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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9, 2013 VOLUME 88 ■ ISSUE 32
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Texas Tech student dies in car accident Draven Reid Wirick, a freshman engineering major from Kingwood, died in a two-vehicle collision Sunday night, according to a San Angelo Standard Times article. The collision occurred on U.S. Highway 87 in Kimble County. Wirick was driving northbound in a 2005 Kia when he crossed the center highway line and struck a southbound 2012 Mazda sedan head-on, according to the article. San Angelo native Isaac Cruz Guzman was driving the sedan. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the article. Wirick was 18 and Guzman was 36. Wirick was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech student reported as missing, found A Texas Tech female student, who was reported to be missing, has been found, Tech Police Department Administrative Captain Stephen Hinkle said. “She actually was not missing,” he said. “Her father couldn’t get a hold of her, and we found her and got her in touch with her dad.” A Tech officer documented the report of a missing person at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The student was reported missing by her father and was last seen in Dallas, according to the report. Because officers were not able to locate the student, she was entered into the State Missing Person Clearinghouse and the NCIC database as a missing person. The student resides in Wall Residence Hall. ➤➤email@example.com
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Student copes Part one of a three-part series about the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act with bedbugs Liquor law violations increasing By TYLER DORNER Staff Writer
Students will Wherever say the classic you have large rhyme before bedtime, “Sleep numbers of tight and don’t people living let the bedbugs together bite,” after re- in today’s ports of the inenvironment, sects biting students during the your’re going to have the risk night. Sidney Riley, of bedbugs.” a s o p h o m o r e Sean Duggan communications Managing Director major from Hous- University Student ton and resident Housing o f We y m o u t h Residence Hall, said he started receiving a few random bumps on his hands and feet, but didn’t think much of it until one morning he woke up and knew something was wrong. “I woke up one morning and I had around 10-15 bites on my right arm that hadn’t been there the night before, and that’s when I decided it was time to do something about it,” he said. His roommate also started to receive more and more bumps just like his, Riley said. Riley put in a fix-it order, he said, and 20 minutes later someone was at the room to inspect it because maintenance already was in the hall inspecting another room for bedbugs. According to the Mayo Clinic website, bedbugs bite and feed on human blood. Bedbug bites are generally red with a dark spot in the middle, itch, and may be located on the hands, arms, neck and face. “When we become aware of bedbugs, we jump on it with both feet because we don’t want it to become systemic,” said Sean Duggan, the managing director for University Student Housing. University Student Housing has tracked bedbugs for the past three years and had about 25 cases with about 50 false alarms, Duggan said. “Wherever you have large numbers of people living together in today’s environment, you’re going to have the risk of bedbugs,” Duggan said. Once the inspection crew was in the room, they quickly found the bugs hiding inside a pillowcase, Riley said. Bedbugs, according to the Mayo Clinic website, are often found in mattresses, box springs, frames and headboards. BEDBUGS continued on Page 2 ➤➤
Tech PD Captain explains possible reasons for increase By CARSON WILSON Staff Writer
The Texas Tech Police Department released the results of the 2012 Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics report. Liquor law violations increased from a total of 444 in 2011 to 524 in 2012, according to the report. In 2010, there were a total of 368 violations. “Obviously, we don’t like increases in crime, but then again we have to provide a safe environment for everybody, so we’re going to enforce the law and do our jobs,” Tech PD Administrative Captain Stephen Hinkle said. Tech PD is required to report crimes on campus because of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or the Clery Act. The Clery Act requires all universities receiving federal aid to report crimes on campus to notify and alert students, prospective students, parents, faculty and staff of the prevalence of crime at universities. The Clery Act was introduced after a 19-year-old freshman, Jeanne Clery, was raped and murdered in her residence hall at Lehigh University in 1986, according the report. “At that time, there was no reporting done on college campuses,” Hinkle said. “So it became a federal statute that college campuses had to start reporting violent crimes and certain offenses to the federal government every year.” Hinkle said he believes the steady enrollment increase throughout the years plays a role in the increase, and the results in the report represent what is happening throughout Texas. “You have to look at it from the aspect of, you have 18- and 19-yearold kids, first time away from their parents, they’re freshmen in college now, living on their own, and some of them make the wrong decisions sometimes,” he said. Most liquor law violations Tech PD handles are minor in possession, minor in consumption and public intoxications, Hinkle said. “The majority of our public intoxications come after a big event
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or during a big event, which would be a sporting event or a concert, that’s when we get the majority of them,” he said. “The rest of the time they are really sporadic. Of course we have the minor in possessions and minor in consumptions, the majority of that stuff is actually called into this department, and then we’re responding to them. The officers aren’t actually out looking for that stuff, that’s just stuff we get called to.” This year, 13 people were arrested on adjacent public property. Tech police officers arrested 113 people on on-campus property and 63 of those were in on-campus student housing. There were 398 referrals reported on on-campus property, and all of those were reported in on-campus student housing. Referrals are crimes reported to the Tech PD by other agencies. “We get calls from facility coordinators, which are the housing people, we get calls from the (CA)’s and we get calls from deans of colleges,” Hinkle said. “They happen everywhere.” The reports aren’t just from the Lubbock campus. Statistics are gathered from the El Paso and Amarillo campuses, campuses in Midland and Odessa and the Tech Health Sciences Center, all of which are part of the Texas Tech University System, Hinkle
said. Peer pressure and media influences could be contributing factors to drive students to drink at a younger age. Drinking, especially binge drinking, dramatically affects judgment and development, he said. Jerry Koch, a professor of sociology who teaches an alcohol, drugs and society course, said he believes students who can obtain alcohol don’t know how to properly manage the effects. “Everybody who is under 21 and has access to alcohol, and that includes just about everybody, really just sort of has to wing it in terms of figuring out how much for them is too much and what the consequences are,” he said. “You know, there is very little conversation about teaching people to drink, teaching young people to drink and the way adults drink. Most adults drink reasonably and moderately.” To help the problem of liquor law violations, Hinkle said he would like to see more people report crimes they witness. “I know the PD offers a lot of crime prevention programs that is not utilized a whole lot. I’m sure that could be taken advantage of more,” he said. “I’d like to see students get more involved, and faculty and staff if they see something.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
University Career Services hosts career fair for Tech students By MIKAEL GONZALES Staff Writer
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Potential employers lined the walls at the Overton Hotel Conference Room to recruit students looking for employment opportunities after graduation Tuesday. Kristen Seideman, assistant director for University Career Services, said the fair was a great opportunity for Texas Tech students and alumni. “There are over 100 companies in there. I think our final was 105,” she said. “There are companies here looking for almost every major.” One of the more unique companies, Seideman said, included Marfa Public Radio, which made its first appearance at the event. The host of the radio show, she said, was present at the fair and it was obvious by his voice what he did for a living. Agricultural companies, financial companies, oil companies and police
departments were among the recruiters in attendance, Seideman said. The companies were not just from Texas either, she said. “We have companies that have come from as far away as Idaho, Connecticut and Minnesota,” Seideman said. According to a handout of attending employers at the event, recruiters included Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Wal-Mart, Geico and Wells Fargo Bank. This is a unique opportunity, Seideman said, because it is not often so many potential employers are grouped in the same location. The success of the fair, she said, belongs to the Tech students who, according to recruiters, are some of the best and brightest. “The hospitality in West Texas when the recruiters come to recruit here makes a big difference,” Seideman said. FAIR continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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MARLEE LOFGREN, A junior restaurant hotel and institutional management major from Wichita Falls, speaks with Will Hacker, director of strategic partnerships at Aramark, about job opportunities at Aramark during the University Career Fair on Tuesday at the Overton Hotel Conference Center.
