Tech imPRESSions

A publication from the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.
For Texas Tech Students, by Texas Tech students.
Spring 2012

Please note:
Tech imPRESSions is no longer published, however you may view every issue in full on our website. Click here for the full archive. Student produced news efforts are continued through a new online channel, The Hub.

Discrimination Accusations for the LPD

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A recent African-American Texas Tech University graduate, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims he was the victim of an illegal search and seizure when police responded to a trash can fire at his Lubbock home. According to the 25-year-old sports studies graduate, police kicked down a locked door in his home in order to conduct a search.

He was one of 302,064 African-Americans arrested in 2009, in the state of Texas, alone -- that's 10.16 percent of the state's black population. The Texas Tech alumnus said...

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Alternative Solutions for Socializing

Alternative Solutions for Socializing

Dry, flat land stretching as far as the eye can see, accents of red, black and Double Ts spread all across town, and drunken, rowdy college students spilling out of bars almost every night of the week. Texas Tech University students do not have a wholesome image.

"You can ask anyone from College Station what Tech's reputation is and they'll say drunks and partiers," said Lizzie Hames, a graduate of Texas A&M University and a Texas Tech graduate student. "That's what anyone will say about Lubbock. When you come here, you imagine...

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Hope at The Haven

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When Joe and Brenda Wilbanks started building their house in 1977, they encountered the usual surprises that come with any construction project, as well as one very unexpected surprise: a small white dog that took up residence exactly where the front porch eventually would stand. The Wilbanks did not know at that time that the furry Lhasa Apso mix they eventually named Snootie was the start of their future. "She knew we were coming," Dr. Brenda Wilbanks said with a smile. "I suppose I should've seen it as a sign of things to come." Wilbanks continued rescuing stray and injured animals, and the Haven Animal Care Shelter was born.

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Air Raiders


The plane door opens and cold air from 13,500 feet rushes in. Adrenaline rushes through your body, a brisk blast washes away any thoughts, and, before you know it, you are free-falling through the sky with wind whipping across your face. It feels like flying, you pull the parachute string, and you are soaring.

Air Raiders is a student-led organization at Texas Tech University that supports the phenomenon of skydiving. This skydiving club became an official Texas Tech student organization in April 2010. The Air Raiders...

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Award Winning Publication

The fall 2011 edition of Tech imPRESSions was selected as the winner of the 2012 Clarion Award for Online Media by the Association for Women in Communications.

Additional Spring 2012 Online Content

Marfa, Texas: A Surprising Art Mecca

Art © Judd Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Art © Judd Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

"No service for 80 miles," reads the green sun-glittered signs. To get to Marfa, Texas, people must want to get there. People must drive miles and miles to seemingly nowhere. People do not just stumble upon this town of 2,000 residents. Why would anyone care to end up in a city like Marfa? It is small, out of the way, and does not have a single McDonalds. Nevertheless, don't let this stop you from the many amazing things Marfa has to offer.

What makes Marfa different from any other small town is the character it amasses. Marfa is a town known for its richness in art, culture and design. Dozens of galleries are...

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Making Music in Lubbock

Making Music in Lubbock A musician lives from show to show, paying rent through his art, trying to make his name known. An up-and-coming record producer sits in front of a studio he built, sculpting a reputation that he has worked countless hours to create. A talent agent spends late nights promoting new bands and helping venues fill their walls with the newest sounds. All of their efforts must be successful for a music scene to work. In a city like Lubbock, so much time and effort is spent to keep art alive in a country with a struggling economy...

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Art in Unexpected Places

Art in Unexpected Places Residing on the Llano Estacado, Lubbock finds itself standing on an enormous rolling Caprock. With such a location, an artist might avoid the city in hopes of a more inspiring or artistic place. However, when artists find themselves at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, their opinion could easily change. With the first Friday Art Walk, students indulge in local art from artists all around the city. While a student explores the different buildings of the Art Walk that encompass the art exhibits, one particular...

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Concealed Handguns on Campus

Concealed Handguns on Campus Time is running out for legislators to make a decision on whether handguns should be allowed in classrooms and buildings on campuses. The bill would allow handguns just about anywhere on the Texas Tech University campus. Many students and faculty say they would fear for their safety if the bill were to pass. The question at hand is safety vs. the Second Amendment.

In our society, many individuals are concealed handgun license holders who carry their handguns almost...

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Fall 2011 Online Content

Remembering 9/11


For years, a certain billboard on Interstate 20 remained a fixture in the Midland, Texas, skyline. The sign showed a little girl sitting on her father's shoulders and holding an American flag, along with a single word: "Unity." Every time Whitney Taylor drove past that billboard, she was reminded of "that day." The fear, the confusion, and the American pride. But now, 10 years after the chaos of Sept. 11, 2001, the billboard cycles through a different advertisement every year: a jewelry store, a car dealership...

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Saving 34th Street

Kyra Jenkins sits in front of a table inside her business, South Plains Communications. Behind her, a large window exposes a multi-layered backdrop. The scene is one of a street in decay, and built on its concrete and asphalt are the businesses that have given Lubbock its identity and soul. This backdrop is 34th Street, a location lined with local atmosphere that has yet to be touched by national corporations. The street is full of local flavor with businesses from pet stores, auto-repair shops...

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