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Fathom Media

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Soccer Looks For Comeback

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The Hair Chronicles Part 1

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Letter To The Editor

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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

The Nicholls Players presents: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal, on Oct. 10 - 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Mary M. Danos Theater in Talbot Hall. Admission prices are $10 for general admission, $5 for students with IDs. This production is intended for mature audiences; the show contains explicit language and adult themes.

LASI Dinner Fundraiser Tickets Available The SGA leadership is selling tickets for a benefit dinner fundraiser for the Lafourche Parish Animal Society (LASI). Tickets are $8. Dinners can be picked up from Bubba’s II Po Boys between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m on Oct. 13. Tickets are available at the SGA Office in the student union (ext. 4557). Donations are also being accepted to help with supplies for the dinner.

Sep 30 Best of the Week!

An employee in Babington Hall reported finding icecream smeared all over their exterior office doors. There are no cameras in view of the offices in question. Extra patrols will be issued.

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A student came to University Police to report that she got into an argument in class with another student and now the student is harassing her via text messaging and threatening to fight her. Both students were interviewed and told to stop calling and texting each other. They were also informed of the consequences if they continue to argue and disrupt class. They were both issued disciplinary summons and referred to Judicial Affairs. Sep 30

Ayo Pool Closing J. J. Ayo Swimming Pool will close for students, staff and faculty on Oct. 13. The pool will re-open in the spring.

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Adrian Bourgeois talks about all four of his books that were published in the last year at RELATE on Oct. 3, 2013.

Weekly Calendar Thursday


* Pool Tournament | 3 p.m. @ The Student Union Game Room

* International Film Club: The Secret in Their Eyes | 6:30 p.m. @ Peltier Auditorium



10 11 12 13 Monday


* Football vs Northwestern | 3 p.m. @ Guidry Stadium



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* Volleyball vs Texas A&M | 6:30 p.m.

* RELATE Open Mic | 7 p.m. @ Plantation Suite

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Housing staff reported that a resident made verbal threats and made unwanted physical contact. Officer responded and the resident was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery along with a Disciplinary Summons for violating the Student Code of Conduct. There was no actual physical harm to the Housing staff member but the touch was still unwanted and unwarranted. Oct 3

A student reported smoke and a fire burning across from Zeringue Hall in the cane field. The Thibodaux Fire Department and the Director of Safety were contacted. Oct 5

University Police received a report of the odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms in Ellender Hall. University Police and Housing contacted the occupant of the room and obtained a consent to search. No marijuana was found, but the room’s occupant admitted that he recently smoked marijuana and flushed it when University Police knocked at the door. The student was issued a disciplinary summons for violating the student code of conduct. Oct 8

A student requested tire change services. The tire was changed without incident. [Editor’s note: I’m glad you made it home from the

production night of this issue safely, Melanie]

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Adrian Bourgeois, accounting graduate from Raceland, returned to RELATE Open-Mic last week to discuss his fourth book, “Poetry Is Not The Issue.” Bourgeois got his start at RELATE before his first book last year.

Back to the Roots Alumnus returns to RELATE with fourth book of poetry Sheyla Sicily Staff Writer

Adrian Bourgeois, a Raceland native and a 2012 accounting graduate, has recently published his fourth poetry book titled Poetry is Not the Issue. His first three books were all published within the past year.

“My latest book is beautiful. I’m not just saying that because it’s mine,” Bourgeois said. According to the book’s description, this book is “the direct result of pure frustration. It’s frustrating to see ‘the greats’ thrusted into the limelight for what reasons? I am the first to give kudos, but what about us little people?”

Bourgeois described the book as his “attempt to say ‘hey, look I am here. You can’t deny me when it comes to poetry.’” Many people wonder how an accountant can also be a published poet, according to Bourgeois. “[These stereotypes are] a barrier you have to break down and prove people

wrong,” he said. “I don’t like to be limited, and I don’t like to get casted as one thing. I’m not a poet. I’m not just an accountant. I’m just everything wrapped into one. I’m funny and I’m cool, but I’m also a poet. You can’t take that away from me.” Even close friends did not know what to expect when it came to Bourgeois’ poetry.

