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April 5, 2013




The student voice of Louisiana Tech University

Number 19

Tech students battle robots

JOHN SADLER Staff Reporter Fans of TV shows like Battlebots and Robot Wars will be excited to learn that a robot fighting competition will be coming to Tech. The bracket-style tournament will pit the entrants robots together in one-on-one showdowns to see which one will be left in the ring. The event is a lot like the TV shows, said Hollis Scriber, one of the event coordinators. Its just less dangerous. Scriber, a junior electrical engineering major, said that the event is more along the lines of sumo wrestling than a deathmatch. The point is to push your opSCRIBER ponents robot out of the ring, he said. It is just a way to have fun. He said the competition is an attempt to bring something new to Tech. To my knowledge, we have not ever had anything like this here, Scriber said. We are trying to show people the fun side of robotics. Scriber said that he hopes this event becomes an annual occurrence. I dont know if it will be back next year, he said. But I really hope so. I think it can really help out people that want some hands-on experience with robotics. Hollis came up with idea with his friend Daniel Rhodes, a junior electrical engineering major, and the two will be serving as event coordinators. It started out as just a fun idea, Rhodes said. We just came up with it driving home from work one day, and the more we thought about, the better an idea it seemed.

Magician entertains Tech

SGA to bring new benches to campus


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Mike Super brings a Tech student on stage during an act where he created the illusion that the student burned his hand after holding a voodoo doll. DANIEL GETSINGER Staff Reporter
As the lights dimmed in Howard Auditorium, the sound of Journeys Dont Stop Believin blasted through the speakers and the crowd erupted in claps and song. Mike Super came to town to bring a little magic and showcase his talents as a magician. This is my second year coming to Tech, and Im so glad I got invited back to give everyone a little show and excitement, said Super. I was here two years ago, so this year I was able to bring a few new tricks with me. Super, winner of the NBC show Phenomenon, said he performed tricks such as the one that involved spirits as well as the one where he was able to shred a newspaper and magically put it back together. He said he performed a trick where he had three separate rings and connected them as if they were already one piece. Super said he has been interested in magic since he was a child. I actually became fascinated with magic after a trip I took to Disney World when I was a little boy, Super said. I went to a magic shop and saw an old man doing tricks, and after that I have always been intrigued by entertaining people with my magic. Presley Phillips, a junior psychology major, said she enjoyed the finale of the show and was impressed by Supers snow trick. My favorite part of the show was at the end when he made a sheet of paper turn into snow pouring out from his hands and how he related that to what his mother encouraged him to do by participating in magic, Phillips said. I thought that it would be a cool show, so I decided to attend because of my friends who wanted to see him as well as all of the advertisement from Union Board. At the end of the show, Super performed what he said was his favorite trick. He told the audience his mother was his inspiration to learn magic and that she loved the snow but it didnt snow often where he lived so he came up with a trick to impress her. Other students said they were impressed by the tricks Super had up his sleeve, such as his trick of proving voodoo is real magic and can work. ShaLacey Bertrand, a junior psychology major, said she became interested in Super because she is a magic fan as well. I find magic really interesting because I wrote a paper on optical illusions, so I felt like I could relate to a few of his tricks, Bertrand said. I enjoyed all of it but I would have to say the voodoo part of the show was my favorite part.

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New additions have become a trending topic at Tech and are beneficial to the campus and students alike. Techs Student Government Association passed a bill last week to place a new bench on campus near Tolliver. Ryan Willis, a sophomore music major, said he decided it would be a good idea to bring the new bench to Techs campus. I wanted to do something to make Tech better, and I thought it would be a good idea to put a new bench on campus, Willis said. I saw DEARMON people standing by Tolliver, so I figured that would be the best place to put it so students would not have to stand anymore. Willis also said he believed it would help Tech get a better appearance. I just felt any new additions to Techs campus would make it more appealing to people who come for tours and other events, Willis said. I want people to feel comfortable and welcome when they visit Tech. Other SGA members also felt the new bench would be a good way to better the view of Techs campus. Will Dearmon, SGA president, said he believed the new bill would give Tech more potential for gaining more students and helping alumni appreciate the campus. I was extremely pleased that the student senate of SGA passed this bench related bill, Dearmon said. I have been contacted by several students and administrators since the start of my

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Personal training gives Lambright help

DANIEL GETSINGER Staff Reporter When the going gets tough, there is always an extra hand that can be lent. Personal training is being offered in the Lambright Recreation and Fitness Center, and members of the fitness center think this is very convenient to Tech students. DeKeldric Walker, a senior geographic information systems major, said he believes it is good for students to stay in shape. It is motivational to students that want to work out because of having someone who knows what theyre doing holding you accountable, Walker said. I believe it is beneficial for incoming freshmen because it is a way for them to interact with other students through group workouts. Walker said he feels the tips offered are helpful for maintaining a persons health. The diet and weight loss tips are good for college students because of the unhealthy foods most students eat, Walker said. Other members of the staff said they believe the help received is a great way to promote healthy diets for students. Jessie Boswell, a junior kinesiology major, said she believes the discipline and flexibility of the trainers are important for students to understand. Having a personal trainer is a great way to keep you accountable, and it also promotes discipline, Boswell said. The schedules of the trainers are flexible, so students can work out around their school schedule. Boswell said he believes the weight assessments and discounts are beneficial to Tech students. Students can come in and take a weight assessment to see what their goals will be for losing weight, Boswell said. Tech students also receive a discount for using the personal trainers at the Lambright. Some Tech students agree this is a good service for the Lambright to provide.

Having a personal trainer is a great way to keep you accountable and it also promotes discipline.
JESSIE BOSWELL Fitness staff Brandon Donahue, a sophomore business management major, said he believes personal training is a great way for the Lambright to provide students

extra help in staying healthy and staying in shape. I just think its useful to have for those people who do need someone to push them and make them work out hard rather than being lazy, Donahue said. I havent ever used a personal trainer before, but I think its a great way to show people that working out can be fun and very beneficial at the same time. Donahue said he feels having the personal training service at the on-campus fitness center is very convenient. Now that the Lambright is growing, its nice to see extra developments such as personal training and other amenities of the gym, Donahue said. It makes not only the Lambright,

but Tech in general, look better to visitors, and shows them Tech can compete with anyone. Donahue said his family would be glad the fitness center offers tips for staying healthy. I know my parents would be pleased to know that I have people offering help while Im at Tech. Other students said they believe personal training is good because it encourages more students to work out and have healthier habits. Patrick Beatty, a sophomore accounting major, said he believes the new personal training will benefit the Lambright and help more students want to

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It is never too late to graduate

