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Volume 114, Issue 57

Fireworks cause scare at Commons

Friday, November 13, 2009


Carver to take over as vice chancellor

Staff Reports An apparent firecracker explosion at the Burbank Commons Apartments near campus caused a scare among residents and a response from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night. “There was no shooting, and cops were out there for another situation, and while we were there, someone thought it would be funny and set off a firework,” a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office who would not give her name told The Daily Reveille on the phone. Word of possible gunfire in the area quickly spread after 8 p.m. on social networking sites, including Facebook and the LSU sports message board “What was really weird was when we went outside there were already like 10 cops cars driving around and police on foot talking to people,” said biochemistry senior Robert Oubre, who lives there. “We’re pretty confident it was a firecracker because it smelled like one of those big ones you put in a tube.” Some students reported seeing burned portions of sidewalk where a firecracker may have ignited. FIRECRACKERS, see page 19

By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

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LSU sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson steps back to throw Nov. 9 during the Tigers’ 20-15 loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tigers are trying to recover from the loss as Louisiana Tech comes Saturday into Tiger Stadium.


LSU coming off Alabama loss; preparing for Lousiana Tech By Michael Lambert Sports Contributor

LSU students have been celebrating the school’s 100th Homecoming across campus this week with events, concerts and pep rallies. But it was business as usual for the LSU football team as the Tigers prepared for their 10th game of the

2009 season. No. 9 LSU (7-2, 4-2 SEC) will try to rebound from its second loss of the season when the Tigers face in-state foe Louisiana Tech (3-6, 2-4 WAC) for the Homecoming game Saturday night at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. BULLDOGS, see page 19


Students build canned-food structures More than 2,800 cans were donated By Ryan Buxton Staff Writer

The University’s Homecoming festivities have a service component every year, but organizers decided to make it bigger for the celebration’s 100th anniversary. The typical canned good collection was beefed up into Canapalooza, a new event in which students from organizations like Volunteer LSU, the Honors College, Student Government and various Greek organizations build “canned food structures” — replicas of campus buildings

made of donated cans. “[Homecoming has] always had a service aspect, but this year it’s 10 times bigger because it’s the 100th Homecoming,” said Amelia Burns, chair of the Homecoming committee. Canapalooza spanned three days on the Parade Ground, accompanied by other Homecoming festivities like Splatterbeat, a concert and a pep rally. The cans used in the structures will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Burns said. “This year, like everything else, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has experienced a lot of cutbacks to its finances,” Burns said. “Since LSU CANAPALOOZA, see page 19

The University appointed Doris Carver, senior associate vice chancellor of the Office of Research and Economic Development, as the interim vice chancellor of that same office. Carver will officially take the position Jan. 1 when current ORED Vice Chancellor Brooks Keel steps down, University officials said in a news release. Keel left the University after being hired as Georgia Southern University’s president on Oct. 26. “Doris Carver will do a superb job in leading and managing ORED,” said LSU Provost Astrid Merget in the release. “She has my every confidence in her new capacity.” Carver studied mathematics at Carson Newman College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree. She earned her master’s in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and her doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University. She previously served as interim dean of the LSU Graduate School, associate commissioner of Sponsored Research and Development and the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research director at the Board of Regents. Carver also directs the University’s Software Engineering Laboratory. Her research focuses on re-engineering systems, software requirements methodologies and formal model transformations. Carver published more than 80 technical papers and was funded by both private and federal sectors — including the National Science Foundation and NASA. “I’m both honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as interim vice chancellor for ORED,” Carver said in the release. “I’m looking forward to an exciting new year filled with opportunities to stimulate research on campus and engage with our faculty across campus.”

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Students built tower-like structures using canned goods Tuesday afternoon for the Canapalooza food drive as part of the Homecoming Week festivities.

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Nation & World



Pakistanis hold doubts about US nuclear intentions, trustworthiness

Obama promises strategy, clear mission for troops sent to war

ISLAMABAD (AP) — In Washington, the Pakistani nightmare is of the country’s nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of Taliban militants or rogue soldiers. But though Washington has given billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan over the years, the U.S. is also seen as an untrustworthy ally willing to betray its friends.

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AP) — Nearing a decision on sending more troops off to war, President Obama told a military audience Thursday he will not dispatch them into conflict without proper support — including the backing of the American people. “That is a promise that I make to you,” Obama told more than 1,000 troops and their families gathered at a hangar here, as the president stopped briefly for refueling en route to a four-country trip to Asia.

Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon sees biggest drop in 20 years BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon dropped nearly 46 percent from August 2008 to July 2009 — the biggest annual decline in two decades, the government said Thursday. Analysis of satellite imagery by the National Institute for Space Research shows an estimated 2,705 square miles of forest were cleared during the 12-month period, the lowest since the government started monitoring deforestation in 1988.

Ida’s torrents dump floods along Atlantic coast, kill four RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Relentless rain drenched much of the Atlantic seaboard Thursday, pelting communities from North Carolina northward with gusty winds and heavy rains, inundating streets, stranding drivers and

causing three deaths in hard-hit Virginia and one in North Carolina. The downpours were the continuing aftermath of late-season Tropical Storm Ida, which quickly weakened once it made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday but still soaked a swath from Alabama to Georgia. ACORN lawsuit raises question concerning its future survival NEW YORK (AP) — ACORN has been cut off by banks, the government and most of its private foundation funders, severely hampering its housing operations and raising the possibility that it will not survive in its current form, according to a lawsuit the group filed Thursday against the U.S. government. The lawsuit claims that Congress’ decision to drop all funding to the group and its affiliates was unconstitutional because it punitively targeted an individual organization.


House speaker questions Jindal’s $128 million tax amnesty plan

Former LSU Chinese Bandit, national champion dies at 69

(AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal may run into legislative problems for his plans to roll $128 million in proceeds from Louisiana’s tax amnesty program into next year’s budget. Jindal has said he wants to use that much money to offset health care cuts amid a hefty budget shortfall projected for the state Medicaid program in the 2010-11 fiscal year. But House Speaker Jim Tucker said Thursday he thinks most of the amnesty money should be considered “one-time” revenue. And he doesn’t think that sort of revenue should pay for ongoing programs like Medicaid. Jindal deputy chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, said there are “creative ways” to use the tax amnesty money to help health care. For example, the state could pay down debt this year with tax amnesty money to free up the dollars that would have been used for debt payments next year.

(AP) — Robert Rice, a member of the LSU Tigers’ vaunted Chinese Bandits defensive unit, has died at the age of 69. LSU announced Rice’s death Wednesday. There was no word then on how he died. Rice played football for LSU from 1958 to 1963, making him a member of the Tigers’ first national championship team in 1958.


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More than 50 participants at Block and Bridle annual rodeo Event to give 10 percent of proceeds to charity By Mary Walker Baus Staff Writer

The intriguing smell of horse manure and chewing tobacco emanated inside the John M. Parker Coliseum on Thursday as the Block and Bridle student organization’s annual rodeo bucked off to a good start. More than 100 people attended and more than 50 amateur and professional cowboys and cowgirls competed in the Block and Bridle rodeo, which was first established in 1932, and proved to be a popular tradition. “It’s something special to be a part of,” said Brittany Bourg, Block and Bridle president and agriculture business senior. “This coliseum was built for this club to have this rodeo. We’re honored to carry on the tradition here.”

Bethany Elder, rodeo manager and animal sciences senior, said this is the third year the rodeo has been split with an open rodeo on the first night and the student rodeo on the second night. “[In the open rodeo,] you’re competing for money, and in the student rodeo you’re competing for prizes,” Elder said. Jason Morgan, a 20-year-old bull rider from Baton Rouge, said he started riding bulls and horses when he was 4 years old. “I’ve been on practice bulls three times a week,” Morgan said. “I go to as many rodeos as I can.” Morgan said he likes to find out what bull he’s riding ahead of time to see if they’ll buck in a straight line or turn and spin. “I have a feel for it,” he said. “I get on a bunch of bulls. These bulls are born to buck just like race horses are born to race.” Elder said the rodeo was originally held in the Reilly Theatre or the Swine Palace. She said State

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A cowgirl competes in the pole bending competition Thursday at the annual Block and Bridle Rodeo at John M. Parker Coliseum. Students will rodeo tonight.

Lumber on Highland Road used to donate materials to Block and Bridle for the rodeo each year. She said the club’s members would assemble and dissemble the buck and shoot every time, which is a large task for students. Elder said when former Governor John Parker came to the Block and Bridle Rodeo and saw what the students were building, he decided


AAUP defends speech freedom ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ to educate faculty By Ryan Buxton Staff Writer

The American Association of University Professors is working to preserve speech rights for faculty members nationwide in its new campaign, “Speak Up, Speak Out: Protect the Faculty Voice.” The campaign seeks to educate faculty members about their rights and potential dangers they face regarding speech restrictions, as well as to encourage them to examine and update institutional policies on what they are allowed to say about their “official duties,” said Kathi S. Westcott, AAUP associate counsel. The campaign was inspired by the 2006 Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos, according to a Nov. 11 AAUP news release. That case came up when a deputy district attorney in California sent out an internal memo criticizing the way evidence was being handled, and he was reprimanded for speaking out. “The Supreme Court decision said when public employees are talking about issues in their official setting in pursuit of their official duties, that communication is not protected by the First Amendment,” Westcott said. University faculty members are “public employees,” and therefore lost part of their free speech protection, Westcott said. “Suppose someone is dismissed from a job for having spoken out on an issue,” said Kevin Cope, Faculty Senate president. “If that’s in the context of performing ‘line of duty’ work ... you can’t make a claim on the grounds

of free speech.” Westcott said the “official duty” label only applies to workrelated issues. “It’s not just that your employer is mad at you because you like purple grapes as opposed to green grapes,” Westcott said. “It’s that you are raising concern about the job.” It is typically understood faculty members have more freedom when teaching a lesson or giving an academic lecture, Westcott said. “What you’re saying in the classroom when you’re standing in front of 50 students is historically protected by the concept of academic freedom,” Westcott said. Before the Supreme Court decision, the First Amendment

protected faculty members when they spoke about the governance of the University. Cope said faculty having a voice is especially important during the current financial uncertainty and possible academic restructuring at the University. Westcott said she agrees. She said faculty members often know best about what a school needs and should be allowed to talk about it. “[Faculty] are the ones engaging in the day-to-day of issues,” she said. “It’s imperative for them to be bale to engage in discussions about how to restructure or where to make cuts.”

