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SGA president fills positions
HANNAH SCHILLING Staff Reporter Instead of only filling his cabinet positions, incoming Student Government Association President Will Dearmon also accepted applications for an empty executive position, department heads and senatorial seats not filled during elections, Dearmon said there were about 30 positions appointed within the three branches. The new position holders are listed below.
Tech finds E.coli claim to be false
REBECCA ALVAREZ Staff Reporter
PUBLIC RELATIONS - Grace Moore TECH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL - Dillon Miller COMMUNITY SERVICE- Wynnifred Sanders ACADEMIC AFFAIRS - Emma Meeks STUDENT AFFAIRS - Katherine Strahan CAMPUS ACTIVITIES - Brittani Harris STUDENT SERVICES - Eric Post SPORTS PROMOTION - David Wilkes COMMISSIONER OF ELECTIONS - Ben Strecker TECHNOLOGY - Ephraim Fields
COLLEGE OF APPLIED AND NATURAL SCIENCES - Brooks Gray COLLEGE OF BUSINESS - Tyler Mills, Matt Cordaro COLLEGE OF EDUCATION - Hannah McDonald, Meagan Guillot COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS - Daryl Ware, Camille Pearce SENIOR CLASS - Andy Cline JUNIOR CLASS - Carlton Gray, J.T. Terzia SOPHOMORE CLASS - Layton Porter
Tucker Hitt, William Long, Hannah Howe, Laura Owen, Allison Batusic, Iesha Wells, A.T. Emory, Reid Brasher EXECUTIVE TREASURER - Matt Rich SOPHOMORE CLASS PRESIDENT- Maggi Brakesville
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Suraj KC, a senior CIS major, drinks water rumored to have amounts of E. coli. These rumors were deemed false by water utilities operations manager for the city of Ruston, Troy Whitman.
Rumors circulating around Tech’s campus suggested traceable amounts of E. coli were found in campus water supply, but after reviewing daily samples, city officials said they found no contaminants. Flyers stating E. coli was detected in Tech’s water were posted over water fountains throughout campus last Thursday and Friday, leading many to question the cleanliness of the city’s water. Melanie Peel, director of the Residential Life Office, said they were not aware of and did not authorize any signs to be posted in the dorms. Signs that were posted elsewhere throughout campus were also unauthorized by the Student Government Association, said Becky Carswell, an office secretary in Tolliver Hall. Troy Whitman, water utilities operations manager for the city of Ruston, said the city and Tech share the same water system and there were no contaminants, found in the daily samples taken since the reports. “If there were any contaminants it would be known by everybody,” he said. “We are required to announce it and make sure it is known.” Contaminants were last found in Ruston’s water in Nov 2010, when samples showed traces of Total Coliform bacteria. Whitman and Carl Johnson, water production supervisor, said Total Coliform bacteria are common and naturally found in water and are used as indicators of potentially harmful bacteria. The samples that tested positive for indicator bacteria were taken from a campus water source and exceeded the number of allowed contaminated samples for the city.
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Prescription drug usage popular on campus
AUSTIN VINING Staff Reporter The names of students have been omitted from this article to protect the confidentiality of their medical diagnoses and to protect them from legal and professional ramifications. Whether to study for a test, party longer or suppress their appetite, some Tech students have abused amphetamine-based drugs prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According the National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, amphetamines are among the group of legally approved drugs classified as having the highest potential for dependence or abuse. “Full-time college students aged 18 to 22 were twice as likely as their counterparts who were not full-time college students to have used Adderall [an amphetamine] non-medically in the past year,” according to the NSDUH report. A sophomore photography major, who is diagnosed with ADHD, is prescribed to take 30 mg Adderall every morning. She said she doesn’t take her medicine at night because she follows the recommended dosage. “I do know a couple of girls I work with talk about taking Adderall at night to study,” she said. Students from her high school would buy and sell the medicine a lot, she said, but in Ruston there’s a doctor that hands it out like candy. The drug is abused, but it’s for people who need it. “Some people have asked me, ‘Hey, I hear you take Adderall. I want to buy one from you,’ but I always say no,” she said.
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Outdated equipment like this sunbathing station have propelled plans to improve Hide-Away Park and its trails have be approved.
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Prescription ADHD drugs have been the most commonly abused on college campuses, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health report. Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes said there aren’t many reports of prescription drug abuse because it is a peaceful transaction. “It’s not like someone is saying, ‘Someone stole my computer,’ or ‘Someone stole my phone,’” he said. “There isn’t really a victim except society.” Hermes said the least that would happen to someone caught with drugs not prescribed to them would be a referral to judicial affairs. Someone caught could also be arrested and booked at the detention center, he said. “Of course, they’ll also have a felony following them if they are booked, which will make it harder to get a job and cause problems with getting a firearm,” Hermes said. According to Louisiana Revised Statute 40:967, a person caught with a controlled substance will be sentenced to prison for less than five years and may be sentenced to pay a fine of no more than $5,000. The penalties for distributing these prescription drugs increase notably. A person caught distributing “shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment at hard labor for not less than two years nor more than 30 years; and may, in addition, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50,000,” according to Louisiana Revised Statute 40:967. A freshman marketing major diagnosed with ADHD said she takes a 50 mg Vyvanse pill every morning to start her
New plans set for Hide-Away Park
REBECCA ALVAREZ Staff Reporter The Division of Student Affairs and the Lambright Sports and Wellness Complex recently proposed new plans to make additions to Hide-Away Park that will include new running and biking trails, sunbathing docks around the pond and a new pavilion with a canoe rental. Administration will be applying for the grants to fund the project this summer and the
projects could break ground as early as July 1 if enough funds are acquired. Bobby Dowling, director of recreational activities, and Kevin Singh, an assistant architecture professor, brought the project before student affairs last Thursday and will present the project to Tech President Dan Reneau Tuesday. “We are still in the planning stage,” Dowling said. “But it is
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School of Art presents exhibition
Tech’s School of Art will host an opening reception of its Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at 5-7 p.m. today in the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will feature different paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics created by fine arts students. Admission is free. Some of the art work displayed will be available for purchase For more information contact Joey Slaughter, an associate professor of art, at 318257-3909 or email@example.com.
Albritton to retire after 36 years
KALEB CAUSEY Staff Reporter After working under two different presidents, helping to bring 11,000 students to Louisiana Tech and seeing multiple changes and improvements, Jan Albritton will be stepping down from her position as director of admissions on June 14. Albritton started working in the office of admissions 36 years ago as a student worker and has held almost every position in the office since. She has been director for 20 years. “It was a really big decision,” Albritton said. “It’s one that you have to think long and hard about, especially when it’s all I’ve done my whole life.” She said the decision did not come easy, and she talked it over with a few important people in her life. “Once I made the decision, I knew it was the right thing to do and I felt good about it,” she said. Joan Edinger, associate dents that still call and email director of admissions, has me to ask how I am,” Albritton worked with Albritton for 31 said. “This job has been so reyears and said she has always warding to me in that manner.” been great at her job. Kate Perot, communica“Jan’s focus and her com- tions coordinator for admismitment has always been to sions, has worked with Albritthe students and their fami- ton for 12 years and said she lies,” Edinger said. considers her to be a “She will be truly close friend. missed.” “Her compassion Albritton said makes this office a she’s had many great pleasant work enviopportunities in her ronment,” Perot said. time in the admis“The fact that I consions office and will sider her my friend miss all of them. before I consider her “I was very fortumy boss is something nate to serve under I will really miss.” two presidents who When Albritton believed in recruitfirst started in adALBRITTON ing,” Albritton said. missions, she was a “They believed that student pursuing an we should always continue re- associate’s degree. After she cruiting, even when times are finished with her associate’s, tough.” she was hired on full-time in She also said she has met the office and received her many good friends and stu- bachelor’s degree while workdents that she still keeps in ing. contact with. Albritton said she believes “My favorite part is the stu- her story can be an inspiration
First summer purge approaching
The first summer purge for summer 2012 classes is May 21. All students must pay and confirm their registration by the May 21 or they will be immediately purged from all classes they signed up for. Students may check their balance by logging on to their BOSS accounts or calling the Comptrollers Office. For more information contact the Comptrollers office at 318-257-4325 or cashiers@ latech.edu.
to others to prove someone can manage college and a fulltime job. Edinger said Albritton has accomplished great things in her time as director and will always be a true Tech hero in her eyes. Albritton also said another big thing she will miss is helping students and families decide on a university. “I think that being in admissions is the best job on campus,” she said. “You get to communicate with parents and students and change their views on coming to this great university, and that is one of the most rewarding opportunities at this school.” Although the search for her replacement has not begun, Albritton said she is going to enjoy her last few months as director and she knows that whoever replaces her will do a great job in the position.
