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Aid cuts threaten ROTC students Clayton Crockett Staff Writer

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[Left] Nancy Hazlett shaves “TIGERS” into the fur of RouxD on Oct. 19 in their Prairieville home. [Above] Tom and Nancy Hazlett walk their groomed poodles Oct. 20 at Farr Park.

Spirited canines have remained a tailgating tradition for 10 seasons

Upon meeting Tom and Nancy standard poodles since 2001. Hazlett, it’s difficult to say which It all started after 9/11 when animals they love Nancy and her Morgan Searles more — tigers or husband decided poodles. to shave “USA” Staff Writer Famous for into the side of their decked-out dogs, the Hazletts their poodle, Been Jammin’ On De are no strangers to attention at Bayou — Ben, for short. tailgates. Nancy has been grooming messages into the hair of her POODLES, see page 11

Beginning this semester, students in the University’s ROTC program will no longer receive aid for room and board previously supplied by the Honor Award scholarship. The cut applies to all students applying for scholarships beginning this semester. Students currently utilizing the aid will not be affected. Capt. William Conger, scholarship and enrollment officer, referred to the elimination of the Honor Award as a “big dink for us.” According to Conger and students in the ROTC program, the provision of room and board was a large incentive for students to attend the University. “The only competition we had at the University was the United States Military Academy at West Point,” Conger said. “Now I’m competing with other Southeastern Conference schools.” He noted there will no longer be cadets attending the University on a full-ride scholarship because of the cut. The Honor Award was among 13 scholarships lost this year in budget cuts, he said. Room and board funds were ROTC, see page 4


Carlotta Street block party brings road closures, police Halloween bash held nearly 40 years Catherine Parsiola Contributing Writer

Up to 5,000 costumed college students will take over a well-known residential street near campus Friday night as the annual Carlotta Street block party reigns again. North Gate Merchants Association President Jared Loftus said the Carlotta block party has been occurring for almost 40 years and began as a small-scale party organized by Carlotta Street residents. Loftus said laws have changed

to require permits, insurance and security at the event, so the Merchants Association became involved with planning and funding in 2008. Jay Price, local business owner and one of the event’s organizers, has been attending the block party for 14 years and said he feels that it “sold out” when the Merchants Association became involved, but added that he also feels regulation was necessary and that police presence makes the event much more manageable. Price said the Merchants Association recognized the importance of the Carlotta tradition and volunteered to help because the event may have ceased to exist had the association not stepped in.

Price, who has helped organize the event for two years, said the block party had a permanent permit with the city until three or four years ago when partygoers injured an individual and the police were sued. The Daily Reveille reported that police shut down the party in 2007 when a woman’s car was nearly flipped by rushing pedestrians. Loftus said the Merchants Association now funds the event’s insurance, security, permits and clean-up efforts. He said the association will have beer trucks at the event to recover some of its estimated $7,500 in expenses. The Merchants Association CARLOTTA, see page 11

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Carlotta Street partiers dressed as Pikachu, Brock and Ash on Oct. 29, 2010, try to catch ’em all. This year’s party is tonight and may attract up to 5,000 visitors.

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Nation & World

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Cameras capture and stream Canadian polar bear migration

Man pleads guilty to Picasso theft at San Francisco art gallery

Gov. Bobby Jindal refuses to release board applicant names

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the harsh, remote wilds of the Canadian tundra, a wolverine scampers up to a polar bear snoozing near the shore of the Hudson Bay. The bear rises and makes a half-hearted charge, driving away the fierce, badger-like animal. The brief encounter Thursday was streamed live to computers around the world through a new program that aims to document in real time the annual migration of hundreds of polar bears outside Churchill, Manitoba.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to stealing a Pablo Picasso drawing from a San Francisco art gallery. Workers at the Weinstein Gallery say 30-year-old Mark Lugo brazenly snatched the drawing, called “Tete de Femme,” on July 5. Lugo also is a suspect in at least seven New York art thefts. On Thursday, Lugo pleaded guilty to grand theft in the San Francisco case. Under terms of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop other charges, including burglary.

(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration won’t release the names or the number of people who have applied to be on the board for a new corporation to run all state housing assistance programs. Christina Stephens, a spokeswoman for the governor’s Division of Administration, said the applications have been sent to the governor’s office — and once there, were exempt from public records laws. The Associated Press formally requested the information, but Stephens said it can be kept hidden from the public.

Saudi Arabia names Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud crown prince RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia named a new crown prince late Thursday: the toughtalking interior minister who is known for cracking down on Islamic militants and resisting moves toward greater openness in the ultraconservative kingdom. Saudi state TV announced the naming of Prince Nayef bin AbdelAziz Al Saud as heir to the Saudi throne following the death of the previous second in line, Crown Prince Sultan, last week. Nayef would assume the throne upon the death of King Abdullah, 87.

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A polar bear rests with her cubs on the pack ice in the Beaufort Sea in northern Alaska.

U.S. doubts diplomacy will sway North Korea on nuclear weapons SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed doubt Thursday that diplomacy will persuade North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons and he raised the prospect of stalemate leading to “escalation and confrontation.” After meetings with South Korea’s government leaders, Panetta told reporters he was concerned by North Korea’s pattern of deliberately shifting from periods of modest accommodation with the West to episodes of violent aggression.

