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page 6 Eating on campus with food restrictions page 7 Managing time page 7 RaiderCard & RaiderGate — What you need to know page 8 Creating connections page 9 Study tips page 9
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Texas Tech’s architecture is inspired by the Spanish Renaissance style. The Administration Building was modeled after La Universidad de Alcalá, in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain.
Texas Tech University has 13 colleges and schools, offering more than 150 undergraduate degrees, 100 graduate degrees and 50 doctoral degrees. Texas Tech is the second largest campus in the United States by physical size, with 1,839 acres. The Red Raiders were named the Matadors from 1925-1936. Raider Red was created as an alternate mascot due to live mascots, such as the Masked Rider’s horse, not being allowed at away games. This rule was created by the Southwest Conference in the early 1970s. There are more than 500 registered student organizations at Texas Tech. The Double T was first used as a decoration on the football players’ sweaters during the 1926 football season. It became the official university logo in 1963. The Masked Rider leads the football players onto the field and runs across the field after every touchdown.
To be Raider Red, you must be a Saddle Tramp or a High Rider. Bangin’ Bertha is a large bell on a trailer that gets rung by special guests and the Saddle Tramps at Texas Tech home football games. The original bell was designed in 1959. The victory bells, which are housed at the top of the east tower of the Administration building, are rung by Saddle Tramps or High Riders after any Red Raider win and other special occasions. The bells were a class gift and rang for the first time during graduation in 1936. Texas Tech’s Goin’ Band from Raiderland was founded in 1925 with 21 members, making it the oldest student organization on campus. Before home football games, the band marches through campus to Jones AT&T Stadium and then marches back to the music building after the game. Texas Technological College formally became Texas Tech University in September of 1969.
Source: Various Texas Tech history and tradition website and documents
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Ready for roommates?
Housing staff discuss tips for sharing spaces, getting along By STEPHANIE GHANDOUR Staff Writer
Going into freshman year as a college student comes with a lot of changes for young adults. One of the biggest changes freshman year brings is learning to live in a residence hall and navigate life with a new space and roommates. “The best tip I could give for good dorm etiquette, is to have open communication with your roommates,” Abigail Bautista, a community adviser in Murray residence hall and a third-year anthropology and biology student from San Antonio, said. “Communication with each other helps a lot. Opening up the conversation with something as small as just saying hi, asking how their day is going.” The most important thing about moving into a residence hall, Bautista said, is making sure to communicate boundaries with roommates both personally and as a group. “I think it is important to respect your roommates as far as letting them know ahead of time about visitors coming over and even staying,” Rylee McKinney, a first-year animal science student from Brady, said. “Staying mindful of your roommates and how some
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Adjusting to living with roommates can require comprise from everyone. It is also important to set clear boundaries and expectations for everyone in the space. Communication and common sense also are important to creating a happy living environment. of your behaviors and actions may impact them is especially important when discussing dorm etiquette.” McKinney said it can be frustrating to deal with roommates who do not respect boundaries. During roommate contract time, Bautista said, it is crucial to be vocal about concerns that may arise as this is the best way to ensure
all roommates follow rules and boundaries. “Be self-aware,” Bautista said. “Do not be afraid to revisit the roommate contract or even just have an open dialogue of what you can do better to fit your roommates needs. When having these conversations don’t be afraid to ask your roommates to hang out and do something to build those connections
even further.” Jordan Littlefield, another community adviser and fourth-year mathematics student from Kress, said cleanliness is a crucial part of dorm etiquette. While students are given individual spaces and the freedom to do as they please, it is important to be respectful of their roommate’s space and the housing guidelines
set by the university. “Never hold anything in. It just builds up and builds those toxic roommate environments,” Bautista said. “However, in the situation that this does occur, step out of this environment and speak to someone on the outside like us, an adviser who can help.” McKinney said her biggest tip for having good resi-
dence hall etiquette is the cleanliness of shared living areas. By doing things like not letting trash pile up, cleaning up after themselves and making sure to dispose of things properly, students can help create a better living environment. “Never assume things,” Bautista said. “It is important to ask questions. Especially if they seem like little things, your roommates will appreciate you taking the time and consideration to get their opinions on things and accommodate to their needs as well as your own.” Above all, Bautista said, when it comes to roommate etiquette, students should follow their own moral compass and rely on common sense to create stable living situations for themselves and their roommates. “Make sure to take care of your area and the shared living areas in your dorm and be open to communicating with your roommates about any issues you may have, or they may have,” McKinney said. “Be willing to change. Constructive criticism is a part of being independent and living with other people so being able to take notes into consideration and accommodate to others are important for maintaining good dorm etiquette.”
What you need to know: Decorating on a budget Residence hall space is at a premium, as is a college student’s available money, so room décor for most college students can be challenging. Let these tips help guide you to making your room reflect your style: • Use window décor to control the natural light in your space. • Make your space more inviting by adding cost-effective lighting. An old lamp can be refurbished with a new lampshade, or inexpensive holiday lights can be strung to cre-
ate an inviting atmosphere and give you a more soothing alternative to harsh fluorescent lighting. • Find inexpensive accessories or furniture items at thrift stores, garage sales or online. Some may require a little elbow grease (think spray paint or maybe just a good cleaning), but there is often treasure in someone else’s trash. • Choose a few design elements and create a theme (think beach, a specific color or Texas Tech). • Turn an inexpensive decorative metal wastebasket into
Sources: www.apartmentguide.com/blog/decorate-on-a-dime/ and www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/26-cheap-and-easy-ways-to-have-the-best-dorm-room-ever
a side table — flip it upside down. • Use some potted plants to bring a bit of nature into your room, but consider the lighting before you purchase. Dead or dying plants aren’t a good look anywhere. • Use floor cushions to add color to your space, as well as additional seating. • Create a wall mural with photos, posters and decorative, removable tape. Not only will this add life and personality to your space, it will let you keep home close.
Safety First BLUE LIGHT BASICS
Simple measures can ensure security on campus, in rooms By CHRIS WILLIAMS Sports Editor
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Across the Texas Tech campus sit tall poles adorned with blue lights on top. Commonly referred to as the “blue lights,” these phones are equipped with a direct landline to the Texas Tech Police Department dispatch center. There are 120 blue light phone systems located in various locations around campus, according to the Tech website, usually near or between academic buildings and residence halls. Tech Police Department Capt. Amy Ivey, who oversees the department’s dispatch center, said the phones are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “We respond to all blue phone calls in an emergency
manner,” Ivey said. “So if somebody pushes a button and they don’t say anything, we do send officers, lights and sirens, to respond to that area.” While Ivey said many students use their cell phones to call 911 in the case of an emergency, some students have utilized the phones in different ways. “We have had students push the blue phones if they felt like they were being followed because the blue light does strobe. … It’s kind of a crime deterrent,” Ivey said. “Also, somebody having a medical emergency was able to push the button and we responded and got EMS out to them.” A map of available phones across campus can be found on the Tech website under the Housing tab.
Beginning on Aug. 12, students will begin pouring into Texas Tech University’s 13 residence halls, with most of these residents being firstyear students. Students living away from home for the first time often feel uncertain and anxious but here are some safety tips to make the transition more comfortable. While there are methods the university utilizes to prevent crime in and around dorm halls, students are just as responsible for keeping themselves and others safe. Texas Tech Police Department Capt. Amy Ivey said simply being aware of the surroundings can go a long way. “Treat (your dorm) as your home,” Ivey said. “Make sure your valuables stay locked up, don’t prop doors open. We are an open campus so if somebody does leave the door open, anybody can walk in.” Every residence hall is equipped with a community assistant (CA), who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist any resident in need. Ivey recommends students take advantage of these assistants, as well as law enforcement in case of an emergency. “Always utilize the CA desk, because they get in contact with the police department all the time,” Ivey said. “Or if they see or hear anything suspicious, always call 911 because our officers are always available.” RISE, which stands for Risk Intervention and Safety Education, is one resource students can utilize if they find themselves in an un-
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Chitwood Hall is one of 13 traditional residence halls on the Texas Tech campus. In addition to these halls, the university also offers four suite-style complexes and one apartment complex. Regardless of where students are living, taking some basic precautions such as locking doors, hiding valuables and being aware of surroundings can help keep everyone safe and their belongings secure. pleasant situation. Haley Wallace, program manager of marketing, communication and design, said RISE can guide students through their options should they experience a crime or uncomfortable experience. “We are mandated reporters, so we will automatically fill out a Title IX report if you were to mention something like stalking, then the appropriate department will reach out with resources and ask if they can be of help,” Wallace said. “The great thing about reaching out for help is that it only goes as far as you want it to. You don’t have to
go through an investigative process unless you want to, which I think is really cool.” Though her work has presented students who have not had the most enjoyable time as dorm hall residents, Wallace said she recalls her time as a freshman in Gordon Hall fondly. “I thought my experience was really great,” said Wallace, who graduated from Tech in 2021. “I always felt very safe on campus. We had strict guidelines, like you had to use your keycard to enter (the building) so I was never in a situation where I felt unsafe.”
