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January 18, 2013




The student voice of Louisiana Tech University

Number 12

Students voice their opinions of potentially becoming a tobacco-free campus
KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter As universities around the nation and throughout the state have taken the initiative to become tobacco-free campuses, some people think if Louisiana Tech wants to join the trend, it will cause a great debate. Jennifer Haneline, regional manager of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, said she believes Tech can join the other universities in being tobacco free. “Louisiana Tech University can be a tobacco-free campus because it is a leader in addressing the health of its students and promoting healthy living,” Haneline said. “By taking the initiative, Tech will be promoting the idea that students can use their education for as long as possible because they won’t be doing things that are going to cut their lives short.” The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) is a statewide tobacco control program funded by a state excise tax on tobacco passed in 2002. TFL’s mission is to implement and evaluate comprehensive tobacco control initiatives that prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. “Secondhand smoke that comes from tobacco products affects the health of people that have any kind of lung disorders, and it also affects children because they are more active, which causes them to breath particulates in deeper,” Haneline said. TFL campaign goals are to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth, to promote tobacco cessation among youth and adults and to facilitate effective coordination of all tobacco control and prevention initiatives throughout the state of Louisiana. A comprehensive tobacco-free policy not only affects the health of people walking around breathing in secondhand smoke, but also the marketing strategies tobacco companies can use. Tobacco companies will not be able to promote products on campus and lure in students with enticing campaigns. “Research shows that if people don’t start smoking by the time they are 25, it is very unlikely that they will pick it up,” Haneline said. “About 5 percent start after that age. So we want to keep our college kids off tobacco so that they don’t get a habit and get addicted to it.” Some students and employees agree with Haneline that being tobacco-free is a good idea. Macey Canerday, a freshman environmental science major, said she would be for the initiative because it will help halt students from smoking since they won’t be in that type of environment. “I’m for tobacco-free living,” said Canerday. “It prevents students from smoking.” Like Canerday, Aramark employee Antonio Holland, a smoker, thinks Tech taking the initiative to be a smoke-free campus is a positive thing. “I would be alright with not being able to smoke during work breaks because it could help me quit smoking,” Holland said. Although some agree with Tech taking the initiative, several students and workers do not agree with being told they cannot smoke on campus. Garred Albert, a senior aviation major, said he thinks not being able to smoke where you want is a violation of his rights; however, he believes the ban is good for the overall public. “I think it’s OK because we are a public institution, but we, the student body, should be allowed to vote on whether our campus should be tobacco-free,” Albert said. Similar to Albert, horticultural assistant James Garr said he is against it because as a grounds workers he is constantly outside


Students have a vote in UB spring concert plan
KELSY KERSHAW Staff Reporter

Country, rock, rap, hip-hop, pop–– all of these are popular genres, but for Tech students, country was the sure favorite, Doug Prater said. At midnight Dec. 11, 2012, Union Board posted its first-ever survey to the student body. “The survey was about giving students the option to help Union Board plan the annual spring concert,” Prater, Union Board president, said. “They get to help decide what genre the concert will be, what day it will be, what time it will start and how much ticket prices will be for students.” The survey consisted of five questions, Prater said. They covered genre preference, ticket prices, the day to hold the concert, what time it should start and whether or not students would be willing to have a quarterly fee increase for the pool of artists. Prater, a senior history and Spanish major, said that in the past students have had many complaints about not

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MLK Day sparks debate on meaning of the holiday
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Katherine Guillot, a freshman communication design major, takes a smoking break from class outside the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center.

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Though it may seem that Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been considered a holiday for just as long as Christmas or Thanksgiving, it has only been 30 years since Congress first passed legislation recognizing it as a federal holiday. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the front-man for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s up until his assassination in 1968. Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan first introduced the bill for the commemorative holiday four days after King’s assassination. After 15 years of rallying and petitioning, Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, and President Ronald Regan signed it into law. MLK Day takes place on the third Monday of January each year, which is

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Flu flying rampant this year
ADDIE MARTIN Staff Reporter Headaches, body aches, fever, cough, sore throat, chills, fatigue, nausea—the list of symptoms for the flu continues. Jack Frost has not only brought the cold temperatures this season but the flu as well, causing students and faculty to miss class and stay at home. Paige Pickett, a registered nurse for Tech Health Services, said just as every year, the flu is spreading rapidly this season. “It has been steady at the health center since we have returned from break, but it has not been overwhelming,” she said. “We are hoping it stays that way, but according to Centers for Disease Control, it is going to be a bad year.” Patrick Hindmarsh, assistant professor of biological sciences, said this year’s influenza season began earlier than past flu seasons. “Flu season usually peaks in February; whereas, this year there has been an unseasonal increase in influenza cases in December,” he said. “In addition the strain of influenza that is circulating, H3N2 tends to have increased upper respiratory infections that result in more hospitalizations than previous flu seasons.” The Tech Health Center has given approximately 50 flu shots this season compared to their usual of approximately 200 flu shots per year. “I have sent out reminders several times,” Pickett said. “Unfortunately, a lot of students wait until a friend has it before they receive one, and it’s usually too late.” Hindmarsh said getting vaccinated is key, as well as washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand wash

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Paige Pickett, a registered nurse for Tech Health Services, takes a student’s temperature before administering the flu shot.

and covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. “If you are infected it is important to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or into your elbow when you cough or sneeze,” he said. “If you cough or sneeze into your hand you can spread the virus to surfaces and other people.” Neil Watkins, a junior biology major, said he has recently experienced the flu at its full force. “At first, it does not seem like you are sick with it,” he said. “Once the minor sym-

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School closes for icy weather
ADDIE MARTIN Staff Reporter Watch out! Don’t slip! Stay inside! — Those are some of the phrases heard when the weather turned quite frigid. With this week’s temperatures being in the low 30s, schools have had to take immediate action due to the freezing weather conditions. Randall Hermes, Tech chief of police, said when the area weather condition is so hazardous that it poses as an obstacle for faculty and students to safely make it to class, closing the university is advised. “As a part of the team advising the President, I advised closing early on Tuesday and closing on Wednesday,” he said. “Based upon the weather we had experienced throughout the day Tuesday and the forecast, I believed that as an abundance of caution, closing would be in the student, staff and faculty’s best interest.” Hermes said Ruston was actually experiencing the same weather on Tuesday that the Monroe area experienced on Monday, which explains their closure on Tuesday. Although Hermes said class being in session Tuesday morning was completely reasonable, some students saw things a bit differently. Daniel Hibbets, a junior supply chain management major, said he does not feel that it was safe for students and teachers to commute to class on Tuesday due to bridges and roads closed in neighboring towns. “The emergency weather site didn’t update Tuesday morning until 7:45 a.m.; for a commuter like me that had an 8 a.m. class and a 35-minute drive, that is way too late,” he said. “If I am required to drive in abnormal weather conditions, then the school should be willing to buy cars for those who have wrecks trying.” Katie Hutson, a junior family and consumer science education major, said she also thinks it would have been best if the university had closed on Tuesday. “The ice storm had a lot of the bridges and on/off ramps to the interstate shut down early Tuesday,” she said. “Tech is the only school I know of that did not shut down early Tuesday.” There was not only ice covering the roads and bridges but also the steps to buildings and porches of the campus apartments. Housing was prepared though, as they sent workers out to sprinkle salt on the steps and porches of most of the

