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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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.weather.com
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.
Raider Red Reaches Final Four in Capital One Mascot Challenge
Texas Tech University’s mascot has just reached the Final Four of the Capital One Mascot Challenge. Jake Archer, who volunteers with the Spirit Program, explained what all the contest entails.
“The Capital One Mascot Challenge is a national competition where college mascots complete to be the number one mascot in the country,” Archer said. “Fans get to vote on who they like and who they think is best.”
Archer then encouraged fans to go to CapitalOneBowl.com to vote for Red to win a second consecutive title.
Philip Arabome works with both the Saddle Tramps and the High Riders, two spirit organizations at Texas Tech from which the mascots are selected.
He said he thinks the mascot program is essential to the college, generating school spirit.
“It shows that Texas Tech has something to be proud of,” Arabome said. “It means a lot to the kids, it means a lot to the Texas Tech student body at large.”
Josh Medrano, a sophomore at Texas Tech, said he voted all day for three consecutive days during the challenge last year, and he really enjoyed the experience.
“We tried to spell out ‘R-A-I-D-E-R-R-E-D” with all of our friends,” Medrano said, “and we kind of ended up with distorted bodies.”
To find out more information about the Final Four and the Capital One Mascot Challenge, visit the Capital One Bowl website.
On the Web: http://www.capitalonebowl.com
Students all over campus are in preparation to depart Lubbock for the winter break.
Ben Fox, senior electronic media and communications major from San Antonio, said he takes gas prices into consideration when travelling.
“I’ll check online to see the different gas prices and try to find the cheapest one to fill up my tank before I leave,” he said.
Fox said the five-and-half-hour drive gets quite boring. He gives tips on how to keep entertained while on the road.
“I always download a new playlist or new songs so I always have new music to listen to,” he said. “It makes the drive a lot easier. And I just turn up the tunes – that’s pretty much all I do.”
Fox isn’t the only student who carpools to save money, Carson Wilson, sophomore journalism major from Albany, does too.
“Oh yeah, all the time,” she said. “Like, my brother owns a diesel truck, so he usually tries to catch a ride with me if our schedules, kind of, coheres so – and then we kind of split the price on gas so it’s nice.”
Wilson says to keep entertained on the early three hour drives – she plays music and keeps a certain caffeinated drink near by.
“Yeah, I jam out to The Eagles,” she said laughing. “Because I usually like to leave early in the mornings, just to make it home in time for the afternoons and so it’s really early – and I’m not a morning person – so I drink coffee and blast music to stay awake.”
Wilson says there are important steps she recommends students to take before leaving town.
“Yeah, I have a house,” she said. “So every time before I leave I try to make sure the house is ready for me to be gone – I clean up and make sure my gas tank is full and things like that.”
Fox gives students who will be making their first long drives home a few words of advice to take into account before heading off.
“Do not party the night before,” he said. “And get a lot of sleep, because trying to drive home hungover is not fun.”
Local artist and Texas Tech alumna, Maisie Marie Alford, explained her unique artistic vision while it is being featured at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.
“I love going to antique stores, thrift stores, and estate sales. I have always been fascinated with people’s leftovers,” Alford said.
She said she began working on her recent collection in April during her residency in Hope, Idaho, with artist Nancy Kienholz. Her 6,000-mile round-trip to Idaho, Alford said, provided her with inspiration as she drove through the American countryside.
Alford explained her inspirations and background, while expounding on how everything has affected her career as an artist.
From a young age, she began collecting items, which she incorporates into her art today. When she was a teenager, her mother passed away and some of her mother’s items have been turned into art.
Repurposing, she called it, as she said her art brings forgotten items back to life.
“It was all about finding, growing up,” she said. “It has always been in my life.”
A portrait of a solemn-faced man hung beside her name. Sepia-toned with bold lettering splayed across his torso, it read, “Rural America.”
Alford said Ed Ruscha and the American countryside inspired this particular piece. She said he is known for writing on his work and she wanted to make it dust-colored to give it its country feel.
She said it is important for people to know that these are portraits of people who were once alive – they just got left behind.
“Its nice to be able to find these pictures and make art out of them,” she said about putting the portraits back on display.
With her exhibit coming to an end, she said she plans on taking her art to several venues throughout Texas.
Her next stop, she said, is Dallas’ Re Gallery in April. She said after that ends she has plans to feature her work in San Antonio at the Flight Gallery, and in Austin at the “Women and Their Work” exhibit.
With everything she has learned, she said she had some advice for current students trying to build their careers.
“You don’t work you don’t get anywhere,” Alford said as she stood in front of multiple pieces of her art.
Friday is the first day of finals at Texas Tech and students might be feeling the heat from finals but not outside. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 24 degrees farenheit and dip down to seven degrees farenheit in the evening.
Odie Amadi, a sophomore chemical engineering major, said the cold weather has impacted his studying negatively.
“Yesterday there was a blackout in my apartment near University Trails and I think the weather must of caused that,” he said. “So that really effected my studying.”
The Texas Tech library is doing some new things to help accommodate students during finals week. I sat down with Brooke Millness, who gave us the scoop. The library in now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Usually, the library is open 24 hours a day, for 5 days a week. Millness said that study groups have been popular this semester during finals week and that the library has moved things around to create more space for students to study. She advises students who wish to use a study room, to call in advance or go online to reserve a spot. Whether students wish to study alone, or in groups, the library is the place to be.
For more information, visit: http://library.ttu.edu