Allergies, food restrictions can create challenges when eating on campus By TANA THOMPSON L a Vida Editor
Some college students face adversity because of food allergies and restricted diets. When eating on campus, things can be tricky. Mindy Diller, a Hospitality campus dietitian, said her department has worked to adapt to people’s dietary needs across the Texas Tech campus. “Especially like The Market, they have gluten-free
bread and gluten-free buns and fried chicken nuggets and things like that. And then also, you know, our vegan and vegetarian aren’t dairy-free and are not free products,” Diller said. “We don’t use peanut butter in our recipes on campus. We have those pre-packaged goods and our mini markets. And then other locations have that adapted menu like a vegan option versus, you know, allmeat option or something like that.” Rae Barton, a third-year pre-nursi n g stu-
dent from Cedar Hill, has Type 1 diabetes. She said this situation has created some complications when eating on campus. “Although I do not have any food allergies or particularly limiting dietary restrictions, nutrition and dietary diversity play a large part in managing my chronic illness,” Barton said. “When I was a freshman living in the dorms during the climax of COVID, there weren’t a whole lot of dining options available to me. I would do my best to plan my meals around my schedule and whatever nutritional needs I required to manage and balance my blood sugar levels, but not all places on campus stayed open the same times every day or had their full menu available to order, so planning ahead essentially became pointless and impossible.” Barton said it took her time to discover the best places for her to eat on campus, and she prefers to prepare meals at home when she can. Photos courtesy of Hospitality Services
Hospitality Services offers a wide variety of food choices on campus to help ensure there are options for all students, including those dealing with food allergies or dietary restrictions.
What you need to know: Time management Managing time is crucial if you want to achieve success not only in the classroom, but in your job, relationships with family and friends, and involvement in other interests. For optimal success, try adopting some of these time management strategies: • Make time management a priority. amount of time on assignment-related tasks Organize and review your schedule weekly, will help keep you on track; however, do the prioritizing the tasks that must be accom- same for other reoccurring tasks (cleaning plished. Schedule high-priority items first, your dorm room, grocery shopping, runthey fill in with lower-priority tasks. Good ning weekend errands) to better manage your time. planning is the key to good results. • Minimize distractions. That may mean • Don’t overschedule. Your plans for each week should be a guide, not an “iron- you don’t need to study at the coffee shop because of the noise and people around you. clad contract.” • Understand assignments and when Or you may need to find someplace other they are due. Write down deadlines for each than your dorm room because of the tempassignment, big and small, and break longer- tation of video games, music, visiting with term projects into smaller tasks with their friends, etc. Determine what works best for own deadlines to help avoid procrastination. you and structure your study environment • Develop a schedule and stick to it. accordingly. • Use technology wisely. When you log Figure out what time of day works best for you — are you a morning person or someone on to access reading materials, do research who has more energy in the evening? — and or tackle other classroom-related tasks, avoid try to use that to your advantage. Don’t be getting sucked into web surfing or social afraid to map out a daily or weekly to-do list media use. Maintain your focus on the task at hand. Turn off your phone if you need to. if that helps. • Schedule rewards for completing • Learn to say “no.” Your time is valuable, and you’re the one who needs to tasks. Life doesn’t have to be all work and make sure you have the time you need to no play. Plan time for breaks — time with accomplish your goals. Sometimes that friends and family, working out or whatever fun activities you enjoy. If you don’t, you risk means saying “no.” • Set time limits. Allotting a specific burning out. Source: Texas Tech Library, www.depts.ttu.edu/scc/Virtual_Library/time_management_primary.php, and Southern New Hampshire University, www.snhu.edu/about-us/newsroom/2020/01/time-management-strategies
The Student Union Building has undergone several name changes over the years. When it opened in 1953, it was the Student Union Building. Many called it the Tech Union until the 1970s when it became the University Center, or UC, according to the facility’s website, www.depts.ttu.edu/sub/history.php. Eventually, use of the original name resumed.
Hospitality Services offers guides on its website to help those with food allergies and other dietary restrictions make decisions about where to eat. Allergies
“When I do occasionally eat on campus, my favorite place to go would be The Boar’s Head for a sandwich paired with either an iced coffee or a sugar-free Powerade. This meal gives me adequate amounts of protein, carbs, fat and fiber, along with a bit of caffeine or electrolytes to get me through my day,” Barton said. “When I was in the dorms my favorite things to cook were the microwavable bags of steamed vegetables. The thing I often craved most were cooked or grilled veggies, which I did not see a lot of on campus, so I would make it myself and pair it with another microwave-meal entree.” Along with eating in the dining halls, students often cook food in their rooms, which can be easier when following a strict diet.
However, sharing space with roommates can make keeping food separate a little more complicated, Diller said. “I think first and foremost when you’re on a special diet it is kind of creating a small space where other people don’t use your equipment,” Diller said. “We don’t have to worry about cross contact as much pre-packaged goods like canned goods and snacks and things like that are really easy and convenient in the dorm or in our residence hall because they don’t have to be refrigerated and so that’s an easy thing to stash in a bin under your bed or something like that.” Evan Caswell, a first-year undecided major from Dallas, said he is allergic to artificial
food coloring. The best way to discover where to eat on campus is by trying out new places and looking at the ingredients lists, Caswell said. “My favorite restaurant on campus is Starbucks, because they allow you to look at all the ingredients in all of their food,” Caswell said. “My favorite food to make in the dorms are sandwiches or mac and cheese. Those that also have food allergies, if you go and ask the manager if they can show you the ingredients labels, they will.” Diller said many places offer ingredients lists and special diet accommodations, although West Texas is occasionally behind some major cities. “There’s a few common apps that some people use … and there’s dozens so maybe checking out some apps too and finding some local places that are easy to adapt to,” Diller said. “Most people don’t realize they have a separate menu. You just have to ask for it and then become very aware of who offers what.” Diller said on-campus locations also offer quick guides and nutritional facts on the website at smartchoices.ttu. edu for the convenience of students.
RaiderCard vital to many parts of campus life By CHYNA VARGAS Staff Writer
Students can lose their IDs before starting school again. What may seem like an easy thing easy to keep track of, students lose their university credentials often during a break. Kat Silang, who is from the Philippines, and the senior business assistant for the Texas Tech ID office, said many students come into the office requiring a new ID after losing their old one. “Especially in the fall or they usually lose it over the summer,” Silang said. “And during or after Thanksgiving, people tend to lose their IDs a lot, and then after winter break as well.” It costs $20 to replace a student ID, Silang said. If the card is lost, stolen or damaged, according to the RaiderCard website, price remains the same. The payment can be added to tuition or paid up front. For what seems like a hassle and new responsibility for some students, it is important to keep track of this card. Silang said not only is it a key to get into the residence halls but
another form of identification. “If they don’t have a state ID or driver’s license that is another form of identification that maybe if they (student) got in trouble or something that is what they would ask for,” Silang said. What is on a RaiderCard is a student’s R-numGRAPHIC BY WYATT ADAMS/The Daily Toreador ber which is essen- Each student is issued a Texas Tech ID when they start their time at the university. These tial to remember RaiderCards serve a variety of functions, including being a basic photo ID, granting in case of emer- access to a student’s residence hall and serving as a “debit card” for Dining Bucks. gency. It is a long Students can add more Silang said suggests the number, so it is best to have one’s ID on them at to their dining plans on the best way not to lose the Hospitality website if they Tech ID is keeping it atall times. Without this card, stu- start getting low on Dining tached to a phone. “Having that like a dents cannot fully enjoy the Bucks. Panon said the dining sticker or a cardholder in dining hall facilities. A student’s meal plan known as halls only accept Raider the back of your phone, or Dining Bucks is connected IDs when it comes to using even made a convenient phone case or something,” through their student ID, a dining plan. In addition to food, ac- Silang said. “Everyone just Silang said. Kyle Panon, a senior cording to the Tech Athletics has their phone on them business assistant at Tech’s websites, students get in free nowadays.” The ID office is open loHospitality Services, said to athletic events by swiping cated in the from 8 a.m. to it is a simple process when or scanning their IDs. On the academic side, 5 p.m. in the Student Union using one’s ID as it’s a swipe or tap away with their card. students also can use their Building, Monday through “It’ll deduct the Dining IDs as a library card to check Friday. For more informaBucks from their account out books, equipment or a tion, contact raiderid@ttu. from their dining plan,” study room, according to the edu or go to the Raider ID university library website. website. Panon said.
