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Female COMC Instructors Break International Barriers

By Rachel Blevins Though the United States is still struggling with gender pay equality and lack of paid family leave, many international women have chosen to work and study here. The Texas Tech College of Media & Communication employs several instructors … [More]

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Tar or Vape, You Choose Your Fate

By Maggy Villarreal Dozens of vape shops have mushroomed along the streets of Lubbock in recent years, signifying the increasing popularity of e-cigarette use. Almost 13 percent of all adults and more than 20 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 had tried e-cigarettes at least once in 2014, shows a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The agency estimated 3 percent of all adults and 5 … [More...]

Fight to Legalize Medical Marijuana Contunues

By Callie Yardley Medical marijuana has been legalized in 24 states in the U.S., and in case you didn't know, Texas is not one of them. Although Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 339 last June, the law allows cannabis oil with no more than .5 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. and 10 percent cannabidiol to be used only for the treatment of patients with intractable epilepsy. Such use must be approved by two certified … [More...]

Debunking the Myths Behind Rape Culture

By Jayme Lozano Rape. For many, it's a hard word to see and an even harder conversation to have. Ignoring the topic, however, only leads to confusion and a disturbing trend called rape culture. The most significant aspect of rape culture is victim blaming, meaning the victims get blamed for putting themselves in situations they should have presaged as "risky" before anything happened. Skylar Hernandez, a recent graduate from South … [More...]

Title IX Offers Fickle Beam of Hope to Rape Survivors

By Joseph Marcades On college campuses across the country, Title IX is assumed to be sexual assault victims' best shot at getting peace of mind after a horrific event. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. According to Know Your IX’s, the famous federal law was initially implemented to guarantee gender equality on college campuses and was used to develop women's sports at the collegiate level. However, its interpretation has expanded … [More...]

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Helping or Hurting Women?

By Elizabeth Hale After the Lubbock Planned Parenthood closed in 2014, crisis pregnancy centers became the only local option for women dealing with unplanned pregnancies. Whether they offer the care women need remains to be seen. Angela Martinez, the former Lubbock Planned Parenthood managing director, said that while crisis pregnancy centers such as Heartline and Parkridge can provide resources to women dealing with an unplanned … [More...]

Women Journalists Seek Respect, Recognition

By Caitlyn Nix Caitlin Williams, a reporter and anchor for KWES NewsWest 9 in Midland, Texas, know first hand how challenging it can be to a woman in the public eye. She receives occasional fan mail through her professional page from men asking for dates or professing their love. Williams's generic response is “thanks for watching.” Fortunately, she said, such communication has never reached a point at which she felt … [More...]