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Dazed and confused

OrgSync becomes popular on campus


RANEY JOHNSON Staff Reporter

Twenty Tech students volunteered to be hypnotized on stage by Sailesh at his hypnotist show hosted by Union Board.

Photo by Tyler Brown

Students at Tech may be checking their news feed, but it will not just be on Facebook, it will also be on the new campus organization management site, OrgSync. OrgSync is like a clearing house because everything is right there in a central location, said Adam Collins, coordinator of multicultural affairs and adviser to the National PanHellenic Council and Student Government Association. The process of getting organizations into the system began last year, said Barry Morales, director of student development and adviser to SGA, KLPI and Union Board. This year we are growing the system beyond just the organization itself to where we want the students themselves to be a part of the system so it becomes a social network, Morales said. Collins said now that members of organizations have profiles on OrgSync, emails and messages can be sent, and if personal profiles have numbers, the site can even be used to text. If we send a message to a group, it goes to everyone that we designate to receive it, so we dont have to use snail mail or email, Col-

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Union Board provides entertainment for students through hypnosis


KELSY KERSHAW Staff Reporter Pelvic thrusting, cuddling, kissing and making faces at invisible Martians are only four things that hypnotist Sailesh made student volunteers do in front of their peers. On Tuesday in the Tonk, 20 students sat on stage while they focused only on the sound of Saileshs voice and fell into a deep sleep. To begin the show, Sailesh had 20 empty chairs on stage and he told the audience that the first students to fill those chairs would be his volunteers. Sailesh has been doing hypnosis shows for 18 years, and through his years as a hypnotist, he has performed for diverse audiences. I used to play around with it at a bar I worked at, he said. I used to be the head doorman and swing manager, and I got talked into doing a stage show. He said it all just kind of took off from there and now it is his career. He said he thoroughly enjoys what he does. The show at Tech was designed to be family-oriented in the first half and more college-student oriented in the second half. Hypnotists want people to believe they have the power to make people do whatever they want them to, but they dont, he said. The power is in the peoples minds. There are two parts to the human mind: the conscious and subconscious, he added. The hypnotist just puts the conscious mind to sleep, he said. The rest is the subconscious mind at work. He said on average, students will go into a hypnotic state 60-65 times a day for a few seconds or minutes. It normally happens while driving, making a phone call or on a deeper level in situations involving meditation. Anyone can be hypnotized, but it is up to them, Sailesh said. People remember everything they do when in a state of hypnosis. Madison Montgomery, a sophomore nursing major and hypnosis volunteer, said she remembered everything she did while she was on stage. One thing I remember is that I was really tired, as far as feelings go, she said. I really enjoyed it, though.

Conspiracy theories create chaos


KELSY KERSHAW Staff reporter

For different historical tragedies, people conjure up conspiracies. Andrew McKevitt said these theories are not valid. McKevitt, an assistant professor of history, said he thinks conspiracy theories are a way for people to redirect their anger or frustration in some other realm. Some people believe the Sandy Hook shooting was an organized conspiracy by the Obama Administration to provide a solid foundation for them to pass the proposed gun laws, however, McKevitt said he disagrees. People use theories to make themselves feel better about tragic events, he said. Events in which the standard explanations just are not enough. He said a lot of conspiracy theories surround historical events that lead into social upheaval or economic downturn. For example, with 9/11, there were 18
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Sailesh has been practicing hypnotism for 18 years.

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Old business building to be demolished by end of school year


KELSY KERSHAW Staff Reporter By the end of the school year, brick space should be replaced with green space where the old College of Business building now stands. Sam Wallace, director of facility and support services, said that the old building has had some issues that needed tending since it was built. At the moment, there is a firm coming in that is removing asbestos-containing materials from the building, he said. When the building was constructed, asbestos was a common product used in a lot of the materials. Wallace said the materials would be disposed of properly and once it is finished, the contractor in charge of demolition will come and demolish the building. The reason we built the new building was because the old building had structural issues that required some repair or the building being abandoned, he said. The repairs were in excess of the value of the building. To solve all of the issues, Tech had to spend a little over half the value of building a new building, he added. It has not been determined what will happen with the land after the building is torn down, but right now the plan is green space, Wallace said. Its not a real good location for parking, he said. Youre at a 90degree turn and there is not a lot of space to put cars. The general consent is to leave

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The old College of Business building is planned to be replaced for potential green space for the campus.

it as landscaped green space, which for a rural setting like Ruston and a campus like Tech, is very appropriate, Wallace added. If you look at the size, the building is right up against the road, he said. There is not a very large site between it, University Hall and Keeny. Students are happy to see physical improvements taking place on campus, especially Christopher Berry, a junior sustainable supply chain management major. Im a firm believer in expanding campus and building new facilities, he said. It really helps with our publicity and recruitment. Berry said the old building was kind of an eyesore to our campus so getting rid of it will only

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A show to remember
KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter
As rain falls and the temperature drops, a well-lit gallery invites visitors in with the sounds of birds chirping, trees creaking and the wind whispering. These are the sounds of the Louisiana Purchase Juried Exhibition. The Louisiana Purchase Juried Exhibition held at F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center is a multimedia show for twoand three-dimensional works exploring any theme. The School of Art received more than 165 submissions for a total of more than 800 pieces of art, many of which were from the region. Jes Schrom, an assistant professor of photography, said the purpose of such an event is to bring widespread attention to the university, the School of Art and the community by showcasing contemporary artwork from all over the country and taking advantage of the opportunity to bring in well-known curators as jurors. This is the second national juried show we have had here at Louisiana Tech University, Schrom said. We began this show in 2001, and it is held every two years. It brings in contemporary artwork from all over the country for students, faculty and the community to view in person. Schrom said having the exhibition gives the School of Art the opportunity to bring in well-known curators as jurors, further enhancing participants experiences with a jurors talk, award ceremony and a discussion about the show. The sole juror for the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition was Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art at the Georgia Museum of Art at University of Georgia.

Professional image seminar offered


The Counseling and Career Services Center will host a professional image seminar from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Wyly Tower of Learning. The seminar will cover the basics of how to dress for a job interview. It will also address appropriate professional wear in any career atmosphere or job setting. The event is free of charge and open to all students. For more information contact Ron Cathey, director of the Counseling and Career Services Center, at 318-257-4336 or rcathey@latech.edu.

