Social Media Sparks Conversation on Racism

By Shane Longoria After an Instagram post by user “sydnieshowmaker” circulated Twitter and Facebook, many Texas Tech students used it as an opportunity to have a discussion about racism and cultural appropriation. The image showed a woman wearing a basketball jersey and afro wig, and in the caption she called herself Laquifa. The image has since […]

‘I’ll Do It Tomorrow:’ The Procrastinator’s Motto

By Haylee Uptergrove Cell phones, social media and Netflix: the college student’s perfect trifecta for avoiding homework. Throw in a nap and hanging out with friends, and it is the perfect recipe for the phenomenon that plagues most college students: procrastination. Procrastination is something studies show students start dealing with early on in their collegiate […]

More Than a Check-In

By Laura Ragsdale More than 128,600 people have checked into J&B Coffee on Facebook, according to their page, and that number grows every day. Scott Cline, owner of J&B Coffee Company, said his coffee shop uses the Facebook check-in feature to allow customers to connect to the Wi-Fi. “The Facebook check-in feature was brought to us […]

The Evolution of Caption Trends

The photo itself, the filter used and the caption are all taken into consideration when posting to Instagram, however in the last year the caption has arguably become the most crucial part. Instagram launched in 2010 and that was the start of a social media phenomenon. Back then, the use of excessive emojis and hashtags made […]

Humans of Diversity Week

Diversity Week is “dedicated to celebrating and understanding the importance of diversity” on Texas Tech’s campus. What are the qualities that you feel make you unique? RG: I was born in Mexico but lived the most of my life in the bottom of Texas. I am mostly reserved and quiet. I think most of it […]

Activism in 2017: Tweeting the Movement

By Shane Longoria  Since the election of President Donald Trump, protestors across the country – including Lubbock – have taken to the streets to voice their opposition of his administration’s ideas and policies. Lubbock citizens gathered twice in January to join a recent wave of political demonstrations. On Jan. 21, citizens showed their support for the […]

At Your Fingertips: Knowledge or Trouble?

By Courtney Plunk April 3, 1973, was a date that would change the world, although few knew it at the time. On this fateful day, an engineer made the first-ever mobile phone call. Four years later, the first home computer hit the stores, and ten years later, Motorola released the first commercial mobile phone. Shelley Barba, Texas […]

War Now Coming To You Live On Facebook

By Alyssa Chrisope It’s 2016, the day and age when you can live stream the World Series, presidential debates, your favorite animal exhibit at the zoo and now, war. The decision of several major news networks to broadcast the advance on Mosul, Iraq, where the Islamic State took a crucial stand, live on Facebook sparked […]

Twittersphere Responds to Election

By Laura Duclos Last night’s Donald Trump victory in the presidential election came as a surprise to many Americans. Although people were spread throughout election watch parties, their homes, bars and public areas, such as town squares or parks, everyone was able to come together via social media to express support for the candidate they voted for […]

Local Democrats: Media Not Feeling The “Bern”

By Jayme Lozano As the race to the White House heats up, voters are taking a harder look at how presidential candidates are portrayed by the media. While there is no lack of coverage for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, supporters of Bernie Sanders across the country have expressed concerns about a media blackout against their candidate. […]

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