Career Center hosts LinkedIn seminar
On Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 1-2 p.m. in Keeny Hall, the Counseling and Career Services will host a seminar to help job seekers and new users learn the benefits and logistics of LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a resource for those looking to gain an edge while they network and search for internships or entry-level jobs. While it is easy to create an account, most new users find themselves stuck as they consider what to do after they have set up their profile. Join the staff to learn how to leverage the power of the 150 million professionals representing 150 industries who are already a part of LinkedIn. Participants will walk away with a practical understanding of the etiquette expected within the space of the network, how to use it to build an online presence and how to use the tool to build a professional network. For more information contact Ron Cathey, director of Counseling and Career Services at 318-257-4336 or

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Ice takes over campus Tuesday, leading to difficult travels for students and the university’s closure on Wednesday. apartments so students would not fall. “We appreciate the dedication and hard work exhibited during these inclement weather incidents by our university staff,” Hermes said. “All are equally concerned, committed and devoted to the safety and comfort of our students.” Tuesday, students and faculty put on the layers and braved the cold to get things accomplished, but as Wednesday approached the conditions were just too extreme. Hermes said the area received quite a bit of precipitation in the form of rain during the morning Tuesday, the trees were beginning to show the signs of ice accumulation and the temperature had not moved above the freezing mark. “It appeared that we were going to experience a ‘mild’ ice storm, including the good possibility of ice on the roadways; this was not the case on either Monday or Tuesday,” he said. Hutson said she thinks Tech was trying to wait out the ice storm because they had no idea how bad it would actually be; however, she did face problems making it to class on Tuesday. “I commute from West Monroe and have a 3-year-old daughter who goes to pre-k, so when all the schools in Monroe/West Monroe area shut down, I had no other choice but to load my daughter up and travel carefully to my nutrition class,” she said. “It bothered me, not only as a student but also as a mother, that I had to take my child out in the storm because I didn’t want to receive a zero on an assignment when Tech failed to cancel classes.” Hibbets said he would like to point out that there are other ways to continue class in emergency situations. “There is no need with today’s technology to make such ignorant decisions of putting students in harm’s way,” he said. “Let them stay home, and let teachers post lessons and assignments on Moodle.”

Human ecology department hosts bullying workshop
From 6-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the The Bridge Community Church, Tech’s human ecology department will host an informational discussion on bullying. A panel comprised of teachers, principals, psychologists, counselors and various leaders in the community will spend time providing the Ruston community with information on bullying. “Love is Louder than Bullying” will target how to deal with bullying across an entire life span, so all ages are welcome. There will also be coloring sheets for young children. The human ecology department hopes to make an impact and decrease bullying in the community with this free event. For more infomation, contact Kailey Williamson, promotions manager, at 318- 805-1200 or

Though the small ice storm has caused a bit of controversy on Tech campus, Hermes said he believes the situation was handled as best as possible. “I know we received quite a bit of negative criticism for not closing on Tuesday,” he said. “The weather reports on the Weather Channel and other weather resources did not accurately reflect what we were experiencing, and we do rely quite a bit upon the National Weather Service.” Hermes said he and other members of the advising team try their best to make wise decisions concerning the students, faculty and staff ’s safety in emergency circumstances, and appreciate the understanding, patience and faith shown to them, while they work to manage the “unpredictable” weather situations.

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SGA to purchase new golf cart for campus
RANEY JOHNSON Staff Reporter Congress passed a bill to avert the fiscal crisis on Jan. 2 after months of arguing; however, there was no arguing or bickering between Student Government Association senators over passing the first bill of the new year. The SGA senate passed the bill at last Tuesday’s meeting. The bill was written so SGA could buy a new golf cart. “I’m just really happy, and I am glad to get the ball rolling,” said Camille Pearce, a junior interior design major and a College of Liberal Arts senator. Pearce said it was originally SGA treasurer Jeff Boudreaux’s idea when he was part of the senate, but when he was approved to be SGA treasurer; she took up the initiative to get a new golf cart. “I just took it up and found the price,” Pearce said. “It is a great service.” The bill was cosigned and supported by senator Carlton Gray, a junior human resource management major and a junior class senator. “I’m more of a supporter than an actual writer of the bill,” Gray said. Gray said he was glad to support the bill because the golf cart service is one of the biggest services that the SGA provides. He said it helps other departments as well as students. “Admissions uses it for people who are handicapped when giving tours of the university and for parents when they get too hot,” Gray said. “Housing uses it for Time Out for Tech when they have to go back and forth to the office.” Gray also said the Tech police rent the golf carts to organizations at Tech if the organization needs to use the cart for a certain event. Pearce said the golf cart escort service not only helps students get around, but also offers students safety. “It is kind of scary to walk at night because not all parts of the campus are lit,” Pearce said. Elizabeth Hill, a junior family and child studies major, said

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Students will have the opportunity to make their own mug 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The cost is $10 per person with a $5 down payment to reserve students’ place while spots are still available. Students can get their hands dirty and explore clay as they make their own ceramic mug and complete it with glazing. Instructors will teach students how to roll the clay, form a base and handle and explore finishing techniques of embossing or glazing. Mugs will be made from start to finish from a ball of clay. Places are limited and going fast, so students need to call and reserve their spot soon. If interested, send a message with student’s full name, CWID, major and classification to the Innovation Enterprise via Facebook. The location of this event is to be announced, but it will be on campus. Dress for a mess. For more information contact Billy Dia at 318-355-7720 or

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she agrees the service offers students safety. “I think it is good because you do not want to walk late at night, even if it is a group,” Hill said. “Sometimes it is helpful to just have someone drive you.” Some students like Tony Fulco, a freshman mechanical engineering major, have never used the service, but Fulco said although he has never used the golf cart service, he supports the SGA senate’s decision. “There are some people who need some assistance getting around campus,” he said. Fulco said although he does not think safety at night in Ruston is something students really have to worry about; it still can offer people some form of security. Pearce said the $9,500 spent on the golf cart was the best price they could get. Gray said he does not see the passing of the bill being a problem financially. “I think it was one of the services needed,” Gray said. “It was not one of the most important things to the university but one step at a time.” Pearce and Gray said if students have any ideas they want to present to the senate, contact a senator. “If students have a problem with the way we are spending money, they can come by the SGA office and suggest a better way to spend money,” Gray said. “We are the liaisons for students and we try to do our best to provide for them.” Fulco said overall he is fine with the decision of the senate and does not have any problem with the SGA spending money to buy a new golf cart. Hill said she thinks the decision to get a new golf cart is using the money in a positive way. “I think it was a good idea to get a new one,” Hill said. “You can never have too many.”