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The art exhibition showcased contemporary artwork with submissions from throughout the country. This is a photo of Jennifer Torres Ironscape made out of cast iron and stoneware. The fun part about being a juror for an exhibition like this is the variety of artists and types of art through the media submitted..., Manoguerra said. In addition, Manoguerra said the fact that he gets to be completely subjective and have a say as the sole juror is also fun. There are only two ways to go about being completely objective: You can either be objective like a journalist or embrace the subjectivity and go with your own feelings and emotions, Manoguerra said. Thats what I did. Manoguerra said being subjective worked for this exhibition because he was able to pick what he likes and pick a theme at the same time. So I picked the theme I liked and I enjoyed it, Manoguerra said. I went with the landscape and the human presence within the landscape. When looking for a theme, Manoguerra said he was trying to find a way to make the exhibition interesting to visitors and himself. One of the trends that I saw again and again as I was looking through images that had been submitted as entries was landscape coming up as a motif, Manoguerra said. Thats something that I personally enjoy as my own research interest, so when I saw it constantly coming up I said thats a great theme. Manoguerra also said the theme came easily because various media were used.

Stone Theatre to present Proof play


The Louisiana Tech University theater department will hold a production of Proof, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 and Feb. 5 to 9 in the Stone Theatre. Proof is a 2001 Tony Award-inning play for Best Play, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama and the 2001 Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding Play. The play, directed by Paul B. Crook, is about the daughter of a brilliant mathematician who dies from a prolonged mental illness. She must struggle with her self-identity in a world where she fears her own level of genius could bring about the same tragic fate as her father and prove that her fathers mathematical proof was really written by her. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children under 14, $5 for students with a valid ID and $7 for groups 10 or more. For more information contact Rowan Johnson or Rachael Pace at 318-257-2930. Tickets can be purchased online at www.latechuniversitytheatre. com/tickets.

Some were prints, textiles, photographs and three-dimensional pieces of artwork, but all had a landscape theme. Many of the artist entries for this Louisiana Purchase Exhibition had landscape themes, Manoguerra said. It was by far the largest jury of works that had landscape themes. Although several individuals throughout the region and country entered the exhibition, only four could be chosen as winners. The winners chosen are Gregory Martin, Best in Show; Jennifer Torres, Jurors Choice; Tamara Roberto and Alison A. Smith, Honorable Mention.

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Tech ROTC cadet aims high, wins


RANEY JOHNSON Staff Reporter

LTCA presents St. Louis brass group


The Louisiana Tech Concert Association will host the St. Louis Brass Quintet Monday, Jan. 28 and Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 7:30 p.m at the Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1964, the St. Louis Brass Quintet is one of Americas longest standing brass quintets. The group was originally formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play childrens concerts around the St. Louis area. Soon though, they expanded to present full length concerts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the MidAmerica Arts Alliance. Now, 40 years and more than 2,500 engagements later, the only original member still in the group, and the only one who actually lives in St. Louis, is trombonist Melvyn Jernigan. Contact the Howard Center Box Office at 318-257-3942 to buy tickets at the cost of $12 for adults and $5 for students. The box office hours are 1:30-4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information contact the theater office at 318257-2930.

Each year many students apply to graduate schools wondering how they will pay for tuition. Many seek out scholarships and loans to help take care of some of the costs, but a few are given full scholarships. Timothy Chase Green, a senior biology major, found his chance to pay for the medical school he was accepted to in December through the Reserves Office Training Corps. Green was informed in February 2012 that he was one of two to receive a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. I was really excited when I heard that, Green said. I figured I had a good chance of getting the scholarship, but when I was told I was one of only two, I was really excited. Green said he could not believe that he stood out to the Air Force to be one of two to receive the scholarship. Originally I was told there was going to be 25 slots given to Air Force cadets, so I thought I had a one in 25 chance, Green said. He said there might have been more than 25 applicants so he probably had a lesser chance. There is a formula in

which they put applicants through in orA couple of days later, they let me der to be considered for the scholarship, know that I was accepted, he said. Green said. Green said at the end of his freshPart of the formula is your grades man year he really started to worry and another part is your commander about how expensive medical school ranking, he said. That is your rank- would be and how he was going to pay ing among your class of ROTC cadets for it. He said he started looking at difand also your physical fitness scores. ferent options, and Air Force ROTC was They put all of that into this the best option. formula, it puts out a number I thought it was a great and basically if your score is deal, Green said. I turned to high enough, they give you a that and it really paid off for scholarship. me. Green said at that point he Green said to even be conhad to get really serious about sidered for the scholarship, he applying to medical school had to go to basic training for and ended up applying to four weeks between his sophosteopathic medical schools, omore and junior years. a medical practice similar to My next step was bea medical doctor except the coming a flight commander, physician uses body manipuGreen said. I had to put in a GREEN lation similar to what chiromemo stating I wanted to be practors do. considered for scholarship I applied to several of those schools, for Air Force ROTC to go to medical and in December I found out I got an school. interview at the Edward Via College of Green said personally he thinks that Osteopathic Medicine, he said. It was he has received a lot of invaluable extheir Carolina campus in Spartanburg, perience out of Air Force ROTC that S.C. is going to help him when he goes to The process of getting accepted in- medical school. volved an interview that lasted several You have to really learn to manage hours, tours of the school and presenta- your time and they really teach leadertions Green said. ship that you cannot get many other

places, he said. Green said with his Air Force ROTC scholarship, he will have to serve a minimum of one year for every year that the Air Force has paid for him to go to school. Since I did Air Force ROTC, I already have a four-year commitment and then they will be paying for four years of medical school also, so I will have a minimum of eight years commitment, Green said. Green said after his eight years of service he plans to return to his hometown, Famerville, to be a family care physician. He also said his plans are to most likely retire with the Air Force, because he can retire within 20 years. Im definitely glad I did ROTC, Green said. It is not easy and it takes a lot of dedication. Green said just to be a pre-med student alone requires a lot of work, but to tack on ROTC takes just that much more work. If someone is considering joining ROTC, they just need to expect to work really hard and try to stand out as best they can, he said. Just work hard and stay on top of grades because grades are the biggest thing.

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The students must create profiles to be able to reCollins said some students wonder why they canceive the information, Collins said. not just use Facebook for information. Morales said organizations must sign up on OrgWe have no problem with Facebook, but we have lins said. Sync to be officially recognized by the university. He to have a mechanism that we have some control over, Morales said he also wants it to be an opportunity said organizations can still exist on campus without Collins said. We dont have that kind of autonomy for facilitating a lot more resiliency and efficiency for being on OrgSync, but the organization will not be of- over Facebook. This software provides us with proorganizational status. ficially recognized. grams that are in line with what we are trying to acThere is a community campus page where stuThey will not have access to student funding nor complish. dents can update and upload their organizawill they have access to facility Collins said a lot of times students may tional events, for example, and it will come reservations for free, so there are not be fully aware of the use of OrgSync. to one of us. One of us will approve those advantages to be recognized, MoWe are working on better marketing and events for submission and then it will be rales said. promoting of the use of the system through available to all students who are in the OrgMorales said the site has had putting a tag on the home page of Techs Sync system, Morales said. few, if any problems, with students website so that you know it is there, Collins Collins said it will be much more likely for except for the difficulty that comes said. a student to find out what is available if he or with any change. Collins said this will help students access she is already in the system compared to just It takes time for students to OrgSync through Techs web page directly a flier that is around campus. buy into the new system, Morales without having to figure out where they Unfortunately there are fliers packed on said. need to go to access it. top of fliers, Collins said. If the fliers arent Collins said there are older stuI am thoroughly excited about using this MORALES COLLINS moved through, you do not know that they dents who only know the paper as opposed to a package of paper, Collins are there. packets and now they are being said. I like being able to access it from my Collins said OrgSync also helps organizatold they have to go to a computer and use OrgSync. home, and I like being able to upload information and tions post meeting announcements and documents. The other side of it is students are comfortable get it to the people quickly. The access to it is 24/7. He said this information gets sent out to all students with their social media, and we are adding something in the system. else, he said. Email comments to rcj008@latech.edu.

