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March 20, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 24 | Baton Rouge, LA | @TheOdyssey_LSU |


KAPPA DELTA SHAMROCK 2014 page 4 MARDI GRAS CELEBRATIONS! pages 8-9 BEHIND THE BLACKOUT page 5 The glittering Golden Girls in action, starring Pi Beta Phi’s, Tess Guidry Photo courtesy of Deandra de Napoli.

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Katie is a Junior studying Political Science. You may contact her at Finally, midterms are over and we are on our way to the second part of the semester. Not only am I on to the second half of the semester, but I have begun my preparation for the LSAT that I will be taking in June (as I am sure many of you have as well). Not only that, but the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana State Legislature has begun – meaning I have to work longer hours. Between these two things, along with my class schedule, I have become extremely busy. Due to my lack of time, I regret to say that this will be my last Editor ’s Note forThe Odyssey. My adventure with The Odyssey began sophomore year. I lived in the Pi Phi house my sophomore year,

and grabbed an issue of The Odyssey on the way to my room, which is where I saw the ad and applied as a writer. I really enjoyed being a writer (once I could think of something to write about). My friends would all send me pictures of my articles, which was hilarious and slightly awkward. For those of you who have not had anything published, it is kind of strange to see your writing being published and distributed. Well, I was going to continue as a writer, until I got a text from the managing team of The Odyssey this summer and decided to apply for the editor in chief position. I didn’t really need it for my resume, I’m not a Mass Communications major, and I also don’t need a recommendation letter from them. I literally just wanted to take the position for fun, and because I like to write. Well, it turns out, this position was far more work than I anticipated. Here are some things I have learned throughout my experience as editor in chief: 1. Management is everything: I never really thought

about the role of managing other people. You have to maintain the perfect level of being strict and being understanding. You do not want to be so harsh that no one wants to listen to you, but you can’t be so lenient that no one does their work. This is far more challenging than you may think. 2. Timing can make or break you: If you receive other people’s work on time, you have far more time to contribute to finding mistakes and whatnot. However, if you are scrambling at the last minute, your work will be of far lower quality. 3. The sooner you can complete tasks, the better: Telling yourself that you will do it tomorrow is a very poor decision in these situations. If you have any time at all, get it done. Your likelihood of “doing it tomorrow” is not very good. Also, putting it off will only make you resent the task further. Overall it has been a pleasure being the editor in chief, and I wish you all the best of luck!

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Yesterday I turned 22, and today is the anniversary of the worst headache ever. For the next year, I will be jamming’ out to 22 by T. Swift, because I can with absolutely no shame. Being 22 is quite possibly the hardest age ever. Going home to see your family and be constantly bombarded with, “What are you doing after college? Are you getting engaged anytime soon? Do you have any jobs lined up?” is not only frustrating, but in the back of your mind, you’re asking the same blooming thing.

Is it hard to just be 22? At 21, you have this newfound territory of the once unknown territory of the bars, and it is almost acceptable to be a bar rat. However at 22, it is time to put your big kid pants on and trade nights at the bars for applying for jobs and settling down. What if I don’t want to settle down quite yet? The problem with being 22 is that we are all in the hurry to grow up too fast. We have spent the past four years with our noses in textbooks, and I do not believe we have actually discovered who we are as individuals. How can I be a productive member of society if I still don’t know who I am?

Every 22-year-old needs a little soul searching to discover the person that they want to be. They say that you find yourself in college, but whoever “they” is, obviously didn’t take hard courses and carry a heavy load because there is obviously not enough time for that. We are challenged to enter the work force (or graduate school) right after college. Has anyone tried finding a job these days? It might be easier to find a four-leaf clover instead. I have been turned down by a computer system for not being qualified for an entry-level job more times than I can count. Not to mention, most entry-level jobs require two to five years experience, oh ok, let me just get right on that. I am not suggesting that we take a year off, or even an entire summer. I am saying that after we graduate, we need to explore. Find a place where you can relax a little, celebrate the biggest accomplishment of your life, and maybe figure out who you are while you are there. At 22-years-young, we are not ready to be officially grown up. I know several friends who are engaged, a few who are married


and even scarier, the friends who are having planned children. Excuse me? Wait, what? I can barely feed myself a nutritious meal, yet alone one for another person. Once you are married and have children you are officially declined from the dad ATM. I don’t want to live off of my parents forever, and not even for the next year, but right out of college, that is a transition I definitely cannot make alone. We are still young enough to ask for help, it is better to have asked than to have failed. We won’t get everything perfect on the first try, but at least we would have attempted. With that, my friends, I wish you all to stay young, go a little crazy, and do something worth remembering. Growing up will be fun, but you’re only young once. I am going to leave you with my favorite quote about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”- Unknown


SLAMROCK It’s that time of year again!

