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February 27, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 22 | Baton Rouge, LA

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Alexandra Noto (theta) featuring photos from a Mardi gras ball.


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Keeping Louisiana Interesting Who’s ready for Mardi Gras?! No school + alcohol - what could possibly go wrong? Well, as

and even doubloons all

did make it to New Orleans and had a great time with some of my friends. As a junior… I still

parade Krewe’s name and

a Midwesterner, Mardi Gras was something completely new to me freshman year. However, I

do not fully understand Mardi Gras. I am Catholic, so I know that Lent starts the next day, but that is about the extent of my knowledge. Here are some facts I discovered about Mardi Gras. • The Krewe of Rex first introduced the color scheme of green, purple, and gold in 1872.Twenty years later, the meanings of the colors were revealed. According to Rex’s interpretation, purple represented justice, green was symbolic of faith and gold represented power.

• A custom that is celebrated is the making of the “King’s Cake” which represents the three

kings who brought gifts to baby Jesus. A plastic baby is baked inside the King Cake, and the tradition is whoever receives the baby in their piece of cake must buy the next King Cake or throw the next party.

• Every parade in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration, is sponsored by a Krewe. There are dozens of Krewes and each has their own rules and traditions. Each Krewe must hold

a parade which includes floats or bands, they have to hold a ball, and they have to have

the Mardi Gras celebration be its main purpose.

• Other countries that hold Mardi Gras celebrations

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logo have been throws

tossed to the crowds. One

Katie is a junior studying political science. You may contact her at kdani17@lsu.edu.

of the more unique and sought-after throws is

distributed by the Zulu

Aid & Pleasure club, which distributes hand-painted coconuts • Design and decoration of floats takes thousands of hours of preparation. Preparations actually begin a few weeks after Mardi Gras for the next season. Floats are designed based

upon the Krewe’s particular theme for the year. The themes of the floats often satire current

topics and cultural events.

• Each parade has a King and Queen, both of which are members of the Krewe, chosen by members of the Krewe.

Mardi Gras is a very unique celebration in Louisiana full of history and mystique. It is an

opportunity for a lot of people from all over the country to come together and have a great

time. It is one of the many reasons I never cease to be surprised by this state, maybe I should bring some advice back to Iowa.

similar to the United States include: Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Venice in Italy, Mazatlan

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throughout Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

• In addition to the beads, frisbees, plastic cups,

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The Best Sporting Event Ever Sure, the Super Bowl is exciting and inspirational, not to mention it’s an opportunity to throw a huge party just for one game. Sure, the World Cup is incredibly entertaining and so much fun to watch the games unfold. There are tons of other sporting events that cause attention and excitement, gluing us to our TVs for hours or days at a time. But no other event in the world is better than the Olympic Games. It combines the world’s greatest athletes in competition against one another, but without the animosity or bitter rival that you find in regular sports. Instead, there is a sense of unity that comes along with the games while still maintaining pride for your home country (USA! USA! USA!). In the Opening Ceremonies, you see dozens of nations and thousands

SARA GRACE SIRERA Phi Mu

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of athletes coming together for a single event. Everyone and taking names? Watching the video of hockey player is different, every country governs in a different way T.J. Oshie dominating in the shootout against Russia on and people don’t believe in the same things. But the Saturday never gets old. Some of these athletes have fact that nations can fought against and have overcome come together, despite extreme adversity to get to where these differences, is they are today. These kinds of success But no other event in the world evidence that perhaps stories provide inspiration and joy is better than the Olympic there will be a time and when we hear about them back Games. It combines the world’s when differences are in the States. We can’t help but feel greatest athletes in competition embraced rather than proud to be American! rejected. against one another, but without These athletes train their entire the animosity or bitter rival This feeling of lives just for this one moment. that you find in regular sports. worldwide unity does Watching them achieve their goals not, however, take away and seeing their dreams come true from the pride you is an incredibly inspiring thing to feel when American witness. It makes you feel like you athletes bring home a medal, especially gold, when are a part of it. It makes you want to work hard and the American flag is raised and the National Anthem is accomplish your own dreams. The Olympics don’t come played. What’s more exciting than watching athletes from around a lot, but when they do, life is a whole lot better. our own country prove they are the best at what they Now, I should be going to study, but I think I’ll go watch do? Who doesn’t love seeing American teams kicking ass Miracle instead. USA! USA! USA!