ANS presents Asian Express
The College of Applied and Natural Sciences and the School of Human Ecology will host Asian Express at 5:30 p.m. today in the Student Center, Main Floor. Asian Express will focus on all things Asian. Food and door prizes will be given away to anyone in attendance. For more information contact Donna Craig, administrative coordinator for the School of Human Ecology, at 318-2573727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angola exhibit closing Friday
The final day to see the traveling exhibit of Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum at Angola at Lincoln Parish Library is Friday. The exhibit focuses on historical and contemporary images of agricultural production in Angola. For more information contact Jeremy Bolom, head of public services, at 318-5136412 or email@example.com.
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School of Art hosts senior exhibition
Tech’s School of Art will host its senior exhibition for communication design majors from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Lincoln Parish Library. Students will present their work in book portfolios. The students have prepared the portfolios the course of their study. For more information contact Katie Wells, secretary for the School of Art, at 318-2573909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling pickup scheduled Friday
The Society of Women’s Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers will host their last recycling drive for the quarter. The drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Centennial Plaza. SWE and NSBE are looking for students and faculty to donate items such as paper, plastics, furniture, aluminum and cardboard. For more information on where to donate contact Rachel Baker, president of SWE, at email@example.com.
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Career Center helps graduates transfer to professional life
NATALIE MCELWEE Staff Reporter For many college students, going out into the working world can be as scary as the latest horror movie, but the Career Center is here to help. Ron Cathey, director of career services said “Making that transition is a big deal,” he said. “For the most part, students have been students all their lives and maybe worked a summer job, but that’s not the same thing as full-time professional employment.” Cathey said he works to help students in the transformation of going from college into the working world and said the transition can be frightening for many students because school has become their comfort zone. Cathey and his staff try to prepare students for graduation and job searching. “I often think that we’re one of the best-kept secrets on campus,” he said. The center provides many tools students can use to prepare for graduation including two on-campus career fairs, seminars for dining etiquette and professional image, resume preparation and interview preparation. Cathey said the staff at the Career Center goes above and beyond to help prepare students for their careers. On April 14, the center co-sponsored a career fair in Shreveport which had 100 companies present. “There’s nothing better than a career day for job hunting,” Cathey said. “Where else can you go and hand out 20 resumes in two hours?” The center’s services will be expanded in the fall with a class for liberal arts students who are job searching and a new career management website. Tiffany White, a senior business management major, said she used the Career Center to help find her future job as an assistant manager at Tower Loans. “I’ve been using the Career Center a lot more than I ever have before in college,” she said. “I never thought the Career Center was a big deal, but I’ve been getting interviews through it. I actually got my job through the Career Center.” The Career Center keeps a list year-round of all potential employers wishing to recruit Tech graduates. White said the center’s website was the most helpful in helping her find a job. “When you sign up for a career fair, you have to sign up for the Experience website,” she said. “Through that website, I get emails two or three times a week, and they host different jobs and tell you what jobs you might be interested in. I’ve gotten a lot of interviews through that website.” Valessa Spratley, a senior chemical engineering major, said she is thankful for the opportunities she has gained through using the services provided at the career center. “Through the career fairs, I was able to connect to different companies and get exposure into the industry,” she said. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for me in engineering.” Spratley said the services offered through the Career Center have helped her at Tech and have prepared her for her future as a contact engineer for Exxon. “I’ve used the career center, and I think it’s a really great tool,” she said. “I got both my internships and my full-time job through the Career Center. It’s a great resource for things you want to do during and after college.”
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47 Daisies provide Ruston students and residents with Certified Naturally Grown food. All plants are grown locally outside of Ruston.
47 Daisies offers organic produce
GRACE MOORE Staff Reporter A local organic farm providing students and Ruston residents with Certified Naturally Grown food. Six miles west of Ruston, 47 Daisies offers over 200 different fruits and vegetables free from pesticides and herbicides. Harmony Dillaway and her husband Dylan moved to Ruston from Wisconsin three years ago to develop their farm idea, which has been 10 years in the making. The farm was officially up-and-running in 2010. “Our plans for the farm change and evolve all the time, but we’re currently working on plans to continue our current Community Supported Agriculture, as well as in the future have other items available at the farm on Saturdays for CSA members as well as the general public,” Dillaway said. “Some of these items are specialty crops [like] berries, melons, garlic, leeks, eggs, farm raised broiler chickens and possibly goat’s milk via goat shares.” She said eating fresh produce, like the items 47 Daisies offers, is extremely important for college-aged students. “In most cases, their lifestyle has changed dramatically and they are eating less healthy and stressing their bodies out more,” Dillaway said. Fresh produce, like organic fruits and vegetables, can provide energy and several other health benefits students need during the crucial years of college, she said. Dawn Erickson, a nutrition and dietetics instructor, said the Student Dietetic Organization at Tech had the opportunity to participate in a presentation and tour of 47 Daisies from the Dillaways. She said they were also able to sample some of its produce fresh from the fields. “It is a wonderful opportunity for students and the community to become aware and see personally how their farm
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clude sunbathing docks on the perimeter of the pond, a five mile cross country trail that will wind through the woods, a pavilion by the pond and a new parking lot for recreational vehicles. Designs also indicate that the current paved trail will be extended to go around the entire park to equal a three mile course. The trail will also lead out to Tech Drive and direct those using the trail to the Lambright. The new pavilion would provide the park with restrooms and a place where students can rent canoes and other equipment to use throughout the park. The idea for an RV parking lot came as a solution to the fact that such vehicles have no specific parking for tailgating, Dowling said. James King, vice president for student affairs, said administration is applying for grants this summer to make the plans a reality. “We are just so fortunate to live in a part of the country where we can enjoy the outdoors for 12 months out of the year,” he said. “We want to take advantage of that fact and provide what people need to enjoy it.” Two of the grants administration hopes to receive funding will come from the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Administration has applied for a grant with the Federal Highway Administration for $100,000. If approved, the grant would fund the construction of the trails throughout the park, Dowling said. He said they will be applying for the grant with Wildlife and Fisheries in the coming weeks, and that they are confident Tech will receive the grant from Wildlife and Fisheries because it is a new grant by the state giving the school high chances of receiving it. If either of the two grants is received, construction on the park is expected to kick off as early as July 1, Singh said. “They are still just concepts,” King said. “Hopefully we can soon make it happen.” Because the project is still in development, King said the administration overseeing the project is open to suggestions. Students with suggestions can contact King by calling student affairs. “This is going to be a whole new phase for outdoor recreation at Tech,” Dowling said. “Things are only going to get better as we move on.”
