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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Nicholls State University Student Publication

Nicholls Nation brings back spirit 7 Volume 56 — Issue 18

Happy Memories SGA, SPA leaders move on 3

Culinary student wins regional competition 5

Nicholls Swamp Stomp makes some noise 11


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HAPPENINGS Nicholls ‘Tresors du Bayou’ free and open to public

Nicholls invites the region to the free outdoor event, Bayou French Education Program, or “Tresors du Bayou,” scheduled for Friday, March 18, near John L. Guidry Stadium. Intended as a prelude to the opening show of the 3rd annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, the program will feature local musicians, historians and craftsmen performing for local school children, Nicholls students and guests. Dance instructors will also be on hand to teach guests the Cajun Waltz, Cajun Two-Step and Cajun Jitterbug. “Tresors du Bayou” will end with a free concert featuring Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys. For additional information, go to

University Health Services offers free HIV testing The University Health Services office will offer free HIV testing to all Nicholls students today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

SGA Town Hall Meeting today in Student Union The Student Government Association will hold a Town Hall Meeting today in the snack bar area of the Student Union from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a chance for all students to voice their opinions and concerns.

Dining etiquette lessons to be held March 15 The Nicholls chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Bayou Society for Human Resource Management, and the Office of Career Services will host an etiquette dinner on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom. Dinner will include soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. Dress is business casual and door prizes will be awarded. Reservations and payment ($25) must be made in advance to Annette Adams in 146 Powel Hall. Seating is limited, and reservations must be made by Monday, March 7.

Change of location for RELATE The previous flyer/information sent about RELATE has changed for Thursday, Feb. 24. The event will be held in the Plantation Room (found in the foyer to the Student Union Ballroom) and not the Student Union from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Nicholls Calendar of Events

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday • RELATE: “Freedom” open mic night from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union

• Baseball at 7 p.m. on Didier Field

• Baseball from 1 to 4 p.m. on Didier Field

• Baseball from noon to 11:30 p.m. on Didier Field

2425 26 27 28 1 2 3 • Thursday Night Live from 7 to 9 p.m. in Le Bijou Theater

• Serengeti Masquerade Ball from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday • SGA meeting from 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the Plantation Suite

• Baseball from noon to 11:30 p.m. on Didier Field

• Fellowship of Christian Athletes bible study from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bowie Room

• Law Enforcement Expo from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Century Room

• Men’s basketball vs. Northwestern from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Stopher Gym • Mid-Term Breakfast from 9 p.m. to midnight in Galliano Cafeteria

Feb. 18 A fire alarm in La Maison du Bayou was pulled. University Police observed no fire or smoke.

• Mardi Gras ball from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom • Thursday Night Live from 7 to 9 p.m. in Le Bijou Theater






University Police issued a disciplinary summons to a resident who has received multiple parking citations. A burglar alarm in the Pupil Appraisal Center activated. University Police checked the surrounding area and noted that it was secure. The key-holder arrived and checked the inside and noted that it was also secure.

Feb. 20 A resident struck another resident during an argument. The residents were dating. University Police advised the residents of their rights, issued disciplinary summons and advised the residents to cease contact until the summons.

Feb. 21 A Max Charter staff member reported a shattered window in her truck. University Police gathered information, observed the damage and noted that nothing was missing. A student fell outside the La Maison du Bayou clubhouse. She advised University Police that she was not feeling well and was escorted to Health Services.

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SPA vice president Johnathan Lynch and SGA vice president John Lombardo.

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SGA, SPA leaders offer advice to future officers By Melissa Holman Staff Writer As Student Government Association and Student Programming Association elections grow near, the top leaders of both organizations reflect on their time in office and offer advice to potential candidates. SGA president Brittany Taraba said she feels the organization has gotten a lot done during her time in office, with the organization getting multiple projects established, such as the Spirit Award that was established during the fall semester to increase student attendance at University atheletic events. Senators are also working to get more involved with their respective colleges, and the organization has helped many other campus groups by allocating money for things such as supplies or equipment. “Hopefully we can keep the momentum going through the rest of the semester, and I hope the next executive board does the same thing as well,” Taraba said. Taraba said her biggest accomplishment is the future rec center. She spent much of her summer in Baton Rouge, working with local officials to finalize building plans, and the University finally saw the ground breaking during the fall semester. “It’s been a decade in the works, but it finally got done,” Taraba said. “It’s a pretty big step.” She said she was promised a rec center her freshman year and never saw it materialize. She made it a personal goal to get it done.

