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Federal outreach programs facing cuts

Rachel Wilson

Jalissa Bates

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The Courses and Curricula Committee approved a proposal this week to change the prerequisites for Math 1550. Under the new proposal, students will have to pass an online test with at least a 65 percent to gain placement in Math 1550. A third party company ALEKS – Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces – will provide online testing services. The test is taken at home, costs $25 and can be repeated as many times as necessary to achieve an acceptable score. There is no repeat fee if the test is retaken within a six week period. The ALEKS program also offers tutoring at no additional charge for students who wish to improve scores. Lawrence Rouse, chair of the Courses and Curricula Committee, said testing is a more accurate method of determining if students have had proper preparation for Math 1550.

Students from underrepresented backgrounds at the University may be offered fewer opportunities in the near future. The Federal TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects. At the University, these programs include Student Support Services and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. For the Student Support Services, Upward Bound, McNair and TRIO Training programs, an across-the-board reduction of approximately 3.1 percent will be applied to grants for which continuation awards are made next year, according to the TRIO website. Lemar Clifford, LSU alumnus, said he disagrees with cuts to TRIO funding. A member of SSS

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Study: Binge drinking temporarily affects learning, memory

Several studies have recently shed light on the The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and effects of binge drinking. Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern A new animal study by Washof drinking that brings a person’s Laura Furr ington University School of Mediblood alcohol concentration to 0.08 cine in St. Louis found that binge percent or above. This typically hapStaff Writer drinking does not necessarily kill or pens when men consume 5 or more damage brain cells. Rather, excess alcohol tempo- drinks and when women consume 4 or more drinks rarily disables the brain’s ability to learn and create in about 2 hours. memories. DRINKING, see page 7

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July rain provides hope for heat-afflicted Louisiana crops

Soybeans, cotton, sugarcane resistant Lucia Ellender Contributing Writer

The last few weeks brought not only daily downpours and storms, but also hope for farmers across Louisiana. Crops are seeing relief as rain continues to hit Louisiana. June’s sweltering heat and drought caused damage and losses to high-risk crops — corn, soybeans, cotton and rice. However, drought isn’t the only cause for concern this


‘At this time last year, 71 percent of the cotton was in good to excellent condition. This year it’s 44 percent.’ Kurt Guidry

LSU AgCenter economist

growing season. Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain said flooding and drought affected all major commodities,

especially corn. After suffering spillage this spring, crop production reached a standstill because of infertile soil. The opening of the Morganza Spillway destroyed crops planted in the flood zone. Producers were unable to replant crops so late in the season. A shocking 100 percent crop loss has been recorded in areas of northeast Louisiana following flooding. With rain levels predicted to remain high in the coming week, farmers are left waiting for wet conditions to settle until they step back onto their soaked fields. Before the intense July rain, CROPS, see page 7

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Louisiana crops have suffered from sweltering heat and drought this summer, but recent rains are revitalizing them. However, flooding and infertile soil are still problematic.

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Nation & World

Thursday, July 28, 2011



Militants block starving Somali refugees from receiving relief

Police report sailboat overcrowded in fatal California capsize Wednesday

Saints add 20 undrafted rookies in rush following lockout agreements

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — In a squalid refugee camp beside Mogadishu’s airport, some 2,000 desperately hungry women and children await help, many of them weak and dying in tents made of sticks and cloth. Missing from the camp, however, are large numbers of Somali men. The militants of al-Shabab are trying to stop men from joining the tens of thousands of people who are fleeing the parched regions of south-central Somalia that the fighters control. North Korea predicts future nuclear arms race against the United States

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say there were too many people aboard a sailboat that capsized and killed two passengers during an outing in San Diego Bay for people with special needs. San Diego Harbor Police said Wednesday the 26-foot sailboat tipped in March because of the number of people on board and the condition of the vessel and its equipment. Prosecutors have reviewed the findings and are not filing criminal charges at this time.

METAIRIE (AP) — The Saints say they’ve agreed to terms with 20 undrafted rookie free agents, giving them close to 70 players under contract two days before the first practice of training camp. The Saints needed to load up on undrafted rookies because they had only 47 players under contract when the lockout ended Monday. Any veteran free agents they sign are not expected to be able to practice until Aug. 4, after the NFL Players Association has recertified as a union and ratified the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea’s U.N. ambassador says U.S. modernization of its nuclear weapons and missile defense systems will eventually spark a new nuclear arms race. Sin Son Ho told a General Assembly meeting Wednesday on revitalizing the Conference on Disarmament, which North Korea chairs this month, that if “the largest nuclear weapon state” — a reference to the United States — wants to stop the spread of nuclear weapons it should negotiate a treaty to abolish nuclear weapons.

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A Somalian transitional government forced soldier provides security as the national flag flies in Mogadishu Wednesday.

