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TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013 VOLUME 88 ■ ISSUE 46
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Students camp out for first night of Raiderville before OSU game
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No. 15 Texas Tech will unveil a new look when it faces defending Big 12 Conference Champion Kansas State on Nov. 9 at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Red Raiders’ uniforms are a small piece of the theme for the game deemed the Lone Survivor Game, which will be presented in conjunction with the Lone Survivor Foundation, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Under Armour, according to a news release. Events leading up to the game begin at 6:30 p.m. today with the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit Reception in the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium of the Museum of Tech. Tech Athletics also will sponsor a Stuff the Truck event in conjunction with the Lubbock Area Marine Corps. Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the game and drop it off outside Gate 1 of the stadium. Marcus Luttrell, author of The New York Times best-selling book “Lone Survivor” and founder of the Lone Survivor Foundation, will be recognized at halftime along with approximately 400 Purple Heart recipients. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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RAIDERVILLE RESIDENTS GRAB some pizza donated by Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury during the first night of camping on Monday outside the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. Students live at Raiderville for the week leading up to the football game for priority seat during the game.
By PAIGE SKINNER Managing editor
In the open land by the Frazier Alumni Pavilion, about 15 tents were already set up for this year’s Raiderville. Raiderville, a tradition started in 2005, serves as a temporary home for Texas Tech students wanting to nab good seats for the upcoming weekend’s football game. Justin Sessions, a senior electronic media and communications major from Hereford, said he is participating in Raiderville for his fourth year. “It’s always been fun,” he said. “It usually gets pretty wild at night and stuff like that. It’s nice having everyone here who supports
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“My heart just stopped,” one woman shouted from her tent to her friend who teased her about Kingsbury showing up. Even without an official appearance from the first-year coach, Kingsbury still offered his support, donating boxes of pizza to the residents. Kingsbury or not, Andrew Fetch, a senior mechanical engineering major from Hereford, said he participates in Raiderville for the atmosphere. “Really it’s just the atmosphere, all the students getting together, having a good time, supporting the football team,” he said. Raiderville mayor Ryan Reyna said his job is to conduct the check-ins and make sure residents follow Raiderville rules.
Raiderville rules include no pets, students following the student code of conduct and no furniture, the senior mechanical engineering major from The Woodlands said. Last year’s Raiderville population peaked at about 480 people, Reyna said. Even though the Red Raiders lost their game Saturday against Oklahoma, fans and students still remain supportive. “With the whole vibe going around, even though we’re coming off a loss, the expectations are still at an all-time high with Kliff coming back,” Sessions said. “The vibe is just awesome all around here, so we’re thinking Raiderville will be pretty packed this year.” ➤➤email@example.com
Tech campus in Junction Federal judge declares Texas receives $280,000 grant abortion law unconstitutional By CARSON WILSON
By TYLER DORNER Staff Writer
Texas Tech Center at Junction received a grant for $230,000 from the Texas Energy Conservation Office to fund new solar panels and a wind turbine. The center was one of 10 institutions to receive a grant and also received a $50,000 grant from Tech, according to a news release. Robert Stubblefield, the director of operations at Junction, said the center was awarded that amount to install a solar panel array on the Academic building as well as the Administra-
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the team. You meet new people all the time. It’s just a fun experience.” Raiderville residents sat in and outside their tents, either on the ground or in camping chairs, talking and socializing with other residents. Check-ins occur throughout the night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The more a resident checks in, the higher their name will appear on the list, meaning they’ll enter Jones AT&T Stadium on game day before non-Raiderville residents. Rumors of coach Kliff Kingsbury appearing at Raiderville circulated via Twitter and the Raiderville community. Residents even teased one another about possible sightings of the coach.
tion building and a micro tracker that follows the sun and a wind turbine. “Every piece of this is being monitored in terms of its efficiency and productivity,” he said. The main emphasis of this grant will be for the outdoor school program, as students will be able to look at a kiosk on campus to see how much is being saved and receive information on how solar energy works, Stubblefield said. “There are a lot of fun things that will come from this and certainly it’s open to the public and the outdoor-school program,” he said. JUNCTION continued on Page 3 ➤➤
New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature were ruled unconstitutional Monday by a federal judge, according to an article in The Associated Press. District Judge Lee Yeakel said Monday the regulations violated the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is best for their patients and would unreasonably restrict a woman’s access to abortion clinics, according to the article. Attorney General Greg Abbott, a republican running for governor, is expected to file an appeal of Yeakel’s order to the 5th Circuit Court of Ap-
peals in New Orleans, according to the article. The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals to perform abortions, according to the article. The law also only allows abortions in surgical centers, bans abortions after 20 weeks and restricts medicine-induced abortions. The law was scheduled to take effect Tuesday, but the ruling has prevented this. The proposed restrictions were among the toughest in the nation and gained the country’s attention when state Sen. Wendy Davis, a democrat who also is running for governor, carried out a nearly 13-hour filibuster against them, according to the article. ABORTION continued on Page 2 ➤➤
Tech saves money through recycling, hosts gameday challenge By CHELSEA GRUNDEN Staff Writer
Between September 2012 and August 2013, University Student Housing and Hospitality Services has helped Texas Tech in recycling more than 250 tons of materials.
Through their efforts, they have saved an estimated $353,655, including $92,480.26 in kilowatts of electricity and $37,217.66 in yards of landfill, according to information provided by University Student Housing. The Housing Services building sits on the west side of campus, between Main Street and Marsha Sharp Freeway. There,
all the recyclable material from around campus is collected and processed so it can be sent off to various locations. Outside the building, different recyclable materials have their own big bins they have been sorted into. Inside the building, Housing Services staff and a team of about 12 student assistants gather bags
full of materials and begin the hands-on process of sorting. “It’s not a very pretty job,” Jackie Kimbler, unit manager for University Student Housing, said. “It’s not glamorous at all, but it is rewarding.”
