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December 23rd

Ruston’s ‘G’ forces aid ’Dawgs in bowl

The trio with alliterative names has been as busy answering inquiries about the stadium site for the 33rd annual postseason event as they have in going through practice sessions.
Good reason: Grigsby, Graham and Griffin are the Tech veterans for having played at the 53,000-seat facility.
Between them, they have appeared in a combined 12 times, all as members of the Bearcats.
That’s easily more than any other members of the Bulldogs’ squad, which last played at Independence Stadium in 2004 during a regular season meeting against Tulsa.

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December 22nd

Tech banks on bowl to sell Bulldog brand

“The day of the announcement, we launched an advertising effort with the Alexandria Town Talk, the Monroe News-Star, the Ruston Daily Leader and the Shreveport Times,” Buskirk said. “We are probably a little over 10,000 (tickets) sold, and we think we can have another little push here in the next week.”
The approach within the athletics department, which he calls the “marketing arm” of the university, is about professional business operation, advanced advertising, re-branding and image-building, he said.

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Bulldogs have own ‘Day’

The proclamation cited the Tech squad and program for its “great tradition and legacy” and the emphasis on “high academic standards and community work” stressed by Dooley and staff members.
The “Day” was proclaimed less than two weeks before Tech takes on Northern Illinois University in the 33rd edition of the Independence Bowl.

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Join March of Dimes in helping babies

When these tiny babies are born too early, they are completely dependent upon caring people and the latest technology for their survival.
Of all the worthy causes there are to take up, helping precious babies make it in this world is one of the most noble. In the local March of Dimes chapter, Lincoln Parish has a dedicated group of people committed to helping save babies. And, they need our help.
The March of Dimes is committed to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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Tree tradition has long roots

I know I almost did. During the second weekend of December, I reluctantly got around to dragging ye olde fake Christmas tree out of storage, two weekends later than normal, and was soon overtaken by that familiar but elusive Christmas spirit. While I strung upon it ribbon, threads of white lights and handmade confectionery-style ornaments, I began to wonder about the origins of the tannenbaum custom.

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Tech hoopsters home tonight

“We’ve got to refocus and keep our toughness when we fall behind.”
Tech had three double-digit scorers in junior guard Jamel Guyton with his 15, junior center Kenneth Cooper with 13 and junior guard Kyle “Iron Man” Gibson with 12.
Gibson, the only returning starter from last year, is leading the team in scoring with a 16.9 average while logging 36 minutes per game.
Guyton and Cooper have averages of 12.5 each and junior post Magnum Rolle is averaging 11.4 points per game.
Cooper (7.2) and Rolle (6.9) are the leading rebounders.
Fast facts

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Look out world, here she comes

Her walk across the stage was the end of a long road she’s traveled for the past six years, and I’m proud I could be there to cheer as they called her name.
Since junior high school, Carolyn has struggled to define herself and to find a place where she feels comfortable. Case in point: In four years, she attended three different high schools, finally graduating from the one she was enrolled in for the least amount of time.

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Universities’ funds need protection

With $109 million to make up around the state this year in higher education, we knew cuts were coming. Tech and GSU are dealing with 8 percent cuts, or about $7 million together.
That hurts, and it hurts a lot.
It will be truly shocking if the leaders of Tech and GSU can cut without losing at least some jobs. It’s particularly tough because they’ll have to find a way to carve out such a large percentage of their budget mid-year. That effectively doubles the depth of the carving because it all has to come after six months of spending.

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Kiwanis applauds Boyd’s quick action

“I was itching to leave school that day,” she told Kiwanians. “I’d left papers un-graded on my desk.”
A student at Ruston High flagged Boyd down in the school’s parking lot as she was leaving. His car wouldn’t start. She gave him a jump and went on her way. If she hadn’t stopped to help that student, she believes she would not have been on Burgessville Road at the same time Ethan Terry lost control of his car.
“I believe God put me there for a reason,” she said. “I believe God does everything like this for a reason.”

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December 19th

Bulldogs defeated by Samford, 71-58

“It was a stretch of five minutes in the second half that did our team in. We need to refocus and keep our toughness when we fall behind.”
Sophomore Andy King also connected on 6-of-7 from behind the three-point line for Samford to all but put the game out of reach. King’s 20 points led all scorers on the night.
Tech would not trail in the first half of play before taking a 28-26 lead into the halftime locker room.
Both teams shot evenly in the first half at 48 percent.

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