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Laura Furr

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Louisiana beaches are ranked among the dirtiest in America according to this year’s “Testing the Waters” survey by the Natural Resource Defense Council. Louisiana’s beach water quality exceeded health standards only once — at one beach — over the last three years. A total of 2,232 closing days were issued at 11 beaches across the state after the BP oil disaster, which began with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010. Many beaches remained closed throughout 2011 because of oil washing ashore and continued cleanup efforts. BEACHES, see page 11

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Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water and is reflected in the sky at Barataria Bay off the Louisiana coast on June 7, 2010.

DIVERSITY

Gay professors battle prejudice Study reveals bias against teachers Laura Furr Staff Writer

In February, Student Government amended the equal opportunity nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity and expression. Although the bill did not pass unanimously, the clause’s success shows LSU is becoming a friendly environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students. A study released last month suggests gay and lesbian professors fight

an uphill battle, facing discrimination on college campuses. The Journal of Applied Social Psychology presented 545 undergraduate students at the University of Houston-Downtown with syllabi for a course on human sexuality. Syllabi described the same topics and included biographies for hypothetical professors, hinting at sexual orientation and political views. The study concluded students incorrectly view gay and lesbian professors as politically biased — seeing gay men as extremely conservative and lesbian women as liberal. The study did not conclude gay or lesbian professors were viewed as more or less competent than others.

Elaine Maccio, assistant professor of social work, said she has never been openly discriminated against. “Discrimination isn’t always obvious,” she said. “There are students that are not taking my class because I am gay, but I will never know about that. Discrimination normally occurs as a way to oppress, but students aren’t in the position to do that with faculty and staff members.” Maccio noted the difference between discrimination and prejudice. “There are absolutely prejudices on campus,” she said. “Discrimination is an act, while prejudice is a belief.” LGBTQ, see page 11

FOOTBALL

SG trip to Oregon game to cost $35K Rachel Wilson

Contributing Writer

Students looking to kick off the football season with a road trip may have the chance to hitch a ride on the Student Government bus trip. SG President Cody Wells said SG is planning a bus trip for the season opener against the University of Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Wells said SG will have around 250 tickets, but only 235 would be available to students, with the rest going to chaperones. The total cost of the trip would be about $35,000, according to Wells. “We have a sponsorship program,” he said. “We’re going to try to offset the costs so we don’t have to use student fees.” SG is approaching sponsors from last year’s bus trip as well as seeking new supporters, Wells said. “Hopefully we’ll have a much more improved sponsor list,” he said. Wells said the price of the trip will not be finalized until SG receives an estimate on the rental cost of the charter buses and individual game ticket prices. BUS TRIP, see page 11

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Nation & World

Thursday, July 7, 2011

NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

William and Kate visit Canadian town damaged by wildfire

Feds urge court to let prison forcibly medicate Jared Loughner

HUD settles 2008 suit over alleged Road Home program discrimination

SLAVE LAKE, Alberta (AP) — Prince William and Kate saw burned-out cars, blackened trees and the remains of what had been family homes as they made a detour from their official itinerary on Wednesday to visit a Canadian village heavily damaged by a wildfire. The stop in the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake, caught in an inferno in May, was an apparent effort to bring much-needed cheer to residents who face the daunting task of rebuilding. Egypt denies local fenugreek seeds caused E. coli outbreak in Europe

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an appeals court should let prison officials forcibly give anti-psychotic medication to the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage, Jared Lee Loughner. The prosecutors say in court documents filed late Tuesday that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal should lift its order temporarily baring prison officials from involuntarily medicating Loughner. Loughner had been forcibly medicated between June 21 and July 1 at a federal facility.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would distribute $62 million to 1,460 Louisiana homeowners to settle a lawsuit that alleged a Hurricane Katrina rebuilding program was unfair to blacks and left many people unable to rebuild in neighborhoods like the Lower 9th Ward after the 2005 storm. The agreement ends a lawsuit filed in 2008 in federal court in Washington, D.C., by five homeowners and housing advocates over the way grants were distributed by the Road Home program.

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian fenugreek seeds suspected by European food inspectors to have caused a deadly E. coli outbreak were not contaminated, the Egyptian agriculture minister said, citing lab tests. The European Food Safety Authority said one lot of fenugreek seeds from Egypt was probably the source of the poisoning outbreaks in Germany and France. The EU banned imports of Egyptian fenugreek seeds until Oct. 31 and directed its members destroy seeds from “one Egyptian exporter.”

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Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, look at a burned-out car in Slave Lave, Alberta, Canada, on Wednesday.

Italian court convicts nine in Nazi massacres occurring in 1944 MILAN (AP) — Italian news reports say a military court in Verona has convicted nine former Nazi soldiers in the deaths of more than 140 civilians in massacres in the Apennine Mountains during the spring of 1944. The news agency ANSA said the defendants, in their late 80s and 90s, were sentenced to life in prison. Mayors from the towns where the massacres took place along with relatives of the victims attended the sentencing.

