The Hidden Heroes Among Us: Odes Gish

Since being adopted at the age of 13, the road to Texas Tech University for Odes Gish was far from traditional. Searching for a way to become more self-disciplined and motivated, Gish enlisted in the United States Army in 2009 after graduating from high school. Now, he walks among the other Red Raiders on campus. Now a […]

Top Hat: CEO, Students and Professors Weigh In

Top Hat’s online education programs are used by more than two million students at more than 700 universities. Its expansion now includes Texas Tech, where use of Top Hat in classes been met with mixed feelings from students, particularly regarding its cost and usefulness as a way for instructors to give quizzes and take attendance. The interactive teaching […]

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 who have crossed cultural barriers to pursue unique career opportunities. Sadia Cheema, a doctoral candidate and graduate instructor […]

Adviser Uses Past to Help Students’ Futures

By Kaitlin Bain Returning to Texas Tech University this school year marked a new step in an almost 20-year journey for Heath Tolleson, the journalism adviser at the College of Media & Communication. He first came to Texas Tech in 1997 as an undergraduate studying public relations. He stayed until 2003, when he decided to put more time […]

Dire Straits: When Tech Does (and Does Not) Send Alerts

By Victoria Landers Two recent incidents on Texas Tech’s campus that required emergency response have left local journalists, students and faculty wondering: Why were they not notified by the university’s alert system? The first incident occurred on Friday, March 4, when the Texas Tech Police Department responded to a report of a possible bomb threat in the College […]

CoMC Students Begin First Feature Film

By Violeta Trevizo What began as a casual conversation at Market Street in the fall of 2015 has now become a project Weston Davis and John Hackney hope will be a milestone in filmmaking for other Texas Tech University students like themselves. “Sam (on Everything)” has gone through many script changes in the past months. The […]

Coffee and a Smile: COMC’s Unsung Hero

By Rachel Blevins April Ramirez spends most of her days making endless batches of coffee and interacting with students. As the Sam’s Place cashier in the basement of the College of Media & Communication, she is used to the humdrum of her job. But on Friday, when the building was evacuated after a bomb threat, […]

Teaching Through the Years at Texas Tech

Few students realize they are not the only ones learning in the classroom. Their professors are, too. Bill Dean, who started teaching journalism and directing the student newspaper and yearbook at Tech in the fall of 1962, is just one example of how much experience can enrich one’s teaching style. Although he has been doing something similar […]

The Media and Male Body Image

By Allyson Padron Media missions such as Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty and Aerie’s Real Campaign feature unretouched pictures of female models, encouraging women to love their body, no matter what it looks like. But what is the media doing to support positive male body image? The National Eating Disorder Association suggests 10 million men in the U.S. […]

The Importance of “Coming Out” Videos Online

By Zachary Rocha In 2015, 800,000 Americans updated their Facebook profiles to indicate their membership in the LGBTQ community, according to research conducted by Facebook. In the Digital Age, many people are choosing to “come out” to friends and family on internet platforms. In an interview on the “Today Show,” Anastasia Khoo, chief marketing officer for […]

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