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This item originally appeared in the April 21, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.

By LYDIA EARHART

Staff Writer

The Student Government Association's Big Event took only three hours of elbow grease from 800 Tech students to make Ruston sparkle.

Students from 54 campus organizations gathered together to volunteer at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, grabbed a green Big Event shirt and made their way into Joe Aillet stadium.

"[The Big Event] was great because it was a little bit bigger than last year," Kimberly Ludwig, president of SGA and a senior business management and entrepreneurship major, said.

Ludwig said the students volunteered around Ruston with a couple of projects in Grambling and Quitman.

"This event was a great way to give back to the community," Ludwig said. "It is a good way for students to interact with a member of the community, too."

Ludwig said the Big Event gets better every year.

"Every year it gets bigger and better," Ludwig said. "Students love it because they get a free T-shirt and a free lunch."

She said the Big Event is a great experience for students.

"So many students come back for lunch and have a lot of stories to tell their friends," Ludwig said.

Michelle Pride, adviser for the Association of Women Students and the Gay and Straight Alliance and counselor/academic support coordinator for the counseling center, said the Big Event was well-planned.

"It did not take a lot of encouragement to get the students to participate [in the Big Event]," Pride said.

Pride said her group cleaned up a trailer park for the Big Event.

"One of our other advisers brought his daughter and her best friend, and we told them about the importance of helping out in the community," Pride said.

"We were modeling a good thing for the kids."

Pride said the Big Event was a good way for her organization to bond together.

Brad Kaufman, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, volunteered for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry in the Big Event.

"I wanted to give back to the community," Kaufman said. "I was able to make a difference in another person's life."

Kaufman said his group dug a drainage ditch and used the left over mud to fill in holes around an elderly woman's house.

"[The ladies that we helped] were so thankful," Kaufman said.

"They told us that they were very lucky that we were there to help. [The Big Event] was such a blessing to help others in the community."


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