resistant plants,” he said. Gregory works with Jane Dever, an associate professor cotton breeder at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center just outside Lubbock. Dever works on devolving new cotton varieties for organic production, she said. Gregory helps her with those day-to-day activities in the field then will work on
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“We’ve seen this done before in schools across the country,” he said, “and so we wanted to try it out ourselves.” The reason the organization was at the Free Speech Area, Cevallos said, was to bring attention to politics and show students the need to get involved with the government. Asking students about the Affordable
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The symptoms of a neurologic illness include headache, fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer or diabetes, also are at greater risk for serious illness, according to the release.
his own personal research project for contamination issues. Dever applied for the funding from the Seed Matters Initiative of the Cliff Bar Family Foundation, which is for the promoting and funding of organic seed research, Gregory said. “These Seed Matters grants are really trying to level the playing field between traditional classical breeding and biotechnology research because we need both,” Dever said. Seed Matters has three areas it focuses on, she said. The first is to conserve crop genetic diversity, the second is to promote the farmer’s role in seed innovation, and the third is to reinvigorate public breeding programs. Three other awards were awarded around the country to doctoral candidates who are doing organic seed research. Gregory said he is the first person to receive the grant who is working with a nonfood seed.
The grant will take care of tuition and living expenses so he can focus on his research and get his doctorate, he said. “That takes away all the financial stress that I would have otherwise so I can focus completely on my research and academics,” Gregory said. Dever met the director of Seed Matters on a federal advisory council on genetics, which helped them receive the funding because there is no type of online application to apply for the grant, she said. Seed Matters goes out and finds research it likes and awards the grants. The two will travel to Emeryville, Calif., on Nov. 4 to meet the other grant recipients, Dever said. Seed Matters was the perfect company to work with and receive the grant from, she said. “I completely support what the Seed Matters initiative goals are, and I wanted to be a part of it,” Dever said.
The first meeting on the job with Dever, Gregory said he found out he was going to receive the grant. The money will help not only Gregory, but also Dever and the work they’re doing. “It gives us the ability to continue to improve cotton genetics, which is important to not only the organic growers, but all the cotton growers,” she said. From here, Gregory said he wants to improve his research until accomplishing the ultimate goal of having a successful and efficient screening method to use in the field for all public cotton breeders. “The ultimate goal is to make a better crop, and our job is to do that through genetics,” Gregory said. Gregory has expressed some interest in having his own seed company one day, Dever said. “I knew this was exactly where I was supposed to be,” Gregory said. ➤➤email@example.com
RYAN GREGORY, A graduate crop sciences student from Rawls, received a $125,000 grant from Seed Matters for his work with cotton at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.
Care Act is just one of the issues the group hoped to bring awareness to, he said. The Affordable Care Act gives people the opportunity to have access to health insurance, Cevallos said. “It allows people that weren’t able to purchase insurance through their employers or through other means to be able obtain insurance through exchanges,” he said. These exchanges, Cevallos said, are websites where people can go to purchase insurance either through subsidies from
the government or on their own. Before the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing conditions or people considered a high risk would not be able to afford insurance because of the cost or would be turned down altogether from insurance companies, he said. Although the Affordable Care Act seems like a great idea to some people, the act has seen opposition from Republicans. According to an article in The Associated Press, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Chairman Darrell Issa of California, said the Affordable Care Act is causing many websites to crash because of the flood of people trying to get insurance. People are not properly informed by these websites and others are not getting their coverage on time because of the confusing forms they have to fill out, Issa said in the article. “These ‘glitches,’ which the president is trying to brush off, reveal how totally unprepared the government is for this launch even with three-and-a-half years
to prepare,” he said. “This is nothing, however, compared to the potentially irreversible damage the law threatens in the long term.” But the fight about the Affordable Care Act wasn’t the main argument being contested on Friday in the Free Speech Area. Cevallos said he insists the main point of the event was to inform and educate students. The recent government shutdown, he said, has a lot to do with the nation’s lack of interest in politics.
Symptoms for West Nile virus can develop within two to 14 days. The symptoms typically start with fever and anything from weakness to loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, headache, muscle aches, rash and swollen glands. These symptoms are exemplified higher in the elderly and those with weakened immune symptoms, according to the release. Eliminating exposure to mos-
quitoes is essential in eliminating the risk of the disease, according to the release. Brawley suggests avoiding being out at dusk or dawn, when mosquitos feed. She also suggests wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants when outdoors. It also is advised to wear appropriate repellant per instructions on the label and also to spray it on skin and clothes alike, in case mosquitos bite through the clothing. Brawley advises to avoid per-
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Chancy Price, the Senior Academic Counselor for Student Disability Services said that when she does hear of complaints from visually impaired students, it is usually pertaining to the bus system. “The complaint we hear most frequently from visually impaired students and their accessibility around campus is about the bus system,” she said. “There seems to be a problem with some bus drivers announcing stops when they arrive – both inside the bus and outside toward the bus stop.” Student Government Association and Transportation and Parking Services are working together to fix the issue, she said. Steinle said getting his textbooks put into braille and electronically scanning his work are the toughest issues he faces pertaining to school. During his undergraduate studies at Tech, he had to buy three textbooks and get them all put into braille, which cost around $15,000. “For us blind students, we have no braille transcribers,” he said. Steinle said Tech could help out by hiring at least one professional who could specifically help students who are visually impaired.
