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December 29th

Smoking on campus debated

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It is about time someone lit up the topic of on-campus smoking, and all of us smokers are feigning for a good fight.
A few weeks ago, a Student Government Association senator wrote a resolution to ban smoking on campus. For those who don’t know, a resolution is essentially a formal recommendation for the university administration but it must be passed in the SGA before action may be taken.
Resolution No. 12-13.3 says “The student body would encourage the administration to take consideration in taking the steps necessary in making Louisiana Tech a smoke-free campus.”

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An old look at new year

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Happy New Year to all of you. I hope that your Christmas season and celebration was enjoyable and meaningful. I hope for all of us that we move past the commercialism of the season and keep our focus on that which is truly important.
We now approach Tuesday, a holiday with which I would debate. I wish that New Year’s Day was in September at the beginning of the school year and football season. Having the celebration of the “new” year right after Christmas is just a little bit too much holiday time for me during such a short period. And I have not always been alone in this sentiment.

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December 28th

Resolving to lose

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Ideas to help with weight loss goals
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New Year’s is a time of reflection and a time for hope.
Many examine the diminishing year, looking at their successes and failures and use the opportunity to embrace a new start with the upcoming hopefulness of a resolution.

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Teen booked in porn case

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested one Ruston man on charges of child pornography and another for drug possession after investigating a domestic dispute call.
According to Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Stephen Williams, deputies were called out to 3861 Beacon Light Road at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Upon arrival, deputies were met by a juvenile on the front porch, where they suspected a strong odor associated with smoking marijuana coming from inside the house.

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Russ winners strengthen city

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In 1984, Pam Love, chair of Ruston’s centennial celebration, was the first recipient of the Robert E. Russ Award.
Since that time, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has bestowed the honor on many contributors to the community, including Virgil Orr, John E. Maxwell, Walter Savage, Linda Graham and Les Guice, to name a few.
The award, considered one of Lincoln Parish’s most prestigious recognitions, is named for Robert E. Russ, Ruston’s founder.

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‘Ricky Nelson Remembered’ on tap

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Jan. 22 Dixie concert to honor artist
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He is the only artist to have a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week. Life Magazine coined the phrase “Teen Idol” after him and he is credited with pioneering the country rock sound. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson’s life and music touched millions.
His twin sons, multi-platinum recording artists, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, relive the music and memories in their multi-media event, Ricky Nelson Remembered.

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Tech School of Art hosts Louisiana Purchase, a national juried exhibit

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Louisiana Purchase is the Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art’s second national juried exhibition. This is a multi-media show for two and three dimensional works exploring any theme. The school of art received more than 165 submissions for a total of more than 800 artworks, many of which were from the region. The overwhelming response reflects a continued commitment and passion for the arts in the area communities. The exhibition should not only highlight regional artists, but also expose attendees to contemporary works created around the country.

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Professor presents research in Germany

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A Louisiana Tech University business professor recently presented research to faculty and graduate students at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany as part of their Research Seminar Series. 
Rebecca J. Bennett’s presentation was titled “The Impact of Perceived Job Alternatives: Examining the Destructive Effects of Work Frustration and Turnover Intentions on Employee Deviance.”  Bennett is a professor in the management and information systems department in the College of Business.

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Drive safely during New Year’s holiday

One morning this past week, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a driver was passed out at a red light.
It turns out the motorist was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol concentration of .259, or more than three times Louisiana’s legal limit of .08.
December is a popular month for drinking. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit BAC of .15 or higher. 

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Tech opens WAC play Saturday

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There’s a new look to the world of Western Athletic Conference basketball, but Michael White and his team would love to regain that year-old demeanor for the 2012-13 season.
Good reason, too.
In his debut year as head coach at Louisiana Tech University, White sent the Bulldogs to a surprising championship game appearance in the league’s postseason tournament.
Nobody expected such a dynamic campaign out of the Bulldogs, who entered last year with an abundance of youth and plenty of unanswered questions.

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