Greece suffers credit downgrade, has high chance for future default ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Standard and Poor’s agency has cut Greece’s credit rating by 2 notches to CC, with a negative outlook. The international ratings agency said the proposed restructuring of Greece’s heavy debt load under a new international bailout deal would amount to a selective default. A Standard and Poor’s statement said the likelihood of a future Greek default will probably remain high.

Georgia soldier charged with murder blames actions on forced crash diet FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys for an Army Reserve soldier on trial for murder in Georgia say he killed a superior because he was dehydrated and delirious from a crash diet after being ordered to lose weight. Army Staff Sgt. Rashad Valmont’s fiancee testified that he quit eating and put in extra hours at the gym and sauna after being ordered by a supervisor to shed 3 percent of his body fat quickly. Two days later he walked into a different superior’s office holding a handgun, took aim and shot the man six times.

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Job growth in Louisiana slowed in June, but overall numbers still good NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Annual job growth in Louisiana slowed a bit in June, but the state still posted its largest number of private sector jobs since December 2008, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Wednesday. The state had 11,600 more non-farm jobs last month than in June 2010. In May, the state had 15,000 more non-farm jobs than in May 2010. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal factors. thedailyreveille

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Centers prepare for fall, Violation expect spring opening appeal T.N. King

Contributing Writer

The African American Culture Center and the Women’s Center plan to reopen late next spring after the completion of construction which began early this year. The $1.5 million expansion is still in progress and will almost double both centers’ square footage. “We anticipate a March/April substantial completion,” said Emmett David, facility development director. “Weather and a utility conflict have required adjustment to the contractor’s time.” The new African American Cultural Center will feature open reception and lounge areas, a multipurpose room, a conference room, six offices, a library and artifacts room, an open outdoor courtyard, a unisex dressing room, a work room and a kitchenette. Niya Blair, coordinator of African American Student Affairs, told The Daily Reveille in February, “When we have the new center, we hope to host a national conference for the [Association for Black Cultural Centers].” The new Women’s Center facility will house two state-of-theart meeting rooms, a play room and breast feeding area for mothers, an expanded library and computer lab and a large classroom space. “I am looking forward to the possibility of hosting a scholar-inresidence and doing cutting-edge research on issues related to gender,” said Catherine Hopkins, director of the Women’s Center. Meanwhile, the centers have been relocated to rooms 307, 319, 323 and 325 in Hatcher Hall. Blair said the AACC has adjusted to the temporary location well. “We have some ways to go as far as increasing visibility,” she said. “We want to get more students to utilize the space.” Hopkins said the Women’s Center plans to make itself known to current and incoming students through table sits in Free Speech Plaza, advertising in the media and collaborations with other campus departments and student organizations. Though both centers are grateful for the opportunity to network with people and departments on another side of campus,

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the new space has presented challenges. “Our space is no longer able to hold more than 10 people per room, and the center is not as easily accessible to our community partners because of the limited access to inner campus,” Hopkins said. Blair said rethinking how AACC events like the Juneteenth Celebration will look has been an adjustment. Previously, events were held at the AACC, but now they are forced to host at other locations. Both centers will continue to offer the same programs and services this fall. The AACC will host its annual Umoja, “Welcome Back” program for returning and new students at the start of the fall semester. The AACC also plans to have its website completed before school starts, allowing students to check for programs and upcoming events. “Students can still check out books, meet other students, use the computer lab and study and learn about African-American culture,” Blair said. “It is still a home away from home.” Hopkins said the Women’s Center will continue to fulfill its mission of promoting the advancement of women’s issues and gender equity through services, advocacy efforts and educational programs. “I am looking forward to the opportunities that a state-of-theart facility can offer, such as providing classroom space, meeting space for student organizations and community groups and study [areas] for students,” she said.

The LSU Office of Parking, Traffic and Transportation will implement a new process for hearing parking violation and towing appeals beginning August 15. The new system will create two separate peer appeal boards – one for student appeals and one for faculty, staff and visitor appeals. Student Government passed a resolution to petition for a student appeal board. Previously, only one board existed. The student appeals board will be comprised of 17 members – 8 appointed by the SG president, 8 appointed by the speaker of the Senate and one position for the University Court chief justice, who will chair the board. Four members of the student board and the chief justice must be present to hear appeals. If the chief justice is not available for an appeal hearing, another University justice may be appointed. The two boards will not hear appeals for reasons such as inclement weather, tardiness to class or an appointment or lack of knowledge of regulations. Appeals will have to be submitted within seven days of the reported offense. All decisions by the appeal boards will be final.

