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Vol.91, No.16

Friday, February 22, 2013

Senior vice provost returns to faculty

Student reports sexual assault

By HANNAH IANNAZZO Staff Writer When Lydia Voigt accepted the position of senior vice provost of academic affairs in 2009, she only anticipated serving for two years. Four years later, Voigt has decided to step down from her position at the end of this academic year. Lydia Voigt Voigt has senior vice worked on provost of n u m e r o u s academic affairs projects and has been instrumental in the implementation of the new common curriculum and numerous other projects. “[I] jump-started strategic initiatives in several areas, like the common curriculum, honors program, graduate education, academic advising, interdisciplinary minors, undergraduate collaborative scholarship, online education and professional and continuing studies, and in the second year to begin the implementation of the strategic plans connected with these various areas,” Voigt said in an email. Voigt said one of the reasons she stayed on for two extra years as senior vice provost of academic affairs was to lead the SACS five-year review process and to prepare the university for the ten-year accreditation review scheduled for 2015. Though Voigt is stepping down from her administrative role, she plans to stay involved and continue to help the implementation of new programs, as well as to return to teaching. “After four years, I am really looking forward to my return to the faculty. While I have truly enjoyed working in the administration and have found it very rewarding to work with such outstanding faculty and staff members across the university, I am very excited about resuming my teaching, which is what I am most passionate about,” Voigt said. Voigt said she is also excited about other projects she’ll have time to work on as she returns to teaching. “In addition to teaching, I am looking forward to completing

of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone you know. By HASANI GRAYSON Senior Staff Writer A Loyola student reported a sexual assault early Friday morning in the stairwell of the Freret Garage on Loyola’s main campus. The incident was reported at 4:12 a.m. on Feb. 15. An arrest has not yet been made and the names of the victim and the suspect have not yet been released to the public. According to a statement from NOPD officer Hilal Williams, the victim knew the suspect prior to the incident. “This was not a random attack,” Williams said in a statement. “The victim said she was consuming alcoholic beverages at a bar when she met the alleged suspect and began dancing with him during the night.”

Williams also said that the victim reported to police that she allowed the suspect to walk her home before the incident took place. Williams said later in the statement that the suspect has been identified and that NOPD is still looking into the incident. “Detectives have been in contact with the suspect and will be meeting with him at a scheduled time,” he said “This is an on-going investigation.” Loyola sent out a BOLO email about the incident later Friday night. Campus police are encouraging all students to be aware of their surroundings and to closely monitor their alcohol intake to help avoid similar situations. Hasani Grayson can be reached at

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NEWSBRIEFS Student Government Association looks for bands to do battle

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Student Government Association in partner with UPB is looking for Loyola student bands to participate in Battle of the Bands Competition on March 15 in the Peace Quad. The winner of Battle of Bands will be featured in SGA Spring Concert at the Howlin’ Wolf. Applications for the competition are available on the SGA Facebook page Friday Feb. 22, and due Friday March 1.

Loyola announced a new online degree specialization in cyber forensics investigation and administration. The specialization is part of Loyola’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration online degree program. The new cyber forensics focus will offer modern-day information security skills to analyze systems and stop cyber crimes, such as computer viruses and data theft — including crimes committed by hackers. The new specialization is available to Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration online degree students and will be offered beginning this fall.

Loyola hosts free law and LSAT workshop

Loyola College of Law co-sponsors a 5k charity race The Loyola College of Law and Boys Hope Girls Hope are sponsoring Race Judicata, a familyfriendly and pet-friendly 5K race and one-mile fun run/walk, which will be held Saturday, March 9 at Audubon Park in Shelter 10 at the Magazine Street entrance. Proceeds from the race go to Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans, and prizes will be awarded for best named team, best dressed team, and best dressed pet. A discounted preregistration is available beginning Wednesday, March 6 for the Loyola community and is $17 with a T-shirt or $15 without a T-shirt. Team registration is $75. There will be no race-day registrations for teams. Individuals may pay by cash or check at the College of Law.

Loyola discusses honor code for students By LUCY DIECKHAUS Staff Writer

Loyola announces new online degree program

The Black Law Student Association at Loyola College of Law is sponsoring a free two-day workshop to provide students helpful tips to effectively navigate that process and tackle the Law School Admissions Test. “Setting the Bar: Louisiana State Bar Association Pre-Law Conference” will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the College of Law and Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students who attend both days of the program will be entered into a raffle for a $1,600 tuition scholarship from Kaplan, a service that offers test preparation for various admission tests.



Mass communication senior Danielle Latimer does homework as she charges her phone in the Communications/Music Complex. The phone charging stations were installed this past week, courtesy of the Student Government Association and a senator initiative by mass communication junior Jasmine Barnes.

Interim dean specifies his intentions By LUCY DIECKHAUS Staff Writer Since being appointed interim dean of the College of Social Sciences in January, Roger White has decided not to pursue the position of full-time dean of the college. Marc Manganaro, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, appointed W h i t e , Department of Political S c i e n c e chairman and associate Roger White professor, Department to serve as of political interim dean science chairman until a person is selected to permanently fill the position of dean of the College of Social Sciences. White recently announced this decision to his colleagues. “I will not be competing to become full-time dean. I will not participate in the search or put my name in,” White said.

White said the projected time he expects to be interim dean for is between one and two years. White said he does not have plans to make extraordinary changes to the College of Social Sciences. Rather than promoting changes during his appointment, White believes stability and open communication are important goals to maintain within the College of Social Sciences. According to White, his personal mission is “to promote trust and

He’s fair-minded, tenacious and passionate Dwayne Fontenette mass communication and political science senior

transparency within the college.” Sonya Duhé, school of mass

communication director and professor, said she believes White will be “a collaborative individual who believes in faculty governance.” Dwayne Fontenette, political science department work-study student and mass communication and political science senior, said, “Dr. White, chairman of the political science department, has been a strong department leader. He’s fair-minded, tenacious and passionate.” According to Fontenette, White serving as interim dean has one negative aspect in that his term will be temporary. White said he will not continue to teach while fulfilling the duties of interim dean, but he intends to return to the classroom and to the political science department after a permanent replacement is found. “Although he won’t be in the classroom, Dr. White will continue to work with students while he’s the interim dean. He will remain the adviser to the College Democrats and Loyola Society for Civic Engagement,” Fontenette said. Lucy Dieckhaus can be reached at

A lack of an official honor code drew attention to a problem at Loyola that’s affecting many other American universities as well. Following the trend of the lack of official honor codes at prestigious American universities, including Harvard University and Dartmouth University, an honor code committee made up of Loyola students and faculty members has proposed an honor code for the future academic year to address academic integrity issues. Melanie McKay, vice provost for faculty affairs, said a draft of the academic honor code has been approved by SGA, yet has more steps to take for its full approval. “It is pending approval in the Univeristy Senate and we expect to have it implemented by fall 2013,” McKay said in an email. Teri Gallaway, University Senate executive committee member, said not having an honor code to address academic integrity issues is something the Loyola community is not experiencing alone. “This is not an uncommon problem for universities,” Gallaway said. Mara Steven, history pre-law senior and honor code committee student representative, said the purpose and mission of the honor code committee is to write a guide for students to be able to clearly define academic honesty. “The committee is reviewing the definitions and policies regarding cheating, plagiarism, false citations, falsified data, falsification of academic records, unauthorized collaboration, misuse of electronic material and violation of academic property laws,” Gallaway said. Gallaway said she feels students should be involved in the honor code development process. “It is important that students serve a central role in upholding the university’s Academic Honor Code,” as stated in a recent proposal Gallaway referenced.

This is not an uncommon problem for universities Teri Gallaway University Senate member

As a student involved in the honor code development, Steven said, “I feel that I have played an important role, alongside fellow students.” Steven said she feels the university community sees potential in an honor code. “The Loyola community believes

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CITYBRIEFS Family reacts to Lil Wayne lyric NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)— Epic Records is going to “great efforts” to take down a new Future remix leaked over the weekend with a vulgar Lil Wayne lyric that has offended the family of Emmett Till. The New Orleans rapper made a sexual reference to the death of Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. Till’s family objected and the Rev. Jesse Jackson reached out to Lil Wayne’s management, The Blueprint Group, on the family’s behalf. Epic Records will release an official version of the song that “will not include such references.” Neither Jackson nor members of Till’s family could be reached late Wednesday. A publicist said Lil Wayne has had no comment so far.