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Raidergate Pass Distribution - Iowa State Game Time: 7 a.m. Where: Student Union Building West Basement So, what is it? Come pick passes for homecoming game all week.
14th Annual Engagement Scholarship Conference Time: All day Where: Student Union Building So, what is it? Stop by and learn about scholarships across different disciplines, community and geographies.
Understanding FERPA from a Faculty Perspective Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Where: TLPD, University Library So, what is it? Brenda Martinez, associate registrar, will answer questions regarding student privacy in the classroom and will educate faculty in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Raidergate Pass Distribution - Iowa State Game Time: 7 a.m. Where: Student Union Building West Basement So, what is it? Wanting to go to RaiderGate this weekend? Come pick passes for homecoming game all week.
Engineering Entrepreneurs Speaker Series: A Panel Discussion of Industry Leaders Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Electrical and Computer Engineering Building ECE 217 (Seacat Room) So, what is it? The Engineering Dean’s Council is hosting a speaker series that will feature a discussion of industry leaders. Free pizza will be there!
TAB Event: Spin Art Frisbee Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Student Union Building So, what is it? Create your own frisbee for free with a student ID for your enjoyment. S.O. Sing Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: United Spirit Arena So, what is it? Support Tech student organizations while they show off their dancing skills in front of their peers. Stay at the end and see who is chosen to be the best.
RENT - The Musical Time: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Maedgen Laboratory Theatre So, what is it? If you’ve seen the Broadway musical or the popular movie adaptation, RENT. The musical will cost you $18, $5 for students with a student ID.
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Officers investigate attempted burglary Tuesday 8:01 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries in the C1 parking lot. 8:04 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident with minor injuries, along with failure to stop and render aid, at the intersection of 15th Street and Akron Avenue. 9:57 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident with minor injuries at the intersection of Indi-
ana Avenue and Texas Tech Parkway. 12:53 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident with minor injuries at the intersection of 15th Street and Akron Avenue. 2:11 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated an attempted burglary at the Football Training Facility. A storage shed was broken into, but no items were taken. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Lubbock police department.
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Erika Laffin, a senior visual communications major from Great Falls, Mont., said she attended the fair because she was planning to graduate in December and was not quite sure what she wanted to do with her degree. “I’ve never been to a career fair actually, but I thought I’d give it a chance,” she said. The recruiters at the fair,
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The bedbugs looked like a tick with a gray body and were about the size of a little fingernail, he said. “They told us that they would come back the next day and fog the room with a bedbug spray,” Riley said. After he stripped the linens off his bed and removed anything that went in contact with his mouth out of the room, such as food and his toothbrush, he said the room was fogged and
Laffin said, were surprisingly helpful even though there were no recruiters representing her major at the fair. “Even though they may not have had what I was interested in,” she said, “they still pointed me in a direction of what I could possibly go into.” Laffin said her advice to younger students who are unsure about whether they should attend the fair is to not be afraid because there always are people at the event who are more than happy to point them in the right
direction. Gage Rowden, a junior biology major from Brownfield, was in crutches at the event and said that was not going to stop him from attending. The injury, he said, came from a flag football incident he recently suffered. “I still caught the ball though,” Rowden said. There were a few drawbacks about being injured at the fair, he said. “The only bad thing about it was I couldn’t bring my resume
because I didn’t have any free hands,” Rowden said. The event, he said, could be described as fun with a great atmosphere. “There are so many different kinds of employers, you’re bound to find something that you’re into,” Rowden said. Seideman said University Career Services hosts the event a every fall and spring semester. “Students can check the career center website and see when the next fair is,” she said.
he couldn’t enter it for the next eight to 10 hours. The bugs are not a real danger to students as they only cause an itch and are an annoyance, Duggan said. “It was this constant itch whether you scratched it or not, it was impossible not to notice,” Riley said. It’s an inconvenience to students, Duggan said, because no one wants to think about something biting them in the middle of the night. Once bitten, there was nothing he could really do, Riley said. After about 4-5 days the bites
started to fade and by two weeks were completely gone. His hall’s community advisers talked to him and said they were sorry it happened, Riley said. He also received a gift basket full of candy. “We’ll do whatever we can to make it as painless as possible,” Duggan said. The only way to prevent bedbugs is for students to be diligent and educated, he said. According to the Mayo Clinic website, bedbugs, which can move as fast as ladybugs, will feed anywhere they can find a host, despite clean or dirty conditions.
Students also can leave their bags or items that might be infected in their car for the day, which will cause the bedbugs to die in the high heat, Duggan said. “Most importantly if you have any concerns, or have a bug contact housing immediately at the hall office,” he said. Hotels, movie theaters, libraries and apartments around the country and in the Lubbock area all have had problems with bedbugs, Duggan said. “Thankfully, they don’t spread illness, they’re just a huge annoyance,” he said.
