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SGA CANDIDATES DEBATE ISSUES


Rebecca Spence ternity and orientation student in Tech Express’ off-campus believes the steady decline the
leader. plans. SGA has seen in the past will
STAFF REPORTER “You will be held to a higher “It lets the community know end and things will improve if he
standard if you can prove that that Tech cares about including is elected.
The Student Government As- you lead by example,” Rich said. them,” she said. “When I walk across the
sociation held its annual presi- Riser focused on communi- Watts said as the current vice stage for graduation, I want to
dential and vice presidential cation with the student body president, she has worked every leave knowing that I left SGA
debates at 5p.m. Monday in the and incorporating students into detail of each meeting, standing better than I found it,” he said.
Wyly Auditorium. the everyday decisions of SGA. at the podium, mediating con- Carlisle prided himself on his
Tyler Sipes, a graduate in- He said he wants to continue versations and business matters. ability to connect with the stu-
dustrial and organizational psy- the efforts started by past SGA She stressed that her involve- dents, faculty and staff, and ex-
chology major, who is the only executive members and make ment in Greek life has prepared pressed how important these
candidate for SGA treasurer. sure the student’s voice is always her for the presidency because connections would be if he was
“I was SGA treasurer two heard. she has to work together with elected. As president of his fra-
years ago, and I stepped up this “SGA is invisible her sisters all the time. ternity he built relationships and
year when the former treasurer around campus,” he Watts has plans for a realized his actions affected not
graduated early,” Sipes said. said. “I want to change Greek unity board that only himself but also 65 other
Shane Rich (above), a jun- Vice presidential candidates that.” will bring all of the guys. Carlisle said he wants all Photos by Jessica Wethington
Shane Rich, a junior business Riser has been in- Greeks together and of the executive councils to be
ior business administration administration major, and Key- volved in student gov- promote unity as a able to work together and unite Bridget Watts (above), a
major, and Keywaynethian waynethian Riser, a senior ernment since the group. with the community. senior psychology major,
Riser (below), a senior physics major, then took the eighth grade, and he “We need a full “I learned that the best deci- and Clint Carlisle (below), a
physics major, answered stage and answered a series of said he believes that group to work together sions for the group are not al- senior political science
questions at the SGA de- five questions on issues relating he is the best one for to achieve the things ways the most popular,” he said.
to qualifications, platforms and the job because of his we want to accomplish “I am willing to make those major, vied for votes in the
bate Monday. visions for SGA. current position in- with SGA,” Watts said. tough decisions for the bettering SGA presidential debate.
Rich stated that he wanted to volving public rela- She also stated that of the group.”
focus on improving the internal tions, which allows SIPES excitement for SGA Both candidates did agree on
issues of the SGA before he him to continue relay- begins at orientation, a central issue: the involvement
began to work on the external. ing messages to students and and she wants to improve in- in the SGA by current and past
Rich said the SGA has slowly the Tech community. volvement from the beginning. members. Watts and Carlisle
begun to fall apart, positions The presidential debate fol- Watts said she wants members said that they want to reduce the
open up weekly and he wants to lowed, and the commentator to be excited and wants to influ- number of resignations and pro-
change this. opened the floor for questions ence the student body through mote involvement.
“Before we work on the ex- from the audience. their positions in the SGA. “I want people to be passion-
ternal of the student body, we Candidates Bridget Watts, a “Accountability is very im- ate about SGA and get the en-
need to work on the core,” he senior psychology major, and portant in SGA, and I want to ergy back into the organization,”
said. Clint Carlisle, a senior political start holding people account- Carlisle said.
Rich said he is qualified for science major, took the stage. able for what they accomplish,” They both want to incorpo-
the job because of the many During the back and forth Watts said. rate students whose majors re-
leadership positions he has questioning, Watts spoke on her Carlisle focused on getting late to positions in SGA, so that
taken not only at Tech, but in his platform of unity and commu- people involved and stressed the they are more passionate and
life. He said he will be able to nity. She said she wants to unite importance of having a big phi- knowledgeable on the tasks they
utilize these positions in order to all of the organizations and their lanthropy event for each quarter. have to accomplish for SGA.
aid SGA in achieving its highest presidents by having a yearly Having been a part of some “We want to hand pick these
potential. Positions he has held event that brings each separate form of SGA since the seventh cabinet members and inspire
include, but are not limited to: group together as a Tech family. grade, Carlisle said he believes emotion that will hopefully
SGA freshman class president, Tech will get involved with the he has the experience to make spread to the rest of the SGA,”
SGA sophomore class vice pres- community by incorporating big changes that need to be
ident, vice president of his fra- local businesses and restaurants made with the student body. He > see SGA page 6

Tech lineman sacked


Landing failure totals plane after Rabb’s arrest
Justin Fort ing for more than four years, are three different places on the the time of the crash, it was val- Rebecca Spence Enemkpali into custody,
Johnson noticed noticed the
said pilots eventually know ex- checklist for landing gears.” ued around $30,000. The cost
actly how low the plane should With two pilots in the plane for repair is $35,000. STAFF REPORTER smell of alcohol on his
STAFF REPORTER be. However, when they notice at the time of the failed landing, Although aviation costs have breath.
It is 6 p.m. Saturday March the plane is too low and have the checklist was ignored a total not gone up in previous years, Tech’s own starting defen- Enemkpali was booked
12. While many Tech students that split-second reaction, there of six times. Blakeney said he believes they sive lineman added two sta- into the Lincoln Parish De-
prepare for the night ahead, one is not enough time for the However, Brossard recog- will see a rise due to the acci- tistics to his player profile tention Center where his
descends a 172 RG Cessna wheels to be retracted. nized that a gear-up landing is dent. during the offseason -- statis- bond was set at a total of
plane. “This is the first gear-up land- fairly common, just not at Tech. “At this point, there are no tics that could be his last. $2,000; $1,500 for the battery
The plane has fallen 1,000 ing we’ve had in seven years,” “Gear-up landings happen all plans to raise (aviation) tuition,” At 1:19 a.m., April 3, Ike- and $500 for disturbing the
feet. As the throttle is pulled said Gary Odom, department the time, all over the place,” Odom said. mefuna “IK” Enemkpali, peace.
back, the plane slows to 60 head of professional aviation. Brossard said. “I know one guy If tuition rises, Blakeney said INFO, was charged and ar- Officers believe the inci-
knots – around 75 mph – to en- Odom said the incident was who has had two gear-up land- it would probably discourage rested with battery on a po- dent occurred because En-
sure a smooth, successful land- addressed March 16 at the quar- ings.” some prospective students hop- lice officer and disturbing the emkpali was angered by
ing. As the plane touches the terly safety meeting. Although the landing did not ing to attend Tech, which offers peace-simple drunk. Rabb’s security for denying
ground, as it has done for the “We went over it; we went result in any injuries, there are a one of the best flight schools in April 1 marked the last day access to the bar to one of
last 29 years, the familiar bump over it again, and we went over it lot of financial variables being Louisiana. of formal spring training for his underage friends.
the wheels provide is not felt. some more,” Blakeney said. brought about as a result. Blakeney said the rise in tu- the Bulldogs, but As a recruit of
Instead, the plane harshly Instructors and students “There’s a fairly good chance ition, if it were to occur, would after receiving word former head coach
hits the runway and continues to were reminded of the impor- the plane is totaled,” Odom said. not be much compared to the of the incident, Derek Dooley, En-
skid, scraping off metal from the tance of using the checklist in- The body of the plane did prices they are paying now. Coach Sonny emkpali has proven
bottom of the plane and bend- cluded in all 12 planes that Tech not suffer much damage, Odom “It costs $189 per hour of Dykes suspended himself on the field
ing the propeller into unfamiliar owns. said, but when the propeller hit flight time,” Blakeney said. “I Enemkpali from the for Coach Dykes
shapes. Connor Brossard, a freshman the ground, it greatly damaged don’t think $20 more will make team until the legal this past season
“By the time you can tell, it’s professional aviation major, the motor. much of a difference.” process runs its and has the statis-
too late,” flight instructor Ryan shared the same idea. A plane borrowed from course. Dykes said tics to back it up.


