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Staff Reporter
The National Deense Au-thoritative Acts o 2012 greetsAmerican citizens with manyquestions surrounding thevisible breach oThe UnitedStates Constitution.Particularly in sections 1031and 1032 o the Act, which al-low the US military the powerto indenitely detain anyone,including Americans suspectedo terrorist involvement.Jason Pigg, an associateproessor o political science,specializes in The Constitutionand said he views the act o U.S. citizens being held inde-nitely without trial as border-line unconstitutional.“This is something that isextremely problematic, and theidea that congress would passlegislation that allows the presi-dent to do this,” Piggsaid. “These are im-portant values youcan’t override them because o ear.”President BarackObama said hewould never denyany American dueprocess, howev-er, Pigg said thatpromise is not solidenough to guaran-tee Americans thatthe next presidentwill not deny citizensthat right.“It’s a dangerous precedentto put that much trust in theexecutive, and it’s somethingthe ounders didn’t do in writ-ing The Constitution,” he said.“I think that’s something theywould have beenconcerned about.”Pigg also ex-plained briefy whyhe disapproved o these sections o theAct.“First o all itseems to give upquite a bit o legis-lative authority tothe president,” Piggsaid. “Secondly, thisis a basic undamen-tal constitutionalright o citizens tohave their day in court, to becharged with something, to beable to know what they are be-ing charged with and to contestthat charge beore a judge.”Jo Richardson, associateproessor o political science,said she agrees with the act andis more sympathetictoward the president because she said hewas doing this in re-sponse to the war inthe Middle East.Richardson saidthat whenever thereis a debate betweenthe individual rightversus the state in atime o war the stateusually wins.“It’s a terribledenial o rights, butthey get away with it becauseo the war situation,” she said.“What clouds it up even more isthat a war hasn’t been declaredso that makes it even cloudierthat we are ghting a war.”Richardson also said thatObama is interested in this act because he wantsto prevent anotheroccurrence similarto 9/11. She saidhe does not wantto go down like hispredecessors as nottrying hard enoughto prevent terroristattacks.However, Piggsaid that he wishedpeople would stop being so araid o terrorism becauseAmericans have allowed thisdanger in some cases to eclipsetheir normal concern or civilliberties.“I think the judicial systehas shown it can handle ter-rorism cases and i you havesomething that is that seriouswhere a person is suspected to be a terrorist, our judicial sys-tem can handle it,” he said.Pigg said he believes thait is not necessary at this timeto deprive Americans o theiright to a trial while being de-tained indenitely as a terrorissuspect.“To remove that is some-thing which is extremely seri-ous,” he said. “And it’s disap-pointing that the debate abouthe legislation hasn’t beetaken more seriously by mosmembers o congress.”
Email comments to ahg007@latech.edu.
The student voice of Louisiana Tech University
January 12, 2012 www.thetechtalk.org 
Volume 86Number 11
Professors express opinion on new bill
Find out how local ghters balance lie inside out outside the cage.