“It was one of those things where I said, ‘Before I leave here, I want a rec center,’ so it’s all really exciting for me.” Before her term is up, Taraba said she would like to figure out a way to make students more responsive to the SGA and keep up the fight against budget cuts. She would also like to get some awareness out about the LOUIS System, a statewide online datebase for library documents. The program, which permits several local colleges to share documents, will become exponentially more expensive for the University if it is cut from the budget. Taraba said she wants potential candidates to consider how much they want to be a leader before deciding to run. “It’s really not something you can or should do as a resume builder,” Taraba said. “There’s so much time and energy involved in it, and it’s something you have to have an absolute passion for.” She also wants potential candidates to know they have to be prepared for every possible situation that could happen. “Be ready to be able to deal with whatever comes at you. I don’t walk into any day knowing how it’s going to turn out because I’m frequently getting phone calls for meetings or I have to go to Baton Rouge at the last minute. You have to know beforehand that you’re going to be dedicated to doing it.” SGA vice president John Lombardo’s time in office has been one see ELECTION page 6

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13th annual Jubilee festival to feature cultural arts By David Guidry Reporter Jubilee, Nicholls’ 13th annual Arts and Humanities festival, is returning for spring 2011 from March 14 to April 16. Events will be held on and off campus throughout the month. This year’s festival hopes to stimulate the artistic, creative and educational aspects of our University as well as the south Louisiana community as a whole. Jubilee is a unique cultural experience welcoming anyone from anywhere to attend. S.O.U.L., or Singers of United Lands, is a quartet of young adult singers from four different countries. During their tour of the United States, S.O.U.L. will kick off Jubilee by visiting Nicholls and other local venues. Several performances of “A Lesson Before Dying” by the Nicholls Players will begin on March 17 in the Talbot Hall Theater. Directed by Daniel Ruiz, the play is based on a novel by Earnest Gaines. Tickets for Nicholls students are $5, and interested students should call 985448-4586 for purchasing information. The third annual Swamp Stomp festival is scheduled for the weekend of March 18. Running Friday through Sunday, Swamp Stomp will feature tons of food, art and live music. Tickets for the entire

weekend are $25. Individual day passes can also be purchased, and people interested can call 985-4484633 for ticket information. The Jubilee Writer’s Conference and Book Fair is scheduled for March 26 at the Terrebonne Parish Public Library in Houma. Lisa Jackson, best-selling romance author, will be the keynote speaker. Over a dozen more speakers will attend, featuring other authors as well as Nicholls faculty. Research Week at Nicholls starts March 28. Events of the week aim to highlight the variety of research at Nicholls. Numerous lectures, workshops and presentations will run through April 1 featuring multiple colleges and programs of study. The Thibodaux Playhouse will begin a production of “Never Get Smart with an Angel” on April 8. Tickets are $10 for students and can be bought by calling 985-4461896. Thibodaux’s downtown art night, Arts Alive, is being held on April 14. The area’s finest artists gather for a public art show and reception. Nicholls’ Art Day on April 15 will be an all-day art event that will include lectures, demonstrations and workshops. There are numerous other events involved in Jubilee and many are free and open to the public. A full event schedule can be found at

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Culinary student places in regional competition By Kami Ellender Staff Writer Nicholas Hymel, culinary junior from Raceland, recently won first place in the regional level of the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition in Austin, Texas. Hymel said he competed against seven other culinary students from the region. “This is the first national competition I’ve ever competed in,” Hymel said. He won first place in the local competition within the John Folse Culinary Institute, which allowed him to move on to the South Central regional competition. He said for the regional competition, he researched Creole cooking because he wanted to represent Louisiana. His first place signature dish was quail fricassee with creole cream cheese grits and smothered collard greens. “It’s very representative of the South and where we come from,” Hymel said. Only the first place winner of each region will move on to the finals competition. “Cooking has always been a passion of mine, but I never wanted to pursue it as a profession,” Hymel said. “I did not want to lose my pas-

petition. In the Mystery Basket Competition, each competitor will have to create an entrée in two hours with a set of unknown ingredients. In the Signature Dish Competition, competitors will prepare their signature dishes with an appointed assistant for the guests at the reception. In the People’s Choice Competition, guests will vote on their favor-

ite signature dish. The winner in each of these competitions will receive $3,000. The overall winner, based on performance throughout the weekend, will win the title 2011 Almost Famous Chef, up to $20,000 in prizes and a paid apprenticeship with one of the participating chef judges. “I’m extremely excited,” Hymel said. “This will be my first time in Napa Valley.”

