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JANUARY 15, 2015



Miss Tech crowned
Staff Reporter

Miss Tech 2015, Eva Edinger, has a
special tie to her new title.
“My mother was crowned Miss Tech
om 1975,” said Edinger, a junior biology
and pre-med major.
Edinger said she is eager to carry on
the legacy of her mother, Joan Burt Edinger, the current director of admissions,
who provided constant encouragement
that made her more determined and inspired.
Fourteen women competed for the
title held Jan. 8 in Howard Auditorium
before an audience that included other
pageant queens, including Miss Louisiana.
In addition to Edinger, the judging
panel selected the following finalists:
Jordan Ward, fourth runner-up; Anna
Blake, third runner-up; Molly Humphries,
second runner-up; and Rachel Vizza, first
runner up.
Vizza said it was “absolutely wonderful” being in the top two.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to share that
moment with anyone else,” said Vizza, a
junior studio art major. “Eva absolutely
deserved that, hands down. I’m so proud
of her.”
Vizza said this pageant was all about
the journey and she walked away from
the it completely satisfied with herself.
“I have accomplished goals that
seemed impossible in the beginning,”
she said. “With the encouragement of
family and friends, I have accomplished
more than I thought I would.”
Miranda McDonald, Miss Tech contestant and senior biology major, said
she would encourage anyone to be in the
“I had an absolute blast throughout
the entire process,” she said. “I made so
many wonderful new friendships and for
that, I wish I could do it over and over
Edinger said she is honored and humbled to have been crowned.
“Jan. 8 will forever be engrained in
my mind,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it
when they announced I had won the title
of Miss Tech. It was a riveting moment.”
Edinger said it still does not seem real.
“I’m still letting it sink in,” she said.
“I’m so excited that I’ve been given this
opportunity to represent my university.”
Edinger said she looks forward to
what the future holds for her as Miss
“This upcoming year is going to be
incredible,” she said. “I’m going to definitely make the most of every day as
Miss Tech.”

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TOP Eva Edinger is crowned Miss Tech by James King, the vice president for student advancement, and Meagan Lee, Miss Tech 2014.
BOTTOM: The winners of the pagent pose together while Lacey Sanchez, the current Miss Louisiana, looks on.

RIGHT: Miranda McDonald, a senior biology major, does a clogging routine as part of the talent

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2 • The Tech Talk • January 15, 2015

Tech alum pens first sci-fi thriller
Staff Reporter

tion orbiting a yellow star, the other being Earth.
Travel is a big part of the series, and Mitchell enjoys
travel himself.
A Tech alumnus has recently published a sci“I’ve been there,” Mitchell said, “I love England.”
ence fiction novel as the first book in a series.
His love for England is one of the reasons it appears
Jason Mitchell, a 2001 graduate who majored in Computer in his novel, though he has not been to the exact locaInformation Systems, wrote “From Here to
tions in it.
Nearly There.”
Even though he graduated 14 years
“I always wanted to write a book since
ago and moved out of state to Georgia,
the eighth grade,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell is still fond of his alma mater.
Mitchell’s novel, written under the pen
“I love the school, I love the area, said
name Alec Merta, is a sci-fi thriller about an
Mitchell. “Some of my happiest memoEnglish mapmaker and surveyor who must
ries were at Tech.”
race across England and escape the police
The next step for Mitchell is releasing
and aliens who are after him.
an audiobook edition of his novel.
“I attempted a couple novels over the
“I decided to reach out to some proyears,” Mitchell said.
ducers,” Mitchell said, “It took two secHe decided to change his style when
onds to decide on the guy.”
writing “From Here to Nearly There” a few
He decided on Alex Hyde-White, an
months ago, which is the first book in his seactor who has appeared in movies and
ries called “A Voyage in the Near Distance.”
on television shows such as “Indiana
“Science fiction allows the most creativJones and the Last Crusade” and “Dexity,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell thinks that with other genres
“He is a very talented guy and I’m
you are bound to writing to the rules of the
thrilled,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said that it has never been
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“You get to ask ‘what if ’ questions,”
easier to get a book out to an audience.
Mitchell said, “So it offers a great degree of creativity to
“There is no excuse but to take a stab at it,” Mitchell
the writers.”
said, “You may not write the great American novel, but
An example of this is that his novel is a tale of two you’ll have written your novel.”
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•The Career Center
will hold resume
walk-ins from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Bulldogs
will host Middle
Tennessee in a
basketball game at
3 p.m.

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for Martin Luther
King, Jr. birthday

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8 a.m.

