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New Frontiers explored in Biomedical Seminar Series
LAURA GUIDRY Staff Reporter Louisiana Tech offers students a chance to learn from nationally recognized academic researchers in the annual biomedical research seminar series sponsored by the ADVANCEing Faculty Program. New Frontiers in Biomedical Research: Impacts on Health and Society began, Sept. 16 and will continue through April 14. This free seminar, which is open to all, allows students NEWMAN to learn more about current research that is changing the way people use biological research, human health and the tools people use to study them. Jamie Newman, an assistant professor of biology, believes that students will ﬁnd the lectures interesting and perhaps challenging. “You can’t really predict how someone is going to communicate their science,” Newman said. “When they come here, they are asked to give a general talk but often get into details that, even if you know the science, can be a bit overwhelming.” Newman’s goal is that students who go to the seminars will expose
Sponsored luminaries surround the Lady of the Mist, including some that were purchased by the victim’s families.
Students shed light on abuse
IAN EDWARDS Staff Reporter philanthropy for Alpha Chi Omega, minaries will go to D.A.R.T. said the event was planned to get stu“We probably raised around $180,” dents involved she said. “Each one was $1, For all the advances in and aware of doand after our three-day sale human society, domestic mestic violence. ended on Friday, we had violence still exists. Not “We’ve been $161.” only does it still exist, it selling luminaries Terrie Queen Autrey, affects one woman every for the past three founder of D.A.R.T. and nine seconds in the U.S. days,” Byles, a current community advoalone. senior marketing cate, said she felt the true The Domestic Abuse major, said. “The extent of domestic vioResistance Team paired up buyers could declence’s reach was unknown with the Alpha Chi Omega orate them and by many. sorority for the goal of come lay them “I’m sure that people do raising student awareness around the Lady not understand, really, the BYLES AUTREY during the second annual of the Mist in extent and severity of do“Light the Lady” candlelight vigil. support of D.A.R.T.” Madison Byles, vice president of Byles said all proceeds from the lu- > see STUDENTS page 2
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India Night offers cultural experience
IAN EDWARDS Staff Reporter The Student Center was ﬁlled with laughter, song and dance last Saturday as the Association of Indian students held their annual India Night program. This year’s theme: Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Gaurav Parekh, president of the Association of Indian Students, said the event was comprised of many aspects of Indian culture. “The whole event was a cultural event depicting the Indian culture,” said Parekh, who is pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. “It comprised of Indian cultural music, dance, and you can also see people wearing cultural clothes.” Parekh said in order to put on the program, much preparation was needed from everyone in the organization. “It took us about two to three weeks of preparation before we were ready to present,” he said. “That’s why we held it this month; instead of April like it was last year. The preparation committee formed late this year, so we had to delay it until the fall.” Parekh also said that new events were added to this year’s program. “We made some changes to the events, such as adding the fusion dance and band,” he said. “Those were new acts for us, and we were proud with the way they turned out.” Shravan Rakesh, a member of the organization, said the theme of Diwali ﬁt well with the season. “It takes place on Nov. 3,” Rakesh said. “We thought the timing of this event couldn’t have been more perfect.” While many events may have a typical punch made of 7-Up and KoolAid, it is unlikely one of their ingredients would be rose petals said Rakesh about the punch. Rakesh said the drink of the night was a traditional Indian recipe. “Our drink tonight is called ‘rose milk,’ ” he said. “It’s actually made with rose petals that have been boiled and churned, and
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Abdul Shaik, left, and Udaya Murthy, right, present the Indian flag.
