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3:39 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: National, Local Events Lead to 1961 TTU Desegregation

Lucille Graves, left, was the first black student to enroll at Texas Tech University.

1960s desegregation in the Deep South was a tense situation. In 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace made his “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” trying to prevent black students registering for classes at the University of Alabama, and it became a highly publicized and iconic incident of the Civil Rights era and southern desegregations.

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1:47 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Blarney Stone Legend Endures, Despite Uncertainty

Left, Blarney Castle, where the famous Blarney Stone is set into the walls, and right, Texas Tech's Blarney Stone, an alleged fragment of the original Blarney Stone.

An old Irish legend says that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you are granted the gift of blarney - what 19th century Irish politician John O'Connor Power calls "something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit." 

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3:29 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Journalism Evolves in an Uncertain State

Picture courtesy of Robert H. Goun on Flickr.

Journalists are used to telling stories, not being the stories. Last week, the tables were turned.

When the news came out that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams lied about an experience during the early days of the Iraq War, people in the journalism industry picked sides. Some stood by him, but few actually defended him. Lea Hellmueller, an assistant professor in the department of journalism and electronic media at Texas Tech University, said when incidents like this happen, reporters are forced to reevaluate their own ethics.

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1:03 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Black History Month to Evolve to Ethnic Studies Department?

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On February 11, 1926, black historian, journalist and author Carter G. Woodson declared the second week of February - a week that included both Abraham Lincoln's birthday on the 12th and Frederick Douglass' on the 14th - to be Negro History Week.

Karlos Hill, an assistant professor of history at Texas Tech, said Woodson felt that black history was going unrecognized, and sought to change that.

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10:14 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Inside Texas Tech: Researchers Focus on Soil, Celebration of Soil

The United Nations designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils.
Credit United Soybean Board / Creative Commons

Soil researchers have a PSA for the wider, non-soil researching world: soil is not the same as dirt. Dirt is simply soil that has been misplaced from its natural setting, like the stuff tracked into your house and makes a mess. 

Another difference between soil and dirt is the fact that lowly dirt does not have an entire year dedicated to the celebration of and education for it, as designated by the United Nations

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