The crawfish is out, the beads have been thrown and Kappa Delta hosted their annual beach volleyball tournament (Slamrock) as part of their Shamrock Project. The rainy, March weather held off on Sunday afternoon to allow the sand volleyball games a chance to play. With groups of eight, the teams were entered in a single elimination bracket, and the sixteen teams were representing many on-campus fraternities and various groups. The Slamrock Tournament kick starts Kappa Delta’s week-long event, The Shamrock Project. Shamrock is designed to raise money and awareness for Kappa delta’s philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL). With each state having its own branch, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana is just one part of the Prevent Child Abuse America. Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) was created to “prevent the abuse and neglect of our country’s children.” Prior to the creation of PCAA, there was no program aimed at preventing child abuse. All programs in existence were geared towards helping those who had previously been


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abused. PCAA educates parents in essential tasks and needs of children, provides a hotline service that anyone may call for assistance as well as other amazing programs. PCAA’s steps are all working toward the ultimate goal; preventing child abuse from ever happening. PCAL, the local branch of PCAA, is the beneficiary of Kappa Delta’s Shamrock events. Aside from the Slamrock tournament, Raising Cane’s partnered with KD and donated a portion of the day’s sales to PCAL. After these events, tables were set up on campus to advertise the final event of the Shamrock week. The last event of the Shamrock Week is during Baton Rouge’s St. Patrick Day’s parade. Kappa Delta sets up several tents at the parade from which they sell jambalaya to parade goers and riders. Once the parade ends and the jambalaya bowls are eaten, the funds raised during Shamrock are presented to PCAL representatives at a baseball game. This year, the PCAL check presentation will be at the LSU versus Alcorn State baseball game on April 29, 2014. Slamrock had a great turnout this year with over a hundred

and thirty participants, as well as many coaches and staff assisting the event. Representatives of the final teams were from “The Crew”, Kappa Sigma and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Sigma Phi Epsilon supplied two teams of the final four and played against one another to determine first and second place. “The Crew” and Kappa Sigma played to decide the third and fourth team, with “The Crew” ultimately winning the game and taking third. The championship game came down to seniors versus freshmen (from Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity). The seniors won out in the end, leaving their freshmen with second place. Thanks to all the teams that came out and helped support the Shamrock Project!


Caroline is a junior studying business. You may contact her at



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BEHIND At some point in your college career, you or someone you know has woken up after a particularly rough night feeling like a character from, “The Hangover.” Head pounding, unquenchable thirst, and memory… nonexistent. Time flies when you’re having fun, but time seems to stop altogether when you’re having too much fun. Research shows that approximately 9.5% of college students who consume alcohol on a weekly basis will experience an alcohol-induced memory blackout in that same period. What really is a blackout? A blackout is a type of amnesia associated with heavy drinking, in which a person experiences short-term memory loss. The person may seem capable of carrying out normal activities such as conversation or even operating a vehicle, but consequently, has no recollection of the event.

There are two types of blackouts, of varying severity: fragmentary and en-bloc. In the instance of a fragmentary blackout, partial memory may be recalled, and can typically be resurrected the following day by cues from others – this is sometimes referred to as a “brownout”. On the other hand, people who experience en-bloc blackouts are not so lucky. An en-bloc blackout, or total blackout, occurs when there is no recollection of previous events, whatsoever. What causes a blackout? Blackouts occur with rapid rises in BAC (blood alcohol content) and are caused by alcohol-induced impairment of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is responsible for emotions, learning, and memory formation. Women are more susceptible to blacking out than men, due to their BAC rising at a faster rate. It has also been proven that if a person blacks out a few times there is an increased chance of susceptibility to blacking

out the next time he or she drinks. Is blacking out bad for my health? Although it might seem funny, blacking out on a regular basis should not be taken lightly. Frequent blackouts can result in long-term health issues, such as alcoholism or even brain damage. Not only are blackouts serious from a health standpoint, but also from a decision-making standpoint. When under the influence of alcohol, our brains do not function properly, which can no-doubt lead to bad choices. Intoxication and blackouts can lead to irresponsible social actions and unsafe decisions. How do I avoid blacking out? Good news: blackouts are totally avoidable, even if you partake in social drinking. To avoid the post-partyparanoia, don’t consume large amounts of booze at once, space out your drinks throughout the night with plenty of water, and always be sure to have food in your stomach when drinking, to help slow the rate of alcohol absorption.

