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Out of ‘Sync’ Rates of student participation in Student Government Association elections continue to fall. What’s to blame?
By Ashley Frugé email@example.com @ashleydfruge
Only one in five students at Loyola University took part in electing their school leaders this year. Official documents released said only 476 of the eligible 2,667 students voted in the Student Government Association elections this year. SGA’s voting process saw some changes this year, moving from physical voting stations to a new online voting platform hosted on OrgSync. Bud Sheppard, management sophomore and SGA president, was introduced to OrgSyc this year just like everyone else. He said he heard from students that there were some issues with the new platform. “Honestly, a lot of students just aren’t familiar with it, and this being the first trial run, you’re going to see hiccups,” Sheppard said. Sheppard said the campaigning this year was longer than previous years, but the voter turnout dropped from 22 percent in 2013 to 17 percent. Sheppard said he was “perplexed” as to why the numbers were so low. “Obviously I want the numbers to be higher, we were trying our hardest to get people to vote. I’m very surprised and concerned, for next years election I want to get those numbers up,” Sheppard said. Nate Ryther, economics sophomore and SGA vice president, said that once the bugs from this first test run are fixed, “OrgSync will work very well.” “If OrgSync is programmed better, I think it will be the most effective way to get voters,” said Ryther. Ronald Palmer, marketing senior and outgoing vice president of communication for SGA, said that people were confused about logging onto OrgSync, and next year they plan to streamline the website. “For next year, the idea is to have a
single log on. The same password you use for Loyola email would be the same password,” Palmer said. Whitey Woods, mass communication junior, said that voting on OrgSync was “stressful.” She said that she would more probably abstain from voting if the process were not user-friendly. “It was confusing. Last year they used voting booths, and I prefer that. If I have to take time out of my day to vote and it’s not easy, I’m less likely to do it,” Woods said. In three years, SGA has used three different platforms to vote. Blackboard, physical voting booths and OrgSync were used in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. Last year, no official documents were released on the amount of people who voted. Unofficial documents presented by Palmer say that 668 students voted, 22 percent of eligible voters. However, Butch Oxendine, executive director of the American Student Government Association, said the 17 percent turnout rate is consistent with other private institutions in the nation. Oxendine said the typical rate for private intuitions was “fifteen to twenty percent” and online platforms are considered to be a best practice. “Eight out of ten colleges and universities nationwide are now running elections online, it should be something that every student government embraces because it is more accurate in counting and faster in providing results,” he said. Palmer said that the turnout was connected with SGA’s reputation. “The SGA reputation needs to improve in order to get more people interested in voting,” Palmer said. Palmer said SGA plans on continuing to use OrgSync for the next election, but they hope turnout will improve. “It would be a disservice to students, as well as Loyola to discontinue OrgSync,” Palmer said.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Student faces aggravated rape charges By Lauren Patton firstname.lastname@example.org @lepatton_maroon
A Loyola senior is scheduled to appear in court today in a case of what police are calling aggravated rape at an Uptown bar. According to police, the incident happened last month at The Palms Bar and Grill on Freret Street. Police say that Jonathan Cepelak, mass communication senior, was buying drinks for an unnamed woman. Cepelak was employed as a bartender at the Palms, but was not working at the time. The woman told police that she was dancing with Cepelak before they relocated to the bar’s storeroom where they engaged in a brief, reluctant, though consensual, sexual encounter. She went on to tell police that she quickly left the storeroom and returned to the bar. She said that in the bar, Cepelak again approached her and they returned to the closet, where she said Cepelak invited a second man to join them. At this point, the woman said Cepelak forced her to have sex with him against her will, and then she said he pushed her head down and forced her to engage in a sexual act with the second man. The police report says she then fled the area and returned to her dorm. Defense attorney for Cepelak, Robert Hjortsberg, who is an alumnus of Loyola Law School, cautions that the case may not be clear-cut. “At this time Jonathan has simply been charged with a crime,” Hjortsberg wrote in a statement issued to The Maroon. “There has been no formal acceptance of charges by the district attorney in this matter. In fact the investigation is still ongoing.” According to the police report, the woman said that she did not know the name of either men involved in the incident, but said she was able to find a photo of the first man on the Palms’ website, which she printed and provided to police, according to the report. The manager identified the man as Cepelak to detectives. The arrest warrant said that the detective reviewed the bar’s video surveillance cameras and saw Cepelak in the bar with the woman. However, Hjortsberg said that the video surveillance may also exonerate his client. “I have had an opportunity to interview several witnesses in this case as well as view video footage from the bar that night,” Hjortsberg continued in his statement. “All of the physical evidence we have seen makes it clear that the charges against Mr. Cepelak are baseless. The allegations made against him are in no way supported by the video evidence and the witnesses that were present at the bar that night. For this reason I am confident that after careful consideration the district attorney will choose not to accept these charges and allow Jonathan to get on with his life as a student at Loyola.” Police arrested Cepelak March 28 on charges of aggravated rape. Court records show he was released on $75,000 bail. The Orleans Criminal District Court issued an order on April 2 prohibiting Cepelak from contacting the woman involved in the case while he is out on bail. Cepelak’s court appearance is scheduled for today, April 25, at 3 p.m. FB.COM/THELOYOLAMAROON @LOYOLA_MAROON @LOYOLA_MAROON
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Emily Andras, English writing and mass communication senior and design assistant for The Maroon, wears the School of Mass Communication’s Google Glass. Glass, which is receiving mixed reactions from users and critics, is available in the mass communication office for student use.
After wearing Google Glass for a day, a student recounts the pros and cons of the device By Emily Andras firstname.lastname@example.org @emilyandras
I put the Google Glass on as part of my routine in the morning: brush my teeth, pack my bag, check my ID, grab a sweater, put a tiny, powerful supercomputer on my face. “OK, Glass” hovered before my right eye; the clock just above it was telling me I was almost late for class. I took a deep breath, and stepped out of the door into my first day as a cyborg. OK, GLASS: START AT THE BEGINNING The School of Mass Communication is taking part in Google’s Explorer program, in which people or organizations pay Google $1,500 — plus tax — to test the preliminary models of Google Glass. Andrew Nelson, visiting professor, was responsible for bringing Glass to Loyola. “We’re pretty much beta testers,” Nelson said, when I met with him to discuss the Glass. “Which is cool, because you’re on the front lines of this new technology. It’s something that I’ve started to incorporate into my classes, having students learn how to use them and communicate with them.” Patrick Gonzalez, mass communication sophomore, was in Nelson’s office during my interview, returning the Glass after a trial run. His response to the technology and its practial uses was positive. “It’s a really cool opportunity,” Gonzalez said. “It’s really teaching us to expand our communication horizons and to explore new parts of technology.” I asked Nelson if I could try them on during our interview. “Sure,” he told me, and Gonzalez handed them off to me. I put them on and was immediately overwhelmed. “How do I do anything?” I asked Nelson. He laughed. Gonzalez offered some support. “It takes a while to learn, but once you get it, it’s easy,” he told me.
