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Law school hosts panel on hate crimes

1 By MICHAEL CANTU News Editor

At noon Tuesday in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech School of Law, a panel discussion was hosted on LGBT hate crime legislation. For the discussion, the parents of the late Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten to death near Laramie, Wyoming, in 1998, spoke on the panel and described the details and struggles they went through to get legislation passed on this issue. After the death of their son, Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an organization that empowers

LGBT individuals and informs communities on their challenges, Judy Shepard said. The couple received a lot of money to help defray medical costs but they did not know what to do with the leftover funds. “We thought we had a better use for that money, and we wanted to help Matt’s friends and Matt’s peers have a better future,” Judy Shepard said. “So we organized the foundation with an attorney who is a friend of ours.” Besides helping start the foundation, the Shepards were also helpful in getting federal hate crime legislation passed in 2009 under President Barack Obama, Kyle Velte, visiting professor of law, said. In the United States, a hate

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1. Kyle C. Velte, Texas Tech School of Law visiting assistant professor, speaks at the Matthew Shepard film screening on Tuesday in the Lanier Auditorium. 2. Dennis and Judy Shepard, parents of the late Matthew Shepard, speak at the film screening. The panel was called “Matthew Shepard’s Legacy: How a Hate Crime Changed the Legal and Political Landscape for LGBT Americans.” crime is defined as a perpetrator targeting a victim or group of victims because of race, religion or sexual orientation, among other

things, Tracy Pearl, associate professor at the School of Law, said.



Women’s Service Organization offers service to community By ARIANNA AVALLE Staff Writer

Women’s Service Organization comprises a group of women who dedicate part of their time to serve the Texas Tech and Lubbock community. Amy Witt, a senior biology major from Sweetwater and president of Women’s Service Organization, has been involved with the organization for nearly four years. Witt said the idea of Women’s Service Organization was created in 1959 when a few of the charter members started a bicycle race for family day. From there, it grew into a student organization that does community service on campus and in town. The organizations that Women’s Service Organization have partnered with include Adopt a Highway, Boys & Girls Club, Lions Club and RaiderThon, Witt said. RaiderThon, in particular, is one of her favorite services because organization members get to

raise money for Children’s Miracle Network at the University Medical Center. “We get to help out those kids, and we make their world a little bit better even if it is just for a day,” Witt said. She joined this organization because she was encouraged by her older sister who was also a member. Witt said she decided to stay because she likes helping other people and being part of a group of women who share her interests. “I feel privileged to be president,” Witt said. “My proudest achievement is getting to better the organization and the girls while accomplishing many service hours.” Elaina Costanzo, a senior early childhood education major from Katy, is the vice president of the organization. Costanzo said she initially joined Women’s Service Organization because, as a transfer student, she was looking for an organization that offers community service and sisterhood.

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The Daily Toreador wins 14 CSPA Gold Circle Awards The 2016 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards for Newspapers were announced on Tuesday, and staff members of Texas Tech’s studentrun newspaper, The Daily Toreador, won 14 awards. The entire staff won first place for alternative story presentation, as well as second place and a certificate of merit in the single subject news or feature package, three or more pages or special section category. In the page one design category, creative editor Anthony Estolano, a junior journalism major from San Antonio, received first and third places, as well as two certificates of merit. He received four of the six awards in the category. The “Keep it Green” cover that received first place is special to him, Estolano said, because he loves the concept behind Lubbock going green and it was when he started designing more for The DT. “I’m very shocked, I really wasn't expecting to win that many,” Estolano said. “I had a few favorite designs, and I’m glad my ‘Keep it Green’ design won because that’s actually one of my favorite ones.” Of all the awards, Amy Cunningham, editor of The DT and a senior public relations major from Houston, said the page one designs Estolano placed in stand out the most to her because he designed those on his own. “Anthony (Estolano) just works so hard on all of those,” Cunningham said. “It really amazes me what he can do with a blank page, and he makes it his own every single time.” Multimedia editor Duncan Stanley, a mass communications graduate student from Texarkana, placed first in photo illustration and third in single sports photography. He said placing in the photo illustration category was surprising but meant a lot to him.



LPD looks for suspect, seeking public assistance

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Amy Witt, a senior biology major from Sweetwater and president of the Women’s Service Organization speaks to members about upcoming events. The organization strives to encourage women of Texas Tech to come together and serve their campus and community.

The Lubbock Police Department are asking the public for help in finding a robbery suspect. The man, pictured in a flier posted on social media, burglarized a store at the 1800 Block of Glenna Goodacre Boulevard on Oct. 2, according to the flier. The man stole multiple items, including a credit card, according to the flier. The card has since been used at other locations in the area. If anyone has any information on the crime or the suspect, he should reach out to LPD’s Crime Line at 806-741-1000 or the Crime Suppression Unit at 806-577-5818. @DailyToreador



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App promotes classroom interaction By REECE NATIONS Staff Writer

A new mobile application is sweeping college campuses and promoting the importance of paying attention during class lectures. Pocket Points is a free app downloadable on both the iTunes and Android marketplace that gives college students rewards points that can be used for discounts at local and online businesses. “Students earn one point every 24 minutes

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that they’re not looking at their phone, and on Tuesdays those points double,” Taylor Hicks, a Student Government Association senator for the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, said. “Around 12,000 students at Tech already have the app on their phones.” SGA is promoting use of the app in order to expand the number of vendors who offer discounts, Hicks said. If businesses see that a sizeable number of students use the app regularly, they will be more likely to partner with Pocket Points. Studies conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder have shown staying off one’s phone during class can have a profound effect on one’s GPA. On average, students check their phones six times every hour, Hicks said. When compared to their peers who stay off their phones during class, their GPAs are on average .36

percent lower. “Earning discounts through Pocket Points really is as easy as it sounds,” Hicks said. “Just turn it on, lock your phone, tuck it away, and before you know it you’ll be earning free food.” SGA promotes safety, success and support for each and every Tech student, SGA President Ben Sharp said. Pocket Points gives students added incentive to focus in class and achieve greater success in school. “The goal is for students to pay attention in class while using their accumulated points to save money at local restaurants,” Sharp said. “Typically, college students don’t have a lot of excess income, so any discount available to them helps tremendously.” Professors generally want their students to be as engaged in class as possible, he said, and with the app, students have added motivation to concentrate.


