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University discussing make-up days
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Saturday classes likely to take place
Deanna Narveson Staff Writer
Despite road closures, canceled classes and the shutdown of most restaurants and ofﬁces around the University, the dining halls stayed open to feed the students still living on campus. The 459 Commons, The 5, the Take 5 convenience store and the 459 Outtakes store were open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. both snow days this week, serving as a primary source of fuel for students as the temperatures dropped below freezing. Ruby Williams, a stir fry cook at 459 Commons, said her drive home after work Tuesday night was difﬁcult because of ice and road closures. Despite the challenges of driving to and from the campus, Williams said she felt good about being there for the students. “We had to be here to make sure the students get fed; most students couldn’t go home because of the weather conditions,” Williams said. Paris Bailey, kinesiology freshman, said the people who work at the dining hall were kind to students and made them feel “homey.” LSU President F. King Alexander said he was thankful for DINING HALLS, see page 15
James Richards Staff Writer
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University students prepare to sled down the Indian Mounds on Tuesday as snow and ice falls upon Baton Rouge and campus.
Students make most of snowy weather in Baton Rouge Quint Forgey Staff Writer
The freezing weather the University experienced this week doesn’t happen often, and students responded in very different ways. Megan Schmidt and Megan Mineo, freshmen roommates who are active in Greek life, said they spent Monday night with friends at The House in Tigerland after hearing classes would be canceled, and they slept into the afternoon during the days. When bored, Schmidt confessed to watching “Frozen” and “Grey’s Anatomy” “over and over.” The girls are Louisiana
natives, and they said they resorted to using credit cards to scrape the ice off their cars. University freshmen and high school buddies Scott Bowers and Daniel Maxey chose to live more dangerously during the snow days, taking Bowers’ two-wheel-drive Ford Ranger on a joyride early Wednesday morning. The friends said they drove to the baseball ﬁeld’s parking lots and did donuts for two hours until 2 a.m. Bowers and Maxey said there were more students who had the same idea. “We saw a couple other people that looked like they were up to no
good,” Maxey said. Bowers said they eventually went to a different parking lot after seeing a police cruiser, and acknowledged they did “get a little carried away.” Bowers and Maxey said they also helped push a car out of a ditch on Nicholson on Tuesday night. “As they were driving, they kept sliding back toward the ditch,” Bowers said. “So we had to walk alongside the car and keep pushing it to keep it from going back.” Freshmen Emily Staniszewski and Mimi Webb spent Tuesday night playing with the SNOW, see page 15
University administrators anticipate scheduling three Saturday classes to make up missed time for snow days earlier this week, University Media Relations director Ernie Ballard said. The University is working to maintain full Mardi Gras and spring breaks because of travel concerns for students, but plans have not yet been ﬁnalized. The University kept the campus closed until 10 a.m. today, with classes resuming after 10 a.m. The University also extended the deadline for adding courses and late registration until 4:30 p.m. Friday.
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TODAY’S FORECAST Hundreds of living, dead pythons found in home The Associated Press
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked ﬂoor to ceiling inside his stench-ﬁlled home in suburban Orange County. As investigators wearing respirator masks carried the reptiles out of the house and stacked them in the driveway, reporters and passers-by gagged at the smell. Some held their noses or walked away from the ﬁve-bedroom home to get a breath of air. “The smell alone — I feel like I need to take a shower for a week,” said police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “They’re pretty much in all the bedrooms — everywhere.” Ofﬁcers found as many as 400 snakes, as well as numerous mice and rats, in the Santa Ana home of William Buchman after neighbors complained about the smell. He was arrested for investigation of neglect in the care of animals, Bertagna said. Buchman, 53, was still in custody Wednesday afternoon, Bertagna said. The Newport-Mesa Uniﬁed School District, where he
Ray Nagin’s trial to resume today The Associated Press
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Santa Ana Police Officer Sondra Berg holds a python Wednesday after authorities found as many as 400 living and dead pythons in plastic bins in a Santa Ana home.
works, declined comment, saying it was a police matter. Buchman has not yet had a court appearance or been formally charged and it wasn’t clear if he had an attorney. Sondra Berg, the supervisor for the Santa Ana Police Department’s Animal Services Division, said four bedrooms in the home were stacked from ﬂoor to ceiling
and wall to wall with plastic bins on wooden and metal racks. The bins were packed so tightly, Berg said, that they didn’t require lids because there was no room for the snakes to slither out. Each snake was catalogued by name and type, and Berg said Buchman told authorities he was involved in a snake-breeding enterprise.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s trial on corruption charges is scheduled to resume today at noon. The selection process began on Monday, but a blast of winter weather closed the federal courthouse in New Orleans for two days. After questioning 60 prospective jurors on Monday, U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan said she needs to speak with one more member of the pool before the panel can be seated. Nagin is charged with accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.
French struggle to stop African mobs The Associated Press BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The French patrol in two armored personnel carriers showed up just as the bystanders started pulling out their mobile phones to photograph what moments ago had been a human being. Now his body lay on the side of the road after the mob killed and mutilated him. “He was a Muslim carrying grenades,” shouted one man, defending the crowd’s actions. “He is Seleka,” shouted another, referring to the Muslim
rebels who became deeply despised by Bangui’s Christian majority after they overthrew the president in March 2013 and began killing and torturing civilians. Now, after the Seleka leaderturned-president has stepped down from power, Bangui residents are taking revenge on anyone perceived as having supported the Seleka rebels — using stones, machetes and bare hands to kill their victims in broad daylight. The 1,600 French and 5,000 African peacekeepers in Central African Republic are struggling to keep a lid on the violence.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Obama addresses higher ed during State of the Union F. King Alexander responds to address
millions the opportunity to cap college accessibility. their monthly student loan payAlexander also said he thinks ments to 10 percent of their 2014 will be the last year Obama income. will be able to get reforms LSU President F. King Al- enacted. Qunit Forgey exander said he was not surObama also announced he prised by Obama’s speech, and will issue an executive order in Staff Writer he expected Obama to cover is- coming weeks requiring federal President Barack Obama sues such as college affordability contractors to pay their federally spoke on the issue of higher edu- and access. funded employees at least $10.10 cation in his State of the Union “I thought he did a good an hour, noting the federal miniaddress Tuesjob,” Alexander mum wage is about 20 percent day night, urg- ‘I want to work with said. “It seems less than it was when Ronald ing Congress to he’s very se- Reagan delivered his ﬁrst State Congress to see how like prepare tomorrious about mak- of the Union address. row’s workforce we can help even more ing a lot of these by guaranteeing happen.” Americans who fell things every child access A l e x a n Check out a columnist’s trapped by student to a world-class der travelled to education. Washington early opinion on the State of loan debt.’ The presiin January to atUnion on page 13. dent’s remarks tend a conferBarack Obama follow Gov. Bobence hosted by President of the United States by Jindal’s Jan. Obama with 150 Contact Quint Forgey at 21 announcement that Louisiana universities, businesses and firstname.lastname@example.org higher education funding will see proﬁts to discuss the issue of a $141.5 million increase in the upcoming ﬁscal year budget. “I want to work with Congress to see how we can help even more Americans who feel trapped by student loan debt,” Obama said. Obama said his administration was “shaking up” the country’s higher education system to give parents more information and colleges more incentives to Get your team of 4 and race every month for a trophy & offer better value. bragging rights! Not into the league game? Come in and Obama said he’s offering
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Group donates $1 million Grad program first to College of Engineering in financial value Panya Kroun Contributing Writer
The University College of Engineering will continue its efforts to expand its construction management program with the help of a $1 million donation from Baton Rouge’s MMR Group. The MMR Group is a worldrenowned electrical and instrumentation firm, and is the largest open-shop company of its kind. Its headquarters are stationed in Baton Rouge, and it has more than 20 branches throughout North and South America. According to Mimi LaValle, director of communications at the College of Engineering, the money will be used to construct a building simulation and information modeling studio. This is the second donation MMR has made. The first donation went toward constructing a materials and methods laboratory, which James Rutland, president and CEO of MMR, said will open sometime in the spring. Rutland said the company made the donation to help sustain the increasingly relevant program.
