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DINING

Meal plan prices rise about $37 this semester University owes $724K in back taxes By Leslie Presnall Staff Writer

Construction begins on class gift Students get chance to make impression By Adam Duvernay Staff Writer

In the short time between semesters, the portable toilets have been removed and the ground has been torn up in the courtyard behind Dodson Auditorium. The early stages of construc-

tion are in preparation for a major University landscaping endeavor that’s part of Student Government’s goal to give graduating seniors the chance to leave a permanent mark on campus. Less than three months after the spending bill was approved by the SG Senate, ground has been broken and the concrete slab has been poured over the site of the 2009 Class Gift project. On Monday, bricks were laid atop the concrete

slab to form a 6-foot-wide walkway around the courtyard. “This is a typical construction project, which means it will be ugly before it is pretty,” said Dennis Mitchell, campus landscape architect. SG and Mitchell have been vocal about their intentions to incorporate students into the landscaping and designing of the Dodson

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Construction workers lay bricks Monday afternoon behind Dodson Auditorium as part of Student Government’s class gift project.

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UREC courts expected to open this fall Renovations currently in design process By Natalie Roy Contributing Writer

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As students return to campus with weight gained from the holidays, the University Student Recreation Complex will likely be full of activity. But a popular exercise option remains unavailable this semester — basketball. Nearly five months after UREC basketball courts were closed because of damages from Hurricane Gustav, they have yet to be repaired

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On top of hard-hitting economic times and budget cuts, the University is suddenly liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes owed to the Louisiana Department of Revenue. The University owes ‘It’s one three years in of those meal plan sales taxes adding up things that to $724,000, slipped stemming from through the payment confusion since cracks.’ August 1988. “It’s one Donna Torres of those things Accounting and that slipped Financial Services through the associate vice cracks,” said chancellor Donna Torres, associate vice chancellor for Accounting and Financial Services. For years, meal plans in education and medical facilities were exempt from state sales tax. But University officials were unaware when the Legislature suspended the exemption, Torres said. “One section provides the exemption, and then another section negates it,” she said. “But it was suspended from August 1988 through June 2009, so we should have charged the sales tax.” The Department of Revenue sent a ruling to the LSU System’s office advising the University to charge a 4 percent sales tax on meal plans through June 30. But only a 1 percent sales tax will exist starting July 1. “We received a letter that [the revenue department] will allow us TAXES, see page 10

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to put the scandal-tainted standoff behind them, Senate Democrats accepted Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate successor on Monday and said they expect to swear in the new Illinois senator soon. “He is now the senatordesignate from Illinois and, as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a senator-elect,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a joint statement. The two senators said they anticipate that Burris, a former Illinois attorney general appointed to the post by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, will be seated this week barring objections from Republicans. While a victory for Burris, the move is a major reversal for Senate Democrats.

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Bush agrees to Obama Bush defends Katrina response by administration entreaty for bailout funds WASHINGTON (AP) — President George W. Bush is defending the government’s record in responding to Hurricane Katrina, even while admitting once more that some things could have been done differently. At his last formal news conference, Bush at one point said: “Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs” not long after the hurricane passed over the Gulf Coast. He said it was “a devastating storm” and that hard work remains to restore New Orleans.

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TRANSPORTATION

New crosswalks completed for start of classes First phase to cost about $88,000 By Joy Lukachick Staff Writer

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Workers began crosswalk construction near Tiger Stadium on Jan 5. The four crosswalks designated as problematic were expected to be completed Monday.

Four crosswalks identified as problematic last fall were scrapped and rebuilt during the winter break. Dennis Mitchell, campus landscape architect, said it’s “a little scary” to do construction during a break because it’s hard to communicate with different departments. He said, however, the construction has gone smoothly and should have been completed for the first day of class.   The four construction locations include South Stadium Drive at West Stadium Drive, North Stadium Drive at West Stadium Drive, Dalrymple Drive at Infirmary Drive and South Campus Drive near the Laville residence halls. More visibility is one key

ALUMNI

Law Center alumna named first female chief justice of Louisiana

By Kristen Higdon Contributing Writer

A Paul M. Hebert Law Center alumna will take the reigns of the Louisiana Supreme Court today as its first female chief justice. The induction ceremony for Catherine Kimball was held Monday at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Supreme Court Building in New Orleans. A reception followed on the Supreme Court lawn, and the event is open to the public. Kimball graduated from the Law Center in 1970 with a juris doctorate degree, a doctoral law degree obtained after completing three years of law study. She said her experience in law school prepared her for what would become a history-making career. “At LSU law school, they give you the good fundamentals of law, but more importantly, they teach you how to think and analyze, which is very beneficial in this field,” Kimball said. Kimball served as a trial judge for 10 years before becoming the first female elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court. She has served on the Supreme Court for 16 years, a feat which qualified her for chief justice after winning an October district election with 65 percent of the vote. Joseph Cheney Jr., Law Center vice chancellor of academic affairs, described Kimball’s opinions as very textbook-oriented. “She explains the background of all of her decisions so people know why and how she came to it,” Cheney said. “She is very active in judicial reform and improving the juvenile justice system in Louisiana, and I feel those efforts

will contribute a lot to the administration.” Kimball was a visiting professor at the Law Center’s 2008 summer program. “Justice Kimball possessed both the judicial skills and the administrative acumen to be a great chief justice,” said Jack Weiss, Law Center chancellor. “Perhaps above all, she is a thoroughly decent, down-to-earth person who will never forget the impact of her work on the lives of real people.” Kimball was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in 2006, and she is an honorary member of the Louisiana chapter of the

reason the University began its project to reconstruct crosswalks on campus. Mitchell said after researching the problem, the departments decided a change in material on the pavement would cause vehicles to slow down. Lamp posts will be installed on both sides of the crosswalks in the next month, Mitchell said. This construction project is the first phase the Offices of Development and Parking, Traffic and Transportation have planned for the crosswalks on campus. “As funding becomes available, [we] will work out the next stage,” Mitchell said. “All the crosswalks should be consistent.” Mitchell said the project costs approximately $20,000 per crosswalk, and the Office of Development is under its budget of $88,000 for the construction of the first four crosswalks. Gary Graham, Parking, Traffic and Transportation director, said they are working on a study

to make recommendations for improving bike routes, traffic flow and pedestrian safety. The draft report should be ready in the next three weeks, Graham said. Kevin Cope, Faculty Senate president, said the Senate has been discussing improvements for crosswalks because they are concerned with pedestrian safety. The LSU Police Department reported 23 pedestrian accidents from vehicles on campus between 2003 and 2008. Eight of the accidents occurred in a crosswalk, and the most common areas were on Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road. LSU spokesman Capt. Russell Rogé said he doesn’t know of any reported pedestrian accidents after Oct. 15, when a University student was hit by a vehicle on Nicholson Extension. Contact Joy Lukachick at jlukachick@lsureveille.com

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prestigious legal society The Order of the Coif. Guest speakers at the induction will include Sen. Mary Landrieu; Jimmy Faircloth, executive counsel to Gov. Bobby Jindal; Elizabeth Foote, president of the Louisiana State Bar Association; and Judith Kaye, Louisiana’s chief judge. “The law is constantly changing,” Kimball said. “However, the values that were instilled within me at LSU Law School have not changed.” GRANT GUTIERREZ / The Daily Reveille

