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Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Nicholls State University Student Publication

Students speak up about NFL 10 Volume 56 — Issue 23

Not Just for Kids Cyberbulling arises on campus 3

Libya protests USA involvement 5

Peltier lounge offers tutoring, relaxation 18 Index:

Sports...9 Lagniappe...15 Editorial...21

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HAPPENINGS Nicholls alumni crawfish boil set for April 16

The Nicholls State University Alumni Federation Annual Meeting and Crawfish Boil is slated for Saturday, April 16, in the Cotillion Ballroom. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a business meeting, followed by the crawfish boil at 6:30. Tickets are $30 per person at the door for dues-paying alumni, faculty and staff or $20 if purchased prior to April 8. Tickets for nondues-paying alumni and friends of the University are $40 at the door, $30 if purchased before April 8. To reserve tickets, call (985) 448-4111.

New log-in for Colonel Card Web site effective March 28 Since March 28, students, faculty and staff have to log into the Colonel Card Web site at with a new password. Students must log in with their Blackboard usernames and passwords. Faculty and staff must log in with their Novell/Banner usernames and passwords. Guests’ log-in information remains the same.

Apple Award nominations for faculty due April 8 The division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services is now requesting nominations for Apple Awards, annual awards given to teaching faculty for their work with students outside the classroom. The awards will be presented on Aug. 11 on the day of the Faculty Institute. There are many available catagories for nomination. Multiple people or categories must be submitted on separate forms. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Student Affairs Web site at Nominations are due in the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services by April 8.

Pianist Alexander-Liao to perform free recital The Department of Music will present a recital by guest pianist Ariane Alexander-Liao at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in Talbot Theater on campus. Alexander-Liao’s Nicholls performance will include works from the 20th century piano repertoire, including Geroge Crumb’s “Makrokosmos,” a masterpiece associated with the avant-garde movement of the 1960s. Based on the signs of the zodiac, the piece uses unconventional methods to create new sonorities on the instrument including playing inside of the piano. The performance is free and open to the public.

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Nicholls Calendar of Events

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday •Nicholls Cares Japan Relief Effort from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union

•Nicholls Cares Japan Relief Effort from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union

•Student Leadership Council Meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Bayou Suite

•Cookies, Cupcakes and Condoms from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union

•Baseball vs. University of Texas-Arlington at 3 p.m. on Didier Field

•Baseball vs. Univeristy of Texas-Arlington at 1 p.m. on Didier Field

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday •Early registration for summer session and fall semester begins

•Multi-Cultural Day at 11:30 a.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom •Baseball vs. Southern at 6 p.m. on Didier Field

•SGA Town Hall meeting at 5 p.m. in the Student Union snack bar area

•The Vagina Monologues at 7 p.m. in Talbot Theater

•Baseball vs. University of New Orleans at 6 p.m. on Didier Field •RELATE: Pressure at 7 p.m. in the Student Union snack bar area


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An Office of Development employee received a strange phone call about a Re po student on March 22. A man wanted to speak to someone in a resident hall to rts locate a student. He did not name the student or know which resident hall she was in. The man sounded intoxicated, but the employee transferred his call to Housing. On March 23, a Housing employee checked their voicemail and found one that sounded like the previous man. The man named the student and requested the location of the student because he claimed she took his vehicle. University Police found no student by the name provided but could not reach the man.

University Police found a student lying on the ground across from Scholars Hall who said he was not feeling well. An ambulance transported the student to Thibodaux Regional Emergency Room.

March 24 A visitor fell in 241 Talbot. She was fine but asked for a report to be filed. Students threw water balloons into La Maison du Bayou rooms. The students struck the University officer who investigated the situation and ran. The officer located four students hiding in another student’s room and issued them disciplinary summons and City Court misdemeanor summons.

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Cyberbullying prevalent nation-wide, at Nicholls By Jake Martin Sports Editor The state of “cyberbullying” has made an impact all over the United States as states have made laws to prevent cyberbullying, which has eventually made its way to Nicholls as a student was on the receiving end of ridicule online a couple of weeks ago. Anonymous users on The Nicholls Worth web site commented on a story about students being able to smoke in their cars on campus and insulted the sexual orientation of government junior Peter Jenkins from Greensboro, NC. The director of Student Publications Nicki Boudreaux saw the comments and had The Nicholls Worth staff take them down. “The attacks that were made in the comment section on the website had nothing to do with the topic. Instead, it was addressing this students character and discussing his sexuality,” Boudreaux said. Boudreaux took these attacks seriously because of the recent cracking down on cyberbullying over the past four years by 28 states. According to the National

Coalition Against Censorship, schools and legislatures across the country are updating laws and passing new ones to attempt to regulate cyberbullying. “It’s a pretty gray area because people say it’s their first amendment right to say what they feel, but then you get into a point where what people are saying can be libelous, untrue and have an issue with privacy,” Boudreaux

though the comments attacked his sexuality, Jenkins responded in a positive manner. “People have the right to say what they want, and people started attacking my sexuality, but it doesn’t really affect me anymore because people do that all the time,” Jenkins said. Jenkins wants to try to find out who made the comments, and even though it’s not likely that

$70,000 a year, and The Courier and Comet picked up the story. Just like the students did on the Nicholls Worth Web site, people were making up usernames and leaving insulting comments. “I thought at that point newspapers were entering a slippery slope,” Boudreaux said. “We believe in first amendment and believe in freedom of speech, but we can’t encourage speech that’s

“It’s a pretty gray area because people say it’s their first amendment right to say what they feel, but then you get into a point where what people are saying can be libelous, untrue and have an issue with privacy.” — Nicki Boudreaux

said. “People say things online because they’re able to hide behind a computer.” Jenkins was not aware of the attacks until a friend of his told him about the comments online, and by that time, the comments were already taken down. When Jenkins found out, he contacted Boudreaux via e-mail and asked for copies of the posts. Even

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he’ll find them, he’s still going to take the documents to a judicial officer. This isn’t the first occurrence of cyberbullying in the Thibodaux area. Years ago, people were making derogatory statements on The Daily Comet and Houma Courier Web sites. The Times Picayune published all state employees who earned more than

going to end up being an invasion of privacy.” Last July, the state of Louisiana passed two laws regarding cyberbullying with the first law making cyberbullying against someone under the age of 17 a crime. Offenders of the new law can be punished for acting with the intent of “coerce, abuse, torment,

intimidate, harass, embarrass or cause emotional distress to a person under the age of 17.” On the first offense, those over the age of 18 can receive up to a $500 fine and receive up to six months in jail. On the third offense, the offender can receive a $5000 fine and receive up to three years in jail. Cyberbullying has been making its presence known nationwide, as many believe that suicides by students have come directly from cyberbullying. In New Jersey, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped off of the George Washington Bridge after a privately recorded sexual encounter with another male was broadcasted over the Internet. Missouri made national headlines in 2006 when a 13-year-old girl committed suicide when a 49-year-old neighbor posed as a teenage boy and sent harassing messages over MySpace. Some states allow schools to take action in response to cyberbullying, like New Hampshire, while other states, like Illinois, are requiring all students in third grade and above to attend an Internet safety class at least once a year.

