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SGA to purchase dollies
DANIEL GETSINGER Staff Reporter New technology brings easier ways of handling life, or in this case, handling belongings. Tech’s Student Government Association has passed a new bill to get dollies to help students who live on campus and have to move their personal items. Carlton Gray, a junior human resource management major, said it would be a good idea to help these students by passing the bill. “I thought about this bill for a while and I finally got around to calling Dickie Crawford (dean of student life),” Gray said. “He was all for my idea for getting the new dollies.” Gray said this is not the first time Tech has used dollies to help students move furniture and appliances. “We had them before, but they were either broken or in bad condition so we decided to get a few new ones,” Gray said. There will be multiple dollies provided by SGA so that students will have an easier way of moving in and out of their dorms or apartments. “We are getting about 17 dollies, and they should be available for use by the end of the quarter in time for their checkouts,” Gray said. Gray said he hopes the students will find good use for the
Shrestha named Mr. Tech 2013
CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter A group some consider to be Tech’s most dapper men lined the stage in Howard auditorium Tuesday night for the second annual Mr. Tech 2013 Pageant. The nine contestants stood tall as they looked out to the panel of six judges comprised of Tech staff, alumni and their professional peers. The pageant was hosted by the reigning Miss Louisiana Tech, Julianne Tippen, who acted as the evening’s emcee and introduced the contestants to the audience. The proceeds from the $3 admission fee will go to the Child’s Miracle Network Hospital. “I am hoping to have this [Mr. Tech] become Miss Tech’s philanthropy,” Tippen said. “I’m also hoping to get Union Board involved and make it as big as Miss Louisiana Tech.” Tippen then presented the contestants with a walkthrough and introduction before they exited the stage to prepare for the next portion of the pageant. During their absence, the reigning Miss Dixie Gem Peach, Mallory Cox, played a rendition of the “Tom and Jerry,” inspired “Cat and Mouse” on piano. Following Cox’s performance, each contestant displayed his individuality by presenting himself in an outfit of his own choice. The clothing, or at times lack of, varied from full Tech apparel to nothing more than shorts and boat shoes. The pageant’s talent portion showed the contestants’ skills, which ranged from dancing to kung fu to singing original songs. Lou Pharis, a junior speech communication major, recited a poem that told of his desires to get to know a woman from the neck up. After a short intermission, the contestants presented themselves in formal wear and answered questions asked by Tippen. Shashank Shrestha, a junior economics major, was asked if he thinks the budget cuts in education have affected Tech. “I don’t think it’s affected
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Shashank Shrestha, a junior economics major and newly named Mr. Tech, dances for Julianne Tippen, Miss Tech 2012.
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Search for God particle continues
JOHN SADLER Staff Reporter In 1964, Peter Higgs predicted the Higgs Boson, a particle so important it has been named the “God particle.” Forty-nine years later, physicists have tentatively found “God.” Recently, all eyes in the physics world have been focused on the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator on the border of France and Switzerland. Zeno Greenwood, an associate professor of physics, said the Collider is a large circular machine that launches beams of particles into one another. He said that the resulting collisions allow us to see what these particles are made of. “It has very strong magnetic fields,” Greenwood said. “This causes the two beams to collide.” Greenwood said that Tech is involved in the project measuring the particles these collisions produce. Known as the A Toroidal LHC Apparatus, or ATLAS project, it is one of two similar projects at the Collider. “You can think of the ATLAS detector as a cylindrical onion,” Greenwood said. “It determines how fast, and in what direction, the particles made by these
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Former Bulldogs show off skills to scouts
PAUL HARRIS Staff Reporter More than fifteen years of dedication for a passion can be extended or diminished in one workout by fractions of a second. Twenty-nine former Tech football players arrived at Joe Aillet Stadium Tuesday morning with the same aspiration, to continue playing the game of football. These former Tech players attended Tech’s annual “pro day.” NFL scouts from over 20 teams were present to oversee Tech’s former talents. There are some talented kids coming out of Tech’s program and it showed both throughout the 2012 season as well as at this event today, associate director of media relations Patrick Walsh said. “To have so many scouts come out to
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Sanjog Bikram KC, a senior biomedical engineering major, leads the stage.
Students raise the ‘Roof of the World’ at Nepal Nite
CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter Anyone who walked into the Tonk Saturday for Nepal Nite would have believed they stepped straight into the nation’s captol city of Kathmandu. Dressed in clothing native to their homeland, students of Tech’s Namaste Nepal Association hosted their seventh annual Nepal Nite with dinner and entertainment from the “Roof of the World.” Swaraj Khati, a senior computer science major and president of the NNA, said every year’s theme for the event is different and this year the theme was “Ekyabadhata.” “It means solidarity and promoting unity in the diversity in Nepal,” Khati said Over the years, the International Student Office has grown to include more than 700 members from 69 different countries. Two hundred fifty of those students are from Nepal, making Nepalese students the second largest international group of students at Tech. One of the NNA’s objectives is to promote a better understanding of Nepalese culture and heritage for the community of Tech and Ruston. Thus, Nepal Nite was born. The night’s festivities included several performances from not only students from Nepal, but other countries as well. Students from Vietnam, China and the United States took part in traditional Nepalese dances like the Newari Folk dance. Elise Endel, a Tech graduate who works as an intern with the International Student Office, said this is her third year performing the Newari dance at Nepal Nite. “I love learning about a different culture,” Endel said. “It’s a great experience to learn what we have in common.” Endel said she was one of the several non-Nepalese students included in organizing the event which took a
want to see what our kids can do is incredible,” Walsh said. The scouts started the day measuring the height and weight of all prospects participating, followed by their hand and wingspan measurements. Damon Harrington, strength and conditioning coach, oversaw the entire event in the weight room and on the game field. Following the measurements the players were allowed a short time to warm up before the actual drills began Harrington said. “The first three drills: vertical jump, standing long jump and bench press, took place in the weight room,” Harrington said. Former Tech wide receiver Myles White, said that Ray Holley [former Tech running back] stole the show.
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Senior Quinton Patton shows off his skills as NFL scouts look for potential recruits.
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Students shape up for spring
CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter Temperatures are rising as springtime creeps its way onto campus. As the seasons change, so do the habits of Tech students. More of them are outside pounding the pavement to work off winter weight gained during the holidays. Emma Paille said she is just starting to run again because she believes it is a great way to get fit and feel good about it. “You feel better after a run, relieved, like you’ve accomplished something,” said Paille, a freshman agriculture education major. While some like to work out alone, Paille enjoys the company of a friend. “Running with someone motivates you more,” she said. “You can encourage each other.” Paille said she started by running one to three miles every other day in the afternoon or evening. She said she also prefers to do so outside. “I don’t like running on a treadmill,” she said. “You’re not going anywhere, and I like scenery.” On the days she does not run, Paille said she prefers to work out her arms using free weights. Not everyone waited for the weather to warm up to start getting back into shape. Alex Broussard, a sophomore accounting major, said she has been working out for two months and does not mind running in the cold at all. “I’m trying to get in shape for a ski trip,” Broussard said. “My dad lives in Colorado, and if you’re not in shape when you ski, you can get your butt kicked.” Broussard said it does not take long to notice a change in one’s performance and endurance. “I started on the track where I would run one straight and then walk three, but now I can run three straight and I’ll only
Union Board to host award-winning illusionist Tuesday
Tech Union Board will host American illusionist Mike Super at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts. Super was named the “Best Mystifier in the World” after he won the NBC show “Phenomenon” in 2007. Super has also been named the 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the International Magicians Society, and Campus Activities Magazine named him America’s Best Entertainer of the Year. The show differs from other magic shows because Super’s illusions are all performed on audience members. He’s been known to make spectators levitate or disappear. On the show “Phenomenon” Super used a voodoo doll on “Girls Next Door” star, Bridget Marquardt, and once made Ellen DeGeneres disappear on her talk show. The show is free for Tech students. For more information call the Union Board Office at (318) 257-4237.