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something we are confident we can start soon if we can get the funding.” The concepts and plans arose from designs submitted by Singh and two architecture students in a program called the Community Design Activism Center. The CDAC program gives two architecture students a chance to design concepts for campus improvements. The trio started the designs for Hide-Away Park during winter quarter, Singh said. “Being able to enhance our campus is a great thing,” he said. The project will add on to some of the features already at the park, and it will add some completely new attractions. The new attractions in-
works,” Erickson said. With the hopes of benefiting the community, Dillaway said she thinks healthy eating and the absolute knowledge of food’s origins makes individuals healthier and happier, thus creating a better community in Ruston. Kira White of Ruston has four small children and participates in 47 Daisies’ CSA program. She said an organic diet is very important to her and her family. “I like that the food is organic and local,” she said. “It’s a good thing to do, and the snap peas are really good, too.” Dillaway said, “We have customers that have had increased health and energy, and didn’t even realize they were lacking. When you start to eat a healthier diet, your body craves what it needs instead of what it desires.” Though many are unaware of 47 Daisies, Erickson is making an effort to inform her nutrition students of its existence in the hopes of increasing campus-wide participation, she said. “Before our trip, I opened up the opportunity to attend to my nutrition class and shared what we learned after we got back,” she said. “We have been invited to go back to the farm in the fall and I am excited to hopefully take some new students too.” The main reason to eat in a fresh diet from small farms like 47 Daisies, is that it harvests no more than a day in advance, thus retaining its entire nutritional quality, she said. “It is slowly spreading through Ruston that we exist, and we love the interest we’ve been getting,” Dillaway said. “Even if you aren’t a part of the CSA, there are volunteer opportunities and farm events that you can be involved in. If nothing else, you can get an idea of why we do what we do and possibly spark an interest to make some changes in your life.”
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“E. coli is serious,” Whitman said. “It would be all over the news, and we would tell everyone to boil their water before using it.” Whitman, Jeselink and Johnson said the notices may have been kept from the last positive test and put up accidently. They said the daily tests taken after the reports of the flyers indicate there are no harmful specimens or contaminants and the water is safe. “Ruston goes above and beyond to make sure the water is safe,” Whitman said.
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When the bacteria were found, the city issued a notice in the news and sent out notices to all customers to make them aware of the issue. “We make sure everybody knows if there is something wrong,” Johnson said. City officials performed additional testing of different points along the distribution lines after issuing notices and found the water tested negative for harmful contaminants. The water testing procedure includes a state and a local method of sampling. The state method calls for
25 samples to be taken each month that are submitted to the State of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality. To ensure that the samples are not collected all in one day, city officials decided to have two sample periods in which 13 samples are collected in the first period and 12 in the second. Each period consists of one full week of testing. In addition to state testing, Ruston Water Utilities also conducts sample testing. The city committed to testing the water five times daily. “Ruston water undergoes a strict and controlled sampling procedure to ensure the indi-
cation of any irregularities,” said Keith Jeselink, water utilities superintendent. Even though the positive sample came from Tech, the sample was true for the whole city since the systems are connected, he said. The systems have been connected for approximately two years. While Tech’s water is controlled by the city, it is still the university’s responsibility to forward the city’s notification to the student body should there be any contaminants in the water, Johnson said. Any notifications given by the city would be on a document marked with the city’s official seal.
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Driving with no hands
evada roads are now populated with technology, a driver who does not need to put their hands on the wheel. On Monday, Nevada approved a license for “autonomous vehicles” for cars that can drive around without the need for a driver behind the wheel. Google is the company that was granted the license and constructed the technology for this type of vehicle. Although Google has said many other companies have been working on constructing a car like this, Google is the first company to get permission to test it on the roads of Nevada. According to CNN.com, the automated cars use video cameras, radio sensors and a laser range finder to see other traffic, as well as detailed maps to navigate the road during its travels. This type of technology goes hand-in-hand with the type of business Google deals with and has created. With this technology, Google Maps takes on a whole new meaning. The car operates according to the layout of Google Maps. If this is the case, there needs to be some major updates to the Google Maps system. What would happen if you had to go visit family who lives in a rural area and the Google crew has not been out there to take satellite pictures yet? The new vehicles on average have completed over 200,000 miles on the road without accidents, according to CNN.com. As for the design of this new invention, the new license plate is red and has the mathematical infinity symbol and the letters AU for autonomous vehicle. Google has only released test vehicles for now, and is working on the kinks so that it will be completely safe for drivers to own. According to Google’s official blog, the project aims to help prevent traffic accidents, free-up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by changing car use. This type of technology opens up the roads to blind and handicapped people as well. Without physically having to see where you are going or take control of the wheel, they are free to roam across the nation in a car by themselves for the first time. By making this car public, authorities in the states approving the license must reconsider many laws of the streets. What age will people be able to get a license? Will drinking party-goers be allowed to get behind the wheel? Should speed limits be increased because car accidents could virtually be a thing of the past? These are all things that need to be considered before this type of vehicle is released to the public. Before the new autonomous vehicles become commonplace among households, Google must update some of its map and radar technology. Taking your favorite shortcut or a quick detour could become a thing of the past. Overall this is an invention that will prevent car accidents, free up some time in your day and help to make driving a little more relaxing. If the driver can switch the car from driving itself to taking over the wheel easily, it will be a lot more marketable. Many people will miss their leisure drives in the country or racing around the big city’s inner loops. This invention could be very revolutionary if Google is able to gain the trust of many drivers. Some may find it hard to place the outcome of their lives into the hands of a car with a mind of its own. Rebecca Spence is a senior journalism and speech communications major from Cypress, Texas, who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. Email
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AMIE ROLLAND News Editor fter a four-year moratorium, the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Since then, 1,264 people have been executed in the United States. Only 28 of those executions have taken place in Louisiana, but our neighbors to the west, the “great state of Texas,” have executed a whopping 474 people. The federal government sees capital punishment as a deterrent to crime. If capital punishment were working as deterrence, I don’t believe there would be 3,199 people on death row in the United States. According to the US News and World Report, Louisiana has been voted the most violent state 20 years in a row. If deterrence worked it would be the safest. To me the thought of spending the rest of my life behind bars is enough of a deterrence to abide by the law. Honestly, I believe capital punishment is an easy way out for offenders. The government kills them so they don’t have to live with the effects of their crime for the rest of their lives. I believe having to relive your crime daily is the most suitable punishment for capital offenses. Secondly, I believe it is conflicting for a government to punish death with death. It seems a bit hypocritical. Kudos to Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, who two weeks ago signed a compromise bill which made Connecticut the 17th state to ban the death penalty. With 33 states to go, maybe capital punishment is finally on its way to being relinquished. I am not optimistic that day will ever come, but I am hopeful. Since capital punishment is far from being nonexistent, perhaps the government should consider a few factors when it comes to sentencing. First, there are 2,019,234 prisoners in America, and more than 700,000 of those prisoners are between the ages of 18 and 29. At age 18 people are tried as adults, but let’s face it, most 18-year-olds do not have the maturity or mindset of adults. I can think of numerous mistakes I made at 18, and beyond that, that had I been more mature I would never have made. Even with murder, robbery and rape I believe people make decisions out of impulse or panic and they change their lives, and often someone else’s, forever. I believe the government should give more consideration when sentencing young adults. People deserve a second chance and I believe people can change and learn from their mistakes. No one who has seen the error of their way and been rehabilitated should have to spend 75 percent of their life behind bars. Secondly, since 1993, 18 people serving on death row in the United States prison system have been exonerated. According to the Innocence Project, these prisoners served a combined 209 years in prison. That is 209 years of human life that was deprived of freedom. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, 273 prisoners have been exonerated thanks to the use of DNA testing as of 2011. DNA testing did not begin until 1985, and according to the Innocence Project, about 25 percent of wrongful convictions are overturned by DNA testing. If this many people were exonerated based on DNA testing that proved their innocence, then how many innocent people have already been executed? The federal government states that no one has been innocently executed since 1930, yet cases such as Troy Davis’ prove otherwise. I realize it is important to catch and punish the guilty, but it is also crucial that the government protect the innocent. Amie Rolland is a senior journalism and pre-law major from Shreveport who serves as news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to email@example.com.
