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Proposed bill would cap TOPS funding Quint Forgey Staff Writer

a “good music life” that persuaded him to begin playing the trumpet. He soon switched to the trombone and later picked up the bassoon. Studying the two instruments at the same time proved incompatible, though. The trombone has a mouthpiece while the bassoon has reeds, calling for different skill sets. “My trombone teacher asked me to stop

Louisiana State Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish is looking to slice the amount of money students receive for TOPS by proposing a cap on the popular program in the upcoming state legislative session. The legislation, Senate Bill 34, would increase TOPS, which covers tuition at any state public university, by 10 percent in fall 2014, with the cap percentage changing each subsequent two years. For example, if the University’s tuition was $10 this year, and TOPS covered the entire $10 amount, the legislation would change the amount of money TOPS covers to $11 at the start of the next school year — a 10 percent increase in the amount of money TOPS currently covers. With universities raising tuition on a yearly basis, the amount of money the state pays for TOPS could be more than a 10 percent increase if the legislation isn’t passed. For every two years after

BASSOONIST, see page 15

TOPS, see page 15

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Bassoonist Per Hannevold, professor at the Greg Academy, University of Bergen and Bergen Wind Quintet member, performs Wednesday in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall.

University hosts Norwegian bassoonist for concert Olivia McClure Senior Reporter

At a concert Wednesday, Per Hannevold’s music swayed from high notes to low notes, from allegro to adagio. For Hannevold, it was reminiscent of a past tug of war between a musician and his instruments. The bassoon won.

Hannevold, a Norwegian bassoonist, visited the University this week as part of the School of Music’s Manship Guest Artist Series. Though he has been the principal bassoon of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 1979, Hannevold was once caught in a love triangle with the trombone and the bassoon. Hannevold grew up in a small town with


Senate urges for creation of online syllabus database Jacquelyn Masse Contributing Writer

Student Government Senate passed two finance bills while also pressing for the creation of an online syllabus database Wednesday night. One of the resolutions passed urges the University to create an online syllabus database for students. Speaker Pro Tempore Trey Schwartzenburg said the database will provide information on course objectives, grading policies and textbook costs. Schwartzenburg said SG is

attempting a different approach to finalizing the bill because the University Faculty Senate did not support the database in the past. SG will meet with Stuart Bell, executive vice chancellor and provost, soon in hopes that he will mandate the resolution. Schwartzenburg said SG will try to convince department heads and deans to support the database if the Bell does not mandate the resolution. Senator Katherine Latham said she thinks the new syllabus database will give students a better description of what classes they are signing up for.

“You need to know more about a class before just jumping into it with only a one line description of a class,” Latham said. The two finance bills will fund a Graduate Student Symposium and a Greek life retreat called Empower. At the beginning of the year, SG starts with an account of $30,000 that is funded through student fees. The budget is used to help fund student organizations that come to SG for help. A graduate student group asked SG for funds of $1,670 to SG, see page 15

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Student Government president John Woodard speaks at the Senate meeting Wednesday evening in the LSU Student Union.

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Nation & World

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DNA suggests tie to Native Americans Watchdog: Past two years ‘atrocious’ The Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) — The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in Montana 12,600 years ago has been recovered, and it provides new indications of the ancient roots of today’s American Indians and other native peoples of the Americas. It’s the oldest genome ever recovered from the New World. Artifacts found with the body show the boy was part of the Clovis culture, which existed in North America from about 13,000 years ago to about 12,600 years ago and is named for an archaeological site near Clovis, N.M. The boy’s genome showed his people were direct ancestors of many of today’s native peoples in the Americas, researchers said. He was more closely related to those in Central and South America than to those in Canada. The reason for that difference isn’t clear, scientists said. The researchers said they had no Native American DNA from the United States available for comparison, but that they assume the results would be the same, with some Native Americans being

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Visitors examine a new Montana Historical Society exhibit in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday showing artifacts discovered at a site at least 12,600 years old.

direct descendants and others also closely related. The DNA also indicates the boy’s ancestors came from Asia, supporting the standard idea of ancient migration to the Americas by way of a land bridge that disappeared long ago. The burial site, northeast of Livingston, Mont., is the only burial known from the Clovis

culture. The boy was between 1 year and 18 months old when he died of an unknown cause. He was buried with 125 artifacts, including spear points and elk antler tools. Some were evidently ritual objects or heirlooms. The artifacts and the skeleton were covered with powdered red ochre, a natural pigment, indicating a burial ceremony.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The past two years have seen an “absolutely atrocious” number of journalists killed and imprisoned because of their work, with Syria the deadliest country and Turkey the number one jailer, a press freedom advocacy group said Wednesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual report “Attacks on the Press” also takes sharp aim at sprawling government surveillance by the U.S. and others as a growing threat. Joel Simon, the New York-based committee’s executive director, said 2013 saw “a near record” of 21 journalists imprisoned and 70 killed — slightly fewer than 2012.


Ex-mayor convicted of taking bribes The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm. The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him, involving a string of crimes before and after the storm. He sat quietly at the defense table after

the verdict was read and his wife, Seletha, was being consoled in the front row. Before the verdict, the 57-yearold Ray Nagin said outside the New Orleans courtroom: “I’ve been at peace with this for a long time. I’m good.” Sentencing was set for June 11, Nagin’s 58th birthday. Nagin left the courthouse more than an hour after the verdict was read, and after U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan ordered that his bond be modified to provide for “additional conditions of electronic monitoring and home confinement.”

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Legislative solutions discussed at retirement forum James Richards Staff Writer

With about 80 faculty members in attendance, Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) representative Katherine Whitney explained Wednesday the reason the percentage of the University’s share of retirement funds reaching faculty members is decreasing. She also described the various bills in the state legislature that will effect the Optional Retirement Plan, if enacted. The Daily Reveille previously reported there are two retirement plans open to University faculty: a defined benefits plan, referred to as the TRSL plan, and a defined contribution plan, referred to as the Optional

