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The Tech Talk 1.18.13

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Staff Reporter
As universities around the nation and throughout the state havetaken the initiative to become tobacco-ree campuses, some peo-ple think i Louisiana Tech wants to join the trend, it will cause agreat debate.Jennier Haneline, regional manager o the Louisiana Campaignor Tobacco-Free Living, said she believes Tech can join the otheruniversities in being tobacco ree.“Louisiana Tech University can be a tobacco-ree campus be-cause it is a leader in addressing the health o its students andpromoting healthy living,” Haneline said. “By taking the initiative,Tech will be promoting the idea that students can use their educa-tion or as long as possible because they won’t be doing things thatare going to cut their lives short.”The Louisiana Campaign or Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) is astatewide tobacco control program unded by a state excise tax ontobacco passed in 2002.TFL’s mission is to implement and evaluate comprehensive to-bacco control initiatives that prevent and reduce tobacco use andexposure to secondhand smoke.“Secondhand smoke that comes rom tobacco products aectsthe health o people that have any kind o lung disorders, and italso aects children because they are more active, which causesthem to breath particulates in deeper,” Haneline said.TFL campaign goals are to eliminate exposure to secondhandsmoke, prevent initiation o tobacco use among youth, to promotetobacco cessation among youth and adults and to acilitate eec-tive coordination o all tobacco control and prevention initiativesthroughout the state o Louisiana.A comprehensive tobacco-ree policy not only aects the healtho people walking around breathing in secondhand smoke, but alsothe marketing strategies tobacco companies can use.Tobacco companies will not be able to promote products oncampus and lure in students with enticing campaigns.“Research shows that i people don’t start smoking by the timethey are 25, it is very unlikely that they will pick it up,” Hanelinesaid. About 5 percent start ater that age. So we want to keep ourcollege kids o tobacco so that they don’t get a habit and get ad-dicted to it.”Some students and employees agree with Haneline that beingtobacco-ree is a good idea.Macey Canerday, a reshman environmental science major, saidshe would be or the initiative because it will help halt students romsmoking since they won’t be in that type o environment.“I’m or tobacco-ree living,” said Canerday. “It prevents stu-dents rom smoking.”Like Canerday, Aramark employee Antonio Holland, a smoker,thinks Tech taking the initiative to be a smoke-ree campus is apositive thing.“I would be alright with not being able to smoke during work breaks because it could help me quit smoking,” Holland said.Although some agree with Tech taking the initiative, several stu-dents and workers do not agree with being told they cannot smokeon campus.Garred Albert, a senior aviation major, said he thinks not beingable to smoke where you want is a violation o his rights; however,he believes the ban is good or the overall public.“I think it’s OK because we are a public institution, but we, thestudent body, should be allowed to vote on whether our campusshould be tobacco-ree,” Albert said.Similar to Albert, horticultural assistant James Garr said he isagainst it because as a grounds workers he is constantly outside
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Students voice their opinionso potentially becoming atobacco-ree campus
The student voice of Louisiana Tech University
January 18, 2013 www.thetechtalk.org 
Volume 87Number 12
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Staff Reporter
Country, rock, rap, hip-hop, pop–– all o these are popular genres, but orTech students, country was the sure a-vorite, Doug Prater said.At midnight Dec. 11, 2012, UnionBoard posted its rst-ever survey to thestudent body.“The survey was about giving stu-dents the option to help Union Boardplan the annual spring concert,” Prater,Union Board president, said. “They getto help decide what genre the concertwill be, what day it will be, what timeit will start and how much ticket priceswill be or students.”The survey consisted o ve ques-tions, Prater said. They covered genrepreerence, ticket prices, the day to holdthe concert, what time it should startand whether or not students would bewilling to have a quarterly ee increaseor the pool o artists.Prater, a senior history and Span-ish major, said that in the past studentshave had many complaints about not
Staff Reporter
Headaches, body aches,ever, cough, sore throat,chills, atigue, nausea—thelist o symptoms or the fucontinues.Jack Frost has not only brought the cold tempera-tures this season but the fuas well, causing studentsand aculty to miss classand stay at home.Paige Pickett, a regis-tered nurse or Tech HealthServices, said just as every year, the fu is spreadingrapidly this season.“It has been steady atthe health center since wehave returned rom break, but it has not been over-whelming,” she said. “Weare hoping it stays that way, but according to Centersor Disease Control, it is go-ing to be a bad year.”Patrick Hindmarsh, as-sistant proessor o biologi-cal sciences, said this year’sinfuenza season began ear-lier than past fu seasons.“Flu season usuallypeaks in February; where-as, this year there has beenan unseasonal increase ininfuenza cases in Decem- ber,” he said. “In additionthe strain o infuenza thatis circulating, H3N2 tendsto have increased upperrespiratory inections thatresult in more hospitaliza-tions than previous fu sea-sons.”The Tech Health Centerhas given approximately 50fu shots this season com-pared to their usual o ap-proximately 200 fu shotsper year.“I have sent out remind-ers several times,” Pickettsaid. “Unortunately, a loto students wait until ariend has it beore they re-ceive one, and it’s usuallytoo late.”Hindmarsh said gettingvaccinated is key, as well aswashing your hands with analcohol-based hand washand covering your nose andmouth when you cough orsneeze.“I you are inected itis important to cover yournose and mouth with atissue or into your elbowwhen you cough or sneeze,”he said. “I you cough orsneeze into your hand youcan spread the virus to sur-aces and other people.”Neil Watkins, a junior biology major, said he hasrecently experienced thefu at its ull orce.“At rst, it does not seemlike you are sick with it,” hesaid. “Once the minor sym-
