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2 killed, 7 hurt in Detroit shooting DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say gunfire broke out at a barbershop known for gambling activity, leaving at least two people dead. Police say the shootings happened Wednesday evening at Rockies barbershop. Spokeswoman Kelly Miner says nine people were shot and two of them are confirmed dead. Police had initially said three people were dead, but later revised that number. It’s not clear how many people may have opened fire. Police Chief James Craig told reporters that “suspects engaged a couple of victims” and that “several shots were fired.” He wasn’t sure if any victims fired back. The barbershop is in a strip mall along a major road on Detroit’s east side.
Texas: Obama offers health care pep talk DALLAS (AP) — Beset by hard-to-keep promises and a massive website failure, President Barack Obama traveled to the heart of the “Obamacare” opposition Wednesday to give a pep talk to the law’s supporters. Ad-libbing at a synagogue in Dallas, Obama said he was the first to admit he was unhappy with the rocky first month since new insurance exchanges went live. He implored volunteers and guides who are working to help consumers to stick with it, casting it as an effort that would, eventually, be well worth the trouble. “As challenging as this may seem sometimes, as frustrating as healthcare.gov may be sometimes, we are going to get his done,” Obama said. “And when we do — when we do, not if — when we do, you’re going to have families all across this great state of Texas who are going to have the security and the wellbeing of high-quality, affordable health insurance,” he added.
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Tech students go grizzly to support a cause for No-Shave November By CALLIE POINDEXTER Staff Writer
Things may get hairy on Texas Tech’s campus this month. Hundreds of students will grow out their beards, mustaches and even leg hair along with thousands of people across the globe as part of No-Shave November. No-Shave started in 2009 as a Webbased movement dedicated to raising cancer awareness and supportive funds, according
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Tech students fight spring break schedule By CARSON WILSON Staff Writer
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to the American Cancer Society’s No-Shave November website. The goal of the movement is to embrace the hair many cancer patients lose and take the money participants would have spent on grooming, waxing and shaving and put it toward cancer research. Tyler McKinley, a junior landscape architecture major from Big Spring, said this year is his third year participating in No-Shave. “I had to get used to it at first,” McKinley said, “because at first it’s itchy, a little scratchy,
Spring break is a time college students looks forward to. However, some Texas Tech students are feeling less enthused about the time off. Spring break for the university is March 15-23, during the third week of the month instead of the usual second week. Because of these new dates, some students are demanding change. Jeannette Towle, a junior marketing major from Houston, started a petition to move the spring dates to the second week in March and said the current spring break dates do not coordinate with other
major universities within the state. “With our spring break being the week after practically every other school in the state of Texas,” Towle said in the petition, “this will make it impossible to celebrate this time with friends.” Towle created the online petition Tuesday night. After a couple of hours, the petition received more than 250 signatures, and the number has continued to rise. Many students have posted comments on the petition. Most are concerned about not being able to spend times with friends and family during the same week. PETITION continued on Page 2 ➤➤
but after it got longer I got over it. I had to keep it clean, scrub it out, all that stuff.” When he began participating in NoShave, he was attracted to the idea of letting go and not having to shave and said he feels manly with a beard. However, McKinley said he had no idea the movement was to promote cancer research. “I think a lot of people just do it to not shave,” he said. “I don’t know how many people really know about that part of it.”
Andrew Crean knows the meaning behind No-Shave, however, because he and his family have been directly impacted by cancer. The sophomore history major from Houston said his dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. “It was kind of scary,” Crean said. “The year before that I lost one of my uncles to cancer and about two years before that I lost another one to cancer.” NO-SHAVE continued on Page 3 ➤➤
Fake, borrowed IDs churn out hefty fines for underage students By TYLER DORNER Staff Writer
While using a fictitious ID or a friend’s ID may seem like an easy way to access alcohol, the action can rack up a $500 to $4,000 fine and jail time. Fake IDs can be used for a number of reasons, but are commonly used for the purchase of alcohol or to enter bars for people younger than the age of 21. Benjamin Terry, a senior music major from Lubbock, said from his understanding, most people don’t receive fake IDs from sketchy websites. Instead they use a friend’s old ID, who recently turned 21 and got a new one. People also will use friend’s passports to purchase alcohol or enter bars. “I knew a girl, who was not a student here, but she had a friend’s passport and the picture
of the friend was when the friend was like 5 years old, but they would accept that because it was a valid passport and she would go into most bars she wanted to go to,” he said. Because of his appearance, Terry said he has never used a fake ID because not many people look like him. However, he knows of about two to three people who use fake IDs, but said most of the time people are not looking to get one and instead stumble upon it. “I don’t think any of my friends were looking to find a fake ID, but generally it comes around,” he said. Todd Sons, the chief operations officer at Red Raider Liquors, said they do not see fake IDs often, but when they do, they’re fairly obvious.