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Nicholas Hymel, culinary arts senior from Raceland, makes sure the cheese mold is level during his cheese-making class on Monday in Gouaux Hall.

sion for it.” Hymel said he was a nursing major for two years at Nicholls, but decided to try culinary arts. “I realized nursing was not my thing,” Hymel said. “If cooking was my true passion, I figured I could never lose my love for it. So after my second year of nursing, I transferred to culinary school and never looked back.” He said that he does not regret his decision to transfer. “It’s so satisfying,” Hymel said.

Hymel said he will advance to the finals competition in Napa Valley, Calif. on March 11-14 at the Culinary Institute of America. He will compete against nine other regional winners from across the United States and Canada. The finals competition will take place before a panel of food critics, VIP guests and famous chefs. It will consist of three formal competitions: Mystery Basket Competition, Signature Dish Competition and People’s Choice Com-

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ELECTION continued from page 3 of personal growth. “I feel like it’s been a great learning experience. I’ve learned a lot from all the people I’ve interacted with,” Lombardo said. The organization has achieved a lot, Lombardo said, but the most rewarding part of it as has been seeing the transformation of the Student Senate. “The atmosphere of the Senate is welcoming now. Everyone respects everyone, and it’s like a big family.” Before relinquishing his vice presidential title, Lombardo hopes to get the Senate more actively involved in issues surrounding the University. “Issues like redistricting, budget cuts and the LOUIS System are at our doorstep. I hope we can all take an active role in these things because it’s very important to how the school is funded.” Lombardo’s advice for those seeking upcoming leadership roles is to come in with a positive attitude and learn from everything. “Come in with an attitude to do good and take in as much as you can because it’s a great experience.” Sarita Jones, SPA president, said her time in office, though time consuming, has been a wonderful experience. She has encountered

many great people, and the contacts she has made have made the work worthwhile. The executive board backing her up, Jones said, has made her job as president a lot easier. With the board by her side, events such as Comedy Night, Alive at Five and the Homecoming dance, were a huge success. “I’m so proud of the work they’ve done and the events we’ve been able to put on,” Jones said. “Without them, none of it would have happened.” For possible candidates, Jones said it is important to establish relationships with the organization’s members. She also shared Taraba’s thoughts on being prepared for every situation. “Try to stay one step ahead all the time. Things could turn for the best or turn for the worst so you need to be prepared for both situations. You need to brace yourself for the ride.” Jones’ second in command, SPA vice president Johnathan Lynch, said he feels good about his time because the organization has had a great group of people working to put on events for students. One of those events, Comedy Night, is the function that really stands out for Lynch. “That was probably our most

successful event of the school year. Almost 400 people came out for it, and after having our star comedian drop out on us and still having the same number of people attend that we were aiming for is huge.” The vice president said he is hoping for a successful Crawfish Day but his goals for the rest of the semester are more personal. “I just want to finish out my term on a good note. It’s a little hard sometimes to want to put forth the effort just because it is my last time here, but I want to see it all the way through and do the best I can.” Lynch said anyone considering running for an SPA office, first and foremost, needs to be personable. “You need to be able to talk to people and get people into it. That’s the great thing about SPA. If you’re having fun with it, people are going to want to have fun with you.” Future leaders also need to have time to commit to the organization. “You need to have adequate time to give to an event, that way you don’t have two or three events that are subpar. You want to have events that you put a lot of time and effort into, making sure they are good for students.” Finally, future leaders need to be able to come up with ideas for activities and events and put them

into action. “It’s easy to say ‘we’d like to do this and we’d like to do this,’ but I encourage people to actually get stuff done.” The deadline to submit nominations for both SGA and SPA is 4:30

p.m. on March 4. Anyone interested can pick a petition at the SGA office located in Suite 17 of the Student Union or at Primary elections for both organizations will run from March 21-23 at noon.

