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NICHOLLS WORT H Volume 58 Issue 8

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Lagniappe | page 13

Sports | page 9

Editorial | page 19

Scan to see Brittany and John take their place as Queen and King:

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Tanner Thibodeaux, Brittany Chiasson, John Berger and Lauren Lombardo smile for pictures after the crowning of homecoming queen and king on Oct. 13.

Reigning Royalty Homecoming King & Queen announced

Pauline Wilson Staff Writer

New Nicholls royalty, Brittany Chiasson and John Berger, took their reign as homecoming queen and king at halftime during the football game against Sam Houston State on Oct. 13. Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority nominated both students.. Chiasson, psychology junior from Napoleonville, is the Director of Student Rights and Grievances for Student Government Association, a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, a member of GREEN Club, a mem-

ber of Circle K International Organization, and a student worker for the South Louisiana Economic Council. Chiasson said she felt honored to be selected by her sorority. “We have so many great ladies that could have been nominated for court,” Chiasson said. Chiasson said she was surprised when she received the call from SGA Secretary Dolly McGeever delivering the good news. “I actually missed her call, so I listened to the voicemail she left me about 10 times just to make sure I heard it correctly,” Chiasson said.

Chiasson said her favorite homecoming event was the homecoming breakfast, where she said the food was “delicious.” Although the nomination was a complete surprise for Chiasson, she said she was flattered to be chosen by the students. “It’s also a privilege because I would have never expected to experience this. I am definitely very grateful,” she said. “I want to thank the ladies of Sigma Sigma Sigma for nominating me.” After college, Chiasson plans on going to graduate school to further her degree in psychology.

John Berger, business management junior from Thibodaux, served on the executive council of Kappa Sigma for the last two years and as Grand Master of Ceremonies of the Omicron-Chi chapter of Kappa Sigma. He was also a member of orientation team this past year, Vice President of Judiciary of Interfraternal Council, and is the Finance Committee Chair of Student Government Association. Berger said he was ecstatic when he received the call about his nomination from the ladies of Sigma Sigma Sigma. “It meant a lot being nominated,

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but I felt honored that it was by such an amazing group of ladies,” he said. “When I found out I made court, of course I was excited, but even more so when I found out the rest of court was made up of my fraternity brothers and very close friends.” Berger said he was dumbfounded when he heard his name called at the homecoming game. “I don’t think it hit me until I looked back at the student section and that is when I felt an immense pride as a Nicholls student,” Berger said. “I saw not only my brothers see CROWN page 7

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2013 Clean Bayou Lafourche Event The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and Keep Louisiana Beautiful will hold a planning meeting on Oct. 18 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the stadium Century Room for the 2013 Clean Bayou Lafourche Event. The purpose of the meeting is to designate site captains and to gather input on what can be done to make the event a bigger success than the 2012 event. The public is invited to attend and volunteer to be a site captain or to sign up to be part of a clean up team. The 2013 cleanup event will be held March 2, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is projected to clean 106 miles of the bayou from Donaldsonville to Leeville. For more information concerning the clean or to RSVP for the planning meeting, contact Alma Robichaux at

Operation White Socks The 4th annual Operation White Socks, sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Dyslexia, is collecting personal care items for active duty service members. Items will be collected until Nov. 30. Drop boxes are located in Peltier 166 and in the Candies building between Admissions and records. Items needed include: chapstick, deodarant, razors, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bug repellant, and feminine care products.

Fall Speech Forum

OCT. 15 A student advised that a backpack they had left in their vehicle over the weekend was missing. An officer responded and took the information and will review camera footage in several locations.

Check out who won the Nicholls Nation trip to Ohio given away at the Homecoming

The Fall Speech Forum will be held Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Peltier Auditorium. The resolution to be debated is: Resolved that the State of Louisiana needs tougher voter I.D. laws to reduce voter fraud. Students will present arguments for and against the resolution, and an open forum period will allow audience members to weigh in. For more information, contact Michael Jeffress at 985-448-4584 or michael.jeffress@nicholls. edu.



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National prevention month illuminates bullying trend Tiffany Williams Staff Writer

The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights’ National Bullying Prevention Center dubbed October as National Bullying Prevention Month in order to spread awareness about the potential dangers of bullying. PACER founded the National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006 in order to build nationwide awareness against bullying through creative and engaging tactics that appeal to children and teens. Throughout the country, bullying has reached national headlines due to people speaking out against bullies. Stories of teens committing suicide in order to escape the emotional effects of being bullied have also received national attention. The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that one in three students across America are involved in bullying, either as the bully or the victim. An estimated 15 to 25 percent of

those students are the victims of bullying, while another 15 to 20 percent of them are the actual bullies. One in 10 people are bullied on a daily basis throughout America, and 52 percent of students have reported incidents of bullying over the Internet, also known as cyber bullying. Assistant Professor of Psychology Jessica Fanguy said that bullying comes in many different forms, such as mental or physical acts. Not only are children and teens subjected to bullying, but also adults. Adult bullying tends to be more verbal and materialistic. Fanguy described bullying amongst adults as “the same animal with a different skin.” “Adults are engaging in the same kind of bullying that kids are. This is because some adults just never grow up,” Fanguy said. “I don’t see bullying as junior high or an elementary schoolspecific event, because adults kind of coax each other into doing stuff. Even in a work setting, it happens. Here we are in higher education. I’m sure there is some bullying going on with the faculty to do or not do certain things.” Fanguy said that bullies feel

the need to force power over the victim because that person seems to appear helpless. “The victim probably has a predisposition for low self-esteem, but they are not always helpless,” Fanguy explained. “I don’t see all victims as helpless. Victims kind of see it as a boundary issue. They don’t always know where their boundaries are so they are not as comfortable setting them with other people.” Fanguy also said that victims and bullies have one thing in common: they both have an issue with image. “It’s all about how they will appear to this other person,” Fanguy said. “If either party felt secure in their identity, then the bully wouldn’t feel the need to exert power over the victim, and the victim would be able to stand up. It’s interplay of both.” Stacey Guidry, assistant director of the university counseling center’s guidance services, said she finds bullying to be absolutely devastating. “The result of bullying stays with people for the rest of their lives, whether they are the bully or the person being bullied,”