RaiderGate: A Student Tailgating Tradition
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Before every home football game, students can attend RaiderGate, hosted by the Student Activities Board. This year, RaiderGate will be staged in the R-3 parking lot Football season is right around the corner, which means Texas Tech students soon will begin gearing up for their own red and black tailgating tradition: RaiderGate. RaiderGate, which will be in a new location this year, opens four hours before kickoff for each home football game. Hosted by the Student Activities Board, RaiderGate takes place on campus in the R-3 parking lot south of the Library, according to the event’s website, www.depts.ttu.edu/sub/raidergate/. Passes become available starting the Monday prior to each Saturday home game, and season passes are available starting with the first home game. Passes are available on a week-toweek basis, according to the website. All passes are free and only available to Tech students and student organizations. Individual students may reserve up to two passes, while student organizations are limited to a maximum of six passes, according to the website. RaiderGate events will take place on the following dates: • Sept. 3 — Tech vs. Murray State • Sept. 10 — Tech vs. Houston • Sept. 24 — Tech vs. Texas • Oct. 22 — Tech vs. West Virginia • Oct. 29 — Tech vs. Baylor • Nov. 12 — Tech vs. Kansas • Nov. 26 — Tech vs. Oklahoma
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Developing connections requires effort, interaction
What you need to know: Study tips
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One of the most important study tips for any college student is to figure out what methods work best for you. Whether it’s paper vs. electronics, color coded vs. random ink color or any number of other strategies, figuring out your preferred method will help your academic journey.
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Moving to a new place and starting school in a new environment can be challenging. Finding ways to make friends can help make those transitions easier. There are many ways to meet people on campus, from those living in the same residence hall or in your classes, to attending student organization meetings. There also are events on campus to help students meet others with similar interests and find ways to get involved on campus.
By FAITH DOLAN Staff Writer
Before coming to college, many individuals have expectations that involve creating memorable experiences with friends. However, one may find that finding friends is not always easy. Megan Ohlmann, assistant director in Tech’s Transition and Engagement department, said students must be willing to get out of their comfort zones to create meaningful friendships. “Students can’t just sit in their room and expect to meet friends,” Ohlmann said. “There are lots of opportunities such as talking to new people, finding opportunities with someone in your class to study together, joining an organization or joining a group fitness class.” It is always easier to make friends when one shares common interests with others,
Ohlmann said. “Students can go on a trip with the Outdoor Pursuits Center, join the Feral Cat Coalition, volunteer in the community or tutor kids,” Ohlmann said. “Students can get to know people when they participate in common activities.” Students who do not have friends should not feel alone, Ohlmann said. “It is easy to look at social media and think, ‘everyone has friends except for me,’” Ohlmann said. “There’s no reason to be intimidated. Everyone is kind of figuring it out at the same time.” Colin Owens, finance major from Albuquerque, said students should get involved on campus to meet others with similar interests. “Students should go to an organization fair at the beginning of the semester,” Owens said. “There are about 50 organizations at each
fair and all have different interests.” Owens, former Student Activities Board president, said students should go to meetings for different organizations and see if they like any of them. “Try to get involved by getting an officer position. If that’s not available, just communicate and connect with social media,” Owens said. “Make personal connections and see who you get along with.” Megan Vaughan, a second-year elementary education major from College Station, said she made friends by putting herself out there and saying hi to everyone she met. “I had anxiety about making friends, but I knew that having friends is a basic human need and that everyone generally had the same ideas as me,” Vaughan said. “I thought that I might as
well try, and I ended up getting more and more positive responses.” Vaughan said she started by saying hi to people and complimenting them. “I was scared of getting a negative response, but that wasn’t the case,” Vaughan said. “People have been so nice in the past.” Everybody wants friends, Vaughan said, but not everyone is going to be the one to initiate. “What’s the worst that could happen?” Vaughan said. “Take it upon yourself to not take it personally.” Vaughan said she recommends students try to get out of their heads when nervous about making friends. “Don’t think, ‘what if they don’t like me or this aspect about me,’” Vaughan said. “You could be thinking the worst and will never know how it could turn out until you try.”
Making the transition to college isn’t easy, especially in the classroom. Here are some tips that might help make it easier: Study tips • One of the most helpful tools is the class syllabus. It details the classroom timeline, expectations, allowed absences and other items important to student success. • Taking notes increases classroom engagement and is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Some students may take notes on a laptop or other electronic device, while others prefer jotting down information on paper. • Make use of all resources: handouts, online resources, study groups, etc. • More study skills tips are available through the Student Counseling Center at www.depts.ttu.edu/scc/ Virtual_Library/study_skills.php. • Need some help to manage those finals? Visit Tech’s Support Operations for Academic Retention (SOAR) website: www.depts.ttu.edu/soar/LC/10_Tips_on_How_ to_Survive_Finals.pdf. Need more help? • On-campus academic assistance is available. Visit The Learning Center website, www.depts.ttu.edu/soar/lc/, for information on peer tutoring and more. • Sometimes there are disabilities that can inhibit students’ classroom activities. Those with disabilities that affect their classroom time should visit the TECHniques Center, a part of Student Disability Services. For more details, visit www.depts.ttu.edu/techniques.
Running routes offer campus beauty Looking for a running/ walking route to create your own physical fitness course on campus? Visit www.depts.ttu. edu/urec/fitwell/routes.php, to develop the perfect route for your next workout: • 1 mile – Interior campus • 1.1 mile – Urbanovsky Park running track • 1.2 mile – Rec Center outdoor track plus around the
United Supermarkets Arena • 2.3 miles – Rec Center start for a run throughout campus • 3.1 miles – A standard 5K route used for on-campus races, triathlons and recreational walking/running • 4 miles – An extension of the 2.3-mile route that will take runners through certain areas of campus twice
Rec Center offers sports, workout facilities, activities for students By CHYNA VARGAS Staff Writer
There is a place for everyone at the University Recreational Center at Texas Tech. Whether there is a student who enjoys playing pick-up games of basketball, working out on the treadmills or taking part in dance classes, no student is left out. Scott Layher, assistant director for marketing and IT, said UREC is eagerly waiting for new and current students to arrive on campus. Student IDs will begin working as early as Aug. 8. After students scan themselves at the entrance, multiple facilities will be open for use in the fall before classes. “There’s no plan to have anything down or offline at that point in time,” Layher said. “The Rec Center should be ready to rock and roll for them to come in and have some fun.” In addition to the equipment being available, Layher said, some fitness class programs also will be operating and as well as the Outdoor Pursuits programs. “All the things will be available,” Layher said. “The biggest thing probably that starting up this fall is our F45 fitness program.” This new feature to the UREC center is a circuitbased workout program, Layher said. Stations are set up and taught by F45-trained coaches and students go through each station that has different workouts. This exercise is similar to a High-Intensity Interval Training program or HIIT for short.
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The Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center, run by the University Recreation department, offers numerous courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and other competitive activities, as well as a wide variety of weight equipment and exercise machines. The Rec also offers numerous fitness classes each day. UREC offers intramural teams and employment opportunities for students looking for ways to get involved on campus. “The cool thing is if you’re an F45 session, every F45 location in the entire world is doing that same exact workout for that day,” Layher said. “It is kind of cool to be part of a large worldwide community that is all doing the same workout.” The classes are free for students but eventually will carry an additional cost. Layher said he recommends signing up as soon as possible can as spots fill up quickly due to there being 25 to 30 people in a class. Weight rooms or cardio equipment, indoor running, track or playing basketball, all those things are free every day Layher said. Fitness classes such as yoga classes, spin classes, pilates and HIIT classes are free. “The only fitness program right now that costs and has an additional fee is
CrossFit,” Layher said. “We have an official CrossFit box in our facility as well. It is called CrossFit Texas Tech.” Layher said it is a great place to build a community for people that want to have fun and have a great workout. The price for this program is yet to be determined but interested students can reach out to a UREC representative for more details. Layher said the Outdoor Pursuits Center is a center that offers trips and rents equipment for those trips. There are charges for trips, though. “Day trips by will vary by how far away they are and what the activity it is. It could be between $30 and $45 for a day,” Layher said. “And then weekend trips can vary between $35-$125 a day.” Layher said events to
look forward to this fall are the UREC participating in the Raider Welcome Week. One of the events the Rec Center has annually is the Total Rec Experience, Aug 23, where students will be able to experience what the Rec Center has to offer. “Come in and have fun, Layher said. “We will probably have some special things that aren’t normally don’t have to here every day. But we’re excited to keep those two secrets until the night of the event.” Layher said the Leisure Pool will remain open for students depending on the weather. Typically it closes in mid-October. Another way students can get involved at UREC is by participating in intramurals. Layher said it is a simple step-by-step way to get involved.
“We will have a totally online registration process for intramurals,” Layher said. “So that means they can get their own profile online. They can build their team online, and then they can register for a date and time to play online. So that’s a change from years past.” All students can play intramurals free of charge. No registration fee is necessary, Layher said. Students from on and off campus can participate. With regard to student organizations that want to rent out rooms, equipment or courts, Layher said the information can be found on the UREC website, with a separate tab for reserving whatever an organization might need. The form provides details of when, where and who would need the facilities and
how can the UREC help. As for UREC hours in August, they are scheduled to change throughout the weeks. “We call it our August interim schedule,” Layher said. “The best place for that information is always on our website to get daily hours and then our normal full hours will probably start the week of Welcome Week and for sure by the first day of class.” Layher said the hours of operation are updated daily on the website so students can check there if they are ever wondering about the UREC’s schedule. “We look forward to students coming back,” Layher said. “We think this is going to be a fun year with this being the first year of regular orientation being back in person.”