Woman puts antifreeze in smoothie, charged with attempted murder SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman was being held on an attempted murder charge Wednesday after police say she spiked her roommate’s peach smoothie with antifreeze three years ago. Selena Irene York, 33, was arrested this week in Eugene, Ore., where she remained jailed pending extradition back to Utah. Police say Ed Zurbuchen, now 78, nearly died after York bought the smoothie from a nearby store, dumped out half of it and poured in antifreeze before he drank it.

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards ends house arrest, plans book signing (AP) — Edwin Edwards, former four-term governor who spent decades in the public spotlight, filed paperwork in private Wednesday and quietly regained his freedom. Though known for his quips and a life lived in front of the TV cameras, Edwards announced the conclusion of his home incarceration modestly, by leaving a short voicemail message with his biographer Leo Honeycutt.

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BUDGET CUTS

University cuts PDSI program due to lack of available funding

PDSI aided Ph.D. student research T.N. “King” Contributing Writer

Despite being considered a successful program by many professors, the Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute will not return next year following a loss of funding. Dr. Marco Barker, PDSI codirector, said the University’s Budget Committee cut PDSI due to the shortage of money available for Level Two programs. The University is divided in a three level system, categorizing services and programs based on relevance to teaching and the academic core of the University. Level One consists of Facility Services and student support services, programs that are not directly related to the academic core. Level Two consists of student support activities and library services, programs that underline the core. Level Three programs consist of the academic core. Though funding for the program has been eliminated for the next financial year, PDSI has successfully attracted minority students who would not otherwise consider attending LSU. PDSI is a month-long summer research and preparation program allowing students to explore doctoral studies. The University recently wrapped up its 2010 PDSI session. Students, faculty mentors and directors gathered at the program’s symposium and closing ceremony to celebrate the completion of the rigorous program. Students also presented research they conducted throughout the month. “As the University moves forward with Flagship 2020: Transforming Lives through Diversity, Learning, Discovery and Civic Engagement, we hope that PDSI has been seen as assisting in that regard and being able to interweave all four areas of the agenda,” Barker said. “PDSI is intended to give students from underrepresented populations added motivation and additional skills,“ he said. “Students who participate in PDSI already have an interest in going to graduate school and pursuing a Ph.D. We provide them a map and resources to get there. We just hope that their road to the Ph.D. completes at LSU.” Jasmine Walker, Alabama A&M political science senior, said she participated in PDSI because she wanted to explore the LSU campus and learn about the doctoral degree program. Walker conducted research on the effects of race and gender on campaign financing. She said her faculty mentor helped her decipher data.

“My mentor was very help- complete GRE practice tests and ful throughout this program. Be- tutorials throughout the summer. cause of her, I discovered that I “A Ph.D. allows one to conwanted to concentrate on politi- tribute on many levels, including cal theory,” Walker said. writing and research with potenFaculty mentors met with tial to influence practice and polstudents weekly and advised icy in one’s area,” said Dr. Amy them on how to prepare and suc- Copeland, associate psychology ceed in graduate school. professor. “It allows one to teach “The program gives the stu- at a university level and mentor dents an inside view and direct doctoral students, which also experience with graduate school,” provides a platform to distribute said Janna Oetinformation to a ting, communicalarge number of tion science and PDSI is intended to individuals.” disorders profesPDSI has pregive students from pared students for sor. “We invest a lot of time helpthe competitive underrepresented ing these stuschool populations added graduate dents with their application promotivation and research skills, cess, Oetting said. and we’d love additional skills to be “For some for them to atstudents, we have tend LSU so that successful in doctoral facilitated their they can continue entrance into studies. with their chosen LSU, and for Dr. Marco Barker area.” others, we have co-director, PDSI program Aside from placed them closthe research projer to their goals ects, students of obtaining a participated in graduate degree,” workshops, seminars and activi- Barker said. ties. Workshops focused on stress management, leadership, learning styles and research design, Contact T.N. “King” at writing and presentation. Stutking@lsureveille.com dents also had the opportunity to

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UNION

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Repeat policy reviewed Punch list to be completed soon

Rachel Wilson

Contributing Writer

The Student Government Summer Planning Committee discussed the “drop/delete” issue Wednesday as well as when and how students may retake courses. According to SG Vice President Kathleen Bordelon, a committee headed by Saundra McGuire, chemical education professor, will meet in the fall to discuss possible changes to the current policy. Seven administrators and one student will make up the committee. Faculty Senate member Kevin Cope will take one of the admin. spots, while Bordelon, who was appointed by SG President Cody Wells, will fill the student seat. The Summer Planning Committee is putting together a policy to be approved by the Senate in the fall. Bordelon presented current repeat policies from two peer universities — Mississippi State and Ole Miss. “We need to see how we want to model our repeat policy,” Bordelon explained. The committee hashed out tentative plans on what they would present to the Senate in the fall. Under their plan, a student would be able to repeat up to three classes — not exceeding eleven hours total — and only the second grade would be reflected in the student’s GPA.