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they needed a permanent rodeo arena, so he built the John M. Parker Coliseum in the 1930s. “It has so much history behind it,” she said. “It ties in the sentimental value to the University.” Block and Bridle will donate 10 percent of proceeds to the Braveheart Children in Need charity. Students can register between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to compete in the

rodeo today. Events will include bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing and wild cow milking. “Whoever participates [tonight] is a full-time LSU student,” said Amanda Royer, animal science junior and Block and Bridle member. “It’s always very interesting and entertaining.” Royer said unlike the professionals in the open rodeo, the students who participate in the student rodeo wear T-shirts and running shoes instead of cowboy shirts and boots. Jeffrey Ramagos, a 16-year-old bronc and bull rider from Zachary, La., said bucking bulls and horses gives him an adrenaline rush. “I’m competing to compete,” Ramagos said. “It’s not about the money. I came here to beat down a horse, ride a bull and go to town.”

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Martin promotes relationship with Old South Baton Rouge

Friday, November 13, 2009


Chancellor to foster bond with community By Xerxes A. Wilson Staff Writer

An improved relationship with the Old South Baton Rouge area could be crucial if the University plans to grow, Chancellor Michael Martin said. Fostering a symbiotic relationship between the University and Old South Baton Rouge was the subject of Martin’s annual community update breakfast Tuesday. “While we see a boundary between that neighborhood and the University, in reality there is none,” Martin said. “As we grow this institution, I believe it is clearly in the best interest of the student population and faculty and staff that has a neighborhood that serves them and that we serve well.” Brandon Smith, University community affairs liaison, who is the principal organizer for LSU Community University Partnership (LSU CUP) presented the department’s strategic plan for the next three to five years which involves getting the University and other city parties working together in the

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Chancellor Michael Martin speaks about fostering a relationship with the University and Old South BR during his annual community breakfast Thursday at the Faculty Club.

community. Combined with the current economic downturn, LSU CUP is working without federal Housing and Urban Development grants it received early in the decade. “Although we are in a difficult time in terms of our budget situation, sometimes those present themselves as opportunity to do great things with the bare necessities,” Smith said. An example Smith gave of working to revitalize the community without great funding is Martin’s ongoing Faith Tour in which Martin is visiting churches in the Old South Baton Rouge area. Martin visited the Living Word

Church on Nicholson Drive last Sunday. He said he visited with the pastor and congregation to get a sense of how the relationship between the University and church can be better. “It’s more about finding out what are the issues here in the neighborhood,” Martin said. “A lot of that is public safety, lack of shopping and sort of a feeling of being isolated in the middle of the city. The second thing we ask is are there things we can do as an institution to make it better.”

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Mike the Tiger and the LSU Cheerleaders fire up the crowd while Tiger Band plays at the 100th Homecoming Pep Rally on the Parade Ground on Thursday night.

Friday, November 13, 2009



Brown pelicans off endangered list DDT was factor in declining population By Adam Duvernay Senior Staff Writer

After almost 40 years of struggling for survival, the earliest symbol of Louisiana was recently removed from the federal list of endangered species. The population of brown pelicans, Louisiana’s state bird, has rebounded from abysmally low numbers in the ’70s to more than 650,000 today spread across the state and the Gulf Coast. U.S. Department of the Interior officials and Sen. Mary Landrieu announced Wednesday the bird’s removal from the endangered species list, saying the brown pelican population made a significant recovery from the pesticide threats of the past. The brown pelican was placed on the endangered species list in

1970, though the last known nests at the time had disappeared from Louisiana by 1962, said James Remsen, biological sciences professor. Remsen said the species suffered nationally because of reproductive failure associated with the introduction of the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane into its habitat. DDT is highly toxic to aquatic life and becomes even more dangerous to top predators when the chemical concentrates in prey. Remsen said the pesticide interferes with calcium deposition in bird eggshells, which causes them to be soft and susceptible to damage. “It was a pretty clear-cut example of us poisoning them, and once we weren’t doing that anymore, they came back,” Remsen said. DDT was a factor in the overall declining population, but Guerry Holm, research associate for the School of the Coast and Environment, said it was direct poisoning from the pesticide Endrin which killed the birds in Louisiana.

Holm said direct runoff from sugarcane fields was highly poisonous to many animal species in Louisiana, killing them directly instead of causing reproductive failure. Dangerous pesticides like DDT and Endrin were federally banned thanks to environmental activism in the ’70s. The bird was eradicated from Louisiana because of poisoning, but between 1968 and 1984, Holm said close to 13,000 fledgling pelicans were successfully reintroduced to the state from Florida. The number of brown pelicans dipped below 10,000 in 1970, but more than 12,000 breeding pairs are now estimated to live on the Gulf Coast. Colonies of 1,000 to 2,000 brown pelicans can now be found on the Gulf Coast, according to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Contact Adam Duvernay at


Univ. hires new Cain professor Nandakumar to work in fluid dynamics By Kristen M’lissa Rowlett Contributing Writer

The University welcomed Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, the second Gordon A. and Mary Cain chair professor in chemical engineering, according to a Nov. 10 University news release. Nandakumar previously served two years as the GASCO chair professor in chemical engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, according to the release. Nandakumar was selected as a member of the World Council of Chemical Engineers in 2008. Nandakumar’s research interests include multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics, computer-aided modeling of chemical, mineral, polymer and electrochemical processes, including fuel cells, according to the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering’s Web site. “So one can argue that the time is ripe to organize an effort to undertake such studies, and this is going to be my goal at LSU,” Nandakumar said in the release. “Significant computational facilities, resources and expertise are available at LSU, and so I feel fortunate to add a new dimension to these efforts.” Computational fluid dynamics uses computers to understand the flow processes of different fluids, he told The Daily Reveille. Nandakumar said he looks at the pumping of fluids from the ground up to the plant and processing the fluid into gasoline. His research focuses on efficiency of oil refineries and

gasoline plants, but he said the study of fluid mechanics is difficult. “Fluid is involved in every aspect in the same way blood works in the human body,” he said. Nandakumar joined the University in August 2009 after working in Canada. A friend told him about the

opportunity at the University, and Nandakumar was looking for a more moderate climate, he said. He currently teaches mechanics courses for master’s and doctoral students. Contact Kristen M’lissa Rowlett at



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Adriana Soto, food science graduate student, signs the spirit wall Wednesday afternoon in Free Speech Alley as part of the Homecoming festivities.



Friday, November 13, 2009


Internet will prove problematic for future candidates Younger generations advised to be cautious By Steven Powell Contributing Writer

Student Government President Stuart Watkins said he tries to hold himself accountable and cautious of his actions during the Internet media age. “Young individuals need to watch what they do,” he said. “An individual’s actions can come back to portray the person in an unfavorable manor.” Candidates are finding the Internet to be both a blessing and a curse in today’s Internet culture. But growing up in the Internet age will prove difficult for today’s students, who are the future political contenders.

Kirby Goidel, political communications professor, said it’s only a matter of time until a candidate will fall victim to his or her past because of the Internet. “The Internet creates a permanent record,” he said. “With pictures or video, you can always hope they stay in safe hands. But with the Internet, it’s hard to delete everything.” Many students are unsure of career goals while in college and don’t think about guarding against potentially harmful information posted online, he said. Watkins said he plans to be involved with politics later in life, but he’s not concerned with the impact his present life will have on the future. But he said he’s always watching his actions. “I haven’t had to deal with negative information on the Internet so far,” he said. “I’m a student

first, but I always keep a professional manner.” Wesley Orr, international studies freshman, said he takes caution in what is posted to the Internet because of future implications. He said as more companies are searching applicants’ Facebook pages, it’s even more important to guard against unwanted information. “I wouldn’t want my kids searching the Internet and finding embarrassing information,” he said. “Most things online never go away.” Brandon Hick, biological sciences senior, said there is no way to control what is posted to the Internet, therefore it shouldn’t control a person’s life. “You should act the way you normally act,” he said. “You should be comfortable with your actions anyway, so it shouldn’t matter what people post about you.”


Da Future to perform at step show Newest release includes ‘Tiger Bait’ By Jake Clapp Entertainment Writer

It takes a lot to get noticed in the music industry. When hip-hop and rap artists are a dime a dozen, breaking into the industry takes talent, good business sense and a little bit of luck. These are lessons local rap group, Da Future, is starting to learn. Already with a large fan base in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Da Future is working to break out of the South and into the public spotlight, all while trying to stay true to its roots in music, friendship and LSU. “We are definitely looking toward that next step,” said Eron “Eazy Money” Rousell, human resources education graduate student. “We get our business done, but at the end of the day it’s just friends getting together to make music.” What started out as a hobby amongst four friends at LSU soon gained notice around the University, New Orleans and as far out as Atlanta, giving the group a chance to do more with their music, Rousell said. The group began in 2003 when Tony “Too Smooth” Smith, Jeff “Tiga” Martin, Brain “Business” McCollum and Rousell would get together in Smith’s Pentagon dorm to pass the time by recording music. The group began with no

aspirations in mind, but Smith began to play the recordings for people in the Quad and Student Union and received a lot of positive feedback, Rousell said. “There was really no solid moment that we decided to make something out of this,” said Martin, also a former employee of The Daily Reveille. “A lot of people heard our stuff and said, ‘Hey, y’all are good, go for it,’ and it just kind of changed into something more serious.” Now with four mixtapes, the latest, “Delorean Muzic,” released in October, several local hits, including “Lolligag” and a new LSU-themed song, “Tiger Bait,” the group has gathered a large following around the University and New Orleans. “I saw them live my freshman year at the LSU-Southeastern college reunion,” said Melissa Brown, kinesiology junior. “They play ‘Tiger Bait’ at some of the tailgates whenever the buses drive by and everybody gets hyped up for the game.

