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Vol. 75 Issue 10

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Hey there, sexy!

Cowboys fall:

The McNeese football team suffers a brutal defeat at the hands of Southeastern. See page 12.

Rodeo teams continue hot streak: Kyla Foster’s efforts help the Pokes to national rankings. See page 16.

kinky stuff,’ and I’m like, ‘I have a breast cancer awareness logo?’ I don’t really think that’s kinky, but whatever,” she said.

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By the time you parked your car or left your dorm, went to class and somehow made it to lunch, it is likely that you’ve passed someone on campus that’s had to deal with a sexual remark or come on recently. Maybe they have even been grabbed, poked, prodded or touched without permission. Yes, you. The person reading this article. Sixty-two percent of McNeese State University’s (McNeese) 2013 undergraduate enrollment is female, totaling 4,619. According to a 2011 report by the American Association of University Women called “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus”, 62 percent of college students have experienced some

form of sexual harassment. Sixty-six percent say they know someone who’s been sexually harassed. This means two out of every three people you see while walking to class has had to deal with unwanted advances or remarks. One of those people might be Erin Evans. Evans, a junior, told the Contraband that she gets grabbed and touched a lot because of her tattoos. “People think that because I have tattoos that I’m the person that they should come up to, and ask me questions, which, you know, is fine,” Evans said. Evans’ arms are visibly tattooed; on her left arm is a yellow rose and the familiar pink breast cancer awareness ribbon. “It’s when the touching happens, or when they get very sexual, like they ask, ‘Oh, so you’re into

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When catcalls and come-ons cross the line.

This creepy guy is not a depiction of any student or staff member.

Lochness Mobsters to return home: Lake Charles’ hippest sons will play at Dharma later this month. See page 10.

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How clean is the McNeese parking garage? Morgan Authement The Contraband

You pull into a parking spot on the second floor of the parking garage and then make your way to the stairwell while avoiding floating chip bags. Discarded cigarette butts in the elevator prompt you to take the stairs while dodging water bottles rolling down the steps. “I don’t usually pay attention,

but looking around, yeah, it’s pretty trashy,” said Tiffany Myers, frequent parker in the garage. These things can be hard to miss because let’s face it you are just relieved that you found a spot. It might seem like second nature to avoid trash, but some students have been noticing the problem. “The actual parking area is pretty clean, but the stairwells are pretty bad,” said Taylor Alexander. Now consider this: The

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Bottles and cigarette buds litter the stairwell of the parking garage.

*Editor’s Note* In a recent issue of the Contraband, we wrote that Braylin Jen-

kins has finished his undergraduate degree at McNeese. That was in error. Jenkins plans to continue pursuing his education in the near future with the goal of earning his degree. The Contraband apologizes for the error.

parking garage does not currently have any trashcans. However, there is still hope. “We are planning on purchasing multiple trash cans for the garage at each level. However, we have been debating exactly what type to purchase. We had been purchasing the black wrought iron receptacles that are in the quad and John McNeese Park but were not sure if that was right for the garage,” said Richard Rhoden, head of facilities. Rhoden also said that the McNeese State University’s grounds team should be cleaning the parking garage as part of their responsibilities. “I did contact my Grounds Superintendent, and he assured me

that his employees go through the parking garage every morning along with all the grounds around the entire campus and pick up errant trash floating around campus,” said Rhoden. Rhoden also said that facilities are working there best to make sure the parking garage is being taken care of. He has meetings set up this month to discuss issues that need to be addresses concerning the garage. The only question left is: Why has it taken so long to address this problem? “I do not know why they waited so late to get trash cans. I didn’t know it was even an issue,” said Davante Lewis, student body president.

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your spending The first round of fee increase proposals hits the student senate. David Palmer The Contraband

The Student Government Association tabled two bills aimed at increasing student assessments for the band and the spirit fee, the first step in a process that will allow senators and students a chance to review those proposals. Bills F13-02 (called The Student Senate-McNeese State University Legislation to Increase the Student Self Assessed Band

Fee) and F13-03 (called The Student Senate-McNeese State University Legislation to Increase the Student Self Assessed Spirit Fee) are both asking for increases student assessments for the band and the Cowgirl Kickers and Cheerleaders, the first in a series of bills in coming weeks that will seek increased funding. Currently, students are assessed $2.50 for the fall and spring semesters and $2 for the spring semester, which pays for the Cheerleaders, Cowgirl Kickers and McNeese’s mascot Rowdy. The band’s student assess-

ment is currently $8 per student in the fall and spring and $5 in the summer. The band’s Student Government Association senator, Austin Vallot, told the Senate that the band has experienced a more than 47 percent increase in the number of members over the past six years. More band member’s means more costs in equipment, uniforms and travel expenses. “The current amount of the Band Assessment provides strained resources for the McNeese State University Band and an increase in revenue gener-

ated by this fund would allow the band to better recruit and retain its members and represent the McNeese Community as a whole,” the bill reads. Vellon’s bill is looking for at $5 increase to $13 in the fall and spring semesters and a $5 increase $10 in the summer. Senator Shelby Dale Johnson, representing both the Cowgirl Kickers and the Cheerleading squad, presented the bill to increase the spirit fee. The bill would increase the spirit fee up $1 to $3.50 for the spring and fall semesters and up $.50 to $2.50 in the summer semester.

