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NICHOLLS WORT H Volume 58 Issue 23

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Sports | page 5

Editorial | page 15

In Louisiana,

46% of college graduates leave with debt.

Average amount: $22,500

20 million

Americans attend college each year.

Of those, 12 million borrow annually! There is roughly

$902 billion - $1 trillion

in outstanding student loan debt in America.



Scholarships, grants, and loans become the focus as student debt grows Pauline Wilson Staff Writer

Talk among graduating seniors includes applications, job interviews, graduation trips and the heaping amount of debt that goes along with the celebration of the end of a chapter. According to CNN Money, in the state of Louisiana, 46 percent of 2011 graduates had debt in college and the average total they owed was $22,500. American Student Assistance

states that 20 million Americans attend college each year and of those 20 million, about 12 million borrow annually to help cover costs. There is roughly between $902 billion and $1 trillion in total outstanding student loan debt in the United States today. One factor of student debt is the rising cost of tuition. The University of Louisiana System consists of nine universities in Louisiana, which includes Nicholls. The UL system approved a 10 percent tuition increase for these uni-

versities for the 2013-2014 school year. “No one wants to raise the price for our students, but it is an unfortunate necessity at this time. Our universities are cognizant of the need to offset these rising costs in the form of additional financial aid and scholarships,” Sandra Woodley, UL System president, said in a board-issued newsletter. The 10 percent increase will bring Nicholls tuition from $2,755.60 per semester to $3,031 per semester. However, for students with TOPS,

this increase does not bring much of a burden, since the TOPS program covers it. For students who do not have TOPS, this increase can take a toll. On top of the rising tuition that students will see in the 2013-2014 school year, there will also be an increase in student assessed fees due to the passage of a referendum this semester. “The first thing that pops into my head is ‘ball and chain,’” Cydney Soignet, marketing freshman from Cut Off, said about the additional

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money she will have to pay. “Education should be one of the smartest investments a person makes, but with today’s economy, the return on investment is iffy and that is definitely something to be scared of.” Shari Lawrence, associate professor of finance, and Paul A. Callais Endowed Professorship in Business recipient, said, “Students should view their education as an investment, but students should be sure that the degree they are obtaining offers them a chance to get a job see JUMP page 3

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God of Carnage and Winnie the Pooh Performances God of Carnage will be performed at the Thibodaux Playhouse today through April 14. The play follows two sets of Brooklyn parents meeting together following a playground altercation between eleven year old boys. Performances are at 7:30 today through April 13. April 14’s performance will be at 2 p.m. Thibodaux Playhouse will also present Disney’s Winnie the Pool Kids April 19 through April 21. Tickets are $7. April 19’s performace will be at 7 p.m. The April 20 and 21 performances will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children. Call 985-446-1896 for information and tickets. Leave reservation information and someone will return your call to confirm.

MARCH 25 A citizen called and reported males throwing glass bottles from the balcony of Babington north. An officer responded and found no broken glass bottles anywhere on the ground.


RELATE to Choice RELATE to Choice will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Plantation Suite in the Student Union. Sha’Condria Sibley returns as the featured guest. Sibley is part of the 2012 National Poetry Slam Championship Team – Team SNO (Slam New Orleans.) If you would like to perform, arrive at the Plantation Suite by 6:45 p.m. to sign the Open-Mic List. Contact Farren Clark with any questions regarding the event at (985) 448-4121 or

The X Factor Auditions The X Factor will hold open-call auditions at The Lakefront Arena on April 14. Wristbands will be distributed to auditioners from approximately 8 a.m. on April 12 until 11 a.m. on April 14. Auditioners will not be allowed to camp out. Once auditioners obtain wristbands, they will be asked to return to the Arena by 7 a.m. on April 14 for their audition.

An officer was dispatched to Audubon Drive involving an auto crash involving two vehicles. The crash was very minor. There appeared to be no damage to either vehicle and no injuries were reported.

APRIL 9 Parking Serivces reported that a student parked at the recreation center had 13 citations for no decal. Parking Services requested that officers boot the vehicle. The students called Parking Services advising that he was at his vehicle and wanted the boot removed. Sergeant Barnes and Sergeant Tullis spoke to the student by his vehicle and told him that they could not remove the boot until advised to do so by Parking Services. The student told officers that they might lose their jobs over this. The student was issued a disciplinary summons for the outstanding fines and threatening a University official.

Note: Contestants who do make it through to the next round of auditions may not sing for the cameras after their audition. Those contestants who do not make it through can sing for the cameras after their auditions if they would like, outside of the Arena.

Oak Alley Performance Performer and storyteller Spencer Bohren will be performing at the Oak Alley Plantation West Pavilion on April 20. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and reservations are highly recommended.

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SAT • •

Women’s Tennis v. ULL - 1p.m. Softball v. Central Arkansas - 2 p.m.

SUN • •

Men’s Tennis v. Lamar - 10 a.m. Softball v. Central Arkansas - 12 p.m.






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Tax Day Man v. Food - Colonels Retreat - 2 p.m.