“If the majority of Americans knew about politics and were involved in it, then Congress would be held accountable,” Cevallos said. “But until we have more people voting for general elections than American Idol, we are not going to see that.” Getting more involved with politics is easily done, he said. “Even watching a little bit of cable news networks at night they’d be able to know a lot more,” Cevallos said. ➤➤email@example.com
While dealing with textbooks and electronics might be a pain, the hardest part of being visually impaired is society’s perception of what it is like, he said. “Society in general makes assumptions at what I can and can’t do,” he said. Steinle laughed as he told two stories that showed how people understand what it means to be blind. In the first story, he was eating breakfast in the cafeteria and a student was talking to him about his blindness and asked him how blind people were able to eat. In the other, he was getting groceries and someone asked him if Jeanette picked the groceries off the shelf for him. “No, dogs cannot read words,” he said with a chuckle. A statistic showed that blindness is the third thing most people fear that could happen to them, Steinle said. “Most of society doesn’t know what it’s like to be blind, they almost think nothing can be done if you’re blind,” he said. With the loss of eyesight came the enhancement of other senses, Steinle said. He has more acute hearing and notices more sounds around him, he said. He also can tell where he is on campus buy counting the number of streets he crosses in his head. He does see some colors and dots around him, but they have no relevance to what is actually there, he said. Steinle compares it to watching the television when it is on static. He has a mix of dreams, some in which he can see again, others where is blind, but is feeling his way through the dream, Steinle said. In one dream, he said he remembers vividly climbing up the Empire State Building while fighting Spiderman. “People say dreams come true so I can’t wait,” he said. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
ACL: a look from an insider T
he overwhelming smell of freshly cut grass, delicious foods and sweaty bodies filled my nostrils as I walked though the entry gates. When people say Austin City Limits Music Festival is an experience like no other, they aren’t kidding. Although it may seem like just another music festival filled with bands everyone either loves or have never heard of, it is in no way a normal weekend music event. From the impressive annual lineup, insanely unique fans and the glorious amounts of food tents, I loved every second of it. Before you even get to the festival, you have to figure out parking. When we finally found somewhere to park and walked to Zilker Park under the giant ACL entryway, the whole area just opened up. You could tell by the atmosphere it was going to be a good weekend. A 20-foot statue of the state capitol stood at the front of the park, marking where the main entrance and informational booth were located. Looking left and right, there were tents set up as far as the eye could see. You could see both of the main stages and several of the other stages just from that one entry. Looking at the schedule beforehand was definitely a good idea. We needed to plan out which bands we wanted to see on each day. Of course that unfortunately meant making a few sacrifices, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and there were definitely some sacrifices worth making. Once you walked into the “Austin Eats” area, there was no going back. Booths upon booths of different Austin venues were stacked down the strip of the park. There were all kinds of food friendly to all kinds of diets, too. The Salt Lick Barbecue was right next to the Southside Flying Pizza booth, which was right down the way from the Freebirds booth, and so on and so forth. A favorite festival food stand of mine was Torchy’s Tacos, a very well-known Austin favorite. They serve some of the most delicious and mouth-watering tacos
Liana Solis you will ever consume. Although food is wonderful and I would have spent all day over at the food area if I could, it wasn’t the reason I went to the festival. The music was the reason I went, and the bands that performed definitely made an effort to make sure the fans weren’t disappointed. There were two main stages — the AMD stage and the Samsung Galaxy stage — which each stood on opposite ends of the park. These are the stages a lot of the biggername artists performed on, including Fun., Vampire Weekend, Muse and The Cure. If anyone wanted to get close to the stage for any of the bigger artists, they pretty much had to get to those stages an hour or so in advance because it got so packed. Especially because of the heat beating down, that was not something that was thought of to be a fun thing to do. If you really wanted to see them though, the waiting was worth it. They save some of the bigger-named bands for the late-night shows, and those shows at ACL have the most fantastic atmosphere. The first night I saw Muse. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to wait long to get good seats. They had a bit of a rocky start when all the sound blew out after only five seconds of playing. The anxious crowd sat around for half an hour waiting for them to come back on stage to recover from the beginning. The drummer finally came on and said something about the generator running out of oil. At this point, the audience already had been cheering for them to restart and was becoming very angst ridden. When the whole band came back onstage, the crowd let out the loudest roar I’ve ever heard — you could tell they were ready for some Muse. Despite the minor delay, the band made up for it with an amazing performance. The music was fantastic and the special
