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Thursday, June 23, 2011

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A Nicholls State University Student Publication

Volume 56 — Issue 28

Tuition Increases Cigarette tax could benefit TOPS 3

Former first daughter speaks to female leaders 6

Police seeking information on local tagging 5



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HAPPENINGS NSU observes “Take Your Dog to Work Day” tomorrow

The University will observe the nationwide “Take Your Dog to Work Day” tomorrow to celebrate canine companionship and encourage dog adoptions from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. in the quadrangle, where visiting dogs will be able to get their pictures taken with Colonel Tillou. A Nicholls Spirit competition will be held at 9:30 a.m., during which the most spirited dog sporting the University colors will be selected. The Student Programming Association tent will be set up from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide shade. Petco will provide dog owners with bags for cleanup at the event, and adoptable dogs from HOPE for Animals will be visiting.

Upcoming special event parking closures June 23: 150 spaces will be blocked off in the lot next to Ellender Memorial Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for new student orientation. June 23, 28, 30 and July 5,7: four spaces on Madewood Drive by Peltier Hall will be blocked off from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as a loading and unloading zone for Pee Wee Camp. July 6: 100 spaces will be blocked off in the lot next to Ellender Memorial Library from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for new student orientation.

SGA offers free attorney consultations Attorney Andrew Wise will be available today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Government Association Office to provide legal advice and notary services to University students free of charge.

Nicholls Performing Arts Camp presents Mulan JR. Fifty-six local girls and boys, ages six through 17, will perform in Nicholls State University Performing Arts Camp’s production of Mulan JR. at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24; Saturday, June 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in Talbot Theater. The 77-minute family-friendly performance is a culmination of 19 days of theater instruction and rehearsal. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door.

Parking permits for 2011-2012 school year distributed New parking permits for the upcoming school year are being distributed at this time. Old permits are valid through July 31, 2011 and should not be replaced until the new permits become valid on August 1, 2011. Anyone who has already replaced his or her current permit should see University Police to get a temporary permit. To apply online for a parking permit for the upcoming school year, visit, click “Parking Permits,” and then click “Parking Permit Application Form.”

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Nicholls Calendar of Events

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday • Summer Orientation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Bring Your Dog to Work Day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Quadrangle

• Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Science Adventure Camp from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Union

232425 26 27 28 2930 • Chip Durham Baseball camp from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Didier Field • Performing Arts Camp from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Talbot Theater

• Sports and Activities Camp from noon to 5 p.m. in Stopher and Shaver Gym

• Volleyball Youth Camp from 9 a.m. to noon in Shaver Gym

• Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday • Cheer Camp from noon to 4 p.m. in Stopher Gym

• Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Sports and Activities Camp from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Shaver Gym

• Sports and Activities Camp from 1 to 5 p.m. in Shaver Gym • Cheer Camp from noon to 4 p.m. in Stopher Gym

• Science Adventure Camp from 8 a.m. to noon in the Student Union

• LA Gear Up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Lafitte Room

• Sports and Activities Camp from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Shaver Gym

• Sports and Activities Camp from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Shaver Gym

• Cheer Camp from noon to 4 p.m. in Stopher Gym



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A female student at La Maison du Bayou Apartment Complex reported another female student poured bleach on her clothes. She said the female did it because she was angry that she went downtown without picking her up. The suspect denied the allegation and the victim did not want to pursue the charge further. The case has been closed.

June 17: University police received a report that the smell of marijuana was coming from a student’s room at the La Maison du Bayou Apartment Complex. An officer met with the student and he was not under the influence of any substance and no drug was found. A student reported that her ex-boyfriend cursed her and drove off campus. An officer met with the ex-boyfriend, collected statements and banned him from campus.

