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April 24th, 2009

Reneau reveals possible damage

Legislators convene for the annual session Monday.
“I really hope we quit meeting this way,” said Reneau, who has spoken to the University Senate several times since budget problems began.
Reneau was blunt as he described plans to eliminate 98 jobs, of which four are filled faculty jobs and 29 are filled classified and unclassified positions. After some concerned questions from the faculty, he said the cuts will come from research areas before academic ones — in keeping with earlier comments that classroom functions should be least affected by budget cuts.

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Reneau’s steady guide

Faculty pick up on the feeling that Reneau has been working hard, long hours and staying awake at night worrying about not only the state of his university as a whole, but worrying over the individuals who will feel this cut the most.
Volunteering to teach classes, volunteering to take the biggest salary reduction and the longest furlough, Reneau is showing leadership. That’s another one of those priceless commodities that is just easy to recognize when it stares you in the face.

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April 23rd

Choudrant, Creek teams advance

Dubach High (5-11-1) will meet up with Claiborne Christian in West Monroe Saturday starting at 4 p.m. Both teams, which are members of District 2-C, received byes in the first round.
Ruston High (16-15) had its season end with a 4-1 first-round loss to Chalmette in 5A.
Cedar Creek and Choudrant are the two highest seeded teams out of the parish, the Lady Cougars being No. 2 in its classification and the Lady Aggies No. 2 in their class.

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Cell phones, cars a bad mix

If, however, it were illegal to talk on a phone while driving and I knew I could end up paying a $100 fine if I got caught, that little cellular device would probably never leave my purse.
I could just picture myself trying to explain to an officer: “No sir, that was not a cell phone by my ear. That was my steel water bottle container. It just looks smaller and flatter from a distance.”
With the state legislative session starting next week, there’s a chance one of those scenarios could become a reality.

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Community marks losses

“The point of the display is not just to raise awareness but to provoke an emotional response and change behavior, such as getting a designated driver or not drinking at all,” said Addie Smith, coordinator of the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention.
The group teamed up with Louisiana Tech University Choices, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office to launch the display.

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Resolve the confusion in Grambling

Questionable expenses on the books must be investigated fully and expediently, and if found to be illegal or abusive, handled by law enforcement and our justice system.
More and more residents are becoming more and more tired of the media circus that has come to the small community. People living in Grambling are good, helpful and caring individuals who want the best for their community and are willing to speak out when they feel the best is not within their grasp.

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April 22nd

151 jobs could be eliminated

The state’s Legislature carries the ball from this point through the end of its annual session up to the approval of the new state budget and has the power to alter the plans. The state’s new budget year begins July 1.
Included in the plans to balance local university budgets are $1.4 million in cuts to GSU’s athletic programs, $1.34 million in trimming to research and development efforts at Tech and reductions in student services at both schools.
Academic support services, scholarships, public service, and other budget areas are on the table, as well.

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Techsters eager for next season

The Player of the Year in the conference, in fact, wouldn’t mind if the 2009-10 campaign tipped off next week.
“I wish we were playing already,” she said. “I’m excited about what we have coming back and the energy and intensity that we are going to bring to the next year.”

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Changes that cannot be undone

She stopped just short of pleading with the House committee to help derail the budget cut train. It’s pretty simple to see why.
Everything is on the table. As Clausen told members of the House, nothing can be skipped over in this kind of scenario, as painful as cuts to athletics, research, academics and student services can be.
Higher ed is obviously not alone. People from every area of state-funded endeavors are clamoring for the Legislature to preserve their support. Clausen and the system presidents are acutely aware of the competition they’ve entered into in that respect.

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Bradshaw wants Tech to have big aspirations

“Tech beat Alabama not that long ago, too. What I’m saying is that you’ve got to dream big and believe anything is possible.”
Bradshaw, who hosted the Tech fundraising tourney with country and western musician Kix Brooks for the fourth straight year at Squire Creek, had high praise for the continued upgrading of the football and athletics program.
“I believe we’re ahead of schedule,” said the quarterback of four Super Bowl titles while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I believe we’re right on track to accomplish great things. I am excited about the things that are happening at Tech.”

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