Staff Reporter
In 1995, Tech began to shutdown dormitories in hopes o giving the campus a modernlook. But, more than 15 yearslater Jenkins andMcFarland dormito-ries still stand unin-habited along withthree other residencehalls. Following suit,Caruthers becamevacant in 2005, andcontinuing closuresresulted in the va-cancy o Neilson in2009 and Hutchesonin 2011.Sam Speed, assis-tant dean o studentlie, said the con-sistent state budget cuts haveprevented the demolition o the ve unoccupied dorms oncampus. He said the universitywanted to tear down the struc-tures to create more landscapeon campus.“Tech was going to teardown the buildings, but themoney had to be reallocated tosurvive budget cuts,” he said.Tech President Dan Reneausaid the unoccupied dorms area top priority on the list o cam-pus renovations. He also saithe buildings have not been de-molished yet due to nances.“The two high-rises and Mc-Farland haven’t beetorn down or a verysimple reason–mon-ey,” he said. “To teathose down, I woulestimate it would berom $500,000 to $1million a piece.”Reneau said theuniversity has bigplans in store or thevacant buildings assoon as the money isavailable.“The two high-rises could be turneinto a nice green space, or play-ing eld,” he said. “I think stu-dents would enjoy that.”Within the next 12-18months, Reneau said the build-ings should hopeully be tordown.“McFarland and Jenkins arein the capital outlay to be reno-
Unoccupied dormsspark campus concern
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News Editor
Over the past 25 years Don-ald Kaczvinsky, Deano Liberal Arts, hasdevoted himsel toresearching the Brit-ish writer LawrenceDurrell, amous orpenning the “Alexan-dria Quartet.”Recently, ater thepublication o a new book titled “Durrelland the City: Collect-ed Essays on Place,”published by FairleighDickinson UniversityPress, which Kaczvin-sky edited and also contributedto, his endeavors in academiahave culminated in what is a ca-reer achievement or him.“I’m very pleased with the book,” Kaczvinsky said. “Iwrote my dissertation and rs book on Durrell.”Kaczvinsky start-ed working on the book during July2010, ater coordi-nating an Englishconerence in NewOrleans.At the coner-ence, 40 papers werepresented on Dur-rell, and Kaczvinskychose 14 o thoseto be included in the book.“I’m very pleased with the book,” Kaczvinsky said. “It is
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Kaczvinsky contributes
Lawrence Durrell Book
Staff Reporter
 Tech’s University PoliceDepartment and the StudentGovernment Association willplace 34 new security cam-eras in various locations oncampus in the near uture.Clint Carlisle, president o SGA, said the new cameraswill be placed to increase thesaety o students on campusand to make Tech a saer en-vironment.“Our current system is ad-equate but does not provideenough coverage,” Carlislesaid. “The growth o our uni-versity and student popula-tion has increased the needor more protection. They willprovide a dramatic improve-ment in the level o securityor our campus.”Some locations or the newcameras are Tolliver Hall, theQuadrangle, Joe Aillet Sta-dium, J.C. Love Field, MaxieLambright Intramural SportsCenter and on-campus apart-ment complexes. Currently,there are no cameras north o the railroad tracks.Ethan Sizemore, a resh-man civil engineering major,said this will make studentseel more comortable whenwalking around campus.“I think it will promote asaer environment becausepeople will think beore theyact i security cameras are inuse,” Sizemore said. “Thesecameras were much-needed.Tech’s campus will be saerand be a more riendly envi-ronment.”The university police de-partment proposed the Secu-rity Camera Expansion Proj-ect in the all o 2009, but theoriginal budget only allowedthe department to procure 13o the proposed 34 cameras.The police department resub-mitted a proposal this pastall and received a budget o about $174,000 to und thewhole project.Tech Police Chie Ran-dal Hermes said the policedepartment only had ninecameras to monitor campusactivities.“There have been sev-eral situations in past yearswhere i we could have had acamera in a certain place wecould have caught who did it,”Hermes said.Hermes said the new cam-eras will be positioned tomonitor and record dierentviews o a location that willallow the police to documenttrac accidents, monitorparking lots and track suspi-cious persons more eciently.“The quicker we can makean apprehension on a crime,the quicker we are going tostop uture victims rom beingvictimized.”Some Tech students likeDavid Wilkes, a reshman business administration ma- jor, do not have big concernsabout saety on campus.“I don’t eel unsae on cam-pus, but I can see how a lot o people might be,” Wilkes said.
New cameras increase safety on campus
Brandon Henry, a senior aviation management major, and otherstudents are under the watch of security cameras. Additionalcameras will be added to increase safety on campus.
Photo by Dacia Idom
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Get a frsthand look at the estivities leading up to Tech’s bowl game.
The Tech Talk
January 12, 2012
Tech to host springcareer day 2012
Tech’s Career Center willhost Career Day rom 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in the StudentCenter, Main Floor.Job opportunities and in-ternships will be available orunderclassman, graduate stu-dents and alumni in variouselds.Students can register at theCareer Center in Keeny HallRoom 337 rom Jan. 12 untilFeb. 7. A student ID is requiredat the door o the Student Cen-ter. Alumni will be veried uponentering.The ull list o participatingcompanies or Career Day can be ound on the Career Center’swebsite.For more inormation con-tact Ron Cathey, director o theCareer Center, at 318-257-2488or rcathey@latech.edu.