“I wish I had a while,” I said. “Take them for a day,” Nelson said. “Is tomorrow good?” OK, GLASS: HOW DOES IT WORK? Google Glass was strange at first. I spent the better part of my first day with them watching tutorials on how to use Glass’s many features. By the time I went to bed that night, I had mastered it enough to feel comfortable teaching others. My roommate and I were watching a movie on Netflix, and I searched an actor in the movie, pulled up his Wikipedia page and read off his personal history. My roommate didn’t even notice that I was using Glass instead of my phone. It’s a deceptively simple voiceand touch-based system, a lot like an iPhone with Siri — if Siri were the sole method of operation. Tapping the side of the Glass brings it out of sleep mode — which it uses a lot to preserve its notimpressive battery life — pulling up the home screen, which shows the time and the phrase “OK, Glass.” “OK, Glass” is the key activation phrase, which keeps you from accidentally searching things in conversation. It’s useful, except when other people know about this and take advantage of it; “OK, Glass, take a picture!” shouted one of my co-workers. Glass obeyed, much to my frustration. You can also use the side bar to slide through the options Glass gives you — making a Google search, taking a picture, getting directions, recording a video, sending a message, making a voice call and making a video call. Tapping lightly on a selected slide allows you to use the action. Some require a verbal command. OK, GLASS: GO TO SCHOOL My Italian professor was interested in Glass. He seemed suspicious. “Are they recording all the time?” he asked. I told him that they don’t have the battery for that, that they spent most of their time in sleep mode. After wearing
them from 8 a.m. and using them as frequently as I pull my cell phone out of my bag, the battery was down to 24 percent by noon. He didn’t look convinced, and neither did any of the other people who asked me the same question throughout the day. People were concerned about what I was seeing or who I was sharing it with, even people who weren’t doing anything but standing in line at CC’s. Two people — a man and a woman — shied away from me when they saw the Glass. The man put his hands up to hide his face. I tried to talk to them, but they were having none of it. On the whole, though, the reaction was one of overwhelming curiosity. “Before I saw them just now, I didn’t believe they were real,” Virginia Mitts, an English literature sophomore, said At the condiment bar next to the CC’s kiosk, I ran into Gary Washington, a performing arts junior. He looked astonished when faced with Glass. He tried them on, shook his head and handed them back. “I just don’t get it,” he said. “OK, Glass,” I said. “Google coffee.” Glass pulled up the coffee’s Wikipedia page and began to read it aloud to me. It was too quiet for Washington to hear, so I read the words on the screen. “Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from the roasted or baked seeds of several species of an Evergreen shrub of the genus Coffea,” I told him. “This is beyond real, man,” Washington said. “The future is here.” OK, GLASS: TELL ME THE FUTURE Robert Kargon, Willis K. Shepard Professor of the History of Science at Johns Hopkins, specialized in science and social change and the history of science and technology in America. I called him to ask him about Glass and whether it had a future. “I don’t know that much about Google Glass,” he told me in our interview, “but one way to measure the success of a technology is through the potential cultural impact, and I
just don’t personally see it having that much of one.” I asked him about the buzz surrounding the Glass, about the popular interest and whether that could give it the staying power he was talking about. “Well, sure,” he said, “but you look at the convenience of it, the long-term impact — it’s like a cell phone you can wear, like Internet on your face. It’s something that has a rather limited use, and in the long term I don’t think that that’s a recipe for success.” Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor of professorial practice at University of Southern California Annenberg, disagreed. I called him and he answered — with his Glass. We held our entire conversation through the headset. “I mean, first off, I’m a technology nerd,” Hernandez said. “And I heard rumors about Google developing a wearable piece of technology, but I didn’t think that it would really happen. So when I heard about the Explorer program, I knew that it was something that I wanted to do. I won the chance to give Google my money to test Glass when I entered the #IfIHadGlass contest on Twitter, and it’s been an amazing experience.” It was so amazing, in fact, that Hernandez decided to teach a class about Glass. “I think it has great potential in the journalism field in the future. It’s not going to be replacing broadcast equipment anytime soon, no, and the video is shaky — even the slightest tilt in your head gives you a pretty weird effect,” he said. “But for certain kinds of stories, more emotional stories, it gives us a unique chance to really capture somebody’s side of a situation.” Nelson agreed with Hernandez, and also emphasized the usefulness of the device for hands-free communication. “It gives you a greater level of interactivity with the world than just using your cell phone or your recorder,” Nelson told me. “And in the See GLASS, page 20
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No change to sports complex visitor policy after theft By Asia Alvarado email@example.com
After a theft in the Loyola University Sports Complex, members are being advised to keep a closer eye on their belongings. Two iPhones and a wallet were reported stolen from the basketball court in the University Sports Complex on March 15. According to the Loyola University
Police Department, witnesses said the suspects were three males around the ages of 14 or 15. Later that week, LUPD recovered one of the cell phones and the wallet on South Robinson Street. The suspects were said to be wearing maroon shorts and red and blue shirts. Ryan Stewart, a biology freshman, said he doesn’t think the surveillance in the sports complex is as good as other places on campus.
“I’ve seen kids in the gym for basketball clinics,” Gilmore said. The Associate Director of Athletics and Wellness Germayne Turner Nash said there is currently no policy regarding minors in the sports complex and that this theft won’t be changing this. She said it is questionable if not allowing minors into the sports complex without adult supervision would make it more secure.
“People are playing basketball, and peoples’ stuff is laying everywhere,” Stewart said. Currently, non-members are required to pay $5 and be accompanied by a member or Loyola student to gain access into the sports complex. John Gilmore, a chemistry freshman, said that he mostly sees minors in the sports complex during special events.
Andrew Williams, an economics freshman, doesn’t think a policy change regarding minors is necessary. “I don’t think not allowing minors to go in without an adult would solve anything,” Williams said.
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NEWSBRIEFS Sergeant arrested for child pornography NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A veteran New Orleans Police Department sergeant has been arrested on child pornography charges. According to the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, 54-yearold Bradley Wax was booked with 38 counts of possessing pornography involving juveniles.
Clemency criteria broadened WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisons, and inmates serving time for nonviolent drug offenses are their targeted group. The new criteria are intended to lead to a reduction in the nation’s federal prison population. The announcement is part of an ongoing Obama administration push to re-evaluate sentences for drug crimes that officials believe were unduly harsh and were imposed under old federal guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine more punitively than those involving the powder form of the drug.
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Some states, including Louisiana, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Louisiana Legislature passed a bill that would give a judge the discretion to sentence someone up to 99 years in prison for distributing heroin. State health officials say heroin deaths in Louisiana have spiked dramatically, reaching 110 fatalities last year, compared to fewer than five deaths 10 years earlier. Addictive disorder treatment facilities also report seeing increased numbers of heroin addicts in recent years. Health experts are trying to put an end to heroin-related deaths with the anti-overdose drug naloxone, which was approved by the Food and Health Administration on April 3. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reports that heroin-related deaths jumped from 48 people in 2012 to 110 last year, according to preliminary statistics. The department says behavioral health facilities reported the numbers of heroin addicts admitted to statelicensed facilities hovered between 200 and 500 people a year from 2000 through 2008, but that jumped to more
than 1,100 people in 2009 and reached more than 1,300 admissions in 2013 for the primary drug of heroin, with the problem most acute in New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes. State lawmakers are considering changes to Louisiana’s laws because of the spike in heroin use and related deaths. The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to toughen Louisiana’s penalties for heroin use and distribution. The bill would require a mandatory two-year jail sentence for heroin possession and would double the minimum mandatory sentence for distribution and production from five years to 10 years. It awaits debate in the state Senate, which is weighing other proposals to make penalties against the drug harsher. The Legislature also is considering a bill that would allow police officers, emergency medical personnel and other first responders to administer a life-saving drug to people who have overdosed on heroin.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upheld Michigan voters’ decision to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions according to a Supreme Court. Affirmative action programs took a blow in the April 22 ruling that laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The change was up to the voters, the ruling said. Black and Latino enrollment at the University of Michigan has dropped since the ban took effect in 2006.
