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The Tech Talk 3.27.14

The Tech Talk 3.27.14

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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
ouisiana Tech men’s 2013-2014 basketball program saw a success-ful season come to a heartbreaking end Wednesday night in a quarterfinal 78-75 loss in the National Invitation Tournament against Florida State.A trip to Madison Square Garden in New York City was on the line, as the next game in the bracket is against Min-nesota in the final four of the tournament. In the final moments of the Bulldogs’ historic season, they trailed by eight points with 41 seconds to play and fought  back to within three points. Ra-heem Appleby, a junior guard, missed a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer that would have sent the game into over-time.“I thought we had great poise and resilience just to put ourselves in a position to have a chance to tie it,” head coach Michael White said. “I was very proud of our guys. That’s an area we’ve gotten better at, playing from behind. With guards like I have, we haven’t played from behind a whole lot.”Kenneth “Speedy” Smith, a junior guard who led the team with 16 points and 14 re- bounds, said the team fought hard last night.“We gave it all we had to-night,” Smith said. “We proba- bly could have given more, but we went down swinging.”Tech wrapped up its season with a 29-8 record. The Bull-dogs’ 29 wins tied the program single season record.The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 25-5 re-cord and won the Conference-USA regular season title in a four-way tie with Middle Ten-nessee State, Southern Miss and Tulsa. They entered the C-USA tournament as the No. 1 seed but fell to Tulsa in a hard-fought 69-60 loss in the tourna-ment final. Tech played in the NIT after failing to receive a bid to play in the NCAA tournament.The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 on its home floor when playing in the NIT, after defeat-ing the Iona Gaels in a fast-paced contest that saw the Bulldogs come out on top by a
Staff Reporter
March is Women’s History Month and it has been observed through many events by Louisiana Tech and the city of Ruston. Tech’s department of history and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society put together a month of events that feature nationally prominent speak-ers and an exhibit featuring the works of Tech students.Laurie Stoff, an associate profes-sor of history and director of gradu-ate studies, started the program in 2009 as a way to  bring exposure to Women’s History Month.“In 2009, we had our first big program where we had multiple events,” Stoff said. “Every year we have managed to pool funds from different places such as the Association for Women’s Students and the Student Organization Grant Com-mittee to keep the program going.”Speakers headlining this year’s events were Emily Clark, the Clem-ent Chambers Benenson Professor in American Colonial History, and Suma- ya Farooq Samie, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of War-wick in England. Samie’s lecture dealt specifically with the role of women in sports, both historically and today. Samie has spo-ken with Tech student-athletes in the past, including the women’s soccer team, the volleyball team and the foot- ball team. “She has interacted with a number of student-athletes and students alike,” Stoff said. “They all really enjoyed her and thought she gave a great presenta-tion and touched on issues that were really important with regard to gender and sports.”The program also featured a wom-en’s history exhibit displaying works as-sembled by students enrolled in Stoff’s History 475: Women in History class. Brittany Coffinbargar, a second year
Techobserveswomen’s history
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Photo by Matthew Paskert/FSView
Kenneth “Speedy” Smith, a junior guard, drives to the basket in last night’s loss against Florida State.
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The Tech Talk
March 27, 2014
The Tech Talk wins big at conference
Staff Reporter
ech journalism students won top awards at the 28th annual Southeast Journalism Conference Feb. 20-22 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.SEJC is an annual journalism conference in which students representing universities from eight states in the South come to-gether to network and compete during on-site and Best of the South competitions. The Tech Talk staff won sec-ond place overall for the on-site competition.In the competition that took place Thursday and Friday, three students won second place in the following awards:
• John Sadler, a junior journal
-ism major, media law.
• Allison East, a senior jour
-nalism and history major, edito-rial writing.
• Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay,
a junior photography major, news photography.
Mukhopadhyay said he was
excited when he heard his name called for news photography.“It felt good,” he said. “Expec-tations were high amongst the ournalism faculty members and I was able to reach that bar.”Other on-site competition re-sults were: third place in public relations for Ian Edwards, a ju-nior journalism major, and Kelsy Kershaw, a senior merchandising and consumer studies and jour-nalism major.Tech journalism students also placed in the Best of the South competition where students sub-mitted work prior to the confer-ence. In this competition, students are ranked in the top ten for each category.Kaleb Causey, a senior jour-nalism and political science ma-or received first place as best sports writer, for his story about the lesbian gay transgender and bisexual movement in the sports world. He said being recognized for his work, gave him a good feeling especially since this was his first time competing at SEJC.“It felt good to be recognized, especially since this story took a month to complete,” Causey said. Other winners for the Best of the South competition were the following:
• Mukhopadhyay, third place
for best press photographer.
• Hannah Schilling, a senior
 journalism and political science major, third place for best page designer.
• Reina Kept, a 2013 journal
-ism graduate, fifth place for best special event reporter.
• Daniel Getsinger, a senior
 journalism major, sixth place best sports writer.The Tech Talk also placed second for best magazine.
Reginald Owens, chair of the
 journalism department said he is proud of the students’ achieve-ments. “This is a testament to their hard work, dedication and the long hours they put into produc-ing an award-winning student newspaper,” he said.Owens also said the multiple awards won by The Tech Talk staff reflects well on Tech’s jour-nalism department.“These types of rewards show that we can compete on any level and that our students are pre-pared for success after school,” he said. “This is the fertilizer to great things to come.”
