NICHOLLS WORT H Volume 58 Issue 13
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Lagniappe | page 15
Sports | page 9
Travel Costs Airline Proﬁt $33.45
Other Airline Expenses $27.46
About 91% of Thanksgiving trips are made by car
The Avg. price of a ticket from L.A. to NYC
Payments to Regional Partners & Merchants $53.73
5 busiest airports during Thanksgiving travel:
O’ Hare LA Logan La Guardia San Fransisco International International International International International Chicago Los Angeles Boston NYC San Francisco
Federal Taxes & Fees $75.16
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Gas Prices Misc. $36.59
Non Employee Labor $32.05
Aircraft Rents & Ownership $25.97
Non Aircraft Rents & Ownership $17.07
During Thanksgiving Week
A Month Ago $3.54 graphic by kristen ellender
HAVE A NICE TRIP Travel costs loom as holiday season begins Pauline Wilson Staff Writer
With the passage of Thanksgiving and the peak of holiday travel season on the horizon, trip costs are among the priorities of those looking to get away. Nicholls students travelling home or going on a trip have experienced various prices for travelling during the holidays, which have affected their plans. Rachel Mundell, culinary sophomore from Springfield, Virginia, said her parents bought her a plane ticket to go home for Thanksgiving early in September. The ticket
was priced at $520 round trip, and the plane departed the week before Thanksgiving. “The airport was not as busy as if I would have traveled later in the week,” Mundell said. Other students faced difficulty with travel plans and could not plan trips because the cost was too high. “I couldn’t go home for Thanksgiving because tickets are so expensive and not worth it since winter break is so close,” Donna Pierce, physical education sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, said. On Nov. 22, AAA Motor Club projected that 43 million Americans would hit the roads for Thanksgiv-
ing travels, one of the most travelheavy times of the year. According to Nationwide, 91 percent of traveling for Thanksgiving is done by car, making gas prices a crucial element in most travel plans. As stated by AAA Motor Club, “Last week’s regular gas prices averaged $3.41 nationally, the lowest average since a month ago.” As for the other 9 percent that traveled by plane, an average cost has not been appointed. “The price of a plane ticket is based on several factors including: labor, fuel, owners of the plane, miscellaneous fees including marketing, food and others, interest,
other expenses, taxes, and roughly a 6.5 percent profit,” according to CNN Money. An adjustment is made for fuel expenses, depending on the price, which in turn affects the airline’s profit. According to the International Air Transport Association, “As of Nov. 16 jet fuel prices were only up 0.3 percent since Nov. 9, which is smaller than the 1.2% Nov. 9 had from the week before.” The departure date for plane tickets plays a huge role with how much the ticket costs. For example, purchasing a ticket from Delta Airlines leaving from New Orleans to
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New York City has different prices depending on the day the traveler leaves. If they leave on Christmas Eve and come back on Jan. 2 the price averages $430 round trip, whereas if they leave a week early on Dec. 21, the price increases by $100 for a round-trip ticket. USA Today College offers tips for students traveling on a budget with the approach of the major holiday season: Research Prices USA Today College suggests that students should research the prices see TRAVEL page 7
String Studio Recital Rescheduled Due to unforeseen issues, the string studio recital scheduled for Tues. was cancelled. The recital has been rescheduled for Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary M. Danos Theater in Talbot Hall.
Louisiana Philharmonic to perform at Nicholls
14 A student’s bicycle was stolen from in front the library. Ofﬁce responded and opened a case ﬁle, ofﬁcer checked the area for the bicycle and met with negative results.
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Mary M. Danos Theater. German conductor Markus Huber will lead the orchestra in its performance of Nielson Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable,” and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert will feature acclaimed musician Stephen Hough. Concert tickets are $20 and may be purchased at lpomusic.com/?q=nicholls-brahms.
Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center Study Sessions The Tutorial and Academic Enhancement Center will host ﬁnal exam study sessions on Dec. 5 as follows: Math 100/101: 9 – 11 a.m. Chemistry 105: 12 – 2 p.m. Chemistry 109: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. All sessions will be held in Peltier 142. Drop-in tutoring will also be available throughout ﬁnal exam time. Copies of the schedule can be picked up in Peltier 143.
Faculty member reported vehicle driving recklessly on campus and provided the vehicle’s license plate. Ofﬁcer did not personally observe violations, but did contact the person who was allegedly driving recklessly and reminded him to drive safely to avoid any accidents and committing trafﬁc violations. Ofﬁcer responded to a disturbance at Peltier Hall between a female student and her boyfriend, who is not a student. The student stated that her ex boyfriend wanted to speak to her about the breakup. She stated that he followed her into Peltier Hall when she entered the building to go to class. The female student said that he did not yell at her or threaten her in any way. When she and a faculty member told him to leave, he left the building. Ofﬁcer located suspect and issued him a notice, banning him from campus.
15 Safeguard contacted University Police in reference to a distress alarm being activated at the Alumni House. The ofﬁcer checked the building for any signs of unauthorized entry and met with negative results.
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Parking services reported that a student who was parked at La Maison du Bayou had a parking permit that had previously reported stolen. The student’s vehicle had been “booted” earlier for outstanding parking ﬁnes. When the student who owned the vehicle came to the police department to discuss getting the boot removed, Sergeant Tullis spoke to him in the interview room. The student admitted that he did not purchase the decal, but that someone gave it to him. He said that he did not know who gave him the permit. Sergeant Tullis issued the student a misdemeanor summons for violation of R.S. 14:69, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. He was also issued a disciplinary summons for violating the student code of conduct.
16 Housing reported ﬁnding illegal items in a room while doing room inspections. The two students registered to the room were issued disciplinary and misdemeanor summons.
NICHOLLS WEEKLY CALENDAR •
SGA Tent Day 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Quad
Louisiana Philharmonic - 7:30 p.m. in Danos Theater
Concert Choir presents Carols of the Night - 7:30 p.m. in Danos Theater Last day of classes
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Final Exams begin Chamber Singers present Christmas in New York - 7 p.m. in Cotillion Ballroom
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Black Friday sales start earlier into Thanksgiving Day Channing Parfait News Editor
Even among a down economy, holiday shoppers have been on the prowl over the past week with retailers offering mega savings on Black Friday through Cyber Monday, with most deals lasting until Christmas. One of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, had heavy competition from Thanksgiving Thursday since many of the talked about sales started at 8 p.m. on the once traditional holiday. Retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Sears got an edge on the competition starting their sales earlier than years past. With stores opening earlier, employees were expected to report to work earlier than usual. Marion Coleman, mass communication senior, said she had to be at work at K-Mart for 5:30 a.m., when the store opened at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day until 5:00 p.m. that day. After her shift on Thanksgiving, she was expected back on Black Friday at 4:30 a.m. for the store to open at 5:00 a.m. “We may have had one hour to catch our breath on Thanksgiving Day,” Coleman said. “We couldn’t have a break for more than 10 or 15 minutes because it was so busy.” Coleman said there were people camping outside of the store with their children as early as 7 p.m. Wednesday night for saving on items such as 32 inch TVs for $97 and 50 inch TVs for $288. “Children would split up from their parents to get everything they needed,” Coleman said. “They literally used their children as toy soldiers.” ShopperTrak, a retail technology company that analyzes foot trafﬁc data and identiﬁes opportunities for
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Crowds pack into Wal-Mart for Black Friday sales on Nov. 23.
