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February 2nd, 2006

Patterson’s Griffin heads early Tech signees

Louisiana Tech University’s coaching staff can only hope so, the Bulldogs officially signing one of the nation’s top high school running backs this morning.
The signature that the 5-11, 200-pounder from Patterson High applied to an NCAA letter-of-intent helped kick off a busy National Signing Day for the Western Athletic Conference program.
As of 11:30 a.m., Tech had received official word on 23 recruits signing national letters.

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February 1st

Tried in court of public opinion

Allegations and rumors began circulating a few weeks ago claiming financial misconduct in the Black and Gold Foundation and personal vendettas being carried out by the school’s administration against those who dared speak out.
Calls for a vote of no confidence were made, meetings were held, and at every step, the media was informed and our coverage lent credibility to the rumors.
In my opinion, the approach of the Grambling University National Alumni Association and its president, James Bradford, was wrong and here’s why.

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High schools move forward

First, all four public high schools will switch to the seven-period schedule. Although this means the school day will be lengthened by 25 minutes, students would only be in each class for 55 minutes.
This is a large change from the Block System or Modified Block Schedule Systems in place, where some classes last up to 90 minutes. With this new schedule, seniors will be required to stay on campus five out of the seven periods.
The implementation of two programs — dual enrollment and long-distance learning — are also slated to take place.

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Bearcats halt Loyola, 56-37

Several reasons:
• First, it was a good way to prepare for a return to league action on Friday night at Byrd.
• Secondly, despite two regular players (Joshua Brown and Shaquon Owens) being sidelined with the flu and several other key members not playing, the Bearcats had a solid overall performance.
• Thirdly, the tough board work of Terrance Davis just might add yet another weapon to the Bearcats’ aspirations of climbing back into the top two tiers of the 1-5A race and wrapping up a postseason berth.

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Tech gets super computer

Louisiana Tech University received its Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) “grid” computer this morning and will spend most of the day setting it up and getting this super computer connected with universities across the state.
LONI is a network that connects mainframe computers at Tech with research universities across Louisiana and allows information to be sent and received thousands of times faster than what is currently possible.

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January 31st

Tech, GSU: big on state recruits

Enter: Lincoln Parish’s two unversity programs.
When Louisiana Tech and Grambling State officially unveil their list of 2006 signees on Wednesday—that’s the first day of the NCAA’s highly anticipated signing period, there will be a heavy emphasis on in-state players.
Of the 27 verbal commitments or junior college signees for the Bulldogs through Monday, 12 hailed from within the Bayou State.
And of that number, seven call north Louisiana their home.

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One home makes difference

They have little less than four months left.
I sat down with site manager Michael Rogers and studio manager Christal Beach last week to discuss the progress the students were making on the house, and Rogers uttered the following sentences that very much startled me:
“Roughly, we spend about 20 hours a week working, and that’s the minimum for most people. Some people treat this as their full-time job or full-time class and spend 40 hours a week out there. Most of us fall between those two.”

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New theater plans on way to fruition

We’ve waited — very patiently — as we heard rumors galore about a much-needed addition to Ruston. Many believed the day would never come.
Now the outer structure is nearly complete. In the span of a week, the theater’s walls went from being nonexistent to being erected and in place on its lot behind McKinney Honda off the North Service Road.
After trying times, we now have tangible proof that Celebrity Theatre will arrive in Ruston. It is only a matter of time now.

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Students put hearts into Habitat home

“We’re hoping to have the ribbon cutting on that morning (before graduation), said Michael Rogers, the site manager for this project. “It’s been raining here a lot lately, and it gets a little frustrating. We do have a set schedule. We will be graduating on May 20, and this house will be finished.”
The house is for Tech employee April Austin and her four children, three girls and one boy with ages ranging from four years old to nine years old.

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January 30th

Techsters turn WAC into log jam

With a 71-60 victory over Fresno State at the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday night, the Techsters (14-4, 6-1) moved into a share of the No. 1 slot
in the league with that team.
“Right now, it means first place, but there’s a lot of basketball to be played and it means being ready the next time we play,” said Tech coach Chris Long.
“We’ve got two big road games (at Nevada Thursday, at Utah State Saturday) in the conference coming up this week, so we’ll enjoy this win and then get ready for those games.”

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