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On the Rebound

Freshman forward’s return already impacting team

By Rachel Whittaker Sports Writer

LSU freshman forward Ayana Dunning lives for basketball. But her ability to dominate the hardwood came to a temporary halt last summer when she underwent knee surgery. “I saw a young lady going through something she had never ever been faced with,” said LSU women’s basketball assistant coach Travis Mays. “She’s never had to deal with a major injury . . . she was always used to being able to count on her body and go out and play no matter what.” Basketball is a family tradition for the Dunnings. Her father, Alfred Dunning, played basketball in college and semi-pro, and Ayana Dunning said he has been her biggest influence before and after her surgery. Alfred Dunning saw how difficult it was for his daughter to come to grips with her injury. “She was always used to [playing] a lot of minutes in high school,” he said. “She always looked forward to challenges, but she ended up feeling like a nobody when she got to college.” Her mother, Charlotte Dunning, said it was difficult to convince Ayana that recovering from her surgery would make her grow stronger. “It occurred to me that her whole identity was wrapped up in being a ball player,” Charlotte Dunning said. “She had been playing since fourth grade, and she’d been on everybody’s radar since about seventh grade. So her whole self-concept was that of a basketball player.” The Columbus, Ohio, native started all 77 games in her four years at Eastmoor Academy and set school

“She’s coming back, and I’m really pleased for her.”

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LSU freshman forward Ayana Dunning attempts a shot against an Alabama defender on Sunday in the PMAC. Dunning has overcome an offseason knee injury to average 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.

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RECRUITING

Top safety appears headed to Tigers Loston rated No. 1 safety in nation

By Tyler Harvey Sports Contributor

Craig Loston has been attached to both Texas A&M and Clemson during his high school career, but now the five-star safety prospect seems firmly committed to LSU. Loston was rumored to be a strong LSU lean, especially after his cousin, LSU quarterback commit Russell Shepard, stated numerous times that Loston would end up at LSU even before Loston de-committed from Clemson following Tommy Bowden’s firing. Even Loston’s coach at Eisenhower High School, Ray Evans, told ESPN that Loston would be at LSU. But now it’s official — sort of. Although players can’t sign letters of intent until Feb. 4, Loston finally announced his decision to play at LSU during the Under Armour Skills Challenge on Jan. 2. Evans said his team will miss the presence of Loston on and off the football field. “Craig has started for us the past four years since he was a LOSTON, see page 7

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Record doesn’t reveal true story Tigers winless on road this season

By David Helman Sports Writer

Even with 15 games in the books, there’s still much to learn about this season’s LSU men’s basketball team. First-year coach Trent Johnson has guided LSU to a 12-3 record, just one win shy of last season’s total. The Tigers have a 64-52 win against Washington State (9-6) to their credit, but that doesn’t tell the entire story. LSU has been a bit of a mystery to understand since the fall semester ended. The victory against Washington State stands out as a high point, but the upset was

sandwiched between a three-point The Tigers’ first conference win against McNeese State (4-8) game, a 65-59 loss Sunday to Alaand an 81-79 bama, didn’t do squeaker against much to clear up Louisiana-Lafaythe ambiguity. ette (5-9). The Crimson The Tigers Tide led throughtook their second out the physical loss, 91-61, at contest, allowing Utah (10-5) to cap LSU to come withoff the non-conin one basket but ference schedule. never tie or lead. “We’re 12-2. The game marked You can talk about the first time LSU our schedule, but out-rebounded an Trent Johnson I’ve always felt opponent with a LSU men’s basketball coach that in college winning record. basketball there’s “This perforso much parmance, this exity you need to be ready to play,” ecution in terms of our ability to Johnson said Thursday. “We have compete was a lot different than to continue to improve our game Salt Lake City,” Johnson said in a and have a short-term memory if things don’t go well for us.” RECORD, see page 7

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Members of LSU’s men’s basketball team walk down the court during the Tigers’ 62-59 win Dec. 22 against McNeese State. LSU is one win shy of last season’s win total but has lost all three of its road games this season.


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FOOTBALL

Defensive coaching changes excite Tiger fans Students feel fresh start is needed

By Sean Isabella Sports Contributer

Fresh off a disappointing 8-5 season, one which LSU began ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25, Tiger football fans are ready for a change. LSU coach Les Miles officially introduced John Chavis as the team’s new defensive coordinator last Monday. Chavis spent the past 20 seasons at Tennessee, 14 of those as defensive coordinator for former coach Phillip Fulmer. The position became vacant after co-defensive coordinators Bradley Dale Peveto and Doug Mallory announced they would be leaving LSU. Peveto accepted the head coaching job at Northwestern State, and Mallory accepted a job to become New Mexico’s new defensive

coordinator. Chavis is no stranger to producing great defenses. Tennessee allowed only 263.5 yards per game in 2008 — tied for No. 3 in the nation — despite the Volunteers’ subpar season. LSU’s defense under Peveto and Mallory was below par, finishing ninth in the SEC in yards allowed per game. Fans have been happy with Miles’ decision to shake things up. Carlos Almeida, graduate student, said he’s excited to see someone new and experienced come in to try and improve the defense. “A fresh start can only lead to good things,” he said. Jimmy Graham, petroleum engineering sophomore, said he likes Chavis’ familiarity with the Southeastern Conference. “I am happy for a change,” he said. “We’ll see if it makes a difference. Getting a guy from the SEC should help us.”

He said Chavis will have enormous pressure on him next year because leading a high-profile SEC defense like LSU’s demands high expectations. Many fans showed great displeasure in the previous co-defensive coordinators. Brian Leblanc, kinesiology junior, didn’t like the idea of co-coordinators because opinions and strategies can easily clash. “Obviously it didn’t work out too well,” Leblanc said. At least one student thought the blame shouldn’t be entirely on Peveto and Mallory. Micah Bedard, mass communication freshman, said a lack of talent ultimately hurt the defense. “The defense was young,” he said. “That’s what killed us in a lot of games. Considering the talent, they didn’t do a bad job. The better talent you have, the easier it is to coach.” Miles also announced Wednesday that Ron Cooper would join his staff as the new defensive backs

coach. Cooper had been an assistant at South Carolina since 2004. He served as safeties coach last season and was responsible for a secondary that produced the country’s No. 2 pass defense. Fans are curious to see how the new staff will perform next year. Bedard thinks the defense will be fine, despite graduating several players and potentially losing junior defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois to the NFL draft. “A lot of guys are returning so there will be no short of talent,” he said. He said Cooper can play a major role in developing young cornerbacks Jai Eugene and Patrick Peterson. Chavis and Cooper’s contracts have yet to be released. Chavis is expected to make around $500,000 per year, according to ESPN. Cooper is expected to make $300,000 per year, according to The State in South Carolina.

