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This item originally appeared in the Dec. 11, 2003, issue of The Tech Talk.

Library announces temporary hours for holiday season

Prescott Memorial Library will change its hours of operation during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 19 and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 22 and 29.

The library will be closed Dec. 20-21 and 24-28, as well as Jan. 1-3.

On Jan. 4, the library will open at 1 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.

Regular hours of operation will resume Jan. 5.

For more information, contact Michael DiCarlo, interim director of libraries, at 257-3555.

Planetarium to show original Christmas story, define theories

"Story of the Star," the Planetarium Christmas show, will be held in the Planetarium, located behind A.E. Phillips Laboratory School, this month.

The show will run at 1 p.m. every Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday from now until Christmas.

"Story of the Star" will present theories about the Christmas star, give a definition of other symbols that relate to the holiday and will include a retelling of the original Christmas story of the nativity.

Admission is free for students with a valid Tech ID and $2 for anyone else.

For more information, contact Glenn Beer, coordinator of the IDEA Place and Planetarium director, at 257-2866.

Treasury encourages students to visit Web site, claim money

The Louisiana State Treasury's unclaimed property account is exceeding $217 million.

Some of this money may belong to Tech students in the form of uncashed payroll, cashiers checks, utility deposits, dividends and certificates of deposits.

The Treasury has set up a Web site and is encouraging students to check for any unclaimed money owed to them, friends or family.

Visit to search.

For more information, contact the Unclaimed Property Division hotline at (888)-925-4127.

Nationwide songwriting contest accepting student applications

Students with a flair for songwriting are encouraged to enter the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, sponsored by the Music Educator's National Conference.

Applications can be picked up from the office of Sheri Robken, Tech's MENC faculty adviser and an instructor of music.

Submissions should be turned back into her before Dec. 14.

The nationwide contest is open to those ages 15 to 24.

Judging will be conducted by an MENC evaluation panel, and finalists will be announced Feb. 15, 2004.

For more information, contact Robken at 257-4233.

Religious organization to hold night of musical entertainment

To bring in the Christmas season, the Wesley Foundation will present "Open Mic Night" at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

The event will be held at the Wesley Foundation, located at 210 College St.

Anyone is invited to come and watch or perform.

For those who are interested in performing, a sign-up sheet is available at the Wesley Foundation, and sign-up will end tomorrow or as long as spots are available.

Each spot will be 15 minutes long and will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Spots will be left open between 11 p.m. and midnight for anyone who did not sign up.

Admission is free for everyone, and a coffee bar will be open.

For more information, contact Jenny Mooney, an intern at the Wesley Foundation, at 255-3112.

Application deadline for Miss Tech Pageant approaches

The Miss Louisiana Tech Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts.

Applications can be picked up in Tolliver Hall at the Union Board office.

The deadline to apply for the pageant is tomorrow.

Contestant selections will be posted at the Union Board Office Monday.

Attire required for the pageant contest include an interview suit, evening gown, swimsuit and a talent costume.

Any suit of choice, in good taste, and any type of shoes or sandals may be worn for the swimsuit contest.

For more information, contact committee heads for the Miss Tech Pageant Sarah Pescant, a sophomore education major, or Jeff Jennings, a junior marketing major, at 257-4237.

Human Ecology sponsors trip to New York City in spring

Dr. Linda Sivils, an associate professor of human ecology, is coordinating a trip to New York City during spring quarter.

The trip, sponsored by the School of Human Ecology, is scheduled for April 24 through 30. It is designed for students and adults interested in retailing, merchandising, design, consumer affairs, customer relations and financial services.

The group will stay in a mid-town hotel within walking distance of New York's cultural attractions, including the Theater District, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rockefeller Center.

For more information, contact Sivils at 257-2404, or e-mail her at

Fraternity brothers to present television-based talent search

It's Showtime at the Apollo!

Tonight, the brothers of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will present the "It's Showtime at the Apollo: Talent Search," at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, second floor.

The show will be presented in the "Showtime at the Apollo" style meaning the audience can boo performers off or cheer them on. The winner will be chosen by the audience at the end.

Any student interested in being a contestant should contact Alpha Phi Alpha members Craig Francisco, a senior electrical engineering technology major, at 257-2263 or Andre Hampton§§, a sophomore accounting major, at 257-2462 today if they want to be entered.

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