Madeline Garcia, a senior in the music department, relies on her lizard Toothless for emotional support.
Kaysie Ellingson

Inside Texas Tech: Emotional Support Animals


The number of emotional support animals on Texas Tech and universities and colleges campuses around the country is on the rise. Here, students living on campus have anxiety or a medical condition exacerbated by it, while others suffer from depression. To deal with these conditions, students are registering to have an emotional support animal in their rooms.

“They’re everywhere,” Tamara Mancini, senior assistant director in the university’s Student Disability Services office...

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The Front Row: William Westney


One of Lubbock’s most respected pianists, Dr. William Westney, comes to the Front Row to talk about this weekend’s upcoming performance.

Everyone looks forward to the Bill Westney recital. Tell us about it.

I often build my performances around one major piece, which many pianists do, then kind of see what goes with that. So, this year the major piece is something I’m returning to. It’s a very special piece to me, which is the Chopin B minor sonata. Often...

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William Westney
Kaysie Ellingson

One of Lubbock’s most respected pianists, Dr. William Westney, comes to the Front Row to talk about this weekend’s upcoming performance.

Everyone looks forward to the Bill Westney recital. Tell us about it.

Madeline Garcia, a senior in the music department, relies on her lizard Toothless for emotional support.
Kaysie Ellingson

The number of emotional support animals on Texas Tech and universities and colleges campuses around the country is on the rise. Here, students living on campus have anxiety or a medical condition exacerbated by it, while others suffer from depression. To deal with these conditions, students are registering to have an emotional support animal in their rooms.

“They’re everywhere,” Tamara Mancini, senior assistant director in the university’s Student Disability Services office, says. “It’s not just one hall I can say, oh yeah, they’re all contained into this hall. It’s not.”

The holiday season is upon us, and maybe I’m getting older and grouchier, but the Christmas season has now invaded our lives to the point that—no joke—I saw Christmas lights up the day after Halloween. Halloween! This can’t stand! On October 29th as I made my way to Target to buy last minute candy to hand out to kids dressed as pumpkins, skeletons and Taylor Swift, I found that not only had Halloween—still 3 days away at that point—been relegated to one row and a couple shelves, while the rest of specialty section had already been taken over by Christmas.

Gerald Dolter and Frank Rendon visit with the Front Row.
Kaysie Ellingson

Gerald Dolter and Frank Rendon visit with the Front Row to talk about Moonlight Musical’s upcoming production of Miracle on 34th Street.

Gerald Dolter, help us understand, is this part of Moonlight Musical or Moonlight Broadway?

Doug Hamman
Texas Tech University Website

When administrators in Texas Tech’s College of Education heard from officials in K-12 school districts that the university’s graduates were smart but not ready for the classroom, they knew something had to change.

“If you have a district telling you, your new teachers aren’t doing well and they’re not well-prepared, you’ve got student achievement data that is lower than demographically similar groups across the state, it’s an indication that you need to do something better,” Doug Hamman, chairman of the Department of Teacher Preparation in the College of Education, says.

Jo Moore holds the poster for The Steeldrivers' upcoming performance.
Kaysie Ellingson

  

The Texas Tech University Lecture and Performance series has an event this Friday night. Jo Moore, director of the series, visits with the Front Row to talk about the upcoming performance by The Steeldrivers.

Tell us about the series.

Curtis Peoples with Honeyhouse at Rockin Box 33 house concert where he interviewed the group.
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This week on the Music Crossroads of Texas, your host Curtis Peoples is devoting the entire show to the Women of West Texas music. Listeners will get to hear a variety of music spanning seven decades of Women of West Texas Music.

West Texas Music Standards: This week’s feature is Kimmie Rhodes.

West Texas Live Shots: Live music from the new Honeyhouse record, Raw Honey.

Donato Cabrera and Galen Wixson visit with the Front Row about their upcoming performances.
Kaysie Ellingson

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra presents concerts this weekend at the Civic Center. Joining the Front Row on this episode to talk about the upcoming performances is Galen Wixson, Director of the LSO and guest conductor, Donato Cabrera.

Donato Cabrera, tell us about yourself.

3D recreation of the neutron stars colliding.
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A Texas Tech physicist found out this summer just how patient she is. After gravitational waves were for the first time observed from the collision of two neutron stars, she kept collecting data waiting for a discovery she was seeking. The end result for scientists around the world was getting to see and hear two dead stars collide in a distant galaxy.      

The Seven Liberal Arts
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Texas Tech University Institute for Western Civilization presents an annual lectureship series. Dr. Steven Balch, director of the institute, joins this episode of the Front Row with guest lecturer Dr. Christian Kopff.

Dr. Balch, tell us about the institute and the purpose it serves at the university.

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