Originally named Texas Technological College, the college opened in 1925 with six buildings and an enrollment of 914. The name was changed to Texas Tech University on Sept. 1, 1969.
Local weather can be extreme, pose challenges By DT STAFF Lubbock, deep in the heart of the South Plains, is well known for its unpredictable weather. Weather extremes are common, and it’s not at all unusual for residents to experience a variety of weather variations within a single day. Thankfully, the city receives plenty of sunshine. Lubbock typically sees about 260 days per year of mostly sunshine, well above the U.S. city average of 205, according to bestplaces.net. Precipitation — rain, snow, sleet or hail — falls, on average, about 60 days out of the year, which means the humidity is routinely low. The city averages about 20 inches of rainfall and seven inches of snow annually. July is typically the hottest month in the city, according to the website, and the most pleasant months each year are routinely April, May and October. But it’s the severe weather — the heat, blowing dust, winds and occasionally heavy snow — that keep things interesting. The Weather Channel, in its Toughest Weather City competition a few years back, declared Lubbock the titleholder. “It’s the severe weather, heat, blowing dust and, let’s not forget, some snow” that landed Lubbock atop the list of weather-stressed cities, according to The Weather Channel article. “Extreme temperature
Weather tips: Lubbock weather is unpredictable, and those who handle adversity best tend to be the ones who are most prepared. To help, The DT staff has compiled this quick list of weather tips: • Be aware of the forecast and possible changes in weather conditions • Set up notifications on your phone to advise when severe weather is possible • Have a plan in place in case of severe weather • Keep an umbrella with you or in your vehicle • Wear layers of clothing FILE PHOTO/The Daily Toreador
While dust storms are fairly common on the South Plains, haboobs, or large walls of moving dust, are relatively rare but they are impressive and even can be a little frightening. Weather on the South Plains much more frequently involves a great deal of sun with occasional snow or rain. swings, tornadoes, dust storms … Lubbock has it all,” the author of the online article “These 30 Places Have the Worst Weather in America” wrote. “These diverse discomforts make this northwestern Texas city a bit of a challenge for new residents accustomed to more temperate climates.” Tornadoes, thankfully, aren’t common. Occasionally a funnel cloud will appear or a tornado may dance across the
West Texas skyline; however, most are short-lived and result in little to no harm. Unfortunately, Lubbock does have its own history with this type of weather phenomenon. On May 11, 1970, a powerful F-5 tornado plowed through the city after nightfall, killing 26 people, injuring more than 1,500 others and resulting in property damages of more than $200
million, according to lubbocktornado1970.com. The tornado led to the establishment of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech, according to www.weather.gov/lub/events-197019700511#interesting_facts, and studies of the storm and its aftermath aided in the development of the Fujita Tornado Damage Scale used to rate tornadoes based on the damage they leave behind. The city also maintains an outdoor warning system that can alert most Lubbock residents when a tornado
warning has been issued. A much more common part of the South Plains’ weather patterns is wind. The city’s elevation and landscape – that is, the long stretches of flat lands surrounding Lubbock – allow winds to blow unimpeded, according to a Weather Station Experts article. The city was ranked third in a “10 Windiest Cities” article published by the group earlier this year. The city’s ranking, thanks to a daily average wind speed of 12 mph, fell a bit shy of its neighbor to the north, Amarillo, whose average of 12.9 mph earned the No. 1 ranking. The wind sometimes brings in dust. Typical dust storms, which can be irritating but are largely harmless, are caused by surface winds that remain close to the ground; however, occasionally the South Plains will see another type of dust storm. A haboob, the Arabic term for massive rolling clouds of dust, is generated by area thunderstorms whose winds lift the dust higher into the air, creating menacing orange or brown clouds that can greatly reduce visibility. In March 2021, Lubbock was consumed by a haboob packing 70 mph winds, according to reports on KCBD.com. So, can newcomers expect to adjust to Lubbock’s unpredictable, ever-changing weather conditions? Brad Gandy, a third-year marketing major from Houston, said there are many benefits of living in a dry climate.
“In the Houston area the humidity will practically drown you. I’d rather sit outside in triple-digit weather in Lubbock for an hour than go through 10 minutes of the same heat down there,” Gandy said. “The wet climate down in Southeast Texas also brings a lot of mosquitos. Not having to deal with bug spray constantly is hugely underrated.” While he enjoys that Lubbock is dry, Gandy said he still gets excited any time the forecast calls for precipitation. “My favorite thing about the weather here is the chance of snow,” Gandy said. “We’ve definitely seen some of the worst effects of winter weather in recent years, but there’s still nothing that matches the joy felt when you wake up to the ground covered in white. It’s even nice here when it rains. It will be short and sweet but you can always tell the grass is a bit greener the next day.” Fourth-year advertising major Caitlyn James of Dallas said she feels too much preparation is required to come up with a comfortable and appealing outfit resistant to the Lubbock weather. “Any time I leave my house I have to be ready to wear anything three or four layers to just one,” James said. “Even if it’s bright and sunny out the wind can leave someone in short sleeves regretting that they left their room.” Bishop Van Buren contributed to this story.
What you need to know: Lubbock weather averages Temperature Average high temperature Average low temperature Average temperature Average annual precipitation Average annual snowfall Highest temperature recorded Lowest temperature recorded
74º F 47º F 60.65º F 19.12 inches 9 inches 114º F, June 27, 1994 -17º F, Feb. 8, 1933
Sources: www.usclimatedata.com, www.weather.gov/lub/climate-klbb-records-alltime
Highest monthly average Longest at or below 32º F
86º F, July/August 2011 207 hours, Dec. 17-26, 1983
Precipitation Maximum 24-hour rainfall Maximum single-month rainfall Least single-month rainfall Wettest year
7.8 inches, Sept. 11-12, 2008 13.93 inches, September 1936 0 inches, December 2003 40.56 inches, 1941
Driest year Maximum 24-hour snowfall Maximum single-month snowfall Maximum single-season snowfall
5.96 inches, 2011 16.3 inches, Jan. 20-21, 1983 25.3 inches, January 1983 41.2 inches, 1982-1983
Wind Highest single-minute avg. wind 70 mph, May 9, 1952 Peak wind gust 90 mph, May 9, 1952
Although it has existed since 1924, the larger-than-life representation of the university’s seal was put in place on April 27, 1972. The seal is 12 feet tall and made of red granite. According to “Tech Traditions from A to Z,” the seal features a lamp to represent school, a key for home, a book to represent church and the star to signify state. It also features cotton bolls to represent the area’s cotton industry and the eagle to represent country.
The statue of Will Rogers and his horse, Soapsuds, “Riding into the Sunset,”is a popular photo spot for students, families and Lubbock residents. According to the Tech traditions webpage, legend says that rather than face the statue to the west, it was rotated 23 degrees so his backside would face Texas A&M. The Saddle Tramps wrap the statue in red crepe paper prior to home football games. The statue also is wrapped before other prominent home games and in black for national tragedies.
The Student Union Building is home to a variety of dining locations and tables for eating or studying, as well as the campus bookstore, several departmental offices, the Student Government Association and student organization spaces. The building also features numerous rooms to host meeting and events and includes both the Allen Theatre and the Escondido Theatre. Students also may need to visit the SUB to get or replace their student ID or mail something through CopyMail.
The Wellness Center houses Student Health Services and the Student Counseling Center. Student Health Services offers primary and urgent care, women’s health care, X-ray services, a full-service pharmacy and a variety of other services. Through Texas Tech Physicians, SHS also offers virtual health care visits. The Student Counseling Center offers a walk-in clinic as well as a variety of services designed to help meet students’mental health needs.The counseling center also offers crisis intervention services and educational workshops to develop skills to deal with some of the challenges of daily life.
The Library is one of the more distinctive buildings on campus. It contains nearly 2 millions books and provides access to thousands of databases and electronic publications. The Library is open 24 hours a day, five days a week during most of the semester, but those hours extend to 24 hours a day, seven days a week during finals. In addition to books and reference materials, the Library also features nearly 300 computers for student use, a recording studio, additional technology, event space and study rooms — both for groups and individuals.
The Museum of Texas Tech is free of charge and is open from Tuesday through Sunday each week. It provides visitors with a mix of cultural artifacts, fine arts and natural science, according to its website. Visitors are allowed to take photos and videos of their tour, although flash photography is prohibited. The Museum also includes the Moody Planetarium, which offers programs about the study of stars and constellations, dark matter and black holes and in-depth looks at the sun, moon and solar system, according to the website. The planetarium also offers laser shows set to a variety of music.
The United Supermarkets Arena first opened its doors on Nov. 19, 1999, originally as the United Spirit Arena. It serves as the home for Texas Tech’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball. In addition to athletic events, the facility also hosts graduations, other sizeable events and concerts. The control room in the arena houses operations for the video boards at Jones AT&T Stadium and Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in addition to the in-house video board, according to Tech Athletics. The arena has 15,098 seats.
