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NICHOLLS WORT H Volume 58 Issue 7

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

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Sports | page 11

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Disability Awareness Day The Office of Disability Services invites everyone to attend the event on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to celebrate Disability Awareness Month. There will be exhibitors with tables set up with information in the Union Lobby. The exhibitors will provide information about the services in the area that are offered through different agencies. Please call The Office of Disability Services at 448-4430 for any questions.

Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center Fall Hours Fall hours for the Tutorial & Academic Enhancement Center, located at 143 Peltier, are as follows: Mondays – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesdays – 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursdays – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fridays – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

OCT. 9 Caller advised that he/she believed that they were being stalked. An officer responded and was advised that they do not know the subject but can obtain the name and will return when they get further information. Caller advised that there were several males on the fifth floor of Ellender Hall, yelling at each other. An officer responded and observed that there were several males on the floor as well as a female. The officer advised the R.A. on duty and they advised the people that they needed to return to their rooms because it was after hours.

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Peer tutors in The Writing Center will be presenting weekly workshops focusing on various aspects of the writing process. Next week’s session is on Oct. 16 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. The topic is Persona. To register, please call 448-4100.

Transplant BOO-looza The Nicholls Education Association of Teachers will host Transplant Boo-looza on Oct. 20, featuring a Kids’ costume contest, face painting, prize drawing,, silent auction and music by Greg Dumas. Donation is suggested upon admission, and it will benefit Children’s Organ Transplant Association for Elise Babin. The event will be held in the Cotillion Ballroom from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Correction: The football helmet display on page 6 of the Oct. 4 Nicholls Worth is on loan in the library. It was not donated.

A caller advised that they believed that they smelled marijuana in Babington Hall. An officer responded but did not detect the odor. The oficer did smell something possibly burning. The officer checked the area but did not find a fire, and the smell left with the wind. A caller advised that there were several students fighting in the kitchen at Millet Hall. Officers responded and obtained statemenets from witnesses and charged the suspects accordingly.

OCT. 7 A student reported that someone was going through her belongings and taking food while she was gone for the weekend. When the student discovered who it was, she confronted him and he threatened her and attempted to get another female student to fight her. A report will follow and a disciplinary summons was issued. NICHOLLS WEEKLY CALENDAR • • •


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New lounge offers a place to relax for University veterans Ebony Warren Reporter



Jenna Rome, nursing sophomore from Orlando, Fl., studies in the veterans lounge in Shaver Gym on Wednesday.

administered by the veteran affairs counselors. “The only thing I have in mind is the best for my veterans, and I want them to succeed. A lot of times they just need that push,” said Burbante.

to its veteran students. Burbante, a Nicholls alumni, said he uses his past experience after getting out of the Marine Corps as his basis for running Veteran Affairs. He said he has adapted to the previous way of running things to fit the veterans

pects an increase in the next year with the withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan. Burbante said information is not the only thing veteran affairs provides students. He said that coming back from deployment is difficult, and some-

Coming back from deployment is not an easy thing. I noticed some of these guys having some of the same issues I had.

The new veteran’s lounge can be added to the list of benefits Nicholls provides year after year

— Gilberto Burbante

that have recently been deployed. There are about 195 veterans on Nicholls campus, but Burbante ex-

Along with receiving a new coordinator of Veteran Affairs, Nicholls has also acquired a new veteran’s lounge to adhere to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s Nicholls’ veteran students. Gilberto Burbante, coordinator of veteran affairs, has used his new position to provide veteran students with a new lounge located in Shaver Gym in room 137. “Coming back from deployment is not an easy thing,” Burbante said. “I noticed some of these guys having some of the same issues I had. I recommended counselors for them.” There are couches and a television that can be used simply for lounging, but there also tables and chairs that can be used as a study area. A computer completes the look of the lounge. While the lounge provides comfort, Burbante provides information from his office, which is located right off the lounge. Veteran students have easy access to Burbante when they need help or have questions. Over the years, students who are interested in attending Nicholls are outfitted with the necessary information to get the most of their education. This includes helping with processing needs such as correspondence, requirements, documentation and the certification process. On the Nicholls website, the Veteran Affairs home page provides information about housing allowances, applying for the GI Bill, and several numbers where Nicholls’ Veteran Affairs Counselors can be contacted. Advising about the variety of state and federal benefits available to Louisiana veterans is

times veterans just need someone to talk to. Burbante makes it a point to keep

professors aware of the troubles soldiers might be going through to make their school experience an easier transition. Burbante works with enrollment to make sure every veteran is fitted with the schedule and classes that are necessary. He stated socializing is another issue soldiers have a problem with, and the new lounge provides them with a chance to talk to others in similar situations. “School is the best thing for them, and we are here to facilitate any needs they have,” Burbante said. “Whether it be mental, social, or financial, we’ll take care of it.”

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University police offer safety tips Pauline Wilson Staff Writer

With recent criminal events around campus, students will want to take precautions to keep themselves safe. According to the most recent statistic on, out of 16 Louisiana colleges, Nicholls is ranked the seventh safest university in Louisiana for 2011. Other universities in the University of Louisiana system do not measure up in safety. Southeastern Louisiana University ranks eighth, Louisiana Tech University ranks tenth, Grambling State University ranks fourteenth, University of Louisiana at Monroe ranks eleventh, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette ranks twelfth. Northwestern State University ranks sixth and McNeese State University ranks fifth. These are the only two universities in the UL system that ranked above Nicholls. “For students to stay safe, the first thing we ask is that students plan their route to where they are going,” Craig Jaccuzzo, director of University Police, said. “We like students to plan their route along areas that are well lit, carry their cell phones in hand so they can make an emergency phone call if they need too, and know where call boxes are along

their route.” The University has many precautions in place to help keep students safe on campus. According to Jacuzzo, the simplest safety measure on campus is the call box system. The call boxes work by the push of a button on the box, which connects the distressed person to a dispatcher. A university police officer can hear the conversation between the individual and the dispatcher, and a blue light on the box will then blink when activated to let university police know which call box is being used. “Always remember, University Police are patrolling campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Jaccuzzo said. “If students see any thing suspicious or uncomfortable on campus at anytime, they should call the police department, and we will get them where they are going.” Another precaution in place is the emergency number, (985) 448-4911, which students can call in case of an emergency situation. “We carry regular patrols of our offices, we apply student patrols around the residence halls, and have an interactive website,” Jaccuzzo said. Students can report crimes and file complaints anonymously through the website and phone services. Additional phone numbers can be found on University Police website.