Guidry said. Guidry explained that bullies tend to have feelings of “inadequacy, anger and a lack of control in their own lives.” “Their way of coping is very volatile and emotionally damaging to the person that they pick to bully,” Guidry said. “A bully, no matter what age, is experiencing inadequacy. If they can pick on someone else and make someone not like a person, then they kind of get this false sense of inflated self-esteem.” Guidry said that a disconnect with parents is not always the direct cause of a child’s lashing out on others, but bullying can start at the home. “For a child to become a bully, there is some sort of discord in the home that the child is experiencing, and there is a situation that they have no control over,” Guidry said. “What they do is take out their anger on the weakest individual they can find because they don’t have the coping skills to deal with the discord that they are experiencing.” According to University Police, though Nicholls students have not reported any serious hate

crimes, fights or bullying in any form, the University is not completely safe from the issue. One of the more common forms of bullying on a college campus is hazing, Fanguy said. Hazing is described as any activity that results in the emotional or physical discomfort of an individual looking for acceptance within a group. “[The organizations] get some of their pledges to do stuff that they don’t want to do,” Fanguy said. “They call it initiation but it’s really bullying.” The Counseling Center encourages students to visit them if they are experiencing problems with bullying. “If you find that you do bully people because you’re having these negative experiences, we don’t judge. Come and see us,” Guidry said. “If you are being bullied and you have had these experiences in your life, come and see us. That’s what we’re here for.” The University Counseling Center is located in 224 Elkins Hall and is available by appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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Two departments to hold on-campus political forum Ebony Warren Reporter

As Election Day draws near, two University departments are teaming up to keep students informed about the election and political awareness through an upcoming political debate among University professors and one local professional. The departments of history and geography and government and social sciences will sponsor a political forum next week with panelists Allen Alexander, department head of interdisciplinary studies; Mathew Block, a lawyer from Block Law Firm in Thibodaux; Norbert Michel, associate professor of finance and

economics; Rusty Thysell, professor of government; David Whitney, assistant professor of government; and Paul Wilson; department head and associate professor of history. The moderator will be Gene Richard. “It’s going to be a professional debate,” Wilson said. “We’re all friends and colleagues. We just happen to have different political beliefs. I think it’s important for students to realize that you can still maintain relationships with others and have different political beliefs.” The area of primary interest will be centered on one question: should President Obama be re-elected? The event will start off with the panelists

debating on this topic then discussing other subjects, such as foreign policy and the economy. A question and answer session for the audience will follow. This political debate will be the eleventh forum that has been held at Nicholls, Wilson said, with the first held a couple of weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. Wilson said that the first forum was quickly put together and the goal was to explain to students the significance of the attacks. Past topics have also included the Iraq War, presidential elections and the Constitution. Wilson said the history and geography department continues to hold forums because they have received positive feedback from students

and the community. The United States Census Bureau states that voters between the ages of 18 and 25 hold one of the highest voting percentages. The University student population is comprised of mostly 18- to 25-year-olds, Wilson said. These forums provide a way to get students more involved and informed. This particular forum will include three professors who think President Obama should be reelected and three professors who think the opposite. Whitney, on the conservative side, said the point of the forum is to be informative, and good information will be provided from both sides. “Part of the idea is to get students

engaged in politics and care about what is going on, regardless of what side they are on,” Whitney said. The upcoming forum is not likely to be the last hosted by Nicholls faculty. Wilson said it is all about keeping students informed and helping them understand what is going on. As long as there are relevant topics and positive responses from students, the forums will continue to take place. “We want them to be engaged in the process and realize that this stuff matters to them.” Whitney said. The event will be held Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Peltier Auditorium and is open to students, faculty and the general public.

Presidential debates allow fact-checkers to detect lies Channing Parfait News Editor

The presidential debates give President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee, Mitt Romney, the opportunity to voice their opinions in hopes of winning the undecided public’s vote at the Nov. 6 election. The first presidential debate of 2012 broke a 32-year record with 67.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen TV ratings, and over 51.4 million watched the vice presidential debate last week between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. With an increase in viewership, undecided voters rely on information discussed in the debates when they cast their votes at the polls. The free flow of information be-

tween each candidate has offered the platform for both candidates to present information that is appealing but not always true. Alex Altman, Washington correspondent for Time Magazine, said both campaigns have committed to honesty but have played the American people for fools through the use of factual and false information. “Both of the men now running for the presidency claim that their opponent has a weak grasp of the facts and a demonstrated willingness to mislead voters,” Altman said. The role of fact checkers during this presidential campaign has increased to help the American public decipher the facts and possible deceptions presented by each candidate. Paul Wilson, history department