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October brings awareness to cybersecurity By KATY HOLLIFIELD
careful about staying secure because information from online courses could be tampered with if a student’s account isn’t secure. “In a university environment, a lot of the courses they do online — the school course grade-related information,” he said, “(the students) need to make sure they’re not sharing this kind of information with other people because now this might affect their academic records.” Segran said he discourages students from using public Wi-Fi at places such as McDonald’s and Starbucks because it can’t be trusted to be secure. “It’s not something that is static … Maybe in a month’s time there will be something else that will come out, so we’re trying to keep things in front of people all the time,” he said, explaining scammers often target their victims with seasonal tricks, especially around the holiday season and the tax season in April. Making sure computer programs, operating systems and antivirus software are current and updated are basic things a user can do to start becoming more secure in cyberspace, he said. Beyond having programs updat-
ed, Segran said a person’s personal behavior and online habits are the other components that play a role in cybersecurity. “That’s where a lot of the weaknesses lie currently in the system,” he said. “And so what we try to do is raise that user-awareness piece by providing information to the campus community.” Sergan said Tech is as safe as any good organization can try to be. “I think we do a better job than a lot of people in terms of a safe computing environment by promoting a lot of this awareness information,” he said. The university takes a proactive stance by trying to get information to students frequently, Sergan said. Allen Young, the assistant managing director of Technology Support, said it is better to err on the side of caution when it comes to cybersecurity. “Being a connected generation has become the framework of our lives,” he said. Students should be careful about sharing information on social networking websites, Young said, because it could compromise both their security and reputation. He said he urged students to create strong passwords and to be
Friday 11:18 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated criminal mischief in the 1000 block of Boston Ave. A vehicle was scratched with an unknown object. 1:15 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries, in which an unattended vehicle was struck in the Zone 6A parking lot. 1:45 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft inside the Student Union Building food court area. A backpack and its contents were taken. 9:30 p.m. — A Tech officer issued a Lubbock County citation for drug paraphernalia. The citation
was given to the student following an investigation of a suspicious odor in Coleman Residence Hall. The student signed the citation and was released. Saturday 10:57 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft at Sneed Residence Hall. An iPad was taken. 11:13 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a theft in the Z3-K parking lot. A brown western saddle and saddle pad were taken from the bed of a parked truck. 11:55 p.m. — A Tech officer detained a nonstudent near the Sneed Residence Hall bicycle racks following observed suspicious activity. The nonstudent
was issued a criminal trespass warning for all Tech property and released. Sunday 1:22 a.m. — A Tech officer documented information in reference to a welfare check of a student in the Carpenter/Wells Residence Complex, following a dispatched call of the student making a comment in an online chat room. A mental health and mental retardation representative met with the student. It was determined that the student was not an immediate danger to herself and did not warrant an emergency detention. 2 a.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for consumption of
alcohol by a minor on the second floor of Gordon Residence Hall. The student was intoxicated and became belligerent inside a room. The student was transported to Lubbock County Jail. 5:01 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief on the first floor of Gates Residence Hall. Two ceiling tiles were damaged. 10:21 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated an accident, in which an unattended vehicle was struck, on the first floor of the Flint Avenue Parking Garage. The front bumper of a vehicle was damaged. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
Gov. Rick Perry called a second special legislative session for the Legislature to pass the law. Before the ruling, Yeakel said he was only interested in
whether the new law was constitutional, according to the article. ““The abortion issue is a big issue in this country and it’s a divisive issue,” he said in the
article. “This court is not to rule on whether women should be allowed to have abortions or my personal beliefs.”
Today Open Teaching - Slavery, Freedom, and the Origins of the British Empire Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Student Union Building So, what is it? Abigail Swingen will give an open lecture about civil rights as part of the Open Teaching Concepts lecture series. 1,000 Miles of Texas: A Texas Beer Pairing Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Skyviews So, what is it? Come enjoy this meal, featuring Texas-inspired cuisine specially paired with craft beers. Octubafest Concert Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Hemmle Recital Hall So, what is it? Enjoy this concert, featuring tuba and euphonium, performed by Texas Tech students. Nonpoint with My Ticket Home, Digital Collapse, Kilter, Fluid Frequency and Lifeless to Life Time: 6 p.m. Where: Jake’s Backroom So, what is it? Rock out to these bands as they perform live at Jake’s Backroom, where you’ll enjoy a small venue with a loud sound.
“The Price is Right” Live Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: City Bank Auditorium So, what is it? Come out and participate or watch “The Price is Right” live while interacting with the show and enjoying the opportunity to win from your seat. Residence Halls Safe Treat Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Wall/Gates Residence Hall So, what is it? Trick or treat safely at this event hosted by the Residence Hall Assoication and Complex Council. Candy will be available at every residence hall. I Wondered How Much I Could Learn in 1 Second Time: noon to 1 p.m. Where: Library So, what is it? Listen to this lecture about college student learning rates. Open Teaching - Celebration and Struggle: American Dreams Undeterred Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Student Union Building So, what is it? Come listen to this open lecture given by Mary Frances Agnello and Colette Taylor as they speak about civil rights and the American dream.
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This October marks the 10th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. “Since 2004, worldwide there has been an increase in overall hacking activities,” said Sam Segran, the associate vice president for information technology and Texas Tech chief information officer. The increase in these hacking activities also includes spam emails, email fraud and phishing schemes, Segran said. Tech combats this rise in cybercrimes by briefing new students and faculty about how to avoid becoming a cybercrime victim when they come to the university, he said. The IT Division also sends out bulletins through TechAnnounce to educate students and staff about cybersecurity topics, such as password protection and other safe computing practices, Segran said. “On a daily basis, there’s a lot of things people come in contact with,” he said, explaining how something as simple as a birthdate on a social networking site can be used by hackers to commit identity theft. Segran said students should be
careful when choosing recovery questions because the answers may be easy to find on a person’s social networking websites. “Ultimately it is the user who is responsible for their own online security,” Young said. One of the best ways to stay secure online is to have a current antivirus system, he said. Students can download Symantec through their eRaider account or purchase a Symantec disk for $3 in the Library. Cybersecurity also can be compromised by thieves who dig through a person’s trash to recover bills and other personal papers, according to a safecomputing.ttu.edu section covering identity theft. According to the website, people can be safer by using a crosscut shredder to destroy any documents that might compromise a person’s identity. The safe computing website also listed guidelines for purchasing items on the Internet, how to determine if websites are secure and other basic computer security practices. It also has six tips for securing Macs and 10 tips for securing Windows devices as well as a section with tips on how to secure Linux computers.
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WA S H I N G T O N ( A P ) — With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president’s health care overhaul law. The move had been expected since White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last week to resolve a “disconnect” in the implementation of the law. It comes as technical problems continue to trouble the website designed as the main enrollment portal for people who don’t get health care at work. As a consequence, Republican lawmakers, and some Democrats as well, are calling for a one-year delay in the penalties most Americans will face starting next year if
they remain uninsured. Monday’s action by the administration stops well short of that, and amounts only to a limited adjustment. Under the latest policy change, people who sign up by the end of open enrollment season on March 31 will not face a penalty. That means procrastinators get a grace period. Previously you had to sign up by the middle of February, guaranteeing that your coverage would take effect March 1, in order to avoid fines for being uninsured. The extension — granted for 2014 only — addresses confusion that was created when the administration set the first open enrollment period under the law from Oct. 1-March 31. The problem was that health insurance coverage typically starts on the first day of a given
month, and it takes up to 15 days to process applications. So somebody signing up March 16 — well within the open enrollment period — wouldn’t get coverage until April 1, thereby risking a penalty for being uninsured part of the year. The administration “has determined that it would be unfair to require individuals in this situation to make a (penalty) payment,” the Health and Human Services department said in guidance issued Monday evening. As a result, the department is creating a special one-time hardship exemption for people who get covered by March 31. And they won’t have to file additional paperwork to apply for the exemption. The mandate to carry health insurance is the most unpopular
requirement of the health care law. It’s meant to nudge as many people as possible into the insurance pool. That would help keep premiums in check, since the law also forbids insurers from turning away people with health problems. Mindful of the need to sign up lots of healthy uninsured people, the administration released an analysis Monday that concludes nearly half of uninsured single young adults could buy a “bronze” level plan for $50 or less a month, after tax credits to offset the cost of premiums. The inconsistency between the law’s coverage requirements and the administration’s schedule for the initial open enrollment season was first pointed out by the Jackson Hewitt tax preparation company.