Marijuana cafes under fire in Amsterdam
According to National Seizure System data, the amount of heroin seized each year at the Southwest Border increased 232 percent from 2008 to 2012.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district. Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but possession of small amounts is not prosecuted and it is sold openly in marijuana friendly coffe shops. The coffee shop owners argued that laws were being selectively enforced against them.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
South Korean ferry death toll on the rise
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The confirmed death toll from the April 16 sinking of a South Korean ferry has passed the 100 mark. (Left) A relative of a missing ferry passenger prays while crying at the port in Jindo, South Korea. (Top Right) Divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry. (Bottom Right) A relative of a passenger weeps as she waits for her missing loved one.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Loyola professor authors first report to address the issue of human trafficking in New Orleans By Burke Bischoff email@example.com @Burke_Maroon
A new report aims to provide accessible information about human trafficking in New Orleans and to help protect its victims. Assistant Professor Laura Murphy, who is also the lead researcher for Loyola’s Modern Slavery Research Project, authored the report, “The Louisiana Human Trafficking Report”, with Brian Ea, A’12. The report was published on March 21 through the university. The report is the first ever to be published on the localized issue and states that human trafficking in Louisiana nearly doubled during the beginning of 2013. The report says that victims of trafficking are either falling through the cracks or are being inadvertently criminalized due to enforcement of laws. Murphy said she decided to create the report four years ago after she started researching human trafficking upon moving back to Louisiana. From this primary research, Murphy said she learned that there was no formal gathering of information regarding human trafficking in Louisiana. Murphy said she decided to research and form the information that is known about human trafficking in Louisiana into a collective report to show people what is known and not known about the issue. She said she wanted the information to be helpful to service providers and non-profit organizations that choose to help trafficking victims.
“Part of my goal was to show people we need to learn at lot more, we need to keep a lot more data, you know, and we need to do a lot more research on this issue,” Murphy said. Murphy said she believes the reason her report was the first report of its kind in Louisiana is because people were not sure how to identify human trafficking considering the exact definition of what human trafficking is has been either vague or nonexistent in past years, and that service providers rely more on taking care of the victims than reporting on it. English Writing Junior Saramile Tate, who worked as a student research assistant for Murphy during the project, said she helped set up preliminary steps to the project by helping compile any type of information about human trafficking in Louisiana on the Internet. Tate said it was very difficult to find and put together data because of the lack of detailed reports and laws about the issue. “Some of that was hard to figure out, like who was getting arrested for what, basically, and just trying to kind of figure out how other groups had made their reports about Louisiana,” Tate said. “It was hunting. It was basically Internet hunting.” Murphy said that a main concern that needs to be brought up by legislation is protecting the rights of human trafficking survivors and have them not be seen as criminals themselves, especially if they were forced into their work. “What we are trying to do is create laws that ensure
that people who are victims of trafficking aren’t treated as criminals or aren’t held responsible for the things they were forced to do,” Murphy said. Murphy, who has been working on promoting her legislative changes for about eight months, said a law that incorporates many of the issues addressed in the report is going to be voted on this legislative session. “So, in a way, it’s bad news because it’s going to mean my report is out of date immediately, but that’s good news,” Murphy said. “That’s just perfectly fine with me.” Tate said that general education about human trafficking in not just Louisiana but the entire world can help address the issue all together. “If others were educated about human trafficking, the more can be done about the issue because trafficking is an issue all over the world,” Tate said. Murphy said she believes that it is important to end human trafficking in Louisiana because she sees the victims of human trafficking as being enslaved. She said that this type of exploitation cannot be looked away from , especially by Louisiana because of the state’s history with slavery and of the inequalities that she feels still exist today. “We cannot allow slavery to exists in our midst, given that long historical legacy of it,” Murphy said.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
RELIGION BRIEFS New LUCAP executive board announced The Loyola University Community Action Program has named its new nine-person executive board for the 2014-2015 school year. Agustin Crespo, criminal justice junior, and Katherine O’Dowd, economics junior, will head the organization as LUCAP chairperson and associate chairperson, respectively. All LUCAP executive board members are chosen by the current executive board and the LUCAP adviser by an application process. “I am nervous and at the same time confident that I will help LUCAP become stronger in its efforts to bring the Loyola and New Orleans community service and awareness in diverse social issues,” Crespo said. “Finally, I am excited to meet the new executive board and project leaders to start working together.”
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Loyola’s service organization green lights environmental work PHOTO BY Kylee McIntyre
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The Loyola University Community Action Program plans to enlighten campus about environmental sustainability with its new project. LUCAP will partner with Greenlight New Orleans in an upcoming project in which Loyola students go out in to the community, provide more efficient lighting and build gardens. The project originally started as a mission to replace fluorescent light bulbs with energy efficient ones. “Greenlight’s founder, Andreas Hoffman, started the organization as a way to reduce the carbon footprint. Whichever city he was in, his band would supply fluorescent light bulbs to that community,” Political Science Senior and LUCAP Chairperson Jacqueline Joseph said. Since LUCAP lacked an environmentrelated project this year, Joseph saw the perfect opportunity to connect LUCAP to the community while reducing the carbon footprint. Hoffman said that, since Greenlight New Orleans has experienced so much success with the lightbulbs, the organization plans to expand their mission to include building community gardens.
“It’s an expansion on the same concept,” Hoffman said. “The two projects will work in parallel.” Hoffman said he was thrilled to see college students take interest. “We’re really looking forward to working with LUCAP,” Hoffman said. Environmental Science Sophomore and Project Leader Destiny KarashGivens first pitched the project to LUCAP after recognizing the lack of green projects under LUCAP. “We’ll go do outreach first and then we’ll find someone to build a garden for,” Karash-Givens said. Karash-Givens also said the project involves a strong level of commitment. “It’s a long term process, so the students commit for four years to keep up with their garden,” Karash-Givens said. Joe Deegan, LUCAP adviser, said that Karash-Givens, like many LUCAP project leaders, came to LUCAP with an idea, which the LUCAP executive board helped to develop into a proposal. Finally, the project was voted in by the executive board and all existing project leaders. “Greenlight became a LUCAP project, because Destiny came to LUCAP with a great idea,” Deegan said. “Destiny’s proposal had everything that we look for in a service project: strong, direct volunteer service opportunities; a highly capable partner agency with a track
record of success; and a committed student leader.” Deegan said that a key point that spoke to LUCAP was the part Greenlight New Orleans played in helping alleviate the food desert problem in parts of New Orleans. A food desert is a geographical area where nutritious food is not available, particularly to those who do not have a transport vehicle. “LUCAP is committed to social justice, and we believe that food deserts are a justice issue. Greenlight works with New Orleanians to build backyard vegetable gardens so they have access to fresh, healthy foods right at home,” Deegan said. Karash-Givens said that project not only helps Orleans Parish residents but also benefits the environment. “Building gardens in people’s backyards promotes sustainability, and it prevents you from having to go to the grocery store all the time because you can grow your own plants,” Karash-Givens said. Now rooted to the new project, LUCAP plans to start at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester. Project participants will go out to the New Orleans community on Saturday afternoons to build the gardens and cultivate the community, said Joseph. Kylee McIntyre contributed to this story.
Lousiana scraps state book proposal BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody said on Monday, April 21 that he’s scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana’s official state book. The Shreveport lawmaker told the House of Representatives that he wouldn’t pursue the measure. He said lawmakers had told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like on the state budget and education issues. Carmody said he sponsored the proposal after a constituent made the request, and he told his colleagues that
he notified the constituent about his plans to shelve the bill, which had been scheduled for floor debate Monday. “I told him I was going to go ahead and return the bill to the calendar today and concentrate our efforts on those things that are much more important,” Carmody said. During committee debate earlier this month, Carmody insisted the bill wasn’t designed to be a state-endorsement of Christianity or a specific religion. But several lawmakers said it raised questions about whether Louisiana would be violating the separation of church and state, and they said it could
land the Legislature in a costly lawsuit. Critics also said it could offend nonChristians who live in the state. The topic had lit up talk radio and filled newspaper pages with opposition since the proposal won support from the House municipal committee. Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, tweeted after Carmody’s speech that the lawmaker had made a “good decision.” During committee debate on the bill, Bishop said that as a preacher’s son, he loved the concept of naming the Bible as the state book. But he said that, as a lawyer, he thought the bill had problems.
As Carmody originally proposed the measure, the official state book would have been a specific version of the Holy Bible, a version from the 1500s that was the oldest edition in the Louisiana State Museum system. Catholic lawmakers objected to the specific version of the Bible that Carmody sought to designate, so that language was stripped from the bill before the proposal was advanced to the House floor. That change, Carmody said, “could now cause a constitutional problem that really did not appear to be able to be overcome.”