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nichollssports Sports Briefs Baseball Feb. 22 Nicholls State UL-Lafayette

Colonels led 4-2 before the Ragin’ Cajuns hit three home runs and got the victory. The Colonels are now 1-3 on the year. Men’s Basketball Feb. 19 Texas-San Antonio Nicholls State

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The Colonels rallied in the second half after being down by 13 to beat UTSA off of a buzzer beater when senior forward Anatoly Bose tipped in an offensive rebound with two seconds left. Bose led the team with 25 points. This is the Colonels’ first win since junior forward Fred Hunter’s injury on Feb. 8. With the victory, the Colonels are now 12-11 on the year and 6-6 in Southland Conference play. Women’s Basketball Feb. 19 Nicholls State Texas-San Antonio

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The Colonels fell to the Roadrunners after battling for two overtimes, and the Colonels fell to 8-17 on the year and 3-9 for Southland Conference. Senior guard Ricshanda Bickham scored 17 points and freshman guard KK Babin added 14. Golf Feb. 21 The Nicholls men’s golf team started off its spring season by finishing third after shooting a 614 (309-305) during the 36-hole AT&T Intercollegiate held at the 7,128 yard, par 72, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club. Leading the way for the Colonels was senior Parham Booker and freshman Kristjan Einarsson, who each finished tied for sixth after firing a 150. Football Feb. 22 Offensive Line Coach Keith Uperesa was given the title of Associate Head Coach, and Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Chuck Hepola was tabbed Assistant Head Coach. Feb. 21 Nicholls added another recruit to this year’s class when they signed Destrehan cornerback Josh Dewey out of St. Rose, La.

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Public relations junior Carolyn Noble will become the interim president of the organization. “I think it’s a good idea that should have been started a long time ago,” Noble said. “I think

things,” Angeron said. Kearney is backed by the associate director of advertising marketing and development Brandon Ruttley. Ruttley graduated from Nicholls and played basketball for

know many times, about doing little things, but like everything in life, you need money. Right now, we’re just trying to build some interest.” Nicholls Nation had their first

Nicholls students collaborated to make a new student group called Nicholls Nation to instill Colonel pride in fellow students. The main function of the group is to promote Nicholls, using Nicholls’ athletics to unify the student body. Ministry of education and higher education graduate student Andrew Kearney came up with the idea and called upon other students to join him in making the group. “Using athletics is a way to restore pride back into the students,” Kearney said. Kearney is using this group as his practicum for his master’s and wanted to make a difference for photo by Tressa Lafont his school in the process. Nich- Members of the Nicholls Nation, a new student organization dedicated to promoting school spirit,, meet with founder Andrew Kearney olls Nation has on Monday in the Office of Development in Candies Hall. From left, Kaity Mattsson, marketing senior from Bracebridge, Ontario; yet to become a Carolyn Noble, public relations junior from Burlington, Ontario; Hillary Clark, freshman from Tallahassee, Fla.; Jake Martin, print student organi- journalism sophomore from Vidalia; Lacey Angeron, broadcast journalism junior from Patterson; Andrew Kearney, higher education zation, but hopes graduate student from Stanton, Mich.; and Katelyn Thibodeaux, print journalism and public relations junior from Marrero. to do so by the end of the week as Kearney meets it’s going to be a really good thing the Colonels. Ruttley is confident function as a group Saturday when with assistant director of the Stu- once people do get involved.” that he will get a deal done with they tailgated before the game. dent Union Melvin Harrison. When Kearney needed help Raising Canes, and Raising Canes They provided free food and mu“I just noticed that there isn’t a from fellow students, broadcast- will become an official sponsor. sic for anyone who wanted to united student base at games, and ing junior Lacey Angeron stepped “He supports us 100 per- come to tailgate before the game.  I started talking to people about up. cent,” Kearney said. “This orgaKearney explained that with the the absence of pride at Nicholls “We want to entice students nization is going to run through State,” Kearney said. to become more involved in him. I’ve talked to him, I don’t see NATION page 10

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Colonels pitchers are backbone for softball defense By Carolyn Noble Sports Writer Though softball head coach Jenny Parsons often tells her team that it takes nine players to win a ball game, she said her pitching staff are the ones who give the Colonel defense the chance to make plays and win ball games. With five pitchers on the 2011

a 3.82 earned runs per game average, while also being a designated hitter for the Colonels in 11 games. Winklemann brings experience to the Colonels after transferring last year where she played two seasons at Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas. In 2009, she pitched her junior college to a 56-11 record, sending her team to the Junior College World Se-