Blakeney said. “You have a checklist and go Northwestern State University E-mail comments to jwf014@lat- they have a course He played in 11
Blakeney, who has been fly- by that,” Brossard said. “There has replaced the old Cessna. At ech.edu. of action for ath- games last season
letes who get into and started in the
legal trouble. last nine, and was
“A player in this ENEMKPALI listed as the start-
situation is usually ing right defensive
Housing ends camping out for apartments required to do 100 hours of lineman at the end of spring
off-field community service, training. Enemkpali also
50 hours in the stadium, at- recorded 36 total tackles with
Patrick Boyd process. no guarantee that you were tend counseling for anger or 2.5 sacks for the season.
“Every single student going to get an apartment,” alcohol issues in addition to “What we want to do with
who applied for the waiting Lafont said. running and on-field work players that have anger or al-
STAFF REPORTER list before Feb. 28 was al- “I think the way they are outs,” Dykes said. cohol issues is get to the root
The Residential Life Office has decided lowed to come in this week doing it now is the best way According to reports, on- of the problem,” Dykes said.
that camping out to reserve apartments [April 4-7] to make reserva- “It makes more sense to sign to do it.” duty Deputy Jeremy Johnson Rachel King, a senior kine-
will no longer be a way for students to re- tions,” Jantz said. Kelly Graham, a Park of Lincoln Parish Sheriff Of- siology and health promo-
serve a Park Place or University Park apart- Jordan Lafont, a Park up for the waiting list now Place resident and junior fice heard calls on his dis- tions major who plays on the
ment. Place resident and junior marketing major, found the patch for officers to report to soccer team, works hard with
“We never wanted camping,” said Annie computer science major, that they are doing it in order process much simpler this Rabb’s Steakhouse because the rest of Tech athletics to
Jantz, a coordinator of student develop- likes the new system much year. the security guard was in a make the program more mar-
ment. “In the past, that was something we better now. of people who signed up.” “This year, all I had to do fight. He said when he pulled ketable to up and coming ath-
never endorsed.” “It personally seems a lot to re-reserve my apartment up, Enemkpali was arguing letes.
When Park Place opened fall of 2009, more fair,” he said. “It makes was let them scan my stu- heavily with the security “We do so much commu-
the demand for the apartments was so more sense to sign up for the Jordan Lafont dent ID and write a check,” guard, an off-duty officer of nity service. When you see
great that students had to camp out to se- waiting list now that they are Graham said. “I didn’t have Arcadia Police Department. something like this happen, it
cure their reservation. doing it in order of people junior computer science major to fill out anything.” Enemkpali, who was pepper puts down the positive image
“When those students did camp out, it who signed up.” Graham, who has lived in sprayed before Johnson ar- we work so hard to achieve
was based on an honors system between Lafont put his name on Park Place the past two rived, then proceeded to throughout the year,” she said.
students,” Jantz said. the waiting list during fall quarter last year years, thinks the system has progressively punch the security guard in “This could affect potential
The process of reserving apartments but still had to camp out to make sure he gotten better. the face. recruits for all programs as
has changed from when it was first-come, could reserve an apartment. “Last year, I didn’t think I was going to Johnson immediately well; it is just disappointing.”
first- served with all of the Park Place and His group was at the front of the line have to wait in line at all, and instead, I had used a stun gun on Enemk-
University Park apartments. and camped out for 24 hours. to wait in line and skip classes,” she said. pali and took him into cus- E-mail comments to
Now the Residential Life Office is taking “It felt like a waste of money to put your tody. While he took res022@latech.edu.
50 students per day during the reservation name on the waiting list because there was > see HOUSING page 6
2 • The Tech Talk • April 14, 2011

Campus Ruston reigns in India


Briefs
Vegas is rolled into Healthy aging class
Naomi Allison
STAFF REPORTER
Burning candles, brightly
ground. Hunter Robins, a senior psy-
They also observed Charuta chology major, said he enjoyed
Ulhas Agashe, a graduate stu- attending the event because it
dent in molecular science and allowed him to learn more
nano technology, perform a tra- about India’s diverse culture.
cause of all the hard work and
dedication the students put into
it.
“We have 180 Indian stu-
dents here, but over 180 people
the Student Center hosts service fish fry colored saris, kurtas and love ditional bharat natym, an Indian “It’s neat to see different cul- worked together to put some-
plots only displayed in Bolly- dance with candles. tures around Ruston,” he said. thing like this on,” he said.
Union Board and Residential Tech’s Kinesiology 406 class, wood movies dominated the
Life will present Rollin’ in Vegas Health Aspects of Aging, will Many found their taste buds Robins also said he liked “We’re very proud of the Indian
stage as the Association of In- experiencing flavors they had watching the crisp, energetic students on our campus. Over
for the second year at 7 p.m. April host a fish fry at 4:30 p.m. April dian Students presented India
19 in the Student Center, Main 19 at the Argent Pavilion, as never encountered before, as dance performances. fifty of them are Ph.D. students
Night 2011 March 10 in the Stu- they tasted traditional Indian Trey Evans, a sophomore that work hard in the labs every
Floor. part of its service-learning proj- dent Center, Second Floor.
This year’s Vegas-themed ect. cuisine, such as spicy-flavored sociology major, also said his day but still enjoy life and the
Sanjana Raju Penmetsa, a rice; tender butter favorite part of the friends they’ve made. These are
bash will have an oxygen bar, The event is free to all fac- master’s student in chemical
karaoke, poker tables and a wed- ulty members. Each student chicken; mixed event was watching memories that they’ll always
engineering and one of the disc vegetable curry; Rosie Shultz, who have with us, and I hope they
ding chapel. must pay $10. jockeys for the night, began the
Students much purchase a Dinner will be served at 5:15 Dal Makhani lentils has been perform- remember us fondly after they
event by expressing why India’s combined with ing at India Night leave. I know that everyone ap-
ticket to attend. p.m. culture and heritage is rich and
Tickets are $10 and will in- In addition to dinner being butter; mango since she was 3, preciates being a part of India
unique. lassie, a thick To view multimedia give a solo dance and being an Indian tonight.”
clude a T-shirt if bought ahead served, there will also be a stu- “It moves on with time,” she
of time, and they will also be sold dent jazz ensemble, a Zumba smoothie; and footage go to performance. Thallapally also said he
said, “but there are certain Gulab Jamun, a www.thetechtalk.org “Not only is she hoped all the guests’ hearts
for $15 at the door. presentation and the Dixie things about India which have
UB only printed out 500 tick- Dancers will perform. dessert composed cute, she’s also were touched and learned
never changed from the ancient of vanilla ice very talented,” he about India’s culture after the
ets and have already sold more The event is sponsored by day and are famous worldwide:
than 100. several community businesses. cream and a donut ball said. “Not many children can event.
the way of greeting, the reli- drenched in syrup. memorize over five minutes of “We want other people to
For more information contact For more information con- gious beliefs and practices, cos-
Kasie Onken, UB publicity co- tact Rhonda Boyd, instructor of Abhilash Thallapally, presi- choreography at such a young talk about our country, our peo-
tumes, grand weddings, music, dent of the Association of In- age.” ple and our food,” he said. “We
chairman, at 817-291-7987 or kinesiology, at 318-257-5457 or different dance forms and the
klo009@latech.edu. rboyd@woodard.latech.edu. dian students, said he was At the end of the night, the want people to feel comfortable
spicy food.” impressed with the number of association presented Dan Er- and establish connection or
This was highlighted as people that attended the event. ickson, director for the Interna- bond with us.”
Tron-athon to show Administrators warn more than 350 guests read “We sent e-mails and posted tional Student Office, with The night drew to a close,
other Linux systems students of phishing bright green pamphlets de- flyers all over Ruston at the traditional Indian attire for with India’s national anthem,
scribing facts about India while Civic Center, Walmart, the males called “Pattu Panchu.” “Jana Gana Mana.”
watching a special performance Quad and Iberia Bank for India Erickson, who graciously re-
Tron-athon, a local area net- According to a Tech e-mail, by the Namaste Nepal Associa-
work and movie party hosted by Epsilon, an e-mail marketing Nite to increase publicity for ceived his gift, said he enjoyed E-mail comments to nsa008@lat-
tion behind a Taj Mahal back- India Nite,” he said. attending India Nite 2011 be- ech.edu.
the Association for Computing company, was breached appox-
Machinery, will be at 6:30 p.m. imately two weeks ago, and its
April 20 in Bogard Hall, Room database of customer informa-
304. tion was stolen.
ACM wants to show that Win- Students should be vigilant
dows is not the only operating for e-mails that request personal
system for games on Linux. information or to engage in per-
ACM selected a free 3-D light sonal business with companies.
cycle game for the party. If a student believes his or
The movie “Tron Legacy” will her personal information has
play twice for gamers and any- been acquired almost all sys-
one who wants to watch. tems allow for the confirmation
Students who want to play and renewal of account details
“Armagetron” should bring com- by assessing the website by not
puters and a 25-foot Ethernet clicking on the URL in the e-
cord, since the organization only mail.
has a limited supply available. For more information Google
For more information contact search “Epsilon Breach” or con-
Nathan Lapp, ACM co-president, tact Daniel Schales, LAN/Unix
at 318-464-8202 or nvl002@lat- Network administrator, at 318-
ech.edu. 257-2893 or dan@latech.edu.

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India Night was not missing any color. Both performers and audience members arrived in Indian clothing.