Gay and lesbian military service members sue federal government BOSTON (AP) — A group of gay active and retired military personnel who are married sued the federal government Thursday for the same benefits as straight military couples, arguing it’s a matter of justice and national security. The lawsuit filed in Boston U.S. District Court says the government’s Defense of Marriage Act violates their constitutional rights and asks the military to recognize their marriages and provide spousal benefits. Under the Act, the Pentagon is required to ignore samesex marriages,

Bacteria may have caused dolphin abortions, deaths in Gulf of Mexico NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dolphin experts say common bacteria known to cause abortions in marine mammals killed some of the hundreds of dolphins that have washed ashore in the northern Gulf of Mexico since February 2010. More than 100 of the dead dolphins were babies or fetuses. But Teri Rowles and Stephanie Venn-Watson said they’ve found reports only of isolated cases of brucellosis in dolphins. Other strains of brucella are known to cause “abortion storms” in cattle and goats.

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2011 Gumbo yearbooks now available for purchase at the LSU Bookstore

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Festival-goers check out a children’s books tent Oct. 17, 2009, at the Louisiana Book Festival held in front of the Louisiana State Capitol.

Louisiana Book Festival returns to downtown BR after a year off 2009 event had $1.6 M impact Meredith Will Contributing Writer

The Louisiana Book Festival is coming back to downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday after a year of away to celebrate Louisiana literature. Louisiana-based authors and those who have written about the state are converging to participate in the festival, which is located near the State Capitol. One of Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s top goals when he came into office was to ensure the continuation of the Book Festival, said Rebecca Hamilton, state librarian of Louisiana. Hamilton said the festival was out of commission last year because it lost its funding and was understaffed. “We were just really overwhelmed,” she said. “People really missed it.” Because the festival received state funding this year, along with private funds, Hamilton said it was able to obtain federal funds to get back in action. Sallie Farrell, the former state librarian of Louisiana, recently died and left part of her estate to the Book Festival, Hamilton said. “Her whole life was the state library,” Hamilton said. Even though the festival didn’t happen last year, Hamilton said she expects about 30,000 people to attend this year. She said about 225 authors are participating in the festival, which creates an intimate environment for visitors. The goal of the festival is to focus on the unique aspects of Louisiana, Hamilton said. “We have a culture,

community and people who are unmatched anywhere,” she said. Hamilton said visitors from other areas attending the 2009 Book Festival had a $1.6 million economic impact on the Greater Baton Rouge Area, as measured by Christopher Kenny of the University’s Public Policy Research Lab. This impact can be seen in hotel and restaurant profits, for example. Hamilton said the festival is a public-private partnership with participation from companies like Barnes & Noble. The companies give percentages of their proceeds to the Louisiana Book Festival, which funds the next year’s festival. “It keeps the engine going,” Hamilton said. The event is held outside and inside the state library, the state museum and the Capitol. Hamilton said tents line the

streets, and sections of Spanish Town Road and Third, North and Fourth streets downtown are blocked off for the event. She said visitors are allowed to go into rooms in the Capitol that are usually blocked off because of permission from the speakers of the House and Senate. Hamilton said a surprise finale different from other years will be located at the new A. Z. Young Park. There will also be new film screenings, additional poetry components and more crafts and music in the Young Readers Pavilion.

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Men’s Glee Club looks La. Transfer Degree Guarantee to restart next semester expands to business, mass comm Laura Furr

Contributing Writer

The LSU School of Music is looking for students help restart the Tiger Men’s Glee Club. The club was previously the oldest choir group on campus, but this year, male enrollment rates were too low, so the choir went inactive. The low enrollment rate was an effect of scholarship cuts for the School of Music, said John Petzet, the Assistant Choral Director at the School of Music. “The music scholarship budget was cut from $1.5 million to $100,000,” Petzet said. “Talk about a huge cut. Our numbers are down because we don’t have the money to give the best students what we used to offer them. We are trying to get our numbers back up.” Petzet, a new professor at the University, has taken a large role in trying to restart the Men’s Glee Club. He encourages students with a high school choir background and even beginners to enroll in Glee Club and other choir classes. Participation in the club can count as a fine arts elective credit. Students can enroll through PAWS for the class, Music 4232, which will be held from 3:40 to 4:30 p.m.

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a major draw to the University for students interested in the ROTC program, including business administration sophomore Alejandro Gonzalez, who chose to come from Pensacola, Fla. Gonzalez said the cut is “only for people who just got the scholarship this year,” and he’s one of the new recipients who won’t receive aid. He said the cut puts the University in line with every other college in the country. “I knew that we had room and board, and when I got here we still had it,” he said. “I wasn’t aware.” Gonzalez said the unanticipated cut affected his personal budget directly, as he doesn’t have a meal plan and at times finds himself “mooching off everyone else.” He said he predicts the cut could negatively influence the University’s image as out-of-state students like himself weigh their college options. But recent cuts announced by the United States Marine Corps to tuition aid programs were rescinded Wednesday. It was announced Oct. 17 that tuition aid to active-duty Marines would be cut by approximately 75 percent, bringing the annual ceiling of aid for undergraduate studies from $3,500 to $875. The per semester-hour rate for tuition aid from the Marine Corps was slated to drop from $250 to $175 for undergraduates. The annual ceiling for graduate students would have dropped from $4,500 to $1,125 — also a 75 percent drop. Maj. Shawn Haney with the Marine Corps’ Public Affairs Office explained that though it looks like a

every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Auditions are not required to join, and choir classes are not restricted to music majors. Petzet said enrolling in a choral class can provide an escape from the regular school day. “It’s very much a social outlet,” he said. “It’s a way to meet people. Music is made to be shared. It gives you a break. Students can get out of the classroom where it’s just paper and pencil and exams and come over where you’re standing up and performing and being artistic.” Cadie Jordan, music freshman and member of the Women’s Chorus, said she enjoys the group and wishes men could have the same opportunity. “It’s so easy to come sing and relieve stress from other classes,” Jordan said. “I really hope that Men’s Chorus will start up again. So many of the girls in class are coming out of high school choirs and glee clubs just wanting to keep music alive in their daily life. That, to me, is the most important thing, and I hope to see some guys in the near future with that same passion.” Contact Laura Furr at

major reduction, it “would allow the majority of Marines to still receive benefits.” She added that 87 percent of Marines receiving the aid only take three to five hours of classes. But eligibility requirements for tuition aid were changed with the cut, requiring that a Marine spend one year’s time at his or her first Permanent Duty Station and that he or she be recommended for promotion or advancement, among other new criteria. “These are obviously the Marines who will still be around the Marine Corps through their enlistment,” Haney said of those eligible for the aid. She said the cuts were made “so that we can maximize the benefits across the Marine Corps.” The Department of Defense retracted the tuition aid cut Wednesday, though specified that the budget for tuition aid will remain limited. Since fiscal year 2009, the Marine Corps’ tuition assistance budget

