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Volume 87

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April 25, 2013




The student voice of Louisiana Tech University

Number 22

SGA VP , secretary runoff is over

Greek Week winners named Three

The race was close but the votes are in and Tech students have spoken. The students have chosen Maggie Brakeville for vice president and Reid Brasher for secretary. The runoff came down to a nine-vote difference for the new Student Government Association vice president and secretary of the 2013-14 school year. Maggie Brakeville, a junior agriculture and business major, said she has worked extremely hard on this campaign. “I made signs and passed out candy to students to get my name out there,” Brakeville said. “I told people my vision on how to better the university and our campus.” Brakeville said she is excited for the opportunity to serve and she hopes that she can benefit the students with her decisions. “I literally screamed out loud when I got the news I had been elected as the new vice president,” Brakeville said. “I can’t wait to move into a new era with Dr. Guice and see what the furture entails under his leadership.” Brakeville said she wants to make SGA a better organization and get the students more involved with the faculty. “I hope to increase the number of legislations students pass and I also want to bridge the gap between the students and teachers,” Brakeville said. “I plan on helping the younger students in SGA learn more about our organization and what it stands for.” The secretary position was won by Reid Brasher, a senior accounting major. Brasher said he cannot wait to begin making SGA a better organizaiton for the students and campus. “I’m really excited about being elected SGA secretary,” Brasher said. “I’m ready to get started with some new internal projects to clean up SGA and help it run more efficiently.” Brasher said he is ready to work with the other officers and is very appreicative of everyone that gave him their time and vote. “Allison, Maggie, Jeff and I will make a great team,” Brasher said. “I really appreciate all the students who took the time to come out and support me and I want everyone to know that it means alot.”

campus media merge
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Sigma Nu and Phi Mu posed for a photo after farm games where they were named fraternity and sorority winners of Greek Week. DANIEL GETSINGER Staff Reporter The celebrations began with the opening ceremonies ,and students could not contain their excitement to bring in the Greek Week festivities. Last week, the Tech Greek system enjoyed a new year of the annual Greek Week that is held for fraternities and sororities on campus. Students participated in events such as volleyball and kickball as well as eating contests and cook-offs. The students who participated could not wait to represent their organizations in hopes they would bring home a championship trophy. Lauren Hassel, a junior accounting major and a member of Phi Mu, said that she felt completely satisfied knowing her hard work paid off. “It was such an honor and a surprise after how well everyone else represented themselves,” Hassel said. “I felt very rewarded and excited knowing that we had accomplished our overall goal.” Hassel also said that being involved in Greek Week was a good way to get to know other people in different organizations. “I would definitely have to say I enjoyed seeing so much Greek unity and being able to really all bond together,” Hassel said. “Greek Week not only brought me closer to my own house, but also made me so much more appreciative of the Greek system and the countless opportunities that we have been given.” Others who organized the events also felt Greek Week overall was a success not only for the students, but for fundraising as well. John Foster Chestnut, a junior finance major and Interfraternity Council president, said he was proud of the students who participated and the ways they were able to give to the charity Greek Week was benefiting. “Everyone came out and had a great time competing, but our ultimate goal of giving

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back to the community was in the forefront and we accomplished that,” Chestnut said. “We collected countless items to put into care packages for the troops and raised over $2,000 to donate to charity.” The winners of the fraternity side were proud to know they did their part throughout the week to become the champions of Greek Week. Daniel Dupuy, a senior business management and entrepreneurship major from Sigma Nu, said the hard work his fraternity put forth was well worth the effort. “Greek Week is always a fun time of the year when

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Future of Ruston discussed
PAUL HARRIS Staff Reporter Representatives from Ruston and Louisiana Tech came together in a forum to exchange ideas on how to build the relationship between the two. “I am pleased to say that I feel we have the best relationship ever, at least in the 45 years that I’ve lived here,” said Dan Hollingsworth, mayor of Ruston. “After all we are a university-based community, and I feel that anything the mind can conceive, there’s a possibility when you live in Ruston and have Louisiana Tech.” Hollingsworth joined three other community leaders in the second “Future of Ruston” forum Thursday, April 18, in University Hall Auditorium hosted by the University Senate. Larry Jarrell, Tech’s University Senate president, served as the moderator for the forum. “The University Senate feels it is important to have ongoing dialogues between Louisiana Tech University and the city of Ruston,” Jarrell said. “The forum is an opportunity for sharing information between two entities and to address questions from all who attend. Through our collaboration, the university and city of

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From left to right: Jim King, vice president of Student Affairs at Louisiana Tech, Danny Bell, superintendent of Lincoln Parish Schools, Daniel Hollingsworth, Mayor of Ruston and Terry McConathy vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the Graduate School at Louisiana Tech. Ruston can forge a bond that is beneficial to all involved.” The mayor was the first to take the stage, and said he was heppy to address any problems those in attendance had. “I thought the rain may have scared some away, but I still feel that we shared useful information to our community of Ruston and are continuing to move forward in a positive manner,” he said. Hollingsworth said he wanted to use his time to inform the attendees on steps being taken to better the community of Ruston. “We are working to give Railroad Park a facelift,” Hollingsworth said. “Those of you who have been there in July realize that it’s like sitting in a frying pan. There’s not much shade so we plan to buy some new 30 foot oak trees to jumpstart that process.” There have also been some changes to the fire and police departments, Hollingsworth said.

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It is a running joke in society that new media types phase out the old ones, hence the phrase “TV killed the radio star.” However, on Tech’s campus, the different forms of media have decided to work together for the benefit of the students. The Tech Talk, Tech TV and KLPI, Tech’s radio station, have teamed up to produce a talk show titled “Tech Today” that airs on Tech TV. Cody Sexton, a senior journalism major, said the show is unlike standard talk show programs. “It’s very interesting and laidback,” Sexton said. “It’s not just a stuffy news report. It’s a show about students, for students.” Sexton, a co-host of the show’s entertainment section, said his portion of the show tries to examine pop culture through the eyes of Tech students. “It’s somewhat pop culture, though we try not to stray too far from Tech,” he said. “Basically, I banter with my co-host Camille Pearce. We’re both trying to be Chelsea Handler (of “E! Entertainment Television.)” Camille Pearce, a senior interior design major, said the Tech show presents interesting topics to the students and also helps the participants grow in their fields of media. “These shows work best when you have people with the same mindset,” Pearce said. “It works as a creative outlet for these people. It gives them experience in their field.” Pearce said she approached representatives of KLPI and The Tech Talk to see if they would be interested in the show. “The people I talked to in each group were interested, and we just kind of made it our own little thing,” Pearce said. “Everybody has kind of developed each section on their own.” Phillip Raeisghasem, a sophomore electrical engineering major, said he is the main contact for KLPI between the other two participants. “I kind of fell into this by accident, but I’m happy to do it,” Raeisghasem said. “I think it’s a good thing for Tech. It brings variety to the TV station.” Raeisghasem said he was originally collaborating only with The Tech Talk before “Tech Today” began. “I approached The Tech Talk to see if we could help them with music reviews,” he said. “I didn’t have much contact with the television station until they got in touch with me around a month ago.” Raeisghasem, who co-hosted the first show’s music segment, said he thinks the collaboration will produce positive results for all of the involved parties. “None of the on-campus