Members of the Loyola community will receive the sacrament of confirmation during the 9 p.m. Mass on Sunday, April 27 in the Ignatius Chapel on the first floor of Bobet Hall. Roman Catholics hold that confirmation, one of the seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church, is an affirmation of the graces received in the sacrament of Baptism. A Catholic bishop presides over the sacrament, and Sunday’s confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Dominic Carmon. Due to the celebration of the sacrament, the mass is scheduled to run until 10:30 p.m., 30 minutes longer than the usual 9 p.m. Sunday mass.
Pope John Paul II will be named a saint Pope John Paul II will be named a saint on Sunday, April 27 at a ceremony in Vatican City. In order to be canonized, or officially declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, the individual in question must undergo investigation after death. The requirements for canonization include two Vatican-verified miracles performed due intercession of the individual on another individual. After the Vatican verifies the first miracle, the Vatican declares the individual to be “beatified.” A beatified individual earns the title of “Blessed” before his name. Beatification is an intermediate step to canonization. The Vatican verified John Paul II’s miracle — the curing of 50 yearold Floibeth Mora’s inoperable brain aneurym, which was cured after she looked at the late pope’s picture in a newspaper. Normally, five years must pass after an individual’s death before the canonization process can begin. John Paul II’s, however, began only four years after his death.
Atheist conference held in Utah SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Atheists held its national convention April 17 to 20 in the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. The conference, held Easter weekend, was a form of protest for the American Atheists, who believe that the Mormon culture that dominates Utah is dictating state legislature. Scott Gordon, president of FairMormon, said in an email that detractors are to be expected.
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Studio art and graphic design seniors exhibit projects in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery MELANIE POTTER/The Maroon The Graphic Design Senior Exhibition focusses around the idea of “contraflow,” which is the concept of opposites. Seniors in the Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design and Studio Arts programs, along with those in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, bring their four years at Loyola to fruition in the form of their senior art exhibitions.
By Alex Kennon email@example.com
Nicole Luke, graphic design senior, has spent hours on end creating her final art project, and the day to exibit is finally here. Seniors, like Luke, in the Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design and Studio Arts programs, along with those in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, are bringing their four years at Loyola to fruition in the form of their senior art exhibitions. Following their Senior Capstone class on the Wednesday morning before spring break, the 10 graphic design seniors remained at work in their newly renovated lab on the fifth floor of Monroe Hall. Their exhibits include pieces that they designed throughout the fall semester, as well as a capstone project. Luke said she has put more time in to the show than she can calculate. “So many hours,” Luke said. “We’ve been working on just the capstone
for three months, and I’ve really never stopped working on it. Weekends, I’ll continue to work on it, so all week really.” The three shows are held in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery located on the fourth floor of Monroe Library. The Bachelor of Arts Studio Exhibition opened on April 7, the Graphic Design Senior Exhibition follows on April 24 and the Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Exhibition will round out the semester with its opening on May 5. Mercedes Negron, studio art senior, said she found it rewarding that those who attended the Bachelor of Arts Studio Exhibition were able to gain a broader appreciation for different mediums and what is defined as art. She said her pieces juxtapose the softness of crocheted yarn with the roughness of mechanical auto parts. “I lost my father at the age of 9, and I always had a tough time getting over the grief and his absence. Since he was an auto salesman/mechanic, I used the auto parts as symbolic items of who
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(ABOVE) Derrick Shezbie of the Rebirth Brass Band played Friday, April 10 at French Quarter Festival on the Abita Beer stage. (RIGHT) A couple dances to Tuba Skinny at the French Market Stage on Saturday, April 11. French Quarter Festival was held April 10-13 throughout the French Quarter.
he was,” Negron said. “In the midst of gathering all the materials together and getting a first prototype done, the two materials started to create a balance to one another, from rusty to soft, dirty to elegant.” Though the graphic design seniors also pulled inspiration from their interests or personal lives, their capstone projects reflect the unified theme of “Contraflow.” “Contraflow, like hurricane traffic,” Graphic Design Senior Rebecca Triana said. “We’re focusing on the concept of what’s opposite, or out of the ordinary. My parents are originally from Cuba and moved here. The Cuban government produces a lot of propaganda posters. So instead, I’ve designed anti-government propaganda. That’s the contraflow. And everyone has a different theme within that idea.” Professor of Art and Design, Mark Grote said the Studio Arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibitions do not have an over-
arching theme, but rather the students determine their own concepts based on personal inspiration or life experience. “The exhibit was very freelance,” Negron said. “I went with a strong concept, and I ran it with my professors. I always was intrigued with auto parts and was even thinking about pursuing a mechanic career, but I found my true passion in art instead.” Studio Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Ricki Bratcher said that he had participants pull clips of dialogue from Monroe Library’s old VHS tapes to reform into poetry in a piece called “Video Cento.” “This project reflects the technical skills I’ve learned in bookbinding and printmaking, as well as my growing involvement in community-based work. My professors have given me the tools and confidence to be able to put myself out there and ask others to join me in my art making,” Bratcher said. Eugenie McLellan, graphic design senior, said she created a chat speak dictionary called Webstr to explore how
the shortening of the English language is contrary to human evolution and how teaching and celebrating something so casual is a type of “contraflow.” “Approaching the concept has been a challenge,” McLellan said. “Usually when you’re designing you’re like okay, what goes with this? Does this look good? What matches this? But when you’re working to go against the norm, it’s kind of the opposite. What doesn’t makes since? What’s surprising? What goes against the grain or doesn’t really go together? You kind of start to think in circles after a while.” Though seniors in studio art and graphic design alike agree that preparing for their shows has been challenging, they say that the experience has been even more rewarding. “I’d absolutely say this show is the culmination of everything I’ve learned in this program,” McLellan said. “It builds on itself constantly, and is one of those things where you can really never stop learning.”
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A night to remember “This is the night of the year, everyone talks about it and is just so excited for it. It is the one night when the kids just get to be better”— Caroline Boudreaux, Prom of Champions’ volunteer By Lauren Patton firstname.lastname@example.org @lepatton_maroon
Caroline Boudreaux has attended the past four Children’s Hospital Prom of Champions as a prom date and now a volunteer. “This is the night of the year, everyone talks about and is just so excited for it. It is the one night when the kids just get to be better,” Boudreaux said. Though Boudreaux, a 17-year-old from St. Bernard Parish is a first year volunteer, she is no stranger to the event. Boudreaux has attended the prom as the date of her close friend Micah Roshell since it first took place four years ago. “We were just really great friends and just clicked together. Actually in July he passed away from two different types of leukemia,” Boudreaux said, “And I just really wanted to keep
coming, and I wanted to keep doing this for him and for all the other kids.” The committee that makes Prom of Champions possible has seen how its events benefit the patients and their families by giving them an opportunity to have normal high school experiences. However, the patients are not the only ones who are benefiting from the experience. “The volunteers come back year after year, because they know how important the event is to the children. Many of them have formed bonds with the patients and their families,” Christina Chapuis, Prom of Champions committee member, said. The prom is one of a series of events created to provide patients battling cancer and blood disorders with days away from their illnesses throughout the year. Their events include Boutique Day, held in the Children’s Hospital Auditorium on March 15 of this year.
COURTESY OF SISON PHOTOGRAPHY Patients danced at Children’s Hospital Prom of Champions, which was held on April 18 at New Orleans Board of Trade. Loyola students volunteered to help get the children ready for their night.
