NICHOLLSWORT H Thursday, September 8, 2011
Volume 57 Issue 4
Lagniappe | page 11
Sports | page 7
Editorial | page 15
Nicholls to turn over debt duties By Matthew Landry staff writer
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Students enter Scholars Hall on Wednesday morning under the watchful eye of one of the many security cameras across campus. Although it is not an actual surveillance capture, this photo was taken from the same vantage point as one of them.
You’re being watched Additional security cameras installed across campus By Kami Ellender staff writer
Nicholls State University is implementing a multi-phase security system expansion to be completed over the next few months. The University will have a total of 350 surveillance cameras by the end of the school year. Craig Jaccuzzo, director of University Police, said that approximately 200 surveillance cameras will be installed on campus by early spring, in addition to the cameras already on campus. “It sounds like a lot, but we have about 300 acres,” Jaccuzzo said. “It’s not concentrated in any particular area. It’s a vast campus that we’re trying to cover. We want to catch blind spots and eventually things like parking lots and the football stadium.” The cameras already installed on campus have assisted in University Police responses to
various reported incidents, providing camera footage as evidence. Each camera monitors a residence hall corridor, lobby, cash-collection point, gymnasium or other public area. More cameras will be installed in public areas on campus, including residence hall common areas, recreational facilities, the Student Union and Galliano Dining Hall. “La Maison du Bayou is going to take a lot of work on the exterior updating the infrastructure of the facilities because it was not a facility connected to the campus with Wi-Fi and fiber optics, so that will be the most time consuming part of the project,” Jaccuzzo said. Jaccuzzo said that according to campus policy, which is consistent with other Louisiana colleges and universities, the cameras will not be used to monitor specific individuals. Cameras will not be installed in areas where privacy can be reasonably expected, nor will camera foot-
age be retained beyond two weeks of the original recording. According to the Nicholls Web site, Jaccuzzo said, “We are confident that this security enhancement will be a huge factor in keeping this campus safe. A track record of closed cases have already been established, and we believe this expanded system will continue to serve as both a deterrent and an investigative tool.” Jaccuzzo said that the system equipment and software have been provided through a maintenance agreement and contract with Steel Box, the vendor that manages the software and server to make sure that the University has the capacity to manage the footage. Steel Box is a company that chose Nicholls as its higher education prototype for integrating its products with a preexisting security system. see SECURITY page 4
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The board members of the University of Louisiana System, which includes SGA president John Lombardo, recently advised Nicholls to turn over debt collection duties to the office of the Louisiana Attorney General, James D. “Buddy” Caldwell. The debts, which exceed $2 million, have accumulated over the last 30 years. The figure that has built up is from various things, such see photo as students owing on page 2 money for tuition fees. “Sometimes, students can’t pay back fees,’’ said Mike Naquin, associate vice president and finance and chief financial officer at Nicholls. “Failure to pay over the years has greatly added to the debt.” Debts placed with the Attorney General’s office are subject to legal collection efforts. According to the University Press Release, these efforts include letters, phone calls, and lawsuits. The money owed is also reported to the Credit Bureau and Department of revenue. According to Naquin, the Attorney General’s office is the best vehicle to use when it comes to collecting debts. The Daily Comet reported in August that although they were in talks with a thirdparty debt collector, someone at a separate university suggested to Nicholls that they use the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General has a collections department that represents Louisiana universities and government agencies. They are funded by taking a small percentage of the collections they take in. “That office has more resources and has the ability to capture state tax refunds.” Naquin said. “It’s something that we do not typically turn over, but it has just gotten to a point where we do not have a choice. The necessary steps had to be taken.” According to the University website, student tuition and fees were due on Aug. 16. Late fees of $100 were assessed to accounts that were not paid by 4:15 p.m. see DEBTS page 5
SGA Freshman senator elections begin next week The Student Government Association is holding online elections for Freshman senators beginning at noon on Sept. 11 and ending at noon on Sept. 14. Faculty and staff are asked to remind students to vote on these dates. Results will be announced at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in front of the Student Union.
