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The student voice of Louisiana Tech University
October 25, 2012 www.thetechtalk.org 
Volume 87Number 7
Staff Reporter
Their hair whipped in the wind and uni-orms sparkled under the stadium lights as theRegal Blues perormed their haltime enter-tainment at Independence Stadium. For thisperormance, however, they were not alone.Leah Beasley, associate athletic directoror Tech, said the athletic department wascontacted by a Tech donor who preerred toremain anonymous about creating a biggerperormance than usual or the haltime enter-tainment o such a big game.“The donor wanted the Regal Blues and theBand o Pride to shine,” she said.From there she said athletics contacted aproessional entertainment company calledScenic Solutions out o Utah to assist with theplanning o this perormance.“The company has prepared and choreo-graphed perormances or the Olympics, SuperBowls and other proessional sports haltimeshows,” Beasley said. “It was their idea to drawin the local dance groups.”Carol Anglin Dance Studio and the Evan-gel dance team rom Evangel Christian Acad-emy, both out o Shreveport, and Missy CrainDance Studio out o Ruston and Monroe werethe groups invited to join the Regal Blues intheir perormance, she said. All o these groupsconsisted o younger dancers.The one male who danced with the teamwas a member o one o the groups, said Lau-ren Derveloy, head coach o the Regal Blues.“Since he was part o the studio that wascontacted by the entertainment company todo the perormance, he was asked to partici-pate and said yes,” she said.The goal was to have a very big, elaborateperormance, Derveloy said. Having a male,along with the dance companies, participatingin the show allowed that goal to be reached.Regardless o what students were think-ing, the point o the male dancer perormingalongside the team was not to promote a coeduture, she said.“I a guy is good enough though, and hewants to be on the team, then I’m not going totell him no,” she said. “I he has the talent, he ismore than welcome to be on the team. We’ve just never had a guy show up at tryouts.”The team thoroughly enjoyed working withhim and the other dancers, Derveloy added.“They had a number o joint practices andit was really great,” she said. “They [RegalBlues] got to know the younger dancers andused it or recruitment or those who would beinterested in dancing or Tech.”
Regal Blues perform with dance studios
Staff Reporter
A group o students in white T-shirts with whiteduct tape and a black “X” covering their mouths walkedacross campus protesting on Monday.Chelsea Walker, a senior psychology major, said theywere protesting their muted voice in the multiculturalcenter.“In the Ofce o Multicultural Aairs’ missionstatement, it says ‘[They strive to] create learning andworking environments on cam-pus where students o color areempowered through educational,social and leadership initiatives atLouisiana Tech University,’” Walkersaid. “It says they only welcomepeople o color.”Walker, along with her speechclassmates, said they ound it ironicthat it is specifc to just people o color.“Multicultural is not about yourrace,” she said. “It is more about your ethnicity and your back-ground.”For class as a group, Walker saidthey decided protest their muted voices at the multicul-tural center.“We dressed alike and made three signs that we heldas we walked across campus,” she said. “The signs said,‘multicultural lounge excludes me,’ ‘the unairness o air skin’ and ‘multicultural lounge equals my mutedvoice.’”They dressed in the white shirts and had the whitemales wear the white tape with a black “X” on it to rep-resent the majority group that was being excluded romthe multicultural center, Walker added.“The tape with the “X” represented their mutedvoice,” she said. “It showed that they could not have aplace to hang out here [multicultural center].”Walker said they also had the opportunity to sit
Speech classstudentsprotest theirmuted voices
Pulitzer Prize winner speaks at Tech
Staff Reporter