Want a tattoo? Think before you ink Athena Johnson The Contraband

Tattoos and piercings are considered an expression of yourself and a personal choice, but is it worth that self-expression if it costs you your dream job? “I think tattoos and body piercings are an individual display and if people really want them they should have the right in our free speech culture to go ahead and have them. Just because you want to make an expression doesn’t mean you can hide the reactions to them. You need to think carefully about getting


t’s hard for me to get jobs, or I have

to cover them up. Kimberly Trahan Disgruntled Tattoo Owner

them and what it does to the people around you,” said Robert Markstrom, an assistant professor at McNeese State University. If you walked around and asked people how they felt about tattoos and piercings

and the difficulty of getting a job if you have either of the two, you would get a variety of answers. Such as people being upset that potential employers judge on appearance, or that people make to choice to get them where they get them and it was their decision and they have to reap the consequences of their choices. Ralynn Castete, director of Career Services, said that students should be aware of the policies of potential employers. She also said that she has had several employers indicate it can be a deal breaker. “Piercings and tattoos reflect the judgment of a person and how they will represent their

company,” said Castete. Tattoos are often looked down by employers, and they often make finding a job more difficult depending on the job and where the tattoos and piercings are. “It’s hard me for me to get jobs, or I have to cover them up,” said Kimberly Trahan as she gestured to her arms covered in tattoos. “Getting a tattoo is very crazy. I regret them nine times out of ten. I regret where they are at and what they are, and once you get them, it’s very, very hard to take them off,” said Trahan.


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Student Life Trifling thieves rifle through Burton lot David Ryan Palmer

The Safety Dance Students need to be proactive to keep themselves from harm David Ryan Palmer The Contraband

A random sample of McNeese State University (McNeese) students, when asked whether or not they felt safe on campus, replied with a “yes.” Twenty students: nine freshmen, six sophomores, two juniors, two seniors and one graduate student indicated that crime on or off campus wasn’t a daily concern. “Yes, I feel safe on campus,” said Donald Wilson, a nontraditional student who is working on an education degree. He also works in campus safety. “There’s still work to do as far as communication between police and students to make them feel safe,” he said. The top level of the parking garage on Tuesday, Nov. 5, was ripe for the picking. Two Contraband reporters systematically checked that level for cars with easy thieving opportunities. Would-be thieves could help themselves to 18 instances of book bags, clothes, shoes, one MP3 player,

four items that could be considered wallets or purses, eight textbooks, a copy of The Longman Anthology of World Literature (retails on Amazon for $85), a camera bag and a laptop. Do you still think your belongings are safe even if your car is locked? In the past month, three assaults were investigated by the Lake Charles Police Department that were within one block of McNeese campus. There were 13 car crashes, five of which were hit and run incidents. Five businesses within one block of McNeese have reported a breakin. This from statistics reported to by the Lake Charles Police Department. Go farther afield, to other parts of the city, and one may find more reports of assault, theft and even homicide. On campus, McNeese Police have responded, so far in 2013, to three assaults, nine instances of burglary (seven of which are vehicle related), one instance of a narcotics violation, one robbery

and a bevy of noise complaints, parking lot crashes, suspicious people, vehicles and activity. Still feel safe? McNeese Police Chief Robert Spinks is in the business of safety. He said that the recent rash of burglaries on and nearby campus is a good wakeup call. “Student, staff and faculty need to realize, you know, don’t leave items of any value in plain view,” he said. “Taking that extra two and a half minutes to throw iPods and backpacks and laptops into the trunk is incredibly important.” Keeping valuables safe from theft is one way that students can keep their own safety in mind. However, Donald Wilson feels that students simply don’t know enough about safety procedures in the event of an on campus crime or accident, and that could lead to tragedy. “They don’t know what procedures to follow. I think if we got a little sheet, saying that these are the procedures to follow these are the policies that you do in case of an emergency, then it would be good,” he said. “People need to know what to do and where to go in case these things happen,” he added.

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Two more burglaries were reported to the McNeese State University (McNeese) Police Department last week, bringing up the total instances of malicious vehicle ransacking to four in the past few weeks. McNeese Police Chief Robert Spinks said that the modus operandi of these new burglaries don’t match the ones from the old Lake Charles Cinema parking lot. “This group of car burglaries differs significantly from the car burglaries of last week that occurred mainly off campus in the parking lot of K-Mart, Ryan’s and Planet Fitness, which the Lake Charles Police Department is investigating,” Spinks said. In those burglaries, thieves smashed a window in order to pilfer their goods. However, no windows were found smashed in the Burton parking lot. “No significant damage has occurred in these instances, and it appears that the cars were left unlocked,” Spinks said. Spinks said that McNeese Police and LCPD are on alert for more suspicious activity, and encourages faculty, students and residents to report anything out of the ordinary. “We encourage people to report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 911 or our dispatch number of 33-4755711 immediately,” he said.