retailers, reported that foot trafﬁc in stores increased 3.5 percent on Black Friday for a total of 307.67 million store visits. Bill Martin, ShopperTrak founder, said, “Black Friday continues to be an important day in retail.” However, actual sales in retail stores for Black Friday decreased 1.8 percent, with shoppers spending an estimate of $11.2 billion. The decline in sales are a result of people waiting to shop online for
Cyber Monday and the early start of sales on Thanksgiving Day. “This year more retailers than last year began their ‘doorbuster’ deals on Thursday, Thanksgiving itself,” Martin said. “So while foot trafﬁc did increase on Friday, those Thursday deals attracted some of the spending that’s usually meant for Friday.” Compared to Black Friday in 2011, ShopperTrak reported an increase in foot trafﬁc shopping in
the Midwest by 12.9 percent, 7.6 percent in the Northeast and 8.7 percent in the South, while the West saw an 11.3 percent decrease in retail foot trafﬁc. The increase in the Northeast is signiﬁcant since some residents are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which hit land nearly a month ago. “Black Friday shopping continues to expand into Thanksgiving Day and will impact the way we look at all of the ‘Black’ weekend
results, since more shopping hours allows for more shopping visits and a smoothing of sales across all of the days,” Martin said. Overall, “Black Weekend,” the beginning period of spending for the holidays from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, has seen an increase in sales since 2010. In 2011, consumers spent $11.4 billion on Black Friday, which was a steady increase from the $10.69 billion spent in 2010. According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by BIGinsight, shoppers spent an average of $423 on Black Friday compared to $398 last year. Reporting for duty As many retailers engaged customers with earlier sales that started Thursday night, it also meant that many workers had to leave their families and change their plans for a holiday they once considered a day off to be thankful for, and report to work to manage the large crowds of shoppers. Elizabeth Bergeron, marine biology freshman from Houma, said she had to report to work at WalMart on Thanksgiving at 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Black Friday morning. She said the crowds of shoppers were nonstop, and most of the complaints from customers were about items not meeting their price expectations. “This was my ﬁrst Black Friday even leaving my house. I had been warned all week about how busy it would be so I wasn’t surprised,” Bergeron said. “There was no room to walk or move in the store, and I was scared I would be trampled, but it all turned out good.” Before Black Friday, Wal-Mart was already considered one of the most controversial companies in see FRIDAY page 7
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Students prepare for new schedule News Editor
Since the University adjusted class schedules for Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes in the spring, students have tried to configure their schedules for a shorter school week. Students who have elected to take Monday, Wednesday classes and exclude Friday from their schedule said the reformatted schedule allowed them more freedom for their weekends with work and out-of-
while others are sticking with the traditional Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. For some departments, the transition to the modified schedule works better for the curriculum of certain classes. “It works to our benefit as a better structure, because it runs longer for writing students and the study of literature,” Ellen Barker, Department of Languages and Literature chair, said. “It is a better format for discussions and teaching writing; it
Paul Wilson, history department head, said, “We will have to see how it works out, we do not know if students will want to sit in class that long.” There are a few departments on campus that decided against Monday, Wednesday classes, such as Allied Health Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, French and Culinary Arts. The first semester of the schedule change will offer new insights
Higher education is changing all around us, and we need to constantly look for ways to improve access and the class experience for students.
school activities. “It worked out perfect; I was able to schedule my classes to have Friday off,” Colby Robichaux, business senior from Thibodaux, said. “I’m not looking forward to longer classes, but it’s worth it to have Friday off.” The schedule change, which is effective in January, allows for more 80-minute classes instead of the traditional 55-minute format with all Monday and Wednesday classes. Some departments are taking the opportunity to transition to only Monday and Wednesday classes,
— Laynie Barrilleaux
works out better in the end.” The English department has implemented the Monday, Wednesday class schedule into writing and literature classes such as English Composition I and II and Poetry and Drama. The department offers 24 Monday, Wednesday classes and 22 Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes. The history department will offer eight Monday, Wednesday classes, and four Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes. The other classes offered by the department are a combination of Tuesday, Thursday and single-day classes.
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into the changes and will determine what steps the University should take next. Laynie Barrilleaux, vice president for academic affairs, said the schedule change is permanent for the spring semester, but the University will see how the change affects faculty and students. “We are pretty excited about it and hope everyone else is, too,” Barrilleaux said. “Higher education is changing all around us, and we need to constantly look for ways to improve access and the class experience for students.”
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Taylor Boudreaux, nursing junior from Thibodaux, cheers on the football team at their last home game on Nov. 15.
Record Powerball is result of changes to boost in sales David Pitt
Associated Press The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery ofﬁcials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that run the game. Their plan appears to be working. Powerball tickets doubled in price in January to $2, and while the number of tickets sold initially dropped, sales revenue has increased by about 35 percent over 2011. Sales for Powerball reached a record $3.96 billion in ﬁscal 2012 and are expected to reach $5 billion this year, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Des Moines, Iowabased Multi-State Lottery Association, the group that runs the Powerball game. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reached a record level for the game. It was ﬁrst posted at $425 million but revised upward to $500 million when brisk sales increased the payout. It’s the second highest jackpot in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March. It took nine weeks for the Mega Millions jackpot to get that high, before three winners — from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland — hit the right numbers, each collecting $218.6 million for their share of the split. With soaring jackpots come soaring sales, and for the states playing
the game, that means higher revenue. “The purpose for the lottery is to generate revenue for the respective states and their beneﬁciary programs,” said Norm Lingle, chairman of the Powerball Game Group. “High jackpots certainly help the lottery achieve those goals.” Of the $2 cost of a Powerball ticket, $1 goes to the prizes and the other dollar is kept by the state lottery organization, said Lingle, who also is executive director of the South Dakota Lottery. After administrative overhead is paid, the remaining amount goes to that state’s beneﬁciary programs. Some states designate speciﬁc expenditures such as education, while others deposit the money in their general fund to help supplement tax revenue. The federal government keeps 25 percent of the jackpot for federal taxes. Most states withhold between 5 percent and 7 percent. A New York City winner would pay more than 12 percent since the state takes 8.97 percent and the city keeps 3.6 percent. Powerball and Mega Millions games are seeing jackpots grow faster and higher in part because the states that play both games agreed in 2010 to sell to one another. Both games are now played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. The larger pool of players means jackpots roll over to higher numbers faster, which tends to increase the buzz about the jackpots which increases sales. It all can
A crowd of people line up outside the Arizona Last Stop convenience store and souvenir shop to buy Powerball tickets, Nov. 27, 2012, in White Hills, Ariz.
result in higher jackpots sooner. “It really happened with both of these games became national games,” said Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery. Still, just seven of the top 25 jackpots occurred after January 2010 when the cross-selling began. That just points to the unpredictability of games of chance like lotteries. It still comes down to the luck of the numbers, Rich said. It has been proven that once the jackpot reaches a certain threshold more players buy. Between $20 and $30 million in tickets were sold between Wednes-
day and Saturday drawings for most of October. Once the jackpot hit $100 million on Oct. 27, nearly $38 million worth of tickets were sold by Oct. 31. As the jackpot grew to more than $200 million on Nov. 17, sales surged by nearly $70 million by the next Wednesday. Then the jackpot reached over $300 million on Nov. 24 and ticket sales over the next four days surpassed $140 million. “Somewhere around $100 million those occasional players seem to come back into the stores in droves,” said Rich, the Iowa Lottery CEO. The lottery also notices
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a signiﬁcant increase in workers and other groups joining together in pools to combine resources to buy numbers, he said. Powerball has posted sales exceeding $714 million in the current jackpot run since early October and it’s possible more than $1 billion in tickets will have been sold by the end of Wednesday when the next drawing is held. A single winner choosing the cash option would take home more than $327 million before taxes. Strutt said the chance of getting a winner this Wednesday is approaching 60 percent.
