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									   Tech imPRESSions
   For Texas Tech students, by Texas Tech students
                                                                      	




                                                     Spring 2007 Volume 1 No. 2




  Myths                                                             what’s
   About                                                           enough
Studying                                                            sleep?
  Abroad



                                                                O ge
                                                              Bm aD Y
                                                              i

  BEST
DRESSED
 DORMS
                                                                  HOW
                                                                   THE
Big 12                                                          GREEKS
Bass
                                                                  CAME
                                                                    TO
Fishing                                                           TECH
                 t e n ts
 c o n                                travel

                                               2    A World Traveler
                                                         in an
                                                     Unlikely Form
                                                                             4 How To Study
                                                                               Abroad



      student
   organizations
                     18    grassroots          28      Angling For         32       Silent Raiders
                                                        The Top



       tech
       life
                     6    Best Dressed Space   10 F o r a Bet ter C a m p u s 30       Noise
                                                                                   in the Neighborhood



      staying
      healthy
                     34     Body Image         36   A Safe Place           38        Catching ZZZ’s
                                                                                           for
                                                                                      Better Health
          ..
and more.


                                                                                      Waiting
 8 Third Time Around 12 A Greek Tradition 16         Be Good Stewards
                                                        of the Land
                                                                           20          on the Light
                                                                FRom ThE EdiToR
                                                                    Spring is upon us, along with the second issue of Tech imPRESSions. Thanks to all of you who
                                                                read our premier issue. Our staff appreciates your suggestions and comments and we hope you
                                                                enjoy this issue, too. It is filled with articles about the Grassroots organization, how the Greeks
                                                                came to Texas Tech and another great photo essay from talented students in photocommunica-
                                                                tions. One of the big features this issue is about living on campus, emphasizing the Best Dressed
                                                                Space Contest. The cover photograph was taken of a winning room, and the feature inside has
                                                                more great pictures and details.
                                                                    Please send us your ideas and thoughts about this second issue, as well as story suggestions
                                                                for future ones. Tech imPRESSions is a gift to the students of Tech, created by students of Tech.
                                                                If you have any questions or comments, please submit them to karl.wolfshohl@ttu.edu or nicole.
photo by John Irving Gay




                                                                e.barbosa@ttu.edu.
                                                                    It has been my privilege to be student editor. I’ve been proud to watch this new publication
                                                                hit campus newsstands and be mailed to future Red Raiders. It warms my heart to be a part of a
                                                                milestone and to have worked with an amazing staff and supporters. As I am set to graduate in
                                                                May, I will be signing off as student editor but have high hopes for many issues to come!

                                                                Sincerely,
                                                                Nicole Barbosa, Student Editor


                                                                                 Student Staff             faculty adviSerS              cOntriButOrS
                  C0VER PhoToS:
                                                                      STAFF
                                                                                 Nicole Barbosa,           Pete Brewton                  Jerry Hudson,
                                                                                   editor                  Todd Chambers                   publisher
                  Front: Photo illustration by Lauren Hoffman                    Lauren Chesnutt,          Gary Miller                   Megon Siegert,
                    and John Irving Gay                                            photography director    Randy Reddick                   design intern
                  Back: Photo by Cortney Russell                                 John Irving Gay,          Liz Watts                     Melissa Wofford,
                                                                                   photo editor            Marijane Wernsman               designer
                                                                                                           Karl Wolfshohl                PrinTech,
                                                                                                                                           printer
         A Wo r l d




                                                                                          in an Unlikely Form




                                                                                         T         exas Tech student Mandy Schrein
                                                                                                   strode past a cluster of teepees and
                                                                                                   into the crowded Seventeen Saloon.
                                                                                      The back wall was covered with a giant mural
                                                                                      depicting Texas, and the poles supporting the
                                                                                      roof were wrapped with American flags. Wait-
                                                                                      ers in full Native American dress delivered
                                                                                      beers, and a band of cowboys crooned a Kelly
                                                                                      Clarkson song in the corner.
                                                                                          After traveling halfway around the world,
                                                                                      Schrein had stumbled upon Texas in the mid-
                                                                                      dle of Vietnam.
                                                                                          At first glance, Schrein may look more like
                                                                                      a middle school student newly returned from
                                                                                      Disneyland than a Texas Tech junior who re-
                                                                                      cently spent nearly a month in Vietnam, Cam-
                                                                                      bodia and Thailand. She is barely five feet
                                                                                      tall, frequently bursts into chatter remarkably
                                                                                      similar to Alvin and the Chipmunks and has a
                                                                                      tendency to skip rather than walk.
                                                                                          Despite her youthful appearance, Schrein
                                                                                      has traveled to places that more experienced
                                                                                      travelers may shy away from. She has seen
                                                                                      sights that most people cannot begin to imag-
                                                                                      ine.
                                                                                          Schrein first started on the path to Vietnam
                                                                                      in the fall of her sophomore year. An early
                                                                                      education major with a minor in history, she
                                                                                      enrolled in a history class about the Vietnam
                                                                                      War because it had an available seat.
                                                                                          John R. Milam, who was a first lieutenant in
                                                                                      the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, taught
                                                                                      the class. At the conclusion of the course,
                                                                                      Schrein learned that a study-abroad program
                                                                                      in Vietnam was being offered by James R.
                                                                                      Reckner, another Tech history professor and
                                                                                      the director of Tech’s Vietnam Center.
                                                                                          The Vietnam Center was founded in May
                                                                                      1989, when a group of Vietnam veterans from
                                                                                      West Texas decided to begin collecting and
                                                                                      preserving materials related to the American
                                                                                      experience in Vietnam.
                                                                                          The center is dedicated to encouraging
                                                                                      research and education to promote a greater
Mandy Schrein in traditional Vietnamese dress, holding photos from her study-abroad   understanding of all aspects of the American
experience.                                                                           experience in Vietnam, as well as the people
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                                                                                                         by Caitlin Holland
                                                                                                photos by Brittany Schultze



and cultures of Southeast Asia, according to the Web site, www.           ficer stopped the bus they were in. For no apparent reason, all of the
vietnam.ttu.edu.                                                          passengers were forced to exit and walk the rest of the way to their
   After obtaining the trip details from Reckner, Schrein went home       destinations.
to Houston for Christmas and informed her parents that she was go-            “That’s just what you expect,” Schrein says. ”Everyone just ac-
ing to Vietnam. Until this time, Schrein’s most adventurous travel-       cepts it as how it is. That’s just Vietnam. It makes you appreciate
ing experience was a cruise to Mexico and Belize in the company of        America more.”
her parents and older brother. Her parents were not overly thrilled           A boat trip across a large lake in Vietnam further solidified
with the prospect of her going to Southeast Asia.                         Schrein’s appreciation for certain aspects of American culture. The
   “If you don’t let me go with school, I’ll go on my own and get         group members bought tickets before departure, but when they be-
kidnapped,” Schrein says was her winning argument.                        gan searching for the seats that matched the seat number printed on
   Schrein also reasoned that she could go to the typical destina-        each ticket, they discovered that their seats were nonexistent.
tions in Europe any time, but studying abroad in Vietnam was an               The boat provided approximately 60 seats but close to 120 tick-
opportunity to see a way of life completely different from the west-      ets had been sold. Passengers without a seat were forced to the roof
ern culture to which she was accustomed. More than experiencing           of the boat. Schrein spent five hours sitting or lying on the curved
petty differences of food and clothing, she would be immersed in a        metal roof, clutching her ticket.
Communist political system.                                                   Schrein says she came to simply accept some things about Viet-
   After flying for 20 hours, Schrein, six other students and four su-    nam. By the end of the trip, she was not surprised if she found a hole
pervisors arrived in Hanoi. Schrein’s first impression of Vietnam was     in the ground, rather than a porcelain toilet. She was undaunted
one of complete chaos. Although they emerged from the airport af-         when the overwhelming heat made four showers a day necessary

“If you don’t let me go with school, I’ll go on my own and get kidnapped.”

ter dark, the city was oppressively hot, and in every direction there     to battle the sweat, and she became accustomed to haggling over
were crowds of people. The roads were full of traffic, and there was      prices and consuming rice at every meal.
constant honking, shouting and general tumult.                                Schrein describes the landscape of Vietnam as breathtaking,
    Schrein quickly discovered the Vietnamese people to be friendly,      varying from tropical to mountainous. Much of the fruit she ate was
talkative and especially eager to sell their products to willing Ameri-   unlike anything she had eaten before, and because of the French
cans.                                                                     presence in Vietnam, delicious French bread was available every-
    “They don’t hate Americans at all,” Schrein insists.                  where. The low prices made shopping for gifts and souvenirs even
    Schrein and the group from Tech began their journey in the            more enjoyable.
capital city of Hanoi, and then traveled south to Hue, Hoi An, Da             Schrein found that the Vietnamese people greatly enjoy exercis-
Nang, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) Can Tho, and finally             ing, whether jogging or playing soccer or other games. During an
Chau Doc.                                                                 early morning walk through a public park, she stumbled upon a
    In addition to the excursions to museums, memorials and count-        large group of Vietnamese women clad in brightly colored leotards
less temples, the Tech students visited a university and were given       and sweatbands, working up a sweat with dance aerobics to the
the opportunity to meet Vietnamese college students. The Vietnam-         music of a blaring boom box.
ese students spoke English very well and were equally keen to learn           Schrein returned home to the United States with more than a
about their American shadows, Schrein said.                               collection of amusing stories and a deeper appreciation for standard
    The Tech group had a few run-ins with the government and              toilets. She plans on someday returning to Southeast Asia to teach
learned to comply quickly and meekly. In one circumstance, while          English. But for now, Schrein is contributing to the Vietnam Center
they studied a monument and translated its message, a guard insist-       at Tech as a student assistant in the Vietnam Archives. In this way,
ed they stop immediately. His sharp orders were further enhanced          she can remain connected with the region that made an indelible
by the large gun that he angrily wielded.                                 impression upon her.
    Another time, the group was returning to its hotel when an of-
                                                                                                                            Tech imPRESSions * 3
       ( HOW TO STUDY )
                                                          ABROAD                        photo and story by Lindi McFadden