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Knicks withstand Hornets’ rally, 101-95 By Brett Martel The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — David Lee scored 24 points, and the New York Knicks ended a threegame losing streak with a 101-95 victory against the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night. Quentin Richardson and Al Harrington each hit 3-pointers inside the final 1:14 to ensure the Knicks withstood a Hornets rally that trimmed a 14-point lead to three late in the game. Harrington finished with 20 points, while Wilson Chandler scored 19 points, hitting a jumper with 2:07 left and a driving layup soon after to help keep the Hornets at bay. David West had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets but was 6-of-20 from the field. Chris Paul added 23 points for New Orleans. The Knicks, looking to avoid an 0-4 road trip, led most of the game because of the continued assertive play of Lee, who had a dunk, a fast-break layup and a 17-foot jump shot during an 8-2 spurt that gave the Knicks a 59-47 lead midway through the third quarter. New Orleans trimmed the Knicks’ lead to 69-63 by the end of three quarters when Hornets coach Byron Scott made the unusual move of keeping Paul in the game instead of giving him his normal rest at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Still, the Knicks pulled away again as reserves Harrington and Nate Robinson each hit 3s during an 8-0 run, giving the Knicks a 77-63 lead with 10 minutes to go. The Hornets began to climb back into the game with an 8-1 run on Antonio Daniels’ 3, West’s putback and Paul’s 3, which cut New York’s lead to 82-77 with

6:05 to go. Two minutes later, Rasual Butler added another 3 and a reverse layup on a fast-break pass from Paul, cutting it to 86-82 with 3:46 left. After Wilson Chandler’s layup put the Knicks ahead 91-85, Peja Stojakovic’s 3 trimmed it to 91-88 with 1:29 left. That’s when Richardson, who had nine points, answered with his big 3. New Orleans got within three points once more on Butler’s 3-pointer with 45 seconds left, but Harrington drilled his 3-pointer with 27 seconds left. Chris Duhon, who grew up in the New Orleans suburb of Slidell, scored 10 points and his 3 in the second quarter wound up being the basket that put New York in the lead to stay.

Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which hadn’t lost to New York since before Paul turned pro. Butler finished with 18 points, but the Hornets had an off night shooting, finishing at 38.4 percent while New York shot 43.8 percent. New York began to pull away when reserve Tim Thomas hit his first four shots, including a 3 and a dunk cutting through the lane, to put the Knicks ahead 37-31 in the second quarter. West started 3-of-10 from the field and Stojakovic missed his first five shots, going 2-of-9 for the half. New Orleans also went 1-of-9 on 3-pointers in the first two periods. Lee had 10 points in the first half, while Harrington’s free throws late in the second period

helped New York take a 47-40 lead at halftime.

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With these recent hirings, some fans think LSU is overpaying to get back in the national spotlight. “Most people won’t consider it too much, but personally I think it’s too much,” Leblanc said. “Fans here are willing to give whatever to get back in the national championship.” With all the money being tossed around, fans will be looking for a much better season next year. “I expect to go back to a game, like the Sugar Bowl or Fiesta Bowl, not some small bowl like this year,” said Chris Julien, biological sciences senior. Not all Tiger fans are upset with the spending, saying sometimes change comes with a price tag. “I don’t think they are overpaying,” Almeida said. “The SEC is the leader in the country in spending money. You have to spend money to make money.” Contact Sean Isabella at sisabella@lsureveille.com


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postgame radio interview. “We’ve got to keep that in the forefront ... if we take care of [the ball], we’ll get the chance to execute on offense.” Winning opponents have been few and far between for LSU until the start of conference play. The Tigers’ strength of schedule is ranked No. 310, while their Ratings Percentage Index is ranked No. 118. LSU had played just two teams with an RPI of 100 or better — Texas A&M and Utah — and both of those games were double-digit losses. “If those teams are healthy, those will be postseason teams in my opinion,” Johnson said. “I’ve seen us play well in spurts, and I’ve seen us play bad in spurts. Those things are being addressed,

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and it’s up to us to improve.” 226. By comparison, the average The team’s statistics do check RPI ranking of LSU’s next five out, despite the unimpressive opponents is 56.6. Alabama was schedule. Even with the games projected by many to win the SEC against Utah and Western Division Alabama, LSU before the season ranks No. 3 in the began, and the Southeastern ConTigers played to ference in scoring a close finish in a defense, No. 4 in road environment. scoring margin Next up is and No. 2 in reSouth Carolina, bounding defense. the conference’s The Tigers No. 2 scoring ofTrent Johnson also rank in the top fense and No. 1 LSU men’s basketball coach half of the conferteam in 3-point ence in scoring field goal percentoffense, field goal percentage and age. The Gamecocks defeated turnover margin. then-No. 20 Baylor on the road The next few games could be Jan. 2, grabbing a statement viccrucial in determining whether the tory missing from LSU’s resume. numbers hold up. Contact David Helman at The average RPI ranking of LSU’s first 15 opponents is dhelman@lsureveille.com

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LSU women’s basketball DUNNING, from page 5 coach Van Chancellor said a big scoring and rebound records, with difference he sees in Dunning af1,358 points and 1,009 boards in ter her surgery is her weight loss her career. She was also named a — she dropped eight pounds in 2008 McDonald’s All-American six days during Christmas break and the Central District Player of — but he said her increased playthe Year on her way to being high- ing time helps reveal her outstanding performance. ly recruited across the country. “She’s lost a ton of weight ... Mays noticed Dunning’s lack of confidence after her surgery, but that’s really where it’s at,” Chanwith time, he said she began heal- cellor said following LSU’s 64-50 ing both physically and mentally, win against Nebraska on Jan. 1. “She’s gotten in shape. We finally and she gradually got enough pracregained the talent tice time to get Mays saw while her some condion the recruiting tioning.” trail in Ohio. Dunning is “I was actuknown to her ally recruiting a teammates as Yayoung lady who Ya, a nickname was playing with she said her brothAyana named Janer gave her when tel Lavender, who he was 1-year old. is now the start“He couldn’t ing center at Ohio Alfred Dunning say my name, so State,” Mays said. Ayana Dunning’s father he just started “I saw [Dunning’s] size, her footwork and how good calling me ‘Ya-Ya,’” she said. “It her hands were. I was extremely became a family nickname, and excited about being able to recruit everybody just caught on.” Sophomore guard Katherine Jantel, but then the coach told me he thought Ayana could possibly Graham described Dunning as be better than Jantel, so at that a cool and down-to-earth teammate. point I got extremely excited.” “She’s very mild-mannered In her first season as a Lady Tiger, Dunning has played in nine and quiet, and she likes to joke,” games, including her first career Graham said. “She’s very, very, start in LSU’s 76-63 loss Jan. 3 to very funny, the jokester of the Connecticut. In a career-high 34 team. She gets her jokes in quietly. minutes, she led the team with 12 You always have to watch her and see what she’s saying.” points and nine rebounds. After the Lady Tigers’ New She is shooting 54 percent from the field and averages 6.1 Year’s Day win against Nebraska, points and 4.4 rebounds per Chancellor praised Dunning’s efforts. She scored 11 points in the game.