“We hire a lot of those graduates out of the program, and I’m an alumnus, so it was a good opportunity for us to give back to the University, and it’s important that we help it become as strong as it possibly can,” Rutland said. The building simulation studio will innovate methods construction engineers use to evaluate new building designs. Cutting edge digital technology will be used to build new simulations and improve complex models. The materials lab will pioneer new ways of using nanomaterials to improve sustainable design. LaValle said this is integral to the future of the construction industry. According to LaValle, nanomaterials have been used to create new sustainable technologies and improve existing ones. These technologies include self-cleaning glass, low energy cement and self-healing materials. “These are used to treat the deterioration of different structures and cracks, and those kinds of concerns in the construction industry,” LaValle said. The labs will also provide
many research and learning opportunities for construction management students. LaValle said this experience will give the University’s graduates an advantage over their peers when they enter the workforce. The “Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2014 and 2015” report stated the Baton Rouge economy is stimulated by $34.7 billion in prospective or current construction projects. Plans to develop the labs are still in their infant stages, but the college is working closely with its faculty and staff to address the needs of the construction management program. LaValle is optimistic about its progress. “With this, the demand for our construction management graduates is unprecedented,” LaValle said. “The new labs will definitely complement the curriculum we already have, but it will also lead us towards more advanced and sustainable technologies.” Contact Panya Kroun at email@example.com
What do you think about the new Mardi Gras ordinances with restrictions on the placement of ladders and fines for throwing beads back at floats? “It doesn’t seem like you should be fined for throwing beads back. What if you see somebody on the float you know? Throw them beads.” Brian Blanchard
electrical engineering junior
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“That you get fined $250 for a two cent piece of plastic is sort of unfortunate.” Lisa Weaver
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“I think it’s good that they’re regulating some things because New Orleans has a lot of problems during that time and it’s good to keep making it fun for everybody.”
“If the beads suck, they suck. You might not want them. It’s OK to throw them back. But I know you can injure people, so I guess it’s OK. It’s good to keep people who are drunk safe.”
“That’s pretty stupid, in my opinion. It’s controlled chaos, and that’s what makes it work. There’s no point in trying to eliminate the chaos from the situation.”
“I like that ladder thing because people will set up their ladders in the street.” Cady Rhode industrial engineering freshman photos by CHARLOTTE WILLCOX / The Daily Reveille
Levi Bankston Contributing Writer
The Flores Master of Business Administration full-time program at the E. J. Ourso College of Business was ranked No.1 in the nation for best financial value after graduation by U.S. News and World Reports. According to the 2014 report, which uses recent salary and debt data, 2012 graduates of the Flores MBA program made on average 7.3 times their student debt for their starting salaries. The average fulltime graduate’s starting salary three months after graduating was $59,762 compared to the average debt of $8,181 for those who borrowed. The report ranked schools based on the self-reported data of the colleges, based off academic programs and the makeup of their student body. MBA students pay more for their education in comparison to other graduate programs at the University, Edward Watson, director of the Flores MBA program, said. However, the program cost remains equivalent to most public institutions. MBA students pay $25,000 for their two years of study, while the average graduate student at the University pays $16,000 for the same time period. At graduation, 60 to 70 percent of MBA graduates are in permanent positions, said Watson, and after three months, 90 percent of graduates in the market have a job. “We try to train [the students] to have business knowledge and
CAMPUS CRIME BRIEFS University student arrested by LSUPD on 27 counts of payroll fraud On Jan. 16 the LSU Police Department was contacted by a representative of the LSU Chemistry department who claimed that Gabrielle Angelique Perry, 21, of 236 Sunshine Drive, committed payroll fraud, said LSUPD spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde. LSUPD investigators compared Perry’s collected time sheets and noticed a difference in the signatures from July 2012 to December 2013.
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business experience,” Watson said. Watson also said part of the program’s success is putting emphasis on internships and getting students employed. Eighty percent of MBA students are in summer internship programs and a majority of students work as graduate assistants. Watson said another factor leading to the program’s ranking was the relatively low cost of the program. However, the MBA program is continually dealing with an increase in tuition because of the national trend of decreasing state funding, Watson said. Although the program is successful, a large concern is the continued decrease in state funding, said Craig Juengling, president of the Flores MBA Alumni Association. University programs, such as engineering, mass communication and business, are facing an increase in student size but not an increase in funding, leading to an under-financed program. Juengling said state funds are not keeping pace with the growth of some programs at the University. “I believe the quality of the University won’t be what it can be if the funding does not keep up with the growth in students,” Juengling said. “These programs that are growing and doing well need to have funding that increases with their growth.”
Contact Levi Bankston at firstname.lastname@example.org On Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., Perry met with LSUPD investigators and admitted to forging signatures on 27 separate time sheets, totaling an income of approximately $9,000, Lalonde said. Perry was arrested and booked into EBR Parish Prison for 27 counts of payroll fraud.
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Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor
As the calendar moves into the ﬁnal full month of conference play, the LSU women’s basketball team has weathered the storm in the Southeastern Conference, staying near the top of the pack as teams move into their February push. The team recognizes that one slip-up could ruin a successful season, as it becomes clear that a SEC regular season championship is in reach for the Lady Tigers. “Every game is important at this point, and every loss would be a bad loss for us at this point, whether it’s against the No. 1 team in the country or the last team in the country,” senior forward Theresa Plaisance said. “We need to have every win, and we are just pushing for that championship.” The No. 14 Lady Tigers (16-4, 5-2 SEC) will continue their push for a championship as they play Mississippi State (15-6, 2-5 SEC) Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Lady Tigers have rallied back from a 79-70 loss to Vanderbilt to win two consecutive games over Auburn and Ole Miss. Neither
Upperclassmen hand Jones biggest win of his tenure THE SMARTEST MORAN JAMES MORAN Sports Columnist
Lady Tigers see increase in attendance, fan enthusiasm David Gray Sports Contributor
The LSU gymnastics program has been one of the most consistent in the nation during coach D-D Breaux’s tenure, but for years the program continually struggled to get the recognition that accompanies a winning team. Those days are becoming a thing of the past. In recent seasons, the LSU gymnastics program has seen a consistent increase in its average attendance and season ticket sales. In 2013, a school-record average of 5,353 people attended the ﬁve meets held in the PMAC, which
ranked No. 5 in the nation for attendance. LSU was 4-1 in those meets, including a victory over eventual national champion Florida. The steady growth of the fan base spilled over into this season as the program set a school record, selling 1,141 season tickets, a 40 percent increase from the 2013 season. But the increased attendance didn’t only result from the program’s success. The gymnasts themselves have pursued a greater fan base, said senior all-arounder Kaleigh Dickson. The squad plans to visit sorority and fraternity houses this week to get more support for the upcoming meet against No. 7 Alabama on Friday.
In addition, Breaux will host students for dinner in an attempt to learn what steps are needed to further increase the excitement surrounding LSU gymnastics. One of the biggest reasons for the increased level of self-marketing is the positive effect she believes a strongly supported gymnastics program can have on its community, Breaux said. “So much of what young people see today on TV and in their communities is negative, but this is such a positive thing with great role models,” Breaux said. Last Saturday’s meet against GYMNASTICS, see page 6
LADY TIGERS, see page 7
Actual Attendance LSU Gymnastics Meets 5000
3000 (through 2 meets)
JOHNNY JONES, see page 7
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LSU junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III (2) dunks the ball Tuesday during the Tigers’ 87-82 victory against Kentucky in the PMAC.
