NICHOLLS WORT H Thursday, September 22, 2011
Volume 57 Issue 6
Lagniappe | page 10
Sports | page 7
Editorial | page 14
Retention rates increase By Kami Ellender staff writer
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Zeringue Hall shines its lights at sunset Tuesday.
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Demand for campus living exceeds regular capacity By Ashley Falterman editor
With the demand for housing exceeding the regular capacity by at least 200 students, the University is working to accommodate all applicants by putting two students in each private room, using rooms that have not been remodeled and also looking into future plans of building new housing for at least 200 students. According to Eugene Dial, vice president for student affairs, one of the biggest problems is the number of people who apply for housing late. About 200 housing applications are received between the last week in July and the second week in August. “Regular capacity for housing on campus is 1,149. Right now we
have 1,405 students living on campus,” Dial said. It was the University’s understanding that the repairs and construction in Calecas Hall would be completed by the week before the start of the fall semester. “When the repairs were not completed on time, we had to use rooms that were not finished and also open up Babington and Ellender Halls,” Dial said. Members of Housing and Physical Plant Operations met Sept. 6 to discuss the repairs needed. By Oct. 1 the finalized plans will be ready to bid out to contractors. The remaining repairs and construction of Calecas will begin in December and will be finished by the fall of 2012. Calecas will look like a new building when done, Dial said. “The
roof is new, the windows are new, the walls will be redone and the built-in closets and desks will be replaced with more modern sets.” The older buildings are being kept open for students who cannot afford the more expensive rooms in the newer buildings. “For those students who cannot afford the more expensive ones, we will try to provide the best place we can in the older buildings by remodeling them,” Dial said. “One of the things we are going to have to do as an institution is figure out how we are going to accommodate students next year. We will not have enough room to house everyone that would like to live on campus. We may have to result in approaching local hotels and renting them out as facilities,” Dial said.
Between now and November, the University will determine what type of housing will benefit students the most. New housing options may include another set of dorms like Scholars and Zeringue Halls, another apartment building like La Maison du Bayou or even the possibility of Greek housing, Dial said. The location of the new housing is another question, Dial said. “If we build in the green area near the new dorm, then we have to think about the added parking that would also be needed. Another option is to move the softball field, we could build near that area and then convert the rest to parking,” Dial said. The projected date for the new construction project has not yet been determined.
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According to the initial enrollment data for fall 2011, the academic capability and retention of students at the University is increasing. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president of academic affairs, said that the administration’s attitude toward the LA GRAD Act is to treat the goals as opportunities. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the GRAD Act in February 2010. The GRAD Act gives colleges and universities increased independence and flexibility in exchange for a commitment to meet clearly defined statewide performance goals, including raised graduation rates. “We were doing these things long before the GRAD Act came out, but it does force us to watch the numbers and be conscious of things on a day-to-day basis,” Barrilleaux said. “We are taking this time to show the state what we have been doing and the progress we have made.” According to the University web site, the retention of first-time freshman students is 70 percent, which exceeds the GRAD Act requirement of 68.1 percent. Also, the average ACT score for firsttime freshman students is 21.7, exceeding the national average by 0.6 points and the Louisiana average by 1.6 points. Renee Hicks, executive director of planning and institutional effectiveness, said the retention rate is based on students who began class last fall and are enrolled again this year as of the 14th class day. “We got to set our goal for see ENROLLMENT page 6
Speech forum participants to debate drug screening The ﬁrst speech forum of the fall semester will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom. The resolution to be debated is “Resolved, that all citizens of Louisiana must submit to a drug screening test in order to be eligible to receive any entitlement program beneﬁts.” Attendees will hear student speakers present arguments for and against the resolution. Participants then have the opportunity to participate in an open forum before hearing rebuttals from each side and casting their votes either for or against the resolution.
CLA testing for undergraduates The Quality Enhancement Plan Committee is looking for 300 student volunteers to take the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which evaluates critical thinking and writing abilities. Scores will not be singled out for assessment purposes, and volunteers will receive their results and how they compare to students nationwide. The test takes 60-90 minutes and will be given as follows: - Sept. 23: 9 a.m. - Sept. 27-29: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - Sept. 30: 9 a.m. - Oct. 4-6: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - Oct. 7: 9 a.m. Call the Academic Testing Center at (985) 493-2599 to schedule a test day.
“Meet and Greet the Candidates” scheduled for Monday The Student Government Association will host a meet and greet with local candidates on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Plantation Suite of the Student Union. Candidates will be on hand to speak with faculty, staff, students and members of the surrounding community. Food will be served.
16 A University staff member ﬁled a complaint with University Police stating that his ex-girlfriend was harassing him. Both parties were advised to discontinue contact. University Health Services requested for University Police to escort a student on crutches to La Maison du Bayou. Ofﬁcers responded.