“I want to leave here knowing that I left everything on the field.” — Carlee Winklemann

Colonel roster, Parsons admited that she doesn’t have a set rotation. She said her ultimate goal is to start one pitcher and let her finish that game, but said she can have as many as four pitchers throw in a game. “We just try to match up our pitchers’ strengths against their hitters’ weaknesses,” Parsons said. The Colonels welcome back lone senior pitcher Carlee Winklemann, who pitched 15 games and made 10 starts for the Colonels last season. Winklemann earned

ries and eventually placing fourth overall. In her final season of collegiate softball, Winklemann hopes to end her career on a positive note. “I want to leave here knowing that I left everything on the field,” Winklemann said. “I don’t want to have any regrets knowing that if I had done something different, the results would have been different.” Nicholls welcomes junior transfer Lauren Crane, who comes from Spring Hill College, where

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Junior left-handed pitcher Lauren Crane warms up during practice on Monday at the softball field.

she pitched and played outfield for the Lady Badgers. Crane appeared in 64 games with 55 starts and had a career batting average of .240 with 36 hits. As the only left-handed pitcher for the Colonels, Crane hopes that she will throw opposing teams off

their game. Crane said she is enjoying the switch from Spring Hill College to Nicholls because of the heightened level of competition. “My other school wasn’t Division 1 so it’s a lot more competitive here,” Crane said. “Everybody cares a lot more about softball be-

cause it’s Division 1. It’s just a different level of softball.” Also returning to the Colonel rotation is sophomore right-hander Ashton Bennett, who leads the Colonels in innings pitched with 32.2, see PITCHERS page 10

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Freshman walk-on puts in work By Adrian Bourgeois Reporter

more of her life, Adams, being a local product of Thibodaux, chose to attend Nicholls. With this decision, Adams traded her “big fish in a small pond” label for the less impressive “small fish in a big pond.” Nevertheless, the same dedication she possessed as a standout high school athlete remained within. Adams was determined to earn a spot on the Colonels basketball team.

going to come to Nicholls and work hard,” Adams said. Although some athletes are given the opportunity to play right away, Adams is well aware that when her number is called and it is time for her to step foot on the court, the time and effort she has put into her skills will make each moment even sweeter. “I don’t get much playing time now, but it feels so rewarding to

Freshman Ashley Adams is no stranger to dedicating her time and efforts into furthering her skills as a standout athlete. As a four-year letterman of the E.D. White Lady Cardinals basketball team, Adams’ dedication to her sport garnished her honors of All-District First Team as well as All-Region Second Team. She was able to receive both honors twice throughout her high school basketball career. “I’m proud of my accomplishments, and I’m very happy that I was able to bring attention to the E.D. White lady basketball program,” Adams said. As a senior standout basketball player at her high school, it would have been acceptable to label Adams as a “big fish in a small pond,” but she never placed her dreams of becoming successful before winning with her team. “I’m definitely teamoriented, and I was always looking for an assist before scoring a point,” Adams said. Adams’ optimistic and team-oriented attitude would come to benefit her upon completion of her high school career. With a limited supply of scholarships available, the Nicholls State University Athletic Dephoto by Lisa Neal partment was not able to Freshman guard Ashley Adams dribbles past a Bethune-Cookman College player duraward Adams a position ing the Dec. 15 game. on the Colonels basketball team as a scholar“I’ve always wanted to play get even one minute on the court,” ship athlete. While other athletes may have grown discouraged by college basketball. It’s been a Adams said. “My voice is always hoarse bethat information, Adams took that dream of mine since I was young,” cause I’m always screaming loud to mean that she had to make her Adams said. The thought of not continuing and supporting my teammates,” decision on where she wanted to

“I don’t get much playing time now, but it feels so rewarding to get even one minute on the court.” — Ashley Adams

continue her basketball career, and more importantly, her educational learning. After contemplating where she would spend the next four years or

her basketball career at the collegiate level never crossed her mind, and she was able to earn her spot on the roster as a walk-on athlete. “Scholarship or not, I was still

Adams said. Until she is given steady minutes in the lineup, Adams will continue to support her team in any way she can.