articipation in this spring’s Student Government Association elections and Union Board festivities have been less than overwhelming, prompting many on campus, including members of The Tech Talk staff, to wonder why. Only 7 percent of the student population voted in SGA elections and estimates place approximately 1200 people at the UB concert, which was open to the public. What makes spring elections even more dismal is the fact that the majority of executive positions were unopposed. Is this a problem with the student body or SGA? Members of The Tech Talk staff found the answer hard to pinpoint but agreed that lack of participation among those in big organizations like SGA does not encourage participation among those outside the organization. On more than one occasion this school year, the SGA has failed to meet quorum to even hold a meeting. This behavior is not conducive to garnering candidates or votes. Union Board, however, is more entertainment-oriented. One might think this would lend itself to more activity among students–– and to an extent it seems this is true. Twelve hundred concert attendees is more than 7 percent of the student body, but we cannot be sure how many of those 1,200 people were Tech students and how many are local high school students or members of the Ruston community. During fall quarter, The Tech Talk staff discussed the NeedToBreathe concert and brushed off the idea that UB should appeal to the family values of the Ruston community. This is not to say that students want vulgar or obscene performances, but instead, The Tech Talk staff agrees that decisions about what bands perform should largely be left to the student body, not a small group of students in UB. All students pay a fee for UB entertainment; why should they just have to stand by while the organization hands out $80,000 for a band many students don’t like? Due to low turnout at the Ryan Cabrera show, some have suggested that UB could have cut that performance and used the money saved to put toward a better, more renowned band than Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. One of the issues involved is that of commuter students. Tech has long been known as a commuter campus, but that does not mean SGA and UB cannot find ways to reach out to these students and keep them on campus to attend events for vote. To do this would mean the groups have to truly make it worthwhile for students who spend limited amounts of time on campus. It is highly probable that these students simply are not around enough to invest time or effort into going to concerts or voting. This should show UB and SGA that it’s the little things that can make big differences. If the groups can impact those who commute every day, imagine what they can do for the students who are here all the time. Whether it is right or wrong, it’s obvious the majority of the student body does not value the services provided by SGA or UB. However, these are services for which we all pay as students. One cannot fix apathy, but large organizations with the means to do so owe it to the students to provide all students with viable entertainment options and a reason to vote. These groups may be trying now, but more can be done.
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KELLY BELTON Contributing Editor ixty-six years ago, a high school principal told the son of a farmer that he was smart enough to attend college. The educator recommended getting a degree in mechanical engineering. Jack Canterbury, my grandfather, took the advice and did just that. Born a month after the stock market crash of 1929, Paw Paw grew up on a small farm in Simsboro, about 10 minutes from Ruston. His high school was 11 miles from home, six miles on a dirt road and five on Highway 80. He grew up feeding livestock, milking cows, picking fresh fruit and playing baseball. Despite leading a simple life, he graduated first in his class and decided to give college a try. He enrolled at Tech to pursue a mechanical engineering degree. As Paw Paw noted in his memoirs, he didn’t actually think he would graduate until he was a junior. Getting that far was a feat. Every day he had to catch the high school bus into Simsboro. From there a Tech bus would take students into Ruston. Back then Tech had Saturday classes, on which busses didn’t run. On these days Paw Paw had to hitchhike, days which was often a hassle. As my grandfather recalled, “Sometimes on a Saturdays I would get a ride to Simsboro, but I couldn’t get a ride to Ruston before my classes were half over. So I would start hitchhiking home.” In 1950 Paw Paw became the first college graduate in the family. Next Saturday I will become a third generation Tech graduate, and the Tech family has never meant so much. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, my grandfather went on to earn a doctorate in engineering. He returned from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to teach at Tech. He raised his family here, and three of his four children attended Tech. I will never forget Paw Paw’s riddles and attempts to make me think critically at a young age. I attribute much of my intellectual curiosity (and dry sense of humor) to him. He started an important legacy of education in my family— something I will always be thankful for. As I prepare to graduate and leave Ruston, a place that means home to me in so many ways, I am inspired by the Tech family and Bulldog tradition. My family is just one of many that are part of this school and its rich history. The bricks in Centennial Plaza attest to this. These bricks give all who come to Tech’s campus a glimpse into the alumni who have created and transformed this university. In the brief three years I have been here, it has been amazing to see how much we have progressed. Tech has moved up in ranking, now placed in the top tier of U.S. public universities. Since my arrival as a freshman Park Place apartments have been completed and the intramural center is a sight to see with its amazing new facilities. Despite major budgeting problems within the state, Tech has managed to move forward with numerous construction projects: Tech Pointe, University Hall and the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Building have been completed, and the new College of Business is scheduled to be ready for movein this summer. Most recently, the Bulldogs plan to move from the Western Athletic Conference to Conference USA, something I did not expect to happen before my graduation. I don’t mean to sound cliché, but I don’t know that I can help it. Tech helped impart the importance of education to my family, a value I hold dear. I love this place and its future is bright. Dedicated faculty, staff and students make this university what it is—I cannot wait to see what Bulldogs will do in the future. As this chapter closes for me and many of my classmates, I hope we realize the network we have entered and the family we have gained. The bricks in Centennial Plaza represent more than the names and faces of Bulldogs who have gone into the world to make a change, they are Louisiana Tech—past, present and future. Kelly Belton is a senior journalism and political science major from who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to belton.kelly@ gmail.com.
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IDEA Place holds 10th annual Space Days
REBECCA ALVAREZ Staff Reporter Tech students may have noticed something different about campus last week as hundreds of children wandered around as part of the 10th annual Space Days at the IDEA Place. The week-long event brought hundreds of gradeschool students from schools in Arkansas and North Louisiana to Tech’s campus to expose them to hands-on approaches to science and math. Lindsey Vincent, a museum educator at the IDEA Place, coordinates events held by the Science and Technology Education Center, an outreach program of the College of Education organized to serve schools throughout the community. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come and see the IDEA Place,” she said. “It’s also a chance for us to serve them.” Groups of the students were exposed to the experiment museum, the planetarium and presentations given by NASA professionals and aviation majors. At the experiment museum, children were able to use the exhibits and participate in activities to demonstrate basic science concepts. Among other concepts, students were able to see how tornadoes form, how desert landscapes are formed and how lights reflect color. Julie Holmes, an assistant professor of math, has volunteered for the event every year
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Elementary students from Louisiana and Arkansas participate in different aspects of Tech’s 10th annual Space Days at the IDEA Place. for the past 10 years. Field trips to the museum serve as an important part in the education of the children in the community by exposing them to the concepts of math and science outside of the classroom, Holmes said. “It’s an energetic and fun way to be exposed to science,” she said. While the event is an opportunity for SciTEC to serve the schools around the community, it is an even greater opportunity for students studying at Tech to gain experience with children and teaching, Holmes continued. She said she personally worked with Space Days when she studied at Tech, and she decided to continue as a faculty member because it provided
her with teaching experience. “It has always been near and dear to my heart,” she said. Holmes said the event tends to have an enriching experience for anyone regardless of his or her major. Tech students who volunteered for last week’s event said they had a similar experience. Chase Browning and Spencer Ryan, sophomore professional aviation majors, gave presentations on aviation and their experiences in pursuing a degree in aviation. The two said giving presentations was an enjoyable experience that allowed them to share their passions with children who might pursue the same dreams. Ryan said the event is a great opportunity to promote professional aviation and NASA by showing that anyone can have a career in either. The children sat attentively as Browning and Ryan gave their presentation. When the presentation was opened for questions, the common question asked for an explanation of how planes fly. Ryan folded a paper airplane to demonstrate how aircrafts are able to fly and amazed the audience of third graders. “It’s great because Space Days gets them inspired to fulfill their dreams,” Browning said. “Their smiles are awesome.”
