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Volume 86

T ech T alk
October 13, 2011




The student voice of Louisiana Tech University

Number 5

SGA explores vending machine options
PATRICK BOYD Staff Reporter At a recent state student government meeting, SGA President Clint Carlisle got the idea of getting school supply vending machines for the Tech campus. What at first seemed to be a far-off possibility, the SGA is now seriously looking at purchasing some of the machines for students, according to a Senate report at Tuesday night’s meeting. “Apparently more schools have these vending machines than I thought,” Carlisle said. “It was just an idea we got at the Council of Student Body Presidents at ULL.” This past year, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s SGA pitched the idea of providing these vending machines for students’ use. After getting support and funding from the president’s office at ULL, the university ordered three vending machines to place in various places on their campus. “We originally felt there was a need to get one since our bookstore is located in the Student Union, which is not always very convenient for students to get to,” said Sarah Tronet, vice president of ULL’s SGA. “The vending machines were a really good purchase for our university.” The vending machines, which Tronet said would arrive at their school in the next few weeks, will be stocked with notebooks, inexpensive calculators, pens, pencils and other supplies. “We are going to place a vending machine in the library, one in the fitness facility and then another in one of the dorms,” Tronet said. The vending machines that ULL ordered will be wrapped in pictures by the ULL bookstore and marketing departments of the campus to personalize them. “It would be a really good idea,” said Cody Pennington, a freshman marketing major. “You wouldn’t have to go all the way across campus to get school supplies.” Pennington said Tech’s campus should have them in all departments. “They would probably be broke or out of stock a lot though, like the usual vending machine is,” he said. In the basement of Bogard Hall, the main engineering building on campus, there are vending machines selling parts and supplies for students specific to engineering. “We started the vending machines around a year and a half ago,” said David Hall, a professor of mechanical engineering. “Students are always needing things for class, and if it is after hours then it can be hard to get it to.” The machines that Hall found were old food vendors

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In the basement of Bogard Hall are two vending machines. These machines do not contain the usual tasty morsels. Instead, they drop engineering supplies, ranging from wire to safety glasses.

Green research gets boost with $1.1M EDA grant
AMIE ROLLAND Staff Reporter

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One, a new worship service, began last month in an attempt to bring students of all denominations in a Christian service. In its first few weeks, an average of 80 students have attended, and some hope the ministry will expand to include even more students in the future.

Christian students unite as ‘One’
REINA KEMPT Staff Reporter Tech’s campus Christian community is composed of many different groups and organizations, all coming together for one purpose. With so many groups for Christians to join, some organizations decided to merge together, and they hope others will follow suit in the future. This month marks the first anniversary of the merge between Crossroads Church and Christ Community Church under the name The Bridge. Last month, The Bridge ‘s student ministry and the Wesley Foundation united to become a group named One. One offers a weekly service at 8 p.m. every Tuesday at The Bridge’s Tech campus, located at 500 W. Georgia Ave. It was founded by the three men who directed each church’s student ministry before the merge: Scott Wright of the Wesley Foundation, Matt Slate of Crossroads Church and Craig Rush of Christ Community Church. Wright said One welcomes college students from all denominational backgrounds to come together and worship God. “The name One came from Jesus’ last prayer,” Wright said. “In the Bible, John 17:21-23 states, ‘I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.’” One has only had three services so far, averaging 80 students in attendance. The services consist of praise and worship along with a 30-minute sermon and a prayer session for those in need. The sermons consist of lessons about walking with God and the three directors alternate who gives the sermon each week. Bryce Brunson, a sophomore psychology major, is a member of the Wesley Foundation who attends the One services faithfully every week. He said he loves meeting new people from every denomination.

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Dean requests SGA help to improve liberal arts
PATRICK BOYD Staff Reporter Donald Kaczvinsky, the newly appointed dean of College of Liberal Arts, asked for the Student Government Association’s participation in helping improve the college at SGA’s meeting Tuesday night, making the college the focus of the evening. “I want the liberal arts department to move up with the university as a tier one university,” Kaczvinsky said. The College of Liberal Arts has suffered recently due to a decline in the number of students in its programs, along with the scare of proposed budget cuts and even program cuts by the Board of Regents last year. “There are several projects that I would like to see happen soon,” he said. “I would like the SGA’s participation in making some of these t h i n g s happen.” To help i m p rove the liberal KACZVINSKY arts, Kaczvinsky presented three main goals for the SGA members to consider. “I would like to see the recruitment of students for the liberal arts by going to high schools,” he said. “We could share the kinds of curriculum that our programs have with the students.” Kaczvinsky said that he would also eventually like to see the liberal arts hire a philosophy professor. In his second point, he discussed having more opportunities for liberal arts majors to be more knowledgeable about the job market. “Liberal arts majors can write and think critically, but we are just not sure how to get that job,” he said. “We will be working with Ron Cathey [director of Counseling and Career Services] to help students with resumes and have companies come in and help show students the ways that they can use their degree.” In closing, Kaczvinsky proposed cleaning up George T. Madison, as it is the most utilized building on campus and has the most students coming through its doors and requested the SGA’s participation in this. “I want to make this building look good,” he said. “We can start by painting the walls.” The rest of the meeting was dedicated to swearing in its new members, talks of the newly updated SGA website and Homecoming preparations.

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ment, said every year Tech’s faculty and students produce about 30 inventions and about Tech was one of six 10 of those apply for a patent. schools presented with a fed“It may take two or three eral grant for the i6 Green years to get patented, and Challenge, a national compe- during that time we’ll talk to tition focused on accelerating industry folks and start workentrepreneurship in the Unit- ing with them on developing,” ed States. Today, a press con- he said. ference will be held with Tech The Proof of Concept administrators and Economic Center will be housed on Development Association of- campus in University Hall, ficials at the Robert but Guice said most H. Rawle Enterprise experimenting takes Center, where the place in the field. $1.1 million grant “I think of it as will be awarded. more than a buildDave Norris, diing,” he said. “It is rector for the Enan entire regional terprise Center, impact.” said Tech will use Guice said the the grant money to center focuses priestablish a Proof marily on green of Concept Center technology that can where research will enhance the envibe tested, developed ronment and turn GUICE and introduced into the ideas into prodthe market. ucts. “We’re going to spend the “We have this concept,” he money on testing and de- said. “Now we need to estabvelopment,” he said. “Some lish that it works.” money will go to grad stuWayne Sanford, a freshdents to do research as well as man civil engineering major, design and execute tests for said it is important for Tech to technology out in the field.” be green and more self-suffiNorris said the Enterprise cient because it saves money. Center is a business incubator “Tech isn’t very green from with one foot in the university what I’ve seen,” Sanford said. and one foot outside. Sanford said people need “We work with faculty and to understand that green techstudents and make a connec- nology is not limited to solar tion with the businesses and panels. investors out in the world to “Solar panels are what’s bring technologies to the mar- best right now, but there could ket and create new opportuni- be something bigger in the futies for our research and our ture,” he said. “They are also students,” he said. too large and unattractive.” Norris said the university Catlin Tatum, a freshman has received the federal grant, forestry major, said other but it will run out in two years. people judge Tech on the apHe also said the remainder of pearance they see from the contributions will come from outside. private companies. “The money should be “Over that two-year pe- spent on a bunch of little riod, we want to establish things,” she said, “not wasted enough relationships between on one big investment.” the university and private Tatum said there are a lot companies to fund the Proof of improvements that can be of Concept Center,” he said. made across Tech’s campus. “The ones who are interested “People want to know Tech in the things we are working cares about more than engion are the ones who will put neering,” she said. money into it.” Les Guice, vice president Email comments for research and develop- to

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7th annual SAE car show approaching
Tech’s Society of Automotive Engineers will host its seventh annual car show from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday. Bikes, cars and trucks will be on display under the Argent Pavilion next to the Joe Aillet Stadium. Gate registration ends at 3 p.m. and is $20 for any vehicle. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information contact Sarah May, president of SAE, at 318-558-0175 or May. of the P .E.A.R.L.” starting with a worship service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Zion Traveler Baptist Church. The week will be filled with daily events open to students. A lecture about financial aid will be at 6 p.m. Monday in Wyly Tower Auditorium. A lecture about bullying will be given to sixth graders Tuesday at I.A. Lewis Elementary School. Spa treatments will be given at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Women’s Center on Sorority Row with a discussion about breast cancer, and Thursday will hold a Greeks vs. student body basketball game at 5 p.m. in the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center. For more information contact Antoria Legget, chair of AKA week, at 318-572-6732 or

NNA celebrates Dashain

Sunday fundraiser to raise funds for CMD
Kaden’s Second Annual CureCMD Bash will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at CC’s Gymnastics at 2116 Farmerville Highway. The bash is a local fundraiser to help raise money to help conduct research for the rare disease congenital muscular dystrophy. The event will feature a carnival atmosphere that will include jumping houses, a petting zoo, games and food. CureCMD is looking for businesses or individuals to donate products, services or money for the event. For more information contact CC Gymnastics at 318-2420042 or ccgymnastics1@gmail. com.