Glenna Goodacre Boulevard to remain closed for construction Starting Monday, Glenna Goodacre Boulevard will be closed from Avenue R to Avenue Q, and 7th Street and 8th Street will be closed from Avenue to Q to Avenue O. Because of construction, the outsides lanes of Avenue Q will be closed at Glenna Goodacre Boulevard and 8th Street. The closures are part of the Municipal Improvements Projects, which is set to be completed in the spring,

according to a City of Lubbock news release. The project will extend the divided roadway section of Glenna Goodacre to Avenue O, according to the release. This will permanently close 7th Street from Avenue Q to Avenue O, replace water and storm system infrastructure and incorporate turf improvements in the park space.


enhance penalties for people who commit these types of crimes, Pearl said. Accordingly, sentences or fines for such crimes can be higher because these crimes were motivated by bias or hate. After the death of her son, Judy Shepard said she was looking for a way to motivate a large group of people to lobby government officials on helping the

CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 “That’s the basis or that’s the motivation of the crime,” Pearl said. “We have a number of hate crime laws in this country, both federal and state, and they actually date back to the 1800s.” Most of the hate crime laws that have been passed recently are primarily to


Some of the vendors partnered with Pocket Points include Insomnia Cookies, Chili’s, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Smoothie King, Vitality Bowls and Blue Sky, Sharp said. The app has kept students off their phones for more than 770,000,000 minutes so far, which is more than 1,450 years. The app uses geo-tracking technology to know whether students are on or off campus, according to the Pocket Points website. Students can only earn points if they are on campus in academic buildings, and points cannot be earned at the school gym or in dorm rooms, according to the website. “Everyone can stand to be on their phone a little less, especially while in a lecture,” Sharp said. “SGA wants to ensure the academic fortitude of Texas Tech, which is why we’re promoting the app to the student body.” @ReeceNationsDT


Library opens 3-D printing space For their project needs, students, faculty and staff will be able to use the Texas Tech University Libraries’ latest technology called Makerspace. The space includes 3-D printers, 3-D scanners and 3Doodler pens that replace ink with plastic and are used to draw 3-D objects, according to a Tech news release. “We’re pleased to offer this service to students, faculty and staff who would like to work on creative projects,” Ryan Cassidy, LGBT community. “We also knew it wasn’t going to happen under the administration of (George W. Bush) because he made it very clear as governor that he would never do anything that would protect the rights of the LGBT community,” Judy Shepard said. “So it wasn’t until we had Obama in place that we had a real chance to make change.”

Makerspace librarian, said. The space is located in Library Room 132, and those who want to use the equipment can use it free of charge, according to the release. The library was able to get this equipment through a grant and expects to add more features similar to this in the future. The Makerspace is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2-8 p.m. on Sundays. @MichaelCantuDT

From the start of the Matthew Shepard Foundation to when Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard Act took 10 years, Judy Shepard said. This act makes it a federal crime to assault an individual based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to an article from CNN. The couple and the foun-

dation were able to make great strides on the grassroots level and make states pass definitive hate crime laws, Judy Shepard said. “What motivated me personally was that our son, because he happened to be gay was treated like a second-class citizen,” Judy Shepard said. “And to us that was just unacceptable.” @MichaelCantuDT


4 shot outside San Francisco schools, suspects at large SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four teenage students were shot in the shared parking lot of two San Francisco high schools Tuesday, and one of the students is in critical


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condition, authorities said. The shooting occurred as students were being let out of school for the day from the June Jordan School for Equity and City Arts and Technology High School, which share a campus, San Francisco Police Officer Carlos Manfredi said. Three of the victims ran

inside the school, and police initially ordered students to stay in place until police searched each room and determined it was not an active shooter situation. A fourth victim hurt in the shooting went to the Bayview Police Station, Manfredi said. “One female victim has life-threatening injuries to

her upper torso,” he said. Four male suspects wearing dark hoodies and jeans were seen running away from the area, Manfredi said. The shooters, who are not students at the school, seemed to have targeted the female student, officials said. “This was an isolated incident outside of the school

building where one student was being targeted by outsiders,” the San Francisco Unified School District said in a statement. Classes at June Jordan School in the city’s Excelsior District will resume Wednesday and extra security and counselors for students will be available, it said.




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Colorado fire burns 5 homes, hundreds of others threatened WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire in southern Colorado has destroyed five homes, and hundreds of people remain under evacuation orders, authorities said Tuesday. The fire has scorched more than 25 square miles, the Pueblo County Sheriff ’s Department said. The fire started when high winds blew a metal outbuilding into a power line, the sheriff ’s department said. Another 281 homes were threatened, and 13 outbuildings have been destroyed,

authorities said. Firefighters were trying to build containment lines along the north side of the fire Tuesday to prevent it from spreading, but the blaze was still uncontained Tuesday night, authorities said. Two Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters began dropping water on the fire from large fabric buckets Tuesday afternoon after Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered the Guard to help civilian firefighters. The Guard’s top commander, Maj. Gen. H.

Michael Edwards, said the helicopters would fly firefighting missions as long as they were needed. The wildfire was burning east of the small town of Westcliffe near the Rocky Mountain foothills. Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly extended his sympathies to people who lost property. “It’s a tough situation, and hopefully we can stop additional losses,” he said. A stretch of dry, warm weather has raised the fire

danger in much of Colorado, especially on windy days. Residents of 175 homes were ordered to evacuate Monday, and people who live in 70 other homes were warned to be ready to leave in case the fire spreads toward them. Those on standby include the residents of the town of Beulah, which was evacuated earlier this month because of another wildfire. That fire is believed to have been started by an excavator operator working in a ditch, possibly by creating a spark.


Air Force: Toxic chemicals released into city’s sewer system DENVER (AP) — An Air Force base in Colorado said Tuesday it accidentally released about 150,000 gallons of water containing toxic chemicals into the sewer system of the adjacent city of Colorado Springs, but the potential health hazards weren’t immediately known. Peterson Air Force Base said the water contained perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, which have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses. The Air Force hasn’t

said how high the levels were. The chemicals didn’t get into the city’s drinking water, said Steve Berry, a spokesman for Colorado Springs Utilities. The tainted water passed through a wastewater treatment plant, but the plant isn’t set up to remove PFCs, so they were still in the water when it was discharged into Fountain Creek, Berry said. No communities take water directly from the creek downstream from the treatment plant, said Meghan Trubee, a spokeswoman for the Colorado

Department of Public Health and Environment. The Air Force said the tainted water was released from a storage tank sometime in the past week, but the cause of the leak was still under investigation. It was discovered during a routine inspection of the tank on Oct. 12. PFCs are a component of firefighting foam widely used by the military, including at Peterson. The holding tank was part of a system used to recirculate the water to a fire training area, officials said.