Studentshave a votein UB springconcert plan
Flu flying rampant this year
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Photo by Deepanjan MukhopadhyayPhoto by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay
MLK Daysparks debateon meaning of the holiday
Staff Reporter
Though it may seem that Martin Lu-ther King Jr. Day has been considered aholiday or just as long as Christmas orThanksgiving, it has only been 30 yearssince Congress rst passed legislationrecognizing it as a ederal holiday.The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.was the ront-man or nonviolent activ-ism during the Civil Rights movemento the 1960s up until his assassinationin 1968.Democratic Rep. John Conyers o Michigan rst introduced the bill or thecommemorative holiday our days aterKing’s assassination.Ater 15 years o rallying and peti-tioning, Congress passed the holidaylegislation in 1983, and President Ron-ald Regan signed it into law.MLK Day takes place on the thirdMonday o January each year, which is
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Graph courtesy of America’s Health Rankings
Katherine Guillot, a reshman communication design major, takes a smoking break romclass outside the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center.Paige Pickett, a registered nurse or Tech Health Services, takes a student’s tem-perature beore administering the fu shot.
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Smokers in Louisiana over the age o 18
See our take on the new binLaden movie that is generat-ing awards and controversy
Take a closer look at formerTech athlete and head coachTeresa Weatherspoon
Former Miss Tech takes thestage at Miss America
Staff Reporter
Congress passed a bill toavert the scal crisis on Jan. 2ater months o arguing; how-ever, there was no arguing or bickering between StudentGovernment Association sena-tors over passing the rst bill o the new year.The SGA senate passed the bill at last Tuesday’s meeting.The bill was written so SGAcould buy a new gol cart.“I’m just really happy, and Iam glad to get the ball rolling,”said Camille Pearce, a junior in-terior design major and a Col-lege o Liberal Arts senator.Pearce said it was origi-nally SGA treasurer Je Bou-dreaux’s idea when he was parto the senate, but when he wasapproved to be SGA treasurer;she took up the initiative to geta new gol cart.“I just took it up and oundthe price,” Pearce said. “It is agreat service.”The bill was cosigned andsupported by senator CarltonGray, a junior human resourcemanagement major and a ju-nior class senator.“I’m more o a supporterthan an actual writer o the bill,” Gray said.Gray said he was glad tosupport the bill because thegol cart service is one o the biggest services that the SGAprovides. He said it helps otherdepartments as well as stu-dents.“Admissions uses it or peo-ple who are handicapped whengiving tours o the universityand or parents when they gettoo hot,” Gray said. “Housinguses it or Time Out or Techwhen they have to go back andorth to the oce.”Gray also said the Tech po-lice rent the gol carts to orga-nizations at Tech i the organi-zation needs to use the cart ora certain event.Pearce said the gol cartescort service not only helpsstudents get around, but alsooers students saety.“It is kind o scary to walk at night because not all partso the campus are lit,” Pearcesaid.Elizabeth Hill, a junior am-ily and child studies major, saidshe agrees the service oersstudents saety.“I think it is good because you do not want to walk late atnight, even i it is a group,” Hillsaid. “Sometimes it is helpul to just have someone drive you.”Some students like TonyFulco, a reshman mechanicalengineering major, have neverused the service, but Fulco saidalthough he has never used thegol cart service, he supportsthe SGA senate’s decision.“There are some peoplewho need some assistance get-ting around campus,” he said.Fulco said although he doesnot think saety at night in Rus-ton is something students re-ally have to worry about; it stillcan oer people some orm o security.Pearce said the $9,500spent on the gol cart was the best price they could get.Gray said he does not seethe passing o the bill being aproblem nancially.“I think it was one o theservices needed,” Gray said.“It was not one o the most im-portant things to the university but one step at a time.”Pearce and Gray said i stu-dents have any ideas they wantto present to the senate, con-tact a senator.“I students have a problemwith the way we are spendingmoney, they can come by theSGA oce and suggest a bet-ter way to spend money,” Graysaid. “We are the liaisons orstudents and we try to do our best to provide or them.”Fulco said overall he is newith the decision o the senateand does not have any problemwith the SGA spending moneyto buy a new gol cart.Hill said she thinks the deci-sion to get a new gol cart is us-ing the money in a positive way.“I think it was a good idea toget a new one,” Hill said. “Youcan never have too many.”