The first grade would remain on the student’s transcript, with no time limit on when a student would have to repeat the course. With a D or F, a student would automatically be able to repeat the course. With a B or C, the student would have to fill out a form to be presented to the Dean of their college for approval. The student would not be able to repeat a course if they had received an F for misconduct. The plan will be put before the committee next week. The Summer Planning Committee also discussed election codes Wednesday. Chief Justice Danielle Rushing said there should be guidelines for candidates to follow. “There is way too much grey area as to what can be distributed,” Rushing said. The biggest issues concerning election codes were campaigning and social media. The committee distinguished between active and passive campaigning, and decided active campaigning would be conducted for one week, while passive campaigning be conducted for two weeks.

Contact Rachel Wilson at rwilson@lsureveille.com

Kaitlin Torke

Contributing Writer

After five years of construction, unfinished details will finally be completed at the LSU Student Union this month. These minor details, or punch list items, have been labeled incomplete or unsatisfactory. The Union punch list includes missing caps for fire hose connections, paint detailing and a missing intake vent for the kiln room on the ground floor. According to Ken Bueche, Union assistant director of operations, caps for the fire hose connections will be attached this week. The paint touch-ups will be finished in the coming weeks. Most items on the punch list are repairs of faulty components still under warranty. “The punch list items are very minor and won’t interfere with student activity,” Bueche said.

Bueche said one intake vent was installed, but the second was overlooked. He said he expects the new intake valve to be delivered in a few weeks. Lynne Maxwell, Union assistant director of leisure and arts, said summer leisure classes won’t be postponed. “It might mean we can’t fire as many kilns, but summer classes don’t produce enough volume for it to be [inconvenient],” Maxwell said. Randy Roussel, project manager for Buquet & LeBlanc Contractors, Inc., said the project is “not costing the University anything.” “The contractors had the punch list costs in the original budget and have no additional costs,”

Roussel said. The total renovation of the Union cost $2.5 million and was under budget, Roussel said. Drew Antony, physics junior, said he’s happy with the work despite the hassle. “I thought they were going to take a lot longer to finish it. … Construction does take awhile to complete, and people just get frustrated,” he said. “I’m glad they finished it before I finished school here. But constant construction on campus is pretty unsightly, especially for visitors.” Contact Kaitlin Torke at ktorke@lsureveille.com


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CONCERT

School of Music performs jazz series Laura Furr Staff Writer

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LSU sophomore linebacker D.J. Welter, left, and sophomore center Cameron Fordham demonstrate the Internet sensation “planking” Wednesday near Mike the Tiger’s cage.

Students spread social media sensation ‘planking’ around campus

It was a guys’ night out about three weeks ago when LSU sopho- to the average joe, people participate in hopes that their photos will earn more linebacker D.J. Welter, sophomore center Cameron Fordham and attention. another football teammate decided to first participate in Welter and Fordham said they want to start a “plankT. N. “King” a new, growing Internet craze. The three started “planking revolution” and spread the trend to their teammates Contributing Writer ing” on a barbeque grill outside the apartments by Vooand other students. Doo BBQ & Grill. Like most people, Fordham learned about planking “I was kind of scared at first, but then I remembered how I used to through Twitter. He visited award-winning photographer Alfredo Flores’ jump off houses when I was younger,” said Welter. “Nothing can com- page and saw planking pictures. After seeing the photos, Fordham wantpare to that.” ed to bring the trend to the LSU. Balconies, grills and billboards are no longer seen as typical objects, “I just plank for the love of the plank,” Fordham said. “It’s a lifebut accessories in the lying down game known as planking. style, when people are out causing mischief, I’m just planking.” For weeks, planking pictures have flooded the Internet, especially PLANKING, see page 7 on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. From celebrities

University music professors Willis Delony, piano, Brian Shaw, trumpet, Bill Grimes, bass, drummer Troy Davis and a host of guest artists are halfway through their annual sixpart summer jazz series “Hot Summer Nights.” The third and fourth installment in the series will be held tonight and Friday night at 7:30 in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall. Each installment incorporates a different style of jazz music – ranging from contemporary to Latin. Attendees will hear a bebop performance tonight by acclaimed alto saxophonist David Glasser from New York City. Friday night’s show shifts to classic New Orleans jazz, featuring local guitar and banjo player Don Vappie. Tiffany Neill, LSU School of Music production assistant, said the concerts have been successful thus far. “Shows have been sold out almost every night,” she said “A nice mix of people attend the show. They really seem to enjoy it. At the bar in the lobby people seem really happy, and we see a lot of familiar faces coming back each week.” Concerts will continue throughJAZZ, see page 7

MUSIC

Canadian band with Austin ties tackles local rock scene Black Pistol Fire plays in BR tonight

Editor’s note: This story contains language some may find offensive. Morgan Searles Staff Writer

Flying between Toronto, Canada, and Austin, Texas, two-piece band Black Pistol Fire is quickly mastering multiple music climates. Eric Owen, drums, and Kevin McKeown, guitar and lead vocals, are bringing their flavor of bluesygarage rock ‘n’ roll to Baton Rouge at Chelsea’s Café tonight. Friends since kindergarten, Owen and McKeown have been playing together for about 10 years and were part of Toronto trio The Shenanigans.

