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  • With a Little Help from... Adderall and Vyvanse

    This story focuses on how Texas Tech students use prescription study drugs, legally and illegally.
  • Changing a Culture of Assault

    This is an in-depth piece about rape culture on college campuses, especially Texas Tech. It includes stories from survivors of sexual assault and extensive data to provide insight.
  • The Costs and Benefits of an Elite College Chess Team

    Did Webster University pay $1 million to bring an elite chess team from Texas Tech? The university declined to address that question, but documents obtained under Texas open records law reveal the stipulations the controversial chess coach was seeking prior to her departure from Texas Tech. After failing to negotiate her terms into a new Texas Tech contract, Polgar moved her program to Webster University. Amid back-to-back budget shortfalls, some questioned the administration’s investment in an elite chess team. Webster derives 97 percent of its revenue from tuition payments, much of which is taxpayer-funded student loans and grants.
  • Off Campus Crime

    While the Clery Act requires Texas universities to report on campus crime, they are not required to report any off campus crime that affects their students. The numbers were staggering and showed a clear difference in the safety of students on campus versus off.
  • Million-Dollar Bust

    The Texas Tech student newspaper looked into why the university was losing money on a parking garage that sat empty. What they found were prominent members of the university board of regents and members on the alumni association board, as well as owners from the parking garage are all from the same fraternity. The deal was spun to look good, but to date, the university has lost $850,000.
  • Plagued By Fear

    Dr. Thomas Butler, a plague researcher who "had treated the Black Death's bloated victims in the Third World," was accused of stealing vials of the plague that disappeared from laboratories where he was doing research in the United States, setting off a federal investigation and a trial. Mangels tells Butler's story in seven parts, detailing lax lab security, the trial and Butler's attempt to rebuild his life.