Email comments to rcj008@latech.edu.
Staff Reporter
Watch out! Don’t slip! Stay inside! — Those are some o the phrases heardwhen the weather turned quite rigid.With this week’s temperatures beingin the low 30s, schools have had to takeimmediate action due to the reezingweather conditions.Randall Hermes, Tech chie o po-lice, said when the area weather condi-tion is so hazardous that it poses as anobstacle or aculty and students to sae-ly make it to class, closing the universityis advised.As a part o the team advising thePresident, I advised closing early onTuesday and closing on Wednesday,” hesaid. “Based upon the weather we hadexperienced throughout the day Tues-day and the orecast, I believed that asan abundance o caution, closing would be in the student, sta and aculty’s bestinterest.”Hermes said Ruston was actually ex-periencing the same weather on Tues-day that the Monroe area experiencedon Monday, which explains their closureon Tuesday.Although Hermes said class beingin session Tuesday morning was com-pletely reasonable, some students sawthings a bit dierently.Daniel Hibbets, a junior supply chainmanagement major, said he does noteel that it was sae or students andteachers to commute to class on Tues-day due to bridges and roads closed inneighboring towns.“The emergency weather site didn’tupdate Tuesday morning until 7:45 a.m.;or a commuter like me that had an 8a.m. class and a 35-minute drive, that isway too late,” he said. “I I am requiredto drive in abnormal weather conditions,then the school should be willing to buycars or those who have wrecks trying.”Katie Hutson, a junior amily andconsumer science education major, saidshe also thinks it would have been besti the university had closed on Tuesday.“The ice storm had a lot o the bridg-es and on/o ramps to the interstateshut down early Tuesday,” she said.“Tech is the only school I know o thatdid not shut down early Tuesday.”There was not only ice covering theroads and bridges but also the steps to buildings and porches o the campusapartments.Housing was prepared though, asthey sent workers out to sprinkle salt onthe steps and porches o most o theapartments so students would not all.“We appreciate the dedication andhard work exhibited during these in-clement weather incidents by our uni-versity sta,” Hermes said. “All areequally concerned, committed and de-voted to the saety and comort o ourstudents.”Tuesday, students and aculty put onthe layers and braved the cold to getthings accomplished, but as Wednesdayapproached the conditions were just tooextreme.Hermes said the area received quitea bit o precipitation in the orm o rainduring the morning Tuesday, the treeswere beginning to show the signs o iceaccumulation and the temperature hadnot moved above the reezing mark.“It appeared that we were going toexperience a ‘mild’ ice storm, includingthe good possibility o ice on the road-ways; this was not the case on eitherMonday or Tuesday,” he said.Hutson said she thinks Tech was try-ing to wait out the ice storm becausethey had no idea how bad it would actu-ally be; however, she did ace problemsmaking it to class on Tuesday.“I commute rom West Monroe andhave a 3-year-old daughter who goes topre-k, so when all the schools in Mon-roe/West Monroe area shut down, Ihad no other choice but to load mydaughter up and travel careully to mynutrition class,” she said. “It botheredme, not only as a student but also as amother, that I had to take my child outin the storm because I didn’t want toreceive a zero on an assignment whenTech ailed to cancel classes.”Hibbets said he would like to pointout that there are other ways to contin-ue class in emergency situations.“There is no need with today’s tech-nology to make such ignorant decisionso putting students in harm’s way,”he said. “Let them stay home, and letteachers post lessons and assignmentson Moodle.”Though the small ice storm hascaused a bit o controversy on Techcampus, Hermes said he believes thesituation was handled as best as pos-sible.“I know we received quite a bit o negative criticism or not closing onTuesday,” he said. “The weather reportson the Weather Channel and otherweather resources did not accuratelyrefect what we were experiencing, andwe do rely quite a bit upon the NationalWeather Service.”Hermes said he and other memberso the advising team try their best tomake wise decisions concerning thestudents, aculty and sta’s saety inemergency circumstances, and appre-ciate the understanding, patience andaith shown to them, while they work to manage the “unpredictable” weathersituations.