MELISSA GRAJEK Staff Reporter This is the first in a fourpart series on different students approaching graduation in May. Each student has a unique journey through college, and this series highlights four individuals who are approaching the end of their trek. Paul George, a senior general studies major, struggles, like most students, when it comes to college. Every day he drives over half an hour to campus, sits in the front row and turns on his tape recorder, ready for the lecture to begin. George, however, is not a traditional student. His degree has taken him more than the normal four years to earn, and he is concurrently enrolled in the MBA program. George stands out from the general college population because he is graduating this spring with his first bachelors degree at the age of 47. I worked in the petrol chemical industry, IMC Fertilizer Group, which became Coke Industries, until 1999, George said. Then, after 1999, I left them and went to work for Inland Fischer Guide Division of General Motors, and I stayed with them until the plant was closed down in 2007. Shortly after being laid off, at 39 years old, George enrolled for the first time as a student at Tech. Prior to that, I had tried to come to Tech part time, but my work schedule proved too

College of Business to host Bankers Day

The College of Business will host the annual William D. Tindol Bankers Day Wednesday featuring executives from local and regional banking institutions. The bankers will speak to economics and finance classes in the morning and a 2 p.m. session in 134 University Hall will feature two guest speakers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The Federal Reserve speakers will be Princeton Williams, senior economic education specialist, whose presentation is titled The Federal Reserve: Americans Central Bank, and Thomas F. Siems, senior economist and director of economic outreach, who will speak on The Economic Roller Coaster: Where Have We Been? And Where Are We Going? Lumpkin said Bankers Day is made possible through a donation of the William D. Tindol family to commemorate his long association with the banking industry. For more information, contact Debbie Van De Velde at (318)-257-3741 or

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Paul George seen here with other members of the Golden Key Honor Society in Nov. 2011. conflicting, George said. We worked shift work, so it was just too hard to come to class on a regular basis. George said he first visited the campus in 2005 with his son, Matthew, who was participating in the Region 2 Science Fair. I had no prior college experience, George said. [I had] never taken the ACT, SAT or anything, but my high school grades were high enough they gave me a try and Im glad they did. But George said college has not always been an easy journey, and often he had moments where he struggled with his decision to earn his degree. I would go to several faculty members along the way and say I dont know if this is right for me, and they would say Look at your grades. Dont quit. George said. The few times I did have doubts, thats what I would do, go to the faculty, and I never regretted it. George said his lack of mathematics in high school led to his struggle with the subject in college. When I came here, I was mathematically challenged, George said. But thats where the instructors came in and helped. In mathematics, I could not have done it without Stacy Potter. Potter, a professor in mathematics, said every quarter she encourages her students to ask questions in class and visit her during office hours if extra assistance is needed. Paul was in my office almost every day, Potter said. He had the want to do well in class. Ernest Rufleth, an English professor at Tech, said nontraditional students in general have a different approach to the classroom than the typical college student might. Non-traditional students tend to separate themselves from the social group of the classroom, Rufleth said. They put their education first, not socialization. George said in Rufleths classes, and most of his other courses, he prefers to sit in the front row. No matter what class Im in, I like to sit in the front row, George said. My wife will ask me, How many people are in the class? and Ill tell her I

Space Jam comes to Tech Jumbotron

The live action/animated comedy Space Jam will be played at 7 p.m. Tuesday, on the Jumbotron at Joe Aillet Stadium. The 1996 film stars Michael Jordan as he helps Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes in a basketball tournament against a race of aliens who plan to enslave the Looney Toons. The film also stars Bill Murray (Ghostbusters) and Wayne Knight (3rd Rock From the Sun). Attendees are welcome to view from the stands or the field. Concessions will be available. The movie is free to Tech students. For more information call the Union Board Office at (318) 257-4237.

dont know; I dont ever look behind me because I am always looking forward. Along with the help and support of his professors and his campus family, George said his friends and family at home have encouraged him every step of the way. He said a longtime friend from church and Tech graduate, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, explained college perfectly. He told me, Its an endurance test, George said. Thats why I am going for an advanced degree; I dont want to be left behind anymore. I would love to have a PhD one day.

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TLC helping create new leaders

BLAKE BOLIN Staff Reporter Each year a new group of freshmen arrive on Techs campus, new to the college life and all college has to offer; however, there is a course at Tech that is working to help these freshmen. Tech Leadership Council gives freshmen an opportunity to become familiar with what Tech has to offer and how to become a leader on campus, said Barry Morales, director of student developement. Each winter Morales said he interviews prospective students for the class known as TLC to determine which students will be admitted into the winter workshop. The goal of TLC is to take the best and brightest freshmen we have coming into the university and provide those students with the opportunity for leadership development, Morales said. After the interview process students participate in a workshop throughout winter quarter before they receive admission into TLC, Morales said. With the spring starting up, the class is filled and eager to begin learning and implementing new leadership skills, Morales said. We currently have 19 students who made it through the

Career Center offers LinkedIn workshop

The Career Center will conduct a LinkedIn workshop at 4 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of Keeny Hall. Organizers said LinkedIn is a useful resource for those looking to gain an edge while they network and search for internships or entry-level jobs. While it is easy to create an account, most new users find themselves stuck as they consider what to do next once they have set up their profile. The staff of the Career Center will cover how to leverage the power of the 150 million professionals representing 150 industries who are already a part of LinkedIn. One will walk away with a practical understanding of the etiquette expected within the space of LinkedIn, how to use it to build an online presence, create professional network and uncover new contacts. For more information, contact Ron Cathey, director of the Career Center, at (318) 2572488 or at

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TLC members showing Bulldog pride at their team-building retreat at the outdoor wilderness learning center.

workshop, and we are now beginning to teach them leadership development and leadership theory, Morales said. Dillon Miller, a junior mathematics major, said he participated in TLC last spring and he is now the TLC director. TLC offers people leadership skills and helps them get involved in other organizations across Techs campus, Miller said. It is like a catalyst to other organizations.

Morales said TLC helps not only develop leadership skills, but also allows students to see what is available on campus and how they can get involved. TLC makes students aware of what organizations are available on campus, Morales said. Many first-year students come in not knowing what is even available on campus, and TLC allows them to meet advisers and students from a wide range

of organizations across campus. Jessi Fitts, a junior psychology major, said she is a former TLC member who is working with this years class. Our main thing for them is to figure out what kind of leader they are, based on personality tests, Fitts said. We teach them to interact with different personality types that are either the same or different from their own.

