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CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter When the Southern University and Louisiana State University systems announced recently raises up to 4 percent for their faculty and staff, this left some at Tech wondering if there would be a pay increase on the horizon for them. They were able to provide this after the state Legislature provided the Souther Universities with funding and LSU raised its tuition. Kevin Cuccia, the engineering and science librarian at Tech, said he is hopeful in spite of not receiving any pay increases in 6 years. “I try to remain optimistic,” Cuccia said. “However, it’s disheartening to see a top school not reflect in its staff ’s salary.” Tech is a Tier One, selective admissions school, and Cuccia is concerned that lack of funding may be keeping students from getting the most out of their education while here. “Are students getting the full benefit as they were 10 years ago?” he said. Since 2008, Gov. Bobby Jindal has cut $700 million in state spending for secondary education and Cuccia said he is concerned about how higher education is suffering. “People are not as concerned with higher education and we are less prepared.”




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Tech president Les Guice explains the difficulties Louisiana’s education system faces. Another concern for the university is losing faculty and the extra work being given to some others with no extra pay. Barry Morales, director of student life, said being understaffed is a situation the entire university is feeling. “The staffing situation is an unfortunate consequence of continued budget cuts,” he said. “I know our administration is concerned

about losing quality faculty and staff to our neighboring states because of the lack of funding for badly needed raises.” Morlales said he was concerned about the long-term effects of being understaffed. “From a psychological perspective, fatigue, frustration, stress and strain could become concerns which will have to be addressed,” he said. “We are fortunate to have a loyal base at Tech, which is imperative to a successful organization.” Tech President Les Guice said he is aware of the need for raises and is trying to help the staff in other ways until that is possible. “It is important to find ways to recognize the faculty for all they do,” Guice said. “Even the little things can help make a difference.” One way of helping the staff was going through the foundation to pay for their parking decals for the year. Guice said he has been working since before his presidency with the UL system board leaders to increase staff ’s pay. “We’ve been meeting to recognize and communicate the importance,” he said. Guice said one thing that needs to happen to better the chances of a faculty pay raise is an increase in the number of students who enroll at Tech. “This year we had a 20 percent increase

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Community steps President moves on campus out for dog dip
CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter of the Pre-Vet Club, a club comprised of students preparing for veterinary medicine school after graduation. Hughes said the people who came to the event covered all parts of the community. “We have people that have been coming here for the past two years,” she said. “People who heard or saw our advertisements are also drawn here. It’s just a The Ropp Center has gone back to serving its original purpose as a home for Louisiana Tech’s president. Les Guice and his wife, Kathy, moved into the Ropp Center in July and are occupying the second floor temporarily while the president’s home next to Garland Gregory Hideaway Park undergoes renovations. Tech’s former president, Dan Reneau, and his wife lived in the president’s house for 26 years before he retired last year. “Many of the renovations are on wall and floor wear and tear and updating household appliances,” said Reggie Hanchey, Tech coordinator. Kathy Guice said she is enjoying the time spent in the Ropp Center. “I love being around the students and meeting them,” she said. “I enjoy walking the dog and exploring the campus again.” Both of the Guices are former Tech students. “It’s nice to be back in the campus atmosphere

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Ruston braved the rain Saturday to make sure their dogs received the best in care from the members of Tech’s Pre-Vet Club. The club’s biannual Dog Dip, in which dogs receive a bath, nail trim and flea dip, attracted a good crowd this year. “We’ve had a steady flow of people, even in this rain,” said Kaley Hughes, a senior pre-vet major and treasurer

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Reggie Hanchey, coordinator for the president, at the formal dining area of the Ropp explains the mural painted by former Tech graduate and artist Judy Buckner. again,” she said. “And everyone at the Ropp Center has been very accommodating.” The last presidential family lived in the Ropp Center in 1972, and it has since been used to host visiting speakers or dignitaries. One of the dining rooms serves as a place for faculty and staff to eat lunch. During his stay in the Ropp Center, Guice has been writing on his blog about his and his wife’s stay there. He takes time to admire the portraits of the former school presidents hanging on the walls and provides pictures and detailed descriptions of the house it-

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Left to right, Macey Dalrymple, Kelsie Field and Katelyn Thille bathe Dalrymple’s dog, Bella Jade.

self. “It’s certainly nice to stay there,” Guice said. “It’s like a bed and breakfast.” Though they are only using one room, he said it is spacious and beautiful. Guice said staying on campus was extremely convenient, and he too en-

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Health center to give flu shots to students
From 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. on today and Friday the Louisiana Tech health services center will offer flu shots. These shots will be given at the health center next to the Tech police department. The flu shot is encouraged for all students. The cost will be $20 by either cash or check. For more information contact Paige Pickett, a registered nurse, at or 318-257-4866. of the LGBT community,” said Taylor Michels, president of PRISM. PRISM will sell white shirts to dye for $5 if attendees do not have their own. All proceeds will go to funding for other projects the organization will host throughout the year.

