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Weekly clinic assists those in need By MICHAEL CANTU News Editor

The face of the indigent has changed dramatically in the United States, and the sector that has seen this shift in recent years is within health care. The rising cost of health care, the reliance on insurance and similar issues have created unfavorable situations for those who fall under the poverty line. Low-income individuals are especially sensitive to small increases, which also

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increase out-of-pocket costs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health care premiums, copays and regular medical fees contribute to the financial burden for those of low socioeconomic status, according to HHS. In some cases, the thought of seeing a doctor for any reason is nearly out of the realm of possibility for individuals and their families. So, in 2009, to combat this issue, the Health Sciences Center School of Medicine started a small program that set out to help those of low socioeconomic status, said Dr. Steven Berk, dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president and provost for HSC. “There had been a lot of student interest in having their own clinic that would serve the homeless and indigent patients,” Berk said. “But, for a variety of reasons it was difficult to set up, and it actually took a year or two of discussion before we were actually able to develop it in 2009.” The Free Clinic, as it is called, was established to help parts of the community that would not be able to afford any type of medical assistance. It gave such people a free option for basic checkups, Berk said. Every Wednesday, the clinic is open from 4-9:30 p.m. at 2707 34th St. Though there are other mechanisms that help with similar issues, students at HSC figured why not do it themselves and establish a more convenient entity within the city, Berk said. So, they opened up a church,

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them and help them get that information and complete those exams,” Meeks said. “And even if it is an exam a student in unfamiliar with, the upper-levels will teach them how to do it, but they won’t do it for them.” The students cap the clinic off at 25 patients a week, but they do have leniency with the people they see and add some here or there, he said. The clinic is not meant to be a medical home, but rather an urgentcare center that addresses people’s problems with somewhat simple solutions. The clinic teaches medical students what poverty in the United States looks like. Meeks said he was fairly surprised to learn how deceptive poverty can be to many people. “They expect it to look like the starving children in Africa with torn clothes, bulging bellies, skeletal limbs and that sort of thing,”

he said. “That’s not what it looks like in America. They have clothes, they have phones, they usually are overweight, if anything, due to various reasons.” It is a lesson in compliance that not everyone can afford proper health and safety precautions, Meeks said. Location, ability to get around town and work schedules complicate the issues many people have medically. The students also find lessons while interacting with people who have far different lifestyles than they do, he said. “It teaches them to have a little bit more empathy, instead of just jumping to, ‘Why aren’t you being more compliant?’” Meeks said. “It instead teaches them to create a dialogue of, ‘What is stopping you from being compliant?’ and ‘What can we do to help you overcome those obstacles?’” @MichaelCantuDT

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For the last 58 years, Toys for Tots has been collecting toys for the needy children in the United States through the Marine Corps Reserve. For the past 11 years, Texas Tech’s Transportation & Parking Services has been a part of that effort. Since its inception, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 351 million toys to 166 million children, according to the organization’s website. It has been successful in

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specialty care.” The clinic operates at a cost of $40,000 per year, Garrett Meeks, a secondyear medical students and student liaison for The Free Clinic, said. This covers costs associated with the pharmaceuticals that are in stock, and it also goes toward paying the professional staff that helps with logistics. Now, the system they used has evolved and become a second classroom for most of the student volunteers and medical students, Meeks said. First- and second-year medicals students see the patients and assess their situations. They get their medical histories and help in physical exams. After that, they are assigned to an upper-level medical student who goes back to the patient and helps complete the needed exams or procedures, he said. “And then they’ll go with

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got some supplies and a few HSC faculty members. The space was provided by Lubbock Impact, a community-outreach ministry that was founded in 2007, he said. “So, there was actually more (medical) students every Wednesday night that we could accommodate in the clinic,” Berk said. “We used to joke that it was probably the only clinic where it was harder for the providers to get in than it was for the patients to get in, because the doors were wide-open for any patient.” Originally, it started out as the Homeless Clinic, but those involved soon discovered there were more people who were down on their luck rather than fully homeless, he said. More of what they saw was working people, who could not afford insurance and had no way of paying for any type of treatment or checkup. There was also no pharmacy in the beginning, and those who visited the clinic had no way of getting good medication, Berk said. Now, the issues have been resolved, and people are directed to places where they can get inexpensive or prestocked medications. Along with the medical school students who help, The Free Clinic has also added pharmacy students to provide oversight on how the drugs are being dispensed, Berk said. “We added social workers, which is a huge positive because very often the patients needed additional g u i d a n c e a b o u t p u r s uing their health care,” he said. “And, we then did some specific projects in