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Sleep Your Way to Skinny Sleep is an extremely important part of being healthy and happy. Unfortunately, most people put it on the back burner and treat it as something to do when they have time. Getting enough sleep and creating healthy sleeping habits is a great aid in weight loss and has numerous benefits. Benefit #1: Getting a full night’s sleep will keep your hormones in check. Not sleeping enough will offset your hormones and cause your appetite to increase the next day. Your body is working extra hard to stay awake, so it will burn any food you put into it quicker than normal. Unfortunately this makes your stomach an endless pit. On top of that, you’ll be moving slowly all day. This means your body won’t be burning energy as efficiently as it should. Benefit #2: Sleeping enough will give you the energy to workout If you don’t sleep enough and your energy is lacking, that much needed trip to the gym isn’t happening. Working out and getting enough sleep will keep your metabolism revving and burning energy all day. Sleeping gives your body the needed rest it needs for muscles to recover. In addition, working up a sweat can also help you fall asleep faster at night. Benefit #3: Getting enough sleep will keep you mentally alert

Getting enough sleep and creating healthy sleeping habits is a great aid in weight loss and has numerous benefits.

Say you go to bed at 3:00 a.m. and wake up in time for your 8:30 a.m. biology class. If you’ve ever done this, you know that paying attention is not an option. Your brain cannot fully function if it isn’t well rested! Get enough sleep so your thoughts won’t be so groggy, your decision making will be better and you might not have to stay up all night to study for that next test. So I know what you’re all thinking… getting enough sleep in college is almost impossible, especially if you live in a dorm. I swear my neighbors use power drills to screw holes in the wall every night with all the noise they make! But I’ve found that with a little effort and a lot of patience, it can be done. Here are tips on how to make sure you hit the hay: Set a bedtime: Ever wonder why you always had so much energy as a little kid? Well, part of it was because you always went to bed and woke up at the same time. Keeping a consistent bedtime/wake time will help you get the same amount of sleep each night, which is just as important as the amount of sleep you get. Getting 4 hours of sleep one night and then “making up” for it by getting 12 hours of sleep the next will actually confuse your body and make you gain weight. Try and set your bedtime 7-9 hours before you have to wake up.

Fall asleep when it’s dark, and wake up when it’s light: Our bodies are built to sleep and wake wit h t he cy cle of t h e s u n . I n o t h e r w o rd s , taking naps is actually counterproductive!

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Create a peaceful sleeping environment: Stop using technology and turn off the lights about 20-30 minutes before you want to be asleep. This allows your body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin, so that you can peacefully fall and stay asleep. Cut back on caffeine: Stop consuming anything caffeinated past noon if you can. That way, all caffeine consumed has had time to leave your system.


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Mardi Gras Parade Schedule Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Knights of Babylon Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. Uptown route. 21 float parade. Knights of Chaos Feb. 27, 6:15 p.m., follows Babylon. Uptown route. 16 float parade. Krewe of Muses Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., follows Chaos. Uptown route, starting at Jefferson Avenue. 26-float Parade. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 Krewe of Hermes Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Uptown route. 29-float parade this year is the krewe’s 75th anniversary. The theme is “The Diamond Jubilee.”

Krewe of Thoth March 2, noon, follows Mid-City. Uptown route, starting at Tchoupitoulas and State streets. 40-float parade. Theme: “Thoth Rolls Out the Red Carpet” Corps de Napoleon March 2, 5 p.m. Veterans Memorial Boulevard route. 26-float parade. Theme: “Louisiana Legends and Landmarks.” Krewe of Bacchus March 2, 5:15 p.m. Uptown route, ending at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 34-float parade. Theme: “Bacchus Explores Our Sportsman’s Paradise.” Monday, March 3, 2014

Le Krewe D’Etat Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., follows Hermes. Uptown route, begins on Magazine Street at Jefferson Avenue. 22 float parade.

Krewe of Proteus March 3, 5:15 p.m. Uptown route. 20-float parade. Theme: “Ancient Elements of Alchemy.”

Krewe of Morpheus Feb. 28, 7 p.m., follows Le Krewe D’Etat. Uptown route, starting at Jefferson Avenue. 20- Float Parade.

