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Volume 59 Issue 3 Sept. 5, 2013

The Final Two...

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Intramural Sports Preview

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The History of Twerking

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What Not to Wear: Classroom Edition

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Briefs

Operation White Socks The Louisiana Center for Dyslexia is creating an opportunity for you to help our active-duty service members. This year the center is asking for donations of white socks for men and women, as well as a new or used paperback novels. The center will be accepting donations in 166 Peltier Hall until November 1, 2013.

Homecoming Display Contest The deadline to enter the Homecoming Display Contest is September 12. SGA wants to encourage everyone to have a display during Homecoming Week. The theme this year is “Colonels Save the World” (superhero twist). Displays must be set up by 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, and judging will take place at noon. Displays must be maintained throughout the week. A plaque will be awarded to the first place winner in the following categories: Nicholls Community, Greeks, Residence Halls, and Other Organizations. Contact the SGA office at ext. 4557 to enter.

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A student reported that she parked her vehicle on Acadia Drive;, and when she returned to her vehicle during the afternoon, she discovered that someone keyed her front and rear driver’s side doors. An incident report was filed and there are no witnesses or suspects at this time. Aug 27

A Remington 22 Caliber Powder cartridge for a Remington Concrete Nail Gun Powder Actuated tool was found in a dryer in one of the residence halls. The cartridge was removed from the area and secured at University Police. Aug 27

A student reported that he was almost hit by a vehicle as he was walking in the crosswalk by Ayo Hall and Madewood Drive. Officers patrolled the area looking for the vehicle but were unable to locate it. Aug 29

A fire alarm was accidently set off in Babington Hall by a student who was straightening her hair.

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Students sing the Nicholls Alma Mater to kick off 2013 Welcome Back Day.

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Weekly Calendar Thursday

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* Free legal aid available in the SGA office - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

* Soccer vs. Mississippi Valley State - 4 p.m.

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* First meeting of College Republicans - 2 p.m. - Student Union

* Music Recital in Danos Theater - 7:30 p.m.

* Online elections for Homecoming King and Queen end.

* Curtis J. Johnson book signing - Bookstore - 2 - 4 p.m.

05 06 07 08 * Soccer vs. ULL - 1 p.m. * Online elections for Homecoming King and Queen begin

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The library department wins the Most Spirited Department Award at 2013 Welcome Back Day.

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Presidential finalist Mirta M. Martin poses after her interview last Monday.

Presidential finalist Bruce T. Murphy talks to the media after his interview last Wednesday.

And Then There Were Two Martin, Murphy selected as two finalists for President Ross Landry Editor After spending three days interviewing the six remaining candidates, the Nicholls State University Presidential Search Committee announced the two finalists for University President last Thursday. Mirta M. Martin, dean of the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State University, and

Bruce T. Murphy, vice president for academic affairs at Air University in Alabama, were announced as the finalists after the committee entered executive session in the Ballroom of the student union last Thursday morning. Voting among the committee was unanimous to send Martin and Murphy to Baton Rouge Sept. 10 to go before the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors for consecutive

public interviews. Interviews are set to begin at 9 a.m., and after both candidates are interviewed, the board will enter executive session to deliberate and announce whom to appoint as President of Nicholls. “We feel very good about this decision,” Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, said. “It was a hard decision with many special

candidates, but in the end, two of them really rose to the top to help with where Nicholls is today.” Martin, who was interviewed last Monday, highlighted the importance of helping and being available to students during a breakfast with student-leaders prior to her interview. “I do not want to be one of those ivory tower presidents that no one knows their face or name,” Martin

said. “I want to visit with students whenever possible.” She also mentioned a sign that she keeps behind her desk that reads, “No excuses. Students first, family always.” When asked about her expectations of both academics and athletics at Nicholls, Martin said, “I expect excellence in all I do, and I don’t apologize for it. I believe if you set the bar high, people

will rise to it.” Martin said she felt “very much at home” during her visit to Thibodaux last week. She admitted during her breakfast with students that what sold her on Nicholls was the “Say Hello to Nicholls State University” video on the university web site and the line “Here, handshakes are often replaced with hugs.” “When I heard that, I