I think it may be the song that puts them on the map.” Inspired by a wide range of music, including rock, rap, hip-hop and jazz, Da Future works to make its music accessible and positive for their audience. Inspired by Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West, the group mixes dance beats with more upbeat lyrics, Rousell said. “A lot of rap is about murder and drug dealing,” Rousell said. “We aren’t like that, so we talk about our lives growing up in New Orleans and the things we’ve been through.” Da Future will perform as special guests at 9 p.m. tonight, at the “Bayou Blackout” Homecoming Step Show at the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse. Follow Jake Clapp on Twitter @TDR_jclapp Contact Jake Clapp at

Melanie Oubre, College Democrats president, said the Internet will add another dimension to political races, just like TV and radio. “Everyone will be in the same boat,” she said. “There will be a general understanding that the past is the past. Anything that pops up on the Internet will be seen as a mistake the candidate made when he or she was younger.” Oubre said she has not had problems with harmful information posted to the Internet, but she said it’s important to guard against what is posted because of future consequences. “It’s an interesting topic, but only the future will tell what will happen,” she said. Goidel said the first few candidates to have harmful past information dug up through the Internet will suffer politically. But he said

based on past scandals, as more candidates are subjected to scrutiny for college days, the general public will be more forgiving of past events. The Internet adds positive and negative aspects to an overall campaign, Goidel said. The Web is a means for campaign leaders and supporters to get more information to voters, but more supporters posting information could cause campaigns to lose control of what’s posted, creating a less tight campaign, he said. “We’re in for a period of time where people who have grown up with the Internet think information has disappeared,” he said. “But eventually, it will resurface.”

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Friday, November 13, 2009




Fort Hood suspect charged with 13 murder counts By Angela Brown and Lolita Baldor The Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist in the Fort Hood massacre was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder Thursday as he lay in a hospital bed and President Obama ordered a review to determine if the government fumbled warning signs of the shooter’s contacts with a radical Islamic cleric. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted. Army officials said they believe Hasan acted alone when he jumped on a table with two hand guns last week, shouted “Allahu akbar” and opened fire. The dead included at least three other mental health professionals; 29 were injured. Additional charges were possible, said Chris Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command. It was not decided whether to charge Hasan with the death of the unborn child of a pregnant soldier who died, officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the case publicly. Meanwhile, Obama ordered a review of all intelligence related to Hasan to determine whether it was properly shared and acted upon within the government. John Brennan, assistant to the president for

homeland security and counterterrorism, will oversee the review. The first results are due Nov. 30. Obama also ordered the preservation of the intelligence. Members of Congress are pressing for a full investigation in why Hasan was not detected and stopped. A Senate hearing on Hasan is scheduled for next week. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, and others have called for a full examination of what agencies knew about Hasan’s contacts with a radical imam and others of concern to the U.S., and what they did with the information. Hoekstra confirmed this week that the U.S. government knew about 10 to 20 e-mails between Hasan and a radical imam, beginning in December 2008. A joint terrorism task force overseen by the FBI learned late last year of Hasan’s repeated contact with a radical Muslim cleric who encouraged Muslims to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. The FBI said the task force did not refer early information about Hasan to superiors because it concluded he wasn’t linked to terrorism. Hasan was charged in the hospital without his lawyers present, said John Galligan, his civilian attorney. “What I find disturbing is that my client is in ICU, and he’s 150

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Firefighters salute the hearse carrying Pfc. Michael Pearson on Nov. 12. Pearson was killed Nov. 5 when Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood.

miles south of his defense counsel, and he’s being served with the charges,” he told The Associated Press. “Given his status as a patient, I’m troubled by this procedure and that I’m not there. I’m in the dark, and that shouldn’t be the case. I am mad.” Months before the shootings, doctors and staff overseeing Hasan’s training reported viewing him at times as belligerent, defensive and argumentative in his frequent discussions of his Muslim faith, according to a military official familiar with several group discussions about Hasan. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about

the meetings and spoke on condition of anonymity. Hasan was characterized as a mediocre student and lazy worker, which concerned the doctors and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a military medical school in Bethesda, Md., the official said. Even outside the military, Hasan’s behavior drew attention. Golam Akhter, a civil engineer from Bethesda, Md., said Thursday that he had spoken with Hasan about 10 times at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring before Hasan left for Texas last summer.

“He used to not believe that 9/11 was solely the work of Middle East people,” Akhter said. “His main thing was, ‘America is killing Muslims in the Middle East.’ That made him very, very upset.” Akhter said he sensed that Hasan was “a troubled man” and feels guilty for not alerting others. “I tried to convince him to try to be a moderate Muslim,” Akhter said. Inside Walter Reed, the concerns about Hasan’s performance and religious views were shared with other military officials considering his next assignment, and the consensus was to send the 39-year-old psychiatrist to Fort Hood in Texas, the military official said. One of the largest military installations, other doctors could handle the workload if Hasan continued to perform poorly and his superiors could document any continued behavior problems, the official said. Hasan repeatedly referred to his strong religious views in discussions with classmates, his superiors and even in his research work, the official said. His behavior, while at times perceived as intense and combative, was not unlike the zeal of others with strong religious views. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at



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Lawyer: Colo. ‘Balloon boy’ parents to plead guilty Wife could possibly be deported to Japan By P. Solomon Banda The Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The parents accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting that their 6-year-old son had floated away aboard a helium balloon agreed to plead guilty in a deal that could send them both to jail but protect the wife from deportation. Richard Heene will plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, said his attorney, David Lane. Heene’s wife, Mayumi, a Japanese citizen who could be deported if convicted of more serious charges, will plead guilty to a lesser charge of false reporting to authori-

ties, a misdemeanor. Lane said the threat of deportation “fueled” negotiations with prosecutors. An attorney for Mayumi Heene said her immigration status was a factor in reaching the deal but would not comment further. Prosecutors announced criminal charges against the couple Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Larimer County district attorney’s office would not discuss whether a plea agreement was reached. The Oct. 15 saga gripped a global audience, first with fear for the safety of 6-year-old Falcon Heene and then with anger at his parents when authorities accused them of perpetrating the hoax to drum up attention for a possible reality show. Lane said the deal does not call for removing Falcon or the couple’s other two children — ages 8 and 10 — from the parents’ custody.

The plea deal would spare the Heenes the maximum jail time, but Richard Heene could still get up to 90 days and Mayumi up to 60, Lane said. Without the deal, the charge against Richard Heene carries a possible sentence of two to six years in state prison and a fine of up to $500,000. The charge against his wife is punishable by up to six months in the county jail and a fine up to $750. Mayumi Heene’s attorney, Lee Christian, said he expects her to serve any jail time in a work-release program that would involve some detention and some time at home. The parents still face a civil investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. Possible penalties range from a letter of reprimand to a fine. The balloon briefly forced some planes to switch to a different


Bluesman’s home to be restored Johnson famed for selling soul to devil By Shelia Byrd The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mystery surrounding bluesman Robert Johnson’s life and death feeds the lingering fascination with his work. There’s the myth he sold his soul to the devil to create his haunting guitar intonations. There’s the dispute over where he died after his alleged poisoning by a jealous man in 1938. Three different markers claim to be the site of his demise. His birthplace, however, has been verified. The seminal bluesman came into the world in 1911 in a well-crafted home built by his stepfather in the Mississippi town of Hazlehurst. Now, 71 years after his death, local officials want to restore the home in hopes of drawing Johnson fans and their tourism dollars to Copiah County, about 100 miles from the Delta region that most bluesmen called home. Johnson’s life and music have been the subject of multiple books. And producers are shopping a script in Hollywood about him penned by Jimmy White, the screenwriter for the Academy Award-winning film, “Ray.” “It’s amazing that after all these years, people still talk about Robert Johnson on the level that they do,” said the bluesman’s grandson, Ste-

ven Johnson. Johnson’s influence can be heard in the works of numerous artists, from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton, who covered 14 of the bluesman’s songs on his 2004 album, “Me and Mr. Johnson.” The house is an important piece of Johnson’s legacy, said Grammywinning pianist George Winston, who will headline a fundraiser for the restoration Monday at the

Belhaven College Center for the Arts in Jackson. “Everything with Robert is mysterious, but the more we can demystify, we can get down to the truth,” said Winston. “He was an inspired musician. He took a quantum leap.”

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runway for takeoff from the Denver airport. Prosecutors said the Heenes agreed to turn themselves in and went to court Thursday to sign documents promising to appear before a judge on Friday. They held hands as they walked into the courthouse. The couple’s children were not with them. Richard Heene also had a booking photo taken at a county jail and was released. He declined to

comment. Lane said prosecutors insisted on a “package deal” that required Richard Heene to plead guilty to a felony so Mayumi Heene could plead guilty to a misdemeanor and avoid deportation.