Krewe of Orpheus March 3, 6 p.m., follows Proteus. Uptown route, ending at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. 32 float parade. Theme: “Orpheus: The Enchanted World.”

Krewe of Centurions Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Boulevard route. Theme: “And the Beat Goes On” – 20 float parade Saturday, March 1, 2014 Krewe of Iris March 1, 11 a.m. Uptown route. Theme: “Iris Rocks!” - 35 float parade. The krewe is New Orleans’ oldest women’s Carnival organization. Krewe of Tucks March 1, noon, follows Iris. Uptown route. 30-float parade – Theme: “Tucks: Livin’ the Sportin’ Life.”

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club March 4, 8 a.m. Uptown route, starting at South Claiborne and Jackson avenues. More than 50 floats parade. Theme: “Zulu Salutes Nelson Mandela.” Rex March 4, 10 a.m., follows Zulu. Uptown route. Thieme”Gods of All the Ages,” 30 float parade.

Krewe of Endymion March 1, 4:15 p.m. Mid-City route. Theme: “An Evening at the Opera” 27 float parade.

Krewe of Argus March 4, 10 a.m. Veterans Memorial Boulevard route. Theme: “Argus the Storyteller”; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be grand marshal.

Krewe of Isis March 1, 6:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Boulevard route. 19-float parade Theme: “We Go Together.”

Elks Krewe of Orleanians March 4, 11 a.m., follows Rex. Uptown route. 100 truck parade.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Krewe of Crescent City March 4, noon, follows Elks Orleanians. Uptown route. 50 truck parade

Krewe of Okeanos March 2, 11 a.m. Uptown route. 21-float parade Theme: Okeanos Celebrates the Holidays.” Krewe of Mid-City March 2, 11:45 a.m., follows Okeanos. Uptown route. Theme: “50 Shades of Green,” 18 – float parade

Source: http://www.nola.com/mardigras/index.ssf/2014/02/mardi_gras_2014_ parade_planner.html#feb27


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Greek of the Week: Jen Tuohy

If you already know Jen Tuohy, you know she is one of the kindest and sweetest girls of Delta Gamma. She’s a talented dancer that will make you question your booty poppin’ abilities, and a fun loving sorority girl that makes your tailgates fun. However, there is so much more to Jen. As a newly elected officer in DG, she kept me interested as this week’s Greek of the week. So Jen, you’re the vice president of new member education. Why did you want that position? I am obsessed with new members! Ask anyone and they will tell you I never stop talking about them. My favorite part of my position is watching new members be initiated and welcoming them to lifetime of sisterhood. Yes, I am one of those girls. I love inspiring these women to become something more than they ever thought they could be and truly showing them what it means to wear your letters with pride! What’s your favorite themed costume you’ve ever worn? Um…it would have to be a costume I wore a few years ago to an exchange. The exchange theme was YouTube sensations and I was really last minute with making a costume. Then I realized that I really didn’t have time to make one. Then it hit me. I got a plain white shirt and wrote on it “Ain’t nobody got time for making costumes.” I added a picture of the women on the front and 10 minutes before the exchange I had a costume. It was so much fun and very comfortable, the two things that really matter about costumes. What’s your favorite LSU fraternity? That’s right I ask the tough questions… Oh goodness! This is a tough question. To be honest, I love hanging out with all the fraternities and have friends in almost all of them. Pretty much anyone who is throwing a party that week is my favorite! What would you rather: have hiccups for the rest of your life, or feel like you need to sneeze but never be able to? Both of these choices wouldn’t be pleasant, but I would rather feel like I need to sneeze because hiccups would just get annoying. What’s your favorite thing about LSU...getting drunk at Tigerland is not an option: Without a doubt, my favorite thing about LSU is the pride the students have for this school. We have the best fans! We truly bleed purple and gold.

www.theodysseyonline.com Justin Beiber is here and needs your help, what do you tell her (that is not a typo) to get her off the crazy train? I would ask him if he would like to know who Jesus is because I think he is the only person who can save him/her at this point.

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Malena is a junior studying Mass Communications. You may contact her at mmore16@lsu.edu.

