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THE STUDENT VOICE OF LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
MAY 15, 2014
VOLUME 88 • ISSUE 22
Tales from Tech and Tails
ore than 1,000 Louisiana Tech alumni
gathered to celebrate the seventh annual
Tech and Tails crawfish boil
Friday night at the Bossier
City Civic Center.
Tech and Tails is an
alumni event held by the
Northwest Louisiana Tech
which provides alumni a
chance to visit with other
alumni while also hearing
from Tech administration
and coaches. President Les
Guice headlined this year’s
speakers. Athletics director
Tommy McClelland, head
football coach Skip Holtz,
head men’s basketball
coach Michael White and
Lady Techsters head coach
Tyler Summitt also spoke.
TAG President James
Ginn said the event has
grown each year, but this
year’s event was the biggest
they’ve seen in its sevenyear history.
“Tech and Tails has
grown each year, but there
is no doubt it was by far a
record crowd this past Friday night,” Ginn said. “We
always intended this to be
a fun event and one that
Brakeville elected to
Board of Regents
Photo by Tom Morris
Dr. Les Guice, president of Louisiana Tech, addressed more than 1,000 alumni at the Bossier City Civic Center on Friday.
wasn’t just a time to hear
from the administration
and coaches but also one
at which alumni and supporters could talk with them
one-on-one and with each
McClelland said the
event is a way for alumni to
get to know the administration and the coaches in a
“Tech and Tails is one
of the most unique events
we do throughout the year
because we get a chance
to roll up our sleeves and
dive into some crawfish,”
McClelland said jokingly.
“Being able to spend time
with fellow Tech friends and
family, people that you care
about and have the same
mission as we do, which is
to see Louisiana Tech improve and move forward in
athletics and academically,
is great and we are glad
we get an opportunity as
an athletic department to
share our vision.”
> see ALUMNI page 10
Louisiana Tech SGA
president Maggie Brakeville was elected Monday
by the Louisiana Council
of Student Body Presidents to represent the
group on the state Board
“My goal will focus on
letting the student voice
be heard,” said Brakeville, a senior agriculture
business major. “I want to
make sure that students of
all types are considered in
the decisions we make this
COSBP meets each
year in Baton Rouge to
elect its leadership and the
group’s representatives to
the state’s four higher education governing boards.
Brakeville said she was
excited to be elected by
her peers and commissioned by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve on the
board for this year’s term.
The Louisiana Board
of Regents coordinates
Louisiana’s 34 public colleges, universities and
professional schools and
serves as the state liaison
between them. They are
responsible for setting
statewide standards, including minimum admissions requirements.
In a press release from
the Board of Regents, Dr.
Tom Layzell, senior adviser to the board, said he
was pleased to work with
“It is very important for
students to have a voice in
the development of policy
for higher education,” Layzell said. “We are pleased
to have Ms. Brakeville
serve on the board, representing students from
across the state.”
Brakeville’s term on the
board starts June 1 and
ends March 31, 2015. During that time, she will be a
part of selecting the new
Commissioner for Higher
Education in the state of
Louisiana. Brakeville said
> see BRAKEVILLE page 2
Annual robot wars held
Photo by Jaime Johnson
Students competed in the 10th annual Autonomous Robotic Competition on Friday in the TONK.
Robots came to life and
raced for the first place trophy
during Louisiana Tech’s annual
Tech’s computer science
department hosted its 10th Autonomous Robotic Competition
Friday in the TONK. The event
is held every spring quarter and
conducted by Dr. Ben Choi, an
associate professor in computer
“I like to use the robot competition as a part of class work,
so my students can have fun
all while learning at the same
time,” Choi said. “I am very
proud of my students because
they have been training in several classes.”
During the competition, several teams of students competed against each other with selfdesigned autonomous robots to
traverse a maze and become the
The winner of this year’s
competition is Augustine Aelavanthara with his robot SR-624
Typhoon. Aelavanthara is a senior mechanical engineering
major and this is his second
time competing in the robotic
“Being a mechanical en-
gineering major, the robotic
competition was a fantastic opportunity to explore and apply
what I have learned from my
discipline,” Aelavanthara said.
“It was challenging to integrate
4.6 horsepower thrusters into a
robot the size of a small desktop printer, but I am glad the
idea paid off.”
The competition consisted
of three categories. There were
two categories for sumo robots
primarily based on their weight
classification and there was one
category for drag racing robots.
The sumo match was fought
> see ROBOTS page 10
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Powerlifters meet for casual competition
CODY “TICK” MCELROY
turned up May 8 at the Dr.
Billy Jack Talton Weight
Room in the Intramurual
Sports Complex’s to lift
some weights, but it was not
just a workout.
The competitors showed
up to break personal records at the second annual “Bro Show.” Aaron
Gootzeit, a graduate sports
performance studies student and weight room supervisor, said he and some
friends conceived it simply
as a fun, informal competition.
“We wanted a competition that was different
from what we’ve done in
the past,” Gootzeit said.
“Something different from
powerlifting or CrossFit.”
Competitors participated in four lifts: bench press,
shrugs, curls and skull
James Windham, sophomore computer information
systems major, was judge of
competition. Windham said
the bench press, shrug and
curl may be widely known,
but the skull crusher may
not be widely known.
Windham said lifters
must lie on a bench with
elbows tucked in — not
flaring — lower the curl bar
down to the forehead until the judge gives an “up!”
command, then extend the
Though there was enthusiastic involvement by
those involved, Gootzeit
said there was something
missing in the competition.
“I wish there were bigger female involvement,”
Unique to the competition was Ruston resident
Erin Morvant, the lone female competitor. Morvant
is a strongwoman competitor. who has won one competition and placed second
“Somebody talked me
into it,” Morvant said of
the competition. Though
it wasn’t her idea at first to
participate, she said she did
enjoy the events and had a
“I just like to be strong,”
Morvant said, and she said
she wishes more women
felt the same way. “More
women need to realize
muscles are beautiful.”
Morvant shrugged 315
pounds, the equivalent of
more than six 50-pound
sacks of livestock feed.
“The perception of
women on TV — that’s not
what you want to look like.
Skinny, too skinny,” Mor-
Photos by Colin Fontenot
Erin Morvant, a graduate of Tech with a speech pathology degree, is a frequent competitor in strongwoman competitions
and was the only female competitor in the Bro Show.
vant said. “It’s unhealthy.”
Earnest Miles III, a recent nursing graduate, said
he was excited about the
“I’ll try to smash my
own records,” Miles said.
Though he missed his final
attempt of 360 pounds on
the bench press — about
1/8 of a Toyota Prius — he
said he still had a lot of fun.
“It’s all about getting in
shape and feeling strong,”
Miles said. “It’s knowing I’m
a better person than I was
Whether for men or
women, competitions like
the “Bro Show” are fun for
many, Morvant said, offer-
ing this simple advice for
women who might be interested in lifting:
“Don’t be afraid.”
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Spring brings business to Tech Farm Salesroom
Spring brings more than
flowers and pollen; it also
brings more business to the
Louisiana Tech Farm Salesroom.
“Usually the spring is our
busiest time of the year, especially since we have people who are wanting to cook
out more and tours from
elementary schools,” said
Gordon Reger, the salesroom manager,
In order to have plants,
vegetables and herbs ready
for spring, the farm store
uses Tech’s greenhouses
to grow the seeds of each
“We have six greenhouses,” Reger said. “We have
one greenhouse dedicated
to poinsettias, another for
spring plants and individual
greenhouses for herbs and
In the spring, the salesroom has several kinds of
plants that are grown and
“We have vegetable
plants, like tomatoes and
peppers,” said Charolett
Caraway, an employee at
The salesroom also
grows and sells herbs like
Photo by Derek J Amaya
The Louisiana Tech Farm Salesroom processes meat daily. They receive their meat from outside sources and is cut fresh.
catnip and oregano, and
tlowering plants like snapdragons and lavender.
Along with plant products, Tech Farm also sells
meat and dairy.
>BRAKEVILLE from pg. 1
her plan is to ensure students get
the best out of their education
by working with school budgets
and student fees.
In a separate press release,
UL System President Sandra
Woodley noted the importance
of allowing the state’s student
presidents to serve in leadership
roles that influence their many
peers in universities across the
“We get most of our
meat from an outside
source,” Caraway said, “but
we do all the processing
here, so it is fresh cut every
Wo o d l e y
give us a direct channel
to the students while
d e ve l o p i n g
L o u i s i a n a ’s
future leaders. I could very well
end up working for one of these
However, not all meat
comes from an outside
source, Caraway said. Some
of the meat comes from
animals raised by Tech students.
students in the near future.”