New Orleans City Council approves construction The construction of a WalMart store in Gentilly was approved by the New Orleans City Council on Feb. 7. The project’s details have been finalized and have been estimated to cost $13 million. The new store will be located in the Gentilly Woods Shopping Center on Chef Menteur Highway. “We have been waiting anxiously for three years for this project to begin. The neighborhood is looking forward to having this much needed retail outlet in the Gentilly Woods community,” Cynthia Hedge-Morrell District “D” Councilmember said.

Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women NEW YORK (AP) — About one-in-nine young women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago. The results come from a survey of women ages 15 to 44. The use of morning-after pills is up from four percent in 2002. Experts said the increased popularity is probably because it is easier to get now and because of media coverage of controversial efforts to lift the age limit for overthe-counter sales. A prescription is still required for those younger than 17 so it is still sold from behind pharmacy counters. The morning-after pill is a high-dose version of birth control pills. It prevents ovulation and needs to be taken within a few days after sex. The morning-after pill is different from the so-called abortion pill, which is designed to terminate a pregnancy. The results of the study were released Feb. 14, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


FRIDAY, February 22, 2013

NOPD arrests burglary suspect By Nia Porter Contributing Writer Several burglaries have taken place around the university area over the past couple of weeks, but they shouldn’t be much of a problem any longer according to the New Orleans Police Department. The suspected perpetrator has been arrested. Reports of home burglaries started pouring in from Tulane students around late January. Due to this spike in residential crimes, the Tulane and New Orleans police departments strengthened their presence around the area and were able to find the suspect involved, according to second district Police Commander Paul Noel. Richard Barnes, 37, is the man police believe to be responsible for the majority of the burglaries around campus. Noel said he was arrested Feb. 12, trying to break

into an apartment on Lowerline street. Barnes, who has several burglary convictions, was arrested once before for burglarizing homes in 2009. The NOPD is expecting this arrest will put an end to most of these burglaries around Tulane and Loyola’s campuses. “I believe that by finding these criminals and putting out arrest warrants, we have realized that what we’re doing is effective,” Noel said. Currently, the NOPD does not plan to patrol the university area any more than they already have. However, they are offering some important advice to students living in the area. “Lock your doors,” Noel said. “I can’t stress this enough.” He said that when the NOPD get calls about break-ins or burglaries, almost all of the homes who report them are unlocked.

Criminals often target university neighborhoods more, because they know that the average college student has a significant amount of technology. “Criminals know that there is a high value to these things and that they can easily be sold,” Noel said. According to Captain Roger Pinac of the Loyola University Police Department, the only reports they received were from Tulane students. However, he does not think they were targeted due to their school affiliation. “In my experience, students are not as focused on the care and maintenance of their property and are more dependent on landlords as opposed to homeowners, making them an easy target,” Pinac said. Although no Loyola students were affected by these incidences, several students around Loyola have their opinions about crime in the Uptown area.

“I get email alerts from Loyola’s police department about crimes around campus, but they have never really made me concerned,” Makenna Mall, a sophomore history major said. “I only have felt a little nervous when I am out and about uptown at odd hours, but I feel that way pretty much anywhere at 1 a.m.” Tai Teamer, general business freshman, hasn’t experienced any crimes first hand, but she does think more needs to be done around campus to ensure the safety of students. “I haven’t seen any issues personally,” Teamer said. “However, I do believe that there should be more campus police patrol all over campus, especially in the garages and quads at night, because campus activity doesn’t end when the sun goes down.” Nia Porter can be reached at

Citywide program works with student athletes By Leslie Gamboni The Maroon Loyola students are helping in a citywide program offered to inner city student athletes. Elevate New Orleans is a free program that works with inner city student athletes and is focused on enhancing their academic and athletic performance. The program provides tutoring

Its helps us get involved with people in our community

Maya White political science freshman

services as well as basketball coaching to a select number of middle school and high school students. The program works toward getting each student into college on scholarship and has been successful for students involved, according to Sky Hyacinthe, executive director of Elevate New Orleans. “12 students in total have graduated from the program and each one has gone on to college on scholarship either athletic or academic,” Hyacinthe said. Students attend the program Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. The students spend half of the time receiving tutoring in the Monroe Library and the other half of the time on a basketball court located on Napoleon Avenue. According to Cedar Howard, a community volunteer with the program, students receive tutoring in any subject they need during their time in Monroe Library. “Whatever homework they have, you work on it with them. They receive whatever they need

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Brandon Dixon does a layup while Ben Aronin, a coach at Elevate New Orleans, blocks him from the side and Sky Hyacinthe, executive director, observes. Students at Elevate New Orleans receive coaching from former professional and semi-professional basketball players.

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Basketball anticipates move from the Den in conference Basketball will play conference games on the road By Karl Gommel Staff Writer For the men’s basketball team, the home stretch of the regular season will be about improving the team’s performance on the road. After the team’s game against Faulkner at the Den, the Wolf Pack will play their final three games on the road. Raising the stakes further is the fact that all remaining games will be in conference play. The Wolf Pack will aim to make their road play resemble their performance at home. In conference play, the team is 6-2 on its home gym. On the road, however, the team’s conference record is 1-4. Head coach Michael Giorlando said that the biggest challenge in away games is a matter of consistency. “When you’re on the road, you’ve got to be consistent. The mental approach has got to be notched up two or three clicks, and you’ve got to finish. When you get fouled, you’ve got to knock free throws down,” he said.

Karl Gommel/STAFF WRITER International business junior Rocco Gandara (right) waits as a teammate prepares himself for a free throw shot in the Feb. 16 game versus Faulkner University. The senior basketball players were honored in a ceremony before the men’s and women’s games. The women’s team won their game against Faulkner 64-53. The men followed with a 61-43 win against Faulkner.

The Basketball Seniors Adriene Easley

Steve Davis

5’9” finance major. From Flower Mound, Texas, Easley played basketball and ran track for her high school team. Easely plays as a guard.

6’9” biology major. From Wangi Wangi, Australia, Davis attended Lowe Columbia College before joining Loyola’s team as a center.

Megan Berner

5’11” marketing major. From Ponchatoula, La. and attended Ponchatoula High School. Plays as a forward for the Pack.

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SPORtS Volleyball schedule sends player home BRIEFS By Hasani Grayson Senior Staff Writer

Glow Play in the Res Quad

Loyola students will be able to participate in glow-in-the -dark games in the Res Quad this spring. This wellness event will have glow-in-the-darkvolleyball, dodge ball, kickball, and more. Students can come to watch or play at the event. Glow Play will be held held Thursday Feb. 28, March 14 and April 11 at 8p.m.

WWE WrestleMania coming to New Orleans WWE WrestleMania XXX will take place live at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday April 6, 2014. Important city figures such as Mayor Landrieu and Rita Benson LaBlanc will be in attendance, as well as some of WWE’s most popular wrestlers including The Rock and John Cena.

since her family had never gotten to see her play organized volleyball. “I got cut from my high school Part 3 of a 3-part volleyball team,” Worsham, who Volleyball series led her team in aces and assists in her last season with the Wolf Pack, said. “My friends and family never The main goal of the non- really got to see me play volleyball, so developing conference skills four schedule is to help years in college players prepare and being able for in-conference to show them games, but there’s My friends what I worked another benefit and family never on and how for players far really got to I’ve improved away from home. was awesome.” In addition see me play Ho w e v e r, to preparing volleyball. Worsham said the team for conference play, Sam Worsham playing in her of head coach political science senior hometown Chicago. didn’t Tommy Harold provide much will try to get the of a home court Wolf Pack (28advantage for 9 7-7) to play a game near the hometown of one her when the Pack faced the team of his players once during their hosting the tournament. “One of the girls I played club four years on the team. This year the team member with played for Illinois Tech so I who was able to play close to home think she had more home court was political science senior Sam advantage than I did,” she said. Worsham. See VBALL, page 6 Worsham said that the opportunity was more meaningful

Tiffany Kudiwu/ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR Senior political science major Sam Worsham jumps to spike the ball during a game last season. The volleyball team continues to participate in conference play even when the official season is over.