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Decision-making workshop to be held


For students still searching for that perfect occupation, there will be a Career DecisionMaking Workshop from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 and from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the Career Center. At this two-day, fast-paced workshop, students engage in an assessment of their skills and abilities, work interest, temperament and gain access to online career information. Participants must register with Linda Smith in the Counseling Center at 318-257-4336 For more information contact Ron Cathey, Career Center director, at 318-257-4336.

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have positive effects. It will make Tech look better, he said. I believe Tech has done a great job implementing new facilities and by tearing this building down, we continue heading in the right direction. Wallace said he and some of the Tech administration have worked with some of the architecture students at Tech to form concepts for what could possibly be done with the green space. Were talking about maybe installing an amphitheater or just another general meeting area for organizations, he said. Tearing down the old build-

ing will affect some of the surrounding buildings, but it will only be positive, Wallace said. It will improve University Hall because right now it is jammed up against it, he said. Theres some nice landscaping around University Hall and it has some nice features that you really cant see because of the old building. He added it should not hinder the Wesley Foundation across the street in any way, but it may give it more visibility. I think it will also help safety in pedestrian crossing, he said. It will be a more visible entryway and people wont be competing with cars as much. Wallace said there are a lot of things that need to happen

before the demolition can be completed, but the general thoughts for a predicted completion date are in the April time frame. There are a few different companies and firms who are part of the demolition process so they have to work with and around each others processes to be successful efficiently, he added. It is going to be a safer area and I think it is going to improve the aesthetics of that area of our campus, Wallace said. Down the road, there may be some landscaping but right now the final improvements have not been determined.

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Subways footlong comes up short


They arent the only company cutting the corners, Johnson said. Thats why we shake the handle before we hang up the gas pump. I say if youre going to get 11 inches you should dine in and get some extra refills. Like Madea says, I gotta get them before they get me, cause if they get me, everybody getting got. Although Johnson expects shortcomings like this from businesses, her roommate Acqunette Nathan, a senior family and child studies major, said she does not think the sandwich measuring shorter is worthy of the attention it is receiving. Im sure the length of the bread isnt 12 inches every time but is this really something to raise a ruckus about? Nathan said. People get cheated at restaurants all the time. At McDonalds, Ive ordered a 10-piece chicken nugget and only got nine. I am sure Im not the only one it has happened to and I dont see people going crazy about that. The Tech Talk was unsuccesful in getting an employee to go on record to discuss the issue. Similar to Nathans response, an employee at a local Subway restaurant, who wished to remain anonymous, explained that the incident could happen if a worker is not doing his or her job according to restaurant procedure. The bread pans are molded to only bake 12-inch loaves, the Subway worker said. The only way it could come out shorter is if a worker doesnt let the dough sit, so it can self-rise. The worker said he has not encountered any complaints since the story broke. Business has been normal, the Subway worker said. Business will continue to flourish with students like Victor Saber, a junior business management major, who said he gets what the problem is, but he does not think people should be so caught up in the issue. Personally, I get what the big deal is but I dont think we should be making too much of a big deal out of this, Saber said. I mean to me, a sandwich is a sandwich, no matter how long, short, big or small it is. Its still a sandwich.

KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter

Give them an inch; they take a mile. In this case if you dont give them an inch they wont take the sandwich at all. The controversy of a photo posted by an Australian man to Subways Facebook page showing a famous footlong sandwich measuring as 11 inches has caused uproar around the globe. It has some Tech students questioning whether they are getting what they pay for when visiting restaurants, while others do not see why there is such a focus on the scandal. Tania Johnson, a sophomore communication design major, said she is not surprised about the sandwich being shorter than advertised.

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Olivia Gorsuch, a freshman secondary math education major and sandwich artist for Subway, constructs one of the shops famous footlongs.

SGAs executives work off the clock


RANEY JOHNSON Staff Reporter Some members of the Student Government Association are concerned that those holding the top four executive positions do no clocking in with time cards to show that they have worked their office hours as other members are required to do. The SGA executive positions are president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. The issue was first raised at the Dec. 18 meeting by Eric Post, a member of the cabinet. Unlike the executives, all other members must clock in to show they worked one office hour each week. Adam Collins, adviser for SGA, said if things do not get done, it falls on the executives shoulders. I am not going to sit around and not let anything get done, he said. Collins said in the SGA there are salaried employees and there are hourly employees. If you are a salaried employee, you are expected to get the job done, Collins said. There are no time cards. Allison East, SGA vice president, said she agrees with her adviser and the executives spent a lot of time discussing the issue with Collins. During the discussion, senators overwhelmingly agreed with the executives, East said. I think it showed we were doing what was right. East said each executive works a minimum amount of hours a week: the president works 18 hours, the vice president works 16 hours and the treasurer works 12 hours. Will Dearmon, SGA president, said he spends much of his time in meetings and performing other duties. Those office hours are not limited to work solely within the confines of the office itself, he said. Collins said the executives often work more than the minimal amount of hours they are required to work. Most of the time the senators and the cabinet members do not see all of the meetings and functions required that the executives have to attend, sometimes last minute, Collins said. East said at times executives are going in and out of the office to do things for SGA and it would not make sense for them to constantly clock in and out. An unexpected meeting with a vice president or last minute corrections to a presentation for an SGA event done at 10 the night before would easily be classified as part of executive duties, Dearmon said. However, clocking in to accomplish this would be highly

illogical and a waste of time. Collins also said those executives serve on an excessive number of committees and some meetings they attend may last up to four hours. We are here for the students and we are here working for the students for more than 20 hours a week, East said. The time cards are such a small issue. I think we are wasting time and not creating progress.

