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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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Staff Reporter
Nine Tech students were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and pos-session of drug para-phernalia Oct. 29. The group consisted of Jonathan Gruen-ing, 19, Blake Bolton, 18, Blake Thibodeaux, 18, Dominique Jones, 18, Michael Arends, 22, Ragan Wilburn, 19, William Miller, 18, Lily Smith, and Whitfield Logan, 19.The group was ar-rested behind Pierce Hall, where the arresting officers stated in their report they smelled “a distinct odor commonly associated with burnt marijuana.”According the police report filed, as the of-ficers approached the group, the individuals  began to throw items onto the grass.Upon searching the surrounding area, of-ficers found three small plastic bags and a black case containing another  bag, all of which con-tained what was sus-pected to be marijuana. Officers also found two pipes for use in smoking marijuana nearby.All individuals ques-tioned denied the drugs
Staff Reporter
In partnership with the University of Louisiana System leaders, Student Government Association is holding the first “Get Fit Week” all week to raise student awareness about obesity. As of August 2013, Louisiana holds the infa-mous distinction of be-ing the most obese state in the nation. The state’s adult obesity rate totals of 34.7 percent of the state’s inhabitants. This marks an unsettling trend in the state’s history.Carlton Gray, a senior management major and director of community service with SGA, said the week will consist of numer-ous fun activities not just intended for weight loss.“Get Fit Week will cen-ter on getting fit with dif-ferent aspects of your life,” Gray said. “These include mind, body, nutrition, com-munity involvement and school spirit!”Numerous Tech depart-ments as well as businesses from around the Ruston community are participat-ing in various ways.“From Tech, we will have Bulldawg Nutrition, the ki-nesiology department, the Student Dietetics Associa-tion, the athletics depart-ment and the Lambright Center participating in the week,” Gray said. “Busi-nesses from the community include Aramark, Rose-mary’s Kitchen as well as
Staff Reporter
A Tech student’s 15 minutes of fame dawned early in her pursuit of a degree.Frededreia Willis, a freshman journal-ism major, was interviewed by a CNN columnist John D. Sutter in regards to the “most economically divided place in America” which he calls her hometown of Lake Providence.“I met the reporter at Subway in my hometown,” Willis said. “We spoke briefly and he asked me if I’d be interested in an-swering some questions for the Change the List project he was working on.”Sutter said his Change the List project is an attempt to get CNN’s audience involved in pushing for change in bottom-of-the-list places.“My journey to Lake Providence started with an online vote,” Sutter said. “Our au-dience chose income inequality as the top social justice issue of our time so I am cov-ering it in my Change the List project.”Sutter said since the late 1970s the US gap between rich and poor has been grow-ing at an incredible and unsustainable rate. East Carroll Parish, home to Lake Provi-dence, is more divided economically than any other parish or county in America.A lot of people don’t like to label Lake
Fit Week engages students
CNN plays host to Tech student
Campus arrests connected to weed
Photo by Austin ViningPhoto by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay
Frededreia Willis was featured in a CNN documentary about her hometown, Lake Providence.
Students gathered in the Tonk Tuesday for a kick boxing session taught by Johnny Mitchell, pictured above in red shorts.
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KLPI holds open mic night for students
KLPI, Tech’s radio sta-tion, will hold its quarterly Open Mic Night event at 7 p.m. tonight in the Ken-nel underneath the book-store.Students with a talent they would like to display are encouraged to either register before the event at KLPI or simply show up to the event.The organization en-courages all students with a talent to come perform. All talents are accepted, including stand-up, music and magic tricks.KLPI will be serving finger foods and drinks at the event for the partici-pants and audience.For more information contact KLPI by way of Philip Raeisghasem at philip.raeisghasem@gmail.com.
Fall commencement held next Saturday
Commencement for the fall quarter will take place at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 in the Thomas Assembly Center.Family and friends are invited to come out and support the graduates.For more information contact the Registrar at 318-257-2176 or regis-trar@latech.edu.
Purge for winter quater approaching
The purge date for the winter quarter is Friday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Students should con-firm their schedule before the purge date even if their balance is zero.For more information about the p contact the office of the c
omptroller at 318-
 Workshop on grant writing to be held
The Natioinal Science Foundation grant writing workshop will take place Nov. 11 from 2 - 3 p.m. in Bogard Hall, Room 301.Those interested should RSVP with Mary Caldorera-Moore.For more information contact Mary Caldorera-Moore at mcmoore@lat-ech.edu.
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and paraphernalia were theirs.The group was then searched and read their rights before being trans-ported to another location, the Lincoln Parish Narcot-ics Enforcement Team of-fice, where it was discov-ered that one of the group, Jonathan Gruening, was in possession of Subox-one. He was subsequently charged with possession of a schedule III drug.Only Smith had been previously charged with any drug-related offenses. This was her second mari- juana offense according to the report.The suspects were trans-ported to and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Email comments to  jts040@latech.edu.