Obama to nominate Yellen as Bernanke successor WA S H I N G T O N ( A P ) — President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank, the White House said Tuesday. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed, taking over at a pivotal time for the economy and the banking industry. Both Yellen and Bernanke are scheduled to appear with Obama at the White House on Wednesday for a formal announcement. Bernanke will serve until his term ends Jan. 31, completing a remarkable eight-year tenure in which he helped pull the U.S. economy out of the worst financial crisis and recession since the 1930’s. Under Bernanke’s leadership, the Fed created extraordinary programs after the financial crisis erupted in 2008 that are credited with helping save the U.S. banking system. The Fed lent money to banks after credit markets froze, cut its key shortterm interest rate to near zero and bought trillions in bonds to lower
long-term borrowing rates. Yellen, 67, emerged as the leading candidate after Lawrence Summers, a former Treasury secretary whom Obama was thought to favor, withdrew from consideration last month in the face of rising opposition. A close ally of the chairman, she has been a key architect of the Fed’s efforts under Bernanke to keep interest rates near record lows to support the economy, and she would likely continue steering Fed policy in the same direction as Bernanke. The White House announcement comes in the midst of a confrontation between Obama and congressional Republicans, particularly those in the House, over the partial government shutdown and the looming breach of the nation’s $16.7 trillion borrowing limit. Obama has been harshly critical of Republicans for demanding either changes in health care or spending policies in exchange for paying for government operations and raising the debt ceiling. White House aides, however,
said Obama was not likely to use Yellen’s nomination announcement for partisan remarks on the shutdown and debt limit. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said that the administration probably decided to go ahead with the announcement to send a signal of policy stability to financial markets, where investors are growing increasingly nervous over the partial shutdown and what they perceive as the much bigger threat of a default on Treasury debt if Congress does not raise the borrowing limit. “Markets are very unsettled and they are likely to become even more unsettled in coming days,” Zandi said. “Providing some clarity around who will be the next Fed chairman should help at least at the margin.” As vice chair since 2010, Yellen has helped manage both the Fed’s traditional tool of shortterm rates and the unconventional programs it launched to help sustain the economy after the financial crisis erupted in 2008. These include the Fed’s
monthly bond purchases and its guidance to investors about the likely direction of rates. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., who heads the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which must approve Yellen’s nomination, said he will work with the panel’s members to advance her confirmation quickly. “She has a depth of experience that is second to none, and I have no doubt she will be an excellent Federal Reserve chairman,” Johnson said in a statement. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a committee member, called her “an excellent choice” and predicted she would be confirmed by a wide margin. Obama’s choice of Yellen coincides with a key turning point for the Fed. Within the next several months, the Fed is expected to start slowing the pace of its Treasury and mortgage bond purchases if the economy strengthens. The Fed’s purchases have been intended to keep loan rates low to encourage borrowing and spending.
6th arrest made in NYC motorcycle-SUV assault case NEW YORK (AP) — Another man has been arrested in connection with a fight that left a motorcyclist critically injured and an SUV driver badly beaten on a New York City street. Police arrested Clint Caldwell on
gang assault and other charges Tuesday. He’s the sixth person arrested following the September melee. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer. There’s no phone listed for him at his Brooklyn address. An undercover detective apparently seen on video pounding on the SUV during the melee is among those arrested. Two people familiar with the case say the detective was on a motorcycle and was seen on video hitting and kicking the SUV when a biker rally spiraled into violence. They weren’t authorized to discuss the inquiry and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. A motorcyclist from Lawrence, Mass., suffered spinal injuries.
An undercover detective who investigators said was off duty when he was recorded on video pounding on an SUV as a biker rally spiraled into violence was arrested late Tuesday. Wojciech Braszczok surrendered to face riot and criminal mischief charges, New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said. Braszczok was expected to make a court appearance Wednesday. There was no response to phone messages left with his attorney. The attorney, Phil Karasyk, had said Monday that the detective, a 10-year veteran of the police force, had only witnessed other bikers attacking the vehicle. But investigators discovered video evidence showing him punching an already damaged back window, then twice kicking the side of the SUV before leaving the scene, according to two people familiar with the case. The people weren’t authorized to discuss the inquiry and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The arrest added to the complexities of the Sept. 29 episode, which authorities say began with a reckless motorcycle group ride on a Manhattan highway and
ended with one motorcyclist run over and the driver dragged from his SUV and beaten on a street. Four bikers aside from Braszczok have been criminally charged; the latest was arraigned Tuesday on gang assault and other charges. NYPD internal affairs investigators had initially been looking into the undercover detective’s conduct because he didn’t report until three days later that he had been at the rally. The expectation that police officers will act if they see crimes isn’t the same for undercover officers. The encounter, captured partly on a helmet-mounted video that was posted online, began when about two dozen riders slowed down, swarming the Range Rover after it bumped a biker on the West Side Highway. Some riders dismounted and approached the SUV, and police said some bikers began damaging it. The SUV’s driver, Alexian Lien, took off, running over motorcyclist Edwin “Jay” Mieses Jr., who’s from Lawrence, Mass. The impact broke Mieses’ legs and caused spinal injuries that may leave him paralyzed.
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Students participate in Homecoming week scavenger hunt By NIKKI CULVER Staff Writer
After Monday’s kickoff, activities celebrating the 2013 Texas Tech Homecoming are in full swing. The Tech Activities Board’s homecoming committee hosted the photo scavenger hunt that began at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Circle. Students were invited to sign up in teams to explore campus and locate a specified list of buildings, landmarks and other items scattered across campus and take photos of their team at the specified locations. Hector Aguirre, a sophomore landscape architecture major from Lubbock, and Lisa Branson, a junior restaurant, hotel and institutional management major from Austin, both serve on the activity board’s Homecoming committee and said this year’s Homecoming theme is Tech Loves the ‘90s. “They’re given a list of locations,” Aguirre said. “What they’re going to do is they’re going to take a picture of themselves at that location. Whenever they have all of their pictures, they’re going to come back. At the very end, we’re going to tally up the points and we’ll have a winner.” Locations included the large silver ball located between the Library and
Student Union Building, the statue of Will Rogers and his horse Soapsuds, bus stops, gardens and other buildings and pieces of art on campus. “Each location is a different set of points,” Aguirre said. “One location will be one point, another will be three points. It just depends how hard it is to find the location.” The winner of the scavenger hunt will be announced Friday at the Raider Rally, and the winning teams will receive prizes that were donated from local restaurants, Branson said. Other events organized by TAB include Frisbee spin art today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the north plaza of the SUB. Inflatable Twister also is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Hannah Trigo, a senior retail management major from Wolfforth, and the president of the Kappa Delta Chi fraternity, said she brought a few members along on her scavenger-hunt team. “This year me and my sorority decided to get a little more involved,” she said. “So besides the spirit banners and spirit boards, we’re getting involved in the scavenger hunt and pep rally and things like that.” Within the first 20 minutes of working on the scavenger hunt, the group already had collected various photos, including a picture with Will Rogers,
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HANNAH TRIGO, A senior retail management major from Wolfforth, takes a photo of her friends at the Double T emblem outside Jones AT&T Stadium on Tuesday while participating in the Tech Activities Board scavenger hunt which is part of the Homecoming week activities. Trigo is president of the Kappa Delta Chi sorority and wanted to participate in the scavenger hunt to switch up her daily activities.
“The Old Man and His Dog” statue and the light poles donated by the classes of 1939 and 1940.
Trigo managed to participate in the hunt despite the fact she is on a motorized scooter after undergoing
knee surgery. “They’re just trying to keep up with my pace,” she said. “I’ve always wanted
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Veterans, government workers real shutdown victims Jonathan Silva least I hope — they do not agree with the President Barack Obama administration’s decision to barricade the memorial and keep the veterans out. These are old, retired members of our greatest generation, many of whom arrive in wheelchairs and walkers after traveling from across the nation to pay their respects to fallen brothers of the war. The rangers only are following orders from the top. The actions of the rangers and the closure of the memorial are a direct reflection of Obama, not the rangers’ own decision making. But what other option do they have? The choice between being furloughed and going to work should not be put on them, especially when it involves veteran affairs.