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Ruston businesses rely on Tech family
DEVIN KING Staff Reporter Students have a significant impact on the financial revenue for the majority of local business. From dine-in and fast food restaurants to local boutiques and even rental car places in Ruston, local business owners and managers know that students are the heart of the local economy. As a result, different places have tried to include Tech express, discounts and school paraphernalia to make students feel welcomed. Many students work for businesses around town and have witnessed firsthand how their employers have been affected by the Tech community. Danielle Sibley, a senior secondary education major, is an employee of Raising Cane’s. She said the fast food restaurant supports Tech to the fullest. “When Tech has football games, we are properties of Tech,” said Sibley. Rickey Moore, a junior kinesiology major, works at Enterprise Rental Car where they have discounts for Tech students. “We have a weekend special for all the athletic programs,” said Moore. “For example, if the basketball team needs a 15-passenger van for the weekend, they get half off for any games.” Desirae Nicole Taylor, a

“We don’t see as many college students; as a result, we lose some of our sales especially during Christmas.”
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senior family and child studies major, works at Ryan’s restaurant, where there is a special seating section just for Tech students. “We have a Tech room that can be reserved just for groups of Tech students,” said Taylor. “I feel like it draws the student family and friends into our business, especially when there is an athletic event.” Applebee’s and other food places cater to the Tech community by allowing students to use their Tech Express to purchase items. “We saw it as an opportunity to utilize the outside sources,” said Darius Graham, the assistant manager at Applebee’s. Graham said he believes they have an advantage over other restaurants who do not accept Tech Express by attracting the student popula-

tion that relies on the funds they have in the university program. “We have the option that if you are a college student on a budget, you can eat somewhere that is not fast food,” said Graham. “Students can have an actual meal when you are away from home or don’t feel like cooking.” Graham, Sibley and Taylor both said there is difference when students are not in school versus when they are in school. “The majority of the time when students are in school their families will come eat at Ryan’s, but when students go home they draw away business,” said Taylor. Sibley said at Raising Canes, when students are not in school, four-hour shifts seem like eight-hour shifts. Tech students play a bigger role than what they are aware of in Ruston, as they help boost the revenue of local businesses. Graham is able to see firsthand the impact the students have. “Anytime holidays come everything shuts down, so we notice a difference in clientele,” said Graham. “We don’t see as many college students; as a result we lose some of our sales, especially during Christmas.”

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Martin Luther King Jr. is famous for his “I have a dream” speech. He was assassinated April 4, 1968.

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around the time of King’s birthday, Jan. 15. Despite his popularity and contributions to the civil rights movement, many controversies have surfaced with oppositions to dedicating a day to a single symbol of the era. Opposition of the holiday argues the civil rights movement as a whole should be honored rather than one man. Robert Price, a sophomore nutrition major, feels King is not the only historical figure worthy of a federal holiday. “Throughout American history there have been multiple individuals worthy of being recognized with a federal holiday,” Price said. “I feel that those selected do not accurately represent the extent of what Americans have to celebrate. The civil rights movement as a whole is more than worthy of federal recognition because of its great aspect of the American story.” Another opposition to MLK Day is whether or not King was important enough to have a federal holiday. Hope Leverman, a junior cyber engineering major, said she

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If Tech takes the initiative it will join other universities like Louisiana State University (academic campus only), Southern University System and many more. ” “Being tobacco free sends a clear message that Louisiana Tech cares about its students health,” Haneline said.

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and smoking is his getaway from stress. “If Tech becomes a tobacco-free environment, it will make my job harder because breaks aren’t long enough for me to go off campus to smoke,” Garr said. Like any other decision that impacts the student body there

cause then there is those who are bias. Anthony Nana, sophomore finance major, is one of those students who do not see an impact from either side. “I don’t care whether we are tobacco-free or not because I don’t spend much time on campus with classes only three days out of a week,” Nana said.

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believes King’s importance in American history is undeniable. “Every American should pay some type of tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King,” Leverman said. “He was not only an activist for civil rights for African Americans but a patriot of peace and an advocate for nonviolent solutions, and he died for what he believed in.” Other disapproval of the national holiday insists it is heinous to American taxpayers, suggesting paying public employees not to work for one day would hurt the economy. Sandra Williams, a public employee for the city of Ruston, believes paying public workers for celebrating the day is the least the government could do. “MLK Day is our way of memorializing the civil rights movement and the events that led to up to it,” Williams said. “The government should pull out their calculators and estimate the cost of 300 years of slavery, add a hundred more years of economic, political and social discrimination and deduct the cost of paying public employees from that.” To some, MLK Day is a day of celebration and preparation for Black History Month, but for

others it’s just another day. Karen Smitherson, a sophomore nutrition major, said she only sees the holiday as a day off. “If you don’t get out of school or work for a day, then it’s not a real holiday,” Smitherson said.“I don’t do anything special on MLK Day nor do I do anything special on Presidents, Memorial, or Labor Day.” Others such as Veronica Thomas take the day to celebrate and to pay homage to the civil rights leader. “Being an African American, I take great pride in my heritage,” Thomas said. “Each year I attend parades and festivals on MLK day to celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.” This year MLK day will fall on Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration of the first African American president, Barack Obama, for his second term. Regardless of controversies, MLK Day commemorates a critical activist and a movement that continues to inspire Americans today.

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New Year, new you
he start of a new year is supposed to symbolize the start of a new you, the opportunity for someone to create a new image for him or herself and to make positive changes in their lives. The new year has caused to me step back and reevaluate my life and consider the things I need to do differently or new things that I need to incorporate in my life. Most people resolve to exercise more, eat healthier, be more productive or be more frugal. Although I could use more of all of these things in my life, I am going to resolve to awaken the internal recesses of my human nature, personality and interests. It’s a chance for me to reinvent myself. I want to discover as much as I can about myself and my aspirations this coming year. At the beginning of this school year, it felt like I just let the days pass by. I was living life week by week and just getting through to the weekend. I wasn’t living or feeling the moment I was in on most days of the month. I recently watched this documentary at the Robinson Film Center called “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.” This is where the inspiration sprouted for my new year’s resolution. It was one of the most inspirational films I have seen in a long time. It made me want to exit the theater and start living a whole new life. A native of Paris, Diana Vreeland moved to the United States at the start of World War I where she grew up with a close relationship to fashion and style. In 1936, she got her first job as fashion editor with Harper’s Bazaar in which she revolutionized the definition of fashion and brought creative, exotic and inventive ideas to the meaning of style. She had an unbelievable eye for fashion and taking the ordinary and making it something extraordinary. She went to work for Vogue in 1962 and was the editor-in-chief from 1963 until 1971. Vreeland was not only an icon for style but she was also a strong and confident woman that showed women can accomplish anything with a dream and determination. One of her philosophies was to give the public what they don’t know they want. She had a vision for pleasing people through the spectacles of style and introducing the unknown to society. I aspire to have the creative vision and passion that Vreeland had for fashion and the way she lived her life. She wasn’t just a style icon, she was a traveler, a dreamer and a dynamo. I‘m going to start living my life as Diana Vreeland would. I’m going to take chances and try things that I’ve never tried before. I’m going to have fun with the things I wear and buy things that I wouldn’t normally buy. I am going to embrace who I am with all my imperfections me and love the person I am with confidence and color. I want to travel and discover nature and the all the things the world has to offer. I want to know more about myself than I have ever known before. I am the creator of my own future and I have to be active now to make my life meaningful, fulfilling and fun. Vreeland said, “There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.” Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to