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Nicholls Alumni Federation awards faculty, students By Graham Harvey University Relations The Nicholls Alumni Federation honored those who have contributed the most to the University and the federation at its annual Awards for Excellence reception, held March 20. Tim Emerson, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Houma, received the James Lynn Powell Award. The Powell award is the highest honor awarded to an alumnus or alumna. The James Lynn Powell Award, the highest honor awarded to an alumnus or alumna, was presented to Tim Emerson, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Houma. A wealth management specialist with several professional certifications, Emerson is a member of the Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, South Central Industrial Association, Nicholls State University Foundation, Nicholls Alumni Federation and College of Business Administration Alumni Association. He also serves on the United Way board and is a member and past president of Kiwanis of Houma. Emerson graduated magna cum laude from the College of Business Administration in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. “Nicholls means a great deal to me, so I am very humbled to receive this award, particularly when I look

$1 million in competitive research grants, and he is a three-time chairman of the board for Leadership Lafourche Inc. “I am truly honored by this award,” Doucet said. “Praise, however, should be less for me and more for the alumni federation. By supporting this service award, the alumni federation reminds the public that professorship doesn’t end when teaching hours are over, a fact more important than ever in this day and age when the true value of higher education is forgotten in light of dramatic budget cuts to universities.” The Harvey Peltier Award, the highest award presented to a non-graduate of Nicholls, was awarded to Gloria Callais, wife of the late Harold J. Callais, a Louisiana Board of Regents member and Nicholls supporter. Mrs. Callais and her family established the Harold J. Callais Endowed Chair at Nicholls to memorialize her husband, along with three endowed scholarships. The gift was the largest gift to Nicholls or the Nicholls Foundation at that time. Callais and her family also support Bite of the Arts, the John Folse Culinary Institute’s largest annual fundraising event. “I was both honored and humbled to receive this fine award,” said Callais. “My late husband thought Nicholls was a wonderful university, and I learned so much about

“By supporting this service award, the alumni federation reminds the public that professorship doesn’t end when teaching hours are over.” — John Doucet

at the names of the past recipients and the economic contributions they made to this state,” Emerson said. “It is truly an honor.” The Marie Fletcher Distinguished Service Award, the only alumni federation honor that carries with it a cash stipend, was presented to John Doucet, distinguished service professor, head of the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the University Honors Program. A researcher, administrator and educator, Doucet became Louisiana’s first certified public health geneticist in 2010. His contributions to academia include more than 150 extramural presentations, letters and workshops and more than 50 full-length publications, including stage plays and history books. Doucet has also secured more than

it through him. I love Nicholls as well, and I consider this award a prestigious acknowledgement.” Two honorees received the Ramon J. Labat Award, presented to former or current civil service Nicholls employees who have shown exceptional professionalism. Recipients are Chris Clement, facility assistant maintenance manager B, and Jenny Schexnayder, administrative assistant 4 for the Office of Institutional Advancement. Honorary alumni this year are Louise “Do” Bonin, former senior woman administrator for athletics and former head women’s basketball coach, and Jim Hunter, former head tennis coach for men and women. A final alumni award, the Corporate Mark of Honor, was presented

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From left to right: Director of alumni affairs Deborah Raziano, Senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Tim Emerson, Alumni Federation president Glenn Chance and University president Stephen Hulbert

to the Stephanie Hebert Insurance Agency Inc., an Allstate business based in Houma, for Hebert’s consistent support of Nicholls activities and functions, including women’s athletics and the Sponsor A+ Scholar Wine and Food Extravaganza. Hebert also established an endowed scholarship for students with dyslexia. The Alumni Federation also

recognized current students who were named to the 2011 Nicholls Hall of Fame, which honors both scholastic and service-oriented excellence. Awardees, listed with hometowns, are Jeremy Benoit of Thibodaux; Cory Blanchard of Houma; Lawrence Briggs of College Station, Texas; Alexandra Champagne of Metairie; Stephanie Coleman of Prairieville; Miriam

Davis of Youngsville; Stephanie Graebert of Norco; Leslie Guillory of Houma; Benjamin Jones Jr. of Thibodaux; Holden Ledet of Cut Off; Alexandra Morris of Lockport; Louis Raiford of Ponchatoula; Celeste Roberts of Schriever; Kristen Robichaux of Thibodaux; Cindy Soto of Independence, Mo.; Jacey Tanner of Houma; and Brittany Taraba of Swartz.

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Libya uprising leads to international intervention By David Guidry Staff Writer When one piles the 2011 Libyan Uprising on top of several local hurricanes, international natural disasters and other incidents of unrest in the Middle East, our current generation has seen enough global strife and disaster in the last decade to last a lifetime. The chain of revolutionary

domestic product, and most profits are used to buy weapons and fund global terrorism. By mid-February this year, the oppressed and abused people of Libya had had enough.  Protestors called for a reinstatement of the 1952 constitution and demanded a switch to a multi-party democracy.  In typical madman world-leader fashion, Gaddafi responded with conspiracy theo-

“I firmly believe that when innocent people are being’s in our national interest to act. It’s our responsibility.” — President Barack Obama

events in recent months has brought about what is, for us, a familiar sense of dread and confusion, where we are forced to decide for ourselves what’s right and wrong in the world around us. Muammar al-Gaddafi has ruled Libya for over 40 years, a long span of time filled with rampant civil rights violations and huge preoccupations with oil control. Petroleum revenues make up more than half of Libya’s gross

ries and violence against his own people. Like the recent uprising in Egypt, cell phone and internet communications were choked, and violent clashes have left thousands dead. The incident didn’t remain isolated for long once a no-fly zone was established by the United Nations in Libyan airspace. This occurred only a few days before an official, physical response from French, British and American

armed forces, bombing Libyan airfields and ground forces. Many can’t help but feel swollen with a sort of patriotic guilt, wondering what really was the right thing to do. Was the U.S. justified in our decision to interfere with a battle that was not our own?  When does holding true to our humanitarian duties outweigh the costs of getting involved with seemingly hopeless international affairs? Should the United States step down from its role as a global bully or are we a necessary ally to people that need and want our help? In a recent address to the nation, President Barack Obama defended his country’s decision to meddle once again in international affairs.  “The United States cannot and should not intervene every time there’s a crisis somewhere in the world,” he said. “But I firmly believe that when innocent people are being’s in our national interest to act. It’s our responsibility.” Only time will teach us whether or not our dutiful policing of other countries is beneficial in the long run or detrimental to our international image and internal health.

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Most students drop lower level courses on drop date By David Guidry Staff Writer Every college student knows the end of the semester: last-minute study sessions, papers, finals and the dreaded final grades, but a huge decision made more than a month before the end can affect whether or not one passes or fails a class.

Dropping a class (or more than one) is not a choice to be taken lightly. While losing a bad grade could improve an overall average, dropping down to below 12 hours means becoming a part-time student, which can negatively affect scholarships.  Like every other semester, the last drop date on Monday showed a huge turnout of people getting

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Students wait in line to drop classes at the Office of Records and Registration on Monday, the final drop date.