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IS GOLD Commanding the field with the Tiger Band at LSU for the first time in 1959, the prestigious LSU Golden Girls represent the oldest and most established danceline on the LSU campus. The line consists 18 very talented dancers chosen each spring by a special audition. Baton Rouge native and member of Pi Beta Phi, Tess Guidry, said she has been a dancer since the age of four and had always been a tiger fan. “Both of my parents went to LSU and my dad played quarterback on the football team. Golden Girls was the perfect way to incorporate two things that I love,” said Guidry. However, it wasn’t easy for Tess to earn the prestigious title as a Golden Girl. “I auditioned before and didn’t make it,” said Guidry. Thankfully however, she was not discouraged by this set back and tried again the next year. Tess said the best part about being a Golden Girl was working with other girls who were just as passionate and dedicated as she was to the University. “We take tremendous pride in representing our school wherever we go and performing for the LSU community. And of course, dancing on the field at a Saturday night football game in Baton Rouge is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. There is nothing like it,” said Guidry. In total, the Golden Girls spend about 40 hours a week either practicing or participating in campus-related events. They practice every day except for Sunday and have two-a-day practices on Tuesday. Anywhere the band goes, those girls of glittering gold are sure to follow. The Golden Girls perform for all home LSU football games, selected campus events, community outreach, and away games (including bowl games) with the full Tiger Band. Additionally, they have made appearances at community events including

Deandra is a senior studying public relations. You may contact her at the Bella Bowman Foundation, ARC Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the ALS Foundation. In 2011, the Golden Girls were invited by the Hong Kong tourism board to perform for the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival and are traveling to Dublin, Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day to perform at the Dublin parade. Four-year Golden Girl, Allison Stewart, said that the team has been her saving grace. “I’m from Dallas, Texas, and I came here not knowing anyone. Freshman year my mom died from breast cancer and all I had were my friends on the team. Each year new girls audition and I get to become closer with different people. The Golden Girls are my family, my support system, my everything in Baton Rouge. I would truly be lost without them,” said Stewart. According to Guidry, about 60-100 girls audition every year. “It is very nerve-racking, but a lot of fun! Everyone is just as excited as you so you can feel the energy all day,” said Guidry. Tess added, “The team consist of 18 girls, but the captain and co-captain do not have to re-audition. So 16 girls are selected on audition day.” Tryouts this year will be held on April 5. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the Tiger Band Hall. Each girl will perform a one-minute, 30-second jazz dance solo. After their solo performances, the judges will pick the top 30 contestants who then learn a routine on the spot and must perform that routine for the judges in groups of two-six. From there, the team is selected. Membership is open to all students who are on campus, entering freshmen, or transfer students who have been accepted to LSU by the audition date. Students in college must have a 2.0 grade-point average in order to audition for the line and previous studio dance training is highly recommended.

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FAMOUS SORORITY ALUMNAE Sororities are more than just social opportunities for college women; they help shape us into the successful, prominent, dignified women we all strive to become. The eleven sororities at LSU are some of the best organizations in the country. Below are some examples of famous and successful alumnae of our amazing sororities here at LSU. Phi Mu – Kathryn Stockett: Kathryn Stockett is an American author best known for her novel The Help. She was initiated into the Alpha Zeta chapter of Phi Mu at the University of Alabama.

Kappa Kappa Gamma – Kate Spade: Kate Spade is an American fashion designer and founder of “Kate Spade Brands.” She was initiated into the Omega chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Arizona State University.

Delta Gamma – Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Most known for her role as Elaine on Seinfeld, Julia LouisDreyfus is an American award-winning actress, comedian and producer. She was initiated into the Sigma chapter of Delta Gamma at Northwestern University.

Pi Beta Phi – Jennifer Garner: Jennifer Garner is an American actress and film producer. She was initiated into the Ohio Eta chapter of Pi Beta Phi at Denison University.