“This is a great guy. When I first met Adrian three-anda-half years ago, it was all jokes and clowning. I was not expecting it when I saw books being published,” Tyler Lewis, general studies junior from Edgard, said. According to Bourgeois, a big motivation was the influence that speech instructor Farren Clark played in his life.

“I was at that point where I didn’t even want to finish school because I wanted to write,” Bourgeois said. “He gave me the inspiration to write and to not be afraid of my voice.” Clark saw something special in Bourgeois. “He was like a walking book of poetry. Most of what he does is po-

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Fathom media expands to new publications and location Fathom Media, most famous for their magazine What Now, is currently expanding their publications as they move into a new building and undergo major changes. Nicholls Alumni Cody Blanchard and Ben Jones came up with the idea of printing a magazine that tells people in Terrebonne, Grand Isle, Lafourche and surrounding parishes what events are going on. They then decided in Oct. 2012 that they wanted to start their own business and start printing What Now magazine. According to Blanchard, it was tough at first to start Fathom Media because they really did not know where to start. “We started out in the spare

bedroom of my apartment, pulling all-nighters to try to at least figure out what kind of layout we wanted for the magazine,” Blanchard said. Blanchard and Jones wanted to provide the general public with one medium that they could have on their coffee table that would tell them every single thing going on it their area. “That’s when we came up with the slogan, ‘Never Be Bored Again,’” Jones said. The first edition of What Now was put out in Jan. 2013. According to Jones, it became a huge hit pretty quickly. “It was a 56-page full-color magazine that was distributed to over 200 locations,” Blanchard said. Once more editions were printed, the business partners decided that they needed a bigger space to work out of.

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“Being so involved on campus during our time in school really helped us get to use a space on Nicholls campus while we searched our own spot,” Blanchard said. Since the magazine’s launch, the circulation has expanded

Jones said. Fathom Media has also developed a website which will be revamped soon. People can post events which could be featured in the magazine free of charge onto the website. Fathom Media encourages

I feel that Nicholls has given us the tools to take this big project head-on. - Cody Blanchard

to 10,000 copies per month to hand out to the general public free of charge. According to Jones, Because What Now is an advertisement-based publication, Blanchard and Jones are able to give free copies,

Melanie Cowan Staff Writer

student organizations to take advantage of posting all the events happening on campus throughout the year so they can be featured in the magazine. “We love supporting our

school and we want our student organizations to thrive,” Blanchard said. Fathom Media also has two new publications in the works. “Fathom Media took over a magazine that we now call Parent Talk. This magazine will be distributed to students in Pre-K to sixth grade in public and private schools in the region so that they can take it home to their parents,” Jones said. Parent Talk is launching in about two weeks and the slogan for this magazine is “Educate, Support, Grow.” According to Jones, this slogan really sums up what the magazine is all about. One of the many exciting things going on at Fathom Media is a new publication launching in Jan. 2014 that, according to Jones, is “sure

to keep Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish’s bellies full.” Fathom Media is also moving off campus into a new space within the next two weeks. “We are so excited to find a bigger space that accommodates our expansion,” Blanchard said. Even though Fathom Media is expanding, Jones and Blanchard plan to stay true to the region in their publications. “We feel that there is so much that this area has to offer, and we are so proud of where we came from,” Jones said. “I feel that Nicholls has given us the tools to take this big project head-on,” Blanchard said. “We are so thankful for the education we got at Nicholls.”