17 Ofﬁcers responded to a student welfare concern in Ellender Hall. A student told housing staff that he had suicidal and homicidal thoughts. The student, with history of psychological problems, was brought to University Police where he told ofﬁcers that he did not intend to act upon his thoughts. Michele Caruso of Student Services was contacted, and it was determined that the student should be removed from campus. Family members were contacted, and the student was picked up from University Police.
18 A smoke detector in the Student Union was set off. Ofﬁcers responded and did not observe smoke or ﬁre. Ofﬁcers reported that steam from a washing basin most likely triggered the smoke detector.
Campus concerns box provided to students, faculty and staff People with concerns about campus can ﬁll out provided forms in Ellender Memorial Library and enter them into the campus concerns box. The Social and Community Concerns Committee will address all concerns. If anyone has questions, please contact Amanda Fremin at (985) 448-4022 or email@example.com.
Self-Defense classes begin Wednesday Self-defense classes will be offered to female students, faculty and staff free of charge on Sept. 28 to Sept. 30. Classes will be held in the Laﬁtte Room on Sept. 28 and the Plantation Suite on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to register may call Student Services at (985) 448-4080.
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NICHOLLS WEEKLY CALENDAR THURS
•Volleyball game at McNeese State at 7 p.m.
• Family Service Center Food Drive in the Student Union
•Football vs. Northwestern State at John L. Guidry Stadium at 3 p.m.
•Soccer game vs. Southern at 1 p.m. in the soccer ﬁeld
•Soccer game at Grambling at 4 p.m.
•Volleyball game at Lamar at 1 p.m.
•Pictures with the Founding Fathers in the Student Union from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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•Meet and Greet Political Candidates in the Student Union Plantation Suite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•Scantron Giveaway and Meet and Greet in the Student Union Bowie Room from 9 a.m. to noon
•Town Hall Meeting in the Colonels Retreat at 5 p.m.
•Volleyball game vs. Central Arkansas at 7 p.m.
•Fall Fest in the lawn area by Calecas Hall at 6 p.m.
•Pan Hellenic’s Introducing You to Politics in Peltier Auditorium at 7 p.m.
•Speech forum at 7 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom
•RAD Self-Defense Class in the Student Union Plantation Suite at 1 p.m.
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•RAD Self-Defense Class in the Student Union Laﬁtte Room at 1 p.m.
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Brittney Cortez, accounting sophomore from Thibodaux, solves a math problem while tutoring MATH 003 students Khristian Prestenbach, sociology sophomore from Houma, and Bryce Dufrene, finance freshman from Lockport, in the Tutoring Center on Tuesday.
Students help students at Tutoring Center By Matthew Landry staff writer
For students having trouble understanding information taught during classes, they may find answers to their questions at the Tutorial Academic Enhancement Center in Peltier Hall. Denise Collins and Louise Robichaux are coordinators of the tutoring center. “I deal with more of the writing and English, and Louise deals more with the math and sciences, though
we do share similar day-to-day responsibilities,” Collins said. “She is my counter-part.” Collins said that the center is a comfortable place where students can ask questions without worry. “Students may not want to ask certain questions in a classroom of 30, 40 or even 100 students, but in here, they do not have to be scared to ask questions. Everyone working at the tutoring center follows the idea that there are no stupid questions.” Collins said that in the small and comfortable environment, students
have the ability to lay out their own lesson plan. “They can say, ‘This is what I want to work on and this is how I want to do it.’ You don’t get the chance to do that in a class setting. The pace a student feels comfortable with is the pace we will go at.” Collins said. “It is our hope that students walk out of here knowing and understanding things they previously did not know.” Tutoring sessions are treated like classes, Collins said. If a student misses three straight appointments, he or she is dropped from the pro-
gram. One day sessions, two day 45 minute sessions, and walk-in tutoring is available. “Writing appointments are also available and are made on an as needed basis,” Collins said. Collins said that they let the student set up a tutoring schedule that is best for him or her, and with this schedule a tutor is matched. “We do the best we can, but sometimes schedules do not always match up perfectly,” Collins said. Tutors at the center are fellow students on campus, and are selected from interviews in the summertime,
Collins said. The office of scholarships gives information on entering students who were honors graduates from their high schools to the tutoring center, and from there these students are contacted. To become and remain a tutor, students must have at least a 3.0 high school GPA as an entering freshman and had to have placed out of the classes at Nicholls for which they are tutoring. Also, students must have an A or B for classes they tutor and must maintain a 3.0 see TUTORING page 4
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Bird research done on Terrebonne coast By Matthew Landry STAFF WRITER
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Aaron Pierce, assistant professor of biological sciences, has been researching bird nesting at the Isles Dernieres with undergraduate and graduate students since 2007 to acquire more knowledge about the living patterns of birds on the Isles. The Isles Dernieres, located south of the shoreline of Terrebonne Parish, consist of three different land masses: Raccoon, Wine and Whiskey Islands. The islands are important habitats for thousands of birds during the summer months for breeding and also serve as barriers against hurricanes. Isles Dernieres is one of two major barrier island chains that have helped protect the marshes