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Cajun artist George Rodrigue displays Blue Dog exhibit at LSU Museum of Art

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Every dog has its day. And this time, the celebrated dog is blue. “Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River,” an exhibit of paintings by Louisiana artist laureate George Rodrigue, will be on display at the LSU Museum of Art until Sept. 18. The products of Rodrigue’s 40-year career span wall to wall. His iconic blue dog peers with wide yellow eyes in several paintings. Whether in costume, along the bayou or seated inside a home, the blue dog casts the same eerily remarkable gaze. In addition to the gallery, several other local events featuring Rodrigue will be held in August. One such event is Young Professionals Night: Meet and Greet with George Rodrigue. The event will be held on the fourth floor River Terrace of the Shaw Center at 5:30 p.m. The $10 admission fee includes refreshments and music. The event is sponsored by George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and Forum 35. Renee Payton, marketing director of the Museum of Art and Shaw Center for the Arts, urged students to make the most of this cultural opportunity. A native of Verdunville, Payton said the blue dog remains a key component of Louisiana art. “Students don’t come often enough — we host LSU Night for faculty, staff and students in the fall and spring and invite the entire campus to visit the museum,” Payton said. “It is free for University students to visit the museum so there is no reason for them not to visit as often as they would like.” Turning up the traditional Louisiana heat and flavor, “In the Kitchen with Chef Paul Prudhomme and George Rodrigue” will take place Aug. 20 in the Manship Theatre on the second floor at 1 p.m. Speakers will explore rich Cajun culture, complete with cooking demonstrations and samples. Prudhomme and Rodrigue will conduct book signings. A native of New Iberia, Rodrigue proudly heralds his Cajun roots through his art. In Lafayette, the heart of Acadiana, Rodrigue is honored by The Blue Dog Café, where his beloved animal is the theme. BLUE DOG, see page 11

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Rodrigue paintings from his “Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River” collection are displayed Wednesday at the LSU Museum of Art.


LSU beer to be released this fall Product targeted toward sports fans Kaitlin Torke Contributing Writer

The University is joining forces with Tin Roof Brewing Co. to launch an LSU-brand beer to be released during football season. The University is collaborating with the Baton Rouge-based microbrewery to make a blonde ale, available both in cans and on tap, said Charles D’Agostino, executive director of the Louisiana Business & Technology Center and William McGehee, owner of Tin Roof Brewing Co. and University alumnus. The branded beer will be distributed by Mockler Beverage Co.,

which distributes Budweiser, and will be sold in grocery stores, bars and gas stations. He said the name of the beer and images cannot be released until The Collegiate Licensing Company approves it. The announcement should be made within 30 days. “The name and images have met the University’s requirements on trademarks and images, and now we are waiting for final word from Collegiate Licensing,” he said. D’Agostino says the CLC will receive a share of gross sales. Of that share, the University will receive a royalty amount for the use of the LSU name and trademark. The Louisiana Business & Technology Center and the Department of Food Science have been actively involved in the process of creating the LSU beer.

D’Agostino and students were also involved in the process. “At the beginning, we helped Tin Roof develop a business and financial plan. We also set up a plan to get investors and began focus groups for branding and imaging,” he said. Food sciences professor Paul W. Wilson said officials are creating internship courses at Tin Roof Brewing Co. for food science students interested in the fermentation process. In addition to internship courses, Wilson said the department is approving fermentation curriculum. “We’re looking at adding a beginning and advanced brewing course at the 3000 and 4000 level,” he said. “Currently we teach Horticulture 4041 and 4035, which deal with plant and food fermentation.” BEER, see page 11

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Charles Caldwell, co-founder of Tin Roof Brewing Co., monitors the brewing of one of the company’s first batches of beer Oct. 28. Tin Roof began brewing Oct. 27.

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Epic Meal Time, “Pigs n’ Poultry”

“Pigs n’ Poultry,” the latest episode by “Epic Meal Time,” makes a meal out of chicken wings, Cornish game hens and, you guessed it, bacon. This week’s episode is funny, if nothing else; it definitely kept me in stitches (or bacon strips, if you’d rather). However, it didn’t seem to focus much on the cooking — as in crazy, extravagant, ridiculous dishes. The group made chicken wings — and a lot of them — with different types of alcohol-inspired sauces. But they didn’t do the creative, mind-blowing dishes that made them famous, like the “Turducken Epic” or “Fast Food Lasagna.” I realize making an over-the-top culinary Frankenstein may be difficult on a weekly basis, but I always hope to see something scary, like “The Sloppy Ben Roethlisberger” or “Candy BBQ.” This week’s episode gets points for hilarity and the outlandish nature of the characters. But I hope to see something more for next week. The name is “Epic Meal Time,” not funny, alcoholic meal time.



“Entourage” season premiere


It feels good to have the gang back. After last season’s Eminemknockout finale, “Entourage’s” final season has a lot to live up to. Although the party this episode was dry, the boys provide us with some good laughs and the back story of what looks like it will unfold as a great conclusion to the series.


