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Lubbock Nativity Exhibit

Sara Lindsay found out the hard way.

There is no money in art, she said Friday during the Lubbock Nativity exhibit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lindsay grew up in a family of artists, she said.

“Everyone in my family except for one brother was very artistic,” Lindsay said. “I went to Utah State hoping to become an illustrator.”

But after taking one sculpture course, Lindsay said she fell in love.

“I started sculpting and thought it was something I was born to do,” she said. “For me, it was my first time experiencing three-dimensional objects. It was amazing.”

It felt like home, she said. Molding clay and creating three-dimensional objects and people, like the piece she was sculpting Friday, came naturally, she said.


“Right now, I’m just working on a face,” she said.

As she used tools to shape the face of her piece, she explained to exhibit visitors how she was unsure of what it would become. Her original plan was to shape it into Mary, she said. But her face has a non-nurturing feel, she said. Her backup idea is to make the piece into an angel, she said. Sometime during her college career, Sara met her husband, David Lindsay. Shortly after, they married and had their first child while both attending Utah State, she said.

“We moved to Portland and became starving artists,” Lindsay said. “We didn’t make very much money over two years, but we made a lot of artwork.”

Much like his wife, David grew up with a constant art utensil in hand, he said. His love of art grew into a profession and he and Sara ended up in Lubbock with six kids, David said.

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This is the 6th year for the Lubbock Nativity exhibit and for David to run the local artist’s gallery section. Lindsay said they’ve both had a constant artistic presence each year.

“When my husband and I were doing the room last year, we noticed we had fewer artists than we were anticipating,” she said.

This year, her husband had an oil painting on display of Joseph, Mary and Jesus as well as a collaborative piece with his wife.

“I do have two more pieces in here that are not much like the pieces you’re seeing,” Sara said.

The couple said they love art, but they’ve learned not to rely on it to pay bills. Sara said the money isn’t important. It’s the passion that drives them, she said.

“We are very successful as artists, but it has no monetary gain,” Sara said.



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Craig Kuehnert, the assistant director for student housing, said that when the Carol of Lights committee begins planning the event, they try to keep it the same, year after year.
“In a lot of ways the event is the same from year to year,” Kuehnert said. “We like to maintain the tradition.”
Kuehnert said one of the reasons the ceremony is always similar to previous years is because everyone has different aspects of the event that they like and look forward to seeing. He said one thing that changes each year is the theme of the event. The message at the ceremony also changes to match the theme of that year. The 2014 theme was celebrating spirit and traditions.
Student Chair for Carol of Lights Jarrett Fullington agreed that the tradition is maintained each year, but he said there were a few changes to this years production that he hoped would make the program even better.
Fullington said that there were improvements made to the sound system and handicapped parking arrangements.
“Just a lot of things like that,” Fullington said, “subtle nuances that we hope will make the event run a little bit smoother.”
Fullington also said that out of the estimated 20,000 lights the majority of them are now LED. He said that change will help to extend the life of the Christmas lights and allow the campus to be more eco-friendly. They hope to have the transition to 100% LED lights completed by 2016.

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On December 7, 2014, the Carol of Lights Run was held on the Texas Tech campus.
Participants were able to to run a longer, five-mile course, or a shorter, one-mile course. The 5k course ran throughout the entire campus, even through Jones AT&T Stadium.
Callum Chapman-Page, a cross-country runner for Lubbock Christian University, said he enjoyed the Carol of Lights Run.
“It was a little chilly,” Chapman-Page said, “but it was nice. It was for a good cause, so that’s awesome.”
According to the West Texas Endurance website, the Carol of Lights Run partnered with the Lubbock Apartment Association to benefit charities, such as, The Rainbow Room and Adult Protective Services.
“I ran the 5k,” Chapman-Page said. “I’m used to running long distances, so it was easy for me. But I think it is great that this many people got involved.”
Chapman-Page said it was a fun experience and will continue to participate in the upcoming years.