Let’s get sentimental real quick: what do you love most about Greek life and why did you choose Delta Gamma? Someone very wise once told me that my Greek letters don’t make me better than you; they just make me better than I use to be! This perfectly explains what Greek organizations can do for college students. Greek Life provides men and women with opportunities that can be found in no other organization. I have so much to be thankful for because of Greek Life. I choose Delta Gamma because when walking into the house I felt at home. The women I have the privilege of calling my sisters inspire me every day. They encourage me to be my best, support me when the times get tough, and challenge me to achieve the impossible. The bonds of sisterhood are incomparable and these women are my motivation to always Do Good. The pride you feel when wearing your letters that have been worn by so many amazing women is an indescribable feeling. Without Delta Gamma, I would not be the woman I am today.


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Mardi Gras Guide to Keeping Your Spring Break Bod Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Whether you’re heading down to New Orleans for the break, taking a trip to celebrate with your family in your hometown or just catching a few parades here in Baton Rouge, I promise you’ll have a good time. After all, how can you not love standing in a crowd twenty deep, screaming your lungs out in hopes that someone on a float tosses 10 cent beads your way? Obviously, I’m being sarcastic; Mardi Gras is great! However keep in mind that Spring Break is also right around the corner. If you’re hoping to keep that beach bod you’ve been working so hard on, you may want to take extra precautions. When it comes to food, it’s no secret that New Orleans is home to the best cuisine anywhere in the world. But there’s a reason why Louisiana is so high on the list of obesity: it’s not good for you. During Mardi Gras, everyone tends to eat pretty horribly. King cake for breakfast, Taco Bell for a mid-day snack after a parade or two and IHOP late night for endless pancakes to sober you up. Try to limit your intake of extremely unhealthy food. You will no doubt find yourself at fast

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Delta Delta Delta Madaline is a junior studying political science. You may contact her at mking25@tigers.lsu.edu. food joints, but try to choose healthier options. Swap your soft drink for water. Believe me, your body will thank you later. Everyone knows that Mardi Gras is all about partying, and drinking is obviously a big part of that. If you’re worried that this break will set you right back at square one in regards to your beach bod, consider a few lower calorie drink options. Rum and Diet Coke, vodka and lime or gin and tonic are all great choices. Asking for a diet soda in your regular mixed drink can make a big difference. If you’re a beer drinker, go for the lighter beers like Budweiser Select 55 or Michelob Ultra.

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A few days of heavy drinking, bad eating, and sleepless nights can definitely throw off all of your dedication to your workout plan. While going for a run or spending using the hotel gym are ideal options, the chances of you actually getting your sweat on are slim. Instead, try some simple exercises. Do wall sits while getting dressed. Get some squats in while brushing your teeth or blow-drying your hair. Take the stairs in lieu of the elevator. If your destination is close and the path is safe, walk there rather than calling a cab. In general, staying healthy has a lot to do with simple aspects. Eat three meals a day just like you would at any other time. Drink plenty of water, especially if you plan on downing alcohol every night. Most importantly, rest! Try your best to get a full eight hours of sleep each night. Taking these easy steps will help you not only stay on track with your Spring Break hot bod plans, but also keep you from feeling like death when you arrive back to Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Enjoy your Mardi Gras break!

Mardi Gras Guidelines I grew up in New Orleans, a place that prides itself on its food, music, culture and fun. It’s also home to one of the most unique and enchanting holidays: Mardi Gras. As a child, Mardi Gras was a fun family event where pretty floats, tons of beads and cool toys were the main attractions. As I got older, I realized why Mardi Gras was considered the best party of the year. If you’re heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, it can be immensely fun. Just make sure to remember a few of these guidelines: Plan Ahead. Parade routes go all throughout the city, so find out beforehand where you want to go. Ask around to see where your friends will be and head there. Otherwise, you might end up alone in a sea of smelly strangers...not fun. Go with a group and plan a designated meeting place if you get separated. Chances are you won’t stay together the whole time, so this is vitally important. Read this carefully and let it soak in: cell phones do not always work during Mardi Gras, especially in crowded areas. You won’t want to be lost after the parade, so make sure you