effects used made it even better. Colorful lights streamed out from the stage, and it was like you could reach out and touch them. Pictures of different angles of the stage flashed behind them, giving the audience a look from every perspective. When the show ended, we were all left satisfied, yet continuously wanting more. Unlike I did for Muse the previous night, I waited a long time to make sure I was at the front of the set for The Cure on Saturday night. I already had been at the front for the previous band, so when they ended I just didn’t leave. Even though The Cure wasn’t coming onstage for another hour and a half, I was not about to give up my front-row spots to see them. For me, the band was worth the wait. As soon as the audience lights turned off and the main, blue stage lights slowly started lighting up, the crowd went wild. All the members walked out onstage and started playing almost instantaneously. Being so close, the music was blasting my eardrums out, but that wasn’t something I cared about even the slightest bit. Especially when they started playing “Friday I’m in Love,” and I went insane. It wasn’t until that point the realization hit me that I was seeing one of my favorite classic rock bands live. The lead singer, Robert Smith, was literally 15 or 20 feet away from me. When things like this happen, it makes things feel so surreal. It’s hard to believe sometimes the artists who you have been listening to for so long are actually real and standing right in front of you. The music isn’t the only fun part of ACL. There’s no feeling like being in a crowd surrounded by other fans like you, cheering for a band you never thought you’d see. But for me it was so much more than just a concert — it was a lifechanging experience. Going from stage to stage with the company of my friends, trying out our adventurous side by trying all the local foods and even driving around aimlessly for an hour trying to find somewhere to park, every aspect was worth the trip down to the weird yet wonderful city that is Austin. ➤➤email@example.com
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Band Perry outperforms Rascal Flatts
t was a family affair Friday night in United Spirit Arena. The Band Perry, a trio of siblings, and Rascal Flatts, a male trio with one pair of cousins, performed to a sold-out crowd. In between songs, Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry noted country music’s family bond several times. When Kimberly Perry wasn’t speaking and sort of preaching to the crowd — something she did a little too often — she was commanding the stage like a true rock star. She had a Carrie-Underwood-meets-Beyonce style with her mini leather skirt, five-inch heels and full head of hair that she flipped perfectly on beat. Nothing about The Band Perry was safe, timid or boring. Even while singing their ballad, “All Your Life,” fans were standing and clapping along. With The Band Perry being a relatively young band — the average age of the three members is about 25 years old — the older crowd members mostly sat through the band’s set — until youngest brother, Neil, performed a cover of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.” Neil sang lead for the song, while Kimberly, the self-proclaimed bossy older
Paige Skinner sister, sang backup for the first time during the night. It had the potential to be awkward and bad, but the group pulled it off without a hitch while the crowd cheered and sang along. But, the highlight of the band’s set might have been when they performed “If I Die Young.” Fans came to their feet as Kimberly sang a morbid song about the tragedy of dying too young. Fans sang along with their hands in the air — almost like a church congregation. It was oddly awesome. After The Band Perry closed with “Better Dig Two,” Rascal Flatts opened its set with “Life Is A Highway.” The band performed some of its biggest hits, including “Bless the Broken Road,” “Me and My Gang” and “What Hurts the Most.” Rascal Flatts opted out of a Natasha Bedingfield hologram during “Easy,” and instead the band’s first opening act, “The
Voice” season three winner, Cassadee Pope, joined lead singer Gary Levox for the duet. During “Fast Cars and Freedom,” lead singer Levox pulled an elementaryaged girl on stage with him and paraded her around onstage as he sang, “You don’t look a day over fast cars and freedom.” The crowd ate it up as she held her Guns Up. But that wasn’t the last of the Red Raider-themed antics. During Rascal Flatts’ encore, “Summer Nights,” Texas Tech’s Masked Rider and Raider Red surprised the crowd when they joined the band onstage. It was a tad cheesy and overdone, but the crowd cheered and waved at the two Tech mascots. After the concert Raider Red took to social media to express his gratitude about the encore performance. “I’d love to thank @rascalflatts for jamin with me last night. Did Lubbock proud. #whatanight,” the mascot tweeted. I was more impressed with The Band Perry. Kimberly, Neil and Reid outperformed Rascal Flatts and I look forward to the band’s upcoming headlining tour. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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been collecting personal data, such as phone and email records of every single American, is simply an outrage. The justification this is all in the name of preventing terrorist attacks just doesn’t work. If that’s the goal, then only people who have known ties to terrorist organizations should be monitored. Joe the Plumber’s phone calls aren’t relevant to fighting al-Qaida. Yet Snowden was charged with espionage in June, and the government made attempts to get him extradited from Hong Kong and Russia. Republicans and Democrats alike sought his prosecution. Faux-conservative congressman Peter King argued Snowden “betrayed his country.” Forgive me if I don’t take anything a government official says at face value. Recent events have led me to distrust the government more than I already did. President Barack Obama tried to calm fears, telling Americans, “No one is listening to your phone calls.” To me, this is highly reminiscent of the scene in “Star Wars” when ObiWan Kenobi tells the storm troopers, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” What’s sad is that Obama can convince people of what he says without even waving his hand. All he has to do is say it. The recent IRS scandal, in which it was revealed the organization targeted conservative groups, is very telling. It couldn’t have simply been a coincidence that a government organization targeted political enemies of the president. We still have no real answers to the scandal, which leads me to the logical conclusion IRS was being used to target the president’s political opponents.
Joe the Plumber’s phone calls aren’t relevant to fighting al-Qaida.