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Online dating provides possible venue for finding “the one” Personal Opinion by Pauline Wilson
Staff Writer Online dating has made its mark on the dating world and has moved into the lives of many individuals. With the holidays right around the corner, online dating commercials have been on the rise. Most of the advertisements offer some kind of dating statistic, such as, “One out of five relationships begins online.” This sparked my interest and thus began my online dating experience.
gree in Psychology and her Master’s of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. She is also the reigning Mrs. Louisiana United States. Valenti said she decided to participate in online dating because she wanted to meet “the one” and that online was a great venue for profiling someone. “My parents had an intervention with me, thinking online dating would be a great way for a career-focused and picky lady to
My parents had an intervention with me, thinking online dating would be a great way for a career-focused and picky lady to date.
After looking through a couple of websites and reading reviews, I decided to sign up for Match.com. As of June 2012, Match.com had 15 million members. A recent statistic on Statistic Brain states that there are 54 million single people in the United States, so what are the chances that you will actually meet “the one” in your local area? For those students that are currently using online dating or are considering it, do not think you’re alone. According to the latest statistic on Statistic Brain, 52.4 percent of online dating users are males and 47.6 percent are women. I went into this experiment full force and decided to create my profile and begin searching the world wide web of men. I signed up for a three-month subscription in October to get the full experience of online dating, and boy, was it an experience. While signing up for Match.com, you are given a choice of paying a few more dollars for the membership and for add-ons that will set your profile apart. For example, you can have your profile colored to stand out in searches, add Match Phone, have your profile first in the search list, and even add “e-mail read notification” to let you know if the person you messaged has read your e-mail. I did not spring for the extras and decided to keep it simple. People can contact each other on Match.com though winks, emails, instant messages and Match Phone, if that option is purchased. After being on the site for about 24 hours, I received an influx of winks and e-mails, none of which matched the criteria that Match had me create. There was an incidence of a 50-year-old man wanting to talk as he offered the opportunity to “take care of me,” and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
— Laura Valenti
them all, a past boyfriend appeared on the list. On Match, you can see everyone who looks at your profile and vice versa. I forgot this simple fact and clicked on it. Needless to say, I got caught looking at the page. The biggest hurdle during the experiment was hiding the fact that I had an online dating profile. I talked to one man and he wanted to converse via text messages because he did not want his co-workers to know he was on Match.com. I did not understand the fact that people sign up and pay for a membership, but want to hide the fact. I get that it is not the most traditional way to find a man, but how different is it from meeting someone via a social network? I paid $59.97 for an online dating website and yes, I was looking, but I will probably receive more criticism than if I was to say that I met “the one” on Facebook because of the stigma. People look at online dating as a desperate attempt to find a man or woman. When I asked my friends what they thought about me using online dating, I got the terms “desperate” and “creepy,” and was asked, “Why? You are too young.” It was a little hurtful to think that I was thought of as desperate when, in reality, I just wanted to meet people that do not live in my general area. Plus, I am a picky person from what I have been told. Among the beautiful women on campus, we have a very successful professor Laura Lott Valenti, instructor of marketing, who openly talks about her experiences with meeting her husband on Match. com. Valenti has been very successful in her career endeavors, with roles such as Franchise Marketing Manager and Website Director. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts de-
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After deleting most of the winks and e-mails, I was ready to delete the profile and call it quits. After a few days, more guys closer to my criteria were popping up, and some conversations flowed. None of the interaction went beyond the site at first. Then I decided to search the list of guys and see if anyone I knew was on the website. It was weird coming across friends from high school, men I had classes with this semester, and, the weirdest of
date,” Valenti said. “The bars, art galleries, networking and professional organizations did not work for me.” Her husband Ricky sent her a wink on Match.com in 2008. “I carefully crafted my first email exchange to him after reading through his profile, and he responded 13 minutes later,” Valenti said. When Valenti started dating online, she said that she did not have see DATING page 7
Laura Lott Valenti, instructor of marketing, met her husband, Ricky, on Match.com in 2008.
TRAVEL continued from page 1 of flights and packages before they purchase. Some sites to use are Studentuniverse.com or Kayak.com because it offers a comparison of prices in one place.
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dents more in the end. Research the weather and pack clothes that you can mix and match that are right for the weather. Travel on good days
Packing With airlines charging bagging fees, USA Today College suggests that students should pack the necessities. Packing clothes for the just-in-case situations can cost stu-
Sites like Priceline.com offer a calendar that is color-coded to suggest to the traveler what days are the best to travel. For example, over the Christmas holidays the best day to travel is Christmas Day, and
good days to travel are Dec. 19 and Christmas Eve. Use frequent flyer miles Another budget saver could be the use of frequent flyer miles. Having a parent that travels frequently can cut the student’s cost of a ticket. Traveling for holiday vacation can add up after hotels, flights, gas and food, but with preparation the cost can go down.
FRIDAY continued from page 3 the United States and has been the focus of labor unions and workers who complain about low wages, poor benefits and the lack of opportunities to express their opinions. Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported a week before Thanksgiving that some of Wal-Mart’s 1.4 million employees were leaving their jobs for protests and strikes against the company for their uncompromising attitudes toward opinions and schedule requests. A union called “Making Change at Wal-Mart,” which organized protests in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Los Angeles and more cities and states across the U.S., supports Wal-Mart workers who left their jobs in fear of retaliation from
management. Wal-Mart workers who protested told Bloomberg BusinessWeek the protests were meant to catch the attention of the company when it needs their workers the most during the busy holiday season. “Today, working on holidays carries no guarantee of extra pay, and not working can mean losing one’s job,” Shamus Kahn, sociology professor at Columbia University, said in TIME Ideas. “Americans have a choice of helping these workers regain the protections, or walking past them in order to shop for more things.” Cyber Monday Prevails With technology on the rise over the last decade, it has become easier for Americans to shop online, and
the amount of money spent online for Black Friday surpassed last year’s numbers. The large crowds and long lines presented by Black Friday are a contributing factor to online shoppers who do not want to deal with the chaos of the shopping weekend. Online Black Friday sales reached $1.04 billion this year from $816 million last year, according to ComScore, an Internet technology company that tracks web activity. To draw a close to one of the busiest weekends in retail, ComScore projects spending on Cyber Monday, to come close to $1 billion. Many online offers extend past Cyber Monday and shoppers have the opportunity to take advantage of the sales throughout the holiday season.
any worries about her safety. She knew the proper precautions to take to be safe for when/if she actually met someone, and she was focused on the big picture—finding Mr. Right. Valenti was on Match.com for a week and a half when Ricky winked at her. “We went on our first date a day later, got engaged a year later and were married four months after being engaged. We had a last-minute engagement party on New Year’s Day 2010, and about an hour and half into the party we surprised our guests with ‘we’re actually getting married!’” Valenti offers a few tips for students interested in online dating. “First, don’t rush into using the
words ‘I do,’” Valenti said. “Stay up to date with the most current news stories on online dating. Meet in public places, end a date in a public place and meet the person at the designated places, though the traditional courting suggests the guy pick up the lady. Also ask for the most recent picture of the person, because some people misuse online dating.” The online dating experience changed her life. “If you are looking for a bargain, check out the free profile weekends like my husband did, where I paid a full $59.99 to meet him, and it was the best $59.99 I ever spent,” Valenti said.
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NICHOLLS ATHLETICS Football | @ Oregon State Dec. 1 @ 1:30 p.m.
