MARCH 12, 2019
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Studying with drugs and anxiety ZACHARY ARAKI ASSISTANT EDITOR
To overcome the pressure for academic excellence, some students turn to stimulant drugs for increased focus when studying. Prescription stimulant medications, also termed “study drugs,” “smart drugs” or “uppers,” can be used improperly by the prescription holder or illegally by a person without a prescription. Common drugs include Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta and Focalin. These drugs work by increasing the release of dopamine and norepinephrine. According to Andrea Peevy, nurse practitioner and director of the University Health Center, the most common adverse reactions to the drugs are headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, agitation, dizziness, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, visual disturbances and erectile dysfunction. “More serious reactions include stroke, heart attack, psychosis, especially when sleep deprived, seizure and death,” said Peevy. “These drugs are often mixed with energy drinks. Additionally, little or no water/ food intake results from loss of appetite, and the student becomes dehydrated, which further increases the risk for increased heart rate or tachycardia.” Antionette Alack, assistant director of the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability, discussed the non-health consequences of such drug use.
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Grading systems to guide success ZACHARY ARAKI ASSISTANT EDITOR
With different classes and teachers, students may need to adapt to various grading formats and studying methods. Dr. Tara Lopez, associate professor of marketing, uses a 10-point grading scale weighted towards projects and assignments. She discussed how her classes emphasize projects over tests. “Juniors and seniors need to be able to apply the course concepts in situations that mimic what they will be doing after graduation,” said Lopez. “Tests are great for assessing a foundation of knowledge, but application requires moving beyond memorization.” Although Lopez does not grade participation as engaging in class discussion, she finds her own way to include the metric. “I have found it difficult for me to keep up with that when I have 40-ish students in a class,” shared Lopez. “However, I do a lot of activities and required assignments, such as attending a networking event, that prevent students from simply sitting in class and passively receiving
Kamryn Chambers, a freshman communication sciences and disorders major, left, and Anthony Freeman, a senior business management major, right, study in the Sims Memorial Library. Depending on the class and grading structure, students may find themselves adapting their study habits to succeed. ZACHARY ARAKI/THE LION’S ROAR information.” For Dr. Lucy Kabza, professor of mathematics, two tests, a final exam worth 50 percent more than a regular test, and homework and quizzes totaling the equivalent of one test comprise her general
class structure. While participation may not directly convert into points, Kabza believes it helps students learn. “I assign problems in class, so if you don’t participate, you’ll
have problems afterwards,” explained Kabza. “If you don’t come to class, you will have problems afterward. Indirectly, it certainly influences the grade and performance, but directly, if someone sits and takes a nap, I
don’t think I can do much about it.” Every subject area can serve best in a certain class structure and study system. “Since English generally involves lots of reading and writing, both of which take thought, I believe doing the assignment early with time to review, proofread and edit, is the best way to succeed,” stated Dr. Joan Faust, professor of English. “Also, the student should work in an area that will not distract from the task at hand including TV, friends and phone.” Faust uses a total points system, attributing fewer points to less important assignments. She discussed her decision not to curve grades. “It can become a slippery slope,” said Faust. “If assignments are fair and challenging, students should earn the grade they deserve.” In general, Kabza does not curve grades unless a test was too difficult. “Mathematics is very objective in a way,” explained Kabza. “You know what you know, and it shows. I don’t like
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Alcohol associated with college life
University policy dictates that two or more commissioned officers are present at “alcohol events” on campus. According to Lt. Patrick Gipson, officers were requested for 21 events for the 2018 fall semester. Students’ reasons for deciding to drink may range from socialization to de-stressing. FILE PHOTO/THE LION’S ROAR ZACHARY ARAKI ASSISTANT EDITOR
Students may find alcohol tied to the college lifestyle. According to a report by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 1.2 million full-time college students drank alcohol on an average day in the past year. For Dontravia Mouton, a sophomore kinesiology major, alcohol and college go hand in hand. “You have parties, kickbacks, games, and you’re gonna find a drink at all of
those events, so I feel like college culture includes alcohol,” said Mouton. “We’re young adults. We’re finding our own. We want to be ‘grown,’ so we can drink. Since the beginning of college time, there’s been alcohol whether you sneak and do it, do it out in public, and especially being in Louisiana, we’re gonna be drinking.” Hayden Johnson, a freshman computer science major, believes socialization contributes to alcohol consumption. “When it comes to drinking, people usually do it as a social thing,” stated Johnson. “It’s just like they get together.
They have a few drinks. They share stories.” Indya Major, a senior criminal justice major, discussed the ways alcohol fits into college culture. “Alcohol could be used as a way to socialize with friends at parties or after a long day of school,” shared Major. “It could be used for more toxic reasons such as coping with stress or depression. The main reason I feel alcohol is so common in college culture is because we are no longer under the constant supervision of our parents.” Although the impact of alcohol on incidents may be uncertain, it does appear to be involved. For students between the ages of 18 to 24, The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism listed that 696,000 were assaulted by another student who had been drinking, 97,000 reported alcohol-related sexual assault or rape, and 1,825 died from alcohol-related unintentional injuries such as motor vehicle crashes. A NIAAA survey found that about two out of five college students reported binge drinking at least once in the last two weeks. “Many people get mixed up with the wrong group of friends and easily fall into peer pressure,” explained Major. “I feel like it’s also easy for us as college students to
see ALCOHOL, pg. 8
A repair strengthens a community Members of Pi Kappa Alpha rebuilt a broken part of a fence in Dr. Ronald Traylor’s yard. Riley Trisler brought the idea to the fraternity. FILE PHOTO/THE LION’S ROAR JACOB SUMMERVILLE STAFF REPORTER
Repairing a 40-year-old fence carries more weight than the wood it is made from. Members of the Mu Nu chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha held a service project for Dr. Ronald Traylor, an instructor of history, on Feb. 23. The men helped rebuild part of Traylor’s fence that had broken down over time in his yard. Traylor explained that he was talking with Riley Trisler, adviser
of the Mu Nu chapter, whenever the subject arose. “I mentioned to him that my old fence was in bad shape and I needed to get it repaired,” said Traylor. “At that point, he spoke up and said, ‘Well, it’s a part of my fraternity that we do certain amounts of community service. Why don’t you get approval for us to come to your house and fix your fence?’ Of course, I said, ‘Yes, indeed.’” Chris Dominique, new
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Overcoming challenges to live an independent life MAIAH WOODRING When students reach college and begin living independently, they face new challenges and life decisions on academic, social and emotional fronts. From learning how to calculate GPA, doing taxes, finding time to shop for groceries or consoling a Greek brother or sister, students
must find a way to manage these new challenges. Balancing a full-time schedule of five classes and family stress, Leila Guidry, a freshman nursing major, believes that one of the hardest parts of being a college student is time management. “I procrastinate a lot,” said Guidry. “I hate that I do that, but I do. So, I guess time management is an issue. I just cramp it all together.” To help manage living independently, Linda Lentz, a senior advisor in the CSE, advocates for using organizational methods like planners.
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“Journals are a wonderful way to help,” expressed Lentz. “I love planners. I highly recommend everyone have a planner because that way they can put everything down and then at a glance see what’s going on.” Guidry uses a different method for organizing her thoughts and tasks.