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and strikeouts with 16 this season. As a freshman, Bennett proved to be an instrumental part of the Colonel’s lineup, starting 30 of 36 games and tallying 26 hits for a .313 batting average. To compliment her hitting abilities, Bennett pitched in seven games with four starts striking out 23 batters in 25.1 innings last year. Bennett believes her biggest asset is that she is both a good pitcher

and a good hitter. Head coach Jenny Parsons agrees. “Bennett throws the hardest on the team,” she said. “She has a good drop ball, and she throws a good low rise ball.” Freshman right-hander Megan Marcet joins the Colonel lineup from Pearland, Texas after she helped guide Pearland High school to the Texas 5A state title in 2010. Marcet knows she will earn the

playing time she is given. She has been preparing for her first collegiate season through daily practice with Parsons and the catchers. “As a freshman, I just have to come in as a relief here and there whenever needed,” Marcet said. Nicholls also welcomes freshman right-hander Katie Moulder from League City, Texas to the pitching staff. Moulder has already made an immediate impact on the

Colonels recently bit by the injury bug, the students are going to have to show up and do their part in showing support.

come and show their support. “Why not become involved with something that’s so easy to become involved in,” Angeron said.

crazy instead.” Nicholls Nation plans on doing more events in the future, and they have a Facebook page to let fans

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“Why not become involved with something that’s so easy to become involved in.” — Lacey Angeron

“They’re going to have to battle,” Kearney said. “They’ve got some injury problems, and they’re going to need all the support they can get.” Angeron was very passionate in trying to recruit more students to

“Why sit around in your dorm room, apartment or parents’ house all day? Come hang out with your peers who care about the same things that you do and who want the same kind of experience. Have fun. Don’t be weird, get Colonel

know what they’re going to do in advance. The group asks that students spread the word and show their school spirit by showing up. “It’s a great opportunity to really enjoy the college experience,” Kearney said.

Colonels. In her first collegiate softball season, she has started three games and pitched 17 innings, striking out five batters. After graduating in the top 10 percent of her class at Clear Lake High school, Moulder has found the transition to college to be smooth. “I’m really organized, and I like to get things done right as I get

them,” she said. As for the transition from high school softball to college softball, Moulder said she’s learning quickly. “In summer ball and high school, you can get away with missing a pitch, and it’s okay,” she said. “But if I miss a pitch in college, the other team is going to take advantage of it and hit it over.”

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Nicholls to host 2011 Louisiana Swamp Stomp festival By Ross Landry Lagniappe Editor The Nicholls student body, along with the entire community, is invited to attend the third annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp festival that will be held on March 18-20 on campus. “Swamp Stomp is a great enter-

tainment venue for anyone who loves Cajun and Zydeco music, local foods, locally made art and crafts and south Louisiana culture,” Brenda Haskins, festival committee co-chair and director of auxiliary services, said. “It’s a festival specifically dedicated to Cajun culture, and we believe the people of the Bayou Region rec-

ognize the value of that.” Activities will begin on the morning of Friday, March 18, but the festival gates will open and begin charging at 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to John L. Guidry Stadium. The festival will continue throughout the weekend, opening at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $10 per day or $25 per weekend at the gate. The event will be free for children 11 and under. Brittany Taraba, Student Government Association president, said that although the festival will officially kickoff on Friday afternoon, there will be free educational programs for students and community members in the morning. “It is an educational program with demonstrations of cooking classes, Cajun dance lessons and even something about fur trapping,” Taraba said. “It’s kind of got a little bit of everything about the history of the region. There

convenient for them.” Of the many bands playing at this year’s festival, Feufollet, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band and the Pine Leaf Boys were all nominated for the Best Zydeco Cajun Music Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band was announced the winner. Free Zydeco Cajun dance lessons will be offered one hour before the first band starts on each day of the festival. Taraba said that the festival has been really popular with the older generations, but this year they

“Swamp Stomp is the celebration of Cajun history and Cajun culture. It is open to anyone and everyone. Students are more than welcome to attend.” — Brittany Taraba

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Cajun musician Waylon Thibodeaux plays the fiddle last year during the Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival.

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will also be a free concert that afternoon by one of the scheduled bands.” Taraba said the crafts and vendors programs will start on Friday afternoon, and they will continue throughout the weekend. “That will be when the tickets start going into effect,” Taraba said. The Student Programing Association will be sponsoring the student tickets. Taraba said that SGA has not done it yet but is looking into it. “SGA is looking into getting weekend passes for the students so that they can go one day or every day,” Taraba said. “Whatever is

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are trying to get college level and younger generations to attend. “The goal of the program is to eventually sponsor faculty research,” Taraba said. “They’re kind of building up that money so that in the near future, they can sponsor things like research trips and grants.” Haskins said that the Swamp Stomp became a Thibodaux tradition after its hugely successful inaugural festival in 2009. “Swamp Stomp is the celebration of Cajun history and Cajun culture,” Taraba said. “It is open to anyone and everyone. Students are more than welcome to attend.”