Wolf Pack Unite!


BBALL: Team preps for travel Continued from page 5 The basketball team will look to emulate its home offensive output during its run of away games. The team averages about 6.5 more points per game at home than on the road in conference play. The scoring defense is about the same at home or away. The team actually shoots better from the free throw line on the road, but gets to the line more at home. The biggest difference is in field goal percentage, where the team shoots much better when in

the Den. Sophomore Daniel Kuhl said that the players must ensure they are ready when they play on the road. He stresses the importance of knowing the opponents’ tendencies. “Preparation is key. Scouting, video, all of that, you’ve got to really be focused on preparation and knowing what these teams do,” Kuhl said. With four games left in the regular season and conference rankings to fight for, the Wolf Pack will be aiming to find a home away from home. Karl Gommel can be reached at

VBALL: Team continues conference schedule Continued from page 5

Sarah Szigeti/THE MAROON (Top) Mike Youngblood and Havoc pose for a picture during the Feb. 16 Senior Day basketball game versusCentennial Faulkner.Guest (Bottom Sophomore psychology major Rebekah keeps the ball from 61-0712 Seriesleft) Roberts Maroon Ad_Layout 1 2/7/13 8:50 AM PageGreer 1 an opponent. (Bottom right) Biology senior Steve Davis accepts an award during the Senior Day ceremony.

“But it was still awesome to have family and friends watch me play.” Harold said he was looking for tournaments near Chicago for the team to play in but that a lot of things had to fall into place in order for it to happen. “You’ve got to find the schools that are hosting a tournament on the weekend when you need one within an area that you can get to,” he said. Harold also noted that since they were not the host school they had to adjust quickly to their opponents. “We were able to get to Chicago but we didn’t have any

control of where we played once we were there,” he said. Along with the benefit of helping one of the team’s seniors play close to home, Kailey Tuthill said the schedule early on helped the players to function as a team. “The schedule gave us time to find unity,” Tuthill said. “We started off really well and had to learn how to work with each other against harder teams. By the end we go it together.” Hasani Grayson can be reached at



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CHACHA MURDICK Hear it here first

Spread the Taco Bell love Taco Bell is the hottest spot in town. You kids from out of town may have noticed something missing here in N’awlins. A few weeks ago, however, that void was filled — filled with burritos and a few squirts of fire sauce. Some may ask: why so stoked? Firstly, your question is stupid. Out of all fast food options, Taco Bell is clearly the best value in terms of deliciousness and cost. I’m talking ninety-nine cent burritos! They also have cool sauce packets, now featuring weird favorites like salsa verde, which is green salsa! These packets have jokes written on them, meaning their sauce is saucy in more ways than one. Ketchup better step off. There was a time when Tulane’s LBC had their own Taco Bell, meaning I could get a crappy meal on campus for less than five dollars instead of more than ten. Nothing that beautiful lasts. Taco Bell was soon replaced with Baja Fresh (Felipe’s lesshot twin), and now not even my burritos are safe from university upcharges. Today, there is not a single legitimate fast food restaurant within immediate walking distance from campus. You could say this is a good thing, as fast food is basically rat poison genetically altered to look edible. However, many of our campus food options aren’t a whole lot healthier. I’m looking at you, Flambeaux’s. Have you seen their new Lucky 7 frequent buyer cards? You get one stamp for spending seven dollars at either The Market or Flambeaux’s. After seven stamps, you get a free seven dollar something. They’re aware of their prices. Even The Market, which has some cheaper options, often runs out of its PB&Js and cheapo breakfast biscuits long before they run out of their amazing five dollar turkey-on-stale-bread. I’m not rich. I spent Mardi Gras working, and when my last shift ended, my friend Victoria Calder gave me a beautiful gift: a free ride to Taco Bell at 3:00 a.m. Today, I am spreading that Taco Bell love to all of you. Just ride the St. Charles Streetcar to the end of the line at Carrollton and Claiborne. Transfer to the Claiborne Avenue bus. Get off at Claiborne and Washington, and enjoy! Spread the T-Bell love. Prepare for long lines. Like I said, it’s the hottest spot in the city. Make sure you look up the bus schedule before you embark on your Taco Bell adventure because the busses run less often than the streetcar. Bring your friends and spread the Taco Bell love! Chacha Murdick can be reached at


Loyola’s centennial float rolled in the Krewe of Tucks parade on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. The float, which featured Loyola-themed art, honored the university’s 100-year anniversary.

Centennial float wows in Tucks parade By HASANI GRAYSON Senior Staff Writer Loyola got involved in the throwing of decorated toilet brushes this year with their own float in the Krewe of Tucks parade. The Loyola-themed float that ran in Saturday’s parade was part of the university’s centennial celebration. Before the parade got rolling, the riders on the float took part in decorating one of the signature throws of the Tucks parade. “We spent one night before the parade at a toilet brush decorating party,” Lisa Adams, associate director of alumni relations, said. “That was one of the specialty items that we gave away, similar to how the Krewe of Muses gives away the decorated shoes.” When Loyola’s celebratory float finally did roll it was filled with Loyola faculty and alumni. Adams said that she was happy to get so many former Loyola students to be a part of the parade. She was particularly pleased with the number of outof-town alumni who rode with her that day. “Out of all the riders we had I would say about half of them

were from out of town,” Adams said. “One rider came in from Boston, we had another from Brooklyn and about six from the Houston area. Everyone totally enjoyed it.” Adams, who was a first-time rider in the parade, said that there was a lot of interest from the people involved in having another Loyola-themed float in next year’s Tucks parade. “I think we have enough alumni and friends that are interested in doing it again even if it’s not an alumni event. So that’s definitely something we’re considering,” she said. The department of alumni relations played a key role in getting the word out to graduates about the opportunity to ride in a parade. Adam’s said that once people were notified, spots on the float filled up quickly. “We had a flyer and we also did email blasts and within two months we filled the float,” she said. “There’s a lot of interest out there.” Loyola’s centennial float, along with all of the other floats in the Tucks parade, is designed by Blaine Kern Studios. Blaine Kern Studios president, Berry Kern, said that the original idea for all floats comes from the krewes.

“A lot of the clients come to us with a preconceived notion of what they’d like to see,” he said. “We take their ideas, put them on paper and do sketches.” For this year’s Tucks parade, Blaine Kern was tasked with designing floats for Tucks’s history of Louisiana theme. Krewe captain Sue Mennino said that every float in the parade got to put their own spin on this year’s theme. “This year’s theme was Tucks uncovers history, because of the 100th anniversary,” she said. “We wanted to have every float depict an event in New Orleans or Louisiana history.” With the 100-year anniversary of Loyola being celebrated this year, the centennial float fit right in with the parade’s historical theme. But Loyola’s centennial celebration in the Krewe of Tucks did not end with the parade float. Loyola also set up a viewing party along the parade route at the restaurant Mia’s balcony. “The mascot was there and the dance team was in front of the float,” Mennino said. Even though a parade in motion tends to stay in motion, Loyola’s float did make brief stop in front of it’s viewing party to give them a chance to appreciate

I got a maroon and gold toilet brush with a centennial medallion on it

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alumni relations the float. Adams said that they had about seventy-five attendees at the viewing party on Mia’s Balcony. “They had a buffet set up for them and free beer and that sold out in record time, so that was another nice event,” she said. Adams said she considers her first time riding in a parade a success and said that in addition to the fun she had with the Krewe of Tucks she now has her own Loyola-themed bathroom related memento. “I got a maroon and gold toilet brush with a centennial medallion on it. I have a special one for myself ,” she said. Hasani Grayson can be reached at