For 65 years,Transportation & Parking Services has managed the transit and parking options on campus, from parking for students, staff and faculty to bus routes and late-night shuttles. That now includes Lime scooters. Most parking lots on campus are controlled by TPS and regulated by permits or park-and-pay stations. The department also hosts bike and car clinics each semester as well as bike sales to help students get a new-to-them bicycle at a low price. Students also can register their bikes through their My Parking Account. This can aid in recovery of the bike in the event of theft.
Run by University Recreation, the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center is the campus fitness facility, but it’s so much more than just workout facilities. The Rec Center also includes the Leisure Pool, an indoor lap pool, a variety of sports courts, classrooms and a rock wall, which offers more than 4,000 square feet of climbing area, according to the Rec Center website. Another part of the Rec Center is the Outdoor Pursuits Center, which offers equipment rental and trips — both day trips and longer trips to locations such as various areas of New Mexico.
Jones AT&T Stadium has been the home of the Red Raider football team since 1947, according to Tech Athletics. The Jones can hold more than 60,000 screaming fans, with a single-game attendance record of 61,836 for a Nov. 2, 2013, game against then-No. 12 Oklahoma State. The facility is named after former Texas Tech president Clifford B. Jones and his wife, Audrey. Their names have graced the facility since its opening. The stadium has undergone several renovations during its life, including the installation of FieldTurf in 2017 and a new video board in 2013.
Raider Welcome provides introduction to life at Tech Raider Welcome, an assortment of events created for new and returning Texas Tech students, will run Aug. 12 through Sept. 3 at dozens of locations throughout campus. Activities are designed to celebrate academic success, wellness and recreation, community involvement, culture and diversity, social connections and Tech traditions, according
Free pizza at Urbanovsky
Campus Crusade for Christ, or Cru at TTU, will host a pizza party from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Urbanovsky Park gazebo. Pizza and drinks will be served, sidelined by sand volleyball, spikeball, corn hole, kan jam and other fun activities.
to the 2022 Raider Welcome website, www.depts.ttu.edu/ studentengagement/raiderwelcome/. The majority of events are offered free of charge. According to the website, Raider Welcome offers students the opportunity to get information about campus resources; become acquainted with roommates and classmates; learn to
successfully navigate the Tech campus; become comfortable in your new home away from home; and ask questions you may have prior to the start of classes. Below is a small sampling of the many Raider Welcome activities planned as of mid-July (many require a Tech ID, so be sure to pick that up on your way out the door):
99-cent Steak Night set
ington, Bledsoe, Wall and Gates halls. Supplies of the free T-shirts will be limited; first-come, first-served.
Swap out that other school’s shirt
Transfer Connection will host a Welcome Day and T-shirt Swap for transfer students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the SUB North Plaza. Students should bring a T-shirt from their previous institutions to swap for a Tech T-shirt. Barbecue sandwiches will be offered while supplies last.
Pasta Lunch on RISE
RISE (Risk Intervention and Safety Education) will offer a free pasta lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the Red Raider Ballroom in the Student Union Building. Various student wellness topics will be discussed over the lunch of salad, pasta and dessert.
Glow-in-the-dark Frisbee set
ICC to host Game Night
The Catholic Student Association will host a Glow-in-theDark Ultimate Frisbee event from 8-9:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the sand volleyball courts in Urbanovsky Park.
Scavenger Hunt planned
The Residence Halls Association and RISE (Risk Intervention and Safety Education) will host a Casino Night from 8-11 p.m. Aug. 25 at the United Supermarkets Arena. Casino games, a photo booth, free food and prizes will be included in the evening’s activities.
Drive a robot
The Wesley Foundation at Tech will offer a scavenger hunt and games from 8-11:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Wesley Foundation, 2420 15th St. (corner of University and 15th next to CVS). For more details visit ttuwesley.org/.
RHA, RISE to host Casino Night
The International Cultural Center’s Hall of Nations will host an International Game Night with Study Abroad from 5-6 p.m. on Aug. 16. Students can show off their international knowledge in games of Jeopardy! and bingo. Prizes and snacks will be included in the evening’s activities.
Scavenger hunt, games planned
The Catholic Student Association will host a DYRT (Discipleship Youth Retreat Team) Scavenger Hunt from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 17 beginning in the Student Union Building’s North Plaza. The Robotics and Advanced Tech Society will offer a Drive a Robot event from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the SUB’s West Plaza. Participants are invited to come out and race the society’s latest creation, meet team members and get involved.
Grab some ice cream
The Baptist Student Ministry will host an Ice Cream Night from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Tech BSM Building, 2401 13th St. (one block behind Varsity Bookstore). Free ice cream and all the toppings will be served. To register, visit www. techbsm.com.
Pick up some swag, sweets
The College of Human Sciences Student Services will offer free Tiff ’s Treats and chances to win swag from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Human Sciences Building’s south entrance.
Slip n’ Slide Kickball slated
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries will set up a Slip n’ Slide Kickball event from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 19 at the open field in Urbanovsky Park (next to volleyball courts). Free food also will be offered.
A cappella workshop set
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The annual 99-cent Steak Night hosted by the Baptist Student Ministry will run from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Urbanovsky Park amphitheater. For 99 cents, each student will receive a steak, tortilla, chips, salad, cookie and bottled water. Sign up at https://forms.gle/gXqY879MWtwwL4Sh8. student loans and having their money work for them.
Honors students event planned
The Honors College First-year Experience Welcome Event will run from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Urbanovsky Park gazebo and sand volleyball courts. All new and returning Honors students should stop by for Bahama Buck’s snow cones, sand volleyball and the opportunity to meet mentors and other Honors students and faculty members.
Top it off with ice cream
The University Career Center will host an ice cream social from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Wiggins Complex. Ice cream will be served free of charge, sidelined by music and a game-day atmosphere complete with appearances by the Masked Rider and spirit squad. Participants can learn more about what the UCC offers as students prep for future careers.
Disc golf tourney offered
University Recreation’s Intramural Sports will host a Disc Golf Tournament from 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Urbanovsky Park disc golf course on campus. Participants can play the course any time during the allotted hours and the player with the best score will receive the championship shirt.
Urbanovsky to host Raider Roundup
Transition & Engagement is planning the annual Raider Roundup event from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 28 in Urbanovsky Park. Students new to Tech are invited to mark the beginning of their time at the university by making connections with faculty, staff and other students while enjoying free Whataburger, Insomnia Cookies, live music and yard games.
Non-traditional student event set
Transfer Connection will host a Non-traditional Student Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Wagner Park, corner of 26th Street and Elgin Avenue. This event is open to non-traditional (married, parent, military, took a break between high school and college, later-in-life student, etc.) students, their spouses and children. Yard games and food will be offered.
Transfer Techsans plan kickoff
Transfer Techsans, a student organization where transfer students relate to and support one another while at Tech, will host a kickoff event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the SUB’s Matador Room. Information about the organization will be offered, as will food and prizes.
The TechTones A Cappella group will offer an interactive A Cappella Workshop from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Escondido Theater at the SUB. Students interested in singing with the TechTones, Tech’s premier co-ed a cappella group, should attend. For more info email ttutechtones@ gmail.com.
The Leisure Pool at the Student Rec Center will host a Dive In Movie from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. Participants should bring their swimsuits and towels to enjoy a movie under the stars.
The School of Financial Planning will set up a booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 in front of Copy Mail in the SUB. Students can learn more about handling finances, paying off
Learn more about your Student Union Building from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the facility’s Open House event. Events, games and food will be offered.
The College of Arts & Sciences student ambassadors will host their 8th annual Arts & Sciences Day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 on the south lawn of Holden Hall. Students will receive free lunch, swag and information on A&S departments and Tech resources.
The Center for Campus Life will host the Raider Welcome Student Org Fair from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Red Raider Ballroom of the SUB. Participants can visit with representatives from more than 80 different student groups and receive free Campus Life and student org swag. This fair is the largest org fair of the semester.
University Recreation will host a Turf Takeover from 6-11:59 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Turf Complex, located at the southwest corner of Texas Tech Parkway and 10th Street. Participants will enjoy a night of games, including 9-square, spikeball, corn hole and other “tailgate-type” games for dropin play.
Texas Tech University Libraries will host a Trivia Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Library’s Croslin Room. Those who love trivia, snacks, prizes and meeting new friends should stop by with a team. Trivia subjects will include current events, pop culture and other fun topics.
University Recreation’s Intramural Sports will host a Flash Tennis Tournament from 5:30-10 p.m. Sept. 1 at Urbanovsky Park tennis courts 1-4. Participants must bring their own racquets, but balls will be provided. Register in advance at IMLeagues.com/TTU to guarantee a spot.
Billed as the “best free pancakes you’ll ever eat,” this event will run from 10-11:59 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Tech Baptist Student Ministry building, 2401 13th St. (one block behind Varsity Bookstore).
A Kickball Tournament, organized by Intramural Sports/ University Recreation, will run from 6-11 p.m. Sept. 2 in the University Recreation Softball Complex. Register in advance at IMLeagues.com/TTU or drop in to play. The Raider Welcome website offers a searchable listing of all Raider Welcome activities. Activities are being added weekly, so check the list to find even more fun and interesting events.