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Gameday Recycling collects 8.5 tons University Student Housing, with the help of many student volunteers, collected 8.5 tons of plastic, aluminum, glass and cardboard during Saturday’s game as part of the Gameday Challenge. The amount of recycling per capita for the challenge was 0.285 pounds per person. The weights of trash per capita will be compared to last year’s once the information is received, Jackie Kimbler, unit manager for University Student Housing, said. The majority of the collection was from the volunteers sweeping the stadium for plastic bottles. The volunteers also collected much cardboard from concessions and aluminum in tailgating areas. The efforts would not have been as successful if not for the help of Student Government Association, Phi Delta Theta and other volunteers, Kimbler said. The challenge was an effort to make the campus more sustainable. Kimbler said she hopes recycling will be a way of life at football games in the future. “It takes time to get people on board as well as a lot of education,” she said. “We will continue to work on education our fans. We believe once everyone sees recycling can make a difference not only environmentally, but economically they will be on board.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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However, one Tech student said her mother is getting married the second week in March, a week she thought would be spring break, Towle said. Now, the girl doesn’t know if she can make the wedding. Signatures from Tech students are joined by students from other major Texas universities. “We don’t only have support from Texas Tech students,” Towle said, “it’s also students from the neighboring universities that want us to be there, too.” Her overall goal is to reach 5,000 signatures. “Every time I look at it the number increases,” she said. “I’m really happy with where it’s going. I hope it goes farther.” Before Towle created the petition, she tried to contact Student Government Association when she first saw the dates. She attempted to contact the association multiple times. When Towle didn’t receive a response, she took the issue into her own hands. “I was being ignored,” she said. “No one was saying anything back to me. I felt like it was unimportant to them.” However, after the petition was created, Towle met with SGA President Luke Cotton to discuss the issue Wednesday. Towle said she and Cotton are scheduled to meet with the person who is in charge of putting together the academic calendar. “I can say that we are going to look into it,” Cotton said.
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him to buy them alcohol to use his ID, he said. “I personally think the risk is a little bit too high for my taste,” Terry said. Women, he said, have an advantage when it comes to using fake IDs because their appearance is constantly changing with things such as dyeing their hair and changing their makeup. Amelia Nasser, a senior sociology major from Houston, said she had a different experience and that she’s never asked for a friend’s ID or for a friend to buy her alcohol, nor has she been asked. “I never asked anyone to buy me alcohol,” she said. “I just happened be somewhere that already had it if I wanted to drink.” Nasser said she has heard of people having fake IDs made, but never knew where they found them. Getting a fake ID, she said, is not worth the consequences and is not a smart decision to make. According to the Texas Transporta-
tion Code, the use of a fake ID is a Class C misdemeanor, which carries up to a $500 fine. Using a friend’s ID, according to the code, is a Class A misdemeanor as is the delivery, manufacture or counterfeit of a license. A Class A misdemeanor, according to the Texas Penal Code, is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, a year in jail, or both. Terry said he is not aware of the specific charges in Texas, but he has heard that some of the consequences can be severe and Tech police officers look for fake IDs. “I don’t know much about how the Tech police runs it, but I’ve read these police blotters and I feel like every week they catch someone with fake IDs,” he said. “Apparently it’s this big problem.” Terry said he was once driving through campus with alcohol when he was older than 21 and got pulled over and asked for his ID. The officer ran a flashlight on the ID and asked him a
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Tech Parkway. 6:26 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a laundry theft at Murdough Residence Hall. Several articles of unattended clothing were taken. 9:36 p.m. — A Tech officer
investigated the burglary of a motor vehicle in the Z-4P parking lot. The vehicle’s driver’s side front window was left partially down and an iPhone was taken. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
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JEANNETTE TOWLE, A junior marketing major from Houston, started a petition to change Texas Tech’s spring break week to the previous week, which is when most other Texas universities have scheduled their spring break.
