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The student voice of Louisiana Tech University
May 3, 2012 www.thetechtalk.org 
Volume 86Number 22
Read about the new exercise program that is sweeping campus
Staff Reporter
Tech’s cycling team is making acomeback and expects to becomea sanctioned club team next all.Ten signatures and the search ora aculty adviser are the only twothings that stand in the group’s way.Eduardo Lopez, a junior physicsmajor, has been a leader in the e-ort to create a cycling club team.“The cycling scene in Rustonhas been dead or three years,” Lo-pez. “It’s time to revive the scene.”The upcoming team will note Tech’s rst cycling team. Threeyears ago, the club team participat-ed in regional competitions beoreit slowly lost its members and be-came inactive.Stephen Mire, a senior mechani-cal engineering major, served asthe team’s last president beore itended and has attempted to revivethe team numerous times. He andLopez have been pushing the rein-statement o the club since Febru-ary.“The decision was kind o spon-taneous,” Lopez said.Lopez said he and Mire haveeen competing on a Shreveportcycling team due to the absence o a team at Tech. The experience thetwo have gained on the Shreveportroad and mountain bike teams willplay an important role or trainingmethods and tactics or the newTech team.Minimum training or road ormountain biking requires an houro intense riding daily, he said. Butrst, the club must gain enough in-terest in biking and the team itsel  beore anything can progress or beadmitted as an organization.Anyone interested is able to jointhe team regardless o experiencelevel, said Mire. The team is opento men and women.I it becomes active again in theall, Lopez said he is expecting toschedule meetings bimonthly. Themeetings and training sessions will be scheduled with consideration o each person’s schedule.Mire said the team has ve orsix members, including him andLopez. The two are hoping to havesix to seven by the time all recruit-ing has been done, he added.“I know it’s a small group,” hesaid. “Once we get up and running,word o mouth will make this agreat club.”Mire said the nal steps to es-tablish the club lay in the hands o 11 people. The program needs 10signatures rom potential membersshowing support or the team anda aculty member to serve as anadviser. When the requirements aremet, insurance paperwork will beled and the team will be able tocompete.The two said they hope to travelthroughout the region, and eventu-ally the country, to compete againstother universities. Competitionswould either be in road or moun-tain biking.A ew o the Louisiana univer-sities Tech would compete againstinclude Louisiana State University,Centenary College and Tulane Uni-versity.With the recent “Share theRoad” campaign that was adopt-ed by Ruston to encourage a bikeriendly city, Lopez and Mire saidthey hope more biking hobbyists join the team. “Share the Road” is acampaign that allows bikes to sharethe city streets with motor vehicles,which would make training or theteam easier, said Lopez.“We just want more people on bikes,” Mire said. “The club is agood way to enjoy riding with agroup o people with a commongoal.”
Email comments to rha014@latech.edu.
Staff Reporter
The Student Center, Mainfoor, served as the epicentero the various cultural activitieson display at International Stu-dents Day April 24.Since the mid-1980s, inter-national students have beenshowcasing their native culturesto the Tech campus and theRuston community.Jeery Hankins, an associateproessor o history, said he al-ways looks orward to the Indi-an and Taiwan booths. He saidhe enjoys the ood and takingtime out to learn more aboutthe culture o his internationalstudents.A lot o us have interna-tional students in our classes,”Hankins said. “Those classesare small and scattered around,ut here we get to see a lot inone place.”Sgt. J. L. Cates o Rustonsaid he comes out every year toenjoy the ood and learn moreabout people because they areall interesting.“It’s an opportunity to meetnew people and to see wherethey are rom, and to see howthey dress and eat their ood,”Cates said.Matthew Barkley, a resh-man architecture major, wasamong a group o studentsstudying French, manned aooth representing French cul-ture.“It allows students o ourcountry to get a taste, literallyand guratively, o a bunch o dierent countries around theworld,” Barkley said. “Our worldis becoming more multicultural,so a multicultural event gives anidea o all these cultures in onesetting.”Bishestha Adhikari o Nepal,said it was a great eeling to be
Abdul Saud, a reshman mechanical engineering major, representsSaudi Arabia by serving a traditional dish.Swaraj Khati a junior computer science major, sells ornamentsrom Nepal to the people who attended International Day.Students rom Saudi Arabia along with the International Ofce Director Dan Erickson dances to anArabian song. Students rom 25 dierent countries participated in this event.
