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September 9th, 2013

GSU budget cuts impact academics

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School’s English department forced to lay off professors, delay classes

The lack of funding for Grambling State University has led to higher tuition, fewer resources and several employee layoffs.
In five years, state funding for GSU has dropped from $31 million to $14 million, a 57 percent cut in funding, which is producing issues for teachers and students.
“The more we cut faculty, the fewer classes we can offer,” said David Hodges, 57, a humanities professor from Orlando, Fla. “To my knowledge, at least four faculty members have been laid off.”

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Punt, pass, kick to the top

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Local event set for Saturday
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Local 6-15-year-olds have the chance to join the ranks of famous NFL quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Brett Favre this Saturday.
Both football greats — as well as a number of other individuals around their country — developed a love for the game through their participation in the Annual NFL Pass, Punt and Kick.
“Girls and boys compete separately,” Ashlynn Shell, city of Ruston recreation supervisor, said. “Age is as of Dec. 31, 2013, as of 11:59 p.m. local time.”

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Hootenanny set for Thursday

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Each year the Northern Louisiana Medical Center’s Senior Circle puts on a special event to celebrate another great year.
This year will be a HeeHaw Hootenanny for those that attend. The event is set from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ruston Civic Center. Senior Circle Advisor Tami Davis said this year’s event is going to be fun for everyone.
“Sen. Mike Walsworth will be the guest speaker,” she said. “There will be appearances by Dolly and HeeHaw Girls and there will be a special performance by Mini Pearl. We plan on the event lasting the full three hours.”

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Built on a passion for graceful movements

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Two friends open LG Dance Studio in Ruston
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After dancing throughout the continental United States, two local ladies decided it was time to make Ruston their official home.
Little did they know once their families were started their passion for dancing would turn into a business.
Leaia Alsup and Gretchen Jones held their first open house for LG Dance Studio, located in the Celebrity Shopping Plaza, in August. Dance classes recently began, and there are still a few spots are available. If spots fill up, there is a waiting list.

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Engineering student learns value of questions

Note: This is the fourth part of a six-part series highlighting Louisiana Tech students and their internship experiences.
Louisiana Tech University student Chelsey Martin knew majoring in chemical engineering was the right choice for her — she just wasn’t sure what she wanted to do.
Martin, a senior from Logan, Ohio, decided then to take an internship with Ashland, Inc., at the Catlettsburg Refinery in Kentucky in hopes of answering this fateful decision. What she found on her first day however, was that she had even more questions to ask.

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Pet of the week

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This is Bianca. Not only is she an all-white beautiful girl, but a special dog. Bianca is deaf. She will require a very special home. She is friendly and loving, but she depends on her dog friends. She would need a home with other dogs. She has a wonderful personality and would love to have people to love her too. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information.
The new office is located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call for an appointment.

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GSU vs. ULM: The game will go on

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School presidents vow to continue football series between Tigers, Warhawks
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University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue agree that their I-20 competition should continue.
ULM bested GSU by 48-10 in Saturday’s matchup at Malone Stadium, and both presidents said it’s more than just a game. “It’s important to bring both regions together, said Bruno. “It’s fun to see I-20 come together to enjoy the game, have fun and tailgate.”

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Bulldogs 9-1 in home openers since 2004

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Notes from Louisiana Tech’s 27-14 win over Lamar in Saturday night’s home opener for the Bulldogs, who now stand at 1-1 and will play host to Tulane at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday:
• With the win, Tech now holds an 18-5 series advantage over Lamar and has won the last four meetings. It marked the first time the two teams played since 1986 when they were rivals in the Southland Conference.
• Tech has now won the last seven games in which they have scored first.
• The announced attendance for the home opener was 16,372.
• Since 2004, Tech is 9-1 in home openers at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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McNeese State rallies past Lady Techsters

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LAKE CHARLES — Freshman striker Kathryn Sloan continued her goal-making ability, scoring in the sixth minute to give Louisiana Tech an early lead, but McNeese State rallied to score three consecutive goals and eventually tallied a 4-2 win over the Lady Techsters on Sunday afternoon at Cowgirl Field.
“McNeese State outworked us,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “Their hard work deserved something from the game. Our young legs couldn’t match their work rate. All these tough road games will help this young team mature, but it will take time.”

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Get screened, save your life

September is Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is ranked fifth in cancer causing death among women and the ninth most common cancer. The risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer is about 1 in 72. The risk of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,240 people will be diagnosed and 14,230 will die from ovarian cancer in 2013.
Getting properly screened once per year is a great way to ease your mind about cancer, or catch it at its beginning stages.

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