The Air Force is already investigating whether Peterson is the source of PFC contamination found in well water in two other nearby communities, the town of Fountain and an unincorporated community called Security-Widefield. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in August it was highly likely that Peterson was the source of the PFCs in the two communities, although it hasn’t been determined exactly how it got into the underground water.



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s we get closer to Halloween, my thoughts drift back on my own experiences with this controversial holiday. When I was younger, my mom never let my brothers go trick-or-treating. We grew up in a Christian home, and my mom believed Halloween was a “satanic holiday.” I noticed most of my Christian friends were dressing up and trick-or-treating. However, every Halloween, my mom would lock the doors and turn off all the lights in our house. We couldn’t go near the windows, and we weren’t allowed to make a lot of noise. My mom told us countless Halloween night stories about kids eating poisoned candy and cults sacrificing black cats and homeless people. Another reason why she didn’t let us celebrate Halloween was because of the neighborhood we lived in.

Hannah Deeter is a freshman journalism major from Wheelock.

Our house was settled in one of the poorer neighborhoods of Fort Worth, and crime was extremely common. In fact, it wasn’t unusual to hear gunshots in the evening. Needless to say, my neighborhood was not the safest place to go trickor-treating on Halloween, but my brothers and I were not allowed to celebrate the holiday in any way whatsoever. I understand not being allowed to celebrate Halloween as a kid is hardly significant. I’m not traumatized; I don’t feel underprivileged; I’m certainly not bitter about not being allowed to dress up with my friends and collect candy.

However, I want to share with you why I think Halloween is worth celebrating. Most of you probably don’t have a problem with the holiday.

My mom told us countless Halloween night stories about kids eating poisoned candy and cults sacrificing black cats and homeless people. For those of you who think Halloween is evil and should not be celebrated, this column is for you. One reason why some p e o p l e d o n ’t c e l e b r a t e Halloween is because of its pagan roots. Originally, Halloween was a holiday called Sam-

hain created by the Celtic people 2,000 years ago. Samhain was a time to celebrate the end of the harvest and to remember the spirits of the dead. Supposedly, Christmas and Easter have pagan origins as well and were later modified to fit Christianity and Catholicism. However, the origins of these holidays are still debated between secular historians and the religious community. My question is, does it really matter if Halloween — or any other holiday — started out as a pagan celebration? Dressing up in fun costumes and collecting candy corn certainly doesn’t sound pagan; I don’t think most American families view it that way. Many families don’t like the, per se, evil nature of Halloween. Ghosts, goblins, werewolves and witches are all

typical Halloween costumes. Personally, I think, so called, scary Halloween costumes and decorations are all in good fun. However, if scary is not your thing, there is a plethora of Halloween costumes that are not frightening at all. Halloween is a time to dress up, and I’ve seen many cool costumes that are not spooky in any way. Trick-or-treaters often dress up in the costumes of their favorite superheroes, “Star Wars” characters, movie actors, musicians and animals, to name a few. There’s even Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton costumes you can buy online. H allow een is also a time for us to celebrate our favorite things about the fall season. Whether it’s watching the leaves change color, admiring the beautiful fall landscape from a hot

air balloon or sitting on a hay bale sipping pumpkin soup while watching the harvest moon climb up the sky, Halloween is more than just putting on costumes and eating candy. It’s about spending time together as a family and enjoying the spirit of autumn. This year I am celebrating Halloween for the first time. I’m going to make pumpkin soup, crank up Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s “Autumn in New York” and celebrate the start of my favorite season. And yes, I plan on going trick-or-treating dressed up as Catwoman, my favorite femme fatale. If you’re still having doubts about Halloween, I encourage you to look at the holiday as a time to celebrate family, friends and the most beautiful season Earth has given us.


Trump exposes darkness of GOP establishment D onald Trump has single handily exposed the true ugliness of the Republican Party. The Trump spotlight has cast light into the small pockets of racism, sexism and bigotry hiding within the Republican Party. I am a moderate who leans toward the right, so I am supposed to align and feel more at home with Republicans. However, I could not be more ashamed of the party that has not only allowed Trump to run but is also now supporting Trump’s candidacy.

Daylan Holman is a sophomore architecture major from Detroit.

Many Trump supporters continue to act as if this man can do no wrong. Trump is like the Drake of politics. Wi t h Tr u m p ’s l a t e s t scandal about “locker room talk,” many of his supporters continue to defend his sexist remarks. They ingeniously came back with remarks about how Bill Clinton cheated on Hillary Clinton or Hillary

Clinton likes Beyoncé. First, let’s start with the fact Hillary Clinton is running for president of the United States, not Bill Clinton. Second, we cannot assume one’s taste in music means she agrees with every lyric from every song from that artist. You are trying to defend a man who openly condoned sexual assault and sees his daughter as a “piece of ass.” He is a racist, and in fact, he is even supported by the Ku Klux Klan. I cannot fathom how any educated human in

his right mind can support Donald John Trump.

You are trying to defend a man who openly condoned sexual assault and sees his daughter as a “piece of ass.” Astoundingly, that is what the Republican Party has done. Yes, some of the Republican Party is withdrawing its support for Trump, but

how could it have supported him in the first place? All of these scandals occurring right now were not some hidden pieces of information no one knew about. These are all allegations and recordings of our presidential candidate that, with some basic researching of Trump, anyone would have been able to know about. So are you telling me no one from the Republican Party did any snooping on our presidential hopeful? Did they just agree with Trump’s bigotry? I refuse to believe that

everyone supporting Trump is simply turning a blind eye to his vile actions, so this leads me to believe they either agree with Trump’s racist and sexist views or support a candidate whom they have no real knowledge about. As a U.S. citizen who believes politics are deeper than the party one aligns himself with, I am disheartened by the fact that one of our two main political parties has allowed someone with Trump’s values to be its candidate.