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Drop/resign date quickly approaching
This Friday is the last day for students to drop courses with a “W” grade or resign from all their courses with “W” grades. A drop form signed by the student’s adviser should be turned in to the Registrar’s Office in Keeny Hall 207 for processing. All drops/resignations after this date result in “F” grades unless otherwise approved in writing by the student’s academic dean. Any classes that need to be dropped after Friday will not be accepted. Classes that are dropped by Friday will not count as credit for the 2013 spring quarter. For more information contact the Registrar’s Office at or at (318) 257-2176.

Asian animation amazes

Delta Chi to host softball tournament
Delta Chi Fraternity will host a softball tournament Saturday to benefit the Jimmy V foundation. The Jimmy V Foundation is an organization centered on raising money for cancer research. The event will last throughout the day on Saturday and will also feature a home run derby. The tournament and derby will be held at the lower field across the street from Joe Aillet Stadium. Teams will consist of 7-12 players and the cost will be $50 per team. If interested contact Chris Campbell at cmc074@latech. edu or (985) 778-8726.

Ian Phelps, the Anime club president, sets up the projector for the group’s weekly meeting. JOHN SADLER Staff Reporter In Davison Hall, Room 213, on any Wednesday at 7 p.m., a group of people go from talking and laughing to sitting in darkness. They sit down as the projector overhead kicks on to play a form of Asian animation called anime. Anime Ichiban is a club devoted to watching and discussing anime, a Japanese form of animation, and discussing Japanese culture in general. Ian Phelps, a junior electrical engineering major, said the club focuses mainly on showing different anime shows and educating attendees on the topic. “Anime isn’t like American cartoons,” Phelps said. “Unlike American cartoons, which are normally made to appeal to teens or tweens, Japanese animation is more mature. It tackles themes for older people.” Phelps, who serves as president of the club, said there are a few things that keep people from admitting that they might be interested in anime. “Some people, when they think of anime, think of ‘Oh, Japanese cartoons? That’s for children,’” Phelps said. “Some are turned off by the subtitles, since the cartoons are imported from Japan.” He said both of these arguments can be resolved if people would look a little deeper into anime. “The fact that people have this knee-jerk reaction, like ‘cartoons are for children,’ it’s just cultural differences. They don’t think cartoons can be mature,” he said. “As for those who hate subtitles, there is a variety of anime that has been dubbed into English.” Phelps said the people who take part in the club have varying levels of interest, so it is an environment where everyone can feel welcome. “Most people come every week. It’s super important to them,” he said. “But for some, it’s just a niche interest.” Anime Ichiban’s vice president Spencer Young said anime shows characteristics of Asian culture. “The style of anime is all different from American cartoons,” Young, a senior English major, said. “They have a tradition of big eyes, wide faces, and overly exaggerated expressions.” Young said the nature of anime keeps it out of the American mainstream. “Sometimes anime pushes the line,” he said. “It can touch on taboo topics, which might be too risqué or violent to be played on American television.” Young said people who dismiss anime offhand just do not know what it can offer. “There are all kinds of anime, so chances are anyone who looks will find one that appeals to them,” he said. “Give it a shot, and you’ll find that anime is mature. You can learn life lessons from some of them.” Recent Tech graduate in computer information systems James Sell said he agrees that anime has a lot to bring to the table, and that is why he con-

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History lecture series continued
At 4 p.m. Tuesday in Wyly Tower Auditorium Tech professor emeritus of history Kenneth Rea will make the next presentation in Tech’s 2013 International Affairs Lecture Series. This is the second in a series of three lectures by Tech historians. At 4 p.m. on May 8 in room 105 in George T. Madison Hall, the series of programs on Asia will conclude on with a presentation by assistant professor of history Nazir Atassi. This is the final part in the Tech International Affair Lecture Series. All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Andrew McKevitt, awn assistant professor of history and the series organizer, at (318) 257-3883.

Percussion group to host spring concert
The Louisiana Tech University Percussion Ensemble will perform from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts. This show will be the last event of the 2012-2013 Tech percussion season. The concert is billed as having “eclectic works” of chamber percussion performed by Tech students for the community. The concert will have a variety of percussive instruments and styles of play to entertain any and all attendees, whether they be Tech students or not. Admission for the concert is free to all. For more information, the Tech percussion studio can be contacted at 318-257-5470 or Information can also be found online at

tinues to attend meetings. “There are a lot of people who just don’t like animation,” Sell said. “They think it’s juvenile. They just immediately write it off.” He said anime shows quite a bit about Japanese culture, as the stylistic differences are offshoots of the culture. “I think the Japanese have a thing about eyes,” Sell said. “They say you can tell a lot about a person from his eyes, so in anime, you’ll see characters with big, soulful eyes. The animators hated the small, beady eyes on American cartoons.” Sell said the club is a lot like Mystery Science Theater 3000, the TV show where a man and his robot sidekicks sit and critique old science fiction movies. “We just sit, crack jokes and talk about the show,” he said. “Anybody with any interest in animation should come here. I guarantee they’ll love it.”