Now based in Austin, Black Pistol Fire has been together for about two years. They released their selftitled debut LP in February and have started touring Canada and the United States to promote the album. The Baton Rouge show will be their first in Louisiana, and Owen said he is ready to play a hot, sweaty, amazing show. “Man are we excited,” Owen said. “I want a big shit-stomping party. I expect people to enjoy the music, and if I could see some Cajun waltzing — if that somehow happened at one show in Louisiana — it would all be worth it. This is our first time here, but it definitely won’t be the last.” Owens said people are usually impressed by live shows and often tap their feet, shake their hips and everything in between. “It’s all rock and roll — and very, very sweaty. I hit the drums

hard and don’t wear a lot of clothes, and Kevin dances like a madman,” he said. “Some guy said our show was so good, it could knock his dick in the dirt.” Owens said he has never written a set list, as a most Black Pistol Fire live performances are improvised. “Sometimes it’s amazing, and sometimes it doesn’t work,” he said. “When you can create magic off the cuff like that, it’s really exciting. We really like doing that. It’s an instant composition.” Audience members are wooed by the traditional final song in a Black Pistol Fire show, “Your (sic) Not the Only One,” which Owens described as a crowd-pleasing barnburner that can last between eight and 15 minutes, despite its recorded version only lasting four. The band plans to tour heavily BLACK PISTOL FIRE, see page 7

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Canadian, Austin-based band Black Pistol Fire is performing at Chelsea’s Café tonight.


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ON THE MARK

Simple lives in Third World will make you appreciate America

Coldplay, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” video

While the song is less than amazing, Coldplay makes up for it in their stellar new music video for “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” The video is a choppy compilation of still action shots filled with paint explosions and black light, getting any fan excited for their next tour. The main problem with the song was its lack of originality, but the video too innovative to watch just once. After recent speculation, fans can take a sigh of relief; Coldplay is still alive and kicking.

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LAURA FURR

A Capitol Fourth Last summer I had the pleasure of attending “A Capitol Fourth,” the annual Fourth of July concert celebration on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. While the event was memorable, even magical given the pomp and circumstance and significance of the affair, I couldn’t help but feel cheated after watching this year’s celebration. Last year’s highlights, which included Darius Rucker and Lang Lang, a phenomenal classical pianist, dimmed in comparison to the 2011 line-up. This year, comedian Steve Martin shocked the audience by proving he could not only knock down with his biting sarcasm, but could pick up and away at a banjo like the best of the bluegrass greats, as he performed with his bluegrass band Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Josh Groban put on a stellar performance, which made up for Matthew Morrison’s inclusion in the show (I’ll admit Morrison can sing, but I’ll still do it begrudgingly). And to seal the deal — and the show — Little Richard rolled out behind a grand piano to treat the audience to the classic hits of “Tutti Frutti” and “Good Golly Miss Molly.” All in all it was a great show, which only left me with one thought as I watched the credits from my couch: “Why couldn’t it have been that awesome the one year I was actually in D.C. to see it live?”

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Memory Tapes, “Player Piano”

STEVEN POWELL Carpark Records

Memory Tapes is an apt name for producer Dayve Hawk’s solo act, which incorporates nostalgic genres like Motown pop and ’80s keyboard synths, mixing them with a “chillwave” sound. Unfortunately, Hawk’s sophomore effort can’t hold a candle to his debut, “Seek Magic.” Upbeat jams “Wait in the Dark” and “Today Is Our Life” make for a strong start, but later tracks sound repetitive and contrived. Hawk should stick to tracks that minimize and distort his voice — like “Green Knight” from “Seek Magic” — instead of emphasizing it. “Player Piano” is still worth a listen, but it lacks the dreamlike, transcendent sound of his debut. If “Seek Magic” is a dream, “Player Piano” is waking life — more mundane and less magical.

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Solo musician Dayve Hawk has released his second album under the name Memory Tapes, a moniker that combines his former names, Weird Tapes and Memory Cassette. After the success of his first album, “Seek Magic,” released in 2009, Hawk has taken care to craft an intelligent second with “Player Piano.” Flying from one mood to the next, the assortment of speeds and sounds keeps things on the move. Tracks like “Today is Our Life” and “Sunhits” will capture and hold on to the attention of listeners, as Hawk’s vocals smooth through the instrumental creases.

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“Wilfred” series premiere

FX

FX’s new comedy is a welcome dose of dark humor to cable television. Elijah Wood stars as Ryan, a would-be suicide victim who sees his neighbor’s dog, Wilfred, as a full grown man in a dog suit, played by series creator by Jason Gann. When Ryan keeps Wilfred after the failed suicide, Wilfred becomes his life coach. The chemistry between the frantic, confused Ryan and the monotone, lewd voice of reason of Wilfred is great throughout the show. As a fan of the genre, I felt “Wilfred” delivered in its premiere and am looking forward to the rest of the season.

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ADAM VACCARELLA

Planking (the lying down game) Wait…what? I had heard this mentioned once or twice in the last few weeks but wasn’t quite sure what it was. Apparently, it’s a game in which you lie face down with your arms to your sides in weird and unusual places…the weirder the better. It sounds funny in theory, but people have died doing this. Why would people want to plank? It’s pointless and can be dangerous. Leave this stuff to “Jackass” folks and find a better game.

