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By fall 2014, a few hundred students will She said no trees will be cut down during pomove into one of the most enchanted areas of cam- tential construction. pus. The LSU System Board of Supervisors unaniResLife plans to open the building to all stumously approved a plan to build a dents, David said. new residence hall near the EnchantThe project’s estimated Rachel Warren ed Forest at its December meeting. cost is $22 million, which Staff Writer Catherine David, Residential will be funded by the sale Life communications coordinator, said in an e-mail of revenue bonds, she said. that the hall will add 330 beds to the University’s But not all students think it’s housing inventory and will be built in part of the money well spent. Hart parking lot and surrounding area. “Maybe they could use the The building will replace parking spac- money to renovate the buildes near Kirby Smith Hall. Spaces lost ings they already have,” said because of construction will be re- Lauren Sicard, pre-nursing placed across Aster Street in the sophomore. lot north of the Edward Gay apartments, David said.

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Burrito buffs and french fry fanatics rejoice — a quick fix is headed close to campus this summer. The former Blockbuster near the University’s North Gates on West State Street will soon be divided to house a Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Chipotle Mexican Grill, according to Austin Earhart, an agent with Beau Box Commercial Real Estate. Earhart said this will mark Chipotle’s first franchise in Louisiana. The chain boasts more than 1,000 locations across the country, according to the company’s website. There is currently one other Five Guys restaurant in Baton Rouge, located in Towne Center. Earhart said lease development was in the works for about two years until contracts for both locations were executed at the end of last year. The restaurants will soon begin construction, Earhart said. “I imagine they’ll be moving in around mid to late summer,” he said. photo courtesy of THE LSU SYSTEM BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

As early as fall 2014, up to 330 students could live in this proposed $22M residence hall near the Enchanted Forest and Kirby Smith Hall.

CAMPUS LIFE

Room change requests open today 5 and 7 p.m. to inquire about availability, said Benjamin Dewberry, residence life coordinator of BrousOn-campus residents may find sard and Pentagon halls. a new home away To change from home by cobuildings, students ordinating with HOW TO REQUEST can visit Grace King Residential Life A ROOM CHANGE: Hall on Thursday or this week to change Friday between 9 Today: Request to change rooms a.m. and 4 p.m. to dorm rooms. Students will within the same building by visit- discuss a new dorm have a 24-hour pe- ing the residence hall front desk assignment. riod today to make between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. If a resident a move to a difchanges rooms ferent room in the Jan. 26-27: Request to change within his or her same building with buildings by visiting Grace King dorm, there are no no questions asked, Hall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. fees involved, Dewbased on availabilberry said. If a stuity. dent moves to a difStudents should visit the front ferent building, fees depend on the desk of their residence halls between price difference between the current Contributing Writer

First La. Chipotle to open in BR Emily Herrington

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and future residence hall. If a student wishes to change rooms on a different date, the student contact a resident assistant or a ResLife coordinator, Dewberry said. Geography junior Mallory Thomas is beginning her fourth semester as a resident assistant and has moderated multiple disputes. “Conflicts can range from small disputes to massive blowouts,” Thomas said. She advises residents to use the “golden rule” and common sense when dealing with roommates. PAUL SANCYA / The Associated Press

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Republican presidential candidates debate Monday in preparation for Saturday’s Florida primary. RealClearPolitics shows Newt Gingrich as the Florida frontrunner, with 33.7 percent of the polls. Mitt Romney follows with 33 percent.


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Nation & World

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

Two more bodies found, fuel removal to begin on the Costa Concordia

Giffords’ decision to resign opens competitive race for her seat

Part of budget shortfall caused by one-time money

ROME (AP) — The capsized Costa Concordia has been deemed stable enough for salvagers to begin pumping fuel oil from its giant tanks as early as Tuesday. The cruise liner, its hull gashed by a reef and pocked by holes blasted by divers searching for the missing, yielded two more bodies Monday, 10 days after the accident. So far, the bodies of 15 people have been found while 17 others remain unaccounted for. Baby girl abducted in illegal Mexican adoption ring

Italian Navy scuba divers return Monday from searching for 17 passengers of the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off Giglio, Italy.

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ decision to resign from Congress sets up a political free-for-all in her competitive southeastern Arizona district, with voters set to pick a temporary replacement and then a full-term representative in rapid succession. As Giffords, critically injured in a mass shooting last year, steps out of the public eye this week to focus on rehabilitation and recovery efforts, her departure thrusts Tucson into the national spotlight.

(AP) — The $895 million shortfall projected for the upcoming budget year shouldn’t come as a total surprise to lawmakers or Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. At least 40 percent of the gap is tied to the use of one-time money that propped up parts of the current budget and that is expected to fall away in the new fiscal year that begins July 1, most of it used in the state’s Medicaid program. Another slice of next year’s shortfall is caused by tuition increases approved by lawmakers and sought by Jindal.

French parliament passes Armenian genocide denial bill

Alabama hit again by tornadoes; 2 dead, more than 100 hurt

Baton Rouge bicyclist killed by drunk driver Saturday

PARIS (AP) — A bill making it illegal to deny that the 1915 killings of Armenians was a genocide has passed both houses of France’s parliament. The measure now needs to be signed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose party proposed it, to become a law. While most historians contend that the 1915 killings of Armenians was the 20th century’s first genocide, Turkey vigorously denies that.

OAK GROVE, Ala. (AP) — At least two tornadoes roared across Alabama on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 others. More than 200 homes were destroyed, the Red Cross said, and just as many houses were heavily damaged. The storm awoke families, and many huddled together as winds howled outside. After the storms passed, rescue teams had to go door-to-door in some places, calling out to residents.

(AP) — Baton Rouge police say a 28-year-old man accused of drunk driving, killed a bicyclist and injured another. Cpl. L’Jean McKneely tells The Advocate that Joseph Branch was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison late Saturday night on one count of vehicular homicide and second-offense DWI. McKneely says 30-yearold Nathaniel Crowson died at the scene.

ZAPOPAN, Mexico (AP) — Karla Zapeda was approached by a woman asking to use the 15-yearold’s baby girl in a two-week photo shoot for $755 ($10,000 pesos), a small fortune for a teen mother who earns $180 a month at a sandwich stand. But, Jalisco state investigators say the child was left for weeks at a time in the care of an Irish couple thinking they were adopting her. Prosecutors say the baby was apparently part of an illegal adoption ring that ensnared destitute young Mexican women trying to earn more for their children.