Ultimate players form team
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The passion of a few Tech students is evolving into a full-fledged movement as the Ultimate Frisbee club seeks to become the Tech Ultimate Frisbee Team. Brenden Mertz, a sophomore civil engineering major and club president, said the club got its start from a group of like-minded students. “We used to meet around 10 p.m. Thursday nights,” Mertz said. “We ended up getting about 40 people together and we just said, ‘We can make this a legitimate thing.’” Mertz said the team would get to play quite a few large schools. “We would be able to play teams like LSU-S and Lafayette (University of Louisiana),” he said. “Once the season starts in January, we’d play bigger names like Florida and Tulane.” Mertz said he was confident his members could form a strong team. “We have a lot of athletic ability out here,” he said. “Without a doubt, we can hang with the other teams.” Chase Rogers, club resource manager, said his love for the game drives his desire to see this project realized. “I’ve been a member of the club since last year when we were just playing pick-up games,” said Rogers, a sophomore cyber engineering major. “I love the game, and I feel the others do, too.” Mertz said because there are both mens’ and womens’ tournaments, the club has plans for multiple teams. “Right now, we have around 54 people total, and since you can only play seven at a time, we can form multiple guys’ teams,” he said. “Also, we have eight girls and we would like to get a female team together.” Since fundraising falls squarely on the club’s members, they decided to get creative and embrace the season. Club vice president, Michael Reed said the club will host a Halloween costume contest. “On Tuesday, Oct. 29, we are doing a team costume contest,” said Reed, senior political science major. “It will be held out here on the practice field. The teams can range from five to 10 people. It will cost $30 per team and our only rule is that the costumes be Halloween-themed.” For more information on the costume fundraiser, contact the Lambright Intramural Center. Reed said that Frisbee has no referees, and it is up to the players to be sportsmanlike. “Players call their own

Senior early BOSS registration begins
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Tie-dying event hosted by PRISM
In honor of National Coming Out Day, Louisiana Tech’s Lesbian Gay Bigender Transexual organization PRISM will be tie-dying T-shirts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday in the Plaza. The tie-dying is among other events PRISM will be hosting this October in honor of National Coming Out Month. “The tie-dying represents the rainbow and pride

Scavenger hunt held by SGA
The SGA will hold a scavenger hunt from 4:305:30 p.m. on Wednesday starting in Tolliver Hall. The hunt is open to all student organizations who wish to participate. For more information, contact the SGA by email at sgapresident@latech. edu or by phone at 318257-4565.

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Michael Reed, vice president, gets ready to throw the frisbee to Chase Rogers, resource mananger. fouls and it creates a positive atmosphere of good sportsmanship,” he said. “In the end, it’s good fun playing with others who love the game just as much as you do.”

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Psychology department welcomes esteemed guest for homecoming
AUSTIN VINING Editor-in-Chief The president of the British Psychological Society, Richard Mallows, will be coming to Tech next week to not only give a speech, but also take something from Tech as well. A former visiting professor for the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Michael Apter, who is also from the United Kingdom said The BPS is the official body representing psychologists in the United Kingdom. The BPS has more than 50,000 members, including clinical, research, academic and other kinds of professional psychologists. “Both Richard and Denny (Mallows’ wife) have travelled widely throughout the world, and visited the United States on a number of occasions,” Apter said. “But they have never been to a football game or experienced tailgating, and they are very much looking forward to this experience at Tech.” Donna Thomas, department head and associate professor for the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, said one of Mallows’ big dreams is to see an American football game. “That helped us decide to schedule him to come during homecoming week,” said Thomas, who is also a member of the Athletics Council. “Our department is sponsoring the tailgate for the College of Education that week, so he will be able to experience that as well.” Apart from experiencing Tech during homecoming week, Mallows will also give a talk Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 p.m. in University Hall 121 to discuss similar issues that the BPS and its American equivalent bodies, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the American Psychological Association (APA), are facing. “Some of these issues are primarily of interest to psychologists, such as issues to do with insurance, with attitudes to the recently published DSM-5 which catalogues psychological disorders, with whether psychologists should be allowed to prescribe medicines, and so on,” Apter said. He said many of the themes in the discussion will revolve around what role psychologists should play in society, such as psychologists becoming involved with politics, torture and government. “He and his wife have a prior connection to Tech, which is that they have both been doing research for some years on a psychological theory known as reversal theory,” Apter said. Mitzi Desselles, an assistant professor for the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, and Apter are both well known for their research on this theory, and they know the Mallows well through this collaboration, he said. “We are very grateful that the British Psychological Society is sponsoring this visit and we appreciate Dr. Apter and Dr. Desselles for their role in bringing Dr. Mallows to Louisiana Tech to allow our students and faculty to see this different perspective and to see what roles the BPS plays in the UK as opposed to the way the APA operates here in the US,” Thomas said. She said having Mallows come to Tech is a big deal, and likened it to the president of APA coming to speak. “This is very prestigious for Tech,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor that someone of his distinction is coming to our department and that our students will get to interact with him.”