The leadership skills learned in TLC will be used by students throughout their college careers, Morales said. I have seen TLC make people much more confident, he said. A lot of students have the potential to be great leaders, but they just do not know how to utilize their skills to lead. That is the goal of TLC, to work on those skills and develop them so they can become leaders. Fitts said she used TLC to branch out into other organizations and become more involved throughout campus. TLC got me a lot more involved on campus I met a lot more people, Fitts said. It introduced me to people highly involved in other organizations which helped me get into those organizations. Miller said he realized how TLC helped him become both informed and involved on Techs campus. TLC impacted me greatly; without it I would not have been involved with the Peer Leadership Council, Student Government Association and organizations like that, Miller said. TLC helped me get my foot in the door by learning about leadership and TLC allowed me to branch out.

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Support Theater students implement biomechanics shown for Tech museum

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PAUL HARRIS Staff Reporter More than 100 years of tradition is captured in Techs football museum in front of the Charles Wyly Athletic Center. The museum glorifies Techs achievements on the football field, as well as the stars who once played here. Former Tech quarterback Tim Rattay is proud to be immortalized in his alma maters football museum. It was a huge honor to be recognized as an AllAmerican, said Rattay, who received the honor in 1998. I couldnt have done it without the support of my teammates and coaches, though. Rattay said he holds multiple school records that are recognized throughout the museum. It was just the right time and the right opportunity, in terms of the coaching staff that was here, my teammates who were here, and we were able to accomplish some great things as a unit, Rattay said. It was a special time in my life, and Im fortunate those memories are preserved forever in our museum now. As a senior, Rattay said he set the school record for total offense with 4,943 yards and 46 touchdowns. These achievements are recognized in the museum, said Rattay. Our coach who was here then was ahead of his time pertaining to passing concepts, so we threw it 40-50 times a game, which enabled us to put up big numbers, said Rattay. Other Tech legends are depicted in murals painted within the museum, including Terry Bradshaw, former Tech quarterback and four-time Super Bowl Champion. When you see those rings it really brings to life what Bradshaw was able to accomplish, said Rattay about Bradshaws Super Bowl rings. He was a special player, and its an honor to say I played at the same school as him. Skip Holtz, Tech football head coach, said he is impressed with the way the museum preserves the history of Tech football. It preserves our history, and I think thats a huge part of this program, Holtz said. I think its critical to help people understand where we have been and the great accomplishments people have had here in past times. Holtz believes the football museum plays a positive role in recruiting for new players to attend Tech. When you walk through the museum it gives a visual to the great history and traditions that have been built here, Holtz said. I believe its a great footprint for young people to walk in to see people before them who have gone on to achieve great things, not only at Tech, but once they left as well. Kylin Thomas, current freshman wide receiver, said Tech players take pride in having a museum to preserve and recognize their accomplishments. My first time seeing the museum I was somewhat in awe, knowing that I am now part of a program that has had Hall of Fame players involved in it, Thomas said. Thomas said the museum is organized in a way that makes people drop their jaws when gazing at it. The first time I went, I spent at least 30 minutes there just observing everything the museum presents to you, Thomas said. Theres so many awards and plaques to look at. They even have one of Terry Bradshaws jerseys in there. Dave Clark, a recent Tech cornerback, said he urges students to visit the museum to realize the tradition that has stepped foot on campus. A lot of people dont even know the great players that have attended this school, Clark said. The museum does a great job of glorifying the accomplishments that so many great athletes have had here wearing the blue and red.

Nigel Poulton walks onto the center of the stage and is quietly surrounded by others. As the speaker system plays an Eastern European violin melody, the group begins to move into outlandish positions. This is an example of biomechanics, a system of theatrical movement, is a way to connect movement to emotion, said Poulton, the director for the upcoming play The Suicide. The students will get a lot of value out of being exposed to this system, he said. It is very rare. Poulton said Tech wanted to give theater students access to things they might not have come into contact with. They get some really good training in this system, he said. The play will be dynamic, interesting and different. Sarah Flanagan, a first-year theater graduate student, said the biomechanics system sets this play apart from what most audiences might have seen. The system is about finding ways to take the guesswork out of acting, she said. Instead, we try to find ways to make it a repeatable process. Flanagan said that the system makes the play something new to most theater audiences. You might not be able to compare this to something youve seen before, she said. Its a good opportunity to see a style of acting that doesnt get publicized. This repeatable process is an exerting method, said Stephanie Hart, a first-year theater graduate student. Its a very physical and external form of acting, she said. It strengthens and conditions

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Tech theater students practice using biomechanics, which is a system of theatrical movements that connect movement to emotion.

the performers. She said the biomechanics system improves the performance of the actors. It solidifies the performers unity, she said. Were listening. Were more aware of each other. Hart said this system makes the play more interesting, especially for performers who havent worked with it before. Im enjoying it very much, she said. Im out of my comfort zone, and I like it. We need that kind of exposure to grow. Mark McGinly, a first-year theater graduate student, said

biomechanics helps growth because it helps the performers develop focus. Focus separates a decent production from an excellent production, he said. Biomechanics helps focus your attention on moving precisely. McGinly said the biomechanics approach to acting is the opposite of the method approach to acting popularized by Constantin Stanislavski, a Russian actor and theater director. Stanislavskis method was to draw physical movements from your emotions, he said. Biomechanics draws emo-

tions from physical movement. Rowan Johnson, a first-year theater graduate student, said she was drawn to the production because of the biomechanics aspect. Understanding that it was going to be a movement-based production is what drew me in, said Johnson, who will be serving as assistant director for the play. Johnson said she has studied different forms of theatrical movement in Europe, so she has had experience with biomechanics before. Ive had my fingers in many

different things, but I havent had myself dedicated to one path, she said. I hope to use Nigels dedication to biomechanics as inspiration in my own life. Johnson said the system is useful for performances in an educational setting. Most of these students have never had the opportunity to study in a movement system before, she said. It gives the ability to focus, and a structure in which to play.

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get in shape. Having personal training basically in your back yard would definitely make me want to work out to be healthier, Beatty said. I hope people do take advantage of the opportunity because I never thought Tech would have something like this. Beatty said he feels students should be more aware of their health and want to maintain a better lifestyle. I think most students at Tech want to work out but choose not to because of the time it takes and the wear it causes on their bodies, Beatty said. Having a personal trainer keeps you more focused on your health and how much you work out, rather than going once a month and quitting because of how hard it is.

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DeKeldric Walker, a senior GIS major and a worker at Maxie Lambright Intramurel, said personal trainers are a great way for students to keep in shape.