Brakeville said she would
like to translate her ideas on the
board to her duties as Tech’s
new SGA president. Being open,
remaining honest and staying
transparent as an organization
are all goals she said she needed
to be focused on in her time as
Brakeville also said she would
like to work with other campus
organizations to help improve
the SGA’s image with students
“Some of our meat is
from Tech-raised animals,”
Reger said. “We usually use
our own Tech-raised lambs
and a few other animals, but
we process all the Tech and
we do as
improve the university, the community and the world. Louisiana
outside source meat at the
The farm store also
sells rib eye steaks, butterfly pork loin chops, stuffed
pork chops, and beef and
Although the farm store
is located on Tech’s campus, students are not the
“We have a lot of outside
business,” Caraway said.
“Including people who have
done business with us since
they opened up this store.”
The farm store has one
full-time employee and
three student workers.
“It is community service
that allows students to get a
hands-on experience,” Reger said.
As it is a job for agricultural students, it has its benefits.
“It is beneficiary because yes, it is a job for the
students, but it gives them
an experience outside of
the books,” Reger said. “It
gives them the opportunity
to be able to know what
they are talking about and
be able to help customers
on any situation or with any
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Tech will always be a part of
who we are, no matter where the
world takes us.”
Brakeville said she believes
that what she will be doing in her
final year at Tech will help benefit the university in the future,
and said she is looking forward
to the contributions she will have
the opportunity to make in her
role as SGA president and member of the Board.
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Intelligence expert visits Ruston
Louisiana Tech students
and the community of Ruston had the chance to learn
more about the CIA on May
7 when historian and intelligence expert Richard Immerman visited Ruston to
lecture on his new book,
“The Hidden Hand: A Brief
History of the CIA.”
The lectures covered both
aspects of the CIA’s mission
–– the collection and analysis of intelligence and the
execution of foreign policy
through covert, paramilitary
The first lecture, “Intelligence and National Security
in the Cold War and After,”
was held on campus in University Hall.
Andrew McKevitt, an assistant professor of history
at Tech who coordinated Immerman’s local appearance,
said this event was a great
way for Tech to combine the
students with local community.
“Hopefully exposing the
students to this atmosphere
will allow new perspectives
and ideas to come,” McKevitt said. “I love when we get
to expose our students to
these type of events. Immerman did a great job.”
Photo by Devin Dronett
Historian and intelligence expert Richard Immerman gives his speech “The CIA: Its Origins, its Transformation and its
Nick Smith, a sophomore
political science and speech
communication major, said
he appreciates McKevitt
bringing Immerman to Tech.
“It was really interesting
getting an insider’s perspective on the CIA and foreign
affairs,” Smith said. “I enjoyed it.”
Immerman is a professor of history and a director within the Center for the
Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University in
“My goal was not to make
every student learn something new but to simply raise
questions,” Immerman said.
The second lecture, “The
CIA: Its Origins, its Transformation and its Militarization,”
was held at the Lincoln Parish Library. Immerman spoke
to an overflow crowd in the
340-seat Dubach Room of
the library as students and
community residents stood
in the hall listening to his lecture.
“I love working with
Tech’s history department,”
said Emily Arnold, program
coordinator at Lincoln Parish
Arnold said she is grateful
to have helped to make this
“Immerman was very interesting and brought in a
great crowd,” said Arnold.
were sponsored by Tech’s
department of history and
American Foreign Policy
Center, Lincoln Parish Library, and Lambda-Rho
Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta
history honor society.
Immerman said he wants
to provoke students to think
about new things.
“If they leave doing that
I know I have accomplished
something,” Immerman said.
“I truly enjoyed Tech’s hospitality toward me, I’ll be back.”
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Reneau to speak at spring convocation
Louisiana Tech president emeritus Dan
Reneau will be the featured speech at the
university’s spring convocation May 24.
Reneau served as president of the university for 26 years. He retired last summer.
He served the university in several capacities, including student, professor and administrator, over more than half a century.
In his role as president, Reneau saw
more than 45,000 students graduate from
Under his reign, Reneau accomplished
several goals and honors for himself and
Reneau saw the university achieve Tier
1 “National University” status from U.S.
News and World Report.
He helped as Tech led the University of
Louisiana System in highest average ACT
score for freshmen from 2008 to 2011. During that same time, Tech had the highest
graduation rate, highest retention rate and
fastest time-to-completion rate in the ULS.
He took part in the design, land acquisition and construction of a $25 million research park addition to the university.
Reneau also led the athletics program
to being named a
Division I-A football
program, their acceptance into the Western
and the acceptance
The Institute for
at Tech was also a
project of Reneau’s,
as he was behind its
Reneau also established the biomedical engineering depart-
ment 15 years before he was named president of the university.
Reneau earned a bachelor of science
degree in chemical engineering in 1963
and a master of science degree in chemical engineering in 1964, both from Tech.
He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clemson University in 1966.
Reneau is a native of Woodville, Mississippi. He and his wife Linda have two children. Convocation will be held at 10 a.m.
on in the Thomas Assembly Center.
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CAUSEY SAID SO...
See you later
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Dr. Judith Roberts
T. Scott Boatright
Dr. Reginald Owens
y time at The Tech Talk
and Louisiana Tech is up.
Just like that, four years
have passed me by. Now I take
the step into the “real world,” a
statement I have always resented.
As I think back on my college
days and what made them amazing, I am reminded of people, not
places or events.
I have always alleged that
the people are what make Tech
great, not the campus, events or
People like Dr. Reginald Owens, Dr. Judith Roberts, Scott
Boatright and Michael LeBlanc
in the journalism department
have made this experience phenomenal for me. They have
pushed me when I needed it and
been a friend when I have needed
it. I know without a doubt that I
can call them at any point in my
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have always said I would never
write a goodbye column, mostly
because I didn’t think I was ever
going to leave the Tech Talk. But
after three years, graduation is
pushing me out the door, prying
my precious paper from my fingers.
Law school at LSU will be different, to say the least. Besides
worrying about survival, I will miss
everything about this university.
I will miss the journalism department, the people responsible
for my drive from the beginning.
They sparked a fire in me, and it
hasn’t gone out.
I will miss my debate teammates, who have loved me and
been my best friends from my
first round in Arkansas all the way
to my last in Finland next week.
There is no other group I would
rather spend 17 hours in a van
Thank you to my debate coach,
Shane Puckett, who has always believed in me and helped turn me
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into the confident person I am today. To Dr. Pigg, who said he reads
every column I write, for fostering
my love for law and being the most
dependable reader I have. To Dr.
Mhire, who has taught me to never
stop questioning things, even if I’m
pretty damn sure I’m right. To Dr.
Owens, Dr. Roberts and Mike LeBlanc, for pushing me to do things I
could never imagine doing.
I value my professors. Why
does my university not value them,
Tech professors are overworked and underpaid. After at
least six years of no pay raises and
consistent rise in the cost of living
due to inflation, many are leaving
for better paying jobs. The empty
positions are left unfilled due to
budget cuts, leaving the remaining professors to take on the extra
While the literal source of
our education is dwindling, new
students are flooding in. Already,
Tech has admitted 3,500 students
to start in the fall, and there are
more than 5,000 applicants, up
from 4,000 at this time last year.
Why are they coming to Tech?
Many say it is the feeling of home
they have when they are here.
Who can we attribute this
feeling to? The professors. They
spend more time with students
than professors at other colleges
do and help them feel comfortable
in a classroom. They have created
the Tech family everyone loves today.
Just like Tech athletics gives
coaches raises when they succeed,
professors should be rewarded for
making this university what it is today. In order for Tech to continue
to excel, it must retain the people
who have gotten it this far. In October, President Les Guice said
an increase in enrollment would
make it possible, but only time will
tell if it is in fact a priority.
I love this university almost as
much as my professors do. I hope
it starts loving them back soon.
Hannah Schilling is a senior journalism and political science major from
Shreveport who serves as multimedia
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All work, no pay
Dr. Reginald Owens
from Wisconsin two weeks ago in
my column. Sorry Packers.)
I have always viewed my
weekly column as a place to talk
about serious things that I felt our
readers should know about. The
positive feedback I have gotten
from readers over the past two
quarters has shown me that my
time here was appreciated.