Admission standards to be more lenient

Josh Naquin Staff Writer

The Louisiana Board of Regents approved an expansion of the Louisiana Transfer Degree Guarantee program and amended admission standards for state universities Thursday at its monthly meeting. The Board broadened the Louisiana Transfer Degree to include business and mass communication as major tracks for completing the transfer program. The program, established by legislators in 2009, focuses on providing students with a set path to travel to help them transfer from two-year to four-year institutions with minimal credit loss. Students who graduate with the transfer degree are guaranteed acceptance into one of Louisiana’s public four-year universities. Additionally, students are guaranteed 60 credit hours and junior standing at the institution to which they transfer. “It’s a great way for students who want to start at a community has dropped from $70 million to $28 million, according to data supplied by Haney, which also lists the percentage of Marines using tuition assistance at 15 percent. The Marine Corps noted upon its retraction that tuition assistance funds will likely run out during the next fiscal year. Contact Clayton Crockett at

college but have the aspiration of completing a four-year degree to get their first two years under their belts with no loss of credits,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell. “It’s one area where Louisiana is really leading the way.” In other action, the Board approved an amendment to the Core 4 curriculum requirements it passed in 2008. The Core 4 curriculum consists of courses in math, English, science and social studies that need to be completed to gain entrance into a public state university. It will take effect in 2012. Amid concerns regarding the impact of new graduation requirements, the Board amended the policy to allow high school students graduating in 2012 more lenient standards. The class of 2012 will

not be required to complete a unit in the art category that is otherwise necessary to be eligible for admission to a public state university. The Board also approved Intermediate Level Autonomies Performance Requirements for LA GRAD Act campuses. According to the Board, institutions may be granted Intermediate Level Autonomy if they pass their annual review and meet the Board’s requirements for “significantly streamlining its academic service delivery to students.” To demonstrate the completion of this process, institutions will take action on two items from a list approved by the Board. Contact Josh Naquin at

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‘[I’m scared of] snakes, if anything. I hope I don’t run across any of them any time in the future.’

Rueben Randle junior wide receiver



Jarrett Lee senior quarterback

‘Spiders, insects, bees, wasps. Anything like that. They creep me out.’

senior safety

‘I don’t play with spiders. I walk through a spider web, I’m taking off running.’

Sam Montgomery

‘My most greatest fear would be ... not having any food in my refrigerator.’

As Halloween looms, football players divulge their biggest fears Alex Cassara Sports Contributor

LSU’s brand of football is frightening. The team plays in a stadium called “Death Valley,” the name hinting at its status as one of the scariest stadiums in college football. The defense and kickoff coverage blasts ball carriers. The running game bludgeons opponents and punts are nailed in coffin corners. Despite all this, the team’s

players are not invincible. Halloween looms around the corner and the occasion has them divulging their fears. For some football players, the fear of dropping a pass or missing a tackle or block can be haunting. Junior tight end Chase Clement is confident in his abilities on the field, but that fear of failure manifests itself in another of his hobbies. “The only thing that scares me is when I’m sitting in that deer stand on Halloween day, and a big buck walks out, I might miss him,” said

Clement, an avid hunter. “There’s always that gut feeling you might miss.” Sophomore defensive end Barkevious Mingo has wrestled the Florida Gators twice, once in their own lair, “The Swamp.” He’s recorded three tackles and a pass breakup in two LSU wins against the Gators, but the actual animal has him shying away from the Everglades. “I’m scared of big animals,

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Brandon Taylor

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‘Trick or Treat’ time in college football BODY SHOTS ROB LANDRY Sports columnist Believe it or not, there are actually games to be played before college football Armageddon arrives Nov. 5. Sure, next weekend’s matchup between Alabama and LSU may be on the forefront of everyone’s minds, but the teams without bye weeks better not be caught looking ahead on this Halloween weekend. If they do, they may end up getting tricked, much like Wisconsin did last weekend against Michigan State. The Badgers thought they would play for the win by calling a defensive timeout on the game’s final drive. But, as the clock expired, the bony hand of the Grim Reaper reached out and snatched away Wisconsin’s national title hopes with a Spartan Hail Mary touchdown. Colorado continued its inaugural run through the Pacific-12 last weekend like the Headless Horseman, continually getting its head knocked off during a 45-2 thrashing at the hands of Oregon. Now, with this weekend falling just before Halloween, I found it fitting to spice up my picks with a scary movie theme. Texas A&M -11 over Missouri (“Night of the Living Dead”) Texas A&M has already made PICKS, see page 7


SEC renaissance in the works

UK, Vandy expect improved squads Chris Abshire Sports Writer

The Southeastern Conference may be in for a revival as the conference consolidates into a division-less format for the first time since 1992 and experienced talent steps to the forefront. This was the common sentiment among SEC head coaches at the annual SEC Media Day on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., as the beginning of the season rapidly approaches. The SEC has three teams — No. 2 Kentucky, No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 10 Florida — in the top 10 of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll,

and players and coaches alike touted the league’s depth. “The top of the league may have never been stronger,” said Kentucky coach John Calipari. “But the difference is that bottom half has stepped up. There’s better personnel across the board.”

