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February 23rd

Tech considered for possible LSU merger

The proposed plan would basically involve a swap: Louisiana Tech would replace the University of New Orleans in the LSU System, while UNO would take Tech’s place in the University of Louisiana System.
Tech president Dan Reneau said discussions about a merger have been ongoing for about 15 years.
“The idea has been around since the early 1990s,” Reneau said.
Reneau said a recent report by national education consultant Eva Klein and commissioned by LSU considering a merger between LSU-Shreveport and the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport brought the issue back to light recently.

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February 22nd

University research leads to license deal

Jon Pratt, the director of the technology incubator at the university, teaches the innovative research class, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
“Students are challenged to find commercial markets for the technology they are given. That was the technology one team was assigned, and it ended up with (Tech) negotiating a license,” Pratt said. “The students were very excited. It’s a 400 level class, and we have engineer and business students, graduate and undergraduate students. We have a diversified team that works with diverse prospectives.”

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Example of child worth following

Willis, who is studying government in his third-grade class, attended a Dubach City Council meeting. He wasn’t required to come to the meeting — he wanted to come, just to see what it was like.
Willis quickly learned that even though Washington and Baton Rouge capture national headlines, the real business of America is conducted at city council and police jury meetings — at the grass roots — where rising fuel prices have an immediate impact on a small community’s budget and where getting $300 for a broken-down lawn mower will pay for nearly half of a month’s fuel bill.

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A last so-long from The Leader

Finding subject matter isn’t usually a problem — I try and write about subjects that interest me so the field is fertile because my interests are wide-ranging.
But this column is tough to write.
I want to mention many people and groups that have made an impact on the community and me personally, but if that happened, I would need the entire Op-Ed page.
I would also like to visit everyone I’ve come to know and love and say goodbye in person, but again, there aren’t enough hours left before 4 p.m. Friday when I turn in my key and shut down my news computer for the final time.

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Millsap increases national exposure

Oh, much of the college basketball world already knew a little about the junior power forward at Louisiana Tech University.
It’s just that the former Grambing High School star is becoming even more prominent in the aftermath of an ESPN2 BracketBuster televised game over the weekend, plus yet another “plug” in a national sports publication.
Millsap came up huge in the Bulldogs’ 54-51 road win against Southern Illinois, sneaking past the Salukis on their Carbondale-based court that is considered among the toughest in the country.

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Tech honors Marbury as Alumna of the Year

The Ropp Center main dining room on the campus was the scene of a festive gathering in her honor.
In welcoming those in attendance, Louisiana Tech University Vice President for University Advancement Corre Stegall recognized the unique relationships with the honoree.
“ ... we are family, friends, business associates, and all of us share our admiration of her strength, her intelligence, and her dedication to those institutions that she has a passion about.

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February 21st

Extra care needed on wet roads

Due to those slick, icy roads, Ruston police, Lincoln Parish deputies and state troopers worked numerous minor accidents throughout the parish.
All total, law enforcement workers in the parish worked roughly 30 wrecks due to the bad driving conditions brought on by the weather.
While the temperatures for the rest of the week, beginning today, are forecast as slightly more spring-like, the rain is not leaving. It will remain in the area until the weekend. Although the temperature hike means no more freezing rain, driving in wet conditions is still less than ideal.

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Close friends are necessities

My evening class had ended early, I was planning on seeing the Bulldogs in action that night, and my biscuit was rising in the oven, almost ready for me to stick the little piece of microwaved sausage inside it.
Oh, yes. The sausage was my downfall.
Now, for those of you who know me well, I don’t cook very often, especially not on nights when I have class. I rely on perfect portions biscuits, which has two in a pack, and my sausage is frozen but can be delicious, warm and edible after 55 seconds in the microwave.

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Simsboro wins battle of Lady Tigers

Simsboro (44-3) proved it was a good team Monday night, finding a way to become one of only eight Class B teams to advance to the third round of the playoffs with a 57-46 victory over Pitkin (19-14).
In what Simsboro head coach Kelly Stuckey described as her team’s “worst shooting night all year,” Simsboro’s version of the Lady Tigers had to find other ways to win.
“We missed so many easy buckets,” Stuckey said. “I think that was the difference in the ball game. We just weren’t finishing.”

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RCT preps for next play

Shannon Brewster, Random Kennedy and Salien Liles will make their debut performances in the Dixie Center for the Arts in March in Ruston Community’s Theater’s production of Laundry and Bourbon.
The comedy, written by James McLure, is the second of two plays which will be presented during “A Night of One Acts” — the first being Suddenly Last Summer, a drama written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Daniel Shockley.
Liles said much of Laundry and Bourbon focuses on the struggles her character, Elizabeth, must endure when her husband returns from Vietnam.

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