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The Tech Talk 10.24.13

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The Tech Talk is a student-run newspaper published Thursdays of the regular school year, except in vacation and examination periods, by the journalism department of Louisiana Tech University. http://www.thetechtalk.org/
The Tech Talk is a student-run newspaper published Thursdays of the regular school year, except in vacation and examination periods, by the journalism department of Louisiana Tech University. http://www.thetechtalk.org/

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OCTOBER 24, 2013WWW.THETECHTALK.ORG
VOLUME 88 • ISSUE 7
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Donald Martin speaks to students about how to increase their chances of get
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Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay
IAN EDWARDS
Staff Reporter
Tech students were ableto brush elbows with thestars as the annual home-coming talent show wasre-branded into the BulldogMusic Awards last Tuesdaynight. While many “celeb-rities” were in attendance,the true talent could beound onstage.Britney Pippin, assistanthead o the talent showcommittee with UnionBoard, said that extensiveplans went in to making theshow what it was.“We have been planningsince May,” said Pippin, aunior elementary educa-tion major. “It took us allsummer and the majorityo this frst quarter as well.Pippin said that thecommittee wanted to drawon the popularity o MTV’sVideo Music Awards.“Well, the VMAs areexceedingly popular,” shesaid. “I thought it would bereally dierent and neat tobring something to Techthat has never been donebeore.”Pippin said with somehelp, the VMAs turned intothe BMAs.“Originally I was go-ing to do a spino o theVMAs,” Pippin said. “Thenmy partner, Sonny, came upwith the actual Bulldog Mu-sic Awards name.”Sonny Adams, also a tal-ent show committee head,said he wanted the show toeel more personal to thestudents.“I thought about thename change as a way to
JOHN SADLER
Staff Reporter
With anxiety over grades and whatextracurricular activities are impor-tant, applying to graduate school canbe stressul or any student.Tech’s Career Center hoped tomake the process less stressul byhosting its Grad School 101 seminar,a lecture that eatured Donald Martin,current CEO o Grad School RoadMap and past director o admissionsat various colleges around the U.S.“I’m excited that the administra-tion, sta and aculty o the Col-lege o Liberal Arts have helped theCareer Center in making this eventhappen,” said Jennie Flynn-McKevitt,the coordinator o employer relationsand recruitment services or the Ca-reer Center.Flynn-McKevitt said she believesthe student response to the lecturewas positive.“In past programs I’ve helped toorganize with Dr. Martin, studentsshared that they ound the insiderinormation that he gave them to becontributions to their own decision-making,” she said.Tyler Bishop, a junior history ma-jor, said the lecture reassured himthat graduate school is attainable oreveryone.“Most people have been made to believe that the only way to get intoupper education is by having a 4.0GPA,” he said. “It’s nice knowing thatit’s possible to get into grad schooleven i you are not in the very toptier.”Bishop said the knowledge thatwas imparted in the lecture will bevery useul when it comes time orhim to apply or grad school.“Being a junior this year, I’m get-ting close to starting my grad school journey,” he said. “I know that I will be successul when the time comesto start applying.”His hopeulness would surelyplease Martin, who said his biggest
CODY SEXTON
Staff Reporter
Winter is coming.And with all the turkeyand pie to eat during theholidays, some people fndthemselves battling extraweight harder than JonSnow battles White Walk-ers in “Game o Thrones.”Thankully, LouisianaTech Food Services havesome healthy options tochoose rom to help keepthe weight o.Robert Lubbert, residentdistrict manager o the TechFood Services, said theywork to provide an arrayo options or the Tech stu-dents.“There are healthychoices i you know what tolook or,” he said.Lubbert also said manyo the healthiest ood choic-es are in The Cae.“The salad bar is the best place to fnd a healthymeal,” he said.The Cae also provideshealthy or lie brochuresand nutrition acts and thelet side o meal choices.Susan Hughes, directoro the dietetic program atTech, said a tour o on-cam-pus dining revealed somehealthy options or students.“Build your own (at BenePizza) pasta with wholewheat, chicken (or the pro-tein), lots o veggies andmarinara sauce,” she said.When choosing dressingor your salad, Hughes saidit is best to choose low atoptions, like balsamic vinai-grette or low at Italian.For those who needmore than a salad to eel
CODY SEXTON
Staff Reporter
Former College o Liberal Arts Dean PaulJ. Pennington spent alot o time holding courtin the conerence roomthat was dedicated Fri-day in his honor.Pennington was aTech proessor o speechor 37 years, 24 o whichhe served as the dean o the College o Art andSciences.Kenneth Rea, ormervice president or aca-demic aairs, said theconerence room willhonor the great mentorPennington was duringhis time at Tech.“He let a tremendouslegacy as a aculty mem- ber and departmenthead,” Rea said.
