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May/14

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Study Abroad Texas Tech

A Family Trip

 

Trevor Schruber, a business management major about to graduate, studied abroad in London last summer, but his trip had a lot more familiar faces than most students studying overseas get to see.

Schruber’s parents moved to London just a few months before his trip, making his time away from America a little easier.

He said he studied at the University of Westminster where he took classes on international strategic project management for 3 weeks from Monday to Thursday. He said the class was for three credit hours culminating in a final exam and a final paper.

“So, I would take the train to class every day,” Schruber said, “about 30 minutes. Then walk- there’s trains stations everywhere so about half a mile to the campus- then scan an ID card to get in there.”

Schruber said his class had about 12 college students in it, one was from Tech and the rest were from Wisconsin. He said besides the accent the one thing that was different was the grading system. He said the professor told his class that getting a 50 isn’t a failed grade, but is average, and they use a number based grading system instead of letters.

His Dad, Scott, who has a management position with Costco, got a job overseas to oversea a region spanning throughout several European countries. Trevor’s brother, Matt, who works at a Costco in Dallas after graduating from Baylor two years ago, was also in the English country while his friend from high school, Tyler Carroll, was stationed in Venice, Italy as an army medic.

Schruber said he had the chance to tour around Europe, traveling on planes and trains to countries like Paris, Venice and Amsterdam. Schruber said it was cool flying over the Swiss Alps when in the air and getting to see parts of Europe he has only heard about. He also said, along with room and board and an education, the University also gives students three trips.

“That was with my family,” Schruber said, “but with the school they went to Wales, a castle in Wales. Um, they went to like three different places, but I didn’t go since I was going other places with my family.”

Studying in London, Schruber said he had the chance to learn information that would help his major, like a lesson on the London stadium and the strategies that went into operating an even like the Olympics. He said while he was in a different country, it reminded him a lot of home. He said people are still the same people, and the college atmosphere is still the same.

Schruber said it was also great to have the familiar faces with him from the familiar country he traveled from.

Check out the link below for more information about Study Abroad and reasons why you should get involved.

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Many Texas Tech Students committed to wearing no shoes for Toms’ One Day Without Shoes national movement.

Tech Residence Housing Association hosted the pledge event on April 28 for students to sign up for the event. In order to commit to the movement, students were able to place a red hand print on the pledge sheet along with a red thumb print to show community-wide effort for the special day.

Dillon Quinn, Diversity Inclusion Chair of RHA, was in charge of the event that had students going bare foot.

“When it’s such a commodity to us, we go out and buy $300 and $400 shoes,” Quinn said, “when people go everyday without shoes it’s more of a realization state for us.”

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Another participant in the pledge event, Vivian Cervantez, pledged her loyalty to the occasion to show students that wearing certain shoes aren’t about the brand labels.

“We don’t really realize that there are people out in the world who can’t even afford basic sandals to protect their feet from the rough terrain outside,” Cervantez said.

Even if Tech students did not sign up during the pledge event, they were still able to participate in “One Day Without Shoes.”

For more information about the event check out the newscast coverage of the event at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExA3vBppEW8.

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May/14

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Drought Is Still Major Concern

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By: Shelby Kimball and Cody Empkey

With the recent drought, Lubbock citizens are beginning to feel the negative effects.

Laura Lenfest is a master’s student and teaching assistant at Tech in the department of atmospheric science.

Lenfest said rainfall is crucial to the environment, especially in West Texas.

“Whatever needs water here on the surface all depends on two things” Lenfest said, “and that’s evaporation and amount of rainfall that we get.”

Lenfest said the evaporation has overcome the amount of rainfall the area is getting and has caused the void known as a drought.

For some, the drought affects more than their environment, it affects their income.

Sid Cervantes is a senior ranch management major at Tech. He helps run his family’s ranch in Jal, N.M.

Cervantes said his ranch is 56 sections and can hold a large amount of cows. He said the drought has caused his family to drop the number of cows from 600 to 200.

“We had to sell off almost all of our cows because of the drought” Cervantes said. “We don’t have enough grass to feed all the cows.”

Cervantes said the number of cattle is not the only thing that is hurting. He said the aquifers around the area have been aching also.

An aquifer is an underground water source ranchers use to pull water from to fill their stock tanks, Cervantes said. With little rainfall, these aquifers cannot produce the appropriate amount of water.

Cervantes recalled a conversation he had with an elderly man. Cervantes said the man had never seen a drought as bad as it is now since the Dust Bowl.

Lenfest said there is no way to tell when the drought will come to an end, but citizens can help by conserving water so it can be enjoyed by all.

“It’s the idea of trying to conserve water so that other people can use it when they need it” Lenfest said.

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May/14

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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.

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/ClassSchedule/SpringTimes.php

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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May/14

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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.http://szssplit.hr/wp-content/uploads//2012/11/gummy_bear_studying_incentive-173671.jpg

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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May/14

7

Public Art Enhances Tech Campus

Texas Tech’s Public Art Program, founded in 1998, has provided opportunities for some of today’s leading artist’s including, Deborah Butterfield, Terry Allen, and Barbara Grygutis.  One percent of every construction budget is voluntarily given to public art on the Tech campus. Emily Wilkinson, a Texas Tech graduate from Lubbock and the public art manager of the collection, said the program is growing and it is wonderful Tech is interested in making our campus beautiful with programs such as “percent for art.” Wilkinson said in August, new pieces will be installed with the opening of the West Campus Village Residence Hall.

Wilkinson said in 2006, Tech’s Public Art Collection and Program was ranked in the Top 10 in the Public Art Review for university public art collections. She said since then another review has not been performed.

Reporters: Kaitlin Thogmartin, Nicole Molter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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