University Police tries to eliminate unsafe areas on campus through environmental crime prevention. “We provide annual evaluations of areas that need improved lighting and shrubbery removed,” Jaccuzzo said. “We try to remove obstacles that create dark shows or dark spots, that can make an area a host area where individuals feel comfortable committing a crime.” According to University Police crime statistics, some crimes have decreased since 2011. In 2011, the University recorded two incidences of peeping Toms/stalking and four incidences of harassments/threats. As of July 2012, there were zero of these incidents in the statistics. “Always remember crime prevention starts with the students first,” Jaccuzzo said. With a decline in some crimes on campus, students can still take precautions to keep themselves safe via technology. There are several applications on the market that students can install on cell phones that can be used as a precaution to keep themselves safe around campus. Applications that students can download are Lifeline Response, Guardly and Circle of Six. Lifeline Response is an application that sets off an alarm under circumstances that the user sets. According to,




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Mental fixations are common, not always dangerous Staff Writer

Do you have a nasty habit that cannot be controlled? Biting on pens and chewing gum constantly can ultimately be the result of a fixation that you are unaware of. Those are just a few examples of fixations, which are described as strong attachments or habits that involve certain actions or objects. Sigmund Freud, one of the most well-respected forefathers of psychology, developed this concept. Fixations are not usually dangerous, unless their obsession can be used as a weapon. For instance, on September 24, Eric Guillot of Pierre Part sought the help of a

Fee Collections employee to inquire about outstanding parking tickets he owed to the university. His temperment was soon enraged, and he began to threaten Nicholls employees, including campus police, with his set of keys. Af-

It is unknown as to why his obsession with keys exists, but this is just one example of how bizarre this type of psychological fanaticism can become. Some fixations originate as a result of neglect or pampering from

dreaux, professor of psychology, smoking is an example of how childhood tendencies can play a large role in adulthood. Though cigarettes are induced with nicotine, an addictive substance, some people continue to

I do not think it is abnormal for individuals to have fixations. It is the degree of the situation that indicates if the situation will become problematic. — Stacy Guidry

terwards, he made multiple references to keys and even drew a key on a letter that he intended to give a teacher before being confiscated.

those around them. Most items or habits develop into a necessity because they are needed to alleviate stress or an uncomfortable situation, according to Stacy Guidry, the assistant director of the Counseling Center. Guidry says fixations in essence are not a problem, but the intensity of the obsession can cause problems. “I do not think it is abnormal for individuals to have fixations,” Guidry said. “It is the degree of the situation that indicates if the situation will become problematic.” Freud believed that as children, we develop in stages and strive to gradually progress to the next level. This may be true, but it is also possible for people to develop these types of obsessions to a specific item or action later in life. According to Dr. Monique Bou-

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smoke because it satisfies their craving to keep their mouth active. Those who chew gum, pens, or even their nails might also fall under this category. Bodily functions are not the only types of fixations that can occur. Attachments to certain items such as a childhood blanket or toy can develop, thus leading to a dependence on that object later in life. It is not uncommon for people well after their adolescence to sleep with their childhood teddy bear. Studies show ties between toilet training of young children to a certain behavior later in life. According to scientists, when some people experience a harsh, strict upbringing as children, especially in regard to toilet training, those people have shown to grow up and possess certain traits. Some of these traits are hatred of

messy places, obsessing over cleanliness, a need for punctuality and respect for authority. These adults have also been known to be stubborn and very careful with their money. On the contrary, children who are given too much freedom as adolescents have shown signs of messiness, rebellion and lack of consideration for others’ feelings Boudreaux agrees that parents play a huge role in their children’s lives and ultimately impact whom they will be and how they will act. “If a parent allows their child to suck on a pacifier for too long, their children might grow up with an oral fixation,” Boudreaux said. “That incident can influence those kids to grow up biting their finger nails, overeating and chewing on ice. According to Freud, people who received too much or not enough attention during the anal stage, between one and three years old, fight a power struggle with their parents that can ultimately lead to conflict.” In terms of a college campus, there is a broad range of fixations that members of the student body might have. Students, whether it is their laptop or their cell phone, are obsessed with their technology. Though computers and the Internet are essential tools for the success of any college student, some pupils cannot live without their electronic devices, depending on them for constant entertainment.

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Debate shows frontrunners in election News Editor

With the presidential election less than 26 days away, a poll released after the first presidential debate showed 84 percent of voters have “definitely” decided to cast their vote on President Barack Obama or Republican Nominee Mitt Romney. The poll distributed by Reuters/ Ipsos interviewed 1,745 registered voters and 1,490 likely voters for four days after the Oct. 3 debate. The results showed 47 percent of Americans would vote for Obama while 45 percent said they would

was more presidential, and it may not have been the best option for him, Thysell said. “Obama can’t afford another debate like that,” Thysell said. “The polls are starting to narrow now because more and more people are making up their minds.” After the debate, the United States Department of Labor Statistics released the unemployment rate for September, which was down to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent in August. While unemployment reached its peak at 10 percent in Oct. 2009, unemployment is now the lowest it has been since President Obama took office.

