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    Default Team BeauSoleil is the only team from Louisiana and one of only two from the Sou

    Good luck in solar decathalon in DC. Once again UL leads the way in Louisiana leaving others in their dust. Robotics competions and now solar, what honors will be next.


    Of course you never see any of these brought up by our "big brother" who is "first" in the state in everything to the East


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    Ragin' Cajuns Re: Team BeauSoleil is the only team from Louisiana and one of only two from the

    Funny thing about LA politics.

    A friend of mine is in engineering at UL. He was telling me that LSU's engineering program gets four times the state funding that UL's does. However, UL gets ELEVEN TIMES more funding from the federal government. The federal government knows what's up.

    He was telling me both UL and LSU have launched 3 weather balloons in the past few years. LSU had a 0% success rate and a 0% recovery rate - meaning they didn't receive any of the data they expected to receive from their balloons, nor could they find them. UL had an 80% success rate and a 100% recovery rate. They got 80% of the data they were expecting back, and they located all three of them (pin-pointing them to within 500ft. I believe he said.)

    He told me that he had done the calculations on one of them, and predicted it to fall in some river, so he went out and waited for it. Meanwhile, some LSU faculty invited themselves to help them. The LSU professor told him he was wrong, and the balloon was going to land approx. 15 miles away. My friend told he that he'll wait there, and the LSU prof could go out and look for it where he wanted, and if he was right, the LSU prof could be the hero. Guess where it landed. Right where my friend said it would.

    The next day, in LSU's student newspaper, there was an article that read "LSU Professors Assist UL Students in Recovering Weather Balloons" (which, they didn't end up doing at all).
    His professor wrote a letter to their editor, and the editor ran an to UL the next day.


  3. Default UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Finishes 1st, 1st and 19th overall


  4. Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes Inspections

    WE PASSED, WE PASSED, WE PASSED!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gretchen Vanicor


     WOW!!! What an amazing day for TEAM BeauSoleil! WE pulled it all together and passed all of our inspections with only minutes to spare. This is a brief timeline:

    6:00 PM - We were still having trouble with our breakers. I even called home and asked my family to start praying for us because the thought of not being able to start the competition was heartbreaking.

    6:30 PM - We all stayed calm and came up with the solution. A local electrical supply store even stayed open late so one of our faculty advisors could buy some more breakers.

    7:00 PM - The breakers arrive and we change them.

    7:15 PM - Mr. Conway comes back and the new breakers work. Unfortunately the outlets were wrong so we still could not pass.

    7:15 PM - 7:20 PM - WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO!?

    7:20 PM - 7:30 PM - We run up and down the mall asking other teams if they could loan some outlets to us.

    7:30 PM - 7:45 PM -We changed all the outlets and PASSED our final electrical inspection.

    7:55 PM - Call for final inspection and PASS!!!!!!!!!!

    Tonight, I witnessed the most incredible teamwork I have EVER seen. It was absolutely inspiring. WE worked together, kept our cool, and solved the problem. This is part of what makes our TEAM so special. We ALL truly believe in what we are doing and are very proud to represent our university, our culture and our state.

    I would like to thank Mrs. T, Mrs. Billie, Father Chester and everyone back home who were praying for us (I really think this helped us through) and our incredible faculty members for helping us solve this problem. Also, we owe a huge amount of gratitude to the other Solar Decathlon teams (TEAM Missouri, The University of Arizona, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and Universidad de Puerto Rico) who were so kind to help us out. We truly could not have done it without you!

    So,it is here! We have finally made it. It is truly an amazing feeling to be here with my TEAM. We were definitely blessed tonight.

    from facebook


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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    Vote for the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home by sending a text to 99503 with the message HOUSE76 no spaces


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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    FYI: The BeauSoleil house is currently in 5th place.


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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    http://www.solardecathlon.org/

    Link to the US Department of Energy website for this event.


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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    WAFB in BR did a piece on this group last night on the 10 PM news. It was nice to see in BR, although we did get a U.L.L. or two out of it. They mostly called us UL Lafayette though. Still nice to see.
    igeaux.mobi


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    rhineaux's Avatar rhineaux is offline Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Fan for Sure

    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by KACajun View Post
    _ FYI: The BeauSoleil house is currently in 5th place. _
    Does anyone know the significance of the Text Message voting? I didn't see where that factored into their current 5th place score, not that it should. But I also didn't notice on the website where it talked about text votes.

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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by KACajun View Post
    _ FYI: The BeauSoleil house is currently in 5th place. _

    The top 5 scoring is very close, less than 1 point difference between them.

  11. Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    Did I read it right. UL is fifth overall but second out of actual colleges?
    igeaux.mobi


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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by Shammy View Post
    _ Did I read it right. UL is fifth overall but second out of actual colleges?
    igeaux.mobi _
    So far, seems that way.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    I just checked the website and it has us (University of Louisiana) as 4th


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    Cajun90's Avatar Cajun90 is online now Ragin Cajuns of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Fan for Sure

    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    Quote Originally Posted by Shammy View Post
    Did I read it right. UL is fifth overall but second out of actual colleges?
    igeaux.mobi
    Only Universities are entered. A few of the teams have more than one school involved.

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    Default Re: UL's TEAM BeauSoleil - Passes First Hurdle

    Just looked at the BeauSoleil wesbite and facebook page. Win or lose this is a real feather in the cap for UL. Well Done!!!!


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