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A publication from the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.
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Online Stories from Fall 2011

Climate Change in West Texas

Katherine Hayhoe, Ph.D. Ninety years in the future, farmers cannot pass their once fertile land down to the next generation. The playa lakes that once glittered on the West Texas landscape have dried up from overuse and no longer supply the Ogallala Aquifer with much needed water. Average temperatures are more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than in the past, which stresses the citizens and the few cattle left in the West Texas area. The rain that had once been 20 inches per year is now reduced to 6 inches per...

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More Money More Problems

Red to Black When you check your bank account statement and see $7.23 in your checking account and $21.50 in your savings, and you get that wave of panic, desperation, concern, worry and fear crashing into your body, that is when being a broke college student sinks in. Immediately your palms start to sweat, you start freaking out about how you are going to pay rent, and suddenly you are frantically pacing around your room.

Imagine a world where money grows on trees...

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Preparing Students for the Future

Career Services When waiting in the offices of University Advising or University Career Services, one has a sense of calm -- a feeling of organization, control and safety. These feelings are appreciated and welcomed by students seeking help from administrators within these offices. When students feel lost or confused in trying to deal with the transitions and changes that play such a large part in college life, these offices guide students through their college experiences and make sense of the confusion and frustration...

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Biking on Campus

Biking on Campus The number of bikes on campus daily is estimated in the thousands; and on a campus as large as Texas Tech University's, a good bicycle infrastructure can make time spent traveling on campus a safer and more convenient experience. The administration at Texas Tech plans to improve the bicycle infrastructure around campus. Tyler Patton, Student Government Association external vice president, said three initiatives have been introduced regarding...

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Life on the Vines

Lubbock wineries In Lubbock's Depot District on a bright afternoon, a vibrant, red-painted building is surrounded with landscaped yuccas among rocks and pebbles. Housed inside the historic Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, McPherson Cellars was built in 2008 and has been open as a winery for three years. The building is artistically renovated: the walls are draped with mirrors and pieces of contemporary artwork; bold colors paint the ceiling in a variety of green shades; and bright red doors guide visitors through...

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Social Dancing in Lubbock

Thursday night is often classified as "college night" in Lubbock. As classes and work assignments for the day end and the sun slowly sets, students search for their best attire to wear while containing excitement for the night ahead. Men polish their boots, and women curl their hair. A night at the local country nightclub, Wild West, is a regular pursuit for many students at Texas Tech University.

Social dancing has been common in young adults since...

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Healthy Food Choices

Nutritional Food The stainless steel counters gleamed with a pristine cleanness that professional chefs pride themselves on. This is Dewey McMurrey's test kitchen. The executive sous chef, who was educated at the Culinary Institute of America, not only caters Texas Tech University-sponsored events, but he also creates the menus implemented across campus.

"Everybody still says 'yes' to mac'n'cheese or something once in a while," he said. "We don't promote...

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