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[The debate] can show that people are looking for a reason not to vote for the president — Paul Wilson

vote for Romney if the elections were held at the time of the poll. The first of the presidential debates showed signs of progress for Romney, who saw a six point gain in approval ratings. Paul Wilson, associate professor of history, said, “It was a big win for Romney.” According to the poll, 56 percent of registered voters thought Romney was the better candidate at the debate because of his new and aggressive ideas, and 28 percent said the debate made them feel more positive about Romney. The first debate dealt with issues of domestic policy and the candidates discussed the White House’s economic record with regards to past presidential administrations, Obama’s administration and what future administrations can do to help the struggling economy. Rusty Thysell, professor of government, said this first debate was important for both candidates, but Romney had something to prove. “For Romney it was do or die,” Thysell said. “He had to make a good impression.” Wilson said, “Romney showed a more moderate side and moved away from some of the specific positions that appeal strictly to the conservative base.” Obama’s approach to the debate

Although the 0.8 percent lower rate is good news for the Obama Administration, there is still progress to be made, and Julia Clark, Ipsos pollster, said it might not have a large impact on voter’s decisions. “Americans don’t change their views on how things are doing economically based on jobs numbers,” Clark said. “But focus on their personal experience.” Political scientists argue that political debates do not effect the election, but Wilson said the most recent debate and changes in the polls has impacted both candidates. “It shows the election is still volatile,” Wilson said. “It can also show that people are looking for a reason not to vote for the President.” With Election Day on Nov. 6, the presidential nominees have time to persuade their audience with two more debates scheduled for this month. 46 percent of people who watched the debate would watch the next debate. The next debate scheduled for tonight at 8 p.m. will feature Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan and will cover each candidate’s views on foreign and domestic policies. The presidential debates will resume with President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Mitt Romney on Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.

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Depression Day raises awareness Aimee Dwyer Reporter

Because nearly half of all college students report feeling depressed at some point in their college career, the Nicholls Counseling Center will offer students a free screening opportunity for depression in honor of National Depression Screening Day. “Social stigma, confusion, and lack of knowledge of the resources available to them prevent many students from learning about mental health disorders and seeking out the help they need,” Douglas G. Jacobs, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and founder of National Depression Screening Day, said. “An anonymous screening is a key first step in feeling better.” According to data from the fall 2011 National College Health Assessment from the American College Health Association, 30 percent of students reported feeling so depressed they could not function and nearly 50 percent felt overwhelming anxiety. College is a vulnerable time since stress is a common thing in a student’s life. Financial aid, social decisions, grades and dealing with professors are common triggers of

major stress, which often leads to situational depression. Many college students are faced with situational depression, which consists of short-term feelings brought on by circumstances such as breakups, failing a test or weight gain, on a fairly regular basis, according to mentalhealthscreening. org. Michele Caruso, director of Uni-

Questions commonly used to diagnose depression: * Have you lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy? * Have you been feeling hopeless about the future? * Have you had difficulty concentrating or making decisions? * Have you had feelings of worthlessness?

related to depression. These feelings can cause students to do things they would not do on a normal basis such as losing interest in socialization, sleeping in class, neglecting hygiene, making poor grades, and emotionally reacting to things taught in class. The National Institute of Mental Health stated depression can destroy a student’s academic performance. If someone feels they might be depressed, there is no shame in seeking help, Caruso said. She added it is better to receive help before the feelings become more severe. College students who suffer from depression are more likely to smoke and make other unhealthy choices, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Students who suffer from depression may not drink more alcohol than other students, but they are more likely to drink with the intent to get drunk. Dr. Caruso said students can help prevent and control depression by participating in frequent exercise. Exercise has a major impact on a person physically and mentally. The brain releases endorphins during physical exercise, which act as a natural mood booster. Although exercise can help control and prevent depression, some-

versity Counseling Center, said clinical depression is a drastic longterm mood change that affects every area of an individual’s life. To be diagnosed with clinical depression, someone must have constant feelings that negatively alter their mood for a minimum of two weeks. Feeling sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, lonely, guilty, worthless, see DEPRESSION page 8 helpless, irritable or restless can be The Nicholls Worth | 10.11.12 | Page 7

SAFETY continued from page 4 “Guardly allows users to connect to family and friends in an emergency and send a real-time alert.” Circle of Six is similar to Guardly, but it allows the user to pick six close individuals that will receive a message during emergencies at the touch of a button. “If students have the technology


to support an app that would act as one more mean of crime prevention, I am in support 100 percent,” Jaccuzzo said. “Nicholls is a safe environment, but we can not take it for granted. Safety and security on this campus should start with everyone having their own level of responsibility.”

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times anti-depressant medication is needed. Dr. Caruso said talk therapy sessions and taking an antidepressant drug is often the most effective treatment for clinical depression. National Depression Screening Day, which is today, will be held on Oct. 17 at Nicholls because of Homecoming activities this week. The Nicholls Counseling Center will acknowledge National Depression Screening Day with free screenings in the Union. A table will be set up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to direct students to a private room where a counselor will administer the screening test. Students can also take a free, anonymous online screening at in addition to the event on Oct. 17. Once a student completes the screening online, they receive immediate results. Anyone who scores positive with symptoms of depression is encouraged to follow-up with a health care provider or contact the University Counseling Center. Caruso said students who are seeking help have a safe and confidential place us in Elkins Hall, room 224. “Don’t be scared to ask for help; we are here for you,” Caruso said. “There is nothing to be ashamed of about asking for help with a mental issue.”



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Summer study abroad trip to Europe celebrates 40 years Staff Writer

Nicholls Study Abroad trip to Europe is open to the public and accepting sign ups for the 40th anniversary. The trip is scheduled for June 3, 2013 through June 18, 2013. Participants will travel from New Orleans to different cities in Germany for four days, then to a few popular cities in Italy for five days, the Swiss Alps for two days, Alsace, France for two days, and the trip will end with another day in Germany. The price of the trip includes a round trip fare from New Orleans for $3,995. This includes hotel accommodations, meals, all transportation between locations, air con-

ditioned motor coaches in Europe, sightseeing tours, English speaking guides, fees for one piece of luggage, administrative fees and a few other items. There is a payment plan option for the trip. A $100 deposit is due when participants turn in their application. A few weeks later, a $400 confirmation fee is due. These totals will hold the participants seats. As of Feb. 4, 2013, half of the final balance is due and March 4, 2013 is the deadline for the final payment. The participation application suggests trip cancellation insurance after the March 4, 2013 payment. The accommodations for the trips are among top accommodations, James Barnidge, program director and instructor of history, said.