Continuing the Louisiana @ 200speaker series, Tech welcomed PulitzerPrize winner and celebrity historian AlanTaylor to Wyly Auditorium Friday morn-ing.“He is one o the greatest historianspracticing today,” said history proessorDavid Anderson. “Not only is he able topresent inormation that appeals to non-academics, he always brings up the pointthat you could have thought o a particu-lar subject in dierent ways.”Beore Taylor’s research and discov-ery, students studied the War o 1812rom a political standpoint, specifcallya raging war between the British andAmerica.Taylor modeled his presentation onmaterial rom his new book which ex-plores what he reers to as the Civil Waro 1812.He specifcally narrows in on therelationship between the British orcesoccupying the Chesapeake Bay and theslaves who escaped rom their arms toseek shelter and reuge with the British,instead o the traditional relationship be-tween the fghting American and Britishorces.Ater mapping out the geographicalsetting or the lecture, he dove into thedriving orce and motivation behind hispresentation: a letter, written by an es-caped slave rom his newly establishedree lie in Europe to his ormer master.Taylor’s lecture ollowed a group o slaves as they executed their escape, journeyed to the British ships occupyingChesapeake Bay and ound new lie inNova Scotia.“One October night in 1814, 17 slavesescaped rom their arms,” Taylor said.A couple o brave men stole a canoe,rowed across the river where they stole aerry boat, and went back to rescue theothers, all without waking anyone up.The escape was obviously well planned;not a spur o the moment thing butsomething that took skill and organiza-tion.”Taylor explained how unlike Hol-lywood’s portrayal o the large whitehouse and plantation, Maine and Vir-ginia maintained numerous arms har- boring anywhere rom two to six slavesat a time.Compared to states like Louisianawhere it was common or spouses to beseparated rom one another as well aschildren removed rom parents, Taylorsaid small arms provided more o anenvironment or slaves to gather in thenight and orm secret communities.“These slave communities provideopportunity or them to maintain theirkinship ties,” he said. “They had beencooperating in a way that allowed themto come together and escape with theiramilies.”Taylor said in times o peace, about90 percent o the escaped slaves weremale, yet in warring conditions similar tothose in 1814, whole amilies were morelikely to attempt escapes, lowering themale percentage to around 60 percent.
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The cost to play in a poker tournament can rangerom $10 to $10,000, but or a poker tournament heldat Tech, the buy-in was the everyday necessities o lie.The Society o Honor Students hosted a charitypoker tournament last Friday or the Domestic AbuseResistance Team.“This was our sixth annual poker game,” said KateCorbin, treasurer o SHS and senior biology major. “Ourproceeds are going to go toward DART.”DART is a non-proft organization that providesemergency shelter or abused and battered women inBienville, Claiborne, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Union andWinn parishes according to the organization’s website.DART allows these women and their children to stay at ashelter in an undisclosed location to protect them.“They are very protective o their women, as theyshould be,” Corbin said.Corbin said they call DART and are told the itemsSHS needs to get. SHS then makes those items the buy-in or the poker tournament.“That is why we make the buy-in what people [at Dart]need, like paper towels and toothbrushes,” she said.Cathy Ayo, executive director o DART, said shethought the idea o having a poker tournament was an-tastic.“I really appreciate that the students are doing this orus,” Ayo said. “You guys should be commended or this.”Ayo said it is antastic anytime Tech students help out
Playing thecards forcharity
Photo by Sumeet Shrestha
The Regal Blues perform at the last football game against Idaho State University. The Regal Blues have recently added pyrotechnics to their gamein efforts to put more emphasis on the halftime show due to the Tech Bulldog’s winning season.
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Photo by Sumeet Shreshtha
Alan Taylor, famed historian, spoke at Tech last Fridaymorning in Wyly Tower Auditorium. His speech focusedprimarily on the War of 1812. Taylor won the Pulitzer Prizefor history in 1996.
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The Tech Talk
October 25, 2012
Scholarship dinnercelebrates culture
The International StudentOce and International Stu-dent Association will host theirannual International StudentScholarship Night Saturday inthe Student Center.The event will eature per-ormances and appetizers romaround the world and will pro-vide an opportunity or studentsto learn about other cultures.Tickets are $10 or studentsand $15 or non-students. Theycan be purchased rom the In-ternational Student Oce inTolliver Hall.For more inormation, callthe International Student Oceat 318-257-4321.
