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NICHOLLS WORT H Volume 58 Issue 1

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012

Lagniappe | page 19

Sports | page 7

Editorial | page 29

NSU Teacher Arrested By Channing Parfait News Editor

class offerings to decrease. “The University is trying their hardest to make sure students are serviced and sheltered from the effects as much as possible,” Barrilleaux said. “Despite the budget cuts, all programs are still in tact, but class offerings might not be as convenient to students as before.” Dial said the University is making changes throughout the campus to assist with the burden of the cuts. To cut down on cost, the University has started to switch over from printing refund checks to direct deposit. For student employees, time sheets have moved online. Also, 99 percent of admissions applications are now online. This saves the University from having to pay someone to receive

Jiba Raj Acharya, former assistant professor of chemistry, was arrested on Aug. 6 for allegedly engaging in illegal activity with a juvenile over the Internet. Detective Brandon Trahan with the Franklin Police Department said a parent from Franklin had reason to believe their daughter was engaging in indecent behavior with Acharya over the Internet through the use of instant messenger. The Franklin Police Department Criminal Investigations Technology Unit, along with Louisiana State Police Troop I, Thibodaux Police Department and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s Office conducted a joint investigation on the accusations against Acharya for several months. Acharya was arrested and charged with two counts each of computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes, attempted possession of pornography involving juveniles, and indecent behavior with juveniles. Prior to complaints filed by the family in Franklin, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s Office had an arrest warrant for Acharya for the same charges that stemmed from another underage female. According to St. Mary Parish Jail information, Acharya remains in the St. Mary Parish jail with a set bond of $180,000. His next court appearance in St. Mary Parish is scheduled for Oct. 3. Acharya received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2011 with a specialization in organic and analytical chemistry and taught in the Nicholls physical sciences de-

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On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the day before the first day of the Fall 2012 semester Fee Collections in Elkins Hall is still busy with students paying their tution which was due at 4:15 that day.

CUTS CONTINUE Additional cuts affect University’s future

By Pauline Wilson Staff Writer

Students face changes in the number of classes offered, hours of student services and other reductions due to recent budget cuts. University President Stephen Hulbert addressed faculty and staff on the issue over the summer through a series of emails. Hulbert revealed in a July 1 email that cuts to the University in June 2012 totaled $5.3 million. The cuts were a result of the state reducing money invested into the University. $4.6 million of the cut came from a lack of state funding, insurance premiums and retirement costs, while the other $737,000 of the cut came from the lack of tuition coming into the University.

The cuts are causing layoffs and the dissolving of vacant faculty and staff positions further resulting in the reduction of class sections. Student services, such as the Office of Career Services and the Office of Disability Services, have had to cut positions and change hours of operation. The Counseling Center has also taken a reduction in staff. “Employee layoffs began Aug. 1, resulting in 28 layoffs and the elimination of 65 vacant positions,” Hulbert said in the July 1 email. In an Aug. 15 email, Hulbert detailed that of the employees laid off, two were faculty members and 26 were various employees and staff members ranging from advisors in University College to administrative assistants.

“This is an agonizing process, leaving good people jobless and introducing increased burdens to those left behind,” Hulbert said in a July 31 email. The unfilled positions were vacant previous to the budget cut, and will continue to be unfilled or an adjunct will be hired to take on some of the workload. “Employees are also taking on jobs that they are not designated to do to assist the University in this hard time,” Vice President of Student Affairs Eugene Dial said. “With the reduction in staff, students may see slower responses from departments because of the cut.” Vice President of Academic Affairs Laynie Barrilleaux said layoffs and vacancies are causing class sizes to increase and

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Changes made to some students’ meal plans The 10 and 15 meal plan option has been changed. You will no longer be able to use these on weekends. If you have already submitted your option, and you plan on eating on campus during the weekend, you will have until Aug. 29 to change it to fit your needs.

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Parking Changes Due to varying needs and demands, some parking spaces are being/will be repainted or relocated over the next few weeks. Please take extra care while parking, as a space that you usually park in may be one that has changed. The biggest change that is taking effect is the employee parking behind the Cafeteria. Due to the high number of employees in the Union and Cafeteria, several red spaces along Madewood Drive on the side of the Cafeteria will be changed into student spaces and the spaces in the parking lot behind the Cafeteria will be red for employees. No one is allowed to park on Bowie Road at any time.

Scholarships Available to Students A list of available scholarships can be found in the Inside Students e-mail sent out by the University. Students may pick up applications in the Financial Aid Office. Applications should be returned to the Financial Aid Office no later than Sept. 7 unless otherwise noted on the application.

Thibodaux Freecycle Use this new organization to find or offer different items. Items such as furniture, clothes, appliances, plants, books, etc. can be listed. The goal of the organization is “to reduce waste by connecting people who would otherwise throw away unwanted items with others seeks those same items.” No item is too big or small but all items must be 100% free.

University Police were advised of a Sodexo worker threatening another employee. An officer responded and interviewed witnesses. The officer also made contact with the other two individuals on the next shift.

July 26 An anonymous caller stated that members in her class in Polk Hall were being followed by an unknown person. Members of Polk Hall staff were advised of a physical description of the suspect. Officers also implemented a plan to apprehend the subject.

August 12 University Police received an anonymous complaint of a small black and white stray dog on campus. The caller stated that she last saw the dog on Audubon Drive, behind the BCM. Sergeant Tullis and Officer Taylor responded to the area and located the dog on Audubon Drive near Highway 1. The dog appeared to be very friendly and came to Sergeant Tullis when he called it to him. The dog did not have a collar or any identification. The dog was transported to the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter in Thibodaux.

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Sorority letters on display in the quad to remind girls on campus to sign up during recruitment week.


• Free popsicles in Student Union from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Chi Alpha Back to School Bash at 5 p.m. • Alpha II Omega Welcome Back Concert at 6 p.m. in Peltier Auditorium

MON • Sailesh: Hypnotist Extraordinaire in Peltier Auditorium at 7 p.m. • Sundaes on Monday in St. Thomas Aquinas Café from 1 to 3 p.m. • Aethletics Football Kickoff Luncheon


• “Accepted” playing in Le Bijou at 7 p.m. • Open Mic Night at St. Thomas Aquinas Café at 6:30 p.m.



• “Accepted” playing in Le Bijou at 7 p.m.






