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The student voice of Louisiana Tech University
February 16, 2012 www.thetechtalk.org 
Volume 86Number 16
Bulldog remembered
Staff Reporter
February doesn’t only havecold and wet weather but also a brie moment to remember andreect on Arican American his-tory.In honor o national BlackHistory Month, students andaculty members rom Tech andGrambling State University andpeople rom various walks o lie gathered to celebrate andattend a discussion, “Yes, Lord:Arican-American ReligiousResistance During Slavery” onFeb. 9 at Lincoln Parish Library.The event, which was hosted by Tech’s department o histo-ry along with the Lambda-RhoChapter o Phi Alpha Theta andMcGinty Trust, eatured CherylMango-Ambrose, a master’scandidate in history who dis-cussed the main two ways thatArican American leaders in-terpreted Christianity in theiattempts to gain reedom anequality in antebellum America.David Anderson, an assistanproessor o history, said BlacHistory Month will remind alo us that some parts o Ari-can-American history has beemissing and need to be covered.“Black History month pro-vide the reminder that conven-tional American history didn’cover the ull and complete his-tory o United States,” he said.“We have an incomplete versioo history.”Some students, such as Rob-ert Davis, said Black HistoryMonth gives Americans the op-portunity to see the social anpolitical change that AricaAmericans have made duringAmerican history.“I think it is an importanmoment in American history so
Staff Reporter
The Senate Judiciary Com-mittee passed a bill Feb. 2 to re-authorize the Violence AgainstWomen Act to help combat theissue o domestic violence inAmerica.The bill will go through theSenate and then the House o Representatives or a vote be-ore it is reauthorized.Since Bill Clinton frst passedthe bill in 1994, it has reduceddomestic violence rates by 50percent, according to the Na-tional Association or AttorneysGeneral.Debra Faircloth, commu-nity advocate or the DomesticAbuse Resistance Team in Rus-ton, said she was glad this actis in the process o reauthori-zation. She said it gives DARTthe tools it needs to work with,including money that createsunding or domestic violenceagencies.“The mere act that it waspassed advanced our move-ment considerably,” she said.“The violence against womemovement comes out o thecivil rights era, but it was just aphilosophy until the VAWA gaveit some realty.”Domestic violence is not jusa national problem; it exists ithe Ruston community as well.Faircloth said it is typical opeople to say that it does nohappen in Ruston and datingviolence does not happen atheir school.Every nine seconds a wom-an in the United States is beat-en or assaulted, according tothe Olson Center or Women’sHealth. Faircloth said she hasconducted domestic violencework or 12 years and that sta-tistic still remains the same. It’sthe most common crime in thecountry, she said, but it’s theleast reported.“It’s a truly appalling thing,”she said. “I’m marveled tha
African Americanhistory celebratedD.A.R.T battlesdomestic violence
Staff Reporter
Tech students and acultyathered at F. Jay Taylor Visualrts Center on Feb. 7 or thepening o an artist talk show,hich eatured Jim SherradenMemphis’ Hatch Show Print.Sherraden displayed letter-ress designs, such as concertosters and album covers, dat-ng back as ar as 1879. Hatchas also created designs orompanies such as Nike andixar.Throughout the week, Sher-aden presented a series o lec-ures on the history o the let-erpress.Following the opening o thexhibition, numerous postersreated by Hatch Show Printill remain on display in theain gallery o the Visual Artsenter until March 20.Jonathan Donehoo, direc-tor o the School o Art, saidthe school has organized morethan seven art events, which aredesigned to enhance the stu-dents’ ability to understand artin broader terms.“Our goal is to bring out-side artists and designers romall around the community,” hesaid. “By bringing guest speak-ers, artists and designers toTech, students will learn everyaspects o the art.”Donehoo said an art eventlike this gives students an op-portunity to see amous artists’work and meet them personallywhich will help them realize thatart work requires a lot o dedi-cation. He also said studentswill learn anybody who is dedi-cated to their art can become asuccessul artist, regardless o the geographic regions.“You don’t have to be in NewYork or Caliornia, you can do ithere, Ruston,” he said.Sherraden, manager, chie designer and archivist at HatchShow Print said most peoplewho want to be artists arescared o the uncertainty in thisfeld.“Fear dominates lots o peo-ples’ lives,” he said. “Most peo-ple don’t think strongly enoughto become artist because theythink, making a living with cre-ative art is harder path.”Sherraden said anybody whodesires to be an artist can do soi they really want to pursuetheir goal o success.“I am going to suggest thepeople because I am a good ex-ample o it,’’ he said. “I I canraise mysel up by living withcreative art, why not you.”Sherraden also said whileunderstanding art, studentsshould be amiliar about the his-tory o art such as letterpress
Memphis artist posters displayed
Jim Sherraden stands behind a sea of letterpress posters produced at Hatch Show Print in Nashville.During his visit to Tech’s School of Art, the artist, printer and curator discussed the renowned prinshop’s history and the importance of letterpress in today’s society.
