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Dead Day Drama

Texas Tech University held a mandated dead day Wednesday to provide a break for students and teachers before finals began on Thursday.

Dead day is normally a time for students to complete last minute projects, and get a leg up on studying before the grind of finals begins.

In recent years, there have been talks to possibly extend dead day to up to a week to provide students more time to study for finals. Senior supply chain management major Luke Cotton said he can see the benefits of a longer break between the end of classes and finals.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students that have quite a few finals,” Cotton said.

Other major universities in Texas such as Texas and Texas Christian University received up to four days off including the weekend to study for their exams.

TCU received four days off before their finals began on May 5.

TCU received four days off before their finals began on May 5.

Cotton sees drawbacks to extending the break period as much as he saw the benefits.

“For students that don’t have that many finals,” Cotton said, “or don’t really care as much about their grades, I think it’s an opportunity for them to procrastinate a little bit longer so it’s gonna be a very careful balance of trade-offs.”

Senior Cord Scorgie said he has not had finals stacked up a lot, so the extended off time would not apply to him.

Finals are scheduled to last until Tuesday, May 13, and to find out when your next final is, be sure to go on the website below to search for your time.

Reported by Roxanna Castillo and Regine Cliatt

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By Kealey Womack and Daniela Parraga

There is one day out of the year that the children of Lubbock set up stands, make lemonade, and raise money for charity.

According to the Lemonade Day in Lubbock website, Lemonade Day was designed to teach children how to start, operate, and own their own business.

Some of the skills children learn by participating are calculating money, leadership, critical thinking, collaboration, teamwork, and problem solving.

Three cousins, Daniel, Jay, and Jordan participated in lemonade day for their second year in a row. Their stand is “J & D’s Lucky Lemonade.”

“J and D’s Lucky Lemonade, Jordan and Daniel’s,” Daniel said.

Last year, the three of them raised over 300 dollars and gave back to their community by donating their money for breast cancer.

This year their goal is to raise 500 dollars and donate their money to homeless shelters.

At Daniel, Jordan, and Jay’s stand, they were selling lemonade, brisket sandwiches, burritos, and cookies. They said their lemonade is better than the one in the stores because they use real lemons. Jordan said to make a batch of lemonade, they would freshly squeeze the lemons and then add water and about six cups of sugar.

“And it becomes delicious,” Daniel said.

Jordan’s mom, Rachel Romero, said all of their family helped set up for Lemonade Day. She said everyone donated a little money to buy all of the supplies that were needed.

Romero said she enjoys participating in Lemonade Day because it teaches children how to be responsible and run their own business. She said she encourages everyone to participate because it is fun and a good learning experience for the children.

“It really teaches them about money, about business, about saving, and giving to others,” Romero said.

The three cousins believe all students should participate in Lemonade Day because it is fun and a good experience to learn about having your own business.

“Try it because it will make you really happy,” Daniel said.

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Texas Tech students buzz around campus with word that the new recreational turf fields will begin production this fall.

Shane Walker, president of the Tech Men’s Club Soccer team, said that he is looking forward to being able to host events on the new fields, which will ultimately help benefit Tech Sports Clubs by improving their image and recruiting.

According to an article on Sevacall, turf is ultimately cheaper to maintain overtime  and is also safer when it comes to natural destruction, unlike grass.

Walker said some students have expressed concern with the risk of injuries with turf fields opposed to grass fields.

Justin Shaginaw, athletic trainer for the US Soccer Federation, wrote in a recent article that “there is an increase in the rate of lower extremity injuries. This means that the more traction you get on the field or court, the higher the risk of injury. The common thought is that turf has more traction than grass and therefore we will see more injuries on turf.”


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On the contrary, Walker also said that the benefits with turf fields will outweigh the risks overall.

According to Sevacall’s website, “grass fields develop knots and puddles in inclement weather, which makes tripping a big risk. Turf fields don’t have this problem, which makes running outside, or on a turf track, much safer.”


Reporters: Kaylie Meadows and Brennen McGinty

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Students Prepare For Exams

It is the most tedious time of year for college students; stress levels are high, coffee sales go up, and students are getting down to the final countdown of days left until summer.

It is finals week, and according to an article on College Atlas, most students stress about final exams. The article also stated even students who are experienced in studying will have anxiety.index

According to the article, Time management skills are crucial to planning out your week of testing, and when you take the test.

Outlining the argument you would make on an essay formatted test, answering the multiple choice questions you know and going back to the ones you do not know, and reviewing each test section before you start is a good way to make sure you will finish your exam in a timely manner.

According to College Atlas, students should set an alarm, make sure they have a friend who can call them to make sure they are awake if their test is scheduled for early morning, use the restroom prior to testing, and review notes briefly before the test begins as a refresher.

Diet is a key ingredient to testing well. According to the article, foods that are rich in protein can be a good source of energy. The article states that students should stay away from caffeine because it could cause your body to have an energy crash.