                                                                                                          Nine simple steps to studying
                                                                                                          abroad at Tech:
                                                                                                          1. Fill out a TTU application for Study
                                                                                                          Abroad through the Office of Interna-
                                                                                                          tional Affairs (OIA) or online at www.
                                                                                                          iaff.ttu.edu.
                                                                                                          2. Submit to the OIA the application
                                                                                                          for the chosen program. Program-spe-
                                                                                                          cific applications are available in the
                                                                                                          OIA.
                                                                                                          3. Submit to the OIA a signed aca-
                                                                                                          demic advisement sheet. This form
                                                                                                          certifies that the student has received
                                                                                                          advising from the academic college to
                                                                                                          which he or she belong concerning the
                                                                                                          proposed study abroad. This form may
                                                                                                          be turned in no later than the pre-de-
                                                                                                          parture orientation date.
                                                                                                          4. If interested, apply for the Study
                                                                                                          Abroad Competitive Scholarship.
                                                                                                          5. Submit to the OIA the documenta-
                                                                                                          tion provided in the Texas Tech Study
                                                                                                          Abroad Emergency and Liability


S
       tudying                                                                     mer she took an        forms.
       on the                                                                    internship in Lon-       6. Sign up for and attend the pre-de-
       white, sandy                                                           don, England, at the        parture orientation at the OIA.
beaches of Australia or                                                    Associated Press.              7. Pay the Study Abroad administra-
in a quaint, garden café                                                   “The experiences I’ve          tive fee. Fees for TTU study are pay-
                                                                                                          able before the orientation in the OIA.
in France seems too good to                                          gained are immeasurable,”
                                                                                                          Fees for all study abroad programs
be true, but this dream could                                    Mattlage says. “I would advise stu-
                                                                                                          are $135. The fee is payable by credit
very easily become reality through                             dents to start organizing and filling      card, cash or check made out to OIA.
one of many Texas Tech study abroad                       out forms a few months in advance of            8. After finishing the study abroad
programs.                                             departure,” she recommended.                        program, complete an exit interview.
   “We offer two hundred programs in fifty             Brittany Schultze, another study abroad            9. After completing the program, take
countries for students to choose from,” says        student, participated in one of the depart-           syllabi for course work completed
Sandra Crosier, the director of study abroad        mental programs last summer that traveled to          abroad to OIA, where the credit will
at Tech.                                            Guanajuato, Mexico, for a photography class.          then be processed.
   Among these various programs students               “This trip was one of the best growing ex-
are able to enroll in classes that fit into their   periences I’ve had at college,” Schultze says
degree plans. Students should not worry about       about her excursion. “Not only did I learn            Myths about study abroad:
getting behind in their school work to study        about travel photography, I also learned how
overseas, Crosier says.                             to adapt to a culture completely different from       1. Too expensive
   Last year Tech sent 740 students abroad,         my own.”                                              Truth: Tech offers financial aid and
500 of whom went during the summer through             Schultze says having her professor and             scholarships to help students.
departmental programs.                              classmates travel with her made the trip more
                                                                                                          2. Get behind in degree plan
   These programs are arranged by individual        fun. She commented on the dangers of eating
                                                                                                          Truth: The Office of International Af-
professors who travel abroad with their stu-        the food in Mexico, but the culture itself was        fairs does its best to match programs
dents to countries to study specialized topics      exciting and different and not hard to adjust         that fit students’ degree plans.
related to their degree. Last summer Tech sent      to at all.
23 departmental programs all over the world.           “The people at the study abroad office were        3. Foreign language
   Meredith Mattlage, a study abroad student        so helpful, all I had to do was sign a few pa-        Truth: Almost all programs offer class-
at Tech, spent last fall semester at Bond Uni-      pers, pack my bags, and I was set,” Schultze          es in English, unless students are go-
versity in Queensland, Australia. She loved         says.                                                 ing over to learn a foreign language.
studying overseas so much that the next sum-
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     FROM HERE
                                                     TO HERE
                                                                                               AND HERE




                                                                                              IS POSSIBLE!!

Students can study at one of Texas Tech University’s centers in Seville, Spain or Quedlinburg,
Germany, where they can gain up to two years of language credit in a single semester.

Students also have the option to study in more than 50 countries and 213 different programs.
Undergraduates can study chemistry at the world famous Oxford University or learn Arabic at the
American University in Cairo. Maybe Range and Wildlife Management in Kenya on Masai tribal
land or psychology at Melbourne University in Australia sounds interesting. The possibilities are
endless.

Don’t want to study? How about doing an internship in the House of Commons in the British
Parliament for college credit and real world experience? Or be creative and create a customized
internship!

With less than 5 percent of American university students participating, study abroad is a great way
for students to build their resumes. Participation in a program will make them more visible and
diverse than the “average” college student. Graduate Schools, Medical Schools, Law Schools and a
host of other post-graduate schools look favorably upon students with study abroad experience.


      THE ONE ADVENTURE YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS!
  For general information on study abroad contact the Study Abroad Office at the International Cultural Center:
                                       www.iaff.ttu.edu - 806.742.3667

  For information on study abroad for Mass Communications majors or minors contact: Dr. Wernsman at marijane.wernsman@ttu.edu
     BEST DRES



C
           ollege dorm life holds differ-
           ent memories for every Texas
           Tech student, both current
           and former. Sharing a small
           space with a roommate can
prove to be a disaster, but accessorizing
your room may help.
   It is move-in day and you walk into
your first dorm room as a freshman and
see bleak walls and old furniture. The
ideal solution would be to splash the
walls with color and decorate to your
heart’s content. For some students, a
vibrant dorm room is the least of their
worries; but for some, it is just the be-
ginning to generate future memories
and a positive atmosphere for
their home away from home.
   Mandy McCune, a freshman retailing
major from Boerne, won first place for
her room in Wall/Gates complex last fall.
Wall/Gates is a co-ed dorm and had a fe-
male and male winner. McCune said she
was not surprised she won, because she                                                     ‘’I like design and was confident my room would
put a great deal of effort into decorating                                         win,’’ McCune says. ‘’ I was hoping to win overall but was
for the contest.                                                        excited to win first place for hall-wide.’’
   When you enter the room, you would                                      McCune spent $300 on decorating her room. Her purchases con-
think it would take months to bring that room to life again. McCune    sisted of fabric and paper for her walls, a new carpet, tulle for her
said it took her only three days to decorate, and the end result was   ceiling and various decorative items for the shelves. McCune says
well worth it. The room consists of browns and blues, which Mc-        her past roommate did not help with the room nor did she care what
Cune said are two of her favorite colors because they complement       it looked like.
each other and produce light throughout the space.                         ‘’This semester I have a single room, which I love because I can

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S E D S PA C E                                                                           by Nicole Barbosa
                                                                                         photos by Lauren Hoffman
                                                                                         photo illustration by John Irving Gay



                                                                                                         Mandy McCune,
                                                                                                         photos of her
                                                                                                         dorm room and
                                                                                                         her certificate for
                                                                                                         winning hall-wide
                                                                                                         best dressed space.




                                                                                                       remembers being a student intern and
                                                                                                       helping with the contest in the early
                                                                                                      ‘90s. Tschauner judges the final entries
                                                                                                      and awards the finalists with monetary
                                                                                                      awards and certificates.
                                                                                                         ‘’This past year we had more than
                                                                                                     200 rooms enter,’’ Tschauner says. ‘’Af-
                                                                                                     ter the judging, we had 56 hall-wide
                                                                                                    winners.’’
                                                                                                        David Chapa, senior designer for
                                                                                                    the Housing Department, also helps
                                                                                                    Tschauner with deciding the final win-
                                                                                                    ners. There were six overall campus win-
                                                                                                       ners: three men’s and women’s rooms.
                                                                                                                       No two winners came
                                                                                                                         from the same com-
                                                                                                                           plex.
                                                                                                                                 Ts c h a u n e r
                                                                                                                              says along with
                                                                                                                                 herself and
                                                                                                                                  Chapa, the
                                                                                                                                    depart-
                                                                                                                                     ment se-
make it my own,’’ McCune says. ‘’It is very personal and I made it                                                                   lects four
my home.’’                                                                                                     guest judges such as interior
   The Tech Housing and Residence Life Department sponsors a                       design students or other campus employees. The final
contest for residents living on campus called ‘’Best Dressed Space.’’   judging committee selects rooms based on creativity, individual
The contest is held at the beginning of each year and has been spon-    style, color coordination and attention to detail. However, students
sored for over 20 years. First-, second- and third-place winners are    can be disqualified if they paint the walls or use too many nails in
selected from all seven complexes and then narrowed down to three       the walls. The first three winners from each complex receive a cer-
finalists, both male and female, for overall campus.                    tificate and a small gift.
   Debbie Tschauner, coordinator of facilities designs for housing,