Learn about financial planning
Dive in to a movie
SUB plans Open House
Find your place at Student Org Fair
Library to host Trivia Night
Enjoy some Late-Night Pancakes
Get a game-day shirt
Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru at TTU) will offer a Game-day Shirt Giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at Chitwood, Weymouth, Stangel, Murdough, Honors, Talk-
Arts & Sciences Day slated
Take part in Turf Takeover
Kickball Tournament set
Photo opp to mark first class day
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Parent and Family Relations will offer a Back-to-School Photo event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at the West Plaza Gazebo at the SUB. Stop by to get a photo for social media or to send home to mom.
Raider Roundup welcomes students
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Raider Roundup, hosted by Texas Tech’s Transition & Engagement department, is an outdoor festival designed to help students celebrate the beginning of their Red Raider journey. New students can join their fellow Red Raiders in celebrating the beginning of their time at Texas Tech at the 2022 Raider Roundup. Free food, live music and other activities are planned as part of Raider Roundup, which will begin at Urbanovsky Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. Urbanovsky Park is located on the Tech campus. The event is being organized by the university’s department of Transition &
Engagement. Planned as part of the event, according to the Raider Roundup website, are: • T-shirt giveaways • Free Whataburger food • Free Tiffs Treats cookies • Games • Live music A current Tech student also will offer inspiring words to help students prepare for academic and personal success. Raider Roundup is organized by Transition & Engagement.
Scholarships can help cover tuition Need help covering tuition costs? Consider applying for scholarships. Almost 60 percent of Texas Tech students received a grant or scholarship a year ago, according to the university’s scholarship office website. The average amount of grants/scholarships received by Tech students in the Fall 2021 semester was $7,150. Through the university application for current students, a Tech student can quickly and easily apply for more than 4,000 internal scholarships with a single
application, according to the university’s scholarship website, www.depts. ttu.edu/scholarships/currentStudentsScholarships. php. The scholarship application period opens annually in October and closes Feb. 1. Numerous external scholarships also are available, including those offered through the Texas Tech Parents Association and the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Check out the website to view an instructional video or for further information.
What you need to know: Fall entertainment options In addition to the many activities organized within the Texas Tech community each semester, Lubbock plays host to hundreds of events each year. A handful of the Fall semester activities, which include fairs, concerts, running events and festivals, are listed below: • Hub City Comic Con — Aug. 19-21, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, hubcitycomiccon.com/tickets/. • First Friday Art Trail — Sept. 2 (monthly on the first Friday), various venues, lhuca.org/ffat. • Korn and Evanescence — Sept. 7, United Supermarkets Arena (on campus), www.depts.ttu. edu/unitedsupermarketsarena/events/special/2022KoRn-and-Evanescence.php. • Willie McCool Memorial Half-Marathon, 5K and 10K — Sept. 17, Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27, westtexasendurance.com/willie-mccoolmemorial/. • Panhandle-South Plains Fair — Sept. 23 through Oct. 12 (watch for College Night details where your student ID gets you discounted admission), Panhandle-South Plains Fairgrounds, www. southplainsfair.com/ • Kevin James — Sept. 24, Buddy Holly Hall, www.buddyhollyhall.com/event/kevin-james/. • “Weird Al” Yankovic with special guest: Emo Philips — Sept. 29, Buddy Holly Hall, www.buddyhollyhall.com. • Halestorm — Oct. 2, Buddy Holly Hall, www. FILE PHOTO/The Daily Toreador buddyhollyhall.com. The Panhandle-South Plains Fair, which takes place every fall, is a great chance • Howl-o-Ween Dog Run & Haunted Hustle to Texas Tech students to eat some tasty treats and enjoy rides. The 2022 fair will — Oct. 15, westtexasendurance.com/howl-o-ween- take place from Sept. 23 to Oct. 12. dog-run/. There are dozens of other activities planned, as well as the • Justin Moore — Nov. 5, Buddy Holly Hall, www. Spring 2023 semester, both on campus and off. Keep up with buddyhollyhall.com. • Tim Allen — Nov. 12, Buddy Holly Hall, www.buddyhol- what’s going on in and around Lubbock by following The Daily Toreador’s social media or visiting www.dailytoreador.com. lyhall.com.
University Libraries provide more than books The University Libraries include the Architecture Library, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library and the University Library. Open more hours than any other building on campus (extended daily hours with special 24/7 hours during final exams) the Library provides access to approximately 191,000 online journals, newspapers and periodicals; almost 1 million e-books; 380 databases; and 1 million architecture and art digital images. Librarians offer personalized assistance for research and reference needs in person, by phone, via e-mail or through the Ask-a-Librarian chat service. Every major has its own Personal Librarian. The Library houses more than 270 public computers (both PC and Mac), the most computer stations on campus, each equipped with the full and latest versions of the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and other project/product and publishing tools. In the basement of the University Library, the state-ofthe-art Crossroads Recording Studio provides a free facility to all students and university employees for practice, performance, podcasts, music, theater and oral presentations. On the second floor, Dynamic Media Services (DMS)
E a c h major has a Personal Librarian who can help with research and reference needs. offers digital cameras, highdefinition digital camcorders, GoPro cameras and mounts, more than 5,000 American and international film and movie DVDs, and music and audio books on CD available for checkout. Podcast studios and an anatomy model lab also are available. The Library Makerspace features 3D printing, scanning, engraving and more. The Makerspace also features a Virtual Reality Lab, which offers Oculus Rift VR headsets with controllers. Thirty-five group study rooms are available for reservation and over 180 individual study rooms are available for check-out. The university offers a onecredit-hour course, LIBR 1100, to convey effective library research methods and strategies for scholastic success. The Library also offers numerous workshops throughout the year on topics such as 3D printing, databases, managing citations and more. Visit library.ttu.edu for more details.
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Texas Tech sets aside several dates each year to celebrate students and their families. This year’s Family Weekend, sponsored by Parent and Family Relations, will be Oct. 28-29, according to the department’s website, www. depts.ttu.edu/parentrelations/family.php. A list of tentatively scheduled activities on Oct. 28 includes: • Parent & Family Relations Ice Cream Social — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at a location to be announced. Free ice cream will be served. • Family & Friends Night at the SUB — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., hosted by Student Union & Activities in the SUB Courtyard and Allen Theatre. Activities, which will be detailed at a later date, will be free. • Texas Tech Parents Association Family Fun Night — 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., SUB Red Raider Ballroom. Activities will include a family dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a Housing Fair. This will be a ticketed event; for more details, visit www.texastechparents.org. • Texas Tech volleyball vs. Kansas State — 6 p.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena. This will be a ticketed event; visit www.texastech.
com to purchase tickets or get tickets at the door. Oct. 29 activities tentatively scheduled include: • Texas Tech Parents Association Tailgate — Time to be determined by game-time announcement; however, it will run three hours prior to kickoff. Billed as the largest on-campus tailgate at Tech, the event will be catered by the Odessa Chuckwagon Gang. Location and more specifics will be announced. This will be a ticketed event; visit www. texastechparents.org for more details. • Raider Alley Tailgate — Time to be determined by game-time announcement; however, it will begin in the Engineering Key four hours prior to kickoff. The event, hosted by Tech Athletics, will be free and include live music, inflatables and other family-friendly games and traditional tailgate activities. • Tech game against the Baylor Bears — Will kick off on Oct. 29 at a time to be announced at Jones AT&T Stadium. Visit the Parent and Family Relations website listed above for information about tickets, potential discounts, a Gameday Guide, etc.
What you need to know: Hub City Fest Texas Tech students interested in learning more about local businesses should plan to attend the Hub City Fest 2022. The event, organized by the Tech Office of Transition & Engagement, will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. This year’s Hub City Fest will be in a new location -- the R-11 band parking lot at 18th Street and Akron Avenue. Freebies, live music and prizes will be offered, as well as special deals from retailers, according to the event website (www.depts.ttu.edu/studentengagement/ hubcityfest/). A broad assortment of local retailers are
expected to participate in the event. The first 1,500 students who present their student IDs will receive free Tech T-shirts. A number of large door prizes are being secured for giveaway every 15-20 minutes during the event. Prizes given away last year included a Dell laptop, flat-screen TVs, a gaming chair, jewelry, backpacks, gift certificates, gym memberships and free passes to various entertainment venues throughout the city. To be eligible to win one of the door prizes, student IDs must be scanned upon entry to Hub City Fest, according to the website.
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Students can visit booths from a wide range of local businesses during Hub City Fest. Numerous door prizes will be available and many of the booths will have their own games or prizes too.