Student Leadership Council meeting for student organizations tonight There will be a Student Leadership Council meeting on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. in Peltier Auditorium. All student organization presidents or designated representatives are urged to attend.
Cell phones to be collected, donated to soldiers The Nicholls Student Athletic Training Society will be collecting used cell phones and accessories during Sept. for donation to Capital One’s Cell Phone for Soldiers recycling program. Devices do not have to be working to be donated. Each donation provides a soldier with 80 minutes so that they can stay in touch with loved ones during deployment. The deadline for this project is Sept. 27. NSATS will provide a $100 gift card to the organization, academic program or administrative ofﬁce with the largest donation. Anyone with questions, requests for collection boxes or calling for donation pick-ups should call Kim Shaw at 448-2611 or Celest Weuve at 448-2613.
SEPT. 1 Ofﬁcers responded to an automobile accident in front of North Babington Hall. An investigation was conducted. There were no injuries and minor vehicular damage. Ofﬁcers noticed a strong marijuana odor coming from an apartment in La Maison du Bayou. The ofﬁcers interviewed personnel in the apartment and charged them accordingly. Two non-students were banned from campus. Ofﬁcers assisted University personnel when fraternity members climbed over the fence at the football game.
SEPT. 5 A student called University Police to report that they were coughing up blood. University Police transported the student to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
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• Volleyball vs. Alabama State at 5:30 p.m.
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Anniversary of 9/11 brings back memories reporter
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A shell of what was once part of one of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center rises above the rubble that remains after both towers were destroyed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
On Sept. 11, 2001 at approximately 8:36 a.m., terrorists bombed the World Trade Center in New York City. Now, 10 years later, the United States of America will remember the lives of Americans who died that day, as well as the soldiers who are currently fighting abroad for our freedom. Where were you on 9/11? Bradley Rivere, pre-med junior from Napoleonville, said, “I was in Mrs. Blanchard’s class. She was very patriotic and emotional as she explained to us what happened. She had a son who was active in the military so that made it very heartbreaking and emotional for her.” Lori Boudreaux, Administrative Assistant 2, said, “When 9/11 happened, I had just been recently hired for the University in former President Donald Ayo’s office. My supervisor, Stephanie Calvalara, received a phone call telling her about the jets hitting the twin towers; she then went to the conference room and put on the television. As we looked at the televisions, we were stunned. There was a quietness that
came over the entire building. To me it was something totally unexpected. I just couldn’t believe that it really happened.” Michael Boquet, general studies junior from Bourg, said, “I was watching TV from the living room, and as I was literally walking between the couch and the kitchen, I remember looking back and seeing the planes hit the World Trade Center.” Brenda Haskins, Director of Auxiliary Services, said, “I was in the Stu-
I will never ever forget that day. — Brenda Haskins
By Solomon Tention
dent Union the morning of 9/11. I was just passing through the hallway and noticed how the students were holding each other and looking at the TV. I remember being with the students the entire day and the crying and the hugging. I will never ever forget that day. To this day it makes me sad and angry as well as thankful to be in America.”
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SECURITY continued from page 1 Computer Services manages the technical aspect of the surveillance cameras, and University Police monitors the footage and retrieves evidence. Funding for this expansion is provided by a collaborative effort from Student Affairs, Physical Plant
Operations Fund, University Police, Housing and Computer Services. “Right now, they’re working on the bids for pricing and Administrative processes,” Jaccuzzo said. “Once they finish with that, we can start the project and hopefully finish everything by December.”