All photos by Sumeet Shrestha
able to act as a cultural ambas-sador or his country.Adhikari, a junior biomedi-cal engineering major, said al-though participating was noteasy with nals approaching,she was motivated by the sig-nicance o the event.“It might have been dicult, but we all work together as ateam so it came out very easy,”Adhikari said. “The main thingswere preparing the ood, col-lecting the goods and the sou-venirs.”Ater several years, she saidNepali students have realizedtheir international counterpartsenjoy their country’s ood.Adhikari said the chickensalad, called chyola, had peoplecoming back or more than twoservings, and that kind o re-sponse makes her a proud Ne-pali.Dan Erickson, director o international student services,said the ood keeps peoplecoming back each year but theyalso want to see a balance be-tween learning the culture andeating the ood.
Photo by Sumeet Shrestha
Alexander Anglin, a senior CIS major, rides his bike around the Thomas Assembly Center.Bikers like Anglin are excited that the cycling team is coming back as a club team soon.
Tech cycling team on the road again
page 7
Sports Editor
For what seems like orever,Tech ans have been wait-ing, sometimes patiently andsometimes not so much, ornews o a change in scenery;something that will changethe entire ace o the univer-sity in terms o athletics andacademics.The long-awaited newsmay be just around the corneri the recent developmentsare any indication.Speculation has LouisianaTech moving to ConerenceUSA in a move thatwill see Tech leavethe Western Ath-letic Conerenceand join C-USAalong with ve ad-ditional teams in2013. Those teamsinclude North Tex-as, Florida Inter-national, Universityo Texas at San Antonio, OldDominion and Charlotte.A story posted onCBSSports.com caused an up-roar ater news o the coner-ence realignment broke Tues-day morning citing unnamedsources and announcing asupposed move or Tech thatwould change the outlook o Tech athletics.Ater spending the past 10 years in the WAC, the movehas been rumored or quitesome time with the WAC be-coming somewhat o a hold-ing cell or teams looking toupgrade ater a while.When Tech announced itsentry to the WAC in 2001,hopes were high or a brightuture, but with the immedi-ate success ollowed by thedeparture o most i not all o the top teams such as BoiseState and Nevada, the coner-ence has zzled out.Not only are teams an-nouncing severed ties withthe conerence, but now or-mer WAC commissioner KarlBenson also was named thecommissioner o the Sun BelConerence earlier this year.Now, almost 11 years ater joining the WAC, sources sayTech is expected to move toConerence USA in a much-anticipated move.I Tech were to join Con-erence USA, it would be nosurprise considering the nego-tiations that have been ongo-ing in recent weeks betweenthe two sides.The move toConerence USAis a no-brainer oranyone aliatedwith Tech athlet-ics, with the prosar outweighing thecons.Buddy Davis,the sports editor o the Ruston Daily Leader, hascovered Tech athletics or de-cades and said he thinks therumored conerence move isthe next logical step or Tech.“I think it’s a tremendousmove or athletics,” he said.“There will be so many grearegional rivalries created withthis conerence move. It will be good on the travel budget.The travel has been just hor-rendous and the move willhelp rom that standpoint. Ithink the move will come a just the right time.”Without conrmation romTech or conerence ocials,the news o the Bulldogs’departure rom the WAC ispending with an announce-ment expected to occur asearly as Friday.
Email comments to act013@latech.edu.