Photo by Dacia Idom
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A celebration of life memorial for Bulldog running back TyroneDuplessis was held Feb. 10 at the Thomas Assembly Center. Ap-proximately 1,000 members of the Louisiana Tech and Rustoncommunity attended the memorial. Along with Tech PresidentDan Reneau, player Kendrick James, running backs coach PierreIngram and head coach Sonny Dykes spoke in remembrance ofDuplessis. Despite his passing Duplessis’ memory lives on andhe will forever be a part of the Tech Family.
Sam Speed, assistant dean of student life, was among themany attendees who signed a banner in memory of DuplessisAttendees bow their heads for prayer during the memorialfor Duplessis.
All photos by Sumeet Shrestha
Defensive end Kendrick James, a junior sociology major, spoke in honor of his departed teammate during a memorial serviceheld Feb. 10 at the Thomas Assembly Center
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The Tech Talk
February 16, 2012
Staff Reporter
Tech students took homefrst, second and third places atthe Art rom the G.U.T. open-ing reception Friday night in acompetition against the Uni-versity o Louisiana at Monroeand Grambling State UniversityJenny Burnham, curator o education and public programsat the Masur Museum o Art,served as the show’s jurors. Outo more than 200 pieces sub-mitted, Burnham selected 60pieces to display at the show.“I looked or art that spoketo me,” Burnham said. “Itheyhad a good message, i theytook some risk, i they chosesomething out o the box. I alsochose some traditional pieceswhere I looked more or goodtechnique.”First place went to AshleyFeagin, a photography graduatestudent, or a piece titled “Shitand Ache.” Feagin said thepiece relates to a diagnosis shereceived a ew years ago thatmay make her unable to havechildren.“This piece represents theconstant emotional and psy-chological tension that existsrom this knowledge,” Feaginsaid.“Shit and Ache” was com-posed o a piece o white linen20 yards long, draped rom tworods, suspended 7 eet in the air,hanging rom the ceiling. Theabric was knotted in the mid-dle and hung down into a whitewooden basin flled with redliquid that soaked the knot and began to travel up both sides o the abric.“The shit part is rom thevisual tension that the abriccould all down at any momentrom the weight o the liquidtraveling up the abric,” Feaginsaid. “For me, it is symbolizingthis ear o some day, when Iam ready to start a amily, thatthis option may not be possible.‘Ache’ comes rom the literalpain I experience with endo-metriosis.”Ariel Hoggart, a sophomorecommunication design major,said Feagin’s work was one o her avorites.“I like it because o what itsignifes,” she said. “She is will-ing to come out with that anddeal with it artistically.”Second place went to Whit-ney Caskey or her series o six portraits. Feagin earned her bachelor’s in studio art in thespring and is now working to-ward her bachelor’s in photog-raphy, .The piece, titled “Fam-ily Tree”, is six black and whitephotographs o Caskey and herhusband made to look like peo-ple o dierent ages who werepainted over.“I named this piece ‘FamilyTree’ because it shows six peo-ple at very dierent ages that alllook similar,” Caskey said. “Itcomes across as one dysunc-tional amily, instead o twopeople in dierent costumes.”Caskey said she usually triesto make her work hint towardsa story, but this work was slight-ly dierent.“This work just shows thecharacters and allows the view-er to create their own narrativeswith them,” she said. “We triedto let each o the charactershave their own personality, sothat at frst glance, someonemight mistake them as dierentpeople.”Tiany Craw, a junior pho-tography major, said she likedthat Caskey’s work seemed to be dierent people.“I really liked Whitney Cas-key’s because it showed herand her husband three dierentways,” she said.Gary Guinigundo, a juniorphotography major, said Cas-key’s piece was his avorite.“It was my avorite because Iound it really unique-looking,”he said.Third place went to ErinHollis or her inkwork titled “ADierent Language.”The grand prize awarded toFeagin was a business or post-card designed by Donnie BellDesigns.“I was really excited that‘Shit and Ache’ was accepted,”Feagin said. “It was my frsttrue venture to show non-image based work. Winning was unex-pected.”