Email comments to alm085@latech.edu.
The Tech Talk
January 18, 2013
Career Center hostsLinkedIn seminar
On Wednesday, Jan. 23rom 1-2 p.m. in Keeny Hall,the Counseling and CareerServices will host a seminar tohelp job seekers and new userslearn the benets and logisticso LinkedIn.LinkedIn is a resource orthose looking to gain an edgewhile they network and searchor internships or entry-levelobs.While it is easy to create anaccount, most new users ndthemselves stuck as they con-sider what to do ater they haveset up their prole.Join the sta to learn how toleverage the power o the 150million proessionals represent-ing 150 industries who are al-ready a part o LinkedIn.Participants will walk awaywith a practical understandingo the etiquette expected withinthe space o the network, howto use it to build an online pres-ence and how to use the tool tobuild a proessional network.For more inormation con-tact Ron Cathey, director o Counseling and Career Ser-vices at 318-257-4336 orrcathey@latech.edu.
Human ecology de-partment hosts bul-lying workshop
From 6-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19at the The Bridge CommunityChurch, Tech’s human ecologydepartment will host an inor-mational discussion on bullying.A panel comprised o teach-ers, principals, psychologists,counselors and various leadersin the community will spendtime providing the Ruston com-munity with inormation on bul-lying.“Love is Louder than Bully-ing” will target how to deal withbullying across an entire liespan, so all ages are welcome.There will also be coloringsheets or young children.The human ecology depart-ment hopes to make an impactand decrease bullying in thecommunity with this ree event.For more inomation, con-tact Kailey Williamson, promo-tions manager, at 318- 805-1200or kdw032@gmail.com.
Students put artskills to the test
Students will have the op-portunity to make their ownmug 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.The cost is $10 per personwith a $5 down payment toreserve students’ place whilespots are still available.Students can get their handsdirty and explore clay as theymake their own ceramic mugand complete it with glazing.Instructors will teach stu-dents how to roll the clay, orma base and handle and explorenishing techniques o emboss-ing or glazing.Mugs will be made romstart to nish rom a ball o clay.Places are limited and go-ing ast, so students need to calland reserve their spot soon.I interested, send a messagewith student’s ull name, CWID,major and classication to theInnovation Enterprise via Face-book.The location o this event isto be announced, but it will beon campus. Dress or a mess.For more inormation con-tact Billy Dia at 318-355-7720or bdi007@latech.edu.
Career Center to hostresume seminar
Counseling and Career Ser-vices will host three seminarson writing eective resumesrom 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, androm 2-3 p.m. on Wednesdayand Thursday.The goal o the seminar isto teach students the tips andtricks o writing an eectiveresume to prepare them or theob search beore or ater gradu-ation.Students will be able to ask questions and get the assistancethey need to build a resume toimpress uture employers.For more inormation con-tact Ron Cathey, director o Counseling and Career Ser-vices at 318-257-4336 orrcathey@latech.edu.
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around the time o King’s birth-day, Jan. 15.Despite his popularity andcontributions to the civil rightsmovement, many controversieshave suraced with oppositionsto dedicating a day to a singlesymbol o the era.Opposition o the holiday ar-gues the civil rights movementas a whole should be honoredrather than one man.Robert Price, a sophomorenutrition major, eels King is notthe only historical fgure worthyo a ederal holiday.“Throughout American his-tory there have been multipleindividuals worthy o being rec-ognized with a ederal holiday,”Price said. “I eel that those se-lected do not accurately repre-sent the extent o what Ameri-cans have to celebrate. The civilrights movement as a whole ismore than worthy o ederalrecognition because o its greataspect o the American story.”Another opposition to MLK Day is whether or not King wasimportant enough to have a ed-eral holiday.Hope Leverman, a junior cy- ber engineering major, said she believes King’s importance inAmerican history is undeniable.“Every American shouldpay some type o tribute to Dr.Martin Luther King,” Lever-man said. “He was not only anactivist or civil rights or Ari-can Americans but a patriot o peace and an advocate or non-violent solutions, and he diedor what he believed in.”Other disapproval o thenational holiday insists it is hei-nous to American taxpayers,suggesting paying public em-ployees not to work or one daywould hurt the economy.Sandra Williams, a publicemployee or the city o Ruston, believes paying public workersor celebrating the day is theleast the government could do.“MLK Day is our way o memorializing the civil rightsmovement and the events thatled to up to it,” Williams said.“The government should pullout their calculators and esti-mate the cost o 300 years o slavery, add a hundred more years o economic, politicaland social discrimination anddeduct the cost o paying pub-lic employees rom that.”To some, MLK Day is a dayo celebration and preparationor Black History Month, but orothers it’s just another day.Karen Smitherson, a sopho-more nutrition major, said sheonly sees the holiday as a dayo.“I you don’t get out o school or work or a day, thenit’s not a real holiday,” Smith-erson said.“I don’t do anythingspecial on MLK Day nor do I doanything special on Presidents,Memorial, or Labor Day.”Others such as VeronicaThomas take the day to cele- brate and to pay homage to thecivil rights leader.“Being an Arican Ameri-can, I take great pride in myheritage,” Thomas said. “Each year I attend parades and es-tivals on MLK day to celebratethe accomplishments o Dr.King and the Civil Rights Move-ment.”This year MLK day will allon Jan. 21, the day ater the in-auguration o the frst AricanAmerican president, Barack Obama, or his second term.Regardless o controversies,MLK Day commemorates acritical activist and a movementthat continues to inspire Ameri-cans today.