There were plenty before me
who were greater journalists than
I am, and there will be plenty after me. As long as one of you enjoyed my work, it was worth all
My time here is not done; it
is only just beginning. I love this
university and always will.
This is not goodbye, Louisiana
Tech. This is see you later.
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life and they will be there to help.
Dr. Jason Pigg and Dr. Jeremy
Mhire in the political science
department have always pushed
me to think outside the box and
not to believe in something just
because other people do. Their
classes have always left me wanting more, and that is what makes
them both amazing professors.
Another professor that made
a difference for me was Dr. Celia
Lewis in the English department.
She took notice of my writing
abilities and helped me refine
them throughout her British literature class.
Without these people, I do not
know that I would have survived
The Tech Talk will always hold
a special place in my heart. It has
been a place for me to gain real
experience in running a newspaper and make a few mistakes here
and there in the learning process
(such as saying the Vikings were
It’s time to bid adieu
nyone who knows anything
about writing knows you
don’t simply sit down and
Before writing this, my last column, I began my all-too-familiar
This time I looked somewhere
different. The inspiration I was
looking for came from Tech Talk
As I poured over the archives
again I had a different agenda,
I stopped only when I reached
farewell columns — skipping the
student government controversies, campus vandals and budget
It was easy to see the greats
before me shared a common
truth: pride. Everyone who has
been through this department has
had their hand in crafting this publication.
We are all bonded through our
shared love and appreciation for
the trade and also the effort that
those who have worked in a newsroom can understand.
Through that bond an even
deeper realization of Tech family
is actualized: my staff is my family. Keeny Hall is where we wrote,
studied, collaborated, fought,
loved, cried, ate, slept — and
I’ll never forget all of the Taco
Salad Tuesdays, the annual scavenger hunts or even the late-night
showings of scary movies (I’m
looking at you summer staff of
I only regret not telling my parents how many nights I actually
stayed here — they could have
saved plenty of money in rent.
To finish, I have a few thank
yous in order:
To my parents: Thanks for getting me here and supporting me
even though I’m not a doctor or
To those who came before me:
Thank you for setting the bar so
high. Keeping it there wasn’t easy,
but I’m better for it.
To Reggie: You always say
you’re glad you put me on staff
when you did. I am, too.
To Judith: Thank you for always, always, always being the ear
I needed in college.
To Mike, Scott, Sallie and Nancy: Thank you for encouraging me
along the way, I have been fortu-
nate to learn under such distinguished professionals in the field.
To Flo: You’ve been one of my
biggest fans since day one. You’ll
never know how much your words
have meant to me along the way.
To Beth: You changed my
taught me to look at things in a
completely different way. Even
though we butted heads at times
and you almost flunked me once,
I will forever be thankful for you.
To my staff: I love you all.
Thanks for putting up with me.
You’ve made my college experience truly one of a kind. Try not
to make me sound too awful when
telling the new freshmen about
your crazy old editor.
To those who will come later:
If you’re reading this, planning
to write your own farewell column, just know I’m proud of you.
Thank you for being a part of
this publication’s storied tradition
of excellence. Do big things, but
never forget this is home.
Austin Vining is a senior journalism
and psychology major from Minden
who serves as feature editor for
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EASTBOUND AND DOWN
Wait, its been
They are what I have studied
for the last two years, and
they are what I have struggled so hard
to find in the last few weeks.
Leaving Louisiana Tech is something I never thought about. From
the long nights of orientation 2012
— shout out to my staff, especially
my dance partner Carlton Gray — to
my days spent doing way too many
Union Board dorm storms, I focused
on making the most of my time here,
and I will always remember the ups
and downs of my walk through Tech.
Along that walk, I have been extremely lucky to have some of the
best people in the world beside me.
As a freshman and sophomore,
wandering down the halls of GTM
and stumbling into the office of Dave
Anderson and Rick Simmons changed
my life and steered me on an amazing
Dave, you have pushed me more
than anyone else not to settle and to
believe I can do anything I want.
Dr. Simmons, from all our office
chats to the time I accidentally and
awkwardly told a room full of people
I would put you in a Tech time capsule, I have more memories with you
than I have with any other university
employee. I could write my entire column about you, but that mushy stuff
is not for us.
After two years of learning from
those two, I branched out a little
more. I was not sure where I wanted
to go with my life, but I ended up in
the basement of Keeny Hall.
It started with watching. Each
Wednesday night of my sophomore
spring quarter, I would turn on a lame
Netflix show while Austin wrote away
to meet his Thursday Tech Talk deadline. I never watched any of the many
shows I put on.
Instead, I watched him write. And
I guess somehow what he did sunk in,
because when he needed someone
to fix a story the following summer, I
stepped in, joined the staff and kept
writing. The Tech Talk — once my
mortal enemy — became a huge part
of my life.
The journalism department, both
staff and students, took me in like I
had belonged there all along. The
professors made me feel valued and
helped me understand the profession
and its rules and style. The students
stayed up with me, laughed with me,
challenged me and became a bigger
part of my life than I ever could have
Kaleb, thank you for being so understanding of me never meeting
deadline and always laying out my
page on Tuesday.
Hannah, thank you for teaching me
to always attribute after the first sentence.
Austin, thank you for introducing
me to journalism. Thank you for always telling me when my stuff is bad,
for laying out my page every time I
was on the verge of a mental breakdown, for being all that you are in my
life and for watching me. The tables
have turned now. As you watch me
write this column like I used to watch
you, I am so glad we went through this
And thank you, Louisiana Tech.
You have given me more opportunities than I have ever deserved and
taught me more lessons than I can
They cannot begin to explain.
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killed in Africa
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A
26-year-old French photojournalist who had spent
months documenting deadly conflict in Central African
Republic has been killed,
the French presidency said
Camille Lepage, a freelance photographer whose
work was published in major French and American
newspapers, died in western
Central African Republic
not far from the border with
Cameroon, authorities said.
Mine explosion in
Turkey kills 15
ANKARA, Turkey (AP)
— An explosion and a fire at
a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 15 workers Tuesday and trapped
another 200 or more miners
underground, the country’s
disaster agency said as it
launched a massive rescue
A power distribution
unit exploded Tuesday afternoon at a mine in the
town of Soma, local official
Mehmet Bahattin Atci told
reporters. The town is 155
miles south of Istanbul.
not for inspection
BATON ROUGE (AP) —
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration is pushing a bill that
seeks to hide all information
about how Louisiana gets its
The House and Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to the measure
without objection Tuesday,
despite concerns it could
make it difficult to investigate a botched execution
like in Oklahoma.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Joe Lopinto,
of Metairie, would shield
all identifying information
about the company that
or supplies the drugs used
in Louisiana’s lethal injection process.
Age limits set on
BATON ROUGE (AP) —
Anyone under the age of 18
will be banned from using
tanning beds in Louisiana, if
Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to
a bill that received final legislative passage.
Current law allowed minors, ages 14 to 18, to use
the tanning facilities so long
as they had written permission from a parent.
The bill by Rep. Helena
Morenot headed to the governor’s desk Monday.
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Arkansas debate has deep roots
Fifty-seven years after
federal troops escorted
nine black students into
Little Rock’s Central High
School as a white mob
jeered, Arkansas again
finds itself in the center of
a debate over civil rights.
This time, the issue is gay
marriage, but the 1957 desegregation crisis still casts
More than 200 gay
couples have been issued
marriage licenses in the Bible Belt state after a judge
struck down Arkansas’
same-sex marriage ban.
Gay rights supporters
regularly invoke the 1957
desegregation battle, warning opponents that history
may not look kindly on
them. At the same time,
those concerns may not
resonate throughout Arkansas, where recent polling still shows heavy opposition to gay marriage.
Nearly a week before
the ban was struck down,
Arkansas Attorney General
Dustin McDaniel cited the
state’s spotty civil rights
history as he declared his
support for marriage equality. While vowing to defend
the ban in court, McDaniel
James Porter, right, and his partner Shon DeArmon carry a flag to show their support of
same-sex marriage licenses outside a Little Rock courthouse Monday.
became the first statewide
elected official to endorse
McDaniel said he voiced
his opinion because he
wanted to avoid following
the legacy of former Attorney General Bruce Bennett, who is little remembered after he didn’t fight
then-Gov. Orval Faubus’
comes to end
The New York Police
Department will no longer confiscate unused
condoms from suspected
sex workers to be used
as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been
criticized by civil rights
groups for undermining
efforts to combat AIDS
and other sexually transmitted infections.