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Same Game, New Names Young Tiger team debuts tonight against UL-Monroe By David Helman Sports Writer

As Bob Dylan once sang and as LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson surely knows, “The times they are a-changing.” The LSU men’s basketball team opening its 2009 season tonight against Louisiana-Monroe in the PMAC will feature just two returning starters — junior point guard Bo Spencer and senior forward Tasmin Mitchell — from last season’s Southeastern Conference championship squad. The rest are a jumble of contributors only Johnson can predict. “It just depends on who we’re playing,” John‘I hate to go son said. “I hate to go back back to last to last year, but last year, that was sort of etched in year, but ... stone ... but that’s not this basketball team.” that was sort of year’sJohnson has coached etched in stone LSU for only 19 months, already the team con... but that’s and sists of just four players not this year’s who played during the tenure of former coach John basketball Brady. Senior guard Alex Farteam.’ rer suffered a dislocated kneecap Sunday and will Trent Johnson LSU men’s basketball coach miss at least six weeks, and all that’s left is sophomore forward Garrett Green who joins Spencer and Mitchell as holdovers from the old regime. “We’re going to miss [Farrer’s] experience,” Johnson said. “Now there’s more opportunities for more guys to play more minutes ... But I hate to see a guy who’s a senior — fifth year — with as much time and effort as he’s put into the program, to see something like that happen to him.” The Warhawks boast a wealth of experience after a forgettable 2008 season. ULM returns six upperclassmen with starting experience after limping to a 10-20 record in


BASKETBALL, see page 17

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LSU junior guard Bo Spencer tries to shoot the ball against sophomore guard Chris Bass on Oct. 28 at the Purple and Gold match. The Tigers open their season tonight against Louisiana-Monroe.


LSU to host first two rounds of tourney

By Rowan Kavner Sports Contributor

For the first time in its 14-year history, the LSU Soccer Complex is playing host to the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament beginning Friday. “To have the home crowd behind us is definitely going to help us out,” said senior midfielder Malorie Rutledge. “I think we’re great at home — knock on wood.” The No. 11 LSU soccer team (14-4-4, 8-2-1) will battle Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament champion Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12-6-4, 3-1 SWAC) on Friday at 7 p.m. The No. 4-seed Tigers hope to reverse their misfortune at the national level after a heartbreaking shootout loss to South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference tournament. “Three games in five days is just tough, and our legs kind of went out,” said LSU coach Brian Lee regarding the SEC tournament. “But you won’t see that situation again. We’ve got two games this weekend, and we feel good about where we are moving forward.” Lee has never played the Lady Lions before but has heard good things from their opponents. “They’re getting lots of positive reviews from the teams that have played them,” he said. “They’re certainly going to be dangerous going forward, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11.” Unlike senior-laden LSU, Arkansas Pine-Bluff is decorated with underclassmen. “Their coach has done a really TOURNAMENT, see page 18


LSU opens season in PMAC Lady Tigers to face in-state Centenary By Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer

The LSU women’s basketball team will look to continue its dominance of in-state opponents under coach Van Chancellor in its regular-season opener this weekend. After the No. 9 Lady Tigers defeated Loyola by 35 points in an exhibition game Tuesday

night, they will face Centenary on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the PMAC. In LSU’s eighth game last year, the Lady Tigers traveled to Shreveport and knocked off Centenary by 43 points, 74-31. But LSU senior guard Allison Hightower said the Lady Tigers have some work to do if they want to open 2009 with a victory. “We take nobody for granted,” Hightower said. “We are capable of playing much better.” Centenary finished 4-25 last season and ended on an eightgame losing streak. LSU is 9-0 against in-state

opponents since Chancellor became coach in 2007 with an average margin of victory of 25 points. Chancellor said Tuesday the LSU defense has been a “trademark since forever,” and the team’s defensive output in the exhibition game was not where it needed to be. “We started three freshmen in the same game at this time last year, and we were much further along defensively,” Chancellor said. “Trademarks of LSU OPENER, see page 18

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LSU sophomore forward Taylor Turnbow, right, and junior guard Latear Eason, center, guard Loyola senior defend Trenell Smith, left, on Nov. 10 in the PMAC. The Lady Tigers defeated the Wolfpack, 78-43.





Hornets fire Scott Thurs. after 3-6 start to ’09-10 season By Jarred LeBlanc Sports Contributor

The New Orleans Hornets ended the 2008 season with an embarrassing five-game series loss in the first round of the playoffs to the Denver Nuggets, which included a 58-point blowout loss at home. The team’s struggles continued this season, and the Hornets have begun the year with a 3-6 record. Wednesday night’s 124-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns was the tipping point, and New Orleans announced on Thursday morning the firing of head coach Byron Scott. General manager Jeff Bower will replace Scott as the coach for the rest of the season, and former Hornets coach Tim Floyd will rejoin the team as an assistant behind Bower. The Hornets were 41-41 in Floyd’s only season as head coach, losing in a seven-game series to the Miami Heat and then-rookie Dwyane Wade in the first round of the playoffs. “I have a high comfort level with Tim, who has proven himself to be a quality coach, who has proven himself to have some very specific areas that he’s outstanding in,” Bower said. Some LSU students think the Hornets shouldn’t have fired Scott. “That was a bad decision,” said Chirag Patel, kinesiology freshman. “He was the Coach of the Year two years ago, and he gets fired this year because they get off to a bad start.” Patel said he doesn’t think the Hornets’ poor start was Scott’s fault. He said players like small forwards Peja Stojakovic and James Posey haven’t been playing well. “It may be some of the role players that might not be doing their jobs,” Patel said. “I don’t think it was Byron Scott.” The Hornets began the season with Stojakovic coming off the bench with Posey in an effort to give the bench a spark and some depth when point guard Chris Paul and the rest of the starters come out of the game to get some rest. But Corey Freeman, criminology senior, said he thinks no matter who is coaching the team and what rotation they put the players in, the Hornets won’t be successful until they get younger players on the team. “They need to refresh,” Freeman said. “Older teams aren’t that great.” Both Stojakovic and Posey are 32 years old, and the average age of the team is about 27. Clarence Francis, chemical engineering freshman, said bringing in a new coach will not only do little to change the team’s struggles, but will also further hurt the team throughout the rest of the season. “It might make them do worse,” Francis said. “It might benefit them next year, but just starting the year off with a new coach and all that adjusting — it’s not going to work out.”

Patrick Bloom, kinesiology freshman, agreed the main problem the Hornets might run into is learning a new style of a new coach. “When you get used to someone coaching and you bring somebody in new, they might have a different style of ball they like to play,” Bloom said. But Michael Nammour, biology freshman, said the Hornets might still have time to salvage the young season. “It’s not like football where if you lose six games, you just suck,” Nammour said. “They play so many games that they have time to make it up. But obviously they have to turn it around and get the program heading in the right direction.” Patel said he doesn’t think Bower will help the team as coach, but the acquisition of Floyd might give the Hornets a chance. “He probably has better basketball knowledge than Jeff Bower does,” Patel said. “Hopefully, they can come out and be at least an eighth seed and get into the playoffs.” Another person who may not be pleased with the decision is

Hornets guard Chris Paul. Paul, who has not played for any NBA coach but Scott, was not available after players gathered at the club’s suburban training center. Team officials said he had a prior commitment and had to leave. Paul was close with Scott. The pair golfed together, and Paul once referred to Scott as a father figure who was closer to him than many of his own relatives. “I understand personal relationships,” Bower said. “Chris, that’s one of his strengths, his ability to connect. And obviously it’s a very strong personal relationship [with Scott] and that should remain in place. This is a professional decision and a professional relationship that we have here, and I have a lot of confidence in what he wants. He wants to win ... None of us are pleased from a personal standpoint to ever have a day like today.” The Associated Press contributed to this article. Contact Jarred LeBlanc at

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Tigers look to stay in SEC title contention against Florida LSU has won 13 of last 14 matches By Andy Schwehm Sports Writer

LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory and her staff decided to give their team an extra day’s rest last week before the first two matches of a four-game road swing. She said some of her players were looking tired, and she didn’t want to overwork them with the postseason looming. The rest ended up working in the long run, but it was a close call, as the No. 19 Tigers (20-5, 14-2) narrowly escaped Arkansas in five sets. “We played with fire, and we almost got burnt,” Flory said. “The bottom line is I trusted the team, and they did a great job.” If Flory thinks matters got a little hot against Arkansas, the Tigers may as well be playing tonight’s match on the surface of the sun. LSU faces No. 10 Florida (20-3, 14-2) and South Carolina (13-12, 5-11) this weekend on Friday and Sunday to finish out its four-game road trip. The Gators enter tonight’s match against the Tigers on an eight-match winning streak since getting swept by LSU in Baton Rouge earlier ‘We played in the season. and with fire, Florida LSU are also and we in a tie for secalmost got ond place in the burnt. The SCoountfheeraesnt ec ren, bottom line a half match is I trusted behind confernce-leading the team.’ eNo. 11 Kentucky. Fran Flory LSU seLSU volleyball coach nior setter Sam Dabbs said the victory against Arkansas was important because it not only kept the team in the hunt for the SEC title, but it also kept its momentum going into the match against the Gators. The Tigers have won 13 of their last 14 matches. “Their libero used to be the one who would take every ball on the back row, but now their whole team has gotten better at playing defense,” Dabbs said. “They have also changed up their lineups to where they aren’t making as many substitutions and are relying on a strong six or eight players that come in and out like we do.” While Dabbs had high praise of Florida’s success, Florida coach Mary Wise wasn’t sparse in her admiration of LSU’s recent play in a press conference Monday. “When we played LSU the first time, they played really well,” Wise said. “They could have beaten just about anyone in the country the way they played that night. We hope that we can disrupt that some on our home court.”

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LSU middle blockers Lauren DeGirolamo (4) and Brittnee Cooper (25) block a hit by Florida’s Kristy Jaeckel, right, on Oct. 11 during the Tiger’s 3-0 victory.