Basketball captain starts successful clothing line Javier Davison Staff Writer Jeremy Smith, senior and captain of the Nicholls’ basketball team, started the clothing brand CXVIII in the summer of 2012, which has since become a successful line. The New Orleans native was tired of wearing other people’s clothes, so he decided to create a clothing line. Right now Smith does the clothing line for fun due to the lack of time he has because of his role in basketball. He only sells shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies, but he would like to expand his product to sweatpants and shorts, which he will be working on soon. Smith

said he is learning everyday how to balance time with school, basketball and his clothing line. He says he wants to find the balance so he can put the same amount of energy into everything he does. Smith started out the line by creating a shirt, and his first order was only 25 shirts. He then went around asking his friends what they thought of the shirts. As everyone was complementing him, he began selling them. So far Smith produced over 300 shirts since the company’s inception. “I would like to thank everyone for supporting me,” Smith said. “A lot of people out here are making clothes, and it’s hard to start from the bottom and build

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etic,” Clark said. Clark encouraged Bourgeois to find his voice through writing and public speaking events such as RELATE, an open-mic event that features spoken poetry, singing, dance and storytelling. “I started out in RELATE,” Bourgeois said. “I always had a voice. I just needed a platform. RELATE was my platform. The reason I write is because I don’t tell you how I feel. RELATE has been a platform to open up and tell you how I feel,” he said. After graduation, Bourgeois was inspired to start his own non-profit organization similar to RELATE. “You have to take what you’ve been through and turn it into something that’s productive, not only for

yourself, but for others,” he said. “I have a non-profit organization I’m starting called Verbiage. It is similar to RELATE but it will have English and Grammar workshops. It’s just to do something, to better people and to give some kids a creative outlet to put their attention and focus on something positive.” Bourgeois’ goal is to give young kids an opportunity to share their stories. “Once you share one poem, it’s addictive,” Bourgeois said. “You want to keep coming back, and you want to keep letting people hear your story.” Lewis supports his friend’s efforts. “I appreciate what he’s doing for the community and trying to get the youth together while they are young,” Lewis said. “It’s all about the community efforts.

You want to better people at a young age.” Bourgeois gives credit to his family and friends for his accomplishments. “I have the strongest support system out of anybody, and I’ve just started taking advantage of that. I love Farren Clark. Everything he has done has inspired me,” Bourgeois said. “Since day one, it has been the weirdest connection. He is like the big brother I’ve never had.” Bourgeois also thanks his mother, who passed away earlier this year. “Everything I’ve ever done is because of my mother,” he said. Bourgeois even dedicated his first book to Clark. “If it wasn’t for this dude, I would have never written a book,” he said. Clark was touched by Bourgeois’ dedication. “That

is very humbling. It’s a good feeling,” Clark said. “It reminds me that we all as individuals. We all have influence.” Clark even took the photographs that are included in Bourgeois’ latest book. “Every step of the way, he has been there,” Bourgeois said. Nicholls played a big role in Bourgeois’ life. He proudly wears Nicholls shirts to work. “I’m proud of this university, and I’m proud of what it’s grown into,” he said. Bourgeois plans to continue working with his nonprofit organization along with his writing projects, musical projects and producing the audio version of his poetry. “I just make music that I want to hear. I write things that I want to read,” Bourgeois said.

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CXVIII Continued from Page 5 a foundation. It’s also a lot of work and effort to go out there not knowing what to expect, so I would like to thank everyone for wearing my clothes and supporting me.” Many people wear CXVIII clothing not only from the Thibodaux area, but also around New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, Texas and even overseas. Interested customers can purchase clothes from Smith or his website, The cost of the clothes

ranges from $25 to $40, depending on the design selected. He is still working on the process of trying to get his line in different stores around the state but has not lined everything up yet. He wants to sell his line in Thibodaux, New Orleans and Hammond. Smith has gotten his name out there by many of his friends wearing the clothing line and social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and his

blog that is on his website. Smith said that due to basketball, he rarely has time to advertise for his line, but even though he hasn’t really advertised, he still managed to sell a number of shirts and apparel. “The design I made is part of me,” said Smith. “I don’t make clothes based on trends. I make them out of what I feel or been through in my life. It’s another expression of art, where I am humble to see people wearing the line.”

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Kirsten Cunningham, #22 from Virginia Beach, Va. about to steal the ball from Lamar player #11 at the Nicholls vs. Lamar soccer game on Oct. 4, 2013.