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SGA hosts Get Fit Movement 5K
The Student Government Association will host a 5K at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Argent Pavilion as part of their LA Tech Get Fit Movement. The proceeds go to the Partnership for a Healthier America, which is dedicated to solving childhood obesity problems. Pre-registered participants will receive a complementary SGA T-shirt while supplies last and awards will be presented to the top four runners overall. Registration fee is $10 up to the day of the race. Forms are available in the back of Tolliver. For more information contact Carlton Gray, director of community service for SGA, at 318540-7931 or cmg043@ latech.edu. pants will be able to study abroad in Costa Rica from May 31 to June 28, 2014. Participants will be able to earn six hours total of Spanish credit over the course of four weeks. The interest meetings will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7th. Both meetings will be held in GTM 219. For those who can’t make the meetings but still have interest, contact Anne Reynolds-Case at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAAM poetry night brings culture to Tech students
JOHN SADLER Staff Reporter
Halfway through his poem, Wiliam Washington’s microphone went out. Amid cheers of “You’ve got it, Will,” and “Keep going, man,” Washington kept going on with the strength of his voice alone. When he left the stage, the audience stood and snapped their ﬁngers. These were just some of the events at the United African American Men’s annual poetry night last Wednesday. Poetry night is an event that brings students to both watch and perform their own pieces. “UAAM is famous on campus for its poetry nights. No other organization will even try to do one,” said D’Andre Lee, a graphic design sophomore and the supervisor of poetry night. Lee said the events in the past have drawn people from outside of Tech, and he expects the trend to continue. “We don’t discriminate. If you’re from Grambling, and you want to come perform or watch, we’re more than happy to have you,” he said. Lee said the event brings culture to the Tech campus and student body. “Our organization is about service, giving back,
LinkedIn siminar to train students
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and uplift,” he said. “Not just for the African-American community, but for everyone. Poetry night gives all these students the chance to get a little display of the arts.” Ephraim Fields, the UAAM president, said the student body appreciates the event and its artistic value. “The audience always loves it,” he said. “The topics that are spoken about are always very diverse so everybody can ﬁnd something they can relate to.” Fields said the poetry night is a cathartic event for some of its participants. “I think a lot of people use it as a form of venting or expression,” he said. “It can be reﬂective of very personal struggles.” Washington, a freshman business management major, said that he agreed that reciting a poem could act as a Photo by Kayla Frith release, due to the personal feelings contained in them. Taqi Mustafaa uses a cellphone as a nontraditional me“Poetry isn’t like music,” he said. “It doesn’t rely on a dium to recite poetry at the annual UAAM poetry night. beat. It’s free-ﬂowing. It lets been performing my poetry important because it can the writer speak what is on for a while now.” lend new meaning to words his mind.” Other speakers shared used in everyday life. Washington said he was his excitement, including “The things you say and ecstatic when he found out Taqi Mustafaa, a senior so- mean should be sacred to about the event in time to ciology major. you,” he said. “Poetry gives perform. “Poetry is one of my you great experience in “I went to the UAAM passions,” said Mustafaa. that. It helps you pick the barbeque and they told me “It’s a simple thing, and it right words.” about it and I immediately can have so much impact wanted to come,” he said. on your life.” Email comments to “This isn’t my ﬁrst time. I’ve Mustafaa said poetry is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the situation and spread the story of her mother’s murder by her stepfather, even though it’s painful.” Carolyn Davis, social chair for the Panhellenic Executive Council and member of Alpha Chi, said the event is a part of the Women’s Week event. “During this week we provide numerous activities for the girls to participate in,” Davis, a senior marketing major, said. “Last year’s inaugural event made its debut during Women’s Week also.” There were men present and in participation, as well. James Roberts, a member of the Zeta Chi social fraternity, said he and his fraternity brothers came to watch and view their investment. “We came to watch the luminaries and see the ones we bought,” said Roberts, a sophomore history and business major. “It actually became a learning experience for me because I got to hear about cases that were happening as close as West Monroe. I didn’t previously think it was hitting so close to home like that.” Autrey said she was thankful for Tech students and the night’s turnout. “I was especially thankful for the Zeta Chi members and other male students here,” she said. “The role of men in speaking out against domestic violence is a powerful role, and when men attend public awareness events and take a stand, the community watches.”
mestic violence, especially in our community,” Autrey said. “If you think about it as if one in four people were suffering from domestic violence, then going by the crowd we have here tonight, that’s at least 50 or more people.” Autrey told two stories of domestic violence victims during the event. “One of the ladies in my stories was a success story we had at D.A.R.T.,” she said. “She went on to receive an education and write a children’s book.” Sadly, the other story was not as happy. “The other lady was murdered in West Monroe at the hands of her husband,” she said. “Her story was told to me by her college-age daughter, who’s doing what she can to bring awareness to
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of faculty or students. “The opportunity to hear, talk and interact with outstanding researchers helps educate our students, assists us in getting the word out about the great things we are doing here, and often leads to future collaborations on common topics of interest,” Carpenter said. The next lecture in the seminar series will be Monday, Nov. 4 by. Kaiming Ye, chair and professor of bioengineering at SUNY-Binghamton.
themselves to difseries as well. ferent types of “The goal of lectures and take the series is to exwhat they can pose our students from it. to cutting edge re“Hopefully stusearch in biomedidents will come cal engineering out having a great and related ﬁelds appreciation for by bringing some this type of sciof the top experts ence and re- CARPENTER in the country to search,” Newman campus,” Carpensaid. ter said. Jenna Carpenter, associMany of the speakers ate dean for the College of will also give additional talks Engineering and Science, on peer mentoring or grant has an overall goal for the writing for speciﬁc groups
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Polio causes major concern in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N. conﬁrmed an outbreak of polio in Syria for the ﬁrst time in over a decade on Tuesday, warning the disease threatens to spread among an estimated half-million children who have never been immunized because of the civil war.
