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The Tech Talk 4.3.14

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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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Summitt takes over Techsters
Staff Reporter
As a last run for campaigning before polls open, the two SGA presidential candidates, Maggie Brakeville and Brayden Decker, faced off in a de- bate on Tuesday.Students can vote through the Louisiana Tech website and at the front of Tolliver Hall from Wednesday, April 9, until 3 p.m. April 10.“I want to see to be an important aspect to Loui-siana Tech,” said Brakeville, a senior agricultural  business major. “I want to help flourish the univer-sity.”Brakeville, who is currently the SGA vice presi-dent, said she hopes to be able to put her three  years of SGA experience into work.Decker is a student recruiter and said he hopes to be able to expand SGA by reaching out to stu-dents.“I want to be SGA president because I care so much about Tech, and Tech has given so much to me,” said Decker, a junior professional aviation ma- jor. “I want to give back to Tech as much as I can.Additionally during the SGA meeting, vice presidential candidates Sarah McCorkle, Dillon Miller and Ryan Willis each presented one-minute speeches before the SGA debate.“I think that the leaders of SGA needs to be ex-ceptional,” said Sarah McCorkle, a junior speech communication and political science double major. “That is why it is very important that you all go out this month and vote.”Miller is a student recruiter and secretary for Kappa Sigma.“I am looking into getting into the vice presi-
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SGA holdsdebate beforeelections
Staff Reporter
Collin McDonald, a senior kinesiology and health promotion major, won the title of 2014’s Mr. Louisiana Tech.The pageant, which donates its profits to Children’s Miracle Network, was able to top its last two years of fundraising this  year with $1,478.McDonald was crowned after besting six other contestants in the third annual Mr. Tech Pageant Show.Meagan Lee, the reigning Miss Louisi-ana Tech, recruited each contestant to try their luck in the pageant.Lee, who hosted the pageant March 27, said she was excited to see her recruits show off their Tech spirit on the stage. “I am so proud,” Lee said. “It was a lot of work going into it for me so I know it was more for them. I know it’s a lot more stressful for them because they’re not used to being on stage, but they came in with a lot of hard work and they were excited about it and I think it turned out great.”A panel of seven judges evaluated the contestants with the task of determining a champion for the title. Mr. Tech, described by Lee, is a young man who “exudes Bulldog Spirit.” Each of the contestants had something worth showing to the crowd to make a case for themselves.The night opened to mu-sic from Justin Timberlake as the competitors came onto the stage, showing off their suit and ties.Each contestant then took turns showing off his most spir-ited attire including a few Bull-dog cheer and football uniforms. The crowd laughed at a con-testant in nothing but his daisy dukes.The competitors then showed off their talents. The highlights included two danc-es done by seniors: a well choreographed hip-hop performance by Courtney Nash, a senior psychology major, and a ribbon dance by Richard Greenwald, a senior so-ciology major.The audience got a chance to hear each contestant speak as a final “Q&A” session with Miss Tech wrapped up the three phas-es of the competition.It was then up to the judges to decide who deserved the title of Mr. Tech, to be announced by the 2013 titleholder Sha-shank Shrestha.Nash was able to win in both Best Outfit and Best in Talent portions while McDonald held the best “Q&A” out of the seven contestants.
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$1,478 raised for Children’s Miracle Network in 2014 Mr. Tech
 New Hire
Staff Reporter
ouisiana Tech announced Wednesday the hiring of Tyler Summitt as the next head coach of the Lady Techsters.Summitt, son of legendary former Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt, is Tech athletics director Tommy McClelland’s first major hire. At 23-years-old, Tyler Summitt is the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I athletics, and McClelland said he believes he is the right fit for Tech.“Tyler represents our philoso-phy of developing champions in the classroom, on the court and in life,” McClelland said. “His reputation as a great recruiter, a rising young star in the coaching business and a passion-ate leader is known throughout the nation.”Summitt’s first Division I coaching
Tyler Summitt speaks after being announced as the new head coach of the Lady Techsters Wednesday.