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Ty Satterfield, mathematics junior from Raceland, fills out a drop slip at the Office of Records and Registration in Otto B. Candies Hall last week.

rid of dead-weight classes at the last minute. “We don’t know exact numbers of students dropping, but there’s always a lot,” Maria Geerts, a student employee in the Records office said. She held up a hefty stack of yellow drop slips Monday as more students filed in.  “These are all just from today.” The most-dropped class, according to Geerts, is biology by a landslide. Other drop date favorites include math, history and English classes, though they are generally lower level 100 and 200 level courses. There are hardly any

drops for higher 400 level classes. Students may have any number of reasons to get rid of a class. Problems with a teacher, medical issues or simply not liking a class’s subject matter could be incentive enough. “I ended up dropping Literature of the Undead,” Victoria Davis, psychology junior from Maine said. “It sounds weird to drop such an interesting class about vampires, but I just couldn’t get through Dracula!” Despite the apparent popularity of dropping, some students work hard to maintain grades in all

classes to avoid kicking any to the curb. Gunnar Doucet, computer information systems sophomore from Houma, is one of these students. “Dropping a class seems like a wasted investment to me,” he said. “All that money, time and effort spent in the class is gone, and you’re still left having to retake the class all over again.” There will always be students on either side of the drop/keep debate.  The Records office, however, is expected to remain busy on the dreaded drop date for semesters to come.

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Nicholls offers FASFA Cafeteria adjusts to dietary needs workshops to students By Kami Ellender Staff Writer

By Melissa Holman Staff Writer The Office of Financial Aid will be offering several workshops to help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid if they are interested in receiving federal grants and loans. Along with sending out e-mail reminders to all current financial aid applicants to reapply for FAFSA, the office will sponsor the workshops to offer assistance with the completion of the form in Candies Hall, counselor for the Office of Financial Aid Brandi St. Pierre said. The workshops, for students currently living on campus, will be held from April 4 -7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Advisors in University College posted the announcement for the workshop on their Web site as well. Students must call Financial Aid at 985-448-4048 to register for a session, as space is limited. St. Pierre encourages every student planning to attend the University next school year to fill out the FAFSA form. “No matter what students think they are eligible for, they should

still fill it out. They may qualify for some type of aid they think they wouldn’t qualify for, like a student loan.” Anyone receiving TOPS must complete FAFSA as well, St. Pierre said. The priority deadline date for filing FAFSA is April 15, but students can complete the form throughout

“No matter what students think they are eligible for, they should still fill it out.” — Brandi St. Pierre

the semester. The absolute deadline to submit the form is June 30, 2011. According to the government Web site, the Office of Federal Student Aid, under the United States Department of Education, strives to provide all eligible individuals “federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school.” The office partners with universities, financial institutions and other organizations to alleviate some of the financial burden college students may face.

Students with dietary needs or preferences can receive guidance and nutrition options from Dining Services. Richard Curtis, general manager of Sodexo, said that students have to ask about their options in order to be served. “People have to come to us,” Curtis said. “If they ask, we will be more than happy to help them.” He explained that the number of options depend upon the number of students that request a particular diet. “I probably counsel 15 to 20 people every fall because I am a certified dietary manager,” Curtis said. “I have all the information to do nutritional assessments.” “We will walk through the dining hall and explain what they can have and what they cannot have,” Curtis said. “If I’m not sure, we will look at ingredients.” He said that the signs next to the food being served will normally have the allergens listed below. Curtis said that the nutritional information can also be found at “We also always have a couple

of vegan options in addition to the traditional menu,” Curtis said. “In the fall, we also plan to add a grilled vegetable sandwich to the deli.” Students can also bring vegetables from the salad bar to themed cuisine area for a stir-fried meal. “I’m looking hard,” Curtis said. “I have already been contacted by a few parents for the fall semester for more vegan and vegetarian options.” Sarah Pressley, freshman from Baton Rouge, is allergic to gluten, dairy, almonds and eggs. She said that she talked to Curtis and he told her about her options. “He was so nice about the whole situation, but I still hardly ever eat in there because in order to get a meal, I would have to go before the major crowd of people and let the chefs know what exactly I can have,” Pressley said. “The issue is my schedule, and I don’t have time to do that.” Pressley said that despite her time constraints, the staff in Dining Services have been “nothing but helpful.” Brenda Haskins, executive director of auxiliary services, said that students are given a dining guide brochure as part of a packet when they move into the residence halls.

“When we receive a request from a student with dietary concerns we try to help as much as we can within the meal plan, but sometimes we get students who have very severe allergies, and I take the case to a committee,” Haskins said. The committee then decides how to proceed. In special circumstances, on-campus residents may not be required to have a meal plan, but Haskins said those instances are rare. For more information contact Dining Services at (985) 449-7019.

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U.S. sends ‘radiation hardened robotics’ to Japan By Associated Press The U.S. government is sending some robotic help to Japan to help regain control of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant. A top Energy Department official told a Senate panel Tuesday that a shipment of “radiation hardened robotics” will be sent to Japan to assist in the crisis. A department spokeswoman said a robotic device from the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory is being shipped to Japan along with several radiation-hardened cameras. Peter Lyons, an acting assistant energy secretary, said Japanese officials were “very, very interested” in learning more about the capabilities of U.S robots. The United States is also sending robot operators who would be used to train Japanese operators, Lyons said. Robots with electronics built to withstand radiation could presumably work in areas where radiation levels would harm or even kill a person. Workers at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant have been exposed to high levels of radiation and burned. Stephanie Mueller, a spokeswoman for the Energy Depart-

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A family rests at an evacuee center for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear facilities March 21 in Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

ment, said remote-controlled robotic machines have been used to conduct environmental cleanup and other activities in contaminated environments, although not at a compromised nuclear reactor such as the ones in Japan. The device being shipped to Japan is equipped to provide visuals, radiological surveys and mapping data in areas of the plant that are not accessible to humans due to potential elevated radiation levels that are above recommended safety guidelines. In addition to the robots, the En-

ergy Department has sent about 40 employees and more than 17,000 pounds of equipment to Japan, Lyons said. Meanwhile, U.S. government regulators said they are reviewing a wide range of issues potentially affecting the 104 U.S. nuclear reactors, including their ability to protect against natural disasters and terrorist attacks, respond to complete power blackouts and cope with accidents involving spent fuel. A top official with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that a 90-day review, ordered by Presi-

dent Barack Obama, will include recommendations for possible changes to inspection procedures, licensing review and emergency communications. Bill Borchardt, the NRC’s executive director for operations, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday that U.S. nuclear plants continue to operate safely. Progress is being made at Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, Borchardt said, but he would not speculate how long it will take to bring the plant under control.

“I really can’t even hazard a guess on how long that will be,” he said. There are still “a lot of hurdles to overcome” at the Fukushima plant, but “things are headed in the right direction,” he added. Lyons, who also briefed the Senate energy panel Tuesday, said current information suggests that the Japanese plant is in a “slow recovery” from the accident, but added that long-term cooling of the reactor units and pools is essential. “A massive cleanup operation obviously remains,” he said. Lyons downplayed the risk of highly toxic plutonium found seeping into the soil outside the plant. “All operating reactors, whether they start with any plutonium in the fuel or not build up plutonium in the course of operation. So finding plutonium that was derived from either the operating reactors or the spent fuel pools would not be regarded as a major surprise,” he said. Discovery of plutonium would be a concern if it were in significant levels, Lyons said, but so far reports indicate only trace amounts. “It’s not significant at this point,” he said.

