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Liquor permitted to be sold on Sunday
DEREK AMAYA Staff Reporter The city of Ruston can enjoy alcohol all weekend after the City Council voted to lift a ban that allows restaurants to serve alcohol on Sunday. In a 3-2 vote, the ban was lifted to help economic development within city limits, supporters said. Those in favor of the ordinance believe it will increase Ruston’s economy and bring a change of atmosphere to restaurants. Opponents of the ordinance believe some local businesses only support the ordinance because it will put more money in restaurant owners’ pockets. However, they say this benefit is minimized when compared to the potential increase
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Students gathered in Centennial Plaza for Union Board’s “Tech the Halls.” Along with ice skating, free gifts and free food, students were also able to enjoy a performance by the band Heavens to Betsy.
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in crime. Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said the council believes this ordinance could enhance economic development in the community, growth in local businesses and provide citizens with broader choices of restaurants on Sundays. “Proponents of this indicate to me that it’s going to make them more competitive with restaurants in surrounding communities that have this particular statute,” Hollingsworth said. “The council said it would enhance the opportunity of economic development, grow their business, create potential for new jobs, provide local citizens with other choices and enable them to be more competitive.”
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White House honors COES associate dean
LISA PLAISANCE Staff Reporter
ABOVE: Andy Kinge, a business major, and Olivia Mason, a clinical kinesiology major, dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They were the busiest stars of the night. TOP LEFT: Union Board brought something new to Tech. Students enjoyed ice skating for the first time on campus.
BOTTOM LEFT: Lateria Moses, a major in kinesiology, and Allysan Hatfield on the right, make stuffed animals.
gov, each week the Obama administration highlights a group of Americans “doing extraordiJenna Carpenter, associate nary things to out-innovate, outdean of the College of Engi- educate, and out-build the rest neering and Science, of the world.” was invited to the Carpenter was White House as an selected to represent honored guest to parthe Women in Enticipate in the Chamgineering Proactive pions of Change Network (WEPAN) roundtable event Fribecause of her conday. tributions advancing Friday’s Chamwomen in the engipions of Change neering field. roundtable event, Carpenter has hosted by the White been a member on House Office of WEPAN’s board CARPENTER Public Engagement, for five years, a nais for those who help tional organization recruit girls and retain women that “works at transforming in the science, technology, en- culture for women in science gineering and mathematics and engineering.” (STEM) disciplines. According to whitehouse. > see WHITE HOUSE page 3
SGA sponsors new campus computers
MOLLY BOWMAN Staff Reporter
BELOW: Students prepare to take on the skating rink provided by Union Board. Ice skating was one of the most popular sections at “Tech the Halls”
Tech’s Student Government Association announced Dec. 6 that the computers in three of the main computer labs on campus will be replaced. The decision to do this was made as a result of a $156,000 grant from the Student Technology Fee Board, which met in November. The board is composed of students, SGA representatives, faculty and staff. Clint Carlisle, president of SGA, said many of the computers being replaced are severely outdated and malfunction regularly. “They are being replaced in order to provide an efficient system for our students,” Carlisle said. He said they chose to replace the computers as one of the main things that needed to be improved on campus for students.
The three labs that will receive new computers are Wyly Tower room 314, Wyly Tower Prescott Memorial Library tenth floor and George T. Madison room 165. A total of 147 PCs are being replaced at a total cost of $156,438.87. The money for these new computers comes from the student technology fee students pay each quarter to purchase state-of-the-art technology. Freshman Christian Dean said he would be able to get more work done with the newer computers in the lab. “It’s almost impossible to get anything done with the current computers,” said Dean, a computer science major. “It’s such a slow process. I will be there for hours and only get stuff done for one class. I go there all the time to do my homework, but only out of necessity.”
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Festivities unite Techsters
AMRIT AWAL Staff Reporter Tech students and faculty shared the joy of Christmas through carols and holiday spirit during two separate programs. Dec. 6, the Student Center, Main Floor was filled with festive music as students gathered to take in the holiday season. Several choir groups performed at “Remembering Christmas Past” as part of the entertainment for multicultural affairs’ 19th Annual Christmas Fest. Adam Collins, co-coordinator of multicultural affairs said the festival was designed to bring elementary, middle and high school students to campus to motivate them to attend the college in the future. Collins said it also allows parents to see their children performing at a university while giving them opportunity to get a sense of campus life. “This kind of fest will attract the kids and parents into the energy of the university that is already here,” he said. Tech’s Souls on Fire gospel choir and Concert Choir joined three other groups to create the spirit of Christmas on campus. Other performers included the A. E. Phillips Elementary School Choir, Grambling Middle High School band and Cedar Creek High School girl, ensemble. Besides entertainment, some students such as, Khallum Hall, a senior electrical engineering major, said the decorations really emphasized the Christmas theme. “The decorations reminded me of my childhood memories and created a holiday mood,” he said. At another program put on to prepare Tech for the holidays, more than 140 faculty, alumni and students gathered together for a day of cookies, music and steamy hot chocolate. Tech’s School of Performing Arts’, department of music and the biomedical engineering department hosted their traditional “Carols and Cocoa” from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the bio med Building Rotunda. Sean Teets, director of choral activities at Tech, said this is the right time to enjoy the hot chocolate and Christmas music. “Around Christmas time, people like to hear carols,” he said. “So we make people come here at bio med building.” Students and Teets, along with his accompanist Cody Chandler, performed classic holiday carols such as: “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” “Angel We Have Heard On High” and “The Holy And The Ivy.” Professor emeritus John Barker said he enjoyed the performances because they revealed that the holiday spirit was alive and well. “I just enjoyed all of the choirs and piano soloists,” he said. Jeremy Mhire, an assistant professor of political science, also attended the concert with his family. Mhire said he came because he wanted to expose his son to music and support Tech’s performing arts. “It’s a good holiday event for the community,” he said. “We want to support performing arts at Tech, specifically Professor Teets, who is also a good friend of ours.” Wesley Adams, a junior biology major, who used to sing for the Chamber Choir, said the concert was a wonderful event for sharing feelings between friends and family. “The peaceful atmosphere, the music, people gathering together to be with each other, that’s what Christmas is all about being with friends and family,” he said.
Regal Blues to host holiday dance clinic
Tech’s Regal Blues will host a Christmas clinic for girls in grades K-6 from 4:40-6:30 p.m. Friday in the Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center. The girls will work with the Regal Blues to learn two dances, and the cost to register is $25 per child. Participants will perform dances they learn during halftime at the Tech Bulldogs basketball game Saturday. To register, email the Regal Blues at email@example.com. For more information contact Lauren Derveloy, coach of the Regal Blues, at 985-6403926 or lauren.derveloy@gmail. com.