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“We are not roughing it, we are staying in first class hotels,” Barnidge said. Prices for hotels on the trip were compared to how much it would cost spouses to go on the trip alone. The cost of the trip for spouses exceeded the total cost of the Nicholls trip, Barnidge said. This trip is open to any major, secretaries, deans, department heads and anyone in the community.

where we have been going for the past 40 years,” Barnidge said. “Also, we have built relationships over the years with hotels and companies to use their services.” Europe offers an opportunity for students to experience what they learn in the classroom in person, Barnidge said. There is also opportunity for students to pick up a new interest and appreciation for new material.

We chose Europe because it was where we have been going for the past 40 years. — James Barnidge

“We plan on bringing 92 participants, so students should sign up soon,” Barnidge said. “We already have 23 participants signed up.” Students can obtain three or six hours of college credit depending on the class, Barnidge said. He added that although the trip can count towards college credit, students could also go for recreational and informational purposes. Depending on the class and its syllabus, students may have to produce some type of work after the trip, Barnidge said. “We chose Europe because it was

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Barnidge said for example, previous students who went on the trip and were not interested in music visited Vienna and came back with a greater appreciation for music. Barnidge said another example from students was those who were not interrested in William Shakespere’s plays, who attended a performance in London and came back with a more positive attitude toward Shakespere. “It is for business majors, art majors, science majors, and really for everyone, and even if it is not for credit, it is still rewarding to see the

greatest art in the world,” Barnidge said. “ For example, last year different activities were going on and students were able to see the Pope.” Students will be able to go out into the different cities and learn about them, Barnidge said. “We do not take them and put them in a classroom; I can do that here,” Barnidge said. “I want them out seeing the works of art and doing, and experiencing the cities.” “I can teach in a classroom and show students the works of art and tell them about them, but they will not retain it the way they would if they were actually there,” Barnidge said. Some students are attending the trip because it sparks an interest they have based on their major. Kailie LeBlanc, history junior from Houma, said, “I am excited to go to Germany because I have studied the Nazi time period and want to see some of the historical places.” “Italy, France, Germany, Tuscany, Switzerland and Austria are places where history was made, where art is and where some of the greatest accomplishments of man kind were made,” Barnidge said. Participants can pick up applications and itineraries from 238 Peltier Hall.

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NICHOLLS ATHLETICS Women’s Soccer vs Southeastern Oct. 12 @ 4 p.m.

Football vs Sam Houston State Oct. 13 @ 6 p.m.

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The Nicholls State football team warms up before practice on Thursday.

Colonels football prepares for homecoming performance Jake Martin

Sports Editor Though Homecoming brings about pros and cons for a head coach and his football team, the pros eclipse the cons for head coach Charlie Stubbs. “The pros definitely outweigh the cons because a lot of the alumni and former players come back,” Stubbs said. “We’ll have a great atmosphere and an electric cloud. The kids and coaches will be super excited.” At the same time, Homecoming can provide many headaches for coaches because of the distractions they provide during the week, according to Stubbs. While Stubbs

wants his team to enjoy the festivities and activities that surround Homecoming, he wants his team focused for game time. “They’re young guys and can get distracted, but we have to watch over it and monitor it,” Stubbs said. “We want them to participate in the activities during the week, but when it gets close to 24 hours from the game, we try to start controlling their surroundings and getting their minds right.” Senior linebacker Jordan Piper, who was selected as the Southland Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for tying the program record for 23 total tackles against Central Arkansas, views the game

exactly how he views every game. To him, the Homecoming label doesn’t add any more pressure nor does it effect any of his preparation going into the game. He is trying to be “mature” about it. “I mean with Homecoming, it’s a lot of hype and a lot of events going around school and stuff, but we have to go to work,” Piper said. The Colonels are facing a team that holds a record of 3-2 and a 1-1 in the Southland Conference, and they are coming off of a 51-43 victory against Stephen F. Austin.  One of Sam Houston State’s losses is to Central Arkansas, who the Colonels lost to 34-14 last Saturday. Still, Sam Houston was picked to

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win the conference preseason by Sports Information Directors and coaches around the league. And though teams generally schedule easier opponents for Homecoming, Stubbs does not mind playing Sam Houston State. Stubbs looks at the situation as the Colonels have to play Bearkats during the season anyway. “It just so happens our schedule is front loaded right now,” Stubbs said. “It would be awesome for the program (to pull off the win).” Stubbs added that Sam Houston is a great team, and he would much rather play them at home rather than playing them there. When the Colonels play the Bear-

kats for Homecoming, Piper and this senior class will be trying to do something that they have failed to do their entire college career—win a Homecoming game. Piper said it is big for him to win this Homecoming not only because it is something he has been unable to do so far, but it would be a great building block for younger players. Furthermore, an upset against Sam Houston State would be huge for the Colonels, according to Piper. “As a senior, you’d like to leave off on a good note and get the program jumped off in the right direction. Show the young guys that we can do this and dominate this conference,” Piper said.

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Women’s soccer team prepares for southeastern match Sports Writer

With nearly a week since their last game, the Nicholls soccer team is set to face Southeastern tomorrow at the Nicholls Soccer Complex. Southeastern will come in with a 7-6-1 record, looking to add to their lone conference victory. Nicholls, 5-8 on the season, will be playing for their first win in the Southland Conference.

game against the Lions. In the final minutes against McNeese, the Colonels had a chance to even the score, but could not convert the shot into a goal. “It was a prime example of the game of soccer,” Harrison said. “If you have an early mistake, you get punished for it.” Nicholls has not lost by more than two scores in conference, but have been unable to score a goal in the same games. Against McNeese, the Colonels had more

spino leads the team in shots, including six last week against McNeese. Like Harrison though, Valdespino would like to see more of those shots get to the net. “I think it is just our composure,” Valdespino said. “When you get the ball by the goal, you are just thinking all these different things.” Rather than spending too much time on the opponent, Valdespino has stayed focused on her and her teammates’ performance and abil-

The reality is that we played well. That was us putting them on their heels and pushing the tempo.

