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Students ready to rock LEAP

“Sometimes students hear the word ‘test,’ and they think it’s something they can’t do,” said Carolyn Smith, one of the pep rally coordinators. “We’re having this to alleviate all the stress and tension the tests cause the students and let them know they can do anything.”
The LEAP, iLEAP and GEE exams are scheduled to run Wednesday-Friday and pick back up again April 6-7. Exam questions are a combination of multiple choice, short answer and constructed response, which is a higher order thinking problem where students are given credit for showing their work to get the answer.

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Jones throws way to success

He won the javelin with a throw of 191-3 and was also No. 1 in the shot put at 51-4.5. In addition, he was also a runner-up in the discus throw at 174-3.5.
A week earlier, at the huge Dr Pepper Invitational hosted by Baylor University, Jones won the javelin at 204-3 and the discus at 170-10.
Considering the weather conditions at the Mize meet, he did extra well in the three throwing events. While the skies were clear, the temperatures dipped into the low 40s and became even lower with intermittent wind gusts that reached as high as 30 miles an hour.

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Obama’s attention for the press

That apparently is how Barack Obama sees the time-honored obligation of now and then exposing himself to the probing questions of the dwindling Washington press corps. So Tuesday night’s performance, the second since his inauguration, was merely a repeat of the first with long-winded answers that were both unresponsive and clearly designed to present his message over and over again to Americans he expected to be transfixed in front of their TV sets during broadcast primetime when that was the only thing playing. Has he never heard of cable?

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Club closure is a benefit to two parishes

That’s a small price to pay for the removal of a thorn in police officers’ sides. The Endzone was regularly the location of arrests, fights and traffic problems.
Residents who lived near the club complained of loud noise from music and vehicle horns at all hours of the night, shots being fired and complete disregard for private property shown by some of the club’s patrons.

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Tech students lend hands in eco-friendly park project

The park will be tied into the city’s new sports complex, which is still under construction. Walking trails will connect the school, sports complex and the park.
Kevin Singh, Tech professor and director of the Community Design Assistance Center, is helping coordinate the students’ work on the park project.
“It’s a pretty amazing vision for such a small little village,” Singh said. “With the four students there willing and able to do it, the excitement is really in the opportunity to do that.”

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Being close to family isn’t so bad

Especially for families with children, sharing a home with your parents, or your spouse’s parents, could have a couple of perks.
I know for most people it is not an ideal scenario, but these days we’re all having to “turn lemons into lemonade,” as the cliché goes.
I was fortunate enough to have a close relationship with my grandparents while they were living.
Although we didn’t live in the same city, much less the same house, I still treasure the time spent with them and the memories we made.

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Lawmakers must protect universities

Administrators have been crunching numbers and identifying areas where sacrifices can be made. Thankfully, they’ve had a few months to draw up a plan of action, and we know it’s been done thoughtfully and with the students’ and faculty’s best interest at heart. More time would be better.
Now that Gov. Bobby Jindal has released his budget numbers and proposed cuts, the power shifts to the Legislature. Just like in every annual legislative session, our representatives in Baton Rouge are entrusted with the outcome of the state budget.

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Gold team wins at GSU

“Let me watch the game film and then I’ll have a better picture (on his team’s effort and work on fundamentals during the spring game),” Broadway said. “It’s hard to get a good read from what I just saw without going back and taking a good look at the film.”
There are several consistencies that film will show. One of the biggest was the play of GSU’s starting defense and senior end Christian Anthony, who seemed to have set up camp in the Gold offense’s backfield as he totaled five sacks on the day.

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Drama depicts risks of drinking and driving

Ruston High’s mock crash — a collaborative effort among students, North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention, local police and rescue personnel — was designed to implant horrific images in students’ heads associated with drinking and driving. The prom-theme script, which was written by RHS students, was presented just days before the real prom to remind students that drinking and driving don’t mix and seat belts can save lives.
Students saw classmates airlifted in a helicopter, carried on a stretcher and driven away in a hearse in this hour-long dramatic presentation.

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