of Louisiana, as well as providing a rich habitat for wildlife. This important bird area is in a remote location and has a diverse habitat, which is very invaluable to birds. These and other barrier islands range from beaches, shrublands, coastal dunes and marshes. The barrier islands offer habitat to nesting, wintering and migrant birds. However, this area is still extremely vulnerable to hurricanes, coastal erosion and rises in sea level. In 1856, for example, a hurricane swept across the Isles, which resulted in the loss of land and lives. Pierce has several students who have had the opportunity to spend time researching the area and the birds there. These particular islands have been classiﬁed as a refugee and are managed by the Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Pierce said that the project began in 2007, and since then, students have had the chance to work ﬁrsthand with the birds. “Students get the opportunity to do extensive research on the birds,” Pierce said. “There was concern over why certain species of birds were not colonizing on certain islands in Isles Dernieres, and these islands are some of the largest breeding areas for birds in the state.” Pierce said the students’ work speciﬁcally includes researching needs, hatching success and growth rates of the birds. The four species mainly researched are Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Gull-billed Tern and Black Skimmer. According to Pierce, fairly little is known about how the birds use
the Isles during winter. This is because of migration, although some birds stay here during the winter months. “We do know, however, that when the birds are on the islands, there can be any where from 20,000 to 40,000 breeding pairs.” Since the LDWF and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service provide funding, Pierce said that these organizations have to be updated through quarterly or midterm reports. Graduate students at scientiﬁc meetings also share updates and research. “Students have had the chance to present their research to the Louisiana chapter of Wildlife Society and the Louisiana Academy of Sciences. We also try to get research published in scientiﬁc see BIRDS page 5
TUTORING continued from page 3 GPA in college. Students also undergo extensive training programs throughout the year. Collins said that the Tutorial Academic Enhancement Center is certiﬁed by the College Reading and Learning Association. There are three levels of certiﬁcation, and Nicholls has earned all three. “The CRLA is our main certifying entity, so we follow their training guidelines,” Collins said. When it comes to costs, writing center appointments are free, Collins explained. Math and science, however, includes a $25 application fee for all non-developmental courses. This includes 101 classes and above. A tutoring fee for stu-
dents in classes below was included in tuition. “This is a bargain compared to private tutoring costs,” Collins said. Anna Catherine Lee, a freshman tutor, agrees that students should take advantage of the tutoring center, and she believes that working there presents her with future opportunities. “I like working here because I get to help other people with stuff that they may not be good at, but I am. This helps me to gain teaching skills and experience even though I’m not going to school to become a teacher,” Lee said. “It gives me leadership skills and the patience for the future. So far, it has been
a rewarding experience for me, and also it is a good way to make money.” Jackie Hebert, freshman, who goes to the center said, “I just started college, and I needed help with math, so I came and took advantage of what they had to offer here.” Hebert also agreed that tutoring will deﬁnitely help her down the road. “When you do not know something, why not get help with it? If the opportunity is there, why not take it?” For students interested in signing up for tutoring, the center is located in 149 Peltier Hall. The writing center is located across the hall in 144.
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Group helps women find their voices By Kami Ellender staff writer
The student organization, Women Involved in Self-Empowerment, is working with the Women’s Resource and Services Office for a new approach to help women find their voices through activities on and off campus. Alicia Kozak, president of WISE, said that throughout the years the organization has played multiple roles on campus. This year she wants the organization to take women’s empowerment to another level. “Our mission is to encourage leadership, growth, activism and education,” Kozak said. “This year we really looked at these key points and decided the best way to move forward with each aspect.” Sabrina Laurent, coordinator of
WRSO, started the organization in 2008. She developed WISE to give women the opportunity to show leadership and empowerment. Kozak said that in the past, the organization was very involved on campus with informative tables and events in cooperation with WRSO. She explained that this year she wants to increase involvement within the organization as well through weekly meetings. “Instead of having business meetings like you go to every week for other organizations, I want our meetings to be focused around the women who attend,” Kozak said. “You will learn different things every week.” Each week, members of WISE will volunteer to present for the following week with occasional guest speakers. Kozak said the presentations will cover many dif-
ferent things that impact and educate women. The first event that WISE will participate in is Rape Aggression Defense classes, designed to bring awareness to sexual assault and teach participants about prevention and defense. The classes will be help on Sept. 28, 29 and 30. There will be a sign up sheet in the Student Union on Sept. 27. The classes are free. “We’re also taking a philanthropy this year and doing work with Chez Hope, a family violence crisis center,” Kozak said. “We’re going to do a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.” In honor of domestic violence awareness month, WISE will participate in the candlelight vigil on Oct.11 with the WRSO and the Thibodaux branch of Chez Hope. There will also be a domestic
violence panel on Oct. 25 in the Plantation Suites of the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Oct. 26 in Le Bijou Theater from 7:30 to 10 p.m. “We work a lot with Women’s Resource and Services, so anything that office puts on, we get involved as volunteers just because it makes sense for the women on campus to support each other,” Kozak said. “We will also be teaming up with SEALS and another organization to be on a float in the homecoming parade. I think this is going to be a really exciting year.” Meetings for WISE are held on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Lafitte Room in the Student Union. Meetings are open to any woman who wants to attend and there are no dues.
