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LSUR scares students

LSU-Ruston

LSU-Ruston.

It’s hard to imagine our university as anything other than Louisiana Tech University.

Tech President Dan Reneau has confirmed that the possibility of combining Tech with LSU-Shreveport and LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport is being discussed on the state-board level.

Whether or not this is the best option for Tech has not been decided yet. The one thing that is certain to students, though, is that the history and heritage of Tech needs to be preserved, regardless of the name of the university.

Tech has become a home away from home to most of its students. The smaller, homey atmosphere has attracted students from 50 states and 70 countries to its campus.

The thought of becoming LSU-Ruston scares many students because they feel becoming a part of the LSU System will destroy the community that has been built at this university.

“The whole idea of Louisiana Tech University becoming part of LSU defeats the purpose of not going to LSU,” Katherine Fuller, a junior English education major, said. “I feel like Tech has built up prestige. When you say Louisiana Tech University, people know what you’re talking about. It would be giving up to give in to LSU and become a part of it.”      

Students have also grown fond of Tech’s mascot, the bulldog, and can’t imagine wearing purple and gold to football games.

Tech is nationally recognized for several of its sports, including the women’s basketball team. How will the Lady Techsters put Ruston on the map if we are no longer the Lady Techsters and Ruston, but just the Tigers and a division of a school in Baton Rouge? 

Some of these arguments may seem trivial to officials, but to students, the heritage and the history of the university make it home, and changing that history is a scary thought.

But there are also advantages of joining the LSU System.

Affiliating with Tech has become more favorable for schools in the LSU System since Tech received its Tier 3 ranking last year and after Tech reached a doctoral II research level, Reneau said.

Reneau said Tech and LSU-HSC have a close relationship already. He said the combination of the two programs would lead to “excellent research centers and fine doctoral programs.” 

He also said joining the LSU System would give enhanced opportunities for funding.

At any rate, Reneau said there will be no outcome in the immediate future. Students can continue to contemplate the future of their university, while the administration carefully weighs the options of becoming a member of the LSU System.


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