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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 diversionrom Canada,” Taylor said.Targeting the rich coast-line would prevent taxes romreaching the government tound the war.With the temptation o ood, drink and money call-ing the white men rom theirduties aboard the ships, Tay-lor said British ocers 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 aterprevious attacks against theAmerican coast had ailed, theBritish became leery o trav-eling too ar inshore and dis-covered a useulness 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 withellow 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., successully 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 perormance was a greatidea and achievedwhat the Tech do-nor had in mind.“I think every-one, including theans, enjoyed our joint perormance,”she said. “It is al-ways a great eelingto know that yourhard work paid o.”Beasley said toget the more elabo-rate perormancethey wanted, theytook things to amore proessional 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 theeld to supplement the num- bers o the Regal Blues andthe band.”Derveloy said she thoughtthe perormance 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 peror-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 perormance was theirperect chance.“This was our homegame,” she said. “We wantedto put our stamp on our homegame.”
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a non-prot 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 benetDART, but she thought it would be aculty instead o studentsplaying.“Whenever I realized it wasor 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 bagsull 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 wasor charity, there were stillprizes participants could win.SHS public relations directorMatt Rushing, a sophomorekinesiology major, said theprizes were mostly git cardsrom 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 StudentOce 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 theOce o Multicultural Aairs,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 conusion.“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. “Thereore,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.