Top Stories of 2015 on Texas Tech Today

Take a look back at the top stories/videos from the past year.

Texas Tech University has experienced a year full of memorable moments, including record-breaking enrollment for the seventh straight year, student success and innovative research that contributes to the vision toward becoming a major national research university.

The following are the stories that readers found most interesting in 2015 on Texas Tech Today and Texas Tech’s YouTube channel.

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Texas Tech’s Midnight Matador Passes Away

The university's longest-serving horse worked 10 seasons alongside 11 Masked Riders.

Texas Tech Remembers 1970 Lubbock Tornado

Members of the Texas Tech community share personal memories from the day the F5 tornado hit Lubbock.

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After Tragedy, Biology Students Finish Friend’s Research

Chris Rodriguez is listed as an author of the biology research he started before his death in 2012.

Texas Tech Alumnus Captures His Unattainable Dream

Broadcaster Abner Euresti grew up believing Texas Tech would never be a part of his future.

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Alumnus Turns Lessons Learned at Texas Tech Into Business Success

The graduate of the business school has donated sponsorship of a Sprint Cup car at the Duck Commander 500 to his alma mater.

Blindness Just Part of Life for Congressional Intern

Senior Ashley Melero wanted to see the policy side of her field of social work, so she spent a month this summer in Washington interning on Capitol Hill.

Student Success

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Team from Texas Tech Wins Tibetan Innovation Challenge

The five students will have a chance to travel to India to see their business plan implemented for more than 105,000 Tibetan refugees living in India and Nepal.

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Texas Tech Meat Judging Team Captures 12th National Championship

Juniors Erin Beyer and Clay Bendele take the top two individual spots as Texas Tech edges Wyoming for its fourth national championship in the last five years.

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Livestock Judging Team Claims Eighth National Championship

Texas Tech becomes the first school to claim the meat and livestock judging national championship in the same year four times.

Will Rogers Time-Lapse

As the Red Raiders wrap up the final home football game of the season, so do the Midnight Raiders.

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Tattoos May be a Coping Mechanism for Some College-Age Women

Texas Tech sociology professor Jerome Koch says body art may be a way of dissociating with one’s past.

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Texas Tech Breaks Enrollment Record for Seventh-Straight Year

The university is seeing a continual growth in many areas on campus.