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March 28th, 2015

Tech part of White House initiative

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Louisiana Tech University is among more than 120 U.S. universities who are leading a transformative movement in engineering education that was announced recently at the White House.

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Debate sparks political interest

Two political science professors debated on whether or not political decisions should be made by markets and whether markets should be controlled by political decisions.
Michael Munger, professor of political science at Duke University, and James Stoner, professor of political science at Louisiana State University, participated in Louisiana Tech University’s Waggoner Center for Civic Engagement and Public Policy on Thursday.

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Man’s best friend is always needed

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Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog.
— Charles F. Duran
This week we will welcome another member to our family —  a white German Shepherd puppy.
While my track record with pups hasn’t been the greatest it isn’t because I don’t love them or that I don’t care.
Sometimes there are unforeseen instances that just cannot be helped no matter how much you try.
In 2014, my mother learned that Sadie, my Welsh Corgi, that lived with me while I was in college and when my husband and I first got married, had lymphoma.

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Students participate in Jump Rope for Heart

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Third Grade News
Ruston Elementary third Grade students have finished the PARCC tests and celebrated with a Dance Party in the Library. In reading students are finishing up the “Because of Winn Dixie,” relating the unique friendships of the characters with others they are reading as well.
We’re finishing up Module 4 in Math on area, then on to Module 5 with fractions. In science we’ll begin simple machines, then the human body; while in social studies we’ll begin LA regions and early settlers. The rain and no recess has us all looking forward to the Spring Break next week.

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Students join You Be the Chemist competition

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Thirteen Lincoln Parish students will take their knowledge of chemistry to Baton Rouge in April as they advance to the state-level “You Be the Chemist” competition.
More than 200 Lincoln Parish students in grades fifth through eighth participated in the national qualifying exam that was administered in February with roughly one-quarter of those attaining a score that allowed them to participate in the local competition. From those qualifiers, 31 students gathered to compete in the district’s first local challenge hosted by Lincoln ACHIEVE as part of its growing STEM menu of opportunities.

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Rachel Barr: World Slam superstar

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When it comes to challenges, 19-year-old Rachel Barr of West Monroe, then a high school senior, reached for a mark that was almost otherworldly. She set out with a goal very few have attempted and fewer still have accomplished.
Her mission? Take a World Slam of wild turkeys. That in and of itself would be quite a feat, but she added a kicker to her challenge.
“I wanted to take the World Slam with my bow before finishing high school,” Barr said.

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Sunday Movie Review

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About a year ago, I wrote in my review of “Divergent” that I didn’t consider it a knockoff of “The Hunger Games.” I now feel the need to tweak that stance. Calling the series a full-blown knockoff might be a bit harsh, but the similarities are too numerous to ignore.

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Tech faculty present, student honored at national conference

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Louisiana Tech University kinesiology faculty Jean Chen, Ali Brian and C. Smiley Reeves were invited to present research posters at last week’s 2015 Society of Health and Physical Educators America’s National Convention and Expo in Seattle, Washington.

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Sunny days a welcomed sight

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It wouldn’t be fair after all the griping I’ve done about the weather not to mention that we are finally having some sunny days. As I sit here by my big double windows, I’m having to adjust the blinds, the sun is so bright here where I’m trying to write.

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Orrs to celebrate 70 years

Virgil and Myrtis Orr, of Ruston, were married April 13, 1945.
The couple will celebrate 70 years of marriage from 2-3 p.m. April 4 at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, located at 801 W. Alabama Ave.
The couple has two daughters Ginny Orr Rice and Marilyn Orr Hyams.
They have four grandchildren — Ronald Weiland, Brian Weiland, Toni Hyams Crawford and Daniel Hyams. They have eight great-grandchildren.

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