The biggest challenge of playing against Florida on the road may be in the form of the Gator’s “seventh man” — the O’Connell Center crowd. The Gators recently drew 3,325 fans to a 3-0 sweep of Georgia last Friday. In comparison, LSU’s largest home crowd this season was 1,303 against Tennessee on Sept. 18. But the Tigers aren’t too worried about the crowd being a factor in the match. “We’ve been drawing big crowds everywhere we go, so I think we’re used to it now,” said sophomore libero Lauren Waclawczyk. “It’s just more about our attitude now. We’re not going to let it mess with us because we’re pumped.” The Tigers will then have to

turn their attention to an ever-pesky South Carolina team Sunday that has defeated LSU in Columbia, S.C., the past two seasons. LSU got the best of the Gamecocks earlier in the season in the PMAC with a 3-0 sweep, but Flory knows the story may be a little different on the road. “South Carolina at South Carolina is a notoriously difficult match for us,” Flory said. “I don’t know why. We have struggled in that building, but I don’t know if this team will. The focus we have is positive right now, and other times in years past we haven’t been at this point. We’re also a much better road team this year.” Contact Andy Schwehm at

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Teams advance to postseason regional meet in Waco, Texas LSU needs to finish in top 2 to advance By Luke Johnson Sports Contributor

The LSU cross country teams will travel to Waco, Texas, this weekend to compete in what may be their last event of the season for the NCAA South Central Regionals, which are being hosted by Baylor at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. The regionals are used as a stepping stone for teams to qualify for the NCAA Championship in Terra Haute, Ind. The top two teams from each of the nine regional brackets automatically advance to the national meet, and 13 at-large teams are selected from the remaining pool of teams. Runners can also earn a chance to compete for the NCAA individual championship. All runners from the top two teams from each region automatically advance to the NCAA championship. The top eight remaining finishers from each region are given invitations to participate in the NCAA Championship. LSU has been suffering from a case of déjà vu the entire season, and if Saturday’s meet reflects on their 2009 campaign, LSU will have a hard time sending runners to Terra Haute. Sophomore Cullen Doody crossing the finish line first for the Tigers has been a recurrent theme this season. Doody paced the Tigers in every meet this season with his best performance at the LSU Invitational when he placed 16th out of 112 runners. The Lady Tigers have had a little more diversity at the top with three different runners pacing them this season. But freshman Charlene Lipsey has come on strong in recent events. Lipsey was the top finisher for the Lady Tigers in their last two meets. Her best time came at the Chile Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., when she ran a 23minute, 23-second 6K — the best 6K time for any Lady Tiger this season. “The women have been consistent all season,” said LSU coach Mark Elliott in a news release. “[Lipsey] has done a really nice job, especially since she is a track runner, and she really isn’t used to cross country.” LSU is looking to rebound from its performance at the Southeastern Conference Championships that left much to be desired. The Tigers finished the SEC meet in last place. Doody led the Tigers in the 8K course, but the entire team finished in the bottom 25 percent of the field. Six LSU runners finished near the back of the pack within 21 seconds of each other. The Lady Tigers finished 11th out of 12 teams competing in the event. Lipsey was the top finisher

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Freshman cross country runner Jenna Henssler leads the competition Sept. 26 at the LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park.

for the Lady Tigers and was followed by junior Katie Hamel and sophomore Laura Carleton as the only LSU runners to finish in the top 70. The men will start the event Saturday with a 10K at 10 a.m., and the women will run a 6K that starts

at 11 a.m. Baylor is hosting the regional for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in seven years. Contact Luke Johnson at






LSU seeks rebound in N.O. after back-to-back losses in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 20.47 seconds against Alabama and then followed the next day with a team season best in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 56.47-second time. By Amos Morale Tuomola was also part of the Sports Contributor 200-yard medley relay that swam The LSU swimming and div- a season-best against Alabama. ing teams get back on the road this Hamilton swam season bests weekend as they head to New Or- at Florida State in both the 1,000leans to take on UNO. yard and 500-yard freestyle, clockThe Tigers (0-4, 0-3) and Lady ing 9 minutes, 15.64 seconds and 4 Tigers (1-4,0-3) will try to rebound minutes, 30.20 seconds. from back-to-back LSU junior losses at Alabama Hannes Heyl and Florida State swam this season’s last weekend. fastest time in the “It will be fun 100-yard butterfly to revive another against Alabama in-state compeat 49.48 seconds. tition so close Junior Clint to home,” LSU Hallum swam a Jane Trepp head coach Adam team best in the LSU junior swimmer Schmitt said in 200-yard freestyle a press release. and the 200-yard “They reopened their pool this individual medley against Alayear, and we look forward to com- bama. He swam a season best in peting there.” the 200-yard breast the following The Tigers and Lady Tigers day at Florida State finishing in 2 have received strong individual minutes, 5 seconds. swims despite the skid. In the Sophomore diver Brian Gemweekend losses, many swimmers berling notched NCAA Diving swam season bests in their respec- Zone Regional qualifying scores tive events. against Alabama, and sophomore LSU freshmen Andrei Tuo- Simon Diefenthal swam a seasonmola and Craig Hamilton enjoyed best in the 200-yard backstroke. their first road trip as Tigers. Senior Sean LeNeave swam Tuomola swam his season-best a season best in the 200-yard

Coach excited to see swimmers step up


‘It’s exciting to see how people step up and show fast times.’

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LSU freshman Andrei Tuomola tries to pump up the crowd Oct. 16 during the men’s 200-meter relay against Tennessee in the Natatorium.

butterfly against Florida State after his teammate sophomore Martin Jungfleisch notch the top time against Alabama. Junior Jane Trepp swam season best in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard butterfly

in the Lady Tigers’ 162-138 loss to Florida State. She was also a part of the 200-yard medley relay squad that notch a season best time. The Lady Tigers won a lot of events against Florida State. “On the women’s side, we

won 10 of the 16 events but just got behind because of a lack of depth,” Schmitt said after the meet. “We are a young team, and I thought we responded well in our first road trip. As we continue to grow and develop, I think we’ll get better and better.” Schmitt said he wants to see more from his team despite the strong performances. “I’m still looking to see some of our athletes step up this season,” Schmitt said. “I’m hopeful we’ll see some of that against the Privateers.” Trepp said LSU’s goal for the meet is to swim fast. “I wouldn’t say this meet should be taken differently than any other meet,” she said. “Our main goal is of course to win, but also it’s exciting to see how people step up and show fast times.” The LSU men and women defeated UNO last season in the LSU Invitational. The meet invite was highlighted by performances from departed seniors, but the LSU roster still features some of the meet’s top performers. Junior Kannon Betzon won the 100-yard breaststroke and senior Luc Rykosky won the 500-yard freestyle.

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Intramural playoffs continue Former heavyweight Rugby team heads to Huntsville, Texas By Jonathan Schexnayder Sports Contributor

With the Thanksgiving holiday looming two weeks away, University Recreation is amid wrapping up fall intramural competitions. Intramural sand volleyball is expected to complete playoff action Nov. 19, and flag football is scheduled to finish Nov. 22, said Matt Boyer, assistant director for leagues and tournaments. “If all goes well, we will have everything finished by Thanksgiving holiday,” Boyer said. In the men’s sand volleyball league, 3-Peat beat Pi Kappa Phi in straight sets, 2-0, to reach the semifinals. UREC Men also advanced to the semifinals with a straight set victory against Tiger Band. In the co-rec “A” division, Four Play beat Party in the USA, 2-1, to reach the semifinal round. The co-rec “B” bracket had Jocks for Rocks/Geoclub Allstars, MBA Ballers and Skadoosh advance to the semifinals. Boyer said seed numbers for the brackets online are irrelevant and serve solely as a positionholder in the bracket. “A lot of people have been confused about the seed numbers on there,” he said. “They are not really seed numbers. Teams are placed in according to their finish in the pool.” In the co-rec “A” flag football division, Super Phun Thyme edged Back That Pass Up, 15-13, to advance to the semifinal round. Jack and Jills defeated Chi Alpha, 19-13, to reach the semifinals. In the co-rec “B” league, BCM, Southern Smashmouths and Team Bye Week all reached the quarterfinal round this week. In the men’s “A” division, Cowankyde, Wetness, TD Pizza Crazy, Skadoosh, Loose Cannons, LSU Law Wash Ups, Team Stephan Rodrigue and No Hard Feelings all advanced to round two.

Men’s “B” and Fraternity champions receive the opportu“B” must still complete play-in nity to compete at the University games and begin round one next of New Orleans in national comweek. petitions Dec. 28-31. Homecoming events conUREC intramural officials cluded Thursday are also expected with a 3-on-3 flag to represent the football tournaUniversity there. ment and a puntUREC is pass-and-kick currently taking competition. applications for Boyer said 24 spring sport ofmen’s teams and ficials, according three women’s to Boyer. teams registered “ S p r i n g Matt Boyer for flag football. sports that need The intramuofficials include assistant director, ral flag football soccer, softball, leagues and tournaments team Loose Canbasketball and innons will travel to the Regional door volleyball,” he said. Flag Football Championship on Spring registration for basSaturday, hosted by the Univer- ketball, 4-on-4 flag football, team sity of West Florida. tennis, team table tennis, racquet“They are buying their entire ball singles and 7-a-side soccer way there,” Boyer said. “We have starts Dec. 7 and ends Jan. 20. no financial support.” The LSU rugby team will compete against Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, on Saturday, said Eric Engemann, gradContact Jonathan Schexnayder at uate assistant for club sports. Boyer said intramural league


‘If all goes well, we will have everything finished by Thanksgiving holiday.’

Tyson may go to jail By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP)—Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, who was arrested in a scuffle with a photographer, could be sent to jail if he’s found to have violated probation from a 2007 drug case, officials said Thursday. The 43-year-old former heavyweight champion and a photographer, Tony Echeverria, made citizens’ arrests of each other following a confrontation at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport. Each man claimed the other struck him, police said. Airport police were called, and the men were taken away for booking on suspicion of misdemeanor battery. They were fingerprinted and photographed, then released without bail, Sgt. Jim Holcomb said. The city attorney will decide whether to file criminal charges. Tyson is on probation after pleading guilty in Arizona to cocaine possession and driving under the influence. He spent 24 hours in jail there.

