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Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Nicholls State University Student Publication

Senior woman admin. named 8 Volume 56 — Issue 26

Reigning Supreme Mr., Ms. Nicholls 4

Female discovers friend used her image to threaten others 3


Student accused of having child pornography 3

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HAPPENINGS Summer work schedule to be compressed

The summer work hours that will last from May 28 through Aug. 5 will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Employees wanting to deviate from this schedule should forward an approved request for Flextime schedule form to Human Resources.

Women’s Night Out set for Cinco de Mayo The Nicholls Foundation will host the 12th annual Women’s Night Out benefit on May 5 at Cypress Columns in Gray, La. All proceeds from the event will benefit women’s athletics at Nicholls. Sponsored by Entergy, the Tim Emerson Team at Smith Barney, Peter Knoop of Morgan Keegan, Coca-Cola and the Nicholls Foundation, the event includes a four-course dinner, live and silent auctions and a night of entertainment, including free, after-party limousine service. Attire for the evening is dressy-casual. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, margaritas and sangria, followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. To make reservations, call the foundation at (985) 448-4005 or (985) 448-4134.

Nicholls username change effective between May 18-20 Only the old username format of the first four letters of the last name, first initial and three numbers will change to the third party ID username found in Banner. This change will effect all accounts that use the Nicholls ID, such as student e-mail, Blackboard, GoPrint and all campus computer log-ins. All passwords will remain the same. Any questions or problems can be directed to (985) 448-4765 or

Free study sessions offered for final exams The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center will offer free study sessions on May 4 for Math 100/101 at 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 142 Peltier and Chemistry 101/104/106 at 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in 208 Peltier. Drop-in tutoring for other subjects will also be available throughout final exam week. Call (985) 448-4100 for questions or appointments.

Spring 2011 Commencement dates announced for May The Spring 2011 Commencement will be held May 14 in Stopher Gym at 10 a.m. for the College of Business and College of Education and at 2 p.m. for the College of Arts and Science, College of Nursing and Allied Health and University College.

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Nicholls Calendar of Events

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday • Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the quadrangle

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April 15 A student complained that her car had overspray from a gas main being painted. University Police took a report and advised the student to obtain three estimates of the damages’ cost.






April 16 A resident reported an unknown person in their room in Zerringue Hall. Housing personnel said the person was another resident. University Police found the name of the student and issued a disciplinary summons to that person.

April 18 A student had full body cramps on Madewood Drive near Scholars Hall. University Police and an ambulance responded. The student was discovered to be an athlete how had been training. A student reported that it appeared someone tried to break into her vehicle while she was in class. University Police observed damage to the rear passenger door. There were no witnesses or suspects at the time of the report.

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The 2010 Mr. Nicholls, Cody Blanchard, presents Stephanie Graebert, biology senior from Norco, with Graphic By: Ashley Falterman a sash for being named the 2011 Ms. Nicholls last Thursday at Crawfish Day.

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Jamie Jackson identity revealed By Ashley Falterman and Katelyn Thibodeaux Online Editor and Editor Editors note: This is the last paper of the semester, but for continued coverage visit Two weeks after banning a student from campus for allegedly harassing and threatening members of the University community on Facebook, University officials are working with the state Attorney

alias Facebook account under her name. Jackson said the harassing messages and threats have been going on since before the summer of 2010. Preston Stock, 18, freshman from Waggaman and former staff writer for The Nicholls Worth, admitted to sending harassing and threatening messages to at least one student and two faculty members under the alias “Jamie Jackson.” Jackson said that she and Stock have known each other since el-

“It goes to show that you really don’t know a person like you think you do.”

— Jamie Jackson

General’s Office to further investigate the case. One potential break in the case came Monday when Jamie Jackson, whose name and photos were used to threaten and harass people on Facebook, contacted The Nicholls Worth after being given the link to news articles posted on The Nicholls Worth Web site about the student who allegedly created an

ementary school and would often sit next to each other on the school bus. They were good friends and never had any problems. She has no idea why he chose her name. Jackson said that around April of 2010 she received a Facebook message from Stock telling her about a fake Facebook account created under her name. This was the first time she had heard of the account.

After receiving multiple messages concerning the account, Jackson notified her friends and warned them about the fake account. They said that they knew the person behind the account was not her, because she isn’t the kind of person to send out those harassing and threatening messages. After learning that the suspect was Stock, Jackson said that knowing “he was capable of doing something like this and that it was him is unbelievable.” Jackson said she was shocked and upset that it was a good friend. “Before I even knew it was Preston, I was afraid to even walk down the street from my house, because I was afraid that someone would try to either jump me or fight me for something that I did not say. It was scary. I felt like I was being harassed,” Jackson said. Although Jackson left Higgins High School in 10th grade upon moving to Texas, she was still in touch with Stock. The last time she saw Stock was when she returned to Louisiana following her high see JACKSON page 6