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Abortion laws overturned
ASSOCIATED PRESS A federal judge determined Monday that new Texas abortion restrictions place an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy, a ruling that keeps open dozens of abortion clinics across the state while ofﬁcials appeal. The ruling by District Judge Lee Yeakel came one day before key parts of the law the Legislature approved in July were set to take effect. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers argued in their lawsuit that a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away would have effectively shuttered about a third of the state’s 38 clinics that perform abortions. Texas Attorney General broad abortion limits, the Texas ones were particularly divisive because of the number of clinics affected and the distance some women would have to travel to get an abortion. Federal judges in Wisconsin, Kansas, Mississippi and Alabama also have found problems with state laws prohibiting doctors from conducting abortions if they don’t have hospital admitting privileges. All the other appeals — including the one from Mississippi, which like Texas is within the 5th Circuit — deal only with whether to lift a temporary injunction preventing the restriction from taking effect. The Texas appeal could be the ﬁrst that directly addresses the question of whether the provision violates the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion.
Plans of Ottoman sultan carried out
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has opened an underwater railway tunnel linking Europe and Asia, and the two sides of Istanbul, realizing a plan initially proposed by an Ottoman sultan about 150 years ago.
Olympic railway pollutes waters
AKHSHTYR, Russia (AP) — Russia’s stateowned rail monopoly, which is building the most expensive project for the Sochi Winter Olympics, is dumping tons of construction waste into an illegal landﬁll in violation of Olympic organizers’ “Zero Waste” pledge, drawing concerns about water pollution. Concrete slabs, clay, spray cans, cracked helmets, plastic tubes, tires and foam sheets have begun to ﬁll a limestone quarry used by Russian Railways.
The abortion laws protested by these women in July have been ruled unconstitutional. Greg Abbott, whose ofﬁce peals in New Orleans. Brownsville, Texas, as part “I have no doubt that of his campaign to replace argued the law protects women and the life of the this case is going all the retiring Gov. Rick Perry. fetus, immediately ﬁled an way to the United States Although several conappeal with the conserva- Supreme Court,” Ab- servative states in recent tive 5th Circuit Court of Ap- bott said during a stop in months have approved
Youth ranches provide a unique option
ASSOCIATED PRESS David Hall was afraid of his own son. They were getting into violent, physical ﬁghts requiring police intervention. Fearing the teen would end up in juvenile detention, Hall had his son hauled away in handcuffs and shackles to a southern New Mexico ranch for troubled youths. He didn’t see him again for 11 months, when police raided the Tierra Blanca ranch amid allegations of abuse. There are few options for parents like Hall, except the relatively unregulated, off-the-grid industry of reform youth camps. Proponents of such programs say they are an effective, last-ditch solution to save troubled youth from the criminal justice system. “My feeling is that I would rather have my 17-year-old son in shackles than go to visit him at 18 in shackles in state prison,” Hall said. “He really is a changed young man. He laughs, he smiles and he is trying to make up for all of the bad things in the past.” Others insist stronger regulation and oversight is needed. A 2007 Government Accountability Ofﬁce found thousands of allegations of abuse at such facilities from 1990 to 2007, including 1,619 reports against residential program staff members in 33 states in 2005. One of the biggest problems in assessing such programs is how to verify information from troubled kids. At New Mexico’s Tierra Blanca ranch, for instance, some students allege they were beaten, starved and denied medical care. Others, like Hall’s son Bryce, deny any abuse or neglect. Scott Chandler’s Tierra Blanca ranch has been operating in New Mexico for some 20 years, charg-
Whooping cough outbreak likely
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Whooping cough has set a post-1960s record in Louisiana and state ofﬁcials are asking doctors to keep an eye out for it. Outbreaks are worse in Texas, where nearly 2,900 cases have been reported, and Arkansas, where numbers are double those of a year ago. Louisiana’s 169 likely and conﬁrmed cases as of midOctober breaks a record of about 160 for all of last year, said Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana’s state epidemiologist. The disease is cyclical, peaking every three to ﬁve years.
