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The student voice of Louisiana Tech University

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SGA works to improve attendance

Big Event rakes in participants

The April 10 meeting of the Student Government Association started 12 minutes late. At 6 p.m., president Clint Carlisle instructed members to pull out their cellphones and start calling absent people. “We are not starting until we meet quorum,” he said. Quorum is the minimum number of senators attending a meeting in order for voting to be allowed. In the SGA’s case, that number is 20, and bills can only be voted on when 20 senators are present. For the first time in weeks, at 6:12 p.m., the SGA met quorum. Shane Rich, vice president, pounded the gavel and began the meeting. After announcing a new possible date for their banquet and going into detail about what The Big Event would entail, they got to old business. Under old business were four things that had been waiting for weeks to be considered by SGA senators. The first was the spring budget for SGA, which passed without any objections. The second and third were matching fund requests for the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders, respectively. Those were grouped together and passed unanimously. The last was Bill 11-12.3, which was not going to be voted on without discussion. The bill, written by cabinet member Blake Spears, proposed to spend $1,800 out of the Senate Project Fund to purchase iClickers for the SGA so voting would be faster and more accurate at meetings. “Passing out 30 slips of paper for every vote can get confusing and disorderly,” Carlisle said. “Also, vote counts are available immediately instead of wasting time tabulating slips of paper in the middle of a meeting.” Spears, when asked to make a comment about the bill he wrote, declined an interview. Allison East, senator and incoming vice president, raised her hand when Rich placed the bill up for discussion. “This is spending $1,800 of the student’s money for SGA, basically so we don’t have to raise our hands,” East said. “We can’t raise our hands and say what we believe in? We are better than that. You can count 33 hands.” Another member spoke up about how all the other bills passed this year have been for the SGA, and not the students. Other members like the secrecy of the clicker system. When a student from the first row spoke up about impeachments and how word gets out about what you vote for with hand raising, College of Liberal Arts Senator Austin Vining spoke up. “We can always use secret ballot for impeachments,” he said. Carlisle stood up and addressed the concern, deciding that impeachments will be made through secret ballot. East’s words still rang through George T. Madison Hall, Room 105. She spoke up about the possibility of media attention directed toward SGA “Do you really want The Tech Talk to have to report that we passed a bill like this?” East said. “Or Tech TV? What does that say about us as an organization?” Finally, Bill 11-12.3 was up for a vote. Hands raised and hands fell as the executives in the front of the room counted them with quiet earnest, perhaps for the last time. “Bill 11-12.3 was not approved,” Rich declared to the room. A sigh flowed through the room as the question of spending $1,800 of the student’s money on the iClickers for SGA voting slowly disappeared. “The purpose of bills is to improve the student body,” Carlisle said. “I do not believe this particular bill fit the scope of that mission.”

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Megan Ratcliff works to clean up mounds of leaves and pine needles during SGA’s Big Event. This was one of many different tasks participants took part in to help clean up their community. AUSTIN VINING Staff Reporter More than 1,200 students from 64 organizations gathered in Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday morning to participate in the Student Government Association’s annual The Big Event. The Big Event is a day for campus organizations to come together to give back to their community by helping people. At 9 a.m., SGA President Clint Carlisle kicked off Big Event with a thankful welcome, followed by Tech President Dan Reneau. Reneau thanked the students and commended them on their efforts to sacrifice their Saturday in order to help their community. “I think this is one of the largest crowds I’ve seen for The Big Event,” he said. Also in attendance for the opening ceremonies of Big Event was Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth. “Doing things unselfishly for others is one of the best things you can do for yourself,” he said. Half an hour later, the students dispersed throughout Ruston to serve their community through various tasks such as raking leaves, mowing yards or walking dogs. Allison East, a sophomore class senator,

served as acting director of The Big Event on behalf of SGA. East said more goes into planning The Big Event than she initially realized. “There are organization applications, job site applications, newspaper ads, food, T-shirts and a lot more,” she said. “Matching organizations with houses is probably the most difficult part.“ While performing various tasks, East said participants are able to meet some interesting people with various life experiences. “They also get the satisfaction of helping

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Tech vice president sets retirement
DAVE GUERIN The last time someone other than Kenneth Rea occupied the vice president for academic affairs’ office at Louisiana Tech, a gallon of gas cost less than a dollar, the Fox Network was a television “start-up,” and Microsoft Windows 2.0 was the latest and greatest in PC operating systems. But after 44 years of loyal and distinguished service to his Alma mater, both as a history professor and an academic leader, Rea has decided it’s time to call it a career and will officially retire Aug. 31. Rea’s relationship with Louisiana Tech began in the early 1960s as an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in history. “I had a very positive experience as an undergraduate student and had great teachers who helped me to develop and prepare for future challenges such as graduate school,” Rea recalls. “I believe that caring culture REA still exists at Tech today.” Following his graduation from Louisiana Tech in 1966, Rea College of continued pursuing his love of his- College of tory, earning a master’s degree in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Chinese history in 1970 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His graduate studies might have taken him to Colorado, but his heart brought him back to Louisiana Tech. Rea soon returned to Ruston to take a position as a history professor in Louisiana Tech’s Arts and Sciences (now Liberal Arts.)

Over the next two decades, Rea would assume a number of administrative positions, including graduate director for the department of history and the college of arts and sciences. He also served as the College’s associate dean and director of research. In 1987, when Daniel D. Reneau vacated the vice president for academic affairs office to become Louisiana Tech’s 13th president, Rea was an easy choice to replace him.

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Sexual health report card unsatisfactory
REBECCA ALVAREZ Staff Reporter The nation’s No. 1 condom maker ranked Tech 131 out of 141 colleges in its annual sexual health report card. The makers of Trojan brand condoms, Church & Dwight, issued the report in November. Tech was one spot above the bottom 10 colleges in the nation and moved up two spots from the report released in 2010. Tanya Sims, Patti McFadden and Paula Books, assistant professors of nursing, have been working to raise awareness at Tech since the release of the 2010 report. “We’ve been using the shock factor in sex education,” Sims said. “With the few resources and time we have, getting to the point is the about.” best way to do it.” Conscious Contraceptives is The trio have held presentations an online organization that was for Tech organizations founded in December on sexually transmitted to encourage the use infections throughout of condoms among the school year to raise America’s young sexual health awareadults who are sexuness. ally active. The presentations Barriers put up by Tech is ranked 131 out 141 included pictures of society against sexual in Trojan’s 2011 various diseases and health topics, like sexual report card. a brief explanation of bashful attitudes, are Go to how the diseases are what organizations contracted and the like ConCon are tarto view full list symptoms that are progeting and working to duced. eliminate. “Sex education is Cory Capoccia, something that needs to be right founder of ConCon, said the onto the point, but handled tasteful- line organization focuses on sexual ly,” McFadden said. “It’s a delicate health education by selling contratopic that people don’t want to talk ceptives through its online site.

He said the organization is unique because its approach is secure and discreet. Contraceptives can be purchased online and delivered to the consumer’s home and all information on the contents of each package is confidential. “Buying contraceptives at the grocery store or health center can be an embarrassing experience,” he said. “People worry about seeing someone they know and become discouraged about buying them.” Capoccia said he believes embarrassment is among the top reasons why sexually active individuals do not bother buying condoms. However, selling contraceptives is

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Student politician aims to make difference
12, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity president and an orientation student leader in 2010-11. Furthermore, he wrote two bills as a junior senator in SGA. The written bills included the Braille Signage Bill, which provided funds to purchase and distribute Braille signs throughout campus in buildings that fell short of code requirements. “Something so simple meant so much and should have been done years ago,” Carlisle said. Despite prior involvement, his political career truly sparked from failure, he said. “What led up to everything was losing my first [presidential] campaign junior year,” he said. “Putting myself out there in front of everyone at Tech, spending money and then losing, it was really hard to find the determination to try again.” Carlisle has been completely enveloped by his college career, and he said he often wonders where the time has gone. “That may be a part of my life that I have taken for granted sometimes,” he said. “I’ve always been on the go and I never really sat back and enjoyed it.” At one point, he said with a chuckle, he had a blanket and pillow for late nights when he found it appealing to sleep across the two chairs and footstool in the corner of his office. Mid-winter quarter, Carlisle purchased his first skinny-vanilla latte. From that point forward, he said he has spent numerous hours with coffee. “It was love at first sip,” he said. “I might say I’m addicted.” He said it might sound ridiculous to some, but when he finds spare time, his favorite hobby is discussing politics while playing a casual round of golf. “I think politics of the past are really neat; they were more respected,” he said. “It didn’t matter whether you were Republican or Democrat. A lot of people respected what they did.” When political discussions like this are shared along the fairway, he said, they create the perfect combination. As a student politician, Carl-

Tech promotes National Stuttering campaign
The National Stuttering Campaign is opening a chapter at Tech to provide a comfortable atmosphere for anyone affected by stuttering. It will host its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Robinson, Hall Room 311. The National Stuttering Association is a non-profit organization aiming to network individuals with common ground and encourage them to develop themselves with dignity and respect. The second meeting will also be held at 7 p.m. May 3 in Robinson Hall Room 311. For more information contact Christy Madix, chapter leader, at 318-257-2068 or


Dawgs 4 Dogs arrives at Tech
Dawgs 4 Dogs, a new student organization at Tech, will host an event to educate pet owners on the necessity of responsible pet ownership from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Quadrangle. This event is being held to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. There will be information on how to participate in smart, collegiate pet ownership as well. 4PAWS representatives will have dogs for those interested in adoption and will have disperse information on adoption programs for the future. Dawgs 4 Dogs will also be giving out puppy starter kits for those who decide to adopt during the event. Free hot dogs will be provided for anyone who attends. For more information contact Ashley Birch at 225-287-9150 or

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This is the final in a fourpart series on different students approaching graduation in May. Each student has a unique journey through college, and this series highlights four individuals who are approaching the end of their journey.