Student connected to child porn By Katelyn Thibodeaux and Ashley Falterman Editor and Online Editor A student was arrested Friday for alleged possession of pornography involving juveniles. Jordan Allen, 19, freshman from Baton Rouge, was allegedly found to have at least 14 files of pornography involving juveniles. The juveniles in the files ranged from the ages of 3 to 15. According to the East Baton

Rouge Sherriff Offices affidavit, around Dec. 15, members of the Attorney General’s High Techn o l o g y Crime Unit went undercover to locate anyone who possessed, manufactured or distributed photo provided by Attorney child porGeneral’s office

nography in Louisiana. These people were able to possess or distribute these videos with a peer-to-peer file sharing software. Anyone with peer-to-peer file sharing software could “receive/acquire/accumulate child pornography for themselves, and possibly distribute electronic duplicates of selected portions of their child pornography to others,” the afsee PORN page 6

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Mr., Ms. Nicholls start reign of representing University By Kristen Fisackerly Managing Editor The winners of Mr. and Ms. Nicholls, honorary titles given to students who represent Nicholls, were announced at Crawfish Day. This year, the titles go to Jonathon Lynch, culinary senior from Ruston, and Stephanie Graebert, biology senior from Norco. Though both said they never expected to win, they now hold honorary titles chosen by students’ vote to represent their University. Like title-holders before them, Lynch and Graebert had much to say about their election to Mr. and Ms. Nicholls and the titles they now hold. Q: What does it mean to you to be Mr./Ms. Nicholls? JL: It really means, well, I would say the world, but in this case, it really means the college to me. Looking at over 7,000 people on this campus, I see it as a real honor and privilege. Some see it as a popularity contest, but I see it as an honor of being involved on campus and trying to be an example for others.

SG: Being named Ms. Nicholls is one of the biggest honors I have ever been given. I have a great love for this University and being chosen to represent Nicholls State University is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Q: Why do you think you were nominated? JL: I was nominated because I have blue eyes. That’s the only reason. Some have brown, some have hazel, and that doesn’t go over well for some people. I was fortunate enough to have blue eyes. But really, you’d have to ask the people who nominated me. It came as a surprise to me. SG: In each of my organizations, I was determined to not only be a member but become as involved as possible. I think my determination to be a leader was recognized and was the reason for my nomination. Q: Was being nominated or winning the title ever a goal of yours? JL: I would lie to you if I told you it wasn’t a goal for me. When I first got here, I had two goals. These were more goals for me to achieve through the Nicholls social communi-

ty. Even if I didn’t get them, I would still have made great efforts to socialize on campus. My two goals were to be on homecoming court and become Mr. Nicholls. SG: Becoming Ms. Nicholls was never a goal of mine, but what the title stands for is something I attempted to fulfill every day. As a freshman, I had a dream to be involved on campus, to excel in my major and to make a difference. The fact that I am being recognized for achieving my dreams is more than I could ever ask. Q: Is there anyone you’d like to thank for helping you get to this point? JL: I want to thank the students and anyone who voted for me. In particular, I’d like to thank Phi Mu sorority for nominating me. Resident Life and Housing also played a big role, seeing as I made a lot of friends through the dorms as an SA and RA. SPA helped as well. SG: I would like to thank my sorority. When I joined Delta Zeta, I never knew all the doors it would open for me, not only see NICHOLLS page 6

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Johnathan Lynch, culinary arts senior from Ruston, and Stephanie Graebert, biology senior from Norco, pose for a photo after being named the 2011 Mr. and Ms. Nicholls last Thursday at Crawfish Day.

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Students start campaign against texting and driving

“It’s a hard habit to break, but it’s worth breaking.” — Kacey Alario

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Brittany White, public relations senior from Houma, and Kacey Alario, public relations and print journalism senior from Galliano, work the table for TXT=RIP at Crawfish Day last Thursday.

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There was a TXT = RIP table set up at last week’s Crawfish Day, and a presentation by the group was held yesterday in Talbot Hall. In an effort to reach students at every level, the group also has Facebook page on which users can find links to photos, videos and other information about the dan-

gers of texting and driving. Participating in the class program has changed the outlooks of the students involved. “My personal involvement with the campaign has motivated me to change my habit of texting and driving as well as to educate my friends about the dangers involved,” Martin said. “I learned a lot of interesting things, such as texting is also dangerous for pedestrians to do, and it accounts for most of the accidents on campus that involve drivers and pedestrians.” Alario has also used her involvement to change her bad habits for her own safety and the safety of those around her. “Before starting this campaign, I texted while driving, thinking it wasn’t a big deal,” she said. “Since working on this campaign, reading stats on accidents caused by texting and driving and watching videos of people affected by it, I definitely make a conscious effort not to text and drive.” While waiting to get in touch with someone while on the road may be inconvenient, it can be a life or death decision. “It’s a hard habit to break, but it’s worth breaking,” Alario said.