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game. “I told her today she’d come from seventh post all the way up to the top of the heap,” he said. “And somebody said, ‘Coach, I didn’t think we had but six posts.’ And I said, ‘She was seventh because she was that far down and out of shape.’ She’s come back, and I’m really pleased for her.”

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freshman, started every game,” Evans said. “The great thing about him is he’s not a selfish kid. He’s a good teammate. He gives it everything. He’s a great, great kid, and we’re going to miss him.” Loston followed up his commitment to LSU with an impressive performance at the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Fla., for the White Team, where he made hit after hit and almost made a one-handed, highlight reel interception. “That’s the kind of plays the kid has been making every year that he’s played,” Evans said. “With Craig, the bigger the game, the better he’s going to play. He can elevate his game.” Loston even made a crushing hit on his cousin and future teammate, who was quarterbacking the Black Team. Shepard joked about the incident. “Everybody talked to me about that,” Shepard said laughing. “But that’s just the game. I realize I’m nothing to anybody until after the game. That’s just part of football.” Shepard had plenty of good things to say about his future Tiger teammate, describing his play as physical and always around the ball. “Actually, we call him ‘The Hawk,’” Shepard said. The 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pound

PAGE 7 safety is rated as the top safety in the country by Rivals.com. He is ranked as the No. 23 player in the nation. “We call him ‘Poppa,’ but people we play against call him ‘The Hawk,’” Evans said. “You can bet that opposing receivers know they better watch out for that kid. We see it all the time — big hits even at practice, one handed interceptions. He’s just that kid.” Evans recounted how last season Loston made several game-winning plays from interceptions to fumble recoveries. “He’s meant a lot to this program over the last four years because he played on offense and defense,” Evans said. “Y’all got a good one coming your way.”

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OBITUARY

Retired professor dies of cancer at age 60 Called ‘epitome of a faculty member’ By Lindsey Meaux Staff Writer

Teresa A. Summers, described by Laura Lindsay as “the epitome of a faculty member at LSU in every way,” died in Baton Rouge on Saturday at age 60, according to a news release from the LSU System Office. Summers, retired LSU System assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and human ecology professor, died after a 38-year battle with

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The process Milford-Hoyt referred to is controlled by the state of Louisiana. Because the damage to the courts is an insurance claim, repairs lie in the state’s hands, which means it must go through an intricate and lengthy process, MilfordHoyt said. UREC’s architect, who was assigned in November, has been working to prepare a list of what needs repairing to bring to the state. Once the list is complete, there will be a review process, then a bid process, then a contract process. At this point, construction will begin. “It’s going to take some time,”

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courtyard. “We’re looking for a way for students to find a cost effective way to put time and effort into a lasting impression on campus,” said Shannon Bates, SG vice president. During the landscaping phase, the class of 2009 will be given the opportunity to work alongside the University by planting and designing the courtyard during several work-service days. “With it being my last semester, I want to take advantage of plans for seniors and leave my mark on campus,” said Andrea Sciarillo, mass communication senior. In November 2008, the SG Senate approved a bill allocating $70,363 from the SG initiatives account to pay for the Dodson project. Though the funds are being spent on a single project, SG’s class gift program is designed to be self-sustaining, as each project will generate funds for the following year’s project. Students from the graduating class of 2009 will soon be able to purchase engraved bricks in the courtyard for $75 apiece. SG has set a goal of selling 2,000 bricks which would generate $96,000 for the class of 2010. SG expects to put together a group of University juniors to decide how the future funds will be spent, but it’s still in the planning phase. “We want it to be a personal project for 2010,” Bates said. “From landscaping to replacing windows on campus, it’s really whatever they decide.” While the Dodson project’s pathway should be installed and the landscaping completed before May graduation ceremonies, it may take

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cancer according to the release. “She was an incredible colleague and a dear friend that had a huge impact on many facets of the University,” said Lindsay, mass communication professor and former provost. “She cared deeply about her Teresa Summers students.” Summers was an expert in apparel merchandising, development of marketing techniques and Internet promotional strategies, according to the release.

In 2001 she was named Louisiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. She retired in May after a 33-year career at the University. William Jenkins, System president emeritus, said Summers spent the majority of her career at the University before moving on to the System. “[She was] an absolutely superb professor,” Jenkins said. “She loved her students, and she was admired by her colleagues ... She was a consumate professional in every way.” Summers worked in close conjunction with the Board of Regents to ensure all campuses in the System

had representation in the Regents during her tenure at the System, according to the release, Summers served as division head of textiles, apparel design and merchandising in human ecology department for seven years beginning in 1994. “She’s going to be sorely missed at LSU,” Jenkins said. “She’s going to be missed, and I’m just sorry that she dealt with such a devastating disease for the amount of time [that she did].”

said Michael Giles, Jr., University Recreation associate director of operations and project management. “Unfortunately, right now we’re still just in the architectural phase of the design of what needs to take place. We’re looking at mid-June before construction actually even begins.” The state-appointed architectural firm provided a general timeline, indicating that court construction should be completed by Oct. 12, 2009. But Giles said University Recreation cannot promise anything more specific than “fall 2009.” In the meantime, outdoor “basketball courts” have been set up to accommodate displaced indoor basketball users. The temporary courts

are relined tennis courts with basketball hoops. Although some University students don’t mind the outdoor accommodations, others, like John Borner, business management junior, have stopped playing basketball altogether. “I don’t like the outdoor courts,” Borner said. “It doesn’t feel like I’m playing real basketball like in the gym.” Administrators said they want the courts to be up just as badly as UREC members do. “We would have friends of students that would drive in and pay the $10 guest fee just to play [indoor] basketball at LSU ... right now we

don’t have that,” Milford-Hoyt said. But administrators remain optimistic about the construction’s completion. “Our goal is to, obviously, push this project as early into fall as possible,” Giles said. “We want it as close to school starting ... as we can get.”

to not begin collecting the tax until the spring of 2009,” Torres said. “LSU was ready to charge the tax in the fall 2008 semester.” But the revenue department rescinded its letter Nov. 25, making the University liable for three years of back taxes. The University will draw money from its agenda fund and the sales tax was included in students’ spring fee bills, Torres said. The tax will cost students an average $37 more for meal plans this semester. But other universities statewide are facing the same problem. Wayne Theriot, associate vice chancellor for Administrative Services at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said the financial responsibility could fall on the universities’ food providers. “We’re not the ones providing the service,” he said. “The contractor will have to charge the students for that sales tax.” But Torres said the University’s food provider, Chartwells, is not responsible for the sales tax since they do not bill the students.