Boutique Day gives all the patients who will attend prom the opportunity to go and pick out their dresses and make hair and makeup appointments. The event and services are made possible thanks to dress donations from the New Orleans community, as well as sponsorships from a multitude of local businesses. Chapuis has stated that there would be no way to give these kids the opportunities without the help of volunteers. “We helped to go through all the dresses and sort them by size and color, so that the girls could find their perfect dress more easily,” psychology sophomore, Emma Contreras said. Contreras was one of the many volunteers who helped to put everything in order for Boutique Day. Chapuis said that for many patients prom is an event they miss out on, since they are not attending everyday school or they may succumb to their illnesses before they have an opportunity to attend. “Prom is kind of the epitome of the American high school experience. Everyone grows up and they go to prom and then graduation, and for some of these children, at Children’s Hospital who won’t have the experience of going to prom and graduation, those are huge things that they miss out on,” Zoe McCormick, marketing junior and Loyola’s Panhellenic President, said. According to Chapuis, the benefit for the volunteers is invaluable. “I think it gives the volunteers a reality check and reminds you of how fortunate everybody really is. No matter how many bad days you have, you see all this and it makes you step back and realize it is never as bad as you think it is,” Boudreaux said. Chapuis also said that the events
COURTESY OF SISON PHOTOGRAPHY Prom King and Queen were crowned at the 2014 Children’s Hospital Prom of Champions. The prom gives patients battling cancer and blood disorders time to just be normal teenagers.
give the volunteers a chance to give these kids something that is often taken for granted and looked at as a guarantee, a guarantee of growing up and experiencing the milestones of life. “It is something we take for granted. I know when I was in high school I knew I would go to prom and what kind of dress I wanted and the whole nine yards, and to look back at that now after volunteering with this event it is so strange. The fact that these kids don’t know what milestones they will
get is a very humbling thing,” Amber Cathcart, psychology freshman, said. Those involved in the event, whether they are volunteers or committee members, all have their own reasons for working so hard to make this event possible Chapuis said. “Not many people get to experience this night, this is the one night that the patients are just kids, I do it because it is such a unique life experience,” Boudreaux said. “But, I do it mostly for Micah.”
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Down 1. Behind, or hit from behind 2. Christian chant 3. Inspects 4. “Kid-tested” cereal 5. Pasta or potato, e.g. 6. More slippery 7. Nut-bearing tree 8. Big name in ice cream 9. Wall St. deal 10. Subordinate to 11. Athletic brand founded by Adolf Dassler 12. Backslide 13. Birthplace of Bergman and Garbo 18. Accumulation 25. “Eso Beso” singer 26. Picnic worry 27. Turned green, say 33. Bethesda-based medical org.
34. Resistance unit 35. Devious 37. Field with roots and logs 38. __ rug 39. King with three daughters 40. Symbol of balance 41. Faith 44. Italicized 45. Sunglass Hut brand 46. Mexico’s __ Vallarta 47. Altogether 49. Fireworks highlight 50. Naval petty officers 51. “Make __”: Picard catchphrase 54. Movie listing listings 55. Bring up again? 61. What two heads are better than 62. Disturbance 63. Intro givers
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Keziah unleashes a vortex of power —Matthew Draughter
PART TEN When Keziah was a little girl, her grandmother used to read her a story every night before she went to bed. She would read them out of a thick, leather bound story book — the same story book that was sucked into the vortex of heat that began to swirl around Keziah’s bedroom. The vortex spun faster, pulling out the pages from the book, peeling the spine away from the binding. She could hear faint footsteps creaking up the stairs as she began to clench her hands. The heat was present, the heat was her. She couldn’t make herself stop, she just felt more and more heat. She could feel the room caving in on her, the heat running up and down her neck and through her fingers, wrapping around her toes, swimming through her ears. She could hear the man telling her to control it, to let it go. He would tell her not to fight it. Her grandmother finally burst in to the room. “Keziah!” She could hear her grandmother screaming.
“What is all this baby?” Keziah tried to stop the cyclone from spinning, but she just kept drawing in more heat. She only wanted to stop the wind from spinning, to see her grandmother. The bookshelf that was nailed to the wall started to buckle and break off, joining the tornado of objects. She couldn’t help it, every time she tried to stop, the heat got warmer, her hand wound clench and her arms would pulsate with heat. Her grandmother kept calling out her name. “Keziah!” She envisioned the time she ran off into the swamp after she knocked over the bowl of gumbo, the time when she tripped the boy on the play ground. All of this was her doing, and now she had upgraded. She began to scream, but her exclamations were quickly muffled and dragged into the gusts of wind the soon swallowed them with all of the other objects in the room. She opened her eyes, and they glowed a bright white, like the part of the sun no one can see. Her t-shirt was dripping with sweat, and she clenched her hands tighter and tighter. Keziah began to lift off of the ground, bobbing up and down in the center of the minature twister. She couldn’t see anything — no wind, no room, no one. She could hear her grandmother screaming her name, and the
screams grew louder. She could feel her grandmother being blocked by the wall that she had created between them, and as she hovered, completely drenched in sweat, she could feel her grandmother breaking through the wind and the flying object, breaking through to see her. Keziah’s mind went into a frenzy of thoughts and images, of memories she once knew. She could feel the heat getting stronger, and when she realized that the only other person that knew she had these abilities wasn’t her grandmother — she tried to stop the cyclone all together. She tried to relax every part of her body and for a moment it worked. The cyclone slowed down, she began to reach the ground again, her grandmother passed through the barrier. But, before her grandmother could utter a word, a force of heat that Keziah had never felt before plunged over her body. Her body tensed, and the vortex returned with twice the force. She could no longer control her body, and as she rose back up into the air, the last thing she could feel was frail hand tugging on the damp cotton of her shirt, and hand that could not withstand the vortex emanating from the young girl and her terrible power.
Matthew Draughter can be reached at email@example.com
“Details” is a collection of oberservations recorded by Professor Anya Groner’s Intro to Creative Writing students over the course of the semester. As we waited for good news from anyone, the slow drip of the IV filled the pauses between the ticks of the clock, creating an incessant symphony that numbed her pain.
Her teeth were the same phosphorescent yellow as the clunky gold costume jewelry with which she adorned the rest of her body.
Drained with exhaustion, she held out her tooth brush and squeezed on the pasty hair product.
I was seven years old again sitting in a rickety metal chair where the hawk eyes of an old woman waited to catch me if I dared cross my legs.
Long rotting reeds reached toward the sky as if the bodies trapped underneath the soil were making a final attempt to reach the gods and curse their existence.
When Dude coughs, it’s a punching bag, his throat rapidly opening and closing, deep and guttural, making you perfectly aware of the flapping phlegm, the skin across his face stretched and red.
Anya Groner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Easterâ€™s Finest MARLIN WILLIFORD/Photo Editor
MARLIN WILLIFORD/Photo Editor LEFT: A man in drag rides in a horse-drawn carriage at the Gay Easter Parade in the French Quarter on Sunday, April 20. The parade, which has rolled in the French Quarter for the last 15 years, raised money for the Food for Friends charity this year. TOP RIGHT: A dog dressed in springtime decorations rides atop a float at the Chris Owens Easter Parade in the French Quarter on Sunday, April 20, 2014. BOTTOM RIGHT: A woman pauses, gathering beads to throw at the Chris Owens Easter Parade in the French Quarter on Sunday, April 20. The parade, which has rolled in the French Quarter for the last 31 years, celebrates Chris Owens, a burlesque performer and club owner, and emphasizes the art of dressing well. MARLIN WILLIFORD/Photo Editor
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A GOOD FRIDAY FOR PROTEST Stations of the cross walk turns into a social justice plea
ZACH BRIEN/Staff Photographer LEFT: A woman kneels with a sign around her neck to bring attention to the treatment of homeless individuals at the Way of the Cross/Way of Justice Procession on Friday, April 18 in the Central Business District. Many people attending the procession used the event to raise awareness about problems they saw in their communities. RIGHT: A man speaks at an open microphone about social justice issues on Friday, April 18 in the Central Business Disrict. The procession began in front of St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church and ended at Woldenberg Park, commemorating each of the 14 Stations of the Cross at stops during the walk. Each station is related to a social justice issue, like homelessness or health care. ZACH BRIEN/Staff Photographer
SPORTS American wins Boston Marathon
BOSTON (AP) — A year ago, an injured Meb Keflezighi watched the Boston Marathon from the stands at the finish line on Boylston Street, leaving five minutes before the bombs went off. On Monday, with tens of thousands of spectators cheering wildly for him, the 38-year-old who emigrated from Eritrea as a child became the first U.S. man to win the race in 31 years. “They’re saying, ‘You can pull this off. Go Meb! Go Meb!,’” he said. “I was using that as energy. I had the names of the four people that passed away on my bib. Like me, they were spectators. I was a spectator. I had them on my bib number. They helped me carry through.” Keflezighi, running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. Keflezighi completed the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay on Monday in a personal-best 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. He held off Kenya’s Wilson Chebet, who finished 11 seconds behind. Frankline Chepkwony of Kenya was 13 seconds back. Keflezighi went out early and built a big lead. But he was looking over his shoulder several times as Chebet and Chepkwony closed the gap over
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the final two miles. After realizing he wouldn’t be caught, Keflezighi raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross. He threw his arms in the air and broke into tears after crossing the finish line, then draped himself in the American flag. “Toward the end, to be honest I was a little nervous,” he said. “I was saying save something for the end.” No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women’s title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983. Meyer and Keflezighi embraced after the race. “I’m blessed to be an American and God bless America and God bless Boston for this special day,” Keflezighi said. After breaking a 27-year American drought at the New York marathon, Keflezighi contemplated retiring after the 2012 NYC Marathon. But that race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy, and he pulled out of the Boston Marathon last April because of injury. He was the first American to win a medal in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter won gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. His 2009 New York victory broke a 27-year American drought there.