continued from page 4 journals,” Pierce said. Pierce added that the whole point of this project and similar projects is to help others understand what is happening with local wildlife. “Community outreach and involvement is very important because people in South Louisiana have a special and close tie with the land and the animals that live on it.” Pierce also noted that students previously involved with the project who have graduated have had success because of what they were able to accomplish at the Isles Dernieres. “Employers see the potential that these young people have and are impressed by it.”
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Alicia Kozak, sociology senior from Deham Springs and WISE president, raises awareness about the harmful effects of sexual assault in the Student Union on Wednesday.
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ENROLLMENT continued from page 1 the GRAD Act, so we had access to a lot of data before we set our target numbers,” Hicks said. The graduation rate is a result of students who began as a full time student in the fall and graduate four years later. Hicks said that from last year, about half of the graduates do not count toward the graduation rate because they were transfer students, part-time students or students who began col-
lege in the spring semester. “As far as the graduation rate, we knew it would be based on the students who started in 2004, and we didn’t anticipate much of an increase because that class was hit really hard with Katrina,” Hicks said. “Some students left for jobs, and some moved.” Hicks said that the graduation rate this year is estimated to be 28.7 percent. She explained that
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next year’s the graduation rate is expected to increase to 37.9 percent. “We set that target much higher because they are the ﬁrst selective admissions class, and they are college ready,” Hicks said. According to the University Web site, the University awarded 43 high school valedictorian scholarships for Fall 2011, surpassing last year’s figure by 13
and the previous year’s figure by 19. Total enrollment is expected to be down 200 students from Fall 2010, but administrators say the decrease was to be expected. Data indicates a Fall 2011 enrollment increase of more than 200 students at Fletcher Technical Community College. “This is good news, because we are encouraging partnerships between four-year and two-year institutions in Louisiana,” Barrilleaux said. “Gov. Jindal has in fact singled out Nicholls and Fletcher as the model for such partnerships, and these preliminary numbers validate that designation. More and more students are be-
ginning their college education at Fletcher, and, hopefully, will later transfer to Nicholls to complete their four-year degrees.” The total enrollment shows that Fletcher and Nicholls are working together to ensure access to all students in the region. Hicks said that collection of data is a community effort with departments meeting weekly to talk about the issues affecting the data and ways to keep everything updated. “It pays off that we’re number geeks,” Hicks said. “We’re always excited to get the numbers and ﬁgure out how much we’ve improved because we’re always focused on that.”
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NICHOLLS ATHLETICS Football | Sept. 24 vs. Northwestern State at 3 p.m.
Soccer | Sept. 23 vs. Grambling at 4 p.m.
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Forward/midfielder Alexandra Marino from Canada prepares to make a pass during the game against Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Sept. 16.
Soccer picks up wins over weekend staff writer
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Cory Kemps did not have to punt often as Nicholls shut out Evangel 42-0 on Sept. 8.
Nicholls faces first Southland foe By Jake Martin sports editor
The Nicholls State football team will take on their first Southland Conference opponent Northwestern State in the Hall of Fame game this Saturday at John L. Guidry Stadium. The Northwestern State Demons will come to town with their 1-2 record as they lost two games in a row to Louisiana State University and Southern Methodist University. The Demons lost to LSU in week two 49-3 and to SMU last week 40-7. Head coach Charlie Stubbs believes that a big crowd would be a huge advantage for the team and
would help the team perform better on the field. “It would be a big advantage for our team,” Stubbs said. “It would be the twelfth man. In my own opinion, the larger the audience and the crowd, the more the players should be motivated—not only to win, but to play well. Playing in front of a large amount of people, it doesn’t take a whole lot to motivate them.” The Colonels fell to 1-2 this past weekend when they lost to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 3821. The Colonels were underdogs heading into the game as they were taking on a Football Subdivision opponent, but Nicholls hung with the Ragin’ Cajuns for most of the game.