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Athletic Trainers aid athletes with injuries


By Adrian Bourgeois Sports Writer

March 29: Loyola-New Orleans 2 Nicholls State 3 The Colonels delivered several clutch plays and junior pitcher Dalton Torres allowed just one run through seven innings. With the victory, the Colonels improve to 9-14 on the season.

Whether it is an injury as simple as an ankle sprain or as complex as a torn ACL, the Nicholls athletic training program provides the necessary services to aid its injured athletes. Head athletic trainer, Shaun Duhe, delivers the needed training and rehabilitation to injured athletes of the Nicholls football team and men’s basketball team, and he has a staff to handle the other athletic departments. Duhe has been able to build unique workouts and exercises to custom fit the needs of each sport and individual, particularly junior basketball guard Fred Hunter. “An ankle injury is an ankle injury in any sport, but when they are returning to play their specific sport, we like to mix drills from their sport in their training,” Duhe said. Upon entering his junior basketball season, Hunter set high expectations and specific goals he wanted to achieve during the season. “I wanted my team to win conference, and I just wanted to be a better play while stepping up and being a leader for the team,” Hunter said. Hunter was able to avoid the in-

Football March 21: Nicholls State University football program participated in the Inaugural Crosby Tugs Bobby Hebert Bayou Golf Classic at the LaTour Golf Club to benefit cystic fibrosis.

Golf March 29: True freshman Kristjan Einarsson finished in the top five and senior Parham Booker finished in the top 10 to lead Nicholls after day one of the Grub Mart-Young Oil Intercollegiate.

Softball March 27: Nicholls State 4 UT-Arlington 5 The Colonels rallied to tie the ball game after trailing 4-0 but had two errors in the bottom of the seventh that led to a 5-4 victory for the Mavericks. With the loss, the Colonels fall to 8-20 on the season and 2-9 in Southland Conference play.

Tennis March 29: Sophomore Dmitry Kozlonov was tabbed Southland Conference Player of the Week after winning five of his last six singles matches.

Track March 26: The Colonels set five school records this past weekend in Baton Rouge at the LSU Relays.

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Athletic trainer Laura St. Pierre, senior from Houma, tapes freshman wide receiver Tyrie Allen’s feet at the athletic training department in Barker Hall on Monday before football practice.

and the most I had was a sprain ankle,” Hunter said. “When I’m out there on the court, I never think about getting injured.”

“I knew I tore it because I heard my knee pop, and I was just thinking that I was done for the year,” Hunter said.

Duhe and the athletic trainers. When faced with an injured athlete at Nicholls, Duhe takes it upon himself and his staff to first

“I knew I tore it because I heard my knee pop, and I was just thinking that I was done for the year.” — Fred Hunter

jury bug throughout his career of playing basketball dating back to his youth. “I’ve been playing organized basketball since about third grade,

Hunter was injured during a practice the day before a regular season game, and he recalled the feelings and thoughts that were going through his head.

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With Hunter’s season coming to an abrupt and disappointing ending, he, like many other athletes at Nicholls, relied on the training and rehabilitation programs offered by


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Students talk NFL lockout scenario By Jake Martin Sports Editor With the player’s lockout looming over the NFL, Nicholls students give their take on the players’ actions and the possibility of no professional football in the fall.

choose the players’ side, because they are the little guys and owners are the bullies who are trying to cheat the players out. Each NFL (team) is privately owned, except the Packers, and the money that goes to the team, stadium and everything else comes out of their pocket, but the owners are

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“I think that every aspect of the NFL has been blown up, and people are losing sight of the central idea of the NFL: football,” Pitre said. “It wouldn’t really affect me because I only go to a few NFL games a year.” Mass communcation sophomore Abby Thibodaux from Galliano

“I think that every aspect of the NFL has been blown up, and people are losing sight of the central idea of the NFL, football.” — Lauren Pitre

The NFL and the National Football League Players Union have failed to reach an agreement this spring when it comes to meeting salary demands and money issues on both sides. Freshman Joel Picolo from New Orleans believes that both sides are to blame for this current predicament the NFL is in. “Each side has great arguments and terrible arguments,” Picolo said. “You cannot just

not willing to show the papers proving they are having financial trouble.” Most of the men who enjoy football have the same feeling on the situation while most of the ladies say it wouldn’t affect them. Mass communication junior Lauren Pitre from Cut Off believes that both sides are being childish, but ultimately says that it wouldn’t affect her if football wasn’t played.

works with the New Orleans VooDoo dance team and said that the NFL not having a season would benefit her because the VooDoo would receive more attention. “First of all, I am not a Saints fan. I don’t watch the NFL, but I do know that no NFL would benefit me personally because I’m part of the AFL instead,” Thibodaux said. “No Saints means the Voosee NFL page 14

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Graduate assistant enters first season as coach By Carolyn Noble Staff Writer Former Colonel javelin thrower Leslie Bourgeois enters her first season as a member of the Nicholls track and cross country coaching staff. The Raceland, La. native juggles her position as a graduate assistant to the Colonel track team while she finishes up her master’s degree in higher education administration.

Though she’s extremely busy, Bourgeois is enjoying her time as a coach. “It’s definitely a learning experience,” Bourgeois said. “It’s been really good though. I enjoy it, and I really like working with Coach Scott (Williamson).” As much as she enjoys the coaching aspect of sports, Bourgeois is not quite finished with her own athletic career. This summer, Bourgeois hopes to train hard to prepare for the Olympic trials later

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this year. In the past, Bourgeois made it to the USA National meet and did well, but she has never competed in the trials during an Olympic year. Since her freshman year at Nicholls, Bourgeois’ goal was to make it to Nationals, and she did that twice. Last June, Bourgeois finished just 1.5 feet short of be-

Bourgeois said. During her four year stint as a Colonel, Bourgeois was the only student athlete in Nicholls history to compete for consecutive national championships. Her other athletic achievements include earning three Southland Conference championships and qualifying for four NCAA postseason regional meets.

After her freshman season at Nicholls, Bourgeois decided to focus strictly on javelin and her grades and left the Colonel softball team. During her time as a Colonel, Bourgeois was also a part of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for Nicholls. Now, as she prepares to graduate with her master’s degree in higher

“Coming through the system and seeing how important compliance is for student athletes, I would like to be a part of that in some way.” — Leslie Bourgeois

coming the first track and field AllAmerican in school history when she finished 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship finals. Her 2010 appearance at the NCAA finals came on the heels of a 22nd place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships, making her the only Nicholls student athlete to compete in consecutive national championship finals. “I’ve never had an experience like that competing at that level against professional athletes,”

Bourgeois’ successful javelin career began as a fluke. As a high school senior, her track coach asked her to throw the javelin, and she agreed to try it. But it wasn’t her throwing abilities that brought her to Nicholls. Head softball coach Jenny Parsons recruited Bourgeois to play infield for the Colonels. During her freshman year, Bourgeois asked Colonel track coach Scott Williamson if she could throw the javelin as well and became a dual sport athlete.

education administration this May, Bourgeois hopes to pursue either coaching or a job in compliance. “I think that’s really important,” Bourgeois said. “Coming through the system and seeing how important compliance is for student athletes, I would like to be a part of that in some way.” Regardless of her career choice, Bourgeois is sure she wants a future in athletics one way or the other. “It’s always been a passion of mine.”

