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Texas Tech awarded second diversity honor Texas Tech received its second annual High Education Excellence in Diversity award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, according to a news release. Tech is one of 56 institutions of higher learning nationally as well as one of two Texas schools to receive the award, according to the release. Schools received the HEED award for having exceptional strategies and programs to help achieve diversity and inclusion, according to the release. Institutions are selected based on initiatives to promote diversity, including race and ethnicity, gender, age, veteran status, LGBT communities, people with disabilities and other areas of human diversity, according to the release. Juan Munoz, senior vice president for institutional diversity, equality and community engagement, said in the release he is proud Tech received the award once again. ➤➤email@example.com
Texas Tech named military friendly again Texas Tech once again was named a military friendly school by Military Advanced Education, according to a news release. Tech President M. Duane Nellis said in the release he was pleased with the results. Through consultation with a panel of education service officers as well as transition officers, MAE created a survey to measure the military policies set into place throughout more than 300 institutions, according to MAE’s 2013 Guide to MilitaryFriendly Colleges and Universities. The institutions were assessed by four key categories: support services, flexibility, financial assistance and military culture, according to the guide. Ryan Van Dusen, director of the Tech Military and Veteran Program, said in the release it was exciting to receive the honor. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tech engineer co-authors Billboards bring awareness to Lubbock children’s book By LYNSEY MEHARG
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Although many interstate billboards draw little more than a passing glance, billboards across the Texas Panhandle have sparked debate amongst religious circles from 10 other countries. The billboards in question, featuring a photo of a tattooed Jesus, are the brainchild of an organization known as Jesus Tattoo. With 59 billboards placed throughout the area, the Lubbock-based Jesus Tattoo movement is the largest advertising campaign in the history of the city, said an anonymous volunteer within Jesus Tattoo. Though the billboards are thought provoking, the organization behind Jesus Tattoo is just as mysterious. A nondenominational ministry sponsors the billboards through the support of unnamed benefactors, the volunteer said. The source explained many people ask if Jesus Tattoo supports tattoos, but he said tattoos aren’t the point of the campaign. During the video, Jesus is shown taking away the tattoos of people, transforming them into good and transferring the tattoos to himself. The campaign is deliberately controversial, the volunteer said. The meaning behind the tattoo theme is meant to be edgy so people will think about just how transformational God’s love is. Emily Jackson, a senior animal science major from Waco, said she believes the edginess of the campaign serves to reach people who may otherwise not hear religious messages from other sources. “I think in a way the billboard being controversial helps because there are people who may not be as accepting of Jesus,” Jackson said. “If they see Jesus covered in tattoos and they have tattoos of their own, maybe this will help draw them in. I think it brings in a wide variety of people.” Taking a familiar message and passing it along to others in a unique way is another benefit that the campaign offers, she said. “I just think this is a good way to continue spreading the word of Jesus,” Jackson said. “I think we should do everything we can do to support it.” The deeper people go into understanding the depth of Jesus’ love, the more controversial the story gets, the volunteer said. Laramie Priest, a sophomore animal science major from Lorena, said he agreed the controversial campaign actually helps the organization spread its message. “I think with this campaign being controversial is helpful because more people will be talking about this through Lubbock,” he said. “The more people who talk about the campaign the more people who will hear about Christ. If you just see
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When Michelle Pantoya asked the other students in her son’s class what an engineer was and what engineers do, most students said they didn’t know. Some students said engineers drive trains. “They know doctors, and they know teachers and firefighters, and they have an idea of what most professions kind of do, but engineering is a total blank to them,” said Pantoya, a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech. She, along with co-author Emily Hunt — a mechanical engineering professor at West Texas A&M University — have published three books aimed toward younger children in an attempt to explain what engineers are and what they do for a living. BOOK continued on Page 2 ➤➤
AIA hosts first International Archaeology Day By CARSON WILSON Staff Writer
The Archaeological Institute of America hosted International Archaeology Day at Texas Tech for the first time on Thursday. International Archaeology Day was created to celebrate archaeology and the thrill of discovery, according to AIA’s website. Hannah Friedman, an assistant professor in classical and modern languages and literatures and president of the Lubbock AIA chapter, said the day was for informing the public about the different programs offered. “Events like these just supporting archeology and informing communities that we have this resource that they should consider,” she said. AIA is North America’s oldest and biggest organization committed to the world of archaeology, according to its website. The nonprofit organization has nearly 250,000 members, belonging to more than 100 chapters across the world.
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A VOLUNTEER FROM a local ministry speaks to a group of students during their bible study about Jesus Tattoo, a local nondenominational ministry focused on educating people about the life of Jesus, on Thursday in the Animal Sciences building.
the billboard with Jesus tattooed people begin questioning what’s going on and they will look more into what the campaign stands for.” The campaign, has garnered national attention from news sources such as Huffington Post and CNN as well as attention from local news sources. The dialogue involving the campaign on Yahoo has more than 6,000 comments and is growing, the volunteer said. Dallas Marley, a senior agricultural leader-
ship major from Plainview, said he feels students who attended benefitted from the words shared by the Jesus Tattoo volunteer. “I think the event was great because it really inspired people to go ahead and take Christian action and step up to help other people,” he said. “This is something so simple that people can do that can really help someone out and change their life.” ➤➤email@example.com
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Student Government Association Local elementary students learn promotes diversity awareness agriculture at livestock arena By CHELSEA GRUNDEN
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they enjoyed food, a disc jockey and a large, red Double T made for students to sign. West said they asked students to sign the Double T to acknowledge all the individuals and cultures that make up Tech. He said featuring many different cultures and bringing light to the diversity on campus helps students feel more included in the campus. Anita Neicheril, a junior psychology major from Houston, was at the event to promote her sorority, Delta Kappa Delta, and said the sorority began last semester as a way for Indian students to feel included on a predominantly Caucasian campus. “Our sorority just came onto campus,” she said. “We started it so we could give a voice to the South Asian girls on campus, because before this there really wasn’t anything for us. We started it to make them feel equal on campus.” Neicheril said she wanted to promote her sorority at the event to make people aware it exists and show how far it has come since its creation. SGA continued on Page 2 ➤➤
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JACLYN ROBERTS, A senior agricultural communications major from Brownfield, talks to fourth graders from Lubbock elementary schools Thursday in the livestock arena.