TUES • Pool Tournament in Le Bon Temps game room at 3 p.m. • “Accepted playing in Le Bijou at 7 p.m. • Not on Bread Alone in St. Thomas Aquinas Café from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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• Pool Tournament in Le Bon Temps game To have an room at 3 p.m. organization’s • “Accepted playing events or in Le Bijou at 7 p.m. meetings in the • Not on Bread Alone calendar, send information to in St. Thomas nas Café from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



















Projects continue despite cuts By Channing Parfait News Editor

Despite massive budget cuts, the University plans to move forward with the construction and renovation of several facilities as a way to attract more students to campus. Michael Davis, assistant vice president for facilities, said in the past, the University lost students during the recruitment process because of poor facilities. “We’re in competition for students,” Davis said. “We have to have facilities that today’s college student is looking for.” Davis said students consider the academics Nicholls has to offer but they also want better living conditions and activities such as the recreation center. The opening of the recreation center will no longer put Nicholls at a disadvantage when it comes to recruitment since it is the only University left in the state without such a facility. “We are excited to deliver this project to students,” Davis said. Alyssa Sarrazin, psychology freshmen from Mandeville, said she likes the renovations and addition of the recreation center

because it allows Nicholls to keep up with other college campuses. “All the new things and renovations leave a better first impression,” Sarrazin said. To offset budget cuts in the past few years, the University had to find new ways to fund projects that would keep Nicholls in competition for students. Recreation Center The Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center is a project that has been in the works since 2003. The recreation center was funded through the NSU Facilities Corporation, which is a 501(C)(3) corporation formed to help Nicholls with all of their construction projects. Davis said the state of Louisiana does not fund building projects such as residence halls, cafeterias and recreation centers. However, the state allows universities to work with 501(C)(3) corporations, which are public service groups that are allowed tax breaks, to speed up the construction process. The University leases the property to a 501(C)(3) corporation, which puts together a bond issue that is paid for by student fees. The corporation then constructs

the building and, upon completion, leases it back to the University. When the bonds are paid off, the building becomes University property. Davis said without 501(C)(3) corporations and bond issues, construction projects could take up to six to ten years longer, a large time frame that would threaten University enrollment. “When higher education needs something, we need it now,” he said. “If we don’t get it now the students go elsewhere.” While most students would like to see more money go towards tuition, Davis said money sold in the form of bonds for a certain project can be used only towards that specific project. “The money has to be spent on the construction and furnishing of that facility,” Davis said. “You can’t take a penny for anything else.” Whitney Nelton, psychology junior from Houma, said she understands that delegated money can be used only for specific projects but still wishes there was a way to apply money towards degree programs and other things associated with academics. “I don’t think all these proj-



Chef John Kozar, MBOE, department head checks out the official blueprints for the new culinary building on August 17, 2012.

ects are wasteful, but I wish the state would also consider funding majors that Nicholls had to cut,” Nelton said. Culinary Building Another element of the recruitment process at Nicholls is the John Folse Culinary Institute. Over the past 15 years, the Culinary Arts program has grown from about 50 students to 300 students while their location remains in the same corner of Gouaux Hall. Unlike the recreation center, the Culinary Arts building is not a local project through the NSU facilities corporation and will not

be funded through the sale of bonds. Instead, it is a state project through the Facility Planning and Control Office. The state has approved 8.1 million towards the cost of the building. The University had to raise 4.5 million through cash and equipment donations. There was no more than 2.2 million in equipment donations since the remaining 2.3 million was necessary to construct the building. Davis said the final design of the building should be complete by the end of September. The University hopes to begin the bid see CONSTRUCTION page 9

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Health insurance made optional Reporter

In the presence of some of the largest budget cuts to the University in the past decade, the faculty involved with Student Health Services (SHS) shared in a press release that not much has changed. There is still a mandatory fee students pay that entitles them to free appointments with the resi-

ance is paid off at the end of the semester. Students are responsible for contacting their insurance provider to determine what their copay, the amount an insured person must pay out of pocket before their health insurer pays for a visit or service, might be. Another way SHS has changed the way they operate is what insurance companies they support. This change resulted almost directly from the Affordable Care Act that

at $576 for the fall and spring semesters, and $351 for the summer session. That is more expensive than the old policy, but Garvey defended this increase in price. “The one we (the University) had before was a lot less, but the limits were a lot less,” Garvey said. “This is the best we could do with the changes we were given.” Limits represent the amount

This is the best we come do with the changes we were given. — Diane Garvey

dent physician. In this visit they can do what one can expect with a university doctor, such as asking for medical advice or getting athletics-related paperwork filed. Some things will change, however. SHS will no longer bill health insurance providers directly. Instead they will charge whatever fees a student was incurred directly to the student’s banner account. A student going into SHS this fall for a flu shot, for example, is responsible for making sure the bal-

was passed in March of 2010. The act increased what insurance companies are legally required to provide the insured, and this made the old policy the University provided obsolete. Rather than wait for the policy to adapt to all the changes to health care law, the University adopted one that was 100% in compliance already. Diane Garvey, director of SHS, said the University picked the best available option, priced

By Anthony Lajaunie

up to which an insurance company can pay. Some health insurance policies only pay for health care up to a certain dollar amount. The insured person may be expected to pay any charges in excess of the health plan’s maximum payment for a specific service. In addition, some insurance company schemes have annual or lifetime coverage maximums. In these cases, the health plan will stop payment when the maximum see HEALTH page 6

Papers fill the shelf in University Health Services.

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West Nile Virus cases increase Staff Writer

Due to the recent increase in cases of West Nile Virus, students may want to be more aware of the virus and preventative actions. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), “West Nile Virus is a mosquitoborne disease that can cause illness to people and animals.” Mosquitos get the virus through infected birds.

56 total cases of West Nile Virus this year in Louisiana. 37 of those cases are neuroinvasive, and 15 are non-neuroinvasive. There have also been six deaths. A neuroinvasive case is a severe case that affects a person’s nervous system. This can include inflammation of the brain, the membrane around the brain and the spinal cord. Inflammation to any one part can cause additional problems, the CDC said. The non-neuroinvasive

and skin rash. Approximately four out of five people that are infected never show symptoms, according to the CDC. “The majority of people with West Nile Virus do not know they have it,” University Physician Anna Falcon said. The time of infection to the onset of symptoms is between two to 15 days, according to the CDC. Falcon said symptoms of the West Nile Virus are typical vague vi-

2012 is going to be the highest year for West Nile Virus because of the warm conditions in the early part of the year.

“In a small number of cases, West Nile Virus can be transmitted through blood transfusions, transplants and breastfeeding,” the Center of Disease and Control (CDD) said. “2012 is going to be the highest year for West Nile Virus because of the warm conditions in the early part of the year,” DHH State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard said. According to the CDC, there are

— Raoult Ratard

cases are primarily West Nile Fever. According to a press release from health officials on July 27, 19 cases of West Nile Virus were confirmed in LA, one neuroinvasive case being from Lafourche Parish. About one in 150 people develop severe cases that include coma, tremors, paralysis and other symptoms of the West Nile Virus. About 20 percent of people develop milder cases including fever, headache

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By Pauline Wilson

rus symptoms. They include fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, possibly swollen lymph nodes and sore throat. “There are no antibodies or cure for the virus,” Falcon said. When a patient has West Nile, the only action that can be taken will be supportive treatment. This includes, but is not limited to, fluids and Motrin for pain and fever. Even see VIRUS page 6

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The bayou across the highway from Nicholls is a rich mosquito breeding ground.