Key senator wants ‘total review’ of intel programs WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Monday called for a “total review of all intelligence programs” following allegations that the National Security Agency eavesdropped on the German chancellor — the latest revelation in a spying scandal that has strained longstanding alliances. The NSA’s program of spying on the foreign leaders was already damaging relations with some of the closest U.S. allies. German officials said Monday that the U.S. could lose access to an important
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law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows. As possible leverage, German authorities cited last week’s nonbinding resolution by the European Parliament to suspend a post-9/11 agreement allowing the Americans access to bank transfer data to track the flow of terrorist money. A top German official said Monday she believed the Americans were using the information to gather economic intelligence apart from terrorism and that the agreement known as the SWIFT agreement should be suspended.
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Kimbler said assistants usually drive to residence and dining halls to retrieve the recyclables twice a week. Some of the many recyclable materials they sort are glass, aluminum, plastics, tin, paper, cardboard and metal. Besides the typical recyclables, Housing Services also takes recycled electronics, such as older phones that do not have a use anymore. They also collect older uniforms or unclaimed clothes from the laundry rooms around campus. Kimbler said the clothes are given to different charities or to rag companies who can take them and turn
them into something else. She said they can recycle almost anything, but discourage students from bringing in big furniture — such as a mattresses — Styrofoam, aluminum foil, used pizza boxes or anything that has not been cleaned. If a student lives on campus, they have the opportunity to use their hall’s recycling bin, but there also is a way for students or faculty who live off campus to recycle through Tech. Outside the Housing Services building, there are a few white bins designated for off-campus residents. Kimbler said the recyclables do not need to be sorted prior to dropping them off, but she does encourage them to be in bags and cleaned. Brandi Baker, a junior multidis-
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MATT MANION, A senior architecture major from San Antiono, checks the growth of a plant while working on a lab for his plant biology class Monday in the Biology Greenhouse. The lab involved measuring the growth of plants with blue and clear plastic film over them to determine the effects of light on plant growth.
ciplinary studies major from Allen, works as one of the student assistants and said something students may not realize is the personal effort the staff puts into sorting the recyclable materials. Many students do not wash out the material they bring to the recycling bins, she said, so the student assistants often deal with dirty material. Baker said she helps sort through the materials they receive and, if given the chance to go pick up, she will go to all the residence halls and make her way around. “It makes you feel like you are making a difference,” she said. “Instead of all this stuff sitting in a landfill, we are sorting it.” Carina Guevara, a junior marketing major from Dallas, recently started working on recycling with
Housing Services and explained why recycling is important to her and how their recycling efforts could be made better if more people participated. “Honestly, here, it’s kind of like a wake-up call,” she said. “I always recycled, but when you start noticing how many bags go through, you notice how much stuff we waste. Some people don’t recycle. These are only a few people recycling and it’s so much.” Once the materials are sorted, they are sent off to their own specific places. Kimbler said the majority of the items, including paper and plastics, are taken to American Fiber in Lubbock, but metal, tin and aluminum go to Commercial Metals Company in Lubbock. Housing Services has begun to collect recyclables from events
hosted in United Spirit Arena, including the Miranda Lambert concert hosted earlier this year. Kimbler said the event staff members would pour drinks from cans into cups, give the buyer the cup and recycling the can. Housing Services’ staff would then pick up the recycled cans. Through that, she said about 500 to 800 pounds of aluminum were collected per event. Saturday, during the game against Oklahoma State, Student Housing and other organizations, such as Student Government Association, will join together to collect recyclable material for the Gameday Recycling Challenge. The organizations will collect material at tailgating areas, including Jones AT&T Stadium, the Frazier Alumni Pavilion and the Athletic
Training Center, according to a news release. The recycled commodities bring a profit into housing, which Kimbler said goes to the students rather than expenses. Last year, it made about $23,000 and gave out $1,000 scholarships from that money. She said they plan to give back to the students through the Housing and Hospitality scholarships. Kimbler said recycling is important to reduce the amount of trash the world has. She said she is happy with the amount of landfill space that did not have to be filled with Tech’s trash last year. “Our biggest thing is letting students know this is here,” she said. “We have really grown and taken on a lot.” ➤➤email@example.com
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Opinions May Vary: Legalizing marijuana Chase Hill
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Hill: Marijuana legalization promotes equality Lane: Marijuana unhealthy, should remain illegal
ished citizens, and the drug war is a method of dealing with these unwanted citizens. Furthermore, the drug war has done its part in the demonization of marijuana use, which is most common among poorer sectors of the population. Therefore, it has resulted in a class-conscious, divided society. The War on Drugs also has done its part in perpetuating racism. The large majority of these impoverished, unwanted citizens are blacks and Hispanics. About 13 percent of the American population is African-American, yet blacks make up 40 percent of the male prison population, according to the Department of Justice. This leads people to believe blacks are thugs and gangsters like you see on “Gangland” or Gucci Mane videos, which is false. The No. 1 reason for incarceration of blacks is nonviolent drug offenses, not gun violence, rape or robbery. Legalizing marijuana would free many blacks and Hispanics from incarceration and create a more racially equal society. Legalizing marijuana would be harmful to the prison industry that profits off the incarceration of all races and genders. Companies such as the Geo Group and Correction Corporation of America are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC has led the way in establishing laws that require minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders, according to Bob Sloan, a contributor to The Nation. These
The War on Drugs also has done its part in perpetuating racism.
prison corporations don’t want crime to decrease. They lobby for stricter laws and will make sure marijuana remains illegal. Other benefactors of the War on Drugs are drug companies. The tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical industries don’t want marijuana legalized because it would compete with sales. It’s interesting to compare marijuana to these drugs. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500,000 people die each year from tobacco use and more than 80,000 from alcohol. In contrast, deaths from marijuana are scarce. Peanut butter kills more people than marijuana. M o r e o v e r, marijuana use has been proven to treat a wide range of illnesses including chronic pain, migraines and depression without the harmful side effects of drugs, such as Zoloft and Paxil, that pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, market as miracle drugs. The truth is nobody truly wants marijuana legalized. Like the issues of gay marriage and abortion, it is an issue that differentiates the corporate-controlled Democratic and Republican parties and distracts activists from focusing on bigger issues. It’s time to demystify the myths attributed to marijuana. Marijuana doesn’t kill you. It doesn’t make you go out and rape or kill anybody. It is a harmless drug that has been used medicinally throughout history and grows naturally on this planet. Anybody who believes otherwise has been lied to by those who benefit from its illegality. It’s time to evolve. It’s time to legalize marijuana.