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President of MidSouth Bank to host tailgating party Rusty Cloutier, President and CEO of MidSouth Bank, is hosting a tailgating party for the University of Lafayette and Nicholls Football game that will be held on Sept. 14 due to Cloutier’s strong ties with Nicholls. Cloutier, a native of Morgan City, graduated from Nicholls in 1968 with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Finance and Economics. He has been working for MidSouth Bank since 1984, and now manages 60 locations in Louisiana and Texas. Nicholls Alumni usually host a tailgating party at UL’s campus every year when Nicholls plays UL, but this year MidSouth Bank and Cloutier will host the tail-

gate. No dollar amount was given when asked how much MidSouth will be donating to support this tailgating, but they said they will provide a tent, food, drinks and giveaways. This is their first year hosting the Alumni tailgate, but they

people,” said Ceci Thomassie, Regional Marketing Manager of MidSouth Bank. Midsouth Bank and Cloutier decided to host this tailgating party because of the strong ties Cloutier has with Nicholls. In 2006, Cloutier was honored as the

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We are just really excited to partner up with the alumni of Nicholls, and we have a great presence in the Houma and Thibodaux area and are hoping to meet new people.

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are hoping to make it an annual event. “We are just really excited to partner up with the alumni of Nicholls, and we have a great presence in the Houma and Thibodaux area and are hoping to meet new

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Outstanding Alumnus from the College of Business Administration. His other motivation in hosting the party is to give Midsouth Bank more advertisement and to bring in clients from different areas.

Cloutier’s most recent accomplishment, is his book, Big Bad Banks, where he talks about how greed and ego among the big shots in banking and government created the crisis that wrecked the economy. MidSouth Bank is located around the Thibodaux and Houma area and supports Nicholls State on many different occasions. MidSouth Bank is also the sponsor of Nicholls’ Athletics and the official bank of the Southland Conference. Hosting this tailgating party is Cloutier and MidSouth Bank’s way to give back to Nicholls. The game will be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, but tailgating begins at 3 p.m. and their stand will be held on Rhine Heart Drive near Cajun Field.

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Katherine Lyons, ceramics senior from Houma, making pottery at the art booth at Welcome Back Day on Thursday afternoon.


Biology senior receives grant to fund research project Melanie Cowan Reporter Shiena Marie Normand, a biology pre-med senior from Niceville, Fla., received the Louisiana Sea Grant to compose an experiment that could establish a biological monitoring system by testing two invertebrate species and their ability to break down organic pollutants such as those from the BP oil spill. Normand received the Louisiana Sea Grant by writing a five-page proposal early last December with the guidance of Enmin Zou professor of biological sciences and Normand’s research professor, requesting funding for her experiment. The grant was awarded to Normand in the amount of $2,500, and it is fully funding her experiment. Ten grants are given every year, and Normand is the only Nicholls student to receive a Louisiana Sea Grant this year. The title of Normand’s experiment is “Comparison of Sensitivity of E-Rod

Activity to PAH’s between Two Beach Burrowers.” Normand got the idea for her experiment by discussing tar balls washed up on the Louisiana coast after last year’s Hurricane Isaac with Zou. These tar balls led scientists to believe that the BP oil could still be in the Gulf contaminating the marine life that live there. Currently, the only scientifically accurate way to test if the gulf waters are contaminated are to use expensive molecular chemical tests. Through her experiment, Normand will try to prove that there is an easier and less expensive way to test the waters by using a biological monitoring system. The two species that Normand is testing are the fiddler crab and the rove beetle found along the coast affected by the BP oil spill in 2010. “The reason I picked these species is because they are the most abundant in the Grand Isle area, and they are easier to test than fish,” Norman said. “Both the fiddler crabs and the

rove beetles contain an enzyme called E-Rod that is designed to break down organic pollutants, such as the naphthalene found in BP oil. Introducing the specimens to the pollutant can test the break down rate of the enzymes in the species.” According to Normand, the experiment will last the entire fall semester. Normand has already purchased 500 fiddler crabs, staged the crabs and viewed their molt cycles. She will then divide the crabs into increments of 100 and test them in individual tanks. After the crabs are divided, she will contaminate all but one tank of 100 crabs with naphthalene, the pollutant found in BP oil. She will do the same steps with the rove beetle to see which species breaks down the naphthalene the most effectively. If Normand’s hypothesis is correct, one of the two beach burrowers will break down the naphthalene, and they can use that species as a biological monitoring system, a cheaper and less

time consuming alternative to test the waters in the Gulf of Mexico. “When the experiment is complete, the results will be turned into LSU, and I

have the opportunity to present my experiment and possibly have my results published in a scientific journal,” Norman said. “If I got published or got

to present my research, I would feel the biggest sense of accomplishment. I am so glad I had this opportunity and that I took it while I could.”