Scott Chandler, owner of Tierra Blanca, displays student ACT scores. ing parents roughly $100 per day. their investigation, but he has not Earlier this month, authorities raid- been charged or arrested. ed the ranch to take possession of Chandler said teens were somenine minors. times shackled and that parents State police have identiﬁed were aware of the practice. He deChandler as a person of interest in nies children were abused.
Record high close for Dow
ASSOCIATED PRESS Investors drove the Dow Jones industrial average to an all-time high Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep its economic stimulus program in place. The Dow rose 111.42 points, or 0.7 percent, to 15,680.35. The Dow also got a big boost from IBM, which announced that it would buy $15 billion more of its own stock. The Fed is in the middle of a two-day policy meeting at which it’s expected to maintain its $85 billion worth of bond purchases every month. That program is aimed at stimulating economic growth by keeping borrowing rates very low. The Fed will announce its decision Wednesday afternoon. “The expectation that the Fed remains clearly on hold is the catalyst for this march higher,” said Quincy Krosby, a market strategist at Prudential Financial. IBM rose $4.77, or 2.7 percent, to $181.12, accounting for about a quarter of the Dow’s gain. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose 9.84 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,771.95, its seventh record high this month. About half the companies in the S&P 500 have reported earnings for the third quarter. The Nasdaq composite rose 12.21 points, or 0.3 percent, to 3,952.34.
Lafayette schools push for new tax
LAFAYETTE (AP) — A lengthy process to let Lafayette Parish voters decide whether to support new taxes for the school system is moving to the next phase. Before any tax proposal winds up on a public ballot, it must ﬁrst make it past the Lafayette Parish School Board. Overall, the district needs an infusion of about $500 million over the next several years if it is to meet all of its needs.
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ver the weekend I watched a two-part video of a speech given by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson aimed at raising the budget for NASA. The video is called “We Stopped Dreaming,” and I highly encourage everyone to watch it. According to the Ofﬁce of Management and Budget, NASA’s 2012 funding was .48 percent of the federal budget. Tyson wants it raised to 1 percent. As it currently stands, NASA gets half of a penny per tax dollar raised, or $18.4 billion. That seems like a lot of money, but if you look at it on a scale that we can understand, it is not that big. Of every 100 cents that the federal government raises through tax dollars, NASA gets half a cent. Tyson wants to raise this to one penny per tax dollar, which would double the budget.
The $850 billion bank bailout of 2008 was more than the entire 50-year budget of NASA. When the video of Neil Armstrong was broadcast live to the world in 1969, it inspired a nation. It inspired our world. As Tyson put it in his testimony, we stopped thinking of Earth as a globe with countries painted on it and started thinking of it as a whole. He listed off a series of facts that validated his point. In 1970, the Clean Air Act was passed and Earth Day was started. The Environmental Protection Agency was founded in 1970. Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971. The Clean Water Act was passed and the EPA banned a destructive insecticide called DDT in 1972. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. “We’re still at war in Vietnam,” he said. “There’s still campus unrest. Yet, we found the time to start thinking about Earth. That
is space operating on our culture, and you cannot even put a price on that.” When we were kids, we all wanted to be astronauts. We heard the stories from our parents and grandparents about the moon landing and we read about it and other space explorations in our textbook. Take into account everything that NASA has accomplished so far and double it. That is what we could have if Congress upped the funding for NASA to 1 percent. “For twice (NASA’s current budget),” Tyson said. “We can transform the country from a sullen, dispirited nation, weary of economic struggle, to one where it has reclaimed its 20th century birthright to dream of tomorrow.” Kaleb Causey is a senior journalism and political science major from Jonesboro who serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to email@example.com.
Trick -ortreat: a college feat
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he other day, while browsing Yahoo news, I came across an article about the worst sexy costumes. Every time I walk into a costume shop, the ladies’ section of costumes are mostly labeled as “sexy.” Oddly, it easily resembles the lingerie section of a department store ﬁshnets and corsets. Since when did the term “sexy” become part of Halloween, and when did showing it all become okay? According to halloweenhistory.org, Halloween derived from the Celtic festival, Samhain, which is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. The ancient Gaels believed
that on Oct. 31 the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped, and the deceased would come back to life, causing sickness or damaging crops. Halloween is a festival signifying the coming of the dark winter, not a time to be something you are not. Costumes, actually, originally mocked the returning spirits, whom I am sure were not focused on showing off their summertanned legs. The meaning of Halloween is masked by the senseless, inappropriate costumes, and the holiday itself has simply become another reason to party. We still carry on the jack-olantern carving and trick-or-treating, but let’s be real, doing those things half naked are not part of the tradition.