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Baseball v. ULL - 6:30 p.m. Nicholls Gospel Choir Performance - Danos Theatre - 7:30 p.m.

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Last day to drop for full term Open mic night Jazzman’s - 5 p.m.














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Top local, national stories making headlines this week Channing Parfait News Editor

These are the current events making headlines this week: Louisiana News Gov. Jindal retracts tax plan At the start of the 2013 Louisiana legislative session on Monday, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that he would “park” his proposed tax reform plan until legislators send him bills to phase out income taxes over time. “We’re going to adjust our course,” Jindal said in his address Monday. “I’m telling you today

we’re actually going to park our tax plan. We’re going to pull that plan, but at the same time, I’m not the kind of guy that just wants to take my ball and go home and complain.” After traveling the state talking to members of the community and different legislators, Jindal said people have a desire to get rid of the state’s income tax but fear that the governor’s plan moves too quick for comfort. His original plan would eliminate income taxes and increase sales tax, which made some legislator and citizens in the state uncomfortable. “I realize that some of you think I haven’t been listening. But you’ll be surprised to learn I have been,”

Jindal said in his speech in the House chambers. “And here is what I’ve heard from you and from the people of Louisiana -- ‘yes, we do want to get rid of the income tax, but governor you’re moving too fast and we aren’t sure that your plan is the best way to do it.” National News Stabbing spree at Texas community college A student at Lone Star Community College in Cypress, Texas wounded 14 students, with two in critical condition on the campus located 25 miles northwest of Downtown Houston.

The suspect arrested by authorities was believed to be 21 years old and enrolled at Lone Star College. Authorities have not released his name. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told ABC News that they could not provide any information regarding whether the suspect slashed or stabbed his victims. It is believed the suspect used what appears to be an X-Acto knife to stab his victims. The school remained on lockdown most of Tuesday as law officials ensure the safety of the campus. School officials said the Lone Star campus would reopen Wednesday.

Margaret Thatcher Dies Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister and the first woman to hold the position, died on March 8 at the age of 87. During her time in office, Thatcher, known as the “Iron Lady,” privatised several state-owned industries and was involved in a year-long stand-off with unions during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-1985. She also guided the United States and the Soviet Union through the cold war’s last years. Thatcher died of a stroke at the Ritz Hotel in London. She was in poor health in recent months and suffered from dementia. DEBT

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that has the income to justify the amount of debt they are taking on.” Students who are starting to apply and accept financial aid have a variety of types to choose from. These types fall into four categories: grants, loans, federal work-study, and scholarships. Students who qualify can apply for four different types of grants. There are Federal Pell Grants, which are awarded to undergraduate students that have no previous degree, and they must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards. Along with the criteria, the eligibility is determined by the student’s expected family contributions and cost of attendance. Students with exceptional need and have the lowest expected family contribution and are also receiving a Federal Pell Grant may also be eligible for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. The Louisiana Go Grant is a need based state grant for students. This grant is aimed at bridging the gap between the amount of financial aid a student is awarded through the Federal Grant program and the actual cost of attendance. The last grant is the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant. This grant is for graduate and undergraduate students who intend

to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. There are four types of loans available as financial aid: subsidized Stafford loans, Unsubsidized Stafford loans, Parent Plus loans, and Private loans. Stafford loans are awarded to undergraduate students on the basis of need from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The government pays the interest on the Stafford loan while the students are enrolled in school. Unsubsidized Stafford loans are not distributed based on need, and the government does not pay the interest while students are enrolled in school. The interest is charged from the time of disbursement until the loan is paid in full. Similar to the Stafford loan, repayment of this loan will begin six months after graduation or from the time the student drops out of school, or drops below part-time. Parent Plus loans are for parents who help pay for the cost of their students’ education. Parents have to pass a credit check, either on their own or with a co-signer to be eligible for the funds. Both parents and students must meet general eligibility requirements for federal financial assistance. Private loans are loans dispersed

based on the credit history and usually have higher interest rates. The Federal Work-Student program is federally funded financial aid that enables students to earn money toward college expenses by working on campus. Scholarship awards are based on the organization’s criteria or group that is providing the funds set. Students who are offered and accept student loans through the University will be able to track their total amount of debt and complete the counseling for the loans through Students receiving student loans or the TEACH grant must complete entrance counseling, usually required upon the first time receiving the loan. Then students have to complete financial awareness counseling, usually around the second or third year, and upon graduation students have to complete exit counseling. Lawrence suggests, “If students are able to consolidate their loans, they should read the fine print and make sure they are choosing a company with low fees and the lowest interest rate possible. Keep the amount of debt low as possible, keep it manageable and pay it off in a timely manner.”