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Meb Keflezighi of San Diego, Calif. celebrates after winning the 118 Boston Marathon on April 21. He is the first American man to win the race since Greg Meyer in 1983. He also competed in both the 2004 and 2012 Olympics, bringing home a silver medal in 2004.
Rugby team hosts prospective students By Sarah Szigeti email@example.com @szigeti_maroon
The Loyola Rugby team hosted an Open House for the Calvert Hall High School Rugby team from Baltimore, Md. while they were here for a tournament in hopes to raise Loyola’s recruitment numbers for the next few years. Coach Sam Brock took the high school team on a school tour, as well as having a meeting with Loyola’s president, Rev. Kevin. Wildes, S.J. For Brock, this was mainly a recruiting opportunity to try to show the team what college rugby is all about. Most of the seniors on the team have decided where they plan to go in the fall, but Brock knows the juniors still have the college decision process ahead of them, and hopes that they will keep this experience in mind and consider attending Loyola to play rugby. “There are about three juniors that seem like they might be interested in Loyola, but it’s still far away in the future for them. But for me, that’s what
I want. I want to find my recruits by junior year, and then spend all of their senior year really showing them that Loyola wants them,” Brock said. Head Coach at Calvert Hall, Thomas Fan, said this was a great experience for his players and appreciated everything Brock did for them. “They definitely keep the rugby tradition where you welcome everybody, in regards to anything, especially if they play rugby. Honestly what we’re hoping for tonight, tomorrow and Friday is to play some teams and play competitively. We’re usually pretty competitive in our area but this is a nice chance to see how we do against teams outside of Maryland,” Fan said. Many of the seniors on the team have decided where they’ll be in the fall, as it is the end of April. Some will give up their rugby career as they enter college, while others say there is no chance of that happening. Steve Bullen, senior captain at Calvert Hall, has already decided to attend the University of Delaware,
and will be hanging up his cleats due to an inactive rugby program. However he said that it was still great to see what collegiate rugby entails. “Seeing these guys sort of motivates me. I want to get to the same level as they are. I know they’re a very good team, and they’ve been very kind to us, very welcoming,” Bullen said. Calvert Hall Junior Chris Stefon said that he has already started looking at schools, and that rugby will be one of the biggest deciding factors. “I’ve been giving college a lot of thought, and rugby will absolutely determine that. But being here was a good experience. Definitely meeting the players was a big thing; they seem like a great bunch of guys, we learned a lot,” Stefon said. The Calvert Hall team will play three games while in New Orleans against other local high schools. For Brock, this is only the beginning of a long recruiting process. With a winning season record and ranked among the top five teams na-
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Loyola’s Head Coach Sam Brock and Music Industry Junior Sean Maheia watch the Calvert Hall High School rugby team play here in New Orleans.
tionally, Brock has a team that would make high school athletes want to come to Loyola. This open house, while catered to Calvert High, will not
be the last time Loyola brings high school athletes to campus. The recruiting process is time-consuming, but well-worth it, Brock said.
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SPORTS BRIEFS Golf team heads to Nationals The Loyola women’s golf team qualified for the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women’s Golf National Championship Tournament for the first time in Loyola’s women’s golf history. Their second place finish at the 2014 Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championship earned them a spot in the National Championship, which will be May 20 through May 21 in Lincoln, Neb. The women were 13 strokes behind the first place team, No. 7 College of Coastal Georgia. Five Loyola students finished in the Top 20 individually. Biological Sciences Freshman Alexis Hazard finished third individually, scoring a career best of 73. Biological Sciences Sophomore Alexis Vega tied for ninth place, Mass Communication Junior Sarah-Anne Smurlick came in at 14 and International Business Freshman Julchen Narward finished at 19.
comes to an end The Loyola women’s team concluded their season 3-14 and 0-10 in their conference and will head to the 2014 Southern States Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Championship on April 25 in Montgomery, Ala. The men’s team, 3-14, 0-10 conference ended their season when they lost to No. 2 ranked men’s team at Auburn University Montgomery. The women will face AUM again in the first round of the championship tournament.
Baseball season comes to a close The Loyola Baseball team was running on a five-game winning streak until they played the University of New Orleans on April 23, and lost 1-4. UNO was on a six-game losing streak. This now puts Loyola at 0-5 alltime against UNO, an opponent they haven’t played since 2007. This is the third NCAA Division I team they have played this season. They first played Nicholls State in February and lost, but then went on to win against Southern University last week. After Wednesday’s game, they only have two left until the Southern States Athletic Conference championship tournament at the end of this month.
Golf athletes receive awards Two Loyola students were honored at the 2014 Southern States Athletics Conference Women’s Golf Championship Banquet. Mass Communication Junior Sarah-Anne Smurlick was named 2014 SSAC All-Conference Team and Newcomer of the Year. Smurlick is a transfer from Ontario, Canada, and averages 83.1 strokes per 18 holes. Biological Sciences Freshman Alexis Hazard was selected as Loyola’s Champions of Character. Hazard averages 83.8 strokes per round. Both women are currently playing in the championship tournament, where the team stands second, only three strokes behind the No.7 College of Coastal Georigia.
Tulane football player charged with simple rape NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Tulane University wide receiver has been arrested, accused of raping a highschool student while she was passed out in his roommate’s bed in a campus dormitory. According to a New Orleans Police Department arrest warrant, the 18-year-old girl told police that she awoke at 4 a.m. on April 14 to find 17-year-old Niguel “Teddy” Veal, on top of her having sex with her. NOLA.com’s The Times-Picayune reports Veal, of Gretna, was booked Tuesday with one count of simple rape. Bond was set at $20,000. It was unclear if he has an attorney.
Prosecutors sought to keep him in jail until Wednesday, when he would sign a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim. But because the bond was already being processed, Magistrate Commissioner Albert Thibodeaux allowed him to be released Tuesday evening and ordered him to return to court Wednesday to sign the document. “Thank you, sir,” Veal told the judge, as he stood in an orange jumpsuit with his hands clasped in front of his body. According to police reports, the victim and her friend, described as “another female athlete chaperon,”
drank alcohol with Veal and his roommate on the evening of April 13 before heading back to the men’s dorm room at Butler Hall on Tulane’s campus. After watching a movie, the girl had consensual sex with Veal’s roommate, then fell asleep in his bed. The roommate left the room. While he was out, Veal got on top of the victim and raped her while she was “asleep and unconscious due to alcohol inebriation,” according to a police bulletin issued by NOPD Sex Crimes Detective Vernon Haynes, who secured the arrest warrant. Veal, recruited from West Jefferson High School, enrolled at Tulane
this year and is considered one of the school’s top recruits. Tulane spokesman Michael Strecker said Veal has been suspended from the team. He declined comment on any pending disciplinary action regarding Veal’s enrollment at the university, citing federal privacy laws. Records show he turns 18 on May 6. Veal is currently enrolled in Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, according to an online student directory.