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At the zoo: catcalls and wolf whistles It’s likely you know someone who has had to deal with harassment or even assault. In “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus,” authors Catherine Hill and Elena Silva show that nearly two-thirds of students experience some kind of harassment but are pressured or directed away from reporting such experiences to university officials, either by a climate of nonchalance towards this behavior or simply because they don’t want to make a fuss. Sexual harassment happens to both men and women, but Hill and Silva say that there’s a difference in the type of harassment and the severity. “Male and female students are nearly equally likely to be sexually harassed on campus,” the authors write. “Female students are more likely to be the target of sexual jokes, comments, gestures or looks. Male students are more likely to be called gay or a homophobic name.” Even a simple act as

telling a woman to smile as you walk by is offensive according to Dr. Janet Allured, head of women’s studies at McNeese. “She might be deep in thought or concerned about something. It is not her responsibility to make a happy face for a stranger,” Allured said. “It’s forward of a strange guy to ask a girl to do anything, even to ‘smile.’ It’s not his business, and it’s a form of unwelcome approach. It’s not funny.” Part of the issue is that catcalls and wolf whistles, come-ons and innocuous requests for a smile are objectifications of women. “They are disrespectful, and make a woman into a sexual object, which (chances are) she did not ask for or know was coming. It’s untoward behavior that makes a woman feel uncomfortable and unsafe,” Allured said. “It’s not only rude, but it can be frightening.”

No consent, no touch Touch is a form of nonverbal communication and carries with it a sense of intimacy, especially on places like the neck, torso and legs. When that kind of a touch is unexpected and unwanted, it can cause serious discomfort. And it’s not just a problem that women have to deal with in a college environment. Evans used to be the manager of Hot Topic in the Prien Lake Mall. “You know, that’s a Mecca for those who are into tattoos and piercings. I was the manager, and I was in the middle of one of these little one minute meetings, where we say ‘well this is what you need to do this shift…’ and like in the middle of it, this guy just comes up –I have tattoos on my neck

and behind my ears – and he just starts touching them,” Evans said. Immediately she froze. “I didn’t know how to react,” she said. “Since then, I’ve gotten better. I just give a really awesome bitch face, but right then, I just tensed up. He said ‘I appreciate good work when I see it.’” Erin said that since then, and because of other times, her defense mechanism is to appear standoffish. “I usually don’t talk to a lot of people,” she said.

Seriously, not funny Hill and Silva write that, while men and women on college campuses have equal chances of being harassed, men are more likely to be a harasser. “Half of male students and almost one-third of female students admit that they sexually harassed someone in college, and about one-fifth of male students admit that they harassed someone often or occasionally,” they write. For many, humor is the driving force behind these incidents. “A majority of students who admit to harassing another student say they did so because they thought it was funny,” Hill and Silva write. Funny or not, this behavior can have a serious effect on the feelings of safety and security that men and women feel on campus. Erin Evans prefers to only visit McNeese during the day. “When I started taking classes, I had a night class. It was in Kirkman, and I parked in that parking lot by the library. I would just try to speed walk with this massive car key in my hand just in case something

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happened,” she said. “But I don’t have any night classes now, so I try not to be there after dark.” Evans said that it’s not just McNeese, of course. “I do that anywhere, though. If it’s the mall or Wal-mart, I try not to be out at night,” she said. “I don’t want to get mugged or raped.” This falls in line with what Hill and Silva found during their study. “Female students are more likely to avoid their harassers, find it hard to study or pay attention in class, avoid particular buildings or places on campus, or have trouble sleeping due to sexual harassment. Female students are also more likely to get someone to protect them,” the authors wrote. McNeese has a sexual harassment policy that can be found at http://www.mcneese. edu/policy/sexual_misconduct_ policy. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, contact McNeese Police at 337-475-5711, or the Lake Charles Police Department at 337-491-1456.


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Fort Polk + McNeese A military base and University providing opportunities for those who serve Katelynn McCartney The Contraband

A “curriculum of partnership” between McNeese State University (McNeese) and Fort Polk is providing soldiers with educational and career opportunities, enabling them and their families to reside in the Southwest Louisiana area. Beginning in January 2011, McNeese Provost Dr. Jeanne Daboval and other university administration met with Fort Polk personnel working in the base’s educational center, to examine the degree options at McNeese available to soldiers. “The meeting was very positive, and we learned about the details of the lengthy process required to complete the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) be-

tween McNeese and Fort Polk and began the process at that time,” said Dr. Daboval. The MOU was signed in September 2013, by President Williams and Fort Polk representatives. McNeese is now a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, becoming part of the national network of universities that serve soldiers. University classes will be offered at Fort Polk this spring. The need for military reductions due to the the Budget Control Act of 2011, has soldiers seeking civilian careers and establishing a new way of life. An article in the American Press quoted Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese: “It’s really the first step in the process of educating the military community

of all the great quality-of-life opportunities there are for soldiers in the Lake Charles community.” Southwest Louisiana’s industrial expansion is going to increase job opportunities, and as for soldiers wanting to settle in the region, “many of the skills used at Fort Polk are a great foundation for high-paying jobs here in the Lake Area,” according to KPLC’s “Hot Button” Editorial. Brig. Gen. Hickman, Commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, stated in the American Press article that Fort Polk has the “premier training center in the United States Army.” Fort Polk officials visited local areas to learn about educational and career opportunities available to soldiers when they transition out of a military lifestyle into a civilian lifestyle. Officials went to the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Devel-

opment (SEED) Center. Brig. Gen. William Hickman suggested that soldiers who recently graduated from high school would benefit from the center’s Innovation Lab. Local veteran Mr. C. Wade Shaddock, Colonel, US Army Retired has been a strong influence in the partnering of Fort Polk and McNeese. “We are thankful Mr. Shaddock became an advocate of the agreement and assisted in keeping the process moving forward,” said Dr. Daboval. Mr. Shaddock served in the Vietnam War and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1957. He received his master’s degree in international relations at the University of Kansas. And from 19761979, Mr. Shaddock was a Professor of Military Science at McNeese.