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Geomatics club adopts highway Staff Writer

The Geomatics Student Association adopted part of Highway 1 through the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s program Adopt-A-Road in hopes of giving back to the community. “We see this as a way to get out into the public to not only publicize our program, but to extend a hand

of highway that the association adopted. “Before participants were able to participate in the litter pick up, we had to watch a short safety video with tips on being safe while on the side of the highway,” Robichaux said. “These responsibilities offer our program an excellent source of service learning hours, which are a requirement of the Geomatics programs.” For the association to adopt the

fers the opportunity to hang out together and to reach out to other organizations such as Phi Kappa Theta,” Robichaux said of the organization who helped out during the March 22 cleanup. The application and adopting process is completely free and DOTD provides most of the materials the association will need to maintain the portion of the highway. According to LA DOTD’s website, they enlist volunteers to re-

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We see this as a way to get out into the public to not only publicize our program, but to extend a hand in helping keep our portion of Louisiana beautiful.

in helping keep our portion of Louisiana beautiful,” Janssen Robichaux, geomatics student association president, said. The association decided to adopt the part of Highway 1 from Bowie Road to Goode Street. The association decided to do so to not only service the community but so that the association can do something together as a group, Robichaux said. As part of Louisiana DOTD’s Adopt-A-Road program, there is a minimum cleanup requirement of four times a year for the stretch

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road, there are three things the DOTD requires before adoption. First, the association must survey the area that needs to be cleared and get the correct number of people together to get it cleaned. Second, they have to contact the appropriate DOTD office to make sure that part of the highway was not previously adopted and third, they must fill out an application. The Geomatics Student Association had their first cleanup on March 22. “Adopting the highway also of-

move litter and debris from state and federal roadsides. While saving taxpayer dollars, the program provides recognition for participating groups and organizations, promotes civic responsibilities and pride, makes the public aware of the problem and helps keep Louisiana clean and green. “The Louisiana DOTD has been very helpful through the entire highway adoption process and encourages other organizations to adopt a highway and to keep Louisiana beautiful,” Robichaux said.

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NICHOLLS ATHLETICS Baseball | @ Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. on 4/12

Softball | vs. Central Arkansas at 2 p.m. on 4/13

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Head coach Charlie Stubbs giving instruction at a September practice. The Nicholls State University football team started Spring practice on April 9 with a few new faces on the coaching staff.

Stubbs makes changes to football staff for next year Jake Martin

Sports Editor Nicholls State football head coach Charlie Stubbs looks to add more unity to his coaching staff with the additions of three new members. Stubbs brought in Steve Adams to be his new special teams coordinator and coach the safeties, Freddie Banks to coach the cornerbacks, and Brandon Nowlin to fill the tight ends coaching position. Stubbs promoted former tight ends coach Matt Clark to offensive line coach. The kids need to be coached under Stubbs’ philosophy, according to Stubbs, and he feels that he is adding three great teachers who will share his coaching philosophy.

Adams, who comes to Nicholls from Concord University, has a past with Stubbs. At the University of Louisville, Adams and Stubbs were on the coaching staff together. Before joining Concord, Adams had stints with Purdue University, Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. “What I wanted to do was get Coach (Jeremy) Atwell another veteran coach on the defensive side of the ball to help share in the way of exchanging ideas and putting together new game plans,” Stubbs said. Stubbs feels that he did so with the addition of Adams. Stubbs then became super impressed with a relocating Banks. Stubbs said that

Banks’ wife works as an athletic trainer at Southern University at New Orleans. Stubbs was “super impressed” with Banks and hired him to coach his defensive backs. “He comes to us from Minnesota Morehead, and he also played at North Dakota State, which is a powerful team in our division of football. So he knows what winning is all about.” Bringing in staff members and players who know how to win is a big emphasis for Stubbs. “They know what it takes as a player and a coach. I think winning breeds winning, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to bring in successful kids as much as possible, and bringing in a guy like

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Banks will help this program.” Taking over tight end duties for the Colonels next season will be former Morgan City High School head coach and athletic director Brandon Nowlin. Stubbs wants to add a nice blend of local and nonlocal coaches to his coaching staff, so bringing in Nowlin is a big deal to him. “He has experience coaching in the Southland Conference at Central Arkansas, and he should help us out a lot in the recruiting efforts,” Stubbs said. That position opened up for the Colonels when Stubbs felt the need to promote Clark to offensive line coach, after he impressed Stubbs by handling several duties such as being the academic liaison last season.

“His true love is with the line, and I knew that initially,” Stubbs said. “What really got me to interview him and promote him was seeing him go the extra mile with everything I gave him. He made everything special. I only envision that he’s going to take it to the next level. It became evident to me that I didn’t need to look anywhere else.” Stubbs hopes that these new changes will band his coaching staff closer together, because his tagline “band of brothers” is for the entire team, not just for the players. “I want us as a staff to be totally tied together,” Stubbs said. “It wasn’t divisive last year, but it could have been better. I want them to realize that we’re all in this together.”