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Tuition to increase by 10 percent Tobacco tax revived despite previous veto By Melissa Holman Managing Editor

Although two bills to increase higher education tuition failed in the state legislature last week, two other measures will increase University tuition effective for the fall 2011 semester. A measure from 2008 and the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas (GRAD) Act passed in 2010 will work together to generate money for the University, which is “a little over 34 percent below the southern regional average on tuition,” special assistant to the University president Larry Howell said.

sure, they are only allowing a five percent increase for the upcoming school year. With this increase, full-time students will see their tuition raised by 10 percent, or $213, come August, Howell said. The new tuition amount will be $2,359, up from last year’s amount of $2,146. Though the increase is necessary, students are expressing frustration over paying more for their education. “Tuition is expensive enough, and I don’t think it should be raised,” graphic design junior Celeste Babin said. “The increase might even cause some

siana, will cover the increase for students eligible. The program is what actually keeps the tuition amount relatively low. “It takes a two-third vote of the legislature to raise tuition, and they realized that if they raise tuition, they have to come up with more money for TOPS,” Howell said. “It puts more of a burden on state revenue to raise tuition.” Enrollment is not expected to drop significantly, Howell said. Other factors, such as the economy, the gulf oil spill, and a decline in high school graduates in the area all play into enrollment numbers.

“It takes a two-third vote of the legislature to raise tuition, and they realized that if they raise tuition, they have to come up with more money for TOPS.” — Larry Howell

“In 2008, they passed a bill that said the institutions that were at least 20 percent below the southern regional average in tuition compared to their peers could raise their tuition five percent,” Howell explained. The measure, which lasts four years, was first effective in 2008, making 2011 the final year for the five percent increase. The GRAD Act gives institutions below the southern regional average the ability to raise tuition if they meet performance goals defined by the state. Howell said the act allows for a 10 percent increase, but because the University is still working with the 2008 mea-

students who are already struggling with tuition to apply for student loans.” Other students are concerned about their scholarship coverage and whether the incoming money from the tuition boost will be put to good use. “I don’t like the increase,” premed sophomore Gabby Marcello said. “I hope that it doesn’t cut our scholarship funds, and that the extra money this generates is distributed in a well thought out manner to benefit the students.” Some students will not feel the financial burden the increase creates, Howell said. TOPS, the tuition aid program unique to Loui-

The University budget for the upcoming year will not be affected by much either, Howell explained. “With the tuition increase, we will basically have a stand still budget. We will have to come up with some funding to cover increases such as retirement, but our total budget will be close to the same as last year.”


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By Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana House reinvigorated a proposal Monday to renew the 4-cent cigarette tax, trying to sidetrack Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of the measure. A super-majority of the House and Senate backed the extension earlier this session. But Jindal vetoed the measure, and the House refused to override him. On Monday, Rep. Harold Ritchie, D-Bogalusa, amended his tax proposal into a Jindal administration bill to redirect a stream of tobacco settlement money to the state’s free college tuition program, called TOPS. The move, if backed by the Senate, would bypass Jindal and instead head to voters for consideration. Sen. John Alario, sponsor of the amended bill, said he expects to ask senators to reject the add-on. “I would have to reject that,” said Alario, R-Westwego. “That was not the intention of our bill.” Jindal gave a noncommittal statement about whether he’d sacrifice the bill because of the cigarette tax, leaving open a possibility the renewal could win final passage. “While we are disappointed that the House amended the TOPS bill to

include the cigarette tax, we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. TOPS is too important to our children and to the future of our state,” Jindal said in a statement. Rep. Jane Smith, R-Bossier City, tried to fight off the tobacco tax renewal without success. “This bill is not about a cigarette tax,” she said. The measure would dedicate a stream of tobacco settlement money to the college tuition program, the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. Otherwise, the dollars would be divided between health care and education purposes. The House voted 58-41 for Ritchie’s amendment and the proposed constitutional change, 90-12. Jindal opposes the cigarette tax renewal as a tax increase. Supporters of the tax renewal say it would discourage smoking, and they said they don’t want to support anything that would decrease the cigarette tax. Ritchie said by putting the initiative on a ballot, voters could decide if they want the tax. Louisiana’s cigarette tax will drop to 32 cents per pack in June 2012, without the renewal. The cigarette tax, first enacted 11 years ago, generates $12 million annually.