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By Adrian Bourgeois Sports Writer Junior first baseman Mandy Granger has plenty experience in a softball uniform. As a transfer student athlete from Louisiana Tech, Granger now helps contribute to the Nicholls softball team while majoring in business and agriculture. This aspiring business owner has a busy schedule with her school work and softball

A: Last year we played at the conference tournament, and the dugout was crazy. We lost, but you could feel the team chemistry. Q: Would you rather play professional softball or own your own speech business? A: I would chose softball because it has been a big part of my life, and I love it. Q: Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

rather watch romance because it has meaning. Q: If you received a million dollar check, what would be the first thing you would buy? A: I would buy a new stadium for the Nicholls softball team. Q: If you could live in any location in the world, where would it be? A: I would live in Hawaii because I love the beach and I’ve been on vacation there.

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“Don’t laugh, but I like to spend time with my family, and we seem to always fight over who will cut the grass!” practices, but she found time to sit down for an interview. Q: What got you interested in playing softball? A: Actually, my dad grew up playing softball and he got offered to play college baseball. He is the one that got me interested in it. Q: What was your favorite memory from a game you’ve had at Nicholls?

A: Yes, we always huddle up before the game and pray. Q: What is your favorite pastime when your softball season is over? A: Don’t laugh, but I like to spend time with my family, and we seem to always fight over who will cut the grass! Q: Would you rather watch a comedy or a scary movie? Why? A: I don’t like either. I would

Q: What’s your favorite part about being a member of the Nicholls softball team? A: I love being around the team, the atmosphere and looking around and seeing my teammates. I don’t take it for granted. Q: What’s the best part of being a twin? A: I always have a constant friend who is there for me, and I learned a lot from her.

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Hyped up matchups dissapoint at Fight Night

UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night Saturday had its fair share of exciting moments, but the co-main event and main event left most fans with a bitter taste in their mouths. The show was headlined by MMA legend Antônio Rogério “Lil’ Nog” Nogueira taking on the highly-touted prospect Phil Davis. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t have high expectations for this fight to begin with because I thought that with Nogueira’s recent struggles with wrestlers, Davis would wrestle his way to a unanimous victory. This is, in fact, what happened when these two met, but you have to give credit to Nogueira as he stopped a lot of the take-downs. Davis got the unanimous decision and continues to state his case

as a future contender for the light heavyweight belt. The fight that bothered me the most was the comain event, a fight that everyone was predicting to be fight of the night.

dy, Johnson took the fight to the ground and did very little damage while he was there. I can’t completely blame Johnson for wrestling Hardy, just don’t get the fans hyped up by saying

Hardy needs to work on his takedown defense and ground game. Hardy may never get a chance to knock another opponent out again, because all his opponents will take the fight to the ground until he

“Hardy may never get a chance to knock another opponent out again, because all his opponents will take the fight to the ground until he stops a takedown.” Dan Hardy stepped in to take on Anthony Johnson in what everyone presumed to be a stand up war. Both men possess some of the best stand up in the division, and instead of trading with Har-

you’re going to stand and trade until someone gets knocked out. What was thought to be fight of the night turned out to be the worst fight of the night. Johnson isn’t the only one to blame here; however,

stops a takedown. The fights that stole the show for the fight night were Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia II and Amir Sadollah vs. Demarques Johnson. Everyone was anticipat-

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ing the rematch of 2010’s Fight of the Year winner between Garcia and Jung. Garcia showed more of his technical side in this fight, but Jung got the victory after implementing a jiu-jitsu move that has never been done inside the octagon before. Jung submitted Garcia with a jiu-jitsu move called the twister in the second round in another great fight between these two. Sadollah showcased his superior Muay Thai skills in his second round TKO victory over Johnson. Sadollah brings it every time and is a joy to watch because of his technique. All in all, the UFC delivered another solid show. I was just disappointed that Hardy and Johnson’s fight didn’t live up to the hype.

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TRAINING continued from page 9 “When something happens to one of our athletes, we like to evaluate them, set them up with a doctor, give them treatment and anything else regarding to an injury with a particular person,” Duhe said. Duhe describes how an injury of Hunter’s nature is a tedious process. Not only is rehabilitating the injured part of an athletes body important, but it is vital for the Nicholls training staff to insure the proper mental state of the athlete. “In Fred’s case and in other longer rehab cases, there will be times when they are not seeing progress everyday, but it is important to remind them to continue to work hard and push through it,” Duhe said. Although Hunter is in the process of recovering from a serious


injury, he benefits not only from the physical training but also from the focus on his mental state. “I can’t do anything but stay positive,” Hunter said. “Everybody looked at it as a sad thing but I have another year of basketball left, and I will stay positive because I will be back.” With the help of Duhe and the Nicholls athletic training, Hunter does not dwell on his torn ACL. Instead, he focuses on the future and the next time he steps on the court to compete. When asked if his injury will linger in his mind the first time he competes again, Hunter said, “I’m not really sure, I may think about it, but I was told if you think about it there’s a better chance it will happen again, so I will learn to let that go and just play.”

continued from page 10 more Megan Soulie from Luling agreed with Joseph and said the lockout is “stupid, because it will give the boys nothing to watch on Sundays.” Picolo finished up his thoughts on the lockout situation and proposed that the NFL needs to think about its fans. “The NFL needs to ask what Americans think about some of the situations that they are arguing about,” Picolo said. “The Americans who watch the games and buy their merchandise are the ones who keep football going.”

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Nominees for Mr., Ms. Nicholls reflect on accomplishments By Melissa Holman Staff Writer The six students vying for this year’s titles of Mr. and Ms. Nicholls recently reflected on their accomplishments at the University and their hopes for the future of the institution. University students first nom-

elor of science in biology with a concentration in pre-medicine degree with a minor in chemistry and humanities. She is president of the Honors Student Council and a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, National Panhellenic Council, Biology Society, Pre-Professional Medical Association and Residence Hall

Student Educators And Leaders, is working towards a bachelor of science degree in human performance education. She is president of the Human Performance Education Student Association, secretary for SEALS, a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and has served on the National Panhellenic Council in various

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The Ms. Nicholls finalists are Maegan Parra, Stephanie Graebert and Brittany Taraba.

inated the finalists and a committee of students, faculty and staff selected the top contenders. All nominees must have earned at least a 2.5 grade point average and must be active in student organizations. Stephanie Graebert, nominated by Delta Zeta Sorority, is a senior working towards a bach-

Association. She has previously served in Student Programming Association and as a microbiology and career services student worker. Graebert was recently inducted into the University Hall of Fame and named Outstanding Senior of the College of Arts and Sciences. Maegan Parra, nominated by

