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Tech presidential interview schedule set

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Next week, the public will be invited to Louisiana Tech University’s campus to meet the two semifinalists for the school’s top leadership spot.
Tech’s own Les Guice, executive vice president and vice president for research and development, and Duance C. Hrncir, acting president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, will face public interviews by the Tech Presidential Search Committee on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Tech’s Howard Center Auditorium.
Guice’s interview will begin at 10:15 a.m., while Hrncir’s interview will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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La. Tech gains 326 alumni

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“Go forth and make a brighter future while remembering who granted you that opportunity” was the point of the message presented to graduates as Louisiana Tech University held its 302ndCommencement Exercise at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech President Daniel Reneau conferred 329 degrees on 326 graduates — there were three dual major graduates.

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Driving: Where texting, danger connect

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Teen’s video ranked 5th in nation
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Though services such as YouTube make it easier for teens to broadcast themselves, it’s not every day that a video made by a high-school student receives national attention and acclaim.
However, for New Tech @ Ruston junior Thristan Cecil, that’s exactly what has happened.
Thristan, who is a member of Ruston High School’s successful Future Business Leaders of America club, created a video about the dangers of texting and driving for a state FBLA competition. The video won first place at the state level before going on to win fifth place in the nation.

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Pets of the Week

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Sophie is a Terrier found on the side of the road. She gets along with all the dogs and sleeps with her best friend Kelsey, a pit bull. Sophie is white with some brown spots. She is up-to-date on shots and around 3 months old. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information or visit www.4pawsrescue.com. 4 Paws Rescue invites residents to see all the dogs at their new office, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call for an appointment.

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Fall and winter might usher in SAD

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part column about seasonal affective disorder. The second part will run on Nov. 26.
Do you feel as if you are going downhill every fall and winter? Do you feel deprived of daylight? This makes you feel very tired. Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
Are your sleep patterns all over the place? Do you wake up really early and then when you should be getting up, you just want to curl up and go back to sleep?

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Tech physicist receives national PhysCon honor

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The Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) 2012 has honored Lee Sawyer, the Charles and Newelyn Spruell Distinguished Professor of Physics at Louisiana Tech University, with its prestigious Sigma Pi Sigma Award for Outstanding Service.

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National magazine features article by business professor

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A Louisiana Tech College of Business professor is co-author of an article about predicting presidential elections that has been published in a national magazine.
The article by James J. Cochran is titled “Frankenstein for President: Statistics and operations research come together to create the optimal candidate for the U.S. presidency” and is featured in the October issue of the magazine “Significance.”

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’Dogs: Nearly a miracle win

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Tech rallied back from 41-27 deficit against Utah State
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As emotionally draining as was Saturday’s 48-41 overtime loss to Utah State University, Head Coach Sonny Dykes reminded his Louisiana Tech University team that there’s still plenty to play for in this 2012 season.
“We want to be an 11-win football team,” Dykes said after the Bulldogs fell just short of erasing a 24-point (41-27) deficit and overcoming the Aggies to determine who garnered no less than a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship.

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Dooley fired as Vols’ coach

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Ex-Tech leader’s fate sealed after loss to Vandy
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart has no doubt that Derek Dooley improved the Volunteers’ football program after inheriting a tough situation three years ago.
But that improvement didn’t show up in Tennessee’s record, so Dooley no longer is the Vols’ coach.
Dooley was fired Sunday after posting Tennessee’s longest run of consecutive losing seasons in over a century. Dooley owned a 15-21 record that included an 0-15 mark against Top 25 teams. Dooley was 4-19 in Southeastern Conference competition and had lost 14 of his last 15 league games.

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’Dogs rope Troy

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Cordarius Johnson and Raheem Appleby combined for 31 points and the Louisiana Tech (2-1) defense hassled Troy (1-2) from the tipoff to the final horn as the Bulldogs came away with the 70-46 win in the first day of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at McKenzie Arena.
The victory gave Tech the 1-0 series lead over Troy since this was the first time in the ‘Dogs 84 year history that they have played the Sun Belt member on the hardwood.

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