Under the new policy
announced Monday, officers may continue to seize
condoms as evidence in
sex-trafficking and promotion of prostitution cases,
but they will not use them
in support of prostitution
cases. Critics had said the
previous policy amounted
to police harassment, and
noted that New York City
spends more than $1 million a year to distribute
“The NYPD heard
from community health
advocates and took a serious look at making changes to our current policy as
it relates to our broader
public safety mission,”
Police Commissioner William Bratton said in announcing the new policy.
For decades, police in
New York and elsewhere
had confiscated condoms
from sex work suspects
ostensibly for them to be
used as evidence in criminal trials, even though the
overwhelming majority of
prostitution cases never
go to trial.
“A policy that inhibits
people from safe sex is a
mistake and dangerous,”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said
Monday at an unrelated
event in Queens. “And
there are a number of
ways you can go about
putting together evidence”
without condoms, he said.
Civil rights groups and
advocates for sex workers and gay, lesbian and
transgender young people
commended the department’s new policy, but
want a ban on the use of
condoms as evidence in
sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution cases
They argue that even
under the new policy police may continue to seize
condoms from sex workers and teen runaways
under the pretense of investigating pimps and traffickers, and that traffickers
could punish sex workers
who carry condoms because they fear they’ll be
used against them.
Measures to formally
abolish the practice across
New York state have been
introduced in the Legislature for nearly two decades.
efforts to keep Little Rock’s
schools segregated in 1957.
“(Bennett) would have
lost the election in ‘58 if he
had done so, but his place
in history ... would be different,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel, a Democrat
serving his final year in office, is now asking Arkansas’ highest court to put
on hold the decision that
allowed gay couples to get
married, saying it’s his job
as the state’s top lawyer to
defend the law even if he
disagrees with it personally.
The fear of being judged
harshly by history is a powerful one in a state that is
still trying to shake off the
effects of the Central High
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fight, including a desegregation settlement with three
Little Rock-area school districts that has cost the state
more than $1 billion over
the past 25 years. A federal
judge in January approved
a wind-down of those payments.
At the same time, McDaniel’s worries about opposing gay marriage may
not resonate throughout
Arkansas. Though national
attitudes have changed, attitudes about gay marriage
haven’t moved significantly
in the state in recent years.
The head of the group
that campaigned for Arkansas’ marriage ban says
he doesn’t view this debate
as part of the civil rights
struggle that led to Central
“I grew up in the segregated South, and while I
was never a victim of racial
discrimination, I saw racial
discrimination. I witnessed
it,” said Jerry Cox, president of the Arkansas Family Council. “The difficulties
that African Americans
faced in this part of the
country in the 1950s and
60s, in my opinion, do not
compare with what we’re
talking about today with
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WORLD + NATION
US: Bring back their girls
U.S. reconnaissance aircraft were flying Tuesday
over Nigeria in the search
for nearly 300 kidnapped
schoolgirls, a day after the
Boko Haram militant group
released the first evidence
that at least some of them
are still alive and demanded that jailed fighters be
swapped for their freedom.
A Nigerian government
official said “all options”
were open in the effort to
free the girls, who were
shown fearful and huddled
together dressed in gray
Islamic veils as they sang
Quranic verses under the
guns of their captors in a
video released Monday.
The footage was verified
as authentic by Nigerian
authorities, who said 54 of
the girls had been identified
by relatives, teachers and
classmates who watched
the video late Tuesday.
spurred a global movement
to secure the girls’ release
amid fears they would be
sold into slavery, married
off to fighters or worse following a series of threats by
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
through the streets of the
capital, Abuja, Tuesday to
demand more government
action to find and free the
girls, who are believed to
be held in the vast Sambisi
forest some 20 miles (30
kilometers) from the eastern town of Chibok, where
they were seized from their
school on April 15.
A U.S. reconnaisance
mission was being carried
out by a manned MC-12
surveillance aircraft, which
is based in Niger, according
to senior U.S. defense officials in Washington. In addition to the turboprop model
which has seen heavy use
in Afghanistan, U.S. officials
were also considering the
use of drones.
Gen. David Rodriguez,
head of U.S. Africa Command, was in Abuja on
Tuesday meeting with officials at the U.S. Embassy,
according to the defense officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to
discuss the matter publicly.
The Nigerian military
said in a statement that
Rodriguez visited Nigeria’s
defense headquarters to
discuss U.S. support for Nigeria’s campaign against the
Boko Haram militants, who
have killed more than 1,500
people this year in a campaign of bombings, massacres and kidnappings.
initially said there would be
no negotiations with Boko
Haram, but that stance appeared to have been relaxed
amid growing public outrage at home and abroad
over the failure to rescue the
Mike Omeri, the direc-
tor of the government’s information agency, said all
options were being considered, including the possibility of a military operation
with foreign help.
“At the moment, because
all options are open, we are
interacting with experts,
military and intelligence experts from other parts of the
world,” he said late Monday.
“These are part of the options that are available to us,
and many more.”
In a statement late Tuesday, authorities in Borno
state said that 54 girls in the
video had been identified
by relatives and friends, including four of some 50 students who managed to escape their captors. At least
276 girls are still missing.
“Fifty-four of the girls in
the video have been identified by their names in an
exercise that involved some
parents of the girls, fellow
students, some teachers,
security men and some officials of the Borno state
government,” said Isa Umar
Gusau, a spokesman for the
Borno state governor.
In the video, a camouflage-clad Shekau appeared
separately from the girls, an
assault rifle slung over his
chest, and warned menacingly: “I swear to almighty
Allah, you will not see them
again until you release our
brothers that you have captured.”
He said the girls, most of
whom are Christians, had
converted to Islam.
Boko Haram, whose
name means “Western education is sinful,” has waged
a five-year campaign of
bombings, massacres and
abductions that has killed
thousands in its drive to impose an Islamic state on Africa’s most populous nation.
It has tried to root out Western influence by targeting
schools, as well as attacking
churches, mosques, government buildings and security services in the country of 170 million, divided
between a predominantly
Christian south and Muslim
On Tuesday, President
Goodluck Jonathan asked
the National Assembly to
extend the state of emergency in Borno and two
other northeastern states
for another six months. The
emergency, first imposed in
May 2013, and extended in
December, has been fiercely
opposed by many northern
politicians who argue that it
has created great hardships
for the local population
while allowing the military
to commit rights abuses
even as it fails to curtail the
Nigerian security forces
have moved quickly to force
the militants from urban
centers, but have struggled
for months to dislodge them
from rural areas and hideouts in mountain caves and
the dense Sambisa forest
Citizens demonstrate outside Chibok secondary school in
Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday asking the government to focus on
bring the missing girls back.
Judge halts Aiken wins N.C. primary
A federal appeals
court halted a convicted
Texas killer’s scheduled
execution Tuesday so
his attorneys can pursue appeals arguing he’s
mentally impaired and
ineligible for the death
Robert James Campbell, 41, would have been
the first U.S. inmate executed since a botched
execution in Oklahoma
two weeks ago. His two
appeals challenged the
state’s plan to use a drug
for which it will not reveal the source, as was
the case with drugs used
in Oklahoma, and claims
of mental impairment.
“I am happy. The
Lord prevailed,” Campbell said from a cell just
outside the Texas death
chamber in Huntsville.
The 5th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals halted
his punishment about
2½ hours before he
could have been taken
to the death chamber,
saying Campbell and his
lawyers haven’t had a fair
opportunity to develop
the mental impairment
The appeal before the
5th Circuit contended
Campbell isn’t mentally
competent for execution
because he has a 69 IQ.
Courts generally set a
70 IQ as the minimum
threshold. Campbell’s attorneys, who went to the
U.S. Supreme Court with
last-day appeals, filed a
petition to the high court
even before the 5th Circuit ruled on the mental
Campbell was set to
die for killing a 20-yearold Houston bank teller who was abducted,
raped and shot in 1991.
His lawyers also
made an issue of the
drug to be used in the
execution and the source
not being identified. Like
Oklahoma, Texas won’t
say where it gets its execution drugs, saying
it needs to protect the
producer’s identity to
prevent threats by death
which used a three-drug
combination in the April
29 botched execution of
Clayton Lockett, Texas
uses a single dose of the
sedative pentobarbital to
Texas’ attorneys say
Campbell’s claims are
speculative and fall “far
short” of demonstrating
a significant risk of severe pain.
does not require the
elimination of all risk of
pain,” argued Ellen Stewart-Klein, an assistant
Texas attorney general.