know where you’re going! Finally, having a ride is extremely important. Don’t let yourself be stranded! Don’t get too hammered. If the phrase, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” ever applied, it really does now. The goal of Mardi Gras is not to get as drunk as you possibly can, so let go of that now. Mardi Gras is an extended weekend to relax, hang out outside, enjoy being with your friends and meet new people. Eat good food, and remember to drink responsibly! It’s a long weekend, so pace yourself accordingly. Otherwise, you’ll be suffering a hangover all day while your friends are out having another day of fun. Steer clear of the unknown. Don’t go off to places you’re unfamiliar with. It’s New Orleans, and you have to remember there are many places that can be quite dangerous. Word to the wise: stick to where the crowd is and stay on the main streets. Also, stay away from unknown drinks. Someone offers you a colorful concoction of mystery liquids? Be smart and kindly turn down the offer.

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Caroline is a sophomore studying english literature and political science. You may contact her at ccarso8@tigers.lsu.edu.

Better safe than sorry. Basic line: stay around people you know, be sure of what you’re consuming and stay away from sketchy areas. Mardi Gras is fun! It’s so amazing to live in a place that knows how to throw a good citywide, weekendlong party. However it’s important to be responsible. This isn’t the time to go completely crazy and let your guard down. This fun weekend can easily turn into a deadly disaster if you’re too reckless. My advice? Be smart, relax, plan ahead and have a blast! Bottom line: just eat, drink, be merry, and pardi on.


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Make Your Own King Cake! For those of you who can’t seem to get enough king cake, have you ever thought about making your own? Here is a recipe to try! Ingredients

you can hide the plastic baby in the cake at this time. Colored sugars •

Green, purple, & yellow paste

12 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

2 packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar

3 1/2 – 4 1/2 cups flour unsifted

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon lemon zest, this is lemon rind, grated

3 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 cup warm milk

1/4 cup lemon juice

5 egg yolks

1 stick butter cut into slices and softened, plus 2 tablespoons more softened butter

3 – 6 tablespoons water

1 egg slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine sugar, lemon juice and 3 tablespoons water until smooth. If icing is too stiff, add more water until spreadable. Spread icing over top of cake. Immediately sprinkle the colored sugars in individual rows consisting of about 2 rows of green, purple and yellow.

1 1” plastic baby doll

Source: http://www.mardigrasday.com/king-cakes/king-cake-traditional-recipe/

Directions Pour the warm water into a small shallow bowl, and sprinkle yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar into it. Allow the yeast and sugar to rest for three minutes, then mix thoroughly. Set the bowl in a warm place for ten minutes or until yeast bubbles up and the mixture almost doubles in volume. Combine 3 1/2 cups of flour, remaining sugar, nutmeg and salt, and sift into a large mixing bowl. Stir in lemon zest. Separate center of mixture to form a hole and pour in yeast mixture and milk. Add egg yolks and, using a wooden spoon, slowly combine dry ingredients into the yeast/milk mixture. When mixture is smooth, beat in 8 tablespoons butter (1 tablespoon at a time) and continue to beat 2 minutes, or until dough can be formed into a medium-soft ball. Place ball of dough on a lightly floured surface and knead like bread. While kneading, sprinkle up to 1 cup more of flour (1 tablespoon at a time) over the dough. When dough is no longer sticky, knead 10 minutes more until shiny and elastic. Using a pastry brush, coat the inside of a large bowl evenly with one tablespoon softened butter. Place dough ball in the bowl and rotate until the entire surface is buttered. Cover bowl with a moderately thick kitchen towel and place in a draftfree spot for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in volume. Using a pastry brush, coat a large baking sheet with one tablespoon of butter and set aside. Remove dough from bowl and place on lightly floured surface. Using your fist, punch dough down forcefully. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top, pat and shake dough into a cylinder. Twist dough to form a curled cylinder and loop cylinder onto the buttered baking sheet. Pinch the ends together to complete the circle. Cover dough with towel and set it in draft-free spot for 45 minutes, or until the circle of dough doubles in volume. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush top and sides of cake with egg wash and bake on middle rack of oven for 25 to 35 minutes until golden brown. Place cake on wire rack to cool. If desired,

Squeeze a dot of green paste in palm of hand. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over the paste and rub together quickly. Place this mixture on wax paper and wash hands to remove color. Repeat process for other 2 colors. Place aside. Icing


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Say What? Mardi Gras Slang For those of you who are new to Mardi Gras, here is a short list of definitions! Ball A masked ball in which scenes representing a specific theme are enacted for the entertainment of the club members and their guests; krewe “royalty” is traditionally presented during the ball. MARDI GRAS French for Fat Tuesday, the single-day culmination of the Carnival season. KREWE The generic term for all Carnival organizations in New Orleans, first used by the Mistick Krewe of Comus which coined the word in 1857 to give its club’s name an Old English flavor. CAPTAIN The absolute leader of each Carnival organization.

