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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.

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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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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 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.”

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First Web: Randi Leigh Thomas


My Shopping List

Whenever you have a craving for cookies, follow these easy steps.

  • flour
  • sugar
  • bananas
  • chocolate chips
  • eggs

I also enjoy beautiful flowers. Some of my favorites are:

Carnation Bluebonnet Sunflower
Daisy Naturtium Rose
Hydrangea Tulip Peony

I really love my school, Texas Tech University.

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Texas Tech University Seal


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Web Lab 3b: Lady Raiders Defeat Texas

I covered a tennis conference as a the main focus of my story. Our women’s tennis team had just defeated Texas, and I thought it was a newsworthy story. LadyRaiders_Defeat_Texas I met with the Sports Information Director and got permission to be at the event. I checked out my equipment before I went to the location. Upon arrival, I attempted to set up my tripod. I learned that you will not have much time to set your tripod up at these events. I also learned that if you don’t stand in the front, you will need a very tall tripod to get a shot in focus. While making the video, I also learned that we don’t use lower thirds in this class and that was a little frustrating but all I had to do was go back and redo my voiceover.

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Illuminating Tradition

Started by a small group of students assembled around Memorial Circle 54 years ago, the tradition of singing Christmas carols and welcoming in the holiday spirit began. Now, the Carol of Lights is one of Texas Tech’s largest and oldest traditions.

According to the Texas Tech website, Dr. Gene Hemmle, who is a co-founder of the Carol of the Lights, organized the small group of residence hall friends that began singing Christmas carols and drinking hot chocolate one evening.

The website states the event was officially organized in 1959 with 5,000 lights. Harold Hinn provided the funds to purchase enough lights to cover the science quadrangle and administration buildings.

The ceremony was named the Carol of Lights in 1961, when the number of lights increased to 16,000.

The State of Texas granted the Carol of  Lights a Certificate of Registration in 1992, according to the Texas Tech website, which amplified the tradition and brought notice to its growth.

Erica Wolver, a senior nursing major from Corsicana, Texas, said this was her second year to go to the celebration, and although she has not attended Tech all four years, she understands the uniqueness of such an event.

The Lubbock community and Tech students realize the tradition of attending this ceremony, resulting in over 20,000 people coming to watch the lights turn on this year.

The website states the ceremony has taken place every year since 1959, with the exception of the university’s energy conservation policy in 1972 which led to the event being cancelled.

Now, 13 buildings around Memorial Circle are illuminated by over 25,000 lights and have a crowd that continues to grow each year.

Wolver said she believes the ceremony will live on and only continue to get bigger each year, as it becomes a more respected and noticed tradition.

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The Carol of Lights

Texas Tech holds an annual ceremony called the Carol of Lights before the holiday break to invite Lubbock locals and Tech students to experience the buildings being lit up by thousands of lights.

The traditional celebration was held around Memorial Circle on December 1, at 5:30 p.m., and included the Masked Rider and Horse, Saddle Tramps Torch Light Processional and High Riders starting off the ceremony at the University Seal.

The Texas Tech Choir and the Texas Tech University Combined Choir conducted a variety of Christmas songs that were sang before the official lighting took place.

This event has been going on for 54 years, states the Texas Tech website, and illuminates 13 buildings with over 25,000 lights.

Each year the university converts 20 percent of the lights to LED, and in 2013 the entire ceremony should be 100 percent LED.

According to the website, the Residence Halls Association sponsored event is one of Tech’s largest and oldest traditions, with over 20,000 people in attendance this year.

Alex Skartsiaris, a junior marketing and management major from Highland Park, Texas, said this was her first year to attend the ceremony.

Skartsiaris said she attended the event with her sorority sisters, and enjoyed experiencing the holiday cheer that was in the air.

“The singing was really cool and reminded me of home,” Skartsiaris said. “It was really pretty and everyone was really into it.”

Skartsiaris said her favorite part was when the lights were turned on and the buildings around Memorial Circle were lit up.

The website states the lights will be turned on every night through January 1 from dusk until midnight.