“You’re not a school without your students,” he said, “so if you listen to your students that will ultimately make your school successful.”
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“The ones that we have typically seen have been horrible — no question about it,” he said. Sons said they check for IDs and if it appears to be fake the person is immediately asked to leave the store. Employees at Red Raider Liquors can tell if an ID is fake if the print has a smudge on it or if the date of birth has been edited, Sons said. There are more people who borrow a roommate or friend’s ID than people editing their own, he said, and this amount is small. “This is very limited,” Sons said. “I can’t think of more than five people that we have seen (with fake IDs).” Terry agreed and said most people do not have a fake ID made or edited, but use them from a friend. After turning 21, people have asked
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friends who had plans to camp, go on cruises and attend weddings the week before Tech’s scheduled spring break. Those plans will ultimately have to be changed.
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hope for Towle. “I think with the petition and all the research I’m doing I think it could prove that this change would be in the best interest of the students,” she said. Christine Tran, a junior prepharmacy major from Houston, said she is concerned she won’t be able to spend time with her siblings, whose spring break will occur the week before Tech’s. “I wanted to use that time to spend time with my family because I live nine hours away,” she said, “and let’s be honest, I don’t have time to drive nine hours and make a weekend trip. For me, spring break is a time to come home and spend with my family.” Tran said she decided to sign the petition, so her voice could be heard and that she hopes the petition will bring awareness to the university. “It’ll just prove that the students’ voice does matter,” she said. “We do matter as a whole.” Juan Quintana, a junior management marketing major from Arlington, signed the petition and said he already had a trip planned with his friends for the second week in March. All of his friends attend other Texas universities and those universities have scheduled their spring breaks for the second week. “It’s horrible,” he said. “We always plan trips together. Last spring break we all went to Padre, and we were planning one for Panama City beach, and now it’s ruined. We can’t do that anymore because of this new spring break.” Quintana said he knows
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“But I’m not going to make any promises simply because I don’t want to blow smoke up anyone’s butt and get them really excited about something that I’m not 100 percent positive I can do for the students.” Despite the petition Gary Elbow, associate vice provost for Academic Affairs, said the calendar will not be changing. “The short answer to the student’s petition is we can’t change that calendar,” he said. “That’s locked in.” Elbow said the office of official publications creates the calendar, the Academic Council then approves the calendar and finally the Board of Regents approves it. After the end of the creation process, the schedule is then sent to the state. Calendars usually are created two or three years in advance, Elbow said. The spring break dates can’t be changed because there are certain university events already planned, which also would have to be changed, Elbow said. “At this late date,” he said, “with the academic year underway, there is no way to change it.” However, the university has the power to change events on the schedule, according to the official academic calendar on the Tech website. “Texas Tech University reserves the right to make calendar changes in the best interest of the faculty, students and academic program,” according to the website. This statement is a window of
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Sorority 5K benefits counseling services Staff Writer
While running may provide health benefits for those who participate, a student organization used it to benefit community members who are unable to afford counseling services they may need. Alpha Chi Omega hosted a family 5K and fun run to benefit Texas Tech Family Counseling Services Wednesday night outside the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. “We are doing a 5K family fun run to support Family Counseling Services,” Bryan Moffitt, executive director of Family Counseling Services said. “We are sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega and we are doing this to supplement the United Way funding so that we can provide services for people who do not have the ability to pay for counseling services.” The sponsors offered prizes for the first three to finish the 5K. The prizes included a $50 Visa gift card for the first-place win-
ner, a $30 Visa gift card for the of and the price didn’t change.” second-place winner and a $20 Clark Blunt, a freshman meVisa gift card for the third-place chanical engineering major from Frisco, won the first-place prize. winner. Alyssa Edstrom, a senior pubBlunt promptly returned his $50 gift lic relations macard to e v e n t o rjor from ganizers Tr o p h y Club, is and said he wanted the the vice president money to be donated of phiback to the lanthropy for Alpha counseling services. Chi Omega and or“I feel good,” he ganizer of the event. said. “It feels good. “ I t It was a was a $20 good run. registraFRESHMAN tion that MECHANICAL ENGINEERING I ’ m g l a d included I got to help out t h e i r Tshirt,” she the family said. “We advertised it as includ- community center and I believe ing a T-shirt and a great workout. that running is a great way to They could register online at bring together the community. the Family Counseling Services It gets people out.” website or they could register day Nick Grumbles was second
I’m glad I got to help out the family community center and I believe that running is a great way to bring together the community. CLARK BLUNT
microbiology major from San Antonio, started growing his beard in November, but is not going to stop CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 when the month is over. Because he was finally out of Growing his facial hair for most high school and allowed to grow of the winter season, Harmon said facial hair, Crean said, he started he prefers the bearded look. “I think I look a little better No-Shave to support his dad and with some scruff than I do cleangrow a beard. Although his father is cancer shaven,” Harmon said. “I think a free now, Crean said he keeps a lot of people just look really baby beard for the majority of the year faced, especially people our age.” Harmon’s reasoning for particiand still participates in the movepating in No-Shave, he said, goes ment. “It’s nice,” Crean said. “Prostate deeper than looks, however. cancer is one of the ones with a Although this is his fifth year higher survival rate, I guess, but to participate, Harmon said this it’s still nice to get a message out year he was inspired to grow his there about it.” beard for his father, who is battling Michael Harmon, a senior cancer.