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a toy, however, and those specific details are on Transportation & Parking Services website. The most important thing to highlight, Sonnenberg said, is people can drop off toys at any of the Toys for Tots locations around Lubbock. However, the only way to have a citation dismissed is to bring the it to the Transportation & Parking Services office at southeast corner of 4th Street and Flint Avenue Initially, there were not many students on board with the drive, but as the years went by more people began donating, he said. “Since the inception, I know we’ve raised over $18,500 worth of toys that have got into Toys for Tots and then distributed to local children,” Stacy Stockard, marketing coordinator for Transportation & Parking Services, said. Participating in the drive was rather simple, Sonnenberg said. All the department had to do was call the main Toys for Tots office and ask to be a drop-off location. After it

Parking services information • This is the 58th year for Toys for Tots. • For Parking services this is the 11th year to host their Toys for Tickets drive. • In order to exchange a toy for a parking citiation one must go to their facility with a copy of the receipt and an unwrapped toy. was given official permission, the Toys for Tickets program was developed around that concept. In many instances, it is easy for people to wrap their head around the idea, and they even bring in toys they liked as kids, Stockard said. The staff members have seen everything from Barbie dolls and Legos to a brand-new Easy Bake Oven. “And we also get a lot of those stocking-stuffer type toys: Play-Doe and little-bitty kind of knick-knacks that fit into a stocking,” Sonnenberg said. “That’s important for kids too.” There are no specifications on toys for people to bring in, he said. The drive usually lasts for

about two or three weeks and cuts off around finals week, Stockard said. This year, the drive began Monday and will end at 8 p.m. on Dec. 12., because the toys are due on Dec. 13 for distribution. There are no goals set for this drive, but last year, there were 414 toys donated, which was the highest number of toys received since the program was started, Stockard said. This year, the department hopes to either match or surpass that number. “I think it shows how generous our students here at Tech are and our employees (as well),” she said. “I mean, we even have people just come drop off toys, too.” @MichaelCantuDT

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spreading the spirit of giving, with people all around the country creating their own drop-off locations to contribute to the cause. At Tech, Transportation & Parking Services has taken its own spin on the donation drive, calling it Toys for Tickets. “We just wanted to help out the community. The idea originated as an easy way for the students to get involved in this program,” Lee Sonnenberg, associate director of Transportation & Parking Services, said. “And, it also allows them to have a citation dismissed off of their account with allowing them not to have to pay for it.” In order to have a parking citation dismissed, those with a citation must bring a new, unwrapped toy, or toys, of equal or lesser value to the fine, according to the Transportation & Parking Services website. Along with a toy, the people must also bring the receipt. There are a few citations that cannot be exchanged for

A&M sets unity event during white nationalist’s speech HOUSTON (AP) — Texas A&M University has announced it will hold an event to highlight diversity and unity at the same time a white nationalist is set to speak at the College Station campus in December. The “Aggies United” event was put together after Richard Spencer, who is a leader in the “alt-right,” — a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism — was invited to speak on Dec. 6 by a former student. The unity event will be held at the university’s football stadium and officials expect students, faculty and staff as well as people from the local community to attend, said A&M spokeswoman Amy Smith. Spencer will be speaking at the Memo-

rial Student Center, which is within walking distance of the football stadium. “We’re excited about the event ... because it will really be an opportunity to energize and be unified with our disgust really for this person who is not affiliated with our school,” Smith said. Speakers for the event and other details are still being finalized, she said. Spencer is set to speak at the invitation of the exstudent, Preston Wiginton, who as a member of the public can rent meeting space available on campus. Wiginton has been described as a white power activist by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has previously invited other white nationalists to speak on campus.


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Lubbock police, churches support homeless By REECE NATIONS Staff Writer

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness website, more than 500,000 people were sleeping outside either in a transitional housing program or in a shelter on a typical night in January 2015. In a community like Lubbock, any individual out on the street is never far from a helping hand. Last year, the local population of homeless citizens was approximately 425, said Sgt. Eric Quijaba of the Lubbock Police Department. "It's not a crime to be out on the street," Quijaba said. "In general, homeless people don't really have a reason to trust the police. Usually, when they see us, we're either there to arrest them or make them leave the premises." However, recently LPD has been making strides to develop positive relations with the homeless population, he said. Whenever a call is made regarding an individual who appears to be homeless, the officers do their best to get to know him. The LPD is making a greater effort to refer the homeless community to resources that can help them find food, shelter, clothing and medical treatment at no cost, Quijaba said.