Last chance to drop with a ‘W’ nears
The deadline for any student who wants to drop a class or resign from Tech and receive a “W” on their transcript is 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Students who drop or resign after 5 p.m. Oct. 23 will receive an “F” for the quarter. Drop forms can be picked up in the Registrar’s Office located in Keeny Hall, Room 207 or registrar’s website. All forms must be filled out completely and signed by the student’s adviser before approval. For more information contact Susan Elkins, associate registrar, at 318-257-2176 or

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Above: After the music began and the first brave souls hit the floor, the members of the Namaste Nepal Association continued dancing until the last song was played during the Nepalese students’ festival of Dashain celebration. Nepalese students from Tech and Grambling celebrated the biggest festival on the Nepalese calendar Saturday night during an event hosted by Tech’s NNA. The event included a meal, performances and a dance party. Below: Shikshya Vaidhya, a senior computer informations systems major, and Pratik Kc, a junior mechanical engineering major, performed as the crowd joined in with clapping and singing at the festival of Dashain celebration. Following the performance, the duet was encouraged by the crowd’s shouts to perform, “once more.”

NSBE seeks help for coming science fair
Tech’s chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers will host an informal engineering and science fair on Oct. 21 at the Boys and Girls Club and is seeking volunteers. Those interested in helping should attend NSBE’s meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in Bogard Hall, Room 325. If you are unable to attend or need more information contact Kendall Belcher, NSBE community service chair, at nsbelatech.

Help for choosing a major coming soon
Tech’s Career Center is offering a career decision-making workshop for students who need help finding a major. The first workshop will be offered at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 27. The second workshop will be offered Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, both at 4 p.m. The workshops will meet in Keeny Hall, Room 337. A student can choose either of the two-part workshops. Students interested may register online at students/counseling. For more information contact Ashley Allen, counselor/ career development coordinator, at 318-257-2488 or aallen@

Alpha Kappa Alpha Week begins Sunday
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will host the “AKA Week


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“One is awesome, just the idea of all the students coming together to worship the same God,” Brunson said. “We’re all separate ministries, but we’re all seeing each other as one body of Christ.” Brunson said he likes seeing people from different religious backgrounds come together, and their differences do not matter because they are all there for the same reason: to worship God. “I think it’s beautiful,” he said. “I love going and seeing and meeting new people who are on this campus who want to reach people just like I do.” Members hope to expand to a more diverse denominational crowd in the future, bringing all types of people together. Rush said it is not about attendance as much as unity right now. He said the attendance will come but only when they first show unity.

“It’s sad, but even in the Christian world, we can get into a competitive mode, trying to see who can get the most attendance,” Rush said. “We’re trying to communicate that we’re all in this together. We serve the same God.” The directors of One have had conversations with some of the other Christian organizations about possibly uniting with them in the future. One is the start of something that could grow across Tech, but this is only the beginning. At the end of the day, Rush said all One wants to do is make sure all believers in God know they are not alone in their walk with God. “Our biggest message we are trying to spread is that we all are believers in Jesus Christ,” Slate said. “We are all one body serving one Lord, one Savior. We have all been called by the same Spirit.”


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I believe...Truth can be found in different ways
AMIE ROLLAND Staff Reporter This is the fourth in a nine-part series on what different individuals “believe” based on the collection of essays titled This I Believe II. The book serves as the common read for freshman seminar classes as part of the First-Year Experience program. Living in the heart of the Bible Belt, people often hear stories of salvation and new beginnings through faith in God, but when listening to Mandie Ebarb, there is a different story to be heard. Ebarb, a senior 3D studio art major, learned at an early age that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to get back on top. After suffering a broken heart, Ebarb said she lost her sense of identity. She spent five years in isolation. During that time, Ebarb was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. “The search for meds and emotional training was horrible, but I had to have that to be where I am right now,” she said. Ebarb always knew she was different and never took people’s criticism to heart because she knew she was somebody. “When the diagnosis hit, I didn’t feel so special anymore,” she said. She began researching her illness. Ebarb thought if she could not trust her thoughts then she needed to be able to comprehend them. “I had to find myself and get control of my life,” she said.

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Mandie Ebarb, a senior 3D studio art student, holds the book that Luke Kinmon, a senior communication design student, made her. Ebarb uses the book to jot down encouraging religious quotes. Ebarb said there was a long time when she sat in her room doing nothing except feeling sorry for herself, but eventually she began working at it. “I needed to do something before I did something I would regret,” she said. Growing up, Ebarb said having a personal relationship with God had always been an important part of her life. “Up until my junior year of high school I carried a Bible with me,” she said. “People knew where I stood and they respected that.” However, Ebarb began to notice all the hypocrisy among her peers and said she began to change her views on religion. She realized that her faith was a habit that formed when she was younger and it no longer served her. “I didn’t run away from God,” she said, “just Christianity.” Ebarb said that she is still in the beginning of her spiritual journey and it has not fully evolved. She said if she had to label her belief it would be a direct quote from Joseph Campbell that reads: “Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.” “The biggest difference where I differ from my family and friends, is that I believe in reincarnation,” she said. Ebarb said the idea of saying something is true, having the faith in that, and dying and going to heaven where there is no suffering disgusts her.

“It made no sense,” she said. “It didn’t motivate me to be there.” Reincarnation to Ebarb is when a person keeps coming back until he gets his mistakes right. “We learn what it is to love unconditionally and to be part of a bigger whole,” she said. “We’re all in this together.” Ebarb said as human beings we are taught that everything should be consistent, balanced and harmonious. Without the balance we become uneasy. She also said it annoys her when people do not believe in things because they have never given it a chance. “You know things because you feel it,” she said. “You believe things until you know them.” Ebarb said labels are hard for her, and she does not classify herself with a religious denomination because labels put up too many boundaries. “I am what I am,” she said. “I’m a multitude of things.” Ebarb said the basis of her spirituality is personal development and self-knowledge. She said what she believes is not considered in any denomination, but is based off her knowledge and research. Ebarb said that although she prays, it is not the traditional Christian prayer but a form of meditation. “You don’t have to talk to a guy in the sky,” she said. “He is in you or it is in you: you are it.” Ebarb does not worship multiple gods, practice witchcraft or any other extremes of religion and fellowship; she simply wants to be familiar with all aspects of spirituality. “The best way I can describe what I believe now and what Christianity was to me is that to me Christianity is a vertical line, you slip and you crawl back up,” she said. “You do the same things over and over, and don’t really learn anything. Climbing up is hard, but now I believe in everything.”