Hey! Stop it.

What bugs you? Four people sound off

“When girls walk around in booty shorts and head wraps. No body is going to take them serious.” Nichole Williams

“When people put bacon at the bottom of the cheese burger.” Emily Sonnier

“When people walk slow and drag their feet.” Katie Sonnier

“When people in the car in front of you takes forever to turn. I just want to ram them with my car.” Tony Antione

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Novembeard Selling facial folicles for charity Morgan Authement The Contraband

It’s weird to buy a beard. It’s November and there are an abundance of beards popping up. Many may think it is a passing fad, but underneath all that hair are good intentions. McNeese State University’s (McNeese) chapter of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry is putting a unique twist on a new tradition. This tradition is called “No Shave November,” a spin off of the Australian charity “Movember.” The idea was that men would grow out their mustaches in order to raise awareness for testicular and pancreatic cancer. “No Shave November” is similar in the fact that men are prompted to grow not only their mustaches but their beards as well—like full on lumber jack. Men participating usually use

t h e i r r u g g e d looks to help garner donations for their preferred charity or donate any money they would have put toward grooming that month. Enter one 'beard auction.' On Monday, Nov. 17, 2013, the McNeese Baptist Collegiate

Ministry (BCM) will hold a beard auction. The rules are that the highest bidder has the ability to shave the beard they won any way they want. The person wearing the beard must keep it that way for the next day. “Last year, we had a guy with

half his face shaved. When he went to class, one side of the room thought he shaved, and the other half thought he still had a beard,” said Tia Bourque, a BCM intern. All the proceeds will go into an account that helps fund mission trips. Bourque also said that she enjoys it when people team up to make sure they can shave one certain person. She thinks competition is fun and more money can be earned that way. This means the BCM can help more people. “As Christians, we believe missions are very important so it is worth getting my beard shaved,” said Jace Verdin, a participant. Verdin went on to say that he is very particular about his hair. He might not prefer the way his beard will be shaven, but for this cause he will endure. “Some of us can’t go on trips. This is our way of contributing,” said Verdin. The BCM is also doing a booth were people can buy a pie and pie someone in the face for those who can’t grow beards but want to contribute to this cause. If you or somebody you know would like to participate or to find out more about this event, call the BCM at 477-4866. The BCM can also be reached at


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Kiss and tell: cultural differences can result in sticky problems Athena Johnson The Contraband

You round the corner and apologize as you nearly run into the couple making out against the wall. If you’re in American you roll your eyes at the blatant show of PDA (public display of affection). If you are from elsewhere your reaction may be completely different, from outrage to just shrugging it off. A.J., who wishes to remain anonymous, is a woman from Romania who works on McNeese State University (McNeese) campus. According to A.J., there is no real taboo on public affection in her home country. It’s normal to see two women kissing there, but here they are viewed as a couple. “If I tried to walk with my arm around my friend Daniel’s shoulder, people would get some strange ideas,” said Andrew Maust, a McNeese student from Ecuador. Here in America we are very conscious about how much we touch other people. We are even taught from a young age in school not to touch other people. In many other areas of the world, it is viewed as normal for friends to kiss, hold hands or walk with their arms around their friend’s shoulders. Bishal Malla told of how he would hold hands with some of his friends when he still lived in Nepal. It was a normal occurrence there and wasn’t looked at as an act of a couple but just a normal gesture between friends. Malla also said that couples kept most of their dealings behind closed doors and where considered “shameless” if they were caught showing affec-

tion in public on a regular basis. “I was shocked when I first came America and couples would kiss at the register in stores, in hallways or any public places. You do not do that in Nepal,” said Malla. In the western hemisphere though, we are more open to couples showing affection in public places, not just here in North America but also in South America. “PDA is looser in Ecuador; you would regularly see people making out on the streets,” said Maust. It can be a bit of a shock to some of the foreigners who have come to McNeese to study when they see the displays of affection that occur on campus when that is a “no-no” where they are from. For others though, it’s tame here compared to their home countries.

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McNeese students enjoying one another’s company.

Just can’t relate: High school sweethearts and college

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“Until death do us part.” Or for some couples, “Until college do us part.” Hanging on to your high school sweetheart can be a difficult thing when it comes time for college. The stress, and the time that college can take up can often put strain on a relationship. How you handle this trying time together paints the picture for your future. K.L. a female sophomore here at McNeese who wishes to remain anonymous, just recently ended her five-year relationship with her high school sweetheart. “I was in college, and he was in the army, so time was limited and schedules conflicted.”