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Renovations scheduled to be finished by fall semester graphic by Ashley Falterman

By Ashley Falterman Editor University officials and contractors are working to have campus renovations finished by the start of the fall semester. Stopher Gym, Elkins Hall and the cafeteria are all receiving window and wall replacements with the ARRA Funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) given by President Obama in his stimulus package. The new windows and walls will provide more efficient insulation that will help energy costs, Mike Davis, assistant vice president for facilities, said. Windows and siding will be replaced in Calecas Hall in July. The project is being handled through the University’s 501(c)3 corporation. The corporation is funded through the sale of bonds, which is paid with student-assessed fees. The new siding and windows will provide a better look and save on energy costs also, Davis said. The Student Publications and Printing building is receiving a new storefront. New cement was poured, and new doors will be in place by June 30. The estimated cost of this project is $9,580, taken from operating funds. Sidewalks around the University were recently re-cemented in areas that had hazardous cracks. This $75,000 project was funded by the deferred-maintenance funds.

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University’s sugar institute draws international members By Melissa Holman Managing Editor

an institute on the beginning stages of sugar production as well, and thus the raw sugar institute was born seven years later, Falgout said. Both institutes, which run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for two weeks in June and July, follow the same basic format. The programs begin with an introduction and orientation by Falgout, followed by in-depth day-long

At the raw cane sugar institute, held June 20 through June 30, students are discussing topics such as cane as a raw material, preparation and milling, crystallization, centrifugals and basic instrumentation of devices used during the manufacturing process. Students also visited the U.S.D.A. Sugarcane Field Station in Houma, John Deere in Thibodaux

lectures will include topics such as high- and low-grade crystallization, storage of granulated and liquid sugar and marketing the commodity. Students will also take field trips to the same companies visited in June by the raw sugar institute. Facilitating global sugar education is no easy task, Falgout said, but it is a very rewarding experience. No

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at the time, Carroll Falcon, director and former University agriculture professor, Robert Falgout said. A committee for the program was established, and the first refined sugar institute was held in 1978. “Because of my job as a sugar professor, naturally, being director just fell right into my lap,” Falgout said. “It’s my baby.” The first students, visitors from other parts of the world such as Peru and Jamaica, loved the institute so much that it prompted requests for

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discussions conducted by expert instructors on various topics in each area of sugar production. Most of the instructors are United States natives, but Falgout said that an Englander will be flying in to teach a course on centrifugals.

and Honiron and Enterprise Sugar Factory in Jeanerette to get a feel for the machinery used and the process itself. July 18 through July 29 will compose of a crash course in all aspects of the refining process. Day-long

matter where his students are in the world, he said he knows the institutes have been instrumental in helping them excel at their jobs. “I always tell people ‘the road to success in the sugar industry in the world leads through Thibodaux.’ “

City police investigate tagging By Ashley Falterman Editor

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Thibodaux Police officers have been noticing what they call “wild style graffiti” around the city. Capt. Kyle Cressione of the Thibodaux Police Department said the graffiti, called tags, is believed to by mirrored off the old New York style that can easily be found online. A majority of the graffiti is found in the Downtown Thibodaux area and mentions the words: “Be Simple”, “Crawl 168” and “Smile.” Thibodaux Police officers are actively investigating the case by talking to people in the downtown area, requesting that people keep their eyes open to any suspicious activities involving paint. There are currently no suspects, but high schools and colleges around the area with art classes have been contacted to discover if any students are known for a

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Graffitied words “Be Simple” on a door in Downtown Thibodaux. The words almost look like it was fingure painted and are repeated in several different places in downtown.

style of artwork that is similar to the tags. “We are hoping for help from the public,” Cressione said.

To report information concerning the recent tagging, contact Capt. Kyle Cressione at (985) 446-5021 or Lt. Steve Tullis at (985) 448- 4751.

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Former first daughter encourages girls Australia native signs

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By Melissa Holman Managing Editor Former first daughter Barbara Bush encouraged young girls to use their skills for the greater good on June 16 at the awards ceremony of the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy in the Cotillion Ballroom. Bush, founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, a company that matches college graduates with international health organizations, shared stories of her travels to places like Liberia. She explained that the people she encountered on her trips, along with the leadership skills set forth by her grandparents and parents, fueled her desire to help anyone struggling with healthcare in the United States and beyond. In speaking of her experience of watching the first woman president of Liberia step forward to lead her country, Bush said, ”it was an example of how one person’s determination can change the lives of so many other people.” Bush said the graduates she hires to join the Global Health Corps team are another example of that determination. “A lot of the statistics on world health care are very overwhelming, but what’s even more daunting is the commitment of people who are trying to solve them.”