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Uriah Hall and the Nastiest Fighters in TUF history Uriah Hall is the most devastating striker in the history of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. Devastating knockouts have become Hall’s forte, and none were better than his knockout on Adam Cella in his first bout of the season. So when a discussion arises about the nastiest fighters in UFC history, Hall’s name will be mentioned. But is he the nastiest in the history of the UFC’s reality show? The nastiest fighters in the house built a reputation by dominating fights, throwing flashy strikes, putting fear in their opponents and presenting some of the best skills in the tournament. Here’s who Hall ranks among the nastiest fighters in the history of TUF:

fort that led to him becoming the first Ultimate Fighter winner (along with Diego Sanchez). 9. Tony Ferguson Tony Ferguson was a knockout ace on the 13th season. Ferguson knocked out every opponent he faced, including Ramsey Nijem in the finals. The knockouts were great and all, but what made him truly special was the way he pushed forward in fights. Like a true aggressor would, Ferguson bit down on his mouthpiece and moved forward with hay-makers. It wasn’t much setup to Ferguson’s game. Ferguson welcomed a striking match, which is sometimes rare in TUF, because of the tournament format. He didn’t hide the fact that his intentions were to subdue his opponent with strikes, and he was going to swing for the fences when that cage door closed.

10. Forrest Griffin You have to love Forrest Griffin. People tend to love crazy, and there have been very few fighters that have participated in the reality show that rival Griffin’s unpredictable demeanor. Eh, at least he didn’t cry and shout “Let me bang bro.” Instead, Griffin bounced around like a monkey in the house, dominated the challenges and won fights. His style might not be the prettiest, but he almost always went out and dirtied up the Octagon with his blood. It’s that type of heart and ef-

8. Ross Pearson It was clear that something was special about Ross Pearson in the eliminations round for TUF: United State vs. United Kingdom. In his fight against A.J. Wenn to get into the house, Pearson unleashed a combination that showed he had real



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power in the lightweight division. Immediately after the fight finished, I remember thinking, ‘Hey, this guy has something. Watch out for him.’ From there, Pearson shot up through the ranks, eliminating one fighter after another with his crisp boxing and submission skills. Pearson eventually defeated his teammate, Andre Winner, in the finals. 7. Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira Any fans of capoeira kicks out there? Yes? Of course you are. Well, if you watched TUF: Brazil, then you’re likely a fan of Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira. Though Ferreira had an impressive submission game, his wild kicking techniques dazzled fans and made other fighters aware of how dangerous he was. Unfortunately for Thiago Perpetuo, he found out the hard way by nearly getting his head kicked off in the semi-finals. I do believe the word

“nasty” fits well as an adjective for the kick embedded in this slide. 6. Matt Mitrione You can’t fake crazy, can you? Don’t tell Matt Mitrione that, because he’s either out of his mind or a brilliant actor. If you watched the 10th season with no previous knowledge of Mitrione, your initial response would be, “Wow, this guy is a headcase.” As the season progressed, those same people might start thinking, “Hmm, this guy isn’t right upstairs, but man, he can fight.” Mitrione started talking about voices he heard in his head and slugged it out with Scott Junk and James McSweeney. Is this where the WWE got Randy Orton’s latest gimmick? Mitrione lost by submission to McSweeney, but he knocked out Marcus Johnson in the second round of the finale. Headcase or not, Mitrione is either one of the craziest fighters in TUF history or he played the game extremely well. You be the judge.

5. Matt Brown Matt Brown was the Stone Cold Steve Austin of Season 7. If you crossed him or messed with his dip, he was going to open up a can of whoop***. No ifs, ands or buts about it. At least that’s the way he was portrayed. The fighters in the house made him out to be the best fighter in the house, and looking back today after his recent success in the UFC, he undoubtedly was. However, he never fully put it together to win the show. “Maaaaattt, show me the animal!” The fact that the other fighters were still timid of him makes him one bad dude. 4. Nate Diaz Represent. Yeah, 209 is in this now. Nate Diaz posed as a tough guy both in the competition and in the house. Nothing less was expected. From writing 209 on the walls to alsee MMA page 8

Louisville men not allowed to watch women play championship Gary Graves

The Associated Press Louisville coach Rick Pitino went to New Orleans to watch the Cardinals’ women’s team play Connecticut in Tuesday night’s NCAA championship — but without his players. Under NCAA rules, neither the school nor Pitino could pay for the players to get to New Orleans

to attend the game. The NCAA says it granted a waiver to Louisville early Tuesday that would have allowed the school to pay for the trip, but the school says it had already made plans to go home. Pitino, his staff and several administrators were expected to attend the women’s final. The team plane landed about 2:25 p.m. EDT, and players immediately boarded a bus back to campus. A

few dozen spectators looked on from a fence at Louisville International Airport. After Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 Monday night in Atlanta, players and Pitino hinted at going straight to New Orleans to support the surprising women’s team against the Huskies in the final.

The men and their coach have frequently attended women’s games this season and both programs have said they feed off each other’s success. For the women’s big moment against the Huskies, it will be Pitino looking on from the stands. “They all wanted to go to the

women’s game,” Pitino said after the game. “We asked the NCAA and they said it’s illegal, we were going to take the plane and go see them, which is a shame. I guess it’s an extra benefit. ... “If we could ever win two championships, men’s and womsee NCAA page 8



Louisville head coach Rick Pitino watches his players during practice for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wichita State, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Atlanta.