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Artists Alliance merges art department
PAUL HARRIS Staff Reporter Art students are usually known for their individual creativity, however, the formation of the Artists Alliance group on Louisiana Tech’s campus has merged that creativity into a collaborative effort.  “There are currently 37 members in the group,” said Matthew Knopps, a graduate student adviser of Artists Alliance. “Our group will continue to grow because right now we’re allowing a grace period since school is just starting.” Marguerite Hogue, president of the alliance and senior studio art major, said that the group will hold workshops to teach the members skills that will benefit them in a professional environment.  “We will learn how to use a laser cutter, 3D printer, a vinyl cutter and many more tools,” Hogue said. “We will be able to gain certification allowing our members to be able to use such equipment in their career.” Hogue said the Artists Alliance was not formed solely to gear art students up for graduation.  “One purpose of the group is to create a sense of community within the school of art,” she said.  There are three different fields within Tech’s School of Art, Hogue said.  “We have photography, communications design and studio art,” she said. “We want for it to be a collaboration between all of the disciplines so that we can build off of each others’ strengths.” Hogue said if everyone within the department shares their talents with each other, it will benefit the group members as a whole.  “I don’t necessarily know how to shoot my work because I haven’t had to take a photography class,” Hogue said. “If we do a workshop where people can bring their cameras and teach us how to use it we will become multi-talented.” Hogue said there may be students who are interested in sculpting but are unfamiliar with the tools at the shop.  “We will bridge that gap,” she said. “This group is to help everyone become more well-rounded.” Knopps said Jessica Slaughter from the North Central Louisiana Arts Counsel was present at the second meeting of the year to expose the group members to the opportunities available to them in Ruston and surrounding areas.  “The Artists Alliance can connect with NCLAC and they can pull from us if they need work such as paintings, prints, sculptures or murals,” Knopps said. “We are basically a pool of people with talents that the town can take advantage of.” Knopps said the group is a great opportunity to network. “Ultimately the best thing you’ll gain from this group is networking in different cities, with different artists and conventions,” Knopps said. Larry Pleasant said he has been satisfied since joining the Artists Alliance group.  “Since it is my sophomore year I figured I would get more involved here and meet new people,” said Pleasant, a sophomore communication design major. “This group has allowed me to learn other ways of making art through my peers.” Knopps said the group will not only stay in Ruston to broaden their skills but go elsewhere as well. The group is planning a trip at the end of the year to network with other artists and see the possibilities of pursuing a career using their talents. “We would like to go to Los Angeles and we are in the works of making that possible,” Knopps said. “We will conduct multiple fundraisers throughout the year to raise money over time.” Hogue and Knopps said they hope the group they have formed will propel everyone involved to be the artists they have always dreamed they can become.  “We want to be that small stepping stone that leads to an opportunity in the future,” Knopps said.

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good turnout.” The signs around campus caught the attention of Madison Montgomery, a junior nursing major. “I’m puppysitting my friend’s dog, and I thought it’d be nice to bring her out here,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve been to the Dog Dip.” Montgomery said she was impressed with the job the students did. “I think they did an excellent job,” she said. “You can tell they really enjoyed being around all the animals.” Tanner Roberts, a junior animal science major who serves as the president of the Pre-Vet Club, said she was excited for the event’s turnout. “The public response is

amazing, and we’re so grateful for it,” said Roberts. Roberts said she saw both new faces and returning customers this year. “We’ve seen a lot of people who aren’t Tech students,” she said. “We also see a lot of the same dogs every year.” Kaley Hughes said that some people who bring their dogs are not always excited about it. “We had a lady one year drive up and ask if we could go pick her dog up,” she said. “She left and came back with this tiny little dog in the backseat. It couldn’t have been more than 25 pounds, but she was terrified of it.” Hughes also said the rain had been a help to the club volunteers. “We were already going to get wet, so it didn’t really

matter to us,” she said. “Some people were soaping the dogs up and letting them rinse off in the rain. It was kind of funny.” Roberts said the money the club earns from the Dog Dip will go towards educational trips for the Pre-Vet Club. “We use the money to put together trips to veterinary schools and places like that,” she said. “It all goes towards education for students.” Roberts said the club is grateful for the community’s help and turnout. “What we wanted to do wouldn’t be doable without this amount of support,” she said. “We just want to say thank you.”


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has a few original pieces of furniture. “I’m a believer in tradition,” Guice said. “A lot of events are hosted at the president’s house and it’s nice to show pride in our home.” Guice, who received a bachelor’s in architecture at Tech, worked for the company that built the back patio to the president’s house. “When we moved in my wife found an old drawing of mine in the house from when we were designing the patio,” he said. “It kind of brought everything full circle.”


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in freshman enrollment” he said. “Now we can focus on producing more graduates to meet community needs.” Many faculty and staff members have said they have confidence in Guice’s plans concerning pay. “I believe Dr. Guice has the skills and training to do it,” Cuccia said. “I’m hopeful to see his results.”

joys the atmosphere of being in the heart of the campus, as well. “Since I’m here during evening and weekends, I get a better sense of the campus and energy from the activities,” he said. However, while they are enjoying their stay, they are ready for the renovations to be completed and are hoping to be spending the holidays in the president’s house. “The renovations should be completed by Thanksgiving,” Mrs. Guice said. Dr. Guice said they are ready to get their belongings out of storage and move into the president’s house which

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ne of the greatest novelists of our generation has passed away. Tom Clancy died Oct. 1 at the age of 66. Clancy’s found success quickly; his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” earned the praise of President Ronald Reagan. Of the 26 novels he wrote, 17 of them reached no. 1 on the New York TimesBest Sellers list. The last novel he wrote, “Command Authority,” will be released on Dec. 3. Made famous by his novels, Clancy’s reach extended far beyond his written word. Forty-three video games bear his name and five movies were made from his novels. A sixth movie based on one of his novels will be released on Christmas day. Whilst becoming a household name to those who read his novels, the government also took exception to Clancy. His impressive knowledge and realistic depictions of military vehicles and scenarios had members

of the government and military taking notice to Clancy. When asked about his vast knowledge of military technologies, Clancy always responded that he studied diagrams and took tours to grow his knowledge. This is impressive for a man whose military career consisted of ROTC classes at his college. His near-sightedness kept him from enlisting in the military. Beyond his accomplishments through his novels, Clancy was also influential in a number of other areas. He was a central figure in getting the NFL to return to his native Baltimore, and was also a key person in the construction of Camden Yards, the home ballpark of the Baltimore Orioles. Outspoken in his political matters, Clancy was never one to bite his tongue. He stated that former Secretary of State Colin Powell is one of his favorite and most respected people he has ever met. On the other hand, he felt the exact opposite about people such as former President of the World Bank Group Paul Wolfowitz.