Police advise of suspicious person around campus By Channing Parfait News Editor

As more students arrive for the first week of class, University Police remind students to remain aware of their surroundings and of a suspicious person who may be around campus. Craig Jaccuzzo, chief of Uni-

versity Police, said there is no crime, but an incident did occur. According to a police advisory from University Police, a female jogging along Bowie Road towards Ardoyne Drive noticed a small red four-door car following her on the morning of Aug. 19. The jogger noticed the driver parked the car and started following her on the walking track

located on Ardoyne Drive. At this point, the jogger ran and lost sight of the driver and his vehicle. University Police remind students and faculty of a similar case earlier this year where a female was attacked in Peltier Park. The female in this incident was jog ging before dusk when a man who was hidden under a bench g rabbed

her. T h e v i c t i m w a s r u n n i n g w i t h her keys in hand and was able to stab the suspect in the face with her keys. The suspect fled on foot and this case remains unsolved. T he s u s pect i n thi s cas e i s des cr i bed as an athl eti c whi te m al e wh o is 6’ to 6’5” and in his early to mid-twenties. The suspect also has shor t hair or may possibly bald.

University Police advised individuals to be aware of their surroundings and take common sense precautions to ensure their safety. “Safety starts first with the individual,” Jaccuzzo said. To report any suspicious activity, contact the University Police Department at 985-4484911 or 985-448-4746. All reports can remain anonymous.

BUDGET continued from page 1 and process the application. “We are constantly looking for new ways to save money and new initiatives that can help the University grow in different ways,” Barrilleaux said. One of the initiatives to help the University is proposing full degrees online. “This will help with students that want to obtain a degree, but do not have the means of attending a campus,” Barrilleaux said. Another possibility for the coming semesters is a four-day week. This will mean that some classes will become hybrid classes. If a

student has class on a Monday then that class on Wednesday will be online. This will free up “primetime real-estate” for class sections. The recent budget cuts has evoked a personal response. “Put simply, the lack of state support for higher education in Louisiana is a tragedy and an incredible mistake by the Louisiana State government,” Hulbert said in a July 31 email. “If we do not educate the young population at some point, they will leave the state to find economic opportunities elsewhere,” Dial said.

Hours of student services have changed, but the services are still available. The Office of Career Services is now available Sept. 1 through June 30. Although they are not available until then, the website, www.collegecentral. com/Nicholls, can assist students, alumni and employers. The Office of Disabilities have changed the office hours to 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the testing hours to 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Dial said. With the loss of staff in the Counseling Center, students can still see a counselor, but it may take longer than usual.

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partment for one year. Acharya was scheduled t o teach one section of Chemistry 105 and three sections of Chemistry 109 during the f a l l 2 0 1 2 s e m e s t e r. T h e s e courses are still offered but u n d e r d i f f e r e n t i n s t r u c t o r s. Eug ene Dial, vice president of student affairs, said, “T he University has no reason to believe that anything that happened had anything to do


law requires sex offenders who attend the University to register with University police. T here a re f ou r cu r rent a nd pa s t N i chol l s s tu d ents who have reg i s tered a s s ex of f end ers wi th Univers i ty Pol i ce a t f ree wi l l . “If an individual fails to register, we can arrest them,” Jaccuzzo said.

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benefit is reached and the policyholder must pay all remaining costs. Garvey said that it is each student’s personal decision to adopt a healthcare provider according to the Individual Mandate. She did not feel she was in a position to give that kind of advice but she does stand by her


with his work environment.” A U n iver si ty pres s rel ea s e stated th e N i chol l s A d m i nistr atio n r em a i ns com m i tted to p r ov id i ng a s a f e envi r o n m en t fo r a l l a g e g rou ps, esp ecially ju veni l es. A l l of A ch ar ya’s p o s s es s i ons, bot h p er so n al and work-rel a ted , h ave b een secu red f or pol i ce investig atio n. University Police Chief Craig Jaccuzzo said Louisiana

department’s decisions. “We try our darndest to have the most comprehensive care for the lowest cost possible,” Garvey said. It is the student’s responsibility to be concerned about their personal healthcare. In the case of those students or faculty who will be required

under the Affordable Care Act to purchase insurance, more information about the schools insurance policy can be found at Students and faculty are still welcome from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, and 8:00 am until 1:00 pm on Thursday and Friday.

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if the case is a more severe case that requires hospitalization, all that is done is supportive treatment. Falcon said if a person contracts the West Nile Virus there is no preventive action to take to prevent the disease from getting worse.

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However, students can take steps to prevent contracting the disease, Falcon said. Avoiding mosquitos at peak times, which are dusk and dawn, wearing light colored clothing that covers the skin, and avoiding standing water.

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New ‘No Parking’ signs are currently being put up all along Bowie Road on Nicholls campus.

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Misleading changes made to math grades By Pauline Wilson Staff Writer

The math grade requirement for Math 100 or 101 has changed from a C to a D to satisfy the general education requirement, affecting students with only one math requirement. “The general education requirement was changed because the Uni-

The general education requirement was changed because the University was one of two institutions in the state that required the C. — Allayne Barrilleaux

versity was one of two institutions in the state that required the C,” Vice President of academic affairs Laynie Barrilleaux said. Barrilleaux said the discussion of the change has been going on since Spring 2012 among the General Education Assessment Committee. The committee brought the change to the Faculty Senate who then brought it to Barrilleaux, where

she made the final decision on the change. “The grade change only affects students who have one math requirement. If a student has the requirements of Math 101 and 102, 102 still requires the student to have a C in Math 101,” Barrilleaux said. If a student is required to take a math elective, Math 117 is the only course that can be taken that allows

a D in Math 101. Any other math class requires a C or better in 101. In higher level math classes, there may be a requirement of a C or better in both Math 101 and 117. “It is to the student’s best interest that they check their degree plan to know if they are affected by the change,” as stated in Inside Students on Aug. 19. Previous students that only have one see MATH page 8



James Chapman, Instructor of mathematics, teaches his summer class on July 5th in Peltier Hall.

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math requirement will not have to retake the class if they obtained a D to satisfy the general education requirement. “It is not that we are lightening up the standards, because we are certainly not. It is that we need to be conscious of the fact that are different avenues for careers, and they do not all require a heavy math component,” Barrilleaux said. “The math grade of a C for students with only one math requirement was a gate keeper for many students, so if they are

not moving on to the next math, then why are we insisting on a C?” Barrilleaux said. Barrilleaux said that even if a student obtains a D in the math course, they will still need to obtain a B or a C in another class to make up for it. “To me this emphasizes the fact that we have a very diverse population and a diversity of programs, where some require an emphasis on math and some do not,” Barrilleaux said. “We do not feel like it needs to be like the

saying, ‘look to your right, look to your left, one of you will be gone.’ With our own ability and motivation we can all succeed if we put forth the right effort.” Barrilleaux insisted that the change is for the best. “We would not have made the decision to make the change if we thought it would have hurt students; we are not in that business,” Barrilleaux said.