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STAFF REPORTER nity service,” Ledbetter said. who are TOMS fans,” Boone
“Many students on campus are said. “It was great to see the stu-
Brittany Jaudon walked concerned with environmental dents who were brave enough to
around barefoot all day April 5, issues.” walk around barefoot.”
dodging jagged rocks and con- According to the TOMS web- Boone said this is the second
fused stares from people who site, “One Day Without Shoes” time the store has participated in
could not grasp the concept of was started by Blake Mycoskie, “One Day Without Shoes” out-
why she would do something so an American traveler who no- side of the store.
out of the norm. ticed many children in develop- “Last year, we held it at Rail-
Jaudon, a senior political sci- ing countries without shoes, road Park,” she said. “It was a lot
ence major, participated in “One which causes them to contract of fun to raise awareness for a
Day Without Shoes,” a day diseases. good cause. We also noticed we
where people are encouraged to He started TOMS in 2006; he make more sales when we go
go shoeless to raise awareness promised to give a free pair of outside of the store.”
for children who live in Third shoes to needy children for every She also said the store will be
World countries and cannot af- pair of TOMS purchased. getting a new addition to its
ford shoes. Molly Rudd, a freshman nutri- TOMS collection.
“You become more aware of tion major, said even though she “We are getting kids’ shoes in
what it feels like to be shoeless, is only one person, she under- the summer,” Boone said. “That’ll
just like the children in those stands how just one person can be great because, unlike Crocs,
countries who step on rocks, make a difference. they can wear them to school.”
glass and other sharp objects,” “If we increase awareness of Jaudon said she was proud to
she said. “We’re pretty much what is going on over there with see so many students participate
lucky to have shoes.” the kids, we can increase the this year, despite the cold, early-
Jaudon, who works at Bee- amount of shoes we send over,” morning temperature.
hive, helped coordinate the day she said. “We put [students] to the test,
between Beehive and Tech’s Eco Beehive helped attract stu- causing them to show how much
Week, bringing the Ruston com- dents by adding a free T-shirt they care,” she said. “Even if it
munity to campus. along with each purchase of rained, we probably would have
Rachel Ledbetter, the Student TOMS and providing free cup- done it because we have to re-
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April 14, 2011 • The Tech Talk • 3

Tech students give back in a ‘Big’ way


Amie Rolland Rea said Tech’s nursing staff has program at Tech.
done a great job teaching their stu- “We’re a smaller major, but I think
STAFF REPORTER dents to care about others, and it will if we got more people who wanted to
be great to show that appreciation do nursing we could get more money
More than 1,200 Tech students vol- throughout the community. for supplies,” she said.
unteered to give back to Ruston’s com- “I hope that our group will get to She said more money and grants
munity at Student Government not only show some kindness but stir could be received to increase the nurs-
Association’s 18th annual Big Event. up more enthusiasm for community ing program if the school saw an in-
The Big Event exists to give back to service projects in the future,” she said. crease in the number of nursing
the community of Ruston through stu- Kacie Holtzcalw, a junior nursing students.
dent volunteer services. More than 75 major, has participated in the Big Fernandez said Tech nursing stu-
Tech organizations volunteered, gath- Event for the past four years, and said dents have the highest pass rate in the
ering students in Joe Alliet Stadium she enjoys helping out in her commu- state for the NCLEX exam, which is
Saturday morning. This year, volun- nity. taken to acquire a nursing license.
teers went to more than 86 locations “You can help people who can’t re- “Northwestern is supposed to be
in the community and to four major ally do it themselves,” she said. “Last the biggest nursing school, so that says
areas of campus. year we were able to do yard work for a lot about Tech’s program,” she said.
The event was perfect for Tech’s a lady who could not do it herself.” Fernandez said she has always
Student Nursing Association, a pro- Holtzcalw and Samantha Fernan- wanted to be a nurse because it is so
gram based around serving others. dez, a junior nursing major, said volun- rewarding and so many bonds can be
“We have volunteered for several teering allows time to bond with their made with others.
years now, and we are happy to con- fellow SNA members while contribut- Rea summed up the Big Event as a
tinue to participate in this tradition,” ing to the community. way for Tech students to show how
said Mary Rea, a senior nursing major. Fernandez said nursing is a career much they appreciate and value the
Rea, SNA vice president, said the based around service projects and community they are based in.
Big Event allows SNA to offer a vari- serving others. “It’s also such a wonderful thing for
ety of services to members of the “I hope people will see and appre- those community members who need
community wherever needed. ciate the work we do, and we will be help to be recognized,” she said. “It’s
“I want to help out our Ruston com- more recognized,” she said. simply people who want to help, being
Photo by Jessica Wethington
munity,” she said. “It is the least we can Fernandez said Tech has an awe- introduced to people who need help.”
do with all the support they show Tech, some nursing program, but it is often Student nurses participate in Big Event by clearing wood from the
especially the nursing department.” overlooked because it is such a small E-mail comments to asr017@latech.edu. community. This marked SGA’s 18th Big Event.

Handicapped overcome a No threat for local radiation exposure


Mary Timmons ple in my town to work at this plant.”

different type of obstacle STAFF REPORTER


Just a month after its devastating earthquake,
According to the U.S. Energy Information Ad-
ministration, both plants have more than 2,000
megawatts of nuclear capacity. With a nuclear
capacity of representing approximately 8 per-
however I can,” she said. “CKI’s place,” she said. “I was running Japan still faces nuclear power plant problems cent of the state’s generating capacity, it is
Naomi Allison motto is ‘Live to serve, love to every which way trying to pull that have raised concerns about the use of nu- ranked third behind natural gas and coal. Nearly
serve,’ and by participating in this things together, but I am so happy clear power plants around the world. 20 percent of the state’s total nuclear generation
STAFF REPORTER event, I was encouraged to never with the results. The months of According to the Entergy website, there are comes from nuclear power plants.
Having the ability to dress, say you can’t do something.” planning definitely paid off.” two nuclear plants in Louisiana. The River Bend The plants benefit the local economy as well


walk, read, communicate with Lily Grappe, a junior English Grappe also said the athletes plant in St. Francisville uses boiling water reac- as the members of the community.
each other, passionately express major and vice president of Cir- inspired her because they did not tors like those in Japan, and the Waterford plant Rhett Prosser, a junior construction engineer-
our feelings and quickly learn cle K International, said she en- let their obstacles stop them from in St. Charles Parish uses pressurized reactors. In ing major, said the nuclear power plants are a ne-
material without difficulty are joyed participating in the Special pursuing their dreams. March 2010, a group of Japanese utility experts cessity.
mental functions many of us take Olympics because it gave intel- “This is their chance to show interested in improving the performance of their “The plants are good for the economy and
for granted. lectually disabled children the the special talents they were country’s nuclear power fleet visited River Bend the community,” Prosser said. “I have a couple
Yet for children with intellec- opportunity to experience joy, blessed with,” she said. “It is a Station to learn about the plant’s online mainte- of uncles who work at the plant, so it helps mem-
tual disabilities, such as autism or while demonstrating their physi- day when everyone focuses on nance program. bers of my family out as well.
Down syndrome who competed what they can do, rather than Aubrey Faulkner, a junior English major, said Faulkner said she is concerned with more
in Circle K International’s 21st what they cannot do, which is she lives 20 minutes from the Waterford nuclear problems that do not regard nuclear power
North Central Louisiana Special what they face at school each power plant. plants.
Olympics April 7 at Ruston High day. It’s a chance for them to Faulkner, who has lived in Luling her whole “Even during Katrina, the plant shut down and
School, performing these daily show their bravery and the honor life, said she could not remember ever being resumed its normal operations after the storm
activities can be a tedious and in which they live their lives. faced with the fear of being exposed to radia- passed,” Faulkner said. “We actually have more
often frustrating task. “The Special Olympics tion. of a threat from the nearby chemical plants up
However, obstacles can be
“Most of us will never know pledge says it all about these “Lots of people work there,” Faulkner said. “It and down the river. They often cause strange
is just like any other plant. When my dad was smells, and people living close by get sick.”
overcome.
With inspirational signs of
happiness like these children do. courageous athletes: ‘Let me win,
but if I cannot win, let me be trying to get a job, he applied there along with
all the other plants. It's really common for peo- E-mail comments to mnt005@latech.edu.
support from their family and That is something they under- brave in the attempt.’”
friends along with volunteers Soileau said she was im-
from Cedar Creek, Ruston High stand more than any of us.” pressed after thinking about the
and the Kiwanis Club cheering event at the end of the day.
them on, more than 120 contest- “I was surprised at the num-
ants prepared themselves physi- Lily Grappe ber of volunteers that were
cally and emotionally for the there,” she said. “I mean, you see
challenges they would face over vice president of Circle K a number on a page, and it does-
the next few hours. n’t really hit you how many there
The Special Olympics con- cal fitness and courage. are.”
sisted of a wheelchair race, soft- “People often pity those with Grappe also said the event ex-
ball throw, tennis ball throw, intellectual disabilities and ceeded her expectations.
shotput, running jump and stand- lament over all they can’t under- “It was a long, arduous road
ing long jumps. stand or do,” she said, “but most to get here, but I really don’t feel
Michelle Soileau, a senior his- of us will never know happiness like we could have done a better
tory major and president of Cir- like these children do. That is job than we did,” she said. “I am
cle K International, said the something they understand more so proud of my Circle K team
greatest lesson she learned from than any of us.” and can’t tell them how much I
watching the participants com- Grappe, who also served as appreciate all their hard work. We
pete was that no matter what the coordinator of the event, said have a great group of students. I
people’s limitations are, one can her favorite part was watching all would definitely do it again in a
always try. the pieces fall together after heartbeat.”
“I wouldn’t say that it alone going through all the intense
has inspired me, since I am mo- preparation the event entailed. E-mail comments to nsa008@lat-
tivated every day with all of our “I felt like a mad woman the ech.edu.
club’s service projects to help whole week before the event took