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Breaking stereotypes in Greek life
The Phi Mu sorority awaits its new members at 2018 Fall Bid Day. Hollywood has created stereotypes about Greek life, but these tropes do not always stand true. FILE PHOTO/THE LION’S ROAR
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While the main objective of Greek organizations is to involve students in campus activities and help them achieve academic success, STUDY DRUGS
continued from pg. 1 “If a student is found in possession of study drugs that are not prescribed to the student and found in a plastic bag or other non-prescription container, it may be construed as misuse or abuse of the substance,” explained Alack. “The Code of Conduct process follows any violation of the student conduct including violation six: ‘Use of Drugs.’” Despite these repercussions, students continue to use the stimulants. From the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, amphetamine products including Adderall, Dexedrine and Vyvanse were the most popular prescription stimulants among people 12 years old or older. The same survey recorded two percent of the total population as misusing stimulants. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids recorded 20 percent of college students and 15 percent of non-students reporting abuse of prescription stimulants. “I don’t think they believe it can be harmful as so many people are regularly prescribed these medications,” shared Peevy. “Students want to succeed and will take a pill if they think it will help. Often, it does exactly the opposite. Many are so restless and nervous after taking these stimulants they are unable to study at all.” Deciding to use study drugs can stem from a response to stress. The Anxiety and
“My computer helps a lot because if I’m on paper, I lose everything,” said Guidry. “Just having a filing system where everything is right in front of you helps so much. I mean, binders are good too, but with a computer, I can go to right what I need instead of flipping through pages and searching for it. So, it’s just much easier.” Mindy Notariano, a senior advisor in the Center for Student Excellence, conducted a survey and found the majority of students who dropped out of college attributed their failure to study habits. “65 percent of them said that study habits and study skills
connected through their shared beliefs. “Greek life is made up of the people with similar ideals, values and beliefs,” said Jakes. “We are all here because we have a passion for helping the community and raising money for our charities. We strive to be a change in the world, and we can do it better as a large group. It is a support group that you will always have no matter what. Regardless of the chapter someone is in, there are always people there for you. Greek life also helps us academically.” Brianna Carter, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., talked about her experience in Greek life. “For me, Greek life is creating a wonderful, life-long sisterhood with strong, intelligent African-American women,” discussed Carter. “I always have someone to eat with, study with, laugh with and much more. We are all working to continue to reach our goals. Greek life is a moment to give back to my school and community through service. Greek life is a time to encourage one another to be great and do better on and off campus. Greek life creates daily opportunities.” Carter believes that she has acquired personal and professional skills after joining a Greek organization. “Since being initiated, I have established a lifelong sister,” stated Carter. “I am able to give back to this campus and community. I have developed professional skills that would help me in the future. Networking is a great aspect of Greek life.” Those interested in Greek life can find more information about individual chapters and recruitment opportunities on the university website. Greek Week, which is a week of competitions and events every spring semester for Greek organizations to bond and boast, will be held March 31 - April 4.
Depression Association of America listed that 30 percent of college students reported stress negatively impacting their academic performance. In the 2017 annual survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, anxiety and stress topped “Client Presenting Problems” at 48.2 and 39.1 percent, respectively. Peevy discussed the occurrence of related cases at the health center. “We usually send at least one student a semester to the emergency room with very high heart rate, dizziness and weakness as the result of mixing these drugs with highly caffeinated beverages,” stated Peevy. Alack encouraged students to keep their medication in its prescribed container for their protection. “We want to help the students understand that unlabeled medications found loose in an unmarked package could be seen as ‘intent to distribute,’” shared Alack. “This is a very serious violation that may result in up to two years suspension from the university if found responsible by a hearing board panel.” As an alternative to using study drugs, Peevy offered some suggestions. “Sleep eight hours a night, exercise three to four times a week, avoid alcohol or use in moderation, eat a green vegetable every day, go to class, practice mindfulness,” said Peevy.
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were the things that contributed to their academic difficulties,” explained Notariano. “52 percent said that they didn’t manage their time well, and 50 percent said that they procrastinated, which really goes hand in hand with time management.” According to Kandace Formaggio, a senior advisor in the CSE, experiencing failure brings another challenge. “Some students are not accustomed to having to deal with failure,” stated Formaggio. “If they don’t do well on a first test or miss an assignment, they don’t always know how to bounce back and fix their mistakes. For many students, this is the first time they have to deal with failure or disappointment on their own, and many of them don’t handle it
well.” Guidry recalled the first time she got a disappointing grade on a test. “It was in psychology,” said Guidry. “I just had anxiety, like I was freaking out, thinking how am I going to bring this up? Am I going to do bad on every test in this class? What does this mean for the future?” Now when Guidry feels herself getting anxious over a test grade or some other stressor, she knows what to do. “I go to my best friend,” shared Guidry. “I just rant, like when I’m just freaking out, or I go to my mom. I remember when I took SE 101 last semester, she helped a lot, just calming down and all that, but first, I take it all on myself until I’m at the breaking point.”
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With the transition from high school to college, incoming students may seek a variety of means to create new friendships. Numerous organizations, such as the Campus Activities Board, can help students find friends and make connections. CAB Student Membership Manager Nicole Redmond, a junior history major, shared her experience with joining CAB for the first time. “Whenever I joined CAB, that’s when I made my first friend in college, Megan,” shared Redmond. “We now work together, and we met here at a CAB interest meeting. Ever since then, we’ve been good friends.” Lauren LeBlanc, a sophomore marketing major, explained her preference for finding friends by getting involved. “Coming straight from high school, I was very hesitant to get involved, but I knew it was the key to make friends and make my overall college experience
The Residence Hall Association holds events like “Paint Party” where students can participate with friends or meet new people. FILE PHOTO/THE LION’S ROAR better,” said LeBlanc. “I immediately new students and build leadership skills got involved with Greek life and joined a with one another. SGA Civic Engagement sorority.” Coordinator Indya Major, a senior criminal The Student Government Association provides students the chance to meet see FRIENDS, pg. 6
continued from pg. 1 students who don’t know the material to get a passing or good grade because it just shouldn’t be. I’m very careful with curve.” According to Kabza, the incremental nature of learning mathematics requires setting deadlines leading up to a test. “You cannot really learn mathematics in one week,” Kabza shared. “It’s important to give students incentive to learn it over time. That’s why there’s so many tests and quizzes and homeworks. So, on any given week, there’s something going on.” Lopez attributed the largest cause of failing a class to a lack of commitment resulting in not studying or completing assignments. She discussed how students can study better. “Don’t rely on PowerPoint slides,” said Lopez. “Too many students study PowerPoints. These are a presentation tool, not a study tool.”
Kabza advised students to read the material before class if only to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary. “When I lecture, they don’t have to pay attention to the vocabulary because they already know it,” stated Kabza. “They can pay attention to the material and understanding it. That’s number one. Keeping on top of all the assignments and re-doing. Mathematics is repetitive to some degree. If you work out even the same problems, it will sink in better.” Developing a grading system can carry its own challenges though professors may try to create one that best serves their subject area and students. Faust said, “Grading is probably the hardest part of teaching since it intimidates students and prompts them to focus on grades and not on understanding and appreciating the material, but it’s a necessary evil in the profession, and I strive to be as fair and accurate as possible.”
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these organizations are often stereotyped otherwise. Stereotypes such as hazing culture can often ruin the face of Greek organizations. Jaimie Jakes, president of the Collegiate Panhellenic Council and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, discussed the misleading stereotypes about Greek life. “The stereotypes that we get at Southeastern are basically the same as other schools,” said Jakes. “The people outside of Greek life likely to look at Greek life as seen on television. Some believe we participate in hazing, and that is not at all the case. We take pride in the fact that there is no hazing in our Greek community. People also think we are the stuck up, rich kids that join an organization to pay for their friends. Jakes attributed the birth of these cliches to portrayal in entertainment.” “Non-Greek members are going to base their thoughts on the things they see on television, which is nothing like Greek life here at Southeastern,” stated Jakes. “I also think the recent hazing activities that have been going on at other universities definitely causes the development of stereotypes.” With all the stereotypes, Jakes shared what she thinks current fraternities and sororities can do to stop the misjudged thoughts. “People are going to believe what they see,” explained Jakes. “So, showing that we are organizations that raise money for great causes and support the community could help stop the accusations. We do what we can to try and stop these stereotypes by setting up tables in the union or around campus to raise money for our philanthropies. We also hold many philanthropic events that are all for amazing causes, and maybe if non-Greek members participated, it will show that we are all here to help out charities and important causes.” Jakes’ favorite part about Greek life is the way all students are
HSM– The Health Systems Management - HSM - Club hosts our meetings in White Hall room 222. The tentative dates are Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 14, March 28, April 4 and April 18 at 4:00 p.m. and a tentative date for our final meeting party in May. Some meetings will be strictly informative, and some will include a speaker that will inform students regarding their experience in the field and their workplace. The last meeting will be a celebration for our members and a party to celebrate our graduates. If students are interested in more information and updates, they can follow our Instagram and Twitter @slu_hsmclub and/or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. MBA SOCIETY - The Southeastern MBA Society invites you to celebrate national women’s month with a women in business panel on Tuesday, March 19 at 5:15 p.m. in Garrett Hall room 83. We will enjoy the company and perspectives of Cari Caramonta, the co-founder and vice president of Gnarly Barley, Dr. Margaret Boldt, professor of accounting and finance with a long career of teaching and practicing managerial accounting, and Angelique D. Richardson, the chief financial officer of Jani-King Gulf Coast Region. Come join us for this conversation and learn from the careers of these successful women. There will be time for questions. Please come and take part in this engaging conversation. SOUTHEASTERN CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION - The Southeastern Christian Association invites you to join us for our weekly Bible study on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union food court. We’ll have large signs by our table in the food court to help everyone find us. Every Bible study is a group-led discussion centered around topics relevant to college life. We are nondenominational and welcome all college students seeking a Christian community on campus.