Scandalous costumes have come with today’s culture, but it is simply belittling to women. Maybe women dress this way because Halloween is their one chance to be older or younger, and the less clothing they wear the closer to that age they feel. Or maybe they really are trying to show off their inner sexiness. Whatever the reason, the bratops and booty-skirts need to stay in the bedroom; plus it is too cold to wear those things. So ladies, be smart about that outﬁt before going out tonight, let’s cover up instead of freezing to death in out-little costumes. Addie Martin is a junior journalism and English major from West Monroe who serves as entertainment editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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he was my best friend. I didn’t understand why my parents didn’t like for me to spend the night with her, and I didn’t think twice when my mom had to take care of her mom after ﬁghts. They were just ﬁghts. Everyone’s parents ﬁght. It took me until my junior year of college to connect the dots and realize that my best friend since kindergarten was one of the estimated 3.3 million children who are exposed to domestic violence each year. Domestic violence they’re dirty words. Not only is it a horrible tragedy that affects millions of Americans and causes thousands of deaths each year, but we don’t talk about. They’re words that victims can’t say and the public doesn’t want to hear. But domestic
violence is there. The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team in Ruston placed a record 31 silhouettes on the side of Trenton Street to commemorate community residents who have died from domestic violence since 2000. And those are just the ones who have been reported. Domestic violence is real. Every nine seconds a woman is battered in the United States. Nearly one in three American women experience domestic violence in their lifetime. These facts, coming from United Way’s Partnership Against Domestic Violence, are shocking, unheard and unacceptable. But with budget cuts geared toward shelters, centers and prevention organizations, who knows how they will change. In January, funding for family violence prevention and intervention was cut $998,413, a 16 percent reduction in total dollars through contracts the state holds
with domestic violence programs. In March, Gov. Bobby Jindal proposed an additional $1.4 million dollars budget cut to these programs. Less money for these organizations means fewer beds in their shelters, and fewer beds mean more women at home. At their homes, with their partners, to continue living the nightmare that is domestic violence. It’s time for us to speak out. We have to get the word out about domestic violence, and let abusers know it’s not okay to hit and let victims know they have a way out. We have to let the state know it’s an important cause, and we have to help in any way we can. Allison East is a senior journalism and history major from Vicksburg who serves as news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to email@example.com.
rick-or-treating has always been considered a kid’s game. They dress up, look adorable and show up on doorsteps to collect free candy on Halloween night. But why can’t college students play? Arguably, college students would beneﬁt from trick-ortreating the most. They are broke, hence the free candy advantage. They are stressed, and dressing up and running around neighborhoods is a good alternative to binge drinking and poor decision making. And they are transitioning into the adult world from a kid’s world, so why not allow them a night of the year where they can still enjoy being a kid? Some people think there are plenty of reasons to deny the young adult at your door the privilege to free candy on Halloween. Some think it is just plain creepy adults running around with kids, asking each other which house is giving out the toothbrushes and fruit. But this is unrealistic. When children trick-or-treat, they do it under the supervision of their parents or another adult, and college students are sure to refrain from intervening. Plus, college students are more likely to stay in their own clique. The kids can’t keep up anyway. Others say it makes college students seem immature and they should devote their time to studying instead of trick-ortreating. Who ever said college students were mature? And who is naïve enough to think that any of them are studying on Halloween night? Puh-lease. Some say college students ask to be treated like adults and so we should act like them. But who ever put an age limit on fun? The only legitimate excuse we can see here is concern for the safety of the children. What if college kids get too rowdy about the last Kit Kat in the bucket? Or what if they decide to go out trick-or-treating drunk and push some kids down? Or maybe their costume will scare the children. If college students want to reap the beneﬁts of Halloween akin to a sugar coma from the free candy, then they must respect the holiday and all of those who participate in it. So if you choose to trick-ortreat this Halloween, do so responsibly. Keep in mind that the children around you have more rights to cavities than you do they still have their baby teeth. And you probably can’t afford any cavities, anyway.