He found the spotlight in a unique way after Sept. 11, 2001. One of Clancy’s novels features a commercial airliner crashing into the U.S. Capitol building, killing the President and most of Congress. The plot from his novel had strong similarities to the Sept. 11 attack. Clancy wrote this novel, though, in 1994. However outspoken over political matters, he and his novels remained popular throughout his time. The popularity of his novels puts him in a group with John Grisham and J. K. Rowling in terms of success. One of his novels, “Clear and Present Danger,” was the top selling novel of the 1980s. More than 100 million copies of Clancy’s novels are in print today. Military non-fiction will never be the same. Clancy’s novels captured his readers like none other with his tales of patriotism. His legacy and impact will stand the test of time. Chad Merritt is a senior journalism major from Livingston who serves as associate editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to

Chicken in a cup: Has convenience gone too far?


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A woman’s right to crime







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he Women’s Rights Movement has been pretty busy lately fighting for things like equal pay and equal opportunities in the work place. But what about the equal right to be a criminal? When one week ago, a suspect in a black luxury sedan rammed into a barrier at the White House, sped to Capitol Hill and was shot and killed, the public was shocked to find out it was a woman. Not only a woman, but a woman with her 1-year-old daughter in the backseat. The shock on social media and even in person when discussing the incident with friends was apparent. And I didn’t know whether to be flattered or offended. “Oh, you don’t think a woman can be malicious or crazy enough to do something like this? We’re too re-

sponsible and whatnot? Thank you!” or “Oh, you don’t think a woman can do something like this? Only men are allowed to commit criminal acts? Nice, you sexist person.” When a terrorist group took hostages in a mall called Westgate in Kenya, with 67 reported killed and dozens still missing, one of the suspects named happened to be a woman. The same shock occurred. Even the media had headlines in bold: “Westgate suspects found in rubble, including woman.” “Aw, you don’t think a woman can be hateful enough to be a terrorist? That’s sweet!” or “You don’t think a woman is strong or brave enough to carry out a terrorist attack? How naïve.” I’m leaning toward the latter. After all, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Kenyan police did make a statement saying no woman was involved in the attacks, so I guess the shock was somewhat valid.

Looking at the statistics, I guess the shock is understandable. In 2011, the United States Department of Justice compiled homicide statistics in the United States between 1980 and 2008. Males committed the vast majority of homicides in the United States, representing 90 percent of offenders. I guess women have been too busy fighting for things like the right to their own body and the right to earn the same pay as a man in the workplace. They just don’t have time for murders. I’m sure they’ll get around to fighting for equal rights to commit a crime. Until then, I’ll continue to be just as shocked and sad when either sex commits such atrocities. Hannah Schilling is a senior journalsim and political science major from Bossier City who serves as features editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to hms017@

Education is the greatest weapon
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n Oct 9, 2012, in Pakistan, a 15-year-old girl named Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head while riding home on a bus from school. Those cruel enough to do this were members of the Taliban. The only reason for her death sentence was because she spoke out against an edict made by the Taliban to keep all young girls from going to school. She was shot three times by a member of the Taliban who stopped her bus and asked “Who is Malala?” After the horrific shooting, Malala was flown from her native Pakistan to England to have sugery. The shooting caused outrage throughout the world and led to the activism of many for education for young girls in Pakistan and other regions. Months later she was alive and well, able to give a speech in front of the U.N. at the United Nations Youth Assembly. She started off her speech by giving thanks to those at the assembly

and many others. “I don’t know what people would be expecting me to say, but first of all thank you to God for whom we all are equal and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and new life,” she said. She continued her speech by recounting the events of Oct 9. “They shot my friend, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed,” Yousafzai said. “And out of that silence came thousands of voices.” Yousafzai talked further about how the attack did not stop her from continuing to support education for young girls. She spoke about her attackers with words of forgiveness instead of words of hate. Her overall theme for the speech was not forgiveness, however, but instead the education of young girls and all children throughout the world. “We must not forget that millions of children are out of schools,” she said. This is not just a problem for other countries; however, it is one for this

country, too. Here in America there are children who are not able to go to school. And many have to go to schools where it is likely they will receive a poor education. Yet, it seems no attention is paid to this problem. Each year it seems as if a new public school is sold or closed. If education was important enough for a 15-year-old girl to stand up to a group who even I fear, then America definitely needs to revaluate our treatment of education. Malala ended her speech with one of the most powerful stances for education I have ever heard. “So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens,” she said. “They are our most powerful weapons.” I believe just like Malala, that “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