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head, said fact checkers are important to the political process to decipher the details of policy proposals and help gauge the degree of accuracy. Although some statements may be true, the context and wording delivered by candidates can be altered to make them seem more favorable to the public. “We all know candidates are going to say what they think will allow them to win,” Wilson said. “Their main

job is to get votes so they will express opinions that most Americans believe.” The Obama Campaign reported, “After a decade of decline, this country has created over half a million new manufacturing jobs.” While the statement is true, factcheckers said the reality of the situation is that the United States has lost close to a million manufacturing jobs since 2009. Although the job market

has gained about half of those jobs back, fact checkers said Obama’s reported number is misleading without context. To combat Obama’s efforts with job opportunities, Romney said, “I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs.” Fact checkers discovered Romney’s statement is misleading since, regardless who wins the presidential see LIES page 7

CASA raffle promotes the need for more volunteers Pauline Wilson Staff Writer

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lafourche Parish, which currently serves 61 local children cared for by the state of Louisiana, is raising awareness about their need for volunteers by selling tickets to win a children’s playhouse to be raffled off later this year. “The money from the raffle will help to continue spreading the word for the critical need for community volunteers to help in advocating for the children in foster care who have been abused and/or neglected,” Brittany Brunet, family and consumer sciences senior and Nicholls CASA intern, said. According to CASA of Lafourche, “The Mission is to advocate for the abused and neglected children in our parish by training and supporting community volunteers to be their voices in court. To a child, having a CASA volunteer means having, by your side, a trained and committed adult who has been appointed by a judge to watch over you and advocate for your best interests.” CASA volunteers represent the child throughout the legal process, help determine a permanent plan for the child, interview parties involved, and monitor the case throughout the

process. “The qualifications to become a volunteer are being 21 years of age, being able to complete a written application, personal interview, reference check, various criminal background checks, a child abuse and neglect records screening, and 30 hours of training,” Brunet said. CASA of Lafourche offers three training sessions per year in the spring, summer and fall. “The training sessions are broken down to twice a week for five weeks. The next training session is in February,” Brunet said. After the volunteer has completed training, the new volunteer is sworn in as a CASA volunteer and is ready for a case. Although a volunteer is with CASA of Lafourche, they must travel to where the child is placed in foster care. “All volunteers must meet with the child in their case once a month in the home where the child is placed, which can be anywhere in Louisiana,” Brunet said. “The volunteer will also have to attend court in Lafourche Parish and meetings at the Lafourche Parish DCFA office every six months for their case.” CASA volunteers must maintain certain skills and abilities, including keeping case information confidential, communicating effectively, re-

specting people from all backgrounds and settings, being able to travel, maintaining objectivity, gathering information accurately, understanding child development and family dynamics, and conducting oneself in a professional manner, among others. “Volunteers come from different backgrounds, careers, cultures and experiences,” Brunet said. “CASA volunteers do not need a degree; they work in tandem with a staff advocate supervisor who supports and coaches volunteers through court and other aspects of their advocate role.” Tickets for the raffle can be purchased by calling the office or at the Thibodaux Wal-Mart on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. On Nov. 3 and 4, they can be purchased at the Raceland Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and on Nov. 24 at the Cut Off Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The drawing for the playhouse will be held on Dec. 1 during the Thibodaux Service League’s Santa Land in the Cotillion Ballroom at Nicholls. “I am extremely honored and humbled to be part of a program that advocated for the most vulnerable demographic in our society,” Brunet said. “If I could make an impact and change the life of just one child, then everything I do is worth it.”

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Fundraiser to be held for baby in need of liver transplant Pauline Wilson Staff Writer

Nicholls Education Association of Teachers (NEAT) will sponsor Boolooza, an event to benefit the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) raise for one-yearold Elise Babin, who needs a liver transplant. According to COTA, the organization works “with any patient who needs a transplant due to a genetic disease such as Cystic Fibrosis or Sickle Cell Anemia, and all patients 21 and under for any disease complication.” The use of COTA does not cost the family any money, and the funds that are gathered go to transplant-related expenses, Tiffany Papa, assistant professor of teacher education and co-sponsor of NEAT, said.

Papa said the funds raised will go to Elise Babin’s transplant expenses that are not covered by insurance. “Elise is my one-year-old niece, and when NEAT found out about her needing the transplant, they decided to do the fundraiser on her behalf,” Papa said. “Elise appreciates the NEAT organization, all of the donations, contributions, and hopefully your attendance at Boolooza will help support her through her life-saving surgery.” At three months old, Papa said Babin was diagnosed with biliary atresia. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House (NDDIC), “Biliary atresia is a life-threating condition in infants in which the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings.”

“[Elise] is on the list for a transplant, and once a match is found they will get a call and within days she can get the life-saving surgery,” Papa said. The NDDIC states that with biliary atresia, “bile becomes trapped, builds up and damages the liver. Without treatment, the liver eventually fails, and the infant needs a liver transplant to stay alive. This disease affects about one in every 18,000 infants.” Boolooza will be held on Oct. 20 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Cotillion Ballroom and is open to the general public. Papa said there will be music, hot dogs, nachos, sodas, simple games, face painting, candy prizes, a prize drawing, a silent auction, and a kids costume contest.


Boolooza will be held Oct. 20 to raise money for Elise Babin.

