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Inside Texas Tech: Campus' Entry Booths Serve Safety, Tradition Purpose

Mar 13, 2015

Drivers on Texas Tech University's campus have all encountered them. Some drive right through, hoping to not get caught. Some give a friendly smile and reciprocate a guns up. Whether you love them or hate them, the entry booths to the Texas Tech campus are there for an important reason. 

Lance Rampy, events and guest relations manager for Texas Tech’s Transportation and Parking Services, said the purpose of the entry stations and their attendants is to keep the campus safe.

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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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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

Current students at Texas Tech University are only allowed to keep fish as pets while living on campus. But 50 years ago, some students brought animals that could eat like a cow. Literally.

The Texas Tech Dairy Barn used to serve as a hands on learning facility for students to gain experience and knowledge of the cattle industry. Now, it is a symbol for agriculture in West Texas.