Comments on beauty go too far
The 2013 Bowl Championship Series national championship game was a blowout from the beginning with the University of Alabama rolling past the University of Notre Dame 42-14. Typically when games are looking like blowouts, the commentators will change subject to either stats about the teams, facts about the teams or the personal life of the different athletes playing in the game. ESPN commentators Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit took the time to drool over Alabama’s starting redshirt junior quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who is also Miss Alabama. “You see that lovely lady there,” Musburger said, seductively. “She is Miss Alabama and that’s A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend.” Musburger continued in a flirtatious way about how quarterbacks always get the beautiful women. Several times after this incident, the commentators continued to change the subject of the game to talk about how beautiful Webb is. According to the Washington Post, Webb gained 220,000 followers throughout the game, including some celebrities. ESPN apologized for Musburger’s comments. “We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys tweeted. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.” Webb went to say ESPN did not owe her an apology for Musburger’s remarks. “I think the media has been really unfrair to him,” Webb said on the “Today” show. I think if he had something along the line if we were hot or sexy, I think that would be little bit different. The fact that he said we were beautiful and gorgeous, I don’t think any woman wouldn’t be flattered by that.” On his first game since the controversial remarks, Musburger again made sensual remarks about a fellow ESPN reporter Holly Rowe during the University of Kansas and Baylor University. “For Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe, who was really smoking tonight, I want to say so long from Lawrence,” Musburger said. ESPN did not make a comment to the matter. We think it was not bad what Musburger said, but he did not have to say it multiple times. Calling Webb beautiful is not a bad thing, but the continuation of it while there was a game going on, was not right on Musburger’s part. Musburger, who has been commentating for many years, needs to learn proper etiquette of what to say about a woman and know when to say it. We understand the national championship game was not going as planned, but they could have found multiple other things to talk about. Such as the schoos’ history or tradition. They were flattering comments, but this was not a Miss USA competition.

Playing the blame game
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nlike the days of our grandfathers, who realized a problem when they saw it and owned up to it, Americans today seem to choose a different path when dealing with their problems. Blame it on someone/something else. As a society you would think we have advanced enough to where we can own up to our mistakes and accept it. You would think. Every day there are more and more instances of people (not limited to, but usually those who we voted into office) who find scapegoats for the latest issues. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, for instance, is a prime example of pointing fingers. Many people immediately began blaming guns, video games and mental health issues as cul-

prits of the tragedy. And while there may be some sustenance to their claims, they are still singling out areas instead of working to fix the problems. Our congressmen and women are among the worst when it comes to not accepting responsibility for their own actions. Senator Harry Reid egregiously made comments saying Hurricane Sandy was worse than Hurricane Katrina. When he made his apology for this statement, he added a shot at Republicans. Why couldn’t he simply make his apology without saying anything negative about someone else. It’s kind of like if I was to say, “I know I pushed my sister and it was wrong, but she looked at me funny so she started it.” The recent Trillion Dollar Coin event, which garnered much attention, is yet another way the government proved its inability to grow a spine. Democrats and republicans were both saying how

the other is trying to crash the economy and send America into depression. Last I checked, we are all playing on the same team, team America. Why can’t we leave the name-calling on the playground and go back to adult land. Another group of people who make it a point to avoid owning up to their actions is athletes. In the last two weeks we have seen some of the ramifications of athletes lying for years; no players being voted into the Baseball Hall-of-Fame and the admittance of Lance Armstrong and his performance-enhancing drug use. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are three of the best players to play in the last 30 years, but their alleged/confirmed/probable steroid use has them a long way from a bust in Cooperstown. Lance Armstrong, who had vehemently denied it for 10 years, has finally admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Surviving cancer and winning seven consecutive Tour de France is seemingly now a memory of Armstrong. While he has finally owned up to his ill deeds, it still took him 10 years to do so. It appears as if Americans are afraid to own up to our own mistakes these days. This isn’t a recent development either. Nixon didn’t admit his involvement of Watergate until he had to. Clinton didn’t admit his Lewinsky scandal until he had to. The Pentagon didn’t admit Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire until they had to. The cover-up is worse than the controversy, as time has proved over and over again. Just grow a spine and admit to your mistakes. It’s what your grandfather would do. Chad Merritt is a junior journalism major from Livingston who serves as multimedia editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to

From hopeful to has-been
ALLISON EAST Senior Reporter oday I am a has been. Thirty-something people will walk – or have walked – into Hale Hall to receive the nail-biting, gut-wrenching news they’ve been anxiously awaiting. Somewhere around half of them will walk out with thank-you letters for their interest. Many will feel like they’ve just had the worst breakup of their life. It’ll be hard to carry on for a few hours, and their hearts may or may not feel like they’ve been completely ripped out of their chests. I felt that way two years ago. Sixteen will walk out with their lives forever changed. They’ll probably hug everyone around them. It will be one of the most memorable days of their lives. They may cry. I did a year ago. Most of us remember our Orientation Student Leaders. The sixteen goofy older people who flagged us to check in at Tolliver, wowed us with their dance moves in Presents and tried their hardest to explain to us the differences between Declining Balance and Tech Express. From the moment Tori Close complimented my blue shirt by saying she liked my spirit, I knew I wanted to be an OSL. By the end of the three days, there was no doubt in my mind. These weirdos were obviously the Tech Family personified. They loved their university, they loved each other, and they loved us. Unconditionally. So freshman year I drug myself to the OSL interest meeting and saw my sixteen idols cry over the end of their experience. It seemed rather dramatic. I went to the group tryouts and felt like I didn’t stand out, but somehow I got a personal interview. I knew I was a freshman, but I knew in my heart that I was an OSL. Unfortunately it seemed, I was not a 2011 OSL. I cried when I got the letter saying no, but I didn’t throw it away. I hung it on my bulletin board and stared at it for a year. I was determined never to get that letter again, and I never did. On this exact morning last year, I threw on sweatpants and a hoodie and went – with no makeup on and my hair up – to Hale. Through the icy mist, I stood on the steps and opened my letter. I cried. Again. As I ran to hug my now roommate Carlton, my life changed. I’ve spent the last year building my relationships, my university and myself. I’ve fought with my staff to the point of tears, I’ve celebrated some of the most special moments in their lives, and I’ve laughed until I literally couldn’t laugh anymore. My year as an Orientation Student Leader is something I’ll never forget and something I’ll never take for granted. To the 15 people whom I’ve shared this time with, you are my family, and no one else will ever understand exactly what you mean to me. They’ll never understand the tears or the laughter or the inside jokes. They’ll never understand what we went through, and they’ll never understand what being a member of the 2012 orientation staff meant. From our retreat to today, we’ve all changed more than I ever could’ve imagined. I love you more than I can explain, and I can’t wait to evolution at all of your weddings. Cause let’s be honest, I have to live vicariously through some one. To the 16 new additions to our OSL family, never let a moment pass you by. When one person on your staff asks you to go eat, go. When one freshman looks at you, say hi. You can never get this experience back. You’re in for the year of your life, so live it up. I’m jealous of you. To everyone who participated in the tryout process, I applaud you and encourage you to never give up. Louisiana Tech is more than a piece of paper that says, “Give yourself a bone, Bulldog!” It’s a family. It’s a love that doesn’t stop just because you faced some heartache or rejection. Being a bulldog is grinning and bearing it because you believe in what this school stands for. So today I am a has been, and when I graduate, I will be a super has been. But no matter what I face – rejection from grad schools, a terrible LSAT score, a horrible tragedy, or just not getting what I want – I’m a bulldog. I’m Orientation Student Leader #566, and Louisiana Tech will always be number one in my heart. Allison East is a senior history and journalism major from Vicksburg, Miss. who serves as senior reporter for The Tech Talk. Email comments to