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Sarah Lambert, a sophomore in Secondary English Education from Paulina, La,, and Logan Borne, a freshman in Mass Communications from Napoleonville, La,, pose for a photo during Welcome Back Day on Thursday afternoon.

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Brittany Morris, a junior from New Orleans studying education, takes a chance on the mechanical bull set up at 2013 Welcome Back Day.

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thought it sounded just like me,” Martin said. “I am always looking for a family, and I believe that I can certainly have a family here at Nicholls.” Murphy, whose interview and breakfast with students were last Wednesday, firmly believes in delivering new opportunities for student success. “Anyone that calls itself a university has to provide a universe of opportunities,” Murphy said. “My first priority is student opportunity and success, and that comes in many forms.” Murphy said that he wants to make sure to leave Nicholls in a better state than when he arrived if he were to become University President. “I have a background in scouting, so I believe you leave the campsite better than you found it,” he said. “I try to do that every place I’ve been.” Before the committee entered executive session to decide the two finalists, they gave audience members the opportunity to make comments regarding the candidates. Three students, all of which are members of the Student Government Association, voiced their support Page 6 | 09.05.13 | The Nicholls Worth

for candidate Karla Hughes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Biology Junior from Thibodaux Anthony Naquin said that Hughes was the only candidate that said she wanted a student-centered university. “All the candidates really talked about forming relationships, but she had concrete ideas,” Naquin said. “We fell in love with her personality and the way she connected with us.” Brittany Chiasson, psychology senior from Napoleonville, also vocalized her opinion on Hughes. “She reminded me of a female Dr. Hulbert,” she said referring to former University President Stephen Hulbert. “Can’t get better than that.” Upon hearing the decision for the two finalists, the audience had some surprised expressions, but most people respected the board’s decision. “I believe that we have two excellent candidates and a win-win situation for Nicholls,” Deborah “Raz” Raziano, director emeritus of Alumni Affairs, said. While he was “a little disappointed” that Hughes

was not selected, Naquin still supports the decision. “I thought her educational background and some of her ideas to help the University would have been beneficial,” Naquin said. “I respect the decision of the board, and whoever they decide, we the students will back them 100 percent.” Melissa Cloutet, Student Government President and a non-voting member of the search committee, said that she was pleased with the search process. “I believe the committee made a great decision and selected the two best finalists,” Cloutet said. “It was a great process, and I believe the students will get a highly qualified president that they can connect with.” Cloutet went on to say how glad she was to see students participate in last week’s events like the breakfasts with the candidates. “It really showed they cared,” she said. “The student participation at the breakfasts and forums was outstanding, and I was very impressed. Students did have a close relationship with Dr. Hulbert, and they want to continue it with a new president.”


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The field behind the Rec Center where students get together and play flag football.

Intramurals are something to look forward to this year A new semester at Nicholls brings a new round of intramural sports for students, faculty and staff to take part in. Six organized intramural leagues are played at the Harold J. Callais Recreation Center including volleyball, kickball and flag football offered in the fall as well as basketball, soccer and softball in the spring. Tournament style events are also organized throughout the year giving participants the opportunity to compete in sports like ultimate Frisbee, badminton, indoor soccer, dodgeball,

table tennis, tennis and wallyball - a sport known as rebound volleyball in some places. It is played on a racquetball court allowing players to use the walls during play - or test their prowess in three-point shootouts, free throw challenges, or home run derbies. Intramural Recreation Coordinator Kristen Fillmore predicts that there will be an increase in interest in intramural sports with a new class of freshmen coming into the university. “[Freshmen] are going to have this facility from the beginning,” Fillmore said. “The rec center has been new to sophomores and up,

but for the freshmen they are going to have it from day one. They are going to want to get into the routine of playing intramurals, signing up for the group fit-

as add new events to allow more students to participate. “We want to include the students who maybe can’t dedicate themselves to the

