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Texas Tech faculty, staff recount memories of President John F. Kennedy assassination By CALLIE POINDEXTER Staff Writer
Some people were taking notes in class. Some may have been eating lunch or working at their desk. Fifty years have passed, but the Americans who experienced it will never forget where they were and what they were doing when they were notified that former President John F. Kennedy was shot. As the 50th anniversary of the event approached, some Texas Tech faculty members took a trip through time to recount their memories of the day that changed the course of history forever. Bill Dean, an associate professor at Tech and executive vice president of the Tech Alumni Association, was teaching journalism at Lubbock High School on Nov. 22, 1963. One of Dean’s students had a habit of returning to class late from lunch, he said, and this day was not an exception. “I said, ‘Well what’s your excuse today?’” Dean said, “and she said, ‘The president’s been shot.’ And I thought, ‘That’s different.’” The news was confirmed when he walked down to the hall and found a group of people huddled around a television set, he said. Students and faculty were allowed to listen to the radio coverage in class the rest of the day, Dean said, and after attending a prayer service later that night, he carried his television to a friend’s apartment so they could watch the news together. His first emotion after hearing the news was one of disbelief, he said. “And, you know, and then one of great sorrow,” Dean said. “I did not vote for John Kennedy, but he was our president, and I admired him, and it’s just a tragedy when something like that happens.” He remembers seeing images of Lee Harvey Oswald’s capture and amateur video of Kennedy being shot shown on the news, he said. The three operating television networks stopped all regular programming for four days
to cover the event, Dean said, and the coverage was intense. “I think, you know, what we feel like, is that this represented a big turning point for television — television news,” he said, “because of the intense coverage and the way they covered it. From that point on, I think news on television was given a higher priority than it had been before that.” Although Dean had access to full media coverage, Don Haragan, a Tech professor and president emeritus, said he did not. In 1963, Haragan was a research scientist for the Balcones Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin and was making upper-atmosphere observations at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico at the time of Kennedy’s assassination. “The first thing we knew,” he said, “we were told that the base was closed, and that no one was coming in or going out. Of course at that time no one had any idea whether there was a conspiracy attached to the assassination or what was going on, and we had very little information except we were told that the president had been shot.” The base stayed closed all day, and it wasn’t until later that evening that they were able to watch any news coverage, Haragan said. Kennedy’s assassination left many people with questions as to the reasoning behind his shooting and what was in store for the nation, he said. KENNEDY continued on Page 3 ➤➤
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TOP: THREE-YEAR-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father’s casket in Washington on Nov. 25, 1963, three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. Widow Jacqueline Kennedy, center, and daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompanied by the late president’s brothers Sen. Edward Kennedy, left, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. RIGHT: PRESIDENT JOHN F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963. In the car riding with Kennedy are Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, left, and her husband, Gov. John Connally of Texas.
SGA Senate hosts final meeting, passes multiple resolutions By CHELSEA GRUNDEN Staff Writer
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The Student Government Association introduced 21 resolutions in its last Senate meeting of the semester Thursday. The amount of legislation introduced was the most Internal Vice President Jill Berger had ever seen in one meeting, she said. “There was a lot of pieces,” she said, “a lot of information coming through and we definitely worked together thinking always about what our constituents would want.” Of the 21 proposals, three dealt with the addition of new 30-minute limited parking spaces around campus. Resolutions 49.40,
49.41 and 49.42, which were all approved by the Senate to pass, stated their sentiments for adding the spaces to the Coleman/ Weymouth/Chitwood complex, the Stangel/ Murdough complex and outside the Rawls College of Business. Sen. Vincent Tordesillas, who proposed the resolutions to the Senate, said the additional parking spaces in each location would help ease commuters’ struggles with parking. He said in the case of Rawls College of Business, he saw visitor parking misused multiple times, and the implementation of 30-minute parking would lessen the problem. “I think the 30-minute parking in the dorms, written by Sen. Tordesillas, was very important,” Sen. Jameson Tomlin, rules and
administration chairman, said. “I think that was one of the most important resolutions tonight.” Bill 49.04, which passed with 100 percent approval, concerned the allocation of seats in the Senate for next year’s session as required by the Senate Reapportionment Act of 2012, according to the bill. The bill explained how seats are yearly allocated by a formula based on enrollment. Under the formula and the released enrollment of colleges, the College of Agriculture Science and Natural Resources will be allocated three seats, the College of Architecture will be allocated two seats, the College of Arts and Sciences will be
allocated 13 seats and the Rawls College of Business Administration be allocated six seats. Based on the formula, the College of Education will be allocated two seats, the Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. College of Engineering will be allocated seven seats, the Honors college will be allocated two seats, the College of Human Sciences will be allocated four seats and the College of Media and Communication will be allocated three seats. Interdisciplinary Studies will be allocated five seats, the College of Visual and Performing Arts will be allocated two seats, the Law School will be allocated two seats and the Graduate School will be allocated nine seats.