CARNIVAL From the Latin ‘carnivale’, it is loosely translated as “farewell to flesh”. It is the season of merriment in New Orleans which begins annually on January 6 and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday. Carnival season leads up to the season of Lent. COURT The King, Queen, maids, and dukes of a Carnival organization. DEN A large warehouse where floats are built and stored. DOUBLOONS Aluminum coin-like objects bearing the krewe’s insignia on one side and the parade’s theme on the reverse; first introduced by Rex in 1960. FAT TUESDAY Fat Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, the

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last day before Lent. It is a day of fun and carnival, like in New Orleans where it often marks the climax of a carnival period. FAVOR A souvenir, given by krewe members to friends attending the ball, normally bearing the organization’s insignia, name and year of issue. FLAMBEAUX Naphtha-fueled torches, traditionally carried by whiterobed men. In the past century, flambeaux provided the only source of nighttime parade illumination. THROWS Inexpensive trinkets tossed from floats by costumed and masked krewe members. Among the more popular items are krewe-emblemed aluminum doubloons, plastic cups and plastic medallion necklaces. Source: http://www.mardigrasday.com/mardi-grasinfo/mardi-gras-lingo/


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Mardi Gras Craft Mardi Gras is a great time for food, friends, fun, and of course, alcohol. For all of those who want to get a little fancy with your alcohol this Mardi Gras (aka if you or your parents are have a party and you have some extra money to spend) here are some great drink ideas! The Flambeaux Mix an orange slice, a maraschino cherry and 2 spoonfuls of simple syrup in a glass with ice. Add 1½ oz. Southern Comfort and 2 dashes Tabasco sauce. Garnish with an orange slice, a cherry, and a mint sprig. Serve in oversized goblets and fill out the drinks with orange or pineapple juice. Mardi Grass Kiss Combine 1½ oz. rum, ½ oz. amaretto almond liqueur, 1 oz. simple syrup and 1 oz. pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a margarita glass. Add crushed ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

Bayou Bloody Mary Add ingredients to a tumbler filled with ice: 1 oz. vodka, 6 oz. tomato juice, 5 drops Tabasco sauce, 3 drops Worcestershire sauce, 1 pinch prepared horseradish, 1 pinch celery salt, 1 pinch ground pepper, 1 dash lemon juice. Garnish with celery sticks and Mardi Gras drink picks. Rumbalaya • 1½ oz. Appleton Estate Reserve • ½ oz. Lemon Hart 151 • ¼ oz. vanilla syrup • ¼ oz. allspice syrup • ¼ oz. passion fruit syrup • ¼ oz. lime juice • Dash of Angostura Bitters • 1 oz. brut Champagne Add all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake, strain, and pour into a glass.

Bourbon Street Blackberry Bruts Muddle 7 large blackberries, ½ oz. agave nectar and ¼ oz. lemon juice in a glass. Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice and add 1½ oz. silver tequila. Shake and strain into a tumbler filled with ice. Top with brut champagne and garnish with blackberries on a pick.

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Masked Lady Pour 1 oz. passion fruit vodka, ½ oz. gin, ½ oz. triple sec, ½ oz. lime juice and 2 oz. pineapple juice in a wine goblet filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with mint.

• 3 oz. pineapple juice

Fat Tuesday Iced Tea You’ll need: several bottles of citrus vodka, pitchers of sweet lemonade and iced tea, and bowls of lemon slices and mint sprigs. Have plenty of large plastic tumblers, a bucket of ice, ice scoops and drink stirrers on hand.