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PATRICK BOYD Contributing Editor When my father pulled me out of class on the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, I had just finished the second Harry Potter novel and was excited about going home so I could start the third immediately. As the words “terrorist” “attack” “center” “everything” “is” “going” “to” “be” “ok” flowed out of his mouth, followed by a hug, I felt comforted instantly and went back to dreaming about flying brooms, Quidditch and what house the Sorting Hat would place me in. With a childlike sensibility guarding my awareness and understanding of just what was happening that day, I was affected by the images we watched on television that night but could not form a context in my mind (a problem for adults as well) to properly realize the gravity of the situation. Over the past 10 years, 9/11 has affected our worldview so much that our generation doesn’t know how to evaluate the world without the threat of terrorism. Movies like “World Trade Center,” “United 93” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” have tried to contextualize 9/11, usually accompanied by sentimental antics, and never hit the nerve that differentiates in the mind what we see on the news or an ABC


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Zero Dark Thirty HHHHH special report from one of these films. Many of these movies came out too soon with not enough hindsight, the exception possibly being “United 93,” yet even it felt wrought over at a time when the nation was still early in its healing process if it can even be described as such. With Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” the masterly new film about the 10year long search for Osama Bin Laden, it seems to have somehow found a way to not be affected by the lack of passage of time. It may even be better for it. Much more than just a film about trying to find Osama

bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty” delves into the psychology of the age of terrorism with objectivity and nuance and may be the best 9/11 film to date. The film opens not with images of 9/11 but a black screen and sounds. The voices of those on the planes, those trapped in the building calling emergency rescue asking, “Am I going to die?” set the disturbing tone that carries throughout the film. Then like a tightly plotted timeline, we follow the events over the next 10 years that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden by Navy Seals in April of 2011. “Zero Dark Thirty” is almost reportorial in its construction, an investigative drama of sorts, that I can compare to no other because I have seen nothing like it before. Maya (played by Jessica Chastain who will probably go home with Oscar gold next month) is a CIA officer who specializes in al-Qaeda related intelligence and is brought in to the U.S. embassy in Pakistan to help in the search for bin Laden. Through intense torture sequences of terrorists for information (of which many U.S. officials are saying is not accurate, yet supposedly Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal obtained classified documents

from the CIA they based the film on) and years of information that leads nowhere, we are pulled into Maya’s desperation to find the man responsible for the attacks. As the terrorist attacks continue to happen around the world, it becomes a race against the clock situation for Maya who nearly takes on the task of capturing bin Laden herself. The tension is so taut and filmic that it is hard to believe while watching that “Zero Dark Thirty” is in fact a work of non-fiction. The sequence at the end of the film when Navy Seals raid the compound where bin Laden is revealed to be hiding in Pakistan is one of the most gripping and tension-filled scenes that has ever been produced. Through Maya and other CIA officers, we see people who just like ourselves are trying to come to terms with the way the world has turned out, yet it is their job to stop it. “Zero Dark Thirty” comes the closest to depicting not only the events of 9/11, but the emotions that have persisted after that fateful day. It may be the quickest turnaround when it comes to the gap of time between event and movie, but in the case of “Zero Dark Thirty” it just feels right.

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Who won the Globe?
ADDIE MARTIN Staff Reporter Hundreds of celebrities from every top film and TV show gathered Sunday night in hopes of hearing his or her name called to receive a Golden Globe Award. At the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif, celebs mingle, drink and recognize the best actors, actresses, movies, TV series and much more. Ashley Hunter, a graduate student in history, said she has always loved to watch the Golden Globes because the Oscars come across as more pretentious and snooty. “The Globes seem like the lower-brow party of filmmakers that are just having fun and patting each other on the back,” she said. “It is also known as a popularity contest, but who’s really paying attention? Everyone wishes they could be there.” The evening began with this year’s hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, cracking jokes left and right, keeping the guests’ faces red with laughter. “Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu. And I hear she’s amazing in it,” Poehler said during introductions. “Historically, when an award ceremony chooses someone as master of ceremonies who is inherently charming or is a working comedian, the show as Having spent the autumn supporting Jack White on his US tour, Moon will now take Europe by storm with a number of nationwide tour dates, starting in the UK this March. His two previous singles, “Railroad Track” and “Bang Bang” were released through Jack White’s label, Third Man Records. “Yeah Yeah” was written and produced by Moon and released through Island Records. Originally from New Zealand, Moon has spent most of his time in London after spending all of his money on a oneway plane ticket. With his weird culture mashup style, Moon has found himself a unique market. Will it be enough to turn “Yeah Yeah” into a hit or Willy into a star? It is not hard to see “Yeah Yeah” taking off in modernrock radio and becoming a minor crossover hit in the style of Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied” or The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” two other songs that were able to ride commercial endorsements into solid mainstream success. a whole tends to be much more interesting,” Hunter said. “If you don’t believe me, look at the past hosts chosen for the Globes or the Oscars.” She said she personally loves both Fey and Poehler—like other certain actors and actresses, everything they do is naturally funny. Cherrie Sciro, director of theater, said Fey and Poehler will provide a different artistic take on the role of the host of Golden Globes. “They are both strong women; if anyone can replace Gervais it would be those two,” she said. Ricky Gervais was last year’s host. The ceremony was not all laughs though, as some winners like Jessica Chastain, Best Actress in a Motion Picture— Drama: “Zero Dark Thirty,” got emotional as she accepted her award and gave her thanks. She said in a later interview that she is an emotional girl, and the award was such an honor she could not believe it. However, Chastain was not the only celebrity overjoyed on stage Sunday night; Jennifer Lawrence from “Silver Linings Playbook” won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy, and Christoph Waltz from “Django Unchained” won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Moon rises on the charts
AMANDA NEWELL KLPI Reporter “Yeah Yeah” by Willy Moon is ridiculously catchy. You’ve probably heard it already; it’s the song in the most recent iPod commercial, and it’s currently No. 17 on iTunes download charts. He has been named “One to Watch” by “The Guardian” and one of the “Faces of 2012” by “Q Magazine.” His voice is interesting, the lyrics are good and the beat is awesome for whatever you’re doing. It’s good for running, driving and dancing, but probably not so much for studying, because you’ll definitely catch yourself dancing along. His music fuses polar opposites, such as vintage ‘50s rock riffs with modern hip-hop production to create a brilliant form of music all his own. Moon seems to have taken some lessons from his admiration for The Ramones to heart in his music, as he pillages ideas, phrases and imagery from the heyday of mid-1950s rockabilly, mixing in his Buddy Holly style vocals and the 21st Century beats he cooks up on his laptop.

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Yeah Yeah Willy Moon HHHHI “Yeah Yeah” is the third single from his debut album, “Here’s Willy Moon,” scheduled for release in March. His soulful mix makes it impossible to stop your feet from tapping. Speaking of toe tapping, the video for “Yeah Yeah” features 16 dancers turned into a sea of people through the clever use of mirrors. Moon dances on a podium in the middle as the dancers surround him. There is a brief dance battle as well between Moon, in a powder blue three-piece Alexander McQueen suit, and the dancers in black.