Tech alum earns Payne Award


for investigative journalism
Dacia Idom people to find were right here in the community
but lived quiet lives.”
STAFF REPORTER He also said passion has to be a factor if a
journalist intends to pursue investigative report-
When in 2007 the Department of Justice re- ing.
leased a list of 73 murders, dating back to the “You have to be personally motivated,” Nelson
Civil Rights era, Stanley Nelson, the Concordia said. “You have to really have a desire to find out
Sentinel editor, decided to write an article about a what happened.”
case that occurred locally. With the foundation of journalism going back
Nelson’s first article brought attention to a to his college years at Tech, Nelson has dedicated
1964 arson case that resulted in the death of the majority of his life to serving people through
Frank Morris, a black Ferriday businessman. Nel- reporting.
son, a 1977 Tech journalism graduate, continued “It is important that we resolve old crimes, par-
the investigation, and The Sentinel has since pub- ticularly hate crimes like those of the Ku Klux
lished more than 200 articles about Klan,” Nelson said. “These crimes leave
Morris’ murder, which was allegedly the scars in communities. Frank Morris was
work of the Ku Klux Klan. a good man who ran a business that was
As a result of his investigative report- important to the community of Ferriday.
ing, Nelson will receive a 2011 Payne He owned a business that served both
Award for Ethics in Journalism, along- black and white customers. He gave
side The New York Times. young blacks their first job. He also
“I was very surprised and shocked,” hosted a gospel music radio station. He
Nelson said about being chosen for the was the kind of man communities need
award. “I had no idea that was going to — the kind of man we fight for.”
happen. I feel very honored.” As a result of his investigation, Nel-
Disbelief can also describe the jour- son admitted he has uncovered truths
nalist’s reaction four years ago when that are hard to accept.
Morris’ granddaughter said she learned NELSON “I learned that men can be pretty
more about her grandfather’s murder evil; they can do evil things,” he said,
through Nelson’s first article than from law en- “but a good community has to step forward and
forcement over the last four decades. make sure these things don’t happen again.”
“It was important to try to solve a murder that As a result of Nelson’s investigative reporting,
happened in the community,” Nelson said. “Local the DOJ has reopened the case, according to a
people had not tried to find out what happened to press release.
Frank Morris.” The Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism ac-
To begin his investigation, Nelson located the knowledges journalists “who demonstrate an ex-
Federal Bureau of Investigation records of the traordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even
murder, which was possible because of the Free- when faced with economic, personal or political
dom of Information Act. In addition to records, pressure.”
Nelson received assistance from local residents, Nelson will receive his award at the 2011
interns, law students and volunteers. Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism ceremony
“You have to go knock on doors and talk to April 20 at the University of Oregon.
people,” he said. “I have had to track down peo-
ple all around the nation. Some of the hardest E-mail comments to dsi004@latech.edu.
4 • The Tech Talk • April 14, 2011

Insight
FROM THE EDITOR In Our Opinion
Toddlers tinker with technology SGA lacks transparency
n the home page of the nearly extinct website
Taylor Stephens
hen you see a 5-year-old
they are adults; he says it’s a rev-
olutionary idea that “has great
potential for leveling the playing
field for all students.”
garten class wasn’t exactly a de-
tention center for learning. I dis-
tinctly remember enjoying
learning in kindergarten -- with-
"It's crazy," local parent Nicole
Fortin told Maine newspaper The
Sun Journal. "I look at all of the
budgetary restraints we have. Our
O for the Student Government Association, the
mission statement declares, “We, the student
body of Louisiana Tech University, in order to best

W with an iPhone, do you


think it looks natural or
do you judge the parents who
Go ahead, Morrill. Just prove
the stereotype that most others
already think of America –
out the use of $500, personal
technology.
Another thing Morrill men-
school system loses money every
year to certain things. This is a lot
to put in the hands of a 5-year-
promote the interests and opinions of the student
body on all matters that affect our lives, academically
and socially, to promote such projects beneficial to
the students, and to consider matters of policy and
bought it for their children? Un- spoiled, rich kids who don’t know tions about the iPad 2 handout is old." their implementation, do hereby ordain and estab-
fortunately for those who com- the value of the dollar. I imagine that it will redefine how “we’re There are a lot of questions lish this Constitution of the Student Government As-
pletely disagree, school officials in it’s much easier to ignore the na- going to teach and learn.” that the school board should an- sociation of Louisiana Tech University.”
Maine are going to one-up that tional $14.2 trillion debt when a While I can understand that swer before just letting children The SGA plays a big role in the every day lives of
negative feeling: every kindergart- shiny new iPad is sitting in your parents would easily encourage have an iPad. students at Tech, whether we realize it or not. Deci-
ner will receive a brand new iPad lap. Hell, it’s even noted in the learning items that would in- It just seems to me that this sions are made by the SGA Senate every Tuesday at
2 next year. same FOX News article that the crease the pace at which their clearly wasn’t thought out as well 6:30 p.m. in the professional aviation building. Obvi-
I know what you’re thinking, school district is looking for a 5 children would learn, look across as they thought it was. ously, students, busy with classes, extracurricular ac-
“What? No! That’s ludicrous!” percent budget increase, and the nation, Auburn. You are the I’m 100 percent for the move- tivities and jobs can’t attend every meeting. In fact, at
iPad 2. Yes. Positively true. that’s pre-iPad. first to incorporate it this system. ment of technology and keeping most meetings, a lone Tech Talk reporter is the only
Ignoring the $200,000 it will Let’s be honest, these are 5- What part of the school systems the youth up to par with the spectator.
cost the school to provide an iPad year olds. As in, five years ago across the nation are doing it newest gadgets, but it’s fiscally ir- That is why it is important for information about
2 for every student next year, they were barely able to poke wrong? What makes this a more responsible to give an entire SGA meetings and activities to be easily accessible
which doesn’t include the subse- their heads out of a womb on effective way to make children ex- school district of kindergartners to students.
quent years that all new kinder- their own, and now you’re giving cited about learning than some- such an expensive tool. This brings us to our point. According to Section
gartners who will receive iPads, them an iPad 2 that costs about thing more cost effective like That being said, does anyone 2.7-A of the Constitution of the Student Govern-
this is an extremely irresponsible $500 per student. crayons and construction paper? know if it’s possible for a 20-year- ment Association, the secretary must keep and post
move on the school system. While I think it’s a good thing Still, I’m glad there were more old to enroll in Kindergarten? minutes of all SGA Senate meetings. According to
The superintendent for the Morrill mentions in The Sun reasonable people at the School Article I Section 1.16-A of the Bylaws of the Student
Auburn School system Tom Mor- Journal interview that students Committee meeting. Government Association, the head of the depart-
rill said in school committee will be kept safe while using the “Let a kid learn with a pencil Taylor Stephens is a senior jour- ment of technology shall set-up and maintain, on a
meeting, according to FOX News, iPads, how safe is too safe? Why and a pen,” City Councilor Dan nalism and English major from weekly basis, a website for the SGA that includes
that allowing children the use of do these students need iPads? I Herrick said in The Sun Journal. Bossier City who serves as editor for member rosters, university e-mail addresses, current
iPads will better prepare them for know it’s all about making learn- “before you get them into this The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to budget information, a calendar of events, and meet-
what the world will be like when ing a fun process, but my kinder- technology. It’s unaffordable.” tds026@latech.edu. ing agendas and minutes.
Minutes are properly kept at Senate meetings, but
the weekly website updates are not done as required.
The last recorded minutes posted to the website are
from November 2, 2010, and the SGA event calendar