Things made easier for foreign students

KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter In a quiet conference room in University Hall, a student sits concentrating on the next big venture. Anthony Tchakounte, a sophomore finance major, is the brains behind Whats Next. Whats Next? is going to be big, Tchakounte said. Whats Next? is a consulting firm specializing in connecting universities to prospective international students and offering numerous services to both students and universities, he said. He started working on the project last April. I started by sending letters to more than 25 high schools in Cameroon on behalf of Tech, discussing the opportunities they have to offer students over here, Tchakounte said. After receiving several responses from the schools, Tchakounte said he came up with the idea to create a database. He said the idea came from a personal experience. When I graduated from high school, I found it extremely difficult to choose a college in the USA, he said. For two years, I faced many challenges. The challenges Tchakounte faced are those many high school graduates are familiar with; however, in the U. S. ternational Student Office; Dave Norstudents have the resources available ris, director of the Enterprise Center; to help steer the process ahead. Shane Puckett, speech professor; I didnt know who to contact for Debbi Inman, and Gene Trammell help, which institutions to apply to have helped to turn Tchakountes and what it took to be admitted into plans into a reality. those universities, Tchakounte said. Mr. Erickson has been giving me So I thought of a his unconditional way I could help assistance since the those back home beginning of this who now encounter project, Tchakounte the same problems said. Dr. Norris and I did. My aim is to connect Mrs. Debbi Inman In addition, have also helped by Tchakounte said students with opporguiding me through there are many stu- tunities at this univerthe Bulldog Venture dents in Cameroon Program, and Puckwho have the financ- sity while also conett and Trammell are es to advance their necting the university my mentors. education at univerTchakounte said sities in the U.S.; they with the talents each the statistics show just need someone student has to offer. creating businesses or something to help of this magnitude with the process of will not only help ANTHONY TCHAKOUNTE getting here. students to attend My aim is to Sophomore finance major college in the U.S. connect students but it will also boost with opportunities the economy. at this university while also connectLast year more than 700,000 stuing the university with the talents each dents came to the U. S. for school, student has to offer, he said. spending over $10 billion, TchakAlthough Tchakounte came up ounte said. with the idea, he has been assisted Even though the database will not by several university directors and be available for use until mid-summer, professors in the development of this there are several international stuventure. dents who are happy that there will be Dan Erickson, director of the In- something to help current high school students when applying for school abroad. Victoria Christiane Olinga, a Cameroon native, said the lack of agencies back home makes Tchakountes venture a good concept. As a freshman, I recently had a difficult time applying to U.S. schools, Olinga said. There are no agencies in Cameroon that link the student to the university, so I had to do most of my research myself. Similar to Olinga, Jean Pierre, from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, said he is pleased about the creation of such a helpful tool. The sophomore accounting major said the database would be a benefit to the people of St. Lucia. This is a great idea because we have a lot of people back in St. Lucia who are interested in attending school in the U.S., but they dont know the procedures to take, he said. A degree from a school overseas is more recognizable than a degree from those within the country. Pierre also said this journey to Tech was easy, because he had friends who were students here so they assisted him in the admission process. If I didnt know anyone attending school here I probably wouldnt have came to the States, Pierre said.

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Ruston holds hidden treasure
Im so ready to get out of Ruston; theres nothing to do here, or Im so bored; I wish I lived in a big city, are phrases all too often heard around our quaint campus. Before I get too far into this, let me step off of my high horse and say I used to echo those exact quotes. That was before I knew. Ruston has had a treasure practically in my backyard, this whole time, and I have just found out about it three years after moving here. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you all the hidden escape dubbed Lincoln Parish Park. The first time I went was three days ago. The second time I went was two days ago. The third time I went was today. The lush hills located on Highway 167 about 5 miles from our beloved university has quite frankly become my new addiction. Today I decided to go ahead and foot the bill for the $40 season pass, knowing it would soon pay for itself. I cannot believe I used to think there was nothing to do, and I have done something different every day for the past three days at the park. From bike riding on the trails, to catching rays on the dock, to walking around in the woods, Lincoln Parish Park is not short on activities. As a matter of fact, there is plenty of room for activities. While biking around the pond, I saw several other people who had already discovered Lincoln Parish Park. There were elderly men fishing, and middle-aged women walking their dogs. Families were taking pictures and grilling burgers. These people appreciated what was hidden away in the piney hills of North Central Louisiana. I know, I know, youre probably thinking, yeah thats cool, but it is sort of counterintuitive when used as an argument to someone saying they want to move to a big city. Sure the park does not have a big shopping mall hidden in its woods, but there is more to it than that. Trust me, if you know me at all that should be grounds to nix that argument. I am by no means in touch with my inner Bear Grylls. I can still remember the booklet I got at orientation. It had a bucket list of things to do while in college. At the time it seemed laughable that Lincoln Parish Park was somewhere they thought I should visit. Look at me now. The next time you find yourself complaining about how there is nothing to do in this small town, i reccomend you take a trip to the park. Believe me, its worth the $2.


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Makers mark
MOLLY BOWMAN Senior News Editor there still is that lingering concept that women are inferior to men. Most women might not be as physically strong as men, but they are equal in terms of capability. The documentary called Makers is something I feel all men and women should take the time to watch. It gives a thorough account of some of the women who made America and asserted their rights and have made a positive impact on this nation in terms of equality for women over the years. These makers tell the story of breaking the mold of being traditional homemakers and how they have opened avenues for development in all areas of society and the workplace for women. Some of these women, including Gloria Steinem, Sandra Day OConnor, Ellen Degeneres and Hillary Clinton, have participated in the different decades of the womens movement and have campaigned for womens rights and the opportunities that we are able to experience today. Without women like these and their efforts, we wouldnt be able to take advantage of simple things such as a women becoming the CEO of a company. In the documentary, Steinem said the most common reaction to the womens movement was ridicule and it took a long time for it to be taken seriously enough to be opposed. This didnt stop these makers from their tireless efforts as activists. They had the drive and determination to prove to society that women are equal to men. In addition to the disapproving attitude most men had for the movement, even some women discredited the feminist movement in the 1960s when Betty Friedan wrote a book titled The Feminine Mystique. This book discusses the lives of many homemakers throughout the country who were not satisfied with their traditional roles as wives and mothers. Some women saw this as a slap in the face because they were content with their traditional roles while others saw it as an opening to do something more with their lives, knowing they werent the only women dissatisfied with their current situation. This book sparked a new wave of womens rights and helped propel the crusade for the movement. Watching this documentary helped me realize that part of my role as a woman, and for all women, is to be a maker. Every woman has the potential to make an impact on this nation whether its large or small by the way we live our lives. We cant just live our lives idly if we want change. These makers have blazed the trail for us and we must continue the effort with one thing in mind: to act now.

hat does it really mean to be a woman? When it comes to defining this term, there are positive and negative implications in association with women and how they are portrayed. Some people think of beauty and intelligence, while others might think of weakness and inferiority. These opinions can come from how people were raised and also by societal influences that have swayed their views and beliefs. For decades women have faced discrimination in the workplace and have been burdened with the belief that men are superior to women. Women still face a lot of discrimination today, despite the measures that have been taken to put them on a level playing field with men. Although men and women are equal in many ways,