Retirement Plan (ORP). As previously reported, the TRSL plan operates more like Social Security, while the ORP operates similar to a 401(k). Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope said the TRSL plan has been inadequately funded by the state, leading to debt called the Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL). He said the University must pay an employer’s share of the UAL, with each higher ed institution in the state contributing to pay off the debt. The University’s share is currently about 27 percent, with around 5 percent currently going to retirement benefits. In determining the normal cost, the cost to maintain the TRSL plan, the TRSL’s actuary

conducts a study to determine how economic and demographic factors influence the projected costs of the retirement plans, Whitney said. She said the actuary’s two biggest factors that affect the cost to maintain the TRSL plan are increased withdrawals, where faculty members stop paying into the system before they retire, and delayed retirements. Whitney said the state decided the employer share of the normal cost, the cost to maintain the TRSL plan, would be the same across both retirement plans. Associate professor of religious studies and member of LSUnited Stuart Irvine said in a letter to University faculty the University’s payment to ORP accounts will decrease to 3.66

percent in the next fiscal year if legislative action is not taken, while University faculty will continue to pay 8 percent of their salary toward retirement. Whitney presented a number of retirement bills currently in the legislature, one of which establishes a floor for employer contributions to ORP accounts, which would prevent the University’s projected payment to fall to 3.66 percent. Another bill would use 5 percent of state revenue from taxes resulting from potential marijuana legalization to pay off the UAL. Irvine said he thinks the best bill currently in the legislature is House Bill 6, which detaches the employer contribution to the normal cost of the TRSL plan from

the ORP. He said it also establishes a 6.25 percent floor for the rate faculty members receive. Irvine said he does not like Senate Bill 23, which allows ORP participants to opt out and “buy years of service” in the TRSL plan. He said the bill is unrealistic, as the TRSL actuary would have to calculate the cost of those years for each individual candidate, of which Irvine suspects there will too many for the state to handle.

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Enrollment numbers up for sixth straight year James Richards Staff Writer

Spring enrollment at the University has grown for the sixth straight year, according to University Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell. Data released Wednesday from the Office of Budget and Planning showed a 2 percent increase from last spring. Though current enrollment has grown from last spring, the total University enrollment dropped by approximately 2,000 students from fall 2013 to spring 2014, following a trend of past years, according to the data. Bell said the loss is because of students finishing their academic careers. The University doesn’t end up “refilling” until fall of the next semester, Bell said. The Office of Budget and Planning’s data doesn’t specify how the students were lost between semesters, said Director of Institutional Research Bernie Braun. Bell said the amount of students who dropped out after the first semester must be compiled individually and will come out in the coming weeks. The number of part-time students increased from 2,120 in fall 2013 to 2,577 in spring 2014, according to the data. This increase follows a trend of increases in parttime students from fall to spring, with the number of part-time students increasing by approximately 400 from fall 2012 to spring 2013, according to the data. Bell noted the number of parttime students includes dual-enrolled students in high school. He said the University is continually offering more dual-enrollment courses, and the increases may be because of the number of dual-enrollment courses offered, which increase from semester to semester. The total number of credit hours taken by students dropped from fall to spring, with 29,795 fewer credit hours of classes taken in spring 2014. This decrease follows the trend from spring 2013, when undergraduates took 33,511

fewer credit hours than in the fall 2012 semester. Bell said the majority of the difference in credit hours can likely be attributed to graduating students. He said another reason could be some colleges offering more courses or more students enrolling in the fall as opposed to the spring. Bell pointed out students could go either way with the number of credit hours taken, with some students possibly taking on more classes because they think they can handle more, or

some students possibly taking less because of an excessive load in the previous semester. The University receives more transfer students in the fall semesters than spring, according to the data. The University admitted 866 transfer students in fall 2013, compared to 313 in spring 2014, according to the data. This difference continues the trend from 2012-13, with 825 students transferring in fall 2012 and 286 in spring 2013. Bell said the reason the





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Thursday, February 13, 2014

New president named for community college system

Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

Monty Sullivan, chancellor of Delgado Community College, was nominated as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System by the LCTCS Board of Supervisors on Wednesday. Sullivan, a Louisiana native, was one of seven candidates, which included Jim Henderson, chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College and Deborah Blue, chancellor of the State Center Community College District in Fresno, Calif., to replace current president Joe May on Feb. 27. Before taking the position at Delgado, Sullivan served as executive vice

president of LCTCS. May was selected to lead the system in January 2007 and worked to reprioritize community and technical college offerings in the state. He announced his decision to leave in October 2013. Sullivan supported the recently announced WISE fund, a pot of $40 million in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget that will allow Louisiana’s public colleges to compete for funds to further workforce training and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, | The Times-Picayune reported. LSU President F. King Alexander said he worked with Sullivan on the WISE fund and

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looks forward to working with Sullivan to increase the number of transfer students entering the University after two years at a community college, or “two-plus-two” students. “I think our transfer rate hovers around 6 or 7 percent,” Alexander said. “Which is well below the national average.” According to its website, 13 community colleges and technical schools are a part of the system, including Baton Rouge Community College, and LCTCS currently has more than 100,000

students enrolled in its institutions. Delgado was ranked sixth in the nation for degree producers in health professions and related programs. Sullivan told | The Times-Picayune although he did not think of attending a two-year college when he decided to attend Louisiana Tech University, more students will consider the community and technical college system as a viable option, especially if they’re looking to quickly enter the state’s workforce.

Alexander said when he worked at California State University, Long Beach, there were many students who transferred to the university with associate’s degrees or college credit hours from community colleges, an occurrence he would like to see more of in Louisiana.

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Plaisance tapped for award

Kenney brings more heat than in past years

Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday LSU senior forward Theresa Plaisance was one of 30 candidates for the 2014 Naismith Trophy. The trophy is given annually to the women’s college basketball player of the year. The announcement marks the second midseason award watch list Plaisance has been placed on. In mid-January, she was selected among the 2014 Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list. Plaisance has commanded the LSU offense all season, leading the team with 14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Plaisance stepped up more in Southeastern Conference play, averaging 16.4 points, ranking fourth overall in the SEC. Plaisance established her place in LSU history when she reached 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for her career in consecutive weeks in January. She became the 18th player ever to reach both plateaus. The award will be announced in April in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four. Former guard Seimone Augustus last won the award for LSU in 2006. Contact Tommy Romanach at; Twitter: @tro_TDR

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Aggies upset Tigers, 83-73

Chandler Rome Sports Writer

opposing passes and draining 3-pointers to give her squad momentum in a 75-58 victory. She finished with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Back on Jan. 16 in Columbia, Mo., she dropped a career-high 30 points against

Every which way it could be done, LSU was beaten — on the glass, on defense, on offense and in hustle. So, in short, it was a ho-hum Southeastern Conference road trip for the Tigers. Texas A&M out-rebounded LSU 39-32 and eviscerated an uninspired Tiger defense to the tune of a 36-26 advantage in the paint and an 83-73 win in College Station. The loss was LSU’s fourth consecutive on the road, and the Aggies were the second straight team to produce their SEC-high point total against the same Tiger defense many praised after it clamped down on Kentucky and thwarted Arkansas. Senior forward Shavon Coleman steered a lackadaisical LSU offense with 21 points, while junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III again battled foul trouble to chip in 15 points and grab six rebounds. “They were the aggressor,” LSU coach Johnny Jones in a postgame radio interview. “We didn’t do a great job of containing, keeping people in front of us. The defense broke down and allowed some easy scoring opportunities.” Leading a Texas A&M offense

KENNEY, see page 7

AGGIES, see page 7

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LSU senior guard Jeanne Kenney (5) attempts to ward off Florida sophomore guard Carlie Needles (4) on Jan. 12 during the Tigers’ 82-68 victory against the Gators in the PMAC.

Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

It was all one fluid motion — she leapt, swatted the basketball out of bounds, landed and screamed while thrusting her fist upward with excitement. The PMAC erupted as LSU

kept its commanding lead against Missouri with 13:33 remaining in the game. This was a version of LSU senior guard Jeanne Kenney that many Tiger women’s basketball fans hadn’t seen before. She was electric, flying down the court, knocking away


Bregman, Ibarra attempting to bounce back after 2013 finishes Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer

LSU coach Paul Mainieri wasn’t sure what to expect when he played mad scientist while reconstructing the left side of his infield prior to the 2013 season. To replace former Tiger seniors Austin Nola and Tyler Hanover at shortstop and third base, Mainieri chose to entrust thenfreshman Alex Bregman, a catcher in high school, with the shortstop

spot. Then-junior Christian Ibarra, who played shortstop while at Rio Hondo College, would take over at third base. “Going into last year, I was scared to death,” Mainieri said. “I remember before [Nola and Hanover’s] senior year thinking what a luxury it was to have two seniors back on the left side of the infield. On the flip side, the

next year, you have to replace them both.” Bregman was inserted into the No. 3 spot in the Tigers’ lineup, while Ibarra eventually worked his way up to No. 6 in the batting order. The two, paired with former LSU first baseman Mason Katz, combined to provide an offensive spark, igniting a run to the 2013 College World Series. LEFT SIDE, see page 7

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LSU sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman (8) throws a ball on Jan. 31 during a scrimmage at Alex Box Stadium.

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Speed is the key to LSU already looking to 2015 preparing for LSU offense, wins Miles next class of players

position to score runs, which provide more opportunities for Sports Contributor the power hitters in the lineup, The LSU softball team has like sophomore shortstop Bianka speed, and it knows how to use it. Bell and freshman catcher SahThe Tigers’ speed is the key vanna Jaquish, to hit more RBIs, to their offense, providing sparks Andrews said. “Instead of just scoring one for rallies that lead to multiple or two, I think we’re able to score run innings. In their first six games of the six, eight, 10 by those guys runseason, the Tigers have stolen 17 ning the base like that,” Torina said. bases, leading to 34 runs. Speed not only scores In the Tigers’ wins, they have stolen 14 bases, while in runs, but also puts pressure on their losses to Texas and Minne- opposing defenses. “I think it puts a lot of pressota, they combined to steal three sure on the defense, because they bases. In 2013, the Tigers were 27-3 never really know how to play when junior outfielder A.J. An- us,” Andrews said. “You can’t just focus on getdrews scored ting that batter at least one out. What if they run. steal second? Andrews ‘Not only do they What if they steal leads the team It boggles with 19 stolen sparkplug the offense, third? the defense and bases in 2014. makes “It defi- but they truly change the really nitely gives us momentum of the game.’ them think more, which can stress a completely them out and can different diultimately lead to mension to our errors.” game,” LSU Beth Torina The speed coach Beth LSU softball coach these players Torina said. bring changes the “And I think the steals and the momentum it nature of the game for the Tigers’ brings to the game can really defense as well. “We do a lot of our infieldbe game changing.” During the Tiger Classic last ing practice with our speed outweekend, LSU scored multiple fielders,” said sophomore first baseman Sandra Simmons, runs in seven innings. In the Tigers’ highest scor- “So we get that chance to not ing inning, they stole three bases, panic. ... Having that chance to work with them gives us the leading to seven runs. “We have so many on this calmness of knowing what to do team that are capable of stealing when it happens [playing against bases — A.J. [Andrews], Sim- speed players].” one [Heyward], Jacee [Blades], Alex Boulet and Bailey Landry,” Torina said. “Not only do they sparkplug the offense, but they truly change the momentum of Contact Morgan Prewitt at the game.” Steals put speed players into Morgan Prewitt

Mike Gegenheimer Sports Writer

It’s been a week since LSU hauled in the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, which means there are only 51 more weeks until the next National Signing Day. LSU coach Les Miles and his staff are already working toward another top recruiting class in 2015 with six recruits verbally committed for the 2015 class. LSU is also the only school to currently have two, 5-star prospects, according to rankings. The No. 1 overall player, cornerback Kevin Toliver II out of Florida, and offensive tackle Maea Teuhema out of Texas pledged loyalties to the Tigers already. “In terms of numbers, [LSU] is average,” said recruiting expert Hunter Paniagua. “But in terms of quality of players, they’re definitely ahead of the game. It’s definitely a good start and they’re only going to add more as time goes on.” Teuhema is the younger brother of 2014 signee, 3-star defensive end Sione Teuhema, who switched to LSU from Texas on National Signing Day, while Toliver is cousins with former LSU wide receiver Terrence Toliver. Toliver and Teuhema certainly headline the still-young

class, but University High run- Baton Rouge wide receiver Terning back Nick Brossette and rell Chatman thinks he may be safety Kevin Henry out of Cen- able to impress LSU coaches tral Baton Rouge are a pair of enough at the junior day for them 4-star recruits who declared prior to make an offer and that he to their senior season. would immediately jump at the “I felt like I just wanted to chance. get it out of the way so I can just But the focus of the Tigers’ focus on me just getting better,” recruiting efforts seems to be the Brossette said. “I committed be- offensive line after securing only cause I feel like [LSU is] where two offensive linemen in 2014. I fit in, with that offense and LSU extended offers to 12 ofeverything.” fensive linemen, more than any LSU has put out 62 of- other unit thus far. fers so far, according to New offensive line coach, with the possibil- Jeff Grimes hit the recruiting trail ity of several more being doled running, going after several top out this weekend at its in-state ju- linemen from across the country, nior day, “Boys from the Boot.” including five offers within the Roughly 20 of Louisiana’s top past week, Dixon said. “Miles said recruit will come to it on signing Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit and ‘I felt like I just wanted day, ‘Offensive combine. to get it out of the way line is going to be a priority for The Tigers scored verbal com- so I can just focus on me [LSU] with this mitments from Jajust getting better.’ class,’” Dixon said. “The fact cory Washington Nick Brossette they got some and Will Clapp at University High running back guards last year the same event last makes me think season. LSU looks to secure several they’re going to go heavy on the highly sought-after targets at this tackles this year.” Garrett Thomas, 3-star ofyear’s junior day, including 5-star Warren Easton High School wide fensive tackle and Many, La., receiver Tyron Johnson and native, was also confirmed to be 4-star Catholic High running going to “Boys from the Boot” by Thomas has back Derrius Guice. Both players received offers, not received an offer from LSU. but recruiting expert Shea Dixon said he thinks they’ll let the recruiting process Contact Mike Gegenheimer at play out more before announcing; an official decision. Twitter: @Gegs_TDR Dixon added Central