Basketball | @ Michigan State Dec. 1 @ 11 a.m.
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Jesse Turner, senior running back from Houma, runs the ball toward to endzone as Gerald Gruenig, senior from New Orleans, blocks opponents at the last home game against Southeastern on Nov. 15.
Football offensive seniors relive their greatest moments Jake Martin
Sports Editor The Nicholls State offensive seniors will miss the vibe in the locker room. They will miss the friendships they created through the sweat on the field and the brotherly bond that football forms. For quarterback/wide receiver LaQuintin Caston, running back Jesse Turner, wide receiver Andrew Wynn, offensive lineman Gerald Gruenig, wide receiver Aldaro Russell and wide receiver Chucky Nichols, this has been life for four years. “I’m just going to miss coming out of the tunnels on Saturday and being around the guys. Listening to characters on this team and watching guys make plays is what I’ll miss the most,” Wynn said.
The seniors agreed that the highlight of those four years came against Texas State in 2010. “The favorite memory has to be, hands down, Texas State,” Turner said. The Colonels topped the Bobcats 47-45 after playing four overtimes. At the time, Caston was quarterback, and he turned in a four-touchdown performance to lead the Colonels to victory. “That’s probably one of the most memorable games I had at Nicholls,” Caston said. The winning two-point conversion was a pass to fellow senior Nichols. “I caught the game-winning touchdown against Texas State, so that’s my favorite memory,” Nichols said. That was the most memorable
game, but most of the seniors agreed that the most memorable play was by Turner. “I’d have to say it was three years ago against South Alabama. It was a double screen and Jesse (Turner) turned and took it for 95 yards out of the gate,” Russell said. “I’m going to keep that highlight to show my kids,” Turner said. Though this group of seniors had their ups, they certainly had their downs as well. The last four years, the Colonels have won nine games and missed the playoffs. Though they faced adversity, head coach Charlie Stubbs said they continued to work hard, and he appreciates them all. “I know we didn’t win as many games as I wish we would have won, but I know that they don’t have any quit in them,” Stubbs said.
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Though they worked hard, Gruenig admitted that practice will not be missed. Gruenig said he loved playing in games and being with the guys, but practice is rough for an offensive lineman, as it should be. “Practice is practice. I understand practice, but practice sucks,” Gruenig said. “That’s just the way it is. Coach knows that practice isn’t easy for the offensive line, and it isn’t supposed to be. I understand that and don’t complain about it, but I will miss the locker room. All the stories and arguments, I’m going to miss that a lot.” Along with those stories and arguments come stories that seniors love to tell. Though they like to keep those embaressing stories in the locker room, a few seniors couldn’t help but share a few. Turner said that the Colonels
have a large “N” in the locker room, and every time someone steps on it, they have to kiss it. Turner said that one day Coach Stubbs stepped on the “N,” and not even the head coach could escape without kissing the “N.” But perhaps the most amusing story came when the Colonels traveled to take on the Air Force and stopped to get something to eat. “We had the “N” on our travel shirts,” Russell said. “There was a son and a mom there, and the mom goes ‘hey, are you guys Nebraska?’ And the little kid goes, ‘no mom, they’re too small to be Nebraska.’” Though these Colonels did not win as many games as they would have liked, they all agreed that the bonds they formed in the locker room will be surely missed.
Defensive players will miss Nicholls head coach Stubbs Jacob Williams Sports Writer
The end of the season marks the last time a group of defensive players will take the ﬁeld for Nicholls football. For the collection of eight senior defensive and special teams players, their time at Nicholls was ﬁlled with memories, though the memories vary depending on the player. Despite losing on the road, the game against Tulsa stood out as a great experience on and off the ﬁeld. “I enjoyed the Tulsa game,” punter Cory Kemps said. “They are a great team, and it was great to travel there. We didn’t have the best game, but I feel like we did break through a little bit on all sides of the ball.” Defensive lineman Marlon Williams enjoyed the travel and opportunity to play a challenging opponent. “The best travel was probably Tulsa,” Williams said. “Just the whole experience was nice.” For some players, it was their own standout performances or plays that stood out over the four years. “My favorite memories were probably the game against Stephen F. Austin, when I threw a touchdown pass, or last year against Southeastern, when I had a 25-yard rush for fake punt,” kicker Ben Landry said. Wins will be what linebackers Jordan
Piper and Kerry Guidry remember most. “When coach Stubbs came in and we won all three rivalry games, that was probably my favorite memory,” Guidry said. “Against Texas State, we played four overtimes, and our team really came together,” Knight said. “It was a good victory after a long ﬁght.” After spending so much time together on and off the ﬁeld, bonds form between players, especially those who play on the same side of the ball. “I’ll miss the camaraderie of being with the team,” said defensive lineman Darrell Brown. “The one thing you always forget is being in the locker room.” As a defensive unit, the players felt the game against South Alabama, when the Colonels never surrendered a touchdown and allowed only nine points, stood out as what they could
achieve on the ﬁeld. “The South Alabama game this year I think was a real testament to our defense,” defensive lineman Fernandez Garner said. “We played the whole game through and came up short, but that happens.” “My favorite game would have to be the South Alabama game, which was a close one,” said linebacker Rashar Knight. “I thought we fought hard and could have won that game.” Many were at Nicholls before the hiring of head coach Charlie Stubbs and have noticed the change for the better since he took over. “I was here when coach Jay Thomas was here, so I got to see the full change from coach Thomas’s era to Coach Stubbs’s era, and it’s night and day,” said Brown. “One of the ﬁrst things he wanted to do was instill discipline in the team. He made more competition on the team. It was more of a football
team.” Stubbs brought a mentality that it did not matter how big Nicholls was compared to other schools, and the players took notice. “It was good to see a big time coach from a big program come here to Nicholls and put in work,” Garner said. “He helped us know that we are just as good as bigger schools if we just put our mind to it.” Records do not always reﬂect a team,
and the players feel that rings true for their squad. Stubbs has been a big part of that, according to the players. “It may not look good to everybody else on the win-loss column, but he has done a lot for the school,” Landry said. “He has done a lot for us individually in the locker room that fans don’t see.” “Wins and losses don’t matter with the things he’s done respect-wise and getting everyone to come together as one,” Piper said. see FOOTBALL page 14
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Basketball team gains valuable experience on the road Stuart Percle Staff Writer
Late in the second half of the game against the University of New Orleans, ﬁfth year senior Fred Hunter, the men’s basketball team’s leading scorer who missed all of last year and the end of his junior season due to torn ACLs, went down with a hamstring injury. He should be available to play this weekend as the Colonels travel to East Lansing to compete against the 13th nationally ranked Michigan State Trojans. Nicholls fended off a late push by the Privateers, eventually winning 9279. At one point in the second half, Nicholls had amassed a 20 point lead. Despite his absence from the ﬁnal minutes of the game, Hunter ﬁn-
ished with the game-high for points with 22, resulting in three consecutive games with 20 or more points. He was held from returning to the game as a precaution to prevent worsening the hamstring. Hunter was one of ﬁve players who ﬁnished with double digits in points. Those contributing with double digits were freshman forward JaMarkus Horace, who scored 17 points while adding four rebounds, sophomore guard Shane Rillieux totaled 13 points and sophomore forward Sam McBeath and freshman guard TJ Carpenter each added eleven points. Head coach JP Piper was satisﬁed with his team’s offensive performance but believes they could have played better defensively to close out the game.