Read why free throws are important to the Lady Tigers, p. 6
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In desperate need of a signature victory, LSU coach Johnny Jones turned to his upperclassmen to get it done at home against Kentucky, a program LSU hadn’t defeated since 2009. They responded in the form of an 87-82 upset of the No. 11 Wildcats that not only delivered the biggest win of the season, but the biggest triumph of Jones’s tenure as the head man in Baton Rouge. Don’t just take my word for it. After the game, Jones himself called Tuesday the biggest win he’s coached thus far. As important a win as it was for Jones and his team’s chances of making the NCAA tournament, beating Kentucky may have meant even more to his crop of juniors and seniors who had never done so. No one more so than junior guard Anthony Hickey. He was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball during his senior year in high school, but the Wildcats never recruited him. He’s wanted to make them pay for that decision since the ﬁrst day he stepped on campus at LSU.
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Free throws pivotal for Lady Tigers in SEC play Plaisance, Kenney lead LSU at the line Lawrence Barreca Sports Writer
Two Southeastern Conference contests in the LSU women’s basketball schedule have come down to the simplest of plays on the court. This season, LSU is shooting 69 percent from the line — down from 71 percent in 2012 and 2013. Senior forward Theresa Plaisance is hitting 69 percent of her team-leading 107 attempts, and senior guard Jeanne Kenney was the most effective shooter, hitting 89.5 percent of her 57 tries. The issue hasn’t been the squad’s success rate — it’s been how often the team has taken its attempts. When the Lady Tigers opened their home conference schedule against unranked Texas A&M on Jan. 9, they were riding a three-game winning streak that would set the tone for the stretch of contests ahead. LSU suffered through an abysmal first half from the field, shooting 9-of-33. Even
worse, the Lady Tigers failed to take a single free throw before they went into the locker room at halftime. The Aggies took advantage of the lack of fouls, building momentum through the end of the first half and into the second, eventually taking a nine-point lead with 14:04 remaining in the game. It wasn’t until Plaisance began going to the line in the second half that LSU went on a 14-0 run. The Lady Tigers ended the contest with 21 attempts from the line in the second half, converting 15. But the deficit was too much to overcome, and Texas A&M upset the then-No. 12 Lady Tigers. Plaisance said the squad has struggled to get to the line for multiple reasons. “It’s a mixture of placement on the floor of where we’re receiving the ball and where we’re going up with the ball, and then the fact that we’re a little intimidated by the charges that are being called against us from the guard side,” Plaisance said. Efficiency from the free throw line has also helped LSU recently. Auburn rolled into the PMAC on Jan. 23, hoping to end a poor stretch of SEC losses.
LSU struggled shooting from the and often as they move deeper field, making only 38 percent of into the SEC schedule. its shots. The Lady Tigers’ effecWhen LSU travels to No. tiveness from the free throw line 13 Kentucky on Sunday, it will became crucial, and they were be facing a Wildcats squad that successful on 69.6 of their 23 is statistically worse at the line attempts. than its opponents. Kentucky LSU was able to keep mo- has made 65.4 percent of its free mentum in its favor, while Au- throws compared to 66.7 percent burn went in made by opposing the opposite ‘Getting in the paint is teams. direction. can really important for our take LSUadvantage Plaisance said knocking team because we have using aggresdown free throws very aggressive play in sive play around was extremely the basket. our guards.’ important, espe“Getting in cially since the the paint is reShanece McKinney lack of shots from ally important LSU senior forward the line hurt the for our team besquad in the past. cause we have Auburn went to the line 13 very aggressive play in our times in the second half, mak- guards,” said senior forward ing only four shots. LSU used Shanece McKinney. “If we can Auburn’s ineffectiveness to pick get to the rim, then we’re goup defensive rebounds and pull ing to get to the rim. So drawaway in a 71-60 win. ing those fouls is very important “They were actually a pretty because sometimes that saves us good shooting percentage team in games.” from the free throw line,” Plaisance said. “The post did a great job of getting down to the block, but it was really all on our guard play with our transition off of our missed free throws.” Contact Lawrence Barreca at Moving forward, the Lady email@example.com; Tigers will need to find themTwitter: @LawBarreca_TDR selves at the free throw line early
Thursday, January 30, 2014 GYMNASTICS, from page 5 Auburn was the first time the squad had an official student section cheering them on. Junior all-arounder Llominicia Hall is a veteran who has seen the way other schools’ students passionately support their gymnastics programs, and she said she’s thrilled that a similar level of dedication is starting to become visible in the PMAC. “You see in so many different arenas how the student section plays a part in the meet,” Hall said. But even as much as the fan base has grown recently, Breaux realizes it still lags behind some of the other top programs in the country, such as LSU’s opponent on Friday, Alabama. Last season, the Crimson Tide were the No. 2 team in the nation in attendance with an average that exceeded 13,000. Breaux said one of the major reasons for this overwhelming number is Alabama’s national championship wins, and she hopes victory will narrow the gap between the two fan bases. “The talent of our athletes is every bit what [Alabama] has, and we’ve got great tradition here at LSU,” Breaux said. “But we’ve never won a team title, and they have. I think that’s the difference maker.”
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 LADY TIGERS, from page 5
win came with comfort as the Lady Tigers got off to sluggish starts and trailed at halftime of both games. Coach Nikki Caldwell emphasized one theme she hoped her team might take heart in. “Basically, her message to us was we can’t be content with where we are,” Plaisance said. “We have the talent, we have the skill set to be a lot better than how we’ve been competing in the ﬁrst half. We just cannot be content with where we were at halftime.” Plaisance seemed to be the best observer of Caldwell’s message, as she took over the last two games to
JOHNNY JONES, from page 5
“I look at Kentucky as my rival. I look at Kentucky like LSU and Alabama,” Hickey said. However, his Tigers had not been able to make it happen during his ﬁrst two seasons. But Tuesday night was different, largely in part to his own brilliant play. Hickey stayed within himself and ran the offense beautifully, unlike previous matchups with Kentucky. Instead of getting out of control and forcing shots, he efﬁciently scored 11 points and totaled six assists without a single turnover. Hickey looked like he knew that if he wanted to knock off Kentucky, he was going to need to let his teammates help him out. Johnny O’Bryant III came out like a man possessed and turned in his best performance of the season by far with 29 points and nine rebounds. The junior looked like he considered Kentucky’s loaded roster of McDonald’s All-Americans as a personal challenge, and took it upon himself to be assertive early and he
ensure victory. Plaisance averaged 21 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two victories, including a seasonhigh 23 points in a win over Ole Miss on Sunday. Her stellar play earned her SEC player of the week honors Monday. “Theresa is a player that has a lot of weapons. She can score the basketball multiple ways,” Caldwell said. “I’m more impressed with the fact that she’s getting on the offensive glass and getting those put-backs for us.” A weak non-conference schedule may have given Mississippi State a 13-1 record to start the season, but the lack of competition has hurt the team as they move through dominated throughout. In total, upperclassmen scored 63 of LSU’s 87 points on the night. Senior Shavon Coleman said they came together before the game and the sense of urgency permeated the room.