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She said she knew she wanted to volunteer to be hypnotized before she even got to the event. Normally, I would be really embarrassed by the things I did on stage, she said. It was just really fun and hilarious. Students in the audience agree with Montgomery that the show was hilarious, especially Thao Nguyen, a freshman biology major. It was so funny, he said. I have

not laughed that hard in a long time. Nguyen said this was his first hypnosis show to attend but he is glad he went. I had my doubts at some points, but I know it was real, he said. Its not like Sailesh selected his volunteers ahead of time. After witnessing the hypnosis, Nguyen said even though he was thoroughly entertained, he will never volunteer at a hypnosis show. I dont want to kiss guys and embarrass myself, he said. Hypnosis is not just about embar-

rassment Sailesh said, it is about deep relaxation. Volunteers will feel better than they have ever felt in their lives, he said. He said his favorite part about doing the shows is making people laugh. I love when people come up to me after and say I havent laughed that hard in such a long time, he said. That is when I know I did my job. Sailesh said he has seen lots of crazy things over the years but there is one particular moment which has stuck out to him and been ingrained in his memory.

I had a guy on stage at one of my shows who got hypnotized and came back for another show with his mother, he said. The whole time he was on stage his mother just kept crying and I didnt know why. After the show Sailesh said he went up to the guys mom to apologize because he thought he had offended her since she cried through the whole show. She looked at me and said, Thats the first time Ive heard my son talk without a stutter, he said. After that I worked with him for about six months and he hasnt had a stutter since.

Whether it is strictly entertainment, or providing life help, Sailesh said he enjoys pleasing his audience and providing them with experiences. Montgomery said she was very pleased with the show. She will attend another hypnosis show, and she plans to volunteer again. This is a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity, she said. It was on my bucket list, and Im just really happy I was able to experience it.

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fter successfully getting my Subway sandwich at 12:35 in the middle of the night, I thought there cant be anything much better than a 24-hour restaurant for a little piglet like me. No, Im not ashamed that I was going for my second dinner. I knew I was going to be up late doing work so I decided to reward myself. Food is one of the few things in my life that is constant and I can always count on it making me happy. Feeling giddy about my latenight graze session, I had the energy to finish studying and editing stories. Later that day as I was scrolling through the AOL news feed, I saw a link to the Huffington Post about a 3-year-old girl in Canada who swallowed a piece of glass in a Subway sandwich. I cringed in discomfort. My faith in food slightly wavered. The little girl suffered cuts in her mouth, cheeks and tongue. There ended up being several pieces of glass in the rest of the sandwich. OK, so one piece of glass would have taken the cake, but for there to be multiple pieces of glass, some as big as half the size of a pinky fingernail? That is a serious problem. The article mentioned other cases in which a nose ring was found in a McDonalds breakfast burrito and a razor blade was found in one of their breakfast meals. How is that even possible? There must have been some really careless employees preparing food behind the counter. At this point, I dont think I would want to know there was a nose ring in my burrito if it was minute. I would have rather eaten it and not known it was there. Its just like when you eat a hot dog and take that startling bite into a bone fragment. You just have to pretend its not there and keep on eating. I know for me ignorance is bliss a lot of times. I would rather lie to myself to make me feel better than to harp on something that isnt really detrimental to my physical health. Im not saying I would rather ignorantly eat glass or a razor blade though. Unfortunately, finding foreign objects isnt that uncommon when you are dealing with food that is being prepared by other people. These things are what you call mealbreakers. According to the Huffington Post, a mealbreaker is a nasty, non-edible surprise that is found in food while it is being consumed. This can be very dangerous, not to mention unsanitary, and the Canadian girl was fortunate enough to have only minor injuries. Food distributors have a lot of power in their hands. They have control over what customers knowingly or unknowingly put in their mouths. This makes me nervous thinking about all the times I have eaten out and let other people prepare my food. A majority of the time you dont personally know the sandwich artist behind the glass at Subway. They could be slipping things in your food if you have irritated them with a complicated order. Check twice before you put that veggie sandwich in your mouth. For all you know that suspicious bean sprout could actually be a needle. I suggest you play it cool, dont ask for substitutions and leave a large tip the next time you go out to eat, just to be safe. Next time Im going to rethink grabbing a bite of fast food at midnight and concoct something from home. The fridge will be my oyster. Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mmb041@latech.edu.

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REBECCA ALVAREZ News Editor ast August, a 16-year-old girl was raped in Steubenville, Ohio, by two Steubenville High School football players after a night of partying. The night of her rape, other teenagers who witnessed her rape took video footage and Instagramed pictures of her being held by her ankles and wrists while she was unconscious. Nearly five months later, the entire world does not just know her story, but they have witnessed it in real time after the video and photos were leaked and went viral in early January. Both football players were charged with rape and are now awaiting trial. We think we know how the story will end: They will get convicted, locked up and the girl can start the healing process and move onbut that might not be so. While there are incriminating tweets, Facebook posts, photos and videos floating around in cyberspace, these boys might get off the hook because the international hype the case has stirred could lead to an unfair trial. Local officials have told many publications like Huffington Post and the New York Times that the amount of attention the case has gained through the circulation of the videos and photos on the Internet has led to a trial by the media that could interfere with the investigation process by intimidating potential witnesses, keeping them from coming forward. On top of interfering with the trial process, the defense attorneys argue that their clients could be judged based on rumors and half-truths circulating through the social media, not on the evidence presented in court. Alas, social media has extended its tentacles to yet another area of society: the justice system. For the sake of fair trials, this undoubtedly poses a problem. As the defense argues, it could keep new witnesses from stepping forward and it can definitely affect the opinions of potential jurors; but what makes social media different from the media of the past? Hasnt the media always been a problem? I dont see a difference, but the interference is still a dangerous problem. However, if it were not for social media, the young girls case would have never come to light the case stayed relatively quiet until the videos and photos were leaked by Anonymous activists, a group of hackers that opposes Internet censorship. It would not be surprising if a small town like Steubenville where the population is approximately 19,000did not want to deal with trying a case like this, especially if it involves teenagers who play for the high school football team that is the towns pride and joy; which is probably why the investigation and trial process had not begun to pick up momentum until just recently when the town came under fire by the media. In this way, social media could probably do more good than most are willing to admit. Whether rumors or facts circulate online, the pressure put on officials to provide answers would keep them from losing momentum on investigations. The only harm I see social media causing affects fair trials, but even then, I cannot help but come back to the conclusion that mainstream media always had the same influence on trials in the past as many are claiming social media has now. The influence of media is nothing new, and while it should be monitored and limited as much as possible, it is inevitable. If a case is going to receive national attention, there is no way to avoid outside influence on a trial. The nosey, badgering nature of the media has not changed, and a new tool changes nothing. Rebecca Alvarez is a junior journalism major from El Paso, Texas, who serves as a news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to rha014@latech.edu.

