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Coach Skip Holtz takes the reins
DEREK J. AMAYA Associate Managing Editor More than a hundred fans, staff members and media members sat around the empty podium anxiously waiting the announcement of the new head coach of the Louisiana Tech Football team in the Jarrell Room of the Charles Wyly Athletic Center. Losing the conference championship, not making a bowl game and the departure of former head coach Sonny Dykes to University of California caused an uproar by many LA Tech fans. Bulldog fans got a glimmer of new hope after Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau announced Friday the search committee selected former University of South Florida coach Skip Holtz as the
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33rd head football coach of the dogs. “I am tremendously excited for the opportunity to build on what coach Dykes started and to lead this great team forward,” Holtz said. “In my conversations with the administration and search committee, it became clear that we share the same goal: to achieve a consistent record of excellence and a national reputation for winning with integrity.” This will be the third stop for Holtz as head coach. He previously coached at the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, where he won back-toback Conference USA titles, and South Florida. “This is a football program with outstanding student athletes, a history of
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Non-christians welcome the holidays
DEVIN KING Staff Reporter Throughout Ruston there are signs posted, pictures of Jesus and even pictures of Santa Claus showing this is a community that celebrates Christmas. Christmas can be a special day for area families, but for two international students at Louisiana Tech, Christmas is different. Chandip Maskey, a Hindu sophomore nanotechnology major from Nepal, said he does not believe that being nonChristian in a Christian environment has any type of effect on him. “I don’t feel like religion should segregate us; I feel everybody is equal,” Maskey said. “God is the same. It is just a belief.” Maskey has encountered situations where being a different ethnicity played a roll. “To be honest people look at me and see I’m not from here, and in my culture the way I learned is different from here,” Maskey said. “I may crack a joke and people take offense because of the situation but in my country it is different.” Hasna Aldawood, a Muslim freshman biomedical engineering major from Saudi Arabia, said she embraces the holiday. “I feel alright,” she said. “They are friendly. A lot of my friends are Christians, and they are the same.” Aldawood said she wants to be treated like any other person and not any different because of her religion. “People give me looks, but I don’t mind because I have friends that like me the way I am so, I’m satisfied,” she said. “I’m the same as any other American. I just have different religious views.” On Christmas Day many people gather with their loved ones to celebrate, and Maskey shares the same vision. “I feel special about Christmas because it is worldwide,” Maskey said. In most places the images of Christmas can be seen, but for the Nepal native, the presence of Christmas is not felt at home. “We sit at home and enjoy time with family,” Maskey said. Aldawood said she and her family stay open minded. “In Saudi Arabia, they don’t celebrate Christmas. It is a big thing if you do celebrate Christmas,” she said. “In my opinion, Jesus is one of our prophets. It is the day of his birth, so why not?”
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Hasna Aldawood, a freshman bio-medical engineering student from Saudi Arabia, welcomes the holiday.
Aldawood said she planned to buy a Christmas tree and put up Christmas lights to celebrate the holiday. As for Santa Claus, Maskey said in his country it is a whole new ball game.
“We don’t believe in Santa Claus because we don’t celebrate Christmas,” Maskey said. Celebrating Christmas for some people is normal but for these two students celebrating Christmas is different.
“I’m probably going to watch the Grinch,”Aldawood said. “My friends invited me to Christmas party.”
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KLPI takes on international twist
ALICE ESSIEN Staff Reporter
If you have been waiting for change in on-campus radio, your wait is over. KLPI, Tech’s 4000-watt commercial-free radio station, welcomes a new Nigerian disc jockey to their staff. Efua Okougbo, a freshman chemical engineering major, is the new voice on KLPI’s evening radio show. After a quarter of vigorous disc jockey training and an assessment exam, Okougbo got his first air time starting this quarter. Although Okougbo was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, he said American music has been very influential in his style. “I grew up in a hip hop-based music background,” Okougbo said. “American music artists have taken over the entire music industry basically, so I listened to artists like Lil Wayne, Eminem and Dr. Dre.” Hip-hop is not the only type of music listeners can expect to hear from Okougbo; he plans on taking his listeners around the world. “Each show I plan on playing at least two international songs,” Okougbo said. “That way listeners can be exposed to some other genres of music and international students can get a small taste of home.” Music diversity is just the beginning of Okougbo’s plans to spice up his radio segment; he also plans on boosting listener numbers by getting the student body more involved on air. “For the specialty shows I plan to bring in some of the college society on air,” Okougbo said. “I want to feature members of the SGA, Union Board or any other campus organizations on the show to showcase them and advertise their upcoming events.” Okougbos also wants to give some exposure to any on-campus talent looking for radio time. “I enjoy listening to new different music,” Okougbo said “I’ll play any new artist’s music on the air if they just drop it off by the station. Don’t worry about the lyrics,
In the last 10 months, Dan Reneau has skinny-dipped in the natatorium, “holla’ed” at his Greeks on Thirsty Thursday and hosted a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lady) slip-n-slide party at his house, according to Twitter. Or at least his fake counterpart, FakeDanReneau, has. Anonymous Tech-related Twitter accounts started popping up in January 2012, but a recent surge of new ones have taken over timelines. Kevin Richardson, a freshman business management major, said anonymous accounts change with time. “My favorite was FakeDanReneau, but he is no longer with us,” he said. “I unfollowed him because now we have the FakeLesGuice, so I moved on to the new president. You’ve got to stay with the times.” FakeDanReneau did not agree that his reign is over. “People want to be like Fake Dan,” FakeDanReneau said. “The craziest part of it all is that students have formed this type of protection toward me. I’m the king, and they are my knights.” The Tech Twitter phenomenon started with LaTechProbs, who now has more than 1,300 followers. “It started as a joke,” LaTechProbs said. “A bunch of my friends in Baton Rouge were retweeting LSUProbs, and I
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Students can aid Career Center to children in providing host resume seminar bandages for Tech students
If one wants to find a simple way to brighten a child’s day, donate bandages for the children at the LSU-Shreveport Medical Center. Donating bandages is a way to help the children at the LSUShreveport Medical Center as they get their blood drawn or receive shots. Children may choose whichever color or design bandage they like. Bandages can be donated at the KLPI radio station or at the office of Anita Pumphrey, a family and child studies instructor, at Carson Taylor Hall, room 352. Donations will be accepted until Feb. 4. Students can go to the local store or find unused bandages in their house to donate. For more information call KLPI at 318-257-3689. Counseling and Career Services will host a seminar for how to write an effective resume from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Keeny Hall. This seminar will teach students the tips and tricks of writing an effective resume to get a job after graduating. If students already have a resume written, instructors can make corrections or suggestions for making improvements. However, if students do not have one already prepared, the instructors can assist in compiling one. The seminar is open to all students and is free of charge. For further information, contact Ron Cathey, director of counseling and career services, at (318) 257-4336 or rcathey@ latech.edu.
Zoning law revisions promise change
KELSY KERSHAW Staff reporter More than 30 years ago, Ruston had an abandoned bowling alley, a concrete plant and a crime-ridden mobile home site on what is now the future home of Tech’s enterprise campus. Jim King, vice president for academic affairs, said so much has changed in the city and at the university since then, but Ruston really began to see significant changes in the 90s. “There was a growth in the 90s,” he said. “Different laws were changed, eating establishments started going up along the interstate, and the cinema was built, then Walmart and Lowe’s.” He said these major changes were all kind of related and were the beginning of the zoning revisions that took place last October. “The city of Ruston and the staff through the planning and zoning commission began to revisit the zoning ordinances that had not been updated since 1949 and into the ‘50s,” he said. “Now work is being seen in historic downtown.” Power lines and utilities are being wired and built underground to create a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, King said. Scott Terry, president of the Ruston/ Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said one of the most important things to understand about the changes is the overlay district. He said Ruston zones are divided into different districts and the district that is on the outskirts of Tech’s campus. Tech is a public university owned by the state, so the points where that property meets the city’s property is called the overlay district. “The Tech overlay embodies the university itself,” he said. “Up until we revised the zoning laws, downtown was falling under the overlay district.” Terry said the whole idea behind the downtown development is to create a nice atmosphere that is welcoming to pedestrians so people will enjoy walking down the street, window-shopping and different forms of entertainment. “For Tech students, we’re trying to develop the area as entertainment focused,” he said. “More restaurants, which of course have a bar with them, and things that students might enjoy going to.” Mary Catherine Dungan, a sophomore biology and chemistry major, said that adding more revenues for entertainment would be a great way to attract more prospective students. “I like the fact that they will make a more pedestrian-welcoming atmosphere,” she said. “It is important for students to be able to branch out.” As Tech grows with the research campus, it will get closer to the downtown area and the city just wants students to be able to walk and utilize what it has to offer, Terry said. “We also want to give the Ruston community the opportunity to use Tech facilities,” he said. Dungan said she believes the changes will have a bigger impact on the city of Ruston. “People will feel more comfortable visiting the college whether it is just to get
LGBT safe space group offered by counseling center
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) safe space group at Louisiana Tech focuses on emotional and social concerns of students who identify. Starting every Monday from 4-5 p.m., the counseling center will hold weekly meetings helping individuals deal with sexual identity or gender identity. The LGBT safe group goals are to create an atmosphere where individuals can feel accepted and also hear other people share the same stories. For more information contact lead counselors Deborah Simpson and Sean Lajaunie at 318-257-2488 or visit on the third floor of Keeny Hall, room 310.