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Homecoming Week theme 2003 Alumnus of the Year gets mixed student reviews donates $1M to alma mater
PATRICK BOYD Staff Reporter Riser, SGA student affairs director, said the SGA plans to publicize Homecoming Week and get the community more involved. As the Student Government Association con“We really want to excite more interest in tinues planning and setting up for Homecoming Homecoming with everyone from the commuWeek, not all students are looking forward to the nity,” he said. “Over the past few years we have festivities. tried to get more interest from non-Greeks and Many students on Tech’s campus have dif- get them more involved.” fering opinions about Homecoming Week and During his freshman year, Riser said that what it means for the university. Homecoming then was really focused on the “I honestly just don’t really care about it,” Greek system. said Micheal Smith, a junior chemical engineer“We will be having competitions that will ing major. “I love the university, but I mainly stay focus on having more nonfocused on stuff within my own Greek participation,” he department.” said. Smith plans to go to the foot“This year’s theme “Beball game against San Jose State tween the Gods and Men the University and showing school Best Will Win” was inspired “I am very excited spirit by attending the game. by the football game against Smith said he does not plan to about Homecoming the San Jose State Univerparticipate in the events during sity Spartans. Homecoming Week because he Week, especially since “I think it is a really good thinks they tend to be very Greekidea,” said Erin Doty, a freshit is my first Homecentric. man biology major. “The “Homecoming tends to be fo- coming Week experitheme is a really good play cused more on fraternities and on the other team’s mascot.” sororities than on non-Greeks,” he ence.” Doty, a member of the said. Band of Pride, is excited to Many of the events taking participate in the activities place during Homecoming Week Erin Doty planned for Homecoming are competitions between the fra- freshman biology major Week. ternities and sororities. “I am very excited about “Most alumni that come back Homecoming Week, espeto Homecoming were in fraternities and sorori- cially since it is my first Homecoming Week ties,” said Jamie Vercher, a senior psychology experience,” she said. “Whatever way for me to major. “It makes sense that events would be cen- get involved in it, I will.” tered around the Greek system since the alumni Daniel Alessi, a freshman mechanical engiare the ones who donate a lot of money to the neering major, thinks the theme could be better. school.” “School pride is reflected through HomeVercher feels that Homecoming Week is not coming,” Alessi said. “I think the theme is OK publicized enough for students to always know this year, but it is not the best.” what is going on. Josh James, a sophomore animal science “I feel that it is always poorly planned,” she major, is also looking forward to the week’s fessaid. “The SGA always sends out those mass tivities. email messages, but not many students really “It is the one time of year where Tech does pay attention to those. There should be more something big,” James said. “The theme will advertisement around campus so students are help us to have spirit against San Jose.” more aware of what is going on.” By using radio and newspaper, Kewaynethian Email comments to Tech News Services ments he has made in Louisiana Tech and the generous support Mike McCallister, chairman he has shown for our student and CEO of Humana Inc. and and faculty. Mike is a true Louisiana Tech University alum- champion of our university and nus, and The Humana Founda- its vision for the future.” tion have donated $1 million In honor of his involvement to McCallister’s alma mater to in and support of Louisiana help fund the construction of Tech, McCallister was awardnew, state-of-the-art facilities ed the coveted Tower Medalfor Louisiana Tech athletics and lion and selected as Louisiana the College of Business. Tech’s Alumnus of the Year in McCallister made a per- 2003. The Tower Medallion is sonal contribution of $500,000 given to Louisiana Tech alumni to Louisiana Tech’s Quest who have distinguished themfor Excellence athletics facil- selves by exceptional achieveity campaign and The Humana ment, community service and Foundation matched humanitarian activihis gift with another ties. $500,000 donation In addition to his for the expansion of Tower Medallion and the new College of selection as Tech’s Business building. Alumnus of the Year, McCallister earned McCallister was also his bachelor’s degree named the Alumin accounting from nus of the Year for Louisiana Tech’s the College of BusiCollege of Business ness in 2001. He has in 1974. provided substantial Mike McCallisfunding for an emiter - 2003 Louisiana nent scholar chair, Tech Alumnus of the MCCALLISTER endowed professorYear and Humana ships and a scholarChairman and CEO ship fund for the Uni“Since the day he versity. graduated from Louisiana Tech “Louisiana Tech gave me inUniversity, Mike McCallister dispensible skills that I’ve used has been active and steadfast in since the day I graduated,” Mchis support of our institution,” Callister said. “I’m honored to said Louisiana Tech University be able to give back to the uniPresident Dan Reneau. “He versity so future generations of continues to inspire us with his students can continue to enjoy commitment to his alma mater the benefits of a Louisiana Tech and his efforts to provide new education.” opportunities for the students Following his graduation of Louisiana Tech. from Louisiana Tech, McCal“I am grateful for the invest- lister joined Humana as a fi-

nance specialist, working in the company’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. He led Humana hospitals in Louisiana and California before assuming responsibility for the company’s health plan operations in the late 1990s. In 2000, Humana named McCallister president and chief executive officer. He quickly earned industry-wide respect for his visionary leadership and technology innovations. McCallister’s strength of leadership and Humana’s decade-long growth led to his appointment as Humana’s Chairman of the Board in 2010. Under McCallister’s direction, Humana has quadrupled its annual revenues and recently acquired a nationwide system of primary care and occupational health centers. McCallister’s contribution to the Quest for Excellence campaign will support the construction of a multi-purpose facility to provide all Louisiana Tech student-athletes with superior athletic and academic resources, and to position Louisiana Tech athletics as a nationally respected and competitive program. The Humana Foundation’s gift will help to advance the College of Business’ Building Distinction campaign and its goal of $5 million to increase the size of the new building by adding a wing to the planned structure. This wing will allow the College to better serve the needs of students and faculty, today and into the future.

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OWS legitimacy frightens far right
hree weeks into Occupy Wall Street, the lamestream media seems to have finally started to take the growing movement seriously, granting it legitimacy among fears from the far right. Despite its many similarities with the Tea Party movement, some rather extreme conservatives have turned to fear-based rhetoric in response to the protesters, who are now demonstrating in cities across the nation. Assuming the OWS protesters are anti-capitalist, Glenn Beck warned “true” capitalists on his Monday radio show, saying, “if you think that you can play footsies with these people, you’re wrong. They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you...they’re Marxist radicals... these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution...they’ll kill everybody.” It’s interesting that he supports a non-violent movement so similar in nature but is quick to attack protesters who don’t meet the profile of a Tea Partier: white, above the age of 40, Protestant. Ann Coulter, far-right commentator and author, would disagree. On “Fox and Friends” Sunday, she called the OWS movement “demonic” and an “actual mob uprising” with no cause. She went on to call the protesters “wastrels defecating on police cars.” Eric Cantor has also condemned the OWS “mobs,” claiming they are “pitting Americans against Americans,” according to the Huffington Post. Many would say the same things of the Tea Party movement, which has a general message but remains largely divided on key issues and candidates. At a Tea Party I attended in Ruston, I watched older men, veterans even, yell at students, demanding to know whether they had read a history book. If some Occupy protesters have turned to a similar tone and attitude, they are not representative of the movement, just as some racist Tea Partiers are not representative of theirs. While extreme conservatives would like to believe the OWS are Democrats out to trample the GOP’s wonderful chances of success in next year’s presidential election, they could not be further from the truth. The message of OWS, while not always crystal clear, has obviously been made clear enough for most media and people to understand: get money out of politics and put government on the side of the people rather than on the side of big banks, big business and Wall Street. President Barack Obama is guilty. Presidential hopefuls are guilty. No politician is safe from this movement. Instead of seeing OWS for what it is, a nonpartisan movement of the masses, radical conservatives see a chance to attack anyone who may disagree with them. It’s important to note that the majority of OWS protesters have been non-violent. In fact, Republican New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said Monday that protesters could stay indefinitely as long as they remain peaceful. The most violent action I have heard of is protesters being peppersprayed by police, a far cry from the mass death by guillotine that Beck so adamantly believes is on the horizon. Occupy is inspiring, as it truly is a movement of, by and for the people. As Bank of America disclosed Friday that the company gave a total of $11 million to two departed executives, OWS protesters and many other Americans shook their heads and started “Bank Transfer Day.” On Nov. 5, thousands will take their money out of big banks and put it into local banks and credit unions. More than 21,000 people have RSVP’d on the Facebook event. Why can’t the far right comprehend or even join in such frustration? In the style of Beck, I leave you with an 1816 quote from Thomas Jefferson: “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” Kelly Belton is a senior journalism and political science major from Houston who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. Email comments to belton.