So if IRS can be used in that manner, why can’t NSA? What’s to stop government officials from using the data collected through these spying programs to undermine or damage people for any reason they see fit? It’s almost mind-boggling how Orwellian this is. It’s also interesting to note the very same Democrats who screamed about the Patriot Act being a violation of civil liberties are defending these spying programs, which go much further than the Patriot Act was intended. Apparently, since a Democrat is president, any violation of civil liberties is in the best interests of the country, but when a Republican is president, such violations are unconstitutional. John Adams wrote “the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to reform, alter or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require it.” Snowden’s actions are perfectly within what Adams believed to be the right of the people. To think our rights are not at stake here is foolish. The prevailing attitude coming from government officials is they know what’s good for America and we the people should let them do what they want. Snowden has shown the world allowing the government to operate unchecked can lead to a massive expansion of power and a decrease in civil liberties. Considering him anything less than a patriot would be unfair. Adams also wrote “liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” It’s time we take Snowden’s lead and stand up for our rights against an all-too-intrusive government. If we fail in our task, we doom ourselves to the eventual loss of the freedom so many have fought and died to obtain.
agreed with Edward Snowden for a while, until he went too far with giving confidential information to the public. Snowden worked for the National Security Agency, where he learned, unfortunately, that NSA is tracking a great deal of the private information of American citizens. Here is where I agree with what he did: He informed the public of what NSA was doing. This is an obtrusive overreach by the federal government and is something the American people should be aware of. I was a fan of Julian Assange when he founded WikiLeaks, an organization that publishes information from classified media that is supposed to be secret and often has files that leak from government cables. It is important in a free democracy, where the idea is everyone in the country who is a citizen also is a part of the government, that everyone in that society is adroit to the going-abouts of the nation. This is done so the governed can competently elect leaders who represent their ideas and beliefs. This is especially important when it comes to how we treat others in wartime, like when we found out about the diplomatic cables and Guantanamo Bay. When Snowden started out, this was what he was enlightening the public to. It was something I paid attention to when I found out just how much spying was being done by the govern-
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ment and its agencies. I have a problem with NSA spying on its citizens’ emails and phone records. Just who are we protecting from whom? An overreach such as this needs to be made public so we can decide if we want to continue to be mistreated in such a way. If Snowden had kept on that route, I’d say bring him back home from Russia, but he couldn’t stop there. Snowden then decided it was his turn to run international affairs in this country and give spying secrets about intelligence we collect on foreign nations to the public where not only would American citizens be cognizant of the information, but also foreign people. It shouldn’t come a shock the U.S. spies on foreign countries. This is a crucial job that needs to be done by every nation to make sure it is safe. This is what I assume was the point of having organizations such as NSA. One instance of such spying is France’s foreign ministry and diplomats. According to France 24’s — a French news outlet — website, NSA spied on the foreign ministry and was “interested in (France’s) foreign policy objectives, especially the weapons trade and economic stability.” These are important parts of
intelligence that need to stay secret. We need a competent government making sure the weapons trade is not going to affect our security. We also need to know about France’s economic stability to make sure we can trust it if and when we trade with it. Snowden also leaked, as The New York Times pointed out, that NSA is spying on China, including its computers. This doesn’t help the sometimesrocky diplomatic situation between the U.S. and China. It is no secret the two nations are spying on each other anyway. This is what nations do to make their nation safer and stronger than the rest of the world. W h e n S n o w d e n decided he needed to let everything be thrown open to the public, he hurt the U.S. It is never a good thing when a spy gives too much information about foreign intelligence. His job is to make the country safer and healthier, which is what NSA should be in business to do. Snowden should be tried for his crime of leaking foreign classified information not just to the American public, but also to the world, where many foreign countries are all too happy to grant him asylum for the help he gave them.
It is never a good thing when a spy gives too much information about foreign intelligence. His job is to make the country safer and healthier.
e’s been hailed as both a patriot and a traitor, a sinner and a saint, and the American public didn’t even know he existed before this summer. But the U.S. government sure knew. Edward Snowden became headline news earlier this year when it was revealed he leaked classified government documents concerning spying programs run by the National Security Agency. According to a CNN article, the programs “track cellphone calls and monitor the email and Internet traffic of virtually all Americans.” The leak also revealed the government has been spying on its allies abroad, which is something that deserves questioning as well. Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia, where he was granted asylum, after releasing the documents. His reasoning behind leaking the information is that he feels Americans need to know what the government is doing. In his statement to human rights groups, he quoted a principle declared at Nuremberg that “individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.” It’s an established principle that we as Americans have a duty to question our government when it oversteps its bounds, or makes a poor decision. It’s a core tenet of democracy that the government is accountable to the people it represents. Yet in spite of this, there are those who wish to see Snowden stand trial for his actions. The man should not be charged with any crime whatsoever. He did what he felt was necessary to inform the public of just how intrusive the government has become. The fact NSA has
Mental health should be priority in reducing mass shootings In light of one of the year’s most horrific shootings — wait, pause that. That’s a sentence we shouldn’t have to say. We shouldn’t have to specify that last month’s Navy Yard shooting was one of the most horrific mass murders of 2013. There shouldn’t have been multiple mass murders, school shootings and bombings this year that put us in the position to have to distinguish certain events from others in terms of bloodshed, loss of life and families forever torn apart. After last month’s Navy Yard shooting, April’s Boston Marathon bombings, last year’s Sandy Hook massacre and a slew of other national tragedies that are simply too numerous to recount, it’s an increasingly scary time for everyone. For instance, a child. A marathon runner. A moviegoer. A college student. A bystander. Anybody who’s got a lot to live for doesn’t want to think of their trip to