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January 15, 2015 • The Tech Talk • 3

Tech begins construction on sidewalk
Staff Reporter
Along with finishing up construction of the South End
Zone Project for the football stadium, Louisiana Tech has
broken more ground close by for another project, a sidewalk near Thomas Assembly Center.
Triad Builders Construction Company has applied work
zone lane closure on West Alabama Avenue due to installation of a new sidewalk.
“The sidewalk is going to provide good access to Hideaway Park,” said Samuel Wallace, assistant vice president
of administration and facilities. The project is expected to
be complete by the end of the month.
Wallace said there have been some efforts through
Tech’s department of recreation to make improvements in
Hideaway Park for recreation and tailgating events in the
athletic complex.
“Once this sidewalk is completed, there will be a sidewalk from Hideaway Park all the way to downtown,” Wallace said.
The lack of sidewalk on West Alabama Avenue meant
students and the community had to walk on the grass,
the uneven hill or around
“Athletes often
the Thomas Assembly Cenuse the road to
ter and onto the road.
“Until the sidewalk is
get from campus finished,
you do not have a
to practice, so
complete path to get to the
corner of the football stait is going to be
dium and the new sidewalk
nice to have a
will change that,” Wallace
safer route.”
The sidewalk will be the
safest path connecting the
campus apartments to main
campus and to downtown
Sophomore secondary
all the way from Hideaway
education major
Students who walk to
main campus from West
Alabama Avenue are happy about the new sidewalk being
Victoria Charters, a sophomore secondary education
major, said the new sidewalk would definitely benefit the
“Athletes often use the road to get from campus to practice, so it is going to be nice to have safer route,” she said.

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Construction of the new sidewalk near the TAC. The sidewalk will begin at Hideaway Park and
extend to the downtown area on West Alabama Avenue.
Charters said she can’t wait until the sidewalk is officially
done and she is glad the project is not going to take longer
than a month.
John Knoh, an electrical worker, with Triad, was busy
doing electrical work for the sidewalk this week and said
workers will come out and begin to pour concrete when the
weather permits.
“The electrical part of the job should be done before the
week is out,” he said. “The new sidewalk will stretch about
1,600 feet.”
Knoh said they have a lot of work built up and the proj-

ect does not look like much to a bystander, but it is coming
along well and they have not faced any problems so far.
“The total cost of the construction is $109,950,” Wallace said. “This new sidewalk would have been complete
faster, but the rain and cold weather has been a prevention,”
He said as Tech moves into the home schedule of conference play for basketball, the construction work will pass
around the assembly center and the team is not very far
away from having the lane closure opened.

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Community of Ruston
prepares for flu season
Staff Reporter
The flu epidemic which
has been hitting the nation, has not resulted in
an increase of flu cases
around Ruston, said local
health professionals.
“Truthfully, I haven’t
seen much of the flu
around here,” said Dr. Allen Herbert, family physician at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
There was not a large
increase of vaccinations
compared to other years,
said Paige Pickett, head
nurse at Louisiana Tech
student health center.
“We have given approximately 130 flu shots this
school year,” Pickett said,
“This is about average for
what we give per year.”
Tiffany Rutland, a pharmacist with Walgreens,
said compared to other
years, locally it has been
about the same.
“I think it’s pretty high,
but it’s about the same
prescription-wise,” Rutland
Nationwide the flu has
been hitting just as hard
and early like the previous
two years, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
According to a CDC
definition, the flu is an epidemic when a certain percentage of deaths in a given week are due to flu and
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Pickett said to prevent
getting the flu, people
should get the flu shot,
wash hands and avoid
close contact with sick
Herbert said if people
catch the flu, treatment is
systematic, according to
the symptoms of flu.
“The most important
thing is to isolate yourself
from other people,” Herbert said.
Pickett said students
who catch the flu should go
home, and not risk spreading it to their classmates.
Students should see a
doctor, get anti-viral medications, avoid close contact, stay home at least
24 hours after the fever is
gone and clean any contaminated surfaces.
Pickett said there have

been no reported cases of
students being hospitalized
in Ruston.
Flu hospitalization rates
nationwide are similar to
the harsh season two years
ago, which was dominated
by a similar flu virus.
Health officials this year
are urging doctors to treat
flu patients promptly with
antiviral medications.
“The government decided that all of us should
take a flu shot,” Herbert
said. “They’re trying to
promote herd immunity.”
He said they promote a
new strain of the vaccine
every year.
“You can cut down the
chance of a big epidemic,”
Herbert said.
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Islam is not a race