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Hands of Hope gives back through donations By TYLER DORNER
curred for the last two or three years. There is one drive during the winter and one during the spring around April and May, she said, so needs are met for winter items and summer items during the spring drive. The intent is to bring awareness to a week without violence in October, Earl said. The drive is a way for students to give back to the community and show their concern for victims of violence and abuse. People can donate a variety of
Texas Tech students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to help those in need this semester. The Tech Women’s Studies Program is participating in the Hands of Hope collection drive to aid women and children in need. Tricia Earl, the unit coordinator and adviser for women’s studies at Tech, said the drive has been going on since October and ends Dec. 13. The collection drive has oc-
items to the women’s studies office in Doak Hall in Room 125. Things such as toiletry items, kitchen items, books for children as holiday gifts, gloves and scarves are all accepted, she said. “This is one way to kind of show how you can be an advocate,” Earl said, “and you can act by donating and helping.” Women’s Protective Services serves more than 3,000 clients in 12 West Texas communities, she said, and was founded in 1978. Steven Garcia, the coordina-
tor of community communication and outreach services at Women’s Protective Services, said Tech has stepped up by being proactive and providing items for women and children in need. Some of the children have nothing but a backpack, Garcia said. Women’s Protective Services strives to provide families a temporary relief from the stress that comes with getting other items. “I can’t overstate how important it is from Tech and the community at large that they really
step up and help our ladies at their lowest point,” he said. A lot of the families don’t have the means to provide for their children, Garcia said. “That is where the people of Lubbock come in and help,” he said. “If that help weren’t available, the families wouldn’t have more than just basic needs like food and shelter.” Tech and the women’s studies office saw that students wanted to help and make a difference, Earl said. The women’s studies office
acts as a middleman for those students as they drop off items in the office and give it to Women’s Protective Services. Those participating in the collection drive want to continue to help and give students a way to branch out and help off campus, she said. Garcia said women’s studies is focused on empowering women, which is something that is important to those at Women’s Protective Services. ➤➤email@example.com
Veteran, astronaut passes along life lessons during lecture By JOSE SOSA
about World War I and II sparked his desire to join the military later in life. He said growing up in a space race era influenced his dream to become an astronaut one day. At the age of 10, Mullane flew in an airplane, but it was a bittersweet experience. He was riding in a military airplane because his father, along with other wounded warriors, was being transported back to the United States.
Colonel and astronaut Mike Mullane was the guest speaker for the last session of the lecture series hosted by The Vietnam Center and Archive. The lecture was 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lanier Auditorium in the Texas Tech School of Law. Mullane said some of the stories his father and grandfather told him
“I’ll never forget that plane ride,” Mullane said. He graduated from high school in New Mexico and ended up attending West Point Academy. He joked how he barely got into the academy. “I grew up in a very patriotic time,” he said. After graduating from the academy in 1967, he joined the military to fight in the Vietnam War. He served as a weapons systems
operator and completed 134 missions in Southern Vietnam. He said some of the lessons he learned in Vietnam were tenacity, to face mortality, and concentration under amounts of pressure. Mullane said looking back, the war could have been avoided or at least shortened — which taught him another lesson. “Don’t put blind trust in politicians, “he said. In 1978, Mullane was selected
among the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He served as a mission specialist for three space missions, according to the program handed out for the lecture. He described his experiences and the effects no gravity has on the human physiology. He described how mundane tasks such as sleeping and eating can prove to be difficult in space. In 1990, he retired from both NASA and Air Force. Since his retirement, Mullane
has written books, such as the popular children’s book “Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream,” according to the program. To end the lecture, he commended the people at the Vietnam Center and Archive for their efforts to digitize history and make it available to the public. “I really salute the folks at the archive for what they are doing,” he said. ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
SGA Senate reflects on accomplishments during final meeting of semester By CHELSEA GRUNDEN
of its visibility success to the implementation of mobile offices, allowing senators representing different colleges to speak one-on-one with their constituents. The Senate keeps a record of all of the comments it receives at the mobile offices, which amounts to more than 600 suggestions, Berger said. She said these suggestions help the senators make legislation more relevant to the student body. “It’s definitely very great for
The Student Government Association hosted its last senate meeting of the semester Thursday night, bringing an end to a successful semester, Internal Vice President Jill Berger said. Berger said the semester was a success for all of SGA, especially in its transparency with the students across campus. She attributes some
the senators to look back and see what the constituents are wanting and for them to write effective legislation,” she said. “I think that is why we had so many go through because they’re actually speaking and hearing students’ concerns instead of having to think of random legislation that they don’t really know what to write.” Senator Jameson Tomlin, rules and administration chairman, said this year was more positive for
2:04 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for possession of a controlled substance following an investigation in reference to possible drug possession at Horn Residence Hall. The student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. 5:35 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries in the R-7 parking lot. 8:33 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a burglary of a motor vehicle in the C-1 parking lot. After the driver’s side window was
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“As the rules and administration chairman, I got to sit and see a lot of things that were negative last year and prior years,” he said. “I really think we’ve overcome a lot of obstacles while making a lot of headway, especially in the areas of our PR and our outreach in organizations.” This year also marked the beginning of SGA Week, which Berger said she hopes will be an ongoing tradition. Because of the
success of the week, she said next semester SGA will plan an SGA Day. “I think this semester we definitely increased our visibility,” Berger said. “I hope that if any student were still to wonder what SGA does or who we are that it is very easy for them to find out because we are very available and active in the community of Texas Tech.” ➤➤email@example.com
Solemn events to mark JFK’s assassination
POLICE BLOTTER Wednesday 9:59 a.m. — A Texas Tech officer investigated a theft on the east bicycle rack of Coleman Residence Hall. A BMX bicycle was taken. 1:05 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries in which an unattended vehicle was struck in the C-1 parking lot. 1:19 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries in which an unattended vehicle was struck in the C-11 parking lot.