Marijuana is a harmful drug. It is addictive, significantly impairs one’s bodily functions and mental capabilities and acts as a gateway drug, which can lead to even more dangerous narcotic usage. It is directly associated with increased violence and illegal activities. Marijuana is not like alcohol, and regulating it as such is not the answer those who advocate for the legalization of the drug should be pursuing. These are all facts, and the research supporting these claims can all be found in a lengthy report published by The Heritage Foundation. Habitual and even recreational marijuana use has been associated with immunesystem deficiencies, birth defects in infants, cancer, memory loss and heart disease. Outside of the threats the usage of marijuana poses to an individual’s health, there are other negative impacts the decriminalization of the drug would have, such as increased levels of crime and violence and an eventual decline into social disintegration. Those who are in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use argue the drug is safer than alcohol in terms of the impact it has on one’s cognitive capabilities and level of aggression. These advocates make the argument that prohibiting marijuana while not prohibiting alcohol is unjustified because smoking or consuming marijuana is no more dangerous than drinking. This is simply not true. Alcohol and marijuana are different from each other in many
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respects. For one, marijuana consumption is more likely to lead to an addiction to the drug. Unlike alcohol, marijuana is almost always consumed to the point of intoxication. Smoking marijuana is more toxic to one’s body than alcohol, and it offers absolutely no physical benefits outside of intoxicating an individual to the point of numbness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released studies proving the use of marijuana has wide-ranging negative health effects, such as impairing the ability of T-cells in the lungs’ immune system to fight off some infections. These same studies also have found the consumption of marijuana severely damages shortterm memory. Other negative impacts these studies have proven marijuana to have on an individual include slowing reaction time, impairing motor coordination, an increase of one’s heart rate by anywhere from 20 to 100 percent and increasing the risk of heart attack. The drug also alters moods, which can result in artificial euphoria, calmness, anxiety and paranoia. Even more severe and profound effects can result from the consumption of marijuana, such as birth defects, respiratory system damage, brain damage and an increased chance for stroke. Many of those who advocate the legalization of marijuana also claim the drug is not addictive,
which also is untrue. One study found that more than 30 percent of adults who used marijuana throughout the course of a year became dependent on the drug. These addictive properties have the same negative effects any addictive substance has on an individual, such as showing signs of withdrawal and compulsive behavior. Advocating marijuana as a safe drug that serves beneficial purposes is not only uninformed, but also actively misleading. The addictiveness, toxicity, risk of intoxication, negative impact to health and an association with a culture of continued drug use and violence are all facts that these advocates tend to ignore. Further loosening the law will only make matters worse in many of the crime-filled areas and neighborhoods, and the many dangerous drug markets will only gain legitimization for the expansion of their illegal drug trade. There is strong evidence to show that legalizing the drug would serve no purpose other than to worsen the drug trade and increase the level of violence within each state that endorses the drug. Charles Stimson, a senior legal fellow in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, put it best when he said, “While long on rhetoric, the legalization movement, by contrast, is short on facts.”
For one, marijuana consumption is more likely to lead to an addiction to the drug.
hough the liberal media supports the legalization of marijuana, they make it out to be some kind of joke. I heard one CNN reporter joking about how legalizing marijuana would help sell Doritos. Others, such as Piers Morgan, said we should legalize marijuana because “it’s common sense.” You won’t see Morgan or Rachel Maddow passionately voicing their opinions on marijuana because they simply don’t care. News outlets, such as CNN and MSNBC, only support marijuana because it attracts an audience. Moreover, whenever the debate over legalizing marijuana comes into the national spotlight, the American public does not receive sufficient reasons to support the legalization of marijuana. Tupac once said, “Instead of a War on Poverty, they got a War on Drugs so the police can bother me.” The U.S. spends more than $40 billion a year on the so-called War on Drugs, according to Drug Policy Alliance. In 2012, this resulted in the incarceration of 1.55 million nonviolent drug offenders. Around half of those charged for drug offenses were arrested for violations of marijuana laws. The truth is the War on Drugs is a form of population control. It is a way to get rid of the noncontributing members of our society — namely, the poor. The rapid growth in inequality in the U.S. during the last 30 years has created a larger population of impover-
References to God, Christianity should remain in society This year, people seem to argue more than ever before. No matter the severity of the topic, you can bet that someone will take a stance on the issue. Recently, there has been an ongoing debate regarding religion in the United States. Should we take religion out of schools? Should we take God out of the Pledge of the Allegiance? Should we take God out of the courthouses? No. Absolutely not. In the 1950s, the United States was undergoing drastic changes. Color television was introduced in 1951. The polio vaccine was created in 1952. Music in the 1950s ranged from Frank Sinatra and Little Richard to Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. On May 17, 1954, something
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symbolizes that we truly are one united nation. To me, if you remove that from the Pledge of the Allegiance, you are taking steps backward, not forward. You are negating what Rosa Parks did in 1955. In 1956, “In God we trust” became the U.S. motto. In 1957, it began to appear on paper currency. This phrase became our motto, and “one nation under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance, because the United States wanted to separate itself from the Soviet Union,
who promoted state atheism. To me, nothing is more terrifying than an entire nation proclaiming that it has God behind it. Lately, there has been a recent outcry toward the Air Force Academy to get rid of the term “so help me, God” from its sacred oath. People may claim that including “so help me, God” is in disrespect toward their belief, but I beg to differ. I respect other religions and beliefs, as you should respect mine. Removing God from the
It has been my experience that people who set out to ban religion in public places are the first to pray in horrible circumstances.
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huge happened that changed America’s world forever: segregation was ruled illegal in the United States. Was it a complete success? Absolutely not. Did segregation still exist? Of course. It still exists today. No one expected the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education to take place immediately. No one expected people to immediately change their views. This wasn’t a step in U.S. history; this was a leap to the moon. In 1954, something else historic occurred: The Pledge of Allegiance was altered. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The phrase “one nation under God” means more than most people realize. It symbolizes equality. It
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oath is disrespecting my belief. The United States does respect religions other than Christianity. According to the AR 601-280, “The Army Retention Program,” Appendix D, paragraph 2k says this about the phrase: “Oath of enlistment/reenlistment. Verify with soldier to determine if he or she prefers to ‘swear’ or ‘affirm.’ The phrase, ‘so help me, God’ may be deleted for soldiers electing to ‘affirm.’ For soldiers electing to ‘affirm,’ prepare a 3- by 5-inch card, editing the oath, for use by the administering officer.” So why should the United States Air Force Academy have to remove God altogether? This isn’t the only attempt to get rid of God from the United States. Schools across the United States have banned prayer before football games and have banned students from writing about God as their idol. 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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It has been in my experience that people who set out to ban religion in public places are the first to pray in horrible circumstances. I have also noticed that so many who try to get rid of God are the first to celebrate Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter. As a born and raised Christian, I would prefer to not take part in other religions’ beliefs and holidays. I personally don’t celebrate Hanukkah or Vesak. Why? It’s not my religion. Does that mean that I should campaign to get them to cease their religion? Absolutely not. Am I asking you to join my religion? Am I asking you to believe what I believe and think the way I think? No. That would be pretty unfair. All I am asking is to have the same respect for my religion. As said by Ronald Reagan, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Toreador, Box 43081 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409. Letters The Daily Toreador welcomes letters from readers. Letters must be no longer than 300 words and must include the author’s name, signature, phone number, Social Security number and a description of university affiliation. Students should include year in school, major and hometown. We reserve the right to edit letters. Anonymous letters will not be accepted for publication. All letters will be verified before they are published. Letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought to 180 Media and Communication. Letters should be sent in before 3 p.m. to ensure the editors have enough time to verify and edit the submission. Guest Columns The Daily Toreador accepts submissions of unsolicited guest columns. While we cannot acknowledge receipt of all columns, the authors of those selected for publication will be notified. Guest columns should be no longer than 650 words in length and on a topic of relevance to the university community. Guest columns are also edited and follow the same guidelines for letters as far as identification and submittal. Unsigned Editorials appearing on this page represent the opinion of The Daily Toreador. All other columns, letters and artwork represent the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the editorial board, Texas Tech University, its employees, its student body or the Board of Regents. The Daily Toreador is independent of the College of Mass Communications. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.