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Students discuss benefits of Typing for Ten
NATALIE MCELWEE Staff Reporter Tech students can find relief for their empty wallets in the Student Center or Tolliver Hall thanks to Typing for Ten. Typing for Ten is an event put on to collect keystroke data for the Department of Defense to see if individuals can be identified by their keystroke patterns. People with a Tech ID visited the Student Center or Tolliver and received $10 for their input. Tech is able to pay students through a grant provided by the government. The Center for Secure Cyberspace has hosted this event twice per year since 2009, handing out more than $70,000 to the Tech population. Rachel Parks, an employee at the Center of Secure Cyberspace, is one of the people in charge of Typing for Ten and said she believes this is beneficial to Tech. “Not only are we able to help out and provide data to a federal agency, but they’re using Tech students,” she said. “That’s pretty cool because we’re using the Tech population to help the federal government do research. We have several graduate students and research faculty that are directly involved. Academically, it’s helping them with their research and in turn we’re collecting data.” Tech is collaborating with other universities to collect research and data analysis, but Tech is the only school providing data for the study, Parks said. “As a whole, it’s giving Tech recognition,” she said. “It looks really good for Tech to be involved in such a big project. The students have been pretty engaged and interested in what we’re doing.” Parks said some improvements have been made to Typing for Ten. “It was getting to be a bit tedious, so it’s a bit shorter,” she said. “Also, this is the first quarter we’ve allowed people to come twice, and for the second time we let people make appointments so they don’t have to wait.” The Center for Cyberspace received a new grant to allow individuals to type a second time. “The Department of Defense wants to see if they can identify people who type twice for their research,” she said. Due to this new change, the Typing for Ten stations have been busier than previous quarters. “This time has been so busy that we’ve had to take out more money,” she said. So far this quarter, more than 1,200 people have typed, and 500 of those have typed twice. Jason Greer, a senior economics major, has participated in Typing for Ten before and thinks it is a worthwhile investment of time. “It is a great way for us poor college students to get money,” he said. “You can’t beat making $10 in 15 minutes.” Christian Stamps, a sophomore business major, partici-
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Tech students participate in keystroke data collection. The program is called Typing for Ten, students who participated got $10. pated twice in Typing for Ten this quarter and said he thinks the research is beneficial. “I think it could be helpful if the government wanted to catch people who download things illegally,” he said. Stamps also thinks the improvements in Typing for Ten have given him more of an incentive to participate in the future. “The questions are a lot more interesting,” he said. “I
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Tech hopes to gain new Ph.D. program
AMRIT AWAL Staff Reporter
programs for graduate students in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences. “The proposed program will be a tremendous After a seven-year period, Tech has been ap- opportunity for the students, especially those who proved for a new Ph.D. degree in molecular sci- are graduating in disciplines like biology, medical ences and nanotechnology by the board of su- technology and chemistry,” he said. pervisors for the University of Louisiana System. Other doctoral students, such as Pushpa Raj Ramchandran Bala, associate dean of re- Pathak in nanotechnology, said the proposed prosearch for the College of Engineering and Sci- gram will attract more funds for the research acence, said the COES along with Applied and tivities underway around campus. Natural Sciences proposed the doctoral degree “More research fields bring more funds to the in Molecular science and nanouniversity,” he said. “We are technology in 2003, the year A pioneers in research and techmaster’s degree In the same nology.” discipline was approved. Bala said Tech has earned “We wanted to start the recognition as the top research Ph.D. at the time, but there “The proposed program institution in the nation, acwere some factors working in cording to a report published the state level that delayed our will be a tremendous by the Carnegie Foundation proposals,” he said. last year. Bala who also attended the opportunity for the stu“Tech is known as a top docmeeting last week in Baton in the United dents, especially those toral institution “Last year, the Rouge at the board of superviStates,” he said. sors for the University of Loui- who are graduating in Carnegie Foundation report elsiana System, said after Hurrievated our status to what they cane Katrina hit Louisiana IN disciplines like biology, call a research university with 2005, the Board of Regents dehigh research activities.” clared a moratorium on all new medical technology and Bala said Tech has doctoral degrees for an indefinite period chemistry. ” programs for students with bioof time. medical engineering and other “It is just after seven years engineering, but not for biolthat they finally decided to Ramchandran Bala ogy, chemistry and other Apmove on in new degrees,” he associate dean of research plied and Natural Sciences. said. “We are sort of first in for COES and ANS “The College of Applied line.” and Natural Sciences is a close Although the board of supartner for proposed doctoral pervisors approved the program, it is not finalized program,” he said. “This will benefit students yet, said Bala. who want to pursue further study with Applied He said the Board of Regents has to pass the and Natural Sciences degrees.” proposal before offering the degree to Tech stuAt the beginning of the 2011 fall quarter, apdents. proximately 43 students enrolled in graduate “I will be extremely surprised if they don’t ap- programs under molecular and nanotechnology, prove our proposal,” he said. “The Board of Re- Bala said. gents hired an external evaluator to look at the “At this point, we have nine doctoral programs proposal and their recommendations are highly on this campus,” he said. “I hope it will be appositive toward the program.” proved and will be the 10th doctoral program.” Gaurav Parekh, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, said Tech is lacking in doctoral Email comments to email@example.com.
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Indiana senator of 40 years lost seat
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The face of Indiana politics for nearly four decades, Republican Sen. Richard Lugar lost in his battle for political survival against a Tea Party-backed GOP challenger who said the senator has become more interested in compromising with liberals in Washington than representing conservatives back home.
North Carolina bill bans gay marriage
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, becoming the latest state to effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages. North Carolina is the 30th state to ban gay marriage.
In the final days before the vote, members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet expressed support for gay marriage and former President Bill Clinton recorded phone messages urging voters to oppose the amendment. The campaign manager for the group that opposed the amendment said the nation watched North Carolina on Tuesday night, wondering how the anti-forces came through. “I am happy to say that we are stronger for it; we are better for it; our voices are louder now,” said Jeremy Kennedy of Protect All NC Families. Joe Easterling, who described himself as a devout Christian, voted for the amendment at a polling place in Wake Forest. “I know that some people may argue that the Bible may not necessarily be applicable, or it should not be applicable, on such policy matters. But even looking at nature itself, procreation is impossible without a man and a woman.” Linda Toanone, who voted against the amendment, said people are born gay and it is not their choice. “We think everybody should have the same rights as everyone else. If you’re gay, lesbian, straight — whatever,” she said. State House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican from a Charlotte suburb, said earlier in the day that even if the amendment passed, it would be reversed as today’s young adults age — within 20 years. “It’s a generational issue,” Tillis told a student group at North Carolina State University in March about the amendment he supports. “Also, that amendment is against women, I believe, because also underneath the amendment, other laws are saying that people who aren’t married at all, they can’t file for domestic abuse cases, if they’re living with their significant other. Which is wrong,” Toanone said.
Nine men sentenced in child sex scandal
LONDON (AP) — Nine men of Pakistani and Afghan descent were convicted Tuesday for participating in a child sex ring in a case that touched off deep sensitivities about race in Britain and galvanized the far right.
Border Patrol targets repeat offenders
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With border crossings at a 40-year low, the U.S. Border Patrol announced a new strategy Tuesday that targets repeat offenders and tries to find out why they keeping coming.
Interpol devises plan to limit cyber crime
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The president of the global police network Interpol says fighting cyber crime is a top priority this year. Khoo Boon Hui told a conference of 49 European member states on Tuesday that online crime is increasing and crossing borders. Hui said Malaysian police last month arrested more than 200 cyber scammers from China and Taiwan in two syndicates managed from Taiwan. Online crime costs Europe annually about 750 billion euros, or $977 billion, he said.
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Budget proposes $71M in cuts to Louisiana colleges
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana’s public colleges face cuts of at least $71 million in next year’s budget proposal — which awaits debate on the House floor this week — and higher education leaders will be pushing a bill to allow the schools to raise new fees on students to cover the gap. Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell said he received an estimate Monday of what cuts colleges and universities would take if the budget passes in its current form. Colleges had been proposed for standstill funding next year, but that was before the state’s income forecasts fell more than $300 million. The House Appropriations Committee rebalanced the budget proposal to account for the revenue loss, levying cuts most heavily on higher education. “It does put us in a very difficult situation. My concern is that for some of the campuses it would be very painful,” he said. In response, higher education leaders are working on a proposal that would allow campuses to boost student fees by up to $25 per credit hour. Purcell said the idea could come up for debate in the House Education Committee on Wednesday. The proposal could raise as much as $107 million a year for campuses. “But in the bill, each of the systems will thoughtfully consider what that rate will be per institution,” so not all schools would increase their fees by the full $25 per hour, Purcell said. Any fee increases would come on top of several years of tuition hikes, including another round planned for the upcoming school year. The House is scheduled Thursday to debate next year’s $25 billion budget. Health care officials also received estimates Monday of the types of cuts they would take in the budget as proposed for House debate. The Appropriations Committee reductions stripped about $158 million that had been proposed for the Department of Health and Hospitals. That still would leave the agency with a $521 million growth in funding next year, but not enough money to keep up with increasing health costs. Doctors and private hospitals that care for Medicaid patients would get fewer dollars for those services, through cuts in their provider rates, acAP Photo
From left, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., are backed up by students during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, as the Senate moved toward a showdown on a Democratic proposal to keep federally subsidized loan interest rates from doubling for millions of college students. cording to plans described by DHH officials. Nearly 170 developmentally disabled people who would have been eligible to get increased at-home care through the Medicaid program instead won’t move off a waiting list. Meanwhile, the LSU public hospitals would be hit with a $21.5 million cut in funding, above other planned reductions that already threatened to shutter some clinics and services. Fred Cerise, LSU’s vice president for health affairs, said his staff hasn’t delved into the details of what the latest cuts proposed would mean, but he added, “It would be significant reductions in services, potentially closures of some facilities.”