t has happened to the best of us. You are sitting in your chair, quietly waiting for class to start. Then another student slides into the chair next to you. Any other day, you would not think twice about your classmate, but today, you cringe from their company. The student has a box of tissues next to their stack of notebooks. The person coughs, sniffles and you realize you have been chosen as the next victim of whatever disease this person is harboring. What can you do? Move your chair a few inches over? Use your shirt as a gas mask so you do not inhale the germs? Get up and move across the room while spraying Lysol in his or her general direction? Sometimes, you get lucky and escape the path of the illness. Other times, you start feeling the throbbing of your head and the sinus pressure as soon as you leave the classroom. We believe if you have a contagious illness, you should be considerate of the students who have managed to stay healthy this quarter and stay out of class. Our immune systems will thank you. Your professors, on the other hand, may not. In college, many professors trust you as adults to attend class and do not take points off of your grade for missing. There are many, however, who think attendance is so important, they count it as part of your grade. Professors usually will not accept an I wont be in class, Im sick email, either. So, what do you do? Most students stare at their dwindling bank account and mountain of work to do and refuse a doctors appointment, along with a doctors excuse. Instead, they opt for infecting the rest of the class with whatever germ has made their life miserable. Weighing the pros and cons of the situation, that sniffling student who sat down beside you picked the right choice, but this could have been prevented. Many professors do not understand why students cannot go to the doctor to get a doctors excuse when they are sick, and refuse to excuse them without one. How could they understand? When they are sick, a sign posted on the door before class is a good enough excuse for them. During this awful flu season, the tissue boxes on the classroom desk multiply, the sniffles and coughs echoing during lecture are impossible to muffle and you can practically feel the germs crawling on your skin. This is not the fault of the students. Professors who refuse to accommodate sick students are to blame. To those professors who do understand the sick students struggles, we thank you on behalf of our immune systems. Your empathy has saved many of us. Not everyone can afford a trip to the doctor. Not everyone can afford to give up points for not being in class. These factors lead to a classroom filled with sick students, spreading it to others. When students walk all the way to class in the freezing cold and are met with a class cancelled sign, they forgive professors for their wasted time and material changing. When a student misses class because they are sick, professors should forgive them, accommodate them and thank them for not being the student you want to spray Lysol at and slowly back away from.

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NATALIE MCELWEE News Editor next day, I was shocked by one headline. No, it was not about a crime nor was it about the amazing events of the previous day. It was about Beyonc. Apparently, there is a conspiracy that she lip-synched The Star-Spangled Banner during the Inauguration. With a little research, I found that Beyonc pre-recorded her performance just as the other performers did as a part of a standard procedure for the ceremony. According to The New York Post, Beyonc decided at the last minute to rely on what she had recorded rather than singing live. It was suggested in the article that Beyonc had little time to practice with the Marine Corps band beforehand, and it was advised that the pre-recorded track be used instead. I dont understand why people would care enough about this for it to make it to national headlines, but then again, Snooki makes headlines on a weekly basis. Adding to the controversy, Kelly Clarkson performed live at the ceremony. This led to fans and viewers comparing the two artists. Just because Kelly Clarkson sang My Country Tis of Thee live at the ceremony does not mean that she is better than Beyonc, in any way. Why should anyone compare them to one another? Beyonc is her own person. At the last inauguration, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perman decided to go with their prerecorded performance as well due to the chilly temperatures. In my opinion, that does not take away from their talent and does not decrease their credibility as musicians. I feel the same about Beyonc. She can sing. We all know it. Weve all heard it. That girl has a set of pipes on her. Enough said. So what if she decided to go with her pre-recorded track? Does that mean she didnt sing it? No. Does that take away from the meaning of the day? No. Should people really concern themselves with how Beyonc sang the song? No. If Beyonc wanted to make sure her performance at one of the most important events in American history was perfected, thats her business. People should not have gone or watched the inauguration to see people perform anyway. If you go to a Beyonc concert and she lip synchs all of her songs, then that would be a problem. I think people should relax and go easy on her until they have multiple hit records and a successful music career of their own. Whether Beyonc sang live or not, we still live in one of the best countries on the planet, our land is still the land of the free and our star-spangled banner yet waves. Natalie McElwee is a senior journalism major from West Monroe who serves as a news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to nkm003@latech.edu.

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ALICE ESSIEN Staff Reporter

Political corruption, mischievous accumulation and exploitation of jurisdiction loop holes can all be found in Allen Hughess latest film Broken City, a film that depicts how government decisions affect lives of their citizens. With a name like Broken City, it is no surprise that every character is either rotten to the core, a liar, a schemer or the bearers of seriously damaging secrets. Mark Wahlberg stars in the film as Billy Taggart, a former New York police detective who got kicked off the force after a questionable shooting. Now a private eye, is hired to spy on the mayors wife, Cathleen Hostetler (Catherine ZetaJones) by the mayor himself, (Russell Crowe), a dominate politician who is in the midst of his campaign for reelection. Though the film has a starstudded cast, the plot lacked character development and left me confused for the majority of the film. The film begins with Billy Taggart murdering the assailant accused of raping and murdering his girlfriends sister in a NYC project. Taggart is relieved of all charges and manages to get clean and sober with the help of his girlfriend Natalie Barrow (Natalie Martinez). Everything about this movie

was essentially conventional. Wahlberg played his typical troubled tough guy with a hot exotic girlfriend, but as usual he does it so well that the audience is too captivated to realize they have seen it before. His characters determination to redeem his good name and strive for justice fuels the plot of the movie. Zeta-Jones plays her usual perky, polished trophy-wife role but amps it up a notch as Cathleen Hostetler, adding scandalous mischief and infidelity to the equation. There was nothing extremely remarkable about her performance. Russell Crowe gave the most remarkable performance of the cast, considering his charter may have been the most developed. He embodied every aspect of a corrupt

politician from voter deception to strategic manipulation. His performance, if not Oscar worthy, does deserve an honorable mention. Brian Tucker, the films writer, does an excellent job at keeping the audience puzzled with each plot twist and astonishing revelation. Once the film comes together in the end, the method to his madness is evident. Although the majority of the film was shot in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, Hughes did an excellent job making sure the setting resembled New York. The film showcases many of the Big Apples well-known monuments and landmarks and mimics New York-style living. By the end of the film, the theme is apparent that in order for true justice to be served, no crime must go unpunished and no one man is above the law. Overall, the movie was a roller coaster of plot twists and turns; I was confused until the end. It was slightly abrupt and left a lot of unanswered question that arose in the movie. However, I would recommend others to go see it, especially if they are into elaborate crime dramas and political strife.