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REBECCA SPENCE News Editor n this age of technology, drivers send and receive text messages daily without a thought about what may lie on the road ahead of them. The second a driver picks up his phone, he is 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident, according to a 2009 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Distraction from cellphone use while driving inhibits a driver’s reaction as much as having a blood alcohol level at the legal limit of .08 percent. The No. 1 source of driver inattention links back to using a wireless device. Texting and driving statistics seemingly get worse as more people continue to fiddle with their phones while behind the wheel. To me, it just does not make sense. As a previously uninformed texter and driver, texting came naturally to me because it was a normal thing when I was growing up. I never had a second thought about driving while shooting texts back and forth until recently when I became involved in the new on campus organization, LaTXT. As a group, we went through statistics and were encouraged to do research to understand the true harm in sending a quick text while trying to operate a vehicle. The studies were shocking, the statistics were unreal and the number of people I knew who had been in a wreck involving a texter or knew someone who was involved in such a accident, increased daily. It is so hard to fathom that a simple 10-second text could mean the end of a life, but it happens and is common. Think about how many times you have felt your car vibrate as you have swerved over the lines on Interstate 20. If an obstacle was in the middle of the lane, the second your eyes are on the screen instead of the road, the object is invisible to you. There are too many risks that come with texting and driving that make it worth the wait for a safe time to text. Living in a small town like Ruston, it does not take us long to get around the town in a timely manner. I encourage you to start small; the habit will catch on for more strenuous trips if you plan on putting your phone away for the short amount of time you are driving around Ruston. You can be fully focused on the road instead of what is happening from the other end of the line. Hold your friends and family members accountable by reminding them to keep their hands on the wheel instead of on the keyboard. Think about how you would feel if the person receiving your text was involved in an accident, which resulted in death. I am willing to bet that any text can wait until you get home. It is easy to wave off something as seemingly miniscule as this in such a technology-based world, but percentages are high when you get into the car and when you start texting, they are astronomical. Why would you make yourself more vulnerable and more likely to get in a accident? A driver without wireless phone distractions is 400 percent less likely to get in an accident. That is more than 100, folks; it is almost guaranteeing that the person behind the wheel will at some point get in an accident. For all of the technology lovers, guess what? People 20 years ago did not have such wireless distractions while driving and they were able to communicate with each other and carry on their personal and professional lives without a gripe. If they could handle it, what is stopping us? LaTXT is holding a fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.19 in Centennial Plaza to demonstrate the dangers of texting and driving. I encourage you to at least stop by the booth or look at some of the horror stories. Also look out for the homecoming parade float, where more information will be put into a visual display. Each choice is ultimately yours to make. Wait or text? Pull over or keep driving? Life or death? Rebecca Spence is a senior journalism and speech communications major from Cypress, Texas, who serves as news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to


pple lost its newly retired CEO and co-founder to pancreatic cancer, last week leaving many questioning whether Apple can survive the absence of its greatest innovator. Steve Jobs is the reason we can all listen to an iPod, open a MacBook, browse the Internet on an iPad or talk on an iPhone. With Jobs being the mastermind behind these products and pushing Apple to be a leading corporation in modern technology, the next CEO, Tim Cook, has enormous shoes to fill. Although Cook has an impeccable job resume, having worked at Apple for more than a decade, and Compaq and IBM before Apple, many are apprehensive that he will have the same mentality as Jobs when it comes to caring about the quality of Apple’s products. According to a Forbes article, Apple is considered a hardware company, making most of its profit selling hardware. Cook is known to despise hardware because it is big, bulky and expensive. The article also said Apple has already done all it can do to convert its consumers from physical media to digital software. So now the question is will Cook put aside his own preferences for the good of the company or will Apple witness a series of changes? It will either grow or worsen. It is the opinion of The Tech Talk that Apple will survive, but with some changes. We cannot discount a company because one of its founders has passed; we have to remember that behind every mastermind is a team of people working to put his innovative idea into action. Unless everyone decides to quit because of Jobs’ death, the majority of the people who worked and/or were hired by Jobs will still be there. These people will be even more vital to the brand now that Jobs is gone. Cook will have to rely on them to continue producing as they did when Jobs was around. The changes will come once the people who Jobs hired start to retire or leave and Cook has to replace them. Jobs did an excellent job of picking out the right person for each position. After all, he was the one with the vision and knew what it would take to get it accomplished. Since Jobs cared extensively about the company, we can only imagine the time and effort he took to select each individual. Cook, however, may not have the same outlook when it comes to the hiring process, which can be scary for the future of Apple. All it takes is for one “bad apple” to bring down the company. If that one bad apple hires other bad apples it will set off a series of bad employees coming into the company, and Jobs’ vision will be lost. We have to trust that Cook will feel the same way about the quality of the products. Cook may be tempted to use cheaper materials and sell them at a higher price or he may release a new iPhone every six months to try to cash in on intrigued consumers who always have the latest and greatest product. We can only hope that Cook continues Jobs’ vision of the company and that Apple will continue to be a major contributor in modern technology in the future. We cannot expect Cook to lead Apple as Jobs did, because nobody can ever care about a product or company more than the person who created it.

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ith more than 11.2 million illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. and 65,000 undocumented students graduating from high school each year, passionate discussions have erupted among various organizations both for and against the California Dream Act. The controversial law (AB 131), which Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday afternoon, will become effective starting Jan. 3, 2013, and create educational opportunities for undocumented students who are on a path to citizenship by enabling them to apply for and receive state aid. According to the California Department of Finance, the bill will impact an estimated 2,500 students. They will be eligible to receive Cal grants totaling $14.5 million, a hefty $5,800 per student. In a nutshell, this means only 1 percent of all Cal Grant funds, which total $1.4 billion, will be affected by the legislative package.

Though the bill is slightly different from the 2009 DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), which attempts to grant full citizenship to U.S.-born alien students over a six-year period through college or by joining the military, many feel angered and betrayed. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said the bill’s passage was the biggest mistake the Democratic Party ever made. “The polling indicates that 80 to 90 percent of Californians are against this, and it crosses party lines,” Donnelly said. Donnelly said he hopes to get a ballot initiative started to overturn the law as soon as the bill is officially a state statute. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigrant Studies, a non-partisan Washington, D.C., research organization whose tagline is “Lowimmigration, Pro-immigrant,” said the bill is only part of the problem. “The reason [the Dream Act] matters,” he said, “is that it’s an attempt to legitimize the presence of illegal immigrants. People say,

‘How can you object to letting the young people who are living here get tuition?’ “… The point of [the Dream Act] is not to give financial aid to a few students, but to create political momentum in Washington for amnesty for all illegal immigrants.” Ginny Rapini, coordinator for the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, said there should be consequences for illegal immigrants and giving them an education funded by California taxpayers isn’t fair to the legal residents who can’t afford to pay for their own tuition. “What part of ‘illegal’ do we not get?” she said. “When people come here illegally they need to come here with the same rules and regulations that other people came here with.” To me, I can understand why so many people are upset about California providing federal aid to undocumented immigrants, especially when college tuition is rising and California’s public colleges and universities are struggling to survive the economic downturn. At the same time, there is the

morality of the situation. Children of illegal immigrants are American citizens if born in the U.S. Also, by preventing them from getting an education, will California lose future skilled workers who can pay taxes and fill jobs left by baby boomers expected to retire in the coming years? The answer remains uncertain. Overall, I feel AB 131 is only a partial solution. Even though undocumented immigrants will be able to earn a degree, they will not have a right to work or obtain a driver’s license. Only Congress has the power to pass legislation providing a path to legalization and a green card. That being said, if education were free, politics weren’t a major factor, and if the government established more restrictive policies on immigration, we wouldn’t be having these problems. Then again, what are the chances of that happening, right? Naomi Allison is a junior journalism major from West Lake who serves as news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to