CALIPARI: JONES IS BEST PLAYER IN NATION Following a Final Four berth last season, the perennially powerful Wildcats are again expected to be the class of the SEC come March. Kentucky returns three of its four leading scorers from 2010-11, including preseason SEC Player of the Year and All-American sophomore forward Terrence Jones. The 6-foot-9-inch, 250-pound Jones averaged 15.7 points per game in his freshman campaign and scored

52 points in a scrimmage Wednesday at Rupp Arena. “If there’s a better player in the country, I gotta see it,” said Calipari, who is in his third season at Kentucky. “He’s not settling for anything this year. He’s practicing harder, committing to defense and rebounding well.” The Wildcats also used another huge recruiting haul this offseason to alleviate the loss of leading scorer Brandon Knight and scrappy inside presence Josh Harrellson from the Final Four squad. Kentucky brought in four five-star recruits in the 2011 class, including stud point guard Marquis Teague and 6-foot-10-inch power forward Anthony Davis. “The veterans are going to have to bring along the freshmen SEC, see page 6

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Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari talks Thursday with reporters during Southeastern Conference Basketball Media Day in Hoover, Ala.

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LSU closes regular season at Arkansas, SEC title in reach Chris Abshire Sports Writer

The LSU soccer team concludes another regular-season title campaign with a road match tonight at Southeastern Conference cellardweller Arkansas. The Tigers (12-6-1, 7-3 SEC) have already clinched a fourth SEC West title in five seasons, but need a victory against the struggling Razorbacks (4-13, 2-8) to have a chance at a share of the program’s first overall SEC championship. An LSU win coupled with a Florida home victory against SEC

leader South Carolina tonight would leave the Tigers tied with the Gators and Gamecocks for the conference crown. LSU coach Brian Lee said his team needs to remain focused on the fast, stylish Razorback attack. “There’s certainly some excitement that we still have a chance to accomplish an important goal for us. But we can only win this Arkansas game that we are playing,” Lee said. “Any SEC road trip is going to be a challenge.” But Arkansas has been dismal since sweeping the Mississippi schools in the opening weekend

of conference play, dropping eight consecutive matches by an average score of nearly two goals. The Razorbacks’ offensive has been especially anemic, scoring just six goals in 10 conference matches. Lee said Arkansas, which usually starts six or seven freshmen, has faced some growing pains similar to his own Tiger squad last fall. “They’re very young and it’s rough when you have a lot of freshmen playing prominent roles.” Lee said. “Their first time through the SEC, as we saw with us last year, means taking some bruises. They’re still learning how to win.”

Even though Arkansas hasn’t won a match in nearly five weeks, Razorback Field has recently become a trap game for opposing teams. Arkansas took No. 13 Florida to overtime at home last Thursday and led for 76 minutes of the match. Senior goalkeeper Mo Isom said the Tigers aren’t looking past Arkansas to potential postseason possibilities. “When push comes to shove, we have to get this win to bring the SEC [title] goal into play,” she said. “We realize what’s on the line. Other things need to fall our way, but none of that will matter unless we’re ready

and excited about taking the field.” LSU has never lost to Arkansas under Lee, winning the last seven matches against the Razorbacks dating back to 2004. While the Tigers have a chance to share the SEC title, they would need an extreme goal differential swing of nine between LSU and South Carolina to claim the No. 1 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament.

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Tigers look to prevent 3rd straight SEC loss as they go on road Michael Gegenheimer Sports Contributor

The LSU volleyball team (148, 7-5 SEC) hasn’t lost three straight matches since October 2004. On Sunday, the Tigers will defend that streak when they travel to Mississippi State (10-11, 5-7 SEC), four days after losing in straight sets to Arkansas. “We’re going to get back in the gym and try to regain our confidence in what we’re doing,” said LSU coach Fran Flory. “If we aren’t confident, then we’ll change things around on the offensive side.” That run in 2004 was also the

SEC, from page 5 real quick,” Calipari said. “There’s constant expectations to win every game and win them by 25 here at Kentucky.” COMMODORES ENTER SEASON IN TOP 10 For the first time in Commodore coach Kevin Stallings’ 13 seasons at Vanderbilt, No. 7 Vanderbilt opens the season ranked. The top 10 inclusion is the highest preseason ranking for the Commodores since 1965. Three Vanderbilt standouts — junior John Jenkins and seniors Jeffrey Taylor and Festus Ezeli — all passed on the NBA draft, leaving the roster almost completely intact from Vandy’s second-round NCAA Tournament squad. However, the 6-foot-11-inch Ezeli will miss the first six games of

last time the Tigers dropped consecutive Southeastern Conference Western Division matches, losing to Ole Miss and Alabama. LSU swept Mississippi State (26-24, 25-18, 25-17) earlier this season when the Bulldogs came to the PMAC. The last time LSU lost to Mississippi State was in November 2005 in Starkville, Miss. Coincidentally, that season was also the last time the Tigers lost to Arkansas before Wednesday, breaking an 11-game winning streak against the Razorbacks, the same length of consecutive wins LSU currently has against Mississippi State.

“We’re talking about making some more lineup changes because we need to get some better opportunities and need a stabilizing force,” Flory said in a news release. The Tigers were able to hold the Bulldogs to a .069 hitting percentage in their Sept. 25 matchup, despite Mississippi State senior middle back Hannah Wilkinson leading the SEC in the category at the time. Wilkinson has since fallen to fourth after posting a .095 hitting percentage against the Tigers, but still boasts a .346 hitting percentage on the season. Wilkinson’s teammate, senior outside hitter Caitlin Rance, comes

the season to NCAA suspension after accepting improper benefits from a Vanderbilt alumnus during the summer. Despite the offseason highs and lows, Stallings said his experienced team has remained steady. “The guys — the older ones — they understand and get the importance of consistency in practice,” he said. “It’s kept this team very diligent in their effort on a daily basis.”