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POLITICS

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Offbeat Students, alumni attend 24-Hour Opera Project program political Music offers bright future parties grace La. Ferris McDaniel

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Kate Mabry Staff Writer

While Republicans and Democrats dominate today’s political arena, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler recently released a list of the 217 political parties within the state, including several offbeat parties that have residents scratching their heads. As of this month, 1,407,917 Louisiana residents are registered as Democrats and 773,183 as Republicans. Additionally, 4,813 voters are registered as Libertarian Party members, 1,369 as Green Party members and 1,383 as Reform Party members, according to the secretary of state’s website. But several unconventional parties have made headway. The Banana Party has a total of 20 members, and the Cajun and Common Sense parties each have two members. In addition, the state’s Jedi Party pulled 12 members as of this month, while the Aerosmith Party comprises three members. Thorsteinn Gudmundsson, kinesiology sophomore and Icelandic international student, said Iceland has a similar policy allowing residents to form political parties of their choice. “I think people create these parties because they don’t like the traditional, available parties,” he said. “I feel like they know they won’t win, but it’s a way of protesting.” History graduate student Kat Sawyer agreed. “It’s a combination of dissatisfaction and boredom,” she said. “A lot of people feel like the current system doesn’t work. So, why take it seriously?” Sawyer also said she is a registered voter but is not affiliated with a specific party. “I don’t think either of the two major parties are functioning correctly, and I’d like to keep my options open,” she said. While many residents are affiliated with the two major parties, some don’t completely identify within party lines. Leah Camarillo, history junior, said she is a registered Democrat but does not consider herself a Democrat. “I agree with what the Democratic party stands for, but I don’t want to limit myself to just one thing,” she said. Camarillo also said some voters may register under obscure parties out of boredom. “I don’t think people really believe in these things,” she said about the Jedi and Banana parties. “I think a lot of it is just for the hell of it.” Contact Kate Mabry at kmabry@lsureveille.com

performers, including tenor James King, mezzo soprano Frances Greer, baritone Michael Devlin and numerous others, according to the program’s website. “We’re not only proud of the history of the organization,” McDonough said. “We are proud of the people who have come out of the organization who are spreading great opera around the world.” The opera program performs four shows a year — two full production operas in the Shaver Theatre and two smaller productions. “La Cenerentola”, Italian for “Cinderella,” is the next performance on the University’s opera agenda. The remake of “Cinderella,” which will show March 29-31, is an Italian comic opera by Gioachino Rossini that is sung in Italian, but an English translation will be projected over the stage. “It’s one of the most beloved pieces in the operatic repertoire,” he said. McDonough said opera and music in general at the University is special and its future is bright thanks to supporters in the community. Despite University budget cuts, the program is in great shape, he said. “I really want people not to be afraid of the art form,” he said. “Give it a chance. We’ve got exciting things in store for next year and beyond.”

Opera is an art form as old as the 16th century, but a group of University students and alumni spent the weekend creating a new operatic piece in 24 hours. Vocal performance master’s student Ariana Wehr, 2011 musical arts and vocal performance doctoral graduate Kori Jennings and 2010 vocal performance graduate Frances Rabalais teamed up with other composers, singers and stage directors to compose and perform a 10-minute opera scene in 24 hours at Atlanta Opera’s second annual 24-Hour Opera Project. Jennings and Wehr participated as singers, while Rabalais was a stage director. Composers and lyricists were randomly teamed together and given 12 hours to write an opera scene. After the initial 12 hours, stage diphoto courtesy of LSU OPERA rectors chose singers and had eight Actors perform in the LSU Opera’s 2011-12 season opener, Giacomo Puccini’s hours to rehearse before presenting their pieces in a concert 24 hours af- “La Bohème,” which premiered Oct. 27 in the Shaver Theatre. “To learn opera, and especially years with the help of some remarkter the project began. Jennings said each team — con- to learn modern opera, takes time,” able leaders, McDonough said. University opera dates back sisting of a composer, lyricist, stage she said. “To have the music be what director, music director and three or we wanted it to be was very diffi- to the 1930s under the leadership four singers — ­ was given two props cult. It’s a lot to ask for everybody of Pasquale Amato, famous MetroContact Ferris McDaniel at politan Opera baritone, and has proto use in its opera, which was to in- involved.” fmcdaniel@lsureveille.com Dugg McDonough, artistic di- duced internationally distinguished clude an “accidental affairs” theme. The LSU representatives placed on rector of LSU Opera, has worked with Rabalais, one separate teams. of the 24-Hour parJennings said ‘We’ve got exciting ticipants, on a numher team, whose composition was things in store for next ber of shows. He said the 24-Hour titled “Edward’s year and beyond.’ Opera Project is Eatery,” received significant because sausage links and Dugg McDonough it exposes opera to fishing net as props, artistic director of LSU Opera new people, who which lent themmay find the art apselves to plenty of peals to them. humourous sexual innuendos. The three 24-Hour participants Five lyricists were paired with five composers Friday night, Jen- come from an opera school rich with nings said. The five lyricist-compos- history. The University’s opera program er teams wrote through the night until singers, stage directors and music is the most continuous performing directors were added to the teams the arts organization in the history of Louisiana, spanning more than 80 Start the semester off right with FREE tutoring! next morning. “Each composition went in Genesis Tutoring offers assistance in all lower level classes complete opposite directions, which Monday - Thursday, 5 pm - 9 pm, 335 Student Union was neat,” she said. Jennings said the teams weren’t DO YOU HAVE AN OCCURRENCE? allowed to see other teams’ perforCall Becky at the Student mances, but the crowd favorite was a Media Office comedy about the butter-loving tele578-6090, 9AM- 5PM or vision chef Paula Deen. E-mail: oncampus@lsureveille.com She said the project was simultaneously fun and hectic. All of the participants knew their final product was not going to be perfect, but that may have been the intentions of the project, Jennings said.


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Sicard said she doesn’t think there’s a shortage of beds on campus, and the University may have ‘It’s important more important that everyone issues to adhas a chance dress. to live on Samantha campus.’ Prudhomme, early childSamantha hood education Prudhomme sophomore, disearly childhood agrees. education sophomore

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Prudhomme said she thinks the University should increase the amount of on-campus living space to give all students a chance to live where they want. “Even if they wind up with excess, it’s important that everyone has a chance to live on campus,” she said. She said she lived in Herget Hall last year and thinks freshmen should live on campus for at least a year to get the “full college experience.” Though the hypothetical building would increase the number of

beds on campus by 330, David said the University doesn’t currently plan to require incoming freshmen to live on campus. “This construction is to build the inventory to the point to have housing for students that want to live on campus and will allow the closure of Kirby Smith,” she said.