The Colonels were tied with the Ragin’ Cajuns in the second quarter at 14-14 after Nicholls fumbled on their first two possessions of the ball. It was a closely contested football game up until the Ragin’ Cajuns returned a blocked field goal and an interception for touchdowns. In the loss, sophomore running back Marcus Washington had 98 yards on 16 carries including a rushing touchdown. Stubbs selected Washington as a captain for the game because of his physical play against Western Michigan. Stubbs said Washington “ran really hard and made some tremendous runs.” see FOOTBALL page 9
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In two matches this weekend against Mississippi Valley State and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Colonels’ soccer team mustered a couple of wins in close, hard-fought contests. The Colonels had to play from behind after conceding an early header from Josee Primeau. With halftime approaching, goalkeeper Molly Mersereau assisted Kristy Tatom, freshman, for the equalizing goal just before halftime. Once play resumed, Lauren O’Brien, another freshman, gave the Colonels the advantage with a shot that was deflected, resulting in a 70th minute goal. Later, Tatom would score her second goal of the game with only five minutes left, making the final score 3-1. Finishing with a 23-6 shot advantage, the Colonels racked up 11 shots on goal while the defense held the MVSU offense to only three. “We kept doing the things that we do well,” Coach Dylan Harrison said. “Putting teams under pressure, getting numbers forward, and creating chances are what we need to do to be successful. Turns out we did a good job doing those on Friday.” “Especially going down early,
we exhibited a lot of fight and composure,” Harrison said. In terms of his two impact freshman who both scored goals, “They did just what we asked of them,” Harrison said. “I think one aspect that goes unnoticed is our strategy to get them into games under the right circumstances. We try to wear defenses down, take big tackles, and once they get in, they are able to fulfill their roles.”
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In the game against ULL, after another early deficit, the Colonels righted the ship to score two unanswered goals for a victory. A penalty kick goal from Sam Etherington in the 52nd minute and eventual game-winner from the foot of Tatom in the 85th minute was all the Colonels needed in order to defeat the Cajuns 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. After her second multi-goal
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Athletics need students’ help with broadcasting games By Jake Martin SPORTS EDITOR
Karst leads team in assist for second year By Stuart Percle STAFF WRITER
Leading the team in assists in this season and last season alike, senior setter Jordan Karst has continually set her team up for success. Behind Karst, the business administration senior from Woodstock, Ga., the Colonels’ volleyball team won 11 consecutive games, while accumulating a 12-3 record on the season. Last year, she led the team and ﬁnished ninth in the Southland Conference with 8.84 assists per set. In this season’s opener versus Portland State, Karst led the Colonels with 21 assists. On Sept. 16, she posted 54 assists, a season record, versus University of Louisiana at Monroe in the opening round of the 2011 PRO-MAG Bayou Invitational. With a win-
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Volleyball player, Jordan Karst, senior from Woodstock, cheers on the team at Saturday’s volleyball tournament hosted by Nicholls.
ning joust at the net, Karst ended the match in style, giving Nicholls the win after a hard-fought ﬁve set thriller. Q: The volleyball team is currently 12-3 and has won the last two tournaments. How are
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things going thus far in the season and what has made the difference from last season’s 14 win, 16 loss performance? A: Everything is going great, and it is nice to be on top of things. We are deﬁnitely a lot better than we were last season. One reason being we have a lot of new girls that have come in and contributed to our overall hustle, which has produced some victories. Last year, we got down on ourselves, which would ultimately result in us giving up. On this year’s team, we have girls that refuse to give up. Q: What are your thoughts on the 11-game win streak? A: A win streak of this proportion is a ﬁrst for Colonel volleyball. We are very proud to have accomplished a feat of this magnitude, and we plan to build on it as we enter conference play this week. see KARST page 8
Nicholls Athletics is searching for a student or students to handle the play-by-play duties for Colonel women’s basketball without pay. The student will be required to call all home games and a couple of road games which will be broadcasted on the Internet. The student will be trained by coordinator of broadcast media, Mike Wagenheim, and by sports information directors. Any interested students must be prepared
to commit to the full slate of about 15 games. No equipment is required, though a laptop computer would be beneﬁcial for the student. Wagenheim said that a broadcasting background/education would help, but he would not rule out anyone who is interested. Wagenheim went on to say that a student who shows proﬁciency and improvement throughout the season could be given additional opportunities in the department. For more information call Wagenheim’s ofﬁce at 985-4484284.
SOCCER continued from page 7 scoring game of the season, Tatom ﬁnished the weekend with three goals, increasing her season total to ﬁve. Mersereau, after playing all 90 minutes for the Colonels, totaled seven saves and earned her third win of the season in goal. “It was a matchup that our girls were looking forward to,” Harrison said. “Last year we played them at their place and had a tough game, losing one of our current players to an injury. There was a little extra determination to come out here and perform well and as you can see, it showed in their performance.” Certainly a three-game winning streak culminating with a victory over a rival like ULL feels rewarding, Harrison later agreed. “Hopefully this success means our girls are ready for conference,” Harrison said. “We are an improved team so we should play with a lot of
conﬁdence moving forward.” This level of play has energized the Colonels’ soccer team according to Harrison. “It means a lot on terms of how we are training, which has intensiﬁed now that we have been successful,” Harrison said. “Going to practice every day at 3 is so much easier when we are winning games.” Considering the impact of the two freshmen, Tatom and O’Brien, Harrison is pleased with their inﬂuence on the team. “With people coming in and making impacts, they are now pushing the other girls to compete for a starting position,” Harrison said. “As a whole, these accomplishments are creating a positive environment for our team. Although things are not perfect, we deal with each situation because we know if we do, we will continue to be successful.”