                                                                                                                             Tech imPRESSions * 7
  Third
    Time
       Around
                        photos and story by Stacey Splawn




   K            athryn Webster had scarlet fever when there was no
                real cure and remembers the fall of the stock market
                in 1929. One of her most treasured memories is of
her first car, a Model T.
    She was the first woman juror in Donley County, Texas, changing
                                                                        she got her master’s on August 11, 2001,” Webster says. “I was re-
                                                                        tired by then and I thought, ‘I want to go to Tech.’”
                                                                            She originally began as a freshman here in 1941, but during
                                                                        WWII Webster was forced to return home and help the family.
                                                                            “We had not yet recovered from the Depression and family mem-
the meetings from the men’s restroom to somewhere she could be          bers all helped make the living in those days,” she says.
included.                                                                   When Webster’s husband died in 1970, she went to work at
    After her daddy said ‘no’ during WWII to letting her join the       the Texas Tech Federal Credit Union while also taking night cours-
service, she decided to get her pilot’s license and watched him weep    es toward a degree. However, work became more difficult, times
after her first solo ride.                                              changed, and it became increasingly challenging to get the courses
    Her late husband, daughter, three grandchildren, and two sons-      she needed at night. Webster quit for the second time in 1981.
in-law all graduated from Texas Tech.                                       In her most recent matriculation, her interests in history and cul-
    So did Kathryn Webster, in 2005.                                    tures led Webster to anthropology as a major.
    “I was beginning to get an inferiority complex with everyone in         “I thought, Why in the world don’t they send some anthropolo-
my family,” Webster says, smiling in the comfort of her own home.       gists to Iraq and some of those other countries before we get in a
“All of my family had a degree so I thought, ‘I have to get a de-       war with them, to know their customs and what they believe,” Web-
gree.’”                                                                 ster says with concern.
    When questioned about her age, Webster simply replied, “Over            Imagine walking into a room, knowing you will be different,
eighty, eighty plus. When I get to be 100, I’ll tell my age because I   knowing the task before you will be most challenging, and knowing
want my picture on a Welch’s grape jelly jar.”                          above all else you have to finish.
    Webster was determined to get a degree from Texas Tech this             “I thought I would have odd reactions from the students,” Web-
time, no matter what it took.                                           ster says, “but the kids in fact would study at my house for mid-
    “I was sitting at the second granddaughter’s graduation when        terms and finals. On Saturdays I would always cook a pot roast on a

8 * Tech imPRESSions
                                                                         “They could outplay me, but I could outwork them.”




slow cooker and have a dessert or something, so I had a lot of kids       at Texas Tech, is the head of the project in South Texas. Webster
over.”                                                                    says that Walter and her husband worked very hard to keep her
   The first semester Webster took only nine hours to get reac-           safe. Walter’s husband built Webster a device of solar water bags
quainted with the college environment, she recalls her first test as      and tarps for a shower.
being somewhat trying.                                                        “I found out you can shampoo your hair and bathe in five gallons
   “When Dr. (Tamra) Walter was handing out the tests, she handed         of water,” says this graduate.
me mine and said, ‘I want to see you in my office after class,’” Web-         When Webster went to set up her tent, she was off to the side,
ster remembers.                                                           but noticed that when the class began putting up their tents they
   “I thought, Oh my gosh, I’m going to get kicked out before I get       circled them around hers, placing her in the middle.
started.”                                                                     “It was wonderful,” Webster says, “I got an award for keeping
   Webster had made a 65 on the test, and her professor told her          everyone motivated. I had the best temperament and I was the best
that she could do better. From that point on, she made A’s in all her     cook.”
classes.                                                                      Webster graduated from Tech in a span of four years, on May 14,
   After the first course, Webster was hooked on anthropology. She        2005. She had achieved her life dream of having a degree, joining
then went to Texas Tech field school in South Texas to excavate           ranks with the rest of her family.
various sites. Webster was the first in her class to find anything, a         “My youngest grandchild graduated Magna Cum Laude,” Web-
crucifix from the 1700s.                                                  ster says, “I was just Cum Laude. She beat me!”
   “That was fun,” she exclaims. “We lived in tents for five weeks.           Webster’s advice to undergraduates is to proceed with determi-
No electricity. We carried the water in. The rest of the students went    nation, something she knows a bit about.
down to the Brazos River to take their baths, but they didn’t want            “From the day I started, I had no idea in my mind that I wouldn’t
me to fall. They were trying to protect me.I could outwork them,          finish,” Webster says with a grin. “I knew I would.”
though. They could outplay me, but I could outwork them.”
   Walter, who is assistant professor in anthropology and sociology

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            For a Bette


   N
                 ew posters, bus
                 wraps and messages                                                                                                   “I liter-
                 promoting human values                                                                                      ally called Gary
                 add up to a new adventure for Texas Tech.                                       Dixon the next day,” Shonrock says, “because
   The university is partnering with The Foundation for a Better        one of my passions, not just one of my interests, is individual and
Life in its “Pass it On” campaign aimed at fostering core values in     collective values.”
individuals.                                                                Shonrock was delighted with the idea that Texas Tech could be a
   Texas Tech is the first university to partner with this foundation   part of a national effort to promote such principal human values as
in an effort to promote its fundamental values around campus. The       volunteering, achievement and honesty.
foundation’s posters, TV spots and a new bus wrap are displayed             “As I look at all the things that go on in a person’s life and all
throughout the university grounds.                                      the challenges we each face every day,” he says, “I think one of the
   Each advertisement displays a personality or set of personalities    things we deal with confronting daily is our core set of values. Ev-
with one key value emphasized and the message, “Pass It On,” high-      eryone could use little reminders of this, and that is exactly what the
lighted at the end.                                                     foundation’s campaign is about.”
   Michael D. Shonrock, vice president of student affairs, worked           Shonrock met with Dixon while attending a conference for the
closely with foundation administrators to involve the university in     United Way in Denver, Col., where The Foundation for a Better Life
the campaign.                                                           is headquartered.
   The collaboration began last spring when Todd Rasberry, senior           “I asked him if there had been any college efforts to implement
development officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, met Gary      the campaign, and he said no,” Shonrock says. “I said I would like
Dixon, a Tech graduate and president of the foundation. Rasberry        Texas Tech to be the first.”
contacted Shonrock about the possibility of the university working          Dixon was just as thrilled with the idea, and the partnership
with the foundation.                                                    grew from there. Dixon thinks the partnership is a chance to return
   Shonrock says when Rasberry gave him a brochure and a DVD            something of value to the environment where he learned so much,
explaining the values endorsed by the foundation, Shonrock wasted       since he attributes everything important that has happened in his
no time in getting the university involved.                             life to his experiences at Texas Tech.

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r Campus                                                                    Texas Tech Promotes a Foundation’s Values
                                                                            by Heather M. Woods, photos by John Irving Gay




    The division of student affairs con-         Toward Improvement                            achieve success.
structed a task force and chose key values                                                         Kindee Nielsen, who is also a Tech
of the campaign on which to focus.                One advertisement from The Founda- graduate and vice president of operations
    One of these, the value of “achieve-       tion for a Better Life shows a picture of for the foundation, says her office is equal-
ment,” was singled out as a great start, and   Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue. To ly enthusiastic about the partnership with
its advertisement of an astronaut was used     the side is the statement, “As a student, the university.
as a bus wrap.                                 he was no Einstein.” The brief message              “We found an outpouring of enthusi-
    The bus wrap displays its message in       encourages students to have confidence asm for positive values, which resonates
English on one side and in Spanish on the      despite setbacks. This and other core val- with our messages,” she says. “We think
other to accommodate the Spanish mar-          ues promoted by the foundation and of college students are in a unique environ-
ket, which is one of the fastest-growing       special interest to Texas Tech leaders are: ment of having a chance to experience
consumer groups in the world. The foun-                                                        new ideas, new cultures, and being at a
dation targets its ads to 21 Latin American                  Achievement                       crucial time to determine the values that
countries and to Spanish speakers in the                                                       will be important to them for the rest of
United States.                                                Confidence                       their lives.”
    Shonrock says the idea is to embrace                       Inspiration                         Nielsen says the life-shaping experi-
diversity and understanding on the Tech                      Perseverance                      ences that are happening during college
campus as well.                                                                                are common to students around
     “When we chose 12 values to focus on,                     Persistence                     the      country,
we wanted to target the West Texas demo-                       Hard work                       so the pilot
graphic,” he says. “We chose ads with simi-                      Integrity                     program at
lar geographic features to the flat lands of                                                   Tech     has
Lubbock and Spanish ads that embody our                      Determination                     generated
community.”                                                       Vision                       new ideas
    The Student Government Association                          Optimism                       for     the
passed resolutions in 2006 about display-                                                      founda-
ing TV screens around campus on which                        Commitment                        tion and
the foundation’s TV spots could run. Stu-                     Compassion                       future
dents would be able to see messages inter-              Rising above adversity                 plans for
mixed with information on the scrolling                                                        expan-
screens.                                                                                       sion.
    Matt Fowler, SGA internal vice presi-                                                           “ We
dent, says senators are enthusiastic that the campaign will have a hope to build a model at Tech that
positive effect on the student body.                                  can be implemented and adopted
     “We are displaying ads that we can gear toward the college stu- by other schools across the country,” she
dent, and how the values affect them,” he says. “They will serve as says. “Initially, because of Texas Tech, we
a subtle reminder that the ambitions you have can come forward if are just starting at the University of Kansas and
you make the effort and push for it.”                                 Southern Virginia University. We hope to add many others based
    Fowler says the foundation’s “Pass it on” message goes hand in on the success of our campaign at Texas Tech.”
hand with Tech’s marketing campaign, “From here it’s possible.”
He believes the two messages will serve to reinforce one another
as delicate reminders that college students have the opportunity to