’22 Bucket List
Attend the annual Carol of Lights event on Dec. 2 Have your picture taken with the big ring sculpture outside the Alumni Center on campus Visit the Lubbock Lake Landmark and learn about the dinosaurs and fossils found in the area Build a snow sculpture on campus Say hello to a random stranger in the Student Union or the Library Take selfies with your favorite campus art installation Join an intramural team and participate Attend a Student Government Association meeting Participate in a face-to-face academic advising session Earn a spot on the Dean’s or President’s List Start a “Raider Power!” chant at a Tech sporting event Attend a party Find the Blarney Stone on the Texas Tech campus Visit the Library and check out its many resources
Learn and sing the real words t o t h e Tex a s Te c h “Fight Song” and “The Matador Song” Go a full semester without missing a class Go bowling with friends Take a selfie with the Masked Rider and her horse Recycle when and where you can on campus Find one (or more) of the painted murals in town and grab a Lubbock selfie to post to social media Make time to take in a few West Texas sunsets Get quoted by The Daily Toreador or featured in one of its videos Visit the Buddy Holly Center and check out the giant glasses Find your favorite barbecue restaurant in Lubbock Take an arbitrary class unrelated to personal interests just to broaden your horizons Play a round of golf at the Jerry S. Rawls Golf Course Try each of the independent burger joints along 34th and 50th streets
Conquer the rock wall at the Rec
Follow the Goin’ Band from Raiderland to Jones AT&T Stadium before a home football game Get a job Spend a Friday evening taking in the sights and sounds of the First Friday Art Trail When you need a Scantron form for an exam, buy extras, take them to class and distribute them to fellow class members Round up some friends and go on a road trip to an out-of-town Tech football game Attend an event just for the free food or T-shirt Sit in the courtyard behind the Administration Building and watch unsuspecting students get sucked into the wind tunnel Pick up the print edition of The Daily Toreador and read it Drop by Raider Red Meats in the Animal Sciences building for lunch
Since 1925, students have walked the same paths you’re about to walk and gone to classes in many of the same buildings. As you look forward toward the path to graduation — it will be here far quicker than you can imagine — check out a list of things to do before you leave Raiderland. Use #TTUBucketList22 to share when you complete one. Have something to add for next year’s incoming students? Share that too. Bottom line? Enjoy being a Red Raider.
Attend a Tech home football game with your face and/or body painted in school colors
Stop in and listen to one of the speakers who make their way to the campus Free Speech Area Eat some fried cheese at Spanky’s Attend a men’s or women’s basketball conference home game Scan TechAnnounce daily for interesting activities and opportunities Roll up to Amarillo to visit Cadillac Ranch (take some spray paint!) Volunteer with a local nonprofit (check out the Volunteer Center of Lubbock’s website) Partake in a harmless prank war among friends at the residence hall Attend a university production — a play, musical, concert or recital Eat at Skyviews of Texas Tech University
dated — always Enjoy some nachos at Chimy’s Take at least one selfie with Raider Red each year Float the Lazy River at the Leisure Pool Get re-tweeted by an official Tech Twitter account Play flashlight tag at Memorial Circle at midnight Treat a roommate to a meal at One Guy’s
Visit Prairie Dog Town in Lubbock’s Mackenzie Park
Check out the Alt’Do Farms Corn Maize northwest of Lubbock Go on a blind date set up by a trusted friend Splurge on a purchase that ordinarily would be beyond your budget Participate in one of the many Tech Homecoming activities, like the bonfire or the parade Enjoy a weekend of college-themed movies (“Animal House,” “Old School,” etc.) Attend a Tech home softball game Participate in a friendly snowball fight on campus Buy a toy you loved as a kid and donate it to one of the local holiday toy drives Visit the Career Center and explore ways it can help with your career plans Catch a live show by a musician who is a Lubbock native Pull an all-nighter at the Library Take a date to the Stars & Stripes Drive-in and order their specialty — a Chihuahua sandwich Stand in the center of Memorial Circle, inside the seven reservoirs of Pfluger Fountain, and listen Take in one of the free Late Night Movies offered each week at the Student Union Complete an internship relating to your major Get your puppy fix by volunteering at a local no-kill shelter Spend a day going to and from class without checking your cell phone
Participate in Texas Tech’s annual Arbor Day Get involved with an organization related to Tech Attend RaiderGate before a home football game Go to the Rec Center and work out daily for a week Participate in a peaceful political rally or protest Take part in one of the trips offered through the Outdoor Pursuits Center Create your résumé and keep it up-
When your family visits, take a group photo with the “Riding into the Sunset” (Will Rogers & Soapsuds) statue Take some friends and go to Joyland in Mackenzie Park Sled down a snow-covered hill at Urbanovsky Park Visit the National Ranching Heritage Center or Texas Tech Museum See the pioneers of the South Plains mural by artist Peter Hurd in the Holden Hall rotunda Grab a freshman-year selfie at the Tech Seal (to pair with the one you’ll take your senior year in cap and gown) Participate in the next SGA election — either as a candidate or by voting Toss a tortilla at a football game without getting caught After your freshman year, lounge on the Double T Bench in the courtyard behind the Administration Building
Splash in the puddles following a rain on campus
Take an offbeat class as an elective Experience Mafia Queso at Orlando’s Help build one of the homecoming parade floats Attend a Tech women’s soccer home game Take in a Saturday baseball game at Dan Law Field Rush the court when Tech upsets a ranked opponent Enjoy one of the concerts featured at the United Supermarkets Arena
Go online and read up on the alleged hauntings on the Texas Tech campus Take in the Tech Pom Squad and CoEd Cheer team performances at Raider Alley before a home football game Take a day trip to Palo Duro Canyon Visit one of Lubbock’s sushi eateries and order the craziest thing on the menu Take a road trip to the hot air balloon festival in New Mexico Drive around the Loop Enjoy a picnic at Buffalo Springs Visit the South Plains Fair, Sept. 23Oct. 1, and enjoy some traditional fair food (turkey leg, anyone?)
Camp out at a sporting or musical event at least a day prior to its scheduled time
Variety of transportation methods help students get around campus, town
What you need to know: Things to do in and around Lubbock
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The Buddy Holly Center, located at 1801 Ave. G, is dedicated to the memory of the late musician and is one of many local attractions Texas Tech students can explore during their time in the Hub City. If you visit, make sure to take a photo with a replica of Holly’s iconic glasses.
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Lime scooters are a colorful, visible mode of transportation for students to get around campus. Texas Tech also has bus routes to help students traverse one of the largest campuses in the country. Many apartment complexes around Texas Tech have dedicated bus routes to get their residents to campus each day.
By ASHER MCPHERSON Staff Writer
Tech has different means of transportation across campus such as buses, Lime scooters and to help students get around. Students may utilize these services to contribute to their experience at Tech. Parking in Raiderland Whether a student is living on or off campus, in order to park on campus without risking a parking citation a student must have a parking permit. Students can purchase a permit on the Transportation and Parking Services website and can either pay for the permit upfront or add it to their tuition bill. “If you’re in a dorm, you’ll get a resident hall lot, which is any lot that starts with the letter Z,” Transportation and Parking Services media relations coordinator, Brandon Richard, said. “So whichever dorm you choose, you select the lot that’s right outside your building.” Students commuting from an off campus residences can purchase commuter passes for one of four commuter lots in various parts of campus. Another option is the Flint Avenue parking garage, which is for commuters or residence hall students. It is covered parking on the second and third floor. The top floor is utilized as pay-to-park space. Third-year architecture student, Emily Kotrola, has a parking pass in the Commuter West lot; however, she said she typically parks at the Flint garage on the third or fourth floors where it’s open. Kotrola said the garages are the best parking but it’s hard to get in. She recommended Commuter West and Commuter North as other good options. Students who do not park in their designated parking lots are subject to parking tickets. According to Transportation Services, all license plates are linked to a computer system that verifies if a student is parked in the correct lot. “Everything works through license plate recognition,” Richard said. “Basically your license plate is your parking pass. If they’re in the wrong
spot they will get a ticket, and if they don’t have a permit at all, then it goes on that license plate’s record.” Parking tickets begin at $25, but Richard recommends paying within five or six days because the ticket will go up by $5 after 10 days. Students can pay tickets online or they can go to the Transportation and Parking Services office and pay in person. “In person is great because you could also then talk to our permit office,” Richard said. “If you have any questions about why you got the citation, it’s good to have that face-to-face interaction to pay the ticket and ask questions if you need to.” If a student wants to dispute the citation or if there was an issue, Richard said they may be able to appeal the citation. However, if it was rightfully cited, students must pay the citation if the appeal is denied. The best input Richard said he can give is to park where one’s permit allows because it will alleviate a lot of the congestion in the lots. “The reason students have issues is because other people are in their parking area,” Richard said. “If everyone takes that individual responsibility to park where they’re supposed to, then it clears up a lot of lots.” Scootin’ to class There are also Lime scooters and some Lime bikes around campus for student use. Students must download the Lime app, then scan the QR code on the scooter to unlock the vehicle. Limes cost $1 to start and 25 cents per minute afterward. Students should park Limes in a designated Lime parking area on campus. The app will total the amount owed and charge the form of payment a person has linked to the app. Kotrola said if a student is living on campus, she recommends Limes or bikes. “You can walk across campus in like 30 minutes so it’s not a huge deal, but I definitely recommend biking or scootering,” Kotrola said. “I don’t know how to ride a
scooter, so I just walk, but I had a bike my first semester. I recommend biking and obviously parking at your dorm.” Busing to Class Tech partners with Lubbock’s transit system, Citibus, which give students the ability to take the bus to campus and around campus. There are two on-campus bus routes, the Red Raider and the Double T, that run from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular academic year. These buses operate in two different directions, one going clockwise on campus and the other counterclockwise. “It’s easier to get around campus,” Richard said. “You don’t have to take the long way around to go to another building. You can jump on the other bus route going the other direction.” Third-year public relations student Hannah Lara said the bus can be very convenient for may students. Lara said she leaves about 40 minutes before her class starts to make sure she has time to walk to the bus stop and get on without being late for class. “Have it planned out the first day you try it out and see what works for your schedule because I have to do that and now I know that it comes at like 9:25 (a.m.) now, so that’s when I get on the bus and go to class,” Lara said. There are multiple buses, so if a student misses one bus, there will be one about five to seven minutes behind that one, Richard said. To help students navigate bus routes, Richard said there is a live bus-tracking app, DoubleMap, which indicates bus routes and numbers and tracks the location of the bus as it moves. “It’ll show the buses that are on campus, and wherever they are,” Richard said. “If you’re in your dorm, you see that the buses come in, you can hurry up and get down to the bus stop so you don’t miss it.” For more information on Transportation Services on and off campus visit the website www.depts.ttu.edu/parking/.
