Betsy Blaney

Producer, KTTZ-FM

Betsy Blaney is a radio producer at Texas Tech Public Media, following a 25-year career in print journalism. Most recently, she was the West Texas solo correspondent for The Associated Press, based in Lubbock for more than 16 years and covering 65 counties in the region.

She interviewed, researched and wrote on myriad topics, including agriculture and water/drought issues, and newsworthy happenings at Texas Tech University. She was also responsible for coverage of the university's football and basketball programs.

Before being transferred to Lubbock, Betsy worked briefly in the AP's office in Dallas. Prior to that, she was a police and courts reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She started her journalism career in 1991 at The Lewisville News, just north of Dallas, following a 20-year career as a teaching and playing tennis professional. She was a line judge in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome where Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes."

His grandfather was the last emperor and king of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his father was the last Crown Prince of the Austrian Empire and one of the founders of the European Union. But His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Georg von Habsburg doesn’t rest on his family’s history. He currently serves as ambassador-at-large in the office of the President of Hungary, and has expertise in European politics and business.

Rob Weiner is the associate librarian and pop culture expert at Texas Tech.
Kaysie Ellingson

“Halloween is the most popular holiday next to Christmas…and I’ll tell you why: Because it’s fun.”

That’s the take of Texas Tech University’s Rob Weiner, a pop culture expert and associate librarian who knows his horror flicks. He believes that people like to be scared, that it’s cathartic and makes Halloween a frightening delight to many.

Horror and Halloween aren’t exactly like two peas in a pod but almost. Yes, kids love to dress up in a favorite costume and go door to door to trick-or-treat – a throwback to what Halloween used to be.

Students talk to Curtis Francisco.
Betsy Blaney

For two months, the seven students enrolled in Texas Tech’s Land Arts of the American West course travel to places in New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Texas where humankind’s imprint remains, often in detrimental ways.

The students emerge groggily from their tents. Chilly air helps them awaken following their first of almost 50 nights of camping over two months. Breakfast smells waft across the campsite.

Betsy Blaney

The Texas Tech classroom for Chris Taylor’s Land Arts of the American West course is immense. For a semester he guides a group of students to five Southwestern states. They camp and go to beautiful spaces, some of which have ugly pasts.

Darkness creeps over the campsite inside Cebolla Canyon about 100 miles west of Albuquerque. A waxing moon casts muted light as seven students from across the country and the globe, associate architecture professor Chris Taylor and a field guest circle up their slack-backed chairs.

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Lubbock bibliophiles are sure to be filled with delight as Texas Tech University Press and the University Libraries put on a second annual Literary Lubbock’s “A Night with Authors,” which will followed by the city’s inaugural book festival.

Later this month, those who love Texas Tech University Press authored books can meet and chat with writers at Literary Lubbock’s second annual “A Night with Authors.”