A homeless person in Lubbock can find access to food kitchens, overnight shelters, mental health screenings and addiction treatment resources through cooperation with the local police department. "Regardless of what people think, no one wants to be without a home," Quijaba said. "There are things we can do to make a positive impact in their lives and help them get back on their feet." The worst thing anyone who wants to help a homeless person can do is give him money, he said. This is because many homeless individuals struggle with substance abuse issues and are provided food by local food banks at no cost. LPD receives assistance in aiding the homeless community with the help of local church groups like Carpenter's Church, located at 1916 13th St. At the church, volunteers establish a community the local homeless population can identify with, Jamie Wheeler, community resource assistant for Carpenter's Church, said. "Our goal is to make (homeless people) feel like they belong," Wheeler said. "We're here to provide a family for them if they don’t have one of their own." Carpenter's Church goes above and beyond in terms of providing resources for

those in need. Volunteers provide social support through counseling and drug-abuse treatment; if necessary, they even assist individuals in filling out job applications, Wheeler said. Carpenter's Church also works with other charitable organizations in the community to provide comprehensive assistance to Lubbock's homeless residents. In an average week, the Church supports 100-150 people, she said. "We often coordinate with the Salvation Army and will help transport people to overnight shelters," Wheeler said. "There's no reason to think of a homeless person as a bad person just because of the hand they were dealt, and that's what we wish more people would understand." Ultimately, personal support is the most impactful service provided by the church, she said. The community culture reminds homeless individuals they are useful and matter in the grand scheme of things. "It's important to remember that building a relationship is the key factor in ending homelessness," Wheeler said. "You can give a person food, shelter or clothes, and it won't be as appreciated nearly as much as being their friend will." @ReeceNationsDT

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few days ago, I realized I have a column published in the blog section of The Huffington Post. “Realized” is the key word there. My column had actually been published for a couple months already. I just never knew it. Strangely, I found more humor in this than I found pride. The irony of being published in The Huffington Post and not even realizing it is too much. In truth, I’m not even a fan of The Huffington Post and — I must note — it was the German variation of the website. I like to mention it was the German version quickly because it sounds

Alex Olges is a freshman journalism major from Humble.

more impressive without the clarification It sounds a little pretentious. “Why yes, I am an accomplished writer.” In all seriousness, my family and friends are far more proud and impressed than I am. Sure, it’s cool and all, but I’m far more proud of what I have accomplished here at The Daily Toreador than I am of being published in The Huffington Post. This situation where others are more proud of me

than I am is not uncommon. Throughout my life, there have been many instances in which I’ve accomplished something I don’t think much of, while others around me think it’s super great. Quite often, this is interpreted as me being spoiled, ungrateful, cocky or so on. This is not the case, though. I’ve just never been one to celebrate my achievements very much. Rather, I prefer to look ahead: What’s next? The accomplishments of today are simply stepping stones for the accomplishments of tomorrow. I’ve never been someone to dwell too much in the past. At least, I try not to. The way I see it, the

past is over with. Of course, I’m not perfect at this. After all, I was super mopey about the election in one of my columns a few weeks ago. Regardless, I wish this philosophy was a bit more present everywhere else. For example, following Donald Trump taking office, many articles will inevitably be published, detailing how Obama wasn’t actually so bad. I n t o d a y ’s c u r r e n t events, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pushing a recount — something Clinton said she’d never do — after the Green Party candidate Jill Stein confusingly raised money for a recount in Wisconsin. Can we just move on?

There isn’t any serious evidence of voter fraud; it’s pointless.

The accomplishments of today are simply stepping stones for the accomplishments of tomorrow. The recount is just a waste of everyone’s time. Let the past stay in the past. I think I speak for many when I say I’m quite glad the election is over and I don’t want it to come back. Let’s not have a repeat of the 2000 election. Instead of dwelling in the

past, let’s look forward to the future. The election is over. Whether we agree with the results or not is irrelevant. There is no serious evidence that indicates the election was rigged. Perhaps, we are upset with how the presidentelect was decided upon. After all, Clinton won the popular vote. As a country, maybe we could start a discussion on potentially changing the way voting is conducted in the future. It is true that it’s important to study the past to learn from our mistakes. However, that doesn’t mean we should continually relive the past. aolges@dailytoreador.com

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f you’ve ever wondered why I’ve spoken very little on current events or issues, the short answer is I often don’t believe I should. There are issues I believe and feel strongly about. However, by my own standards, I cannot justify writing on something I do not have extensive knowledge about. That is the unusual aspect of opinion journalism. I have the freedom to shed objectivity. I don’t have to focus on facts or research. Hypothetically, I could tell you to consider a cause without substantial proof of its merits. I could explain to you why something is wrong based solely on my beliefs. I could implore you to use a Stairmaster. These are things I will never personally do. There is a tiny journalist in my head who will always fight the first source I read, the first piece of news I watch, even the first belief