Iconic chef to be honored By Melissa Holman news editor
One of Louisiana’s most iconic chefs and restaurateurs is set to receive the University’s top honor at the fall commencement on Dec. 10. Folse will receive a doctorate in commerce to recognize, not only his culinary achievements, but also the
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success of the John Folse Culinary Institute, which teaches students the art of cooking and how to be successful business men and women. Chef John Folse, the namesake of the University’s culinary institute, grew up in a family of sugarcane farmers and was immersed in Cajun and Creole culture from an early age. This immersion aided Folse in explaining to the Board of Regents in 1995 that a culinary institute was vital to the area. “I thought a curriculum in Cajun and Creole cuisine and culture would be, not only a very important course that could be offered to students, but because of the interest in the cuisine that was exploding all over the world, Nicholls State could very well be one of the great centers of culinary education specializing in regional cuisine of Louisiana,” Folse said. It all began when former University President Donald Ayo stopped at Folse’s Lafitte’s Landing in 1995 on a particularly busy evening. Folse was teaching local cuisine to a group of chefs from Taiwan and a news crew was at the restaurant filming the event. Ayo inquired about the evening’s happenings and Folse explained that he had made a name for himself internationally as someone who was willing to teach the art of Louisiana cooking. “They found that I was receptive to training them and letting them into my restaurant,” Folse said. Folse said Ayo suggested they think about incorporating cooking into the University curriculum and that Folse began teaching community cooking classes every few weeks as a test run. “We sat down and had a bowl of gumbo together see FOLSE page 5
FOLSE continued from page 4 and the conversations just continued around the possibility of doing something like that,” Folse said. Folse said he wanted to incorporate the business aspect of cooking, as if every student were training to start his or her own restaurant. The Board of Regents understood this concept and the University became the ﬁrst university to offer a fouryear culinary degree in the United States. Since the institute’s founding,
Folse has remained an advisor to the instructors and is able to interact with students through CULA 279. This course, which Folse teaches in the fall and spring semesters, provides students with an understanding and appreciation of Cajun and Creole cuisine. “It’s very important that I teach that class because it’s who I am and what I do,” Folse said. Receiving an honorary doctorate substantiates and celebrates the
founding of the institute and all it stands for, Folse said. Because of the success graduates have had in a very tough industry like the food and beverage industry, he said the recognition brings the whole process full circle. “I’m just really humbled by it all because its coming from a place that I love so much, that I spent many years at and I plan to continue to be on that campus until I’m no longer able to walk there.”
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that day. A $125 late charge was also added to accounts that were unpaid by Sept. 6. Any students who did not pay at least half of their total balance may be subject to revoked campus privileges such as library and lab access, housing and meals. Students who do not pay their total balance by the close of business on the ﬁrst day of October will be assessed an additional $125. They will lose campus privileges and will be subject to removal from campus housing. The Attorney General’s Ofﬁce will not take over the responsibility until January of 2012. Naquin encouraged that until then, students, former stu-
dents and alumni with unpaid debts do the best they can to repay the University as soon as possible. “Educational debts are the most difﬁcult to get rid of, but when more people pay back what they owe, it greatly helps,” said Naquin. Naquin also added that the University would be trying to contact students who owe money in order to be reminded to pay their debt. According to the Daily Comet, university ofﬁcials did not provide a list of who owed money. They cited a law that protects students’ academic information.
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Nicholls’ baseball team gives back By Jake Martin sports editor
dominating .468 hitting percentage. Rachel Yezak, senior right side hitter, led the Colonels in their second matchup with 10 kills and a percentage of .769. Brandt and Harris both managed to hit over .500, while each posting eight kills respectively. Coach Tramel was much more pleased with her team’s second outing. “After our first match, we talked a lot about reducing the amount of errors,” Tramel said. “Saturday morning, our girls came out with tons of energy, and they were ready to play. We played much better against Texas Southern, capitalizing on a couple opportunities. We were able to control the ball on our side of the net, which allowed the other team to make the mistake.” Unfortunately, due to tropical storm Lee, the championship match against UL-Lafayette was cancelled. Tramel was disappointed that the tournament could not be finished. “It is always exciting to play another in-
Nicholls State University’s head baseball coach, Seth Thibodeaux, and his baseball team will participate in their annual “Clean up the Streets” community service project this Saturday, in which all of the Nicholls baseball players will pick up trash on Audubon Drive and Percy Brown Road. Thibodeaux said that the city will supply the team with trash bags and grabbers. Security guards will be present, and cop cars will patrol to keep them safe. Thibodeaux said this is a way to instill pride about their community within the players. The Colonels will pick up trash around campus, at the Teche Regional Medical Center and up toward Canal Blvd. “I don’t like idle time for sure, and I want to show people in this community that we do care and have a lot of pride in our town,” Thibodeaux said. This is not the only community service project the Colonels participated in. During last year’s season, they worked with Thibodaux Regional to promote breast cancer awareness and to raise money for research. Thibodeaux met with Dr. Greg Stock and brought the idea to him about his team wearing pink jerseys in a home conference game against McNeese State to promote the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Thibodeaux said Stock was excited about the proposal. “I approached him about the idea of having a pink game for baseball, and us raising money for Thibodaux Regional’s Breast Cancer Awareness here,” Thibodeaux said. “I don’t think they realized how good it could be. It was exciting to be able to raise nearly $7,500 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They were very appreciative of it.” After the game against McNeese, the Colonels had a live auction to auction off their pink jerseys. Assistant head coach Chris Prothro said that Thibodeaux has made community service a top priority for the program and said the team wants to give something back to the community. “Since (Thibodeaux) has taken over,
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Outside hitter Jennifer Brandt from Wallis and middle blocker Jasmine Harris from Placentia put up a firm block against right side hitter Rachel Yezak from Houston at practice on Aug. 12 in Stopher Gym.