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2nd-graders light up with engineering
AMBER GUYOTTE Managing Editor Watch batteries, clothespins, pipe cleaners and tiny light bulbs may seem like ordinary objects, but when combined, they can spark the imagination of a child. Second-graders from A.E. Phillips Laboratory School visited the College of Engineering and Science Friday where they made electronic fireflies out of a watch battery, clothespin, pipe cleaners, two LEDs and wire. The wire helped create a circuit with the battery to light up the LEDs, which represented the firefly’s eyes. Sally Allen, one of the second grade co-teachers from A.E. Phillips, said the field trip to the COES started when one of the students checked out a book about robots from the A.E. Phillips library. “After pouring over the book for several weeks, the child told me he had really been ‘inspired’ and that he had ‘finally’ decided what he was going to be when he grew up,” Allen said. “He was going to be a famous robot designer.” Allen said the book was very outdated, so they looked for more current information about robots. She also said the student spent hours researching robots on the Internet. Gail Nelson, the librarian and media specialist for A.E. Phillips, said she and the student had a discussion about robots because the student found out her husband, Jim Nelson, is an engineering professor at Tech who works with building robots. She said the boy’s passion, excitement and interest in robots led her to set up the field trip to Tech through her husband’s connections as associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science. “It became obvious to me that this was not just a whim, but something about which (he) had given much thought,” Nelson said. “As his librarian, I immediately considered resources that would be available to him that could lead to a positive, lasting experience and also further that passion.” Jane Petrus, student success specialist for the COES, helped arrange the field trip to introduce the second-graders to engineering and science. “I organized this project because it is never too early to expose someone to engineering,” Petrus said. “If I was able to spark an interest in at least one child, then maybe they will think about becoming an engineer. And, who knows, that could be the engineer that makes a great discovery or contributes to society in a very special way.” She said it was a good experience for the children to participate in because it gets them inside Tech. “I have noticed that just because people live in Ruston, they may not know all the things that go on inside some of the buildings [at Tech],” Petrus said. “By having the kids inside Bogard Hall, they were able to see our labs, look at some of our student projects, learn about engineers, and see that engineering can be fun.” The students saw some of the Boe-bots and Arduino robotic kits used in the engineering program and the Eco-Car. Allen said she and her coteacher, Shai Garrett, believe the chance for the students to visit Tech’s engineering program came from that student’s

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A.E. Phillips’ second-grade co-teacher Shai Garrett stands with students as they wait for the BOE-bot’s next move. James D. Nelson, associate dean for undergraduate studies for College of Engineering and Science, and Kyle Davis, a senior mechanical engineering major, were among the volunteers who helped teach students engineering through activities like making electronic fireflies, viewing Tech’s Eco-Car and learning about the Boe-bot. interest and from teachers tak- competitive in a global society. the students learned that in- es, for building structures that ing a “teachable moment” to We want our students to know terests can be nurtured and meet the needs of communihelp engage their students. that Tech has one of the top encouraged through discussion ties, and for shaping a world “A.E. Phillips students are engineering programs in the and participation. filled with aesthetics and awe. incredibly fortunate to be in an country and inspire them to be “I believe that knowledge What better way to begin this environment that fosters a love a part of it.” of engineering and science process than with children, by of learning and develops indeNelson said that in addition concepts provides the basis paying attention to their ideas.” pendent critical thinkers,” said to learning science vocabulary for technology development,” Allen. “We are preparing our about electronics and how to Nelson said, “for creating and Email comments students to be confident and build their electronic insects, maintaining mechanical devic- to

Salad Garden brings back tortilla chip taco salad option
JUSTIN FORT Staff Reporter Beginning fall quarter 2011, Aramark added new items to Salad Garden’s menu in an effort to increase sales. Blue cheese dressing, grilled chicken and baby spinach are a few of the items that were added to the menu. However, when Aramark decided to remove one item, taco salad tortilla chips, some students were dissatisfied. Sophomore psychology major Paige Talley is one of those dissatisfied students. “The new shells are very greasy and make the rest of the salad greasy,” Talley said. “The chips made the salad taste better.” Robert Lubbert, resident district manager of Aramark, said he and other Aramark employees decided to change the shells this summer. “We are constantly looking for new ideas,” Lubbert said. “We are always looking to improve service, product and variety. We understand we cannot please all customers, but we try to please as many as we can.” Some students have given up on the tortilla chip taco salad they were accustomed to eating, while other students have embraced the new shell. “I wasn’t a fan of the ones before,” said sophomore marketing major Morgan Canfield. “I didn’t like how the chips were crunched up in it. I like this better because it is more similar to how they do it at a restaurant.” Talley said she has only heard a few people say anything positive about the new, softer shells. In fact, she said she has seen some students try to create the classic taco salad themselves. “I’ve seen other people buy a bag of chips and take the shell out of the salad,” Talley said. “If I do decide to get the taco salad again, I will probably buy a bag of chips to put with it.” Although there have been mixed feelings about the new shells, Aramark’s decision to alter the menu has paid off. Lubbert said Salad Garden is making more money than it was in the past, despite the new shells being more expensive to make. “Just because we like something does not mean our guests will have the same opinion,” Lubbert said. “We have to look at their comments closely.” According to Lubbert, the only comments Aramark employees have received are positive. Salad Garden employee J.A. Clark said students have been praising the new additions. “I believe the bowls are more fun for them,” Clark said. “We are trying to see which shell they respond to better.” Senior psychology major Alex Gardeni said he does not mind the new, pre-made shells,

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Although some students complain the tortilla bowls become too soggy after adding other ingredients, other students still enjoy them. Salad Garden has added different types of chips, including tortilla chips and strips, to satisfy every customer.

but it is not his primary choice. “The new shells aren’t bad,” Gardeni said, “but I’m more of a crunch kind of guy. The chips complete the bowl.” Lubbert said he believes there should be more than one choice for students when making the taco salads. “I think not only should we have the two, but have chips in addition and let the customers choose,” Lubbert said. “After a period of time, we would take out the product that does not move.” For those students who have recently become dssatisfied with Salad Garden’s new taco shells, Lubbert said Aramark has added the tortilla chips back to the menu in addition to new tortilla strips. “It’s all about quality and service,” Lubbert said. “You will be able to have a choice.”

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Obama: Jobs bill fight not over
Associated Press WASHINGTON — A day after Senate Republicans killed his $447 billion jobs bill, President Barack Obama said he isn’t taking no for an answer. In his first, combative appearance since a united Senate GOP caucus filibustered the jobs plan to death, Obama promised to keep the pressure on Congress for his job initiatives. “Now a lot of folks in Washington and the media will look at last night’s vote and say, ‘Well, that’s it. Let’s move on to the next fight.’ But I’ve got news for them: Not this time. Not with so many Americans out of work,” he said. “Not with so many folks in your communities hurting. We will not take no for an answer.” After pressing for Congress to award his jobs package an up or down vote, Obama and his Democratic allies promise to force additional votes on separate pieces of the measure, like infrastructure spending, jobless assistance and tax cuts for individuals and businesses. “We will keep organizing and we will keep pressuring and we will keep voting until this Congress finally meets its responsibilities and actually does something to put people back to work and improve the economy,” said Obama, who spoke at an event organized by the White House recognizing Latino contributions to American history. The White House is using the jobs issue as a political sword as the 2012 campaign heats up. But it’ll take a more bipartisan approach to deliver results sought by an angry public. Obama’s plan died at the hands of Senate Republicans on Tuesday, even though the president had been campaigning for it across the country for weeks. The $447 billion plan fell on a 50-49 tally in the 100-member Senate, falling well short of the 60 votes needed to crack a

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President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will not take no for an answer after Republicans killed his $447 billion jobs bill in the Senate on Tuesday. He has said he will push more votes on the legislation, which he says will keep the U.S. out of a double-dip recession, until Congress passes it. filibuster by Republicans. They opposed to its stimulus-style spending and its tax surcharge for the very wealthy. Now, the White House and leaders in Congress are moving on to alternative ways to address the nation’s painful 9.1 percent unemployment, including breaking the legislation into smaller, more digestible pieces. And on Wednesday, both houses are poised to approve longstalled trade pacts with Korea, Panama and Colombia. In the weeks and months ahead, Democrats promise further votes on jobs. But it remains to be seen how much of that effort will involve more campaign-stoked battles with Republicans and how much will include seeking common ground in hopes of passing legislation. Further complicating matters is a deficit “supercommittee” that is supposed to come up with $1.2 trillion or more in deficit savings — some of which Democrats may want to claim for jobs initiatives. Tuesday’s tally also shows that Republicans believe they have little to fear by tangling with Obama. “Republicans will continue to seek out any Democrat who’s more interested in jobs than in political posturing and work with them on bipartisan legislation like the trade bills we’ll vote on tonight,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday. “What we will not do, though, is vote in favor of any more misguided stimulus bills because some bill writer slapped the word ‘jobs’ on the cover page.” The White House appears most confident that it will be able to continue a 2-percentage-point Social Security payroll tax cut through 2012 and to extend emergency unemployment benefits to millions of people — if only because, in the White House view, Republicans won’t want to accept the political harm of letting those provisions expire. White House officials also are hopeful of ultimately garnering votes for the approval of infrastructure spending and tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans. Senate Democrats will begin sorting through their options on jobs at a weekly closed-door caucus on Wednesday. Obama’s plan would have combined Social Security payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses and other tax relief totaling about $270 billion with $175 billion in new spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance and help to local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers. Obama said the plan would be an insurance policy against a double-dip recession and that continued economic intervention was essential given slowerthan-hoped job growth. Unlike the 2009 legislation, the current plan would be paid for with a 5.6 percent surcharge on income exceeding $1 million. That would be expected to raise about $450 billion over the coming decade.