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Fourth graders packed the Texas Tech Livestock Arena Tuesday through Thursday for Ag in the Bag, an event where students learned the importance of agriculture and were able to pet animals,
such as llamas and sheep. This was the 13th year of Ag in the Bag, and the main goal was to teach children the basics of agriculture, said Tanya Foerster, the vice chairwoman of the Ag in the Bag committee, a nonprofit organization.
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Melissa Mathew, a junior psychology major from Flower Mound, said she helped with Diversity Day to show off her culture and all the importance behind it. “Promoting diversity is important to us because it’s sharing your culture with someone else,” she said. “It’s showing them a little bit of who you are. Your culture is part of who you are.” With the event, West wanted students to be aware of how diverse Tech is and how SGA
helps promote different cultures on campus. He said it is his fifth year as a senator and promoting diversity has been a goal since he began. “What students should take from this event is there are a lot of resources out here and they shouldn’t feel like they can’t talk to Student Government,” he said. “We work for all 33,000 students on this campus, no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, we’re the governing body to take all those concerns and issues that they might have. We’re all Red Raiders at the end of the day.” ➤➤email@example.com
To celebrate the day, Tech students, faculty and staff gathered outside the Student Union CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Building to talk to students who The Lubbock chapter has 35 were interested in participating members and hosts three lec- in research through Tech during tures on campus every semester, the summer. Friedman said. Brett Houk, an associate “They support education, site professor in anthropology, said preservation, as well as expand- he believes students should ing research and supporting us consider participating in one of as researchers,” she said. “They the programs. started with a national archaeo“Right now, it is the time in logical day, but because all of the their lives when they should support they have been getting go travel,” he said. “It’s a great it is now an international one. time to go do a field school, and We know we’ve got loads of a archaeological field school is them in Canada, all over the a great trip to take because you United States, I know someone learn about an ancient, modern who is celebrating in France culture and about yourself.” right now.” David Sandrock, an anthro-
Students were served a brown bag lunch to take home after learning where all the food came from, she said. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The event started as a program along “Basically we just want to educate with a farm show and only a couple these young kids about agriculture and hundred children under a tent, said how important it is, where their food Lynn Simmons, the co-chairwoman of and fiber comes from,” she said. the Ag in the Bag committee. The event hosted more than 1,200 Simmons said Tech has been a great fourth-grade students from Lubbock partner and the university has hosted and surrounding schools in a three-day the event at the arena for about six or period, Foerster said. seven years. Students rotated through a couple Libby Chisum, a teacher at Shaldifferent stations that taught them lowater Intermediate School, said she something unique about agriculture, brings her students because she believe it’s important they know everything she said. “They get a better understanding of they do involves agriculture. “Agriculture is an important part of how their milk is made and how their clothes are put together,” Foerster said. these kids’ lives and it goes right along pology graduate student from Redding, Calif., has been studying archeology for the past five years and said he is plans to travel to Belize for research during the summer. “I’ve always had a big interest in history and travel, and this combines it in an outdoor setting,” he said. “I have my own project down there and I conduct survey all across the jungle.” Sandrock, like Houk, said he believes this is the time when students should embrace their freedom. “This is the time in students’ lives when they need to be traveling and seeing places that aren’t Lubbock in particular,” he
said. “This is a fantastic way to do that. To go meet people you would have never met from all across the country and interact with cultures.” Research locations for the summer are offered in Jordan, England, Zimbabwe and Belize. Experience in archaeology is not required, Friedman said. Anyone is welcome to participate. “If they have that inner Indiana Jones that is completely neglected, have them come out and talk to us,” she said. “We have loads of digs that they can participate in for credit. They can participate, they can take our classes and they can learn more.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
WWW.DAILYTOREADOR.COM with the things we are teaching them,” she said. There is a small cotton gin in the arena to show students how cotton is taken out of the field and turned into clothes, Foerster said. Students hopefully can relate what they have learned to their everyday life, she said, for instance when they’re riding in the car and see a cotton field. “We want them to understand that agriculture is the bread and butter and backbone of the world,” Foerster said. Ashton Dilenck, a fourth-grade student at Shallowater Intermediate School, said being able to pet the animals and watch videos about cotton was the coolest part of the event. Students received popcorn served
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“Young children start to visualize their professional selves at very young ages, and we thought ‘If they don’t even know what an engineer is, then they’re not even visualizing themselves as engineers, so they never even give themselves the chance to consider the idea of being an engineer,’” Pantoya said. She said she and Hunt thought the best way to reach a younger audience was through books. Pantoya said the books keep children interested with the lyrical, rhyming sentences while introducing science, technology, engineering and math vocabulary words. “If you can foster familiarity with vocabulary, their retention and understanding of that vocabulary is stronger when they actually start to memorize the definition,” she said about young readers. The books try to get children interested in engineering by connecting it with things they can relate to, such as roller coasters, sports and windmills, Pantoya said. The pair’s most recent book, “Designing Dandelions: An Engineering Everything Adventure,” features Bells and Mitch, two young space aliens from the planet Exergy who crash-land on Earth and must apply the engineering design process to get themselves back home, according to the Tech University Press website. Pantoya said the book, which is geared toward a slightly older audience, introduced the engineering design process to readers while creating a distinction be-
in a cup made out of corn and were able to make dippin’ dots, something that drew a large roar from the crowd of hungry children. “I think the coolest part is to house almost every part of agriculture under one roof,” Foerster said. The fourth graders are at the optimal age to attend this event, Simmons said, because they are very responsive to all of the lectures and their minds are like sponges. Foerster said she hopes the event will help promote Tech because the students were able to spend the day on campus. “I would like to think we could help recruit some of these young kids to come to Texas Tech,” she said. ➤➤email@example.com