University to offer online curriculum for undergraduates Michelle Betanof

Contributing Writer Beginning next year, Nicholls State University will become one of the first colleges in Louisiana that will have an online college program for students to earn a bachelor’s degree. Nicholls Online will be a completely separate college from Nicholls State University. The Division of Distance Education under Academic Affairs will house Nicholls Online. This new program has been in the works since summer 2012 and was designed to offer students who cannot attend classes or have jobs that hinder them from coming to campus an opportunity to receive their degree in three years instead of four. “We service a certain region of students who live in South Louisi-

ana as well, who may have a difficult time getting here from towns such as Chauvin, Cut Off and Golden Meadow,” Ellen Barker, Languages and Literature department head, said. Not every major will be offered yet, but the programs that will initially be offered through Nicholls Online include: Bachelor of Science in General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, RN to BSN Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Students who are already enrolled at Nicholls will not be able to transfer over to the online education program yet. Barker said, “We are discouraging it right now because it will be too

complicated to try and transfer over course work to the online program.” Current Nicholls students who are taking online courses will not be affected by this new addition. The courses will be offered in eight-week increments instead of the normal 16 weeks in order for students to progress more quickly. Within the eight-week increments there will be five eight-week sessions offered per year. “If a student is not able to complete the program in eight weeks or if they [have not completed] an assignment or two, then we will continue to work with them until they can finish,” Barker said. The course workload will be identical to the coursework of traditional students who attend classes. One of the major differences between the traditional college and the on-

line college is that Nicholls Online only requires students to take three classes at a time to prevent students from becoming overwhelmed. If students take at least six hours per eight-week session, they will be able to complete the degree in four years or 20 eight-week terms. Student tuition and mandatory fees for Nicholls Online will be $250 per credit hour. Students do have the option of adding additional student service fees such as the recreation center, tutoring, services, a parking pass, SPA and other student services. According to the Nicholls Online proposal, after both students and

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faculty are paid, revenue from Nicholls Online will be distributed as follows: 30 percent to university operating budget, 50 percent to distance education division, 20 percent to the department for a course within the major, 10 percent to the department teaching the course, and 10 percent to the department of the student’s declared major. Students who want to enroll in Nicholls Online will be given an exclusive banner code that will identify them as online Nicholls students. All information regarding Nicholls Online will be on a separate web page and students will be able to register


CROWN continued from page 1 and friends, but gentlemen from other fraternities, people from other organizations, all being Nicholls students, standing and cheering.” Berger said his favorite homecoming events were tailgating and the football game. “The atmosphere was electrifying during the game while all the students, fans and my fellow court members cheered on the Colonels,” Berger said. “The whole day was truly an unforgettable experience.” Berger said being homecoming


king is more than just a crown and title. “This is something I was able to share with my family, brothers, friends and this University. To know I was able to honor my fraternity, Kappa Sigma, in such a big way, humbled me,” he said. “Above all else, hearing my parents tell me how proud they were of me, meant everything to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Lord and the amazing people in my life.” After graduation, Berger plans on

getting his master’s degree in business administration. “I would love to get a job working at the headquarters for my fraternity, if the opportunity presents itself,” Berger said. Berger said he loves the University because it is home to him. “I fell in love with this University because I feel that everyday I am here, I’m home, because home is where your family is, and the Nicholls State community is family,” he said.

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election, independent economic forecasters predict the U.S. economy will gain close to 12 million jobs within the next four years. While both candidates have expressed interest to decrease the unemployment rate and create job opportunities, each have a different approach. Romney expressed his plan in the debate to improve unemployment rates in the U.S. by marketing American business in the competitive global economy. His plan would create opportunities for American goods and services around the world with agreements that create fair opportunities for Americans and foreign markets. Romney said during his campaign, “President Obama told America that if Congress approved his plan to borrow nearly a trillion dollars, he would

hold unemployment below eight percent.” Although fact checkers discovered Obama never made that statement, Romney’s campaign pulled the misleading information from economists who predicted a large stimulus might have the same effect. Obama’s plan to combat unemployment differs from Romney’s plan since he focuses on developing key areas in rural communities to expand job searches and training in America. The Obama Campaign reported that America needs an economy “not built on outsourcing, loopholes and risky financial deals that jeopardize our entire economy and threaten the security of the middle class.” While both sides might argue that their opponent’s plans may not work,

known facts and faults contribute to the campaign’s ability to twist the truth and exaggerate what is made known to the public. Altman said the process to decide which candidate is telling the truth lies within the American people, but there are no consequences when a candidate tells a lie. “Voters just show less and less interest in punishing those who deceive,” Altman said. “No matter their ideology, many voters increasingly inhabit information bubbles in which they are less likely to hear their worldview contradicted.” Tune into the final presidential debate on Oct. 22 and become a fact checker to determine true and false claims from each candidate.


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ONLINE continued from page 6 and contact admissions through this page. “There is one person that was recently hired from Florida who has a Ph.D. in creative writing,” Barker said. “He is basically going to be our constant Nicholls online figure.” Many of the faculty members who will be teaching these online courses have taken a program called Equality Matters. “They are [going to become] sort of experts in teaching online education,” Barker said. There will be Nicholls instructors as well as a few instructors from the New Orleans area. All instructors will be compensated beyond their regular teaching load. Each faculty member will be paid a $2,000 minimum per class. After enrollment exceeds ten students, faculty’s pay will increase $200 per student (with no maximum limit). Also, for students who pass the course, they will receive

an additional $50 per student. The use of textbooks is one of the main areas about Nicholls Online that remains a topic of discussion. “I will probably order from the bookstore or make arrangements through Barnes and Noble for students to purchase textbooks,” Barker said. An additional issue that needs to be resolved is whether there will be a total limit of hours if a student would want to enroll in traditional classes as well. All English and math classes will contain no more than 18 to 25 students in order for students to have the opportunity for one-on-one attention. To have this one-onone communication, depending on the instructors, there will be chat rooms, Skype sessions and office hours available for students who live nearby and need to meet with their teacher.