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Missouri, including six 3-pointers in an 87-68 win. Kenney hasn’t always been such a prolific scorer. She walked onto the court in Columbia a year prior as a junior who had to miss her grandfather’s funeral after a snowstorm delayed the game by one day. She proceeded to score just 3 points. For the season, Kenney averaged 5.5 points per game and made only 21.6 percent of her 3-point attempts. Such low numbers were unusual for Kenney — she scored 1,000 career points in high school and considered herself an effective shooter. She said it isn’t her shooting

LEFT SIDE, from page 5 Bregman finished with a .369 batting average, six home runs and 52 RBIs. Ibarra ended his season with a .305 mark at the plate, six home runs and 39 RBIs. The experiment worked to perfection. “The two of them just went out there, and all they did was have First Team All-SEC years,” Mainieri said. “So now I look at myself like I did two years ago thinking how lucky we were to have seniors back, and now we have two First Team All-SEC players back. What a luxury.” However, the combo failed to bring home the ultimate goal — a National Championship. Bregman finished his first CWS appearance with an 0-for-8 showing at the plate. Ibarra went 0-for-7. “It kind of tastes like sour Skittles,” Bregman said. “We got to Omaha, which is great, but we didn’t come out on top when we were good enough to. We’re coming out hungry this year. We learned from our failure last year, and we’re going to come back this

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that has looked inept for much of SEC play, guard Jamal Jones paced the Aggies with 19 points, while Davonte Fitzgerald — who averaged only 7.1 points coming into the contest — chipped in 11 in the first half. The Aggies had only Jamal Jones averaging double figures coming into the contest and were fresh off a 50-point output against Georgia and still reeling from a dismal 36-point showing in a beatdown against Florida. Junior guard Anthony Hickey buried 3-pointers on two of LSU’s first three possessions while O’Bryant added a jump-hook to nab an early 8-2 lead for the Tigers. The lead stretched to as many as six in the first eight minutes before O’Bryant was whistled for two fouls in 11 seconds, sending him to the bench with 12:29 to go in the half. Again a constant of the Tigers’ road woes, O’Bryant rode the pine as A&M scored at will, erasing what had become an eightpoint lead behind Fitzgerald’s three 3-pointers and the Tigers’ inability to penetrate the lane or find a groove from outside.

ability that needed fixing. “The situations [in the past] have been that I’ve had to play the point guard position, so therefore I wasn’t able to take as many shots as I could have,” Kenney said. “This year we have many people who can handle the ball, and it gives me the opportunity to shoot on the outside. The reason I’m able to get those shots up is because of my teammates.” Kenney said her surrounding guard play has been crucial, as her teammates have provided her with her fair share of open looks this season. The result is a staggering increase in her scoring — Kenney is currently averaging 10.9 points per game and shooting 40.8 percent from the 3-point line, while year with a good attitude and get after it.” In 2014, the duo takes on the daunting task of carrying a lineup that doesn’t feature Katz or former left fielder Raph Rhymes, who was a career-.373 hitter at LSU. Ibarra said stepping up in the lineup will be crucial for the squad’s overall success, and he is expecting to hit either fourth or fifth in the batting order come Opening Day. As for Bregman, improving on a campaign where he was named the 2013 National Freshman of the Year will be his primary task this season. He said he has plenty of room to improve. “All around being a complete baseball player, I needed to improve in every facet of the game. Obviously, I came up short last year. You can be the guy all year, then you make an error in Omaha, and your team doesn’t win the National Championship,” Bregman said. Contact Lawrence Barreca at; Twitter: @LawBarreca_TDR Fitzgerald took a nasty spill late in the first half on a drive to the basket, injuring his knee and sidelining him for the rest of the game. After carrying a 43-37 lead into the locker room, the Aggies used a quick 5-0 spurt to open the second half to push the lead to 11. From there, the Tigers appeared to have a pulse, rattling off a 10-3 run to cut the lead to four after O’Bryant’s baseline slam dunk. Jamal Jones followed with a three, LSU freshman forward Jordan Mickey turned it over and A&M guard Fabyon Harris scored in the paint to get the lead back to nine and quash any hopes of a Tiger rally as LSU never got within less than seven the rest of the way. “They executed well,” Johnny Jones said. “We just didn’t defend or rebound well enough to win this basketball game.”

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The Daily Reveille playing the second-most minutes of any Lady Tiger this season. “Because of her confidence, she feels like she can take those shots, and as her teammates, we feel like she should take those shots,” said senior forward Theresa Plaisance. “We have the utmost confidence in Jeanne to knock down any shot.” It isn’t just scoring that has Kenney dominating in 2014. Her leadership has bled through the rest of the roster, influencing her freshmen teammates to stay motivated in any environment. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said the trait is vital for the program. “When she’s being that leader that we know she can be, she can literally will our team and put us in

page 7 position to win basketball games,” Caldwell said. “I’ve seen her do it time and time again. She picks her moments during the game, and she’s a player that we want to keep running action to.” Kenney could be found highfiving her comrades as the Lady Tigers began to pull away in the second half against Missouri on Feb. 6 in Baton Rouge, Kenney was a general, and her teammates fed off the emotion she exuded on the court. It was clear who was in command that night, and Missouri buckled under her presence. It was capped off by Kenney jumping and swatting an in-bound pass back in the visiting team’s direction, one of the final daggers in an eventual LSU victory.

The senior from Baton Rouge is finishing her legacy at LSU, and she’s making sure her mark stays on the program. “I like the spirit of Jeanne and her playing with a lot of passion and enthusiasm because her time is ticking, and she knows that,” Caldwell said. “She’s trying to make sure that she gets this team in a position to be as successful as they possibly can.”