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most getting into a fight with Karo Parisyan, Diaz acted like a typical Diaz. Inside the Octagon though, he was nearly untouchable. On one of the most talented seasons ever, Diaz defeated Corey Hill, Gray Maynard and Manny Gamburyan to become the Ultimate Fighter. The jiu-jitsu skills of Diaz made him the most feared man in the house. 3. John Dodson From one stacked TUF season to the next, John Dodson had to beat a tremendous group of guys to win Season 14. He won it with quickness. The most dangerous strikes in a fight are the ones you can’t see, and T.J. Dil-

lashaw, Johnny Bedford and Brandon Merkt never saw their knockout coming. When you think of nasty, Dodson doesn’t immediately come to mind but think about his performances on the season. Because of Dodson’s explosive ability, he was able to run through the bracket in dominant fashion. Dodson worked his “magic” in the cage to become the Season 14 Ultimate Fighter, and he did so by producing some of the best knockouts in TUF history.

in his TUF fights during his stint on the 14th season. After listing his strengths, his coach Michael Bisping even said, “Listen, I’d be scared of the guy.” Like his favorite fighter, Wanderlei Silva, Brandao would put the pressure on his opponents with ruthless aggression. That aggressive style led to him viciously knocking out his opposition. However, there’s a new king when it comes to the nastiest fighter in TUF history...

when he knocks people out. It really is that scary. Hall’s spinning wheel kick is not only the greatest knockout in TUF history, it’s one of the greatest knockouts in the history of combat sports. He followed up that devastation

with an incredible knockout over Bubba McDaniel in the first round. Like his knockout against Hall, the room silenced while medics tended to McDaniel. Hall is the scariest, most athletically-gifted and downright nastiest competitor to ever fight in The Ultimate Fighter.

1. Uriah Hall 2. Diego Brandao Hall tops Diego Brandao as the nastiest fighter in TUF history. Before Hall came onto the scene, Brandao produced the same enigma

Fear. That’s the emotion that came over every person that watched a Uriah Hall fight live in the TUF gym. Dana White said it best when he said people almost feel bad to clap

NCAA continued from page 7 en’s, it would absolutely be awesome.” Back home, city officials were figuring out how to honor the school’s success. The mayor’s office said in a statement Tuesday morning that it was working with the university on a community celebration to celebrate both programs’ accomplishments. The date and time depended on when coaches and

players from the teams would be in town at the same time. In the meantime, the school, the city and even Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear are basking in another milestone for Bluegrass State basketball. Last year was Kentucky’s turn in the spotlight, achieved with a Final Four win over Louisville en route to its eighth championship. This season began with the Car-

dinals and Wildcats ranked 2-3 behind Indiana but ended with Louisville reigning over the sport. “It couldn’t be a bigger day for the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Beshear said afterward on the floor of the Georgia Dome. “For the Cardinals to win it this year, UK won it last year. You talk about the basketball capital of the world, it’s right here in Kentucky.”


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Campus Voices

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Lagniappe Editor

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Katherine Dantin from Northwestern Mutual talks to students at the Bayou Sales Career Expo last year.

Nicholls hosts tenth annual sales challenge Lagniappe Editor Nicholls College of Business Administration will host its tenth annual Bayou Sales Challenge starting today, filled with role-playing competitions and a career expo showcasing the marketing techniques of five local colleges. The Bayou Sales Challenge will have awards for the best team scores out of Nicholls, Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southern University or Xavier University, as well as individual awards for the role-playing competitions. Chuck Viosca, associate professor of marketing, said the day starts with a panel discussion from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room 113 of Powell Hall that is open to the public. “There are some sales representatives from the industry that come in and they talk a little bit about themselves and their companies,” Viosca said. “The students who are

that are going to be standardized. For example, they’ll have the same needs, problems, and they’ll throw out the same objections regarding things like price, or security. The students have to navigate through that.” While the students are doing the

We’ve placed students from Nicholls through this event and the other schools too so it’s a great opportunity and a great job market. — Chuck Viosca

do you like about your job?’ Those kinds of things.” After the panel discussion, the event shifts into competition mode with the first round of closed roleplays. “Every student has the same scenario, selling the same product, to the same customer,” Viosca said. “The customers have some things

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competing, and any other students who want to attend, ask questions, and that’s always very enlightening and interesting. Students ask questions like: ‘It’s kind of scary starting out on commission. How did you get though that? What do you find challenging these days? What

role-playing exercises, there is one person playing the customer from a company and other company representatives watch the role-play live in another room to score and judge each student throughout. Students compete on an individual level, but also for the highest team score in the same event. After round one, the highest scored students move

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on to the semi-finals on Friday. The rest of the students get to compete in a wild-card round for a second chance at the semi-finals. “Friday morning is the semi-final competition which is another role play with a different customer, situation, and objectives,” Viosca said. “Those who aren’t in the semifinals compete in a pressure round where they get ten minutes with the customer that gives them one more chance to shine and display their skills.” The companies will judge the students resulting in a team champion, individual champion, runner ups and a pressure round champion. While students are participating in their final role-play challenges, the Bayou Sales Career Expo will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room 210 of Powell Hall, where companies set up booths in pursuit of students for possible job opportunities. The expo is also open to all students, but it is requested that students dress professionally. see CHALLENGE page 13