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Samuel Wozinski, electrical engineering junior (white shirt), and Shane Greer, studio arts junior (grey shirt), take a break from their jog. walk one,” she said. While it is popular to run the track at Garland Gregory Hideaway Park, Broussard said she prefers to cross the pond and run in the woods. “It’s so peaceful,” she said. “I’ll take my ear buds out and enjoy the peaceful silence.” Another way to shed unwanted weight is in the kitchen, said Susan Hughes, a nutrition professor at Tech. She said the best advice for those with limited workout time is to cut back on energy-dense, low-nutrient foods. “These foods are sometimes called ‘empty’ calories,” she said. “Meaning that they supply lots of energy, but very few nutrients.” Some easy “empty” calories to cut from one’s diet include sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, Hughes advises active individuals to drink water. For those who want to consume foods to boost their athletic performances, they need to focus on the consumption of lean proteins and carbohydrates. “High-fat foods tend to delay the passage of food from the stomach,” Hughes said. “Which can be very unpleasant for someone who is trying to participate in an athletic event.” The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, eatright.org, recommends athletes to consume smaller meals more frequently. Some post-workout snacks the Academy recommends for refueling include
Career/counseling center offers vision group seminar
The Career and Counseling Center is offering a Vision Group seminar at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April on the third floor of Keeny Hall. The vision group consists of three meetings lasting two hours each where students join with others in a small group setting to assess their skills and abilities, work interest, temperament and work related values. Assistance is offered by a licensed professional counselor to compile a list of occupational options, and to help students better access current career information. This is a way for students to get advice from professional personnel and gain knowledge on future business advice. The conference is by registration only, so be sure to sign up. For more information contact Ashley Allen, career development coordinator, at (318) 257-2488 or at aallen@latech. edu.
a combination of proteins and carbohydrates, like peanut butter on a tortilla and apple slices. Veteran runners like Broussard understand to the difficulty of beginning a workout routine and how many get discouraged easily. “Just do it,” is her advice for people with that mentality. She said once a person gets into the routine of running, it becomes second nature and does not have to be a time consuming activity. “Just remember,” Broussard said, “one hour of running is only four percent of your day.”
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Students showcase art at annual show
JOHN SADLER Staff Reporter Everyone’s eyes were to the front as Cristin Nunez stepped behind the podium and asked to be excused for any giddiness, as she was just married three days before. Thus began Nunezs’ lecture on marketing artwork at the opening reception for the School of art Annual Student Show. Nunez is assistant director at the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans and served as juror for the show. “I knew Marie Bukowski, an art professor here, from the gallery business,” Nunez said. “She asked me to be here and I thought it’d be fun.” The School of Art’s Annual Student Show is an exhibition of Tech students’ art. Lasting for the duration of a month, it allows the community to view and purchase local pieces from up-and-coming art students. “Jurying was difficult,” Nunez said. “Everyone who entered was very talented, and there just weren’t enough awards.” Johnathan Courter, a sophomore photography major, received the best in photography award. He said he was really anxious waiting for the results. “It’s exciting. I don’t even
Spring football team practices open for the public to watch
The Tech football team is opening its spring practices to the public at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at Joe Aillet Stadium. There are also practices at 8 a.m. Saturday mornings that are open to the public. Practices will continue until April 13, the day of the spring game. Attendance is free to the public. For more information contact Challiss Cappel at (318) 257-4547.
Art show attendees admire student artwork submitted to the annual student art show. know how to explain it,” he said. “It’s like a weight off my shoulders.” Les Guice, vice president of research and development, said he is proud of the art students and the art department in general. “This faculty is as good as I’ve ever seen,” said Guice, who will become Tech president at July. “They’re just so strong and so passionate. They’re committed.” This event is extremely important for the student body, Guice said. “This is an opportunity for them to not only showcase their work, but also to show that their work is valued,” Guice said. Elizabeth Lenox, a freshman art education major, said that the show is very important for the artists. “It’s really a good display
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of what the School of Art is all about,” Lenox said. Lenox, who received best of core, an award for students in their first year of art classes, said she was extremely surprised she won. “I got here late and I had no idea I was going to win,” she said. “I was so happy, I feel privileged.” Jonathan Donehoo, the director of the school of art, said he
also shares Guice’s sentiments. “Every year, you’re just so proud,” Donehoo said. “We want as many people as possible to see what we do.” Donehoo said he is constantly surprised the environment some of the artists have grown up in has not influenced them. “There are a lot of students here with a rural background, maybe one where they aren’t exposed to much culture,” he said. “I’m not really seeing this act as a detriment, because these students can produce some very sophisticated art.” Donehoo said the show is a good thing for the students who have entered. “It’s an opportunity for students to show their work,” he said. “They can get some attention for it and maybe a little money. We sell quite a bit every year.” Marisa Estes, senior English education major, said she was there for her friend who had a piece in competition. Estes said she was impressed with the variety of art on display at the show. “Art is something that makes me feel, evokes my emotion, and makes me think,” Estes said. “There are quite a few pieces here that fit that.”
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and knees to create a drum roll effect, Trippen announced Shreshtha as Mr. Tech 2013. “I was breathless,” he said. “I asked Miss Tech backstage how it feels to win and she said it feels amazing and it does. I want to thank everyone.” Shreshtha said that with this title, he has a platform he will be able to reach more people and he hopes to help students broaden their horizons, internationally speaking. “Most of the people here are from Ruston,” he said. “I want to show them there are opportunities around the world for them.”