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our various exercise instruc-tors.”Gray believes Get Fit Week is needed among stu-dents. “I think that the Get Fit Movement is a great idea because the U.S. has more than one-third of adult citizens that are considered obese,” he said. “Louisiana is one of the top states with a high obesity rate. We need to help people become aware of that and put a stop to it.”Katie Hickingbottom, one of the event coordina-tors, said she felt the same way.“The event is a great idea,” Hickingbottom, a unior biology major, said. “Students should be able to try to find new ways to live a healthy lifestyle.”Hickingbottom said the activities will be accessible to everyone.“Each day will have an activity such as yoga, cross-fit, kickboxing, a ‘healthy taste of Ruston,’ a commu-nity 5k and a field day,” she said. “The urose of the events is to give students the chance to try new activities and encourage the students to live an active lifestyle.”For more information on Get Fit Week and the activi-ties, contact Carlton Gray  by email at cmg043@latech.edu or Katie Hickingbottom at klh057@latech.edu.Both Gray and Hicking- bottom have high hopes for the week and believe it can  become an event that Tech students regularly look for-ward to.“Even though this is the first Get Fit Week we are putting on, I think it can catch on,” Gray said. “Hopefully, this will not be the last!”“This week will be very  beneficial for both the phys-ical body and the student  body as well,” Hickingbot-tom said. “I hope all the Tech students take this op-portunity to try new things and see what Ruston has to offer in regards to healthy living!”
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Saturday the football team will face Southern Miss, but another team has already de-feated the Golden Eagles and another opponent the grid-iron Bulldogs came up short against.The Louisiana Tech Uni-versity Rugby Club or the Runkin’ Dawgs won their last game against Tulane last Sat-urday, 24-13. “We finished the season with a 3-3 record,” said Zach Stow, club president and se-nior sustainable supply chain management major.Stow said the team played teams in the Deep South Rugby Conference .“I believe in the end we tied for third in the Deep South Conference,” he said.Some of the other teams Tech rugby played this season were the University of Louisi-ana at Lafayette, South Ala- bama and Spring Hill, Stow said. “We’ve played teams that were ranked in the top 25,” Stow said.He said the season was a success and an improvement from last season.“Last year, the competi-tive season was in the spring,” Stow said.Stow said the change came  because of a recent season change from the spring to the fall in the Deep South Rugby Division. He said the team had to work hard because of such a short off-season when the returned in the fall.“We had about three weeks to get ready,” Stow said.Aaron Gootzeit, vice presi-dent of the team, also said the season was an improve-ment from the previous year.“Last year we were 1 and 5 and we’ve built from there,” said Gootzeit, a kinesiology graduate student. “We took a  big step forward.”Gootzeit said one of the reasons for the successful season is the team’s coach, Scott Graham. “He is from New Zealand,” Gootzeit said. “He is in town working and he volunteers his time. He has been around for the past three years.”He said Graham has a big influence on the team.David Berry, a freshman civil engineering major, said the success is not only a re-sult of the team’s coach, but also the team’s president.“We have a great leader in Zach,” Berry said.Berry said his first year on the team was a good experi-ence.“I learned a lot and every-one else learned a lot,” Berry said. “I feel like we’ve been trained very well and we are going to continue trying to get better.”All three members said they have high hopes for the future of the rugby club.Berry said some of the main goals for the team are to get better and to get more people interested in rugby.“We would love more peo-ple to come out and join the team,” he said.Berry also said he hopes more fans will come out andsupport the team next sea-son.“We care about our fans a lot and that is what is most important to us,” Berry said.Gootzeit said some of his hopes are for Tech rugby to one day compete on a nation-al level and offer scholarshipsto potential players.Similar to Berry, Gootzeitsaid, he would like to getmore fans coming out to the games.“It is a very unique sport. Once people watch it, theywill enjoy it,” Gootzeit said.Stow said although he willno longer be playing for the team because he is graduat-ing he still wants to support the team as an alumnus.“I want to see more tro-phies come into Lambright with Tech rugby’s name onthem,” Stow said.He said he envisions the rugby team one day becom-ing a Division 1 program inthe South.“Tech rugby is growingand it’s going to be an awe-some program from now all the way into the future,” Stowsaid.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ac-knowledged for the first time Tues-day that he smoked crack “prob-ably a year ago” when he was in a “drunken stupor,” but he refused to resign despite immense pressure to step aside as leader of Canada’s largest city.Ford said he loves his job and “for the sake of the taxpayers, we must get back to work immedi-ately.”Allegations that the mayor had  been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in news reports in May. Ford initially insisted the vid-eo did not exist, sidestepped ques-tions about whether he had ever used crack and rebuffed growing calls to leave office.The mayor was forced to back-track last week after police said they had obtained a copy of the video in the course of a drug inves-tigation against a friend of Ford’s.“Yes, I have smoked crack co-caine,” Ford told reporters earlier in the day. “There have been times when I’ve been in a drunken stupor. That’s why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I don’t even recall there  being a tape or video. I want to see the state that I was in.”Later at a news conference, he said acknowledging the drug use made him feel as if he had “1,000 pounds off my back.”Authorities have said the video,which has not been released pub-licly, does not constitute enoughevidence to charge the mayor with a crime.Ford’s lawyer has declined totalk to police.Police spokesman Mark Pugushsaid Ford’s acknowledgement of crack use will be passed on to in-vestigators. Several Toronto city councilors called on Ford to step down, and Canada’s justice minis-ter urged him to get help.The controversy has drawn comparisons to the 1990 arrest of then-Washington Mayor Marion Barry, who was videotaped smok-ing crack cocaine in a hotel room during an FBI sting operation. Barry served six months in federal prison for misdemeanor drug pos-session but later won a fourth termin 1994.