KRAEMER KHRONICLES
has not been updated since spring 2010. It is now
April 2011.
While minutes on the website are scarce, required
minutes of the two individual committees checked
by The Tech Talk have not been kept. The impor-
Springtime spreads cheer throughout campus tance of requiring hard evidence of these meetings
is obvious. Students who want to be informed are de-
nied the truth and instead must rely on word of
to psychologytoday.com. Cold, the distinct pollen scent in the air Applying a pinch of non-pe- mouth, which can be extremely unreliable.
Haley Kraemer dreary wintry weather is, in fact, with my stopped up nose, as I troleum jelly to the inside open- The issues of transparency in student governance
necessary to fully appreciate the step outside. ing of your nostrils catches and during this current campaign became apparent last
s I walked around campus mood-lifting warm, sunny at- No wonder everyone’s bodies neutralizes the effects of pollen. week when charges and counter charges were hurled

A in the winter, people kept


to themselves, looked
down at the ground and ventured
mosphere. Sticking it out
through the chilly times grants us
a reward of butterflies, bright
flowers and warmth of the sen-
are responding so strongly to this
allergen.
Cough drops and cold medi-
cine are a necessity for many
Pollen is easily trapped in
clothing and in hair. Changing
clothing when coming indoors
can reduce the pollen level in
back and forth by the two top candidates – through
several appeal processes. But guess what? No writ-
ten minutes were kept during these appeal sessions,
out of their dormitories for class, according to the committee chair. As citizens of this
only to quickly fill a to-go box sational spring season. people during this time. Many your home. student community, we have a right to know what
with cafeteria food and race People are outside soaking up sooth their sore throats among Quercetin is a bioflavonoid goes on during these meetings. Records of any busi-
back to the warmth of their this wonderful weather, rather other symptoms by sipping naturally found in onions, and ness, including appeals and accusations should be
rooms. than hiding in their cave of a chamomile and green tea, as stinging nettle and butterbur are made accessible to the student public. Our constitu-
I did not realize how much I dorm room. well as swallowing sweet honey. herbs with allergy-relieving qual- tion promises public records and postings of min-
had forgotten and missed the Just last week, I witnessed Heartspring.net outlines ten ities. utes. We, the people, should demand this.
friendly, warm atmosphere of several outdoor activities such as ways to relieve allergy symp- As for many things in life, it is The Tech Talk staff believes that lack of proper
springtime. a group of students practicing toms: drink more water, increase better to boost your immune sys- recordkeeping and postings is an injustice to the stu-
Multiple times throughout the yoga, people eating a picnic your intake of anti-inflammatory tem before allergy season even dents of Louisiana Tech. Not only does it potentially
day, strangers will cheerfully lunch and many bicyclists and foods, minimize your consump- begins. create unnecessary chaos during the elections, how-
greet me walking through the runners. tion of mucus-forming foods, ir- Those with late-summer or ever, without minutes, students are uninformed about
classroom hallways, the quad While running around the rigate your nostrils using a neti early-fall allergy seasons need to the business of SGA. Additionally, SGA is violating
and even waiting in line at the track one evening, I got to visit pot, apply a pinch of non-petro- prepare now for best allergen- the very mission statement written on the home
food court in the Student Center. with people from the Wesley leum jelly, change your clothes, fighting results. page of its website.
Such small gestures of posi- Foundation and discuss running use quercetin, try stinging nettle, Give this allergy season your So as a favor to your constituents, SGA, record
tivity add to the enjoyment of with a student, who I had not consider butterbur and explore best shot, and channel that posi- minutes, update the website and keep students in-
my day while improving my met before, setting out for a run homeopathic remedies. tive springtime energy into bet- formed. In this regard, currently, you are failing the
overall mood. I can in turn pass himself. Anti-inflammatory foods in- tering your body’s immune students. Their right to access information and seek
this good feeling onto other fel- On the dark side, springtime clude ground flaxseeds, walnuts system for the inevitable allergy hard evidence is being infringed upon. They elected
low students, professors, friends produces pollen, and more and hempseeds. Mucus-forming season. you to run an organization, and abide by its consti-
and even the unfamiliar person pollen that leads to seasonal al- foods include dairy products, red tution and bylaws. Looking at the bigger picture,
who sits near me on a bench lergies and sinus colds. Quiet meat and fried and processed Louisiana Tech SGA is a microcosm of the U.S. Gov-
around the Lady of the Mist. testing times are bombarded foods. Haley Kraemer is a junior jour- ernment. Students in SGA elected officials-in-train-
Unusually warm or bright with an almost musical harmony A neti pot is a mini-teapot nalism major from Shreveport who ing for the real world. Each action taken reflects your
days following several cooler or of sniffles and sneezes. that helps to irrigate nostrils, serves as news editor for The Tech accountability within our community, just as it would
darker days are what actually im- Cars are coated with the yel- which can be found at most Talk. E-mail comments to if you held office in the U.S. government.
prove people’s moods, according low powder, and I can even smell health food stores. hek002@latech.edu.

IF ONLY
The
TechTalk
The student voice of Louisiana Tech University
Working for benefit of experience only
MANAGEMENT
the university for those credit editing class, so I was a little students enrolled in the four-year EDITOR Taylor Stephens
Amber Guyotte hours. So, that would probably be ahead of the game when I took colleges and universities in Amer- FEATURES EDITOR Kelly Belton
another downside to the opportu- one that fall quarter. Of course, I ica will work as interns at least ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS Robert Wilson
s all work and no pay really nity. If you don’t have to pay for was still a rookie and had a lot to once before they graduate.

I worth it? As a college student


aspiring to work in the field of
journalism, I have often been told
the internship, then it’s probably
more of a benefit.
The summer after my fresh-
learn when the time came for
both the class and The Tech Talk.
But I do think the internship
And between one-third and
half of those students will receive
no compensation for their work,
NEWS EDITOR
COPY EDITOR
Mary Timmons
Haley Kraemer
Amber Guyotte
by my academic adviser and pro- man year at Tech, I obtained an helped further my abilities as a according to a study by the re-
fessors that internships are a good unpaid internship at a small news- writer, reporter and editor. search firm Intern Bridge. SPORTS EDITORS Sarah Brown
way to gain experience and prac- paper in my hometown. I paid So, does the opportunity out- I have applied for paid intern- Anna Claire Thomasd
tice that will get me ahead of oth- Tech for three credit hours. I re- weigh the lack of compensation? ships but have not gotten one, and MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Danielle Cintron
ers who don’t have that extra ceived no money from the intern- In my case for that particular I intend to apply for more in the
experience in the field. ship and paid Tech out of pocket internship, I would have to say future. If I get a paid internship, HEAD PHOTOGRAPHER Jessica Wethington
Of course, it also looks really instead. that the experience makes up for then I will be thrilled to get the STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Jessica Vn Alstyne
good on a resume—a plus when My bank account was closer to the lack of a paycheck, even most out of that opportunity for Kyle Kight
applying for a competitive job op- empty, and my parents weren’t though I don’t think I should’ve more hands-on experience and ADvERTISING MANAGER Etoya Barner
portunity. happy about dishing out money if had to pay for the credit hours. I enjoy the money that comes with
However, most internships are I wasn’t getting any in return. think it should have just been it, especially since I’m running out ADvERTISING REPRESENTATIvE Raven Thissel
unpaid. That’s one of the down- However, the potential experi- tacked onto my college transcript. of time for internship opportuni- ADvISERS Dr. Elizabeth Christian
sides to gaining the experience. ence and knowledge gained from I was also fortunate enough to ties because I’m a year away from Judith Roberts
You’re left with only the experi- it won them over. They knew the stay at my parents’ house, so I graduation. Then, I get to search
ence and no money to show for it. internship would be good for me didn’t have to worry about food or for the real experience and hope ADvERTISING ADvISER Dr. Reginald Owens
In an unpaid internship, you’re as an aspiring journalist and that I rent money. That was a plus of that a decent paycheck comes PRODUCTION MANAGER Michael LeBlanc
also likely to need a paying job to really wanted to take advantage the internship being so close to with it. ADvERTISING PRODUCTION Michael LeBlanc
compensate for food and rent of the opportunity. home. If only the experiences of all
money if your internship is not And it was a good experience. However, I can’t speak for the internships came with a pay- DEPARTMENT HEAD Dr. Reginald Owens
close to home. One has to won- I learned a lot valuable lessons other college students who don’t check.
and got to practice my skills as a get a paying internship who may
der if the internship is really
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Arts & Entertainment


