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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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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.


Utilize all class materials

“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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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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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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Turf Fields


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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