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Texas Tech Football Thoughts, Ads in School Buildings, and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile

Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Texas Tech Football in trouble

I don’t normally sound the alarm this early in the season, but I think I have to right now. Texas Tech football isn’t looking good. They haven’t all season really. Well, except for the New Mexico game and who doesn’t look good playing against New Mexico? In the wins that Texas Tech has had can anyone really say they were pleased? Besides New Mexico, Tech hasn’t dominated anyone. Texas Tech SHOULD be undefeated right now. They could have beaten the Aggies and Kansas State stole the game away. Next week Tech faces OU in Norman and if I gave a score prediction for that game it would be 65-24 Oklahoma. I’m hoping the World Series is on that night so I will have something good to watch.

Texas Tech has games left against OU, Iowa State, Mizzou, UT, OSU, and Baylor. None of those games are locks for Tech to win. It’s bad in Raiderland right now, but it could get real ugly soon.

2. Schools selling ad placements (link)

Well this is an interesting idea for schools wanting to make some money. Should schools sell ad space in their buildings? One district is.

Starting three weeks ago, the 16 elementary, middle, and high schools are being adorned with – some say defiled by – advertisements as large as 5 by 10 feet. By month’s end, 47 should be in place. Ultimately, 218 are to appear on walls and floors, and shrink-wrapped over lockers, locker-room benches, even cafeteria tables.

In what administrators say is a first in the Philadelphia area and probably the state, the Pennsbury school board signed a contract with a national advertising agency that could boost the district’s battered budget by as much as $424,000, while giving the firm’s clients access to the habitat of 10,950 children, tweens, and teens.

The ads must relate to health, education, nutrition, or student safety, and may not directly endorse products. They tout, among other things, reading and outdoor activities (the U.S. Library of Congress and the Ad Council); organizational skills (Post-it Notes), and concussion awareness (Dick’s Sporting Goods).

Thoughts?

3. Do men and women talk differently? (link)

A new book says, yes!

Over the past few decades, linguists have shown that, when it comes to speech, many gender stereotypes hold remarkably true: Men tend to speak loudly, while women whisper; men talk over each other, while women conspire behind each other’s backs; men hold back their feelings, while women lay them out to strangers they meet on the subway. According to some critics, these differences are merely a reflection of our cultural presuppositions about gender. But, according to a new book, there’s a far simpler reason for these linguistic differences: biology.

In “Duels and Duets,” John L. Locke, a professor of linguistics at Lehman College and the author of “Eavesdropping: An Intimate History,” argues that men and women have radically different ways of speaking not because of their upbringing, but because they have radically different evolutionary needs. Men, he argues, use antagonistic speech, or “duels,” to show off their strength and prove themselves to women. Women, meanwhile, use quieter speech patterns to bond with each other — and help protect themselves against aggressive men. And, according to Locke, this is a pattern that has been going on for thousands and thousands of years.

These and many more topics coming up on Monday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.

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