May 3, 2012 •
The Tech Talk
Ride a bike or aware-ness, provide the Philippineswith clean water, or attend aconerence. These are just aew things that the StudentGovernment Associationhas made happen this yearthrough matching unds.An organization can putin a matching unds requestasking the SGA to match theamount o money they haveearned through undraisingor up to $200.According to Tyler Sipes,SGA treasurer, $800 is putaside every quarter or match-ing unds.“The unds can be used orthings like registration ees orconerences or assistance onprojects that can aect thewhole campus,” he said.Clint Carlisle, SGA presi-dent, said they have reachedtheir limit every quarter, usu-ally approving our matchingund requests.The matching und requestapplication packet in the backo Tolliver Hall is an easyorm to ll out, but not manyorganizations take advantageo the opportunity.“Many times it is the sameorganizations over and over because it’s something they’vedone in the past,” Sipes said.One o those organizationsis Engineers Without Borders,and EWB treasurer NicoleRoberts said presenting therequest to the SGA is worth it.“We need to raise severalthousand dollars,” Robertssaid. “We will be working witha community in the Philip-pines to improve the waterfow to a village.”EWB plans to work withthe community or ve yearsand hopes to make severaltrips. Roberts said the rst tripwill be to evaluate the streamthat supplies the communitywith water and gure out away to x the sinkholes whichare preventing water rom get-ting to the village crops.“I am still waiting to hearrom SGA ocially,” Robertssaid, “but I have heard thatwe were approved or the ull$200.”Tyler Wagnon spoke at theApril 24 SGA meeting, askingthem to match his numerousundraising eorts to repre-sent Pi Kappa Phi by cyclingrom Miami to Tallahasseeto serve people with disabili-ties, while raising money andawareness or programs orpeople with disabilities.“We will stop and spendtime with people with disabili-ties along the way,” Wagnonsaid.His matching unds re-quest was passed unanimous-ly, adding Tech SGA to the listo Wagnon’s sponsors.I the money is so helpulto organizations, why don’tmore take advantage o theunds?“Organizations may not re-alize that the service is there,”Sipes said.Carlisle said he thinks thatcommunication with studentsis the root o the problem.“Mass emails and poorlyattended town halls are notsucient,” he said. “Bettercommunication has been agoal or every SGA or years, but the solution has not beenound.”According to Trevan Jen-kins, president o the NationalSociety o Black Engineers,communication is not theproblem because he knewabout the unds.“The maximum amountwe could use through SGAwas not enough to have sig-nicantly helped us carry outa program or attend a coner-ence,” Jenkins said.He said NSBE raises mon-ey through undraisers andcorporate sponsors to createprograms or their members, beautiy the campus and im-pact the surrounding commu-nity in the positive way.NSBE might not needthe unds as much as othergroups that could apply, butthe money is going to a goodcause regardless.EWB might argue beoregetting on a plane to thePhilippines that the matchingunds o $200 meant the di-erence between making thatrst trip to get village cleanwater happen or not. Wagnonmight say it means the dier-ence between him changinglives across Florida, or stayingin Ruston.Any organization trying tomake the world or their com-munity, a better place, cantake advantage o these unds.
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Former Microsot CEO andcurrent chairman Bill Gates wasthe wealthiest person in Ameri-ca in 2011.World-renowned anthro-pologist Jane Goodall, who isconsidered to be the oremostexpert on chimpanzees, spent45 years accumulating researchon animals.Acclaimed author ElizabethGilbert wrote the 2006 memoirturned lm “Eat, Pray, Love.”What these three peoplehave in common, besides beingcredibly established in their ar-eas o work, is they have eachgiven a Technology, Entertain-ment, Design Talk.Tech will host its rst TEDxat 4:30 p.m. Wednesday inStone Theatre.Bilal Dia, a graduate studentin engineering and technologymanagement, is one o the stu-dents organizing the event.Dia said the event has beendescribed as an “intellectualcircus” and a “brain spa.” Theevent will bring people togeth-er or presentations by distin-guished thought leaders, ocus-ing on the theme “The Blue andRed in shaping the uture.”“Local, sel-organized eventsare branded TEDx, where ‘x’means it is an independentlyorganized TED event,” he said.Due to limited space individ-uals must receive an invitationto attend Tech’s TEDx, Dia said.Individuals interested in attend-ing are encouraged to apply atwww.TEDxLouisianaTechUni-versity.com or consideration.“In the spirit o ideas worthspreading, TEDx is a programo local, sel-organized eventsthat brings people together toshare a TED-like experience,”Dia said.He said TED is a non-protorganization devoted to ideasworth spreading and started asa our-day conerence in Cali-ornia 26 years ago. TED hasgrown to support those world-changing ideas with multipleinitiatives.“At TED, the world’s leadingthinkers and doers are asked togive the talk o their lives in 18minutes,” Dia said. “Talks arethen made available, ree, atTED.com.”Jessica Oldham, a reshmancivil engineering major, saida riend told her about TEDxcoming to Tech.