The sports help you build friendships, which is important for freshmen. - Denzel Major

ness classes and everything else we have to offer here.” The recreation center will also continue to improve on the intramural sports that it already offers, as well

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six-or-seven-week season of a league but maybe can give a weekend to compete in a tournament,” Fillmore said. “Also, some students may perform better in indi-

vidual sports than they do in team sports, so we want to make sure that we have something for them, too.” Denzel Major psychology senior from New Orleans, La., believes that intramurals can help freshmen fit into their new lives at the university. “The sports help you build friendships which is important for freshmen. Some might think they are too cool to be in anything. They are still in the high school mentality that the fewer things they are in, the cooler they are, but for the ones who do play flag football or something, they gain friends that they wouldn’t have had,” Major said.

Major also thinks that the addition of other teambased activities, such as computer games, could help students learn new skills while getting to know new people. Registration for volleyball ends on Sept. 11 with the season set to begin on Sept. 16. The registration deadline for flag football is Oct. 2 and will begin play on Oct. 7. More information can be found at nicholls.edu/recreation/ intramural-sports or by contacting the Office of Campus Recreation. All students, faculty and staff with a membership to the rec center are eligible to compete in intramurals.

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Paying student athletes would be an irresponsible act F

Personal Opinion Michael Hotard Sports Editor The question as to whether or not college athletes should be paid has been brought to more light in the last few years. Players such as Cam Newton, Reggie Bush and Johnny Manziel have been at the forefront of college atheletes scrutinized for breaking NCAA guidelines. No evidence was found on Manziel, so the only consequence was being suspended for the first half of Texas A&M’s season opener against the University of Rice. Initially, I used to believe that college athletes should be paid because of the revenue college sports bring in and because of the time constraints student athletes have. Now I look at it and think that paying college athletes would not only be fiscally irresponsible, but it also would create more issues among athletes. Last week when I interviewed some of the Nicholls students, coaches and athletes, Nicholls Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Atwell said that paying athletes would “monopolize” sports. I think he hit the nail on the head. Athletes would generally

go with who is going to pay them the most money. Smaller budget universities like Nicholls may not even have athletic programs if that were the case. The rich would get richer, while the smaller universities would fall by the wayside. Then there are the logistics of the situation. How could the system be orchestrated? Do you have a salary cap, minimum wage, or the same budget for all schools? It would just be utter chaos trying to figure out a well-thought-out system for wage scales. In addition to scholarships and essentially getting an education for free, athletes also receive meals and clothing for free. Junior defensive back Byron Cobb said that even a smaller budget school like Nicholls travels and gets treated “first class.” So essentially, what this becomes is a sense of self-entitlement to those athletes who believe they should get paid. Some people have made arguments that college athletes should be paid because they can’t always get jobs and are struggling financially. Welcome to the life of many students who are not athletes, and who I might add, are usually working to pay for their education. Meanwhile, plenty of athletes get that opportunity for free. Math instructor Sherill Dupre brought up a great point by saying “student athletes are not professionals. If you begin to give them paychecks, they become professional.” That is a very unique approach and one that I completely agree with. The

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fact of the matter is that student athletes are not professional, nor should they be. Those who say they should be paid and happen to defend athletes like Manziel sometimes use the excuse “oh, he is just a kid” when they don’t follow the rules. Every time that phrase gets uttered, it makes me cringe. There is no excuse for not following the rules. I mentioned Cam Newton, Reggie Bush and Johnny Manziel as athletes who broke, or were accused of breaking, the rules for gifts or money. One may argue that it is a small percentage of athletes who do break the NCAA/team guidelines whether it is performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), accepting gifts or even staying out past curfew. However, I wouldn’t be so sure. I feel that the scale of how popular the athlete is has to be looked at. I don’t think the NCAA would waste their time and money pursuing an investigation of a Football Championship Subdivision player as they would for a star like Manziel. The reason being that not many people will care or hear about an FCS player breaking a rule, but if the NCAA doesn’t pursue a case like Manziel, the image of the organization gets questioned. This brings me to the next point: Are they even mature enough to be paid? Reverting back to the point of being treated first class, these athletes get treated well and yet somehow find ways to screw things up. Some of them bounce back, some don’t. The payoff for those elite

athletes is pretty hefty once they reach the NFL. Former Louisiana State University Heisman candidate Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off LSU for multiple failed drug tests. He managed to get drafted in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals. Bottom line, he almost threw it all away because he could not keep his hands off the marijuana. A more extreme case is Aaron Hernandez, first round talent, but fell to the fourth round in the NFL draft. He had questions about his character. Now he has been indicted on murder charges and the future is not looking bright. He may spend the rest of his life behind bars after getting a $40 million contract. The reality is many college athletes are raised in inner city areas, which are notoriously known for foul play and violence. The problem is that many of them can never get away from it, like Hernandez.

