Football: Columnist places his bets on this week’s matchups, p. 6 Radio: Learn fun things to do in Dallas on FM 91.1 KLSU at noon. Reveille The Daily WEATHER Jindal declares state of emergency www.lsureveille.com ACADEMICS Duckin’ time No. 4 LSU overcomes distractions to face No. 3 Oregon Hunter Paniagua Sports Writer Austen Krantz Contributing Writer EMERGENCY, see page 4 Friday, September 2, 2011 • Volume 116, Issue 10 It’s about Tropical depression to hit Saturday Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday night due to the tropical depression projected to make landfall in Louisiana, according to The Associated Press. Coastal ﬂooding, high surf and rip currents all potentially threaten the Gulf Coast, according to The Weather Channel. The National Weather Service predicts that while the depression probably won’t form into a hurricane, the system will probably drop 12 to 15 inches of rain over the next two days. The chance for heavy rain is due to the depression’s slow-moving nature, according to The Weather Channel. A ﬂash ﬂood watch is currently in effect for East Baton Rouge Parish, and four inches of rain are expected to fall until Football: Oregon QB heads high-powered offense, p. 5 BRUCE ELY / The Oregonian JACK HUNTER / Oregon Daily Emerald The Ducks’ strong offense includes QB Darron Thomas (top) and RB LaMichael James. Before the preseason polls came out and before both Oregon and LSU received top-5 rankings, the anticipation for the seasonopening showcase in Arlington, Texas, had already reached a fever pitch. But as the countdown to game time dwindled, the marquee matchup quickly became more about the players missing the game than the ones suiting up. No. 4 LSU lost three starters — two for disciplinary reasons and one for injury — days before the opener, and the Tigers have faced a slew of off-ﬁeld distractions that have tested the team’s resolve. Senior right guard Will Blackwell said the Tigers have overcome every offseason challenge to focus on the matchup with No. 3 Oregon. “Before we take the ﬁeld we always line up behind the end line, and [LSU] Coach [Les] Miles leads us on the ﬁeld,” Blackwell said. “When we do that, we leave everything that’s not related to the game or practice behind us. Family problems, teammate problems, girlfriend problems, whatever that might OREGON, see page 11 Computer, engineering programs to merge Curricula will not be altered Andrea Gallo Staff Writer ZACH BREAUX / The Daily Reveille File photo LSU QB Jarrett Lee (top) and RB Spencer Ware round out the Tigers’ offense. A University department comprising electrical and computer engineering and computer science will be created within the next two months, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jack Hamilton said Thursday. The new department was recommended by the University’s budget committee, on which Hamilton sits, and was approved by Chancellor Michael Martin. A “faculty transition committee” comprised of the deans and department chairs will now devise the nuances of the merger and choose a name for the combined department, which will fall under the College of Engineering. Hamilton said this will strengthen the two programs because they have both lost faculty. Despite the programs being merged, neither of the programs’ curricula ENGINEERING, see page 4 ACADEMICS School of Animal Sciences offers hands-on equestrian class Students learn to handle, ride horses Meredith Will Contributing Writer Laura Gentry is bringing a new clip-clopping rhythm to the School of Animal Sciences by starting an equestrian class this fall. Working with the Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation’s Farr Park Equestrian Center, Gentry is instructing animal science students on how to handle horses and their equipment. The students will also learn how to properly ride the horses. Gary Hay, director of the School of Animal Sciences, said the class consists of two hours of lecture and two hours of a hands-on lab each week. The Equestrian Center provides the horses, equipment and location among other tools necessary for riding and working with the horses. The students are required to pay $500 each to BREC, which totals $25 per hour of lessons. Hay said this is half of BREC’s normal fee for lessons. Hay said although the program took more than a year to arrange, Gentry was the driving force, as she owns horses and competes in horse events. Student interest in this program is high, Gentry said. Students of all years will learn how to communicate with horses, move with them and be safe while working with them. She said the course’s main HORSES, see page 4 LAUREN DUHON / The Daily Reveille An LSU student learns proper horsemanship, or how to handle a horse, as part of the School of Animal Sciences’ new equestrian course.