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Dec/14

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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.

Full length of young men and women holding cellphone

 

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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Ballet Lubbock is performing their annual production of the Nutcracker. Yvonne Racz Key has been the artistic director at Ballet Lubbock for the past 17 years.

Racz Key said that they change the choreography of the Nutcracker each year, some years more than others, depending who she has cast for what role.

Racz Key, Artistic Director for Ballet Lubbock, instructing students

Racz Key, Artistic Director for Ballet Lubbock, instructing students

“I like to keep it fresh,” Racz Key said.

Racz Key has taught at Texas Tech University and taught in workshops and master classes internationally. She has directed and choreographed musical theatre productions for TTU and Lubbock Moonlight Musicals and is a member of the Corps De Ballet International.

Racz Key has been given many awards, including: The Arts Alliance Dynamic Force ACE award, the 2011 YWCA’s Woman of Excellence in Culture, listed in the Avalanche Journal as one of Lubbock’s 100 most influential persons and was appointed by the Texas Commission on the Arts as a grant evaluator for the Young Masters Program Dance Panel.

Students at Ballet Lubbock during rehearsals

Students at Ballet Lubbock during rehearsals

“Ballet Lubbock currently has 241 students enrolled,” said Nicholas Dragga, the Executive Director at Ballet Lubbock, “not including the several adult students.”

Dragga said that the ticket sales cover about 70 percent of the cost of the Nutcracker, not including staff salaries.

“The rest is covered through grants, donations, sponsorships, Nutcracker souvenir sales, and in-kind donations,” Dragga said.

Flower costumes Ballet Lubbock

Flower costumes Ballet Lubbock

Another way the production saves money is by having mothers of the students donate their time by creating the costumes.

“Some are the same every year, just aspects of the costumes are changed,” said Jaquie Chestnut, whose daughter has been in the production for the last three years, “most of the material used is the same but little details are added to spice things up.”

In the costumes that have been used for many years you can see where students have signed their names, somewhat of a legacy and a tradition kept alive by the students.

The performance of the Nutcracker will take place at the Civic Center Dec. 11-14, tickets can be bought through Select-a-seat.com.

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Dec/14

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Parking Tickets Do Good

By Vanessa Ledesma and Nicole Crites

This Christmas, students have the opportunity to make a child’s Christmas morning while also giving themselves a gift.

Texas Tech and the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation are combining efforts to host Toys for Tickets, a program that allows students to have an unpaid parking citation dismissed with the donation of a toy.

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“It’s a way for students, employees, even visitors, to take care of a parking citation by donating a new, unwrapped toy that is of at least the value of the citation,” said Stacy Moncibaiz, the marketing coordinator for Tech’s transportation and parking services.

Moncibaiz said students need to bring the receipt to prove the toy’s value.

She said certain types of tickets are excluded from the offer, including tickets for parking in a reserved handicapped spot, parking in front of an access ramp, and the use of a fraudulent license plate.

Moncibaiz said in the first year the program was hosted in 2009 they received 200 toy donations, and since then has seen a tremendous amount of growth.

The Toys for Tickets drive is being held until December 12, and donations can be dropped off at the Administrative Support Center located on the corner of 4th and Flint Ave.

 

 

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Nov/14

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TAB MYO Candle

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Texas Tech Men’s Lacrosse

The Texas Tech Men’s Lacrosse team is preparing for the upcoming season. I spoke with the head coach, president of the club, and another player.

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Nov/14

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Car Care Video

I did this video for a class earlier in the semester. Students traveling for the holidays or even just for a road trip should take care of their vehicles before leaving town.

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Video

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Embedding YouTube video

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Red Raider Basketball

I attended the first basketball game of the season, where I interviewed fans and Tech players, in addition to recording footage from the game. Afterwards, I recorded my voiceovers and edited the story together.

I learned that the microphone is absolutely necessary in order to get a good interview, because I had to start over multiple times.

I also learned it is necessary to interview people who are comfortable in front of the camera, or else your interview will awkward, rather than interesting and exciting.

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