LSUS-Tech merger makes progress
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A bid to make LSU’s Shreveport campus a branch campus of Louisiana Tech University has started advancing in the Legislature. The House Education Committee backed the idea in a 14-4 vote Tuesday. The measure by Jonesboro Rep. Jim Fannin faces a tough road to final passage, however, needing the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers to be enacted.
Renowned author Sendak dead at 83
NEW YORK (AP) — Maurice Sendak’s closest friends gathered in his hospital room — playwright Tony Kushner, authors Brian Selznick and Gregory Maguire. Kushner brought jellybeans, while Maguire placed a picture of Lewis Carroll on the table beside Sendak’s bed. “The one thing he wasn’t uncertain about was his significance,” Maguire said Tuesday, hours after Sendak died at age 83. A scowling monument of 20th century children’s literature, Sendak had suffered a stroke late last week and spent his remaining days hospitalized in Danbury, Conn. Sendak, among the most honored and adored children’s authors, ranks with Dr. Seuss as a revolutionary force of the past half-century. He inspired every author, from Judy Blume to Daniel Handler, who ever wanted to go a little too far. “He got right inside what a child was thinking and feeling,” said Blume, a close friend of Sendak’s who cried as she spoke of him. “I always loved hearing him say that you didn’t have to have a child to write children’s books.” Censors complained, but millions of families have made a place — or even a whole shelf — in their homes for “Where the Wild Things Are,” ‘’In the Night Kitchen” and other works. Chris Raschka, a two-time recipient of the Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a children’s book, remembers reading “Where the Wild Things Are,” winner of the Caldecott in 1964. Raschka, 53, was sitting on the kitchen table at his best friend’s house
St. Mary to open virtual high school
FRANKLIN (AP) — The St. Mary Parish school system plans to open a new virtual school in August as a way to draw home school students back into the school system.
Ouachita Parish plan to begin budget cuts
MONROE (AP) — The Ouachita Parish School Board has approved budget-saving measures recommended by the district’s finance committee. The News-Star reports board members approved extending the length of time between band uniform replacements for each of the district’s high schools, making newly hired middle-school assistant principals 10 month employees instead of 11 months, and decreasing the contracts of newly hired elementary counselors from 9 1/2 months to 9 months.
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In this Sept. 25, 1985, file photo, author Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book “Where the Wild Things Are,” designed for the operatic adaptation of his book in St. Paul, Minn. Sendak died, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 83. and picked up a copy lying nearby. He felt as if he were “peeking into an illicit world.” “What set it apart was that it seemed like the first picture book that was very personal, and it was painted by an artist who combined the child and the adult in a new way,” says Raschka, who works with Sendak’s longtime editor, Michael di Capua. Sandra Boynton, the awardwinning illustrator, author and songwriter, regarded Sendak as a teacher for much of her life. As a little girl, she was so taken by his illustrations of “The Little Bear” series, that she promised herself she would learn the words, too, and so credits Sendak with helping her learn to read. In the 1970s, she was among the very lucky at Yale University able to take a class Sendak was offering on children’s books. “He talked a lot about voice, about finding your voice, and, of course, he was very visually oriented as well,” says Boynton, 59, whose many books include “Philadelphia Chickens” and “Amazing Cows.” ‘’The thing that struck me the most of what he said was that the words should never be redundant to the picture. They both have a place.” Handler, 42, says Sendak has been so much a part of his life he can’t think of a time he wasn’t aware of him. Sendak’s books were all over his room and in his home today. To even attempt praise of “Where the Wild Things Are” is like saying “Hamlet” is a good play, he notes. Sendak’s genius is how he weaves together the real and the magical without telling you which is which. “Both my son and my wife cried this morning at the news of his death. That might sum up his career.”
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DISCOVERING JAZZ FEST
GRACE MOORE Staff Reporter PATRICK BOYD Entertainment Editor Sunscreen, check. Lawn chairs, check. Hand sanitizer, check. Ticket, check. A day of food, friends and music, check. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, referred to as Jazz Fest, began in 1970 and celebrated its 42nd anniversary this spring. As first-time attendees to this cultural festival, it was money well spent. We prepared for the day with two cups of coffee and a few globs of sunscreen around 9:30 a.m. Kathy Amaya, a yearly regular at Jazz Fest, gave us the run down of how the day would unfold. We were internally counting down to see Florence and the Machine, the headliner Thursday night. Middle-aged women traipsed around in tutus, crawfish delicacies decorated every food stand and music of every genre flooded the air. Jazz Fest is held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds and Race Course and Slots, and consists of many stages, each of which features a different musical genre. Jazz Fest is always a two weekend event and features two main headliners each night. We went to the Blues Tent, the Gospel Tent and the Fais Do Do stage, which featured local artists and bands from New Orleans. The first concert we eagerly anticipated was Glen Hansard, star of the independent film “Once,” and we snagged a place in the front row. Hansard was phenomenal, though we expected no less. His lyrics and tonality are so raw; his songs seem to pierce the soul. He opened with the first song in “Once,” titled, “Say It To Me Now,” and stunned the audience. People hooted and hollered from the crowd requesting songs, and he had no qualms with straying from his set list. Upon the completion of his portion of the festival, we headed straight for more food. It was crawfish galore. We had crawfish pies, crawfish strudels and crawfish bread. Each item was as good as the last. The Cajun dishes elevated the day’s excitement and were happily complemented with ideal weather conditions. It was so sunny but from time to time, the cloud coverage and cool breeze provided a sanctuary from the heat. The clouds looked uninviting for a large part of the day, but not a sprinkle of rain fell from the sky. The food, weather and other music, were merely stepping-stones to the climax of the day for us: Florence + The Machine. We showed up to Gentilly Stage at least two-and-a-half hours prior to Florence’s performance because we were to settle for nothing less than the best view we could get. After hours of nudging our way through the crowd, we landed approximately six rows from the fence. Then, we waited. When Florence Welch graced the stage, the crowd went wild. While it may have just been cigarette smoke or hyperactive misting fans, when Florence came onstage it seemed as if a mist accompanied her. The audience sang along to all of her big hits like “Dog Days are Over” and “Shake it Out,” and the adrenaline never died down until her hour and a half set was over. “When I did my first tour, we started in New Orleans,” Welch said with a timid voice, an interesting quality considering her vocal chops. “We came three days early to enjoy the city.” The thing that makes Jazz Fest such an attraction is just that. With the festival in New Orleans, one gets a sense of the atmosphere, the people and all the aspects that comprise NOLA. Leaving the festival, we walked by vendors trying to sell last-minute items outside the gate, children practicing the cello and hippies selling paraphernalia that looked like something between a flute and a pipe. Like any trip to New Orleans, the emphasis is on having a good time and with Jazz Fest in the mix, that is exactly what we had.
The music keeps going on and on
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Florence and the Machine perform at the Gentilly Stage at the 2012 Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans last Thursday. People from all over the country came to NOLA for the festival.
Above: Glen Hansard performs his set mid-afternoon at the Acura Stage. Left: Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, greets the crowd during her set. Below left: A couple dance to some local music at the Fais Do Do stage.