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Tech Theater presents Robin Hood
Tech’s theater department will perform “The Adventures of Robin Hood” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 through Feb. 4 in Stone Theatre, located in Howard Center for Performing Arts. The play involves Robin Hood and his band of men performing their dashing deeds in a fun-loving fashion and breathtaking battles. Admission is $5 for students with a valid Tech ID, $6 for children and $10 for adults. For ticket information or to reserve a seat contact the Howard Center Box Office at 318257-3942. For more information, contact play director Paul B. Crook at 318-257-2062 or pcrook@ latech.edu.
Choir students sing at the 19th Annual Christmas Festival in the Student Center- Main Floor Tuesday. The program included several singing groups and Christmas games.
Prism holds T-shirt design contest
Prism, formerly known as the Gay Straight Alliance, is having a T-shirt design contest to promote their club and are in need of creative designs from Tech students by Jan 9. A few rules for the contest: no obscene or offensive design or text, a maximum of four colors and the design needs to be as universal as possible. The winner will receive a $25 Visa gift card and a free Tshirt featuring his or her design. Send designs to firstname.lastname@example.org. A winner will be selected Jan. 13. For more information contact Sydney Ponthieux, secretary of Prism, at 214-499-4130 or email@example.com.
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Sean Teets, director of choral activities, performs Christmas selections during “Carols and Cocoa,”a traditional holiday concert hosted by Louisiana Tech’s Biomedical and School of Performing Arts Music departments. The glass windows of the Biomedical Engineering Rotunda served as a backdrop for the event, which ended with songs from the Louisiana Tech Chamber Singers.
Production wins state, national award
AIME ROLLAND News Editor
It may seem that “being green” is an action of the latest generation. However, since 1953 Keep America Beautiful has been promoting national cleanliness. KAB strives to bring together public and private sectors at the local, state and national levels to provide a cleaner, safer environment. Last week, KAB held its 58th annual national conference where Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Tech were awarded a creativity in outreach and media award for the most innovative. Tech’s School of Performing Arts received special recognition for its 2011 production of “KABman.” Camille Mize, Ruston environmental services manager, said she and Cathi Cox-Boniol of Keep Lincoln Green, along with Mark Guinn, professor of performing arts and creator of the production, headed to New Orleans to receive the state award completely oblivious of any special recognition. “We went to receive the Keep Louisiana Beautiful award and were thumbing through the agenda when we saw the special recognition,” she said. Mize said it was a good thing the three decided to attend the conference because no one had informed them of the production’s recognition in the category of behavior change for outstanding public service messaging and outreach. “Mark and the students deserve all the credit,” she said. “The production was all the theater department.” “KABman,” the environmental super hero, fights dirty villains such as Cig-Man, Big Pollution, Alu-Mini-Anne and Styro throughout the play in order to convince his audience to make eco-friendly decisions. Playing the role of CigMan, Jake Guinn, a junior theater major, said the faculty and students began working on the production of “KABman” last fall. “We wrote the script and developed all of the characters present in our production except for ‘KABman,’” he said. Being part of the production, Guinn said that the play being recognized at the state and national level made him feel a great sense of accomplishment. “It was such a fantastic achievement for all of us,” he said. “It was such a long and difficult process, and it was fulfilling to see it succeed.” Because as Tech is one of the few theater departments in the country offering extensive stage combat training, Guinn said “KABman” was a success in showing off the strengths of the department. “I feel like this show proved that quality fights for the stage are possible and they can serve to give a simple idea a unique
Registration deadline for intramurals
Registration for winter quarter intramurals ends Jan. 4 at midnight. Those who wish to participate may register on http:// www.latech.edu/students/recreation. Managers of the participating teams will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Blue Gym at the Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center. It is mandatory for each team to have a representative present at the meeting. All money will be due at this meeting also. Games will begin on Jan. 10 and playoffs will be the week of Feb. 6-9. For more information, contact Emily Essex, coordinator of winter intramurals, at 318257-4634 or at emily@latech. edu.
twist that makes it fun and memorable,” he said. Ben Porch, a graduate student in speech, also played a hand in writing and creating the script. “We spent an entire quarter not only writing but setting up rehearsals, stage and choreography,” he said. Porcc said they intended to put on “KABman” as part of Food Fights, a program for raising awareness and collecting canned goods. “We didn’t have any intention of doing this for an award,” he said. “It was purely to raise food and awareness for people in Lincoln Parish.”
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Professor honors WWII
ALWAYNE GREEN Staff Reporter Dec. 7, 1941, a day that lived in infamy. Dec. 7, 2011, 70 years after Pearl Harbor was bombed, Saul Zalesch gave a detailed analysis of the Pearl Harbor attacks and the U.S. entry into World War ll at the Robert H. Rawle Enterprise Center. The event was sponsored by Dewey Thurmond, a member of General MacArthur’s staff during the war, who passed away last month. Zalesch, an associate professor of art, said he has been gathering ephemera, collectibles usually not found in museums or art galleries, on World War II for approximately five years. “I realized the big anniversary was coming up and most of the veterans were dying off,” Zalesch said. “It would be the last round number anniversary where any of them could benefit by attending the exhibit.” He also said there were several reasons for students and the public to stop by and view the World War II ephemera. “History is critical for having some idea that circumstances you encounter have happened before,” Zalesch said. “The best way to prepare yourself for the future is to see how things happened in the past.” However, he said most students know very little history today. In addition to history, attendees can see artwork of the American people during the World War II time period. Diane Douglas, a retired Tech professor who taught for 27 years, attended the show and said Zalesch did a great job collecting World War II ephemera. “I think his interest and enthusiasm for collecting has really lead to some very fine exhibits during his tenure at Tech,” Douglas said. Her father served as a Seabee, a member of the United States Navy construction battalion, during World War II in the South Pacific. In addition to Zalesch’s ephemera, Douglas contributed letters her father sent her mother during his time in the Navy. “In every letter he sent my mother, he would paint a scene of the war through his eyes on the envelope,” Douglas said. Bill Willoughby, associate dean of Liberal Arts, said he thought the collectibles were a mild and cultural approach to explaining the war because people mostly think of battles when they think of war. “I think that Saul has put together a unique perspective on World War II through ephemera,” Willoughby said. Willoughby also said Zalesch showed different shades of the war by displaying collectibles directed toward women and children. “All of these aspects of World War II really come to life through this ephemera,” Willoughby said. “You are able to see things that were in people’s houses and held in their hands.” Attendees had many questions about what took place during World War II and what we have learned 70 years later. J. T. Shim, a visiting assistant professor of information systems, asked questions relating to the financial aspects of the war as the South was thriving financially due to the production of war material. “We’re willing to do rationing, bonds, stamps and tear the Japanese, but we are not willing to raise wages?” Shim asked. He also had other concerns about what this generation should learn from the World War II ephemera for the future. Shim said, for example, the manner in which Americans tried the Germans for war crimes, how then would Americans explain the genocide and criminal actions done in Viet-
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She has worked with the organization to educate people. “The message that girls can and should go into STEM needs to get out into the general public,” Carpenter said. At the event, Carpenter spoke at a breakout session on mentoring and participated in a panel discussion on issues for women in STEM. Carpenter runs a faculty mentoring program at Tech and mentors graduate students in a bimonthly College Graduate Seminar. “It’s been a great platform for talking about the issues of women in STEM,” she said. “It’s always interesting to hear about the kinds of initiatives other people are doing.” Carpenter said the attendees ranged from women working with girl scouts to a CEO at a technology firm. “They really had representatives from every conceivable area that would work with STEM,” Carpenter said. Carpenter said the topic of this event is important because the engineering industry is shrinking. She stated that although more than half of students entering college are female, the engineering field is not attracting women and minorities. Carpenter said this is a growing problem because the United States has been behind in engineering for 10 to 15 years for many reasons. “China and India are growing, and we need to stay competitive,” said Carpenter.