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RACHEL WILSON

July 4 marks the moment when proud, patriotic Americans pull out flags and red, white and blue attire. In the midst of celebrating the country’s freedom in the best way I know how – barbecue, beer and boating – I mused on other nations’ ways of life. At the age of 21, I’ve touched down in 11 countries and five continents. My ambitious goal is to visit all 195 countries in the world. I still have quite a way to go in my quest, but my early endeavors have brought eye-opening experiences. More revealing than visiting famous landmarks is studying the ways other people conduct their daily lives. The best way to grasp a foreign way of life is to fully emerge yourself in it. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Dining in the cafés of Paris, toasting in the beer halls of Germany and perusing the crazy streets of Amsterdam have been highlights of my trips. But the most unique, interesting and life-changing experience came just a few weeks ago on my visit to Mozambique. This wasn’t my first trip to an underprivileged country, so I had an idea of what to expect. But it was my first venture into Africa — and as one of my hosts later informed me, “Africa is different.” We spent two weeks in a small village called Amatongas as guests of four Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Traveling to a Third World country is strange — you see these sad, impoverished children on TV and expect to see the same in person. But listen to your parents when they say you can’t believe everything you see on TV. Not a day went by when smiles weren’t tattooed on young faces. It’s ironic that we live in a strong, powerful and advanced country and yet millions of our people struggle daily to find happiness. I saw families living in huts with dirty water and two changes of clothes, hoping to sell enough at their shop to afford another meal. Yet these people smile, dance and sing every night. It’s also amazing that body language, facial expression and hand motions can break language barriers. Mozambicans speak Portuguese (which we didn’t know a word of), yet children would walk across campus to our rooms every night seeking conversation. These people live simple lives — and are happy. There’s no high-definition television, no online gaming and no iPhones. You can’t run to

McDonald’s and grab a Big Mac or adjust the AC down when you’re hot. I love the United States as much as the next man. But I admire these MARK CLEMENTS simple people. No, I’m Contributing not going to Writer mimic them by selling my belongings and living on the streets. But I am more appreciative of everything I have, and I have made my life simpler in smaller ways. Even though

America is the best country in the world, everyone needs to travel outside the U.S. for some eye-opening experiences. Regardless of the country they choose, travelers learn, have fun and meet great people. By traveling, you’ll come to appreciate how superb the United States is. Be thankful, and God bless America.

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out the summer. On July 21 the ensemble will perform “Trumpet Summit” with LSU School of Music Hall of Fame member Graham Breedlove. The “Grand Finale” will be held

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LSU sophomore linebacker D.J. Welter practices “planking,” a game that involves photographing people lying down in unusual places.

PLANKING, from page 5

Welter said planking brings out his creativity, gives him something to talk about on Twitter and keeps him out of trouble. Though many ordinary people participate, there is an art to lying down. Planking involves lying expressionless with a straight body, hands by one’s sides and toes pointing into the ground. The pose is photographed and posted on social networking sites. The most creative planks earn the most attention, so many plank on unusual objects or in strange places. “When choosing the perfect place to plank, you must consider the background, shape of the object and how your body fits with everything,” Welter said. “In the end, everything has to look good, or the plank will be a fail.” An individual needs to be dedicated and focused when planning a plank. Form and technique play an important role, but Fordham said personal “drive and

BLACK PISTOL FIRE, from page 5

in the fall, finishing a new record in the early winter. Leaving behind a following in Toronto, where The Shenanigans could play for several hundred people on any given night, the duo moved to Austin to start over, hunker down, write and develop a new sound and fan base. Since then, the band has had

tenacity” are key to success. The lying down game originated in 2000 in Britain. According to BBC News, the earliest plankers were Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon. They began planking in public places and were photographed. Their craft was eventually dubbed the “lying down game.” In 2007, Daniel Hoppin transformed the game into an online phenomena – organizing Facebook groups to see who could achieve the craziest photo and the most fans. When the fad was spread to Australia, it was nicknamed planking. Planking has become a controversial topic. During the late 16th century, slaves were forced to lie in the plank position as they were stowed away on ships. Some people feel planking is disrespectful and racist. Others fear planking is dangerous. An Australian man in his twenties died while planking when he fell from a balcony railing while

a friend photographed. “We try not to put ourselves in harm’s way,” Fordham said. “We try to stick to the safe side and do creative, humorous planks instead of the extreme, dangerous ones.” Planking is also incorporated in relaxing exercises like yoga and pilates as the locus position, which is a core-strengthening pose focusing on the gluteus and lower back. “When you’re in a position like that, it teaches you how to still your mind,” said Jake Blanton, yoga instructor. “If you can still your mind, you have control and discipline over your life.” It is also believed the locus position boosts courage. Whether for relaxation, thrill or entertainment, Welter and Fordham said they encourage students to have fun planking and be creative and safe.

music appear in television shows, films and even a Pepsi commercial. Owens said wherever they go, people dance at a Black Pistol Fire show. “Toronto can, at times, be a conservative city,” he said. “The response will be there, but I find in Austin and certain parts of the South, people dance and throw down more. But a music fan is a music fan.” Although they haven’t been

touring long, Owens said he and McKeown love what they’re doing. “It is tough to be dirty and stinky a lot of the time, but Kevin and I chose to do this,” he said. “We’re going to keep doing it, wherever it is. Playing shows anywhere is our favorite thing to do.”