Contact Rachel Warren at rwarren@lsureveille.com

STATE

Infrastructure fails first report card State’s dams earn best mark with BEmily Herrington Staff Writer

The first-ever Louisiana infrastructure report card was released last week, and the results aren’t pretty. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ study, compiled over the course of 18 months by a team of more than 50 civil engineers, evaluated nine major components of the state’s infrastructure — aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, levees, ports, roads, solid GRADES: waste and Aviation: C wastewater. Bridges: D+ The reDams: BCONNOR TARTER / The Daily Reveille port for each Drinking water: D+ component in- The Horace Wilkinson Bridge and nearby levee are, according to an ASCE report, in Levees: Ccluded a grade, desperate need of maintenance. Levees earned a C- while bridges were awarded a D+. Ports: Can explanation Roads: D and a recom- flaw is due to an obsolete funding but internationally,” he said. Solid waste: C+ mendation for model, the report found. The report was compiled as an Wastewater: Cimprovement. “Louisiana’s road system is act of civic duty, not to embarrass The study congested, in poor condition and in- officials or push a political agenda, includes a total of 42 specific recom- adequate to meet the needs of a state Movassaghi said. mendations, said Nedra Davis, com- competing to provide economic op“We worked together as good munications director for the report portunities for businesses and citi- citizens and good civil engineers to card operation. bring it to the attention [of] the pubzens,” the report reads. Kam Movassaghi, executive While Movassaghi was unable lic and hopefully that will start a condirector for the report card opera- to estimate the necessary level of versation,” he said. tion, said the study results The report was compiled by funding to address Louisi‘Louisiana’s ana’s infrastructure prob- volunteer engineers, David said. demonstrate a need for improvement. road system is lems, he said the Depart- The only paid contributor was Mark “If you score like that congested, ment of Transportation and Lambert, report card editor-in-chief. on your academic endeav“There hasn’t been an effort like Development estimated the in poor or, your parents will not be current price tag for exist- this before,” Davis said. condition and ing road and bridge maintevery happy,” he said. The ASCE will continue to The grades are based inadequate to nance is $12 billion. share the report, she said. on capacity, condition, meet the needs “Each congressional member Movassaghi said the funding, future needs, opwill receive a copy,” Davis said. “We report card was created to of a state erations and maintenance, bring the poor condition of hope everyone is as upset [by the public safety and resil- competing to the state’s infrastructure to findings] as we are, so they’ll utilize provide ience, according to the rethe public’s attention. Loui- that information to make a change.” port. siana does not place high economic Future plans were also opportunities priority on maintaining its taken into consideration infrastructure, he said, and Contact Emily Herrington at when assigning grades, for businesses neglect has led to major eherrington@lsureveille.com Movassaghi said. Catego- and citizens.’ problems. ries with dedicated funds “If you don’t maintain The American it continuously, the program and remedy plans earned higher grades. Society of Civil will grow multi-folds. A $1 State dams received repair today will become a Engineers the best grade with a B-. $16 repair down the road,” According to the report, he said. “That’s what happened to at least 290 of Louisiana’s 555 dams our state over the years.” are older than 50 years, and 444 Movassaghi said he hopes the dams are privately owned. Only 33 report’s release will lead to a public dams have a high hazard potential, push for infrastructure maintenance. meaning the loss of one life is likely “If we don’t take care of our inif the dam fails. frastructure, we’re going to continue The state’s lowest score was a D to lose our economic competitivefor roads. Almost every road system ness — not only among other states,

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Jarrett Lee and T-Bob Hebert announced as grand marshals of the Krewe of Zeus parade, Feb. 20 in Metairie.

Sports

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Back on Point

Eli’s Giants amid dream year yet again MIC’D UP MICAH BEDARD Sports Columnist

Senior point guard Chris Bass (4) dribbles down court Jan. 17 during LSU’s 65-58 victory against Auburn.

Player of the Year Brandon Bass. The younger Bass’ putrid shooting and erratic ball-handling often made him a punch line for Tiger fans’ jokes during his first three seasons. “I never looked at my career like that,” the 6-foot-1 Bass said of following his older brother’s decorated career. “I asked [former LSU guard] Garrett Temple when I first got here about playing with family expectations, and he said you just

It’s Déjà Blue all over again for the New York Giants. The G-Men are heading back to the Super Bowl in the exact same fashion they did in 2007 — a Lawrence Tynes field goal on the road and Tom Brady waiting in the wings. Instead of sending Brett Favre out with a loss in his last game in a Packers uniform, Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his resilient squad broke the hearts of Alex Smith and first-year 49er coach Jim Harbaugh. The Giants are playing the best football of the season at the perfect time. Since playing for its postseason life in week 17 against the Cowboys, the Giants have taken down Atlanta, Green Bay and now San Francisco — all on the road. It’s really hard to stop a team like New York when they’ve been playing playoff football before the actual postseason began. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has once again found that January magic connection through the air. The Giants’ receiving corps of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz have proven to be trustworthy targets, similar to what Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer did in 2007. The backfield duo of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are still intact from the 2007 team and

POINT, see page 7

GIANTS, see page 7

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Bass, Hickey solidify problematic point-guard position with ‘great camaraderie’

Chris Abshire Sports Writer

The lack of a pure point guard has been a common gripe around the LSU men’s basketball program dating back to the late 1990s. This year’s Tiger squad has two. The combination of freshman Anthony Hickey’s breakout season and senior Chris Bass’ emergence as a viable bench threat has helped LSU to 12 wins so far this season — more than the past two years.