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Saul Zalesch shows his ephemera collection at the Enterprise Center on Tuesday night. Zalesch’s work will be displayed until January 5, 2012. nam? “Is Kissinger really liable if he were to be tried?” he asked. Some students questioned certain facts that were revealed at the exhibit. Alice Aber, a senior studio art major, said she was not really sure if Americans would want their children to be involved in wars as they were in World War ll. ”It was kind of strange how they tried to get the children involved in it,” Aber said. “They were making them want to help, save up money or even buy costumes to be the junior air raid officers,” Aber said. Zalesch experienced these odd traits, and said there was a fine line between right and wrong, but that line was seen differently among generations. “I grew up in the ‘60s, ‘‘70s and ‘80s, so I can remember how we looked in the war,” Zalesch said. “Now we can be proud of our involvement.”
She also said engineering is necessary to stay on the cutting edge in the areas of medicine and manufacturing, as well as to help improve water systems and create a greener environment. Carpenter is the faculty adviser for Tech’s chapter of Society of Women Engineer., She said this is important because today’s student is more interested in doing good yet most people do not know exactly what engineers do or how they do it. Valessa Spratley, a senior in chemical engineering and secretary of SWE, said Carpenter helps a lot with direction of the organization. “She is a role model on how to succeed as a minority, make your presence known, and stand out,” Spratley said. Brittney Copponex, a junior mechanical engineering major, agreed with Spratley and said Carpenter is a great mentor. Copponex said Carpenter also helps a lot in preparing the engineering organizations for career fairs. “If I ever have any troubles at all or need anything, she’s there for us,” said Copponex, vice president of SWE. Copponex said Carpenter also helps students fund-raise and get grants to help pay for conferences. Copponex said “she is constantly multitasking but always willing to take out time for a student”.
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JUSTIN FORT News Editor When Tech Talk news editor Amie Rolland responded to an email from “Regions Bank,” she did not know she was one of millions that were targeted in a phishing scam. Rolland answered her security questions, clarified her Social Security number, account username and passwords Dec. 8. Tech network administrator Danny Schales sent an email to students explaining that a spam message claiming to be from Regions Bank got through Tech’s system Dec. 7. “I read the email from Schales an hour after I responded,” Rolland said. “I was extremely pissed.” Rolland was one of many students and Ruston residents who believed the spam message was authentic. Ruston’s Regions Bank, located at 1317 N Trenton Street, was constantly receiving phone calls and confused people coming in seeking answers to their questions. Spammers send out an average of 250 billion spam emails each day. More than 80 percent are flagged as spam and never reach the intended target. Within the last two weeks, prevent being taken advantage students and faculty with a of in common schemes, such as Tech email address were sent job offers, lottery winning and two “sphere-phising” emails, dating matches, is to exercise spam messages that target a caution each time you read an specific person or organization, email and familiarize oneself requesting they verify private in- with the website. formation. H oweve r, “Never click Schales said on the link,” there is no Schales said. sure way Regions to prevent Bank, one of all spam the two com- “Sometimes people from getting panies exploitthrough. ed in the phish- just don’t think. Don’t “The bad ing scam, gives trust your eyes. Webguys are getthe same adting a lot betvice. Regions sites are easy to duter at it,” he Bank has an said. “They entire section plicate. If you aren’t have all the on its website sure, then don’t click time. They dedicated to prey on other informing cus- the link.” people’s good tomers about will.” phishing and Although frequent prob- Danny Schales many people lems that arise network administrator associate the from spamword “spam” mers. The with annoying website advises, “If you clicked or harmful email, Schales is able on the link and responded to to look past it and see it as a job. the information, you should re“It may be junk to all of us, port it immediately to the bank but it is advertising to them,” he in order to initiate possible fraud said. “If you make a penny for prevention procedures.” every thousand messages sent Schales said the best way to and you send millions, that adds up.” Whatever the value it has for spammers, many Tech students see spam as annoying email meant to scam people out of their money. Tarek Kanafani, a senior professional aviation major, said he sees it as a nuisance that he does not even acknowledge. “I don’t even look at it to be honest,” Kanafani said. “It is mostly for advertising and it is usually about something you don’t really care for.” An overlooked advantage most people do not want to admit is a natural tendency to accept the truth. Schales said people’s inability to critically examine the spam mail is a major reason for its high success. “Sometimes people just don’t think,” Schales said. “Don’t trust your eyes. Websites are easy to duplicate. If you aren’t sure, then don’t click the link.” Rolland said she learned this message after one inconvenient mistake. “I felt stupid,” Rolland said. “I didn’t even think about it. I’ll never do it again.”