tween science and engineering. The book was designed to be easier to read for children accustomed to playing on iPads or looking at a computer screen because it has a graphic novel-type design, instead of traditional left-to-right text, Pantoya said. “No matter how much iPads and other media become more and more popular — I may sound old school — but I truly believe that the power of a book, a hard book, is underrated,” she said. Every year more research comes out showing society needs more engineers and scientists in general, Hunt said. “Kids are naturally creative and exploratory, and I think that, from a very early age, they could really connect with (engineering),” she said. One of the biggest challenges was convincing adults and teachers that children really wanted to read books about engineering and could understand the concepts in the books, Hunt said. The two also wrote “Engineering Elephants” and “Pride By Design”, but “Designing Dandelions” is the first book they published through Tech University Press. Pantoya said the pair has more children’s books in the works and recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of the engineering-themed books in elementary school classrooms. She said the books are used by the College of Education’s Child Development Research Center to supplement the elementarylevel science curriculums and to assess content understanding and engagement with science and engineering. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
United Supermarkets honors students Recipients of the United Supermarkets Graduate Scholarship were honored with a reception at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center 5 p.m. Oct. 17. The recipients of this year’s scholarship were Cassandra Huey, Lindsay, Huffhines, Stephany Wines, Callan Olive, Robert Imel, Amanda King and Philena Farmer. Additionally, the four recipients from last year will continue to receive the fellowship endowment. These students include Valeria Hernandez, Cameron Oliver, David Tombs and Emily Hammer. According to the United website, United Supermarkets is headquartered in Lubbock and has been a member of the community for 96 years. It is a family based grocery chain with more than 50 stores across North and West Texas. According to a news release, the endowment is made possible from a $3 million donation to the Texas Tech Foundation made by United Supermarkets. “We made that gift because we wanted to reinvest in the communities we operate in,” said Sidney Hopper, chief operating officer of United Supermarkets. “Most of the scholarships go to the young men and women who live in those communities,” he said. During the reception, United
POLICE BLOTTER Wednesday 11:04 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated damaged property at an off-campus location. A maroon Ford Mustang’s right back quarter panel was damaged. 11:33 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft at Weymouth Residence Hall. A cellphone was taken. 5:06 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief at Weeks Hall. A window was broken. 8:49 p.m. — A Tech officer
Supermarkets Chief Executive Officer Robert Taylor commended the recipients for their hard work and for their work in the community. The scholarship can last up to five years at $5,000 per year. Both masters and doctoral students are encouraged to apply, no matter what their major is. “We use a holistic approach,” said Donna Rogers, faculty member of the Graduate School. “We evaluate financial need and community service.” So far this scholarship has helped 12 students, and two of them have graduated. One of the recipients, Stephany Wines, a second-year agribusiness master’s student, said she’s planning on working in Washington when she graduates. As the reception ended, Taylor said he had plans of possibly creating a United Supermarkets Club where scholarship recipients would meet on a yearly basis to catch up. “I believe that keeping up with people is very important,” he said. One of the recipients took his comment to heart. “I’m so thankful to United for this scholarship, and to be part of the United family,” said Farmer, a curriculum instruction doctoral student. ➤➤email@example.com
detained a staff member following a traffic stop in the 2500 block of Broadway St. The staff member was released and charged with driving while license invalid. The vehicle was left legally parked. 11:13 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a nonstudent for public intoxication, which occurred in the 2400 block of 9th St. The nonstudent was transported to Lubbock County Jail. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
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Tech students co-found marketing company By ASHLYN TUBBS Staff Writer
For Noble Madu and Connor Moore, attending classes at Texas Tech was not enough. They wanted to receive handson experience in entrepreneurship and marketing while obtaining their degrees, and developed an idea that has enabled them to do this. On June 2, 2011, Madu, a senior marketing and communications major from Plano, Moore, a first-year educational psychology graduate student from Longview, and Weston Betts, a senior business marketing major from Murphy, created their own company titled Pawns2Kings. Now, Madu is the account manager of the company and Moore is the chief marketing officer while Betts pursues a fulltime position after his graduation this spring. “We wanted to bring marketing value to different companies in Lubbock and Texas as far as promotional tools, social media management, hands-on promotion,” Madu said, “and we did that starting in 2011 and it was working very well for us, so we kept meeting new business owners and meeting new people and basically we just wanted to do something in our spare time and make some extra income.” Last April, Madu and Moore developed Pawns2Kings even further. It is now an online store that works similarly to Groupon, a website that connects buyers and sellers through a series of online deals. “Essentially we are basically
a flash discount online store and we’re trying to appeal to college students and put different things on there that college students like,” Madu said. “Our goal is to basically bring value to the businesses we work with and to the customers and consumers of our actual brand.” Some of the local companies featured on the Pawns2Kings website at www.pawns2kingstx.com include Smoothie King, which offers a $2 discount on medium smoothies through the website, and Studio 57, which offers a $10 discount through the website for a five-class, all-access punch card. To retrieve the discounts, customers must provide an email address to which the discount is sent. Other products featured on the website include women’s and men’s fashion as well as shoes. “Our main goal is really just trying to get people to the site by showing them our potential value,” Moore said, “because otherwise, people don’t know and they will just go in store and realize they can get a really good discount just by visiting our site and doing business with us.” For their business to operate, Madu and Moore have had to attend referrals, complete legal work, network and propose business ideas to many different companies. “It’s something anyone can do, it’s very easy,” Madu said. “People are humans, you know. A human owns a business so it’s very easy to talk to somebody.” It has worked to Pawns2King’s advantage that Madu and Moore are both college students,
Moore said. “Ultimately they see us as being college founded and not really coming into this trying to money-hustle them and stuff like that,” he said, “and both goals are for ourselves to make money and the business owner to prosper more than they already are.” Attending classes while running a business is not easy, Moore said, especially since he and Madu run the Pawns2Kings website by themselves. “I’ve been trying to make everything work as far as time management,” he said, “but it has been really fun.” Madu said he does not mind the time commitment because he believes the work will pay off someday. “I think it will be worth it if we can get this done,” he said, “and we can succeed and actually bring value to the people.” Right now, Madu and Moore are developing an app for Pawns2Kings that will be available for download on both Android cellphones and iPhones. Moore encourages any students with suggestions about which companies should offer discounts on the website to contact them through the Pawns2Kings website. One of the businesses featured through Pawns2Kings is Chick-filA. Corie Williams, the marketing director at Chick-fil-A at Raider Park, said she has known Madu for about a year and asked for his help last February. “Pawns2Kings is one of our consultants,” she said. “I ask him how he would do this, what ways to go about it, how to target this certain
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NOBLE MANDU, A senior marketing and communications major from Plano, and Connor Moore, a first-year educational psychology graduate student from Longview, co-founded their own company titled Pawns2Kings. Mandu is the account manager and Moore is the chief marketing officer of the company that can be found at www.pawns2kingstx.com, a website they run themselves.