‘Peace, Love and Country’
ULM brings out the stars
in Monroe for spring fever
Kathleen Duncan Sarah Evans took the stage to the sound of a
screaming horde of fans. Both male and female
CONTRIBUTING REPORTER voices were raised to sing along with the country
songstress as she belted out tunes like her latest “A
More than 4,000 people of all ages were in at- Little Bit Stronger.” Evans talked with the crowd
tendance for “Peace, Love and Country,” which and encouraged concert-goers to sing portions of
featured music stars Josh Turner and Sarah Evans songs.
and up-and-comers The Harters. Evans left the stage between “Suds in the
Among these included die-hard fans from Tech. Bucket” and “As If,” to tend to her daughter who
Rebecca Williams, a sophomore biology major wanted to come on stage to sing with her mamma.
and her sister, Andi Williams, a freshmen biology Evans laughed upon her return and told audience
major, were waiting at the front of the line for Uni- her children are an inspiration to her music as
versity of Louisiana at Monroe’s Spring Fever much as family or heartache. She mixed old songs
Concert at 2 p.m. Friday. By the time the doors like, “Born to Fly,” with new such as, “A Real Fine
opened at 7 p.m. the line was wrapped to half-way Place to Start.”
around the building and back again. Evans finished her set with “I Could Not Ask
The Williams sisters were determined to be the For More,” as a thank-you to her fans for being
first through the door to see Josh Turner. In fact, loyal to her through the years.
they were lucky enough to see Turner’s sound- The headliner of the night, Josh Turner, spent
check. part of Sarah Evans’ performance greeting and
“They told us since we were here so early, if we taking pictures with members of his fan club. Being
wanted to we could watch Josh Turner do his an avid fan, I completely nerded out when I had
sound-check,” Rebecca Williams said. “They said the opportunity to meet and take pictures with
we couldn’t scream or anything, but I was so ex- Turner before he took the stage. I could barely
cited I was shaking when he came on the stage contain myself enough not to squeal with joy
and began to sing. We love Josh Turner. The radio when he signed my press pass. He declined an in-
station asked what I was looking forward to most terview but took the time to wish me luck in my
and I said, ‘Josh Turner, of course. I’ve been wait- career, which of course made me grin from ear-
ing for this moment for 20 years – since I came out to-ear like an idiot and thank him profusely.
of the womb.’” Turner began with his hit song, “Firecracker”
The same sense of excitement pervaded the and continued with classic songs “Long Black
air throughout the line as it grew. Finally, after Train,” and “Me and God.” He joked with the au-
hours of sweating in the heat, the doors opened dience between songs and shook hands with the
and the rush began. Those holding floor tickets ran lucky few leaning over the barriers in front of the
to get to the floor, to get as close to the stage as stage. At the end of “Would You Go With Me,” he
possible before anyone else. By the time opening threw his guitar pick into the crowd. After “Hay-
act The Harters began, the crowd covering the wire,” he joked with his banjo player about a short
front of the stage had expanded almost to the in the electrical system which caused the banjo to
seating areas. become unplugged from its speakers.
The Harters, a trio of siblings from Arizona, “Well he sometimes plays the banjo, but appar-
opened with favorites “If I Run,” “Jenny,” and “Bro- ently not right now,” Turner told the audience.
ken Hearted Wichita.” Lead vocalist, Leslie Har- Turner played both old songs, like “Your Man,” and
ter, said a lot of their songs are written about “One Woman Man,” as well as new songs from his
family and are from brothers to sister or sister to latest album, “Haywire,” such as “I Wouldn’t be a
brothers. One of her favorite songs to perform for Man” and “I’ll be There.”
the crowd is “Broken Hearted Wichita.” After taking a bow and introducing his band, the
“The song is really great for a Louisiana crowd Tonkin’ Honkies, he began to say good night to the
because it’s about this girl from Louisiana, and she crowd only to have his band take up instruments
follows her boyfriend to Wichita only to have him again to perform one last song.
Photos by Kathleen Duncan
leave her,” Harter said. “She comes home in time “Let me ask you one thing,” Turner said. “Why
for Mardi Gras, and of course that is the best time Don’t We Just Dance?”
Sara Evans, 2006 Academy of Country Music's Female Vocalist of the Year, and Josh to come to Louisiana when you are depressed. I
Turner, a Grammy-nominated artist, performed at ULM’s Spring Fever Concert 2011. just really like it.” E-mail comments to mkd009@latech.edu.

Tech hosts ‘Super’ magic show


Zach Beaird
STAFF REPORTER
With a full arsenal of illusions
and stage presence to match,
Mike Super put on an exciting, in-
teractive show that had the
crowd talking.
Bartenders O
Union Board had students
wowed with their presentation of
magician Mike Super April 5 in
Howard Auditorium.
Nicole Albritton, a junior elec-
trical engineering major, said she
Lifeguards P
Waitstaff
P
enjoyed the show.
Photo by Kyle Kight
“His act was really cool,”
Albritton said. “I was impressed Mike Super makes his female volunteer levitate at the
with how well he kept the audi- Union Board event April 5.
ence’s attention because if you
didn’t look you’d probably miss
watched several performers and tunities to catch a Union Board
picked a few to come to Tech. event. Receptionists
O
something amazing.” Super was one of their selec- On April 19, Union Board will
She said she enjoys Union tions. co-host Rolling in Vegas with
Board events because they al-
ways offer something different
than the norm in Ruston.
Super was the winner of Residential Life, which will start
NBC’s “Phenomenon” in 2007 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center,
and was named the 2011 Enter- and on April 26, students will
Prep Cooks
“There’s nowhere around tainer of the Year by the Interna- have an opportunity to catch a
Ruston you can go to see shows
like this, so I’m glad Union Board
brings out acts like magicians
and comedians for students,”
Albritton said.
tional Magician’s Society.
presence,” Brantly said. “Some-
movie on the jumbotron at Joe
“He had really good stage Aillet Stadium.
These events are all leading
times, magicians just go up there up to Union Board’s Spring Fling
and do tricks, but he was a really on May 5. Though the artists
Line Cooks R
Laura Campbell, a sopho-
Pool Staff
T
good entertainer and performer. I playing the spring concert have
more kinesiology major, said she had seen several of his tricks per- not been announced, Brantley
was skeptical at first but in the formed before. His were so clean, said to expect a fun and exciting
end was impressed with the ma- and he would put his own twist night starting at 6 p.m. in the
gician’s performance. on them.” Thomas Assembly Center park-
“I thought magicians were a Though Tech has seen its ing lot.

U
little outdated, but I really liked share of magicians, he said he
getting to see Mike Super,” thought Super performed like no E-mail comments to zcb001@lat-
Campbell said. “He was a lot of other has. ech.edu.
fun because he got the audience
involved instead of us just watch-
“I think everyone had a good
time,” Brantley said. “People
Friendly. Enthusiastic.
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search, Aries? If so, this is the day to dig in. Your mind loftier side of romance - emotional support, a spiritual bond, tration for the next several days, Sagittarius. You could be 54. The Christian world 13. Sacred place 58. Shootout
61. Golf club which can be 14. Caterpillar rival 59. Old Dodge model
and eyes are especially sharp right now, and you're likely the highest kind of love. Today your mind is likely to be on studying a new spiritual discipline or perhaps an intel- 20. Ancient Athens's Temple of___ 60. Aggregate
numbered 1 to 9
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Taurus Virgo Capricorn 69. Small child 30. Feudal estate
Apr 20 - May 20 Aug 23 - Sep 22 Dec 22 - Jan 19 70. Some Ivy Leaguers 31. Sun. talk
Today, Taurus, you might feel caught between the deter- 33. Banned spray
A discussion could take place in your home between you, Are you interested in psychology? If so, you might dis- 35. Neighbor of Leb.
Down
mination to reach a certain goal, probably financial, and friends, and household members, Virgo. A love partner cover some information that clues you in to your mental 37. Roster
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a desire to stay home and work on your own projects, may also be present. The conversation will concern con- and emotional history. Such disciplines as past-life re- 2. Beige 39. Voter
take care of your family, or both. You're clever and re- troversial issues that the people feel very strongly about, gression or rebirthing could be especially appealing. What 3. Underground part of a plant 42. DEA agent
sourceful enough to have it both ways. Friends who know so expect to hear intense debate between opposing views. you learn today could enable you to understand yourself 4. Not self-assured 44. Cabbagelike plant
the ins and outs might be able to help you along these 5. Electrical unit 47. First prime minister of India
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lines. Think carefully! You may be surprised by what you mentative stance, so you can relax and learn. Have fun! will fill the gap with new, wonderful things! 7. Walk sign 52. Bites
learn. 8. Lump 53. He sang about Alice
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bits to report, and you could be torn between curiosity
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and compassion for the person being discussed. If what
you hear is good, relax and enjoy it. If it's vicious, don't Before it gets too far into its noisy routine, take the op- now, but you may miss your old friends and go through R F S Su M T W
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ure at the spreading of unkind rumors! out the static and set forth your goals for the day. ahead!