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Art students find new home in old dorm
CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter Since the 1960s, Tech’s school of art has offered its students a studio space in Richardson Dorm, located near Cottingham Dorm. The abandoned dorm rooms now provide a convenient place for painters, photographers and other artists to work. Professor of art Nicholas Bustamante said he has been the faculty supervisor of the Richardson studios since 2008. “Providing a space to work is incredibly important for nurturing a creative development,” Bustamante said. “Louisiana Tech is one of a handful of public universities in the nation that offers undergraduate students this type of private studio.” Richardson is occupied by 38 students and professors who have been provided with their own creative space. MC Davis, one of the studio residents, said he monitors Richardson and takes a permanent residence in the studio. Davis said a lot of work has been done to the dorms and they are slowly getting the building the way they want it. Some of the renovations include turning a bathroom into a screen-printing lab. “This is how you screen print T-shirts and all the posters for the art department,” Davis said. “We get students to screen print and make them all in here.” Each studio is unique to each of its inhabitants, said Davis. Many students have decorated the studios to give them a home-like appearance, because they spend so much time there; they said their studio is like a home. Jamie Johnson, a graduate photography student, said in her studio she has a place to take and develop her photos. “I took this picture over against that wall,” Johnson said, pointing to one photograph. She said she spends a lot of time in her studio developing her photos in other ways than on regular photo paper. “This is on a Japanese rice paper,” Johnson said about one photo. “It’s a process where you coat the chemical on the paper and let it dry in our dark room, then you expose it like

you would a traditional black-and-white photograph.” Johnson, who said most of the art the students work on gets submitted into shows, said she is preparing for her own solo show this summer. Peter Hay, a graduate student, said the dorms are convenient because he does not have to transport his work to and from campus every day. “I couldn’t bring these back and forth from home,” Hay said about the 6-by-6 foot canvases. “It would just be a nightmare.” Hay, who previously attended school in Oklahoma, said even though he had access to the painting building there, it was not the same as his own studio. “We couldn’t leave our stuff out,” Hay said. “It improves the quality of work and it definitely makes the size of painting manageable.” Having a consistent workspace where an artist can leave out his or her materials is ideal when working on some pieces like an installation piece, said Davis. “An installation piece is not framed or a sculpture,” Davis said. “It’s a piece where you have to physically go to its setting or gallery to see it.” Some students would say it would be inconvenient to transport a project like an installation piece because it would have to be reset each time. “Only a handful of schools offer private studios to their students,” Davis said. “We’re extremely fortunate to have these.”

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Jaime Johnson works in her personal Richardson art studio.

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Tech maintains gold at Eco-marathon
PAUL HARRIS Staff Reporter Tech students were able to garner national attention once again for their award-winning, fuelefficient vehicles. Heath Tims, EcoCar faculty adviser, traveled with 19 Tech students to Houston on April 5-7, to compete in the annual Shell Eco-Marathon America’s event. “The Shell Eco-Marathon is an exciting event that challenges students from around the country with building the most fuel-efficient vehicle they can,” Tims said. This year the EcoCar team won first place in the Diesel Urban Vehicle category, Tims said. Nathan Seal, a junior mechanical engineering major, said he served as the leadership board member and was excited to be a part of such a successful group. “We were able to construct our diesel urban car to yield 315 miles per gallon efficiency, which placed us first in the competition,” Seal said. The EcoCar team was able to construct and bring four cars to the event in Houston, Seal said. “It was quite a task because it’s something we’ve never done before,” Seal said. “It was a whole lot of work but our team worked very well together, that being the ultimate reason we were able to produce and compete with four cars.” The competition was divided into different categories pertaining to what propelled the cars, Seal said. “We participated in the diesel urban car, urban gasoline and prototype gasoline categories,” Seal said. Tims said he was satisfied with his team’s effort throughout the year leading up to the competition. “Every year we have great students who work on this project and this year was no exception,” Tims said. “It is exciting to see our students’ skills grow, allowing them to produce vehicles that not only perform well, but are also recognized for their eye-catching designs.” Walter Miltenberger, a junior mechanical engineering major, said he served as a team member and did not regret getting involved. “I totally recommend this experience to anyone looking to learn about what goes on in a car and just getting to learn how to work on a team,” Miltenberger said. He said he was impressed with the overall setup in Houston and was fortunate he was able to travel to see the team’s work be put on display. “Houston was amazing; there was so much support for the team it was impossible to not be super enthusiastic and excited about the race,” Miltenberger said. “CenterPoint Energy was there and provided us with a sponsor, so there was a feeling that we had to succeed.” Tims said he has been involved with the EcoCar event for six years. “When I first heard about the Shell Eco-Marathon America’s I knew it was something we wanted to get our students involved in,” Tims said. “It was a way that we could inspire them to take what they learn in the class room and use it in a real world project.” Collin Hosli, a former Tech student and team member of the original EcoCar team, said he was able to gain a career from the competition. “I was able to get an internship with Shell and was able to find a group I wanted to work with,” Hosli said. “Now here I am working with that group and enjoying my job as we speak.” Tims said he was impressed with his team members’ ability to find time to work on the project. “Our students do all of this outside of their classes,” Tims said. “They work nights, weekends, breaks and holidays to build cars that represent Louisiana Tech well.” The team was happy with their performance this year but they are eager to participate next year, Seal said. “Anyone with an interest in being a part of this awesome team may join,” Seal said. “You don’t have to have a specific major, we just want people that are serious about what they do and will work as a collaborative effort to achieve a goal.”

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“Tech Double X” (left) and “Hot Rod” (right) competed in the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon competition.

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Genaro Smith’s work earns ATLAS grant
KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter On a quiet spring morning, Genaro Smith sat in his office working on a writing that could become his biggest accomplishment. Smith, an English instructor, said he was recently awarded the ATLAS grant. “The ATLAS grant is an award given by the state’s Board of Regents Support Fund to Louisiana artists and scholars,” Smith said. The grant allows professors and researchers to receive funding while they are on leave for work to focus on book. “I will go on sabbatitheir craft. cal this upcoming winter “The grant will and spring quarpay half of my ters to work on the salary and Tech second book,” he will pay the other said. “The collechalf,” he said. tion is completed; Smith said he I just have to revise applied for the it.” grant in November Though Smith and he found out said he usually the results during writes fiction, his the first week of interest in poetry April. began about two He said he years ago and has was awarded the led to a collection SMITH grant last Friday of 34 poems about to complete his poetry col- his grandfather. lection and an additional “My grandfather, a major commander for the South Vietnamese Army with seven wives and 27 children, was stripped of his wealth and sent to a re-education camp when the communists took over,” he said. “It’s like a biography of his childhood all the way through to his marriages and his time in a prison camp.” Smith said the other book is a novel titled “The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born.” “The other book is a collection of short stories from the point of view of Vietnamese characters,” he said. Although Smith said he has had several short stories published, he said his decision to write a poetry collection came after a friend read a few of his poems. “I wanted to write a novel first,” he said “Then Darrel Borque, who was the Louisiana Poet Laureate, read a couple and told me that I needed to complete them.” Smith said Borque is the reason he completed the collection, while Ken Robinson, director of the school of performing arts, is the reason he applied for the grant. Smith also said the process for the grant was extensive. “I had to submit a letter of intent, fill out paper work, write a two-page artist statement detailing what I have accomplished and what I intend to do,” Smith said. Smith said in addition to that he had to provide a letter of recommendation from Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau. “All together I had to submit about 12 pages of work and a 20-page document of creative work,” Smith said.