“I was pleased with how we scored the ball. We were balanced with ﬁve guys in double ﬁgures,” Piper said. “I am a little frustrated with our defense in the second half. We allowed them to score too easily, which enabled them to score 48 points in the second half. You have to give credit to the other team because they came out more aggressive, and we did not respond. So that is a valuable lesson to learn.” This marks the ﬁrst regular season win for the Colonels who now stand at 1-2 after a pair of very difﬁcult games against staunch Southeastern Conference opponents. Nicholls also hosted an exhibition game versus the University of Mobile that they won 73-53, which will not count as an ofﬁcial victory in their win total.
Against the SEC schools, the Colonels squared off against Vanderbilt University, ultimately losing 80-65. Less than a week later, the team had traveled to Columbia to play Missouri University, where they lost 54-74. In both outings, the team played well and kept pace with the competition. Hunter enjoyed his experience playing against these big schools and said his team has learned a lot from the trip. “I like playing against schools of that level because we take a lot from the experience,” Hunter said. “We learn a lot about ourselves, and it deﬁnitely makes us better because we are playing against better competition.” Hunter’s desire to play better competition will be satisﬁed this week-
end when the Colonels face Tom Izzo and Michigan State. Izzo has coached the Spartans to seven Big Ten titles, six Final Fours and even a national championship in 2000. Though Piper has coached against the likes of Roy Williams and Rick Barnes, he is still excited to travel to East Lansing to compete against Izzo and his team. “Michigan State has a phenomenal tradition, and it is going to be an unbelievable challenge because they are ranked 15th in the country,” Piper said. “So I cannot wait to go test ourselves against their guys. We have nothing to lose so we intend to go in there and give them all we can. If we get a win, then good, but if not, we will learn some things about ourselves.”
Golf team readies for the spring Stuart Percle Staff Writer
The Nicholls golf team has competed in four tournaments thus far this season, which is unlike most collegiate sports because they play in both the fall and spring semesters. While traversing the Gulf States to what sounds of mythical destinations, such as Koasati Pines and Squire Creek, the Colonels have ﬁnished toward the bottom half of the draw in those appearances. Andri Bjornson, sophomore from Iceland, had numerous standout performances this year, ﬁnishing near the tournaments’ top ten competitors several times, such as sixth, ninth. Most recently, at the Alabama State University Fall Beach Classic, Bjornson ﬁnished 30th in a ﬁeld of 13 teams with a tournament score of 229. The other Colonels who competed were senior Florentino Molina Herran, who
ﬁnished 37th; junior Petur Petursson, who tied for 45th; junior Adrien Le Sech, who ﬁnished 54th; and junior Marcus Fox, who ﬁnished in a tie for 62nd place. An interesting dynamic to Nicholls’ golf team would be the vast array ethnicities that encompass his roster, which is something the program takes pride in. “Nicholls is proud to have both local and international players on the squad,” said head coach James Schilling said. “All players bring their own unique talent and characteristics.” Le Sech is also impressed with the degree of talent on this year’s team but feels they have not played up to par when compared to their capability. “I was disappointed about our performance at the ASU Fall Classic,” Le Sech said. “I think that we have a great team with a lot of potential.” In the second round with striking fashion, the Colonels posted the sec-
ond best score of the baker’s-dozens worth of teams, which Le Sech said shows the team’s potential to win. With a season of such a long duration, frequent preparation is imperative to maintain success. The team usually has Monday off, followed by practice on Tuesday and Thursday mornings around 6a.m. at the Nicholls Golf Facility. In the afternoons, typically four days a week, the team travels to the Atchafalaya Golf Course in Patterson to practice for approximately ﬁve hours. Weight training is also part of their practice regimen. After such a rigorous schedule, the golfers are not left with very much personal time. Normally, they will venture to the library as a group once they have ﬁnished practice and eaten supper. Though busy, Le Sech has enjoyed his time here at Nicholls and in the see GOLF page 14
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Jiba Raj Acharya, former assistant professor of chemistry, was arrested on Aug. 6 for allegedly engaging in illegal activity with a juvenile over the Internet.
The Harold J. Callais Recreation Center opened on Saturday, Sept. 29, after several delays and nearly nine years of anticipation from students.
He was charged with two counts each of computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes, attempted possession of pornography involving juveniles, and indecent behavior with juveniles. Acharya’s bond was set at $180,000 and he remains in the St. Mary Parish Jail.
In the first week, student attendance totaled 5,841. The new recreation center is equipped with a 6,000 square-foot strength room, 42 pieces of Precor cardio equipment, two multipurpose courts, an indoor walking track, two group exercise studios, a wellness classroom, racquetball court and locker rooms.
Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 28 as a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds between 96 and 110 mph. The storm’s impact was greater than expected, with floodwaters and power outages throughout the state. Nicholls State University weathered Hurricane Isaac better than other parts of Louisiana, although the storm caused class cancellations for a week, and the time off led into the Labor Day weekend.
President Barack Obama was reelected to four more years in the White House after a year of campaigning from both candidates who had their eyes set on the presidency. “You, the American people, reminded us while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” President Obama said the night he won reelection.
Brittany Chiasson, psychology junior from Napoleonville, and John Berger, business management junior from Thibodaux were crowned as Nicholls royalty at the Homecoming game against Sam Houston State on Oct. 13.
Mural reveal in Peltier Park
Josh Pellegrin’s “Play Together” mural was dedicated on Nov. 7 at the Peltier Park Recreation Center. “I designed the mural with a mindset that it will convey a sense of friendliness and that it will be nice to look at,” Pellegrin said. The project was part of Homecoming 2012’s “Paint the Town Red” Day of Service completed by students in assistant professor Trisha Dubina’s Typography II class.
Former student arrested for threats
Eric Guillot, 28, of Pierre Part, a former University student, was arrested Sept. 24 on charges of Resisting an Officer and Terrorizing, following a disturbance on campus earlier that morning. According to an affidavit obtained from University Police, an employee at the Fee Collections window told Guillot he should have parked in a vistior’s space to avoid another parking ticket, while he paid a balance of $80 in unpaid parking fees. In the affidavit, the employee told officers that Guillot said, “he better not have a ticket on his car, because if he does, he will take his key and stab people in their neck and let the blood flow and then remove their body parts.” That night, the Assumption Parish Sherriff’s Office apprehended Guillot in Pierre Part. On Nov. 5, Guillot was bonded out of the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. compiled by channing parfait graphic by kristen ellender
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FOOTBALL continued from page 10 Aside from changing the program on the field, Stubbs has influenced the seniors as not only players, but people as well. “He is the first football coach I have ever seen that said be a student first, then an athlete,” Williams said. “He is great person,” Kemps said. “He taught us to be good people.” The defense feels the future is bright for the Colonels under Stubbs, even if their own playing days are over. “They can turn a 1-10 team into a 10-1 team,” Knight said. “A couple of things, and they can get the ball rolling. I don’t think the record reflects the type of team that we really are.” “People look at our record and think things aren’t going right here, but coach has definitely made a lot of adjustments,” Guidry said. “I think it’s definitely on the right path.” Though each have different plans for the future, all of the seniors feel
playing for Nicholls will help them, even away from football. Williams and Knight plan to become teachers themselves, and Knight hopes to coach one day, but even those who are undecided know the value of being apart of the team. Playing has taught Williams how to work with people and care for his teammates, while Piper said the team has taught him to be responsible for his actions. “It taught me that someone is always watching,” Piper said. “So regardless if you know, everything you do matters.” What they learned on the field will continue stay with the seniors for the rest of their lives, according to Guidry. “They teach us a lot out here,” Guidry said. “It’s not just football but how to succeed in life. I definitely think I will be successful from what I’ve learned from these coaches.”