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Troops being treated like trash
ar makes people do crazy things. Whether it’s from being directly involved or watching the action from your living room couch, it creates chaos and causes strong emotion to arise in even the sanest individuals. I tend to stay away from news involving fallen soldiers. Being so close to the holidays, this sort of news usually agitates me. However, when I see a headline that reads “Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged,” I find it difficult to pull my eyes away from the story. According to an article on The Washington Post website, last month it was revealed the Air Force disposed of the partial remains of American troops in a landfill. Records show that at least 274 soldiers’ remains were incinerated and buried in the landfill. This number is higher than what the Air Force originally declared. If that is not disturbing enough, the article goes on to explain how the landfill dumping was concealed from the families of the fallen troops. According to the article, Air Force officials said that the families authorized the military to dispose of the remains in an honorable manner. As of right now, there are plans to alert these families. I found it appalling when I learned the landfill disposals were not formally approved under military policies or regulations. The remains being dump in the landfill were also concealed from senior Pentagon officials who conducted a review of cremation policies at the Dover Air Force Base, the main entry point for America’s dead war heroes. Institutions such as Westboro Baptist Church can get away with disrespecting an American military member, but these women and men deserve nothing but respect from the fellow members of the military for whom they work. In a case where troops are being dumped into a landfill, respect is grossly lacking. What makes this situation more disturbing is that since the Post’s original discovery, an additional 1,762 remains were collected and disposed of in the same manner. Those remains could not undergo DNA testing because they were too damaged. The numbers of incinerated fragments in the landfill now exceed 2,700. Both Air Force and Pentagon officials said last month that determining the exact number of remains would require searching through more than 6,300 records that date back to 2001. “It would require a massive effort and time to recall records and research individually,” wrote Jo Ann Rooney, the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary for personnel wrote in a Nov. 22 letter to Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-N.J), according to the Post. It angers me to read that after these troops have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, all they received in return was to have their remains brought back and buried like garbage. This was not meant to be a wholesale lashing of the military. What they do for their country is admirable, and I give them nothing but praise. With that said, this was written to enlighten others on the secretive and disrespectful actions of a few within the armed forces. Take the time to consider the families who were never able to give their dead relative a proper burial or goodbye. Our hearts go out to these families who don’t have a grave to place flowers on during holidays and on birthdays. While you’re spending Christmas with your family, be aware of those who have spent years asking questions about a loved one’s whereabouts only to receive a letter saying the remains were dumped in a landfill along with hundreds of others. These families are the ones being cheated. With President Barack Obama’s promise of troops returning for the holidays, I can only hope that it puts an end to the deaths and disrespect the members of the American military have endured through this incident over the last decade. Mary Timmons is a senior journalism major from Logansport who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Paterno leaves tainted legacy
REBECCA SPENCE Associate Editor ennsylvania State University’s football program has been under the radar in the last month due to child molestation accusations. After a grand jury hearing, assistant football coach to Joe Paterno for 31 years, Jerry Sandusky was indicted on 52 counts of various forms of sexual abuse against 10 minors. Paterno, legendary head football coach for 46 years, with two national championships underneath his belt, decided to pass up authorities and only tell Tim Curley, the athletic director. Paterno’s knowledge of this scandal lived on, and he sat by while Sandusky continued to help run his charity for at-risk children in the State College area. Graham Spanier, Penn State’s president, also had been given information about allegations and failed to alert authorities. He merely banned Sandusky from bringing minors on campus, which did not stop Sandusky. He continued to hold his overnight football camps on campus for prospective players and younger football players getting to know the game. Sandusky is the main person at fault in this situation, but Paterno should have taken action. My bet is that he now regrets not saying something when he had the opportunity. Paterno’s otherwise bright career spanning for 45 years has been dimmed in the eyes of many fans. Many are now overlooking his lifetime of accomplishments. His name was erased from the Big 10 Championship Trophy, and he was taken out of consideration for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors stripped from his face and name. Paterno was known for his players graduating and his motto of “Success With Honor.” He set the record for winning 409 Division I football games. So why did he fail himself, his school and his players by going back on this motto and not doing something about this scandal? He should have at least fired Sandusky when he had the chance, rather than try to cover up something as serious as accusations ofchild molestation. In his defense, Paterno at least told the person who was in charge of Sandusky’s job and the entire athletics department. That is better than keeping the budding scandal to himself. In the end, Paterno was most likely just looking out for the reputation of his school, team, staff and charity that he and Sandusky built together, but I believe this is not a valid excuse. I could go back and forth all day, but in the end, childrenmay have been getting molested. Not just one or two, but at least eight from the 1960s to the present. This is absolutely unacceptable, the amount of trauma Sandusky may have caused in these poor boy’s lives. Paterno being the man that he is, should have recognized it and continued to put justice in his reign of “Success With Honor.” Many students and football lovers alike feel the need to defend the living legend, “JoePa,” because of his many years of service and winning seasons for the university. They see this scandal as out of his hands and over his head, but we cannot deny the truth. It was right in front of his face and Paterno failed to question Sandusky on these allegations. The only reason Paterno’s name is showing up more, than say, Curley’s name is because of Paterno’s reputation amongst student and faculty. Paterno’s accomplishments for Penn State have been plentiful, so when one of the undoubtedly most loved legends on campus was asked to leave, his supporters were shocked and hurt by the image they had looked up to for so long. Rebecca Spence is a junior journalism and speech communication major from Cypress, Texas, who serves as associate editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to res022@latech.
To many students, the Pell Grant is a dependable federal financial aid program that creates financial stability by providing grants for college tuition. Yet, for an estimated 30 percent of Louisiana undergraduates and 9 million students around the nation, Pell Grants may no longer remain an option. According to www.americanprogress.org, the entire budget for Pell Grants 2012 is under negotiation and may be shut down. Despite saving $3.2 billion by eliminating the “Full-Year Pell,” a program that enabled year-round students to qualify for additional funding, the House Budget Committee is attempting to make more cuts. They are planning to cut awards for students whose families earn between $15,000 and $30,000 per year, take longer than six years to finish their degree, work part-time, attend college less than half-time or whose families benefit from safety net programs. This new rule may end up eliminating $896 million that could be used to fully fund the Pell Grant program. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Pell Grant program is expected to cost more than $31.7 billion in award year 2012-2013, which lasts from July 1, 2012, until June 30, 2013. However, due to Pell scoring rules adopted in their 2006 budget resolution, Congress must enact sufficient funding to cover these costs so they do not negatively impact future years and maintain the maximum award of $5,550. There is no reason for the CBO to force all of the remains from the 2012-2013 Pell program to come from the 2012 budget. With college debts steadily increasing and the economy crippling, there is no excuse for cutting aid to students, especially students from lowincome backgrounds. Education should be one of the first priorities, not the last. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, agreed and said in a Nov. 15 news release that supporting the Pell Grant is not about politics, but doing what’s smart for the country and for young people who deserve an education. “For many needy students, Pell Grants are what make the dream of a college education a reality,” she said. “Education is critically important to individuals and their families, but it is also the seed corn for our future economic vitality as a nation. Pell Grants help move our entire country forward by ensuring that we have the most educated and skilled workforce possible to compete in the increasingly globalized economy.” The U.S. Senate also proposed to cover the $1.3 billion shortfall by eliminating a student loan subsidy that paid the interest on certain loans during a six-month period before students were required to make repayments. Although the proposal had some fallbacks, it would save $2.3 billion over the next two years, which would be sufficient enough to cover $1.3 billion shortfall in award year 2012-2013. In addition, the savings could be applied Pell Grants in award year 2013-2014 which would maintain the maximum award of $5,550 and avoid further cuts for eligible students. To place this in perspective, if the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012 proposes cuts were passed, approximately $3.6 billion, at least one million students would have their Pell Grant eliminated.