ISO to host annualscholarship dinner
The International StudentAssociation will host its 12thannual International StudentScholarship Night Jan. 28 at5:30 p.m. in the Student Center,Main Floor.The event will eature enter-tainment and ood rom coun-tries around the world, such asChina, India and Nepal.Admission is $10 or stu-dents and $15 or the public.All proceeds will go towardscholarships or internationalstudents.Tickets can be purchasedat the International StudentOce, located in Tolliver HallRoom 229.Seating is limited, buyingtickets in advance is recom-mended.For more inormation con-tact Bijoya Chakraborty, coordi-nator o the International Stu-dent Oce, at 318-257-4321 o bijoyac@latech.edu.
Gallery to displaystudents’ artwork
Tech’s School o Art wilhave an opening reception othe exhibition o the Master o Fine Arts students’ artwork at 6p.m. Thursday in the EnterpriseCenter Gallery.Students participating in theshow are Mary Davis, Jake Du-gard, Joni Dollar, Joli Grisham,Peter Hay, Jamie Johnson, Mat-thew Knopps, Casey Parkinson,Brittany Spencer, Diana Syn-atzske and Renata Vallada.The artwork will remain odisplay until Feb. 2.The exhibit is ree to thepublic, and gallery hours arerom 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.For more inormation con-tact Marie Bukowski, an asso-ciate proessor in the Schooo Art, at 318-257-3264 or bu-kowski@latech.edu.
Career Center topresent seminars
Tech’s Career Center wilhost a seminar on eective re-sume writing and job interview-ing at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respec-tively, Tuesday, Jan. 17 in theStudent Center, Main Floor.In the second session at 4p.m. the host Ashley Allen wilgo through the process o suc-cessul job interviewing.Students who participate ithe resume seminar can bring anew resume to the career cen-ter at a later date to be revieweand critiqued.All students are encourageto attend both seminars, espe-cially juniors and seniors.For more inormation con-tact Lisa Elam, administrativecoordinator or counseling ancareer services, at 318-257-2488 or lisa@latech.edu.
Staff Reporter
Ater setting an Americanrecord in the UrbanConceptcategory last year, Tech’s eco-car team will ocus more atten-tion on the Prototype categorythis year.Heath Tims, aculty adviseror the eco-car team, said theteam is trying to challenge it-sel more by ocusing on bothvehicle categories instead o putting the majority o eortinto one.A lot o our ocus the lastew years has been on the urbanvehicle, mainly because it’s theone that gets attention,” Timssaid. “We’ve done very well in itand we’re not ignoring it, but atthe same time we haven’t put asmuch eort into the Prototypecategory. We’re really trying topush the limits a little more.”The Shell Eco-Marathon hastwo main divisions: the Urban-Concept category and the Pro-totype category.The UrbanConcept catego-ry ocuses on building uel-e-cient vehicles that are similar toa typical automobile. The Pro-totype category’s main ocus isto build the most uel-ecientvehicle possible.Tech’s eco-car team is tryingto get to a higher gas mileagethis competition.“We’re really shooting toreak that 1,000 mpg mark andwe eel pretty condent we’llget there,” Tims said.Cody Parsley, a senior me-chanical engineering major,shares Tims’ goal. He said theyare aiming or a 1,400 to 1,600mpg range.The design or this year’sPrototype is something new tothe team and the competition.“This year we’re going withan entirely new concept,”Parsley said. “It’s somethingwe’ve never seen beore, andit’s something I don’t think theShell Eco-Marathon has everseen beore. As ar as we know,we’ll be the rst to ever run acar with the set up we’re using.”The innovative Prototypedesign, which the team haseen working on since the endo last year’s competition, isstill in progress.