Following a First-Year Convocation speech delivered by the Student Government Association president, a 98-year-old Tech alumnus approached him. He was eager to share his personal experiences in the political field. Two hours later, the man explained the insignificance of belief and dialogue. He said the initial handshake is the critical moment when a person is won or lost. Once that is understood, he said, a future is limitless. This advice was taken to heart by the SGA president. Clint Carlisle will walk across the stage May 19 to receive a diploma with Bachelors degrees in political science, with a concentration in pre-law, and sociology, and a minor in English. “My majors all kind of intertwine,” Carlisle said. “They have had a good relationship, and I think that is why I have been able to do them all.” He said his education has evolved into a requirement, rather than a passion, as a result of his hectic schedule. “It’s hard to say that I’ve gained a lot of new knowledge this past year because I’ve been so busy,” Carlisle said. “I’m always thinking of a million other things in class.” In addition to acquiring two majors and one minor, while maintaining a 3.8 cumulative GPA in four years of college, he held positions as SGA president and vice chair of the Council of Student Body Presidents 2011-

ISO hosting International Day
The International Student Office will host its annual International Day from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Center, Main Floor. Students from 30-35 different countries will set up separate booths to sell a variety of authentic foods that are popular in their country. Tickets for tasting food are 50 cents each and may be purchased at the door and general admission is free. In addition to the served food, booths will feature cultural artifacts and posters depicting their country from their pint of view. For more information contact Bijoya Chakraborty, coordinator for the International Students Office, at 318-2574321 or

‘W’ drop date proaches


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Carlisle, current SGA president, graduates Spring quarter 2012 with a dual major in political science and sociology. isle said he believes the greatest challenge he has faced this year is that the role of SGA president is comparable to that of a professional career. He said it seems like he is not a student of Tech, but an employee. When a new name is painted on the SGA president’s office door and his graduation cap is neatly placed in storage, Carlisle will head to Charlotte, N.C., to serve as a national leadership consultant for Pi Kappa Phi. He plans to work with them for one year, while preparing for the LSAT exam, and then attend law school at either Tulane University or Louisiana State University fall semester 2013. Three weeks before graduation, however, he will participate in the Louisiana District Caucus for which he was selected to be on the ballet as a potential delegate. During this caucus, registered republican voters will elect 25 delegates and 12 alternates from the congressional district to proceed to the Louisiana Republican State Convention on June 2. “Take advantage of every opportunity,” Carlisle said. “Students should treat college as a time to take risks, establish relationships and prepare for the future. This time should not be wasted.”

Students wanting to drop a class without a failing grade must do so by April 27. Those who drop before this date will be officially withdrawn and a “W’ will appear on his or her transcript. Students who drop a class after April 28 will receive a ‘F’ for the dropped classes. To drop a class, students will need to turn in a “Drop/ Add” slip signed by his or her adviser to the registrar’s office. The form may be picked up in the Registrar’s Office. For more information contact Kathy Duke in the registrar office at 318-257-2176 or

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NSBE claims national award for first time
AMRIT AWAL Staff Reporter For the first time, Tech’s chapter of National Society of Black Engineers received the National Distinguished Chapter of the Year award during the 38th Annual NSBE Convention in Pittsburgh. Tech’s chapter, established 27 years ago, received first place, beating 120 NSBE collegiate chapters nationwide. Trevan Jenkins, a senior professional aviation major, said the award is one of the highest a collegiate chapter can receive. “I was nervous, still in shock,” he said. “I couldn’t believe we actually won and received the award in front of 8,000 participants.” The chapter won other awards, including the Retention Program Award, Region 5 Technical Out-Reach Community Help Chapter of the Year and Region 5 Chapter of the Year, which includes chapters from 10 states. Jenkins said they received all those awards because of their outstanding performances on a variety of public service and student activities within the Tech community. “Only University of Florida won the national award two times,” he said. “We want to win the award back to back, hopefully three times in a row.” Jenkins said Tech’s chapter is dedicated to NSBE’s mission statement, which is to excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. The chapter was also awarded cash prizes totaling $10,000, which they plan to use to improve NSBE programs and create new community service projects. “Funds will be used for the promotion of a recycling program, retention study


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not the main purpose of the organization, he said. ConCon representatives travel to universities and colleges throughout the country to give presentations on the importance of using condoms if and when people decide to become sexually active. Capoccia’s said his organization is interested in speaking to Tech’s student body and will soon be speaking to university administration about giving a presentation to raise awareness about their organization and sexual health. Unprotected sex can be detrimental to anyone’s health, said Sims. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven-

tion, 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur each year nationwide—nearly half of them occurring in young people ages 15-24. Louisiana had the highest number of reported cases of syphilis in the country in 2010. Louisiana also had the second highest number of gonorrhea cases, and third highest in cases of chlamydia. “The hard truth is sexual health is a taboo subject,” Sims said. Capoccia said he hopes people will take advantage of ConCon’s discreet methods to not only increase sexual health awareness, but to also fund a bigger mission. ConCon is a partner organization of Support International Change, an organization that provides sexual health education in the rural areas of Tan-

zania to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. A portion of the profit earned is donated to SIC and is also used to provide domestic aid by supplying contraceptives to under served communities in the United States to reduce the occurrence of STIs and unplanned pregnancies. Capoccia said he hopes presentations given at universities and ConCon’s discreet order and delivery methods will encourage young adults who decide to become sexually active to use condoms to protect their health. “People can become activists simply through protecting themselves,” he said. “There’s nothing better than knowing your part of a greater cause.”

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design unique and innovative programs to meet those needs.” The development of Louisiana Tech’s honors and study abroad programs are also a source of pride for Rea. Both have grown in size and quality, as well as the number of educational opportunities they offer. “On behalf of the entire Louisiana Tech family and the thousands of students and faculty he has impacted throughout his career, I want to sincerely thank Dr. Rea for being such a valued part of our university’s success and I wish him nothing but the best during his well-deserved retirement,” said Reneau. “He will certainly be missed.” “I’d like to thank Dr. Reneau for selecting me to be his vice president for academic affairs so long ago,” says Rea. “It has been an honor to work for him and with him for the past 25 years.” After retirement, Rea says he’d like to finish a few research projects that he’s been working on and also wants to continue to pursue his passion for photography. He’s also looking forward to spending a lot more time with his new baby granddaughter. Rea would also like to do some traveling with his wife Becky, who retired about three years ago. Although he doesn’t have any specific travel plans yet, he’ll likely cross one particular destination off his list. “After 25 years of almost monthly trips, I’m really looking forward to traveling to places other than Baton Rouge,” Rea said with a smile.


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“Throughout his career, Dr. Rea has exemplified personal and professional commitment, loyal service, and strength of leadership for the faculty of Louisiana Tech,” said Reneau. “I have been privileged to have had him by my side as academic vice president throughout my entire tenure as president and believe much of our academic and programmatic progress has come as a result of his tireless efforts and dedication.” Dr. Rea has played an important part in Louisiana Tech’s transformation over the past 25 years. The scope and impact of his many contributions are immeasurable.” Throughout his tenure as vice president, Rea says that Tech has undergone a “quiet revolution,” which has come from strong leadership and smart, yet bold decision-making. One such bold (and smart) decision was going selective admissions in 1991. “That was very important in Tech being where it is today,” recalls Rea. “It was something Dr. Reneau had begun formulating while he was vice president and was able to implement upon becoming President. Initially, our enrollment dropped about three times more than our model had predicted, but after a couple of years, enrollment rebounded with a much stronger and better prepared student.” Rea also believes that Louisiana Tech’s transition from a teaching institution to a doctoral research university and the development of an interdisciplinary academic environment

has been vital to the university’s long-term growth. He says the strength of the faculty and their commitment to students at all levels is another cornerstone of Louisiana Tech’s success. “Our faculty work closely with students at all levels, from freshman through graduate, and that is what sets Tech apart,” says Rea. “At most universities, you might not see an actual professor in your classroom until your junior year. But at Tech, engagement with all students is something that is expected of the faculty and has been embraced by them.” The emphasis on quality teaching has been one of the most important aspects of Louisiana Tech over the years. Our core values haven’t changed since I’ve been here and I believe it is part of what makes Louisiana Tech such a unique university.” Rea certainly has much to be proud of during his 25 years as vice president of academic affairs. “Helping to lead the University toward its designation as an SREB doctoral institution is one of the things of which I am most proud. Louisiana Tech has worked hard to achieve this designation, which is a credit to the faculty and their commitment to the advancement of the institution.” I’m also very proud of the inventory of degree programs we have, especially those that are interdisciplinary and those at the doctoral level. Both have contributed to improving the quality of our faculty, who in turn have done a great job of seeing the needs that exist and have put processes in place to