Zach Dal Pra, deputy chief of the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department, said his office is still trying to get in touch with Los Angeles authorities to figure out exactly what transpired during the airport incident. “Did Mr. Tyson’s actions constitute a violation of probation here? If so, we’ll start court proceedings,” he said. “Right now, we’re still in that investigative mode.” Tyson could face jail time if a court finds that he violated his probation, Dal Pra said. Tyson had stopped at LAX while traveling from Europe to Las Vegas when several photographers began snapping pictures of him near a ticket counter, Holcomb said. Echeverria, 50, who described himself as a freelance photographer, told police that Tyson struck him once. The photographer fell to the ground and was treated for a cut to his forehead at a hospital. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at



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Tenn. players charged with attempted armed robbery Coach touted team’s clean record Wed. By The Associated Press KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Three freshmen Tennessee football players, including highly touted wide receiver recruit Nu’Keese Richardson and starting safety Janzen Jackson, were charged with attempted armed robbery Thursday morning. Richardson, 18, and Jackson, 18, along with defensive back Mike Edwards, 18, and companion Marie Montmarquet, 22, were each charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery in connection with an incident at a gas station in an area known as “The Strip” at the edge of Tennessee’s campus. Richardson and Edwards were being held Thursday afternoon on bonds of $19,500, and Jackson was released on his own recognizance. “Mr. Jackson vehemently asserts his innocence, and we hope that this will become apparent in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Jackson’s attorney Don Bosch said in a statement. It was not immediately known if Richardson and Edwards had attorneys. The three players are the first arrested during the tenure of firstyear coach Lane Kiffin, who on a

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Tennessee football players Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu’Keese Richardson were charged with attempted armed robbery Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn. As of Thursday, Jackson was released while Edwards and Richardson remained in custody.

Wednesday teleconference touted his team’s clean record. Kiffin’s predecessor, Phillip Fulmer, was often criticized for being too lax on a number of his players who had discipline problems. “At this time, we are currently evaluating the circumstances surrounding an incident involving Mike Edwards, Janzen Jackson and Nu’Keese Richardson,” athletic director Mike Hamilton said. “Any decisions or comments regarding

their status will not be made until the evaluations are complete.” The three victims told police they were sitting in their parked vehicle just before 2 a.m. Thursday at a gas station near Tennessee’s campus when two males dressed in hooded jackets, one brandishing a handgun, approached and demanded, “Give us everything you’ve got.” “The victims stated that they all presented their wallets to the

suspects and showed them that they did not have money,” the police report said. “The victims stated that a third black male then approached and told the other two black males, ‘We’ve got to go.”’ The three suspects were seen leaving in a Toyota Prius, and police pulled over a vehicle matching the description nearby. Police spotted a pellet gun and hooded jackets and later found drug paraphernalia and a bag of what appeared to be

marijuana. Police say Montmarquet told them the drug paraphernalia and substance belonged to her and she was charged with simple possession. The victims identified Richardson and Edwards as the men who approached their vehicle. The incident happened at a gas station operated by Pilot, a company founded by former Tennessee football player and longtime booster Jim Haslam. Tennessee’s outdoor football practice field is named Haslam Field in his honor. Richardson, a highly touted recruit from Pahokee, Fla., originally committed to Florida but switched to Tennessee after being recruited by coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin joked in a February recruiting celebration that Florida coach Urban Meyer cheated in trying to keep Richardson as a Gator, earning Kiffin a reprimand from the Southeastern Conference. Richardson had told Kiffin recently he was frustrated with his lack of production but scored his first touchdown in a 56-28 win over Memphis on Saturday. He’s had six catches this season for 58 yards and served as a punt return specialist. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at



to former SEC Player of the Year Marcus Thornton. 2008-2009. Four players who av“I’m going to have to use eraged double digits return to the Chris and Bo together at times, lineup, including senior forward more so than I would have liked to Malcolm Thomas, who averaged at this point in the season,” John12.3 points and 4.8 boards. son said. “We’ll get a really good Senior guard Tony Hooper, look at that come Friday, because who missed most of last season Monroe comes with multiple types with a broken foot, also returns of pressure.” to the lineup after averaging 15.1 The change doesn’t stop points per game in his junior sea- there. son. Johnson is assembling future “They return a lot of guys from teams even as the season tips off, last year’s team,” as LSU signed Johnson said. what many be“This is a group lieve to be a topthat’s got a level 10 recruiting class of experience, but Thursday during always the case for the NCAA’s early us is to try to get signing period. better every day.” Four high S p e n c e r ’s school standouts newfound status — forward Matt as a veteran speaks Derenbecker, volumes about the point guard Andre Trent Johnson Tigers’ changes Stringer, forward LSU men’s basketball coach this offseason. He Jalen Courtney was the youngest starter on a senior- and guard Ralston Turner — comladen team just eight months ago mitted to LSU for 2010, bolstering but will be the only Tigers guard the Tigers’ future prospects. with starting experience when the Derenbecker, Stringer and Tigers take the court tonight. Turner are all considered top 100 “We look at it as an opportu- prospects by ESPNU. nity — guys are getting chances, “These are the young men that and they have to capitalize on that we targeted whom we felt would fit opportunity,” Spencer said. “A lot our program, and we look forward of guys are going to have to step up to having them here,” Johnson said even more than they were expected in a news release. “All that being to.” said, this recruiting class ... should His support will be freshman be judged at the end of their caguard Aaron Dotson and sopho- reers and not at the start of their camore guard Chris Bass, opposed reers, and I think these players all

BASKETBALL, from page 9


‘[ULM returns] a lot of guys from last year’s team. This is a group that’s got a level of experience.’

understand that.” Perhaps the biggest — or maybe the only — constant entering 2009 is Mitchell, who begins his fifth and final season at LSU tonight. He and Farrer are the only remaining players from a Final Four run that seems lifetimes ago. He’s played with Glen Davis, Tyrus Thomas and Thornton — all of whom have gone on to professional contracts. He sat out the 2007-2008 season. He then helped carry the same team to last season’s conference title, willing LSU to an overtime victory at Mississippi State and hitting the title-clinching shot at Kentucky. “He was a very good basketball player at the end of last year — he’s better now,” Johnson said. Mitchell gave the NBA brief consideration before returning to school, where he was a unanimous First-Team All-SEC selection by conference coaches. He is the Tigers’ only senior starter and is charged with setting the example for a young LSU roster. His final performance may have to be his best. “I don’t have a burden on me right now except to help the team win and carry out the tasks coach Johnson wants me to carry out,” Mitchell said. Contact David Helman at


Check out the athletic events on campus this weekend


• 4 p.m. — Memphis against Texas A&M at the LSU Soccer Complex • 7 p.m. — LSU against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the LSU Soccer Complex • 7 p.m. — LSU men’s basketball against UL-Monroe in the PMAC


• 11:30 a.m. — LSU Homecoming Parade throughout campus • Noon — LSU Ticket Office opens • 3 p.m. — Club level and suites open at Tiger Stadium • 3:15 p.m. — LSU student gates open at Tiger Stadium • 3:30 p.m. — All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium • 4:10 p.m. — Mike VI and LSU band march down Victory Hill • 5:45 p.m. — LSU Salutes • 5:50 p.m. — Golden Band from Tiger Land takes the field for pregame performance • 6:05 p.m. — Kickoff: LSU against Louisiana Tech


• 2 p.m. — LSU women’s basketball against Centenary in the PMAC



TOURNAMENT, from page 9

good job of recruiting a lot of foreign players who have really good backgrounds,” Lee said. “It’s a freshman- [and] sophomore-dominated team, and they’re going to be very good for years to come.” The Lady Lions won the SWAC tournament with a 1-0 win against Prairie View A&M. Sophomore Jade West had two goals in the tournament and was named the tournament MVP. Some of the Tigers, including Rutledge and senior forward Rachel Yepez, have not been at full strength after dealing with injuries. But Lee isn’t concerned about his team’s health. “Every team in the 64[-team bracket] has got dings and bruises and bumps that they’ve got to get through,” Lee said. “But we’re as healthy as we probably can be at this point.” The brace on Rutledge’s arm would say otherwise. But she said she’s more than capable of producing on the field. “It’s just a little swollen and a little sore, but I’m fine,” she said. “I’m good to go.” Senior midfielder Melissa Clarke said her team is poised to get the job done this weekend. “If we play well, usually we get the results we want,” she said. Clarke is confident, but she said she won’t underestimate the Lady Lions. “It’s a nice opener for the tournament to know that it’s more in our favor, probably,” Clarke said.

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LSU junior midfielder Courtney Alexander, left, races for the ball against Tennessee sophomore forward Emily Dowd on Sept. 27 at the LSU Soccer Complex.

“But you can never take it too lightly. Teams like that can often surprise you.” Lee said the experience LSU gained from the shootout last weekend will benefit the Tigers. Sophomore goalkeeper Mo Isom wasn’t only saving shots last weekend but buried a goal of her own in the penalty kicks. “We’re probably eight deep where we’re pretty certain in the shooters,” Lee said. “If we get all the way to nine or 10 it’ll be a little bit of a needle in a haystack where we’ll just pick somebody out.” Texas A&M and Memphis

square off before the Tigers at the LSU Soccer Complex at 4 p.m. The winners of the Friday matches face off Sunday at 1 p.m. to see who advances to the Sweet 16 at a location yet to be determined. Memphis handed LSU its first home-opening loss since 1997 earlier in the season in a 2-0 decision. The last time the Tigers saw the Aggies was in a spring exhibition earlier this year which ended in a draw. Contact Rowan Kavner at

defense were nonexistent [Tuesday]. Don’t allow penetration. Don’t allow the open three. Don’t foul.” Sophomore forward LaSondra Barrett was one freshman who took the court for the first time in 2008. Barrett said the 2009 team is “still kind of young,” but the players have a better grasp on the team’s goals. “As far as experience, we have four returning starters,” Barrett said. “Getting more rebounds and playing defense is what [Chancellor] wants and what I expect of myself.” Barrett said it is essential for LSU to perform well defensively throughout the season. “Our defense is always going to be pretty good,” Barrett said. “It’s something we stress here, and coaches prepare us well for — we have a whole defensive conditioning program in the fall.” Chancellor highlighted the play of freshman guard Bianca Lutley against Loyola. The Plantation, Fla., native finished with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 10 minutes. “Bianca Lutley was better [Tuesday] than she has been at any time during practice,” Chancellor said. “Looks like to me she’s a light player. When you turn the lights on, she’s going to play.” Fellow freshman guard Adrienne Webb converted three 3-pointers in 17 minutes Tuesday

Friday, November 13, 2009 in her first action as a Lady Tiger. Junior guard Taylor Booze drained two shots from behind the arc of her own in 10 minutes played. Fellow Trinity Valley Community College transfer Jasmine Nelson added five rebounds and eight points. Hightower led LSU in scoring against Loyola, accumulating 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes played. Chancellor said he was pleased with the exhibition performance from some of LSU’s reserves. “I was really happy with that group,” Chancellor said. “I was really happy with the other group in the second half, but in the first half, we violated every defensive thing we’ve ever taught them here.” LSU was picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference in the annual preseason coaches’ poll in October, and for the 11th time in program history, LSU is in the top 10 of the Associated Press preseason poll. In her final season as a Lady Tiger, Hightower, the 2010 SEC Preseason Player of the Year, said she is confident LSU will start playing like its No. 9 ranking. “[Tuesday] we didn’t play like [the No. 9 team],” Hightower said. “But we will pick it up.”