Colonels go undefeated in tourney staff writer
This past weekend in Lafayette, the Colonels volleyball team won both of their games in the Bon Temps Invitational Tournament. In three dominating sets, the Colonels posted their second shutout of the season against Mississippi Valley State. The Colonels defeated the Delta Devils while posting a season-high .311 hitting percentage and eight blocks. With their third ace of the day, served by Jennifer Brandt, junior outside hitter, the Colonels won their second contest of the season. Handling part of the offensive duties was Brandt who tallied nine kills. Also helping the offense were Jasmine Harris, junior middle blocker, who tallied eight kills, and Jessica Addicks, junior middle blocker, who finished with seven kills of her own. Junior setter Nicole Lund and senior setter Jordan Karst combined for a total
of 21 assists as they split time at their position. Though her team came out victorious, head coach TeAna Tramel was not pleased with the amount of errors her team committed.
We were able to control the ball on our side of the net, which allowed the other team to make the mistake. — TeAna Tramel
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“I was not pleased with the amount of points we gave away on our side of the net,” Tramel said. “Most of their points had accumulated from our mistakes which hurt us a bit.” However, quickly after the mistakefilled victory versus MVSU, the Colonels streamlined their amount of errors against Texas Southern and completed yet another shutout in three straight sets. Nicholls set an early season record with a
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Nicholls football destined to have successful season Personal Opinion by Jake Martin SPORTS EDITOR
It has been a long time since Colonel fans had something to be excited about for football season, but this year will be different. I am sure you are reading this and shaking your head thinking, “yeah, right,” or “What does this guy know?” So, let me pick your spirits up by giving you multiple reasons the Colonels will have a winning season this year.
All great teams start with great leadership, and I do not think Colonel fans understand how great of a head coach we have in Charlie Stubbs. The experience this man has is tremendous as he was on the 1984 BYU national championship team coaching staff, and he was the SEC Offensive Coordinator of the Year at Alabama in 1999. This is his second year, so now he has brought in some of his recruits, and the older players are used to running his scheme and how he coaches.
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But Stubbs cannot win the games by his coaching alone; it ultimately comes down to what players can do on the ﬁeld. The Colonels are in good shape though as they return their starting quarterback LaQuintin Caston, along with other playmakers. Caston is more of a dual threat quarterback as he is more dangerous with his feet rather than his arms. I am sure Stubbs centered the playbook around Caston’s tools and athleticism to give this offense more bang for its buck. The Colonels are also returning
one of the Southland Conference’s leading rushers from a year ago— Jesse Turner. Turner is still trying to get over the leg injury he suffered last year, but when he gets back to full health, expect him to make big plays out of the backﬁeld. As for the defensive side of the ball, the Colonels will be led by preseason ﬁrst team All-Southland defensive back Bobby Felder and preseason second-team selection defensive lineman Edet Udoh. Finally, the reason the Colonels will have a winning record this season
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Members of the Nicholls baseball team visit cancer patients at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center before last season’s Pink game beneﬁtting breast cancer awareness.