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Students and faculty from different departments were able to present and judge research projects on a variety of topics. AMRIT AWAL Staff Reporter More than 30 undergraduate and graduate students presented their research at 2012 Research Symposium hosted by the honors program April 12. “The symposium is definitely a great way to sharpen your critical and analytical thinking skills,” she said. “I think it is a very prestigious fellowship for both students and faculty to meet and learn about research on our campus.” More than 30 student researchers presented their research through oral presentations and visual aids. Kate Elfer, a graduate nanosystems engineering major, said events like this help students gain experience presenting research and preparing for their future. Rick Simmons, director of the Honors Program, said the symposium provides an opportunity for students and faculty members in different disciplines to share projects. “The students get a chance to present what they have learned through their research experience,” he said. “It is a way to share ideas and explore innovative thoughts among students.” Simmons also said the symposium was mainly focused on faculty, staff and research students. A select few gathered to critique the research. “We really didn’t publicize to students very much,” he said. “Deans and associate deans of various colleges also came to see how their department is doing on research programs.” Elfer said there are many chances for science and engineering students to present their research in comparison to other colleges such as the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and College of Administration and Business. “All across the university engineers are doing research,” she said. “Yet, many students in areas like agriculture, forestry, psychology and the arts don’t have the opportunity to present their research works.” Elfer participated in the symposium last year and she said she was glad she could do it again. “It definitely gave me the

encouragement and inspiration for further research,” she said. “It helped me prepare myself for graduate-level study.” Jude Savarraj, a graduate biomedical engineering major, said most students are unaware the research their peers are engaged in, even those who work in same research lab. He said reviewing other research may help explore new thoughts, which can eventually contribute to the invention of new discoveries. “What you can do is limited to what you know,” he said. “When you get to see and learn about work that other researchers have been doing, you will be able to get new ideas.” Simmons said he thinks Tech is accelerating toward improvement in all areas of its studies. “It seems to get better and better each year,” he said. “I feel proud to see the dedication of faculty and efforts of students on conducting their research.”

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others and serving their community,” she said. “It’s just three hours out of their day, and it’s completely worth it.” The Big Event is SGA’s largest service-learning project of the year. East said residents of the community genuinely appreciate the students and look forward to the help. Megan Ratcliff, a junior mechanical engineering major, said this is the second year she has participated in The Big Event with Habitat for Humanity. “We got a flyer from SGA and it seemed like something we wanted to do,” she said. Ratcliff said Habitat for Humanity participates service projects every weekend. “Most of us live in apartments or dorms so it’s a nice opportunity,” she said. “Raking is always a good mind-clearer.” Beverly Johnson, an employee of the Department of Children and Family Services and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., lives in the house that The Habitat for Humanity group worked at Saturday. “I’m a survivor of cancer,” she said. “I’m so limited in the yard now get out of breath, and I sweat a lot.” Johnson said it is nice to have the students come out once a year and help with some of the maintenance. “I can’t do this big yard by myself, but I like to keep it up,” she said. Johnson has participated in The Big Event for three years now and said she appreciates the students’ participation in helping their fellow residents. Nancy Clendenen, a member of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, said she has participated in The Big Event for two years. She said she asked for the Delta Chi Fraternity again this year because she thought they did a fantastic job the previous year. “What they’ve done would have taken me a week,” she said. “We’ll ask for them again, I guarantee.” Taylor Woodham, a senior

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Tech Women’s Soccer players Natalie Kelley and Sarah Spence work hard to cover every inch of the house they painted Saturday as part of The Big Event. nanosystems engineering and mechanical engineering major, has been part of the Delta Chi group that worked at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston two years in a row. He said the people from the church asked them to take down a tree and do some work in the inner courtyard. “We showed up, they had all the tools ready, gave good directions and gave achievable tasks,” he said. The people from the church are very appreciative, he said. They wrote a letter of thanks and sent it to the Delta Chis last year. “At the end of the day they got some brownies for us,” Woodham said, “ and we celebrated a job well done. “

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Former head of TSA recognizes faults
ip Hawley, former head of the Transportation Security Administration, recognized the faults of the presentday TSA in an essay published in the Wall Street Journal, April 15. Between July 2005 and November 2009, Hawley attempted to calm the hectic and sometimes irrational ways of the organization, but came short many times due to laws enacted by Congress. Hawley said the largest internal issue the TSA encounters today is the wrongheaded approach to risk. He said to eliminate all risks for all passengers traveling is subtracting from the main mission of the TSA. “The TSA’s mission is to prevent a catastrophic attack on the transportation system,” he wrote in the essay. “Not to ensure every single passenger can avoid harm while traveling.” Hawley indicates that the rules are somewhat outdated and were enacted directly after 9/11. He said the cockpits in planes have made the adjustments, as well as flight crews, air marshals and even passengers. These precautions should be enough to monitor the airways, and with Hawley’s five suggestions to making the TSA a more effective organization, the security lines should not be the cause for people having to leave extremely early for flights to avoid the security line rush. Hawley said he wants to see, “No more banned items (aside from the obvious), allow all liquids, give TSA officers rewards and more flexibility, eliminate baggage fees and randomize security.” With these suggestions, security could become a lot less stressful for TSA agents and passengers alike. The one suggestion that would change the whole pre-flight security scene would be eliminating baggage fees. If baggage fees are eliminated, more people would be less likely to pack everything in carry-on baggage, thus eliminating the time spent examining larger bags with various items in them for travel. This will bring us back to the purse and electronic stage that seems to run a bit more smoothly. In other efforts to shorten the security line, the TSA has presented the electronic identification verifier. According to USA Today, the administration is testing the machines for several months in categories such as accuracy and rapid passenger movement through security lines. The first of the machines were installed in the Washington-Dulles International Airport and will be installed in Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. USA TODAY said the machines will be something like a grocery store scanner. The passenger will step up to the machine, scan his or her form of identification, along with the boarding pass and the machine determines if the two match up. These machines sound extremely effective and came at $3.2 million for the first 30. If these electric scanners work and prove to be a more rapid form of TSA security, many passengers will be in favor. The only thing left to do besides eliminate the uncomfortable pat-downs or fullbody X-ray scanners would be to let passengers keep their shoes on in the security line. The TSA needs to make changes for passenger efficiency through the security lines, but they also need to be careful of the trade-off, security for rapid line movement.
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SHERELLE BLACK Associate Editor even years after its debut to the social network world, Facebook is still here and has yet to fall from its reign as the top social website in the world. According to an article on, Facebook is the largest social networking site in the world and is well on its way to reaching its goal of one billion users. Contrary to statistics, I believe Facebook reached its peak a couple of years ago and is now trying to stay relevant by constantly changing its site, partnering up with different companies and by using advertising to its advantage. Facebook recently set out to acquire a deal to buy Instagram, a mobile app firm that allows iPhone and Android users to upload their pictures with different photo effects, for $1 billion in cash and Facebook shares, according to a post from Mark Zuckerburg, founder of the site. While this was a very clever move for Zuckerburg, considering Instagram is on the rise, I don’t believe that buying Instagram will help the company’s longevity. Before I got a Twitter account I relied on Facebook as my main social networking site. Now, Facebook has become a site where I only visit to find out what events are coming up, who has a birthday this week, who is in a relationship or to look at pictures. Facebook has to find a way to bring those users who are converting to Twitter and other social networking sites back to the website. In my opinion, Instagram is hindering the growth of Facebook as it helps Twitter users form an album of pictures. Although Twitter mobile apps allow users to upload pictures, once the pictures are uploaded there is no place users can go back and look at all the pictures the user has uploaded. With Instagram, users can upload pictures directly to Twitter and can refer to their account to review all of the photos they uploaded. According to, Instagram rocketed to 30 million iOS users in 18 months and was named iPhone app of the year in 2011. Instagram’s Android version received millions of downloads immediately after its release at the beginning of this month. I recently downloaded Instagram for my Droid phone and will admit the app takes an ordinary photo and turns it into something spectacular with the touch on the screen. It requires no advance knowledge of photography or Photoshop skills while transforming your picture into artwork. According to an article in The Washington Post, “The shift toward mobile has proven problematic for Facebook, which admitted in February that its decision not to put display ads on its mobile applications has made it difficult to generate revenue on that platform.” With the purchase of Instagram, I do not doubt Facebook will gain more users. However, I do believe Instagram will grow old and another app will replace it, leaving Facebook on the lookout for another app to help attract more users. Facebook should focus on existing problems the site has instead of constantly trying to add new aspects to it. Change can be good, but too much change can be detrimental. Sherelle Black is a junior journalism major from Bossier City who serves as associate editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to Scb035@latech. edu.