SGA. He said the organization is doing a phenomenal job in hearing what Tech students have to say, as well as communicating back. Among all of the resolutions the Senate has produced this semester, Tomlin said he thinks the internal work produced has been positive and for the benefit of SGA. He said not only will it benefit the senators and SGA as a whole this year, but also for years to come.
broken, someone rummaged through the vehicle, but left without stealing any items. 9:18 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a burglary of a motor vehicle in the R-15 parking lot. A parking pass was stolen from the vehicle after the driver’s side window was broken. 11:01 p.m. — A Tech officer investigated a traffic accident without injuries in the 400 block of Tech Parkway. 11:27 p.m. — A Tech officer arrested a student for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in the 1800 block of Boston Ave. A student passenger was issued a Lubbock County citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released. The student was transported to the Lubbock County Jail. The vehicle was released to a passenger. Thursday 1:28 a.m. — A Tech officer investigated criminal mischief at Hulen Residence Hall. The front side of a Powerade machine was damaged. Information provided by B.J. Watson of the Texas Tech Police Department.
DALLAS (AP) — Loose gatherings of the curious and conspiracyminded at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza have marked past anniversaries of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, featuring everything from makeshift memorials to marching drummers to discussions about who else might have been in on the killing. But in the place where the president’s motorcade passed through and shots rang out on Nov. 22, 1963, a solemn ceremony on the 50th anniversary of his death designed to avoid such distractions will include brief remarks by the mayor and the tolling of church bells. It’s an approach that will be mirrored Friday in Boston, where the JFK Library and Museum will open a small exhibit of never-beforedisplayed items from Kennedy’s state funeral and host a musical tribute that will be closed to the public, and in Washington, where President Barack Obama will meet privately at the White House with leaders and volunteers from the Kennedyestablished Peace Corps program. “It’s 50 years later and it’s also a moment to look forward to the future,” said Thomas Putnam, executive director of the library, which usually doesn’t observe the anni-
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a media bus several vehicles behind the presidential limousine. After the gunshots, he watched as the vehicle carrying the president and wounded governor sped away. Read released a book this year recounting his experience and has attended several of the events, which he called cathartic. “Even though there are all those melancholy thoughts, the way it’s shaping up ... gives me more of a comfort than any time since 1963,” said Read, who will return to Dealey Plaza on Friday. John Judge, executive director of the Coalition on Political Assassinations, first came to Dealey Plaza to mark the fifth anniversary of JFK’s death in 1968. Judge’s group, which believes Kennedy’s death was part of a conspiracy, usually gathers on the plaza’s “grassy knoll” for a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m. Since it’ll be blocked off this year, Judge says he’s reached a “livable” agreement with the city in which they’ll gather a few blocks away and move to the plaza after the official ceremony ends. The group has made T-shirts for the occasion with the slogan, “50 years in denial is enough” and an image like that of Kennedy on the half-dollar coin, except with a bullet hole in his head and blood.
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versary. “We want our tone to be respectful and we want it to have a certain reverence, but we also want it to be hopeful and end on this notion of what JFK stood for.” The committee convened by current Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to plan the city’s event wanted to focus “in a positive way more on the legacy of President Kennedy,” said Ron Kirk, a former mayor and member of the panel. About 5,000 tickets were issued for the free ceremony in Dealey Plaza, which is flanked by the Texas School Book Depository building where sniper Lee Harvey Oswald perched on the sixth floor in 1963. Friday’s event will include readings from the president’s speeches by author David McCullough. In a nod to Kennedy’s military service, the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform and there will be an Air Force flyover. A moment of silence will be held at 12:30 p.m., when the president was shot. There was no shortage of events in Dallas this year marking the anniversary, including panels with journalists and others who witnessed the events of the day, special concerts and museum exhibits. As press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally, Julian Read was in
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tems analysts start fixing troubled websites by addressing the glitches they can see. But based on his analysis of the site, he believes the ongoing repairs are likely to reveal even deeper problems, making it tough to predict when all the site’s issues will be resolved. “Will it eventually work? Yes, because they have to make it work,” he says. But it’ll be very expensive.” Curtis and other technology executives say the site’s problems are the result of poor management of its many working parts. They also believe, as Congressional testimony has revealed, the site suffered from a lack of testing once all its systems were in place. The federal health insurance exchange website —which cost taxpayers more than $600 million to build, according to the Government Accountability Office— has been crippled by technical problems since its Oct. 1 launch.