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Jun 21 - Jul 22
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Feb 19 - Mar 20
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into your work, accomplishing feats that ordinary people You're aiming for a specific goal of some kind that you're it's probably taking a physical and emotional toll on you.
would never even try. Today you should give your brain a anxious to reach, but it seems to hit one setback after an- You may suffer from mild stress-related conditions like
day off! Don't worry. Your successes haven't gone unno- other. Hang in there! Persevere and keep pushing. What- headaches. It might be time for a vacation. Even if you're
ticed by higher-ups, and you can expect to reap the rewards ever it is you're trying to attain, you will get there. It's unable to get away in the near future, just thinking about
that come with hard work. For now, you need to do something just going to require considerably more time and effort and planning a trip can help. Plan to go to a place where
light and entertaining to recharge those batteries. than you originally thought. Keep on pushing! you know you will feel relaxed and have fun!

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be a part of it next year.”
Carlisle, stated that he had
Watts said. the connections and wanted
The candidates both ad- to make more connections
dressed the audience with a with students, faculty and
closing statement relating to staff if elected.
their overall goals for their Carlisle said, “I am some-
presidency. one who is willing to go
Watts continued to stress against the status quo and
her longing for unity and make those big changes that
community, which is her plat- are much needed in SGA and
form. at Tech.”
Watts said, “In order to
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More Talk

Adding
spice to your
Life
Left: Raven Thissel makes an egg mixture to pan fry chicken breasts. Top center: Thissel mashes potatoes and sautees asparagus for dinner. Bottom center: Salt,
pepper and other seasonings prepare chicken breasts for being pan fried. Right: A complete meal sits ready to eat.

Students find benefits in homecooked meals


Dacia Idom plify certain processes. Her description of a
cooking utensil compared to that of a car
lover who had just seen a vintage Corvette
STAFF REPORTER Pan-fried chicken breasts
A re cip e fo r

U
in person.
“I found a new potato peeler at Walmart,
Raven Thissel
nhealthy and fast are but it was too expensive,” she said. “But I
two words that accu- am going back for it. It was beautiful.” Fr om th e ki tch en of
rately describe the Even though Thissel began finding sol-
ter- • Cayenne Pepper to taste
meals of most college ace in the kitchen when she was barely tall • 3 Chicken Breast Halves, but
bs
students. enough to reach the countertop, her pas-
As reported in a re- sion for cooking has never wavered. • 2 Cups Unseasoned Breadcrum
flied
search study by the “I started cooking when I was 9,” she • 1 Egg
University of Leiceste, said. “My daddy taught me how to make an • 3 Tablespoons Salt
59 percent of students omelet, and the rest is history.”
• Butter
admitted to adopting worse eating habits When asked to name the best cook in • 2 Tablespoons Pepper
after going to college. her family, she jokingly replied, “me,” but
enne. Beat
However, some college students prefer quickly followed with a confession that an-
son the chicke n on bot h sides with salt, pepper and cay
Sea cken into
of water. Dip the seasoned chi
to be producers of their meals instead of other person held the title.
consumers of fast food creations. “My grandma is the best cook,” she said. the egg with two tablespoons ast half in bread
drip off. Coat each bre
“I really love to cook,” Raven Thissel, a “She is really good.” the eggwash and let the excess ast half for
junior marketing major, said. “Even if I Other students like Landon Meyer, a jun- llet in butter and cook each bre
crumbs. Coat a nonstick ski dy to serve.
don’t eat the food right away, I come home ior speech communication major, learned
ut 4 minute s per side.* Ke ep warm in the oven until rea
and cook, then put it in the fridge for later.” to cook because of their parents mistakes abo
She said cooking satisfies her stomach in the kitchen. and type of
as well as her mind ing on thickness of breasts
since she considers
“My dad thinks
he is a great cook, *Cook times may vary depend
cooking to be thera- cook range.
Tip s f or be gin ne rs
but he is not. If
peutic. Paula Deen says
“I cook at least two scoops of but-
four times a week, ter, he thinks four is
even if it’s just U t ilize t he In te r ne t to f ind ne w better,” he said. “I
grilling some re cipe s and ide as. started cooking
chicken,” she said. because I wanted
While many stu- cu t to learn, and I did-
dents avoid cooking You c an double re cipe s -- or
n’t want to eat my
t hem in h alf.
because they con-
sider it a lengthy
dad’s food any-
more.”
A reci pe for Chicken Enchilada Soup
process, Thissel said Re ad re cipe s t h oroug hl y and Thissel said
she prefers to cook
remem be r t h at some t ime s you c an she likes to pre- Fro m the kitc hen of Callie Wisenhunt
meals that are time pare meals for her
consuming. sk ip ce rt ain ingre die n ts.
family and friends • 2 Chicken breasts
“I try new recipes to receive feed- • Water or broth from chicken
every time,” she said. C o ok ing is an art, so e x pe r ime n t to back about her • 1Jar of salsa
“I cook a lot of make i t your o w n . original recipes. as desired
chicken because my She also said she • 1 Green bell pepper, chopped
mom works at a enjoys cooking • Seasonings as desired
chicken plant, and I for small groups • 1 Can of corn
also cook a lot of of friends be-
steak.” cause the environment is intimate, and the
As college students across the country night is all about good food.
receive their nutrition from dollar menus, “I like cooking to impress people too,” Boil chicken breast in water until cooked. Mix remaining ingredients
drives to restaurants have become more she said. “My boss came to town and I in
common than walks to the kitchen to make cooked for her and her husband.” pot over medium-high heat. When chicken is fully cooked, cut it into
homemade courses. Despite her interests in perfecting bite-size pieces and let cook with everything else. Season to taste and


According to the University of Leicester recipes and pleasing dinner guests, Thissel let soup simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve in homemade bread
survey, many students admitted they opted told a story that proved nothing should be
to buy fast food because it saved two re- taken too seriously, even cooking. bowls if desired.
sources that college students have limited “I was making tomato sauce, and I was
amounts of—time and money. on the phone with my cousin,” she said.
“I don’t find time,” Thissel said. “I have “And some sauce splashed me in the eye.
to make time. I intentionally schedule it in.” The noise I made was something like a
As president for the Book Reading Soci- screech.”
ety, vice president of community service In order to share her kitchen catastro-
for Delta Sigma Pi, a member of The Soci- phes and recipe triumphs with a wider au-
ety of Distinguished Black Women, Inc. dience, Thissel plans to create a food blog.
and National Association for the Advance- “Anybody can cook,” she said. “Practice,
ment of Colored People, Thissel attends and don’t be too ambitious at first. Start
meetings throughout the week, but she sets with small things.”
one meeting higher than any other. Meyer said a good way to start is to per-
“I have to treat cooking like a meeting fect your skills one meal at a time. “I­find­it­important­for­me­to­cook­meals­for­my­husband
with my boss,” she said. “Pick your top five meals,” he said. “Find
She also said if cooking was not a prior- a few recipes for those dishes, and put them and­me­for­a­couple­of­reasons.­It­has­become­a­gateway
ity, fast food would always be her solution together until you perfect it. Then move on
to hunger. to another.” of­creativity­for­me.­I­enjoy­mixing­and­matching­foods
Callie Wisenhunt, a junior kinesiology- Wisenhunt said the Internet is a useful
health promotion major, said cooking meals tool for beginning cooks, who may scared to­cooking­and­creating­new­things.­Another­reason­I
at home is an easy way to ensure she and of getting in the kitchen.
her husband are eating healthy.
cook­is­to­ensure­that­we­are­receiving­proper­nutrition.
She said, “Never let the fear of messing
Since some recipes call for more elbow up keep you out of the kitchen.” Callie­­Wisenhunt Lastly,­preparing­homemade­meals­helps­us,­as­newly-
grease than others, Thissel said she has
grown fond of cooking gadgets that sim- E-mail comments to dsi004@latech.edu. junior­kinesiology-health weds,­save­money.”
Photos by Dacia Idom promotion­major
Page designed by Kelly Belton
8 • The Tech Talk • April 14, 2011