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process for a contractor by November and make a decision on a contractor by the beginning of 2013. If everything runs according to plan, Davis said construction would begin in the first quarter of 2013. “Culinary is unique since the two biggest markets in Louisiana are hospitality and food,” Davis said. He also mentioned the importance of the growth of the Culinary Arts program since there are students who seek a spot in the program but the University lacks the facilities to educate them. The new building will allow the program to expand enrollment to around 500 students. “We need as many students as we can to come here,” Davis said. “Enrollment is the future of our University.” Guidry Elevator Replacement The replacement of the elevator in Guidry stadium was necessary since it posed safety hazards and accessibility issues. The concrete block that housed the elevator became unstable and cracked while the structural steel frame corroded over time. Davis said the University had to petition the Louisiana Interim Emergency Board to approve $1,300,000 for this project. He said construction is near complete, but there was a problem with the elevator car. It will not be operational for the first home game but should be ready by the end of September. Soccer Field Complex

The new soccer field complex off of Audubon Drive costs $465,960, and the majority of the money comes from non-operating budget sources. Various entities contributed to the funds to complete the project, such as the NSU foundation, Lorio Foundation, Student Self-Assessed Fees, Saints Camp funds, Women’s Night Out Fundraiser and Plant Fund Accounts. The facility was completed in time for the team when they arrived at the beginning of August. The new complex is complete with a training room, locker room, public restrooms and space for a concession stand. Elkins Circle Lights Money to replace the light poles in Elkins Circle stems from the Louisiana Postsecondary Education Secure Campus Program grant from the Board of Regents. Nicholls was appropriated $67,505 to fix safety concerns and fund security projects. After the University completed emergency siren upg rades in the Ayo Hall, Ellender Library, Ellender Residence Hall, Picciola Hall and Gouaux Hall, there was money left over to address other safety concerns. A safety committee part of the Office of Physical Plant Operations noticed there was insufficient lighting in front of campus. In addition, the existing light poles were installed 30 years ago and did not provide adequate light. Although the University purchased the light poles a year ago, an increase in workload caused

a delay with the installation process. Davis said although the light poles address a safety concern, it also helps the University to move forward with plans to have uniform light poles across the campus. He said in recent years, the University also made more uniform statements with new street signs and poles to make the campus more attractive. “Little things make a big impact,” Davis said. In addition, he said, the more uniformed street signs caused people in the Thibodaux community to notice Nicholls’ efforts to enhance the campus environment. “All of a sudden we were being invited to Chamber of Commerce meetings,” he said, to inform the public of the changes taking place at Nicholls. Plan for the unexpected During an economic crisis, emergencies may arise that require the University to take unexpected action. Davis said the roof on Stopher Gym is almost ruined, and the problem is worsened by daily rainfall. The insulation in the roof is saturated, and as a result, there are some leaks on the gym floor.



Construction on an elevator in John L. Guidry stadium has been in progress during the summer months at Nicholls State.

The University collects 200,000 in building use fees, which can only be used towards academic buildings that have a direct impact on students. With recent summer budget cuts, Davis said he planned to hold off on any building use fee projects in order to conserve money in case there were another series of budget cuts at the beginning of 2013. However, r ecent news a bou t S topher Gym wi l l r equ i r e the U niver s i ty to u s e b u i l di ng u s e f ees to f i x the l eak i ng r oof.

“Our physical plant gets older everyday, and we need to maintain it,” Davis said. “If we don’t have pride in our facilities, how can we expect anyone else to have pride?” He also mentioned that all projects on campus were planned years before the economic crisis. However, continued construction and renovations around campus is a message that, despite budget cuts, Nicholls will still be here. “For the state to invest money into a building here, they don’t plan on closing us down,” Davis said.

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NICHOLLS ATHLETICS Volleyball vs. Michigan | Aug. 24 @ 10:30 a.m.

Soccer @ Oklahoma | Aug. 24 @ 7 p.m.

Nicholls linebacker Jordan Piper, from Pontchatula La, works hard early Friday morning in preparation for the 2012 football season to begin.

Nicholls State University football quarterback Landry Klann, from San Antonio, Texas, works hard on Friday morning at practice for the 2012 football season.



Nicholls football picked to finish last in conference By Jake Martin

Sports Editor The Nicholls football team will have to earn the respect of its peers in the Southland Conference in 2012. The Colonels were picked to finish last in the Southland Conference by the league’s coaches and sports information directors at its annual media day back in July. Head coach Charlie Stubbs could not care less where the Colonels were picked in the poll, or at least that’s his preseason temperament. “It doesn’t really matter,” Stubbs said. “It would matter if you weren’t playing games, but we get to control it. The way you get out of there is you win out of there.” The players on the other hand are using it as motivation. In fact, senior linebacker Jordan Piper is still trying to figure out how such a decision could be made when most of the voters have yet to see the 2012 Colonels up-close and in-

nior quarterback LaQuinton Caston prepared me well,” Caston said. person. “I look at it as they’re not here made the switch to wide receiver, “They always had confidence in me watching what we’re doing and see- where he is expecting to not only to make plays. It’s still football so it’s ing our mentality, so what people play receiver but also to operate the all about getting out there and having say, I could care less. We just have to fun.” Stubbs said the transition is prove people wrong,” Piper said. going well. Junior quarterback Landry 2012 “He can do Klann agrees with his COLONELS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE something with teammate and says Date Time Opponent Home/Away the only way to the ball A 2:00pm Oregon 9/1 in his prove them A 4:00pm South Alabama 9/8 hands wrong A 6:00pm Tulsa 9/15 H 6:00pm Evangel University* 9/22 but is by A 6:00pm Central Arkansas 10/6 h e “winH 6:00pm Sam Houston State** 10/13 ning A 2:00pm Stephen F. Austin 10/20 10/27 11/3 11/10 11/15

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games.” Klann also said *HALL OF FAME WEEKEND **HOMECOMING that it was ex***FAMILY DAY pected after winning five total games in the past two seasons. In order for the Colonels to get back to their winning ways, they wildcat offense. “The spring was kind of like the must first adjust to a change at quarterback. During the spring, se- building blocks, and the coaches

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needs finish some plays down the field as a receiver,” Stubbs said. And while Klann has received reps with the first team, the Colonels have yet to name a starter at quarterback for the upcoming season. Actually, Stubbs said anyto

thing is possible right now, including a two-quarterback system. “I have a lot of things going on at that position,” Stubbs said. “(Klann) has made progress, but he’s inconsistent right now. Beaux Hebert has to get healthy, and once he gets healthy, I really believe he’ll push Landry a lot.” Though the Colonels were overlooked in the standings, they did land four players on the SLC preseason All-Conference list. Making the first-team for the Colonels was tight end Nick Scelfo and senior punter Cory Kemps, while senior running back Jesse Turner and junior running back Marcus Washington garnered the two spots on the second-team. The Colonels season kicks off Sept. 1 when they play in Corvallis, Ore. against FBS opponent, Oregon State. According to Stubbs, it’ll most likely be “the best team” the Colonels play all season long.