                                                                                                                     Tech imPRESSions * 11
                    A Greek Tradi
                    How fraternities and sororities came to Texas Tech
                    photos and story by Elliot Michel


12 * Tech imPRESSions
              A             s I wait at the door, I expect the worst. In my
        mind I have pictured the sorority girl who every “Animal House”-
        type college movie has stereotyped. Instead, I am met by a smiling,
        mild-mannered young woman with a sturdy handshake.
            “Hi, I’m Mary Anne,” she states with a warm grin.
            Mary Anne Wheat is a sorority girl. Even with little exposure to
        the collegiate Greek life, one could easily put together this informa-
        tion from her room. One corner is solely dedicated to smiling faces
        and three Greek letters – Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta for short). Al-
        though she is a sorority girl, Wheat is far from typical.
            “My experience in Theta has probably been the same as everyone
        else’s, but maybe it has been a little more personal,” she admits.
        “It’s more like a family than a social club.”
            This 21-year-old turf-grass management major from Benbrook,
        Texas, is the great-granddaughter of Retha Martin. While Martin’s
        name may be foreign to the current Tech students, it was once much
        respected. After all, Martin served on Tech’s board of regents from
        1965 to 1971 and was its chairman from 1968 to 1970. Before that
        he was instrumental in bringing the Greek system to the univer-



                     Like her child’s play
                      splatter paint, her
                   family’s hard work over
                  the decades will continue
                   on, even if unnoticed by
                            some.
        sity. Martin was a prominent businessman in Lubbock, starting the
        Dunlap’s department store chain.




ition
            Martin’s wife, Ruth, thought it was a good idea to help the fra-
        ternity system onto the Tech campus. She had been an Alpha Phi at
        college and hoped to see it one day at Tech. Besides, their daughter
        Callie (who became Callie Chalk), would plead with Retha to do the
        same each time she came home from college at Randolph-Macon in
        Virginia. So Retha found himself trying to influence Tech leaders to
        allow Greek life here.
            Tech administrators eventually agreed to (continued on p. 15)

                                                          Tech imPRESSions * 13
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allow existing social groups at Tech to transform themselves into the    “Mary Anne is a very strong but very nurturing person,” she says
nationally recognized Greek fraternities and sororities. As a result, proudly. “When she puts her mind to something, she does really
in 1954, Chalk played an important role in bringing Theta to the well.”
recently established Tech Greek system. She was even instrumental        When she was three years old, Mary Anne visited her grand-
in establishing Greek Circle at Tech.                                 mother, who brought her up to the relatively new Theta Lodge.
    The Theta House was originally located on Broadway in Lub-           “I actually helped splatter-paint some furniture in one of the
bock. A massive tor-                                                                                               rooms,” she mentions
nado struck on May                                                                                                 with a small giggle.
11, 1970, destroying                                                                                               “It’s kinda funny be-
the lodge along with                                      Family Tradition                                         cause when I came
much of the rest of                                                                                                back for rush when I
the city. Callie Chalk                 Retha and Ruth Martin, Mary Anne’s great-grandparents                       entered college, I was
gathered      together                                                                                             able to find where I
alumni leaders of all                              Callie Chalk, the Martins’ daughter                             splatter-painted the
the other Greek chap-                                                                                              floor.”
ters and bought a cot-                            Mary Wheat, Callie Chalk’s daughter                                  Like her child’s
ton field due west of                                                                                              play splatter paint,
campus. The property          Mary Anne Wheat, Mary’s daughter and a current student at Texas Tech                 her family’s hard
was split into 20 lots.                                                                                            work over the de-
Ten were given to the                  Mary’s sister, Amanda Wheat, was a Theta at Texas A&M                       cades will continue
boys and 10 to the                                                                                                 on, even if unnoticed
girls. Theta then be-                                                                                              by some.
came the first lodge                                                                                                   “I just hope the
on Greek Circle.                                                      Greek system, that my family once had such an important role in
    Callie Chalk “was a very strong, dynamic, outspoken woman starting, will still be healthy and active when I have kids,” she ad-
who knew how to handle people, and she would get things done,” mits. “And I think it would be special if I had daughters who could
says her daughter, Mary Wheat, who is Mary Anne’s mother. Mary continue the Theta tradition.”
sees many of the same qualities in her daughter.
                                                                                                                      Tech imPRESSions * 15
“Be Good Stewards of the Land”
Recycling is a tough sell at Texas Tech   by Abby Stone, photo by John Irving Gay




                                                                              Recycling bins near
                                                                             82nd Street and
16 * Tech imPRESSions                                                        Frankford Avenue.
   A
                  few black cans, marked for recycling, are scattered      real showing,” he says.
                  throughout the Texas Tech University Library. But            Michael San Francisco, a biological sciences professor and the
                  an old Coke bottle, a crumpled Daily Toreador and        faculty supervisor for the biology student organization Tri Beta, says
                  a piece of gum inside one of the cans show their         the student group recycles paper and aluminum from the biology
recycling stickers stand for                                                                                        building and hand-delivers
very little these days.                                                                                             the materials to recycling
   Tech had a recycling pro- “We shouldn’t base all our                    decisions on money.”                     bins set up around Lubbock.
gram in the past, but it was                                                                                        He hopes this small effort
trashed in 2001 for lack of                                                    –Michael San Francisco will start a chain reaction
funding. An Internet search                                                                                         throughout Tech.
shows Tech is the only uni-                                                                                            “I think we owe it to the
versity in the Big 12 without                                                                                       environment to make that
an active program.                                                         attempt,” San Francisco says.
   Zeb Alexander, Student Government Association graduate vice                 “We shouldn’t base all our decisions on money.”
  president, says that “unless there is proof” a recycling project will        PrinTech, an auxiliary service owned by Tech and located on
      be valuable for Tech, administrators are reluctant to allocate       campus, prints Tech imPRESSions and many other publications dis-
       money for it.                                                       tributed around campus and mailed all over the U.S.
           While the last recycling program was run solely by the              Production Manager Brad Phinny says PrinTech collects about
          university,      Alexander says students need to pitch in        20 tons of paper a year and receives some money for each ton it
                              for a new program to work. He thought        sends for recycling. PrinTech also recycles the aluminum plates it
                                          he was in for an easy task       uses to print booklets and magazines. Used aluminum and paper
                                          when he started looking into     together generate several thousand dollars for PrinTech each year.
                                                reviving the program.      This revenue goes back to Texas Tech. But the service recycles for
                                                  Then reality set in.     the environment, not the money.
                                                   Breathing air into          “Be good stewards of the land,” Phinny says.
                                                    recycling proved to        The City of Lubbock collects about six tons of mixed paper and
                                                    be expensive and       35 tons of newspaper per month, which it recycles instead of send-
                                                   laden with rules and    ing it to a landfill.
                                                   regulations set by          Lubbock is willing to help Tech get a recycling program started
                                                   secondary recycling     on campus, says Brian Bearden, the city’s recycling foreman. He
                                                 producers.                says approximately 50 Tech students have voiced their interest in
                                              Jarvis Metals in Lubbock     the project to him. He gave a few Tech students about 100 small re-
                                       sends about one million pounds      cycling bins last year but says funding from the university is needed
                                  of paper to manufacturers each year.     to get a program off the ground.
                              A program at Tech could add substantial-         “Tech is going to have to buy into it; that’s the bottom line,”
                      ly to this amount. Jarvis paper manager David        Bearden says.
                  Walden estimates that Tech could contribute 40,000           “If students are interested, we need to know,” adds Alexander.
             pounds of paper per month. Annually, that is nearly half      “The biggest hindrance to recycling on Tech campus is student apa-
      of what Jarvis now handles each year.                                thy. If there is student interest then there is going to be a response
         When recycling material is brought to Jarvis, the company         by the administration and by SGA, of course.”
stores it, searches the market for the best price, and then sells it and
gives the provider of the materials a percentage of the profit.
                                                                               To voice an interest in a recycling program at Tech,
   Walden says Jarvis Metals would be willing to work with Tech,
                                                                               visit the SGA office in Student Union room 302, or
but the support needs to go beyond student involvement.
                                                                               call the office at (806)742-3631.
   “I would love to see Texas Tech make a real commitment and a

                                                                                                                             Tech imPRESSions * 17
                                        grass
                                Texas Tech organization aims to inspire and recycle

                                                                         Grassroots
                                                                    members (from
                                                                  left) Mary Porter,
                                                                 Eric Braden, Sarai
                                                                 Brinker, Meredith
                                                                            Entrop.