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SHERELLE BLACK Managing Editor After the shooting in 2007, Virginia Tech implemented a new alert system, one that law officials and school officials said worked well from both a technological and communication standpoint during the recent shooting. During the incident last week, the Virginia Tech community received a total of six alerts, with the first one being within minutes of the first shooting. Although it is almost impossible to know someone is coming on campus, every university should have procedures and policies in place. No parent will send his/her child to a campus where their safety is not guaranteed. As a student, regardless of how great of an education a university can offer me, I would not enroll there if I felt unsafe. It scares me to think that at any moment someone can come on campus and open fire. I realize that no matter what university I attend I will always be at risk, but my mind would be at ease if I knew administrators were doing everything in their power to protect and prevent dangerous incidents from occurring. I cannot help but wonder is Louisiana Tech’s campus safe enough, do we have effective crisis plans and policies, or will we be left stranded in the middle of an ocean of problems looking for guidance? With an effective alert system already in place, I am sure if a situation arises, Tech will handle the crisis with the upmost sincerity and care. Louisiana Tech’s emergency notification system contacts students and faculty in the event of an emergency and potential dangerous situations. Students can be contacted in three ways: oncampus voice call, through email or through text messages. Under this system, I have always been alerted when to evacuate a building, if the police are looking for someone who has committed a crime or even when bad weather is approaching. The only bad thing about this system is it is not guaranteed that all students will enter their cellphone numbers to be used. Also, many students do not check their emails often enough, which could definitely be a problem if the alerts do not come to their phone. If all students cooperate and enter their numbers to be used by the system, Louisiana Tech would have one of the most effective alert systems in the country. While it is unfortunate that Virginia Tech’s has witnessed another shooting, it should be a wakeup call for all schools to make sure that have an effective campus safety policy or to improve their policies. After all, what is the purpose of an education, if you will not live to apply it? Sherelle Black is a junior journalism major from Bossier who serves as managing editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to scb035@latech. edu.
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hen Virginia Tech experienced the shooting of 33 people in April 2007, I never expected to hear Virginia Tech involved in another shooting incident four years later. A week ago, Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop. A second gunshot was heard 15-30 minutes after the initial gunshot. The second dead man is believed to be the suspect of the police officer slain. While this case differs from when Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting rampage in 2007, it still served as a test to see how the school would react in a time of uproar and uncertainty. Virginia Tech’s communication was far from being effective in 2007, with students not being notified of the shooting nor told to evacuate until several hours later.
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Battling depression at the end of the world
PATRICK BOYD News Editor The end of the world never looked so beautiful. In the opening 10 minutes of Lars Von Trier’s entrancing and moving new movie, “Melancholia,” we get short glimpses of the last few moments of Earth’s existence. Images go back and forth between external shots of the Earth on its crash course with a newly discovered planet, Melancholia, and then with people on Earth trying to seek shelter or run away from the inevitable. These 10 minutes may be some of the best filmmaking that I have seen in years. Each shot is done in slow motion, with dark and gloomy, yet equally rich and vibrant colors that saturate every frame. The soundtrack, using Wagner’s Prelude to “Tristan and Isolde,” succeeds in making the end of the world have an eerily romantic quality. These moments of chaos are how the movie will begin and also how it will end. “Melancholia” is centered around Justine (played brilliantly by Kirsten Dunst), a new bride on the night of her wedding. intensity as she tries to make The reception is held at her sense of a world in which her extremely wealthy brother-in- depression will not let her belaw (Kiefer Sutherland) and come a part of. sister Claire’s (Charlotte GainsAll this is further combourg) sprawling estate, which pounded by the fact that a looks like a new planet strange mixture has appeared between an Engin the sky and lish manor and a appears to be golf course. headed straight While Justoward Earth. tine should be “Melanchoecstatic, and lia” is a rapturseems to be so ous event from at the beginning beginning to of the night, she end. descends into Von Trier what we evendraws you into tually learn has this world that is been a longon the fringe of time battle with non-existence, depression. but it is Dunst Justine ruwho should reNordisk Film ins her night, ceive any honor and not being bestowed upon Melancholia able to find any her this award HHHHH form of hapseason. piness, doesn’t It is hard to even have the energy to force believe this is the same actress a smile. who played Spiderman’s love The thought of her wedding interest and a snarky cheerdebilitates her to where at one leader in “Bring it On.” point she makes the statement While the disaster movie in a moment of desperation, “I could cheapen the film, which feel like I can’t walk normally is only background to what is anymore.” actually happening. It is at these points that we The core of the film lies feel Justine’s predicament with with Justin and Claire whose interactions provide some of the most compassionate and intimate moments in the movie. Claire’s insistence that Justine must find happiness is transitioned with Justine’s view that the world is for the most part an unhappy place and full of evil. As the Earth and Melancholia move closer to collision, we see the two sisters’ roles start to reverse. Justine is fine with letting go of her existence, while Claire clings to it, not being able to see beyond what she thinks is her own immortality in anticipation of the crash. Through “Melancholia” we see the horrors of depression and its scalding presence on the psyche and how it can make a hell out of Earth. “Melancholia” also shows a slight upside of depression: the depressed mind can help those in need whenever those that feel invincible realize their mortality. “Melancholia” is playing on in demand on both Amazon. com and iTunes, and will be showing at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport starting December 16.
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Va. Tech student talks about school shooting
LINDSEY BROOKBANK Collegiate Times UPDATE- Gunman was identified as Ross Truett Ashley. The shooting was ruled a murder-suicide. A candlelight vigil was held for fallen Virginia Tech Police officer Deriek Crouse at War Memorial Chapel. Gunshots rocked Virginia Tech again yesterday [Dec. 8], as an unknown gunman took foot on campus, killing a police officer. As students went about their daily lives — mainly preparing for upcoming exams — they received an alert just after noon, stating that gunshots were heard near the Cassell Coliseum parking lot. Was this a false alarm? Just a few months ago, in August, allegations swirled across the university that a person was carrying a gun on campus. However, nothing came of the claims. Still, almost everyone at this university shudders when terms such as gunshots, gunman or shootings are uttered — it was only four and a half years ago that the deadliest shooting incident in United States history occurred on Tech’s campus, as Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 and then himself on April 16, 2007. So when cell phones vibrated and email notifications appeared this afternoon, hearts dropped — and for good reason. As a Va. Tech police officer was carrying out a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot, near McComas Hall, he was shot identified. and killed. Fast forward to 4:30 p.m. From then on, police were — rumors began spreading sent on a harrowing search that the second person was for the gunman. the shooter, but this has yet While emergency per- to be confirmed. Officials fisonnel sprinted throughout nally deemed campus safe, Blacksburg, searching every and everyone was told to renook and cranny of campus, sume normal activity. students were being told to As a warm orange sunset do just the oppospread over the site — to stay put. New River Valley, Doors were the campus was locked. TV sets revived. Exhaustwere turned on. ed and hungerTwitter feeds were ridden students put into high gear. emerged from Va. Tech was ofbuildings. ficially on lock Words like down. “mom” and “dad” Wa n d e r i n g echoed in their around Squires Stuvoices as they dent Center, you rushed to noASHLEY wouldn’t have seen tify them of their patrons lined up safety. And it at Au Bon Pain for wasn’t long before lunch or students students were rehitting the books in minded of their common areas. upcoming exams Rather, men in Yet again, Va. SWAT suits carryTech is shaken. ing rifles guarded Two lives are lost. stairwells, while And although terrified people life will go on for swarmed the halls, Tech students sprinting toward all too soon, it is safety. Gunshots worth taking a CROUSE were apparently moment to reflect heard near the on the heartache building. this campus has Squires was only one lo- endured. It is worth taking a cation that was identified moment to think about how as suspicious — Newman we move forward. Library was evacuated, and And finally, it is worth takTorgersen Bridge was flood- ing a moment to appreciate ed with students. those who shared the experiFor four hours, our com- ence of this day and all our munity waited in limbo, won- other days as members of dering where the gunman the Virginia Tech community was headed next. At about — the Hokie Nation. 2 p.m., a second person was found dead in the Cage, the Email comments shooter’s location still un- to email@example.com.