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conference play. The Bulldogs have lost ﬁve of their ﬁrst seven SEC games, including a 38-point drubbing from conference leader Texas A&M. Despite the recent struggles, Of course every player wants to win every game, but winning this game meant something more. “I could see the look in all the guys’ eyes,” Coleman said. “We talked about that we had to come out and play hard if we wanted to win
page 7 Caldwell said the Bulldogs should not be overlooked, crediting the team for a balanced attack and good defensive schemes. The Bulldogs are led by junior center Martha Alwal, who leads the team in points, rebounds and blocks. “We are going to have to do a lot of things to shut them down defensively, starting with the post player position,” Plaisance said. “We need to get out early, stay in front of her early and limit her touches so she doesn’t have the opportunity to do anything with the ball.” The schedule only gets more difﬁcult after the game, as the Lady Tigers will travel to Lexington, Ky. to play the No. 13 Kentucky
Wildcats. But if the Lady Tigers take Caldwell’s halftime message to heart, there should be no problem with progressing forward. “We’ve got to be a team that puts together 40 minutes,” Caldwell said. “I think it’s important for us to continue to grow, not only as an efﬁcient offensive team, but a very efﬁcient defensive team. … Each night is competitive, and we’ve got to have daily improvement.”
this game because it wasn’t going to be easy.” But with a team-wide effort, the Tigers did make it look easy. LSU jumped on Kentucky out of the gate, and besides a stretch in the middle of the ﬁrst half, the Tigers kept the Wildcats at arm’s length throughout. Missed free throws and desperation 3-pointers from Kentucky condensed the ﬁnal margin to ﬁve, but that’s not indicative of how the game actually went. For one night, LSU played like the NCAA threat it was projected to be coming into the season. Because of previous missteps, this win is far
from enough to earn the Tigers a trip into the Big Dance. But on the heels of the disastrous loss to Alabama, beating Kentucky was a good and personally rewarding place for Jones and company to start.
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LSU junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III (2) prepares to pass the ball Tuesday during the Tigers’ 87-82 victory against Kentucky in the PMAC.
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Welcome to the Dollhouse Museum focuses on dolls’ cultural role STORY WILL KALLENBORN Entertainment Writer
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Hidden in plain sight on Lee Drive sits a magical place. The Enchanted Mansion is an unconventional museum that has dedicated itself to showing children and adults the many ways dolls can be an educational art form. Opened in 1994, the museum aims to explain the cultural role of dolls to its patrons. The building itself looks like a massive dollhouse. The front of the Mansion looks like an old south plantation, but the elaborate staircase is just a façade. The real entrance lies behind the false front. The museum’s dedication to detail comes from its passion for dolls. “We want people to enjoy dolls like we enjoy dolls,” said Cheylon Woods, one of the Mansion’s employees. “We show dolls not just as play things, but as works of art.” DOLLS, see page 11 [Top] A one-of-akind wax doll called “Guardian Angel” made by Marilyn Radzat in 1995 is displayed Saturday at The Enchanted Mansion. A doll called “White Angel” [bottom left] and a porcelain doll by Geri Blansfield called “Maurice, the Dollmaker” [bottom right] are displayed.
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Craft distillers visit Baton Rouge Panya Kroun Contributing Writer
The craft spirits phenomenon has taken the nation by storm, but few people know how their favorite cocktails are made. The folks at Donner-Peltier Distillers want to change that. On Jan. 30, the owners of the Donner-Peltier Distillery will host “Louisiana-Grown: From Sugarcane to Cocktails” at the LSU Museum of Art. Joining them will be Mark Reilly and Brad Andries, chefs at Stroubes Seafood & Steaks. Participants can enjoy hors d’ouevres and sample the distillers’ famous drinks as they explain how to turn native crops into alcoholic treats. Jeff English, the museum’s communications coordinator, said the exhibit’s biggest draw will be the brewers’ use of exclusively local ingredients. “There’s been a real push for craft drinks lately, and a lot of people today are interested in products that are unique to the area,” English said. The distillery currently produces six different kinds of alcohol. The signature spirit, Rougaroux Rum, is made from pure cane extract and contains no artiﬁcial ingredients. They also sell vodka, gin, whiskey and sugarshine, a CRAFT, see page 11
Oscar-winning movie studio chases innovation Will Kallenborn Entertainment Writer
In this modern age, when ﬁlm is one of the largest industries of Louisiana’s economy, it can be hard to realize awardwinning ﬁlms are made in places other than Los Angeles and New York. In fact, large-scale ﬁlm production is happening all over the country. In recent years, companies like Moonbot Studios have been expanding the inﬂuence of Louisiana in the ﬁlm world. In late 2009, Moonbot Studios was founded in Shreveport. The brainchild of artists William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg and business manager Lampton Enochs, Moonbot was established to give talented animators the opportunity to produce amazing stories. In 2011, the creative duo of Joyce and Oldenburg was
presented with the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for its ﬁrst major work “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” “We knew that we needed to create something right out of the gate that we could call our own,” Oldenburg said. “We dove headﬁrst into the creation of our ﬁrst production with the intention to use it like a calling card. Like, ‘Hey, this is Moonbot. This is what we are all about. This is the kind of quality that you can expect from us.’” Since then, Oldenburg has endeavored to innovate in the way people tell stories. Moonbot’s productions following “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” have included commercials (“The Scarecrow” for Chipotle), books (“The Mischievians”), a video game (“Diggs Nightcrawler”),
and even apps for iPhones (“The Numberlys”). “We wanted to tell stories in any medium that we could, and more importantly to tell stories in a successful way for us to be able to tell more stories,” Oldenburg said. Oldenburg said everyone’s path to success is unique, and that students who want to become a part of the ﬁlm industry should strive to gain as much experience in as many different facets of the business as possible. “Most people would call them distractions. I call them opportunities in disguise,” Oldenburg said. Oldenburg said the best thing to do for someone looking for experience is to learn as much as they can about many different aspects of the business because MOONBOT, see page 11
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Moonbot Studios animators Kevin Koch and Nick Maw-Naing collaborate on a scene from The Numberlys, an animated short based on the app of the same name.
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By no means does every film need to be “The Godfather.” There is a time and a place for horrible films. A bad movie can still be an incredible way to let off steam or even share a laugh with some friends. “I, Frankenstein” does not allow its audience either of those pleasures. The film is married to its ridiculously grim tone and cannot seem to find any bit of fun in Frankenstein’s monster kung-fu fighting gargoyles and demons in slow motion. How could they mess that up? The film screams pretentiousness and strives to disappoint any viewer naïve enough to believe they would leave the theater with a smile. “I, Frankenstein” follows the recent trend of Hollywood rehashing old material to avoid taking risks with a new story. Sure, people are going to make horrible movies, but does Mary Shelley really have to pay for their sins? WILL KALLENBORN
Of Mice and Men, “Restoring Force”
Metalcore band Of Mice & Men is on a mission to develop a slightly new sound. The band’s new album, “Restoring Force,” achieves this goal. Aggressive opening track “Public Service Announcement” will remind listeners of the band’s last album “The Flood.” The evolution of the band’s sound becomes evident in songs like “Feels Like Forever” and “Another You.” Of Mice & Men incorporate a softer sound that should attract new fans. The lack of aggression in the record creates an imbalance that opposes the band’s metalcore genre. There are a lot more clean vocals in this album as compared to previous projects. The change in sound works in favor of the band. Older fans may question the direction Of Mice & Men is taking with its music, but for most fans, “Restoring Force” will be a go-to album in the listening rotation. JOSHUA JACKSON
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The Lawrence Arms, “Metropole”
Pop-punk isn’t dead, and neither is The Lawrence Arms. After an eight year hiatus, the trio has returned with its sixth studio album “Metropole.” All the energy of “Oh! Calcutta!” is present on this album, though vocalist Chris McCaughan has opted to replace his urgent screaming with more wistful crooning. The lyrics convey the burden of aging and urban disillusionment — a strange but not unwelcome departure from the coke-fueled rage of the band’s earlier efforts. Guitar rhythms are more complex, and songs have more musical variety than anything the trio has produced in the past. Sometimes, though, McCaughan screams or throws in a swear word where it simply doesn’t belong, and the result is closer to try-hard dad rock than vitriolic punk. The album will definitely satisfy old fans, though it doesn’t do anything exciting enough to make any new ones. PANYA KROUN
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Dum Dum Girls, “Too True”
Girl rockers Dum Dum Girls have been releasing new music since 2008 when the band was merely a project for lead singer Dee Dee Penny. Now, the band is back with “Too True,” where Dum Dum Girls openly shows its influences, beckoning to female-led giants like Blondie, The Pretenders and The Breeders. Despite these merits, it doesn’t offer much. The songs refuse to venture further into the obvious muses from which the band pulled. Each song moves into the next, but not in the fluid way a record should. It leaves listeners thinking, “Which one was that again?” rather than “Yes, I love this song!” Hopefully Dum Dum Girls will continue to be as prolific as it has been in its short life as a group. Only in making more music can the band find something to project them into the attention of more fans. GERALD DUCOTE
Cam’ron feat. A-Trak, “Humphrey”
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“Humphrey,” the debut single from the upcoming collaborative EP between rapper Cam’ron and DJ/producer A-Trak, is the kind of windows-down, top-back single that fans of the rapper have come to expect. The song finds Cam rapping about drugs and girls over a joyfully soulful beat reminiscent of the rapper’s best songs. Cam’ron, famous for early ‘00s hits “Hey Ma” and “Oh Boy,” has quietly been releasing music for years now, but nothing has really stuck as of late. But with the help of A-Trak’s typically upbeat, dancey production, Cam’ron’s upcoming release may finally see the rapper return to center stage. If not, at least “Humphrey” is a great track to thaw out to while the winter winds keep you inside.