the grocery store as a gamble on their life. An American. Much of the national dialogue surrounding these events has been on gun control, and far too little has involved discussion of our mental health system. Republican Senator What’s-his-name said this, Democratic House Chair John Doe said that. It’s become a ping-pong match concerning who’s right, who’s wrong, who’s dead wrong and who’s said something that can somehow be construed as anti-feminist. Such discussion is forever going to be an element of our government, no doubt about it. However, it may be argued that one of the most neglected — as well as one of our nation’s most critical — issues is our approach to providing adequate mental health care to those who most desperately need it. Without it, an increase on gun control is a futile attempt at controlling a situation we simply don’t have control of. CNN reports budget cuts of nearly $5
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billion — yes, billion with a “B” — in the nation’s mental health services during the past three years. The dissolution of our mental health system is something that seems to be manifesting itself in more ways than one. In recent years, prisons have begun absorbing more of the mentally ill who are found to commit crimes. Translated economically, this means a higher tax burden on Americans. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, the average yearly cost of a prisoner for taxpayers is just breaking $31,000 per inmate. It’s worth noting that the average cost of mental health services in prison is astronomically more expensive for taxpayers when compared to mental health outpatient services, as reported by CNN. Many times, those who suffer from mental illnesses don’t feel comfortable admitting that they have an issue in the first place. It’s a more abstract issue, yes, but also one at the root of our diluted perception of mental illness. Mental illnesses, disorders and cogni-
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tive imperfections have been stigmatized in our society as the defining characteristics of a person, and it’s getting to be despicable. Diabetics aren’t seen as simply lowerclass beings with insulin deficiency. We don’t discount those who take things like beta-blockers and aspirin as lesser men and inferior women. Yet our brows rise and judgments fly when we hear that someone is seeking treatment for the mind. The brain, like the pancreas, the heart, the bladder or the lungs, is just another organ in our incredibly complex human bodies. It serves us well on some days, and it fails us on others. Any sort of struggle with this organ, no matter how minor, has become representative of a complete lack of stability and sanity. It’s detestable, really, especially when considering that an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans are suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Yes, it’s key to recognize that ail-
ments of the mind manifest themselves in ways unlike our other organs. It’s the only part of our bodies that, when not functioning properly, can largely affect those around us. Psychology senior Rima Malkan voiced her discontent with the way that seeking mental help is viewed by the masses. “People should feel that if they need help, (they) shouldn’t feel scared or nervous or as though there isn’t anywhere they can go without being judged,” Malkan said. “Mental health facilities should advertise in a more welcoming way so it becomes a normal part of people’s lives and not a topic that is tabooed or uncomfortable.” Thomandra Sam, outreach coordinator and staff psychologist at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, also expressed similar sentiments. “There is an unfortunate amount of violence in our society today. Reports focus on what’s there; if someone has a mental illness background, then it will Copyright © 2013 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.
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Austin City Limits kicks off first weekend By CHANTAL ESPINOZA La Vida Editor
ACL weekend one’s acts performed to sold-out crowds. Crowded concerts, busy water stations and loud audience members can summarize Austin City Limits Music Festival in a nutshell. H o w e v e r, t h a t d i d n o t stop more than 200,000 people from attending the 11th annual ACL in its first weekend. This year, ACL expanded its festival to two weekends, as compared to one weekend in the past. Weekend two, which begins Friday, is bound to bring the attendance and excitement the first did. FRIDAY: The first day of ACL was a hot one, but the attendees didn’t seem to mind the sweat. The temperature stayed consistently hot with a welcoming, cool breeze every now and then. Those cold winds, especially in packed concert areas, revived the concertgoers. JIMMY EAT WORLD: “What a nice day,” Jim Adkins, Jimmy Eat World lead singer, said to the audience as the band began to perform. Jimmy Eat World was one of the more notable acts to begin the festival, which explained the large crowd it drew. While the crowd seemed attentive and listened to the band while it performed, there wasn’t a large number of people singing along. FUN.: Across the festival, Grammy award winner Fun. began its performance to a roaring crowd. Lead singer Nate Ruess, who performed with a golden microphone, interacted with the audience quite a bit, hyping them up in between each song. In one of those breaks, Ruess said he was thrilled and honored to be at ACL. The concert was packed with people, as one audience member proclaimed during a song. Toward the end of its hour-long set, the band began to perform radio hits, such as “Carry On,” which the crowd cheered and sang to with the band. While performing “We Are Young,” the audience began to sing louder than previous songs. Even Ruess, who was taken aback by the audience reaction, said it was awesome. VAMPIRE WEEKEND: A majority of the audience watching Fun. stuck around to watch the indie rock band from New York City. The backdrop of the performance included columns
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and a big, ornate golden mirror in the middle of the set. Vampire Weekend’s lead singer Ezra Koening, came on stage wearing a military green jumpsuit, and began to perform one of the bands earlier hits, “Cousins.” Vampire Weekend performed an even amount of new and old songs, including “A-Punk” through “Diana Young,” which the audience seemed to enjoy. Koening and company kept the audience dancing throughout the entire set. MUSE: The day-one headliner, British rock band Muse started 20 minutes later than scheduled because of a generator running out of oil. As drummer Dominic Howard said jokingly before the band began its performance, “Of all the places to run out
SATURDAY: Besides the acts that performed day two of weekend one of ACL, one of the more notable events that occurred was the cold front that came in at about 8 p.m. The cooler temperatures seemed to come as a surprise because close to no one had a sweater with them. In the merchandise tents, one cashier was overheard saying people came in loads to buy fleece sweaters after the front’s arrival. Portugal. THE MAN: With flags and a dummy dressed as Jesus up in the air, Portugal. The Man began to perform to a loud crowd. The band’s lead singer, John Baldwin Gourley, gave little commentary throughout the band’s performance. The audience didn’t seem to mind, though, as they danced and sang
of oil.” Once the band started to perform, the delay quickly was forgotten. The stage, with the help of the Austin skyline in its background, captivated the large crowd. Muse played songs off older and new albums, which pleased the age-diverse crowd. At one point, the band began playing the guitar chords of the national anthem, which brought a roaring cheer from the crowd. One of the more impressive performances was “Madness.” Lead singer Matt Bellamy donned sunglasses that displayed the song lyric. The crowd responded well to the laser show performance throughout the song. “Oh, we love Texas,” Bellamy said to the crowd in between two songs. “We always have a good time in Texas.” With that ended day one of ACL.