Psychology Today wrote an article on the top three tips for a better exam week performance. The tips are simple, take care of your body, keep things in perspective, and relax right before an exam.

The article states poor sleeping habits, a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, and abuse of prescription drugs and caffeine can only hurt students in the long run. When a person’s body is treated differently than normal, it can affect the way that person performs.

The article states students do not do as well when they are more grade-focused. The student should put their emphasis on grasping the material rather than worrying about if they will make an A or a B.

Lastly, the article states that cramming before a test will not be beneficial but will only increase anxiety.

Carla Trujillo, Ph.D. says having a back-up plan is essential to going into a test. Trujillo explains that we all have goals, and it is important to see the outcome of that goal being met, no matter the obstacles along the way. She says although you need to focus on the end goal, you must also focus on the possible outcomes of your failing that goal. She said there is a necessity for every worst-case scenario so you can play out all the back-up plans you can.

Trujillo says it is important to also put yourself in the professor’s shoes. She said you need to ask yourself questions such as ‘If you were teaching this class, what questions would you ask of your students?’ and ‘What material would you want to be most crucial to the students if you were the professor.’ She said common sense and logic are very important to trying to get a handle on the type of questions the professor might ask.


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With the internet television market booming, many college students are finding that the endless entertainment available on Netflix has the ability to become dangerously addictive, oftentimes interfering with sleep and study habits.


Netflix is the world’s leading internet television network, according to its online company profile. With over 48 million members who watch over one billion hours of TV shows and movies each month, Netflix provides a unique television experience in which members can enjoy as much commercial-free entertainment as they desire, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen.


Because of the vast amount of content available on-demand on Netflix, binge-watching has become a side effect that many viewers experience. According to a study conducted by Netflix in February 2014, 73 percent of people define binge-watching as watching between two and six episodes of the same TV show in one sitting. In another study commissioned by Netflix, 61 percent of streaming television consumers admitted to binge-watching. College students, most of whom admit to having few responsibilities, have found binge-watching Netflix to be a cultural phenomenon that is both addictive and harmful to sleep and study habits.


Texas Tech students spoke with us about their favorite on-demand shows, their binge-watching habits, and why they think it is so easy for college students to become addicted to Netflix.

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Since the ObamaCare began to actually take place, controversy arose. Obama’s approval rating began declining afterwards, and some people who supported him before say they no longer do. We interviewed students and asked them for their thoughts on Obama and if the new healthcare act affected how they thought of him.



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The Assistant Director for Promotions and Family Engagement for Texas Tech Athletics is excited for this holiday season. He said he is working on his first Red and Black Give Back this year, but Texas Tech has been doing it for the at least five.

In this interview he explains what is Red and Black Gives Back, who it helps, and what the basketball teams think about it.


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Construction work along the northwest side of the Loop and Erskine St. is making things difficult for students who live at the Republic and University Courtyards. Most students’ daily commutes have been longer than they expected when they signed their leases. In this story, we talked to two students who live in those apartment complexes. We also talked to Dianah Ascencio, the Public Information Officer for TxDot.

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Are your tires ready for winter?

Are your tires ready for winter?


With harsh conditions already sweeping across the area, it’s important to be prepared for anything. That includes making sure your tires are road ready and knowing to take extra precautions when driving. Be sure to be safe out there and for more information on weather conditions, check out:

Windchill for Saturday December 7th

Windchill for Saturday December 7th


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Gauging Lubbock’s Reaction to Jeena Roberts’ Bail-Jumping Sentence

With the verdict of a concurrent seven-year sentence to Jeena Roberts after her bail jump, the lenience of it raised some questions.

Did the sentence suggest privilege? Robert Ramirez, the owner of King’s Food & Gas, said he thinks so.

“She’s a young, white female who probably has a pretty good attorney,” he said. “If it was a minority, they would have gotten 15 plus seven for 22 years.”

The recording of Roberts in the cop car’s backseat shows her drunk and recalcitrant. When asked by a police officer about the accident, she denied her crash caused the death of Linda Smalz.

Reggie Russell, a barber at Paul’s Barber Shop, said her decision to flee after her capture was whitewashed with a lie about chasing after her scared dog.

“She tried to run after they arrested her,” Russell said. “They said she was running after dog, but we all know that is not true.”

He said the verdict of a concurrent sentence was even devaluing Smalz’s death.

Victor Hatchett, another barber at Paul’s, said her treatment blatantly highlights a favorable bias towards whites, with a ruling that would have been quite different with a black defendant.

“Once again, man, Lubbock, TX, always show their colors, man—a good ol’ boy system”, he said. “If it had been a young brother or a young sister college student, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to spend time with our family while on bail.”

He went further and said it underscores a deeper systemic problem, and a time must come for Lubbock to treat its citizens equally with the dignity they deserve.

The verdict was vexing to the community, but especially black Lubbockites who remained skeptical of the sentence’s legitimacy.

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