Tech from what I’ve noticed and that the school is still doing great,” Shrestha said. Once the judges tallied the contestants’ scores based on first impression, stage presence and confidence, Trippen announced the pageant winners. The winner of the People’s Choice Award, an award chosen by the audience through $1 votes for their favorite contestant, was Andrew Lewis, a sophomore biology major. Second and first runners up were Christian Stamps, a junior economics major, and Neil Watkins, a junior biology major, respectively. As the audience banged on their chairs
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Engineering students design, build baja car for international competition
BLAKE BOLIN Staff Reporter Each day in Bogard Hall, there is a group of students working from sunrise to sunset on Tech’s own baja car. “A baja car is an off-road vehicle capable of going through any kind of rugged terrain,” said Vance Liles, preident of the Society of Automotive Engineers. “The terrain varies from year to year.” Liles said the car is a project of the organization, which is comprised of students interested in the structure and design of motored vehicles. Liles said he and other members of SAE work endlessly on the car, preparing to enter an international competition held at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. “For the competition, we were shipped a Briggs and Stratton motor with a page rulebook and told to build a car,” Liles said. “The goal is to build a car from the ground up that is able to withstand anything you throw at it.” Liles said the design process started in October, and the actual building began in early December. Former SAE president Jason Fletcher, a senior civil engineering major, said he is familiar with the process and knows how much patience is required. “I cannot even describe to you the amount of stress involved in this completion,” Fletcher said. “In 2010 we loaded up the car in the trailer at literally the last possible second so we could make it to the competition on time.” Fletcher said in 2010, SAE competed in its first baja car competition since the 90s. A gap that wide between years competing left SAE inexperienced. “In 2010, our first year in the competition, we did not get to compete,” Fletcher said. “We were an inexperienced team who did not meet the frame criteria. It was a major disappointment, and I hope that the guys today learn from our mistakes in the past.” The baja car competition takes place April 18-21. Preparing the baja car in time for the competition is going to take a lot of work from everybody, which means SAE members will have to record more hours than they have already, Liles said. “We have about six people who have worked on it consis-
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Members of SAE test out the baja car that will be entered into an international competition at Tennesse Univeristy in Cookeville, Tenn. tently, and I would say that each of them has logged at least 300 hours working on the car,” Liles said. When SAE leaves for Tennessee Tech, they will not just be loading up the car, but they will be bringing quite a bit more, said Tanner Martin, a junior mechanical engineering major. “We have to pack our entire shop into a trailer in preparation for any kind of breakdowns we have at the event,” Martin said. As SAE continues to work countless hours in preparation for the competition, they will have the support of their former president, Fletcher said. “I tried to make the organization what it could be, but it was my time to pass on the torch,” Fletcher said. “They have a car that we used and I think they will use that to succeed.” With the competition nearing, SAE is working to put the final touches on their car and bring back an award, winning baja car to Ruston. “I think we are going to do better than any other years be-
A Society of Automotive Engineers member is seated in the off-road vehicle called a baja car built by the members. fore,” Martin said. “We have a baja car to build off of, and it is already finished more than a month before the competition. This is probably going to be the best year we have had.”
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Pie smashing with a mission
PAUL HARRIS Staff Reporter Holly Cooke, a junior speech pathology major, stepped up to the plate to mush an American pie into her friend’s face. The opportunity cost her more than $100. Cooke said she was able to bash her friend with a pie. “It was really good because it was innocent fun,” Cooke said. “Usually the pie auction doesn’t get as much attention, but this year was the best turnout I’ve ever seen.” This pie smashing occurred at Baptist Collegiate Ministry held an annual pie auction Tuesday, March 19, to raise funds for summer mission trips. Dawson Shannon, a freshman political science major, said he is a member Photo by Derek J. Amaya of the mission leadership The Baptist Collegiate Ministry hosted its annual pie auction to donate money for future summer team. Shannon said their mission trips. main goal is to raise funds for mission trips. Kate Warner, a sophomore “Basically, the pie auction ever raised at the pie auction,” money to fund mission trips, biology major, said she is the is members of the BCM who Inman said. “The goal of this Inman said. He said various events will mission’s team leader, and she have come together to bake is to raise money to help send pies and have people bid on students around the world to be held around the state by said she was pleased with the share the gospel.” other BCMs to raise money in results of the event. them,” Shannon said. Shannon said the mission a collaborative effort. “I love how people who had Once a bidder has won a “Our money also helps already bid on pies continued pie, he or she has two choices: trips are headed to Kazakhall the colleges in Louisiana to bid through the night, knowto keep the pie to eat or bash stan and Hawaii this summer. “I’m going to be a part of send these wonderful students ing that all their money was it in the baker’s face, Shannon the trip to Kazakhstan, and around the world to share the going to a good cause,” Warsaid. Kevin Inman, the BCM di- I’m excited to share the word word of Christ,” Inman said. ner said. “We call this the ‘Cooperative Irvin Wasswa, a junior rector, said he was moved by there,” Shannon said. Tech’s BCM cooperates Program,’ and it’s special be- speech communication mathe pie auction and the teamwith other BCMs around the cause people come together jor, said he participated in the work he witnessed. “This is the most we’ve state to help raise the needed as one.” bidding process at the pie auction. “This is my first year being a part of BCM and I love it,” Wasswa said. “It’s great to see the body of Christ come together and serve in this way.” Sarah McAllister, a sophomore family and child sciences major, said she baked pies for people to bid on in the auction. She said this was a positive experience for her. “I’m just really grateful that the BCM does this because I have a friend that went overseas this summer,” McAllister said. “The opportunity to be able to support her by simply making a pie is gratifying for me.” Sarah Kilpatrick, a junior psychology major, said she was the victim of Cooke’s pie mashing. “It was fun to get messy,” Kilpatrick said. “When I was pied I thought I was going to fall over. In retrospect, I wish I did because that would have been funnier.” The BCM will continue to raise money to fund the young people that are inspired by the words of Christ, Inman said. “It’s humbling and leaves me in awe to see students that have a love for Christ and want to share that with others,” Inman said. “That’s how we are able to raise these funds.”
Holley muscled out 27 reps on the bench press test and jumped a 41” vertical. “I was excited about my results,” said Holley. “You always want to be able to do more, but I think all my training paid off well for me.” Following the tests inside the weight room, the prospects funneled out to the turf to perform more drills the scouts wanted to evaluate. The first test to be evaluated by the NFL scouts outside was the 40-yard dash. The players were tested in alphabetical order Harrington said. Top performers were wide receivers Quinton Patton and Myles White, who both were able to run unofficial 4.4’s. Patton recorded an unofficial 4.47 and White ran an unofficial 4.44, Harrington said. Following the forty, the prospects were split into two groups. One performed the pro-agility shuttle, while the other group performed the Ldrill. The 60-yard shuttle concluded standardized testing by the scouts. Malon Lee, a Baton Rouge native and former Tech running back, said he was fortunate to be able to participate in the event. “It is a true humble blessing because a lot of people would kill to be in my position,” said Lee. “A lot of guys never get the chance to participate in D1 athletics and I’ve been humbled through this entire process.” The prospects were then able to participate in “position-specific” drills to conclude Pro Day. Colby Cameron, 2012 WAC Offensive Player of the Year, said the day was surreal. “It’s weird waking up knowing that this day could possibly be the last day throwing to the guys you’ve thrown to the last five years,” said Cameron. “I was just anxious to display my talent that I’ve been given, but it’s bittersweet knowing that it’s the end for me at Tech. Time flies.” Patton has talked to almost all the NFL teams thus far, he said. “They’ve all told me really the same thing, I just want to compete at the next level,” Patton said. “I didn’t have to work out today, but I’m not that type of athlete I love to compete.” Another top NFL prospect from Tech is Jordan Mills, an offensive lineman who was content with his performance. “I did well getting work in with the Jets offensive line coaches,” Mills said. “As a player I’m a leader, I’m humbled and I will fight every play to the end.” Holley said he was excited to be able to improve on all his initial numbers from the start of his training. “It’s no surprise to me because there’s never been a day in my life where I didn’t believe I had a chance; that’s part of being a competitor,” Holley said. “Today was confirmation that I might get a shot at the NFL, and those dreams could become a reality for me to continue to pursue my passion.” Although the day was a closure for many former Tech athletes at this venue, the mood was not “it’s over,” it is “what’s next?” “I’m not happy to leave, but when it’s time, it’s time,” Holley said. “In life, sometimes you just have to accept it, embrace it and go get it.”