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“Bound 2” Kanye West “My Cherie Amour” Stevie Wonder


The Daily Reveille’s entertainment staff discuss their go-to V-Day plans. The best thing you can do for Valentine’s Day is to enjoy the moments with family, friends or a significant other. Life is too short to wallow in the thought of being single or recent heartbreak. Valentine’s Day is more than just the cliché romantic dates at an overcrowded restaurant. It’s about spending the day with people that matter the most in your life. Bradley Williams There is no better way to spend Valentine’s Day than by going to the gym. Whether you’re single or spoken for, the best present you can give to your lover or yourself is the gift of gains. On this magical day, you won’t find a single bro doing curls in the squat rack, nor will you awkwardly stand around the bench press waiting for the guy who works chest every day to finish his 30th super set. Reward yourself after your workout with an alcoholic protein shake that combines vodka and amino acids in a perfect 40-30 protein-to-carbohydrate ratio. Panya Kroun If gifts are necessary, give something handmade. It is highly unlikely that anyone can channel the spirit of Picasso, but the effort in doing something from scratch goes a long way. For the single, this is not a day to complain, scoff or be bitter. Some years, relationships just are not meant to happen. Do not sit in a room with Netflix and half-priced chocolate. Go out and do something. Joshua Jackson

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If you’re spending Valentine’s Day by yourself this year, make the best of it. Host an all day rom-com marathon where you and your friends tear apart famous movies with couples in them. Take a walk in the park and judge the other tacky couples who went to walk in the park on Valentine’s Day. You can always think of Valentine’s Day as Christmas and you’re Jewish. Just order some Chinese food and watch “Home Alone 2” on ABC Family. Gerald Ducote On Valentine’s Day, nothing says I love you more than waffles. The Waffle House in Zachary, La. is one of many participating Waffle House locations celebrating the day in style. Look forward to eating your waffles on a tablecloth in the candle-lit restaurant as you are serenaded by the jukebox. Will Kallenborn

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“The Monuments Men”

Columbia Pictures

“The Monuments Men” is not the monument one may hope it could be. The film, which is about a group of soldiers heading to Europe during WWII to protect art, certainly deals with grand and powerful messages, yet is at times held back by its tone. The film jumps quickly between comedy and tragedy, seemingly unable to deal with the harsh reality it shows us. Sometimes the laughs work, and other times they feel awkward. But the movie remains genuine throughout and does well at honoring the lives of brave men. The movie gets quite philosophical at times, with George Clooney going on diatribes about the necessity of art and art’s place in society, and this is where the movie really shines. Even with its faults, “The Monuments Men” gives a compelling argument for the necessity of art and shows the true story of the men who fought and died for our right to watch movies like this. WILL KALLENBORN

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Thumpers, “Galore”

Sub Pop Records

The indie-pop duo known as Thumpers has released its synth-filled debut album, “Galore.” The London-based musicians developed a fan base from the two EPs released last year. “Galore” draws comparisons to another England-based band, Muse. Both bands use synth sounds in conjunction with guitar to create head-bobbing, feel good melodies. Thumpers’ song “Tame” sounds quite similar to Muse’s “Madness” from its album “The 2nd Law.” The middle of the record is strong with tracks that evoke fun sing-a-longs, such as “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” and “The Wilder Wise.” The end of the album is a struggle to get through. After a flurry of energetic songs, “Galore” jumps into a couple of slow tracks. The lack of transition is something to be missed on this record. Still, as “Galore” is only Thumpers’ first album, there is plenty of room for growth. JOSHUA JACKSON

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Modern Baseball, “You’re Gonna Miss It All”

Run for Cover Records

On its sophomore release “You’re Gonna Miss It All,” Modern Baseball coherently fuses melodies reminiscent of ’90s emocore with the frenetic anxiety of modern pop-punk. Some songs take off slowly with angular precision and bizarre math rock time signatures à la American Football, then explode into bouts of raw three-chord riffs and blistering screams. Others ignore predictable patterns entirely and erupt and decline almost at random. The lyrics are clever, yet juvenile; Brendan Lukens is 21 years old, and he’s fed up with everything in the most glorious way possible. This is the album’s crowning achievement and also its greatest flaw. Lukens’ biting poeticism is soaked in frustration and alcohol, but lacks the emotional depth that older audiences would likely appreciate. This is a great album if you’re twenty-something, but it’ll probably lose its luster over time. PANYA KROUN

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Hurray for the Riff Raff, “Small Town Heroes”

ATO Records

With a stage name like Hurray for the Riff Raff, one would think southern musician Alynda Lee Segarra would make songs filled with jaunty folk irreverence. On the contrary, HFTRR creates easy-moving ballads to the archetypes of southern sadness. HFTRR’s latest work, “Small Town Heroes,” is no different. This album is all blues, all the time. Segarra’s voice has a sultry twang that harkens back to early Dolly Parton and the darker color of Patsy Cline’s singing. “Small Town Heroes” covers the entire gambit of country and folk music’s subjects: heartbreak, drinking away sorrows and turning to God in times of need. Theses standards come together with numerous shout-outs to Louisiana, where Segarra calls home, despite being from the Bronx. GERALD DUCOTE

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Eric Church, “The Outsiders”

EMI Nashville

Eric Church’s new album “The Outsiders” presents him as a modern-day outlaw and pushes him past country norms with his blend of country, rap and rock. The opening track titled “The Outsiders” sets a tone for the rest of the album with its rock twist that will make anyone glad to be an outsider when listening to this song. He sings about topics people can relate to: love, heartache, addictions and inner demons people may face. In the song “Give Me Back My Hometown,” he reminisces about heartbreak and young love. Church sticks to country roots in his song “A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young.” In the song, he talks about not dying young because of a woman’s love. Whether you’re in a relationship or flying solo, this album will be one to enjoy this Valentine’s weekend. BRADLEY WILLIAMS

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Oneofakind Fashion Week to be held at Capitol Park Museum Bradley Williams Entertainment Writer

Fashion designers from LSU and all across the South will come together to see their designs on the catwalk this weekend for the Oneofakind Fashion Week. Ella Rose, a recent University graduate, is known throughout the nation for her work and will be one of several designers representing her craft at the show. Rose has been invited to fashion weeks all around the country, from New York to Florida. Rose’s velvet aesthetic is inspired by paintings of the ’70s. She said the irony of velvet Elvis paintings propelled her into the Monet paintings on velvet used in her designs. Rose said a personal connection with the faculty and staff has helped her get the support she needs as a young designer. She said University faculty and students are doing a good job helping the University make a name within the fashion industry. Julie Rapp, mass communication senior and lead coordinator for OBRFW, said this fashion week has allowed her to grow as a public relations practitioner and, most importantly, in her love for fashion. “I thought this was a great opportunity to dive head first in this industry, and this was another way to dip my toes in something different and I loved it,” Rapp said, “I got a lot of experience with work-