NCAA Football 2010

LAURA FURR EA Sports Games

Each year, the designers at EA attempt to freshen the look and feel of their football games. But the past few editions of NCAA Football have been ever so slightly improved from the year before, and I find myself regretting dropping $60 for the same game. Yet, I continue buying as I did this year. Luckily, I’m a fan of the changes they’ve made this time. The new Coaching Carousel feature is a cool way to climb the ladder from a college football doormat to a perennial powerhouse. And as always the Campus Legend mode is a fun way to fulfill my childhood dreams as a Heisman Trophy winner. The improvements aren’t drastic, but as always, it’s a great liaison into the real college football season.



“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two” Warner Bros.

At the risk of being attacked by an angry mob, I have to say I wasn’t that impressed with the final “Harry Potter” movie. What was there was good, but the film skirted over several parts of the book. Seeing as they divided the film into two, they shouldn’t have had too much trouble with time constraints. The “epilogue” scene of the movie was disappointing as well because it left out several characters. Victoire Weasley? Teddy Lupin? Where were they? “Deathly Hallows: Part Two” was a good movie, but it wasn’t great. I expected more.


Cupcake Couture

RACHEL WILSON Mall of Louisiana

Cupcake Couture, located in the Mall of Louisiana, is a bakery dedicated solely to cupcakes. Flavors like wedding cake, red velvet and Bananas Foster are among the best. The chocolate, a cupcake staple, is very rich and should not be eaten by the faint of heart. The icings are perfectly dolloped on each single cupcake. They serve cupcakes not only to humans, but also to dogs. “Pupcakes” are miniature-sized cupcakes flavored with peanut butter catered to canine friends. Bananas Foster is a must if you stop by Cupcake Couture.



Twin Sister, “Bad Street”


Indie-pop quintet Twin Sister has been churning out sweet, danceable numbers since 2008, but its first full-length album, “In Heaven,” won’t drop until September. In the meantime, they’ve released a 10” consisting of three tracks, most notably “Bad Street,” the lead single of their forthcoming album. The other two tracks, “In Heaven” and “You Remind Me Of,” are subdued, instrument-driven songs, leaning away from Twin Sister’s usual pop sound. However, they let the good vibes flow with “Bad Street,” a disco-influenced number with a catchy, funky rhythm. Singer Andrea Estella has fortunately dropped some of the breathy affectations she used on previous releases “Vampires With Dreaming Kids” and “Color Your Life,” creating a more mature sound. On the plus side, “Bad Street” sounds polished — like a band ready to drop its first album should. However, the 10” lacks some of the charm of earlier songs like “Ginger” and “All Around and Away We Go.” For its debut to succeed, Twin Sister needs to strike the right balance between studio and independent sounds — they need to operate in the adult world but retain a sense of innocence and freshness.


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Cali. to pay more than $1 million in legal fees after video game case

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. That’s a phrase that I heard growing up — and I’d say it’s a good rule to live by. I want to take that phrase on step further: If you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t say ADAM ARINDER Columnist anything at all. A bold statement, I know. Especially coming from someone who writes about a broad range of topics week to week. I understand nobody (including myself) is perfect, but the amount of ignorance I see in Facebook posts and hear in daily conversation is sometimes enough to drive me insane. Research goes a long way. And there’s a group of people who should do more research before they open their mouths — I’m talking about politicians, of course. I recently addressed video games being awarded First Amendment rights by the Supreme Court in the Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association case. However, after this monumental victory for the gaming industry, things aren’t over yet. The Entertainment Software Association announced the filing of a motion Monday seeking reimbursement of $1.1 million in attorneys’ fees from the state of California regarding the recent Supreme Court case. Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, expressed strong opinions regarding the case and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the company’s press release. “From the start of this misguided legislation, then-Governor Schwarzenegger and specific California legislators knew that their efforts to censor and restrict expression were, as court after court ruled, unconstitutional and thus a waste of taxpayers’ money, government time, and state resources,” Gallagher said. Gallagher noted the state of California and its legislators were warned the law they were defending was considered unconstitutional before it passed. Basically, lawmakers knowingly fought a losing fight. And now it’s going to cost them. Well, not necessarily the legislators. This $1.1 million won’t come out of their pockets — it will come out of the pockets of every single California taxpayer. If I were a California citizen, I’d be outraged. The politicians who represent Californians walked into a fight they were told they were going to lose, and now California natives have to foot the bill. Actually, this happened a bit closer to home not too long ago.

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This video game image, released by Epic Games, shows a scene from “Gears of War 3,” which is rated Mature. Violent games have been the subject of recent political debates.

