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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 areamous 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 helpuland 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.”
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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 childrenrom 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 seniorproessional aviation major.Irving said this event wassignicantly 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 hererom 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 signicantly ex-ceeded the donations andsupport o the one beore.“The event is bigger inevery way,” he said. “Weactually have trophies thistime, and there are a tonmore toys than last time.”DeMoss said the causeitsel brings 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 wererom 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.”
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Car show drives in donations
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Bystanders watch as competitors compete in a car limbo at weekend’s Sonic Cruise-in event.
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Never one satised withthe status quo, Rea saidPennington was determinedto make sure all o his stu-dents were successul.Pennington helped startmany o the programs cur-rently taught at Tech likenursing, health inormationmanagement 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 conerenceroom now named ater himduring his time at Tech.
“He was a wonderuldean who enjoyed interact-ing with other deans andaculty members,” Rea said.“He personifed leader-ship.”
Prior to its ocial dedi-cation, the conerence roomunderwent a renovationunded by contributionsrom 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 conerence roomwill be used or college com-mittee meetings as well asstudent organizations in lib-eral arts,” he said.Kaczvinksy said Penning-ton was a powerul orce atTech, especially with inter-national studies.“He was also like a men-tor or many o the aculty,”he said.Ociating 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 wie, Virgin-ia, stood next to Guice as hecut the ceremonial ribbon tothe conerence room.She said her husbandwould be pleased and pos-sibly uncomortable with thededication o the coner-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.“Ater I came up withthe skits, I let the peoplewho were assigned theaux 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 perormerswas ront and center.Joshua James, winnero the talent show withhis one-man-band act,said he enjoyed perorm-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.”
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