He struggled with gang related issues and grew up with an abusive father. These athletes get charged with things like assault or battery and the behavior is accepted. Jeremy Hill was voted back on LSU by his teammates. The problem when money is thrown in to the equation, now you are giving even more power to these already immature student athletes who feel they are above the law. This starts in the homes of these athletes, continues to high school and through college, and on to the NFL. I see it at Nicholls with some athletes. There are a select few that walk around and have the pristine sense of self-entitlement. They either complain about a teacher, coach or another player because they feel this person is holding them back. So should they be paid? The answer to that is absolutely not.

Enough athletes already feel they are above the law and take no responsibility for their actions. You want to be professional, then act professional. Lay off the reefer, follow the rules and do your schoolwork, and stop pointing fingers and take some responsibility. For many of these student athletes who already act out of line and portray the stereotype of gangsters, now you would just make most of them gangsters with money. There are plenty of athletes out there who are responsible and do the right things, but nevertheless, they chose to play sports and be a student athlete. As cliché as it is, being a student comes before being an athlete. It is your obligation and responsibility to do well in the classroom if you want to compete. That free education, housing, food and clothes should be enough motivation to do that.

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Dylan Harrisson, Head Coach for the women’s soccer team, informs students of upcoming soccer events and the teams current accomplishments.


From gridiron greatness back to books and the classroom Sean Ellis Reporter Nicholls’ Athletic Hall of Fame adds another group of former student athletes to their ranks this year, including one of the football team’s greats, Greg Greely. In recent years, Nicholls has found a bit of a niche in sending defensive backs to the NFL. The likes of Chris Thompson, Kareem Moore, Lardarius Webb and Bobby Felder all plied their trade in Thibodaux before joining the professional ranks, but before them, Greely gave opposing quarterbacks nightmares. Before becoming a defensive back at Nicholls, Greely, a native of Bogalusa, La., played quarterback for Bogalusa High School. “I had a great career in

high school. I only played offense, but I did pretty much everything offensively for us: throwing, [and] running. We had some good teams there,” Greely said. “I had [coaches] against me and knew of me. They offered me to walk-on here at Nicholls State… and I began my career as a walk-on freshman.” During his stint at Nicholls, 1981-84, the Colonels enjoyed one of their better periods of play under Coach Sonny Jackson and were named Gulf Star Conference Champions in 1984. After three seasons of playing for Nicholls, Greely finished his time in Thibodaux as the Colonels all-time interception leader with 21, a record which stills stands. Greely also holds the record for most interception return yards in a single season. He

was selected in the second round of the 1985 United States Football League draft by the San Antonio Gunslingers. Greely credited working against other Colonel greats, receivers Dwight Walker and Marvin Dumas, during his freshman year in helping him make the transition to the other side of the ball. “These guys are Hall of Fame receivers here, and they were seniors when I got here, so I had to go up against them. I had quick feet, I had good leaping ability and I had real good speed, so I was able to match up pretty well with them,” he said. “But [although] I was a freshman, I didn’t play as a freshman. I always thought and played as an upperclassman because I knew I could play the game.” He also gave a nod to fel-

low former Colonel defensive backs Keith Hodges and Greg Harding who showed him the ropes of both being a student at Nicholls as well as gave him a few points when it came to playing the position that the three of them excelled at. More impressive than his stats on the field was his decision to return to Nicholls in the Spring of 2012 to complete the 18 hours he needed to earn his bachelor’s degree in general studies. “Well, I had prayed about it and I asked God that his will be done in my life if he wanted me to go back to school and finish my degree. And I’ve always wanted to do it, but I wanted to pray on it and wanted to make sure that it was God’s will as well as mine,” he said. “I was due to come back before [Hurri-