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Turning to ‘The Office’ for a good laugh Which TV show is the best? “The best TV show is ‘Martin,’ with Martin Lawrence, because it’s one of the few shows that you will be able to laugh at every joke they tell over and over again.” DʼANDRE NOLDEN SOPHOMORE, ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY “‘Teen Wolf ’ is horrifying, adventurous, suspenseful, entertaining - anything you want in a TV show.” FENTON WILLIAMS FRESHMAN, KINESIOLOGY
“I would say ‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ because they tend to push comedy to new levels. They still endure consequences for their actions while still being funny.” RACHEL MENSING SENIOR, FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES “The best TV show is ‘Beyond Scared Straight’ because it educates the youth about consequences that they can face if they break the law before they make a major decision that puts them in jail for life.” ERICA HARDNETT FRESHMAN, ACCOUNTING
The television shows “Bear in the Big Blue House” and “SpongeBob Squarepants” always stuck with me as I matured, but no television show has ever intrigued me like “The Office.” A mockumentary sitcom that films the everyday lives of Gerard Borne employees in a small STAFF REPORTER market paper company named Dunder Mifflin, “The Office” reveals what stereotypical office life is like, replete with personal struggles, love triangles and slapstick humor. I immediately connected with this television show as it reminded me so much of my mom’s office where I spent most of my “sick” days when I missed school. “The Office” resembled so much of my mom’s workplace - from the break room filled with vending machines to the look of the buildings. It was a cool idea to me to have such a relatable sitcom and for it to resemble everyday life. Each episode of the show is full of pure humor. “The Office” makes me grab my stomach and wipe away good tears from laughing too hard. From Michael Scott
acting like an ex-prisoner named “Prison Mike” to Jim Halpert pulling pranks on Dwight Schrute, each episode seems to be funnier than the last. One of the scenes I will never forget is when Dwight started a fire to see if anyone understood his PowerPoint presentation on safety. Safe to say, the chaos that ensued made me crack up. While making the audiences roll with laughter, the show is weaved with plot twists, which flip the series upside down. One of the first major plot twists is when Michael Scott started to date his boss, Jan Levinson. This made me want to watch more and dig deeper into the series. Similarly, when accountant Angela Martin had an affair with her fiance’s friend and coworker, Dwight Schrute, the show took a different turn. This made me feel bad for Andy Bernard, but made me more interested in the love triangle. This eventually climaxed in a hilarious duel between the two men where Bernard tried to run over Schrute with his Prius. A third plot twist that made me dig deeper into “The Office” is when Halpert told Pam Beesley that he was in love with her. At the time, this was huge since Beesley was engaged to Roy Anderson.
“I feel the best TV show may just be ‘Rick and Morty.’ I’m more of a cartoonist guy. You know, I like cartoons a lot. I feel it’s more up to date. It’s multidimensional.” NICOLAS PAUL FRESHMAN, KINESIOLOGY
“The best TV show is ‘Black Mirror’ because it tackles a lot of very wide-scale ideas, and it does it within a succinct way that anybody can watch it and be like, ‘Yeah, I definitely understand it.’” MICHAEL DOSSETT FRESHMAN, ENGLISH EDUCATION
Unfortunately, Beesley told Halpert that the feelings were mutual and Jim would move to Stamford, CT. Schrute, who was played by Rainn Wilson, is definitely my favorite character. Schrute is a weird office nerd that nobody can take seriously but is absolutely critical to the show. His reactions to anything that happened were the best, and always evoked a good rise from “The Office” fans. The fifth season is my favorite one and my favorite episodes include “Michael Scott Paper Company,” where Michael Scott quits Dunder Mifflin and starts his own paper company down the hall from his original workplace. Another one of my favorite episodes is “Cafe Disco,” where Scott uses the space that held his shortlived company to host Dunder Mifflin employee dance-offs and dance parties. I learned about this sitcom from Twitter, and I often saw “The Office” memes all over my feed and wondered how funny the series actually was. Twitter did not disappoint as I have watched the series four times and am currently working on round five. “The Office” best represents the slapstick comedy, and anyone can turn to this television show for a good laugh.
“I think it’s going to be ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ because it’s really realistic, and I get to learn about surgery.” MEGHAN LANG SOPHOMORE, NURSING
“My favorite TV show to watch is ‘The Simpsons’ just because it’s comical, and then it’s also dealing with real-world stuff at the same time.” RYANE BICKHAM FRESHMAN, SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION
“The best TV show, I would say, is ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ because it’s very interesting, and it teaches a lot about anyone who wants to be a lawyer or go into law school - a lot about attorneys. It’s a great TV show.” LINARICKA SCOTT FRESHMAN, NURSING
A call to legalize marijuana for its benefits and everything we do not know In Louisiana, medical marijuana is legal, but I think we need to take the last step forward and legalize it for recreational purposes. Weed has been portrayed in media as this super-secretive drug, but in reality, weed consists of parts of a plant crushed up and inhaled. When used properly, marijuana has proven to be Jacob Summerville effective in the medical world and STAFF REPORTER economic industry. Not only this, but one important effect of its legalization would be to decriminalize the drug so that research will not be as restricted and taboo as it currently is. Additionally, I believe that not many more people will smoke marijuana recreationally than there already are. According to the National Institute on Drug abuse, medical marijuana is used to help people with mental disorders, those experiencing pain and inflammation, and HIV/AIDS patients deal with immune system pains. In some cases such as HIV/ AIDS, there is no other equivalent alternative than marijuana. In an article by the Federal Reserve Bank of
Kansas City, Colorado’s economy boomed from recreational legalization. The drug contributed to over $1 billion in sales over the first three years of its legalization, and over $400 million in medical sales. In that same article, an increase of tax revenue and marijuana licenses also contributed to the growth of the state’s economy.
the national level. The indica and sativa labels and fancy names that go along with weed products are entirely subjective in terms of their effect and have zero relevance to the chemical compounds within the product. Currently, someone smokes the batch and gives an abstract measurement of how much of an indica, night-time effect, or sativa, day-time effect, reaction they have to it. For the safety of its
“Weed has grown three to four times as strong in the past couple of decades, and ‘new’ smokers will not experience the super-mellow feel that was experienced in the ‘60s and ‘70s.” A major problem facing legalization is that marijuana does not have a standard unit volume. I think that its standard size should be considered on a chemical and mass level. There should be a tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol concentration that is standardized on
consumers, we need to go on a more scientific and consistent scale. Next, decide what is the best weight in grams. I will be completely honest and say that I would not even know what to recommend as the standard weight. However, the strength of THC should
decrease as the mass increases. Lastly, once marijuana is legalized, I do not believe that many new smokers will join the market. Over the last 40 to 50 years, the potency of the pot plant has grown. When female pot plants are separated from males, they grow faster and create larger flowers. Essentially, the female plant grows sexually frustrated, creating more THC/ CBD resin. The farmers can clip these plants and grow genetically identical ones, slowly raising the plants potency. Weed has grown three to four times as strong in the past couple of decades, and “new” smokers will not experience the super-mellow feel that was experienced in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Will this stop new people all-together from smoking recreationally if it is legalized in Louisiana? Of course not. Because scientific research has not adequately discovered marijuana’s long-term affects, I do not think Louisiana’s legislation, or federal legislation for that matter, will allow this drug to become openly available. Nevertheless, I think that the benefits of this drug far outweigh any downfalls, and there will not be a permanent increase in “potheads.”