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institution survive the current budget cut crisis and grow. “I’m hoping we can reinstate the majors that have been cut and keep the ones that are still here.” Brittany Taraba, nominated by Student Government Association, obtained her bachelor of science degree in marketing in

a graduate assistant for the vice president of Student Affairs. She was also chosen for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2010 and 2011, served on the Orientation team and was Tau Kappa Epsilon Sweetheart. Taraba said in the future, she hopes the University adminis-

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The Mr. Nicholls finalists are Johnathan Lynch, Madison Martin and Louis Raiford.

aspects. She is also a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Residence Hall Association. Parra is currently a student worker for Student Services. When asked about her hopes for the future of the University, Parra said she wants to see the

2010 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in business administration. She currently serves as SGA president, is an alumna of Delta Zeta Sorority and was National Panhellenic Council president in 2009. She is involved in numerous University committees such as the Student Leadership Council and is

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tration continues to do a great job at “doing a lot with a little,” and hopes the students continue to do the same. “I see the University going great places. I just hope the students keep caring about the University like they do now so see MR. & MS. page 18

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Art teacher loves the trade By Ross Landry Lagniappe Editor Michael Williams, assistant professor of sculpture, has made Nicholls his home after traveling across the continent over the years. Williams was born and raised in Virginia, moved to Fairbanks,

I wanted to go to school for the educational part of it,” he said. “I continued working as a carpenter while going to school.” Williams then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska and got his undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Although he took an interest in art at a young age, Williams

“I think teaching is something that I would like to do forever. I’m here for good as far as I can see for now.” — Michael Williams

Alaska as an undergraduate student and received his master’s degree in sculpture at Louisiana State University. He visits his family in Virginia often and spends his summers in Alaska. “I turned 28 in my freshman semester in college,” he said. “I went to community college for one year out of high school. It was like 13th grade, so I said, ‘to heck with it’ and went off doing carpentry work. “ Williams is a carpenter by trade and, for several years, he built custom houses on the East Coast for his friend’s father. “I got into that and then decided

said that he did not always think he would have the job that he has today. “I enjoyed art all throughout high school, and I really wanted to go to school to study art,” he said. “I was the baby of seven children, and I didn’t come from a very wealthy family, so going to college was somewhat of an abstract idea—much less going to art school.” After moving to Alaska for school, Williams began to rediscover his love for art. “I took my general courses, and then in my second semester, I took an art elective because I

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Michael Williams, assistant professor of sculpture, helps Ariel Martin, art sophomore from Houma, construct a plan on Tuesday for her upcoming project.

thought it would be great to take an art course,” he said. “From that first class, it just kind of came from my toes, you know? This was the direction that I was supposed to be in.” After receiving his undergradu-

ate degree in sculpture, Williams went on to earn his master’s degree at LSU. “My ceramics professor in Alaska got his master’s at LSU, and I actually did one year of my undergrad at LSU as a na-

tional exchange student,” he said. “When it came time to apply for graduate school, I applied to six different schools. I got into Minneapolis and LSU.” see WILLIAMS page 19

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Demetri Mcgee By Preston Stock Staff Writer While attending to his school work, adrenaline junkie Demetri Mcgee, freshman from Waggaman, simultaneously practices mixed martial arts. Mcgee came to Nicholls to pursue a pre-physical therapy degree

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Freshman practices mixed martial arts dorms’ flag football competitions. Aside from his school activities, Mcgee trains daily for his MMA match coming up in April. His current record is 3-3. When Mcgee is not studying or training, he said he likes to skateboard and participate in other adrenaline rush sports that give him a blood rush.

“I like my major because it puts me closer to dealing with sports medicine and becoming a physical trainer.” because he said it would work well with his MMA career. “I like my major because it puts me closer to dealing with sports medicine and becoming a physical trainer,” Mcgee said. “It will allow me to do what I like to do, which is staying in shape.” In addition to his degree, Mcgee said Nicholls was the closest thing to home with a good learning environment. “I like the environment and the people are nicer than what they are in New Orleans,” Mcgee said. His involvements at Nicholls include such activities as being a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and participating in the


Q: How would you describe yourself? A: I describe myself as a joker; quiet, but once I get to know people, I am usually outspoken. Q: What was the hardest thing you ever had to do? A: Stepping back in the cage after losing because when you first step in, you think you are a badass. Once you get in there and lose, it humbles you, but if you are a real fighter, you push through that and learn from it. Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? A: Right now, I want to go to either California or Florida because

some of the top gyms for MMA are there. Q: What was the most expensive gift you ever gave someone? A: A ring. It was for one of my exes and it cost me $400. Q: Would you rather have the power to be invisible or to read minds? A: Definitely read minds, because you would know what to expect from people. Q: Who influences you the most? A: As far as what I am doing now, which is fighting, I would say Anderson Silva. He is one of the top guys in UFC because he is undefeated. Q: What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done? A: Going to the skate park in Hammond. I was really freaked out and thought I would break my neck. Q: Do you have any hidden talents? A: I am a writer. Also, even though I cannot sing, I like to write songs. Q: What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you? A: At the skating rink, I slipped and slid into the wall. Q: What is your most favorite time of day? A: Night! That is when I am more active and when all my friends are awake.

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Students give opinions on new engagement center By Donny Blanchard Staff Writer The newly opened Student Engagement Center in Peltier Hall is a lounge where students can go to study, research, hang out or even have refreshments. The Student Engagement Center is located in Peltier near the entrance facing Beauregard Hall. Along with computers, furniture, food and drinks, the center also offers tutoring to those in need. Students are able to schedule tutoring appointments that are to be held in the lounge. Upon walking in, a help desk and checkout area face the door. There are six computers on the

from Tulsa, Okla. also enjoys the new lounge. “I like it because it’s kind of ducked off to the side,” Cazenave said. “I don’t know if it was enough to raise tuition, but I like the little shop. It’s cool” Courtney Gorman, freshman from New Orleans, explained that there have been troubles regarding the credit card machine used to make purchases for the food court. “They need to get that fixed, and I also think they need to branch out,” Gorman said. “I like the food choices they have in there though. They have a great bit of food choices in there. I also like the seating area be-

“It’s usually quiet, and there’s nothing I really dislike about it.” — Nathan Egnew

right of the room, and a mini food court is on the left. The center of the room has two couches and a few big chairs that allow students to sit together or alone. There is another doorway in the back of the lounge that will most likely become the second entrance and will be made available once the construction to Beauregard Hall is done. There is also a table placed behind the main desk where students can study as a group. Behind the main desk are two high tables with high chairs that are available for people to enjoy their refreshments. The mini food court in the lounge contains a few places to purchase chips and other snacks. The food court also contains a drink machine, and there is even a slushie machine. Most students are not aware of this new hang out spot. Students that do know of the new lounge had several good and bad things to say about it. Melissa Cloutet, freshman from Bush, explained that it’s helpful to be able to make tutoring appointments. “I don’t really dislike anything about it,” she said. “I also like that there are different food options, and it’s pretty close to all of the English classes.” Ralph Cazenave, freshman

cause there are a lot of places to sit down, and there are outlets to plug your computer charger into.” Shalyn Fauconne De Calongne, art sophomore from Houma, liked how cozy the new lounge feels. “The colors make it larger than it actually is,” he said. “I also like the setup with the computers, and it gives you a space to take notes. I definitely like the couches; I don’t have to sleep in the hallways anymore.” For Nathan Egnew, freshman from Springfield, the new lounge is a quiet place to just relax. “It is a really nice little lounge on the corner of the building, and you can come right in from the door,” he said. “It’s usually quiet, and there’s nothing I really dislike about it.” Paul Lirette, culinary sophomore from Bourg, said that it is a nice place to chill when the Student Union seems crowded.“I just chill in there because it’s quieter and shorter lines,” Lirette said. “It is also really nice when I don’t have much time in between classes or I don’t feel like walking to the union because there’s tons of kids around. There’s computer access, and I don’t have to worry about people looking at my butt or over my shoulder while standing up in the union.”