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in my head. To speak on a subject that I have little knowledge about, haven’t researched or haven’t objectively considered is to blow a lot of hot air in a single direction. I cannot justify the possibility of misinforming. With my schedule this semester, I haven’t had the time to research topics I’d enjoy discussing. I am unable to look critically at the effectiveness of presidential communication through thumbs on a smartphone and 140 characters. I could not properly justify discussing the merits of new Texas rules passed on abortions that go against the outcry from the medical community and the citizens of Texas

they will affect. I do not believe I could even explain the proper use of a Stairmaster or its ability to help attract a date. The thing is, I could probably discuss these topics. Better writers than I have written on broader topics with less research. However, I don’t believe I have enough personal knowledge to do this, and I’m not willing to speak on topics I think are important without objectively researching all sides of the subject. Considering this, I ask myself why I write a column. Sure, I’ve made exceptions writing on the election and the misinformation of emotional support animals. However, a lot of my writing has been very topical to my own life. I wonder if there is merit to writing about the extent of my love for my dog or the unwavering amounts of filthiness my roommate sometimes

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That is the unusual as p ect o f o p i n i o n jour nalism. I have the freedom to shed objectivity. I don’t have to focus on facts or research. There can also be humor and satire. This is what I wrote exclusively for my college newspaper until I graduated and left for law school. When I arrived at Texas Tech, I found The Daily Toreador was still unde-

cided — although I’d like to think it is warming up to it — on whether satire is allowed to be published. However, I wanted to write. So, I write about dogs, my roommate and spending the holidays at home. I write about topics I don’t have to research, things that do not take me too far away from my research studies. I wrote satire because it allowed me to comment on issues in ways I couldn’t normally. A satirist is arguably more protected to make harsher criticisms than any other writer. But, for what I write now — which borders closer to a feature column — I’m still finding my footing to discuss the same kinds of topics. This is all leading up to me saying I enjoy writing enough to write anything. It’s a form of therapy in a gauntlet of stress and anxiety. H o w e v e r, I d o h a v e hesitations about my col-

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umn, about how it appears to others and about the benefits — if there are any —my columns provide readers with. I’ve come to understand I write columns about my dog, my life and my own sanity because the question I always ask before trusting anyone is “Why?” Why should I believe this person? Why should I trust what he says? Why does he feel the need to tell me this? So, I’d like to think my columns so far lay the foundation for establishing this “why.” I’d also like to think there is merit to looking at another’s perspective, even if that perspective is just a description of my own experiences. So, for now, until I can establish time to write on deeper subjects or until The DT decides to allow satire to published, this is where you’ll find me. ravila@dailytoreador.com

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Giving back to the community has been an important element for many student organizations at Texas Tech. With Lubbock being focused around the university, Red Raiders show their appreciation by helping out the city that serves them. Raiders Helping Others Whitney Shaffer, a senior biochemistry major from Amarillo, serves as the president for Raiders Helping Others, an organization consisting of a group of people who enjoy helping the community. Shaffer said Raiders Helping Others is composed of four different committees, which focus on different social injustices: Health and Wellness, Youth and Education, Animals and the Environment and Human Rights and Advocacy. Each committee takes part monthly in at least one service event that focuses on its area of interest. In order to build internal networks within the organization, there are weekly meetings that help the members get to know each other better, she said. “Not only do we take part in making the Lubbock community a better one, we also help other communities across the country,” Shaffer said. E v e r y y e a r,   R a i d e r s Helping Others offers Alternative Spring Break Trips open to all the Tech students, Shaffer said. Each committee organizes a specific trip that relates to its issue in society.

These trips allow students to experience a new culture and help others in a different environment. “This year, the Youth and Education group is going to David, Kentucky, to help at the local school,” Shaffer said. “This school is located in an area with one of the lowest amount of income in the nation.” The participants of this trip will attend core classes and help with other activities, including working in the garden where the school grows its own food, she said. “Society looks down on these people due to their backgrounds, but the students that go there are some of the most intelligent and hardworking kids I have ever seen,” Shaffer said. These experiences are enriching because they allow students to branch out and become aware of the social problems that people face across the country, she said. Shaffer has gone on Alternative Spring Break Trips since her freshman year in college. Her first year, she said she went to Give Kids the World Village, which is a resort in Florida where terminallyill children and their families can stay for a whole week for free. “When volunteering, I had a parent come up to me thanking me for giving up my holidays to be there to help volunteer,” Shaffer said. “I was amazed because I was honored to be there helping, and I could not think of a better way to spend my spring break.” Going on these trips has been a life-changing