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Students win Art from the G.U.T.
Photo by Jessica Van Alstyne
People gather at the Enterprise Center for the Art from the G.U.T. show. Works by Grambling University , University of Louisiana at Mon-roe, and Louisiana Tech students are featured in the exhibition.
design and print because itwill give them better perspec-tive in the process o creatingart and being successul in lie.“History is relevant to ev-erything whether you are a bricklayer or volcano inspec-tor,” he said. “It is important inevery aspects o each step wetake in lie.”Students such as TennillePaden, a communication de-sign graduate student, saidmost o people are unamiliarwith letterpress today.“I think it is a great presen-tation along with exhibition,”she said. “I have never seenletterpress beore and lookoriginal letterpress printing inmy lie.”Paden, who is also a graph-ic designer, said she got anopportunity to participate inan art workshop a day beorethe exhibition and learnedhow to use letterpress print-ing.“It is the old-ashioned wayo how the printings weredone in the past,” she said.“Now, everything is done bycomputers digitally.”Jes Schrom, an assistanproessor o photography,said she is happy to see thestudents’ participation andhope that will be useul ortheir career.“Students get the eel orthe level o quality o workthey need to make a living ina career feld,” she said. “Stu-dents get excited about theirwork and view the art in di-erent perspectives which helpre-invent new avenues and ex-plore the art.”
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people need to go back andlook at it,” Davis, a sopho-more, said. “The South hasway more plantations than theNorth, so it is more relevantto us. It was a big issue beorecivil war. They ought backrom a position where theywere being oppressed.”However other studentssuch as Tyler Brown said itdoesn’t make any sense tohave a Black History Month.“I really don’t think thereshould be a specifc month or black history,” Brown, a soph-omore, said. “A whole monthseems overdone to me.”Brown said all Americansshould be treated equally re-gardless o their race, color,religion or national origin. Headded, it just makes Arican-Americans seem that they aremore important than every-one else.“We were brought here asslaves, but we are Americans.We have gotten our citizen-ship,” he said. “I we have aspecial month, it makes senseor other demographics tohave a month.”Mango-Ambrose said his-tory books undermined thehistory o Arican Americansand caused others to orgethat it was the oundation o our civilization.“We should learn moreabout black history than jus being slaves and ocus on thecivil march during the CiviRights Movement.” She said.Anderson also said BlacHistory Month should not bean isolated month o the yeaor just Arican Americans, buas a time where Americansare reminded to not orget thediversity o their history.“It is a reminder that in almonth and all times, we mustell a ull and complete historyo the United States, withouleaving anyone out,” he said.“Particularly, the Arican-American experience is a es-sential to being an American.There has been a lot o greawork in our social and politicahistory.”