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Humans, zombies prepare for semiannual event By CHELSEA GRUNDEN Staff Writer
Signups for the fall semester’s Humans vs. Zombies event started Monday in the Library and will continue the rest of the week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Library in preparation for the weeklong event. HvZ happens once a semester and typically involves between 400 and 700 people. The HvZ organization has put the event together every semester since fall 2010. The event will last from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9 as humans test themselves to see how they would survive in a zombie apocalypse. Matthew Soto, a senior chemical engineering major from Fort Worth, is one of 13 moderators for the event and said HvZ is a campus-wide game of intense tag. Once a semester participants use the entirety of campus, with the exception of
buildings, as a play area. “It’s basically a lot of fun, probably the best week you’ll have on campus in my opinion,” he said. “I may be a little biased there, but I like it a lot. It’s a great way to meet people and just kind of do some activities that you wouldn’t have the chance to otherwise.” Soto said at the beginning of the week there will be a large number of humans and few zombies. Humans will be identified through lime green bandanas or pieces of cloth around their arms, while zombies will have the pieces of cloth around their heads. Throughout the game, zombies will try to tag humans with a firm touch. Humans can defend themselves by temporarily stunning zombies with Nerf guns or balled-up socks. The goal for the humans is to survive as long as possible, and the goal for zombies is to take out all the humans. In addition to everyday play,
which consists of people attending class and being chased by zombies, the moderators set up missions on a nightly basis. The moderators assemble the humans in one area and the zombies in another, give them both an objective and let them loose to enjoy the game. “That’s where the cooler stuff happens during the week is when we as moderators get to set up some really basically epic moments that can happen during the week,” Soto said. Students hoping to register do not need to worry about the cost of the event, though. It is free to sign up, and the only necessary item is the lime green piece of fabric to identify what side the student fights with. Soto said the students would individually buy Nerf guns and balled-up socks and although the Nerf guns are highly encouraged, they are not a necessity for the game. He said any other materials
a student would need are provided by the organization. Gameplay starts at 7 a.m. and is fair game until 7 p.m. Nov. 8. After 7 p.m., though, students are not allowed to officially play. Soto said Nov. 9 would be slightly different because the daily style gameplay will not be allowed, but the participants will have a big, final mission at some point during the day, which she described as the last stand of the humans. “Typically what happens is the humans, whose numbers are quite few at that point, show up for the final mission and the zombies also show up,” Soto said. “We run the final mission and if humans survive, which is a big if, then they will basically have survived the zombie apocalypse. That’s pretty much the closest you can get to winning HvZ.” The 13 moderators for the event do all of the planning,
organizing and administrating from day one until the final day of game week. Landon Oliver, a senior geology major from Houston, is a moderator for this semester’s game and said his favorite part of any event at Tech, especially HvZ, is meeting new people and having a good time. “I’m just excited to see everyone out playing our game,” he said. “We really put a lot of effort into planning the missions, making sure that everything is kosher with the administration, making sure that everyone is having a great time and meeting new people.” Katrina Soundy, a sophomore geosciences major from The Woodlands, said she has participated in HvZ twice and will act as a moderator for this semester’s event. “The most fun part of it was being a zombie and hanging out
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Lou Reed: Legendary rock ‘n’ roll poet of the streets NEW YORK (AP) — The stare from across a desk was enough for me to question whether my first and only interview with Lou Reed had been a good idea. He’d already curtly dismissed a publicist who had dreamed for years of meeting his musical hero. Now Reed seemed to be debating whether my admitted sin — I wasn’t a native New Yorker — was worth overlooking to get some business done. Yes, Reed, who died Sunday at age 71 of liver disease related to a recent transplant, wasn’t an easy man. New York isn’t an easy town. Few artists reflected a city better than he did, and he found it an endless source of inspiration. The 2003 retrospective package we
talked about claimed that status as a title: “NYC Man.” As a member of the Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist, Reed chronicled the rough side of a city at a time when it wasn’t so hidden from view. Transvestites, drug addicts and prostitutes found a place in his music. Behind a loping bass line, the cinematic lyrics of “Walk on the Wild Side” brought that world to others. For many musicians, their best-known songs aren’t necessarily representative of their work. That wasn’t the case with Reed. Many of his most popular songs, like “Sweet Jane,” ‘’Rock and Roll” and “Heroin,” dated from the period of the late 1960s into the 1970s with the Velvets and soon after
they broke up. The frequently challenging subject matter didn’t lend itself to mass success and, “Walk on the Wild Side” excepted, Reed didn’t achieve it. His singing voice didn’t help, either; Reed had limited range and sang in a conversational style. The Velvet Underground didn’t sniff the top of the charts when alive, giving rise to a famous quote from producer and Roxy Music founder Brian Eno, who suggested that every one of the few people who bought their records, himself included, later started bands. Many paid off their debts in tribute. U2 covered Reed’s “Satellite of Love,” the Cowboy Junkies did “Sweet Jane” and R.E.M. frequently performed “Pale Blue Eyes.” His
song “Perfect Day” had an extensive life, too. Reed was an avant-garde artist who wore the black leather of a rocker and played a cutting guitar. Reed and his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, were a First Couple of an artistic scene that thrived on taking risks. Sometimes the risks didn’t work — his last big project, the 2011 collaboration with Metallica called “Lulu,” was widely seen as a clamorous mess — but very few people succeed at everything. He was dismissive in our interview when asked what he hoped people would say about his work when he was gone. “I don’t give a (expletive),” he said. “Who knows or cares? “I don’t expect anything at all
from anything and I never have,” he said. “I’m not trying to change anybody’s mind about anything. I’m not trying to win anybody over. I’m happy to get up in the morning. I can tie my shoelaces. I haven’t got hit by a car. I just love the music and sound and wanted to make it better, so if someone else wanted to hear it, they’d get some bang for the buck.” The people who cared about his music always knew there was a heart beating strong beneath that gruff exterior. The wild side was hard to miss, but the tenderness of a “Pale Blue Eyes” is hard to forget, the regretful young man singing that he “thought of you as everything I’ve had but couldn’t keep.” Reed’s 1989 album, “New York,” was a rocking, superbly written
chronicle of a city in the midst of a crack epidemic, before it was later cleaned up. On his song, “Dirty Blvd.,” Reed details a scene of hustlers and hopelessness and those hookers again, zeroing in on Pedro, who escapes into his own dreams of transcending his environment with the help of a book of magic plucked from a garbage can. Throughout the depressing scene he paints, Reed’s voice is a monotone dripping in cynicism — until he gets to Pedro, where it lifts up a few notes, as if he can lift Pedro above the world he’s living in to a better place. It’s a moment of exquisite beauty. Fly, fly away, Pedro. You, too, Lou.