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this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings — shall we say politely — were a little disappointing,” Strobhar said. Strobhar did not come out and say he was against same-sex marriage, but rather business was hurting likely due to the company’s support of the referendum. More and more companies today are taking a stance on social issues. From Target showing an advertisement for bridal registrees with two men to Chick-fil-A’s open stance against same-sex marriage, corporations are making their views known. That was exactly what Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz intended to do. He responded to Strobhar’s comment by saying “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” Shultz said the lens in which the decision was made was through the lens of the company’s people. Starbucks employs more than 200,000 people and he said they wanted to embrace diversity. It was this bold assertion that merited applause from the audience, who undoubtedly also shared his sentiments. Shultz’s audacious move was important because it symbolized that he and the company care more about their beliefs and values than net profit. According to KPLU-FM, a Washington state affiliate of NPR, Shultz said it’s not about the bottom line, but about “respecting diversity.” This is not the first time Shultz has become involved in something bigger than coffee. When Congress was busying themselves with the imminent “fiscal cliff ” in December, he asked the nearby Starbucks employees to pen “Come Together” on coffee cups with aspirations of percolating an agreement. I applaud the efforts of Shultz and others who have stood their ground. If there is something you feel passionately about, put pressure on the issue, especially if your vehicle is a multimillion dollar corporation.
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n explosive applause ensued at Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting held March 20 in Seattle, Wash. The moments leading up to this event were emotion-packed, and not quite what one would expect from an annual shareholders meeting. First a shareholder, Tom Strobhar, spoke up in favor of the Seattlebased coffee chain’s open support of Washington state’s referendum that legalized same-sex marriage. The open support of the aforementioned referendum led to a boycott organized by the National Organization for Marriage, which did have some negative effects on Starbucks’ profits. “In the first full quarter after
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How to be famous
GRACE MOORE Entertainment Editor is parents escaped Nazi Germany, he dropped out of high school at 15 and now he is the chief operating officer and president of Universal Studios. Ron Meyer wedged his way into the entertainment industry and recently traveled to Grambling State University to shed some light on what many individuals hope to achieve. As a journalist specifically obsessed with entertainment, I have dreamt for years of becoming an author and talk show host like Chelsea Handler or Oprah Winfrey. Meyer’s seminar of sorts may have given me some useful advice to achieve my goal, but mostly, he advised aspiring directors, producers, actors and even engineers on how to get a foot in the door. “You’ve got to start in the mailroom,” he said. “What you have most control over is who you are as a person. You have to take advantage of the crack in the door.” When it comes to career paths toward stardom, it is who you know, without a doubt. Yes, talent is necessary, but consider this, Ron Meyer first entered the industry as a messenger boy. Boom. A foot in the door. “You’ve got to stick around while other people sort of peter out of the process,” Meyer said. But let’s be realistic, with only 200-250 big-screen productions each year, vacancies are difficult to come by. The chances of most of us making the big leagues are far and few between. Meyer said, “I don’t think it’s a realistic goal for anyone, but that’s not a reason not to do it.” Fame and fortune is not for the feeble hearted, it is for those who are willing to get their hands dirty. It is up to the dedicated and keen to find a way in. I’ll be honest; it sounds a bit cultish, really. Some would sell their soul for fast cars, movie contracts and VIP access to everything. Others, however, aim for the limelight, not for selfish reasons, but to impact the world with their gifts. Still, adversity strikes on easy street just as it does in the life of the average Joe. “Every movie we make, by the way, someone sues us,” Meyer said. Individuals often claim intellectual theft, among other things. I can’t blame them entirely though, some movies today, anyone could easily have come up with the media. Another dilemma in the industry is that employees of any status are disposable. At any moment, thousands of people are lined up for jobs in movies and television; it is a constant battle to maintain a position. “This could all be taken away from me,” Meyer said. “I don’t own this company; I work for these people.” He emphasized how easy it is for the man upstairs to pull the rug out from under an employee. It is mind boggling that even the president of Universal Studios said he hopes to be afforded the option to choose to leave, but it is possible, as he ages, that he will be asked to leave before he’s ready. Regardless, Meyer said he feels very fortunate, like he is living his dream. Everyone has the same opportunity, but time will sort out those who are determined enough to reach it, to get their foot in the door. “It doesn’t happen for everyone,” he said,” but it does happen, and it happens everyday.” So, what are you waiting for?
Grace Moore is a junior journalism major from Waterloo, Iowa, who serves as entertainment editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to gmm008@latech. edu.
920: Women were given the right to vote and used their voices to change generations and pave the way for their place in today’s society. 1960s: African Americans’ fight against segregation and for equal civil rights produced the Voting Rights Act, finally resulting in progress for actual equality. 2013: The Supreme Court is hearing cases and being given the opportunity to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, making gay marriage legal and allowing them to receive the same benefits as straight couples, resulting in equality and the end of second class citizenship for homosexuals across the United States. It’s about time. We believe love between people is a civil right. Therefore all love, gay or straight, should be treated and respected equally. They have a right to equal protection, no matter what sexuality, under our Constitution. The most prominent argument against this progress has revolved around religion. Though religion may hold value for some people contemporarily, the Old Testament is old news. The sanctity of marriage cannot be defended by a book where men have several wives. Anyway, the Bible only states that a man shall not “lie” with another man, which is already legal. To many, marriage may be defined as a contract with God. But to the government, it is not. For any marriage to be legal, the couple must go to the courthouse and get a marriage license. Why? Because a contract with God cannot give you insurance benefits or make your marriage recognized by the state. There is a separation between church and state for a reason; because we also have freedom of religion. People are free to practice whatever religion they want, or not practice at all. All of our laws should reflect that freedom. That means right now, people who do not believe in any type of religion are able to get married, solely because they are straight. So why should religious law dictate laws of government? Gay people who truly love each other and want to commit themselves to one person for the rest of their lives should have that right. During the movie “What Happens in Vegas” where the two main characters marry each other on a drunken night out, and then get a divorce shortly thereafter, the judge says something that can be applied to this issue. With the divorcing couple in front of him, the judge said, “Gay people aren’t ruining the sanctity of marriage, you people are!” Straight people have the right to get married and divorce within weeks, to fight in court for huge settlements, and put children through custody hearings. But gay people who want to marry and have been together for dozens of years cannot make it legal in the eyes of the law. Any way you look at it, homosexuals should have the right to participate in the “marital bliss” straight people do. Progress has been made. The Supreme Court has seen the protestors, heard the logic, watched the couples who truly love each other be denied benefits, and decided to hear these cases. Now, we wait for the nine justices in black robes to decide the fate of marriage equality.