John Sadler

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y now, you have all heard of the
vicious and bloody attacks on
the French satirical newspaper
Charlie Hebdo by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.
The attack, which left 12 dead
and 11 wounded, was a disgusting
assault on freedom of speech and
civilization as a whole by cowardly
swine who distort the teachings of a
religion to further their violent goals.
Publications around the world
published cartoons and articles condemning the horrid attacks.
However, another section of the
population spoke up, their main argument being that while we might
support Charlie Hebdo’s use of free
speech, we do not have to agree with
its message. The cartoons published
by Charlie Hebdo were frequently
and unabashedly disrespectful of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other
Some of the cartoons depicting
the Islamic prophet Mohammed in
various states of undress (and one
showing him kissing a man) were
claimed by a few to be racist.
The claim of racism ignores one
thing, however: Islam is not a race.
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with. It is something you cannot
shed. It is also something that differentiates you in no way from your fellow man (or, at least, in an ideal world
it wouldn’t).
Islam is something else entirely.
It is a belief system. If they wished,
they could wake up one day and say,
“I am not a Muslim.”
Coming on the heels of European continent-wide anti-Islamic
protests, a few commentators argued
Charlie Hebdo’s satirical attacks on
Islam was doing nothing but kicking
European Muslims while they were
down. One more insult added to the
growing consensus that they do not
My opinion on the anti-Islamic
protests can best be summed up by
the famous Cologne Cathedral’s decision to extinguish their lights during
the rally. “Not in our light,” they told
the gathered.
The protests against Islam, especially the ones demanding Muslims
leave, are a cruel and xenophobic
action that helps nobody and hurts
many. They show many people are
still stuck in the mindset that all Muslims must be radical fundamentalists,
a fact that is wrong both morally and
But I do not think we can put
Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons in the

same boat.
Do I think they had any respect
for Islam? Hell, no. But staging protests against a religious group and
poking fun at its prophet are two entirely different things.
Respect for a religion belongs in
many places. If I go into a mosque, a
church or a synagogue, I am not going to do anything that would be disrespectful to the beliefs of whatever
house of worship I am in.
In the public dialogue, however,
and especially in comedy, putting religion off limits opens up dangers of
Do I think Charlie Hebdo was a
noble publication? No. Its comedic
writers very much intended to piss
people off, possibly more than they
intended to make people laugh. But
the very fact that these comedians
died for doing what they did shows
what they did was important.
If someone threatens you with
violence for saying something, you
should say it louder.
Je Suis Charlie. Vie de la liberté
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My New Years resolution is…next year
Associate Multimedia Editor


t is already the third week of the
new year and I’m sure we are all
keeping up with our New Year’s
resolutions. Or are we? The resolutions range from eating better, getting better grades, exercising more
to quitting bad habits among others.
Just a few weeks go a hot topic
of discussion was what New Year’s
resolution were we making and now
most have already forgotten.
Some resolutions are more difficult to keep then others, but by the
time spring comes, most are out the
window. By now most likely half of
us are already at the point where we
are slowly letting it slide or maybe
have already given up on them completely.
More than 22 percent of adults
already fail their resolutions after the
first week, according to People tend to go into the
new year with an enthusiastic spirit
for progress, but in the back of their
minds know the resolution will not
last very long. By now, some of us

may be already thinking of resolutions for next year.
As each year approaches, it seems
as if everyone gets into a last minute
productive mindset where they want
to change something about him or
herself or a habit of theirs.
The world seems to have this
mindset of “New Year, new you!” but
this never seems to last very long.
Numerous websites, online blogs
and other sources post helpful tips
on how to stick to New Years resolutions.
While this is great, it seems as if
this only helps to an extent. After a
while, we all get pretty tired of it and
move on to something else. This is
not always the case, and I applaud
those who have stuck to them for
longer than two months.
Presonally, I do not really know
why society as a whole seems to
give up on them, but the statistics are
almost humorous. It is most likely
people will not even fulfill them and
we all know it.
A resolution to change or improve for the better is not a bad thing
at all. I don’t agree with the concept

or tradition of doing it because of
the New Year’s fad though. Make a
resolution when it is really necessary
and then there may be more motivation to fulfill it.
Of course, resolutions are not
restricted for a new year; they can
definitely be effective at anytime of
the year. At this point, we have gotten over the spirit a new year and are
slowly adjusting to being in 2015.
The resolutions are pretty much
forgotten. They are not just a recent
American tradition, but have actually
been going on for a very long time.
Traditionally, New Years is a way to
“purify” from the bad things of the
past year and begin again. I guess
we have taken the first few weeks to
change a bit and then we have moved
So here’s to the New Year and unfulfilled resolutions.
Ellie Moslander is a junior journalism
major from Albuquerque, New Mexico,
and serves as associate multimedia editor for the Tech Talk. Email comments to


The BCS busted again
Sports Editor


lright, so I know there is no
longer a Bowl Championship
Series – commonly referred to
as the BCS throughout its existence
from 1998 until 2013 –­­but, even after
its demise, the BCS was busted this
No, the BCS was not busted when
the Ohio State Buckeyes soundly
defeated the No. 2 ranked Oregon
Ducks in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship
game Monday night. And no, the
BCS was not busted 11 days prior to
the Buckeyes’ National Championship Game victory when Ohio State,
led by the backup quarterback to the
backup quarterback Cardale Jones,
defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide
The BCS was busted when the
CFP selection committee, chaired by
the director of athletics at the Univer-

sity of Arkansas Jeff Long, decided
to allow Ohio State to leapfrog the
Texas Christian University Horned
Frogs into the fourth and final playoff
The committee got it right. Under
the old BCS system, the final rankings would have paired No. 1 Alabama against No. 2 Florida State in
the National Championship game.
Both of those teams lost in the semifinal round of the CFP.
And that is where the BCS was
busted. The BCS always had its share
of naysayers and critics but the CFP
selection committee was criticized
all season for its – sometimes inexplicable – ranking and re-ranking of the
top four teams.
Had the CFP simply resulted in
Alabama playing Florida State for the
National Championship, the NCAA
and the selection committee would
have had to deal with tremendous
backlash from analysts and fans because of the lack of parity.