Louisiana was forced to pay the ESA $91,000 in legal fees over a defunct video game bill in 2007. I don’t understand why politicians like to attack video games so much. Sure, some of them are violent, but so are movies and shows on television. What a lot of these politicians and parents don’t know is video games have a ratings system just like movies and television. “Gallagher stated that the video game industry still welcomes the opportunity to work with legislators in raising awareness about the Entertainment Software Rating Board video game rating system and other tools, like parental controls, that the industry voluntarily provides,” according to the ESA press release. If lawmakers would open their eyes and see the gaming industry isn’t the spawn of Satan trying to purposefully corrupt America’s youth, they’d save themselves a headache — and the money of

honest taxpayers. But that’ll never happen. Politicians will do whatever they can to stay in office, one citizen’s dime at a time. Adam Arinder is a 21-year-old communication studies senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_aarinder. Contact Adam Arinder at

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Thursday, July 28, 2011 CROPS, from page 1

more than 52 parishes in Louisiana faced a severe drought index. In recent years, the rain index met 36.97 inches. This year’s rate is below the statewide yearly average at only 10.9 inches, Strain said. LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said the issue is a “hit and miss situation,” after the relatively low June and July indexes and recent heavy rain sparked a sense of hope this week. “There’s still time for some of the later-planted crops such as soybeans, cotton and sugarcane,” Guidry said in a LSU AgCenter news release. “They’re a little more drought-resistant than corn and grain sorghum.” The eventual outcome of the drought is hard to predict, Guidry said. This year’s crop yields are expected to be lower than last year’s, according to the AgCenter news release. “At this time last year 71 percent of the cotton was in good to excellent condition. This year it’s 44 percent,” Guidry said in the release. The lack of rain in the soil has caused saltiness, leaving sediments, which stunted rice growth, Guidry said. The production of sugarcane and cotton remain steady following the rain increase in July. “The longer the drought conditions, the greater the probability of yield impact,” Guidry said in the release. Contact Lucia Ellender at

MATH, from page 1

“It lets us know that students have a reasonable chance of getting a C or better in calculus,” Rouse said. Thomas Rodgers, student representative on the Courses

DRINKING, from page 1

After a night of binge drinking, half of the key receptors in the hippocampus, the brain’s information consolidator, become blocked. Other receptors are activated to produce a steroid that will undermine the brain’s ability to strengthen neuron connections, an essential part of memory and learning. This new information sheds light on what it means to “black out.” According to researchers, alcohol doesn’t damage cells. At high BAC levels, brain cells are

CUTS, from page 1 during his undergraduate years, Clifford said the program built professional relationships that helped him continue his successful journey, including a job as an Upward Bound instructor in Baton Rouge. “SSS benefited my career in that it provided me with necessary tools that any first generation college student requires, like help with scheduling classes, counseling and opportunities to give back to the community,” Clifford said. To foster optimum student growth, the goals of SSS provide

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and Curricula Committee, previously told The Daily Reveille he was concerned the proposal set a dangerous precedent by replacing college courses with a third party exam. “You have to take tests to place into courses already,”

Rouse said. “[ALEKS] is very similar to other exams; it’s just a test created outside the University.” The proposal had been previously presented to the committee but was reviewed due to unaddressed clarification issues.

The committee hopes to see the proposal implemented in the spring 2012 semester.

still communicating. The brain still has the ability to process information, but the brain does not create new memories because key memory receptors are blocked. Researchers also noted that consumption of drugs, along with alcohol, is more likely to cause blackouts than either substance alone. According to a study released last Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly one in four Americans binge drinks during a month’s time. Studies cite the National Survey on Drug Use and Health,

which interviewed 137,000 people from 2008-2009 on the topics of alcohol and drug use. Results for Louisiana were in the median range. Approximately 60-65 percent of Louisianians ages 18-25 use alcohol within a month’s time. Of these residents, 37-40 percent binge drink in a month. The survey also studied how citizens in each state perceive the risk of having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage twice a week. The survey showed that 3642 percent of Louisiana residents

ages 18-25 think drinking to this extent is a great risk. States with the greatest percent of residents participating in binge drinking are located in the northern portion of the U.S. Among the highest were Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware. The state with the least perception of risk was Utah.

for students’ needs, like helping students adjust to college life, assuring students remain in good academic standing and assisting students in achieving their graduation goals. Students accepted into the program receive many benefits, such as tickets to cultural events on campus and around town, equipment loans, academic advising and personal counseling with staff members, and financial literacy information. The Ronald McNair Scholar program offers minority and lowincome, first-generation college students to enroll in graduate

studies and acquire doctorate degrees. Students interested in the McNair Program must have a desire to pursue a Ph.D. and maintain academic performance that is consistent with competitive graduate school applicants. Nationally, more than 800,000 students rely on TRIO Programs for support in their pursuit of a college degree, according to