ing this fashion week, and LSU has taught me all my writing and even simple communication skills.” OBRFW was founded by producer Brandon Campbell, who created a similar fashion week experience in Little Rock, Ark. Campbell — a fashion, entertainment and live events producer — said fashion week is about the impact fashion has on the community. Campbell said Baton Rouge offers the fashion industry a rare perspective. The city should celebrate being different, and with this fashion show, it is able to do so, he said. Campbell said their work is a testament to the program at the University and how the professors have helped enhance the student’s craft. “[When people come to the show] they will know LSU does have a program that is worthwhile and we have fantastic students,” Rose said. University alumna Chelsea Brasted, an entertainment reporter for | The Times-Picayune, helped choose models for the event this weekend. “Everyone came with a different attitude,” Brasted said. “Introverted people would become this different person as they walk the mini runway. … It was cool to see this evolution of people involved as they walked.” Brasted also credited the University students, specifically Rose. She said she was excited to see

some of Rose’s collection and she said this will be another great event that could add another “feather in the hat” for the Baton Rouge area. Campbell said fashion allows the community to come together because of the effect fashion has on society. Brittany Harris, who also helped find models for the event, has a non-profit centered on providing high school students with new or gently worn heels for prom. “[OBRFW] will allow many local talent and youth to see the benefit of their work in Baton Rouge and allow them to be exposed to possibilities they may have never had before, and see the potential of what Baton Rouge has to offer,” Harris said. This Saturday, event-goers will be able to see the work of fashion designers like Christopher Youngstar, Shonda-Ali Shamma, Brandon Campbell, JuJu’s Botique, Ms Smitty and several University fashion design students. Oneofakind Fashion show hits the runway Saturday at the Capitol Park Museum, exhibiting the work of designers from all across the South and student designers from the University. More information on the event and designers can be found at

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In true Conor Oberst spirit, with no warning, the legendary songwriter has released a track from his upcoming album “Upside Down Mountain.” This time around, the king of sad has bestowed upon fans “Hundreds of Ways,” a song so country-esque, it could have been pulled from a Woody Guthrie catalog. Similarly, the track has a Bob Dylan essence, something Oberst has experimented with before, though this time, to a higher degree. The song is fine lyrically, but its upbeat quality is surprising. Before, Oberst had only recorded upbeat music ironically. See: “At The Bottom of Everything.” But this time it seems almost genuine. This break from his traditional style is intriguing, and it will be interesting to see if the upcoming record REBECCA DOCTER Entertainment Editor follows the single’s same vein.

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University band balances school and music

such as congas, bongo drums, a variety of cymbals and a triangle. Burris’ members have had some trouble describing exactly what kind of music they play. “According to iTunes,” HochGerald Ducote keppel said, “we’re jazz.” He Entertainment Writer went on to say, “But I think with School can be hard. Really all our different influences and hard. There are classes to attend, what we grew up listening to, it papers to write, books to read and sort of forms this fusion of folk deadlines to blow off. All of that rock and blues.” adds up to stress and time away This may seem like a wide from friends and family. range for one band, but Burris Being in a band can also be manages to bridge the gap by hard. There are songs to learn, practicing different styles and instruments to play, gigs to book covering several varieties of othand practice every er songs. free moment. This “It’s like a ‘It’s like a gumbo of gumbo of music,” means less time to work on that colMurray added. music.’ lege degree. The band has Now try comperformed around bining those two Baton Rouge, Matt Murray worlds. A life Lafayette and drummer, Burris full of textbooks, parts of New Orsongbooks, lectures and club leans. Travelling around Louisishows. That’s where Burris, one ana has resulted in the members of the latest acts to come out of of Burris becoming good friends the Capital City, comes in. with other popular local acts, The band originated as a two- such as Levee Daze, Minos the piece acoustic made up of Chris Saint, Speakeasy, England in Hochkeppel and Scott Graves, 1819 and GIVERS. who first met in jazz class. The Since the release of the duo played clubs and bars around band’s first EP “Listening” on the city. Later on, Ryan McKee Feb. 3, Hochkeppel hopes to and Matt Murray joined the Bur- start an accompanying tour. For ris lineup, helping to round out now, Burris has a set of shows the band’s distinctive style. this week, playing at Capital City Hochkeppel, Burris’ guitar- Grill Downtown tonight from 6 ist, lead singer and songwriter, p.m. to 9 p.m. and Mud and Wais originally from Lafayette. He ter on Saturday starting at 9 p.m. plays French horn in Tiger Band but is drawn to acoustic singer/ songwriter music like the work of Jason Mraz and Dave Matthews Band. His singing style contains elements of both Sam Cooke and Ray LaMontagne. Graves is the drummer for Burris. Graves, from Austin, Texas, is a music student with a concentration in percussion performance. This focus allows Graves Check out a video to play with a discipline that of local band Burris both aids in maintaining a song’s practicing for a show backbone and allows him to hang loose in the slacker sections of at songs. Scott claims listening multimedia/videos. to both rock ‘n’ roll and jazz as influence for his methods, specifically naming jazz drummers Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Hanes and Tony Williams. Contact Gerald Ducote at Adding to Burris’ jazz flavor is the presence of an upright bass, played by McKee. He studies music composition, which is valuable in his work as a bass player. McKee joked that his major allowed him to “write weird music that nobody will ever hear until [he] can get a good job.” With an instrument that offers much flexibility, knowledge of music’s principles assist McKee’s abilities to tow the line on a song that calls for prominent bass work. Finishing out Burris’ crew is Murray, another Austin native, who plays percussion. He also has a concentration in percussion performance. What separates Murray from Graves’ drumming is his instruments. Where Graves plays on a drum kit, Murray uses a menagerie of percussion tools,

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Chris Hochkoppel, LSU music education junior, plays Burris’ original song “Burning Rays” on Tuesday in the Tiger Band Hall.

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In response to Justin Stafford’s column, “Opinion: God vs. Evolution,” one reader had this to say: “The main issue with your use of a clay pot and having to believe that a potter made it is that we can, as human beings using our five senses, witness a potter somewhere creating the pot. It might not be the same pot, but it is one that would lead us to believe, using the scientific theory, that clay pots were not just put on this planet. In fact, we can, ourselves, go and create a clay pot. however, no one has ever witnessed a god, yours or otherwise, create anything, so it’s logical to say that your theory on creation, while backed up by a book, is nothing more than a guess. Which is great, but don’t try and teach billions that pots just happened and we need faith to know where they came from.” – xoxoscreen The Daily Reveille wants to hear your reactions to our content. Visit, our Facebook page and our Twitter account to let us know what you think.