Obama’s visit to Bragg signifies end of Iraq war
economy at home. On Wednesday, his focus will be principally WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack on the troops and their role and his commitObama is marking the end of the Iraq war with ment to ensuring veterans get the jobs and rea tribute to the troops who fought and died in a sources they need once they’re back home. His conflict he opposed from the start. audience will be those people most personally Accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, affected, including troops back from Iraq and the president was traveling Wednesday to Fort their families. Bragg in North Carolina to address service In a local television interview Tuesday, members and their families as he brings the war Obama previewed some of his likely themes. to a close. “We must not forget the men and At a base that’s seen more than women who gave their lives, tens 200 deaths over nearly nine years of of thousands wounded, all those fighting in Iraq, Obama was to highmissed birthday parties, missed soclight the human side of the war, recer games and missed dinners beflecting on the bravery and sacrifices cause folks were on their second or of U.S. forces now on their way back third deployment. We should not take home. that for granted,” the president told All U.S. troops are to be out of KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, Colo. Iraq Dec. 31, though Obama has “It is an extraordinary testimony to pledged the U.S. will continue to help the bravery, courage, dedication and Iraq as it faces an uncertain future in patriotism of our soldiers.” a volatile region of the world. Even It’s the president’s first visit to Fort as majorities in the U.S. public favor Bragg, which is home to Army SpeOBAMA ending the war, some Republicans cial Operations, the 18th Airborne have criticized Obama’s withdrawal, Corps and the 82nd Airborne, among arguing he’s leaving behind an unothers. Special Forces troops from stable Iraq that could hurt U.S. interests and fall Fort Bragg were among the first soldiers in Iraq subject to influence from neighboring Iran. during the 2003 invasion and its paratroopers Obama has on several occasions addressed helped lead the 2007 troop increase. his reasons for ending the war, casting it as a North Carolina, which Obama narrowly won promise kept after he ran for president as an in 2008, also is an important state for the 2012 anti-war candidate and speaking of the need to presidential election and will host the Demorefocus U.S. attention on rebuilding the troubled cratic convention.
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LAST EDITION’S SOLUTION
Aries March 21 – April 19 You may have been thinking about reshuffling the cards with your mate, unless you’ve already been offered a new hand. This pause in your relationship is a necessary transition on your journey to increased intimacy. Beginning today, your relationship is back on track and will continue to progress smoothly. Make the effort to observe what has changed. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 There’s some likelihood that your emotions have changed in the past six weeks or so. You’re no longer attracted to the same people. You’re unsure of yourself at work, and you even wonder if your attractiveness had deserted you. Beginning today, these doubts will be dispelled. Take heart. Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 It looks like your emotions are finally back in business! You’ve been hesitant for the past six weeks or so, unable to make any decisions. You felt unsure, as if you could no longer trust yourself. It’s been an especially upsetting time. Don’t throw caution to the wind, but your self-confidence will return to you today. Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 There’s some possibility that in the past month or so you’ve been hesitant about your commitments, as if you’d been in suspended animation. Perhaps you became aware of errors you’d made in the past and were afraid you’d repeat them. Now that you’re conscious of the past, you can and will face the future with more confidence. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 What a relief! Your energy is returning, especially regarding affairs of the heart. Today you’ll be freed from the bonds of doubt about your judgment. With you, self-doubt is an especially touchy subject. You’re miserable when your confidence is gone. The energy flow has been reestablished, although it may take you a few days to fully recover from the ordeal of recent weeks. Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 The day ahead is promising! The aspects give a boost to your emotional life and should release you from the recent period of uncertainty that has plagued you. You were unable to trust your own judgment. Difficult as this was, the doubt must have served some purpose. Perhaps you should use your newfound clarity to sort out your experiences. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 You undoubtedly have the impression that you’re seeing more clearly than in the recent past. The planetary energies are lining up to break up the mental fog that you’ve been experiencing. The past few days have made you think an awful lot and you’ve learned some lessons, which should be evident today. Now it’s up to you to apply those lessons to your life. Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 One recent day you had the feeling that your professional projects really weren’t your own, but ones that your parents, in particular your mother, wanted you to have. Now you’ve been analyzing your career from all angles and trying to figure out what it is you truly want. Today you should be able to see more clearly.
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 It seems like the basis of your social ambition has taken a bit of a beating lately. The planetary energies should give you some new desires. They may be of a more modest nature, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be important. What motivates you professionally is going to be healthier and less egotistical. It will ultimately be a positive, satisfying evolution. Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 Here is the day when you may finally accept that you tend to play the role of parent in your sentimental relationships. You’re the one who sets limits, organizes things, and takes on responsibility. Your partner should try to open you up to your more sensitive, fragile side. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Are you afraid that people will no longer understand you? Have you changed too much? Do you have the feeling that you’ve left some people behind? Yes, it’s possible, but what can you do? Everyone can’t change at the same pace as you. Your friends have no problem with the changes you’ve undergone. Consider this possibility! Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 You don’t have the same opinions as everyone else. Of course, this is the case for each one of us. But you seem to differ in opinion with people more and more. You may decide that it’s time to design your own job, where the only boss to disagree with is you! This will carry some risks, but the potential rewards are great.
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Bert Davis, general manager of Dawg House Sports Grill, said the ordinance would have a positive impact on Ruston and keep potential customers in Ruston on Sundays. “I believe it will encourage people to stay in Ruston who are going out to eat on a Sunday evening or afternoon,” he said. Davis said Dawg House tried being open for business on Sun-
days, but it was not financially beneficial. “From the feedback I’m getting from town, this will be beneficial, particularly during football season,” he said. Although Davis said he believes this will positively benefit the community, some disagree. Scott Hunter, a sophomore architecture major, said he believes the ordinance might take away the relevance of what many consider the holy day and
could prevent students from being prepared for classes on Mondays. “I agree with it to a point, because if you’re going to ban alcohol on Sunday, you’re just going to buy it on Saturday,” he said. “Once you start getting people in power, you start to lose focus on what really matters. It’s losing the sense of reverence towards Sunday and keeping it a holy day.” Other students like Natalie
Kordal, a senior political science major, said the ordinance could help businesses in Ruston. “I agree with it,” she said. “Not for the drinking aspect, but more for the revenue it will bring in,” she said. Kordal said many of corporate restaurants like Chili’s Grill and Bar and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, are accustomed to selling alcohol on Sundays because they are
so popular, and the ordinance could bring in more corporate businesses. “A bunch of sports games are on Sundays, so a lot of people will go out, drink and bring in a lot more money for Ruston,” she said.. Although many critics believe selling alcohol on Sunday will raise crime rates, specifically driving while intoxicated, Hollingsworth said there was a reduction of people who drive
while intoxicated after the legalization of alcohol. “All of us hate to see the expansion of it, but we realize we live in a country where we don’t always get the choice you want,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to change the lives of those who really believe it’s not the right thing to do. Everything we do has some sort of impact.”