Texting while driving is a commonly debated danger, but a group of mass communication students are running a campaign to spread warnings to students before it’s too late. In accordance with a public relations campaign class, Kacey Alario, Kaye Arcement, Cody Martin and Brittany White have been working for several weeks to advance their campaign, TXT = RIP, and to educate the Nicholls community about texting while driving. “Professionally, the campaign helped me to see how a public relations campaign actually unfolds, and it was good preparation before graduation to allow me to be the working force behind the campaign and not just learn about it from a lecture,” Martin, mass communication public relations senior, said. “Hopefully our campaign educates individuals, not only on Nicholls campus but statewide, on the laws and dangers of texting and driving.” According to Martin, mortality rates of texting while driving are higher among college-aged indi-

viduals. This fact reinforces the importance of educating the students of Nicholls. “With this campaign, we hope to inform people of the dangers of texting while driving, and we hope that once they are informed, they make an effort to break the habit,” Alario, mass communication public relations and print journalism senior, said.


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school graduation in May of 2010. “It would have been a lot better if it was just a random person instead of someone I had a good friendship with,” Jackson said. “It goes to show that you really don’t know a person like you think you do.” Jackson said that she plans to press charges. She stated that he has ruined her name and several friendships were negatively affected.

Stock’s disciplinary hearing for the University was held on Tuesday. Once the suggested consequences for Stock’s actions are approved, they will be given to him. The information regarding his consequences will not be made public by the University, Dial said. The arraignment date on the criminal charges has been set in Thibodaux City Court for May 9 at 9 a.m.

on campus but throughout all aspects of my life. Without my sorority, I would not be where I am today or even who I am

an amazing feeling to have over 100 girls constantly cheering you on in your endeavors. Q: What do you want people to remember about you? JL: I want people to remember my blue eyes. That’s the only thing I have going for me. If they get ruined, I don’t think I’d be able to do anything else. But no, really, my activity on campus. I have a vocal personality. I would like to be remembered as someone who was involved on campus and really enjoyed being involved; it wasn’t something I had to do. I would like to be remembered for my personality, as a person who is willing to help and outgoing. SG: If I am remembered for

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“I was nominated because I have blue eyes. That’s the only reason.” — Jonathon Lynch

today. I want to thank each and every sister for being my number one supporter throughout everything that I have done these past four years. It really is

PORN continued from page 3 fidavit said. The investigators used the peer-to-peer file sharing software and the keyword search option to find possible possession and distribution of child pornography. A “shared folder” was found with an IP address that was allegedly connected to Allen. Anyone could have access to these files with the peer-to-peer software. At least 14 files were

my love of and dedication to Nicholls State University, biology, Delta Zeta and every organization I was involved in, I

“Being named Ms. Nicholls is one of the biggest honors I have ever been given.” — Stephanie Graebert

would be completely content. I strived to make a difference on our campus, and if I am remembered for just trying, I could not ask for anything more.

found that contained sexually explicit words about juveniles, age three to 15, performing sexual acts or having sexual acts performed on them. Investigators searched the areas of the Internet accessible to the general public when searching for the videos, and the investigators only used the peerto-peer file sharing software to locate the possessors and dis-

tributors. The investigators searched for keywords that suggested child pornography. While doing so, they found files highly suggestive of child pornography and one of the possesors of child porn was located in Louisiana, under their jurisdiction. As of press time, Allen is still in jail according to the East Baton Rouge Prison inmate list.

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nichollssports Sports Briefs Baseball April 19: Nicholls State Univ. of New Orleans

The Colonels hit the ball very well as the team tallied 14 hits Tuesday night. With the victory the Colonels improve to 18-19 on the season.

Softball April 19: UL Lafayette Nicholls State

Seniors share plenty of laughs over career By Jake Martin Sports Editor

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With the loss, the Colonels continue to struggle and fall to 9-29 on the season.

Soccer April 19: The Colonels Soccer team participated in n the annual “Home Run” 5K walk/run benefiting Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity on Saturday.

Tennis April 17: Texas-Arlington 7, Nicholls 0

Singles competition 1. Daiana Negreanu (UTA) def. Florina Nosca (NICH) 6-0, 6-0 2. Linda Aqvist (UTA) def. Natalia Zamora (NICH) 7-6, 6-2 3. Maria Martinez (UTA) def. S. Kalyanasundaram (NICH) 6-2, 6-1 4. Natalia Mayuk (UTA) def. Tatiana Denezhkina (NICH) 6-0, 6-1 5. Katarina Mlcochova (UTA) def. Marina Ljoshevska (NICH) 6-1, 6-1 6. Giada D’ortona (UTA) def. Melissa Harrison (NICH) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles competition 1. Negreanu/ Aqvist (UTA) def. Florina Nosca/Marina Ljoshevska (NICH) 8-2 2. Matovicova/ Martinez (UTA) def. Natalia Zamora/S. Kalyanasundaram (NICH) 8-4 3. D’ortona/ Mayuk (UTA) def. Tatiana Denezhkina/Melissa Harrison (NICH) 8-3