‹                       T     exas Tech does have a group of students
                    bent on recycling and related activities. Blending
                    creativity and down-and-dirty activism, members
of Grassroots inspire one another toward recycling and other forms
of environmentalism.
    Clinton “Clint” Peters, a senior studying natural history and hu-
manities, as well as creative writing and philosophy, helped create
the group in 2003.
     “Our mission statement is to increase environmental awareness
and provide environmental services within the city of Lubbock, and
specifically Texas Tech,” says the 23-year-old Lubbock native.
    The student organization is made up of Tech students who are
part of the Honors College or studying natural history and humani-
ties, although people from the Lubbock community are also invited
to attend meetings and become active.
    Grassroots works with campus dorms and the honors college to
gather recyclable materials and deliver them to dump sites. This
includes hand-sorting and cleaning items.
    Members have to get down and dirty when bins are contami-
nated with food, beverages and tobacco products. Peters has had to
rinse stale milk out of old cartons and contend with banana peels,
which “gets pretty messy,” he says.
    Grassroots holds informal meetings once a week, typically in
members’ homes. Eight core members usually attend, although the              “It’s good to see what would be if humans weren’t,” he says. “We
group does have a fringe collection of about 50 people who come          like to see natural systems, systems outside of the human system.”
and go when they can. Meetings are for discussing projects, watch-       He says humans are learning from their past and learning how to
ing environmentally minded movies and occasionally hosting schol-        treat the environment. Peters believes recycling is important for hu-
ars and professors as guest speakers.                                    mans to do together to make a healthier world.
    Creativity is a major part of their activism. Members share their        Grassroots is trying to bring recycling back to Tech, although lack
short stories, poems and other creative projects with one another.       of funding and media coverage, as well as other priorities for re-
These pieces may or may not deal with environmentalism, but Pe-          sources, have set up some roadblocks.
ters says they all aim to motivate. The group plans to compile a             “We tried to work with the SGA last fall,” he says. “We tried to
scholarly journal of this environmental literature.                      find out how to get the campus to recycle.”
    Grassroots also sponsors outdoors trips such as hiking, camping,         Ryan Worley, SGA president, says there was a push for a recy-
rock climbing and canoeing. Peters says this is an attempt to enjoy      cling program on Tech last year.
a system outside of cities and towns, a natural environment where            “It was something we tried to do and at least tried to support,”
the human element is not prevalent.                                      Worley says, but finding the money “has been a tight squeeze.”

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r
by Amanda Morris, photo cour tesy Caitlin Grann
                                                                     ts

                                                                             additional costs to students.”
                                                                                 Grassroots tries to encourage recycling throughout Lubbock.
                                                                                 Peters says the city’s recycling services are small compared to
                                                                             those in other cities.
                                                                                 Lubbock has three permanent recycling drop-off sites and also
                                                                             five satellite sites. Peters doesn’t find the drop-off options to be very
                                                                             convenient, although he and his roommate continue to use the ser-


                                                                                          ‹ How Much Isn’t Wasted? €
                                                                              The Environmental Protection Agency says the United States recycles
                                                                            28 percent of its waste, almost double the rate of 15 years ago. EPA says
                                                                            recycling and composting have kept 64 million tons of material from
                                                                            ending up in landfills and incinerators. Now being recycled:

                                                                                                    ‹Steel packaging 57%
                                                                                                    ‹Aluminum cans 55%
                                                                                                    ‹Major appliances 52%
                                                                                                    ‹Paper 42%
                                                                                                    ‹Plastic soft drink bottles 40%


                                                                             vice. He used to gather his recyclable items in a grocery sack, but
                                                                             eventually his roommate bought special bins. Once the bins are
     Peters says SGA has been very supportive, but based on recycling        filled, the students drive them to the drop-off facilities.
  programs at other college campuses he believes Tech can do more.               Despite his activism, concern for the environment, poetry and
     “I think if they wanted to, they could recycle,” Peters says. He        short stories, Peters doesn’t consider himself a hippy.
  maintains that it is hard for Grassroots members to conduct a large            “I’m an environmental activist,” he says. “I recycle because it
  recycling project themselves because of school, jobs and other re-         is one comparatively easy step that makes me feel like I am con-
  sponsibilities. Although the SGA did pass a resolution in 2005 to          tributing to the improvement of our situation within the greater
  have a paid recycling coordinator for Tech, lack of funding has kept       world ecosystem.
  this from happening.                                                           “The challenge is figuring out what to do when
     Worley says he thinks recycling is important, and the SGA is            there is so much to do,” he continues. “Start
  looking into other ways to encourage environmentally friendly pro-         somewhere and you’ll feel better.”
  grams.
                                                                                                                 €
     “I think it’s something we all know is the right thing to do,” he       (Questions about Grassroots? E-mail Clint
  says. “We definitely want to move in that direction but it’s just find-    Peters at clintoncrockett@yahoo.com)
  ing the opportunity that would allow us to do that without adding

                                                                                                                                 Tech imPRESSions * 1
           Waiting                                   on the



              Light
           J      ennifer Anderson and her boyfriend were returning to Lubbock from Caprock
                  Canyons State Park one evening last fall. As is so common on the expansive Texas
                  plains, the setting sun pumped the sky full of purples and oranges and reds, and a
        sliver of a moon showed itself on the vast palette spread before them.
            “Wait! There’s a perfect photograph,” Anderson said. They pulled over and began shoot-
        ing, and the picture displayed on these two pages is one result of her efforts. Another of her
        photos, on page 23, displays a setting sun peeking from behind a cloud and silhouetting a
        fence and trees.
            “I barely got the sun, but it presented the color so nicely,” says this photocommunica-
        tions major from Ft. Worth.
            Anderson’s friend and classmate, Cortney Russell, photographed the flags flying in the
        breeze that you see on the back cover. The flags were displayed at a park in Lubbock on
        September 11, one for each of the persons who perished in the World Trade Center.
            “Those flags were flying high, and it was like the spirits of the people were still flying,”
        says Russell, who is from Spring, Texas.
            Anderson, Russell and other aspiring artists expand their vision in the color photogra-
        phy class of Wyman Meinzer, a Texas Tech graduate who passes along some of his skills
        to upper-level photo majors on Tech’s main campus in Lubbock, as well as the university’s
        campus in Junction.
            “I want my students to get an appreciation for great light above all, because light is the
        basis for good photography,” says Meinzer, who has had 19 books of his work published.
        He wants them to learn to speak with a camera—to bring out the same emotion in people
        looking at their pictures as the artists themselves felt when they saw the scene.
            At this level, photography is not a casual sport, and passiveness is passé.
            “Planning, preparation and hard work are all required for a high level of production on
        a daily basis,” says Kent Sparkman, another of Meinzer’s students.




20 * Tech imPRESSions
Jennifer Anderson




Tech imPRESSions * 21
Brooke Eshleman



22 * Tech imPRESSions
                Jennifer Anderson




Kent Sparkman

                Tech imPRESSions * 23
Caity Colvard




                        Caity Colvard



24 * Tech imPRESSions
Jennifer Anderson




Tech imPRESSions * 25
Cortney Russell




Kent Sparkman


26 * Tech imPRESSions
  Brooke Eshleman




Tech imPRESSions * 27
Angling For The Top
          Tech Bass Anglers Take Competition to a New Level
                          by Brett Copeland




This page: (from left)
Curtis Norrod and Ryan
Dupriest fishing at Lake
Alan Henry, photo by
Ashley Latham
Opposite page: Curtis
Norrod holding fish, photo
     28 * Tech imPRESSions
by Coy Callison
 T      exas Tech students compete in a nationally recognized sport
against the best from colleges and universities around the country.
                                                                              TBAA is also making sure all teammates are covered. Kevin Van-
                                                                           Dam’s Line and Lure line conditioner, and clothing manufacturer
    The sport is highly specialized, requiring intense tactics and seri-   ProWearOne have both signed with TBAA.
ous knowledge of the game. But this isn’t football, soccer or rugby.          With both fishing-industry supporters and more non-endemic
It’s bass fishing.                                                         sponsors such as Toyota backing professional fishermen, it’s obvi-
    The Tech Bass Anglers Association was christened in spring             ous that marketers and media alike see bass fishing as attracting a
2006 as a student organization and is joining a trend organized and        diverse and lucrative demographic.
promoted by ESPN Outdoors, which hosts tournaments and ranks                  The ESPN format now opens up sponsorship opportunities for
teams and players or, in this case, fishermen.                             amateurs yet still guarantees a certain amount of television cover-
    Tech sent its two best fishermen, Ryan Dupriest, a physical ther-      age for the companies paying the bills.
apy student from Midland, and junior range, wildlife, and fisheries            The ESPN college rankings, which are posted at the top of www.
management major Beau Schott, who is from Medina Valley.                   collegebass.com, listed Tech’s team as eleventh at the end of 2006.
    Dupriest and Schott’s two-day catch beat both Texas A&M and            That’s a big jump from their previous location at twenty-second.
Baylor’s final weights last spring, but it wasn’t enough to get them          “Like golf, you have to qualify to get into the top events you see
into the final round of the tournament. The two fishermen are bet-               ,”
                                                                           on TV Norrod says. “Each member of our club has to fight for that
ting their boat on making a comeback next year.                                 spot during every tournament we have leading up to ESPN’s
    “We had a decent showing last year, but we got caught up a                   tournament. That will allow us to send our best two fishermen
little in the experience of a big time TV event,” Dupriest said.                   to represent our school.”
“Next time I hope we can settle in and showcase our abilities                           Norrod says that while more TBAA members would al-
without being so concerned about who may be filming us.”                             low for greater competition and more opportunity to truly
    The student leaders of TBAA and faculty adviser                                 find the best two anglers to represent Texas Tech, the current
Coy Callison, the chair of Tech’s public                                                   level of enthusiasm among the members makes him
relations department, are actively re-                                                              confident that TTU will have a good showing
cruiting new members so that they                                                                     on the national stage.
can have one of the strongest teams                                                                           ESPN tournament organizer Billy
on the lake for tournaments. This                                                                          Chapman sees the same amount of en-
recruitment isn’t focused on the ste-                                                                      thusiasm for the sport on college cam-
reotypical country-boy-come-to-town stu-                                                                   puses across the Big 12, and that inter-
dent.                                                                                                      est is only growing.
    “A lot of people think that it’s older,                                                                  “We think the collegiate aspect is the
crustier folks who participate in competi-                                                               absolute definition of grassroots,” Chap-
tive bass fishing,” says team president Cur-                                                             man said. “These kids are not only carry-
tis Norrod. “The truth is typical bass tourna-                                                         ing a full load in school but they have the
ment fishermen could easily be mistaken for                                                            passion for bass fishing as well. If they’re
golfers in their pressed shirts and expensive                                                            doing both, they’ve got a lot of drive.”
equipment. ESPN’s organization of college                                                                     TBAA is working hard at honing skills
teams and clubs is an example of how big                                                                  to make sure that its two state rivals,
and inclusive the sport really is.”                                                                     Texas A&M and Baylor, will have to fight
    In fact the sport is getting so big, it’s tak-                                                     to keep their rankings.
ing on an almost NASCAR-like feel, with many                                                                With Texas Tech making huge gains on
local and national businesses jockeying for                                                             Big 12 rivals in both football and basket-
sponsorship opportunities.                                                                              ball over the past few years, Tech is poised
    The winning team for 2006, Arkansas                                                             to take its place among the nation’s elite in
Tech, had both a home-field advantage and a                                                        collegiate sports. The first step in gaining na-
string of promoters. But Dupriest isn’t far behind.                                                     tional acclaim is beating rivals when the
    Dupriest returned from his first televised event                                                        opportunities present themselves.
last year with more than just                                                                                                       ESPN’s pitting
fish in his basket. The                                                                                                           of big schools
tournament proved                                                                                                                 against      each
to be a watershed                                                                                                                 other in bass fish-