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Summer Loving
Listening to the lyrics of Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze” make me yearn for summer year round. My mind is flushed warm at the thought of summer and the memories I’ve made with my family and friends. There are different things I associate with when it comes to the seasons of the year. For fall, it’s the start of a new school year and the chilly autumn breeze on the beach at Sanibel Island. During winter, it’s the overwhelming sense of holiday cheer, close families and the smell of evergreen and wood burning. For spring, it’s the buzz of growth and pastel colors cascading from dresses and wreaths. Then there is summer –– lofty breezes, ice-cold lemonade, toes tickling the warm sand and the touch of gold the sun leaves behind. As a child, these are just a few of the many things that I would look forward to as my mom and I would scream the lyrics to ‘School’s Out’ by Alice Cooper on the last day of school. I was never happy for summer because there was no more school for three months. I thoroughly enjoyed going to school on a daily basis. I was happy because the season of summer meant the recollection of so many good memories and the potential of good ones to come. It brings along with it a certain warmth. One of the reasons I would yearn for summer as a child was because it meant it was time to visit my family in Amory, Miss. My sister and I always cherished the one or two weeks we got to spend there because we didn’t get to go often. As I sat in the back seat with my sister in the car, we would listen to ‘70s on 7, watch for deer on the Natchez Trace and fight for our turn to play “Space Invaders” on the Gameboy Color. That drive couldn’t come quick enough — already wearing our swimsuits so we could plunge into the pool when we reached 100 Pecan Orchard Lane eight hours later. For the short week or two we spent there every summer, my cousins, my sister and I would always walk next door to the bait shop and get the goods for our next adventure. The smell of ripe earth, dirt and water filled the air when we would open that swinging screen door and hear it slam. We would pay for our beef jerky, Funions and Yoo-hoos in dimes, nickels and quarters and would head to the “wiggly” bridge to make tossed salads out of the bright green, furry moss that littered the neighbor’s yard. We were adventurous children, especially after repeatedly watching movies like “Clubhouse Detectives,” “Hook” and the “Butter Cream Gang.” We were always searching for trouble in the best sense. As we got older, our interests changed along with our summers. No longer was it okay to sneak over to the neighbor’s yard and play on their wiggly, wooden bridge. Sooner than we knew it, we could all drive and we started doing things like going to the movies in Tupelo instead of riding our tandem to the local high school. Although I’ve had some oncein-lifetime experiences in my recent summers as I’ve gotten older, like spending summers in Egypt and New York, it still can’t beat those simple summers I would look forward to as a child. When I pretended moss was a healthy green salad, anything was possible.


Living today like there is a tomorrow
In lieu of the recent bombings during the Boston Marathon last Monday, much of the country has been on high alert as to “suspicious items.” The days following the terrorism attack in Boston saw many instances of authorities being called in to suspect and handle items left behind. According to, there were two instances last week in New Orleans where the bomb squad was called to inspect packages left behind. One package was a lunch box with a Tupperware bowl inside it. The other was a backpack full of men’s clothing. They were both deemed safe by the authorities after being inspected. Even though the mysterious packages never meant any harm to anyone, they still caused a disruption to everyday life — closing surrounding streets for two hours. Where do you draw a line between being cautious of a suspicious situation and letting fear drive the lives of the public? However, even after these previous threats proved to have no validity, it appears a potential terrorist attack was foiled on Monday. According to multiple news outlets, such as MSN, CNN, and Fox News, Canadian authorities have arrested two men who plotted to attack a passenger train departing from the United States and going through Canada. The two men arrested were believed to have plotted to kill people and derail the train. They were also believed to be receiving support from al-Qaeda for their actions toward the train. American and Canadian agencies began a joint investigation for over six months before leading to Monday’s arrests. And while it’s difficult to compare a six month international investigation to a 911 call by an average citizen, there is definitely a correlation in the notion that there were two potential threats and they were both taken seriously. What if the backpack full of clothes had been a backpack full of explosives? The what-if scenarios are endless, but at the end of the day, it was still brought to the attention of authorities. At what point, though, is it redundant to send the authorities on the trail of every suspicious package? Or does the value of human life supersede the potential cost of manpower and money? And should people live in fear of any package not attended to by someone immediately next to it? The staff of The Tech Talk believes the public should live like they did before the Boston bombing incident. Much like we have done after the Sep.11 terrorist attacks, we should not live in fear of potential harm, but instead be ready and aware of an incident of potential harm. If something makes you uneasy or does not seem right, take notice and follow through with the action you deem necessary. This is a way to be aware without living in fear.

Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as senior news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mmb041@latech.

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am a fan of the Internet and I will tell you why: because the Internet is also a fan of me. While online, the World Wide Web caters to you because you control the content you take in. I choose to take in cute pictures of cats and most recently a Twitter site that literally only posts pictures of a bunny with different objects on its head. Yes. A bunny with a pancake, cereal box or a roll of toilet paper balancing on its head has its own Twitter account. And I cannot stop looking at it. My Internet is a happy place. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for most people. There are corners of the Web where individuals are overwhelmed by different types of darkness and where bunnies certainly do not appear to lighten the mood. For example, “thinspiration” sites, where young women and men go to look at images of dangerously thin people and learn how to become anorexic or bulimic and read messages like “If you eat today, you will be fat,” or “Bones are beautiful.” Other sites appear in reaction to tragedies. Shortly after 20 children were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, alongside the memorial sites came fake Twitter accounts pretending to be one of the dead children. They posted things like “Good shot!” and “My head hurts for some reason.” Other malevolent users made up fake stories or wrote fake letters from the victims, written supposedly right before they died, in order to gain Facebook likes or Twitter followers. One account tweeted a picture of a girl who died in the movie theatre shooting in Colorado, claiming it to be one of the Sandy Hook victims who died saving her sister. It received 5,911 retweets and the account was boosted over 140,000 followers in just a few hours. Even worse, some created more than 100 fraudulent pages from victims’ families asking for donations and making a profit from someone else’s pain. Facebook removed the pages upon request. The same is now happening with the Boston Marathon tragedy. Two bombs detonated at the finish line on April 15 and the fake accounts are already appearing. A Twitter account appeared with tweets like “Well, they said they wanted to end with a bang,” and “Did anyone see that guy cheat? He flew over the finish line!” The dark humor is not humorous. It is times like these when people are most vulnerable. Victims’ families are angry and mourning. The last thing they need is someone making a mockery out of their loved ones’ death or creating fraudulent donation accounts trying to make a profit. We see enough hate on the Internet as it is. Westboro Baptist has even made a nifty site where you can click on any country and it will explain why God hates it. Cyber bullying is one of the worst hate epidemics on the Web. According to the Cyber Bullying Research Center, about half of young people have experienced some form of cyber bullying, and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly. I have seen the effects firsthand. A sweet girl named Danielle Cox whom I shared classes with attempted suicide in January 2011 and when she reached out to a friend, he tried to help her by posting her phone number on Facebook in hopes others would try to stop her and support her. Unfortunately, the wrong man saw the post and sent her more than 150 horrible text messages telling Danielle she was worthless and she should end her life. Danielle’s attempt that night was not successful, but four months later on May 20, she committed suicide. You can go to to hear the rest of her story and see how her death has sparked action in the community. To quote Patton Oswalt’s reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings, “When you spot violence, or bigotry or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”” Do not let hate spread on our World Wide Web. I am all about freedom of speech until someone hiding behind a screen is allowed to cause harm. Report the hate you see, because you may save a life, save a family pain and prove that good will always conquer evil.