Tech’s anticipatedConference USAswitch all but set
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Staff Reporter
Last week, the StudentSecular Alliance held “Ask anAtheist” Day in the plaza ac-companied with a gimmickundraiser to send an atheist tochurch.Stationed in the CentennialPlaza, students and aculty hadthe opportunity to visit the SSAtable and ask a ew questions.Passersby could also donatemoney to Teach or America,an organization designed toemploy college graduatesto teach in underprivilegedschools.Four community churcheswere represented and which-ever canister received the mostdonations at the end o theevent would have a group o atheists and agnostics attendits next service.Becky Shelton, an account-ing graduate student, said theidea or a question table wassimply a branch o o theSSA website’s national “Askan Atheist Day,” which waschosen in the hopes o havingcampus-wide participation.“It’s hard to get anybody todonate to atheists,” she said.Miranda Petrie, a seniorchemical engineering major,said she emailed approxi-mately 30 local churches andonly received responses romCook Baptist Church, RustonChurch o Christ, South Park-way Church and Trinity UnitedMethodist Church. She said shethought her emails were prob-ably disregarded or trapped inspam lters.From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., theSSA sat behind its event table,each member sporting a nam-etag that said “Atheist–– AskAway.”As time passed, the canistersslowly lled with small dona-tions rom curious spectators.However, Aaron Chenevert, a junior mechanical engineer-ing major, said raising moneyor a charity with the promiseto send a group o atheists tochurch is a clever way to takeadvantage o people.“There is no value in just bringing someone to church,”he said. “Those who paid areunwise. I don’t know whatthey’re trying to accomplish.”As G.K. Chesterton, a a-mous English author, said “Justgoing to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more thanstanding in your garage makes you a car.”Tyler Gerers, a Chi Alphacampus minister, said he doesnot think he would pay anyoneto go to church.“I don’t necessarily thinkchurch is the answer,” he said.Justin Keowen, a resh-man nanosystems engineer-ing major and uture SSA vicepresident, said he believes thegroup’s undraising ploy washumorous.Ryan Land, a junior electri-cal engineering major, rebuttedsaying “unny” seems to dimin-ish the point.“It’s a gimmick, but themoney’s not going to us, it’sgoing to [Teach or America].We want to serve some kind o purpose outside ourselves,” hesaid.Several SSA membersagreed with Land and said theyhope events like this will ridthe public o misconceptionsabout their belies.“I you don’t ask questions, you don’t know what the an-swer is,” Shelton said. “I thinkit’s important to ask no matterthe religion. It’s about opendialogue, what you believe andwhy.”A heated discussion sparkedwhen SSA member CarolineKopfer, a junior biomedicalengineering major, told a ques-tioner there is no reason to ac-cept God.“There is a possibility thatthere is a god,” she said, “butthere is also a possibility thatthere’s a pink unicorn runningaround somewhere. It’s evi-dence that changes belie.”Caleb Norton, a sophomoreelectrical engineering major,said some students do notneed evidence to believe.“You don’t need to ndproo or things you eel,” hesaid.Norton said humans whotry to understand God arecomparable to ants trying tounderstand humans.“I think it takes more aithnot to believe than to believe,”he said.Land said he hopes no onewas oended by this event because that was ar rom itsintent. He said SSA is makingeorts to become more activeon campus and is participatingin more community service.He said the organization par-ticipated in the Student Gov-ernment Association’s TheBig Event or the rst time thisspring.SSA hopes to become amore accepted organization oncampus, Land said, and uponthe conclusion o this event,has promised to respectullyattend a Sunday service.Andrew Touchet, a sopho-more physics major, said hewill be a part o the group toattend a service.“It should be interestingto go to church,” he said. “Ihaven’t been there in a while.”
Email comments to gmm008@latech.edu.
Ask an Atheist’ Day raises questions
Photo by Jessica Van Alstyne
The Student Secular Alliance held “Ask an Atheist” Day in Centennial Plaza offering to attend ser-vice at the church that raised the most money.
Student footballickets now on sale
Single game tickets or Loui-siana Tech students are on saleor the Bulldogs season openeragainst Texas A&M set or Aug.30.Tech students with an ID canpurchase up to two (2) ticketsper ID or $10 per ticket.Tickets must be picked uprom the LA Tech Ticket Ocerom August 1st through August29th. Tickets can also be pickedp at the Independence Sta-dium Box Oce. Student ID’smust be presented upon retriev-al o tickets. Limited seating isavailable. To order tickets stu-dents should visit the LA TechTicket Oce or call (318) 257-3631.For all the latest on Bull-dog ootball and all o Louisi-ana Tech’s 16 NCAA Division Isanctioned programs, log ontowww.latechsports.com.