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KELSY KERSHAW News Editor not bad enough, they are not even portraying responsible parenthood. According to Teen Mom News, one of the original teen moms, Farrah Abraham, was arrested for a DUI on Monday, March 18. With her arrest, Abraham was uncooperative with police officers and threw a tantrum after she was placed in the backseat. Jenelle Evans, one of the moms from Teen Mom 2, has been admitted into rehabilitation twice for two different drugs— marijuana and heroin. After completing her first rehab and being released from court restrictions, Evans immediately began to smoke weed again which led to her addiction to heroin. So, you have one teen mom drinking and driving, and another addicted to drugs and this is what MTV is airing for their teen viewers. I know the purpose of the shows is for entertainment purposes, and they could make people feel better about their lives during stressful times however the message being sent to younger adolescents is just inappropriate and unacceptable. Substance abuse is not the only negative behavior the shows are condoning by airing on public television. Domestic abuse and relationship drama are popular occurrences as well. Yes, all of these actions fall back on the decisions of the individual, but that does not make it okay for it to be advertised nationwide. Another original teen mom, Amber Portwood, was charged with domestic abuse toward then fiancé Gary Shirley on three different accounts and was arrested for those charges. Portwood was released on bail then re-sentenced to five years for multiple violations. Teen Mom 2 co-star, Leah Messer, although not dabbling in legality issues, has had a third child after her first pregnancy of twins, and is juggling men. After divorcing Corey Simms, the father of her first pregnancy, Messer met Jeremy Calvert who she eventually got engaged to then broke it off due to pending feelings toward Simms. Currently, Messer is stringing Calvert along while she tries to sort out her situation with Simms, all the while weaving a very intricately tangled weave of brokenheartedness and emotional instability. This is just providing yet another example of the negative light being shed on teens across the country. Shows such as Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 fall under the category of reality television, so occurrences on the show are considered reality. Therefore, teen girls are being led to believe that such behaviors are just that…reality. Yes, situations like the aforementioned do occur, but not to the dramatic extent to which the shows portray nor are they anywhere close to acceptable. I think it is time reality TV gets a reality check.
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t 19-years-old, I’m a sophomore double major participating in different organizations on campus, working a part-time job and managing my responsibilities. In the midst of the craziness that is the life of a college student, I could not imagine having to be a parent too. Not just being a college student, but being a teenager in general, there is no time, or want for that matter, to be a parent right now. According to an article on TeenHelp, 820,000 teens become pregnant each year, which means 34 percent of teens become pregnant before they turn 20. Teen motherhood is affecting the lives of teenage girls across the country. Instead of working to promote teen pregnancy prevention, there are TV shows such as Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2, 16 & Pregnant and even True Life that are all but directly saying “have sex, get pregnant and be a mom.” As if the shows’ promotion is
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CHAD HILL Contributing Reporter Imagine this. Someone is presented with a pool filled with all kinds of garbage, waste, decaying matter and the like. They are then told there is money at the bottom of it. So they hop in, dig deeper and deeper into the stinking filth, only to find a few pieces of loose change. When the digger finally realizes this, someone laughs and says, “But it was fun, right?” Sitting through “Spring Breakers” was a comparable experience. Notorious independent writer/director, Harmony Korine, who once directed a film titled “Trash Humpers,” brings us a neon-lit, dubstep-infused tale of partying, sex, drugs and general debauchery. In the film, Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley
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Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) are four girls eager to escape to the beach for Spring Break, but are in desperate need of cash. After a robbery to acquire the necessary funds, the girls head out to the coast for the time of their lives. Things were going great for the friends, until a drug bust put them in jail. However, a shady rapper and drug/arms dealer, by the name of Alien (James Franco), decided to bail them out. What followed was a dark tale, which chronicled just how far the girls were willing to go for their “good times.” It was also a test of how flongthe audience was willing to stick around to stomach everything that happened. How the film got away with an R-rating is beyond belief; “Spring Breakers” contains some of the raunchiest and dirtiest depictions of the party lifestyle ever put on screen. Korine, himself, attested to studying actual spring break video footage (and pornography) to accurately portray the events surrounding the main characters. What resulted isn’t just a film that glorifies and relishes irresponsible behavior. Rather, Korine pulls off a much more heinous crime; he flip-flops between painting it in an unfavorable light, while simultaneously reveling in it. It encouraged audiences to believe the film was a morality tale, more than anything else. While there certainly is somewhat of a message here, the film completely contradicts itself when getting it across and throws off the entire tone of the film.
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This is especially so once the girls meet Alien; it is almost a completely different film from that point on. The craft that went into the film also attested to there being “more to it.” The highly stylized, neon-lit aesthetics are hypnotic in their own right, aided by the way the camera seemed to float along as it captured everything that happened. Essentially, Korine is attempting to make art of trash, and it doesn’t work very well. Perhaps the biggest thing to note in this film were a few of its stars. Former Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens seek to shatter their own squeaky-clean images here, and they do a fine job of it. James Franco also lends some star power to the film, chewing scenery as the overthe-top gangster, Alien. When he finally made his
appearance, it was a very welcome addition to the film; Franco owned the role and stole the show. But for this film, was it really that hard to do? “Spring Breakers” tries to have it both ways. It tries to be trashy, stylized, indulgent fun and a thriller with art-house flourishes. It both glorifies its irresponsible behavior and inappropriate content and delivers a morality tale. But it really is nothing more than a repulsive, disgusting and ultimately empty film, whose only “message” comes off as hollow and hypocritical to anyone with a properly working moral compass.
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Its sound, which is more popular in southern parts of Louisiana, were in stark contrast with country music that is mostly desired here. To others, the band brought about a carefree spirit that inspired them to dance with zero inhibitions, from a slight sway of the body to a full on frenzy of movement. Like any other show I have been to at 3 Docs, the crowd was pretty intimate until midnight, but that added to the atmosphere. Unless I am at a large venue for a Top 40s artist, I prefer a smaller crowd with more focus on the performers. The fact that most of their show is improvised speaks greatly of the band’s cohesion and how insync they were with each other. The band itself has performed in over 40 cities in the past 12 months, during which they performed at Wakarusa Music Festival, Bear Creek Music Festival and The Purple Hatters Ball. They have also shared the stage with several acts like Galactic, Big Gigantic, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma and Perpetual Groove. Personally, I enjoyed the show and the unique sound that Earphunk had. They brought a down and dirty, feel-good sound only a band from the “Big Easy” could create. Though I did find the band appropriate for the bar scene, I doubt they are something I would make a point to listen to in my car or suggest to a friend. But if they came on my iTunes while I was washing dishes, I would not rush to turn them off.
The smooth and soulful sound of funk and jazz is as much a part of the novelty of Louisiana as Mardi Gras and peeling crawfish. My knowledge of jazz does not surpass knowing the words to Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music White Boy” and the episode of “Glee” where the kids covered “Give Up the Funk.” However, when New Orleans natives, Earphunk, performed at 3 Docs Brew House Saturday, listeners did not need to understand the music; they (myself included) could feel it. The band was promoting their new album, “No Nine to Five,” which is available on their website as a free download. Earphunk’s music is a modern take on the signature sounds that made the ‘60s and ‘70s iconic. The band’s sound consists of rhythm and lead guitar, bass, drums and some funky keys. Few of the songs had lyrical content, but as I learned, that is not always necessary for a listener to understand what a song is about. The powerful soul in funk music and the band’s high energy radiated from the stage. With an original sound and a unique stage presence, Earphunk was intoxicating. Each strum of a guitar or sound of brass transported me to a New Orleans dive bar, where little mattered but the high volume of the music and drink in my cup. While the music might not have been for everyone in attendance, at least it provided suitable background music for those who were just out for a drink or game of pool.
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Earphunk, a modern-funk band native to New Orleans, performed Thursday at 3 Docs Brew House.