An amazing adventure at finding friends The feeling of being alone is often a terrifying thought, especially when embarking on a new step in life. When I first graduated high school and began my freshman year at Mississippi State University, I grew worried from the fact that I would have to start over and find Johnathan Zeringue new friends. It was a literal STAFF REPORTER case of “new year, new me” as I knew I would not be able to stay involved with the same clubs or clique of friends that I was used to. I must admit that going to college was not the piece of cake that all the cliché movies make it out to be. It took patience for me to finally meet the people who would accept me for who I am. The first breakthrough for me was during my second week on campus. My “soon-to-be” best friend, Brady, sat by me in class and began talking to me. Since he was a freshman, he was in the same boat as me. We instantly hit it off, and it helped that we shared similar class schedules and were both chemical engineering majors. From that moment on, we did almost everything together, including dining out and watching sporting events. Another way I went about making new friends was through bonding over work. Around September, I began working at the Boys and
Girls Club of Starkville, and I was assigned to help out the teacher, Justice, with his class. On a Friday night after work, Justice invited me to go to a fair with him and his friends, and I reluctantly agreed. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Soon, I was able to depend on my new friends and come to them if I needed someone to talk to. It was definitely not as quick of a process as my relationship with Brady was. However, not every friendship is made in the same fashion and the same amount of time. It did not change the fact that both sets of friends were equally important to me. Due to other circumstances, I transferred to Southeastern Louisiana University my sophomore year. While I still talk to my friends at Mississippi State University as often as possible, I had to make the transition once again to a new school. Fortunately, I used my prior experience of moving to a new place to help me find companions. At the beginning of the year, I knew I had to change my system up a little bit as a means to find friends. When I first arrived on campus, it seemed friendly, and the size of the school felt smaller than my previous college. This worked to my advantage as I found out about events quicker, and soon, I ran across the Campus Activities Board. They were having their opening interest
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A room can become a world of possibilities MADELINE CANCIENNE Staff Reporter
Adding certain pieces to a living space can best represent a person’s uniqueness and sense of style from modern to vintage. Whether through an accent wall with a fun print, an accent chair with a fluffy pillow, or a large potted plant in the corner, a living space can be modified to reflect a special art. With personal touches, the same room can be turned into a trendy-looking studio or a practical, utilitarian space, as the designer desires. Brennon Rogers, a freshman nursing major, prefers a practical aesthetic with his living space, using it to provide the basic needs of life. “I keep my room pretty simple,” shared Rogers. “It’s always clean, and I don’t really have too many decorations. I would really rather my room be for comfort rather than style because I’m always running around and never here.” Rogers allows some of his
personality to show in his room through wall-hangings. “I’ve got a few decorations that I like, like my Delt flag,” said Rogers. “I rushed this fall, and I love being part of the fraternity. I also have my Voodoo Fest bandana and my Harry Potter Marauder’s map because I’m a big fan.” Although Rogers has roommates, he shared that their similar personalities are shown throughout the home. “Living with three guys, it really wasn’t too difficult trying to decorate the house,” explained Rogers. “We’re all good friends and pretty simple guys. We care more about the basic needs for the common areas like the living room and kitchen more than what we want to decorate with, but I guess it’s just because we’re all alike in that way.” While living with roommates can be difficult when it comes to decorating, all it takes is compromise and communication, according to Rogers. “I see why it can be difficult
Brennon Rogers, a freshman nursing major, prefers to keep his room simple. Decorating a living space allows expression of oneself beyond personal appearance. Madeline Cancienne/The Lion’s Roar for other people to compromise on a living space, but all it takes is talking it out and being able to come to an agreement,” stated Rogers. An HGTV article titled “20
Simple Ideas to Breathe New Life Into Your Home” listed artwork as a way to create an exciting living space. The article suggested decorating with art from local artists not
only allows a unique and one of a kind look, but also helps support the art industry. An alternative to a large piece of art is several smaller pieces grouped together to produce a
different atmosphere. The article suggested other recommendations like having an accent wall with patterns and vibrant colors. An accent wall, according to the article, can provide an artistic flair to a dull and boring room. By using wallpaper or paint, a room can grow to become full of life. Adding greenery can further make a living space. The website proposes the idea of using fake greenery to allow a living space to feel like a breath of fresh air. For Rogers, an important part of a home is who will wake up to see it every day. “The most important thing to remember is that it’s your own living space,” said Rogers. “You’re the one who has to wake up every morning to see it, so why not make it something you want to see? I like my room because it shows who I am and my personality. When you walk in, you can make an assumption about what my interests are and what kind of person I am.”
The perception of art degrees DIAMOND HOLLINS Staff Reporter
While some may view art degrees as impractical, others believe that such an education may help develop problem solving, organization and communication skills. According to Dale Newkirk, head of the Department of Visual Art and Design, there are various career options to choose from with an art degree. Those options range from a graphic designer or theatre and film designer to a museum curator. Newkirk noted that art requires a certain level of imagination. “It is important to note that making art is an act of problem solving,” said Newkirk. “Creative problem solving is a skill that is in demand. Employers can teach
someone what they make or produce, but they need people who can think and communicate clearly.” Art can be utilized as a medium for the transmission of themes. “Art students learn how to think and to communicate complex ideas through a visual language,” explained Newkirk. “An artist’s job is to convey meaning to an audience through visual experience.” Megan Sanders, a senior art major, shared that she has always been passionate about graphic design due to the junction of art and business as it pertains to optical communication. “Art is a means of communication whether that manifests in visual art, music, theatre or literature,” said Sanders. “It’s important to thoughtfully consider
what you as an individual are contributing to the conversation.” For Sanders, one reward of exposing students to a variety of art forms is being able to approach a problem from different perspectives. “Artists develop methodologies to approach projects from
not only a practical level, but also from a conceptual space,” explained Sanders. “You learn to ask ‘why?’ as often as ‘how?’ when making art.” Savannah Perrin graduated in 2017 with an art degree and works at Dynamite Dumpsters as the head of marketing. The belief that an
art degree will not lead to many opportunities deterred Perrin’s fascination with the subject. In choosing graphic design, Perrin believes she acquired an abundance of skills including the ability Baton Rouge-based band Ventruss released their self-titled extended play in to organize. February. Courtesy of Ben Jewell
see ART DEGREE, pg. 5
Local band aspires to greatness ERICA WELTER Staff Reporter
Ventruss, a band based in Baton Rouge, has been entertaining southeast Louisiana since early 2012. Debuting with the single “Locust,” the metal and hard rock group recently released a self-titled extended play. Ben Jewell, singer, Shawn Saizan, guitarist, Jesse Newman, guitarist, Steven Sessum Jr., bassist, and BJ Davidson, drummer, make up the band’s current members. According to Jewell, an original band member, Ventruss found its beginnings in escapism and a desire to bring people together. “Music was always such a real, fun and entertaining thing,” reflected Jewell. “So, why not start a band, right?” Jewell chose the hard rock and metal genre, in part, because he felt it was honest. “It allows you to feel anything and everything,” shared Jewell. “It’s heavyhitting. It’s a form of release, Senior art students display their craft at the fall 2017 “Visual Art + Design Senior Exhibition.” At the exhibition, students can get a taste of presenting their artwork and it can heal some of the before graduation. Though some may perceive an art degree as impractical, choosing to obtain one can lead to development of certain skills. File Photos/The Lion’s Roar darkest matters in this world.