Career Center to host successful interview seminar
The Tech Career Center will be hosting a Successful Interview Seminar from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Keeny Hall, room 337. Counseling and Career Service professionals will speak on successful interview to help prepare students for job interviews. This seminar is open to all students and is free of charge. For more information contact Ron Cathey, director of Counseling and Career Services, at 318-257-4336 or email@example.com.
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Jim King, vice president for student affairs, said he believes the new zoning law revision will positively impact Ruston and the Tech community. lunch or read a book or two,” she said. “Opening up our campus is a great idea; however, I personally would not want a huge group of outsiders sticking around, so controls would be needed.” Tech administration and the city of Ruston have collaborated to make these changes happen and master planning is key, King said. “Zoning is just a small part of the master plan called Ruston 21,” he said. “Ruston 21 was designed to create an atmosphere that will be good for business and promote positive economic growth.” He said their goal is to have Ruston become a college town and not just a town with a college. “We want the city to grow in ways that will enhance the quality of life and the safety, at the same time, still keeping that small town feel,” King said. There is a lot more behind the zoning law revisions than just the rules them-
School of Performing Arts to host opera workshop
The music and theater programs in the School of Performing Arts are hosting an opera workshop. The workshop features student performances. The workshop will teach skills vital to working in the business of opera. Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch skilled student performances during the workshop. It is opened to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held from Jan. 15-19 in Stone Theatre. Stone Theatre is located in Howard Center for the Performing Arts. For more information contact Dr. Lisa Maxdon at 318257-2061 or lmaxdon@latech. edu.
Dining services close for upcoming holiday break
Dining services will close after the evening meal Friday. Students planning to stay in residence halls over the break should make other plans for food. Tech Express will remain working in all off-campus locations. Dining services will reopen for the evening meal Sunday, Jan. 6. For more information contact Angela McDonald, Aramark retail manager, at 318-257-2327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
selves, King said. “A college town helps business, so obviously it’s a good economic engine,” he said. “The proper business helps the students, and it contributes to the quality of life for all of us.” King also said zoning does not just happen, it is carefully planned and its development is essential. “The chances of it properly developing are slim because it’s all left to chance,” he said. King said the success and changes took a vision, which will create a greater environment to go to school in and that is important to the students. “Tech and Ruston will continue to grow,” he said. “There’s a synergy and all of a sudden one plus one doesn’t equal two; one plus one equals something greater.”
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Tech receives grant for green material database
KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter Louisiana Tech has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to create green technology project. David Norris, director of the Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center, helped Tech secure the grant. “We competed nationally for the LA-i6; it was a United States Department of Commerce competition,” Norris said. “There were six awards given nationally, and we were one of those six. Louisiana Tech has a lot of strengths in creating innovations and developing those innovations, giving us a very strong competition.” Norris also said that all projects integrate students, faculty and outside partners in the development of new technology. A portion of the grant was awarded to a cross-disciplinary team for a proposal to develop a sustainable material database. The database will evaluate items for its materiality, performance and environmentally sustainable characteristics. One project the grant is being used for is the creation of a green materials database. The online database will be accessible to architects, contractors, students and the general public, allowing them to save materials to a personal library. The cross-disciplinary team developing the database brings together professors, graduate and undergraduate students from the schools of computer science, architecture and art. Liane Hancock, an assistant professor of architecture, leads the team. The team started building the database Dec.1 and the deadline for the prototype design is next July. “The database will be an opportunity to find and select really interesting material for buildings, products and interior design,” Hancock said. Each school has a different task with communication designers contributing to the project by working on the interface and organizing the data. Computer scientists will work on developing algorithms to make sure the data is correct and to start up certain search routines. Individuals will be able to look for materials with their own parameters. Architecture students will be also helping to develop the prototype. To make sure the prototype will succeed, Hancock said the team will be contacting companies asking what kind of things they would like in a database, from the manufactures side and also to figure out what kind of materials will need to go into the database. “There is an innovation class, Innovated Venture Research, David Norris teaches, that will be looking at the project and doing research on the possibilities of how to commercialize it and how the public is going to use it,” she said. Hancock also said the database could be a great resource because the materials can be used in many ways to help students. Communication design students will use the database for environmental graphics, like signage and to provide students with a way of looking at how we think about sustainability. “A big portion of the economy is focused on construction and the issue of how you make buildings green,” she said. “So I think this is going to be a way to really understand a lot of the issues of sustainability.” Nicholas Wagner, sophomore architecture major, said the database is a great idea that will help students make wiser choices when looking for greener materials to create a design. “I want it to be global. I would love to see it become an important tool throughout the design field and for consumers,” Hancock said.
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David Norris explains that the grant will go toward an online green database for students and the public to save materials.
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Okougbo’s passion and love for music of all kinds inspires his fellow deejays at KLPI.
we have a technical team that can clean them up.” Okougbo’s ambition and dedication to the KLPI team has been noticed by his coworkers. Raul Baez,a senior aviation management major and KLPI’s digital librarian, has worked closely with Okougbos. “Efua is a really hard worker” said Baez. “His dedication is what I admire about him the most. He’s very consistent in his work and his enthusiasm motivates us all.” Okougbo’s hope his tactics will be a successful in increasing listener numbers. Savannah Bridges, a sophomore marketing major, did not know Tech had an on-campus radio station. “I’ve never listened to KLPI,”
Bridges said. “I’ve heard music playing by the student center while walking to class, but I had no idea that there was a Tech radio station.” Okougbo’s plan for his radio segment already has students eager to listen. Kennan Smith, a senior kinesiology major, is excited about KLPI’s new addition. “During my four years here at Tech, haven’t heard KLPI play one hip hop song,” Smith said. “Finally a deejay with some hip hop flare can save us from never-ending alternative rock.” Students can expect Okougbo’s show to be live on the air from 8-10 p.m. on Fridays throughout this quarter.