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Celebrity Theatres to present Indie Film Festival
KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter Bright lights, big stars, cameras flashing and red carpets this is not; this is Indie, baby. The Ruston Independent Film Festival is taking over Celebrity Theatres next month. Jessica Bryan, the manager at Celebrity Theatres, said the film festival is a way to draw in larger crowds and showcase the art. “The Ruston Independent Film Festival is a festival we host every winter and spring,” Bryan said. She said this is Celebrity Theatres’ second annual film festival, after its first received great reviews. “We decided to do a festival to show appreciation to the films that we weren’t able to get into theaters when they premiered,” Bryan said. The festival starts April 5 with five films. The films featured at this year’s festival came out in 2012 and are awardwinning films, ranging from comedy to drama. The opening film “Hyde Park on Hudson” is a biographical comedydrama about the affair of Margaret Suckley with America’s 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Like all film festivals, Ruston’s festival will end in a big finale on April 18 with Oscar nominated film, “Anna Karenina”. Anna Karenina is the story of married Russian aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The film features an all-star cast, with Kiera Knightley starring as Anna Karenina, Jude Law as Karenina’s husband and Aaron Taylor Johnson as Vronsky. In addition to these two films, indie fans can also catch “Impossible,” “Stand Up Guys” and “Quartet.” Each movie will premiere at 1, 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. on their reserved days. “We gave each movie two days and four time slots so moviegoers will have an opportunity to catch the movie,” Bryan said. A few students are looking forward to a chance to check out an independent film in a theatre setting. Readul Mohammed Islam said he is glad to be able to catch an independent film at a local theatre. “I’m stoked about the theatre having an independent film festival,” Islam said. The doctoral civil engineering major said he usually has to wait until the films come out on DVD. Similar to Islam, Shaneisha Richardson said, the film festival is a great idea for the local community because it presents the chance to watch art through film, instead of going to see a popular big budget movie. “Bringing an independent film festival to Ruston is a great opportunity for students and residents of Ruston,” Richardson said. “It is a chance to experience a glimpse in culture, history, diversity, innovation and uniqueness through films.” Unlike Islam and Richardson, Saeid Salehi Ashani is not a fan of independent films but he is interested in the festival. Ashani, a civil engineering doctoral candidate said he looks forward to finally watching “Anna Karenina.” “I’m interested in the festival because I watched the Oscars and read several reviews about Anna Karenina,” said Ashani. “I’ve been wanting to see the film.”
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“Anna Karenina,” played by Kiera Knightley, is one of the films to be shown in the festival.
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Aries March 21 – April 19 A sudden upsurge in your intuition could have you feeling more in tune to the thoughts, feelings, and desires of others, Aries. Your communication is going to be clear and open as a result. You’re likely to grow closer to everyone dear to you, especially your romantic partner. Don’t expect everything you pick up to be positive. Others have their issues. Let them know you understand. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 Your mind is strong and focused today, Taurus. As a result, you’re probably feeling especially physically robust. Sudden insights could earn you some satisfying acknowledgement, not to mention the respect of someone important to you. Your intuition level is high and apt to serve you well now, particularly where work and health are concerned. Make the most of it! Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 Expect to spend much of your day alone, Gemini. Information obtained from books or videos, perhaps involving history, philosophy, or religion, might inspire you to look deeper into a subject and turn it to your own advantage. You might decide to take a trip or return to college. There’s also the chance that you could be inspired to write or otherwise express your ideas and feelings. Go to it! Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 Some strange dreams could stimulate your imagination and start you on new avenues of exploration. You might at some point play detective. What you seek is likely to be within your psyche. Don’t be surprised if you learn new things about yourself that you hadn’t been aware of before. You could also find your psychic faculties increasing. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 Reading could take up a lot of your time today, Leo. Books on psychology or the occult sciences might seem interesting, particularly as your intuition is operating on a higher level than usual. You might not want to talk about what’s coming up for you, but that’s OK. You will need to make sense of it first before you can share it with clarity. Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Your mind is likely to be on your finances today, Virgo, and you may be searching for previously unknown ways to advance yourself. Colleagues or friends could help steer you in the right direction. When it comes to jotting down possibilities, trust your intuition, as it’s operating at a very high level. List your possibilities and then let it stew for a few days before going over them again. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Increased communication with a close friend or lover, more on a subtle than verbal level, could bring you closer and enrich your relationship. Quiet time spend together today could generate a new sense of closeness. Images and ideas that come from deep within you can contribute to your creative self-expression. Write down any insights so you can refer to them later. Work from the heart. Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Today you might crave solitude, Scorpio, perhaps for meditation or to contemplate your current situation. You may feel you’re at a crossroads and need to decide which way to go. This could involve the next step in your material progress or self-expression, or it might involve your spiritual path. Emotions from the past could well up, but this is a positive development. Don’t fight it. Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 You might spend a lot of time in conversation with friends who share your interests. Their insights could lead to new insights on your part, Sagittarius, and vice versa. This process could bring all of you closer together. Good news could come through the mail, email, or phone regarding goals you’ve been trying to reach. You’re also likely to send out a lot of communications yourself. Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 Paperwork involving finances, Capricorn, perhaps personal, perhaps involving your employer’s funds, or both, is likely to need some intense attention during the day. This doesn’t necessarily imply anything negative. In fact, just the opposite. It does mean that some careful planning or budgeting is going to be required in order to make the most of your current situation. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Today you may want to spend your free time alone, contemplating various ideas, Aquarius. Spiritual or metaphysical philosophies from ancient cultures or foreign lands might be more appealing than usual. Reading about them at this time could approach obsession, but this is OK. Whatever you learn today is likely to contribute greatly to your personal growth and perhaps self-expression. Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 Today, Pisces, your mind may turn toward deep subjects. You could explore the sciences, psychology, the occult, or metaphysics. You will probably discover some new facts or ideas that could keep your mind occupied for hours. Needless to say, you will spend much of your time alone exploring these themes. You might also want to write down your insights and revelations to study later.
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dollies and they will benefit in the moving process. “I am positive that the dollies will definitely be useful for the students when they are moving in or out of their dorms or apartments,” Gray said. “It will also be helpful during Dog Haul, an event hosted by SGA during welcome week at Tech, when the freshmen are moving in.” The number of dollies could increase if there is a growing need for more, Gray said. “We only have 17 for now to see how the students will respond to the new help, but if they become well-demanded then we will look into providing more dollies for the future,” Gray said. Other members of SGA also responded well to the idea of new dollies. Reid Brasher, a senior political science major, said he has good thoughts for the plan of
getting the new tools. “I think that SGA buying the new dollies to assist students moving into the dorms is a great way for us to use our resources to benefit Tech and the students that live on-campus,” Brasher said. “This will also allow more people to help moving in and out.” Putting less physical strain on students’ bodies is the main focus of the dollies, said Allison East, vice president of SGA. “The dollies will make it a lot easier for students to move in and out,” East said. “From my experiences with Dog Haul, one of the worst things is lugging everything from the car to the actual building, because so many people are trying to park.” East said she believes that they will also allow people to work faster with the assistance of the new moving devices. “Dollies will really speed the process up and make it a lot less physically demanding,”
East said. The students living oncampus are also happy about the new dollies. Chellie Clayton, sophomore early childhood education major, feels the dollies will make moving much simpler. “I think having the dollies will make moving a lot easier because there is always so much traffic in the hallways on move-in day,” Clayton said. Will Dearmon, president of SGA, also believes that the new dollies will be beneficial to Tech students. “I think the dollies will be put to great use by LA Tech students,” Dearmon said. “By having dollies available to students and families alike during events like Dog Haul, holidays and quarter breaks, students can proceed to move in and out quicker, which would hopefully make the process more efficient.”