o legalize or not to legalize? That is the question. The controversy of legalizing marijuana has been on the minds of Americans for decades. Since 1965, there have been 20 million arrests for marijuana-related charges, according to Since this drug is not legal, it has led young people to search for other alternatives to “get high.” Recently, a 12-year-old boy from North Carolina was found dead in his room before school one morning, according to The seventh grader, Connor Galloway, was suspended from the floor with a belt around his neck. Galloway was a victim of the choking game, a game some kids from his school were participating in for fun. The game includes cutting off a person’s oxygen and blood flow to the brain until they pass out. A “high” is experienced once the blood and oxygen return to the brain, according to This game can lead to brain damage, seizures, and in Galloway’s case, death. The game has become prevalent among younger kids and adolescents. The Tech Talk staff is split on the decision to legalize marijuana. Although there are definite advantages to the legalization of this drug, there is still disagreement whether or not the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. One of the disadvantages of marijuana being illegal is that courts are spending taxpayers’ money for marijuana- related cases when they should be spending their time and money on more serious cases, not to mention that legalizing marijuana could be an additional source for tax revenues. Each year, American taxpayers spend $1 billion to incarcerate people on marijuana charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. Making marijuana legal would also aid law enforcement because it would reduce the amount of business that drug dealers receive and can reduce crimes related to this drug. One of the bigger issues that might haunt users is the fact that they could go to jail for possession. They are often caught in serious situations and turned into criminals for having possession of small amounts. Aside from the fact that it intrudes upon a person’s personal freedom, when used in moderation, marijuana isn’t any more harmful than alcohol or tobacco, according to One of the reasons for keeping this drug illegal is because people believe that they will abuse it and there can be physical damage for those who do. But isn’t this true for life-long smokers as well? However, some of us believe that marijuana is not harmful to the body because it is often medically prescribed and it is said to not be an addictive drug. Another reason to keep the drug illegal is because marijuana can lead to the use of other, harder drugs such as cocaine, some contend. The widespread availability would also increase opportunities for kids to get a hold of the drug. On the contrary, a lot of adolescents do things because they are illegal. The excitement of taking legal substances would decrease if marijuana was legalized. A lot more people would say no if it were illegal. The fact of the matter is that there are pros and cons to everything. Let’s make like marijuana and be blunt.

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Freedom and its restrictions
MARY TIMMONS Contributing Editor like something that is taken out of context. At some point everyone goes on a rant that others don’t fully understand. Portraying Obama as a jackass on Facebook isn’t a valid reason for a Marine to lose his job. However, refusing to take any type of order from your boss will get you fired from any workplace. According to the article, Stein made this post: “As an Active Duty Marine I say ‘Screw Obama’ and I will not follow all orders from him ... has [sic] for saluting Obama as commander-in-chief ... I will not!” Anyone who joins our volunteer military should consider and be aware of the freedoms he or she will no longer have. Every member takes an oath declaring to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” and “obey the orders of the President of the United States.” Regardless of Stein’s opinion toward the president, he signed a contract and should abide by it. When someone disrespects his or her boss, they get fired. That’s the way it works with any job. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that this man’s job is on the line. Military officials claim that Stein’s posts violated military regulations that prohibit partisan political statements while serving as an active member in the military. Stein was charged with conduct “prejudicial to good order and discipline,” the article stated. This man serves our country and fights for freedoms, but he also gets paid and has privileges that are not available to every person. By signing a contract he gained benefits but lost freedoms. It’s not like Obama is sitting behind his Macbook thinking of the perfect Facebook comeback to redeem himself. Honestly, this is probably just something that’s making his day more of a hassle. Stein as an American has every right to his opinion of a political candidate. He doesn’t have to like Obama or even approve of his actions. However, he shouldn’t bluntly say that as a member of the military he refuses to serve someone who ranks higher than he. This shouldn’t even be an argument. It’s common sense. When you break a contract there are repercussions. It would be an embarrassment if absolutely nothing were done about this. To prove that the U.S. military is a professional establishment the government must be disciplined and display order among themselves. Disrespect and discord cannot be tolerated. The military is here to protect its people and maintain stability. When those enlisted refuse to follow orders it puts the American people at risk. We cannot expect our military to properly function if those enlisted are going to base their service and loyalty on their political opinion of the president. Mary Timmons is a senior journalism major from Logansport who serves as contributing editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mnt005@latech. edu.



member of the American military can get a discount at hotels, a complimentary first-class upgrade from American Airlines and an occasional “thank you” from a stranger. There are various discounts and specials for those in the Armed Forces. The government itself provides numerous benefits for those who enlist, but are these benefits worth giving up your constitutional rights? According to the CNN website, Sgt. Gary Stein of the U.S. Marine Corps may be discharged from the military for making comments on Facebook about President Barack Obama. Stein posted comments on his personal Facebook page as well as the Armed Forces Tea Party Facebook page he created. He referred to Obama as a “domestic enemy,” and even Photo-shopped the president’s face on the poster for the movie “Jackass.” At first sight this just seems

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Students search for unique style
NATALIE MCELWEE Staff Reporter In college, fashion is more versatile than the 31 ice cream flavors at Baskin Robbins, and with savvy shopping, students can have their ice cream and eat it, too. Taylor Ainsworth, a junior business major, said she is a self-proclaimed shopaholic but still finds ways to balance her fashion budget. “I usually pick up at least one new fashion item a week,” she said. “Anyone who knows me knows I love Dillard’s and Herring Stone’s in Monroe. My advice is to only spend the most on classic pieces that will never go out of style and spend less on trendy pieces that will go out of style eventually. You can easily spice up your wardrobe with inexpensive accessories.” While some students head for the department stores, some opt for a more vintage feel. Allison Hebert, a junior English education major, said sample sales and thrift stores are where she feels most comfortable shopping. Sample sales are utilized by merchandisers to sell large quantities of items. “There is a place called UAL in New Orleans where the owners go to sample sales in high-fashion places like New York, buy the merchandise and bring it back to sell,” she said. “They have clothes by designers I’ve never heard of and famous designers as well.” When Hebert is in Ruston, she said shopping at Goodwill and Rolling Hills is a good way for college students to prevent emptying their pocketbooks. “Even going to Goodwill or Rolling Hills and digging around, you can find things to put together,” she said. “It’s how you put everything together.” For some students, the Internet may be the best place to find deals. Sophomore business major Christian Stamps said if he cannot find deals in stores, he goes to the laptop in search of bargains. “Dillard’s is a pretty good place to shop,” he said. “I do a lot of my shopping over the Internet.” Stamps said he keeps up his wardrobe by buying classic pieces. “Buy things that aren’t too out there,” he said. “If you find something that fits really well and buy it in different colors, you can really mix and match. If you buy too many things that are really eye-popping, you can’t really wear it too much.” Stamps said he enjoys looking nice and wishes others would put in more effort. “I’d like to see people be more fashion conscious,” he said. “Adults should really put thought into their appearance and what they wear. To me, it’s nice to see some effort put into it. I really would like to see people get into more high-fashion ideas rather than this frat look all the time.” Department stores and sample sales are not for everyone, though. Students such as Kelsey Mardis, a junior speech communications major, said she would rather raid her friend’s closets. “I don’t think I’ve been clothes shopping in a long time,” she said. “It’s usually either Goodwill or people just give me clothes. They grow out of them, and they just give them to me. I only really buy shoes.”

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Students thumb through clothing racks at Goodwill hoping to find a unique outfit. Mardis said she is a firm believer that shopping should not break the bank. “You just have to get rid of this whole preconceived notion that your clothes have to cost a lot of money to look good,” she said. “You just have to be bold, try something out for a day, and you never know when something is going to really look great on you.” Mardis said she believes fashion should be an expression of personality and originality, not of conformity. “Pick something you really like and find that one thing that really describes who you are,” she said. “Don’t try and be part of this whole sea of Nike shorts and Magellan shirts. Don’t be ashamed of being different.”