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Ear makes funk music flop
MARY TIMMONS Associate Editor 3 Docs Brewhouse was far from funky last Saturday when Earphunk took the stage. The New Orleans-inspired funk band claims to have put together fresh funky spin on old funky styles. Unfortunately, this seems to be a style that the Tech community is not quite ready to hear. Though there seemed to be a few people in front of the stage dancing with the band, the majority of attendees enjoyed hanging out on the patio instead of actually listening to the band perform. Gage Viola, a junior general studies major, said he preferred to stay outside during the band’s performance. “There is a reason I’m not inside,” Viola said. “I’d rather be outside drinking. It sounds like a bunch of beating and it’s not something I fancy.” Viola said the only reason he really remembered the band playing was when someone would walk in and out of the building. “No one is really inside dancing and we can’t really ing certain times throughout hear them,” Viola said. “I think the night. we will be going somewhere “Good music is like sex to else to party soon.” the ears,” Rabb said. “This is I’m not sure if it was the more like that annoying girl good drinks or free cover that chattering in your ear.” brought peoThe band’s ple into the bar lack of origithat night, but nality turned I have a feelme off from ing it definitely the beginning wasn’t Earp- “Good music is like but their inhunk. ability to inN a t a - sex to the ears. This is volve the audilie Rabb, a ence lost my s o p h o m o r e more like that annoyattention all c o m m u n i c a - ing girl chattering in together. tion design, This is major said she your ear.” a band that came out to 3 didn’t lack talDocs not for ent, but their the band but Natalie Rabb stage presence because she Sophomore communication was anything didn’t have to design major but engaging pay cover if or interesting. she arrived beMore peofore midnight. ple were on the patio and out“I kind of liked it when I side the entrance than actually couldn’t hear the band playing,” listening to the band. Rabb said. “I tuned them out Honestly, 3 Docs skeeball most of the time. I like reggae machine and racing video but funk is not something I typi- game got more attention from cally listen to.” me than the band actually did. Though she didn’t come to Earphunk isn’t being bashed listen to the band, Rabb said because they can’t play. The that she could hear them dur- loud guitar and drum solos proved they could do that much. However, when the bartenders are louder than the vocalist, it shows that the members should definitely practice more. An important factor when playing for the Ruston college crowd is being able to engage the audience with your performance. When the audience loses interest, this leaves no hope for the band. This band is just as capable as any other performer. They have all the talents required for making a band. Their members can play instruments and some of them can even sing, but this is only useful if you can find a fan base to follow you. When more people would rather go outside and talk to their friends than listen to a band play, this is a problem for any aspiring musicians. When you lose your fan base, you have nothing. Earphunk should work on its sound and individuality and return to Ruston when it doesn’t sound like just another band I’ve heard.

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distinctive. Listeners will definitely be able to tell that the musician behind the voice is MacFarlane. With talented guests like Norah Jones and Sarah Bareilles joining him on the album, who wouldn’t want to listen to him sing? “American Dad” composer Joel Mcneely even joined MacFarlane for the final track of the album, “She’s Wonderful Too.” Despite the fact that all but one song is a remake, MacFarlane still proves he has a knack for singing and the songs he used are much less known. The album has 14 tracks and lasts more than 50 minutes. “Love Won’t Let You Get Away” and “You are the Cream in My Coffee” are tracks you don’t want to miss. Don’t get me wrong, MacFarlane still knows how to make me laugh, but it’s nice to see him make something that isn’t filled will racist remarks or sexual innuendos. This album’s fresh take on jazz makes it something that you will want to hear.

Jokester creates jazz album
MARY TIMMONS Associate Editor Funny man Seth MacFarlane proves his new jazz album, “Music is Better Than Words,” is no joke. MacFarlane, who is well known for his work on the animation series “Family Guy” released the album Sept. 27 and has received an overall good reception on the album. Previous to this the most we’ve heard MacFarlane sing is usually during an episode on his animation shows. He is known for making musical like sequences in his shows. Though at first it is hard to get past the fact the MacFarlane isn’t making some sort of joke, once he starts singing the listener can really begin to take him seriously. It’s no surprise that the writer won an Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for his creative introduction to “Family Guy.” His album however, has much more of a serious tone and is far from the jokester we know. His big band jazz voice is very appealing and fresh to listen to,

Carolla’s comedy remains most popular on iTunes podcast list
MARY TIMMONS Associate Editor With Adam Carolla’s political rants, off-beat stories and reoccurring use of the phrase “Germany or Florida?” it’s no wonder his podcast has 50 million downloads. “The Adam Carolla Show” has it all. It’s funny, educational and, most importantly, free. The show originally aired in 2009 and is formally known as “The Adam Carolla Podcast.” In its first year it was selected as the Best Audio Podcast by iTunes. Since its debut the podcast has been a hit across the nation. To this day it remains one of the top podcasts in the country. Unlike your usual radio talk show, the podcast crosses lines that shouldn’t be crossed and breaches numerous boundaries. It has a tendency to be controversial at times yet still utterly intriguing. Though some my believe

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The Adam Carolla Show HHHII that podcast may be slightly boring a high point of listening to Carolla is you get an honest opinion when listening. Liking Carolla’s opinion is one thing but when the listener doesn’t agree with what he has to say, it sparks an entire new form of argumentation that makes turning him off not an option. Growing popularity has helped Carolla go on to do a number of stand-up shows and publish his first book. According the Guinness