group of people, if I need a connection in with Greek - I go with Pawns2Kings because they have a great partnership with any of the Greek sororities and fraternities, so I think primarily their relationship with Chick-fil-A is consulting and how to better our social media presence.” Pawns2Kings has helped Chickfil-A tremendously, Williams said. “I think one of the biggest aspects I learned from Pawns2Kings
Play brings new light to fairy tales By ALI WILLINGHAM Staff Writer
With their first opening night on Oct. 11, young and old worked together to get the production perfected. The play, which follows the childhood classics Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, showed the darker side of the fairy tales many students grew up with. Jared Schroeder, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Houston who played the steward to Prince Charming in the musical, said he became involved with the show because a friend from a previous performance was directing. The director asked him and another friend to try out for the show, Schroeder said. “So I came out for auditions,” he said, “and he called me back for the part of steward.” In preparation for his role, Schroeder said he watched the Broadway and Steampunk versions of the plays. He thought the director was attempting to do a mix of the two, Schroeder said. “I’m a little more serious than the director wants,” he said, “but I feel that fits the role, but that’s just me.” Schroeder’s favorite part of the show, he said, was hitting Jack’s mother. In the role of steward, he said he wasn’t in the play as often as some other characters, but he’s in the longest and does the most as his character in that scene. “Basically I kill Jack’s mother and steal one of the slippers,” he said. “I also like my staff though.” Filled with characters from students’ childhoods, the interpretation of the musical “Into the Woods” produced at the Children and Adults Theatrical Studio shows what happens after characters receive their “happily ever afters.” Adding its own original characters, the Baker and his wife, the play’s first act follows the storylines of each of the classics, while also adding in interactions between each of the characters.
The second act, however, shows audiences what happens after the characters defeat the giant, get their prince, escape the wolf and, for the original characters, the Baker and his wife finally bear a child. Director and Texas Tech alumnus Cornelius Brown said basically it’s a take on all fairy tales and how, in the blink of an eye, things can change. Brown said the story can change in an instant and fall out of place. “Basically, it’s a story of bringing it all back together,” he said, “and making it fit to where lives continue and things grow and babies are born and giants are no more.” Brown said the cast only has been working on the play for eight weeks. Normally, he said, you want to have eight to 11 weeks, with at least four to five of those weeks just for music. “Both Amanda and I have had to learn new strategies,” Brown said, “but it worked.” Amanda Allen, a Lubbock Christian University alumnae and music director, said the play is an interesting take on the fairy tales in that it’s not a happy, singing children musical. “There’s emotion, there’s betrayal, there’s some dark stuff, she said. “It’s not your elementary fairy tales anymore. It’s the grown-up version of that, but with music.” Schroeder said the play is a different telling of the Grimm fairy tales so it’s kind of cool and that it’s a great show. “I just hope the audience likes the show,” he said, “and gets a good laugh out of it at some scenes.”
was leveraging my personal social media power,” she said, “and using that to effectively market for our business as well.” Pawns2Kings is a unique website, Williams said, and she encourages people to utilize its services. “They’re a middle man, but you don’t feel that,” she said. “You get the product as soon as you buy it and it’s instantaneous, so it’s definitely worthwhile to check out.” Madu and Moore agreed stu-
dents who are interested in entering entrepreneurship should chase their dreams. Moore said not to be fooled though, because founding a business takes a lot of time and work, but is worth it in the end. “A lot of people start out with something and then they quit because they realize how hard it was,” he said, “so just keep at it and it will all come together.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
Character actor Kumar Pallana dies in California at 94 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kumar Pallana, an Indian character actor with small parts in movies such as “The Terminal” and “The Royal Tennenbaums,” died suddenly Oct. 10 at the home he shared with his son in Oakland. He was 94. “He lived life to the fullest,” said his daughter Sandhya Pallana of Dallas, who confirmed the death to The Associated Press. “It was really wonderful how well he was received and how well he was liked and that people appreciated his unique and
creative style.” Pallana was a yoga instructor living in Dallas when in the mid-1990s he met Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, who were working on their breakout movie “Bottle Rocket,” the Los Angeles Times reported. They cast Pallana as a bumbling safe cracker. His thick accent and diminutive stature combined to help him steal scenes and earned him parts in more films, including three more directed by Anderson and one by Steven Spielberg.