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The 2011 baseball season is coming to a close, and the seniors will soon move on with their lives. Nicholls’ head coach Seth Thibodeaux said that the seniors truly love their school and want Nicholls to be successful. Thibodeaux said he’ll miss joking with his seniors, and it’s hard on him as a coach to see these guys leave once the season is over. “It’s hard to explain, but I’ll miss their personalities, their work ethic and their desire to make Nicholls better,” Thibodeaux said. “Those guys have gone through a lot, and they helped Nicholls get back to where we are right now.” The seniors joke with each other on a regular basis and Thibodeaux joins in on the fun. Thibodeaux said that senior outfielder Kasey Culverson “truly pulled a Manny Ramirez” when he tripped and fell right in front of the Lamar baseball team as he was going to throw the ball home and acted like nothing happened. Thibodeaux said that his senior infielder Chase Jaramillo has hit on every girl on Nicholls campus and has been unsuccessful in every attempt. “I can rag on these guys all day long, but they’ve been very loyal,” Thibodeaux said. “When I bring recruits on campus, they’re awesome and help us a great deal. That’s what it’s all about, continuing the tradition. I’m proud of what they’ve done in the classroom. Every one of my seniors is going to have a degree.” Jaramillo said that he would miss the guys the most. He said that he couldn’t pick out only one funny story to share about the times he’s had with his teammates. “We have so many,” Jaramillo said. “We always have funny stories every practice.” Culverson agreed with Jaramillo

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Senior outfielder Bear Comer walks back to first base during Sunday’s game against Central Arkansas, which was part of a three-game series.

and said that the team camaraderie is really nice. Culverson said that his career highlight at Nicholls was when he hit a “walk-off triple against Southern last year.” Two of the eight seniors had to battle back from injuries just to be able to play this season. Thibodeaux said that red-shirt senior outfielder Scott Moseley and red-shirt senior catcher Jason Dennis ended up being two key pieces this year when he wasn’t sure that they would even be able to play. Moseley sat out last year after suffering a preseason hip injury, and Dennis had to sit out after breaking his hand in preseason. Dennis said that he will miss being spending time with the guys the most.

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“I just like coming out here every day and being around these guys and our coaches,” Dennis said. When it comes to sharing funny stories, Moseley said there’s “too many to name” and said his career highlight would have to be “either catching the ball going over the fence or this year when I robbed the guy of a home run against Stephen F. Austin.” Moseley and Dennis aren’t the only seniors to have to overcome injuries as fellow senior pitcher Ryan Norton had to overcome adversity when he came back from shoulder surgery. Like the other seniors, Norton said he’ll miss the joking that goes on in the locker room, especially the “kangaroo court.”

Norton said that the team would write down a note when someone does something wrong or funny and put it into the box. He said the team would gather around and read the notes, and depending on how severe the action depicted was, he’ll have to pay something up to 50 cents. “It’s a good group of guys to be around, and we always have fun together,” Norton said. Fellow pitcher and senior teammate Brian Arceneaux jokingly said that the funniest story has been his play this year compared to last season. “Compared to how I’m doing this year to how I’m doing last year is pretty funny,” Arceneaux said. Things are looking up for Arceneaux, however, as his last start was a career highlight for him. “My last start Saturday was a career highlight for me,” Arceneaux said. “I gave up two hits and only allowed one run through 7 1/3 (innings).” Senior outfielder Bear Comer joked that he’ll miss pulling the tarp the most but then admitted he’ll miss the “team unity.” “There’s a lot of team bonding,” Comer said. “We’ve had some good times together, and it’s been fun.” Redshirt senior Zach Tisdale said that getting to the tournament for the first time in 12 years last year was the highlight of his career at Nicholls. “It’s a great team, and we fight hard for each other out here, and I’m really going to miss that,” Tisdale said. Thibodeaux is proud of his seniors and said that he hopes that the squad can make this season a memorable one for them to go out on. “It makes me very proud to see what they’ve done, and hopefully we can put an exclamation mark on their careers here at Nicholls and finish this last month with a bang,” Thibodeaux said.

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Plaisance becomes senior woman administrator By Carolyn Noble Sports Writer Nicholls State women’s basketball head coach DoBee Plaisance will play a double role within the University after being named the senior woman administrator for the Nicholls Athletics Department. As senior woman administrator, Plaisance will hold many duties within the department. Not only will she be responsible for conducting monthly meetings with the head coaches of all the women’s sports at Nicholls, she will counsel and act as a mentor to the coaches as well. Plaisance will also be responsible for preparing the budget for the entire Athletic Department and will represent Nicholls at all conference and NCAA meetings. According to athletic director Rob Bernardi, Plaisance was a “natural candidate” for the position. “I think DoBee had the distinct coaching background as well as her experience dealing with student athletes,” Bernardi said. “She has good relationships with the coaches of the women’s teams as well.” Bernardi believes Plaisance will