Dining Servicesprovides studentshealthy options
Former deanrememberedthrough newconferenceroom name
Student stars shine at BMAs
Grad school expert comes to Tech
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Left: rst place winner Joshua James performed a musi
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cal collaboration that included playing keyboards, drumsand sax. Above: Adam Garcia and Courtney Nash wonsecond place with their pop and lock dance.
MOVIE REVIEW 
SCARY CARRIE?
Does the remake of the 1976 horror classic serve the franchise justice? 
17-year-old Tech volleyball player 
Alejandra Aviles 
proves that age is just a number 
SPORTS 
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October 24, 2013
ACTT to host jobseeker workshop
The Advanced Certifca-tion and Training or Tech-nology, in partnership withthe I/O Psych program, willhold a job-seeker workshopat 9 a.m. on Oct. 26 at inUniversity Hall.The workshop will helpgraduating students whoneed a job or are lookingor a career change under-stand the options availableto them.It will also cover topicsincluding how to start anonline job search, how todress appropriately or in-terviews, and how to defneyour strengths and weak-nesses.Students are asked to ar-rive 15 minutes early to theevent.For more inormation,contact the ACTT at actt@latech.edu.
Drop date quicklyapproaching
Starting at 8 a.m. Fri-day students have their lastchance to drop a class with-out penalty.This is the last day todrop or resign with a “W”grade or the all 2013 quar-ter. The option will becomeunavailable at 5 p.m.For more inormationcontact the Ofce otheRegistrar at registrar@lat-ech.edu or 318-257-2176.
UAAM to hostLeadership for Life
Do you want the mostout o your career? Is suc-cess important to you?
At 6 p.m. tonight in Da-vison Hall 213, LouisianaTech alumnus Cecil Garrick will present a workshop.
Garrick works or Speak Out L.L.C., and his seminaris called Leadership or Lie.There is no registrationor ee required.Participation qualifesstudents or a chance to wina $200 Barnes & Noble gitcard.For more inormationcontact Ephraim Fields,United Arican-AmericanMen president, at eh004@latech.edu.
Blue Crew to hostTech Madness
The Blue Crew has col-laborated with the StudentGovernment Associationand Tech Athletics to pres-ent “Tech Madness” Thurs-day at 7 p.m. in Scotty Rob-ertson Memorial Gym.The 2013-14 Bulldogand Lady Techsters basket-ball teams will be makingtheir frst appearance.This event includes aslam-dunk contest, a skitperormed by the LadyTechsters, live music by @lmDJ_RedTables and more.Admission is ree.For more inormationcontact Kevin Richardson,SGA Sports and AthleticPromotions, at (985) 515-1522 or kpr011@latech.edu.
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IAN EDWARDS
Staff Reporter
The dedication was palpable inthe Lambright Center’s red gym lastThursday as the Tech Karate clubheld an open-house demonstrationto show the fruits of their labor.