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LORENZO MIRELES, A senior electronic media and communication major from San Antonio, acts out a scene as Rapunzel’s prince during the play Into The Woods on Oct. 10 at Children and Adults Theatrical Studio.
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Food stamp glitch shows greed, dishonesty Smart watches next Jordan L wave of technology Sigler T Weston during the outage so that they could get food for their families.” Though police monitored the situation, there were no arrests made on the thieves who were knowingly taking advantage of a fault in the system and thus were equivalently stealing groceries from Wal-Mart. A Wa l Mart spokesperson was quoted in the ABC News article saying WalMart made the “right choice” in continuing to service these shoppers. In Louisiana, there is another emergency EBT plan in place if a case such as this ever occurred. In another ABC News article, Trey Williams, who is a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Children and Human Services, said there are
emergency procedures where retailers limit spending to $50 if there was a glitch such as the one last weekend. Because Wal-Mart didn’t adhere to the procedure, it will have to pay the difference. Don’t be too quick to assume it’s out of Wal-Mart’s big heart it was giving away free food to people who already receive free food. The buck ultimately will be passed down to the paying customer of Wal-Mart, the same customer who pays taxes for the EBT system. It’s a shame EBT customers would take advantage of a glitch like that. They already are benefiting by getting free food from taxpayers, only to rob them at the supermarket when a machine, fortunate for their luck, happens to malfunction. Now I don’t have a problem with people using food stamps, as it can be a benefit for people who really need them, and not all people with EBT cards in those Louisiana locations took advantage of the system. But shame on those
People should have higher integrity and take personal responsibility in times of crises or accidental mishaps.
ast weekend there was a glitch in a Wal-Mart system in Louisiana that allowed people on the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, which allows food stamp recipients to buy groceries using a digital card that has a set spending limit, to temporarily have no such limit on their cards. Sentient shoppers with EBT cards flooded the Wal-Mart stores, buying much more than their fair share of groceries, emptying shelves and taking all their carts could hold. According to an ABC News article, Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs said some shoppers bought eight carts full of food and then headed back for more. When the glitch was fixed, the shoppers knew the gig was up. According to CBS News, when the EBT customers found out the glitch had been fixed, they left the scene of the crime with shopping carts full of food left in the aisles. Wal-Mart, on the surface, bore the brunt of the mishap for human supposed generosity, as it continued serving the EBT customers even though it knew the store essentially was being robbed. In the CBS article, Wal-Mart representative Kayla Whaling said, “We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards
who did, as it shows the dark side of greed and human integrity when people steal when the opportunity is ripe. This isn’t the first time looting has happened in Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, citizens were taking food, electronics and other valuables out of stores with no one to stop them because police were busy with evacuations, simply because they could. Just because the likelihood is in one’s favor that they will not be caught does not mean it is justified to steal. People should have higher integrity and take personal responsibility in times of crises or accidental mishaps. People also should take personal responsibility to be mindful and thankful for the monetary gifts they receive. The people in Louisiana only should have bought groceries to the amount they were allowed on their card. This also is something to keep in mind for college students who receive scholarship and grant money. Instead of blowing the money in the first two weeks on fun gadgets and beer, thus forgoing books, they should buy school supplies and use the funds for the intended purpose. Sigler is a senior journalism major from Goshen, Ind. ➤➤ email@example.com
Congress, president must learn to compromise By JAMIE WANDSCHNEIDER iOwa STaTe daily (iOwa STaTe U.)
“Unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” During George Washington’s farewell address, he warns that political parties will make our nation weaker not stronger. He wasn’t very far off. To be clear on one thing, this column isn’t intended to point fingers, but to talk about the entire government as a whole. When asked where I stand on the political spectrum, I respond by saying that I don’t follow either party. I have liberal views on certain issues and conservative views on others. When it comes to the different elections, I side with the candidate that I feel will best serve our country. Both parties are quite proud of their beliefs; which is a good thing. If they weren’t passionate about their beliefs then what is the point in having the party? But lately they have been getting too proud, which has led to a nasty streak of extreme stubbornness.
This stubbornness is overshadowing one of the key elements in any collaboration: the ability to compromise. This doesn’t mean they need to drop ideas, but they must try and find a middle ground where both can agree. Both parties want completely different things, but neither is willing to give in a little to the other party’s demands in order to get what they want. By not being able to compromise, laws don’t get passed and the whole process turns out to be a waste of time. For an easier perspective of how the government is acting, picture our government as a bird. Like all birds, it has two wings. There is a left wing (representing by the Democratic Party) and a right wing (representing the Republican Party). If our government is dominated by the left wing, our bird will not be able to fly, for it only has one wing. Same thing goes for having only a right winged government. Currently, our government has a mixture of both right and left winged members. Now our bird has potential to fly and be successful. But if the two wings, or parties, are not working together, the bird won’t be able to get off the ground. This is what our government is experiencing.
What we need is to have the wings working together and flap simultaneously. This will allow our bird to fly and be successful. Currently, the American people are suffering the consequences as a result of the lack of compromise. The government shutdown has affected all in some way shape or form. Americans employed by the government aren’t getting paid, families of soldiers who have died overseas aren’t receiving benefits, government websites have been shutdown, and even the “panda cam” has been turned off. If the shutdown continues, we will feel more of the consequences. Now how, exactly, did our government get like this? Every year, our government has to put together a spending plan that allows us to spend money. It relies on an agreement between both the president and the members of Congress. As a motivational tool, the threat of a government shutdown lingers if a plan has not been created by the set date. The shutdown will continue until an agreement has been made and the president has signed the spending bill. Currently in office, we have a Democratic president and Senate at odds with
a Republican House of Representatives. Each has entirely different views on what should go into the budget. Congress proposed a spending plan that would maintain our country’s spending levels, excluded funding for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Since the Democrats are pushing funding for this program, the spending plan did not get passed for the next fiscal year. Time ran out, and with no spending plan, funding was cut from different government programs. How does our government solve this problem and prevent future shutdowns? Simply by trying to find a middle ground with each other. This doesn’t mean that either party needs to move right or left, but to try and see the other’s point of view. Take Obamacare, for example, instead of the Republican Party completely shutting it out, maybe they can try to tweak it to fit their beliefs a little bit more. With that being said, the Democratic Party would need to agree if they wanted it passed. The same thing would go if the roles were reversed. That is what the power of compromise would do.