Women’s Soccer looking get to back to winning ways Sean Ellis Sports Writer After a 9-0-1 start that saw the Colonels break records almost every time they stepped on the field, Nicholls has dropped their previous two matches. The Colonels hot start

came to an end two weeks ago following a 4-2 loss to the University of the Incarnate Word. The losing streak was extended this past Friday when Nicholls fell 2-1 to Lamar University. Despite the losses, Colonel soccer has been making history this season. Their nine

wins are the most any team has earned in the program’s history, thanks in large part to the Southland Conference’s top scorer sophomore Spencer Valdespino, who has 11 goals so far this season. She is one goal shy of tying the school’s single-season record for scoring.

“It gives me a lot of confidence because I feel like I can take shots, and most of them are going in, so I’m pretty happy with that,” Valdespino said. “But, it also helps my team knowing that we can score and we can help each other because they’re putting me into good positions

to score and I’m just helping them as much as I can.” As a team, Nicholls tops the conference in shots, points, goals and goals per game. The Colonels also boast the third-best scoring offense in the National Collegiate Athletic Association with 3.17 goals per game.

“It does [give us confidence] and if we are able to keep a clean sheet, then there is a good chance that we will win the game knowing that we will go ahead and score some goals,” head coach Dylan Harrison said. “But hopefully we don’t have the

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Men’s Basketball has high expectations for this season Sarah Pressley Sports Writer The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team has their sights set on a conference championship for the upcoming 2013 to 2014 season with a strong group of men that has more depth than the program has seen in previous years. The Colonels finished out last season with a disappointing loss to McNeese State University in the first game of the conference tournament. Head Coach J.P. Piper is confident in his team’s ability to make it further this year, saying, “We want to win a conference championship. There was a time here when that was an unrealistic expectation, but we currently have the talent and leadership that it takes to accomplish such a goal.” Piper is embarking on his eleventh year as the

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Nicholls basketball team practicing on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.

ultimate authority for the Colonels. He is three games shy of 100 wins for his career at Nicholls, a goal which may be easily met in the season to come. He describes his coaching style as one in which rules, restrictions and discipline are instilled in the players early on in practices with the hope that their base knowledge of the game will lead to

more freedom to play on the court when it counts. Senior guard Dantrell Thomas praises Piper’s coaching techniques, saying, “His coaching is creative. You have to think a lot in the beginning, but once you get it down, it comes to you like you always knew it. His main thing is focusing on great pattern and style of play.”

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Opinion: International students can help get past ignorance

Michael Hotard Sports Editor Nicholls is home to a bevy of international students, tallying a total of 170; 23 percent are student athletes ranging from 12 different countries. As I stated in my article last week, many of these students come for the nonmainstream sports like tennis, track or cross-country. Basketball is the only exception to that, as the team has six Australian student athletes. Having these international students on sports teams adds the element of diversity. Associate Athletic Di-

opportunity to get a true understanding about these other cultures. Athletes spend plenty of hours together through practices, games and traveling. I think the amount of cultural ignorance in this country is unbelievable. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have heard someone say, “You come to my coun-

speak in Portugal. We also speak Spanish in Brazil.” Despite the language barriers, international students still possess one of the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. “Typically, they are one of the top GPAs in the university. Tennis has a lot of international students, and they have one of the top

standard? It comes down to taking self-responsibility and accountability. American student athletes do not have to deal with the issue of language barriers. There is no excuse why they can’t maintain a high Grade Point Average. International students give U.S. students an op-

The diversity of student athletes gives these young adults the opportunity to learn tolerance of other cultures, a concept many people out there cannot seem to grasp.

er countries.” I feel that is something that gets lost and is underappreciated in this country. According to Project Atlas, a database which counts the number of international students in the United States, in 2009-2010 there were a little under 700 thousand international students in grand total. 62 percent of those students are athletes. That is more than enough

try, you speak my language.” Most countries are bilingual, so why not use this as an opportunity to enhance the communication process with different countries and cultures? Dietetics sophomore and former tennis player Natalia Cardiff said, “They really want us to learn English because in Brazil we speak Portuguese, but it is a different dialect than what they