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a full year before all of the bricks are named. To save the cost of digging up the bricks for engraving, named pavers will be inserted inside of the bricks as donations are made. Bricks will be sold and named in increments of about 400 bricks. Though the project is still in its first phases, Facility Services anticipates completing the sanctuary a full month in advance. “Most projects like this at LSU take years to get done, but I think Facility Services has helped us out a lot to get something constructed within the first three months,” said SG President Colorado Robertson. The Dodson project has pro-

gressed quickly because, while there has been significant input from students and SG, the design for the Dodson courtyard was approved by the University more than two years before the program was proposed. When SG approached the University with an idea for funding a class project, officials jumped on the opportunity to revamp the Dodson courtyard. “The University was only looking for funding, and the students provided a real way to pay for it,” said Mitchell. Contact Adam Duvernay at aduvernay@lsureveille.com

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How the national ego, media nearly killed Mychal Bell In one of the most clichéd exchanges in popular culture, Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker (Spiderman), “With great power comes great responsibility.” This credo is used frequently in precautionary newspaper columns across the country so often the words become meaningless. Now we smile at the sentiment and move on, chuckling to ourselves that someone still thought it original and clever to use Stan Lee’s most famous phrase as a warning to a cold and careless society. But sometimes the simplest and most clichéd expression is also the truest and most overlooked. About two years ago, six black teenagers were arrested and charged for beating a fellow white student in Jena. One of the six black teens, Mychal Bell, was charged as an adult even though he was 17 years old while the white student who had provoked the attack was tried as a juvenile. This sparked a national media sensation, accusing the Jena justice system of racism. From University students

taking a bus trip to protest the charges facing the Jena 6 to John Mellencamp writing a song called “Jena” to newspaper articles reaching as far as Britain’s BBC, these six teenagers became unwilling celebrities. After months of constant media coverage, Bell’s charges were reduced. He spent 18 months in a juvenile facility instead of the 22 years he could have faced in an adult correctional facility. A few weeks ago, Bell was arrested for allegedly shoplifting $370 worth of clothing from a department store. A few days after his arrest, Bell attempted suicide. The reason he indicated, according to CNN as explained by both his mother and grandmother, was “‘he did not feel like he could live anymore’ because of media coverage of the shoplifting allegations.” With great power comes great responsibility, right? Bell and the other five that compose the Jena Six became media tools to promote a cause that was much bigger than any of them. They were mere teenagers who had messed up—they became the face of

victimization. And what 17-year-old wants to be the face of victimization? In attempting to save Bell’s “normal” life, he was almost given a guarantee from the world that he would not be able to live a “normal” Travis Andrews life again. SomeColumnist where between the unrequested support and the seething hatred Bell received from both sides of the debate, everyone forgot Bell is just a 17-year-old. He is not a martyr. And recent events seem to suggest he never wanted to be one. Media are everywhere. Information can reach from Jena to Britain in about a second now, and no one is sure how to handle such power. And no one seems to care much. What makes the situation so tricky is the fact that everyone was wrong about it. Bell shouldn’t have been

threatened. Bell shouldn’t have committed a crime. The media should have treated him as a 17-year-old. So should have the justice system in Jena. But the situation was a golden opportunity to highlight the racial problems that still exist in America, and everyone jumped on that bandwagon. Of course the story was newsworthy, but at some point Bell became a mere tool for the media. The biggest problem still remains the most obvious one — no one seemed to care about Bell after his sentence was reduced. While he was being used as the poster child for racial discrimination, everyone cared about poor Bell. But the second the charges were fixed, everyone left. The story left the headlines. The protesters left Jena. And everyone left Bell, who left his correctional facility apparently not corrected. He went back to committing crimes, and — this time — when he was caught, the headlines were minimal while his repercussions were

much worse. No one ever cared about Bell. But pretending they did made the story more readable. It is often said the reason bullies and criminals do what they do is because they are unhappy and insecure. It can be argued both ways, but it is a reasonable assumption that a teenager isn’t going to steal nearly $400 worth of clothing from a mall if he’s a thoroughly happy kid. But no one cared enough to stay behind and see if Bell was secure and stable enough to live a normal life after such an abnormal incident. If someone had, no one would know that person’s name. Immediate fame, television cameras and headlines don’t spring from helping a troubled teenager. Everyone left Jena, and everyone left Bell. The power was gone, so the responsibility was ignored. And Bell seems to be left terrified the power will one day return. Contact Travis Andrews at tandrews@lsureveille.com

MURDA, HE WROTE

United States’ image likely to change in years ahead

There’s no question the world has looked at us differently during the past few years. Although we gained a great deal of sympathy after 9/11, America’s image has been damaged by numerous headlines — including the invasion of Iraq and the president who led us there. With President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration coming in a few days, it’s almost certain the world’s perception of America will change due to his popularity abroad. It’s happening already. A BBC pre-election poll found half of the international respondents said Obama’s election would positively change their perception of the United States. His election alone has been heralded as a step in the right direction, and much more will undoubtedly unfold — positively or negatively — in the first months of his presidency. While approval of U.S. leadership is quite healthy in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an international Gallup poll (although barely higher than the other major countries which provide aid), the rest of the world gives the U.S. a lukewarm — if not chilly — affirmation.

Not surprisingly, the Middle East and North Africa give the lowest approval of U.S. leadership with 17 percent approving. Particularly concerning, Europeans came in a close second with only 22 percent approving. Popularity shouldn’t be the litmus test for American policy, but it seems clear that if we want to succeed in an increasingly globalized world, we’ll need to be concerned with what other countries think about us. Closer relations with foreign countries isn’t just an ideological goal. Closer ties should have real benefits — from trade to national security. This sentiment is shared by a resounding majority of Americans. According to a British government poll, 90 percent of surveyed Americans desire closer relations with Europe. The poll also shows most European countries desire closer relations with the U.S., but there is one exception — France. According to the poll, 53 percent of French citizens said they oppose closer relations with the U.S. This seems logical given the perceived tension that has risen be-

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tween the two countries over the past few years. There are the standard testimonials of American tourists’ encounters with snooty and insulting Parisians. When our country failed Mark Macmurdo to gain the unilateral support Columnist of Europe to invade Iraq, it was the French who spearheaded the push for diplomacy. Their “betrayal” led to an infamous and utterly childish act of Congress — to rename the cafeteria’s fried potato snacks “freedom fries.” Bill O’Reilly, an adherent of the anti-French persuasion, launched his trivial “boycott France” campaign — calling on all red-blooded Americans to drop the brie and break the bottles of Bordeaux. While he probably sold some coffee mugs off his Web site, a relatively small number of Americans actually bought in to the movement. Even though O’Reilly’s followers remained on the fringe of society, it’s an example of the ubiquity

of anti-French sentiment in popular culture. Most seem to agree that France truly is worthy of contempt without being able to put a finger on exactly why it is. In fact, France has been the U.S.’ single longest standing ally. The foundations of America were made possible by France’s support of our revolution through military aid, which would ultimately bankrupt their coffers. The Statue of Liberty — perhaps the single greatest symbol of America — was a gift from the French. The distrust toward France is exceeded only by its image as a weak, lazy and — in particular — socialist country. While it’s true the French have always resisted the 35-hour workweek and have a healthy dose of government mandated vacation time, the French are also leaders of technology. France gets most of its energy through a well-developed nuclear infrastructure and boasts a highly advanced train system. For whatever reason, our longstanding relationship with this European power doesn’t seem to reflect

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reality. There is no telling how much of this rocky relationship is based on actual differences or how much is just a pop culture creation. I hope to find out the answers as I study abroad this semester in Aixen-Provence, France. Travel offers a unique opportunity to witness cultures and societies firsthand. Rather than rely on “what we’ve heard” and the mass media, the sum of our personal experiences with foreign cultures and societies are what should determine our relationship with countries. Travel enables us to not only gauge the perception of foreigners, but to have a positive impact by developing and influencing it. There seems to be a lot of momentum supporting a restoration of the United States’ traditional reputation as a leader and model to follow. I hope to not only witness this resurgence, but to contribute to it firsthand. It’s an exciting time to be an American abroad.