Miracles pervade everyday life to counterbalance evil


fter watching a recent movie in which an airplane pilot was forced to make a snap decision based on years of experience and knowledge of flying a passenger airplane — the result of which was the saving of 155 lives — I had to ask myself if that event constituted a miracle. I believe miracles exist, but I also recognize people refer to miracles with differing terminologies. Is it possible miracles are no more than good fortune, as was realized by the Texan woman who won multiple million-dollar lotteries over a span of approximately 15 years? Or are they points on a graph plotting probability and time? Can it be the convergence of alternate spacetime realities coincides

Tanya Jones is a junior English major from Lubbock.

randomly and they are just a matter of being in the right place at the right time? Is it possible they satisfy something far deeper? I’ll leave you to answer these questions for yourself. For many, the concept of the miraculous goes hand-in-hand with a belief in Allah, Yahweh, Buddha, Jehovah, Gaia, Herne, etc. Humans are hardwired to believe in something or someone beyond themselves that is bigger than they are. For some, to believe that provides purpose, a reason to get out of bed in the morning, an incentive

to move forward and an imperative to not retrace covered ground. In the movie mentioned above, the crux of the dilemma was the human element. T h e r e ’s s o m e t h i n g about humans — something deep within — that equates to the proverbial monkey wrench. Looking at the state of the world today, that’s an accurate assessment. H o w e v e r, t h o s e i n stances of the miraculous belie the primordial chaos we see featured in the media today. No matter how great the evil that manifests in the world today, no matter how lacking in reason and logic it is, it is countered by those miracles that defy logic and reason. They are said to be the result of probability, a higher power or a divine being.

Think about it; if we could explain miracles definitively, their impact on human kind would no longer be awe-inspiring. We can explain most evils that occur in the world as resulting from the faults that make us human. Some call them the big seven: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. Fortunately, they are counterbalanced by the seven virtues: prudence, justice, temperance, courage, faith, hope and charity. I love a system of checks and balances, don’t you? Just think, we can choose which of these qualities we nurture and develop in ourselves and encourage in others. In reality, the miracle starts within each and every one of us. It has the strength, energy and

power to manifest itself on a global scale. Miracles can spark change on an infinitesimal or a ginormous scale.

Think about it; if we could explain miracles definitively, their impact on human kind would no longer be awe-inspiring. For the homeless and h u n g r y, t h e m e a l t h a t comes after the many that don’t is no less miraculous — and appreciated — than the cessation of hostilities in a situation that would bring about the long awaited Armageddon. When those events occur, demonstrating the

depravity that can exist in this world, we can focus even more those things that counterbalance the evil we witness. No matter what you call them, no matter how much you believe in them, let the miraculous events that occur every day be the point of balance they are as we go about our daily lives. After leaving the theater following the movie, I had a deep understanding that there are moments when all is right with the world. I knew deep in my heart of hearts and my soul that the real-life event which inspired the movie was no less miraculous than the miracle of birth, as have been many others occurrences around the world.


FBI, State Dept. officials say no talk of email quid pro quo WASHINGTON (AP) — A now-retired FBI agent and a State Department official involved in a discussion over the classification of information in one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails said Tuesday they had discussed mutual agency requests but had not linked the two as a bargain, as another FBI employee had reported. The two men’s accounts of a 2015 conversation were

not identical and will likely not calm the furor over allegations of the State Department trying to arrange a “quid pro quo” to reduce the classification of an email from Clinton’s private server in exchange for more FBI positions at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. The issue was thrust into the presidential campaign Monday when the FBI published documents containing the allegation, which has been seized upon by

Republican lawmakers and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a statement released by the State Department, Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy said he had called the agent, who was not named in the FBI documents but was identified by The Washington Post as Brian McCauley, “to better understand a proposal the FBI had made to upgrade one of former Secretary

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Dickerson speaks on resignation By MICHAEL CANTU News Editor

In order to pursue the opportunity to serve as the dean of the John Marshall Law School, Darby Dickerson, dean of the Texas Tech School of Law, tendered her resignation Monday and is preparing for the move ahead. After a visit to Chicago last semester, where the Marshall law school is centered, Dickerson said she became aware the school was looking for a new dean. “Because they are an independent stand-alone, it’s just a law school, it’s not attached to a university, I will be functioning as the president of that operation, if you will,” Dickerson said. “And when I moved here I came with the idea that in my next move I would like (it) to be a presidency.” Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Dickerson said she went to high school in Pennsylvania and attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia. At William & Mary, Dickerson was a history and government dual major, and said she had early ambitions to become a politician but was discouraged by the money in-

volved in forming and funding campaigns. Because she came to William & Mary with standing DICKERSON credits from high school, Dickerson said she was able to attend the university for three years and earn a bachelor’s degree in 1984. She went on to earn a master’s degree in 1985. “While I was there, I happened to meet, in the elevator, the admissions director for Vanderbilt Law School. I had never considered Vanderbilt, and she talked me into applying,” Dickerson said. “And I got in, and they gave me a very nice scholarship and I thought, ‘Wow, it’s a very highly ranked school and they made it affordable for me.’” After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School in 1988, she said she was able to get a clerkship with a judge in Memphis, Tennessee. Later, she was able to, through a friend, get a job with Locke Lord, a Dallas law firm, where she worked until she started her career in academia, she said. “After being in Dallas for six years, I was in St.

Petersburg, Florida, for 16,” Dickerson said. “So I’ve lived in quite a few places.” In Florida, Dickerson said she joined the faculty at Stetson University Law School where she served as both an interim dean and the dean of the school before coming to Tech in 2011. As a person who has been able to see the way laws work from state to state and on an international level, Dickerson said the biggest problem with the laws in the country today is the price people have to pay for legal advice. “People can’t afford to hire lawyers at the rates most lawyers charge,” Dickerson said. “But what we have to sell is our time in order to make a living. There’s a certain cost associated with that. If we have an office and people working for us, then we have to pay for that before we pay for our own salary.” This has also been a prevalent problem in the Texas legal system, and in her position, Dickerson said, she has been able to voice her opinions and concerns with her spot on a commission that was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to fill civil justice gaps. The shorthand for the

commission is the Modest Means Commission, and it has been working toward achieving affordable legal help to citizens, according to the Texas Access to Justice Commission website.