Kennedy’s death for years and still do to a certain extent. Many Americans, and even citizens of other countries, saw Kennedy as a symbol of youth and
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“Personally, I liked Kennedy,” Haragan said. “I thought he was a good president — doing a good job, so from that standpoint it was not a pleasant experience. But I guess the big thing was how far does this go? And, of course, there were all sorts of stories about what might have happened.” Jim Brink, a Tech asBILL DEAN sociate professor of honors ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR studies, was a freshman at AND EXECUTIVE VP the University of Kansas at TTU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION the time of Kennedy’s assassination. He was informed of the shooting by his peers, he said. hope, Brink said, and when he was “All these people were walk- assassinated that hope seemed to be ing towards us,” Brink said, “there extinguished. were about three of us walking, I “I think one of the most poiremember, and they were crying. I gnant scenes I remember,” Brink mean everyone was crying. We said, said, “was the scene on the airplane ‘What happened?’ And that’s when when the vice president, now we got the news.” president (Lyndon B. Johnson) was Because the shooting occurred standing on the plane and took the in Dallas, he said many people as- oath of office with Jackie standsociated the city with the stigma of ing next to him wearing the same
That was 50 years ago and I still remember it pretty well.
clothes all covered with blood.” The nation was in a state of shock and dismay, he said, and he wasn’t able to grasp what had happened until he saw the funeral on national television with thousands of mourners in attendance. Dean said the fact Kennedy was young, handsome and confident made him a very popular president, even though he had some transgressions. “He kind of charmed the press and charmed the public that his administration was referred to as ‘Camelot,’” Dean said. “We know now, of course, that he had a few indiscretions, but that was completely ignored by the press. That probably wouldn’t happen today, but it was a different day and a different time.” Today marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, but Dean said his memory of that day always will be vivid. “I remember almost everything that happened from that point on through the next few days,” Dean said. “It just leaves an indelible impression in your mind, and that was 50 years ago and I still remember it pretty well.” ➤➤firstname.lastname@example.org
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DESMOND BURNETT, A freshman petroleum engineering major from Houston, and Tiffani Blackwood, a freshman biology major from Washington D.C. decorate holiday ornaments at the Tech Activity Board's Make Your Own Ornament event Thursday in the Student Union Building.
Activists walk out of UN climate talks WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of environmental activists walked out of U.N. climate talks on Thursday, saying they were deeply disappointed by the lack of results with just one day remaining. Wearing “Polluters talk, we walk” T-shirts, the activists streamed out of Warsaw’s National Stadium, where rich and poor countries were arguing over who should do what to fight global warming. The two-week session in the Polish capital was never expected to produce any big decisions or breakthroughs, but the protesters said in a statement that the talks were “on track to
deliver virtually nothing.” Negotiations have been bogged down by disputes over financing to help poor countries develop their economies in a cleaner way than the West did and cope with rising sea levels, desertification and other impacts of global warming. Meanwhile, emerging economies including China and Brazil appeared to resist a European push for setting a 2014 deadline for when countries should put forth commitments for a new climate agreement, which is supposed to be adopted a year later. The level of progress is seen as a possible indicator of the world’s chances of reaching a deal in 2015. That’s the new watershed year in
the U.N.-led process after a 2009 summit in Copenhagen ended in discord. “If we go with the spirit of the lack of urgency that we see in these talks, we are headed for another disaster in Paris in 2015 and we need to avert it at all cost,” Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo told The Associated Press.
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PHOTO COURTESY OF ASSOCIATED PRESS TWO UNIDENTIFIED WOMEN burst into tears outside Parkland Hospital on hearing that President John F. Kennedy died from the bullet fired by an assassin while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963. Gov. John Connally of Texas also was shot and in serious condition.
Beaujolais vineyards aim to be more than ‘Nouveau’
PARIS (AP) — The wine world’s best-known party is beginning — the ritual uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau every November. That’s both a curse and a blessing for the famed French region and its lesser-known yet finer wines. Beaujolais Nouveau is easy to drink, but everything a fine wine is not: young, poor in tannins and not suited to storage. It’s partially because new wines could never hope to stir the imagination the way that the great wines of Bordeaux or Champagne do that the makers of Beaujolais Nouveau resorted to what has become a hugely successful marketing campaign. It’s an operation “to bring value to a wine that is not part of the mythology of French wines,” said Serge Michels, vice president of Proteines, an agribusiness consultancy. And so, as they do every year, bars and wine shops the world over uncorked the first bottles of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau at midnight on Wednesday. What started as the very first chance to taste a given year’s wine in Paris years ago has led to parties as far away as Japan and the United States. “The party has started,” said Bernard Rogue-Bouge as the new wine flowed from a barrel in his Au Petit Chavignol Restaurant in Paris. “Cheers! To the Beaujolais!”
