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An Interview With David Horton

Posted on May 30, 2013

Among the many pieces of original artwork displayed at the bed and breakfast where I work, one of the most eye-catching is the brightly-colored and highly symbolic painting by David Horton. His work has been favorably reviewed in The International Herald Tribune of Paris, L’Oeil International art magazine of Paris and many other international publications. Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to sit down and chat with him about his work. In this interview (originally published here by The Stockade Bed & Breakfast), Horton talks about his current exhibition at Baton Rouge Gallery, his artistic influences, and how his artwork once saved a marriage!   EC: How did you decide to study art and become an artist?   DH: The truth is,…

Why I Have Mixed Feelings About My College 4.0

Posted on May 20, 2013

Just a few days ago, I graduated from LSU with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, a minor in Latin, a thesis under my belt, and a 4.0 cumulative GPA. While I am super stoked about finally being finished with my college career and being awarded a shiny medal for my academic achievements, I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of my accomplishments and the cost of my success. I Have a Life, I Swear First of all, when people find out about my GPA, they often assume certain things about me — namely, that I have no social life and am a super boring and uptight person who “missed out” on the best parts of college. That is just not…

Bobby Jindal’s Unconstitutional “Louisiana Scholarship Program” and How it Poses a Threat to Education in Our State

Posted on May 7, 2013

Ever since Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed one of the largest school voucher bills in the nation’s history, the backlash has been relentless (Herbert 22). Jindal’s “Louisiana Scholarship Program” has sparked a number of lawsuits — including two lawsuits filed by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers — as well as questions of the program’s constitutionality (Herbert 22).  On November 30, 2012, a Baton Rouge area district judge (Judge Tim Kelley) ruled the funding mechanism for Jindal’s program unconstitutional under Louisiana state law (McGaughy). The state immediately appealed, and the Louisiana Supreme Court heard the appeal on March 19, 2013. Today, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the current method of funding the voucher program is unconstitutional — and I’m not at all surprised.  …