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Permitted to Party Annual Carlotta Street Block Party continues this year without hassle By Ashley Norsworthy Entertainment Writer

After last year’s disaster, the Carlotta Street Block Party for Halloween was not expected to continue. But when the party became legal with the help of the Northgate Merchants Association, things started to look up. “[The Baton Rouge Police] came to us and wanted the party to happen,” said Jared Loftus, owner of Tiger District and president of the NGMA. “They’ve worked with us and helped us out.” Loftus said BRPD was aware the party would occur no matter what, but they reached out to the organization so another catastrophe could be avoided. At last year’s party, police on horses and foot attempted to keep the crowd off the street because of the lack of street closures. At the night’s end, no partygoers were allowed access to Carlotta and Chimes streets. A man was tasered, and

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[Above] Costumed students enjoy Carlotta Street’s annual Halloween block party. [Right] A partygoer lies on the sidewalk during the party on Carlotta Street.

many were arrested. “It’s costing us about $1,500 to get a permit,” Loftus said in October. The permit included insurance and street closures. Police were also required to be present. The question remains why the NGMA stepped up and took on the responsibility. “Carlotta doesn’t have a set organization that governs them. It’s a loose group of individuals,” Loftus said. “There’s no one they can go to to count on to make the process happen.” So the members of the NGMA, with the permission of the residents of Carlotta, put up the money for the permit and acquired a beer truck so they could make the money back. “It’s our neighborhood. We wanted to see it happen,” Loftus said. Partygoers were satisfied with the event. Ben Abbott, history senior, CARLOTTA, see page 22



2008 saw loss of great minds This year saw the loss of many great minds in the entertainment industry. Most of these people, until their death and after, were recognized as cultural icons. The year started with the passing of Heath Ledger. His sudden death on Jan. 22 took everyone by surprise. Ledger was found dead from an BLAKE LEJEUNE accidental prescription pill Entertainment Writer overdose in his Manhattan apartment. Before his death, there was underground buzz about his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” After the film’s worldwide release in the summer, petitions formed to nominate Ledger for a posthumous Oscar. Ledger’s terrifying transformation was so convincing that many moviegoers — myself included — couldn’t believe it was actually him on screen. Ledger’s death was tragic because he had so much promise as an actor. His powerhouse performances in films such as “Monster’s Ball” and his Academy Awardnominated turn in “Brokeback Mountain” drew comparisons to Marlon Brando and Sean Penn. Sadly, Ledger wasn’t the only movie star to pass away this year. Two American film icons, Charlton Heston and Paul Newman, left this world. Heston, a DEATHS, see page 22


Lower gas prices unlikely to increase touring Tours booked months in advance By Lauren Walck Entertainment Writer

With gas prices at an all-time high this summer, many bands cut back on touring during what is usually prime concert season. Traveling shorter distances and sticking to big cities, bands without the luxury of a label suffered under the weight of record-breaking gas prices. But with a now official U.S. recession, gas prices have fallen al-


‘Gas is one of those expenditures that’s going to get you either way. Josh Nee

political science senior

most 57 percent from $4.114 a gallon in July to $1.773 on Friday. So cheaper gas means more vans packed with amps, guitars and hung over musicians will be hitting the pavement, right? Not necessarily. For one thing, tours have to be booked a couple

months in advance, so unless gas prices stay low through the spring, there won’t be major overhauls to tour dates until the summer. “The gas drop didn’t affect our immediate plans because they’ve been booked for a while,” said Josh Nee, political science senior and drummer for Man Plus Building and We Landed On The Moon!. “But we don’t have to be so strict with getting from point A to point B. We get to be a little more touristy and look around each city.” Nee said We Landed on the Moon! has had its winter tour dates booked for about a month and a GAS, see page 21

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Brad Fusilier, mechanical engineering sophomore, fills up his car at Circle K on Burbank Drive just south of campus.


Annual Carlotta Street Block Party continues this year without hassle ‘Gas is one of those expenditures that’s going to get you either way....