Invitational Tournament berth. The 6-foot-10-inch Sidney averaged 15 points and seven rebounds last season but was involved in an altercation last December that threw the program into disarray just a week after completing a 14-month suspension for violating NCAA rules. “He’s gotten better,” said Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury. “Is he where I want him to be? No. But as long as he keeps working, bringing a good attitude to our team and improving his game, I’ll continue to be pleased with his progress.” Mississippi State — picked to finish fifth in the SEC — also boasts dynamic returning starting point guard Dee Bost and hyped UTEP forward transfer Arnett Moultrie.

BULLDOGS TRY TO MOVE PAST 2010 The Bulldogs might be the biggest beneficiaries from the consolidated conference setup this season. A talented, erratic State squad missed the NCAA Tournament last year, suffering from junior forward Renardo Sidney’s behavioral issues and a perceived weak SEC West schedule all the way to a National

into the game No. 2 in the SEC in kills (332) and points scored (365). The last time the two teams met, LSU junior outside hitter Madie Jones recorded a game-high 19 kills on her way to a .333 hitting percentage, while sophomore middle back Desiree Elliot posted 11 kills on the day. LSU will enter Sunday’s match with freshman setter Malorie Pardo leading the SEC in assists per set with a 11.77 average and consecutive SEC Freshman of the Week honors, while junior defensive specialist Meghan Mannari is second in the SEC with 370 digs on the season.

After its devastating loss to Arkansas in which LSU had a .077 hitting percentage, its second worst of the season, the Tigers have fallen back into second place in the SEC West behind the Razorbacks. Flory has won the West for six consecutive years. The Tigers will have to work their way out of a hole with only eight matches left, including a divisional showdown with Arkansas in the final game of the regular season in Baton Rouge. Contact Michael Gegenheimer at

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something that could eat me,” Mingo said. “I wouldn’t walk up to a bear or a gator.” Although senior safety Brandon Taylor’s spider web tattoos can be seen stretching out from underneath his shirt collar, one won’t see him dusting any derelict corners of his team’s meeting rooms.  “I don’t play with spiders,” Taylor said. “I walk through a spider web, I’m taking off running.” Though senior Jarrett Lee is accustomed to being swarmed by the

PICKS, from page 5 its exit from the Big 12 conference official, and Missouri’s formal announcement is a formality at this point. The two playing a Big 12 game now is irony at its finest. Oklahoma -13.5 over Kansas State (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”) Undefeated Kansas State was ready to test its resurgence against Oklahoma. The Wildcats, though undermanned, hoped to catch the Sooners napping. Then Oklahoma came apart at the seams in its 41-38 loss to Texas Tech. Expect the Sooners to rebound, making Kansas State’s shining moment a living nightmare. Stanford -7.5 over USC (“Edward Scissorhands”) Stanford senior quarterback Andrew Luck has butchered opposing defenses worse than Scissorhands this season, tallying 1,888 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and only three picks. Expect him to have his tools

nation’s best defensive lines, LSU’s quarterback shares in Taylor’s disgust for creepy crawlies. “Spiders, insects, bees, wasps,” Lee said. “Anything like that. They creep me out.” Slithering beasts have junior wide receiver Rueben Randle running away the same way he leaves opposing defensive backs in the dust. “[I’m scared of] snakes, if anything,” Randle said. “I hope I don’t run across any of them any time in the future.” Senior offensive lineman Tsharpened this weekend when he faces off against USC. Clemson -4 over Georgia Tech (“Saw”) Clemson has given clues on how it can be defeated all season. But there has been a catch to every clue it’s given. When teams have shut down Clemson sophomore quarterback Tahj Boyd, he’s given the ball to junior running back Andre Ellington. And when Ellington has been ineffective, it usually means freshman wide receiver Sammy Watkins is open. Every time a team thinks it has found all the clues, Clemson ends its opposition’s existence. Expect another unsolvable mind-bender from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. Michigan State +4 over Nebraska (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) Last season, Nebraska left the Big 12, leaving the conference with fewer than 12 members and killing its ability to host a conference championship game. The Cornhuskers dumped the corpses of the remaining Big 12

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Bob Hebert won’t be caught dead spending his bye weekend at the lake house after watching the 2008 horror flick “The Strangers,” a suspenseful movie about a couple terrorized by masked psychopaths. “‘Strangers’ is pretty crazy because ‘Strangers’ could happen,” Hebert said. “I feel like whenever you’re in a cabin out in the middle of nowhere, and you start thinking about it, you could really freak yourself out. You’d have to be on your guard.” Hebert, a notorious gamer, also said he’s familiar with the video

game horror genre. He said he’s beaten “Resident Evil 4,” the 12th game in the series that pioneered the genre. Junior wide receiver Russell Shepard recently got his horror fix, but he’d rather indulge his sweet tooth on All Hallows’ Eve. “I went to go see that new movie ‘Paranormal Activity [3]’ and that was pretty scary,” Shepard said. “I’ve never been a big Halloween guy. I like the candy. I’m a big candy guy.” His favorite? “Reese’s,” Shepherd said,

without pausing to think. “Reese’s cups.” Sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery’s greatest fear is one many students may face, and it’s a fear he may have to deal with every day when he comes home from practice. “My most greatest fear would be opening that door and not having any food in my refrigerator,” Montgomery said.

teams in the ocean and headed for the Big 10. Michigan State is fresh off its monumental win against Wisconsin and looking to make the Cornhuskers pay for their past transgressions.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is as good as fired. He’s merely waiting for Freddy Krueger to put him out of his misery for good.