• 1 oz. Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum • 1 oz. 151 Proof Cruzan Rum • 1 oz. Cruzan Vanilla Rum • 3 oz. orange juice • ½ oz. Grenadine • Garnish: lime wedge Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain, and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. h t t p : / / w w w. p a r t y c i t y. c o m / c o n t e n t / mardi+gras+party+drink+ideas.do


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Long Distance: The Do’s and Don’ts Relationships of any kind have highs and lows, but add twelve hours between you two and you have a complete mess on your hands. Going to exchanges, formals, and GRUBs can potentially be a disaster if you go about them the wrong way. Your girlfriends will leave you in the dust in pursuit of a hot guy that you can be of no help with because you’re “taken”. However, being taken doesn’t mean you have to be socially inept or paralyzingly awkward in front of the opposite sex! No you aren’t flirting if you have a silly conversation with a boy or help a girl on her calculus homework, you’re just being human and socializing. You do NOT however need to bat your eyes, or giggle at comments you don’t even think are funny or give that other person the slightest inkling that you are interested. If you do, things can get complicated and you will always end up being the bad guy. This can cause a bad ending for both the friendship and your relationship, so steer clear! When it comes to date functions grab one of your girlfriends and convince her to go stag with you. Get drunk together and dance the night away without having to wonder whether your make-up still looks good or if you look like a complete idiot dancing (odds are you do

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look absolutely ridiculous). I know, we all love our significant other and want to brag on them. But please, please for the love of God do NOT talk about your boyfriend on a constant basis. To be honest nobody cares but you, and if you are trying too hard to make it completely obvious that you are “taken,” trust me when I say that everyone gets the picture. YOU ARE NOT SINGLE. Doing this just makes you sound incompetent without them, like you can’t go anywhere or do anything without them. You can, however, slyly fit them into a conversation by adding “my boyfriend blank-ety blank and I did that once,” but let that be the extent to which you talk of them. Something you can do, is gush about them to their face, over Skype, in your room...with the door closed. Skype your little heart out! Skype every weekend and let them know that you thought about them today when you were talking to your friend. Do send snail mail back and forth, or take the time to mail a box of goodies on special occasions. Do support them in everything they are doing and let them know you are always there to talk.

KARLEE HOWARD Kappa Delta

Karlee is a sophomore studying communication disorders. You may contact her at khowa12@tigers.lsu.edu Do not use your significant other as an excuse to do things you really enjoy. Go out with your girlfriends, go to exchanges and dance the night away! I completely understand that you feel an obligation to them to make them happy but I promise you can do that without missing out on the amazing experiences college has to offer you. If you end up together, all of those things you didn’t do in college will just be a resentment you have towards your significant other. Nobody wants that! So, girls and boys, you can still party and have a good time without being obsessive over your relationship. Try to keep a good balance of the two extremes and, well, you will live Happily Ever After (I hope).


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Humor lol

Inspirational Quotes @Inspire_Us Tell the truth or someone will tell it for you. Stephanie Klein UberFacts @UberFacts It took 200,000 years for the human population to reach 3 billion -- It only took 40 years for it to grow by another 3 billion after that. Hot Piece of LSU @Hotfsu I would probably get straight A’s if I went to class but that requires putting pants on so I’m ok Keep Calm Tweets @KeepCaImTweets Don’t stress about the small things. Jimmy Kimmel @jimmykimmel

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Fun Fact: people who write #MeanTweets weren’t loved enough as children Inspiring Quotes! @AdmireMyQuote

Wake Up to Turn Up Instagram In Words @Wordstigram

Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

Picstich collage of two girls, apparently lifetime besties, followed by a novel that should only say Happy Birthday

LSU Problems @FSUPRBLMS

Lena Dunham @lenadunham

If you’ve ever wanted to experience all 4 seasons within 2 days, transfer to FSU. #FSUProblems

I am boycotting the Olympics aka don’t know what the Olympics are

LSU Party Tutor @FSU_PartyTutor

Shaun White @shaun_white

Alcohol increases the Send Button size by 90%.

*U*S*A* #russiacalling #sochi #teamusa

Harry Styles @Harry_Styles

LSU Fashion Police @FSUFashnPolice

Don’t watch tv while chopping vegetables.

The Winter Olympics is like smelling really good food and not being able to eat it. Like it’s the Olympics... But there’s no gymnastics.

I’m Shmacked @ImShmacked


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