Below right: Silky Sol, the Red Afro Queen, performs at the Blues Tent.
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Aries March 21 – April 19 You just can’t do everything at once, Aries. How do you expect to reduce your stress and recuperate while at the same time continue to be a superstar performer in every area of your life? Don’t pressure yourself to perform today. If you do, you’re likely to deplete your reserves even further. Take it easy, rest, and relax! You’ve earned this little break. Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 This is a good moment to adapt your logic and reason to reality, Taurus. If you don’t, you’re going to run into some intellectual problems. Everyone knows that you find new ideas plentiful, but unless you have plans to be a novelist, link your thinking to reality. The “pie in the sky” thinking that you engage in isn’t particularly useful to the rest of us living here in the real world. Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 It’s going to be a little difficult talking to you today, Gemini. You, who can be easily influenced by others, will be listening to and criticizing everything that people say. Nothing emotional or vague is going to get into your head. It’s as if you’ve installed an extremely fine filter that lets in only what you allow. You’re going to appear to be a real expert. Don’t show off too much! Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 Have you been reviewing your family history lately, Cancer? Of special interest is your cultural background. What educational, social, and religious environment were you born into? What are its values? In the end, do you feel a strong affinity with them now or are those views different from the ones you hold? These are interesting avenues of thought for you today. Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 It’s time to elevate your sense of self, Leo. You’re just as good as anyone else, so why don’t you believe it? The problem is that you’re very sensitive about having an ego. Even though you know everyone does, you punish yourself for its existence! This is a noble idea, but it doesn’t do you any good. You’ll never be perfect and neither will anyone else. What are you worrying about? Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Today your intellectual and expressive abilities should receive a boost from the planets. It’s an excellent time to organize your thoughts about presenting a project to a possible collaborator, engage in trade, or write. In terms of your private life, it’s also a good time to examine the latest events, certain aspects of which are still partially misunderstood. Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Overall, the forecast for today is fairly good. The aspects seem to favor figuring out the meaning of all that’s transpired over the past several weeks. It’s an opportunity for you to take a leisurely look at the distance you’ve covered moving toward your goals. Since it’s an auspicious day for social activities, why not get together with friends and discuss the latest events with them? Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Have you felt somewhat lost for the past few days? The fog may lift today and enable you to situate yourself at last. You’re probably eager to settle a question that has nagged at you and interfered with your judgment. However, you should be patient, especially if it has to do with emotional matters. Try to understand, but don’t take immediate action. You’ll be more objective beginning tomorrow.
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 You may have been feeling somewhat disillusioned. Perhaps you lost sight of your goals or misplaced your faith in yourself. You’ll feel some relief beginning today. This is an opportunity to end what has been a somewhat apathetic and moody phase and begin a new one that’s based on work and meditation. As you can imagine, this new phase will be much more fulfilling! Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 You might be tempted to settle certain matters by radical means. The visionary part of you means you’re painfully aware of the world’s wrongs. You see no reason not to take action to correct them. But the forces in play are so powerful that you can’t expect to institute a new order in one day. If you have an emotional question to resolve, it would be better to wait a few days before making a decision. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Today will be fairly calm in terms of outside events, but your inner world is likely to be in a rush of activity. Today you wish you could find the solution to your heartaches as well as your career predicaments. You’d like to achieve some supreme understanding of the events that took place over the past month. First you must force your brain to slow down. Haste makes waste, as you know! Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 You have a lot of thinking to do about your professional goals, Pisces. You’ll go over the elements to see if there isn’t some way to approach things differently. Are there new paths you could try or ways to improve things? Your mind will go a thousand miles a minute today. Those who spend time with you may be totally exhausted by the end of the day because of all the questions you ask!
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Find out how two students balance motherhood with academics
SHERELLE BLACK Associate Editor “I think I can balance it because I’m doing so well already,” she said. “Before I became pregnant I never made the s freshmen most students dean’s list. Since becoming pregnant, I envision their college years have made it. I think when you love your as fun, independent, care- child it comes easy to become motivated. free days that later turn It’s like an instinct.” into late-night adventures, Norman said she has learned a lot but for two former room- from becoming a mother at a young age mates, their journey to the and plans to tell her daughter some of the diploma has gotten a little more difficult. lessons she has learned. Mckenzie Redmon and Endia Norman “I want to teach my daughter to love came to Tech in the fall of 2009 with the her child unconditionally just as I love goals of graduating in spring 2013. While her, she said. “No matter how her child they are still on track to graduate then, may come in this world, regardless of they will be graduating with something the number of smiles or tears she has, more than just a diploma. That some- just love her child and never be ashamed. thing is a child. That love will go a long way when times Redmon, who is nine months preg- get hard and they may want to give up. nant, said being pregnant has changed Knowing one person will love them the her lifestyle in ways she never imagined. same no matter what they decide can be “I really have to make sure I stay moti- the reason to keep your child standing vated,” Redmon, a senior marketing ma- strong.” jor, said. “It takes twice as much energy Redmon said young women who get as it did before to do things I used to do.” pregnant in college should not look at it She said although she is pregnant, she negatively but as a blessing. tries to keep her routine as normal as “If I could tell anyone in my position possible. anything, I would tell them to stay posi“I still walk to class every day,” she tive and stay focused,” she said. “You’re said. “I think it’s imporstill the same person. tant to stay active. I was Kids shouldn’t hold you continuing to work out at back; it should motivate the gym until my doctor you more because now ordered me to stop.” you have another reason Redmon said she was “Any woman can birth to do better.” used to going out every a child, but it takes a Norman said her weekend before she got child has given her more mother to raise, guide, inspiration to do well afpregnant. “I was really inter college. volved,” she said. “I protect and provide “I plan to begin worklooked forward to week- for a child.” ing as an accountant in ends. That was my time a firm,” she said. “Until I to hang out with friends find my desired position, and party. Now I have ENDIA NORMAN I will remain at Hertz stopped doing all of that senior accounting major under a management and have focused more position and work my on school and preparing way up the company’s for my child.” corporate ladder. I am Norman, who has an 11-month-old still debating whether or not I will be atdaughter, said she also has put aside par- tending graduate school.” tying to focus on her family. As Mother’s Day approaches, Redmon “Before I became pregnant, I planned said she can hardly contain her exciteon graduating from college with an ac- ment. counting degree while having time to par“I’m so excited,” she said. “Some peoty,” Norman, a senior accounting major, ple have already told me happy Mother’s said. “Since having my daughter, I am still Day, and I got butterflies or maybe Kenzo pursing my goals of graduating, but I am kicked,” she joked. prioritizing and focusing on accomplishWhile Redmon is excited about her ing my goals quicker in order to provide first Mother’s Day, she also anticipates for my child.” a visit from her own Besides giving up mother. partying, they said they “My parents are have also given up some coming Mother’s Day friends. to help me “You’re still the same weekend of my apart“You find out who move out is really there for you,” person. Kids shouldn’t ment for the summer,” Redmon said. “A baby she said. “Hopefully I can bring people togeth- hold you back; it will have time to hang er, and it can also weed should motivate you out with my mom, eat out the unnecessary some good food and expeople in your life.” change gifts.” more because now She said being pregRedmon said she is nant in college can be you have another rea- eager to spend time with tough with friends, prothe woman who has fessors and strangers son to do better.” helped her so much durpassing judgment. ing her pregnancy. “At first I was worried MCKENZIE REDMON “She’s my No. 1 supabout walking on cam- senior marketing major port,” she said. “She’s alpus and being judged,” ways trying to help and Redmon said. “After my most importantly she first visit to the doctor lets me know that being and I saw my baby, I didn’t care anymore. pregnant isn’t going to hold me back. She Nothing else mattered.” never made me feel like it was a punishWhile Norman is passed the stage of ment.” being judged, she said with the birth of Norman, who lives four hours away her child, there came more important from her mother, said she thinks she has things to be concerned about. the perfect plans for that special day. “The most challenging thing about “For Mother’s Day I plan to spend the being a mother is having to leave your weekend with my family and take a trip child when he or she is sick,” she said. back home to Baton Rouge to surprise “Although I want to stay at home and my mom,” she said. take care of my daughter, I have to make While some people may not see the decisions and arrangements for someone importance of Mother’s Day, Norman I trust to care for my child. It is easy to said she understands exactly why this day want to stop everything, but I am pursu- is set aside for mothers. ing my goals to have a better life for my “It is important to celebrate Mother’s daughter.” Day because we are the backbone of One of those people that Norman has families,” she said. “Mothers are the ones come to trust is Redmon, who besides who make sure everyone is taken care of being her former roommate shares the emotionally and physically. We take on same due date for her baby. the world and will carry the burdens of “To have just met at Tech, we have be- our family just to see them happy. Any come really close,” Norman said. “She is woman can birth a child, but it takes a more than a friend; she’s like family.” mother to raise, guide, protect and proBabysitting Norman’s child from time- vide for a child.” to-time is one way Redmon said she believes she will be able to balance school Email comments to and a newborn. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tech to transition from WAC to C-USA
