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Students speak out on cuts

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Universities’ slashes affect classrooms
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Budget cuts have hit area colleges and universities pretty hard over the past few years, and as cash continues to siphon from Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University’s coffers, the students at each university are also starting to feel the sting of the budget cut.
“You can really tell (Tech) is doing what they can, but when you lose money like they have, it is hard not to notice a few differences,” sophomore engineering student Brandon Walters said.
Walters was referring to the most recent round of budget cuts that hit both parish universities in mid-December — a mid-year budget reduction after the state made the decision to cut $50 million from public colleges all over the state.

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Percussion group to play

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Group ‘to hit’ concert stage Friday
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Local residents can hear some musical “hits” when Michigan musicians perform world percussion music on Friday.
The duo To Hit is made up of Tim Mocny and Mike List. Mocny performs on the marimba and List specializes in world percussion.
Recently releasing their new album “Globalized Percussion Music,” the duo will use Ruston as a starting point for their latest tour.

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NAACP banquet set for Saturday

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The annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Freedom Fund Banquet has been set.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Harmony Baptist Church’s Family Life Center.
“The annual banquet is a freedom fund banquet,” Shirley Thomas said. “All the money raised from ticket sales goes into the legal dispense fund of the association.”

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Stock dog trials to be featured at Ag Expo

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A new special event takes place at Ag Expo this year. The Southern Stock Dog Association will sponsor a day of trials beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 20. This competition is about how well stock dogs, mostly Border Collies, herd cattle in response to hand and voice commands by their master. The event will be held in the West Livestock Arena at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.
Ag Expo 2012, scheduled for Jan. 20 and 21, will feature the newest products and services for agriculture producers and businesses, plus educational displays and programs for all ages. The newest technologies, from a portable sawmill to row crop equipment to animal health and more will be demonstrated.

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Tech highlighted in annual report

Giving Back, Moving Forward showcases services, performance
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The Division of University Advancement at Louisiana Tech has released Giving Back, Moving Forward, the 2011 edition of its Tech Report, which highlights the university’s academic and research accomplishments during the past year as well as the contributions it has made to strengthening the region and the State.
The Tech Report is published annually by the Louisiana Tech University Foundation to share the university’s academic, research and athletic achievements, and to its vision for the future of the institution.

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Students get back to class, prepare for testing

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Spelling Bee Champion
Hico Elementary conducted its annual Spelling Bee on Dec. 15. There were 16 students who passed the classroom preliminary round to proceed to the final school championship. The excitement was felt by all the audience as Daniel won on the 16th round of the competition. Daniel will now travel to Shreveport for the regional Spelling Bee in February. Good luck, Daniel!

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ULM releases fall honors list

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University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno has announced the President’s List and Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at ULM.
To be on the President’s List, a student must be registered as full-time and maintain a cumulative 3.9 to 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale. Students on the President’s List have an (*) after their names.
To be on the Dean’s List, a student must be registered as full-time and maintain a cumulative 3.5 to 3.899 grade point average.

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Preschoolers enjoy a holiday field trip

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The Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center children did a great job singing at the Railroad Park Christmas program. Many families and friends were there to watch them perform, which made it very special for them.
In December, Santa came to visit LPECC. Each child was able to talk to him and smile for the camera. The pictures were precious.
LPECC went to Monroe to see the Christmas ballet, “The Cajun Christmas.” Students really enjoyed the music, dancing and the travel adventure.

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Jindal talks education

On Monday, Gov. Bobby Jindal took his oath of office for his second term as governor in the State of Louisiana, starting four more years of service from the Republican who was under much criticism during his first four-year term.
Louisiana citizens elected Jindal from a large pool of candidates in October, and in front of a crowd of around 800 onlookers in Baton Rouge Monday, he took his oath with his major promise for the next four years being to overhaul the education system in the state.

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Take me out to the ball game

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Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his initial declaration into leadership as governor of Louisiana in March of 2008 with one thing in mind: education. It appears the governor feels that looking back over his previous term he has failed to meet his “benchmarks.” He emphasized how he felt he had failed in this area, and this time he was putting his foot first with “books in hand.”
It seems that Jindal has made a lot of accomplishments as governor. In 2008 he was the state’s first nonwhite governor since Reconstruction. He was the first Indian-American governor in our nation. With history in the making again for his second term, he won re-election with the highest margin since 1975. It is again time for him to take office and make his stand.

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