Anne Hathaway from “Les Miserables” went home with the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture award. “Les Miserables” also won the Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical award, making the cast and fan overjoyed. Sciro said she was rooting for “Les Miserables” because she worked as the production coordinator of the Broadway production of “Les Miserables.” “Several members of the original Broadway company were campaigning to get as many people as possible to see ‘Les Miserables’ on opening day, she said. “We wanted the show to continue breaking records.” Sciro said she was happy to see the musical continue to break records and win a Golden Globe Award as well. Hunter said this year’s Golden Globe Awards were anyone’s game. “Several categories were locked in and we knew who would win, but most of them are completely open for anyone to win,” she said. “It was a gamble to predict. “The 70th Golden Globe Awards were entertaining, to say the least. It’s safe to say it was more interesting than the past few years.”

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ptoms start you would only assume it is sinuses or a cold; it is not until the full-on flu symptoms hit that you realize you have it.” Watkins said he never thought he would catch the sickness and then it snuck up on him and it was terrible. “Because it is airborne, it can be transmitted through coughs, sneezes or by virus particles on the skin, especially hands,” Pickett said. Scott Levin, an associate professor of English, recommend students to carry hand sanitizer and wash their hands thoroughly throughout the day. “We are in contact with so many people a day and those people are in contact with others and so on,” Watkins said. “It is just so easily spread.” Though the flu is not 100 percent preventable, there are precautions people can take to lessen the chance of catching the virus. Pickett said she advises everyone to first get the flu shot, and second, wash your hands constantly throughout the day. Watkins said the flu shot helps; however, the way we take care of ourselves also plays a large role in whether we catch the virus. “I had constantly been going nonstop and not allowing myself time to rest and not taking vitamins, so my immune system became vulnerable,” he said. “That is the reason I caught the virus, and

it could be true of others as well.” Pickett said young children and the elderly are more prone to catch the flu because of their weak immune system, but if college students are not taking the right precautions, they can get it just as easily. “The flu has spread so rapidly this year because a lot of people have the same problem I had,” Watkins said. “There are not enough people taking care of themselves the way they should and putting other things before their own health and the health of others.” “I had it from a Friday night, until the following Tuesday afternoon,” he said. “The worst part or parts are the aches and fever, which would wake me up every other hour in the night.” If the flu is not bad enough alone, it can lead to other health issues as well. “The flu virus is worse than the cold virus in that complications can be serious or fatal,” Pickett said. “Secondary infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis, etc. can also occur.” Tech Health Services offers flu shots to all students for only $20 between the times of 7:30– 11:30 a.m. and 1– 3:30 p.m. in order to keep the flu off campus. “The flu is no joke,” Watkins said. “It was a very unpleasant time, so take care of your body and take the right precautions to avoid the virus.”

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“Overall, we had some great feedback,” he said. “We definitely know what day the students want, what time they want it to start, what prices they like and what genre they prefer.” The interesting results were from the fee increase question, Prater said. “Union Board’s pool of artists for concerts is very limited due to a smaller budget compared to other universities’ activity boards,” he said. “So to see over 77 percent of students being in favor of some amount of a fee increase is great information to know.” This survey is just one of the steps involved in making Union Board a more integrated part of campus life for students of this university, Prater said. “We hope to expand upon this survey in years to come to allow students more input,” he said. “The more input and participation we receive for Union Board events, the better quality we can provide to the students.”


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having any input for various events. “With this survey, Union Board will be heading in the direction of allowing students to have their opinions heard toward the concert,” Prater said. Antonio Wilson, a sophomore agriculture education major, said because Union Board is an organization for the students, then it was time to do a survey. “I like the survey idea,” Wilson said. “I voted myself and it gave me the feeling that I did have a say in what happens on campus as a student.” He said the survey made him feel as if Union Board cared about the wants and needs of the students. “It’s awesome to see them reaching out,” Erin Dupree, a sophomore biology major, said. “It makes me feel like they really care about the student body as a whole and it’s important for them to know what the student body wants.” She did not fill out the survey

herself, but Dupree said it still has a huge impact on students’ opinions. “I’ve heard a lot of talk about them picking what they’ve wanted in the past, which is fine because they run the events, but to know they do care about what everyone else would like to see is really awesome,” she said. Following the survey exactly is not going to be possible, Prater said, but Union Board is going to stick to it as much as possible. “By voting on the survey, students will be ultimately giving Union Board guidelines to follow when it comes to the concert,” he said. Some of the results of the survey are shocking, Prater said, but then some are not. “Having the concert on Friday at 7 p.m. overwhelmingly received the majority of votes,” he said. “The genre vote was very close, with country in first, followed by rock, and then rap/ hip-hop.” The results showed the majority of students are in favor of ticket prices being at least $15, Prater added.

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“I’ll never forget the last time we za down after she won the preliminary worked out, right before she was com- swimsuit award and said, “Are you ready peting for Miss Tech, she got on the for this? You’re going to win.” She said scale and almost cried because she was Vizza started beaming, hugged her and so happy,” Strecker said. “Watching her responded, “You really think so?” change gradually, with a debilitating in“I will never forget the rush of emojury was inspiring. Her drive truly carried tions I experienced the night Lauren her all the way to Vegas.” was crowned Miss Louisiana,” said Lee, After competing in Miss Tech three a junior journalism and English major. years in a row, she won the Miss Loui- “As each runner ups’ name was called siana preliminary competition her junior and Lauren was still standing, I began year in the 2011 pageant, to think this might really and she was set to combe happing for her: This pete in Miss Louisiana might be her year.” the following June. Maybe it was the In preparation for transformed former Miss Louisiana, Vizza m o t h e r- o f - t h e - b r i d e said she tried on at least “Her drive truly dress or maybe it was 75 dresses before finally carried her all the as Vizza says, “The third finding “the one.” time was the charm,” but “It was a size 10 way to Vegas.” either way, that was her m o t h e r- o f - t h e - b r i d e year. Vizza won the title dress that I had totally of Miss Louisiana 2012 Ben Strecker remade,” she said. and was set to compete However, Vizza was Vizza’s former trainer in Miss America the folnot too worried about lowing January. fitting into her nowThis was it: the crème smaller, altered dress. de le crème; Vizza was posed to com“I went to Paris one week before pete in the top pageant the Miss Amerithe check-in date for Miss Louisiana,” ca Organization has to offer. she said. “I ate everything possible, but Though making it to the final stage of thanks to the constant walking I actually competition was four years in the maklost weight while I was there.” ing, preparing for Miss America was still Though Vizza was in top shape for no easy task. the pageant, she admits to having a slip Though Vizza’s interview dress was of the mind while performing in the tal- a sponsored gift from Dr. Ed Johnson, ent portion of Miss Louisiana. tracking down the diamond in the rough “I thought for sure I hadn’t won be- was a challenge. cause I had forgotten the last 30 seconds “I chose a Yves Saint Laurent dress of my dance and had to make it up on and Chanel shoes,” she said. “The dress the spot,” she said. was special to track down because it was Vizza’s friend and pageant sister Mea- the only one in its size and color in the gan Lee said she remembers sitting Viz- country.”