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Head women’s basketball coach DoBee Plaisance talks to senior guard Ricshanda Bickham and junior guard Portia Washington (22) during the Feb. 5 game against Texas State.

be a good complement to the administrative staff and will give experience to the department in areas with which he is not as familiar. “DoBee has good head coach-

ing experience, dealing with players and some of the problems specific to women’s sports,” Bernardi said. “She also has good experience in dealing with coaches, and all of those are important quali-

ties that a senior woman administrator should have, and they’re all, frankly, qualities that I don’t have.” Not only does Plaisance have personal experience in the player-coach relationship side of her new position, she has administrative experience as well. Prior to Nicholls, Plaisance served as the head coach at Loyola University in New Orleans for 13 seasons, where she also held the position of assistant athletic director. “I’ve had my fair share of administrative experience, but I did not foresee myself being a senior woman administrator at this level, hence my humility with it,” Plaisance said. Despite her humbled approach, Plaisance feels confident that her personality will make her successful in her new position. “I tend to be a very strong woman, and I’ve always been the type of person that when it comes to doing the right things, regardless of how unpopular it might make me, I have always been a person that can pioneer for doing the right things,” Plaisance said. Though she coaches one of the longest sports seasons, Plaisance vows that her duties in both posi-

tions will be fulfilled. “I’m the type of person that whatever endeavors I take on in life, I will never make an excuse for a lack of progress of success in any endeavor,” Plaisance said. “As people, we multi-task throughout our entire lives, and I’m going to be the best women’s basketball coach, and I’m also going to be the best senior woman administrator.” After holding the position of senior woman administrator for a week, Plaisance hasn’t wasted any time. She has already held an initial meeting with all the coaches on the women’s side of athletics and is excited for the future. “The coaches that are here on the women’s side work with the utmost integrity,” Plaisance said. “We had an initial meeting, and it went over great, and it’s a quality group of people here that I’m working with, and I’m really looking forward to that.” According to Plaisance, it’s the people she is able to work with that help her to attain success. “In terms of my success as a coach, I’ve been very blessed with great players, and in lieu of that, I see PLAISANCE page 9

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Instructor teaches karate at Nicholls By Adrian Bourgeois Sports Writer Founded in September 2004, the Nicholls State Karate Club has managed to provide training and knowledge to both teachers and students who are interested in martial arts. Sensei Jimmy Ellis, M.D., a physician from Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and a credited second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, has led the way for this expanding club on the Nicholls campus. With over 11 years of experience in karate, Ellis has trained with both the Louisiana State University and Tulane Karate Clubs. Ellis has brought his knowledge of martial arts to Thibodaux, where he prides himself on sharing his knowledge with all who are interested. “I would like to think the members learn a lot about martial arts, and the club gives them the opportunity to compete,” Ellis said. Through the Karate Club, members are able to not only develop their karate skills, but they are given the chance to progress through the ranks. According to Ellis, the club holds belt tests each semester, and these are good opportunities

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Karate instructor Jimmy Ellis demonstrates a stance during the Karate Club’s meeting on Tuesday in Shaver Dance Studio.

to further validate its member’s knowledge and skills of martial arts. Teaching the skill and knowledge of martial arts is an important part of the Karate Club, but the club also provides a platform for proving its members’ skills against live competition. The club holds sparring sessions and forms where the members can participate, and these sessions between members help them to prepare for

bigger tournaments. New Orleans is the site of the Karate Club’s version of the “Super Bowl.” Every April, members are given the opportunity to compete in the All-South Karate Tournament. “The tournament has been going on for about 40 years now, but for the last several years, we have had students compete and have some success,” Ellis said. In this past year’s tournament,

members Audrey Diket and Courtney Breaud won a gold and silver medal, respectively. Faculty member James Irwin won a silver medal in the men’s brown belt kata tournament. With the guidance of Ellis, the Karate Club has been able to stand out at one of the biggest state-held tournaments. The club welcomes anyone who is interested in learning all types of martial arts styles. This club has benefited everyone from the enthusiasts of martial arts to ones looking for an alternative way to stay fit. From stationed practices on the second floor of Shaver Gym on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to the All-South Karate Tournament held once a year, the members of this club have benefited from its purpose. While its purpose may be to teach Shotokan Karate, members have gained a better physical fitness, knowledge of martial arts and mental discipline to endure while performing in events and in their everyday lives. When asked about what the club means to her, Breaud said, “It gives me good experience and helps me deal with the pressures. It helps build my confidence and gives me more self esteem.”


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continued from page 8 feel like I’m blessed with a great group of women’s coaches,” Plaisance said. “If there’s any correlation there between my success and having great players, then my success as a senior woman administrator and currently working with some great people will be just as successful.” Plaisance said her main focus as the senior woman administrator is to ensure she is well connected with the women’s coaches and that they are heard and have a presence at the next level. As of now, Plaisance is not looking to come in and make changes right away. “I’m still getting acclimated to the mechanics within the position,” Plaisance said. “Then, after I’ve went through the assessment process, I’ll be able to see what I can do to help enlighten women’s athletics.” Bernadi hopes Plaisance will enhance the experience of Colonel student-athletes and better the department as a whole. As for Plaisance, she’s ready for the task. “I’m looking forward to working with the administration here, and I really hope to be a great ambassador for our women’s programs.”