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KALEB CAUSEY Sports Reporter f you are active on Twitter, you have probably seen #stopCISPA all over your feed in the past week, and like many other people, have no idea what it is about. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would allow the federal government to monitor citizens’ Internet activity in hopes of preventing cyber threats. The bill is awaiting a vote in the U.S. Senate after passing the House by a vote of 288-127. Supporters of this bill have failed to acknowledge the broad scopes in the wording and Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, even had the audacity to use the Boston Marathon bombing as proof that CISPA needs to be passed. CISPA would do many damaging things to the American people. Most importantly, it would allow corporations to void their privacy agreements with their customers without any legal ramifications. The bill states that “[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law, a self-protected entity may, for cybersecurity purposes ... share such cyber threat information with any other entity, including the federal government.” Should this bill pass, it would turn companies, social media websites and other online outlets that you have Internet contact with into spies that would be allowed to release your information to the government without any sort of warrant or consent. This kind of intrusion is a major violation of our right to privacy. In Mapp v. Ohio (1961), the Supreme Court said the right to privacy was “no less important than any other right carefully and particularly reserved to the people.” American citizens should not allow this fundamental liberty to slip out of our hands by letting the Senate pass this bill unscathed. Luckily, organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union have put forth an effort in to stop this bill. President Barack Obama even issued a warning to Congress saying he would veto the bill if it were to pass. However, a veto threat from the president does not mean the fight is over. The battle is still ongoing and has been for over a year. Many of you might remember last year when websites such as Reddit and Wikipedia shut down for a day in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Although these bills were a bit different than CISPA is, they still would have allowed the monitoring of citizens’ Internet usage without a warrant. This also is not the first time that CISPA has been presented to Congress. It was passed by the House in April 2012, but died in the Senate after a veto threat from President Obama. The fact that the bill died last year after a veto threat does not mean it will happen again this year. The only way to stop this intrusion on our right to privacy is to write, email and call your senators urging them to oppose this bill and attempted violation of our right to privacy.


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HANNAH SCHILLING Associate Editor “Fast in my Car,” the song the band chose to open as Track 1 on the album, has the whiney and stereotypical pop tone alternative fans know as the sound of selling out. The shalParamore is going through a phase, like most teenagers low message seems to claim that if you are going through a do, where the band is trying to figure out who it really is. tough time, driving fast will solve your problems, all above “Who am I? What should I do? There are other ways to highly synthesized noises that are awkwardly placed. play music? Why is there hair growing there?” are just some The same tone appears in “Now,” as the lyrics give you a of the questions I think the band mates were asking each similar naïve message that the future should be here now, so other during the making of their newest album “Paramore.” we will not need to deal with the problems happening now. The self-titled album was reIn “Daydreaming,” Paramore leased April 9, along with a sigh makes a rookie mistake by assumof relief from lead singer Hayley ing that repeating the same word Williams that she can still put out over and over again will create muchart-topping music after watchsical magic. ing the Farro brothers walk away. And then Paramore surprises After trying to work out their listeners with mature, deep and problems during the recording of even heart-felt music, all the their album, “Brand New Eyes,” while going through their rough in 2009, lead guitarist/songwriter patch of transition. Josh Farro and his brother, drumMy favorite song on the mer Zac, left the band, claiming album is “Grow Up,” where that Williams was too controlling we here the band stray away of a force. from tradition but in the Taylor York on rhythm guitar positive way. The guitar is and Jeremy Davis on bass flew in not as heavy, the mood is Fueled by Ramen to save Paramore. But according upbeat and the message Paramore to the sound of their newest almakes sense. Grow up Paramore bum, it seems as if the new band and move on, much like the HHHII members just confused it. band is being forced to do. You can almost hear Williams Williams uses soft-sung intrying to regain her balance as the terludes to get some sarcastic new musicians showed her that there is more to music than and passive-aggressive lyrics in above the soft ukulele, a just the four-to-six chord power guitar riff that made up Par- nice and subtle middle finger to her old band mates. amore’s signature sound. In “Last Hope,” listeners can almost hear Williams smilThere is a variety on this album that we have never heard ing. The simple melody compliments her soft voice, with no from Paramore before, resulting in great diversity that some- hint of anger, telling her fans that she tried to make herself times turns into a muddled confusing mess, but also can be happy, but people should realize they should let it happen charming and different in a positive way. instead of forcing it to happen. Williams stuck to her old band’s style for some songs. We get a shout out to the old band in “Part II,” serving “Anklebiters,” “Proof ” and “Be Alone” are reminiscent of as the next part of “Let the Flames Begin” from their album the fist-pumping anthems we all know and love from past “Riot” released in 2008. albums. The lyrics “What a shame, we all remain such fragile broThe nostalgia stops there. ken things” seems to hint that the band has not changed much since they sang “What a shame, we all became such fragile broken things” in 2007. The tone of “Part II” starkly contrasts its part one, where the synthesized pop noises at times drown out their traditional guitar riffs. Listening to the two songs back-to-back, Paramore fans can hear the transition of styles. Though the transition was choppy, Paramore has succeeded once again at producing quality tunes overall, but this time, they are breaking all of their rules.