What you need to know: Biking on campus Bicycles are a popular mode of transportation on the Texas Tech campus, but cyclists are advised by Transportation & Parking Services officials to be aware of safety precautions and regulations. According to the Transportation & Parking Services website (www.depts.ttu.edu/parking/ InformationFor/Bicycling/Basics.php, bikes should be registered with their office. It’s a free process that establishes legal ownership of the bike, which comes in handy if it should ever be stolen. The registration link is available on the website denoted above. As a secondary precaution, a bike owner also should take photos of the bike and record its serial number (often found on the underside of the pedal crank), according to the website. Bikes always should be locked up when parked, even during short time periods. A Ulock is recommended, as it is more difficult to cut (chains and cables are easily and quickly cut by bike thieves). On the Tech campus, bikes always should be parked and locked to a bike rack —“never to railings, trees or other architectural or landscape features,” according to the website. “Locking to landscaping and architectural features can
damage campus and even result in difficulty in entering buildings for students with disabilities.” Bikes are not permitted in buildings. Any bike found in violation of university regulations may be impounded. Cyclists may use bike lanes and campus streets, the website states, as well as on sidewalks — except for the following (to avoid collisions with pedestrians): • Sidewalks that run parallel to a street with a designated bike lane (cyclists must use the bike lane); • Breezeways and sidewalks that cross breezeways; • Sidewalks to run down the face of a building; • Areas designated by signs as dismount zones, such as the area between the Student Union Building and the Library. For a full outline of state and university regulations pertaining to bikes or to view a map that includes locations of bike fix-it/air stations, parking areas and dismount zones, visit the website. Transportation & Parking Services regularly hosts free bike clinics. Watch for announcements about the clinics in TechAnnounce or The Daily Toreador.
American Windmill Museum, a museum of the history of wind power, at 1701 Canyon Lake Dr., Lubbock. www.windmill.com/ Silent Wings Museum, which preserves and promotes the history of the World War II military glider program, at 6202 N. Interstate 27, Lubbock. ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/ silent-wings-museum National Ranching Heritage Center, a repository of western history, at 3121 Fourth St., Lubbock. ranchingheritage.org/ Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 Fourth St.; an educational, scientific, cultural and research arm of Tech. www.depts.ttu. edu/museumttu The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, with galleries open free to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays at 511 Ave. K. lhuca.org/ Buffalo Springs Lake, which offers camping, fishing, boating and beaches, as well as special events scheduled throughout the year; located at 9999 High Meadow Road. buffalospringslake.net/ Moody Planetarium, 3301 Fourth St.; a component of the Museum of Texas Tech. www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/visit/planetarium.php Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, 2401 Landmark Drive; another part of the Museum of Texas Tech. www.depts.ttu. edu/museumttu/lll/index.html Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Ave. G;
dedicated to the preservation, collection and promotion of Lubbock’s own Buddy Holly, as well as the music of West Texas. ci.lubbock. tx.us/departments/buddy-holly-center Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289; hosts permanent and traveling exhibits and serves as a resource of science education to residents and visitors of Lubbock and the South Plains. sciencespectrum.org/ Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive; serves as a “living memorial to … farm families that were pioneers in agriculture”. agriculturehistory.org/ For a full overview of events and activities planned for the Lubbock area, visit www. visitlubbock.org/events/. West Texas activities Lake Alan Henry, located 65 miles southeast of Lubbock in Garza County; camp and hike in the Sam Wahl Recreation Area or enjoy bass fishing — 130 miles round trip Visit the Cadillac Ranch art installation west of Amarillo (take some spray paint and leave your mark!) — 250 miles round-trip Take the 72-oz. Steak Challenge at the Big Texan in Amarillo (eat the entire meal in the prescribed time and it’s free!) — 256 miles round-trip Visit the scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park, where visitors can hike, camp, picnic, ride horseback or mountain bike and enjoy the raw beauty of the Texas Panhandle — 226 miles round trip
Source: Visit Lubbock, www.visitlubbock.org; Various travel websites
Raider Relief offers assistance to struggling students Raider Relief is a program designed to “support the needs of students and connect them with the most essential resources,” according to the Office of the Dean of Students website, www.depts.ttu.edu/ dos/raiderrelief.php.
These needs include food, housing options, financial counseling and/or support, medical and behavioral health services, transportation, employment, child care, tax preparation assistance, and academic success strategies.
Many of the resources and services available locally are listed on the website. Students who require immediate assistance, according to the website, should call 806-742-2984 or email email@example.com
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Texas Tech’s 64th annual Carol of Lights event, which will see the lighting of more than 25,000 colored lights on buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key and the Broadway entrance to campus, is set for Dec. 2. The event, sponsored by Tech’s Residence Halls Association, brings together the university and Lubbock communities each year and is one of the university’s “largest and oldest traditions.” Crowds of more than 20,000 traditionally attend the free event, according to the Carol of Lights website.
Traditions remain strong on campus as university approaches centennial By TANA THOMPSON L a Vida Editor
The wrapping of the Will Rogers statue takes place the night before every home game. The Carol of Lights fills the campus with joy every December. On Arbor Day, campus is filled with flowers plated by student organizations. Texas Tech is known for a number of traditions, with hundreds of students getting involved in each one. After almost 100 years, Tech’s traditions are still standing. “Well, when the students first came to Texas Tech in the fall of 1925, they, along with the faculty and staff, founded what would be some of our traditions. So they chose the colors scarlet and black. They named the football team as the matador that became our mascot,” Lynn Whitfield, university archivist at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, said. “So they founded all these traditions to basically bond and, you know, form the foundations of what the school history would be as it developed.” Tech traditions were a part
of the university’s founding, and they have grown since then. And although some traditions have faded away, others may be established, Whitfield said. As Tech approaches its centennial, it’s nice to look back on its traditions. “Arbor Day is probably one of my absolute favorites. That one dates back to I think 1938 with President Bradford Knapp who instituted that,” Whitfield said. “When Texas Tech was founded we pretty much had all this open land, very little trees, very little landscaping. And so that was one of the early traditions that was instituted here at the university to improve the environment and just make it a more beautiful and comfortable place for everybody.” The original Arbor Day celebrations lasted for about 10 years until the campus hired a landscape architect, according to Daily Toreador archives. In 1996, the tradition returned. Bringing back and maintaining those traditions and holiday are important to Tech, Whitfield said. A few of Tech’s most known traditions are linked to the Saddle Tramps, an all-male
student organization that encourages men’s sports teams. “The wrapping of Will Rogers and Soapsuds was started by the Saddle Tramps. They go out to the statue the night before every home game and wrap it in red crepe paper. Students can attend Midnight Raiders and watch the Saddle Tramps wrap or they can simply marvel in its glory the day after when it’s complete,” Shelby Morlock, a second-year political science and Spanish student from Houston, said. “It’s important to most students because this tradition unites all of us … .” The Saddle Tramps also are known for the ringing of the victory bells on campus after a sporting victory or big event. “The ringing of the victory bells is a longstanding tradition for us as well. And, you know, that marks very special events that happen like if we win a National Championship or a big event,” Whitfield said. “During COVID the Saddle Tramps actually opened up the Bell Tower and let people go up there and kind of experience what it’s like to ring the victory bell so I think that is a special tradition.”
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1. Every Thursday before home football games and before other important home sporting events, the Saddle Tramps wrap the “Riding into the Sunset” statue in red crepe paper. 2. The Masked Rider and Raider Red are vital parts of Tech school spirit and tradition. They both make hundreds of appearances each year on behalf of the school. 3. Although not an official university tradition, since the 1980s Tech students have thrown tortillas at the kickoff of football games. 4. Arbor Day started as a campus tradition in 1937 as a way for students, faculty and staff to help beautify the campus.