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February 14th

Future of GSU depends on master plan

That much money can seem high to the outsider, but consider what has been done. The university has been addressing dilapidated and unfit housing, bad water infrastructure, electrical problems and other hurdles while undergoing the biggest expansion in its history. The plan covers how to do that in an organized and thought-out way, bringing the whole campus to a new level of excellence in stages.

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Valentine's gifts that last

In the teen and college years, the holiday sometimes equaled feelings of alienation for those without a significant other while those caught up in young love were showered with flowers or disappointed their heart’s desire forgot the special day.
As we grow older and our perception of love expands, it’s time to see Valentine’s Day from a new perspective. No longer is giving limited to those we know, but to people we will never meet whose lives and hearts might be warmed by small steps we take today.

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GSU unveils master plan

Phase II of the Tiger Village housing project, additional greenery and other campus upgrades completed in the past two years are a fraction of the work, he said. The master plan developed by Stratus, a company that has also consulted for Western Washington University, is GSU’s first such document and lays a path in front of the university for long-range development.
Federal Title III funds were used to pay for the plan’s development, which cost $800,000.

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February 13th

Big changes on the table

A second proposal, approved by a House committee and headed next for consideration by the whole House, would strip the state ethics board of its power to rule on ethics violations, handing that sword to administrative law judges who don’t work for the board.
Some claim that would destroy the independence and transparency of the board, and supporters say it would make ethics judgments fairer because the judges would not be involved in filing charges or in investigations.

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Keep eyes open for growth

Being the center director might make him the slightest bit biased toward telling local media it will be a rousing success. But it was good to hear Spohn be so unflappable and positive anyway, and I believe it, too.
Louisiana Tech is in the perfect possible position available to it. With a list of honors in the “hard sciences” that Spohn spoke about and a blooming research and development arm, the university will likely be a first stop for military contracts.

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Parish boys’ squads ranked

Entering a home game on Friday night against Marion High, Grambling High had totaled 115 points to rank 11 points shy of the No. 2 slot currently occupied by Delhi (26-6).
Veteran head coach Michael Lyons, who will be retiring following this season, took his squad to an 8-2 record against District 2-1A opponents last week with a 77-48 victory over parish and league rival Cedar Creek.

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Storm darkens downtown area

Caraway said the weather took down a steam plant substation and caused two circuits to go out, as well as the loss of a transmission line. He said the affected area was the south side of Ruston.
James Brown with Ruston Light and Power said approximately 2,000 customers in downtown Ruston and south of U.S. 167 were affected by the power outage.
Ross said severe weather was also reported in Shreveport, Bossier Parish, Coushatta and Natchitoches.
Power was restored at approximately 10:40 a.m.

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February 12th

Tech program up for re-accreditation

Community design, global perspectives on design, use of technology and current practices like green design are all part-and-parcel to Tech’s program, but proof of the school’s ability to communicate those concepts will be required for re-accreditation.
The CIDA team will meet with and interview everyone from students and faculty to the university administration, Puljak said, in making their report and recommendations.
“There’s a lot of work in preparing,” he said. “But it’s a good opportunity for us, as well, to assess what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”

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Manning’s world has been ‘surreal’

His youngest son is less than two weeks away from having steered his team to one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
Eli Manning did what many believed was mission impossible, guiding the two-touchdown underdog New York Giants past what many had come to christen as the greatest team in National Football League history.

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Tech quickly corrected news reports

Thankfully for us in Ruston, though, initial news reports about the campus shooting were incorrect.
CNN was reporting Friday morning that the deadly incident had occurred at Louisiana Tech University. A CNN reporter based in Atlanta called the newsroom of the Ruston Daily Leader trying to get more information about the supposed Tech shooting.
Such is the nature of breaking news. Many times, first reports are incorrect and clarified only once more information is obtained.

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