cane] Katrina, but when Katrina came, it set things back. Well, I guess the timing was right in spring 2012 for me to come back.” Greely did not only return to Nicholls to pursue his degree. He also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Colonels football team. “By me being a former football player here, a former Colonel, I have something vested, if you will. And I want to see them perform, and I want to see them play at the highest level,” he said. “I encourage these guys to go out and give their best, play their best. Do what you need to do in the classroom, and when you come out here to practice, make the most out of it. You know you can’t play football forever, but while you are playing it, give your 110 percent. Be good at

it.” Greely believes that current players can look back on past teams as a sign that it is possible to win and win consistently at Nicholls through hard work and dedication to the game. “I wanted to win. I wanted to be a part of something great. I had the opportunity to do it, and I made the best of it,” he said. “So, they need to look at their past players here at Nicholls State and take that and want to exceed that. Don’t just settle for not having good seasons. Strive to be a part of a winning program.” Greely, along with the other five inductees to the Nicholls Athletics Hall of Fame, will be inducted during an event on Sept. 21 before the Colonels football team takes on Langston University.

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Eunice Gonzalez and Judy Slyvest pose at the front desk of Vernon F. Galliano Cafeteria where they work.

Nicholls dining hall employees share a special bond Trey Acosta Reporter Eunice Gonzalez and Judy Sylvest are long-time acquaintances who work in the Vernon F. Galliano dining hall—the dynamic duo, aside from their professional relationship, began their friendship outside of Nicholls. “We met about 25 years ago working at a restaurant in downtown Houma called Mellelo’s,” Sylvest says. “After that, we ended up working together again at the local Holiday Inn.” The industry and concept of hospitality play a big role in these women’s lives by bringing the two together and paving their way into the school’s dining services staff. Gonzalez greets students every morning glowingly with bright eyes and

a warm smile. Outside of school, she has four children (two sons and two daughters), many grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild, yet she refers to the students as her “babies.” A loving embrace proceeded conducting her interview. Q: How long have you been working at Nicholls? A: About five years now. Q: Do you have a favorite memory from over the years? A: A memory? There’s so many! I can tell you that I love meeting the new students every year and getting to know them as the year goes by. My least favorite memories are when my babies leave me, but I know they are graduating and just starting their lives. Q: Whenever you are not at Nicholls, what

can students expect you to be doing? A: I like to walk, but I love to just sit at home and watch TV. In my younger years, I did a lot of reading. (Gonzalez adjusted her glasses.) Q: Do you have a favorite book, author or genre? A: I can’t recall a specific author, but I love romance novels. Q: What about a favorite TV show or channel? A: My soaps Q: Which one is your favorite? A: Young and the Restless. All my others left. I’ve been watching this one for so long. Q: And what is your favorite dish that gets served up in the cafeteria?

A: I love the chicken Caeser salads. Later in the afternoon, Judy Sylvest watches over the lobby. Eager to spark conversation with students and excited to be publicized, she describes herself as a “wild child.” Sylvest also has four children (two sons and two daughters) and one grandson. When she is not running the register, she can be found overseeing the cafeteria floor or kitchens. Sylvest has been working at Nicholls since 2010. Q: Do you have any hobbies or passions? A: Yes! I love to sing and dance. I don’t go out dancing too much these days, but for birthdays I have a little rap that I like to sing for the students. Q: I’ve got to hear that. It’s not my birthday, but can we please

pretend? A: (After an 8-bar verse, she smirks.) “That’s just a little bit of it.” (Her flow is classic.) Q: It seems that music is a big influence in your life. What is your favorite? A: Rock ‘n’ roll, baby! Elvis Presley, of course. And Fats Domino, too. Q: Is there anything you like to read? A: Sherlock Holmes is good; I like a good mystery. But my favorite readings are probably from Nostradamus. I’ve read most of his work, and I find it just fascinating the things he predicts and how relevant they are, today. Q: Do you have a prized recipe or cook anything that is famous with your family? A: I can make a mean

spaghetti. Do it all from scratch. No canned anything. Both women are residents of Thibodaux and can be found in the cafeteria every day. They agree that the best part about working at Nicholls is working with all of the students. Their background in service and interpersonal like-mindedness does not limit their duties to merely running a cafeteria, but also allows them to provide the Vernon F. Galliano dining hall with a homely atmosphere. The dining hall is open seven days a week with three meals Monday thru Friday, and two on the weekends. Menu options can be found at http://www.nichollsdining.com or accessed from the new and improved Nicholls mobile App.