I was a commercial litigator that didn’t ever practice criminal law, but I became fascinated with the social justice and justice system issue and have been able to bring a lot of speakers here to Lubbock, to educate not only the law school community but the greater Lubbock community DARBY DICKERSON LAW SCHOOL DEAN “There are a lot of people who are not at the poverty level, so they don’t qualify for some of the free legal services that exist,” Dickerson said. “Yet, they can’t pay the full rates that most attorneys charge.” For over the last year and a few months, Dickerson said she has been working with a group of lawyers and judges

to come up with ideas to meet legal needs in Texas based on models from other states. In her tenure as the dean at Tech School of Law, Dickerson has also become involved with the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization that helps in exonerations of the wrongly convicted, and has contributed to different podcasts that focus on exonerations, Dickerson said. “I was a commercial litigator that didn’t ever practice criminal law, but I became fascinated with the social justice and justice system issue and have been able to bring a lot of speakers here to Lubbock, to educate not only the law school community but the greater Lubbock community,” she said. Because of her increased interest in the Innocence Project, Dickerson said she was able to help establish an Innocence Clinic in Lubbock. “They’re already working with people,” she said. “One of the individual’s cases is featured on a national weekly podcast.” According to a Tech news release, President Lawrence Schovanec expressed his gratitude and complimented Dickerson on her many ac-



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Lawyer says defense attorney helped Penn State edit release BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s former general counsel testified Tuesday that several days before two highranking administrators were charged over their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the school’s then-president let the men’s defense lawyers review and suggest changes to a statement he later issued that voiced his full support for them. Cynthia Baldwin told jurors about email exchanges that ensued with defense attorneys Tom Farrell and Caroline Roberto shortly before their clients were charged with perjury, failure to properly report suspected abuse and other offenses in November 2011. Baldwin said someone at the attorney general’s office had told her the charges were coming against Gary Schultz, then the school’s vice president for business and finance, and Tim Curley, then the athletic director. That led to an internal meeting with high-ranking members of the school’s public relations staff, the then-chairman of the board of trustees Steve Garban and president Graham Spanier. Spanier wanted help with

a statement in support of Curley and Schultz that he had drafted, and his aides suggested changes. He also directed Baldwin to provide it to the defense attorneys. “He said to send it to (Roberto),” Baldwin testified. “That’s what I did.” It was published on Nov. 5, the day that the attorney general’s office announced charges against the two administrators and Sandusky, news that sent the campus reeling and soon led the board of trustees to force out Spanier. It was also later revised to include direct quotes from Farrell and Roberto. Spanier’s statement is a critical part of a civil lawsuit that went to trial this week, brought by former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary. He believes he was defamed by the Spanier statement, which said the charges against Curley and Schultz were groundless. McQueary has testified he reported to the two men in 2001 that he saw Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in a team shower. He believes Spanier’s press statement made him look like a liar. Before Spanier’s statement was posted on a uni-

versity news site, Baldwin had been in touch with the two defense lawyers. Farrell, who represents Schultz, suggested making a wording change, from indictment to presentment. She said she passed that along to Spanier, who made the change. Pennsylvania grand juries generally do not indict, but rather issue reports known as presentments. Baldwin said she understood why Spanier was writing the statement: “I knew it was going to be used for press reasons.” Baldwin is a former chair of the Penn State board who also spent two years as an appointed member of the state Supreme Court. Her actions in accompanying Curley and Schultz before a grand jury investigating Sandusky in early 2011 led a state appeals court earlier this year to dismiss several of the charges against them on grounds their right to legal representation had been compromised. Spanier was also charged, a year later, over his actions in response to the Sandusky matter. All three men await trial in Harrisburg on charges of failure to report suspected abuse

and child endangerment. McQueary is seeking more than $4 million for how he was treated after his role in the Sandusky investigation became public. The week after Sandusky, Curley and Schultz were charged, McQueary was placed on paid administrative leave and never returned to the football program. He says has not been able to find work since. Baldwin said the decision to keep McQueary off the sidelines was motivated by threats against him that were reported to her by police and athletics department staff. In addition to the defamation allegation, the lawsuit also claims McQueary was retaliated against for helping police and prosecutors convict Sandusky, and that Curley and Schultz committed a misrepresentation by falsely making him think they took his report seriously and would respond accordingly. The university’s defense has been that his contract was not renewed, he was paid 18 months’ severance, and that damage to his reputation was in part because of public outrage that he did not intervene physically to stop Sandusky’s abuse of the boy.



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complishments while at Tech. “I would like to thank Darby for her leadership of the School of Law and wish her the best in her role at John Marshall,” Schovanec said in the release. “Her innovative leadership and support of the faculty and students was an important favor in many achievements that have advanced the reputation of our School of Law.” Looking into her responsibilities at John Marshall, Dickerson said she is confident she will settle in nicely. Marshall has been going through downsizing and that will be one of the first things Dickerson has to deal with. She also wants to attract a larger applicant pool, and with the school’s non-lawyer master’s programs, she said, she may be able to get some help there. “To be able to bring issues like that and how the criminal justice system works and to bring to light some of its flaws on a national basis has been great,” Dickerson said. “And having the word ‘dean’ in front of my name helps give me credulity to make calls and to connect people and participate on that level.”

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Bearden legacy lives on in Goin’ Band By ALYSSA ACOSTA Staff Writer

The Texas Tech Goin’ Band from Raiderland is a tradition at Tech. For the Bearden family, the Goin’ Band is more than that. It is a family tradition. Bonnie Bearden, a sophomore music education major from Lubbock, is continuing her family’s legacy by being in the Goin’ Band like her father and grandfather. Bearden said she knew she wanted to attend Tech like the rest of her family. “I didn’t apply anywhere else,” she said. “I didn’t want to go anywhere else.” Bonnie Bearden’s grandfather, Keith Bearden, said he came to Tech as a student in 1965 and played the trumpet in the band. Keith Bearden fell in love with the Goin’ Band when he was a little boy and would come to the Tech football games with his parents. Keith Bearden said he knew he wanted be part of the band. After graduating from Tech, Keith Bearden went to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Then, he said, he worked as the band director at Monterey High School. “I had an opportunity to stay in the military,” Keith Bearden said. “I changed my mind and wanted to be a college band director. This is where I wanted to be.” Keith Bearden served as the band director of the band from 1980 to 2003. He said being in the Goin’ Band as a