Hickey, a former Kentucky Mr. Basketball, has adjusted swiftly to the college game, earning Charleston Classic All-Tournament honors in November and leading the Southeastern Conference in steals, with 44. Bass has ascended to his supporting role through a far slower climb. The Baton Rouge native arrived on campus in 2008 squarely in the shadows of his older brother, former LSU forward and 2005 SEC

Freshman point guard Anthony Hickey (1) makes his way past Auburn defense Jan. 17 in the Bayou Bengals’ 65-58 victory.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Lady Tigers aim to rediscover early-season winning ways LSU drops three consecutive games Luke Johnson Sports Writer

LSU’s cupboards were perfectly stocked for a delectably successful recipe during its 10-game winning streak in December and early January, but it might need to hit the market for some fresh ingredients after losing three consecutive games. The Lady Tigers (13-6) should have an opportunity for reprieve tonight when they travel to Johnson City, Tenn., to face woebegone Eastern Tennessee State, who comes into the contest with a 5-14 record. But LSU will have to find a different formula for victory, as the Lady Tigers will again be without

starting guards Destini Hughes and roster to start the game, LSU had to Jeanne Kenney, who both missed rely on junior guard Adrienne Webb Sunday’s 72-52 loss to Arkansas be- and senior forward LaSondra Barcause of injuries. rett to handle the ball. The results Hughes is done for the season weren’t pretty. after tearing ligaments and a menisThe Lady Tigers’ assist-to-turncus in her right knee over ratio was a poor in LSU’s 65-56 loss to 11:27 for the game, Next up for the Tennessee on Thurslimiting the effectiveLady Tigers: day, and Kenney isn’t ness of their relativeslated to return until Who: LSU (13-6, 4-3) vs. ly hot 45.7-percent the Lady Tigers travel East Tennessee St. (5-14, 4-5) shooting touch from to Nashville to face When: 6 p.m. today the field. Vanderbilt on Sunday. The problem Without the Where: Mountain States with turnovers has starters and reserve Health Alliance Athletic Center, been a persisting one guard Bianca Lutley, Johnson City, Tenn. for LSU this season, who was suspended Listen at home: 107.3 FM and it was exacerbatfor the first half of the ed by the lack of ball Arkansas game for violating team handlers. rules, the Lady Tigers struggled LSU coach Nikki Caldwell against Arkansas with a lineup that expects the Lady Bucs to focus on consisted of four forwards. WINNING WAYS, see page 7 With only one guard on the

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LSU forward senior LaSondra Barrett (55) makes her way past Arkansas defenders Sunday during LSU’s 52-72 loss against Arkansas in the PMAC.


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FOOTBALL

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tigers host many recruits as Signing Day approaches Ian Fontenot

Sports Contributor

With the Feb. 1 National Signing Day rapidly approaching, LSU hosted 15 recruits last weekend in an effort to solidify the 2012 recruiting class. LSU had a rollercoaster week in the days leading up to this big recruiting weekend. Tiger fans’ hearts were broken at the beginning of the week with the news that five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel opted for Notre Dame instead of LSU. But LSU regained momentum when four-star running back Jeremy Hill began classes in Baton Rouge last week after his charge of oral sexual battery was reduced to a

misdemeanor. The former Redemptorist High star was recently approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, becoming the 20th commitment for the Tigers and the lone running back in the 2012 class. LSU picked up its 21st commitment Saturday morning: Patterson High four-star linebacker Lorenzo Phillips. The Patterson native was able to spend time with fellow linebacker commit and Thibodaux High star Trey Granier, who also made an official visit last weekend. “They made us feel at home the whole time we were there,” Granier said. Filling the void Kiel left at quarterback in the 2012 class could be four-star Oxford, Miss., native

Jeremy Liggins. Though Liggins resides in the Rebels’ backyard, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound quarterback has fielded offers from several Southeastern Conference schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State. Liggins made the visit to Baton Rouge with his mother and grandmother last weekend and is set to make his commitment prior to Signing Day at Lafayette High School in Oxford, Miss. Hutchinson Community College wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson spent much of his weekend with LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The Tigers look to replace leading receiver Rueben Randle, and according to Patterson, LSU

coach Les Miles thinks the 6-foot4 junior college transfer could give the.02 offense instant relief. “Any school could use a guy of his skill set right away,” said Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades. Patterson has narrowed his choice of schools down to Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee. The Tigers reserved hope that the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the country, Mario Edwards Jr., would commit to LSU, but reports surfaced Monday evening that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Florida State Seminole. The Denton, Texas, product has been a Florida State commitment since March 25, 2011, but

the LSU staff was hopeful that they could change his mind after a reportedly great visit last weekend. Defensive end Danielle Hunter and cornerback Jalen Mills — both Texas natives — were also among the other previous LSU commits on campus last weekend. Eight other LSU commits took their official visits over the weekend, including linebacker Torshiro Davis, cornerback Derrick Raymond, John Curtis tight end Dillon Gordon, offensive tackles Jerald Hawkins and Derek Edinburgh and wide receivers Kavahra Holmes and Travin Dural. Contact Ian Fontenot at ifontenot@lsureveille.com

WOMEN’S GOLF

Senior Lady Tiger golfers prepare for last semester at LSU

Morgan Wampold Sports Contributor

Spring denotes a busy time in the world of college golf, but for LSU seniors Jacqueline Hedwall and Tessa Teachman, this spring carries a specific significance. Hedwall and Teachman will compete in their final matches as Lady Tigers this spring, as they are both set to graduate at the end of the semester. Golf became important to Teachman and Hedwall at an early age, and both arrived at LSU in 2008 with impressive resumes. Teachman, a native of Rochester, N.Y., was named 2003 New York State Amateur at 13 years old. She

moved to Baton Rouge following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and attended University High School. Her successes on the course continued in LouisiHedwall ana, as she placed first in the 2007 Class 3A Louisiana Girls High School State Tournament. Her dominance allowed her to place among Golfweek’s top 20 rankings at the time of her graduation. Hedwall, a native of Sweden, competed on the Swedish Junior National Team, which won the 2008 European Ladies Team Championship. She also finished second

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overall in the 2008 Helen Holm Scottish Ladies Open. Now, after four years at LSU, both said they have many fond memories they wouldn’t trade

for anything. “Everything from golf, to my major (advertising), to going to football games has been so great,” Teachman said. “I’ll never forget my experiences at LSU.” Teachman and Hedwall have yet to scratch out an individual victory in their collegiate careers, but they have seen the Lady Tigers

through several team wins. Both said their most memorable tournament was last year’s NCAA Championships, in which LSU placed third overall behind UCLA and Purdue. Hedwall said the team’s 2010 finale made the 2011 finish all the more rewarding. “Two years ago we missed nationals by one stroke, so everyone was nervous,” Hedwall said. The two said they are also looking to make this spring a personal best in order to make the transition to the professional ranks following their departure from LSU. “I’m planning on graduating and going pro as soon as I can,” Hedwall said. “I’m trying to play on the Swedish tour and hope to get

invited to the European tour.” LSU coach Karen Bahnsen said she anticipates a strong final semester from the two seniors. She also said Teachman has appeared on the verge of individual victories in past tournaments. “I’m looking for Jacqueline and Tessa to step forward in the spring,” Bahnsen said. “They’re both capable of winning more.” Hedwall, Teachman and the rest of the Lady Tigers start off their spring semester of play at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Feb. 12. Contact Morgan Wampold at mwampold@lsureveille.com


