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March 7th

It’s Coach Dooley’s moment

“We have to increase revenue in all areas,” Dooley said to the crowd of media, officials and onlookers gathered Thursday. “And we have to develop new streams of revenue.”
He said achieving his goals will require more than a roadmap.
“We need sound judgment in hiring and budget-setting,” he said. “And we have to have an aggressive push for upgrades to facilities.”
James Liberatos, dean of the college of applied and natural sciences at Tech and chairman of the Athletics Council, likened it to his job as a dean.

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Dooley eager for challenges

“This is more than just one person involved in guiding our athletic program,” Dooley said. “It will take the entire Tech family embracing where we want to go.
“It is going to take a little bit of commitment from everyone. It will take a collective effort from everyone who loves Louisiana Tech and who wants to see it succeed at the highest level possible and to have it moving in the right direction.”

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Dooley needs strong staff in his new role

Dooley will need a strong team of motivated and dedicated people he can rely on.
The directors of Louisiana Tech athletics have shown their confidence in Dooley and his staff by making this recent move. The coach has impressed everyone from fans to administrators to players, and it looks like he’s here to stay — at least for a while.
The people in place to provide the support he will need should rally around him from day one so no detail goes unnoticed.

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Digital advances aid hearing

The easiest way to explain what digital technology does for hearing aids is to compare it to something you might be more familiar with, like digital media you can see, such as a digital video disk (DVD). If you compare one of your favorite movies side by side — one on DVD and one on a cassette you would play in your VCR — you can see some very distinct differences. The DVD has a much sharper image, the colors are brighter, the contrasts are crisp, and the picture just looks better.

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Dooley named Tech AD

He is also the first athletic director/head football coach at Tech since Albert Lawrence Williams served in those capacities during the mid-1980s.
The appointment, effective June 30 when Jim Oakes’ 13-year stay as athletic director concludes, is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System and Board of Regents.
Tech is also expected to announce in upcoming weeks the hiring of an individual whose responsibilities will cover day-to-day, basic operations within the athletic department while working in conjunction with the new AD.

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March 6th

Bulldogs host Hawaii tonight

The Bulldogs were an 87-57 victim of Nevada in Reno last weekend, when Tech trailed by 17 points (42-25) at halftime.
“We’re not the kind of team that can get down and think we can get it back all at once,” Rupp said. “Our kids, at the end of the game against Nevada, executed well. It’s just a matter of battling for the rest of the season, first with our regular season games that we have left and then in the WAC tournament. We have to be committed to the things that make us successful.”

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Tech offers key insights into Russia

Some highlights of the series include films from Russia spanning the 20th century to today; an exhibit on 18th and 19th century Russian icons; reproductions of Russian cinema posters; two other opportunities to hear Russian music; distinguished speakers to discuss culture, history, economics and military power in Russia; and an exhibit covering Russian history. All events are free and open to the public except a March 18 performance by the Moscow String Quartet at Howard Auditorium.

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Group fights social problems

I believe a lot of it can be attributed to expectations and societal acceptance. It also can be tied to peer influence and incorrect information. Struggling through school if it is challenging or not enjoyable or waiting to get married require delaying immediate gratification. Plus, if young people have friends without a degree who are still paying the rent or see other married teenagers who appear to have temporary financial independence from their parents, these choices look more appealing.

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Schools’ score edges higher

Ranking No. 37 out of 61 districts in eighth grade persistence, the Lincoln Parish School District’s ability to keep eighth graders enrolled in school was labeled marginal.
Wall said this could be in part because of faulty paperwork or students who transfer schools in the middle of the year and are recorded as dropouts. The parish ranked above the state in Eighth Grade Persistence, with a score of 97, as compared with the state’s score of 96, which is considered unacceptable.

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Animal control a parish issue

And that means enforcement with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The current setup is not working as well as it should. The evidence of that is as close as the yards, neighborhoods and parish roads that dogs, cats, horses and other animals can be found encroaching upon. But one deputy, who also serves as the parish litter enforcement officer, cannot control a population of animals.
Animal lovers in our community have taken the first steps, with entities like 4 Paws Inc. making an effort to help keep the population of dogs controlled and in loving homes, but more needs to be done.

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