                            ESPN’s pitting of big schools against
event for this stu-                                                                                                             ing has opened
dent, who garnered                                                                                                              up a new arena of
seven sponsorships
including sunglasses
                         each other in bass fishing has opened up                                                               competition—even
                                                                                                                                if there aren’t as
supplier Costa Del       a new arena of competition--even if there                                                              many tailgaters.

                                aren’t as many tailgaters.
Mar and G. Loom-
is, a company that
manufactures fish-
ing rods.
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                                   W
                                                      hether celebrating a football victory or merely
                                                      the end of the week, Texas Tech students may
                                                      have to keep a little quieter or face stiff penal-


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                                                      ties. A noise ordinance passed by the Lubbock


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                                City Council last fall carries a $500 penalty for violators. City lead-

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                                ers say the new rules are part of an effort to maintain peace for all


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                                citizens.


       by Jan
                                    Longtime residents of the Tech Terrace neighborhood, just south


               Grizzl
                                of the Tech campus, have long dealt with the eclectic mix of stu-


                            e
                                dents and other Lubbock citizens, says Councilman Gary Boren. He
                                represents District 3 in central Lubbock. He says the new noise ordi-
                                nance doesn’t single out Tech students or any other group.
                                    “It’s an issue of bringing peace and tranquility to neighborhoods”
                                and is a fairness issue for all citizens, Boren says.
                                    Police have been able to issue citations for noise violations in the
                                past, but the new law brings several different rules into one central,
                                clearly defined ordinance, said Police Chief Claude Jones at a city
                                council meeting in late September.
                                    District three residents voiced deep concerns at an Aug. 24 town
                                hall meeting. The meeting, hosted by city leaders, focused on noise
                                complaints, code compliance and safety.
                                    “I don’t intend to leave,” said one 15-year resident of Tech Ter-
                                race at the August meeting. “I don’t intend to let these people run
                                me off.” She said each year new groups of students move into near-
                                by homes with no accountability for their actions because they don’t
                                own the property they occupy. She is concerned with the appear-

30 * Tech imPRESSions
ance of the homes the students live in, in addition to late-night loud       “In some instances you can have several people living together,”
parties.                                                                  Boren says. “It’s not fair to those living nearby, trying to enjoy a
    Ray Cox said he has lived in central Lubbock for more than three      peaceful lifestyle.”
decades. At the meeting, he proposed a police force comprised of             No more than six unrelated people may live together in Austin,
Lubbock citizens to augment the current force’s strength. However,        according to the city’s code of ordinances. The Lubbock restriction
Assistant Police Chief Thomas Esparza countered that civilian po-         applies only to residential areas, not apartment complexes or some
lice forces have many problems with organization and legal status.        neighborhoods designed for college-life residents.
Esparza said neighborhood watch programs have worked as an ef-               Ethan Logan, director of student judicial programs at Tech, says
fective way for neighbors to keep an eye on the area in which they        that whenever complaints are referred to his office from off-campus
live.                                                                     neighborhoods, they are often regarding city ordinances or Lubbock
    “These [neighborhood watch] groups can serve as the eyes and          police.
ears of the Lubbock Police Department,” Esparza said. “We can’t be           “If I’m aware of a problem, I’ll try to talk to the parties involved,”
everywhere.”                                                              Logan says. “But it’s usually not something that falls under the stu-
    According to the ordinance, police may issue a citation if they be-   dent code of conduct.”
lieve any prohibited noise is excessively loud. No audible measuring         Punishment ranging from written disciplinary reprimand to


    “I don’t intend to let these people run me off.”
                                         –a Tech Terrace resident
device is needed. On the banned list are loud music from a stereo         expulsion may accompany any violations of the student code on-
system, screeching tires except to avoid hazardous situations, and        campus. Logan says any complaints filed from dorm residents may
powered yard tools from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Schools and        range from drug or alcohol possession to physical confrontations.
government entities are not bound by the new rules. Likewise, there       However, these complaints are rare, he says. Too many cars being
are exemptions for usually loud activities, including construction        parked in an area, trash being left on front yards and loud partying
and outdoor maintenance during the day.                                   are some of the most common off-campus concerns student judicial
    Lubbock is not unique in imposing a noise ordinance. College          programs deal with.
Station does not specify prohibited actions; however, according to            Logan says though Lubbock residents do not often contact his of-
the city’s code of ordinances, violators producing any noise deemed       fice regarding off-campus issues, at least one resident each semester
excessively loud by police may face up to a $500 fine.                    files complaints regarding a Tech student. He says, as in any en-
    Likewise, Austin police may write a citation carrying up to a         vironment, all parties must
$500 fine for anyone causing a loud commotion. In Austin, there are       learn to work together.
areas exempt from the noise ban, including the Sixth Street District,         “Students living off-
where live music is often featured.                                       campus have the same
    Tech senior computer sciences major Jonathan Foster is split on       rights and responsibilities
the issue of restricting noise.                                           as any other resident of
    “On one hand, you’ve got to respect your neighbors or the people      the city of Lubbock.”
living in the area where you’re going to celebrate,” Foster says. “It’s
just not fair to interrupt their sleep for your party. On the other
hand, this is just another government restriction. You can probably
work things out on your own, usually. But I understand where the
police may need to get involved.”
    Some Tech students also believe another city ordinance is geared
toward them. In most Lubbock neighborhoods, no more than two
unrelated people may live together. There are some neighborhoods
zoned for three unrelated people to cohabitate.
    “I’ve lived in a house with my brother and two other                                                                Above: Ethan Logan,
people not related to me,” junior John Thomas says. “I don’t                                                            director of student judicial
think we cause any problems to our neighbors. I know there                                                              programs at Tech.
are some rude students, but you can crank up your [sound]                                                               Left: A Tech Terrace street
system by yourself and disrupt the neighborhood. We’re                                                                  crowded with cars.
usually pretty quiet and keep to ourselves.”
    Councilman Boren says the housing ordinance is also an
issue of keeping residential areas peaceful and quiet. He
says parking, trash and noise are also issues raised when
several people live together in one home in a residential
area.

                                                                                                                              Tech imPRESSions * 31
                                           by Julie Upton, photos and illustrations by John Irving Gay



                                   any college students belong to some sort of organization or club.
                               A newer club unknown to most Texas Tech students is Silent Raiders,
                               Tech’s American Sign Language Club. This club is not just about ASL
                               or the deaf, but about being able to communicate with people who
                               may converse differently from the average individual.
                                   Although Silent Raiders has a deaf president and many members
                               who depend upon ASL as their primary means of communication,
                               this club is not only made up of or exclusive to deaf students that
                               attend Texas Tech University. It is open to anyone with an interest in
                               communication through ASL, effort and patience.
                                   President of Silent Raiders Stephen Doyle, a freshman exercise
                               and sports science major from Kingwood, Texas, says he just wants
                               to see the club continue to grow.
                                   “Anybody’s invited to the club whether they know sign language
                               or not,” Doyle says. “We want to invite more people to come and
                               experience deafness.”


                          “This club has members of all kinds.”