New website makes ordering food simple By LAUREN HINOJOSA Staff Writer Most students would agree that food delivered straight to campus would help those late-night library study sessions. Sean O’Neil created Couchster. com for that purpose. The website is designed so that you can order food from participating restaurants and have it delivered to your location. Couchster has up-to-date menus for partner restaurants. The online ordering feature makes the site convenient for days when you want to order food, but do not want everyone to hear what you are ordering. “You can’t exactly whip out your phone in the middle of class to make a takeout order, and sneaking off into the hallway to do it isn’t much better,” O’Neil said. “But if you can place an order right off your laptop or phone’s browser, no one’s going to notice or care, and guess who’s going to have a hot lunch ready for them when they get out of class?” O’Neil said the idea came to him during his days as a student at Tulane University. He would find himself ordering too much pizza since that was the only food that delivered at the time. When he created the site in April 2012, he already had a few restaurants in mind to partner with. The website has been live since September 2012, and began taking orders after Mardi Gras. O’Neil said the restaurants that will be using the site first will be Honeydeux, NOLA Po Boy,

Jugheads and Slim Goodies Diner. “We’re looking to get twentyfive to forty restaurants by the end of the semester,” O’Neil said. O’Neil explained that is unlike competitors such as Take Out Taxi and NOLA Food Delivery because the site does not charge a delivery fee or service fee, but instead makes a commission from orders placed through the site. “I didn’t want customers to have to pay any more ordering


from my site than they would if they placed their order in person, because I don’t believe that’s right,” O’Neil said, “I want to make people’s lives easier, and a service fee doesn’t help accomplish that.” Kayla Mitchell, a criminal justice sophomore, said this site would help her on days when she has a tight schedule. “With my hectic schedule, it would be nice if food would come to me every now and then, because I rarely have time to make it off campus to pick anything up,”

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Mitchell said. Mitchell said that knowing which restaurants have delivery or takeout options would help. “I never know what restaurants in the area will deliver to campus,” Mitchell said, “By the time I even go figure that out, it’s just easier to find food on campus.” Having a website to go to where all of the restaurants have their information at hand will help students who are wanting to try something new but do not know which food options they have,

Mitchell said. Claire Herman, a sociology sophomore, lives on campus and orders takeout every now and then. Herman said that she would like using Couchster since the site is quick and easy. “It’s great to have so many options, and it’s especially nice if you’re able to order online,” Herman said. O’Neil said that the site offers many unique features that make the site easy to use. Restaurants are able to receive orders straight to their Point of Sale system, making it easier for employees and cutting out extra fees for the customer. The search bar makes navigating the site easy for customers who have a specific food in mind. “It really makes everything so easy to use, because no matter what you’re looking for, be it a specific restaurant, a type of food, or maybe you just want to see what’s around in your neighborhood, you can just type it in there and find it,” O’Neil said. O’Neil said that what makes his site different compared to competitors is that he will make sure the site offers what the customer wants and will do so quickly. “If we don’t have a restaurant on the site, and you tell us you want it, we try and get it up within 24 hours,” O’Neil said. “I don’t think you can find that kind of responsiveness anywhere else.” Lauren Hinojosa can be reached at

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Competition dominates band auditions By RAQUEL DERGANZ BAKER Staff Writer Loyola students let their music do the talking in a nerve-wracking blind music audition process. Each fall, current students hoping to join one of Loyola’s prestigious ensembles go through rigorous auditions to be placed in either the concert band or the wind ensemble. The process, known as a blind music audition, involves an anonymous faculty member judging the performance of an anonymous student. Professor Joseph Hebert, director of bands, explains that he started this process when he was teaching high school in the sixties and wanted to keep the auditions fair and professional. “I didn’t want any one of the minorities to think that I was showing partiality to one person over the other,” Hebert said, “I don’t want to recognize if it’s a male or female.” During the audition, students are not allowed to speak to the faculty member auditioning them. The faculty member turns their back or stands behind a barrier while the student plays one piece they have prepared, followed by one piece that is assigned to them on the spot. For the assigned piece, students have about fifteen seconds to look

it over before they perform. This process is called sight-reading. Students who have gone through the process, such as music education sophomore Jordan Peota, said calming exercises and repetition helped him overcome his nerves. “I’ve found that meditating beforehand really helps,” Peota said, “Perform your piece a lot and for other people before you audition.” Music education senior Ryan Becerra is the English horn soloist in the orchestra, wind ensemble and concert band. He said the reason he found the blind audition so intimidating is because the person auditioning can’t see the faculty member’s reaction to what they have heard. To prepare for his audition, Becerra worked on excerpts and did training exercises. “I practiced five hours a day. The more you practice, honestly, the better you get,” Becerra said. Once all of the auditions are over, the scores are calculated and the faculty announces which students, identified by an assigned letter, received the highest scores. Music education junior and trumpet player Doyle Cooper explains that waiting to hear the results is the hardest part. “The waiting around is more nerve-wracking than the audition

because you start to second-guess yourself. You start thinking ‘Did I play that note right?’,” Cooper said. The competition runs high during these auditions. If a student feels they deserved a spot in a specific ensemble over a fellow musician, they can challenge that student for their chair by giving them a one-week notice. The student giving the notice selects two passages from the music the section is currently doing. Then a faculty member selects a third passage, and the students do another blind audition. If the person giving the notice beats the person that they challenged, they move up, but if they lose, they must wait two weeks before trying again. Music education senior Kenny Tsao said that he has challenged people for their spots before but has never been successful. “I have challenged in the past but never won. But it was still a good experience and practice audition.” Hebert stressed that auditions are open to any Loyola student, not just music majors. All students interested in music performance are welcomed and encouraged to audition. Raquel Derganz Baker can be reached at

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• When it hit atmosphere, meteor massed 7,000 tons • Explosions occurred about 9:20 a.m. local time, Feb. 15; • Meteorites scattered • Shockwave blew out windows, rocked buildings • About 270 buildings sustained damage Source: BBC, ESRI Graphic: Melina Yingling

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10 Lionel train, say 11 1998 animated film released the month before “A Bug’s Life” 12 Jim Davis dog 14 “Fantasia” tutu wearer 15 With 16-Across, 1986 film in which Dianne Wiest says, “But you have to remember while you read and you’re cursing my name, you know, that this is my first script.” 20 Outmaneuver 23 Calc prereq 24 Lesley of “60 Minutes” 26 1977 film in which 59-Across says, “Awards! They do nothing but give out awards!” 27 Starts the pot 29 Consumer advocate Brockovich 30 Mercury Seven org. 31 From the U.S. 32 Hollywood crosser 33 Fifth wheel

35 From then on 38 Fjord, for one 39 High time? 44 Formosa, now 46 Willy, Biff or Happy of drama 48 Blackmore heroine 50 Sweets, in Naples 51 Native Alaskan 52 Minister’s house 53 Oft-burned object 54 Stench 55 Approves quietly 57 Lena of “Chocolat” 60 Seuss’s “The 5000 Fingers of __” 61 Rocky hellos

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Film Buffs utilizes social media Club uses Facebook and other mediums to advertise screenings

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By MELANIE POTTER Staff Writer Using Facebook as a tool to engage community members, the Film Buffs Institute screened three Academy Award nominees that were chosen by the public on Feb. 21. This event for the Film Buffs was achieved using their Facebook page. This move to using Facebook as an involvement tool is something the institute is doing in addition with other efforts to revamp the Film Buffs. “Our Facebook page is a big part of Film Buffs. We want people to check out the trailers and vote. ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Flight’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ are just some of the popular choices. Whichever gets the most likes are the ones we’ll watch. We really want movie goers to decide,” Dittmar Dittrich, current Film Buffs director and Loyola professor, said. Dittrich said that the program is revamped and has completely evolved over the years. “We’ve been around for a while. The program started off showing contemporary movies for the New Orleans community. This brought huge success to Loyola,” Dittrich said. The program morphed into a service of screening movies for Loyola classes. “Now in 2012, we’re trying to combine the best elements of Film Buffs. We would like to attract off-campus visitors through special events, as well as continue to show movies for



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FEB. 25 7:30 p.m. “This is Spinal Tap”

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MARCH 4 FEB. 26 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. “Au Hasard “The Balthazar” Conversation”

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FEB. 25 6:30 p.m. “Branded to Kill”


FEB. 27 7:30 p.m. “Borat”



MARCH 7 6:30 p.m. “Of Gods and Men”

MARCH 1 4 p.m. Friday Film Fest

MARCH 7 7 p.m. T.B.A.