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Lighting Up the Sky

On Dec. 2, Texas Tech University held the Carol of Lights for the 56th continuous year.
The event takes place on campus each year and lights up more than 20,000 Christmas lights. Lubbock locals, such as Debra Henderson and many more, welcome the holiday season by gathering at Memorial Circle and enjoying the show.
“Well, it’s kind of like the beginning of the season for me,” Henderson said. “It kicks things off, you know, it’s just tradition.”IMG_4839
Debra said she and her husband have been attending the Carol of Lights each year since they met, in 1992. They now live in a small town outside of Lubbock and bring their own children as well.
“For us,” she said, “Christmas is coming into downtown Lubbock and looking at Tech’s tree and lights.”
The tech campus is also home to a 38-foot Christmas tree that lights up the intersection on Broadway and University. The tree has been a part of the Carol of Lights since 2002.IMG_4840
In addition, the event includes Tech’s School of Music and holds a concert afterwards.
“It covers a lot of stuff,” Henderson said. “You get the music and the lights. I just like the festivity of the whole thing.”

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With finals inching closer, both students and professors are recapping on both the information taught and the study tips gained during the semester.

Not all students are created equally though, and some study tips work for some, while others work for other students.
Chantal Espinoza, a senior electronic media and communication major from Pflugerville, said she has to wait until the day before her test to begin studying.


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“I get really bad test anxiety,” she said. “So I have to wait to study so I don’t start freaking out days in advance.”

While that works for Espinoza, Cam Stone, a professor in the College of Media and Communications, said he thinks it is important that students begin studying days before an exam.

“Cramming the night before barely helps,” he said. “If a student takes maybe a week before a test and reviews a little bit each day, they will build up to knowing all the things that will be on an exam instead of trying to fit it in all the night before.”

Study guides prove beneficial for exam preparation

Study guides prove beneficial for exam preparation

Zeth Abney, a freshman electronic media and communication major from Gilmer, said he is about to take his first final exams at Texas Tech and thinks he should be more nervous than he currently is.

To get ready for those finals, though, he has been studying by reworking sample problems for his math class and rereading parts of the textbook for his other classes.

“The most important tip I think is get enough rest,” Stone said. “That way your brain is operating at the best level.”

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Abilene Christian at Texas Tech

Abilene Christian at Texas Tech

With more than 4,000 elementary aged students cheering them on, the Texas Tech women’s basketball team won by its largest margin of the season, defeating Abilene Christian 61-44.

The game, part of a day/night doubleheader with the men’s team, was declared Lady Raider Education Day, and many schools from Lubbock and the surrounding areas participated by bringing their students.

Tech senior guard Amber Battle said all of the young students in attendance helped to create an atmosphere that the players fed off of.

“It was crazy and loud and we like it like that when they cheer for us,” she said. “They’re our biggest fans really, so that really got us pumped up.”

Elementary school students in attendance for Lady Raider Education Day.

Elementary school students in attendance for Lady Raider Education Day.

Although Tech was helped by hitting 36 percent of its shots from three-point range as a team, the Lady Raiders main source of points came from underneath the basket, outscoring ACU 26-10 on points in the paint.

Tech coach Candi Whitaker said her team struggled with its willingness to take outside shots in the beginning of the game, but once those shots came the rest of the offense opened up.

“It was early on that we were not shot until we could get to the paint. We need to either post feed or attack the paint with a dribble before we were going to take perimeter shots,” she said. “Once we started doing that I felt like we were getting better looks and dominating more inside.”

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I am who I am because…

When I was three years old, my two brothers, twin sister, mom and I moved from Longview in East Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when my parents got divorced.