APR scores,” Ruttley said. Is that a sign that international students are more driven to succeed? It is because despite the language, cultural and other barriers, to still maintain high APR scores speaks volumes for their dedication and willingness to learn. If they are able to maintain the grade, why shouldn’t the athletes from the United States be held to the same

rector of External Affairs Brandon Ruttley said, “From a diversity standpoint, it is important because when you have an everyday Louisiana cajun who is practicing with someone from Canada, Brazil or Macedonia, it brings more culture to the program, and it gives everyone perspective of what goes on in oth-

portunity to see opposing viewpoints from people of other countries. There is always plenty to discuss in regard to the differences in political, religious and moral standpoints, all of which go hand-in-hand to an extent. That is a more rewarding feeling than anything that can be learned in a classroom. I had a man sit next to me on a plane several years ago

and he was from the Middle East. This was in 2006, so 9-11 was still pretty fresh in peoples’ heads. When he walked on the plane, almost everyone was staring at him and looked disgusted. He wound up sitting next to me and I talked to him for nearly the entire hour-anda-half plane ride back to New Orleans. He was from Iran and was visiting some family in the states. It was sickening to see that many people judge one person with cultural differences because of 19 people. Athletes have an opportunity to get past that ignorant and asinine way of thinking because they have to co-exist and win games. The overall culture at Nicholls seems to embrace international students and athletes. I tip my hat to the athletic department for that. The diversity of student athletes gives these young adults the opportunity to learn tolerance of other cultures, a concept many people out there cannot seem to grasp.

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BBALL Continued from Page 8 That style of play, in addition to a team that has added depth with incoming freshmen, will set the Colonels up for the success they desire. The basketball program welcomed four freshmen to the team for the 2013 to 2014 season. Piper explains, “The freshmen are good players and under-


stand what to do most of the time. We throw so much information at them, and the game is so much more physical and fast that they look a little overwhelmed at times. I think they are all progressing nicely.” One such freshman is Florida native Luke Doyle, who looks forward

to beginning his collegiate career as a shooting guard for the Colonels this season. “I can’t wait to have the opportunity to travel and compete against big name schools,” he said. Doyle shares the same goals as Piper and the rest of the team saying, “We want to make the conference tournament and

then win the conference tournament. If we end up with anything less, it will be a disappointing season.” The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team is scheduled to play their first game of the 2013 to 2014 season on Nov. 8 against Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

successful earlier in the year, and we can’t wait until we’re behind to finally go ahead and do those things,” Harrison said. “I mean, even if you look at [the Lamar game] it was a tale of two halves. We just gave them way too much in the first half and finally decided to play in the second half. You can tell by the result, it was too little too late.”

Coach Harrison expects the team to right the ship and get back to their winning ways. “[We need to] get back in playing the way we can. That’s our main expectation. We have high expectations of ourselves and we just need to get back to playing the way we can and get it rolling again and start a new streak.”

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mentality that we can give up one and still get it back. We just have to be a little smarter, a little safer at the back and just count on those goals going in by doing what we’ve done to create them.” Falling behind in the last two games played a major role in the results. Incarnate Word scored the first goal of the second half against

the Colonels, forcing them to come from behind to tie it twice before the Cardinals scored two late goals late in the half to win. Lamar jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Valdespino’s goal late in the match. “We talked about it even in our halftime talk [during the Lamar game]. We can’t get away from what helped us be

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Quarterback Tuskani Figaro prepares to throw the football during practice last week.

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Jacoby Ward and Brittany Morris show off their dreadlocks and curled weave, respectively, on Monday, Oct. 7.

The Hair Chronicles: A look at different African-American hairstyles Tiffany Williams Lagniappe Editor Whether natural or relaxed, African-Americans flaunt their crown of glory in a variety of ways. African-American hair has evolved throughout the years as a reflection of things like people’s native

culture and in some cases to imitate the standards of beauty that society has set. Natural hair, or hair that is not manipulated by an chemicals, has made a comeback in American society in recent years largely due to people finding out the dangers of chemically processed creams, or relaxers.