along to almost every song. The guitarist, Zachary Carothers, said he couldn’t believe they got to play in places such as ACL. PASSION PIT: The crowd awaiting Passion Pit was packed solid an hour before the concert. Behind the scenes, however, the concert was almost nonexistent because lead singer Michael Angelakos was on the tail end of an upper respiratory infection, according to the band’s Twitter. Angelakos did make a reference to his illness multiple times throughout the band’s set, though it was noticeable in his performance. KINGS OF LEON: “We’ve got nothing to do for the next week, so we’re going to try to give you a long show,” Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill said. The band was one of the two headlin-
ers of the night and performed in front of a decent-sized crowd. The band played several songs off its new album “Mechanical Bull,” which was released earlier this month. The audience, though, danced along with each song. In the last 30 minutes of the band’s set, the band began to perform hits including, “On Call” and “Use Somebody.” The crowd loudly sang along with KoL. During “Use Somebody,” the crowd did not miss an “oh, oh” in the chorus. The band closed its performance with its first hit, “Sex On Fire,” to an excited crowd as sparklers lit up the stage. Kings of Leon, along with all the bands that performed this weekend, will be back to perform next weekend on their scheduled days. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tech soccer keeps home winning streak intact By ALANA KIKER Staff Writer
This weekend marked another pair of victories for the Texas Tech (12-1-1, 2-0-1) soccer program. First against TCU (4-6-3, 0-2-1), as well as the Senior-Day win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-9-1, 0-0-1). On Friday night against the Horned Frogs, the Red Raiders took the lead in the first half and never let go. With goals from both sophomore midfielder Alli Murphy and freshman forward Maddy Crabtree, the Red Raiders forced a 2-0 shutout — their 10th of the season — followed by their 11th shutout of the season against the UAPB Golden Lions on Sunday. Senior forward Jessica Fuston played Friday for the first time since
her injury and proved to be back on her game Sunday with her first goal of the season during Senior Day. Fuston said she has grown attached to this group of seniors since she started playing at Tech. “Seniors have been my best friends since I got here all four years now,” she said. “It’s really touching, people honoring us and how much of a legacy we are leaving here as a group. It’s very touching — that’s all I can say.” Senior Day was exciting for the team with having Fuston back on the field, as well as redshirt senior Conner Williams-Whitfield, who had experienced her third anterior cruciate ligament tear since the start of her career. Tech coach Tom Stone said Williams-Whitfield is the heart
Kithuka keeps record stainless at Arkansas It was the same result, different race for Texas Tech senior Kennedy Kithuka as Kithuka won the Arkansas Chili Pepper Festival on Saturday, according to a news release. He finished first overall with a season-best time of 23:28:1 in the men’s 8,000-meter race. The victory was Kithuka’s second consecutive win at the festival. Morning showers came through before the race, however that did not stop Kithuka from claiming his fourthstraight victory this season. The win not only keeps him perfect this season, but also during his career at Tech, according to the release. Kithuka has ran in 11 races and won all 11 as a Red Raider. Teammate Ezekiel Kissorio followed Kithuka up with a time of 24:39.6 and placed ninth overall. The time was a
season best for Kissorio, according to the release. The performances by Kithuka and Kissorio led the Red Raiders to a fourth place standing with them talling 92 points. The Lady Raiders also finished fourth in the team standings by totaling 98 points in the women’s 5,000 meter race. Junior Sharlene Nickle led the Lady Raiders and placed 17th overall with a career-best time of 17:47.6. Nickle’s teammate Jocelyn Caro reached the finish line after Nickle with a career-best time of her own. Caro reached the finish line at 18:09.5 and placed 27th overall. Kithuka will attempt to maintain his dominance when Tech cross-country runs at NCAA Pre-Nationals on Oct. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. ➤➤email@example.com
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and soul of the team and has accomplished much as a leader even though she hasn’t been able to be as active on the field as she would if she were healthy. “She’s the heart and soul of this team,” he said. “She’s led people to this program, she’s led people to Christ, she’s led people to leadership roles, she’s led people to, you know, pouring their hearts out for this program and there’s never been a leader quite like her and it all comes on the heels of, you know, sustaining three straight ACL tears. “So to be able to be that much of a leader and that influential when you haven’t had as much time to play as you would have if you weren’t hurt, is everything you need to know about Conner. You know, I have one daughter and if
she turned out to be like Conner Williams(-Whitfield), I would be very happy with that.” Although Tech took the lead early and kept possession for most of the game, Williams-Whitfield said the players value every game and by playing well in every game they will be able to reinforce good habits. She said coaches reinforce the idea, it doesn’t matter who they are playing, they need to take each team seriously. “Well, we take every game extremely important,” WilliamsWhitfield said. “It doesn’t matter who we are playing, our coach always kind of pumps us up by saying it doesn’t matter if we are playing the women’s national team or Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It doesn’t matter.”