“We’ve been spending a loto time on design so we can build a lighter and more aero-dynamic car with less rictionthan we’ve seen in the past,”Parsley said. “As ar as steering,engine placement and overalldesign o the car, we’ve neverseen anything like it.”Tims said they are tryingto reduce the weight, size androntal area o the vehicle asmuch as they can to improvethe uel eciency.“We’re trying to make ev-erything as optimal as we canand build a car that is barely bigenough to hold a person,” hesaid.The team did not want toreveal too much about the newdesign beore the competition, but Tims said it will be some-thing very unique.Sam Wade, a junior mechan-ical engineering major, is alsoon the executive board and hevalues the uniqueness o theirprototype design.“It’ll be dierent than anycar you see there,” Wade said.The Prototype categorydoes not have as many regu-lations as the urban category.Cars in the Prototype categorytypically have three wheels,hand controls and the driver isusually in a laid down position.Cars in the UrbanConceptcategory must have our tires, asteering wheel, lights, blinkers,a horn, a brake pedal, a wind-shield wiper and the driver must be seated in an upright position.Since the UrbanConceptcategory is ocused on cars ontoday’s road as well as high gasmileae there is room or morecreativity with design and aes-thetics.Parsley said because o thedierences in regulations, thetypes o competitors engag-ing in the competitions vary aswell. The rules essentially infu-ence dierent competitor’s rea-sons or entering and workingon the eco-cars.“Urban gets all the eyes anda lot o attention, but prototypeis where you nd people whohave a passion,” he said.Parsley said this is partially because they put up such highnumbers in mileage and do any-thing to make their cars moreecient.“The Prototype group is re-ally about pushing the limits,”Tims said. “That is the goal. It’snot a looks competition. Aes-thetics do not matter. It is allabout seeing how ar you cango on the least amount o uel.”Allie De Leo, a member o the executive board or theeco-car, said the team hopes to build a car that will last.De Leo said, “When you seethe cars that are winning andplacing rst in the Prototypecategory, it’s the cars that theyhave taken or the past our years.”She said this is generally be-cause each year those teamscan ocus on the dierent as-pects o the car, such as the en-gine, rather than on building awhole new body, which is whatTech’s team has done in theprototype category in previous years.Tech’s eco-car team is tak-ing the UrbanCocnept car thatset the record last year, butmaking adjustments to increaseuel eciency.They are also building a newUrbanConcept car that will runon a dierent type o uel. How-ever, they are devoting more e-ort to Prototype because theywant it to be good enough touse in later years and make apresence in that category.“We’re expected to go backwith another Urban car this year that’s going to beat last year’s record,” Wade said. “Weexpect to do that, but we alsowant to be a competitor in thePrototype category.”
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Eco-car team turns focus toward new category
Honors increases enrollment
erey Yule, an assistant proessor o biological sciences, takes roll during honors Biology 101 in the programs’ new classroom. Theoom is located on the second foor o GTM, and its addition creates more fexible times or honors courses.Ater setting a record last year in the UrbanConcept category, the eco-car team began working ondesigns or the Prototype category. Without revealing too much on the new design, the team assures that their new work is innovativeand uniue.