“Yoga is actually a Hindu practice that comes from one of our goddesses, Bajrayogini,” she said to the crowd before introducing her sister, Jyotmonth to prepare. saana Parajuli, to perform next. Kaitlyn Carroll, a senior human resources Jyotsaana, a sophomore finance major, management major, said she was danced the Bajrayogini Vedic. better able to appreciate Nepalese The dance is a devotion to the students and their culture by dancgoddess with symbolic movement ing in the event as well. of the hands, skillfully timed with “There are so many internationgeneral body movements. al students at Tech,” she said. “It’s As the night progressed, guests “Let us all nice to learn more. It’s part of what were provided with more entermakes Tech unique.” tainment of song and dance from celebrate oneCarroll, who also danced in international and American stuthe Nawari performance, said she ness and unity dents alike. hoped to honor the students from Near the closing of the event, Nepal with her part of the perfor- together .” Khati came to the podium to thank mance. all those involved in making Nepal Jwala Parajuli, a senior nano- Swaraj Khati Nite possible and emphasize the technology major, took part in host- Senior Computer night’s theme of “Ekyabadhata.” ing the event, and while the guests Science Major “Let us all celebrate oneness lined up to fill their plates with butand unity together,” he said to tered rice pilaf and chicken choyla, those in attendance as they met Parajuli told the guests about how his words with applause. Nepal’s culture has been incorporated into western civilization. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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than has ever been done before.” Greenwood said he is very proud of the impact Tech has had on the ATLAS project. “For a school our size, we’ve contributed quite a bit,” he said. “That’s not just me saying that; we’ve been told that by the United States ATLAS group.” Sawyer said he is excited about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, but is also a little disappointed that the challenge is over. “There were a lot of people rooting for us not to discover it,” he said. “There’s nothing in the world better than when something doesn’t turn out right. Scientists love that.” Sawyer said he would like to make sure the public, especially the critics, know these are not just useless experiments. “This is the most fundamental science there is,” Sawyer said. “We are literally looking at the fundamental building blocks of the universe.”
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proton collisions are going.” Lee Sawyer, an associate professor of physics, said Tech has students working in Geneva, Switzerland, where the ATLAS project is located. “We’ve got one post-doctorate student there full-time,” he said. “One graduate student is over there, too. We try to rotate them out.” Sawyer said while discoveries are being made consistently, it is hard work. “There’s these scientists doing all this cool work, but that also means you’ve got to sign up for owl shifts from midnight to 3 a.m. and that’s not quite so glamorous.” The Collider has been covered by every news station from CBS to CNN for the tentative discovery of the Higgs Boson. Rajivalochan Subramaniam, a physics graduate student, said the discovery of the Higgs Boson would prove the standard model of physics, a theory that seeks to explain the behavior of
subatomic particles. “Everything, the theory, the standard model, worked so well,” Subramaniam said. “Except we didn’t have the Higgs Boson. It explains how all the particles get their mass.” Subramaniam said he was stationed in Switzerland from 2010-2012 collaborating with researchers from around the world on the ATLAS project. “In high-level physics, we work as a group,” Subramaniam said. “That’s one thing I really like about it.” Sawyer said he is not fully sold on the idea of this being the only Higgs Boson. “We found a Higgs,” Sawyer said. “However, we might not have found the Higgs. It’s possible that there is more than one type.” Greenwood said the analysis work done by Tech did not lead to the Higgs Boson. He said Tech was involved in searching for other evidence. “We measured other evidence of the standard model,” Greenwood said. “We measured it with more accuracy
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March 28, 2013 • The T ech T alk • 7
Photo Illustration by Hannah Schilling Background photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay
Tech’s resident felines elicit action and affection
DANIEL GETSINGER Staff Reporter Bulldogs are not the only animals roaming Tech’s campus. There is an abundance of cats that live here as well, and people are beginning to notice their presence. Some students like Zach Land, freshman chemical engineering major, said he feels the cats give Tech a more homelike feeling instead of seeing them as a nuisance. “It reminds me of my home because my family lives in the country,” Land said. “We always grew up giving homeless animals a place to live since we owned a lot of land.” The cats may be free but some people enjoy seeing the animals running around Tech’s campus. Other students like Portia Owen, a freshman basic studies major, said she believes cats are a problem and an even bigger health concern. “I’m allergic to cats, so I really don’t like that they hang out by my dorm,” Owen said. “They use to feed them but someone eventually made them stop; I think something should be done about them.” Some students may not like the cats, but they do not see them as a distraction. “I’m an animal lover, so I feel like it’s not their Sean Sumlin, a freshman kinesiology major, fault that they got left here and are now running said he feels the cats are not too big of a problem free around the campus,” Evans said. “If we could as long as there are not too many to handle. spay and neuter them then I don’t think anyone “They don’t really cause a would have a problem with them, problem,” Sumlin said. “I aland they wouldn’t get over popuways see them running around lated.” by Harper when I’m going to Some faculty members are takbiology, but I don’t think anying action to get the cats spayed thing should be done about “If the situation gets and neutered. them as long as there are only “I trapped a few of them and worse, I believe somea few.” had them spayed and fixed and got Some faculty members have thing should be done them shots so that they couldn’t barely noticed the cats around reproduce and get out of hand,” campus while others expect to control them.” Evans said. “A group of professors the cats and their presence at also helped with the process of Tech. getting them fixed, so that shows James King James King, vice president Vice President of Student Affairs that there are others on campus of Student Affairs, does not bewho care for the animals.” lieve the cats cause a problem Evans said the fixed animals for anyone. are easily recognizable. “I haven’t seen them as a problem,” King said. “The ones that have been fixed and treated “If the situation gets worse, I believe something have a small clipping out of their ear so that stushould be done to control them.” dents will be able to see that they can be handled Robin Evans, the Ropp Center supervisor, said without catching any kind of disease or illness.” she is a friend to the cats and she feels they are Evans said she has seen the students playing just as much a part of Tech as the students and with the cats. faculty are. “I also had two or three students ask if they
could catch the cats and keep them as pets.” Evans said she has some concern with Tech students wanting to keep the cats as their own though. “When students keep the cat, one of the problems I have is that when they go home for breaks there are no places for the cats to stay other than outside,” Evans said. “If students want to keep them they need to know the responsibility that comes with taking care of an animal.” She said she believes the cats trusting students could potentially be dangerous for the animals. “When the cats begin to trust the students they may follow them to their cars or across the street and could end up getting hit by passing cars,” Evans said. Since Evans is an avid animal lover, she said she feels strongly that people should take good care of the cats and not mistreating them. “I just want people to know that if you’re going to throw them out at least have them fixed,” Evans said. “It’s sad to see people just let them go, because they should be treated with as much respect as any other animal.”
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FROM THE SPORTS DESK
with DEREK J. AMAYA
Lady Techsters can do it, too
Photo by Donny Crowe
Sophomore guard Kennenh Smith goes for the lay-up, while freshman forward Gilbert Talbot boxes out for the rebound. The ’Dogs were eliminated after losing to Southern Miss, 63-52
Bulldog basketball loses to Southern Miss in the second round of 2013 NIT 63-52.
DEVIN KING Sports Reporter Monday night in front of 5,952 fans, redshirt senior guard Brandon Gibson and the Bulldogs watched as their season ended against Southern Mississippi with 63-52 loss at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss. The 2012-13 season saw the Bulldogs build the nation’s longest win streak at 18 games, enter the AP Top 25 polls and claim a share of the Western Athletic Conference title. Even all the praise the Bulldogs received this year did not help them on Monday as the Southern Miss zone defense caused problems for head coach Mike White and the Bulldogs, who shot only 35 percent from the field.