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United States as well. “I really enjoy living in America; people over here are really friendly and the weather is ideal to practice golf,” Le Sech said. “Where I live back home, it is snowing from December to February. I miss a few things from home such as the food, the way we party and soccer!” Through golfing at Nicholls and experiencing the trials it presents, Le Sech has learned the importance of harnessing pressure in application to success in golf, as well as life. “Golf is one of the best sports I have ever played,” Le Sech said. “You will learn a lot about yourself by playing golf at a competitive level. Specifically in the way you react to pressure, which I have come to see as motivation to work hard in order to be suc-
cessful in the sport and in your life.” Moving forward into the rest of their season, Schilling believes there are two important areas his team needs to continue working on. “We need to continue to improve our overall consistency as well as our short games in the spring semester,” Schilling said. Le Sech agrees consistency is pivotal for success and believes all the experience in preparation for the spring will help the team progress. “Each tournament we play gives us some more experience, and this will help us handling pressure in the next tourneys,” Le Sech said. “Most of us international players are going home for the break; therefore, each one of us is going to practice back at home the best we can.”
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Vending machines benefit Nicholls through commission Sports Writer
From the student union to Peltier and Goaux Halls, vending machines are abundant on campus, offering everything from Coke to Chex Mix to Doritos. Students looking for a quick snack put money into them every day, but where does the money go? Before the goods can get to the machines, the University must complete a process. Executive Director of Purchasing Terry Dupre and his staff oversee the vending contracts for Nicholls, as well as all purchasing contracts, including bids for food service, property control and maintenance. “Since we don’t have the capabilities of handling drink and snack vending ourselves, we solicit private companies to do so for us,” Dupre said. In order to put machines on campus, companies must negotiate a contract with the University, and with Nicholls being a state institution, regulations forbid private
companies from operating on campus without compensating the University in some way. The open contracts advertise in Advocate and the Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network, a procurement network for state purchasing, making the contract available to thousands of vendors. The vending companies offer different
“We always go for the highest bidder,” Dupre said. “We want the highest amount of money coming back to the University.” When constructing the contract, Dupre has access to a company’s sales data and a list of available products and machines, which has recently come to include washers and dryers for campus residence
pre said. “Combining them allows for a higher profit margin, which means higher commission for the University.” The current vendor for Nicholls is Canteen M & M Sales of Lafayette. Each month, sales are compiled, and an invoice is sent to the company calculating the commission owed to Nicholls. For the fiscal
We always go for the highest bidder. We want the highest amount of money coming back to the University. — Terry Dupre
bids on commission rates, which determine the percentage of sales that come back to the University. Higher bids mean more money for Nicholls.
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year 2010-2011, Nicholls received $55,392 in commission for vending services. Profits earned through vending go to the Auxiliary Services budget.
Brenda Haskins heads the Office of Auxiliary Services, which oversees the University’s residence halls, bookstore, student union, post office, food service and other campus amenities. According to Haskins, the budget is used for everything from adding new services to maintaining older ones, and the money earned from vending goes back into improving student facilities. “I’m always alert to problems with machines and down time,” Haskins said. “I want to make sure students are getting the best service.” Vending profits make up only a small portion of the seven to eight million dollar budget, Haskins said, but they do help bring in extra revenue to put on reserve for maintenance and emergencies. The office cannot operate at a loss, so Haskins capitalizes on any extra funds to add to the budget, which comes primarily from student fees rather than state funding. “We make sure those machines are stocked for summer camps and other things on campus,” Haskins said. “Any revenue helps, so we do not disregard anything.”
Louisiana Philharmonic will perform at Nicholls tom. Kami Ellender
Lagniappe Editor The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in the Mary M. Danos Theater of Talbot Hall, tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. with a special greatting event starting at 6:30 p.m. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with German conductor Markus Huber who will lead the orchestra in Nielson’s Symphony No. 4 and Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The performance will also feature guest pianist Stephen Hough from Britain. Jonathon Wells, marketing and communications associate for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, said this performance is special because it brings together talented musicians who would probably not perform together otherwise. “This is the ﬁrst time Stephen Hough and Marcus Huber have performed with the Louisiana Philarmonic Orchestra, so it’s unique in that right,” Wells said. “We’re happy to have this group together for the performance.” The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1991 and is the only musician-owned and operated orchestra in the United Stated
with a full orchestra, staff and volunteers. The Louisana Philharmonic Orchestra is the only full-time professional orchestra in the Gulf South. With performances throughout the year. Hough, a world-renowned pianist, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 and in 2008 he received the Northwestern University School of Music’s Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance. Recently, Hough also won the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. Hough has appeared with a majority of American and European orchestras and recitals including London, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Sydney and with the Los Angeles and Czech Philharmonics, the Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Boston, St. Louis, Toronto and Atlanta symphonies, the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Russian National Orchestras. Hough is also a writer and composer who has written for The Guardian and The Times. Hough is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester.
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Concert Pianist Stephen Hough will be the guest musician for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performance to be held in the Mary M. Danos Theater in Talbot Hall tomorrow.
Since 2008, Huber has been the music director of Opera Pforzheim. Huber took the stand at many orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and others. Wells said he believes the performance at Nicholls is a result of Carlos Miguel Prieto, LPO music director, and his desire to expand
performances around the state. “I think it comes down to Carlos Miguel Prieto wanting to branch out and expand around all of Louisiana,” Wells said. “He is a worldrenowned and very popular conductor. so I think this is a way to improve it.” This year marked Prieto’s ﬁfth season as music director of the
Louisiana Philharmonic. In addition to concerts with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Prieto worked with orchestras in the United States, Canada and Germany. At 6:30 p.m., one hour before the performance, there will also see PHILHARMONIC page 18
Students on a budget can utilize many gifting bargains Personal Opinion by Tiffany Williams
Staff Writer For college students, buying gifts on a budget during the holidays can be a stressful task that competes with ﬁnals and sleep. You can knock out your shopping list without putting a huge dent in your funds by searching for sales, gift cards and online shopping deals. Although it is sometimes overwhelming to rummage through last season’s styles in the clearance section, sale racks often hide treasures that are not only pleasing to the eye but also light on the wallet. Start with large chain stores because, although boutiques give fun ideas, big stores have better sales. With constant shipments of new merchandise, those retailers are more likely to drop prices to push leftovers out the door. Stores like Forever 21, Express, Hollister and American Eagle often have deals year-round. Although the prices do not drop as low as older items, those stores cut prices for some of today’s hottest trends that can make perfect gift ideas. Besides clearance and sales on clothes, stores like Bath and Body Works, Books-a-Million and Target have continuous sales on products throughout the year. Save receipts too, because many stores will do a price adjustment within a few days of your purchase if a non-sale item goes on sale. If you are not sure about someone’s personal style or favorite scent, gift cards are a great alternative. Purchasing a gift card is simple because most stores allow customers to purchase gift cards at the register with any dollar amount. Convenience stores like Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy often
have a kiosk or assortment of gift cards from several other stores, restaurants etc., to choose from. Gift cards allow you to select the amount of money you are comfortable giving, without limiting the recipient to a gift they did not want. This takes the pressure off ﬁnding the perfect gift, which can save you embarrassment if that person decides to return what you bought for them or “re-gift” it. Online shopping is also a rapidly growing trend. Websites like Amazon.com, Overstock.com and EBay. com have online sales daily that allow customers to ﬁnd deals on items they cannot ﬁnd in stores. Though online shopping has some limitations, it also allows you to view all of your options. When shopping online, customers must be conscious of shipping dates. Some items may be cheap, but it takes a while for them to come in. In order to avoid this, you can opt to pay a little more for quicker or even overnight shipping. Also, make sure when you are purchasing items online to check if the item has been used or not. If bargain shopping does not appeal to you, get creative and make a gift. Handmade gifts are thoughtful and unique. Making an original holiday card or craft by hand is a great way to spread some festive cheer. If you have something speciﬁc in mind, just plug in to a search engine because chances are, someone, somewhere has already made it and posted a tutorial. If you run low on time or creativity, a card with money inside is a crowd favorite. No matter what the gift, or season, chances are the recipient will be thankful either way. Do not stress. Simply pick a gift that is truly from the heart.