“American Idol” singer
Clay Aiken won what had
been a hotly contested
Democratic primary for a
North Carolina congressional seat according to a final,
unofficial vote count that
was posted Tuesday, a day
after the accidental death of
his closest rival.
Aiken will face Republican incumbent Renee
Ellmers in November in the
GOP-leaning district where
Mitt Romney won nearly
six in 10 votes in 2012.
Ellmers won by 56 percent
that year and is looking for
a third term. The countyby-county tally of the 2nd
Congressional District race
posted by the state Tuesday
confirmed Aiken got more
than 40 percent of the vote
needed to win the threecandidate race.
On Monday, secondplace finisher Keith Crisco,
71, died after falling at his
home. Hours earlier, campaign manager Christine
Botta said they had counted
the absentee votes in two
key counties, forcing Crisco
to acknowledge defeat. He
had decided to concede his
loss to Aiken on Tuesday,
“Keith and I talked in detail about the fact that the
votes weren’t there,” Botta
Aiken and Crisco each
picked up a handful of votes
after the last of the absentee
ballots returned by a Monday deadline were counted,
according to results on the
State Board of Elections
Clay Aiken speaks to supporters on an election-night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C., on
May 6. Aiken was unofficially declared the winner after his opponent’s death.
The results will become
official after review by the
state elections board. That
meeting isn’t yet set, Elections board spokesman
Joshua Lawson said, but
is tentatively scheduled for
Aiken issued a statement
of regret at Crisco’s death
on Monday and said he
was suspending campaign
activities for a time. Aiken’s
campaign website was black
but for that statement on
Tuesday. Aiken’s campaign
declined to comment Tuesday on his victory because
of the decision to suspend
campaign efforts, spokes-
woman Tucker Middleton
said in an email.
Spokesmen for Ellmers
did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
Crisco slipped and fell
while stepping through the
front door of his home in
Asheboro, about 65 miles
west of Raleigh.
“We know that he fell in
the threshold as he was going in his house,” said Asheboro city manager John Ogburn, who spoke with rescue
workers sent to the scene
and has known Crisco for
more than a decade.
“It was just a total freak
accident,” said Brad Crone,
a Raleigh political consultant and friend who discussed Crisco’s concession
decision with the candidate
about two hours before his
death. “The truth is stranger
Crisco’s funeral was
scheduled for Friday.
Aiken is an openly gay
man in a district populated
with many socially conservative, evangelical Christians. He said that during the
primary he was never asked
about his orientation except
Ellmers, a 50-year-old
nurse from Dunn, rode the
tea party wave that shook
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Confusion at TechFest
Photo by Colin Fontenot
Mixed reactions followed TechFest Friday night
after lengthy delays, last
minute stage changes and
rumors of a potential police
TechFest was free and
offered a variety of musical
genres including hip-hop,
country and folk.
Elton Taylor, Union
Board president, said they
wanted to get people to
relax and have a good time
before finals started.
However, the event did
not start on time. Country music star Weston Burt
started at 4 p.m., an hour
later than originally scheduled.
Even though he started
late, he said he still enjoyed
his time at the event.
“Everybody has just
been super nice and it has
been really fun,” Burt said.
“It kind of feels like they’ve
been doing this for years.”
Headlining the event
was rapper Ace Hood, who
was scheduled to perform
after electro hip-hop group
Hyper Crush from 9-10:30
However, after Hyper
Crush finished their set,
there was a lengthy delay
which ended when the discjockeys informed the crowd
that the event was moving
inside due to inclement
What had started out as
a hot and sunny afternoon
in the parking lot next to
Tolliver, ended in a cramped
dilemma in the TONK.
Kayla Frith, a senior
photography major at Tech,
said the event was chaotic.
“They had no back-up
plan,” Frith said. “They
through. It was awful.”
spread about the cause of
the belated start.
Gauge Means, Production Manager of Union
Board, said he had heard
students expressing concerns that Ace Hood was
not even there.
“I went on stage with
Drake (Doumit, personnel
director at KLPI) and told
the crowd that Ace Hood
was there,” he said. “I was
just with him. It was just a
While Union Board officials would not go on the
record, several students
complained that the police
were trying to shut down
the concert due to vulgar
language in Hyper Crush’s
Louisiana Tech police
department did not respond to the Tech Talk’s
request for comment on the
potential shutdown of the
Barry Morales, director
of student activities, said
the delay was due to complications with the weather.
“We conferred with the
stage manager and took our
time to check the weather
warnings and radar maps
to fully gauge the situation
and to make the best decision possible,” he said.
KLPI, the Tech-run radio
station, had its own stage
set up inside the TONK to
escape the weather when
an influx of festival-goers
were forced inside from the
“There really was nowhere else for the TechFest
stage to go and we were
happy to share ours,” said
Brennan Brown, general
manager of KLPI. “I sure
think it was fair. The police
and the lightning basically
forced them to have to do
Ace Hood made several
comments onstage suggesting he had to keep his set
clean of vulgarity and foul
Morales said that vulgarity was not the administration’s main concern.
“Although Hyper Crush
did perform music containing language that may be
offensive to some, it was
not the reason for the move
to the TONK,” Morales
said. “Our first and foremost concern was for the
safety of the students.”
Morales said the stage
was prepared for light rain,
but not a severe storm.
“When we realized how
bad the weather was going
to be, we reacted in the best
way we could have to protect the students,” he said.
Morales said that the
first TechFest was a success and that he would like
to have a second one in the
“It’s very difficult to find
programming that pleases
everyone,” he said. “And
this music festival did just
that by really catering to
a broad base of musical
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Photo by Colin Fontenot
Top and middle: Donny Fontain and Holly Valentine of Hyper Crush perform as headliners for Techfest.
Left: TechFest headliner Ace Hood raps for the crowd that eagerly awaited his arrival.
Above: Indie-folk band The Hunts was one of the many openers to kick off Techfest.
Photo courtesy of Union Board
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Recital brings together two ensembles
formed under me.”
Alexander said despite
being a class, his students do
No kings or queens pres- not just play for a grade.
ent, but Louisiana Tech
“Even though it is a class,
students still made the au- the majority of my students
dience feel like royalty with are in it for the love of mutheir performance titled “An sic,” he said. “They want
Evening of Chamber Mu- to share that with others as
The evening was a joint
Both groups performed
event featuring performanc- numerous pieces. Alexanes from both the
der said the sheet
music was obSaxophone Choir
tained via a monand the Low
“Last year, we
of the departwere
ment of music.
enough to have
It was held May
6 in Howard AuLadies’
give us a very
nice grant,” he
said. “We bought
professor of mua whole bunch
sic and conducALEXANDER
of music with
tor of the Low
that, and both
Dr. Gibbs and I
said the students
dipped into our
had been practicing for the collections of sheet music
and produced some ideas.”
“We wanted two of our
Some of the students
smaller ensembles to get have been playing their intogether and play what they struments for several years.
have been practicing all
Michael Maxey, a junior
spring quarter,” Alexander music performance major
said. “The saxophone group and trombone player said he
played under Dr. Lawrence played music for years.
Gibbs, and the low brass per“I was given the choice in
Photo by Devin Dronett
The Louisiana Tech Saxiphone Choir, conducted by Lawrence Gibbs, was one of the groups to perform for the evening.
middle school to start band,
and I chose to go along with
it since music sort of runs in
my family,” Maxey said.
Maxey said his favorite
pieces he played in the concert were “Into the Magical
Rainforest” and “Tango,” the
latter of which was composed by a fellow student.
“I liked ‘Magical Rainfor-
est’ because of how well the
part we play syncs with the
sound file that was going in
the background,” he said. “I
liked ‘Tango’ because it was
written by one of us, and it’s
an all-around fun piece to
Josh Mattison, a senior
music education and composition major, composed
“Tango.” He said it was
“I started on it at the
beginning of last summer,”
Mattison, a trombone player,
said. “It feels good to have
someone recite a piece that
you worked so hard to create.”
Alexander said the department is looking to make
“An Evening of Chamber
Music” an annual event.
“Hopefully, we can continue to hold this recital,” he
said. “It’s not as consistent
as our big fall recital, but it’s
an event worth having, and it
means a lot to these kids.”
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‘Turn Blue’ lacks punch, but still hits
Everyone’s mom’s favorite rock band is
The Black Keys, two years after the release of their platinum-selling album “El
Camino,” have returned
with “Turn Blue.”