Email comments to kms042@latech.edu.
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The Tech Talk staff brought home four on-site awards and five Best of the South awards from the annual Southeast Journalism Conference.
Staff Reporter
Students’ speed, strength and skill were on display
March 18 during the En
-gineers Without Borders’ quarterly dodgeball tour-nament in the Lambright
Center’s Blue Gym.John Paul Amador,
president of EWB, said the night went according to plan.“The purpose of the tournament tonight was to raise money for our orga-nization, namely for future projects we are seeking to
undertake,” Amador said.
“We have a few community projects that we are hop-ing to have finished soon,  but we are really pushing to fund our overseas proj-ects.”
Amador said the re
-quirements for entry were easy to follow, and a big-ger turnout than expected happened.“The entrance fees were $25 per team, with seven teams registering,” he said. “Custom team names were allowed, with the cham-pion team receiving a re-fund of their entrance fee and some of our really awesome, limited-edition T-shirts. You can never go wrong with free publicity.”
Amador said he saw the
night as a success, despite not having a defined goal.“We made approxi-
mately $150 in all,” he
said. “Even though we did not have a clear goal, we worked the hardest we could in advertising, and we saw our efforts come to fruition.”The winning team of the night was the “Fight-
ing Grasshoppers,” who
only lost one round, but re-mained undefeated match-wise.Justin Ivy, a member of the team, said the Fight-
ing Grasshoppers were no
strangers to victories here on campus.“We’re coed football champions, coed softball champions and we have won other assorted dodge- ball tournaments around campus,” said Ivy, a senior mechanical engineering major. “We were inspired
 by March Madness to en
-ter a tournament this week and we survived and made it to the championship.”Travis Elkins, a junior kinesiology major and member of the team, said his team felt confident they would win from the start of the tournament until the last game.“There were a few other teams who looked a little athletic and scrappy, but we hung in there and made it down to the end,” Elkins said.
Amador said the EWB
members are making plansto hold two tournamentsthis quarter and are appre-ciative of Tech’s support.“We plan on havinganother tournament right  before finals as sort of a pre-finals stress reliever,”
Amador said. “We re
-ally do appreciate peopleshowing up and helping us get our name out there. The students showing up and remembering us is al-ways helpful.”
Email comments to ije001@latech.edu.
Engineers hold dodgeball tournament
• Last day to
register for spring graduation.
• Lady Techsters’
 tennis will host Stephen F. Asustin
University in a
match at 2 p.m.
• Lady Techsters’
softball will host Florida Atlantic in  two games at 2 and 4 p.m.
• Lady Techsters’
 tennis will host Stephen F. Austin
university in a
match at 3 p.m.
• Lady Techsters’
softball will host Florida Atlantic in a game at 1 p.m.
• Lady Techsters’
 tennis will host Northwestern Uni-
versity in a match at
1 p.m.
• No calendar
•A Faculty Concert
Series performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the School of
Art gallery.
•Lady Techsters’
softball will host McNeese State in  two games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
•Bulldog baseball
will host North-western State in a game at 6 p.m.
• No calendar
March 27, 2014
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Staff Reporter
The Louisiana Tech debate team brought back victories to their “doghouse.”Hannah Schilling and her de- bate partner Samuel Hathorn won the championship title at the Crossroads of the World De- bate Tournament March 15-17 at Purdue University.In the final rounds, Tech de-feated Marquette University, the Uni-versity of Michigan and Purdue Univer-sity. Members of the team said that it was gratifying to win the tournament after coming in second in last year’s competi-tion. “It was really a crowning achievement,” said Hathorn, a sophomore secondar education major.Hathorn describes his debate partner, Schilling, as an excellent motivator during the tourna-ment. “When we found out we were going to finals, I felt ready,” said Schilling, a senior political sci-ence and journalism major. “All of the hard work we had done had led up to that moment, and we rose to the occasion. When they announced that Sam and I were the champions, I was on top of the world.”Two other Tech students were also tournament finalists and  both received individual awards. Senior accounting major Ben Markway, was awarded the top speaker of the tournament and his debate partner John Keeter, a  junior finance major, received a fourth place speaker award.“It’s not hard,” Markway said. “Put in the work and you’ll get results you want.”The tournament was held in an international style of debate called Worlds. In this style, a two-person team receives a top-ic and position 15 minutes before the debate starts. Tech’s debate team has only been compet-ing in this style and on this circuit for three years. The team’s next tournament is April 11-13 at the United States Universities Debate Champion-ship at Purdue University.Chennai Worlds, an online in-formation site about the World Universities Debating Champi-onship, said even though only American universities will be competing, more than 200 teams from universities worldwide will  be in attendance. The website states that this is the largest de- bate tournament in the Western Hemisphere.“We’ll continue to do what’s worked for us all year,” Schilling said. “Stay focused, keep practic-ing and support each other no matter what.”
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Above: The tech debate team poses to-gether. Ben Markway, a senior accounting major, was awarded top speaker and John Keeter, a junior finance major, received a fourth place speaker award. Right: Hannah Schilling, a senior politi-cal science and journalism major, won  the championship title with her partner Samuel Hathorn, a sophomore secondary education major.
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