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May 8th, 2013

Art show at Tech to open Thursday

Louisiana Tech University’s art department will be exhibiting work from six graduating seniors in Tech’s annual studio BFA show. This year’s show is entitled “Fixation” and will be displayed in the F. Elizabeth Bathea and Mary Wilfred Moffet galleries at the F Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center on Tech’s Campus. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The galleries will also be opened from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday until the closing day on May 17.

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Celebrating More Than Moms on Mother’s Day

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Every spring individuals celebrate their mothers on Mother’s Day. It has evolved from a day to honor mothers to one that recognizes all special women. Therefore, if there is a woman in one’s life who isn’t a biological mother — but special nonetheless — Mother’s Day can be a time to tell her how much she is appreciated.

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WAC softball tourney begins

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Roller coaster.
That’s how Mark Montgomery describes his first year as head coach of the Louisiana Tech University softball program.
But not just for him.
For the players, their fans and school, too.
From playing what seemed to be an unending lineup of road games at the start of the season to surviving through a revamping of their facility for several months, the Lady Techsters have been a model of patience and persistency.

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Stars will be out in tournament

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Five names to keep in mind during the 2013 Western Athletic Conference softball tournament:
• AMANDA PRIDMORE, San Jose State: The graduate student from Modesto, Calif., is arguably the top hurler in the conference.
In the final statistical report for league games only, the 5-7 righthander shared the No. 1 spot for earned run average at 1.25 and compiled a 13-2 record. That’s the most wins of any WAC pitcher against conference opponents this season. Pridmore has worked 106.0 innings against league foes only and struck out 88 batters while allowing 18 walks.

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Will Louisiana weather ‘bug’ Tech foes?

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If it’s not enough for Louisiana Tech University to have a home field edge for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference softball tournament that begins today, then how about:
• The weather.
• The “bugs.”
At least that was an observation made earlier this week by Amanda Krueger of the Lady Techsters.
“Maybe it could be an advantage for us, being used to the weather here and all,” said the senior infielder. “And there’s the bugs, too.”

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’Dogs to host Rice tonight

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Louisiana Tech University will wrap up a four-game home stand with a midweek non-conference contest versus No. 18 Rice at 6 p.m. tonight at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech (16-32) is coming off of a 9-4 win over CSU Bakersfield this past Sunday with Rice (31-15) taking two of three from UAB last weekend. In previous meetings this season, Rice won both contests in Houston by scores of 4-2 and 7-5.

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Grambling edged, 16-14

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LORMAN, Miss. — Grambling State and Alcorn State battled for nearly four hours before the Braves took a 16-14 victory on Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers (17-30) had 19 hits and the Braves (15-36) ended with 15 hits over the nine-inning game.
Shortstop Juan Bueno (three-for-five, RBI), catcher Jose Longoria (two-for-five, two RBIs), leftfielder Darren Farmer (four-for-four, two RBIs), second baseman Elias Todman (four-for-five, two RBIs) and first baseman Brandon Kiser (three-for-six, five RBIs) led the offensive attack for Grambling.

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All-State nominations needed

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It’s All-State time again and that means head coaches for high school baseball and softball teams in Lincoln Parish need to submit their nominations for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association-sanctioned squads.
Nominations need to be faxed (255-4006) or emailed (buddy@rustonleader.com) no later than Friday in order to be forwarded to the LSWA selection committee.
Full names, classification, position and key statistics need to be provided for all players.

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Advocating for DART

Domestic violence knows no socioeconomic, racial or even gender boundaries — although victims are predominately women. Domestic violence is also not limited to physical abuse but is defined as a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that escalates in severity over time. This can include physical, emotional, psychological or financial abuse.

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The evolution of reading groups

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Each of my grade school classes was divided into three reading groups. Group 1 was the strong readers; Group 2, the average readers, and Group 3, the weak readers.
Nobody tried to mask our abilities with cute names like Bluebirds, Redbirds and Robins. We were what we were, and some of us could read better than others. Typically, the kids who were good readers were still good readers when we went to high school; the average readers, still average, and the weak readers, still weak.

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