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Express Your self Self-expression is about growth into adulthood


Samantha Bares Columnist We all start playing the game of selfexpression early in life. I didn’t have my stellar lipstick collection right out of the womb, after all. A toddler could refuse to wear anything but his or her favorite Bob the Builder shirt. My mother could not wash a certain sailor-inspired jumper fast enough. The right sneakers and backpack are of paramount importance. Young girls fight with their moms about learning to apply mascara. The care with which a teenager, of any gender, cultivates a personal aesthetic, trend-based or not, is cringe-worthy. One of the feats of modern adulthood is a fully fleshed-out wardrobe. Haircuts aren’t exactly forever, but they can’t be wiped off in a moment, either. Lipstick is easy — once you know what you’re doing — and transformative. Sloppy or meticulous, there’s reason behind the components of anyone’s personal style. I got into lipstick early in high school, mostly for formal functions. More than any other makeup, I now put lipstick on nearly every day. I collect tubes and have at least two with me everywhere I go. There are a lot of reasons — a domino effect falling through my early years of unfortunate lip glosses and plaid dresses — that could have contributed to my love of lipstick. Femininity isn’t really one of them. It easily could be, if I had to fight for the right to wear makeup, but it was

always my choice and never pushed on me as a prerequisite for blossoming into womanhood. That’s why, of the styles men hate on women, the reviling descriptions of lipstick as unnecessary and messy annoys me most. “It’s so messy. It’s going to get all over me. Not my thing.” Cry me a river, buddy. As if I dress for anyone but myself. I don’t need validation that I am styling myself as a woman should. I don’t wear lipstick because straight men do or do not approve of it, and I won’t stop for a tantrum over a hypothetical or real smudge on a bro’s cheek. Besides, I am as impressed with lip looks of Tim Curry — who is, as far as I know, a cis-gendered male — as Beyonce, so reducing it to an expression of womanhood doesn’t cover it. And it’s not directly tied to my feminism, either. My belief that women should be treated as human beings, while tied up in the concept of freedom of expression, is not the driving force behind my use of lipstick. I’ll tell you what is. It’s practicality. I don’t need to stress about looking sloppy if a couple swipes of color make me feel put together. Lipstick makes me very aware of my face — in a good way. I don’t scrunch up my face or bite my lip as much when I have it on. With an expressive face like mine, you need impetus to keep still and appear professional. It’s preciseness. If I overly rush my lip line, I might walk out of my house looking clownish. It forces me to take a minute to look myself in the mirror and concentrate on me. It eases the stress of my harried,

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pushed-the-snooze-button-twice routine. It’s fun, being able to insert any color in the middle of a pallid face. I laugh every time my little cousins wipe my lip print off their cheeks or I can tell which cup out of a crowd on the coffee table is mine. It’s my mother in the ’90s. She’s not much for makeup these days, but when I was young, she was a master of the full lip. I have vivid memories of her face, sort of free-floating, smiling at me, always with this amazing plum shade on her lips. It’s an expectation for myself to be better, to be more precise, to make decisions quickly, to be kind and positive — attributes my mother has always embodied. It’s not being a lady or sticking it to the patriarchy, although it does play those roles at times. So, for me, lipstick is adulthood. Your mode of self-expression may change over time. In the end, do and wear whatever makes you feel your best grown-up self, what makes you feel like you have the capacity to live up to your mentors. And, if it’s the same as mine, trust me, no one will know or care that you’re wearing something called “Bistro Burgundy” or “We Have To Talk”. Judge not the tube by its title nor the adult by the accessory. Samantha Bares is a 20-year-old English junior from Erath, La.

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HEAD to HEAD Is scientific testing on animals ethical? Yes. Rights only apply to humans. ATLAS HAS SHRUGGED ANDREW STOLZLE Columnist Medicine and technology have transformed mankind from primitive, cave-dwelling animals into sophisticated, rational beings capable of flying to the moon. But all too often, the processes that have contributed most to human development are attacked, penalized and denigrated. In January, researchers in Nanjing, China reported the first successful attempt at genetically engineering monkeys with targeted mutations. Using the recently popularized CRISPR method, geneticists were able to breed twin monkeys both possessing mutations in genes responsible for metabolism and immune system function. While this may seem uneventful, these results hint at a future biomedical breakthrough with a potential to increase the standard of living and life expectancy. With the Pennington Biomedical Research Center just minutes from campus and the interest in STEM majors growing, the complete legalization and deregulation of animal testing would reap both economic and health benefits not only for LSU students, but for the entire nation. However, activist groups and politicians have historically been quick to label animal testing as inhumane and ethically evil. Before discussing the luxury and necessity of animal testing, allow me to mention this — rights do not apply to animals in any way. They apply only to humans. Rights stem from the necessity of man to live among one another in a society and from our capacity to reason. Although many animals display a minimal amount of cognition, they in no way compare to the reasoning capability of humans. Ayn Rand accurately said “man has no automatic code of survival … no automatic course of action.” Animals act purely on instinct; they intrinsically possess an automatic course of action and are unable to reason or adopt any ethical code. For these reasons, and countless more, animals possess no right to life, no right to vote and no right to property like man. Along with its moral justification, history supports the argument for animal testing. Since the 20th century, testing has been responsible for the development of the polio vaccine, modern anesthetics, leprosy antibiotics, research efforts against AIDS and HIV and organ transplant techniques. Without animal subjects, these breakthroughs would have either been heavily delayed or non-existent. Testing, observation and further experimentation are the cornerstones of sound science and have led to the discovery and creation of drugs that have saved millions of lives worldwide. I see no legitimate reason to oppose animal testing, other than the fear and hatred of animal abuse. I agree that torturing animals is absurd and twisted, but those feelings do not grant animals the right to be protected from testing, no matter how dangerous the experiment may be.

Despite what mainstream media claims, most experiments are humane and closely monitored. Congress believes otherwise, so they passed the Animal Welfare Act in 1966. Since then, the government has required businesses, institutions and even families who intend to conduct research or sell large quantities of animals to be licensed and/or registered. Along with the obscene amounts of paperwork required to reach approval, businesses must follow numerous federal guidelines when conducting research, otherwise face fines or prison. Without question, this bill has slowed the rate of medical innovation. Generations of scientific testing have led to more effective, efficient medicines that have drastically improved our standard of life; but the prospect of future discoveries is in jeopardy. Just a century ago, it was considered lucky to reach your 50th birthday. Now, we often see 70 year olds competing in marathons — animal testing is largely to thank. It’s vital that we end the polarizing debate and allow for universities and other institutions to expand testing capacities free from any outside intervention. The economic, social, and medical benefits are incalculable. Who knows what breakthroughs await us? One thing’s for sure: if someone were to ask, “So you’d rather humans live longer and healthier at the expense of animals?” I’d answer: “Absolutely.” Andrew Stolzle is a 21-year-old nuclear engineering junior from Baton Rouge.