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is the fact that the schedule is not as tough as last year. Last season, the Colonels started off 0-3 because they traveled to play three Division 1 opponents, and after those three losses, the Colonels were a 4-4 football team. I do not expect the Colonels to beat the likes of Western Michigan, ULLafayette and Stephen F. Austin, but the rest of the games are winnable. So get excited for the Colonels this year. Who knows, this could be the best season the Colonels have had in quite some time.
giving back to the community has been priority in this program,” Prothro said. “We know that in order for people to come out and support us like we want them to, they have to know that our players, whether they’re from the state of Louisiana or not, are invested in the community. We want to give something back to the community and the state and the University.” Thibodeaux plans on doing more community service projects in the future. “We’re doing a lot of other things too,” Thibodeaux said. “We’re doing a lot of work with parks and recreation here and with Dixie Youth Baseball. We do clinics for those guys, umpire for those guys and do whatever we can for the youth. I want my players to speak to these young men and teach them something and not be shy. It’s a tradition we’re trying to start, and hopefully it’s something that will continue to grow.”
VOLLEYBALL continued from page 7 state team, especially a fellow Sun Belt opponent,” Tramel said. “We were disappointed the match was cancelled, but the safety of all the teams participating comes ﬁrst. Hopefully we can reschedule the match so that we can crown a winner.” Now, after two wins in as many games, maintaining an unblemished
record during Bon Temps, the Colonels have reached a record of three wins and three losses. Two players were named to the all-tournament team. Addicks and Harris, both with hitting percentages of well over .600, received this honor. According to Tramel, playing in the Bon Temps Invitational helped
her team as a whole. “Any competition is good preparation, but this weekend we were able to play with some different lineups,” said Tramel. “After a challenging start to the season due to the scheduling of a difﬁcult tournament, we were really able to gain some conﬁdence moving forward.”
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Participants of the Nicholls Europe program, coordinated by James Barnidge, spent part of their summer experiencing Europe and earning college credit.
Nicholls Europe plans next trip for June 2012 staff writer
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James Barnidge, coordinator of the Nicholls Europe program, explains details of the trip during an interview on Wed., Aug. 31.
History class becomes real when the international study program, Nicholls Europe, plans to make their 39th trip to five European countries—Italy, France, Germany, Tuscany and Switzerland. Nicholls Europe is a sixteen-day roundtrip that begins in New Orleans and ends in Germany from June 6 to 21, 2012. James Barnidge, program director and instructor of history, leads the group through a number of historical artifacts and cities that are commonly talked about in history class. Kathy Dugas, instructor of history, helps Barnidge with the tour in Europe. “It is a way to take students and show them the rest of the world,” Barnidge said. The Nicholls Europe program is open
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to anyone who is interested in going. “Some students have the opinion that it is just for history students, but it is not,” Barnidge said. “It is open to students, alumni and citizens from the community.”
It is a way to take students and show them the rest of the world. — James Barnidge
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Enrollment starts now for the 2012 trip. There are spots open for up to 90 people to go on the trip. The cost of the trip is $3,995. see EUROPE page 13
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Peltier Hall is home to a few peculiar things: an abundance of bathroom grafﬁti, a Reese’s vending machine that oddly enough does not sell Reese’s and even the remains of a slain Louisiana swamp beast. One of the ﬁrst things that you will notice when you walk in custodian Richard Borne’s ofﬁce is a giant white skull. The skull belonged to an 11foot-8 inch alligator that was found near a pond on Borne’s property in the outskirts of Labadieville. About a year and a half ago, some friends of Borne’s family saw the gator go into the pond. “They called my son and said, ‘You’ve got a big one in your pond that you’ve got to get rid of,’” Borne said. One day, some friends of Borne’s son shot the alligator, but it went underwater and never came back up. Two months later, Borne was rabbit hunting on the property and found the skeleton of the beast along the bank. His son got the head coated, and the skull now sits on a bookshelf behind Borne’s desk in Peltier Hall.
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Alongside the skull of an eleven-foot-eight inch alligator, Richard Borne, custodian, displays the mighty jaws of this monster that was killed in a pond on his property about a year and a half ago.