According to fourth year coach Dylan Harrison, the team has been putting in some productive practices with the season coming into full swing. “Last week we had one of our best training sessions this year,” Harrison said. “So we want to build on that.” Coming off a 1-0 loss to McNeese last Friday, the Colonels put focus on closing out opponents in preparation for Friday’s

— Dylan Harrison

corner kicks and shots than the Cowgirls in the loss. “The reality is that we played well,” Harrison said. “That was us putting them on their heels and pushing the tempo. We just have to find a way to not give up that early goal, and if we do, get it back.” Freshman Spencer Valdespino, a top offensive performer for the Colonels, has shown a knack for getting the ball to the goal. Valde-

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ity to take advantage of offensive opportunities heading into tomorrow’s match. “I do not know very much about Southeastern or what they are about,” Valdespino said. “We just have to calm down, look where the goalie is not and take the shot. Finishing is our number one thing right now because we are staying in games.” Harrison stressed that scoring see SOCCER page 19

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The team huddles up for a pep talk at the women’s soccer game against McNeese on Friday afternoon.

Injured player remains as a team player Jacob Williams Sports Writer

Junior Brooke Hopper transferred from Wharton County Community College in Texas to join the Nicholls volleyball team this season. Hopper was injured earlier in the season but still took some time to speak to the Nicholls Worth about the transition to Thibodaux, Louisiana, and how to be a teammate while injured. Q: What was the transition like from junior college to Nicholls? A: It was a pretty easy transition because it is going from a college to a college, but the people here were really nice. They helped out with anything I needed. Q: How is it different here

than where you were before? A: It is a lot bigger. Where I was before, all we had was volleyball, baseball and rodeo. Here we have almost every sport and so many more people on campus who are willing to help you. Q: Was it an easy adjustment for you? You were a captain before, so what was it like getting acclimated to a new team? A: I am just really proud of our team. I think we work really hard all year long. We have a really good team and really good team chemistry. We are all best friends, and it really helps us get along on and off the court. Q: How do you like Louisiana? A: I like it a lot. It is not too dif-

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ferent from Texas, but it is a little different. It is fun. Q: How is it different? A: Just down here it is some of the speaking, the words and phrases and stuff like that, but it is fun and I like it. I like learning new stuff. Q: What made you choose Nicholls? A: When I came on my visit, I really liked the college. I really liked the campus. It just made me feel like I was really wanted and welcomed. It was just a nice atmosphere. Q: Do you feel like, even being injured, it is good to still be around everyone as far as being new and building team chemistry? see VOLLEYBALL page 19

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Injured Brooke Hopper, junior from Tomball, Texas, walks around the court to meet with her team during half time.


2012 2012 Homecoming Court

Raleigh Benoit St. Thomas Aquinas Amber Boudreaux Nicholls State Cheerleading Mallory Carrere Phi Mu Brittany Chiasson Sigma Sigma Sigma Lauren Lombardo Circle K International Carly Orlando La Pirogue Yearbook Lauren Pitre Delta Zeta

John Berger Sigma Sigma Sigma


Trevor Boudreaux Nicholls Honors Program Mitchell Callahan Nicholls State Cheerleading Drew Eschete Delta Zeta Cameron Esponge Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chukwuebuka Ezema Nicholls International Community Tanner Thibodeaux Kappa Sigma


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Females Raleigh Benoit

Amber Bourdreaux

If your life was a sitcom, what would it be and why?

Who is one person that has inspired you, and why?

We’re kind of like the Brady Bunch. I have five brothers and sisters who all live in one house and we just all get along very well. A big Brady Bunch family.

Jesus Christ in the tabernacle at St. Thomas because he is the source of all things, like a boss.

Brittany Chiasson

Mallory Carrere

What is one life lesson you want to live to tell your grandchildren?

If you could break or set one world record what would it be, and why?

Let your smile change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.

To lick my elbow, because no one else can do it.

Lauren Lombardo

Carly Orlando

Who is one person who has inspired you, and why?

What is one life lesson you want to live to tell your grandchildren?

Matthew Jewel. I’ve always wanted to be tall and he makes we want to be tall.

Live each day as if it’s your last because time goes by quickly and life is short.

Lauren Pitre Ten years from now, what do you want people to remember about your time at Nicholls? I would want people to remember me for being spirited, having a positive attitude and being really friendly. I want people to remember me as someone who always had a smile on her face and someone who was really passionate.

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Males John Berger

Trevor Boudreaux

Ten years from now, what do you want people to remember about your time at Nicholls?

What is one life lesson you want to live to tell your grandchildren? Don’t be afraid to get involved. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you try.

That I gave my all and had no regrets.

Drew Eschete

Mitchell Callahan

Who is one person who has inspired you, and why?

If you were a mad scientist, what animals would you combine to make a never-beforeseen hybrid creature?

My girlfriend because all the things she’s accomplished and all the organizations that she’s in, the way she’s handling herself and still getting amazing grades is really inspiring and it shows me what I can do that too.

I would combine a spider and a pig, the outcome... SpiderPig!

Camron Esponge

Chukwuebuka Ezema

If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?

If your life was a television show, what would it be and why?

Trustworthy. My friends know if I’m not worried about doing things to be popular, or acting out of my character. I’m the same person, no matter what crowd I’m around.

The Real World because I constantly meet new people. It’s a crazy life.

Tanner Thibodeaux

What is one life lesson you want to live to tell your grandchildren? Always remember your last words to someone, and always try to resolve problems because you never know what can happen.