But the energy within the genre speaks for itself.” Genre notables like Pantera, Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Bullet for My Valentine, Trivium and others influence Ventruss, but Jewell also credited non-metal musicians. “We take inspiration from all different genres such as rap, rhythm and blues, pop, country,” explained Jewell. “If anything speaks to us, we listen, and we innovate.” Since its inception, Ventruss has faced several name and sound changes and replaced parting bandmates. Band members also endured the loss of their loved ones. Jewell discussed how dealing with these challenges has influenced the band’s philosophy. “It’s such a tragedy seeing those who believe in you take their lives when we would do anything in those moments to help them, be there for them, and to spend as much time with them that can potentially save their life,” shared Jewell. “In
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Selling art that holds a practical purpose
Bumble Bee Pottery sells ceramic items including teapots, jewelry and platters. Helene Fielder encourages aspiring artists to find a style that matches their aesthetic. Courtsey of Helene Fielder. JACOB SUMMERVILLE Staff Reporter
A kitchen does not have to be filled with plastic cups and store-bought vases. Handmade mugs, jewelry, pots and plates serve a conventional purpose to consumers while upholding the artistic VENTRUSS
continued from pg. 4 general, no one knows what people are going through, so to be aware of how we treat others and to be wise with our actions that can prevent these tragedies.” The band found Baton Rouge to be supportive throughout the challenges. “The Baton Rouge community has been absolutely amazing towards us, amazing” said Newman. “It’s our hometown, and there is nothing like the support from your hometown. We love Baton Rouge.” Despite hardships, the band has enjoyed some success, and Jewell described the memorable scene of the EP release show. “Everyone was singing almost every song loud and proud,” shared Jewell. “Mosh pits were intensified, and every band member was in pocket. It was the best show Ventruss has ever had by far. That will never be forgotten.” Newman believes the band’s music continues to evolve and that they strive to have a big
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ll want to discourage wellmeaning but potentially ill-advised interference in what you intend to accomplish. Your work has a better chance to succeed if it reflects you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine’s well-deserved reputation for loyalty could be tested if you learn that it might be misplaced. But don’t rely on rumors. Check the stories out before you decided to act. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’ve been going on adrenaline for a long time, and this unexpected lull in a recent spate of excitement could be just what you need to restore your energy levels. Enjoy it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Friends can be counted on to help you deal with a perplexing personal situation. But remember to keep your circle of advisers limited only to those you’re sure you can trust. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Security-loving Lions do not appreciate uncertainty in any form. But sometimes changing situations can reveal hidden stresses in time to repair a relationship before it’s too late. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time for single Virgos to make a love connection. Be careful not to be too judgmental about your new “prospect” -- at least until you know more about her or him. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your sense of justice helps you resolve a problem that might have
flair of any other artwork. Helene Fielder, owner and founder of Bumble Bee Pottery, sells teapots, platters, vases and other goods on her website. Out of all her practical artwork in her store, mugs sell the best. “Everybody can use one,” said Fielder. “They’re a wonderful gift. I think
sound with memorable vocals. “We are still in the steps of finding out what our sound is,” stated Newman. “Our goal with our tone is to sound very original but yet to be like one of the greats.” With upcoming tour dates in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Ventruss has its sights set on expanding its fan base. The band is also looking to branch out to different parts of the U.S., and Newman noted the importance of their fans to their plans. “Our main goal is to play any venue that bring us a step closer to the people who have made any of this possible for us,” explained Newman. “We love our fans dearly.” The Ventruss bandmates look to the future with hope, enthusiasm and big dreams. “We want to be one of the greats who can spread our music all over the world,” said Newman. “We want to save lives. We want to cherish every moment we get, to be the best band we can be for our family, friends and of course our fans. Pushing forward and growing is what we live for.” been unfairly attributed to the wrong person. Spend the weekend doing some long-neglected chores. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel justified in your anger toward someone you suspect betrayed your trust. But it could help if you take the time to check if your suspicions have substance. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Ignore distractions if you hope to accomplish your goal by the deadline you agreed to. Keep the finish line in sight, and you should be able to cross it with time to spare. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your creative self continues to dominate through much of the week. Also, despite a few problems that have cropped up, that recent romantic connection seems to be thriving. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) As curious as you might be, it’s best to avoid trying to learn a colleague’s secret. That sort of knowledge could drag you into a difficult workplace situation at some point down the line. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Instead of spending too much time floundering around wondering if you can meet your deadline, you need to spend more time actually working toward reaching it. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a natural gift for attracting new friends, who are drawn to your unabashed love of what life should be all about. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.
any potter can make a living from mugs if that’s their one thing.” Fielder owns an additional website, Pottery By Helene, where she markets more traditional art to galleries and collectors. Although she does sell her art, Fielder’s passion is what drives her creation process. “If I’m wanting to do a sculpture, then I don’t think about the sales part,” explained Fielder. “I just do that for the pleasure, and if it sells, it’s wonderful.” Mary Smith, a member of the Hammond Art Guild, has featured her pottery in the Hammond Regional Arts Center and sells her pottery at Nest Interiors in Ponchatoula. Smith explained that she showcases her art at other locations and on different mediums. “I have participated at other venues including LSU Research Station, Hammond Farmers Market, and private sales on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest,” shared Smith. Tara Bennett, media coordinator for the HRAC, explained that “Fine and Functional” showcases works including sculptures, wood, glass and jewelry.
In addition to HRAC’s event, Bennett shared that she enjoys functional art because of its additional purpose. “Right now, I have on my desk a one-of-a-kind ceramic business card holder that I use practically every day,” discussed Bennett. “So, I receive beauty and pleasure in looking at my piece of art while doing my job at the same time.” Fielder shared why she would rather visit a local craftsman than a jewelry store. “I’m always flabbergasted that anyone would go into a jewelry store,” expressed Fielder. “There’re 20 rings that look exactly the same, and there’s no hammer mark. It doesn’t even have that handmade feel when they can go through an artisan, a bench jeweler, and get a unique, one-of-a-kind piece that has so much life in it. I would think a really good jeweler couldn’t be able to keep up with the demand because they’re so special, that good jeweler that makes everything by hand.” With over 30 years of experience working with clay, Fielder explained that any functional artistic creation that gets sold contains a part of that person’s identity.
“A mug handmade by a student has way more life than something that’s been manufactured because a little bit of that person is in that piece, and I think the user, the one that’s drinking out of it, feels that,” said Fielder. To Fielder, developing one’s own style of pottery is important since there are so many potters on the market. “When you’re wanting to make your own line of pottery, try to create or design something that is true to your aesthetic or a much different look than a lot of other pottery,” discussed Fielder. For those aspiring to sell their functional art and achieve success in the industry, Fielder shared some advice that she received from Steven Hill, owner of Steven Hill Pottery in Independence, Missouri. “You don’t have to be the most creative,” explained Fielder. “You don’t have to be the best drawer. To be successful, you have to work. You have to have maybe one good idea, but you become really, really good at that one thing. You can’t work eight hours a day. You have to work while other people are going out late at night or going out all the time – you’re in the studio working.”
Exhibit the works of young artists
Many members of the community, including relatives of the artists, visited the Hammond Regional Arts Center during its opening reception for the “Young Artists Exhibition.” The artwork, which will be on display until March 29, are projects from students grades K-12 from local schools. The work includes paintings, drawings and sculptures. Jacob Summerville/The Lion’s Roar ART DEGREE
continued from pg. 4 “In majoring in graphic design, I was able to learn to organize my files and my knowledge,” stated Perrin. “I use that skill not only at work but also at home, and I am constantly trying to grow that.”
Newkirk explained that art can be significant not only in an individual’s life, but also in the world. “Art creates meaning in one’s life, and being an artist is a job that has meaning and value in society,” shared Newkirk. Sanders expressed the value of an education pertaining to certain job.
“A degree in art is, in essence, just like any other degree,” said Sanders. “Its value depends on your goal. If you want to be a gallery-exhibiting artist, an art educator or even a designer or animator, then an art education is invaluable.”