Ross Todd, president o theteam, said his team practices a his-toric style o Korean karate.“We practice Tae Kwon Do ,which is a style o Korean karate,”said Todd, who is pursuing a mas-ter’s degree in English. “Ater theKorean War, the Koreans central-ized their martial arts styles, andthey simply called it Tae Kwon Do.”Todd said that the team learnshand-to-hand skills as well as cer-tain weapon skills.“While we primarily run hand-to-hand exercises called ‘katas,’ wedo use a selection o weapons,” hesaid. “These range rom
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sta.”Lauren Todd, ormer team pres-ident and two-time Tech alumna,said the karate team shares a bigpart o Tech history.“The karate team has been anorganization on campus or at least30 years,” she said. “We have beenpresent ever since Dr. David Jor-dan, a retired kinesiology proessor,came over rom Texas.”Todd said the team carries quitea pedigree.“We trace our team’s lineage allthe way back to Jhoon Rhee, whowas brought to the States by oneo our organization’s oreathers,Robert Trias,” she said. “Grand-master Trias’ frst protégé becameDr. Jordan’s instructor, and he then became our instructor.”Todd said working one’s way upthe ranks is indicated by belt color.“In our style’s progression sys-tem, your belt color will get darkerand darker,” she said. “The be-ginner’s rank consists o white,orange and yellow, in that order.The intermediate rank consists o  blue, green, and purple, and the ad-vanced rank is three progressivelydarker shades o brown. Ater that, you can test or your black belt.”Laura Hunt Miller, a 2007 Techalumna, team instructor and frst-degree brown belt, said as youclimb the ranks, teaching becomesa necessary skill.“Once you get past a blue belt,teaching the class becomes part o  your test,” she said. “Being able toteach the skills to someone below you will show that you, yoursel,have a good grasp on them.”O course, there are numerouschances to test your might.Miller said that tournamentshave two sides to them.“Tournaments have a
kata
 competition and a sparring com-petition,” she said. “For
kata
com-petitions, the judges look to seehow capable your technique andstrength is. In the sparring compe-titions, the fghters want to land asmany controlled, solid hits on ‘tar-get areas’ (that vary among rank)as they can. The fghter with themost points in the time given wins.”The team will host a tourna-ment Saturday in the LambrightCenter. For more inormation onthe team or the tournament, con-tact the Lambright.Todd said that the team is al-ways looking or new membersand welcomes anyone regardlesso experience.“We welcome all who want tolearn,” he said. “Whether you haveno experience, or even i you aredisciplined in another martial artsstyle, we still encourage you tocome out. I was able to get my black belt over the course o mytime at Tech, and my brother andI both joined with no prior experi-ence. It’s a really good workout andit’s un to share the passion withothers.”
Email comments to ije001@latech.edu.
The karate club poses for a group shot after a long practice of controlled combat.
Photo by Devin Dronet
Tech Karate Club on the rise
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Tyler Wagnon, head escort, and Madison Byles,homecoming queen, pose after being crowned.
 
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goal is raising students’hopes toward grad school.“I like to help themwith valuable, realistictips,” Martin said. “I try toraise their awareness o the need or research be-ore they apply.”Martin said many stu-dents have misconcep-tions about prestige andhighly-ranked universities.“Some students applyto places like Harvard orYale just because they areamous schools,” he said.“What they should do ismake sure they’ve donethe research to know whatschool has the best pro-gram or what they are in-terested in studying.”Martin said he hopedthe lecture would help stu-dents.“I hope the tips that Igive them help them re-alize their grad schoolgoals,” he said. “I’veworked as a dean o ad-mission, and I know thatnone o them like turningaway students.”Bishop said Martin’slecture was both helpuland entertaining.“His lecture was de-nitely one o the most in-teresting ones that I haveever attended,” he said.“I’d recommend anyoneand everyone who wantsto get into grad school toeither attend one o hislectures, or speak to himin any way possible.”
Email comments to  jts040@latech.edu.
JOHN SADLER
Staff Reporter
Growing up in New Or-leans, Michael Irving saidhe saw many children thathad to go without toys andother luxuries.On Saturday, Irving hada chance to help bring someo these luxuries to childrenthat were similarly doingwithout.Psychotic Images heldits second Sonic Cruise-inwhere participants displaytheir cars and hold a toydrive or at-need childrenrom the Louisiana Method-ist Children’s Home.“I really like helping thekids out. I’ve got riendswho help out at the home,so I’m very aware o the sit-uation,” said Irving, a seniorproessional aviation major.Irving said this event wassignicantly bigger than thelast.“It’s growing. Thereare certainly more peoplehere,” he said. “We’re get-ting the word out. It’s justgoing to take time.”Amie Turner, presidento Psychotic Images, saidthe event was an excellentway to help out childrenwho would not get a pres-ent or Christmas otherwise.“The kids ll out theirwish list, and we try to getone or each,” she said.“Our goal by the end o theevent is to ll the bed o atruck.”Turner said they weretrying to organize a com-munity event and have suc-ceeded.“We’ve got a lot o com-munity support,’ she said.“There are people hererom other clubs that comeout to support us. We’ve gota good group o people outhere.”Jacob DeMoss, a mem- ber o the Street Impres-sions car club in West Mon-roe, is one such person.“They come to ourevents, and we come totheirs,” he said.DeMoss said this year’sevent has signicantly ex-ceeded the donations andsupport o the one beore.“The event is bigger inevery way,” he said. “Weactually have trophies thistime, and there are a tonmore toys than last time.”DeMoss said the causeitselbrings a lot o atten-tion to the event.“The community wantsto help,” he said. “Whodoesn’t want to give toys tokids that wouldn’t get themany other way?”Turner said the major-ity o the participants wererom other auto clubs whowanted to come take part.“We don’t get a lot o students,” she said. “Weposted a lot o fyers aroundcampus, but the majority o people here are rom otherclubs or are people that justwant to come see cars ordonate to the kids.”Turner said the busi-nesses around Ruston werea big help in sponsoring theevent.“Xtreme, Turbogoat andKelley Kustoms all helpedus a lot,” she said. “Obvi-ously Sonic was a big help,too.”