FEB. 22 6:30 p.m. “Songs of Souls”

FEB. 26 FEB 27 8 p.m. 6:30 p.m. “Marketa “The Tree of Life” Lazarová” MARCH 6 MARCH 5 “400 Blows” “Enter the Void”


classes,” Dittrich said. Film Buffs events are completely free, offering movie theater experiences, without movie theater prices. “We even invested in an oldschool popcorn machine, which we will be rolling out for all of our screenings,” Dittrich said. Film Buffs currently has 13 work-study students and has hired interns as well. The students play a large role in the program. English sophomore Jake Silvas spends a lot of time in Bobet 334, the Film Buffs headquarters. He does his work study as well

as interns for the Film Buffs program. While open to all genres of movies, the Film Buffs tend to screen more independent films. “The movies we show are not really mainstream. We’re not exactly watching ‘Aladdin,’” said Silvas. Previous Film Buffs director, the deceased Peggy McCormack’s major accomplishment was the impressive equipment she got for the program. “Our equipment is the same quality as Canal Place. We have surround sound, HD projectors and enormous screens. The

quality is exceptional,” Dittrich said. Film and digital Media sophomore Jake Bradbury said he enjoyed many screenings for classes, thanks to this program. “In all my experiences with the Film Buffs program, they’ve been great. The new changes they’re making seem exciting as well,” Bradbury said. Melanie Potter can be reached at

HONOR: Code promotes ethical ideals Continued from page 3 that we will all benefit from the implementation of a defined honor code as we continue to pursue the best possible education standards,” Steven said. Though some students, like Steven, said they believe the honor code is a positive change for Loyola, Maya Schacker, political science junior, disagrees. Schacker said she believes some students will always choose to cheat regardless of an honor code or other penalties and that an honor code will not end or change cheating at Loyola. “Students who follow the rules do not need extra motivation or added deterrence to continue following the rules. And those that don’t will not be swayed by an honor code, which is really no more than an external moral compass that one can so easily choose to ignore,” Schacker said. Schacker said she believes there are better alternatives to the proposed honor code, but that an honor code would promote ethical ideals. “In the long run, the cheater is only hurting themselves and students who abide by the school’s rules should not be put in a difficult situation,” Schacker said. “Those that work hard will succeed in the end.” Lucy Dieckhaus can be reached at

Voigt: Senior vice History department is on the search for new African historian provost returns to teach Continued from page 1


A candidate for the Africanist search talks with a student during a meet and greet. The Loyola History department is searching for a new assistant professor of history with a specialty in African studies. The department hiring committee, along with a group of student volunteers, began conducting formal candidate interviews in early February. Students were encouraged to participate in sample classes, lectures given by the candidates either on their own research or on subject matter they envision teaching, as well as informal meet and greet sessions with all three candidates. No additional candidates beyond the three already interviewed have been announced. The Loyola community can expect a hiring decision to be made before the academic year ends.

two book projects that I have not had time to work on while I have been in the Provost’s Office. I also have some invitations to present research papers at international criminological conferences,” Voigt said. “One of my trips will include a conference in Australia in October 2013. I’m also looking forward to establishing a study abroad program in an area where we do not currently have programs. I have contacts at universities in several areas that I’m considering including Russia, South Africa, and Australia.” Voigt leaves behind a legacy of being a hard worker and a great asset to the university, according to Provost and Vice President for academic affairs Marc Manganaro. “I am, and I know the entire university is, deeply grateful for her leadership in all of these areas,” Manganaro said in an email. “Dr. Voigt is highly intelligent and organized — she not only has a lot of experience and ideas but knows how to put them into action, and she is a real team player.” The Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J., university president, said Voigt has done well in a specific aspect of her service as senior vice

provost of academic affairs. “She has done a superb job in dealing with our reporting to the Southern Association which is our principal accrediting body,” Wildes said in an email. Voigt said it has been a great privilege and honor for her to work with so many talented and dedicated members of this university, but she really looks forward to returning to the classroom. “The part of being a professor that I love the most is teaching; this is what attracted me to a career in higher education. Many of my former students have gone on to obtain advanced degrees and are now my colleagues and dear friends,” Voigt said. “My students are my greatest inspiration. I feel blessed to have a job doing what I love so much.” Voigt officially steps down at the end of June, at which time Thomas Spence, who currently serves as the chemistry department chair, will be joining the Office of the Provost team as a vice provost. Hannah Iannazzo can be reached at


Religion In Brief Pope Benedict quits papel position due to health VATICAN CITY (AP) — With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Feb. 11 and leaving the already-troubled Catholic Church to replace the leader of its one-billion followers by Easter. The Feb. 28 resignation allows for a fast-track conclave to elect a new pope, since the traditional nine days of mourning that would follow a pope’s death does not have to be observed. It also gives the 85-year-old Benedict great sway over the choice of his successor. Though he will not vote, he has hand-picked the bulk of the College of Cardinals — the princes of the church who will elect his successor — to guarantee his conservative legacy and ensure an orthodox future for the church. Benedict said as recently as 2010 that a pontiff should resign if he got too old or infirm to do the job, but it was a tremendous surprise when he said in Latin that his “strength of mind and body” had diminished and that he couldn’t carry on. He said he would resign effective 8 p.m. local time on Feb. 28.




Loyola relects on Mardi Gras experiences By ALLISON MCELLIGOTT Staff Writer As the Church begins the season of Lent, Loyola members, like Ken Weber, reflect on the beads, festivities and debauchery that come during Mardi Gras. What is seemingly the biggest party in the country is a religiousbased celebration originally introduced as a glorification of God post-Christmas and pre-Lent. Mardi Gras is seen by the religious to be an expression of gratitude for all God has given to us, namely His son. Though some see the Mardi Gras celebrations as sinful, Ken Weber, the Associate Chaplain for Liturgy and Music, clarifies that

just because something is fun, that does not mean it is un-Godly. “The sins of gluttony, licentiousness and lust are committed in our culture 365 days per year,” Weber said in an email. “If people sometimes misuse the Mardi Gras holiday as an opportunity to engage in these and other actions that distance them from the image of God in which we are all created, that’s their choice.” Sociology senior Elizabeth Gooch considers herself to be a religious person trying to balance the experience of Mardi Gras and the preparation of Lent. She sees the partying as something worth experiencing with friends and family.

“Like Christmas, it has been turned into a commercialized party,” Gooch said. “This situation is exacerbated because we’re in the heart of Mardi Gras.” For non-Catholics, Lent is seen as a time for giving up something that weakens one’s relationship with God. According to Weber, the importance of Lent is the preparation for the most important day in the Church calendar, Easter, and should be a purification process that allows for full appreciation of Jesus’ resurrection. Loyola students face the balance of society’s norms and Jesuit values every day, especially in the Carnival season. “Loyola has taught me to

Ash Wednesday Blessings

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Paul Lawless annoints a church member during the 5:30 p.m. mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. The mass was held to celebrate the end of Mardi Gras and the beginning of the Lenten season, which serves as a time of preperation for Easter.