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ot many can refuse the sweet, boyish charm of Kevin McAllister in the Christmas favorite “Home Alone.” Macaulay Culkin, who plays McAllister in the first two “Home Alone” movies, was always one of my favorite child actors growing up. While checking my email recently, a story about Culkin came up on my AOL news feed. Yes, I do still use America Online. The story said he was an alleged heroin addict. I thought “could this be real?”––picturing the sweet little boy in “Home Alone” in my head. Should have I been surprised? I guess not. Looking back on other child stars I watched growing up, a majority of them do have some sort of problem with drugs or addiction.It is a trend that is never ignored on celebrity gossip sites and is almost bound to happen at some point. Another example is Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Where do I begin? They were my role models. I wanted to be them because I thought they were the epitome of cool and cute. I owned their clothes, movies, Barbie dolls, beauty products and even their Gameboy game. They entered stardom when they were only six months old when they were cast in the show “Full House.” That has to take a toll on someone growing up. How were they expected to not have problems when they never had a chance at a real childhood? I feel like Ashley did pretty well for herself despite some weight problems but Mary-Kate didn’t handle it as well. She has had problems with anorexia and drug addiction. It’s sad to think that someone who influenced you so much as a child can turn out to be what your parents try to keep you away from. But the prime example is Lindsay Lohan. What happened to her? She has been to rehab, jail, had trouble with weight and been caught stealing multiple times. Although she has had a rough time, there will always be one redeeming quality about Lohan: her role in “The Parent Trap.” This is one of my favorite movies and she was absolutely the cutest, most precious creature that ever walked the planet in this movie and I will always take a liking to her for it. She seems to be back on the road to recovery like some other child stars but if she should relapse I hope she doesn’t say no, no, no to going back to rehab like Amy Winehouse did—and we all sawwhat happened as a result. This poses the question as to why parents want to put their child into the spotlight knowing this could possibly be a high risk? You know the Olsen twins didn’t have a say at six months old for this type of life. As a child I always wished I could be a child star for the fame and fortune like most people I’m sure. But looking back on this now, I wouldn’t have given up my normal childhood for anything. I think that every child should have this opportunity. I wouldn’t doubt the Olsen twins had a blast growing up and got pretty much anything they ever wanted, but I bet they wished for normalcy at one point. And Drew Barrymore? Because of the toll the spotlight and Hollywood took on her, she entered drug rehab twice by the age of 13. According to People.com, at age 9 she had her first alcoholic beverage, started smoking marijuana when she was 10 and began using cocaine at age 12. These are some serious things for any age, let alone a 13-year-old. Do you think she or her parents wanted this for her? I’m sure they didn’t do it for selfish reasons but I wouldn’t want to take that risk on my child’s behalf. Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gun laws: Surely we can do better
HANNAH SCHILLING Managing Editor n Friday, Dec. 14, 20 children and six adults went to school at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and they never got to leave. A gunman, carrying three weapons and dressed in black clothing and a bulletproof vest, took the lives of those people. The gun he used to kill his victims was a .233 caliber rifle, a firearm made for combat. This semi-automatic Bushmaster assault rifle allows its shooter to fire more than 60 rounds per minute and can reload in seconds. These are not used to hunt. They are not used for sport. They are used to kill people in combat. The people of the United States need to call the government to action on the problem of guns. President Barack Obama gave a speech while holding back tears on the day of the shooting and said, “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action.” As we know, “gun” and “control” are dirty words when put together in the United States. We also know that on the third day, God created the Remington boltaction rifle so Man could fight the dinosaurs and the homosexuals. Second Amendment! America! Right? I have gone deer hunting since the age of 2. The adrenaline rush when there is a deer in the scope of my 30.30 deer rifle is a familiar thing for me, and the quiet of being in the middle of nature with nothing else around me is one of the best feelings in the world. But guns like my 30.30 are not being used in these mass shootings. Something must be done. Renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, perhaps. Obama even called for the ban to be renewed in October, according to ABC News. The ban works— crime using assault weapons decreased by 66 percent, according to the Brady Center. But Connecticut has enacted a partial ban that focuses on assault weapons with certain characteristics. So how did this happen? According to the Huffington Post, bans like this are way less effective on a state-by-state basis. And that is exactly why we need Congress to act. “But Hannah, what about the Second Amendment? THIS IS AMERICA.” The ban makes specific weapons illegal, like AK47s and Uzis. Please explain to me how that infringes on your gun rights. Those aren’t what you use to hunt or defend yourself. Bear your arms … except for these 19 lethal ones that are used in organized crime and mass shootings. Would that be too much to ask? “Since when do criminals follow the law? If they want to kill someone, they’ll get the weapons.” Then why do we have laws making it illegal to steal or kill? Should we just not have laws because people break them? That logic is flawed. “You can still kill people with a deer rifle or hand gun.” You cannot shoot six bullets in one second with a deer rifle or a hand gun. That means these assault weapons are six times more lethal than either of those. Banning them would decrease this violence, as history has proven. “Why does everyone always turn these tragedies into politics? This is not the time for that.” Then when is the time for that? Because look at the times we have gone through recently: On July 20, 2012, 12 people were killed by a gunman in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., during opening night of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” On Aug. 5, 2012, an Army veteran killed six people and wounded three others before taking his own life at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. On Dec. 11, 2012, a man opened fire and killed two people and then himself in a mall outside of Portland, Ore. Now, 30 more people, including the shooter, have had their lives taken by gun violence. Obama even said, “As a country, we have been through this too many times.” And then at a memorial service for the victims at Sandy Hook, he said, “Surely we can do better than this. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?” When will it finally be convenient for America to do something about the problem? Or will it take another mass shooting to finally wake us up? Or even then, will the politics be too hard to save any lives? Hannah Schilling is a sophomore journalism and political science major from Bossier City who serves as managing editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to email@example.com.
anta’s coming! I know him! I know him!” Well, that makes two of us, Buddy. For as long as any of us can remember, Santa Claus and Christmas have gone together like gingerbread men and their houses. When we are taught about Christmas as children, we learn that it is a sacred day, one of joy, love and hope — oh and that Santa Claus has been watching us all year. We bake him cookies, pour him some milk and hope that that one awesome present will be waiting for us under the tree in the morning. As we grow up, we are then faced with the question: Is Santa Claus real? Some people believe in him, some think it is a hoax and some say they believe just to get more presents. Here at the Tech Talk, we have decided to put an end to this question. Santa Claus is in fact real. Now before you all get your long johns in a twist, listen to the facts. Who eats the cookies? We at the Tech Talk are sure not every parent out there likes cookies. And with the huge emphasis on watching calories these days, who else would eat all those cookies other than Santa? It only makes sense. Now let’s move on to the presents. Parents start stacking presents under the tree weeks in advance. But on Christmas morning, there are always new presents under the tree. How else would those presents get under the tree? Only Santa could have enough energy to put presents under trees at all hours of the night. It is his job. Now we get into the more technical aspect of what makes Santa real. The Weather Channel always hosts the NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve. NORAD is the bi-national U.S.–Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada. If NORAD can watch for missiles, they most certainly can watch for Santa’s sleigh. According to the organization, Santa begins his journey at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west. NORAD has also released a social media app to track Santa on Christmas Eve. People may doubt Santa’s existence because they see people dressed up as him in shopping malls or in stores. To us, that only exemplifies the fact that he is real. These people in velvet suits and leather boots just want to spread the cheer that only Santa can. They want to keep people believing. It would be impossible for Santa to take pictures with every child in every shopping mall across the world. He is too busy at the North Pole planning his Christmas Eve journey. In a world with a “see it to believe it” mindset, people often want physical proof before they consider something to be true. Just because you have not seen Santa does not mean he does not exist. Maybe the world has forgotten what it means to believe in something without having anything else to go on other than hope. As Christmas draws near, we think everyone should stop being a cotton-headed ninny muggins and learn from the Code of the Elves: Treat every day like Christmas. There’s room for everyone on the nice list. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
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SGA sparks a cloudy debate
GRACE MOORE Entertainment Editor t is about time someone lit up the topic of on-campus smoking, and all of us smokers are feigning for a good fight. A few weeks ago, a Student Government Association senator wrote a resolution to ban smoking on campus. For those who don’t know, a resolution is essentially a formal recommendation for the university administration but it must be passed in the SGA before action may be taken. Resolution No. 12-13.3 says “The student body would encourage the administration to take consideration in taking the steps necessary in making Louisiana Tech a smoke-free campus.” However, this resolution is actually moving for a 100 percent tobacco-free campus, which is a little bit different. You chew tobacco? Spit it out. You quit smoking regular cigarettes and switched to electronic cigarettes instead? Not anymore. I understand the conundrum behind second-hand smoke (SHS) and its effects, but chewing tobacco? I think SGA may be stepping on a few steel-toed boots with that decision. Before this ban is even considered, a few things should be mentioned. First, there is already a vaguely enforced “reasonable distance” statute on campus requiring smoking to take place at least 25 feet from all university buildings. Second, the author of this resolution is a very recent ex-smoker. And last, a smoking ban would create more issues than it would prevent. For example, nicotine withdrawal is a very real thing. Imagine how a smoking ban would affect a large portion of Tech students and their abilities in a classroom setting. According to netdoctor.co.uk, “A smoker’s nervous system becomes accustomed to functioning with nicotine ... the reduced nicotine intake will disturb the balance of the central nervous system, causing withdrawal symptoms.” Symptoms may include anger, weight gain, concentration problems, depression, insomnia and anxiety. Is it really worth turning a portion of the student body into zombies so the walk to math class is slightly more pleasant? Let us now turn the table and investigate the reasons to ban smoking on a college campus. Cigarette butts are everywhere. No one wants an ugly campus. Yet there are no buts about it, SHS is the primary reason for a smoking ban. According to an article written for slate.com, James L. Repace, a biophysicist researcher, said, “Generally, average levels within 0.5 meters from a single cigarette source were quite high and comparable to indoor levels, and outdoor tobacco smoke (OTS) levels at distances greater than 1 or 2m were much lower.” To experience the same levels of SHS you’d find indoors, you would need to stand less than two feet from a smoker. A passerby walking seven feet or more from a smoker will find his or herself in “background” air, which is safe and clean air to breathe. “SHS concentrations persist for hours after smoking ceases indoors, while OTS concentrations dissipate rapidly after smoking stops outdoors,” Repace said. Actually, if a designated area were defined on campus, it would cause the SHS to be far more pungent and harmful. The smoke dissipates almost instantly, but more smokers leads to more smoke, and without a good breeze, before long, you’ve turned the Lady of the Mist into a fog machine. In the end, there will always be other research, newer conclusions and long lists of all the things we are killing ourselves with, but we should still be able to maintain control over our personal freedoms. My name is Grace Moore, I have been smoking on-and-off for two years, and I am against the smoking ban. Grace Moore is a junior journalism major from Waterloo, IA, who serves as entertainment editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to gmm008@ latech.edu.