Arts Entertainment There is no ‘Doubt’ about a good show
CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter It’s always the same. I go to a play expecting to be bored out of mind while a group of actors conﬁned to one small space try to pass it off as multiple locations. And every time I have been wrong. The School of Performing Arts’ “Doubt: A Parable” was no exception as the four-person cast delivered a performance as authentic as the movie staring Meryl Streep. With advances in modern ﬁlm-making spoiling moviegoers, it can be difﬁcult for those who lack imagination to be able to see a church, rectory, ofﬁce and garden all on one stage. From the lighting designed to create a stained glass window behind Father Flynn (played by Mark McGinley) to the chirping bird sound effects set for the scenes in the garden, the theater succeeded in bringing 1964 Bronx, N.Y., to Stone Theatre. Stephanie Hart’s portrayal of the relentless Sister Aloysius was on par with that of Meryl Streep’s interpretation of the same character in the movie version of the play. Having fully committed to the role, everything from Hart’s tone to her facial expressions made her crusade against the priest ever more believable. Courtney Vaneaton’s portrayal of Sister James was innocence personiﬁed. She delivered the struggle Sister James goes through to try to see the world darker than her nature ideally allows. A highlight of the show was Marian Fields’ portrayed ofMrs. Muller. For the brief period she was onstage, she captivated the audience with her sass and defensive motherly nature. The actress’s ability to bring comedic relief to a show about racism and alleged pedophilia is to be praised on its own. The show’s greatest effect is leaving the audience wondering if Father Flynn really was guilty, having never really been told during the show. You ﬁnd yourself hours after the play sitting in your living room wondering to yourself, “did he really do it?” If audience members walk into the theater with any doubts about live productions, they will leave this play with none.
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Stephanie Hart cowers from Mark McGinley’s character as he defends himself from her accusations.
‘The Counselor’ in need of lessons
JOHN SADLER Staff Reporter What the hell was that? I cannot express how disappointed I was leaving this movie. The level of talent involved had my interest piqued from day one. The movie’s actors have multiple Oscar nominations and awards a m o n g them. Tell me, if you’ve got a movie with Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt (who, in my opinion, has never acted poorly in any movie) in it, would you not expect it to be good? Add on that it, was directed by Ridley Scott (“Alien,” “Gladiator”), from a script written by Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer Prize winner probably best known to non-literary geeks as the man who wrote the book that “No Country for Old Men” was based on, and you have a cinephile’s dream team. Now how, with that much talent, was this movie such a trainwreck? The movie starts off by
The Counselor HIIII foreshadowing at its most blatant. The closest guess I can venture as to what Westray’s role is in this is the middleman. I do not remember it ever being fully explained who was doing what. That is one of my two biggest gripes with this movie. Characters are introduced without a lead up. At one point, the Counselor just calls somebody up to try to ﬁx his problem with the cartel. This person references them being close friends, and he obviously has ties to the cartel, but I got absolutely no hint that this man existed before he
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Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz see the Counselor as a dating couple, who own cheetas. jumping from an intimate scene with the Counselor, played by Fassbender, and his girlfriend Laura, played by Cruz, to a truck being loaded with cocaine in Mexico. Then, we see the Counselor meeting with various other characters in short snippets, including whacked-out club owner Reiner (Bardem) and his girlfriend Malkina (Diaz), who own cheetahs. Yes, they own two cheetahs. No, I don’t know why. They tried to explain it at the end, but I was so incredibly done with this movie, it did not payoff. The two men talk about the “deal” they have made, later revealed to be the shipment of cocaine seen at the beginning. Obviously, something is going to go wrong. Before the Counselor has a chance to think about that, he meets Westray, a modern cowboy played by Brad Pitt, who tries to dissuade him from getting involved with the drug cartel by explaining (in detail) the violent ways they keep associates in line. This is
showed up very close to the end. My second biggest gripe is the dialogue. Be prepared to be blindsided by existential monologues on the nature of fear and the meaning of acceptance quite a few times. McCarthy wrote the script the same way he writes his books. For those who have not had the pleasure of reading one of his novels, he is very poetic in his descriptions, and his dialogue is very otherworldly. His style of writing is wonderful; however, it does not, in any way, work in a cinematic format. The characters launch into these philosophical discussions with seemingly no provocation. There is one scene with Malkina and a car that causes Reiner to segue into some psychobabble that left me looking at my friend like, “Are they being serious?” This movie was trying so incredibly hard to be something other than a stereotypical drug thriller. It certainly is not stereotypical, but that in and of itself does not make a good movie.