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New pitching coach comes full circle at LSU Alleva to remain as director Morgan Searles Staff Writer

With a career spanning more than two decades, Alan Dunn, new LSU baseball pitching coach, has had a month to settle into his role. Dedicating most of his time to recruiting prospective players, Dunn said he is looking forward to coaching a college team. Dunn moved to Baton Rouge from Huntsville, Ala., where he lived for 11 years with his wife and two children, acting as the pitching coordinator for the Baltimore Orioles. Before working with the Orioles, Dunn was a major league bullpen coach from 2007 to 2010. He worked at various levels as a pitching coach for 15 years with the Chicago Cubs. As a player, Dunn was drafted by the Detroit Tigers after completing his degree at the University of Alabama. He played minor league baseball with the Tigers, reaching the Double-A level before his career ended due to injuries. From there, Dunn began coaching. Dunn coached for two years at Vanderbilt University before his career with the Cubs. During his time at the University, Dunn he has come to understand the Baton Rouge passion for baseball. “Everywhere I have been, every person I have talked to has made it very evident that the loyalty to the program and the expectations for the program are really high,” Dunn said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the fans and their knowledge of the game. That’s one of the things that has really jumped out at me.” Adrian Wintz, mass communication sophomore, said he is excited to have Dunn on the team. “He’s had a lot of experience at

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Alan Dunn, LSU baseball pitching coach, talks about the different aspects of his career in his Alex Box Stadium office Thursday.

a professional level — at the minor leagues and a little while in the major leagues,” Wintz said. “This is a very good move. Dunn should develop our pitchers to a place where we will be able to contend for championships.” Dunn said he would like to know LSU pitchers as players and as people. “It’s important that ... the pitchers know that when they go out on that mound, I’m going out there with them — mentally and emotionally,” Dunn said. “You have to have that bond, trust and respect to be able to get that athleticism out of them. I think that’s a huge part of what

coaching is about.” Dunn said the biggest difference between coaching at a professional level and a University level is the responsibility for multiple aspects of the program and the amount of impact coaching has on players. Dunn said his main goal is to get the team to Omaha, and he is happy to have found a place with LSU. “[Coach Paul Mainieri’s] ideas and my ideas, they just meshed, and I just thought it was a great opportunity for me because I was looking to get back into the college game,” Dunn said. “There wasn’t a better fit with the timing and coming to a place like this.”

Dunn said his family played a large role in his decision to coach for the University. The chance to establish roots in one place, rather than moving with the professional game, was an appealing aspect of the job. “We were moving ultimately two to three times a year,” he said. “As a family, we’d go somewhere for six to seven months and then go back to our off-season home. ... We’re all excited to be here.”

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Athletic Director Joe Alleva will remain at LSU after being courted by the University of Tennessee for an athletic director position. Chancellor Mike Martin announced Tuesday he reached an agreement with Alleva, putting together a “compensation package” that will be put before the Board of Supervisors at a future meeting. “The University of Tennessee was interested in Joe becoming their athletic director, and often good people – both in academics and athletics – attract interest from other institutions,” Martin said in a statement. “We have been pleased with Joe’s performance so, in concert with the leadership of the Board of Supervisors, we determined it was in the best interests of the University to make him a sufficiently fair offer and an opportunity to remain at LSU. We are happy that he has chosen to keep Baton Rouge as his home.” Alleva said in a statement he is happy to remain at LSU. “It is not an opportunity that I pursued, and Tennessee is a wonderful place, but in the end I felt that Chancellor Martin has a great vision for LSU,” Alleva said. “He and the Board of Supervisors – particularly James Moore and Blake Chatelain – showed tremendous support for me to stay at LSU.”

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Tigers pick up three commitments at LSU Elite Camp

Mark Clements

Contributing Writer

In an effort to continue his streak of top-10 recruiting classes, coach Les Miles hosted more than 600 high school athletes last weekend at the LSU Elite Camp, picking up three more commitments for the 2012 class. Edna Karr offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh, DeSoto High School cornerback Jalen Mills and Morton Ranch High School defensive end Danielle Hunter pledged purple and gold at the event, bringing this year’s total to 18. “It’s [LSU’s] big summer event recruiting-wise,” said Derek Ponamsky, recruiting analyst and publisher of BayouBengalsInsider. com. “Quite a bit of the committed players came in, and they were able

to add on to the recruiting class with a couple of offers.” The five-day camp kicked off last Saturday with a 7-on-7 offensive lineman camp, featuring the six-foot-eight, 320-pound Edinburgh. “He’s kind of been a guy the coaching staff wants to keep their eye on because he had great size, but they wanted to see how his development was going to be,” Ponamsky said of the New Orleans native. “He spent some time with a personal trainer and reshaped his body and basically just developed more athletically.” Edinburgh received an offer from the Tigers in late May but waited until July 19 to make his decision official. The massive lineman was the first commit of the week, followed

