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NICHOLLS WORT H Thursday, June 21, 2012

Volume 57 Issue 28

Summer Bucket List page 6

Chef Jeff Haynes page 4

Editorial page 7

CHOPPED University prepares for more budget cuts

that state funding has gone down. Howell said the increase in tuition has brought in approximately $10 EDITOR AND MANAGING million, but the state has decreased EDITOR funding by $16 million. The tuition increase was a result of the LA With nine days until the end of GRAD Act, a 2010 law allowing the the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Uni- University to raise tuition by 10 perversity is preparing to implement a cent if it meets certain performance $569,000 cut to the budget, in addi- requirements. tion to facing a 4.4 million budget With the 2012-2013 school year cut for the upcoming school year. being the fifth consecutive year the Because the state did not meet its University has faced budget cuts, budget for the year, cuts are being Howell said the University cannot made at every level, Larry Howell, cut any more academic programs. executive vice president of the Uni“Our academic programs are all versity, said. healthy. We can not eliminate any Because of academic proa change to grams because Group Benthat could create efit Allocaa spiral effect,” tions from Howell explained. I don’t think the state, the Since 2008, seven enough people value University programs were higher education. received a recut, including — Larry Howell imbursement, many two year reducing the programs, which necessary cut were absorbed by for the end of local community the fiscal year and technical colto $313,000. Howell said the reim- leges like Fletcher Technical Combursement was due to not having munity College. the number of employees expected “If you eliminate academic proat the University. grams, you eliminate enrollment, “We’ve been really conservative you eliminate revenue,” Howell because we have to be,” Howell said. “It is constant and it becomes said. a downward spiral.” As part of their conservative Although academic programs will stance, the University is making not be cut, students may see some changes in spending patterns to changes in the size of the programs. make up for the cuts. Supplies are “We will obviously have to repurchased on a need-only basis, duce the size of academic protravel is kept to a minimum, and grams, so students will be affected some vacant staff or faculty spots by fewer sections, bigger sections, have not been filled. maybe a class not offered as much “We kept saying we needed to as they want or need it to be, but it save money for next year because means them being able to major in we knew cuts would be drastic. what they are majoring in,” Howell They were even more drastic than explained. expected,” Howell said of the cuts. The retention of all present acaAs a result of the cuts, tuition demic programs is the top priority has gone up, but not at the rate for the University, Howell said.

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“We have to, in my opinion, support the mission of the University. The mission of the University has to come first and that is academics,” Howell said. “We have protected academics as much as we can but it gets more and more difficult every year.” Students may also have to wait in longer lines at places such as Student Employment or Fee Collections, due to fewer employees working. Centers on campus, such as The Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders and The Louisiana Center for Women

and Government, will be affected by the cuts also. In terms of enrollment, the University is bringing in the same number of students as in past years, Howell said. However, the quality of students has increased, therefore increasing the University’s graduation rate. Because of this, enrollment numbers are decreasing, which becomes an issue in terms of revenue from the state as well as tuition. Howell explained that although the University’s funding is below average, the quality of the University is still expected to be above av-

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erage. “We’re not protected and health care isn’t protected and everyone else is. One day that’s going to have to change,” Howell said. “It’s not going to change until people really say enough is enough. It’s easy to say, ‘well, we’re just going to cut them.’ I don’t think enough people value higher education.” The University has until the third week of July to establish the budget for the upcoming year.

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Fourth of July festival to be held in Peltier Park The Let Freedom Ring Festival, sponsored by the city of Thibodaux, the Lorio Fondation, and the Veterans of Vietnam War Inc. LA Post #4, will be held in Peltier Park on July 4 and is free to the public. The celebration will feature music, an auction, games, and a fireworks display. Consessions will be available for purchase, however, barbeque pits, picnic baskets, tents, and lawn furniture are welcomed. Please no glass containers in the park. No vehicles will be allowed in the park after 10:30 a.m. so plan to arrive early to unload your car. No parking, except handicap parking, will be allowed in the park. Parking is available on Bayou Lane, and at E.D. White and Nicholls. “Seussical, Jr.” to be performed at Jean Lafitte Park As part of the Children’s Musical Workshop, Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc. will present “Seussical, Jr.” on June 27-29 at 7 p.m. and June 30-July 1 at 2 p.m. at the Jean Lafitte Park at 314 St. Mary Street. Tickets are $7 each and must be purchased at the park’s ticket booth. Ticket booth hours are: June 11-15: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. June 18 – 22: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. June 25 – 26: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. June 27 – 29: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. June 30 – July 1: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Parking permit application now available