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Some students, like junior general studies major Ashley Gipson, use the computer lab a lot but do admit that the computers are slow. “If the systems were up-todate then it would make students more productive and it
would be easier to get their work done,” Gipson said. Tech’s SGA has combined this order with other schools in Louisiana to obtain a substantial discount, $170.79 per computer, which will save Tech $25,106.13, Carlisle said. He said there is not a set date for when the computers will be
replaced, but he would like for them to be installed by the end of this month. “Replacing all of the technology is a difficult project as you can imagine,” Carlisle said, “It will take time.”
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Hope Howie, a senior pre-professional speech language pathology major, is overjoyed to have her boyfriend, Joesph Odom, a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, home safe for the holidays.
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The best wish for some military members and their loved ones is for a safe return home
MOLLY BOWMAN Staff Reporter t has been almost nine years since U.S. troops were initially sent to Iraq, and President Barack Obama’s promise October 21, 2011 to bring them home by the end of 2011 is coming to light. The United States has already withdrawn more than 100,000 troops since the start of the war in 2003 and with Obama’s promise, the remaining nearly 40,000 will be home by Dec. 31, according to the CBS News website. Some Tech students have had to patiently await the arrival of their loved one from overseas. Their only wish is to see the troops home in time for the holidays. Hope Howie, a senior pre-professional speech language pathology student, dealt with these emotions when her boyfriend was deployed. She “It’s like learning how to live without your best friend,”Howie said. Other students like Jasmine Ford can only sympathize with those students who have loved ones overseas. She thinks that it is a great thing that the troops are being sent home in time for the holidays. “They deserve to be home with their families on Christmas because they worked so hard and they have been away from them for so long,” said Ford, a freshman business management major. Despite the hopes of some students, Jason Pigg, an associate professor of political science, said there could be some potential drawbacks with the decision to withdraw now. He said it could create instability in Iraq in the next year, and the for the war in Afghanistan last February lack of military presence could lead to and Howie said he also left her with a a closer relationship between Iran and heavy burden--loneliness and anxiety. Iraq. “I can’t think of the words to describe Carefully considering these potential it,” Howie said. “You try to stay busy. drawbacks, Pigg said the right decision is It was harder to do things in groups of still to bring the troops home now. people because it was more noticeable “It’s the right time, and I think in part that he wasn’t there. You never really get it’s important to remember how long used to it.” we’ve actually been there as well,” he Odom, a 2010 Tech alumnus, was in said. “When we went in the spring of the Marines Corps Reserve and his spe2003, I don’t think anyone expected that cific job overseas was to collect, analyze we would still be there eight and a half and disseminate enemy-related intelyears later.” ligence on the frontObama said that it lines. is time to start focusHowie said she ing on building the was always scared nation and to “reclaim and nervous about the American Dream Odom. She said they at the center of our “I was always scared were only allowed story,” according to that there was a to talk on the phone NPR website. once a week, and the Pigg said that chance that he phone calls ranged Obama wants to focus anywhere from two on domestic policy wouldn’t make it.” to 30 minutes. Howie and the economy in said the longest she the United States and Hope Howie went without talking not divert so many re- senior pre-professional to him was 27 days. sources overseas. He speech language pathology major “I was always said one of the big scared that there issues with the troops was a chance that returning home is that he wouldn’t make it,” they are coming home Howie said. “I knew during a period of high unemployment. he was going do everything he could to “How much support will they have come home though. He was always very when they return?” Pigg asked. “If you careful and aware.” do have budget cuts occurring over the Howie said she was happy when she next year or two, how much of that is go- found out that Odom would be returning ing to come from the support that goes soon, but she still did not know the exact to Veterans’ Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs date of his arrival. hospitals?” “It was excitement but he still wasn’t More than 4,400 American military home,” Howie said. lives have been lost in this war and it has Odom returned home from Afghanicost the United States $806 billion, ac- stan on Oct.1 where he was reunited cording to the Huffington Post. with Howie at the Reserve Unit in BossiHowie’s boyfriend Joseph Odom left er City. Howie said there was a lot of excitement and tears from all the families receiving their loved ones. Howie said she thinks the United States has aided the Iraqis but she the troops should have come home before now. “I feel like we helped them but there will always be issues in other parts of the world, and we can’t help everyone,” Howie said. Pigg said that some of the goals of going into Iraq were achieved and that some were not. They were not achieved in the sense that there were no weapons of mass destruction found. That was one of the main reasons for going into Iraq. But, he said after this the other goals have been mostly achieved at setting up a semi-stable post-Saddam Hussein government. Pigg also said that the men and women who are still serving overseas have an even bigger burden placed on them than a lot of the troops in the past because of how extended their service has been. “We’ve been overseas since the last decade, and it’s a big sacrifice that not a lot of people see,” Pigg said. According to NYDailyNews.com, Obama promised to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end as a candidate, and as president he will see that the soldiers will leave Iraq with pride. “The last American soldier will cross the border with his head held high,” Obama said. “Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.” Howie and Odom are thankful for these efforts to reunite others with their loved ones in time for the holidays. Howie said she could not imagine the holidays without her boyfriend with her, safe at home.
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’Dogs Bowl Bound
Tech will tackle No. 15 TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl
ANNA CLAIRE THOMAS Sports Editor After a whirlwind season that saw them go from one extreme to the other, the Bulldog football team has one order of unfinished business to tend to before the 2011 season is in the books. Tech has the chance to extend their seven-game winning streak Dec. 21 when they face off against TCU, who is ranked No. 15 in the Coaches’ Poll, in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on a national stage as the game will be broadcast on ESPN at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs have gained some momentum after spending the first half of the 2011 season in turmoil and turned this season into a success, earning head coach Sonny Dykes the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honor. Tech will face its toughest opponent yet in the Horned Frogs of TCU, who are 10-2 on the year and were a perfect 7-0 in conference play and beating the Horned Frogs will be no small feat for the WAC Champion Bulldogs as they will play in one of only four bowl games to match conference champions.