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Truth to Tech traditions revealed
AUSTIN VINING Staff Reporter In the 118 years since Tech’s founding, many traditions have worked their way into the hearts and lives of the university’s students, faculty and staff. Tech football player Quinton Patton, a senior biology major, remembers the first time he petted the Bulldog statue known as the Spirit of ‘88 on a visit to the university. “Everyone I’ve seen since I’ve been here has always rubbed it,” he said. “I was walking down, saw everyone rubbing it, and they told me, ‘Oh, that’s the Spirit of ’88, you have to rub it.’ ” Patton said he rubs the Bulldog’s head every time he sees it, even though he doesn’t believe in luck. “They told me to rub it, and when I do it just seems like there’s magic when we come on the field,” he said. “Like you’ve got to give your all for the Bulldog.” The Spirit of 88’ was dedicated to 1988 Tech football players who accomplished the goal of playing at least six Division One football teams that season, according to a history compiled for student recruiters by Kate Perot, Tech communications coordinator and director of student recruiters. Perot ended her document. “So when you see that statue, rub that Bulldog’s head and know that you are proud to be a Bulldog and will honor that special team by cheering for the Bulldogs whenever and wherever they play.” Photo by Sumeet Shrestha Not everyone at Tech heeds to Perot’s suggestion, such as Football players touch the head of the Bulldog after a team practice. Gerri Pringle, a freshman meThe Bulldog is supposed to bring students good luck. chanical engineering major. “It’s just a metal statue,” Pringle said. Pringle said she has never touched it before and doesn’t believe it’s going to make her any luckier. She said a myth even suggests that Tech’s first Bulldog is buried under the seal. Students are not supposed to walk over the seal in Centennial Plaza was created because the administration doesn’t want the paint to rub off. The myth Pringle referred to was “The Legend of the Bulldog.” This story, found on Tech’s website, describes in detail the events that led to the Bulldog being named Tech’s mascot, and red and blue being the university’s official colors. Legend says five Tech students found a lone Bulldog and decided to give it refuge. One day their boarding house caught fire, and one of the students didn’t come back out. The legend continues, “Before the boys had time to react, they saw the bulldog run back into the house. Moments later, the final student ran out to safety,” as the story is told on the website. The bulldog never came out. After word of the fire spread around campus, the bulldog became Tech’s first hero, according to the legend. The students voted unanimously for the Bulldogs to become the school’s mascot and chose red and blue to be their colors in honor of the colors the Bulldog was buried in. The legend closes with, “Questions about the events long ago will always exist, but be assured that somewhere on the Tech campus are the remains of a brave old Bulldog wrapped in red and blue.” Sarah Vance, an admissions recruiter, said she remembers telling incoming freshmen the legend of the Bulldog when she was an orientation student leader. She said it is important to preserve the tradition of the origination of our mascot. “It’s rumored that’s where the Bulldog is buried,” Vance said of the seal in Centennial Plaza. “I don’t walk over it out of respect.” Not everyone at Tech carries these sentiments, including Mark Howard, a freshman construction engineering major. “People say you won’t graduate,” he said. “I don’t believe in that because it’s up to me and how much I work.” Howard said on one rainy day he realized the seal was slippery. He took a running start and slid across it. “I don’t believe in superstitions,” he said. “Ever since I walked across it, I’ve been getting better grades.”

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Engineers Without Borders-Louisiana Tech is a student organization whose main goal is to help other countries through designing and implementing structures in other countries. Jade Tolbert, a senior industrial engineering major and the president of EWB-LAT, said she is excited to help the 2-year-old Tech chapter. “It feels like a great accomplishment getting us where we are now,” Tolbert said. Elizabeth Edwards, a freshman electrical engineering major and member, said she enjoys being in a group that gives back to people in need. “I didn’t even know what Engineers Without Borders was before I got here, but I realized how interesting and knowledgeable it could be,” Edwards said. There are 29 members in the group, which is open to students of all majors and faculty. Jean Amador, a freshman civil engineering major, said is the chairman of recruiting for EWB-LAT. “We accept everybody who wants to join because there is a need for everybody, each person brings a unique skill, which can be utilized by us and our mission,” Amador said. EWB-LAT participates in various local projects such as Tech’s Big Event and Relay for Life, but holding to the dogma of EWB, the group is working on an international project. EWB-LAT is the first student chapter in Louisiana to be accepted by EWB-USA to make an international project, Amador said. “While being the first school to be recognized is good, through our work hopefully we can get other schools like LSU involved so in the end we can benefit those in need and further the cause of EWB,” Amador said. According to its application for the project, the group is planning a job that will fix the irrigation system of a community in the Philippines. The community of Susugaen relies heavily on farming to sustain themselves financially, but their irrigation system has been deteriorating for the past few years. Amador said the task EWB-LAT is planning to accomplish is to “re-establish its irrigation system in order to provide more stable income to farmers.” Once the irrigation system is fixed, the group will then develop a community drinking water supply for the community. With the completion of a water drinking system, multiple communities would have access to potable drinking water. “It’s one thing to go across the world, but it’s another thing to go across the world and change people’s lives for the better,” Amador said. As per the requirements by EWB-USA, projects require a five-year window of construction and follow up to make sure everything is functioning properly. The project, which will require three to four trips, will send its first group over in November to make on-site assessments of the area. Tolbert said even though the group is months away from making the journey to the Philippines, the members take part in training sessions to prepare for the actual projects. Research for the project is being conducted and models are being constructed so the groups will have an understanding of the project beforehand. “I spend so much time on the project, I live in Bogard,” She said. Tolbert spends an average of at least three hours each day working on the nuances of the project. A hands-on trip around the world does not come cheap; however, EWB-LAT is attempting to pay for the entire project so its members can participate at the cost of their own personal expenses. With an estimated cost of $23,000 for the Philippines project, EWB-LAT has been fundraising all year for its trip with events like its dodge ball tournament and bake sales. Tolbert said she since many students are already strapped for money, they don’t want to cause any extra financial burden by charging for the Philippines trip. Regardless of the problems they may face in the future, the group is proud of its progress, Tolbert said. “My goal was to get the ball rolling raising money and begin the application process for next year,” Tolbert said. “Actually being one step ahead of where I wanted to be feels amazing.”

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World&Nation Secret Service scandal deepens
ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. military members under investigation for alleged misconduct at a Colombia hotel may be greater than the five originally cited, officials said Monday. Pentagon press secretary George Little said Monday he could not provide a specific number, but that military members who are being investigated were assigned to support the U.S. Secret Service in preparation for Obama’s visit to Cartagena. The Secret Service sent 11 of its agents home from Colombia amid allegations that they had hired prostitutes at a Cartagena hotel. Army Col. Scott Malcom, chief spokesman for U.S. Southern Command, which organized the military team that was assigned to support the Secret Service’s mission in Cartagena, declined to say how many additional service members are under investigation. He also would not say which branch of the military they were from. “We are still putting together all the facts,” Malcom said. A defense official in Washington said at least some of those under investigation are members of the Army. Malcom said a colonel from the Southern Command staff, whom he would not identify by name, had been sent to Cartagena to gather facts. He said at least five military members under investigation were being flown to Miami Monday. The U.S. Southern Command had announced on Saturday that five service members assigned to the presidential mission in Colombia had violated curfew and may have been involved in “inappropriate conduct.” In a statement Saturday, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of Southern Command, said he was “disappointed by the entire incident” and that “this behavior is not in keeping with the professional standards expected of members of the United States military.” The Secret Service placed the 11 agents on leave while the agency reviews what happened. “I expect that investigation to be thorough, and I expect it to be rigorous,” Obama said Sunday. “If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry. ... We are representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards.”

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People walk past Hotel El Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia. The Secret Service sent home agents for misconduct that occurred at the hotel before President Obama’s arrival for the Summit of the Americas.

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Georgia kindergartner arrested
ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner with her arms behind her back after the girl threw a tantrum. While it’s unusual to see a young child handcuffed in school, it’s not unheard of. School officials around the nation wrestle with the issue. Salecia Johnson, 6, was accused of tearing items off walls and throwing books and toys Friday at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, GA., according to a police report. Police said a small shelf thrown by the child struck the principal in the leg. The child also jumped on a paper shredder and tried to break a glass frame, the police report states. A juvenile complaint was filed, accusing the girl of simple battery and damage to property. The police department’s policy is to handcuff people when they are taken to the police station, regardless of their age, interim Police Chief Dray Swicord said. “The reason we handcuff detainees is for the safety of themselves as well as the officer,” he said Tuesday. The girl’s aunt, Candace Ruff, went with the child’s mother to pick her up from the police station. She said Salecia had been in a holding cell and complained about the handcuffs. “She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists,” Ruff said. “She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up.” The police chief said the girl was taken to the police department’s squad room, not a holding cell, and officers there tried to calm her and gave her a Coke.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana won’t assign any delegates to a Tennessee lawyer who finished second to President Obama in the state’s Democratic primary because the party said he didn’t meet the qualifications required. The state Democratic Party announced Monday that John Wolfe failed to comply with the party’s delegate selection plan for the March primary election. He missed deadlines to certify an authorized representative for his campaign in the state and to provide a statement of participation to the state party. Wolfe got almost 12 percent of the statewide vote. Analysts said he would have earned an estimated three delegates, based on his totals in some congressional districts. Louisiana would have been one

of the only states to Obama. Seven where Democratic “super delegates” delegates would are uncommitted, have gone to an but they include Obama opponent. prominent state parWolfe told The ty leaders, including Times-Picayune chairman Buddy that the party rules Leach and U. S. Sen. say the result of the Mary Landrieu, who presidential primary are considered to is binding. support Obama. “Any person in Wolfe was one WOLFE the party who thinks of three challengthey can make up ers to Obama on the rules as we go along is vio- the March 24 ballot. Wolfe said lating the due process provi- Obama is too cozy with Wall sion of the Constitution, which Street and corporate tax rates applies to state parties,” Wolfe are too low. said. “I will be going to the The Tennessee lawyer has federal court in Baton Rouge run into trouble in his home to make sure the 17,804 Loui- state, receiving a public censianans who voted for me are sure from his state Supreme represented at the conven- Court’s professional respontion.” sibility board for misconduct Louisiana sends 71 del- in his handling of a personal egates to the national conven- injury lawsuit and facing a tion. Sixty-four will be pledged $900,000 federal tax lien.