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juicy burger with a side of greasy, salted fries with a large fountain drink has become the American definition of lunch. Lunch on the go becomes ever more prevalent as more Americans live fast-paced lives. Fast food restaurants are a continuously growing trend and are constantly making changes to their menus just to increase the convenience of their value meals. Currently, there are 160,000 fast food restaurants in the country that serve about 50 million Americans daily. The annual revenue for fast food restaurants is about $110 billion. And we wonder why our obesity rates are so high. Fried, breaded, salted, greased— they all make our taste buds happy but our wallets and well-being suffer in the long run. As if the health issues are not enough, fast food franchises strive to make their meals the easiest to eat on the go. Sonic, Burger King and Wendy’s have all adapted their French fry carriers to fit securely into the cup holder of automobiles. The most recent invention is from KFC called the “Go Cup.” It is literally a cup with your choice of fried chicken strips or a fried chicken sandwich and fries in a plastic cup. So now your drink and your food can sit nicely in the cup holder. This is absurd. And it is a problem. Our sodium, cholesterol, carbohydrate and blood sugar levels are already high, and now the fast food industry is sublimely promoting laziness. Yes, driving up to the intercom, placing your order, driving to the first window and paying, then driving to the second window to receive your food is a huge time saver, but for what? What is the huge hurry? That is the trick; there is no hurry, usually. It really is just the result of the driver not wanting to park, get out of the car, walk into the restaurant, order and eat inside. Americans have become accustomed to taking the easy way out, saving them time and effort. What’s next? Are they going to invent containers that can sit in our lap as we drive and feed us our food? They might as well since that is the direction America is headed. There is a line between being convenient and being lazy, and thanks to the contributions of fast food restaurants that line has been severely blurred for Americans. We complain about our obesity rates being too high and wanting to bring them down, yet our lunch of choice is a Big Mac and large fries. Then we complain our society does not exercise enough because we are too lazy but we go through the drive through and get fried chicken in a cup to eat on the road. What is it you want? Skinny and healthy or fat and convenient, because we cannot have our cake and eat it, too.

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Miley debuts documentary and new album
CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter If China or Russia have any desire to take America during the government shutdown, they better act fast because Miley Cyrus has admitted she plans to take over in her MTV documentary “Miley: the Movement.” I doubt Vladimir Putin could handle the twerk. The first thing Cyrus wants to make clear is that she is unapologetic about her antics, and what may look like a hot mess was in fact a “strategic hot mess.” This confirms the suspicion her recent desire to gyrate her behind (let’s face it, she isn’t really twerking) and inability to keep her tongue in her mouth have all been promotional tactics for her new album “Bangerz.” Even the documentary is a classic tool used by artists like

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Miley explains her recent antics in the documentery, “Miley: The Movement.”

Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and Katy Perry. It shows Cyrus working hard to deliver each performance better than the last through heartache and sickness. The documentary also includes footage before and after her scandalous VMAs performance and her insistence that it was all part of her well-thoughtout plan. And what does Cyrus have to show for making headlines as a sexual deviant and starting a Twitter feud with Irish singer Sinead

O’Connor? The perfect pop album. Naturally, “Bangerz” leaked online a week before its intended release date, and it has set the bar high for all the other pop stars with albums due out this year. With Cyrus and Mike WiLL Made It as executive producers, the two were able to create the new sound Cyrus intended for her new record after two years. Producer Pharrell Williams recognized Cyrus’ talent after hearing her cover Dolly Parton’s

“Jolene” and said during an interview he reached out to Cyrus to collaborate with her. Williams referred to Cyrus as the byproduct of America, a girl from country roots who grew up in the era when hip hop was king. Cyrus collaborated with rappers Big Sean, French Montana, Future, Nelly and Ludacris making “Bangerz” the product of pop music’s evolution over the years as it has merged with hip hop. Britney Spears makes a cameo in the documentary during an

awkward sit-down with Cyrus, who insisted Spears’ many iconic performances have been her inspiration. Spears, who looked as if being Cyrus’ role model may be her biggest regret since the 2007 VMAs, did not let that get in the way of providing her iconic vocals for the track “SMS (Bangerz).” Besides the single “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” the album is filled with several other highlights. “Adore You” is a beautiful ballad of true admiration for a lover, even if it features the word “baby” too many times. “Love Money Party” is a catchy brat-rap featuring Big Sean that is between the style of Ke$ha and Cher Lloyd and is sure to get stuck in your head. “Drive” is a broken-hearted track not unlike “Wrecking Ball” that inspires a listener to dance to its electro-beat while crying about lost love. Williams said it was this track that sets Cyrus and her team apart from the rest. Listeners will not fully understand the name “Bangerz” until they are driving in the car banging their head to every track at 90 mph.

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Remake or Reboot:
Gamemakers keep old characters alive
DANTE from original ‘Devil May Cry’
IAN EDWARDS Staff Reporter While sequels are nothing new to gaming, you either like them or you do not, remakes are trends that have become more prominent in recent years. However, there have been two distinct kinds of remakes: the High Definition Collection and the franchise reboot. With HD Collections, multiple entries in an old franchise, usually two or three, are re-mastered in high definition, packaged together and usually sold at a lesser price. Starting in 2011, numerous franchises, many of which can be called classics, have seen HD Collection versions. Examples include PlayStation 2 platformer classics like the “Jak and Daxter” series to the highspeed action series “Devil May Cry.” Generally, which franchises will see the HD treatment depends on the publisher. Konami in particular seems to love the idea. Over the past two years, they have released collections for their horror series “Silent Hill,” their cult classic mech game “Zone of the Enders” and two separate collections for their flagship stealth series “Metal May Cry.” Nearly all the style and speedy, complex action that drew fans to the franchise was replaced with simplified, plodding combat and a “darker and edgier” story that came off as a juvenile teenage rebellion story. Fans were not pleased that instead of a proper fifth installment to the franchise, they received a game that only bore resemblance to the franchise in name, and the game reached way under publisher Capcom’s target sales. To be perfectly honest, I do not blame any type of remake for the decline of original and varied games. Instead, you should look to development costs. As development costs for AAA games (the equivalent of blockbuster movies) rises, publishers feel less and less confident putting money into a project that they think will not return a substantial profit or will not be able to be turned into a franchise of its own. So next time you are walking near the electronics section of Walmart and see the newest copy of “Uninspired Shooter Number 75” sitting on the same shelf as an HD Collection of a PlayStation 2 game from nine years ago, think long and hard about which one is truly worth your time and money.