Borne said that the skull gave him a lot of attention around the area. His wife brought it to school in Bayou Louis to show her students who were studying Louisiana history. “After that, my wife told me to
bring it (the skull) here because she had enough of it at our house,” he laughed as he pointed to a rubber chicken hanging from his wall. “She made me bring that here too.”
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This was not the ﬁrst or last alligator that Borne found on his property. Last year, the water level in the swamp near his home lowered—which made the
alligators come to his pond. Since then, Borne and his family have worked to relocate them to the swamp. “My grandson would catch them, tape their mouths then bring them to the launch across the street to turn them loose,” he said. “We didn’t want to hurt them. We catch the little ones and let them loose in the swamps to live with their cousins and grandmas and grandpas.” Borne said that he does not want to kill the alligators, but the one that he keeps as a trophy in his ofﬁce was just too big to move. “My grandkids play around the pond, and we don’t want them to see BORNE page 14
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Twenty years ago, it would have been unusual for an American to embark upon a fitness routine that included regular yoga workouts. Now it is nearly the norm. Yoga is a great way to enhance or begin a regular fitness regimen. Many great athletes like World Cup Superstar Hope Solo, tennis champion Serena Williams and the NBA’s Kevin Garnett are all reported to use yoga to improve coordination, stay strong and improve flexibility. Yoga has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years and has become increasingly popular in the United States. Yoga classes are easy to find and can be done inexpensively via numerous DVDs or online. However, there is great value in live instruction and personal coaching from a accredited teacher. Live coaching will tweak your routine, fine tune your poses and is more likely to keep you motivated. Classes can be found at nearly every health club, YMCA and university campus. There are many types of yoga sessions available, but all focus on deep diaphragm breathing, strength,
relaxation and introspection. Yoga is a series of physical and mental practices which promote the participant’s well being. Benefits are achieved through a series of postures and poses, concentration and body weight resistance. Beginners are often afraid to practice yoga, fearing that they may lack the basic flexibility to start a routine.
By Mike Matherne
A sense of spiritual peace is instilled in practitioners over time. — Mike Matherne
These concerns are often dismissed after discussions with the instructor. Although some beginners may only be able to hold a particular pose for a short time, with regular practice this will soon change. Poses can be performed both at home and during class time. Equipment is minimal and usually only requires a yoga mat and stretchable clothing. Participants can expect a challenging physical workout, which can result in stronger muscles and bones, greater blood circulation and increased endurance. There are many
mental benefits of yoga too. Many forms of yoga induce calmness and a sense of well being to the participants. Yoga can enhance your ability to relax, release stress and concentrate. Although you do not need to formally meditate in order to practice yoga, the two practices support one another. These periods of short, inner quiet can refresh your body and mind. Results include increased mental clarity and self-awareness. Participants report that the mental gains from yoga are what motivate them to continue the practice. A sense of spiritual peace is instilled in practitioners over time. The Office of Campus Recreation coordinates a weekly yoga session on Wednesdays at noon in the dance studio of Shaver Gymnasium. Admission is free to students, staff and faculty with a valid Colonel Card. The Office of Continuing Education offers a fee-based yoga program in the evenings. This course is offered twice a week. Whatever your fitness goals, anyone wishing to embark upon a fitness program should consider participation in a yoga program. Results will improve body and mind.