                                              From first-year ASL students, to deaf students who are
                                           not in any ASL classes, to an older couple trying to learn
                                            this means of communication before the husband com-
                                            pletely loses his hearing, this club has members of all
                                           kinds. Melissa Hays, Coordinator of ASL at Tech and an
                                         ASL teacher, says the club has goals that will matter in the
                                                     long-run.
                                                         “The goal is to bring the deaf and hearing com-
                                                      munity into contact,” Hays says. “I really want to
                                                   see our deaf and hearing students interact.
                                                    “Just because the majority of our culture is hearing,
                                                we look at them (the deaf) as different. If you could
                                             just get to know them as a person, their hobbies, their
                               interests, and not focus on what doesn’t work, like their ears and
                               mouth.”
                                  The club’s goal is not to make anyone uncomfortable, but to sim-
                               ply have a good time with those who have the motivation to try. In
                               order to do just that, there is an interpreter present at all times.
                                  Yet, it is encouraged for the hearing to at least try to communicate
                               with the deaf. Doyle gives his words of advice when it comes to over-
                               coming that communication barrier.
                                  “Don’t be afraid or uncomfortable; just approach the deaf people
                               and don’t be shy,” Doyle says. “Everyone can write if you can’t sign.”
                                  Meredith Shelby, who is a senior advertising major from Denton
                               and a hearing member and officer of Silent Raiders, says she likes the
   Stephen Doyle,              experience the club has to offer.
president of Silent               “I really enjoy this club because it allows me to use my sign lan-
 Raiders, showing              guage in a natural environment, and it allows me to socialize with
    an example of              people that not everyone can communicate with,” Shelby said. “This
   a sign language             club is laid back, because it’s designed to be fun.”
           gesture.               This group has plans for the year to get active on and off of the
  32 * Tech imPRESSions
                           Statistics on the Hearing Impaired
   Chances of encountering a deaf or hard of hearing individual are good, because there are approxi-
mately 20 million deaf or hard of hearing people living in the United States today, according to the Gal-
laudet Research Institute.

             Statistics according to: http://library.gallaudet.edu/dr/faq-statistics-deaf-us.html


                                   Have Hearing Problems                       Percentage of
        age Group                  (both deaf and hard of hearing)             u.S. Populaton
        Ages 3-17                              968,000                                1.8
        Ages 18-34                            2,309,000                               3.4
        Ages 35-44                            2,380,000                               6.3
        Ages 45-54                            2,634,000                              10.3
        Ages 55-64                            3,275,000                              15.4
        Ages 65+                              8,729,000                              29.1



      Tech campus. Because attendance at club meetings has grown tremendously this year, more
      events have been planned, Shelby says.
          Some of these events include meetings every second Tuesday of the month, Deaf Chats
      every Friday night at Starbucks (which is linked with the Lubbock community), a Silent
      Raiders dinner, and a bowling night. The club signed a song at the Carol of Lights in De-
      cember.
          They also have a goal that may be a little higher on the scale of importance: They want
      everyone in the club, in the ASL classes, and in general to learn the basics of communicat-
      ing with the deaf. It does not necessarily have to be through ASL, but through effort and
      patience.
          Tech offers ASL as a foreign language, and a minor in ASL can be achieved by anyone
      who does not mind standing in line for the wait to register in the classes. Since there are
      only 15 ASL classes currently being taught, the chance to register for the classes is given to
      those who are in line first.
          Sam Frederick, a second-year ASL student, a senior exercise and sports science major
      from Shattuck, Okla., found waiting in line worth the effort.
          “I got in line at 4:30 in the morning to be able to sign up for ASL classes, and when I got
      there, the line was already pretty long,” Frederick says. “It’s a class that is in high demand;
      so if I really wanted to get in the program, I had to get up at 4 a.m. to go stand in line with
      everyone else that really wanted in.
          “I thought ASL would be interesting to learn since it’s a language that you don’t need
      your voice for, and so far it has been very interesting and fun to learn,” he says.
          This program is fairly new; it only became an option at Tech six years ago.
          “There’s not another college in Texas that offers the program we have,” Hays says. “The
      program is a great opportunity for Texas Tech students.”


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                                                                                                                         eality TV celebrity maga-
                                                                                                                     zines and the Internet are
                                                                                                                    shaping lives in what many
                                                                                                                  Texas Tech students think is an
                                                                                                                  unhealthy way.
                                                                                                                      From the recent ban of “skin-
                                                                                                                 ny” models at fashion shows in
                                                                                                                Paris to the endless number of
                                                                                                                weight-loss advertisements, the is-
                                                                                                               sue of weight and physical appear-
                                                                                                              ance in today’s society is becoming
                                                                                                             increasingly important and hard to
                                                                                                            ignore.

                                                                                                                Students and their Moms
                                                                                                                    Pay attention
                                                                                               Maegan Wilson, a senior business major
                                                                                          from Lubbock, believes the media has a huge
                                                                                        impact on people of all ages. She says the ever-
                                                                                      growing fascination with celebrities and the lives
                                                                                    of people in the media affects people of all ages.
                                                                                      “I usually assume that it is just young girls who
                                                                                 try to look like the pictures of women I see in maga-
                                                                               zines, but even my mom and women her age watch the
                                                                             lives of celebrities closely,” says Wilson. “Whether it be
                                                                            what the celebrities are wearing, who they are dating or
34 * Tech imPRESSions
           where they spend their nights out, something is really              Kiser says students in her class are constantly talking about mu-
           interesting about the so-called glamorous lifestyles that       sic, television shows and celebrities, which she thinks is a result of
            they lead.”                                                    the time they spend on the Internet and in front of the television.
                  According to the Media Awareness Network’s Web              “Parents may not realize that just having television shows on that
              site, media stereotypes are inevitable, especially in the    are discussing recent celebrity weight loss issues or putting maga-
             advertising, entertainment and news industries.               zines on the coffee table whose covers suggest fast weight loss tac-
               The site states that the diet industry alone is worth       tics are really affecting young children today,” says Kiser.


                               “Be comfortable in your own genes.
                                Wear jeans that fit the real you.”
                                          -- National Eating Disorder Awareness Week


                   an estimated $100 billion a year, while research            “Even though many of the actors and musicians my students talk
                    indicates that exposure to images of thin, young       about are entertainers for the younger generation, they look at them
                    female bodies is linked to depression, loss of self-   just how older people look at them,” Kiser continues. “These girls
                   esteem and the development of unhealthy eating          want to dress like Britney Spears’s little sister and play music like
                   habits in women and girls.                              the videos on The Disney Channel; all ages are influenced by what
                                                                           they see in the media.”
                                     Get Physical                              According to its Web site, the key message for the National Eat-
                       Brian Long, a senior history and economics          ing Disorder Awareness Week 2007 is, “Be comfortable in your own
                  major, says that his physical health is one of his       genes. Wear jeans that fit the real you.”
              main priorities in life, and the media plays a major role        This campaign says that is an example of how the media can use
        in that interest.                                                  its role in a positive way, and that media coverage is the reason for
    “The media focuses so much on health today because people are          the NEDAW’s success.
becoming increasingly concerned with their physical appearance,”               The main focus of this year’s campaign is to highlight the fact
says Long. “I think this, however, can be either a positive or nega-       that body size and shape are strongly influenced by biological fac-
tive thing.”                                                               tors such as genetics. The site states that “too often individuals
    While Long follows media trends such as healthy eating and             struggle against their natural, genetically influenced size just to fit
working out regularly, he says many people try to take short cuts          into that pair of skinny jeans, and that fighting your natural size and
by “fad dieting” and end up doing more to hurt their bodies than           shape can lead to unhealthy dieting practices, poor body image and
they realize.                                                              sometimes eating disorders.”
    “Today’s society is such a fast-paced one, whether it be the hurry         Wilson, a senior from Lubbock, says that while advocacy groups
to finish school, get a career or make money, people are always try-       such as NEDAW use the media to promote healthy body images, the
ing to cut corners,” he says. “I think that the emphasis the media         presence of super-thin actresses on the covers of popular magazines
puts on looking the right way and wearing the fashionable thing is         still has a major impact on girls her age.
definitely affecting people’s health more than many realize.”                  “College is a new experience to everyone, and trying to fit in
    The South Carolina Department of Mental Health says an esti-           and be accepted is harder than many people realize,” she says. “It
mated eight million Americans have an eating disorder, seven mil-          might sound superficial to say, but feeling physically adequate is a
lion being women and one million being men. The department’s               trait that makes you feel accepted by others, and I think this is really
Web site states that anorexia is the third most common chronic ill-        where people turn to the media for help.”
ness among adolescents.                                                        Wilson believes many college students, like her, forget that ce-
                                                                           lebrities in the media spotlight are real people with real issues.
                     life imitating fiction?                                    “I think it is important to remember that women on the covers of
    Kayla Kiser, a Tech graduate student from Arlington, Texas, says       magazines are often shown in retouched photos, so seeing them in
she realized how young people perceive the media when she began            real life is not what is seen on the magazine rack,” says Wilson. “Ce-
her student teaching.                                                      lebrities like Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Tracey Gold are famous people
    “My students today know almost as much about what is going on          who have publicly dealt with eating disorders. I think stories like
in the media as I do, which I found to be very surprising,” says Kiser.    theirs show us that people on television are not as perfect as they
“However, it is the way they talk and what they wear that really           may appear, and therefore we should not try to achieve what we
made me aware of how important physical appearance has become              think is their perfect lifestyle.”
in today’s world, even in the lives of children.”
                                                                                                                              Tech imPRESSions * 35
                                              A Safe Place     by Ruth Bradley, photos by Jan Grizzle




                        Top to bottom: CSAR recreation room,
                        Kelly West and Vincent Sanchez, the
                        CSAR reception desk.