Alexis Harmon who is a senior here at McNeese has been with her boyfriend since her senior year of high school and says that college actually brought them closer. Her influence on her significant other led to his enrollment in college this past year. It wasn’t all easy though, and sometimes college did cause problems between them, which really made Harmon stop and think about the relationship she was in. “It stops being a fairytale, and it starts getting real, and that’s when you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it to say,” said Harmon. Tracy Standley, the assistant department head for mass communications, has been with her husband for 30 years total. The relationship began while she was

a junior in high school. She ended up going to Our lady of the Lake University in San Antonio which was further from her husband than she had hoped for. She later transferred to Sam Houston State to be closer to her lover. Before she transferred though, the distance put quite a strain on the couple. “Over the Christmas break, we talked about it, and we really kind of decided that we really wanted to be together, and after I transferred, everything was great,” said Standley. Not all high school relationships are doomed; some do work out. It just depends on the couple and how much work they are willing to put into the relationship to keep it working.

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You’ve got your comic book superheroes in my Norse mythos! It’s awesome

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There is one in all of us. Whether it’s the gamer who wears his favorite game proudly on his shirt or the person whose secretly counting down the days until the release of Thor: The Dark World, there is a nerd in all people, and with the soon-to-be released Thor movie, that nerd is awaking and wondering how much the movie follows the mythological origins of Thor. Compared to Norse mythology, being the defender of mankind and carrying around the hammer are about the only things that are the same between the mythological Thor and the Thor in the movie. Although in Norse mythology, the god of thunder’s appearance is different. He has a long beard and is a redhead unlike the actor Chris Hemsworth, starring as Thor in the movie, who is blond. The long beard is important in mythology because it represents masculinity, which is a big deal to Thor. An additional difference is seen in Thor’s father, Odin. The gods of Norse mythology are usually battling the giants during which Odin creates strife. He gathers knowledge, prophecy and magic. He also frequently lies and engages in battles of words.

Courtesy Google

Above: Actors Chris Hemworth and Natalie Portman star in Thor 2: The Dark World. The character of Thor has been adapted multiple times, from his comic book incarnation (at left) to the his more mythical roots (at right.)

This is a change from the movie because Odin reprimands his son for bringing on war. Loki, an enemy from The Avenger’s movie and a main char-

acter in Thor: The Dark World, is just a god of mischief in Norse mythology. He sometimes plays pranks on his fellow gods. He also gave birth to many bizarre gods and monsters including Hela, the death goddess. Odin never adopted him in Norse mythology either. This Loki is different from the character in the movie because he is portrayed as evil in the movie and is considered Thor’s adopted

brother. These are just some of the major differences seen between to two. There are too many minor details to state them all.


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Arts and Entertainment

The prodigal mobsters return

The unique musical stylings of the Lochness Mobsters to be on display at downtown bar, Dharma. Chris LeBlanc The Contraband

The unique musical styling of the Lochness Mobsters has area roots and broad appeal. The three-piece band started as a duo. Brothers Taylor (lead guitar and vocals) and Brooks (drums and vocals) Lumpkin started the group. Although the initial attempts to recruit their friend Michael Chavez (bass and vocals) were in vain, the band formed in 2008. Drawing inspiration from bands like the Black Lips and the Strange Boys, the Mobsters have developed a unique surf/garage rock style and a strong local following. But, the market in Lake Charles wasn’t strong enough to support

the avid musicians. This prompted the Mobsters to make a move to Austin, Texas earlier this year. “We wanted to play as much as we wanted and not exhaust the market,” Chavez said. “Lake Charles kind of put a timetable on us as a band… the ceiling is only so high.” The move has reinvigorated an already promising musical career. “We’ve been in touch with all our favorite bands. Our favorite record label (Burger Records) has been in contact with us,” Chavez said. The Mobsters now tour regionally, playing three to four shows per week. They’ll return to Lake Charles on Friday, Nov. 15 for a show downtown at Dharma. The show will also feature Burger Records’ Holy Wave.

Cover art from the Lochness Mobsters’ album, “Zedonk” (If you think it’s insane, see it in color).

(Gingerbread) Housing boom to hit Lake Charles Megan Landry The Contraband

Christmas time is in the air stirring up the holiday spirit. Lights are twinkling in the night, trees are being set up, and eggnog is being set out on shelves. All this is accompanied by the smell of gingerbread for the Southwest Louisiana Annual Gingerbread

House Contest. The contest is to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the deadline for registration by Wednesday, Nov 13. Divisions for different entries include amateur, professional and school groups. By Friday, Dec. 6, from 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., entries must be brought to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The awards ceremony will be

held at the bureau with Gumbeaux Gator, Southwest Louisiana’s own mascot, to help present the awards. Following the awards ceremony, the gingerbread houses will remain on display at the bureau through the month of December. Visitors will then have the opportunity to vote on the People’s Choice Award that will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The Annual Gingerbread House

Contest is held in conjunction with the Lake Charles Christmas Lighting Festival and is sponsored by the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. To register, contact Shanna Landry with the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 337-436-9588 or visit register.