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Aries March 21 – April 19 There’s electricity in the air today, which may spur you to make a significant change in one area of your life. Try not to rush on this one. Don’t change just for the sake of change, but really examine something that needs to shift. You have a great opportunity for growth now, so look for ways in which you can make major personal improvements. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 You’re at the start of a very expansive time in your life, and opportunities are available whether you realize it or not. You may get the feeling that there’s an area that needs a total overhaul. Major changes are a large piece of the puzzle. Revamp that which doesn’t work for you any more to make room for the future that awaits you. This is your time to shine. Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 Bizarre and unexpected events lie in store for you today, so don’t be surprised if not everything goes according to plan. Take note that these events may be part of a larger trend indicative of a tremendous opportunity. Heed the subtleties of this wave of energy. Latch onto it and see it as a major time of growth and expansion in your life. Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 You should team up with others and initiate action that resonates with your inner being. This might not be obvious now, but be on the lookout for unexpected events. These energies alert you to the fact that there’s a much larger trend moving through your life that you may not be aware of right now. Stand back from your everyday routine and get a better perspective on your direction. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 People of great power and drive may pop out of the woodwork today. They’ll confront you directly and perhaps challenge you in some way. You may be at a climactic point right now, and feel like you’re at a junction. Make adjustments now. Realize that change is a key ingredient for growth. Upheaval and action may be necessary. Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 You may be going through tremendous growth now. Focus on this and see where you need to make some changes. This may be interrupted by powerful energy from other people or situations. These issues are important. They’re alerting you to certain changes that may be overdue. Look at how this upheaval can bring about growth and success. Opportunities await. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 There’s a free-spirited energy calling your name. Latch onto it and manifest creative abundance in your life. Perhaps a major opportunity for change is knocking on your door. Look through the keyhole before you invite anybody in, but realize that the answer you seek may not be wearing the costume you expect. Explore all options and be bold. Initiate action. Don’t shy away from change. Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 A major force confronts you now. It may seem like this energy will never stop. It might be mental or physical, but either way, you may be letting it consume too much of your attention. Try not to get caught in drama that doesn’t really involve you. Remedy the things you can change and leave the rest. Take responsibility for your actions and let others worry about theirs.
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Keep your eyes open today. Be on the lookout for opportunities and invitations. Don’t act too hastily. This is a key time in which life seems to be moving more quickly than ever. Change may be just what you need to foster your growth. Don’t just grab the first thing that comes your way. Examine your options closely, make sure you’re confident about the situation - then act. Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 Unexpected events may throw you for a loop today, but these incidents could be part of a bigger trend that you should pay attention to. There’s great opportunity at hand, and you shouldn’t ignore it. Small things may indicate some major change that needs to happen in your life before this new energy can take hold. Clear out the cobwebs and welcome a breath of fresh air. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 There’s a powerful movement of energy in your life now. Major overhauls and subsequent undertakings are just waiting for you to give the green light. Realize the potential of instigating a significant change in your life. Don’t shy away from the unknown. You understand the need for upheaval. Chaos may be necessary in order to let new opportunities in. Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 Take charge of your life. Initiate action and major change in an important area. Large trends are being activated today, alerting you to the fact that there’s a great opportunity at hand. Take note of any sudden energy and unexpected events. Chaos and confusion may be the initial result, but change is a key ingredient for your future growth. - Puzzle #1 for July 4, 2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Across Across 1. Panama and bowler 15 16 1- Panama and bowler; 5- Thin 14 5. Thin glutinous mud 10. 27th president 10- 27th glutinous mud; of the U.S 17 18 19 14. Bunches the U.S; 14president of 15. Mythical15- Mythical hell; 16Bunches; hell 20 21 22 23 16. Archipelago part 17- New Archipelago part; 17. New Rochelle collegePerch; 19Rochelle college; 1824 25 18. 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Facebook’s ads poke into users’ privacy
MOLLY BOWMAN Staff Reporter Facebook has revolutionized the way people connect with one another around the world through social media, but recently it’s starting to head in a new direction. Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook co-founder and CEO, announced some big changes for the site at the company’s annual F8 conference in San Francisco at the end of September. One of the big changes is Open Graph, a program that connects applications and websites to Facebook. These websites and apps can then get permission from a Facebook user to use personal information as a form of advertising on Facebook, according to TIME. “Companies are trying to make an impression on customers, and this is a good way to reach a lot of them at a very inexpensive cost,” said Larry Jarrell, an instructor of marketing and analysis. “It’s just another good communication tool.” While this seems like a great thing for businesses, it may have drawbacks for Facebook users. It has the potential to exploit privacy if users aren’t cautious. Matthew Johnson, a senior electrical engineering and technology major, said he thinks this application is not a violation of privacy. He said he would probably allow the businesses to use information such as his school, hobbies and work references but not personal information. “I think they have the right to do it,” said Johnson. “I think it will allow companies to better understand their employees.” Some Tech students said if this new program involves too much advertising and creates unwanted traffic, it might lead Facebook users to use other social networking sites. “I think people will start using Google+ more,” said Georgia Moran, a freshman psychology major. “It will make people not like Facebook as much.” Once companies receive initial permission from a user, they are allowed to use the user’s information as they wish, as stated in TIME magazine. A user must be careful of his Facebook activities if he grants permission, which allows companies to use current information as well as future information a user might post or like. “As long as they are just using the information in a research form and it’s kind of a collection of data, that’s one thing, but if it gets into sharing personal things and stuff you might not like everybody to know, that’s another concern,” Jarrell said He said it would not turn away Facebook users because they will be the deciders as to what they choose to read and participate in on Facebook. “They could either respond to them or not,” Jarrell said. “They can be selective as far as whether they pay attention.” This recent form of advertising is in bloom because of the rise in social media in the last decade. Internationally, businesses are making the change to advertising though such sites because the viewership is high. “I think all companies, es-

pecially national and global brands, are using it because that is the wave of the future,” Jarrell said. “A lot of people are on Facebook, especially in the younger generations. It will be evolving as it goes along, but right now it gives them a more efficient way – a cheaper way – of meeting customers and staying in contact with them.”

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Lanie Dornier, professor and chair of the kinesiology department. “They really provide information so easily now, of which there is an expectaChelsea Joyner’s cellphone is a part of her. tion that we can access anything when we want or Never leaving her house without it, she always can be reached at any time.” makes sure it is with her wherever she goes. Dornier’s first cellphone was a bag phone that “I feel lost without it,” said Joyner, a junior fam- she bought around 1998. ily and child studies major. “I’m so used to having “I left it in my car in case I needed to reach it with me to text or talk to people. I feel like I’m anybody,” she said. “They didn’t have much batnot connected to people without it.” tery life and they were really heavy. I wouldn’t use The smart phone market, driven by companies it for conversations.” such as Apple, Nokia and Samsung, has made Dornier feels that the technological advances people more dependent on their phones due to in phones are very much a positive thing. the easier capabilities it presents. With this new culture that is heavily reliant “Smart phones have made it on phones for communication, much easier to text and access Dornier said that there is a need information,” said Joyner, who for a new kind of culture in reuses an iPhone 4 and has a prefgards to what is appropriate erence for Apple technology. “It when using them. is like having a computer at your “People should not use their fingertips. The iPhone 4 is the “Smart phones are phones during dinner or meetbest cellphone I have ever had.” the way of the future. ings,” she said. “We don’t have Phone technology has come to be reached at all times even a long way in the past two de- They really provide though our culture makes us cades. feel like we do.” “Old phones used to be big information so easily Dornier, a supporter of and bulky,” said Josh Riggs, a juApple products, only uses her nior sociology major. “The costs now, of which there is iPhone 4 now at home. of phones has also gone down an expectation that we “I have gotten rid of my a lot.” home phone and just use my With the rise of the cell- can access everything iPhone when I need to get in phone industry, there are many touch with people,” she said. advantages to the U.S. economy so easily now.” “Smart phones are the way we especially with cellphone carricommunicate with our friends, ers. family and the outside world.” Lanie Dornier “Cellphone carriers are much professor of Kinesiology Aaron Quarles-Marcus’ larger now,” Riggs said. “This main way of communication has created more jobs in adverwith his family, especially now tising and infrastructure.” that he is at college, is with his The success of the iPhone helped create a smart phone. market for the iPad, which was not there before. “My phone is with me at all times,” said QuarThis has also led to other popular devices such les-Marcus, a freshman accounting major. “I can as the Amazon Kindle and the Samsung Galaxy. go without though if I have to.” Just this past week, announced Quarles-Marcus has a Samsung Galaxy 4G and the new Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch Sept. 28 enjoys all the capabilities it allows for him to do. and Apple presented the new iPhone 4S Oct. 4 “I play games on it, but mainly use it for texting only to be followed two days later by the death of and making phone calls,” he said. “Phone techSteve Jobs, Apple founder and former CEO. nology has changed a lot and we used to just use Many Apple fans were disappointed when the it for calls, but now we rely on it a lot more.” official word came out that the anticipated iPhone Quarles-Marcus was in the sixth grade when 5 was not being released. he got his first cell phone. While still very similar in design, the new “If I had to stay after school for practice I iPhone 4S contains better graphics, camera capa- would use it to call my parents,” Quarles-Marcus bilities and Siri, a voice operated service that will said. “Now everyone except for my sister has a send messages and make reminders for you with- cellphone in our family and that is how we get in out having to type anything, according to Apple’s touch with one another.” website. “Smart phones are the way of the future,” said Email comments to