ANNA CLAIRE THOMAS Sports Editor President Dan Reneau called it the worst kept secret in Louisiana Tech history. News of Tech’s addition to a more regional conference broke last Tuesday morning in an article posted on CBSSports. com, but was not made official until Friday afternoon by Tech officials in a scheduled press conference in the Thomas Assembly Center. Fans swarmed to the TAC to hear the long-awaited news of Tech’s departure from the Western Athletic Conference and eventual entrance into Conference USA – news that has been a long-time coming for everyone involved. After taking a few moments to recall Tech’s history of athletic achievements, Reneau finally introduced the man with the golden ticket to the podium. Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky made the short but much-anticipated announcement that might not have shocked many, but did cause excitement throughout the room. “Welcome to Conference USA,” he said. The announcement of
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rowing up a fan of everything having to do with Tech athletics, it’s hard to remember a time where the excitement and expectations for the future were higher than they are at this very moment from both a fan’s perspective and the administration. On the heels of Tech’s entrance into Conference USA, I can’t help but applaud the athletic program for the countless hours spent in an effort to further the Tech brand, value and improve athletics in the long run. As a freshman entering Tech’s campus, I remember having a love and admiration for the athletic program, but not fully understanding what went on behind the scenes to actually be successful in college sports at the Division I level. After witnessing the hard work that went into making Tech a part of a more wellknown national brand in Conference USA, there is an appreciation there from knowing that our programs are on the up and constantly improving. After years of traveling hundreds of miles to play a single road game, Tech is finally in their element with regional rivalries galore for fans to sink their teeth into. Tech’s rich history deserves to be appreciated on a more local level. The move to Conference USA is just the beginning for the long-time goals the administration want to achieve. If our time in the Western Athletic Conference is any indication, we should excel in the next chapter. Tech has won 29 team titles while a member of the Western Athletic Conference, and with one year remaining, the prospect of adding to that number is exciting. I think it’s safe to say our time out west has been well spent. We have taken full advantage of our time in the WAC, just like we jumped at the golden opportunity to join C-USA. After more than 10 years in the WAC, it feels as if Tech athletics have come full circle, slowly but surely moving up the totem pole in every sport, especially over the past few years. As I spent my last week as the sports editor for The Tech Talk, I couldn’t help but think of how much I’ve witnessed firsthand in almost two years behind the sports desk, with Tech’s addition to C-USA being the icing on the cake. I’ve seen conference championships won, rivalries ignited and dynasties built over the years in football, basketball and track and field, and various other sports. I have to admit, as graduation looms, it’s exciting to think of myself as more of a student heckling the referees from the stands than a worker keeping my composure in the press box, despite the result eating away at me inside. After graduation, my slightly unbiased opinion might have to return, but until I walk across the stage at commencement next fall, my loyalty as a fan will be unmatched. With a new editor taking my place in September, my time talking sports for The Tech Talk is now complete. I guess you could say this is literally my final farewell to the WAC. In the words of the commissioner, “Welcome to Conference USA.” Anna Claire Thomas is a senior journalism majore who serves as sports editor. Email comments to email@example.com.
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Tech’s entrance into the newlyrealigned conference was made Friday, along with four new additions to C-USA. Tech will be newcomers along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Texas and University of Texas at San Antonio. After spending more than 10 years in the WAC, starting in 2013, Tech will face more regional competition in the members of C-USA, as opposed to the long road trips usually associated with being in the WAC. “This is the dawn of a new era for Louisiana Tech University and a goal we have worked very hard over the past several years to achieve,” Reneau said. “Above all, I want to thank the Tech nation for their loyal support and commitment to the athletics program. You are the spirit of Louisiana Tech and an inspiration to our coaches and student-athletes.” Along with the five additions to C-USA made last Friday, Tech will face off against the likes of Florida International, Southern Miss, Rice University, East Carolina, Marshall University, UT-El Paso, Tulane and the University of Tulsa. Tech will officially become a member of C-USA beginning July 1, 2013.
The Bulldogs and Techsters will compete in all 16 of their NCAA Division I sanctioned sports (nine women’s, seven men’s) once the move is complete. Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde spoke of the importance of joining a national conference and the recognition the move will bring to the program. “The opportunity to join a conference with a national reputation and a strong regional presence is another step in solidifying our place as north Louisiana’s flagship university,” he said. “It is a great honor to be invited to Conference USA, a league whose members reflect the same strong academic reputation and rich intercollegiate athletic traditions as Louisiana Tech.” A strong regional presence and promise for local rivalries for the fans is what stood out the most when making the decision to join the conference, according to Reneau, Van De Velde and the rest of the athletic administration. It may not have been the best kept secret for the program, but the news of Tech moving to C-USA was received as well as any by the fans and administration.
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Lady Techsters continue season in WAC tournament
REINA KEMPT Associate Sports Editor Looking back at a tough season, all of the negativity from the past must go out the window as the Techster softball team fights for a chance to continue their softballseason in Las Cruces, N.M. Las Cruces is the designated location for the 2012 softball Western Athletic Conference championship, and the Lady Techsters have officially been invited to attend for the sixth consecutive year. The Techsters are one of only three teams to accomplish this feat. The Techsters go into the tournament ranked sixth in the conference but with some notable wins to play off. Last Saturday the Techsters handed third-ranked Fresno State its first home lost in conference play. They have also upset No. 2 seed Brigham Young to split the series between them last month. Despite any notable wins, head coach Sarah Dawson stressed how different playing in the tournament is than any one series. “I’m glad that they’re not intimidated by ranked teams,” Dawson said. “That’s why we love this tournament. We get to play top notch teams like Hawaii. We have our work cut out for us.” She said players seem to have some spunk about them; they anticipate getting another shot at playing nationallyranked Hawaii. The Techsters being swept by Hawaii is in the back of their mind but oddly it motivates them instead of making them retreat. Junior infielder Melanie Goff admits that it’s always the goal to play the best team in the league. “I’m very excited about maybe getting a chance to face Hawaii again and on neutral turf this time,” she said. “It will be a totally different ball game. I’m so ready.” Junior infielder Michelle Jones said she feels the same way about getting a chance to redeem themselves against Hawaii’s Warriors. Jones is the starting pitcher and will have to throw against some pretty aggressive offensive teams over the course of the tournament. She said she looks to focus on stepping up and playing better defensively than she has in regular season play in order to have success well into the postseason. As an upperclassman, Jones said she has to think about how to level a group of freshmen and sophomores from the pressures of such a big tournament. “I just tell them about my past experiences at the tournament and try to settle their nerves,” Jones said. “However, I do lay it all out there and tell them what’s at stake at this tournament. It is a big deal.” Tech will have to conquer not only Hawaii but other strong teams like Fresno State and Brigham Young, both of which are the top two teams in the conference standings going into the tournament. Past records show that it has been done before this season, the Techsters just have to strategize and do it try and make it happen. The Lady Techsters’ games will be available to watch on Gametracker for all of the fans who would like to see them play. For more information on Lady Techster softball and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk sports twitter page at www.twitter.com/ techtalksports.
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