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EDITOR’S PICK: Gaslight Anthem, “The B-Sides”
With some tracks borrowed from previously released records, The Gaslight Anthem’s “The B-Sides” offers a rehashing of old favorites, but with more versatility. Crooning through an acoustic version of “The ’59 Sound” that beckons back to “Sink or Swim” era Gaslight, vocalist Brian Fallon reminds listeners the New Jersey band of old isn’t dead. Covers, like The Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice,” display an alt/country-sounding quality, showing the band will likely cover new ground on its next release. The compilation lacks well-deserved new content, making it less exciting than if the band released new material. However, the music is good, making it worthwhile leading up to the band’s REBECCA DOCTER Entertainment Editor album due out later this year.
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‘Twelfth Ceramics exhibition Night’ to comes to University open this week Panya Kroun
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This week, University theatre professor George Judy will show Louisiana that Shakespeare is alive and well with his production of “Twelfth Night.” The play ﬁrst ran this summer and was well-received by audiences at the University. Now Judy wants to bring the play to a wider audience. “We kept the cost of production and ticket prices low to show the play to people who might not ordinarily get a chance to see it,” Judy said. The play is billed as the greatest romantic comedy of all time. It begins with twins Viola and Sebastian traveling at sea. Viola washes onto shore after a shipwreck and believes Sebastian to be dead. She pretends to be a man so she can work for a duke who’s in love with a girl named Olivia. Viola tries to convince Olivia to fall for the duke, but Olivia falls in love with her instead. Soon we learn that Sebastian survived the wreck. Olivia mistakes him for Viola when she sees him, and chaos ensues. The play takes place at the end of Carnival season – or, as it’s known in Louisiana, Mardi Gras. Judy paid special attention to the festive spirit associated with the holiday to add local ﬂare to his production. When Judy adapted the play, he said his main goal was to make it accessible to a contemporary audience. To this end, he emphasized the action and whimsy of the play and cut its length from 150 to 90 minutes. “We accentuated the sword ﬁghting and the slapstick fun, and we think the fast-paced version of the play will deﬁnitely speak to the audience we’re trying to reach,” Judy said. Judy said the play had an engaging message and asserted the comedy would improve its delivery. “‘Twelfth Night’ is about losing ourselves and the comedy and joy we feel when we resolve those conﬂicts,” Judy said. “Our play will be very fast and fun, but it will still capture the amazing poetry and romance of Shakespeare.” “Twelfth Night” will be Swine Palace’s ﬁrst show of the season, and according to Judy, its return will be part of a larger effort to keep the presence of the palace alive year round. University students can see the play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday or Sunday for $11 at the Reilly Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Swine Palace at 225-578-3527.
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This weekend, Mark Cole’s long-running ceramics exhibition arrived at the Glassell Gallery in the LSU Museum of Art. Titled “8 Fluid Ounces,” the nationally recognized event returns to the University every other spring. It is a popular exhibition that attracts fans and artists from all over the country. Its popularity can be attributed at least in part to the success of the University’s ceramics program. According to US News and World Report, it is among the top 10 best programs of its kind in the United States. Fans of the event are free to purchase any piece shown in the gallery. The prices of cups available for sale range from $35 to $100. This year, 240 cups and 24 other vessels will be featured in the museum. The cups are crafted by twenty-four different artists from across the nation, and every artist is personally invited by Cole. Chandra DeBuse, who runs a ceramics studio in Kansas City, said she was very excited to be a part of the show. “It has a reputation among potters as a really great show to be involved with,” DeBuse said. DeBuse is known in the ceramics world for her distinct candy-colored cups and hand-drawn ﬂoral patterns. She uses the stems drawn on the cups to guide her viewers’ eyes as they pick items up. She designs the handles of the cups to emit controlled warmth so her customers feel relaxed as they drink. “The pastel colors remind
me of my childhood, and I think I convey that on a subconscious level to the people who are drawn to my work,” DeBuse said. Many of the featured artists shared DeBuse’s appreciation but had their own opinions on the function of their art. James Tingey, a ceramics technician from Dallas, said he likes to use simple designs and colors for artistic reasons. “I think you get a sense of wonder of how something ordinary can be made into art. It invites use and investigation, and it incorporates artistic awe into everyday experience,” Tingey said. Tingey uses colors similar to the clay he builds from to complement this aesthetic. He also puts designs on the bottoms of his cups so users will be surprised when they lift them up. Tingey said the most challenging part of the process is reinterpreting something he made a thousand times before, but he added that it’s the most rewarding part as well. “I make them so you can always ﬁnd something more interesting about a piece every time you pick it up,” Tingey said. “And that’s what people like about this kind of art.” “8 Fluid Ounces” is open for public viewing at the Glassell Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 this local lore. The namesake of the comfusion of moonshine and rum. pany’s gin is “oryza,” the Latin “It’s based on the legend of the word for rice. It is made in the rural Rougaroux, the French werewolf,” outskirts of Rayne and is sweeter English said. than most gins, which are typiAccording to English, the cally neutral spirits. The brewers legend of the distinguish their Rougaroux is a ‘There’s been a real push recipe from others celebrated tale in for craft drinks lately, by infusing the gin Thibodaux, where with fruit flavors and a lot of people the distillery is lolike juniper, lavcated. The story is today are interested in ender and satsuma, used to scare misall of which are products that are chievous children harvested in south into behaving. unique to the area.’ Louisiana. Legend says the The museJeff English Rougaroux casts um’s curators, who LSU Museum of Art curses on children, are well-versed in which last for 101 days. The rum is the history of Louisiana’s brew101 proof and pays direct tribute to eries, will co-host the exhibit. The
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The Daily Reveille Rougaroux spirits will be presented in conjunction with antique barware from the museum’s permanent collection. The collection will include old rum bottles, glassware and equipment used to distill and serve alcohol in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The event will be held tonight on the third floor of the LSU Museum of Art from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for museum members and $45 for nonmembers and should be purchased in advance by calling the museum at 225-389-7210.
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every bit of knowledge will expand a skill set. Though many people may not consider Shreveport to be a film city, Oldenburg said there have been many unexpected benefits to working there. “Its great to have a small town that just loves having you here. A lot of good positive vibes are going around here,” Oldenburg said.
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The lobby of Moonbot Studios plays classic films and is decorated with furniture created by the team.