But, in the end, you’ll be glad you watched it because it might determine the SEC East Champion. Last week: 5-5 Overall record: 45-34-1

Mississippi State -10 over Kentucky (“Barney’s Halloween Party”) This pillow fight of a game will be a complete snoozer. But someone has to win. The odds of it being Kentucky are smaller than the odds on anyone over age 7 enjoying “Barney’s Halloween Party.” Tennessee +4 over South Carolina (“Dawn of the Dead”) Both teams are zombie squads compared to their opening day rosters. A litany of injuries has plagued both teams. But South Carolina star sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore’s knee injury is the most demoralizing ailment at this point, enough so for the Volunteers to pull out a win. Auburn -12 over Ole Miss (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”)

Arkansas -10 over Vanderbilt (“The Silence of the Lambs”) Arkansas’ offense devours defenses like Hannibal Lecter munched on humans. The less talented and less experienced Vanderbilt defense is just the kind of fresh meat the Razorbacks like. Georgia -3 over Florida (“The Blair Witch Project”) There will be no real organized plot to this game and some things you see will probably make you nauseous.

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Now before you all go out and enjoy your Halloween weekend festivities, there’s one final bit of wisdom I’d like to pass on: “Remember, remember the fifth of November.” Rob Landry is a 23-year old mass communication senior from Mandeville. Follow him on Twitter @RobLandry85. Contact Rob Landry at

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Cyclists, motorists share the road This week, for the fifth year, Bike Week is being celebrated at LSU. On a large campus like ours, riding a bike can get you where you’re going a whole lot faster than walking. Cycling to and from campus can save students serious money on gas, too. Not to mention, pedal power is completely eco-friendly. Riding a bike has its risks, though. Safety is a major concern, especially considering the cyclist is vulnerable to distracted drivers or pedestrians. Accidents can happen to even the most experienced cyclists, and it is up to the whole community to keep the roads safe for us all. The easiest way to share the

road is to know the road. Often, the safest and most beautiful bike paths are secluded from street view, so you might not even realize they exist. BikeBR, an interactive online map which evaluates city roads according to their bike friendly characteristics, is a great way to plan your ideal route. After selecting your path, make sure to keep in mind a few basic safety tips as you pedal to your destination. Dress right! Remember to wear a helmet that fits and close-toed shoes. Roll up loose pants, or tuck them in to avoid snagging. When riding at night, wear brightly colored clothing and use front and rear lights in addition to reflectors to ensure that you can see and be seen. Brush up on the rules of the road! Ride the same direction as vehicle traffic, look before turning and yield to cars when appropriate. Be predictable by signalling turns and biking in a straight line, rather than

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weaving in and out of cars. Stay within 3 feet of the curb and remember that it is the law for cars to give you 3 feet of room while passing. Stay Alert! Keep your headphones off so you can see and hear what’s going on around you. Make sure to warn approaching pedestrians of your presence with a polite “excuse me” or “to your left!” Be nice! Avoid sidewalks and do your best to give pedestrians their space, especially on campus. Please don’t be “that guy” who rides through the Quad at noon. Be “that guy” who waves to cars that let you pass. Get involved! The numerous bicycle groups based on campus and around Baton Rouge cater to a range of interests, from advocacy groups to bike polo leagues. Consider joining an organization to familiarize yourself with the cycling community. Above all else, remember the words of the famous explorer James

E. Starrs,“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” Visit the Student Government homepage to find a link to LSU Bikes!, a website with these bike safety tips and links to local organizations. Lauren Stuart Coordinator, Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition Molly Ronan Intern, Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition Lauren Hull Assistant Director of Sustainability, Student Government John Tracy Co-President, ECO@LSU

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Recent hit-and-runs highlight problems with city, people If there is one thing I’ve noticed since moving to Baton Rouge, it’s that cars are always hitting people here. A car hit one of my roommates. A car hit one of my editors. Cars have hit a few of my friends. I’ve seen people get hit by cars. And I’ve nearly been annihilated on more than one occasion. Prior to attending the University, I only knew one person to ever be run into by automobile, and it was his fault. Now I’ve come to believe that Baton Rouge is a breeding ground for brutal automobile attacks. Fortunately, aside from bruises and scrapes, all of the victims I’ve been close to made it away from the accidents relatively unscathed. But there have been two hitand-runs this semester that prove the area around the University has some problems to solve. The first hit-and-run happened early in the morning of Oct. 9. The Daily Reveille reported University cheerleader Kip Carter was struck by a car while walking on River Road early in the morning. Carter suffered injuries to his neck and vertebrae, a concussion and a hematoma. Fortunately, he was released from the hospital a few days later. The other hit-and-run was just as serious, possibly worse. One of my roommates called

me around 2 a.m. on Oct. 13, telling me he witnessed a speeding truck hit a man and woman on East Boyd. According to The Advocate, the woman was in critical condition and the man was in stable condition on Oct. 16. Likewise, The Reveille also Chris Grillot ran a letter to the Columnist editor last March that complained of another hit-andrun on East Boyd that left two people injured. These acts prove a few things. First, we desperately need more lighting and sidewalks in the areas students frequently traverse, especially the areas around bars. East Boyd only has sidewalks in certain segments and can get dangerously dark. I reported the Oct. 13 hit-andrun for The Reveille. One of my sources kept stressing that the incident may not have occurred had the victims been walking on a sidewalk or in a better lit area. This calamity also affects the heavily populated areas behind Tigerland, particularly on Alvin Dark Avenue, which is barely lit and has broken sidewalks. Surprisingly, there seem to be fewer hit-and-runs there and more violent crime, but that’s a different story.