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“He did treatment when I was in high school,” Harmon said. “He had chemo, and then just recently it just started to come back again, so he’s kind of starting things back up again.” Even though he knows not shaving will not directly help his father, Harmon said it is just one more way of showing him his support, which feels good. Most of his friends have trouble growing facial hair, he said, so he is usually alone in his facial-hair endeavors, but he enjoys seeing others participate in No-Shave. “It’s fun to see all the mustaches and things that, like, sports announcers have,” Harmon said. “Just to see all the different beards and
and Hayley Cotton was third. Edstrom said she hopes to make the 5K an annual event so Alpha Chi Omega can continue their involvement with community service. “Alpha Chi Omega is really involved with our own philanthropy,” she said, “which is Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock. I think it’s great that our girls can come out and help on the Tech campus. It’s not an opportunity that a lot of students or Greek life organizations get here, so I love that my girls can come out and run it and volunteer for it.” Moffitt said he hopes the run helps the public become more aware of the services that are available to them even if money is not. “We hope to get the word out that counseling services are available to the community without regards that you have to pay,” he said. “People can still receive services, mental health and substance abuse services.”
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CLARK BLUNT, A freshman mechanical engineering major from Frisco, participates in the Alpha Chi Omega 5k benefit for the Family Counseling Center on Wednesday outside the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. Blunt won the race and donated the prize money to the counseling center.
mustaches people grow. One of the soccer announcers, Alexi Lalas, always grows a nice mustache. It’s pretty impressive.” Richard Hoey, a sophomore business management major from El Paso, is participating in NoShave for the first time this year. He said he is not alone, however. “I’m involved with a Christian organization called Campus Crusade for Christ, and all the guys, mostly guys in there, are actually doing this,” Hoey said. “So I was like, ‘Why not? Let’s all do it together.’”
Because he doesn’t grow facial hair as fast as his friends, Hoey said he started a few weeks ago to get a head start. He said he] likes that No-Shave promotes cancer awareness. “I think it’s great just because, you know, it just shows that people do care about it,” Hoey said, “and everyone’s, you know, partaking in something that has a meaning behind it and not just doing it just to do it.” Even though he’s not exceptionally pleased with how is facial hair is progressing, Hoey said he is glad to be a part of the movement.