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Nicholls family celebrates annual Welcome Back Day Nicholls’ Student Programming Association hosted the 19th annual Welcome Back Day last Thursday in the Quad from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Usually held on the second Thursday of the

munity organizations and departments. Over 100 faculty and staff assisted in the event and over 1500 students are estimated to have attended throughout the day. Associations provided information, refreshments, games and activities. Participants were encouraged to adhere to this year’s theme, “Engage, Embark, En-

The first 11 - 14 days of college are a critical period for students in terms of setting the tone for the experience at the university.

fall semester, Welcome Back Day is an event intended to “welcome back” returning students, faculty, staff and community members as well as those who are new to the University. This is one of several events created for the Nicholls family to celebrate a new

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academic year and demonstrate Colonel spirit. This event allows students to survey academic and extracurricular organizations that the University has to offer by hosting contests for the best displays. This year, the winners were the Ellender Memorial Library for Most Spirited University Department and Nicholls

- Michael Matherne

Education Association of Teachers for Most Spirited Student Organization. SPA provided free food and the KNSU 91.5 FM radio station provided music. Over 60 tables were on display representing various student and com-

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dure.” Attire, decorations and activities were asked to reflect upon what the slogan means. “It means to go out and conquer, not only at Nicholls, but I think it’s relevant to all colleges and life in general,” Jared Gaspard, art senior from Galliano, said. Gaspard spent most

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Twerking craze has roots close to the bayou region With the arrival of one dancing phenomenon, Southerners forget that the origin of the infamous twerking craze began close to home many years ago in New Orleans before gaining national attention. Last Sunday, the controversial Miley Cyrus performance on the Music Television Network’s annual Video Music Awards became a hot topic because of Cyrus’s choice of dance known as twerking. This performance caught the attention of the staff of Oxford University Press, the printers of the Oxford English Dictionary. Last week, Oxford officially added the word to their dictionary, defining the gyrating dance move as a “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.” Although all dances are considered a part of the arts, many people find twerking to be an inappropriate dance used to objectify women as sexual objects. Some have even used twerking in attempts to “help” someone’s education. Rapper Juicy J recently tweeted that he will give a female student between the ages of 18 and 25 a $50,000 scholarship to any 2- or four-year college or university in association with worldstarhiphop.com. According to Time magazine, this monetary reward will be given to the best female twerker who posts a video to YouTube stating that the video is designated for the scholarship. The twerking craze has

celebrities such as Harry Styles of the singing group One Direction speaking out against the dance move by calling it “inappropriate.” But some students believe twerking is the least of the world’s worries. Falynn Rivere, accounting junior from Napoleonville, believes if people want to participate in this fad, that is their personal choice. “People make it out to be a bad thing but its not a big deal,” Rivere said. “People can do what they want.” Lacy Lacompte, business junior from Houma, did not approve of Cyrus’s actions. However, she said twerking is not something the world should be shocked about by now. “People always have done it,” Lacompte explained. “They just call it by a different name now.” Even though twerking gained much national exposure in recent months due to Cyrus’ performances, the origin of this gyration came about many years prior according to researchers. Many believe twerking derived from tribal African dances, but the exact origin has yet to be determined. However, according to Lisa Suhay of the Christian Science Monitor, dancer Josephine Baker demonstrated the most primitive version of twerking in 1925 as she performed her famous “Banana Dance” at the Folies Bergère in Paris. As for today’s version of twerking within popular culture, the city of New Orleans was instrumental in bringing the craze to the forefront of American entertainment since the late 1980’s according to nola. com. The art of twerking

Photo By Julianna Pennison

Nikia Major, general studies senior from New Orleans, Brittany Morris, education junior from New Orleans, Rachante Colebrook, biology sophomore from The Bahamas, and Terrian Gauff, nursing sophomore from Laplace, demonstrate how to twerk on Aug. 29 at Welcome Back Day.

was first called “p-popping” in New Orleans and usually associated with the New Orleans bounce music culture. Nola.com also suggested that Cyrus herself was introduced to twerking during a visit to the Crescent City approximately two years ago while shooting the film “So Undercover.” After her visit to the Big Easy, Cyrus began documenting her twerking escapades on YouTube causing the phenomenon to go global. The entire country got a taste of the p-popping dance movement when 2-Live Crew’s “Pop That C******” debuted in Miami in 1990. Even the work “twerk” has roots in New Orleans. Bounce artist Cheeky Blakk released a song titled “Twerk Something” in 1994, which nola.com believes could be the first use of the word. Since then, teeny boppers and adults alike around New Orleans have tried their luck at imitating this dance, not knowing it would become the household topic of conversation over 20 years later.