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Students will have one morechance to drop or resign romclasses on Friday.This is the last day to dropwith a “W” grade.Drop orms signed by thestudent’s adviser should beturned in to the Registrar’s O-ce in Keeny Hall 207.Any drops or resignationsater this date will result in ail-ing grades unless otherwiseapproved in writing by the stu-dent’s academic dean.For any questions contactthe Registrar at 318-257-2176,or email to registrar@latech.edu.
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Tech will host a perormance y the Troy University Percus-sion Ensemble on Monday atHoward Auditorium, Center orthe Perorming Arts.The perormance is part o the Guest Ensemble Series, andis open to the public. Admissionis ree.Doors open at 8 p.m. and theconcert will begin at 8:30 p.m.For more inormation con-tact the School o PerormingArts at 318-257-5470.
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In the beginning o his speech,Taylor posed two questions:What are the British doingin the northern neck o theChesapeake Bay, and whywould the slaves seek shelteraboard the British ships?“The British set out andappointed themselves as lib-erators o the world to savepeople rom Napoleon,” Tay-lor said.While ghting against Na-poleon’s orces across Eu-rope, the British were ndingthemselves spread thin asthey ought to regain controlin Canada and the East Coast.“The British plan was to at-tack the coast o Maine andVirginia, creating a diversionrom Canada,” Taylor said.Targeting the rich coast-line would prevent taxes romreaching the government tound the war.With the temptation o ood, drink and money call-ing the white men rom theirduties aboard the ships, Tay-lor said British ocers weregiven orders to take in a ewescaped male slaves and enlistthem into the feet.However, around 3,000slaves escaped rom the Maineand Virginia area, some wom-en and children.“Escapees orced the Brit-ish to make a call,” Taylorsaid. “Will you turn them awayas you are commanded, ortake them in?”He explained how aterprevious attacks against theAmerican coast had ailed, theBritish became leery o trav-eling too ar inshore and dis-covered a useulness or theescaped slaves.“In 1814, over 2,800 blacmen were enlisted in the Co-lonial Marines by the British,”Taylor said.With experience sneakingaround at night to meet withellow arm slaves, the newlyrecruited Colonial Marinessolved the British’s dwindlingresources problem by sneak-ing ashore at night and steal-ing ood and supplies.“In August o 1814, theBritish met no opposition be-tween the coast and Washing-ton D.C., successully overtak-ing cities along the way, thanksto the Colonial Marines,” Tay-lor said.
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Sonni Bennett, captain o the Regal Blues, said she eltthe perormance was a greatidea and achievedwhat the Tech do-nor had in mind.“I think every-one, including theans, enjoyed our joint perormance,she said. “It is al-ways a great eelingto know that yourhard work paid o.”Beasley said toget the more elabo-rate perormancethey wanted, theytook things to amore proessional level. At theend o the show, she said theyused a technique that involveda rework display.“That technique was calledpyrotechnics,” she said. “Theyalso added physical numbers[the dance companies] to theeld to supplement the num- bers o the Regal Blues andthe band.”Derveloy said she thoughtthe perormance spoke vol-umes or Tech.“It was nice to make a big-ger statement and let peopleknow we are a bigger univer-sity,” she said. “Weare strong.”Due to its suc-cess, Derveloy andwho both said theyhope to have an-other joint peror-mance in the uture.“I another op-portunity comes upand athletics ap-proves, I don’t seewhy we shouldn’t,”Derveloy said.Beasley said theyhave always wantedto break into the Shreveportmarket, and with the game be-ing played in Shreveport, this joint perormance was theirperect chance.“This was our homegame,” she said. “We wantedto put our stamp on our homegame.”