Many people associate October with pink for cancer awareness, but Hoey said No-Shave November is another unique way to further awareness of the disease and continue to raise funds for cancer research. “I think it’s different just because it could be another way to just let guys be manly and express themselves through, like, their beards I guess,” Hoey said. “I think it’s different from putting on clothing because it’s actually something that you’re growing yourself, something that you’re doing.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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Country music no longer country Andrew Gleinser In the immortal words of George Jones, “this old world is full of singers but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing.” I’m not saying every country song needs to make you cry in your beer, but such songs seemingly don’t exist anymore. The industry now cares very little about making quality country music and more about recording songs that will sell. “The almighty dollar and the lust for worldwide fame slowly killed tradition,” said Strait and Jackson in their song “Murder on Music Row,” and they couldn’t be more right. What passes for a country music artist these days is a wannabe rock star with tattoos, skin-tight jeans and an overdone country accent. They sing about Chevys with lift kits, the ideal country woman — blonde, perfect figure, Daisy Duke shorts, loves to have sex in the bed of a truck — and
partying. They prance and jump around on the stage like they’re pretending to be Mick Jagger while fooling millions into believing they’re authentic country boys. And they fool them all the way to the bank. Quite simply, country music is no longer country music. It’s more like redneck rock. The artists are nothing more than cash cows for the record companies. Country music has forgotten its roots. If you listen to a country radio station, you won’t ever hear the likes of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn or Patsy Cline. The only time you’ll hear Strait is when his latest single is occasionally played. All these modern country artists profess to love their predecessors, yet they defile the music and
legacy of these legends with the garbage they put forth on their albums. They’ve dropped the torch passed to them by the previous generation. To avoid simply being an angry man on his soapbox, I’ll offer a solution: Change the name of the g e n r e . D o n ’t call it country anymore. Simply suggesting any of these clowns are in the same league as those in the Country Music Hall of Fame is insulting. Country music is no longer country. It’s a pop and rock mixture with some twang. Call it whatever you like, but it’s not country, and we shouldn’t pretend it is any longer.
What passes for a country music artist these days is a wannabe rock star with tattoos, skin-tight jeans and an overdone accent.
was raised on country music, back when it was actually country music. My formative years were filled mostly with George Strait, but also Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. That’s real country. After watching Wednesday’s Country Music Association awards, I can’t help but think how far the country music industry has fallen. I stopped listening to country radio roughly a decade ago for this very reason and was shocked at how awful it has become. Call me old fashioned, out of touch or a traditionalist if you wish, but the so-called music on country stations today is not country music. Such music is rarely made these days. Musically, steel guitars and fiddles are considered antiques while today’s songs are heavy on drums and electric guitars, much like rock music. The only difference between rock and country now is the singers’ accents. Real country music deals with real emotions, such as love and heartbreak. A good country singer should be able to sing a sad song and make you believe he’s felt exactly what he’s singing about.
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Purple Heart traces origins to World War II It is wonderful to see Texas Tech will honor “Lone Survivor” author Marcus Luttrell and other Purple Heart awardees Saturday during the Tech football game. Here is a story about those Purple Hearts. On Aug. 1, 1945, the population of the U.S. was about 135 million and World War II in Europe was over. The war in the Pacific was not, and plans were being laid for the invasion of the Japanese homeland — Kyushu first, then months later, Honshu.
At the same time, 416,000 Americans had been killed in combat during World War II. Today, the U.S. population is about 310 million, and after 6,000 combat deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan, we are rightfully war weary. Imagine the physical and mental toll on the nation in 1945. In addition to the loss of 416,000 sons, brothers, uncles and dads, the nation had endured the strain of a global war as well as shortages of meat, gasoline, tires, sugar and many other things for years.
With the anticipated Japanese invasion in November 1945, military planners anticipated high casualties, with some estimates of 500,000 American deaths, as well as perhaps 10-20 million Japanese. Consequently, the U.S. government requisitioned the casting of hundreds of thousands of Purple Heart medals. After the war ended abruptly following the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the Russians declaring war and invading Manchuria, the Japanese sur-
rendered and the invasion plans became moot. Since that time, from Korea to Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan and all other combat endeavors, we still have not run out of those Purple Heart medals. Those intended for Americans wounded or killed in the anticipated 1945 invasion of Japan are still available and being awarded today. Bill Hodges, M.D., is a Tech alumnus from Stephenville.