In-house sales now welcomed at Texas craft distilleries
FORT WORTH (AP) — The growing herd of Texas craft distilleries is pouring a new and affordable shot into their marketing plans: direct sales. Since Sept. 1, when a state law took effect allowing them to pour customers a cocktail and sell them a bottle of liquor, craft distillers around the state have been welcoming a new walk-in revenue stream. “It’s a huge deal,” said Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, where 25,000 visitors a year have been touring his off-the-beaten path Hill Country operation. “Since Sept. 1, about 50 percent of our guests buy a bottle. It’s a big number if they can take a bottle home. It could mean we turn our first profit this year,” said Garrison, who produces two releases of high-end bourbon each year. “About 50 percent of our tourists aren’t even from Texas. We get people from Asia and Europe and they
want to buy something,” Garrison told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1b7MGNG ). The new law makes distillery tours considerably more appealing, said Leonard Firestone of Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. in Fort Worth. “We’re excited about it because it is much more satisfying for our visitors. It’s a great way to share the product, and clearly that is a revenue opportunity for a young business,” said Firestone, who with partner Troy Robertson opened the microdistillery last year in a restored warehouse at 901 W. Vickery Blvd., just south of downtown. The city’s first legal distillery seemingly caught lightning in a bottle with its initial product, TX Whiskey, a blend of sourced whiskeys from Kentucky. When TX was released in June 2012, demand was so high that local liquor stores had to start waiting lists.
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That local buzz was validated this year when TX was named “Best American Craft Whiskey” and was awarded a double gold medal at the 13th Annual World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. The distillery, which has grown from four employees to 14, fires up its two copper stills daily and has filled hundreds of barrels with its bourbon, which will be released in 2014 or 2015. The company is selling across Texas and expanded distribution into Louisiana this month, Firestone said. About 40 to 50 people pay $15 for a 90-minute tour of the Fort Worth distillery every Saturday, Firestone said, and more than half buy a bottle and many sample a cocktail beyond the free half-ounce sample that the state allows. “We’re not going to replace a liquor store; we’re not a bar,” Firestone said, adding that the new law limits bottle sales to two per person each month.
A distillery can sell no more than 3,000 gallons in individual drinks, which is a lot of cocktails, annually according to the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission. Texas distilleries have been popping up like mushrooms for three years. Forty-nine distillers are licensed with the TABC, spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said. That’s up from 40 in July 2012, 25 in 2011 and 18 in 2010. Firestone said, “That’s a trend
which is going to be a growing story over the next five years.” Chip Tate of Balcones Distilling in Waco says the new law is a big step forward for craft distillers. “I was surprised we got it through. It opens a new door for small, grow-
ing brands. It’s really great for special releases like our new rum,” he said. Balcones, which has won dozens of national and international awards for its diverse lineup of spirits, is tripling the production capacity in its cramped distillery.
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Jackson doctor released, wants return to medicine LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s doctor was quietly freed from jail on Monday, two years after he was convicted of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic — and he would like to practice medicine again. Conrad Murray was released at 12:01 a.m. from a jail in downtown Los Angeles after serving about half of his maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly reduced. Murray was taken from the jail a back way, eluding a cluster of TV crews and a few Jackson fans. Sheriff’s officials arranged the quiet exit and drove him away for safety reasons, spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “He was elated to be out of there” and planned to spend time with his girlfriend and children, said Valerie Wass, Murray’s attorney. Murray’s prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states, and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized trial. Wass said Murray wants to be a doctor again. “I believe that he will practice medicine again someday, somewhere,” Wass said. Brian Panish, an attorney for the Jackson family, said Murray should not have “a chance to hurt anyone else” by practicing medicine. “He has shown no remorse and the consequences of his actions will last forever,” the lawyer said. The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson’s death in June 2009 by providing him with the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of
preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his physician. The former doctor is appealing his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it needs to hear the case. His attorney has argued that the court should not dismiss the appeal because it could alter Murray’s overall sentence and reduce some of the stigma his conviction has caused. Despite being jailed, Murray hasn’t been entirely silent. The ex-doctor told the Today show that he cried tears of joy after a civil jury recently determined that the promoters of Jackson’s comeback shows did not negligently hire Murray. He did not, however, testify in the civil case or take the stand during his criminal trial. Wass said Murray did a lot of writing behind bars, but she didn’t know if he had plans for a book or any other projects that would allow him to earn a living. Murray previously maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas and frequently complained about conditions in jail after his conviction. He was allowed to serve his entire sentence in a Los Angeles jail rather than a state prison due to a law aimed at easing overcrowding by shifting nonviolent offenders to local lockups. “Dr. Murray has not received any special treatment in jail and in fact has many less privileges than most inmates because of his notoriety,” Wass said in a statement earlier this year. In a lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC, jurors determined that Murray was not unfit or incompetent to serve as Jackson’s tour doctor. The panel did, however, say it did not condone his conduct. “That doesn’t mean we felt he was ethical,” jury foreman Gregg Barden said of Murray after the AEG Live verdict.
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LEAH BROWN, A senior visual studies major from Weatherford, works on a portrait of a man copied from a photo by a photographer that she is working with, Monday in the art building. Brown is working on a project about everyday Americans.