Sports Talk
Tech shoots to the pros
anna claire thomas

Hayden Haynes "This is a kid we had targeted for several weeks in the
draft as fitting a need we had for an athletic, active for-
SPORTS REPORTER ward who can play outside and inside," Thibault said in
Louisiana Tech added two new names to the list of
professional athletes hailing from the university.
a media relations press release. "She's had an impressive
career at Louisiana Tech. She got better every year, and FROM THE SPORTS DESK
she's got a chance to come in and compete for a spot
Lady Techster senior forward and the 21st Lady on our team. There are two jobs to compete for, and
Techster to head to the WNBA from Franklin, Adrienne
Johnson received the news of a lifetime April 11 when
she was the 28th pick of the draft by the Connecticut
she'll have an opportunity to win one if she does a good
job in training camp."
Johnson was not the only Tech player called to the
Nfl lockout
hits close to
Sun, who went 17-17 in last season. big league this week.
The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Player of the The Atlanta Hawks of the NBA signed 2010 Tech
Year and honorable mention All-American candidate graduate Magnum Rolle, calling him up from the NBA
talked about her childhood dream shortly after being Development League.
drafted.
"I was really excited about it," Johnson said in a
media relations press release. "It has always been a
Rolle was the 51st overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft
by the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to
the Indiana Pacers where he spent training camp and
home for tech
W
childhood dream to be drafted and play in the WNBA. played in five preseason games before being waived. hile watching the
Once your name is called, it's a huge feeling of relief. Rolle was the third overall pick of the NBA D-League daily drama-
Now it's a dream come true." by the Maine Red Claws where he averaged just under filled saga of the
Sun Head Coach Mike Thibault said he was very im- 14 points per game. NFL lockout on
pressed with Johnson’s performance at Tech, which is In Rolle’s senior year at Tech, after transferring from SportsCenter this weekend, I
Photo courtesy of Media Relations no surprise after Johnson led her team to the NCAA LSU his sophomore year, he sank 471 points for the could not help but wonder how
Adrienne Johnson poses with Head Coach tournament this past season. She sank 702 points for Bulldogs, averaging almost 14 points per game. He the impending deals would af-
Teresa Weatherspoon after being selected the Techsters this season, averaging almost 22 points a helped lead the Bulldogs to a 24-11 season. fect athletes entering the draft
by the Connecticut Sun 28th overall. game. She also led her team in rebounds, bringing 301 this season and whether or not
down for the Techsters. E-mail comments to jhh015@latech.edu. anyone even cares about the
outcome.
Tech and every other college
in the country have players,

brooks, bradshaw impress


such as Phillip Livas, on the
cusp of getting drafted and
those players are now being
forced into limbo because of
the stubbornness of both the
NFL Players Union and team
owners.
All you see on the news
Sarah Brown still say Lady Techsters. What Coach these days is the biggest names
Barmore did back then still echoes in the game walking into meet-
CO-SPORTS EDITOR among the country.” ings with NFL big-wigs, to only
Brooks and Bradshaw recalled walk out hours later pouting
Former Tech and retired Pitts- their days as Tech students and how about each others’ inability to
burgh Steelers quarterback Terry they have correlated what they reach a deal.
Bradshaw and country music sensa- learned in college into their daily Sometimes I think the NFL
tion Kix Brooks participated in the lives. executives are playing with our
eighth annual Bradshaw-Brooks Golf While Bradshaw was looking back minds to keep them occupied
Tournament at Squire Creek Country at his time as quarterback for the Bull- in the offseason.
Club in Choudrant, La., Monday. dogs and professionally, he began dis- When it comes to the idea
Brooks said he enjoys the event cussing the NFL draft and how of a year without professional
every year and is proud to have Brad- different the process is today from his football, everyone has their own
shaw as his co-host. time playing. opinions and solutions to the
“Terry’s one of my favorite people “The thing that I’m strongly problem.
in the world, and it’s so much fun to against and have always been against Even former Tech quarter-
get to do an event like this with some- is rewarding kids out of college with back and Hall of Famer Terry
body that I admire so much and ap- these ridiculous amounts of money,” Bradshaw commented on the
preciate all that he’s done for Tech,” Bradshaw said. “If you want to put up recent controversy regarding
Brooks said. “Most everything he that kind of money, then it should be the 2011-12 NFL season.
does [is] for the right reasons. If he’s put in the pot to the players and “Talk about a $9 billion in-
not into something, he doesn’t do it – coaches who made this game great.” dustry,” he said. “That’s a lot of
he’s a really honest individual.” He said rookies such as Ryan Leaf wasted money that could have
Bradshaw discussed his thoughts have turned out to be disappoint- been put into a retirement fund
on the purpose of the annual event. ments, yet they signed contracts for to help retired players and vet-
“It’s to get the alumni and poten- large sums of money. Once they are erans. It’s hard for me and for
tial donors to help our building and cut, they still have the large paycheck. all of you to fathom that the
fund this university in general, and Kix “That’s a lot of wasted money that greed can come through and
and I have been fortunate enough to could have been put into a retirement destroy this. We’re on the top
lend our names to this,” Bradshaw fund to help retired players and veter- of our game, and they’re going
said. “I just found out last night we’ve ans,” Bradshaw said. to destroy it because of greed.
raised over half a million dollars, and Bradshaw said the biggest shocker To me, that’s a crying shame.”
I think that’s pretty good.” of all has been the recent NFL lock- The effect the lockout will
Brooks said he believes that ath- out. have on future NFL players re-
letics really fires fans up and excites “It’s hard for me and for all of you mains to be seen.
them about their particular school. to fathom that the greed can come One thing you can count on
He also said that academics and through and destroy this,” he said. is the promise of a deal coming
athletics are the finest aspects Tech “We’re on the top of our game, and Photo by Jessica Wethington down to the very last minute.
has to offer. they’re going to destroy it because of
“I really learned a lot here, musi- greed. To me, that’s a crying shame.” Terry Bradshaw and Kix Brooks participated in the eighth annual
Anna Claire Thomas is a junior jour-
cally and from an athletic standpoint,” Brooks-Bradshaw Golf Tournament Monday at Squire Creek nalism major from Monroe. E-mail
he said. “Tech taught me a lot. You E-mail comments to sdb035@latech.edu. Country Club. comments to act013@latech.edu.

Dyer inspires
Tech crowd
Sarah Brown why God made him the way he
is.
CO-SPORTS EDITOR “My dad said, ‘I don’t know,
but God doesn’t make mis-
Motivated. takes,’” Dyer said.
That could easily describe He also talked about giving
the mood in the Thomas As- your all in everything you do.
sembly Center Monday night “If you wake up every day
when world-renowned fisher- and give the half-hearted effort,
man Clay Dyer spoke to stu- you’ll get a half-hearted result,”
dent- athletes and the Tech Dyer said. “Just be disciplined
community. and do it.”
Dyer was born with just his Dyer also defined success
right arm, yet he uses his hand- for the crowd.
icap as a challenge to compete “Success is getting to do
and be the absolute best at what you love to do and living
everything. your dream,” he said.
“I want to get out there Dyer is 33 years old and has
every day, work hard and be not slowed down one bit since Photo by Jessica Wethington
successful,” Dyer said. “Every he started fishing at the age of Junior outfielder Kendra Harmon and the Lady Techsters look to take control in WAC play as they take on Hawaii
day when you wake up, there’s 5. Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.
two things you can control -- He has competed in more
the effort you put out and the than 200 competitions, placing
attitude you possess.”
Dyer said if he had it to do
over again, he wouldn’t wish for
first in approximately 20 of
them.
Dyer became a professional
Techsters look to sweep Rainbow Wahine
anything different with his con- angler in 1995. Anna Claire Thomas play three weeks ago.
dition. The Techsters are led offensively by freshman outfielder Cassie
He recalled a time he asked E-mail comments to sdb035@lat- Krieg, who is hitting .281 on the season, followed closely by sopho-
his dad about his condition and ech.edu. CO-SPORTS EDITOR
more first baseman Janna Frandrup with a .272 batting average and
four homeruns and 16 runs batted in. Junior catcher Allie Geisler
The Lady Techster softball team is coming home to face Hawaii continues to power the Techster offense with a team-leading six
homeruns and 18 RBIs.
UPCOMING TECH ATHLETICS
to kick off their third series in Western Athletic Conference play Fri-
day at 6 p.m. Tech will take the field this weekend behind the arms of senior
The Techsters are 11-28 and 2-7 in the WAC this season, their pitcher Meghan Krieg, who comes into the series with an earned
two conference wins coming on the road against Nevada. run average of 3.36, and freshman pitcher Erin Kipp with a 5.65
TECHSTER BULLDOG TECH The Techsters are coming off a two-week road trip where they ERA.
SOFTBALL BASEBALL TRACK traveled to face the Nevada Wolfpack and Boise State. After Friday night’s game, the series will conclude Saturday in a
vs. Hawaii at Hawaii in Natchitoches, La. Tech took the series from the Wolfpack, winning two out of three double header starting at 1 p.m.
Lady Techster Soft- April 15 - 11:30 p.m. April 16 - All Day games in Reno, Nev., before struggling in Idaho and succumbing to Techster fans unable to attend the three-game series against
ball Complex April 16 - 11:30 p.m. a series sweep by Boise State. Hawaii can catch all the action on Gametracker. Video on LATech
April 15 - 6 p.m. April 17 - 6 p.m. Head Coach Sarah Dawson and her squad will return to the All-Access is also available to subscribers on latechsports.com.
April 16 - 1 p.m. April 18 - 11:30 p.m.
Lady Techster Softball Complex to play on their home field for the
(DH)
first time since facing off against Fresno State to start conference E-mail comments to act013@latech.edu.

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