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6 — Celebrating 60 Years
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Those first students walked, and walked and walked. And the first 9 1 students at Texas Technological College walked their way into the first chapter of Texas Tech University ' s 60-year-old history book. 60th Anniversary No white Citibuses with blue, yellow and orange stripes transported students to class at 8 a.m. Oct. 1. 1925. Instead, students trudged across a 2,008-acre campus to classes in the Administration and Home Economics buildings, the Textile Engineer- ing building, the Stock Judging Pavilion and the Dairy Barn. Sixty years later, more than 23,000 stu- dents braved West Texas snow, rain, wind and dust to reach classes in such buildings as Business Administration, Mass Com- munications and Holden Hall. Citibus stood ready to rescue those who sought refuge from the West Texas weather. Those pioneer students, representing 220 Texas towns and 24 states, probably would marvel at today ' s changes — students riding in comfort across campus, collegians driving cars to school and looking for a commuter parking space. And looking and looking . . . Searching for a parking space in a commuter lot can become an everyday occurrence for students at Tech who hve off campus. Celebrating 60 Years — 5
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Purchasing S5 worth of gasoline and a Big Gulp at the 7-Eleven is the norm in the ' 80s. In the " 20s, 7-Elevens. Texaco food marts and overfilled commuter parking lots were unheard of. Few students could afford a car. and the fastest way to downtown Lubbock (across College Avenue) was to flag down a friendly motorist. Even bicycles were a scarce commodity, students from the ■20s probably wouldn ' t know what to think about a campus bicycle cop. Those first students also might be awed by the Student Recreation Center, the law school, the Carol of Lights, the University Even after 60 years, Tech exes still consider Red Raider land the Tech Campus Center and salad bar. The passage of time has seen subtle evolu- tion. The Toreador, once the school news- paper, has become The University Daily. The Matadors now are called Red Raiders, and Tech basketball teams play in the " " Bub- ble " rather than in the Stock Judging Pavil- ion where the first men ' s basketball team played. Women athletes still play basketball and volleyball, but females no longer compete in such events as hiking and horseback riding. Volleyball players now wear shorts rather than dresses during competition. Not as subtly, costs have risen. The first dormitory rates for room and board were $22.50 a month. Students now can expect to pay as much as $1,400 a semester. Tech students once patiently stood inside Lubbock ' s Municipal Coliseum waiting to register. Now, students stand inside (and outside of) West Hall waiting to register for classes by computer. In theory, computer registration reduces foul-ups. headaches and long lines. But any student hearing the words. " The computers are down! " after standing in an adddrop line four hours may become a raving maniac. The Texab Tech campus becomes a glow when the switch is flipped in Decemberfor the well-known RHA- sponsored Carol of Lights. While preserving older, traditional architecture, the Tech campus also keeps up with modern, prac tical style. Celebrating 60 Years — 7
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