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Newlin aims for conference title Jacob Williams Sports Writer

Amanda Newlin, senior from Clearwater, Kan., is excited to start the season with the Nicholls volleyball team after posting an 18-14 record last year. She has high expectations for the season and took some time before practice to speak with the Nicholls Worth. Q: As a senior, what are you looking forward to? What are your expectations for the season? A: Our schedule is a lot of fun compared to years in the past, and everybody’s really excited. There are six seniors so everybody’s ready to show people.

Q: You said it’s more fun. What’s more fun about this schedule compared to previous years? A: We get to play bigger teams. We open this weekend in Missouri. We play against Michigan, Missouri, Virginia Tech and North Florida. Last year we played a bunch of SLC teams, and we don’t do that this year. We’re going up to Illinois. It’s a lot more fun and competitive. Q: And when you talk about going to Missouri and things like that, how do you balance that with school? A: Yeah, we are actually missing our second and third day of class because we leave. We do a lot of study hall on the bus and in the hotel rooms. It’s just organization and hoping you have teachers that work

with you. On the road, coach will designate, like, an hour of study hall. Q: How was your summer? Have you done any preseason training? A: Summer was good. Lots of workouts, and I got to go home, so that was nice. We’ve been going since Aug. 8 with two-adays and six hours of volleyball a day. It’s rough and it’s hard and you get sore, but it’ll be worth it later. Q: You guys have had some winning seasons, so are you looking to improve? A: Oh yeah, we didn’t make the conference tournament last year, and that’s everybody’s goal this year. We’ve got to get back and even taking it a step further. We’ve all got see VOLLEYBALL page 16



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Colonels look to build off of six-win season By Jacob Williams Sports Writer

Coming off the first consecutive six-win record season in team history, the Nicholls soccer team is looking to continue improving in the 2012-2013 season. Entering his fourth year with the Colonels, head coach Dylan Harrison has settled in and feels comfortable with the team, along with a better understanding of the conference and competition. The Colonels will field as a young team comprised of seven freshmen, seven sophomores, one redshirt sophomore, eight juniors, one se-

the team, which he attributed largely to social media. “What they did a better job of was tracking and monitoring themselves, whether it be through Facebook or other means,” Harrison said. “They established communication to make sure the others were training at the level we thought was necessary to come back.” To further improve their game away from the practice field, the players have individual meetings to study game tape and receive feedback on previous game performance. The team will play six home games and 12 away games during

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Head Coach Dylan Harrison from Napoleonville gives instructions at an early morning women’s soccer practice on August 16th.

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nior and one redshirt senior. Senior Britni Crone, from Houma, La., has accepted a leadership role on the team along with teammate Carolyn Noble, senior from Burlington, Ontario. “Coming in I was supposed to be the only senior, but Carolyn got injured, so I was excited she would be able to help in a leader role,” Crone said. “As two seniors we feel like leaders of the team.” Over the summer, players were given a workout plan to prepare for the season, and the team established fitness standards that all players were expected to follow in order to return to the team. Harrison noted improved communication among

the season. The team posted a winning record at home last year but struggled on the road, winning only one game away from Nicholls. Even with the previous year’s success, which included a five game winning streak, the team remains determined to improve in conference play to match their early season victories. “It has been nice, but it has been unsatisfying,” Harrison said in regards to the conference struggles. The Colonels were unable to pick up a win in conference last year, but the squad has put added emphasis on translating close games into victories this year.




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Sumar Leslie signs pro contract Staff Writer

Former Nicholls State women’s basketball standout Sumar Leslie has signed her first professional contract with the Ammerud Queens in Norway. Growing up in Houma, basketball was a hobby and also a teaching method for her. “Basketball has given me a reason to work hard in life,” Leslie said. “When I realized I wanted to go further in this sport, I developed the aspiration to play professionally.” While attending Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, Leslie totaled school records in points, steals and assists while being named to the all-state team twice. From there, she attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, transferring to Nicholls midway through her sophomore year. During her senior campaign as a Colonel, Leslie garnered allSouthland conference and all-Louisiana team recognition. She led the team in steals and scoring with an average of 2.6 steals per game and 15.6 points per game, placing first in the conference in steals and sixth in scoring. Leslie was also third in the conference in assists.

However, Leslie’s junior year did not run as smoothly. She started 12 of 13 games and then suffered a season-ending knee injury. She was a team leader in steals, points and assists at the time of her injury. As a whole, Leslie is very appreciative of her experience at Nicholls. “I knew that dedication and hard work would get me where I wanted to go,” Leslie said. “Always keep God first. I had tears of joy because it felt good to have met my goal. My work ethic in college and

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Basketball has given me a reason to work hard in life.

— Sumar Leslie after has now prepared me for the next level. I have worked out hard to get where I am now. I am ready for the next level; this is what I have been preparing for my whole life.” Leslie plans to stay grounded, refusing to let the fame and fortune change her. “My life has changed for the better,” Leslie said. “I am now a professional basketball player and I am working harder now. As far as finances are concerned, money won’t change who I am.”

At her core, underneath the jerseys and inside of her hightops, she is woman who admits her favorite hobby is shopping and singing at every opportunity. If you search for her on YouTube, beyond the basketball highlights and postgame interviews, you will discover videos of her belting out some of her favorite tunes. In order to fund the necessary equipment and travel expenses to train, Leslie created a profile on the website to receive donations from people who wanted to help her along the journey. Aside from her recent signing, Leslie has spread her wings into the endorsement world. She is affiliated with Shock H20 energy water, Wicked Audio and HairZing. “The opportunity to be a part of a new movement like Shock is truly a blessing,” Leslie said. “It is something new and will help many athletes around the world. Wicked Audio is also another nice deal because I love music as well.” Even as a professional, Leslie enjoys the game of basketball and is still working hard to continue to improve. “Basketball is my love and passion,” Leslie said. “It is something see BASKETBALL page 16

Japanese Karate Association Master Mikami, (pictured at left) founded and currently runs the Southern Japanese Karate Association in 1965. He is the student of Nakayama, who studied under Gichin Funakoshi, the original founder of Shotokan Karate. Shotokan Karate originated in Okinawa, Japan, and was brought to the United States by Gichin Funakosi in the early 20th century. Shotokan Karate was created to utilize the human body (in self-defense) in the most effective way. Master Mikami certifies all teachers of Shotokan Karate in the South. For more information about learning the real art of Shotokan Karate, please contact one of the dojos listed below.

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With games slated against both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa this weekend, the Colonels are excited for a challenge so early in the season. The team looks to learn from the experience and bring

home a victory. Looking forward to the trip, Harrison said, “Being able to go up there and play a tough game like that at the beginning of the season really gives us a great measuring stick of where we need to be.”