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Folse and Silverii talk about their year as NSU royalty Kami Ellender

Lagniappe Editor

Hailey Silverii Q: What was your first thought when they announced your name last year? A: I honestly couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I really thought at all. I was really shocked and my reflexes kicked in. Q: What did you enjoy the most about your “year as royalty”? A: People congratulated me a lot right after, but there really wasn’t a difference. People weren’t stopping me in the hallway, or bowing to me or anything. Every now and then someone would come up to me and say “You’re the Homecoming queen right?” The faculty and staff noticed more than students. Q: Did the experience change you? A: It didn’t change me, but I guess it opened my eyes to how many people knew of me on campus and thought well of me. Q: If you REALLY ruled the University as queen, what would you change or improve? A: I think I would want more school spirit. Q: What was your favorite Homecoming event? A: I liked the parade because it was my first time riding in a parade. Even though there weren’t very many people out there, it was still fun. Q: Did you have any royal responsibilities? A: My duties are to be at the pep rally this year, and the Homecoming game. Q: Who is your favorite Disney princess and why? A: I always liked Ariel, just because. I liked her hair. Q: Do you own a tiara? A: I do now. Q: What is the shiniest item that you own? A: I have this gold jacket with really big shoulder pads that is covered in

gold sequins. Q: What outfit makes you feel the most royal? A: The suit I wore for Homecoming. I wear it for interviews for medical school and it gives me a little confidence boost. Q: Do you have an Evil Queen side and when does it come out? A: No, I really can’t be mean. I’ve tried. Maybe when I play sports, like intramural volleyball. Q: What are you up to and involved in now? A: I’m just trying to enjoy my last year here and balance my time between all school, family, friends and organizations before I leave to go to medical school. I’m still in Sigma, Order of Omega, the Honors Program and Pre-Professional Medical Association. I work at the Rec. Center and the Thibodaux Women’s Center. Q: What are your goals for the future? A: I’m in the interview process for medical school right now. I applied to LSU in Schrieveport and LSU in New Orleans. I’m just waiting to hear from them. New Orleans is my first choice. Q: Do you have a king or prince in real life? A: No. Still looking.

Tyler Folse Q: What was your first thought when they announced your name? A: I was shocked to say the least. I was not anticipating it at all. Q: What did you enjoy the most about your “year as royalty”? A: Graduation. Q: Did the experience change you? A: It was definitely an eye-opening experience. I was flabbergasted. I just got heckled at work. That was about it. Q: What was your favorite Homecoming event? A: Definitely tailgating before. We didn’t get to stay for very long, but

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After being declared homecoming king and queen at halftime on Oct. 22, 2011, Tyler Folse, 2012 graduate from Cut Off, celebrates with Hailey Silverii, biology senior from Thibodaux.

it was definitely enjoyable for the little time we were able to go.

Q: What is the shiniest item that you own?

Q: If you REALLY ruled the University as king, what would you change or improve?

A: A hat that I got from a social. I don’t remember how I ended up with it.

A: No class on Friday.

Q: Do you have an Evil King side and when does it come out?

Q: Who is your favorite Disney princess and why? A: Sleeping Beauty because I aspire to be like her. Q: Do you own a tiara? A: No, I do not.

Q: What are your goals for the future? A: To finish physical therapy school. Q: Do you have a queen or princess in real life? A: Yes, my mother.

A: Yes, from sleep or food deprivation. Q: What are you up to and involved in now? A: I’m at LSU in New Orleans for physical therapy school.

Q: If you could make up a royal name for yourself, what would it be and why? A: O’Doyle, because O’Doyle rules!

Men’s tennis team has impressive showing at Lamar Staff Writer

This past weekend while competing in the Lamar Cardinal Classic, the Nicholls men’s tennis team had an impressive showing. In some collegiate tennis tournaments that do not have very many schools competing, players are broken up into flights that are determined on skill level. Each flight usually features two athletes

was my first real taste of competition since last May,” Kozionov said. “It felt good to get back out there and compete because I haven’t felt that way since the conference tournament last year.” In the Flight 1 bracket, freshmen Nico Mertens competed in the Flight 1 bracket, where he made it to the finals, where he would eventually lose in two sets. Mertens finished with a 3-1 record for the weekend.

It was a great accomplishment for me to win this title because it was my first real tast of competition since last May. — Dmitry Kozionov

from each school. Senior Dmitry Kozionov won the Fight 2 singles bracket with an undefeated record of 4-0. After winning his pool, Kozionov qualified for the finals, where he would ultimately win in three sets. Success is no stranger to Kozionov, who has been named All-Southland Conference three times. “It was a great accomplishment for me to win this title because it

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Assistant Coach Dmitry Lebedev was very proud of Kozionov and Merten’s performance. “Dmitry had a very good weekend, even after battling a wrist injury,” Lebedev said. “He came out fired up and he is continuing to get better every day. Nico is a great player with a great spirit and he has an unbelievable work ethic.” Lebedev was also pleased with see TENNIS page 19


Dmitry Kozionov advanced to the championship on Sunday.

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Opinion By Jake Martin

Stephan Bonnar faces the toughest challenge of his MMA career Stephan Bonnar faces an immeasurable task this Saturday at UFC 153. Bonnar, whose career can simply be defined as mediocre as best, will fight the greatest fighter of all time, Anderson Silva. It’s a light heavyweight bout, so Silva’s middleweight championship will not be on the line. But according to Bonnar that doesn’t matter. On UFC 153’s countdown show, Bonnar said this is the biggest fight of his career and beating Silva would be bigger than any belt he could ever win. He’s dead on. Being the first man to beat Silva in the UFC is a challenge that fighters dream about, and after some rearranging went down heading into this Pay-Per View, Bonnar got the call of a lifetime. One would believe that he was graced with that call for being in one of the greatest fights in UFC history with Forrest Griffin in the first ever Ultimate Fighter Finale. You know, the fight where Bonnar and Griffin beat each other senseless for three rounds in the first fight card aired on Spike TV. That fight introduced fight fans to a new sport, and the sport is still alive and kicking because of it.