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Cooking pizza by day, fighting terrorists by night By Donny Blanchard Staff Writer Jarred Martin, culinary junior from Vidalia, moved to Thibodaux to get a degree in culinary because he said it was the only thing he “doesn’t suck at.” When he is not in school, Martin is usually playing Call of Duty: Black Ops or hanging out with friends. He always makes jokes and has ambition to fulfill his culinary degree. His favorite dish to cook is pizza. “I like making pizza because I like to cook what I eat, and pizza is my fave,” Martin said. If he could, Martin said he would move out of Louisiana and live anywhere near a beach. “I want to go somewhere with a legit beach, not the gulf. Somewhere with an ocean,” Martin said. Q: If you could drive a sports car, which one would you drive? A: Nissan 370Z. I like the way they look. Q: If you could have a superhero power, what would it be? A: It would be to fly because I hate traveling, and I’d like to get to places quicker. Q: Would you rather be a

shiny vampire or a smelly werewolf? A: A smelly werewolf. When you think of werewolf, you think of something like street gang. Vampire is a little too femme for me. Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A: Nicholls State University (laughs). Q: What is your favorite song of all time? A: “Make it Rain” by Fat Joe. I like it because it’s catchy. Q: What is your favorite book to read? A: I don’t really read. The most I’ve ever read is “The Outsider” Cliff Notes, and those were pretty good. Q: If you started a band, what would you name it, and what instrument would you play? A: “Ethiopic War” would be the name, and I would definitely play the key-tar. Q: What is your favorite movie and why? A: My favorite movie would probably be the Facebook movie, “The Social Network” because Mark Zuckerberg is a douchebag, and I can relate to him. Q: If you had to watch one

TV show for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: “How I Met Your Mother.” Q: If you died tomorrow, what would be one thing you regret not doing from your bucket list? A: I would have liked to see how many Baconators I could eat from Wendy’s. Q: What is your favorite video game of all time? A: Gears of War for Xbox 360. Q: What would you do with a billion dollars? A: I would definitely rent an island for like a month and just bring everyone I know and party. The leftover money would go toward the food photo by Maryna Fowler and alcohol tab. I’d get to share my Jarred Martin, culinary arts junior from Vidalia, poses with a playstation controller on a wealth. plate because he enjoys playing Call of Duty: Black Ops as much as cooking.

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Professor makes history in second career By Zavier Davis Reporter Kathy Dugas, history professor, decided seven years ago to begin her “second career” as a teacher at Nicholls. Dugas was a secretary for 25

years at a law firm in Houma. She came back to Nicholls at the age of 42 to get her undergraduate degree in history. She continued her studies at the University of New Orleans to get a master’s degree. “I decided I wanted to do something else,” Dugas said. “You

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know, baby boomers are suppose to have that second career, and I am one of those.” Dugas teaches Western Civilization 101 and 102 and Women’s History 201. Next semester, she will be teaching English History 381. “I am excited about teaching that course,” Dugas said. After leaving her first career, Dugas followed her love of history and decided to teach it on a college level. “History always interested me,” Dugas said. “I can remember—as a child, I used to read books about the English kings and queens. They are larger than life, and it makes it exciting to teach about their lives.” Dugas confessed that the villains of history always captured her attention. “I like talking about Alexander

the Great because he was sort of out there,” Dugas said. “I also like to talk about Adolf Hitler too. Not because he was nice, but because he is an interesting character.” Outside of school, Dugas likes to read and spend time with her four children, and she loves to travel. She gets the chance to travel to Europe every summer with the Nicholls Europe program with Jim Barnidge. “Outside of the program, I love to travel on my own,” Dugas said. “For Christmas, I went to New York and Washington.” In between classes, Dugas spends most of her time creating tests, grading papers and getting prepared for lecture. “Mostly, all my time is taken up for teaching,” Dugas said. “There is always so much to do to keep busy.” When walking into Dugas’ of-

fice, her bookshelves are stocked with a variety of books. “I like to read history books of course,” Dugas said. “I do not like horror books, but I like suspense, romance and biographies.” Dugas’ favorite part of teaching is interacting with students. “Having children who I love to interact with makes being with students enjoyable,” Dugas said. “Between classes, students drop by and talk to me about lectures.” Dugas explains that her career change makes her work environment more exciting than it was when she worked as a secretary. “As a secretary, it gets to be the same thing day after day,” Dugas said. “Teaching is different everyday. Every semester is different in which you have new faces and new subjects, and I do not get bored with it. There is no end to history.”