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t is the same routine year after year. Summer is just too hot. Nature wilts in the fall. Winter is simply cold and dark. But spring is happy. There is much to enjoy about every time of year, but it seems as though people are more pleasant in the spring. In most cases, seasonal affective disorder (depression) symptoms seem to appear during late fall or early winter, the colder seasons, and disappear more during the sunnier days of spring and summer, said the Mayo Clinic website. Even Tech participates in the jolly mood of spring as we plant tulips in the quad at the start of every spring. The beautiful colors of the flowers and cheery smiles of the students make Tech the ideal place to be in the spring. Throughout the long, break-filled winter quarter, students become lethargic and gloomy because the quarter drags on for what seems like eternity. Therefore, students tend to be burnt out and are in dire need of sunny weather in order to push through the spring quarter. Techs efforts to create a spring atmosphere are quite evident across campus; however, the logic of seasonal depression can be easily proven wrong in Louisiana. There is pollen everywhere and it poses a problem for many. One in every five people in the United States has allergy or asthma symptoms, according to WebMD. The Mayo Clinic website said that people tend to enjoy life more in the spring, but that is not particularly the case in the South. Spring may bring flowers of all colors of the rainbow, but one of the most irritating things in the world pollen piggybacks on every bloom. Because of pollen in the spring, there is no such thing as a clean car or a completely well body. It not only lands and sticks to everything, but it also causes non-stop sniffles and sneezing. Heck, most people cannot go outside to enjoy the fresh air. Pollen causes sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy throat and cough. The website clarifies that we should not hate the flowers because they have to reproduce, but the sickness severely affects individuals opinions of spring. WebMD said, Its a lot like a cold, plus a sore throat and hoarseness, and you usually get it like clockwork when the plants that make the pollen that bother you are blooming. People are under the weather throughout the winter season, and just when they think they are free from the colds wrath, the springs pollen attacks, making things even worse. The pollen pain could easily lead to a whole new round of depression. Yes, there is such a thing as spring and summer seasonal affective disorder, including the symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, irritability, agitation, weight loss and poor appetite, according to the Mayo Clinic website. If the experts are correct, there is really no time to be happy. It is strictly up to us to create our own happiness and not depend on the seasons to decide our mood for us. So remember to start every day with a smile, no


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RANEY JOHNSON Multimedia Editor rom the ages 3 to 13 I attended a predominately black private school. My time at the school was marked by absolutely no consideration of shame of my color. Eventually, the school closed, and I had to go to public school with children of different races. It was at this new public middle school that I first learned about racism with such new such as token and whitest black kid among other racial labels. There was one thing I did not understand about race though, To the black kids, I was too white to be accepted as black, and to the white kids, though I acted white, because of my skin color, I could never truly be white. Year after year I found myself being classified in all sorts of racial categories and learning new stereotypes. It still makes me cringe to this day having to remember those looks of guilt, awkward smiles and weird apologies whenever I was looked at by a member of the opposite race when the Nword (ending in a or er) happened to slip out their mouths. This took me on a journey searching for the answer to end racism. The conclusion was: There is no answer, but something I came across pushed me closer to a solution. A groundbreaking experiment conducted by husband and wife psychologists Kenneth and Mamie Clark in 1939 gave AfricanAmerican children the choice between two dolls. The two dolls were identical except for one being black and the other white. The children were asked multiple questions such as which doll is the good doll and which is the bad doll. The majority chose the white doll as the good one and the black doll as the bad one. The study concluded that segregation caused black children to feel inferior to white children. This landmark study laid the foundation for arguments in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, Supreme Court case that began the long road to the desegregation of public schools. Since 1939 this study has been replicated by Good Morning America and can be seen on YouTube with many of the same results as the original experiment. I accepted the outcome of the experiment in the past as normal, but for the experiment to have the same conclusion today is just upsetting. The image of my little nieces believing their little white doll was more beautiful than their black doll was a painful thought. Then there was the realization of the true-life implications of the experiment from the memories of the times I felt ashamed of my own skin color and the stereotypes associated with it because of racism. The times I did not eat watermelon because I thought maybe a white person would look and say how typical. The times I looked at members of my own race with disgust and condemnation because of the way they talked and dressed. I at one time became ashamed of the whole black culture and its past. Then I realized I had fallen into the trap, the trap of believing there was anything even truly known as race. Race became to me a myth created by people to make a certain group feel horrible about themselves or different. Scholars today disagree about whether there is even any scientific validity to the concept known as race. Some suggest the word came into existence as a result of slavery becoming a big business in the 14th century. The word race did not exist before then. The oppressive concept of race was the very thing affecting all those little children who took part in the doll test --- and me. My journey for a solution is over. Racism is a form of mental abuse. Here is a metaphor for it: Racism is a spouse who makes the other spouse feel worthless from years of mental abuse. We are all children of the abusive relationship started by race, and we will carry the weight of it for a long time until someone answers it with reason, love -- or something.

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The 30-year evolution of famous choreography
As a dance instructor, Maggio teaches dance moves that celebrities have popularized. Madonna made Voguing a dance craze when she performed it in the 90s, she said. It was created by Willie Ninja and used as a way to compete during fashion shows by the gay community. Like Jacksons and Madonnas, several of todays dances come from yesterdays style with a twist. Over the past 20 years, there has been a line fad including the Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle and recently the Wobble and Gangnam Style that are all an ode to The Hustle, Maggio said. The Hustle was a step dance where you would make steps to the left, then right and turn, Maggio said. It was the original line dance. She said dance is a hand-medown art, where dancers take something old and add on to it, making it new again. Choreographers of today have to pull from dances of yesterday and add that pop, Maggio said. Maggio said pop is what made the moonwalk so famous. Michael added flare with his presentation, she said. That black sequined jacket, short pants, white socks and single sparkled glove brought the performance to life. Maggio said since that March night, there have been several dance crazes to come and go. The 90s gave way to the running man, a hopping or sliding step done at a fast pace KAAMILYA SALAAM Staff Reporter Thirty years ago on March 25, 1983, a stylized backward slide sent the world into a craze. Michael Jacksons Moonwalk performance at Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever captured the attention of the world. As Michael Jacksons signature move and one of the most well-known dance techniques in the world, the moonwalk has led to many dance crazes, but its origin came from another famous dancer. Beverly Maggio, a kinesiology instructor, said Jacksons moonwalk came from Bill Baileys 1955 backslide performance. Michael just gave it notoriety, she said. He perfected that move, made it smoother and became the king of the moonwalk. to simulate a runner, popularized by Janet Jackson during her Rhythm Nation movement and MC Hammers U Cant Touch This. That decade also produced a phenomenon with the Macarena dance; the Macarena was a Spanish song by Los del Rio. Maggio said accompanying a new dance with a song helps to make the artist and dance a hit. Dance and music are allies, she said. Maggio also said dance trends now are popular only with the help of songs. The 2000s led to many dance inspired songs like Harlem Shake, Chicken Noodle Soup, Crank That Soulja Boy, My Dougie and Teach Me How to Dougie. Crank That Soulja Boy went on to become a No. 1 hit, being the first song to sell 3 million digital copies in the U.S. The Dougie, like many before, inspired other dances like Californias Jerkin and Cat Daddy. Maggio said as dance continues to evolve with recent fads like Twerkin and the Harlem Shake, dance crazes will reemerge. Dances change only to remain the same, Maggio said. Dances change as people use them.