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it can continue to become a better place.” Johnathan Lynch, nominated by Phi Mu Fraternity, is a senior working towards his bachelor of science in culinary arts. He is vice president of Student Programming Association, president of the Junior American Culinary Federation, serves as a Residential Assistant for Housing and Residence Life and was chosen for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2011. He worked as a teacher’s assistant for student-run restaurant Le Bistro and competed on the national level in the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, where he was voted “Online Fan Favorite.” Lynch said his biggest accomplishment as a Nicholls student came with his participation in the San Pellegrino competition. “It really kick-started my culinary future and put me in contact with leaders in the industry.” Madison Martin, nominated by Theta Xi Fraternity, obtained a bachelor of science degree in accounting in fall 2010 and is currently working on his master’s degree in business admin-

istration. He was president and secretary for Theta Xi Fraternity and vice president and secretary for NSU Student Educators and Leaders. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, NSU MBA Association, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Over the summer, Martin said he worked with the College of Business Strategic Planning Committee to help shape the strategic plan for the University for the next five years. “That was a real big honor and a cool accomplishment.” Martin also said he wants the University to survive the current budget crisis. “I want it to come out a stronger, more unified University. I also want to see the University get more recognition on a state and national level for its individual programs that are above average.” Louis Raiford, nominated by SGA, obtained a bachelor of general studies in interdisciplinary studies and a bachelor of science in culinary arts and is currently working towards a master’s of arts degree in teaching. He serves as the SGA director of student rights and grievances and serves on sev-

eral SGA and University committees such as the Campus Improvement Committee and Courses and Curricula Committee. He worked in the Office of Residence Life until 2009, was a member of Chamber Singers, Pride of NSU Marching Band, Percussion and Symphonic Winds Ensemble and is presently part of the Concert Choir. He has been inducted into the University Hall of Fame, is part of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2011, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Raiford currently works as an Inter-Library Loan graduate assistant for Ellender Memorial Library. Raiford said he hopes to see the expansion of the University in the future. “I hope the University can continue to grow and thrive into a well balanced University providing education for the students of the region.” Students recently voted online for their favorite and the results of this year’s competition will be revealed at SPA-sponsored Crawfish Day to be held April 14 at 3 p.m.

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Students and teachers share craziest absence excuses By Zavier Davis Staff Writer Whether students miss class for important reasons or because they just do not feel like going, excuses are well known on any college campus. Students have been missing class for years. This semester, Nicholls professors have raised awareness for students to attend

so he left and did not go to class.” Some excuses are not as simple as an elevator taking too long. Others are prepared with more imaginative ideas. Tammy Lopinto, psychology sophomore from Laplace, said, “The craziest excuse I have used is the mail man’s mail flew all over the neighborhood, and I helped him pick up all his mail.” Some excuses have a more per-

Samantha Neale, multinational business management junior from Holden, said, “I sometimes do not go to class because it is too cold in the auditorium in Gouaux Hall. I have seen people shaking because it is so cold in there.” Students come up with the excuses, but some professors claim to have heard the most outrageous ones.

“A student missed his test because he had tickets for a concert, and he could not exchange them. It was hilarious to me.” — Dwight Boudreaux

class. If a student fails to attend a certain amount of classes, they fail that class for the semester. Not every professor follows this policy, but it has been enforced more this semester than last semester. With this rule in mind, many students often make up excuses for why they can not go to class. Errol Monget, business administration junior from Baton Rouge, said, “The craziest excuse I have heard from one of my friends is that he was waiting for the elevator in his dorm, and it took too long

sonal meaning as to why students miss class. Dominique Polk, business administration sophomore from St. Martinville, said, “I was late because my favorite cartoon was on TV.” Talia Flugence, athletic training sophomore from Thibodaux, said, “One day, I did not go to class because it was raining too hard.” Some students have a problem with the class environment, so they do not go to class.

Dwight Boudreaux, psychology professor, said, “A student missed his test because he had tickets for a concert, and he could not exchange them. It was hilarious to me.” Erin Clement, mathematics instructor, said, “ Students have said to me that they were hungry, ‘I didn’t think we were doing anything today,’ and ‘I hate math.’ I have also had some serious excuses where a person ran over their dog, and they had to bring it to the vet.”

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WILLIAMS continued from page 16 Williams said that LSU was a better deal, so he decided to move to Louisiana. He said that he enjoyed his interaction with people while in school, which made teaching an option for him. “I coached swim team right out of high school and taught a lot of people how to rock climb,” he said. “I enjoy sharing knowledge and giving instruction.” Williams was also a teacher’s assistant while in graduate school, and when he earned his master’s, he was a technician for LSU’s art department, maintaining and building equipment for them. Soon after, he found his way to Nicholls, where he has been teaching ever since. “Our student population is not tremendous, so it is nice to have that one-on-one time with students,” he said. “I could not ask for a better group of people to work with than the faculty here in the Art Department.” Although he is now a sculpture instructor, Williams said that he often uses his carpentry skills in his work. “Sculpture as a medium is very demanding,” he said. “It is very

tool, technique and material specific. I think that—not to discredit any other areas of art—when you’re in sculpture, you are expected to know how to do a little bit of everything.” Williams said that his favorite part about his job is teaching students. “I love sharing knowledge,” he said. “I get to work with my students in the woodshop and show them welding techniques.” Williams said that when he sees his students use skills that he taught them, it makes him really proud. “Nothing makes me happier than to have a young lady come into my class after never being in a woodshop, and towards the end of one of our projects, she tells me that her father let her into his woodshop for the first time, and she knew her way around as far as terminology and what tools to use,” he said. Williams said that he loves his job and cannot see himself doing anything else. “I think teaching is something that I would like to do forever,” he said. “I’m here for good as far as I can see for now.”