member made him want to be involved with it even more. Stephen Bearden, Bonnie Bearden’s father, was in the Goin’ Band while his father was the director, he said. “I always knew I was going to come to Tech and be in the band. There was not even a question about it,” Stephen Bearden said. Each of the Beardens had a similar way of finding their instrument they would eventually play. Keith Bearden said he first picked up a trumpet at his best friend’s house when he was in elementary school. He played one note on his friend’s trumpet and decided to join the band. Stephen Bearden said he started playing piano at a young age. Later, he started playing the trumpet like his father. Bonnie Bearden said she started the same way but differed from her grandfather and father by playing the French horn. Stephen Bearden and Bonnie Bearden both had memorable experiences in their first football games. Stephen Bearden said he can never forget his first football game with the Goin’ Band. It was a Thursday night game, broadcasted on ESPN, and he remembers running out of the tunnel to see all the fans at the game. Bonnie Bearden’s first game was on a hot afternoon. She said she was really nervous with a huge crowd watching, but after a while she relaxed and had a lot of fun. Stephen Bearden said he

is proud to see his daughter on the field every week. “Watching her succeed and have fun with (band) is great,” he said. “Getting to hear from the stands is really fun.” Her grandfather also is proud to see her in the band, he said. “Having my granddaughter in the band and majoring in music to become a band director is very special,” Keith Bearden said. Stephen Bearden said it is interesting to see traditions still being carried out in band while his daughter participates in it. It feels great to keep coming back to see the traditions being carried on, Stephen Bearden said. The friendships one makes in the band are lifelong, and continuing to play music after college is important. The Goin’ Band has stayed the same throughout the years, Keith Bearden said. The band has played the same traditional songs like “Grandioso,” “Wabash Cannonball” and “Cotton Fields.” The only songs that have changed are the current music the Goin’ Band plays, Keith Bearden said. The band used to play songs by The Eagles and Beach Boys or whatever was popular at the time. Another difference between the Goin’ Band when Keith Bearden was a member to now is the iconic matador uniform. When


Bonnie Bearden, a sophomore music education major from Lubbock, is a second-year member of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. Her father, Stephen Bearden, as well as her grandfather Keith Bearden were members of the Goin’ Band. he played, he said, the members wore a garrison cap with a plume at the top. When Keith Bearden returned as the band director, he said he changed the caps back to the traditional gaucho-style hat. Bonnie Bearden said she prefers the gaucho


Witnesses back writer's account of Trump sex assault WASHINGTON (AP) — People Magazine reported Tuesday that a half-dozen people have come forward to corroborate its writer's account of being sexually assaulted by Donald Trump and its aftermath. Natasha Stoynoff, a former staff writer at the celebrity magazine, wrote last week that Trump grabbed her, pinned her against a wall and forcibly kissed her in a room at his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida in 2005. She was on assignment to write a profile of the billionaire businessman and his then-pregnant wife, who Stoynoff said was upstairs when it happened.

The Republican presidential nominee has denied the accusation, saying Stoynoff fabricated the incident. He also suggested Stoynoff, 51, is not physically attractive enough to merit his attention. "She lies! Look at her, I don't think so," Trump, 70, said at a campaign rally last week. Stoynoff is one of about a dozen women who have recently accused Trump of such misconduct as groping, unexpected kisses on the mouth and unwanted sexual advances. Though Stoynoff says she and Trump were alone when he accosted her, the maga-

zine's latest story quotes five friends and former coworkers who say the writer told them about the incident shortly after it happened. In Stoynoff's first-person account, she also wrote of a chance meeting and brief conversation with Melania Trump along New York's Fifth Avenue weeks later. She said Trump's third wife was by then carrying the couple's infant son, Barron, in her arms while outside Trump Tower. She said Melania called her by her first name and gave her a hug. But Melania Trump said in an interview with CNN broadcast Monday that the conversation never hap-

pened. "I was never friends with her, I would not recognize her," the candidate's wife said of Stoynoff. However, a sixth person quoted in People's story on Tuesday, Liza Herz, said she was with Stoynoff and remembers the moment well. "They chatted in a friendly way," Herz is quoted as saying. "And what struck me most was that Melania was carrying a child and wearing heels." Stoynoff's longtime friend Marina Grasic told People she got a call from the reporter the day after the alleged attack.


‘Price is Right’ contestants make history with 3-way tie LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Price is Right” history was made on Monday’s episode when a trio of contestants spun different combinations of $1 on the game show’s colorful wheel. The three contestants each landed on spaces adding up to $1 in a pair

of spins during one of the show’s showcase showdowns. The game show famously awards contestants who earn $1 on the wheel without going over a $1,000 prize and a chance to spin again. “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey pumped

caps. She loves the traditions of the Goin’ Band and does not want them to change. It is important to stick to the original values the band has preserved for generations, she said. It is a good thing to maintain traditions, Keith Bearden said. Just like the

Aggie and Longhorn bands have their identities, the Tech band has its own. “This is the identity of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland,” Keith said. “Why would you want to change that? That is a part of Texas Tech.”


with her new sisters. Friendship is the quality Brocato values the most in this organization, she said. Members are always ready to help out and to encourage one another to see the positivity side in every situation. Victoria Corral, a junior marketing major from Allen and a Women’s Service Organization member, said she was involved in a service organization in high school. She wanted to continue volunteering and find friends with whom she could share her passion for service. Unity is the most important value, she said, and all the members want to volunteer. With that they create long-lasting friendships. Women’s Service Organization organizes rush every semester, holding an information meeting during the first or second week of school. “My favorite part is the variety of service,” Corral said. “We get to work with animals, pick up trash and help with the Homecoming week and Carol of Lights.”

CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 The core values of Women’s Service Organization are service, friendship and equality, Costanzo said. The members strive to be accepting toward everybody and have a great amount of diversity. To foster sisterhood, they try to conduct events that promote a closer connection between the members. “My favorite parts of being part of this organization are the friends that I made and getting to volunteer,” Costanzo said. “I met some of my best friends in WSO, and this is something I will take with me even after I graduate. Also, I love getting to see how our volunteer work affects other.” Emma Brocato, a sophomore agricultural communications major from Austin, said she met many goodhearted women in the organization who want to devote their time to service. Her favorite memory is getting a bid and wearing a costume



his fist in the air after the contestants achieved the

first three-way $1 tie with different combinations in the show’s history . In past instances



of such a tie, at least one of the contestants landed e x a c t l y o n t h e w h e e l ’s coveted $1 space.