Patriot Act author best suited to fix controversial law’s flaws The Oracle (U. SOUTh FlOrida)
The Patriot Act must be one of the most infamous acts in modern times. The act was designed after the tragedy of 9/11 in order to use specific tools to obstruct terrorism. The act essentially allows the government to spy and record private communications, including phone
calls, emails and text messages, allowing the government to access all of America’s private information. The Patriot Act is a flawed act that needs to be changed. After ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked stolen information about how invasive the Patriot Act truly is, the public has started to look down on it, but the Patriot Act was created more than a decade ago, but many American
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citizens have just recently become outraged due to the release of leaked information. In a 2004 survey by ABC News, 84 percent of Americans actually agreed the government should extend the power of the Patriot Act. Now several Congress members are actually attempting to revise the act to make it more transparent and specific. This just shows the need for more transparency in the NSA. According to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, the author of the
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Patriot Act, the act has not been used as designed and he plans on changing that. On Wednesday, he introduced his plans for the USA Freedom Act, according to the online news site, The Daily Dot. This act generally restricts the usage of the Patriot Act and makes it have the specific purpose of fighting terrorism instead of invading the privacy of American citizens. This is a great revision to the act since it lessens its power and makes the act more specific.
hroughout recent history, technology has made huge advances. There are many noteworthy products, such as iPods, smartphones and tablets. Each one has made an impact on how we live our lives. People always are asking what the next thing is that will change our world and how we live in it. That next thing will be the wave of wearable technology. When Pebble smartwatch raised more than $10 million for its groundbreaking syncing watch-to-phone technology, both the media and technology enthusiasts agreed wearable technology is an untapped market with massive potential. As Google released a beta version of Google Glass and Samsung released the Samsung Gear smartwatch this year, there is slow acceptance to each market as neither one has fully captivated the masses. Because we now live in a society that expects a new innovative product yearly, 2014 will give us so much more. According to an article on entrepreneur.com, Nitin Bhas, a senior analyst at U.K.-based Juniper Research, said 2014 will be the “watershed year for wearables.” With 2014 signaling the entry of a new, updated version of Google Glass, a Google smartwatch, Samsung Gear, Myo Gesture Control and a potential Apple iWatch, the wearable technology industry is finally about to take off. According to Cnet.com news, Juniper Research also said wearable technology “will hit $1.4 billion this year... (and) by 2018, that figure will hit $19 billion.” I believe the market will not truly accept any form of wearable technology without
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an Apple wearable (iWatch) launch. Apple has brought so many game-changing products to us, but rarely is the first company to introduce the idea. Whether it was the iPod or iPhone, it was not the first in the industry. Apple was the second or third company to enter the space, but were the ones to produce and market the products successfully to mass consumers. In a tech news report, Thestar.com talks with Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White who “claims that the device (iWatch) will arrive next October and will be used to control music, home security, thermostat settings and the lights, rather than a (supposed) tethered smartphone or tablet.” So instead of it “being an extension of your iPhone,” it instead is a “multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their homes.” As there already are lifechanging products in the marketplace, it only is going to take one successful wearabletechnology launch to blow open this untapped market. Within the next five years, humans will be completely integrated with their homes, vehicles and electronics with the help of wearable technology. We’re just waiting to see which company creates a truly breakthrough product first. Betts is a senior marketing major from Murphy. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
Online dating risky for students By DEMI DENOWIT
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In today’s society, online profiles of the average individual can often be easily attained, but can also often be a deceitful presentation of facts, with no verification involved. Because of this, college students now have to account for a more frightening dating scene in which rape is a greater potential risk on the first date. According to oneinfourusa. org, one in four women on college campuses were a victim of rape or attempted rape. Of these incidents, 84 percent of the victims were raped by someone they knew and 57 percent of the assaults took place during dates. More shocking is that the same study states one in four college men admit to the use of sexual aggression with women. Dating becomes frightening when a person is not only checking for personality chemistry, but often feels like a background check has to be done before a date as simple 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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Red Raiders make first trip to Morgantown By EVERETT CORDER
much during his career. “It’s definitely been an honor to come up under him,” Leong said. “He’s had successful offenses and successful teams everywhere he’s been. So any time you can be around someone that’s been doing it and been successful, you can’t help but learn from them.” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury also has a relationship with Holgorsen from his days as a college football player. Holgorsen was the inside receivers coach for Kingsbury’s last two seasons as the Red Raiders’ quarterback. Kingsbury didn’t cut ties with Holgorsen after he left Tech either, he said. Once Kingsbury was done playing football, Holgerson helped him receive his first job coaching at University of Houston and
When Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0) takes the field against West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) Saturday, there will be a familiar face on the Mountaineers sideline. Former Red Raider wide receiver Lyle Leong works as an assistant with the Mountaineers football program. He keeps charts and helps out with special teams during games. Leong played at Tech from 2007 to 2010 and has the second most touchdowns in school history. Part of the time he played at Tech, his offensive coordinator was West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. Leong said he is happy to work with a coach who has achieved so
actually gave him a place to stay for a while. “Yeah, we go way back,” Kingsbury said. “Obviously, we don’t talk as much now that we’re in the same conference. But I have a ton of respect for him and I wouldn’t be here right now if it weren’t for him.” For the Red Raiders, Saturday’s game will be the first time they’ve played in Milan Puskar Stadium, as this is the Mountaineers’ second year in the Big 12 Conference. Leong said he sees many similarities between the fans he played for at Jones AT&T Stadium and the Mountaineers fans. “They’re both places that are very energetic,” he said. “Both of the fan bases are very passionate about their teams.”