The Red Raiders shut out the Golden Lions 8-0 on Sunday, with goals derived from Fuston, sophomore midfielder Hannah Devine, freshman midfielder Kendyl Pirkey, sophomore defender Jade Dapaah, senior defender Kansas Bayly and two from sophomore forward Briana Rohmer. The record of goals scored in the first half of a game by Tech since 1995 was broken with six goals scored against UAPB. Tech also set a new record for the most goals scored in one game against UAPB with eight. Pirkey made her debut on senior day, and within the first minute of her play was able to score. Stone said he was happy for the way Pirkey began her career as a Red Raider. “I said, ‘Not a bad way to start
your college career, your first touch is a goal,’” he said. “I was real happy for her, you know, she got hurt in preseason and now she’s fit and healthy and playing well and we’re real happy for her to get that chance and score. She put it away.” Although emotions were high, Stone said the coaching staff was able to get through the day with a win. “This is Senior Day, lots of emotion,” he said. “It was hard at first to even keep it together because this class has meant so much to us. To get through Senior Day, score some goals, everyone got the chance to play today, and move into next weekend’s big road trip healthier than we’ve been in a long time, it was a good day.”
peared to injure his knee. Webb completed three passes for 36 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer made his first appearance of the season for the Red Raiders in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said no decision about the starting
quarterback position would be made until the status of Mayfield has been evaluated thoroughly. “Just keep rolling with it, I mean I don’t know, it’s been an interesting year,” he said. “But if (Mayfield) can’t go, well next man up, I don’t know what that’ll be yet but I thought Davis (Webb) did
some good things and (Michael) Brewer got a couple of snaps — we just ran it with him — but we’ll see. We may have another situation and just figure it out, but I don’t have any answers right now until we know what exactly is wrong with Baker (Mayfield).”
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WACO (AP) — Bryce Petty and No. 17 Baylor needed only 40 seconds to score their first touchdown in the Big 12 opener. Their big-play offense and highscoring ways translated just fine into conference play, with a 73-42 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night. “I just think it’s funny how people still say we still have something to prove when we’ve had four weeks,” Petty said. “70 points, I guess, isn’t enough.” While it was the rematch of the highest-scoring Big 12 game ever, West Virginia couldn’t keep up with the Bears this time. And this wasn’t another overmatched nonconference opponent. The Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) had
864 total yards, breaking the Big 12 record. They had more rushing yards (468) than passing (396) while exceeding the school-record 781 total yards they had in each of their last two games. “We’re just hitting on all cylinders,” said Glasco Martin, who ran for two touchdowns. “It’s the right scheme, the right players and everything is working for us. It’d be hard to beat this offense.” While playing only one drive into the second half, Petty completed 17 of 25 passes for 347 yards with two TDs and had one of Baylor’s school record-tying eight rushing touchdowns. The Bears, shining even brighter with their gold chrome helmets, already had 674 yards while scoring on nine of 10 offensive drives
for a 63-21 lead before he was done. Lache Seastrunk had his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, coinciding with Baylor’s winning streak, and he did it without running after halftime. He ran 15 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard score as the Bears had 28 points in the first quarter for the fourth game in a row. “Our players played extremely active and with a lot of intensity and purpose,” coach Art Briles said. “That was our plan to play with purpose early. ... We decided just to judge the game by the first half because we felt like we did what we needed in the first half to win the football game.” Based on data available since 1980, STATS said Baylor is the only team to score at least 66 points in four
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consecutive games. No other FBS or FCS team has scored 28 points in the first quarter of any three games in a single season since 1996, according to data available to STATS. Baylor still is one game short of matching the Oklahoma in 2008 with five consecutive games scoring at least 60 points. The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2), who made their Big 12 debut last year in a 70-63 victory over the Bears, trailed by five touchdowns midway through the second quarter. “This counts as a loss,” coach Dana Holgorsen said. “We’ll regroup and we’ll do our absolute best to get back on the winning track in two weeks. We’ve got a lot to work on the next two weeks. I said it all week. If it got into a track meet, we wouldn’t be in good shape.” The Bears scored their most points ever in a conference game are 4-0 for the first time since 1991. Their total offense record broke the 807 yards West Virginia had against them last year, and the 73 points were the most for any Big 12 team in a conference game. The first score came when Petty threw a 61-yard TD pass to Antwan Goodley, who finished with seven catches for 170 yards. West Virginia punted on its first drive, but Levi Norwood fumbled and Karl Joseph recovered in the end zone for a 7-7 lead only 2½ minutes into the game. While on pace early to match the big-scoring game from last season, Baylor was the only team getting in the end zone for a while. Petty’s 2-yard keeper put the Bears ahead to stay. Right after West Virginia was stuffed for a 2-yard loss near midfield on a fourth-down play, Tevin Reese made a tremendous grab — extending both of his hands above his head and then pulling in the ball while stumbling forward into the end zone — for a 47-yard score. Baylor needed only play on its next drive to score again, Seastrunk busting free for his long touchdown run. The Bears were up 42-7 when Martin had 2-yard TD runs on consecutive drives, before West Virginia finally had an offensive touchdown on Clint Trickett’s 39-yard pass to Kevin White.