The time between these
records marks the longest
time between releases for
the group since the release
of their first album, “The Big
Come Up,” in 2002.
The Keys who have come back to us
seem to have grown in that time, releasing
what is possibly their most slow-building album to date, a psychedelic blues record that
sounds like Pink Floyd decided to collabo-
rate with Robert Johnson.
Its worst points resemble
The album also marks
their 2010 release “Brotha renewal of what must be
ers” (which apparently I am
a permanent collaboration
the only one who hated), and
between the blues-rock
their best points throw back
twosome and celebrated
to their days of recording
record producer DJ Danstripped down blues rock in
Dangermouse has his
The album starts off
own distinctive style (see:
with the seven-minute track
poppy keyboards, tingling
“Weight of Love,” a melanNonesuch
bells, high-pitched vocals),
cholic song that combines
The Black Keys
and the sections of this
Hendrix-esque guitar solos
record that are pervaded
with intermittent verses of
by his touches are the low
Auerbach crooning about a
conniving woman (in what
However, besides these points, which seems to be a pointed jab at his ex-wife,
mostly consist of Dan Auerbach refusing to whom he divorced late last year).
stop using those damn falsetto vocals, the
The next few songs on the album build
album is a pretty solid experience.
up into the single that previewed the album,
“Fever,” which is filled with the disco sounding synth riffs that filled their previous effort,
Album closer “Gotta Get Away” sounded
like the Keys decided to hang out with the
Drive-By Truckers and take a page out of
their book of Jack Daniels-soaked Southern
rock. It was amazing.
I listened to the album while wearing my
traditional hipster attire and at the end of
this song I was wearing a denim jacket and
The album as a whole, however, is a runof-the-mill entry into the Keys’ discography.
Hopefully on their next album, the duo will
ditch Dangermouse, and find some of that
creativity this record was lacking.
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‘Once Upon A Time’ finale leaves a bitter feeling
It is beginning to appear
as if the writers of “Once
Upon A Time” are making
up the storyline weekby-week as
of the hit
ABC show concluded Sunday evening with a surprise
twist at the ending of the
finale, it confirmed my belief that the show’s creators
never really thought about
how successful it would be
and are now scraping the
bottom of the barrell for
ideas to meet the high demands of their fans.
For those unfamiliar
with the show, it features
all of the beloved fairy tale
characters like Snow White,
Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood and many others
who have been cursed by
the Evil Queen Regina to
live in a land with no happy
endings: our world.
The show’s main protagonist, Emma Swan,
is the daughter of Snow
White and Prince Charming and grew up in the
real world never knowing
fairy tales were real or that
she was the only one who
could save them all.
Trust me when I say I
know the premise of the
show sounds campy and
something only a toddler
would enjoy, but it is one of
the most popular shows on
episode appropriately titled
“There’s No Place Like
Home” wrapped up the
season’s “Wizard of Oz”
theme after the residents
of Storybrooke defeated
the Wicked Witch of the
West, Zelena, and foiled
her plans to travel back in
However, while Zelena
was defeated, her time-
Once Upon A Time
traveling spell was still enacted and Emma and Captain Hook were swept back
to the time before Emma’s
parents met in the fairy tale
land, the Enchanted Forest.
The fact that the writers
decided to do a time-traveling episode alone proves
they are running out of
In predictable fashion,
the primary rule to not
change the past in any way
is broken by Emma who
interferes with the moment
her parents first meet,
compromising her very existence.
From then on Emma
and Hook are on a quest
to help restore order to
the timeline by setting into
motion a plan to get her
This involves enlisting
the help of the all-powerful
“Dark One,” Rumpelstilskin and gate-crashing an
elegant ball where Emma
adopts the alias Princess
Leia, a nod to Disney’s
recent acquisition of Lucasfilm which technically
makes Leia a Disney princess now.
As a fan of the show, the
episode was not terrible
enough to make me want
to discontinue watching it.
Like “Glee,” I have already
invested too much time
and energy in the show to
let something like a weak
plot make me give up on it
Viewers were able to get
a brief glimpse of a happy
Regina Mills, a.k.a. the Evil
Queen who poisoned Snow
White with the apple. For
those who are not fans of
the show, trust me when I
say Regina’s character developement is the show’s
biggest redeeming quality.
Her struggle to be one
of the good guys despite
her reputation as a villain
has made her a fan favorite and a reason in itself to
watch the show.
Truth be told, Regina is
my main reason to keep
watching. Her wardrobe
as the Evil Queen alone
makes her the show’s best
After three seasons
viewers finally get to see a
break in Emma’s tough-girl
exterior and see a softer
side as she tosses resentment for her parents giving
her up as a baby to save
her life and finally accepts
them as her family.
The episode has something for everyone with
different interests in the
show and its characters as
the two-hour episode adequately covers all the bases
to tie up loose ends as fans
plan to wait until the fall for
However, like the characters of the show, my own
happy ending was ruined
in the last five minutes as
Regina’s happiness (which
is my own at this point) is
spoiled thanks to a careless
To top that off, the writers of the show try to ensure viewers return next
season with an ending so
out of left field it must have
been an act of magic that
they kept it a secret.
While I will not give the
ending away, I will say that
I was so disappointed, I
will have a hard time to “let
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Hackfest hopes to raise awareness
needs 40,000 cyber security professionals who
know how to secure infrastructure, said Dr. Jean
Gourd, assistant professor
and program chair of computer science at Louisiana
“We have 1,000,” Gourd
said. “There is a huge
need, and we’re not pumping them out fast enough.”
This is why Gourd
helped to create Cyber
Storm, a daylong hackfest
and this year it will be tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. in the TONK.
Gourd said the event is
a cyber security competition that pits several teams
of students against one another in cyberspace to test
their skills in network defense and attack strategies.
“We have a lot of students come every year,”
said Sean Semple, a junior
electrical and computer
science engineer. “A lot of
the students really enjoy
watching other students
get frustrated trying to
The event is free for
anyone wanting to attend.
Teams are awarded
points for completing
these challenges and this
year six teams will compete in games like “King of
the Hill” and “Capture the
While Semple agrees
that the event is fun for
the public that attends, he
wants people to understand how vulnerable they
are to cyber-attacks.
“I want people to have
a more security-aimed
mindset,” Semple said. “I
hope people are aware of
how unsecure everything
hacking techniques may
be controversial to some,
but to Gourd it is a way to
develop a strong defense
against potential threats.
“On a high-level discussion, the belief is a
knowledge of the offensive
techniques helps us to be
aware of what is out there
so that we can do a better
job of defending against
them,” Gourd said.
One of the methods
used to help defend against
cyber threats are computers called “honey pots.”
A honey pot is a machine or computer that is
on the internet that is so
vulnerable to a threat that
it is enticing to an attacker,
“When (the attacker)
comes in and takes over
the machine, we log everything,” Gourd said. “We
can see how they did it,
what new tools and techniques they’re using and
Photo by Colin Fontenot
Dr. Jean Gourd, program chair of computer science and an assistant professor, said Cyber Storm is held to test students
skills and raise awareness about network defense.
that’s how we’ve learned
how the bad guys are doing what they are doing.”
Attackers today are
capable of hacking into
personal computers and
obtaining critical personal
information, Semple said.
“The information that
an attacker can get from
is crazy,” Semple said.
“Whether it be your bank
account information, important log-in information
or email passwords, an at-
tacker can get all of that.”
Gourd and Semple both
feel as if awareness and
education are two important aspects that they try
to get people to take away
from Cyber Storm.
“Just be aware,” Gourd
said. “Just about everything we do has some sort
of involvement with cyberspace, and there are major
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March 21 – April 19
A new phase in your life is beginning, Aries. The previous phase could be interpreted as having taught you
to be serious and devoted to professional responsibilities. And you did accomplish some good deeds to boot.
Now you can relax and look ahead to what’s next. Let
yourself feel the welcome tug of the future.
Apr 20 - May 20
Today’s aspects might clear up some rather sketchy
ideas about your professional future, Taurus. If you
long for a change, such as daring to undertake a more
artistic pursuit, now is the time to begin planning
exactly how to go about it. The first step is to figure
out how you can make a living from it. Welcome back
May 21 - Jun 20
You have acquired some sound confidence in yourself,
Gemini. Now it is time for you to show everyone else
by actually putting it to use in your life. It’s as though
you have symbolically just completed an in-depth acting class. Well, now is the time to go on stage. Smile,
remember your lines, and don’t forget to bow when
everyone applauds. You’ll knock ‘em dead!