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Gear Solid.” The popularity of HD Collections among publishers, and the fans, continues today with “Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix” whiching hit shelves in September to positive reviews, as well as “Final Fantasy X/X2 HD” looming on the horizon. While HD Collections usually release to fan satisfaction, reboots are usually a higher point of contention. Reboots are when a publisher decides to attempt to revive a dying franchise or market an old franchise to a new generation. Unlike HD Collections, reboots have a higher pressure to impress the existing fans of the franchise, or sales will usually plummet. Case in point: January’s reboot of “Devil May Cry,” strangely titled “DmC: Devil

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Aries March 21 – April 19 Instead of dragging on with something old, tired, and worn out, why not start something new? If you refuse to give up on a project that’s doomed to fail, you’ll be in for a long, frustrating road ahead. You’ll find this to be especially true of anything involving music, beauty, creativity, and the arts. Redirect your energy toward something more promising. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 Social engagements will be your saving grace. Without them, you may be confused and sad about issues that are reaching a climax. In some form or another, you’re being asked to make some major transformations. These changes are slow and perhaps subtle, but they’re important and need addressing. This is where the help of friends can come in handy. Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 The intensity should increase around an issue regarding love and romance. Friction is building. Unfortunately, this tension may be unavoidable. It’s likely that some sort of power struggle is being thrown into the mix, and you may fight for control of your emotions. Try not to get sucked into a bottomless pit. Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 You’ll feel forceful today, so use this energy to plow through any projects and get ahead in the game. You’re definitely the ruler of everything you come in contact with. But even good rulers can be overthrown. People don’t like arrogant leaders. Don’t assume that someone is wrong just because he or she doesn’t agree with your point of view. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 There’s a great deal of transforming energy in the air that you should harness and capitalize on. You may be a fan of the diet that you’ll start “tomorrow.” When tomorrow comes and there’s a huge meal of pizza, soda, and fries, suddenly the diet once again starts “tomorrow.” Use the powerful energy of today to break out of this habit and make a real change in your life. Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 You may experience writer’s block in every sense of the phrase. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, for some reason it may be difficult to get even the simplest words down on paper. Don’t get upset. Your verbal juices may not be flowing freely, but they haven’t disappeared. Use this time to read other people’s works and visit museums for inspiration. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Action should be your main priority, especially when it comes to love and romance. You may not be too concerned about what sort of action you take. Your only concern is that you aren’t sitting still at any time. Once you figure out what you want, you’re unlikely to stop until you get it. Your power is forceful and extreme. Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 A surprise in love and romance is on its way to you. Things are coming full circle, and the investment you made in this realm is finally paying off. Something new is cropping up, but in reality, this is a result of things you set in motion long ago. Be open to embracing the tremendous flow of love and beauty that’s coming your way. Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Be more aware of your personal appearance and how you’re perceived. Make sure that your attire is appropriate for the people you’re with and the situation. Fashion is a consideration, so don’t look like a slob. You may be urged into a fancy store today where you’re talked into buying some new items to spruce up your wardrobe. Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 Know what you’re getting yourself into, especially if it has to do with love and romance. You may be like a fly on a tree branch, carefully inspecting the beautiful spider web at your feet. You’re tempted to step on the silky strands, yet once you place one foot on the sticky web, you’ll be tangled there for a long time - maybe forever. ­Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Your heart may be hurt by misfortunes that have befallen you. Thinking about times past is just pulling up buckets of tears from a well. Don’t keep doing this to yourself. It’s time to move forward. Your heart is eager to start something new and bring adventure into your life. Use your emotions as fuel for the future instead of restraints from the past. Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 You’re filled with joy! There’s a tremendous wave of love coming your way. Everything involving romance could be taken to extremes. An extreme in the direction of love and boundless creativity means that at some time there will be a dramatic swing in the opposite direction. Today you only need to concern yourself with the upswing.

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Across 1. Building for horses 7. Calendar abbr. 10. Celestial body 14. One.dimensional 15. Alley ___ 16. Head of France 17. Woman doing Indian exercises 18. Mdse. 19. Toward the mouth 20. Bulbous plant 23. Shinto temple gateway 26. Scooby-___ 27. Brides walk down it 28. Cooking appliance 29. Sunday seat 30. Partially opened flower 31. Account books 33. Airline to Oslo 34. Early bird? 37. Baseball stat 38. Small batteries 39. Mined mineral 40. Bruce ___ was a famous kung-fu movie star 41. Light brown color, com mon to pale sunworshippers 42. RR stop 43. Down-to-earth type 45. ___-Foy, Quebec 46. Be human 47. Italian wine city 48. Glide along smoothly 51. 6, on a phone 52. Chirp 53. Underpants 56. Incline 57. Liturgical vestment 58. Small valley 62. Building block brand 63. “Runaway” singer Shannon 64. Narcotic 65. Some are pale 66. Extra-wide shoe size 67. Mailed communique Down 1. Wily 2. Juan’s uncle 3. Director Lee 4. Capital of China 5. Polynesian porch 6. Slang expert Partridge 7. Rainbow formed by fog droplets 8. Cowboy display 9. Res ___ loquitur 10. Unemotional 11. Garr and Hatcher 12. In the least 13. Color anew 21. Black Sea port 22. Sickness at the stomach 23. Apartment sign 24. ___ barrel 25. V.shaped fortification 29. Babble 30. Less covered 32. Christian festival 33. Grief 34. Beethoven dedicatee 35. Beau ___ 36. Understand? 44. Litigation 45. Shorthand pros 46. Make possible 48. Roman general