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Red Raiders still seeking 1st conference win By REX ROSE
overall and 0-3 in conference play. West Virginia improved its record to 15-3 and 2-1 in conference. Junior libero Rachel Brummitt highlighted the game defensively, finishing the game with 20 digs from the back row. She now has more than 20 digs in nine different matches this year and remains well on pace to break her Tech single-season record from last year, according to a news release. The Red Raiders had chances to win several games late, but couldn’t stop the Mountaineers’ offensive attack. The Mountaineers had three players record double-digit kills: Nikki Attea with 11, Hannah Sacket with 15 and Jordan Anderson with 18. Although Allen was a key part of Tech’s offense, she said the team has to improve on the defensive side of the ball, crediting West Virginia on its offensive play. “They definitely put a lot of balls down,” she said. “They were hitting around and through our blocks and our defense wasn’t too great. If we can win the serve and
The Texas Tech volleyball team lost its third-straight Big 12 Conference match against West Virginia on Saturday in United Spirit Arena. After winning the first set in a game with eight lead changes, the Red Raiders lost the next three, giving the Mountaineers a 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 2519) victory. Sophomore transfer Jenna Allen led the charge offensively for the team and was second behind West Virginia’s Jordan Anderson in kills during the match. She was the only Tech player to record double-digits in kills, totaling 17 for the game. Allen said the team needs to improve by being psychologically prepared prior to the game as well as in close-game situations. “I think it’s more of a mental thing,” she said. “We’ve got to get mentally prepared before the game. We need to be able to pick each other up and challenge each other throughout the game.” The loss dropped Tech to 7-11
pass, then we’re set.” To be better in close-game situations, Tech coach Don Flora said his team needs to improve emotionally when it counts. “We need to do a better job of finishing,” he said. “That’s a little bit of effort and a little bit of heart. They’ve got to figure out with each other how they’re going to handle that.” This was the fifth overall meeting between Tech and West Virginia. The Red Raiders won all four matches against the Mountaineers prior to Saturday’s match. Flora credits West Virginia for its tempo and said it outplayed his team emotionally. “They played well energy-wise and we didn’t,” he said. “That’s a challenge to our team to play together point to point with the right heart and the right effort.” Tech has been plagued with injuries this season and has key players such as Breeann David and Jenna Allen who aren’t competing at full strength. Flora said he understands his players are not 100 percent healthy, but looks for other members of the team to step up.
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TEXAS TECH OUTSIDE hitter Jenna Allen shanks the ball while attempting a dig during the Red Raiders’ 3-1 loss against West Virginia on Saturday in United Spirit Arena. Allen made 12 digs during the match.
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Vogt’s single in 9th lifts A’s over Tigers 1-0 Henry, Young lead Lakers past Warriors 104-95 feature 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and $214 million slugger Prince Fielder. Gray handled them all with the poise of a seasoned ace. Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Smith hit back-to-back singles against loser Al Alburquerque to start the winning rally, then Josh Reddick was intentionally walked before Rick Porcello entered to face Vogt. He lined a clean single past drawn-in shortstop Jose Iglesias and into left-center. “It’s just really nice to come out in front of these home fans in a must-win game and come through,” Gray said. “It was awesome.” The AL West champion A’s had eight walk-off wins during the regular season, then did it again at the perfect time on baseball’s October stage. It was Vogt’s first career gamewinning hit — and it came after he lost a 10-pitch battle with
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For much of the season, Stephen Vogt caught Sonny Gray with Triple-A Sacramento. Neither could have pictured pairing up on such a sensational playoff moment for the Athletics when they were 90 miles away in California’s capital. One a heralded rookie and the other a relative unknown pushing 29, they provided everything Oakland needed in a 1-0 victory Saturday night that tied its AL division series with the Detroit Tigers at one game apiece. Vogt hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning after Gray matched zeros with Justin Verlander in a dazzling postseason debut. “Knowing that we had worked together for so many innings throughout the year, we were talking before the game: ‘Hey, it’s just like this lineup is similar to a lineup in Triple-A,’” Vogt said. Well, not really. The Tigers
Verlander in the seventh for his third strikeout of the night. Grant Balfour pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the win, but it was Gray and Vogt who took celebratory whipped cream pies to the face. Game 3 is Monday afternoon in Detroit. Jarrod Parker, who pitched Game 1 at Comerica Park last year and lost to Verlander, goes for the A’s against 14-game winner Anibal Sanchez. “I knew there was going to be a lot of adrenaline and how I was able to harness that adrenaline was going to be a big factor in the game,” Gray said. “It was awesome because I was still able to locate my pitches without being too shaky.” This marked the first game in postseason history in which both starters had nine strikeouts and no runs allowed.
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