Johnson was suspended and can’t return to school until August. “We would not like to see this happen to another child. It’s devastating,” her aunt told The Associated Press. Elsewhere in the U.S., incidents involving students, police and handcuffs have raised difficult questions for educators, parents and policymakers. In Florida, the use of police in schools came up several years ago when officers arrested a kindergartner who threw a tantrum during a jelly beancounting contest. Annette Montano, a mother in Albuquerque, N.M., said her 13-year-old son was arrested last year after burping in gym class. After more problems, she said, she pulled him from the school in November. It took her three months to get him placed elsewhere.

Arts&Entertainment Big-name bands rock spring concert
GRACE MOORE Staff Reporter The Union Board took a sizeable risk inviting The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and 3OH!3 to perform for the spring concert this year. In conservative North Louisiana, 3OH!3 would have been the last on my list to perform for Tech. Several arguments have erupted in response to its misogynistic tones and inappropriate lyrics, which may have been a minor detail overlooked. I agree with all of them,” said Nathaniel Motte of 3OH!3. “It’s the devil’s music. But obviously there’s a lot of our music that’s meant to be tongue-and-cheek. It’s meant to be funny and fun, and I think it’s sad some people can’t appreciate that.” Although the concert fell short of expected success, those in attendance screamed, swayed and concluded the evening with a pretty fun show. The event opened with Shayliff, an area band based in Bossier City, followed by wellknown bands, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and 3OH!3. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, a spiritually-driven rock band, opened for 3OH!3. Ronnie Winter, the lead singer, said the majority of its songs are derived from scripture, and its goal is to portray a message of hope. With that said, I was still quite amazed The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, an anti-degrading rock band, would agree to perform with a band like 3OH!3, which is known for its risqué lyrics. “I’m not a preacher,” Winter said. “I’m a rock singer. I feel like they’re a fun band, and I think a lot of their stuff is done in humor. I think you have to keep in context what it is, and I don’t think they particularly are trying to accomplish a degrading message. But as for us, we definitely have a different path.” Winter captivated the audience upon entering the stage, and shortly into his performance, he said this concert was one of his favorites of the entire year. I was a little caught off guard when a majority of their music was screamo because I was introduced and did not stray far from the band’s hit, “Your Guardian Angel.” Halfway into The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ performance, Winter grabbed his acoustic guitar, took off his wayfarer sunglasses and tied his hair into a ponytail. He sang a crowd favorite, “Your Guardian Angel,” and it seemed like the entire arena was singing along. Swaying lighters and illuminated cellphone screens decorated the darkness, and I believe it was in that moment the band justified their performance at Tech. During this portion of the concert, the crowd wasn’t as involved as it was with 3OH!3’s act, but Winter definitely made a connection. He would call upon each section of the audience to cheer and belt out the words. “Put your hands up for whatever makes you feel good!” exclaimed Winter. I realized toward the end of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ performance that Winter’s earpiece, what many artists use to hear themselves in large arenas over the noise, had fallen out of his ear, and I don’t believe I ever saw its return. His vocal runs seemed to remain flawless, which proved him a true musician. Winter introduced several unpopular songs during his portion of the concert, which I think may have caused a minor disconnect with the audience; however, he stayed true to his well-known songs and everyone seemed to go crazy when the band played “Face Down” as its encore. Winter led his band out while he said, “If I don’t see you again tonight, God bless you and have a good life.” The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus exemplified the integrity they boast, and I think they fit into the values we pride ourselves on at Tech. Rachel Story, a sophomore interior design major, said, “[the concert] was amazing and they rocked my face off. They are my favorite band of all-time, and Union Board did a really good job getting them.” While the stage-hands prepared for 3OH!3’s entrance, Austin Youngman, a freshman nutrition major, said in anticipation, “My excitement level is through the roof !” The crowd began chanting for the band, and with an exhilarating drum introduction, they appeared on stage one by one ending with Motte and Sean Foreman, the faces of 3OH!3. 3OH!3 was a crowd-pleaser instantly, prominently led by Foreman. With a synthesized sound, the first song and several parts within the band’s performance, were challenging to hear; granted, I had hundreds of screaming fans in my ear. Performing at Tech was 3OH!3’s first live concert in approximately five months, its longest break in performances since the band’s beginning. “At the concert tonight, we’ll be working out some kinks from the hiatus,” Motte said. On a few different occasions, the lyrics continued when the microphone was away from Foreman or Motte’s mouth, which lead me to believe that perhaps they needed some help from previous recordings while they jumped back into the liveconcert lifestyle. Both Foreman and Motte left the stage during the concert and leaned over the metal fence between the fans and the stage, causing the crowd to go wild. Banter came between each song and made 3OH!3’s humorous qualities evident. Foreman made reference to Rebecca Black’s hit single, “Friday,” and joked that she actually stole their song. The entertaining dialogue, however, was not enough to mask the profanity within it. In a relatively short performance, outside of song lyrics, 3OH!3 managed to drop the F-bomb well over a dozen times. We’re college students, yes, but a large portion of fans in attendance were from area high schools, and open vulgarity falls

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Attendees of Union Board’s spring concert rocked out with bands Shayliff, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and the headliner 3OH!3.

Photo by Grace Moore

The faces of 3OH!3, Sean Foreman (left) and Nathaniel Motte (above) play to an enthusiastic audience. This was the first concert 3OH!3 has played in five months.

Ronnie Winter (below) of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus belts one of the band’s popular songs.

Photo by Sumeet Shrestha

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short of Tech standards. As I earlier stated, 3OH!3’s concert was a blast, but in context fell short of what I think Tech expects of our Union Board choices for entertainment. In general, I think most enjoyed 3OH!3’s performance over The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, because students knew the music and could sing along. I knew a few of the songs as well and had my foot tapping for the majority of the show. “Streets of Gold” was my favorite of 3OH!3’s songs, minus the obvious “Don’t Trust Me,” which they saved for the encore. Foreman especially captivated the audience with his dance moves and rebel personality. The music seemed extraneous with them; putting on a great

show was their aim, at which they succeeded. “It’s the best concert I’ve been to in the four years I’ve been in college,” said Bryan “Wally” Babcock, a senior speech communication major. “I think we all knew the administration wouldn’t like it, but the concert was for the students.” The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus believes people enjoy its music because they feel a deeper connection with it, on the other hand, 3OH!3 said its music is fun to make, which creates music that is fun to hear. Many kudos to Union Board for taking a risk, and I genuinely hope the Administration has a sense of humor.

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Aries March 21 – April 19 You’re eager and optimistic today, Aries, which works well with your strong, capable nature. You’re likely to find that things begin to click into place at work. Something that has been troubling you for some time suddenly becomes clear. What was once a stumbling block is now a mere bump in the road and easily overcome. All indications are that you’ll be successful at whatever you do now, so dare to dream big. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 Today should be devoted to paperwork and getting your financial affairs and budgets in order, Taurus. Once this is done, you can relax in the evening with friends and loved ones. You’re especially intuitive right now, so you’ll be able to pick up on all the unspoken thoughts and feelings of those around you. Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 All financial undertakings have good aspects today, Gemini. It could be that you have been thinking of starting a new business venture. If so, you’re likely to meet the ideal business partner. Keep your eyes and ears tuned as you go about your daily routine. You never know when you might be introduced to that one special person you need in your life. Socialize in the evening with good friends. Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 This is bound to be a wonderful day, Cancer. You’re looking and feeling great and it shows! This is a day of kindness and cooperation. You could find that your family pitches in to help at home without being asked. Your romantic partner might volunteer to clean out the garage and your children start to clean their rooms. This definitely isn’t your typical day! Enjoy the harmony that reigns today. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 This is a good day for you to analyze information, Leo. You have an especially acute business sense, which you should use to your advantage. Whether you’re thinking of translating a creative project into a business proposal or working on that business plan, all indications say that your efforts will yield rich rewards. Make the most of whatever this day has to offer. Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 You’re a conscientious, hard worker, Virgo, but today your thoughts are more on home than work. You feel especially close to your family and friends. They mean the most to you. Jobs and even careers come and go, but friends and family are forever. Enjoy being with them today. Gather everyone together and order too much Chinese take-out. It’s just fine if you restart your diet tomorrow. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Today is likely to be another busy one for you, Libra. You might have a volunteer activity in the morning and then get roped into running errands in the afternoon. It will be busy bordering on hectic, but the hustle and bustle of being out and about is energizing for you. Invite some friends to join you for dinner in the evening to cap off this highenergy day. Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 You have a strong spirit of cooperation today, Scorpio. It inspires you to pitch in and help others without being asked. Your romantic partner could be surprised to see you show up and help with a chore. Never mind that you don’t know what you’re doing - you’ll figure it out. Others will be impressed to see you going above and beyond what you’ve been asked to do. Your efforts on all fronts won’t go unnoticed.
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Keep your eyes and ears open to all new possibilities, Sagittarius. Even if it isn’t your habit to read the “Help Wanted” section of the newspaper, do so today. You might be surprised at what you find there. Your skills apply to all sorts of jobs. You don’t need to limit your search to one profession. You have a good mind that’s working in overdrive now. Use it to figure out the next steps for your advancement. Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 Today your strong sense of nostalgia likely has you leaning toward all things old. If you do some furniture shopping, you’ll be drawn to antique shops rather than contemporary stores. There is something about the patina that only comes with age. This applies to people as well as objects, which may explain why you tend to prefer to be with people who are older than you. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 This is bound to be a wonderful day, Aquarius, as everybody seems to be in a warm and congenial mood. 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program, Walk for Education and an informal science fair for kids,” he said. “We are also planning to begin NSBE Juniors in Ruston High School.” Kendall Belcher, a senior civil engineering major, said the chapter organized numerous projects, including the Walk for Education, a science fair at the Boys and Girls Club and recycling initiative programs. “We have a small group, only 20-30 members, compared to some schools that have more than 100 members,” he said. “We really