Bateman Team gives anti-bullying presentation By BURKE BISCHOFF Religion Editor The Loyola New Orleans Bateman Team held its first outof-school event at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church for the national Bateman competition. The Loyola Bateman team went to Franklin Avenue Baptist Church to give a presentation on anti-bullying on Feb. 6. The presentation held a crowd of around 42 people, most of which were high school students. According to communication junior and Loyola Bateman Team member Leah Whitlock, the presentation was in line with a national competition held by the Public Relations Student Society of America. She said the goal of

question what our society puts emphasis on and why,” Gooch said. Weber explains that during Lent, Catholics are called to imitate Christ in order to strengthen and maintain a relationship with God. Loyola will host a Lenten series and offer retreats and service opportunities to provide the individual with what he or she needs to broaden the Lenten experience, Weber explains. “We also post lawn signs with suggestions of how to observe the three traditional disciplines of Lent: praying, fasting and giving alms,” Weber said. Allison McElligott can be reached at

University holds Lenten prayer retreat By ALAINA MEYNARD Contributing Writer

Loyola hosts convention for faculty around the country With the attendance of over 13 Jesuit colleges from the Mid Eastern and Southern part of the country, Loyola New Orleans hosts the Heartland Delta conference on Feb. 22-24. The conference, which rotates from each university with a different theme every year, will be presenting the theme of Eloquentia Perfecta. Eloquentia Perfecta, or perfect eloquence, is an early Jesuit teaching that is used to develop the form and content of an argument. The goal of the conference is to have the group of over 60 faculty members attending to develop their speech and writing so that they are used more effectively. The conference will feature lectures on the eloquence of different subjects and will be given by many different professors from out of state and from Loyola. The conference will also have a screening of the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and an environmental tour of New Orleans led by Dr. Bob Thomas, professor of environmental communication.


the competition is to reach out to different parts of the city and to raise awareness of a particular theme of the year to a particular demographic. “The theme for this year’s competition is anti-bullying,” Whitlock said. “As we are reaching out to the city, we are trying to focus this message towards people in a 10 – 19-year-old range.” According to communication senior and Bateman Team member Charlie LaRock , the reward for winning the competition is to be nationally recognized among their peers in public relations. LaRock said that the Bateman team reached out to Franklin Avenue Baptist Church because it deals with a lot of youth bible studies and community building

events. “Any sort of organization, school, programing or anything that involves children, we are interested in partnering with because of our key demographic,” LaRock said. “They were really interested in what we had to say and it was a great partnership from the beginning.” Franklin Avenue Baptist Church’s Pastor Fred “Chip” Luter III said that the presentation was a very helpful experience to the children of his church. “I think it was great,” Luter said. “It was very interactive, and it provided a good level of information to the high school students that were here.” LaRock also expressed his satisfaction with the presentation.

“Everybody participated, everybody listened and I think we got the message across,” LaRock said. Whitlock said that she feels very strongly about this antibullying cause and hopes that the Bateman team can at least make one person think more responsibly about bullying. “I want people to think twice about this issue when it comes up sometime in their own experiences,” Whitlock said. “I hope to make a difference in at least student as we continue to perform our campaign.” Burke Bischoff can be reached at

Faculty, staff, students and alumni will celebrate the season of Lent together with a Lenten retreat. From Feb. 25 to March 21, faithful followers will engage in daily prayer, meet with a spiritual director once a week and have the option to meet with fellow participants. The month-long event is called A Retreat in Daily Life. It is aimed to meet people whether they have just begun to practice praying or have done so for a long time. After being provided with texts and reflective questions, participants can choose to pray or answer their questions at their own time, according to Laura Alexander, associate chaplain for retreats at Loyola. The theme for this year is Praying with the Psalms. Alexander believes that this theme is appropriate and will help to connect with participants. “The focus is on the Psalms because they are so open to wherever people are and are based in human emotion,” Alexander said. Michael Barrera, financial aid counselor and previous retreat participant, felt comfortable and supported during his experience. “I thought it was nice to have a community of people that were interested in trying to gain some type of spiritual insight from the Lenten season in a personal way without having to be required to share more than what you felt like sharing,” Barrera said. Joe Paporcki, national consultant for faith formation at Loyola Press in Chicago, spoke of how Lent can help us eliminate clutter from our lives. “A Lenten retreat is a great tool for eliminating distractions and focusing on what’s most important. Instead of saying, ‘That’s what we’re supposed to do,’ a retreat forces an individual to keep that on the front burner, to literally be trying every day to rid of distractions, to focus on our relationship with the Lord,” Paporcki said. Alaina Meynard can be reached at




FRIDAY, February 22, 2013

Better With Age

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Cedar Howard, a community volunteer at Elevate New Orleans, helps eighth grader Gregory Johnson with a school project. Elevate New Orleans provides students with tutors in all school subjects.

Elevate: Students receive tutoring Continued from page 4 specifically that day,” Howard said. According to Naomi Yavneh, director of the university honors program, the honors department works with Elevate New Orleans to provide tutors throughout the week and also helps with ACT preparations for the juniors and seniors of Elevate New Orleans. In addition to community volunteers, many of the tutors are Loyola students. Maya White, political science freshman, joined the team of volunteers when she wanted to get involved with service this semester. “It helps us get involved with people in our community. As students, people have helped us along the way and I think it is important to help others as well,” White said.

According to Hyacinthe, in order to participate in Elevate New Orleans, students undergo a three-step application process in which they prove their dedication to being a student athlete. On the court, students receive training from coaches that have played on a professional and semiprofessional level. “I think sometimes people think when they hear about Elevate they think this is a program to train kids to be NBA stars and that’s not what its about at all. Its about helping kids to achieve their potential and to be productive members of the New Orleans community,” Yavneh said. Yavneh said she appreciates the goals of the program and sees them as shared ideas with Jesuit values. “The program has the same Ignatian values that we have,

Mississippi ratifies 13th Amendment Mississippi officially ratified the 13th Amendment, the amendment to end slavery, on Feb. 7, according to the ClarionLedger in Jackson, MS. The state voted to ratify the amendment in 1995, receiving unanimous support in both the Mississippi Senate and House. However, the secretary of state never sent a copy of the resolution to the Office of the Federal Register. Dick Molpus, then secretary of state, blamed the failure to finalize the resolution on an error in filing. Dr. Ranjan Batra, an associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, researched the oversight after watching the film “Lincoln.” He then notified his colleague Ken Sullivan about Mississippi’s failure to ratify the amendment. Sullivan contacted the office of the Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who sent a copy of the 1995 resolution to the Office of the Federal Register. On Feb. 7, the Federal Register notified the state that the office had received the resolution.

Crescent City Connection tolls approved According to the TimesPicayune, the vote to approve a 20-year extension of the Crescent City Connection tolls was upheld. The vote was upheld on Tuesday, Feb. 19 “following a partial recount Saturday of nearly 4,000 paper ballots in Orleans Parish.” Mike Teachworth, founder of Stop the Tolls and resident of Harvey, sued the city in order to prompt the recount of the votes. Despite the upholding of the vote, Teachworth said his organization is going to continue to “move forward with the trial” in order to “reverse this unfair tax on the West Bank,” according to the Time-Picayune. Judge William Morvant made his decision regarding the extension in open court Tuesday. “Saturday’s recount was conducted at the New Orleans City Council Chambers behind closed doors,” according to the Times-Picayune.

care of the whole person, looking to strengthen the gifts that an individual has, encouraging sensitive towards others and a respect for the world and a respect for diversity,” Yavneh said. Howard said he thinks the program is beneficial in different ways for the students in the program. “It’s a selfless program that I think works. These kids are advanced mentally in both academics and in the way they play basketball,” Howard said. Leslie Gamboni can be reached at Hasani Grayson contributed to this report

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This undated photo provided by Glenda McKinley shows Norman and Norma Burmah as they celebrate Norman’s hundredth birthday at their home in Marksville, La. To mark their 82 years of marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal honored them on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, as Louisiana’s longest known married couple. He also recognized nine other couples married 73 years or longer.

Former mayor pleads not guilty By Michael Kunzelman AP National Writer Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he accepted more than $200,000 in bribes plus free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure millions of dollars in work for the city. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan set Nagin’s bond at $100,000 during his arraignment on charges that included bribery, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. She also set a preliminary trial date of April 29. The charges against Nagin are the product of a City Hall corruption investigation that has already resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen and a prison sentence for a former city vendor. Nagin’s arraignment marked a rare public appearance for Nagin, who now lives in Frisco, Texas, and has kept a low profile since he left office in 2010. Nagin was a political novice before he was first elected mayor in 2002, but Hurricane Katrina

turned him into a national figure with a reputation for cringeinducing rhetoric. His popularity steadily waned in the aftermath of the 2005 storm, as the city struggled to recover from the epic flooding unleashed by broken levees. A 21-count indictment last month accused Nagin, 56, of accepting more than $160,000 in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of Frank Fradella, a local businessman. Fradella pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit bribery and has been cooperating with federal authorities. Nagin is also charged with accepting at least $60,000 in payoffs from another businessman, Rodney Williams, for his help in securing city contracts for architectural, engineering and management services work. Williams pleaded guilty in December to a conspiracy charge. The indictment also accused Nagin of getting free private jet and limousine services to

New York from an unidentified businessman who owned a New Orleans movie theater. Nagin is accused of agreeing to waive tax penalties that the businessman owed to the city on a delinquent tax bill in 2006. From several city contractors, Nagin is accused of accepting free travel and vacation expenses for trips to Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas and Jamaica while in office. Greg Meffert, a former technology official and deputy mayor under Nagin, pleaded guilty in 2010 to taking bribes and kickbacks in exchange for steering city contracts to businessman Mark St. Pierre. Anthony Jones, who served as the city’s chief technology officer in Nagin’s administration, also pleaded guilty to taking payoffs. St. Pierre was convicted in May 2011 of charges that included conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. Nagin’s indictment accused him of accepting bribes from St. Pierre. Nagin served two terms as mayor. Term limits prevented him from seeking a third.