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Google Glass: The good, the bad, and the ugly Corey Greineisen The Contraband

Think about all the times within a day you pull out your phone to send a text message, snap a quick picture or check your Facebook. This is technology that society takes advantage of on a daily basis. But what if you did not have the ability to do any of those things? Tammie Lou Van Sant, a 52-year-old paraplegic, has not been able to take a picture, send a text message or make a simple phone call for 20 years since breaking her neck a car accident. Thanks to Google Glass, she has been snapping pictures across Santa Cruz, California. So, what exactly is Google Glass? Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical headmounted display that displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. While people like Van Sant see the good that the new technology, there are others that see the devices as problematic. So, is Google’s new leap in innovation a bane or a boon for the world? The Good Google Glass has the ability to drastically improve production and help companies run more efficiently. An Economic Times article from Nov. 6, 2013, states that, “Use of smart glasses like Google Glass has the potential to improve work efficiency in verticals like manufacturing, field service, retail and healthcare and could help them increase profits substantially.” As well as improving manufacturing, Google Glass can also help streamline the medical

industry. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 5, the technology companies Philips and Accenture have together developed a prototype of a tool that would use Glass to display a patient’s vital signs in

near real time directly into the surgeon’s field of vision. The idea is to put all of the patient information a doctor might need right in front of his face, available on voice command. Doctors are able to use the glasses to view x-rays during surgery without having to look back and forth between the patient and a computer screen. They also help during routine check-ups by allowing doctors to update files and take pictures of anything relevant to the patient’s visit. The Bad A woman in California was ticketed for driving with Google Glasses being cited for distracted driving. Google does warn users about traffic laws in its Google Glass FAQ: “Most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites.” However within the website

it talks Google Glass advertises its ability to give you turn-byturn directions whether on a bike, walking or driving a car. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation

is built into the device. I look forward to continuing a working relationship with Google as Google Glass develops.”

Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. The distraction occurred within three seconds before the vehicle crash. With so many distractions already averting drivers’ attention, Google Glass will just add to the issue. There are also privacy issues that have been expressed by members of Congress. U.S. Representative Joe Barton expressed concern over the privacy issues in a letter to Google, which can be found on Joe Barton’s webpage. Barton was “disappointed” by Google’s response to privacy concerns. “I am disappointed in the responses we received from Google. There were questions that were not adequately answered and some not answered at all. Google Glass has the potential to change the way people communicate and interact. When new technology like this is introduced that could change societal norms, I believe it is important that people’s rights be protected and vital that privacy

The Ugly Another major issue that is facing the device is that it is not aesthetically pleasing. The futuristic design of the devices does not appeal to people as “wearable.” In a survey conducted by Bite Interactive, they found that 38% of the people would not wear them even at a lower price point, and only 10% of people would wear them on a regular basis. Google is taking steps to make the glasses easier on the eyes. The frames allow for prescription lenses to be added and they are working with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban. Google Glass has both positive and negative aspects associated with the product. Regardless of how you feel about the product it will be coming to select Best Buy locations across the country in 2014. Much in the same way Apple has space, Best Buy is renting out 6,000 square feet inside each one of its stores to Google to showcase Glass.

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‘Boobirds’ come out in Pokes’ loss

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The Lions defense show McNeese quarterback Cody Stroud the ground.

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For the McNeese Cowboys’ “Fill in the Hole” game, the hole seemed to be emptied by the end of the third quarter and suffered a heartbreaking loss against the Southeastern Lions. McNeese received the ball first, and two plays into the game, they fumbled the ball. This was only a small glimpse into what the rest of the game would look like. Southeastern gained control of the ball 31 yards away from their endzone. Six plays later, South-

eastern scored the first of the 41 points they scored in the game. With 7:34 left on the clock, Stroud threw a pass to Diontae Spencer, but it was intercepted by a Lion and run for 30 yards. Ten plays and two and a half minutes later, the Lions found themselves in the endzone with the first touchdown of the game. The Geaux Blue fans booed and rang their cow bells in frustration as they watched their Cowboys take a beating. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 10-0 in the Lions favor. The Lions kicked another field

goal as the clock hit 13:37 in the second quarter. After a punt from the Cowboys, the Lions took the ball down the field for another 45 yards in 3:16, bringing the score to 20-0. In McNeese’s next attempt at scoring a touchdown, they brought the fans to their feet and changed their “boo’s” to cheers of excitement. After a call of pass interference from the referees, Cody Stroud completed a pass to Diontae Spencer for 24 yards for a touchdown with 5:44 left on the clock in the second quarter. Southeastern and McNeese

failed to score in their next two drives. On Southeastern’s second attempt to score after McNeese’s touchdown, they reached the McNeese 13-yard line. However, the pass was intercepted by Cowboy Guy Morgan and returned 40 yards to the Lions’ 47-yard line with only 11 seconds left in the second quarter, bringing the crowd to its feet again. McNeese could not complete Stroud’s first pass attempt

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Cross country unphased by muddy welcome at Ward 4 Jacob Troutman The Contraband

Last season, the McNeese State University (McNeese) men’s Cross Country team brought title of Southland Conference Champion back to Lake Charles. This season the Southland Conference (SLC) Championships were hosted by McNeese, but cross country powerhouse Lamar University (Lamar) reclaimed the men’s title and also laid claim to the women’s championship. The Cowboys finished fourth overall, while the Cowgirls landed in ninth place. Senior Amy Talbot, the only McNeese runner to break in to the top 10 rankings, earned a SLC All-Conference second team selection with a time of 22:01.1. “I thought we ran well considering the conditions, but everyone had to endure them,” said McNeese Head Coach Brendon Gilroy. “I’m really happy for Amy.  After she suffered that stress fracture during last year’s race, she has really worked hard to get back into competing form and did a great job today.” The Ward 4 Power Centre Sports Complex was overrun by mud and muck on Nov. 1, creating rather difficult conditions in which to run. Nevertheless, Talbot, a native of Liverpool, England, seemed to be unfazed. “The track was wet and muddy, but for the exception of no hills, it’s just like running at home,” Talbot said. “I’m excited about the 10th place finish because I’ve worked really hard to get back after my injury last

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Alex Bruce-Littlewood trudges through the mud.

year.” The Cowboys were shut out of the top 10 with Alex BruceLittlewood crossing the finish line at the 25:50.3 mark to finish in 13th place overall. Junior Alex Kiptoo finished in 14th with a time of 25:53.1. The men’s team came in

fourth with a score of 104 behind Lamar, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Lamar finished first with a mark of 26. The Cowgirls landed in ninth place with a tally of 207. Lamar took first with 36, while Central Arkansas took second with a mark of 78.

