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Class attendance takes a hit as students struggle with Thursday game


It's the first Big 12 conference game of Kliff Kingsbury's coaching career. All eyes turn to Lubbock as TCU comes to town to play a Thursday night game on ESPN.

The Jones AT&T stadium will be blacked out and fans have come from across the state to support their team. But for students, today brings some unique challenges.

"It's been pretty crazy," said Texas Tech Junior Corey Wood. "I'm going from my class to the game so I had to call and make sure my car wasn't going to get towed and all that. So I've been a little worried."

After 3:30 p.m., students had to park in the commuter west parking lot, the area by the United Spirit Arena, in order to accommodate fans coming to the game. This meant coming early for some students and for others it meant not coming at all.

"I have lots of friends who didn't go to class. Part of it is they wanted to go to the game and then part of it is they didn't want to deal with the parking," Wood said. "I understand not canceling classes because we're an academic institution, but it did give a lot of added stress. I actually got here really early for my class just so I don't have to worry about finding a parking spot because every student is going to be parking in this lot."

Wood says many of his teachers asked students to come to class. Even with that plea, attendance was low.

"I bet we normally have probably like 90 percent attendance and it went down to 70 percent today," he said."

Senior Austin Walker was one of the students who benefited from today's game.

"One of my classes was actually canceled. I should be in class right now, but it got canceled," he said. "Usually Thursdays are pretty big for nightlife here at Texas Tech and having a game makes it a little bit more fun..."

Junior Lauren Hamilton drove to campus at 8 a.m. She normally parks in the Commuter West parking lot and didn't face many challenges, but wishes the games was still on Saturday.

"It's kind of felt like a normal day until the bus routes going around this afternoon. A few teachers let out early but for the most part they've stuck to keeping everything normal," she said. "I feel like a lot of the student body is either going to be worn out or not getting to do their whole tailgating, pre game ritual stuff."

All of the students reluctantly admitted they were going to go to class tomorrow.

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