Thankfully, for Long and the committee, they got it right and presented
college football fans with something
they have been pining for since the
inception of the BCS – a true playoff,
winner-take-all format.
Next fans will be asking for the
playoff to be expanded from four
teams to eight teams to provide
even more parity, but for now the
four-team playoff is exactly what
the sport needed. America loves a
Cinderella story, and previously only
the NCAA Basketball Tournament in
March could provide that, but with
the playoff, college football provided
the country a true underdog story
that will be difficult to top.
Farewell, BCS. No one will miss
Jared King is a senior journalism major
from Jena who serves as sports editor
for The Tech Talk. Email comments to

News Editor

It’s a


ven a sixth grader knows there is no
such thing as a free lunch — right?
Most of us were undoubtedly
taught as much in elementary school. This
is where we learned (maybe) that nothing
is free; that someone somewhere is footing
the bill.
So, armed with nothing more than a
sixth grader’s education, one could immediately see the inherent financial hurdle the
nation would face in President Obama’s
proposal to offer free community college to
How do you plan to pay for it Mr. President?
Let me first remind you we, as a country,
are currently more than $18 trillion in debt.
If the principle of the proposal is to invest in our nation’s youth (which we absolutely should), then this is a most noble and
prudent intention.
And, it’s not as if college is cheap, either.
As it stands, some institutions of higher education (University of Phoenix-type
schools) seem to increasingly consider
students as for-profit centers in America. I
certainly stand ready to combat that kind of
I am not arguing the idea of a free education; I accept this premise. But, I will
question the true intention of this seemingly commendable idea of free higher education.
Our nation’s debt cannot be overstated,
as it will most likely become an insurmountable burden that will fall on our future generations’ shoulders.
If the president’s goal is to arm this generation with the know-how to overcome our
ever-increasing national debt, great. But
here is the thing — it isn’t logical.
History will show you the last time the
national debt was at $0 was in 1835.
The seventh president of the United
States — Andrew Jackson — cleared the
country of its $75 million debt.
To think we might reduce the debt by
more than 20 percent in the next 40 to 50
years is laughable considering the rate at
which our country spends money (it does
not have).
So let’s scratch that option — it isn’t
Does the idea of free higher education
encourage those who might not otherwise
consider it? Sure, it very well may, but it
doesn’t guarantee a future college graduate
any career he or she might be qualified for
without a two-year certification.
In fact, for every 10 students who enter
community college, only three graduate
within three years, according to Forbes.
There is no evidence to suggest the increased interest and subsequent attendance
in a two-year program will lead to a bettereducated society.
So, if we are not gaining intelligence as
a country and we aren’t decreasing the national debt, what are we accomplishing by
supplying higher education at no cost to our
We don’t know. Would we like for the
burden of expense to fall elsewhere? Absolutely, but it just doesn’t work that way.
Unless you’re a sixth grader, am I right?
Ray Patterson is a senior journalism major from
New Orleans who serves as editor for the Tech
Talk. Email comments to

Arts Entertainment

January 15, 2015 • The Tech Talk • 5

What to look forward to in


Information provided by Kailee Courts

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers plan on releasing their 11th
studio album, which has yet to be named.
Their last studio album was released in 2011.
Flea, the bassist for the band, told Rolling Stone the new
album is super danceable and introspective.
There is no set release date for the album, but drummer
Chad Smith said they are looking to release it early this
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Fifty Shades of Grey
One of the movies hitting the big screen is the
highly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
“Fifty Shades” is the first book in a trilogy by E.L.
The series topped best-seller lists around the
world, including the United Stated and United Kingdom.
It has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and
has been translated into 52 languages.
The role of Anastasia Steele is played by Dakota
Johnson and the role of Christian Grey is played by
Jamie Dornan.
The movie traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate and a young business magnate.
Anastasia and Christian have a very sexual BDSM
(bondage, domination, and sado-masoschism) relationship until problems emerge in their relationship
when Anastasia starts to question if her relationship
with Christian and his controlling behavior is worth it.
Anastasia has to choose between what is best for
her and her longing to be with Christian.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is set to open in theaters
on Feb13.

