Global Climate Change: More than melting ice bergs

By: Callie Yardley, Elizabeth Hale, Joseph Marcades, and Violeta Trevizo

Scientific studies across the world indicate climate change is real. The effects climate change has on the world extend further than our oceans and ice caps, it effects the way we live in every aspect. From the products we consume to the way governments handle policies, climate change is a driving force even if we don’t realize it. In this story we break down some of the aspects through which climate change affects humanity, specifically in West Texas.

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For some, success is literally at their fingertips

Nail salons are all over America, they are next to corner stores and inside malls, and for the most part this is a business that is dominated by Vietnamese immigrants.

According to Nails Magazine, Vietnamese-Americans make up 48 percent of the nail industry, Hung Dong is part of that statistic. He along with his wife Melissa own Dove Nails Salon in Lubbock, Texas.

The couple bought the business in 2001 and have kept it a family affair since. Their business is something Melissa refers to as a “Mom and pop shop.”

“From working with other people in salons, we decided to be very different, and decided in a sense of keeping it in the family,” Melissa said. “It’s hard to find people with a long working history in one specific area so we decided to keep as in a two-person salon.”

For Hung, his business is more than a source of income, it represents his blood, sweat and tears coming to the United States as a refugee.

Before making it to the U.S., Hung was stuck on the ocean for days during Typhoon season, and even after that he had to live as a refugee in the Philippines.

“We didn’t have enough food or water,” Hung said.

He is no stranger to hardship or poverty, but once he and his brother were able to apply for visas, Hung’s life changed forever.

“We could apply to any country, Australia, France, Canada, America,” Hung said. “I applied to America.”

Although Hung and Melissa met working at a restaurant, he knew that wasn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. In a few years Hung went from living on $2 a day to owning his own business. A story of success, that many like himself share.

Hung believes many fellow Vietnamese immigrants get into this business because they lack English-speaking skills and it doesn’t take a lot of money to start off.

“When we come to America, you don’t speak English. What kind of job do you get? Work at a restaurant? Be an office cleaner?” he said. “Nail business doesn’t require a lot of education. You get out, you don’t need to speak a lot of English. Third thing they have skills.”

Skills he decided to put to use to achieve the coveted “American Dream.” The couple has loyal customers that aren’t leaving them anytime soon. And Hung says he couldn’t be more grateful for his life.

“I’m glad I came to America, I’m glad God brought me here for a reason. I’m glad I have my wife to help me.”

Melissa too, believes their success is a blessing and works hard to continue on that path. She says her husband’s story is admirable and inspires her every day.

“For anyone who’s wanting to open a business or become something totally different, you can do it. If you put your mind to it and God first, you will make it.”

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra: behind the music

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra has served the purpose to enrich the South Plains community for many years. The Orchestra offers different concert series throughout its season, the music varies from Beethoven to Bernstein. As an effort to reach student audiences, the LSO offers $5 tickets to Texas Tech students 15 minutes before every concert.

 

Thrift Store With a Twist

Since the end of World War I, the Disabled American Veterans organization has helped millions of U.S. vetrans through assistance programs that provide necessary funding for war survivors and their families.

These programs are generally funded through donations and thrift store sales across the country. One of the hundreds, and more unusual, of DAV stores has lived in downtown Lubbock for decades. Stan Daniels, who has managed the local store for over 30 years, has kept an interesting and funky vibe in the store which many call “a hidden gem.”

Although at first the displays seem random, employee Jill Watts said there’s a little more to the story behind what is and isn’t for sale.

“It’s funny stuff, we think is cool. We’ll look at it and it makes us laugh,” Watts said about the displays.

While Daniels mentioned his involvement with the organization began because both of his parents were veterans, Watts added that the only way to explain the store’s quirkiness was by explaining Daniels’ background; he was an art major in college.

Daniels, who keeps an easy-going attitude, said he enjoys his job and knowing at the end of the day it is more than running a store.

“It seems to do more than help just vets. Low-income people who can’t afford many things elsewhere are able to buy them here,” Daniels said. “It’s a two-way street.”

The Lubbock DAV thrift store resides in what used to be an Oldsmobile dealership.

 

Items are taken out of the store each morning and displayed in the old garage. At the end of the day only some of the items are taken back inside.

 

Old photos and posters from Lubbock locals hang on a bulletin board as part of a tribute to the town. Items on the the board, like many items around the store, are not for sale.

 

A discolored Marilyn Monroe cut-out hangs from the ceiling of the store. This is one of Daniels’ many funny displays that have been collected through the years.

 

Country-rock artist, Joe Ely’s dressing room door serves as the door to the thrift store’s fitting room. Joe Ely’s father opened the Lubbock store in 1959 and passed away two years later.

 

Aside from the quirky items, Daniels’ places pamphlets and information sheets for veterans throughout the store.

 

A mannequin doll with draped cloth hangs from the ceiling in the back of the store. The random and inexplicable appearance of the piece makes this one of Watts’ favorite.

 

Gabriela Frias, 24, laughs as she picks up a book from the dusty shelves. The annexed room, which only has books, was nicknamed “the nut house.”

 

“There’s no story, sometimes you just have to take things for what they are. Funny,” Watts said.

 

Customers look through items and chose their buys of the day. People who greet Daniels like old friends are regular customers who go into the store several times a week.

 

Although the non-profit organization has paid employees like Daniels and Watts, DAV is always looking for volunteers to help out at the thrift store or at one of the many chapters throughout the U.S.

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