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February 16, 2012
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Whatan interest-ing year ormovies. Thisawards sea-son in par-ticular haswelcomedmore in-novationand originalitythan prior years, witheverything rom an entirely si-lent flm to Martin Scorsese tackling achildren’s movie.Michelle Williams and MerylStreep,took on major roles playing Mari-lyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher re-spectively, and through playing theseicons, they are cementing their statusas icons o their own right.George Clooney and Brad Pitt both had an amazing year, withClooney having two critically ac-claimed flms, and Brad Pitt dis-playing his acting powers insome o the year’s mostnoteworthy flms.With all this takeninto consideration, itleads us into the 84thAcademy Awards, agolden gilded nightwhere actors and ac-tresses vie or the big-gest prize one can get.Certainly not dimin-ishing the good comingrom this year’s slewo gems, some over-sights were painulto see as they didnot make the list.Kirsten Dunst’sterrifc turn in“Melancholia,” (aflm deserving aBest Picture nomi-nation itsel) was as-tonishing and pow-erul and is a crimeit was let out.There is alsoRyan Gosling’smuch under-rated flm“Drive”,which shouldhave gar-nered notonly a nomina-tion or him, butone or Carey Mulligan, and the flm as well.Spielberg was also snubbed o a Best Directornomination or “War Horse,” one o my avoriteso the year and maybe one o his best.I was happy to see “The Tree o Lie” nomi-nated or three academy awards, a flm I elt surewould not make the cut, with its heavy metaphysi-cal themes and what is almost as silent as “TheArtist.”How “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”got a nomination or Best Picture still perplexesme, and makes it hard or me to take the AcademyAwards seriously.I still wonder i its nomination was a mistake oran accident.The awards should still be exciting nonetheless, de-spite the act some o the nominations may not be justifed.The 84th Academy Awards will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 26on ABC.
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Who will take home the 
The ArtistThDescendants” 
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” 
The HelpHugoThe Treo Lie” “Moneyball“Midnight in Paris” 
My Pick—THE ARTIST The most critically acclaimed flm o this year and a throwback to the classic silent movie era should be a sae bet or this year’s best picture award.Even though the flm has aced some controversy over its sampling o other movies or its score, that should in no way hinder it rom winning.
Brad Pitt 
Demian Bichir 
“A Better Life”
Gary Oldman 
“Tinker TailorSoldier Spy”
George Clooney 
“The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin 
“The Artist”
My Pick—BRAD PITT Pitt’s role in “Moneyball” proved that he is one o the best actors o our time. I George Clooney doesn’t shut Pitt out o this race, the statuette should be his or the taking.
My Pick—VIOLA DAVIS Davis wowed audiences this summer with her commanding perormance in “The Help.” Streep and Williams are probably going to be the two main contenders in this race, but it is Davis who transormed “The Help” rom a eel-good movie into art.
Glen Close 
“Albert Nobbs”
Meryl Streep 
“The Iorn Lady”
Michelle Williams 
“My Week WithMarilyn”
Rooney Mara 
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Viola Davis 
“The Help”
Max Von Sydow 
“Extremely Loud &Incredibly Close”
Christopher Jonah Hill 
Nick Nolte 
My Pick—CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER “Beginners” is a very good flm, bare- ly receiving any other nominations, so it is by sheer luck that Plummer got a much-deserved nomination or his role as a gay man dying o cancer.
Berenice Bejo 
“The Artist”
Janet McTeer 
“Albert Nobbs”
My Pick—OCTAVIA SPENCER Spencer was magnetic in her per- ormance in “The Help” as Minnie,a housemaid with equal amounts o attitude and sass. Spencer was thstandout in the flm and in this year’s supporting actress race.My Pick—MARTIN SCORSESE Scorcese shook things up with not only his frst children’s movie,but also his frst oray into 3D.Scorcese may be remembered or his gritty crime dramas, but “Hugo” may earn him his second Oscar or best director.
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“The Help”
“The Help”
“My Week With Marilyn”
Woody Allen 
“MidnightIn Paris”
Terrence AlexanderMartinMiche
“The Descendants”
“The Artist”
“The Tree of Life”

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