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Staff Reporter
Students have a signifcantimpact on the fnancial rev-enue or the majority o local business. From dine-in andast ood restaurants to local boutiques and even rental carplaces in Ruston, local busi-ness owners and managersknow that students are theheart o the local economy.As a result, dierent placeshave tried to include Tech ex-press, discounts and schoolparaphernalia to make stu-dents eel welcomed.Many students work or businesses around town andhave witnessed frsthand howtheir employers have been a-ected by the Tech commu-nity.Danielle Sibley, a seniorsecondary education major,is an employee o RaisingCane’s. She said the ast oodrestaurant supports Tech tothe ullest.“When Tech has ootballgames, we are properties o Tech,” said Sibley.Rickey Moore, a juniorkinesiology major, works atEnterprise Rental Car wherethey have discounts or Techstudents.“We have a weekend spe-cial or all the athletic pro-grams,” said Moore. “For ex-ample, i the basketball teamneeds a 15-passenger van orthe weekend, they get hal o or any games.”Desirae Nicole Taylor, asenior amily and child studiesmajor, works at Ryan’s restau-rant, where there is a specialseating section just or Techstudents.“We have a Tech roomthat can be reserved just orgroups o Tech students,” saidTaylor. “I eel like it draws thestudent amily and riends intoour business, especially whenthere is an athletic event.”Applebee’s and other oodplaces cater to the Tech com-munity by allowing studentsto use their Tech Express topurchase items.“We saw it as an oppor-tunity to utilize the outsidesources,” said Darius Gra-ham, the assistant manager atApplebee’s.Graham said he believesthey have an advantage overother restaurants who do notaccept Tech Express by at-tracting the student popula-tion that relies on the undsthey have in the universityprogram.“We have the option thati you are a college studenton a budget, you can eatsomewhere that is not astood,” said Graham. “Stu-dents can have an actualmeal when you are awayrom home or don’t eel likecooking.”Graham, Sibley and Tay-lor both said there is dier-ence when students are notin school versus when theyare in school.“The majority o thetime when students are inschool their amilies willcome eat at Ryan’s, but whenstudents go home they drawaway business,” said Taylor.Sibley said at RaisingCanes, when students arenot in school, our-hour shitsseem like eight-hour shits.Tech students play a big-ger role than what they areaware o in Ruston, as theyhelp boost the revenue o lo-cal businesses.Graham is able to see frst-hand the impact the studentshave.“Anytime holidays comeeverything shuts down, so wenotice a dierence in clien-tele,” said Graham. “We don’tsee as many college students;as a result we lose some o our sales, especially duringChristmas.”
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January 18, 2013
The Tech Talk
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“We don’t see asmany college stu-dents; as a result,we lose some o oursales especially duringChristmas.”
Darius Graham
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and smoking is his getawayrom stress.“I Tech becomes a tobac-co-ree environment, it willmake my job harder becausebreaks aren’t long enoughor me to go o campus tosmoke,” Garr said.Like any other decision thatimpacts the student body thereare those against and or acause then there is those whoare bias.Anthony Nana, sophomorefnance major, is one o thosestudents who do not see animpact rom either side.“I don’t care whether we aretobacco-ree or not because Idon’t spend much time oncampus with classes only threedays out o a week,” Nanasaid.I Tech takes the initiativeit will join other universitieslike Louisiana State Univer-sity (academic campus only),Southern University Systemand many more. ”“Being tobacco ree sendsa clear message that LouisianaTech cares about its studentshealth,” Haneline said.
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Martin Luther King Jr. is famous for his “I have a dream” speech. He was assassinated April 4, 1968.

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