Chef Vaughn Trannon, Nicholls alumnus, has made a name for himself in the culinary world preparing meals for important political figures, celebrities, sports stars and top executives from around the world, while also creating his own line of culinary luggage. Trannon is currently the personal chef for the CEO of the Venetian and Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas. He continues to market and design his Professional Traveling Chef Luggage the Traveling Culinarist and has just recently started work on his first cookbook. Born in Detroit, Mich., Trannon was introduced to the joys of cooking by his paternal grandparents who raised him and taught him to appreciate what the earth provides through fresh ingredients. “I started out making breakfast foods such as pancakes, French toast, sunny-side-up eggs with keeping the yolk intact and egg in a basket with my grandmother. Homemade strawberry preserve was my favorite thing to cook,” Trannon said. “My curiosity grew into assisting my grandmother with Sunday dinner, which was a big affair around our home.” Trannon moved to New Orleans and while he continued to work at local restaurants, Trannon received his associate’s degree in nutrition at Delgado Community College. Trannon was recruited by the Ritz Carlton shortly after, which led to a position at their world-class Victor’s restaurant. He apprenticed under seasoned chef Frank Brunacci. From there he moved up the ranks see CHEF page 12

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With the end of the Easter holiday, also known to many as Spring Break, there is a lull in many of our dieting plans. From eating too much Easter candy to drinking too much on the beach, we are all a little off balance when it comes to our weight-loss regimens. But now is not the time to give up on all that we have worked for. That beach bod is a whole lot easier to get back if we can get back on track now instead of waiting for the summer. According to lifelinescreening. com there are several measures we can take to get back on track now that our candy-eating and drinking binges have come an end. Set a realistic goal for youself. Decide whether you want to maintain the weight that you are currently, or chose a number of pounds to lose. Having this goal always helps because it gives you something to look forawrd to. Get rid of all tempting treats you may have in and around the house. All of those Cadbury Eggs you hid in places to save for later, get rid of them! Hit the grocery and stock up on healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Next, be sure to drink plenty of

water. Something I’ve done is that I have gone to a dollar store and bought cheap water bottles. I mark them with a permanent marker various times of the day. In the morning I fill the bottles up. Throughout the day, I have to drink to the marker by that time. This way I know that I am drinking water and making myself do it, but I am not having to drink an outrageous amount all at one time. If you aren’t a huge fan of plain water, the Mio water enhancers are a good way to still get the water into your system but with flavor. There are flavors like orange, sweet tea, blue raspberry, straberry watermellon, and lemonade. I like to mix the sweet tea and the lemonade to make a good Arnold Palmer drink. also says to be prepared for sugar cravings. In

the past few weeks we have eaten so many swet concoctions that we are bound to break down and want more. But don’t fret, the good news is that fruits are sweet and a much healthier choice than that Reese’s cup you’ve been eyeing. Have some blueberries to satisfy that sweet tooth instead. We need to get moving. We need to contiue to exercise while eating healthy. Wake up an hour earlier and take a run, or a brisk walk if you are like me and don’t enjoy full-on running. Take a class at the Rec center, or invest in a good workout video set or gaming console workout games. Whatever you prefer to do, just make sure to stay active and keep moving. So set your goal, eat healthy, drink plenty of water, and make sure to keep moving.

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Louisiana Magic Weekend brings illusions to Nicholls Tiffany Williams Staff Writer

Nicholls will host the Louisiana Magic Weekend Las Vegas Style Stage Show featuring several different all-star magicians from across the country. Every other year, magicians from across the state gather together for a convention full of lectures and different demonstrations. In 2011, the

Louisiana Magic Weekend convention was held in Morgan City. This year’s convention will be held in the Le Bijou Theater in the Bollinger Student Union on Friday. Each performer will be holding their own lectures this weekend during the convention in Le Bijou Theater. To kick off this magical weekend, street magician Warpo will be on campus Friday performing magic tricks for students in front of the

Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Award-winning performers Whit “Pop” Haydn, Nathan Kranzo, Chad Long, Ken Scott, Michael “Magic Mike” Dardant and Harry Allen will be brought together for one night for a magic stage show to wrap up the bi-annual Louisiana Magic Convention. The Las Vegas Style Stage Show will be held on Friday in Peltier Auditorium and begins at 7 p.m. Each performer has their own act filled with a variety of different magic tricks and illusions. The show’s producer, Westley Annis, described “Pop” Haydn’s performance to be different from a traditional magician’s act. “For his particular act, he never really performs magic,” Annis said. “ It just kind of happens.” “Pop” Haydn, a magician with over 40 years experience, has been performing across the world at venues ranging from hotels to opening for comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld. Haydn also established a company along with his business partner Chef Anton called School for Scoundrels. Haydn’s accomplishments include winning the title of “Magician of the Year” six times from The Academy of Arts’ Magic Castle. Annis described Kranzo’s performance style to be tailored more to-