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Nicholls students gear up for Mardi Gras festivities celebrate Mardi Gras. Toni Wells, psychology sophomore from Waggaman, said she and her family are staying home to spend time together. “I plan on buying a large, plain king cake for us and watching the parades on television,” Wells said. Kiala Singleton, family and consumer science junior from Houma, said she grew up going to parades

By Preston Stock Reporter To the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras is a time for parades, lots of food and time off from school. However, many people do not know why we celebrate Mardi Gras. According to, Mardi Gras refers to the last day when Christians binge on meat, eggs, milk and cheese products to prepare for the following day of Lent, otherwise known as Ash Wednesday. The traditional customs of Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday,” include wearing masks, going to parades and eating fatty foods. Following Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, when Christians begin fasting from meat on Fridays or 40 days until Easter Sunday. Leading up to this year’s Mardi Gras, a few Nicholls students shared their plans for the holiday. “I like to eat at least two king cakes by myself,” Jonathan Lynch, culinary senior from Ruston, said. “I also like to head to New Orleans on St. Charles for one of the parades.” Lynch continued to say that the carnival season creates a great environment to be in while having

lots of fun. Robert Terell, computer information systems sophomore from Slidell, said that he also plans to travel to New Orleans to see some major parades. “I plan on seeing Zulu and a couple of other parades in New Orleans this year,” Terrell said. “Then I plan to go on Bourbon Street to finish off the night.” Cierra Vallery, sophomore from New Orleans, said she is doing something different this year with

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Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship organization. “We’re going to Stephen F. Austin University and Alabama University to minister to students and serve their campus ministry over there,” Vallery said. Vallery said that she and her family usually use Mardi Gras as a family day by cooking hamburgers, ribs and hot dogs. While some students have plans to travel and attend live parades, other students are staying home to

all her life. However, she cannot go to as many parades as she did in previous years. “My grandmother’s house is right by Main Street, so when we start to hear the motorcycles, we get the lawn chairs and go wait for it to come,” Singleton said. “Although I will not be able to make it to all the parades this year, I am definitely going to one on Mardi Gras day.”

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nicholls editorial Nicholls Nation organizes school spirit

Finally! With the formation of Nicholls Nation, school spirit at Nicholls will actually involve cheering for Nicholls athletics instead of LSU or other universities. We would like to commend the effort of those who have a passion for their school and support for athletics. All too often we see people walking around campus wearing other schools’ apparel such as LSU or University of Texas. Sometimes, people even wear shirts from competing conference schools. What does that say about our Nicholls pride? Nicholls sporting events have low attendance, sometimes the lowest in the whole nation. How are our sports teams supposed to succeed or play with pride when they don’t have the support from their own student body?

Ask any athletic member and they will tell you how big of an impact a cheering crowd makes. When nothing is going your way, knowing that your entire school is rooting for you makes a huge difference. With the help of Nicholls Nation and the crowd, the support in the last men’s basketball game carried the team to a victory. We believe that without this support, the team would have lost spirit and possibly the game. Athletics is half talent and half spirit. This is what Nicholls Nation is all about. Students, faculty and staff can see Nicholls Nation as a way to combine their efforts. Here is a way to meet new friends and make new connections with those who have a common interest—in this case, school spirit. The Spirit Award may have created

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an incentive to attend games, but Nicholls Nation will be its own organization that can organize even those groups and create a fun environment that everyone will enjoy. Not a part of an organization and too afraid to attend games on your own? Nicholls Nation will take care of you as a member, inviting you to tailgating parties to meet and greet before the game so you can find at least one person you know to share spirit with during Colonel games. Nicholls Nation will bring the University together as a whole, no matter their other affiliations with academic, interest or Greek organizations. The only requirement is school spirit. We are very proud to welcome Nicholls Nation as a future Nicholls organization, and we can’t believe no one thought of it sooner.

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