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Ke$ha brings her life to MTV
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Consider the anticipation of Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games fans as they eagerly awaited the midnight premieres of their respective movies. Harness the excitement of those fans, multiply it by forty-seven, add five and roll it in glitter and you have half of my emotions as I waited for “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” to premiere. MTV’s new reality show, filmed by Ke$ha’s brother Legan, chronicles the pop star as she rises to fame while touring the world headlining her “Get Sleazy Tour” and working on her sophomore album, “Warrior.” Personally, when I first heard about Ke$ha’s new show, I thought it was a lastditch effort to boost record sales when her new album failed to reach the same success as her first, “Animal.” I was as skeptical as I was enticed about seeing what my favorite pop star assured me would be “raw” and “real” footage of her life behind the scenes. While I am a die-hard fan, I did not want it to look as if she was flailing. I was not disappointed. “My Crazy Beautiful Life” was everything Ke$ha promised. It showed how she is just a girl who wanted to sing; she worked tirelessly to achieve her dreams, battling criticisms the entire way. After the show’s introduc-


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tion, which included clips from a Ke$ha concert, the artist is shown in her mother’s home, feeding her nephew and reading her show’s review, brushing off the criticism with little worry. The show is also full of the crazy antics expected from a girl who tweets a picture of herself peeing on the side of the road in a traffic jam. Ke$ha shows that even though she is a popular Top 40 artist, she is not above shamelessly stalking ex-boyfriends, telling a reporter she wants to eat his ginger beard or fondling Scotsmen under their kilts. It offers an insight to Ke$ha’s more sensitive side. While she is the girl known to brush her teeth with whiskey and objectify men the way male singers have been known to objectify women, she shows she is prone to heartbreak and openly talks about former lovers who have inspired her song writing. My favorite thing about Ke$ha is her consistency. She has been the same straight-forward, brash and bold artist she was when “Tik

Tok” made its debut, torn fishnet stockings and all. One thing that can be said about her is her devotion to her fans. Not that other artists do not appreciate their fans as much as her, but it is clear Ke$ha knows she is where she is solely because of her fans and is as devoted to them as they are to her. The most memorable scene was when a fan presented her with a book he wrote for her during a meet and greet. He told her about his experiences with bullies as he cried and Ke$ha hugged him. He explained how her music is his freedom and has helped him overcome his tormentors. Ke$ha, who has never been a stranger to bullies, relates to her fans in this sense. Some viewers, myself included, were moved by scenes like this and those showing her fans singing along to her music during a concert. For an artist many believed to be a “one-trick pony,” I think there is more to Ke$ha than a lot of people see. Granted, I am a biased party who has followed everything the girl has done since she was on MySpace. Whether it is a love for the whiskey-drinking glitter enthusiast or just a mild curiosity, I recommend people watch her show. “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on MTV. Let me know if you need glitter.


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“It’s ridiculous for us to have a dispatch department for both the fire and police departments,” Hollingsworth said. “When we built the police department it was built to accommodate more people in capacity in the dispatch area so we are now centrally dispatching from the police department.” There is one problem that Hollingsworth said he cannot resolve. “I don’t know how you can allow a train to come through your city limits at 50 to 60 miles per hour and not blow the horn,” Hollingsworth said. “That’s a safety issue I’m not sure we can get past.” On Hollingsworth’s closing remarks, he stated that Ruston has no greater priority or a greater economic partner than Tech. Hollingsworth said that a few

years ago the community recognized that fiber optics might be the utility of the future. “Since that time we’ve been slowly building a high-speed cable network within the city and are able to offer those services to business customers,” Hollingsworth said. “State law prohibits the city from offering these services to consumers directly; we’d have to have a city wide referendum to gain permission to do so.” Sabrina Smith, a Ruston community member who was in attendance, said she was pleased with how informative the forum was. “Although the rain almost kept me from coming, I’m glad that I did because a lot of my questions pertaining to the community that I live in were answered.”

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media are super big, so all collaborations are positive,” he said. “In a PR sense, it gets our names out there and gets the students’ attention.” Raney Johnson, a sophomore journalism major, said he agrees with the fact that the collaboration will improve the visibility of on-campus media. “It has an effect on how prospective students view us as well,” Johnson said. “Students who might want to study journalism see that the media on campus have a working relationship.” Johnson, who co-hosted the music segment of the first show, said he hopes the show contin-

ues to be produced. “Hopefully, we’ll keep doing the show at least semi-weekly,” he said. “It’s a good thing for students and it’s really fun to do.” The first show premiered in Tolliver, and Pearce said she would like to keep that going every week. “I’d like all shows to premiere on Thursday,” she said. “It’s hard to get it all edited in time, but that is our goal.” Pearce said students are encouraged to get involved with the show. “We are always looking for students to host a segment of the show,” she said. “Anyone interested should email techtv@ to volunteer.”

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the Greeks join together for a friendly competition,” Dupuy said. “But as for myself and Sigma Nu, it meant a lot not only winning but repeating as Greek Week champs, and I think the results show the effort and determination given by the entire chapter.” Dupuy also said he felt Greek Week is a great time to bring all of the Greek system together to have a good time and enjoy what being Greek means. “There are many Greek events that really bring together Greeks from all over campus,” Dupuy said. “One of my favorites was songfest; being able to provide entertainment to Tech and the community while raising money for a local charity was a great accomplishment.” Chestnut said he felt overall the students and faculty organized a week of fun for the Greek system that the students and community were proud of. “I was really pleased with the participation by all the Greek organizations this year,” Chestnut said. “It is an important and fun week for the Tech community and I am looking forward to having it again next year.”

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Buck delivers the newlyfound remains of Col. William Henderson Mason to his wife, Irene, who waited for 41 years to put her husband to rest.
RANEY JOHNSON Multimedia Editor Contemplating retirement was not an easy decision for Lt. Col. Brian Buck because he loved Tech too much to leave. “They wanted me to go to United States Cyber Command and, trust me, it was a hard choice to turn that job down,” Buck said. Buck said he was willing to stay at Tech and run Air Force ROTC for another year, but the Air Force wanted him to go to Maryland to work at the USCC. Buck said he decided he did not want to leave Tech and go on a tour of duty in Maryland, so he decide to retire at the age of 43 and stay in Ruston with his wife and son, Alex. “The big thing is I just did not want to leave the local area,” Buck said. “I am happy here. My parents are close by, my son is attending Tech and my wife has a job here. It was time.” Buck said when he came and was assigned to Tech ROTC, it was the closest he had ever been to his home in Arkansas since joining the Air Force. “I actually came into the military through ROTC at Southeast Missouri State University,” Buck said. “I graduated in May and came back to active duty in January of the following year.” Buck said SMSU is where he met his wife, Yvonne Buck, administrative coordinator for flight operations in the professional aviation department. He said they were married in November of 1992 and their marriage paralleled his career. “It’s been twenty years of moving around,” Brian said. “We started in Texas at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio.” Buck said after moving from there they went to Anderson Air Force Base, south of Guam, to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, then to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. and then they ended up in Washington, D.C. “I worked at the Pentagon for a couple of years,” he said.
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Buck sits in front of a shadow box filled with medals awarded to him throughout his career.