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One Direction

British pop group One Direction is also planning to
release a new album this year.
It has not even been a year since they released their
fourth album, “FOUR,” and already the popular boy band
has their fifth album in the works.
The group announced they are working on a new album at the BBC Music Awards.
There is no set release date for the album, but fans
still have their On the Road Again world tour to hold themover until then.

The second installment in Veronica Roth’s dystopian society young adult Divergent series will be
premiering this year.
Shailene Woodly and Theo James return as the
story’s main protagonists, Beatrice Prior and Four,
and tell how their society came to be divided into
the five factions that separate them as teenagers.
Picking up right after the events of the previous
film, “Divergent,” Tris and Four face new problems
while also continuing the fight against the alliance
threatening their society.
As she attempts to gain more support and
struggles with the consequences of the choices
she has made Tris will also learn more about what
it means to be Divergent and why her society is so
threatened by her and others like her.
The two will face new problems in their society
and in their relationship with each other as they
try to find a way to stay together when everything
seems to be pulling them apart.
“Insurgent” is set to premiere in theaters on
March 20.

Americans do what it takes to watch ‘The Interview’
Staff Reporter

It stars James Franco as Dave Skylark,
a nighttime talk show host, and Seth Rogen
as Aaron Rapoport, Skylark’s friend and the
Despite much controversy over the reshow’s producer.
lease of the movie, “The Interview,” Sony
The two land an interview with North
announced that it is their most successful
dictator, Kim Jong-un and are reonline movie.
cruited by the CIA to make their trip an asIn November, Sony was
sassination mission.
hacked by an anonymous
The movie essentially makes the probgroup who identified themlems
in North Korea a joke, but also has a
selves as the “Guardians of
way of showing viewers a glimpse of what
is happening.
After threats of war
Rotten Tomatoes, a popular movie reSony Pictures
from North Korea and maview
website, gave The Interview two and
jor cinema chains refusing to show it, Sony
a half stars.
pulled “The Interview” from theaters.
They said the movie was overshadowed
However, by mid-December after widewith controversy and it offered muddling
spread criticism from the public for bowing
laugh bolstered by its two likeable leads.
to the hackers, Sony decided to make the
Other movie review sites such as Metacritic and Commovie available online and at theaters who were willing to
mon Sense gave The Interview low ratings.
show the controversial movie.
Stephen Boone of the movie review
It was shown in select theaters on Christmas Day and
gave the film a two-star rating. Ebert was a internamade $5 million at the box office.
“The Interview” was rented or purchased online more tionally-renowned film critic who died in 2013.
Boone said he did not laugh once, but there were a few
than 4.3 million times and made over $31 million.
The movie was illegally downloaded more than 750,000 lines in the movie that made him grin.
Franco and Rogen took a very serious topic and made
times on Christmas Day alone.
The Interview was directed by Seth Rogen and Evan it into a comedy because that is what people want to see.
There was a lot of controversy on popular social media

Photo courtesy of Sony Entertainment.

James Franco and Seth Rogan play a talk show host and
producer in the controversial comedy, “The Interview.“

sites such as Twitter and Tumblr.
Many people did not think the movie should be released
because it did nothing but harm America’s view of the conditions in North Korea.
The movie did make jokes about the country, but at
points it showed how things really are.
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March 21 – April 19
You may have a hard time getting started today, Aries.
This might be a better time to plan. Be realistic and
thoughtful in your actions. Be conscious of the steps
you need to take to reach a certain goal. When in
doubt, take the more conservative route. You will find
that there is a great deal of support for that path. Don’t
get distracted along the way. Stay on target.
Apr 20 - May 20
Unexpected economic developments might make
a sudden and positive difference in your situation,
Taurus. Perhaps your field becomes more competitive,
and people with your skills are more in demand.
Whatever it is, you can expect more money to come
your way in the future. Legal papers could be involved,
as could some interesting people you haven’t met
before. Your mind is likely to be buzzing.
May 21 - Jun 20
Your social life might suddenly be busier than you
expected, Gemini, perhaps because of the appearance
of some interesting new people. This could involve a
group with which you’re affiliated, perhaps one with
a humanitarian focus. Expect to be busy over the next
few weeks, as this trend isn’t likely to slow down
soon. Stimulating conversations could set your mind
going a mile a minute.
Jun 21 - Jul 22
Books and conversations with friends could take up
most of your day, Cancer. The intellectual stimulation
could have positive and negative effects on your
health. Positive because it raises your enthusiasm and
puts you in an enthusiastic state of mind, and negative
because it might get you so excited that you forget to
eat or rest. Enjoy all the excitement but don’t forget
to take a break.
Jul 23 - Aug 22
If you’re currently romantically involved, expect your
relationship to reach a new understanding and sense
of unity, Leo. If you aren’t involved, you could meet
someone special today, and it might be like love at
first sight. An instant bond could form between you
because of mutual intellectual interests. You might
have a lot to talk about, as your own projects are
going better than you’d hoped.
Aug 23 - Sep 22
An old friend you haven’t seen in a long time could
turn up. This should be a pleasant surprise, Virgo, as
you will have a lot of catching up to do. You might have
good news, as you’ve been busy and could have come
across some very exciting information. Take a walk at