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Baton Rouge really needs to get its stuff together to combat this problem. I know finding the funding can be hard to do, but students still need to be able to walk safely around the University. But the lights and the roads aren’t the only thing that needs to change. We do. Not all of us. But some of us should change our behavior. I assume the perpetrators in these last two hit-and-runs had at least a little bit to drink before plowing their cars into people. If they were sober, I believe they probably would have stopped and helped. Or at least called 911 before being cowards and speeding off into the night. But they didn’t. And I’m sure it’s because they know that society frowns upon drunk drivers. I know this is too much to ask for, but can we start taking responsibility for these things we do? Can we not hurt the ones responsibly walking home by being stupid? The man who hit Kip Carter never turned himself in. Mark Almon, the man responsible for the Oct. 13 incident, turned himself in the next day. Face your problems when you cause them. Don’t drive away from them. I’m not saying this is everybody, but if we can start taking responsibility for these things we do, our streets may be safer. Couple that with better lighting

and sidewalks in heavily navigated areas, and I think Baton Rouge will see fewer hit-and-runs. Until then, I’m staying off the streets. Chris Grillot is a 20-year-old

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Mental health professionals too eager to make diagnoses

Recall Polonius’ diagnosis of Hamlet’s madness in Bill Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. “Your noble son is mad,” said Claudius’s counselor, “for to define true madness, / What is’t but to be nothing else but mad?” You don’t need “No Fear Shakespeare” to make sense of Polonius’ conclusion, because it doesn’t make sense. It’s unnecessary. Currently, most American psychiatrists determine mental illness using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which provides standardized language and criteria for the classification of mental disorders. Be that as it may, something is rotten in America, methinks. It often seems that diagnoses of mental illness are made in the same manner as Polonius’ — there’s no method in the determination of madness, so to speak. And while it would be absurd to reduce modern

psychiatry to something akin to Polonius’ drivel, there are comparisons to be made. For instance, the DSM — the American p s y c h i a t r i s t ’s bible — is often criticized for its Phil Sweeney expansive classification sysColumnist tem, allowing for such “disorders” as selective mutism, or not speaking in certain situations, and hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or sexual dysfunction. I’m a candidate for both, I suppose. On the first count, when I’m in the library, and on the second, when I drink whiskey. The DSM’s inclusion of such disorders contributes to the “medicalization” of human nature, the process by which human conditions and problems become defined and treated as medical conditions and problems, authoritatively empowering clinical professionals to diagnose and

treat them as such. Additionally, the DSM is superficially concerned with the signs and symptoms of mental disorder, not its underlying causes. Accordingly, psychiatrist Paul R. McHugh, likened it to a naturalist’s field guide to birds. In turn, psychiatrist William Glasser, has “never, never identified anyone as having a DSM disorder.” Psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies are often accused of “disease mongering” to increase the marketability and profitability of treatments. Along these lines, Glasser further asserted the “DSM was not written to help people; it was developed to help psychiatrists — to help them make money.” As playwright Jerome Lawrence once quipped, “A neurotic is the man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.” And a pharmacist, then, is the mustachioed, plumber’s butted maintenance guy, who

temporarily “fixes” the mind’s leaky pipes, as it were. Either way, the landlord and superintendent of this castle in the sky are paid a king’s ransom. Antidepressant use in the United States increased nearly 400 percent during the last 25 years, according to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Depressingly, the CDC estimates that 1 in 10 Americans aged 12 and older takes antidepressant medication. The prevalence of antidepressants isn’t just an American phenomenon, though. In the United Kingdom, a 2004 study by the British government’s Environment Agency reported that trace amounts of Prozac could be found in the nation’s drinking water. Cheerio! I propose a new DSM classification — the Polonius disorder. The sole criterion for its diagnosis is that the patient must be a mental health professional.

Don’t get me wrong, Hamlet did murder Polonius. But I’m not calling for psychiatry’s demise. Rather, what is needed is caution in the diagnosis of mental illness — the sort that isn’t exhibited, for instance, in the prescribing of antidepressants to patients as a first-line treatment. Now, Hamlet could have benefited from a moderate dosage of an antidepressant, to be sure — or not to be, as it were. But which one, though? Wellbutrin? Zoloft? Effexor? That’s the question. And that’s the problem. Phil Sweeney is a 25-yearold English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_PhilSweeney.

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Practice your civic duty: Dress like a whore on Halloween It is common knowledge that many women have self-esteem issues when it comes to their body image. But you would never know it on Halloween, arguably America’s most patriotic holiday. Halloween on Carlotta Street is just as inherently LSU as Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. But unlike Saturday Parker Cramer night football, Columnist the Carlotta party will be in full swing this weekend. Despite whatever self-esteem issues the women of LSU may have with their bodies, the ladies will be on Carlotta in full force, dressed like whores. It is not only traditional that women shed conventional clothing in favor of skimpy little getups on Halloween, it is their constitutional right to do so. Freedom of expression, which falls under freedom of speech, protects individuals and how they choose to express themselves — even as whores. So, in the spirit of Halloween and America, I thought it would be fun to analyze some of the common skimpy female attire in order to better prepare Carlotta virgins and veterans alike for the inevitable erotic expression of First Amendment rights. First and foremost, the naughty nurse. This classic outfit, while sexy, is just as misleading. This woman, or occasional man, is

