Texas Tech University

Now What? (Sep. 11-17)

Bri Lopez

September 9, 2022

You had to be there.

Bri Lopez
Bri Lopez

Have the desire to do something fun but have no clue what? 

Well, problem solved (sort of)...

Texas Tech has some fun and, for the most part, free events that are open to all students every week. Yes, EVERY week. 

Below are just a few of the events happening next week! 

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to make your own license plate? 

Off the top of my head, I don't think I could name a single person I've met that has physically sat and MADE their license plate from scratch. 

Nonetheless, why go out and borrow a license plate for room decor when you can design one yourself? It will be unique, and not to mention…it isn't illegal.  

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Have you ever heard the saying, “All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy”? What about, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? 

I'm very familiar with the first part of the saying, but not with the whole thing. I used to hear it so often that I can close my eyes and remember my mother's tone when she would say this to me. “Well, you know what they say…” she said. “All play and no work…” But the dot dot dot is where her sentence would end, along with her signature head shake.

The point of the saying (as I'm sure you've gathered) is finding a balance. If you have too much “play” in your life, spice it up with some work. 

Our graduate and professional school fair is the perfect way to “spice it up” by coming face-to-face with recruiters. There will also be opportunities to learn about the different graduate programs from a variety of universities across Texas. PLUS, there will be free t-shirts. I mean, come on, a free shirt? Yes please. 

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  • El Grito
    • 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 15)
    • Urbanovsky Park
    • Free

Need some culture in your life? Look no further. El Grito is the event for you!

Held at Texas Tech since 2010, El Grito honors the legacy of Mexico's declaration of independence from Spain while sharing the history of independence from 19 other Latin American countries. 

This two-and-a-half-hour event will embody that of a festival by including one-of-a-kind performances, dancing, food and more. 

Each Latin American country will have its own moment to shine during a flag presentation that will take place right before “El Grito” to end the evening. 

Personally, I've never been to this event, but I have friends who have. One even went as far as to say that it “basically transports you right into Latin America.” 

I have to admit, though, the name itself totally caught my attention before I fully understood what this event was. “El Grito” (in case you're unaware) translates to “The Scream” in English. 

So when they said, “‘El Grito' will end the evening,” I was like, “uhh, does that mean everyone is going to be screaming their hearts out in Urbanovsky Park on a Thursday night?” If so, I'm in. 

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The film “Lightyear” is a spin-off of the “Toy Story” film series and the fifth installment of the franchise. 

The movie follows the character Buzz Lightyear as he operates as a space ranger who, after being marooned on a hostile planet with his commander and crew, attempts to find a way back home while confronting a threat to the universe's safety. 

This movie has a lot of mixed audience reviews on Google. Some praised the animation and voice acting, while others expressed concern regarding the plot and “PG” rating. 

I guess the only way to know if it is good or not is to watch it yourself. It doesn't cost anything to see (apart from your time), but a chill night with free popcorn and drinks makes up for that, don't you think? 

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Click here for a comprehensive list of next week's events (Sep. 11-17).