ward college students. Nathan Kranzo has received recognition in internationally accredited publications such as “Magic Magazine,” “Genii Magazine,” “Antinomy” and “Channel One.” Kranzo has performed across the world including at the Magic Castle along with Haydn and recently was a consultant for the NBC special “Off the Deep End.” Chad Long is also an international performer who debuted at the Magic Castle with rave reviews. Long’s accomplishments include winning first place at the International Close-Up Competition in London in 1998 and being the featured magician on the cover of the May 1999 edition of “Magic Magazine.” Ken Scott has been a magician for more than 20 years. Throughout his career, Scott has won the Greater Atlanta Magician of the year award three times. Scott also has been featured on CNN Headline News headlining the network’s “A Day of Magic” segment and has been seen on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Michael “Magic Mike” Dardant is a resident of New Orleans originally from New Iberia. Although Dardant has just recently begun competing in magic competitions, he earned 13 first place awards in 2012 at many well-known competitions including the Canadian As-

sociation of Magicians, The Obie O’Brian People’s Choice Award, and the Competition Grand Champion from the Texas Association of Magicians. Magic Mike said that audience can expect a good combination of manipulation and comedy during the show. Throughout Dardant’s routine, the audience can expect to see many crazy antics done between himself and his assistant. Dardant said that this show is one that is very unique because most of these magicians usually never work together. “Magic is something that we don’t get to experience very often, and it is something that is meant to be live because you never get the same feel when you are watching it on television,” Dardant explained. “A lot of people think they know what a magician is about and what it entails only because they’ve seen it on television. Very few people get the opportunity to see magic right in front of them.” Completing the troupe is Harry Allen. Allen is a traditional magician and lecturer whose goal is to entertain his audience with his experience as a performer. Tickets for the show are limited and cost $15.60 three or less and can be purchased at Prices decreases to $13 with a larger purchase.

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continued from page 9 CHEF to work as a saucier, assistant banquet chef. During this time, Trannon returned to school to receive his bachlor’s degree in culinary arts from the Nicholls, John Folse Culinary Institute in 2003. “After graduating from Nicholls I continued to climb the ranks at the Ritz Carlton and was promoted to the assistant banquet chef, and that’s when I got a call from my first high-profile client from Santa Barbara,” Trannon said. “They heard a lot about me from a previous Nicholls graduate, so they asked if I would fly down to interview for an open private chef position. At that time I had established myself in a fine dining corporate five-diamond environment which gave me a sense of confidence going into the interview.” Trannon has continued to study and improve his talent, traveling to Europe to learn from the some of the best chefs like Alain Ducass in Paris and Frank Cerutti of Le Louis XV in Monaco. Trannon currently balances traveling the world with his private clients and Trannon Culinary, while marketing and designing for the Traveling Culinarist line. What are you currently involved in and what are your plans for the future? Well, this year I started my first cookbook; I am still private cheffing in Las Vegas and traveling the world. When I am not doing that

I’m designing and marketing my line of Professional Traveling Chef Luggage. I have a few projects on my to do list: Finish my cookbook. While working in France I fell in love with the French style cafes and bistros. I would like to develop something out of my own and possibly a graband-go style cafe. I am always thinking and evolving. The entrepreneur bug has bitten me. How did the idea for your own line of culinary products come about? Out of necessity; as a traveling

chef I experienced such difficulties traveling with my tools. These difficulties included knives falling out in my suitcase, spices in disarray and items I needed for the job, missing. So much time was wasted due to lack of organization. My first attempt was to go out buy something, but after a long search I couldn’t find anything that offered the components of organization and professionalism that I needed. So, I decided then to create my own. Do you have any other hobbies?

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Vaughn Trannon uses his cooking skills to prepare a client’s meal.

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That’s the beauty of what I do. My hobby is what I do for a living; cooking, traveling and creating new products. My job and business is like a hobby, but I try not to get too caught up in it. I approach them both with a positive attitude; good heart and most of all try to have fun! What is your favorite or signature dish to cook? I get this question a lot and my answer is always the same: I don’t have one. It is really hard to have a signature dish being a private chef because you have to always be

changing. A private chef is much different than a corporate or restaurant chef; most restaurants you might not change the menu for weeks or months. As private chefs, we have one client and the menu changes every night. There is no repeat. You have to be Chinese one night and French the next night. You’re constantly trying to make the same piece of beef, pork, or lamb look and taste differently each night, but that’s what makes my job so exciting. It’s challenging; you have to stay sharp and on your toes.

CHALLENGE continued from page 9 “A lot of students get placement out of this event which is really nice,” Viosca said. “We’ve placed students from Nicholls through this event and the other schools too so it’s a great opportunity and a great job market. It is very focused. A lot of career fairs have everything under the sun and students are inter-

ested in all kinds of things, but this is a concentrated career fair where the companies know they will be exposed to students who are very interested in sales, and that is what the companies are looking to hire.” The award ceremony is from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Plantations Suites of the Student Union.