Contact Mark Macmurdo at mmacmurdo@lsureveille.com

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

Malcolm X

American civil rights activist May 19, 1925 — Feb. 21, 1965


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PERFECT DYSTOPIA

India should wage war, end terrorism in Pakistan In January 2002, then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pledged he would not allow terrorists to operate from Pakistani soil. Leaders have changed since then, but no actions have been taken by Pakistan to stop terrorism budding in its villages. “Come, kill and die after a killing spree. By this one will become famous and will also make Allah proud,” Ajmal Amir confessed his ideology to the Indian police after being arrested for involvement in the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. Trained by the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba of Pakistan, 24 other men were taught to believe the same deadly ideal and then unleashed upon the financial capital of India to do their work. After several days, Amir was the only live captive and confessed his allegiance to Pakistan. Indian authorities reported the

evidence to the Pakistan officials who resumed conducting their own investigation. Pakistan, after weeks, refused any association with the terrorists, claiming in Times of India, a national Indian newspaper, “no record of Amir as a Pakistani citizen.” But Thursday, Times of India detailed Pakistan’s prime minister referring to Amir as a Pakistani citizen. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused Pakistan’s “official agencies” for supporting the militants who attacked Mumbai, according to Times of India. “There is enough evidence to show that, given the sophistication and military precision of the attack, it must have had the support of some official agencies in Pakistan,” Singh announced. Such harsh criticism has not yet been made by India against Pakistan. But following these

accusations, the world awaits India’s actions. If some of Pakistan’s agencies are involved in the terrorist attacks — as the accusations presume — India ought to wage war. It may Dini Parayitam seem austere to advocate war Columnist between these two nuclear-powered countries, but it is the only way Pakistan will solve its terrorist dilemma. Even if Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari wanted to uphold Musharraf’s promise to eradicate terrorism, he does not have the capacity to do so. Pakistan’s army consists of the Inter-Services Intelligence, which has supported the Taliban in Afghanistan and other terrorist

militants groups across its soil. This agency of Pakistan, which is supposed to be under the president’s control, does not always abide by government rules. In December, analysts reported in Bloomberg that “the Mumbai assault was carried out to provide an opportunity for the army to reassert itself as the ultimate power in Pakistan, and to sideline the elected Government.” Thus, India cannot diplomatically solve the problem. Pakistan cannot implement counter-terrorism actions without its army. India must use its own army to do what Pakistan’s government is unable to do. History reveals that diplomatic methods — although often favored — will not solve the problem between these arch rivals. The animosity between these nations has its roots in religion

and history and is epitomized by the long-running conflict over the state of Jammu and Kashmir. As long as these differences exist, peaceful negotiations will always be temporary. India ought to wage war and end terrorism in Pakistan. But with the global economic crisis slowing growth in both India and Pakistan, neither can afford a military clash. Leaders are obligated to create more temporary peaceful negotiations. In the event of a war, it remains to be seen whether the U.S. would stay loyal to its ally Pakistan or support the largest democracy India as the oldest democracy.

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Porn seeks bail enhancement to erect limp industry During the past 10 months, Congress has dealt its fair share of “get out of jail free” cards to a slew of failing industries. So who’s standing next in line trying to take advantage of the government’s capricious fetish for doling out money they don’t have? Porn. In what many view as an apparent publicity stunt, adult entertainment moguls Larry Flynt and Joe Francis stated last week that they will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to seek a financial bailout from the U.S. government. The desired capital to be earned from the concession, according to

sources, would put the package somewhere around $5 billion. In an interview with TMZ, Francis, CEO of the Girls Gone Wild franchise, asserted the proposal was not a publicity stunt. “Well, it seems as if the Scott Burns government Columnist has changed its policy and now its just handing out money,” Francis said. “We have a $13 billion industry that is very in need of correcting, so I’ll be happy to take their money.”

Both Francis and Flynt maintain they are very serious about the issue, and they’ve got the lobbyist support to prove it. They also confirmed they will embark to Capital Hill in a fuel efficient Toyota Prius, hoping to avoid the mistake auto executives made by flying personal jets to their congressional hearings. Though the venereal industry hasn’t suffered any cataclysmic dysfunction yet, Francis insists the protection would be greatly beneficial in helping to erect the limp sector. After months of congressional unrestraint in cranking out appropriated funds with very

little oversight or logic, the porn industry might have landed itself a legitimate case. Sadly enough, their principles aren’t that far fetched. In a statement issued this past week, Hustler baron Larry Flynt demanded, “It’s time for Congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. America can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex.” The truth is, if the same logic applies to all industries, why not? If you’re going to kill free market economics by subsidizing failing organizations and implementing socialistic standards, who is exempt?

The answer, analytically speaking, is nebulous. Only one thing can be certain at this point — the days of congressional restraint and fiscal responsibility in this country seem to be over. So will Congress stock block the porn industry, or will they bend over backwards and insert more pork into the sagging sector? At this point, I wouldn’t put it past them.

Contact Scott Burns at sburns@lsureveille.com

VIEW FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL

Advice offered for keeping New Year’s resolutions By Lauren Dillard OSU Daily Barometer, Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. (U-Wire)­­—I am not going to BS you all here. It is hard to keep those New Year’s resolutions. While I am no expert at advice or keeping the goals I set, I do have some things that might assist you on your journey to ... well, whatever it is you’re striving for. 1. Weight loss So you want to drop some of those pounds you collected over years of eating cheap food and only working out your fingertips by playing Madden? Here are a few ideas I have that may help you. Binge eating is always a favored tactic amongst my group of

friends. DANCE. Do what I do whenever I get a chance: Break it down like Shakira. If you try hard enough, your hips won’t lie either. Start counting calories. 2. Filling up your savings accounts This is a problem that most Americans are experiencing right now. But lucky you, I have the answer to your financial problems. Sell yourself ... I mean ... empower yourself as the true sexual beast that you are. 3. Getting into a relationship This one happens to be my forte. For guys, your goal is to look big. So, for the first five weeks of school just do pec exercises and eat only red meat. I recommend the cheap burgers at WinCo; 20

burgers for two dollars is a hell of a deal if you still haven’t figured out your financial problems. Now, some love advice for the ladies. This all depends on what kind of guy you are going for, but for the sake of this advice, assume we are talking about your average Joe. Your main goal is to trick him into loving you. We may try to portray ourselves as strong, confident individuals, but inside we are just small boys excited by bright colors and soft things. 4. Finding the right religion for you Too late, you read too much of this already. 5. Quit Drinking/Smoking Cigarettes have become a hassle now that they are no longer allowed indoors. Easy solution. Start using smokeless tobacco.