Email comments to  jts040@latech.edu.
Car show drives in donations
Photo by Devin Dronett
Bystanders watch as competitors compete in a car limbo at weekend’s Sonic Cruise-in event.
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Never one satised withthe status quo, Rea saidPennington was determinedto make sure all o his stu-dents were successul.Pennington helped startmany o the programs cur-rently taught at Tech likenursing, health inormationmanagement and generalstudies, Rea said.He was also pivotal inestablishing Tech’s interna-tional studies programs.“He thought it was ourobligation to broaden Techstudents globally,” Rea said.Pennington was de-scribed as having a quick witand kind heart and enjoyedsitting in the conerenceroom now named ater himduring his time at Tech.
“He was a wonderuldean who enjoyed interact-ing with other deans andaculty members,” Rea said.“He personifed leader-ship.”
Prior to its ocial dedi-cation, the conerence roomunderwent a renovationunded by contributionsrom alumni.Don Kaczvinsky, dean o the College o Liberal Arts,oversaw the renovationswhich included removingcabinets, a sink and electric burner and including newfooring, light xtures and aprojection screen.“The conerence roomwill be used or college com-mittee meetings as well asstudent organizations in lib-eral arts,” he said.Kaczvinksy said Penning-ton was a powerul orce atTech, especially with inter-national studies.“He was also like a men-tor or many o the aculty,”he said.Ociating at the dedica-tion was Tech President LesGuice, who said it was be-cause o Pennington morestudents were attracted toTech, himsel included.Guice earned a degreein architecture at Tech, an-other program started underPennington.“We hope students won’tsoon orget the impact Dr.Pennington had at Tech,”Guice said.Pennington’s wie, Virgin-ia, stood next to Guice as hecut the ceremonial ribbon tothe conerence room.She said her husbandwould be pleased and pos-sibly uncomortable with thededication o the coner-ence room in his honor.“He did not take compli-ments well,” she said. “Hewould always rather givecredit to others.”She said her husband wasa man who treated everyonewith the same amount o re-spect no matter how muchmoney a person had or whathis or her job was, they werestill a person all the same.“He was a good leaderand husband,” she said.
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spawn new ideas,” saidAdams, a sophomore me-chanical engineering ma- jor. “It showed in the di-erent intro skits that wehad and helped to changethe show’s dynamic in away we hadn’t had in thepast. There are only somany years you can do a‘Grease’ or 60’s-themedshow, and we wantedsomething current.”Adams said while thecelebrity parody skitswere written by him, theactors were able to ad liband add their own person-alities.“Ater I came up withthe skits, I let the peoplewho were assigned theaux celebrity roles puttheir own spin on it,” hesaid. “I wanted to makesure I picked recognizableVMA moments rom thepast years, and the actors’personalities just camethrough.”O course, the person-ality o the perormerswas ront and center.Joshua James, winnero the talent show withhis one-man-band act,said he enjoyed perorm-ing his act and he had theaudience in mind.“I tried to give the peo-ple what they wanted,”James, a junior animalscience major, said. “Last year, I played keyboardand saxophone, while this year, I played keyboard,saxophone, bass (guitar)and the snare (drum).”James said he tried toremain humble during hisvictory.“I grew up in thechurch playing music, so I just got up there and triedto do my best,” he said. “Icame out with rst place,so to God be the glory.”
Email comments to ije001@latech.edu.
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