Submitted photoSubmitted photoPhoto by Dacia Idom
Staff Reporter
Tech’s honor program wasstarted in 1988 in order to meetthe needs o students with ex-ceptional comprehension andthe motivation to learn.It is dedicated to prepar-ing students or uture careersthrough an enlightened andcritical understanding o theworld by in-depth analysisthrough oral presentations, re-search papers and group dis-cussions.To be accepted, studentsmust apply and have scored a27 or higher on their ACT orhave graduated in the top 10percentile o their graduatinghigh school class.Current students who wishto enroll in the honors pro-gram can apply i they main-tain a 3.5 grade point averageor higher ater two quarters atTech.In the past our years, en-rollment o honors classeshas almost doubled on cam-pus. From 569 seats in 2009to 1,080 seats in 2012, Tech’shonors program continues tosee expansion.As a result o this growth,more classroom space wasneeded to accompany thenumber o new classes theprogram oers.Rick Simmons, director o honors program, said he wantsall honors classes in George T.Madison Hall.“The student populationhas grown so much, we haveto oer more classes, and wedidn’t have anywhere to putthem,” he said.Simmons said Room 213 o GTM was empty and collect-ing dust so he approached theuniversity about using it or anew computer lab. He said heasked the Technology StudentFee Board about unding mon-ey or new SmartBoard tech-nology, and money or newurniture came rom the hon-ors and liberal arts budgets.“I elt like we had enoughstudents in the program nowthat they [honors students]should have a computer lab,too,” he said. “Inothing elseit would take a strain o someo the other labs.”The computer lab is cur-rently being renovated, andSimmons said it will hopeully be open by the beginning o the spring quarter.In addition to the newclassroom and computer lab,architecture classes have beenadded to the honors’ curricu-lum.“We have a lot o studentsin architecture,” Simmons said.“By oering more classes inhonors, we’ve given studentsthe chance to really invest inthe program more.”Scott Hunter, a sophomorearchitecture major, has beenin the Honors Program sinceentering Tech in 2010. He saidhe enjoys the small classes andunique learning environmentprovided.Hunter said having archi-tecture classes in the honorscurriculum gives him more o an incentive to learn and striveto succeed beyond school.“I don’t see how those [hon-ors classes] could be dierentexcept they add more work,”he said. “The only thing I thinkit would be doing is just giving you an honors credit.”Hunter plans to graduatewith honors and said he wouldencourage others to do so aswell.“I think it’s an excellentopportunity,” Hunter said. “Iknow or me, I’ve gotten a lotmore out o my honors classesthan I have out o a regularclass.”Steele Moegle, honors mu-sic appreciation proessor, saidshe enjoys teaching such am- bitious students. She also saidthe program presents privileg-es to proessors and studentslike her class’s eld trip to seethe Dallas Symphony.“We’ll see a matinee per-ormance o the Dallas Sym-phony Orchestra with a guestviolinist,” she said.She said the class will spendtime discussing the perormersthey will hear in Dallas.“It helps us look at things alittle bit dierently,” she said.“Students are always encour-aged to come to perormancesaround campus, but being ableto go o campus is really ex-citing.”
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“The Protoype groupis really about pushingthe limits. That is thegoal. It’s not a lookscompetition. Aesthet-ics do not matter.”
Heath Tims
assistant professorof mechanical engineering
January 12, 2012
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Staff Reporter
Over the last year, Tech hasaccomplished many thingsthat have elevated it to a newlevel.Tech achieved a First Tierranking among “NationalUniversities” by U.S. News &World Report, won the West-ern Athletic Conerence inootball, engineered an award-winning uel-efcient car andecame the frst school to re-ceive accreditation or a nano-systems engineering program.Achieving a First Tier rank-ing on the U.S. News & WorldReport’s Best Colleges list is aig accomplishment or Tech.There is only one other publicuniversity in the state to reachthis status, LSU-Baton Rouge.Some Tech students, likeRyne Allen, a senior biologymajor, said potential studentswill take more o a positive in-terest in our school by being inthe First Tier.“On a recruiting basis, I eellike we will be looked at dier-ently,” Allen said. “We will de-initely be looked at dierently by the state.”Tech moved on to greenerpastures when a team o engi-neering students fnished frstplace in the UrbanConceptcategory at the 2011 ShellEco-marathon Americas. TheUrbanConcept category is o-cused on designing and build-ing uel-economy vehicles thatare close in appearance to to-day’s passenger cars. Tech de-eated teams rom across thecountry such as Purdue, PennState, UCLA and University o Caliornia at Berkley.Valerie Wheat, a reshman biology major, said Tech’sengineering students havea bright uture in innovating‘green’ technology.“We have a lot o reallysmart students here, and Ithink that we will help a lot ineco-riendly development inthe uture,” Wheat said.Not only has Tech excelledlargely in academics, theuniversity has reached newheights with the ootball teamthis past year.It’s been 10 years since theBulldogs won a conerence ti-tle. Beating New Mexico Statein the WAC championshipgame 44-0 led them to playin the Poinsettia Bowlagainst Texas Chris-tian University in SanDiego.