experience and being part of the Raiders Helping Others has been the highlight of her college career, Shaffer said. “One of the biggest goals of our organization is to highlight the issues in society that no one really talks about,” Shaffer said. “We do this in order to spark change in our members and encourage them in their future careers to help with these issues in any way they can.” St. Jude Up ‘till Dawn Another Tech philanthropist organization that works hard to make a difference is the fundraising program, St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn. St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a medical facility located in Memphis, Tennessee, that specializes in finding cures for kids’ forms of cancer. Mark Khan, a senior marketing major from Round Rock, is the executive director for this philanthropist organization. Alongside other members from the executive board, he recruits individuals on campus to fundraise for the hospital. The fundraising campaign culminates in an all-night event from midnight to 6 a.m., where the participants stay up for the children of St. Jude, he said. At the end of this event, a patient who survived cancer is invited to campus and hands out the awards to those who have reached specific milestones. “In the past three years, Te x a s Te c h h a s r a i s e d $230,000, won national awards and involved over 1,500 students in this program,” Khan said.

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Members of St. Jude Up ‘till Dawn celebrate the money raised in its annual fundraiser on Nov. 12. This organization is one of many on campus that give back to the community and nation. This experience has also helped the volunteers develop their humanitarian side and encouraged them to be less self-centered, so they can focus on the broader image of life, Khan said. “My favorite part of giving back is seeing that my dollars are actually making a difference in the life of people,” he said. “St. Jude does a really good job at communicating to the donors what their money are being used for.” Four years ago, the program was roughly raising $5,000 per year and was about to be removed because of underperformance, Khan said. Under Khan’s leadership, however, the organization raised record amounts every year. “This past year culminating in November, we raised over $100,000, and our efforts are still continuing, so we can raise $115,000,” Khan said. “I shaved my head for the children of St. Jude and to show appreciation for all the funds

that have been raised.” Student Government Association President Benjamin Sharp has played an instrumental role in making Up ‘til Dawn successful. Sharp helped with logistics and provided gifts baskets for the patients, Khan said. SGA In addition to helping other student organizations make their philanthropic efforts successful, SGA offers its own volunteering opportunities, as well. Sharp, a senior economics major from Borger, said philanthropy is an important goal for SGA. During the school year, there are three main SGA initiatives aimed at giving back to the community, Sharp said. The annual Take A Kid to the Game event is one of them. During this day, student volunteers accompany more than 1,400 local school children to a Tech football game. Another philanthropic opportunity is the Ambas-

sador Program. This program involves choosing a local elementary school and hosting events on a regular basis for the children, bringing awareness to these kids about opportunities available through Tech, he said. The last event offered by SGA is called Tech to Town. It has the potential to create a culture of service in the student body, Sharp said. During this event, 600 Tech students go out and serve the Lubbock community by cleaning parks, planting trees and participating in other volunteer projects. “This is my favorite event because it brought together so many people from different backgrounds and organizations into a single space to make the city a little bit better,” Sharp said. “I am a big believer in culture creation, and I believe by giving people opportunities to serve, you’ll begin to do so on your own.” @AvalleAriannaDT

Charitable organizations give back to community By KIRBY WARNER Staff Writer

In the city of Lubbock, there are a few organizations that make it their mission to help Lubbock’s citizens in a multitude of ways. One is the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. According to its website, the center was founded in 1990 with the purpose of connecting volunteers to the needs of the community and providing nonprofit organizations with assistance. Sabine Wohlschlag, the center’s program manager, said the center partners with 140 nonprofit agencies that inform the center about what kind of volunteer opportunities are available. The center then helps provide the needed volunteers along with management training. “We really exist to inspire a more engaged community by helping people find their purpose and act on it,” Wohlschlag said. The center has a website called Get Connected, where its nonprofit partners can post volunteer opportunities, she said. The organization also hosts national days of service, such as Family Volunteer Day, Wohlschlag said, and other hands-on service opportunities occur throughout the year, as well. “We also have our From the Heart program,” she said, “which is our family volunteering program, and we plan projects for children and family of all ages once a month.” Another volunteer organization in Lubbock is Catholic Charities Diocese of Lubbock. Cynthia Quintanilla, executive director of the organization, said it started out under the name Catholic Family Service in 1984. It was changed to its current name several years later. “We actually cover 30 counties in this area,” Quintanilla said. “One of our largest grants is from the state,

and that grant is to provide free skill-building and parenting classes to youth and their families.” Other services provided by Catholic Charities include an emergency assistance program that supplies IDs, birth certificates and bus passes; and the Parent Empowerment program that helps students from low-income backgrounds receive an education, Quintanilla said. The Heart of Lubbock Community Garden is another volunteer organization in Lubbock. The garden’s founder Beth Roesler said she founded it in 2013 after she found a lot in the Heart of Lubbock neighborhood. Her organization is a nonprofit collaboration with the Lubbock United Neighborhood Association, Roesler said. The garden is free, where people can volunteer their free time at will. “How it works is (the garden is) community oriented,”