Speed is part of its mystique. Beaujolais Nouveau is typically flown to its customers, while other wines travel by ship. Wineries that make Beaujolais Nouveau export a larger proportion of their wine than any other producer in France, sending about 47 percent of their harvest abroad every year. The biggest market is Japan, which drank nearly 9 million bottles of it last year and which also typically has the privilege of uncorking their bottles before anyone else. The U.S. downed more than 2 million bottles in 2012. The campaign has been so successful that growers of finer wines in Beaujolais, just north of the eastern French city of Lyon, wondering if they’ve created a monster that is obscuring everything else they do. Beaujolais’ nouveau wines make up about a third of the wine produced in the region each year. “Beaujolais represents only 0.3 percent of the land under cultivation for wine ... and yet it’s one of the most well-known wines in the entire world,” said Jean Bourjade of the professional association of Beaujolais growers, Inter Beaujolais. “(That’s) thanks to Beaujolais Nouveau. No one regrets that.” But “it’s the tree that hides the forest,” he lamented. Beaujolais Nouveau is the best known of a series of “vins de
primeur” — wines that have a short fermentation period and are generally fruity and easy to drink but have a short shelf life. By French government decree, they cannot be sold before the third Thursday in November. But the rise of wines from the Southern Hemisphere has taken away a bit of that novelty, since harvests there are earlier in the year and they can claim the title of first-to-market in any given year. Plus the traditional flurry around the wines has led to some excesses, Bourjade admits. “Everyone wanted it, so certainly at some point — it was 20 or 30 years ago — we made too much. And it’s true at that time, there were problems of quality,” he said. But Bourjade said winegrowers have since reorganized and recommitted to quality, and they now produce less than half the nouveau wine they did at the peak in the 1990s. Still, the wine has at best a mediocre reputation in France, where it is notorious for delivering vicious hangovers and considered the stuff of student parties, not fancy soirees. Bourjade said winegrowers are trying to turn that reputation around — and are trying to work their marketing magic on the region’s higher-end vineyards that make non-nouveau, cru wines.
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force, which the government in Kabul currently cannot afford. The deal, according to the text, would take effect on Jan. 1, 2015 and ‘shall remain in force until the end of 2024 and beyond.’” This is an unacceptable time frame — another 10 years added to what already is one of the longest wars in U.S. history. This is not the time frame Americans who voted for Obama expected. This is not to say al-Qaida may not continue to be a deadly vexation, but 2024 is too far away for a big military operation. The young warriors fighting in that war were born after the fateful day of 9/11. They’ll still be unsafe from the conflict that started before their birth. This is not the standard we
To continue a fullscale war would show the U.S. military as weak and unable to defeat its enemy.
(ANSF), so that Afghanistan can independently secure and defend itself against internal and external threats, and help ensure that terrorists never again encroach on Afghan soil and threaten Afghanistan, the region, and the world.” If this sounds familiar — it is, mirroring the image of the carnage left by the Iraq war. This type of spending is untenable. The U.S. is too busy racking up deficits in so many areas outside the defense budget and then adding to the tidy sum we spend on defense. Not to mention, at this rate, with skirmishes or possible ones with Syria, Egypt and Libya in just this past year, how many more endless or temporary wars will happen between now and 2024? They all cost quite a bit of cash from the U.S. coffers, which are drying up. The president has a responsibility — and it’s an immense responsibility — both to keep the country safe and to spend U.S. lives and livelihoods (money) conscientiously. He made a promise he was going to end these conflicts, and it’s our job to make sure he follows through with the promises that earned him the election. Sigler is a senior journalism major from Goshen, Ind. ➤➤ firstname.lastname@example.org
Equality requires balance, not reverse discrimination By PHIL BROWN
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Sexism, racism and any other unjust discrimination are ugly realities. No one can reasonably say — even in today’s age — that these are merely unpleasant memories. The truth of the matter is, there are still those out there who view others as intrinsically lesser because of gender, skin color and a host of other personal or outward descriptions. The response to these unfair attitudes has been getting better. No longer can employers legally pick and choose their employees or customers based on these arbitrary distinctions. No longer can violent acts committed in hate of a particular type of person go unseen in the eyes of the law for what they really are. Among personal beliefs, things are hopefully getting better as well. There are undoubtedly still offensive beliefs that fly in the face of reason and acceptances of shamefully prejudiced comments or jokes, but these are not the all-pervading, mean spirited forms such hostilities used to take. With these lingering attitudes, there have rightly been countless campaigns to raise discrimination awareness and to fight for equality in work, politics and nearly every sphere of life. Some of these campaigns, however, end up fighting battles for unequal treatment in their greater search for equality. One of these groups is the well-respected Women in Politics Foundation. Its ultimate goal of seeing “greater parity with women occupying at least 50 percent of all national and statewide
The minority actually has some power. It keeps the majority from having tyrannical control over the entire government. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor said, “This institution was designed to protect — not stamp out — the voices of the minority.” The Democrats may be OK with this now, since they have the power, but what will happen when the tables are turned? I would be willing to bet that at some point in the future, Republicans will have control of the White House and the Senate, and Democrats will be whining about how the lack of a filibuster over nominations is unfair. This move makes the 2014 midterm elections even more important. If the Democrats are able to retain control of the Senate, they, along with Obama, will have two full years of unchallenged power. No party deserves that kind of power. The American political system was designed the way it was for a reason. The filibuster rule acts as a check on the power of the majority in the Senate, and we all know about the importance of checks and balances. This move will only serve to further deepen the political divide in the country. Instead of working together, the parties have resorted to nearly every other possibility in the book. The Democrats, yet again, are trying to avoid negotiation and compromise, which are essential to democracy. This is yet another reason to vote Republican in 2014, on top of the numerous scandals and the disastrous Obamacare rollout that plague the Democrats. At the very least, we should remove the Democrats’ hold on the Senate to ensure Obama doesn’t have the ability to act as a king, which is what he really wants after all.