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Aries March 21 – April 19 Your sensitive nature is attractive. People who come to you for advice and guidance aren’t disappointed. You have a solid, practical perspective, yet you’re also receptive and understanding. People with flashy ideas and a reckless way about them might try to sell you a pig in a poke. Don’t be thrown off. Stay strong within yourself and confident about what you believe in. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 You may feel like you’re riding a fast train to success. Success can be measured in different ways. Today it’s important that you consider your emotional success and how your feelings fit into your life. You may discover that the train you’re on isn’t the train you should be on. Don’t be afraid to get off at the next station and transfer to a different line. Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 You may feel like a snail emerging from its shell. When no one is looking, you slowly and cautiously stick your head out and put up your antennae to take a reading on the outside world. When you see a creature like you, you feel comfortable and come out of your shell a bit more. Be careful about letting your defenses down too much, because a big, hungry bird may be looking for dinner. Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 Your boisterous, generous attitude is inspiring and welcomed by others. There are also some people who consider your behavior ostentatious or arrogant. You may wonder how this is possible, since your intentions are good. You want people to share in the love and good times. You’re attentive to others’ feelings. Sit down and talk with people one-on-one to understand how they feel. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 Just as soon as you taste success, something comes along to make you feel badly about it. Perhaps another person is jealous of you, and so does or says things that make you feel uncertain. Perhaps the doubt comes from an internal source that says that you don’t deserve prosperity. Don’t be thrown off course by this. Move forward with your plans. Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 In order to maintain peace and harmony, you may wear many different masks. By doing this, you may forget your inner truth and what it is you truly believe. Friction between your lively, communicative outside and your soft, vulnerable inside may make it difficult for you to find the solution you seek. You have the answers you need. Trust yourself when you find them. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 The next task on your road to success may be a pill that’s hard to swallow. Perhaps it involves interacting with someone you don’t want to deal with. You know that you have to adopt some sort of false persona in order to get what you want. You’re sensitive to this dilemma, and you may feel emotional about it, making you hesitate to go through with the plan. Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Debilitating indecision may plague you. You’ve been coasting along letting your good luck see you through to prosperity. It’s like you’re tied to a rope and constantly testing its limits. Unfortunately, you could hit a snag and feel you can go no further. Emotional issues suggest that you didn’t take your feelings into account. It’s time to reevaluate your approach. Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 You may feel like you’re doing all the work in a project or relationship and if you pull out for even a minute, the whole thing will fall apart. Be careful of putting so great a burden on yourself that you grow resentful of everyone else. You’re good at criticizing other people’s actions, but maybe the person you need to talk to about these issues is you. Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 It’s important to remain flexible, but not so much that you can’t make a decision about anything. Your head says one thing while your heart says another. When you give both of them free rein in an effort to be as flexible as possible, they go in opposite directions. Postpone making any important decisions until your path becomes clearer. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 You feel emotionally strong, even though certain people may be getting in the way of your plans. You can accomplish a great deal. You’re only responsible for yourself. You feel a drive to work harder than usual. Even though you may be working very hard, your general mindset is good. You should enjoy your day regardless of the circumstances. Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 You may feel like there’s a big opportunity waiting for you but your head is too muddled to take advantage of it. Perhaps you’re afraid that if you accept this offer now, you’ll miss an even better one later. Don’t delay. Change is progress. Go after the things that catch your eye and draw you in. These opportunities won’t last forever. Stop dreaming and start doing.
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are then mixed with milk and sugar. It’s very healthy for you.” Many people, performers and audience members alike, wore various cultural outﬁts. Hruday, one of the hosts of the night, said that his attire was a traditional outﬁt for an Indian male. “I am in a special attire called ‘dhoti,’ ” Hruday, a freshman computer science major, said. “Mine, in particular, is special style of south-Indian dhoti. Most of the traditional people wear this, and I am proud to wear it and represent my culture.” Hruday said he felt
the night was a success, and was happy to see a good turnout. “We are very glad to have the relationships we have with the Tech students and community,” he said. Rakesh said he was pleased with the outcome of the event. “I feel as though we’ve made the event a success,” he said. “Our goal was to take our culture and our festival and share them with our American friends we’ve met during our time here at Tech. I feel like we did just that.”
