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May 10th, 2014

Tech brings home top prize

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‘Diesel Dawg’ takes first place at Shell Eco-marathon Americas
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Louisiana Tech University’s new eco-marathon car “Diesel Dawg” earned first place honors for vehicle design and third place for best diesel fuel mileage in the Urban Concept category of the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition held recently in Houston.
Tech’s other entrant, “Tech Double X,” won second place for best gasoline mileage, also in the Urban Concept category.  The team earned a total of $3,500 in cash awards which will be used to help fund work on next year’s new vehicle.

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Cyberstalking isn’t normal

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Cyberstalking by all accounts is a term that is considered abnormal in a civilized world. I have my own definition of cyberstalking and consider myself a victim. Cyberstalking is when a known individual such as a hacker uses his or her computer to spy on a target.
Internet security is weak since the majority of people have high-speed Internet capability and smartphones. Hackers can encrypt a password and spy on a user’s web browsing habits. It would be like opening personal mail such as a utility bill or personal letter.

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Elected officials aren’t leaders

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It saddens and maddens me that too few of our elected officials are real leaders. I mean the kind of leader who puts his/herself aside for the betterment of the whole, has moral character and lives by traditional principles.  Leadership means having vision, discipline and common sense. Leaders mean what they say and say what they mean. Leaders believe in freedom, justice and truth.  A true leader communicates well and offers solutions to problems. Leaders are self reliant, not self serving.  They do not lie or redefine terms to confuse people.  Too many of our leaders do not possess these trai

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Thankful for automotive service

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After listening to the “horror” stories of some friends and family about their service department experiences at their local car dealership, (a different dealership than I have used), I feel the need to express my  admiration and appreciation to my dealership service department. 
I purchased a vehicle from Courtesy Automotive and was amazed at the quick service I received while it was under warranty. 
So, when the warranty ran out I went back to this dealership and told them I wanted another car, just like the one I was driving.

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Rocking out with the King, a Grammy nominee

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This has been yet another week with things buzzing as usual.
One of the things I enjoyed was the Elvis Presley impersonator who came to perform for us. He was really good and I believe he even outdid Elvis swiveling his hips. Plus — was kissing all the little old ladies. When he got to me, I extended my hand. I wasn’t as happy with my Coke as some of them were.
They have happy hour here every Friday evening and bring in entertainment. I never go, since I’m not interested in drinking and don’t usually know who the artist is for the evening, but I had to go see Elvis.

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GSU Tiger Men’s Fellowship

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The GSU Tiger Men’s Fellowship hosted guest speaker the Rev. L. Martin. Pictured, left to right, are Martin, Joseph Capers, Joseph Miller and Attorney John Belton.

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Garner is a karate champ

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Olaric Garner won several awards during the 2014 USKA National Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., in late March. He won first place in team fighting, first place in sword fighting and second place in kumite. He said he would like to thank all the people that helped and supported him on his trip, including his instructor David Jordan.

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Cyber engineering, computer science students take on Cyberstorm challenge

Cyber Storm 2014 is scheduled to make landfall at Louisiana Tech University on Friday.
Computer science and cyber engineering students from Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science will compete against each other and other unknown intruders from academia, industry and government institutions, in a day-long “hackfest” where student teams will engage in a fierce battle in cyberspace to test their skills in network defense and attack strategies.  Cyber Storm is designed to raise awareness about the problems our society faces in cyberspace.

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GSU data, planning officer leaves for Wisconsin

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GRAMBLING — After several years of service under two Grambling State University presidents, Nettie Daniels, the university’s planning officer in charge of all data and GSU facts, is leaving for another opportunity.
The Mississippi native who has worked in a Louisiana system office will be departing for the Midwest after her last day at Grambling State University on June 30.
“I have accepted an offer from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville as executive director of the office of institutional effectiveness and assessment,” said Daniels, an Alcorn State University alumna.

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Singing school on tap courtesy of chorus

Lessons set to begin Thursday
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A free six-session singing school will be available for area women starting Thursday, sponsored by Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines.
The lessons will begin Thursday and run through June 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. each Thursday in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner St.

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