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UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS The Board of Directors of Louisiana Tech University’s Engineering and Science Foundation has presented its 2013 Outstanding Faculty and Friends Awards, honoring faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends associated with the College of Engineering and Science who have shown outstanding commitment to the College or have acted as ambassadors for the university. This year, the Foundation chose to recognize faculty members Dr. Erez Allouche

and Dr. Brad Cicciarelli. sentatives of the trenchless Allouche is the direc- industry. Allouche is credtor of Louisiana ited with much Tech’s Trenchless of the TTC’s Technology Center success over (TTC) and an asthe past several sociate professor years and has of civil engineerbeen recognized ing. Over the past nationally and two decades, the internationally TTC has become for his innovaa leading research tive green techfacility for the denologies. velopment of techCicciarelli nologies influencis a lecturer in ing almost every chemical and ALLOUCHE aspect of trenchmechanical enless construction gineering, and methods and has served as a teaches a variety of courses point of reference for repre- within these two programs.

Students consider his cours- Hegab said the awardees are es to be very challenging, representative of the best of but have comthe College of mented that they Engineering and learn the material Science, at all levwell as a result of els. his high expecta“As interim tions. Cicciarelli dean of the Colreceived the 2013 lege, I am exF. Jay Taylor tremely proud of Underg raduate all these individuTeaching Award als, and grateful and has also been to the Engineervoted Outstanding and Science ing Faculty by the Foundation for students of the recognizing them CICCIARELLI College of Engithis year,” said neering and SciHegab. ence several years in a row. The foundation also Interim Dean Hisham chose to honor two individu-

als outside of the College, who have worked tirelessly to promote their work. G.B. Cazes, director of the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, and Bill Bradley, chief information officer for CenturyLink in Monroe, were also recognized for their contributions. The Engineering and Science Foundation was established with the primary purpose of supporting the students and faculty of the College of Engineering and Science. Members are elected annually and the board meets three times per year.

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A Legacy Continues

Danielle Whatley is a fifth generation Tech student, sharing the same alma mater as more than 20 of her relatives
JOHN SADLER Staff Reporter In the early 1900s, a student at Tech helped wire the original Hale Hall to get assistance with his tuition. About 100 years later, his great-granddaughter is enrolled in her first quarter at Tech, walking on the same grounds that more than 20 of her relatives walked. Danielle Whatley said she felt coming to Tech was expected of her, but the decision to come here was all hers. “After I came to Ruston and toured the campus, I just fell in love,” said Whatley, a special education and clinical psychology double major. Whatley said she has had a member of her family at Tech almost since its founding. “My great-grandfather was here in the early 1900s, but he didn’t graduate,” she said. “There’s no record of him here, unfortunately. He didn’t stay very long.” Over the years, the Whatley family has carried on a tradition that seems to manifest even against some members’ wishes. “I had always had it in my mind that I didn’t want to go here,” Whatley said. “There was no pressure at all from my family, but I felt like they assumed I probably would.” Whatley said everything changed when she toured the campus. “I was in Ruston with my mother, so we just decided to tour the campus,” she said. “I was honored to be part of the Whatley family’s legacy. “It shows we must be doing something right. It’s such a great thing to see legacies. It speaks well of the uniClara Defreese, who versity,” said graduated in 1932, Simmons, a proleaves her legacy fessor of English and the Director not only through of the Honors Danielle, but also Program. through her brick. Danielle said her family’s legacy helped push her to do well, “My mom and decided this was “After I came but not in a stressful way. dad were in the where I wanted to “I feel like I should do betto Ruston and band when they be.” came here, “she said. ter,” she said. “It’s definitely an Carol Whatley, toured the incentive to do well, knowing “Whenever we’d that many people here know Danielle’s mother, campus, I just come to games we’d your family. You’ve got all these said she was proud get to sit with the historical connections.” of her daughter’s fell in love.” band, and they even choice but was not Danielle said her little brothhad a little band uni- er could even carry on the traworried about her DANIELLE WHATLEY form for me.” breaking tradition. dition. Whatley’s men“I would have freshman special “My brother graduates in tors and professors four years, and he’s talked about supported her in education and clinical psychology have expressed their coming here,” she said. “Of whatever college major pride in Tech for be- course, he’s still young, so he decision she made,” ing able to create has plenty of time to make that Carol said. “But I am proud of her choice. Not many such a legacy. decision.” Mary Livingston teaches families have fifth generation As for her, Danielle said she college students at any college.” Danielle’s university seminar is going to make the most of Danielle said Tech was a class and was surprised when her time here. she heard of Whatley’s family large part of her parents’ life. “I want to try everything and “My parents met at the Wes- ties to Tech. get involved in any way I can,” “I was shocked and happy she said. “I’m rooming with my ley,” she said. “My dad prothat this university could have best friend, and I love Ruston, posed on Tech’s campus.” Danielle said over the years such an impact on an entire so college so far is pretty great.” she was brought to Tech for family,” said Livingston, a provarious events, so it has always fessor of psychology. Email comments to been a part of her life. Rick Simmons said Tech

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CLARA DEFREESE Class of 1934

