The Tech Talk
• April 3, 2014
UPCOMING EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS
•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 reghter 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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ELLIE MOSLANDERStaff Reporter
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.”
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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.”
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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
Greeks raise domestic violence awareness
Refund checks help in education and recreation