Ashley Carter, an undecided major from Lubbock, said this is her second year attending the ceremony. She said it is a cool tradition to be apart of, and it is fun to see everybody come out and enjoy it.

Erica Wolver, a senior nursing major from Corsicana, Texas, said her favorite part was when the lights turned on, as well.

Wolver said that aside from the heavy crowds it was a great experience and she was glad she attended.

A 38-foot Christmas tree was raised at the Broadway entrance of campus, the website indicates, and is lit up in addition to the lights every night.

Brody Anthony, a history major from Midland, Texas, said this was his first year attending the event. He said it has nothing to do with school spirit, but it is a great opportunity to show versatility as a university.

“I think it’s just a really neat experience because not all other campuses do that,” Wolver said. “Whenever you see all the lights and the big Christmas tree it just puts you in the Christmas spirit and just puts you in a good mood.”


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 The Texas Tech Student Wellness Center is a opened Monday through Friday, 8 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

Serving over 30,000 students can pose a problem for numerous faculty and staff across a school’s campus, especially when it comes to student’s health.

The Texas Tech University Student Wellness Center does just that on a daily basis, at least that’s what they’re designed to do. But with the number of students consistently dwindling over the past two years, one might ask themselves what is it exactly that the wellness center is doing to cause such a drastic drop in the number of patients.

According to Tech student Lauren Mannion, it all has to do with the way they’re perceived by students. Mannion said she has never attended the Wellness Center due to hearing first hand accounts from friends of Doctors not truly diagnosing students, but instead “giving them advil” and sending them on their way.

When asked what could be done to fix this issue and improve students perceptions’, Mannion said she believed being proactive and adding new members to the understaffed faculty would help to make a difference.

“I mean if they’re understaffed they should probably hire some people” Mannion said, “that would probably fix the problem.”

When asked how she would compare Tech’s Wellness Center to other facilities across the nation, Kelly Bennett, Student Wellness Center Medical Director said she cold only compare Tech’s services to that of other medical centers within the Big 12, but that she believes Tech is ranked 4th amongst other schools within the conference.


 -Cybbi Barton, Kasie Davis, Lauren Estlinbaum (Jour 3310)


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Dr. Bennett says Tech has the 4th largest student enrollment in the Big 12 Conference and friends.

As far as Texas Tech University enrollment goes, Dr. Kelly Bennett, Medical Director of Texas Tech University Student Health Services, said Tech is growing at a rapid. She said after attending the Big 12 conference regarding studentwellness she learned that Tech is the 4th biggest school in the conference.

“We are now only under UT, A&M, and Mizzou,” she said. “So actually within the true big 12 now we’re the 3rd most popular among enrollment.”

Dr. Bennett said it blows her mind to think that when she first started out as Tech’s medical director the school only had 24,000 students. She said we were third to the bottom out the Big 12 and what she likes to call “and friends.” She said it includes the Big 12 plus Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Missouri, and a few others.

When considering how she would rate Tech’s wellness center on a scale of one to 10, Dr. Bennett said no matter how you compare the visits of patients that they have with other schools or the amount of doctors and nurses they have, Tech’s wellness center is right on track.

“We offer far more services than TCU or Baylor. We offer less services than Nebraska. Some of the schools are located in the absolute nowhere like Lincoln, Manhattan, Lawrence, and Stillwater,” she said. “Sometimes those schools have to do more things, have longer hours, to have more specialists because there isn’t anybody in town.”

Meagan Bordelon, a junior communications major at Texas A&M University, said the college’s wellness center is called Beutel and said her own experience was interesting. Bordelon said making an appointment ahead of time is similar to Tech’s wellness center.

According to the Texas A&M student health services website, a difference between Beutel and Tech’s wellness center is a service they offer called “Dial-A-Nurse.” It’s basically equivalent to a Tech student seeing a triage nurse, but as the website indicates, instead of going into the actual wellness center, describing your symptoms to a nurse is only a phone call away. The website also states that the service is opened 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bordelon disagreed when considering if 24/7 care was necessary for the clinic to be opened every day of the week.