likely not a registered nurse. They will not be able to cure you of any ailments. In fact, if you become too familiar, they will likely give you a few of their own. This is what I like to call the “Enema of the State” complex — a fetish for slutty nurses inspired by the Blink-182 album “Enema of the State,” which has a slutty nurse on the cover. It plagues males of my generation, but I can promise you, gentlemen, these cheap impersonators will not quench your insatiable desire for unsanitary and erotic healthcare practitioners. Stay clear of the naughty nurses. It shows they are unoriginal when it comes to costume selection, and will likely spend more time out of their costume this weekend than in it. Next, naughty cops. This is a unisex outfit. While it is commonly seen adorning the likes of busty young women, it is equally as likely to be seen on young male entertainers — read: strippers. So just because you spot a well-rounded and firm police booty walking 10 feet in front of you, that doesn’t mean it’s the kind of tail you’re looking for. Same goes for naughty fire fighters — another common unisex slutty uniform. I don’t know what the deal is with erotic public servants, but they need to broaden their horizons. Personally, I’d like to see a naughty district attorney. And is it too much to ask to see a David Vitter with an entourage of whores? As always, you have the ladies

who decide to forego conservative Halloween slut outfits and dress as actual whores. Approach these women with caution. They are experienced and ready to pounce. There is also a chance that they may be actual whores, in which case you should have cash because they do not accept Paw Points. However, the ultimate sexy Halloween costume is the flapper girl. Short dress, long white pearls, a feather boa — the epitome of sex. Plus, flappers were always at

the speakeasy, so you know these ladies are feeling a little tipsy — if they’re in character. Halloween epitomizes our freedom of expression. No place else on Earth can you find bin Laden, the Pope and female police officer whose baton is part of the show, all drinking together on the same street. I encourage each and every one of you to go to Carlotta tonight, dress like a whore and have a grand old time. It is your

American civic duty. But if the party gets too crazy and you find yourself with a few naughty nurses in your bed, just remember — to prevent birth, cover your girth. Parker Cramer is a 20-yearold political science junior from Houston. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_pcramer. Contact Parker Cramer at


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“Everyone liked that, so in 2002 it made sense for us to put LSU on him,” she said. Just in time for the team’s national championship season, the family adopted another standard poodle in 2003, Makin’ Roux For De Gumbo. Also known as RouxD, the 9-month-old pup joined the fandamonium. Tom and Nancy attended tailgates with both dogs, Ben sporting “LSU” and RouxD with “TIGERS” spelled out on each side. The Hazletts next added Ollie to the family, a third standard poodle, officially named Against All Odds. “Ollie was born in the 2007 championship year,” Nancy said. “That was the year we had two losses and got the championship game, so his name fits.” Ben eventually became too sick to fulfill his attention-demanding duties, and passed away in 2008. He left the showmanship to Ollie, who currently sports the letters “LSU.” Now 8-year-old RouxD and 4-year-old Ollie are participating in the Hazletts’ 10th football season

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has not sought corporate sponsors for the event because advertisements plastered around the party would change the atmosphere, Loftus said. “We don’t want to change the culture of the event,” Loftus said. Matt Deville, mass communication senior, said he’s attended the block party the past three years and he’s found the event has a “corporate element to a certain extent” because of the Merchants Association’s involvement. Deville said the event is better with a permit than without, but added, “I’ll never forget seeing the guy dressed as Jesus get tased.” Live music at the event is provided by bands from the neighborhood or chosen by residents of the

with costumed canine companions. RouxD stands at about 29 inches at his shoulder and Ollie more than 25 inches, making them big for standard poodles. Nancy said this helps her clearly shave letters into their hair. Tom said the pair travel with him and Nancy to each home game, to the delight of both Tiger and rival fans. “It can get crazy,” Tom said. “There’s always lots of picture taking, and even people like Georgia or Florida fans want pictures of the dogs and even with the dogs.” After the first year, when Ben’s coat first read “USA,” Nancy learned how to do the grooming herself — a task that can total five to six hours per poodle. “I never do it all at one time,” she said. “I used to bathe them in the bathtub and shower or outside, but it was awful. When we moved [homes] we made a grooming room.” The grooming room contains a large bathing tub, an adjustable grooming table and an assortment of colorful and festive leashes, collars and doggie decorations, donned for games as well as visits to local hospitals. neighborhood. Price said the lineup will include bands Eatin Disorder, Strugglebear, MotherLode, Nil and The Prophet and a few other guests. The Force Agency, a talent buyer and music venue consultant, is assisting with the Carlotta block party. The agency’s CEO and founder Casey Phillips said in an e-mail to The Daily Reveille that the party is “a true gathering of the local community, by the community.” Deville said Carlotta is a unique institution of the area. “It’s something different every time,” he said. Price described the event as “Mardi Gras in New Orleans for one day” and “an open-air Nintendo game.” Estimates for attendance vary

The Daily Reveille Nancy said her pets have served as therapy dogs for about six years. She has taken them to visit people young and old in different facilities. “I get as much out of it as anyone,” she said. “Sometimes we’ll see someone out when they’re tailgating who has a child we’ve visited. People have said, ‘We can’t tell you how much it meant to us to have the dogs come in and see our child.’” Over the years, the Hazletts have participated in University celebrations and have posed their poodles with local celebrities from Skip Bertman to Mike the Tiger to East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden. Nancy said they are especially looking forward to walking in the upcoming Homecoming parade on Nov. 12. “Our kids and our money went [to LSU],” she said. “In 10 years it’s just been a very good experience for the dogs and for us. Basically, it’s just really fun.”

Contact Morgan Searles at widely and depend on weather and other factors, but Loftus said police have no cap on admittance and expect around 5,000 people. Carlotta Street will be closed around 5 or 6 p.m., and police will close State and Ivanhoe streets around 8 or 9 p.m. He said alcohol sales will end at 2 a.m., but the block party has no official shutdown time. Loftus dispelled the common notion that the block party is unsafe or unruly, noting that this assumption may stem from previous years in which police were less involved with the party. “There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else,” Loftus said. Contact Catherine Parsiola at

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