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Michael Jacksons Moonwalk celebrated its 30th year on March 25. Many popular dance crazes have followed in the years since, including the Harlem Shake (above left) performed by Matt and Kim, and the Macerena (above right) performed by Los del Rio.

Childhood celebrities committing todays felonies

CODY SEXTON Staff Reporter Society, it would appear, is never at a loss for Hollywood stars falling in a downward spiral. Many of which are former childhood stars. What were once bright-eyed and adorable children on popular shows and movies have become more popularly identified by their mug shots. When Haley Joel Osment is not being charged with drinking and driving, Lindsay Lohan is building up a rap sheet as long as her resume. Most recently, Amanda Bynes has joined the ranks of former childhood stars gone bad. Bynes, who gained popularity from the Nickelodeon program The Amanda Show, started having problems in early 2012, with charges that included a DUI and a hit-andrun, and things have not gotten better since. R e c e n t l y, she has taken her antics to the social networking site Twitter, where she has been tweeting pictures of herself in revealing clothing and making sexual comments toward other celebrities. Most notably were her tweets to rapper Drake. Some sympathize with childhood stars like Bynes and believe their childhoods can be extremely taxing. Paula Rae Brown, a senior theater major, said all the mistakes that childhood stars make in their youth do not go without public scrutiny. They have to worry about the media highlighting all the mistakes they make that we were allowed to make as children without being criticized, Brown said. Brown, who has been competing in pageants since she was 5 and performing in plays since she was 8, said these children are expected to carry the responsibilities of an adult without an adults mentality. I cant imagine how it must be to be a kid eating lunch in public and constantly having a cell phone in my face with people taking pictures, she said. Bynes and Osment are not the only former child stars to be caught in a scandal. Since 2006, Lindsay Lohan has made multiple headlines for her stints in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. Before Lohan, others like Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin made headlines for the same charges. Some think this behavior is a form of rebellion from the life the former stars once had. Alicia Goodman, a theater graduate student, said she thinks the way a child gets into the entertainment business plays a role. It depends on whether parents force a child to act or if the child wants to do it on their own, Goodman said. If the child is forced to go to auditions, and they do not want to, then their acting out as an adult can be their way of needing to break free and do their own thing. Goodman, who has been acting in plays since she was 7, said she enjoys acting, but did not want to be on television. I prefer the stage and getting an immediate response from a crowd instead of recording in front of a camera, she said. Goodman also pointed

out that not all childhood stars grow up to be troubled adults. Raven Symone was on the Cosby Show at a really young age, and she turned out fine, she said. However, for former child stars who became troubled adults, those who watched these stars while growing up find it unfortunate to see them head down dangerous paths. The former child stars of this generation seem to be following in the same footsteps of celebrities before them who met tragic ends.

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ing college. This event is open to Rhodes said that one of everybody, Rhodes said. his regrets was not being able Were trying to bring in and to compete in the event. unite different majors. Were I dont really think I should even trying to bring in some be competing and be behind local high school students. the judges table, Rhodes The event is also attractsaid. It would just ing some backers, be a conflict of inRhodes said. terest, and The Air Force want it to be fair. has offered $500 to Their original the first-place winidea of an event ner, he said. They that was more are getting back to along the lines of us about prizes for a demolition derby the second- and was vetoed for inthird-place winsurance reasons, ners. said Rhodes. One person RHODES We had to kind hoping to bring of rethink it, he home the $500 said. We arent trying to prize is Hudson Smith, a sekill anybody. There wont be nior electrical engineering saws or open flames. major. The event is sponsored I am debating on whether by the Institute for Electrical or not to go for a head-on apand Electronic Engineers, an proach, or use some deceit, organization that has normal- Smith said. But, of course I ly stayed within the engineer- cant tell you all my secrets.

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Smith said that the contest will be difficult, and that there are some people competing who he is anxious about. I dont think that Im just going to go in and cream everybody, he said. Im going to have to work pretty hard to be ready for the contest to begin with. Smith said that this event will be helpful to people who would like to hone their skills in robotics. It takes all this programming, all this stuff youve learned, and brings it into the real world, he said. You cant just go out and buy a robot; youve got to build one. The prize money is another incentive for people to compete, Smith said. If youre at all interested in winning money, you should go, he said. Besides that, its just going to be awesome.

Dearmon said he is hopeful Solution: the new bench will give students other places to locate themterm asking if, and will, SGA selves on campus. By providing them a new add more benches to our campus. I can now happily inform bench, I hope students will be them that SGA has heard and encouraged to redefine how and where they answered their respend their time on quest. campus, Dearmon Dearmon also said said. he saw the location Other students of the bench would also agreed that be more beneficial to a new addition to Tolliver and its faciliTechs campus was ties. needed. By placing the Allison East, SGA bench by Tolliver, I vice president, said hope more students she believes the loand administrators cation of the bench will become more atEAST will be helpful for tracted to the area, those students who Dearmon said. As choose to sit rather our alumni brick walkway continues to grow, I can see an than stand. Im excited our senators are increase in interest and time doing such great work, East spent on this side of campus.


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said. Placing a bench by Tolliver is a great idea, and I think that it would be beneficial to Tech students. East said she has noticed a number of students who stand by Tolliver and believes the bench will give students a place to relax. I see tons of students standing in that area, and I hope now with a new bench there it will give them a place to sit, East said. It also adds to the beauty of Techs campus and will hopefully make it more appealing to students and visitors. The more additions we gain at Tech the better our campus will be, East said. Im glad members of SGA are working hard to give students the things they need.