Delta Delta Delta – Katie Couric: American television journalist Katie Couric is most known for being talk show host of The Today Show. She was initiated into the Beta Sigma chapter of Tri Delta at the University of Virginia.

Delta Zeta – Florence Henderson: Florence Henderson, a.k.a. Mama Brady, is an American actress and spokeswoman for the hearing impaired. She is an Alumna Initiate of the Alpha Chi chapter of Delta Zeta sorority.

Kappa Alpha Theta – Tory Burch: Tory Burch is an award winning American fashion designer and style icon. She was initiated into the Beta Eta chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Pennsylvania.

Zeta Tau Alpha – Erin Andrews: Erin Andrews is an American television journalist who hosts “Fox College Football” on Fox Sports and was a finalist on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10. She was initiated into the Gamma Iota chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Florida.

Chi Omega – Mignon Faget: Mignon Faget is a distinguished American jewelry designer. She was initiated into the Rho chapter of Chi Omega at Newcomb College.

Kappa Delta – Georgia O’Keeffe: Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most famous American artists and recipient of “The Medal of Freedom.” She was initiated into the Beta chapter of Kappa Delta at Chatham Episcopal.

Alpha Phi – Rosemary DeWitt: Rosemarie DeWitt is an American actress most known for her title role in Rachel Getting Married. She was initiated into the Theta Mu chapter of Alpha Phi at Hofstra University.


Caroline is a sophomore studying english literature and political science. You may contact her at

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Dominik is a junior studying information systems and decisions sciences. You may contact him at I began my Thursday like I do every Thursday. I wake up from an awesome dream, to the wretched sound of my phone alarm blaring that its 9:15 somewhere on my floor. I look up at my fan spinning on the highest setting and turn on the TV so that I can’t fall back asleep.

looking for a spot that’s close enough for my walk to be a little shorter. I finally settle on a spot and make my way to the BEC. Its almost ten o’clock and I want breakfast. With my hunger growing, I decide that Pierres Landing (or Bayou Burgers as it is now labeled) serves delicious breakfast sandwiches. I say a quick hello to my friends and brothers sitting inside the big Rotunda, and check my watch on the way to Bayou Burgers. It was 10:07. I make a small mental note that Mcdonalds breakfast shuts down at 10:30, which means Bayou Burgers stops breakfast at 10:30 as well. I walk in and see they’re carting the breakfast food into the back.

About 5 minutes into whatever I turned my TV onto, I begin to debate about whether I should even go to school today. My debate, as always, ends with me saying I can get breakfast before class, and that I’m indeed hungry enough to accept this deal with myself.

My face twisted in grimace as I see the meal I’ve been longing for, the meal I got out of bed for, carted away from me like a baby from its mother. I think to myself ‘What madness is this, its only 10:09’ and I check my watch to confirm. I take my phone out to double check the time and it is indeed 10:09. I ask the woman if I can still get breakfast, trying to be as polite as possible because I know she has no control over these things. She tells me Breakfast is over at 10:05.

I take a shower, brush my teeth, find some clothes that aren’t wrinkled on the floor and head to class. I get to the parking lot across from the BEC and circle around for what seems like days,

Just like that, my day crashes to the ground and I become slightly irate (or incredibly irate depending on how you view the definition of boiling anger deep in my stomach). I accept


defeat, knowing that if I cause a scene, i’ll probably become YouTube famous...and that’s never been a good thing for a student to become, just ask Papa Johns girl. I leave Bayou Burger, empty handed and very disappointed. I begin an internal argument with myself, trying to reason that this is fine. It does not work. What’s so special about 10:05 anyway, that’s such an arbitrary time! Why not make it 10:04, or 10:07 if we aren’t going to follow any rhyme or reason. What if they’re on 5 minute intervals or something Dominik? Shut up me, that ludicrous. If Mcdonalds can serve breakfast until 10:30, why can’t Bayou Burger do it! Its not even like it’s a hard thing. It’s just egg cheese and bacon...that all comes on the burgers they’re going to cook in like 30 minutes anyway! And its not like they ran out, I watched them cart my precious proteins away. I woke up for breakfast and got cheated because someone decided that 10:05 sounded like a good time. Now I have to get it from freaking Mcdonalds at the Union...don’t even get me started on the only Mcdonalds that doesn’t have a dollar menu at lunch time, that’s a whole other rant. As I bit into my delicious yet somehow unpleasing Mcgriddle, I could only help but think back to an hour before...I should have just stayed in bed today.