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Bachmann’s repeal of minimum wage will not fix economy

Michele Bachmann, Minnesota candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has some controversial ideas about how to fix our economy, including a reconsideration or removal of the U.S. minimum wage laws. Many politicians make wellintentioned plans all willy-nilly, frequently over extending their experience and knowledge into areas in which they are unqualified. Bachmann has a Master of Laws degree and was a foster mother to 23 teenagers, a fact she touts proudly. A great mother? I’m sure, but she’s no economist. Essentially, her position comes from neoclassical economic theory, which proposes a negative relationship between the cost of minimum wage and employment. And who wouldn’t make the intuitive connection? It makes sense that, as labor costs go up, businesses will hire fewer workers — making an

already bleak unemployment rate even worse. But it isn’t that simple. In the May 2011 Journal of Economics, Luciano Fanti and Luca Gori, economists with the universities of Pisa and Genova, respectively, found that in contrast to neoclassical ideas, minimum wage can “promote e c o n o m i c Devin Graham Columnist growth and welfare despite the occurrence of unemployment.” In other words, even with high unemployment, economies do better with minimum wages than without. A similar study published in the January 2011 issue of Chinese Economy titled “Impact of Minimum Wages on Unemployment”

found the relationship between minimum wages and employment to be “mixed,” with “no significantly adverse effect on employment.” So, not only does recent econometric research show that minimum wages don’t negatively affect unemployment, they may in fact spur economic growth. Occasionally, supporters of lower minimum wage laws will try to save face by maintaining that, even in the face of empirical evidence which shows minimum wage to be beneficial, the labor laws are compensated for by decreasing benefits — health care, retirement and the like. The final nail in Bachmann’s well-intentioned but ignorant scheme to fix the economy comes to us from the October 2004 publication of Industrial and Labor Relations Review. In it, researchers examining Current

Population Survey data from 19792000 found “no discernible effect of the minimum wage on fringe benefit generosity for low-skill workers.” Even low-skilled workers, who typically earn at or near minimum wage, do not seem to lose benefits when minimum wages are raised. Apparently, the increase in wages are passed on to the consumer when possible, though this is not always an option in competitive markets. Alternatively, businesses cut spending in other areas — like marketing, public relations and transportation — in order to keep prices competitive. On July 17, Michele Bachmann stated, “The race really will be all about jobs and the economy.” I would tend to agree — unemployment is high and the public still seems generally concerned about the economy. Many

investors feel the same after the last batch of economic reports were utterly disappointing, the Federal Reserve lowered its expectations for the economy slightly and concerns over several countries’ ability to pay debt has been called into serious question. With plans like these, it’s doubtful Bachmann will “fix” the economy any time soon, even if she is elected. Who knows? Maybe the Mayans saw Bachmann coming, and the world as we know it really will end in 2012. Devin Graham is a 22-year-old economics senior from Prairieville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dgraham.

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Condoms the only answer to the world’s growing problem

Recently, scientists announced the world’s population will be approaching 9 billion people by 2050. The majority of the population growth is expected to be in Third World areas such as Africa and Asia. The question is, how will the world accommodate all these new mouths? We as hu- Parker Cramer Columnist mans are far too close to becoming the greatest parasites this planet has ever seen. We are too smart to be the death of this planet. To feed all those mouths, “we will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000,” said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund. “By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if current trends continue, Clay said to Yahoo News. The simple fact is, people are going to starve to death. Only about a third of the world’s land designated for agriculture is actually able to be used to grow food. Earth does not have enough land to support this rise in population. Well, to avoid having wars over water and continue having wars over oil, we need to prevent

the population from ever reaching 9 billion people. How do we go about doing this? By promoting abstinence? No, because no matter how much God, Allah or Tom Cruise don’t want people to have sex, people still do the nasty. India has recently offered free cars, motorcycles and even blenders to its residents who voluntarily sterilize themselves. India’s population is expected to pass up China’s in the next few decades. This just seems silly to me. Would you really let some Indian doctor snip away your manhood for a blender? Talk about a con-

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versation piece. What’d that thing cost you? Oh not much, just a few rupees and my balls. So what’s the answer? To put it simply, condoms. Birth control pills are too expensive, and the majority of people forget to take them. Hysterectomies are far too costly to perform for every woman on the planet, and pulling out never really works. There is abortion, but that’s just too controversial. Condoms are the answer to the world’s problem. They are cheap — much cheaper than Plan B and much cheaper than another mouth to feed.

What the UN should do is flood the Third World with condoms. Have airdrops of Trojans along with the grain. Litter the streets with Durex, still in their packages of course. Nobody wants to pop on a used johnny, unless that’s some sort of fetish I’m not aware of. Condoms would cut down on the transmission of HIV/AIDS, other STD’s and another mouth to feed. The poorest countries in the world have the highest birth rates. It’s been that way for a long time. But unless the gentlemen of the

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world start popping a rain coat on old Mr. Stiff, then my grandson will be punching me in the face to get at my government sanctioned grain rations for the week. To prevent birth, cover your girth. Parker Cramer is a 20-year-old animal sciences major from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @ TDR_pcramer.