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KARST continued from page 7 Q: Having won the past two tournaments, how have these competitions improved the team? A: Both tournaments have been such great conﬁdence boosters at a much-needed time, right before conference play starts next week. We deﬁnitely have a lot of momentum moving forward on the year. Q: Last tournament, the team overcame a two set deﬁcit to beat Jackson State, and last night the team also won a thrilling ﬁve-set match against UL-Monroe. What is the feeling after winning such a hard fought match in a tournament that Nicholls is hosting? A: Winning such a difﬁcult match is a great accomplishment. Looking back, all the hustle points paid off. There are actually no words to describe it. Q: What made you want to play volleyball at Nicholls State University? A: I am from Georgia, so it was nice to get a change of scenery, especially since Thibodaux is so much different from where I am from. Nicholls seemed like such a good ﬁt for what I was looking for. Q: As a senior on the team, what is the difference from this season compared to your previous seasons here? A: As a whole, we are all on the same page. It seems like in the past, we have had some differences on the team. But now, we are playing as a uniﬁed team. Q: Could you deﬁne your role as a setter? A: A setter is a position that in a way sets the tone of play. In comparison to football, the setter is the quarterback of the team. Q: Do you think the team can ﬁnish the season playing at this
level and could potentially win the Southland Conference? A: Yes, I think we have the potential to go all the way this year. I have been here for four years, and I can honestly say that this is the best team I have been a part of in my Nicholls career. Where we are currently will blow people’s minds, especially since we are always considered the under-dogs. I have a feeling this will be a good year. Q: Does the team have a speciﬁc motto or song dedicated to this season? A: I am not exactly sure how this got started, but we say “Let’s make magic.” This must have stemmed from the preseason, when we started listening to B.O.B.’s song entitled “Magic.” Q: How long have you been playing volleyball, and did you play other sports growing up? A: I started playing volleyball in eighth grade. But I also played basketball, softball and golf in high school. Q: Where do you see yourself 15 years from now? A: I plan to be married with children and hopefully wealthy. Q: What is the greatest gift volleyball has given you? A: Volleyball has helped me tremendously in terms of growing as a person. It has made me mentally tough, and it has taught me to overcome hard times. Through practices and matches, I have learned how to handle different types of situations. Q: What is your most cherished experience that you have forged through volleyball? A: The friendships I have made are what I cherish most. Though I will be graduating this year, I know that I will always have connections with these girls and we will be friends for a very long time.
FOOTBALL continued from page 7 Washington had to step up and become the feature back for the Colonels after the Colonels No. 1 tailback last year, junior Jesse Turner, spent the entire season still rehabbing from the leg injury he suffered a year ago. Stubbs said Turner had his ﬁrst
week of full pads right before the ULL game and will make sure he’s ready to go before inserting him back into the lineup. “It’s more than just the injury that he’s recovering from, you have to work through the psychological part of it because it is a physical
game,” Stubbs said. “We’re going to bring him along. Once I, trainers and Jesse himself thinks he’s ready, then we’ll get him going again.” The Colonels’ search of winning the conference championship for the second time in history begins this Saturday at 3 p.m.
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Brian Ellender, instructor of languages and literature, leads a CrossFit training session on Wednesday in the Shaver Gym Studio.
CrossFit workout sessions open for everyone By Ross Landry Lagniappe Editor
Students and faculty members now have the opportunity to increase their physical performance through CrossFit Sessions led by English instructor Brian Ellender. Ellender has scheduled sessions every Wednesday until Nov. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the dance studio on the second floor of Shaver Gymnasium, and he welcomes everyone to participate. So what is CrossFit? What makes it different than other workouts? According to an article entitled “What is CrossFit?” in The CrossFit Journal, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, if not randomized, functional movements executed at high intensity. photo by whitney babin CrossFit does not focus solely on Brian Ellender, instructor of languages and literature, leads strength. Instead, it focuses on 10 recoga CrossFit training session with attendee John Benoit, fi- nized general physical skills to make the nance graduate, on Wednesday in the Shaver Gym Studio. perfect, all-around athlete: endurance,
stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. “Each of those give you another piece of the puzzle,” Ellender said. “If you’re really strong, but you can’t tie your shoelaces because you’re not flexible, that’s a problem. If you are an athlete, you need a mix of everything.” According to Ellender, CrossFit offers a different workout every class, which teaches total fitness. He will teach basic exercises such as proper push-ups as well as more advanced movements involving weights if participants are interested. “There is a bank of like 100 different exercises, and we just pull them out and mix that up,” he said. “Sometimes we will run a 5k, but the next day, you’ll be deadlifting or doing something else.” A big factor in CrossFit is the fact that workouts do not need to last long, but they need to be intense. The workouts
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can also be modified for all fitness levels. “If you were to come here, we would give you a 45-pound weight bar for the actual workout,” Ellender said as he turned his attention to some cleaning supplies in the corner of the room. “If you brought your grandmother here, we’d give her that broomstick. That’s a piece of CrossFit equipment right there.” The first CrossFit session was on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and consisted of only a handful of people, but Ellender said he expects more people to show up over the next few weeks. Linda Stanga, English instructor, began CrossFit two years ago, and she was one of the few members of this semester’s first class. “I absolutely love it, and I wish I could do it every day,” Stanga said. She went on to say that she began looking for something to strengthen her see CROSSFIT page 13
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Ronald Leblanc, government sophomore from Franklin, studies with some of his fraternity brothers in the Colonel’s Retreat on Monday.
