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January 19th, 2015

Band steps up to the challenge

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Louisiana Tech’s marching band, the Band of Pride, creates an unforgettable atmosphere that spectators at sporting events enjoy.
That’ why Corey Green, a senior sociology major and former band member, goes to Tech games.
“I dislike sports, but hearing the band play and their hilarious chants during basketball games makes sporting events enjoyable,” he said.
The Band of Pride, also referred to the “Hoop Troop” during basketball season, is under the direction of Jim Robken and has a reputation of being energetic.

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Remembering Dr. King

With the memorial to the president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared all slaves free, in the background, one man presented his dream to the world.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial to thousands of marchers denouncing the evils of discrimination in hopes that one day his four children would live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin, but rather by the content of their character.

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Cuts would go deeper than colleges only

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There are no easy answers. I understand that. And I’m not worried about blame concerning the matter. The question is, when does the bleeding stop, because if it doesn’t, the eventual result is death.
Because of free-falling price of fuel, the state of Louisiana has, in recent days been, forecast to potentially see budget cuts of at least $300 million to higher education in the new fiscal year that begins July 1. Some estimates have put the cuts closer to $400 million than $300 million.

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Bulldogs’ 1984-85 team honored

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The 1984-85 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball team that went 29-3 and won two NCAA tournament games before falling 86-84 in overtime to Oklahoma was honored during halftime of Saturday’s Operation Sellout 2.0 game against Middle Tennessee State. Pictured are two members of Tech’s 1984-85 team, Karl Malone (left) and Darryl Emerson (right) being honored on court Saturday by Tech President Les Guice.

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Starkova, doubles team net victories at Wichita St.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Louisiana Tech claimed wins at the top two singles spots but fell to No. 55 ranked Wichita State, 5-2, in the 2015 spring season opener on Friday evening at the Wichita Country Club.
“We took a lot of positives from today’s match,” head coach Chad Camper said. “Alexandra (Starkova) was as mentally strong as I have ever seen her and Jazmin (Britos) dug deep to pick up a great win. We learned a lot from our doubles and we look forward to getting better each match going forward.”

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Grambling State teams to play at Prairie View A&M today

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Grambling State University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader at Prairie View A&M today in Texas. The womens’ game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. while the men’s game will follow around 7:45 p.m. A’Torri Shine (pictured shooting the ball in the top photo) leads the Tigers (2-13, 0-5 SWAC) in scoring with 11.9 points per game while Yosha Watson (No. 24 pictured in bottom photo) is the Lady Tigers (5-11, 2-3 SWAC) top scorer with 10.9 ppg.

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Stalking: Serious, pervasive, lethal

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In today’s culture, “stalking” is a term that is tossed about fairly freely, often in a joking manner. My own daughters have kidded me about “Facebook stalking” them, just because I viewed a few of their pictures and made comments. (For heaven’s sake! I’m a mother! Of course I am going to look at their Facebook pages!)

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Actors preparing for play

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Rehearsals for the Ruston Community Theatre production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from the award-winning novel, are well under way. Pictured are cast members Ginger Johnson (Scout), Tracy Calloway (Atticus) and Donovan Turpin (Jem) practicing for the play.
Performances will open March 5 at The Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston. This production is sponsored by The Law Offices of Woodard and Clement.

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Club News: Literra Club

The Littera Club met Jan. 7 in the home of Edith Hawkins. Edith greeted members as Jean Lay served Seven Layer Squares with a choice of either chocolate or lemon filling. Coffee and nuts complemented the presentation.
President Teri Fulton thanked hostesses Hawkins, Lay and Joyce Sutton. She gave Hawkins a special thanks for graciously allowing the meeting to be moved to her home since the original hostess was ill.

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Tech group, student earn national awards

Louisiana Tech University’s chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students was honored recently with two of the seven national Honor Awards presented at the 2014 AIAS Forum in Nashville, Tennessee.
Samantha Raburn, who received her master’s degree in architecture from Tech in 2014, was awarded the Chapter President of the Year award, recognizing one of over 180 chapter presidents for his or her outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to the consistent growth and development of the AIAS at his or her school.

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