Roesler said, “so there aren’t any individual plots. It’s common space, unless we want to unify everybody and get them together to work on something they’re interested in.” The type of work with the garden depends on the season, Roesler said. A greenhouse was finished two weeks ago to help with growing plants during the winter. People also learn how to grow their own food and are able to take any edible crop home throughout the year, Roesler said. Ultimately, all of these organizations have a passion for helping the community of Lubbock. She believes the community gains strength when more people are able to help through their passions, Wohlschlag said. “I guess what we hope to accomplish,” Wohlschlag said, “is getting more and more people engaged in meaningful ways.” @KirbyWarner_DT


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The holiday season is known as a time for serving others and giving back. Many Texas Tech organizations volunteer and serve local and global communities on different trips throughout the year. Lindsay Teweleit, a junior special education major form Canyon and ministry coordinator for Baptist Student Ministries, spent this past summer in Lesbos, Greece, on a mission trip. Teweleit said she worked at the refugee camp in Lesbos, where thousands of people came in from Turkey. Teweleit went with the organization EuroRelief, and at the time, she said, EuroRelief was the only help left in the camp. “We met the needs of the people,” Teweleit said. “We handed out tents. We made tents and fixed tents.” Teweleit and her team kept the peace in the camp. By the time she arrived, she said, the refugees had already been at the camp for months and were frustrated. Teweleit said her favorite part was walking into the camp and seeing the faces of the children light up with joy. “They run up and cling

to your legs. They are so happy to see you,” she said. Leading up to the mission, Teweleit thought she would be the one serving them. Later, she said she realized they served the volunteers, as well. The refugees protected the EuroRelief members and were grateful for their help. Teweleit will return to Lesbos this summer because the camp was recently burned to the ground, she said. “Seeing the joy we were bringing to them was exciting,” Teweleit said. “I did not expect it. I went in thinking, ‘I’ll meet people’s basic needs,’ but it was so much more than that.” David Cole, a junior restaurant, hotel and institutional management major from San Antonio and service representative of Alpha Omega, said he spent his summer in Zagreb, Croatia, with the HOPE Youth Corps. Cole spent his time at Zagreb volunteering at an orphanage, helping at-risk youths. Cole said the most important preparation going into the mission was becoming ready to give it his all. The trip was paid for by donors. So, Cole decided he had to contribute his 100 percent.

“I have a huge passion for working with children. So, I do a lot of service with kids,” Cole said. Cole said he was surprised by how friendly the country is. Before coming to Tech, Cole had gone on a mission trip to Kenya, but it was different in Croatia because Croatia is a more developed country. Compared to Cole’s trip to Africa, the children in Croatia were better educated, as well. “(The mission trip) helped reaffirm my beliefs,” Cole said. “It reaffirmed my conviction about the importance of serving.” Te x a s Te c h C R U i s an interdenominational movement of students, staff and faculty that helps people build their faith, Marissa Gutierrez, a senior mathematics major from Odessa, said. CRU hosts a different type of mission trip that does not require leaving the country. The mission trip is called Ozark Lakes, where volunteers go to Branson, Missouri, Mary Onishi, a sophomore journalism major from Costa Rica, said. During the week, the participants worked to bring faith into the workplaces.

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Students from Texas Tech CRU went to Branson, Missouri as a part of a mission trip. Students attend mission trips to serve communities, both local and global. “ We l e a r n e d h o w t o prison ministry, she said. Ozark Lakes and Moscow. have intentional conver“I have never been more Tech BSM hosts a dissations and be a light to vulnerable and open with a covery weekend with the them,” Onishi said. group of strangers,” Gutier- organization Go Now MisOn the weekends, Oni- rez said. sions, when students can shi would walk around G u t i e r r e z s a i d s h e meet with representatives downtown talking with would walk through the from the different locapeople about faith. Onishi streets of Seattle, giving tions, Teweleit said. said she feels this is an and having meals with “Start applying and important conversation to the homeless. This experi- start going,” Teweleit said. have and it is important to ence helped her humanize “Don’t let money discourhave a view on it. these people. age you. That shouldn’t Gutierrez went to SeCRU has more than be what stops you from attle for her mission trip, 200 mission locations and going where you feel like where she worked with the programs, Gutierrez said, you need to go.” homeless population and a and has partnerships with @AlyssaAcostaDT