the end of the day or you might not be able to sleep.
Sep 23 - Oct 22
Some great news could come today that turns your
life upside down momentarily. Libra, you will find it
very exciting. New neighbors could move in and you
might spend some time getting acquainted. Much of
your day could be spent seeking information in a field
that interests you. Expect a busy day, but remember
to rest now and then. A walk in the evening might be
a good idea.
Oct 23 - Nov 21
News might bring exciting opportunities for increasing
your income, Scorpio. Perhaps you will learn of ways
to start your own business. Maybe the demand for
people with your skills has increased. You might
discover the efficiency some new technology for
managing your finances. Discussions with others
should bring many new ideas your way. Make the
most of them.
Nov 22 - Dec 21
Discussions could bring some exciting information
your way that alters your thinking slightly. You tend to
be oriented toward social, political, or humanitarian
issues, Sagittarius. Today you might have the chance
to put your talents to work. Someone could ask you for
assistance. You have the mental and physical energy
to go for it, so it’s likely that you will, though perhaps
not right away.
Dec 22 - Jan 19
Today you may take up the study of astrology,
numerology, alchemy, or other occult discipline. Your
intellectual abilities are particularly sharp, Capricorn,
so you may want to combine them with your tendency
toward mysticism. This should keep you busy for much
of the day, but you need to watch out for intellectual
overload. You don’t want to forget what you’ve learned.
Take notes.
Jan 20 - Feb 18
New friends, new goals, and new attitudes could all
appear on the scene, Aquarius. Unexpected developments within a group are likely to require reevaluating
a course of action. This is probably a positive development, and it could be exciting, but it’s going to mean
some immediate adjustments. As your mental energy
is still sharp, this shouldn’t be too difficult.

1. Jeopardy
6. Away from port
10. Nicholas II was the
last Russian one
14. Eat away
15. Traditional passeddown knowledge
16. Tear apart
17. Whoopi’s role in
“The Color Purple”
18. Big do
19. ___ Three Lives
20. Unit of power
22. ___ public
24. Boy or man
25. Skill
26. Spreads out
29. I smell ___!
30. Artist Mondrian
31. Arrangement
37. Diarist Nin
39. Lyric work
40. Pet ___
41. House of the
owner of a ranch
44. Manitoba native
45. Freeway access
46. Be present
48. Bow and arrow skill
52. Switch ending
53. Protects
54. Specialist in religious law
58. Sacramento’s ___ Arena
59. Sentry’s shout
61. Fungal infection
62. Makes lace
63. Fencing sword
64. In base 8
65. New Haven students
66. Midday
67. ___ Mio
1. Quarter bushel
2. ...___ saw Elba
3. Drum sound
4. Like phrase book entries
5. Extra time
6. Having wings
7. Like a pillow
8. Drift, make a mistake
9. Eternal
10. Hackneyed
11. Eliot’s Marner
12. States
13. Color anew
21. Furthermore
23. Available
25. Cooks in fat
26. Box
27. ___ colada
28. The Tower of Pisa
does this
29. Make sense
32. Spacious
33. Constructive arts
34. Able was ___...
35. Cooking appliance
36. Can’t do without
38. Cut into small pieces
42. Increase in
43. Deserve
47. Tastelessly affected
48. Playing marble
49. Countrified
50. Desert bloomers
51. ___ Perot
52. Consumed


54. 1963 role for Liz
55. A big fan of
56. Marine mammal,
secure something
57. Account
60. Mil. address


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Feb 19 - Mar 20
Feel free to move forward with your plans, Pisces.
This is a great day to take action. You’ve done a great
deal of data collecting and analyzing lately. Now is the
time to put that information to good use. You’re helped
by an extra boost of inner confidence and emotional
strength. Your grounded, conservative approach
will be richly rewarded. You couldn’t ask for a more
productive day!