Tuesday, January 24, 2012 POINT, from page 5

have to be yourself, because you are a unique person apart from your brother.” But his senior campaign has been markedly better, as LSU coach Trent Johnson has faithfully employed Bass’ passing acumen and quickness in his regular rotation for 14 minutes per game. Bass is averaging a mere 1.7 points per contest, but has a 2-to1 assist-to-turnover ratio and 17 steals while shooting above 50 percent from the field. Bass was just a 27-percent shooter prior to this year. “The big change is just the confidence he’s playing with, and you see it in his jump shot,” said senior forward Storm Warren. Affable and polite to a fault with the press, Bass is known as the locker-room clown and the team’s “hype” man. “Such a great personality and just hilarious,” Hickey said of his fellow point guard. “Chris is the guy clapping on the bench, pumping us up at time outs and keeping us all laughing. Guys are almost in tears sometimes from his funny stuff in the locker room.” The senior has kept the clowning separate from the classroom, though, where Bass’ steady improvements earned him Academic Momentum First-Team honors in December from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. “What’s happened with Chris off the court is where I’m proudest of him,” Johnson said. “He has a great support system, starting with his brother, but school has never come easy to him. Chris decided he wanted to put in the work, and he’ll proudly graduate in May.” Despite his growth, Bass has found his minutes still limited by Hickey, who has been LSU’s most versatile freshman since NBA lottery pick and former Tiger forward Anthony Randolph in 2007-08. Hickey has been a constant spark plug for the Tigers, especially on the defensive end, where LSU has held 12 opponents below 60 points

WINNING WAYS, from page 5

forcing turnovers tonight. “If I’m [East Tennessee State] and I’m watching [the Arkansas game], I’m definitely looking to extend my defense and really press up on us,” Caldwell said. “I know that offensively we were very disruptive. I feel like we’re a team that’s better than what we showed, even though we didn’t have people in the right position to start.” On paper, the Lady Tigers look like they shouldn’t have a problem. But Caldwell and her players insisted they won’t overlook East Tennessee State because of its poor record, especially in the wake of LSU’s three-game skid. “We just have to … bring the effort and the 100 percent that we brought against Tennessee and the big teams that we’ve played,” said senior forward Courtney Jones. The Lady Tigers have been consistently inconsistent this season. After getting off to a slow 3-3 start, LSU reeled off 10 consecutive victories, outscoring the opposition by 23.6 points per game in the process. But LSU started to cool at an inopportune time, dropping three

this season. Stats-wise, he contributes 9.6 points, four assists and four rebounds per game. The diminutive Kentucky kid was quickly forced to become “The Man” at point guard, as SEC teams have used full-court pressure in recent weeks to exploit Hickey’s growing pains. “Being under control in the away games is still something I need work at,” Hickey said. “I’m still adjusting. I expect to learn as fast as I play.” Hickey has averaged 12 points through five SEC games, but he also turned over the ball a combined seven times while playing wildly in losses at Arkansas and Alabama. During those struggles, Hickey turned to his friendship with Bass for on-court guidance. “Chris took me under his wing when I got here, and we’ve been breaking down what I can do better,” Hickey said. “You need someone to show you the ropes, even when you think it’s all figured out.” Johnson said the duo share “great camaraderie” and added that each player’s personality has been a welcome foil for the other. “I say this in a good way, but they try to kill each other in practice,” Johnson said. “I encourage that because Chris is so nice, but it still works since Anthony has to up his energy level to match if [Bass] brings the pressure. Outside of that, [Bass] is always cooling Anthony off.” Bass said he has embraced his final days in the purple and gold and wants to finish a trying career “without any regret,” while Hickey emphasized a similar urgency. “Someone like Chris, his mindset is so positive, and he keeps saying this — SEC play, big-time basketball — is what I’ve been waiting for,” Hickey said. “He told me, ‘You have to prove yourself now.’ That’s gone beyond us and become a team motto now.”

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will be a tough load for New England to handle if both are healthy. The last time Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin’s teams squared off earlier this season, the Giants got the best of New England in Foxborough, Mass., 24-20. Giants tight end Jake Ballard caught a touchdown pass from Manning with 15 seconds left to beat the Patriots in an eerily similar fashion to the drive in the 2007 Super Bowl, when Manning connected with Burress for the eventual gamewinning touchdown. While I believe the Giants are a team of destiny just like the team in ’07, there are some distinct differences to this year’s matchup being played in Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5. In the last Super Bowl matchup between these teams, New England was a much more complete football team and was trying to become the second team in NFL history to go undefeated. This season’s version of the

page 7 Patriots didn’t beat a team with a winning record during the regular season, including a loss to Buffalo on the road in week 3. Gone from the ’07 New England squad are significant contributors like Randy Moss, Richard Seymour and Rodney Harrison. Most of the Patriots’ defense is made up of younger guys who were still in college back in 2007. When New York and New England met in their last Super Bowl matchup, Eli Manning was trying to get out of the shadow of his big brother Peyton. He enters this year’s game with a chance to perhaps surpass Peyton’s accomplishments if he’s able to win a second Super Bowl ring. Similarities and differences aside, this will be a different football game. The Giants’ secondary gave Patriots quarterback Brady fits earlier in the season as he threw two interceptions. Brady has been off his game lately, throwing two interceptions to the Ravens in the AFC Championship game Sunday.

New York also boasts one of the best pass-rushing units in the league, with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul leading the way with 16.5 sacks. If the New York front seven is able to get a consistent pass rush against Brady and his offensive line, it could be a big factor in who wins the game. The final game of the NFL season might just come down to whoever has the ball last. If the Giants are that team, something tells me Lawrence Tynes will be more than comfortable making a crucial field goal in yet another huge game. Micah Bedard is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Houma. Follow him on Twitter @DardDog.