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Bertrand said she was impressed that Supers voodoo appeared to be real and she feels magic is a great hobby to have. I couldnt believe the voodoo trick actually worked on the guy who volunteered and the fact that when the dolls hands were lit on fire the guy could actually feel his hands getting warmer, Bertrand said. I believe magic is a great hobby because not every trick is the same and its a great way to perform and show your personality to an audience. The Union Board members said they were also proud to say they brought an amazing show to Tech students. Kevin Richardson, a freshman marketing major, said he was glad Union Board decided to bring Super back for a second performance. We had him a few years

ago, and we decided it would I was always told to be what be a good idea to get him back I wanted to be, and I would enand bring a good show to the courage everyone to do what students, Richardson said. makes them happy, Super said. He is a huge If youre not crowd pleaser happy with and gets them what youre interacted in doing there is almost all of no point in dothe tricks he I enjoyed all of it, ing it. performs. Super said Richardson but I would have to he feels that said he becollege is an lieves this is a say the voodoo part experience great way to of the show way my that is supshow people posed to help what all Union favorite part . students find Board has goout what they ing on throughwant to do in out the quarter. Shalacey Bertrand life. This is a junior pschology major College is great way for Science Major all about findus to get our ing your way, name out there he said. I enand let students know the fun courage students to be what you things that we present, Rich- want to be and never let anyone ardson said. or anything stand in your way. Super said he wants people to follow their dreams no matter Email comments to what they may be.




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Mandy and the kids spend their evenings taking walks around the campus and catching some fresh air.

The family has cut down on their lifestyle since they moved to Tech. Mark is financing his education with the help of student loans and the stipend he earns at the Residential Life Office

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Mark built a playground for Callan and Jack in the fenced courtyard behind Harper.


Stenberg family thrives on campus

walks around campus and catching fresh air. Jack and Callen also have another baby brother, Bennett Stenberg, who was born on Jan. 28. Mandy said she is originally from Tallulah, and is a psychology graduate from Tech. Mandys husband, Mark Stenberg, originally from Iowa, works as a graduate assistant in the Residential Life Office and is an accounting graduate student at Tech. His job comes with the three-bedroom and twobathroom apartment his family currently lives in, which is located inside Harper Hall on campus. I go to school only a 5-minute walk away, Mark said. Coincidentally, Mandy said she worked as an RA and hall director in Harper before graduating from Tech in 1994, when the apartment they reside in now belonged to the director of housing. It is very surreal because I was a student here, Mandy said. At the same time, it is very fun and I feel safe. Mark said he met Mandy in 2005 and married her in 2006. Mark said he worked for his familys construction company and moved into his dream home with Mandy, but later decided to make another drastic change in his life and pursue a full-time degree, which is why he moved to Ruston with his family. From the perspective of someone looking from the outside, it would probably appear to be not dramatic, Mark said. But from my perspective, the entire world changed. Mandy said she is proud of the example Mark is setting for the kids by doing what the family needs. I was ready for the challenge, Mandy said. Since August 2012, Mandy said the family has been living in Harper because it is closer to Tallulah, where Mandys father lives. The apartment is located on the northeast corner of Harper with a courtyard behind it. Mark said he built a play set for Callen and Jack in the fenced courtyard in front of the apartment entrance, which Callen calls his tree house. When Callen and Jack are not attending school twice a week, they can be found playing with their toys in the courtyard near their tree house. Mandy said her kids are very social, and there is never a shortage of people for them to chat with. While the family spends its time on Techs campus playing and learning, Mark said he is financing his education with the help of student loans and the stipend he earns at the Residential Life Office. Typically, I work and go to school during the day and eat lunch with the family at home, or in the cafeteria, Mark said. When I get home, my kids are excited to have some daddy time. We do an activity, eat dinner, and I help put them to bed. Mark said he does not start studying until 8 p.m., so it means many late nights for him. Although it is a tremendous challenge, Mark said he loves being at Tech and is having the time of his life. Mandy said she hopes all of her sons will go to Tech and be Bulldogs. I wouldnt have picked a better place for the kids to spend time in Ruston and on Techs campus, Mandy said. They get to see the value of higher education, and they have plenty of opportunity to run around and play.

When students walk past the Tech seal on a spring evening, they may hear the sound of a toy tractor roaring past them. Four-year-old Callen Stenberg is often seen riding his green battery-powered toy tractor, and following him close behind is his two-yearold brother, Jack Stenberg, on his bike. Mandy Stenberg, the mother of Jack and Callen, said she is always nearby keeping a watchful eye on them. People are really friendly toward the kids, Mandy said. Mandy and the children spend their evenings taking

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Hanna Wiesley, a teacher from Iowa, babysat for the Stenbergs back in Iowa while she was still going to school and getting her bachelors in education. She visits the kids regularly.

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Mark Stenberg is an accounting graduate student at Tech who is originally from Iowa.

8 The T ech T alk April 5, 2013

Sports Talk

Are players pressured to take PEDS to improve their game?
letes on the dangers of steroid use and their policies against the usage of performance enhancNo matter where you look ing drugs. or what sport you play, there is Szymanski agreed with Voss, a pressure to be the best, and , and said recovery is the biggest sometimes with pressure comes asset a player gets from using consequences. PEDs. Zachary Voss is a former lineRecovery, in my opinion, is backer for the Louisiana Tech so key during the offseason with University football team and is strenuous workouts always gocurrently pursuing a masters of ing on, Voss said. PEDs offer science in sports faster recovery to perfor mance maximize trainsaid athletes are ing sessions leadjust looking for ing to consistent an edge, which workouts. sometimes is Training [in the offSzymanski p e r fo r m a n c e - season] can make or said even though enhancing drugs there are some break an upcoming (PEDs). benefits, they are Training [in not worth the the offseason] football season. This longtime side efcan make or is where PEDs can fects players rebreak an upceive throughout coming football come to mind as an the rest of their season, Voss edge in the offsealives. said. This is There arent where PEDs can son. a lot of longcome to mind as term studies bean edge in the Zachary Voss cause none of offseason. former linebacker LA Tech football the hospitals or PEDs allow universities will players to perallow them, Szyform beyond manski said. So their capabilities as a normal we have to base our research athlete, said Dr. David Szyman- off of anecdotal data, which is ski, an associate professor of looking at whats happened to kinesiology. former athletes who have used PEDs are some type of these drugs. supplement or hormone that Szymanski said former Major enhance the average humans League Baseball All-Star Jose ability to perform at a very high Canseco is a great example of level, he said. the long-term effects when he The use of steroids in NCAA tried to get off of PEDs after 25 sports is illegal and tested for at years of continued usage. all championship events. The He was having suicidal NCAA also sponsors education thoughts, was very lethargic and programs meant to educate ath- had no sex drive, Szymanski KALEB CAUSEY Sports Reporter said. His doctor told him he had the testosterone level of a prepubescent boy. He said Cansecos body stopped producing testosterone due to the bodys recognition of so much testosterone in his system for so long. B o t h Voss and Szymanski agree there are many internal factors causing players to burden themselves. Pressures come VOSS from the want to perform well, Voss said. [Those wants] can come from coaches expecting big things from a player, keeping a scholarship or making it to the next level. Szymanski said players like Canseco sometimes used these drugs beSZYMANSKI cause they feel like entertainers more than athletes. Fans want to see gladiators fighting in a coliseum in Rome, he said. We dont have that anymore so now they look to baseball, football and soccer. For more information on Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk Sports Desks Twitter page at
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Bulldogs home away from home