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elective offices in the near future.” Sounds wonderful. It only stands to reason that if over 50 percent of our populace is female, we should expect nothing less than 50 percent of our elected representative to also be female, right? Unfortunately for the foundation, that is not how our system of government works. We i n t h e United States have what are called singlemember districts, meaning that all of the people of a certain geographical area vote for their representative(s). We do not assign political office based upon the proportions at which various groups are found in our electorate. Before you get any ideas otherwise, I am not suggesting that women (or any other historically discriminated group) cannot make effective politicians. Many people of every race, gender and creed can and do represent their fellow citizens perfectly well. What I am suggesting is that it is wrong to have any bias toward one gender (or race, religion, etc.) over another. To their credit and to the credit of groups like theirs, the foundation is clear that they are supporting qualified women. However, the very idea that there is some quota which must be filled before equality is
achieved is itself a discriminatory view. Real equality does not necessitate a direct correlation between the demographics of every career or every political body and the demographic splits of our nation on average. What is far more important is an equality of opportunity (hence that oft-repeated line “[company name] is an equal opportunity employer”). The problems with not engaging in discriminatory aid to those who are already at a disadvantage are clear, however. It is a selfperpetuating cycle that advantages certain groups, telling them and all others that they are better able or just plain better. When the prophecy usually comes true, it is monumentally difficult to overcome and change societal expectations. These kinds of changes, when not accompanied by “reverse discrimination” are maddeningly slow. They are also real. If it was somehow magically decided that in the next round of national and statewide elections, half of the winning candidates would be female, would that, in and of itself, mean that we were now a nation of gender equality? Of course not. While there is something to be said for people
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want to set a precedent for. To continue a full-scale war would show the U.S. military as weak and unable to defeat its enemy, or it could damage the military to the point of reasonable control. The U.S. should be able to use intelligence and single operations to deal with al-Qaida at this point, instead of staying in Afghanistan for a full-scale operation. This war also brings a steep price tag. According to the NBC news article, it will cost billions of dollars, of course coming from taxpayer money until the Afghan country is able to pay for its own defense, which is a big question mark. According to the document as stated by NBC News, “so long as the strategic partnership agreement so provides, the United States shall have an obligation to seek funds on a yearly basis to support the training, equipping, advising and sustaining of the Afghan National Security Forces
enate Democrats completed an unprecedented power grab Thursday as they voted to amend the Senate’s filibuster rules. The minority party now loses the right to filibuster most judicial and executive nominations, with the exception of Supreme Court nominations, according to a CNN article. This move, which bucks more than 200 years of tradition, comes in response to President Barack Obama being frustrated with Senate Republicans continually blocking his nominations. I guess Obama’s just tired of the democratic process. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the quarterback of the effort, was quoted as saying, “It’s time to change the Senate before this institution becomes obsolete.” This shows how little respect Democrats have for the American political process. They can’t stand those stupid, racist Republicans getting in their way, so they find any way possible to circumvent democracy and grab more power. They didn’t even have their entire party on board for this disgrace. The motion narrowly passed by a vote of 5248, with three Democrats joining every Republican in voting down the measure. T h e move may very well open up a can of worms the Democrats moved too hastily to foresee. The change now means that if a party has control of both the White House and the Senate, as the Democrats do now, it will have absolutely no opposition when making nominations of federal judges and presidential cabinet positions. Previously, 60 votes were needed to overcome the filibuster. Now with the change, a simple majority will suffice. This, in effect, silences the minority in the Senate when it comes to nominations. The Democrats obviously wanted this so Emperor Obama can nominate whomever he wants to these positions without the Republicans getting in his way. If he wants to nominate a Marxist, race-baiting nutjob to a federal bench seat, nothing can stop him. The filibuster is one of the reasons the Senate is unique.
hen President Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he made promises he was going to curb military usage, namely ending the war in Iraq and steadily leading to a decline in the Afghanistan conflict. To his credit, the Iraq war is over, but what about Afghanistan, the legitimate war in which the terrorists who attacked the U.S. were from? During the past few years coverage of the war has decreased as has the fight, but new evidence suggests the fracas may not end soon. According to nbcnews.com, there is a 25-page document between the U.S. and Afghanistan, in which there are plans to keep the U.S. engaged with Afghanistan for years and billions of dollars to come, the goal being that the U.S. needs involvement in Afghanistan to continue taking care of the threat of al-Qaida. According to the article, “Afghanistan would allow Washington to operate military bases to train Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaida after the current mission ends in 2014. For that foothold in this volatile mountain region wedged between Pakistan and Iran, the United States would agree to sustain and equip Afghanistan’s large security
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becoming accustomed to such changes only after they actually occur, our gender issues go deeper. Valiant though the various works of advocacy groups everywhere are, the only way to real equality is for each equality revolution to be an organic, natural process. If it seems like such a landscape will never come, then we have more in common with our ancestors than we may think. How incomprehensible would it have been for women who had just received the right to vote in 1920 that their daughters and granddaughters would make up almost 20 percent of our national Legislature? How ludicrous would it seem to those just removed from the shackles of American slavery that a mixed-race man would ever become president of the United States? In an example that might very well come to fruition in the near future, it would be wrong to vote for a presidential candidate just because he is male. Under an assumption of equality, it would be just as wrong to vote for one merely because she is female. It is good that many of us want to assist and bolster equality efforts in our country; that is a certainly an admirable and worthwhile ambition. However, every chance for equality needs balance. If historically discriminatory attitudes are on one side of equality, it can be tempting to jump as far to the other side as possible in a wild attempt at equilibrium. Instead of giving in to that temptation, real advancement is best served by staying the middle course, slowly but surely drawing others into the same fine line of equality. 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 dailytoreador@ ttu.edu 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 Media and Communication. Responsibility for the editorial content of the newspaper lies with the student editors.