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a non-prot organization likeDART.“Tech students have beendoing a lot or DART thismonth,” she said.Alpha Chi Omega soror-ity held the light the Lady orDART early this month. Theplayers on the women’s bas-ketball team also helped DART by unloading some pumpkinslast month said CourtneySimmons, assistant basketballcoach or the Techsters.Simmons said she attendedthe poker tournament whenshe learned it was to benetDART, but she thought it would be aculty instead o studentsplaying.“Whenever I realized it wasor DART, I jumped in on it,”Simmons said.Simmons said she alsocame to the event to repre-sent the athletic department.She said everyone put in somemoney to buy the items on the buy in list.“I got as much as I [could]or $80,” Simmons said. “I justabout brought everything onthe list.”Along with the many itemsSimmons brought were bagsull o diapers, deodorant, baby wipes, soap, washingpowder, toothpaste and tooth- brushes. However, once theirlocation is undisclosed, SHScannot take the items directlyto the shelter.“We don’t publicize whereour shelter is, but we have asite downtown where peoplecan bring us items,” Ayo said.Even though the game wasor charity, there were stillprizes participants could win.SHS public relations directorMatt Rushing, a sophomorekinesiology major, said theprizes were mostly git cardsrom restaurants including Es-kamoe’s, Portico Bar & Grill,Teriyaki Grill, Logan’s Road-house and Dawg House.Rushing said the turnout orthe tournament was low com-pared to previous years.“Normally we have a pretty big turnout,” he said.The poker tournament usu-ally has 60 to 80 participants, but this time it only had a littleover 20, Rushing said.“It’s a great opportunity oranyone to help out a worthycause,” Rushing said.
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and talk with the InternationalStudent Association presidentand the International StudentOce president.“This was all or a projectin our argumentation class,Speech 300,” she said.As they walked across cam-pus they explained to studentswho asked, what they were do-ing and why, Walker said.They walked through theQuad, the Student Center, Cen-tennial Plaza and Tolliver untilthey eventually ended up at theOce o Multicultural Aairs,William Long, a junior account-ing major, said.“We ended it with a sit-in inthe multicultural lounge,” Longsaid. “We protested to showthem that they need to be ac-commodating to people o allraces when dealing with cul-tural ties, because the two arenot the same.”He said the class chose thistopic to protest not only be-cause it was ironic to them, but because it upset them as well.When they were questioned by students, Long said the stu-dents expressed conusion.“They asked us why thewhite males were muted andsilenced,” he said.The emales o the groupexplained to the bystanders thatthese males were muted or thewrong reasons, he added.“We may not be people o color but we are still a part o culture,” he said. “Thereore,we should be able to eel wel-comed in the multiculturallounge.”
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Students from the Society of Honor Students hosted a poker tournament to raise money for DART.
October 25, 2012
The Tech Talk
Staff Reporter
Singer and songwriter, TaylorSwit is at it again.In her new album “Red,” re-leased Monday, she continues tosing about ex-boyriends but witha new twist.In the album, comprised o 16songs, Swit whines about pastrelationships backed up by a unrhythm.Swit maintains her pattern o entertaining listeners with a trea-sure hunt to fnd out which boyshe is singing about in each song.Beginning the song “Red” with“loving him is like driving a newMaserati down a dead end streetaster than the wind, passionateas sin ended so suddenly” lets thelisteners know she is still singingabout those old boyriends.The relationships that go no-where seem to be the only thingshe can ocus on in her songs.“Red” is supposed to be a stateo maturity or Swit, but ater lis-tening to her consistently piningover guys or 65 minutes, I think she needs to grow up.She released a super immaturesong a couple o weeks ago, “WeAre Never Ever Getting Back To-gether.”Come on Swit, another break up song?In the song “Stay, Stay, Stay,”she sings, “I’m pretty sure we al-most broke up last night. I threwmy phone across the room at you.”Get real, only teens pitch ftslike that, and what is she teachingthe younger audience about rela-tionship problems, that it is okay?The world is listening to her lyr-ics, so Swit needs to watch whatshe is portraying as acceptable behavior.I you are going to sing aboutimmature subjects, make sure youare at least putting o a good les-son.Even the title itsel screamsthat Swit will never ever get overher exes and stop singing about baby relationships.However, Swit does have a wayo mixing country music with apop sound, especially in “Red.”This makes her music a littlemore worth listening to.In the song “I Knew You WereTrouble,” Swit sings, “I guess youdidn’t care, and I guess I likedthat,” taking the blame or someo her relationship troubles.She writes her own songs, sothe lyrics are clearly about her lie.As Swit has matured, she hasfnally admitted that her relation-ships go downhill because sheputs hersel in the situations byliking the jerks, but it is time togrow up.I understand that Swit keepsthings innocent in only singingabout high school and short rela-tionships, but listeners want more.For instance, I do not mean “Itis time to dress up like hipsters…and dance like we are 22” likeSwit expresses in her song “22.”You are 22-years-old, Swit. Itis time to retire the hipster clothesand pull out the pencil skirt; giveus some substance.The style change o Swit’s mu-sic may be working now, but i shewants to stay on top, she betterfnd something resh to sing about.The boyriend crap is gettingold quickly.She is getting older and her breakup songs are getting old withher.
