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August 30th, 2013

Help GSU win $50K

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University asks alums, friends to vote every day
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Grambling State University is in a nationwide competition to win $50,000.
Allstate’s “Quotes for Education” contest includes historically black colleges and universities from across the nation, and the HBCU with the most votes will win the money.
“We can do this if we pull together to make it happen,” said Jordan Harvey, Student Government Association president and a senior business major at the university. “When Gramblinites pull together, we can make anything happen.”

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Choudrant revving up for Outhouse Derby

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It’s that time of year again, time to get the outhouses together and race!
For the past four years, the Village of Choudrant has been home to the Outhouse Races. These oddly named races were the result of a little white lie, according to Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson.

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Photography exhibit opens at Crescent City Coffee

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Do you ever think about your childhood? The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s next exhibit at Crescent City is a collection of photography-based work that focuses on childhood themes, by Louisiana Tech University BFA graduates Jessica Bryan and Rhyan Emery Taylor. The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Crescent City Coffee.

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Club news: Master gardeners host 2013 state conference

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners and the Piney Hills Master Gardeners will host the 2013 Louisiana Master Gardeners State Conference on Oct. 8-11, at the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino/Shreveport in Shreveport. “Bloomin’ on the Red” is the theme of this open to the public, four day event. The conference will offer a terrific line-up of speakers along with an intimate look at the Shreveport/Bossier Riverfront.

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Endangered sea turtle into the Gulf

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in cooperation with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas released a rehabilitated Kemp’s ridley Sea Turtle back into the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 21.
A concerned boater reported the injured turtle to LDWF on July 2, 2012, and LDWF biologist Paul Cook rescued the turtle that same day. The turtle had severe head injuries, including damage to the right eye and the upper and lower mandible, or jaw.

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Stay safe this holiday weekend

Many people consider Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer. So, this weekend, many people will head to the beach for the last time of the season. Some will hold a backyard barbecue, enjoy some fun.
While all of these activities are a great way to end the summer, they could all end in tragedy if residents aren’t careful.

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Go outside and save your marriage

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The divorce rate in the United States is 50 percent. That statement is one everyone who has ever been married has heard, whether there is any statistical evidence to back it up or not.
Studies have shown that divorce rates are higher in the South than in other parts of the country. Researchers have related this to the number of marriages that occur.

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An open letter to all black men

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I hope this letter reaches the people whom I am writing. I invite you, the reader, to help me share this letter with as many black men and black boys as you can. The Trayvon Martin murder and joke of a trial has created a much needed movement to rescue and save you, us. There are people (of all racial and eth­nic backgrounds) all across this country participating in marches, community meetings, think tanks and political forums trying to bring about more protection for the black male.

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Bulldogs set to open at N.C. State

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It’s the start of a new era as Louisiana Tech University opens the 2013 football season Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. contest against North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
Tech is coming off a 9-3 campaign last season while the Wolfpack went 7-6.
The game will mark the first game for the Bulldogs as a new member of Conference USA, the first under new head coach Skip Holtz and the first under the leadership of new Tech President Les Guice and new Athletics Director Tommy McClelland.

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GSU ready to start vs. Alabama A&M

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Grambling State University kicks off the 2013 football season Saturday as the Tigers play host to Alabama A&M in a 6 p.m. contest at Robinson Stadium.
No strangers to each other, Alabama A&M and GSU have never opened the season against each other but have met four times in the SWAC Championship game.
Grambling leads the series between the teams 15-5, but A&M has won two of the past three, including a 2011 game at Grambling. The Bulldogs have never won on back-to-back trips to Grambling.

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