“We weren’t able to score consistently,” White said. “Even Southern Miss did not shoot it great from the outside. They outplayed us and outrebounded us. They were tremendous defensively.” Bulldogs led early in the game, 9-8, after a 3-pointer by Gibson. But the Golden Eagles went on a 9-0 run to take a 17-10 lead. The ’Dogs got a four-point play by freshman guard Alex Hamilton with 9:04 left in the first, to cut the Golden Eagles lead down to 19-16. However Southern Miss swung back with 14-0 run to push their lead 33-16 in the first half. Despite the blow the Bulldogs took before the first half ended, the ’Dogs gave themselves life as Hamilton scored 7 points and the Bulldogs ended on an 11-2 run. The Bulldogs went into halftime down 35-27. The ’Dogs remained down in the second half after sophomore forward Michale Kyser’s free throw cut the lead to 44-33, but Southern Miss increased its lead to 61-44 with 5:42 to play. The Bulldogs tried to close the Golden Eagles lead to 61-52 after junior guard Kenyon Mc-
Neail’s free throw with 1:04 left in the game but Southern Miss managed to prevail. “I’m nauseated right now with (this) loss,” White said. “It’s a year I hope all of our kids remember. Although we are honored to be in the NIT, hopefully we can get in that other tournament next year.” Sophomore guard Raheem Appleby led the Bulldogs with 17 points and Hamilton poured in 15 points. “We’ve accomplished a lot, but we’ve got to go back to work,” Hamilton said. “We’re not finished. We’ve still got something to prove.” Despite the loss the Bulldogs suffered on Monday to Southern Miss, the 27 wins this season were the second most in school history behind Hall of Fame forward Karl Malone’s 198485 team that registered 29 wins. For more information on basketball and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk Sports Desk’s Twitter page at twitter.com/techtalksports.
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Science behind running to first base
MOLLY BOWMAN Senior New Editor
This is the first entry of a four-part series about the science behind sports.
Senior Amanda Krueger steps up to the plate looking for the perfect pitch. “It’s suspenseful and you’re anxious,” she said. “You’re just ready to jump on anything and once you finally see it, it’s almost a relief.” Krueger, who is a left-handed hitter, will take about 2.9 seconds to get to first base, which is important in the game of softball. David Szymanski, associate professor of kinesiology, said when a player is a left-handed hitter, they generally run to first base faster than a right-handed hitter. He said softball coaches started using the slap approach toward first base, which means once the ball is pitched, the batter will start moving and create momentum to get there faster. “Usually, it’s the left-handed hitter who’s doing that slap approach,” he said. “They are already accelerating out of the box while they are just kind of slapping at the ball and hitting it into the ground.” Szymanski said because the distance between home and first base is shorter than in baseball, there is
less ground to cover defensively, which means there is no room for an infielder to make an error. “From a traditional standpoint, you put your fastest hitters at the beginning of the lineup,” Szymanski said. “To get someone on base is vitally important because then that second person who comes up to bat is going to try to put that ball on the ground, so they can either advance that person to second or third base.” A player’s running technique and mechanics are important when going to first base, Szymanski said. He said the most successful way of running is with a player’s arms moving forward and back so they can run in a straight line towards the base. “If you want to have optimal elastic energy to be stored and released, it has to be done in the right direction,” he said. “Whether you are running or pitching or swinging, your technique is going to determine your opportunity to be successful.” The average softball player takes around three sec-
onds to reach first base, and the more players who reach first base means the potential for higher-scoring games. “If you can improve your technique of getting to first base, you will decrease the amount of time they have to make that play and get you out,” Szymanski said. “It’s very important at how fast you get down that line because it changes the game. In softball, that might be one or two steps and that is the difference between being safe and out and then winning the game.” The Lady Techsters will play a three-game home series against conference rival UT Arlington on March 29 and 30. They will also play state rival Nicholls State on April 4 at home. For more information on softball and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk Sports Desk’s Twitter page at twitter.com/techtalksports.
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Bulldog football gears up for first week of spring
Play of the week:
Senior wide receiver D.J. St. Julien made an 85-yard touchdown grab, beating out everyone in the secondary. Flashes of good wide receiver plays will give every quarterback on the depth chart confidence heading into the quarterback drills.
BULLDOG BASEBALL vs. UT Arlington - 3/29-3/30 • 6 p.m., 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. BULLDOG GOLF
BancorpSouth Intercollegiate 4/1-4/2 - • Jackson, Miss.
Quote of the week:
“I like the way they are grasping everything. I know it gets old to talk about the attitutde and the effort, but without the attitude and the effort, what we are trying to do and trying to teach doesn’t matter.”
— Head coach Skip Holtz, March 22
Pro and con:
Bulldogs finally practiced with full pads for the first time. The secondary continues to make plays on defense, but the offense still struggles after losing a majority of its offensive starters from the 2012 season.
TRACK AND FIELD
Texas Relays - 3/28-3/30 • Austin, Texas Stanford Invitational -3/29 • Palo Alto, Calif.
LADY TECHSTER TENNIS vs. Utah State- 3/29 • 9:30 a.m. vs. Denver- 3/30 • 9:30 a.m.
vs. UTSA- 3/31 • 10 a.m.
event. The world is changing, and we have to adjust to it. Athletes of all races, ethnicities and both genders are becoming superstars. In such a conservative part of Louisiana, it is ironic our Lady Techsters, especially the women’s basketball team, are one of the most respected women’s programs in the nation. We should embrace we have such a strong women’s athletic base and support them more. I attended the women’s tennis match against Grambling State University. Of course there were diehard Lady Techster fans, but I could literally count on two hands of how many people were there. These women went through a lot in the offseason, but it did not stop them from working hard and trying to have a successful season. It is a shame we live in a world where male sports dominate female sports, but it is the way we were raised. Jokes about women’s sports are not funny because women athletes are now hot topics on the majority of sports networks. We may not see any airtime on these shows but we certainly helped women’s sports be recognized. Stats and championships show we are one of the best universities for women’s sports. It is time to give the Lady Techsters some support on all platforms because they play so well. By no means am I saying you should stay away from men’s sporting events, but fans must remember Tech has sports on both sides of the ball. If fans do not want to go to a women’s event because of their gender, they should remember our Lady Techsters programs have generated Olympians, hall of famers and professional athletes. By my count, they are on an even level of success with our men’s programs. I am willing to bet some of our Lady Techsters could keep up with a couple of men’s programs around the country in their sport. Just like a coach adjusts to games, fans should adjust their views on females in sports, and start cheering them every game. Our women’s programs do some credit, but they could easily get much more. Both softball and basketball have won multiple conference championships, and our soccer program continues to improve every season. New coaches for volleyball and tennis look promising with their programs and hopefully will bring Conference USA championships to Tech. We can all work together in making the sports world see more equality. This is why I am challenging every Tech fan to attend at least five women’s sporting events before the end of the season. Depending on my schedule, I promised the Lady Techsters tennis team I would try to attend every match. I promise to do the same for our softball team. When you see me, please do not hesitate to come up to me and talk with me. I am always happy to talk sports with fellow Tech fans, but do not discriminate against the Lady Techsters. They take their games seriously, and so should you.
hoever coined the phrase “You play like a girl!” obviously never saw a women’s sporting
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