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The Tech Talk
April 3, 2014
•Bulldogs baseball will host the Uni
versity of Alabama at Birmingham in a game at 6 p.m.•She-e Wu, renowned percus
sionist, will perform at Stone theatre at 7:30 p.m.
• North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival will be held in Howard Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.• Bulldogs baseball will host the Uni
versity of Alabama at Birmingham in a game at 3 p.m. match at 3 p.m.
• Bulldogs baseball will host the University of Alabama at Birming
ham in a game at 1 p.m.• Lady Techsters’ tennis will host the University of Southern Mississippi in a match at 11 a.m.• 48th Louisiana Composers Consortium Concert will be held at 3 p.m. in Recital Hall.
• Orientation for reghter volunteer school will be held in Vienna Station at 6 p.m.
•The investiture for President Guice will be held at 2 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.
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Thousands of students at Louisiana Tech University receive refund checks each quarter. Some depend on refunds to go to college whereas for others the checks are just another perk. Amber Hil- burn, a freshman elementary special education major, relies on her refund check for living expenses each quarter.“Having it, I don’t have to rely on my parents for money, so they don’t have to pay out of pocket,” Hilburn said. “I can live in the nicest apartments in Ruston. I don’t have to stress about money and just focus on school.”Hilburn uses her refund to pay for rent, electricity and gro-ceries during the quarter. She also uses it for entertainment like movies and going out of town. “Just about everything I do for the quarter is paid for by my refund,” she said. “It makes college easier for me.” Some 1,000 students receive refund checks, while another 2,500 receive re-funds electronically, said Zach Williams,  bursar in the office of the comptroller. The process that goes into distributing the refunds is extensive and thorough, he said. “It’s a pretty crazy day,” he said. “Usu-ally there are students waiting at 8 a.m. for checks.” Williams said most students’checks are refunds from loan money and the refunds are often used on living expenses, food and room and board.“Any students who have a balance on their account after all the charges are eli-gible for a refund check,” Williams said.He said scholarships, Go grants, Pell grants, subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans and private loans all factor into the balance at the end of the students ac-count summary. Williams recommends that students receive their refunds electronically, be-cause it is more convenient for students. They can set this up through theirBOSS account.Williams said the whole point of distributing refund checks is to help students during college so they can focus more on school. “It’s a service to the students where they can focus on their studies,” Williams said. “Theycan focus on school and havemoney to live on without working too much.”Some students like HillaryRukobo, a freshman marketingmajor, may not rely as much on refunds. His parents take the money and he is able to use some, he said.“My parents use it for investments,” he said. “Currently we are fixing up our oldhouse to sell.”Rukobo is also able to spend some of the money on luxuries for himself.Kayley Gonzalez, a sophomore biology major, splits her refund out each quarter for rent, bills, groceries, gas and books.She makes a budget and spends the mon-ey each week. “It pays for everything other than what I make at work,” Gonzalez said. “If I didn’t have it then I would probably have togo home. I’d probably have to not go toTech.”
Email comments to emo012@latech.edu.