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The museum has a variety of dolls, including Mark Twain, Henry VIII and his wives, several queens from The Lord of the Rings and even a doll-maker. One of the museum’s more notable dolls is St. Michael the Archangel, which was created in 1750 to be used as an altar figure. The doll was somehow mistaken for a play thing and put in a dress. It spent hundreds of years being played with by several generations of children before finding its way into the mansion. The mansion has always strived to display a wide array of dolls. The Thomas D. Sedberry Memorial Foundation, which runs the museum, was created to provide aid to handicapped people internationally through the Red Cross. The collection includes dolls of children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome, and even paraplegic dolls. “Any child should come in and see a doll that is a representation of themselves,” Woods said. With more than 3,000 dolls in the collection, the museum is constantly evolving in the kinds of dolls it shows. The museum regularly features exhibits on various groups of dolls, including a series of angel dolls, a feature on the evolution of German doll making and a display on Black History Month opening in February. The mansion also hosts many rare dolls, like the world’s first speaking doll and several dolls with human teeth. “I do not think that anyone can
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A doll modeled after Mark Twain is displayed Saturday at The Enchanted Mansion, a doll museum on Lee Drive in Baton Rouge.
walk through the museum and not find a doll that they like,” Woods said. Woods believes The Enchanted Mansion illustrates an important aspect of our society. She said because dolls are used to show children how to interact with others, they show us the history of human interaction. “A museum is a place where you can go and you learn about yourself and other people,” Woods said. “You learn how to interact. Regardless of what type of museum it is, you learn to appreciate your fellow man.”
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Make Some Noise
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Paul Dietzel speaks to Baton Rouge constituents to support his congressional bid Jan. 17 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.
Future candidates need to stop the vague political rhetoric Atlas has shrugged Andrew Stolzle Columnist Revolutions, regardless of their aims or results, always stem from a change in discourse. When society becomes completely polarized, when cronyism becomes the method of politics, when Congress continues to ignore the pleas of its own constituents, a drastic shift in conversation becomes necessary. As students, we will soon enter the workforce, run for office, start families and contribute to the global economy. But if our political leaders continue to focus more on re-election than on the American people, we may find ourselves stuck with a stagnant economy devoid of principles. Many recognize that our country is driving head-first toward a brick wall; instead of turning off the road, we are arguing over who’s holding the wheel. Candidates continue to spew the old adages: “Bold ideas! Sweeping reform! A new direction for the country!” How? Why? For whom? These are the questions that need to be addressed. Paul Dietzel, Louisiana candidate for U.S. Congress, is trying to separate himself from the competition through his bold ideas and youth. However, his stance on nearly every issue falls in line with mainstream Conservatism, as well as many current congressmen. Advocating smaller government, a
common sense approach and a simpler tax structure is not unique and does nothing without specific reform ideas and the ability to morally defend one’s position. Rather than promising to repeal Obamacare, explain a proposed replacement and the reasons for opposition of other choices. Stop trying to cater to the entire population, and proudly stand for the most-valued principles. How can we accept systematic change from candidates who share ideals with a Congress whose approval rating is just 12.8 percent? If Dietzel wants to avoid turning into a John Boehner or John McCain, he must separate himself through more than just his age; his consistency on the issues is paramount. Although Democrats and Republicans battle for the moral high ground, records show both parties are merely opposite sides of the same statist coin. In 2001, 98 out of 100 senators voted in favor of the Patriot Act; the NDAA, legislation denounced by many senators, is renewed each year with support from both sides of the isle, despite its unconstitutionality. It’s no surprise that Americans have lost trust in their government. Broken promises and a lack of reform are more than enough to rationalize resentment. Politics once emerged through discussions about morality and the proper role of government. Now, the primary focus of our leaders is not what benefits the market, but what benefits their campaign. Meanwhile, society and the economy are crumbling as fewer graduates are able to find jobs, and fewer students are able to afford
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an education. In the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, the Heritage Foundation ranked the U.S. 12th, indicating this country is “mostly free.” But the country’s score has declined over the past decade because of “large losses in property rights, freedom from corruption, and control of government spending.” No party is willing to restore liberty to the individual or to businesses, and this stifles growth and innovation. Young students and workers, those who are either unskilled or have little experience, suffer most from stagnation. As the global market continues to decline, as our currency continues to lose value, as student loans become more difficult to pay off, there is no greater time than now to alter the political conversation. In November, the people once again have an opportunity to replace failed leadership; the long, arduous journey back to freedom begins not with your vote, but with your words. Future candidates, regardless of your party, I call on you to end the boring rhetoric. Don’t be afraid to make some noise. Our nation will return to its once powerful state if — and only if — this change in discourse occurs. Andrew Stolzle is a 20-year-old mechanical engineering junior from Baton Rouge.
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Quote of the Day “We must fight the battles that need to be fought.”
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Obama’s State of the Union dull, lacks ambition from 2009 Neutral ground Eli A. Haddow Columnist Tuesday night, President Barack Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty to address the Congress of the United States. And that was pretty much it. Aside from a few sentimental rounds of applause and a myriad of modest proposals, the State of the Union was pretty dull. That, of course, is the state of our union: dull, uneventful and mundane. Education particularly higher education, was low on the list of priorities in Tuesday’s address. Obama briefly mentioned the recent Higher Education Summit that LSU President F. King Alexander attended. The most relevant statement toward college students came when the president appealed to Congress “to see how we can help even more Americans who feel trapped by student loan debt.” It was in elementary education, though, where Obama made his most sweeping appeals to governors and state legislatures around the country. He called on the states to guarantee every child a “highquality” pre-k program in hopes that quality education from the beginning will make a difference in children’s lives. Hardly a groundbreaking stance on one of the country’s most important issues. But perhaps the most disheartening fact was the toned-down rhetoric and ambition that were both so prevalent when Obama took office in 2009. What began as
a presidency that ignited hope in millions of Americans, now seems to have become a textbook case in the evils of our governmental system, and the constraints that are put on even our most charismatic figures. For his part, Obama was bold in his modesty. He claimed he would do everything in his executive power to create jobs and strengthen the economy. This dealt a proverbial slap in the face to Speaker of the House John Boehner, whose Republicancontrolled chamber has become notorious for its ineffectiveness. The boldest of these actions will be a raise of the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for all employees working on government contracts. But this still leaves out the vast majority of the American workplace and does nothing to affect everyday workers like the highlypublicized fast food strikers. That power lies with Congress, which is taking the tortoise approach to legislating. When we look back at this State of the Union — if we ever look back at it — we will find a sad complacency with the problems of our government. Sure, Obama toned down his ambition because his five year struggle to preserve his healthcare law has jaded his resolve in tackling more contentious debates. But, perhaps more alarming is his decision to avoid controversy prior to a pivotal midterm election this November. The White House knows this pitfall all too well after the uproar over Obamacare in 2010
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President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen.
unseated the Democratic Party as the majority in the House of Representatives. With another midterm approaching, Obama need not step on the toes of his own congressmen by advocating programs or issues that could swing elections in contested districts. Perhaps this is why there was no mention of gay athletes when he heralded Team USA marching into Sochi and capturing the gold at this year’s winter Olympics. Or, why there was hardly any mention at all of privacy violation over the NSA surveillance scandal.
The bottom line is that while our government seems stagnant and even unresponsive to its people, our once-charismatic leader has only given us more reason to doubt the direction of our country’s future. As Obama continued to tout the United States as the best country in the world for a plethora of reasons, we saw how weak and ineffective these values and institutions can be in the face of adversity. However, for all its faults, this country remains a nation of
problem solvers. Let’s see this November just how good at solving we are. Eli Haddow is a 21-year-old English and History junior from New Orleans.