While attending classes and balancing a busy schedule, Ronald “R. J.” Leblanc, government sophomore from Franklin, proudly wears his fraternity letters on Nicholls’ campus. Leblanc dedicates most of his time being a part of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. “We are very close,” Leblanc said. “We like to hang out and party a lot, way too much. We also do a lot of community service.” The fraternity just recently had their bid day party to introduce their new pledges. “We are planning new events that people can come out to,” Leblanc said. Q: If you could describe yourself in three words, which would they be? A: Whoa, this is hard. (Laughs) I feel like I’m writing an essay. I would describe myself as friendly, sweet and kind. Q: If you could help some place in the world, what would it be?
A: I don’t know anybody that needs help, but I would help my hometown, Franklin. Q: If you had a super power, what would it be? A: I probably would want to fly.
My dad is my inspiration because I want to grow up just like him. — R.J. Leblanc
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Q: What is your favorite video game? A: My favorite video game would be any sports game. Q: What is one thing that nobody knows about you? A: I like to fish. The biggest fish I caught was four pounds in fresh water. For salt water fishing, I couldn’t even tell you.
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Education earns new technology By Zavier Davis STAFF WRITER
The Information Technology Services student program granted the College of Education new Promethean and Smart boards. The College of Education technology committee and Leah Peterson, assessment coordinator of education, wrote the grant proposal to help get the new technology that is now installed in the college. Education majors are given the opportunity to take a training class on the new Promethean boards. Cynthia Vavasseur, associate professor of education, is teaching the training classes. “All the students pay the technology fee, but they don’t know where it goes,” Vavasseur said. “Now they can ﬁnally see where it goes.” Education majors were emailed about the training classes to have the opportunity to be trained on the new boards. These training classes are free to attend. “I have been keeping a head count on who is signing up, and we have at least 40 to 50 students,” Peterson said. “Students are jumping on board, and I plan to sit in
on a lot of the trainings.” Professors also have to be trained because they have to teach on the new boards. “We are able to send teachers out now because they are prepared to teach,” Peterson said. “There are schools in Terrebonne and Lafourche parish that already have these boards. It was a necessity for us to get these things. We are back on pace.” With other competition in the ﬁeld of education, receiving the boards has made the college technologically equipped, so students can be prepared to teach after graduating. “This has been a godsend to us,” J. Steven Welsh, dean of the College of Education said. “It is directly relevant to students training and the skills they are going to use when they go out to do student teaching. We are very happy about the grant.” The Promethean and Smart boards are housed in the classrooms of Polk Hall. “All of the programs in the college beneﬁt from the new technology,” Welsh said. “It is a win-win for all of us.” The Promethean boards look
similar to the Smart boards, but they are different in how they are set up and how they function. “Smart boards are 10 to 15 times more popular in the United States than Promethean boards,” Vavasseur said. “In our area, Promethean boards are hugely more popular.” The Promethean board uses ActivInspire software, which is available to download free online. Students can create assignments on their computer and show them in class on the Promethean board. “I think it is really good that we have the Promethean boards because our future in education is more driven to technology now,” Jessalyn Bourgeois, middle school education junior from Raceland, said. “I feel more prepared that I can go into the ﬁeld because I am practicing on the Promethean board.” Students who know how to work a Smart board are adjusting to learn the new technology of the Promethean board. “Most of the schools that I have visited are using the Promethean,” Bourgeois said. “I am a little more excited now because it is more relevant to me.”
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CROSSFIT continued from page 10 muscles after seeing her mother and sister fall. “Even though I’ve exercised most of my life, I’m feeling less agile, and I don’t want to fall down,” she said as she began to laugh. “If I do fall, I want to be able to get back up gracefully.” Another person at the ﬁrst session was Olabisi Akingbola, nursing sophomore from Nigeria. “For me the toughest thing is
pushups,” Akingbola said. “It’s something I never did because I always thought it was for guys.” This is Akingbola’s ﬁrst semester in CrossFit, but she has worked out with Ellender before. “The easiest thing is having Mr. Ellender here to encourage me and get me to keep going,” she said. “I’ve tried a couple of times and stopped, but he just kept telling me to keep going.”