You can still get your nicotine rush, and do it inside the bar. 6. Becoming more social If you are ready to exit your cave of video games and porn and join us all in the real world, there are a few things you will need to know. First off, you will need to wear two collared shirts. Make sure you pop one collar an leave the other one down, this way you will seem like you have been vain for so long that one collar has bowed down to show its respect. Next is a good amount of cologne. Be careful because too much can keep people from enjoying your company. It is more often than not acceptable to be using cologne to cover up your true man smell, so don’t shower for a while (three to 12 days) and

hose your private areas down with a generous portion of Axe body spray. Now you are ready to hit the clubs and turn heads with your brand new swagger. I hope by now you all have realized that everything in here is a facetious story imagined in minutes, all while not considering the consequences of what I was writing. I hope I have not ruined my writing career with this one, and implore you once again to not follow through with any of these options. Should you follow this advice, do not be surprised when you find that even your own reflection will avoid eye contact.

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P A R R A I N ’ S S E A F O O D R E S T AU R A N T Now Hiring Line Cooks Apply in Person Mon - Fri 3225 Perkins Road 225-381-9922 STRONG RELIABLE MALE needed to Check-In Inventory at Interiors/ Gift Store, Hang Mirrors, Move Furniture; $8/hr FlexHrs.15-20 hrs/ wk. Call 7547400 EARN EXTR A MONEY Students needed ASAP Earn up to $150 per day being a mystery shopper No Experience Required Call 1-800-722-4791 PARKVIEW BAPTIS T PRESCHOOL Preschool Teachers needed 3-6 p.m. flex days. 225.293.9447 WORK AT N E W A L E X B O X S U I T E S ! Hosts/hostesses needed to work 2009 baseball games at new Alex Box Stadium $7.50/hour. 578-8617 P E R F E C T PA R T T I M E P O S I T I O N Afternoon Preschool Teacher needed for child care center near LSU.2:30-5:30 MF 225-766-1159 PBRC S TUDY: The purpose of this study is to determine how your body weight today impacts your health in the future. Participants (age 18-40 years) will be placed on a higher calorie meal plan for 8 weeks. All meals will be provided to you at no cost. Call today 763.3000 PHOTOGR APHERS NEEDED Love to take pictures? Work at Party Pics! Come fill out an application at 7342 Highland Rd. 225.767.2789 FLOR AL DESIGNER(1)/DRIVER(1) positions available for 1 floral designer and 1 delivery driver. Salary BOE. Must be able to work full days. Part time ok. call Steven @ 225-928-3801 225.928.3801 FRONT DESK COORDIN ATOR Hiring Full/Part-Time Front Desk Coordinator Must have great people skills and office experience a plus. Please call (225) 769-4100. STOMAS FURNITURE We are in need of a PT office clerk to work Tues, Thurs, Sat. Primary responsibilities include data entry, daily balancing, electronic filing, etc... Please apply in person at: 12550 Perkins Road 225-819-9202 ALOHA! Looking for energetic and fun leaders to join our Ohana at Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies. Flexible part time positions open. Apply by email. Geauxsmoothies@gmail.com 225287-2413 225.335.4984 DON’T MISS THIS OPPOR T U N I T Y! Now hiring for all positions at the following locations: JEFFERSON 7615 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge 70809 PERKINS ROWE 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd. Baton Rouge 70810 “Flexible schedules & Benefits for Full Time Associates” Please apply in person during regular restaurant hours. Equal Opportunity Employer DENTAL OFFICE P/T dental

assistant/receptionist needed for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Great opportunity for those interested in medical/dental field. Please fax resume to 225.766.2122 DENTAL L AB ASSIS TANT Part-time position available with flexible hours; 20 hours per week; sterilization, inventory and other related duties; uniforms provided; $7.50/hr.; fax resume 293-3218. 225.292.8121 G Y M N AS T I C S / T U M B L I N G I N S TRUCTOR C. G.’s Gymnastics Inc. is searching for knowledgeable, reliable, & committed staff. 225.275.5597 G ALLERY ATTENDANT S LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center. $8/ hr. Monitor galleries; answer visitor questions. 3 ?- & 4hour shifts; min. 7 hrs/ week. Tues. Sat., Sun. afternoons. Contact: Fran Huber, fhuber@lsu.edu, 225.389.7214

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009 ESL TEACHERS/AIDES NEEDED Mon. Tues. & Wed. evenings. Teachers earn $13-15/ hr. Aides $7.50-10.00/ hr. email resume to mstaub@ccdiobr.org A N I M A L H E A LT H C L I N I C NOW HIRING FOR FT/PT VETERINARY TECHNICIANS WITH A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PERSON WHO IS A QUICK LEARNER AND SELF MOTIVATED. PLEASE COME BY TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION. 225.924.1353 U R G E N T - L I F E D R AW I N G M O D E L $12/ hr needed for spring semester on MW, 12:30-3:30. Substitute models needed for various time slots. Full-time students only apply at 123 Art Bldg. ECG TECHNICIAN Attn Medical Students:: part time positions in local hospitals, after hours, weekend shifts, occasional overnight on weekends. Energetic, mature, responsible please. Extensive training, then $9.00 hr. Apply


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TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009 at 12133 Industriplex Blvd., Baton Rouge or fax 225/751-3284. OFFICE HELP WANTED Small accting/consulting firm needs detail oriented part-time help. Light acctg, errands, filing, etc. - must have car. Flexible hrs & days starting 1/09. Near LSU email lala6658@aol.com LIFEGUARDS & SWIM INS TRUCTORS WANTED ASAP! Certified Lifeguards and Swim Instructors. Great opportunity! Flex schedules. Apply in person to: Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810. (225) 7679622 ask for Anthony GREYS TONE GOLF &COUNTRY CLUB is now accepting NEW applications for bartenders, servers, cooks, and beverage cart attendants. Please call Diane Newman 225.667.674 RECORDING S TUDIO OFFICE HELP Must be able to work Mon, Wed, Fri. 4hr each day. Hours are flexible around class schedule. For more information contact Sockit Studio 225-216-0167 PICK UP/DELIVERY DRIVER Needed Busy Dental Laboratory has position available. Must be neat in appearance and have clean driving record. Drug screening required. 225.201.0880 R E C E P T I O N I S T n e e d e d f o r f r i e n d l y, relaxed dental of fice. Great Dr.& Staf f . Need good computer & phone skills. Experience a plus but not necessar y. MTh 8-5:30, Fri 8-12. Send resume to resume70806@yahoo.com 225.706.1595 BABYSITTER NEEDED Babysitter needed for children ages 3&5. Hours T, Th 1:306:30. Reliable transportation needed. $10/hr. E-mail availability and resume to lchoate@lsu.edu SUBWAY 4250 Burbank, next to Izzos. Fast, fun, friendly. No late nights. Day shifts available. Eat Fresh! HABL AS ESPANOL Y INGLES? Family near LSU looking for Spanish speaker to help with light housework 1 day/week (2hrs.) and sitting on Saturdays 6-9 pm. Must have car. Please call to apply 225.405.8300 !BAR TENDING! Up to $300/Day. No Experience Necessary. Training Provided. Age 18+ OK 1-800-965-6520 xt127 GR APHIC DESIGN LPCA is seeking a Graphic Design student intern to design and produce materials to promote Louisiana’s Health Centers. 225.927.7662 TEACHERS NEEDED Fist Baptist Church PDO 3yr. room Days T&Th hr. 9-2pm/ Also PRN postions. call 225.767.4080 TJ RIBS - A CADIAN IS CURRENTLY SEEKING SERVERS, BARTENDERS, & HOSTS. APPLY IN PERSON AT 2324 S. ACADIAN THRUWAY, BATON ROUGE, LA. **EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER** WE PAY UP TO $75 per online survey. www. CashToSpend.com FOR SALE FOR S ALE ’94 4RUNNER SR5 - Great Off-Road vehicle potential! White, V6, 4WD, 5-speed manual, 217K odo. $1800 or best offer 225-328-6116 for more information CLEAR UMBRELL A “Rare”, “1960’s” “See thru umbrella!!” www . M y C l e a r U m b r e l l a . c o m

TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. U N I T S R E A D Y F O R S P R I N G & F ALL 2009!! Brand new 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units f o r s a l e s t a r ting at $124,900. Ask about our Guaranteed Buy -Back Program!! 3000 July St. 225-346-5055 www.tigermanor.com QUEEN PILLOWTOP MATTRESS Brand name queen pillowtop mattress set new in plastic $150. 225-924-5336 C H E R R Y B E D W I T H M AT T RESS SET Both NEW in boxes with warranty $395 225.924.5336 FOR RENT L SU: TIGERL AND TOTALLY REMODELED Studio, 1br, & 2br wood floors, wtr/ swg paid, pool, laundry, Quiet. *Students Move In By 12/20/08 & Receive $100.00 off 1st month rent $465-$700 225-766-7224 FANTAS T I C T I G E R L AND REMODEL Since Gustav Everything new! Sheetrock, paint, carpet, tile, tubs, sinks, cabinets, granite! Avail 1/1/09. Highly screenedresponsible students only. Ref.req’d. 1BR $600, 2BR $850. Email inquiry to julie.tatum@verizonbusiness.com. 2BR TOWNHOUSE sharlo area. W/D, covered parking, courtyard, new carpet. 225.648.3115 1 BR ON BURBANK - RENT $525 Available February 1st. or sooner. The Willows Apartments. www.lsubr.com for pictures/ floorplan. 4243 Burbank. $300 deposit. No pets, not even visiting. Leave a message. 978-1649 APAR TMENT FOR RENT Sublease 3br/3ba apt with two females. $489/ mth includes cable/ internet/ water. Gated/ on bus route 318.974.0977 F E M A L E S N E E D R O O M M ATE! Lake Beau Pre Townhomes! $525 a month! Available immediately! Call now! 318.729.2886 FEMALES NEED ROOMMATE for 3bd/2ba house in Nicholson Lakes LSU

$495 +1/3util 225-933-3477 FOR RENT Garage Apt $550/mo with $550 deposit. 4746 Perkins Road Call 2871193 mon-fri 8-5. 3BR/2BA CONDO Like New. Free Cable. Community Pool. Extra Parking. Great Location at LSU. $1650/mo. 225.202.1148 1 BR 1BA E. State $400 rent $400 dep 225-766-6555 N FOR RENT: 2BR, 2.5BA $1300, LAKE BEAU PRE TOWNHOUSE, READY ASAP! CONTACT PAIGE AT 985.246.9204 TIGER MANOR CONDOMINIUMS. U N I T S R E A D Y F O R S P R I N G & F ALL 2009! Brand new 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms avail a b l e . R e s e r v e y o u r u n i t t o d a y ! Wa l k t o class! 3000 July St. 225-346-5055. www.tigermanor.com CONDO FOR RENT University View, 2 bed 2 bath, $1000 a month, $1000 deposit. Available Jan. ’09. Contact Patti 337-988-1409 CONDO FOR RENT 2 bedroom/2 bath gated condo on Dalr ymple dr. Washer, dr yer, cable, internet, and water includ ed. $1250. 225.266.407 6 1 & 2 BD RM CONDO FR REN JUST OUTSIDE THE SOUTH GATES OF LSU. FRIG, WSHR/ DRYR, MICRO, STOVE, DECK. 4264, 4278 595.00 695.00 & 995.00. 323.691.3129 1-BED APT. in Tigerland near LSU $450/month. Hot water included. W/D in complex. Call Wang. 225.278.6622 ROOMMATES R O O M M ATE WANTED TO Roommate wanted to share 3 BR, 2 BA. house with 2 males. Close to LSU. $350. mo. Call 225-907-3456 or 985-209-7349. 985.688.2757 MALE GR AD

PAGE 27 Needs roommate to share 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath Lake Beau Pre Townhouse minutes from class. Gated, Workout Room, Pool, Tennis Court $625 ALL UTILITIES UNCLUDED! Grad or Vet student preferred. 225.247.0567 $395 ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED!!! ROOMMATES-WANTED TO SHARE HUGE3BR-3BATH-HOUSE WITH MALE. EXCLUSIVE AREA-CONGRESS-PERKINS. HIGHSPEED-NET-CABLE-ALARM-WASHERDRYER-LARGE-YARD-GATED. GREAT FOR ENTERTAINMENT-LSU.225.772.2506 R O O M M ATE WANTED M/F Vacant room in nicely furnished 3Bdr Condo. The Gates at Brightside. Includes pool, balcony, w/d, on bus route. All utilities/cable/internet included. $600 mo. 401.575.8627 PERSONALS COFFEE FOR THE NEW YEAR? Single, outgoing, very attractive, brown Creole LSU Senior gal looking to date interracially a mature, outgoing, nice looking male student or Grad/ or non student (26-38) for coffee, museum dates, enjoyment of the Arts. If interested email me Selena_millieux@yahoo.com.. I WANT TO BE YOUR DERIVATIVE so I can lie tangent to your curves. Nerdy ndn chick seeking an intelligent and attractive conversationalist. Ladies only,

please—I’m tired of natural logs approaching the asymptote. sheenyinabottle@hotmail.com S U M M A C U M L AUDE male student seeking hot sorority blonde to take me out for a good night on the town. I’ll even help you study!! Contact me at: summacumlaude09@yahoo.com OMG I AM SO DESPER ATE! Just kidding...? Ok seriously tho, I’m a single brown female (lol) looking for someone hilarious but very down-to-earth and classy in the streets. Freak in the sheets not necessary. I’m mainly looking for a cuddle buddy for this cold weather. Ladies only please! sheenyinabottle@hotmail.com LOOKING FOR MY SOULMATE I am a Business Major here at LSU. Looking for guys ages 45-60. If you are interested send me an email. c.mumford@yahoo.com SEARCHING 4 SOULMATE 20yo Asian guy seeking masculine guy 18-23 to date. Races open. I’m a sweetheart! tigerboy1988@gmail.com MISCELLANEOUS LOCAL BAND? Have shows soon and need professional quality sound? Look no further and call today with your time/ date. Rates start at $30/ hr. 225.614.6445


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