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Students share study habits as finals draw near By Ross Landry Lagniappe Editor With spring break starting next week and final exams right around the corner, students are hitting the books in order to end the semester on a high note. Every student has his or her own way of preparing for a test. Some prefer cramming the night before an exam, some try to study at a steady pace and some use a combination of both. Franklin Robles, freshman from Houma, has late nights during finals week. “I pull a lot of all-nighters,” Robles said. “Five Hour Energy is my best friend during finals.” Megan Soulie, mass communication sophomore from Luling, said that she prefers studying a little every night rather than cramming the night before the test. Other students, like Chris Robichaux, English sophomore from Thibodaux, use a schedule to study. “For ever hour I spend in class,

plan to prepare for a test. “I shoot for 70s on the test,” Martin said. “So as soon as I learn 70 percent of the notecards, I throw the other 30 away as a reward.” Rachel Yezak, mass communication junior from Houston, said that she would love to study at a steady pace, but she ends up cramming all the time. “I wait until the last minute, and I might even pull an all-nighter just so I can feel confident about my test,” Yezak said. “I often use flash cards and rewrite what it is I’m studying so I can remember it better. My lack of memory does not help me at all.” Joshua Verdin, computer information systems senior from Chackbay, is also an involuntary crammer. “I start out with the intentions of studying in advance, but I always end up cramming,” Verdin said. Ashley Neal, vocal music sophomore from Bourg, said that she does not really need to study because she does not take

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Nursing students study for a test on Monday in Ellender Memorial Library. From left, Shawn Champagne, junior from Bourg; Allyson Fey, junior from Luling; and Nicole Comeaux, junior from Luling.

have a board exam where I basically just perform the songs that were assigned to me throughout the semester.”

time in a more educational environment. “I just like to study in the library where I have nothing else

“During finals week, the library is the bat cave of campus, and Scott Phipps is the joker.” — Brandon Naquin

I study one hour,” Robichaux said. “Three days before a test, I’ll study an hour and a half.” Jarred Martin, culinary junior from Vidalia, also follows a game

written exams. “For my major, I don’t really need to (study),” Neal said. “I kind of just have to practice what I know over and over again. I

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that I can think about doing except for my school work,” Samantha Dufrene, freshman from Gonzales, said. “If I’m in my room, there are a million things I

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would rather be doing.” Leon Hutchinson, freshman from Bourg, calls himself a crammer, but prefers going to Ellender Memorial Library to study. “I cram because of procrastination,” Hutchinson said. “The library is a safe haven for crammers.” With the same idea of the library being a haven for students, Brandon Naquin, freshman from Bourg, prepares for his final exam like a nocturnal superhero. “During finals week the library is the bat cave of campus, and Scott Phipps is the joker,” Naquin said.

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Traveled professor settles in Louisiana By Donny Blanchard Staff Writer Originally from the mountains of Virginia, one English teacher has moved a lot over the years and has finally found his home in southern Louisiana. Todd Kennedy, assistant professor of languages and literature, did not always think he was going to be an English teacher. “In high school, I hated English,” Kennedy said. “But when I got to college, I had a couple of great professors who got me really excited about it. I became an English major, went to graduate school, and the rest was history.

long as you decide by your junior year if you are willing and able to start paying your own tuition.” This, however, was not Kennedy’s idea of school. “I took one look around the school and was told I had to keep my books in order from tallest to shortest and have my hair cut just like everyone else, and I decided I wasn’t going to commission,” he said. “It was, however, a great experience because it was a small liberal arts school, and I received a lot of great opportunities. The school offered free trips to Washington, D.C. and New York with the English Society, a semester abroad at Oxford and

torate in 20th century American literature and film at the University of South Caroline. “I chose the program at USC because I could get half of my degree in film, and I could also get

“I love what I do. I do not think I would trade it in for much of anything.”

great beaches.” After Kennedy received all of his degrees, his journey to Nicholls began. see KENNEDY page 12

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Once I graduated school for English, teaching is what made the most sense.” Kennedy earned his bachelor’s degree in English and fine arts with a minor in history at the Virginia Military Institute. Kennedy said that the Virginia Military Institute was exactly what people think of a military school. “It was a straight up military school,” he said. “Uniforms, physical training, the whole nine yards, but you do not have to commission if you do not want to as

lots of experience in filming,” he said. “Columbia, South Carolina is the capital of suburban wasteland, but living there meant I was less than two hours from Charleston, which is a great city with

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even a chance to be editor of the newspaper there.” After leaving VMI, Kennedy moved to New York and lived in Greenwich Village for two years while attending New York University to earn his master’s in 20th century literature. “Those were the most intellectually stimulating years of my life, and it was quite the change from Virginia,” Kennedy said. Shortly after receiving his master’s from NYU, Kennedy moved to South Carolina to hear his doc-

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Todd Kennedy, assistant professor of languages and literature, returns graded papers and tests during class on Tuesday in Peltier Hall.