Vizza’s Pageant Timeline
JANUARY 2010 Vizza competes in her first pageant, Miss Tech.

hen Lauren Vizza entered her first pageant, the Miss Tech pageant, she never dreamed that four years later she would be walking across the stage at the Miss America. “My first pageant freshman year was the Miss Tech pageant, so it meant everything to come back and win the pageant that started it all,” said Vizza, a senior political science major. Vizza said for her third go at the title of Miss Tech she wore the same opening number and interview dress that she had worn the two years prior, but clearly that did not hinder her success. In preparing for Miss Tech she took advantage of the opportunity to train with fellow Bulldog, Ben Strecker, a junior kinesiology major. “Leading up to the pageant, he helped me get in amazing shape,” Vizza said. “One of the later nights I skipped out early on my cardio thinking he had already left and totally got caught: In all honesty I have never cheated a workout again since then.” Strecker said Vizza was fantastic to work with, and apparently skipping out on workouts was not something she made a habit of doing. “She has an incredible work ethic and she was easy to train because of her positive attitude,” he said. Vizza suffered from a debilitating knee injury, which Strecker said caused him to have to modify some of her workouts. After hard work and little tips and tricks, the team began to see positive changes, he said.

The next of Vizza’s tasks was to select an evening gown, which she got to design herself, sort of. “I designed my evening gown in July but when it arrived in November, it was very different,” she said. “While we tried having it altered it actually got ruined, so three weeks before I was sending my wardrobe to Vegas, I had to pick out a new gown.” Vizza said Tony Bowls sent over several boxes full of dresses and after several hours she and her team finally settled on the perfect evening gown. While Vizza’s dresses would have to be shipped for the competition, she got an additional luxury when her hairdresser of seven years decided to tag along too. “He gave me plenty of hair lessons before I left,” she said.” The most important: how to properly curl my hair.” Though Vizza fell short of her hopes of being called for the top 15, she did accomplish her goal: leaving with no regrets. “I felt like I had let everyone down and honestly didn’t know how to handle it,” she said. “It’s been a few days now, and I have a much better outlook on everything. My job was to go and represent Louisiana, which I did, and there was nothing I could do differently.” Vizza said she knew 38 girls were going to be left out, and that they were there to encourage each other. “Cheering for my Miss America sisters as they competed in each phase of competition was so exciting,” she said. “I had no idea I could go from crying to excitedly cheering so quickly.”

JUNE 2010 Vizza named Third Runner Up at Miss Louisiana.

NOVEMBER 2010 Vizza wins Miss Monroe and the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness award. JUNE 2011 Vizza named Fourth Runner Up at Miss Louisiana. NOVEMBER 2011 Vizza accomplishes two goals: winning Miss Tech and Lifestyle and Fitness. JUNE 2012 Vizza takes her final trip to Miss Louisiana and accomplishes her two goals: winning Miss Louisiana and Lifestyle and Fitness. JANUARY 2013 Vizza is one of 53 girls out of the 13,000 originial competitors nationwide to make it to the final stage of competition, Miss America.

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Legends: Taking a dig into ‘Spoon’
ton Brand. “I needed to be of help in the game,” Weatherspoon said. “And I got that chance by coaching Brand. I had some of the greatest boys who trusted everything about me. It was awesome.” Weatherspoon, recruited by NBA legend and Tech alumni Karl Malone, became an assistant coach at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech, under Chris Long in 2008. Halfway through her first season, Long was fired and Weatherspoon had to take the wheel. From there the rebirth of the prestigious Lady Techster program began. “It was a tough position for her,” Barmore said. “But she was the only one fit for the job. And she was a wonderful choice.” Since that 2008-2009 season, the Techsters have won one WAC tournament title, one WAC conference title and have made two NCAA appearances. Under Weatherspoon, the Techsters have accomplished the feat of being only the second women’s team (besides Tennessee) in history to win 1,000 games and has reached 500 wins all-time in Ruston. Now in 2013, Weatherspoon said she hopes to only further the franchise’s success with her group of girls, whose record is now 6-7 at the time of press, heading deeper into conference play. “These kids mean everything to me,” Weatherspoon said. “I am here to teach them how to work hard.” Weatherspoon, who is known for being a fiery coach in practice and the games, said she uses her energy to motivate her team. “If you can’t take my drive, then you’re still in park,” she said. “That’s what I tell my kids. Get out of park and have some drive.” Weatherspoon said it’s been amazing to be asked to come back to a university that she played at. She said she is honored that Tech feels she made such an impact in the past to where they feel she can make one in the future. Weatherspoon said despite any goals she has achieved as a player or coach, nothing will amount to the feeling of one specific accomplishment. “My biggest win is for them to get their degree,” she said. “They’re not just basketball players. They are intelligent human beings and they will succeed in life even when the ball deflates.”

8 • The T T ech alk • January 18, 2013


REINA KEMPT Sports Editor

This is the first entry of a series about Tech’s most prominent athletes.

In 1975, a little girl grew up in Pineland, Texas, as the youngest daughter of six kids to Charles and Rowena Weatherspoon. She immediately picked up sports like basketball, karate, football and baseball as an adolescent. She loved baseball the most, as she was the daughter of a professional baseball player, but she made a heavy impact in basketball. At West Sabine High School, she was immediately noticed as a star athlete with the talent to do things most women have yet to do at this day and age. With such a dynamic high school career, Teresa Weatherspoon was recruited by several colleges across the country but decided to attend Louisiana Tech University in 1984 under head coach Leon Barmore, and her career made an illustrious boom. “It took me five minutes of watching her play to realize that this kid could be a great player,” Barmore said. Barmore said he knew exactly what he was looking for when recruiting Weatherspoon. “We lost Kim Mulkey and we were in need of a point guard,” he said. “Teresa came in to replace her and was ready to go.” Weatherspoon was a two-time Kodak All-American in 1987 and 1988 and won the prestigious Wade Trophy as the top player in the country during her senior season. In that same year (1988), Weatherspoon won a national championship title, defeating Auburn 56-54 in the NCAA title game, and an Olympic gold medal as part of the U.S. National Team. “I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever made as far as basketball,” Weatherspoon said. “He (Barmore) turned the program over to me as a freshman because he knew I wanted

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Weatherspoon poses at mid court of the Thomas Assembly Center where she played for four years, winning a NCAA championship in 1988. something great every day.” Barmore said he was glad he put that pressure on Weatherspoon. ”Her leadership was outstanding,” Barmore said. “She did whatever I asked her to. She was a tremendous defender, probably the best ever here at Tech.” After college she went to play professional basketball overseas in 1988 where she spent six years in Italy and was named a six-time all-star. She also played two years in Russia. In 1997, the world of basketball changed for women as the WNBA was formed and Weatherspoon headed back to the States to continue her career as a New York Liberty. “I was allocated to the Liberty, and man, that was the greatest thing that could happen to a little country girl like me,” Weatherspoon said. “To come to a big city and be welcomed like I was great.” In her career she became a five-time WNBA All-Star, a four-time all-WNBA second teamer and the two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and led her team to three WNBA championship appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000. One of her most memorable moments includes her half-court buzzer beater in 1999 against the Houston Comets in Game 2 of the WNBA finals. “I set the bar high when I played,” Weatherspoon said. “But I don’t dwell on my success. I want to help others reach it.” This past summer, she was named one of the 15 greatest players in the history of the WNBA. She also has become a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame (1996), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2010), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the New York Liberty Ring of Honor (2011). She started to create computer software after her retirement from the WNBA but realized she couldn’t stay away from the game. In 2008 she served as the head coach of the America Basketball Association’s Westchester Phantoms men’s team that included El-