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NICHOLLS ATHLETICS Football | @ Stephen F Austin 3 p.m. 10/20

Soccer | @ Central Arkansas 4 p.m. 10/19

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Jessica Addicks, senior from Texas, practices serving at the women’s volleyball practice on Oct. 15.

Nicholls volleyball looks to get back to winning ways Sports Writer

Nicholls volleyball will begin a pair of home matchups against the University of Central Arkansas today, followed by Oral Roberts on Saturday. Central Arkansas holds the top spot in the Southland Conference with only one conference loss but have found themselves in close games. “Central Arkansas is the best in the conference right now, but a lot of teams have pushed them to five games. There is no reason for us not to believe that we can hang with them and beat them when we are at home,” head coach Patrick Hiltz said.

Oral Roberts sits only one game ahead of Nicholls, so the Colonels will be looking to improve their position with a win. Unless the Golden Eagles can pick up a victory at Southeastern before heading to Nicholls, the Colonels

son so far for the Colonels and first year coach Hiltz. “It has been like an EKG,” said Hiltz. “Sometimes we are high, and sometimes we are low. We have to find a way to get consistent. We have shown that we can

struggled on the road, with only two wins away from Thibodaux aside from tournaments. “Being at home is comfortable,” Hiltz said. “It is what you are used to, and you are able to maintain a little bit better. And

We want to keep pushing and get that spot secured as soon as possible and improve our seed.

will face a team Saturday without a road win. Having both a three-game winning streak, as well as a threegame losing streak on the season, it has been an up and down sea-

— Patrick Hiltz

play well at times, and we have shown that we can shoot ourselves in the foot at times.” The Colonels have established a winning record at home with only a pair of losses, though they have

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you are not dealing with an opposing team’s crowd. But that is why they call it a home court advantage.” Hiltz, a defense first coach, has preached defense to the team and

hopes he can couple that with better focus on what the team worked on early in the season as they move forward. There may be times when the girls are pressing too hard, according to Hiltz. The key will be to get back to fundamentals. “In the beginning of the season, we focused on serving and blocking, and those things were good for us,” Hiltz said. “If we can find some measure of consistency going into the end of the season, then hopefully we can bring that over into the conference tournament.” As the season winds down with only a few weeks left, each match holds postseason implications. Currently sitting number seven see VOLLEYBALL page 12

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Football hopes to rebound from Homecoming loss Sports Editor An injury-plagued Nicholls State football team lost to Sam Houston State 41-0 for Homecoming, and head coach Charlie Stubbs dubbed the loss a “disappointment.” “There’s disappointment because I felt like we would have played them closer than that,” Stubbs said. “The score doesn’t indicate the competitiveness that

tailback Jesse Turner had to do the heavy lifting. “If we can get some of those guys back, we can counter other team’s (speed),” Stubbs said. That is not the only reason why the Colonels lost though. Stubbs said though the Colonels were able to move the football, Nicholls was unable to capitalize in the red zone and put points on the board. He also pointed out the team’s lack of confidence in some areas.

ter performance. Stubbs said he has seen glimpses of greatness with this team. There were times when the defense shined through like the Colonels 9-3 loss against an FBS opponent, South Alabama. While other times, the offense was able to capitalize and put points on the board, such as the Colonels leading Central Arkansas at halftime. Stubbs said his team must sustain that for the entire length of the ball game, and to do that, they

This game of football mirrors life, and not everything is going to be easy.

we showed. We just didn’t make plays.” After missing three key offensive players in junior running back Marcus Washington, freshman wildcat specialist Tuskani Figaro and senior wide receiver Laquintin Caston, the Colonels couldn’t match Sam Houston’s speed, according to Stubbs. Going into the game against Sam Houston, Washington, Figaro and Caston led the Colonels in rushing, and without them senior

— Charlie Stubbs

“To win, you have to expect to win,” Stubbs said. “We have some guys who don’t have a confidence problem, but we have some guys who are unsure of themselves. I’m more assure of them than they are.” Stubbs said it is his job to get his team’s motor running and have them believe in themselves, but in order for the Colonels to win against their next opponent, Stephen F. Austin, they are going to have to put together a four quar-

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have to make big plays that lead to scores, which will make getting into the end zone contagious. “We have got to make some plays that keep us with hope in the game,” Stubbs said. The good news for the Colonels is Washington is cleared to play on the Lumberjacks’ turf Saturday at 3 p.m., and chances are the Colonels are going to need him with Stephen F. Austin’s conference leading 496.7 yards per game. see FOOTBALL page 12


The Colonels defense lines up for the next play at the homecoming game on Oct. 13 against Sam Houston State.

Soccer midfielder continues childhood sport Jacob WIlliams Sports Writer

Junior midfielder Hillary Clark and the Nicholls soccer team are heading into the last few games of the season. She answered some questions after a game against Oral Roberts. Q: When did you start playing soccer? photo by celeste hope

Hillary Clark, 4, midfielder from Florida, steals the ball at the women’s game against ORU on Oct. 14.

A: I started when I was four years old. Q: You play mostly defense and midfield right? Is that what you have always played? A: Yeah I play mostly defense and defensive center mid. That is pretty much what I have played since I was about 14 years old. Q: Soccer can be a pretty physical game. They look at sports like football and say that soccer is not a physical sport. How do you feel about that? A: If someone says soccer is not a physical sport, it is an automatic sign that they have never played the game before, in my opinion. Q: What is the worst kind of collision you have been in?