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After making a midseason change at quarterback from freshman Nick Isham to junior Colby Cameron, Tech spent the second half of the season firing on all cylinders offensively. Despite Cameron only playing in six of Tech’s games all season, he has taken full control of this Bulldog offense, averaging 233.8 passing yards per game and throwing 11 touchdowns in limited action. Look for Cameron, a California native, to give the TCU defense fits with his ability to get the ball to junior wide receiver Quinton Patton, who leads all Bulldogs with 10 receiving touchdowns. For TCU, sophomore Casey Pachall, an All-American Honorable Mention selection, has started all 12 games for the Horned Frogs and has thrown 24 touchdowns while completing 67.8 percent of his passes. Pachall will more than likely target his favorite receiver, sophomore Josh Boyce, who has caught nine touchdowns this season. As for the running game, the Bulldogs will follow the lead of freshman running
back Hunter Lee, a walk-on who played in all 12 games this season and scored four touchdowns and averaged 48.8 yards per game. For the Horned Frogs, sophomore Waymon James and junior Matthew Tucker lead TCU’s rushing attack with 17 touchdowns combined.
leads the team in interceptions with four.
Louisiana Tech will more than likely have the advantage as far as field position goes as they bring with them the 2011 Ray Guy Award winner in junior punter Ryan Allen. Allen ranked first in the nation for punts inside the 20 yard line with 37 and punts inside inside the 10-yard line with 20. Look for Allen, a second team All-American selection, to be a gamechanger and factor into the result some way.
Defensively, the Bulldogs match up well with TCU but will have to stand tall in rush defense if they are going to hold the Horned Frogs two leading rushers to a minimum. Don’t count the Bulldogs out just yet though, as Tech is ranked 25th in the nation in rushing defense and has stood tall against the ground game all season. As far as turnovers, the Bulldogs are the favorites to steal the ball away from Pachall and the offense during the course of the game. The Bulldogs have 20 interceptions on the season by 10 different defenders, five of them being returned for a touchdown, while TCU’s defense has notched nine interceptions in 2011. Two playmakers to watch on the Bulldogs side of the ball are seniors Adrien Cole, the WAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Jay Dudley, who
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Make no mistake about it, Tech will have their work cut out for them when they travel to sunny San Diego. But skeptics who think the Horned Frogs will run all over the Bulldogs haven’t taken notice of the impressive resume Dykes’ ’Dogs have put together over the course of their last seven games.
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his time last year, the Bulldog football team had wrapped up their 2010 season, finishing with a below average 5-7 record and serious questions needed to be answered by then first-year coach Sonny Dykes. The Lady Techsters, led by head coach Teresa Weatherspoon, were on the cusp of winning a regular season WAC title, going dancing in the NCAA Tournament and relishing in the accomplishments of their most successful season in recent memory. The Bulldog basketball team was failing to garner any respect from their opponents, and sometimes even their own fans, with then-head coach Kerry Rupp failing to rally the troops. One year removed, and my, how things have changed. After a determined offseason practice regimen with outstanding recruiting, Dykes has led his Bulldog football team to an unprecedented comeback, storming back from a 1-4 start to the season and putting together a seven-game winning streak, not to mention Tech earned a spot in the Poinsettia Bowl where the ’Dogs will have a chance to turn some heads if they can knock off No. 15 ranked TCU in San Diego. The Techsters, after losing their star forward in Adrienne Johnson earlier this year, have rebuilt their team around a core of five seniors, and despite a paltry beginning, the Techsters have regained their footing and tallied notable wins over SEC foe Mississippi State and Old Dominion. As for the men’s basketball program, a new era has begun after Rupp was ushered out at the end of last season and in came the fresh face and tactics of Michael White, an accomplished assistant coach in his time with the Ole Miss Rebels. White has led the Bulldogs to a 4-5 record thus far and they are quickly improving with given time. While 2010 was a successful year depending on who you ask, 2011 is shaping up to be the most successful year in school history with the anticipation of championships in the fans’ minds. Hopefully our favorite Bulldog teams can continue to have success in the new year and grant all Tech fans’ Christmas wishes. Anna Claire Thomas is a senior journalism major from Monroe who serves as the sports editor. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lady Techsters head to the Big Apple Bulldogs look to extend home winning streak riding three-game winning streak
REINA KEMPT Associate Sports Editor The Lady Techsters basketball squad has gotten off to a slow start but the St. John’s Chartwell Holiday Classic in Queens, N.Y., may be the turnaround greatly needed. After a 5-6 start, heading to the state where head coach Teresa Weatherspoon made her career as a WNBA player for the New York Liberty may be the motivation the Techsters need to start a successful streak of wins. The season has just started but conference is quickly approaching as it starts in January, and facing teams like Memphis and St. John’s will be the preparation the Techsters need for the most important part of the season. The struggle for the Techsters seems to come from the significant amount of new players as the team has a total of four freshmen, one transfer and two players who didn’t see much playing time last season. Although there are four post players, only senior forward Shantale Bramble-Donaldson saw a lot of playing time last season. The Techsters are shooting 42 percent from the field, which is an improvement from the start of the season. Senior point guard Jasmine Bendolph is averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 assists for the squad and BrambleDonaldson is averaging 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. The Techsters are aware of the necessity of having its post players play big. Most importantly, the new players are getting plenty of playing time, and though it has been a slow start, they are getting initiated into college level basketball rather quickly, which will only benefit the team in the future. Early frustration is common for the record the team possesses, but experience is what they are gaining more of and they have proven themselves as being able to step up to the challenge in a thrilling victory over Mississippi State as freshman point guard Courtney Hayes knocked down the game clinching free throw. Weatherspoon is preparing her young team for the pressures of the conference, resulting in achieving the main goal, a Western Athletic Conference championship. The Techsters will return to Ruston at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 against Tennessee Tech in the Thomas Assembly Center.
DEREK AMAYA Sports Reporter After a dramatic buzzer-beater win against Northwestern State, Louisiana Tech’s men’s basketball team looks to continue its good form against Arkansas-Little Rock Saturday and Northeastern Tuesday. Despite losing all but one of their road games this season, the Bulldogs are trying to keep their undefeated record at home intact. Head coach Michael White said his team needs to learn how to win and play together as a whole. “We need to put a lineup together that plays well together consistently,” White said. “It seems like we have had eight or nine different guys that have been our best player on certain nights. Good teams have four or five that play well together.” Senior guard Trevor Gaskins said he thinks the Bulldogs’ coaches have a good game plan for the next two games but said the team still has room for improvement. “We could always get better defensively, get back in transition, and be more consistent,” Gaskins said. “I think we really need to improve on defense. We need to play team basketball.” White and his staff are prepared to face two experienced and well coached teams. “We have a couple of pretty good guards that need to do a better job at containing penetration,” White said. “We have great depth in our guards to block.” The game against ArkansasLittle Rock will be Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center and Northeastern will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the TAC.
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