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ANNETTE SOMMERS Columnist We all have a soft spot for our pets, and we shudder and shame those who are guilty of animal abuse. But for some reason, animal testing doesn’t phase the majority of humans. This may be because we feel distanced from these creatures, tightly packed behind the white walls of sterilized laboratories. Or maybe because we are constantly told there are no alternatives to animal testing and we, as leaders of the animal kingdom, deserve to assert our dominance by testing and torturing these animals for our own benefit. Those who are still skeptical of testing alternatives usually tune out of the animal rights debate because they think they will be faced with an ultimatum — either we test on animals or we halt all medical progress and humans die. That is where pro-animal testing arguments fail, because the truth is there is no ultimatum, no matter how much advocates of animal testing want to believe in one. As much as we justify our feelings toward animal testing because of its scientific benefit, our biased opinions are invalid excuses to abandon our ethics regarding the respect and rights of other species. Scientists and bystanders can choose to ignore the facts that rightfully condemn animal testing, but ignorance won’t make these facts disappear. I’m not saying we should switch to human testing and keep our children in cages for the betterment of society, but there are alternatives.

Philosopher Jeremy Bentham put it best when he wrote, “The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?” Bentham believed the world would eventually progress to a time when humans would protect all breathing animals and not limit certain humanitarian rights to just our species. His ideas were outrageous for his time but have slowly become more understood and accepted. If scientists put sufficient funding into finding alternatives to animal testing, we could do it. It’s underestimating science to say animal testing is our only means of medical progression. Microdosing is a type of drug test that involves giving humans a low dose of a substance, which will allow scientists to see the effect of said substance on a cellular level without affecting the human’s entire body. Another method is in vitro — in tube — testing. This is an increasingly popular alternative that is even used to fertilize women. In vitro is human cell-based, and therefore more humane than pumping chemicals and drugs into animals just to measure the amount of damage it will cause. Not only is in vitro more ethical, it also produces more accurate results because the tests are conducted on human cells and not animals. It should be no secret that animal and human genetics differ. Animal testing can sometimes produce similar, but not identical, reactions to humans. In the late 1950s, a drug called Thalidomide was introduced to pregnant women. After testing the drug on various animals with no consequences, scientists mistook the drug to be safe and distributed it to women for nausea. This ended up causing around 10,000 birth defects and thousands of fetal deaths in women who took Thalidomide. So while animal testing is not only detrimental to the animals being worked on, it can also cause unexpected problems in humans after what may seem like a clean trial. Our generation is the most educated and forward-thinking this world has ever seen. The next generation will be even more cultured than we are. In fifty years, animal testing will be thought of as a medieval scientific method. Let’s stand behind the future of science instead of clinging to its past. Annette Sommers is an 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Dublin, Calif.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 SG, from page 1

fund a Graduate Student Symposium at the Louisiana Marine Consortium that will allow students to share and help each other in their research pursuits. The money will be used for participants’ and judges’ lodging at the symposium. The Greek Board of Directors asked SG to provide $2,000 for half the cost of speaker Lori Heart at Empower. For the past two years, Senate has given $4,000 to the organization but wants to start focusing on other organizations. “We want to make sure the program happens but make sure the amount is decreasing,” said Senator Tyler Loga. “Senate is trying to back away from the organization depending on us every year.” SG also passed a resolution urging facility services to have more electrical outlets throughout campus. Contact Jacquelyn Masse at

BASSOONIST, from page 1

playing the bassoon because it ruined my trombone playing, and my bassoon teacher asked me to stop playing trombone because it ruined my bassoon playing,” Hannevold said. When Hannevold discovered the bassoon — initially just “a strange sound I heard on the radio” — he knew he had to learn to play it. Hannevold said he realized he could not quit that dream. Instead, he quit the trombone and left for Oslo, Norway’s capital, to take bassoon lessons. Hannevold, who also taught a guest lecture to University students this week, said one-to-one teaching is valuable, but musicians must learn to listen to and teach themselves. “It’s learning about being able to stand alone,” he said. Bassoonists, however, are never completely alone — their instruments often demand a relationship, according to visiting professor of bassoon Darrel Hale. Commitment in this relationship is serious. A bassoon

can carry a price tag of $50,000 or more. Beginner models cost about $7,000 — double the price of the average professional clarinet, Hale said. One reason prices are so high is because bassoons are handcrafted by a few makers, Hale said. No parts are factory-made either. A bassoon can survive about 80 years of use. Hale said they get better with age because the rubber lining loosens and lacquer starts to breathe. Each aging process and each instrument is distinct. Although the School of Music will host two more bassoon recitals next month, those events are rarities, just like the musicians and instruments behind them, Hale said. There are not many bassoon composers, so “you always get something different,” Hale said. Hannevold’s lineup Wednesday featured classical sounds as well as ragtime and jazz-inspired pieces. Fortunately, the bassoon is versatile, with a sweet,

page 15 lyrical side and clown-like stac- extra keys to expand the instrucato capabilities, Hale said. The ment’s abilities. The keys permit bassoon’s “speaking quality” and different intonations, or “how wide note range positions it as the well notes speak,” he said. bass voice of the orchestra, but In 1765, before all those keys Hale said few people even know were added, Hannevold’s orcheswhat the instrutra in Norway was ment is. founded. ‘We were playing Like the “We were oboe, although Mozart when Mozart playing Mozart much larger, the when Mozart was was still alive.’ bassoon is a doustill alive,” he ble reed instrunoted. Per Hannevold ment. Hale said Hannevold bassoonist players must learn said he often reto handcraft their minds himself own reeds that suit their needs. that he is a member of a long Perhaps more difficult to chain of musicians. Each member master is the bassoon’s nearly 30 has a duty, he believes, to ensure keys that employ the thumbs, un- music is passed along to the next like any other wind instrument. generation in a good condition. Hale said most instruments were updated in the 19th century, when the bassoon had only five keys. So-called improvements to the bassoon made it sound Contact Olivia McClure at like a “bad saxophone,” Hale said, so bassoon builders added

TOPS, from page 1

fall 2014, the amount of money TOPS covers with the proposed legislation would depend on the Consumer Price Index, a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The Louisiana legislature would look at the CPI’s monthly data for the two-year period, and set the new percentage accordingly. That percentage would not apply to the preceding year, but to the initial TOPS coverage for the fall of 2014, whatever that price may be. Though Morrish said TOPS is “one of the best programs the state has ever created,” he argued the amount of money Louisiana pays for TOPS is putting the state on a dangerous fiscal path. LSU President F. King Alexander said he would need to see Morrish’s proposal before he would support or oppose it. He acknowledged TOPS and other programs like it across the country pose a challenging issue for state budgets. Alexander also said the problems TOPS poses financially for Louisiana are “unintended consequences” of the program. Michelle Landry, chemistry senior, expressed her disapproval of Morrish’s proposal, and said if TOPS did not exist, she would not have gone to college. “Why would you want to cap spending on education when it’s the lifeblood of the economy?” Landry asked.


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