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International Sports: Botaoshi
ZACHARY ARAKI ASSISTANT EDITOR
At some Japanese schools, what may appear chaotic could be botaoshi, a game about knocking down poles, highlighting team coordination. “That game involved almost all aspects of athletic ability,” said Dr. Sanichiro Yoshida, professor of physics. “Speed, strength and coordination is very important. It’s a group sport, so you cannot win by having one very strong guy. That’s a part of the reason why the military wanted to adapt that sport for the better coordination, better teamwork.” The goal of botaoshi may resemble capture the flag with over 100 players trying to topple the opponent’s pole while protecting their own. The length of play for each match can vary from 90 seconds to two minutes, and the poles can stand between 10 to 16 feet tall. A win is considered successfully lifting the pole at 30 degrees or lowering the tip to below 140 centimeters from the ground. Each team consists of attackers and defenders. Within these two groups, there may be subdivisions. Defenders may form concentric circles around the pole with another defender perched on top of the pole. Attackers may divide into separate groups or waves aiming to get past the defenders. Although Yoshida has not played the game, he believes it can serve to build team synergy. “Nowadays, many kids have lost that sort of mentality,” stated Yoshida. “They do not necessarily help each other to work together. This teamwork is a little different from teamwork in soccer and other team sports. It’s more literally help each other like a scrum in rugby.” While the origin of the game is unknown, some hypothesize that it derived from military training in the 1940s. Today, the game is played annually at the National Defense Academy of Japan. At Kaisei Gakuen, a school in Japan, the sport is known to have been played at its sports
festival since 1929. “I think it came from military training,” shared Yoshida. “Now, only few high schools have the kids do the sport. Number one, it’s kinda dangerous, and second of all, it reminds them a little of the bad history of World War II, so I do not think personally the game is very popular in Japan.” The possible militaristic history of the sport may explain botaoshi’s lack of popularity in modern Japan. After World War II, Japan’s constitution was written to include Article 9, which forbade the formation of a traditional military. Efforts from Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, to revise the article met resistance. According to the New York Times article “A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military” by Motoko Rich, polls showed that half or more respondents disagreed with such efforts. The passage of security laws allowing Japan’s military to participate in overseas combat missions were opposed by thousands of protesters taking to the streets of Tokyo. “The point is Japanese country was completely governed by the military, so there was no freedom,” explained Yoshida. “They had to follow whatever the military people say.” Besides history, safety may introduce another concern. With little protection and over 100 players, injuries are common. According to “The Organized Chaos of Botaoshi, Japan’s Wildest Game” by Ken Belson, a writer for the New York Times, school records at Kaisei Gakuen showed a 52 percent increase in injuries from 2005 to 2016. Though safety precautions were implemented such as shortening game time, botaoshi retains its share of injuries. Considering the dangerous nature of the sport, botaoshi may not expand beyond the few schools that continue the tradition. “The problem is you go on top of other people, and that part is very Botaoshi is a game played at certain schools in Japan. It involves over a hundred dangerous, so I don’t think the U.S. would have adapted that kind of players trying to topple the opponent’s pole first under 90 seconds or two dangerous sport at least for education purposes,” said Yoshida. minutes. ANNIE GOODMAN/THE LION’S ROAR
Kelley returns home to finish eligibility
University cheerleaders charge onto the field in Strawberry Stadium to cheer on the Lions at the start of a game. Cole Kelley, a transfer from the University of Arkansas, looks to have that same atmosphere next season as a member of the university’s football team. FILE PHOTO/THE LION’S ROAR GERARD BORNE STAFF REPORTER
Cole Kelley, a Lafayette native, transferred to the Lions to play as a quarterback after playing for two seasons at the University of Arkansas. Frank Scelfo, football head coach, believes Kelley will bring more game experience to the team. “He is going to come in and compete for playing time, and we will be splitting reps between Cole, Chason Virgil and Mason Schucker,” said Scelfo. “His height will help him see over the FRIENDS
continued from pg. 2 justice major, explained why SGA can aid students to transition to a college atmosphere. “Students get educated on how the university works, meet new people, and also build leadership skills,” explained Major. “SGA events are a mixture of fun and service. Meeting someone and forming a friendship from SGA or any club is great because more than likely these people are on the right path. The friendships I have formed with people from different organizations are the best because they are student leaders too.” For Juanesha Davis, a sophomore social work major, her active leadership roles led her to make lasting friendships. “The best organizations that have led me to making connections and friends have been leadership organizations,” stated Davis. “Honestly, organizations that I never imagined being involved in have led me to finding positive friends that would hold me accountable to being the best me I could be. The Student Government Association has provided me the
offensive line and see stuff. Cole is going to be very durable in taking hits. He is a very physical athlete. He has a big arm, so he will be able to really throw the ball down the field well. He is not just a statue back there. He will be able to pick up yards with his legs if he has to also.” Scelfo discussed how Kelley has matured since his departure from the University of Arkansas. “He made a few bad decisions while he was at Arkansas,” shared Scelfo. “A lot of guys do not make good choices once they leave home and head to
opportunity to unite with fellow Lions that I believe I will be able to call lifelong friends.” Emily Browning, a freshman marketing major, sought to make friends by joining a club in the College of Business. Joining a Greek organization can open more paths of creating close relationships. “Joining a sorority opened many doors for me including doors to other organizations and on-campus jobs,” expressed LeBlanc. “I am now involved in the Catholic Student Association, Alpha Sigma Tau, an orientation leader, and I have a job in the processing center for admissions.” In whichever setting, the university can help make lasting friendships through its values and services “I believe the best method for making friends at Southeastern was getting involved and communicating,” said Davis. “One thing I learned fairly quickly about Southeastern is that the people care and that ‘You Matter Here.’ It is more than an expression. It goes right along with Southeastern’s two core values: excellence and caring.”
college. He has not given us one lick of trouble while he has been here. He is a committed athlete who works hard on and off of the field.” Mark “Sonny” Charpentier, director of athletics at Teurlings Catholic High School, saw Kelley excel as an athlete under his coaching. “He was a two-sport athlete who was dominant at both sports,” stated Charpentier. “I knew he was going to be a Division I athlete the day he stepped foot on our campus. He was a great quarterback who was an overall team leader. He worked great on and off the
field. He led our football teams on some great runs into the playoffs. Cole was also a very great basketball player. He would average 20 points a night without a problem.” Charpentier expects Kelley to do well at the university. “He can be a very productive quarterback if he played anything like he did here at Teurlings,” shared Charpentier. “He is a big kid who has a lot to offer. Cole is not scared to throw the ball. He is a gunslinger quarterback who has a lot of confidence. His arm strength is a big advantage to his game.
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Cole knows the game of football really well and has a lot to prove there at Southeastern.” According to Charpentier, Kelley’s perseverance will enable him to achieve success. “His mental toughness is like no other,” stated Charpentier. “He is truly a great kid. He loves to play the game of football, and he has that never quit mentality.” The university will open up its 2019 football season with Kelley on the team at home against Jacksonville State University on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
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Tennis Club looks Underdogs to start on campus GERARD BORNE STAFF REPORTER
The university will try to continue to add more sports clubs this semester with tennis as the new addition. The club is open to anyone who wants to join. “The top few players will get to represent the school at regionals, but everyone can come play,” said Daniel Anders, coach for the tennis club. “This is our first year to have a team. Last year, we began the process, but our group of players just ended up being too busy. So, our hope is to invite those same players back and find more who can help us create a fun and competitive team. ” According to Anders, the coed club will be a great fit for students who quit playing for various reasons. “I know we have amazing players on campus, so I hope they all come out,” explained Anders. “We started because this campus has amazing players who were incredible in high school and have had to stop playing because there wasn’t anywhere they fit nearby, because there are spectacular athletes who want to learn, and because why not more opportunities for campus involvement and friends you keep for life. I played at LSU, and it was the best experience I had playing this sport.” The club looks to get involved in tournaments and competitive play. “We will look to play competitively soon as
available, but tournaments are played year-round leading up to regionals near the end of the spring semester and nationals at the start of summer,” stated Anders. “The tournaments usually take place in Surprise, Arizona or Orlando, Florida. So, we would love to qualify, but it will be a challenge.” Anders discussed that the cost to join the club are not finalized yet. “We will need to price uniforms and court costs and tournament fees and balls, but altogether it shouldn’t be but about $100 and extra costs for food and travel to tournaments,” shared Anders. “I don’t know the numbers, but studies have shown that you do better in class with extracurricular events in your life.” The benefits of joining may include making new friends and traveling to new places among others. “Joining the tennis club will not only allow you to practice and play a lifelong sport, but you meet new people, have a new friend group, and get to travel to tournaments in cities you wouldn’t otherwise go to,” expressed Anders. “If one joins the tennis club, there is no doubt in my mind that lifelong friendships would be built, and people will develop sister and brotherhoods. If you are interested, you should really think about signing up.” Anders invited anyone interested in playing to stop by the Pennington Activity Center on March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
and life lessons: Mistretta’s coaching approach
Corey Mistretta, head coach of track and field, has been coaching since 2004. He began coaching at the university as the assistant coach in 2014. Mistretta is acknowledged for his loyalty and dedication by his fellow coaches. FILE PHOTO/THE LION’S ROAR DIAMOND HOLLINS STAFF REPORTER
For Corey Mistretta, head coach of track and field, entering the coaching profession was meant to be. With his dad being a football coach and his love for sports, Mistretta always knew that coaching would be a part of his life. “My dad was my high school football coach, so coaching has been in my family blood forever,” explained Mistretta. “Early in my professional career, I decided to chase the almighty dollar in the business world. Then, in 2004, I decided to make a career change and began teaching and coaching at the high school level. It has been the best decision I ever made. Since 2004, I have never felt like I was going to work.” When a position opened at the university in 2014, Mistretta joined the Lions as the assistant coach of track and field. “Working for Southeastern is awesome,” said Mistretta. “We have a very close family
here, and everyone works very well together.” During his tenure as a coach, Mistretta learned aspects of filling the role. Mistretta shared, “If I have learned one thing since taking over the program, it’s that I need to keep getting better every day or the competitive schools in the Southland Conference will make me look very bad.” Michael Rheams Jr., assistant coach of track and field, described what working under Mistretta’s leadership is like. “Working with Corey has been an amazing experience and an extreme honor,” stated Rheams. “Not only is he one of the hardest working coaches I’ve ever met, but he’s also a very genuine person and truly values those around him.” Rheams highlighted Mistretta’s loyalty and devotion to members of the team. “One thing that I admire most about Corey is his faithfulness to the student-athletes,” explained Rheams. “I have seen athletes get theirselves in a bind and not make the best choices and deserve to be cut loose. However,
coach Mistretta will give chances to those that do not deserve it. With love and passion, he gives chances to the undeserving.” According to Kia Coleman, a freshman jumper, Mistretta uplifts her on unpleasant days. “It is very exciting having coach Mistretta as a coach,” shared Coleman. “His energy is always at 100. I could have the worst day ever and come speak to him, and he brings me up with his energy.” Coleman believes Mistretta brings a fatherly presence to practice. “He makes us come and talk to him when we need to, and he senses when something isn’t going right,” stated Coleman. As a coach, Mistretta tries to teach studentathletes life lessons such as accountability. “Each of us will struggle and fall from time to time,” said Mistretta. “So, when we do, stand up, raise your hand, admit your shortcoming, then consciously make an effort to not let it happen again. Growth through failure is a real thing.”