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“A Priest, because I hadn’t hit puberty yet.” -Aaron Guidry, marketing freshman from Galliano
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up” and why?
“Ballerina because I wanted to wear a frilly skirt.” -Morgan Ivers, psychology freshman from New Britain, Connecticut
“A singer because I loved to sing.” -Olivia Naquin, education freshman from Destrahan
“Firefighter, because there weren’t many women firefighters and I thought that I could be one.” -Destiny Fitch, athletic training freshman from Houma “I always wanted to be a ‘wonder twin’, because my brother and I would be the most awesome team ever” -Rachel Reel culinary freshman from Commerce, Texas
“A vet, because when I would go to the veterinarian’s office with my dog, I saw all the animals and stuff and thought I could do that.” -Connor Gonzales, history freshman from Plattenville “A doctor because I wanted to deliver babies.” -Paige Blanchard, nursing junior from Napoleonville
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be a Q&A with the conductor and pianist in the Nicholls choir room, where they will talk about the history of the music and types of music included in the performance and open the ﬂoor for questions. Wells said this period is designed to inform the audience but also take comments. “It’s usually about 45 minutes before the concert and what Maestro Prieto does is talk about the composers and the music,” Wells said. “Sometimes people ask questions or make comments, but it’s always very well received.” Carol Britt, director of the department of music, said the University is simply hosting which she believes is partially a result of Nicholls becoming an All-Steinway School last year. “This is the Lousiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s second year to perform here and it will be a beautiful show,” Britt said. “We are thankful to have that opportunity.” Internationally there are only 135 school selected for the All-Steinway designation. Nicholls is the only state university that has received the designation, and one of only two in the state of Louisiana. Britt said the concert is free for students who contact the music department. Contact the music department at 448-4600 to receive a code for free entrance to the performance.
Tickets for non-students are $20 and may be purchased online at lpomusic.com. The Nicholls music department also has upcoming events including the Nicholls Concert Choir on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Nicholls Chamber Singers Christmas Dinner on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and the String Studio Recital on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Nicholls Chamber Singers Christmas Dinner titled Christmas in New York will include a meal with the performance. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Jency Daigle, education sophomore from Dulac, said she attends the music deparment events every semester. “I have not been to a performance at Nicholls that I have not enjoyed,” Diagle said. “Each one is something different and it’s nice to get some culture. The Louisana Philharmonic Orchestra’s other holiday events include the Northshore Nutcracker, with Delta Festival Ballet, Tacky Holiday Sweater Party, Yuletide Celebration with a special appearance from Santa, Angelic Sounds of Christmas and Baroque Christmas. Wells said the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances are reaching more people as the orchestra grows. More information on Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra can be found at www.lpomusic.com.
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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra When: Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Mary M. Danos (Talbot Hall) Description: The Louisiana Philharmonic will perform with German conductor Markus Huber who will lead the orchestra in Nielson Symphony No. 4 and Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 at 7:30 with a Q&A period with the conductor and pianist at 6:30. Tickets for the concert are free for students who contact the music department and $20 for anyone else. Celebration in the Oaks: When: November 27- January 1 (Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m./Friday-Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Description: For $7 and a trip to New Orleans, one can enjoy a night at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, featuring carolers, 13 vintage rides, a 2-mile train ride through Christmas lights, hot coco and other treats. Rides cost $3 and unlimited pass is $17. Lockport Christmas Parade: When: Dec. 1 Where: Downtown Lockport Description: Beginning at 5 p.m. in downtown Lockport, this Christmas parade runs through the streets of the city. Christmas Craft Day When: Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. Where: Larose Civic Center in Larose Description: The first annual Christmas Craft Day with local and regional vendors selling handmade crafts. Thibodaux Christmas Fest: When: Dec. 1 and 2 Where: Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center and The Dansereau House in Thibodaux Description: Thibodaux Christmas Fest, sponsored by the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, the Dansereau House, Thibodaux Main Street and the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, begins with a holiday farmer’s market at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center from 8 – 1 a.m. and continues at 6:30 p.m. with holiday games and Christmas fun. The Dansereau House will also host Santa Clause and his wife, who will be available for pictures all weekend. There will also be Christmas Caroling and the annual lighting of the Dansereau House. Concerts at the St. Louis Cathedral: When: Dec. 1-21 Where: St. Louis Cathedral Description: If you and your friends are willing to put in a little
travel time every year in December, the St. Louis Cathedral hosts local choirs and artists to welcome the Christmas season with performances of classical music, holiday carols and jazz music assemblages. These concerts begin at 6pm and are free to all who come. 2nd Annual Reindeer Run 5K When: Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Where: Southdown Plantation House in Houma Description: The 5K run at Southdown Plantation House in Houma will benefit Girls on the Run of Houma-Terrebonne, a youth development program to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles. Elite Championship Wrestling Holiday Carnage When: Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Where: Houma Municipal Auditorium Description: Louisiana Heavyweight Champion John Saxxon, Minotaur and Clarice vs. Steve Anthony, Blake Wilder and Purple Haze will compete with special appearances from Boudreaux, “Outlaw” Matt Lancie, Luke Hawx and more. Thibodaux Christmas Parade: When: Dec. 02, 2012 Where: Beginning at the John L. Guidry Stadium on the Nicholls State University Campus, the parade will travel north on Audubon Avenue to Menard Street, then continue across Canal Blvd onto West 5th Street. Description: The Christmas float engines start at 4 p.m., meander through the streets of Thibodaux, and features commercial vendors and children’s entertainment. Nicholls Concert Choir: When: December 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Mary M. Danos Theater (Talbot Theater) Nicholls Chamber Singers Christmas Dinner: When: Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm Where: Cotillion Ballroom Description: The Nicholls State University Chamber Singers presents “Christmas in New York,” a holiday musical concert with a multi-course meal in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union Cotillion Ballroom. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. The reservation deadline is Nov. 30.
Shepherd’s classic, “A Christmas Story,” to bring in the Christmas season. Yuletide on the Bayou When: Dec. 8 Where: New Iberia, 102 West Main St. Description: A gingerbread house competition. Call 337-369-2330 for more information. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play When: Dec. 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Vandebilt Catholic High School, Houma, LA Description: Everyone is welcome to see the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” live onstage with actors playing multiple roles with sound effects done on cue. Five dollars for students and eight for adults. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker: When: Dec. 13, 2012 (Tickets go on sale November 27, 2012) Where: Various movie theaters. Description: A performance of “George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’” will be transmitted live in high definition to more than 500 movie theaters around the country including Baton Rouge, Covington, Harahan, Lake Charles, Harvey and Shreveport. Snow Fest in Natchitoches When: Dec. 14-23 Where: Natchitoches. 780 Front St. Description: Tubing on a 110 ft. snow hill with holiday lights and music. Children’s Christmas Parade When: Dec. 15 from 12 to 3 p.m. Where: Grand Caillou Road in Dulac Description: A Christmas parade sponsored by the Grand Caillou Fire Department that begins at Bobtown Fire Department. Christmas Concert at Southland Mall When: Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Southland Mall Description: Free Christmas concert presented by the HoumaTerrebonne Community Band. Breakfast with Santa: When: Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Where: Evergreen AssociatesCajun Center, Houma, LA Description: For kids & adults of all ages to eat breakfast with Santa. Kids are $3 and adults are $5.