Chris Brown released on assault charge in DC court WASHINGTON (AP) — Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was freed from custody Monday after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him. Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a District of Columbia judge released Brown, who exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody. There was scattered applause in the packed courtroom as the judge set the singer free. Even with the reduced charge, the assault case represents the latest legal trouble for Brown, who remains on probation for
assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the 2009 Grammy Awards. The 24-year-old singer and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested early Sunday in front of the the W Hotel in Washington. A Maryland man told police he had tried to be part of a picture Brown was taking with a woman and her friend when Brown told him, “I ain’t down with that gay s---t” and “I feel like boxing,” according to charging documents in the case. The man, identified by police as Parker Isaac Adams, 20, of Beltsville, Md., said he was punched by both Brown and Hollosy before Brown boarded his tour bus. Brown denied to police that he punched anyone or had been involved in a confrontation, saying someone had tried to get on his bus “and my bodyguard handled it,” according to the documents. Hollosy told police he punched Adams in the face after Adams
tried to follow Brown onto the bus and get to Brown, court documents say. Adams had a broken nose, police wrote in the court documents. Brown’s lawyer, Danny Onorato, said outside court Monday that his client committed no crime. “We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown’s property as he was authorized to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing,” he said. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said the reduced charges “are based on our current assessment of the evidence gathered to date.” He declined to comment further as the case remained under investigation. Abraham Luakabuanga of Tysons Corner, Va., who runs a small limousine company, said he saw two women and a man approach
Brown after he left the hotel and begin taking photographs of the singer. He said the situation soon devolved into a fight involving Brown and a man who appeared to be his bodyguard. He said he heard words exchanged but declined to give more details. “I looked at Chris Brown and was like ‘Sir, why this?’” he said. “To me, it was like, ‘You’re a star, you have bodyguards.’ Things should have been handled differently,” Luakabuanga said. Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a “Homecoming Weekend” party at a downtown club. Howard University was celebrating its homecoming, though a university spokeswoman said the party was not sponsored by or affiliated with the school. Brown is due back in court on Nov. 25. The misdemeanor simple assault charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
Bullies: They’re not just in middle school NEW YORK (AP) — Was a losing team bullied? Is your angry spouse a bully? How about that co-worker who’s always criticizing you? Or the politicians who forced a government shutdown? Bullies aren’t just for middle schoolers. These days, they’re everywhere. In Texas last week, the football coach at Aledo High School was accused of bullying after his team won 91-0. With no mercy rule in place to stem lopsided victories, the coach even tried to minimize the blowout by benching his starters and letting the clock run uninterrupted after halftime. A parent from the losing team accused the coach of “bullying” — an accusation that requires the school district to investigate under state law. And while many found the accusation baseless, it’s the kind of complaint
that seems to have become more common thanks to national campaigns to draw attention to the real problem of bullying. There are people who use the term bullying “to get what they want. They use it as professional victims to gain power and control,” says Ben Leichtling, founder of BulliesBeGone. Overuse of the term may be an unintended consequence of the many cases involving teen suicides that have made headlines in the last few years. More attention to the phenomenon may help real victims, but there’s also a risk that “words like bully and victim have just become meaningless labels for people who are seriously mistreated in school environments and in the workplace,” said Malcolm Smith, a professor in the University of New Hampshire’s education department who founded an anti-bullying program called “The Courage to Care.”
Smith says what constitutes real bullying is measurable: Is the behavior so damaging that it interferes with the target’s ability to go to school or do their job or otherwise conduct themselves safely? And secondly, does the behavior involve an imbalance of power? BULLIES IN SPORTS? In the Texas case, school district administrators found no grounds for the complaint, and many observers agreed. “Of course it’s not bullying. That’s ridiculous! It’s a game. It has people who lose. That’s a fact of life,” said Smith. Which is not to say that bullying or other types of personal intimidation don’t happen in sports. Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for screaming at his players, calling them names and kicking and shoving them.
Whiskers, cat ears oh my: Cat video festival NEW YORK (AP) — Game over. Cats have won the Internet. At least that was the conclusion among the many attendees of the Internet Cat Video Festival on Friday. Decked out with cat ears and painted-on whiskers, they lined up around the block to do in a group what they already do in front of their computers: Watch amusing cat flicks. This time, there was beer and pierogi. Cat videos have been so popular online that watching them has become synonymous with wasting time. There are tens of millions of cat videos on YouTube on any given day. They are also abundant on Vine, Twitter’s video-sharing app, and on Instagram. One older gem, uploaded to YouTube in 2007, has generated more than 33 million views. It’s called “Keyboard Cat.” ‘’Keyboard Dog,” meanwhile, has just a measly 4.6 million. “The cute factor is very important,” said Steve Lozic, 28, while waiting for the show to begin at the
Warsaw concert venue in the trendy Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, a borough that even President Barack Obama has declared “cool.” Lozic, who works in advertising, said one of his favorite clips involves cats interacting with iPads, with one cat simply “killing it,” as it paws at an iPad screen. The event was a traveling offshoot of the Minneapolis Walker Art Center’s festival of the same name, which now draws 10,000 attendees who ooh and ahh at famous felines such as Keyboard Cat, Grumpy Cat, Henri the morose, existentialist le Chat Noir and nameless kitties trying to jump into cardboard boxes with hilarious results. The inaugural festival, held last year, received more than 10,000 video submissions from fame-seeking cats — or at least their owners. The star attendee of Brooklyn’s video festival, though, was Lil Bub, a runty kitty who was born with “multitude of genetic anomalies
which all add up to one of nature’s happiest accidents,” according to her website. Lil Bub, it turns out, is a “perma-kitten,” that is, a full-grown cat that has stayed small and kept kitten-like features. On top of that, she has an extra toe on all of her paws and her tongue is always out because her teeth never grew in. Lil Bub merchandise, from stickers to T-shirts and baby onesies, has helped raise money for animal charities around the country. It’s hard to say why cats have proven far more popular than, say, dogs in the online video world. Neysa Smith, 22, who also works in advertising offered one theory: “Cats are the best animal ever,” said Smith, who, like Lozic, painted on a cat face in honor of the festival. “They are smarter than dogs.” Also spotted at the event were several cat tails and a man with a surprisingly calm gray cat perched on his shoulder. Not spotted: dogs.
Road loss fuels Tech during preparation for Oklahoma State
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TEXAS TECH QUARTERBACK Davis Webb passes the ball during Oklahoma’s 38-30 win over the Red Raiders Saturday at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.
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There will be no question at quarterback leading into No. 15 Texas Tech’s matchup against No. 18 Oklahoma State on Saturday. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he felt freshman quarterback Davis Webb earned the position after passing for 400 yards in consecutive weeks and following that with 385 passing yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma. The Red Raiders coaching staff was impressed by the way Webb conducted himself against a hostile Sooners crowd and felt he showed maturation throughout the game, co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said. “It was the biggest stage that he’s played in, in front of the most people, and I think he really hung in there,” he said. “He showed a lot of poise; he showed a lot of competitiveness and some toughness, too. Physically, he took a lot of hits, (Webb) took some big shots and just kept getting back up, and really as the game went on I think he was more comfortable being out there and being in control in that environment. “I’m really pleased with, really, how he grew up on Saturday from the start of the game to the finish and how he handled himself and handled the team in that environment.” Redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer is physically available if
needed, but fundamentally there are areas where he is still catching up to speed, Kingsbury said. “He missed a lot of football,” he said. “He’s still working on his game and getting back in football shape and things of that nature. But health-wise, we feel good about putting him in a game.” Tech’s defense also struggled in the loss. The Red Raiders allowed 277 rushing yards and 249 yards through the air, including a 76-yard pass from redshirt junior quarterback Blake Bell to senior receiver Jalen Saunders. One of the difficult aspects moving forward after the loss was knowing there were plays the Red Raiders could and should have made, defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said. “The most frustrating deal was the third-and-eight with four minutes left to go on the clock,” he said. “We knew what the route was going to be, we told Ola (Olaoluwa Falemi) exactly what was coming and we played a squat. So I mean (Bell) threw it — he didn’t even look at the coverage — he threw it right to us, and we didn’t make a play so we have to do a better job of attacking the football when the ball is in the air and not let these quarterbacks drill into us.” The last time Tech hosted Oklahoma State in a night game at Jones AT&T Stadium was in 2008 when No. 2 Tech defeated No. 9 Oklahoma State 56-20.