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Friday, November 13, 2009 BULLDOGS, from page 1

LSU coach Les Miles wants to avoid the downward spiral his team began after falling to Alabama last season. “I’ve seen these men handle disappointment before,” Miles said. “They’ll very quickly turn their attention to their opponent. There is an opportunity to be a great team.” The Tigers defeated Troy, 4031, after a second-half comeback but then lost the final two games to Ole Miss and Arkansas. “Last year, guys were kind of hanging their heads after the Alabama loss,” said junior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. “It’s not like that. Everybody’s trying to get back healthy and looking forward to the future.” LSU’s opportunity to move forward begins Saturday night against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs only have three wins, but they nearly upset No. 6 Boise State last Saturday in a 45-35 loss. “This Louisiana Tech team’s record is not as good as they would like, but I can tell you that they play better and better,” Miles said. “If you watch how they play week-in and week-out, you have great respect for them.” LSU is still reeling from injuries ensued from the Alabama game. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson suffered an ankle injury during the Alabama game. Jefferson practiced Wednesday, but sophomore quarterback Jarrett Lee is waiting in the wing if Jefferson can’t make the start. Senior running back Keiland Williams and sophomore running back Stevan Ridley will carry the load for Charles Scott, who is out for the season after sustaining a fractured collarbone last weekend. Freshman quarterback Russell Shepard and senior running back Trindon Holliday will get some touches as well. Ridley saw time in the Alabama game when Scott went down. Ridley scored the go-ahead touchdown against the Crimson Tide with an 8-yard run. “You never know when your number’s going to be called,” Ridley said. “We’re playing against Alabama, and they call my number to go in there and make something happen. When I get close to the goal line, I want to score. ” Ridley said he wants to be his own running back, even though Scott has been a mentor for him. “I can’t be Charles Scott. I can’t be Keiland Williams,” Ridley said. “I can only go out there and run the ball like I run the ball and try to make something happen.” This weekend also marks a homecoming for Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley. Dooley was a former assistant coach at LSU from 2000-04. Dooley has wins against Nicholls State, Hawaii and New Mexico State, while bowing to schools such as Auburn, Navy and Idaho. Louisiana Tech senior running back Daniel Porter has rushed for 773 yards and eight touchdowns this season, including 96 yards and one touchdown against Boise State. Bulldog junior quarterback Ross Jenkins has been hot and cold this season. Jenkins was 10-for-19 with 114 yards and one touchdown against the Broncos and has 1581 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. “They are very good on

offense,” Miles said. “Defensively, they play a quality defense over the top with a good scheme and have the ability to stunt and blitz you. We have to be prepared.” Louisiana Tech is LSU’s third in-state opponent this season and may provide the steepest test. “It’s going to be a big game like every game is,” Lee said. Senior offensive lineman Lyle Hitt said the Tigers are treating it like a normal game. “It’s just another game,” Hitt said. “There’s a lot of stuff going on outside the game, but you can’t be distracted by that. We have a task at hand and a job to do.” But the students aren’t sold on the Homecoming game. Undeclared junior Tyler Reynolds said the Homecoming isn’t anything special because of LSU’s opponent. “It’s not a big deal because of who LSU plays,” Reynolds said. “If it was a bigger game, it would be a bigger deal.” Many students don’t have time to participate in the Homecoming festivities. “It’s kind of cool to have some sort of celebration. But other than that, it’s nothing special,” said biochemistry senior Ereene Tan. “You get bogged down with work, so it’s hard to do much Homecoming stuff unless you are involved in a group.” Contact Michael Lambert at

FIRECRACKERS, from page 1

Others also reported seeing officers use flashlights to search several vehicles in both the Commons and the Sterling University Crescent parking lots. Caitlyn Blanchard, a biology sophomore who lives in the Crescent apartments, said she saw officers looking in a “sketchy” car’s trunk at the Commons, which is located at 4600 Burbank Drive. She said it looked “like a drug bust” and added she heard no information about a firework exploding in the area. Brandi Monjure, a communication studies junior who lives in the Crescent, said her boyfriend was coming to visit her and saw a commotion in the parking lot. “He saw two cop cars in the Burbank Commons parking lot and another four or five in ours.” Monjure said. “As he was walking, he heard the noise, and when he turned around, he saw firecrackers in the sky.” Jane Berteau, a business sophomore who lives in the Commons, said she saw police cars in the Commons parking lot, where officers were looking into car windows. The sergeant refused to provide further details and said a public information officer would not be available to provide further information until Friday morning. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at

CANAPALOOZA, from page 1

is all about helping the Baton Rouge community and Louisiana community, we want to give back by filling in those spaces.” The team from Kappa Alpha Theta built a model of the Pentagon. Each team member spent only $3 to $6, but they collected more than 800 cans for the project, said Aubrey DeVillez, international studies sophomore. The Honors College team collected cans at an Honors College Halloween party and used them to create a model of the North Gates and surrounding businesses. Team member Olivia LeBlanc, chemical engineering sophomore, said students should give back to the community in projects like Canapalooza because they owe it after all the community gives them. “We have so much at LSU, and we will do great things with our education, so it’s important to give back,” LeBlanc said. Mallory Trochesset, Homecoming Committee staff adviser, said Canapalooza’s mission was to put a more exciting spin on canned good

PAGE 19 donation. “Our mission was to find a creative, unique way to get students included in service,” Trochesset said. Melissa Wetzel, early childhood education sophomore, said making the service project more interesting added to the appeal of the Homecoming festivities. “People are more willing to donate to something cool,” she said. Trochesset said participation in the can donation was much larger this year than in the past. The committee was able to donate 2,871 cans after only one day of donation, she said. Final totals will be available Friday. Canapalooza will likely happen again next year, but possibly on a larger scale, Trochesset said. “We are looking at having a week-long community build,” she said. “An architecture or engineering student would design something, and we would have the community come out in shifts to build one massive structure.” Contact Ryan Buxton at





FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

Pop music demonstrates society’s musical ignorance Popular music in the late 1960s included musical innovators like The Beatles, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Led Zeppelin and Frank Sinatra. I certainly left artists out, but naming all of them would fill the column alone. Popular music of the many years before included musical geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin and Armstrong. The greats of these eras composed and performed music that has lasted centuries and will probably survive many more. Music has made some fascinating turns on the road to the present (Disco, anyone?) and has landed in an interesting setting. Here’s a quick lesson on music. It has several components including dynamics, rhythm, pitch, form and harmony. I saved the best for last. A definition of harmony is

agreement. Its application in music deviates from “agreement,” but this is a good start. Harmonies are commonly an agreement of pitches according to the listener’s ears, but they can be applied to harmonies in an entire ensemble. Harmony is what makes a gospel choir’s performance of “Amazing Grace” so much more powerful than that of a solo performance. The soloist can exhibit skill, talent and finesse, but the soloist must fit into the harmony provided by the accompaniment. I strongly believe the harmony in music is symbolic and reflective of a closerto-ideal society that can exist in some kind of “agreement.” To fit into harmonies, musicians have to be polished in their skills, especially hearing. The general public notices musical imperfections. We know when a performer messes up — be it the drummer out of time or a wrong note from a singer or instrumentalist.

To be on a level worthy of accolade and fame, performances should be as empty of wrong notes as possible, but with the rise of technology, this is pretty avoidable. With a focus on instant results, technology has revealed audio devices and programs like Matthew Lousteau Auto-Tune. Its use is unmistakColumnist able in the mildly creative work of T-Pain, but its use elsewhere is disgraceful to the art of music. Auto-Tune can also be used to alter or fix pitches. Skip all the hard work real musicians exert — buy a program, and you’ll sound like Luciano Pavarotti (the phenomenal male opera singer whose need for explanation proves my point). The users of pitch correction

justify it with claims of a “safety net” for performances and a way to ensure a good product on recordings. It really just removes real skill from music. No, I don’t want to hear bad singers — I want good singers who are actually talented and practiced. The lack of skill that thrives in the music industry is a reflection of monetary motivation, laziness and absence of a musically educated public. Rap is directly linked to a deficit of musical talent. I think of it as poetry with music. It uses drum machines, synthesizers and samples of real musicians’ — Like Earth, Wind & Fire — works to provide background for the recitation of poetry, the quality of which is debatable — “Work the pole, I got the bank role.” Flo Rida is a genius, right? A lot of popular music, rap especially, provides a rhythm to which listeners can “dance.” “Dance,” you might consider an interpretation of

the lyrics or music, but Flo Rida’s lyrics prove “dance” is just a strip tease, not true expression. No, I don’t think all pop music is bad. There are still artists that definitely produce quality music — John Legend, Velvet Revolver, Jason Mraz, Kings of Leon — but, sadly, they represent the minority of listeners’ musical choice. Instead of “Partying in the U.S.A.,” try the great American music of Aaron Copland or the funky sounds of Stevie Wonder. They, unlike Ms. Cyrus, have what used to be necessary to be famous — talent and skill. Matthew Lousteau is a 20-yearold mechanical engineering junior from LaPlace. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_mlousteau.