“I was working as a post doctorate at Tulane, and I was living in New Orleans,” he said. “I met my wife in South Carolina when we were both in graduate school, and she was actually born in Gray and raised in New Orleans, so we had family connections down here.” Living with his wife’s family close to home was not the only reason Kennedy decided to stay. “I really love Southeastern Louisiana, so when the chance to get a permanent, tenure-tract job at Nicholls State University came along where I was offered to start as a film minor, it just seemed too good to be true,” Kennedy said. Before Nicholls, Kennedy had a little jump-start on his teaching career. “I taught film and English courses while in graduate school at South Carolina,” he said. “I also taught a few film courses at Midlands Technical College in South Carolina. I then worked at Tulane in the English Department for three years before coming here.” Like most University professors, Kennedy has a normal workday filled with grading papers. “I drive to Thibodaux, and when I get here, I begin to grade papers,” he said. “Then I meet with students, and I prep for

class. After teaching my students for the day, I grade some more. I drive back to New Orleans when I’m finally done for the day, and I go to sleep and get up and do it all over again. I also grade on the weekends. It is a blast, let me tell you.” Each semester, Kennedy teaches more than one class, and they are all in a variety of majors and minors. “This semester, I teach English 322, which is American Literature Survey, and English 211, which is an honors seminar that takes an interdisciplinary approach to modernism,” Kennedy said. “I additionally teach 20th century American literature and English composition. In the fall, I will be teaching English 240, which is an introduction to film, and English 340, which is Film Genres specifically involving Westerns. I am also the head of the forthcoming minor in film studies, so I will be teaching 90 percent of the film courses.” One of Kennedy’s favorite things about teaching at Nicholls is his students. “I think 18 to 23 is a very exciting, transformative age,” he said. “It is really refreshing to see my students go through that transfor-


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mation and that excitement and, at least on rare occasions, have a hand in guiding them. I also think the students and the University environment reminds me a lot of my alma mater, and although that comes with pros and cons, I feel like I know and understand my students more.” Kennedy also enjoys being a faculty member at Nicholls, not only for the students, but also for some of its benefits. “Being the co-adviser to the English Society really keeps me in touch with the students,” he said. “I would probably also really like the pool if it ever opened back up, and I am also a fan of the fact that I have access to reasonably priced, good food through events with John Folse.” Kennedy said he would love to do something else in his life, but he could not imagine being anywhere else but here. “I would love to be a chef, but I am too scared of the hours and the lifestyle, and I am not creative enough to make films,” Kennedy said. “If I could find a way to get paid for watching films or traveling and eating, I would be a fan. In the end though, I love what I do. I do not think I would trade it in for much of anything.”

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nicholls editorial Remember the good times within the bad

As the 2010-11 school year comes to a close, we think back to the year and wonder: “What will we remember?” For many of us, there isn’t much that we want to remember. This year has been one of the craziest, in many ways, year of our college careers. First there was the oil spill, which may not have been on campus, but it affected a great many of us who live in the area. We could only be grateful that we didn’t have a hurricane to help stir up the water at the same time. Then there was the threat of the budget cuts, which are still on many people’s minds. Many students are still afraid for their Nicholls future, as low-completer majors are on the line to be cut at any moment. To top these outside threats, we had numerous deaths of faculty, staff and students, more than we remember being reported in a single school year before us. Some were natural, but a few weren’t. Other than deaths, we also had a few arrests that reminded us that the Nicholls family is not infallible. Even

our own students, faculty and staff can become corrupted. And while the tobacco ban on campus has been implemented, there are still many people who don’t follow the University rule, which makes us question our future even more. If our University can’t take control of its students, faculty and staff, then what will happen to it and them? More than that, people are left still fearing secondhand smoke, which was part of the reason for the ban in the first place. Further still, we were left to deal with all of this without our daily dose of coffee from our well-loved Jazzman’s, as it was removed and has yet to be replaced elsewhere on campus. However, there are a few good things. Jazzman’s will come back, and it will be bigger and better than ever. In the meantime, there’s a new Student Engagement Center in Peltier Hall that serves coffee. Also, though not everyone is following the new tobacco ban, at least it proves that Nicholls is trying to better the environment for its students, faculty and staff, as well as the community

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around it. The Student Union is now offering new food options as well, with healthier choices that were difficult if not impossible to find before, so that has also worked well for us. On that note, the University has been doing a lot of improvements. The library received new, better steps that don’t make us afraid to fall when we walk on them, and Talbot Hall now has an elevator. Nicholls’ plumbing system is also on the works, and we should be glad they caught it before it blew up in all of our faces. That would have been one stinky mess to clean up. And, finally, we broke ground on the rec. center after all these years of talking about it. It’s not done yet, and as far as we can see, nothing really new looks to have been done there, but at least we know we’re getting closer to our goal. Though it’s easier to remember the bad, we have to remind ourselves that there were some good things that happened this year as well. Here’s to hoping that next year goes a little more smoothly.

