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November 21st

Share the warmth by giving coats

It’s a neat way to reach out and be a good person — comfort is something that can be easy to take for granted unless you lack it, and providing a new coat for a child during a winter that some predict will be particularly biting is certainly a worthy cause.
Primary school teachers see the needs of their students more intimately than most recognize.

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ULS president speaks to grads

“I don’t tell you that to increase your sense of privilege, but to really heighten your sense of obligation to those who have not enjoyed the opportunities that you had and will have because of your degree,” Moffett said.
He told them that their work was not over and that it was just beginning. “That is really why we call today’s ceremony ‘commencement’,” he said. “It is a beginning for you to commence on that journey toward those life experiences and opportunities that you can use to make this a better world.”

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November 20th

RHS, Creek: Second-round hopes

Now it’s the Bearcats’ turn.
They head to New Orleans Friday for a second round challenge against Destrehan, which is perfect after 10 games and wound up No. 2 in the final Class 5A poll.
“They’ll be the best team we’ve played this year,” Laird said of the Fighting Wildcats.
“We’ve played West Monroe, Byrd and Ouachita and all of those teams are good, but Destrehan will be the best we’ve seen.
“It’s because of their tremendous, overall athleticism and size. They’re that way on both sides of the football.”

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Out sick? You're not alone

“We also had the state football playoffs that day, and some of the teachers were going,” Cedar Creek Principal Connie Bradford said. “Then some of the substitute teachers were moms of the sick kids. On Thursday, a student seemed to check out every 30 minutes, so we thought it would be good to dismiss school Friday and sanitize everything a little more thoroughly.”

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College plan has pluses and minuses

It could be a positive thing for students at the state’s public institutions — performance incentives would include bonuses for schools that graduate more people and receive more money from competitive external research grants.
Louisiana Tech, with its fingers in many projects involving such grants from organizations like the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and others, stands to probably do well under the model.

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Blind student hit by train Tuesday

“He appeared to be walking down the track with a few other blind people. He was walking a little separately — kind of still on the sidewalk. I think he heard the train blowing its horn, I’m pretty sure,” Barnes recalled. “We saw him trying to come back from the train like he was trying to move off the track. He literally flew maybe 20 feet when he was hit. It didn’t look like full blown hit, but half of his side.”

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November 19th

A problem bigger than the Web

There was no PAW (that means “parents are watching”). There was no promise that I would LUWAMH (that means “love you with all my heart) to some random person I conversed with. There was no A/S/L check (age/sex/location), and there was no intimate rendezvous clandestinely set up in indecipherable Internet code. My, how much things change.

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Tech business contest drives innovation

The Pick of the Litter Pitch competition, organized by Tech’s Association of Business, Engineering and Science Entrepreneurs, is just one more step in the process of making students’ business dreams a reality.
The pitch also allowed students of all majors to trade ideas in a less formal setting than the full-blown business plan competition as a way to get more concepts from a wider cross-section of the university.

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Tech, GSU: Overtime thriller

Grambling can be proud of its opening game effort under new coach Ricky Duckett, making his debut after having served as an assistant at the University of South Carolina.
“It was obvious that we fought our tails off to get it into overtime, but I think we just finally ran out of gas,” he said. “Louisiana Tech has such an intimidating, big front line and they can be overwhelming at times, but I thought our players really scrapped hard and gave a great effort. I sure can’t complain about the effort we gave because it was there.

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Tech nurtures business ideas

The competition, organized and implemented this fall by Tech’s Association of Business, Engineering and Science Entrepreneurs, is modeled after the television show American Inventor and is designed to give students an extra edge for the February Top Dawg competition, which provides students with resources to help make their entrepreneurial dreams possible.
The 20 teams pitched their ideas to the judges, which included several professors and more than 550 students who watched the presentations live or online.

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