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Task force highlights female assault problem Our Lady of Angst SidneyRose Reynen Columnist “You can judge a nation and how successful it will be based on how it treats its women and its girls,” said President Barack Obama at last week’s announcement of a new task force devoted to ending rape on college campuses. “Those nations that are successful, they’re successful in part because women and girls are valued.” As a father of girls who will no doubt attend college within the next decade, I sense the president’s sincerity when it comes to this subject. The report by the Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls, released alongside the establishment of the task force, highlights the fact
that women in college are especially vulnerable to rape. One in five college women have been assaulted. Reporting rates are particularly low among survivors in college settings, making this task force a crucial element in ending rape on campus. Universities, unfortunately, are not the only locations where rape is an issue. In Baton Rouge, there have been a string of home invasions in which elderly women are targeted. The motive seemed to be not only burglary, but sexual assault as well. Maybe these geriatric women were wearing sparkly miniskirts that made it look like they were “asking for it,” — something people often whisper when they see the way girls dress for a night out at Tigerland. These attacks show that women, no matter the age, cannot feel safe from attacks even in the privacy of their own homes.
Whether you are a 19-year-old at a campus fraternity party or a 70-year-old in the privacy of your own home, rapists don’t discriminate. Hopefully, this task force can help end a problem that has persisted on college campuses for years. On Monday, The Daily Reveille ran a poll that asked LSU students, “Do you feel safe running around the LSU lakes?” Less than half of the responders said no, they do not feel safe. I am willing to bet that the majority of those who answered “no” were women, because women must always live in fear of being assaulted or worse — something I think rarely crosses men’s minds. It’s difficult to ignore the varying ways men and women worry about sexual assault. How many guys have you seen taking those self-defense classes at the UREC? According to the LSU
Police Department, there have been 13 reported forcible sex offenses from 2010-12. While this number may seem underwhelming, keep in mind that rape is the most under-reported criminal act, mainly because of the never-ending stigma attached to the survivors. I’ve had conversations with close friends about their fathers insisting they bring mini cans of mace everywhere with them or their mothers warning them about leaving their drinks unattended at bars and parties. Many say we have reached a high point in the nation’s level of gender equality because of voting rights and the rise of the more independent and empowered woman. However, there seems to be no apparent decline in sexual violence aimed at women and girls. While there are male victims of rape, women disproportionately fall victim to rape. The vast majority, 98 percent, of rapists are
male. This is a sign of a nation that does not respect or value female life, as Obama said. I will not celebrate women’s so-called equality when I still clutch my keys in fear when I walk from the parking lot to my residence hall at night. Am I supposed to feel liberated when my friends are debating which can of pepper spray to hook on their key chains? Maybe LSU should start selling purple and gold selfdefense devices if this problem persists. SidneyRose Reynen is an 18-yearold film and art history major from New Orleans.
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our front desk team. We’re searching for someone to work approximately 20 ﬂexible hours per week. We offer competitive pay, plus free and discounted hair services and products. If you’re interested, stop by and apply today at 5454 Bluebonnet Blvd. Suite I, Baton Rouge, La. 70809. ________________________ GoAuto Ins. PT, Call Center, M-Fri 5pm-8pm Sat 10am-2pm. Email Resume firstname.lastname@example.org ________________________ Customer service rep / Front Desk staff needed for part time position at a local Fitness and Rehab facility! Morning Shift and Afternoon Shift available. $10 per hour. Requirements: Computer skills, ﬁling, friendly personality. Please contact Brier Turner at FITT for more information. 225769-4100 or email brier.turner@goﬁtt.com ________________________ Students needed to work with children/ adults with disabilities. Several shifts available. Great job for Psych, Kinesiology, and COMD majors. Apply: St. John the Baptist Human Services, 622 Shadows Ln, Suite A, 225.216.1199 ________________________ RED ZEPPELIN PIZZA, ACCEPTING APPS FOR KITCHEN HELP 302-7153 ________________________ NEED QUICK CASH? You could earn $100 or more per day. VALENTINE FLOWER DELIVERY DRIVERS NEEDED FEB. 13 & 14 Must have own vehicle, good driving record & know the BR Area. Call Don @ Pugh’s Florist 927-0263 ________________________ Summer Camp Staff needed - all positions! Director, Assistant Director, Group Leaders and Counselors. Must be enthusiastic, energetic, well-organized and like kids! Experience managing programs and/or groups of children extremely helpful! Assistant Directors must have great organizational skills! Email resume and/or letter of interest to email@example.com www.kidcamcamps.com ________________________
Local Top 100 Company seeks Part time IT Support Position - Must be a detailed oriented, tech savvy team player and possess troubleshooting and general maintenance skills. Email your resume to jobs@ wampold.com, fax to (225) 215-1850 ________________________ RECEPTIONIST NEEDED A local radio network and sports publication is seeking a responsible and organized individual to handle answering phones, greeting guests and various ofﬁce duties. Must have an outgoing personality and ability to multi-task. $9.50 per hour. E-mail resume` to dawn@louisianaradionetwork. com. ________________________ Welsh’s Drycleaners (Perkins and college location) Part time afternoon counter clerk needed!! Great for students!! Flexible schedules. Apply in Person. 225-928-5067 ________________________ Part Time Sales Associate needed at Bowie Outﬁtters. Apply in person only at 8630 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA. No phone calls please. ________________________
STUDENT GRAPHIC ARTIST NEEDED PART TIME! Tiger People Clothiers is looking for a graphic artist for Part Time work starting February 3rd. Knowledge of Indesign, Photoshop, etc.. are all required. Email resume to sales@tiger-people. com. ________________________
Vet asst. needed-hosp. in Mid City 15 min. from LSU. Acadian Oaks Pet Clinic ________________________
Student needed to pick up child from daycare near LSU at 11:00am & drop off at Speech, bring back to daycare at 12:00 on Tues & Thurs. Cash paid weekly. Must have car. Call 636-0237 ________________________ ICatchers Hair Salon is on the lookout for a charismatic, professional individual to join
PROGRAMS & YOUTH SPORTS COORDINATOR- P/T Coordinate, organize, and supervise youth sports leagues and other youth programs such as after school extended day, holiday and summer camps. This position will have supervision of sports practices, games, afterschool care sites, and camp programming. Previous experience with youth sports and childcare is preferred as well as computer skills in Microsoft Excel. Parttime 25-29 hrs/wk. Current CRP/First Aid Certiﬁcation or ability to be certiﬁed by the Y within ﬁrst 30days of employment. Must pass B/G check and drug screen. Contact Eddrick Martin @ (225) 344-6775 or apply in person to Baranco-Clark YMCA, 1735 Thomas Delpit Dr., Baton Rouge, LA. ________________________
Now hiring Part time sales clerk at Ofﬁce Furniture World.M-F $10.00 Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 751-4952 nocalls or walk ins please ________________________ Established BR legal services company QuickLiens.com seeking applicants for B2B marketing and sales targeting law ﬁrms nationwide. Must be an aggressive self-starter who desires to network and build customer base of prominent attorneys. Must be graduating senior or LSU alum with BS in Marketing/Mass Comm. Compensation includes commission plus base pay, performance bonus, health insurance, PTO, mileage reimbursement, and marketing expense budget. Room for advancement. ________________________ MAXWELL’S MARKET - Cashier position for Tuesday and Thursday mornings. No experience required. Please inquire in person at 7620 Corporate Blvd or apply at our website: MAXWELLS-MARKET.com ________________________ EXTENDED DAY COUNSELOR Dependable and dedicated and must be able to work M-F, hours of 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Experience working with youth programs. Part-time 15-20 hrs/wk. Current CRP/First Aid Certiﬁcation or ability to be certiﬁed by the Y within ﬁrst 30days of employment. Must pass B/G check and drug screen. Contact Eddrick Martin @ (225) 344-6775 or apply in person to Baranco-Clark YMCA, 1735 Thomas Delpit Dr., Baton Rouge, LA. ________________________