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October 31, 2013 • The T ech T alk • 7
Tech students reveal their motives for letting it all grow out
he winter months are loaded with a number of additional responsibilities to survive the holidays. Between dodging parents’ questions about grades during Thanksgiving dinner and picking out the perfect tie for Dad on Christmas, the little things take a backseat. That starts with the one thing no one likes to do: shave. No-Shave November is the time when facial hair grows faster than a man’s desire to stay clean-shaven. Sean Pinion, a junior studio art major, said he prefers having a beard to shaving. “It’s just nice not taking the time to have to shave all the time,” Pinion said. However, while most see the month of November as a sweet release from the constant struggle that negotiating a razor along their skin, there is more to No-Shave November. Josh McDaniel, multimedia services manager at Tech, said it is a time to raise awareness for male-related cancers. “It’s a reminder about the cancers that are overlooked like testicular and prostate cancer,” he said. McDaniel said November is for men what October’s breast cancer awareness is for women. “The way people wear pink in October is what a beard is in November,” McDaniel said. In lieu of shaving, the money that could potentially be used on shaving cream and razors is instead donated to the American Cancer Society by those participate. The matter of cancer is a personal one to McDaniel who has participated in No-Shave November for the past 10 years. “My grandfather had prostate cancer, so it hits home for me,” he said. McDaniel said he donates online through No-Shave November.
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Sean Pinion (top) and Jesse King (bottom) flaunt their facial feats. com, where men can sign up for sponsors for their beards. Louisiana Tech’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries uses the month of November to promote beard growth for another reason. Angelle Dunn, associate director for the BCM at Tech, said November is the kickstart for their Beard-Off in January. “Guys start growing their beards now, and in January we have a beard auction where people bid on a beard they like and then get to shave any kind of design they want into it,” Dunn said. The once bearded man will then have to wear the
design of the winner for 24 hours. One of the participants this year is Dawson Shannon, a sophomore political science major, who has been growing his beard since December 2012. “The Beard-Off is one of the auctions we have to support mission trips,” Shannon said. Shannon said he decided to participate because he enjoyed the idea of growing his beard for the cause. He also said while he is glad he stuck with his decision to grow it out, there are downsides to having too much facial hair. “It’s a pain to keep up with,” he said. “It requires a lot of upkeep just like regular hair.” He also said he has tried to get more of his friends to grow out their beards, but has had no such luck convincing them to do it. One of Tech campus’ most popular beards belongs to Jesse King, who just celebrated his “YEARD” (year-old beard) Oct. 25. King, a sophomore education major, said he ﬁrst did No-Shave November in junior high and kept it for six months after. “This time I started as a copstache for a Halloween costume and then I just decided to let it grow,” he said. Hanging 8 inches long, King’s beard won him ﬁrst place in the “beard with a styled mustache” category of The Louisiana Beard, Mustache and Facial Hair Competition in April of this year. King said even though there are downsides to having such a long beard, like getting it caught in his seatbelt and having every bit of food being a battle, he is happy with his beard. “Let it grow,” is his advice for those who have played with the idea of taking part in No-Shave November. “It’s easier than having to shave every day.”
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Questions finally answered
Left: Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announces the south end zone project Monday. Below: This is a rendering of what the project will look like from a stadium viewpoint.
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After being announced three years ago, the start date for the south end zone project was announced earlier this week.
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This is a rendering of the weight room in the new facility that will be double the size of the current weight room.
A rendering by TBA Studios portrays the view from the 302 club seats that will be added in the facility.
n a press conference held Monday, Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice and Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced construction for the next phase in the Quest for Excellence project will start in the spring of 2014 and will be ﬁnished by the start of the 2015 football season. The project was started in the summer of 2010 by Populous but the university made the move to TBA Studios a year ago to formulate Populous’ plans in a way that would ﬁt the university’s needs. McClelland said the south end zone project, which was announced in 2010, has reached 95 percent of funding needed for construction. “We know that this project is vitally important to our student-athletes, our student body and our fans,” he said. “Through a lot of hard work by a lot of people, we are closing in on the actual construction of this state-of-the-art facility.” The project, which McClelland said will cost more than $18 million, will feature a weight room that is double the size of the current one, 302 premium club seats, a stadiumstyle ﬁlm room and a banquet room which will be available for student activities as well. “I am truly excited about the impact that this facility is going to have on our campus and our entire region,” Guice said. “There is still much more to do in achieving our vision for ‘Quest for Excellence,’ but this is an exciting milestone and an important step in reaching our goal.” The facility will be over 70,000 square feet and will enclose the south end zone completely. However, 3,000 seats will have to be removed from Joe Aillet Stadium, which currently seats 31,000. The leadership team for the project was chaired by Steve Davison, while Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw and Community Trust Bank CEO Drake Mills served as members. To view an in-depth video and more renderings of the project, visit latechsports.com. For more on the project and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk Sports Desk on Twitter at twitter.com/ techtalksports.
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