A: I have had a couple of concussions back when I was in high school. I also injured my ankle pretty badly about two years ago, and I was out for quite some time. I have been fortunate enough to not tear my ACL or anything, but that is a pretty big injury for a lot of people, especially in girls soccer. Q: Is it less glamorous playing defense than maybe forward, where you get to score more goals? A: Maybe it could be for spectators, but for anyone who knows the game, it is just as important. I know our defenders, our goalkeeper or anyone who is in the back should get just as much credit as any of our forwards. Q: When you were younger, did you imagine playing in college? A: I always wanted to, but I was not really sure if I would or not. I definitely had some doubt as I got older, and then I just decided to go for it. I met coach Dylan (Harrison), and it has been a great decision. Q: How did you end up at Nicholls? A: I was playing in a tournament in south Florida, the College Showcase

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Tournament, and Dylan was there. He actually picked up eight other players from my class at that tournament. Q: You guys only have a few games left. How has the season been? A: It has been good. It has been tough because we have had a lot of really close games. We have lost our last four games by one goal, and that is really tough. But at the same time, we have a lot of confidence, and we know we can step up. We know that we can take our next three games or four games. We can take it. Q: For the next year, you guys have a lot of people coming back right? A: Yeah, we have two graduating, so we will have a solid returning squad. Q: How do you handle traveling and going to class? A: When you know you have a team of 25 girls doing it together, it makes it a lot easier. It is really fun actually. It is a lot of team bonding. Keeping up with classes is not much of a problem. Our professors work with us really well, and we even get on each other on the bus about studying. It is a good support system.


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FOOTBALL continued from page 10 The Lumberjacks are fourth in the league, scoring an average of 34.3, but they are going into the game against the Colonels with four losses, just like Nicholls. Stubbs quoted future NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells when he said, “you are what your record is.” Having said that, Stubbs said that Stephen F. Austin is a great scoring team, and the Colonels will need to put points on the board and be opportunistic on defense to hang with the Lumberjacks high-scoring offense. “They throw the ball a ton, so

that’s going to be a challenge. They will make mistakes, and when we get opportunities to pick the ball off, we have to make those plays,” Stubbs said. Though the Colonels are 1-4, Stubbs remains optimistic with his team and believes that they have a great opportunity to still have a successful season. “This game of football mirrors life and not everything is going to be easy,” Stubbs said. “Can’t feel sorry for yourself, you just have to do something about it, and that’s what we plan on doing.”

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VOLLEYBALL continued from page 9 in the conference, the Colonels are looking to secure a spot in the Southland Conference tournament Nov. 16 in Conway, Arkansas. The Colonels were picked to finish ninth in the conference preseason poll, and Hiltz would like his team to continue to exceed expectations. “The fact that we are sitting in seventh is definitely a plus,” Hiltz said. Southeastern sits close behind in

the conference standings, putting pressure on the Colonels to hold their ground in the games ahead. “If we slip up, we are going to find ourselves in that eighth spot trying to hang on,” Hiltz said. “That is not what we want to do. We want to keep pushing and get that spot secured as soon as possible and improve our seed.” If the Colonels can hold or move up in the standings, they will have a place in the conference tournament.





































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We The Kings performs at Homecoming’s Alive @ 5 Kami Ellender

Lagniappe Editor We The Kings, pop rock band from Bradenton, Florida, performed at the Student Programming Association’s Alive @ 5 event on Oct. 12. Band members who performed included vocalist and lead guitarist Travis Clark, guitarist Hunter Thomsen, drummer Danny Duncan, and keyboard player and guitarist Coley O’Toole. Their self-titled full-length debut album was released in 2007 and included the platinum single, “Check Yes Juliet,” which sold more than 250,000 copies in the United States. We The Kings has released two albums since then including “Smile Kid” in 2010 and “Sunshine State of Mind” in 2011. The band is also working on a new album, which Clark said should be finished near the end of the year.

Nicholls Worth: So tell me about yourselves. Travis: I sing and play guitar in We The Kings. Coley: I play keys, guitar and sing in We The Kings. Travis: Oh, so you’ve got to oneup me… I also play keys, just not in the band. Coley: I’m also an excellent pogo-sticker. Travis: I love playing ping-pong. Danny: I play drums, and I am the spiritual advisor for the band. Travis: Why don’t you give us all a word of wisdom? Danny: Don’t leave home without your contacts… A dry eye is a penny earned. Coley: Is that an expression? I’ve never heard that. We were looking for different expressions. What does that even mean? Danny: Yeah, yeah man... No, I just made that up.

We The Kings recently completed a worldwide tour with Simple Plan and, the band has performed across the United States as a main stage headliner on the Vans Warped Tour. We The Kings has also won awards like the MTV Video Music Awards “Best New Artist” and Rock on Request Awards “Best Pop Punk Artist” in 2008, Teen Choice Awards “Choice Hook Up” with Demi Lovato for “We’ll Be a Dream” in 2010 and MTV O Music Awards “Most Innovative Music Video” for “Say You Like Me” in 2012. Torri Sepulvado, SPA entertainment chair, said when SPA was trying to choose a band, they conducted a survey, and the pop/rock genre won. “We put together a list of bands we could afford, and We The Kings has the most votes,” Sepulvado said. Sepulvado said close to 600 people attended Alive @ 5.