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Regal Blues headed to nationals
KELSY KERSHAW Staff Reporter Even with hours of practice behind her, Lauren Hassell smiles from ear to ear as she talks about the team’s preparation for national competition in mid-January. “We had talked about competing at nationals my freshman year, then again last year, but the timing just wasn’t right,” Hassell said. “This year, that was the goal in mind and it’s going to put our dance team on the next level.” Hassell, a junior accounting major and third-year member of the Regal Blues, said preparing for national competition takes more work and time but it is more fun as well. “We’ve just learned so many different and new things and added so many elements to our choreography,” she said. “Our hip hop is more stylized so we have a lot of tricks like head stands and head springs.” Lauren Derveloy, head coach of the Regal Blues, said the national competition is set for Jan. 18, at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. “We’re going to be competing against schools like LSU, Alabama and Memphis,” she said. “The competition will be showcased on ESPN, and I feel like it is a wonderful opportunity for us to represent Louisiana Tech in a bigger realm.” Derveloy said the team has had very long and strenuous five-hour practices every Saturday in preparation for the competition. “It gives us a good amount of practice because we’re adding a lot of partner tricks that the girls have never done before,” she said. “I’m so proud of them and where they have come both mentally and physically.” Sonni Bennett, a senior health information management major and Regal Blue captain, said on top of regular practices and long weekend practices, the team attends three Cross Fit classes a week to make sure their bodies stay physically fit. “We are pushing ourselves harder than we ever have before,” she said. “There is a lot more going on at our practices these days, but we love it.” Bennett, Derveloy and Hassell all said they were beyond ecstatic to be able to represent Tech on such a grand spectrum. However, because it is the team’s first year to compete at nationals, Derveloy said not everyone will be able to travel and compete. “In past experiences, I have taken 20 to 22 girls,” she said. “This year I am only taking 16 because I think they are the most elite and experienced girls.” Derveloy said she is proud of the dedication and determination her team has showed her on their road to national competition. Their determination has been showcased in more ways than just practice and mental dedication, she added. “For nationals, registration alone is $11,000,” she said. “They have raised most of the money on their own, with no sponsors and only have about $4,000 left to go.” She, along with Bennett and Hassell, said their main focus is to represent Tech to the best of their ability and do their best. “The attitude the girls have developed during this process is a reward within itself,” Derveloy said. “These girls are full time students, some with full time jobs, so that shows their level of dedication, and I’m happy to see where they’ve come.”
The Regal Blues squad includes: First Row-L to R: Hannah Wheeler, Megan Lee, Brittany Branch, Brittany Pier, Sonni Bennett, Jessica Walters, Morgan Brasher. Second Row- L to R: Lauren Hassell, Madison Cleveland, Brooke Kenney, Katherine Strode, Ariel York, Krystal Fountain, Miranda McDonald, Mary Taylor Carwile and Lauren Knight.
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The Regal Blues practice a routine they will perform at the competition in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 18.
Arts&Entertainment Who will take home the Grammy?
SONG OF THE YEAR ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys “El Camino” Ed Sheeran “The A Team” Miguel “Adorn” Carly Rae Jepsen “Call Me Maybe” Kelly Clarkson “Stronger” Fun. Nate Ruess (lead singer) “We Are Young” Fun. “Some Nights” Mumford & Sons “Babel” Frank Ocean “Channel Orange” Jack White “Blunderbuss”
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RECORD OF THE YEAR
The 55th annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, February 10 on CBS.
The Black Keys “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson “Stronger”
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Fun. Nate Ruess (lead singer) “We Are Young”
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Tech Talk selects the greatest Christmas movies of all time
RANEY JOHNSON Staff Reporter Everyone has one Christmas movie they watch every Christmas or even multiple times in a season. There are always new Christmas movies produced each year, but few stand the test of time. Here are this reporter’s top five. No. 5 on the list of greatest Christmas movies is “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” a childhood classic. Both the animated version and the real life version starring Jim Carrey are Christmas classics. Everyone knows a grinch, the person who just wants Christmas to be over, but the original Grinch goes too far by stealing all the Whos Christmas decorations, gifts and even food. But the Grinch soon learns the Who people can have Christmas with or without these things when they come out on Christmas morning, they join hands and sing. The Grinch, amazed by this, realizes, like most grinches do, that Christmas is about the spirit and family, not material things. When he saves the falling sleigh his heart grows three sizes, “granting him the strength of 10 Grinches, plus two,” and he saves the day. The fourth greatest Christmas movie of all time is “Home Alone” starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a young boy left at home by his family on accident. No one would think a movie about an 8-year-old being left at home alone and having to deal with two burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) would be a Christmas classic, but it is. Culkin as Kevin is so clever in dealing with the two idiotic burglars who want to harm him. His booby trap set-up is a constant pain in the neck for the two burglars. The memorable scene of Culkin screaming after putting aftershave on his face is still one of the greatest scenes in movie history. Further proof of the movie’s success is the four sequels that followed it, though Culkin only starred in the “Home Alone” sequel. Only Christmas can offset the possibility of a child being hurt by two criminals, and this movie does that well. The third greatest Christmas movie of all time is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The oldest movie on the list and the only one dealing with religion, the movie follows Charlie Brown as he searches for “the true meaning of Christmas” throughout the film. All Charlie Brown wants is to get away from the commercialization of Christmas, something even today people can sympathize with, by putting on a nativity play. When Charlie Brown is hurt after everyone laughs at his little Christmas tree used for the play, he begins to doubt his view of what Christmas really is about. However, Linus brings Charlie to his senses with the recital of the birth of Jesus. Whether one is Christian or not, watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is an old Christmas tradition dating back to its first viewing in 1965 and shows that maybe Christmas is more than the gifts and decorations and more about the spirit. The second greatest Christmas movie is “Elf,” a more modern Christmas favorite. Most do not think of Will Ferrell when it comes to Christmas, but even a human raised by elves can be a part of the Christmas joy, which was displayed in Ferrell’s “Elf.” Buddy the Elf, played by Ferrell, is as loveable a character as Rudolph or Frosty the Snowman. Rudolph may have guided Santa’s sleigh, but Buddy fixed it, and Frosty never visited New York, except as a cumulonimbus cloud. The tale of a father and son reunion is no ordinary one because Buddy is no ordinary human. He eats old gum off rails and balls of cotton, has “tickle fights” and mixes syrup with spaghetti. “Elf ” has more great moments than one, including the scene in which Buddy sings a duet with his love interest Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) while she showers, though Jovie does not know Buddy is in the bathroom. Now a Broadway play, “Elf ” shows great Christmas movies and characters do not have to be more than 20 years old. Each year the movie is played on USA and ABC Family, and it will more than likely continue to teach “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” to future generations. The No. 1 greatest Christmas movie on the list is the 1983 film “A Christmas Story,” a movie that has become as much a Christmas tradition as hanging up stockings or putting up Christmas lights. The reasons so many people view this movie each year are probably many, but one of the main reasons may be because of its human interest. Other Christmas movies about Santa and other magical Christmas characters are wonderful to watch, but “A Christmas Story” presents the human element of a real Christmas most people have experienced. Ralph “Ralphie” Parker’s (Peter Billingsley) persistence in asking his parents and Santa for a Red Ryder BB Gun is something most can relate to: the desire to have the really awesome gift everyone says is too dangerous or not for children. In a case of foreshadowing, Ralphie does “shoot his eye out” after being warned by everyone, including Santa Claus, but this does not stop his contentment of receiving the one thing he wanted for Christmas. “A Christmas Story” may be set in the 1940s, but it is a movie that can bring out the nostalgia of any age group. It is a movie about a time when Santa Claus was still real and the most important part of Christmas was getting gifts, especially that one really important gift. However, when looking back as an adult, viewing “A Christmas Story” may be more about the time spent with family, both good and bad, and less about getting that one gift. So, let the 24-hour TBS marathon of “A Christmas Story” begin. These movies are this reporter’s section for the five greatest Christmas movies, but there are so many other great ones. No matter what the movie is, as long as it brings Christmas cheer it is a great Christmas movie.