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Letter from the Editor 2010-11 Editor says her goodbyes

Katelyn Thibodeaux by Bridget Mire

By Katelyn Thibodeaux 2010-11 Editor Amazing, life changing and indescribable are the words that I associate with working for The Nicholls Worth. I started off working at The Nicholls Worth before my freshman year of classes even began. We had a paper the first week of school that needed to be done. I was excited to come to college but nervous to fit in and make friends. Since that first day of work, I have made some incredible friends, learned so much and have had the time of my life. After coming in as a sports reporter, I was promoted to sports editor after a semester. A year and a half later, I decided that I wanted to apply for editor, and I have loved it ever since and would not change it for the world. Not every day is easy, especially when I had to deal with budget cuts, multiple deaths on campus

and our most recent incident with one of our staff members getting in trouble with the law. While these stories have led to many sleepless nights and times where I wanted to just cry, I couldn’t imagine my year without them. They have only made me grow into a stronger writer and helped me in my public relations major. I also could not have done anything without the support of my staff and the people in the office. My advisor, Nicki Boudreaux, has been with me every step of the way. She always made sure I was on the right path with stories, there to give me support when the stories got rough, there to give constructive criticism and praise and help shape me into the person I am today. I do not only look at her as my advisor but also my family. I could not imagine going though my time here without her. Our administrative assistant, Anne Toloudis, almost seems like the circus ringleader. Our office can get crazy at times, but she always knows what we have to do and has a way of calming us down and getting us back on track. There are times when she has to crack the whip on things, but she is always there to guide us and is like a mother to all of us.

I absolutely could not have completed my stories without the help of University president Stephen Hulbert, special assistant to the president Larry Howell and vice president of Student Affairs Eugene Dial. The information they trusted me with, help they offered and gave during tough times and the insurance they gave me that I

ting recognition. She always kept me on track and was always there for me. When I was busy with getting the tough stories together, she made sure everyone else was getting their part of the job done, making my life easier. I also need to thank yearbook editor Shelly Waguespack, online editor Ashley Falterman, advertis-

“Amazing, life changing and indescribable are the words that I associate with working for The Nicholls Worth.” would write a good, accurate and fair story meant more than they know. It was that little extra push I needed to get my job done. My managing editor, Kristen Fisackerly, was like my right hand man, but a woman. She silently did her job plus more without get-

ing manager Adrienne Bourgeois and photographer Maryna Fowler for always being there for me and going that extra mile to help in any way they could. While this year has flown by quickly, it is a bittersweet moment to have to turn over my position to

someone else. Ashley came into the office one day before I was editor. She sat down, and the editor before me never introduced her in the meeting. I, being someone in the office not afraid to talk to anyone or ask questions, asked her if she even worked here. It became the joke of the office, and Ashley has now become one of my good friends. I have full confidence in her stepping into the editor position. She has helped me so much in covering the situation with our former staff writer and was there every step of the way and in every interview. We wrote every story together, and she even helped with the student accused for child pornography. She went beyond her job title this semester. However, this is the type of person she is. She will go the extra mile and not stop until everything is over. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and a great staff. Have a great year.

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School bullying needs more attention from education administrators I am writing to address the subject of bullying in our schools. We live in a fast-paced world where parents are too busy to teach morals and limits to their children. I wrapped up my public school career a few years back. The vast majority of my 12 years in the system was spent being bullied and tortured. I had hoped that school could be a respite from a hellish home life, but it was not. I was suspended several times for fighting back, and I even wrote a personal plea to my school principal for help but to no avail. They

got off scot-free. By my sophomore year, I had put my former bullies in their

“Violence is not a resort at all for many victims, but it is the first resort of many bullies.” place, but now I suffer mental illness and physical disability. But I am lucky, I had constituents that

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committed suicide. It’s a nationwide epidemic. The rate of plastic surgeries has risen some 30 percent since the last decade among children and teens. A lot of that is due to bullying. The zero tolerance policy has existed in our schools since I can remember, but what is the result? Children get both arrested and blamed for violence. What must one do to stay out of trouble? Not put up a defense? It is as if the educational system is breeding the new generation into a bunch of cattle.

Ashley Falterman by Katelyn Thibodeaux

Violence is not a resort at all for many victims, but it is the first resort of many bullies. If you cannot protect yourself, who will? These administrators who buy time until retirement need to be sacked. This is why we have so

much gun violence. This is not statistics or propaganda. It’s common sense. It seems to be lacked very much. Terril Hebert History sophomore from Gray, La.

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