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Contact Chris Abshire at cabshire@lsureveille.com consecutive games to conference foes Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas. During the losing streak, the turnover problem has again reared its ugly head to stymie the LSU offensive attack, and the staunch LSU defense that typified the win streak has gotten less tenacious. LSU had a negative turnover differential in all three losses and allowed opponents to score an average of 66 points per game. In its 10-game winning streak — against some prolific offenses — the Lady Tigers kept every opponent under 56 points. Now, Caldwell is going to have to find some answers to right the ship if LSU wants to represent Baton Rouge when the PMAC hosts the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament in March. “I do feel like this team has the potential to rebound, and we will rebound from it,” Caldwell said. “But this would be us learning that no matter who we play, it doesn’t matter what position you’re in, you’ve got to be a competitor.” Contact Luke Johnson at ljohnson@lsureveille.com

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Meet the bloggers Shelby Holloway

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Year: Junior Major: Public Relations Hometown: Houston, Texas Interests: music (making, writing and listening to it), watching race car races in person — not on TV. I’m way too into the History Channel and I’d eat french fries every

Year: Senior Major: Mass Communication (Political Communication) Hometown: Lake Charles, Louisiana Interests: Music, travel, politics, Kate Middleton and cute animal videos, especially on Buzzfeed. Hobbies: Drinking coffee, falling in public, talking quietly to myself Describe your blog in your own words: Consider me your life coach for your time at the University. After nearly four years here, I can tell you the best and worst of things to do on campus and around Baton Rouge.

meal if I could. Hobbies: spending all of my money in 30 minute time periods, reading books and taking naps Describe your blog in your own words: I’m pretty sure almost all college students think reading sucks. However, I’m here to help out with that. I am going to tell you books to be on the look out for, rising authors, different books for different types of genres and books that will be on the big screen. It’s time to make reading fun again, which starts with books that will reach your soul. I’ll help find books for different people that will not only capture your attention, but grasp you in its depth until you’re finished and wanting more.

Read their thoughts on the LMFAO entertainment blog at blogs.lsureveille.com/entertainment.

THEATER

Jewish Film Festival concludes tonight at Manship Theatre

Five films shown in four days

sound like it, but 50 films in less than 12 months is very exhausting.” Festival committee members consider films that will connect to all attendees, not only to Jewish Joey Groner patrons. Entertainment Writer “It’s important to have a variMovie fans flocked to the ety because we can’t just show HoManship Theatre this weekend to locaust documentaries all weekend. experience the sixth annual Jewish The crowd would be depressed,” Film Festival. Rubyan said. “Of The festival course we need screens five films Sixth annual Jewish Film a film about the over four days and Festival: Holocaust because wraps up tonight What: “Nora’s Will” it’s very important with the drama, to us. But we also When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. need a comedy or “Nora’s Will.” Festival co- Where: Manship Theatre, Shaw something romanchair Ara Rubyan Center for the Arts tic to lighten the and his wife Julie mood.” Hoffman took over Cost: $7 This year’s the event this year, lineup included following the death of Hoffman’s the comedy “The Infidel,” the stofather and festival co-founder Har- ry of a Muslim man who finds out vey Hoffman. he is adopted and Jewish by birth. Rubyan said the film selection Rubyan said the light-hearted film process starts almost a year before was chosen because it relates to the festival begins. The committee members of both religions. reviews about 50 films each year to “It’s great when a movie can decide which movies to showcase. get people from all sorts of back“Almost as soon as last year’s grounds or cultures laughing,” festival ended, we started the Rubyan said. “‘The Infidel’ is a process of setting up this year’s good example of that. It focuses on lineup,” Rubyan said. “It may not these odd things that exist in both

PAINT DAT MUSIC

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Art appreciators gather at Happy’s Irish Pub on Friday night to enjoy live music and live painting at the Paint Dat Music event.

religions and brings out the comedy in them.” Rubyan said he was pleased with this year’s audiences, saying turnout was large and has grown from past years. In the future, Rubyan said he hopes to educate

the community about the Jewish culture. “We work with the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge to teach people, especially young students, about Jewish history and culture,” Rubyan said. “That’s the

kind of work I’d like to see this festival contribute to.”

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DIVORCE, from page 9

EXHIBIT, from page 9

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Heidi Klum and Seal arrive at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. The power couple announced their separation Sunday.

of course. Right. Whatever the reason, does this divorce warrant any gasps at all?  The couple consists of two forgettable people: The “Kiss From a Rose” guy and a “Project Runway” hostess. But we’re still talking about them. Seal’s continual album releases allowed him to hold on to what little fan base he has in the U.S., and Klum is se­­t — until “Project Runway” dies. At least Kim Kardashian’s breakup underlined the ridiculousness of all these vicious celebrity marriage and divorce cycles. What makes this divorce newsworthy? The sudden break-up demonstrates the absurdity of the last seven years of the couple’s image. The title of Seal’s 2010 album “Commitment” sums up these years of the couple’s public life. Apparently all of the lovey-dovey displays were moot — or at least some of it was. There had to be some conflict between the two that caused a falling out. No one’s relationship is perfect, especially celebrities. Gobs of Hollywood fans eager for gossip don’t change the fact that this break-up is boring. Where’s the juice? Celebrities don’t just civilly decide they

shouldn’t be together. Where’s the carnage? The yelling and off-color public comments? Even Klum’s German father publicly expressed his disheartenment after hearing the news. I would have liked to see him tear Seal apart after years of biting his lip, but that wasn’t the case, disappointingly enough. The ex-couple can have it their way and keep hushed about their non-existent conflicts, but that doesn’t mean the paparazzi won’t come looking. When personalities like Seal and Klum sign up for the public spotlight, they can’t back out in the middle of a conflict. The two can rest assured they won’t be completely left alone until media rakes out good enough responses about the reasoning for their divorce. With Seal’s new album, “Soul 2,” release Tuesday, the musician will surely run through a gauntlet of interviews and public appearances where he’ll be undoubtedly be asked about the breakup non-stop. But the real question is: Does anyone really care about Seal’s new album?

Contact Austen Krantz at akrantz@lsureveille.com

NEW YEAR, from page 9

photo courtesy of ARJA TURNEN-RED

Dancers from the White Crane Kung Fu Studio perform a “lion dance” Saturday at the Hunan in celebration of the new year.

presentations, including traditional singing and dancing. Family and friends also exchanged red paper envelopes containing money as a New Year’s gift. “After eating, every person in China will watch the China Central Television Station for the Spring Festival party. It starts at 8 p.m. [and lasts until] 1 or 2 a.m.,” Fei said. Tian Xia, electrical engineering graduate student, celebrated the Spring Festival with Fei. Xia has been in Baton Rouge less than a

month, but said he has made several friends. “We had dinner together,” Xia said. “In my hometown, they have fireworks and a special dinner with family while watching the Spring Festival show.”