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continued from page 14 I have been doing since the age of seven. I love the game and I will continue to do everything in my power to get better. It makes me feel so good inside. I know that God has given me the gift and by choice I decided to work harder at the game. Dreams do come true.” As any basketball patron would be, Leslie is excited to embark on her new journey in life, a journey that will encompass 4,804 miles to

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the Scandinavian wonderland. “I know playing will be a great experience and I will make the best of it,” Leslie said. “I’ve always wanted a championship ring and I will make that happen. I never got it in high school or college, but I’m more than focused to make it happen now. It’s that time. Norway, here I come.”

this mindset that we’re making this conference tournament, and we want to win that conference tournament. We want a chance at the NCAA.

Q: Have you had a favorite moment with the team? A: We have a lot of fun together, an d we k n ow h ow t o l a u g h . I d o n’t k n ow i f I c a n p i ck o n e t i m e. We d e f i n i t e l y

k n ow h ow t o pick each other up, so that’s probably my favorite part. We’re pretty drama-free, and we all hang out off the court. Everybody just plays because they love volleyball.

Q: How do you prepare for a game? A: I listen to lots of music. I like lots of headphone time. Q: You transferred to Nicholls, and this is your second year. What made you choose Nicholls? A: College volleyball was my childhood dream. I wanted that chance to keep playing and get away from home a little bit. Q: So not being from the area, have you noticed any quirks about living here? A: I grew up on a wheat farm, so this is totally different. The people are totally different, a lot more laid back. Home is like you go, go, go, all the time. I love it down here though. Q: Is it hotter down here? A: Well, all summer it was above 100 degrees at home. But at home it’s dry heat. Here I just can’t walk because it’s so humid and thick.

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Amanda Newlin, middle blocker/outside hitter from Clearwater, Kan., keeps her eyes on the ball at all times at practice on August 17.

Fantasizing about Tyrann Mathieu in a Nicholls uniform Personal Opinion By Jake Martin Sports Editor

Take a second and imagine Tyrann Mathieu in a Nicholls State uniform. Oh how sweet it would have been. Like a flickering light in a darkened room, his greatness on the field would have brought brighter days for Colonel fans. After all, how could it not? De-

spair summarizes the last two seasons in a nutshell for the Colonels, but after and The TimesPicayune reported that Mathieu, aka the “Honey Badger,” was interested in coming to Nicholls, excitement spread throughout the campus like a virus. And while it was intense, it wasn’t exactly pretty. The reports got out of hand quickly. ESPN’s Joe Schad said Mathieu would stay at LSU,

while The Times-Picayune’s Jim Kleinpeter reported that his days at LSU were over and Mathieu transferring to McNeese or Nicholls was as good as done. Schad and Kleinpeter might as well have entered a sources cage match to decide which report was accurate. The details changed by the day as Colonel fans sunk their teeth in what they thought to be viable option. It proved to be a wild roller coaster ride. After

tions? More importantly, what would it have felt like? Could there have been a Southland Conference Championship or a playoff berth? What more could the student body ask for? Is your heart racing yet? Focus on that ray of hope that for once, Nicholls could be on a large platform. And you better believe they would have been. Just seeing Nicholls being mentioned in was a surreal moment in itself. But it’s not all about intrigue or the spectacle, though the

seasons. Though comparing Nicholls to the SEC is like comparing a Mustang to a Lamborghini, it’s not wrong to covet more than five wins in two seasons. Then again, this has been a rebuilding stage for head coach Charlie Stubbs and the Colonels. Stubbs finally has his recruits playing and the addition of Mathieu could have put the Colonels over the top. Imagine Mathieu bouncing around John L. Guidry stadium, talking trash and swinging games in the

“While the Honey Badger has been bathing in his success at LSU, the Colonels have been stinking up the place with phrases like “Honey Boo Boo.” ”

ESPN reported that Mathieu was entering drug rehab and sitting out a season, the hopes of fans down the bayou faded. But since so many reports proved to be inaccurate throughout this process, just take a moment and picture Mathieu still coming to Nicholls. What would it have looked like to see number 7 in red and gray returning punts for touchdowns, forcing fumbles, wreaking havoc in the backfield and making intercep-

increase in attendance would be fascinating as all get out. It is about winning, and that is something that Nicholls has struggled with lately. While the Honey Badger has been bathing in his success at LSU, the Colonels have been stinking up the place with phrases like “Honey Boo Boo.” In fact, the SEC has won more national championships in the past six years than Nicholls has won football games in the past two

Colonels’ favor with his playmaking abilities. I guess some things really are too good to be true. Unfortunately, the reports about Mathieu sitting out a season look to be as concrete as any of the reports since Mathieu’s dismissal from LSU were announced. This entire hype train of watching Mathieu become a Colonel was basically nothing more than a magical dream. At least it was fun while it lasted.

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Purchasing New or Used Textbooks Pro: • You can keep the book, which means you can highlight and/or write in the book. • You can re-sell the book in the University Bookstore or online. • Purchasing a used book can be beneficial for classes that have required the same textbook for many years. This option can save money because a new edition may arrive and prevent re-selling the textbook.

Con: •The book is more expensive than a rental. •Many bookstores will not buy your book back if the school is not re-using that particular book or edition.

Renting Textbooks Pro: • It is significantly cheaper than purchasing.

Con: • There may be additional fees for lost, damaged or late books. • You cannot write and/or highlight in a rental book. • You cannot re-sell the book. • If you drop the class, you will have to re-rent the book.

eTextbooks Pro: • eTextbook rentals are cheaper than a hard-copy book. • eTextbooks are environmentally friendly. • eTextbooks can be accessed through many computers, laptops, electronic tablets or eReaders.

Con: • If the eTextbook is activated, it cannot be returned. • You may not be able to re-use an eTextbook if you drop the class. • Some eReaders are not compatible with some eTextbooks. • Some hard-copy textbooks are not available as an eTextbook.

-Opinion by: Tiffany Williams



Books line the shelves of the three competeing bookstores of Thibodaux; Big Worms, Tri Text, and the Nicholls State University Bookstore.

Textbook options, prices vary Local stores offer buying, renting and eBooks

Tiffany Williams Staff Writer

As the prices of textbooks continue to soar, students are faced with the decision to purchase new or used textbooks, to rent textbooks, or to purchase or rent eBooks. The textbook options vary for each student depending on what is required for each class and what is available for a particular book. The University Bookstore, Big Worm Textbooks and Textbook Rental Inc. are three local sources where students can purchase and rent textbooks or eBooks. The University Bookstore, located in the Bollinger Student Union, is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday. Students can buy new or used textbooks or rent textbooks or eBooks in the University Bookstore. Students can also order books online from the University bookstore at Nicholas Boutte, art junior from New Iberia, said he purchases textbooks at the University Bookstore for on-campus convenience and advises that students with transportation means should explore other options. “Look all over for bookstores in the Thibodaux and Hou-

ma area and find the one that works best for you,” Boutte said. Purchasing textbooks on campus is not the only option available to students. Big Worm Textbooks, located on 1113 Audubon Ave., is open daily until Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and students can buy new and used books, or rent books or eBooks. Students can also order books online at Renting textbooks can be beneficial for students who do not want to keep or re-sell textbooks. Textbook Rental Inc. of Thibodaux, located on 704 Goode St., opens the entire month of August at 8 a.m. (closing hours fluctuate). Students can also rent books from TRI by logging on to TRI also introduced a curbside pickup option for students this fall. Students now can sit in their cars while a TRI employee handdelivers books to them. Curbside pickup hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the service will only be offered from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24. Trevor Simon, culinary sophomore from Crowley, prefers to rent his textbooks and advises students to obtain textbooks as soon as possible. “Come early because when they run out of books and iClickers, you are going to be panicking.” Simon said. Maci Barrilleaux, business admin-

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istration junior from Chackbay, has a different outlook when it comes to purchasing textbooks. Barrilleaux prefers to wait until classes start. “Instead of buying the books a week ahead of time, I’ll wait until the first day of classes so I won’t waste money on books I don’t need.” Barrilleaux said. Students can also search online retailers, like Amazon, Chegg and BookRenter for discounted prices.