Jun 21 - Jul 22
Today’s planetary energy should compel you to commit
certain acts of self-affirmation that are needed to
define your territory and protect your rights. You’ll
be encouraged to explore your desires and personal
tastes and express your opinion openly and clearly.
Everyone has an identity to claim! Don’t be bashful
about claiming yours now.
Jul 23 - Aug 22
Today your brain is supercharged, Leo. If you’ve been
thinking about doing some writing or have put off
analyzing a particularly tricky problem, this would
be the perfect day to get started. You’ll have all the
inspiration you could possibly need. And don’t worry
about shocking the people around you with your
directness and assertiveness. They’ll appreciate your
Aug 23 - Sep 22
Virgo, you still feel something on a height after last
month’s successes. This is a risky time, as you may be
inclined to unwise to invest or someone to trust your
best interests at heart may not have. Treat this month
as a time to focus on everyday tasks and concentrate
all major decisions should be avoided.
Sep 23 - Oct 22
Today you’re unstoppable! You’re a very hard worker
by nature, and with the current planetary alignment
you’ll be able to accomplish even more than usual.
You have an abundance of energy, more than enough
to handle everything that comes your way. Just be
sure to use your usual good judgment. Rash decisions,
especially those concerning your personal life, could
lead to regret later.
Oct 23 - Nov 21
Discard those items from the past for which you really
no longer have use. As much as you like to surround
yourself with objects of sentimental value, the time
comes when it’s necessary to look to the future rather
than dwell on the past. The time spent cleaning your
home and throwing out extraneous things will release
you from the past and allow you to embrace the future.
Nov 22 - Dec 21
Intimacy will be in the air over the next few days.
Loved ones suddenly want to spend more time with
you, and you’ll want to invite friends over every night!
By all means, do. You’ll be recharged, and some of
the wonderful discussions could lead to something
great. However, there may be a bit of tension in the air
to temper all that closeness, since not everyone will
agree with your point of view.
Dec 22 - Jan 19
Feeling unusually adventurous, Capricorn? You’re
often motivated by your idealistic expectations, and
the planetary configurations today are going to push
you even further on your spiritual quest. Satisfy your
desire to discover new horizons and meet new people
by saying hello to anyone and everyone you feel like
talking to. Sometimes life’s biggest adventures begin
with a simple action.
Jan 20 - Feb 18
The celestial energy signals a pleasant change for you
today, Aquarius. Finally, the overpowering emotions
that have been surging from your relationships will
subside. You are now beginning a more contemplative
phase. You may feel as if you’re about to depart on a
long trip, with all the time in the world to meditate on
the events of the past few months.
1. French summers
10. Mozart’s “___ fan tutte”
14. Seldom seen
15. Freeze over
19. Calf-length skirt
20. Break up
21. President before Bush
23. 15th letter of the Greek
27. Habitual practice
28. Fingerless hand cover
31. ___ longa, vita brevis
36. Dance move
39. Israeli seaport
40. Owl, e.g.
42. Capital of Colorado
45. Automobile wheelguards
46. Pertaining to leaves
48. Thick cord
49. Divided into eight parts
54. Getting ___ years
55. Chicago hub
57. Religious offshoot
58. Doled (out)
2. ___ kwon do
3. Historic time
6. Join the cast of
7. Furnace output
8. Not in
12. Family car
13. Of Thee ___
18. Sign up
22. ___’acte (intermission)
23. Central Florida city
24. Wall painting
25. Like a process
without heat transference
26. Languishes with longing
28. Kitchen appliance
35. Modern outhouse?
36. Golf hazard
38. Caesar’s partner
43. Big dos
44. Peter of Herman’s
47. Coup d’___
50. Friend of Fidel
51. Non’s opposite
52. Coffee dispenser
53. KLM rival
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Feb 19 - Mar 20
This is a good day to devote time and thought to
spiritual pursuits, Pisces. Do something inspirational
that instills a sense of wonder deep in your soul.
Go to a church and light a candle, sit outdoors and
watch the changing sky, or study a painting in a local
museum. Meditate on your concept of spirituality and
the interconnection of humans and the planet, past and
present. Savor the connection you feel.
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ALUMNI from pg. 1
ROBOTS from pg. 1
Ginn said the event was crowd, and while they
established to bring Tech weren’t eating, the audience
alumni closer to
was allowed to
one another, as
well as closer to “We want to
and the coaches
the administra- get back to
the state of their
“It’s a simple where we
Ginn were, which
said. “It’s also a
A popular quesgreat example is a champition was the state
of how local onship
of the south end
alumni can and culture.”
their university TYLER
ground but we
to bring people SUMMITT
are doing all of
the prep work
right now,” Mcbrings
together in Louisiana like “We do expect to see dirt
crawfish. More than 2,000 being excavated soon and
pounds of crawfish was we are on schedule. That’s
boiled to feed this year’s all I care about: the budget
and the schedule.”
This was the first time
new Lady Techsters head
coach Tyler Summitt had
the opportunity to appear
in the Shreveport-Bossier
area and his first chance to
visit with alumni since his
hiring in March.
“I’m excited to see the
fans and I think there has
been a very positive response overall for the Lady
Techster program and we
need the fans,” Summitt
said. “We need everyone
to come out and support
us. We want to get back to
where we were, which is a
championship culture and
doing things the right way.”
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between two teams, each
team having one or more
contestants. The drag racing match tested a robot’s
ability to travel a set distance.
Throughout the event
students also showcased
NAO humanoid robots
and UAVs. NAO is a programmable and self-directed robot and UAV is
unmanned aerial vehicle,
which is controlled by a
Sean Foster, a senior
technology major, said
he loved the showcases
and he believes his robot
would have been better if
he spent more money on
“Even though I won
Sudoku Solution - Hard
Fill in the grid
so that every
the digits 1
Sudoku Puzzle - Hard
last year, I really believe
Augustine earned his title
for this year,” Foster said.
“Augustine and I are two
for two now, so I feel like
I can graduate in peace.”
Choi said he is very
excited about next year
competition and their goal
is to teach the students
how to deal with both the
software and hardware.
“This competition is
important for them because when they find a job
in the future, they will be
more diverse,” Choi said.
“It gives them the life long
learning skills for their future careers by teaching
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‘I don’t think we’re done’
Photo from Wikipedia
Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2 of that year while Martin Luther King, Jr and others who were instramental in its passage look on at the White House.
Civil Rights Act of 1964 shapes Tech
CODY “TICK” MCELROY
when she and Potts were there. Eventually the pair
gathered their change and played the song repeatedly until its discriminatory effect wore off.
onald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles
Robinson described her “most horrible incident”
Clippers, apologized this week for racist while at Tech.
comments made in a private discussion be“OK, today I’ll meet somebody who’ll be really
tween himself and friend V. Stiviano.
nice,” she told herself. Some boys she met said “Hi.”
“A personal conversation became public,” said Then one did something disgusting.
Sam Speed, assistant dean of student life and judi“One spit on me, and it ran down my nose,” Robcial affairs.
inson said. She said an English professor,
He said the players should have been
Dr. A. Z. Butler, a friend to her, said she
more involved in addressing Sterling’s
could have the day off.
remarks and therefore defining the reacShe said Potts told her one day, “Don’t
tion to it.
look now, something’s about to happen.”
“I don’t think we’re done,” Speed
Some football players walked up during
said. “My question is, in one generation,
lunch and poured milk all over them.
did we completely remove the injuries
Robinson said being called “nigger”
which forced us to enact the Civil Rights
wasn’t so bad, but those two incidents
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B.
“I’m not bitter,” Robinson said. “Tech
Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of
has really made up for the wrong that was
1964 into law. The act made it unlawful
caused. Tech now has been better to me
for employers to refuse to hire, to fire or
than the parish I work for.”
to discriminate anyone based on “race,
Liz White, an english professor, was the
color, religion, sex or national origin.”
first full-time black professor at Tech.
Almost 50 years separate these two events, and
“I didn’t have any fear,” White said. “I knew the
much has happened since then.
classroom — I had confidence.”
“We fail to realize that was just a generation ago,”
White said Tech has done well for student diverSpeed said. “There are 80-year-olds who were 30 at sity, but there is lacking for black faculty.
the time, 70-year-olds who were 20.”
In 2012, only nine — 3 percent — of Tech’s 304
David Anderson, an assistant professor of history, instructors were black, according to university resaid the passing of the Civil Rights Act was not what cords.
was so important, but rather its enforcement.