These rangers should not be forced to stand between the veterans and their hard-earned memorial, which everyone can agree on. These are the men who not only fought for our country’s freedom, but the world’s freedom from tyranny and oppression. It’s a general understanding you treat veterans with the utmost respect for their duty to our country. But apparently, the Obama administration thinks otherwise. As for Neugebauer’s decision to chew out the rangers, I can see how in the heat of the moment he lost his temper. But he shouldn’t have to apologize for his actions. Instead, Obama should be the one issuing the
apology to the rangers for putting them in that difficult situation. This sort of reaction from the public is expected. It does not surprise me an elected official has finally confronted the issue in person like this, and I doubt this is the first instance of this happening. If Obama didn’t anticipate this kind of reaction from the public, he’s a fool. He should have foreseen the backlash from the memorial closing and take full responsibility for his actions instead of leaving the rangers to take the hit for him like that. The World War II Memorial is an open-air facility that usually does
These rangers should not be forced to stand between the veterans and their hard-earned memorial.
ubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer recently took some heat for chewing out a park ranger at the World War II Memorial in Washington. Neugebauer was upset about the fact that these rangers were barricading the site from the public and keeping the World War II veterans from entering the memorial. I don’t blame the congressman for being upset; he had every reason to be. But the media has made the mistake of focusing on Neugebauer’s words with the ranger rather than looking at the big picture. With the ranger being a woman, Neugebauer was headed for trouble from the get-go, and that’s all the media has focused on: labeling the congressman as a bully and criticizing his actions. The veterans are not the only victims of the government shutdown and the memorial closing. Step into the rangers’ shoes and try to find their perspective of the entire ordeal. When it comes down to it, they are just doing their job. I’m sure — at
not require any type of staffing, so the idea of barricading the site does not make sense to me at all. There are no guides, staffers or any personnel who focus on the daily operations of the memorial. There may be a groundskeeper, but no real staffing is needed to run the memorial. If it were inside a museum or building that required utilities and regular personnel on duty every day, then I would begin to understand the need to close off the site to save money. But that clearly is not the case. It costs more money to print signs, put up barricades and have rangers enforcing the closure. Of all the issues about the budget and how Congress wants to spend the money, this has to be, by far, the most foolish way to spend it. Previously furloughed park rangers were brought in to enforce the closure. Let that sink in a little bit. This means before the closure of the memorial, these rangers were considered nonessential workers who were then furloughed. Now that Obama
needs security to keep veterans out of the memorial, these rangers are considered essential workers. With the media shifting more and more of the blame onto the GOP for the shutdown, it’s starting to look as though this is all for the political benefit of Obama and the Democratic Party. This is just another excuse to paint the GOP as the bad guys in this shutdown, making it seem as though the Republicans shut down the government single handedly. But of course, it takes two to tango. The Democrats in the Senate have refused to pass any bill passed by the Republican-controlled House, putting Congress into gridlock yet again. It doesn’t really matter who is at fault for triggering the shutdown. The fact still remains it was the Obama administration’s decision to enforce the closure of this and other memorials. Silva is a senior political science major from Hereford. ➤➤ email@example.com
Choosing major tough, Democrats responsible for government shutdown important choice to make the CollegIan (KanSaS State U.)
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It was senior year in high school, and all who were college-bound had to decide one important thing: what to do with the rest of their lives. By this, I am referring to choosing a major. I am referring to the endless late nights Googling potential majors and laying all the options on the table, inspecting each one with an itchy, blind eye. These aimless escapades reek of anxiety, for the next 60 years stand on the students’ backs. What major will break bank? What major will lead to a career that doesn’t involve a lifetime of fake smiles? What major can my brain handle? Jumping from Wikipedia page to Wikipedia page, a major-hunter tries to find out what exactly an anthropologist does and what can one do with a major in women’s studies. And soon enough (or more accurately, when time runs out) a future will be decided, and a path will begin to be paved. The further one walks along this path, the more those questions haunt every action. Uncontrollable outside forces — like the economy and parental opinions — drive into our conscience that the future we chose to walk is crumbling. We think that our future will welcome us with no jobs, no success and — probably the most frightening — a student loan debt that is not worth it. Some are blessed with a vocational sixth sense that steers them with little or no second thoughts, and for that instinct, we with fickle minds are forever envious. But for the majority, it is impossible to successfully complete this daunting task of choosing the right major the first time around. Countless students change majors in their first year, and indecision is high enough to necessitate an “open option” major. The mix-and-match game played with minors and majors is a result of this struggle. Finding the perfect balance between something financially
stimulating and passionately fulfilling is tricky, and it becomes even more complicated when a balance is unforeseeable and a winner must be made between either head or heart. This indecisive tendency is not healthy for a student who, thanks to the switching of majors, is more likely to spend an extra year or two in college, which results in an unexpectedly high tuition. Yes, it is gratifying that we are able to play dress-up, to an extent, with all of these possible degrees, yet at the same time, it feels limiting. Maybe it is because all the possibilities are overwhelming, and there is a temptation to want to try out anything that might be a nice fit. This can be exemplified when a chapter in sociology captures your attention and unlocks a sense of wonder that you have yet to discover in any of your journalism classes, which happens to be your established major. What doesn’t help are the occasional jabs that hint you might not be cut out for your degree. Does this constitute an opportunity to rethink everything and possibly change it all and set down a brand new road? A lot of other factors need to be considered before a reshaping takes place, but is there any time for reconsideration, or are the extra two years of education too high a price to pay? I look at all of this with naive, scared, freshman eyes. I am unable to provide any sort of solution because I am not even sure this is a problem. It might be more of a process we are all required to go through. It is a decision in which I will live alongside for the rest of my life, but in particular these vital four years at Iowa State. I suppose it is human nature to constantly ask “what if,” but it could become distracting and disrespectful to the current major if I am perpetually daydreaming about nine others. Be sure that your search doesn’t stress you out too much; deciding on your major is important, but remember that in the end, time will tell what you really want to do.