EUROPE continued from page 11 “We normally fill up by October or November,” Barnidge said. “We usually fill up by that time because it is very popular. We have had to put a limit on it for these last few years because we couldn’t take everybody that wanted to go.” Some popular places they visit are London, Paris, Switzerland, Rome and Florence. “We try to stay with what we think is the most educational, interesting and rewarding places to visit,” Barnidge said. “Switzerland is one of the places that students like the most because some people like to see the snow because they have never seen snow in their life.” One of the two-day destinations, Alsace, France, is the country of origin for some southern Louisiana citizens. “The Himmels and Waguespacks are German names from France that came down to southern Louisiana to live,” Barnidge said. “It is like we are going home to our roots.” Nicholls students can earn three to six hours in history credits through the program. “If I am in a classroom telling students what Leonardo and
Michelangelo did, it is different from me being in Florence showing students what they did,” Barnidge said. “Students come back with a new appreciation and attitude toward history.” Some students went for college credit or because they had an interest in traveling the world outside of southern Louisiana. “This is my second time,” Kyle Crosby, business management senior from Larose said. “I love traveling. It was easy to get around. Everything was taken care of for the trip.” Some students went on the trip before they even started at Nicholls like Addie Himmel, business pre-law freshman from Thibodaux, who went after her senior year of high school. “I never traveled far away from home besides the states,” Himmel said. “It was more educational than I thought it would be, but that is why I enjoyed it.” Learning about history at the price of the trip may turn some people away, but previous students said it was worth it. “It does not matter about the money because you get so much out of it,” Himmel said. “It is really worth it.”
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511 West 3rd Street
PHOTO BY WHITNEY BABIN
Above is the eleven-foot-eight inch alligator that Richard Borne, custodian, killed on his property about a year and a half ago.
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be in danger,” he said. “It’s just humane. We don’t kill them. As long as you leave them alone and don’t mess with the babies, they’ll leave you alone.” The water in the swamp has since come up, and Borne said that many of the alligators have gone back to it rather than his pond. “We just clean out the pond to make sure they’re out of there,” he said. “If they keep
staying in there, others may get drawn to it. Now that the water is back, maybe they’ll stay in the swamp.” Borne said his alligator stories have made him the subject of many “Swamp People” jokes around the workplace. “The people around here kid me about it and say, ‘Shoot em! Shoot em!’” he laughed. “I’ve killed a few gators, but I didn’t need Clint with me.”
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Students need schooling in crosswalks All drivers have presumably gone to traffic school, but a key element of students’ learning has been forgotten when they enter Nicholls campus—crosswalks. Generally, student pedestrians ignore them once they enter campus. They are just white lines on the road designated for walking across to get to the other side of the street, but they are never conveniently placed. So instead, we just cross wherever we want to get where we need to go. This is fine until someone gets hit. It might not be you. It could be the driver who flips out and wrecks into a pole or another vehicle. Either way, someone might get hurt, and it could be your fault. Most of us do not use crosswalks because they seem to be in the most inconvenient places, at least 10 feet from where we want them to be most times. We also know that drivers on campus do not care much about crosswalks either. See, another rule we forgot from traffic school is that drivers are supposed to stop at crosswalks. Yes, drivers are advised to come
to a complete stop at crosswalks to see if any pedestrians are trying to cross. However, most drivers on campus try to speed over those white lines as if they are not even there, in the hopes that anyone trying to cross will not interrupt them. And if a person does mysteriously appear from behind a parked car, it is obviously their fault, right? The truth is, campus is one huge parking lot. There are cars everywhere, some stationary and some on the move, and people getting in and out of cars and going to and from class. The vehicle to student population ratio seems almost as if it is split evenly when we are out there driving on campus roads, so no one should be able to ignore traffic rules. Just because they are called “traffic” rules does not mean pedestrians do not have to follow them. Drivers need to realize that they cannot see through obstructions, and they need to slow down in case any pedestrians are walking around parked cars or trying to cross the street. Most times, parked cars stick out just far enough into the street that the second
someone steps from behind it, they are in the path of a driver. This means that pedestrians also need to pause before walking from behind obstructions. If you cannot see over an obstruction, chances are high that a driver cannot see over it either. As pedestrians on campus, many of us just cross the streets without looking both ways, figuring that it is campus, and walking students are more important than anyone in a car, so we have the right of way. But as drivers, we assume that the road is our space, and pedestrians need to stop and wait for us or get out of our way. Is this not hypocritical of us? Driver or pedestrian, it does not matter. At some point we are both, and we need to remember that and respect each other. Maybe if we as drivers remember that pedestrians actually do have the right of way on crosswalks, we can create a safe space for us as pedestrians to cross. Finally, it is a little embarrassing to have to remind everyone, but please stop and look both ways before crossing the street. cartoon by donny blanchard
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