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Spying on doctors is the latest in the ‘Obamacare’ scheme Because the Obama administration doesn’t know what else is left to throw money at, it proposed spending almost $350,000 to identify a problem already obvious to everyone else. According to The New York Times, the Obama administration was “alarmed” by the lack of primary care doctors, so it proposed spying on doctors to see how difficult it is to get appointments. The proposed “mystery shoppers,” as the Department of Health and Human Services put it, would call doctors’ offices in nine states at least twice, posing once as someone with Medicaid and again as someone with private insurance. Some spies would request an appointment as a new patient, asking about the wait or whether the doctor would accept Medicaid or new patients. Others would fake illnesses requiring immediate medical attention to see if the doctor would

see them. Doctors immediately objected to the plan, and like a child caught misbehaving, the Obama administration responded by saying the Bush administration did the same thing. Obviously, the Bush administration didn’t spy on doctors. If it did, the mainstream media would have Austin Casey Columnist gone nuts. What the Obama administration referred to was the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services secretly sending CMS officials and private contractors to shop marketing events for Medicare Advantage organizations and Medicare prescription drug plan sponsors. The CMS wanted to verify that the plans complied with

marketing guidelines, aka the law. The agency found several plans in violation of the law, and it intervened accordingly. In the case of the Bush administration, the CMS did exactly what the executive branch is supposed to do — enforce the law. By contrast, the HHS spying on doctors to see whether they accept Medicaid or Medicare has nothing to do with enforcing the law. After it was flooded with criticism, the HHS responded, “After reviewing feedback … we have determined that now is not the time to move forward to this research project,” which is liberal mumbo jumbo for “we’ll wait awhile for everyone to forget and then send out the spies.” The HHS also said they would use other methods to make health care more accessible because “the Obama administration has made the recruitment and retention of

primary care professionals a top priority.” The Obama administration is so intent on this project because it wants to believe doctors will accept Medicaid after Obama’s health care plan — which puts 50 percent of the newly insured under Medicaid — takes full effect. Currently, the Medicaid reimbursement rate is so poor some doctors won’t see patients covered by it. For example, if three doctors working in a hospital see a patient covered by Medicaid in one day, the first doctor to report seeing the patient is barely reimbursed. And what do the other two doctors get? Nothing. They work for free. Imagine any professor or lawyer working for free. The idea is so ridiculous it’s laughable. Obviously, this reason is why some doctors don’t see patients “insured” with Medicaid. The Obama administration

doesn’t understand why doctors wouldn’t work for half the pay or none at all because it sees health care as a right. It wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars spying on them to figure out what everyone else already knows. Instead of spying on doctors to see how many of them won’t accept Medicaid and Medicare, the Obama administration should work for free. The administration would save tons of money and would instantly determine the likelihood of doctors accepting the newly-expanded government insurance. Austin Casey is a 19-year-old medical physics junior from Mandeville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_austincasey.

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Study: Drinking coffee could protect against Alzheimer’s Mike Velez The Oracle

TAMPA, Fla. (UWIRE) — Making multiple trips to the coffee pot may improve health, according to University of South Florida researchers, who say an unknown compound in the beverage may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A study conducted on mice specially bred to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms found mice given regular coffee showed improvements in their Alzheimer’s-like condition when compared to mice given decaffeinated coffee or pure caffeine, said the study’s lead author Chuanhai Cao. Cao, along with fellow neuroscientist and the study’s other lead researcher Gary Arendash, submitted their findings to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, which published the article June 28. Mice given regular coffee instead of decaffeinated coffee or caffeine showed a decreased level of beta-amyloid protein in their brains, according to the study. Cao said beta-amyloid itself is not known to be harmful to humans, but people with Alzheimer’s tend to exhibit build-ups or “plugs” of the protein in the brain, which is thought to be a cause for Alzheimer’s disease. Another benefit found in mice given coffee was an increased level of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (GCSF), a substance naturally produced in the body that Alzheimer’s patients tend to have a reduced amount of. Cao said high levels of GCSF lead to enhanced memory function due to its ability to send stem cells from

bone marrow into the brain. This can increase the digestion of the beta-amyloid plugs and create new brain cell connections. ” [Coffee] can have a therapeutic effect like a snowball,” he said. “When the body starts to have a [beta-amyloid] accumulation, the more they produce. If you stabilize the [beta-amyloid production], that gives the body some time to digest it. It provides a relief for the rest of the body — it doesn’t need to work as hard.” However, Arendash said, coffee does not provide any additional benefit to a healthy brain. “Coffee, when given to an undamaged or normal mouse, produces no benefit, but for a mouse with