NW: Do you have any hidden talents? Travis: They’re not hidden. Everybody knows that we’re very talented. NW: Well do you guys have any exposed talents, other than music? Travis: Love, just look online. Google “We The Kings talent,” and you’ll find everything. Danny: Would you be upset if we answered every question with ‘just Google it?’ NW: Seriously though… Travis: We all have individual talents, I mean, we play rock-n-roll. I’m not saying we invented rock-nroll. That’s for other people to say. I’m saying we ARE rock-n-roll.

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Travis Clark, lead vocalist of We The Kings, performs at Alive @ 5 on Oct. 12.

Danny: You can’t just invent rock-n-roll. Travis: All I’m saying is, the talents that we have that you would call “hidden” are pretty known. I guess we’re amazing at making love, but that’s not exactly it either. We speak and sing about it in our songs. We also love eating. I think that’s a talent. NW: Well, what is your favorite food? Travis: On three… One. Two. Three. Pizza. Danny: Burritos Coley: Rice. Yeah, I love rice. Danny: Yeah. He’s American. NW: Do you guys like to play pranks? Travis: On other people, yes. We lit somebody on fire once. The end result: third degree burns. Danny: True Story. Travis: Also, while another band was on stage we painted their van to look like the one from Scooby Doo. Danny: We shouldn’t have done it really. Travis: I think we upped their van, meaning that if it were EBay,

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it would change from ‘reserve not met’ to about $30,000. Danny: It’s like Pimp my Ride. That’s what we did. NW: Do you guys have any strange likes or dislikes? Coley: I don’t like $20 bills. Travis: Because, well, it’s $80 less than $100. NW: What is We the Kings doing now? Travis: We’re recording a new record. We’ve been in the studio for the past two or three months. Danny: Three. Travis: So hopefully by the end of the year we’ll have a new record. NW: It’s rumored that We the Kings will record a song for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie. Travis: We met with some people from “Catching Fire,” and we’re actually doing one of the songs for the soundtrack. That’s something not many people know. It will be one of the biggest things we’ve ever done.

NW: Does the band have any rituals before performances? Travis: We have a chant. We’ve stopped saying it at schools because it’s quite vulgar. Vulgar in a good way though. It got us pumped up. NW: Do you guys have any special Louisiana memories? Travis: We don’t get to play in the New Orleans area much, so it’s nice that the school brought us here because there are a lot of fans who have to travel across the country and to different states to see us. NW: What have been some of your most recent proud moments? Travis: Yesterday we celebrated the one year anniversary of We the Kings Day. Our hometown, in Bradenton, Florida, delegated Oct. 11 for us. Danny: We forgot to celebrate on Oct. 2, the five-year anniversary of our first record, from 2007. They call it the diamond anniversary. Travis: Some say it’s the best record we’ve ever done. Not all, just most. It’s a staple record for us.

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Students earn paychecks through consultant work Meagan Kenny Reporter

Nicholls students have found jobs that are accommodating for a busy college lifestyle. Students like Tracy Schober, education senior, and Haley Montz, English senior, have taken up consultant work, which Schober described as a “foolproof way to make money.” “It is fun and conducive to the life of a college girl on the run,” Schober said. Schober sells Avon and Montz sells Scentsy. They began when friends suggested the jobs as a way to earn a little extra money without the pressure of working under a boss. “Getting started is easy and doesn’t cost anything,” Schober said. All it takes is a few clicks online and anyone can sign up to begin selling their products. Avon and Scentsy as well as companies like Thirty-One, Pamerpered Chef and Mary Kay all have links on their webpages for consumers to get information and sign up as a consultant. After signing up, a consultant receives ‘catalogues,’ or booklets listing the brand’s products, which they distribute to the clients they acquire. From there, customers

decide what products they want to buy and contact the consultant with their list. “I just had to train for two to four hours and then got my first set of catalogues,” Schober said. “I love it.” With each order made, the consultant takes a percentage of the total. “I make 25 percent commission off all sales I make,” Montz said. “Depending on the month and how much I am pushing sales, I can usually expect anywhere from $100 to $500 a month.” According to many of these companies’ websites, another perk to selling their products is the discounts and free things you may receive. The more a consultant sells, the more stuff they may collect. Consultant work is tailor-made for college students, according to Montz. She said, “You can work from home; it’s at your own pace and it’s so cheap to start up. It’s impossible not to make profit from it.” Montz said that she finds it hard to find a job as stress-free and manageable as consultant work. She finds the independence of running her own schedule superior to working on a deadline. “Everyone should try consulting,” Schober said. “If you’re the kind of girl that loves makeup and nail polish, Avon is perfect for you


Haley Montz, English senior from Destrehan, and Scentsy consultant, explains to Lauren Lovelace, nursing freshman from Destrehan, how to use her new Scentsy warmer. Haley sells Scentsy to earn extra money during her busy school schedule.

because you get paid to sell stuff you use.” The girls warn, however, that one must remember that consultant work is still work. “Staying on top of the customers is the hardest part, and making

sure that they call you with their orders,” Schober said. “If you don’t call them, they won’t call you, and there goes your profit.” “Successful consultants need to be able to be reliable for the customers and inform them of new

products and discontinued products,” said Montz. With a little enthusiasm and some well-honed social skills, Montz said anyone can start consultant work and make money while managing school and a social life.

