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Melody Zuniga
Betsy Blaney

Melody Zuniga joined her daughter for a program that identified sixth-grade girls who would be the first generation in their families to go to college. She wanted her youngest child to have opportunities she didn’t. Now, she’s an inspiration to her daughter. The 40-year-old mother is set to graduate in August.

“I don’t want to say it’s everything, because it’s not,” she says. “I’ve become a little bit more humbled. It’s more like a great accomplishment.”

Left to right: Team members Maddy Ainsley, April Molitor, Ben Mills, and one of the team's coaches, Nick Hardcastle.
Betsy Blaney

Members of the highly successful Texas Tech meat judging team credit work ethic and good chemistry with recently bringing home the group’s 13th national championship. Not too surprisingly, some on the outside aren’t sure exactly what the team does.

“I’ve gotten everything from, “wait do you just eat steaks all day.” No I wish I did,” Ben Mills, one of the judges, says.

Tensions rose across the US when lawmakers in some states debated which door transgender people should enter when using public restrooms. That prompted a Texas Tech assistant history professor Dr. Emily Skidmore to explore the history of transgender men in the US. Her new book dispels the idea that the issue is new in this country.

“One thing that I hope readers will take away is just the fact that there’s a long history of trans-men existing in the United States,” she says. “It’s not a new phenomenon.”

George W. Bush
Public Domain

“You can’t start much higher than a president of the United States.”

That’s the view of Brent Lindquist, dean of Texas Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences. It’s gotten a top-drawer speaker to further a fundraising campaign announced a year ago. The “Unmasking Innovation” campaign is looking forward to having former President George W. Bush keynote its April event in Dallas.

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.”

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