DEVIN KING Sports Reporter Everybody does not get the opportunity to play, let alone practice, at a nationally renowned golf course like Squire Creek. Yet, the likes of professional golfers Bubba Watson, John Daly and David Toms along with former President George W. Bush have all had the privilege of playing at least a round of golf at Squire Creek Country Club. It also serves as a home and the main practice facility for the Tech golf team. Squire Creek is unbelievable; it is in whole other class from other golf courses, said freshman golfer Victor Lane. It is a treat to play there everyday, and it is a privilege to have it as our home course. Squire Creek is located in Choudrant, which offers different amenities like golf, tennis, dining, swimming and a country club with over 40,000 square feet. When Squire Creek golf course first opened, it was ranked the No. 5 best new private golf course in the country. It has been ranked several times as the best golf course in the state and is currently ranked 109th in Golf Week magazines best courses in the country. The golf course is par 72 and was founded by James Davison of Ruston in 2002 as a tradition for the game of golf. I think it is a laidback atmosphere Louisiana Tech typically plays or practices every day except Tuesdays at Squire Creek. Squire Creek is very challenging and demands good shots and a great short game. Playing and practicing there is one of the keys to our success, said Parks. This private course, normally open only to members, hosted the 2005 Western Athletic Conference golf championship, and the Bulldogs are excited about the opportunity to practice there. Squire Creek is a good golf course and always in good condition, said Lane. In 2015, the course will host the USGA Womens Mid-Amateur. This is huge for us to host the 2015 USGA Womens Mid-Amateur, said Pullen. It is huge because we will become the second golf course in the state to ever host a USGA and it is exciting to bring a national event to this area. The opportunity our Bulldogs have been given is something everybody cannot experience and we are honored about it. Its an honor because it is one of the best courses in the country, Parks said. The players are receiving valuable knowledge on how to play a championship golf course and how to putt on very demanding greens.

Squire Creek, located in Choudrant, is a private golf course where the Bulldog golf team plays. here at the club and we treat every day Louisiana Tech golf team. as if it is the same, Brad Pullin, Squire Squire Creek, in my opinion, is the Creeks director of golf and head golf best course in Louisiana and their pracpro. You get the same golf course you tice facilities are incredible, said Parks. do on Saturday on Monday. The Bulldogs have been going there Louisiana Tech head coach Jeff since 2002, and Pullin is proud to have Parks could not agree more with the the Bulldogs there. recognition this golf course is receiving It is great to have the Tech playand the benefits of tools it offers, like ers out here. They have high-character 3D motion analysis and Titleist Perfor- guys, said Pullin. It is good to have a mance Institute (TPI) screening, to the great facility for them to practice at.

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Bulldog football gears up for third week of spring practice

Play of the week:
Redshirt junior quarterback Scotty Young threw a nice pass to redshirt sophomore Paul Turner, who made the highlight catch. Both players are fighting for top spots in the roster. The way they are playing, they look to earn them.

BULLDOGBASEBALL at San Jose State - 4/5-4/7 8 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. LADY TECHSTER SOFTBALL
at Texas State 4/5 - 4/6 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and 1 p.m. at Northwestern State - 4/10 6 p.m.

Quote of the week:

One of the things you talk about [as a coach] is what you learned about your team today, and you learn something every day. Today it was that they are competitive.

Pro and con:

Bulldogs are looking sharper than ever heading into the final week of spring football. The question remains to be seen how our high-octane offense will look like heading into the T-Day Spring Game at 1 p.m. April 13 at Joe Aillet Stadium.


SFA Alumni Invitational - 4/6 All Day

coach Skip Holtz, April 3

LADY TECHSTER TENNIS vs. UT Arlington in San Antonio, Texas - 4/6 4 p.m. vs. Idaho in San Antonio, Texas - 4/7 10 a.m.

ophomore guard Kevin Wares leg injury was something no one who saw it will ever forget. People who witnessed it on television had chills down their spines. The Louisville Cardinals bench and fans who saw it in person will replay the compound fracture over and over in their heads for the rest of their lives. The game of basketball is not a frightening sport, but it sure felt like it after this weekends game. The support Ware received after his incident was incredible with former athletes such as Joe Theismann, who suffered a similar career-ending injury, giving him support while he recovers. The injuries are devastating; however, it is the behind-thescenes stories nobody ever hears about that can help prevent such injuries or help in recovery. I am talking about the little noticed work of athletic trainers throughout the NCAA do not receive enough credit for their assistance in keeping studentathletes healthy. I worked for the Louisiana Tech University Sports Medicine staff for two football seasons and realized firsthand how much time and effort it takes to keep athletes safe. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of an athletic trainer in 2010 was $41,600. These underpaid heroes of the field barely receive enough income to watch for their own safety. They work tirelessly throughout the collegiate athletic season to protect our student-athletes and you never hear anything about them. Their days start off at 6 a.m. promptly giving treatments to the players throughout the morning. In the afternoon, they prepare for practice or games, setting up the field and working during the games to keep the players safe. After practice and games are over, players come back for treatment, and players injured during the day receive diagnosis and treatment. Depending on the schedule, the trainers may not even get weekends off because they are on the road with the team, sometimes even missing holidays. I suppose the opportunity to pay the trainers for information about injured players has always been available. The fact the underpaid and sometimes volunteer trainers do not release the information is a testament to how loyal they are to their job. Wares compound fracture is not the first incident in which a young man was severely injured this athletic season. University of South Carolina junior halfback Marcus Lattimore tore his anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament playing against the Tennessee Volunteers, with video replays showing how horrific the injury was. At the expense of players like Ware and Lattimore, athletic trainers are finally getting the credit they deserve. They are not just glorified water boys; they are the first line to saving someones life on the playing field. Every season we hear the heartfelt story about an athlete getting injured, potentially ending his career. If it were not for the work of trainers, some of these players would never play again. Im sure the players are thankful for all the work they do, too. For all you know, you may be on the streets and need medical attention and the only one there capable of helping you will be an athletic trainer.

Derek J. Amaya is a junior journalism and marketing major from Metairie. Email comments to