According to eHow, the coming of natural hair in popular culture became known in the 1960s during the civil rights movement when blacks were urged to wear their hair in it’s natural state to avoid looking as if they were imitating the hairstyles of Caucasians. During this time, many civil rights activ-

ists such as Angela Davis were seen sporting a style called an Afro as a political statement. Soon, the Afro was seen in the media frequently on celebrities such as The Jackson Five and actress Pam Grier. Relaxers are said to have been around since the 1800s, according to America Now. People with hair

of a coiled texture tend to use relaxers in efforts to straighten hair. Relaxers are said to last approximately two to three months before putting another one in the hair. Since relaxers are full of chemicals, it is best that you do not repeat this process frequently because it can over-process hair, causing breakage.

In 2010, a hair care company called Design Essentials conducted a study on women who stopped using relaxers in order to “go natural.” The study showed that 26 percent of women stopped using relaxers and that number grew to 36 percent a year later in 2011. Regardless of the texture

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Nicholls Gay Straight Alliance prepares for LGBT Month Melanie Cowan Staff Writer October is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered history month and the GayStraight Alliance has many events planned throughout this month to educate students. These events are set to inform people about famous individuals who were activists that pushed the envelope on the topic of gay rights. The GSA is made up of students from the straight community as well as students from the LGBT community. The goal of the GSA is to get students at Nicholls to accept people no matter their sexual orientation. The GSA promotes people to discover who they really are and not be afraid about what others might think.

LGBT History month is in October to commemorate the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation in 1979. The month of October was also chosen because National Coming Out Day was already nationally recognized during this month. LGBT History month started in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher. Wilson believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of LGBT history and gathered other teachers and community leaders. It soon became nationally recognized and has been celebrated by people since. Brandan Yorba, a multinational business and pre law junior from Wa. is the presi-

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dent of the GSA at Nicholls. Yorba said that the GSA is partnering up with the psychology clinic to share stories for National Coming Out Day on Oct. 9. National Coming Out Day is recognized as a day that reflects on the power if coming out to friends and family and how hard it can be for someone in the LGBT community. According to Yorba, they will have the therapists for the events because coming out stories tend to be extremely emotional, and they are there for moral support for the GSA. Another big event going on during LGBT History month is Ally Week on Oct. 21-25. “There will be a pledge that everyone is welcome to sign in the union stating that they will not discriminate

against the LGBT community nor will they use derogatory terms against them,” Yorba said. There will also be a new event going on during this week as well. Yorba explained that the psychology clinic will be giving the GSA a door frame that the they will write their personal secrets on and students can walk through the door to truly get a bigger picture about how tough it is being a part of the LGBT community. Some time this month, GSA will also hold a social with the GSA of Thibodaux High School to get the chance to talk to them about what it is like to be a part of the LGBT community in college and to lift each other up with encouragement. “It is so hard being open-

ly gay in high school, and I want these students know that people are here for them,” Yorba said. This month is inspiring the GSA to push for equality for the LGBT community on campus. According to Yorba, there are two transgender students on campus undergoing hormone therapy. Members of the GSA are trying to convince the housing department to move the two students into dorms of the genders they are currently in the process of becoming. The hormone treatments give the students mood swings and features of the gender they wish to become. It is still undetermined whether this will go through. In the spring the GSA and the multicultural division of the Student Programming Association will be hold-

ing a masquerade ball for international students that didn’t have a prom in their country and for students of the LGBT community that could not bring their significant others to the prom in high school. “The GSA is doing so many things this year to bring equality for all sexual orientations to Nicholls, and I am so happy that I can be a part of the movement,” Yorba said. Students are encouraged to participate as much as they can in the events put on by the GSA this month. According to Yorba, it will be a very eye-opening experience for the student body, and hopefully the GSA will get some more students on board to join the movement and become an ally to the LGBT community.

“Bill Gates because he is currently the richest person.” - Rico James Buisness Junior Bell Rose

If you could change places with anyone in the world, who would it be? Why?