“I was really excited, but Ididn’t really know what theywere coming here or,” she said,“I thought it was going to bean actual TED seminar, whichwould be so exciting, but I’msure it will be ascinating to saythe least.”Oldham said every TED Talkshe has heard has been reallyinteresting.“It’s super smart people tell-ing you about their lives, andall o the stories are interestingand inspiring,” she said.She said it is really easy tounderstand, and they break itdown. Oldham said she hopesto be invited.Dan Erikson, director o in-ternational student and scholarservices, will sponsor the eventand said the students and ac-ulty are very excited to partici-pate in this.“Several students came to-gether with this,” he said. “Theyare excited to be a part o thatand bring this to Tech.”Oldham said she thinks thestudents are most excited aboutthis being a part o the largerTED movement.“Events like this are hap-pening all over the country andworld,” she said. “They’re al-ready planning to have anotherevent in late summer or all.”Michael Swanbom, a lec-turer rom the College o Engi-neering and Science, was askedto speak at TEDx, and he saidhe has been a an o TED or along time.“With a high prole organi-zation like TED, it lends a little bit o credibility to the typeso talks that are going to hap-pen there,” he said, “O course,
SGA’s matching funds requests provide ample opportunity
Tech TEDx tospur thought
P90X, Zumba, Insanity ––the list o workout programsavailable goes on and on. Eachone o these athletic trendsattracts its air share o par-ticipants looking or the latesttness trend.The latest workout ad isspreading like wildre andshows no sign o slowing downanytime soon. Some call itsollowers a cult, but there isno denying the popularity o CrossFit.Since the ounding o Cross-Fit, Inc., by Greg Glassmanin 2000, approximately 3,400gyms have opened around theworld, and the success o thecompany continues to esca-late.Louisiana has not been im-mune to the radical, new pro-gram, and according to www.ndcrosstgyms.com, thereare 18 certied gyms in thestate.The closest gym to Ruston,however, has been in Monroe–– until now.Evan and Lauren Derveloyhave been leading a CrossFitgroup at Tech or the last yearand have anywhere between10 and 20 people join them orthe 6 a.m. workouts, Mondaythrough Friday.Lauren, who is also thecoach o Tech’s Regal Blues,said it was strange how itcaught on in the beginning be-cause it was just Evan and ariend working out together, butsoon it attracted interest romoutsiders who wanted to jointhem.“Evan had the opportunityto become CrossFit certied in2008 while he was active in theArmy,” Lauren said. “I becamereally attracted to the programabout six months ago and nowwe do it together.”The Derveloys are now both certied CrossFit trainersand have plans to open theirown Ruston gym in the begin-ning o June. The rst day o workouts will be ree o charge,complete with a community barbeque.The secret to the success o CrossFit is in its totally uniqueagenda.The workouts are short andintense, lasting 20 minutes orless and demanding all-outphysical exertion. Lauren saidCrosst ocuses on versatile,unctional movement that ishigh intensity.“One o the great thingsabout it is that you don’t do thesame thing week ater week,”Lauren said. “Thanks to the‘Workout o the Day,’ (WOD ––posted daily on the company’swebsite, www.crosst.com) you do something dierent ev-ery time you hit the gym.”Many re departments, lawenorcement agencies and mil-itary organizations use Cross-Fit, as well as high school andcollege sports team and a ma- jor league baseball team.“It’s good or all types o people,” Lauren said. “Wheth-er you’re stuck in a rut or aworkout guru, it will work or you. An 80-year-old womancan do it, and so can a 16-year-old athlete.”Senior photography majorCody Bryant has been attend-ing the Lambright CrossFitworkouts since the beginningo spring quarter and said it isaddicting.“O course, I love the ben-ets it brings physically, butone o the best things I’ve no-ticed is the community it cre-ates,” Bryant said. “I have be-come riends with everyone inthe class and we all push eachother to do our best. It’s a greateeling to have them on yourside.”Lauren said that is exactlythe environment she and Evanare trying to create in order togive back to Ruston citizens.“It’s so community based,”Lauren said. “Everyone ischeering one another on andeeding o each other’s physi-cal being instead o just jump-ing on an elliptical machinewith headphones in.”Bryant said the sense o ac-complishment he got rom theprogram made it well worth theeort he put into it.“You will benet romriendship, encouragement,community and you will orev-er change your lie and healthwith CrossFit,” Lauren said.Lauren said she believes you will never know i you willregret something unless youtry and encourges all to give ita shot.Lauren said, “I I can get upevery morning at 5:30 and behappy about it, I know I’m do-ing something right.”
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Tech embraces CrossFit
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CrossFit class at Maxie Lambright Intramural Center is held at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. This is a high intensity but short in lengthorkout aiming for all-out physical exertion.
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