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If students need to return books, each venue has a return policy. The University Bookstore’s refund policy states that in order to receive a full refund for a textbook, it must be returned within the first 30 days of classes with a receipt and proof of schedule change. The Bookstore will not give refunds to students for books with open shrink

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Lagniappe Editor For most students, a college dorm room is the smallest space they will ever call “home”, and the key to living comfortably is to learn how to maximize that space. In Scholars, Millet or Zeringue

Hall, a private bedroom suite is a total of 414 square feet and a semi-private bedroom suite is a total of 364 square feet. That is not a lot of space considering a Ford Explorer is approximately 115 square feet. Add in the bed, refrigerator, desk, dresser drawers, closet, microwave and bathroom, and the space continues to shrink. So, how can you bring all your

essentials and still keep the place organized enough for company and comfortable enough to call home? Decide what you truly need. When you are going through items to bring your “new home”, leave out knick knacks that do not have a practical purpose. Storage is extremely limited in a dorm room and bringing items from home

that you will not actually use will make the space seem cluttered and messy. Of course, a few sentimental items can increase your comfort level, but too many can muddle the room. Group items so it is easier to find what you need. If textbooks and other class essentials are in the same place, you will not find yourself scrambling to

find your homework on the day that it is due. Raise the bed. Under the bed you can store bulky items that are rarely used like luggage and outof-season clothing. Whether you use the notches on the frame, or cinderblocks, raising the bed can allow for large storage containers that do not fit anywhere else. see DORMS page 27

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Brittany Whatley, English junior from Houma, and Michelle Prejant, nursing junior from Labadieville, help students move into Scholars Hall on Saturday.

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BOOKS continued from page 19 wrap packages or activated eBooks. Big Worm Textbooks’ refund policy states that students can receive full refunds on books within the first five days of purchase. TRI’s refund policy states that students have one week beginning after the first day of school to return books for a refund. If students need to exchange a book, they can do so for up to one week after the first day of classes, supplies permitting.

The University bookstore and Big Worm Textbooks give students the option to sell books back throughout the semester. In order to receive the most money back for textbooks, the best time to sell books back to the University bookstore is during final examinations. Big Worm’s mid semester buyback hours are on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Over-the-door storage units are also a great space saver. These units can be used for shoes, folded clothes, cleaning supplies and any other items that are piling up on the floor. Just avoid heavy items so they do not break or damage the door. Also, plastic storage boxes

can serve almost any purpose because they are stackable and durable. Plastic storage boxes come in assorted shapes, sizes and colors. If you cannot live without your fall, winter, spring AND summer wardrobe, vacuum-sealable storage

bags are an essential. Vacuum-sealable bags can condense all your extra items and they are easily transported and stored. Hang items on the walls with Command products to free up some counter space. These products do not damage the

wall and are simple to apply and remove. This can make towels and supplies easily accessible, without having to stack them up around the room or in boxes. Small frames or decorations can also be added to the walls, which decreases clutter on your desk and countertops.

After all of this if you have an empty drawer, use it for miscellaneous items. If it becomes the junk drawer, at least that junk is not just left around the room. Once your new personal space is organized and free of clutter, it will be easier for you to personalize the room to suit your specific needs.

Union offers charging stations The Donald G. Bollinger Memorial Student Union purchased four KwikBoost full speed, multidevice charging stations to increase convenience for students. Brandie Toups, director of the Student Union, said because the slogan is “Your Union… Your Home”, the goal is to make students feel comfortable. Each KwikBoost charging station turns one standard outlet into eight separate charging cables including four Apple ports, three micro ports, and one mini port. These charging cables are compatible with more than 95 percent of electronic devices including iPhone, Android and Blackberry models.

The goal is to make students feel comfortable.

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There will be at least two charging stations available in the Student Union at all times. According to www.kwikboost. com, the technology identifies a device and delivers a safe, full speed charge based on that specifics device’s power demands.

— Brandie Toups

Electronic devices often charge with a different speed or pattern and KwikBoost technology uses internal information to deliver the exact amount of power the device needs.

Each KwikBoost station is also customized with interchangeable graphics and photographs specific to Nicholls. The charging stations are energy efficient because the cords remain inactive until a device is attached. Also, each cord stops charging when the device battery is full. The station is also equipped with over-current protection at both ends to prevent damage from a surge or a faulty device. The station shuts down and reboots when the problem has been resolved, without harm to any attached devices. Ronald Robinson, sports medicine sophomore from Houma, said he just wanted to try the station out to see if it worked. “If I ever forget my charger and my phone is on low, I can always come in here,” Robinson said.

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Jindal to review tax codes Melinda Deslatte

Excerpt from Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — His national ambitions sidelined for now, Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to show Louisiana residents he’s focused on the home front, announcing plans for his next legislative agenda and shutting down talk of a cabinet job with a possible Mitt Romney administration. So, Jindal’s picked an issue — or at least latched onto one already getting widespread attention: state tax code restructuring. “We’re long overdue as a state for a comprehensive review of our tax code. It’s outdated,” the governor said Wednesday after announcing his plans. Jindal called the tax code restructuring his top priority for the 2013 legislative session. “The timing is perfect. The fact that many folks are interested in this ahead of the legislative session makes this perfect sense,” Jindal said. Jindal said the tax code overhaul effort will include a review of tax breaks and rates, with an eye toward creating a structure that encourages economic development and keeps Louisiana competitive in attracting business. Jindal said any changes he will support for the tax restructuring can’t generate new income for the state. “We are not going to do anything that raises revenue. It needs to be revenue-neutral,” Jindal said. The governor claims anything that drums up more money for the state by eliminating a tax break is the equivalent of a tax increase. But many lawmakers, including some Republicans, disagree with Jindal’s stance and say getting rid of an outdated tax break doesn’t equal a tax hike. The legislative tax review comes after four years of budget cuts that have fallen most heavily on public colleges and health care services. Lawmakers are questioning whether the state gets enough benefit for some of its tax breaks and whether others should be tweaked or discarded.