worked hard this year to put on our projects and proved we can do better than other colleges.” The chapter is also initiating study-related help through various projects such as study sessions twice a week in Bogard Hall, said Michael Aromeh, a senior chemical engineering major. “Volunteer students are helping others with science and engineering courses,” he said. “It is like the study capsule for those who need to improve their grade.” Carrie Kelly, budget manager and executive administrative assistant at the College of Engineering and Science, said she is excited Tech’s chapter received NSBE’s

highest award. “They had committed so much time and effort in accomplishing NSBE’s mission,” she said. “They had set their goals to achieve the national award by recruiting new members and rendering community service while excelling academically.” Belcher said Tech’s chapter will be extending its programs beyond the campus and will serve the community. “This is just the stepping stone for better years to come,” he said. “There is nothing that can stop NSBE from doing better and achieving more awards in the future.”

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Meet a pair of Tech students who have hit the jackpot, and another who are ready to spin again
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Sometimes choosing a college roommate can be like playing a game of ...

See how Kelsey & Corey learned how to live together
their separate majors, they said the time spent together has decreased. Harrington said her new boyfriend occupies some of their girl time as well. n Aswell Hall, Room 324, you “They spend every waking minute together,” Duplewill find two former strangers chin said. “Do you know how lonely it is? I spend like 25 from two different places who hours in the room by myself each week with nothing to were assigned as roommates. Af- do except homework and Pinterest.” ter a short amount of time in the When the roommates are together, there is a nearsmall dorm room, they quickly re- constant banter back and forth, and Duplechin and alized they had found a best friend Harrington are very vocal toward their enjoyment of in one another. one another’s unique qualities. Kelsey Duplechin, Duplechin accused her rooma freshman secondmate of bottle hoarding, suggesting ary math education she could cameo on the show, “My major, and Corey Strange Addiction.” Harrington, a fam“I throw all the bottles away,” Duily and child studies –Corey Harrington plechin said, “but she’s a bottle colmajor, were astonlector. I moved the mattress and there ished how well they were three under her bed,” she said. matched. “I just think we’re going to run out, Even though so I keep them,” Harrington said as they were roomjustification. mates by random Beyond the bottle collecting, they selection, Duplesaid they each possess a rather unique chin and Harhabit, which has created personal pet rington said they peeves. immediately fell “What bothers me is when she in love with each leaves the plates all disgusting and other’s comstacks them and shoves them in the –Kelsey Duplechin pany. cupboard,” Harrington said. “For a “We just go while, I was in denial they were even together, kind of like fire and there.” ice,” Duplechin said. Duplechin said, “Well, when she wakes up in the They said although they complement middle of the night and decides her feet are cold, she each other in many aspects, they are still opposite turns on her hair dryer to warm them up.” enough to learn from one another. “Socks just keep them cold,” Harrington said. “I Of the time they spend together, the girls said they want instant gratification.” often spend Sunday evenings with the late-night gosDuplechin and Harrington said it is immensely imsip of weekend events. Then, they turn in fairly early portant to find common ground with a new roommate on weeknights because Harrington typically schedules so pet peeves like these do not destroy relationships. early classes, forcing Duplechin to adapt to her daily They said positive roommate conditions will only routines and early-morning alarm clock vibrations. On survive through compromise. the other hand, Duplechin said she rarely sets an alarm “Be aware of your own idiosyncrasies,” Harrington because she embraces the late class lifestyle. said. “She is forever jaded from when I set alarms,” DuThey embrace their differences, they said, and they plechin said. have learned how to coexist peacefully. Harrington said, while imitating a minor body con“I don’t eat her Cheez-It crackers,” Duplechin addvulsion, “Her robot and sonar alarms make me cringe.” ed. “If you eat one without asking, she’ll slice your hand With a laugh, Duplechin said she occasionally plays off.” them to toy with her exasperated roommate. The roommates initially spent all their time together, Email comments to but as their schedules became more accustomed to GRACE MOORE Staff Reporter

“I think we were meant to be.”

“I call us roommate soul mates. She caused me to grow in ways I never would have if I had never met her.”

See why Addie & Kaitlyn decided to live apart
GRACE MOORE Staff Reporter when she used them she was going to throw them in the trash.” Cooke said she apologized and explained she was n invisible line separated the shared under the impression they were plastic. dresser-top in Harper Hall, Room 519, fall “My mom got really angry,” Martin said, “and she quarter. To the right sat one photograph, told me that if I didn’t contact her mom or get her to a bottle of perfume, a flat iron and a hair get new forks and spoons, that my mom was going to dryer. The left side was decorated with tend to it.” three books, necklaces, hair accessories, After the silverware dilemma was resolved, a one photograph and a few small docu- tension still remained, but the ments. A fish bowl, home to Bugeye, a conversations shared between small dark brown and burnt orange fish with enormous Cooke and Martin remained eyes, sat in the middle. the silver lining to their cloudy Addie Martin, a sophomore English and journalism situation, they said. double major, and Kaitlyn Cooke, a sophomore market“I could talk to her about anying major, decided to room together thing,” Martin said. when they were in an English class “I know she hated as high school seniors. listening to my blogs “My mom told me every day, ‘you and papers, but she get to know someone when you live would always listen with them,’” Martin said. “But I hon- –Addie Martin anyway. She gave estly think we both thought it was good advice as much going to be perfect.” as she probably didn’t “We chose to live together bewant to listen to my cause we both did not want to live emotional babble.” at home,” Cooke said, “nor did we Unable to mend the want to live with someone we did severing ties, Martin not know and end up with some moved out at fall quarcreep.” ter’s end and Cooke Martin said she is a neat freak, continued residing in an overachiever and she really enRoom 519 for winter joys talking on the phone, whereas, quarter. Cooke said she is also quite social, The girls have since but she is virtually carefree and reconciled, although Marrather messy. tin said it took an irrepara–Kaitlyn Cooke “In a way, we did complement ble toll on their friendship. each other because we were both “Coming into a living social and outgoing and loved fashion,” Cooke said. “But situation as friends, you come in being I didn’t like that she was a tad bit of a cleaning Nazi.” really comfortable around each other,” Martin is from Calhoun and Cooke from Eros, two Cooke said. “So one might not care as small-outskirt communities in North Louisiana with a much over certain things like taking food common high school. or using toothpaste, but those little things “Addie and I have known each other since middle cause disagreements and change your school,” Cooke said, “but we weren’t close until about views of a person.” junior year.” Martin added, “You shouldn’t live with Martin and Cooke said they chose to attend Tech your best friend unless you don’t want and after one quarter living together, clutter amongst them to be your friend anymore; you can other things ignited the transformation from friend to just have as many sleepovers as you want.” foe. The conflict began with the disposal of silverware. “I had this Pampered Chef silverware and she didn’t Email comments to want to wash them,” Martin said. “She decided that

“I still love her-- I just cant live with her.”

“You are always going to have some form of conflict, and you just have to be patient and willing to work with one another.”

’Dogs crave win over NMSU
ANNA CLAIRE THOMAS Sports Editor After a dismal start to conference play, the Diamond Dogs are in dire need of a good showing to move up in the conference rankings, as they will take on New Mexico State to conclude their two-week road trip. Tech will kick off the series against the Aggies with the first two games at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday before finishing the weekend at noon Saturday. The Bulldogs are 1-5 in Western Athletic Conference play after losing two of three games against Sacramento State at home and getting swept by Nevada last weekend on the road. With the record, the ’Dogs find themselves tied for last place in conference standings with WAC foe Fresno State. Tech was within four outs of avoiding a three-game losing streak before relinquishing the lead to the Wolf Pack in the eighth inning of the third game and eventually falling 4-3 to conclude the series. “We let them hang around, and stuff like that can happen on the road if you don’t push yourself and get a bigger lead,” head coach Wade Simoneaux said after the loss. “We had ample opportunities to get leads, and we just didn’t get it done.” In the last two weekend series, the Bulldogs have won just one game in conference play and are still trying to figure out a successful starting rotation for their weekend series. Gilley and freshman Chris Sadberry rotating for the past few weeks. As for Tech’s performance offensively, the Bulldogs are in need of a spark as they are batting .256 in conference play after the first two weekends and leaving 50 runners on base in that time frame. Simoneaux spoke of the hardships his young squad has had to deal with early on in the conference schedule and the difficulty of keeping a level head after a disappointing result. “These young guys have got to learn how to win,” he said. “It’s a tough thing to do-to learn how to win on the road. We’ve just got to keep on plugging and stay positive and think positive thoughts.” After the tough start to conference play, Simoneaux said his Bulldogs are going to have to persevere through this tough stretch of the schedule in order to get back on track and be competitive in WAC play. “We’re hard on luck right now,” he said after the series. “We’re all in this together. Collectively as a team, we’ve got to understand how to win a game and the Photo by Donny Crowe things to do to win a game.” The Bulldogs are set for a three-game series against All three games will be broadcast on the LATech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM with Dave Nitz callNew Mexico State starting at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. ing all the action. For more coverage on Bulldog baseball, follow us Junior righthander Jeb Stefan and freshman Phil Maton are the only pitchers set in stone, while the on Twitter at Game 3 starter continues to be undecided before game time, with juniors Trevor Peterson and Jamie Email comments to