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You’ve gotta hand it to Ted Cruz. I don’t think I could filibuster for 21 hours without a potty break or Twitter check. Also, when you read Green Eggs and Ham to your girls, I’m sure you had even the Democrats in the audience awing. Then New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer had to go and ruin the adorable moment by comparing the “Affordable” Care Act to Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. Come on, Chuck. After R-Sen. Cruz’s buster, Schumer addressed Cruz by stating, “Anyone who knows that book knows that the moral of that book is try something before you condemn it. You might actually like it.” Now Chuck, if you are claiming that President Barack Obama’s Eggs and Ham is a five-star entrée, why are your fellow congressmen and women opting themselves out of it? Why couldn’t the Senate pass the House’s last bill, requiring consistent healthcare between Congress and the American people if Green Eggs and Ham, truly, are so great? I wonder if Sasha Obama hacked her dad’s twitter account on the night of Sept. 30. I have never seen such immature statements from a
or there, or anywhere. Democrats and Obama fans everywhere are claiming that Republicans are responsible for the government shutdown, that because of Republicans, the poor won’t be able to feed their families, grandma won’t be able to get her medicine, etc. Yes, Republicans are rotten, tea partying fiends that want to kill your puppies and starve the youth. No, Sam-IAm. We’re not. I love dogs, and grandma too. No federal welfare funded program was shut down. Each program has enough reserves to stand on its own for now. Grandma is still getting her medicine, and families are still being fed. How is it the GOP’s responsibility when Senate Democrats refuse to show up to negotiation meetings? Democratic Sen. Harry Reid won’t even hold a vote on the Senate floor for the appropriation bills the House has passed. The House has written and
How is it the GOP’s responsibility when Senate Democrats refuse to show up to negotiation meetings?
passed several appropriation bills that individually allow for federal departments to reopen one by one, on a bipartisan basis. One of these maintains the National Institute of Health to reopen, which is responsible for cancer testing among children. Another bill allows for the reopening of all national parks. A third requests immediate back pay for furloughed government workers. Now, you tell me who’s being stubborn. The GOP is showing up, trying to individually pass bipartisan budget bills – they’re doing their job. They may not be trying the moldy green eggs and ham, but they’re taking the bacon and orange juice. So maybe the Senate really didn’t want to give Obamacare another year of preparation. Fine. So maybe they really weren’t okay with allowing individuals another year of exemption from the bill’s tax mandate. Okay. But how can we put the blame on the party that is ultimately doing their job? How is it that the Senate refuses to pass individual appropriations? Why are we angry with the party that wants consistent healthcare between Congress and the American people? The final question is: why can’t the Senate eat its own eggs and ham? Sounds a little red fishy, blue fishy to me.
First Amendment attacks deserve closer examination By PATRICK WHITE
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One might have thought that the first amendment being placed first in the Bill of Rights would give it significant weight. Yet two recent actions, one in the capitol and another in the New York Senate, threaten to upend the freedoms Americans enjoy. Last month, in a Senate Judiciary meeting, a new media shield law – the Free Flow of Information Act – was passed through the committee. It’s not yet law, as committee is merely one of the hurdles that a measure must pass in order to eventually be made law. Yet the bill would, in effect, allow a judge to decide who is defined as a
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president, as Obama tweeted, “A group of extremists in the House is hours away from shutting down the government. Tell them #EnoughAlready.” Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but a president is meant to be the leader of the nation, not the divider, right? Maybe I’m just a confused extremist, made even more confused by his later tweet of, “They actually did it. A group of republicans in the House just forced a government shutdown over Obamacare instead of passing a real budget.” Republicans are only following their job description: representing their constituents. Since that tidbit is part of the Constitution, the president may have chosen to ignore it. Moreover, on Oct. 1, eight House Republicans attended a meeting to negotiate a budget deal with Senate Democrats. They sat. They waited. Not one Senate Democrat showed up here
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member of the press and thus allowed to receive protection from the government in cases where reporters are asked to give up confidential sources. How would it be decided who is a member of the press? The bill says that one would have had to work for a major media organization at present or recently. Considering how often the term “blogger in their pajamas” has been thrown around, this seems to be a pushback against new media and technology. Moreover, those standards would not have been met by Thomas Paine, a patriot from the American revolution who distributed pamphlets. This did not stop Senator Dianne Feinstein from declaring that “the
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OCT. 9, 2013
Choochai makes Thai food family affair By CALLIE POINDEXTER Staff Writer
As Lubbockites stroll into Choochai hoping to satisfy Thai food cravings, they are greeted with a sign Renee Rittiluechai said is an example of her husband’s sarcastic humor. The sign offers a list of fastfood restaurant alternatives for customers who prefer “cheap and rushed” food. Owner Tahn Rittiluechai did not just post the sign to get a laugh from customers. He said he posted the sign to warn customers that preparing their food may take slightly longer than the alternatives because he is the only cook in the restaurant. “Every time you come in,” Tahn Rittiluechai said, “I’ll be the one to cook the food for you.” Tahn Rittiluechai, who was born in Bangkok, said he came to America in 1976 at the age of 19 when his mother urged him to do so to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War. Choochai, which Tahn Rittiluechai said his parents opened in 1983, is his father’s namesake. Choochai Rittiluechai was a Muay Thai boxer in Thailand, winning the world championship in 1949. As a trained mechanic when he came to America, Tahn Rittiluechai said he left the automotive business and began helping at the family restaurant when automobiles became more computerized. His cooking experience, however, dates farther back, he said. “I was always in the kitchen growing up,” Tahn Rittiluechai said. “My mom always had some kind of restaurant, and, you know,
I grew up in the restaurant, so I liked to be in the kitchen, help mom cook and like pick up stuff, add some seasoning, taste food, go to the market buy seasoning, spice. So that’s how I picked up learning ingredients as far as cooking.” After getting acclimated to the American culture and language, Tahn Rittiluechai said Lubbock was a very pleasant place to live. However, in the beginning it was not easy. “The hardest thing was we didn’t have any friends,” he said. “The language — I’m not that well in speaking English — so we didn’t have any friends, don’t speak that language, so pretty much all we did when we first came was work. So that’s the hardest thing, you miss home because you have no friends.” He took over the restaurant completely in 1990, and soon after, his wife Renee joined the family business. Tahn Rittiluechai said, laughing, that their relationship began when he showed up at Renee’s doorstep, asked her out and never left. He said he loves working with his wife. “Of course,” Tahn Rittiluechai said, “she would probably tell you otherwise.” “It takes a lot of love to work together,” Renee Rittiluechai said, smiling. Renee and Tahn Rittiluechai are not the only members of the family who devote their time to the restaurant. Their son, Caj Rittiluechai, works there as well. The couple said their time commitment is a large one. “My working hours is not just business hours,” Tahn Rittilue-
chai said. “Every time I’m awake I’m thinking about something that always involves this restaurant. I’m the only cook, so if I’m not here, or I get sick, we close, so I don’t get sick.” Tahn Rittiluechai said cooking authentic food is much more than knowing the right ingredients, and that timing and preparation are just as important. “It’s just like making music,” he said. “If you know a note, you can read the note, it doesn’t mean that you can make music. Totally different. But I enjoy making the food and feeding people simply because I’ve been around it all my life.” Not only does Tahn Rittiluechai enjoy making the food, but customers also enjoy eating it. One of those customers is Jason Rhode, a Texas Tech graduate student in philosophy and Lubbock native, who said he has visited Choochai ever since he first tasted the food 15 years ago. “I tasted it and it was like nothing else I’d ever had,” Rhode said. “It was lime and pepper, it was amazing. So I kind of became addicted after that. I tried to go here about once a week if I could. It was just the most amazing thing I had ever tasted.” However, Rhode isn’t just a customer. He said he liked the food and the Rittiluechais so much he began working at Choochai two years ago. “This is the best job that I’ve ever had and the reason for that is because I don’t feel like I’m at work while I’m here,” Rhode said. “I mean it’s a lot of work, but I really am part of a family here. I’m made to feel like I’m valuable and I’m a crucial part of something special.”
