About Joseph M. A. Marcades

Investigative Reporter - Media and Communications Undergraduate Student, Class of 2017, working on a degree in journalism. He loves his wife, football, golf, film, Texas, and good stories.

SGA Forum Q & A’s

The SGA Executive Candidate Forum took place Wednesday night. Each candidate was given the opportunity to answer multiple questions, the highlights of which are included in this story. To watch the debate in its entirety, click here. Voting will take place February 28 at 9 a.m. through March 1 at 7 p.m. If no run-off […]

SGA Executive Actions Influence Grad VP Shakeup

With the end of 2016, the Student Government Association Graduate Vice President also ended his tenure as the representative of the graduate student population. Kevin Koestler left Texas Tech University and created a vacancy within SGA that had to be filled. Under Article 3 Section 4.5 of the SGA Constitution, when a vacancy occurs in any […]

Super Bowl 51: Betting on More Than the Spread

For many, sports are about watching games they love played by teams they love. But, for millions more, it could mean wagers involving serious amounts of cash. Sports gambling is a big business in the United States. Over the years, Americans have thrown more and more money into what has become a goliath of an industry. […]

Eat Breakfast, Or Break Fast During the Day

For many students, breakfast can either be an afterthought or a must-do, but does it help in the classroom? For those trying to find out, research can be a little confusing. If you check websites like Shake Up Your Wakeup, you would be convinced that breakfast is an essential part of a morning routine. According […]

Behind the Phone of a 9-1-1 Dispatcher

In every emergency situation, 9-1-1 dispatchers are a lifeline to safety. These are the people who help when no one else can. According to the United States Census Bureau, Lubbock had an estimated population of just under 300,000 people in 2015. While many do not consider Lubbock a big city, according to the FBI, it has the second […]

Losing, and Finding, Their Religion

After graduating high school, young adults face many changes; friends, location and ideologies are all often challenged during this period of transition. One ideology that often changes is religion. LifeWay, a non-profit organization that is one of the world’s largest providers of Christian resources, studied 18 to 22-year-olds and their attrition from church during that period of life. The results […]

American Apartment Horror Story: Maintenance

While most horror stories include ghosts and monsters, living in student housing can be just as scary; apartment horror stories can range from poor maintenance response to uncomfortable situations. Students have an array of options when it comes to housing in Lubbock: houses, lofts, and apartments. Regardless of location, one thing many students have experienced at various complexes […]

What Comes After She Says Yes?

I’m 24-years-old. I’m a senior journalism major. I’m on the cusp of my professional career. And…I’m getting married a semester before I graduate. It all started last October when I decided to propose to my girlfriend, Ashley Carter. It was the 31st and one of our favorite occasions: Texas Tech football, Halloween and Ashley’s birthday weekend. […]

Laughing Out Loud with Laugh Hub City

Lubbock has struggled to support a comedy club for years, with many unsuccessful venues closing. Laugh Hub City, a local comedy show, is trying to fill the void left by the defunct clubs. Kendall Rodriguez and Steven Feldman, two local comedians, perform at Backstage Lubbock open mic night every Thursday. Although the comedy community in West Texas is […]

Freestanding ERs: What to Know Before You Go

On a normal night just outside the southern city limit of Lubbock, a father had a situation on his hands. His rambunctious and fearless young daughter, Ava, just broke her leg and he had a decision to make. Far away from the Lubbock medical district, he had to decide where to take 4-year-old Ava so her leg would be […]

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