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Creator of McDonald’s flagship sandwich, the Big Mac, dies Thousands attend tree lighting PITTSBURGH (AP) — You probably don’t know his name, but you’ve almost certainly devoured his creation: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. Michael James “Jim” Delligatti, the McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago and saw it become perhaps the best-known fastfood sandwich in the world,

died Monday at home in Pittsburgh. Delligatti, who according to his son ate at least one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades, was 98. Delligatti’s franchise was based in Uniontown, not far from Pittsburgh, when he invented the chain’s signature burger in 1967 after deciding customers wanted a bigger sandwich. Demand exploded as Delligatti’s sandwich

spread to the rest of his 47 stores in Pennsylvania and was added to the chain’s national menu in 1968. “He was often asked why he named it the Big Mac, and he said because Big Mc sounded too funny,” his son Michael Delligatti said. However, McDonald’s in 1985 honored Esther Glickstein Rose with coming up for a name for the burger and presented

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her with a plaque etched with a likeness of the best-selling sandwich and french fries between the Golden Arches. She was a 21-year-old secretary for the company’s advertising department in 1967 when, the story goes, a harried executive dashing to a board meeting asked her for a name nomination. Jim Delligatti’s family disputes that Rose came up with the idea. The company

didn’t immediately clear up the dispute Wednesday. Delligatti told The Associated Press in 2006 that McDonald’s resisted the idea at first because its simple lineup of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and shakes was selling well. “They figured, why go to something else if (the original menu) was working so well?” Delligatti said then.

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of rain-drenched revelers gathered in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch just before 9 p.m., illuminating the 94-foot tall, 14-ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored LED bulbs on 5 miles of wires. The tree is topped with a Swarovski star. The 84th annual ceremony was televised by NBC and included performances by Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Kelly and the Radio City Rockettes. Security at the event was tight. Spectators were urged to use mass transit and umbrellas, backpacks and large bags were prohibited. The holiday tradition started in 1931. This year’s tree came from the backyard of Angie and Graig Eichler in the northern foothills of New York’s Catskill mountain range. Angie Eichler said their family has come almost every year to see the Rockefeller Center tree — but she never dreamed it would be theirs. The tree will be lit every day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until Jan. 7. On Christmas Day the lights will be on 24 hours. After the holidays, the tree will be milled into lumber for Habitat for Humanity.


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On Wednesday, Texas Tech junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes II was named as a finalist for the Manning Award. This is the second time a Tech quarterback has been named a finalist for the award, according to a Tech Athletics news release. The other Red Raider quarterback to be named a finalist was Graham Harrell in 2007 and 2008, according to the release. A few other quarterbacks who were named finalists alongside Mahomes are J.T. Barrett from Ohio State, Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma, Jake Browning from Washington and Deshaun Watson from Clemson. Mahomes leads the nation

Former Texas Tech Red Raider baseball infielder Richard “Stubby” Clapp was announced as the next manager of the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A Minor League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Clapp graduated from Tech and set numerous records as a Red Raider. According to the Tech Athletics website, Clapp posted 28 doubles and eight triples, scored 97 runs and had an on-base percentage of .524 in during the 1996 season, his only year with the Red Raiders. Clapp went on to be drafted in the 1996 amateur draft by the Cardinals. According to the Memphis Redbirds website,

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Elijah Brown scored 13 with nine rebounds and New Mexico held off a late charge from Abilene Christian to win 64-55 on Wednesday night. Obij Aget added 12 for the Lobos, including one stretch of the first half when he had a personal 7-0 run with three dunks, to help New Mexico (5-2) build a 31-24 lead. Jaren Lewis and Jalone Friday each had 16 for the Wildcats (3-3). The Lobos built their lead to 58-43 midway through the second half before Lewis led a comeback, scoring six of his points in an Abilene

in total offense and passing yards this season. Going into this weekend, he also leads the nation in total touchdowns this season with 53. There are only three quarterbacks all-time in the Football Bowl Subdivision who have been able to record 5,000 yards of total offense twice in their careers. Those three quarterbacks are Mahomes, former Houston quarterback Case Keenum and Harrell. The award was created to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning during their college football careers. The Manning Award winner will be announced on Jan. 11. @A_HernandezDT

Clapp is familiar with Memphis, as he played 425 games with the Redbirds at second base. His career with Memphis spanned from 1999-2002. He has the franchise record for triples and walks. He is second in runs scored and is third in games played, doubles, extra-base hits and total hits. Clapp is returning to Memphis after spending several years as a coach in the Major League. Clapp began his coaching career in 2007 with the Houston Astros system and then spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays as a hitting coach.

Christian 12-3 run that cut it to 61-55 with 3:21 left. With the win, New Mexico started to right its ship after losing two of three over Thanksgiving weekend in the Wooden Legacy Classic in Los Angeles. It was a strong performance from Mountain West pre-season player of the year Brown, who has been slow to round back into shape after struggling through a lingering hamstring injury. The Lobos finished with 16 assists on their 22 baskets and only turned it over eight times. Their young point guards Jordan Hunter and Jalen Harris had a combined one turnover.