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Colonels for Life informs about organ donation Reporter

Colonels for Life is an organization on campus to inform and raise awareness about organ and tissue donations, as well as to provide a gateway for nondonors to register to help out. Colonels for Life was formed in 2010, when a representative from Louisiana Organ

Colonels for Life, said, “This organization helps members build leadership skills and communication skills through service-learning activities while promoting a cause. Many people on campus and throughout the community are affected by organ donation, and there is a great need for education.” LOPA’s mission is to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. The agency also

choice to become a donor is a personal decision. According to the United States Government Information on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. The transplant team will determine at an individual’s time of death whether the donation is possible. There is also no cost to the donor or families for organ

Many of our members know someone who has been an organ recipient, an organ donor or someone who is still waiting for another chance at life through organ transplantation. — Amber Ewing

Procurement Agency (LOPA) approached Denise Mitchell, associate professor of nursing, about forming an organization to promote organ donation at Nicholls. When a Student Leadership Grant became available, nursing students Carly Joffrion and Katelyn Laskey wrote to start the organization. They were awarded the grant and Colonels for Life was formed. Amber Ewing, nursing instructor and faculty advisor for

has a website where universities and people across the world can become donors. LOPA also provides family support and memorials for donors who are deceased. According to LOPA, there are 2,053,006 registered donors in Louisiana. There are 114,041 people in the United States waiting for an organ transplant, with 1,686 of those people living in Louisiana. Every state provides a donor registry for its citizens, so the

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Ryan Collins, history senior from Cut Off, and David Samaha, biology/pre-med senior from Houma, get themselves in place at the start of the annual Homecoming pirogue races on Oct. 11.

or tissue donation. “I personally have been affected by organ donation through my cousin, who received a double-lung transplant in August 2011,” Ewing said. “Many of our members know someone who has been an organ recipient, an organ donor or someone who is still waiting for another chance at life through organ transplantation.” Ewing said that she would love for everyone to join Colosee DONORS page 17


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Bra fittings at Dillard’s raise cancer awareness Tiffany Williams Staff Writer

Dillard’s Department Store, located in the Southland Mall in Houma, will bring awareness to breast cancer by donating $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every woman who comes in for a bra fitting on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1982 in order to raise awareness and find solutions in the fight against breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dillard’s is hosting this event to support those who have breast cancer or survived having breast cancer. The event also honors those who have passed away from breast cancer. If someone buys a Wacoal brand bra, a total of $4 will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Andrea Ashley, sales and business manager at Dillard’s, described the event as a “big bra party raising awareness for breast cancer.” Thibodaux Regional Hospital will be at Dillard’s passing out information about breast cancer awareness. Refreshments will also be served. Some Nicholls students who are members of Women Involved in Self-Empowerment will also be volunteering for the event. Alicia Kozak, graduate psychological counseling student from Denham Springs, said she thinks everyone should be knowledgeable about breast cancer, not just women. “We really need to step back and see that this is a global issue,” Kozak said. “It is not just for women but for men as well.” According to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer found in women and the second

leading cause of death in women. About one in eight women will get breast cancer. Though breast cancer in men is uncommon, about 2,150 men will be diagnosed with the disease annually in the United States. Ashley said that this event is important to her because one of the most important women in her life survived the disease. “My grandmother had breast cancer,” Ashley said. “It’s very meaningful to me because she is one of the most important women in my life and she always fought for women’s rights and always made sure that I knew that I was just as important as anyone else. To know that my grandmother survived that was amazing. It encouraged me to study what I did in college.” Call Dillard’s at 985-873-6100 to schedule a fitting or walk in and ask for assistance from an associate.



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nels for Life. Students, faculty and staff can attend a meeting or an awareness campaign, or visit her office in 261 Ayo Hall to pick up an application. In order to become an organ donor, those interested can sign up on the LOPA website or visit Ewing’s office. Organ donors can also have the decision noted on their driver’s license at the DMV.

Colonels for Life meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each full month of school in 301 Ayo Hall at noon. The next meeting is Oct. 22. Colonels for Life will also be hosting a bake sale and awareness campaign in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union on Oct. 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Laurel Valley hosts Fall Festival Kami Ellender

Lagniappe Editor The Laurel Valley Fall Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday on the plantation’s grounds. Aside from viewing the one-room schoolhouse, the barn with narrowgauge railway cars in the loft or the remains of the sugar mill, visitors can enjoy arts and crafts, local venders, cultural demonstrations and Cajun food and sweets. Paul Leslie, adjunct history instructor, said the festival celebrates the local sugar heritage and promotes the preservation of south Louisiana culture.

“The festival began around 1983 as a way to bring local cultural activities to the community,” Leslie said. “Over the years it has kept this commitment and attempts to celebrate the Sugar Culture.” Danny Foret, festival volunteer, said the festival is special because it is free and guests can expect a variety of Cajun vendors and food. “We’ll have Cajun-French music and food like jambalaya, white beans, hamburgers and some sweets,” Foret said. “The festival usually hosts 30 to 40 venders.” Leslie said visitors can “see the past” through the history of the plantation. “It is a unique opportunity for the community because we are com-

pletely made of volunteer groups,” Leslie said. There is also an arts and crafts show with cultural demonstrations including antique engines and boat building. Children can feed the farm animals and the Laurel Valley Store and Museum are opened for visitors. “It’s mostly local people who come,” Foret said. “We don’t have many outsiders that come with their crafts. It’s more of what I would call a neighborhood festival.” Leslie said venders and events change from year to year, but the event is always open to the public. For more information, contact Laurel Valley Plantation at 4467456.

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