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TAHN RITTILUECHAI, OWNER of Choochai Thai Cuisine, has worked at the restaurant since 1982 and became the owner in 1990 when his father, champion muay thai boxer Choochai Rittiluechai, retired.
Tahn Rittiluechai said everything he serves at Choochai is something he would be proud to serve to friends and family. In fact, he said many of his customers feel like friends and family. “We’re not all about money,” Tahn Rittiluechai said. “We enjoy being here and most customers that come in, a lot of them become friends. We become friends. We do things together outside of the restaurant. We go do other things together. Not everybody that comes in here is just a customer.” Tahn Rittiluechai said his customers are comprised of students, professors and Lubbock residents of all generations.
Because of the ingredients he chooses, he said his dishes are a healthier option for those customers. “We use all fresh ingredients,” Tahn Rittiluechai said. “We don’t have a big deep freeze. I go to the grocery store, like I said, every other day, two or three times a week, so all my produce and meat is fresh. So when you use fresh ingredients, it’s better for you. We don’t have any frozen food back in the freezer that has preservatives.” The chef said he often cooks non-Thai dishes such as lasagna and spaghetti at home, but adds a Thai twist to everything he cooks. Tahn Rittiluechai said he has
a dream of eventually teaching a cooking class in which he instructs his students not only to cook for themselves, but also to enable them to possibly earn a living cooking for others. Although preparing his food may take slightly longer than some fast-food restaurants, he said the friendly atmosphere of Choochai and the focus on quality rather than profit is what turns first-time customers into regulars. “We feel like people that come in here are part of the family,” Tahn Rittiluechai said. “We didn’t come over here to try to make money and get rich. That’s not our focus, that’s the difference.” ➤➤email@example.com
Priorities change for former Tech walk-on football player By EMILY DE SANTOS PhotograPhy editor
He only started one game during his high school career. Now he stands inside the Texas Tech football facility alongside 200 other athletes anxiously waiting to hear his name. His name was never called. “I immediately assumed I was done for,” Jared Mosley said. “Then, I checked my email later and I kind of jumped from my bed. I called my dad crying, and I was telling him, ‘I can’t believe I did it, I actually did it.’” Mosley, a junior English major from Midland, always had big dreams of playing for Tech, but never thought it would happen. A 2008 game against The University of Texas at Austin ignited that fire, and one player from that game ended up having a much larger impact on his life than he ever imagined. “Baron Batch was a running back at Midland High,” Mosley said. ”He grew up with a father who left him when he was young, and a mother who died of a disease when he was in about junior high.” Mosley’s respect for Batch as a football player was nothing out of the ordinary, considering they attended the same high school. However, that respect quickly grew when he decided to reach out to the running back via Twitter. Mosley tweeted Batch looking for advice concerning the recent death of his mother. He never expected that tweet to lead to a response, let alone a meeting between the two. “He immediately responded,” Mosley said. “He was just like, ‘I know it’s tough right now, but hang in there and I’ll be in Midland soon so we should catch up.’” Not long after their Twitter conversation, Mosley met Batch face to face. “I went to just go see him talk,” Mosley said, “and after it I went up to him and told him who I was. He gave me his number and told me that we
would have to go get dinner.” During that Gardski’s Loft dinner, Mosley found a person he could relate to and who understood everything he had been dealing with in the weeks following the death of his mother. In addition, he also found someone who could give him a first-hand account of the 2008 game against UT, a game that mean so much to him. “I don’t think that anyone had it any worse than he had,” Mosley said. “Having someone that’s literally been through what I had was pretty amazing because it’s hard to say, ‘You don’t understand what I’ve been through’ to someone who has gone through it and even then some.” Mosley said that encounter with Batch was one he will never forget. He learned to never let what he had been through define where he will go. Nearly one year after that dinner, Mosley found himself with a growing desire to try out for the Tech football team. The combination of that desire, along with the memory of his mom telling him to never let great opportunities pass him by, led him to take on the task. “I loved Tech football and had dreamed of playing under Mike Leach after the 2008 game,” Mosley said. “I just knew if I didn’t try this now, I could regret it for the rest of my life.” The process of trying out for the team was not an easy one, Mosley said. After training with past coaches and jumping through many hoops to fill out all the necessary paperwork, he was finally in the position to prove himself. It was a cold spring morning when he went to the football facility for the tryout. Because of his inability to sleep the night before, Mosley was tired. “They put us through an extremely fast and strenuous workout. It was maybe 30 minutes, and I was dead,” Mosley said. “That was the hardest 30 minutes I have ever gone through because it was just non-stop action.” After the workouts were complete, he received an unexpected email. The email stated he was one out of
seven that had been selected to make the team. He soon began joking with friends that he was like “Rudy.” Overwhelmed with happiness, Mosley said he could not help but think of how his mom would have reacted to the news. “I definitely wish she could have been there to see it,” he said while tears began to well up in his eyes. “I really did it for her, and I would like to think that she saw it happen.” Not long after tryouts, Mosley realized juggling his classes and being a student-athlete would not be easy. However, he was determined not to let an upper-level math class kill his dream. He went to tutoring and tried everything he could to pass the class and keep his dream of being on the team alive. “I talked to my professor non-stop and tried to get an evaluation on everything I did,” Mosley said. “Then it came down to one test halfway through, and I told myself, ‘If you don’t pass this, you won’t pass the class.’” Mosley did not pass the test and had to drop the class along with his dream of being on the team. His dad, John Mosley, said he was very proud to hear his son made the team, but understood when Jared broke the news he would have to give it up to keep up with his grades.