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There are some stories outthere that most people justwon’t believe.They’re too crazy, ludicrousand impossible to be true, oreven theoretically work.I you saw these events in amovie, you just might call it outon its stupidity.“Argo” is based around suchincredible events.The year is 1979, and a cri-sis has just suraced in Iran.Radical Islamic citizenshave stormed the U.S. embassyin Tehran and taken the Ameri-can workers hostage.But the lm isn’t about them.Instead, the ocus is on thesix Americans who managedto escape unnoticed, housedin the home o the Canadianambassador.The U.S. government is des-perate to get them out, and nooptions seem like good ones.So the C.I.A. decides to gowith the only idea that might be crazy enough to work: a akesci- lm called “Argo.”Tony Mendez (director/ac-tor, Ben Afeck) is tasked withcreating a credible production behind the lm to get into Iran.Under the guise o locationscouting, he must sneak thesix ugitives out o the country,with the bloodthirsty revolu-tionaries searching around ev-ery corner.As mentioned beore, theplot sounds absolutely ludi-crous.And yet, it actually hap-pened in real lie, and it is thisastounding act that gives thelm much o its tension.The nal act is a raw nail- biter, especially knowing howdelicate the operation is.It never ails to hold your at-tention, even without gunshotsor explosions.The amount o nerve-shred-ding tension the lm providesis also a testament to Afeck’sability as a director to shock.Here, in just three lms (hisprevious eorts, “Gone BabyGone” and “The Town,” areeach critical darlings) he hasproven himsel to be one o themost talented directors work-ing today.He eectively captures theuneasiness and realistic por-trayal o the situation, makingthe lm eel all the more real.Afeck also manages toeectively portray the look and eel o that era. From theopening titles to the type o lm stock used, it’s easy tothink that “Argo” could have been lited straight out o the‘70s among the works o Sid-ney Lumet (whose classiclm “Network” actually gets ashout-out during a newscast).Production design and atten-tion to detail is astounding.Darkly humorous momentsare sprinkled throughout,particularly during Mendez’scramble to assemble the pro-duction in Hollywood.John Goodman and AlanArkin perectly satirize the poli-tics and mechanisms behindthe lmmaking industry. BryanCranston even manages a ewlaughs.Ben Afeck’s perormancein ront o the camera is just ascommendable.While it’s easy or an actorto be very sel-indulgent andshowy in this type o lm, A-feck plays it very low-key, let-ting the story take center stage.His everyman personaproves eective, making hisportrayal o a determined spy believable and relatable.“Argo” is, simply put, one o the best thrillers to come outthis year.Fueled by its insane, I-can’t- believe-this-actually-happenedstory, powerul direction andeective perormances, thelm has a major edge that issure to turn heads come Oscarseason.Always interesting and en-gaging, it’s a textbook exampleo how to do a thriller right.And in a market ull o mov-ies like “Taken 2” and “Houseat the End o the Street,” that’snever a bad thing.
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