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May 17th

Preparation for work place essential

During the mock interview, one teacher demonstrated the interview “do nots” by answering her cell phone, asking if she could smoke and dressing inappropriately. As another teacher pointed out, some students don’ t realize it is not OK to wear casual attire such as jeans and flip-flops to a job interview. Jim Shepherd, owner of the Cleaners of Ruston, said clothing such as torn jeans and T-shirts is the No. 1 factor in an interviewee’s failure to nab a job at his facility.

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Mothers work many jobs

Although I can’t recall if they were named, the occupations of manager and judge deserve spots on this list. As household manager, my mother determined who had permission to stay at a friend’s house, ensured homework duties were done and rooms were clean and gave suggestions to increase productivity in these tasks. In her role as a mediator or judge, my mother almost daily listened to grievances of my older brother, younger sister and me.

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Parish posts ‘unheard of’ growth

Leading the way was an increase of more than $16 million (126 percent) in oil and gas extraction revenue. John Hood of Hood Petroleum said higher gas prices and technological advances have fueled the recent area growth in the petroleum industry.
“It’s been known for a long time that some of the deeper formations in this area had gas in them,” Hood said. “But 30 years ago the technology wasn’t there to get it out.
“Now, they can get it out, and the higher gas prices have made it profitable.”
Hood said the prospects for area gas and oil extraction remain strong.

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May 16th

Tech faces War Hawks in Monroe

Whatever the outcome of games involving front running Fresno State, Nevada and Hawaii, this much is certain: Tech is locked in as the No. 3 seed for the tournament.
Until then, all head coach Wade Simoneaux and his team can do is take care of some business with the War Hawks and build some momentum for the conference tournament.

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Help end domestic violence

It is important that we all recognize the warning signs of domestic violence so we may keep ourselves out of a negative situation, while at the same time noticing when other people may need help. Some potentially harmful behavior may include jealousy, controlling behaviors and verbal abuse. Isolation is also an important thing to look for, as most perpetrators seek to restrict contact between the victim and friends/family. Once that bond has been weakened, many victims feel as if they have nowhere to turn for help.

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Wielding control like a weapon

A university newspaper recently conducted a poll of students on what they thought were the causes of the crime. Some of the responses were interesting. The majority of people interviewed listed alcohol or drugs as one of the causes, and I have to say, that surprised me.
Perhaps mood-altering substances could be called a contributing factor, but the cause of such behavior, I believe, has much deeper roots.

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2020 paves way for Tech

In renovation news, Reneau said the old visual arts building by the College of Business currently has $6 million in the budget for renovation, and a new water distribution system is also in the works.
Reneau said he plans for a seven-acre lake to be built near his own home. He said the university is concerned about the Sparta Aquifer, and the lake will provide water for all of the service accounts on campus. The project will cost $14 million and will be under way in the upcoming year.

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May 15th

Tech’s travel woes nix home finale

Tech was due to fly out of Fresno, Calif., on Monday morning after having been involved in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against Fresno State, but the flight got cancelled and left the Bulldogs’ travel plans up in the air.
The logistical woes also left Tech with a cramped return-to-north-Louisiana itinerary that resulted in calling off what would have been the 139th all-time game between the two regional rivals.
Now, the Bulldogs will close out their regular season schedule later in the week with two trips to Monroe to take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

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Tech robot competition sparks ideas

Ben Choi, creator of the competition and a professor of computer science at Tech, said there has been an increase in the popularity of robot technology.
“After the competitions in the past were on television and in the newspaper, I received calls from several people about whether I would hold a summer camp for high school students concerning robot technology,” Choi said. “It is great to see interest in this field; I might just try to do it.”
Choi also said this technology would be very important in the future.

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Mother's Day is every day

Mom constantly pushed me to do my best. Even if I didn’t win the tennis match or didn’t dance well on stage but had tried my best, she was proud. She wanted nothing less than 100 percent in my work, and I am thankful she pushed me to be a hard worker. I’m thankful she taught me a sound ethical system and took me to church every Sunday, even though in my middle school years I may not have wanted to go. I’m thankful she made me do chores every day because now I know what needs to be done in my own house.

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