WEEKENDS OFF! ABL Management, Inc. of Baton Rouge has a Full Time position open for a qualiﬁed person to be an Assistant to the Purchasing Director. ABL is an organization that provides institutional food service throughout the U.S. Computer and Spreadsheet experience required. Must be able to research, prepare, and track supply orders, equipment purchases, repairs, and travel plans. EOE. Forward your resume to: HumanResources@ablmanagement.com ________________________
Local market research ﬁrm seeks several students for part-time face-to-face survey data collection this semester. Mostly weekends. Pay $20/hour. Can’t be shy. Must be able to approach people in public and conduct a survey or recruit for focus groups. If interested, email email@example.com. You can also visit our website at www.percyandcompany.com for more information about our ﬁrm. ________________________ Recent graduate needed for Human Services position. Applicants must be highly
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organized, efﬁcient, able to multitask, possess excellent clerical skills, and must be professional. This position requires excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants must be team-oriented, and must possess a pleasant, outgoing and engaging personality. Degree in Human Services related ﬁeld required and experience working with people with developmental disabilities is preferred. Salary is to be determined. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 225216-1199 for more information. ________________________ WANTED: SWIM INSTRUCTORS: Crawﬁsh Aquatics; Louisiana Total Swim Program, Part Time Afternoons-April. Full Time Summer. If you are highly motivated, great character, hard working, we can teach the rest. Send resume to:swimminglessons@crawﬁshaquatics. com ________________________ New Year, New Fun Job! Great Starting Pay! Flexible Schedules, Scholarships and Internships available. Customer sales/service. Full training provided. All ages 17+ Apply Today! 225-803-8982 workforstudents.com ________________________ HIRING STUDENTS! *$16 STARTING PAY* Customer sales/ service. PT/FT available with very FLEXIBLE schedules. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, will train- gain VALUABLE experience for your resume! Apply ASAP for best chances! 225-921-9673 earnparttime.com ________________________ Hostess needed. Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar. Answer phone, greet guest with smile, take reservations. Apply with -in. Must have great smile and engaging personality. ________________________ The License Coach Coaching Staff Support Team Member This position deals directly with customers by telephone and email. Responsibilities include responding promptly to customer inquiries, handle and resolve complaints, obtain and evaluate all relevant information to handle inquiries / complaints, perform customer veriﬁcations, process orders / applications / requests, direct unresolved issues to designated resource. Outbound calls to customers currently preparing for exams, providing educational guidance based upon our predesigned systems and the customers strengths and weaknesses. This position would report directly to the Sr. Director of Educational Services and interact with a variety of Fortune 500 companies. We offer a chic high tech work environment in Allen, providing a ﬂexible schedule to accommodate your course studies. Must be able to navigate a Mac computer and be PC proﬁcient. Be able to work independently with minimal supervision. ________________________
JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE *Front / Cashier *Crew Members *Drivers8873 Highland Rd. 70808 (225)763-9797 ________________________
Our hotel sets the standard in business travel, day after day. We are looking for energetic individuals who are passionate about customer service to join our team. We are seeking out dedicated individuals for the following positions: FRONT DESK AGENT must exceed our guest’s expectations and ensure revenue optimization through check in/out while assuring to the attentive coordination of hotel services for our guests. NIGHT AUDITOR perform the duties of a Front Desk Agent and complete, balance and ﬁle night audit reports on the various areas of the hotel to provide accurate, timely information in accordance with cash handling, credit card processing and accounting policies and procedures. BARTENDER will be responsible for delivering excellent guest experience in our bar area by missing drinks for both guests and servers. Other responsibilities include the complete set up and break down of the bar area. HOUSEKEEPING staff are expected to exceed our guest’s expectations by maintaining the highest standard of cleanliness of the guest rooms. Clean and prepare guest rooms and public areas by meeting our established standards. LAUNDRY ATTENDANT & DRIVER process the hotel’s laundry by folding, stacking and storing linen in compliance with hotel standards. Class D driver’s license is needed for driver applicants. If you want to join our dynamic team you will enjoy competitive salary, beneﬁts, paid time off and a 401 (k) plan e-mail your résumé to email@example.com Flexible hours, weekends and nights are required.
3BR/2BA Townhouse - LSU Bus Route - Fenced Yard - firstname.lastname@example.org; 225-715-6795 ________________________ 3/1 next to LSU, fenced yard, wood ﬂoors, pets ok, w/d conn. 857 Geranium. McDaniel Properties owner/agent 388-9858 ________________________ Blox at Brightside. 2 bedroom/1bathroom furnished apartment for rent. Includes water, wiﬁ, cable, pool and ﬁtness room. Asking $850 and will accept a short term lease.
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DINING HALLS, from page 1
the dining hall staff’s efforts to be there for students. Alexander said he was hesitant to announce the cancellation of classes last Friday because of the danger of students feeling tempted to drive home in the icy weather for a three-day weekend. However, for students living on campus without cars, the campus shutdown had more effect. Julia Huff, mechanical engineering freshman, said if the dining halls had been closed, she would have had to eat ramen noodles in her dorm room. “It’s convenient and nice to be able to walk here and get food,” Huff said. “It’s really helpful if you don’t have a car.” Monique Cockerham, an employee at The 5, said it took her three hours to drive to campus from her home Wednesday. “I went down Nicholson and there was a roadblock there, so then I went down River Road and there was a roadblock there,” Cockerham said. “Finally, I had to backtrack and get on Highway 73 to Highland. I hate being late.” Her coworker at The 5, Michael Carter, said the dining hall employees were told only to come ________________________ 348 W Parker, 2 and 3 bedroom duplex, washer and dryer,courtyard and pets OK some utilities included. Between Burbank and LSU south gate. $950-1200 call 225615-8521 or 225-892-8517 ________________________ LSU/Tigerland 1 & 2 Bedroom, ﬂat and townhouse, gated community, pool and wood ﬂoors. $485-685/mo call 225-6158521 ________________________
2/1 duplex next to LSU,Wyoming street, pets OK, wood ﬂoors,$595 McDaniel Properties owner/agent 388-9858/ McProperty.email@example.com ________________________ 3 bedroom 3 bath condo on Brightside LSU Bus Route $600 per room. Utilities included. No lease required but will do background check. Will included limited basic with 6 month lease. 504-314-1101
-3 bedrooms -Blox at Brightside Jan-Apr -$365 a month, plus electricity. -Free internet -Washer/Dryer -Pool and Gym -On LSU Bus Route Email firstname.lastname@example.org
FHA Approved updated condo for sale 10 mins from LSU on Jefferson Hwy. $110,000 2 BR 2 Bath 1000 sqft. Call Jessie 225-335-6714 or email email@example.com.
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Snow and ice blankets a parking lot Tuesday on campus during an LSU snow day. TAYLOR BALKOM / The Daily Reveille
Students flock to The 5 on Tuesday as dining halls on campus stay open for students during the winter storm that hit Baton Rouge this week.
in to work if they could, and safety came ﬁrst. Billy Ray Dew, engineering freshman, said he didn’t know what he would have done if the dining halls had been closed during the snow days. “I don’t know where I would
eat,” Dew said. “I don’t have a car and even so the ice is extremely slippery, so I’m thankful.”
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SNOW, from page 1
Bengal Brass ensemble at the Tigers’ 87-82 victory against the Kentucky Wildcats. According to Staniszewski and Webb, the storm has affected recruitment week for Kappa Kappa Psi, the band department’s co-ed fraternity. Kappa Kappa Psi normally compares annual recruitment numbers with those of other chapters, but this year they’ve fallen behind because of the snow days’ interference. “It was kind of stressful, but I realized that having these two days off was actually a good thing,” Webb said. “From the ﬁrst day of school, things have just been incredibly busy.” Despite the different ways the students spent their snow days, they
were all fearful of the University’s cancellations affecting their upcoming breaks. Schmidt and Mineo said they would prefer a shortened Mardi Gras break, because they’ve already paid for spring break vacations to Gulf Shores with their sorority sisters. “I think I would just miss school anyway,” Mineo said. Bowers and Maxey said they’d prefer neither spring break nor Mardi Gras break be affected by the snow days. “It’s not our fault it’s cold outside,” Maxey said. “I want to have all my breaks.”
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