5. The Grinch
4. Home Alone
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3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
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NRA slowly breaks silence
ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — After four days of self-imposed silence on the shooting that killed 26 people inside a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's largest gun rights lobby emerged Tuesday and promised "to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." The National Rifle Association explained its unusual absence "out of respect for the families and as a matter of common decency" after Friday's shooting that left dead 20 children, all ages 6 or 7. The group — typically outspoken about its positions even after shooting deaths — went all but silent since the rampage. As it faced public scrutiny online and in person, the group left many wondering how — if at all — it would respond to one of the most shocking slayings in the nation's history. "The National Rifle Association of America is made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters, and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown," the organization said in a statement. "The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." The group said it would have a news conference to answer questions Friday, the one-week anniversary of the shootings. Almost immediately after it became clear the extent of carnage, the group's Facebook page disappeared. It posted no tweets. It made no mention of the shooting on its website. None of its leaders hit the media circuit Sunday to promote its support of the Second Amendment right to bear arms as the nation mourns the latest shooting victims and opens a new debate over gun restrictions. On Monday, the NRA offered no rebuttal as 300 antigun protesters marched to its Capitol Hill office. Yet on Tuesday, the NRA re-emerged, albeit more slowly than normal and with its somber statement. After previous mass shootings — such as in Oregon and Wisconsin — the group was quick to both send its condolences and defend gun owners' constitutional rights, popular among millions of Americans. There's no indication that the National Rifle Association is
US president wants end to rebel support
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is warning Rwandan President Paul Kagame that any support for rebels is what he calls “inconsistent with Rwanda’s desire for stability and peace.” The U.S. president is pressing for an end of support to armed groups in Congo.
Egyptians angry over constitution
CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egyptian protesters marched on the presidential palace and Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Tuesday to protest a contentious Islamistbacked draft constitution, after the country’s Justice Ministry ordered a probe into allegations of widespread voting irregularities during Saturday’s first round of voting on the document.
Tasha Devoe and others march to Capitol Hill to petition at the National Rifle Association’s headquarters to curb gun violence.
Mandela remains in hospital after surgery
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela could spend a few more days in the hospital for care, South Africa’s president said Tuesday, as the 94-year-old spent an eleventh day under doctors’ care after suffering from a lung infection and undergoing surgery.
Chimp Haven adds more primates
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. sanctuary for retired federal research chimpanzees is about to nearly double its population when it receives 113 new primates from a Louisiana lab that no longer has a National Institutes of Health contract to conduct animal research. The lab expected to receive only 21 animals.
prepared to weaken its ardent opposition to gun restrictions but it did hint it was open to being part of a dialogue that already has begun. Its deep-pocketed efforts to oppose gun control laws have proven resilient. Firearms are in a third or more of U.S. households and suspicion runs deep of an overbearing government whenever it proposes expanding federal authority. The argument of gun-rights advocates that firearm ownership is a bedrock freedom as well as a necessary option for self-defense has proved persuasive enough to dampen political enthusiasm for substantial change. Seldom had the NRA gone so long after a fatal shooting without a public presence. It resumed tweeting just one day after a gunman killed two people and then himself at an Oregon shopping mall last Tuesday, and one day after six people were fatally shot at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in August. The Connecticut shootings occurred three days after the incident in Oregon.
Since the Connecticut shootings, the NRA has been taunted and criticized at length, vitriol that may have prompted the shuttering of its Facebook page just a day after the association boasted about reaching 1.7 million supporters on the social media network. Twitter users have been relentless, protesting the organization with hashtags like NoWayNRA. The NRA has not responded to them. Its last tweets, sent Friday, offered a chance to win an auto flashlight. Offline, some 300 protesters gathered outside the NRA's lobbying headquarters on Capitol Hill on Monday chanting, "Shame on the NRA" and waving signs declaring "Kill the 2nd Amendment, Not Children" and "Protect Children, Not Guns." "I had to be here," said Gayle Fleming, 65, a real estate agent from Arlington, Va., saying she was attending her first antigun rally. "These were 20 babies. I will be at every rally, will sign every letter, call every congressman going
forward." Retired attorney Kathleen Buffon of Chevy Chase, Md., reflected on earlier mass shootings, saying: "All of the other ones, they've been terrible. This is the last straw. These were children." "The NRA has had a stranglehold on Congress," she added as she marched toward the NRA's unmarked office. "It's time to call them out." The group wields its deep pockets to defeat lawmakers, many of them Democrats, who push for restrictions on gun ownership. The NRA outspent its chief opponent by a 73-1 margin to lobby the outgoing Congress, according to the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, which tracks such spending. In all, the group spent at least $24 million this election cycle — $16.8 million through its political action committee and nearly $7.5 million through its affiliated Institute for Legislative Action. Its chief foil, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, spent $5,816.
Buyback program starting soon
ASSOCIATED PRESS HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government officials said Tuesday they are launching a $1.9 billion Native American land buyback program now that a nearly 17-year lawsuit over more than a century's worth of mismanaged trust royalties is settled. The 10-year, $1.9 billion buyback program is the largest part of the $3.4 billion settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont., in 1996 and finalized last month. Officials with the Interior Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs laid out the program's initial framework in a Tuesday news conference in Washington, D.C. The program aims to purchase individual allotments from willing American Indians and turn over the consolidated parcels to tribes. Program manager John McClanahan said it could take up to a year before the first land sales are completed, but the goal is to spend most of the money before President Barack Obama's second term is up in 2017. Land fractionation was caused by the 1887 Dawes Act, which split tribal lands into individual allotments of 80- to 160acre parcels, in most cases. Those allotments were inherited by multiple heirs with each passing generation, and there are now more than 92,000 land tracts with 2.9 million fractional interests. Of that number, more than 21,200 land tracts have 100 or more owners and many parcels have thousands of owners, according to the Interior Department. Using or leasing those tracts requires approval of all the owners, so often they sit without being developed. "The scope of this problem in Indian Country is amazing," said Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes. "The buyback program provides the opportunity to unlock the benefits of those lands for the tribes and their members." McClanahan said 150 reservations are affected by this fractionation, but most are in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. Ninety percent of the fractionated lands available to purchase are in 40 locations, but McClanahan said the program will explore land sales beyond those locations. Government officials have been consulting with Indian leaders in preparation to roll out the program once the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the appeals in the Cobell settlement, which it did Nov. 24. Besides the land buyback, the Cobell settlement will pay out $1.5 billion to two classes of beneficiaries. Each member of the first class will be paid $1,000. Each member of the second
Judge throws out educational revamp
BATON ROUGE, (AP) — A judge Tuesday threw out part of an education revamp pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal as unconstitutional, but upheld the centerpiece provisions that changed teacher tenure and salary laws. Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the section of the legislation dealing with the authority of local school boards and school superintendents violated the state constitution because it didn’t fit into the stated objective of the bill.
class would be paid $800 plus a share of the balance of the settlement funds as calculated by a formula based on the activity in their trust accounts. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan last week authorized the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend to issue the first round of $1,000 checks to about 350,000 beneficiaries. Besides the cash buyouts and land buybacks, an education scholarship of up to $60 million for young Indians also will be established under the settlement. Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins said a portion of each land transaction will go to the scholarship fund. Congress approved the Cobell settlement in December 2010 and Hogan approved it after a June 2011 hearing. Hogan said that while the settlement may not be as large as some wished, the deal ended the legal deadlock and provided some certainty for the beneficiaries.