Sergeant Tullis reponded to the Controller’s Office in relation to a possible credit card fraud. A student used the card to pay for fees and the University received a chargeback from Discover stating that the card holder challenged the transaction as a fraudulent or unauthorized sale. Sergeant Tullis spoke with the student who stated that she was not going to school this summer and that the card belonged to her mother. She stated that her mother was aware of the charge and that she would have her contact the police department. JUNE 14

Officers observed a vehicle driving recklessly on Audubon Avenue. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle took off into campus. Officers were able to stop the vehicle in front of Guidry Stadium and take the driver into custody. The driver was a student and was issued a Thibodaux City misdemeanor citation as well as a University summons for reckless operation of a motor vehicle. JUNE 16

The online application for parking permits for the 2012-2013 school year is now available. You can apply online for a parking permit through July 13. You will need to purchase a permit directly through the Office of Parking Services after July 13.

A domestic disturbance occured at Family Housing. Both parties involved were separated. The male was given temporary housing for the weekend. Both were banned from being in and around their respective housing units for the weekend. Officers discovered both parties in Peltier Park near the females residence at Family Housing.


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Director, reality star speak at leadership camp By Melissa Holman Editor

The closing ceremony of the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, held June 13 in the University’s cotillion ballroom, focused on empowering women to overcome obstacles of varying degrees. “Light a woman a fire and she will be warm for a night. Light a woman on fire, and she will be warm all her life,” Laura Badeaux, director of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, said during her speech about the mission of the center. “That’s what the [center] does – it lights women on fire in responsible leadership, responsible citizenship, political competence, public policy education, and a commitment to public service.” The center, which Badeaux said is the largest programming center for women in the nation and provides ten leadership programs for Louisiana women, took a major cut in funding for the next fiscal year, reducing the operating budget from $275,000 to $50,000. “It is no longer funded in a state that is second to last in the number of women elected to public of-

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fice,” Badeaux explained. “That is a crime. We have to find more private funding.” If the center cannot garner enough private funding, the doors will likely close sometime in the 2012-2013 year. The academy participants also listened to MTV reality star and entertainment reporter Diem Brown’s inspiring story about her battle with cancer. Following the loss of her mother while in college, Brown, 23 at the time, appeared on “MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat” in 2006, in an effort to cope with the traumatic event. Secretly, she also coped with her diagnosis of ovarian cancer, which she found out she had during training for the show. Instead of telling the producers about her diagnosis, she went on the show and did her “bucket list,” eventually revealing her illness to her teammate Derrick Kosinski when he asked her during an episode of the show, “is there anything you’re afraid of ?” Despite this obstacle, Brown said she learned how to manage and find some good in the situation. “The goal in life is to be able to




learn how to adapt,” Brown explained. “That is for everything… but to adapt, you also need to first have a goal. The goal could be a week from now, five years from now, it could be tomorrow, but setting these certain goals for yourself in your mind will make you get to where you want to be.” While going through chemotherapy following the show, Brown’s friends and family constantly asked how they could help. At the time, she was also receiving gift registries from friends getting married or having babies and the idea “clicked.” Though she knew nothing about creating a website, Brown bought an HTML for Dummies book and eventually created an online gift registry for patients with illnesses like cancer, as well as patients suffering from trauma such as car accidents and heart attacks. She was now also able to accept help from friends who gave her enough support to purchase a high-quality wig, an item very important to her at the time. Within the first year, without advertising, Brown’s registry, known at the time as Live for the Challenge, helped over one hundred thousandfamilies.

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Reality star Diem Brown speaks to LGLA campers during the closing ceremony on June 13.