That makes this event with Bonnar vs. Silva special. Here’s one of UFC’s golden boys fighting the greatest champion in the company’s history. But then again, the last time this happened, the results didn’t go so well for the golden boy. Griffin fought Silva years ago at light heavyweight at UFC 101, and Silva embarrassed Griffin. He not only knocked him out in the first round, but he mentally broke him with his matrix-like moves and pinpoint striking accuracy. Will Saturday night go different for Bonnar? He doesn’t have knockout power, and his submission game is strong but nowhere near Silva’s level. He’s never had a career-defining win, and after going 8-5 in his UFC career, to say he’s an underdog in this fight against Silva, really is putting it lightly. But that doesn’t mean Bonnar doesn’t have a chance. He’s a tough, durable fighter that has never been knocked out. More importantly for fight fans, he always pushes the pace. That means fight fans should either witness one of two things—another spectacular Silva knockout or the biggest upset in combat sports history.


Anderson Silva will move up to 205 to face Stephan Bonnar this weekend at UFC 153 in his home country of Brazil.

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VOLLEYBALL continued from page 12 A: It really helps. Even though I am injured, I still want to do as much as I can on the sidelines to help them. I will tell them what shots they have open and talk to them like I would if I was playing or on the bench. Q: Almost like a coach?


A: Yeah, I kind of just help them however I can. Q: Being injured right when you are starting, do you feel driven to come back?

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A: I do. I want to get better, but I also want to get back on the court as soon as I can.

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can be difficult but it is necessary to make those close shots count. “Scoring goals is not easy,” Harrison said. “Part of scoring goals is dealing with pressure, and you are not going to get a ton of opportunities. For that one opportunity you do get, it is about whether you can

take that deep breath and finish. That is what separates the great finishers from the other players who are capable, but cannot finish.” The Colonels have four games left in the regular season after Friday’s matchup, all against conference competition.





































TENNIS continued from page 17 their doubles team’s results. In doubles action, juniors Jamie Eccleton and James Russell competed in the flight 1 division alongside fellow teammates Damian Despotovski and Kozionov. Each duo picked up a win before elimination in the semifinals. Freshman Jeoffrey Noblecourt was paired with Manuel Estruega in the flight 2 doubles bracket. They won their first two matches, but fell short in the championship.

With successful results as these, Lebedev is proud of where the team is right now, but is focused on improving before the team’s first match Jan. 18. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but we almost everything we could ask from our guys,” Lebedev said. “The incoming guys have come in and made a great impact on our team. The experienced players have influenced these new guys and made their transition easier.”

Moving forward with consideration for the upcoming season, Lebedev stressed the importance that doubles play had on the outcome of conference last year and he is sure the same will be the case this year too. “I think the doubles will be key to winning the Southland this year because that is all it came down to last year,” Lebedev said. “We have got a lot of singles talent, so everyone will be fighting to make the top six.”

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Voice of the Wetlands | pg. 23

Campus Voices | pg. 24

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Chad Durocher and Maggie Hunt practice a scene during Tuesday night’s rehearsal of “Almost, Maine.”

Nicholls players present a tale about love in a small town Kiana White Reporter

This weekend, the Nicholls community can join the University’s acting group, the Nicholls Players, for John Cariani’s Broadway play, “Almost, Maine”. This tale is about a small town where people fall in and out of love in the strangest places and situations. Anna Broussard, Nicholls Players director and speech instructor, said “Almost, Maine” is a full-out romantic comedy. “I decided to do something lighthearted and happy because of all of the negativity surrounding our country and the election,” Broussard said. “I decided to do a show about love instead of contributing to the negativity.” “Almost, Maine” is a series of nine vignettes about couples living in the mythical town of Almost.

This small town in Maine never acquired accreditation, so Almost becomes known as an unorganized place. Since the show does not specify any main characters, they tend to stumble upon each other at different times throughout the play. Broussard said she chose this off-Broadway play because she wants people to know that theater does not have to be political or serious. “Almost, Maine” has a message and a lot of sweet sentiments about love, but audiences should come prepared to laugh. Chad Durocher, mass communication sophomore from Houma, said the show should have success because of the “wonderful cast and director”. “It’s going to be a wonderful production and it’ll be a lot of fun to watch and be a part of,” Durocher said. “Almost, Maine” shares some romantic elements with Shake-

speare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but the plot and characters are totally different. Since there are more characters in the play than Nicholls Players, some of the group members are playing more than one role. Durocher plays two characters including East, a repairman, and Steve who has a disability and lives in a boarding home. Sarah Ballard, Sociology senior from Hamdon, Connecticut, plays Jinette, a young girl who is new to love, and Marci, an older woman whose husband does not pay any attention to her. Koryn Boyd, art freshman from Pointe-Aux-Chenes, plays a busy waitress who stumbles upon conflict and Rhonda, who does not know what men “go for” in a woman. Trey Acosta, english junior from Cut-off, plays a lazy, hopeless romantic named Lendall and married man named Phil who lets work in-

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terfere with his family. Frank DiNicola, english senior from Morgan City, plays Chad, a blue-collar worker who is single and Chad’s co worker Dave, an overt romantic. TreShaun Nunez, a Psychology freshman from Morgan City plays the socially awkward and inexperienced lover Pete and the mysterious Danny. Julia Franks, English education freshman from Franklin, plays Gale, whose biological clock is ticking. Maggie Hunt, history sophomore from Baton Rouge, plays Marvelin, who has an abusive boyfriend. Alana Buquoi, athletic training sophomore from Marrero plays the widowed chatterbox, Glory who spends her days in a stranger’s backyard. Patrice Gilton, elementary education freshman from Thibodaux, plays Hope, a confused psycho.

Hannah Johnson, English freshman from Independence, plays the impatient Sandrine. Aaron Lirette, English junior from Marrero, plays an ex-girlfriend chaser, Jimmy, and Randy, who tends to find love in strange places. “I want people to understand that love is an uncontrollable force that happens seemingly randomly,” Lirette said. “We are never really prepared when we fall in love but no matter what, love is always a beautiful thing and sometimes, it’s a little funny.” The play will be performed Oct. 11 - 13 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Mary M. Danos Theatre in Talbot Hall. General admission is $10 and $5 with a Student ID. The proceeds go to the Nicholls Players’ budget for future performances. Tickets can be purchased in advanced by call 985-448-4586.