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Tech baseball reveals new class of recruits and Mississippi. Tech coach Tim Tadlock said both recruiting classes he signed consisted of players who will be able to help out the team and the coaching staff is excited about the future of the program. “Each year we keep attracting players that are a little more ready to step in right away,” Tadlock said. “If that keeps happening we really like the way it looks on pa-
The Texas Tech baseball program announced that 12 players signed their letters of intent to play for the Red Raiders in the fall during the early signing period, according to a news release. The recruiting class includes four pitchers, three infielders, two outfielders and three twoway players. Nine of the players are from Texas, and there also are players from New York, Ohio
per for the next couple of years.” The four pitchers who said they want to play at Tech are ranked in the top 20 of high school left-handed pitchers in the state of Texas. Other highlights of the class are the No. 8 ranked preparatory outfielder in Texas and the No. 2 ranked outfielder in the state of Mississippi. Tadlock said the Red Raiders’ ability to attract top pitching re-
cruits is mainly because of pitching coach Ray Hayward. “To be able to add 12 guys to our team with the makeup and character of this group will keep our program on the path to Omaha,” he said. “This group of pitchers is a compliment to coach Ray Hayward and the reputation that comes with having one of the best on our coaching staff.” Several of the recruits passed
on other Big 12 Conference schools such as Oklahoma, Texas and TCU. Some of the recruits may have a chance to play Major League Baseball after the spring season, but Tadlock thinks these 12 players know how valuable education and their experience at Tech will be. “Many of these young men will have the opportunity to play
professionally after the upcoming spring and we feel like this group consists of families that understand the value of their education and are committed to putting Texas Tech baseball on the map nationally, again,” Tadlock said. “They are all aware that the three or four years they spend in Lubbock will be some of the best times of their lives.” ➤➤email@example.com
Former Tech guard Lady Raider golf adds three signees signs with LSU Former Texas Tech guard Josh Gray signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Louisiana State Tigers beginning in the 2014-2015 season. The Lake Charles, La., native will return to his home state to complete his collegiate basketball career. Gray averaged 9.3 points, three assists, two steals, two rebounds and three turnovers for the Red Raiders last season. He played in 31 games for former interim coach Chris Walker and shot 36 percent from the field, 19 percent from the 3-point line and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line. Since leaving Tech, Gray has flourished while playing for Odessa College, a member
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Tech athletes named to Academic All-Big 12 teams Nine Texas Tech athletes were placed on the Big 12 Conference’s Academic All-Big 12 football teams for the 2013 season. To qualify for the teams, players must have participated in at least 60 percent of their sport’s scheduled contests and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. The GPA is either cumulative or accrued during the previous two semesters. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible for consideration for the list. Tech has six players earning first-team honors, which means they maintained a GPA of 3.20 or better.
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The Texas Tech women’s golf team announced that three golfers from the 2014 class signed their national letters of intent Thursday. Lady Raiders coach JoJo Robertson announced the signing of Gabby Barker, Kamryn Cummings and Madeline Davis, who signed during the early NCAA signing period. Robertson said the signees are exactly what she was looking for and that she is excited to have them start working with the team. “I am really looking forward to having our three new players join our program,” Robertson said in a news release. “All three of them are exactly the type of
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The Texas Tech basketball team won its second straight game and improved to 4-1 after defeating the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 6854 on Thursday night in the United Spirit Arena. Junior forward Jordan Tolbert led all scorers with a season-high 19 points and shot 8-13 from the field. Tech was dominant in the paint, outscoring South Dakota State 34-16 in the paint. Tolbert said the team did a good job executing its strategy. “That was the game plan,” he said. “Try to go inside and get easy baskets.” The 6 foot 7 inch junior also made his first career 3-pointer against the Jackrabbits. He finished the game 2-3 from deep and said it will help give him assurance for the upcoming games. “I’m glad that I hit one,” he said.