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Buck marries his wife in 1992 after meeting her at Southeast Missouri State University.

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Buck receives the NATO medal for serving in Bosnia.

“The Pentagon really wasn’t my to families,” Buck said. “Bringthing.” ing their loved ones home...It Buck said he had a variety of was emotional.” jobs at the Pentagon. Buck said the highlight of “After two years, I was tired his time in JPAC was an event of being in DC, so I decided related to a silver bracelet worn to go to Baghdad,” he said. “I to remember prisoners of war spent a year in Baghdad, from and the missing in action of the 2006 to 2007 in the Internation- Vietnam War. al Zone. That was a life-altering “I wore one for 17 years,” he experience.” said. “Before that, my wife wore Buck said there were a cou- it for three years for Col. William ple of times in Baghdad during Henderson Mason,” he said. which he almost Buck said died. Col. Mason was “ M o r t a r a C130 pilot lost rounds were in Vietnam. coming in. Very, “On one of very close calls,” “You start to the trips with Brian said. “You our command, I start to appreci- appreciate life had gone down ate life when you when you have to Miami,” Buck have been that said. “We had close to it end- been close to it a family meeting.” ing we had to Buck said Iraq ending.” go to. We would was not his first tell the families time in a country Brian Buck about the status going through a Lieutenant Colonel of Tech ROTC of their cases. war. One thing led “I served in to another and Bosnia,” he said. one of the guys “It was back in Operation Joint I worked with back in Hawaii Guardian.” was there at the meeting with Buck said he spent the me and said, ‘I never knew you change into the new millennium wore a bracelet.’” in Bosnia. Buck said his co-worker told “That was the coldest winter him they had just finished identhey had recorded. At one point tifying Col. Mason back in the it was 40 below around Christ- laboratory and was asked if he mas,” Buck said. wanted to meet Col. Mason’s Buck said after his tour in family. Iraq he went back to Hawaii for “They introduced me to Mrs. another tour of duty to work Irene Mason, a wonderful, wonwith the Joint Prisoner of War/ derful woman,” he said. “She Missing in Action Accounting had been waiting 41 years for Command in Hawaii. her husband to come home. I “The Joint POW/MIA Ac- had the honor of being the specounting Command is an orga- cial escort of his remains back nization that is responsible for to Arlington Cemetery.” going around the world to find Buck said after wearing the the remains of our missing from bracelet for 17 years, it was cloprevious wars and bring their re- sure. He said his next job after mains to their families,” he said. working with JPAC was with Buck said working with JPAC Tech. was probably, outside of teach“When I finished up my tour ing the next generation in Tech’s there, I was fortunate enough ROTC, the most fulfilling thing to be offered the opportunity to he has ever done in the military. come and teach ROTC,” Buck “It was another eye-opening said. “The job here has been experience working with that awesome. I love this job.” command and bringing closure Buck said his last day at Tech

will be May 17. “That day I will go over to Barksdale Air Force Base, turn over my identification card and get my retired card,” he said. “I will do all the paperwork for retiring that day. Then I will turn around, put my uniform on and commission the lieutenants May 18 at graduation. “ Buck said his last official act as commander will be to launch those lieutenants off to active duty and then he will officially be retired as Lieutenant Colonel of Tech ROTC. “I’m hopeful I will get a job here at Tech; that is my big hope,” Buck said. “There are a couple positions open I am hoping for; we’ll see how that works out.” Buck said his retirement ceremony will actually be on May 8 in the TAC. He said the retirement will take place after the changing of command for the cadets. “We only do this once a year, and this is the first time the retirement ceremony will be part of it,” Buck said. “They will present the Presidential Retirement Certificate, and my shadow box will be presented at some point.” Buck said the shadow box is used to place medals and badges for display. “You can put it on a mantle or something, and it is a nice little conversation piece,” he said. Buck said he feels as if he made a difference serving in the Air Force. Buck said it is a great thing he gets to end working with the Air Force the way he started. “I’ve had a great time serving my country, and I would like to think I‘ve made a difference, and I know I have here seeing the lieutenants I am commissioning,” he said. “This is how I started. If I could take the last 18 to 20 years and capsulate it down, I would take those lessons that I have learned and give it to the next generation.”

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Buck served in Bosnia during the coldest winter they had ever recorded.

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Buck and his wife visit the Sriracha Tiger Park in Thailand.

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Bulldogs in 2013 NFL Draft
Bulldogs look to take their skill to the next level in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Ryan Allen, punter 2012-13 Season: 48.04 punting average, 21 punts longer than 50 yards, with a long of 85 yards. Twenty were down inside the 20-yard line. 40-yard dash: 4.98 Projected Round: 7


Colby Cameron, quarterback 2012-13 Season: Threw for 4,147 yards for 31 touch-

downs and five interceptions. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes. 40-yard dash: 4.78 Projected Round: Undrafted

Could this be a dream come true?


Oscar Johnson, offensive tackle 2012-13 Season: The 6-3, 309-pound lineman started


as a guard in the 2011-12 season, and started all 12 games last season as a tackle. 40-yard dash: 5.49 Projected Round: 6-7

Jordan Mills, offensive tackle 2012-13 Season: Started all 12 games at right tackle
Oscar Johnson, offensive tackle

and was named to the All-WAC first team. 40-yard dash: 5.37 Projected Round: 2-3

Illustration by Harold Foster Jr.