“He met a goal (by making the team), even though it didn’t continue on the way either one of us would have liked,” John Mosley said. “Academics come first, so it was either continue to try to be on the team and make a poor grade, or drop it. In the end, it was just better to keep his GPA up.” Jared said he does not look back at the situation with regrets. He rather looks at it as a staring point for a future career in coaching. A career his friend Isaac Villalobos thinks he will excel in. “I think he would be great,” said the junior electronic media and communications major from El Paso. “He knows a lot about the sport. He’s worked with some high schools this past year, he’s got a great personality and he is relatable. I just really think he could do it.” Mosley said he hopes sharing his story will inspire others to go for their dreams, just as Batch’s story inspired him. “I’m glad I took the opportunity (of being on the team), but now this is a story I can tell my kids when I’m coaching,” Mosley said. “I just want to be able to tell my story to the youth and let them know how anything really is possible if you try and have enough determination.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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JARED MOSLEY, A junior English major from Midland, made the spring football team last March, but had to give up his spot on the team to concentrate on academics. FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 9, 2013
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Kingsbury says offense will do what it takes By EVERETT CORDER
room, my skill guys, they go out there and they run as hard as they can no matter who’s out there, they block as hard as they can. If pass protection’s not an issue, any of those three guys can go out there and make plays.” One of the focal points for the Red Raider quarterbacks has been junior tight end Jace Amaro, who caught eight passes in each of the last four games. Amaro said he takes pride in being a security blanket for the quarterbacks when they get into some trouble and he always expects to catch the passes that are thrown to him. “Regardless of whether there’s a couple guys on me, I’m expecting to make the play,” Amaro said. “If the ball’s thrown to me, I’m expecting to catch the ball. So I take a lot of pride in that. They’re throwing me the ball no matter what, regardless of the coverage, regardless of the situation.” Amaro isn’t the only receiver making plays in the Tech receiving core. In Saturday’s game against the Jayhawks, eight different Red Raiders caught passes, and according to the NCAA website, their passing offense is third in the nation. Teams have used double coverage to combat the effectiveness of Amaro and
Even though the player at the helm of the offense has been back and forth, the Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0) offense still is ranked No. 19 in scoringthrough five games, according to the NCAA website. So far this year, the Red Raiders have used three different quarterbacks. True freshman Baker Mayfield started each of the first five games, but true freshman Davis Webb also saw playing time when Mayfield was injured. Redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer was the last quarterback to receive playing time, recovering from a back injury he sustained in fall camp, and playing in the final minutes of the Kansas game. Mayfield was injured during the game against the Jayhawks, and Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said it was unclear whether he would play Saturday. Co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said he isn’t worried about the quarterback changes because each one of them is talented and if the offensive line is strong, the quarterback is going to be able to make things happen. “I think that (the quarterback situation) is an issue if you make it an issue,” Cumbie said. “I know for my meeting
tried to take away any long plays from him, he said, and it has opened up some of his other teammates. “It really opened up Eric (Ward) last game. Eric and Jakeem (Grant), and they did a great job of adjusting to the man to man side on the left side,” Amaro said. “If that’s what it takes, I’m just going to — especially since we’re running the ball a little bit better now, that’s going to help me with the coverages that they throw at me. Hopefully they’ll start falling away from that.” Before the game against Kansas, Tech’s biggest success running the ball was against Division 1-AA Stephen F. Austin. Against the Jayhawks, however, the Red Raiders gained 114 yards on 43 carries. Kingsbury said he was glad for the running in the game against Kansas, because it helped get the quarterbacks more comfortable. He is going to use whatever he can to score points. “I don’t care how it gets done, as long as we get the ball in the end zone,” Kingsbury said. “So we’ll see if we can get (the rushing game) rolling again this week. That will be nice. If not, we’ll just throw it every play. So that’s kind of where we’re at.” ➤➤email@example.com
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TEXAS TECH TIGHT end Jace Amaro runs the ball down the field during the Red Raiders’ 20-10 win against the Horned Frogs on Sept. 12 at Jones AT&T Stadium. Amaro had 97 all-purpose yards.
Volleyball team travels to Austin Red Bull Air Race tour returns By REX ROSE Staff Writer
The Red Raider volleyball team takes the court against the Texas Longhorns at 6 p.m. tonight at Gregory Gym in Austin. Texas Tech enters the match looking for its first Big 12 Conference win of the season at 7-11 overall and 0-3 in league play. Although the Longhorns are ranked in the top five and won the 2012 National Championship, Tech coach Don Flora said he is excited about the matchup. “It’s always a fun environment,” he said. “They bring a good crowd, and
it’s going to be on national television. It gets your pitter-pat going, gets your heartbeat going. Let’s go compete and play a great team.” The Longhorns have won six straight matches and enter the week ranked No. 3 in the nation with a 10-2 overall and 3-0 conference record. Despite some changes in its lineup, Flora said the Texas team has great talent, but believes his team can take down the defending National Champions. “I think they’re more physical than last year with a couple additions,” he said. “They have a freshman setter who is one of the best in the conference from the freshman class. They’re
very talented, very physical, but you always have to have that special mojo. “There’s no doubt we can beat them. We can play with anybody toe to toe. It’s just can we hold our errors to a minimum and allow them to make some errors.” Flora said the game provides a good opportunity not only for his team, but also for the fans wishing to see quality volleyball, and the game will be nationality televised on the Longhorn Network. “They are super talented, so it’s a good test for us,” he said. “People will get a shot to see some kids compete at a really high level.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returns next year with seven stops around the world, including Texas Motor Speedway on Sept. 6-7 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 11-12. The series took a three-year break to reorganize and improve safety. Competitors race in high-performance airplanes between 50 and 80 feet above the ground and navigate an obstacle course of air gate pylons at up to 230 mph. Among the changes are standard
engines and propellers for all pilots, changes to the lightweight nylon pylon material to make it easier for them to burst apart if they are clipped by plane wings and raising the height of the pylons that the pilots pass through to 82 feet. A 270-degree “Quatro” turn through a set of four pylons has been eliminated because of the exceedingly high G-forces it exerts on the planes and pilots. Red Bull Air Race was started in 2003, with the first U.S. race taking place in Reno in 2004. Since then, the series has held nine races in the
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Texas internal battles hover over new athletic director search AUSTIN (AP) — The University of Texas’ search for a new athletic director comes at a rocky time for the school, which has been embroiled in a tumultuous tug-of-war between President Bill Powers and the Board of Regents. Powers has been fighting attempts by several regents to force him out for
nearly two years and holds only a slim majority of support from a board that has shown a willingness to meddle in the school’s football program. Given that struggle, will the regents want to play a role in finding a leader for the richest athletic program in the country, with an annual budget of nearly $170 million?
And will Powers’ fight for his own job scare off top candidates? Chuck Neinas, the former acting commissioner of the Big 12 Conference who has had a longtime association with Texas and outgoing athletic director DeLoss Dodds, predicted the money behind the Texas program will draw top candidates, regardless
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Tech woman’s golf team faces Texas WR Davis issues new apology success, adversity early in season By SCOTT FISHER Staff Writer
The Texas Tech women’s golf team has competed in three tournaments this season, finishing with first-place honors at the Challenge at Onion Creek in Austin. After the success in Austin, Tech t r av e le d t o No r ma n , Okla., to compete in the Schooner Fall Classic, where the team finished 13th. Sophomore Kimmy Hill said the team performed great in Austin, but no one played to their full potential at the Norman tournament. “The last two weeks have been great, we won our Texas state tournament (Austin), Elin (Arvidsson) and I did really good so that is a good start to
the season,” Hill said. “We hit kind of a rough patch in this tournament (Norman), you know none of us did the best we can especially during the first two days, but we kind of redeemed ourselves a little bit in the last round. We could’ve done a lot better, but last weekend was a good weekend for us.” Hill led Tech to victory in Austin, shooting a career best 3 under par. Despite finishing the Norman, Okla. tournament in 13th place, Tech finished the tournament strong, moving up two places in the team standings throughout the event. Fifth-year coach JoJo Robertson said the adversity has been good for the team and after the win in Austin she is expecting a lot from her players.