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People always say old fashion, sayings, music and life styles will eventually come back around after they have faded away. This is certainly true of fashion as girls today are caught wearing leggings as pants with an oversized sweatshirt, but those fashions are from the 80s. Music seems to be coming back at a faster pace, as 90s artists are the ones trying to make their way back into the spotlight. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are both recording a new album while Destinys Child is also reuniting behind the scenes. Sol Salgado, a sophomore accounting major, said there is no reason for artists not to try to make a comeback. If they succeed, great; if they fail, that is their embarrassment, he said. Timberlake never left, but Spears, on the other hand, needs to call it quits because one comeback attempt is enough. He said he has always been a fan of Timberlake because everything he does is done wholeheartedly, but Spears is better off as a featuring artist. Britney Spears is kind of old news, he said. She has a family and is only making the new album to get attention here and there. Lauren Jackson, a junior family and child studies major, said both Spears and Timberlake will probably be able to

make a comeback, but it will be There are certain artists short-lived. whom you might consider old Our generation will be inter- that have been making records ested and intrigued because that their entire livesThe Rolling is whom we listened to Stones, Bob Dylan when we were young, and more recent artshe said. The younger ists such as Pearl Jam generation are not and Radiohead, he likely to pick up on it said. There are other for long before returnartists who have seen ing to the music they their time come and previously listened to. go, but are always Jackson said pop is attempting to regain a unique type of music that momentbad that changes with the decision. SPEARS time, so artists have to Single artists are change with it. not the only oldies If they want to go attempting a second big, their music needs chance though; the to be reflective of women of Destinys where they are in life Child are getting back at that particular motogether and ready to ment, she said. If hit the stage. they do not like their Jackson said she music, they will not be TIMBERLAKE is not sure how that able to convince anyis going to work out one else to like it. though because BeScott Levin, an asyonc Knowles will sistant professor of always outshine the English, said he thinks others. Spears is only attemptI think they are ing another shot for getting together more the money and ego, for publicity, she but Timberlake simsaid. Beyonc was ply does it because he DESTINYS CHILD better from the begincan. ning and that is not Artists always atgoing to change. tempt comebacks, he said. To Salgado said Destinys Child be honest, Britney has been try- might be reuniting because Being to make a comeback ever yonc is getting old and ready since she married Kevin Fed- to settle down, so this would be erline, and Justin is talented, as her last big gig. both an actor and musician. I There are even rumors that wouldnt doubt him. Destinys Child will be performLevin said when artists at- ing at the Super Bowl. tempt a comeback, it can be a win or lose situation, depending Email comments to on the artist. alm085@latech.edu.

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guys who actually carried it out and for some people that just wasnt big enough, he said. They want or need explanations on a bigger, grander scale. Elton Taylor, a senior history major, said he also does not agree with the Sandy Hook conspiracy. I watched the video on it and the creator made some interesting points, but I do not believe that the government would stage a fake massacre in order to push its own agenda on gun control, he said. Taylor, like McKevitt, said he does not believe in the validity of conspiracy theories. I know they exist, but I refuse to believe that there are government agencies or secret purposes for tragic events, he said. It seems farfetched to me. Caitlin Snell, a sophomore chemical engineering major, said she thinks differently. She said she believes in theories on occasion, depending on the event and the evidence behind it. I think conspiracies can do a lot of damage or a lot of good, she said. It is important for people to think for themselves and to research major events instead of simply believing everything they hear. Conspiracy theories are good motivation for people to question the things they are told, Snell added. McKevitt said he does not think the public knows everything that happened with the Sandy Hook shooting, but just because there is mystery does not mean there is a conspiracy theory. The mystery is where the conspiracy theories are created, he said. In situations where there is darkness, such theories are grown. Some people do not trust the government

or the medias explanation of events, he added. Someone could hear a rumor and that will ultimately fuel a theory, he said. Weve reached a new age in communication technology which allows for more rapid and intense spread of such theories. McKevitt said this new technology could also shed light where there has not been light before, but for a lot of people, he thinks theories are just entertainment. To most people, he said he thinks theories are viewed as rumors or gossip. Taylor said he thinks theories give believers a sense of community or belonging. There are a bunch of people connected by the belief that things are not what they seem, he said. Happenings such as the Sandy Hook shooting are surrounded with secrets and lies. Conspiracy theories develop a cult following, Taylor added. Some people cannot accept the spontaneity of a tragic event, he said. 9/11 was a tragic event that happened without any foreknowledge of the American citizens or its government, but some people want to add extra aspects to it in order to explain it away. To these people, the government is often viewed as an entity that seeks to push its own agenda through hiding or creating controversial events, he said. They pull at the heartstrings of citizens, Taylor said. They think the government is using tragedies to achieve some sort of goal, such as stricter gun laws associated with Sandy Hook. McKevitt said when big world-changing events occur, some people have a hard time accepting and it can lead to future problems. In context, such occurrences create fertile soil for conspiracy theories, he said. They become outlets for people who have political, cultural or social frustrations.

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Aillet's legacy lives on

Aillets great granddaughters stand at the entrance of the stadium named for their late great-grandfather.
All photos by Tyler Brown