Jordan Mills, offensive tackle Quinton Patton, wide receiver

Quinton Patton, wide receiver 2012-13 Season: Had 104 receptions for 1392 yards
and 32 touchdowns. He also averaged 13.4 yards per catch with a long of 79 yards. 40-yard dash: 4.53 Projected Round: 2-3

Louisiana Tech aims for WAC Titles
the fall, but since the spring we have fallen off.” The instant challenges for the Bulldogs are dealing with the obstacle they face at the WAC tournament. “It is more target golf at this golf course ,and it is out in the desert. The altitude will cause the ball to go about seven percent farther,” Parks said. “The hardest part for them is staying committed to the golf club they choose. If they (the Tech golf team) hit a pitching wedge 150 yards DEVIN KING at Squire Creek they will have to adjust, Sports Reporter because at Rio Secco Golf Club it will go 165 yards.” Despite the challenges the Bulldogs As the Louisiana Tech men’s golf season comes to a conclusion in April, the face on the course, Parks said each school team still has one golf tournament left — in the WAC is allow to send only allowed the Western Athletic Conference Tourna- to send five players to the WAC tournament. ment in Henderson, Nev. “My top five players are based upon “For us to win the WAC tournament, how they played in they (the Tech golf tournaments, their team) will have to scoring averages, keep the ball in play and how well they off the tee,” said played against each Jeff Parks, head golf other in practice,” coach. “This field is Parks said. different because evParks said he is erybody in the consending senior capference is so close in tain Sam Forgan, ranking. I feel like we junior golfer Jack have a great chance Lempke, freshman of winning the WAC golfer Ben Robinson, Tournament.” Lange and Wilmore. The 2013 WAC “Sam is a senior golf tournament and has participated will be held Monday in the WAC tournathrough Wednesday ment before, so he at the Rio Secco knows what to exGolf Club. pect,” Parks said. Parks sees the “This will be his last WAC tournament as year to compete in a golden opportunity the WAC tournafor the Bulldogs, and ment, so it will be exone big reason is beSubmitted photo citing to see how he cause of freshman golfer Victor Lange. Junior Jack Lempke prepares for a put handles the pressure “In his first col- in a previous tournament. Lempke looks of possibly playing his last event.” legiate start, he won If the Bulldogs his first event and to help the Bulldogs get a victory in the can manage to win was highly ranked 2013 WAC Tournament. the WAC tournain the spring,” Parks said. “He has a lot of confidence and ment, they will go to Tech’s first-ever momentum heading into the conference regional tournament, and Parks is determined to see Tech make history. tournament.” “Last year we had a good chance and Parks also said he was excited that junior golfer Travis Wilmore won an indi- barely missed it,” Parks said. “This year my goal was not to be a bubble team, but vidual tournament. “We got off to a good start in the fall, we slipped into that, so we have to win the with four top five finishes,” Parks said. WAC tournament.” Parks believes the Bulldogs have a “Despite how the spring part of the season went, we had six Top 10 finishes head- great chance of winning the WAC tournament if they continue to build upon things ing into the WAC tournament.” Even though the Bulldogs have had that have they worked on. “We have been working hard on the success this season, according to, they are ranked 97th in the mental side of the game — controlling only what we can control,” Parks said. nation. “We are currently ranked second in the conference,” Parks said. “I feel like from Email comments to our standpoint, we were ranked higher in

Bulldog golf prepares for 2013 WAC Tournament at Rio Secco

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Senior Alena Erofeyeva looks to lead the Lady Techsters tennis team to a victory in the 2013 WAC Tournament.

Lady Techster tennis look forward to playing in 2013 WAC Tourney
KALEB CAUSEY Sports Reporter The Louisiana Tech University women’s tennis team will face Texas State University at 2 p.m. today in the first round of the WAC Conference Tournament. The Lady Techsters come into the tournament ranked third in the conference and with a record of (14-4, 7-1). Their only conference loss was to second-ranked San Jose State. “We are looking forward to revenge against San Jose,” said head coach Freddy Gomez. “I think we have the chance to make it to the finals and win the whole thing.” Gomez said he looks forward to potentially playing No. 1 seed University of Denver, which Tech has yet to play this season due to a cancellation. “[Denver and San Jose] compete very hard,” Gomez said. “They compete very well from top to bottom.” Junior Melanie Urvoy said she knows Tech can compete with any team at the tournament.

“I really think we can win the tournament,” Urvoy said. “If we continue playing like we have, I have no worries.” Urvoy said the most important thing to her is for the team to win the conference, and she will do anything she can to make sure that happens. If the Lady Techsters win their first-round match with Texas State, they will face the winner of San Jose State and No. 7 seed University of Texas-San Antonio. Gomez, who is in his first year as head coach, has turned the team around from a winless conference record and a first-round loss in the WAC Conference Tournament last year. He said he relies heavily on his entire team to lead and does not have one leader who stands out among the team. “Everybody is a leader on this team,” Gomez said. “Everybody does very well … without that one person that leads the team.” Gomez also said he does not want to look over anybody in the tournament. “Everyone is a threat in this conference,” he said. “We know how good our team is and have to be ready for everybody.” For more on tennis and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk Sports Desk’s twitter page at

o me, it truly is bigger than the Super Bowl. It is the last weekend of April, my parents are jamming out at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and all of my essentials are spread across the dining room table in front of the television. Since I was 9-years-old, I have religiously watched the NFL Draft and analyzed every player before and after they were picked. Where most people can barely make it past their favorite teams’ picks, I easily watched the first and second rounds all the way through and did not think my day was wasted. I could almost say it is the reason I became a sports journalist because I always dreamed of being the next Mel Kiper Jr. Ask any of my friends from back home and they will tell you not to disturb me between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. the final weekend of April because I wasn’t available to do anything. My parents always made fun of me because they would leave for the festival with me watching the draft just to come home and find me still watching the draft. This year’s draft, however, is going to be a bit more exciting than usual. Not only are the punishments of my favorite pro team, the New Orleans Saints, vacated, but also several players from my favorite college team (Do I really need to state what team that is?) project to be picked in one of the seven rounds. Before I became a Bulldog fan, there still were not many players who were picked in the NFL Draft who actually became superstars. The last Bulldog picked was tight end Dennis Morris barely picked was in the 2010 draft. He is currently an unrestricted free agent. This year, though, will change all of this. Wide receiver Quinton Patton, offensive tackle Jordan Mills, offensive tackle Oscar Johnson and punter Ryan Allen will start a new chapter in their lives and represent their school proudly. Many analysts underestimate our beloved ’Dogs, but history proves the underdogs tend to play better than their first-round counterparts. Patton leads the group and projects to be picked up in the second to third rounds, but Mills has made late push heading into Thursday and could possibly be picked up in the third round by his favorite team, the Saints. Other players, such as Ryan Allen and Colby Cameron could be late-round hidden gems. It only makes it that much sweeter when people doubt your ability and then you become a superstar. When I spread out my draft books and hang up my chalkboard, it will feel a lot different this year. I can now officially say I was able to meet and speak with future stars of the best sports league in the world. Hopefully one of these days I will be an analyst for some company and I can evaluate future Bulldog players, but until then, I am going to soak up the fact this year’s draft is going to be a special one. This draft could prove the underdogs can produce some high-quality football players, and we will continue to produce for a long time. It is only a matter of time before several of our players are picked up in the first round. Derek J. Amaya is a junior journalism and marketing major from Metairie. Email comments to

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