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Bulldogs finally return home

For head coach Jack Bicknell and the ‘Dogs, it’s definitely a welcomed return home.
Four of the club’s first five outings have been on the road and the results have been less than kind.
They’ve all resulted in setbacks, the latest being a 55-14 plastering from WAC preseason favorite Boise State in Boise on Saturday.
“It’s just good to get back home for a while and be able to play in front of our own fans,” said Bicknell. “It’s been tough, these road games, and I know our players are looking forward to being able to be at home for a couple of weekends.”

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It’s time to come home

Many Tech alumni live in Ruston and its surrounding areas, and they might take a moment to remember their alma mater.

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Go ahead; take the parking spot

As I cover Tech for my beat, I can often be found in the late mornings or afternoons driving around the campus looking for that one evasive treasure almost as valuable than an A on a test: a close parking spot. Even with my special park-in-the-teachers’-zone sticker, it’s a difficult task to find a parking spot, especially when I don’t have time to spare (naturally).
Now, let me make Tech administrators happy.
Students, faculty and anyone else — like me — who likes to complain about the parking at Tech, listen up: be grateful for the walk.

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Will Parish Park face funding cuts?

When the Board was established, it was to be funded by a 3 percent hotel/motel tax, with 2 percent going to the CVB and 1 percent to fund the Parish Park. Later, the tax was increased to 4 percent, with 3 percent going to the CVB and 1 percent to the Parish Park.
Using that formula, the Park should have received more than $100,000 in funding from the CVB in 2006. But after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the CVB negotiated a deal with the Police Jury to cap the rate at $70,000 because the Board was concerned it would not receive its Enterprise Zone funding.

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Purple pulses for domestic violence

Among that increase has been a marked jump in the number of male clients, executive director Cathy Ayo said.
“I have had various meetings with other program directors and they have mentioned the same trend,” she said. “There have always been more female victims than male, but I think now the males feel more comfortable coming forward.”
However, there still remains a common misconception that abuse does
not happen in this community, she said.

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