36 * Tech imPRESSions
   T          he first chill of fall waited for this evening.
                  Students, walking in small groups through the cold,
              shove their hands into their pockets and speak softly if at
all. They walk from all directions—symbolic of their diverse back-
grounds—to one destination. To their sanctuary.
                                                                            getting these A’s and B’s.”
                                                                               Students at the center have an average GPA of 3.3, three-tenths
                                                                            of a point higher than the university average documented by the
                                                                            Texas Tech Marketing and Promotions Research report for the
                                                                            spring semester of 2004. Sanchez says the CSAR students’
     Inside, their meeting has begun. A young, lanky student stands         graduation rate of 70 percent is also higher than that of the
awkwardly behind the podium, nervously eyeing the crowd of near-            university overall. Last May, all five of the center’s gradu-
ly 200 people. He is here to tell his story.                                ating students went on to attend graduate school.
     As his story unfolds, the room is silent, students nodding their          Other stipulations of the CSAR scholarships also
understanding. They know—drinking in eighth grade, using drugs              help to keep students on the road to recovery, require-
later to heal old wounds and build confidence. They have been               ments such as sobriety, and attending the Celebration
there too.                                                                  of Recovery and one 12-step meeting every week.
     The weekly “Celebration of Recovery” meeting is just one small         They must also enroll in a collegiate community semi-
part of the growing support community provided by the Center for            nar, a class that allows the center’s students to simply
    the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) at Texas Tech Uni-           get to know each other. The bonds created between
         versity.                                                                                       the students in these activities
                 The largest collegiate recov-                                                          often form the safety net they
                ery community in the nation,                                                            need as they struggle to main-

                                                     “If you want
                  CSAR is a unique combina-                                                             tain their sobriety by forming an
                    tion of support and ac-                                                             accountability structure.
                      countability,     structure                                                          “We’re not going to be the ones to lay

                                                   recovery, it’s a
                        and shelter for students                                                        down the laws,” West says. “They lead the
                         recovering from addic-                                                         way themselves.”
                          tive disorders.                                                                  Students also form close relationships

                                                  wonderful place
                              “I know I would                                                           with the center’s staff. Regardless of posi-
                           have been lost with-                                                         tion, staff members serve as counselors,
                           out them,” says Lee,                                                         role models and friends to the students

                                                        to be.’’
                           a recovering alcoholic                                                       who constantly fill their office.
                          majoring in sociology                                                            “It’s a different kind of place,” West
                         at Tech. “If I had gone                                                        says of the office. “It’s about fellowship.”
                        to any other college it                                                            Coordinating almost exactly with the
                       probably would have                                                              center’s 20th anniversary celebration, the
                     been hit or miss as to whether I would have stayed     staff and students moved from their office in the College of Human
                   in recovery.”                                            Sciences to a building of their own in November 2006. The new
                    Recovering addicts face a unique set of challenges      building boasts a 1,700-square-foot office, meeting rooms and an
              and pressures inherent in college communities, says Kelly     entire basement dedicated solely to students’ use.
          West, a staff member at the center.                                  “We give them a place that is theirs,” West says.
         “It’s kind of a hostile environment,” she says. “They also have       The basement includes hangout rooms for student activities, as
those college pressures they’ve got to deal with.”                          well as study and meditation rooms. The building also serves as a
     The resources at the center can help students through this ob-         training ground for people interested in starting similar programs at
stacle course of temptations and stress.                                    other universities.
      Because of his involvement at the center, Lee has been sober for         “The thing we want to step up is outreach to other campuses,”
five years. But that’s only part of why he came to Tech and only part       West says. “We can only hold so many students here.”
of the reason the staff at the center is proud of him. In May 2007,            Part of this goal has already been reached. In 2005 the center
Lee will receive his bachelor’s degree.                                     published a curriculum that outlines the basic principles of the
     “They’re not here to merely stay sober,” says Vincent Sanchez,         program and offers ideas about implementation. The University of
assistant director for the center. “They’re here to look toward the         Colorado became the first university to adapt Tech’s curriculum and
future and toward those dreams they’ve always had.”                         in Fall 2006 welcomed nine students to its own collegiate recovery
     They’re accomplishing them. Scholarships given by the center           community.
provide incentives to succeed in class and in recovery.                        In the meantime, Tech center leaders hope to enlarge their own
     One of the stipulations of the center’s $500 scholarship is that       program, to be able to offer more Tech students a place of shelter
the recipient must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0,           and hope.
an enormous confidence booster for recovering students.                        That’s what it was for Lee, and that’s what it has potential to be
     “They just start crying in my office, because they can’t believe       for hundreds more.
it,” Sanchez says. “They’re used to failure and rejection and they’re          “If you want recovery, it’s a wonderful place to be,” Lee says.




                                                                                                                               Tech imPRESSions * 37
                           I
                                  t’s 7 a.m. and that dreadful alarm clock drones in your head. You hesitate to snap
                                  out of your blissful slumber. Fumbling your way into the kitchen for coffee, you ask
                                  yourself why you chose such early classes. But the reality may have less to do with
                                  this question than with simply making sure you get good sleep.
                            Every semester, students head off to college expecting to maintain superb grades and also



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                        keep a steady eye on their own well-being. But with Mom and Dad not looking over your
                        shoulder, your personal health may be put on the back burner. Students don’t always focus
                        on getting a good night’s sleep.
                            Experts say we probably need much more sleep than we get. Students are two times more




                                                                                                                           in
                        likely than the general population to experience sleep problems, according to a 2003 study
                        published in the Journal of College Counseling.
                            A lack of sleep can have negative effects on your health. Research shows sleep deprivation




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                        leads to difficulty in concentrating and remembering, as well as poor muscle coordination.
                            So a night with little or no sleep, from partying or studying too long, leads to a bad day
                        while disrupting normal routines and reducing your efficiency. Neurological, biochemical
                        and hormonal changes occur when sleep is disrupted because sleep is a powerful regulator
                        of the body’s functions and recharges you for the next day.
                            Kristina Gonzalez, a sophomore nursing major at Texas Tech University, says she finds it
                        hard to fit enough sleep into her schedule.
                            “Not only do I study long hours at the library for my anatomy class, but I wait tables four
                        or five nights a week so I can pay my rent,” Gonzalez says. “Plus, you know, I gotta go out
                                             with my friends on the weekend and take care of everything else that has
                                                                  to be done and it gets hard to find enough time.”
                                                                               A student study labeled Varney
                                                                              2001, at the Uni-
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                college students were quite willing to give up sleep for other things. Nearly a fourth of the
                students surveyed would willingly give up sleep if there were not enough hours in the day
                to do everything. Nearly 55 percent of those people admitted to staying up too late so they
                could watch television or be online.
                    According to a 2001 study on sleep published in the Journal of American College Health,
                even students who do sleep the recommended eight hours a night but shift their sleep-wake
                cycle by two hours experience increased feelings of depression, reduced happiness and dif-
                ficulty concentrating.

 Students are two times more likely than the general population to experience sleep problems...
                   Students who sleep later on the weekends to try to make up for the sleep they missed
                during the week aren’t actually catching up on their sleep debt, according to the 2001 study.
                Instead, they experience increased irritability, depression and difficulty concentrating.
                   Eight hours of sleep are recommended for optimal health. Yet professionals say college
                students average around six hours during the weekday and eight to ten hours on the week-
                end.
                   Quality of sleep is just as important as quantity, and getting enough quality sleep requires
                being aware of its impact on overall health and making sleep a priority in your daily rou-
                tine.
                   Sleep is far more complicated than most of us probably stop to think about. Our bodies
                work hard at night to ensure proper health the next morning and for years to come. Getting
                enough sleep is one of the easiest ways we can help boost our overall well-being.


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                                                                                                                             sleep:
1. Organize your life                                                                           5. Keep it constant: Establish a
for sleep: Decide                                                                                bed and wake-time and stick to
what you need                                                                                      it, coming as close as you can on
to change to                                                                                       the weekends. A consistent sleep
get enough                                                                                        schedule will help you feel less
sleep      to                                                                                    tired since it allows your body to
stay healthy,                                                                                     get in sync with its natural pat-
happy and                                                                                         terns. It’s easier to fall asleep at
smart.                                                                                            bedtime with this type of routine.

2. a quick                                                                                       6. Prepare your body: Don’t eat,
pick-me-                                                                                        drink or exercise within a few hours
up: Naps can                                                                                    of your bedtime. Don’t leave your
help pick you up and make                                                                          studying for the last minute. Try
you work more efficiently, if                                                                                         ,
                                                                                                     to avoid the TV computer and
you plan them right. Naps                                                                             telephone in the hour before
that are too long or too                                                                               you go to bed. Stick to quiet,
close to bedtime can                                                                                    calm activities, and you’ll fall
interfere with your                                                                                      asleep much more easily.
regular sleep.
                                                                                                           7. Have a bedtime ritu-
3. create the right                                                                                         al: If you do the same
space: Make your                                                                                              things every night be-
room a sleep haven.                                                                                            fore you go to sleep,
Keep it cool, quiet and                                                                                         you teach your body
dark. Get eyeshades                                                                                              the signals that it’s
or blackout curtains if                                                                                            time for bed. Try
needed. Let in bright light                                                                                         taking a bath or
in the morning to signal                                                                                             shower, or read-
your body to wake up.                                                                                                 ing a book.

4. you can’t cheat sleep:                                                                                                   8. leave
No pills, vitamins or                                                                                                       stress
drinks can replace good                                                                                                  out of it:
sleep. Consuming caffeine                                                                                             Try keeping a
close to bedtime can hurt                                                                               diary or to-do list. If you
your sleep. Avoid coffee,                                                                       write notes down before you go to
tea and soda late in the                                                                        sleep, you’ll be less likely to stay
day so you can get to sleep                                                                       awake worrying or stressing.
at night. Nicotine and alco-
hol will also interfere with
your sleep.



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