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Nicholls policies restrict student freedoms It seems that Nicholls is doing everything it can to eliminate personal responsibility in the last few years, and maybe it always has, but we are just now noticing it. We have banned tobacco, restricted parking, mandated meal plans for residents, limited dorm guests, restricted our printing use and installed new security cameras. Once of the reasons we banned tobacco was because tobacco-users would not take personal responsibility for their habits. Nicholls policy makers took it upon themselves to ban it all together. Why? Was there no other solution? Why not force tobacco users to accept responsibility if they refuse to do it? Hand out tickets to smokers who smoke out of bounds or leave butts on the ground or fine tobacco chewers who spit on the ground. It sounds like a better way to teach personal responsibility and make more money for Nicholls. Instead, Nicholls took out the freedom to kill our lungs, teeth and gums all together, an American right now lost. We also have restricted parking, which is perfectly normal for a college campus. Students can only park in certain areas at certain times, and the same goes for anyone else. Our
parking decals are not even that costly when compared to other universities. But still, students complain. Now, we have resolved the issue of students parking where policy makers do not want them by booting their cars. Now students cannot go anywhere. Why not change that policy too? Why not have, instead of restricted parking, assigned parking? Charge students more for their choice spots. Make more money that way since students are refusing to park where they are told. Why does campus not have a bus? If students are so tired of walking, charge them a bus pass fee to commute across campus. Instead, Nicholls has decided to be as lax as possible and have free-for-all parking that very few seem to be happy with. Every student is charged the same no matter where they park. Residents, on the other hand, are specifically targeted when it comes to meal plans. They are obligated to purchase one. Why? Can they not be responsible to feed themselves? Obviously it is just for Nicholls to make more money, but the cost is not worth the loss of freedom to eat when you want, what you
want. Students can pay the amount required to live in a dorm with a meal plan to live off campus without losing their basic freedoms. Residents also have limited dorm guests. Guests can only be checked in at certain times and have to leave before it gets late, typically about 9 p.m. Are students not adult enough to be held responsible for their guests? Even our basic printing use has been restricted. We have to pay for each sheet of paper printed, whereas before we had a set amount of 100 pages before we had to pay. Are trees such a commodity these days? Is printing really raising that much money for school? Can we not find a more efficient way to raise money? We have also added more security cameras, which sounds like a reasonable measure in the name of safety, but were the security cameras we already had not enough? What exactly prompted the need for more of them? We are not criminals, and as adults, we surely understand the concept of personal responsibility. Nicholls is considered one of the safest campuses in the state already. When did it become our prison warden? graphic by donny blanchard
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Letters to the editor Student defends capitalism for upcoming American presidential election ously take center stage in the coming election, and there is a lot of talk about a candidate being probusiness. Obviously, business is our lifeblood and allows the people of the humblest of means to rise to the challenge and achieve real wealth. However, saying pro-business is like saying a curse word to me. My libertarian views endorse procapitalism. So one might ask what
is the difference? In a pro-business situation, companies try desperately to get govern-
Businesses dislike capitalism because it forces them to compete vigorously against each other, and
Saying pro-business is like saying a curse word to me.
ment intervention to gain an unfair advantage over competition, be it through regulations or funds.
I am sure quite a few students and faculty have been observing the presidential campaigns for the 2012 election. It is important for everyone to know what is going on at the national level because it ultimately affects our daily lives, and elections are the rare occurrences that give us the opportunity to have a true say in things. The economy and jobs will obvi-
the weak will be rooted out. Ultimately, in capitalism, it is the consumer that benefits and busi-
Bookstore needs more supplies to accomodate needs I understand that there’s an assumed amount of students who will acquire their books by other means,
being put into jeopardy because the University cannot even provide one of the basic tools of success.
To the bookstore here on campus: why do you run out of books for a particular class? It seems rather impossible to me. It is readily available for all to find how many openings any given class has, i.e. ENGL315 has 30 seats open, meaning no more than 30 people can enroll. So how do you not have enough books for said class? If the maximum amount of students is 30, you should be sure to have at least 30 books on hand.
Step back and look at your priorities; are they your profit margins, or are they your students?
but what happens when your assumptions are wrong? Now you have students who suffer the possibility of their grades
Yes, you may lose some money by ordering a few too many books, but surely you make up for that loss with your ridiculously high prices
and new editions every semester. And even if you don’t make up for the losses, is a few hundred dollars here and there more important than adhering to your promise to provide us with every tool needed to succeed? Step back and look at your priorities; are they your profit margins, or are they your students? Jacob LeBlanc English junior from Schriever
nesses cannot afford to be lazy. Those who rise to meet the needs win too, but those who don’t have to move on to something else. Capitalism is by no means perfect, but the second government gets out of the business of picking winners and losers is the second we shall recover. Terril Hebert History senior from Houma
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