Venezualan president recovers from surgery
ASSOCIATED PRESS CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has a respiratory infection after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba and must have "complete rest" for the next few days, the government said Tuesday. The socialist leader was in stable condition after being diagnosed with the respiratory infection on Monday, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said on television, reading a government statement. "It has been controlled," Villegas said. "In the opinion of the doctors, this type of ailment is one of the consequences that appear with the greatest frequency in patients who have undergone complicated surgeries." The infection appeared a week after a six-hour operation that the government has said involved complications. "The medical team has said that President Chavez should have complete rest in the coming days and receive ... the prescribed medical treatment, with the purpose of maintaining the stability of his vital signs that he currently enjoys," Villegas said. Concluding the statement, he said: "Long live Chavez!" Tuesday's announcement came amid uncertainty and concern over the 58-year-old president's health. Chavez hasn't spoken publicly since his Dec. 11 surgery for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer. It was his fourth cancer-related operation since June 2011. Medical experts say that it's common for patients who have undergone major surgeries to suffer respiratory infections and that how a patient fares can vary widely from a quick recovery in a couple of days to a fight for life on a respirator. Five experts consulted by The Associated Press agreed that it's hard to predict what Chavez's likely scenario might be given the available information. "If it's not a pneumonia ... it can be resolved in 48 hours with the proper antibiotics," said Dr. Maria Crista de Blanco, an internist at the University
Musicians perform in front of an image of Venezualan President Hugo Chavez reading “siniging, dance, life and hope.”
Hospital of Caracas. Dr. Carlos Castro, scientific director of the Colombian League Against Cancer in Bogota, said that because Chavez has gone through chemotherapy and has probably been taking steroids, his immune system is weakened and complications may occur. "That he's stable doesn't mean that he's completely been cured of the infection," Castro told the AP in a phone interview. "I don't think he's out of danger. The first 10 days after surgery are very critical, and anything can happen." He said that Chavez must be in an intensive care unit and under constant observation. Chavez's elder brother, Adan, planned to travel to Cuba on Tuesday to visit the president, the government newspaper Correo del Orinoco reported. It also said that the president's father, Hugo de los Reyes Chavez, had plans to travel to Havana and that Chavez's mother might go with him, though that had not been confirmed. Against the backdrop of Chavez's illness, many Venezuelans are talking about the possibility of a looming transition of power and a new presidential election. Before undergoing surgery, Chavez designated Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his chosen successor to take his place if necessary. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said maintaining stability largely rests with Chavez.
Aries March 21 – April 19 Today’s planetary configuration has you wondering about an aspect of your life that causes you a good deal of hardship, Aries. Maybe your partner is often away and this is particularly hard on you. You’d like your sweetie to be there through thick and thin. This may be causing some tension in your relationship. Have you talked to your partner about your feelings? If not, you really should. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 Taurus, you may have been a little difficult to be around lately. You like to treat yourself to a little moodiness from time to time, but the people around you might appreciate a little cooperation. There are days when you don’t want to grow up, when it’s time to play. Do you get enough time to play? Think about it. Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 One thing is for sure, Gemini, you’d rather be in bed with a good book than out in the stressful world. But you may be feeling like you’re missing out on some of the good things in life. How much time do you spend with other people? Why not try to find someone who shares your taste for good books and bed? Think about it! Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 Your greatest quality is generosity, Cancer. Your nature isn’t to give to others in order to get something back but for the pleasure of giving. This is how you get power and light. Think of all the people in the world who give of themselves without expecting anything in return. You don’t have to make much effort to be one of those people - just give it a try. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 Leo, reflection is not your favorite activity than you, the much prefer to be active. However, you must spend some time thinking in particular in the direction of a relationship. They believe little, towards the end of the month is exhausted, it would be a good idea to have more time to Sozialisieren to give. Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Virgo, you have a tendency to run away from confrontation, but today you might not be able to avoid it. Your partner or a family member may be putting pressure on you. It’s possible you’ve already worked out a solution to this problem. Tell your partner what he or she wants to hear so you can do what you want later. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 You may feel a little weary today, Libra. It’s a good time to take stock of your life. You may have gotten some news about someone that has caused you some pain. This is a good time to rely on the support of your relationship in order to reenergize yourself. Take the time to let others take care of you. Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 You have the gift of being able to get your great ideas across to others. In your family, you may be the one who teaches your children about life and its responsibilities. Today someone might teach you something you didn’t know. You should never forget that education means communication, and communication is the exchange of ideas. Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 There may be tension in the air as you go about your day, Sagittarius. The leftover fatigue from the past few days is starting to wear on you. You may have managed to get into an argument with someone close to you, but there might be a reason for this. Take advantage of the situation to clear the air with your friend. Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 You don’t live your life by society’s rules, Capricorn. Your freedom is what is most important to you. But despite your independence, there are days when you have the sudden, sinking feeling that you could wind up alone in this world. Today you should really begin to think about what the word “commitment” means to you. Is it really so scary? Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Aquarius, life around you today almost seems like a (bad) dream. It’s almost as if people are talking, but nothing intelligible is coming out of their mouths. Perhaps two people close to you are having problems getting along. You feel like stepping in and telling them to calm down and really listen to each other. Days like these are when people need you the most. Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 You can’t spend all your time running from one activity to the next, Pisces. You need to take a break from time to time. You have all the energy you need, but you should think about relaxing yourself as a whole. Your body may need its batteries recharged. Pretty soon you will be in the thick of the action and you will need all the energy you can get.
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searched LaTechProbs without finding anything. I figured I might as well start one. We need some national recognition.” With over 900 followers, FakeDanReneau said the students are the reason he loves what he does. “It came at a time when I realized that Tech students are incredibly opinionated about the different things that happen at the university,” he said. “The thought of being able to connect with every student by making them laugh about these different subjects, no matter who they are, was so appealing to me.” Richardson said the interaction FakeDanReneau and LaTechProbs have with the students makes the accounts even funnier. “Most of the tweets are problems I deal with at school,” he said. “I relate to them. I favorite.”
LaTechProbs said he loves the favorites and retweets, along with other student input. “I try to retweet as many people as I find whose comments are humorous,” he said. “I didn’t want it to be a just me account. I wanted everyone to be able to put in their two cents.” The student feedback has been unbelievable, FakeDanReneau said. “From the first day Fake Dan was created, people were immediately hooked,” he said. “Retweets are fun to get, as well as favorites. But that moment when someone tweets at you with a concern or just to drop by and say hey to their favorite dude, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.” While LaTechProbs and FakeDanReneau have attracted attention for quite some time, new accounts like LaTechCats, LaTechSquirrels and LaTechTrees have students buzzing. “It’s getting dumb,” Richardson said. “They’re
getting ridiculous. LaTechCats needs to stop. I already hate cats, so it’s making it worse.” LaTechProbs and FakeDanReneau said they appreciate some of the new accounts, but they still believe they are supreme. “I think there are a few humorous ones,” LaTechProbs said. “I can’t blame anyone for wanting to be as famous as we are, but some people don’t have what it takes to make it in this business. LaTechTrees, LaTechCats, FakeMattNelson, FakeTommySpangler and FakeLeslie will never be the caliber FakeDanReneau is.” FakeDanReneau said he finds the attempts flattering but he has something the other accounts just cannot touch. “It does help that everyone knows who Dan Reneau is, so that gives a huge upper hand to this game,” he said. “I mean, who are James Ferguson, Chris Berry and Lori Birdwell? Fantastic mo-
tives, I’ll give them that, but they just do not have the Fake Dan swag.” FakeDanReneau specifically called out FakeMattNelson, saying he is a “huge douche,” but maintaining that he cannot keep his eyes off of his tweets. But when will it all end? LaTechProbs said he plans to pass the account on when he graduates, but FakeDanReneau hinted at plans for a reveal. “Will I shout it from the top of Wyly?” he said. “Will I tweet a picture of myself ? … I want to connect with the students in a way that professional administration cannot. I believe that revealing the face of Fake Dan will diminish that connection in certain ways. But don’t fret, we will meet soon enough.