Junior tight end Jace Amaro said he believes when the stadium is completely filled, the atmosphere is comparable to what Tech experienced in Norman, Okla. “I personally think they’re just as loud as the 80,000 in Norman,” he said. The crowd at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium cheered the loudest on third downs, where Tech’s offense converted five of its 14 third-down attempts. The discomfort an engaging crowd passes along to opposing road teams causes communication issues, Amaro said, which can lead to miscues during the game. “I think that when crowds do that to teams, that really stresses (opposing teams) out,” he said. “It makes them a little rattled. I know it took us a while in the first quarter because they were so loud we couldn’t communicate very well.” This week’s game will be Tech’s last night game of the season, Kingsbury said. For that reason, he said, hopefully there will be an energy and passion from the fans that is replicated on the field. “It will be a huge deal, it’s going to hopefully be rocking,” he said. “It’s going to be our last night game for the year, and I know our students love those night games. So I’m hoping that they’ll bring the energy, bring the passion like they have in all the other ones and get ready to have a fun night.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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Calm under fire, Ruetter leads by example By SCOTT FISHER Staff Writer
Innocent smile aside, Texas Tech setter Emily Ruetter is one of the most lethal passers in the Big 12 Conference. The Burlington, Ontario, native leads Tech’s offensive attack, recording 881 assists through 24 games this season. Even though Ruetter is a team leader, she naturally is a more reserved person, but teammates seem to feed off of her intensity on the court. “That’s kind of always how I’ve been like even Coach Flora has told me like ‘Come on, you need to get super excited,’ and that’s just never really been the way I am,” she said. “I’ve always been the one that’s always calm, cool and collected on the court, and I feel like that’s what my team needs from me so that’s just how I play.” Through the first half of Big 12 play, the sophomore setter ranks fourth in assists in the Big 12. Junior Mikia Mills appreciates the passing she receives from Ruetter and also thinks Ruetter’s serious demeanor is good for the team. “She likes to stay a little more on the serious side, but she does
have a goofy side as well,” Mills said. “She also does have a little bit of a Canadian accent and we like to make fun of her about that a little bit. But I do think it’s very important for her as a setter to be serious during the games because she ultimately calls the shots so it’s good to have someone that’s strong and knows what she wants to do.” As a freshman, Ruetter was reliable, starting in 29 matches and was one of three Tech players to play in all 32 matches of the 2012 season. Tech coach Don Flora had the opportunity to watch Ruetter develop as a player and said he’s enjoyed watching her game evolve. “I think Emily (Ruetter) brings a confidence in that she understands the demands of her job, the demands of the setting position, and the job of being a setter at the elite level,” Flora said. “That’s something she is growing into and it’s fun to watch her develop in that way. Her biggest strength is that she is very adept and very skilled with her hands, so her setting choices have improved because when she arrived here she was not big into setting the middles and we are a middle-focused offense so she has done a really good job of being able to what we call flip the ball in there
and be creative with some really good sets.” This summer, Ruetter competed in the Canadian Nationals with professional players from around the world. She said playing against such a high level of competition helped her train for the competition in the Big 12. “It was a great experience,” Ruetter said. “I got to play with girls who have played professionally overseas in Europe for five, six, seven years so it was just a different speed and it got me used to playing at an even higher level, so I think it helped me get out of my comfort zone, which is a good thing.” She said life in America is similar to living in Canada, but she does miss all of her family and friends back home. Being a native Canadian, Ruetter admits she was a little shellshocked when arriving in Lubbock. “When I first (came to Lubbock) it was a little tricky just because it’s a different culture, but everyone is so friendly that it was a pretty quick learning curve for me to get used to,” she said. “What I mostly miss about Canada is just my family. People always think that since I’m from another country that it’s like
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TEXAS TECH SETTER Emily Ruetter is known for her relaxed personality on and off the court. Ruetter has recorded 30 kills this season.
a whole different place, but Canada is just right above us, and I think it’s pretty similar.” Although Ruetter is not from
Texas, she has found a home in Lubbock, playing in all 24 games for Tech this year. Ruetter and Tech will roll into
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Lady Raider golf ranks 4th after first round Texas Tech tennis finishes fall season strong Texas Tech is in fourth place at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after junior Elin Arvidsson earned a one-shot lead on Sunday. Arvidsson’s one-shot lead was from shooting two-under par 70, according to a news release. University of Nevada-Las Vegas (288) leads the tournament at the Stallion Mountain Golf Club, while Tech (four-over, 292) trails behind by four strokes. Minnesota and San Diego State are in a second-place tie at 290. Despite Tech’s fourth-place finish in the first round, Arvidsson almost had a perfect round
with four birdies, two bogeys and 12 pars. She recovered from two bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes with two birdies on her final four holes. Arvidsson is only the sixth player to birdie the par-4 on the 16th hole, which played as the second-hardest hole in the first round with an average of 4.52 shots, according to the release. This lead is the second Arvidsson has had, dating back to her first collegiate tournament victory Oct. 1 at the Challenge at Onion Creek in Austin. Her first individual victory contributed to the team’s first overall
of the season. Arvidsson is not golfing by herself, though. Junior Stephanie Bertelsen is two strokes behind and tied for ninth at even par. Tech also is receiving help from sophomore Kimmy Hill, as she scored a 2-over 74 followed by senior Hannah Arnold’s 4-over 76 and redshirt freshman Victoria Uresti’s 5-over 77. Tech resumed tournament play when Uresti teed off at 10:48 a.m. Monday along with golfers from Central Florida and Nebraska. The tournament ends today. ➤➤email@example.com
Texas Tech ended its fall season Sunday with two titles at the 2013 UT Fall Invitational at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin. Jolan Cailleau, Hugo Dojas and Maxime Hinnisdaels led the Red Raiders. Cailleau won the Flight B singles title, while Dojas and Hinnisdael teamed up to capture the doubles title. Cailleau defeated the Longhorns’ second-seeded Clement Homs in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) to win the Flight B singles title. Cailleau was 5-0 overall, including a win against top-seeded Sudanwa Sitaram of Texas.
Dojas and Hinnisdaels were victorious against Andres Alfonzo and Trey Daniel from TCU by a score of 8-5 and went on to defeat Jose De Sario and Hector Ramirez of Laredo Community College, 8-4, to win the doubles title. Tech’s doubles team also went undefeated during the invitational, according to a news release. Tech coach Tim Siegel said he was pleased with the outcome for the Red Raiders. “It was a good weekend for the Red Raiders,” he said. “(The tournament win) was a great way to close out the fall.” Overall, Tech went 19-4 during
the event, leading the Red Raiders to their two titles. As the fall season has ended, Tech will return to action Jan. 18. The next match will be in Lubbock at the McLeod Tennis Center against Texas-San Antonio and Prairie View A&M. “It was a good weekend for the Red Raiders,” Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. “Jolan played much better this weekend and I am really pleased with Max and Hugo winning the doubles title. I also thought Max was much improved in singles. It was a great way to close out the fall.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org