“I was ecstatic tohear Tech was play-ing in a bowl gameagainst another con-erence champion,”Allen said. “The actthat it was in San Di-ego and the possibil-ity I could go madeit that much better.I’m very proud o the Bulldogs becauseour team was projected to getourth or fth in the conerenceand we came out on top.”Patrick Walsh, associate di-rector o media relations, saidTech was the underdog in theconerence and ater this winwould be the likely avorite inthe conerence next year.“We’re going to be the onesthat other teams are going totry to beat to get to the top,”Walsh said. “It will be dierentin the sense that more peoplewill be ocusing in on us as op-posed to it being just anothergame in the sea-son. That’s whatwe want, that’swhat this programwants.”Walsh said themedia exposurerom the coner-ence champion-ship and the Poin-settia Bowl notonly helped theootball team interms o recruits, but it helped theuniversity as awhole.“The media reach that thisschool had was phenomenal,”Walsh said. “Big bowl gamesand conerence champion-ships have a direct relationshipto the number o applicationsor the next reshman class.”Walsh also said the localarea has come together be-cause o the success o theootball team.“Ruston’s a small town andthe university is a major partit,” Walsh said. “You’re seeinga great sense o communityrallying around the Bulldogootball team as they continueto excel on the feld.”Leah Beasley, an assistantathletics director o marketingand game management, saidthis win would give athleticsthe boost it needs to matchthe university’s high academicstandards.“We all know that the uni-versity has a lot o accoladesacademically, but now we arepushing our athletics to meetthose and to be the top tier notonly academically but athleti-cally too,” Beasley said.Ater the excitement o thispast year, there are new thingsto come or Tech this June inthe College o Business.James Lumpkin, dean o the College o Business, saidthe new business building will be built by June and is sched-uled to be ready or use thiscoming all. It will be equippewith team meeting rooms,study areas and new computelabs that are specialized ostudents in the undergraduateprogram as well as up to thedoctoral level.“The teaching rooms aregeared and built specifcally oteaching and organized sucthat there is a much better ex-perience or the students,” saiLumpkin.Lumpkin also said the ne building will bring more stu-dents to the College o Busi-ness.“We’ve been growing othe last two years at well ove10 percent each year in un-dergraduate and graduate pro-grams,” Lumpkin said. “I thinkthis will spur that growth evemore. Students get exciteabout new space across cam-pus and we hope to be able torecruit more students into ouprograms rom across Louisi-ana and other states as well.”
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Successful year brings hope for 2012
Staff Reporter
Thanks to Martin LutherKing Jr., who relentlessly oughtsegregation, dierent races andreligions will walk together orhis cause.Tech’s Multicultural AairsOfce and the National Societyo Black Engineers will host its10th annual Martin Luther KingJr. Ecumenical Noonday Ob-servance Monday at the RustonCivic Center.This year’s primary ocus isto increase educational aware-ness in low-income communi-ties. Volunteers will walk door-to-door in Ruston, inormingresidents about college admis-sions, local vocational schools,fnancial aid and the impor-tance o the SAT and ACT.Adam Collins, coordinatoror the ofce o multiculturalaairs, said the event startedin churches in Ruston and wasadopted by Tech approximately13 years ago. He also said theevent was made more generalto cater to a wider range o participants.“They decided they wantedpeople rom dierent walks o lie to participate,” Collins said.“It’s not only open to Chris-tians, but to Muslims and Jews.It is open to the young and theold.”Collins said MLK made theultimate sacrifce by giving uphis lie or the beliethat no oneshould lack opportunities basedon race or religion.Thereore, Collins said hisofce will actively contributeinstead o giving a speech.“We believe we need to give back as Dr. King did,” Collinssaid. “Dr. King lived or service.”Lateisha Edwards, a seniorelectrical engineering technol-ogy major, said this year’s cel-ebration is about communityservice and interacting withpeople.“Our theme is the pursuit o the dream through service,” shesaid. “Dr. King wanted every- body to work together and onone accord. We are doing thatthrough community service sowe can all get where we needto be.”Edwards said going door-to-door presents the opportunityor volunteers to get eedbackrom residents and understandstruggles within the commu-nity.Trevan Jenkins, a junioraviation major and, said NSBEannually hosts a walk or edu-cation. However, this year theywill incorporate the walk oreducation with the MLK cel-ebrations.“Our organization calledand emailed dierent schoolsaround Louisiana, Texas, Ar-kansas and Mississippi,” Jen-kins, president o NSBE said.“We will put the educational in-ormation in a bag, walk door-to-door and pass that inorma-tion on.”Jenkins also said having thewalk or education on MLK’s birthday brings more signif-cance to NSBE, as opposed todoing it on any other day.Collins said he would likestudents and the public to comeout in support o this cause onthe holiday honoring MLK.“I hope to catalyze peopleto a call o action,” Collins said.“You don’t have to do some-thing monumental, but youhave to take some steps. Youhave to do something.”