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SGA elects six supreme court justices
Watched by a room full of peers, candidates for the Student Government Association’s Supreme Court stepped up to the plate to secure positions as a justices. After introducing themselves at SGA’s Dec. 11 meeting, each describing why they would be a great choice for justices on the Supreme Court, six out of seven applicants were appointed as new justices. Hannah Schilling, Kelsy Kershaw, Addie Martin and Gerard Babin were the four out of the seven applicants who spoke at the meeting. The duty of a Supreme Court Justice is to interpret the constitution and bylaws. In addition, the court deals with impeachments, approving or disapproving them before they go to the senate for final vote and hear any cases, mostly with elections and candidates who have trouble. “Although I haven’t met them person-
ally yet, from what they’ve displayed during their speeches, I like them,” Chief Justice Latrice Crawford, a senior political science major, said. Jeff Boudreaux, a senior accounting major, said he is glad the seats are finally filled because SGA has gone a month without the Supreme Court. “We were kind of at a stand still, without members they couldn’t meet quorum, ” Boudreaux said. Marley Jackson, a sophomore chemical engineering major, was re-elected to the SGA Supreme Court, said she applied for the position because her roommate, Hannah Howe, a member of the SGA’s Supreme Court, persuaded her to join, as well as her desire to be more involved on campus. “As a justice I hope to make good decisions for our campus by being open minded and meet new people,” Jackson said. Jackson said she agrees with the previous Supreme Court’s decision to not allow SGA members to promote election candi-
dates on Facebook. “I think if they allowed Facebook promoting of candidates it will create for favoritism,” Jackson said. “For example, a freshman may like a candidate because of something she saw on Facebook from a friend’s post instead of getting to know the candidate and what he or she stands for.” Although Jackson is familiar with the position of an SGA’s Supreme Court Justice, newly elected justices like Gerard Babin are just getting acquainted. Babin, a sophomore professional aviation major, said he decided to apply for a position after his fraternity, Zeta Chi, worked with SGA members during last year’s Big Event. “I wanted to join because I wanted to help make a difference on campus, to look for ways to improve and to keep change current without forcing it on the student body,” Babin said.
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STUDENTS PONDER THE WORLD’S END
ADDIE MARTIN Staff Reporter Get your canned foods, build your underground bunker and start drinking lots of water because the end is near—again. According to the Mayan Calendar, many believe the world has once again been scheduled to come to an end––tomorrow, Dec. 21, 2012. Some say it will end with a big boom, and others say it will end little by little. But most are adamant the world will never end, not in this lifetime at least. Stephen Webre, department head and professor of history, said he does not believe the world is going to end Friday. “Let’s put it this way, if the world does end, it will not be because of someone’s prediction,” said Webre, a specialist in Latin American history who recently taught an honors course on Mayan Civilization. Webre said the entire concept is nonsense for several reasons, including the fact that most do not realize the Mayans had more than one calendar. “The calendar being used to make these predictions has not been used since approximately the year 900,” he said. “People are using the Long Count Calendar to make predictions, and there are no known prophesies associated with long count days.” Webre said even though the Long Count Calendar may not have been used to predict future events, the Calendar Round was used to predict events but never the end of the world. “There is no reference to the date Dec. 21,” he said. “As far as I know, we have no idea if the formula used to convert Mayan dates to our dates is correct.” Trey Evans, a business administration graduate student, said he thinks even the setup of the Mayan calendar is goofy. “They count in a circle and then start back at the beginning,” he said. “It would be like saying the world was going to end on Dec. 31 just because the year is over.” Webre said he would compare it to a car’s mileage counter, in that at a certain amount of miles the counter goes back to zero and starts over. “That is true for the Mayan calendar,” he said. “The Mayans believe the world will end when the calendar has to start over and go back to zero.” However, there are other theories on how the world will end. Hillary Roser, a senior biology major, said if she had to predict how the world would end, it would end by the sun exploding. “The end of the world is not something you can predict,” she said. “However, the sun is a ball of hydrogen. The solar flares are getting bigger and bigger, so they will eventually reach far enough out that it reaches the Earth.” Evans said the sun exploding might explain the reason people believe their underground bunkers might help in the event of the world coming to an end. “If the world does end on the 21st, I will be the first to congratulate everyone who purchased underground bunkers,” he said. “They are so well prepared.” Across the world, people are creating videos, writing books and making movies about the world’s end.
Webre said if anything, the continuous predictions have done well for the book and movie industry and have even helped the news industry a little bit. “This is not a unique sort of thing,” he said. “Prophesies of the world ending have come from different groups at different times.” John Blackwell, a freshman mechanical engineering major, said the exact date of the end could never be predicted, but he does believe the end is near. There have been a series of bad events over the past few years that also add to the idea that the end is near, he said. “The Bible says no man knows the time or the date that the world will end, so there is no way the Mayans could know the world will end on the 21st,” he said. “I do know the end is drawing near due to signs spelled out by the Bible.” Blackwell said natural signs prove the end is near. He said according to the Bible, in the end there will be more earthquakes, major storms and volcano eruptions. “There have been more major natural disasters over a span of the last 20 years than any other period of time in history,” Blackwell said. Webre said talk of the end of the world entertains two ideas: the Western culture’s idea of the end being referred to as the rapture or the second coming when Christ comes back; the Mayans’ belief of the world ending when the calendar numbers return to zero, though the latter is usually the theory most focused on. “The ideas in Western culture have considerable durability,” Webre said. “Though the Western idea has no connection with Mayan culture, the Western culture may account an idea such as the Mayans’, allowing it to catch on in the Western world.” However, Mayans believe in a circular counting cycle, when Western culture believes in counting from beginning to end, he said. No matter the system, people across the globe are either preparing to the full extent or not preparing at all. Evans said he would prepare by watching “The Walking Dead” and “Survivor Man.” Roser said she doesn’t feel as though there is any preparation needed, but if she were to do anything before the world ending, she would simply like to say goodbye to her loved ones. “I do not understand why people try to prepare,” Roser said. “If your life is consumed on worrying about the end of the world, then you are taking away from the enjoyment of life.” Webre said there is really no way to predict the end, so it is wasted time. “The end could not happen for another 200 years,” he said. “For all we know, it could have happened already and we were not paying attention.” The end could be near but preparation would do us no good, he said. “An economics professor once told me the only way to a successful prediction is to predict often, and somewhere along the way you will get it right,” he said. “But if you are debating on studying for a test that is Friday, my advice is to study.”
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Severe case of Déjà vu
The Thomas Assembly Center was built in 1982 making 2012 the 30th year of its opening. There has been an insurmountable number of unforgettable moments that have filled the TAC over the past 30 years. The top 10 memories have been compiled (by date) in honor of the most memorable moments at the TAC.
game in the arena as top-ranked Southern Cal and Cheryl Miller defeated LA Tech 64-58 in the women’s game while UL-Lafayette (formerly Southwestern Louisiana) defeated the Bulldogs 46-45.
Dec. 4, 1982: A crowd of 8,700 watched the inaugural basketball
Jan. 18, 1999: Tamicha Jackson scored 26 points, and Amanda Wilson added 17 points and 16 rebounds as Louisiana Tech defeated second-ranked Connecticut 90-76 before 6,949 fans on Martin Luther King Day. On a weekend that saw the Lady Techster program celebrate its 25th anniversary, Tech handed head coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies their worst defeat of the year.