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Justin Valdez, 20, was shot in the back of the head on a San Francisco train in September of this year. It was a heartless, random act of violence, but the most tragic part about the September shooting was that it could have been prevented. According to the security tapes, the 30-year-old shooter, Nikhom Thephakysone, blatantly pointed the gun across the aisle of the train, and for a moment even scratched his nose with the hand that held the weapon. District Attorney George Gascon said in an interview with NBC: “These weren’t concealed movements — the gun was very clear.” The next question that everyone seems to be asking is how such an obvious display of a deadly weapon goes unnoticed by a train car full of people. Maybe I am being naive but I like to think that if I was sitting mere feet from
a deranged man with a deadly weapon I would realize it. No one did, however, because according to surveillance footage the passengers were too engrossed with their cellphones. This murder is about more than the mental health of America, or gun restrictions, this case is about the relationship many have with their cell phones. We have become a society so addicted to our electronics that we don’t notice a gun being waved in our faces. According to Ed Tech Magazine, this year there will be more mobile device connections then there are people, and 87 percent of American adults will own cell phones. Statistics like this prove that electronics are becoming more than a simple convenience, they are becoming an increasingly vital part of our lives. Gone are the days when all you could depend on your phone for was to make a call. Now our phones are practically used in almost every
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aspect of our daily lives. They wake us up in the mornings, help us monitor the food we put in our bodies, and the number of steps we take a day. They are our credit cards, our calendars, our connection with those far away, and our source of much entertainment. But is this a good thing? In the same survey earlier mentioned, it was reported that 84 percent of American adults said they could not go a single day without their cellphones. Our dependence on these electronic devices is becoming an addiction, one that proves to have grave consequences. As displayed on the San Francisco train, cellphone use impacts our ability to be active observers, and to take note of our surroundings. We become oblivious to what is going on around us, which in many cases is a dangerous thing. Next time you walk through campus I challenge you to count how many times you see someone walking while texting (which I will admit is an impressive skill) and almost get taken out by a biker,
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or even a bus. We are glued to our cellphones so much that we can’t even take the time to occasionally look up, or check the street before crossing. Although these examples do not have nearly the same tragic outcome as the Valdez murder case, they are vital in proving the point that that we need to unplug. Many people tend to forget that the age of technology we all live in is a relatively new age, and that before the smart phones and tablets people were still able to function and have healthy social lives. The Facebook updates, emails and text messages can wait. We need to scale back our use of mobile devices and take more time to look around and observe our surroundings. Let’s take the initiative to let go of our addiction, and become more active members of society. Let’s challenge ourselves to become less involved in the virtual world, and more involved in the reality that is all around us. If we can accomplish that, then tragedies like the San Francisco train shooting can be prevented.
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e live in a time of great anticipation. As Generation Y, we are always on the verge of an anxiety attack while waiting for our hilarious Facebook status to be liked 36 seconds after posting it. Our constant attachment to our phones and detachment to the world around us is what we, as a generation, will be remembered for. The etiquette and manners of times past has eluded us. Our radios are programmed to stations that glorify hate and violence, and even more appalling, the run around of women. What is there to be proud of when Sinatra has been replaced by Kanye West and Snooki is the new Judy Cleaver? Do we have standards? Are they high standards? Whatever happened to having manners and abiding by the laws of etiquette Emily Post wrote down clear as day? College is supposed to be the best time of our lives. So why not go out and get a little crazy, have a good time and show up to class the next morning with X’s on our hands and smelling like smoke? Some would say it’s a miracle they made it to class, and their professor should just be glad they showed up, regardless of how they look. I could not disagree more. Our college professors are the exact people we, as a class, should be trying to impress and show respect to at all times. When you’re a month out from graduating and have no job prospects, whom are you going to run for a letter of recommendation? Your very future could ride on how your teachers remember you as a student and see you as a future professional. What does this have to do with having high standards? Everything. Having respect for your teachers, your peers and yourself is the first step to proper etiquette and manners. Like I mentioned before, showing up to class looking and smelling like you rolled out of bed is not flattering. Sorority-girl chic may be all the rage, but it’s not getting you ahead in life. Students’ inability to get dressed and make it to class on time in the morning baffles me. Blair Waldorf said it herself: “Tights are not pants.” Though she’s a fictional character, she had a point. Don’t get me wrong, comfort should be a priority when getting dressed, but so should looking put together.