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The majority opinion of our editorial board
ONE in FIVE women in the U.S. are victims of sexual assault or rape
he room was tense as the The Maroon editorial board decided how to best report the sexual assault of a Tulane student, and the recent arrest of a Loyola student in connection to the case. Nearly an hour of deliberation and gut-wrenching details from the police report led us to decide to print the name of the student charged and arrested by the New Orleans Police Department Sex Crimes Unit. In “Student faces aggravated rape charge”, we identify Loyola Mass Communication Senior Jonathan Cepelak with his arrest for aggravated rape on Friday, March 28. NOPD found enough evidence to arrest and charge Cepelak for the crime. Note that nearly a week before this story’s publication in The Maroon, WWL-TV released Cepelak’s name. We also want to remind readers that if the crime was of a slightly different nature, such as attempted murder, there would be no hesitation in printing the name of a student charged. Aggravated rape and attempted murder are treated equally in terms of punishment. We would print the name of the accused of an attempted murder charge, how could we reason that it is right to withhold the accused’s name in the present case? Cepelak’s charge is of a serious nature as a crime that could result in the death penalty or life in prison, according to Louisiana state law. Imagine the consequences of witholding the name of George Zimmerman after he was arrested for the murder of Trayvon Martin. The first outcry from the case was not toward reporters for releasing the name of Zimmerman before his trial ruling. The public responded to the life of young Martin and the crime committed against him. Let us also remind you that Zimmerman was found not guilty and still, the immediate backfire was not toward journalists for releasing information about Zimmerman. While this case was racially charged, keep in mind that the sexual assault and rape of women
and the public response to it is charged by gender discrimination. There is no basis for treating these cases differently because doing so perpetuates this prejudice. By a majority vote we decided to refrain from printing a picture of the accused. Our reasoning during this discussion was as follows: The Maroon feels that Loyola’s small size could lead readers to believe that Cepelak is guilty as charged. While NOPD has found enough reason to arrest Cepelak, his case will be determined in court and not by our newspaper. We believe in reporting the facts and The Maroon is not in any position to judge Cepelak’s guilt or innocence. We recognize that unfortunately victim blaming is an unholy trend in the media. Neither the Maroon, nor any other news organization, has the right to blame the victim for anything that has happened to her just as we cannot persecute the accused. Neither you nor us were there at the time of the incident or were involved, there is no way to justify slants at the victim. It must have taken the unnamed victim an incredible amount of courage for her to report the assault to the police and we fully support her actions and we commend her. Our desire to maintain journalistic integrity and our mission at The Maroon holds that we want to simultaneously report news objectively yet critically. We honestly feel that the most important part of this case is not the possible perpetrator; it is the victim’s story. In the heat of the debate, we could not relieve our minds of the police report. At one of the most popular bars visited by our students two men reportedly brought a woman in to a closet where they forcibly assaulted her. We treated this story with empathy for not only the accused but especially for the victim. We cannot even begin to imagine how this woman must be feeling or how her life might have changed since Wednesday, March 19. A 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Study pre-
pared for the U.S. National Institute of Justice concluded from their research that the majority of sexual assaults occurring while women are incapacitated are due to their use of substances, primarily alcohol, and that freshmen and sophomores are at greater risk for victimization than juniors and seniors. The same study also found that more than 35 percent of women victim of sexual assault or rape said that they did not report the incident to police. The likelihood of reporting the assault is even less likely when the victim is familiar with her assailant. We’d like to take this moment to shed light on the horrors and realities of sexual assault of women in the U.S. One in five women in the U.S. have been victims to sexual assault or rape in their lifetime, according to The White House Council on Women and Girls 2014 report, “Rape and sexual asault: A new call to action.” According to a research report by the U.S. Department of Justice “The Sexual Victimization of College Women,” for every 1,000 college women, nearly 40 of those students are victims of sexual assault or rape in a given year. Taking this statistic into account, consider that at a university of approximately 5,000 undergraduates with 58 percent being female students then it is possible that over 100 of those female students fall victim to sexual assault or rape in just one year. Rape is about power and not pleasure. Rape is about humiliation and not adoration. By shaming those victims who have come forward in the media, the public continues the cycle of power and humiliation that the assailant started. We call for all students to get educated on the reality of sexual assault on campus. Get educated about what it means to “blame the victim.” Encourage anyone you know that has been a victim of sexual assault to report the crime immediately. Show your support of victims of sexual assault and of rape, their strength deserves nothing less than love and understanding during recovery.
“The commencement of anything of consequence in this material world that surrounds us is made with a certain definite object in view. The Maroon, which makes its commencement today, has for its goal of endeavor: A Greater Loyola.” — Nov. 1, 1923
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
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RICHARD VOGEL / The Associated Press A Los Angeles resident reads the new daily paper the Los Angeles Register while at Union Station in California on Wednesday, April 16. Freedom Communications Inc. launched the Los Angeles Register as a direct challenge to the Los Angeles Times. The 2014 World Press Freedom Index reported that the out of 180 countries analyzed, the U.S. ranks 46, just behind Trinidad and Botswana, in press freedom and security.
Stop silencing creativity Forcing high school students to passively accept censorship inhibits development of personal potential Maybe it is because I am a journalist by trade, but I have never in my adult life questioned the worth and importance of the First Amendment. But to my surprise, many young adults apparently don’t share my steadfast reverence for this absolute freedom of speech. That has been made clear by recent studies looking into the millennial generation’s attitudes toward press freedom. According to a study sponsored by the First Amendment Center, 47 percent of Americans between 18 and 30 years old believe the First Amendment “goes too far” in protecting their rights to free speech. Another study, released by the Student Press Law Center in Februrary 2014, shows an even more disturbing trend: nearly half of all administrators at the nation’s top high school newspapers censor the work of their student journalists. The worst part of this study is that it only looked at the nation’s elite high school newspapers — the best and most robust ones, and the ones least likely to need stringent oversight. The study’s authors speculate that the actual rate of censorship at the high school level is much higher than the 42 percent number their study suggests. And let’s be clear about something here — the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the 1970s in the socalled “Tinker” case that high schools should not stifle the free speech of their students and that high school students keep their First Amendment rights, despite the fact that they are in school. And yet, any of you who remember just a few days in a high school will likely be laughing right about now. “High School students given the freedom of speech? Hah!” you might say. Yes, some more recent Supreme Court cases, such as the infamous “Hazlewood” decision have given schools the right to censor high school newspapers. But nothing says that they should do it. So, why does it matter? Why do I even care? Well, first, raising school children in an environment where censorship is not just a possibility, but rather the rule of the day, has already begun to eat into our nation’s love for free speech. Half of you guys think it goes too far after all. So what? Well, another study shows the damaging repercussions of not rabidly protecting the freedom of speech. According to a 2014 study released by Reporters Without Borders, the United States is number 46 in the world — out
of 180 — in terms of the amount of press freedom enjoyed by its citizens. Yes, the land of the free is behind Botswana and Ghana when it comes to our press freedom. Sure, some people criticize that survey for some of its methodology, but the solidly middle-of-the-pack ranking is still telling. And if you open up the study and look at the reason why the U.S. ranks so low, you will begin to realize that losing the freedom of the press is not just an academic concern. Americans are looking at some very scary realities today: jailed whistleblowers, seized reporter’s records, cases of reporter intimidation and judicial gag orders, just to name a few. So, what does the erosion of press freedom and a lack of respect of the First Amendment have to do with student journalists? Well, if you are beating students into compliance and submission when they are in the classroom, how can you expect them to then graduate and think independently and engage their community and participate in its governance later? You can’t raise students in an oppressive, authoritarian environment, and then expect them to embrace freedom and liberty when they graduate. We brought this civic crime upon ourselves, and it began with administrators playing a heavy hand with student journalists. High school principals should be ashamed of themselves. If they took a second to step back and look at the big picture implications of their actions, they would see the truly profound damage that administrative meddling can do. Administrators who censor student journalists are committing a crime against the very spirit of our democracy. To paraphrase Jon Stewart, they are hurting America. Having administrators looking over the shoulders of student journalists is just as inappropriate as having the Obama administration getting final say over what the New York Times is going to print. Newspapers serve as a check and a window into the workings of administrations and provide a civic duty — even student newspapers. Sure, student journalists make mistakes. And sure, the press is a powerful instrument. But every news outlet makes mistakes. The proper approach to this challenge is education and critique, not censorship. Sure, the work of student journalists can be viewed by people across the
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world through Internet capability; that is, in fact, the rationale behind most of the censorship. We wouldn’t want someone to publish something that would make us look bad, now would we? But guess what... that ship has long sailed. With Facebook, Twitter and every other social media platform springing up like mushrooms, controlling the public perception through oppression is a quixotic quest at best. Instead, all we accomplish is beating our best and brightest and most civically-minded students into a mindset of lamb-like submission. Mistakes happen. That is part of the educational process. But censoring student journalists and stifling the topics on which they can report is not the answer. No, censoring student journalism is morally and educationally bankrupt. You would never do a chemistry student’s experiments for them and then hope that they would graduate as a competent chemist. You would never perform target practice on behalf of a police academy cadet, and then expect them to graduate as a sharp shooter. No, as an educator, you must realize that mistakes happen, and you must let them learn from the process, even if that means something blows up in the short run. Newspaper advisers should teach, guide and advise, not create, edit and decide. Likewise, administrators should hire competent advisers and educators, and trust that their own system of education works, rather than oppress and stifle. If administrators can’t trust that their own system of education will result in qualified and competent students, what does that say? Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that he would rather have newspapers without government than government without newspapers. I couldn’t agree more. And I hope that it isn’t too late to convince a few Millennials that the Freedom of Speech is something worth fighting for.