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Perrantes leads No. 7 Virginia past Ohio State, 63-61 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — London Perrantes scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 7 Virginia overcame a sloppy performance and rallied past Ohio State 6361 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Devon Hall added 12 points for the Cavaliers (70), who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and didn’t take the lead for good until Marial Shayok’s baseline runner made it 5957 with 1:58 remaining. The Buckeyes (6-1) trailed 63-61 when Shayok missed two free throws with 10.5 seconds left. Coach Thad Matta called a timeout with 6.5 seconds to play, but JaQuan Lyle couldn’t find an open teammate as the clock ran down and launched a 3-point try that missed badly.

Jae’Sean Tate led Ohio State with 14 points and Lyle had 12. The Buckeyes are knocking on the door of the Top 25 with only one senior on

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Tech clinches sixth win, defeats Incarnate Word, 69-48 By TOBIAS BASS Staff Writer

The Texas Tech Red Raiders faced off against the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Wednesday night in the United Supermarkets Arena. The Red Raiders secured their sixth win of the season by defeating the Cardinals, 69-48. The Red Raiders started off in sync on defense, allowing 2 points only in the first five minutes of the game. “For most of the first half, it felt like the first time this season we were guarding like we are ca-

pable of guarding,” Tech coach Chris Beard said. “We had a nice focus on (Shawn) Johnson, their best player and a good focus on their shooter.” The Red Raiders played a balanced offensive game with four players in double figures and 14 assists on 28 field goals, Beard said. Both junior forward Justin Gray and junior guard Shadell Millinghaus led the Red Raiders in scoring, with 14 points apiece. Junior guard Keenan Evans and junior forward Zach Smith scored in double figures, as well.

“Tonight, half our baskets were assists, meaning we played unselfish basketball,” Beard said. To end the half, the Cardinals went on an 11-0 run, making three 3-pointers in a row to cut the Red Raiders lead down to 13. “They got loose on us a couple times,” Beard said. “I thought two of three were just poor effort, which is really disappointing.” Starting the second half, both teams went back and forth, scoring baskets, and the Cardinals cut the lead down to as low as eight points. As the second half went

on, the Red Raiders extended their lead back to double figures. The Cardinals turned the ball over 22 times, which was their season-high so far. The Red Raiders rebounded well on Wednesday night led by Millinghaus with seven rebounds. Smith and Gray had six rebounds apiece. As a team, the Red Raiders out rebounded the Cardinals, 36-26. D u r i n g We d n e s d a y ’s game, Smith and Gray got the crowd into the game with various dunks throughout. The Red Raiders continue to improve their free-throw shooting and committed fewer turnovers Wednesday evening. Tech shot 75 percent from the free-throw line. However, the Red Raiders turned the ball over 12 times. The Red Raiders will host the Rice Owls at 1 p.m. Saturday in the United Supermarkets Arena. The Owls are currently 6-1 on the year and are coming off a 90-77 victory over Houston Baptist. Tech defeated Houston Baptist earlier this year. @TheDT_Sports

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Texas Tech junior forward Justin Gray goes for the one-handed slam during Tech’s 69-48 win over Incarnate Word in the United Supermarkets Arena on Wednesday night.

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Spurs rally to beat Mavericks, 94-87 DALLAS (AP) — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich got a win more in line with his expectations on Wednesday night. The Dallas Mavericks are just hoping a close loss signifies better days ahead. Patty Mills scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and Kawhi Leonard added 21 points, helping the Spurs rally from a 13-point deficit for a 94-87 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night. San Antonio became just the third team to start the season 11-0 on the road, following last year's Warriors (14-0) and the 1969-70

Knicks (12-0). Popovich had criticized his team's "lack of humility" and "lack of respect for the opponent" after the Spurs' 96-91 home win over Dallas on Nov. 21. This time, his Spurs — playing without three regulars — went 13 straight possessions and nearly seven minutes of the third quarter without scoring, but rallied behind Mills and Leonard. " We d u g d o w n d e e p , didn't moan or groan or whine, stuck with it and kept pounding away and found a way to win," Popovich said. Wesley Matthews had a

season-high 26 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes added 17. "I'm proud of this team," Matthews said. "Frustration aside. Loss aside. This is two games in a row that could have been ours. This fight that we're showing — this is who we were supposed to be all along." Dallas, trying to win its second game in a row and only its fourth of the season, led from early in the third quarter until an 11-2 Spurs run midway through the fourth quarter. Mills started it with a 3 and Leonard finished it with another that gave the Spurs the lead for good at 80-79.


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