Tech defensive end Branden Jackson’s hometown is 30 minutes away from Morgantown, W.Va., where the Mountaineers play, and the redshirt sophomore said he let his teammates know what they should expect heading into the game. Jackson said the West Virginia student section is so into the game and loud it may seem like the Mountaineers have an extra player. “They’re going to be rude,” he said. “I think our student section gets pretty loud and they’re always into the game. But West Virginia, their student section is ridiculous. They’ll do the research. They’ll know our dog’s name, our best friend’s name and what gets under our skin. So it will be pretty cool.” The Mountaineers will attempt
to prove themselves this weekend, especially on the defensive side of the ball because the defense gave up 73 points to Baylor in its last game. Holgorsen said he was proud of the way his team responded after the loss to Baylor and expects the defensive effort to be much better against Tech. “It was a little bit of a buzz saw because Baylor played very well,” he said. “You cannot sit there and dwell on it forever — you have to put that one to rest and get back out there and keep working. That is what we did, and we expect to have a lot better of a defensive performance at Saturday.” The biggest question for the Red Raiders is which quarterback will lead their offense against the
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Whitfield blossoms into leadership role following multiple knee injuries By DAWIT HAILE
inch midfielder from Carrollton. Whitfield’s career has not been as perfect as her visit to Tech. She has sustained three significant knee injuries while at Tech. It began after freshman year, Whitfield said. During the U-19 U.S. Youth Soccer Nationals, Whitfield suffered her first knee injury. The left-knee injury was difficult for her to cope with. According to Tech Athletics, Whitfield was one of two players who started every game her freshman year and had played the second-most minutes on the team. With all those minutes, Whitfield put up four goals and six assists. “I was just really angry and upset because you put so much emphasis on soccer in your life,” Whitfield said, “and it was kind of just taken away from me.” The knee injury was disorienting for her because she had been playing since she was 5 years old, she said. Soccer was almost all she knew. Whitfield tried to play some time after letting the injury heal a bit, she said. But, she had not given the injury enough time, so Whitfield had to undergo surgery. The injury took about two years to heal from. During this process, was when senior defender Hayley Haagsma and her became friends, Whitfield said. Haagsma injured her knee a few months after, so they went through rehabilitation together. The relationship the two de-
Some leaders become leaders through their spectacular play on the field, but redshirt senior midfielder Conner Whitfield’s body has not allowed her the opportunity to showcase her skills. However, the team captain’s fingerprints are found throughout Texas Tech soccer, and the program never has been the same. Tech coach Tom Stone said the momentum the program is enjoying begins with Whitfield. When she committed to Tech, everyone wanted to know how he convinced her to play soccer as a Red Raider, Stone said. Whitfield said her recruitment started early and her first conversations with Stone occurred while he was an assistant coach at Clemson. She felt as though Stone actually cared about Whitfield, the person. Then Stone became the Tech soccer coach and she went to Lubbock for a visit, Whitfield said. During the visit, Tech seemed too perfect. The energy put into soccer and the construction of John Walker Soccer Complex amazed her. It also helped to see familiar faces besides Stone when Whitfield arrived on campus, she said. The assistant coaches at the time were her club soccer coaches and that had known her since she was 12 years old. The deal was sealed. Tech secured the services of the 5-foot-2-
veloped brought Whitfield to God and showed there was a reason for the adversity she was facing, Whitfield said. Haagsma said no one would have imagined the two of them becoming great friends and the topic continues as a running joke to this day. “She and I both say one of the major reasons we were both put here at Tech was to meet each other and impact each other’s lives spiritually,” Haagsma said, “and as much as she says I have impacted her life she has done the same for me.” Whitfield redshirted for the 2010 season to heal properly, according to Tech Athletics. She returned for her sophomore season where she played in seven games and started in two. Luck was not on Whitfield’s side, though when just four games into her junior season she endured another knee injury, Whitfield said. This time it was her right knee. There was a sense of devastation at the time the injury happened, Whitfield said. But the support given to her by teammates and coaches helped her deal with the second injury much better. This is when Whitfield found her place on the team, she said. “I grew into an off-the-field leader,” she said. “I just found my place on the team, and I was really happy.” However, Whitfield’s woes did not end there. She rehabilitated her way back
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Ifeatu Okafor, a former thrower for Texas Tech track and field, heads to Indianapolis this weekend as one of nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The announcement for who was named winner happens Sunday, according to a news release. The winner was chosen from 455 nominees from a variety of sports representing each NCAA division after multiple cuts. According to NCAA.com, the award recognizes the achievements of young women in athletics, academics, community service and leadership. Okafor received numerous awards, honors and positions during her career at Tech. Okafor served on the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee at
Tech for four years, according to the release. She volunteered with Special Olympics, Young Women’s Christian Association and local hospitals. Okafor did not stop there. She also was placed on the Academic AllBig 12 Conference team four times, a finalist for the 2012 John McLendon Scholarship and the 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award. Okafor did receive the Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage award in 2012. Okafor earned letters in her sport for Tech all four years and was named 2011 Big 12 Shot Put Champion as well as twice to the All-Big 12 first team. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in exercise and sport sciences. ➤➤email@example.com
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nolan Ryan is leaving the Texas Rangers again, stepping away from his CEO role 20 years after ending his Hall of Fame career as a pitcher. In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. He is also selling his ownership stake in the team to co-chairmen Ray Davis and Bob Simpson. “It closes a chapter of my life in baseball,” Ryan said. “I feel like it’s time for me to move on to other things. It’s been a decision that weighed on my heavily, but I feel like it’s the right decision. ... At this point and time, it’s the correct thing for me to do.” Asked about the difference in the team announcing that he was retiring and him calling it a resignation, the 66-year-old Ryan paused and then said he wouldn’t be the CEO of another major league team and called this perhaps the “final chapter” of his
storied career in baseball. Ryan’s older son, Reid, became president of the Houston Astros earlier this year. Nolan Ryan dismissed any speculation that he’s leaving the Rangers to join his son and another of the teams he pitched for and worked for in the past. The move takes effect Oct. 31. Ryan became the 10th president of the Rangers in February 2008 when he was hired by former owner Tom Hicks. Ryan added the title of CEO three years later. He was also part of the ownership group that acquired the team in August 2010, months before its first World Series. Ryan’s departure comes less than a year after ownership gave general manager Jon Daniels and chief operating officer Rick George new presidential titles and took the president’s title from Ryan. Davis insisted the change in Ryan’s title earlier this year was just that.