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Coens, Clooney, comedy: Serious men stare at goats If a successful comedy can be likened to a 95-yard sustained drive toward the end zone, an unsuccessful one would be a kickoff return. The one holds our attention for its entirety — the other ignites a burst of interest which quickly slackens. Two comedies, “A Serious Man,” and “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” are being marketed for their humor, but only one of them ends up being worth watching for its full length. Recently sneaking into Baton Rouge and almost on its way out is “A Serious Man,” the latest

release from directors Joel and Ethan Coen (“The Big Lebowski.”) The film is concerned with the family and work-related trials of Larry Gopnik, a physics professor. Gopnik is up for tenure at the university, but the committee has second thoughts on his qualification because he has not published any papers. His wife, Judith, has asked him to move out of the house because she has fallen in love with an older widower. Meanwhile, his asocial brother, Arthur, who is working on a book on mathematics, is wanted by the police for


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gaming some gamblers. Gopnik attempts to find solace from three rabbis who prove unhelpful in finding a greater meaning to his trials. “Why me?” he wonders. Is God causing his world to fall apart or is his fate ultimately meaningless? Unlike his forebear, Job, Gopnik is stranded in his uncertainty, getting only divine silence. I have been ambivalent about most of the Coen broth- Freke Ette ers’ corpus for a Columnist long time. Even when I acknowledge their films as very well made, there seems to be something artificial about them — like eating canned fruit. Maybe it’s their reliance on funny accents or the misogyny inherent in their violent scenes. Though the Coens’ seem to have films that are respected rather than liked, “A Serious Man” proves to be well-written and expertly directed. The film is expressively Jewish in content and outlook. Like most of the others, the characters are caricatures, yet here they appear to draw us closer to the tragedy in the plot, instead of alienat-

ing us by artifice. “A Serious Man” features a lot of static shots with long takes, so we dwell on the faces of the characters, patiently waiting until they provide greater meaning. Speech is also emphasized through repetition, so the same words are used numerous times in different contexts, each time reinforcing an overarching message. If “A Serious Man” appears bizarre and the ending seems befuddling, don’t be alarmed. Follow the hint of one of its characters: “Embrace the mystery.” “The Men Who Stare at Goats” is a film adaptation of Jon Ronson’s book about the U.S. military’s use of paranormal warfare and is the debut effort of director Grant Heslov. The film features performances by George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey. Bob Wilton (McGregor), a journalist with an Ann Arbor newspaper, decides to escape his troubles by travelling to Kuwait to cover the Iraq War. Stranded in Kuwait City, Wilton meets Lyn Cassidy (Clooney), a former operative with a secretive U.S. army psych-ops team known as the Jedi Knights. Wilton accompanies Cassidy to Ramadi, Iraq. They get kidnapped by Iraqis along the

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journey, meet curious characters like Bill Django and end up freeing a bunch of captive debleated goats. “The Men Who Stare at Goats” initially hauls in the jokes, especially when we learn about the Knights appropriating New Age teaching to combat situations — imagine Von Clausewitz’s “Art of War” inspired by LSD. After this fertile period, the humor gradually peters out. The filmmakers ride their one-trick pony until the nag refuses to move an inch. How many variations on men in fatigues getting high are needed before the audience gets the joke? There was an opportunity to ridicule the disturbing ways funds are spent on military research or the hubris in believing that war can be fought to end war. Instead, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” is a tepid comedy using the current war as cinematic backdrop. Freke Ette is a political theory graduate student from Uyo, Nigeria. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_fette.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

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FRIDAY, November 13, 2009

WEB COMMENTS Commentors on our Web Site,, have had a lot to say about the columns appearing in the Opinion section this week. Commentors had this to say about Opinion Editor Matthew Albright’s column “Don’t let fear turn America against Islamic faith”: Coincidentally Muslim? Look around the world- who’s doing the most killing of innocent people? No clear proof Hasan’s rampage was motivated by his religious beliefs? Wake up to the obvious Matt. You say the idea that being opposed to the hateful religious- yes religious motivations of Hasan- is “exactly what the terrorists want. And by giving into fear, we only help them win.” Is being pro-active against people with a centuries-old ideology that wants to hate, kill, and spread it’s religion by the sword (now bomb and machine gun too), ‘giving in to fear?’ So if you think there’s a chance Hasan was merely mentally unstable, then maybe your knee jerk reaction when the planes hit the twin towers, should have been let’s hold off on judgmentthey may have been just ‘insane.’

And you say we should not discriminate against religions? Read the Koran, look at the history of the Islamic religion, read about the honor killings in our own country, visit the Middle East and see how other religions (namely Christianity) are surpressed under Islamic laws- punishable by death or imprisonment, and then you tell me where real discrimination lies? -Blaise Except in this case, Hasan actually was (though not turbanwearing) a murderous psycho killer who had terrorist ties. This is simply news from the last three days. So while your apologetics for him may be appropriate in the big picture, they overstep. Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but nearly every modern terrorist is a Muslim. It’s a problem, and sweeping it under the rug in a nod to political correctness is a poor choice. The Army did not probe Hasan (even though they suspected him of religious extremism) because they feared backlash from the PC crowd. In a news report from today. Apologetics has its place, Matthew, but not behind murderers and adherents of religious extremism. You


Campaign has big talk, little substance LSU’s “think big” campaign (Roundtable Oct 29, The Reveille Oct 30 p 4, The Advocate Oct 30 p 10A) talks of restructuring into three areas: Big Science & Technology, Big Arts & Humanities, and Big Coast and Community”. It is claimed that “LSU does not want to perpetuate more of the same” and that LSU faculty should no longer see themselves as “solo researchers in the lab”. Apart from rebranding to serve some perceived marketing needs, what do all these really mean? Given the teaching functions and the structure we share with other U.S. universities, no radical change from departments and colleges is likely. Barriers to interdisciplinary activity should, of course, be lowered. But such crossdisciplinary activity is nothing new and there have been many good examples at LSU. It grows best organically from below without any shoehorning into artificially coined “big” re-groupings. Universities are the longest surviving institutions of our culture. They have a place for productive research and scholarship irrespective of grant funding or short-term concerns. The lone engagement of a scholar with a problem or idea, needing thought and reflection, and the interaction of

a teacher with students in a classroom or laboratory is still where most of the work of a university gets done, even today and even in the sciences. While recognizing the importance of group activity in certain areas, creativity has not become exclusive to that mode. Computers, computer-aideddesign, etc., are glorious and have made possible things not dreamt of by our predecessors. But, let us not lose perspective. Technology and funding are means to an end, not to be confused with the research, scholarship and teaching that are at a university’s core. It is also tempting for each generation to see the technology of its day as revolutionary. But electricity, telegraph, telephone, radio, film and TV were equally path-breaking tools for generations past. The few specific goals of the Flagship Agenda lie only on distant horizons. The immediate future of the state budget and our funding is out of sync with big talk. The message to the public and to our boards and legislatures should be that LSU has for decades performed and ranked better than what could be expected based on comparative state funding of public universities. And that we will continue efforts to become even better because that is part of our inner drive and integrity.

overstep, sir. -Tyler Albright, I commend you for being able to speak the truth especially for such a narrowminded audience. Why is it that you morons are so quick to target all muslims on the account of a few mis-led “so-called muslims” As a muslim myself I speak for all other true muslims when I say these cowards are NOT muslims. They call themselves that so that they can shield their cowardly acts with the title of religion. The sad part is that when a horrible incident such as his happens I grieve, and my family grieves for all the victims. But its stupid americans like you who divide us! YOU are the ones who separate us as though we fuel such acts ourselves. To me, you are cowards like Nidal Hassan. Sure, you don’t kill people, but its YOU guys who infiltrate hatred into our society. Morons, cowards, fools like YOU all who motivate acts of hatred like this! And trust me if you want to play the religion card cause your sad selves cannot think of anything else ..then do it. But remember over 67% of crimes

committed in the United States are at the hands of “Christians” hmm, how ironic... By no means am I attempting to target christians, because unlike the racist fools above, I know not to target an entire group of people. It’s sad, I wonder what world you live in you southern hicks, but I co-exist perfectly well with my christian, jewish, and hindu neighbors. Also, “Oh, give us a break! “ you pathetic fool, its “allahU akbar” ...clearly, albright knows more than you do! -Ali Commentors had this to say about columnist Mark Macmurdo’s column “Tea Parties steeped in tidiculousness, not revolution”: These goons are nothing but John Birch Society folks with a new name. Same hate just repackaged. What is sad is how their ideas appeal to so many people who are actually hurt by the policies that this movement represents. We are a modern nation of 300 MILLION citizens. We simply cannot do with a “Jeffersonian” view of government. Furthermore, the central idea that these Tea Party folk build their


case is not historically accurate. This nation was not founded on opposition to taxes, but in opposition to un-fair taxes without representation in the body imposing the tax. Case in point one of the first things that our “Free” founding fathers did after they had won in the Revolutionary War was to put down an antitax rebellion called the “Whisky Rebellion.” But heck, I do not expect a bunch of closet racist, knuckle-dragging mouth breather to crack a history book open and actually have knowledge of the ideas which they espouse as fact. In the end these people are nothing more than a political version of the yokels blabbering away into a TV camera after a tornado rips through their trailer park. -So Tired of Conservatives What do you think? Let your opinions be known on the comments section of lsureveille. com. Every column and article you find in The Daily Reveille’s print edition appears online, with a comment section for your input. Log on today! Contact The Daily Reveille’s opinion staff at


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