Pre-Law Societyhosts debate
Tech’s Pre-Law Society, PhiAlpha Delta, will host a debateat 2 p.m. Thursday in Wyly Tow-er Auditorium.The debate will be ocusedon the constitutionality o theAordable Care Act, which haseen in the news since it wasoriginally proposed in 2010.The Supreme Court will makea decision regarding the act inJune.The debate is open to thepublic, and there will be a timeor questions rom the audienceat the end.To get inormed about bothsides o this issue and partici-pate in the argument, join PhiAlpha Delta or this debate.For more inormation con-tact Jason Pigg, advisor or PhiAlpha Delta, at 318-257-3427or jpigg@latech.edu.
Lambright hostsHavoc at Hideaway
Maxie Lambright IntramuralSports Center’s tness sta willhost Havoc at Hide-Away be-ginning at 10 a.m. Saturday atHide-Away Park.Havoc at Hide-Away is arelay-style competition witheach participant completing25 dead lits, one running lap,25 burpees and nishing withthree all-terrain laps on his orher own bike.Teams o three will registerSaturday or go by Lambright beore the competition.The cost will be $25 perteam or those who pre-registerand $30 per team that registerat the event.The team with the best timewill get a rst-place trophy andall participants will receive aree T-shirt.For more inormation con-tact Chad Spruell, tness andwellness coordinator, at 318-257-4634 or cbs022@latech.edu.
Tech Dining Servicesseeks models
Tech Dining Services is look-ing or attractive and energeticindividuals to model or its pro-motional materials.The casting call will be at 6p.m. Thursday in Tolliver Hall.Those chosen to be DiningDolls and Dawgs will hold apaid position and appear in allphotos or dining services’.Participants need to bringa headshot, résumé and comedressed to impress. In addition,a one-to-three minute presenta-tion describing one’s qualica-tions or the position must beprepared.For more inormation con-tact Alyson Goeders, diningservices’ student intern, at din-ingservices@latech.edu.
May 3, 2012
The Tech Talk
Staff Reporter
Ride a bike or aware-ness, provide the Philippineswith clean water, or attend aconerence. These are just aew 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 undraisingor 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 orconerences or assistance onprojects that can aect thewhole campus,” he said.Clint Carlisle, SGA presi-dent, said they have reachedtheir limit every quarter, usu-ally approving our matchingund requests.The matching und requestapplication packet in the backo Tolliver Hall is an easyorm 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 hearrom SGA ocially,” Robertssaid, “but I have heard thatwe were approved or the ull$200.”Tyler Wagnon spoke at theApril 24 SGA meeting, askingthem to match his numerousundraising eorts to repre-sent Pi Kappa Phi by cyclingrom 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 helpulto organizations, why don’tmore take advantage o theunds?“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 notsucient,” he said. “Bettercommunication has been agoal or every SGA or years, but the solution has not beenound.”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-nicantly helped us carry outa program or attend a coner-ence,” Jenkins said.He said NSBE raises mon-ey through undraisers andcorporate sponsors to createprograms or their members, beautiy 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 beoregetting on a plane to thePhilippines that the matchingunds o $200 meant the di-erence between making thatrst trip to get village cleanwater happen or not. Wagnonmight say it means the dier-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.
Email comments to hms017@latech.edu.
Staff Reporter
Former Microsot 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-protorganization devoted to ideasworth spreading and started asa our-day conerence 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 prole 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
Staff Reporter
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 latesttness trend.The latest workout ad isspreading like wildre andshows no sign o slowing downanytime soon. Some call itsollowers 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.ndcrosstgyms.com, thereare 18 certied 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 ariend working out together, butsoon it attracted interest romoutsiders who wanted to jointhem.“Evan had the opportunityto become CrossFit certied 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 certied 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 saidCrosst ocuses on versatile,unctional movement that ishigh intensity.“One o the great thingsabout it is that you don’t do thesame thing week ater week,”Lauren said. “Thanks to the‘Workout o the Day,’ (WOD ––posted daily on the company’swebsite, www.crosst.com) you do something dierent ev-ery time you hit the gym.”Many re departments, lawenorcement 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-ets 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 greateeling 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 andeeding 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 theeort he put into it.“You will benet romriendship, encouragement,community and you will orev-er change your lie 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
Photo by Shradha Sharma
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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