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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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ICYMI: Summer in Raiderland

Texas Tech University can look like a ghost town over the summer, but the news never sleeps. Here's what you missed in Lubbock this summer. Title IX Investigation in Rawls: In June, reports of a 2014 Title IX investigation involving Franco Parisi surfaced, claiming the former visiting international scholar created hostile environments. The report claims Parisi made offensive comments to and about women in the classroom and while on a … [More...]

ICYMI: National News From the Summer

In case you missed any major news stories this summer, here are some of the most pressing topics you should know about before your first current events quiz. Zika Virus: The virus is now infecting people in South Florida who have not traveled outside the U.S., but Congress has not allocated a budget to fight it. The virus, which can cause severe birth defects, is mosquito-borne and can also be spread through sex and blood. Trump v. … [More...]

Locked, Loaded and Ready To Go

By Kameron Court As Campus Carry goes into effect, many people are talking about guns, but few are discussing the safety precautions they should know. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, as firearm safety has increased, the number of unintentional firearm-related fatalities has decreased. Capt. Stephen Hinkle at the Texas Tech Police Department said families who have guns … [More...]

Gun Safety: The Real Danger Is at Home

By Joseph Marcades Tragedies like the San Bernardino and Charleston mass shootings are horrific, but it may surprise some how small their effect is in the big picture of gun violence in the country. According to The Trace, an independent nonprofit news outlet dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States, mass shootings account for less than 2 percent of annual gun deaths in the country. Unsecured firearms and unsafe … [More...]

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...]