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Tech’s Engineers WithoutBorders, a new organizationthat started last all, has cho-sen to raise money or thePhilippines Water Project asits frst project.According to the WorldHealth Organization’s website,1.1 billion people worldwidedo not have access to cleanwater. This is approximatelyone in every six people.Nicole Roberts, a juniormechanical engineering ma- jor, said Tech’s EWB projectis the frst where students will be able to help the Susugaencommunity in Philippines get-ting clean water or drinkingand irrigating their crops.“Agriculture is a mainsource o income or the lo-cality,” she said. “This projectwill allow us to go over thereand fx their stream and distri- bution system or them to getclean water to drink.Roberts also said the or-ganization would be perorm-ing soil testing, water testing,water supply and other envi-ronmental components. Inaddition, she said they wouldcollaborate with various pro-essionals including engineers,public health specialists, an-thropologists and biologists,to make uture plans.“Though it is an engineer-ing-based project, we are notlimited just to engineers,” shesaid.Jade Dolse, a junior in-dustrial engineering major,said EWB-USA is helpingpeople around the world ontheir water supply, sanitation,structure, civil works, energy,agriculture and inormationsystems.“We are a global organi-zation and we try to reachalmost everybody,” she said.“More than 45 developingcountries have beneftedthrough our projects.”Jacob Eppehimer, a juniormechanical engineering ma- jor, said the local communityhas been directly involved inthe project rom the begin-ning.All o these are sustain-able engineering projects withcollaboration rom the localcommunity,” he said. “We gotall o the inormations straightrom the community. Every- body has strong contributionand dedication regardless o various proessions.”Eppehimer also said theEWB-USA supports com-munity-driven developmentprojects worldwide by col-laborating with local partnersto design and implement sus-tainable engineering projects.“EWB-USA members arelocal community membersand NGOs that are trainedsuccessully to monitor andmaintain the projects,” hesaid. “It will remain sustain-able long ater the directchapter involvement ends.”Dolse said that EWB-USA is taking donations tosupport the communities inneed around the world andhas already raised more than$400,000 rom mutual eortswith other organizations.“Raise money or a goodcause,” she said. “Donating tous will encourage other com-panies and people to do thesame.”Dolse also said any- body wanting to donatecan go to www.ewb-usa.org/2011giving and allocatethe donation to the LouisianaChapter, which will allow thedonation money to be usedor the Philippines Water Proj-ect.“We are getting a positivestart, and I eel that the proj-ect we have chosen works best with the engineeringskills we have acquired,” shesaid. “Let’s be the part o theirlie-changing projects.”
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MLK tradition integrateswith annual educational walk 
EWB reaches out to Philippine community
“Our theme is thepursuit o the dreamthrough service. Dr.King wanted every- body to work togetherand on one accord.
Lateisha Edwards
senior electrical egineeringtechnology major
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