KELSY KERSHAW Staff Reporter

There is no question about it, Joe Aillets family loves Louisiana Tech, and this love and this legacy continue to live on through his three great-granddaughters who currently attend the university. Olivia Landry, Meredith Gilbert and Juliana Pettiette are the first of Aillets great-grandchildren to come to Tech. My whole family loves it, Landry, a sophomore art education major, said. I have been coming to games since I can remember. Gilbert, a senior biology major, said being one of Joe Aillets great-granddaughters creates a strong feeling of pride. From the day youre born you are surrounded with Tech logos, she said. Im pretty sure Ive seen every Tech item there is. She said her grandparents have a part of the Tech field goal post that was torn down after fans rushed the field after a big win over Colorado State in 1990 that earned the bulldogs a berth in that seasons Independence Bowl. Like Landry, Gilbert said she has been attending Tech games for as long as she can remember. We tailgate every home game, she said. Its a funny feeling to see some of the photos that are hanging up in the family home on banners JULIANA PETTIETTE OLIVIA LANDRY MEREDITH GILBERT hanging off the stadium and on trading cards and websites. and loved his faith; he was a founding member Pettiette, a junior family child studies major, of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, the said she did not realize how many people actu- only Catholic church in Ruston. ally knew, or knew of, her great-grandfather until The virtues that he possessed and the sucshe came to Tech. cess he achieved throughout his career are valI just kind of figured out how big of a deal it ued deeply by his family, Gilbert said. was, she said. Now is when I really appreciate He valued education, faith and family, she it, seeing how many people in the community still said. He truly cared about people, and thats a recognize him and his name. family value that has been passed down through All three great-granddaughters the generations. said they do not normally tell The tradition of attendpeople that Joe Aillet is their greating Tech has also been passed grandfather. down through generations of If I do tell them, their first reacthe family, Pettiette said. tion is Thats how you say it, Gil- I am inspired by There are eight kids in my bert said. Just FYI, it is eye yay, moms family and all of them you say it like the first two letters who he was and came to Tech, she said. It is are reversed. exciting to continue the legacy. Pettiette said her friends think strive to live up to Even with all the Tech pasit is a really big deal when she first his example. sion, Gilbert said she never felt tells them who her great-grandfapressure to come here when ther is. she was looking at colleges. They are kind of in shock at MEREDITH GILBERT It was really cool to know first because we dont publicize it, that I would experience someshe said. thing so many people in my The impact he left on the unifamily had experienced, she said. Another benversity and people he interacted with is inspiring, efit would be the family gumbo recipe, which is Photo courtesy of Joyce Chandler Landry said. super good. Over Thanksgiving break, I met a woman Being the great-granddaughter of such a pres- A photo of head coach and athletic director Joe Aillet from the 1950 Lagniappe. who knew him and she told me how much she tigious man makes her feel like she is never really respected him, and how kind and loving he was, away from home, Gilbert said. as an orphan. she became a student recruiter because of the she said. I was so incredibly humbled by how Other than constant pride, a regular day in the legacy she has inherited. I used to live across the street from the stahighly she spoke of him. I wanted to do something specific for the unidium and I loved seeing his name all the time, life of Joe Aillets great-granddaughters is similar Gilbert said she admires his humility and it she said. It makes me feel at home. to any other Tech student, Landry said. versity and it was an opportunity for me to learn is motivating to her as a student and as an indiI wake up, usually late, go to class, do my more about Techs history, she said. I want to Knowing how amazing her great-grandfather vidual. homework and hang out with my roommates and pass on the legacy as part of the Aillet family but was swells her pride, she said. I am inspired by who he was and strive to live also as a Tech student. He had good self-discipline, was a constant friends, she said. up to his example, she said. I hope that I have scholar, had several degrees and had high acaPettiette said the same thing, but she also said She said she loves walking around with prothat kind of greatness that he had in me. demic standards for his players to meet, she said. she participates in other organizations on cam- spective students and sharing a campus so dear It makes her proud that the university chose to He was a really great man. pus. to her heart with them. honor her great-grandfather in such a significant I want to continue his legacy, she said. I feel It makes me feel like Im doing something for She added, his career was his way of life, it way, Gilbert added. a motivation to be involved on campus and in a the university, she said. Something just like my was not just a job to him, and it was a passion. He never raised his voice at his players and he He saw college athletics as a way to better variety of organizations and to keep his name re- family before me. earned their respect, and the nickname Gentle- you as a person and a way to get an education, membered. man Joe, she said. He was also a man who lived she said. All of this from a man who started life While Pettiette enjoys her sorority, Gilbert said Email comments to kjk016@latech.edu.

Sports Talk Legends: Grilling Karl Malone


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KARL MALONE
DEREK J. AMAYA Associate Managing Editor
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This is the second entry of a series about Techs most prominent athletes.
He is 6-foot-9 and not hard to find. Former Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball player and NBA legend Karl Malone commands the grill at his own Teriyaki Grill like he commanded the hardwood floor. I am the grill master, Malone said. The others are really good at grilling, but I am the master. During the 1980s, Malone totaled 1,716 points in three seasons, ranking him sixth all-time on the Bulldog career points list. After leaving Tech, the two-time Olympic gold-medal winner became the second all-time leading scorer in the NBA with 36,928 points for the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers. I always played with a little bit of an attitude, he said. Its like me against the world. People looked at me like I wasnt good enough to play for Tech, and then people said I couldnt play for the NBA coming out of Louisiana Tech. The one person who did not doubt his ability to play was his mother, Shirley Malone. I went for a walk with her one day and said, Mom, one of these days Im going to be famous and take care of you, Malone said. A lot of people

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Karl The Mailman Malone said he is the master griller for Teriyaki Grill, a restaurant owned by Malone in Ruston. would have said to get on. She stopped, put her hand on my head and said, You know what? I know you will. Malone had to pay his first year through college because he did not handle his grades. He said he had a 1.99 GPA. If I would have went to another university, which I aint going to throw mud at, I would have had a 2.0 to play, Malone said. I came to Tech and that 2.0 went to a 1.99. I didnt get bitter. It was my fault. He said he never went to bed at night with a basketball in his hand, saying he was going to play in the NBA. He played the game that everybody was watching. They were proud of him, and he was proud of his alma mater. While he is proud of his college career, Malone feels there is a need for change at Louisiana Tech. No one ever really wants to discuss the issues, Malone said. Im Tech to the core. I went here. Tech was good to me, but I was good to Tech. Malone feels like this because every athlete who has an opportunity, has a choice. He committed himself to Tech, and when he decided to move back to Ruston, he wanted to be more involved with the school because Malone and Tech gave each other opportunities to know one another. We have yet to have everybody on board as far as athlete, student and faculty, Malone said. There is a disconnect somewhere. When we are trying to build something special here at Louisiana Tech, there has to be some sort of connection. Malone said he has presented ways to solve issues such as parking on campus at various sites but said nobody wants to implement his ideas. Even though I did not come up with the idea, it still is a great idea, Malone said. I dont know if people realize this, but we are getting smaller. Tech enrollment is down every quarter. Malone, who has children attending Tech, said many Tech supporters think the school is with the times, but there is always room for improvement.

Photos by Derek J. Amaya

If you and I were to do something wrong, real people would hold themselves accountable, Malone said. If you choose to forgive me, its up to you. Around here, when its great, you see one or two people all the time. When something bad happens, you dont see anybody. Malone said he is not one of those guys who has frequent ideas on changing things, but as a businessman, he thinks outside of the box and wants to execute all of his plans. One of his ideas, Bulldog Transportation, is a way for students to get around campus instead of parking and getting parking tickets. Add a transportation fee, and he thinks this idea will be possible because students will be willing to use what they pay for. Malone also has thoughts on the bowl game situation. He said he would have accepted the Independence Bowl against University of Louisiana-Monroe. If we would have gotten our asses kicked, we would have gotten our asses kicked, he said. If the alumni have to say something, they know where I am. The Mailman promises to deliver for the school he said gave him just as equal opportunity as he did for them. I am Karl Malone and I approved this message, Malone said.

Malone serves his chicken fried rice and teriyaki chicken at Teriyaki Grill.