Contact Raylea Barrow at rbarrow@lsureveille.com

his newest exhibit. Moroles also uses a diamond-encrusted saw to carve the stone. Tom Livesay, LSU Museum of Art executive director, said the exhibit caused a stir. On the exhibit’s opening night, the museum was flooded by patrons excited to explore the interactive artwork. “Everyone is excited — even the security,” Livesay said. “When they are excited, we know we have a hit on our hands.” Sculpting graduate student Tom LaPann said he would usually associate the word “interactive” with an exhibit involving technology. “I’ve never tried stone carving, but I’ve always wanted to,” LaPann said. “I’m excited about seeing granite sculptures done on

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Jesús Moroles lectures Jan. 18 at the unveiling of the “Tearing Granite: Jesús Moroles,” the newest and first interactive exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art.

such a large scale.” “Tearing Granite” will be on display until April 29. Entry is free for museum members and students with an LSU ID and $5 for

adult nonmembers.

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PRESS X TO NOT DIE

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Apple’s new iBooks ambitions will fail to revolutionize For decades, overpriced textbooks have been a pain for all college students. Aside from the ridiculous retail markups placed upon these required books, publishers feel the need to release a new edition every year, which not only raises the book’s price but destroys all resell value, hitting students where it hurts — their wallets. Apple is looking to change this seemingly neverending trend by revolutionizing the textbooks market the way it did with the music industry not even a decade Adam Arinder ago. Announced Columnist and released last Thursday, Apple plans to “reinvent the textbook” with iBooks 2 for iPad. Apple’s new service will be a free app allowing students to download digital, interactive versions of the same bland textbooks used in class. Students already familiar with iPad, iPhone, and other iDevices will immediately connect with iBooks’ easy-to-use interface. My anti-Apple views aside, iOS has a smooth and easy-to-use interface, and iBooks takes full advantage of it. Aside from the obvious text, these new “eTextbooks” will feature interactive graphs and charts as well as movies at the tap of the screen. All graphs and images can be swiped or pinched and zoomed, similar to other apps on Apple devices. The real kicker, however, comes with the price of the books — $14.99 or less. Yes, you read that correctly.

WEB COMMENTS

As usual, the Opinion section of our website, lsureveille.com, has been absolutely buzzing with reader comments. Check it out today, and let your voice be heard. In reference to Phil Sweeney’s column, “Legalizing abortion protects women from unsafe practices,” readers had this to say: “A necessary evil? Really? You seem to forget that pro-lifers don’t care whether abortions are safe or unsafe, they want them

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Philip Schiller, Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, introduces iBooks 2 for iPad on Jan. 19 in New York.

Apple is promising full, interactive eTextbooks for less than $15 per book. Of course, that’s after spending $499+ on an iPad. Apple’s overall goal is to “digitally destroy” traditional textbooks with this new service. While many features seem cool and futuristic, realistically iBooks 2 will fall flat on its face. Quite literally, the biggest problem with iBooks is the size of the books. Apple showed off many

different types of eTextbooks at its iBooks announcement last week. Among those were books like “Life on Earth” and Pearson’s Biology — the latter should sound familiar to most University students. While the heavily-demoed “Life on Earth” weighed in at only 957MB, it only included two chapters of the books. Pearson’s Biology required 2.7GB of storage data. As of right now, iPads come in sizes of 16, 32 and 64GB. Most people opt for the cheaper 16GB model — not many textbooks can

be stored on that if you plan to put any music or video on the device. Another problem already existing in the world of eReaders is readability. Many people say reading on an iPad or any other kind of LCDscreen device leads to eyestrain and headaches after extended reading. Therefore, devices like the Amazon Kindle and its eInk option are more popular for extended reading. For students who have this problem, reading an eTextbook via iPad doesn’t seem very pleasant.

to NOT be performed in the first place. I’ll run this statistic by you on what losses have occurred. 54,559,615 deaths. 62,171,400 deaths. One is the loss of life in World War 2(total). The other is the number of abortions that have occurred in the U.S. alone since Roe v Wade in 1973. The first is abortions while the second is the war losses. In a few years we will have out-gained a war in loss of life! But that doesn’t really matter to you, does it? What you care about is the right of a woman to choose life or abortion. A life is not a commodity or a convenience as many seem to treat it. What one notices from

beginning to end of this article is the absolute primacy of choice that our society increasingly takes for granted. There must be no limit set to a woman’s capacity for selfexpression or self-creation, even if that choice involves the casual putting to death of her own children. You seem to be confused morally.” - Nick

In reference to Nicholas Pierce’s column, “Unborn children should be protected as human life,” readers had this to say:

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“Thanks for getting it right. Although abortion isn’t a necessary evil. It’s necessary, but not evil. We must stop stigmatizing the procedure and demonizing women who seek it.” -H

“By differentiating between the termination of pregnancies conceived through rape and pregnancies conceived through consensual sex, you are making it very clear that you aren’t so concerned with the fetus’ right to life as you are with punishing women for having sex. You are mad because women choose to have sex. The majority of women who receive abortions are in their 20’s, and are already on birth control. I am on birth

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Finally comes the general distraction an iPad would cause in class. While this would apply more to middle and high school students, many teachers at the University ban the use of electronic devices in class due to some people using them for activities other than school work. Students could easily click out of their current book and play Angry Birds on their iPad while in class. Apple has big ambitions for its iBooks update, and the switch to digital books could be revolutionary. Unfortunately, the house Steve Jobs built won’t change the textbook industry the way it did music in the previous decade — at least not yet. The low price of eBooks, as well as the ability to constantly update these textbooks online, seems like a great idea, but at this point in time the world isn’t ready to go fully digital on learning yet. Would I love to see a tablet device replace textbooks, in-class quizzes and those God-awful clickers in the classroom? You bet. But for now, people should stick to downloading free PDF versions of their textbooks online and read them on their laptops or eReaders — it’s a much cheaper and less eye-straining alternative. Adam Arinder is a 22-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder.