“High school principals should be ashamed of themselves. If they took a second to step back and look at the big picture implications of their actions, they would see the truly profound damage that administrative meddling can do.” — Michael Giusti, The Maroon Adviser
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
Jazz and Heritage Festival
Public Enemy 12:50-1:30 p.m. Congo Square Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra 4-5:20 p.m. Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
The Mulligan Brothers 2:20-3:25 p.m. Lagniappe Stage Arcade Fire 3:45-5:15 p.m. Acura Stage John Fogerty 5:30-7 p.m. Samsung Galaxy Stage Aaron Neville 5:30-7 p.m. Blues Tent Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 5:45-7 p.m. Acura Stage
APRIL 26 Kristin Diable & The City 3:55 - 5:05 p.m. Lagniappe Stage Big Freedia 3:45-4:35 p.m. Congo Square Stage Phish 4-7 p.m. Acura Stage Robin Thicke 5:25-7 p.m. Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters 5:30-7 p.m. Samsung Galaxy Stage
APRIL 27 Rebirth Brass Band 1:55-3:05 p.m. Congo Stage Square Galactic 3:30-4:40 p.m. Samsung Galaxy Stage Vampire Weekend 5:20-7 p.m. Samsung Galaxy Stage Eric Clapton 5:25-7 p.m. Acura Stage
MAY 1 Loyola University Jazz Band 11:15-12 p.m. Congo Square Stage Flow Tribe 11:15-12:05 p.m. Acura Stage The Dirty Dozen Brass Band 3:05-4:15 p.m. Accura Stage New Orleans Nightcrawlers 6-7 p.m. Jazz & Heritage Stage Solange 6:10-6:55 p.m. Congo Square Stage
MAY 2 Christina Aguilera 5:45-7 p.m. Acura Stage
MAY 3 The Revivalists 2:05-3:05 p.m. Samsung Galaxy Stage Better Than Ezra 3:35-4:45 p.m. Congo Square Stage The Head and The Heart 4:10-5:40 p.m. Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage Bruce Springstein & The E Street Band 4:15-7 p.m. Acura Stage Foster The People
5:30-7 p.m. Congo Square Stage Trey Songz 5:30-7 p.m. Congo Stage
Santana 5:10-7 p.m. Acura Stage The Avett Brothers 5:30-7 p.m. Samsung Galaxy Stage
PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014
“It’s here, and developing, and I suspect that it’s here to stay in a big way.” — Robert Hernandez, assistant professor of professorial practice, University of Southern California Annenberg
This photo of Bobet Hall was taken by voice command with Google Glass. The display in the top-right corner shows information on Loyola University that Glass pulled from the Internet, completely hands-free.
GLASS, continued from page 3 field that can make a big difference to a journalist. It’s a new and innovative way to communicate, which is ultimately what we need to focus on in the School of Mass Communication especially.” Kargon noted the importance of getting away from cell phones, but he raised a point of concern: hands-free doesn’t create focus. “I mean, are people going to be playing video games while they’re talking with me? While they’re driving? Are they going to be checking websites, social media while they’re walking across the street?” It was a concern that many of the students I spoke to on campus shared. My friends constantly tried to guide me as I walked, afraid I would run into objects or people; when others tried them on, their immediate question was if they could get on Facebook.
In a time when governments actually have to ban using social media while driving, it was a scary possibility. I brought up this fear up to Hernandez. “The directions feature is actually really useful, especially for a directionally-challenged individual like me,” Hernandez said. “I get lost pretty easily, and it’s actually safer for me to pull up a map using Glass than it is for me to fumble with my phone and try to get directions from the screen while I’m driving,” he said. “Plus the screen is so small that it’s almost impossible to lose your field of vision.” But while I sat and worried about potential ramifications, already there are people making huge steps with Glass. This includes people like Christopher Kaeding, M.D., a professor and surgeon at Ohio State University, who performed a surgery and
broadcasted it live to a Google Hangout using Google Glass in August 2013. “If people can use it in a certain way, if they can overcome their fear of the technology, if it can develop to an extent where it becomes something new, like the car, like the invention of the motion picture or the cell phone, then it has the potential to be something revolutionary,” Kargon said. “I don’t know if it will happen. It’s not something that I see developing. But there is that chance.” “This technology is the precursor to the next age in technology,” Hernandez told me. “I used to think that wearables, like cell phone watches and Bluetooth earpieces, were just a fad, but this is really the start of something new. We joke around about, ‘Oh, I’ll just wait for the chip in the brain,’ but that’s happening now.”
OK, GLASS: WHAT NOW? Throughout the course of my own mini-Explorer program, I was constantly asked: “Is this the next big thing? Or is it a flop?” “Is this Facebook? Or is this Google Plus?” asked a girl on the library steps as she craned her head around, eyes focused on the tiny screen. There are, of course, problems, but as Nelson reminded me, School of Mass Communication is just beta testing, among the first wave of users finding all the bugs for the developers to patch. “They’re already developing new frames for commercial distribution,” Nelson said. “They have sunglasses, regular frames, prescription lenses, maybe even sports lenses.” “I don’t know if it’s the next iPhone or the next Segway — something
with mass appeal or a niche market,” Hernandez said. “But it’s here, and developing, and I suspect that it’s here to stay in a big way.” Hernandez was adamant about the permanency of Google Glass. He told me time and again that it wasn’t a niche, it had a future — in communication, in medicine, in storytelling and in our lives in general. “There are blind people who are learning to ‘see’ shapes and deaf people who are starting to ‘hear’ because of chips using the same kind of technology as Glass that are implanted. Who knows? Maybe one day there will be Google Contacts. It’s a whole new world, and it’s coming now.”