Iberia Performing Arts League presents “A Christmas Story” When: Dec. 6 to 16 Where: Essanee Theater in New www.thibodauxxhamber.com, Iberia www.nicholls.edu/events, www. Description: The Iberia Perform- bigfunonthebayou.com ing Arts League will perform Jean compiled by meagan kenny The Nicholls Worth | 11.29.12 | Page 19
BEST STUDY SPOTS ON CAMPUS The Library, 2nd floor Whether blocked off in a cubical or sitting at a table with friends, the 2nd floor take social studying to another level.
The Library, 3rd floor- The 3rd floor of the library is usually empty other than the surrounding old documents. Bench under the trees in the Quad- The Quad is pretty peaceful in between classes and with nice weather, the outdoors can give you a boost of focus. Jazzman’s- After caffeinating or carbonating yourself up in the café, kick your studying into gear at one of the tables.
Powell-White courtyard- This quaint, outdoor courtyard is often empty throughout the day. The Rec. Center- After a workout, your blood is pumping which gives you more focus. GRAPHIC BY KRISTEN ELLENDER
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Tips for studying for ﬁnal exams Personal Opinion by Kami Ellender Lagniappe Editor
Each semester, it never fails; we have ﬁnals and anxiety and exhaustion go through the roof. Whether your ﬁnals consist of a paper exam, a written essay or even a work of art, chances are each one requires focus and motivation. It is not enough to sit in class and hope the information sinks into your brain. For large ﬁnals, you often have to increase your knowledge of concepts and apply it rather than cram the information into your memory. Pay attention to the ﬁnal lecture your instructor gives on the last day of class because this would be the perfect time for him or her to give exam information. Once you start studying, keep in mind that the exams will not last forever, so the harder you work, the more satisﬁed you will feel with the ﬁnal results. Strong study skills are vital to success in college and a clear understanding of your learning style will increase productivity. Some students need silence to review and others thrive in a group with multiple ideas. If you did not have to study much in high school, now is the time to learn because college classes have a
heavier workload. Time management is key for successful studying. It is about quality rather than quantity. If you spend ten hours studying for an exam but you are so tired you continuously have to reread the information, you would be better off studying in small sessions to keep your eyes, mind and body awake. Studying can be overwhelming in one giant session to try to separate the work into chunks. You will be more focused on each section of the information. Just make sure you get back to the books after your breaks. Rank classes in order of importance and priority to ensure that you devote the most time to the vital grade. You have one opportunity to pass the exam so use time as your motivation. Think “just one more week to freedom.” Another tip is to study during the day. Sunlight naturally helps your body to stay awake and alert. This can improve concentration. Scents like peppermint naturally wake the body up, and a splash of cold water can snap you back into focus. Also, movement and blood ﬂow increase brain function, so when you feel like you are dragging, take a few minutes to walk around and get your heart pumping. Location can also help to improve focus. Find the perfect study spot.
For some people, the library is a peaceful place to dig in to studies, but for others, the location is eerily quiet. Another typical location is in your room at home, but this can lead to sleepiness and distractions. If you are worried about information overload in one particular subject try to read over it at least once a day before the hardcore studying starts. Procrastination is always an excuse for those who love the pressure of meeting a dealine, but ultimately you will do a better job with extra preparation. Also, add in the other elements from the semester including the textbook or links that the instructor posted. Old tests and study guides are often very close to the current exams. Even different textbooks covering the same material can give an alternate viewpoint and explaination. Although they may not be your main information accessory, they can increase your understanding. In a class that requires a lot of note-taking, group study sessions can be beneﬁcial because each student may catch a different part of the lecture. Steer clear of your social groups and ﬁnd students who pay attention in class to create a study group that will bring you up to speed. see STUDY page 21
STUDY continued from page 20 Start studying early so that if you have questions you still have time to ask your instructor or classmates about the topic. Other tricks like highlighting, ﬂashcards, sketching out graphs and diagrams, and making a self test can make certain parts of the studying really stand out in your mind. Do not pull an “all-nighter” before the exam. The extra study time
will not balance out the lack of sleep and mental strain. Cramming can also increase stress. If you need a refresher right before the exam, have an index card with a few key points to review. On the day of the exam, arrive with all the required materials and take a few minutes right before to clear your mind. Good luck on ﬁnals!
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Some lose sight of meaning of Christmas ‘Tis the season to be—greedy? With soaring stocks and enormous sales in technology, 2012’s Black Friday events were as profitable as usual, if not more. The popular and often-ridiculous shopping holiday has grown even bigger in recent years, with the birth of the so-called “Cyber Monday” sales and this year’s addition of “Grey Thursday,” the term for the day before Black Friday when many retailers open their doors to shoppers earlier than ever before. The average American just looking to cop a low-priced Nintendo Wii, a handful of new iPhones, or a larger-thanlife, energysucking 3D television may not give much of a thought to the craziness that is holiday shopping. There are a few of us on the outside, though. There are those just trying to survive a trip to the mall to buy slippers for Grandma, or those ordering a few stockingstuffers online hoping to avoid identity theft. Regardless of one’s level of enthusiasm and wild-eyed anxiety for holiday shopping, there are a few things consumers should keep in perspective for the duration of this season of carols, Christmas trees, presents, and uncomfortable family gatherings. There are many folks out there that can afford very little all year, let alone during the holiday season. When families head out this year to buy their household’s fifth or sixth
television set or iPad, keeping in mind those who cannot afford such things and maybe donating to drives or charities can go along way. What better way to share the holiday spirit than by sharing and helping? While the exchanging of gifts is, for many, usually one of the most enjoyable parts of the season, people would do well to remember the old idea that it’s about way more than stuff. All those cliche heart-warmers—kindness toward others, family, friendship, and togetherness—
others. So when welcoming to your holiday gathering that creepy cousin or an abrasive, alcoholic great-aunt, remember in between the shudders and sobs that there are people out there aching for a family, no matter how eccentric. Someone’s seemingly mediocre Christmas filled with bad food and worse holiday sweaters is someone else’s dream. All corniness aside, the holidays should most importantly be fun. Relaxing and fun, if possible. Instead of looking at the usual traffic, crowds, spending, overeating, complaining, cold weather, What happened and family to the meaning pandemonium of Christmas? of the holidays as necessary evils, as symptoms of a good time gone sour, let’s treasure them. Let’s reconsider the hectic holiday madness as something sacred, a sign that we are still alive and still have things to celebrate. T h i s Christmas try to do things like donating old toys to Toys graphic by kristen ellender for Tots, or are what always matter most. volunteer at a soup kitchen for those who One of those cliches, family, is arguably may not have a big Christmas feast. Spend the most important of all. It’s impossible some time at a nursing home with those to estimate how many people out there are whose families may be gone. forced by circumstance to spend the holiday It is importatnt to remember those who season alone, but the thought of ever having are less fortunate and keep with the spirit of to do so can give anyone the blues. Extending the holiday season. Don’t be rude to those the warmth of one’s home to someone shopping for Christmas gifts, but instead who might otherwise be forced to spend give them a big smile, and just say “hello and the holidays alone can spread happiness to Merry Christmas!”
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