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Letter to the Editor

SGA offers numerous options In his letter “More change needed outside of allocations” in the January 25th issue of The Maroon, Economics Club President Matthew Portnoy expressed his frustrations with SGA’s apparent lack of support in advertising oncampus events. While we at SGA are pleased to hear that Mr. Portnoy has started a conversation like this and took the time to provide us with feedback, there are a few points from his letter that we feel are necessary to clear up. Contrary to the implications in Mr. Portnoy’s letter, the Student Government Association is in no way responsible for the way that student organizations choose to advertise their events. That being said, here is a quick run down on some specific ways that students can market events. Any organization wishing to advertise in the Danna Center may do so through the Office of Co-Curricular Programs in the following ways: putting in a publicity request form through OCP, posting flyers in the Danna Center, placing ads on the plasma screens near the One Loyola room and spreading the word to fellow organizations through the Student Organization President Listserv. These can all be done by making a quick visit to the Office of Co-Curricular Programs. Similarly, anyone who’d like to advertise in Residence Halls may do so by turning in their flyers to the Office of Residential Life. Another option is to visit the Sodexo Office in the St. Charles Room to advertise via the napkin holders in the various dining areas on campus. The Office of Co-Curricular Programs directly contacts every single student organization president at numerous points throughout the year with information on how to publicize their events. Student Affairs, which encompasses both the Offices of Co-Curricular Programs and Residential Life, is very responsive to these sort of student concerns, and I’m sure they would love to hear any sort of feedback on ways they can help better the experience of student organizations on campus. In regards to the rest of Mr. Portnoy’s letter, we are pleased to hear positive feedback on the new allocations process, as we are very excited about the direction the new process is going in. Though Mr. Portnoy may not have meant to drag SGA specifically into this conversation, we thought that his observations concerning student organizations were an important issue to address. We encourage any and all feedback in the arena of student government. We ask that students wishing to contact us take advantage of the SGA Suggestion Box next to the milk and sugar station at CC’s, contact us via our Facebook or Twitter accounts or come talk to us face to face in the SGA Office (Bottom floor of the Danna Center, directly across from the Office of Co-Curricular Programs). Sincerely, The SGA Executive Staff



Robberies can be avoided by exercising caution AT ISSUE: Students need to be more cautious to avoid being taken advantage of. Most students gain their first taste of living on their own in college — be it in the dorms where they can live relatively free of supervision, or living off-campus in a place they pay for themselves. This sudden freedom can be liberating, but as the recent string of burglaries off-campus proves, it is not without its share of risks. A suspect may have been caught, but the danger he represents is still real. Students must learn — at Loyola and beyond — to be cautious and to be safe. Loyola attracts students from across the United States and the world. This attraction is a mark of its excellence, and mark of the fantastic and wonderful city in which it is situated. But while the danger of New Orleans is often overstated, it is still a city and prone to certain common dangers. Criminals thrive in cities — amidst such a dense population, they are free to make a tidy profit from the unwary. College students are easy targets for burglars for a variety of reasons. Loyola’s student body is diverse and multifaceted, which is a good thing for our diversity but a bad thing in terms of preparing for the dangers of a city. We are less cautious because we do not well know the dangers we face. Plus, hand-in-hand with college is a variety of expensive equipment — computers, for one, and expensive textbooks, and all the accoutrements of home without the caution to guard these accoutrements. Such valuable items can be easily fenced, and so we offer great reward at minimal risk to potential thieves.

Whadja Think?

A determined burglar is likely to break in if you are absent — there is no avoiding this fact. But the more difficult you make it for a burglar to break in, even if it is simply by locking your doors, the less likely that burglar is to make the effort. For example, in England, suicides rapidly decreased after the government removed the gas stoves that made it so easy and convenient for suicidal people to kill themselves. This did not prevent suicides altogether, but it did cause a sharp decrease in the number of suicides. The lesson is clear — the more difficult a thing is, the less likely it is to be done. The best way to avoid being taken advantage of is to take simple steps. Keep your doors locked and keep your eyes open for suspicious activity. Be cautious without being paranoid — if you see a van pull up and simply sit around for an hour, you can report it. New Orleans is a wonderful city, but it is still a city, and since many students are visitors, they make for easy prey unless they are prepared. Don’t be easy prey. Your valuables are valuable for a reason and deserve at least a modicum of protection. College offers the first experience of the world of adulthood, especially when you start living off campus. But with this adulthood comes responsibility. A determined burglar will be able to break in if you’re not home, but that is no excuse for inaction. You possess all the materials you need to make it through college and into the working world — to allow yourself to lose these things because you couldn’t take the time to lock your door is sheer folly.

This editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board named above.

HOWLS & GROWLS HOWL to touristfree New Orleans GROWL to Armageddon in Russia HOWL to Taco Bell GROWL to the post-Mardi Gras hangover HOWL to glowin-the-dark games GROWL to the end of the Super Gras HOWL to Abita Strawberry GROWL to the cruise ship breakdown

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New writer threatens diversity KYLEE MCINTYRE All the Things!

Leggings: A guide Leggings. Who would have thought that a pair of tights with the feet cut out could cause such uproar? You’ve probably heard the frustrated cries in the OR or Peace Quad: “Leggings are not pants!” Still, they’re comfortable, accessible (no matter what your size), and come in enough colors and patterns to go with almost anything. However, if worn the wrong way, leggings can be a slippery slope that introduce the public to parts of an individual’s anatomy that wouldn’t pass the professional litmus test by a long shot. I’ve heard a myriad of rules — “It’s okay if your shirt is long enough,” or “It’s okay if your leggings come in a dark-enough color.” Let’s set the record straight with a simple five-step test, because (honestly) a person walking around in the wrong pair of leggings simply looks underdressed. If you want to wear a pair of leggings like a pair of pants, put your whole outfit on and, with your feet together, check the front of your outfit in front of a full-length mirror in good lighting. If you see yourself approaching the border of Appropriate and Camel Toe, put something on over your leggings, or take them off and put on something else. Next, walk toward the mirror, taking the kinds of steps you do when you walk. Still no lines or bumps? Congratulations, you can move on to the next few steps. Next, turn around so your back is facing the mirror. If you can’t turn around enough, get a friend to look for you, or use a second mirror to look at your back. Ask: are there any lines or bumps that wouldn’t fly in a job interview? If you can see through to the color of your underwear or your skin, change your clothes. If you still look acceptable, bend over at a 90-degree angle. Is your underwear still safe? Hanging out in bio lab and seeing someone’s hot pink thong while checking your graduated cylinder levels isn’t a pleasant experience for everyone. Still passing? Great! Move on to the last step: repeat this test with a friend. They may see something you don’t, and chances are, if your leggings are worn, faded or too small, people around you may not clue you in. It’s awkward for a twenty year-old to walk up to a stranger and say, “Hey, I can see your underwear.” If you’re a person who could care less what people think about the way you dress, great! Keep on truckin’. Just remember that you might have to ask someone on campus for a recommendation someday, and “appropriately dressed” would be a great trait to have on your side. Kylee McIntyre can be reached at