Twerk

Pronunciation: /tw rk/ verb [no object] informal e

Tiffany Williams Lagniappe Editor

dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance: just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song twerk it girl, work it girl Origin: 1990s: probably an alteration of work

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of the time at his department’s display, which provided face painting, wheel throwing and drawing. The Pride of Nicholls Marching Band as well as the cheerleading squad gave performances at the event. Whitney Collins, history senior from Lacombe, said, “They had so much spirit. Hearing them perform made me proud to be a Colonel.” Many students contributed to the success of the event, but class times created conflicts with school-wide dedication. Zavier Davis, English senior from New Orleans,

said that she could not attend because of class conflicts. “I was in class all day, so I couldn’t go. I heard it outside and wanted to be there,” Davis said. “I think that the time is a little inconvenient being everyone has class. Not all teachers will cancel to take part.” Some students, like freshman Michaela Matherne from Larose, even found the event to be a complete surprise. “I didn’t even hear anything about it,” she said. Michael Matherne, director of campus recreation, said, “The first

Source : Oxford English Dictionary

11-14 days of college are a critical period for students in terms of setting the tone for their experience at the university. It has been well documented that these outof-classroom interactions with staff and faculty can translate into increased student persistence decisions and heightened retention rates.” The success of the event would not have been possible without members of administration, faculty, staff, the community, and most importantly, the student body.

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Students, be aware of what you wear

at an establishment of higher education wearing your favorite beer’s logo on a paint-laden t-shirt with a pair of athletic shorts. Those are not the most flattering of options. A simple collared shirt and a pair of suitable shorts are an easy way to stand out in the eyes of your professor, while making a good impression. Since sleep is such a rare commodity among busy college students, very few are willing to wake up five minutes early to heat the iron and remove the innumerable wrinkles that plague

We live in a visually-oriented world, and people assume that what they see is what they get. Our clothes, shoes and overall outward appearance reflect who we are. Although that message is not always clearly conveyed to those around us, everyone comes from different backgrounds that cause them to express themselves in that way. Embracing your individuality is a powerful thing, but knowing the timing and setting in which to do it is very important.

Students should treat every class and every interaction with Nicholls’ faculty as a job interview. This call to maturity often falls on deaf ears, but those who adhere to its message reap the fruits of their effort.

lazy way into our daily routines, and the most evident form is in our disconcerting garb. Regardless of how comfortable you are in those Tweety Bird pajama pants that suffocate your lower appendages and the fuzzy pink slippers that you’ve worn since junior high, your classmates and most importantly your professors will judge you harshly. By no means are you being asked to wear a ball gown or a three-piece suit to class. However, be aware that you are not welcome

that new dress shirt they have been wanting to wear. Your respect and relationship from the eyes of your teachers are worth sparing that handful of minutes where you could be hitting the snooze button. The impact of clothes, according to Mark Twain, is that “clothes make a man.” I think in today’s society, Twain would agree they also make a woman. How you present yourself says a lot about you. It’s nonverbal communication at work, telling the world who you are.

Your alarm sounds. Disgruntled, you walk into the bathroom to brush your teeth. You may take one swipe through your hair with a brush, take one glance in the mirror, and despite an unsavory seal of disapproval, you amble toward class in your favorite pair of pajamas. At this point in the new semester, our notebooks are starting to fray and our excitement for that 7:30 a.m. geology class has begun to dwindle. Complacency has started to creep its

Students should treat every class and every interaction with Nicholls’ faculty as a job interview. This call to maturity often falls on deaf ears, but those who adhere to its message reap the fruits of their effort. So as you amble to class with your fraying notebooks in hand, apprehensively entering the oppressive dungeon that is your geology class, try to look professional. Despite Tweety Bird’s hurt feelings, your classmates and teachers will appreciate it.

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