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(1) Sigma Sigma Sigma’s homecoming display depicting the Colonels playing their homecoming game. (2) Kappa Sigma’s football field homecoming display. (3) The homecoming display by Student Educators And Leaders (SEALS) featuring Colonel Tillou telling the Colonels to “play like a pro.” (4) The homecoming display by Sigma Alpha Epsilon depicting Colonel Tillou barbecuing a Bearcat. (5) Phi Mu’s homecoming display depicting a comic book featuring Super Colonel.

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Wetlands festival addresses need for coastal restoration Staff Writer

The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, VOW, gives the Houma area a dose of culture and music while aiming to address the need for coastal restoration throughout the nation. VOW, founded by Grammy nominee and 2012 Blues Music Awards’ Blues Musician of the Year Tab Benoit, is a free event hosted by the Voice of the Wetlands foundation and is scheduled for Oct. 12 through Oct. 14 at the Southdown Museum and Plantation Grounds in Houma. American blues artists Elvin Bishop and Mickey Thomas of Starship will give this year’s headlining performance on Oct. 13th. Elvin Bishop is a traveling blues and rock-and-roll musician from California who has been a traveling musician since 1963. Thomas is an American blues and rock singer from Georgia who is best known for founding the rock band Starship, a spin-off band

of the group Jefferson Starship. Bishop’s song “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” featuring Mickey Thomas, became a record chart hit in 1976. VOW also features The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars who, along with performing throughout the state, also raise awareness about erosion happening along the Gulf Coast. Group mem-

truly talented cultural and blues musical ensemble.” VOW Communications Director and Festival Volunteer Coordinator Percy Rodriguez said. Other musical performances include Louisiana LeRoux featuring Fergie Frederiksen, Dash Rip Rock, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Mike Zito, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Hollywood

Ghost Town and Chubby Carrier and Bayou Swamp Band. Rodriguez said that festivalgoers can expect rich Cajun culture throughout this event. “[This will be] a weekend long celebration with a perfect mix of music, food, dance and drink, all within a festival atmosphere.” Rodriguez said. “Exhibitors educate and share their knowledge of

[This will be] a weekend long celebration with a perfect mix of music, food, dance, and drink, all within a festival atmosphere.

bers include Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Corey Duplechin, Johnny Vidacovich, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone and Waylon Thibodeaux. “The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars are recognized by rave reviews and sold out performances across the nation as a

— Percy Rodriguez Reunion, Friday Night Guitar Fights, The original Wild Magnolias, Sol Driven Train, Ben Labat and Happy Devil, St. Lucy Choir, Heath Ledet and the Blue Label Trio, Tommy G and Stormy Weather, Big Daddy O, Ed Willis and Blues for Sale, Terri McPhail Chiasson, Christian Serpas and

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all aspects related to coastal land loss, as well as plans and strategies for sustainability.” Throughout festival grounds festival-goers can participate in a variety of activities, including a silent auction, a children’s area, art exhibits featuring south Louisiana artists, wetland exhibits, the

festival’s annual raffle and the 5k10k Race for the Wetlands. Along with many activities occurring throughout the festival, the crowd also can expect a variety of food choices, mainly inspired by Cajun cuisine. “The festival’s Cajun food fare teases the visitor’s palate with traditional Cajun dishes like jambalayas and sauce piquantes while still offering a selection of classic American fair food.” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez believes what VOW stands for is something worth volunteering time to. “As a volunteer going into my 7th year of support for the Voice of the Wetlands, my belief is that I have truly found a cause worthy of my time and effort. It is a cause dedicated to saving my Cajun culture, my community and the land of my ancestors,” Rodriguez said. People interested in volunteering for VOW can go to the volunteer sign-up table at the festival, beginning Oct. 12, and sign-up.

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“I like the football game. I feel that the Homecoming game really brings out the pride Nicholls students have in their school.” -Seth Moncrief, biology senior from Morgan City

“I love the football game activities and the parade because I like the atmosphere. I’m always with students and I love to be a part if it.” -Susan M Robichaux, associate professor of biology “My favorite thing is all the events and getting together with all my friends and sometimes family.” -David Brown, biology sophomore from Walker

What is your thing about Homecoming and why? “I like how everyone has school spirit; win or lose, everyone is a part of Nicholls.” -Joel Fussell, freshman

“The tailgating, because I get to see all my friends and family. Also, I love to eat.” -Reneisha Stewart, psychology sophomore from Houma

“I like just being able to spend the whole day with my friends and not having to worry about anything.” -Jenna Cornes, freshman from Gonzales

“I really like the school spirit; it’s a time to just be proud of your school.” -Dallas Guidry, freshman COMPILED BY MEAGAN KENNY PHOTOS BY CHELSEA CHAUVIN GRAPHIC BY KRISTEN ELLENDER

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In a time when news and information is largely shared through the Internet, it can often be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. There are biased online news sources, blogs, journals, and other sites, some of which are even entirely satire. Facts, figures, and reports can be twisted one way or another, the truth can be stretched, and made-up stories and statements can be presented as authentic. These problems with getting at the truth are greatly magnified when it comes to social networking. Sites like Facebook and Twitter, and even online communications like email, can increase the speed at which these distortions and lies reach everyday people. One person mistakenly finds false information and decides to email it to everyone at the office, and suddenly there are several Facebook arguments about something that isn’t true

Opinion Policy

are left scrambling for the truth. The most effective way to discover the truth is to take everything you read online with a grain of salt. Shop around, get ideas and viewpoints from various sources, and realize that just because something is popular it is not necessarily authentic. Talk to real people, gather real opinions by word of mouth rather than from a mass email. Discover truth in real issues that inhabit your everyday life instead of blowing the issues you read about online completely out of proportion. Weigh what you read online equally with your reallife experiences and the experiences of others. Sensationalized Youtube videos and angry Facebook rants should have as little influence on a well-informed person’s opinions as possible.

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