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In a class of hundreds, do teachers really notice if you roll in dressed in your tights and oversized shirt? Probably not, but you can bet they notice your Ugg boots when you walk in with your head held high, your hands missing the telltale X, looking like you didn’t skimp on your morning coffee. This doesn’t just increase your chances of impressing your teachers, it dramatically increases your chances of improving your future. It’s a habit you really should try to break now. Why spend $90 on the everpopular LuLu Lemon workout tights you won’t work out in? Instead, invest in pieces you will be able to transfer to your future work attire. Isn’t that what college is about — preparing you for your future? Consider if your teachers were your boss or mentor in a work environment. Would they be impressed by your current choice of attire? As you will one day need to get up, get dressed and head into work bright eyed and bushy tailed, shouldn’t you start preparing for that transition now? We all hate 8 a.m. classes and most us are guilty of skipping on occasion to get that extra hour of sleep, but there will be no skipping the 8 a.m. alarm clock just because you’re a little sleepy when you have a real job. The dropping of a letter grade will seem feeble compared to the repercussions of a lost job, all because you couldn’t get out of bed and make yourself presentable on time. So here’s my closing advice for you: Get up, dress up and keep your head up. No one ever regretted getting dressed in the morning or trying to impress their teachers, but someone somewhere is regretting their college choices every day as they look in the mirror and see themselves in a vastly different position than they had imagined themselves to be in. So stay classy Texas Tech and remember: Tights are not pants. Gudgel is a junior retail major from Andrews. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving with Google glass should warrant citation By JAMES BAKER
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Google Glass is the next revolutionary form of communication technology. While this new technology is very “hands free,” it is not “mind free” and can easily still cause distractions while driving and should be illegal. Though Abadie plans to fight back on her added citation by claiming that the law is not specific enough and that Google Glass isn’t incorporated in that section of that law, laws cannot constantly stay up to date with new technology. In this instance, it was obviously more of a distraction than a safety tool. In reality, we are all too distracted when it comes to driving, and Google Glass is just a fancier way to become distracted. Though you don’t need your 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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Tech to recognize Purple Heart recipients, families during game By MICHAEL DUPONT II SportS Editor
There are certain times when football, basketball, soccer, hockey, track and field, baseball, softball, crosscountry and other sporting events are utilized as a platform to recognize a greater honor. This weekend, when more than 400 Purple Heart recipients and their families step onto the cold, artificial turf of Jones AT&T Stadium to be recognized for their valiant efforts, fans of Texas Tech and Kansas State — Americans — will remember just that. Blayne Beal, associate athletics director, said Tech, the Lone Survivor Foundation, Under Armour and the Military Order of the Purple Heart collaborated for the Lone Survivor themed game on Saturday at the Jones, in which the Red Raiders will wear specially designed game uniforms provided by Under Armour. “This game is being presented to call attention to the tremendous work being done by the Lone Survivor Foundation,” Beal said, “and also to honor our nation’s veterans and active duty military personnel. This is going to be a unique event and the only event of its kind across the nation, and Texas Tech is very grateful to be playing the role that it is.” This will be the largest gathering in history of Purple Heart recipients at an NCAA football game, he said. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds in action, according to a news release. It is specifically a combat decoration. The organization now known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart, was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who received the decoration, according to the release. It is composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients. Pete Naschak, retired Navy SEAL and president of the board for LSF, said the goal of the foundation is to assist wounded service members who are suffering with post-traumatic stress, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury and pain-management issues.
“We work with them by taking them to ranch retreats, getting them out of their normal environment and helping them to learn and understand what they’re dealing with and work as a functional unit,” he said. “A team, just like a solid football team, at home so they can work through the issues and move on and do what they have to do in life the right way and the best way possible.” The foundation utilizes psychoeducational therapy and equine-assisted learning to reinforce principles addressed during therapeutic sessions, Naschak said. Marcus Luttrell, author of the 2007 No. 1 The New York Times best-selling book, “Lone Survivor,” established LSF in 2010 after returning to his ranch in Texas and based it on firsthand experiences about what is needed to provide holistic healing beyond standard government programs, while honoring his lost comrades from Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, according to the release. “I think it’s important to remember that this group has not been around all that long,” Naschak said. “It was started in 2010 by Marcus Luttrell who wrote the book ‘Lone Survivor,’ which has come out to be a movie that’s going be coming out in January, and he is the inspiration for what we do. “Our group is unique in what we accomplish, these therapeutic ranch retreats are not just a vacation. There is heavy work that’s being done and we are doing great work with individuals that have benefited from what we do in a unique way.” LSF is appreciative of what all parties involved have done to support