March 9, 1985: During the Southland Conference tournament, Karl “The Mailman” Malone and company stopped Northeast Louisiana University 72-70 in a wild semifinal game, then halted Lamar University in an equally exciting game 70-69. From there, they went on to the Sweet 16 before losing to the late and great Wayman Tisdale at Reunion Arena in Dallas. Need anybody be reminded of that rim-rolling finish? Feb. 18, 1989: Venus Lacy scored 35 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in only 20 minutes of action as Louisiana Tech set a program record with a 101-point win over University of Texas-Pan American as the Lady Techsters won 126-25. Tech led 63-15 at halftime.
Feb. 16, 2001: Guard Gerrod Henderson became ill and threw up on the floor, but that did not stop him from being carried off the court after nailing a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to defeat head coach Jerry “Tark the Shark” Tarkanian and the Fresno State Bulldogs 66-63.
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Dec. 6, 2006: Legendary head coach Bobby Knight brought his Texas Tech squad into Ruston to face LA Tech in front of the sixth largest crowd in the TAC’s history (7,087), but the Bulldogs were unable to pull off an upset, losing in the final minutes to the Red Raiders 66-59. Feb. 5, 2011: Adrienne Johnson scored 26 points as Louisiana Tech overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat bitter WAC rival Fresno State 90-84 in double overtime. Johnson hit the game-tying free throw with three seconds to play in regulation and then added six points in a second overtime to seal the win before more than 7,000 fans who also witnessed tempers flare between the two teams following the game. Feb. 18, 2012: Freshman guard Kenneth Smith set the Louisiana Tech school record for assists in a game with 15 as the Bulldogs defeated Central Arkansas 84-62 as part of the Sears ESPN BracketBuster program. Former Bulldog Bud Dean had held the assists record since Jan. 17, 1969, with 14.
Feb. 23, 1991: Sheila Ethridge scored a Thomas Assembly Center record (men or women) 47 points as Louisiana Tech defeated University of Texas-Pan American 102-45. Ethridge hit 18-of-29 field goals, including a TAC record 10 3-pointers, while scoring 35 second-half points in the victory. Nov. 20, 1996: Louisiana Tech built an early 18-point lead before watching head coach Pat Summitt and the third-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols fight all the way back to take a 58-53 lead with just over five minutes to play in regulation.
Foreign-born athletes celebrate U.S. Christmas
CHAD MERRITT Multimedia Editor ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the Thomas Assembly Center, the players were dreaming of the places they’d be. Home is only a few hours away for many Louisiana Tech basketball players, but for foreign-born players, home can be half a world away. Sophomore forward Stojan Gjuroski is from Gostivar, Macedonia, a country seven hours ahead of Ruston and more than 5,800 miles away from Tech. With Christmas falling during the middle of basketball season, the players only get a few days off for their Christmas holiday, which is not nearly enough time for Gjuroski to travel around the world to spend time with his family. “My ideal Christmas would have my whole family coming to Louisiana,” Gjuroski said. Although he will not be with his family, Gjuroski will still celebrate Christmas with one of his teammates in Gonzales. One of the differences for him though is not having a white Christmas. Louisiana does not often offer the snow that Macedonia has to offer during the winter. Another difference for Gjuroski is the time he celebrates Christmas in America. “We are Christian Orthodox in Macedonia, so we celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7 instead of Dec. 25,” Gjuroski said. “But we celebrate the same way. in America. They both enjoy time to relax and enjoy themselves. Although he does not really like presents, the best gift Gjuroski said he can receive this Christmas is to stay healthy throughout the remainder of the season. Vucinic said if she could have one gift, anything she wanted, she would get a convertible jeep for Christmas. “I don’t have a car in America, so that would be one thing I would love to have,” she said. While it is not a new car, the best gift Vucinic said she has ever received for Christmas was her first cell phone, a blue Nokia phone. Gjuroski said the best gift he ever received for Christmas was a remote control helicopter his brother gave him when he was 9. “My brother got me this big remote control helicopter that I loved,” he said. “We had so much fun with it. We had it until just a few years ago.” The one gift both Gjuroski and Vucinic could both agree to be the most important would be to celebrate Christmas with their family. And although they both know this will not happen this Christmas, they said they are sure to enjoy their break to the fullest. Some may hear them both say as they get out of Ruston’s sight, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
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Sophomore forward Stojan Gjuroski and junior guard Jelena Vucinic and look forward to their Christmas break in America. Lots of shopping, family, food and gifts.” Gjuroski is not the only foreign-born Tech basketball player who will celebrate Christmas in America. Junior guard Jelena Vucinic is going to spend this Christmas in Houston with some of her friends instead of her hometown of Nelson, New Zealand. Although it will not be with her family like she would prefer, she will still take advantage of her break from school and basketball. One of the biggest differences for Vucinic going from a New Zealand Christmas to an American one is the temperature. “Christmas is during summer in New Zealand so we wear shorts and T-shirts and have barbecues on Christmas,” she said. “There is more to do since it’s warmer for our Christmas.” Although the climate and timing is different, Christmas is still celebrated the same way for Gjuroski and Vucinic
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winning and optimism in the future,” Holtz said. “That’s why I’m so pleased to be to be joining Louisiana Tech–an institution of enormous pride and spirit that shares that pride with the University family, its alumni, and the surrounding community and state.” Reneau, who retires in July, said it is a good addition to the Tech family and a great first head coach for president-elect Les Guice. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to have a coach of the caliber and experience of Skip Holtz leading our football program into the future,” Reneau said. “The success he has had throughout his career as a head coach is solid and will offer a unique opportu-
nity for our student-athletes to learn from one of the best.” Guice said he feels the football program will continue its success as the Bulldogs move into Conference USA. “Coach Holtz is a talented coach with a solid record of success and experience,” Guice said. “He has great knowledge of the game, tremendous character, exceptional leadership abilities, and a professional approach that will serve him well as head coach at Louisiana Tech.” Holtz said he is aiming for his third conference championship ring with his new team and is looking forward to working with the young Tech football team.
nlike the Miami Heat fans in the 2010-11 season, I’m going to give it time and not panic. I’m going to go with the flow and wait for the championship to come after experience and chemistry is gained. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane of the 2010-2011 Miami Heat (or Heats as some people call it. God, I hate that.). Over the summer, the Heat acquired a few all-star athletes to play, making the team’s talent seem unbalanced with every other team. It was like getting NBA 2K10, taking all of your favorite players and putting them on one team so you could easily manhandle all the rest of the teams. This one team now had Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. People, including professional analysts, all assumed that the Heat would devour every team in the NBA and go on to win the 2011 world championship. But something happened. The Heat weren’t looking so hot (I apologize for the cliché). They would lose five games in a row at certain points. Heat fans didn’t know how to feel about their fantasy league team. The players had no chemistry. The defense was almost as bad as the current Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron would pass the ball to Dwyane Wade and he wouldn’t expect the pass. These superstars didn’t know how to play together. But after 40 or 50 games, the Heat started to pull it together. They realized that in this league, you’re going to have to bring more than just your talent to win. You have to work together and learn how to win together as a completely new team, and this takes time. They finished that year with a 58-24 record losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals but going on to win the championship the next year. Now let’s come back to 2012. Does this story sound familiar to you? It sure did give me chills. To me, it sounds like the Lady Techsters basketball team. Let’s face it, when we all heard the team added seven new girls, two who came from Division-1 schools like Temple and Clemson, one who set a record for scoring over 4,000 points in Texas and another who scored over 3,500 points in Louisiana, we assumed the record would be 9-0 at this point. I was excited to hear about the caliber of athletes now joining forces to complete the Techster squad. Honestly, I thought it wasn’t fair for their opponents. This is a team that should easily win the conference title and make it to the Sweet Sixteen at least. But wait, the Techsters are now 4-5 in their first nine games as a team, committing 194 turnovers in the season and their inconsistent shooting from the field is unsettling. Though their strength of schedule is atrociously intimidating, featuring five SEC teams, the Techsters are not playing good team basketball early in the season. Passes aren’t connecting, screens aren’t being called out and there is no help defense. These are all things that take time to develop between new teammates. Has the lightbulb gone off ? The Lady Techsters are the 2010-2011 Miami Heat. I’m claiming these preseason games a learning experience and a chance for the team to learn each other and bond. Because later on, they’ll come together in tune with all returning players, and the championship will be theirs. Reina Kempt is a senior journalism major from Baton Rouge. Email comments to rjk007@latech. edu.
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