“I’ve been really pleased with the way the team has played, we got off to a slow start in Albuquerque, which was understandable being that it was the first tournament of the year, and having such a young team,” Robertson said. “I think nerves probably got to us a little bit, but we came home and worked on some specific things that had held us back in Albuquerque and I was really pleased with the way we played in Austin, so I think we are moving in the right direction.” Hill said she would like to see the team improve on its consistency as the season continues. Tech plays again Oct. 27 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Las Vegas. ➤➤email@example.com
Texas’ defense now faces Oklahoma AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas defense has been bad. A fire-the-coordinator-after-two-game kind of bad. And even though that change has brought about some improvement, the defense is still giving up big points and big plays as Texas headed into Saturday’s annual showdown with Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The No. 12 Sooners have settled into a groove behind quarterback Blake Bell just in time for a rivalry that has been an embarrassment for the Longhorns the last two years. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) has averaged 54 points against the Longhorns (3-2, 2-0) the last two games, including a 63-21 rout last year, and have put the game out of reach by halftime. “I don’t want to talk about last year,” Texas junior defensive back Quandre Diggs. “This isn’t the 2012 Texas Longhorns.” The talk about the 2013 defense hasn’t been so good, either. Texas was ranked No. 15 before
a 40-21 loss at BYU in the second game. The Longhorns surrendered a school record 550 yards rushing against BYU and coach Mack Brown fired second-year coordinator Manny Diaz the next day. Brown hired Greg Robinson, who had served one season as the Longhorns’ coordinator in 2004. In Robinson’s first game against Mississippi, Texas led 23-14 in the second quarter before losing 44-23. Texas rebounded with a win over Kansas State and escaped Iowa State 31-30, but only after giving up a 97yard touchdown pass and surrendering a lead three times. But the defense also made some big plays, holding the Cyclones to a field goal in the final four minutes instead of game-breaking touchdown, and forcing an interception to end Iowa State’s last drive. The Longhorns forced three turnovers in the second half against Kansas State. Against the Sooners, the key will be not giving up a big early lead. In each of the last two years, Oklahoma
ran the Longhorns out of the game by halftime. “They were more physical than us,” Brown said. “The games were over before they started.” The Sooners have a rushing attack that would seem perfectly suited to hammer Texas’ weakness against the run. Oklahoma averages 246 yards rushing per game and Bell, whose nickname is the “Belldozer,” ran for four touchdowns against the Longhorns last season “We still have to find different ways to get him running the football and trying to break him loose from time to time,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. In Robinson’s only previous game against Oklahoma in 2004, Adrian Peterson rushed for 225 yards but Texas allowed only one touchdown in a 12-0 loss. But that game is ancient history even to Robinson, who struggled to remember the year when asked about it on Monday. “When was that? Oh, ‘04 yeah.
AUSTIN (AP) — A day after saying he would “do the same thing again,” Texas wide receiver Mike Davis issued a new apology Tuesday for a cut block against Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield that drew a personal foul penalty and a public reprimand of Davis from the Big 12. In a statement issued by Texas officials, Davis offered a “full apology” for the play and his comments. “Most of all, I would like to apologize to Deon. He’s a great player, and I would like to make sure he knows that my intent was never to hurt him,
and that I am not that kind of player,” Davis said. “Again, I am sorry for what happened on the field and everything that has happened around that. Also, I would like to apologize to Commissioner (Bob) Bowlsby and the Big 12.” Davis’ block came on a Texas scoring play in the Longhorns’ 31-30 victory last week. Davis leaned low to cut block Broomfield at the left knee after a Longhorns running back had scored and the play was over. The block almost immediately was highlighted in replays on and websites as a dirty play.
Texas coach Mack Brown said Monday that Davis “was wrong” to throw the block after the whistle, but also noted the play was a “run-pass” option that called for Davis to throw that block if the quarterback had thrown to the receiver to the outside. Davis said Monday he was glad Broomfield wasn’t hurt, but also suggested the defender wasn’t playing hard. “If we have another run-pass situation, I’d do the same thing again,” Davis said. “If the (defender) is loafing, he deserves to be cut.”
Kennedy Kithuka earns Big 12 weekly honors Texas Tech senior Kennedy Kithuka received Big 12 Conference Runner of the Week honors Tuesday for his first-place finish at the Arkansas Chili Pepper Festival. This is the third time Kithuka has earned the conference honor this season and sixth time in his
career as a Red Raider. He finished first place Saturday at the festival in Fayetteville, Ark. However, what made this victory different was he recorded a season-best time of 23:28.1 in the 8,000-meter race. The race had a pair of top-10 teams participating along with two
runners from No. 5 Arkansas that Kithuka dealt with to defend his 2012 race title. The win keeps him undefeated for the season and 11-0 for his Tech career. Kithuka and the Red Raiders’ next meet is Oct. 19, at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech soccer wins games, falls in rankings Texas Tech soccer was unbeaten last weekend, but the National Soccer Collegiate Association of America rankings did not reflect the performances. According to the NSCAA website, Tech fell to No. 15 in the rankings this week. The week before, the team ranked No.14, its highest ranking in program history. The fall to No. 15 occurred despite the Red Raiders’ shutouts against TCU and Arkansas
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ence after defeating TCU. Other rankings services noticed Tech’s victories. Tech ranked the highest on the Top Drawer website, where it rose to No. 11, while the Soccer America and Soccer Times websites both ranked the Red Raiders at No. 14. This weekend the Red Raiders play against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Friday in Norman, Okla., and then against Baylor at 1 p.m. Sunday in Waco. ➤➤email@example.com
Veteran safety Will Allen released by Dallas Cowboys IRVING (AP) — Safety Will Allen has been released by the Dallas Cowboys. Allen, a 10-season veteran, started the first two games this year before being replaced as the starter by rookie J.J. Wilcox.
Allen had 17 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception in his five games for Dallas. He had played for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia in Tampa Bay. The Cowboys signed Allen as
an unrestricted free agent in March from Pittsburgh, where he spent the last three seasons after six seasons in Tampa Bay. There was no immediate corresponding move Tuesday, leaving the Cowboys with an open roster spot.