“24/7 care is always nice, especially if you have a pretty pressing issue but it isn’t something I see as essential for our campus,” she said. “I believe what we have is working for the public of our university.”

Dr. Bennett agreed with Bordelon. She said in the Lubbock area especially, there are many options regarding health clinics and hospitals. She also said the Tech wellness center has considered having a 24-hour opened clinic, but she thinks it would hinder funds.

“Lubbock probably has three to four of those for a quarter of a million people. We have 32, 000 students. Doing the math you can see that we don’t have the amount of students that would utilize those extra hours to make those cost effective.”

Overall, Dr. Bennett said she is proud of Tech’s wellness center and all of the services it offers. She said Tech is the only Big 12 school that half of the medical staff are assistants and either associate (or full) time professors at a medical school. Dr. Bennett continued to explain that Tech is also the only school in the Big 12 that has half of their staff during the summer or Christmas time while the patient rush is typically slow.

“While at the other schools everybody else is home, the doctors here are rotating and taking care of people at the hospitals and UMC,” she said. “We’re taking care of heart attacks and strokes and things like that to keep our skill set extremely high.”

 -Cybbi Barton, Kasie Davis, Lauren Estlinbaum (Jour 3310) 

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Dr. Kelly Bennett, Texas Tech Student Medical Director. 

Even if she graduated as an Aggie, Dr. Kelly Bennett, Texas Tech Student Wellness Center Medical Director, said she loves Tech and all of the students she’s gotten to help over the past 13 years.  She said her favorite part of the job, is simply doing it.

“I have two things that are my favorite. One is teaching anybody,” said Dr. Bennett. “It could be residences, medical students, pre-meds, athletic training students, the patients. The second is simply making people feel better.”

Bennett said she’s been a doctor for 17 years. Not only is she the medical director for the wellness center, she’s also an assistant professor in the department of family medicine. Dr. Bennett also said she teaches medical students, supervise residents, and she’s the medical director for another clinic on the east side of town.

Dr. Bennett said the wellness center is always busy, and especially because of her position, she sees many students daily.

“Unless it’s Christmas. But, as the medical director I pretty much have a regular line in and out the door,” she said.

Not only does Dr. Bennett see a plethora of students during the week, she has regular patients as well.

She said 50% of the patients she sees typically have chronic medical problems and she sees them all of the time. Dr. Bennett said she knows them very well due to how often she sees them. She said the other 50% of patients that she sees are more of what she would consider as “urgent care.” Basically, she said, those patients come in with a problem or “boo-boo” they have that day.

In regards to certain types of care, Dr. Bennett said she wants students to know that the wellness center is not just for coughs and colds.

“We take care of chronic medical diseases that people have and also we have older, non-traditional students who need to take care of things like blood pressure, diabetes,” she said. “One thing we do a lot of that most people don’t know of is mental health.”

Dr. Bennett continued to explain that the wellness center also takes care of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, and many other diagnosis’ that many would not think of. And of course, she said, they wouldn’t be college health if they didn’t offer sexual, birth control, and STD information.

Even though she deals with things as serious as student health, it’s apparent that Dr. Bennett is a kid at heart. Her office is filled with Winnie the Pooh paraphernalia on just about every nook and cranny.

“I have a set of friends that we have all assigned ourselves and I’m Tigger because after 10 am I’m really, generally bouncy bouncy bouncy,” she said. “My other friends are Pooh and Eeyore. My office is a little messy right now, its organized chaos.”

When asked if the wellness center would also be considered organized chaos, Dr. Bennett chuckled.

“No, I would mostly consider us organized, organized. There is some chaos sometimes but only if several different systems have failed,” she said. “The operations are fairly smooth.”

To learn more about students reactions regarding the wellness center, check out the video below:


Discover how Tech measures up compared to other universities in the Big 12 and learn about student’s perceptions of Tech’s wellness center by reading the extra links.

-Cybbi Barton, Kasie Davis, Lauren Estlinbaum (Jour 3310)

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