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Organizations need to use new money wisely With the start of a new semester comes the ever-dreaded tuition and fees bill. Upon opening the Student Accounts section of Banner, students must scroll through a lengthy list of charges including the recently passed Student Activities Fee. Let’s compare this increase in University fees to possible tax increases mandated by the state of Louisiana. In order to make ends meet, a state may increase taxes on its residents. According to Melinda Deslatte, who covers Louisiana Politics for The Associated Press, in recent weeks, Governor Bobby Jindal has been under fire for his belief that a raise in taxes is not what’s best for the state’s residents. Jindal also does not want to decrease tax credits already in effect. In order to help the state budget crisis, however, Jindal may need to rethink his take on this matter. Unlike Jindal, the University’s Student Government Association convinced students to vote for a referendum increasing fees. Passed in March 2012, the fee, according to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, “will be used to provide additional funds for existing fees, replace an existing fee for the Student Government Association and provide funds for a new Veterans Service.” Prior to Fall 2012, students paid $31.25 in student-assessed fees. With the passage of this new assessed fee, that charge jumps to a total of $122.25 or $93.50 with student health insurance now being optional. Take into account the increasing general tuition fee and fees for things like the recreation center and athletics and that is a hard hit for those struggling to pay for higher education in the midst of statewide budget cuts. Whether students voted for the bill due to under advertisement of the details of the fee, indifference, or belief that the fee is necessary for the betterment of campus organizations,

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it passed and the student body now pays to keep 13 organizations afloat. The additional fee, whether truly necessary or not, is generated by the students, therefore making it critical that the money be used correctly. We hope that the money garnered from the approximately 6,000 students enrolled this Fall at the University is used wisely by each of the organizations affected, which include SGA, SPA, and Athletics. Take into account the needs of the general student population, not just your organization’s members, because after all, the students made it possible for you to have a presence on this campus. Let the student body benefit from this by sponsoring events that take our wants and needs into consideration.

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Copy Editor Jessi Suire Sports Writer Jacob Williams Staff Writer Stuart Percle Staff Writer Tiffany Williams Staff Writer Pauline Wilson Reporter Anthony Lajaunie Reporter Charles Tillman Photo Editor Maryna Fowler Photographer Jami Brown Photographer Chelsea Chauvin Page 29 | Aug. 23, 2012

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t Meet Melissa Holman Editor Q: What TV show are you most embarrased to admit you watch? “I’m a reality show junkie so I’d have to say Here Comes Honey Booboo. ‘My feet smell like Fritos!’”

Channing Parfait News Editor Q: What job did you want to have as a kid, and why? “A teacher so I can give no homework.”

Anthony Lajaunie Reporter

Sarah Baudoin Managing Editor Q: What job did you want to have as a kid, and why? “When I was younger, I always wanted to be a grocery store lady. I remember going to the New Orleans Children’s Museum and begging my mom to play on the cash registers.”

Pauline Wilson Staff Writer Q: If you strangle a smurf, what color does it turn? “Purple, because their blood is red, and their skin is blue, so mix the two and you get purple.”

Charles Tillman Reporter

Q: What job did you want to have as a kid, and why?

Q: What job did you want to have as a kid, and why?

“A teacher. I love explaining things and seing kids ‘get’ something difficult.”

“Lab scientist. Dexter just seemed like his life was way cooler than mine.”

Jake Martin Sports Editor Q: What job did you want to have as a kid, and why? “Batman. I wanted to scream at villains in a scary voice.”

Stuart Percle Staff Writer Q: If you could get away with anything on campus for one day, what would it be?

Jacob Williams Sports Writer Q: If you could get away with anything on campus for one day what would it be?” “Not wearing shoes.”

Kami Ellender Lagniappe Editor Q: What TV show are you most embarrased to admit you watch?


“Disney Channel! No scary commercials!”

Tiffany Williams Staff Writer

David Guidry Copy Editor

Q: If your life had a soundtrack, what song would you pick for it, and why?

Q: If vegetarians don’t eat meat, is it wrong for them to eat animal crackers?

“Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield because I still have numerous chapters of my life unwritten.”

“Not unless they contain animal fat or something.”

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Staff Erica Falgout Layout and Design

Ross Landry Design and Layout Q: If you strangle a smurf, what color does it turn?

Q: If you could get away with anything on campus for one day what would it be?

“Red. It happened in an episode once. You’re welcome world.”

“Parking in Dr. Chaisson’s parking spot just to say I got away with it.”

Kristen Ellender Graphic Design

Amber Leblanc Graphic Design

Q: If your life had a soundtrack, what song would you pick for it and why? “Living in Fast Forward by Kenny Chesney because I live my life in the fast lane and never slow down to enjoy it.

Q: If you could win a lifetime supply of anything what would it be? “Pickles and art supplies.”

Jessi Suire Copy Editor Q: If your life had a soundtrack, what song would you pick for it and why? “Backstreets by Bruce Springsteen because it is my favorite song.”

President welcomes students back to the University Welcome back to the Nicholls campus. Whether this is your first college semester or your last one before graduation, it is an exciting time to be a Nicholls student. While it is tempting to talk about the university’s challenges, I know that you are well aware of the budget cuts we continue to face from the state. With the increase in tuition and decrease in student services, I know that many of you are unfortunately feeling the pinch. But despite the hardships, Nicholls is making great progress — thanks to its creative and hard-working faculty, staff and students. This fall’s Nicholls students will be the first ones to get access to the Harold J. Callais Recreation Center, scheduled to open in September. The long-awaited facility will greatly enrich campus life while providing about 70 students with jobs. You’ll also be among the first to attend classes in the newly renovated auditorium in Powell Hall, now equipped with wireless Internet and laptop hookups. While cheering on the Colonels, you’ll notice

the new women’s soccer complex, which opened in August, and a new façade and elevator under construction at John L. Guidry Stadium. If you take a piano course, you’ll learn and practice on a Steinway piano, as Nicholls is now officially an AllSteinway School and the only public institution to achieve that designation in Louisiana. And all of this is just what you see on the surface. Below that surface is where Nicholls continues to shine. Our faculty and our staff are taking on greater class loads and additional assignments while showing that they understand the importance of staying positive in the face of adversity. Our students are actively participating in campus initiatives, giving back to the community, conducting important research and graduating quicker. Our alumni are landing top positions in their fields and finding solid jobs upon graduation despite the high unemployment rate. We all know that we have more challenges to come, but together we will do everything within our power to see that Nicholls not only

survives but also flourishes despite financial obstacles. This semester, I encourage you to make the best of your college experience by getting involved. Attend Welcome Back Day; join a student organization; go to a Colonels football, soccer or volleyball game; participate in the Nicholls CAN! food drive during Homecoming Week. I know that it isn’t always easy to add something else to your to-do list. Back in the 1960s at Worcester State University in Massachusetts, I was a commuter student with a part-time bartending job. But making the time to also get involved with student government and intramural sports is what led me to a rewarding college experience full of fond memories. I wish the same experience for each of you. Sincerely, Stephen T. Hulbert Nicholls State University President

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