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Up close and personal McNeail, Bulldogs go with Whitney Frazier for win on ESPN3
REINA KEMPT Sports Editor points all in the second half. In 2011, Whitney Frazier joined the Lady Techsters basketball team by way of El Dorado, Ark. She made an immediate impact upon her arrival including making the WAC All-Freshman team and the WAC All-Defensive team. She became the first Louisiana Tech freshman to ever earn all-defensive team honors. The Tech Talk Sports Desk conducted an exclusive interview with Frazier to get on a more personal level. RK: When did you first fall in love with basketball? WF: It must have been the fourth grade. RK: Why did you choose Louisiana Tech? WF: Its a good program and it has a lot of history, and I want to be a part of it. RK: How do you balance school and basketball? WF: Its actually easy to me. Its the same as high school, and I had a job then, so this isnt so bad. RK: What are your goals as a college player? WF: I want to be remembered and I want to accomplish something great like breaking the rebound record. RK: What is your goto move? WF: I like the hesitation move. As a post player, theyre not expecting it from me. RK: What is the most memorable game you have played in thus far? WF: When we played Utah at Utah. I scored 25 RK: How do you deal with a loss? WF: Sometimes it depends on the game. If I play well and we lose by one point, I dont take it so hard on myself but if we lose bad and I didnt play well, I take it out on myself because I didnt show up. RK: Who is your favorite teammate? WF: Kanedria (Andrews) is my best friend on and off the court. We played in high school and AAU basketball together. RK: How is your relationship with head coach Teresa Weatherspoon? WF: Its great. I feel like I can talk to her about anything, and she always will give me good advice. RK: The craziest thing that ever happened on the road? WF: The bus almost left me in the trip to Houston. RK: Any pre-game rituals? WF: I sit down in my locker and pray. Then I get my legs rubbed down in Flex-all. I GOT to have it. RK: How does it feel to play on this level in front of your family? WF: It feels great to have the chance to play on this level, and Im blessed that my family can make it to every home game. Thats been the best part. RK: You graduate in 2015 then what? WF: I would love to play overseas but well see DEVIN KING Sports Reporter White Out was the theme for Louisiana Tech mens basketball team in a mental and physical game against Idaho last Thursday. This tough victory is credited to head coach Michael White saying earlier in the week, No starting role is promised. White shook up the starting lineup and started junior guard Kenyon McNeail, who hit a critical 3 point shot to give the Bulldogs a victory against Idaho, 72-66. The performance of McNeail against UTSA Jan. 12 as they won 7371 and the magnitude of the game overshadowed the performance of Kenny Speedy Smith, who scored 22 points and accounted for eight assists and four steals. Smith was the teams leading scorer in the victory against Idaho. White said Smith and McNeail are two players hes the hardest on. I demand a ton from Smith because he is our floor general and at times he is what makes us go, White said. He is a reflection of me and my coaching staff. Fans gathered in the Thomas Assembly Center were not the only people able to watch the game. ESPN 3 and Cox Sports Television broadcasted the game and gave critics a chance to get a glimpse of Bulldog basketball. Following the televised game, White changed the starting line up against Seattle University last Saturday. He started sophomore guard Raheem Appleby instead of McNeail, who started in the previous game. Freshman guard Alex Hamilton and junior guard Jaron Johnson both led the team in scoring with 15 points against Seattle. Despite the lack of production the starters, the Bulldogs bench outscored Seattles bench 60-12 to ultimately lead the Dogs to a 78-71 victory. Our last couple of games, our bench has bailed us out, White said. I dont think we can continue to depend on that. It is great, but our starters need to play better. The Dogs victory over Idaho and Seattle improved their overall record to 16-3 and 7-0 in conference play at the time of press. This is the first 7-0 conference record since joining the Western Athletic Conference. Now that the Bulldogs are on an eight-game winning streak, the question becomes can they keep this streak alive against Utah State? If the Bulldogs want to keep their winning streak alive, they will need to get off to a better offensive start and stop Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin. I felt defensively against Idaho we were good, but offensively we struggled, White said. Against Seattle we didnt get off to a great start, but we continue to find ways to win. The Dogs will try to slow down Medlin, who leads the WAC averaging 20.7 points per game. He is second in the WAC in 3-pointers made with 2.8 per game. Offensively, Utah State is as good as anybody in the conference, White said. They can score with their backs to the basket, and they can pound you inside the paint. Even though they are in first place in the WAC, White doesnt feel like they are playing like the best team in the conference. This Saturday, the Bulldogs will look to extend their winning streak to nine games as they compete against Utah State on the road. Bulldog fans can watch Tech take on the Aggies at 8 p.m. on ESPN3.

first saw Michale Kyser in the Lambright Intramural Sports Center just a few days before school started in September of 2011. I have an eye for picking up whos an athlete, so right away I knew he was recruited to play here at Louisiana Tech. It was either my discerning eye or the fact that he was abnormally tall at 610 and he wore the Bulldogs practice shorts. But Im going to say it was my discerning eye. He was standing tall and slender with a wingspan as wide as a mini coupe. I snapped out of my fascination with his athleticism and went on about my life. Months later I would see him again running down the Karl Malone court and watching the way he played brought me to become fascinated again. Of course, as a 20-yearold freshman, I saw a lot of room for improvement like his strength and aggressiveness or his general collegiate basketball IQ. He received inconsistent and limited playing time that year, but I started to look forward to his maturation in the future yet focused on the team at the moment. The next year, Kyser burst out of the wood works with energy and defensive presence. He improved steadily from his first year. A thing that I noticed more so was how he played and I caught a migraine trying to figure out why this guys style of play caught my eye. He doesnt really look to score on offense as he rarely ever posts up, I wondered why someone of his height doesnt do so. I noticed his role is to set good screens, pick and roll, catch alley-oops and get several rebounds. Also on defense, he has become a blocking machine and even when he isnt blocking shots; his presence alone makes guards think twice before driving in the lane. His unselfishness on offense and his impact on defense makes a big difference through accomplishing the little things. Kyser ranks at No. 11 in rebounds with 6.3 a game in the Western Athletic Conference and No. 1 in blocks with 3.3 a game. I feel like as a sports editor, my job is to break down a basketball players game but doing so for him just wouldnt do the trick. This guy reminded me of somebody in every single way and my migraine would never go away until I figured it out. And one day it clicked. Michale Kyser is the premature Tyson Chandler. Chandler is the center for the New York Knicks, and he previously played for the 2011 NBA champions Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Hornets. He is arguably one of the best centers in the league and won Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Kyser and Chandler are alike in so many ways that its kind of scary. From body type to skin tone to the way they play. Of course, Chandler is a NBA veteran with the cockiness and spunk of someone who has proven himself. Im pretty sure Chandler was a lot like Kyser in his developing stage. I think Kyser can learn so much by following Chandler and that has made him so successful because he could definitely follow his footsteps. All Kyser needs to do is build his aggression along with his IQ and pray to God he grows another inch or two and I promise he will be NBA-caliber by the time he graduates from Louisiana Tech, no questions asked. Maybe hell give me a shout out when he gets drafted for opening his eyes.

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