Now, the website creates a social networking community for patients and allows them to set up gift registries for everything from prayers to assistance with medical expenses. Six years after the registry’s creation, Brown now faces another obstacle – she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer again on June 4. “Cancer sucks. But cancer was the

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Nicholls executive chef heads to London Olympics STAFF WRITER

Executive Chef Jeff Haynes has been selected by Sodexo Prestige to assist in food service at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. During December and January, Haynes applied for the position to help out at the games. Every applicant undergoes a screening process because of the nature of the event and its location overseas, Haynes said. Eventually Haynes was selected along with others to help. Haynes will be present beginning July 2012 until his contract is up. Each applicant has a different contract for a different length of time. “I was happy to be selected and that my country would want to send me there,” Haynes said. “I was thrilled when I found out I was chosen,” Haynes said, “When I knew that the Olympics were going to be in London this year, it was something I had in the back of my mind to participate in.” The itinerary has not been final-


Chef Jeff Haynes, executive chef of dining services, will assist in food service at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

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ized for the selected workers, but they will have to report at a central location and then they will be stationed throughout the Olympic village and at certain events. “If the opportunity arises I may get to see an event or two, depending on the security pass that I have,” Haynes said. According to www.bemoretha-

I was happy to be selected and that my country would want to send me there.

— Chef Jeff Haynes, “Sodexo Prestige was looking for 4,000 catering, logistics and operations staff to help us make the London 2012 Olympics the most successful event the United Kingdom has ever seen.” Sodexo Prestige is the caterer for the South of the Olympic Park. Applicants will be busy virtually the whole time they are there, but

Haynes hopes to also fit in time for his family. I know I will get a little down time while I am there so my family may come up and visit. I know I will not have a lot of time with them, but I will get to see them which is better than not seeing them, Haynes said. Haynes was born in the United Kingdom where he attended college in Bristol, England for culinary. He has been involved in culinary for 36 years. “It will be nice to do work in my country of birth and for such a high profile event,” Haynes said. This will be Haynes’s second Olympics. “I lived in Sydney for 16 years and I was there for the 2000 Olympics.” “ I was not involved in the same degree as I will be this go round, but I was involved in feeding the artiliary staff that was involved with the Olympics,” Haynes said.The 2012 London Olympics start July 27, 2012 and ends on August 12, 2012.

J.J. Ayo swimming pool opens after a year of renovations By Pauline WIlson STAFF WRITER

The J.J. Ayo Swimming Pool opened in April for its first full summer since 2010 and officials say that numbers are the same as the last fully open summer. The pool has undergone several changes preventing it from being available to swimmers. In 2010 the pool underwent a draining, replacement of a ripped lining, along with new electrical connections, wiring, pumps, motors and new plumbing. The changes started in Fall 2010 and cost an estimated $145,000 dollars, Mike Davis assistant vice president for administration said in

a March 17, 2010 Nicholls Worth article. While the pool was out of commission to students, faculty and staff were able to use the pool at La Maison du Bayou Apartments. The building of the Recreation Center did not have an effect on the renovations. A pool could have been added to the recreation center during construction, but aquatics was not ranked high by student preferences, Mike Matherne, director of campus recreation said in March 17, 2010 Nicholls Worth article. “The renovations have not affected attendance. They haulted the use of the pool, but since its reopening the numbers are still similar to the last fully open summer, two year

ago,” Matherne said. The pool is open to all students, faculty and staff with a valid colonel card. Pool goers should bring a towel and their colonel card. “There are also memberships available for purchase for the pool,” Matherne said. This summer the pool is open seven days a week from 1:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Life guards are present during these hours. It is considered an Olympic-size pool measuring 164 feet wide by 84 feet long. There are also vending services and locker rooms available.


Free Enterprise Week campers play Marco Polo in the J.J. Ayo Swimming Pool Tuesday afternoon.

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Seven activities to check off your summer bucket list Opinion by Pauline Wilson STAFF WRITER