“Me. I am the best I can be.”

“Any little kid because they have freedom, and they dont realize that, but they are still limited, but they are fine with it.”

- Jeffery Allen History Senior Lockport

- Amber Washington Freshman Lafayette

“Will Smith mainly because he has money, he’s very popular and a good actor.”

“Rihanna because she’s famous, everyone loves her and she has a lot of money.”

- JaycnDrain Folse Freshman Houma

- Varneisha Gumms Freshman Marrero

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of hair, African-Americans style their locks in many different ways from braiding to up-dos. Hair has been an expression of self in the African-American community since the beginning of time. Another popular way to wear hair comes in the form of a weave, which is defined on Oxford dictionary’s website as “a hairstyle created by weaving pieces of real or artificial hair into a person’s existing hair, typically in order to increase its length or thickness.” Many women choose to wear this style not only as an expression of self, but also to grow out the length of their own hair. Robyn Munson, communicative disorders senior from New Orleans, personally made the switch from relaxed hair

to natural hair because she was not satisfied with what the relaxers were doing to her hair. She said that the quality of her hair has improved greatly since she stopped using relaxers. When Munson is not in the classroom, she focuses her attention on another passion, which is doing hair. She started experimenting with hairstyling when she was 14 years old and continues to work on her styling skills today. “[Doing hair] is a form of art, kind of like sculpting,” Munson explained. “It’s interesting how you can manipulate the hair into doing different things.” After growing out her natural hair for three and a half years, Munson decided it was time for a change and decided to be-

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ing growing dreadlocks. Dreadlocks have been around for centuries but made an impression on popular culture around the 1970s with the coming of Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley. Marley, who was a follower of the Rastafari movement, chose the style of dreadlocks as a statement of his identity as a Rastafarian. Although many people have worn dreadlocks long before Marley took the reggae world by storm, pop culture has seen a rise in the hairstyle since Marley’s famous locks came to the forefront of society. Munson said that no matter how you choose to manage your hair, natural or relaxed, maintaining healthy hair depends on how you choose to take care of it.

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Members of the Karate Club practice their kicking techniques in Shaver Gym.


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Cooling tower replacement will affect parking The planned replacement of the cooling tower between Peltier and Beauregard Halls will be completed in a twophase process, with the first phase taking place this Friday, Oct. 11. In order to accomplish this, it will be necessary to restrict parking near the area and to close Madewood Dr. to vehicular traffic, starting at the intersection of Ellendale (street between cafeteria and Peltier Hall) and Madewood. The street closure will begin at noon and last the rest of the day. Parking on both sides of the street, thirty feet south of the cooling tower, and fifty feet approximately north of the tower, will not be allowed starting at 6:00 a.m. Friday morning, with one exception. Handicapped parking in this affected area on the east side of Madewood (closest to Peltier and Beauregard) will be allowed until 12 noon. After this

time, any vehicles remaining in the area will be towed away. Madewood north of this area will remain open, which will allow the use of Glenwood (street behind Candies, Elkins, and Picciola). After noon, cars parked south of the tower will need to carefully back down Madewood in order to turn on Ellendale to exit the campus. Please use extreme caution. Some time after noon, a large crane will be brought to the site, along with a flat bed trailer. The crane will lift the old tower from the mechanical yard up over the corner of Peltier Hall and place it on the flat bed. In the interest of safety, the hallways on both floors of Peltier in that corner will be closed, and the Dean’s Office will need to be vacated. Once the truck and old tower leave the area, the new cooling tower will be

brought up from the back. The crane will then lift the new tower in place. Once this is completed, the truck/ trailer and crane will leave the area and the road will be re-opened, probably late that evening. The new tower should be operational by Saturday. The second phase, the removal of the rental tower from the street, will take place next Thursday, Oct. 17, during fall break. We will release more information on this next week. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause; your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Michael G. Davis Assistant Vice President for Facilities

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The Nicholls Worth Volume 59 Issue 8  

Oct. 10, 2013