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nicholls editorial Some students still have growing to do Though students have mature ideas, not all are mature enough to act on them. Despite common perception that college students are lazy, self-centered and spoiled, many Nicholls students are very concerned about the hard issues, such as race, gender and sexuality. Discrimination, preconceptions, perceptions, societal morals, cultural teachings and history play an important part in every day life of men and women, gay, straight and bisexual, black, white, Asian, Indian, Muslim, etc. Whether you’re getting a job, applying for school or deciding where to live, race, gender and sexuality all play a part in how you are treated and how you treat others. The Gay-Straight Alliance and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are particularly concerned about these issues for obvious reasons. They recently co-hosted a

debate on these very sensitive issues, proving that though students run a lot of what happens on campus, not all of them are mature enough to handle the adult world just yet. Many questions were well-thought out and led to very informative, thoughtful debate on the issues, such as the misconceptions society has of welfare, whether Obama was elected because of race or politics, the taboo of interracial couples, work-place discrimination and the roles of women in society. Other questions appeared to have very little to do with the hard issues, such as the definition of promiscuous and “lipstick lesbians.” And finally, several questions raised too much debate, leading to arguing, interruptions and near-screaming. These questions involved the higher rate of elected cesarean sections and the use of the N-word. At times, panelists and

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audience members threatened to walk out of the debate, because they felt they were being personally attacked or ignored. Much of the negative aspects of the debate could have been avoided if the emcees, charged with keeping panelists and audience members on track, leading the debate and keeping quiet at all other times, had done their jobs. However, the emcees themselves interrupted panelists and audience members. The debate did have good points. It proved that students are interested in discussing important issues in life and will find ways to do so if ways are not provided for them. But it also proved that students still have a lot of growing to do. In the future, we hope to see another debate like this, only more refined. Students do have good ideas; we just need a little help in putting them into action sometimes.

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All Positions! Online stories should stay in print The goal of a student-interest based publication should be just that: to publish information related to student interests. As a manager at GameStop, I’m in a unique position to know with pretty decent certainty that there are a lot more gamers on campus than people interested in an interview with an incoming freshman. The paper has only 20 or so pages per week to try to convey what it deems important to the student body. Apparently what’s important are interviews with students and teachers, five or so pages of sports and about five pages worth of advertisements. Those topics

already cut the potential page count for worthwhile stories into less than half. I’m not saying that these things aren’t important. However, if you’re going to marginalize so called geeks by relegating the only article directed at them to online only and with only one writer supporting it while the same time giving a full page (I say full page, because the other half is always advertising) to MMA every other week, then the staff could at least try to spread the wealth. Why not come up with some sort of rotation? That way, every article is seeing print at least once a month. I love reading the

student paper, but even I can finish it in about five to 10 minutes due to the fact that I skip more than half the articles because they are of no importance to me, and I promise I’m not the only one doing the same thing. The school paper is supposed to report on what we as the student body as a whole cares about. I realize it’s impossible to hit 100 percent relevance to everyone on a weekly scale, but it can’t be that hard to hit a high percent on a monthly scale. Jacob LeBlanc English junior Schriever, LA

Organizations should be equal St. Thomas Campus Ministry is a great student organization, and even though we disagree on a few issues, they deserve the same rights as all other student groups. However, right now this student organization is being allowed the ability to do something that is denied to all other student groups, selling food on campus. When I asked Brenda Haskins, director of auxiliary services, what other students groups would need to do to take advantage of this fundraising avenue, I was told “It’s not going to happen.” This organization is receiving preferential treatment from Director Haskins. However, this

school has discriminated against non-religious student groups throughout my entire time at Nicholls, and probably before that as well, so it does not really surprise me. Religious groups are allowed the ability to lease or rent spaces that have been directly denied to other student groups. I’ve asked. Now, one of these religious student groups, no matter how well-intentioned the cause, is being permitted to raise money in a way denied to all other groups on campus. The students of this University, especially those who work night and day to make their organizations successful, deserve consistency and not discrimination. I believe that St. Thomas

Campus Ministry should cease this fundraiser immediately out of respect for all campus groups and donate any money already raised to Nicholls to improve the ability of the student life office to assist all student organizations. Also, Nicholls Administration should issue an apology to the organizations on our campus, including a promise to review all current policies relating to student groups and update them so that there is equality and consistency throughout. Peter Jenkins Government senior Greensboro, NC

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More than two-thirds of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle, neither producing oil and gas, nor being actively explored by the companies who hold the leases, according to an Interior Department report released Tuesday. Those inactive swaths of the Gulf could potentially hold more than 11 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the Interior Department said in the report obtained by The Associated Press. President Barack Obama ordered the report earlier this month amid pressure to curb a spike in gasoline prices following instability in the oil-rich Middle East. The inefficiencies detailed in the Interior Department report also extend to onshore oil and gas leases

on federal lands, with 45 percent of those leases deemed inactive. The department said it is exploring options to provide companies with additional incentives for more rapid development of oil and gas resources from existing and future leases. “These are resources that belong to the American people, and they expect those supplies to be developed in a timely and responsible manner and with a fair return to taxpayers,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in the report. Congressional Democrats have already introduced “Use it or Lose it” legislation that would impose an escalating fee on the oil and gas companies that hold leases they’re not actively using. The oil and gas industry disputed the administration’s findings. “The majority of these leases are always turned back because we can’t find resource in commercial quantities,” said Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. “To suggest that we’re sitting on our hands is a pure distraction.” Tuesday’s report comes against the backdrop of rising gas prices as the busy summer travel season approaches. Republicans put

“Here we’ve got the administration looking for just about any excuse it can find to lock up our own energy sources here at home, even as it’s applauding another country’s efforts to grow its own economy and create jobs by tapping into its own energy sources,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. Obama has rejected the criticism of his energy policies, saying that domestic oil production rose to a seven-year high last year. “Any notion that my administration has shut down oil production might make for a good political sound bite, but it doesn’t match up with reality,” Obama said during a White House news conference earlier this month. At a speech Tuesday evening at The Studio Museum in New York City, Obama pointed to rising gas prices to underscore the need for a comprehensive energy plan. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do on energy,” he told an audience of donors at the Harlem museum. “The last time gas prices were this high was 2008 when I was running.” Obama contrasted his approach to an energy slogan popular among Republicans.

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the blame for the increased costs on Obama’s policies, pointing to the slow pace of issuing permits for new offshore oil wells in the wake of last summer’s massive Gulf spill and an Obama-imposed moratorium on new deepwater exploration, though experts say more domestic production wouldn’t immediately impact prices. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said that he would introduce three bills to increase offshore energy production, including one that would speed up the permitting process by setting a 30-day timeline for the administration to approve or deny applications. GOP leaders also hit hard on Obama’s comments last week in Brazil, where he said the U.S. wants to be a “major customer” for the huge oil reserves Brazil recently discovered off its coast.

“The other side kept talking about ‘drill, baby, drill.’ That was the slogan,” he said. “What we were talking about was breaking the pattern of being shocked by high prices” and then lulled into inaction. Obama has long said that oil and gas remain critical components of U.S. energy policy, while also promoting clean energy technologies like wind, solar and nuclear. In his State of the Union address last January, Obama said he wants 80 percent of U.S. electricity to be generated by clean energy sources by 2035. Nuclear power has come under more intense scrutiny in recent weeks after an earthquake and tsunami in Japan severely damaged a nuclear power plant there. Despite the uncertainty at that facility, Obama says he remains committed to developing nuclear power in the U.S.

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