Athletes’ social media represents more MADELINE CANCIENNE STAFF REPORTER
To ensure student-athletes represent the university well, regulations are implemented for their social media usage. Rick Fremin, head coach of softball, advises his players to be cautious of what their social media represents. “Think before you post, try and be responsible, try to stay away Ceci Mercier, a senior on the tennis team, watches the ball in a match against from poor language, and be aware of what you’re connecting McNeese State University. Daniel Anders, coach of the Tennis Club, looks to build yourself to,” said Fremin. a sports club for tennis on campus. FILE PHOTO/THE LION’S ROAR Similarly, Ayla Guzzardo, head coach of women’s basketball, keeps the rule simple: Do not post anything that will be interpreted as inappropriate. Guzzardo also mandates that the players allow This Week’s Puzzle AnsWers the coach to follow their social media accounts to regulate what they post online. “Each player must allow a designated assistant coach to follow their page,” shared Guzzardo. “If we find out that they have another page, which we will, they will be told to remove all accounts. If they post something inappropriate, they will be spoken to about what is inappropriate and why. Once, and if, it is done again, they will lose social media privileges.” While some athletes may not approve of the rules, Guzzardo explained that they are implemented for a reason. “I don’t believe they truly like the rules given, but I know with everyone on social media and how all young athletes have to explain every emotion on social media, there has to be rules in place and structure for actions,” stated Guzzardo. Brennan Breaud, a senior infielder, believes the rules regarding social media are created to help athletes represent the university to the best of their abilities.
“They go into depth on it pretty early on in the season,” explained Breaud. “They try to tell us to kind of stay off of posting and reposting because obviously everyone can see.” According to Breaud, the rules are implemented to do more good than harm, and so far, the rules have not been an issue. “All the athletes do a pretty good job of keeping with the rules,” shared Breaud. “Since I’ve been here, and this is my fourth year, there’s never been a social media problem. Me personally, I don’t post much just because I don’t want to run into that problem.” Matt Riser, head coach of baseball, pointed out that reposting something is also a representation of oneself. “We have a departmentwide rulebook that we have to go over the first meeting of the year, but to keep it basic is just ‘Hey, man, just post positive things,’” said Riser. “’Don’t post anything negative, and also your retweets are a reflection of what you do, so you may not actually text it out, but a retweet is the same thing as saying it.’” When social media rules are violated, repercussions will be set to follow depending on the severity of the incident. “We want a positive reflection of what we are and who we are,” explained Riser. “However, sometimes they make mistakes, and those things will be reprimanded at a case-by-case basis. It just kind of depends on the extremity of it and how much we feel like it wasn’t appropriate to do that. If it’s detrimental enough, it could mean removal or dismissal, but that’s in the handbook as well.” Across the board, the university’s social media policy for athletes remains constant. As long as athletes adhere to the handbook, they are free to post whatever they want.
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Biology lives in nature and research GERARD BORNE Staff Reporter
The Department of Biological Sciences, located on south campus, offers research and job opportunities that can mean more than a standard office setting. In addition to opening the door to diverse job environments, from research in the field to a job at a walk-in clinic, the biological sciences department can be a gateway to hands-on experiences. With a building that boasts over $4 million dollars in teaching and research equipment, including laboratories, a roof-top greenhouse, a vivarium, computer lab and electron microscopy center, the department also boasts a highly-ranked graduate degree program. Christopher Beachy, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, discussed what the department has to offer. “We offer research opportunities for our students to learn about biological sciences a little bit more, and we feel like that is the best way for them to learn,” explained Beachy. “Research is how science operates, and getting involved in the research process is one of the best ways to become a good scientist. Southeastern is a university where students come to get a bachelor’s degree in order to go to medical school or veterinarian school.” Beachy explained that the department’s goal is to make students feel connected with professors rather than providing the normal college experience. “We also make our department seem like a small school environment, which I have taught at small schools, and this by no means is a small school,” said Beachy. “We have over 800 majors come through the biological sciences department, and our faculty does a great job making that number feel smaller to students.” In addition to being proud of a department that gives off a smaller feel, Beachy is also proud of their growing accomplishments. This past
year, the department published more scientific articles. “We produce a lot of peer reviewed scientific articles this past year with 52, that number is very good, usually we are in the mid 30s,” shared Beachy. “With that being said, we did a very great job producing that much this past school year. We have to thank our teachers, scholars and servants for that number because without them none of that would be possible.” According to Beachy, a degree in the biological sciences field can offer multiple opportunities in the workforce. “You can go to medical school with the degree, or you can go straight into the work force,” stated Beachy. “The pay is not great right after graduation because most students are acquiring more bills because of more schooling. Those who choose more schooling after Southeastern tend to make a lot more money with no real salary cap. There is an endless amount of possibilities.” Kristen Burrick, a junior biological sciences major, discussed what sparked her interest in microbiology and her post-graduate goals. “Ever since I was a child, I would collect toads in the yard and found that really fascinating,” explained Bourg. “I was just really always interested as a kid. I hope to get a job in a lab setting. I have tried research within the field, but it was not for me.” Burrick had a word of advice for those interested in biological sciences. “If you are grossed out by it, you should not do it because it will lose your interest very quickly,” stated Burrick. The most enjoyable part of the department for Ahian Medina, another junior biological sciences major, is learning information about the subject. “It is a great department that teaches and informs you a lot about biology,” shared Medina. “It gives you a new perspective on life and makes you appreciate the smallest things. You walk outside and truly appreciate everything around you.”
At “Rock-n-Roar” 2018, the biological sciences department set up a reptile exhibit for high school students to observe. File Photo/The Lion’s Roar ALCOHOL
continued from pg. 1 not realize how often or how much we drink because we are at an age where ‘living in the moment’ is a common feeling.” Jacob Hopkins, a freshman social work major, found getting alcohol to be easier in college than anywhere else. The stress of college factors into his decision to drink. “It helps us destress,” shared Hopkins. “College is really stressful. I like to go out with my boys and drink. It helps take the edge off.” Depending on whether or not Mouton goes out with her roommates or friends, she may drink once every one or two weeks. She encouraged responsible drinking. Mouton said, “If you know
you’re going out, make sure you have a DD. Make sure you have at least two friends that are sober enough to watch over the group because you don’t want your friend leaving with someone they don’t know. You don’t want your friend acting a fool when they’re drunk.” Despite varied drinking habits and alcohol’s presence in college, proper awareness can counter potential harmful consequences of alcohol consumption. “If you know your limit and you don’t go past it, you’re good,” explained Hopkins. “If you know you’re a lightweight, don’t go out drinking a lot with your friends, but if you know you can handle your liquor, you can go out and drink as much as you want, and it should be fine as long as you don’t go past that point.”