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Sports Talk Dogs relish week off after win
SARAH BROWN Co-Sports Editor Tech hit the season’s midpoint in football with positive news: a snap of its three-game losing streak. After defeating Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho 24-11 in Moscow Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs will sit out this weekend and resume play on the road at Utah State Oct. 22. Junior punter Ryan Allen was named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week Monday for his career-best 48.0yard average Saturday afternoon. During Allen’s 10 punts, he kicked six times inside the 20-yard line and four inside the 10. His 20 punts inside the 20-yard line have him tied for the national lead. Saturday’s game was exactly what Tech needed - a statement from the defense and a win in the record books. The Bulldogs’ victory has placed head coach Sonny Dykes 2-0 against Idaho. Tech’s defense recorded three interceptions, the most since last year’s game at San Jose State Nov. 27. The bye is coming at the perfect time for Tech, as injuries have affected the team throughout the season. Senior running back Lennon Creer left Saturday’s game early and sat out the entire second half. Though Tech currently stands at 2-4, the Bulldogs have much to be proud of this season. If heartbreaking losses didn’t exist, the Bulldogs would stand 5-1 on the season halfway through October. All of the losses this season - with the exception of Hawaii - came from within six points. The remainder of the 2011 season won’t get any easier for the Bulldogs as they continue WAC play. Following the Oct. 22 game at Utah State, Tech will host San Jose State for homecoming before hitting the road to California to play at Fresno State in the annual “Battle of the Bone” game. Head coach Sonny Dykes and his Bulldogs will remain on the road to play at Ole Miss Nov. 12 and Nevada Nov. 19 before returning home to Joe Aillet Stadium Nov. 26 to host New Mexico State in their final game of the regular season.

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Bulldog football fans are eager to see their team return to the gridiron after this week’s bye. The Bulldogs return to action Oct. 22 as they take on the Aggies of Utah State on the road. Tech fans can catch the Bulldogs back at home Oct. 29, when they face off against San Jose State.

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Cross country continues impressive start
ANNA CLAIRE THOMAS Co-Sports Editor The Louisiana Tech cross country squads will travel to Clinton, Miss., Oct. 20 to compete in the Choctaw Open after breezing through the first half of their schedule. The cross country teams have started their season on the right track, placing high in the three competitions they have entered and competed in. The men started off the season winning the Mook 4 in Ruston and going 3-0 for the weekend, followed closely by the women, who posted a 2-1 record for the race. The men followed up their win with a trip down to Baton Rouge to face off against some of the best athletes in the state at the LSU Invitational, and eventually placed fifth out of 14 teams entered. Just last weekend, the men once again successfully navigated their way through the field at the Northwestern State Invitational in Natchitoches, and earned the team title and came home victorious. After going 2-1 at their hometown Mook 4, the women’s cross ountry squad has followed up that performance with a fifth-place result in Natchitoches alongside the men’s team. The men have been led by senior Josh Slocum, who placed first among his teammates in two events this year. Meanwhile, the women are led by sophomore Mary Kate Hays, who

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Louisiana Tech’s men’s and women’s cross country squad is looking to improve their results on the season Saturday at the Choctaw Open in Clinton, Miss., at 9 a.m. The men are looking for their third first-place finish this season.

also placed first in two events thus far this season. Both squads return to action Saturday in Mississippi at the Choctaw Open. The race is set to begin early Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for any

Tech fans planning to attend the meet. After traveling to Clinton, Miss., the Bulldogs and Techsters will travel back down to Natchitoches to compete in the Demon Invitational Oct.

21 before traveling to Honolulu to face off in the WAC Championships Oct. 29.

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Techsters digging for conference win Techster soccer returns home after tough road trip
REINA KEMPT Sports Reporter SARAH BROWN Co-Sports Editor After falling 3-1 to Utah State Sunday afternoon, the Lady Techster soccer team looks to “vandalize” Idaho at home at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Techsters stand 8-4-4 overall and 1-2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play. Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke continues to be a force in goal with 54 saves this season, 10 shy of the 64 saves she recorded in the 2010 season. Senior defender Olivia Lukasewich has recorded six goals this season while senior defender Scotti Culton, sophomore defender/forward Taylor Dennis and freshman midfielder Abby Sentz follow behind with three goals apiece. Culton also leads the Techsters in assists, as she has recorded six on the season with her crossing abilities on set pieces. Idaho will be coming off an Oct. 14 game at New Mexico State before coming to Ruston to take on the tough Techsters. The Vandals stand 5-8-2 overall and 1-2-0 in WAC play. They have lost all five of their away games. Idaho is led by Chelsea Small, who has recorded seven goals on the season, followed by Bailey Hewitt with four. Sunday’s battle against Idaho will be a tough one for the Techsters, but fans should expect an aggressive game, as the Techsters have recorded two straight losses and have something to prove. The Lady Techsters will continue WAC play after Sunday’s match-up against Idaho by hitting the road to play Fresno State at 9 p.m. Oct. 21 and San Jose State at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 before returning to Ruston Oct. 30 to host Hawaii. The Lady Techsters volleyball squad have been struggling in conference play, but they refuse to give up easily. As the Techsters are without a win in conference, they look to get their first win against a notable team. They go up against Hawaii at 7 p.m. Friday at the Thomas Assembly Center. Hawaii is ranked 8th in the nation and are the only nationally ranked team in the conference. This is only seen as a chance to make their first win the most important for this Techster squad. Another motivation is that a key player will be returning to the floor for this game. Junior libero Stephany Salas has played sparingly in conference games due to a knee injury. Salas is an essential part of the team, especially in recording digs for the Techsters. She averages 5.12 digs per game, which ranks her first in the WAC in that category. She said she wants to be the best and will not settle for anything else. “I’m really a competitive person, I always want to be the best,” Salas said. “I want to be the best libero and I want to be better than the other team.” Salas said she knows how much pressure it is for her to come back as a big part of the team but she’s up for the challenge. “The team depends on me, too, because if I don’t pass well then Bianca Bin can’t set and the hitters can’t hit,” Salas said. “My position is really important so I have a lot of pressure, but this is natural for me. I have been playing since I was four years old.”

pparently all the fun in college football has been stolen. Every week, I watch more and more college football games that are affected by facemasks and holding calls. But, the most idiotic call in college football has to be excessive celebration. Since when did jubilation for a player become humilation and shame? Why can’t players react in a positive way when they score the winning touchdown with two seconds left to play? Is it really affecting the outcome of the game? The NCAA changed the rules before the start of the college football season this year, and the rules prohibit “any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).” The ruling also states that “after a score or any other play, the player in possession immediately must return the ball to an official or leave it near the dead-ball spot.” Almost every school in the country is under investigation for NCAA violations and the refs are worried about an 18-year-old kid’s celebration in the endzone? The idea that players can’t revel in their accomplishments is a very outdated conception which should be reserved for pee-wee football. Honestly, can you imagine any other sport in the world where the officials would take points off the board because of the celebration? Soccer’s entire popularity is based on a team’s reaction after scoring a goal. The entire concept of celebration is not only to commemorate a touchdown, but it also gets the fans involved in the game even more. Make no mistake. No one should condone taunting. But there’s a line between taunting and excitement. If Tech’s senior running back Lennon Creer runs 80 yards for touchdown late in the fourth quarter, he should have the right to celebrate his amazing athletic skills with his teammates and the crowd. When did college football become so old school?

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The Lady Techster volleyball team is getting ready to return to action in the Thomas Assembly Center today against San Jose State. The match is set to start at 7 p.m. The Techsters will then face off against Hawai’i on Friday. Salas also understands that as an experienced player, losses can affect the mindsets of the freshman. She said the worst thing that can happen is for the players to lose confidence and that it is imperative to keep the team levelheaded. “It’s always mental,” Salas said. “The older players try to keep it together. On the bench we try to keep it positive. Each girl has to come prepared to practice and to games.” Salas said she is eager to get back out and play with her team but knows that her health is more important, but she will be ready for the biggest game of conference play.

LADY TECHSTER SOCCER vs. Idaho - 10/16 • 1 p.m. LADY TECHSTER VOLLEYBALL vs San Jose State 10/13 • 7 p.m. vs. Hawai’i - 10/14 • 7 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Choctaw Open Clinton, Miss. 10/15 • 9 a.m.

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