White said the civil rights act has been tremen“The government enforcement changed Ameri- dously helpful, though.
can culture,” Anderson said. “The world we live in to“It helped to change the heart of America, for the
day is the world of the Civil Rights Act. To be judged better,” White said. “That’s what it takes for people
on merit alone — that’s the ultimate goal.”
to see people as people. It helped to change my own
The act’s impact on Louisiana Tech University heart.”
may be found in its student body.
Mertrude Douglas was hired as the assistant di“Look around you,” Anderson said. “I know we’re rector of intramural affairs in 1975, but she is best
a relatively diverse student body.”
known for is being the first head of multicultural afAccording to Tech’s archives, Tech’s black student fairs.
body in 2013 was 1423 of the total 11,014 student
“Different cultures seem to have participated in
body, making up just over 12.29 percent of the total. activities they shied away from through multicultural
In 1967, Tech had 92 black students, making up affairs,” Douglas said. However, Douglas said enough
1.29 percent. By 1971, the black student body was hasn’t been done for minority groups on the campus.
413, making up just over 5 percent, showing a steady
“I would love to see Tech support minority orincrease over four years.
ganizations better in educating them (universally),”
Yet the path to this relative success was neither Douglas said.
quick nor easy.
Our university has both witnessed and participatTech’s first two African American students were ed in a significant movement.
James Earl Potts and Bertha Bradford Robinson,
Robinson, Potts and others helped pave the long
both active in the Congress of Racial Equality in their road necessary for others to follow.
hometown of Jonesboro.
“The best thing is to challenge, to ask questions,
“We were not satisfied with our condition, with especially for students,” Speed said.
the Jim Crow laws,” Robinson said.
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Photo from Tech Archives
Reginald Owens, chair of the journalism department, was the first black
journalism student at Tech.
Photo from Tech Archives
The first black teacher at Tech, Liz White, taught English.
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Construction to continue over summer
As the school year
wraps up and students get
ready to leave for summer,
the preparation for a new
athletic facility is under way.
As students might have
seen from the construction
equipment at the stadium,
the workers are now removing the bleachers from
the south side of the stadium.
The workers have also
brought in equipment to
start the excavating of the
hill that the new facility will
“We have set a target
date for the project to be
completed in the summer
of 2015,” said Tommy McClelland, Louisiana Tech
The idea of this leg of
the “Quest for Excellence”
is to have a multi-purpose
facility to house a new
strength and conditioning
facility twice the size of the
This facility will be used
by all 16 of Tech’s athletic
programs and will overlook
the field of Joe Aillet Stadium.
In addition to a weight
room, this floor will also
have the football locker
room and equipment room.
“By the end of the summer, I think we will have the
foundation for the weight
room poured,” said Tim
Brandon, the lead architect
on this facility.
His company, TBA Stu-
Photo courtesy of Media Relations
Tim Brandon, lead architect on the endzone facility, expects to have the foundation for the weight room poured this
dios, has done many jobs
worldwide, and Brandon
himself has more than 20
years worth of experience.
The second floor of this
new facility will be the administrative level consisting
of the coaches’ offices and
the team meeting room.
This new meeting room
will be usable for press con-
ferences and other events
as well as for the teams to
The third floor may be
the most interesting for students who are not involved
It will include luxury
premium seating, a private
dining room with a field
view, and a full service
This area will be available for use for campus
events as well as for student
and community events.
“We cannot overstress
the importance of the university’s students, whose
commitment to a quarterly
fee enabled us to reach a
financial level that made
moving forward viable,”
The third level of this
facility should generate increased revenue streams
for the university and athletic department for years
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Lange begins regional play today
Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange returns
to Briggs Ranch Golf Club
this week in San Antonio,
Texas, as NCAA Regional
play begins today.
Lange enters as the No.
4 seed among 10 individuals in a tournament that
features 10 individuals and
13 teams. His appearance
marks the first by a Bulldog golfer at the NCAA
Regionals in school history.
The advantage Lange
has over several others
at the NCAA Regionals
this weekend is a familiarity with the host site.
Louisiana Tech played at
the Lone Star Invitational
hosted by Briggs Ranch
Golf Club earlier this season where Lange shot
on the par 72, 7,247-yard
However, Lange struggled off the tee in that
tournament leading to
what he believes to be a
sub-par performance. He
is anxious for his return to
show what he can really do
on that course.
“The week I went to San
Antonio I was struggling
off the tee,” Lange said of
his earlier performance.
“Previously my ball striking wasn’t quite up to par
that week and that is why I
ning record against nine
of the 11 golfers he has
faced throughout the
“It is a big boost to
the confidence. I know
a lot of guys in the field;
obviously there are quite
a few people I don’t
know but, the majority
I do know and I have
beaten most of them so
I know I can do it.”
The NCAA Regional
round included a practice round on Wednesday followed by three
rounds today through
Saturday. The top five
teams and the top individual not on one of
those teams will advance
to the NCAA Championships on May 23-28
at Prairie Dunes CounPhoto courtesy of Media Relations
try Club in Hutchinson,
Sophomore Victor Lange will tee off today in the first round of the NCAA Regionals in San Kansas.
is a big deal but really
it is just another tourstruggled at Briggs Ranch. “There is nothing to the took advantage of the hole.
It is a tee shot golf course.” hole. It was just one of I was able to hit it down nament,” said Lange. “I
Part of his redemp- those things and hopefully there quite a ways and then am just trying to advance
tion play this week will be I can improve.”
I was able to hit short irons to the NCAA finals. That
improving on Holes 1 and
He also looks to reenact into the par five, which would be the ultimate, ob12, two holes on which he his strong performance on makes it easy to make a viously. I also think Coach
(Jeff) Parks would love that
struggled at the Lone Star Hole 5 (Par 5, 510 yards) birdie.”
Invitational. Lange shot a where he shot a combined
Also familiar with a as well, and that is definitecombined 3-over-par on 3-under-par with three con- portion of his competi- ly the end goal. There is no
Hole 1 (Par 4, 455 yards) secutive birdies earlier this tion, Lange has posted a doubt that we can’t reach
and 3-over-par on Hole 12 year.
17-8 record (.680 winning that, we definitely can. But
(Par 4, 466 yards).
“It is a par five, a short- percentage) this season right now I am just trying
“The first hole is a ish par five,” Lange said of against the San Antonio to put three good rounds
dogleg left,” Lange said. Hole 5. “With my length, I regional field with a win- together, so we will see
Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Justin Ellis was
drafted by the Oakland
Raiders Saturday in the
fourth round of the 2014
National Football League
Draft with the 107th selection overall.
His selection by the
Raiders will take him just
across the bay from former Louisiana Tech wide
receiver Quinton Patton,
currently with the San
Francisco 49ers. The two
will meet each other on
the field when the 49ers
visit the Raiders on Dec. 7.
“California is the place
to be. I’m excited,” Ellis
told The (Monroe) NewsStar after his selection.
“Happy to play for organization. I know it’s a building process. That’s the only
reason I went to Tech. I
like to go play for the team
with a building process. I’m
just happy to go period.”
By overall pick, Ellis is
the highest Bulldog drafted in the NFL Draft since
D’Anthony Smith was selected with the 74th overall pick in the 2010 NFL
Draft by the Jacksonville
Ellis, a Monroe product
of Neville High School,
posted 102 total tackles in
his four-year career at Louisiana Tech with 9.5 tackles
for a loss of 21 yards.
He forced two fumbles
and recovered two fumbles
in his career and was credited with three QB hurries
and three pass break-ups.
Two rounds after Justin
Ellis went to the Oakland
Raiders, the New York Jets
selected Tech defensive
end IK Enemkpali in the
By being taken by the
New York Jets, Enemkpali
will be playing in the same
division as former Bulldog
punter Ryan Allen, currently with the New England Patriots.
Enemkpali was named
first team All-Conference
USA and first team AllLouisiana following his senior campaign.
Enemkpali started all 12
games for the Bulldogs at
right end, compiling 47 total tackles (21 solo, 26 assisted) with 11 tackles for a
loss of 43 yards. He registered a team-best 5.5 sacks
for a loss of 33 yards and
was one of only two defensive linemen in the country
to post multiple interceptions this season with two
picks returned for 22 yards.
A native of Pflugerville,
Texas, he led the team with
seven QB hurries and was
also credited with a pass
break-up. Enemkpali was
named first team All-Conference USA and first team
All-Louisiana following his