Staff Reporter
In the time that it took to write this sen-tence, a woman has been battered.A woman is battered every 13 seconds in the United States, according to the Do-mestic Abuse Resistance Team. Thao Nguyen, a sophomore biology major at Louisiana Tech, recalls his own experience with domestic violence as a child.“I was very young,” he said. “My older sister would tell me that my mother would go out in public and she would have to wear sunglasses.”DART is a Ruston-based organization that provides an array of services for men, women and children who are victims of domestic abuse in a multi-parish area. Services provided include safety planning, a 24-hour crisis line, shelter, supportive counseling, legal and child advocacy and community education. All of these ser-vices are free and confidential.Kappa Sigma fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega sorority have joined forces in an effort to raise awareness and encourage victims to speak up. Men and children are also victims of domestic abuse or violence but safehori-zon.org reports that women, ages 20-24, are at the greatest risk of becoming vic-tims of domestic violence.“You have this guy that hits you and then he tells you he loves you,” said Lau-ren Fuller, vice president of philanthropy for Alpha Chi Omega. “The guy usually does a grand gesture afterwards so you don’t think it is ever going to happen again and you don’t want to hurt someone who loves you so much.”Tech students, like Nguyen and Fuller, are stepping up to raise money and aware-ness for DART.In an attempt to raise money for the program, Kappa Sigma and Alpha Chi Omega combined their efforts in an event titled “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” an inter-national march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.The event was a mile-long walk at Cooktown Park in which participants, both men and women, wore high heels.Today, Kappa Sigma will be hosting a radiothon in the Super One parking lot that will be followed by a dart tournament titled “Darts for Dart.” Safehorizon.org is a victim assistance agency that provides support, prevents violence and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse and their families.According to safehorizon.org, most do-mestic violence cases are never reported. “Personally, in my opinion, they aren’t reported because the victims are scared,” Nguyen said. “They’re scared to report it and get away from the abuser.”Saturday, Alpha Chi Omega will be host-ing a Beatles tribute band at Sundown Tav-ern. “It’s time to end (domestic abuse),” Nguyen said. “There is help. Resources are available. It is time to speak up.”
Email comments to rcp022@latech.edu.
Photo by Ray Patterson
Becca Kleinpeter, an undeclared freshman, takes part in the Alpha Chi Omega pie-throwing fundraiser, in which participants paid $2 to throw pies at members. This was held as part of Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Sigma’s series of domestic violence aware
ness events.
Greeks raise domestic violence awareness
Refund checks help in education and recreation
April 3, 2014
The Tech Talk
Staff Reporter
Along with teaching French classes, Ma-rie Gleveau hosts a radio show every week on KLPI to expand students’ knowledge of the music and culture of her native France. The show, “L’Invasion Francaise”, began in January and airs every Wednesday night from 7-8 p.m.. Gleveau got the idea and contacted Nick Trichel, a senior history and Spanish major, who serves as music director of KLPI.“We met and he told me, ‘we’re start-ing next week,’” Gleveau said. “It was just amazing.”Gleveau is earning a master’s in Ameri-can history through the Fulbright Scholar Program, said Susan Roach, director for the School of Literature and Language. In accordance with the program, Gle-veau is taking graduate level courses that will transfer to her university in France and teaches French 101 and 102. “In America, really when they talk about France they think of love, romanticism and food,” Gleveau said. “There is a lot more than that. We have a lot of culture and his-tory that you guys might not know about.” The show consists of mainly French and even some Canadian music. Gleveau and Trichel said they try to play all genres of music including older, newer and Disney songs. Current events, food and other cul-tural things are discussed. They try to spend about 15 minutes talking, Trichel said. “French music is a lot less well known,” Gleveau said. “Most French songs won’t be played in clubs. It’s nice to listen to but it’s not something you would dance to.”Gleveau said it is hard to find songs in French because most of the popular songs in France are actually in English.“It kind of expands our language capa-bilities, I guess,” Trichel said. “If you lis-ten to French music you can pick up a few words here and there.”Trichel has been involved with KLPI since he was a freshman and has been working there for three years. This is the first foreign language show he has hosted. The station has received positive re-sponses especially from Gleveau’s students, Trichel said. Students have called in to re-quest songs, and there was even a live per-formance last quarter. Gleveau said she is proud of being French and hosting the show.“In a way we are very proud of being French,” Gleveau said. “Not in the same sense that you in America are patriotic, but we are very proud of France.”Trichel said he is unsure if he will contin-ue the show after Gleveau leaves, becausehe will need someone to help him next year. In the meantime, they both enjoy putting onthe show, he said.“It’s amazing,” Trichel said. “Everyoneshould go listen to it every Wednesday at 7.”
Email comments to emo012@latech.edu.
French radio show hits airwaves
Photo by Ellie Moslander
Marie Gleveau, left, and Nick Trichel, right, talk about their radio show “L’Invasion Francaise”, which airs every Wednesday night at 7.

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