Nobel judges can't reach Dylan


STOCKHOLM (AP) — Five days after Bob Dylan was named the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, no one knows how he feels about the prestigious award — not even the Nobel judges. The Swedish Academy, which bestows the annual honor, says it hasn't been able to reach Dylan since the award was announced last Thursday. "We haven't established direct contact with Bob Dylan yet, but I have spoken to one of his closest associates," the academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, told The Associated Press in an email

on Tuesday. The academy hopes he will accept the invitation to collect his award at the annual Nobel ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10. "It would be delightful if Dylan wanted to come to Stockholm in December, but if he doesn't want to, he doesn't want to," Danius said. She noted that literature laureates have skipped the ceremony before. Elfriede Jelinek stayed home in 2004, citing a social phobia. Harold Pinter and Alice Munro missed the ceremony in 2005 and 2013, respectively, due to health reasons.



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Group promotes equality, provides leadership By REECE NATIONS Staff Writer

A group of Texas Tech students took the 100 Black Men in Suits Challenge Tuesday to raise awareness of racial inequality in the United States. The men gathered in front of the United Supermarkets Arena and posted pictures on social media to reject ethnic stereotypes and project an image of civility and class. "We came here today to take the 100 Black Men in Suits Challenge, which is a movement on social media that gives black men the chance to represent themselves in a positive manner," Detou Onsin, a senior economics major from Dallas, said. "We want to show that we are black men on campus who are leaders and are going to make an impact on campus." Other colleges have already taken part in the challenge, Onsin said. Texas A&M, Baylor and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are just some of the universities that have taken the initiative to put an end to negative stereotypes regarding the image of African-

American men. The group also hopes to provide leadership for children of color and to be an influence for the community, he said. Members of the group also desire to sway other young men of color to join their cause and commit themselves to empowering the black community to direct a positive change in society. "I wanted to be a part of this group because I felt it was important for it to be as big as possible," Brandon Sloan, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Chicago, said. "Being a part of this group demonstrates the power and excellence of the black community, especially in a time where there's injustice happening across the country." Sloan said racial inequality in the U.S. and the importance of unifying young black men during trying times is important to the progress of society. He hopes in the future, the group will grow in size and stature and its message will spread. Because other colleges have already taken a stand against inequality, Sloan said

he thought it was important to bring the same message to Tech. By joining together, the message is given validation and significance beyond just a single college campus. "As a black man, I often feel as though I'm stereotyped in some form or fashion," Bill Tomah, a freshman computer science major from Wylie, said. "I feel that coming (to Tech) was an important decision because this is what we'll remember for the rest of our lives. It's important to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and this group gives us that ability." Tomah, a victim of racial profiling, described the affect it had on him and his family. From being harassed by store clerks to being unfairly pulled over by law enforcement officials, Tomah said there is no denying that race plays a part in how people are viewed by others. "The Civil Rights Movement didn't end racism in America," Tomah said. "It only evolved it, and society has changed because of it over time." This trend proves that ra-


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Texas Tech students participate in the “100 Black Men in Suits” challenge. The challenge is a social media movement designed to project a positive image for black men. cial inequality is still a prevalent issue in the U.S., Kevin Wilcox, a freshman civil engineering major from Lagos, Nigeria, said. 100 white men dressed in suits would not seem out of place on a college campus, which is exactly why there is a necessity for groups like theirs, Wilcox said. "Black people have to prove to society that they are worth something, to an extent," Wilcox said. "Other minority groups may not feel the same pressure we do to prove ourselves as being worthwhile."

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Bittersweet" was the word of the night, the one often used to describe President Barack Obama's final state dinner. "We saved the best for last," he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House. He wasn't joking. The final gala meant everything was big or bigger, from the personality of the guest chef (Mario Batali) who collaborated on the menu to the size of the white tent (huge) on the South Lawn where the soiree was held, to the guest list (nearly 400 people). Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., said it's "a little sad" that it's Obama's last state dinner. But to make the occasion even more memorable, he said: "For tonight only, I pronounce my name 'Canoli,' not 'Connolly." Michelle Obama's hairstylist, Johnny Wright, also

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Jenkins balances art, football By JACK DENSMORE Staff Writer

Senior linebacker Malik Jenkins plays football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but on the side he builds another part of him that has followed him since childhood: art. Jenkins is majoring in studio art of printmaking and said it was something he did not see himself doing. “It’s just something that I felt that I could do, I’m kinda good at designing T-shirts and stuff, but overall for me outside of school I do charcoal,” Jenkins said. “I’m not really a color person, but if I had to I’d know my different colors and shade them, so I’m really just an allthe-way-around artist.” Jenkins’ interest in art started early on in his life, but he said he did not start playing football until junior high. At first, he did not enjoy football in seventh grade, but in eighth grade, when his coach moved him to the linebacker position, he felt it was natural. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Jenkins came in as a defensive end and has developed a lot. “(Jenkins is) a senior, a guy that has learned all three linebacker positions, really has developed a bunch over his career,” Kingsbury said. “He came to us as a defensive end, and we stood him up and got him better every year. Smart kid, team leader. I’m really

proud of his development.” To balance out his passion for both art and football, Jenkins said he has to plan ahead his schedule for each day. He said his assignments are not easy and require a lot of time to complete. “I take three hour classes everyday of art, and football is my way of letting my anger out,” Jenkins said. “Like, I couldn’t draw out angry stuff all the time, like sometimes I just want to go out there and play football. After football practice, I have study hall. I do my homework, because I do have to turn in portfolios, and it’s not just ‘Oh, you gotta doodle or color stuff.’ I have to take pictures that takes me two and a half months to three months to finish, but I’m one of those people who’s super hard on my work. So, I try and be as perfect as I can and most of the stuff that I do, like my best work, it’s not even my homework, it’s just stuff that I do freely.” The theme of Jenkins’ art pieces at the moment is the Joker. He said he makes pieces from the movies with the Joker, including “Suicide Squad,” “The Dark Knight” and “Batman.” Jenkins said he also likes to make skull-art. “I’m a huge Joker fan. I don’t really have a superhero, he’s kind of my superhero. He’s crazy, and I’m kind of crazy, so I draw every movie, everything about the Joker,