The SLC Championships closed out the McNeese teams’ seasons. The NCAA South Central Regionals will be held on Nov. 15, in Waco, Texas. The NCAA Championship will take place a week later on Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind.


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Talbot overcomes injury, adversity to lead Cowgirls Jacob Troutman The Contraband / contraband

Amy Talbot keeps her eye down the track for a chance to pass opponent.

The 2012 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships ended badly for Warrington, England native Amy Talbot. Halfway through the race Talbot suffered from a stress fracture and was unable to finish. A little over a year later, however, on Nov. 1, Talbot was back in action at the 2013 Southland Conference (SLC) Championships where she ran a 22:01.1 to earn 10th place finish and SLC All-Conference honors. “I’m really happy with my season,” Talbot said. “I’ve been quite high in finishing all of my races. I did aim to finish in a higher place at conference, but I gave all I had, and I’m very pleased about getting All-Conference after everything I went through with my injury. This


’m really happy with my season.

Amy Talbot McNeese Cross Country

time last year I thought I would have no chance with how strong the fields of athletes have become.” Talbot sat out the 2013 Indoor Track season and ran in only three meets in the Outdoor season. She performed well as she continued to rehabilitate, posting a 7th place finish at the conference meet and snagging first in the 3K at the SLU Lion Invitational. Talbot has led the Cowgirls all season. She registered a 13th place finish at the Rice Invitational in early September and finished second at the McNeese Stampede to lead McNeese State

University to a third place team finish. At the Choctaw Open 5k on Oct. 20, Talbot finished second by a margin of five seconds, running a 18:21.20. Four other Cowgirls placed in the top 10 to clinch the team title. Talbot will be heading home to England later this month to compete in her European trial in Liverpool. When Talbot returns she will focus her attention on wrapping up her schoolwork and pursuing a career as a personal trainer. “I’m really happy for Amy,” McNeese State University Head Coach Brendon Gilroy said. “After she suffered that stress fracture during last year’s race, she has really worked hard to get back into competing form and did a great job [this season].”

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The McNeese Cowgirls fail to rope in a win from the final two games of the season. They played Oral Roberts and Central Arkansas.The Cowgirls have struggled all season, and seasons prior to this, to find the net when taking shots. Looking back over the 2010-2013 seasons, the Cowgirls have 390 shots on goal compared to their 828 attempts. Their opponents have 539 shots

on goal as compared to the total 1,158 shot attempts. The Cowgirls seem to be taking the same amount of shots as their opponents. However, they seem to be taking more of a machine gun “spray and pray” aggressive approach. The coach was unavailable for comment on this.It was no different when the Cowgirls took a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and fell to the Eagles 2-0. Despite the effort of the Cowgirls,

their shots just could not find the net. Callie Allbright took two of those shots, and Tori Lasiter and Krista Steinbeiser each had one. All four shots were off target. Thanks to goalkeeper Maggie Marks seven of the nine on target shots taken by the Eagles were saved. However, two shots got by Marks to allow the 2-0 loss for the Cowgirls.For their season finale, the Cowgirls travelled to Conway, Arkansas to take on the Central Arkansas

Bears and suffered defeat 1-0. The Cowgirls played better as they took five shots during the game. Kayla Goedicke and Allbright had two of the three off target shots. Lasiter had the other as well as one on target shot. Steinbeiser also had one on target shot. Marks saved two of the three shots on target from the Bears. However, about

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Volleyball still seeking four wins for Gamble’s 800th Hannah Philley The Contraband

Head Coach Terry Gamble and the Cowgirl’s volleyball team still stand four wins short of Gamble’s 800th career win due to the losses at Houston Baptist and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Halloween brought a creepy aura to the volleyball court for the Cowgirls as they took on Houston Baptist in Houston, Texas. After a hard fought set by both teams, the Cowgirls came out on top in the first set with a score of 28-26. The Huskies retaliated by defeating the Cowgirls in the next two sets by 10 points and five points with scores of 25-15 and


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attempt in the series to score. On the next play, Stroud found Spencer who ran for 18 yards. Ryan Rome missed the field goal attempt with three seconds left. The score at the end of the half was 20-7 in the Lions’ favor. To start the second half, the Lions started scoring early. They brought the score to 27-7 just before the 12 minute mark. The Cowboys did not seem to care when the Lions scored again with a little less than two and a half minutes left in the third quarter. Angry and disappointed Cowboy fans booed their own team to show their disapproval, which is disrespectful of the fans. “Booing the other team is fine, but don’t boo your own team. Tell