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Smith said the basket from Hannahs came at a crucial time and he likes the way his players stay calm even in tight situations. “Shot selection becomes critical,” he said. “Dusty is a very good shooter. He didn’t get many good looks; I thought their length took away a lot of his looks. That shot was huge, it broke the momentum they had. “Guys are not panicking and that’s what I’m appreciating. I have confidence in them and I like to see that they have the confidence to step up and take those big shots. That’s going to be big for us going forward.” Hannahs finished the game with 12 points, shooting 9-9 from the freethrow line, pushing his streak to 15 made free throws in a row. The Red Raider defense was coming off a record tying night with 12 blocks in their last game against Texas Southern and continued good defensive play with 10 steals against the Jackrabbits. Although senior forward Kader
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“It gives me a lot of confidence and it makes me comfortable, so I’ll shoot a lot more during the season.” Tech leads the all-time series with South Dakota State, improving to 3-0 after tonight. The Red Raiders never trailed against the Jackrabbits, a team who is the defending back-to-back Summit League Champions. Tech coach Tubby Smith said he was pleased with the overall performance on the night. “It’s good to be 4-1,” he said. “Things that we have emphasized, I think (the team) grasped that and I thought we saw that execution on the court tonight.” The Red Raiders kept the Jackrabbits to 18-53 from the floor and 6-29 from 3-point land. Although Tech led the entire game, South Dakota State cut the lead to six in the second half before sophomore guard Dusty Hannahs answered with a big 3-pointer, his only made shot of the game.
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COLLEGE STATION (AP) — No. 9 Texas A&M and 18th-ranked LSU had a fierce rivalry when the schools met each year from 19861995. The rivalry has been renewed now that they’re both in the Southeastern Conference, though most of the players are too young to remember a time when their schools played annually. Quarterback Johnny Manziel wasn’t yet 2 years old when the Aggies visited Death Valley in 1994. “For our current roster, last time we went over there, these guys were just born,” A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Everybody remembers this used to be a heck of a battle; these guys have never been over there unless they came on a visit. It’s a little bit different for our current players than it is maybe for former students and fans. That was 18 years ago.” LSU leads the series 28-20-3 and got a 24-19 win last season in College Station. The Aggies have won
in their last two trips to LSU, but haven’t had a win in the series since a victory at home in 1995. Sumlin thinks it will probably take a while for this to regain the feel of a true rivalry game. “For it to feel like a rivalry to a player, you’ve got to play those guys a couple times,” Sumlin said. “I have a feeling that once we get in that stadium they’ll figure out what kind of atmosphere we’re playing in and what kind of rivalry it is.” Many of the current Aggies are aware of the competition between these teams in the 1980s and ‘90s, but they know little about the long history between these teams. They first met in 1899 and their longest stretch of yearly meetings came when they met annually from 1960-75. That’s a span the Aggies would probably like to forget as the Tigers won 12 of those games and the teams played to a tie in 1966. Running back Ben Malena
doesn’t need to know any of the history between these teams to know that this is a big game. “LSU isn’t a hard game to get hyped up for,” he said. “Rivalries are made up on the outside, what the fans and people say. At the end of the day, if you don’t put your best foot forward, no matter who you’re playing, you’re going to lose. You have to play every game like it’s a rivalry game.” LSU cornerback Jalen Mills, who grew up in Texas, knows the Aggies will be in for a wild atmosphere when they face the crowd on Saturday. “Our fans are like no other,” he said. “It doesn’t get better than Death Valley. Any games — night, day game — those guys are rooting for us all the way and they have our back until the clock says zero.” Saturday’s game will be Texas A&M’s first away from home since Oct. 12. They go into the contest with a 10-game road winning streak,
the Aggies’ longest since they won 11 away from College Station in 1939-40. The Aggies haven’t lost on the road since a 53-50 defeat in four overtimes at Kansas State on Nov. 12, 2011. Receiver Travis Labhart knows that LSU is one of the toughest places to play in the country, but he and his teammates like the challenge of facing a hostile crowd. “They’re rowdy,” he said. “They do a great job of backing their team, and we have the mentality of going in and taking their crowd out of the game, starting fast and getting back to what we’ve been missing the last few weeks. I’m excited to get to go down there.” Next season the Tigers will replace Texas A&M’s greatest rival, Texas, when the teams meet on Thanksgiving at Kyle Field. The Aggies played Texas for years on Thanksgiving as part of a more than century-old rivalry.
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(AP) — Prince Fielder could have vetoed the blockbuster swap of All-Star players that sent him to the Texas Rangers less than two years after signing his big deal with Detroit. The slugging first baseman decided to take the fresh start with a new team. “Obviously, it’s another good
team, “ Fielder said Thursday, a day after being sent to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler. “I didn’t think it was going to be a bad thing and plus, most of all, I thought it was going to be good for everyone. I just wanted everyone to be happy.” Fielder was only two seasons into the $214 million, nine-year contract he signed with Detroit before the
2012 season, when the Rangers were also a suitor. Their offer was nowhere close to what the five-time All-Star got then. While playing all 324 regularseason games for the Tigers the past two seasons, Fielder hit .295 with 55 home runs and 214 RBIs. But his 25 homers this year were his fewest over a full season, and he didn’t drive in
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a run in 11 postseason games before Detroit lost the AL championship series to Boston in six games. “It was cool. The season was fine. It is what it is bro,” Fielder said during a brief conference call with Rangers beat writers. “You can’t take it back. Everything is cool. We got to the playoffs. Unfortunately we didn’t get where we wanted to go.”