Besides our mom, who was raising four children alone, my siblings and I were raised under our grandparents roof. My grandmother, who was a math teacher in her younger years, spent plenty of time at home due to illness. However, her hobbies were cooking and sewing. She made many of my clothes and award-winning Halloween costumes during elementary school. My granddad, a Texas Tech alum, was a colonel in the U.S. Army who retired and became the director of robotics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

My grandparents taught us plenty about hard work, respect, etiquette and the morals they were raised with. Through anecdotes and lessons they showed us the value of education, and showed us not to see the world simply as black or white.

My grandmother passed away when I was 12, but she pushed the artist in me, while my granddad developed a tougher side of me. My grandmother taught me to read and write, and when I had questions she made me look them up in dictionaries or encyclopedias or books we had in our family’s library. She helped me develop my voice as a singer, rhythm as a dancer, and individuality as a performer. My granddad was the father I never had. He pushed me during workouts, gave me constructive criticism, took me to my games, and taught me a lot about toughness, mental and physical, and showing others I can not be phased.

My grandparents turned me in to a fighter and perfectionist. The writer, entertainer and intellectual world-changer I am today and strive to be in the future could never be here, especially at Tech, without them in my life growing up. They taught me the value of thinking and speaking for myself, staying true to my faith, and sticking to the path I was born to follow.

,RaShayla Daniels



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Social Media Changes Dating

Reporters, Kaitlyn Kravik and Alyssa Herzog, take a look at how social media is affecting the dating atmosphere at Texas Tech. They spoke with two individuals who come from different generations about how technology and social media has impacted their relationships.

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Bret Brown, a Texas Tech student, said social media affects his relationship with his girlfriend and he believes social media is important to some people.


“She prefers to text and snapchat a lot and she send things to me on Facebook and Twitter,” Brown said, “we communicate on a lot of different mediums, whether it be texting or social media or a lot of different things, so I think social media plays a very big role in dating.”


He also described an instance where his girlfriend changed her relationship status on Facebook when they began dating. He said his co-workers made a big deal of the notification on Facebook and although he said it is not important to him, he understands the concept of being “Facebook Official”.


Todd Chambers, dean of the College of Media and Communications, said social media has changed the standards of dating from when he was in the dating scene.


“I remember being terrified on a first date, walking up,” Chambers said as he knocked on his desk, “there’s just something about that face to face moment. Well now then maybe that first contact is electronic.”


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Dancers with Soul

By RaShayla Daniels and Maddie Mccarty

DWS after a performance.

DWS after a performance.

Texas Tech’s Dancers with Soul is a hip-hop team that brings together a diverse group of students.

Preston Opara breakdancing.

Preston Opara breakdancing.

Preston Opara, a junior at Tech, had no professional dancing experience when he auditioned.

“When I came to college, that’s the only chance I had to join a dance team,” Opara said.

He said he likes having an environment where he feels comfortable dancing, and the members of the team have become very close.

Mariana Cesar was looking for an alternative to the Tech Pom Squad when she auditioned for Dancers with Soul. She said she has been dancing her whole life and was on the drill team in high school.

“It’s a lot more lenient than I’m used to,” Cesar said. “It’s more fun and less stressful than high school dance.”

Any Tech students are welcome to audition for the team. The dancers perform anywhere from high schools to Tech basketball games.

Visit their Facebook page for more information on the group and auditions.

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Coffee: Harmful or Helpful?

Regardless of if it’s served black or with cream and sugar, many Americans drink coffee on a daily basis. According to the National Coffee Association, the U.S. spends $40 billion on coffee each year.

Because of the stress and demands of university, college students make up a modest portion of this consuming of and spending on coffee.

Coffee not only helps students study and focus, but it also tends to be a social ordeal. Many college students have conversations with friends over a cup of coffee.


Although Starbucks is still a popular choice to go and get coffee, Texas Tech students tend to gravitate toward the more hip, local coffee shops in town including J&B Coffee Company, Gatsby’s Coffeehouse, and Yellow House Coffee.

It’s not a secret that coffee is highly prized among college students, but what is a secret is the truth of coffee’s advantages and disadvantages.


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