by the two Texas natives, who gave their verbals the next day. Like Edinburgh, Hunter also held an LSU offer before coming to camp. The six-foot-five, 235-pound Katy, Texas, native made his commitment on the last day of drills. “[Hunter] is a guy that the LSU coaching staff really liked,” Ponamsky said. “He’s a big guy, a well put-together guy and is what LSU was looking for. To get a guy like that out of the state of Texas, with the offer list he has, is very impressive.” Defensive end Kendrick Adams graduates this spring, leaving room for competition at the spot in coming years. “In this class they didn’t really have a strong side defensive end. They were looking to add somebody,” Ponamsky said. “With Ken

Adams graduating at the spot, they wanted to make sure they filled it in, and so they were able to go out and get Danielle Hunter. He’s a really impressive guy.” The final addition to the 2012 class came when Mills pledged his allegiance. Unlike Edinburgh and Hunter, Mills impressed the Tiger coaching staff enough to receive an offer at the combine. The DeSoto, Texas, native committed on the spot. “At the Texas camp [Mills] opened up some eyes, and there were some whispers that [Texas coach] Mack Brown was going to try to find a spot to put him into the Texas class,” Ponamsky said. “He left there without an offer, came to LSU … and was just too good to pass up.” And just to put the icing on

the cake, the Tigers reeled in their first commit for the 2013 class — Loranger athlete Jeryl Brazil took Miles up on his offer. “All of these guys are going to be players. There’s no doubt about that,” Ponamsky said. “All of these guys are SEC caliber. It’s not like LSU reached for any of those guys. All of these guys possess the kind of traits you look for making sure you get an elite level [Southeastern Conference] player.”

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In debt ceiling talks, it’s my country and I can cry if I want to Apparently, some of our representatives still oppose any increase in the debt ceiling, and it may very well be the end of the U.S., even if a resolution is passed in time. It’s hard to overstate how huge an impact an event like this can have on our economy. When a country delays on some of its Devin Graham payments, the Columnist rating agencies count it as a default. Even if we pay all our bills to debt-holders one day after we’d

promised, it will significantly lower our debt rating. A debt rating is a measure of how “good” the debt is — how likely the lender will get its money. An AAA rating — which the U.S. currently holds — is the best you can have as a debt-issuer. It means the issuer doesn’t have to pay much interest. If we default at all, our credit rating will plummet. If we’re going to get a loan at all in the future, we’d have to pay insane interest rates. If we default — even a little — it will cost massive amounts of money in the future. No reasonable, well-educated

person would consider a proposition that would destroy the lives of countless Americans, strongly interfere with global trade, remove the dollar from its coveted reserve currency standing and send our already fragile economy on a downward spiral. In a very public way, our president has made it clear to everyone that this is not an acceptable option. This is interesting because in 2006 he opposed a debt ceiling increase as a senator. According to The Huffington Post, White House spokesman Jay Carney claims the president now considers the vote a mistake. Ben Bernanke, the head of the

Federal Reserve, essentially controls our financial system and he has spoken to politicians at least twice officially on the matter and described a possible default as, “a calamitous outcome.” Even a default where we just delay obligations to say, Medicare recipients, is still a default and the markets will still reel back as a result. Bernanke pointed to the June jobs report, which show hiring has essentially come to a standstill. The economy seems to be healing, but it is fragile. The Fed is usually able to mitigate politicians’ economic ignorance. Bernanke warned this time the central bank would not be able

to offset the damage. I’ve been wrestling with myself to find reasons why politicians would even consider a ridiculous plan like this and have found inspiration from my old friend Alfred: “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” Devin Graham is a 22-year-old economics senior from Prairieville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dgraham.

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It’s time for the American ‘poor’ to share the same sacrifice To solve the looming debt crisis, President Obama proposes we tax the “richest Americans and corporations” because they need to “pay their fair share.” It’s going to take “shared sacrifice,” he tells us. But first, whom exactly is Obama talking about when he says the richest Americans? According to the Internal Revenue Service’s 2010 database, the top 1 percent of Americans made an average income of about $380 thousand, and the top 5 percent averaged about $160 thousand. These are the people Obama is talking about. And how much of the income taxes do the richest Americans pay? According to IRS, the top 1 percent pay 38 percent of all the income taxes and the top 5 percent

pay more than 58 percent. Moreover, the top 50 percent of income earners pay 97.3 percent. The top 1 percent are taxed at a rate of 23.27 percent and the top 5 at 20.7 percent, while the bottom 50 percent are taxed Austin Casey at a rate of 2.59 Columnist percent. These are federal income tax rates and don’t account for state and local income or payroll taxes. Obama tries to convince Americans he’s talking about corporations making “tens of billions of dollars,” but that’s a lie. This is a tactic to make everyone think the