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EASY PEASY RECIPES Here are some easy recipes to get you through the week! Hope you enjoy them!

buds This yummy light salad will get your taste spring! ready for the yummy weather coming with

Dice the avocados, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella into a bowl and throw all of the other ingredients in with them, and wahlah!!

Pizza Grilled Cheese

This recipe takes a regula r grilled cheese and turns it in to a party in your mouth!!

2 Slices of Bread, Butter, 2 Slices of Mozzarella, As many Pepperonis as you desire, A Sprinkle of Parme san Cheese, Pizza Sauce for Dip ping (Optional) Make this as you would a regular grilled cheese and add the dipping sauce! This is the perfect hangover cure, its greasy and cheesy and just pure yummy!!!!!

Avocado/ Tomato/ Mozzarella Salad

2 Avocados, 2-3 Tomatos, 1 Ball of Fresh e Mozzarella Cheese, 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Oliv Oil, 2 tsp. Basi, lSalt and Pepper

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt A healthy spin on your favorite thing to indulge in, minus the guilt trip when you eat three tubs! Greek Yogurt (of your choice), 1 Tbsp. of Creamy Peanut Butte, r1 Tsp. of Honey, 1/4 Tsp. of Vanilla Extract, 1 Tbsp. of Mini Dark Chocolate Chips Throw all of the ingredients into a small cup of Greek Yogurt, and there you have a super healthy and yummy snack to go!


Karlee is a sophomore studying communication disorders. You may contact her at

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STARBUCKS SECRETS Now that temperatures are warming

ANNA ROY Chi Omega

up (well at least for now) it’s time to

embrace the heat! What better way to

do that than to order iced drinks from

Anna is a freshman studying public Starbucks without losing feeling in your relations and mass communications. You may contact her at aeroy58@ fingers when walking to class? However, these aren’t the frozen drinks you see on a typical Starbucks

menu. They hail from one of the best things ever, The Starbucks Secret Menu. Here are a few of the most popular “secret” menu options for frozen drinks!

Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino (Chocolate Hazelnut) Start with a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino or Java Chip Frappuccino Add mocha syrup (2-4 pumps) Add hazelnut syrup (1-2 pumps) Top with whipped cream The Red Starburst Start with a blended strawberry lemonade Add vanilla bean powder (1-2 scoops) Add raspberry syrup (1-2 pumps) Cookie Dough Frappuccino (You’re welcome) Start with a chai crème Frappuccino Add cinnamon dolce syrup (2-3 pumps)


14 Humor lol

@JakeAkinStrips: If anybody has a snowman that needs takin’ care of, I know a guy

@Future1stLady1: Blue solo cups remind me of liberals. I don’t like liberals.

@SterRS: I just said eight turds instead of eight thirds in front of the whole freaking class.

@kwaxonkwax: Trying to decide if I should put my ability to type with only my left hand under “skills” or “hobbies” on my resume. #productivity

@Zakypoof: Sometimes you have to step outside yourself and realize you’re playing clash of clans in the middle of a gas station

@rellyOnSMASH: them unread test messages aint gon come and cuddle wit you at night

@postgradproblems: For Lent, I’m giving up. Like in general, just giving up. @tdvaz: Every time I hear that nasty word “exercise”, I have to wash my mouth out with chocolate…. @KatherineRead: If you’re about to put song lyrics on twitter, ask yourself: is it worth it? Let me work it. I put my thang down flip it & reverse it

@NMe3zyy: The papers I write for this online class are so elementary school & brickwall waterfall gurl u think u know it all but u don’t, I do. @freshbrook: dude just came into aspen with frosted tips. f r o s t e d t i p s @ScottyDaNaughty: . @robinthicke drug me? Mug me? Seriously, WHAT RHYMES WITH HUG ME?

@justinbieber: Blessed each morning. Going to be a great day @_Wade92: They’re playing Bust a Move in McDonalds right now. Employees here are down to get down. #turndownforhwat @Hannie37: Eating a BLT while driving is difficult. @derekbarchenger: No diggity just autocorrected to “no dignity”, I’d say that’s fair for texting about no diggity on a Tuesday afternoon @merrylouder: Parents turned the wifi off on my phone. Things have gone from bad, to worse, to poverty.


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