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Keynote speaker at the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy Barbara Bush talks about her involement in Global Health Corps.

about policy-making, elections and public speaking. In addition, they visited the city council and state capitol to see government in action. In the four days they spent at the University, they also worked in groups to create presentations pertaining to energy and the environment. The projects were pre-

with others on projects they were all interested in. “They learn valuable skills, but they also get to meet girls with similar goals from across the state and make lifelong friends.”

A Sydney, Australia native will stick to his roots as he signs with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League. Anatoly Bose, former 20102011 Colonel basketball player, will continue his basketball career with the Sydney Kings as he tries to qualify for the Australian Men’s Basketball Team later this month. The Kings have stayed on top in the rankings, making appearances in the National Basketball League Grand Finals for the past eight consecutive seasons and winning three titles in the recent eight appearances. In an interview for, Colonel head coach J.P. Piper said, “I am thrilled for Anatoly and his family. This is like a kid growing up in New Orleans and signing with the Saints. The Sydney Kings have a great coaching staff and a tradition of winning. It is great for Anatoly to be able to go home and begin his professional career. With the


impending NBA lockout, professional opportunities in any country will be hard to come by. That makes this opportunity even more special, given the shortage of jobs and the number of qualified players out there willing to go play anywhere. This is a proud day for the Nicholls basketball program.” If Bose makes the Australian Men’s Basketball Team, he can look to participate in a two-game series against the Chinese National Men’s Team in June followed by a three-game Olympic qualifying game in September.

“It is important for the girls because they get exposure to women in government and opportunities they may not have gotten elsewhere.” — Kelsey Morris

The work she and the members of her organization are doing is not an unrealistic dream for the girls who attended the academy, Bush said. “I wish that y’all would hurry up and graduate so that I can hire all of you to work with me,” Bush said. “It’s pretty clear you guys have a lot of great leadership skills already.” The 29-year-old Yale graduate encouraged the girls at the academy to pursue leadership roles, no matter what special skills they possess. “No matter what you do or where you are in your life, your talents can make a difference.” The academy, sponsored by the University-housed Louisiana Center for Women and Government, is held each summer to help girls in eighth through 11th grades learn

sented at the awards ceremony and a panel of judges selected the top two presentations to be recognized at the National Women’s Leadership Group Conference in Washington D.C. later this year. University students who served as counselors for the academy said the program offered participants unique opportunities to witness the governmental process up close. “It is important for the girls because they get exposure to women in government and opportunities they may not have gotten elsewhere,” nursing junior Kelsey Morris said. Nursing senior Caitlin Bacon, whose group presented one of the winning projects, with their concept for clothes made from eco-friendly materials, said the academy also let participants work

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nicholls editorial Cigarette tax to benefit TOPS scholars

With budget cuts and tuition increases statewide, the renewal of the cigarette tax and its possible dedication to TOPS revenue doesn’t seem like a bad idea for the University. The revenue from the tax would provide the state with $12 million. When matched with federal money, it would redirect more than $40 million to TOPS. There are approximately 225,000 students in Louisiana public colleges, 43,000 of which are in the TOPS scholarship program. But how many of those students pocket the extra cash? Higher education is in desperate need

of financial help. We have seen budget cuts and tuition increases over the past few years, and nothing seems to be helping as much as we need. We don’t see a problem if smokers are inadvertently funding our education, but isn’t it ironic that the message seems to be that smoking is a good thing? Smoking is a bad health habit, and there is no denying that. Taxing cigarette sales will hopefully lower smoking while also increasing revenue for higher education. The idea seems to be contradictory, as lowering smoking would mean lowering TOPS funds, but

in these times, we’re grateful for every bit of funding for our schools and every bit of good news for our health and environment. Whether the money from the tax goes to higher education or to health care, another possible option, it will be utilized and benefit us all in some way. While governor Jindal was not in favor of the cigarette tax originally, he was in favor of the TOPS bill, which may now include the cigarette tax. We applaud state Rep. Harold Ritchie for possibly saving the TOPS bill and cigarette tax despite the governor’s veto.

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