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‘Ballyhoo’ cast lineup announced

The Stone Theatre at Louisiana Tech has announced
the seven-member cast for its upcoming production of
“The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”
The play will be directed by associate professor of
Theatre Paul B. Crook.
Performance dates for “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”
are scheduled for Jan. 28-31 and Feb. 4-7, 2015. Curtain
times will be announced at a later date.
The cast includes Trey Clark, a graduate student, as
Adolph Freitag; Kaitlin Fouquet, a freshman, as Beulah
Levy; Maggie McAdams, freshman, as Reba Freitag; Ashley Davis, a sophomore, as Lala Levy; Courtney VanEaton, a junior, as Sunny Freitag; Johnny Marley, a senior,
as Joe Farkas; and Kevin Keeler, a senior, as Sylvan Weil.
Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play, Alfred
Uhry’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” takes place in Atlanta in December of 1939.
During the play’s setting, “Gone with the Wind” just
had its world premiere and Hitler had invaded Poland.
However, Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more
concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event

of the season.
Especially concerned is the Freitag family – bachelor
Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their
also widowed sister-in-law, Reba.
Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular
daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s
last chance to find a socially acceptable husband.
The family gets pulled apart and then mended together
with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the
Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal
with who they really are.
For more information, contact the Louisiana Tech department of theatre at 318- 257-2930, or visit
Follow the department on social media on Facebook at
Follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @LaTechTheatre.
To learn more about upcoming events from the School
of Performing Arts, visit


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Rain or shine,
basketball or football,
win or lose, the Band
of Pride inspires
school spirit.

Staff Reporter

TOP: The Band of Pride performed during the parade before the Tech vs. UTSA game.
LEFT: Aaron Begay, a sophomore nanosystems engineering major, provided musical
entertainment on the tenor
drums during halftime.
Photos by Brian Blakely


Louisiana Tech’s marching band, the
Band of Pride, creates an unforgettable
atmosphere that spectators at sporting
events enjoy, particularly at basketball
That’ why Corey Green, a senior sociology major and former band member, goes to Tech games.
“I dislike sports, but hearing the
band play and their hilarious chants
during basketball games makes sporting events enjoyable,” he said.
The Band of Pride, also referred to
the “Hoop Troop” during basketball
season, is under the direction of Jim
Robken and has a reputation of being
“The band always creates a lively,
pumped up atmosphere for football and
basketball games,” said Kewaynethian
Riser, a 2014 Tech alumnus who graduated with a master’s degree. “Their energy is always electric, especially with
basketball games. I could always see
the band getting the fans to come alive
after almost every play.”
During basketball season, the Hoop
Troop can be heard playing music, entertaining fans and screaming at the
game officials.
“They always keep the crowd in the
games,” said Taylor Tuggle, a junior
civil engineering major. “Even when
the crowd is getting lazy, they’re not

ashamed to start dancing like maniacs.”
With the atmosphere the Hoop
Troop creates, the band makes its presence known at basketball games.
“It’s an obvious difference in the
game atmosphere,” Tuggle said. “I
don’t really notice how much I appreciate them (Hoop Troop) until they’re
not there.”
Fan agree that What makes the
Hoop Troop so special lies with the
band’s characteristics.
“I love the fact that they don’t just
stand there and elegantly play each
instrument like a robot,” Tuggle said.
“They get down and boogie with it. You
don’t really see that too often in other
“One of the main things I enjoy
about the band is that they have a very
wacky, crazy and fun personality,” Riser
said. “You definitely notice them and it
looks like they’re having fun doing what
they do. They truly add to the experience of going to Tech’s games.”
However, the characteristics are not
the only thing that makes this group
“Just like the Tech family, the band is
one huge family with traditions, rules,
wise veterans and most importantly
- love,” Green said. “To sum it up, the
band creates an atmosphere of excitement, anxiousness, love and pride.”

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Camella Card, a senior chemistry major and the
drum major, celebratedDESIGN
Tech during
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8 • The Tech Talk • January 15, 2015

Sports Talk
Former UF quarterback set to join Tech
Sports Reporter
Former University of Florida
quarterback Jeff Driskel has decided to come to Louisiana Tech
to play out his final year of eligibility.
“There were a lot of schools
contacting me, and people trying to pull me in every direction,” Driskel said. “I just felt like
Louisiana Tech was the right
choice for me.”
The former Gatorade High
School Player of the Year said
he left Florida on good terms
but felt things did not go right for
him there.
There were several factors
that went into Driskel choosing Louisiana Tech over other
“I have known Coach (Skip)
Holtz all the way back since recruiting,” Driskel said. “A lot of
people spoke very highly of him,
those that know him very well. I
really wanted to go somewhere
with a quality head coach, not
just as a coach but as a person
as well.”
Driskel said he believes Holtz
is moving the program in the
right direction.
“He really sold me on the fact
that they will have good players
around me,” Driskel said. “I am
going into an opportunity where
there will be people who can
help me make plays, as well as
me helping the team.”
Driskel’s decision seems eerily similar to Cody Sokol’s last
year when Sokol decided to
transfer from the University of
Driskel had an opportunity to
speak with the quarterback who
led the Bulldogs to a win in the

Heart of Dallas Bowl prior to his
choosing to transfer to Tech.
“He spoke highly of the program and highly of the people
around him,” Driskel said. “He
said he really enjoyed it, and that
was a big factor for me.”
Driskel said what he got out
of the conversation was that his
new teammates would welcome
him into the locker room, provided he works hard.
Driskel was highly recruited
out of Paul J. Hagerty High
School in Oviedo, Florida, and
had to go through a similar process when looking for a school
to transfer to.
“It was not as crazy as it
was in high school, I know how
things are now,” Driskel said.
“I have been at a big time college football program for four
years, so I can kind of understand where people are coming
from. I know what questions to
ask, rather than be blown away
by someone’s locker room or
weight room. It is a little bit different this time around.”
The former Florida Gator
is not focused on expectations
from people outside of the program, only those in it.
“Right now what I am worried
about is going in and earning the
coaches’ respect, as well as the
players’ respect,” Driskel said. “I
am not going to let expectations
alter what I am doing. I am just
going to go in and work hard. It
will pay off.”