Why not take summer vacation to the next level and create a summer bucket list? This bucket list is a brief collection of basic items that can be accomplished anywhere during the summer. This list has become my own personal bucket list and I will attempt to accomplish as many tasks as possible. 1. Start a blog Starting a blog is awesome for a bucket list. The blog will allow one to share fun experiences from each task with our friends and family. It will also help keep all the items on your bucket list in order and make it easier to share on social networks. You can create one by visiting This free blog site allows you to customize your blog and gives you a personal domain that makes it easier for others to access. As I complete each task I will post to my blog, paulinewilson998., many pictures and descriptions explaining where I completed the task, with whom I completed them, and what I got out of the task. 2. Start a wish tree This is a really fun activity to do in an office, home, or just for decoration in a bedroom. Have each person participating fill out a square piece of computer

paper with his or her wish. Take a piece of tape and close the paper so it does not open when it is on the tree. Then tie the wishes on the tree and after the wish comes true take the paper off. When all the wishes are off the tree, start over with a new wish. To learn how to make the tree, visit 3. Run a 5k for a good cause Here is a list of upcoming races to register for in the surrounding areas: Big Easy Spirit Triathlon on June 24, 2012 5150 New Orleans on June 24, 2012 FireCracker Fun Run on July 7, 2012 25th Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run on July 15, 2012 Spartyka Wounded Warrior Race on July 22, 2012 The Color Run New Orleans on November 17, 2012

certificate, a photo of the bat, and other information for only $10.00. 5. Outdoor movie night This is a fun activity to involve friends, family and neighbors. All you need is a projector, a white backdrop, some treats, a laptop and a good movie and you are set. You can use a white garage door or a big sheet and project the movie on it and you have a classic sit in movie.

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6. Accomplish an activity found on Pinterest Find something on that you would have never thought to create before. It can range from a simple painting activity or an elaborate creation. Just click and create!

7. Create a rock jar of memories This is a fun way to wrap up the summer. Buy a glass jar and some light colored pebbles, take a sharpie and write each summer memory on a rock and place it in the jar. This is a great way to remember your summer.


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There are more races available on or 4. “Adopt-A-Bat” The “Adopt-A-Bat” program helps support bat conservations and research of the lava beds in California. states that the funds raised will help study bat behavior, protect habitats, and educate the public about the creatures. If you decide to adopt a bat you get to choose from four different species and you get a personalized adoption

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Those opposing weeding should take fight elsewhere Talk has spread throughout campus recently that the University is throwing away invaluable, dare I say, sacred texts into a large dumpster outside the back door of the library. Indeed there is such a dumpster and there is a multitude old, damaged or outdated books filling the container. Key words: old, damaged, and outdated. These books, journals and other texts have been cycled out and tossed, known as “weeding,” in an effort to provide University students with the newest, highest quality reading materials available. However, students and alumni have taken to social media outlets to voice their complete and total opposition of a practice that is not only mandated by the State of Louisiana, but also done in many other cities and towns across the United States. The act has been called “disgusting,” “immoral,” “unbelievable,” and “stupid” in comments posted to the University’s Facebook page. It has led students to suggest, and perhaps actually, dumpster dive and retrieve the books. Others have suggested recycling or donating them to other schools, stores or prisons. Yet others have offered up a sale to anyone interested in buying them. An online petition was even

created asking members to support a stop to the weeding project. While the passion behind the fight is commendable, many have failed to realize that

this is not something the University really has a choice in doing. As stated in a recent email sent out by the library, all state property “may not be given away or sold to anyone (other than by transfer to another state agency.) Be-

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fore disposing of the books and other materials, the library offers to transfer them to the University’s Colleges and to other State academic, public and school libraries, how-

cannot be transferred as one pleases. One comment on the University’s Facebook page reads: “This is actually a common problem at state schools. It’s almost like coffee shops that have to throw away extra food at night because of the liability of giving it away. There’s no process for where to send these books and it’s state/school money which means they have a lot of red tape about giving it away.” Although there is a process for giving away the books, the general idea of this comment is stating what many opposing this practice are forgetting: this problem is not with the University. This is not a fight to be had with the library or its workers. Instead it is a problem with the way a rule was made in government. Librarians are just like all the other writers, journalists, poets, and avid readers out there: they love the written word - so much so that they made a career out of it. So take your opposition to the capitol if you want to make a statement. Write a letter or make a phone call to a senator or representative and see what can be done. However, the blame should not be placed with Nicholls. Remember, without this project, up-to-date textbooks, journals and classic novels yet to come would never make their PHOTO BY MARYNA FOWLER way to our library’s shelves, in turn providever, they are rarely accepted…”because they ing us the opportunity to become more wellare, after all, out-dated, incomplete, worn or rounded students. otherwise,unitable discards.” Much like state funding given to public universities earmarked for specific projects, the money or materials



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