Cannabidiol products were made legal in all 50 states last December. This CBD product can be purchased in many forms such as the edible gel above. The Ra Shop is one of the places in Hammond where this product is sold. Provided that the products do not exceed 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, CBD is legal to be included in federal products. Jacob Summerville/The Lion’s Roar
Uses of CBD since legalization JACOB SUMMERVILLE Staff Reporter
Since last December, products containing cannabidiol can be purchased in all 50 states. Under the 2018 farm bill, hemp and hemp-related products are now federally legal to sell as long as the products do not contain more than 0.3 percent concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, in dry weight. This bill means that hemp and cannabidiol can be legally included in federal products. An article written by Lisa Gill, deputy content editor for Consumer Reports, further explained the implications of the new bill. “By changing how marijuana is defined in the Controlled Substances Act so that it doesn’t include hemp, the bill effectively removes CBD derived from hemp from the DEA’s list of controlled substances,” stated Gill. Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a compound found in the flowers of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp oil is one product that contains CBD, and hemp oil contains a larger amount of THC than cannabis oil. THC is the compound responsible for causing the “high” feeling
in hemp and cannabis users. In addition to its commercial uses, hemp and CBD are also being studied in the medical field. An article written by Peter Grinspoon, an author at the Harvard Health Blog, explained how CBD may be used as a treatment option. Grinspoon wrote, “CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and LennoxGastaut syndrome, which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether.” CBD is also used to treat anxiety and may help people who suffer from insomnia, according to Grinspoon. He mentioned that a study by the European Journal of Pain stated that cannabidiol could lower pain caused by arthritis. CBD Daily, a skin care company based in Los Angeles, California, promotes its intensive cream as a product that acts as a moisturizer and relieves discomfort. In Hammond, the Ra Shop located on North Oak Street sells CBD products including oil and cannabidiol edibles. Hemp and
CBD products can be bought through websites like Amazon and eBay. The production and sale of CBD is legal in other countries, including Spain. The article “Sale of products containing cannabidiol (CBD) in Spain,” written by Miguel Torres, a lawyer and a lecturer at the law school of the University of Barcelona, explained the European Union’s regulation on CBD as a food. “From now on, it follows that any extract regardless of its concentration is considered as a new food,” shared Torres. “Consequently, it appears that CBDenriched products produced in the EU will be out of the market.” The article stated that CBD is also used in cosmetics and that the production of cannabidiol does not fall under European regulations as a narcotic drug because the compound is not psychotropic. Grinspoon advised people who wish to try CBD or hemp products that without quality evidence in human studies, the compound is not completely understood. “If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking,” said Grinspoon.
Tawny crazy ants pushing fire ants out of sugarcane fields
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tawny crazy ants are pushing fire ants out of some Louisiana sugar cane fields — one of the few places people are happy to see fire ants. Entomologists worry that the new invaders could hurt the crop. “Louisiana sugarcane farmers are some of the only folks in the southern U.S. that welcome fire ants into their property, because they do a great job controlling our No. 1 pest, the sugarcane borer,” said Blake Wilson, an LSU AgCenter agronomist. “It helps them use less insecticide and save money.” Sugarcane borers are moth larvae that tunnel into sugarcane stalks, eating sugar and blocking the upward flow of nutrients. Fire ants have been around more than 50 years. Tawny crazy ants, a Brazilian species first found in Texas in 2002, began moving into some Louisiana sugar cane fields a couple of years ago, Wilson said. They’re flea-sized and their bite is much less painful than a fire ant’s sting, but they make up in numbers what they lack in strength, showing up in the millions, scrambling randomly as they forage. They’ve made a major name for themselves as urban pests, short-circuiting electrical equipment and clogging switches. When pesticide’s applied, heaps of dead ants shield others which scramble over their bodies. “When dead ants build up in piles, the piles must be removed to treat the area under the dead ant piles,” the LSU AgCenter notes on its website. Use a leaf-blower so remaining pesticide isn’t disturbed, it advises. In sugar cane fields, tawny crazy ants do eat sugarcane borers. But a big worry is that they also are known to protect aphids and other sapsucking insects that exude a sweet substance called honeydew, which ants eat, Wilson said. Florida is the nation’s top sugarcane producer. A survey of ants in Florida’s sugar cane fields in 2017 and 2018 didn’t turn up any tawny crazy ants, said Julien Beuzelin, an assistant professor of insect ecology and pest management at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Beuzelin said he had read that either the ant or a closely related species has been reported in coastal Palm Beach County, which accounts for 70 percent of Florida’s sugar acreage. “I don’t know the biology of the insect COMMUNITY SERVICE
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member educator for the chapter, shared that the chapter wanted to give back to Traylor due to his connection to the fraternity. “Dr. Traylor has always been a good friend of members of our fraternity and has helped us out along our way,” discussed Dominique. “So, we thought we’d return the favor where we could.” About a dozen members showed up to Traylor’s house that Saturday to start repairing the broken fence. Christian Barrow, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, explained his part in the project. “The job we were tasked with was patching up and reinforcing different parts
really well, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t get” to the cane fields, he said. A University of Florida study published in 2013 looked at sap-sucking insects, also called hemipterans, on 15 other kinds of plants. It found that plants with more crazy ants also had more sap-suckers. Those on southern red cedar and magnolia trees “were covered with carton shelters” that the ants likely had created to protect them, the researchers wrote. Dr. Bill Ree of Texas A&M University has found the ants protecting aphids on pecan trees, said Dr. Robert T. Puckett, the school’s extension entomologist. “These ants are a species that spends a lot of time feeding on the sugary honeydew,” Puckett said. He said people in row-crop agriculture are worried, but he doesn’t know if anyone has much information about how much or little harm they may do in crops. Wilson is planning studies to look at the crazy ants’ effectiveness at keeping down sugarcane borer infestations, and others to look at their interactions with other insects. “We’re also trying to get a better understanding of where they’re present and how quickly they’re expanding into new areas,” he said. The ants have been found in at least 26 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, including 16 of the 24 where sugar cane is grown. Wilson said they’ve been found in cane fields in Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, St. James, Assumption, St. Martin and Iberia parishes. “Even within those parishes distribution can be pretty spotty,” Wilson said. “I’ve seen some areas where they’re in one field, and you go across the highway and they’re not in those fields yet.” Tawny crazy ants have been on the move for nearly two decades since a Texas pest control operator identified them in 2002 as a new invader — or, as an IFAS Extension Service coloring book puts it, ant-vader . “For a few years they just kind of smoldered away in Houston. We’ve got them now in 39 counties. That’s just confirmed populations,” Puckett said. “They’re in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, up into Georgia.” And since they’re in one Georgia county that borders South Carolina, he said, “It’s pretty clear they’re going to be into South Carolina soon.”
of the fence to become more sustainable,” shared Barrow. “With a few tools, extra wood and some elbow grease, we were able to reinforce and replace parts of the fence that were either sagging, out of place or simply missing. Thankfully, lots of our brothers are very resourceful in this area, and the others were very eager to learn.” After the project was complete, Traylor’s wife prepared a meal for the fraternity members. “Those young men demolished, absolutely destroyed, a seven-pound pork roast,” explained Traylor. “We had pulledpork sandwiches and all the fixings. So, everybody came out ahead. They got fed, and we got a good fence.” According to Barrow, the project turned
out to be a fun act of community service. “Despite the talks of rain or blistering heat, we still went through with the idea of putting others before ourselves,” shared Barrow. “In turn, it came out to be a very fun and productive Saturday for all of us.” Traylor believes that a major part of Greek life should be about giving back to the community. Through this project, he shared that he appreciated the chapter’s use of their time. “When I give up my time, I am giving up my most precious commodity, and that’s what they did for me,” said Traylor. “They gave up their time, and that is why I appreciate their help so much.”
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