“From a corporation standpoint, Nolan’s authority didn’t change at all,” Davis said. “On all major decisions on baseball, Nolan made all final decisions.” Ryan said the title change wasn’t a factor in his decision. “I don’t look at it from that perspective,” Ryan said. “I just look at it from where I am in life and what I want to do going forward and that’s what really drove my decision.” George left in July to become the athletic director at the University of Colorado. Daniels attended the news conference at Rangers Ballpark, but left without speaking to reporters. Davis said the ownership group is disappointed with Ryan’s decision but understands it. Simpson said he tried to talk Ryan out of leaving. “You don’t wake up one day and make a decision of this magnitude,” Ryan said. “It was something I’ve been thinking about on and off for a while now. Just felt like it was probably time for me to move on.”
Ryan said he planned to go home and enjoy getting back out to his ranch “and doing things I haven’t done for six years now. ... I don’t know what a year from now might bring. This may be the final chapter of my baseball career.” Texas made its only two World Series appearances during Ryan’s six seasons in the front office. The Rangers have averaged more than 90 wins the past five seasons, though they missed the playoffs this year after losing an AL wild-card tiebreaker game to Tampa Bay. “During times of significant change for the franchise, Nolan has been a constant — accessible, dedicated and an icon to his fellow Texans who love our game,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “Nolan’s unique perspective as a legendary player and an accomplished executive has been invaluable to the Rangers franchise.” Ryan’s name has been synonymous with the Rangers for decades.
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HOUSTON (AP) — Case Keenum, who hasn’t played in a meaningful game since he was in college back in January 2012, will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans this Sunday in one of the tougher environments in the NFL. Keenum will make his first appearance in a regular-season game against the rugged defense of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where the fans just set a Guinness record as the noisiest outdoor stadium in the world. So be it: Keenum will start for Matt Schaub, who is out dealing with injuries to his
right ankle and foot, and will try to help the Houston Texans snap a four-game losing streak. “We’re struggling, and we’re looking for a spark,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “I think he deserves an opportunity to go out there. It’s a tough place to play. It’s a tough place to get your first start and all that good stuff. But I’m not sending him out there by himself. I’m sending him out there with his football team and the guys understand that.” Keenum was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston before spending last season on the practice
squad. The undrafted free agent has played in several preseason games, but hasn’t played in a game that counted since leading the Cougars to a 30-14 win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012. Keenum said he prepares for practice and preseason games the same way he got ready for games in his college career, so nothing will change for him this week. “It means just as much to me every rep I take, but obviously the games are definitely different,” he said. “I guess I can officially say this is the best NFL defense I’ve ever played, so this is going to be a big test.” The Texans (2-4) have been hurt by penalties, turnovers and other mistakes during their skid. Kubiak chose to go with Keenum over backup T.J. Yates, who led Houston to its first playoff win two years ago when Schaub was hurt. He struggled Sunday after Schaub was injured, throwing two interceptions, the first of which was returned for a touchdown. Now they’ll look to Keenum to help them get back on track. He isn’t daunted by the challenge and is used to being the underdog. He said that people have doubted him his entire life. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me I can’t do a lot of things. I’m too short or this or that, but you can’t believe a lot of that stuff,” said the 6-foot-1 Keenum. “You just have to be given an opportunity and you have to be ready when you get that opportunity.” K e e nu m j o k e d a b o u t hi s height several times on Thursday, but the best quip came when he was asked if it’s difficult to see over the much taller defensive linemen in the NFL.
“It’s different, but my receivers are taller so I can see them — and they’re faster,” he said. “I’ve tried to grow, but I think I’m done.” In college, Keenum tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the third game of the 2010 season. Houston appealed for a medical redshirt and Keenum was granted one more season to take aim at the NCAA’s career passing records with the team’s ultra-quick offense. He led the Cougars to a 12-0 start in 2011 before a loss in the Conference USA championship game. He left Houston as the NCAA’s all-time leader in career total yards (20,114), yards passing (19,217), passing touchdowns (155) and total touchdowns (178). Now he’ll face a defense which is allowing a NFL-best 10.8 points a game, leads the league with 30 sacks and has forced 12 more turnovers this season than their opponents, which also tops the league. “We just want him to go out there and react,” Kubiak said. “That’s the reason he’s on this team because of what he’s capable of doing when he gets in those situations. He’ll get ready to do his part and everybody needs to do theirs.” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, who coached Keenum at the University of Houston, said he Keenum will be “extremely prepared” and that he expects him to play well on Sunday. Keenum’s teammates also expressed confidence in him on Thursday. Receiver Andre Johnson raved about the quarterback. “Case just has sort of like an aura about him,” Johnson said. “When he’s out there, he’s real excited, having fun.”