Contact Adam Arinder at aarinder@lsureveille.com control. I chart my fertile days to avoid pregnancy. If I got pregnant, I would have an abortion because I am simply not ready for kids. I could not care for them. I will not, however, allow you to shame me for daring to have a sex life. Operating under the assumptions that the only people that should be allowed to have sex are those who are ready for children in every sense is extremely regressive. You are sex policing and this article is steeped in misogyny.” - Volcanoes Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

Quote of the Day “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer and physicist Aug. 28, 1749 — March 22, 1832


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SCUM OF THE GIRTH

Opinion

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Don’t pay mind to dumb ‘Hey Homeauxs’ T-shirts

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but it seems only Alabama fans can hurt us these days.  Even before the Tigers’ dismal performance against the Crimson Tide in the national championship, an Alabama fan began printing T-shirts with the phrase “Hey Homeauxs - we just beat the hell out of you 24-10.” Despite the incorrect score­ — which most us would have preferred — the shirts have become about as popular as any other politically incorrect phrase in print would to the Crimson Tide constituency. The Huffington Post, which reported on the story, has no solid sales figures for the shirt. Individuals in both the LSU and Alabama communities have spoken out against the shirts,

calling them offensive.  This is nothing to get worked up about. It is simply a young entrepreneur trying to make a quick buck. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out a cheap pun like “Homeauxs” will reach Dane Cook popularity among Sen. Parker Cramer Columnist Rick Santorum’s Southern supporters.  It must be noted that the insult was aimed toward the LSU community as a whole, not at the LGBT community specifically. Had the latter been the case, this would be a different column entirely. 

Since it was aimed at every Tiger fan, my advice is to just let it go. Who cares? If we had won 15-0, it would only have been a matter of minutes before one of our unoriginal young capitalists began printing the same shirt in purple. Only we would have gotten the score correct.  This is nothing new. People have been printing offensive shirts for decades.  In Houston, everyone knows about the football rivalry between Memorial and Stratford, two public high schools in the city. Memorial’s mascot is a mustang, which is why it only made sense for a Memorial student to design and manufacture a large batch of shirts depicting two mustangs double-teaming a Stratford cheerleader.

Naturally, they sold like hotcakes. But how couldn’t they? While traditional bestiality is deplorable and disgusting, when the animals are in charge it becomes hilarious and shirt-worthy.  The same principle applies with the “Hey Homeauxs” shirt. While it may not be funny or creative, it still appeals to a hopefully small and ignorant group of Alabama fans.  Alabama fans might find the shirts useful, especially if anyone in Tuscaloosa is confused about who is voting Republican in the 2012 election. Let them have their laugh. They won’t be laughing when Obama wins again.  We had to have seen this coming. After a game like that, it would be naive to expect a

harassment-free mourning period from Alabama. I’ve been called a “homeaux” more times than I can count, and each time I found solace in the fact that my bullies would likely end up nostalgic for the glory days after becoming a professional baseball player didn’t quite work out.  All we can do now is sit back, relax and let capitalism take its course — and ignore the musings of Alabama’s inbred. Parker Cramer is a 20-yearold political science junior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer. Contact Parker Cramer at pcramer@lsureveille.com

SHOCKINGLY SIMPLE

GOP playing politics with Obama and Keystone pipeline

Debate over a proposed pipeline extension came to an abrupt halt last week after President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada’s application until a final environmental impact statement is completed. The president’s decision has been cast as controversial, but it was actually a reasonable response in the face of unnecessary pressure by the GOP. The Keystone XL extension would expand the existing Keystone network and carry tarlike bitumen from Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast, where it would be refined and exported. The project has faced ardent opposition from environmentalists who rightly argue the pipeline poses serious environmental risks through possible oil leaks and dramatic increases in greenhouse gas emissions. The pipeline was first proposed in 2008 but has been delayed several times, most recently in November of last year when TransCanada agreed with the governor of Nebraska to move the proposed path around the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region. The new route would avoid the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world. The aquifer spans much of the Midwest, provides drinking water for millions of residents and a third of the total water used for irrigation in the United States. An environmental investigation into the new route was ordered, and any decision on the pipeline application was delayed until the investigation’s conclusion in 2013. In a blatantly political move, however, Senate Republicans enacted legislation forcing

President Obama to either grant or reject the permit in the next 60 days. Faced with only two options, the president erred on the side of caution and rejected the proposal due to the pending environmental investigation. The decision has allowed Republicans to call the president out on lack of support for infrastructure development and job creation. Republican Andrew politicians and Shockey pundits have Columnist claimed the project could provide anywhere from 20,000 to 250,000 jobs. These job claims are intentionally misleading and come from a report by the Perryman Group, commissioned by TransCanada itself. An independent analysis by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute estimated the number of jobs to be much lower — between 2,500 and 4,650 construction jobs over two years. These numbers are probably too low due to a lack of focus on refinery jobs, but they are more realistic than TransCanada’s most recent numbers. Both sides of the debate are ascribing too much importance to the president’s decision. The president only rejected the project due to a Republican ultimatum, and he has since urged TransCanada to reapply for its permit, pending the results of the environmental investigation. While the proposed changes should provide the Ogallala Aquifer better protection from potential spills, environmentalists opposed to the project should

not find the president’s decision encouraging. TransCanada will most likely receive its permit in 2013, regardless of who is in the White House at the time. Many conservative critics blame the president’s decision on his upcoming reelection campaign. While Obama is certainly in no hurry to grant the permit, since approving the project could alienate his environmentalist constituents, delaying the project until the new route is properly investigated is a perfectly rational decision. Concerns about possible pipeline leaks are not unfounded, though. The existing Keystone

pipeline leaked 12 times last year, and while the majority of these leaks were minor, 21,000 gallons of oil were spilled in a single leak in North Dakota. In June 2010, a similar pipeline ruptured, spilling more than 1 million gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Miles of the river are still closed, and the cleanup cost has totaled $585 million. Costs are projected to rise by at least another 20 percent before the cleanup is completed. Tar sands pose special challenges compared to conventional oil due to their high concentration of grit and chemical impurities as well as their molasses-like consistency. These properties

make oil from tar sands more dangerous to transport and contribute massively to greenhouse gas emission during extraction and refinement. The president made the right call to protect the American public. Projects like Keystone should only be approved after every potential consequence has been addressed. Andrew Shockey is a 21-year-old biological engineering junior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Ashockey. Contact Andrew Shockey at ashockey@lsureveille.com

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