the cause behind Saturday’s game, Naschak said. “It’s truly an honor and we are extremely excited to be involved with an institution of your caliber,” he said. “We appreciate everything that Under Armour and both Texas Tech are doing to support our important mission of restoring, empowering and renewing hope for our wounded service members and their families.” Tim Kingsbury, father of Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury, and the late Guffrie Smith, father of basketball coach Tubby Smith, will be among the many honored for their service in a special ceremony during Saturday’s game. Tim Kingsbury and Guffrie Smith were both awarded Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam and World War II, respectively, according to the release. Kingsbury said his father’s service is something he always admired. “Yeah that’s a huge honor, something I’ve always been very proud of,” he said. “He’s a marine, Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam vet. That’s something I’ve always been proud of. So it will be great to have him here and be part of that.” Tech also will host Gold Star families from the South Plains as well as guests from Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, N.M., according to the release. The Gold Star Lapel Button, which also is referred to as the Gold Star pin, is given by the Department of Defense to the immediate family members of a service member who lost their life in conflict or in support of certain military operations, according to the release. Kirby Hocutt, director of athletics,
said in the release that the game will be an opportunity for fans to show their admiration for veterans and those in active duty. “Texas Tech is honored to have Marcus Luttrell, the Lone Survivor Foundation, Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families on our campus for a celebration of courage,” he said in the release. “The sacrifices of so many brave men and women, including Marcus, give us all great reason to pause and reflect on their service of our great nation. This game will be a great opportunity for Red Raider fans to show their admiration and respect for our veterans and active duty military personnel.” The specially designed jerseys were orchestrated to recognize the overall Lone Survivor theme, according to the release. The wing design, showcased on the helmet and shoulders of the jersey, was inspired by the LSF logo to represent Operation Red Wings. Under Armour developed a custom “Never Quit” print for the helmet, shoulders of the jerseys and pants to reinforce the LSF creed, “Never quit on those who never quit on us.” No. 19 is displayed on the helmet and jersey patch to honor the 19 soldiers who sacrificed their lives during Operation Red Wings, according to the release. Although kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, the festivities will begin prior to kick off when paratrooper and veteran Dana Bowman skydives into the stadium with a parachute dedicated to Purple Heart recipients and the American flag. ➤➤email@example.com
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Wildcats bring win streak into Lubbock By EVERETT CORDER Staff Writer
The Kansas State Wildcats have won two games in a row, but when they play Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium, they will attempt to get their first road win of the 2013 season. Kansas State sophomore kicker Jack Cantele said the team has worked hard to get the last two wins and he thinks it is getting better every week. “We have seen ourselves improve every week,” Cantele said. “It has been a long time coming for these wins. They are overdue, and we know we are capable of winning every game we play. It has been nice to see us improve every week, not take any steps back.” One of the reasons the Wildcats have been successful in recent weeks is because of the play of junior and sophomore quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams. Both Waters and Sams are ranked in the top 10 in total offense in the Big 12 Conference, and Sams is ranked No. 5 in rushing, according to the conference website. It is unusual to have two quarterbacks who are such a threat at Kansas State, coach Bill Snyder said, but the team’s success is not completely on their shoulders. “I would like to think it presents some issues, some concerns anyways, to a certain degree,” Snyder said. “But once again, there are a whole bunch of other guys and not just those two guys. We are not going to complete passes without pass protection or good receivers that are doing what they are supposed to be doing. We are not going to run the ball if we do not block people.” One of the most important things for the offense to improve on for the game Saturday, Sams said, is scoring touchdowns in the red zone. The Wildcats have
put the ball in the end zone 20 times out of their 30 trips to the red zone this season, according to the Big 12 website. Sams said he doesn’t want to just kick field goals when the team is in the red zone and the offense needs to stay on the field to keep the Tech offense off of it. “Scoring whenever we get to the red zone. We cannot walk away with field goals,” he said. “Tech has an explosive offense. We want to try and keep them off of the field as well. It is really just finishing drives inside the 20 and not walking away with field goals.” While Sams would like to come away with seven points every time the Wildcats get the ball into the red zone, the Red Raiders come into the game with a redzone defense ranked No. 3 in the Big 12. Kansas State junior wide receiver Tyler Lockett said the Tech defense is quick and physical and it will be tough playing against them. “They are very fast. They are very physical as well. They are just a hardworking team,” Lockett said. “I know that they are going to be tough playing against them, but we are going to have to go out there and work on not taking so many short steps and make steps that will help us to be exactly where we need to be.” The game between the Wildcats and the Red Raiders kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium and will be broadcast on ABC. The Wildcats are excited to try to get their first road win, Kansas State junior linebacker Jonathan Truman said, and they have taken a lot of steps in the right direction. “(Texas Tech’s) offense is very talented and very dynamic,” Truman said. “Like I said, this game is going to be a challenge and we are willing to step up and accept the challenge. It is going to be a good week.” ➤➤email@example.com
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