Staff Reporter

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Driskel played three seasons at Florida before transferring to Louisiana Tech.

Lady Techsters start hot in C-USA play
Staff Reporter
Head coach Tyler Summit and his Lady
Techsters have begun their first conference
season together with a lot of home action. The
Lady Techsters had three consecutive home
games to start Conference USA play, falling
to Southern Mississippi University in overtime
before speeding past the University of Texas
at El Paso and the University of Texas at San
“We’re excited to be in conference play,”

for action

Summit said. “With conference there’s an extra
motivation and extra expectation.”
Summit said the team is still working on a
few things.
“It’s just consistency,” he said. “We’re really
trying to figure out what we can be consistent
Senior forward Whitney Frazier said she
thinks the team is on its way to its peak.
“We are very close to getting over the hump,”
she said. “We’re working on little things and will
get better.”
Frazier said it’s the little things that are key.

Photo by Donny J. Crowe

Senior guard Kelia Shelton was named Conference USA player of the week for the second time this season.

“It’s little things like knowing the scout report, boxing out, and for me personally it’s free
throws,” she said. “We’re learning how to finish games off as a team and will get better in
Frazier said she has high expectations for the
rest of the season.
“My expectations for this season are winning
conference, taking it all home and going to the
NCAA tournament for my first time.”
Sophomore guard Ruby Richie said the Lady
Techsters will have to work hard this conference
“Conference is always tough,” she said.
“There will never be an easy game, home or
away. We will have to fight to earn what we are
Richie said the team is more than ready for
conference play.
“Every game we have to come out with a
championship mentality, no matter who we
play,” she said. “We were picked toward the
middle of our conference in pre-season polls
and we know that is not where we belong.”
Richie said she feels the team is ready for
what is ahead.
“We are hungry for revenge from last year,”
she said. “We’re ready to show everyone in our
conference what we are really made of.”
Senior guard Kelia Shelton was named CUSA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
for the second time this season after averaging
25.5 points and 7 rebounds in the Lady Techsters’ wins over UTEP and UTSA.
The Lady Techsters will play at home next
Jan. 22 against North Texas.
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Sports Desk’s Twitter page at

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The Louisiana Tech
women’s tennis team will
kick off its spring season
Friday, against nationallyranked opponents.
The Lady Techsters will
start at No. 55 Wichita State
in Wichita, Kansas, before
heading to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to face No. 19 Oklahoma State.
Chad Camper, head
coach since spring of 2014,
is excited to see how his
Lady Techsters will handle their tough upcoming
“I think we’re ready,”
Camper said. “We had a
good fall. We played in some
tournaments and did well.
Now we’re going to pick up
where we left off.”
The Lady Techsters competed in a number of tournaments in the fall, including
the Ragin’ Cajuns Fall Classic in Lafayette and went
undefeated in the Jason’s
Deli Collegiate Invitational
in Houston.
Marta Sramkova, a sophomore business major from
Bratislava, Slovakia, was 7-0
in the Jason’s Deli Collegiate Invitational. Sramkova
won four singles matches
and three doubles matches.
“We’re prepared for the
spring,” Sramkova said.
“During the fall we were able
to work on the little things
with Coach (Camper). That
was good because he wasn’t
here last year. Now we’re
ready for our tough schedule.”
Camper was introduced
as the head tennis coach a
few weeks before the team
was set to begin the 2014
spring season.
A full fall of preparation
with Camper this season
has hopefully led to some
improvements over last season.
“Our doubles is unbelievably better than last year.”
Camper said. “Historically
in my coaching career, my
teams have had good doubles. Last year we struggled,
but we played great in the
fall and I’m ready to see
what we can do.”
Heading into a tough
schedule this spring, Camper is happy to have a core
group of players returning
to take on strong opposition.
“We have three juniors
and no seniors this year, but
I think everyone is a leader,”
he said. “We’re a young
team on paper but we have
a lot of wisdom and a lot of
“We have to come together,” Sramkova said. “We
need to be focused on our
goal if we want to succeed.”
The Lady Techsters have
12 home matches scheduled
for the spring, the most ever
that will be played in Ruston.
The Lady Techsters home
opener is Jan. 25 at the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex.

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