25-20. The Cowgirls did not go down without a fight, but they lost in a heartbreaking final set with a score of 25-27. The Huskies took the match winning three sets to the Cowgirls’ one. Malina Sanchez led in kills with 18 followed by Sophie Tenbusch with 14 and Amber Fryer with 10. Vanessa Bentley had 35 assists, and Kelly Graham had 14. Kara Rockey and Kimberlyn Patterson commanded the digs category with 19 and 11 consecutively. Rachel Cagnina and Tenbusch controlled the blocks with four each and were closely followed by Carly DeMarque and Chrysta Stuart with three. The Islanders from Texas


ooing the other team is fine, but don’t boo your own team. Amelia Parks McNeese fan them how you feel, just don’t boo them,” said Amelia Parks, a fan who stayed until the last second of the game. We always seem to hound the athletes about sportsmanlike conduct, and fans should abide by that too. We are there to support the team, not make them feel worse about how bad they are playing. A good example of supporting the team is the mysterious masked blue men trying to keep what was

A&M – Corpus Christi danced away with a win by sweeping the series against the Cowgirls. The Cowgirls could not seem to get the momentum going as they lost the first set 21-25. The Islanders still seemed to hold the Cowgirls to the same level of aggressiveness in the second set with a score of 22-25 and an Islanders’ win. The Cowgirls seemed to just give up on the final set and took a loss of 2515 and allowed the Islanders to take the match. Fryer led in kills with nine and Tenbusch trailed with eight. Bentley led in assists with 27. Sanchez and Cagnina had eight digs each and narrowly beat Rockey, who had seven. Stuart had the most blocks with left of the student section alive and cheering during the fourth quarter. When the clock was at 7:44, the Lions scored the final touchdown of the game. The blue men tried everything they could to keep the crowd pumped, specifically by doing push-ups and chanting “We still got this”. Their cheering was not enough, and the damage had been done. The final score was 41-7 with the Lions ripping apart the hearts of what was left of the fans and the Cowboys. After the defeat from the Lions, the Cowboys stand at 7-2 on the season. The Cowboys will travel to Nacogdoches, Texas to take on Stephen F. Austin University on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. The Cowboys final home game will be against Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

five. The Cowgirls have exactly four more chances to help Coach Gamble reach his 800 career-win mark. The Cowgirls take on Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, McNeese will take on Lamar in Beaumont, Texas at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 is the Cowgirls’ last home game, and they will be playing Houston Baptist again at 7 p.m. Their final regular season game will be played in Thibodaux, Louisiana at Nicholls State on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Let’s cheer on our Cowgirls as they pursue the four wins needed to help Coach Gamble reach his 800th win.


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team. The girls finished the season with a record of 6-122 for the season. In conference play, the Cowgirls were 1-101. Lasiter led the Cowgirls in shots on goal for the season with 13. Haley Lyons, Steinbeiser and Goedicke tied for second place in the shots on goal each with 11. Allbright led in assists on the season with 3 followed by Savannah LaRicci, Johna Germany and Steinbeiser with 2. Marks led in saves with 53 and Lauren Sestak followed with 43. The Southland Conference tournament will be held at Cowgirl Field on Nov. 7 – 10. The Cowgirls will not be playing in the tournament.


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Dome, sweet dome!

McNeese’s rodeo teams continue their successful seasons under the vaulted ceilings of Burton Coliseum. Hannah Philley The Contraband

Home arena advantage isn’t just a big deal for football or basketball. McNeese State University’s (McNeese) rodeo teams took advantage of their home dirt as they announced themselves as a national power last weekend. McNeese’s men’s and women’s teams each took first place in their team and individual categories at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association

(NIRA) Rodeo, which was hosted by McNeese. Individually, McNeese’s Cowgirls set the pace. Roping in the women’s all-around title was Kyla Foster with 82 points. Cheyanna tied for third in barrel racing. Paige Plush won the breakaway roping competition defeating her own teammates Chelsea Carroll (second place), Foster (tied for fifth), and McKenzie Cooper (tied for seventh). Kirsten

Smith came in second in the goat tying event, followed by Morgan Wallace in third and Foster in seventh. McNeese’s men also blew away the competition. William Morian placed first for the men’s all-around title with 245 points. Michael Houston placed fifth in saddle bronc riding. Jack Kitaf tied for fourth place in the bareback riding

category, beating fellow McNeese rodeo teammate Chad Rutherford. Jackson Frey won second in the bull riding event. William Morian won fourth in the

sanctioned rodeo. The rodeo coaches nominate the students. Both the men and women’s teams are first in their region after the rodeo this weektie end. down roping and The McNeese Rodeo team roping header Mccategories. Benjamin Neese Cox tied for second in steer women’s team is 10th in the wrestling over Morian in national standings, while fifth and Joshua Denison in the men’s rodeo is 16th. sixth. Foster is sixth in the naNot only do the McNeese tional Women’s All-Around rodeo teams shining bright rankings. Morian is 16th in the arena, they also shine in the national Men’s Allin classroom. Ike Fontenot Around rankings. and Kirsten Smith were This week, McNeese’s named 2013 NIRA Scholar men and women’s teams Americans. traveled to Conroe, TX for This honor is given to the Sam Houston State Unicollege rodeo participants versity rodeo. It will include with a 3.5 GPA and earned a long and a short go (for points at a 2012-2013 NIRA the top 10).

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