richest Americans make billions of dollars, when in reality the richest Americans average less than $400 thousand. If Obama wants the richest Americans and corporations to share sacrifice, we would expect everyone else to be sacrificing more. To the contrary, 47 percent of Americans don’t pay any federal income taxes at all. Obama and the Democrats love to paint a picture of the “poor” as innocent people “just trying to stretch every dollar as far as it will go.” I wonder how many Democrats have ever been to a Third World country to see what poor really means. For two weeks I stayed with a family in Costa Rica who had no air conditioning, no hot

water, no washer or dryer, and the roof of the house was raised above the walls so that air could circulate in and out. And yet they washed all my clothes, gave me meals every day and never complained about it. There are definitely some Americans who are truly needy, but it would be ridiculous to think the 47 percent of Americans not paying federal income tax are eating food out of dumpsters. It’s sickening to hear Obama and the Democrats portray the poor as blameless people in dire need of government help when our poor live lives of luxury in comparison to the poor of other countries. It isn’t the rich who are paying less than their fair share in taxes. To the contrary, they’re paying much more than everyone else. It’s

America’s poor who get free health care and new SUVs who aren’t sharing the sacrifice. And if we don’t start taxing the rich, Obama wants to withhold Social Security checks. How about the government withholds welfare checks from the “poor” instead of Social Security to those who have actually paid their fair share? It’s about time the so-called poor Americans share the sacrifice and pay their fair share of taxes. Austin Casey is a 19-year-old medical physics junior from Mandeville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_austincasey. Contact Austin Casey at


New York legalizes gay marriage; it’s about damn time Last week, gay marriage became legal in New York, a decision long overdue in a state so traditionally blue. Immediately, homosexual couples wasted no time to tie the knot. It was a beautiful day. The day after gay marriage became legal, a political group called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms filed a lawsuit to overturn the gay marriage law, claiming it violated proper Senate proceedings. The organization was founded by a group of pastors, as if we didn’t see that coming. “Constitutional liberties were violated. Today we are asking the

court to intervene in its rightful role as the check and balance on an out-of-control State Legislature,” Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of NYCF told International Business Times. Well Rev. Jason, the constitutional liberties of these gay couples have been continuously violated in the state until last Sunday. These individuals who are no different other than their sexual orientation have been denied the right to marry the person they choose. Let me ask you this Rev. Jason, is it really going to affect you that much if homosexuals are allowed to marry? What will change? Will

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they live together? They already do that. Will they have sex? They already do that. Will they kiss in front of you and your children, potentially scarring you so badly that you are unable to properly shag you wife in undoubtedly the most boring Parker Cramer session of love Columnist making that has ever occurred? They already do that. The only difference is the rings. The world hasn’t blown up,

and Skittles are still the only way that most conservatives will ever taste the rainbow. Let it happen. Nobody wants to be told they can’t marry the person they love. So Rev. Jason, let me remind you that we were all made in the image of God. Every singe one of us, even Snooki. Which only tells me on thing — if some people are born gay, which I believe they are, God must be a little bi-curious. If you think I should burn in hell for saying that, remember God has a sense of humor. Just look at Sarah Jessica Parker. This is America, the land

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The Daily Reveille BLUE DOG, from page 5 Stemming from the tales of French fur traders, the blue dog is inspired by the loup-garou, or werewolf. According to legend, under the spell of loup-garou a human transforms into a werewolf at night. The loup-garou can take the form

BEER, from page 5

Some classes will be held at the brewery, while others will be taught by brew masters, McGehee said. “We hope that everyone else is just as excited [as we are], especially LSU fans,” he said. After national news of an LSUbranded beer spread, the University of Michigan and Boston College have begun their own brewery endeavors. D’Agostino says Boston

page 11 of many animals, including horses, cows and dogs. Rodgrigue crafted his famous dog while illustrating a children’s book and altered the blue dog’s color and shape over the years. Rodrigue’s impact and contribution to Cajun art gives voice to the Cajun people, land and traditions.

Also included in the exhibition are Rodrigue’s early oak tree paintings, portraits of Louisiana governors and examples of his hurricane series.

College is working with Samuel Adams to create their own. But with national spotlight comes some concerns. “I am fearful of our capacity to meet the demand,” D’Agostino said. “I’m afraid we won’t be able to expand quick enough.” Opportunity for business graduate students and undergraduate students remains a priority. “Business students will need to look at expanding the business plan,

and new focus groups will need to be made,” D’Agostino said. “There is some potential for marketing classes and undergraduate students to be involved in the new labels and marketing.” McGehee and D’Agostino hope the beer will be on shelves in September or October.

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