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Celebrities, Politics, and Opinions

By Carley Banks If we listen to celebrities about their latest diet, go-to makeup product, or favorite vacation spot, why do we not listen to their opinion on politics? Whether it is on Twitter, Instagram, or an award show, celebrities have not been silent when it comes to current events, and they have received a lot of backlash for it. According to debate.org, when asked if celebrities should keep out of politics, 74 percent of … [More]

West Texas as a Wine Leader

When West Texas comes to mind, the first thing you think about may not necessarily be wine. However, many wineries in the Lubbock area have rich histories, like Llano Estacado, that are leaving their mark on the growing Texas wine industry. In 1983, the winery decided to replace all its equipment, and installed state-of-the-art tanks, crushers and other equipment to expand and develop superior wines. In a five-year time-span, production … [More]

Trump and The Media: A Relationship Explained

By Rachel Blevins When Donald Trump held his first conference after the election on Jan. 21, he made headlines—not for his remarks about the economy or foreign policy, but for his reaction when he was asked a question by a reporter from CNN. “No, I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news," Trump told CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, before turning to take a question from a Breitbart reporter. Robert Peaslee, Chair … [More]

Conversations with Candidates: Fearless

Alen Jacob contributed to this article. As expressed in their bloc's name, four candidates for executive positions of the Student Government Association hope to fearlessly lead the students of Texas Tech University. Hunter Hall, candidate for student body president, said his main initiative focuses on sexual assault. He said survivors should know they are not to be blamed, blue lights should be functional and expanded, and SGA should be … [More]

Conversations with Candidates: Raiders Empowered

Alen Jacob contributed to this article. As expressed in their bloc's name, four candidates for Student Government Association's executive positions hope to empower students if elected. Their initiatives hope to improve safety and student life at Texas Tech University. Robbie Meyer, candidate for student body president, said he would like to implement WiFi in the Jone's AT&T Stadium and improve student life by creating a dog park on … [More]

Weekly Poll: Online Misrepresentation

Brought to mainstream attention by the MTV show "Catfish," some people choose to misrepresent themselves through social media. The television show tells stories of people who have online relationships, but have never actually met their significant other. While it may seem obvious that the people in this show are being fooled, there are many ways to misrepresent yourself online. Editing pictures with Photoshop, using someone else's pictures or … [More]

Muslim Imam: ‘We Feel That We Are American’

By Mary Onishi “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon was blasting through my car’s speakers when I pulled up to the Islamic Center of the South Plains, one of two mosques in Lubbock. I walked into the quiet entrance of the mosque where I was asked to slip off my Chuck Taylors and leave them on the tile floor with the other shoes. Samer Altabaa, the imam of the Islamic Center of the South Plains, was sitting behind his desk when I walked … [More]

Travel Restrictions Bring Stress, Fear for Students

By Nathan Lawson Since President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Jan. 27 banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, immigrants in the Texas Tech community have voiced their feelings. According to a fact sheet issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the seven countries being denied entry to the United States are Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. Mohsen Fouladi, a doctoral student in human … [More]

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