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Wool missing from the town of Wool
LONDON (AP) — Po-lice in southwest England appealed for help Tuesday in tracking down thieves who made off with 160 sheep from a field near the village of Wool.Police say the sheep were stolen between Saturday and Monday, and that the thieves would have needed a large vehicle to move the woolly haul.
Olympic torch travels to space
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — For the first time in history, the Olympic torch will be taken on a space-walk.The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station.
Pollution causes hospitalization
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian newspaper says more than 50 people were hospitalized in a southern city, Ahvaz, where air pollu-tion levels spiked this week. Ahvaz is located in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, which is dotted with oil wells and factories, and is among Iran’s most polluted cities.
Mississippian plots to sell baby
NEW ORLEANS (AP) A Mississippi woman has been arrested for allegedly offering to sell her infant son to another woman in Kenner whom she met through an online classified ad.Bobbie Jo Stojic, 23, of Bay St. Louis was freed on bond after her Oct. 29 arrest on a felony charge of offer-ing to sell a child, authorities said.The price for the child was set at $5,000.
Teacher arrested on assault charge
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A teacher caught on cam-era slapping a handicapped student remains behind bars on a $10,000 bond.WAFB-TV reports 50-year-old Nerelyn Soreta, of Baton Rouge, surren-dered to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Of-fice on Monday.Soreta was booked on one charge of simple bat-tery of the infirm.The incident was vid-eoed at Jefferson Terrace Elementary.She faces up to six months in jail if convicted.
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Invoking the Declara-tion of Independence, pro-ponents of a bill that would outlaw discrimination against gays in the work-place argued on Tuesday that the measure is rooted in fundamental fairness for all Americans.Republican opponents of the measure were large-ly silent, neither addressing the issue on the second day of Senate debate nor commenting unless asked. Written statements from some rendered their judg-ment that the bill would re-sult in costly, frivolous law-suits and mandate federal law based on sexuality.The Senate moved clos-er to completing its work on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay,  bisexual and transgender Americans. Senate Ma- jority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said a final vote in the Senate is possible by week’s end.Senate passage of the  bill would represent a ma- jor victory for advocates of gay rights just months after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage and granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples and three years after Congress ended the  ban on gays serving openly in the military.Illinois was poised to  become the 15th state to legalize gay marriage after the state’s Legislature gave its final approval Tuesday, sending it to the governor, who has said he’ll sign it.“I don’t believe in dis-criminating against any- body,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a backer of the measure who voted against a similar, narrower  bill 17 years ago. The measure, however, faces strong opposition in the Republican-controlled House, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, maintains that it is unnec-essary and could prove too expensive and litigious for  businesses.GOP resistance remains even as the party, looking  beyond core older voters, tries to be more inclusive. Republicans struggled to win over young people and independents in the 2012 presidential election.
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Denver police say two 15-year-olds put their lives at risk when they broke into an empty school  building carrying BB guns that appeared to be long rifles.Department spokes-man Sonny Jackson said Tuesday the guns were found after a three-hour standoff during which po-lice tried to coax the teens out using the school inter-com system. Police said the weapons looked like assault rifles.Two backpacks were also recovered contain-ing items the teens were apparently attempting to steal. Police were wor-ried they might have con-tained explosives and they brought in a SWAT team and the bomb squad, which sent a robot into KIPP Montbello College Prep Middle School.A lot of BB guns look realistic,” Jackson said. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt,” he said after the ordeal ended. He said the two students who were ar-rested did not attend that school.The school reopened after police searched the  building.Police were called after a cleaning crew spotted the teens breaking into the school. Jackson said the  youths may have tried un-successfully to break into another school an hour  before the standoff began.
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