Texas Tech senior linebacker Malik Jenkins chases down a West Virginia player at the Homecoming football game on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. Jenkins has tallied 24 tackles through six games of the 2016 season. Harley Quinn. So, I have all kinds of art just about the Joker, so it’s kind of my little theme of the year,” Jenkins said. “So, a lot of stuff that I do is the Joker, and something that has to do with skulls. I’m really good with skulls, so I do a lot of things revolving around that also.” With Jenkins being a senior, he has decisions ahead of him for his future. On one

hand, Jenkins said, he has the possibility to play in the National Football League or any number of professional football leagues, including the Arena Football League or Indoor Football League. On the other hand, he has plans to continue making art. Jenkins said he would love to do both, if he has the chance. “I’m hoping I get both opportunities,” he said. “That’s

why I dedicate a lot of my time to sports and school, especially through the art perspective because I really do need something to fall back on, not everyone’s going to play in the NFL, but I would love the opportunity, so that’s why I’m busting my rear right now.” His future plans in art include sending some of his work to DreamWorks Animation or Pixar, Jenkins said. He has been working on a big project since coming to Tech that he had not previously announced, Jenkins said. “I’m working on a big book right now. I wasn’t going to say anything about it, but I have a book that I’ve been working on since my freshman year, and every page is like something that I do my whole life,” Jenkins said. “So, I draw every day, so I have a whole book from the different D-coordinators that I’ve met, like I have pictures of them, and it’s just my life basically in my own kind of way. So, that’s my book. That’s my big project.” For his project, Jenkins said he takes at least 10 minutes out of his day to just sketch something about his day, and then he goes back to put in more detail and make it more precise. He said it is not always something that takes him two hours to work on, and he thinks of it as something really quick. For most of his pieces, however, he has not

considered selling them. “My professor was actually talking to me about starting to put my artwork out there to start selling. I never really thought about it because I just love doing it,” Jenkins said. “I draw a lot of my friends’ tattoos and stuff, and I don’t make them pay me. I’m just like ‘Yeah, I’ll do it. Here.’” With any profession or passion, there are some times when a person faces difficult tasks. For Jenkins, he said it was his last piece that took him around two months to complete. He said he had to step outside his comfort zone to complete this piece because he had never worked on anything like it. “I had a wood block that was about five feet tall and six feet wide, and I had to chip it, like I had to chip the whole picture that I drew on there, and then after that I had to put a big thing of ink on it, and we took it out to Slaton and steamrolled it. They put paper over it, carpet and steamrolled it,” Jenkins said. “We pulled the paper off, and it was a big print, but it took me like a good two months, and it was hard because I had never done a wood carving before in my life, and it came out really good, and they’re probably going to showcase it somewhere out here sometime later this month, so we’ll see how it goes.” @JackDensmoreDT


Tech defense prepares for Oklahoma offense By ARIANA HERNANDEZ Staff Writer

Under the direction of offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma’s offense will be tough competition for the Red Raider defense. Oklahoma’s junior quarterback Baker Mayfield spent his freshman year at Texas Tech and

then transferred to Oklahoma his sophomore year. Riley was also once a member of the Tech football program. He was a walk-on quarterback, like Mayfield, in 2002 at Tech. Riley was the back-up of Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. He then was a student assistant in 2003 and received a coaching promotion in 2006 and remained

on staff until he left to East Carolina in 2009. “I think they just do such a good job of protecting the football,” Kingsbury said. “(Riley) really mixes in his screen game well. Great running backs, great tight ends, dynamic receivers. I just think he’s really found a nice niche using his quarterback on

play action stuff. They’re very efficient, and they protect the football.” Oklahoma’s junior running back Samaje Perine will not play against Tech after he pulled a leg muscle while playing against the Kansas State Wildcats last Saturday. Perine will be out for 2 to 3 weeks, according to the Oklahoma Athletics website. Last year, Perine ran for a season-high of 201 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries against Tech, according to the website. Sophomore running back Joe Mixon is likely to step in for Perine against Tech. Last season against Tech, Mixon ran for a career-high of 154 yards and caught a pass for 13 yards, according to the website. Against Kansas State, Mixon ran for 88 yards. “They have a bunch of good running backs,” Kings-

bury said. “Mixon is good as anybody in the country. And I’m sure they got some behind them. I don’t think they’ll fix it too much. They can always plug somebody in and be very effective.” Senior wide receiver Dede Westbrook is a dynamic receiver on the Sooner offense. Against Kansas State, Westbrook received nine passes for 184 yards and had three touchdowns. Westbrook and Mayfield are effective together on the field, and Westbrooks’ speed helps the duo execute plays, Tech sophomore defensive back Jah’Shawn Johnson said. Mayfield particularly likes to throw deeper routes to Westbrook. “They like to throw a lot of posts and deep routes with Westbrook,” Johnson said. “He’s definitely a fast guy. He’ll run by you, and Baker has a great arm on him. He’s been getting it

out to him, and they’ve been connecting very well. So, if we just stay on top of routes and force him to check it down, we should be OK.” Sophomore defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko said Kingsbury has been adamant that everybody, from the athletic trainers to the coaches, focus on stepping up their game both on and off the field. Fehoko said he has seen a change this week in practice from both his teammates and his coaching staff. “I think coach Kingsbury has done a great job getting on to us about how important we need to step up our game,” Fehoko said. “From the ground up, I feel like everybody’s brought in a whole lot more. I say that because if you look at our practices, I feel like everybody’s out there to get better and out there to actually be out there.” @A_HernandezDT


Red Raiders earn Big 12 honors After standout performances at the Santa Carla Bronco Invitation, the Big 12 Conference announced Texas Tech cross country athletes Jocelyn Caro and Miguel Bautista as Big 12 Runner and Co-Runner of the week, according to a Tech Athletics news release. Caro’s strong performance earned her a new personal best of 19:47.9 in the six-kilometer race at Baylands Park on Saturday. She has finished in the top 10 in four straight meets, with her most recent performance earning second place. Tech coach Jon Murray expressed his excitement in

the honors his athletes have received because of their strong performances. “What a nice honor for an outstanding performance by Jocelyn (Caro),” Murray said in the release. “(Caro) has been a steady leader for our team, and this recognition is an honor to her hard work and dedication.” This was Bautista’s second Big 12 honor in the last three weeks, according to the release. This past weekend, he earned second place in the invitational, giving him his second team leading finish for the Red Raiders. The race also marked his

fourth straight top three finish this season as well as a new personal best of 23:32.5. “(Bautista) continues to impress me, the way he is racing is with confidence and experience of an older competitor,” Murray said in the release. “He is being smart in everything he does, and this honor is due him.” The Red Raiders will finish the regular season with the Big 12 Championship on Oct. 29 at The Rawls Course. The men’s eight-kilometer race will start at 11 a.m., and the women’s six-kilometer race will start at 10 a.m. @ABoutwellDT