Alzheimer’s symptoms or destined to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms, there is benefit,” he said. “So if you have a normal brain, you’re not going to make less mistakes — you’ll just make mistakes faster.” “Alzheimer’s disease can lie dormant in the brain for 10 years before you see any symptoms of the disease,” he said. “Some people, as they get older, maybe drink less coffee, they try to cut back. That’s actually the opposite of what you should do. I try to educate people. Don’t give up [coffee], keep going. If three cups is too much, then switch to two cups. It is a benefit to your health.” With further study, he said he hopes to identify the unknown

compound in coffee that seemingly provides these health benefits. Yet, he said attempts to seek support from corporate entities with a common interest, such as Starbucks, Maxwell House and Nestle, have so far been unsuccessful. Cao said they don’t have enough data to prescribe how much coffee is needed to provide the benefit in humans, but past studies into coffee have shown it is safe to drink moderate amounts — defined as up to four to five cups daily. Arendash said coffee could prove a better alternative to any medicine that might be developed to combat Alzheimer’s because it is natural. “I am an individual who

would rather find something natural,” he said. “We’re not saying coffee will 100 percent protect against Alzheimer’s, but, in moderation, it is OK, and preferable to any medicine that might provide a side effect.” Arendash said coffee is the only caffeinated drink that seems to provide the benefit. “Our initial studies into decaf coffee, Red Bull, chocolate — anything else with caffeine — shows that the method matters. The body really only reacts to coffee,” he said. Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at opinion@lsureveille.com

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Other beaches were also recovering from hur‘Fourteen ricanes Katrina Rita in 2005 months and and Gustav and after the Ike in 2008. Many beaches in Camspill Parish have we have eron not returned to recovered pre-storm levels, others are fairly well.’ while inaccessible. Jacques BerJacques Berry communications ry, Office of the director, Office of the Lieutenant GovLieutenant Governor ernor communications director, said beaches have recovered dramatically since the oil spill last year. “The beaches are looking 100 percent better. Every once in a while

LGBTQ, from page 1 Ferrari Howell agreed there are prejudices toward professors. “Anybody, whether they are gay, transgender or lesbian, faces discrimination,” said the political communication sophomore. “It’s not verbalized as much because your grade depends on [discretion] when it is your professor. But secretly students do talk about it.” Sam Wheelock, sports administration senior, expressed a similar sentiment. “Most students would discriminate against gay, lesbian or transgender professors just because of stereotype, but in the end they are your professor. They would be teaching you in the same way any other professor would,” he said. Matthew Patterson, a member of the LSU LGBTQ club Spectrum, said there have been many incidents on campus sparked by people’s sexual orientations or gender identities. “Female staff members have been told to wear skirts instead of pants to look more feminine,” said the physics graduate student. “Professors have referred to transgender students as ‘it.’” He said LSU fosters a negative, discriminatory environment. “LSU is a large, Southern university. It is not as tight knit of a

a tar ball will show up on the beach, but the crews that helped clean the beaches did a great job,” said Berry. “The study only included two beaches out of the 7,500 miles of shoreline in Louisiana. ... But it is true that we are still recovering from the worst man-made disaster in history.” Tourism in Louisiana has naturally faced a setback this year. “We are studying the trend,” Berry said. “Fourteen months after the spill we have recovered fairly well. There is still a regional interest in Louisiana beaches, but we need to attract a national interest again. We have to convince people that Louisiana is open for business.” Beaches in other states are also suffering. Bacterial pollution is increasing in beaches across the country. In 2010 the number of beach closings community as where I attended undergraduate school,” he said. “LGBTQ groups just don’t get as much support.” Spectrum and Patterson have advocated for Louisiana House Bill 112 for this reason. According to Patterson, Louisiana already has a state law to stop bullying. But the current law does not address harrassment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in primary and high schools. East Baton Rouge Parish, along with five other parishes, does not have a law protecting against any form of bullying. HB 112 was initially written with a section that outlawed bullying of LGBTQ students. It was amended to outlaw bullying of any kind. The bill did not pass. “Conservative political groups do not want to recognize gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual groups even exist,” Patterson said. “They will take away rights of others to make sure that happens. That’s just how it works here.”

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and advisories reached the second highest level in NRDC history at 24,091 closings. From April 2010 until the study concluded on June 15, 2011, there have been a total of 9,474 days of oil-related beach notices, advisories and closures at Gulf Coast beaches. Seventy-five percent of those closures are because of bacteria levels exceeding health standards.

page 11 High bacterial levels put swimmers at risk for waterborne illnesses. According to the NRDC, illnesses associated with polluted beach water include skin rashes, pink eye, respiratory infections, meningitis, hepatitis and the stomach flu. The Environmental Protection Agency, following pressure from the NRDC, has agreed to update its beach water quality standards by 2012 in order to keep up with increasing levels of contamination and further protect tourists. The EPA is required to conduct studies and surveys, produce water tests with same-day results and protect beachgoers from a broad range of waterborne illnesses. Contact Laura Furr at lfurr@lsureveille.com

BUS TRIP, from page 1

Students will have to pay individual fees, Wells said. Student costs will include game tickets, bus fare, lunch and a “goodie bag.” Wells said current plans include five chartered buses that would leave early the morning of the game. “We’d get there an hour before the game, watch the game, and the students would have about 45 minutes after the game to get back to the buses to drive home,” he said. A record-setting 37,000 general public tickets are sold out, according to the LSU Athletic Department. Kickoff is Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

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