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A smart athlete is the best athlete
ollege athletes strive to become the strongest, fastest and most diligent players in order to survive at the professional level, but they can’t always rely on their body to make money once they are at the tail end of their career. This is where having a good education rather than foregoing a couple years of college can help these star athletes in the long run rather than hurt them. Several athletes have lost their fortune after a successful professional career and cannot seem to bounce back. There is only a limited amount of time one can maintain playing on such a high level, so what happens after the whistle blows and the lights dim at the end of a career? Mike Tyson, Sheryl Swoops and Michael Vick are among the sadly long list of millionaire athletes gone wrong. New rules have been put into place in various sports to hopefully prevent young athletes from coming in and making bad decisions with millions of dollars. A male basketball athlete must be 19-years-old and complete one year of college in order to be drafted into the NBA. For football players, they must be out of high school for at least three years before being eligible for the NFL Draft. Out of all the professional leagues in the world, I think the WNBA understands the importance of education more than any other because to play in the WNBA, players cannot qualify for the draft unless they meet certain requirements. A player entering the WNBA Draft must turn 22 during the year they are drafted, graduate from college or if they are four years removed from high school. Honestly, I believe that it is a good idea to require athletes to graduate college. In plenty scenarios, you may see has-been star athletes working dead-end jobs because they’ve injured themselves and don’t have the money they once had. The most common injury for athletes is damage to their knees or ankles, both of which are very fragile. It is sad to see how many former athletes have trouble walking because they’ve played basketball for 12 years. The point is, anything can happen at any given time. Going to college can give athletes some sense of stability in their future. However, women will have to graduate college before going pro. Some women may take this rule as being sexist, but I think it is a great idea. Women are much more likely to get hurt than men. We have weaker muscles and fragile tendons, which makes us prone to injury. Also, women athletes don’t receive equal salary as men and usually don’t play at the professional level for as long. I think of a college degree as insurance for professional athletes. Anyone could get hurt and ruin his or her career. It’s getting harder to get a good job with the economy like it is, so it is almost required to have a degree to make good money. There will be a day when the ball deflates. Everything that’s good must come to an end, but what is your Plan B when it does? Reina Kempt is a junior journalism major from Baton Rouge who serves as associate sports editor. Email comments to rjk007@latech. edu.


Techsters aim for WAC win over Famed coach pays visit to Tech BYU Cougars
DEREK AMAYA Sports Reporter The Lady Techsters softball squad will face the newest addition to the Western Athletic Conference, Brigham Young University, April 20 and 21 at the Lady Techsters Softball Complex in hopes of bouncing back in conference play after being swept by Hawaii. This will be the first time the Techsters have played BYU since joining the conference, and a series sweep would bring them one step closer to joining the WAC Tournament. Head coach Sarah Dawson, after an unsuccessful road trip in Hawaii, said the team is glad to be back in Ruston to play for the home crowd and see the team determined to finish the season by qualifying the conference tournament. “We lost three to Hawaii and need to get back on the winning track,” said Dawson. “With two weeks left of conference games, each win is critical. We’re still fighting to secure our spot in conference finals.” The Techsters were swept in a three-game series against Hawaii but look to regain momentum against a team they have yet to play and has played well in conference play up to this point. “They are a brand new team to our conference,” Dawson said. “We are looking forward to the challenge. They are a tough team. Our expectations are to get back home with our fans, come out explosive and do a good job pitching.” BYU swept conference rivals Utah State last week and have made a statement with a 28-12 record on the season against tough competition. “We need to work to what our strengths are,” Dawson said. “We do not need to try to get too cute or get out of what we usually do. We are happy with the girls in our line up. We need to play quality games.” Dawson said she is pleased with her pitching staff and does not want to change anything. “It has been pretty easy to keep the team focused,” Dawson said. “Playing at home and to play in the tournamet is something really to play for. The girls do not need need motivation from the coaches.” For more details on Techster softball and other sports follow

Seen and ‘Herd’

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Former Marshall head coach Jack Lengyel speaks to Tech students about the trials and tribulations he experienced during the tragic 1971 season in Howard Auditorium Monday. REBECCA ALVAREZ Staff Reporter Scores of Tech students sat in Howard Auditorium Monday as legendary football coach Jack Lengyel shared his experience and secrets on how he successfully rebuilt a school’s spirit amidst overwhelming adversity. Lengyel greeted Tech students with wishes for success and happiness before speaking to them about the lessons he learned during the restoration of the Thundering Herd football program. “It wasn’t about football,” he said. “It was about finding success in the face of adversity.” Forty-two years ago, Lengyel gave Marshall University renewed hope after a tragic plane crash that claimed an entire team and staff. The accident left the program without a team and coaches, calling upon Lengyel, who was coaching at the College of Wooster at the time, to completely restore the program in a time of mourning. Lengyel was handed several tasks in order to have a team ready for competition by the following season. Recruiting a team and establishing a playbook were among the bigger challenges for the new coach, but the biggest challenge was reviving the spirits of the college town, he said. Eric Clapp, a junior forestry major, attended the speech to see the legend in person, but said instead he gained an eye-opening experience. Clapp said he admires Lengyel for his determination and how he accomplished his goals despite the adversity that was against him. “I learned there’s more to life than waiting for something to happen,” Clapp said. “You just have to get up and do it.” During his speech, Lengyel emphasized that having a strategy and core values allowed him to overcome his challenges by developing the confidence and determination he needed to accomplish his goals. He explained the two concepts are part of the mental aspect of achieving goals. When Lengyel arrived at Marshall, strong strategies and core values proved to be important. The new team consisted of walk-ons and players that were recruited from other sports like basketball, baseball and soccer. But despite the lack of experienced players, Lengyel said he never had any doubts or concerns that could have shaken his determination. His efforts and perseverance paid off in the second game of the 1971 season when Marshall’s inexperienced team defeated Xavier University. It was the Herd’s first victory since the crash. “Attitude is just as important as aptitude,” he said. “A good attitude pushes you that much higher.” To demonstrate his point, he asked the audience to stand up and put their hands above their heads, and then asked them to stretch a little bit higher. He helped the students see that the small extra effort did not help them reach too much higher, but it was still higher than their original goal. Lengyel said the goal of the 1971 season was to bring the town and university back to life, and winning games that season was the fruit of the extra efforts given by the new program. Lengyel challenged every student to write out a plan for their goals in the future even though things may change along the way. When things change, students will have to rely on their core values that they have established to help them revise their strategies. “You’re in life’s arena; you have to compete daily,” Lengyel said. “Everything is mind over matter.”

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at NMSU - 4/19 • 7:05 p.m. at NMSU - 4/20 • 7:05 p.m. at NMSU - 4/21 • 12 p.m. vs. UALR - 4/24 • 6 p.m.

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Techsters finishing season off in Idaho
DEREK AMAYA Sports Reporter For the first time since 1994, the Lady Techsters tennis team will cap off a double-digit win season and will finish it off April 21 and 22 against Lewis-Clark State and Idaho. Head coach Quintin Yray and the Techsters will finish off one of their more successful seasons and look to continue their success heading into the Western Athletic Conference tournament. “Our season went well,” Yray said. “I thought we would beat San Jose State and Utah, and we had a run with Idaho, but overall we’ve done better than we have in the past.” If the Techsters win against Idaho, it will be the first time they have won an away match in the WAC. Freshman Laura Fernandez said she wants finish the season on a high note and wants to go into the conference tournament with some momentum. “I expected to do my best and define my position as best as I could this season,” Fernandez said. “We want to come out and win, but we know that these teams are going to be tough.” Junior Alena Erofeyeva has a total of 24 singles wins this season, which is the most wins by a single player since head coach Yray has started here, and said she too wants to finish the season strong and carry it over to the tournament. “The team is doing pretty well and I am confident we will finish the season strong,” Erofeyeva said. “Our toughest challenge will be the conference championships, but we have to win the rest to show we can contend.” The Techsters are in last place in the conference standings, but with a win against Idaho, it will help better position themselves into the tournament. For more information on Lady Techster tennis and other sports follow

vs. BYU - 4/20 • 6 p.m. vs. BYU - 4/21 • 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (DH) vs Stephen F. Austin - 4/25 • 6 p.m.

at Lewis-Clark State - 4/21 • 12 p.m. at Idaho - 4/22 • 12 p.m.


at Southeastern Invitational Hammond, La. - 4/20 • All Day

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