PERRY LOWE Class of 1961

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Sports Talk
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Fantasy sports can ruin the game

Paul Millsap Vision coming to TAC
KALEB CAUSEY Sports Editor


Paul Millsap is a former Tech basketball player, who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks in the n a press conference on Mon- NBA, and is a lead donor in this day, Louisiana Tech Athletics project. Director Tommy McClelland Women’s basketball head coach announced a new project for Teresa Weatherspoon said she sees the Thomas Assembly many benefits to this Center. project. A high definition “This incredible advideo board, customized dition to our arena will sound system and a vidgive the fans a better eo board control room insight into the game, will be added by the start our program and our of the basketball season student-athletes,” she at a cost of $1.2 million. said. “It’s great for re“The state-of-the-art cruiting. It will enhance video display board will the atmosphere at drastically change the games. There are just game experience for our so many reasons to be fans and student-ath- MCCLELLAND excited about this as letes,” McClelland said. we approach the sea“We are excited to make such a son.” major improvement to the Thomas The board will feature four LED Assembly Center, one of the most video displays, two LED ribbon storied basketball venues in the displays, and four courtside discountry.” plays located in the corners. The video board will be named The video control room is set to Paul Millsap Vision presented by operate the video production in the Community Trust Bank. Thomas Assembly Center and Joe

Aillet Stadium. help of great supporters.” Mike White, head coach for Daktronics will install the video men’s basketball, said he was very board. American AVL will install thankful to the university and do- the sound system and Media Supnors for helping this project come port Group will install the control to fruition. room. “I’d like to thank McClelland said our administration the project will be for continuing to fully operational Paul Millsap Vision show tremendous by early November Specifications support to our and will be one of program,” he said. the premiere video Four 7.3 feet by 11.4 feet “This will be one boards in the counLED center hung displays. of the newest and try. nicest video boards “There will not Two LED ribbon hung in the country, and be a better video my staff, players board in the country displays. One is 2 feet by and I are extremely the day that it is in45.8 feet and the other is 2 grateful to the fistalled,” McClelland feet by 61.4 feet. nancial supporters said. “It is state-ofwho made this vithe-art. We will be sion a reality.” very proud of it. We McClelland said he appreciated will showcase it.” the help of donors and is excited For more on Tech athletics, folfor the implementation of the vid- low The Tech Talk Sports Desk on eo board. Twitter at“I look forward to seeing how sports. this will enhance our game-day atmosphere,” he said. “Projects like Email comments to this cannot happen without the


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fter coming off a 27-7 season, the Bulldog basketball team is set to repeat its success in the Conference USA. The team is approaching its first exhibition game on Oct. 30, and it looks as if the unified group will have another great season according to Coach Michael White. “Workouts have been extremely productive from a skill development and a conditioning standpoint,” White said. “I am pleased with the effort the guys have been putting forth this offseason.” Kenneth “Speedy” Smith and Raheem Appleby were recently recognized as two of 16 players to watch this upcoming year in the C-USA. Smith came off a record-set-

ting season last year, breaking the record for most steals in a season (57). Also, Appleby scored more than 500 points last season (506) and only needs 48 more points to become the 35th Bulldog to be a member of the 1,000 points club. White said he feels the practices are going well and the guys are playing with great enthusiasm. “We have had four official practices so far, and each one has been very competitive and energetic,” White said. “I like our veteran group and the leadership that is being provided by several guys.” Smith and Michale Kyser were both named to the WAC All-Defensive Team last season. White said the team is shaping up well and the overall focus in the locker room is toward getting bet-

ter every day. “Our biggest focus this summer was to spend as much time in the weight room as possible,” White said. “We also spent as much time as we could on getting as many shots up as possible.” White said along with getting shots in this summer, the team hit the weight room in preparing for their C-USA debut this season. “We needed to gain strength and we need to continue to shoot the ball better,” White said. “We have a solid group of guys that are willing to do what it takes to win.” For more on basketball and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk Sports Desk on Twitter at

s with most college aged men, I enjoy fantasy sports. There is nothing like getting together with your friends for a live draft and hanging out while trash talking about how your team is going to be the best in the league this season, even though you went 3-8 last season. However, fantasy sports have potenital for abuse. Earlier this season, Ray Rice, running back for the Baltimore Ravens, had a less than productive game. He rushed for 36 yards with 13 carries and had to leave the game early due to an injury. With the access to social media websites like Twitter, fans usually take the time to tweet at their favorite athletes and wish them a quick recovery or offer their condolences. This was not the case for Rice. Instead of getting good wishes, he received death threats. Fantasy football players tweeted about how much they hated him, wanted him to die and threatened to kill him themselves just because they lost a game that week due to his lack of production. As a sports fan, how do you justify saying those things to an athlete? These guys are doing their job just as you do. If you mess up at work, people do not wish death upon you. I have been pretty mad at athletes because I lost a few games. Trust me, that line earlier about going 3-8 last season is true for me. However, I understand that sometimes athletes have bad games. At the end of the day, you have to remember that fantasy sports are something that you do for fun. Sure, you might have a lot of money riding on your league, but losing your $100 buy-in does not compare to what these athletes would lose if they sustained a serious injury. Their job is to play professional sports. Their livelihood and ability to provide for their family comes down to how they play. Sports fans know that job security is a very rare asset in the professional leagues. So, next time your first draft pick does poorly and you lose because of it, give him a break. Enjoy fantasy sports; do not abuse them.

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Kaleb Causey is a senior political science and journalism major from Jonesboro. Email comments to ktc013@

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