RICHARD O’BRIEN In My Opinion DC Comics, home to such well-known characters as Batman and Superman, has long had issues introducing diversity into their stories. Even in 2013, the majority of the company’s comics are headlined by white, heterosexual male leads. While there have been major steps toward diversifying these heroes, the recent hiring of Orson Scott Card to write a story for a new Superman series may threaten this trend. The argument against Card has to do with his very public homophobic veiws and how those views will be reflected in Superman’s character. Known for giving the world such Science Fiction classics as “Ender’s Game” and its companion novel, “Ender’s Shadow,” Card has gained a degree of infamy these days as a consequence of his very public views on same-sex marriage. In his article “Homosexual ‘Marriage’ and Civilization,” Card espouses some fairly backwards, homophobic views, including the fictitious idea that sexual abuse somehow turns people gay. Card is also a board member for NOM, the National Organization for Marriage, a group that works against the legalization of gay marriage. The announcement of Card as


writer for the initial installments of “Adventures of Superman” has created an outcry among the wider comics community. The Dallas-based store Zeus Comics has responded by refusing to stock the issue and reaching out to other comic book retailers to do the same. Additionally, a petition has been set up to protest Card’s involvement with the project. The petition has reached over 12,000 signatures as of this writing. When asked to comment, a DC representative replied that the company is standing by its decision and that a writer’s personal views do not reflect the views of DC as a company. Being famous and having the support of a massive corporation does not make it okay to hold hateful, bigoted views against an entire group of people because of

their sexual orientation. The bigger problem with all of this is not that Card is writing a comic—he’s made forays into the genre before with 2005’s Ultimate Iron Man miniseries— but that he is writing Superman. As a character, Superman can admittedly get tedious after so many issues of wrestling with time-displaced supergods or solving the riddle of the UltraSphinx to save the life of his one true love. Where Superman’s strength comes from is his place as a symbol. Superman is the ideal person: strong, heroic, and infinitely selfless. Superman will take the time out of his day to help anyone, regardless of sexual orientation. Obviously not every comic book writer is going to be a paragon of virtue as a job requirement for writing the

adventures of a space aliencum-sun god, but hiring a writer with views like Card’s shows a certain social irresponsibility on DC’s part, especially when the company’s line of superhero comics includes highly successful LGBT heroes such as Batwoman, superhero couple Apollo and Midnighter, and Green Lantern Alan Scott. If anything, the presence of such characters should show that the company wants to move forward in creating positive voices for people of all orientations. Richard O’Brien is an English major and can be reached at In My Opinion is a regular column open to all Loyola students. Those interested in contributing can contact

Connect your essay to your thesis Keaton Postler On Writing Thus far, I have covered the basic tools and rules that one needs in order to subdue the major snags that the typical college-level writer encounters when composing the introduction and the thesis statement. So, what’s next? I’m sure that most of you are familiar with those things called body paragraphs, or what I’ll refer to as the body. Really it’s just a catch-all term for the middle ground of the paper that follows the introduction and thesis statement and precedes the conclusion. To write a strong body, a writer generally needs three things: a solid paragraph structure, a reasoned selection of content and an interesting and relevant organization of ideas. Because this is already starting to smell a bit complex,

I think it best to devote a few columns to discussing the body. The first time around, I’d like to explore two basic questions: What is the body’s function, and how should we think about the body as writers? To begin, let’s say something by way of analogy: If the thesis statement provides the skeleton of the argument, then the body supplies the flesh. Or, perhaps this: After laying the foundations in the thesis statement, the next task is to build. However we slice it, the noteworthy implication here is that the body is inextricably connected with the thesis statement. In fact, this point is so crucial that it bears repeating: The body is inextricably connected with the thesis statement. Consequently, everything that the writer says in the body should try to offer some level of support for or affirmation of the thesis statement. Yes, your average reader will overlook one or two less than stellar points that you might make in the body. If, however, too much irrelevant material is present, or – lest I say it – sections of the body actually work against the thesis statement, then you’re

going to find yourself behind the eight ball. You run the risk of putting off the reader, which you never want to do. (Well, this isn’t always true – some of the best writing is controversial – so let’s say instead that you never want to put off the person who is giving your writing a grade. Usually.) I really cannot stress this point enough, if only because it’s a great reminder that the body is not some separate entity that operates independently of the thesis statement. We should never let things like paragraph indentations or the formalistic reduction of writing into different parts (introduction, thesis, body, conclusion) convince us for one second that all of these things aren’t operating in conjunction with one another. Now, if the thesis statement and body are working together, then they must share the same goal: The making of a successful argument. And this is where we should enact a pause. Please, please note once and for good that we don’t “have” arguments. Rather, we have conversations, and during these conversations, we sometimes

run into disagreements, which are often the result of clashing ideas or beliefs. What do we do to arguments? We make them. This distinction is important precisely because the word making implies creating, which is appropriate given that writers are creators. This is also partly why writing feels like such an onerous project: Creation is a demanding business. But don’t let this distress you – let it galvanize you. There’s a poem by William Blake, who is (arguably) my favorite poet. In this poem, there’s a character, Los, and Los says this: “I must Create a System, or be enslav’d by another Mans.” So, here’s what I say: Take a hint from Los. Have an opinion on issues. Educate yourself to support your views. Be critical of (but not disrespectful of ) other arguments. In writing, I can assure you that this is half the battle. Keaton Postler can be reached at





Calzada elected as permanent dean Law school hosts annual Calzada chosen as new semi-formal social event dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences

By ALICIA SERRANO Contributing Writer

By HANNAH IANNAZZO Staff Writer Maria Calzada, professor of mathematical sciences, has been selected as the new dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences. Calzada has been serving as interim dean since previous dean, JoAnn Cruz, left at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. Calzada will officially assume the role of dean on July 1. “I am looking forward to doing the work. There is a lot of work to be done still with the common curriculum, and I would like increase funding for undergraduate research and faulty research. I would like to see more international travel for students and rich programs for incoming students,” Calzada said. The university did a national search for a new dean and Calzada was selected out of numerous candidates. According to Marc Manganaro, provost and vice president of academic affairs, Calzada stood out not only because she was already a member of the university. “Dean Calzada has 20 years of service to the university, she is a dedicated faculty member and she emerged among the candidates because of the


Maria Calzada, professor of mathematical sciences, poses in front of her bookshelf. Calzada will assume the role as permanent dean of the College of the Humanities and Natural Sciences. confidence and ideas she has,” Manganaro said. Computational mathematics senior Precious Esie said she thinks Calzada is a great choice. “I did research with Dr. Calzada; I was her mentee, if you will. I liked working with

her because she was passionate about it. She’s passionate about teaching. Of course she’ll do a good job, I know that firsthand,” Esie said. Hannah Iannazzo can be reached at

Loyola Law School students will be attending the annual Barristers’ Ball this month. The Student Bar Association is holding the ball on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The Barristers’ Ball is a semiformal event, which is held for Loyola law students every year. Loyola Law School faculty and staff attend so that students have the opportunity to get to know them outside of the classroom, Student Bar Association President Cecilia Almeida said. In previous years, the theme for the Barristers’ Ball has been “La Vie En Rose” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” This year the theme “Shark Week” was chosen because the ball is being held at the aquarium. The Student Bar Association executive counsel and officers thought the theme would be fun and bring some humor to Loyola Law School, according to Almeida. “We thought that since many people call lawyers ‘sharks’ that it can also be a play on words but in a cute and loving way,” Almeida said. At the ball, students will be allowed to walk through exhibits at the aquarium, Almeida said. Students are also looking forward to getting out of the academic environment and having some fun. “As a third year law student I am

just so excited and lucky to be able to hang out with so many wonderful people that I have met during my time at Loyola,” Almeida said. According to Luana Naylor, Student Bar Association Special Events chairwoman, one of the biggest highlights of the event this year is that the band Flow Tribe will

I’m really excited about going. I look forward to matching my date Susan Salamone second year law student

be performing. The Barristers’ Ball will be from 8 to 11 p.m. The event will include dinner, dancing and a photo booth. Susan Salamone, second year law school student, said she is looking forward to the ball. “I’m really excited about going. I look forward to matching my date,” Salamone said. Alicia Serrano can be reached at

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Maroon From Feb. 22, 2013