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’Dogs take on Redhawks
DEVIN KING Sports Reporter A nail-biting victory against the University of Texas at San Antonio last Saturday extended the Bulldogs basketball team’s winning streak to six games. This year’s team has started off strong, and the goal of becoming Western Athletic Conference champions is within reach. They will have to continue to strive for this goal against Seattle University Saturday at 7 p.m. in Ruston. At the time of press, the Bulldogs had a 14-3 record, undefeated and tied for first place in the WAC. Kenyon McNeail came off the bench and scored 34 points against UTSA. McNeail had a career-high night and tied the season high for most points by any Bulldog this Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay year. He also set a record for three Senior forward Brandon Gibson, junior guard Jaron pointers attempted. Coach Michael White said he Johnson and sophomore guard Kenneth “Speedy” has not seen anything like McSmith get ready to take on Seattle Saturday night in Neail’s performance. the Thomas Assembly Center. “He went crazy at UTSA,” White said. “He got a lot of good looks and seem like he could not miss. If anybody deserves a good game, it should be him.” McNeail went 9-15 in 3-pointers and 11-19 from the field in 22 minutes against UTSA. His 34 points were tied for the second most by Division 1 player coming off the bench this season. McNeail said he did not do anything different before the game. “I did not feel like I was in the zone because my first shot was an air ball, but my team kept telling me to shoot it,” McNeail said. “In the end it worked out best for the team.” The Bulldogs will need everybody to pitch in, including sophomore forward Michale Kyser, who leads the team in blocks with a total of 56 this season. Kyser had four blocks against UTSA, and his biggest block came at the end of the game that helped the ’Dogs pull of the victory. Sophomore guard Kenneth Smith leads the WAC with 86 assists in the season. When the men’s basketball team takes on Seattle, fans should look forward to seeing the progression of McNeail this season. “He is playing starter minutes,” White said. “He has always been considered a starter.” If McNeail can continue his productivity for the Bulldogs, sophomore guard Raheem Appleby stays leading the team in scoring and Kyser keep adding to his block total Saturday night against Seattle, the goal of becoming WAC champions gets closer. McNeail said he knows the importance of playing well at home. “We let up last year at home,” McNeil said. “We were young and did not finish games. This year we want to start strong and finish strong. We do not want to let our fans down again, and we are trying to prove a point to other WAC teams coming into our home.” Bulldog fans can watch Tech take on the Redhawks on Gametracker at

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Tennis team welcomes new head coach
REINA KEMPT Sports Editor At the beginning of the school year, the women of Louisiana Tech’s tennis team didn’t know what to make of their season without a head coach, but in November Freddy Gomez was hired to take over. Gomez was the assistant tennis coach at Virginia Tech before moving to Ruston to transfer from orange and maroon to blue and red. He made plenty of pit stops before coaching at Virginia Tech and then finally making it to Tech. He was a staff coach for three years at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. He coordinated and promoted tennis camps as an assistant tennis pro at Cliff Drysdale Tennis in Southampton, N.Y. Gomez also was an assistant tennis director at the George Washington University Tennis Center and at Illinois State University in 2006. But Louisiana Tech will start a new journey for Gomez as this is his first head coaching position. “I feel very honored to receive this position,” Gomez said. “I get to be the leader of this program.” “He is very encouraging and supportive of us,” she said. “He puts it in our mind to have a winning spirit.” Gomez said he feels he is a player’s coach. He said he is all about communication and meeting his players’ needs. Gomez is more of a hands-on coach as he sometimes plays with the girls in practice. Erofeyeva said she can tell this season will be different because of Gomez’s leadership. “There is already a big difference,” she said. “He has such a different approach and we all get along so well.” He said his goals for this season are very reachable with effort. “Conference is very important for us and I think we can do well against some pretty good teams,” Gomez said. Playing teams like nationally ranked No. 59 Stephen F. Austin State University will get the Techsters ready for a difficult Western Athletic Conference schedule that features five new teams. The Techsters’ first match will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 in Ruston against University of Central Arkansas.

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Head coach Freddy Gomez, senior Alena Erofeyeva, junior Melanie Urvoy, freshman Manoela Chiacchio and freshman Taly Merker getting ready for practice last Tuesday. Upon arrival in Ruston, Gomez was “We only have five players this already hit with a big challenge. His ten- year, so hopefully they will play all the nis team consists of only five players games,” Gomez said. when a college tournament consists of These five players include senior six singles matches and three doubles Alena Erofeyeva, who said she likes the matches. kind of coach Gomez is.

t was the “Gangnam Style,” of early 2012. An unknown team from an area not known by many around the country was about to dance into the 2012 NCAA Tournament. I sat in all Louisiana Tech Bulldogs gear anxiously waiting for the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference tournament. After the ’Dogs were demolished by the New Mexico State University Aggies, I just put it as them being the lovable Dunking ’Dogs that you just love to cheer for and that’s it. Heading into the 2012-13 season, my expectations were not high, and even after winning several big games, I still viewed them as just lovable and fun to cheer for. Then came former sports reporter John Tabor, a man with a lot of knowledge about sports, especially Bulldog athletics. He explained to me why he thinks the way the ’Dogs are playing is not a surprise at all. As a matter of fact, he said it should have been expected. Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby, 2011-12 WAC Freshman of the Year, is steadily improving each game. Sophomore guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith is defensively one of the best guards in the conference and the secret weapon of the team. Sophomore forward Michale Kyser brings the aggressiveness the ’Dogs did not have last season and is the only player worthy as being dominate in the paint. Junior guard Kenyon McNeail, who racked up 34 points in a close 73-71 victory against the University of Texas-San Antonio last Saturday, comes off the bench every single game to consistently play offensive basketball averaging 8.3 points per game. McNeail became only the second player in the NCAA to score so many points coming off the bench this season. Mix this formula with the senior leadership of redshirt senior guard Brandon Gibson, and the ’Dogs might have a NCAA Tournament team. This is all due to the fact that head coach Mike White and his staff continued to recruit well and create the right game plans every single week. Tabor sold me on this team once and for all, but there is one thing we both agreed upon that the ’Dogs need to improve on on both sides of the ball. Tech does not play well in the paint. The eyeball test shows we are not aggressive enough defensively or offensively. We have the big men to attack the boards, but they do not play to their size. It sometimes looks like we are scared. The other part, and probably the most important part is Tabor and I challenge the fans to start attending more games. Smith Spectrum, the Utah State Aggies’ home court, is one of the hardest arenas to play in on the western side of the United States of America. We feel like we can fill up the Thomas Assembly Center to cheer on the beloved Dunking ’Dogs. Add those elements to our game, and we have ourselves a chance to play in the biggest tournament in the NCAA. However, we must first compete well in the competitive WAC portion of the season as we still remain undefeated and finish off with a conference tournament win. Let us hope they accept the invitation though.

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