“Last year ULL won, and LSU the year before, but Nicholls is hoping to reclaim the title,” Viosca said. “The prize is really job opportunities. A lot of times students who do well in the competition, companies are handing them cards to talk about opportunities. So you can really earn the ultimate prize, which is a job, and ultimately what the competition was designed to do.” To prepare for the competition, students use the same tactics as they do in class. Seth Vaughn, marketing senior from Berwick, said. “I’m not too nervous about it. We did so many role-plays in our classes so this is just another one to me,” Vaughn said. “Knowing the product is the main thing and worry because if you don’t know the product they can get you with questions. Knowing and understanding what we’re selling and being prepared for any questions.” “There are certain points to hit during the role-play, and some people hit all those points but they sound so robotic and scripted,” Vaughn said. “They move on because they hit all the points, but obviously they are not as good of a salesman as someone who may not hit all the points but listens to the client and understands all their needs.” Megan Cloutet, business administration senior from Covington, said

although she is nervous to compete with other colleges, she feels wellprepared. “I took the MKTG 320 and the MKTG 420 which is the professional sales class that I have to take for my major,” Cloutet said. “That really helped to prepare me because I already knew how to set up a good outline.” Viosca said the Sales and Interactive Training Laboratory is a key tool used for the role-play exercises that students participate in. “Our sales lab comes in handy. We were the first university in Louisiana to have a sales lab in 2003,” Viosca said. “Basically, it’s like any other behavioral lab like in psychology or education, you have observation rooms. These role-plays are students’ exams in the sales class. It’s intimidating, but it’s also skill building. It’s very free form, like an essay and it can go in any direction. That’s how we train them in the classes. The first class we build up their skills in a lot of different areas, teaching them the nuts and bolts of selling and in the advanced class it’s all about practice.” The lab features three role-play rooms, a control room and a professional conference room, with each of the role-play rooms equipped with professional video cameras and one-way observation mirrors. “Students can watch the recording of themselves like athletes

watching film of the game to self critique,” Viosca said. “As a faculty member I’m going to grade and critique their role plays, but they do that as well, so that’s how they learn and improve their skills. Students can even pull up that information over the internet to access it at their convenience.” Emily Gilcrease, marketing senior from Houma, said in the sales classes offer at Nicholls, students can really become accustomed to the feeling of role-playing and making a pitch. “Once you get the hang of it, it’s not so nerve-racking, plus I’ve been in sales for two years and we don’t have the same exact process, but I meet with decision makers,” Gilcrease said. “It comes more natural, as compared to rehearsed, when you actually have more experience in it.” Gilcrease was recently invited to the National Collegiate Sales Competition in Georgia. She said sales competitions are the ideal place to hone in on skills and pursue job opportunities. Gilcrease is excited about the Bayou Sales Challenge because job opportunities will be more local. “I’m just hoping to get some more positive feedback,” Gilcrease said. “Of course everyone wants to win, but I just want to do the best that I can to know that I gave it my all.”

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Growing up does not have to mean being boring Growing up and becoming a part of the adult world consists more and more of making important decisions. The first and probably most important of these decisions to make is figuring out if attending college is a good jumping-off point. Making the crucial life decision to attend college may come off to some as a step in the direction of more boring school and limited free time. Up to the point of high school graduation, you have been stuck in classrooms and routines for pretty much your entire life. Who in their right mind would want to stay in such a predicament willingly? A person’s desire to further his or her education through attending college does not define character as boring, dull, too-serious, or stuffy—it is one of the best chances to improve one’s intelligence, people skills, and maturity. Textbooks, tests, papers, and presentations are great, but experiences at college teach students so much more than what is covered in the classroom. One of the most important lessons college can teach a young adult experiencing the vastness of the real world for the first time is that variety is key. Students would do well to learn that there are times to be serious and mature, yet there are also times when having fun and letting loose are more than acceptable. Being serious and on-theball with what really matters in school and life, while important, does not have to be always, and being responsible for one’s priorities certainly does not make a person dull or boring.

In fact, students with their priorities in order and who are responsible for what’s important are often the most successful. Maturity and personal responsibility are virtues and should be held with the highest regard.

It takes one of these mature and responsible individuals to pass up an invitation to a night on the town to stay in and finish a final term paper. They also pick up an extra shift at work for some needed money rather than going to the party, or spend a weekend at home with family rather than taking a road

trip. These are minimums, though. It takes an even more mature individual to have the discipline to be responsible way before it is even required. A responsibility professional has the drive and discipline to begin that paper a week early to avoid the possibility of a desperate scramble the night before it is due. This is not to say that having fun and throwing care to the wind is not okay, even beneficial or necessary, every once and a while. Timing is key, here. Knowing the difference between when it is cool to let loose and have fun and when to tighten up and take things seriously is what validates a person’s true maturity. And don’t forget, sometimes even the important, responsible things can prove to be fun or enlightening. Not everything in life is going to be fun, but there is no need to surrender to the monotony and give up every little indulgence to become the stereotypically boring and mature person everyone hates. By all means, college students, you can still watch your cartoons on Saturday morning, eating your junk food and drive-thru meals, and even tackle the pictures in a coloring book once in a while. If you’re going to forget your troubles of daily responsibilities every now and then, just remember to keep your limits in check. Maturity and responsibility levels reflect our abilities to prioritize, so don’t let leisure get in the way of what’s most important for the future of you.

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